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Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "You Get A Ring! You Get A Ring! You Get A Ring! Everybody Gets A Ring!"

  • Mike Fleiss teases that there will be multiple engagements in "Bachelor in Paradise" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Heavens to (Peta) Murgatroyd! A baby dancer is on its way (People)
     

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Meet the Legends. Aww... (UPI/Reality TV World)
     

  • Abby's ultimate plea deal (Us)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: this week's Top 10 shows on broadcast TV: nine game shows and a show about geeks (MLive)
     

  • ICYMI: a clip of Kellie Pickler being... Kellie Pickler. And that's why we love Kellie Pickler (Wide Open Country)
     

  • Dave Navarro inspires a difference as the recipient of Investigation Discovery's award (The Futon Critic)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Chris Hardwick (Entrepreneur)

posted 6/29/16

MONDAY: The Olympic Dream Begins Here
NBC Wins, "Bachelorette" Remains Solid
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.079 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was still the network to beat on Monday with its coverage of "U.S. Olympic Trials: Swimming" (5.230 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) followed by a new "American Ninja Warrior" (6.504 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T1).

ABC (5.523 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the number two draw with its duo of "The Bachelorette" (6.802 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T1) and "Mistresses" (2.965 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Next up was CBS (4.039 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with repeats of "Mom" (4.922 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "2 Broke Girls" (4.263 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "Scorpion" (4.227 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) alongside a new "BrainDead" (3.299 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.388 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up originals from "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.017 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "Houdini & Doyle" (1.759 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.720 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with a marathon of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.613 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.739 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), yet another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.749 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and even more "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.778 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

On cable:
- Cake Wars (Food): 1.046 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 445,000

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/28/16

SYNDIES: Week 40
Results for the Week Ending June 19
From TV News Check

Extended news coverage of the Orlando nightclub shooting partially or completely preempted numerous shows in the session ending June 19, causing many to decline.

Family Feud fell 3% to a 6.6, but still crushed the game shows for the eighth week in a row and remained in the overall lead.

Wheel of Fortune, the No. 2 game, skidded 5% to a new season low 5.5. Compared to last year, Feud improved 12%, while Wheel lost 7%.

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

GAME SHOWS

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.6 -3%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.5** -5%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.4 -2%
4. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 NC
5. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.2 NC

TV NewsCheck

posted 6/28/16

More on "Cooks vs. Cons"
Catch Season 2 on Food Network July 10
From The Futon Critic

Geoffrey Zakarian is back to host the deceptive and suspenseful series, Cooks vs. Cons, where amateur cooks go head-to-head against professional chefs while concealing their true identities, adding to the mystery of this culinary competition! Each episode the contestants battle it out in two rounds of timed challenges to create delicious restaurant quality dishes using a secret ingredient. The pressure is on as a rotating panel of judges, including Richard Blais, Anne Burrell, Josh Capon, Monti Carlo, Scott Conant, Alex Guarnaschelli, Katie Lee, Marc Murphy, Daphne Oz, Marcus Samuelsson, and more, decide who is a novice in the kitchen and whose cooking skills have been seasoned to perfection. Tune in to Food Network on Sunday, July 10th at 10pm to see if you can figure out who's who before the final reveal!

"Viewers were captivated as they played along with the judges to figure out who was the professional chef and who was the home cook," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel. "Now audiences will be on the edge of their seats as they share in even more of the fun and mystery with twice as many episodes this season."

The Futon Critic

posted 6/28/16


ABC
WEEKEND: All Fun and Games, Baby. All Fun and Games
ABC Dominates with Tripleheader of Classic Series
From various sources

ABC (6.602 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the top broadcast draw on Sunday with its "Fun and Games" lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.987 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Celebrity Family Feud" (7.789 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2), "$100,000 Pyramid" (7.975 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "Match Game" (6.657 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2).

NBC (4.640 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then claimed the silver with its coverage of "U.S. Olympic Trials: Diving" (3.546 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8), "U.S. Olympic Trials: Swimming" (4.389 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) and "U.S. Gymnastics Championship: Women's" (5.313 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5).

Next up was CBS (4.350 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.318 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7), "Big Brother 18" (5.394 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2), "Madam Secretary" (2.715 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) and "American Gothic" (1.973 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15).

And finally, FOX (1.264 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) closed out the evening with the departing "Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life" (0.977 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) followed by repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (1.051 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13), "The Simpsons" (1.558 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.186 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12), "Family Guy" (1.598 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.215 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

On cable
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.589 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.080 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 941,000

Vulture
Newsday
Entertainment Weekly
Vanity Fair
Los Angeles Times
Cinema Blend
The Futon Critic
TV Line
TV by the Numbers
Deadline
Broadway World
Hollywood Reporter
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/28/16

THURSDAY: Limited Power
BattleBots, ABC No Match for CBS, Big Brother
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.025 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) staked claim the top spot on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.192 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "Life in Pieces" (5.225 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Big Brother 18" (5.555 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "Code Black" (3.313 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

ABC (4.128 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a competitive second place with the return of "BattleBots" (3.859 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), a second "BattleBots" (3.868 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and a repeat "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.658 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

Next up was FOX (3.304 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its duo of "Bones" (4.415 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and "Home Free" (2.194 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.345 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up an encore of "Spartan: Ultimate Team Competition" (2.607 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) followed by the relocated "Spartan: Ultimate Team Competition" (2.663 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8) and a new "Aquarius" (1.766 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

And finally, The CW (0.808 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with a repeat "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.778 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and an original "Beauty and the Beast" (0.839 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14).

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.609 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike/SF): 1.122 million
- Match Made in Heaven (WE): 516,000
- Winsanity (GSN/9p): 420,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 371,000
- Winsanity (GSN/9:30p): 320,000
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 285,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Dail

posted 6/24/16

WEDNESDAY: "Big Brother" Reaches the Age of Majority
CBS Wins, but Season 18 Premieres Down
From the Futon Critic

On last night's premiere of BIG BROTHER, host Julie Chen revealed the first three twists of the season to the Houseguests. In the first twist, four fan favorites - Frank Eudy (BB14), Nicole Franzel (BB16), James Huling (BB17) and Da'Vonne Rogers (BB17) - surprised the Houseguests and returned to play the game this summer. In the second twist, all 16 Houseguests discovered that they would play this summer's game in teams of four, and for the first time ever, each would have a hand in picking their Teams.

The following are the Big Brother Teams:

- Category 4: Frank Eudy, Bridgette Dunning, Michelle Meyer, Paulie Calafiore
- The Freakazoids: Nicole Franzel, Glenn Garcia, Corey Brooks, Tiffany Rousso
- Team Unicorn: James Huling, Victor Arroyo, Bronte D'Acquisto, Natalie Negrotti
- Big Sister: Da'Vonne Rogers, Paul Abrahamian, Zakiyah Everette, Joeza Flores

In the third twist of the evening, Houseguests discovered that one of them would be evicted much sooner than expected, following the first series of competitions that spanned the two-night premiere event.

Next, the remaining three teams began the first and second phase of the competition, "Hit the Road."

A new weekly competition will be unveiled Sunday, June 26 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), in its regular time period. Then, BIG BROTHER will air Wednesdays (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), beginning June 29; and Thursdays (9:00-10:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) beginning June 30, featuring the live eviction show hosted by Julie Chen.

CBS (5.271 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) surged to the top spot on Wednesday with the two-hour season premiere of "Big Brother 18" (6.144 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) alongside the launch of "American Gothic" (3.527 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

NBC (3.795 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then had to settle for second place with an encore of "American Ninja Warrior" (3.562 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and a new "The Night Shift" (4.261 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

Next up was FOX (3.043 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with fresh installments from "MasterChef" (3.728 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and "Wayward Pines" (2.359 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.104 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) opted for its all-repeat lineup of "The Middle" (3.822 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "The Goldbergs" (3.339 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Modern Family" (3.442 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Black-ish" (3.088 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.731 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "The Real O'Neals" (2.198 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

And finally, second runs of "Arrow" (0.796 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "Supernatural" (0.941 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) on The CW (0.868 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- The Challenge: Rivals III (MTV): 858,000
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 795,000
- Skin Wars (GSN): 613,000
- Skin Wars: Fresh Paint (GSN): 452,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 348,000

Entertainment Weekly
The Hollywood Reporter
BuddyTV
The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/23/16

Puzzle de Pop
New Wheel of Fortune App Features Vanna White
From the Futon Critic

Today, Sony Pictures Television announced that Vanna White's first-ever mobile game, Wheel of Fortune PUZZLE POP! is now available globally on iOS and Google Play for $2.99. To obtain a limited time free promo code, please visit www.wheelpop.com. Join Vanna White and some furry friends as they whisk players away to exotic, tropical getaways as you spin, pop, and solve word puzzles from the producers of Wheel of Fortune.

Players must beat each level by popping as few bubbles as possible to solve each puzzle. At every level, players spin the iconic Wheel to gain boosters that will power up their play. Each level rewards players' progression with regularly updated locations and puzzles. Multiple tropical locations host a variety of unique and exciting graphics and animation. Exclusive themed puzzles are available for a limited time through virtual cruise events and weekly challenges. Also, players can connect the app to Facebook and compare their progress with friends and challenge them for the highest score. Join the conversation using #WheelPop. The fun never ends because every player receives unlimited lives with Wheel of Fortune PUZZLE POP!

"I know I have the best job in the world, so I'm always looking for fun and different ways to connect with people," said Vanna White. "This is a fun new spin on Wheel of Fortune and I can't wait for everyone to play it!"

"Wheel of Fortune PUZZLE POP! with Vanna White at the helm, is the industry's first hybrid puzzle and bubble shooter game that delivers a new and innovative way for fans to interact with the iconic Wheel of Fortune brand," said Mark Jocson, Senior Vice President of Digital Media and Games, Networks at Sony Pictures Television.

The Futon Critic
The Hollywood Reporter
BuddyTV
The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/23/16

TUESDAY: Super Talent
NBC Wins on "AGT", Week 2 of "Truth" Improves Year to Year
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.100 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) continued its reign on Tuesday with new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (11.475 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and "Maya & Marty" (4.351 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2).

ABC (3.784 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the number two draw with its mix of "The Middle" (3.472 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "Black-ish" (2.893 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10), "Uncle Buck" (3.669 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), another "Uncle Buck" (3.774 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and "To Tell the Truth" (4.447 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

Next up was CBS (6.330 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (6.543 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.987 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) followed by the series finale of "Person of Interest" (6.461 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.987 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up originals from "Hotel Hell" (2.625 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "Coupled" (1.350 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (1.114 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and a new "Containment" (1.156 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) closed out the evening on The CW (1.135 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable:
- Chopped (Food): 1.240 million
- Chopped Junior (Food): 942,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 406,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 369,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 344,000
- American Ninja Warrior (Esquire): 252,000

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/22/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Survivor Instinct"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Survivor returns September 21 (TV Insider)
     

  • Michael Strahan hasn't really missed "Live" (NJ.com)
     

  • Having solved an animal crisis in Minnesota, Bob Barker turns his attention to the hand that fed him and its second season of "Zoo" (Entertainment Weekly)
     

  • The Housebots are back. And they're pissed (Engadget)
     

  • The secret of Vicki Lawrence's humor? Hives (KTVI St. Louis)
     

  • "Gay for Play", "Drag Race" heading to Hulu in July... in case you missed anything (Mashable)
     

  • Apparently "Pointless" drives people to drink. (Daily Express)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alec Baldwin (Yahoo!)

posted 6/23/16


StarQuebec

PIERRE LALONDE: 1941-2016
French-Canadian Singer Hosted "The Mad Dash"
From Montreal Gazette

Quebec singer and host Pierre Lalonde died Tuesday at 75, according to his agent Ginette Achim. He suffered from Parkinson’s disease.

Lalonde was born on Jan. 20, 1941 and quickly followed his father comedian and host Jean Lalonde’s footsteps into showbusiness. By age four, he was singing on radio station CKAC for “Café-Concert Kraft.”

After studying theatre in the U.S., Lalonde came back to Quebec in the 60s to host “Jeunesse d’aujourd’hui” (Today's Youth), a popular television show. He then began releasing music in 1963 and won “discovery of the year” at the Gala des artistes.

He was also able to capture the attention of Americans over the border under the name Peter Martin with his album “Introducing Peter Martin” and a television show “The Peter Martin Show.” 

Despite continuing his music career, Lalonde turns primarily to television in the 70s and 80s. His English language shows included "Music Hop", "The Mad Dash", and "The Pierre Lalonde Show".

He was awarded a medal of honor at the Quebec National Assembly in 2011.

Montreal Gazette
All Access Music Group
CJAD Montreal

posted 6/22/16

Millionaire Looking for Contestants in Vegas
Open Calls at Ballys in July
From VegasNews

The long-running, popular game show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” with host Chris Harrison, has relocated to Bally’s Las Vegas and visitors and area residents have the chance to be a part of one of television’s most iconic game shows.

“Millionaire” currently is searching for outstanding contestants and enthusiastic audience members for the 2016-2017 season, which premieres in national syndication on September 12, 2016.
Open auditions will take place at Bally’s Las Vegas, located at 3645 S. Las Vegas Blvd., from 2PM to 7PM on the following dates:

July 7-9
July 11-15
July 18-22
July 25-29

Since the show debuted in syndication in 2002, contestants have won nearly $95 million and with the upcoming auditions, Las Vegas-area visitors and residents can take their shot at walking away with the $1 million prize. All potential contestants should line up outside of the Indigo Lounge in Bally’s, which is adjacent to the Tequila Taqueria restaurant. Audition space is limited. There are no sign-ups for the Las Vegas auditions, and admission to the audition sessions is granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Further information, complete eligibility requirements and the audition application can be found at www.MillionaireTV.com.

In addition, “Millionaire” is looking for energetic audience members for its live studio tapings from July 15 – September 1 at Bally’s Las Vegas. Members of the studio audience must be at least 18 years old and proof of age is required. Tickets are free and can be requested from the show’s website at www.MillionaireTV.com. Audience members also can throw their hats in the ring to appear as contestants at a future taping of the popular game show, with the opportunity to audition while they’re at the studio. And they are eligible for a 20% discount on hotel room rates at Bally’s Las Vegas, Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino and Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino!

VegasNews.com

posted 6/22/16


NBC/A.Smith & Co./TBS Television

MONDAY: Warriors Come to Play
NBC Wins on "Ninja Warrior", "Bachelorette" Keeps ABC Competitive
From The Futon Critic

NBC (5.759 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) pulled into the top spot on Monday thanks to new episodes of "American Ninja Warrior" (6.334 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" (4.610 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3).

ABC (5.683 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was a close second with originals from "The Bachelorette" (7.004 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Mistresses" (3.042 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

Next up was CBS (3.981 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with repeats of "Mom" (4.675 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "2 Broke Girls" (4.062 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "Scorpion" (4.156 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8) plus a new "BrainDead" (3.420 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.509 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments from "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.209 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "Houdini & Doyle" (1.809 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

And finally, The CW (1.023 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with the season finale of "Reign" (0.987 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) followed by a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.054 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.063 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

On cable...
- Cake Wars (Food): 1.434 million
- Kids BBQ Championship (Food): 988,000
- Are You The One? (MTV): 538,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 376,000
 

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/22/16

SYNDIES: Week 39
Results for the Week Ending June 12
From TV NewsCheck

The session ending June 12 was a good one for Kelly Ripa. Despite the recent departure of Michael Strahan, Live with Kelly extended its winning streak to two weeks in a row as the No. l talk show for the first time since Dec. 28, 2015. Although PUT levels declined sharply, Kelly had only a 4% dip to a 2.7 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating.

Family Feud, with host Steve Harvey, lost 6% to a 6.8, but for the seventh week in a row was the highest-rated game show. Well behind was former top game Wheel of Fortune, which slid 2% to a 5.8.

GAME SHOWS

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.8 -6%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.8 -2%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.5 NC
4. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 NC
5. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.2 NC

TV NewsCheck
B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 6/22/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Sanctuary"

  • Bob Barker donates $50,000 to Minnesota animal haven (KARE Minneapolis-St. Paul)
     

  • ICYMI: Mike Tyson had a question for his fellow panelist. Spoiler alert: they're real. And they're amazing. (People)
     

  • Dee Bradley Baker to reprise his role as Olmec in the upcoming "Legends" movie. Let's rock (The Futon Critic)
     

  • The Bachelor spins off "Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After" ... Really? (The Futon Critic)
     

  • The Teen Choice Awards has a host... and his name is JOHN CENA! (The Futon Critic)
     

  • SUNDAY FUN & GAMES is FOUR DAYS AWAY! (TV Insider) PLUS a few good minutes with Mr. Harvey (TV Insider), Mr. Strahan (TV Insider), and Mr. Baldwin (TV Insider)

posted 6/22/16

"Fresh Paint" Opens Strong
GSN Series Breaks Record for Highest Network Ratings in Female Demos
From The Futon Critic

GSN's debut of SKIN WARS: FRESH PAINT last Wednesday (June 15), became the network's highest-rated competitive reality series premiere in the key demos W18-49 and W25-54 and was also the second-most watched original series premiere in the network's history, based on Live+3 ratings released Monday.

SKIN WARS: FRESH PAINT features three of SKIN WARS top former contestants who mentor six new, highly accomplished artists each week. These artists are at the top of their game in their own disciplines, but will leave their creative comfort zones to compete in body painting for the first time, attempting to win the $10,000 prize at the end of each show and become a Skin Wars: Fresh Paint Champion. The series is executive produced by Michael Levitt of Michael Levitt Productions ("Skin Wars," "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," "Ask Oprah's All Stars"), Jill Goularte, Kate Kenny and RuPaul Charles.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/21/16

WEEKEND: Cleveland Rocks!
NBA Wins on Sunday... Talent Wins on Friday
From The Futon Critic

NBC (4.353 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the demo champ on Friday thanks to a repeat "America's Got Talent" (4.495 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and a new "Dateline NBC" (4.069 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

ABC (3.885 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with a repeat "Shark Tank" (3.840 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) followed by the return of "Primetime: What Would You Do?" (3.797 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and a new "20/20" (4.018 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

Next up was CBS (5.186 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its second run lineup of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (4.586 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Hawaii Five-0" (5.163 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Blue Bloods" (5.811 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.444 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) likewise offered up repeats of "Rosewood" (1.807 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9) and "MasterChef" (1.081 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

And finally, The CW (1.208 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with a new "Masters of Illusion" (1.205 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) followed by repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (1.168 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.230 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.842 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.046 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.024 million

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/21/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "How Cavalier"

  • LeBron James picked a really good time to win the O'Brien Trophy. Just saying. (New Haven Register)
     

  • On the heels of "Big Brother's" return, four Houseguests may be added (Morning Ledger)
     

  • "Sports Jeopardy!" heads to Boston looking for champs...  (Boston Globe)

posted 6/21/16

A New Date with Penn & Teller
Season 3 of CW Favorite Launches July 13
From The Futon Critic

The CW Network announced today a new premiere date for the return of PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, with new host Alyson Hannigan. The series will now premiere on Wednesday, July 13 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT).

PENN & TELLER: FOOL US is a one-hour competition series celebrating magic and featuring the legendary duo Penn & Teller. On each episode of PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, aspiring magicians are invited to perform their best trick to try and fool the world-famous team of Penn & Teller. Anyone who succeeds wins the right to perform with Penn & Teller in their celebrated show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The live studio audience and the TV audience watch along with Penn & Teller as they try to figure out the secrets. Penn & Teller see the trick only once and have to immediately try to work it out. The live studio audience knows there are no camera tricks, secret edits or helpful camera cuts. This is all real magic.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/20/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Dumpster Fire"

  • 30 SECONDS OF "THE BACHELORETTE": This guy is dating that guy's girlfriend (Reality TV World) that apparently he's lying about dumping (Reality TV World) ... and then there's these guys heading to "Paradise" (Yahoo!). In short, you're all terrible people (Reality TV World)
     

  • Joan Rivers' jewelry collection is up for bids at Christie's (New York Daily News)
     

  • Nick Cannon addresses his divorce papers in a new song, "Divorce Papers" (People)
     

  • Christina Grimmie laid to rest (People)
     

  • What's in your wallet, Ross Mathews? Beef (Just Jared)
     

  • Xander Armstrong & Richard Osman are taking their pointless show on the road (Get Reading)
     

  • @midnight closes in on 300 episodes (Deadline)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Mike Darnell (Hollywood Reporter)

posted 6/20/16

More All-Star Drag Race!
Catch It on Logo August 25!
From Vulture

Fasten your tucks, because it's time for another season of RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars. That's right, hunty, ten of your favorite coulda-woulda-shoulda queens will be back to try to snatch the crown again. The roster is serving season-five realness with half of the queens coming from that cohort alone: We've got a reunion of Rolaskatox made up of Alaska, Detox, and Roxxxy Andrews, as well as serving a second round of the beef between Coco Montrese and Alyssa Edwards. Rounding out the ten are Adore Delano (season six), Ginger Minj (season seven), Katya (season seven), Phi Phi O'Hara (season four), and Tatianna (season two). Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley, and Todrick Hall join RuPaul at the judges' table. The second season of RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars airs Thursday, August 25, at 8 p.m.

Vulture
Billboard

TV Line
Inquisitr

posted 6/17/16

THURSDAY: Game. Seven.
NBA, ABC, Big Win
From the Futon Critic

ABC (14.412 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1) was of course the top draw on Thursday with its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (9.013 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3), "NBA Countdown" (10.254 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.5, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 6" (16.802 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.3, #1).

CBS (4.934 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a distant second with its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.875 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Life in Pieces" (5.147 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5), "Mom" (5.101 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "The Odd Couple" (4.319 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8) and "Code Black" (4.082 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Next up was NBC (3.482 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with a special "Dateline NBC" (5.043 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) followed by the return of "Aquarius" (2.989 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and a second hour of "Aquarius" (2.414 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.107 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up a new "Bones" (3.878 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and the season premiere of "Home Free" (2.337 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

And finally, a repeat "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.787 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and a new "Beauty and the Beast" (0.807 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) on The CW (0.797 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.678 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 918,000
- Skin Wars: Fresh Paint (GSN/P): 619,000
- Match Made in Heaven (WE): 406,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 357,000
- Winsanity (GSN/9p): 351,000
- Winsanity (GSN/9:30p): 311,000
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 267,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/17/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "A Blanking Rerun"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Encore ____ of "Match Game" is planned for June 30 (Broadway World)
     

  • No idea how they got the Aggro Crag to New York City, but is it AWESOME (Uproxx)
     

  • Rachel Riley... STEM advocate (FoodManufacture.co.uk)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Kirk Fogg (Yahoo!)

posted 6/17/16

WEDNESDAY: Logjam
NBC Wins Repeat-Laden Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.286 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with an encore of "American Ninja Warrior" (4.202 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) and a new "The Night Shift" (4.454 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

FOX (3.370 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a close second with fresh installments from "MasterChef" (4.197 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) and "Wayward Pines" (2.543 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Next up was ABC (3.350 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its repeat lineup of "The Middle" (4.170 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "The Goldbergs" (3.409 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "Modern Family" (3.872 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "Black-ish" (3.467 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.866 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "The Real O'Neals" (2.315 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.191 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up its own second run mix of "Undercover Boss" (3.970 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "Criminal Minds" (4.325 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (4.277 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.132 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "Supernatural" (0.758 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) on The CW (0.945 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- The Challenge: Rivals III (MTV): 787,000
- Skin Wars (GSN): 658,000
- Skin Wars: Fresh Paint (GSN/P): 619,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 404,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 398,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/16/16

12 People... One House
Meet the New Big Brother Houseguests!
From the Futon Critic

CBS announced today 12 Houseguests who will embark on a new season of BIG BROTHER during a record 99 days inside the house. BIG BROTHER's three-hour premiere spans two nights, with two hours on Wednesday, June 22 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), and one hour on Thursday, June 23 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Julie Chen returns as the host of the hit summer series.

