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With Six You Lead Game Shows
Syndie Results for the Week Ending July 19
From B&C

With a week of original episodes, Dr. Phil retook sole possession of the talk's top spot in the week ending July 19, improving 26% on the week to an eight-week high 2.9 live plus same day national household ratings average, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud continued to lead the games, topping the category for the sixth consecutive week, including one tie. Feud dipped 6% for the week to a 6.1, but increased 39% from last year.

In second place, CTD’s Jeopardy! declined 2% to a 6.0, tying CTD’s Wheel of Fortune, which was flat. Year to year, Jeopardy! added 7% while Wheel inched up 3%.

Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire remained stuck at its series-low 1.6 for the 12th time in 13 weeks, sagging 16% from last year. Debmar-Mercury’s newcomer Celebrity Name Game improved 8% to a 1.4.

B&C
TV NewsCheck
TV by the Numbers

posted 7/28/15

Monday: The Final Rose
ABC Takes Night on the Back of "The Bachelorette"
From the Futon Critic

ABC (8.013 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was of course the network to beat on Monday with the season finale of "The Bachelorette" (8.051 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T1) and "The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose" (7.937 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T1).

NBC (5.459 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then had to settle for second place with its duo of "American Ninja Warrior" (6.286 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) and "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (3.805 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4).

Next up was CBS (4.894 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "2 Broke Girls" (4.658 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "Mike & Molly" (4.596 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "Scorpion" (4.578 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.477 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.789 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.789 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

And finally, The CW (1.752 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening with its trio of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (2.308 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.480 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and "Cedric's Barber Battle" (0.912 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12).

PENN & TELLER: FOOL US was The CW’s most watched (2.31 mil) program in the Monday 8PM hour since 12/7/09 (ONE TREE HILL).

PENN &TELLER also hit series highs in total viewers, A18-34 (0.6/3), W18-34 (0.6/2), A18-49 (0.7/3, matches high), and W18-49 (0.6/2).

This was The CW's best time period performance in the Monday 8-9pm hour since 2/2/15 (ORIGINALS) in A18-34 and A18-49.

PENN & TELLER Built week to week by 28% in total viewers and 50% in A18-34 and 40% in A18-49.

On cable:
- Cake Wars (Food): 741,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 409,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers

posted 7/28/15

More on "She's Got Game"
Catch It on VH1 August 10
From the Futon Critic

Grammy-nominated rapper Jayceon Taylor may be better known as double-platinum selling artist "The Game," and on his hit VH1 series "Marrying The Game," fans saw him as the consummate father and family man. Now, having split with his long-time fiancée, The Game is on the rebound and ready to meet the woman of his dreams. The new series "She's Got Game," follows him in his pursuit of the perfect love match as he embarks on a national tour. "She's Got Game" Premieres Monday, August 10th at 9 PM ET/ PT on VH1.

Tired of picking the wrong women, The Game taps his celebrity friends as matchmakers. Ten ladies, chosen by the celebs, will join him on a whirlwind cross-country adventure. From Los Angeles to Miami, each lady will be treated to an extraordinary date - will they be able hang with the hip hop lifestyle? In every city, the party ends for one of the women as she is sent packing. And at the end of the tour - only one will be able to make the claim that "She's Got Game."

"She's Got Game" is executive produced by 51 Minds' Christian Sarabia and Angela Aguilera. Jayceon Taylor serves as an executive producer. Susan Levison, Jill Holmes, Kristen Kelly and Tricia Biggio are executive producers for VH1.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/28/15


Weekend: Survey Says... That's a Wrap
"Feud", "Battlebots" Finales Put ABC on Top with Demos; CBS Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.225 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the demo champ on Sunday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.350 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Celebrity Family Feud" (8.544 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1), "BattleBots" (4.609 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and "Save My Life: Boston Trauma" (3.399 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

CBS (5.369 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then took home the silver with its quartet of "60 Minutes" (7.733 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Big Brother 17" (5.918 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "Madam Secretary" (3.721 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (4.101 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

Next up was FOX (1.477 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its all-repeat lineup of "Bob's Burgers" (1.124 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), another "Bob's Burgers" (1.188 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), "The Simpsons" (2.115 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.471 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "Family Guy" (1.746 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.219 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

And finally, encores of "Hollywood Game Night" (2.083 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and "American Ninja Warrior" (2.394 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) bookended a new "Welcome to Sweden" (1.158 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #17) and a second "Welcome to Sweden" (1.109 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #18) on NBC (2.001 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4).

