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Steve Kornacki: Pundit, Analyst... Game Show Host?
MSNBC Correspondent to Join NBC Sports, Develop Game Show
From Deadline

NBC News and MSNBC correspondent Steve Kornacki, the data guru who became one of the breakout stars of election night coverage last year, will develop a game show for NBCUniversal’s television and streaming group, and will officially join NBC Sports with plans for appearances during Olympics coverage and Super Bowl LVI.

The game show, which he will host, will showcase his interests in statistics, sports and politics, but details of the show have not yet been announced.

The expanded scope for Kornacki is part of a new deal with the network, according to the Los Angeles Times, which first reported on the new gigs.

Kornacki already has appeared on NBC football coverage and the Kentucky Derby, and he’s lately been sizing up the Preakness. He’ll join the sports team in Japan this summer for coverage of the Tokyo Olympics, and then next year for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics coverage. He’ll also contribute to the Breeders’ Cup World Championships, and will contribute to the NBC Regional Sports Networks.

Cesar Conde, chairman of the NBCUniversal News Group, said in a statement, “Steve brings so much passion and genuine enthusiasm to his work, on top of his encyclopedic knowledge base, that it’s just impossible as a viewer not to share his interest and excitement.”

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posted 5/14/2021

Big Brother, Love Island Together Again for the First Time
CBS Summer Schedule Launches July 7
From TV Line

The Big Brother house and Love Island are both about to get some new residents: CBS has set a Wednesday, July 7 return date for both of its summertime reality staples, TVLine has reported.

Big Brother will kick off the night at 8/7c with its live, 90-minute Season 23 premiere, followed by the 90-minute premiere of Love Island‘s third season at 9:30 pm.

On the heels of its second All-Stars season last summer, Big Brother will cast all-new houseguests for Season 23, which has a Big Risks and Big Rewards theme. “Houseguests are in for a high-stakes summer… where one wrong gamble could cost them everything,” the logline teases. Beginning Sunday, July 11, the series will resume its usual three-nights-a-week schedule, with episodes airing on Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm.

Love Island, meanwhile, will head to the Hawaiian Islands for Season 3, bringing back the Casa Amor temptation, as well as “new games and challenges that test and strengthen the couples’ relationships.” And not to be outdone by Big Brother‘s schedule, Love Island will air five nights a week, with new episodes rolling out on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays at 9 pm after its first week.

TV Line
Deadline

posted 5/13/2021

Caleb Kennedy Leaving "American Idol"
Offensive Photo Featuring Top 5 Contestant Surfaces
From Deadline

American Idol finalist Caleb Kennedy has been cut from Season 19, after a racially insensitive video surfaced online, in which he’s seated opposite someone who appears to be wearing a Ku Klux Klan hood.

The 16-year-old crooner took to Instagram on Wednesday to break the news to his fans. “Hey y’all, this is gonna be a bit of a surprise but I am no longer gonna be on American Idol,” he wrote. “There was a video that surfaced on the internet and it displayed actions that were not meant to be taken in that way. I was younger and did not think about the actions, but that’s not an excuse. I wanna say sorry to all my fans and everyone who I have let down. I’ll be taking a little time off social media to better myself, but saying that, I know this has hurt and disappointed a lot of people and made people lose respect for me. I’m so sorry! I pray that I can one day regain your trust in who I am and have your respect! Thank you for supporting me.”

Prior to his elimination, Kennedy had made it into the Top 5 on Idol. The finalists he was competing with on the latest season of the singing competition show included Casey Bishop, Grace Kinstler, Chayce Beckham and Willie Spence.

Kennedy’s isn’t the first controversy to emerge from the show’s 19th season, though. In April, contestant Cecil Ray Baker was arrested for ‘burglary of habitation,’ and was also accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend.

Deadline
Us Weekly
TV Line

posted 5/13/2021

Food Network Serves Up "Grill of Victory"
Sabin Lomac to Host
From the Futon Critic

For some backyard grilling is a lifestyle. On the new Food Network competition series Grill of Victory, hardcore home cooks with a passion for barbeque go head-to-head to prove their talents for the chance to win the ultimate backyard kitchen of their dreams. In each of the six hour-long episodes, beginning on Monday, June 21st at 10pm, host and judge Sabin Lomac tasks three meat masters to battle it out in three fierce rounds of grilling challenges.

A rotating panel of judges including, Susie Bulloch, Darnell Ferguson, Tregaye Fraser, and Christian Petroni will help determine who grilled their way to the top to win a brand new custom outdoor kitchen designed by Cristy Lee. The pressure is on to win Grill of Victory!

"The high energy of the competition is thrilling to watch as the competitors face rounds of grueling grilling challenges," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "Their passion for grilling, combined with their knowledge and skills is truly impressive and will inspire audiences to get creative with their own backyard barbecues."

In each episode, the amateur chefs are challenged in three rounds to show the judges they can take the heat of the competition and that they have chops on the grill. From a full day of meals, including, breakfast, lunch and dinner, to Italian classics and on-the-go meals, everything must be made on the grill. On the premiere, the backyard grillers must keep the judges' mouths watering in every round. First, they are tested to create their own versions of Southern chicken. Then, in round two they must make a delicious coastal seafood dish. In the final round, the stakes are high as the competitors put their spin on the traditional surf and turf. The one with the most inspired dishes will grill their way to the thrill of winning a brand-new, custom-built backyard kitchen.

Fans can visit FoodNetwork.com/GrillOfVictory to get to know Sabin Lomac and the judges, and to find out what their favorite dishes are, as well as learn some of their best grilling tips. Also, follow along with the competition on social media using #GrillOfVictory.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/13/2021

Peacock Greenlights Making It, Top Chef Spinoffs
On Deck: Baking It, Top Chef Family Style, ANW Junior Moving
From Deadline

Peacock is preparing a slew of spinoffs of hit non-scripted NBCU series. The streamer has ordered spinoffs of Top Chef and Below Deck as well as Baking It, from Amy Poehler and the team behind Making It, and is becoming the home of American Ninja Warrior Junior, which was previously at Universal Kids.

This comes after Jenny Groom, EVP, Unscripted at NBCUniversal, told Deadline that it was looking to order a number of spinoffs of NBC unscripted series for Peacock in our recent State of the Non-Scripted Business feature.

Amy Poehler’s DIY competition series Making It is getting an appropriately titled cake-based spinoff Baking It. Peacock has ordered six episodes of the show from Universal Television Alternative Studio in association with Paper Kite Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment. Poehler, Nicolle Yaron, Pip Wells, Kate Arend and Dave Becky serve as executive producers. The holiday event series sees teams of two talented home bakers compete with their most delectable savory and sweet edible creations for a cash prize with judges including three opinionated real-life grandmas, who happen to be fantastic bakers themselves. The streamer has not revealed the hosts of the show but said Parks & Recreation star Poehler would hand the hosting reigns over to “two celebrity friends”.

Top Chef Family Style is a spinoff of the Bravo reality series. It will be hosted by Meghan Trainor, who recently signed a cross-platform overall deal with NBCU with James Beard Award winner and cookbook author Marcus Samuelsson as head judge. The family culinary competition will feature talented young chefs who will each team up with an adult family member partner to compete for a chance to be crowned champions. It is produced by Magical Elves with Casey Kriley, Jo Sharon, Hillary Olsen and showrunner Claire Kosloff serving as executive producers.

Finally, American Ninja Warrior Junior is moving from Universal Kids to Peacock. The kids spinoff of the competition series has been handed a three season order with 15 episodes ordered. Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila will return as hosts, alongside sideline reporter Victoria Arlen. It is produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions with Arthur Smith, Kent Weed, Frank Sinton and Jackson Nguyen serving as executive producers. Sharalynn Cornwall serves as co-executive producer.

Deadline

posted 5/13/2021


Nickelodeon

CW Unearths "The Hidden Temple"
Adult Version of Kids Classic Ordered
From The Futon Critic

The CW Network has ordered a new, reimagined edition of the iconic Nickelodeon adventure series LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE, further expanding the network's alternative programming slate. The series' premiere date and time will be announced later.

This supersized, adult version of LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE preserves many of the original Nickelodeon series' favorite elements, including "Olmec" - the giant talking Mayan head - the "Moat Crossings," "The Steps of Knowledge," the "Temple Run," and of course, the iconic team names: "Purple Parrots," "Blue Barracudas," "Orange Iguanas," "Red Jaguars," "Silver Snakes" and "Green Monkeys." Only this time, the entire show is taken out of the studio into a "jungle" and scaled up with tougher challenges and much bigger prizes on the line.

Every episode is a hero's journey through a mysterious jungle. Five teams begin the journey, but only one is "strong enough and smart enough" to enter the ominous Olmec's Temple, avoid the "dreaded" Temple Guards, retrieve a lost treasure, and return it to its rightful owner.

LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE, the cherished '90s Nickelodeon competition show, originally aired from 1993-1995, with repeats airing continuously for nearly thirty years. LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE holds a special place in millennial hearts -- inspiring a movie, mobile games, a board game, and one of the most popular Halloween costumes every year. The award-winning series was inspired by the seminal Nintendo game "The Legend of Zelda" and the "Indiana Jones" movie franchise.

Based on the original game show created by David G. Stanley, Scott A. Stone and Stephen R. Brown, LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE is produced by Stone & Company Entertainment and Nickelodeon. The series is executive produced by Scott A. Stone and Marcus Fox ("Paradise Run").

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posted 5/13/2021

WEDNESDAY: Quiet as a Fox
"Masked Singer", "Kids Say" Winners
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS’ Kids Say the Darndest Things this Wednesday drew 3.1 million total viewers and a 0.3 demo rating, ticking down from last week’s Season 2 premiere.

Leading out of that, on-the-bubble SEAL Team dipped to an audience low (3.4 mil) while posting its fourth straight 0.4 rating. The already-renewed S.W.A.T. (2.8 mil/0.3) also dipped.

Elsewhere:

ABC | Bubble drama Million Little Things slipped to an audience low (1.95 mil) while steady in the demo (with a 0.3); read recap. On the sitcom front, everybody was steady Eddie!

FOX | The Masked Singer (4.4 mil/1.0, read recap) dipped to season lows but still led Wednesday in the demo. Game of Talents (2.2 mil/0.5) was steady.

NBC | Chicago Med (6.8 mil/0.9) was steady in the demo, while Fire (6.9 mil/0.9) and P.D. (5.8 mil/0.8) each dipped.

THE CW | Kung Fu (970K/0.1) and Nancy Drew (470K/0.1) both added eyeballs while steady in the demo.

Cable numbers for Wednesday are forthcoming.

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/13/2021

TUESDAY: This Is a Split
CBS, NBC Divide the Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC’s This Is Us returned from a month-long break to 4.9 million total viewers and a 0.8 demo rating, holding steady to lead Tuesday in the demo.

Bookending the family drama, The Voice (5.5 mil/0.6) was on par with Monday’s season lows and New Amsterdam (3.2 mil/0.4) was steady.

Elsewhere:

CBS | NCIS (8.6 mil/0.6) and FBI (7.4 mil/0.6) both slipped two tenths in the demo, though the former easily commanded Tuesday’s largest audience. FBI: Most Wanted (5.7 mil/0.5) was steady.

FOX | The Resident (2.9 mil/0.5) and the recently cancelled Prodigal Son (1.87 mil/0.4) each dropped some eyeballs while steady in the demo.

THE CW | The Flash (767K/0.2) rebounded from last week’s audience low, while Supergirl (472K/0.1) slipped to its own audience low ahead of a three-month (!) break.

ABC | Pooch Perfect (1.8 mil/0.3) and black-ish (1.6 mil/0.3) both dipped in the demo, while mixed-ish (1.5 mil/0.3) and Big Sky (2.6 mil/0.4) were steady.

Cable numbers for Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 765k/0.23 .

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/13/2021

Juegos en Espanol
Sony Canal Competencias Arrives on Xumo
From Cord Cutters News

Xumo is expanding its game show offerings with two new free channels.

The new channels are ‘Game Show Central,’ Game Show Network’s own digital ad-supported network, and Sony Pictures Television’s ‘Sony Canal Competencias,’ a free, ad-supported TV destination for Spanish-speaking viewers in the U.S. Game Show Central is a channel of engaging and fun game show content with something for everyone.

From classic trivia to word puzzles, physical games and outrageous competitions, Game Show Central offers round-the-clock, beat-the-clock entertainment showcasing the vast library of past Game Show Network hits, including “Winsanity,” “Idiotest” and “Baggage,” to name a few.

Dedicated to friendly reality competitions and fun game shows, Sony Canal Competencias, which targets the rapidly growing U.S. Hispanic audience, features programming designed to challenge contestants’ knowledge and skills. The channel debuts with “Escape Perfecto,” the Mexican adaptation of the hit SPT format “Raid the Cage.” On the fast-paced show produced by SPT International Production, pairs complete trivia and physical challenges to haul prizes from a gigantic cage before the doors slam shut.

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posted 5/13/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Eighteen and Out Part 2"

  • Ellen DeGeneres calls attacks on her "orchestrated", "misogynistic" (Deadline)

  • The Cluedle-Doo will unmask next week (Gold Derby)

  • Jeopardy! guest hosts ranked... by ratings (Forbes)

  • The CW is making the move... to Saturdays (TV Newscheck)

  • Katie Thurston apologizes for an Instagram post (Us Magazine)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Jenny Ryan is tired of people thinking she's wearing a wig (My London)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Quizness (News LEtter)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Colton Underwood (Variety)

posted 5/13/2021

UPFRONTS: Telemundo
Exatlón Estados Unidos Returns with Two New Series
From Deadline

Telemundo is out with its slate for 2021-22, featuring Season 3 of Queen of the South along with the sophomore run of Hidden Passion and four new or acquired scripted series.

NBCUniversal’s Spanish-language broadcaster also returns the popular Exatlón Estados Unidos and has a pair of new reality shows set.

Joining Exatlón Estados Unidos, which returns for Season 6, the net’s unscripted lineup includes dance competition Let’s Dance and cohabitation series The Celebrity House.

La Casa de los Famosos (The Celebrity House; working title) Telemundo reimagines the popular reality format, featuring a group of celebrities living together under constant video surveillance, totally isolated from the outside world. It’s the good, the bad, and the ugly as these glittering contestants compete for weekly awards and one grand prize of $200,000. And, with an unobstructed view, audiences will get to know a different side of their favorite celebrities they may have not known in this dramatic, provocative, and highly addictive show.

Así Se Baila (Let’s Dance; working title)
Telemundo’s bold remix on the popular dance competition genre, takes the stage with its singular beat. Featuring 10 celebrity contestants who put their best feet forward, this high-drama dance show pairs them with a loved one in a unique test of dance skills and family relationships captured under bright lights. Each week, teams comprised of couples, siblings, best friends, and mother-and-son duos take center stage in a dancing challenge unlike any other to win immunity against elimination and remain in the competition for another round. With their talents and intimate relationships on display, a panel of expert judges decides which winning couple declares: así se baila! (That’s how you dance!).

Exatlón Estados Unidos
The No. 1 family-friendly sports reality competition on Hispanic TV for four years in a row, returns to Telemundo for its sixth adrenaline-packed season featuring Hispanic contestants from across the country. In this new season, participants of the Famous Team and the Contenders Team tackle challenging new circuits and exhilarating nighttime obstacle courses expertly designed to test their combined physical and mental skills. Often grueling, the teams must endure extreme living conditions and absolute isolation from their daily lives, all in a fast and furious bid to win a grand prize of $1 million dollars and the coveted title of champion.


Deadline

posted 5/12/2021

The UK Back Open for Business
HIGNFY to Shoot with an Audience
From Deadline

UK studio comedy and entertainment shows are preparing to throw open their doors to live audiences from next week, as the British government relaxes social restrictions amid an easing of the coronavirus crisis.

From May 17, there won’t just be bums on seats in cinema screening rooms and theatres — some of the UK’s biggest television studios will once again welcome members of the public, meaning comedians and performers can get back to what they do best: Playing to a crowd.

Audiences briefly trickled back into television recordings last fall, but as Covid-19 cases rocketed, doors have been shut for months, and shows have largely recorded in front of virtual gatherings or scrapped audiences completely.

There is hope among producers that the latest unlocking will be more sustainable after the UK’s successful vaccination rollout.

Some shows are planning to open at full capacity from June 21, when there should be a dramatic relaxing of social distancing rules. Starting from next week, the BBC’s iconic topical panel show Have I Got News For You and ITV’s decade-old chat show, The Jonathan Ross Show, will be among the first to bring back audiences.

Jimmy Mulville, founder of Have I Got News For You producer Hat Trick Productions, said the show will be filmed in front of 100 to 200 people at London’s 400-seater Riverside Studios next Thursday. Another 60 to 80 people will also watch the recording live from a cinema at the Riverside facility.

Deadline

posted 5/12/2021

"Feud" Returns to South Africa
Steve Harvey Hosts Season 2
From IOL

Steve Harvey took a chance when he brought his widely popular game show “Family Feud” to South African shores, but it seems to have paid off as the second season makes its way to e.tv.

“Family Feud SA” started on Sunday, May 9, and will run until October 31 on the free to air channel at 6pm.

The game show sees two families compete to name the most popular responses to win cash and prizes. The questions in the game show are from answers received from a survey of 100 South Africans. The family scoring the most points walks off with the money and goes through to the next round.

“Hollywood told me that it can’t be done, so the highlight for me was proving them wrong. I did something that they said can’t be done.

“The quality of TV here is so good, the experience of filming was incredible and the crew were top notch,” said Harvey.

The show’s hugely successful first season, which launched during the national lockdown in 2020 and attracted more than 2.2 million viewers, led to Harvey filming season 2.

IOL

posted 5/12/2021

Down with the Quizness
Tom Allen's New Show Bows on Channel 4 Friday
From Radio Times

Tom Allen’s new game show Quizness starts on Friday 14th May at 8pm on Channel 4. The five-part series will air every week on Fridays from then on.

Tom Allen’s Quizness puts contestants’ general knowledge to the test as they harness their trivia skills for the chance to win £25,000 – but there’s a twist.

The more questions the competitors are able to answer, the dafter they must make themselves look to prove it. Whether it’s substituting nonsense words for correct answers or giving the most ridiculous response to a normal question, these quizzing hopefuls will need to get silly if they want to secure the prize pot.

Other rounds include a quick-fire segment, in which nearly every question has the same answer, and a multiple choice round, which tests the contestants’ speed of thought when having to answer a different question to the one they were actually asked.

Speaking about the show in a statement, host Tom Allen says, “I’m so excited to be doing this quiz show. I grew up loving Larry Grayson and Bruce Forsyth and I love a show that tests the players’ abilities and their ability to answer a complicated question.

“I think audiences will love how this show challenges people’s knowledge to be bright and then translate their answers in a bizarre way for the sake of the game. I mean it’s hilarious and so much fun. The whole family will love it!”

Radio Times

posted 5/12/2021

Ringing in Mongolia
"5 Gold Rings" Sold in Asia
From ITV Press Centre

ITV Studios’ hit game show 5 Gold Rings has been commissioned by Central Television in Mongolia. The highly engaging and interactive game show has already dominated various broadcast schedules across the globe and has now conquered its 11th territory.

Central Television confirmed the acquisition of two seasons. The first season, consisting of 26 episodes, will launch later this year on Central TV.

Mr. Ankhbayar Ganbold, CEO at CENTRAL Television, says “We are truly delighted about the fact that we are localizing and broadcasting “5 Golds Rings”, one of the greatest cognitive TV shows on earth. We are confident that a localized version of “5 Gold Rings” can play an essential role in educating and entertaining the audience here.”

5 Gold Rings is an iconic game show, co-created by John de Mol and Possessed, part of ITV Studios, in which every pixel counts. Contestants answer questions by placing gold rings onto an animated picture, displayed on a huge LED floor. The prize money per level gets higher…whereas the rings get smaller! Viewers can play along at home, by using the app that is available for the show.

ITV Press Centre

posted 5/12/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Eighteen and Out"

posted 5/12/2021


Los Angeles Times
NORMAN LLOYD: 1914-2021
"St. Elsewhere" Actor Appeared on MGHSH\
From Variety

Actor, producer and director Norman Lloyd, best known for his title role in Hitchcock’s “Saboteur” and as Dr. Daniel Auschlander on NBC’s “St. Elsewhere” and famously associated with Orson Welles’ Mercury Theater, died Tuesday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 106.

His friend, producer Dean Hargrove, confirmed his death and said “His third act was really the best time of his life,” referring to the many historical Hollywood retrospectives and events Lloyd had participated in over the past few decades. Lloyd often said his secret to his long and mostly illness-free life was “avoiding disagreeable people,” Hargrove recounted.

Lloyd was hand-picked by Alfred Hitchcock to play the title character and villain in 1942’s “Saboteur,” and it was his character who tumbled to his death from the top of the Statue of Liberty in the pic’s iconic conclusion.

But the hard-working multihyphenate gained his highest profile only in his late 60s and 70s when he appeared as the wise physician Dr. Auschlander on NBC’s prestige medical drama “St. Elsewhere” from 1982-88. During this run, he made his sole game show appearance during St. Elsewhere Week on "The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour" on NBC.

Lloyd began his eight-decade showbiz career in theater, appearing first with Eva Le Galienne’s Civic Repertory Theater, then joining the original company of the Orson Welles-John Houseman Mercury Theater. In addition to Welles and Houseman, the Mercury players included actors such as Joseph Cotten, Vincent Price and Agnes Moorehead.

Late in his career, he made guest appearances on TV shows “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Wings” and “The Practice.” He was a regular on the show “Seven Days” and appeared in an episode of ABC’s “Modern Family” in 2010.

Born Nov. 8, 2014 in Jersey City, N.J., Lloyd graduated from NYU.

A 2007 documentary about his life, “Who Is Norman Lloyd?,” directed by Matthew Sussman, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.

He remained a busy performer to the end, appearing on film panels, at festivals, in student films, and in his own one-man show at the Colony Theatre in Burbank in 2010. Lloyd’s autobiography, “Stages,” was published in 1993. The actor was interviewed by Leonard Maltin before a screening of “The Lady Vanishes” at the TCM Classic Film Festival in 2013.

His wife, Peggy Craven Lloyd, a Broadway actress to whom he was married for 75 years, died in 2011. She was 98.

He is survived by two children.

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posted 5/11/2021


Sony Pictures TV Studios

SYNDIES: Week 30
Results for the Week Ending May 2
From TV News Check

In its 25th and final first-run season, daytime juggernaut Judge Judy jumped 19% to a six-week high 5.1 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and out-rated most access shows including watercooler favorite Jeopardy in the session ending May 2.

Jeopardy, with guest host Anderson Cooper for a second week, slipped 6% to a 4.8, landing in a tie with Wheel of Fortune, which also fell 6% to a 4.8.

Family Feud led the games — and all of syndication — with an unchanged 5.5.

Future guest hosts as the show works out a permanent succession plan include “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker, “Call Me Kat” star Mayim Bialik, Jeopardy! all-star Buzzy Cohen, and sportscaster Joe Buck. The show will make a donation to a charity of each host’s choosing in an amount equal to the contestants’ cumulative winnings during their respective week of episodes.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.5 NC
- Jeopardy (CMV) 4.8 -6%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.8 -6%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.4 -20%


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posted 5/11/2021

MONDAY: Going Live...
Fox Wins with 9-1-1
From The Futon Critic

FOX (5.083 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) stayed on top on Monday with originals from "9-1-1" (5.480 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) and "9-1-1: Lone Star" (4.686 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2).

The silver went to NBC (4.699 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) with fresh installments of "The Voice" (5.800 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "Debris" (2.498 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Next up was CBS (4.410 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and its mix of "The Neighborhood" (4.973 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (4.761 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "All Rise" (3.599 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "Bull" (4.765 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.535 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up "The Wonderful World of Disney: Finding Dory" (1.928 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) alongside a new "The Good Doctor" (3.748 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

And finally, The CW (0.318 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) opted for a repeat "All American" (0.324 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) and a new "Black Lightning" (0.312 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) to round out the evening.

Cable numbers for Monday....
- Best Baker in America (SP/Food): 834k/0.15
- Chopped Sweets (Food): 582k/0.11
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 537k/0.04
- Race to the Center of the Earth (SF/NatGeo): 202k/0.03


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/11/2021

WEEKEND: American Kunoichi
CBS, ABC Split Sunday
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.537 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) held onto the demo crown on Sunday with its trio of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.310 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2), "American Idol" (5.030 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) and "The Rookie" (3.777 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2).

CBS (6.134 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) took home the silver with its quartet of "60 Minutes" (7.245 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "The Equalizer" (6.936 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.462 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.891 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Next up was NBC (1.586 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) and its lineup of "The American Ninja Warrior Women's Championship" (1.863 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10), "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" (1.258 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "Good Girls" (1.362 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.919 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) served up a repeat "The Simpsons" (0.573 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) alongside new episodes of "Bless the Harts" (0.659 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14), "The Simpsons" (1.079 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11), "The Great North" (0.815 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11), "Bob's Burgers" (1.083 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "Family Guy" (1.306 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

And finally, fresh installments of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.502 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) and "Batwoman" (0.385 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) on The CW (0.444 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night.

Cable numbers for Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America: Best of the Worst (Food): 801k/0.17
- Worst Cooks in America: Dirty Dishes (Food): 530k/0.12

FOX (2.157 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) was back on top in demos on Friday thanks to "WWE SmackDown" (2.157 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1).

CBS (4.479 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) claimed top viewership honors with a rebroadcast of "Kids Say the Darndest Things" (2.993 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) followed by the season finale of "Magnum P.I." (4.778 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and a new "Blue Bloods" (5.667 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

Next up was ABC (3.117 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with originals from "Shark Tank" (3.454 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) and "20/20" (2.949 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) alongside NBC (2.852 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with fresh installments of "The Blacklist" (3.100 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and "Dateline NBC" (2.728 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

And finally, The CW (0.355 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) wrapped the night with the relocated "Charmed" (0.416 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #9) and the season premiere of "Dynasty" (0.294 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.0, #10).

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/11/20210

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "John Cena Turns Heel"

posted 5/11/2021

More on "You Bet Your Life"
Casting Continues for Fall Release
From WTAJ Altoona

Jay Leno is being reunited with his longtime band leader Kevin Eubanks as they host a remake of the game show “You Bet Your Life!”

The show will takes complete strangers and pair them up to compete in a trivia game to win cash prizes.

Leno says it’s a show the country needs right now. He says, “I’m tired of things that just divide people.” He continued, “We just want to see faces from all over the country, people from different walks of life, people who don’t all have the same point of view. Because, that’s what the whole country is about. Everybody thinks differently. Let’s celebrate that.”

Leno says the show will have some of the elements people loved from this run on “The Tonight Show” and stay away from the controversial which he attributes the show’s long success to. That includes a monologue and taking submissions from viewers like he did with his “Headlines” segment.

What’s unique about the show is that you don’t have to live in New York or Los Angeles to be a contestant. They will be flying in qualified applicants from all over the U.S. to participate. All you have to do is apply on their website and you could be flown to L.A. to play!

WTAJ Altoona
Televisual
Chortle

Beyond the Joke

posted 5/10/2021

Comedy Central UK Goes All-In on Panels
Three New Panel Quizzes Greenlit
From C21 MEdia

ViacomCBS-owned channel Comedy Central in the UK has commissioned three unscripted shows to debut this year.

Yesterday, Today & the Day Before (6×60’), produced by Rumpus Media, sees a female-led panel of comedians offer a fresh take on all that has happened in the world, poring over news, pop culture and funny anecdotes. Rumpus Media founder Emily Hudd exec produces.

From NBCUniversal International Studios label Monkey comes The Complaints Department, a 6×60’ panel show in which two teams of comics are presented with the finest complaints, whines and protests from the public in the UK and beyond.

Also from Monkey, Fact Off (working title) is a 6×60’ quizshow in which four comedians, armed with the most impressive facts and fascinating trivia they know, try to outsmart one another.

Monkey founder Will Macdonald exec produces The Complaints Department and Fact Off with Toby Brack. Sebastian Cardwell, deputy director of programmes at ViacomCBS Networks UK, said: “These three new rich and varied formats with top-tier comedic talent at the heart are guaranteed to keep our audiences laughing.”

C21 Media
Televisual
Chortle

Beyond the Joke

posted 5/10/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Where Were You When the Globes Stopped Spinning"

  • Golden Globes, amidst blowback for half-assing reform, cancelled by NBC (TV Line)

  • Kenny Mayne leaving ESPN after 27 years (TV Line)

  • Byron Allen leads the charge in funneling ad dollars to Black-owned media (Deadline)

  • WinQuik host Pooch Hall signs with Zero Gravity Management (Deadline)

  • Alan Carr in epic trouble. Again (The Irish Post)

posted 5/10/2021


The Independent
TAWNY KITAEN: 1951-2021
Video Vixen Started on "To Tell the Truth"
From Newser

She started out in the world of TV game shows before becoming one of the most well-known faces of the '80s, appearing in Whitesnake music videos and the 1984 film Bachelor Party. Now, a goodbye to Julie "Tawny" Kitaen, who died Friday at the age of 59 in Newport Beach, Calif., reports TMZ. The Orange County Coroner's Office has not yet said the cause of death, per Variety.

Kitaen, a native of San Diego, started her career on the '70s game show revival To Tell the Truth, then saw her big-screen breakthrough opposite Tom Hanks in Bachelor Party. Kitaen also became an '80s "music video vixen," per Page Six, appearing in the Whitesnake videos for "Here I Go Again" and "Is This Love," among others. She ended up marrying Whitesnake's lead singer, David Coverdale, in 1989, though they divorced two years later. She married MLB pitcher Chuck Finley in 1997, and they, too, divorced, in 2002 after a five-year marriage, following Finley's accusations against Kitaen of domestic violence. She was also known to struggle with substance abuse and had a few run-ins with the law, including a drug possession charge in 2006 and one for DUI in 2009. "Just woke up to some very sad, unexpected news," Coverdale tweeted Saturday morning. "If it is true, my sincere condolences to her children, her family, friends & fans." Kitaen is survived by her two daughters with Finley, 28-year-old Wynter and 22-year-old Raine.

Newser
AmoMama
TMZ

posted 5/9/2021

A New Host Soon?
That's What Mike Richards Says, At Least
From Esquire

The new permanent host of Jeopardy! will have some big shoes to fill. In November 2020, the death of longtime host Alex Trebek stunned the popular game show’s legions of fans, kicking off an unusual season of television. A revolving door of celebrities and television personalities have put in short-term stints behind the Jeopardy! lectern, but as season 37 winds down, speculation abounds as to who will take over for the long haul. Fans may not have to wait for answers much longer, as Jeopardy! producers have signaled that news about the permanent host is coming soon.

Executive producer and showrunner Mike Richards shared that a casting decision will be made before the next season begins taping in late July or early August. He also detailed the reasons behind the slow hiring process, saying, “We started talking about it internally, that to name someone right away would be very hard for us, because we were still reeling from the loss [of Alex Trebek]. [For] the Jeopardy! family — which is the fans, the country, the staff — that if on Friday it’s Alex’s last show, and then Monday it’s a new person’s show, that would probably be unfair to the person stepping in to do it.”

As they seek out the permanent host, Richards and his fellow producers are scrutinizing the show’s viewership numbers, while also bringing in focus groups and paying close attention to social media. “You want to make an informed decision,” Richards said. “We want to go at this with real analytics and real testing and not just go, ‘Hey, how about this guy?’ which is kind of how a lot of these decisions have been made historically.”

Esquire
Salon
NBC News Today

Screen Rant

posted 5/9/2021

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "Return of the... King?"

  • Aaron Rodgers has been named the host of "Jeopardy!"... on "The Conners" (Pro Football Talk)

  • Anne Hegerty enjoying quarantine while waiting to meet Larry Emdur (7 News)

  • LIST ABUSE: The 10 longest-running game shows... IN THE WORLD! (The Things)

posted 5/9/2021


Paramount+/Deadline

NBC Slip Slides Away
Bobby Moynihan, Ron Funches to Host "Ultimate Slip'n Slide" After the Olympics
From The Hollywood Reporter

NBC has found its post-Olympics show. The network has gone straight to series on a 10-episode reality competition game show Ultimate Slip ‘n’ Slide. Hosted by comedians and actors Bobby Moynihan (NBC’s Mr. Mayor) and Ron Funches (The Goldbergs), the series will launch with one episode on Sunday, Aug. 8, at 7:30 p.m. PT — immediately after the Summer Olympics Closing Ceremonies.

“NBC is proud to be the home of some of the biggest and most outrageous physical competition shows and we’re thrilled to add this larger-than-life version of the classic backyard game to our summer lineup,” said Jenny Groom, the recently installed executive vp unscripted content at NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “What better way to celebrate all the gold medals from the Olympic Summer Games than to give everyday people the opportunity to soar down an extraordinary 65-foot-tall slippery yellow slide.”

Described as a “fresh” take on Wham-O’s popular 1960s outdoor game, the series transforms the backyard slide into a real-life water park filled with gigantic slippery rides and the chance to win a big cash prize. Siblings, friends, couples and colleagues will all compete in multiple rounds of the game that includes challenges like Human Bong, Body Bowling, Cornhole and Bocce Fall.

The Hollywood Reporter
Variety
The Wrap

Deadline

The Futon Critic

C21 Media

posted 5/7/2021

A Square Reunion
Stars Past and Present Play for Charity
From the Hollywood Museum

On average 10 million tourists and fans visit a 15-block stretch of Hollywood Boulevard every year to visit the Walk of Fame and The Hollywood Museum - Today, it is anything but business as usual for the popular sites, who have turned toward social media to bring Hollywood to the fans at this time.

During the recent and current health crisis, people haven't been able to get out to see the museum, so we are bringing the museum to the people through "The Hollywood Museum Squares," with the help of many celebrities. The proceeds will benefit the museum, which is currently the most recognized venue in the city as the "Official Museum of Hollywood" and the go to for authentic Hollywood and entertainment history.

Hollywood insider, Donelle Dadigan (President/Founder of The Hollywood Museum; Chair of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce; Chair of the Hollywood Historic Trust & member of the CA Film Commission and more), has been called Hollywood's most influential woman and welcomes you to "The Hollywood Museum Squares."

Hosting will be former hosts Tom Bergeron and John Davidson as well as veteran hosts Marc Summers and Pat Finn and head writer Bruce Vilanch. Each show will also feature a prerecorded intro from the Master of the Hollywood Squares Peter Marshall.


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YouTube

Heavy

posted 5/7/2021


Studio Lambert/Netflix

"Circle" Goes Offline... in the UK
Channel 4 Cancels Competition Series
From Radio Times

After three popular seasons of the reality series with a virtual twist, Channel 4 has announced it will not be renewing The Circle, choosing instead to make space for creative new ideas.

In a statement, a Channel 4 spokesperson told RadioTimes.com, “The Circle has been a huge hit for young audiences and has grown successively over three seasons on Channel 4, consistently outperforming slot averages. We’re incredibly proud to have worked with Studio Lambert North and Motion Content Group to invest in such an innovative show and to have given it a springboard for its international format success.

“In much the same way as when we originally commissioned The Circle, Channel 4 has a responsibility to continually look at how we reinvent and create space for new ideas, and so we have decided not to commission the show for a fourth season. We’d like to thank Studio Lambert, Motion and all those involved for The Circle’s huge success over the last three series.”

A spokesperson for Studio Lambert confirmed they are “in talks with Netflix” about the future of the series, saying, “The second season of The Circle US is doing very well on Netflix and we are in talks with Netflix about the future of the show in both America and in the UK.