This season's new twists will be announced during the two-night premiere event. Details about the house will be announced shortly.

Following the two-night premiere, BIG BROTHER will air Sundays (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), beginning June 26; Wednesdays (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), beginning June 29; and Thursdays (9:00-10:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT), beginning June 30, featuring the live eviction show hosted by Julie Chen. Last summer all three editions of BIG BROTHER ranked among the top 10 summer series in adults 18-49, adults 18-34 and adults 25-54.

The following 12 new Houseguests will spend the summer competing for $500,000:

Paul Abrahamian (23) (pron Ab-ra-HAY-me-en)
Hometown: Tarzana, Calif.
Current City: Tarzana, Calif.
Occupation: Clothing Designer

Victor Arroyo (25) (pron Ah-ROY-yo)
Hometown: Slidell, La.
Current City: Slidell, La.
Occupation: Gym Manager

Corey Brooks (25)
Hometown: Dallas
Current City: Dallas
Occupation: Baseball Coach

Paulie Calafiore (27) (pron Cal-ah-FEE-or-EE)
Hometown: Howell, N.J.
Current City: Howell, N.J.
Occupation: DJ

Bronte D'Acquisto (26) (pron BRAWN-tay dah-QUIZ-toe)
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
Current City: Denver, Colo.
Occupation: Student

Bridgette Dunning (24)
Hometown: Fresno, Calif.
Current City: Ventura, Calif.
Occupation: Traveling Nurse

Zakiyah Everette (24) (pron Zah-KEY-ah)
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
Current City: Charlotte, N.C.
Occupation: Preschool Teacher

Jozea Flores (25) (pron Joe-ZAY)
Hometown: Bridgeton, N.J.
Current City: Los Angeles
Occupation: Makeup Artist

Glenn Garcia (50)
Hometown: Bronx, N.Y.
Current City: Bronx, N.Y.
Occupation: Dog Groomer/Former Police Detective

Michelle Meyer (23)
Hometown: Washington Township, Mich.
Current City: Washington Township, Mich.
Occupation: Nutritionist

Natalie Negrotti (26) (pron Nah-GRAH-tee)
Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
Current City: Franklin Park, N.J.
Occupation: Event Coordinator

Tiffany Rousso (32) (pron ROO-so)
Hometown: West Palm Beach, Fla.
Current City: Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Occupation: High School Teacher

BIG BROTHER today announced that the theme of this season's house is "summer vacation," showcasing design elements and decor that celebrate travel and the best summer vacation destinations. The house features exotically themed bedrooms, bathrooms and living areas, plus a completely redesigned backyard with a new pool, hot tub and gym equipment. BIG BROTHER debuts with a two-night premiere event, Wednesday, June 22 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), and Thursday, June 23 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. In addition to twists being revealed during the two-night premiere, a new weekly competition will be unveiled in the first Sunday episode, June 26 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT).

"We are loving how the house theme plays into the twists and turns that the BIG BROTHER Houseguests will face this summer," said Allison Grodner, Executive Producer, BIG BROTHER. "I don't want to give too much away, but there are quite a few things in the house that are more than just decorations."

"This season we're creating the craziest summer vacation ever inside the BIG BROTHER house," added Rich Meehan, Executive Producer. "It's going to be 99 days of twists and turns, with a few secrets along the way. But we're most looking forward to those moments that even surprise us...because it wouldn't be BIG BROTHER without unexpected 'showmances,' meltdowns and blindsides."

As with any great vacation, the Houseguests will start their summer of fun in an ultra-modern air terminal/living room where a "Departures" sign lists the exotic destinations featured throughout the house. The air travel theme continues in the kitchen, with an island built from the cowling of a 727 jet engine, and souvenir-themed plates, glasses and snow globes. In an African safari-themed room, Houseguests can lounge inside a "glamping tent," then "travel" to the bustling Shibuya section of Tokyo with its pop-art graphic mural and neon signs, and to London with its cobblestone floor and Union Jack fabric in the bedrooms. A bright yellow and red phone booth serves as a passageway between the Tokyo and London rooms and has a working phone that connects callers to the Head of Household suite. The patterned textures and bright colors of the Caribbean-inspired bathroom brings the beach indoors for the Houseguests.

The Futon Critic
Pulse Headlines
The Futon Critic

posted 6/16/16

The Chase Is In a Family Way
Casting Underway in the UK
From Metro

How many times have you been sitting in front of The Chase with the family insisting that you could do way better than the contestants failing miserably before the might of The Beast or the skills of The Governess? You’re about to get the chance to prove it!

ITV have announced a brand new version of The Chase called Family Edition which will allow four members of the same clan take on a quiz genius to take home some cash and the application process is now open.

Stipulating a preference for cross generation teams, you will need to team up with the likes of your mum, your grandad and that uncle who will have serious words if you take the lower offer for the brand new format which is expected to start filming later this year.

The announcement of The Chase’s spin-off comes as the quiz show goes from strength to strength with awards recognition and solid viewing figures. But which of the five Chasers will your family be able to take down?

Metro
The Huffington Post

Daily Express

posted 6/16/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "More... STUFF!"

  • Just in time for the 40th anniversary of "The Gong Show", "The Gong Show Movie" arrives on Blu-Ray (PopMatters)
     

  • Private funeral services for Christina Grimmie announced (Hollywood Reporter) PLUS more details about that fateful evening (TMZ)
     

  • That $@$%$#@%!!! from Big Brother 15 just gave birth. Hopefully she's smarter than her mother (Us Magazine)
     

  • Carlos PenaVega expecting a little Webhead of his own (Reality TV World)
     

  • Tana Ramsay's fifth sadly will not come to stay (Reality TV World)
     

  • Ben Higgins is apparently still the man for you, he's still the man who's true, he's still the man who's lucky, and he's still in love with you.. Jojo.. (OK!)
     

  • "Hell's Kitchen" to kick off Fox's fall season September 23 (The Futon Critic)
     

  • #TBT: 12 years later, what happened to the inaugural cast of "Dream Job"? (Awful Announcing)

posted 6/16/16

Get Ready to Match THESE Stars
Panelists Lined Up for "Match Game"
From Broadway World

It's bawdy, irreverent and a whole lot of fun. The iconic panel game show "Match Game" returns to primetime, beginning on SUNDAY, JUNE 26 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), hosted by Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin. Produced by FremantleMedia NORTH AMERICA (FMNA), "Match Game" will feature four contestants each week as they attempt to match the answers of six celebrities in a game of fill-in the missing blank. From quick-witted comedians to a multi-talented designer, to stars of stage and screen, the stellar lineup of panelists includes Golden Globe, Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award-winning entertainers, who are sure to make for an unpredictable_______.

Celebrity Panelists Include:
  • Adam Goldberg ("The Jim Gaffigan Show")
  • Ana Gasteyer ("Lady Dynamite," "Saturday Night Live" alum)
  • Bobby Moynihan ("Saturday Night Live')
  • D.L. Hughley (Comedian/Author)
  • Debra Messing (ABC's "Dirty Dancing," "Mysteries of Laura," "Will & Grace")
  • Edie Falco (Multi-Emmy Award Winner)
  • Horatio Sanz ("Great News," "Saturday Night Live" alum)
  • Isaac Mizrahi (Designer and Television Personality)
  • J.B. Smoove ("Barbershop: The Next Cut," "Curb Your Enthusiasm")
  • Jenna Fischer ("The Office")
  • Rosie O'Donnell (Multi Emmy Award-Winning Entertainer)
  • Sherri Shepherd (Actress, Emmy Award-Winning Talk Show Host, Host "Match made in
    Heaven")
  • Sutton Foster ("Younger"; Two-Time Tony Award-Winner)
  • Tituss Burgess ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt")

Additional names to be announced.

Broadway World

posted 6/15/16

TUESDAY: Better Than Average "Truth"
But the Night Belonged to NBC, AGT
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.221 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with its duo of "America's Got Talent" (11.189 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and "Maya & Marty" (5.286 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4).

ABC (5.291 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then claimed the silver with the premieres of "To Tell the Truth" (5.428 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "Uncle Buck" (5.280 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) followed by second episodes of "Uncle Buck" (5.204 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) and "To Tell the Truth" (5.203 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5).

Next up was CBS (6.549 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its lineup of "NCIS" (6.762 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10), "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.647 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9) and a new "Person of Interest" (6.238 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.976 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up originals from "Hotel Hell" (2.558 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8) and "Coupled" (1.394 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11).

And finally, a new "The Flash" (1.047 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and a repeat "Containment" (0.973 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) on The CW (1.010 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.221 million
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.132 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 348,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 333,000
- American Ninja Warrior (Esquire): 293,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 288,000

The Futon Critic
TV Line

Deadline
Hollywood Reporter

NPR
Yahoo!
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/15/16

Cupcake Stars
"Cupcake Wars" Returns July 11
From the Futon Critic

It's an all-star cupcake showdown as celebrity contestants battle to prove their baking skills on special new episodes of Cupcake Wars, beginning on Monday, July 11th at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network. In each of the six episodes, hosted by Jonathan Bennett, four famous faces will compete in three rounds of elimination challenges to impress judges Elizabeth Chambers, Florian Bellanger and a special guest judge, for the chance to debut their creation at a major event and to win a donation to their favorite charity.

The celebrity contestants competing for cupcake glory in the upcoming episodes include Adrienne Bailon, Drake Bell, Julissa Bermudez, Yvette Nicole Brown, Brooke Burke-Charvet,Charlie & Max Carver, Coolio, Ron Funches, Lori Greiner, Bob Harper, Hannah Hart, Perez Hilton, Grace Helbig, Shawn Johnson, Carson Kressley, NeNe Leakes, Vanessa Marano, Katherine McNamara, Heather Morris, Lamorne Morris, Audrina Patridge, Antonio Sabato Jr., Molly Sims, Lea Thompson, Emeraude Toubia, Nick Young, and Johnny Weir. Each will be challenged to design cupcakes that match a unique theme including everything from cheerleaders to the iconic Hello Kitty and Josie and the Pussycats, from Medieval Times to the classic game Twister, and to the popular children's character Matilda, tune in to see which stars will shine the brightest and crowned the winner.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/15/16

Me Tarzan?
Discovery Greenlights "American Tarzan", to Launch July 6
From the Futon Critic

On a remote Caribbean island, seven challengers will take on Mother Nature's most brutal obstacle course. Their goal: to not only survive the wild, but to master it. AMERICAN TARZAN, an all-new series premieres Wednesday, July 6, at 10 PM ET/PT on the Discovery Channel.

There was a time when man was truly wild. Survival meant silently stalking your prey, climbing high in trees to escape predators, and utilizing every resource within reach to stay alive. That era may be gone but there are still men and women who blaze though the forest, swim the raging rapids, and spend their days in the treetops.

In an epic journey through four distinct terrains; the jungle, coast, mountains and canyons, these men and women must live completely off the land, while tackling the most punishing obstacles on earth. They will face conditions that early inhabitants tackled hundreds of years ago, relying on nothing more than basic tools, mental toughness and brute strength.

After kayaking through open water to reach the inhospitable island, the first challenge will be to navigate an impenetrable jungle filled with vines, roots and steep cliffs, a harsh taste of the myriad obstacles the island will throw at them. Over the subsequent weeks, challengers will traverse dense jungles, raging rivers and towering mountains, all while foraging for food to keep them fueled for the long and strenuous journey.

Seven will attempt to conquer the island of Dominica, but only one will become American Tarzan.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/15/16

The Cube Lives!
British Stunt Game Renewed
From Metro

Fans of The Cube were left disappointed when it seemed like the tense game show had been dropped from ITV’s lineup – but the show is set to make a return next year after not appearing on our screens since 2015.

Philip Schofield hosts the big money contest which sees members of the public – and sometimes celebrities – enter a giant cube and take on tricky tasks which lose you lives every time you fail. Contestants are forced to take the plunge and decide whether each match is worth risking their prize fund on.

During its ninth series, it was shifted from its prestigious Saturday night slot into a midweek airing and new episodes haven’t been aired since, making many viewers believe that it had been dropped.

But ITV have confirmed to The Sun that the show is ‘in the mix for 2017 and hasn’t been axed’ meaning that new episodes are in the pipeline.

There has been no confirmation on whether there will be any changes to the format thus far.

Metro

posted 6/15/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Already?!"

  • Big Brother premieres in a week, and already we have a situation. Corey Brooks from five years ago, COME ON DOWN! (TV Line)
     

  • Remember that one contestant from "First Impressions" a couple weeks ago? And that one @midnight panelist? And Adam from "Separation Anxiety"? Guess who's joining the cast of "MadTV"! (The Futon Critic)
     

  • "American Ninja Warrior" salutes Dad this Sunday (The Futon Critic) PLUS #JurassicParkour (Thrillist)
     

  • Dan Patrick joins NBC's Olympics coverage team (Broadway World)
     

  • The Voice to kick off NBC's fall season September 19 (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Bruce Forsyth is on the mend after a pullout (Huffington Post)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with NeNe Leakes (Access Hollywood) & Regis Philbin (Wall Street Journal)

posted 6/15/16

SYNDIES: Week 38
Results for the Week Ending June 5
From B&C

The first week following the May sweep is usually a ratings downer and the session ending June 5 was no exception. Many shows were in repeats and on top of that it was the big Memorial Day holiday week.

One of the few shows to avoid the downdraft was Disney-ABC’s Live With Kelly, which took over first place among talkers despite having a full week of various guest cohosts subbing for the recently departed Michael Strahan.

In access, Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud with host Steve Harvey made it six weeks in a row as the top game show with a 6% advance to a 7.2. In addition, Feud moved past Judy reruns to the top of the overall chart.

Former game show topper, CTD’s Wheel of Fortune slowed down 5% to a 5.9. CTD’s Jeopadry! softened 5% to a 5.5. Debmar-Mercury’s sophomore Celebrity Name Game shrank 7% to a 1.3, while Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire eroded 8% to a 1.2.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 6/14/16

MONDAY: Warriors 3, Cavs 2
ABC, NBA Win Monday
From the Futon Critic

ABC (14.131 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.1, #1) was the top draw on Monday with its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (9.965 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.0, #3), "NBA Countdown" (10.213 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.5, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 5" (16.152 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.0, #1).

NBC (6.181 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then was king of the leftovers with the relocated "American Ninja Warrior" (6.838 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4) and the launch of "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" (4.866 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5).

Next up was CBS (4.361 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with repeats of "Mom" (4.746 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "2 Broke Girls" (4.142 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "Scorpion" (4.155 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) followed by the premiere of "BrainDead" (4.483 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.630 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up originals from "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.453 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "Houdini & Doyle" (1.807 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "Reign" (0.957 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.120 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.195 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) closed out the night on The CW (1.057 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Kids BBQ Championship (Food): 945,000
- Cake Wars (Food): 904,000
- Are You The One (MTV/SP): 689,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 341,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/14/16

WEEKEND: Warriors 3, Cavs 1
ABC, NBA Win Friday
From the Futon Critic

ABC (11.325 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1) was of course the top draw on Friday with its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (8.128 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3), "NBA Countdown" (8.920 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 4" (12.726 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.7, #1).

NBC (4.965 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the number two broadcaster with an "America's Got Talent" (4.702 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and a new "Dateline NBC" (5.491 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

Next up was CBS (4.895 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (4.439 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Hawaii Five-0" (4.687 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "Blue Bloods" (5.561 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.186 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up its coverage of "2016 Copa America Centenario" (1.186 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, a new "Masters of Illusion" (1.442 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (1.502 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.532 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) on The CW (1.502 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

And on Sunday...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.139 million
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.682 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.098 million

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/13/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Will the Real 'To Tell the Truth' Please Stand Up?"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "To Tell the Truth" (USA Today)
     

  • SPOILER ALERT!: someone's brother is joining the "Big Brother" house, PLUS... (Design & Trend)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: a NASCAR racer goes from the track to the course (TV Insider)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with JoJo Fletcher, a person self-described as "strange" (TV Insider)

posted 6/13/16


ChristinaGrimmie.com
CHRISTINA GRIMMIE: 1994-2016
Singer Placed Third in Season 6 of "The Voice"
From TV Line

The Voice contestant Christina Grimmie, who finished third place in Season 6 and was subsequently signed to Adam Levine’s label, has died after being shot late Friday following a concert performance in Orlando. She was 22.

According to Orlando’s WKMG-TV, Grimmie was signing autographs near the venue’s merchandise booth when an unknown individual walked up and opened fire. The assailant was then tackled by Gimmie’s brother before turning the gun on himself. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Earlier that night, Grimmie performed at Orlando’s The Plaza Live theater. Following the shooting, she was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition, but died several hours later.

A motive is unknown at this time.

“It is with a heavy heart that we can confirm that Christina has passed and went home to be with the Lord,” her publicist said in a statement. “She was shot at her show in Orlando and, unfortunately, didn’t survive the gunshot wounds. We ask at this time that you respect the privacy of her family and friends in their time of mourning.”

The Voice released its own statement via Twitter early Saturday, saying, “There are no words. We lost a beautiful soul with an amazing voice. Our hearts go out to the friends, fans and family of Christina Grimmie.”

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USA Today
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Orlando Sentinel
NBC News
Inside Edition

posted 6/10/16

THURSDAY: Happy Winsanity Day!
CBS, NBC Split
From the Futon Critic

GSN has partnered with participation TV technology company iPowow on the new game show series, WINSANITY, to allow viewers - for the first time ever in cable TV - to play along at home in real-time on their mobile devices against other viewers, see their results on-screen and also get a chance to win prizes throughout the season. The play along at home feature will be part of the show, beginning with the series debut on Thursday, June 9 at 9:00 pm ET/PT on GSN.

Hosted by actor Donald Faison ("Scrubs"), each half-hour episode of WINSANITY features a contestant attempting to rank ten compelling and surprising facts in numerical order, from lowest to highest (i.e.: Which is greater: the number of marriages each year in the US, or the number of President Barack Obama's Twitter followers?). Every time a contestant is correct and wins a prize, so does a randomly selected portion of the studio audience. However, if a contestant gives a wrong answer at any point, they, and the audience can lose some or all of their prizes, and a new contestant takes his or her place and continues the game, trying to win prizes that increase in value with each round.

The new iPowow play-at-home game at WinsanityLive.com, allows viewers watching the show in real-time to play along for free and stack the facts in the correct order, using their smartphone, tablet or laptop. Everyone playing along will be interconnected in real time and results can be viewed second by second. All eligible participants will also be entered into a sweepstakes where if chosen, they would win whatever prizes are won by the contestant(s) on that episode. One participant will be chosen for each new episode throughout the season. The play-at-home aspect is unique to the game show format in that no show has previously enabled viewers to see results second-by-second on their TV screen, allowing everyone to feel like a contestant on the show.

The first two episodes on GSN fared thusly...
- 9p: 507,000
- 9:30p: 416,000

Elsewhere on cable...
- Alone (History): 1.597 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 875,000
- Match Made in Heaven (WE): 555,000
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 237,000

NBC (4.562 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the demo champ on Thursday with its coverage of the "Stanley Cup Finals, Game 5" (4.562 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1).

CBS (4.801 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then took home the silver with its repeat mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.588 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "Life in Pieces" (4.646 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "Mom" (4.761 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "The Odd Couple" (4.353 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and "Code Black" (4.229 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.157 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with encores of "Modern Family" (3.493 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and the feature "War of the Worlds" (3.089 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.158 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up a new "American Grit" (2.110 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) followed by the season finale of "American Grit" (2.207 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

And finally, a repeat "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.909 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and a new "Beauty and the Beast" (0.760 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (0.835 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

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Multichannel News

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/9/16

Wild Homecoming
"Wild'n Out", "Joking Off" Jump to MTV for New Seasons
From the Futon Critic

MTV today announced the return of "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out" which will debut its eighth season on MTV Thursday, August 4 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. After three seasons of breaking records as the top rated show in the history of MTV2, "Wild 'N Out" heads back to MTV where it all began for its highly anticipated eighth season. This season's supersized roster of celebrity guest captains includes: Tyga, Iggy Azalea, Timbaland, Bella Thorne, Travis Scott, Keke Palmer, Chris Paul, Erykah Badu, Tip "T.I." Harris, 2 Chainz, Waka Flocka, Omarion, Stevie J & Joseline, Deontay Wilder, K. Michelle, Lil Dicky and more. Musical performers lighting up the season eight stage include: Flo Rida, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, Kehlani, Yo Gotti, Trina, Jeremih, Migos, Dreezy, D.R.A.M, ILoveMemphis and many more.

"Wild 'N Out" has curated one of the most impressive arsenals of comedians and entertainers in the game. Comedy superstars Mike Epps, Kevin Hart, Kat Williams, DeRay Davis all started out as "Wild 'N Out" cast members. This year, the series welcomes ten new cast members including: special guest Michael Blackson, Charlie Clips, Justina Valentine, Tonio Skits, Becky "Pickles" Robinson, Billy Sorrells, Ross Bryant, Nate Jackson, Elgin "Davasito" David, Teddy Ray and Cynthia Luciette. Veteran cast members Chico Bean, Karlous Miller, Emmanuel Hudson, Timothy DeLaGhetto, DC Young Fly, Conceited, Hitman Holla and Matt Rife, are among the returning favorites.

After "Wild 'N Out," season two of "MTV's Joking Off" premieres at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. Hosted by stand-up comedian and actor DeRay Davis, "MTV's Joking Off" is a hilarious, fast-paced, half-hour comedy competition where teams of jokesters tear into the best of social media and the internet. Three teams of comedians must roast ridiculous tweets, Instagram photos and viral videos in order to avoid getting joked off. At the end of each episode, only ONE jokester will reign supreme.

New jokesters this season will include: Vinny Guadagnino ("The Jersey Shore"), Derek Gaines ("Broke Ass Game Show"), David Magidoff ("Broke Ass Game Show"), Leonard Ouzts, J Snow, Casey Jost and Anna Lore. David Ebert, Desus, Mero, Matteo Lane, Matt Pavich, James Manzello, Kerry Coddett, Matt Richards, Mike Camerlengo, Julia Young, Kristen Acimovic and Craig "Lowie" Low are among the returning cast members.

Closing out the night at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT is the season two debut of "Kingin' with Tyga." Tyga is a rap superstar who knows what it means to be the master of your own destiny and to truly live like a King. He is a self-made millionaire who describes his lifestyle as 'Kingin.' Tyga only knows one way to do things - and that's to take everything to the next level. Season two of "Kingin' with Tyga" follows the hit recording artist as he continues to build his hip-hop empire. Tyga will travel the world, from Los Angeles to Australia to Dubai - recording music, performing live and flexing his spending power in the most lavish ways possible. From buying a mini monster truck course to installing a private fast food restaurant in his LA mansion to buying a guard jaguar for his estate, nothing is outside of Tyga's reach! But none of this would be possible without the support of his "Last Kings" crew. From start to finish, Tyga's entourage shines in their own unique light as they help him build his music and clothing empire, give back to his community, change diapers, and pull off some of the most Kingin' stunts known to man.