On cable through the weekend...
- Food Network Star (Food, Sunday): 2.496 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food, Sunday): 1.374 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food, Sunday): 1.332 million
- Race to Escape (Science/P, Saturday): 242,000

The Futon Critic
The Hollywood Reporter
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/28/15

Wowow-fail
Willie Revillame's Weekly Gamer Canceled
From the Inquirer

The last episode of “Wowowin” was aired on Sunday afternoon. But supporters of Willie Revillame need not be sad.

His show may be canceled but his fans will never leave him. Willie’s hiatus is only temporary as talks have been going on between him and GMA 7, bringing up the possibility that his weekly show may even turn into a daily one.

“Wowowin” has been receiving positive feedback since May 10. It gets good ratings, sometimes even surpassing the shows that came before it. But there are other factors to consider when producing a show, not just ratings.

GMA is now looking for a good time slot for “Wowowin” as it thinks 3:30 in the afternoon is not a good time for a variety game show.

If it were up to the GMA executives the Sunday program will continue, but it is Willie himself who decided to wait for the right time before airing “Wowowin” again, this time on a daily basis.

The Filipino audience will be delighted once Willie’s show starts airing daily, just like it used to.

The Inquirer

posted 7/28/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "A Little Too UnReal"

  • There is a saying, people react the strongest when they are forced to take a brutally honest look at themselves. That being said, here's Chris Harrison's brutally honest review of "UnReal" (Variety)
     
  • Speaking of, how Kaitlyn Bristowe ruined televised flirtationships for everyone (Slate)
     
  • TV's Craig Ferguson plays Sarasota's Van Wezel (Sarasota Observer)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: MasterChef season 7 (Reality Wanted), a family game show (Renegade83) and Food Network's Baking Championship (Twitter @gameshowcasting)
     
  • WHY THE (BLEEP!) IS THIS NEWS: So Scott Lord looks like and has almost the same name as some never-was that's only important because he's being covered by... (Perez Hilton)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: if you were a 90s kid and you watched "Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?" you looked forward to hearing three magic words... "DO IT ROCKAPELLA!" Well... they did it. Again. (Funny or Die)

posted 7/28/15

AXS Factor: Part Deux
Catch the New Season Starting August 30
From TV by the Numbers

 AXS TV—cable’s premier music performance and entertainment event channel—announced today the rollout of its fall premiere dates for new and returning series. The diverse lineup includes season 12 of the global powerhouse singing competition THE X FACTOR UK, airing for the second consecutive year on AXS TV, on Sunday, August 30. The new season marks the return of fan-favorite judges Simon Cowell and Cheryl Fernandez-Versini who will also be joined by a new pair of judges, international pop superstar Rita Ora and respected BBC Radio 1 DJ Nick Grimshaw as well as two brand new hosts - hit singer/songwriter and former contestant Olly Murs and TV personality Caroline Flack. The series will air weekly with new episodes premiering on Sundays and Mondays at 8pE.

TV by the Numbers
BT

posted 7/27/15

Frozen: The Game Show
ITV Plots Game Show on Ice
From ITV

Freeze Out is the UK’s first quiz show on ice. A game of skill and quizzing ability, it sees contestants competing around a giant circular ice table.

Each round has a unifying premise: contestants answer questions to win ‘sliders’ to glide onto the ice table – onto which we project stunning, state-of-the-art graphics to create unique game boards.

In some rounds players must accurately land sliders onto tricky targets. In others they must smash opponent’s sliders out of the way. It’s a fun, friendly, all-embracing game – but one that brings out our players’ competitive streaks.

After four dynamic rounds just one player remains. They’ll take on our tense end game that could see them winning up to ten thousand pounds.

Freeze Out is essentially a brand new sport – combining accessible questions with a table game of skill, precision and power.

Hosted by the ever-affable Mark Durden-Smith, and officiated by former Premiership referee Uriah Rennie.

Freeze Out premieres August 3.