“We are grateful to Channel 4 for all they did to help launch this innovative and entertaining format.”

Hosted by Emma Willis, the game show sees contestants communicate only via a social media platform. Not meeting face-to-face, they can play as anyone they wish – “anyone can be anyone in The Circle”.

This year also saw the first ever Celebrity Circle for Stand Up to Cancer, with rapper Lady Leshurr winning the series after catfishing as Big Narstie.

The American version of the reality show, The Circle USA, airs on Netflix
.

Radio Times
Manchester EVening News
Business Live

posted 5/7/2021

Steve Wozniak Looking for the Next Unicorn
"Shark Tank" Variant Begins on Prime Video May 10
From MarketWatch

A new streaming-TV series called “Unicorn Hunters” will spotlight up-and-coming growth companies looking to hit the $1 billion “unicorn” valuation.

The series, which has been described as a “Shark Tank”–style show by its creators and will air on a number of streaming services, allows a group of investors to put up money for pre-IPO companies. Those investors include Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and TransparentBusiness CEO Alex Konanykhin.

One way “Unicorn Hunters,” set to debut on May 10, is different from the ABC program “Shark Tank” lies in who is allowed to invest. On “Shark Tank,” only the so-called sharks on the show can invest in the featured companies, while on “Unicorn Hunters” viewers can get in on the investing.

“We will provide millions of people a transparent access to select pre-IPO investment opportunities, which in the past were usually only available to venture-capital funds and investment banks,” Konanykhin said in a press release. “The capital raised by the companies featured on the show may reach the nine-figure range, and some of them may deliver high returns on investment.”

In an email to MarketWatch, Konanykhin said audience investments “will be handled through FINRA-licensed broker-dealer companies and, in case of a crowdfunding round, via licensed crowdfunding platforms.”

The show’s website includes a section that allows people to pre-register for “special access” to featured companies.

The emergence of this show comes as the number of investors is spiking. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of Americans have gotten into various forms of investing for the first time.

“Unicorn Hunters” can be seen on Amazon Prime Video, LinkedIn Broadcast, Facebook Watch, YouTube, and Vimeo.

MarketWatch

posted 5/7/2021

THURSDAY: TGIT Returns
ABC Splits wth CBS
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.111 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) was back on top on Thursday with originals from "Station 19" (4.285 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2), "Grey's Anatomy" (4.804 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) and "Rebel" (3.243 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

NBC (2.651 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) moved up to second with its lineup of "Manifest" (2.941 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), a second "Manifest" (2.744 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.267 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Next up was CBS (4.204 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with fresh installments from "Young Sheldon" (6.364 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "United States of Al" (4.597 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), "Mom" (5.154 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3), "B Positive" (4.035 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "Clarice" (2.537 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.488 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up a repeat "Name That Tune" (1.487 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) alongside new episodes of "Last Man Standing" (2.029 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "Let's Be Real" (0.950 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14).

And finally, The CW (0.743 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) wrapped the evening with new episodes of "Walker" (0.975 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) and "Legacies" (0.510 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15).

Cable numbers for Thursday....
- Top Chef Portland (SP/Bravo): 906k/0.28
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 855k/0.21

- Wipeout (TBS): 688k/0.20

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/7/2021

WEDNESDAY: Kids Say... Not Much
NBC Wins on Chicago
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, Kids Say the Darndest Things made its CBS debut to 3.6 million total viewers and a 0.3 rating, down sharply in the demo (yet steady in audience) versus its Season 1 averages on ABC (3.6 mil/0.6).

Now with a lower-rated lead-in than Tough as Nails, bubble-straddling SEAL Team (3.7 mil/0.4) added a few eyeballs while steady in the demo. S.W.A.T. (3.1 mil/0.4) was steady.

Elsewhere:

FOX | The Masked Singer (4.4 mil/1.0) led Wednesday in the demo; Game of Talents (2.3 mil/0.5) dipped.

NBC | Chicago Med (6.8 mil/0.8) dipped, while Fire (7 mil/0.9) and P.D. (5.6 mil/0.9) were steady — with Fire delivering the night’s biggest audience.

THE CW | The newly renewed Kung Fu (970K/0.1) dipped again, while Nancy Drew (480K/0.1) was steady.

ABC | The Goldbergs (2.8 mil/0.5) and Home Economics (2.2 mil/0.4) were steady. Bubble drama A Million Little Things (2.04 mil/0.3) added a few eyeballs while steady in the demo.

Cable numbers for Wednesday...
- Forged in Fire (History): 680k/0.14
- The Challenge: Double Agents Reunion (S/MTV): 579k/0.32
- Guy's Grocery Games Delivery (Food): 569k/0.15

TV Line
Deadline
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/6/2021

Another Dog in the Fight
A&E Renews "America's Top Dog"
From the Futon Critic

A&E Network is celebrating man's best friend this summer with the return of competition series "America's Top Dog" and the premiere of a new series, "An Animal Saved My Life" both from Big Fish Entertainment. Bringing together working dogs, K9s, and "underdogs," two new back-to-back seasons of "America's Top Dog" take the competition to the next level with a new course and more breeds than ever before. New series "An Animal Saved My Life," showcases extraordinary acts of heroism by animals. The two-hour premiere of "America's Top Dog" begins Tuesday, June 29 at 8pm ET/PT. "An Animal Saved My Life" premieres with back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, July 6 at 9pm ET/PT.

In each one-hour episode, "America's Top Dog" features furry friends alongside their handlers facing off on a massive canine obstacle course designed to test their speed, agility, teamwork, and trust as they navigate a series of challenges over two rounds of competition. Award-winning veteran studio and sports broadcaster Curt Menefee ("FOX NFL Sunday," "The OT") and actor and comedian David Koechner ("Anchorman," "The Office") serve as hosts and break down the action, while sideline reporter Rachel Bonnetta (FOX Sports, "FOX Bet Live") catches up with the teams down on the course.

Season two introduces a new format with head-to-head match ups, pitting a pup against another competitor in their class across working dogs, police K9s and "underdogs," for an epic battle to prove who is best. The winners of each of the three classes face-off head-to-head to determine who is that week's Top Dog. Each week, the winning team will receive a $10,000 cash prize as well as an additional $5,000 to donate to the animal charity of their choice. In the final week of competition, the winning teams return for the ultimate face off for the title of "America's Top Dog" and an additional $25,000. The competition continues across season three with even more breeds, high-stakes and new rules.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/6/2021

BBQ Brawl to Return, Expand
A New Challenger Enters the Arena June 14
From the Futon Critic

The brawl is back as culinary icons and acclaimed Food Network hosts Bobby Flay and Michael Symon face-off for a rematch on a new season of BBQ Brawl, premiering with a special 90-minute episode, Monday, June 14th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. However, a new twist is in store for Michael and Bobby as they are joined by a third coach who knows a thing or two about grilling, with Food Network's Eddie Jackson ready to take the competition to a whole new level; through 10 episodes, Bobby, Michael and Eddie mentor and coach 12 talented and buzzworthy barbecue stars from around the country for ultimate bragging rights. Set at the famed Star Hill Ranch in Austin, Texas, the competitors are broken into three teams as they are challenged in each episode with two rounds of barbecue battles that test their individual skills along with how well they work together as a team. With the captains inspiring their teams every step of the way, a panel of judges featuring barbecue legend Rodney Scott, famed chef Brooke Williamson, and lifestyle personality Carson Kressley, decide which team was least successful each episode, with the competitor deemed the weakest link eliminated. The captains must do everything in their power to keep their team members in the game - including diving into the action themselves - but in the end, only one chef will win the coveted title of "Master of Cue" and appear across Food Network's digital platforms to become its official BBQ expert for the year, giving tips and tricks to work a grill no matter your skill level.

"Bobby Flay, Michael Symon and Eddie Jackson are Food Network stars with experience in culinary competitions at the highest level, but they have their work cut out for them as they mentor these talented competitors through a fast-paced and highly intense BBQ showdown," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "The stakes couldn't be higher as the captains guide their teams to the finish line to earn bragging rights over each other."

Bobby Flay, Michael Symon and Eddie Jackson get their teams ready as they select their barbecue standouts. Nothing is off limits in hopes of avoiding elimination, with challenges that include the teams exploring the sports side of barbecue, bringing friends and family together around the grill to fire up their team spirit and taste buds. An unexpected twist is in store for the teams in another episode, as fishing comes into play to prove the competitors can handle some delicate seafood just as well as meat. And the competitors put everything on the line heading into the double-episode finale on Monday, August 9th at 9pm ET/PT, with the remaining team members joining forces with their captains to impress the judges and earn a spot to compete in the ultimate barbecue gauntlet - a super-sized all-day competition filled with surprises that will have one captain and competitor celebrating as BBQ champion.

Fans can check out Food Network's Facebook, Instagram and Twitter platforms for exclusive barbecue how-tos with Bobby, Michael and Eddie, and to get the captains' best cookout recipes. Join the conversation all season using #BBQBrawl.

BBQ Brawl is produced by Rock Shrimp Productions.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/6/2021

More on "The Ultimate Surfer"
Jesse Palmer to Host for ABC
From Deadline

Jesse Palmer, the former NFL quarterback who appeared as The Bachelor in season five, is hosting ABC’s reality competition series The Ultimate Surfer.

Palmer, who played for the New York Giants and San Francisco 49ers and also hosted ABC’s The Proposal, will front the series with the help of sports anchor Erin Coscarelli and the voice of surfing Joe Turpel as commentators. Surf champion Kelly Slater is the lead consultant and also serves as a special correspondent.

The competition series, which is produced by Lionsgate’s Pilgrim Media Group and WSL Studios, was shot at Kelly Slater’s Surf Ranch in Kings County, California.

It features top up-and-coming surfers training and battling it out at the surf ranch with men and women competing in individual and team challenges focused on specific surfing disciplines. Weekly eliminations will leave two men and two women as finalists who will vie for the male and female titles of the Ultimate Surfer and the opportunity to compete on the WSL World Tour.

The Ultimate Surfer is exec produced by Craig Piligian, WSL CEO Erik Logan, UFC President Dana White and Faye Stapleton.

The surfers competing for the title of The Ultimate Surfer include:

- Anastasia Ashley – 33, Miami Beach, Fla.
- Kai Barger – 30, Haiku, Hawaii
- Mason Barnes – 26, Venice, Calif.
- Tia Blanco – 23, Oceanside, Calif.
- Austin Clouse – 26, Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
- Brianna Cope – 25, Koloa, Hawaii
- Luke Davis – 27, Los Angeles, Calif.
- Kayla Durden – 27, Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
- Juli Hernandez – 22, Costa Mesa, Calif.
- Zeke Lau – 26, Honolulu, Hawaii
- Alejandro Moreda – 34, San Juan, Puerto Rico
- Koa Smith – 25, Sunset Beach, Hawaii
- Malia Ward – 22, San Clemente, Calif.
- Bruna Zaun – 30, Redondo Beach, Calif.


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Deadline

posted 5/6/2021

Alone in Canada
Catch It on History June 3
From The Futon Critic

The HISTORY(R) Channel's popular nonfiction survival series "Alone" returns for season eight on Thursday, June 3 at 9:30PM ET/PT. This season, ten contestants fight to survive in the Canadian wilderness on the shores of Chilko Lake, British Columbia - a location with one of the densest grizzly bear populations on earth. Survivalists are dropped off in undisclosed, remote locations and equipped with just ten survival tools, and enough camera gear to self-document their experiences. The survivalist who endures the longest, facing total isolation, punishing weather, and deadly predators, will win the $500,000 grand prize. No camera crews. No gimmicks. "Alone" is the ultimate test of human will.

"'Alone' has always been a hit series for The HISTORY Channel, but this past year it has particularly resonated with audiences now-more-than-ever as we've watched survivalists endure total isolation through their ingenuity and mental willpower," said Eli Lehrer, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming for The HISTORY Channel. "This new season will continue to authentically feature the grit of human endurance and challenge viewers to look at the outdoors - and their own backyards - a bit differently."

Season eight of "Alone" sets the stakes higher than ever before in the most dangerous location yet. Survivalists must build their own shelters, forage their own food, and overcome numerous obstacles and dangerous predators in hopes of being the last person standing. Never before have contestants come into such frequent contact with the fierce and territorial grizzly bear, until now.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/6/2021

NCT Is Looking for a Newbie
K-Pop Competition - Yes Another One - Coming from MGM, SM Entertainment
From Deadline

The Korean pop movement that has spawned the likes of BTS and Blackpink is getting another competition series.

MGM and Korea’s SM Entertainment, founded by Soo-Man Lee, are developing a reality series to find the latest member of K-pop band NCT.

The MGM/SM Entertainment untitled series, which is open to young men between the ages of 13-25, will see America’s most talented emerging artists compete against each other to win a coveted spot in the NCT Universe. NCT is currently comprised of 23 members from across the globe, who also make up the sub-groups NCT 127, NCT DREAM, and WayV.

Once chosen, the contestants will be sent to Seoul, South Korea to attend K-Pop bootcamp at the SM Campus. In each episode, they will compete in challenges designed to test their dance skills, vocals and style, and will be judged and mentored by Soo-Man Lee and a variety of current NCT superstars including NCT 127.

Deadline
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 5/6/2021


Amazon Studios

More on "Making the Cut" Season 2
Catch It July 16 on Prime Video
From The Futon Critic

Amazon Original series Making the Cut, hosted and executive produced by fashion's favorite duo Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, will premiere its second season on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, July 16, 2021. The eight-episode fashion competition series, which brings together a diverse group of 10 visionary designers and entrepreneurs, will drop two new episodes each week, culminating in a grand finale with an epic runway show on August 6, 2021.

Filmed in Los Angeles, Season Two showcases 10 designers from five different countries who compete in assignments that challenge not only their design skills but also their ability to run all facets of a fashion brand. Throughout the competition, designers who do not "make the cut" will be eliminated, with the winner crowned during the finale episode receiving the ultimate prize of $1 million to invest in their business, the opportunity to sell a collection in Amazon Fashion's store, and a mentorship with Amazon Fashion.

Judging their looks and business acumen are some of fashion's most exciting and fresh names, global supermodel Winnie Harlow and Moschino Creative Director Jeremy Scott, plus guest judges, including award-winning fashion designer and activist Prabal Gurung and costume designer and celebrity stylist Shiona Turini. Limited editions of the winning look from each episode will be available for purchase immediately following each episode exclusively in Amazon Fashion's Making the Cut store. After most winning looks from Season One sold out in under two days, Season Two will offer increased availability of winning looks. We encourage customers to shop early so they can watch it and wear it.

The series is executive produced by Sara Rea, Page Feldman, Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, and Jennifer Love and is produced by Hello Sunshine and Amazon Studios.

The 10 designers competing for the opportunity of a lifetime are:

- Ally Ferguson (Los Angeles, California)
- Andrea Pitter (Brooklyn, New York)
- Andrea Salazar (Medellín, Colombia)
- Dushyant Asthana (Jaipur, India)
- Gary Graham (Franklin, New York)
- Joshua Scacheri (London, England)
- Lendrell Martin (South Orange, New Jersey)
- Lucie Brochard (Paris, France)
- Olivia Oblanc (New Orleans, Louisiana)
- Raf Swiader (Sosnowiec, Poland)


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REality Blurred

posted 5/6/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Case of the Ex"

  • Matt James: "It's unfair to leave people". THAT's why he's back with Rachel. (USA Today)

  • #ICYMI: The Circle players (re)unite (TV Line)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the best queens of RuPaul's Drag Race (Entertainment Weekly)

posted 5/6/2021

David Mitchell Gets a Peep at a Game SHow
Half of Mitchell & Webb to Host "Outsiders"
From MSN

David Mitchell, known as much for his famous rants on Would I Lie to You? as he is for Peep Show, is fronting a new game show that's been announced as part of a line-up of brand new originals for Dave.

David Mitchell standing in front of a stage: Peep Show's David Mitchell to front new game show Outsiders with Taskmaster favorites, as Dave has announced a host of brand new series.

Outsiders will be a series of six hour-long episodes that feature three pairs of comedians trying to survive in the great outdoors. Ed Gamble, Jamali Maddix, Jessica Knappett, Kerry Godliman, Lou Sanders and Toussaint Douglass will be the comics taking part, and you'll recognise all bar the latter from appearing on Taskmaster over the years.

Another series that we're excited to see is Question Team, hosted by Richard Ayoade. Three comedians will take part in each hour-long episode and they themselves will be setting the questions, which sounds like it could be very chaotic.

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posted 5/5/2021

TUESDAY: Eye Works
CBS Wins Night
From TV Line

CBS (7.528 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) claimed top honors on Tuesday thanks to its trio of "NCIS" (9.262 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1), "FBI" (7.853 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (5.469 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

FOX (2.651 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) took home the silver with its duo of "The Resident" (3.269 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and "Prodigal Son" (2.033 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Next up was NBC (2.233 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with the season finale of "Young Rock" (2.364 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) followed by repeats of "Young Rock" (1.686 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "This Is Us" (1.797 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) plus a new "New Amsterdam" (2.878 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.025 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up a new "Pooch Perfect" (2.231 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) alongside repeats of "Black-ish" (1.389 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Mixed-ish" (1.295 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) as well as a new "Big Sky" (2.503 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

And finally, originals from "The Flash" (0.761 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "Supergirl" (0.617 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15) on The CW (0.689 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

Cable numbers for Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 792k/0.19
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 540k/0.05
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 277k/0.14

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/5/2021

K-Pop from Latin America?
HBO Max Wants to Play
From Deadline

K-pop is fast becoming a global musical force with the success of BTS and Blackpink.

HBO Max is looking to take advantage of this with a new series designed to find a new K-pop phenomenon. The twist? The streamer is looking for the band to come out of Latin America.

The WarnerMedia-backed streamer is developing the untitled competition series with Korean media firm CJ ENM, the company behind Fox’s I Can See Your Voice, and Endemol Shine Boomdog, the Spanish-language arm of Endemol Shine North America, which produces series including MasterChef Mexico and Univision’s Mira Quien Baila.

Deadline

posted 5/5/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Plinko de Mayo"

  • Alan Carr gets OFCOM complaints for... doing the right thing. (Metro)

  • Who should host Jeopardy!? Let's look at the candidates again... (New York Times)

  • After 35 years at the helm of Wheel and Jeopardy!, John Lauderdale is calling it a career (Instagram)

posted 5/5/2021


Sony Pictures TV Studios

SYNDIES: Week 29
Results for the Week Ending April 25
From TV News Check

Coverage of concluding arguments and the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial dealt daytime syndication a blow as it preempted the primary runs of many popular shows cleared on network affiliates in the session ending April 25.

Elsewhere, Family Feud gained 4% to a 5.5 and flew into first place among the game shows and all of syndication. Jeopardy, with guest host Anderson Cooper, sank 7% to a 5.1 and landed in a tie with Wheel of Fortune, which fell 4%. Jeopardy had been the syndie leader for the past two weeks with iconic quarterback Aaron Rodgers at the podium.

Future guest hosts as the show works out a permanent succession plan include “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker, “Call Me Kat” star Mayim Bialik, Jeopardy! all-star Buzzy Cohen, and sportscaster Joe Buck. The show will make a donation to a charity of each host’s choosing in an amount equal to the contestants’ cumulative winnings during their respective week of episodes.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.5 +4%
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.1 -7%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.1 -4%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 +25%


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NextTV

posted 5/4/2021

MONDAY: 10 Years And Just The Beginning
Fox Wins with 9-1-1
From The Futon Critic

FOX (5.438 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the victor on Monday thanks to fresh installments of "9-1-1" (5.777 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) and "9-1-1: Lone Star" (5.099 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2).

NBC (4.735 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) took home the silver with originals from "The Voice" (5.816 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "Debris" (2.574 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Next up was CBS (4.562 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and its lineup of "The Neighborhood" (5.064 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (4.631 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5), "All Rise" (3.556 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "Bull" (5.282 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.026 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) opted for "The Wonderful World of Disney: Incredibles 2" (2.190 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and a repeat "Home Economics" (1.207 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10).

And finally, a repeat "All American" (0.312 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) and a new "Black Lightning" (0.344 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.328 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Monday....
- Best Baker in America (SP/Food): 878k/0.18
- Chopped Sweets (SP/Food): 636k/0.16
- Race to the Center of the Earth (NatGeo): 229k/0.05


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/4/2021

WEEKEND: A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes
CBS, ABC TIe Demo; Eye Takes Sunday Outright
From The Futon Critic

CBS (6.118 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) was the top draw on Sunday thanks to its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.275 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "The Equalizer" (6.970 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.477 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.749 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

ABC (4.732 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) shared in the demo honors with its trio of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.560 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "American Idol" (5.259 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) and "The Rookie" (3.849 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Next up was NBC (1.477 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with a repeat "Ellen's Game of Games" (1.527 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) alongside originals from "Ellen's Game of Games" (1.774 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" (1.242 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Good Girls" (1.363 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.757 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up its lineup of "The Simpsons" (0.593 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), a new "Bless the Harts" (0.579 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), "The Simpsons" (0.767 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), "The Great North" (0.607 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and new episodes of "Bob's Burgers" (0.925 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Family Guy" (1.072 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

And finally, the return of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.456 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T18) and the relocated "Batwoman" (0.381 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T18) rounded out the night for The CW (0.419 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America: Best of the Worst (Food): 779k/0.15
- Worst Cooks in America: Dirty Dishes (Food): 544k/0.11

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posted 5/4/2021

Open for Business?
CDC Issues Recommendations, LA County Readies
From Deadline

Los Angeles County officially qualified for the least-restrictive Yellow tier in the state’s Covid-19 reopening blueprint today. San Francisco and tiny Trinity County advanced from the Orange tier into Yellow. That’s about 11 million California residents who will be able to move more freely. It’s also remarkable, given that L.A. and S.F. are among the most densely-populated counties in the state and were once among its most infected regions.

Los Angeles is the only Southern California county to advance to the yellow tier. The rest of the region will remain in the Orange tier — sad news for Disneyland fans. But Orange County’s Covid-related hospitalizations fell out of triple digits for the first time in months on Monday, while the county also reported just 55 new infections and did not log any new fatalities.

What this means for TV and film productions, which would seem to fall in between those two examples, remains to be seen. The guidance says that Americans are safe to attend small, outdoor gatherings with fully-vaccinated family and friends without a mask. Assuming most workers on a film and TV set are vaccinated and the production is using the zone model, this would seem to open the way to maskless outdoor shoots and maybe even small crowd scenes.

However, the CDC does warn that risk increases, even for the fully vaccinated, during “activities that involve behaviors such as singing, shouting, physical exertion or heavy breathing, inability to wear a mask, or inability to maintain physical distancing.”

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posted 5/4/2021

Get Lucky in NZ
Maori TV to Premiere "Lucky Dip"
From Scoop

Māori Television’s new fun-filled family game show, LUCKY DIP – where contestants are given an opportunity to swap their prizes in a random draw – premieres on Māori Television on Thursday 13 May at 7.30 PM.

Charismatic entertainer Luke Bird hosts the hilarious heartland half-hour show which combines local knowledge-based and Māori language quiz questions with physical games and challenges.

“If I had to describe LUCKY DIP, think ‘It’s in the Bag’ meets ‘Sidewalk Karaoke’ and you’re getting close,” says Bird. “There’s a whole lot of energy to this show that promises to get people off their seats and competing for the goodies in a way that will leave viewers at home in tears of laughter.”

Contestants draw a LUCKY DIP cube from a machine; the cube could contain a booby prize or cash ranging from $50 to $2,000 but they will not know until they correctly answer two questions as part of the first challenge. If successful, Bird’s co-host Marcia Hopa reveals the prize and the contestant chooses whether to draw another cube from the LUCKY DIP machine in the hope of a better return. Again, they will not know what they have won until they complete a second and then a third challenge which may involve simple hand-eye coordination exercises, charades or impersonations.

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Stuff

posted 5/4/2021

Israel Drops It
Reshet 13 to Remake "Money Drop"
From C21 Media

Israeli broadcaster Reshet 13 has ordered a local version of Remarkable Television’s gameshow format The Money Drop.

The Money Drop, adapted in 53 international territories but off-air for a decade in Israel, will be produced by Banjiay-owned Endemol Shine Israel.

The series sees contestants begin with a huge cash prize that they can only keep if they can answer multiple choice questions. If they answer incorrectly, their winnings fall through a trap door and are gone forever.

Amir Ganor, CEO of Endemol Shine Israel, said: “This format offers entertainment at its very best. After a 10-year hiatus, we can’t wait to produce this nail-biting gameshow with Reshet, bringing The Money Drop to a new generation of Israelis and welcoming back those that previously loved the show.”

C21Media

posted 5/4/2021

Red Arrow Points to TV Asahi
First Project: "Crazy Elevator"
From Televisual

Red Arrow Studios International and Japanese commercial broadcaster TV Asahi have announced a new co-development partnership, which will see the two companies work closely together to develop new entertainment formats for the international market.

The first project in development is Crazy Elevator (w/t), a new gameshow in which players try to reach the top of a tower to claim the treasure that awaits them. However, each floor presents a different hilarious challenge they must successfully complete and make it back inside the elevator before the doors close!

Motoko Nakai, Director of International Business Department at TV Asahi Corporation, said: “We are excited to be working with the talented team at Red Arrow Studios International. TV Asahi pioneered family gameshows in Japan and we’re confident this partnership will take our creativity to the next level. We look forward to working closely with Red Arrow Studios International and entertaining the international audience with our fresh and fun-loving concepts.”

David Barber, VP Format Development & Production at Red Arrow Studios International, added: “I’m delighted to be working with the talented, forward-thinking team at TV Asahi. We are currently hard at work developing our first project, Crazy Elevator (w/t). It’s a high-concept project with state of the art technology, but despite this, there’s nothing more hilarious than watching players spin around a baseball bat and get so dizzy they crash into the wall rather than make it back through the elevator doors!”

TV Asahi will distribute the format in Asia, while Red Arrow Studios International will handle distribution rights for the rest of the world..

Televisual
C21Media

Rapid TV News

posted 5/4/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "This Is... Who Is This?"

  • Chrissy Metz to guest judge "The Masked Singer" (Gold Derby)

  • Two "Drag Race" all stars get new projects at World of Wonder (Deadline)

  • Nicole Byer relives season 5 of "Nailed It!" (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Stephen Fry (New York Times)

posted 5/4/2021



Sony Pictures TV Studios

Another Changing of the Guard
Anderson Cooper Steps Aside for Bill Whitaker
From WBZ Boston

Bill Whitaker is set to host his “favorite show” starting Monday. The longtime journalist and “60 Minutes” correspondent is the latest guest host to take the reins of “Jeopardy!”

“Was I nervous? Yes,” Whitaker said. “This is a totally different animal. I’ve been doing the journalism thing for more than 30 years and I could almost do it in my sleep. . . but this is different.”

Whitaker is taking over for two weeks from his “60 Minutes” coworker Anderson Cooper. The other celebrity guest hosts slated to step up and fill in for the late Alex Trebek include Mayim Bialik, Savannah Guthrie, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos, David Farber, Joe Buck and LeVar Burton.

A donation will be made to a charity of each guest host’s choice, equal to the cumulative winnings of the contestants that compete while they’re hosting. Whitaker’s charity is Media Fellowship House.

Whitaker said “Jeopardy!” is his favorite show and one he watches every night with his wife. His goal for this guest hosting experience was a simple one. “I just wanted to make sure that I didn’t walk away from here looking like an idiot,” he said.

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PopCulture

posted 5/3/2020

An All-Star Food Truck Race
Catch It on Food Network June 6
From The Futon Critic

Seven winning alumni teams from The Great Food Truck Race are back for an action-packed culinary journey to decide once and for all which truck is the ultimate champion in The Great Food Truck Race: All-Stars, premiering Sunday, June 6th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network and streaming the same day on discovery+.

Hosted by Tyler Florence and shot on-location in the food mecca of San Francisco and the Bay Area, each team must prove their cooking chops, marketing savvy and selling skills to stay in the game.

Kicking off at Fisherman's Wharf with a bread bowl battle, the route then hits Napa Valley's famed wineries for a grape-stomping challenge, the Redwoods for a foraging adventure, Ocean Beach for a seaside bites competition and a hoop shooting contest at the home arena of the Golden State Warriors, ultimately ending in Chinatown where only one team is awarded $50,000 and named all-time champion of The Great Food Truck Race.

"California is where the food truck trend first exploded and we are excited to bring these fan-favorite teams back to where it all began for this fierce culinary race," said Courtney White, President, Food Network and Cooking Channel. "An unexpected moment is just around the corner every week and the non-stop action is sure to keep our viewers on the edge of their seat."

The all-star trucks competing are:
- Aloha Plate - Lanai City, Hawaii (Lanai Tabura, Adam Tabura, Shawn Felipe)
- The Lime Truck - Irvine, California (Daniel Shemtob, Jesse Brockman, Mark Esposito)
- The Middle Feast - Los Angeles, California (Tommy Marudi, Daniella Marudi, Gabriel Villagrana)
- Mystikka Masala - Santa Monica, California (Andrew Pettke, Navin Hariprasad, Doug Long)
- NOLA Creations - Shreveport, Louisiana (Darrell Johnson, Aunna Johnson, Terrell Gaskin)
- Seoul Sausage - Los Angeles, California (Ted Kim, Yong Kim, Han Hwang)
- Waffle Love - Provo, Utah (Adam Terry, Jared Terry, Steve Terry).


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posted 5/3/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Next One"

posted 5/3/2021

BBC Fills in the "Blank"
Bradley Walsh to Host New Series
From ATV Today

Blankety Blank, the iconic gameshow which sees celebrities helping contestants by filling in the missing blanks, will return to Saturday nights on BBC One for a brand-new series following the Christmas Special that aired in 2020.

Made by Thames, a Fremantle label, Blankety Blank - the British version of "Match Game" - will return for a ten-part series as each episode sees a panel of six celebrities try to fill in the missing blanks over a series of rounds and help win some brilliant prizes for contestants.

“I struggle to remember the last time I laughed as much as when I was filming Blankety Blank – so when they asked if I’d be up for doing a series, I jumped at the chance, I’m just so pleased I get to be a part of it," says host Bradley Walsh. "I stand on the shoulders of giants like Les Dawson and Sir Terry Wogan but I’m hoping to put my own stamp on the fantastically nostalgic show."

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Digital Spy

posted 4/30/2021

THURSDAY: With the First Pick in the 2021 NFL Draft...
ABC Wins with NFL Coverage
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.237 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its primetime coverage of the "2021 NFL Draft - Round 1" (4.237 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1). Said audience fell short of the "2020 NFL Draft - Round 1" (6.141 million viewers; adults 18-49: 1.6) last year.

CBS (4.150 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) took home the silver with its lineup of "Young Sheldon" (7.043 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2), "United States of Al" (5.112 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "Mom" (5.116 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "B Positive" (3.967 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and a repeat "Clarice" (1.830 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

Next up was NBC (2.870 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with a new "Manifest" (3.155 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), a second "Manifest" (3.067 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.389 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.526 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) offered up a repeat "Name That Tune" (1.462 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10), a new "Last Man Standing" (2.046 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and the seriers premiere of "Let's Be Real" (1.135 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.840 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "People Presents: William & Kate's Royal Anniversary" (0.880 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) and a repeat "People Presents: Harry & Meghan's American Dream" (0.799 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13).

Cable numbers for Thursday....
- Top Chef Portland (SP/Bravo): 898k/0.31
- Wipeout (TBS): 747k/0.23
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 743k/0.15


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/30/2021

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "America's Most Watched Network"

  • Dave Wasserman we ain't, but we've seen enough. America's Most Watched Network for this season is... (Deadline)

  • Nick Jonas to host Billboard Music Awards (The FUton Critic)

posted 4/29/2021


Billboard

Niecy Nash to Host "Don't Forget the Lyrics!"
Fox Orders Reboot for 2021-2022
From The Wrap

Niecy Nash will host a revival of the game show “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” at Fox next season, the network announced Wednesday.

The game show, which originally ran on Fox for two seasons between 2007 and 2009 and in syndication for another, challenges contestants to recall the lyrics to 10 songs from a variety of genres, eras and musical artists for a $1 million prize. The revival will debut on the network during the 2021-22 TV season.

The new role keeps Nash in the fold at Fox, where she recently guest-hosted the first few episodes of “The Masked Singer” Season 5 after regular host Nick Cannon tested positive for COVID-19.

The original iteration of “Don’t Forget the Lyrics” was hosted by Wayne Brady and later by Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath. It was created by Jeff Apploff, who also produces “Beat Shazam,” “Mental Samurai” and “Game of Talents” at Fox. The revival is produced by Apploff Entertainment and Bunim/Murray Productions. Apploff, Rupert Dobson and Nash serve as executive producers.

“Whether it’s tapping a toe to keep rhythm, humming a melody or outright singing along, music is one thing that is universally appealing. ‘Don’t Forget the Lyrics’ wraps everything about why people love, enjoy and treasure music into one big, fun, high-energy and high-stakes show,” Rob Wade, president of alternative entertainment and specials at FOX Entertainment, said. “Niecy Nash is one of the most talented, beloved and spirited people in the business. She’s been a dear friend to FOX for many years, most recently on THE MASKED SINGER, and we are so happy to keep her on our air next season with ‘Don’t Forget the Lyrics.'”

“I’m so excited to be part of the DFTL family,” Nash added. “I love music and I’m happy to be involved in a show that gives people an opportunity to win life-changing amounts of money.” “‘Don’t Forget the Lyrics’ has been my baby ever since it originally premiered in 2007,” Apploff, show creator and executive producer, said. “Not only was it a hit on FOX, but we also sold the show in over 20 countries around the world. The time is perfect to make it even bigger and better! We are so thankful to bring back this amazingly fun and entertaining show with the incredible Niecy Nash at the helm.”

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posted 4/29/2021

More on "Lego Masters" Season 2
Show to Be Produced Remotely
From The Wrap

Virtualis Studios — the cloud-based, fully virtual video production division of Super League Gaming — will provide remote production and monitoring solutions for the second season of FOX’s “Lego Masters,” the company announced on Wednesday.

Endemol Shine North America, which produces the show, said in a statement that it made the move “to maintain COVID-safe environments, contain costs, meet tight production timelines and facilitate critical real-time, remote communications between producers, executives, directors, agents, contestants and talent while shooting.”

“Virtualis Studios was an integral and invaluable contributor to our daily production and communication workflows for LEGO Masters. We needed someone with deep experience in remote production and monitoring who could eliminate the unknowns and provide a solution that just worked for our team and our partners, no matter what,” Rob Day, Endemol Shine’s EVP and Head of Production, said. “Virtualis understands that production has changed forever and has a system and approach that meet our current and future needs."

Bringing imagination, design and creativity to life, Season Two of LEGO MASTERS - hosted and executive-produced by Will Arnett - premieres Tuesday, June 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, when 12 new pairs of LEGO(R) enthusiasts go head-to-head, with infinite possibilities and an unlimited supply of LEGO(R) bricks.

The new duos are set to compete against each other in even more ambitious brick-building challenges - including an earthquake tower challenge, a demolition derby, a LEGO(R) fashion show and more - to be crowned the country's most talented amateur LEGO(R) builders. In each episode, Arnett, alongside expert Brickmasters and LEGO(R) employees Amy Corbett and Jamie Berard, will encourage the builders, introduce incredible challenges and put their creativity and skills to the test.