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Comedy Hype

posted 6/10/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "You Know You Want to Watch"

  • "Big Brother" plans roll out on CBS, CBS All Access, Pop (The Futon Critic)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: The Price Is Right looking for contestants in Baltimore (CBS Baltimore)
     

  • IN MEMORIAM:  Gordie Howe (1928-2016) on "To Tell the Truth" (Sports Illustrated)

posted 6/10/16

WEDNESDAY: Warriors 2, Cavaliers 1
NBA, ABC Take First
From the Futon Critic

ABC (11.525 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1) surged to the top spot on Wednesday with "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (7.647 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T2), "NBA Countdown" (6.914 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T2) and "NBA Finals, Game 3" (13.648 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1).

NBC (5.219 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was bumped to a distant second with new episodes of "American Ninja Warrior" (5.697 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) and "The Night Shift" (4.264 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6).

Next up was FOX (3.247 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with originals from "MasterChef" (4.055 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5) and "Wayward Pines" (2.439 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.752 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) and its repeat lineup of "Undercover Boss" (3.457 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Criminal Minds" (4.022 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (3.779 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.859 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Supernatural" (0.663 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (0.760 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cutthroat Kitchen: Time Warp Tournament (Food): 753,000
- The Challenge: Rivals III (MTV): 745,000
- Celebrity Food Fight (Food/11p): 540,000
- Skin Wars (GSN): 510,000
- Celebrity Food Fight (Food/11:30p): 455,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 376,000

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TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/8/16

SYNDIES: Week 37
Results for the Week Ending May 29 PLUS Sweeps
From B&C and TV News Check

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud, with host Steve Harvey, was the sweep's solo game leader for the first time in the just-concluded May sweep, which ran April 28 through May 25. Produced by FremantleMedia North America, Feud improved 18% from last May when it was the third-place game show to a 7.1 live plus same day national household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research, to take first place among the game shows and second place in overall syndication.

Among daytime's key demographic of women 25-54, Feud was the first-run syndication leader at a 3.5, followed by CBS Television Distribution's Judge Judy at a 3.0 and CTD's Wheel of Fortune at a 2.0.

In second place in households, Wheel of Fortune skidded 2% from last year to a 6.4, while CTD’s Jeopardy! slumped 6% to a 6.0. Debmar-Mercury’s sophomore Celebrity Name Game added 8% to a 1.4, while Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire lost 19% and dropped from fourth to fifth at a 1.3.

For the week ending May 29:
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury): 6.8 household / 3.4 women 25-54
- Wheel of Fortune (CBS Television Distribution): 6.2 / 1.8
- Jeopardy! (CTD): 5.8 / 1.7

Results for Celebrity Name Game and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire were unavailable at press time.

B&C
TV by the Numbers
TV Newscheck

posted 6/8/16

TUESDAY: Talent Owns Machismo
NBC Takes Win on "AGT" Over "The Bachelorette"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.731 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) held onto the top spot on Tuesday with new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (10.653 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and "Maya & Marty" (4.886 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

ABC (6.333 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then was a close second with special editions of "The Bachelorette" (6.700 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and "20/20 - The Bobby Brown Story: Every Little Step" (5.599 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3).

Next up was CBS (6.506 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (6.699 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.445 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) followed by a new "Person of Interest" (6.376 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.898 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up originals from "Hotel Hell" (2.389 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Coupled" (1.408 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.575 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Containment" (1.413 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) on The CW (1.493 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.161 million
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.119 million
- Separation Anxiety (TBS/SF): 749,000
- First Impressions (USA): 550,000
- Chasing Destiny (BET/SF): 363,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 357,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 318,000

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TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/8/16

The Bachelors Heading to Paradise
Catch the New Season on ABC August 2
From the Futon Critic

The long awaited third season of last summer's genre-defying breakout hit series "Bachelor in Paradise" returns on TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. Starting the following week, the show will air on Mondays and Tuesdays. The cast comprised of former fan favorites and controversial characters from "The Bachelor" franchise are back looking for a second chance at love. They all left "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette" with broken hearts, but now they'll travel to a romantic paradise, hoping to turn a potential summer fling into the real thing.

Below is the "Bachelor in Paradise" cast list:

· Jared Haibon, 27, Restaurant Manager, Warwick, RI - "The Bachelorette," season 11 (Kaitlyn)
· Emily and Haley Ferguson, 23, Twins, Las Vegas, NV - "The Bachelor," season 20 (Ben)
· Leah Block, 25, Event Planner, Denver, CO - "The Bachelor," season 20 (Ben)
· Lace Morris, 25, Real Estate Agent, Denver, CO - "The Bachelor," season 20 (Ben)
· Amanda Stanton, 26, Esthetician, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - "The Bachelor," season 20 (Ben)
· Jubilee Sharpe, 25, War Veteran, Ft. Lauderdale, FL - "The Bachelor," season 20 (Ben)
· Sarah Herron, 29, Advertising Executive, Los Angeles, CA - "The Bachelor," season 17 (Sean)
· Carly Waddell, 29, Singer/Songwriter, Arlington, TX - "The Bachelor," season 19 (Chris)
· Isabel "Izzy" Goodkind, 25, Graphic Designer, Branford, CT - "The Bachelor," season 20 (Ben)

Additional bachelors and bachelorettes from seasons past will be announced at a later date.

Over the course of six weeks, we'll follow these former bachelors and bachelorettes as they explore new relationships while living together in Mexico, in a secluded and dreamy paradise. America will watch as they fall in love or go through renewed heartbreak. "Bachelor in Paradise" will feature shocking twists, surprises, unexpected guests and some of the most unlikely relationships in "Bachelor" history. There's no telling who will find love this season, just like Jade and Tanner last year with their engagement and subsequent wedding.

Hosted by Chris Harrison, "Bachelor in Paradise" is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton, Nicole Woods, Peter J. Scalettar and Elan Gale are executive producers. "Bachelor in Paradise" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/8/16

Singing on the Sidewalk
FremantleMedia Procures Worldwide Format Rights
From Worldscreen

FremantleMedia has secured worldwide TV rights for the music-entertainment format Sidewalk Karaoke from Pango Productions.

The all-new interactive game show takes to the streets to give unsuspecting contestants the chance to sing impromptu karaoke in order to win cash prizes. Contestants must make sure their rendition of a song scores high with the judging app, otherwise they could walk away with no money. Audiences can play along in real time using technology provided by GRAPP.

The original series launched on Maori Television in New Zealand last month. The show tripled the broadcaster’s prime-time average across all key demographics. Maori Television has commissioned a second season of the show.

Vasha Wallace, the executive VP of global acquisitions and development at FremantleMedia, said: “Sidewalk Karaoke is exactly what we know broadcasters are looking for: it’s high volume, cost effective and has been amazingly successful with phenomenal ratings, tripling the broadcaster’s prime-time average. It’s wonderfully warm, a lot of fun to watch and suitable for the whole family. We are thrilled to be working with a producer of Bailey’s caliber and New Zealand has a well-deserved reputation as being a highly creative market.”

Bailey Mackey, the CEO of Pango Productions, remarked: “Sidewalk Karaoke might not change your life but it will certainly change your night! It’s the little show with a big heart and received awesome ratings and reviews when it launched in New Zealand. We’re confident FremantleMedia is the right strategic partner to help grow our brand. Their track record in talent shows is the best in the world, but mostly they are incredibly passionate about what they do.”

Worldscreen
Realscreen

posted 6/8/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Want to Take a Swim"

posted 6/8/16

MONDAY: The One Time The Sharks Didn't Win
ABC Wins on "The Bachelorette"
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.687 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) held off the competition on Monday with its mix of "The Bachelorette" (6.802 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Mistresses" (3.457 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

NBC (3.973 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the number two draw despite its coverage of the "Stanley Cup Finals, Game 4" (3.973 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2).

Next up was CBS (4.626 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "Mom" (5.020 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "2 Broke Girls" (4.456 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Scorpion" (4.556 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and another "Scorpion" (4.584 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.293 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up originals from "So You Think You Can Dance" (4.020 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and "Houdini & Doyle" (2.566 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9).

And finally, new episodes of "Reign" (1.002 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.257 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.177 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) on The CW (1.109 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cake Wars (Food/SP): 1.144 million
- Kids BBQ Championship (Food): 1.134 million

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/7/16

WEEKEND: Warriors 2, Cavaliers 0
ABC Wins on "Shark Tank" Reruns
From the Futon Critic

ABC (11.879 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.5, #1) was not surprisingly the network to beat on Sunday with its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (7.699 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3), "NBA Countdown" (6.867 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 2" (13.411 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.1, #1).

FOX (4.036 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then staked claim to the silver with its presentation of "Miss USA 2016" (4.036 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4).

Next up was NBC (3.028 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its combination of "Dateline NBC: On Assignment" (4.033 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8), a repeat "American Ninja Warrior" (2.814 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6) and the departing "Game of Silence" (2.453 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7).

And finally, CBS (4.689 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) closed out the evening with its repeat lineup of "60 Minutes" (7.987 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5), "Madam Secretary" (4.002 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), another "Madam Secretary" (3.790 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "Elementary" (2.977 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.676 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.256 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.081 million

Friday ALSO belonged to the Alphabet, at least in part.

NBC (4.855 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the adults 18-49 champ on Friday with an encore "America's Got Talent" (4.826 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and a new "Dateline NBC" (4.913 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1).

ABC (3.922 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "Beyond the Tank" (3.569 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), a repeat "Shark Tank" (3.849 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and "20/20" (4.347 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

Next up was CBS (5.368 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with repeats of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (4.977 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8), "Hawaii Five-0" (5.486 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and "Blue Bloods" (5.641 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.385 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up second runs of "The Simpsons" (1.475 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), another "The Simpsons" (1.326 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "MasterChef" (1.369 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

And finally, a new "Masters of Illusion" (1.176 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (1.070 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.173 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) on The CW (1.148 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable:
- Binge Thinking (MTV2): 128,000

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/6/16


Daily Times Gazette
KIMBO SLICE: 1974-2016
MMA Fighter an "Ultimate Fighter" Alum
From Fox Sports

Former UFC and "Ultimate Fighter" competitor Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson died on Monday after complications from heart failure.

TMZ first reported the news that Ferguson -- best known by his in-ring persona as Kimbo Slice -- had been taken to the hospital near his home in Coral Springs, Fla. in critical condition. Ferguson's promoters at Bellator Fighting Championships confirmed his death on Monday.

"We are all shocked and saddened by the devastating and untimely loss of Kimbo Slice, a beloved member of the Bellator family. One of the most popular MMA fighters ever, Kimbo was a charismatic, larger-than-life personality that transcended the sport," Bellator president Scott Coker said in a statement.

"Outside of the cage he was a friendly, gentle giant and a devoted family man. His loss leaves us all with extremely heavy hearts, and our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Ferguson family and all of Kimbo's friends, fans, and teammates.

According to multiple sources, Ferguson died at the hospital despite doctors working to revive the 42-year old fighter after he arrived.

Fox Sports
ESPN
New York Times

posted 6/7/16


Villages News
MUHAMMAD ALI: 1942-2016
"The Greatest" Featured on "What's My Line"
From Billboard

Muhammad Ali, the three-time heavyweight champion of the world and global icon whose magnetic charm and anti-establishment ethos made him someone Hollywood found impossible to resist, has died. He was 74.

Ali, named Sportsman of the Century by Sports Illustrated in 1999, died Friday at a Phoenix hospital. In 1984, the boxer was diagnosed with Parkinson’s syndrome -- a disease thought to be brought on by head trauma -- and spent his last years increasingly shaky, immobile and quiet.

Will Smith received an Oscar nomination for portraying the champ in Michael Mann’s Ali (2001), and the fighter played himself in The Greatest, a 1977 Columbia film adapted from his autobiography. Ali starred as a slave turned U.S. senator opposite Kris Kristofferson in the 1979 NBC telefilm Freedom Road, based on a true story, and he lit the torch to kick off the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

And in the late 1970s, he even voiced his own Saturday morning cartoon, I Am the Greatest!: The Adventures of Muhammad Ali, which saw his character jetting around the world fighting evil.

However seen or characterized onscreen, Ali was never more vital than in When We Were Kings (1996), the Oscar-winning feature documentary that immortalized “The Rumble in the Jungle,” his Oct. 30, 1974, bout with heavyweight champion George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire.

“I live in America,” Ali says in the film, “but Africa is the home of the black man. I was a slave 400 years ago, and now I’m going home to fight among my brothers.”

Born in Louisville, Ky., on Jan. 17, 1942, Ali first entered the world spotlight when he captured a gold medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. He composed one of his first poems:

“To make America the greatest is my goal,
So I beat the Russians, and I beat the Pole,
And for the USA won the medal of gold.
Italians said, ‘You’re greater than the Cassius of old.’ ”

Unlike most heavyweight boxers of his day, he had uncommon quickness and elusiveness, describing his style as “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”

Outside the ropes, he showed a witty, intelligent side (even though he suffered from dyslexia and had trouble reading while growing up) and learned from pro wrestler Gorgeous George how to spewed braggadocio. He took verbal assaults to a level never before reached in the annals of sport -- then backed up pretty much every boast or prediction he made.

At age 22 in February 1964, he surprised the surly 7-to-1 favorite Sonny Liston in Miami (he clowned around with The Beatles on their first trip to the States before the fight, and George Harrison would later call him “quite cute”) to take the heavyweight title for the first time. “I shook up the world! I shook up the world,” he shouted in the ring.

He beat Liston again 15 months later in Lewiston, Maine; Neil Leifer’s shot of Ali hovering over his fallen competitor is one of the most memorable sports photographs ever taken.

In April 1967, Ali was arrested in Houston after he refused induction into the U.S. Armed Forces. The New York State Athletic Commission quickly suspended his boxing license and stripped him of his title, and other state commissions followed suit.

On June 28, 1971, the Supreme Court overturned Ali’s conviction. (His legal battle was the subject of two projects in 2013: the HBO telefilm Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight and the documentary The Trials of Muhammad Ali).

“When I look back, I see only what I have accomplished,” he wrote in his 2004 autobiography, The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life’s Journey. “The price I paid was nothing compared to what I gained. I lost the championship title. I lost three and a half of my prime fighting years. I lost financial security and public acclaim, but I gained something greater by giving it all up — a title no man or government could ever take away: I was the People’s Champion.”

In his third fight since returning from suspension, he lost to Frazier in a 15-round unanimous decision in March 1971 in New York’s Madison Square Garden in “The Fight of the Century.” Frank Sinatra was ringside to photograph the bout for Life magazine.

After avenging that defeat in a non-title bout back at the Garden in January 1974, Ali met his rival again in October 1975 in the Philippines for “The Thrilla in Manila,” with Ali prevailing when Frazier could not come off his stool for the 14th round. Both fighters were exhausted and struggling to survive.

“I remember telling [trainer] Angelo [Dundee] after I won that it was the closest I’d ever come to dying,” he wrote in his book.

In September 1976, Ali beat Ken Norton in Yankee Stadium in New York in their third meeting, And seven months after a shocking loss to Leon Spinks, he avenged that defeat in New Orleans in September 1978 to become heavyweight champ for an unprecedented third time.

Ali’s other brushes with the world of entertainment included a cameo in the 1962 film version of Requiem for a Heavyweight; appearing as a mystery guest (can you imagine?) on a 1965 episode of What’s My Line?; starring on Broadway during his exile in the 1969 short-lived musical Buck White; as the subject of a Dean Martin Celebrity Roast in 1976; making sportscaster Howard Cosell a frequent foil on Saturday afternoons on ABC’s Wide World of Sports; sparring with Rocky star Sylvester Stallone on stage at the 1977 Oscars; showing up on episodes of Diff’rent Strokes, Vegas and Touched by an Angel; and refereeing Hulk Hogan’s WrestleMania I bout in 1985.

Ali was married four times, the last to the former Lonnie Williams, who survives him, as does his nine children: Maryum, Rasheda, Jamillah, Hana, Laila (a former boxer herself and reality TV star), Khaliah, Miya, Muhammad and Asaad.

In his autobiography, Ali reflected on his legacy and how he would be judged. “When I’m gone, they’ll just have to look at the records and look at my actions. Then it is up to the people to rank me where they want,” he wrote.

“They’ll have to say I was the fastest heavyweight that ever lived. They’ll have to say that I was the best looking — my face was unscratched and unmarked. They’ll have to say that I was the most entertaining and the most clever. They’ll say that even without a college education, I was smart enough to lecture at colleges and debate the best minds on television. They’ll have to say that I was the only real world champion. I fought in such diverse places as Zaire, England, Indonesia, Switzerland, Japan and the Philippines.

“They’ll have to say that I was the most famous man in the world, the most famous fighter in history. They’ll have to say that I invented the rope-a-dope and the Ali Shuffle. They’ll have to say that I was the boxer who could predict the winning rounds of my fights. They’ll have to say that I was the People’s Champion. They’ll have to say that after I stopped boxing, the sport lost its zest and wide appeal. They’ll have to say that I loved the people as much as they loved me.

“And after they review all the facts, they’ll have no choice but to conclude that I AM the Greatest of All Time!”

Billboard
The Hollywood Reporter
YouTube

posted 6/7/16

Merv Griffin's Crosswords 2.0
Wheel Experiments with New Category Tonight
From GSNN's Chico Alexander & the Wrap

Fans of Wheel of Fortune got an unexpected surprise on the final week of its season today: a new category.

The category "Crossword" premiered on tonight's episode and featured three words intersecting with each other & sharing a common bond. In tonight's example, it was "Seeing Red". In order to win the round, a contestant must solve all three words.

The new category is similar to something done in the Spanish version of the show, "La Ruleta de la Suerte". The category was added in April of 2013, but discontinued the following January.

“Last year in Madrid I observed the production of ‘Wheel of Fortune’ in Spain," says "Wheel" executive producer Harry Friedman. "Seeing their success with the crossword round encouraged us to try it here. I know our viewers will also find it fun and engaging, and a welcome new twist on playing ‘Wheel of Fortune’ without changing the basic game.”

Friend of the site Jessica Brand and GSNN's Jason Huhn contributed to this report.

GSNN Monday Replay
The Wrap

posted 6/7/16

Can They Handle the "Truth"?
ABC Announces Celebrity Panelists for "To Tell the Truth"
From the Inquisitr

Fans of ABC’s newest version of the popular game show To Tell The Truth will be treated to an extra sneak peek episode when the show premieres on Tuesday, June 14. Hosted by Black-ish’s Anthony Anderson, To Tell The Truth is being described as a re-imagination of the old-time show, which first appeared on the airwaves in 1956. The show has been revived numerous times but hasn’t aired since 2001. What makes this version different than years past remains unclear, but the press release for the show states that the “all-new version takes the excitement to another level, featuring fun characters from pop culture.”

To Tell The Truth features three contestants all claiming to be the same person with some incredible talent, job, or achievement while a panel of four celebrities grill the three to find out which one is actually telling the truth. This season’s celebrities include actress and reality TV star NeNe Leakes, NBA star and ESPN/ABC analyst Jalen Rose, and the legendary Betty White, who has appeared in many of the show’s earlier versions. Anthony Anderson’s own mother, Doris, will also be on hand to help keep score.

For To Tell The Truth’s sneak peak, which airs at 8 p.m., Tracee Ellis Ross, also from Black-ish, will join the panel. During the 10 p.m. premiere show, comedian Iliza Shlesinger will join the panel. Guests for the two episodes include America’s fastest texter, Taylor Swift’s high school sweetheart, a contortionist, the highest grossing Tupperware sales person who is also a drag queen, a shark attack survivor, and somebody who jumps off buildings while on fire.

The Inquisitr

posted 6/6/16

Here's a Conundrum For You: TOOT A CONGENIAL FILE
The Answer is What Ofcom Just Gave "Countdown"
From Prolific North

Long-running Channel 4 quiz show Countdown has been warned by Ofcom after it was found to be in breach of rules about giving undue prominence to products and services.

Host Nick Hewer, who took over fronting Countdown in 2012, began an episode by plugging the Ideal Home Show.

Later in the same episode, a contestant who was also a P&O Cruises ambassador, extolled the virtues of traveling with the company.

Channel 4 said it had no association with the Ideal Home Show (IHS) or P&O Cruises through Countdown – which is recorded at MediaCityUK – and the plug for the exhibition was “purely topical to inform viewers what was happening around the country”.

It did admit however that the references could be construed as promotional in tone and “strayed into being unduly prominent”.

The episode was removed from the All4 catch-up TV service, and will not be repeated.

A spokesman for Ofcom said: “Commercial references by the host Nick Hewer, and guest Mark Foster, were promotional and went beyond what could be justified editorially.

“We found this program broke broadcasting rules by promoting and giving undue prominence to products and services.”

Prolific North
BBC News
The Drum

posted 6/6/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "No Deal"

  • Noel Edmonds gets in a Twitter beef (The Week)
     

  • "American Ninja Warrior" to replay on My Network TV (TV NewsCheck)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: "Millionaire" heads to Parx Casino in Bensalem June 15 (Allentown Morning Call)
     

  • Challenge TV scraps video game show to concentrate on game shows full time (MCV)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Billy Eichner (The Guardian) and Iliza Shlesinger (Parade)

posted 6/7/16

THURSDAY: Warriors 1, Cavs 0
ABC, NBA Take a Bite Out of Season Finales
From the Futon Critic

ABC (13.397 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.0, #1) overshadowed the competition on Thursday with its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (9.171 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #3), "NBA Countdown" (8.898 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.1, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 1" (15.579 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.0, #1).

CBS (5.046 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was king of the leftovers with its repeat mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.688 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "Life in Pieces" (5.637 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "Mom" (5.242 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6), "The Odd Couple" (4.248 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8) and "Code Black" (3.729 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Next up was FOX (3.286 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with its duo of "Bones" (4.491 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7) and "American Grit" (2.082 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.369 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up the season finale of "STRONG" (2.647 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) alongside a new "Game of Silence" (2.243 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and a second "Game of Silence" (2.219 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And finally, a repeat "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.810 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and the return of "Beauty and the Beast" (0.832 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) on The CW (0.821 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable:
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.206 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 940,000
- Match Made in Heaven (WE): 449,000
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 315,000
- American Ninja Warrior (Esquire): 270,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/3/16

DRG Brings "The Dark" to the Light
Company Teams with Pop Monkey to Distribute Format Globally
From Rapid TV News

DRG has acquired the international format rights to a rebooted version of hit comedy gameshow format, In the Dark.

In a deal with US-based boutique TV format producer Pop Monkey Productions and UK indie FUNdamental Television, DRG has secured the international format rights to the show, which sees teams of contestants perform everyday challenges in complete darkness whilst in front of a live audience.

The format continues to be fronted by a comedic host but has been updated for a younger demographic using fresh filming and lighting technology. It also introduces an array of comedic challenges for the unsuspecting contestants.