ITV
BT

posted 7/27/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Schedule Factor"

  • Ever wanted to live in the chalet of the producer of "Whew!"? Want to? (Los Angeles Times)
     
  • 2.9 million tune into the finale of "Prized Apart" (Broadcast)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: For the love of God, enough with the "connections" (Decider)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Paul Sinha (Metro) and Richard Osman (Daily Mail)

posted 7/27/15

Thursday: Big Night
CBS Sweeps the Gateway to the Weekend
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.649 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.329 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "Mom" (5.715 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Big Brother 17" (5.786 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Under the Dome" (4.637 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

NBC (4.620 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then claimed the silver with originals from "Food Fighters" (3.473 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "Dateline NBC" (5.194 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Next up was FOX (3.032 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) with a new "Boom!" (2.157 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) followed by the season finale of "Wayward Pines" (3.906 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.505 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up its trio of "The Astronaut Wives Club" (3.833 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Mistresses" (2.912 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9) and "Rookie Blue" (3.770 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

And finally, new episodes of "Beauty and the Beast" (0.985 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12), "Dates" (0.571 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) and another "Dates" (0.519 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) on The CW (0.765 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Alone (History, 10p): 2.181 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.290 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 1.222 million
- Alone (History, 11p): 833,000
- The Chase (GSN): 688,000
- Geeks Who Drink (Syfy): 452,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 440,000
- Chain Reaction (GSN, 9:30p): 387,000
- Chain Reaction (GSN, 9p): 383,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/24/15

Mastermind Returning to NZ
Hard Quizzer Originated on the BBC
From Stuff

A revival of quiz show Mastermind is in the works for primetime on TV One. Contestants on Mastermind are experts, not novices.

Mastermind originated as a British show, but a Kiwi version was produced in the 1980s. Thirteen episodes will be produced by Warner Bros, with NZ on Air covering $685,360 of costs.

The 1980s version was hosted by Peter Sinclair, who also hosted University Challenge. The new host is yet to be named.

Stuff

posted 7/24/15

House Party
"Guess This House" to Launch in Ireland
From UTV Ireland

Guess this House is a brand new and exclusive property game show, which will broadcast at 12.30pm from Monday 27 July exclusively on UTV Ireland.

Hosted by Saira Khan from the first series of ‘The Apprentice UK’, the series challenges contestants to guess the value of homes and the contents within them, giving aspiring estate agents and auctioneers alike an opportunity to prove their mettle on the property market and gain some cash.

In each episode, two couples will compete against each other across a number of different properties, trying to guess how much the houses are worth, including the value of the interiors furnishing them.

Depending on how they fare with every evaluation in each round of the competition, the teams will be awarded with a certain amount of time to consider the final, prime property, where the couples will compete for a grand cash prize.

UTV Ireland

posted 7/24/15

Wednesday: First "Comic" Standing
NBC Takes the Night on the Season Premiere
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.920 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with a best of edition from "America's Got Talent" (5.664 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) followed by the two-hour season premiere of "Last Comic Standing" (6.048 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2). This marked the most watched episode since 2007.

CBS (5.023 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) then took home the silver with its lineup of "Big Brother 17" (5.754 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and the relocated "Extant" (4.342 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Criminal Minds" (4.972 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Next up was FOX (3.687 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) with a new "MasterChef" (4.442 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) alongside the premiere of "Home Free" (2.932 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.933 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up its marathon lineup of "Black-ish" (3.160 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10), another "Black-ish" (2.875 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10), yet "Black-ish" (3.023 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and even "Black-ish" (3.152 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) plus "Modern Family" (2.696 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and a second "Modern Family" (2.689 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.993 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "Supernatural" (0.746 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) on The CW (0.869 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- Skin Wars (GSN): 512,000
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV2): 501,000
- Dating Naked: Playing for Keeps (SP/VH1): 474,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 420,000
- Idiotest (GSN, 10:30p): 388,000
- Twinning (P/VH1): 385,000
- Idiotest (GSN, 10p): 335,000

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/24/15

Bankrupted
Nicky Byrne's "Million Euro Challenge" Canceled
From Her.ie

He might be the Golden Boy at 2fm after a big jump in JNLR ratings, but Nicky Byrne's TV career with the national broadcaster is not going quite so well.

The Million Euro Challenge, fronted by the former Westlife singer, has been axed.

In a statement a spokesperson for RTÉ said: “RTÉ confirms that Winning Streak will continue into Autumn in place of Nicky Byrne’s Million Euro Challenge.”