The competing pairs who impress the Brickmasters the most will progress to the next round, until the finale, during which the top teams will face off for a $100,000 cash prize, the ultimate LEGO(R) trophy and the grand title of LEGO MASTERS.

Meet the 24 LEGO MASTERS Contestants:
- DAVE & RICHARD Age: 43 I 39 Cities: Chicago, IL | Brooklyn, NY Relationship: Friends
- CALEB & JACOB Age: 22 I 22 City: La Crosse, WI Relationship: Brothers
- BRYAN & LAUREN Age: 25 I 22 Cities: Laguna Beach, CA Relationship: Siblings
- SUSAN & JEN Age: 44 I 48 Cities: American Fork, UT Relationship: Friends
- ZACH & TIM Age: 18 I 47 City: Gaylord, MI Relationship: Father-Son
- JACK & DAWN Age: 67 I 59 Cities: Milton, OH | Coopersville, MI Relationship: Siblings
- NATALIE & MICHELLE Age: 32 | 42 Cities: Tulsa, OK | Mesa, AZ Relationship: Friends
- SYREETA & RANDALL Age: 33 I 34 Cities: Queens, NY | Chicago, IL Relationship: Friends
- PARAS & MOTO Age: 48 I 48 Cities: Boston, MA | Denver, CO Relationship: Friends
- MARK & STEVEN Age: 27 I 25 City: Atlanta, GA Relationship: Brothers
- MARIA & PHILIP Age: 38 I 38 City: Grand Rapids, MI Relationship: Married Couple
- ZACK & WAYNE Age: 26 I 28 City: Stockton, CA Relationship: Brothers


The Wrap
The Futon Critic

posted 4/29/2021

WEDNESDAY: ABC Sinks the Mask
Ratings for Games...
From TV Line

Numbers for Wednesday...
- The Price Is Right at Night (S/CBS): 3.956m/0.54
- The Masked Singer (Fox): 3.615m/0.80
- Guy's Grocery Games Delivery (Food): 653k/0.15
- Forged in Fire (History): 643k/0.13
- The Challenge: Double Agents Reunion (S/MTV): 611k/0.35
- Ultimate Cowboy Showdown (SF/INSP): 609k/0.04

TV Series Finale
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/29/2021

TUESDAY: Eye Guess
CBS Wins Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS’ Tuesday dramas tied for the nightly demo win — even while all slipping in the wake of last week’s last-minute swapping in of reruns.

The recently renewed NCIS drew 8.2 million total viewers (Tuesday’s biggest audience) and a 0.6 demo rating, down 20 and 40 percent to mark series lows. FBI (7.4 mil/0.6) similarly tied its lows, while FBI: Most Wanted (5.5 mil/0.6) merely dipped.

Elsewhere, on an oddly depressed Tuesday where HUT (Households Using Televisions) levels were down anywhere from 3 to 7 percent…:

FOX | The Resident (3.1 mil/0.5) was steady, while fellow “bubble” drama Prodigal Son (1.8 mil/0.3) slipped to series lows.

NBC | Young Rock (2.4 mil/0.4) dipped, Kenan (1.8 mil/0.4) was steady with its freshman finale and New Amsterdam (3 mil/0.3) hit series lows leading out of another This Is Us rerun.

ABC | Pooch Perfect (2.6 mil/0.4) and mixed-ish (1.7 mil/0.3) were steady, black-ish (2 mil/0.3) dipped and Big Sky (2.6 mil/0.3, read recap) hit new series lows.

Cable numbers for Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 856k/0.19
- Temptation Island (SF/USA): 590k/0.24
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 540k/0.05
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 218k/0.11

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/29/2021

"Survivor Brazil" Returns
Globo to Run New Series
From TBI

Brazilian giant Globo has ordered a new version of Banijay’s format Survivor, 12 years after the show last aired in the country.

The reality series will be produced by Globo and Banijay-owned Endemol Shine Brasil, and known locally as No Limite.

It will be hosted by André Marques and, unlike other international versions, will feature a cast of previous contestants from fellow Banijay-owned format Big Brother Brasil.

In addition to the 11-episode run, Globo has also commissioned a spin-off for its entertainment channel, Multishow, which will also host re-runs. Globo’s entertainment portal, Gshow, and its VOD service, Globoplay, will host exclusive content and highlights.

TBI

posted 4/29/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "In Jeopardy!"

  • A contestant sorta kinda apologizes for an on-air display... (The Wrap) ... but only after over 400 former contestants did this. (THe Wrap)

  • Ken Jeong hosts MTV's AAPI campaign (Deadline)

  • ... yeah, she's a big winner, but is Vanna White okay? (Cinema Blend)

  • ... and Cluedle-Doo has some clues of his own (Gold Derby)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "The Big Shot with Bethenny" (HBO Max) (Reality Blurred)

  • VIDEO WALL: Legendary season 2 (The Futon Critic)

posted 4/29/2021

ABC's Summer Schedule Swap
Surfer, Card Sharks Moved Back; Pyramid, PYL Moved Up
From Deadline

The Ultimate Surfer is set to crash into the waves a week after originally intended.

ABC has moved back the summer premiere of the surfing competition reality series as well as the return of Card Sharks.

The Disney-owned network has brought forward the return of Press Your Luck and The $100,000 Pyramid as part of the moves, which are general tweaks to the schedule rather than any result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Ultimate Surfer was set to premiere on Monday August 16 but has been pushed a week to Monday August 23. Card Sharks was set to return on Wednesday June 9 but has been pushed to Wednesday June 16. Press Your Luck and The $100,000 Pyramid were set to premiere on Wednesday June 9 but have been brought forward to Wednesday May 26.

It comes as ABC’s summer unscripted lineup gets back to normal after a year interrupted by the pandemic.

The network recently renewed The Chase and The Hustler for second seasons and is bringing back Bachelor in Paradise and bringing in a summer run of The Bachelorette.

Rob Mills, EVP, Unscripted and Alternative Entertainment, Walt Disney Television, told Deadline, “The year before the pandemic, we had made a play to really program summer like we programmed the rest of the year and have original programming on almost every night. Then things kind of got slowed down with the pandemic and we had to pull some of our shows last summer. Now the fact that we can produce all these shows and we’re going to have new original programming on almost the entire summer, it feels great.”

Deadline

posted 4/28/2021

The Next "Challenge" on Hold
Production Stalled Due to COVID Diagnosis
From TV Fanatic

The Challenge recently crowned a winner for its 36th season, but it looks like the next season is already in doubt.

According to The Ashley Reality Roundup, The Challenge Season 37, which was in production in Croatia, has been completely shut down.

The reason is that someone associated with the show tested positive for COVID-19.

While there's no confirmation, a source has claimed to the outlet that it was a cast member who tested positive for the virus.

Stringent protocols were in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19, meaning that the cast members had to pass countless tests before being allowed to be a part of the cast.

The positive test came five to six days into filming, but producers announced they would be testing cast members multiple times per week.

“[The cast member] tested positive after [he/she] had already been in the Challenge House and had completed and filmed the first daily challenge,” a source explained to the outlet. “That’s especially problematic because [that person] was in close contact with many other cast members and crew.”

It's unclear at this stage whether anyone else tested positive in addition to the reported positive test.

TV Fanatic
Screen Rant

posted 4/28/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Runs the Awards AND the Supermarket"

  • LEslie Jones to host MTV Movie & TV Awards (THe Futon Critic)
  • ... but when you replace yourself...(Outsider)

  • Avalon Young from season 15 of "Idol" is battling brain cancer (TMZ)

  • #ICYMI: History was made on Wheel.... (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jean Trebek (Today)

posted 4/28/2021

MONDAY: 9-1-1 vs. The Voice
Fox, NBC Split Night
From The Hollywood Reporter

NBC's The Voice and Fox's 911 led Monday's primetime rankings, with the former scoring the biggest total audience and 911 leading the demographic rankings. The Voice ticked up in total viewers to 6.8 million, about 360,000 more than a week ago, but was off slightly among adults 18-49 with a 0.81 rating.

Debris followed with 2.6 million viewers and 0.38 in the key ad demo, narrowly ahead of last week in both measures.

At Fox, 911 came down about a tenth of a point in adults 18-49 from its spring debut last week, but its 0.95 rating still topped primetime (it also led among adults 25-54 and 18-34). The show finished second to The Voice in total viewers with 5.96 million. 911: Lone Star drew a 0.74 in the demo and 4.92 million viewers, off a bit from last week.

ABC's Sesame Street: 50 Years of Sunny Days special drew a modest 2.33 million viewers and a 0.47 in the 18-49 demo. The Good Doctor (3.78 million, 0.49) was a bit below its season average.

CBS' The Neighborhood (4.89 million viewers, 0.61 in 18-49) and Bob Hearts Abishola (0.49, 4.69 million) were down a little as well, but All Rise (3.53 million, 0.38) and Bull (5.02 million, 0.46) improved in viewers while holding steady in adults 18-49.

The CW's All American (617,000, 0.22) and Black Lightning (319,000, 0.09) were in line with recent airings.

Cable numbers for Monday....
- Spring Baking Championship (SF/Food): 976k/0.21
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 543k/0.03
- Cakealikes (Food): 503k/0.14
- Race to the Center of the Earth (NatGeo): 197k/0.03


The Hollywood Reporter
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/27/2021

The Great Disney Baking Show
Isaac Ryan Brown to Host "Disney's Magic Bake-Off"
From TV Line

Raven’s Home star Issac Ryan Brown has carved out quite a niche for himself at Disney and ABC — and now has added reality-TV host to his repertoire.

Brown, who has also guest-starred on ABC’s black-ish (and How To Get Away with Murder) and voices Bingo the pug on the animated series Puppy Dog Pals, has been tapped to join High School Musical: The Musical: The Series‘ Dara Renee as co-hosts of the new cooking competition Disney’s Magic Bake-Off, Disney Channel announced Tuesday.

Aimed at kids age 6-14 and marking a partnership between the cabler and Tastemade, Disney’s Magic Bake-Off cooks up complicated challenges and fun games as contestants shape and bake extravagant Disney-inspired cakes. Production is currently underway with an eye on a summer premiere.

Contestants will compete on three teams of two, and design elaborate cakes using Tastemade’s recipe videos and a pantry brimming with “exciting and unexpected ingredients.” Hosts Brown and Renee, along with the help of Disneyland resort pastry chef Graciela Gomez, will assist the bakers while sparking their imaginations and elevating their skillsets.

TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 4/27/2021


Sony Pictures TV Studios

SYNDIES: Week 28
Results for the Week Ending April 18
From TV News Check

Tamron Hall, celebrating its 300th episode on April 14, was a standout in the week ending April 18. While none of the other talkers in the top five was able to score a household rating advance in the session, and the vast majority of syndies went sideways, sophomore Hall strengthened 14% from the prior frame to a three-week high 0.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and rose 33% in the key women 25-54 demo.

Among the games, things got more competitive as Jeopardy fell in the second week of football star Aaron Rodgers’ tenure as guest host while rivals Wheel of Fortune and Family Feud both gained. The former home of the late Alex Trebek still clung to a narrow lead despite slipping 2% to a 5.5. Wheel forged ahead 4% to a 5.3, tying Feud, which ticked up 2% to a 5.3.

Future guest hosts as the show works out a permanent succession plan include “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker, “Call Me Kat” star Mayim Bialik, Jeopardy! all-star Buzzy Cohen, and sportscaster Joe Buck. The show will make a donation to a charity of each host’s choosing in an amount equal to the contestants’ cumulative winnings during their respective week of episodes.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.5 -2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.3 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.3 +4%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.8 +14%
- Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


Sports Illustrated
TV Newscheck
The Wrap/Yahoo!
NextTV

posted 4/27/2021

WEEKEND: The Calm Before the Sweep
NBC Wins Friday
From The Futon Critic

The Season 13 finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race was a clear winner for VH1. Friday’s final episode of the season drew 772,000 total viewers in Live+SD, making it the most-watched episode of the Emmy-winning reality drag queen competition series since the Season 10 finale in 2018.

NBC (3.476 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) was the top draw on a competitive Friday with its duo of "The Blacklist" (3.334 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "Dateline NBC" (3.547 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

ABC (2.735 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) shared in the demo honors with "Shark Tank" (3.927 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) and "20/20" (2.139 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) as did FOX (2.042 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) with "WWE SmackDown" (2.042 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.295 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) opted for repeats of "MacGyver" (3.008 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), "Magnum P.I." (3.287 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "Blue Bloods" (3.591 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) as well as The CW (0.867 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) with "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.832 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.876 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.879 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9).

Cable numbers for Friday....
- RuPaul's Drag Race (SF/VH1): 772k/0.32


Cable numbers for Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America: Best of the Worst (SP/Food): 930k/0.17
- Worst Cooks in America: Dirty Dishes (SP/Food): 653k/00.14

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Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic
Deadline

Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/27/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Alex Trebek Was His Own Star"

  • Alex Trebek didn't want to be a star... (Outsider) ... but when you replace yourself...(Outsider)

  • Elizabeth Banks is plotting a trip to "Bedrock" (The Futon Critic)

  • Okay so Matt James & Rachael Kirkconnel are not back together (E!)

  • ... and Clare Crawley is apparently back with Dale and OMG THAT RING (Us)

  • Nicole Byer wants to "Kill the Orange-Faced Bear" (The Futon Critic)

  • Rachel Lindsay leaves "Bachelor Happy Hour" (Deadline)

  • Jeremy Clarkson throws shade at Matt LeBlanc (Bristol Live)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the first person to ever be blocked from "The Circle" (Screen Rant)

posted 4/27/2021


Sony Pictures TV Studios

Final Round of Guest Hosts Announced
LeVar Burton Highlights Final List
From WDAF Kansas City

Hit game show “Jeopardy!” has finally revealed its last group of guests hosts for Season 37.

The hosting gig was left vacant last year when the beloved host who was synonymous with the gameshow, Alex Trebek, died of cancer. Since his death, a roster of celebrity hosts and some past “Jeopardy!” champs have filled Trebek’s very large shoes, including Ken Jennings, Katie Couric, Dr. Oz and Aaron Rodgers.

CNN’s Anderson Cooper is currently guest hosting through April 30.

The show has already announced hosts for dozens of episodes through July 9, including “The Big Bang Theory” star Mayim Bialik and TODAY Show co-anchor Savannah Guthrie. But now fans have even more guests hosts to look forward to!

Here are the celebrities coming to the show and when their episodes will air:
* “Good Morning America” co-anchor George Stephanopoulos: July 12-16, 2021
* “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts: July 19-23, 2021
* Actor, former host of “Reading Rainbow” LeVar Burton: July 26-30, 2021
* CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” co-host David Faber: August 2-6, 2021
* Fox sportscaster Joe Buck: August 9-13, 2021

Thousands of people have been pushing to make Burton the permanent host of the popular game show. A petition on Change.org has more than 246,000 signatures as of Wednesday afternoon, urging producers to give the former “Reading Rainbow” host the top job at “Jeopardy!” Burton supports the petition, tweeting the link, and it even grabbed the attention of “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert.

The show has not made any indications about who could become the next full-time host. You can see the full rundown of “Jeopardy!” guest hosts on the show’s website.


WDAF-TV Kansas City
CBS News
Screen Rant
NBC News Today
Forbes

CBS News
CNBC
Sony PR

WBNG Binghamton
NY1
The Spun

The Wrap
Deadline
TV Line

Huffpost
MassLive
CBR

Insider

WBTV Charlotte

THe Philadelphia Inquirer

Primetimer


posted 4/26/2021


Netflix Studios

Floor Two... More Lava
Netflix Renews Obstacle Course Game
From Deadline

Floor Is Lava is returning to Netflix for a second season.

As expected, the streamer has renewed the non-scripted series, which debuted in June 2020.

The series, which is hosted by Rutledge Wood, sees teams compete to navigate rooms flooded with lava by leaping from chairs, hanging from curtains and swinging from chandeliers.

It is produced by American Ninja Warrior producer A. Smith & Co and Haymaker Media. Irad Eyal and Megan McGrath exec produce alongside showrunner Anthony Carbone, Arthur Smith, Frank Sinton, Caroline Baumgard, and Anthony Storm.

As with other non-scripted series, Netflix has gone to unusual lengths to keep its renewals secret with A. Smith & Co. putting out a casting call under the title Get Across The Room to find new contestants.

Deadline
Variety
Vulture
The Wrap

The Nation

Digital Spy

posted 4/26/2021

Katherine Ryan's "Ready to Mingle"
Comedian to Host Comic Take on "The Bachelor"... With a Twist
From UPI/Reality TV World

Comedian Katherine Ryan has signed on to host the new British dating game show, Ready to Mingle.

A press release said the series "follows a single girl in the search for her perfect partner, as 12 male suitors compete for her affections and the chance to win a big money prize.

"But in a mischievous twist, not all the boys are single, with a number of them being guided by their partners in pursuit of the prize," the synopsis explained. "Taking up residence in a luxurious house, the single girl will get to know all the boys through activities, games and dates, eliminating each boy one-by-one until her 'dream man' remains."

ITV said Monday the first season is slated to premiere in the fall and will include 19 hour-long episodes.

"I am so excited to be a part of this new dating game show. How could I say no? It's like nothing we've seen before, but still with all the drama and dating dilemmas we love to see, and I'll be there front row as it all unfolds!" Ryan said in a statement..

UPI/Reality TV World
Tyla
The List
Digital Spy

Beyond the Joke
British Comedy Guide

Chortle

posted 4/26/2021


Kahn Family
BERNIE KAHN: 1930-2021
Veteran Comedy Writer Worked Game Shows
From Deadline

Bernie Kahn, a comedy writer-producer who penned more than 100 episodes of television including Bewitched, The Addams Family, Get Smart and Three’s Company, died April 21 at the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills, California. He was 90.

A spokesperson for his family confirmed the death. Born on April 26, 1930, in Brooklyn, he began his showbiz career after a stint in the U.S. Army.

His first job as a producer and writer was at NBC’s Monitor Radio. He later would join the Bob and Ray comedy radio show as a staff writer and was its last surviving original scribe. He also worked on a number of popular TV game shows in the early 1960s, including NBC’s Your First Impression, but the bulk of his work would be in sitcoms.

Over the years, he wrote for such series as Get Smart, Maude, The Addams Family, The Love Boat, Tabitha, Three’s Company, The Courtship of Eddie’s Father, The Partridge Family, The Lucy Show, Love American Style, James at 15 and more than a dozen episodes of Bewitched. He also created the sitcom Joe & Valerie, which aired on NBC in 1978-79.

On the feature side, Kahn wrote The Barefoot Executive and Basic Training, while producing movies for television, including She Led Two Lives, Father & Son: Dangerous Relations and Fire in the Dark.

He earned two Writers Guild Award nominations for Get Smart! and My World and Welcome to It.

Deadline
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 4/26/2021

WEDNESDAY: Double the Masks, Double the Win
Fox Wins Demo with Masked Singer, NBC Takes Total with Chicago
From The Futon Critic

FOX (4.861 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was still the network to beat on Wednesday thanks to a new "The Masked Singer" (4.645 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and a second hour of "The Masked Singer" (5.076 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1).

NBC (6.464 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) took home the silver with its dramas "Chicago Med" (6.884 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3), "Chicago Fire" (6.708 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "Chicago PD" (5.800 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

Next up was CBS (3.432 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) with its mix of "The Price Is Right at Night" (3.833 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #7), "SEAL Team" (3.414 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "S.W.A.T." (3.049 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.391 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) offered up originals from "The Goldbergs" (3.150 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #6), "Home Economics" (2.547 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "The Conners" (2.821 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "Call Your Mother" (1.811 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "A Million Little Things" (2.007 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

And finally, a new "Kung Fu" (1.062 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and a repeat "Nancy Drew" (0.405 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15) rounded out the evening for The CW (0.734 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Cable numbers for Wednesday....
- The Challenge: Double Agents (SF/MTV): 990k/0.58
- Forged in Fire (History): 717k/0.14
- Guy's Grocery Games Delivery (Food): 659k/0.25
- Ultimate Cowboy Showdown (INSP) 641k/0.05

An additional note, the season finale of MTV’s The Challenge: Double Agents scored a 1.12 adults 18-49 Live+Same Day rating and 5.2 share, marking the popular reality franchise’s highest rated episode in over one year and the best share in 15 years. The finale’s total L+SD viewership was 990K. The 36th season averaged a .94 demo rating, making Double Agents one of the highest rated seasons in the past 8 years, and a 4.26 share, the highest in more than 13 years.

The season’s total viewers average was 891K, one of the highest in the last six years. The Challenge: Double Agents totaled over 3.6M social interactions (up +50% vs Season 35), ranking as the #2 most social competition reality show on cable only behind RuPaul’s Drag Race.

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Showbuzz Daily

Deadline

posted 4/26/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "You Betta Subscribe, B!#ch"

  • VIDEO WALL: A preview of "Rupaul's Drag Race All-Stars" (Paramount+) (The Futon Critic) and "Small Fortune" (NBC) (People)

  • Alec Baldwin's pilot with Kelsey Grammer gets BLANKED (TV Line)

  • Okay so Matt James & Rachael Kirkconnel are back together (TMZ)

  • Carrie Ann Inaba is taking a break from "The Talk" (TV Line)

  • Tayshia Adams, Katie Thurston reportedly wrap "The Bachelorette" (Us Magazine)

  • A MOMENT OF AWESOME: Meet the world's youngest "Mastermind" (The Glasgow Times)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Joey Sasso (Heat World)

posted 4/26/2021

THURSDAY: Everyone's a Winner
Ties All the Way
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.013 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) was the top draw on a competitive Thursday with its trio of "Station 19" (4.312 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "Grey's Anatomy" (4.626 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) and "Rebel" (3.101 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12).

Next was NBC (3.897 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) with its own trio of "Manifest" (3.106 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.344 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and "Law & Order: Organized Crime" (4.240 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

FOX (2.333 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) likewise shared in the demo honors with the season finale of "Hell's Kitchen" (2.756 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1), a new "Last Man Standing" (2.533 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and the departing "The Moodys" (1.287 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.885 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up "Young Sheldon" (6.615 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "United States of Al" (5.123 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Mom" (4.865 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "B Positive" (3.737 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and a repeat "Clarice" (1.486 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14).

And finally, The CW (0.302 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with the feature "2040" (0.302 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15).

Cable numbers for Thursday....
- Top Chef Portland (SP/Bravo): 892k/0.29
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 882k/0.22
- Wipeout (TBS): 817k/0.25


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posted 4/23/2021

Wheel Sweet Wheel
Wheel Contest Returns April 26
From PopCulture

Wheel of Fortune is giving people a chance to win more than just cash.

While contestants test their brains by solving puzzles during the weekly broadcasts, viewers tuning in from home will have the chance to score a major prize of their own, as the long-running game show is officially bringing back its Home Sweet Home Giveaway.

On Monday, Wheel of Fortune confirmed it has again teamed up with Minto Communities and Margaritaville to give away a new home valued at $350,000 in the Latitude Margaritaville Florida community, a 55-and-up community for adults. In a video teasing the contest and featuring Jimmy Buffet, the game show said they have "your keys to a life in paradise," announcing that the show is "giving away another home” to one lucky viewer." The contest begins on Monday, April 26.

To enter the 2021 Home Sweet Home Giveaway, simply "sit back, relax and watch" Wheel of Fortune during the week of Monday, April 26 through Friday, April 30. While watching, keep your eyes out and write down the nightly Bonus Round Puzzle Solution. You will then need to sign up for the Wheel Watchers Club, which you can do by clicking here, and enter the Bonus Round Puzzle Solution after each show airs. You can give yourself a better chance at scoring the grand prize by entering all five nights, which will double your entries.

For more chances to win, according to the game show, "come back and enter each night of the giveaway between 3:00 p.m. PT and 2:59 p.m. PT the next day." The grand prize winner will win a home valued at $350,000. They will have their choice between three Latitude Margaritaville communities located Watersound or Daytona Beach, Florida or Hilton Head, South Carolina. For those under the age of 55, you can still enter the competition and win a Minto Communities home in the Westlake community in Westlake, Florida. Grand prize winners will also have the option to receive a cash prize of $150,000 instead of a home. There will also be other chances for prizes, including a Margaritaville Adirondack chair.

The Wheel of Fortune Home Sweet Home Giveaway began in 2018.

PopCulture

posted 4/23/2021

Who Will Win the Week?
New Panel Quiz to Test News, Loyalty
From IF

Alex Lee and Craig Reucassel will feature in a new ABC quiz show set to air Wednesdays.

Hosted by Lee with Reucassel as a regular team member, Wrapsheet’s Win The Week will pair everyday Australians with celebrities in a test of news knowledge and loyalty. Questions will cover anything from the preceding week’s news, including politics, world events, sport, celebrity gossip, and viral videos on social media.

Each half-hour episode will see three teams of two players go head-to-head over four rounds, with each team comprising an everyday Aussie as Team Captain and a celebrity who will both need to work together to win. But team loyalties will be put to the test at the end of each round with a dramatic “Stay or Betray” choice – one team captain must decide whether to stay with their celeb teammate or to betray them and swap to a different celeb from another team in order to Win the Week.

Scott Abbot and Craig Reucassel executive producing alongside ABC executive producer Rachel Millar.

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TV Blackbox

posted 4/23/2021

Power Rankings
Sony-Baked Stellify Buys International Rights to "Masked Singer" Creator's New Show
From Deadline

Sony Pictures Television-owned Stellify Media has optioned the U.S. and UK rights to My Ranking, a genre-bending singing game show from The Masked Singer creator Won-Woo Park.

My Ranking is billed as a studio game show mixed with a celebrity singing contest, where contestants are challenged to guess how a live audience will rank the night’s performances from best to worst. If they judge correctly, they unlock a safe containing a cash prize.

Park’s production company, DiTurn, has recently completed filming on a non-broadcast pilot in Korea in the hope that it can match the success of MBC Korea’s The King Of Mask Singer.

Kieran Doherty, joint-CEO and founder of Stellify Media, said: “We cannot wait to take this show to market and work alongside Won-Woo Park. Just like Masked Singer — it is modern, funny, and play-along for the viewers at home.”

The Masked Singer has been a huge hit in the U.S. on Fox and ITV in the UK.

Deadline

posted 4/23/2021

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "King of the Universe"

  • Steve Harvey talks about being replaced as Miss Universe host (Audacy)

  • Steve Harvey makes a splash on Tiktok (Good Housekeeping)

  • Someone's dropping a lot of hints about his next gig. IT's not Steve HArvey (Deadline)

posted 4/23/2021

"Dating Game" Has Celebrities... And Heeeeeeeeeeeeere They Are!
Tuesday's Child Launches New Series for ITV2
From People

Former Bachelorette star Hannah Brown is returning to reality TV.

On Wednesday, ABC announced the first celebrity contestants for its upcoming game show The Celebrity Dating Game, which premieres in June.

In addition to Brown, 26, Taye Diggs and Iggy Azalea will compete on the show, which is a take on the original The Dating Game that ran from 1965 to 1986.

According to ABC's description of the show, each episode will follow two celebrities as they pick one suitor from a hidden panel. The celebrity version's twist is that the celebrities' identities will also be hidden from the suitors, who will receive clues about who the stars are through parody songs from host Michael Bolton. Bolton will host the show along with Zooey Deschanel.

People
UPI
Us Magazine
Billboard

posted 4/22/2021

You, Me & the Apocalypse. Wow.
Tuesday's Child Launches New Series for ITV2
From Realscreen

UK indie Tuesday’s Child has been tapped by ITV to produce Apocalypse Wow, a new game show launching this summer. The format will air on ITV2 and ITV Hub.

British TV presenter AJ Odudu will host the series alongside actress and comedy writer Donna Preston.

Apocalypse Wow will see TV stars and comedians led through a “Torture Dome” where they’ll have to defeat opponents ranging from strongmen to Gravy wrestlers in physical challenges to win a cash prize for charity. Contestants on the show include TV personality Scarlett Moffatt, Love Island star Chris Hughes, TV presenter Karim Zeroual and more.

The executive producer on Apocalypse Wow is Steph Harris and the series producer is Ben Wilson.

“I am absolutely buzzing to be hosting ITV2′s new show, Apocalypse Wow – it’s bonkers, but brilliant. It’s full of humour, challenges and all our favourite celebrities,” Odudu said in a release Wednesday (April 21).

Realscreen
ATV Today
C21 Media
Digital Spy

posted 4/22/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Hell Hath No Fury..."

posted 4/22/2021

TUESDAY: An Unusual Night...
Fox, CBS Split
From TV Line

CBS (4.734 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) remained the top draw on Tuesday despite repeats of "NCIS" (6.200 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) and "FBI" (5.544 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) plus its "CBS News Special: The Chauvin Verdict" (2.458 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

FOX (2.684 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) claimed the demo honors with its duo of "The Resident" (3.340 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) and "Prodigal Son" (2.028 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Next up was NBC (2.600 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and its mix of "Young Rock" (2.621 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1), "Kenan" (1.903 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10), a repeat "This Is Us" (2.012 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "New Amsterdam" (3.527 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.314 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) offered up originals from "Pooch Perfect" (2.274 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "Black-ish" (1.872 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "Mixed-ish" (1.605 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Big Sky" (2.929 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.416 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) alongside a new "Supergirl" (0.535 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) on The CW (0.476 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night.

Cable numbers for Tuesday....
- Chopped (Food): 913k/0.22

- Temptation Island (USA): 554k/0.22
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8:30p (VH1): 306k/0.16
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8p (VH1): 283k/0.15

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posted 4/21/2021


Sony Pictures TV Studios

SYNDIES: Week 27
Results for the Week Ending April 11
From TV News Check

Green Bay Packers star quarterback Aaron Rodgers scored more than a first down in his first week as Jeopardy guest host, guiding the game show to first place on the syndication chart in the session ending April 11. In fact, Jeopardy, with Rodgers at the podium, rocketed 14% from the week before to a 5.6 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, its best performance in a month.

Family Feud, which had led the quiz and giveaway shows for the previous three frames, added 2% to a second-place 5.2, while Wheel of Fortune forged ahead 4% to a 5.1.

Future guest hosts as the show works out a permanent succession plan include “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker, “Call Me Kat” star Mayim Bialik, Jeopardy! all-star Buzzy Cohen, and sportscaster Joe Buck. The show will make a donation to a charity of each host’s choosing in an amount equal to the contestants’ cumulative winnings during their respective week of episodes.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.6 +14%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.2 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.1 +4%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.8 +14%
- Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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TV Newscheck
The Wrap/Yahoo!
NextTV

posted 4/20/2021

"The Cube" Has a Date
Catch It on TBS June 10
From The Futon Critic

TBS announced today that an American version of the "The Cube," will premiere on Thursday, June 10 at 9 PM ET/PT.

Based on the UK megahit and hosted by NBA All-Star Dwyane Wade, this high-octane series spotlights contestant pairs who must demonstrate skill, nerve and determination as they endure seemingly simple physical and mental tasks - all while confined in 'The Cube,' an intimidating glass box with its own mind and attitude, in the hope of winning a major cash prize. Working on their own or as a team, each pair has nine lives to complete seven games that are worth an increasing amount of money as they inch closer to taking home the $250,000 jackpot.

"The Cube" features new challenges in every episode to keep the teams on their feet and allow host and executive producer Dwyane to show his own skills. Each team can bring Dwyane in to take "One Shot," a call-to-action where our NBA champion enters "The Cube" to lend his athletic prowess and compete on their behalf for one attempt only. Additionally, the series launches with the latest augmented reality GFX and camera technology. "The Cube" is created by Objective Media Group America, an All3Media America company for TBS. The series is executive produced by Dwyane Wade and his production company, 59th & Prairie Entertainment, as well as Layla Smith and Jilly Pearce for Objective Media Group with showrunner Glenn Coomber.

Dwyane Wade played in the NBA from 2003 to 2019, primarily for the Miami Heat. He was selected as an NBA All-Star thirteen times, won three NBA championships, and was named the 2006 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player. He is the Heat's all-time leader in points, games, assists, and steals and the NBA's all-time leader for blocks by a guard. Wade recently joined the Utah Jazz ownership group. Wade's partnerships include Li-Ning, Hisense, MISSION, Budweiser, BallerTV, Wade Cellars, Mars Reel, Spades Royale, and 800° Woodfired Kitchen. Through his partnership with WarnerMedia, he serves as a regular analyst for TNT's Tuesday night NBA studio coverage and is a creative director for Bleacher Report. He is a board of trustee member for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Founder of 59th & Prairie Entertainment, he is an executive producer of D. Wade: Life Unexpected, the Sports Emmy-nominated documentary Shot in the Dark, the Oscar-winning animated short Hair Love, and the upcoming docuseries Legacy. He is the New York Times bestselling author of A Father First and cofounded the Social Change Fund to invest in and support organizations focused on empowering communities of color and advocating for the human rights of all Black lives.

The Futon Critic
TV Insider
Blackfilm

posted 4/20/2021

NBC Plays "Guess Who"
Peacock, Hasbro to Develop New Series Based on Board Game
From Deadline

Is your television series based on a classic board game? NBC’s unscripted adaptation of Guess Who? is.

Deadline reports that the adaptation, which comes from Endemol Shine North America and Hasbro’s eOne, has landed at the broadcast network and is in the early stages of development.

The project has been in the works with the Lego Masters producer and the production arm of the toy giant since 2019 and recently got on the board at NBC.

In each episode, contestants make snap judgements based on intuition and clues in an effort to win cash prizes. In the original guessing game, each Guess Who? player chooses a mystery character and then, using yes-or-no questions, tries to figure out the other player’s mystery character. When they think they know who their opponent’s mystery character is, players make a guess. If the guess is wrong, that player loses the game. Players also can challenge opponents to a series of games in the Championship Series, where the first player to win five games is the Guess Who? champion.

Guess Who? is one of Hasbro’s most popular games of all time; it was launched in 1979 and is sold in more than 28 countries around the world. It sells, on average, around 2 million units a year globally.

Guess Who? is one of a number of board game unscripted adaptations in the works. Fremantle and Mattel are working on a TV version of Whac-A-Mole and Propagate is working with Mattel on a gameshow based on Uno, while Hasbro-owned eOne is also working on its own slate of shows.

Deadline
Just Jared

Vulture

posted 4/20/2021

WEEKEND: And Then There Were Nine?
CBS Wins on ACM Awards
From The Futon Critic

CBS (5.399 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) was the top draw on Friday thanks to its night of originals from "MacGyver" (4.188 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), "Magnum P.I." (5.350 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and "Blue Bloods" (6.659 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1).

ABC (3.478 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) shared in the demo crown with its duo of "Shark Tank" (3.804 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) and "20/20" (3.316 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

Next up was FOX (1.997 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) and its mainstay "WWE SmackDown" (1.997 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.972 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up new episodes from "The Blacklist" (3.432 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #8) and "Dateline NBC" (2.742 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

And finally, a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.745 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.691 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) and a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.669 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) closed out the evening for The CW (0.694 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Friday....
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 479k/0.20

CBS (6.606 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) claimed top honors on Sunday thanks to a new "60 Minutes" (8.173 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and the "56th Academy of Country Music Awards" (6.606 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1).

ABC (3.699 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) was the silver draw with its mix of "Home Economics" (2.083 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9), another "Home Economics" (1.680 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12), a new "American Idol" (4.640 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) and an original "The Rookie" (3.637 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Next up was NBC (1.306 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) and its lineup of "Roll Up Your Sleeves: Presented by Walgreens" (1.373 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12), a repeat "Ellen's Game of Games" (1.242 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12), "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" (1.150 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Good Girls" (1.460 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.030 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up a repeat "The Simpsons" (0.930 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) alongside fresh installments of "Bless the Harts" (0.904 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9), "The Simpsons" (1.230 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), "The Great North" (0.911 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9), "Bob's Burgers" (1.051 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "Family Guy" (1.152 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

And finally, The CW (0.499 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with new episodes of "Batwoman" (0.560 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Charmed" (0.437 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #18).