“We are thrilled to be bringing In The Dark back to audiences around the world,” said Jeremy Fox, CEO, DRG. “It is a fantastic format that transcends all age groups and nationalities, and we are confident that the renewed format will prove popular in a variety of territories. This latest acquisition is a strong addition to our growing slate of diverse formats.”

The original finished programme aired in the UK on Channel 5 and has been distributed to over 20 countries worldwide, including Sweden, Germany, Italy and NRK1 in Norway, in the latter of which it reached a 47% share of prime time audiences.

The indie content producer is in expansion mode. It recently enhanced senior vice president Scott Kirkpatrick’s role to include business development throughout Latin America.

Rapid TV News

posted 6/3/16

A Return Engagement
Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne to Return to "The X Factor"
From Music Times

Nicole Scherzinger, former lead singer of The Pussycat Dolls, and Sharon Osbourne will return to X-Factor U.K. this year in what is shaping up to be a ratings-boosting 2016. The two, along with manager Louis Walsh, will replace Rita Ora, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Nick Grimshaw for the show’s 13th season, which had a ratings nosedive in last season’s finale although Adele, One Direction and Coldplay performed.

The show, created by infamous music industry figure Simon Cowell, has spawned the likes of One Direction, Leona Lewis and Olly Murs. Dermot O’Leary will also return as an X-Factor host this upcoming season, after the show employed two hosts last year.

“I’m overjoyed about going back to the X-Factor, sitting with Lou, Lou, gorgeous Nicole and naughty Simon,” Osbourne said to Billboard. “But most of all, I can’t wait to meet [Cowell’s] baby Eric.” Osbourne was an original judge on X-Factor for three years running, from 2004 to 2007.

Scherzinger had been a judge on the show previously in 2012 and 2013 (and also in the first season of the American version), and said, “I can’t wait to be back in the U.K. and on the show with the best judges sitting alongside me on the panel. I’m excited about discovering, mentoring and winning with an exciting new act this year. And having winning contestants in the past, Simon knows I will do it.”

Auditions for the X-Factor will commence this month (June 10) at King Power Stadium in Great Britain.

Music Times
Reality TV World

posted 6/2/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Spin the Wheel"

  • CASTING COUCH: Discovery's "The Wheel" (Reality Wanted)
     

  • Super Minute 2 is about to tick to its final second (Times of India)
     

  • AND ONE FOR THE WEEKEND: meet the most handsome "Chase" runner ever. Apparently. (The Mirror)

posted 6/3/16

WEDNESDAY: Ninjas Attack!
"ANW" Returns B-I-G for NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.809 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) climbed into the top spot on Wednesday with the return of "American Ninja Warrior" (6.268 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "The Night Shift" (4.893 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2).

FOX (3.225 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then took home the silver with the season premiere of "MasterChef" (3.763 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) followed by a new "Wayward Pines" (2.687 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

Next up was CBS (4.448 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its repeat lineup of "Undercover Boss" (4.476 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Criminal Minds" (4.757 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (4.110 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.863 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up the two-hour season finale of "500 Questions" (4.484 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) alongside repeats of "Modern Family" (3.021 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "The Goldbergs" (2.220 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10).

And finally, The CW (0.753 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with its special "iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party" (0.745 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and a repeat "Supernatural" (0.760 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Deadline

posted 6/2/16

More on the Mosko Exit
Sony Pictures TV Head Out
From the Wrap

Sony Pictures has restructured its TV unit now that Steve Mosko is gone. Top responsibilities going forward will be split among the presidents of different departments, Zack Van Amburg, Jamie Erlicht, Andy Kaplan, Keith Le Goy, and Amy Carney.

Van Amburg and Erlicht lead Programming and Production, Kaplan leads Worldwide Networks, Le Goy has the top title in Distribution, and Carney runs Advertiser Sales & Research.

The prolific Sony Pictures Television produces "Jeopardy!", "Wheel of Fortune", "Shark Tank" and the upcoming "The $100,000 Pyramid", among others.

“I want to thank Steve for his many years of service at Sony Pictures and for helping to build SPT into the one of the strongest television studios in the business,” said Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton, tho whom each of the five will directly report. “Steve has overseen some of SPT’s greatest triumphs and I wish him the very best in the next chapter of his career. We have incredibly strong leadership within our TV divisions. Zack and Jamie, Andy, Keith and Amy have contributed immeasurably to SPT’s success over the years, and bring the right energy, skill and sophistication to navigate a rapidly changing environment and lead our TV business to even greater heights.”

The Wrap
B&C

posted 6/2/16

TUESDAY: America's Got Simon
NBC's Big Money Entry Makes a Big Return
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.822 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was of course the network to beat on Tuesday with the return of "America's Got Talent" (11.547 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and the premiere of "Maya & Marty" (6.373 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2).

CBS (6.987 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the number two draw with its mix of "NCIS" (7.404 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.956 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and a new "Person of Interest" (6.601 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

Next up was ABC (3.571 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with another two-hour "500 Questions" (4.207 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) followed by a repeat "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.364 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and a second "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.232 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.933 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up originals from "Hotel Hell" (2.408 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7) and "Coupled" (1.458 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (1.107 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and a new "Containment" (1.114 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) on The CW (1.110 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.131 million
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.086 million
- Separation Anxiety (TBS): 730,000
- Chasing Destiny (BET): 409,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 374,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 370,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/2/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "W_NDY C_TY"

  • CASTING COUCH: "Wheel" rolling into Chicago this weekend! (WLS Chicago)
     

  • Simon Cowell: The "Got Talent" judge we need? Or the one we deserve? (BuddyTV)
     

  • #TBT: Johnny Carson as host of Miss Universe (Ocean Drive)
     

  • Ray Combs died 20 years ago today. (WVXU Cincinnati)
     

  • Tamar Braxton can thank Steve Harvey for getting back on her feet (International Business Times)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: Star Trek Lip Sync Battle! (TV Line)

posted 6/2/16

Let's Play the Pyramid!
ABC Releases The Celebrities for This Run of The Pyramid
From the Futon Critic

The Pyramid is back! The Emmy Award(R)-winning pop-culture phenomenon is reimagined and better than ever when a cast of all-star celebrities take center stage and partner with contestants from across the country to compete against each other with hopes of making it to the winners circle and the ultimate prize of $100,000 on "The $100,000 Pyramid," premiering SUNDAY, JUNE 26 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network.

Celebrity Guest Line-Up:
Sherri Shepherd vs Anthony Anderson
Rosie O'Donnell vs Kathy Najimy
Ana Gasteyer vs Rachel Dratch
Robin Roberts vs Mario Cantone
Martha Stewart vs Snoop Dogg
Ken Jeong vs Tisha Campbell-Martin
Bellamy Young vs Weird Al Yankovic
Tony Hale vs Justin Long
Randall Park vs Anna Camp
Terry Crews vs Natasha Lyonne
Alfonso Ribeiro vs Mario Batali
Barbara Corcoran vs Daymond John
Steve Schirripa vs Melissa Peterman
Teri Polo vs Zachary Levi
Yvette Nicole Brown vs Fred Willard
Joy Behar vs John Michael Higgins
Kevin Pollak vs Niecy Nash
Bridget Moynahan vs Rex Lee
Jon Lovitz vs Deion Sanders

"The $100,000 Pyramid" is the timeless word-association game in which two celebrities and their partners face off in a race against the clock to make it to the winners circle and take home $100,000. "Good Morning America"'s Michael Strahan hosts "The $100,000 Pyramid."

The Futon Critic
TV Line
AV Club

posted 6/1/16

SYNDIES: Week 36
Results for the Week Ending May 22
From B&C

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud was the syndie star in the week ended May 22, leading all of syndication and the games by a ratings point with a 7.4 live plus same day household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research.

The game show, hosted by Steve Harvey and produced by Fremantle Media North America, was up 6% for the week and 23% since last year at this time, while no other game improved year to year.

By contrast, CBS Television Distribution’s long-running Wheel of Fortune inched ahead 2% for the week to a 6.4, unchanged from last year. CTD’s Jeopardy! was flat at a 6.0 and down 5% for year.

Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game was down 7% for the week and the year to a 1.3, tying Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which was unchanged for the 11th week in a row and down 19% from last year.

B&C
TV NewsCheck

posted 6/1/16

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: A Lot of Ratings... Hope You're Paying Attention
ABC Remains the Lone Standout with "Bachelorette", "Questions"
From the Futon Critic

MONDAY: ABC (4.923 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the top broadcast network on Memorial Day with a new "The Bachelorette" (5.858 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) followed by the return of "Mistresses" (3.054 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5).

NBC (3.805 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with its coverage of the "Stanley Cup Finals, Game 1" (3.805 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2).

Next up was CBS (4.700 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and an expanded two-hour "Scorpion" (4.373 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #6) repeat plus a new "Person of Interest" (5.355 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.909 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) served up the return of "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.718 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and an original "Houdini & Doyle" (2.100 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #7).

And finally, the feature "Memorial Day" (1.216 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #8) on The CW (1.216 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Kids BBQ Championship (Food/P): 1.062 million

SUNDAY: NBC (2.915 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) then was the number two draw with its mix of "Dateline NBC: On Assignment" (3.208 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7), the season finale of "The Carmichael Show" (2.262 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7), a repeat "The Carmichael Show" (1.799 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and the two-hour "American Ninja Warrior: All Stars" (3.212 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2).

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.533 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.042 million
- Celebrity Food Fight (Food/P): 985,000
- Celebrity Food Fight (Food/10:30p): 801,000

SATURDAY: ABC (1.862 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) closed out the evening with night three of "500 Questions" (2.693 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) and a rebroadcast of "Madoff, Part 1" (1.446 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #7).

FRIDAY: ABC (4.006 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with night two of "500 Questions" (4.427 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) followed by a repeat "Shark Tank" (3.762 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and a new "20/20" (3.830 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

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posted 6/1/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Executive Shuffle"

  • Red Planet shuffles its creative forces (Realscreen)
     

  • Ninja Warrior's biggest obstacle? Compensating their athletes (International Business Times)
     

  • Steve Mosko exits Sony (Deadline)
     

  • Lara Spencer enters into partnership with Leftfield Entertainment (Deadline)
     

  • Simon Cowell is a bit nervous about judging AGT (Reality TV World)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: The preview of "American Ninja Warrior" that you didn't know you needed to see (TV Insider)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the Governess (Daily Star) and Gordon Ramsay (TV Insider)

posted 6/1/16


Sony Pictures TV
Harry Friedman Is Officially Amazing
"Wheel", "Jeopardy!" Sets Producing Record
From Guinness World Records

Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune producer Harry Friedman, has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the new title holder for Most game show episodes produced.

One of television’s most prolific producers, Friedman claimed the record for having overseen 11,128 game show episodes at the time of adjudication.

“I’m incredibly honored to have set a new world record certified by Guinness World Records,” said Friedman.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to take a moment to reflect on how fortunate I’ve been to have enjoyed such a rewarding career in television.”

Friedman joined Wheel of Fortune, the number one syndicated game show in the US, as a producer in 1995 and added producer duties for Jeopardy!, now in its 32nd season in syndication, in 1997.

His record also encompasses his work on Jeopardy! spinoffs “Rock & Roll Jeopardy!”(VH1, 1998-2001), and “Jep!” (Game Show Network,1998-2000).

His achievement also recognizes episodes he produced prior to joining Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, for shows including “Hollywood Squares,” “The New Hollywood Squares,” “Personals,” and “Caesar’s Challenge.”

This record marks the third time Friedman has set a record certified by Guinness World Records; he also holds the records for Most Emmy® Award nominations for a game show producer with 42 and Most Emmy® Award wins by a game show producer with 13.

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posted 5/31/16

Team Ninja... II
Esquire Reups for Second Season of "Team Ninja Warrior"
From the Futon Critic

Esquire Network continues to expand on one if its most popular franchises, "American Ninja Warrior," with a second season of the hit competition reality series "Team Ninja Warrior." This season will feature an expanded 16 episodes which will include the debut of a five-part special event, "Team Ninja Warrior: College Edition" (wt), featuring top college competitors going head-to-head against rival universities.

"Our success last season made it clear that viewers love watching these amazing competitors battle against each other on the course, and as we move into season two, we will continue to raise the bar on the competition as teams are even more driven to conquer not only the course, but each other," said Matt Hanna, Executive Vice President Development & Production, Esquire Network. "Now with the introduction of our college edition episodes, we are bringing some of the most famous college rivalries to life as only Esquire Network can as these schools go head-to-head for the ultimate Ninja bragging rights."

Hosted by comedian Matt Iseman and former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila, the upcoming season of "Team Ninja Warrior" will once again feature some of the biggest names from the "American Ninja Warrior" franchise, while "Team Ninja Warrior: College Edition" will consist of teams pulled from some of the most historical and deep-seeded collegiate rivalries. The dual running course, which will be highlighted by even more challenging obstacles this season, incorporates speed, human agility, skill and a whole new strategy of racing. Both sets of teams will be comprised of three people - two men and one woman - who will battle it out on this amped-up version of the world's most intense obstacle course.

The debut episode of "Team Ninja Warrior" set records as the most watched series premiere with A18-49 in Esquire Network history, as fans tuned in to see their favorite top contenders join forces to take on the mother of all obstacle courses as a team. Throughout the season, the series continued to captivate audiences, peaking at the finale which ranked as the 2nd most-watched original telecast in network history with Total Viewers as team "Party Time" - featuring rock-climbing legend Brian Arnold; Jake Murray, a young protégé of Brian's who trains extensively with his group; and stay-at-home-mom Jennifer Tavernier who became a break-out star on "American Ninja Warrior" - took home the trophy and title of the first winners of "Team Ninja Warrior." Currently the season overall ranks as Esquire Network's most watched original series in network history with Total Viewers and most-watched debut season with A18-49.

"Team Ninja Warrior" is executive-produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions' founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed (Hell's Kitchen, The Dunk King, Ellen's Design Challenge), along with Brian Richardson as executive producer. The series is a spin-off of "American Ninja Warrior" which is based on the "Ninja Warrior" format from Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc., and is a co-production between Esquire Network and NBC.

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posted 5/31/16

Robot Wars: What to Expect
On Deck: A Bulletproof Arena and Descendants of the Original Housebots
From the Futon Critic

Thirteen years after it was part of Channel 5's schedules, Robot Wars is back – and returning home to the BBC.

The technological game show's heyday saw first Jeremy Clarkson then Craig Charles preside over both amateur and professionally built machines battling it out in the arena while avoiding hazards and the more powerful house robots.

So what's in store for viewers in 2016?

A lot - but also, not very much at all. The six-part series promises a "raft of technological advances", says the Daily Telegraph, as well as a new purpose-built fighting arena in Glasgow.

State-of-the-art cameras capable of capturing every "saw, claw and flame-thrower will allow viewers to feel even closer to the action than before", says The Guardian.

Alan Tyler, BBC acting controller of entertainment commissioning, said: "It is remarkable to see how much more powerful these robots have become since the series last aired, with battles now staged in an arena that is literally bulletproof, and yet, the show is still fundamentally driven by the eccentricity of the brilliant brains behind the machines."

Gone, unfortunately, is the irrepressible Charles, replaced by an all-Irish duo of Dara O'Briain and Angela Scanlon.

O'Briain said he was looking forward to the new gig, telling the BBC: "For too long, the schedules have cried out for a show in which dedicated amateurs, toiling day and night, handcraft sophisticated automatons built on the delicate interplay of hand-wired servo motors with custom-built circuit boards and fingertip motion control, just to see them get smashed to pieces by a dustbin carrying a massive hammer.

"It's war - and how I love it so."

As for stepping into the hefty shoes of the show's past hosts, O'Briain said he had approached presenting the show in a new way.

"Well, the Craig Charles thing, that was 12 years ago," he told the Daily Mirror. "He did a big acting job. You know how Richard O'Brien did the Crystal Maze. It was all swooping of fans and the big leather jacket.

"I did it in a much more sports-event kind of way. There was more investment in the teams."

Scanlon, meanwhile, said: "I'm so excited to be joining such a legendary show that, after all this time, still manages to make people squeal with joy. I cannot wait to see the robots in all their metallic glory playfully destroying each other."

There's also a new selection of judges who will pick a winner if the battle ends in a disappointing draw. Noel Sharkey, Professor Sethu Vijayakumar and Lucy Rogers all have vast levels of robotics experience and, we hope, the ability to not make it sound too boring for TV.

The BBC has also announced that deadly knight Sir Killalot is returning to join fellow house robots Matilda, Shunt and Dead Metal. The robots are "descendants of the original show" who have been "evolved and upgraded to modern-day standards to be even more impressive and even more menacing", said the broadcaster.

What "modern-day standards" could quite mean is anybody's guess - "maybe Killalot has USB plugs and can shut down WiFi at will now," says the Radio Times. Regardless, new and improved house robots will be sure to pique the interest of fans.

The Week

posted 5/31/16

Sqrambling to Another Scuare
Buzz Berry's Local "Sqrambled Scuares" Heads to A New Taping Location
From Myrtle Beach Online

After more than three years at the Myrtle Beach Mall, local television game show Sqrambled Scuares has moved to an expanded location at Barefoot Landing, bringing with it a shiny new digital set.

Having originally aired on WBFX in the Greensboro/Winston Salem, NC, market in 1999, Sqrambled Scuares is arguably the longest-running local American television game show. It taped on the Grand Strand for the first time in December 2012.

Show creator, producer and host Buzz Berry told The Surge that new location is in the waterway strip area of Barefoot Landing.

“We are just to the left of the Alabama Theatre, right there on the [Intracoastal] Waterway,” he said, adding that folks can pull right up in front of the location and that it is much more accessible.

Considering the fact that he had a full production studio to move, we asked Berry to elaborate on the process.

“It was quite an undertaking,” he said. “There are a lot of wires – a lot of cabling – and equipment that had to be taken apart, loaded up and moved – so it was quite a challenge.”

He says the move was a good one, and that all of the hard work has paid off.

“We are in a much better location. We have a much better set, and it’s much more accessible for folks to come and be a part of the game show experience.”

For those audience members with a technical curiosity, they can now look into the control room via a window and watch the director and audio technician at work.

Sqrambled Scuares tapes Thursday nights at 7 p.m. with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The show airs locally Monday through Friday on HTC digital channel 4 at 7 p.m. and Time Warner channel 47 at 6:30 p.m. Alternatively, episodes can be viewed on demand at www.sqrambledscuares.biz or on the show’s Facebook page.

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posted 5/31/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Behind the Climb"

  • "Ninja Warrior" to offer two digital spinoffs, "Crashing the Course" and "24/B4" (The Futon Critic) PLUS five reasons why this season is the best ever (TV Insider)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: To Tell the Truth (ABC, June 14) (TV Series Finale)
     

  • Noel Fielding takes a look in the life of a Japanese game show for ITV (BCG)
     

  • Blake Shelton reportedly asked to make an honest woman out of Gwen Stefani. Gwen Stefani reportedly said no. Things got reportedly AWKWARD (Reality TV World)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: This runner on "The Chase" got talent (Huffington Post)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the Governess (Glass of Bubbly)

posted 5/31/16


Michael Strahan
The Summer Has Begun
"Pyramid" Among the Highlights
From various sources

Just when you thought it was safe to go back outside… a robust summer TV slate is ready to take a chomp out of your DVR.

What follows is a list of the 35 or so game show premieres this summer session culled by a jury of exactly four. If you know of one that we're missing, drop us a line at wlti@gameshownewsnet.com.

May
- 5/4 - The Challenge: Rivals 3 (MTV)
- 5/10 - First Impressions (USA)
- 5/17 - Coupled (Fox)
- 5/19 - The Dunk King (TNT)
- 5/19 - Match Made in Heaven: Season 2 (WE)
- 5/22 - Food Network Star: Season 22 (Food)
- 5/23 - The Price Is Right Primetime Specials: Reality Edition (CBS)
- 5/23 - Kids BBQ Championship (Food)
- 5/23 - Whose Line Is It Anyway? (2013): Season 4 (CW)
- 5/23 - The Bachelorette: Season 12 (ABC)
- 5/26 - 500 Questions: Season 2 (ABC)
- 5/29 - Celebrity Food Fight (Food)
- 5/30 - So You Think You Can Dance: Season 13 (Fox)
- 5/31 - America's Got Talent: Season 11 (NBC)

June
- 6/1 - American Ninja Warrior: Season 8 (NBC)
- 6/1 - MasterChef: Season 7 (Fox)
- 6/6 - Cake Wars: Season 4 (Food)
- 6/9 - Winsanity (GSN)
- 6/13 - Are You the One?: Season 4 (MTV)
- 6/13 - Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge (NBC)
- 6/14 - To Tell the Truth (2016) (ABC)
- 6/15 - Skin Wars: Fresh Paint (GSN)
- 6/16 - Home Free: Season 2 (Fox)
- 6/22 - Big Brother: Season 18 (CBS)
- 6/23 - Battlebots: Season 2 (ABC)
- 6/26 - Celebrity Family Feud: Season 2 (ABC)
- 6/26 - The $100,000 Pyramid (2016) (ABC)
- 6/26 - Match Game (2016) (ABC)

July
- 7/1 - The Runner (Go90)
- 7/3 - Flea Market Flip: Season 7 (GAC)
- 7/11 - Penn & Teller: Fool Us!: Season 3 (CW)

August
- 8/2 - Bachelor in Paradise: Season 3 (ABC)
- 8/6 - Sports Jeopardy!: Season 3? (Crackle/NBCSN)

Summer TBA
- Cooks vs. Cons: Season 2 (Food)
- QuizUp America (NBC)

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posted 5/30/16

"Price Is Right" Arrives in Nigeria
Genesis Studio Teams with FremantleMedia for New Series
From the Union

Genesis Studios, creators of the award winning television drama, So Wrong, So Wright and Tales of Eve has partnered with London-based television content, production & distribution company, FremantleMedia, to bring the exciting game show- The Price is Right to Nigeria. The company is getting ready to produce five seasons of the show, making the total number of adaptations of the format to 43 versions worldwide. Set to premiere towards the end of the year, the show was unveiled to newsmen and other industry stakeholders.

The Price is Right is the longest running family game show in history and has won twenty daytime Emmys; it has also been tagged the number one daytime show in United States. The format has been sold to 42 territories worldwide with Nigeria being the first in sub-Sahara Africa.

It has a wide variety of games with a basic challenge of guessing the prices of everyday consumer commodities for a chance to win fantastic prizes. It features contestants, all of whom are picked from the audience, who come from different parts of the country and a fun host.

The game show offers Nigerian brands an exciting opportunity to introduce new and existing products as well as an avenue to showcase the Unique Selling Proposition (USP) of the brands, giving them an extensive reach while increasing top mind awareness.

For the Nigerian audience, The Price is Right is an added advantage because it promises to be entertaining, engaging, and interactive. With a charismatic host and an enthusiastic audience, the game plays out with life changing prizes to be won by participants.

During his presentation, Genesis Studios Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Olatubosun Olaegbe explained that there is an ardent need for Nigerian television screens to be graced with yet another world class game show that is engaging, entertaining and most importantly suitable for the whole family.

“We have been looking for a world class game show that would engage and entertain the entire family and The Price is Right is the perfect format for us and we know it will be a big success in Nigeria” Olaegbe said.