The series was introduced to viewers in January. At the time, John McHugh, Head of Entertainment for RTÉ Television said: "I'm very pleased to welcome Nicky Byrne as the presenter of our new National Lottery TV gameshow, The Million Euro Challenge. Lottery gameshows have a special place in the hearts of Irish audiences. I think we enjoy watching contestants' good fortune on these shows. The new show will give contestants the opportunity to win up to a million euro every week. I have no doubt that Nicky's energy and enthusiasm will really enhance the appeal of The Million Euro Challenge."

The show got off to a bumpy start, however, with viewers finding the game rules confusing and complicated. As a result, ratings in the prime-time Saturday night slot suffered.

Byrne has yet to comment on the news.

Her.ie
Irish Independent
Yahoo!

posted 7/24/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Escape Clause"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Race to Escape (Science, Saturday) (New York Daily News) PLUS a few good minutes with Jimmy Pardo (Mstars News)
     
  • That time John Cage performed with a rubber duck on a game show (Hyperallergic)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: Funny or Die Presents America's Next Weatherman (TBS, August 8) (Entertainment Weekly) and the new season of Face Off (Syfy, July 28 (TV Insider)
     
  • WWE disappears "Tough Enough" judge, "American Gladiators" host for racist rants, brother (People)
     
  • DEFINING MOMENT OF AWESOME Tony Parker... on "Fort Boyard" (Dime)
     
  • When is "breaking the rules" proper? Ask Julie Chen (Entertainment Weekly)

posted 7/24/15

"Food Truck Race" Gets Its Kicks on Route 66
Catch New Season on Food Network August 23
From the Futon Critic

The Great Food Truck Race is back for a sixth season this August with a brand-new fleet of fierce competitors cooking and traveling across America's most famous stretch of road, historic Route 66. In a return to the show's roots, the seven teams are professional food truck operators from around the country who are known regionally for their culinary talents and selling skills - and they are ready to be recognized from coast to coast. The 2,500-mile, food-filled road battle kicks off in Santa Monica, California then hits Sedona, Arizona and Santa Fe, New Mexico followed by tasty stops in Amarillo, Texas; Tulsa, Oklahoma and St. Louis, culminating with an epic finale in Chicago, where the winning truck is awarded a $50,000 cash prize. Hosted by Tyler Florence, the six-episode series premieres on Sunday, August 23rd at 9pm ET/PT.

"These skilled food truck entrepreneurs and our viewers are in for the road trip of their lives," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network. "Their journey across historic Route 66 reflects food culture itself: fast, intense, creative and delicious."

This season's competitors are: Diso's Italian Sandwich Society (Brooklyn, New York), GD Bro Truck (Orange Country, California), Pho Nomenal Dumplings (Raleigh, North Carolina), Postcards (Los Angeles), Spice It Up (Phoenix), The Guava Tree Truck (Dallas) and Waffle Love (Provo, Utah).

In the first episode, Tyler welcomes seven teams of professional food truck owners to Santa Monica and immediately sends them on their first challenge: a race to sell $200 of their signature dish on Santa Monica Pier. After a head-to-head sales showdown, the teams embark on their epic journey down historic Route 66. Their first stop is Lake Havasu City, Arizona where after a blistering day of selling, Tyler gives the first Truck Stop Challenge. Each team must create their own take on a fish and chips dish, and the first team to sell 20 orders wins a cash prize. These food truck pros quickly learn this race is more than just another day in the kitchen and one team is sent packing. The race then follows Route 66 to Flagstaff and Sedona, Arizona; Santa Fe, New Mexico; Amarillo, Texas; Tulsa, Oklahoma; St. Louis; Springfield, Illinois and Chicago.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/23/15

Kelly Osbourne Completes the Panel
Catch Project Runway Junior on Lifetime
From Us Magazine

Kelly Osbourne is set to join Lifetime's Project Runway Junior as a judge on this summer's first season, the reality star announced on Thursday, July 23. The former Fashion Police co-host will join Junior hosts Tim Gunn and supermodel Hannah Davis for the series, which will invite kid designers aged 14 to 17 to show off their best work.