Cable numbers for Sunday...
- Tournament of Champions (Food): 1.733m/0.43

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posted 4/20/2021

MONDAY: Call 9-1-1
Fox Wins, Idol Comeback Falls Flat
From The Futon Critic

FOX (5.654 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) pulled into the top spot on Monday thanks to the return of "9-1-1" (5.919 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and "9-1-1: Lone Star" (5.389 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

NBC (5.011 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) had to settle for second with "The Voice" (6.229 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and "Debris" (2.574 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Next up was CBS (4.182 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and its lineup of "The Neighborhood" (4.958 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (4.729 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "All Rise" (3.148 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "Bull" (4.554 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.071 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) served up fresh installments of "American Idol" (4.092 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) and "The Good Doctor" (4.029 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

And finally, rounding out the night were "All American" (0.683 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and "Black Lightning" (0.426 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12) on The CW (0.555 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Cable numbers for Monday....
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 909k/0.20
- Cakealikes (OBP/Food): 450k/0.13
- Race to the Center of the Earth (NatGeo): 231k/0.04


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posted 4/20/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Kids These Days..."

  • Nina West, Bobby Berk team with Stoopid Buddy Studios for, of all things, a kid's variety show (Deadline)

  • Matt James reportedly not on speaking terms with Rachael Kirkconnell over, get this, talking to another woman. (Us Weekly)

  • Colton Underwood facing a petition over his Netflix series (Reality TV World)

  • Will Young gives BBC, reality random the business for a REALLY BAD JOKE (Pink News)

posted 4/20/2021

This Is ... Joe Buck?
Sportscaster Reported to Take a Turn on "Jeopardy!"
From Deadline

Fox sportscaster Joe Buck will guest host a stint at Jeopardy!

The Hall of Fame broadcaster will see his episodes air in the mid-summer, according to reports.

Buck has called the World Series for Fox since 1996, and has also been the Fox voice of the NFL since 2002.

His tryout follows that of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who took over the show earlier as one of the rotating hosts since the death of longtime host Alex Trebek.

No reports indicate how long Joe Buck’s tryout will last, but if history is any indication, he will host for two weeks.

Buck is not expected to miss any of his sportscasts during his Jeopardy! hosting.

Guest hosts so far have included Katie Couric, Dr. Mehmet Oz, Ken Jennings, executive producer Mike Richards, and Anderson Cooper, starting this week. Scheduled but not yet appearing are 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whitaker, actress Mayim Bialik, Today Show host Savannah Guthrie, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, and Jeopardy! veteran Buzzy Cohen
.

Deadline
TMZ
The Wrap
Variety

Barrett Sports Media
Quad City Times

TV Line

posted 4/19/2021


Screen Rant
SUNDAY BURQUEST: 1971-2021
"Survivor" Veteran Loses Battle to Cancer
From TV Line

The Survivor family has lost another castaway: Sunday Burquest, a contestant from the Millennials vs. Gen X season, died Sunday of esophageal and ovarian cancer. She was 50 years old.

Burquest, who was a pastor when she appeared on the competition series, announced her diagnosis last June, sharing that the cancer had spread to her lymph nodes and ovaries. Doctors had given her just months to live.

“No one knows how much time you have left,” Burquest told People last summer. “Accidents can happen. Miracles can happen. Someone healthy can die unexpectedly, and someone sick can live for much longer than expected. So I don’t think of this as a death sentence; I think of this as something that has happened, and is now a part of my life. And I’m going to live my life as fully as I can.”

Survivor host Jeff Probst shared kind words and memories of Burquest on Instagram writing, “Sunday Burquest had one of the brightest smiles of any person to ever play Survivor. She radiated kindness and understanding to anyone lucky enough to be in her presence. She seemed to understand better than most, that life is for living, so say yes to life whenever possible. My condolences go out to her family and friends during this difficult time.”

Zeke Smith, her fellow cast member from Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X, also posted a touching tribute on Instagram: “I will love you and remember you for all my days, Darling Sunday. Your kindness and selflessness have changed me and so many others. I miss you. Pouring out a Diet Coke in your honor. #RestInPower”

In addition, podcast host Rob Cesternino (also of Survivor: The Amazon and All Stars fame) re-shared a clip from Burquest’s appearance on “Rob Has A Podcast” last year. On the episode, Burquest’s entire Millennials vs. Gen X cast surprised her via Zoom to show their support following her announcement.

Burquest previously fought breast cancer in 2012, undergoing multiple surgeries, in addition to chemotherapy and radiation. She was declared cancer-free by the time she got the chance to compete on Survivor in 2016. Known for her social skills along with her relationships with the opposing millennial tribe, she lasted 35 days, landing in the jury in seventh place and ultimately voting for winner Adam Klein.

Burquest is survived by her husband, four children and two daughters-in-law.

TV Line
Deadline
Gold Derby

posted 4/19/2021

MTV Movie & TV Awards: And the Nominees Are...
Get Your Popcorn Ready!
From TV Line

Much like the residents of Westview, MTV is under WandaVision‘s spell.

Nominees for the MTV Movie & TV Awards were announced on Monday, and Disney+’s inaugural Marvel Studios series led the pack with five nominations, including nods for actresses Elizabeth Olsen, Teyonah Parris and Kathryn Hahn.

Meanwhile, Netflix’s Emily in Paris and Bridgerton, Amazon’s The Boys and VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race were among the other shows to net multiple nominations.

This year’s awards will be split across two nights: Scripted TV series and movies will be honored on Sunday, May 16 at 9/8c, while unscripted fare will have its own ceremony on Monday, May 17 at 9 pm. Voting is now open through Friday, April 30 at MTV’s website.

OF note in our field...
BEST DATING SHOW
* 90 Day Fiancé
* The Bachelorette
* Ex on the Beach
* Love Is Blind
* Ready to Love

BEST REALITY CAST
* 90 Day Fiancé
* Jersey Shore Family Vacation
* Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
* The Real Housewives of Atlanta
* RuPaul’s Drag Race

BEST COMPETITION SERIES
* The Challenge
* The Circle
* Legendary
* The Masked Singer
* RuPaul’s Drag Race

BEST LIFESTYLE SHOW
* Deliciousness
* Fixer Upper: Welcome Home
* Making the Cut
* Nailed It!
* Queer Eye

BEST COMEDY / GAME SHOW
* Floor Is Lava
* Impractical Jokers
* Kids Say the Darndest Things
* Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out
* Ridiculousness

BEST HOST
* Nicole Byer, Nailed It!
* Rob Dyrdek, Ridiculousness
* Tiffany Haddish, Kids Say the Darndest Things
* T.J. Lavin, The Challenge
* RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race


TV Line

posted 4/19/2021

MTV Halts "Are You The One"
Production Stopped Due to Allegations
From Deadline

Work on the upcoming ninth season of MTV’s reality series Are You the One? has been put on hold in the wake of a Daily Beast story Sunday, in which former contestant Gianna Hammer accused the producers of drugging her and covering up a sexual assault during the filming of Season 5 in 2017.

“We take these issues very seriously and have paused production/casting to conduct an independent investigation into the allegations, the third party production company and further review our internal safety protocols,” an MTV spokesperson said in a statement.

Details in the links below with a CONTENT WARNING.

Deadline
The Wrap
The Daily Beast
TV Line

posted 4/19/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Return Trips"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Name That Tune" replays starting April 29 (The Futon Critic)

  • LIST ABUSE: EVERYTHING that goes into picking the 400 that compete every year on "Jeopardy!" (Good Housekeeping)

  • No one outside the Sony sphere knows the exact time or date when the announcement will come down, but Claire McNear has a good idea... (Capital Public Radio)

  • Tom Bergeron is being very cryptic on social media... (Pop Culture)

  • Luke Bryan rejoins Idol (Deadline)

  • John Oliver gives Kevin O'Leary what for (The Wrap)

  • Former "Idol" contestant Cecil Ray arrested for burglary (TMZ)

  • Lance Bass warns Colton Underwood about "monetizing" coming out (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Gabriel Cade (Entertainment Weekly) and Brooke Burns (Wide Open Country)

posted 4/19/2021

Legendary-newal
Season 2 of HBOMax Competition Launches May 6
From the Futon Critic

HBO Max will debut the second season of LEGENDARY on THURSDAY, MAY 6.

Vulture hailed the ballroom competition as "a master class in creativity and showmanship" and the series vogue challenge ignited TikTok with over 3 billion views. MC Dashaun Wesley along with judges Leiomy Maldonado, Jameela Jamil, Law Roach and Grammy(R) winner Megan Thee Stallion will crown the last house standing with the help of guest judges including Tiffany Haddish, Taraji P. Henson, Amiyah Scott, Nicco Annan, Normani, Adam Lambert and Demi Lovato.

This season features ten new houses igniting the catwalk to battle for the legendary trophy and the $100,000 cash prize. Each episode is a themed extravaganza to see who will be named superior house and move one step closer to becoming "Legendary."

LEGENDARY is produced by Scout Productions.

You can view key art and the trailer on the link below.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/16/2020

How to Make It In America. In Australia.
Chris Culvenor on Expanding Eureka Productions
From Deadline

Eureka Productions has been on a roll recently, picking up orders for series such as a Magic Mike competition series at HBO Max and an adaptation of 1980s videogame Frogger at Peacock.

But the unexpected boom for the business, which produces Holey Moley for ABC, has been having a sizeable production division in Australia during the last twelve months. The company has been able to take advantage of the fact that Covid has been much less prevalent down under, allowing it to shoot a number of U.S. shows in Sydney. It filmed a reboot of Name That Tune, hosted by 30 Rock’s Jane Krakowski, for Fox, is filming Frogger and another, yet to be announced show, in the country, during the pandemic.

“It was so circumstantially great that we had an Australian arm – we look like geniuses but it was completely happenstance that we had a huge production entity in a place where Covid was practically non-existent,” co-CEO Chris Culvenor told Deadline.

The practicalities of being able to shoot with limited risk of shutdown and limited risk of Covid and protocols mean you can have audiences and people hugging and cheering. Never when I started Eureka would I ever have imagined shooting a Fox gameshow at Sydney Convention Center, but nothing was normal last year.”

Deadline

posted 4/16/2020

THURSDAY: Steady As She Goes
ABC Wins, Splits Total with NBC
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, ABC’s Rebel in Week 2 drew 3.5 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating, veritably matching its premiere numbers.

Opening ABC’s night, Station 19 (4.9 mil/0.7) and Grey’s Anatomy (4.9 mil/0.9) were both steady, with the latter claiming the Thursday demo win.

Elsewhere:

NBC | Manifest (3.2 mil.0.5) stabilized, wile SVU (4.5 mil/0.8) dipped. Organized Crime (4.3 mil/0.6) slipped for a second straight week, and is now down 46 and 62 percent from its boffo launch.

CBS | Young Sheldon (7.1 mil/0.7), Mom (5.3 mil/0.6) and B Positive (4 mil/0.5) all added eyeballs while steady in the demo. United States of Al (5.3 mil/0.5) dipped.

THE CW | Walker (1.15 mil.0.2) and Legacies (540K/0.1) were steady.

FOX | Hell’s Kitchen (2.7 mil/0.7), Last Man Standing (2.4 mil/0.4) and The Moodys (1.2 mil/0.3) all added a few eyeballs while steady in the demo.

Cable numbers for Thursday....
- Wipeout (TBS): 861k/0.27
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 832k/0.21
- Top Chef Portland (SP/Bravo): 748k/0.24
- Battlebots: Bounty Hunters (P/Discovery): 577k/0.11
- People Puzzler (GSN): 377k/0.04


TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/16/2021

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Prelude to the Cooper"

  • Anderson Cooper makes peace with his past before his future (THe Wrap) PLUS Aaron Rodgers is not the first football game show host. And he won't be the last... isn't that right, PEyton? (ESPN).

  • A former "Who Wants to Be a Superhero" contestant lays into Joe Rogan... And it. Is. Not. Pretty (Heavy TRIGGER WARNING)

  • LIST ABUSE: American Idol runner-ups ranked (Insider)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Pat Sajak nearly gives the game away. (KPEL-FM Lafayette)

posted 4/15/2021

Come Host with Me
Philip Lawrence to Host CBS' Dance Off
From Deadline

CBS is continuing to set the stage for its upcoming dance competition series Come Dance with Me.

The network has set Philip Lawrence, best known for his songwriting partnership with Bruno Mars, as host of the show.

Lawrence, who recently starred in Netflix’s Christmas film Jingle Jangle, which he co-wrote and co-produced the music, has been a co-writer and co-producer with the Grenade star for a number of years. He has won eight Grammys including Album of the Year for Mars’ 24K Magic and performed with Mars at the Super Bowl halftime show.

He also runs CMNTY Culture, a music and entertainment company which includes a record label that operates out of Lawrence’s recording studio, The Record Plant.

Deadline

The Futon Critic

posted 4/15/2020

WEDNESDAY: Getting Tough
Fox Wins with Masked Singer, Game of Talent
From The Futon Critic

FOX (3.746 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday thanks to fresh installments of "The Masked Singer" (4.797 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "Game of Talents" (2.694 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2).

NBC (3.579 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) took home the silver despite repeats of "Chicago Med" (3.663 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Chicago Fire" (3.810 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "Chicago PD" (3.265 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Next up was ABC (2.916 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with originals from "The Goldbergs" (3.235 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2), "Home Economics" (2.878 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "The Conners" (3.780 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2), "Call Your Mother" (2.554 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "A Million Little Things" (2.524 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.265 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up the season finale of "Tough as Nails" (3.208 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) alongside repeats of "United States of Al" (1.967 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10), another "United States of Al" (1.821 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and "S.W.A.T." (1.693 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13).

And finally, week two of "Kung Fu" (1.373 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and a new "Nancy Drew" (0.627 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #16) on The CW (1.000 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

Cable numbers for Wednesday....
- The Challenge: Double Agents (MTV): 929k/0.53
- Forged in Fire (History): 752k/0.15
- Guy's Grocery Games Delivery (Food): 731k/0.25
- Ultimate Cowboy Showdown (INSP) 571k/0.05


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/15/2021

Ellen HEads to HBO Max
"Next Great Designer" Launches April 22
From TV Line

Ellen DeGeneres is parlaying her love of design into a new reality series for HBO Max.

The streamer on Thursday released a trailer for Ellen’s Next Great Designer (premiering Thursday, April 22), a six-episode competition that gives “uniquely talented, up-and-coming furniture designers the chance to push their creativity to the limit” for the chance to win $100,000.

Due to the pandemic, “the designers will compete in innovative furniture-making challenges from studios in their hometowns, with DeGeneres appearing in each episode to surprise and delight the contestants and the judges,” according to the official logline.

TV’s Scott Foley (Scandal) serves as host and judge. At one point in the teaser, a contestant sees Foley for the first time and squeals, “Oh my God! It’s Noel from Felicity!” Additional judges include interior designer Brigette Romanek and contemporary artist/designer Fernando Mastrangelo.

All told, seven contestants are set to compete in Season 1, including Cristina Antonio, Arielle Assouline-Lichten and Erica Sellers in New York City; Alejandro Artigas in Los Angeles; Mark Grattan in New Hope, Pa.; Paul Jeffrey in Phoenix, Ariz.; and Urvi Sharma in Providence, R.I., who specialize in using wood, metal, stone, fabric, glass and other materials for their creations.

The first two episodes of Ellen’s Next Great Designer will drop on launch day. Subsequent episodes will unspool weekly.

TV Line

posted 4/15/2020

Zach "ZHC" Hsieh Looking for "Instant Influencer" for YouTube
In Other News, YouTube Has a Show Called "Instant Influencer"
From the Futon Critic

YouTube Originals today announced that YouTube Creator and artist, Zach 'ZHC' Hsieh (20M Subscribers), will host a new version of the popular competition series "Instant Influencer," premiering later this year.

The next iteration of the eight-part series will follow a new format where 10 up-and-coming artists will compete for the coveted title and a $100,000 prize.

"We are excited to expand upon the beauty and make-up themes of the first season and introduce a more diverse cast of competitors that are artists in a variety of different mediums," said Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content, YouTube. "It was always our vision to incorporate different artistic points of view into the series and we can't wait for viewers to see all new forms of creative expression."

"I am super excited to host season 2 of 'Instant Influencer,'" said Zach 'ZHC' Hsieh. "I'm so grateful for this huge opportunity given to me by YouTube to pay it forward to other up and coming artists. I can't wait to show everyone our first YouTube Originals show!" "This is a pivotal moment for Zach to take his career to the next level," added Michael Gordon, executive producer and Hsieh's manager at Night Media.

"We couldn't have chosen better partners than the Brian Graden and the YouTube Originals team - we are incredibly excited to see the end product."

"Instant Influencer" season two host, Zach 'ZHC' Hsieh, is best known for videos showcasing his creative designs on everything from traditional canvases to phones, cars, and even houses. ZHC and a mix of celebrity guest judges, as well as seasoned industry veterans, will ask contestants to put their best creativity and artistry on display through a variety of challenges, such as a 10-hour painting endurance challenge to a collaboration challenge seeing who has what it takes to make the most unique and engaging video with another top YouTube creator. Their work will be judged to see who has what it takes to be a top creative influencer and be crowned the title of Instant Influencer.

Casting begins today, Thursday, April 15, lasting for 2 weeks. Artists can apply to be on the show at https://zhccasting.castingcrane.com/.

Episodes of the new competition series will release weekly and be available for free on ZHC's Official YouTube Channel later this year.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/15/2020

THursday Lightning Round
... or "The Fallout"

  • Colton Underwood gets support from us... and Billy Eichner (Deadline) ... and he who shall not be named (Reality TV World). Cassie? She's... still processing it? (US Weekly)

  • Jameela Jamil to host the Webbys (Deadline)

  • Byron Allen joins the board of the National Association of Broadcasters (Deadline)

  • LIST ABUSE the 25 greatest game shows according to.. (Entertainment Weekly)

posted 4/15/2021

Tough As Nails Works Overtime
CBS Renews for Two More Seasons
From Deadline

CBS is continuing to get its hands dirty with its non-scripted slate.

The network has handed a bumper, two-season renewal to its fledgling reality series Tough as Nails. The Season 3 and 4 renewal comes ahead of tonight’s Season 2 finale for the competition series.

The show celebrates everyday Americans who get their workout on the job rather than the gym, wear work boots instead of workout shoes and consider the calluses on their hands a badge of honor.

It was created by The Amazing Race’s Phil Keoghan, who also hosts, and his producing partner Louise Keoghan. The pair exec produce the series alongside Anthony Carbone and it is produced by Raquel Productions in association with Tough House Productions.

Deadline

The Hollywood Reporter
The Futon Critic

posted 4/14/2020

TUESDAY: No NCIS, No Problem!
Fox, NBC Tied Up in the Demo, CBS Wins on Total
From TV Line

FOX (2.686 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) and NBC (3.439 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) share in the demo honors on Tuesday as the former offered up the return of "The Resident" (3.398 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and "Prodigal Son" (1.973 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

The latter then served up originals from "Young Rock" (2.792 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2), "Kenan" (1.974 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "This Is Us" (4.628 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) and "New Amsterdam" (3.306 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Next up was CBS (4.322 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) with its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (5.419 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "FBI" (4.221 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (3.327 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.046 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) offered up a new "Pooch Perfect" (2.442 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) alongside the return of "Big Sky" (3.455 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and a second "Big Sky" (3.240 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

And finally, fresh installments from "The Flash" (0.925 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Supergirl" (0.580 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) on The CW (0.753 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

Cable numbers for Tuesday....
- Chopped (Food): 833k/0.20

- Temptation Island (USA): 509k/0.19
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 462k/0.05
- People Puzzler (GSN): 418k/0.05
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8p (VH1): 277k/0.13
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8:30p (VH1): 275k/0.15

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/14/2021

HGTV Beached
Battle of the Beach Premieres 2021
From The Futon Critic

Cameras are rolling on HGTV's newest competition series Battle on the Beach where network stars Taniya Nayak (Restaurant Impossible), Ty Pennington (Rock the Block), and Alison Victoria (Windy City Rehab) will each mentor three teams of up-and-coming flippers as they renovate identical beachfront properties. The mentors will put their reputations on the line each week while star judges Mike Holmes (Holmes + Holmes) and Mina Starsiak Hawk (Good Bones) will choose which team wins the featured weekly challenge. The team who adds the most value to their home will walk away with a $50,000 grand prize to use towards their next flip, and their mentor will have ultimate bragging rights. The competition will play out over the course of six hour-long episodes premiering in the summer of 2021.

"The stakes are sky high with a beachfront renovation, and this competition will push some of HGTV's most seasoned experts to the limit," said Jane Latman, president, HGTV. "The competitors will get the unique opportunity to have our star mentors guide them through the challenges of a large-scale renovation while they fight to win some big cash."

For Battle on the Beach show updates, fans can visit HGTV.com and follow @HGTV on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as @taniyanayak, @thetypenington, @thealisonvictoria, @make_it_right, and @mina_starsiak_hawk on Instagram.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/14/2021


ESPN

More on "Capital One College Bowl"
Peyton Manning Hosts for NBC June 22
From The Futon Critic

NBC is set to reignite some of the nation's greatest college and university rivalries in the ultimate battle of brains in the new summer series "Capital One College Bowl," premiering on Tuesday, June 22 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Hosted by Peyton Manning, with his brother Cooper Manning serving as sidekick, the series challenges college students out of the classroom and puts their knowledge to the test as they compete for academic scholarships.

From Universal Television Alternative Studio, a division of Universal Studio Group, and Village Roadshow Television, the series is a reboot of the classic Emmy and Peabody Award-winning "College Bowl" that previously aired on NBC in the U.S., and for decades has been part of campus life at colleges and universities around the world.

In each episode of "Capital One College Bowl," teams of three representing some of the nation's top schools will battle it out in a bracketed tournament over four rounds. Teams must work together to answer questions on a wide variety of subjects. The top two schools advance to the final where they compete head-to-head for the Capital One College Bowl trophy and a scholarship to put toward their education. Participating schools include University of Alabama, Auburn University, Columbia University, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, Ole Miss, Morehouse College, University of Tennessee, University of Southern California, UCLA, University of Virginia and Xavier of Louisiana.

In partnership with Capital One, all competitors will receive tuition assistance for participating in the series, but members from the winning team will take home an even bigger scholarship in addition to becoming the "Capital One College Bowl" champions. Capital One is providing a total of $1 million in scholarships to participants, including special recognition for the series' Capital One Merit Award recipients. The Capital One Merit Award will be given to four students who have made an impact outside of the competition in recognition of their proven character, leadership abilities, and involvement in extracurricular activities that benefit the community. Capital One serves as an integral partner for the series ensuring no student will go home empty-handed.

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Adweek
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Awful Announcing

posted 4/14/2020

MIPTV: Day 1
Deals Made for 1%, Love Island
From Deadline

‘Love Island’ Travels To Czech Republic & Slovakia: ITV Studios is to adapt its hit reality series Love Island for TV Nova in Czech Republic and Markiza in Slovakia. It will premiere in the fall on TV Nova/Markiza streamer VOYO. The deal marks the 21st adaptation of the format, which airs on ITV in the UK and CBS in the U.S. The Czech and Slovak version will be produced by Paprika Studios at the ITV Studios production hub on Gran Canaria. “We have been fans of the format and look forward to giving our audiences in both markets a chance to escape to the beautiful and exotic Canary Islands, filled with love, romance and fun,” said Silvia Majeská, programming director, TV Nova and Markíza.

‘The 1% Club’ Heads To Israel: BBC Studios has licensed game show format The 1% Club to Kan 11 in Israel. Created by Magnum Media for ITV in the UK, the format tests the nation’s intelligence, based on a scientific survey. It will be adapted into a 15-part series by Kan, with production commencing in August for a 2022 premiere. BBC Studios has previously sold the show to French public broadcaster France Television. The UK version, hosted by Lee Mack, is yet to even air on ITV after the coronavirus pandemic has delayed production.


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C21 Media
Variety

posted 4/14/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Colton Underwood Speaks"

  • Colton Underwood comes out (TV Live) and goes to Netflix (Deadline)

  • CASTING COUCH: You Bet Your Life (Twitter)

  • WYatt Pike left on "Idol"... and now he's talking about it. (TV Line)

posted 4/14/2021


IMDB

Come Dance with Jenna
Former "World of Dance" Host to Judge CBS' New Series
From Deadline

CBS’ Come Dance With Me is starting to make its way to the dancefloor.

The entertainment format, which is exec produced by NCIS: Los Angeles stars LL Cool J and Chris O’Donnell, has set World of Dance host Jenna Dewan as one of the judges for the series, Deadline reports.

Dewan has a long history with dance; she started her career as a backup dancer for Janet Jackson and starred as Nora Clark in 2006 feature Step Up. In addition to hosting NBC’s World of Dance for the first two seasons and featuring as a guest mentor in season three, she hosted Fox’s adaptation of British dance format Flirty Dancing.

Her recent scripted roles include as Joanna in Netflix’s musical drama Soundtrack, which was created by Josh Safran.

Dewan is also a producer, founding her own production company Everheart Productions in 2017 and is an exec producer on Lionsgate TV adaptation of Step Up, which recently moved from YouTube to Starz.

Deadline

The Futon Critic

posted 4/13/2021


Fremantle/ABC

MONDAY: Paula Abdul Returns to "American Idol"
NBC, ABC Tie in the Demo; Peacock Takes Overall
From Deadline

American Idol‘s Luke Bryan is set to miss out on the ABC competition series’ first live show of the season after contracting Covid-19. He will be replaced by original American Idol judge Paula Abdul for the episode.

Country singer Bryan, who joined the ABC series at the top of its 16th season, revealed the news on social media.

“I’m sad to say I won’t be a part of tonight’s first live @americanidol show,” he wrote. “I tested positive for Covid but I’m doing well and look forward to being back at it soon.”

NBC (4.655 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) was the most-watched network on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (5.637 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) and "Debris" (2.692 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

ABC (4.240 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) shared in the demo honors with a new "American Idol" (4.240 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) and a rebroadcast of "Rebel" (2.242 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Next up was CBS (4.476 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with the return of "The Neighborhood" (4.789 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (4.545 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4), "All Rise" (3.723 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "Bull" (5.037 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.750 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up a repeat "9-1-1" (1.968 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and the season finale of "America's Most Wanted" (1.532 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.551 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) likewise had the return of "All American" (0.706 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and "Black Lightning" (0.396 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12).

Cable numbers for Monday....
- Rock the Block (HGTV): 2.009m/0.32
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 860k/0.18
- People Puzzler (GSN): 456k/0.04
- Cakealikes (OBP/Food): 440k/0.13
- The Big Bake (Food): 399k/0.10
- Race to the Center of the Earth (NatGeo): 217k/0.05


Deadline
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Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/13/2021


Sony Pictures TV Studios

SYNDIES: Week 26
Results for the Week Ending April 4
From TV News Check

Most of the top syndicated shows slipped under the weight of preemptions in the session April 4, with some reporting their lowest levels ever. News coverage of opening arguments in the Derek Chauvin trial and the attack at a U.S. Capitol checkpoint as well as the regional round of March Madness and a rain-delayed NASCAR race hampered strips, especially those cleared on network affiliates.

On the positive side, Dr. Phil emerged as the only first-run strip to overcome the general downdraft. Despite plenty of preemptions, the good doctor still rose 7% from the week before to a 1.6 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating and tied the red-hot Live with Kelly and Ryan for first place in talk.

In access, the survey said Family Feud topped the game shows and all of syndication for a third straight week although it slid 6% to a 5.1. Jeopardy continued to erode with Dr. Oz at the podium for a second weekly stint, skidding 6% to a 4.9, its lowest rating of calendar year 2021. That landed the former TV home of the late, great Alex Trebek in a second-place tie with Wheel of Fortune, which was flat at a 4.9.

Future guest hosts as the show works out a permanent succession plan include Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker and “Call Me Kat” star Mayim Bialik. The show will make a donation to a charity of each host’s choosing in an amount equal to the contestants’ cumulative winnings during their respective week of episodes.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.1 -6%
- Jeopardy (CMV) 4.9 -6%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.9 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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NextTV

posted 4/13/2021

Pepsi Tries Dating Next
MTV to Air "Match Me If You Can"
From Mashed

Perhaps tired of coming in second to Coke in the cola wars for over a century, Pepsi's evidently got a side gig going on. Not only has their FOX Entertainment quiz show Cherries Wild drawn ... well, not a great amount of viewers, according to TV Series Finale (then again, not bad for an extended commercial), but they're now expanding their game-show repertoire to include a new dating show to be aired on MTV. Take that, Coca-Cola!

The new Pepsi show, Match Me If You Can, is meant to promote the "unexpected perfect match" that Pepsi and mango flavoring is alleged to be. While Pepsi has introduced other tropical fruit flavors in the past, Pepsi Mango, debuting in 2019 as a limited edition release, was recently added to the permanent lineup in both regular and sugar-free versions. So, it seems that quite a few people do like it. According to a statement received by Mashed, the matching TV show, which may or may not achieve similar levels of popularity, is set to hit the air next week.

According to Pepsi, this show will involve taking contestants from eight different reality shows and utilizing some gizmo called the "Mango Matchmaker" to pair and re-pair them. They'll be sent on "epic dates" that seem to involve the usual mix of bucolic picnics, steamy swimming pool scenes, cuddling by the campfire, and all that stuff. One interesting twist not in the standard reality dating repertoire: according to the YouTube trailer, same-sex matches are also on the table. The host will be Lauren Hamilton of Netflix's Love is Blind, while the daters will be Ashley Brooke Mitchell, Eric Bigger, Harry Jowsey, Onyeka Ehie, Natalie Negrotti, Kyra Green, Joey Sasso, and Kylie Smith — all reality TV serial contestants well-versed in looking for love in all the wrong places including The Bachelor, Love Island, Are You The One, and The Challenge.

Will any or all of them find romance? Do they actually have to drink Pepsi Mango if they prefer regular Pepsi instead? Will they get kicked off the show if anyone finds out that they're secret Coke drinkers? All this and more will (or won't) be revealed on the show which debuts in a series of commercial break takeovers during the April 21st finale of The Challenge: Double Agents Season 36. The show airs at 8 PM ET, and you can catch all of the episodes on MTV's YouTube channel as well as on the platform Pluto.

Mashed

The Wrap

posted 4/13/2021

A Cutting Hedge Competition
"Clipped" to Arrive on discovery+
From the Futon Critic

Gardening fans need to plant themselves in front of their tablets, smartphones, laptops or television monitors on Wednesday, May 12, when discovery+ drops a special 90-minute premiere episode of Clipped, the first competition series set in the spectacular world of topiary. Hosted by actor Michael Urie, the six-episode series follows seven real life "Edward Scissorhands" who create breathtaking sculptures out of meticulously trimmed shrubbery, plants and flowers - designing colorful, larger-than-life, living works of art.

Throughout the series, competitors will face high-stakes challenges and have their topiary masterpieces evaluated by lead judge and gardening icon Martha Stewart (HGTV's Martha Knows Best) and an expert panel of judges, including critically acclaimed landscape architect Fernando Wong and lifestyle, landscape and horticultural expert Chris Lambton (HGTV's Going Yard). Each week they decide who makes the cut, who gets clipped, and, in the end, who is crowned as the top topiarist who wins $50,000 cash and bragging rights as the first-ever Clipped champion.

New episodes of Clipped will launch each Wednesday on discovery+.

"It's colorful, bold, playful, and it's alive. It's topiary - the art of transforming ordinary plants into extraordinary, living sculptures shapes and characters," said host Michael Urie. "And now, for the first time ever, seven top topiary artists are taking part in a competition like no other."

"We've selected the best and brightest event designers, botanical designers and artists from around the country to wow fans in the ultimate topiary showdown," said Bob Kirsh, vice president, programming and development, HGTV. "It's remarkable to watch talented people transform plants and flowers with this incredibly creative art form."

The FUton Critic

posted 4/13/2021

Spicks & Specks Returns to Australia
Catch It Sunday!
From ABC TV

This Sunday, Spicks and Specks returns to our screens for the first episode of its return season.

It will be the first time in a decade that fans will get a full season from the original cast of the ABC music quiz show, though it might look and feel a little different.

The show was filmed in Melbourne in 2020, which meant dealing with the same kinds of restrictions that other programs with live audiences were forced to contend with.

"We were really restrained by a number of things," team captain Alan Brough recently told Double J's Zan Rowe. "But, because of those restraints, we were given such wonderful freedom.

"We had no audience, so it became more of a dinner party. A lot of people used to say to me, '[Spicks and Specks] is like a dinner party that I'd love to be at'. I'd go 'Yeah, but it goes on for five hours mate. Calm down.'

"But we got so many lovely, interesting artists, who we would never normally have had on."

Without a crowd to please, there was no need to shoot for the biggest names in the business, though it sounds like there are a few heavy hitters in the mix.

"We had Alex Lahey, we had Gordi, we had The Teskey Brothers, we had just wonderful people on that we might not normally have had on, that just gave us such a breath of fresh air."

ABC TV
101.7 WSFM Sydney

posted 4/13/2021

Warners' Cake Is a Lie
"Sokkuri Sweets" Comes from Nippon TV
From the Hollywood Reporter

Shortly ahead of MIPTV, Warner Bros. International Television Production (WBITVP) picked up the right to develop and produce Japanese broadcaster Nippon TV's hit gameshow format Sokkuri Sweets.

WBITVP has acquired exclusive rights to produce a local version of Sokkuri Sweets in the Netherlands, and WBITVP’s production company BlazHoffski has already started production on the adaptation. The Dutch version will be called Showcolade and will air on NPO1, the top-rated public broadcast channel in the Netherlands. Showcolade will begin broadcast ever Sunday in prime-time beginning April 18.

The Sokkuri Sweets format was famously acquired in the U.S. by Jeffrey Katzenberg's Quibi for a show to be hosted by Chrissy Teigen — before the start-up, short-form streaming service crashed and burned last year.

"Sokkuri" means "spitting image" in Japanese. The wacky and wildly popular Japanese game show features celebrities trying to spot sweets and pastries that have been prepared to look identical to real-life objects. Master pastry chefs create masterpieces and celebrities must determine from a distance whether its a baked good or the real thing — whether it's a shoe, a plant, or a doorknob. And once they decide, there’s only one way to find out: by taking a big bite.

Based on the original format, the Dutch local version Showcolade (meaning “Chocolate show”) will have arrangements unique to the Netherlands as an export titan of chocolate. As the title says, all sweets are created by the leading chocolatiers in the Netherlands, and the only ingredient they can use is chocolate. In the final episode, the winning chocolatier is decided by how many of their works are not found out as a “fake” throughout the series.

The WBITVP deal was unveiled Monday by Mikiko Nishiyama, Nippon TV's md of international business development, who said, "It is an immense honor to once again have WBITVP embrace another one of our crazy, Japanese game shows and deliver it to the world."

The Hollywood Reporter

Video Age International

posted 4/13/2021

WEEKEND: Easter Egg Hunt
CBS Wins on Basketball Coverage
From The Futon Critic

FOX (2.080 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) was back on top in demos on Friday thanks to "WWE SmackDown" (2.080 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2).