He added that it is long overdue for Nigerians to have a family oriented show like this. “I am grateful to Fremantle Media for a partnership that ensures that Nigerians will benefit from the wide acceptability of the show and most importantly the simplicity of its audience rating which means that even the very young can participate and smile home with mouthwatering prizes”.

The Union

posted 5/30/16


ABC
THURSDAY: 500 Questions.... Round 2
Season Opener Opens Fairly Well
From TV Line

NBC’s broadcast of the second Red Nose Day fundraising special drew 2.2 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating on Thursday night, down 31 and 25 percent from last year while soliciting 50 percent more donations (totaling $31.5 million).

Opening the Peacock’s night, Strong (2.6 mil/0.7) was up a tenth.

Over on ABC, 500 Questions opened Season 2 with 5.2 million viewers and a 0.8 rating, followed by 4.9 mil/0.9 — down in the demo from last year’s in-season debut (5.1 mil/1.2), but more on par with its year-ago, post-sweeps numbers (4.6 mil/1.0).

Fox’s Bones (4.5 mil/0.8) drew its largest audience since Dec. 10 while dipping a tenth in the demo with its first post-sweeps outing. American Grit (1.8 mil/0.5) also ticked down.

CBS’ Big Bang Theory rerun easily led Thursday with 7.2 million total viewers and a 1.4 demo rating.

Reruns of Legends of Tomorrow (861K/0.2) and The Flash (1.1 mil/0.3) rounded out the night for the CW.

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.229 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 803,000
- Match Made in Heaven (WE): 469,000
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 317,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 304,000

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posted 5/27/16

ITV Gets "Trapped"
Possessed to Produce New Series "Cash Trapped"
From World Screen

ITV Daytime has tapped Possessed to produce the new quiz show Cash Trapped, which is due to air later this year.

Cash Trapped is a new ten-episode quiz show based on an original idea from Bradley Walsh, who serves as host. On the show, six contestants face off in a series of faced-paced question rounds as they try to sabotage their opponents. At the end of each episode, the player who has earned the most cash takes on the other five contestants for the right to add more money to their winnings. If the player fails to win all of the money, everyone will remain “cash trapped” and will return to battle it out on another episode.

The show is produced by Possessed, the ITV Studios entertainment production label set up by Glenn Hugill. Cash Trapped was commissioned by ITV’s director of Daytime, Helen Warner, and is executive produced by Hugill and produced by Sarah Timbury. It will be distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

Hugill, the managing director of Possessed, said: “Cash Trapped is addictive play along; fast, tactical and laced with original, tense reality. Best of all, it is based on a game that Bradley came up with himself and has played with his friends and family for years.”

Helen Warner, ITV’s director of Daytime, added: “Glenn Hugill and the team at Possessed have taken Bradley’s brilliant idea and turned it into a really compelling TV game show. We all loved the pilot episode and are delighted to have it in our schedule.”

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posted 5/27/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Shaky Ground"

  • LIST ABUSE: 8 ways to fix "The Voice" (TV Line)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation (TV Insider)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ken Jennings (TV Insider)

posted 5/27/16

Bravo Gets Back in the Game
On Tap: "I'd Kill for That"
From Variety

Bravo is beefing up their development slate with seven new unscripted series, including a new Andy Cohen celebrity-filled project, “Look Who’s Hosting Live.”

The new development slate also includes a show hosted by “Million Dollar Listing New York” star Ryan Serhant, a new real estate show and even a game show.

“With this development slate, we are building on Bravo’s robust and successful tradition of buzzy, unique format shows,” said Lara Spotts, Bravo’s SVP of Development.. “It’s a diverse collection of shows which all include the signature Bravo wink and delicious drama that our viewers love to unwind to.”

Bravo is home to mostly unscripted shows, including the popular “Real Housewives” franchise,” which recently expanded with installments in Potomac and Dallas. The NBCUniversal cabler broke into scripted programming with dramedy “Girlfriends Guide to Divorce,” which just landed a mega three-season renewal, then comedy “Odd Mom Out,” and a new scripted series “My So Called Wife” was recently greenlit. The cable net has been picking up ratings steam lately from “Real Housewives of New York City” and another reality series “Southern Charm.” With the slew of development projects announced today, Bravo is placing a continued effort on expanding the unscripted pop culture and lifestyle genre in which they’ve had much success.

“Real Estate Wars”

Two rival real estate agencies in Orange County, California will go head to head in the ultimate competition for pride and prize to see who can sell the most property in six months. Each agency will build an all-star team as they battle for listings and fight for sales of some of the country’s most enviable estates. With egos on the line, this showdown is less about winning and more about proving who runs this city.

Produced by World of Wonder. Exec producers are Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey, Tom Campbell and Elise Duran.

“I’d Kill for That”

“Double Dare” meets Dolce & Gabbana and “Wipeout” meets Wang in this physical game show that tests how far you would go to win a Birkin bag, Louboutins worn by a coveted Bravolebrity or the latest ‘it’ watch. Each week, friends, co-workers and family members will compete against each other in a series of trivia, brain teasers and hilarious physical obstacles in hopes of winning an enviable object of their desire.

Produced by Embassy Row. Exec producers are Michael Davies, plus Realizer Productions’ Matt Berkowitz and Shauna Minoprio.

Variety

posted 5/26/16

"Runway" Gets Longer
Lifetime Reups Mothership, "All Stars", "Junior"
From Deadline

Eight years ago, Project Runway made waves in the unscripted world, moving from its original home Bravo to Lifetime to put the female-focused cable network on the reality map. The show’s deal was coming up again this year, and I hear there was interest from other networks, but the reality staple is not going anywhere. In a big, multi-show deal between Lifetime and The Weinstein Company valued at about $50 million, including a TWC movie package, the network has renewed the mothership series Project Runway for three more seasons (Seasons 16 – 18), and its spinoffs Project Runway All Stars for two (6 and 7) and Project Runway: Junior for one (3). Additionally, Lifetime has picked up to series the latest fashion reality project from TWC, Fashion Inc.

Fourteen seasons in, Project Runway continues to be a potent ratings performer. The most recent Season 14 finale last fall drew 2.52 million viewers in Live+same day and delivered some of the show’s best numbers in target demos in two years. In adults 25-54 (0.99) and women 25-54, Project Runway had not fared better since the show’s Season 12 finale in 2013. Additionally, Project Runway has garnered a best reality competition series Emmy nomination every years since its launch, along with multiple noms for hosts Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn.

“Project Runway is a great franchise,” A+E president and CEO Nancy Dubuc said. “It’s got an incredibly loyal audience, it’s a brand unto itself, and it has all these Emmy nominations. We have a great relationship with Harvey, Heidi and Tim, and I’m glad its home will be here for many years to come.”

Deadline
TV Line

posted 5/26/16

WEDNESDAY: And That's the Season
NBC Wins the Night, but CBS Wins the Season
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.053 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the network to beat on the final night of the May sweeps period with the season finales of "Heartbeat" (4.220 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.085 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "Chicago PD" (6.856 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

CBS (5.825 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) then was the number two draw with its combination of a primetime "The Price Is Right" (6.681 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), a new "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (5.610 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and the season finale of "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (5.185 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Next up was ABC (4.219 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and the feature "Finding Nemo" (4.243 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) followed by the season finale of "Nashville" (4.172 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.275 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up the season finale of "Rosewood" (3.437 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and the return of "Wayward Pines" (3.113 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

And finally, the season finales of "Arrow" (2.207 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "Supernatural" (1.866 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) on The CW (2.036 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- The Challenge: Rivals III (MTV): 841,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 444,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 396,000

The Futon Critic
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posted 5/26/16

Stephen Mulhern Goes For It
ITV Greenlights New Series from Potato
From ITV Press Centre

This Autumn, ITV will showcase the weird and wonderful with the arrival of a brand new skill based game show called Go For It.

Made for the channel by Potato (Ninja Warrior, The Chase), the show will be hosted by Stephen Mulhern.

Go For It aims to discover the weirdest and most unique skills that our nation has to offer and then put them to the test.

For example, only in the UK could someone guess people’s weight just by lifting them, or name 20 breeds of goat just by milking them or even recognise 30 types of wood whilst blindfolded simply by smell alone.

Each show will put these unbelievable and quirky skills to the test, will they make the nation gasp, laugh or just shock them into silence?!

Each of the challengers will get the chance to show off to the nation and get £1000 in cash if they successfully complete their unusual skill on air.

Go For It is a Potato production based on Talpa’s Challenge Me! format, which has already been produced in USA, Netherlands and Ukraine. The Executive Producers are Michael Kelpie, Martin Scott and Rachael Parker. The show has been commissioned by ITV’s Head of Comedy Entertainment, Peter Davey and ITV’s Entertainment Commissioner Asif Zubairy.

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posted 5/26/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "De-Coupled for a Night"

  • Terence J trades in two women for 51, hosting Miss USA (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Artem Chingvintsev is dating a "Chicago Med" actress.... the doctor will see you now (People)
     

  • WHY THE (BLEEP!) IS THIS NEWS?!: Honestly, can we go one superchamp without calling him "controversial" or "polarizing"? It's ANNOYING. (JPUpdates)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jane Lynch (OregonLive)

posted 5/26/16


The Wrap
"Dating Naked" Gets A New Host
Rocsi Diaz to Helm the Series June 29
From the Futon Critic

VH1 turns up the heat as the network's provocative reality dating series "Dating Naked" returns for a third season on Wednesday June 29th at 9:00 PM ET/PT. Hosted by Rocsi Diaz, this season once again features two main daters, David and Natalie, as they search for love on a tropical island paradise. Shot on location in Bora Bora, the two explore the art of romance, free of preconceived notions, stereotypes - and clothes. Each week, two new men and women will strip down for a shot at igniting a spark with our primary daters - but in the end, only one can win their hearts. Over the course of 12 one-hour episodes the competition gets HOT as sexy new singles arrive on the island each week, vying for David and Natalie's affections. Produced by Lighthearted Entertainment and VH1, "Dating Naked" season 3 premieres Wednesday, June 29th at 9:00 PM ET/PT on VH1.

The Futon Critic
Entertainment Weekly
The Wrap
VH1

posted 5/25/16

Spike's Idea of a Family Game Show
Project from A. Smith & Co. Greenlit
From AV Club

Finally, there’s a game show that prizes skills we all have in ready abundance: awkwardly talking to our families, revealing long-kept, embarrassing secrets, and pissing each other off. Spike has announced that it’s taking a break from its busy work rescuing bars and getting celebrities to pretend to be other, more musical celebrities, in order to make its first foray into the world of game shows. According to Deadline, the network is fast-tracking an untitled series in which parents and their adult children can publicly destroy their relationships in exchange for cash.

Developed by the production company behind Hell’s Kitchen and American Ninja Warrior, the series will force people to navigate an obstacle course even more perilous than the latter show’s collection of giant foam pads, swimming pools, and surplus American Gladiator equipment: talking to their mom or dad. Parent-child teams will compete to see who can identify the real secrets or revelations from their loved ones from a list of fake ones, ensuring that, win or lose, something embarrassing will likely be revealed.

AV Club
Deadline
Uproxx

posted 5/25/16

Napa Gets Chopped
Grill Masters Tournament Set for July
From the Futon Critic

Chopped is heading outdoors to beautiful Beringer Vineyards, located in Napa Valley, California, as sixteen grilling experts compete in Chopped Grill Masters Napa, premiering Tuesday, July 5th at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. Hosted by Ted Allen, this special five-part themed tournament includes sixteen grilling professionals from around the country facing off for a chance at a $50,000 grand prize. Each episode includes four chefs competing over three rounds, with recurring Chopped and special guest judges deciding the fates for each pro. The winner from each heat wins $10,000 and a spot in the grand finale, to see who will walk away with $50,000 more.

"These talented Grill Masters are dropped into the beautiful wine country of Napa Valley, with their grills fired up to face some of the toughest mystery baskets yet," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel. "With world-class judges watching their every move in this intense outdoor competition, these pros have to prove they have what it takes for a chance at $50,000."

With access to an outdoor kitchen of ingredients and armed with charcoal and propane grills, as well as a smoker at each cooking station, the sixteen competitors must incorporate mandatory ingredients from the mystery baskets through three rounds - appetizer, entrée and dessert - showcasing their grilling skills to create unique and savory dishes. Over five episodes these grill pros must not only battle each other, but also take on the elements as they face the intensity of the heat from the grills and weather, along with some surprise appearances from bees that make cooking outside that much more challenging.

Get more from the Chopped Grill Masters Napa tournament at FoodNetwork.com/Chopped, where you'll uncover photo and video highlights and hear from the winners. Join in on all the fun at #Chopped.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/25/16

TUESDAY: Over in a Flash
"The Voice", NBC Dominate the Field
From TV Line

After settling for a tie with ABC’s Bachelorette on Monday, NBC’s The Voice easily topped Dancing With the Stars on Tuesday, in a battle of championship ceremonies.

The Voice led the night in both measures with 10.4 million total viewers and a 2.1 demo rating, though down 18 and 28 percent from its previous coronation ceremony. DWTS meanwhile drew 10.3 mil and a 1.6, hitting and tying season lows and dropping 24 and 33 percent from its previous Mirror Ball Trophy hand-off.

Opening ABC’s night, Fresh Off the Boat‘s season finale (4.9 mil/1.2) saw its best audience since Feb. 2 while rising a tenth in the demo. Real O’Neals (4.2 mil/1.0) also ticked up.

Elsewhere in the ratings….

THE CW | The Flash (3.3 mil/1.2) dipped a tenth week-to-week and was off 15 and 20 percent from its freshman finale. Containment (1.5 mil/0.5) was steady.

CBS | The Price Is Right (6.4 mil/1.1) slipped two tenths from Monday’s primetime edition. A double pump of Person of Interest did 5.3 mil/0.9 and 4.9 mil/0.9, both down from last Tuesday’s NCISes-assisted 7 mil/1.1.

FOX | Hotel Hell (2.5 mil/0.8) dropped hard from its previous, long-ago season premiere (4 mil/1.5). Coupled (1.3 mil/0.5) dropped some eyeballs vs. its debut but was steady in the demo.

On cable...
- The Dunk King (TNT/SF): 2.109 million
- Ink Master (Spike/SF): 1.161 million
- Chopped Junior (Food): 904,000
- Chopped (Food): 850,000
- First Impressions (USA): 454,000
- America's Greatest Makers (TBS/SF): 378,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 337,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 288,000
- Separation Anxiety (TBS): 263,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 243,000

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/25/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "And That's the Season"

  • ICYMI: a comedy legend plays @midnight (Nerdist)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Wheel ended somewhat unexpectedly tonight (Entertainment Weekly) (SPOILERS AHEAD!)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ken Jennings (TV Insider)

posted 5/25/16


CBS/Fremantle Media North America
MONDAY: When "Price" Gets Real
CBS Places On the Map, But Night Belonged to Finales
From Zap2it

ABC (8.536 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) pulled into the top spot among adults 18-49 with a new "Dancing with the Stars" (12.139 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T2) and the return of "The Bachelorette" (6.734 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1).

NBC (8.714 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then had to settle for second place with a new "The Voice" (10.056 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T2) and the season finale of "Blindspot" (6.031 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4).

Next up was CBS (5.400 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its combination of a primetime "The Price Is Right" (6.188 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), a new "The Odd Couple" (4.574 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7), the season finale of "The Odd Couple" (4.564 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and a new "Person of Interest" (5.443 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.105 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up the season finale of "Gotham" (3.611 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and an original "Houdini & Doyle" (2.598 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10).

And finally, a new "Reign" (0.986 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) led into the return of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.275 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and a second "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.462 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) on The CW (1.177 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Kids BBQ Championship (Food/P): 773,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 315,000

Zap2it
Channel Guide
The Hollywood Reporter
Yahoo
Albany Herald
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/24/16

SYNDIES: Week 35
Results for the Week Ending May 15
From TV News Check

As expected, ratings for Live with Kelly & Michael jumped in co-host Michael Strahan’s bittersweet final week. However, it was not enough to overtake talk show leader Dr. Phil.

In the second full session of the May sweep ending May 15, Phil, which has been the top talker for 18 of the past 19 weeks (with one tie), rolled to a first-place 3.4 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating , up 6% for both the week and the year, and its strongest showing since the February sweep. Phil was also No. 1 in talk among women 25-54, adding 7% to deliver a 1.6 in the key demo.

Family Feud was unchanged at a 7.0, but easily won the game show race for the third straight week.

GAME SHOWS

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.0 NC
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.3 NC
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.0 +2%
4. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.4 NC
5. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.3 NC

TV Newscheck

posted 5/24/16

WEEKEND: Superstar Friday
CBS, ABC Split Finale Friday
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.887 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) took home the demo honors on Friday with its mix of "Beyond the Tank" (3.910 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), the season finale of "Shark Tank" (5.458 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) and "20/20" (5.294 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1).

NBC (4.173 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the number two draw with a new "Grimm" (4.125 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) followed by the season finale of "Grimm" (4.148 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and "Dateline NBC" (4.247 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

Next up was CBS (5.016 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its combination of "New I Love Lucy Superstar Special" (5.430 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), a special "Undercover Boss" (4.030 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and a repeat "Blue Bloods" (5.587 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.944 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up the feature "Easy A" (1.944 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10).

And finally, the return of "Masters of Illusion" (1.492 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), a second "Masters of Illusion" (1.395 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and the season finale of "The Originals" (0.943 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) on The CW (1.193 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable Friday...
- Binge Thinking (MTV2): 124,000

On cable Sunday...
- The Dunk King (TNT): 1.777 million
- Food Network Star (Food/SP): 1.640 million
- Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen (Food/S): 1.448 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 894,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/24/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Light at the End of the Tunnel"

  • And for the second time in four years, America's Most Watched Network is... (Deadline)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Craig Ferguson wants to be King George (Broadway World)
     

  • Ashley Hebert, JP Rosenbaum got a blessing coming down (Instagram)
     

  • Prepare for The Most Dramatic Season of "The Bachelorette" Ever! Chris Harrison means it this time! (Yahoo!)
     

  • Blake Shelton calls dating Gwen Stefani "odd... but fun." (Reality TV World)
     

  • Vernon Kay recalls doing "Million Dollar Mindgame" in a London accent. No seriously. (Radio X)
     

  • Esquire Network to marathon "Ninja Warrior" all weekend (The Futon Critic)
     

  • IN MEMORIAM: Jeanne Parr (1924-2016) (Fox News) on "What's My Line" from 1966 (YouTube)

posted 5/24/16

Coren Gets "500 Questions".... No, Not That One
Giles Coren to Host UK Edition of ABC Series
From Digital Spy

Giles Coren is fronting ITV's brand new quiz show.

500 Questions is coming to the channel, following its successful launch in the US last year.

Giles Coren is presenting a UK adaptation of the reality competition produced by Celebrity Apprentice, The Voice US and Survivor heavy-hitter Mark Burnett.

The gruelling game tests contestants' trivia knowledge by relentlessly tossing tough questions at them - with no outside lifelines, hints or other helpful twists used on other game shows.

Each contestant is under constant threat of elimination if they ever get three questions in a row incorrect.

"500 Questions is a show that genuinely acknowledges intelligence and tactics," Coren has said.

"To win you have to be resilient and you have to be smart. It feels exciting and original… and the questions really are tough."

ITV will premiere the debut series of 500 Questions later this year.

Digital Spy
ITV
ATV Today

posted 5/23/16

"Carpool Karaoke" Is Open
CBS Announces Format Rights
From The Futon Critic

CBS Studios International along with Fulwell 73, today announced that CARPOOL KARAOKE, the global viral video sensation broadcast on CBS's THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN, is now available as a format to international broadcasters.

The CARPOOL KARAOKE segment is the most social hit ever on U.S. late night television, with almost 600 million views on YouTube since its inception only a year ago. The show has quickly become known for attracting the world's biggest stars including Adele and Justin Bieber, whose CARPOOL KARAOKE segments are currently the #1 and #2 most watched Late Night clips on YouTube*, along with Jennifer Lopez, Stevie Wonder, Gwen Stefani, Elton John and One Direction.

In each 30 or 60 minute episode the host of the show picks up a singer or celebrity and drives them in a Carpool Karaoke car, specially fitted with state of the art cameras, ready to capture the fun.

For broadcasters, the CARPOOL KARAOKE format creates a more intimate environment for interviews and at the same time gives an audience their favorite music of all time. A combination of music, comedy and documentary makes CARPOOL KARAOKE one of the world's most talked about shows.

"Ever since CARPOOL KARAOKE has aired as part of THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN, the requests for the format have been overwhelming," said Paul Gilbert, Senior Vice President of International Formats, CBS Studios International. "International broadcasters can now leverage CARPOOL KARAOKE's huge digital and broadcast success for their own local viewers."

"This is a very exciting format, one which gets the best interviews, and fun, out of every guest that appears, due to its most intimate setting," said Ben Winston, Executive Producer, THE LATE LATE with JAMES CORDEN, co-director of production company Fulwell 73.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/23/16

"Biggest Loser" Is in Big Trouble... Allegedly
Contestants Claim They Were Encouraged to Starve, Take Drugs
From Philly.com

Over the weekend, a New York Post report surfaced in which a former "The Biggest Loser" contestant claimed she was forced to use weight-loss drugs in order to shed pounds on the NBC reality show.

The producers of the show, however, have denied any such activity in a statement on Monday.

"The safety and well-being of our contestants is, and has always been, paramount," reads the statement from "The Biggest Loser" producers. "Contestants are told at the start of the show that there is zero tolerance for any weight loss drugs. We prohibit the use of any illegal substances, in addition to the many other rules and procedures of the show that are designed to ensure safety."

The Post report, which followed the release of a six-year study that found that most former contestants gain a significant amount of weight back after leaving the show, quotes former contestant Joelle Gwynn, who made explosive claims about the show and trainer Bob Harper in particular.

"Bob Harper was my trainer," she said in the report. "He goes away and his assistant comes in. He's got this brown paper bag that's bundled up. He says, 'Take this drug, it'll really help you.' It was yellow and black. I was like, 'What the f-k is this?'"

Gwynn went on to say that she felt "jittery and hyper." "I went and told the sports medicine guy," she continued. "The next day, Dr. H [the show's resident doctor, Dr. Rob Huizenga] gave us some lame explanation of why they got added to our regimen and that it was up to us to take them."

"People chastise Bill Cosby for allegedly offering meds to women, but it's acceptable to do to fat people to make them lose weight," Gwynn said. "I feel like we got raped, too"

Suzanne Mendonca, a contestant in season two, also said in the report that contestants would go to extremes to lose weight. She said they would utilize "amphetamines, water pills, diuretics, and throw up in the bathroom," and claimed that Harper in particular told people to vomit to lose weight. "I vomited every single day," she said.

Huizenga also denied these claims, telling the Post that contestants "rarely" get to the point of dizziness. "Furthermore, I educate contestants that proper caloric intake is essential to fat loss both over the short and long term," he added.

Several former "Biggest Loser" contestants also jumped to defend the show. Vencent Van-Zant Hickerson of season 12 posted on his Facebook page that "Biggest Loser" never asked him to use any drugs.