CBS (5.337 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) claimed the most-watched network with its trio of "MacGyver" (4.522 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), "Magnum P.I." (5.328 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and "Blue Bloods" (6.161 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

Next up was ABC (3.112 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) with originals from "Shark Tank" (4.049 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) and "20/20" (2.644 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.643 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for a repeat "The Blacklist" (2.022 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #8) and a new "Dateline NBC" (2.954 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

And finally, The CW (0.822 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the evening with "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.914 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #9), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.870 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) and a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.751 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10).

Cable numbers for Friday....
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 623k/0.24
- People Puzzler (GSN): 470k/0.04
- RuPaul's Drag Race Untucked (VH1): 415k/0.15

CBS (5.564 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) was the top draw on Sunday thanks to a PGA overrun fueled "60 Minutes" (9.430 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) followed by repeats of "The Equalizer" (5.627 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.895 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (3.302 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

ABC (5.098 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) shared in the demo honors with originals from "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.907 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "American Idol" (5.941 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) and "The Rookie" (3.601 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Next up was NBC (1.492 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with "Ellen's Game of Games" (1.492 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15), another "Ellen's Game of Games" (1.613 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and new episodes of "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" (1.402 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Good Girls" (1.460 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.000 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up a repeat "The Simpsons" (0.642 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15) plus originals from "Bless the Harts" (0.717 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15), "The Simpsons" (1.178 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), "The Great North" (0.993 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10), "Bob's Burgers" (1.171 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "Family Guy" (1.298 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

And finally, The CW (0.420 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the evening with fresh installments of "Batwoman" (0.500 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T18) and "Charmed" (0.339 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T18).

Cable numbers for Saturday...
- Nickelodeon's Unfiltered (Nick-at-Nite): 161k/0.04

Cable numbers for Sunday...
- Tournament of Champions (Food): 1.387m/0.33
- Tournament of Champions Postgame (Food): 752k/0.19
- The Great Food Truck Race (SF/Food): 677k/0.16

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posted 4/13/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "A Lot of Idol Going On Here..."

  • American Idol: who's in next week? (Billboard) And more importantly... Who's out? (People)

  • Ninja Warrior producer Arthur Smith could lose $35 million and there isn't a thing he can do about it. (Deadline)

  • CASTING COUCH: Family Feud Canada is casting for season 3 (Daily Hive)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "I Can See Your Voice UK" (Radio Times)

  • A sign that things are slowly getting back to normal. "The Price Is Right Live!" is going back on the road. First stop is.. Cedar Rapids (KGAN Cedar Rapids)

  • Miss any of "Race to the Center of the Earth"? Disney+ will stream the season May 14 (Deadline)

  • VIDEO WALL: Aaron Rodgers gives someone the business today on "Jeopardy!" (TV Line)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Howie Mandel and his podcast (Forbes)

posted 4/13/2021


BBC
NIKKI GRAHAME: 1982-2021
"Big Brother" UK Alumnus & Reality Star
From The Wrap

Nikki Grahame, a former reality TV star and “Big Brother U.K.” contestant, has died at the age of 38 after a long and public battle with anorexia.

According to a GoFundMe page set up in Grahame’s name earlier this year after she was hospitalized due to her condition, Grahame died early Friday. No other details were provided.

“It breaks our hearts to know that someone who is so precious was taken from us at such a young age,” the page reads. “Nikki not only touched the lives of millions of people, but also her friends and family who will miss her immensely.”

Grahame first appeared on the seventh season of “Big Brother U.K.” in 2006, later returning for “Ultimate Big Brother” and “Big Brother Canada.” She also starred in her own “Simple Life”-esque reality series, “Princess Nikki,” which ran on E4 for six episodes in 2006.

Grahame has spoken publicly about her battle with anorexia nervosa in the past, including authoring two books on the subject, “Dying To Be Thin” in 2009 and “Fragile” in 2012. She first developed the eating disorder as a child and was hospitalized multiple times throughout her youth.

Grahame’s mother told the Evening Standard that her daughter’s condition deteriorated in the last year after the onset of the coronavirus pandemic closed gyms in the U.K.

Funds donated to the GoFundMe to help pay for Grahame’s treatment will now be held “until we have established an organization supporting those suffering from anorexia to which we will make a donation in Nikki’s memory,” the page now reads. The page has raised more than £69,000, close to $100,000 US.

“I am so desperately sad to hear about Nikki Graham,” Davina McCall, host of Grahame’s season of “Big Brother,” wrote on Twitter on Saturday. “My thoughts are with her friends and family xx she really was the funniest, most bubbly sweetest girl.”

The Wrap
Variety
Telly Mix
Deadline

posted 4/12/2021

Oti Mabuse: From Strictly to Masked
"Strictly" Pro Joins Panel of "Masked Dancer UK"
From Telly Mix

Oti Mabuse will be guessing the identities of mystery celebrity dancers in The Masked Dancer on ITV.

A spin-off from The Masked Singer, The Masked Dancer will come to the UK later this year.

Strictly star Oti Mabuse will join the panel alongside Jonathan Ross, Mo Gilligan and Davina McCall as Joel Dommett presents.

Appearing on tonight's The Jonathan Ross Show, Oti chats to Jonathan about the new series.

Oti says: “I’m hoping I can [guess who they are]. It’s aired in America and has been really successful. So I watched that one.

"Actually the more established dancers or accomplished dancers, they fake it at the beginning, they want to come across as though they’re bad, but likeable and then they make it further... but I think you can see what they’re going to do.”

Jonathan notes to Oti: “I can see you’re going to take this quite seriously?”

Oti replies: “I will try. I’m really, really bad at game shows, but dance shows, not too bad. We’ll see... I’ll Google them from the clues."

Telly Mix

posted 4/12/2020

Sally Lindsay Joins Tenable
"Coronation Street" Actress to Sub for Warwick Davis This Season
From Entertainment Daily

Tenable is getting a new host, former Coronation Street star Sally Lindsay.

The ITV daytime quiz show is usually hosted by Warwick Davis, but Sally will step in to host some episodes.

When will Sally Lindsay start hosting Tenable and why is Warwick taking a break?

Sally, who is currently appearing in Channel 5 drama Intruder, will be seen in Tenable from Monday April 12 and will host 25 episodes of the show.

Upon signing up for hosting duties, Sally revealed she reached out to Warwick for some advice. “He said just be in tune with the people, it is the public who make this show what it is,” Sally said.

The 47-year-old actress also revealed why Warwick is now sharing the presenting role with Sally. “I’m a huge fan of Tenable and am delighted I’m able to share the presenting responsibilities with Warwick,” she said. “The demands of his workload meant that he wasn’t able to record every show in the series.”

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posted 4/12/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "What If I Told You...."

  • "American Gladiators" gets the "30 for 30" treatment (Deadline)

  • Sheryl Underwood returns to "The Talk" today (Deadline)

  • "Tough as Nails" to film season 3 this summer (Reality Blurred)

posted 4/12/2021


Fremantle/CBS

We Ready! Tiffany Haddish, Lilly Singh to Play "Price At Night"
Catch Them on CBS April 21, April 28
From CBS Chicago

CBS’ top-rated daytime game show The Price Is Right, hosted by Drew Carey, returns to primetime this spring on the CBS Television Network when The Price Is Right At Night welcomes Tiffany Haddish and Lilly Singh to “Come On Down” and play alongside contestants for charity.

On Wednesday, April 21st from 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT late night talk show host Lilly Singh will play for “Room To Read,” the non-profit helping millions of kids in low-income communities become independent readers and supporting girls to complete school with the skills and confidence to follow their dreams. Lilly and contestants will have the opportunity to play fan favorite games, including Cliff Hangers, for amazing prizes such as trip to St. Lucia and a Mercedes. Plus, she will present one lucky contestant with a special themed showcase.

The following week on Wednesday, April 28th from 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT Emmy and GRAMMY Award-winning actress, comedian and host of Kids Say The Darndest Things Tiffany Haddish will play for the “She Ready Foundation” which supports foster youth. Tiffany and contestants will test their knowledge of prices for amazing prizes including cash, trips and cars. Plus, one lucky contestant will have the opportunity to win a Tesla in a special themed showcase presented by Tiffany. As previously announced, Kids Say The Darndest Things premieres Wednesday, May 5th from 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT on CBS.

You can also catch the fun streaming on Paramount+. Check your local listings for more information.

CBS Chicago

The Futon Critic

posted 4/9/2020

Any Magic in Your Mike?
HBO Max, Channing Tatum Looks for "The Real Magic Mike"
From The Futon Critic

HBO Max has ordered THE REAL MAGIC MIKE (working title), an unscripted competition series from Eureka Productions and Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon, set to debut on the streamer later this year.

From the producers behind the Magic Mike franchise and live shows comes an exhilarating and sexy series that will transform a group of men into real-life Magic Mikes. 10 men who have 'lost their magic' will come together in a competition series like no other. They will bare their souls and more as they evolve their bodies, learn to perform spectacular routines, and develop a new level of self-confidence. As they strip off their clothes, they will rid themselves of emotional baggage and regain their mojo but only one will be the Real Magic Mike. He will win a cash prize and an opportunity to perform on the blockbuster Magic Mike Live stage in Las Vegas.

A nationwide casting search is currently underway.

"From box office hits to sold-out live shows, Magic Mike has proven to be a pop culture juggernaut that continues to delight people across the globe," said Sarah Aubrey, Head of Original Content, HBO Max. "We're excited to work with Channing, Steven and the team behind Magic Mike Live to continue this successful franchise that celebrates self-confidence and sexiness both inside and out."

"Magic Mike is one of Warner Bros.' most iconic franchises," said Mike Darnell, President, Warner Bros. Unscripted Television. "We couldn't be more excited to be working with Channing, Steven and HBO Max on an all-new vision of this amazing and legendary brand. We're looking forward to giving fans a front row seat as we search the country for undiscovered talent."

Executive producers include Channing Tatum, Steven Soderbergh, Reid Carolin, Peter Kiernan, Gregory Jacobs, Nick Wechsler, Vincent Marini, Alycia Rossiter, Cassie Lambert Scalettar, Chris Culvenor, Paul Franklin, Wes Dening and David Tibballs alongside co-executive producer Kevin Boyer.

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Deadline

posted 4/9/2021

THURSDAY: Rebel Yell
ABC Wins, Splits Total with NBC
From Us Magazine

ABC (4.312 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) was the most-watched network on Thursday thanks to new episodes of "Station 19" (4.691 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "Grey's Anatomy" (4.687 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) plus the premiere of "Rebel" (3.557 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

NBC (4.181 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) shared in the demo honors with its lineup of "Manifest" (3.119 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.733 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and "Law & Order: Organized Crime" (4.691 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

Next up was CBS (4.241 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with originals from "Young Sheldon" (6.632 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "United States of Al" (5.159 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Mom" (4.704 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "B Positive" (3.734 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Clarice" (2.609 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13).

FOX (2.057 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) likewise offered up new episodes of "Hell's Kitchen" (2.455 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Last Man Standing" (2.185 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "The Moodys" (1.131 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13).

And finally, new episodes from "Walker" (1.066 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) and "Legacies" (0.521 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #16) closed out the evening on The CW (0.794 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Cable numbers for Thursday....
- Wipeout (TBS): 892k/0.30
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 796k/0.20
- Top Chef Portland (SP/Bravo): 735k/0.25
- Battlebots: Bounty Hunters (P/Discovery): 553k/0.10


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posted 4/9/2021

Vernon Kay's Got "Talents"
Mindgame Host to Front UK Version
From Telly Mix

In Game of Talents performers will entertain and amaze. But there’s a catch – the viewers and the contestants have no idea what those talents are. Can they tell the fire eater from the footballer or the line dancer from the lion tamer?

Vernon Kay hosts this brand-new ITV series in which two contestants will battle it out each week to guess the talents, as they compete for the chance to win a life changing sum of money. Two celebrities will help them to make the right decisions before the performers "Show us your talent."

In the first episode this Saturday night (10 April) at 7:30PM on ITV, Ryan and TV presenter Tess Daly face off with Shumi and Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood.

Each episode begins with a list of eight talents before one performer at a time steps on stage. Contestants and their celebrity partners must try to correctly identify their talent based on little more than some cryptic clues. Get it right and they can bank up to £50,000 for their jackpot - but get it wrong and the cash will go to their rivals.

At the end of seven rounds the player with the most banked cash goes through to the final to try and win their accumulated jackpot. In the final they know the talent of the performer - but are faced with four people all claiming to be the act. Before attempting to guess which of the four has the talent, players can choose to eliminate two imposters by giving up half of their jackpot. Ultimately if they correctly pick the person with the talent they'll win the money left in their jackpot. Get it wrong and they leave with nothing.

Vernon Kay says: "It’s this combination of a game show and a talent show. A celebrity and a member of the public team up to form a double act, and there’s two teams like that who are facing off. A performer will then come through our big double doors and the teams have to guess which talent from a list they’re going to perform."

He teases of the line up of acts: "I can say that they’re absolutely unbelievable, every last one of them is spectacular.

"I can’t say what they’re going to be doing, but we’ve got a bit of everything and anything, some really unexpected, showstopping performances. The audience is going to be shouting “What?!” at the screen so many times, they won’t believe what they’re seeing.".

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posted 4/9/2021

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Beat Bobby Flay's Cat Food"

  • Bobby Flay gets into the cat food game (Deadline)

  • Sports Jeopardy!: a look back (Sports Illustrated)

  • Justin Timberlake signs on to play Chuck Barris for Apple TV+ (Collider)

posted 4/9/2021


ABC

ABC Lines Up Biggest SF&G Lineup Yet
The Hustler, The Chase Join Annual Block
From DEadline

ABC has unveiled its summer unscripted schedule and it looks like things are back to normal after last year’s Covid interruption.

The Disney-owned network has renewed gameshows including The Chase and The Hustler and has confirmed that Bachelor in Paradise will return this summer after missing out in 2020. Chris Harrison's involvement in the show remains TBD.

The network’s slate of classic gameshow reboots such as Celebrity Family Feud, To Tell the Truth, Press Your Luck, The $100,000 Pyramid and Card Sharks are also back alongside new shows The Celebrity Dating Game, hosted by Zooey Deschanel and Michael Bolton, and The Ultimate Surfer. The Bachelorette, which ABC revealed recently will have two iterations, this year, is also set on the schedule for June with Katie Thurston kicking off proceedings.

Rob Mills, EVP, Unscripted and Alternative Entertainment, Walt Disney Television, told Deadline that he was thrilled to be able to get so many shows on this summer. “The year before the pandemic, we had made a play to really program summer like we programmed the rest of the year and have original programming on almost every night. Then things kind of got slowed down with the pandemic and we had to pull some of our shows last summer. Now the fact that we can produce all these shows and we’re going to have new original programming on almost the entire summer, it feels great.”

The Chase, an adaptation of the British gameshow from ITV Entertainment, is back with a second season. The show launched in January with nine episodes and Deadline reports that the second season has received a supersized order. This comes after the producers and the WGA settled their dispute which had led to a writers’ strike. “The Chase is one of those ones we wanted to get back on as soon as possible because we really want the momentum of that format to keep going,” said Mills. “Hopefully you’ll see million dollar final chases in this second cycle. But we really are high on that format. We’re excited with how it did this winter and we’re glad we can bring it back so quickly.”

Similarly, The Hustler, hosted by Craig Ferguson and based on an idea from Richard Bacon, is back after its launch in January. The show, which is produced by Studio Lambert, follows five contestants as they collaborate to answer a series of 10 trivia questions worth $10,000 each, with the goal of building a collective prize pot that increases with each correct answer but there’s a twist.

“Outside of things like Holey Moley, we’re known for our reboots of old franchises,” said Mills. “So, it was really exciting that Steven Lambert came in with something that felt kind of wholly original and something that we could make new and make work.”

Holey Moley is back this summer with one of its two season order.

The lineup...
- June 6: Celebrity Family Feud (season 7, 6p), The Chase (season 2, 9p), To Tell the Truth (season 6, 10p)
- June 7: The Bachelorette (season 15, 8p)
- June 9: Press Your Luck (season 3, 8p), The $100,000 Pyramid (season 4, 9p), Card Sharks (season 3, 10p)
- June 14: The Celebrity Dating Game (10p)
- June 17: Holey Moley 3D in 2D (season 3, 9p), The Hustler (season 2, 10p)
- August 16: Bachelor in Paradise (season 5, 8p), The Ultimate Surfer (10p)


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posted 4/8/2020


Fox

Fox Also Has a Summer Lineup
Annual Favorite Make Up the Boards
From Deadline

Fox has unveiled its summer schedule, setting premiere dates for Rob Lowe-hosted Mental Samurai (May 25), Hell’s Kitchen Young Guns (May 31), Season 2 of Lego Masters with Will Arnett (June 1), Masterchef: Legends (June 2) and Season 4 of Beat Shazam (June 3), hosted by Jamie Foxx.

They join previously announced dates for new baking competition series Crime Scene Kitchen hosted by Joel McHale, which premieres May 26, animated comedy Housebroken and the second season time-period premiere of Duncanville (May 31).

A reboot of the classic drama Fantasy Island will premiere this August. Additional details to be announced.

Mental Samurai, hosted by Lowe, will have a special two-hour Season 2 premiere on Tuesday, May 25 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), before making its time-period premiere on Tuesday, June 1 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

Chef Gordon Ramsay is back for hit culinary competition Hell’s Kitchen‘s landmark 20th season on May 31 at 8 PM ET/PT. In Hell’s Kitchen: Young Guns, Ramsay is back in Las Vegas, home to five of Ramsay’s restaurants.

The lineup...
- May 25: Mental Samurai (season 2, 8p)
- May 26: Crime Scene Kitchen (9p)
- May 31: Hell's Kitchen Young Guns (season 20, 8p)
- June 1: LEGO Masters (season 2, 8p)
- June 2: MasterChef: Legends (season 11, 8p)
- June 3: Beat Shazam (season 4, 8p)


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TV Line
TV Line

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posted 4/8/2020

WEDNESDAY: CW's Kung Fu Kicks
Fox, NBC Split the Night
From The Futon Critic

FOX (3.448 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) claimed the demo crown on Wednesday thanks to fresh installments of "The Masked Singer" (4.514 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "Game of Talents" (2.381 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

NBC (6.261 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) was the silver draw with its trio of "Chicago Med" (6.633 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2), "Chicago Fire" (6.425 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (5.725 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

Next up was ABC (2.846 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its mix of "The Goldbergs" (3.234 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), the premiere of "Home Economics" (2.968 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9), "The Conners" (3.222 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), a second "The Conners" (3.232 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and the relocated "A Million Little Things" (2.211 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.152 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up originals from "Tough as Nails" (2.932 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "SEAL Team" (3.473 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "S.W.A.T." (3.051 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

And finally, the launch of "Kung Fu" (1.373 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and a new "Nancy Drew" (0.666 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15) rounded out the night on The CW (1.020 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Cable numbers for Wednesday....
- The Challenge: Double Agents (MTV): 904k/0.49
- Guy's Grocery Games Delivery (Food): 637/0.18
- Forged in Fire (History): 620k/0.17
- Ultimate Cowboy Showdown (INSP) 466k/0.03


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posted 4/8/2021

Don't.... Won't.
ABC Cancels Stunt Game After One Season
From TV Line

Don’t… won’t, be back for Season 2.

The Adam Scott-hosted ABC game show — home of the aggressively cast contestant “families” and executive producer Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool-sassy voiceover — has been cancelled after one summertime sampling.

Following a solid-for-summer debut, Don’t‘s June-August 2020 run averaged 3 million weekly viewers and nearly a 0.6 demo rating (in Live+Same Day numbers). Among the game shows ABC aired last TV season, it ranked No. 4 in the demo (besting both To Tell the Truth and Match Game) but last in total audience.

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Deadline

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posted 4/8/2021


YouTube
QUINDON TARVER: 1982-2021
Singer from "Romeo+Juliet" an "American Idol" Alum
From The Wrap

Quindon Tarver, a musician and former child star best known for his appearance in Baz Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet,” died after a car accident in Texas on April 1. He was 38.

Tarver was born in 1982 in McKinney, Texas, and started singing in church choirs at four years old. At age 12, Tarver was signed to Virgin Records and appeared in Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” music video. He then went on to play a choirboy in Luhrmann’s 1996 cult classic “Romeo + Juliet,” contributing two covers to the film’s soundtrack: Prince’s “When Doves Cry” and Rozalla’s “Everybody’s Free.”

After “Romeo + Juliet,” Tarver went on to appear on Seasons 2 and 7 of “American Idol.”

“He had been through so much,” his uncle Kevin Tarver told The Dallas Morning News after his death. “But his focus was on his music. He was getting ready to make his comeback. He had been in the studio working on a project that was supposed to be released this year.”

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Dallas Morning NEws
Deadline

posted 4/8/2021


Legacy
JAMES HAMPTON: 1938-2021
"F Troop" Alum Made the Rounds
From The Wrap

James Hampton, an actor perhaps best recognized from roles in “F Troop,” “The Longest Yard” and “Teen Wolf,” has died from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He was 84.

Hampton, who passed away on Wednesday at his home in Texas, is survived by his wife, Mary, along with his children, James, Andrea and Frank, and his grandchildren.

Hampton was nominated for a Golden Globe for his role as “Caretaker” in the original “Longest Yard.” Also from that film came a longtime friendship with co-star Burt Reynolds, which led to multiple new career opportunities, including writing, directing and producing duties on Reynolds’ “Evening Shade.” Hampton would go on to direct episodes of “Sister, Sister” and “Grace Under Fire.”

Hampton was born in Oklahoma City and raised in Dallas. He attended North Texas State College (now the University of North Texas), where he majored in speech and drama and appeared in a number of productions at the school. An Army veteran who served in Europe, Hampton’s first Hollywood acting role was on “Gunsmoke,” which was the No. 1 TV show in the country at the time. He’d famously play tone-deaf bugler (a person who plays the bugle) Hannibal Dobbs on “F Troop.”

Hampton’s list of TV credits is a long one that includes roles on “Who’s The Boss,” “Mama’s Family,” “The Bob Newhart Show” and “Rawhide.”

He made more than 30 appearances on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show.” Hampton, who played Michael J. Fox’s father Harold Howard in “Teen Wolf,” also had big-screen roles in the movies “Sling Blade” and “Police Academy V."

In the game show realm, Hampton appeared on "The Cross-Wits", "Super Password", and "Now You See It".

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People

posted 4/8/2021

KSI:
Fox Orders Cooking Competition with Joel McHale
From Deadline

Fox has ordered Crime Scene Kitchen, a new baking competition series with a twist, with Joel McHale set as host. Chef Curtis Stone and cake artist Yolanda Gampp will serve as judges on the series, from Fox Alternative Entertainment and Fly on the Wall Entertainment, set to premiere Wednesday, May 26 on Fox.

Crime Scene Kitchen is described as a culinary guessing game in which bakers must decode what type of dessert was made, when all that’s left are the crumbs, flour trails and a few elusive clues. They must then recreate the recipe for Stone and Gampp, who will determine how closely it matches the missing dessert – and how good it tastes.

“Crime Scene Kitchen is unlike any cooking show out there,” said Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment and Specials, Fox Entertainment. “It’s a truly original format with amazing baking creations, a brilliant play-along guessing game for the whole family, and Joel at the center of it all bringing hilarity at every turn. Just don’t watch it if you’re feeling hungry!”.

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Variety

C21 Media

posted 4/8/2021


Magical Elves/Bravo

Project Runway Returns... But...
Karlie Kloss Won't Be On Full Time
From TV Line

Bravo is projecting a few less runways in Karlie Kloss‘ future.

The network officially confirmed on Wednesday that Project Runway has been renewed for Season 19, but Kloss — who has served as host of the reality competition series since its mo

ve from Lifetime to Bravo in 2019 — will not return in her full capacity. She will, however, make “guest appearances” throughout the season. Fortunately, not everything is changing. Project Runway Season 4 winner Christian Siriano will be back for his third consecutive turn as the designers’ all-knowing mentor, while Nina Garcia, Brandon Maxwell and Elaine Welteroth will also return to complete the judges’ panel.

Project Runway Season 18 finished airing in March 2020 (simpler times!), with Geoffrey Mac emerging as the winner. “It’s been an incredible ride, and I wouldn’t change it for the world,” he said of his big win. As for what’s next, he added, “I’m going to take a break. I’m going to take at least four days off… in a row.”

A premiere date for Season 19, as well as information about the hosting situation, remains TBD.

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Reality Blurred
NextTV

posted 4/8/2020

TUESDAY: Dogged by the Competition
CBS Wins with Originals, Pooch Perfect Takes a Sharp Dive
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS’ NCIS dominated Tuesday both in total viewers (with 9.9 million of ’em) as well as in the demo, holding steady with a 0.9 rating. Leading out of that, FBI (7.9 mil/0.7) was down a tick, but FBI: Most Wanted (6.4 mil/0.6) drew its largest audience of the season while steady in the demo

Elsewhere:

NBC | Leading out of a steady Young Rock (2.6 mil/0.5) and Kenan (1.9 mil/0.4), This Is Us (4.4 mil/0.7) slipped to new series lows. New Amsterdam (3.5 mil/0.4), however, was steady.

THE CW | The Flash (992K/0.3) ticked up, while Supergirl (698K/0.1) was steady.

ABC | Pooch Perfect (2.5 mil/0.4) dropped sharply in Week 2, facing stiffer competition; black-ish (1.6 mil/0.3) and mixed-ish (1.5 mil/0.3) were in turn also down, both hitting series lows. Soul of a Nation (1.3 mil/0.2) was steady with its finale.

Cable numbers for Tuesday....
- Chopped (Food): 756k/0.22

- Chain Reaction (GSN): 537k/0.05
- People Puzzler (GSN): 518k/0.06
- Temptation Island (USA): 516k/0.23
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8:30p (VH1): 199k/0.10
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8p (VH1): 186k/0.09


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/7/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Monday Through Friday at 5"

  • Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? 30 years later - and the writer probably didn't even watch the DefunctTV episode that just dropped (Rewire)

  • Rob Lowe drops $47 million on three mansions. (Report Door)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Tiffany "New York" Pollard (TV Line)

posted 4/8/2021

Spanish Baking
Prime Video Lines Up "Celebrity Bake Off España"
From Deadline

Amazon Prime is getting into the baking game in Spain by adapting Love Productions’ hit television show The Great British Bake Off.

The streaming service has ordered 10-part original series Celebrity Bake Off España, in which 12 famous faces will compete each week to be crowned best celebrity amateur baker.

The Spanish version of the show is licensed from BBC Studios and will be produced by Boxfish TV. Boxfish previously adapted the regular version of Bake Off for Mediaset-owned Spanish broadcaster Telecinco in 2019. Edi Walter and Mariano Tomiozzo are executive producers.

“The Great British Bake Off is a cultural phenomenon and we’re delighted to be bringing a new celebrity version exclusively to Prime Video in Spain,” Georgia Brown, head of European originals for Amazon Studios..

Deadline

posted 4/7/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Traveling?"

  • Bruno Tonioli joins Craig Revel Horwood on a tour of Britain for the BBC (Deadline)

  • Sheryl Underwood gives a response to Sharon Osbourne's latest... (deadline)

  • Seriously? No one asked Jim Peck about Aaron Rodgers until just now? (WTMJ-TV Milwaukee)

  • CASTING COUCH: You Bet Your Life with Jay Leno (KCPQ Tacoma-Seattle)

posted 4/6/2021


Sony Pictures TV Studios

SYNDIES: Week 25
Results for the Week Ending March 28
From TV News Check

The second round of basketball’s March Madness, coupled with preemptions for President Biden’s March 25 press conference and the second week of daylight saving time, kept the lid on syndicated ratings in the session ending March 28. In fact, programs did well just to hold their own as virtually none of the top-tier strips in any category was able to muster any improvement whatsoever.

For example, in access Family Feud made it two weeks in a row at the top of the game shows — and all of syndication — with a steady 5.4 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating.

Dr. Oz at the podium of Jeopardy was not the remedy for weakening numbers as the recently high-flying quizzer slipped for a third straight frame, losing 2% to a 5.2. That was the show’s lowest rating since the week of Dec 28, 2020.

Wheel of Fortune, which paired with Jeopardy in many major markets, also hit the brakes, slowing 2% to a 4.9.

Future guest hosts as the show works out a permanent succession plan include Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker and “Call Me Kat” star Mayim Bialik. The show will make a donation to a charity of each host’s choosing in an amount equal to the contestants’ cumulative winnings during their respective week of episodes.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.4 NC
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.2 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.9 -2%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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NextTV

posted 4/6/2021

MONDAY: One Shining Moment
CBS Wins on Basketball Coverage
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS’ coverage of this year’s NCAA men’s basketball championship, in which Baylor bested Gonzaga 86-70, averaged 13 million total viewers (and a 3.0 demo rating), easily dominating Monday in both measures though down about a third in audience from Virginia’s OT win over Texas Tech in 2019.

Opposite ye olde hoops….

NBC | The Voice (5.9 mil/0.75) was nearly steady, while Debris (2.5 mil/0.5) ticked up in the demo.

ABC | American Idol (4.5 mil/0.6) was down a tick week-to-week.

FOX | America’s Most Wanted (1.9 mil/0.3) dipped.

Cable numbers for Monday....
- Rock the Block (HGTV): 1.435m/0.18
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 988k/0.17
- Cakealikes (OBP/Food): 552k/0.14
- People Puzzler (GSN): 489k/0.05
- The Big Bake (Food): 450k/0.12
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 446k/0.03
- Race to the Center of the Earth (NatGeo): 177k/0.03


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/6/2021

Come Dine With Me Up for Seconds?
iTV America Wants to Reboot That AND I'm a Celebrity in the US
From Deadline

ITV America, the production company behind CBS’ Love Island, Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen and ABC’s The Chase, is banking on a non-scripted boom.

The company has also sold a slew of projects to the streamers in recent months and is retooling a raft of international formats that it hopes will bolster its business further.

CEO David George tells Deadline which of these it has high hopes for and how the business is changing, forcing it to adapt its unscripted strategy. George believes that long-running British format Come Dine with Me is perfect post-pandemic fodder and is also in talks to bring back a retooled version of I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here.

Come Dine with Me, which has aired over 1,000 episodes in the UK on Channel 4, follows a group of amateur chefs who host a three-course dinner party. The show has previously been remade in the U.S. for TLC and Lifetime. George said it’s a priority for the producer.

“We all kind of collectively at ITV feel like if that show was ever to get a facelift and a rethink, right now would be the best time because the only thing people want to do [now] is go dine with somebody,” he said.

He added that it is looking to “throw the format on its head” and reimagine it given how topical and timely it is. He’s already thought of a few ideas. “You could hold dinner parties where people are watching and it becomes mystery science theater, and you’re watching Netflix in the background while you’re eating, so Netflix, if you want to buy that, feel free to give me a call,” he said. “There’s just so many different ways to skin the cat with it, and you can go high end, huge dinner parties, celebrities traveling the world. Maybe that’s the way you go because people want to travel or you could go really lo-fi, and make it another event, as opposed to just the experience of the dining.”

The other format that it is hot on is I’m a Celeb, which was remade by ABC in 2003 and NBC in 2009. In the UK, broadcaster ITV moved the show from Australia to Gwrych Castle in Wales as a result of the pandemic and George and his team are in conversations to see if a similar setup could work in the U.S.

Deadline

posted 4/6/2021

Carla Hall on the Search for the Best Baker in America
Catch It on Food Network May 3
From the FUton Critic

Ten world-class bakers battle it out on the new season of Best Baker in America, premiering Monday, May 3rd at 9pm ET/PT. Food Network's Carla Hall hosts all the action, tasking the bakers over eight episodes with challenges designed to put their baking skills and technical proficiency to the test for a chance to walk away with $25,000 and the coveted title. During each episode the bakers must create elegant and delicious baked goods from different states across the country in two rounds - a Master Challenge that tests their mastery of the essential baking techniques and prowess working with specific flavors and ingredients. The least successful bakers in the Master Challenge must go head-to-head in a Bake-Off round where they have a chance to save themselves from elimination. Judges Gesine Prado and Jason Smith decide which bakers possess the artistry and creativity to advance in the competition. Only one will rise to the top to earn the grand prize and be crowned Best Baker in America!

"Carla Hall's enthusiasm, charisma and engaging wit, combined with her passion and culinary expertise makes her the perfect host as these talented bakers must impress with their baking skills and delectable desserts to prove that they have what it takes to be the Best Baker in America," said Courtney White, President, Food Network.

This season's baking challenges focus on creating unique versions of classic American desserts from different states. The ten bakers from different states, gather in the season premiere to begin their first challenge designed to test their limits. They are first challenged to whip up a Kentucky May Day piecaken with bourbon as the feature flavor. For the second challenge, the bakers' talents are tested in a challenge inspired by Florida's signature key lime pie. Other episodes during the season challenge the bakers' abilities to create sweet treats from the mid-Atlantic, Rocky Mountains, Northern Plains, Midwest, the Pacific, and more. Gesine Prado and Jason Smith will deliberate to determine who gets eliminated and who will be crowned the newest winner of Best Baker in America! in the U.S.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/6/2021

WEEKEND: Easter Egg Hunt
CBS Wins on Basketball Coverage
From The Futon Critic

CBS (5.085 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) was the most-watched network on Friday thanks to new episodes from "MacGyver" (4.127 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "Magnum P.I." (5.134 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and "Blue Bloods" (5.993 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1).

ABC (2.827 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) took home the silver with its mainstays "Shark Tank" (3.617 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) and "20/20" (2.432 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Next up was FOX (2.036 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) with a new "WWE SmackDown" (2.036 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.677 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up originals from "The Blacklist" (3.180 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and "Dateline NBC" (2.425 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

And finally, a special encore of "Wipeout" (0.610 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) and a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.705 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) closed out the night on The CW (0.658 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Friday....
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 558k/0.22
- People Puzzler (GSN): 470k/0.04
- RuPaul's Drag Race Untucked (VH1): 369k/0.14

ABC’s American Idol led Easter Sunday in the demo, scoring a 0.75 demo rating to go along with its 5.3 million total viewers. Leading out of Idol‘s two-hour celebrity duets kickoff, The Rookie (3.7 mil/0.5) was up a tenth in the demo.

Elsewhere, on a holiday where overall TV usage was down sharply:

CBS | 60 Minutes delivered Sunday’s largest audience (7.3 million), followed by The Equalizer (6.7 mil/0.6). NCIS: LA (5.5 mil/0.5) and New Orleans (4.6 mil/0.4) both dipped in the demo.

NBC | Ellen’s Game of Games (1.7 mil/0.2) was down in the demo, while Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist (1.2 mil/0.2, read post mortem) stabilized.

FOX | Ice Age: The Great Eggs-capade did 557K/0.1, followed by the freshly cancelled Bless the Harts‘ 445K/0.1. Malika the Lion Queen averaged 900K and a 0.1.


Cable numbers for Sunday...
- Tournament of Champions (Food): 1.211m/0.29
- Tournament of Champions Postgame (Food): 694k/0.18
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 583k/0.12

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posted 4/6/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Other Hat in the Ring"

  • Levar Burton not only knows about the petition, he just shared it. (Screen Rant)

  • While you were busy washing your third mask, Disney+ shot the reboot of "The Quest". No airdate as of yet (Reality Blurred)

  • Melissa Rycroft really wanted to be on "The Real Housewives of Dallas" and why would anyone want to admit that? (Us Magazine)

  • With LMAD, Game of Talents, and Whose Line... and now The Good Fight, Wayne Brady is VERY BUSY (TV Line)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Common Knowledge drops season 3 May 17 (GSN PR)

posted 4/6/2021


ITV America/ABC

The Strike Is Over
WGAE, ITV Come to Agreement
From The Hollywood Reporter

Writers for the ABC game show The Chase have ended their strike after the show's producer ITV America has settled the dispute with the Writers Guild.

Scribes on the quiz show, which features a team of contestants competing against trivia experts, had stopped work on March 24, after ITV refused to agree to cover the writers’ work under the WGA's Minimum Basic Agreement. The parties have since agreed on a contract.

"ITV Entertainment and the WGAE are pleased to have come to terms for writers on The Chase to be represented by the WGAE and for the show to be covered by the Minimum Basic Agreement," said the WGA East in a statement.

"We are in agreement that fair and positive work practices are essential to our industry and that, especially during the ongoing battle of the pandemic, the priority is to keep production going and to ensure that people can do their work and build sustainable careers," the statement continued. "We are glad to have come to terms and that the process is completed."

Following unsuccessful negotiations in late March, the guild had told their members that "Working Rule 8" — which states that "no member shall accept employment with, nor option or sell literary material to, any person, firm or corporation who is not signatory to the applicable MBAs" — was in effect for the show. The union insisted that the MBA, which allows for health and pension benefits and residuals, be applied to The Chase writers the way it is for other game shows like Jeopardy! and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? — but ITV maintained that the writers' demands would "economically cripple the show."

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Deadline

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posted 4/5/2021


Studio Lambert/Netflix

Too Hot for The Circle?
Chloe Veitch Joins Season 2 Plus More...
From Deadline

Netflix reality series The Circle and Too Hot To Handle are having their own mini-crossover as Chloe Veitch, one of the breakout stars of the dating format is joining the social experiment.

The streamer has dropped the first trailer for season two of The Circle, which returns on Wednesday April 14.

Apart from Chloe Veitch, who is from Essex in the UK, the other seven contestants are from the U.S. including Bryant from Chico, CA, Courtney from LA, Deleesa from The Bronx, Jack from New Haven, CT, Lee from Dallas, TX, Savannah from LA and Terilisha from Dallas. The cast will flirt, befriend, piss off and compete in challenges against each other to earn a cash prize as top influencer and catfisher.

It will begin with the first four episodes and will be followed the following Wednesday, April 21 with the next four episodes and Wednesday April 28 with four more before the finale drops May 5.

The Circle is exec produced by Stephen Lambert, Tim Harcourt, Jo Harcourt Smith, Toni Ireland, Richard Foster and Chet Fenster. Too Hot to Handle, which was developed by Laura Gibson and Charlie Bennett, is exec produced by Amelia Brown, Saul Fearnley, Jonno Richards and Ros Coward. Netflix’s unscripted chief Brandon Riegg said Wednesdays are “getting real” this spring. “We’re experimenting with the release format so you have time to dissect and dish on every step of the competition as it unfolds,” he said.

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Collider

posted 4/5/2021

Game On at G4
Xavier Woods to Host Competition Series for Relaunched Network
From Syfy Wire

After six long years of staying on the pause screen, G4 is set to hit “play” on its network relaunch this summer, giving gamers and plugged-in pop culture savants a 2021 jolt of the madcap mix of comedy and digital culture that old-school fans never stopped missing. Now the network is ready to reveal an all-new series to sit alongside previously-announced returns of X-Play and Attack of the Show! — and this one might just be a body slam.

Tapping the star power of wrestling star Xavier Woods (aka Austin Creed), G4 is getting in the ring for an official content partnership with WWE. Woods will preside over a game show crossover set to pit competitors one on one in a comedic struggle to settle their beef the old-fashioned way: in head-to-head video game battles.

Woods, whom G4 revealed last year as one of the fresh-but-familiar faces we’ll be seeing a lot of for the relaunch, will emcee over the slapstick proceedings with a WWE flair that Brian Terwilliger, G4’s VP of Programming and Creative Strategy, says will probably escalate the grudge gaming stakes as much as it contains them.

The series aims to wrest a ton of comedy from squaring personalities against one another under Woods’ watchful eye. Matches “could be [between] two celebrities who are relatively endemic to the gaming sphere. It could be between a WWE personality and one of our own G4 hosts,” Terwilliger, who played an integral part in creating Woods’ hugely popular UpUpDownDown web gaming series, told SYFY WIRE.

“Who knows?” he teased. “Xavier Woods might have to take off the host’s jacket and put on the gloves himself to get involved.”

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posted 4/5/2021

Guy's Three-Year Plan
"Tournament of Champions" Host Re-Signs with Food Network
From the Futon Critic

Guy Fieri has signed a new multi-year exclusive deal with Food Network, it was announced today by Courtney White, President, Food Network. The new deal spans three years and includes bringing audiences more of Fieri's Primetime Emmy-nominated series Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives as well as more episodes of fan-favorites, Guy's Grocery Games and Guy's most recent ratings success, Tournament of Champions, along with new projects that Guy is already plotting out for both Food Network as well as for the newly launched discovery+ streamer. With this new deal, Fieri will continue to take an active role in the development and production of his own series through his Knuckle Sandwich production banner and continue to partner with the network and producers from his long-running series. Fieri made his first appearance on the network in 2006 when he won season two of The Next Food Network Star. Additional series that have helped to make Guy a household name include: Guy's Big Bite, Guy Off The Hook, Guy Fieri's Road Show, Guy's Family Road Trip, Guy & Hunter's European Vacation, Guy's Ranch Kitchen, and his recent documentary, Restaurant Hustle 2020: All on the Line, as well as numerous holiday specials and guest appearances.

"Guy Fieri infuses his unmatched energy and passion into every show he makes," said White. "He is truly one-of-a-kind, adored globally for his own love of food and his deep appreciation for the people behind the restaurant scenes. I am beyond thrilled to be able to continue this extraordinary, creative partnership."

"Food Network is my home and I'm stoked to continue the partnership with the entire Discovery family," added Fieri. "The world of food is the ultimate unifier so having a global platform to share real-life stories of some of the most deserving chefs, restaurateurs, home cooks, entrepreneurs and anyone who just loves a good meal is an incredible opportunity. I can't wait for everyone to see what we're cookin' up next."

The Futon Critic
The Wrap

posted 4/5/2021


Bravo

THURSDAY: Keeping Portland Weird...and COVID Protected
Big Night for Top Chef, Wipeout
From Us Magazine

Time to sharpen your knives. Top Chef is back with its 18th season taking place in Portland, Oregon, as a whole new batch of cheftestants compete, but this time, amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio and judge Gail Simmons are all returning. Joining them will be a collection of past winners, finalists and favorites to form a rotating judging and dining panel, which includes Richard Blais, Carrie Baird, Nina Compton, Tiffany Derry, Gregory Gourdet, Melissa King, Kristen Kish, Edward Lee, Kwame Onwuachi, Amar Santana, Dale Talde and Brooke Williamson.

Meanwhile, the chefs will face challenges like working with foraged mushrooms, picking produce at the famous Hood River Fruit Loop and cooking with native and popular ingredients of Oregon.

This season also features appearances by famed chefs José Andrés, Massimo Bottura, Gabriel Rucker and Alice Waters, as well as Portlandia stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein who stop by for a Quickfire Challenge.

The Emmy-winning digital spinoff, Last Chance Kitchen, hosted by Colicchio, also returns as eliminated contestants go head-to-head to try to cook their way back into the competition.

Meanwhile, a lot of you could — and did — see John Cena last night. And Nicole Byer, too, as the duo hosts the rebooted “Wipeout,” which officially launched Thursday on TBS. Thursday’s 9 p.m. premiere drew 1.1 million total viewers, according to Nielsen, with 432,000 of them coming from the key adults 18-49 demographic. That demo tally makes this “Wipeout” the No. 1 new unscripted offering on cable television, beating fellow freshman TBS series “The Go Big Show,” which opened to 302,000 viewers in the key demo.

The Tuesday sneak peek earned 775,000 total viewers, with 369,000 of them from the main demo. You may be wondering why what was technically the first airing of Episode 1 didn’t outdo the official premiere. While Tuesday’s special preview had a great lead-in — the UCLA vs. Michigan post-game show — the “Wipeout” episode didn’t premiere until 12:49 a.m. So, technically Wednesday morning in the eastern time zone.

Elsewhere, NBC (6.339 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) got a big boost on Thursday thanks to its debut lineup of "Manifest" (3.830 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.629 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "Law & Order: Organized Crime" (7.557 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2).

ABC (3.707 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) had to settle for second with its trio of "Station 19" (4.461 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Grey's Anatomy" (4.097 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and the Wednesday-bound "A Million Little Things" (2.564 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Next up was FOX (1.761 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with a new "Hell's Kitchen" (2.491 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) followed by the return of "The Moodys" (1.114 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and a second "The Moodys" (0.949 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.126 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up its own new lineup of "Young Sheldon" (6.397 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "United States of Al" (5.070 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Mom" (4.794 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "B Positive" (3.690 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Clarice" (2.402 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

And finally, The CW (0.680 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with rebroadcasts of "Penn & Teller: April Fool Us Day 2018" (0.758 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) and "Penn & Teller: April Fool Us Day 2019" (0.602 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15).

Cable numbers for Thursday....
- Wipeout (P/TBS): 1.060m/0.33
- Top Chef Portland (SP/Bravo): 829k/0.24
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 711k/0.19
- Battlebots: Bounty Hunters (P/Discovery): 588k/0.11
- People Puzzler (GSN): 370k/0.05
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 404k/0.04


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posted 4/5/2021

Beat the Chasers to Play All Six on Four
All Six Chasers Come with Renewal
From TV Zone

ITV’s prime-time smash hit and RTS nominated quiz Beat The Chasers returns for a fourth series, it has been confirmed.

Bradley Walsh returns to host in this edge-of-your-seat quiz in which contestants are given the option of playing multiple Chasers for increasing amounts of money, but with a decreasing time advantage against them.

Play sees questions swap from contestant to the Chasers. But get a question wrong and their individual or team clock keeps counting down until a question is answered correctly. First to run out of time loses the game.

For the first time, the fourth series, due to air this Autumn, will see contestants face all six chasers. Filming is due to take place in July and August 2021.

TV Zone

posted 4/5/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Will You Accept This User Account?"

  • Rob Mills mulling putting "Bachelor" spinoffs on Hulu (Deadline)

  • Byron Allen expands This TV to ABC-owned stations (Deadline)

  • How Bob Barker's wife made him into an animal rights crusader (Nicki Swift)

  • Steph Curry shows his support for AAPI with Bruce Lee shoes (Yahoo! Sports)

posted 4/5/2021


Deadline

Snoop Dogg Heads to "The Voice"
This Is Not an April Fool's Joke
From the Futon Critic

Multi-platinum artist, actor, philanthropist and entertainment icon Snoop Dogg will serve as Mega Mentor on Season 20 of NBC's four-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series, "The Voice."

Snoop Dogg joins superstar coaches Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas, John Legend and Blake Shelton to mentor the remaining artists who have made it through the Battle Rounds, as each team prepares for the Knockouts, beginning Monday, April 19 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT).

During the Knockout Rounds, artists are once again paired against a teammate, but select their own song to perform individually while their direct competitor watches and waits. Drawing from his unique experience in navigating the music and entertainment industry as a renowned rapper, producer and performer, Snoop Dogg will impart a new and fresh perspective to help the artists craft their performances. Coaches alone choose the winner to advance from their team. Each coach has one steal in the Knockouts.

Additionally, the four artists that were saved by their individual coaches during the Battle Rounds will compete in the Four-Way Knockout. Each of the four artists will receive individualized coaching and rehearsals with their coach and Snoop Dogg in preparation for the Four-Way Knockout. However, the winner will ultimately be chosen by America. At the top of the final Knockouts episode, voting will open for America to choose which of the four artists moves forward in the competition after their performances. Then, at the beginning of the first Live Show, host Carson Daly will reveal which of the four artists was voted through by America, and that artist will continue to the Live Shows with their original team.

An entertainment icon, Snoop Dogg has reigned for nearly three decades as an unparalleled force, who has raised the bar as an award-winning entertainer and globally recognized entrepreneur. Snoop defines entertainment history. He has released 19 studio albums, sold over 40 million albums worldwide, reached No. 1 countless times on Billboard charts internationally and received 20 Grammy nominations. · Snoop has also appeared in numerous films, such as, Dolemite Is My Name, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, The Addams Family, Beach Bum, Starsky & Hutch, Soul Plane and the Oscar(R)-winning drama Training Day, among others. He has also produced several films, including VICE's Reincarnated, Mac & Dean Go to High School and Hood of Horror through his production company Snoopadelic Films. He made his mark in television when he garnered an Emmy nomination as executive producer for the hit VH1 show Martha & Snoop's Potluck Dinner. Snoop was also the executive producer of the acclaimed Netflix show Coach Snoop, GGN: Double G News, MTV's Mary + Jane and the TNT game show Joker's Wild, which he also hosted.

Season 20 marks the 10-year anniversary of "The Voice."

The Futon Critic

Deadline

posted 4/1/2021


NATAS

Daytime Emmys Stay on CBS 2021, 2022
This Is Also Not an April Fool's Joke
From Deadline

And the Daytime Emmys go to … CBS. The network and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said today that they have inked a two-year deal for CBS to air the awards show.

With CBS also set to television the Primetime Emmys this year, it will mark the first time since 2008 that one network will broadcast both trophy shows in the same year.

CBS, which will televise this year’s Daytime Emmys for a 15th time — more than any other network — most recently aired both in 2005.

The net and NATAS said additional information about the 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards broadcast, set for June 25, will be announced in the coming months.

The 2021 Daytime Emmys is produced by NATAS and Associated Television International, which produced the ceremony from 2009-11 and again last year. Adam Sharp and Steve Ulrich are executive producers for NATAS, while David McKenzie is executive producer and director for ATI.

CBS also aired the 2020 Daytime Emmys, which were handed out virtually after the in-person ceremony was scrapped as the coronavirus pandemic took hold. The then-co-hosts of The Talk — Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, Eve, Carrie Ann Inaba and Marie Osmond — hosted the ceremony.

Before the Daytime Emmys’ return to CBS last year, the ceremony had been streaming on online platforms since 2015, when it aired on Pop TV.

NATAS and the Television Academy said in November that the children’s programming categories are moving from the Primetime ceremony to the Daytime Emmys for 2021.

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Variety

posted 4/1/2021

WEDNESDAY: Bad Grandpa (Monster)
NBC Wins Total, Ties Demo with Fox
From The Futon Critic

NBC (6.811 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) claimed top honors on Wednesday thanks to its trio of "Chicago Med" (6.976 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4), "Chicago Fire" (7.112 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and "Chicago PD" (6.345 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2).

FOX (3.649 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) shared the demo crown with fresh installments of "The Masked Singer" (4.793 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "Game of Talents" (2.504 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

Next up was ABC (2.410 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) and its mix of "The Goldbergs" (3.085 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), the season finale of "American Housewife" (2.657 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "The Conners" (3.144 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Call Your Mother" (2.205 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and the season finale of "The Con" (1.684 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.291 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up a new "Tough as Nails" (2.996 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) alongside repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.014 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "S.W.A.T." (1.863 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

And finally, the spring finale of "Riverdale" (0.525 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) and a new "Nancy Drew" (0.378 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.0, #15) rounded out the night on The CW (0.452 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Wednesday....
- The Challenge: Double Agents (MTV): 913k/0.52
- Forged in Fire (History): 790k/0.19
- Guy's Grocery Games Delivery (Food): 780/0.24
- Ultimate Cowboy Showdown (INSP) 588k/0.07
- People Puzzler (GSN): 466k/0.04


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/1/2021

"Small Fortune" Has a Big Date: May 31
NBC Stunt Series to Finally Air
From The Futon Critic

"Small Fortune," NBC's newest team competition game show hosted by Lil Rel Howery, premieres on Monday, May 31 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The series is a British import based on Youngest Media's popular U.K. format and is unlike any team competition ever seen on U.S. television.

In each heart-pounding episode, teams of three from various backgrounds, including first responders and Olympians from around the country, work together to earn a shot at competing for the $250,000 cash prize in the "Big Little Heist" finale game.

To get there, each team must prove their skills on miniature playing fields from a shrunken sushi conveyor belt with tiny chopsticks ("Teeny Sashimi") to a mini Ellis Island ("Statue of Liberteeny"). Challenges will require considerable dexterity and intense focus because with games this small, there's no room for error as the slightest miscalculation or tremble may result in losing tens of thousands of dollars.

In the eight-episode series, Howery raises the stakes by mixing encouragement with his brand of laughs to keep the players on their toes and audiences equally as anxious and entertained.

Howery is fresh off his successful HBO comedy special "Lil Rel Howery: Live in Crenshaw," which was rated the #1 hourlong comedy special of 2019 by Vulture.com. In film, he is perhaps best known for his roles as TSA agent Rod Williams in the Oscar-winning "Get Out," Charlie in the Netflix smash "Bird Box, and more recently as Wayne in the Oscar-nominated "Judas and The Black Messiah." On the small screen, he starred as Bobby, brother to Jerrod Carmichael, on the critically acclaimed NBC series "The Carmichael Show," also starring Tiffany Haddish as his ex-wife. In addition to making an impression with his own comedy series, "Rel" on Fox, Howery has lent his talents to "Insecure" on HBO, "Southside" on Comedy Central and more.

"Small Fortune" is co-produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio and entertainment studio Youngest Media, which created and produced the U.K. format. Lucas Church and David Flynn will serve as executive producers for Youngest Media alongside Steve Barry and Joe Braswell, who will serve as executive producers for Kelchris and showrunners for the series. Lil Rel Howery also executive produces.


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posted 4/1/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Surprise!"

posted 4/1/2021

TUESDAY: Who Let the Dogs Out?
CBS Wins Total, ABC Wins Demo
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, ABC’s Pooch Perfect debuted to 3.9 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating, on par with time slot predecessor To Tell the Truth‘s most recent airing (4.1 mil/0.5) and claiming the demo win on a semi-quiet Tuesday.

Leading out of the dog grooming competition, black-ish (2.4 mil/0.4), mixed-ish (2 mil/0.4) and Soul of a Nation (1.4 mil/0.3) were all steady. CBS’ NCIS rerun copped Tuesday’s largest audience, with 4.8 million.

Elsewhere:

THE CW | The Flash dipped to a new audience low (933K) while steady in the demo (with a 0.2). Supergirl opened its final season/christened its new night with 712K (its largest audience since midway through Season 5) and a 0.1 demo rating (down a tenth from both last season’s average and finale).

NBC | Young Rock (2.5 mil/0.5), Kenan (2 mil/0.4) and, leading out of a This Is Us rerun, New Amsterdam (3.3 mil/0.4) all dipped, with the medical drama hitting/matching series lows.

Cable numbers for Tuesday....
- Chopped (Food): 937k/0.21
- Wipeout (PV/TBS): 775k/0.29
- Temptation Island (USA): 518k/0.19

- Chain Reaction (GSN): 488k/0.04
- People Puzzler (GSN): 480k/0.05

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posted 3/31/2021

Now Entering the Studio: You
Jeopardy! Releases Playshow Game
From Jeopardy! PR

Now entering the studio is YOU. Compete against your friends —and past contestants— using actual TV episodes hosted by Alex Trebek. Jeopardy! PlayShow combines your PlayStation, Xbox (and other select platforms), your mobile device, and your very own voice for the most realistic gameshow experience you'll ever have.

Simply buzz in and say your answer from your couch to be a part of the game like never before. And with Party Mode, you can host head-to-head, multiplayer competitions in your living room.

It's everything you love about the show: Categories, Clues, Wagers, Daily Doubles and even signing your name to the podium.

Want more? With over 35 years of downloadable Jeopardy! content, play episodes thematically by season, tournament type, and even against famous champions. If Teen Tournament is your speed, we've got it. Want to travel back in time and match wits with legendary contestants? No problem! The true Jeopardy! gameshow has never been easier to experience.

In addition:
- Features Go head-to-head with memorable Jeopardy! contestants.
- Choose from a variety of episodes and themes from over three decades of Jeopardy!
- Your living room is the iconic game show set.
- Challenge friends and family to see who's the ultimate Jeopardy! fan.
- Use innovative speech recognition! Buzz in and speak your answer.
- Full immersive gameshow experience like never before!

Visit www.playshowtv.com below to learn more.

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posted 3/31/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Real Genius"

  • Cynthia Erivo joins "Drag Race" this week! (TV Line)

  • John Cena helped a kid save a life (The Wrap)

  • KEn JEnnings responds to a toddler who learned his guest stint was over (Cinema Blend)

posted 3/31/2021


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Peter Marshall: From COVID-19 to 95
Legendary Host Overcomes Coronavirus in Time for Birthday
From ET Canada

Famed gameshow host and musician Peter Marshall is getting ready to celebrate his 95th birthday.

The “Hollywood Squares” host is set to mark the milestone on March 30 during a special Zoom birthday party attended by Leslie Uggams, Loni Anderson, Sandy Duncan, Ruta Lee, Karen Valentine, Rich Little, Monica Mancini, JoAnne Worley, Jack Jones and more.

During the celebration, they will look back at rare clips spanning his incredible 80 years in show business.

What makes the Emmy Award winner’s birthday even more special is the fact that doctors didn’t think he would make it after contracting COVID-19 earlier this year.

In January, both Peter and his wife, Laurie, had tested positive. Peter had to be hospitalized and his wife of 32 years wasn’t able to visit for some time.

“When they finally allowed me to visit him, it was clear his diagnosis was grim. It seemed that staff was under such strain and resources were in short supply that greater efforts were being made to save patients much younger than Peter and with a stronger likelihood of surviving. We decided then to bring Peter home to be surrounded by family, friends and his animals to live out his final days, rather than die alone in the hospital,” Laurie recalled in a statement to ET Canada. She was told to make final arrangements as he would not survive without the high flow oxygen given at the hospital. With some help, they changed Peter’s den into an intensive care unit.

“Dr. Mizrahi wasn’t convinced it was Peter’s time to die,” Laurie said. “And with the aid of around-the-clock nurses and surrounded by his family, he’s turned a fatal diagnosis into a miraculous recovery.” Peter has been home for two months now.

Laurie added, “We’re just beyond grateful for the caregivers who didn’t give up and made it possible for us to celebrate Peter’s upcoming 95th birthday with his family.”

In lieu of gift, Peter is asking that anyone who wants to commemorate the day to make a donation to Actors and Others For Animals.

Additionally, his albums Let’s Be Frank, Boy Singer and No Happy Endings will be released digitally for the first time to mark his birthday. More information on how to attend his Zoom birthday on March 30 at 8 p.m. ET can be found on his website.

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posted 3/30/2021

Ariana Grande to Join "The Voice"
Singer to Replace Nick Jonas in Season 21
From The Futon Critic

Multi-platinum global recording artist, Grammy Award winner and talented actress Ariana Grande will join the upcoming Fall 2021 cycle of NBC's "The Voice" as a coach.

Grande, a powerhouse vocalist whose international fan base of "Arianators" has enabled her to rapidly become one of the biggest pop superstars of our generation, will be joined by returning iconic coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Blake Shelton, along with host Carson Daly, on the four-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series.

With her most recent album, "Positions," recently breaking the record for most songs to debut at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and cementing her as Spotify's most-streamed female artist of the past decade, Grande, a self-proclaimed fan of "The Voice," claims a red chair at a pivotal point in her career.

"As an undeniable force in pop music, Ariana's inimitable success in the music industry is extraordinary," said Jenny Groom, Executive Vice President of Unscripted Content for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. "We were thrilled to learn that she is a true fan of 'The Voice' and know that this enthusiasm will add to her impact as a dynamic coach. Ariana is a visionary with over a decade of experience in the music industry. Her unmatched vocal skills, creativity and unique expertise on all facets of the industry will make her an invaluable coach to the next generation of artists."

Said Grande, "I'm so honored and excited to join 'The Voice' family! I have been a huge fan of the show for such a long time. I can't wait to go head-to-head with the incredible coaches, get to know these new artists and help to take their craft to the next level."

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Deadline
The Wrap

posted 3/30/2021

"Dancing" Renewed to 30
All the Judges & Tyra are Back
From The Futon Critic

ABC has picked up "Dancing with the Stars" for its milestone 30th season on ABC. Host Tyra Banks and judges Len Goodman, Derek Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli are all expected to return.

"Dancing with the Stars" is the hit series based on the BBC Studios global format in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines that are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts, including Len Goodman, Derek Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli.

Hosted by supermodel and businesswoman Tyra Banks, the series returns to the ballroom with an all-new lineup of celebrities this season.

ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" is produced by BBC Studios' Los Angeles production arm. Andrew Llinares and Tyra Banks are executive producers.

During its fall 2020 run, ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" ranked as the #1 entertainment series in its 2-hour time slot among Adults 18-49. DWTS grew over its prior season by 9% among Adults 18-49.

A premiere date, celebrity contestants and pro dancers will be announced at a later date.

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Deadline
Gold Derby

posted 3/30/2021


Sony Pictures TV Studios

SYNDIES: Week 24
Results for the Week Ending March 21
From TV News Check

Jeopardy! jumped out of the syndication and game lead in the week ending March 21 as March Madness took hold across the country.

The big annual NCAA basketball tournament bounced many programs airing on CBS affiliates on March 19, and programs airing on non-CBS affiliates also were faced with much stronger than usual competition.

In addition, daylight saving time started on March 14, which usually impacts shows airing in early evening access time periods.

CBS Media Ventures’s Jeopardy!, with Katie Couric at the podium for a second week, slipped 5% to a 5.3 live plus same day national Nielsen rating, its lowest household rating since the week ended Jan. 10, the last week with long-time host Alex Trebek.

Couric is the first woman to ever host the game show.

Jeopardy!, which had led the games and all of syndication for the prior four weeks including one tie with CMV’s Wheel of Fortune, was surpassed in households by Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud, which held steady at a 5.4 and topped the chart for the first time since the week of Dec. 28, 2020. Feud, which is hosted by Steve Harvey, also continued to lead all of syndication among the key demographic of women 25-54 at a 1.9.

Wheel of Fortune, which is paired with Jeopardy! on ABC owned stations and affiliates in most of the country’s largest markets, slid 11% to a 5.0, its lowest rating since the week of Dec. 21, 2020.

Fox’s 25 Words or Less remained at its series-low 0.7 for a third straight week. Entertainment Studios’ Funny You Should Ask had no answer, staying at a 0.4 for a fourth consecutive week.

Future guest hosts as the show works out a permanent succession plan include Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker and “Call Me Kat” star Mayim Bialik. The show will make a donation to a charity of each host’s choosing in an amount equal to the contestants’ cumulative winnings during their respective week of episodes.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.4 NC
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.3 -5%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.0 -11%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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NextTV

posted 3/30/2021

MONDAY: In the Battle of Idol vs. Voice, the Winner... Madness
CBS Wins on Basketball Coverage
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.953 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was once again on top thanks to its primetime coverage of the "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament: (2) Houston vs. (12) Oregon State" (5.977 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) and "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament: (1) Baylor vs. (3) Arkansas" (5.906 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1).

NBC (4.874 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) took home the silver with its duo of "The Voice" (5.979 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and "Debris" (2.665 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

Next up was ABC (4.618 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with fresh installments of "American Idol" (4.833 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and "The Good Doctor" (4.189 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.130 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up a repeat "9-1-1" (2.347 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #6) and a new "America's Most Wanted" (1.912 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

And finally, the conclusions of "Bulletproof" (0.532 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #9) and "All American Stories" (0.201 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.0, #10) rounded out the night on The CW (0.367 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Monday....
- Rock the Block (HGTV): 1.550m/0.25
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 964k/0.20
- Easter Baking Challenge (SF/Food): 711k/0.14
- The Big Bake (Food): 480k/0.11
- People Puzzler (GSN): 473k/0.05
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 457k/0.03
- Race to the Center of the Earth (P/NatGeo): 226k/0.06


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/30/2021

Back to the Studio
Live Audience Returns to "American Idol"
From Deadline

American Idol is heading back to the studio and is bringing a live audience with it – becoming one of the biggest non-scripted series to find a way to get crowds in safely.

The talent contest is nine episodes into its fourth season on ABC and has successfully navigated the pandemic to avoid looking like a Zoom format. Producer Fremantle is now back in Television City with around 50 people let in to watch and react to its upcoming All Star Duets round. Showrunner Trish Kinane told Deadline that the show has worked closely with the L.A. County Department of Public Health to find safe way for fans to join.

Audience members will be masked, tested and seated in pods with their immediate households.

The move comes as Los Angeles County and several others move to loosen restrictions on indoor gatherings.

Deadline
Deadline

posted 3/30/2021

Writers' Guild Awards: And the Winners Are..
"Weakest Link" Wins Top Prize for Quiz
From The Wrap

“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” and “Promising Young Woman” were named the best adapted original screenplays of 2021 at the Writers Guild Awards, which took place in a virtual ceremony on Sunday. While “Promising Young Woman” went into the show with a slight edge over “The Trial of the Chicago 7” for the original-screenplay award, “Borat” was a decided dark horse in the adapted-screenplay category, whose nominees also included “One Night in Miami,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “News of the World’ and “The White Tiger.”

Writers Guild winners in the screenplay categories go on to win Oscars almost two-thirds of the time, although the two awards sometimes differ because the WGA is an award strictly for screenplays for movies that were made under the terms of the guild’s Minimum Basic Agreement, or similar agreements from a number of international guilds.

This year’s show was a joint presentation of the Writers Guild of America, West and the Writers Guild of America, East, which normally conduct separate but simultaneous ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York. Kal Penn hosted the ceremony, with presenters that included Sacha Baron Cohen, Rachel Brosnahan, Jimmy Fallon, Ava DuVernay, Leslie Odom Jr. and Daveed Diggs. The entire show was pre-recorded, with every nominee taping an acceptance speech beforehand.

QUIZ AND AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION
- WINNER: Weakest Link,” Head Writer: Ann Slichter; Writers: Chip Dornell, Paul Greenberg, Joyce Ikemi, Stuart Krasnow, Jon Macks, Mona Mira, Scott Saltzburg, Aaron Solomon, Chris Sturgeon, Grant Taylor; NBC
- “Hollywood Game Night,” Head Writers: Ann Slichter, Grant Taylor; Writers: Michael Agbabian, Allie Kokesh, Dwight D. Smith; NBC
- “Jeopardy!,” Writers: Matthew Caruso, John Duarte, Harry Friedman, Mark Gaberman, Debbie Griffin, Michele Loud, Robert McClenaghan, Jim Rhine, Mike Richards, Billy Wisse; ABC
- “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Celebrity Season,” Head Writer: Bobby Patton; Writers: Alan Bailey, Josh Halloway, Seth Harrington, Shawn Kennedy; Disney/ABC Syndication


The Wrap

posted 3/30/2021

International Format Awards: And the Nominees Are...
Top Formats to Be Awarded April 13
From C21 Media

The finalists in the 2021 International Format Awards have been named, following four weeks of online voting by a panel of the world’s leading format commissioners, buyers and producers.

The International Format Awards are a coproduction between C21Media, FRAPA, the Entertainment Masterclass and MipFormats. More than 200 formats were entered from across the globe in a year when the quality and range of the formats has not been dimmed by the pandemic.

To recognise the extraordinary ingenuity of producers and broadcasters in this time, there is a special category for 2021: Format Innovation in the time of Covid.

The winners will be announced in a digital ceremony to be streamed on C21Media.net and the MipFormats website on April 13 at 16.00 CET.

This year’s International Format Awards Gold Award will mark the achievements of Anette Rømer, former head of acquisitions and formats at TV2 in Denmark and current programming consultant at STV Productions. Anette led the way in defining the output of TV2’s portfolio of channels over her 30-year career with the broadcaster. In her previous role as commissioning editor of entertainment for TV2, she was also executive producer of a wide range of quiz, satire, lifestyle, factual entertainment shows, music and events.

The finalists in each category in the 2021 International Format Awards are as follows:
- BEST COMEDY FORMAT
9 Windows Produced by: Nippon TV and The Story Lab For: Nippon TV, Japan Distributed by: The Story Lab
Don’t Scream Produced by: Maverick TV For: BBC Three Distributed by: All3Media
International Gods of the Game Produced by: Mad Monk For: Comedy Central UK Distributed by: ViacomCBS International Studios Distribution
The Big Crazy Game Night Produced by: WeMake/Béli Productions/Makayel For: M6 Distributed by: WeMake
The Secret Gameshow Produced by: Asahi Broadcasting TV Corp and NBCUniversal Formats For: ABC Japan Distributed by: NBCUniversal Formats
The Substitute Produced by: The Intellectual Property Corp For: Nickelodeon Distributed by: Nickelodeon

- BEST COMPETITION REALITY FORMAT
District Z Produced by: Satisfaction For: TF1 Distributed by: Sony Pictures Television
Fridge Wars Produced by: CBC and The Gurin Company For: CBC Distributed by: CBC & Radio-Canada Distribution, Magnify Media
Full Bloom Produced by: Eureka Productions For: HBO Max Distributed by: HBO Max
Pretty Small Produced by: ITV Studios Netherlands For: SBS6 (Netherlands) Distributed by: ITV Studios T
op Dog Produced by: Big Fish Entertainment For: A&E Distributed by: A+E Global Content Sales
Walk The Line (På tværs af Danmark) Produced by: Strong Productions (original format by Studio Lambert) For: TV2 Distributed by: All3Media International

- BEST HOST OF A FORMAT
Craig Reucassel – Fight For Planet A: Our Climate Challenge Produced by: Lune Media For: Australian Broadcasting Corp Distributed by: ABC Commercial
Faustine Bollaert – The Wonderbox Produced by: Newen, Capa, 13.34 For: France 3 Distributed by: Newen Connect
Alan Carr – Epic Gameshow Produced by: Talkback For: ITV Distributed by: Fremantle
Jane Lynch – Weakest Link (US) Produced by: BBC Studios Los Angeles For: NBC Distributed by: BBC Studios Distribution
Tyra Banks – Dancing With The Stars (US) Produced by: BBC Studios Los Angeles For: ABC Distributed by: BBC Studios Distribution
Michael Youn – The Big Crazy Game Night Produced by: WeMake, Béli Productions, Makayel For: M6 Distributed by: WeMake

- BEST RETURNING FORMAT
Dancing With The Stars (USA) Produced by: BBC Studios Los Angeles For: ABC Distributed by: BBC Studios Distribution
De Mol (The Mole) Produced by: Woestijnvis For: Play4 Distributed by: Primitives
Survivor Produced by: Endemol Shine Australia For: Network 10 Distributed by: Banijay Rights
Taskmaster Produced by: Avalon For: Channel 4 Distributed by: Avalon Distribution
The Great Bake Off Produced by: Love Productions For: Channel 4 Distributed by: BBC Studios Distribution
The Secret Song Produced by: DMLSTV For: TF1 Distributed by: Can’t Stop Media


- BEST STUDIO-BASED GAMESHOW FORMAT
9 Windows Produced by: Nippon TV and The Story Lab For: Nippon TV, Japan Distributed by: The Story Lab
De Grote Generatieshow (Mind the Generation Gap) Produced by: BlazHoffski Productions For: BNNVARA/NPO1 Distributed by: BlazHoffski Productions/Warner Bros
Don’t Produced by: Banijay Studios North America For: ABC Distributed by: Banijay Rights
Pulse! Produced by: Redseven Entertainment For: ProSieben Distributed by: Red Arrow Studios International
Rolling In It Produced by: Over The Top Productions For: ITV Distributed by: Fremantle
The Big Crazy Game Night Produced by: WeMake, Béli Productions and Makayel For: M6 Distributed by: WeMake

BEST INNOVATION IN THE TIME OF COVID FORMAT
All Together at the Table Produced by: Kitchen Factory Production For: M6, France Distributed by: The Story Lab
American Idol Produced by: Fremantle North America For: ABC Distributed by: Fremantle
Drive Thru-Oke Produced by: Space Rabbit Ltd For: MBN Distributed by: NBCUniversal Formats
Grayson’s Art Club Produced by: Swan Films For: Channel 4 Distributed by: All3Media International
I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! The Castle Produced by: Lifted Entertainment For: ITV1 Distributed by: ITV Studios
Married at First Sight: Couples Cam Produced by: Kinetic Content For: Lifetime (US) Distributed by: Red Arrow Studios International


C21 Media

posted 3/30/2021

"Voice" Shown to France
"I Can See Your Voice" Heads Overseas
From TBI

French broadcaster M6 and VTM in Belgium have commissioned local adaptations of the I Can See Your Voice mystery music show format. Both series are being produced by Warner Bros. International Television, with the French version shown under the title Show Me Your Voice, with comedian and actor Issa Doumbia attached to host the series when it airs.