Philly.com
Moviefone
Fortune

posted 5/23/16


Disney-ABC Domestic TV
Vega$
"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" Moves to Vegas for Season 15
From The Futon Critic

The long-running, popular game show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" is moving its production to the bright lights of Las Vegas, Nevada, beginning with the upcoming 2016-2017 season. Hosted by Chris Harrison, "Millionaire" will tape its shows at Bally's Las Vegas in front of a live studio audience. Entering its 15th season in national syndication, "Millionaire" will premiere on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2016.

Las Vegas is one of the premier entertainment capitals of the world. Millions have been entertained over the years at Bally's Las Vegas, which now will become the new home of "Millionaire."

"Millionaire" features contestants from all over the country and from all walks of life, and remains a game in which anyone can walk in and win big. In the show's classic format, contestants must answer 14 trivia questions correctly with the aid of three lifelines - Ask the Audience, Plus One and 50/50 - in order to win $1 million. Contestants also can win big as they navigate their way up the ladder, as the tension and difficulty build with each question, along with the prize money. Since the show debuted in syndication in 2002, contestants have won nearly $95 million.

For the last two seasons, "Millionaire" has taped at the Connecticut Film Center in Stamford. Before that, and since its US premiere in 1999, the show has originated from New York City, first at ABC Television Center and then at Metropolis Studios at 106 & Park.

The Futon Critic
Stamford Advocate
KTNV Las Vegas
TV Newscheck
Broadway World
TBI Vision

posted 5/23/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Jackpot Summer"

  • The primetime game show's relationship with the off-season (The Guardian)
     

  • Family Feud: 40 years with no sign of slowing (B&C)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 unforgettable performances from the last season of "The Voice" (TV Line)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Adam Levine (TV Insider)

posted 5/23/16

THURSDAY: The Beginning of the End
Final Thursday of the Season Goes to CBS, ABC
From the Futon Critic

CBS (6.339 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) was the most-watched network on Thursday with its mix of a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (8.445 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), followed by a new "The Odd Couple" (7.170 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), the season finale of "Mom" (7.997 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), a second "The Odd Couple" (6.059 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5) and "Rush Hour" (4.181 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

ABC (5.418 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with the season finale of "Grey's Anatomy" (8.122 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1), a new "The Catch" (4.129 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and the season finale of "The Catch" (4.003 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Next up was NBC (4.182 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with a new "STRONG" (2.507 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) alongside the season finale of "The Blacklist" (6.709 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6) and an original "Game of Silence" (3.330 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.091 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Bones" (4.189 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "American Grit" (1.994 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

And finally, the season finales of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.871 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "The 100" (1.311 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) on The CW (1.591 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.756 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 984,000
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 857,000
- Match Made in Heaven (WE/SP): 490,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 345,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/20/16

WEDNESDAY: Can't Survive an Empire?
Fox, CBS Split Night
From The Futon Critic

Survivor's upcoming 33rd edition will be titled Survivor: Millennials vs Gen X.

CBS made the announcement and introduced the new format during Wednesday night's live reunion show for Survivor: Kaoh Rong -- Brains vs Brawn vs Beauty. The new season will debut in Fall 2016 and continue to air on Wednesday nights from 8-9PM ET/PT.

"For its 33rd season, Survivor will put 20 new castaways to the ultimate test to prove which generation has what it takes to outwit, outplay and outlast. It's Survivor: Millennials vs Gen X," Probst said in the season's first promo video.

FOX (7.735 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) was the demo champ once again on Wednesday with a new "Rosewood" (4.692 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8) and the season finale of "Empire" (10.778 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1).

CBS (8.655 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then claimed the silver with the finale to "Survivor: Kaoh Rong" (9.566 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T2) alongside the "Survivor: Kaoh Rong Reunion" (6.835 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T6).

Next up was ABC (5.394 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with the season finales of "The Middle" (6.668 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5), "The Goldbergs" (6.322 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4), "Modern Family" (6.789 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T2) and "Black-ish" (5.090 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T6) plus a new "Nashville" (3.748 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.450 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up originals from "Heartbeat" (3.844 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.626 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10) and "Chicago PD" (6.882 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (2.152 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Supernatural" (1.917 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) on The CW (2.035 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- The Dunk King (TNT/P): 1.691 million
- The Challenge: Rivals III (MTV): 735,000
- Skin Wars (GSN): 392,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 361,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 354,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Reality TV World

posted 5/20/16


Fox
UPFRONTS: Fox
"Hell's Kitchen" Returns Fall; "Kitchen Rules", "MasterChef Jr.", "Kicking & Screaming" Held to Midseason
From TV Insider

Fox is going with the familiar in its fall schedule.

The network is opting to only schedule three new shows in 2016, with dramas Lethal Weapon, The Exorcist and comedy Son of Zorn getting the nod. They join returning shows Gotham, Lucifer, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, New Girl, Scream Queens, Empire, Rosewood, Bones, Hell's Kitchen, Bob's Burgers, The Simpsons, Family Guy and The Last Man on Earth on the fall schedule.

Dramas Pitch, Star, APB, Shots Fired and the Prison Break revival, as well as comedies The Mick and Making History are set to launch at midseason. Sleepy Hollow is also set to return in 2017.

24: Legacy is set to make a big splash, as it gets the coveted post-Super Bowl time slot.

As it stands, Fox is set to air nearly 90 percent original programming in the 2016-2017 season. “Next season on Fox, we’ll have more original programming across our schedule than ever before,” said Dana Walden and Gary Newman, chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group, in a statement. “We’ll use our strong established hits in the fall and Super Bowl LI in winter to launch a diverse slate of shows that are unmistakably Fox. We’re proud of our new series, directed and created by some of the most celebrated talent in the entertainment industry. And, we are pleased to be returning to our schedule many of our most beloved shows, including broadcast’s No. 1 series, Empire.”

"My Kitchen Rules", the celebrity dinner party competition, and "Kicking & Screaming", the endurance challenge that pairs pampered participants with seasoned survivalists, will join "MasterChef Junior" in midseason.

UPDATE: New drama PITCH will move up to air Thursdays in Fall 2016, the Farewell 12th season of BONES will air Thursdays in Winter 2017 and PRISON BREAK will air Tuesdays in Spring 2017.

The Futon Critic
TV Line
TV Insider
The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 5/20/16

Exit Mather, Enter Ormerod
Shakeup at Endemol Shine UK
From Realscreen

Changes are once again afoot at Endemol Shine UK’s central creative team.

Nick Mather, creative director of the team, is stepping down and will leave the company later this year. The exec, who first joined Endemol in 2000 as a creative intern, will be replaced by Jamie Ormerod, current head of entertainment and formats with the central creative team.

After joining Endemol in 2000, Mather went on to board the BBC’s development team before returning to Endemol UK in 2005. During his tenure at the company, he has held a number of senior creative roles, and served as joint MD of Remarkable Television from 2013 before assuming his current post as creative director of the central creative team – a unit of development executives that also houses the creative intern scheme – in 2015.

The exec’s credits at Endemol include co-creating BBC1 game show Pointless as well as ITV2′s The Almost Impossible Game Show. He also developed BBC1′s 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show and ITV’s The Whole 19 Yards and Golden Balls.

Mather said in a statement that “the time feels right to take on a new challenge.”

Ormerod, meanwhile, also began at Endemol as a creative intern, first joining in 2005. He held several creative roles at the BBC and RDF from 2010 onwards, with development credits including BBC2′s Class Dismissed with Frank Skinner, BBC3′s 24 Hour Panel People and BBC1′s Epic Win and That Puppet Game Show. He series produced the latter with The Jim Henson Company before becoming the executive producer for comedy entertainment at BBC Productions.

Ormerod returned to Endemol in 2014 as head of development at Remarkable Television and last year joined Mather when he moved to the central creative team.

“Nick’s always been hugely supportive of me and together we’ve built a brilliant department that houses some of the best young creatives in the industry,” said Ormerod. “Needless to say, I’m very excited to be stepping up to this new role and to lead the team I began my career with.”

Realscreen
Worldscreen

posted 5/20/16


Sony Pictures TV
"Wheel", "Jeopardy!" Heading Back to Germany
"Glucksrad", "Riskant!" to Be Revived After a Decade
From Realscreen

American game show staples Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy are returning to German television after a 10-year hiatus.

Distributor Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has sold the formats to commercial television operator RTL to air on new channel RTL Plus, which launches June 1.

The network has ordered 60 episodes of each show. Both are scheduled to begin production over the summer and are to air in the fall.

“We absolutely love game shows and believe Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy fill a huge gap in the current market, and appeal to both those who fondly recall the original runs as well as viewers who’ve never seen the shows,” Astrid Quentell, SPT Germany MD, said in a statement.

Quentell will exec produce both shows alongside Henning Pelkmann.

Realscreen
Worldscreen
TBI Vision

posted 5/20/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Hollow Performance"

  • What you won't see on "The Voice" finale: Christina Aguilera performing with Whitney Houston's ghost (People)
     

  • Ben Higgins & Lauren Bushnell want to get married "very soon".... on television (Us Magazine)
     

  • Melissa Rycroft's a mother (Twitter @MelissaRycroft)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: Survivor meets Price Is Right (Entertainment Weekly)
     

  • Adam Levine won't be playing North Carolina. North Carolina knows what it did. (CNN)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Blake Shelton (Reality TV World)

posted 5/20/16


CW
UPFRONTS: The CW
... No Games Yet, but for Sake of Completeness...
From TV Insider

The CW's comic book portfolio continues to grow with the addition of Supergirl this fall and Riverdale (based on Archie Comics characters) coming at midseason. The network will unveil its 2016-17 schedule Thursday morning at its upfront presentation in New York.

Also on the roster for this fall is the drama Frequency, an update on the 2000 feature film about daughter who can communicate with her deceased dad 20 years in the past; and No Tomorrow, a romantic comedy set against an impending apocalypse. Frequency will air Wednesdays at 9/8c (after Arrow), while No Tomorrow will follow The Flash on Tuesdays at 9/8c.

Supernatural, the last remaining series from The WB network, will move to Thursday nights at 9/8c for its 12th (!) season, following DC's Legends of Tomorrow.

Supergirl, which is jumping to The CW after its first season on sister-network CBS, will stay in the same Mondays-at-8/7c timeslot of its freshman year. The DC Comics hero will be paired with critical darling Jane the Virgin (9/8c). That means Crazy Ex-Girlfriend had to find a new home: Fridays at 9/8c, after The Vampire Diaries. The Originals’ fourth season will hold until midseason, along with returning series The 100, iZombie, Reign and the much-buzzed about new drama Riverdale, which reimagines the classic comic book world of Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and Co.

TV Insider
TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 5/19/16

TUESDAY: Exit DiNozzo
CBS Wins on Michael Weatherly's Final Episode
From The Futon Critic

CBS (12.634 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday with the season finales of "NCIS" (17.617 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (13.186 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) plus a new "Person of Interest" (7.100 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

The silver then went to NBC (8.176 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) with a new "The Voice" (8.900 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) followed by the season finales of "Chicago Med" (7.774 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4) and "Chicago Fire" (7.853 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4).

Next up was ABC (3.269 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its lineup of "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.210 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "The Real O'Neals" (3.266 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (3.049 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and the season finale of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (3.019 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.367 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up originals from "The Flash" (3.347 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6) and "Containment" (1.387 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13).

And finally, FOX (3.299 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the evening with "Megyn Kelly Presents" (4.694 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12) and the launch of "Coupled" (1.905 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13).

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.190 million
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.109 million
- Chopped (Food): 1.009 million
- First Impressions (USA): 677,000
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 627,000
- America's Greatest Makers (TBS): 619,000
- Chasing Destiny (BET): 402,000
- Separation Anxiety (TBS): 377,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 342,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 334,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 287,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/19/16

Meet Holly's "Parents"
ITV's New Dating Show Has an Awkward Twist
From Metro

If you ever thought your parents were embarrassing, they might be about to get a whole lot worse – courtesy of a new game show fronted by Holly Willoughby.

Meet The Parents (no relation to the Ben Stiller movie) is a new show on its way from ITV, which will put your folks in the hotseat when it comes to choosing a date.

Described as a ‘dating show with a twist’ it’ll see a ‘picker’ asking the parents of prospective dates anything they like about them – and we do mean anything.

Yup, that’s certainly got the potential to get awkward. Oh and to make matters worse the potential dates will get to hear every word

‘We all know how embarrassing parents can be and nobody knows you better than they do,’ Holly explained.

Metro
Daily Express

posted 5/19/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "A Grit-ty Host"

  • The ESPYS have a host... AND HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA! (The Futon Critic)
     

  • ACTUAL HEADLINE: Are Advertisers "Game" for Sponsorships Again? (Media Village)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: the surprise is not that it's a dirty word. It's that it's LEGAL (Australian Times)

posted 5/19/16


CBS
UPFRONTS: CBS
"Survivor" Renewed, "Amazing Race" Held for Midseason
From TV Insider

CBS released their fall schedule at the annual "Lox with Les" breakfast meeting with chairman Les Moonves, programming chief Glenn Geller and scheduling head Kelly Kahl.

They introduced two comedy blocks, one on Mondays joins the established block on Thursdays. As in the past couple of seasons, The Big Bang Theory kicks off the Monday block until the network's Thursday Night Football block is over, then it moves back to Thursday. Kevin James' return to TV, Kevin Can Wait, launches behind TBBT on Monday, then moves to 8/7c, followed by the new Matt LeBlanc sitcom Man With a Plan.

The NCIS block gets broken up a bit, with New Orleans moving to 10/9c on Tuesday to make room for the new Michael Weatherly drama Bull. And on Thursdays, Joel McHale's The Great Indoors gets the coveted post TBBT slot after football is over with medical drama Pure Genius sliding in at 10/9c. The addition of the MacGyver remake is the Friday highlight.

As you'd expect from CBS, though, there's a lot of stability in the schedule, and there are a few shows, like the Katherine Heigl/Laverne Cox drama Doubt that are in reserve for midseason.

"Survivor" keeps its Wednesday 8p slot, while "The Amazing Race", long a Friday mainstay, is on hold until later in the season.

TV Insider
TV Line
Reality TV World
The Futon Critic

posted 5/18/16

Casting a ______
"Match Game" Now Casting
From PR

ABC's "Match Game" hosted by Alec Baldwin is now looking for clever and charismatic personalities, mainly in the NY/Tri-state area, to join in some fun on the ultimate version of “fill-in-the-blank” where they can win up to $25,000 in cash.

If you weren't a fit for "Pyramid", you can try your hand at this classic reboot. Casting director Sami Blumenthal suggests people have fun, be enthusiastic, be creative, and have a great sense of humor.

Taping begins in June. Casting begins right now at the link below.

CastingMatchGame.com

posted 5/18/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Shots Fired"

  • Paul Sinha enters the Chase/Pointless feud (The Daily Express)
     

  • ACTUAL HEADLINE: Celebrities Should Not Play Jeopardy! (Jezebel) Here's why. (Sports Illustrated)
     

  • Miley Cyrus predicts that there'll be a "love fest" between her & Alicia Keys on "The Voice" next season (Reality TV World)
     

  • Chris Harrison on "The Bachelorette": there will be crying (Entertainment Tonight)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: Simon Cowell plays the boss on "America's Got Talent" (TV Insider)

posted 5/18/16


ABC
UPFRONTS: ABC
"DWTS", "Bachelor", "Shark Tank" All on Board for Fall
From TV Insider

ABC released their fall schedule and descriptions of their new shows for 2016-17 today, and there are a few interesting surprises on this schedule, the first under new entertainment president Channing Dungey.

The first one is that, after seven seasons, The Middle is being moved out of its Wednesday timeslot to kick off a new comedy block on Tuesdays, along with new series American Housewife and returning shows Fresh Off The Boat and The Real O'Neals. The Goldbergs moves up to the 8/7c spot on Wednesdays, and the new Minnie Driver comedy Speechless takes the open spot.

Also a surprise: The TGIT block, previously dominated by Shonda Rhimes dramas, will be broken up in the fall, with Notorious sliding into Scandal's 9/8c spot, presumably with the latter show coming back later in the season after Kerry Washington's maternity leave. This also means that returning Rhimes drama The Catch and her new post-Romeo-and-Juliet themed drama Still Star-Crossed are pegged to midseason.

Also pegged for midseason: Downward Dog, Imaginary Mary and Time After Time.

"Dancing With The Stars", entering its 23rd season, "The Bachelor", entering season 21, and "Shark Tank", going into year 8, are all going to be on the new season's schedule in their usual time frames, with "The Bachelor" being held for midseason.

TV Insider
The Futon Critic

posted 5/17/16

SYNDIES: Week 34
Results for the Week Ending May 8
From TV News Check

Following an atypical prior week, Dr. Phil battled back to its usual spot atop the talk shows, and Judge Judy jumped back on top of the overall syndication chart in the first full frame of the May sweep, the session ending May 8.

Family Feud fell 1% to a 7.0, but won the game show race for the second week in a row, and finished second overall behind only Judy.

GAME SHOWS

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.0 -1%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.3 -5%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.9 -3%
4. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.4 NC
5. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.3 NC

TV Newscheck

posted 5/17/16

MONDAY: Post-Script
NBC, ABC Split on Series Finale of "Castle"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.034 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) led the demo charge on Monday with new episodes of "The Voice" (9.356 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Blindspot" (5.390 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

ABC (10.277 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then claimed the silver with a new "Dancing with the Stars" (11.534 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and the de facto series finale of "Castle" (7.764 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

Next up was CBS (6.592 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with a new "Mike & Molly" (7.744 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5) followed by the final "Mike & Molly" (8.319 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3), a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (7.172 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) and new episodes of "The Odd Couple" (5.709 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Person of Interest" (5.304 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.120 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up originals from "Gotham" (3.783 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Houdini & Doyle" (2.458 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

And finally, a new "Reign" (0.819 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and the season finale of "Jane the Virgin" (0.946 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) on The CW (0.882 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/17/16

WEEKEND: The Finish Line
CBS Wins Thanks to "Amazing Race", "Hawaii Five-0"
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.645 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) took home the top spot on Friday with the season finale of "The Amazing Race" (5.935 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), a new "Hawaii Five-0" (8.304 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and the season finale of "Hawaii Five-0" (8.697 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1).

ABC (4.431 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the number two draw with its trio of "Beyond the Tank" (3.506 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Shark Tank" (5.215 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) and "20/20" (4.575 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

Next up was NBC (3.469 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its mix of "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (2.949 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9), "Grimm" (3.326 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Dateline NBC" (4.134 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.720 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for the feature "Jumping the Broom" (1.720 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

And finally, the season finale of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.080 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) plus a new "The Originals" (0.794 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) on The CW (0.937 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Binge Thinking (MTV2): 150,000

On Food Network Sunday...
- 8p: Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen: 1.569 million
- 9p: Spring Baking Championship (SF): 1.681 million
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen: 935,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/17/16

Winsanity Beckons June 9
Catch A First Glimpse of GSN's New Quiz Show
From the Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, will debut its innovative new game show series, WINSANITY, on Thursday, June 9 at 9:00 pm ET/PT. The series, hosted by actor Donald Faison ("Scrubs"), is unique in that the game play offers the opportunity for prizes to be won not only by the contestants but also by the studio audience. GSN has also partnered with participation TV technology company iPowow to allow viewers to play along at home in real-time for a chance to win prizes throughout the season.

Each half-hour episode of WINSANITY features a contestant attempting to rank ten compelling and surprising facts in numerical order, from lowest to highest (i.e.: Which is greater: the number of marriages each year in the US, or the number of President Barack Obama's Twitter followers?). Every time a contestant is correct and wins a prize, so does a randomly selected portion of the studio audience. However, if a contestant gives a wrong answer at any point, they, and the audience lose everything, and a new contestant takes his or her place and continues the game, trying to win prizes that increase in value with each round.

"WINSANITY, hosted by the incredibly funny and energetic Donald Faison, is a high voltage viewer experience that has never been seen in cable television," said Amy Introcaso-Davis, EVP Programming and Development for GSN. "Everyone is a player and has an opportunity to win prizes, whether you're playing in the studio audience or at home on smartphone, tablet or laptop."

Faison, who will serve as host of the show, is best known to TV viewers for his long-running role on the hit TV series "Scrubs" and the classic teen film and TV series "Clueless." He also starred in the TV Land series "The Exes" and Pepsi's recent digital series, "Camp Halftime," part of their 2016 Super Bowl ad campaign and first-ever halftime show. A two-time winner of the BET Comedy Award, Faison has also been nominated multiple times for the NAACP Image Award and Teen Choice Awards.

Announcing will be Kira Soltanovich.

WINSANITY is produced by Electus for GSN. Executive producers are Chris Grant of Electus and Barry Poznick of Barracuda Television Productions, Inc.

The Futon Critic
TV Series Finale

posted 5/17/16

Canada's "Race" Returning
CTV to Air Season 4, Plus "Pyramid", "Ninja Warrior", "Match Game", "MasterChef", More
From Crave

CTV “is in it to win it” as the network unveiled its Summer 2016 schedule, including the announcement of four new programs and four returning hits.

Beginning June 26th, the competition ramps up on Sunday nights with the debut of the Emmy Award-winning race against the clock game show phenomenon $100,000 Pyramid, hosted by celebrated TV personality Michael Strahan (Live! With Kelly and Michael). Then, immediately after, contestants meet their match and attempt to fill-in the missing blanks in the premiere of Match Game, hosted by Golden Globe® and Emmy Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin (Still Alice).

The two new series join the previously announced pop culture juggernaut American Ninja Warrior (June 1st) and the timely docu-series O.J.: Made in America (June 11) on CTV’s leading summer schedule. Leading into the American Ninja Warrior season premiere, viewers can warm up with the series’ first-ever two-hour all-star special featuring two teams – selected by hosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila – that will go head-to-head for bragging rights and the championship trophy (May 29th).

With the starting line now within eye shot, Canada’s most-watched summer series for three years in a row hits the road for a brand new Season 4 of The Amazing Race Canada (June 28th). All-new seasons of summer favourites also make their triumphant return including the scandalous season premiere of Mistresses (May 30th); award-winning chefs Gordon Ramsay (Masterchef Junior) and Christina Tosi (Chopped) welcome 40 new home cooks into the Masterchef kitchen for Season 7 (June 1st).

Crave

posted 5/17/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Winners"

  • Burnie Burns liked Ashley Jenkins... so he put a ring on it (Reality TV World)
     

  • Divorce out of the question for the Osbournes (People)
     

  • Paul Sinha plays South Tyneside Comedy Festival (Sunderland Echo)
     

  • For Jamie Otis, third time's the charm, writing a book after being "Married at First Sight" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Ashley Spivey goes from "Bachelor" to "married" (Reality TV World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with reality TV's first alliance (AV Club)

posted 5/17/16


NBC
UPFRONTS: NBC
"Voice" Returns Fall; "Game Night", "Apprentice", "The Wall" Held to Midseason
From TV Insider

NBC unveiled its fall schedule on Sunday, and, given the network's overall good showing last season, it is fairly stable. With Sunday Night Football in place, though, it makes sense for the Peacock to keep things status quo; it's after football season when the network needs to add new programming. Because of this, only three new shows are debuting in the fall, with nine shows set to debut during midseason.

A few shows will be shifting around the schedule, though: Blindspot, the Monday freshman hit this past season, will move to Wednesdays at 8/7c, Superstore will kick off a new comedy hour on Thursdays at 8/7c, and Chicago Med moves to Thursdays at 9/8c (The Blacklist shifts to 10/9c to make room).