In Belgium, the seven-episode show will be recorded later this year and is scheduled to air on the DPG-owned VTM, which is the main commercial network in the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium.

The I Can See Your Voice format was created by South Korea’s CJ ENM, with the original show airing in 2015. The show sees guests attempting to guess whether contestants are good or bad singers based purely on their appearance. As of this year, the format has been broadcasted to 18 countries worldwide, with recent adaptations including for Fox, upcoming version for BBC One in the UK and Canadian-French language channel Noovo in Quebec and recommissions for RTL in Germany and RTL4 in the Netherlands.

“I Can See Your Voice is a program boasting its originality and long history of remakes. We are especially thrilled to add local versions in France and Belgium for audiences to meet a music show like no other,” said Diane Min, head of format sales at CJ ENM.

“Created in 2012 and first broadcast in 2015, our team is proud that the format is travelling immensely, with now 39 seasons launched worldwide with more than 800 episodes.”

TBI Vision
C21 Media

Realscreen

posted 3/30/2021

ITV Stares Into The Void
Ashley Banjo, Fleur East to Host New Saturday Stunt Series
From Telly Mix

ITV has announced a new Saturday night game show called The Void. The seven-part series, which will air later in 2021, will be hosted by Britain’s Got Talent and Dancing on Ice judge, Ashley Banjo and singer and presenter Fleur East.

The show will see contestants put themselves to the test to take on a wide range of demanding mental and physical challenges - all whilst navigating the terrifying prospect of falling into ‘The Void’.

The Void – a daunting and unforgiving chasm of 520,000 litres of water stretching across the arena floor - is one of the biggest bespoke water tanks ever constructed for a game show.

The winner of each episode will get to take on The Void for one last time and a chance to win a jackpot of £25,000.

Ashley Banjo said: “I literally cannot wait to get started on this one! The concept is so simple...can you cross ‘The Void’ and reach the prize on the other side? But if the brains behind ‘The Cube‘ have anything to do with it (which they do of course) it will be anything but simple!

"It’s also the first game show I’ve been lucky enough to host and all alongside the amazing Fleur East, which is another thing I’m buzzing about. So all in all, there’s no doubt in my mind this is going to be immense!”

Fleur East added: “I am really excited about hosting this show, the concept is epic! Created by the same genius behind The Cube which is a show I love. Also getting to work alongside Ashley is amazing, he’s so talented and it’s gonna be a lot of fun.”

Katie Rawcliffe, Head of ITV Entertainment Commissioning commented: “The Void is a physical game show with a difference.

"The scale of the show will be vast and with Ashley and Fleur at the helm, The Void promises to be a great addition to ITV’s Saturday night family viewing.”

The Void will air on Saturday nights on ITV later in 2021.

Telly Mix
Good Housekeeping

posted 3/30/2021


Legacy
SARA HOLUB: 1981-2021
Award-Winning Choral Director from 2017 Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament
From WBAY Green Bay

Preble High School’s choir and musical director Sara Holub has passed away. An obituary for Holub says she died of natural causes on Friday, March 26. She was 40 years old.

“The first thing we thought of as teachers when we heard about her passing, was how are we going to share this with the students because her legacy was her students,” said Jeff Kline, social studies teacher at Preble High School.

Teaching at Preble High School for six years, Holub directed award-winning musicals and was honored as Outstanding Young Choral Director for the State of Wisconsin.

“She’s really created some incredible programs at Preble, raising the level of musicianship and performance quality within choirs at Preble,” said Megan Sweeney, Director of Bands and Music at Preble High school.

Colleagues and former students of Holub’s says she left a huge impact on the school community. “She had this ability to make everyone feel seen, no matter who you were, you always belonged in her classroom. She built this really strong community of students and you know, we all still talk to each other almost every day,” said former Preble student, Megan Flood.

Preble teachers, Jeff Kline and Megan Sweeney say Holub was a close friend of theirs. Kline said that if one of them were having a bad day and needed a pick-me-up, they would be there for each other. “The three of us really became very close friends, very, very close friends and we couldn’t have gotten through the last year of the pandemic with online teaching without each other’s friendship,” Kline said.

“Jeopardy!” viewers will remember Holub from her 2017 appearances in the Teachers Tournament. She made it to the semifinals.

“She played Jeopardy and then immediately got on a flight, flew across the country to join a choir trip that had started and joined up with her students in Boston,” Sweeney said.

Sweeney added that this was a huge testament to her dedication, “her abilities, her talent, and her love for kids and spending time with the kids.”

WBAY Green Bay
Green Bay Press Gazette

posted 3/30/2021

WEEKEND: Rotten Cherries
CBS Wins on Basketball Coverage
From The Futon Critic

ABC (3.199 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) and FOX (2.031 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) share the demo honors on Friday as the latter offered up a new "WWE SmackDown" (2.031 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) while the former served up fresh installments of "Shark Tank" (3.836 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) and "20/20" (2.881 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

Next up was CBS (5.236 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with originals from "MacGyver" (4.179 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "Magnum P.I." (5.357 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "Blue Bloods" (6.173 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.941 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up new episodes of "The Blacklist" (3.157 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and "Dateline NBC" (2.834 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

And finally, repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.710 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.679 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) led into a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.749 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) to round out the night on The CW (0.722 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Friday....
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 610k/0.26
- RuPaul's Drag Race Untucked (VH1): 4
63k/0.18

In the latest TV show ratings, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist resumed Season 2, in its new/old Sunday time slot, with just 1.1 million total viewers and a 0.2 demo rating, down sharply from its Tuesday averages (2.5 mil/0.5) to mark series lows.

Bookending the musical dramedy, Ellen’s Game of Games (1.6 mil/0.3) and Good Girls (1.3 mil/0.3) were steady in the demo, though the latter dipped to a new audience low.

Elsewhere:

CBS | Leading out of a smidgen of March Madness spillover, 60 Minutes (8.3 mil/0.9) led Sunday in both measures. Back from multi-week breaks, The Equalizer (6.5 mil/0.7) was steady in the demo, NCIS: LA (6.2 mil/0.6) was up and New Orleans (4.7 mil/0.5) was down.

ABC | AFV (5.4 mil/0.6), American Idol (6 mil/0.8) and The Rookie (3.8 mil/0.4) were all steady in the demo, while the latter returned to its third-largest audience of Season 3.

THE CW | Batwoman (440K/0.1) and Charmed (339K/0.1) were steady in the demo, though the latter dropped to a new audience low.

FOX | Cherries Wild (560K/0.1) and Bless the Harts (514K/0.2) were down sharply, while The Simpsons (1.1 mil/0.4), Bob’s Burgers (1 mil/0.4) and Family Guy (1.2 mil/0.4) were steady.

Cable numbers for Sunday...
- Tournament of Champions (Food): 1.269m/0.34
- Tournament of Champions Postgame (Food): 675k/0.17
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 628k/0.16

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/30/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Dancing with the Speed Force"

  • Jordan Fisher joins "The Flash" as Bart Allen/Impulse (The Wrap)

  • Blake Horstmann kisses and tells... because reasons (Us Magazine)

  • Bachelor Nation reluctant to go to "Paradise" after... ... well... this (E! Online)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?!: People think Anne Hegerty is Alan Carr's mom (LADBible)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Wayne Brady (Broadway World) and Padma Lakshmi (Deadline)

posted 3/30/2021

Fox Plays with Dominos
Eric Stonestreet to Host New Series for Fox
From Deadline

Fox is building on its success in Lego with a new knock-em-down competition series featuring dominos.

The network has ordered Domino Masters from its own nascent production studio Fox Alternative Entertainment. The series will premiere in the 2021-22 season.

Domino Masters feature teams of domino enthusiasts facing off in a domino toppling and chain reaction tournament. Throughout the competition, Modern Family star Stonestreet, alongside the judges, will encourage the domino aficionados, introduce challenges and put the creations to the test until one team is crowned the Domino Master. Think of it like a series of Rube Goldberg machines with chain reaction happening all over set.

It is Stonestreet’s latest non-scripted entertainment series. The Emmy-winning actor previously hosted ABC’s The Toy Box and appeared as a guest judge on NBC’s America’s Got Talent.

Domino Masters comes on the back of Lego Masters, the Will Arnett-hosted competition series from Endemol Shine North America that has been greenlit for a second season.

After its linear airing, the series will air on Fox’s AVOD platform Tubi.

The series is produced by Fox Alternative Entertainment, the Allison Wallach-run in-house studio division that is behind Fox’s hit The Masked Singer as well as spinoff The Masked Dancer, fellow Korean format I Can See Your Voice, Name That Tune and Cherries Wild. It is being exec produced by Gail Berman, Danny Schrader and Hend Baghdady.

Deadline
THe Futon Critic

posted 3/29/2021

Corporate Wipeout
CW to Rebroadcast "Wipeout" Premiere
From The Futon Critic

The CW Network, TBS and TNT have joined forces to give two of their key tentpole new series an extra promotional boost with its second one-episode cross network partnership.

On Friday, April 2 (8:00-9:00 pm ET/PT), The CW will air an encore presentation of the premiere episode of TBS's newly re-imagined format of the iconic extreme obstacle course series, WIPEOUT. Hosted by multifaceted megastar John Cena ("Fast & Furious," "The Suicide Squad") and Nicole Byer ("Nailed It!," "Girl Code"), with Camille Kostek (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Model 2019) serving as field host, the all-new 20-hour series takes viewers on a white-knuckle ride, featuring new course elements that will push contestants' athleticism, endurance and determination to even greater extremes as they fight to win the grand cash prize. The series is produced with Endemol Shine North America.

The Futon Critic
Deadline

WUPA Atlanta

posted 3/29/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Golden Parachute"

  • Sharon Osbourne to pocket $5-10 million, talk about "her side of the story", which CBS calls "false, inaccurate, or untrue. Take your pick." (TV Line)

  • Blake Horstmann kisses and tells... because reasons (Us Magazine)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Race to the Center of the Earth (Reality Blurred)

  • Utica Queen apologizes for her recent performance. The Internet gets... Internet-ish (Elite Daily)

  • Charges dropped against Jonny Fairplay (WSLS Roanoke)

posted 3/29/2021

MORE NEWS
GSNN 3-Month News Archive

NAACP Image Awards: The Winners Were...
Anthony Anderson, Steve Harvey Take Home Honors
From TV Line

The 52nd NAACP Image Awards crowned more winners on Saturday (in addition to the awards announced earlier this week), in a ceremony once again hosted by black-ish star Anthony Anderson. The awards, of course, celebrate the accomplishments of people of color in the fields of television, music, literature and film, and will be simulcast across BET, CBS, MTV, VH1, MTV2, BET Her and LOGO.

Heading into the live show, ABC’s black-ish led the TV pack with five awards, winning trophies for Outstanding Actor (Anthony Anderson), Supporting Actor (Deon Cole) and Supporting Actress (Marsai Martin). That makes two wins for Martin, who earlier in the week snagged a victory for Best Performance by a Youth in a TV Program.

Black-ish along with HBO’s Lovecraft Country reigned supreme in total nominations, with 11 and eight a piece, respectively. Joining Lovecraft as some of the year’s first-time nominees were Starz’s P-Valley, with six nods, (including one already won by Loretta Devine for Outstanding Guest Performance), and Netflix’s Bridgerton, which saw Regé-Jean Page scoop up the award for Outstanding Actor in a Drama

Other big winners included Power Book II: Ghost and Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker with three awards each, and two victories for HBO’s Insecure: Best Comedy Series and for Issa Rae for Outstanding Actress in a Comedy.

So how did the rest of the categories shake out? Of note in our favorite genre...
- Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series: Anthony Anderson, black-ish (ABC)
- Outstanding Reality Program, Reality Competition or Game Show: Celebrity Family Feud (ABC)
- Outstanding Host in a Reality, Game Show or Variety (Series or Special): Steve Harvey, Celebrity Family Feud (ABC)


TV Line

posted 3/26/2021

English Feud
Season 7 Starts Rolling
From TV SEries Finale

Survey says… renewed! ABC has quietly renewed the Celebrity Family Feud TV show for a seventh season which will reportedly air this summer. Airing on the ABC television network, Celebrity Family Feud is hosted by Steve Harvey. Just as on the original Family Feud series, celebrities and their family and friends try to guess the most popular answers to opinion surveys. The difference is, they’re playing for up to $25,000 for charities.

Contestants in season six included Carson Kressley, Ted Allen, Kyan Douglas, Thom Filicia, Jai Rodriguez, Bobby Berk, Jonathan Van Ness, Antoni Porowski, Tan France, Andy Cohen, Bevy Smith, Jeff Lewis, Amy Phillips, John Hill, Kyle Richards, Lisa Rinna, Dorit Kemsley, Garcelle Beauvais, Teddi Mellencamp, Drew Carey, Brendon Walsh, Blaine Capatch, Heather Anne Campbell, Chris Holmes, Kevin Nealon, Susan Yeagley, Cheryl Hines, Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee, Melora Hardin, Stephen Conrad Moore, Sam Page, RuPaul, Latrice Royale, Michelle Visage, and Raven-David Petruschin.

The sixth season of Celebrity Family Feud averaged a 0.75 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 4.98 million viewers. Compared to season five, that’s down by 11% in the demo and down by 4% in viewership.

The 11 episodes aired between Summer and Fall 2020, due to the network needing to fill the fall schedule due to the pandemic shutdown.

No celebrities have been announced as of yet, but according to our friends at Buz
zerblog, season 7 will shoot with advanced strict COVID-19 restrictions including a modified contestant podium set up. Also, a reported roster includes singer-songwriter Max Frost; Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs, Reno 911!); Loni Love (The Real); Ross Mathews (RuPaul’s Drag Race); the podcast Fake Doctors, Real Friends including Scrubs stars Zach Braff and Donald Faison; comedy troupe Beer Shark Mice including Neil Flynn (also of Scrubs) and David Koechner (Anchorman); Tisha Campbell, Deon Cole; and the annual NFL Legends game.

TV Series Finale

posted 3/26/2021

Spanish Feud
Mau Nieto Hosts New Season for Estrella
From Business Wire

EstrellaTV, a leading Spanish-language broadcasting network in the U.S., premiered season five of the popular primetime game show 100 Latinos Dijeron on March 22 at 7 PM ET/6 PM CT. The series will air Monday through Friday. Series host Mau Nieto, one of Mexico’s top standup comedians, returns to the Spanish-language version of Fremantle’s American classic game show “Family Feud.”

100 Latinos Dijeron can be viewed on the EstrellaTV Network, carried by most major cable carriers, and streamed everywhere on Samsung TV+, The Roku Channel, Xumo, and FuboTV.

"This season, we are bringing more humor, more funny answers, more unforgettable moments, and most importantly, more families willing to give it their all,” said Nieto about 100 Latinos Dijeron season five. "With the pandemic, we all need to laugh and come together, and our families competing on the show are bringing us just that.”

Taped in Mexico City and coproduced by Fremantle Media Mexico, the series features families battling it out to name the most popular answers to survey questions to win prizes.

In addition to families, season five features special guest stars including the actors from “Cañón, Así Pasa” - actress Gloria Sierra and actor Mike Biagio, actress Rossana Najera ("Tenias Que ser Tú”), actor Marcelo Córdoba (“Vencer el Miedo”), actor Alex de Hoyos (“Clear and Present Danger”) and Talk Show host Regina Pavón.

Nieto, who is better known for his Netflix special “Living Sober… From the Bar,” and his ongoing YouTube series “El Frasco en Vivo,” has become a fan favorite of the show. He launched his career doing standup in Mexico City's comedy circuit. His YouTube show commands an average of 500,000 views per episode and, on various occasions, has surpassed the one million mark.

“Mau Nieto is a star, and our audience loves being entertained and challenged by this game show. We are very happy to be back working with Fremantle Media Mexico on what has fast become a staple game show for our audience,” stated Ivan Stoilkovich, EVP of TV Programming for Estrella Media.

Business Wire

posted 3/26/2021

GSN Upfront: More of the Same
Audience Is Up from Year to Year
From Adweek

In a year where linear struggled, Game Show Network was one of the 10 biggest networks notching growth in both total day and primetime in 2020. Going into 2021 upfront talks, the network—whose audience was up 13% year over year in 2020 in total day and total viewers—is touting that growth as its biggest strength.

“Over the past four years, as viewers contracted in linear, we’ve grown” said John Zaccario, Game Show Network’s evp of ad sales. “We spent a lot of time in the last three years preparing for this moment in scaling up the amount of programming we have available, and being able to offer viewers a consistent, stripped schedule.”

The network, which syndicates long-running game shows and programs on a strip schedule in which subsequent episodes air across all five weeknights, has counted four consecutive years of total viewer growth and ended 2020 with its most viewers since 2015. A large portion of the network’s audience are adults older than 55.

“For our audience, they’re spending on categories like fast food, home insurance, travel, casual dining,” said Zaccario. “At the end of the day, that’s what matters most. Whether or not the audience that are watching your commercials are executing a transaction, and ours execute a transaction.” For the last several years, Game Show Network has been building out its original programming lineup on the network, and early production in 2019 helped shield the network from some of the production headaches.

The network, which shifted to traditional game show formats in 2018, was of the few networks able to host a somewhat traditional upfront last year even as Covid-19 pandemic derailed most network’s upfront plans as advertisers scrambled to adjust their plans and other networks scrambled to fill their schedules. Zaccario says that the early upfront and network consistency has put the company in a good position heading into 2021.

“Last year actually set the table nicely for us,” Zaccario said. “Last year, throughout all the disruption and the noise and the unpredictability, we were able to retain a consistent audience. We delivered for the advertisers who were looking for a predictable source of audience to market their goods and services, and I think we got a lot of credit for that.”

Game Show Network has ramped up its original content in the past several years and is bringing to the table six originals, including returning series America Says, Common Knowledge, Get a Clue and Master Minds. Season 2 of Get a Clue, which premiered in January, saw a season-to-season lift of 11% in the women 25-54 demographic.

“We’re starting to get a lot of traction with the originals,” Zaccario said. New to the schedule this year is Chain Reaction, a revival of the long-running word chain series, which debuted in February with nearly half a million viewers in its premiere week. People Puzzler, which had initially been part of the 2020 upfront lineup but was delayed, is also to a strong start: the series debuted in January as the No. 1 new show launch since 2017 in women 25-54.

Adweek

posted 3/26/2021

THURSDAY: Closing Up Shop
ABC Wins
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.323 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) was still on top on Thursday thanks to new episodes of "Station 19" (5.018 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3), "Grey's Anatomy" (4.883 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) and "A Million Little Things" (3.069 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

FOX (2.447 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) took home the silver with its lineup of "Hell's Kitchen" (2.736 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2), the season finale of "Call Me Kat" (2.024 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "Last Man Standing" (2.292 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Next up was NBC (2.673 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with the penultimate "Superstore" (2.706 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), the series finale of "Superstore" (2.316 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.580 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "Dateline NBC" (2.927 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.647 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) opted for repeats of "Young Sheldon" (3.949 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "B Positive" (3.124 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "Mom" (3.073 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (2.407 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "Clarice" (1.664 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).

And finally, The CW (0.681 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with its special "People Presents: Harry & Meghan's American Dream" (0.860 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) and a new "Legacies" (0.502 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16).

Cable numbers for Thursday....
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 764k/0.18
- Battlebots: Bounty Hunters (P/Discovery): 673k/0.12
- Ultimate Cowboy Showdown (INSP) 637k.0.06
- Guy's Grocery Games Delivery (Food): 608k/0.18
- People Puzzler (GSN): 441k/0.03


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/26/2021

Getting a Bigger Television (City)
Home of TPIR To Get an Update
From Deadline

Real estate developer Hackman Capital is planning to spend $1.25 billion to overhaul the nearly 70-year-old West Hollywood landmark CBS Television City including adding sound stages to supply the seemingly boundless demand.

The world’s first purpose-built television studio was built in 1952 and has expanded in a patchwork over the years. Hackman acquired the iconic 25-acre property for $750 million in 2019. CBS’ The Late Late Show With James Corden, The Price Is Right and The Young and the Restless are recorded at Television City as well as Dancing With the Stars, American Idol and Real Time With Bill Maher.

The project — which Hackman calls TVC 2050 — will add up to 1.13 million square feet of new space and is designed “to address the needs of a modern studio and promote innovation and sustainability in production and operations,” the firm said Friday. It calls for nearly doubling the number of sound stages to 15 from 8 and adding new production support facilities, offices for rent and garage structures for up to 5,300 vehicles. Two stages built in the 1990s on the east side of the lot would be razed but the four original stages built by CBS would be preserved along with other historical design elements.

“Television City is one of the great Hollywood studio lots. We are committed to ensuring it remains a robust job creator and world-class studio for decades to come,” said Michael Hackman, founder and CEO. “Los Angeles lacks the modern sound stages and production facilities to meet market demand, putting our region at risk of seeing the entertainment industry leave the state if we fail to invest in its future.”

Demand for soundstages has grown on both coasts and in production hubs from Atlanta to London fueled by an explosion of content by streaming services and the desire for increasingly sophisticated visual effects.

“To remain globally competitive, Los Angeles needs more state-of-the-art sound stages and production space. Now is the time for a fully realized Television City, as the entertainment industry and the City continue to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Bill Allen, CEO of Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation.

Deadline

posted 3/26/2021

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Silenced Talk"

posted 3/26/2021


IMDb
JESSICA WALTER: 1941-2021
Veteran Actress Played "Pyramid", "Hollywood Squares", Others
From TV Line

Emmy-winning actress Jessica Walter, arguably best known for her role as icy matriarch Lucille Bluth on Arrested Development, died on Wednesday at her home in New York City. She was 80.

“It is with a heavy heart that I confirm the passing of my beloved mom Jessica,” Walters’ daughter, Brooke Bowman, said in a statement. “A working actor for over six decades, her greatest pleasure was bringing joy to others through her storytelling both on screen and off. While her legacy will live on through her body of work, she will also be remembered by many for her wit, class and overall joie de vivre.”

In its own statement, Arrested Development‘s studio, 20th Television, said, “Jessica Walter’s spectacular turn as the devilish Lucille Bluth is one of the great comedic performances of television history, and we loved working with her as much as audiences loved her. Our hearts go out to her family and friends, particularly her daughter, and our former colleague, Brooke. We know that heaven just got a whole lot funnier with Jessica now in residence.”

Walter was also providing the voice of Malory Archer on the FX’s long-running Archer, which was heading into its 12th season.

In the game show realm, Walter logged in appearances on "The Match Game", "You Don't Say", "The Game Game", "It's Your Bet", "Tattletales", "Hollywood Squares", and "The $10,000 Pyramid".

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posted 3/25/2021


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RICHARD GILLILAND 1950-2021
Veteran Actor Played "Pyramid"
From The Wrap

Richard Gilliland, a veteran character actor known for his work in “Designing Women” and “Airplane II: The Sequel,” and the husband to actress Jean Smart, has died. He was 71.

Gilliland died on March 18 in Los Angeles following a brief illness, his publicist told TheWrap.

The actor spent five years on the ’80s sitcom “Designing Women,” playing J.D. Shackelford, the boyfriend of Annie Potts’ character, Mary Jo Shively. Gilliland and Smart met on the show and got married in 1987. The two also shared the screen in a season of “24” in 2006.

He and Smart also worked together in stage productions of “It Had to Be You” and “Love Letters,” as well as the telefilms “Just My Imagination” and “Audrey’s Rain.”

Gilliland has over 90 acting credits in film and TV dating back to the 1970s, including dozens of guest appearances on shows such as “Criminal Minds,” “Dexter,” “Becker,” “Scandal,” “Joan of Arcadia,” “The Practice” and “Crossing Jordan.” He also had recurring roles on “Party of Five,” “The Waltons,” “Thirty Something,” “Dark Skies,” “Desperate Housewives” and more.

In the game show realm, Walter logged in appearances on "The Match Game", "You Don't Say", "The Game Game", "It's Your Bet", "Tattletales", "Hollywood Squares", and "The $10,000 Pyramid".

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posted 3/25/2021

WEDNESDAY: A 1-2 Win for Fox
"Masked Singer", "Game of Talents" Boost Network
From the Futon Critic

FOX (3.897 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was back on top on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "The Masked Singer" (4.871 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "Game of Talents" (2.922 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2).

CBS (3.535 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) took home the silver with its trio of "Tough as Nails" (3.106 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "SEAL Team" (3.901 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "S.W.A.T." (3.599 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Next up was ABC (2.490 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with originals from "The Goldbergs" (3.366 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3), "American Housewife" (2.746 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "The Conners" (3.288 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "Call Your Mother" (2.130 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "The Con" (1.704 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.013 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) opted for repeats of "Chicago Med" (3.398 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "Chicago Fire" (2.948 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Chicago PD" (2.692 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.468 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with fresh installments of "Riverdale" (0.509 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and "Nancy Drew" (0.426 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15).

Cable numbers for Wednesday....
- The Challenge: Double Agents (MTV): 962k/0.56
- Forged in Fire (History): 823k/0.18
- Ultimate Cowboy Showdown (INSP) 637k.0.06
- Guy's Grocery Games Delivery (Food): 608k/0.18
- People Puzzler (GSN): 441k/0.03


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posted 3/23/2021


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GEORGE SEGAL: 1934-2021
Veteran Actor Played "I've Got a Secret", "What's My Line", and "The Match Game"
From TV Line

Acting vet George Segal, who had been playing ‘Pops’ on ABC’s The Goldbergs for the past eight years, but who was arguably best known for his starring role on NBC’s late, great Just Shoot Me, died on Tuesday. He was 87.

“The family is devastated to announce that this morning George Segal passed away due to complications from bypass surgery,” Segal’s wife, Sonia, said in a statement.

Added his manager Abe Hoch: “I am saddened by the fact that my close friend and client of many years has passed away. I will miss his warmth, humor, camaraderie and friendship. He was a wonderful human.”

Segal’s final Goldbergs episode will reportedly air on April 7. “

Today we lost a legend,” Goldbergs creator Adam F. Goldberg tweeted late Tuesday. “It was a true honor being a small part of George Segal’s amazing legacy. By pure fate, I ended up casting the perfect person to play Pops. Just like my grandfather, George was a kid at heart with a magical spark.”

Segal’s career spanned six decades and encompassed Broadway, film and, of course, television. He scored an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in 1966’s Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

In addition to his roles as Jack Gallo on Just Shoot Me! and Albert “Pops” Solomon on The Goldbergs, Segal’s TV resume included the short-lived TV Land sitcom Retired at 35.

In the game show realm, George Segal logged in appearances on "I've Got a Secret", "What's My Line", and "The Match Game".

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posted 3/24/2021

TUESDAY: A Stable Finish
CBS Wins on NCIS, TTTT Ends Season on an Up Note
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC’s This Is Us — which last week slipped to series lows — stabilized, drawing 4.9 million total viewers and a Tuesday-topping 0.8 demo rating.

Bookending the family drama, Young Rock (2.9 mil/0.6) and Kenan (2.2 mil/0.5) were steady, while New Amsterdam (3.9 mil/0.5) ticked up.

CBS’ NCIS rerun delivered Tuesday’s largest audience, with 5.6 mil.

Elsewhere:

THE CW | The Flash (1.03 mil/0.2) and the Superman & Lois winter finale (1.21 mil/0.2) were steady in the demo, with the former ticking up to a season high in audience.

FOX | The Holmes Family Effect was steady, averaging 1.3 mil/0.3.

ABC | To Tell the Truth‘s season finale (4 mil/0.5), black-ish (2.2 mil/0.4) and The Soul of a Nation (1.4 mil/0.2) were all steady, while mixed-ish (1.8 mil/0.3) dipped to a new demo low.

Cable numbers for Tuesday....
- Chopped (Food): 839k/0.21
- Temptation Island (USA): 526k/0.19
- THe Misery Index (TBS): 523k/0.15
- People Puzzler (GSN): 510k/0.06


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posted 3/23/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Still Giving Back"

  • Alex Trebek gives $500,000 to a homeless center. (TMZ)

  • Guy Fieri holds a charity auction for hospitality businesses (Forbes)

  • Ellen DeGeneres loses 1 million on her talker after someone talked (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Jay Leno apologizes for years.... decades... of making Asian jokes (Deadline)

  • GUTS? Nick Arcade? Hidden Temple? Paramount+ has got you (PopCulture)

  • Johnny Bananas: I got an idea for a talk show. MTV: ... we'll give you four episodes. (Reality Blurred)

posted 3/23/2021


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SYNDIES: Week 23
Results for the Week Ending March 14
From TV News Check

“Jeopardy!” ratings dipped 5% in Katie Couric’s debut week as guest host. The syndicated Sony game show finished in a first-place tie with “Wheel of Fortune,” both with 5.6 household ratings. “Wheel,” which was down 2% from the previous week in ratings, averaged almost 200,000 more total viewers than “Jeopardy!” got.

“Family Feud” finished third among the game shows, declining 5% to a 5.4 household rating.

Couric was the game show’s first-ever female host. On March 8, she took the baton from “Jeopardy!” executive producer Mike Richards, who himself grabbed it from the game’s legendary champion and current consulting producer Ken Jennings.

Yesterday, Dr. Oz began his “Jeopardy!” guest-hosting duties, so we’ll get his ratings results in two weeks.

As part of Couric’s appearance, a donation is being made to Stand Up To Cancer.

Future guest hosts as the show works out a permanent succession plan include Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker and “Call Me Kat” star Mayim Bialik. The show will make a donation to a charity of each host’s choosing in an amount equal to the contestants’ cumulative winnings during their respective week of episodes.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.6 -5%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.6 -2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.4 -5%
- 25 Words or Less (CMV) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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posted 3/23/2021

MONDAY: In the Battle of Idol vs. Voice, the Winner... Madness
CBS Wins on Basketball Coverage
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS’ Monday coverage of two NCAA men’s basketball tourney matchups averaged 5 million total viewers and a 1.2 rating, easily leading the night in the demo. CBS’ coverage peaked in the 8 o’clock hour, with 6.2 mil and a 1.5.

Opposite hoops….

NBC | The Voice (5.9 mil/0.8) slipped 26 percent week-to-week to what appears to be franchise lows, yet drew a larger audience than March Madness (at least per fast nationals). Debris (2.8 mil/0.4) dipped to a new audience low while steady in the demo for a second straight week.

ABC | American Idol‘s Monday debut (4.8 mil/0.7) was down from this season’s Sunday averages (6.1 mil/0.9), to what appears to be franchise lows. The Good Doctor (4.2 mil/0.5) dipped a tenth to a new demo low.

FOX | America’s Most Wanted (2 mil/0.4) matched its revival premiere.

THE CW | Bulletproof (529K/0.1) was steady.

Cable numbers for Monday....
- Rock the Block (HGTV): 1.578m/0.26
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 928k/0.18
- Easter Baking Challenge (Food): 664k/0.16
- The Big Bake (Food): 477k/0.11
- People Puzzler (GSN): 460k/0.03
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 418k/0.03
- Fast Foodies (TBS): 330k/0.12


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posted 3/23/2021

Wild'n Back
VH1 Slots Return of "Wild'n Out" April 6
From Deadline

At the family reunion, who we introducin’? Nick Cannon’s Wild ‘N Out is returning to VH1 next month, with new episodes featuring a number of guests including Fatboy SSE, Trinidad James and Lost Boyz.

Set to return on Tuesday, April 6 — watch a teaser below — the improv rap battle show picks up with new episodes from the second half of Season 15, which was shot pre-pandemic. Additional guests set to appear are the cast of Black Ink Crew: Compton, Cuban Doll, Juvenile, Headkrack, Da Brat, Ambjaay, MC Lyte, Rapsody, FABO, 24kGolden, Big Tigger, OMB Peezy, Tyla Yaweh, Young Joc, Peter & Corey Gunz, Queen Najia and Donnell Rawlings.

Wild ‘N Out returns to VH1 nearly a year after the last episode aired on April 14, 2020. Since then, Cannon has been the subject of backlash after he made anti-Semitic comments during a July 2020 episode of his podcast. Following social media outcry, ViacomCBS parted ways with Cannon, firing the Wild ‘N Out host.

In February, Deadline reported that The Masked Singer host and ViacomCBS reconciled after Cannon apologized and took responsibility for his comments. ViacomCBS added that Cannon partnered with Jewish leaders to educate himself and has become an anti-hate advocate. Wild ‘N Out, which previously featured Zendaya, Wendy Williams and Chrissy Teigen as guests, will return at 8 p.m. on April 6.

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posted 3/23/2021

Netflix to Return Two
Look for New Seasons of "Too Hot to Handle", "The Circle" This Spring
From TV Line

Both Netflix’s The Circle and Too Hot to Handle will unspool their sophomore seasons over multiple weeks, it was announced on Tuesday.

The Circle adopted a very similar scheduling approach with its freshman run, which dropped four episodes each week, over three weeks, while the staggered rollout plan will be brand-new to Too Hot to Handle.

Season 2 of The Circle, premiering Wednesday, April 14, promises to be “bigger and better, with more twists, turns, and shade thrown in all 13 episodes.” A cast of eight new contestants will enter The Circle, where they “flirt, befriend, piss off, and compete in challenges against each other” on a unique social media platform, all with an eye on a $100,000 prize.

The Circle‘s rollout looks like this:
- April 14: Episodes 1-4
- April 21: Episodes 5-8
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April 28: Episodes 9-12
- May 5: Season finale

Too Hot to Handle — in which the denizens of a sexy vacation destination can flirt but (theoretically) not touch — will also release several episodes every Wednesday, starting sometime in June. (Season 1 dropped all eight episodes at once, followed weeks later by a reunion special.)

“The world’s hottest no-dating dating show is back with 10 sexy new singles,” reads the press release.”Anyone who dares to break the rules of no kissing, no heavy petting, and no self-gratification of any kind will see the $100,000 prize drop faster than our contestants’ libido in the least sexy vacation getaway of their lives.”


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posted 3/23/2021

discovery+ Adds "Naked Attraction"
Acquisition Part of a New Deal
From Deadline

Discovery+ has struck a deal with British distributor that will see more than 250 hours of content airing on the platform.

Titles included in the agreement include controversial factual entertainment series Naked Attraction and travelogue Gordon Ramsay on Cocaine.

It is part of the same arrangement that saw Studio Lambert’s Race Across The World launch on the nascent streaming service as well as a slew of Gordon Ramsay programming including The F Word, Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape, Gordon Ramsay Behind Bars and Gordon Ramsay: Shark Bait.

The deal is a multi-territory agreement and covers the U.S. as well as a number of other countries. Race Across The World, for instance, has been picked up in India, Italy and Spain as well as the States and Naked Attraction is available across Scandinavia, Poland and the Netherlands.

More information in the link below, but we caution that it is NOT SAFE FOR WORK.

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posted 3/23/2021

WEEKEND: Welcome to Madness
CBS Wins on Basketball Coverage
From The Futon Critic

CBS (3.362 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was the top draw on Friday thanks to its primetime coverage of the "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament: (8) North Carolina vs. (9) Wisconsin" (3.719 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) and "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament: (6) San Diego State vs. (11) Syracuse" (3.005 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1).

FOX (1.946 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) had to settle for second with its latest installment of "WWE SmackDown" (1.946 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3).

Next up was ABC (2.568 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with repeats of "Shark Tank" (3.058 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "20/20" (2.618 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) plus a special "20/20" (2.027 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #7).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.462 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up a repeat "The Blacklist" (2.017 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #8) and a new "Dateline NBC" (2.685 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

And finally, The CW (0.753 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.765 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.655 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.796 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9).

Cable numbers for Friday....
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 582k/0.24
- RuPaul's Drag Race Untucked (VH1): 391k/0.17

CBS’ lineup topped Sunday in both total viewers and in the demo, thanks in part to a half hour of March Madness spillover. Leading out of the Syracuse-West Virginia matchup (which from 7 to 7:30 drew 10 million viewers and a 2.0 rating), 60 Minutes did 7 mil (the night’s largest non-sports audience) and a 0.8 rating (tying ABC’s American Idol for the demo win).

Over on ABC, AFV (5 mil/0.6) was down, while Idol (5.5 mil/0.8) and the Millionaire season finale (2.9 mil/0.4) were steady.

The CW’s eventful episode of Batwoman (548K/0.1) and, well, Charmed (346K/0.1) each dropped a handful of viewers while steady in the demo.

NBC’s Ellen’s Game of Games (1.7 mil/0.3) and Good Girls (1.5 mil/0.3, read post mortem) were steady.

Lastly, Fox’s Cherries Wild finale (1.4 mil/0.2), Bless the Harts (844K/0.2), The Simpsons‘ 700th episode (1.2 mil/0.4), The Great North (950K/0.3) and Bob’s Burgers (1 mil/0.4) all were down.

Cable numbers for Saturday...
- The Misery Index (TBS): 455k/0.17

Cable numbers for Sunday...
- Tournament of Champions (Food)L 1.139k/0.29
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 662k/0.16
- Tournament of Champions Postgame (Food): 650k/0.15
- Fast Foodies (truTV): 544k/0.21
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posted 3/23/2021

Meet the New "Mastermind"
Clive Myrie to Host Longtime Quiz
From Radio Times

The next host of Mastermind has been announced as BBC News journalist and television presenter Clive Myrie.

John Humphrys has been the face of the long-running quiz show for an esteemed 18-year run, but announced plans to part ways with the production back in February. His final appearance on the show will air next month, while Myrie will get to work filming brand new episodes in July for broadcast later in the year.

He said: “What a privilege it is to take on this new role. Mastermind with Magnus Magnusson formed the backdrop to my youth, and now to be at the helm is a dream come true. I’m excited and can’t wait to get stuck in.”

Myrie has had an impressive career in journalism that has taken him all over the globe, serving as the BBC’s correspondent in Asia, Africa, Washington, Paris and Brussels over the past two decades. He is currently a regular presenter of BBC News at Ten and was named Television Journalist of the Year last month by the Royal Television Society, with praise for his “versatile, measured, compelling, relaxed but reassuring and empathetic” style. All of the above attributes will no doubt come in handy as contestants take a seat in the dreaded black leather chair, which has become an iconic part of the show in its almost 50-year history.

Kate Phillips, BBC’s Director of Entertainment, said: “Clive will be a superb host, witty, wise and with a wicked sense of humour, he’s a consummate interrogator who also understands the fear involved when facing a barrage of questions in the spotlight.”

Myrie has previously appeared outside of the newsroom setting on various BBC entertainment programmes, including Have I Got News For You, Would I Lie to You and Richard Osman’s House of Games.

He will be the fifth presenter of Mastermind, following in the footsteps of not only Magnusson and Humphrys, but also Peter Snow and Clive Anderson, who fronted the show for shorter stints in the late ’90s and early ’00s.

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posted 3/23/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Substitute Coach"

  • Kelsea Ballerini plays the role of Kelly Clarkson for the Battles (Gold Derby)

  • Chris Harrison is through playing nice, according to... (Reality TV World)

  • SPOILER ALERT: IT's a boy (Reality TV World)

  • Rebel Wilson takes on dogs (TV Insider)

  • Kevin Hart, Jimmy Kimmel, and RuPaul... Who are three people who have never been in my kitchen? (TV Insider)

posted 3/23/2021


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We Have to Go Back to the Island...
"Survivor" Cleared to Return to Production in Fiji
From TV Insider

“I will see you on the island for Survivor 41!” Jeff Probst, the host and an executive producer of the competition series, posted to Twitter.

With production having been delayed due to COVID, he explains that now “Fiji has invited us back to their beautiful country to shoot Season 41. We have all our COVID protocols in place so that everybody in Fiji will remain safe, all of our crew will be safe, and of course, our players will be safe.”

And he claims to be even more excited about this season than any other he’s done before.

“I can’t remember a time I’ve been this pumped to shoot Survivor,” he said. I am thrilled to tell you all that @survivorcbs is going back into production and I will see you on the island for #Survivor 41! @CBSpic.twitter.com/RtQGVFoDDL — Jeff Probst (@JeffProbst) March 22, 2021

And he explains that “the past year has reminded me — and I hope it’s reminded you — that you gotta live your life like it’s one, big, great adventure and Survivor fulfills that.” Production on Season 41 was originally supposed to begin on March 24, 2020, but was postponed to May as the coronavirus began to spread.

Survivor was initially part of CBS’ 2020-2021 schedule for the fall that was put out in May, but that changed in July and S.W.A.T.‘s return moved up from the midseason.

“Producers for Survivor … are continuing to work with officials in Fiji on the appropriate time to start production on its next edition, with health and safety matters the top priority for everyone involved,” the network said at the time.

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posted 3/22/2021

Project Barbie
Mattel Teams with Mission Control for New Series
From the Hollywood Reporter

Toymaker Mattel is bringing one of its best known brands — Barbie — to unscripted TV.

The company is teaming with Mission Control Media (Hollywood Game Night, Face Off) to develop a fashion design competition called Barbie Fashion Battle series that focuses on designing clothes for Barbie dolls. It's one of a host of projects Mattel Television is developing based on its large catalog of well-known toy and game brands.

"For more than 60 years, Barbie has been boss when it comes to fashion and has served as a muse for a variety of fashion designers, many of whom continue to design for her today," said Mattel TV executive producer Adam Bonnett. "Now, in partnership with Mission Control Media, Barbie Fashion Battle will give the next generation of designers the opportunity to design high-fashion looks for Barbie. This project is part of our broader effort to expand the Barbie content universe with new scripted and unscripted content, including the recently announced Barbie & Chelsea: The Lost Birthday, among other projects."

Barbie Fashion Battle will feature 12 adult designers, divided into two "fashion houses" headed by style icons. Competitors will create Barbie-sized high fashion collections that will be presented in "cinematic reveal sequences." The winner will get a cash prize and the chance to design a line of Barbie fashions that will be featured on the Mattel Creations platform. No TV or streaming outlet is attached yet.

"Barbie is one of the most recognized brands in the world so the opportunity to collaborate with Mattel on this fun and creative project has been incredible," said Mission Control Media co-founder Dwight D. Smith. "We can't wait to introduce viewers to this colorful world and see all of the stunning work these fashion designers create."

Bonnett, Smith and Mission Control's Michael Agbabian will executive produce the series.

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posted 3/22/2021



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Another Changing of the Guard
Katie Couric Steps Aside for Dr. Oz
From CBS Boston

A new guest host is set to take the reins hosting “Jeopardy!” for two weeks starting Monday. Dr. Mehmet Oz is picking up where Katie Couric left off and will host from March 22 to April 2.

The physician, TV host and best-selling author was very surprised to get the call to step in and guest host the iconic quiz show. Several celebrities are filling in this season following the death of longtime legendary host Alex Trebek.

“Never in my wildest dreams thought I’d be able to come on this stage and host the show,” Dr. Oz said. “It’s just special. It’s iconic in the psyche of America.”

Oz said that like a lot of viewers, “Jeopardy!” is “all personal” to him, and recalled watching the show with his youngest son after long operating shifts at the hospital. He said he was initially nervous to take on the high-profile hosting job.

“I was anxious about hosting ‘Jeopardy!’ because I didn’t actually understand all the parts and how they moved,” he said. “But I also wanted to make sure that I showed up in the way that the show needed me to show up.”

After Oz, viewers will get Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers from April 5 to April 16, and CNN anchor/”60 Minutes” correspondent Anderson Cooper from April 19 to April 30. Others slated to host at some point in the future include “60 Minutes” correspondent Bill Whitaker, actress and neuroscientist Mayim Bialik, NBC News anchor Savannah Guthrie and Dr. Sanjay Gupta..

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posted 3/22/2020

So We're Finally Going to Find Out What "That" Is?
Meat Loaf to Team with Nobody's Hero for Relationship Series
From Deadline

Meat Loaf is preparing to run right into hell and back with a TV competition series based on his iconic 1993 hit “I’d Do Anything for Love (But I Won’t Do That).”

The artist, aka Michael Lee Aday, has sealed a pact with Nobody’s Hero, the production company set up by Christopher Potts and Jonty Nash — two of the creatives behind Netflix’s Nailed It! — to develop a relationship competition series.

Maybe he’s crazy, but it’s true that Meat Loaf, who will exec produce the project, will feature as the ethereal figure behind the madness. He will pull the strings in the show, which will see couples compete in a variety of comedic physical games designed to reveal how well they can work together and how much they really trust and believe in each other – all to a soundtrack of classic hits, performed live in studio by the original artists as well as new stars.

Created by Potts and Nash, the series will be produced by Nobody’s Hero via the label’s overall deal with ITV America.

In each episode, two couples will put their relationship on the line for the show’s cash prize. After two rounds of absurd and sometimes frightening physical contests, inspired and accompanied by ballads, the couple on top will advance to the “Endgame,” where their faith in each other will undergo the ultimate challenge.

It comes nearly 30 years after his enigmatic hit, written by Jim Steinman, had fans wondering what Meat Loaf wouldn’t do. The song, which was released in August 1993, was the first single from his album Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell, which reignited his career. The single reached No. 1 in 28 countries and is his only chart-topper in the U.S.

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posted 3/22/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "THe Final Nail"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Tough As Nails schedules its season finale April 14 (The Futon Critic)

  • Jamie Foxx is Mike Tyson (TV Line)

  • Jane Lynch is Shannon Woodward's mom (DEadline)

  • Matt James taking a break from dating (People)

  • Clare Crawley celebrates her 40th birthday and OH MY GOD THAT RING. (Us)

  • William Shatner turns 90 (Forbes)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Carol Vorderman (Bustle)

posted 3/22/2021

Lizzo 100% Looking for Her Next Dancers
Untitled Project Coming to Prime Video
From Deadline

Lizzo’s on the hunt for dancers and models who are “Good as Hell” for an untitled reality series at Amazon Studios.

The “Truth Hurts” and “Because I Love You” singer has set an unscripted series with the streamer, that will follow her on her continued search for dynamic, full-figured women to join her world and perform with her on stage.

The untitled Lizzo project, which is currently in development and casting, is produced by Amazon, under the singer’s first look deal with the studio. Lizzo will serve as executive producer.

The Grammy-winning rapper-singer-flautist appeared alongside Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu in Hustlers and voice acted in UglyDolls. In 2019 she took home three Grammy Awards for best pop solo performance, best traditional R&B performance and best urban contemporary album.

Deadline
The Wrap

posted 3/21/2021

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "Cross Promotion"

  • Drag Race All-Stars dress as their favorite Paramount+ characters (The Wrap)

  • Chris Harrison is lawyering up. No one is saying why. (TMZ) Meanwhile, Matt Jones scrubs his Instagram (Reality TV World)

  • #ICYMI: Sting rewrites Jeopardy! (CheatSheets)

  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: "The Wall UK" (Telly Mix)

  • A MOMENT OF AWESOME: A Wheel champion pays it forward (TV Line)

posted 3/21/2021

THURSDAY: Prelude to Madness
ABC Wins Total, Splits Demo with Fox
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.246 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) was the top draw on Thursday thanks to its original lineup of "Station 19" (4.917 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3), "Grey's Anatomy" (4.854 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) and "A Million Little Things" (2.968 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

FOX (2.422 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) shared in the demo honors with its trio of "Hell's Kitchen" (2.578 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2), "Call Me Kat" (2.239 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) and "Last Man Standing" (2.294 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Next up was CBS (2.996 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) with repeats of "Young Sheldon" (4.172 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and another "Young Sheldon" (3.837 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) followed by a new "The Unicorn" (3.323 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), the season finale of "The Unicorn" (3.079 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and a repeat "Clarice" (1.782 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.212 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) offered up a new "Superstore" (2.299 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) alongside repeats of "Superstore" (1.316 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.109 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) plus a new "Dateline NBC" (2.719 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, fresh installments from "Walker" (1.424 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Legacies" (0.600 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #17) rounded out the evening over on The CW (1.012 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Cable numbers for Thursday....
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 880k/0.20

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/21/2021

Red Nose Returns
Charity Edition of "The Wall" Coming
From The Futon Critic

Comic Relief US, the organization behind the Red Nose Day campaign to end child poverty, has announced the return of the beloved fundraising event for its seventh year, culminating on Thursday, May 27. With supporters creating a powerful community of change, Red Nose Day has raised more than $240 million in the last six years and positively impacted over 25 million children in America and around the world.

Known for its iconic Red Nose and global reputation for using the power of entertainment to drive social change, the campaign has taken on even greater urgency this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Funds raised for Red Nose Day support programs to ensure that children who are living in poverty are safe, healthy, educated and empowered.

Core partners NBC, Walgreens, Mars Wrigley and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation all return, collectively activating customers, employees, supporters and the public for Red Nose Day in communities across the country.

NBC's special programming will be anchored by an exclusive, fast-paced Red Nose Day episode of "The Wall" at 8 p.m. ET/PT, hosted by Chris Hardwick, a longtime supporter of the campaign. "The Wall: Red Nose Day Edition" will feature a deserving, community-focused Houston family playing the riveting, high-stakes game to try and earn life-changing cash for themselves, while Hardwick cheers them on and raises money for Red Nose Day by testing his own skills on the wall. Viewers will have the opportunity to join in to help raise money for the cause during the show and learn how Red Nose Day funds help underserved children. The special episode will also feature surprise celebrity guests.

In addition to "The Wall: Red Nose Day Edition", NBC will be activating a host of other programming features across the network and other NBCU Comcast properties in support of the campaign. The full programming lineup and additional participating talent will be announced at a later date.

The Futon Critic

Deadline

posted 3/18/2021

Best of the "Worst"
"Worst Cooks" All-Star Season Begins April
From The Futon Critic

Iron Chef Michael Symon joins Anne Burrell for the first time in boot camp to mentor all-star kitchen catastrophes on Worst Cooks in America: Best of the Worst, where fan-favorite recruits from past seasons return for another chance to transform from culinary disaster to kitchen master. With the red team led by Anne and blue by Michael, the competitors are in for a rigorous culinary boot camp where the team leaders will stop at nothing to improve their recruits' skills. The challenges are tougher and more outrageous than ever, including a Vegas-themed game show, camping cookout where stoves and ovens are off-limits and a "tour de petit four" dessert relay. In the end, only one recruit is awarded a $25,000 grand prize and bragging rights for their mentor. The six-episode season premieres on Sunday, April 25th at 9pm (all times ET/PT) on Food Network and streams the same day on discovery+.

"The returning recruits are some of the most hilarious and outrageous personalities we've ever had on Worst Cooks," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "This cast of characters combined with the fun of Michael's eye-opening first time in boot camp with Anne make this season one of the show's best."

The returning recruits are: Jonathan Beyer (New York, New York), Lulu Boykin (Pittsboro, North Carolina), Jefferson Goldie (Chicago, Illinois), Domaine Javier (San Gabriel, California), Stephanie James (Chicago, Illinois), Joey Kinsley (Cleveland, Ohio), Sadie Manda (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) and Eric Smart (Los Angeles, California).

The Futon Critic

posted 3/18/2021

WEDNESDAY: Lowballing
NBC, Fox Split Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, Chicago Med this Wednesday drew 6.8 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating, down 10 and 30 percent to mark series lows.

Continuing NBC’s night, Chicago Fire (7.2 mil/0.8) slipped two tenths in the demo yet delivered Wednesday’s biggest audience. P.D. (6.1 mil/0.8) was steady.

Elsewhere:

FOX | The Masked Singer (4.8 mil/1.1) slipped 16 percent and two tenths, yet still dominated Wednesday in the demo. Game of Talents (2.7 mil/0.7) dropped a few eyeballs while matching its premiere rating.

THE CW | Riverdale (499K/0.1) was steady. Nancy Drew (391K/0.1) — which last week came thisclose to matching Riverdale in total viewers — dropped to a new audience low.

CBS | Tough as Nails (2.8 mil/0.4) was steady.

ABC | The Con drew 1.6 mil and a 0.2.

Cable numbers for Wednesday....
- The Challenge: Double Agents (MTV): 891k/0.48
- Guy's Grocery Games Delivery (Food): 633k/0.16

TV Line

Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/18/2021

Sashay Away... to Your Phone
"Drag Race" Spins Off Video Game
From Entertainment Weekly

Player? I barely know 'er!

Fans will soon be able to sashay, shantay, and slay on the RuPaul's Drag Race runway, as production company World of Wonder will release a new video game based on the Emmy-winning TV franchise.

Developed by RuPaul and Leaf Mobile's East Side Games, which announced the project Wednesday morning, the new game will allow players to design their own drag looks, compete in challenges, and kiki with their favorite queens from the show on their iOS and Android devices.

The game will also feature iconic moments from RuPaul's Drag Race, RuMail deliveries, and pep talks from Mama Ru herself.

Entertainment Weekly

posted 3/18/2021

TUESDAY: Crimetime
CBS Wins the Night
From The Futon Critic

CBS (7.877 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) scored as the top draw on Tuesday with its trio of "NCIS" (9.540 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1), "FBI" (7.866 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (6.224 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

NBC (3.624 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) was a close second with its lineup of "Young Rock" (2.888 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Kenan" (2.095 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7), "This Is Us" (4.800 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) and "New Amsterdam" (3.579 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

Next up was ABC (2.236 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with a new "To Tell the Truth" (3.656 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #6) alongside repeats of "Black-ish" (1.891 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "Mixed-ish" (1.500 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) plus a new "Soul of a Nation" (1.355 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.230 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up the premiere of "Holmes Family Effect" (1.399 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and a second "Holmes Family Effect" (1.061 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12). And finally, fresh installments from "The Flash" (1.002 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Superman & Lois" (1.186 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) on The CW (1.094 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

Cable numbers for Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 858k/0.26
- The Misery Index (TBS): 614k/0.19
- People Puzzler (GSN): 582k/0.05
- Temptation Island (USA): 563k/0.19
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 492k/0.04

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/18/2021

More on "The Challenge All-Stars"
Catch It on Paramount+ April 1
From The Futon Critic

Paramount+, the streaming service from ViacomCBS, and MTV Entertainment Studios, today announced that THE CHALLENGE: ALL STARS will debut exclusively on Thursday, April 1.

The brand new limited series features twenty-two of the most iconic, boldest, and fiercest Challenge All Stars from the original Real World and Road Rules, returning for a chance at the ultimate competition as they vie for their shot at the $500,000 grand prize. The nine-episode season will drop weekly, exclusively on Paramount+.

Hosted by TJ Lavin, THE CHALLENGE: ALL STARS will follow competitors as they face unprecedented, over-the-top challenges set in the Andes Mountains of Argentina. The Paramount+ original series welcomes back many of the greatest reality titans the franchise has ever seen, including some who haven't competed in more than two decades.

Meet the THE CHALLENGE: ALL STARS contestants:
· Ace Amerson - 4 Challenges (Twitter / Instagram)
· Alton Williams - 4 Challenges, 1 win (NO SOCIAL)
· Aneesa Ferreira - 14 Challenges (Twitter / Instagram)
· Arissa Hill - 1 Challenges (Twitter / Instagram)
· Beth Stolarczyk - 7 Challenges (Twitter / Instagram)
· Darrell Taylor - 9 Challenges, 5 wins (Twitter / Instagram)
· Derrick Kosinski - 10 Challenges, 3 wins (Twitter / Instagram)
· Eric "Big Easy" Banks - 6 Challenges (Twitter / Instagram)
· Jemmye Carroll - 7 Challenges (Twitter / Instagram)
· Jisela Delgado - 3 Challenges (Instagram)
· Jonna Mannion - 5 Challenges (Twitter / Instagram)
· Katie Cooley - 9 Challenges, 1 win (Twitter / Instagram)
· KellyAnne Judd - 4 Challenges (Twitter / Instagram)
· Kendal Sheppard - 1 Challenge, 1 win (Twitter / Instagram)
· Laterrian Wallace - 3 Challenges (Twitter / Instagram)
· Mark Long - 6 Challenges, 2 wins (Twitter / Instagram)
· Nehemiah Clark - 4 Challenges, 1 win (Twitter / Instagram)
· Ruthie Alcaide - 4 Challenges (Twitter / Instagram)
· Syrus Yarbrough - 5 Challenges, 1 win (Twitter / Instagram)
· Teck Holmes - 1 Challenge (Twitter / Instagram)
· Trishelle Cannatella - 4 Challenges (Twitter / Instagram)
· Yes Duffy - 3 Challenges, 1 win (Twitter / Instagram)

This season will also bring fans THE CHALLENGE: AFTERMATH, an inside look at all the behind the scenes dirt from the challenges, eliminations and drama. These exclusive after shows, hosted by Challenge veteran Devyn Simone, will be available to stream on Paramount+ and on The Challenge YouTube channel.

THE CHALLENGE: ALL STARS was created for MTV by Bunim/Murray Productions. Julie Pizzi, Justin Booth and Mark Long serve as Executive Producers, and Jack Reifert as Co-Executive Producer. Diego Amson and Shawn Viens serve as Supervising Producers. Dan Caster and Leanne Mucci serve as Executive Producers with Jared March as Supervising Producer for MTV and Donny Herran as SVP of Production.

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Deadline

The Wrap

Reality Blurred

posted 3/18/2021

"The Bachelorette" to Return 2 More
Twist Revealed After the Final Rose
From TV Line

Katie Thurston and Michelle Young have been named the next stars of the 17th and 18th seasons of "The Bachelorette," respectively, with both individual cycles set to air in 2021. After appearing in the landmark 25th season of "The Bachelor," both women emerged as fan favorites among Bachelor Nation, with viewers all over America rooting for their happily ever afters. As the upcoming stars of ABC's hit romance reality series, they will each step into the spotlight, now blazing a path for their own love stories to unfold. Katie's journey as "The Bachelorette" is set to premiere summer 2021, and Michelle's season will air fall 2021.

The official announcement was made by "The Bachelor: After the Final Rose" host Emmanuel Acho during ABC's emotional special following the finale of Matt James' season.

Among the season 25 women, Katie emerged as a leading voice, who repeatedly stood up against bullying and negativity in the house, and women all over America applauded her for speaking up for what she believes in. The 30-year-old Washington native became an instant fan favorite for her memorable arrival on night one where she introduced herself to Matt, light-up vibrator in tow. Unapologetically herself, Katie is adventurous, daring and ready for a man with whom she can build a life. A marketing manager with an innate social media savvy and humorous outlook on life, she is a witty storyteller who wants a man that will laugh along with her.

After joining the season as a late arrival, Michelle immediately stole The Bachelor's attention, along with the hearts of millions of Americans who fell in love with her captivating smile and charming sense of humor. A former Division I basketball player from Minnesota, the 28-year-old kindergarten teacher now focuses on preparing her students to be the next generation of community leaders. Michelle has big dreams for the future and says she wants a man by her side that is supportive and driven to make the world a better place. She is looking for the Superman to her Superwoman and is ready to find a love with whom she can start a family of her own.

“Chris Harrison will not be hosting the next season of The Bachelorette,” ABC said in a joint statement with Warner Horizon. “We support Chris in the work that he is committed to doing. In his absence, former Bachelorettes Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe will support the new Bachelorette through next season.

“As we continue the dialogue around achieving greater equity and inclusion within The Bachelor franchise, we are dedicated to improving the BIPOC representation of our crew, including among the executive producer ranks,” the statement continued. “These are important steps in effecting fundamental change so that our franchise is a celebration of love that is reflective of our world.”

In a Good Morning America interview last week, Harrison once again fessed up to his mistakes. “I am an imperfect man,” he said. “I made a mistake, and I own that. I believe that mistake doesn’t reflect who I am or what I stand for. I am committed to the progress — not just for myself, but also for the franchise.”

Harrison told GMA that he was working with a race educator and strategist, along with faith leaders and scholars like Georgetown University sociology professor Dr. Michael Eric Dyson. “I plan to be back, and I want to be back,” he said of his possible return to the franchise down the line. “This interview is not the finish line. There is much more work to be done, and I am excited to be a part of that change."

As to who Matt selected and their ultimate fate? We've included links to that below.


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posted 3/18/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "An Innocent Man"

  • Matt James gets defended from the least likely place (Reality TV World)

  • Paul Sinha to miss new season of "Beat The Chasers" with an illness (Joe)

  • Jenny McCarthy renews her wedding vows (Rare.us)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ben Shepard (Stuff)

posted 3/18/2021

"Chopped" Extends Universe By Two
"420", "Next Gen" Spinoffs to Air on discovery+
From The Futon Critic

A new generation of culinary trailblazers have their sights and skills set on conquering a new twist of the fan-favorite culinary competition series that has defined competitive cooking, with both Chopped 420 and Chopped Next Gen set to stream exclusively on discovery+.

Hosted by comedian Ron Funches, Chopped 420 breaks new ground with five standalone episodes featuring four budding cannabis chefs who are challenged to create tasty and mind warping dishes through three rounds - appetizer, entrée, and dessert - from a mystery basket of ingredients for a chance at winning the $10,000 grand prize. Besides scouring the Chopped pantry for ingredients, each competitor must also navigate the Chopped green house for cannabis or CBD-infused products to incorporate into their dishes. See which competitors can impress the judges with a severe case of the munchies and make their fellow competitors green with envy.

In Chopped Next Gen, actress, producer, and creator Liza Koshy challenges a new guard of rising, Generation Z chefs over five episodes in the ultimate culinary arena. Watch as these young competitors bring the flair and flavor to the Chopped kitchen through three rounds to solve the algorithm of mandatory, mystery basket ingredients. Each basket requires the right mix of innovation and ambition, with the winner of each episode earning insta-fame and $10,000.

"In Chopped 420 and Chopped Next Gen, these brave and talented rising chefs think outside the box to reimagine the gauntlet of mystery ingredients, including for the first time in Chopped history, utilizing cannabis to enhance their dishes," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "What these novices lack in experience they make up for in imagination and desire. Viewers are in for a wild ride with these fun and inventive spins on a classic."

Beginning Tuesday, April 20th on discovery+, all episodes of Chopped 420 are available to stream. In each hour-long episode, four talented and experienced chefs create ganja-infused dishes that must not only provide a buzz but also wow a panel of recurring judges, including chef Esther Choi, drag performer and cannabis activist Laganja Estranja, chef Luke Reyes, chef Sam Talbot and comedian Tacarra Williams, to avoid being chopped. During an episode, the chefs contend with spot prawns and borscht in the appetizer round. In the entrée round, the remaining chefs are greeted with chocolate dentures, an ingredient you'd have to be high to come up with, while the last two competitors standing blaze into the dessert round only to be faced with a bottle of ketchup. The chef that keeps a clear head despite all the haze in the air will be crowned the 420 champion. Other episodes feature host Ron Funches presenting the chefs with sake popsicles to use in their dishes that will have the judges flying high and seeing double; but which chef will bring the judges back down to earth with a good old chocolate milk for dessert? And see what happens when the chefs must use cannabis to compliment the duo of armadillo eggs and eel.

Twenty young, hip, and hungry chefs bring their cutting-edge culinary skills and fierce determination to Chopped Next Gen, available to stream on Tuesday, May 25th on discovery+. With youth comes unflappable confidence, as four chefs compete in each hour-long episode through three rounds to bring a youthful spin on dishes never seen or tasted before. A recurring panel of some of the culinary world's up-and-coming stars - Nyesha Arrington, Darnell Ferguson, Mei Lin, Esdras Ochoa and Kwame Onwuachi - judge each competitor's dish based on taste, presentation and how creative their vision is. Only one chef walks away each episode with the cash prize and bragging rights in adding Chopped Next Gen champion to their growing resume. The chefs have their work cut out for them in an episode with scorpion powder and scungilli in the appetizer basket. Host Liza Koshy keeps the entrée round meat free with a plant-based charcuterie board and red snapper. And see if the remaining two chefs are delighted to get uni in the dessert round. Other episodes include cured tuna hearts and mushrooms that inspire two chefs to put a novel spin on Italian cuisine; and the chefs prove their worth by integrating baby bananas and duck confit into a delicious and inventive dessert.

To get to know the new batch of hosts and judges of Chopped 420 and Chopped Next Gen, along with exclusive looks at the updated, outdoor sets and more about the competitions, follow along on social media using the hashtags #Chopped420 and #ChoppedNextGen.

The Futon Critic

posted 3/17/2021

MONDAY: So... That Happened
ABC Takes Demo, NBC Takes Total
From The Futon Critic

In the latest TV show ratings, The Bachelor‘s Season 25 finale drew 5.75 million total viewers and a 1.4 demo rating, ticking up week-to-week and topping Monday in the demo. That said, it was down sharply from its year-ago closer (which did 7.7 mil/2.2), hitting series lows for a finale. After the Final Rose (5.3 mil/1.3) similarly was down a bunch.

Elsewhere:

NBC | The Voice (7.7 mil/1.1) was steady week-to-week and led Monday in total audience, Debris (3.4 mil/0.4) stabilized in Week 3.

THE CW | Bulletproof‘s Stateside Season 3 premiere (529K/0.1) was a far cry from All American’s latest numbers (790K/0.3). Black Lightning (471K/0.1) was steady in viewers while dipping in the demo.

FOX | America’s Most Wanted‘s revival premiere (2.2mil/0.3) put up a fraction of the on-hiatus 9-1-1: Lone Star‘s most recent numbers.

CBS | The Neighborhood (5.2 mil/0.7) and Bob Hearts Abishola (4.9 mil/0.6) dipped, while All Rise (4.1 mi/0.4) and Bull (5 mil/0.4) were steady.

Cable numbers for Monday...
- Rock the Block (SP/HGTV): 1.463m/0.23
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 813k/0.16
- Easter Basket Challenge (Food): 596k/0.13
- People Puzzler (GSN): 481k/0.06
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 472k/0.04
- The Big Bake (Food): 367k/0.09

TV Line
The Wrap

Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/17/2021

Celebrities vs. The Chasers
Catch It on ITV March 27
From Telly Mix

Beat The Chasers will be back for a third series - plus two Celebrity specials. ITV has confirmed a brand new series of the hit spin-off to The Chase, which last aired in January.

Bradley Walsh returns to host in this edge-of-your-seat quiz in which contestants are given the option of playing multiple Chasers for increasing amounts of money, but with a decreasing time advantage against them.

Play sees questions swap from contestant to the Chasers. But get a question wrong and their individual or team clock keeps counting down until a question is answered correctly. First to run out of time loses the game. With big-money prizes on the line, can anyone beat the Chasers?

The show will be back this Spring on ITV with the first Celebrity special airing on Saturday 27 March at 8:30PM on ITV.

Telly Mix

posted 3/17/2021

French Loses Its Marbles
Marble Mania Sold Overseas
From C21 Media

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has taken local adaptation rights to family gameshow Marble Mania, marking the third international deal for the Talpa format.

Marble Media debuted on Talpa-owned network SBS6 in the Netherlands earlier this year, with John de Mol-owned Dutch media company Talpa also producing the format. TF1’s version of the show is set to air this summer, with Talpa Entertainment Productions and Arthur Essebag’s French prodco Satisfaction collaborating on a four-episode run in France.

The format features three celebrities competing to win money for charity by completing a variety of marble-based challenges. SBS6 renewed the original Dutch show for a second season at the beginning of this month, while other local adaptation deals have been sealed in Germany and Belgium.

C21 Media

posted 3/17/2021

ITV Studios Gets Lifted
A New Brand, A New Hire... and a New Project
From TBI

ITV Studios Entertainment has been rebranded as Lifted Entertainment and appointed a senior exec from The X Factor outfit Syco Entertainment to work across its creative output.

Lee McNicholas joins Lifted Entertainment as creative director for the company’s North division, with a remit to lead production and development from the company’s offices at MediaCityUK, Salford.

He will report into Lifted MD Angela Jain, whose division is behind entertainment shows including I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, Love Island, Dancing On Ice, The Voice, Countdown, University Challenge and Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.

Dancing On Ice The prodco’s team also includes director of entertainment Richard Cowles, fellow creative directors Tom Gould and Fiona Clark, plus head of development Kat Hebden.

McNicholas has spent the past decade as creative director and executive producer at Simon Cowell’s Syco, which last year took full control of Got Talent prodco Syco after striking a deal with Sony Music Entertainment. He worked on Syco’s UK shows and global format remakes, and before that was worked across a variety of shows including Channel 4’s How Clean Is Your House and the BBC’s The Apprentice.

The newly rebranded division has also unveiled a pilot commission from ITV for Secret Gameshow, a hidden camera format in which celebrities compete for bragging rights as they take on stunts to fool unsuspecting members of the public into helping them.

Angela Jain Jain said: “Lee brings a wealth of experience and expertise on huge global entertainment shows which, when added to the depth of the brilliant creative team we have here in Manchester, means he is in the perfect position to spearhead the next phase of growth in the North. I have no doubt he will be an inspiring, generous and kind leader who shares our values and vision for the future.

“With hope around the corner, it seems like we all need to be lifted out of our real lives at the moment. So many of the shows we produce bring joy and escapism, something I believe Secret Gameshow has in abundance.”

McNicholas said: “As a teenager growing up in Liverpool, I remember going on the Granada Studios tour and thinking one day I want to work here. To think after all these years I’ll be joining the incredible team in Manchester, really is a dream come true.”

Last week, ITVS revealed its revenues had taken a 25% hit over the past year after COVID impacted operations but parent broadcaster ITV said it was upbeat on advertising revenue in 2021 following the turbulence of the pandemic.

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posted 3/17/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Hewer Hews"

  • Nick Hewer promises his final Countdown episodes are going to be "epic" (Radio Timesc)

  • Ellen DeGeneres deals and voices with Discovery (Deadline)

  • "Game of Talents": harbinger of the return of the parlor guessing game? (Deadline)

  • Mayim Bialik shares her first picture as host of "Jeopardy!" (Today)

posted 3/17/2021


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