"The Voice" will take its usual spot on Mondays and Tuesdays in the fall, with new coaches Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys in tow. "The New Celebrity Apprentice", with new host Arnold Schwarzenegger, new entry "The Wall" from LeBron James & Chris Hardwick, and season 5 of "Hollywood Game Night" will be riding pine until at least after football.

TV Insider
TV Series Finale
The Futon Critic

posted 5/16/16

Jeopardy! Takes on Washington Insiders, Elites, the Blogosphere, Other Political Clichés
Power Players Week Begins
From WJLA Washington

You'll notice, this week, Alex Trebek isn't the only big name on the Jeopardy! set.

"I could pretend to say it's all in good fun, it's for charity, but I do want to destroy my opponents," journalist Anderson Cooper said laughing.

Well-known journalists, commentators, newsmakers, a best-selling author, and a politician hit the D.C. stage for several days of Jeopardy! Power Players tapings.

"We don't even play Trivial Pursuit in my house," journalist Lara Logan said, smiling. "We play Uno Attack. We shoot cards at each other out of a machine and rely on dumb luck!"

The group came to the Nation's Capital to play for the charity of their choice.

Viewers can see the big names buzzing in and creating laughs on the popular game show this week.

WJLA Washington

posted 5/16/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Playtime"

  • Gordon Ramsay made a small announcement as Kelly Ripa began the post-Strahan era (The Daily Beast)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (Examiner) and the Wheelmobile rolls into Kansas (Wichita Eagle)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Steve Harvey (Adweek)

posted 5/16/16

THURSDAY: The Season Finale Conundrum
CBS Rules Supreme; "STRONG" Gets a Slight Edge
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.935 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was still the network to beat on Thursday with the season finale of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.454 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) followed by new episodes of "The Odd Couple" (8.559 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6) and "Mom" (8.436 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3), the season finale of "2 Broke Girls" (7.040 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5) and an original "Rush Hour" (4.560 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

ABC (6.181 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was a close second with a new "Grey's Anatomy" (7.674 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), the season finale of "Scandal" (6.647 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3) and a new "The Catch" (4.221 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Next up was NBC (4.145 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with fresh installments from "STRONG" (2.600 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11), "The Blacklist" (6.442 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7) and "Game of Silence" (3.393 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.030 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up originals from "Bones" (4.166 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10) and "American Grit" (1.894 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

And finally, the penultimate weeks of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.877 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "The 100" (1.179 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) on The CW (1.528 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.579 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.027 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 996,000
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 368,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 314,000
- Man vs. Child Chef Showdown (FYI): 154,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/13/16

WEDNESDAY: Coming Up Rosewood
CBS, Fox Split Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (6.987 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) claimed the demo crown on Wednesday with new episodes from "Rosewood" (4.262 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and "Empire" (9.713 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1).

ABC (5.561 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the number two draw with its mix of "The Middle" (6.634 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5), "The Goldbergs" (6.131 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4), "Modern Family" (7.118 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T2), "Black-ish" (5.419 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5) and "Nashville" (4.033 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12).

Next up was CBS (7.113 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and its combination of "Survivor: Kaoh Rong" (9.429 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T2), "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (6.023 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and a second "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (5.887 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.650 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up originals from "Heartbeat" (4.307 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.957 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T7) and "Chicago PD" (6.686 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T7).

And finally, fresh installments of "Arrow" (2.196 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13) and "Supernatural" (1.753 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) on The CW (1.974 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- The Challenge: Rivals III (MTV): 704,000
- Skin Wars (GSN): 451,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 343,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 336,000

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/13/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "In or Out?"

  • Upfronts start next week... but what's coming back? (TV Insider)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Genius Jr. & America's Greatest Makers (Venertainment)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Rove McManus (The Australian)

posted 5/13/16

The Cake Hits the Fan... Again.
Food Network Drops Cake Wars June 6
From the Futon Critic

Cake Wars returns to Food Network on Monday, June 6th at 9:00pm ET/PT with freshly baked new episodes, where four bakers vie for the opportunity to display their extraordinary cake creations at a big event, and for the grand prize of $10,000! In each of the 13 hour-long episodes, host Jonathan Bennett tests the talents and imagination of the contestants in two rounds of specially-themed challenges, where they must race against time to design mind-blowing cakes that will impress with their taste and presentation. Only one winner will take the cake in this sweet competition!

Themes include Captain America, Spongebob Squarepants, Peanuts, How To Train Your Dragon, emoji, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's Cobra's Curse, Garfield, Beauty and the Beast, Halo, Madeline, Jelly Belly, Paddington, and Where's Waldo.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/12/16

Louis Walsh Signs Back on the X
Mentor Reportedly Signs Million Pound Deal
From Telly Mix

Louis Walsh has become the first rumored X Factor 2016 judge to officially sign up for the new series in a near-£1million deal, it is claimed.

According to The Mirror, the Irish music boss has agreed a fee worth "just shy of" seven figures for a comeback, one year after he was dumped from the ITV talent contest.

In a further bid to win Louis over, his pal Simon Cowell has promised to film a round of the upcoming televised auditions in Dublin for the first time in six years.

"The ink is just drying on Louis’ contract, as he put pen to paper this week," a source explained. "He’s really excited about returning, but one of his stipulations was that the X Factor returned to Ireland to scout talent because it was important to him.

"Simon knows he had to make amends for dropping him last series, which he has previously admitted was a mistake. So it was the least he could do to make Louis happy this season."

The X Factor hasn't held judge auditions in Ireland since its seventh series in 2010, which featured the likes of One Direction and Matt Cardle.

Earlier this week, Rita Ora confirmed her exit from the show, leaving Simon with three judging spots to fill. It was reported that Louis, Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne would join him on this year's panel, but The Mirror adds that the latter two are still in negotiations.

"Louis is the first judge to officially sign up," the mole added. "He is expecting to return with Nicole and Sharon, but their contracts have not been signed yet."

An X Factor spokesperson said only that this year's line-up is "yet to be confirmed".

Telly Mix

posted 5/12/16

Rebound Rebounds
ITV Quiz to Return for Second Season
From Telly Mix

ITV Daytime has re-commissioned a second series of Rebound, hosted by Good Morning Britain’s Sean Fletcher.

A fast paced, quick-fire game where speed and knowledge equal money, Season 1 of Rebound made its debut in August 2015.

Inspired by the bleep test, each episode sees six players challenged to think fast in order to defeat their rival opponents during a variety of Q&A battles, all before the feared ‘Rebound Bar’ flies across the studio floor and eliminates them from the game. The faster the players correctly answer, the more money they will earn.

Season 2 will air later this year and consist of 20 new episodes.

Host Sean Fletcher commented: “As soon as I heard the concept behind Rebound, I knew we were onto a winner, and my initial feelings were completely confirmed when we started recording the first series. So to be rebounding back with a second series is fantastic. I'm incredibly excited to be quiz master as a new set of contestants attempt to beat each other and the bar. There's something mesmeric about the game’s giant bar which piles the pressure on the competitors. It's going to be gripping, dramatic, and fun.”

“The bar is back and it’s a more formidable opponent than ever! We are so pleased that Rebound is ricocheting back to ITV for a second series of more tense and challenging gameplay,” added Suzy Lamb, Head of Entertainment, Thames and Executive Producer, Rebound.

Telly Mix

posted 5/12/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "See You On Another Network, Supergirl"

  • FIRST LOOK: "The Runner" (Go90, July 1) (Slate)
     

  • Bob Eubanks brings "Hollywood's Greatest Game Shows" to Deadwood (Black Hills to Go)
     

  • Even Bradley Walsh has bad days (Daily Star)
     

  • Big Brother UK promises that it will be "a different show" (Telly Mix)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with RuPaul (ABC News)

posted 5/12/16

TUESDAY: First Impressions First
Catch New Series on USA Tonight!
From Zap2it

CBS (12.007 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) was the top draw on Tuesday with its mix of "NCIS" (15.657 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1), "NCIS: New Orleans" (12.954 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3) and "Person of Interest" (7.412 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

NBC (8.273 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with fresh installments from "The Voice" (8.906 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "Chicago Med" (7.997 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3) and "Chicago Fire" (7.917 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3).

Next up was The CW (2.442 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with originals from "The Flash" (3.482 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6) and "Containment" (1.401 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.827 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) offered up new episodes from "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.920 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "The Real O'Neals" (3.173 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.928 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and its special "BattleBots: The Gears Awaken" (2.009 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

And finally, FOX (1.945 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) closed out the evening with a new "New Girl" (2.356 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) alongside the season finales of "Grandfathered" (1.644 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "New Girl" (2.172 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9) and "The Grinder" (1.606 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.153 million
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.103 million
- Chopped (Food): 1.040 million
- First Impressions (USA/P): 753,000
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 694,000
- America's Greatest Makers (TBS): 678,000
- Separation Anxiety (TBS): 421,000
- Chasing Destiny (BET): 390,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 346,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 333,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 322,000

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posted 5/11/16

SYNDIES: Week 33
Results for the Week Ending May 1
From TV NewsCheck

Talk shows, led by Live with Kelly & Michael, were the strongest performers in the week ending May 1, which included the first two days of the important May sweep survey period (April 28-May 25).

Live’s ratings rocketed 20% from the prior session to the top of the talk show ranks, and surged 24% from last year, the greatest annual improvement of any daytime strip, scoring a new season-high 3.6 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating. The show was also No. 1 among women 25-54, climbing 21% to a 1.7 in the key demo.

GAME SHOWS

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.1 +16%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.6 +5%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.1 +3%
4. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.4 +8%
5. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.3 NC

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posted 5/11/16

MONDAY: A Winning Combination... of Sorts
"Voice" Helps NBC, "Dancing" Helps ABC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.325 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) was still the demo champ on Monday with originals from "The Voice" (9.627 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and "Blindspot" (5.721 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6).

ABC (9.739 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the number two draw with its duo of "Dancing with the Stars" (11.180 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2) and "Castle" (6.858 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9).

Next up was CBS (6.725 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its mix of "Mike & Molly" (7.791 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4), another "Mike & Molly" (7.940 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (7.424 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5), "The Odd Couple" (5.828 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7) and "Person of Interest" (5.685 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.042 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Gotham" (3.677 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8) and "Houdini & Doyle" (2.408 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

And finally, new episodes of "Reign" (0.809 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.899 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) on The CW (0.853 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cupcake Wars (Food/SF): 598,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 247,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/10/16

More "Knockout", "Billy on the Street"
truTV Adds More Episodes
From the Futon Critic

As one of Turner's youngest, most socially-engaged networks, truTV enters the 2016-17 Upfront season with news of a robust slate that builds on its roster of original programming from some of the industry's freshest new comedic talent. First up, the network has greenlit three all-new series: Jon Glaser Loves Gear, Greatest Ever and Lifescaping (working title). truTV has also given the go-ahead to two new specials: The Problem with Apu (working title), a feature-length documentary from comedian Hari Kondabolu, and an-all new Impractical Jokers live special that will follow on the heels of last year's juggernaut live punishment event.

On the development front, the network has ordered a total of six new pilots, including two scripted offerings - Small Victories (working title), a comedy series about confronting everyday injustices written by and starring Melissa Hunter, and I'm Sorry (working title), a comedic look at confronting one's inner immaturity and neuroses written by and starring Andrea Savage. New unscripted pilots include untitled projects from Hari Kondabolu, Kevin Pereira and Olivia Lee, which all join an untitled project for a comedic news show created by Jena Friedman in development.

On the renewals side, truTV has ordered new seasons of Fameless and Hack My Life, as well as the previously-announced scripted comedy Those Who Can't, which recently completed its first season and will return later this year for season two. Additional episodes have also been ordered for two first-season series, Comedy Knockout and Rachel Dratch's Late Night Snack. These renewals join current series Adam Ruins Everything, Billy on the Street, Impractical Jokers and The Carbonaro Effect to round out the network's current slate of original programming.

"Having successfully re-launched truTV in 2014, we have now turned a corner when it comes to premium content," said network president Chris Linn. "The new truTV is built around compelling, creator-driven shows featuring clear points of view and unique takes on different topics and formats, all told through a strong comedic lens. Armed with this momentum and a fresh slate of programming from a diverse group of talent, we are building on a solid foundation and brand promise that is breaking through and clearly resonating with a growing audience of highly-coveted fans."

The Futon Critic

posted 5/10/16

WEEKEND: Eye Yi Yi
CBS Wins, and It's Not Even Close
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.856 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the top draw on Friday with its mix of "The Amazing Race" (5.272 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.419 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and the season finale of "Blue Bloods" (9.878 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2).

ABC (4.697 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a close second place with the relocated "Beyond the Tank" (3.561 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8), "Shark Tank" (5.301 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and "20/20" (5.230 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

Next up was NBC (4.510 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with its 90-minute editions of "Adele Live in New York City" (4.356 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7) and "Dateline NBC" (4.663 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.563 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for the feature "Think Like a Man" (1.563 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.904 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "The Originals" (0.815 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) on The CW (0.860 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable Friday...
- Binge Thinking (MTV2): 72,000

On cable Sunday...
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.359 million
- Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen (Food): 1.335 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 836,000

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posted 5/10/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "On the Run"

  • "The Price Is Right Live!" heads to Sudbury (Sudbury.com)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Craig Ferguson "Talks" "Celebrity Name Game" (Broadway World)
     

  • A runner on "The Chase" gets a badly worded question.... and then the Internet happens (Daily Express)
     

  • Corey Taylor makes QI hardcore (Metro)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jenny Ryan (Metro)

posted 5/10/16


Australian Broadcasting Corporation
REG GRUNDY: 1923-2016
Legendary Australian Television Pioneer Behind "Sale of the Century", "Scrabble"
From Zap2it

In the end, Reg Grundy’s timing was as impeccable in death as it was in his extraordinary life - giving a new generation of stars at last night’s Logie awards their moment to shine before news of his passing cast a shadow over post-party celebrations today.

The self-made Australian media mogul, whose legacy of TV credits included global hits Neighbours, Prisoner and Wheel Of Fortune, was confirmed dead at the age of 92 in Bermuda, where he had lived with actress wife Joy Chambers.

Awarded an OBE for his contribution to TV and media in 1983, Grundy became synonymous for producing local Australian drama and game shows, the formats for which he first tested on Sydney radio station 2CH.

Broadcaster Alan Jones confirmed Grundy’s death on his 2GB program, telling listeners he had “passed away in the arms of his beloved wife Joy on their Bermuda estate.”

Such was the impact his programs had on shaping the portrait of Australian society and culture, his name also became part of the colloquial lexicon, with Reg Grundys becoming slang for underwear.

In 1995, he sold the Grundy Organisation to what is now, FremantleMedia Australia.

Grundy - widely known as RG to his friends - is mourned by his wife Joy Chambers. The couple were married in 1972.

Born on August 4, 1923, in NSW, Reginald Roy Grundy was the only child of working-class parents Roy Grundy and Lillian Lees, who met in a chocolate factory on the cusp of the Depression.

He left school at 15, served in the army during World War II and worked as a ladies sportswear buyer for department store David Jones.

He started working in radio as a sports commentator, specializing in boxing, for 2SM Sydney. He also did voice-over work for cinema advertiser Chas E Blanks.

While working at 2CH Sydney in 1957 Grundy developed and hosted the radio show Wheel Of Fortune, which debuted on the Nine Network in 1959.

His career was an intrinsic part of the golden years of Australian TV. His name was attached to many game shows throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, including Celebrity Squares, Blanketty Blanks, Beat the Odds and Great Temptation. He also produced game shows in America, with long-running "Sale of the Century" and "Scrabble" the anchors of the NBC morning lineup. His catalogue also includes "Time Machine" with John Davidson, "Scattergories" with Dick Clark, and "Bruce Forsyth's Hot Streak".

The company later branched out into dramas, producing an astonishing line-up of shows which were embraced by the Australian viewing public. In addition to the ‘big hits’ such as Neighbours (now in its 31st year), Grundy helped develop Chopper Squad, Glenview High, Sons and Daughters and the New Zealand TV hit, Shortland Street.

He also produced the fondly-remembered ABBA vehicle ABBA: The Movie, in 1978.

Although he was phenomenally successful as a producer, Grundy did not always have the Midas Touch, as a string of failed soap operas for the Nine Network in the mid 1980s (including Taurus Rising and Possession) testified.

But other hits were to come in the early 21st century - including a new range of reality TV contests such as Australian Idol (2003).

Grundy sold his company, the Reg Grundy Organisation, to Pearson Television in the mid 1990s.

His personal wealth was estimated at $805 million as far back as 2007.

He and Joy spent many years sailing between Bermuda, Los Angeles and London aboard his 25-staff super yacht, Boadicea, before settling in Bermuda.

An auction of his art collection back in 2013 was billed as the most valuable art auction ever staged in Australia, with over 90 works valued at around $20 million.

He was made a companion of the Order of Australia in 2008.

As tributes yesterday poured in, Ian Hogg, head of FremantleMedia Australia, said: "His legacy to Australian entertainment is insurmountable.

“His visionary ability to know how to connect Australian families through some of this country’s most-loved programming has stood the test of time.

“Generations have grown up with and been touched by a Grundy production, be it Sons and Daughters, Sale of the Century, Prisoner, The Price Is Right or one of hundreds of other programs.

"His innate understanding of great storytelling and entertainment lives on today through programs such as Family Feud, Wentworth and Neighbours. Reg is an icon and he will be sorely missed.”

GSNN's Chico Alexander contributed to this report.

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posted 5/9/16

Win Or Go Home
Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament Enters Semifinal Stage... on a Bigger Stage
From WJLA Washington

Teachers from Michigan, Connecticut and Virginia are preparing to compete in the D.C. Jeopardy! Teachers tournament airing this week.

After taping episodes, teachers competing on the popular game show will have an opportunity to see how they performed.

Competing this week...

MONDAY:
- Peter Buchholz - Minneapolis
- Kaberi Chakrabarty - Joliet, IL
- Nicole Throckmorton - Williamsburg, VA

TUESDAY:
- Chris Tempro - Allentown, PA
- Jill Gilbert - Des Moines, IA
- Bill Knuth - East Lansing, MI

WEDNESDAY:
- Jason Sterlacci - Somerset, NJ
- Cory Harris - Mystic, CT
- Lauren Gilmore - Lake Wales, FL

WJLA Washington

posted 5/9/16

Netflix and Thrill
"Ultimate Beastmaster", Unique Reality Competition, Greenlit from Sylvester Stallone, Dave Broome
From the Futon Critic

Netflix, the world's leading internet TV network, is bringing together top tier competitors and athletes from several countries around the world to compete in a new action-packed global competition series, featuring and produced by Sylvester Stallone (Creed, Grudge Match) and producer Dave Broome (The Biggest Loser, Strong).

Ultimate Beastmaster is the first international competition series of its kind with six customized local versions featuring local languages, competitors and hosts from each competing country. Those countries are: U.S., Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, Germany and Japan. All ten episodes of the series will be made available at the same moment globally on Netflix.

The 10-episode event series will feature 108 competitors, 18 from each country, in total. Each hour-long episode will feature 12 competitors, two from each country, who will take their shot at running one of the most physically demanding obstacle courses ever devised, "The Beast." At the end of each episode, a 'Beastmaster' will be crowned and in the final episode of the season, the nine individual winners from each episode will compete against each other for the chance for one contestant to become the Ultimate Beastmaster.

For each localized version in the U.S., Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, Germany and Japan, local celebrity hosts and popular athletes will provide commentary throughout the competition. The hosts for each country include the following:

- U.S.: Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Ridiculous Six), Charissa Thompson (Extra TV, Fox Sports)
- Brazil: Anderson Silva (UFC Middleweight Champion), Rafinha Bastos (Comedian, Journalist and TV Personality)
- South Korea: Seo Kyung Suk (Actor, Comedian and TV Host), Park Kyeong Rim (Actress, Comedian and TV Host)
- Mexico: Ines Sainz (Journalist, Sportscaster & TV Host), Luis Ernesto Franco (Actor and Producer)
- Germany: Hans Sarpei (Former Soccer Player, TV Personality), Luke Mockridge (Comedian)
- Japan: Sayaka Akimoto (Actress), Yuji Kondo (Sports Anchor)

"I'm thrilled and honored to partner with Netflix. Their trailblazing network is the perfect home for this ground-breaking global series," said creator and executive producer Dave Broome. "I'm excited for viewers to see extraordinary men and women from around the world try and tackle this amazing physical course in the guise of a jaw-dropping modern monster - The Beast."

"The invitation to partner with Netflix and mega-producer Dave Broome on this revolutionary concept was an opportunity I couldn't resist," says producer Sylvester Stallone. "The world will watch in awe as amazing competitors from around the globe overcome grueling physical challenges - and in the process become champions and heroes. The course is unequaled in its daring creation and I am excited to be a part of it."

"As a global internet TV network, Netflix can uniquely create a compelling event that pits great competitors from six countries against one another, with commentators that audiences from these countries love and then unleash all of the episodes, at once, in multiple languages for our members to enjoy no matter where they are," said Erik Barmack, Vice President, International Originals. "With Sylvester Stallone and Dave Broome at the helm, it's going to be outrageously fun."

Stallone and Broome both serve as executive producers on the series. Ultimate Beastmaster is produced by 25/7 Productions and Dave Broome for Netflix.

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posted 5/9/16

Hannah Simone Goes "Kicking and Screaming"
"New Girl" Bestie to Host Fox Summer Series
From the Futon Critic

Hannah Simone (NEW GIRL) will host KICKING & SCREAMING, the new eight-episode FOX competition series that teams 10 expert survivalists with pampered partners to face the toughest challenges of their lives. From executive producer Matt Kunitz ("Wipeout," "Fear Factor"), and in association with Lionsgate, the series drops these unlikely duos into a tropical jungle in Fiji, where they must overcome dangerous animals, raging rivers, hunger and extreme weather.

While these no-nonsense survivalists are accustomed to fending for themselves, there's one thing for which none of their previous expeditions have prepared them: their nature-phobic partners, who think "glamping" is roughing it. To win the competition, and a cash prize of $500,000, the experts will have to drag their partners, KICKING & SCREAMING, to the finish line. Production is currently underway in Fiji.

For her role as "Cece" on NEW GIRL, Hannah Simone won the TEEN CHOICE 2012 Award for Choice TV Breakout Star: Female. She recently starred in and executive-produced the feature film "Miss India America," which was released earlier this year. The film won the Comcast Narrative Award at the Center for Asian American Media Festival. Simone also filmed a role in the independent feature "Folk Hero & Funny Guy," opposite Alex Karpovsky and Melanie Lynskey, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Her other film credits include "Flock of Dudes," starring opposite Chris D'Elia and Skylar Astin; and Spike Lee's "Oldboy," opposite Josh Brolin and Samuel L. Jackson. She also starred in "H+," a digital series produced by Bryan Singer. Born in London, Simone grew up living abroad and participating in local theater productions in Saudi Arabia, India, Greece and Canada. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of British Columbia, where she majored in international relations and political science, before going on to work as a human rights and refugee officer with the United Nations in London. She also has a master's degree from Ryerson University in radio, film and television.

Produced by Pulse Creative's Matt Kunitz, in association with Lionsgate, KICKING & SCREAMING is created by Matt Kunitz, David Shumsky and Mark Harris, and executive-produced by Kunitz and Anthony Dominici. Rebecca Shumsky Quinn developed the project and is a co-executive producer, along with Shumsky and Harris. "Like" KICKING & SCREAMING on Facebook at facebook.com/KickingAndScreamingFOX. Follow the series on Twitter @KickScreamFOX and join the conversation using #KickingScreaming. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @KickingScreamingFOX/.

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posted 5/9/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Just Like Fire"

  • P!nk to mentor the top 8 next time on "The Voice" (The Futon Critic)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: trailer for "Are You The One" (MTV, June 13) (The Futon Critic)
     

  • A runner on "The Chase" takes the minus and then the Internet happens (Daily Express)
     

  • Mike Fleiss accepts an $11.4 million rose for his Hawaii villa (Los Angeles Times)

posted 5/9/16


Variety
RICKEY SMITH: 1979-2016
"American Idol" Season 2 Finalist
From Zap2it

Former “American Idol” finalist Rickey E. Smith Jr. was killed Friday (May 6) in a car crash in Oklahoma, the Associated Press reports. Smith was 36.

Smith was involved in a multi-car, wrong-way collision on I-240 just outside Oklahoma City at 3 a.m. According to reports from local news outlets, 27-year-old Gerardo Cerda Jr. was driving a pickup truck traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes and slammed head-on into Smith’s vehicle.

Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. Cerda was hospitalized and arrested for a DUI. The eastbound interstate was shut down for more than three hours after the accident, but has since been opened.

“OKC: I-240 east bound at Penn is still closed due to an injury collision,” the Oklahoma Highway Patrol tweeted early this morning.

Smith appeared on Ruben Studdard’s season of “American Idol” (Season 2), finishing in eighth place.

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posted 5/6/16

THURSDAY: WEAK
CBS Wins, New Entries Barely Register a Blip
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.498 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) held onto the top spot on Thursday with its original mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.874 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1), "The Odd Couple" (8.241 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), "Mom" (8.054 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), "2 Broke Girls" (6.672 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3) and "Rush Hour" (4.574 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

ABC (6.021 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was a close second with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.599 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "Scandal" (6.115 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6) and "The Catch" (4.349 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Next up was NBC (4.142 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with new episodes of "STRONG" (2.596 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), "The Blacklist" (6.464 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Game of Silence" (3.365 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.026 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Bones" (4.176 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "American Grit" (1.878 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, new episodes of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.653 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "The 100" (1.136 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) on The CW (1.394 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.637 million
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime/SF): 1.488 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.104 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 1.042 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 305,000
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 286,000
- Man vs. Child Chef Showdown (FYI): 130,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/6/16

WEDNESDAY: Split Down the Middle
Fox, CBS Split Hump Day
From the Futon Critic

FOX (6.804 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was once again the demo champ on Wednesday with its duo of "Rosewood" (4.263 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8) and "Empire" (9.346 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1).

CBS (8.342 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then snagged the number two spot with a new "Survivor: Kaoh Rong" (9.387 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3), the season finale of "Criminal Minds" (8.825 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5) and an original "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (6.814 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8).

Next up was ABC (5.718 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and its mix of "The Middle" (6.903 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6), "The Goldbergs" (6.584 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4), "Modern Family" (7.383 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), "Black-ish" (5.601 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7) and "Nashville" (3.918 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.197 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up its trio of "Heartbeat" (4.141 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.211 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11) and "Chicago PD" (6.240 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8).

And finally, fresh installments of "Arrow" (2.077 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and "Supernatural" (1.535 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) on The CW (1.805 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- The Challenge: Rivals III (MTV/SP): 656,000
- Skin Wars (GSN): 447,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 414,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 404,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/6/16

Canada... Get Ready... The Test Is Coming Back
"Jeopardy!" in Process of Complying with Canadian Standard
From the Province

What is online privacy for $1000, Alex?

Earlier this year, Canadians were told they could no longer apply to be contestants on America’s most famous quiz show.

It wasn’t clear why. The show’s organizers alluded to Canadian digital privacy laws, but didn’t go into specifics.

The show’s host, Alex Trebek, hails from Canada. In February, he told the Ottawa Citizen, “it is true that for the most recent Jeopardy contestant tryouts, Canadians were precluded from taking the online test, since the show must now comply with new rules set down by the Canadian government.”

“We look forward to having more try out as soon as we are sure we can comply with all Canadian online privacy laws.”

What those issues were has never been explained, but most speculation centers around anti-spam and digital privacy laws, both of which have been updated in the past two years.

On Tuesday morning, an update: The doors are going to swing back open from Trebek.

"To all our fans in Canada,

We are actively in the process of bringing our online test site into compliance with all Canadian online privacy laws and as soon as all issues have been addressed – later this year – we plan to host an online test and follow-up auditions with a focus on Canada.

You’ll hear more about this, and I hope that when the time comes, you’ll try out. Stay tuned."

Though he did not give an exact timetable for when Canadians might be able to go online for a chance to show off their knowledge, he said he expects "we will be in full compliance by the time we start shooting our 33rd season of programs this July."

The Province
CBC
Huffington Post

posted 5/5/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Blake & Gwen Singing on a Stage"

  • Blake Shelton to premiere his new single on "The Voice"... with Gwen Stefani (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Simon Cowell ranks "Got Talent" judges as he takes America... again (Telly Mix)
     

  • THE AND 1: that time Burt Reynolds almost had it out with Marc Summers on The Tonight Show (AV Club)

posted 5/6/16

They're Playing the Feud
Meet the Celebrity Families for This Year's Edition of "Celebrity Family Feud"
From Reality TV World

Michael Strahan, Alec Baldwin, Kellie Pickler, Paula Deen and Lance Bass are among the contestants booked for Season 2 of Celebrity Family Feud, ABC confirmed.

The 10-episode, sophomore season will kick off June 26, with Steve Harvey returning as host. The object of the game is to "pit celebrities and their families against each other in a contest to name the most popular responses to a survey-type question posed to 100 people," the network said in a press release.

"In each episode of Celebrity Family Feud, celebrity families, and their immediate family members or their extended TV families, will compete against each other to win money for charity. Each team will be made up of a celebrity captain, with four relatives or friends playing along. The winning celebrity team will be given a chance to win up to $25,000 to donate to a charity of their choice."

Melissa Joan Hart, Sugar Ray Leonard, NeNe Leakes, Paul Sorvino, Snoop Dogg, Ernie Hudson, Alfonso Ribeiro, Garrett Morris, Carson Kressley, Dave Foley, and NFL stars will also appear on the game show.

Reality TV World

posted 5/5/16

Meet the Bots That Are Set to "Awaken" Next Week
"Battlebots" Returns with a Preview on ABC
From the Futon Critic

"BattleBots: The Gears Awaken" - The epic robot-fighting tournament "BattleBots" is back for season two this summer on Thursday, June 23, and kicks off with a preview special entitled "BattleBots: The Gears Awaken" on TUESDAY, MAY 10 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT) on the ABC Television Network.

"BattleBots: The Gears Awaken" will feature twelve robots fighting it out in a series of rumble matches for the final four spots in the field of forty-eight who will ultimately vie for the championship trophy. Each rumble match will consist of three robots competing in a single three-minute bout in which the goal is to completely destroy or disable the opponents. If there is no knockout during the three-minute battle, the panel of judges will declare a victor to move onto the competition.

Competitors range from NASA engineers and teenage students to international teams and everyone in between - each with one goal: to claim the ultimate title. Judging the rumble matches are former "BattleBots" competitor and special effects artist Fon Davis, the face of "Nerdist" Jessica Chobot and special guest judge Clark Gregg ("Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D"). ESPN's Samantha Ponder hosts season two, with expert play-by-play analysis from veteran sports broadcaster Chris Rose and color commentary from former UFC fighter Kenny Florian. Sideline reporter Alison Haislip covers every inch of the robot fighting mayhem, and ring announcer Faruq Tauheed presides as the bots go metal-a-metal.

The 12 teams slated to compete are listed in alphabetical order below:

1. Bad Kitty: Team Captain - Bradley Hanstad (Hometown: Brea, CA)

2. Basilisk: Team Captain - Lucas Sloan (Hometown: Edmonton, Canada)

3. Black Ice: Team Captain - Dan Barry (Hometown: South Hadley, MA)

4. Blacksmith: Team Captain - Al Kindle (Hometown: Edison, NJ)

5. Creepy Crawlies: Team Captain - Kelly Smith (Hometown: Brighton East Sussex, UK)

6. Gemini: Team Captain - Agustus "Ace" Sherlander (Hometown: San Francisco, CA)

7. Invader: Team Captain - John Mladenik (Hometown: Escondido, CA)

8. Lycan: Team Captain - Ravi Baboolal (Hometown: Ontario, Canada)

9. Mohawk: Team Captain - Micah Leibowitz (Hometown: Berkeley, CA)

10. Skorpios: Team Captain - Orion Beach (Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA)

11. SOW: Team Captain - Terry Ewert (Hometown: Wisconsin)

12. Ultraviolent: Team Captain - Andrew Peterson (Hometown: Blacksburg, VA)

The Futon Critic

posted 5/5/16

TUESDAY: Gaining Interest
CBS Wins on Drama, Beyond the Tank to Move to Friday
From the Futon Critic

CBS (11.421 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) was the most-watched network on Tuesday with new episodes of "NCIS" (14.564 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1), "NCIS: New Orleans" (12.351 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and the return of "Person of Interest" (7.350 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6).

NBC (7.917 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with its trio of "The Voice" (8.418 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), "Chicago Med" (7.569 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5) and "Chicago Fire" (7.765 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3).

Next up was The CW (2.380 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with originals from "The Flash" (3.283 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and "Containment" (1.477 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.862 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) offered up its mix of "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.247 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8), "The Real O'Neals" (3.288 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.887 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11) and the Friday-bound "Beyond the Tank" (1.934 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14).

And finally, new episodes of "New Girl" (2.274 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Grandfathered" (1.877 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13), another "New Girl" (1.908 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11) and "The Grinder" (1.567 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) on FOX (1.907 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.312 million
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.070 million
- Chopped (Food): 1.050 million
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 748,000
- America's Greatest Makers (TBS): 661,000
- Separation Anxiety (TBS): 448,000
- Chasing Destiny (BET): 439,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 381,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 378,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 348,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/5/16

Eggheads Wanted
Two Positions Needed for "Eggheads"
From London Evening Standard

When it comes to fiendishly difficult quiz shows, Eggheads ranks up there as one of the trickiest.

While those with an encyclopedic brain might have thought about entering a team into the show, now there’s an even better opportunity.

Host Jeremy Vine is looking for two new Eggheads to join the resident team of experts who face off against contestants each episode – and applications are open now.

The process will take place in its own show, Make Me An Egghead, with applicants having to prove themselves worthy of joining the brainy team.

“I am proud to present one of the UK's most successful quizzes of all time and hugely excited that we are in the hunt for two more Eggheads,” Vine said.

“Whoever wins a place on the distinguished panel will, I guarantee, have the time of their life - sitting between Kevin Ashman and Judith Keppel and getting more questions thrown at them than they ever dreamed of.

“But I know this will be a hot contest - superbrain versus superbrain in that famous studio. So if you want to be an Egghead, roll up now!”

Egghead CJ de Mooi tweeted on Thursday that he was leaving the show to focus on his acting career.

London Evening Standard
Huffington Post
The Sun

posted 5/5/16

Brazil Goes "Boom!"
Keshet, July August Deal in New Territory with SBT
From C21 Media

Brazilian channel SBT has become the latest international broadcaster to greenlight a local version of Keshet International format Boom!.

The network has commissioned a 13×30′ series of the gameshow as part of its long-running Sunday primetime variety show Programa Silvio Santos.

The format sees contestants completing intellectual and physical challenges against a clock displayed on a ‘bomb’ in the middle of the studio.

Other broadcasters with their own version include Antena 3 in Spain, Fox in the US and TF1 in France.

Boom! was originally created by Keshet, Ido Rosenblum and July August Productions in Israel.

C21 Media

posted 5/5/16

How Many Can Ken Jennings Answer?
Find Out When "500 Questions" Returns May 26
From TV Line

“Game Show History” for $500, Alex.

This Jeopardy wunderkind will attempt to make lightning strike twice as a contestant on ABC’s 500 Questions.

Who is… Ken Jennings?

Correct! Congratulations! Well done! Now, keep reading for the full story behind that painfully cheesy lede (C-Note: from TV Line, not from us).

TVLine has confirmed that Jennings — whose 74-game winning streak remains a Jeopardy record — will appear as a contestant in 500 Questions‘ two-hour Season 2 premiere on Thursday, May 26. (Season 2 will air as a five-night event, beginning May 26 and concluding Wednesday, June 1.)

Nightline‘s Dan Harris will serve as the show’s new host, replacing CNN’s Richard Quest.

Quick 500 Q refresher: The show tasks contestants with answering 500 general knowledge questions. The catch? If said player answers three questions incorrectly in a row he/she is eliminated. New to Season 2: a bonus two-minute lightning round.

During his 74-episode Jeopardy rout in 2004, Jennings pocketed a then-record $2,520,700.

TV Line
Cinema Blend
Broadway World
The Futon Critic

posted 5/5/16

Top Model to Head to Scandinavia
Discovery Networks Pick Up New Version
From C21Media

Broadcasters across Scandinavia have ordered a regional version of CBS Studios International reality format Next Top Model.

Scandinavia’s Next Top Model will air on Discovery Networks’ linear channels in Norway, Denmark and Sweden later his year and will also be available on streaming service Dplay.

The original show, America’s Next Top Model, premiered in 2003 and has since been sold in more than 100 markets.

More than 20 local versions have also been produced in countries including Denmark, Poland, Germany and Vietnam.

Last month a Mongolian version was commissioned by local broadcaster EduTV.

C21 Media

posted 5/5/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Mother of All Marathons"

  • GSN to celebrate Mother's Day by doing what it does four out of every seven days of the week - running the Feud in a marathon (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Alex Trebek gets Ottawa's Key to the City (CFRA Ottawa)
     

  • Wayne Brady accidentally gives Jonathan Mangum a lower body concern (New York Daily News)
     

  • What one "Biggest Loser Australia" trainer had to say about being obese, and what the Internet had to say about her (Redbook)
     

  • A FEW GOOD ______S with Alec Baldwin (Extra)

posted 5/5/16

"Fresh Paint": June 15
GSN Turns Special Into Series
From The Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today the debut of the new one-hour skill-based competition series SKIN WARS: FRESH PAINT, the first-ever spinoff from the network's hit series SKIN WARS. Hosted by master of transformation, RuPaul Charles, the new series will debut Wednesday, June 15 at 10pm ET/PT, immediately following a new episode of SKIN WARS.

SKIN WARS: FRESH PAINT features three of SKIN WARS top former contestants who mentor six new, highly accomplished artists each week. These artists are at the top of their game in their own disciplines, but will leave their creative comfort zones to compete in body painting for the first time, attempting to win the $10,000 prize at the end of each show and become a Skin Wars: Fresh Paint Champion.

In each self-contained episode, the three Skin Wars All-Stars will work with artists from a variety of backgrounds and skillsets and give them a crash course in body painting. They'll help their mentees navigate through several rounds of intense competition, pushing them to apply their talents to the human canvas in innovative ways. It all culminates in a final challenge where the remaining two artists must put all they've learned to the test, completing a full body masterpiece on their own. In the end they'll be judged by international master body painter Emma Cammack and art critic Mat Gleason, founder of the renowned Coagula Art Journal and contributor to The Huffington Post.

"We are so excited to bring our Skin Wars fans a new skill-based competition with vibrant, talented contestants who span across a myriad of artistic disciplines," explains Amy Introcaso-Davis, Executive Vice President, Programming at GSN. "And RuPaul is the perfect host for this show, since there's no better example of someone pushing their creative boundaries to the limit."

"Our ability to do SKIN WARS: FRESH PAINT is a direct result of the ongoing success of 'Skin Wars,'" says executive producer Michael Levitt. "Fans of the show will be treated to some incredible art by some of the most creative talents in the country and we're thrilled to provide this platform for them."

The six artists participating in week one include fine artists Emily Moore of Orange, CA and Andi Goud of San Clemente, CA, automotive airbrush artist Cory Saint Clair of Roanoke Rapids, NC, food artist Vivian Pham of San Jose, CA, professional illustrator Michael Phillips of Laguna Beach, CA and artist/designer D. Hodges of Atlanta, GA. Additional artists to be featured later in the season include graffiti artists, cartoonists, tattoo artists, and street artists, among others.

SKIN WARS: FRESH PAINT is executive produced by Michael Levitt of Michael Levitt Productions ("Skin Wars," "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," "Ask Oprah's All Stars"), Jill Goularte, Kate Kenny and RuPaul Charles.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/4/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "The Trebeks Save Harlem"

  • Craig Ferguson hosts NBC's second annual Red Nose Day. He's three gigs sort of Steve Harvey (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Jerry Springer to bring TPIR Live to Stockton (Stockton Record)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Wheelmobile rolls into Kansas (KSNW Wichita)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Alex Trebek... 50 years ago in Canada (CBC)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: some of the worst words that got past Countdown's Dictionary Corner (Huffington Post)
     

  • Chopped creators get first-look at eOne (C21 Media)
     

  • How Alex Trebek's son is saving Harlem (New York Post)

posted 5/4/16

SYNDIES: Week 32
Results for the Week Ending April 24
From B&C

Headed into the TV season’s final ratings period, the May sweeps, many shows turned to repeats and were flat to down, with only a few exceptions in the week ending April 24.

One notable exception was Disney-ABC’s Live with Kelly and Michael, which has been steadily in the news since Disney announced on April 19 that co-host Michael Strahan would be decamping for ABC’s Good Morning America come fall.

The games were all down. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune skidded 5% to a 6.3. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud fell 6% to a 6.1. CTD’s Jeopardy! slumped 2% to a 5.9. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game softened 7% to a 1.3, tying Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which was unchanged for the week but down 24% from last year.

B&C
TV Newscheck

posted 5/3/16

MONDAY: When 10 and 6 Equals a Tie
NBC, ABC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.412 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was still the demo champ on Monday with its pairing of "The Voice" (9.846 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and "Blindspot" (5.545 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

ABC (9.841 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then took home the silver with its duo of "Dancing with the Stars" (11.645 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Castle" (6.232 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

Next up was CBS (7.161 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and its lineup of "Mike & Molly" (6.966 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5), another "Mike & Molly" (7.203 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (6.995 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "The Odd Couple" (5.976 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and the season finale of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.913 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.114 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up a new "Gotham" (3.612 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9) and the debut of "Houdini & Doyle" (2.617 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

And finally, originals from "Reign" (1.001 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.903 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) on The CW (0.951 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cupcake Wars (Food): 718,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 454,000
- RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo): 358,000
- Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul (Logo): 115,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/3/16

WEEKEND: Dead Heat Scramble
"Race", "Shark Tank" Help CBS, ABC Tie in the Demo
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.928 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) was the most-watched network on Friday with its usual mix of "The Amazing Race" (5.551 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.292 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and "Blue Bloods" (9.944 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2).

ABC (5.089 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with a repeat "Shark Tank" (4.075 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9) followed by originals from "Shark Tank" (5.636 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "20/20" (5.558 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2).

Next up was NBC (3.967 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its trio of "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (3.687 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10), "Grimm" (4.007 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "Dateline NBC" (4.207 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.453 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up an encore "Hell's Kitchen" (1.832 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) alongside the season finale of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.074 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.055 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and "The Originals" (0.932 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) on The CW (0.993 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable Sunday...
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.494 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.259 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 899,000
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT/8p): 370,000
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT/SP): 367,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/3/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Round One! Ready! GO!"

  • Batman vs. Superman. Captain America vs. Iron Man... Bobby Flay vs. Gordon Ramsay (Refinery29)
     

  • Mo Rocca to host National Geography Bee (Broadway World)
     

  • The Biggest Loser: why the weight keeps coming back. Short answer: metabolism (New York Times)
     

  • Alex Trebek named honorary head of Royal Canadian Geographic Society (The Hollywood Reporter)

posted 5/3/16

Daytime Emmys: Winning Apparently Takes Care of Everything
"The Price Is Right", Craig Ferguson, "Jeopardy!", Michael Strahan Among Winners
From CBS News

Soap stars and talk show hosts gathered for the Daytime Emmys on Saturday and Sunday.

"General Hospital" won big at the Daytime Emmys with Outstanding Drama Series, while Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan won Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show host amidst a tumultuous time for their show. Both CBS and ABC took home the most awards, with six Emmys each.

On the game show front, Craig Ferguson repeated as Outstanding Game Show Host for "Celebrity Name Game", while "The Price Is Right" won its seventh trophy as Outstanding Game Show, the second since Drew Carey inherited the mic from Bob Barker in 2007.

The most honored game show in Emmy history collected another trophy, as "Jeopardy!" won for Outstanding Direction in a Game Show for Kevin McCarthy.

CBS News
Los Angeles Times

posted 5/2/16

On Second Thought...
"Think Tank" to Return
From Malton & Pickering Mercury

Bill Turnbull's quiz show, Think Tank, will be returning for a second series.

The BBC One show will be back later this year with the former BBC breakfast host as its presenter.

The new series will consist of thirty episodes, which is an increase from the twenty episodes featured in the first series.

Turnbull said: "I'm very happy to be going back to the studio for another series of Think Tank. We had a lot of fun first time round, and I'm sure the next series will be even better."

Commissioning editor, Jo Street, said: " Bill and his highly entertaining colleagues in the Think Tank kept our audiences entertained in the afternoon and we are very pleased to bring the team back together from all across the UK to help even more contestants in the next series."

The quiz show sees a group of regular contributors from across the nation answering general knowledge questions.

Their answers aim to help contestants through a series of questions, with the final aim of getting to the final round to tackle the 'Question: Impossible' - the question the Think Tank hasn't been able to answer.

Malton & Pickering Mercury

posted 5/2/16

So This Weekend Was A Bank Holiday...
"Britain's Got Talent" Drops to 9.3 Million
From Telly Mix

Ratings for Britain's Got Talent 2016 took a dip last night but the show was still the most watched of the day.

The Bank Holiday weekend may have had an impact on figures but none the less a strong audience of 9.3 million viewers tuned in.

It's well down on last weekend's number of 10.1 million, the same figure that 2015's equivalent show had.

The episode peaked with 10.3 million viewers as the latest auditions took place with acts ranging from the usual singers and dancers to a cross bow performer and a dodgy pole dancing duo.

Once again the shows either side of ITV didn't do much: Gameshow Bang On The Money was down 200,000 viewers week on week to 2.3 million while Play To The Whistle sunk to 2.5 million, down from last week's 3.1 million viewers.

On BBC One, Michael McIntyre's Big Show recorded a series low as 4.5 million viewers watched before BGT, down 600,000 viewers on last Saturday.

Pointless Celebrities returned with 3 million viewers while Casualty had 3.9 million.

Telly Mix

posted 5/2/16

Monday Lightning Round
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  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Mastermind New Zealand (New Zealand Herald)
     

  • Keith Chegwin & Iain Lee give an incorrect answer to a Pointless (Celebrities) question... and then the Internet happened (The Sun)

posted 5/2/16


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