She will judge the series alongside Project Runway Season 4 winner Christian Siriano and Aya Kanai, who serves as the executive editor of Cosmopolitan and Seventeen. "I'm so excited to finally announce that I've joined the incredible Project Runway Junior family!" Osbourne said. "We just had the best first day ever!”

Us Magazine

posted 7/23/15

United Kingdom.... of the Nerds
TBS Hit Heads Overseas
From Radio Times

If you think of yourself as a nerd, then think again – because you’re about to meet some professionals.

Well, nerd athletes at least – though Sky 1’s King of the Nerds (remade from a US series of the same name) favors mental fitness rather than physical, with 11 challengers battling it out to be crowned the titular geek monarch and sit on the hallowed Throne of Games (geddit?), which you can see below.

“I think there’s something for everyone in King of the Nerds,” says series host Konnie Huq moments after challenging RadioTimes.com with a hefty list of nerdy trivia questions (we did quite well, thanks for asking).

“It’s reality show meets quiz meets documentary, meets science, meets fantasy and sci-fi, meets awesome!”

Radio Times
Daily Express
STV

posted 7/23/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Day Job"

  • Ryan Seacrest reups with iHeartMedia (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Twinning (VH1, Wednesdays) (Newsy)
     
  • Nick Cannon in the hospital for exhaustion (TMZ)
     
  • Anthony Anderson: coming to a carnival near you (The Futon Critic)

posted 7/23/15


Seven-Layered Game Show
"MasterChef" Renewed
From TV by the Numbers

Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) has ordered a seventh season of the hit cooking competition series MASTERCHEF. Additionally, all three judges, including veterans Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot, as well as newcomer Christina Tosi, will return to the MASTERCHEF judging panel.

Season Seven of MASTERCHEF is currently casting for the next group of talented home cooks to compete on the brand-new season.

Open casting calls will be held in San Diego August 15 at the Westin San Diego and Los Angeles October 10 at Loews Hollywood Hotel. Other cities include Minneapolis, Las Vegas, Detroit, Austin, San Francisco, Chicago, Louisville, Jackson, MS; and New York City.

Additional details, including venues and times, will be announced soon. Visit www.masterchefcasting.com for the most up-to-date audition information.

TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic
Variety

posted 7/22/15

Tuesday: Knock Knock. Who's There? Nobody.
Fox's Latest Entry Fails to Impress; NBC Rises to the Top
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.523 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) was back on top on Tuesday with new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (10.329 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and "Hollywood Game Night" (4.913 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2).

CBS (6.518 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then took home the silver with its trio of "NCIS" (7.469 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Zoo" (6.618 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.467 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

Next up was ABC (2.344 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and repeats of "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.711 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Black-ish" (2.178 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) followed by a new "Extreme Weight Loss" (2.293 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.079 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up a special "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.443 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6) alongside the debut of "Knock Knock Live" (1.715 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.354 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and "iZombie" (1.105 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) on The CW (1.230 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- Chopped Grill Masters (Food): 1.345 million
- WWE Tough Enough (USA): 1.144 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 472,000

The Futon Critic
Deadline
TV Media Insights
Variety
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/22/15

All-Stars Race... Drag.
New Season Comes Three Years After Old
From The Hollywood Reporter

Three years after its first season, Logo is bringing RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race back.

The Viacom-owned LGBT-focused cable network on Wednesday announced that the fan favorite series would return for a second season.

A premiere date and official casting lineup have not yet been announced for the series, which will see former contestants return to vie for a chance spot in the "Drag Race Hall of Fame" alongside season one All Star winner Chad Michaels.

"They arrive as drag artists. They leave as international stars,” executive producer RuPaul said. "The chance to bring back the best of the best for a new season of All Stars is a dream come true for me and their legions of fans around the world."

"On the heels of Drag Race’s seventh season, one of the most buzzworthy and highly-watched seasons to date, our fans have spoken and they want more drama, more queens and more Ru," said Pamela Post, head of original programming at Logo. "From revisiting old favorites in RuVealed and All Stars, to meeting the new stars of season eight, the Drag Race party on Logo will be bigger and better than ever before."

The Hollywood Reporter

posted 7/22/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Gaming Naked"

  • VH1 releases "Dating Naked" as an 8-bit game (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • Mat Franco's got a TV special September 17 (The Futon Criitc)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Roseanne Barr (New York Post)
     
  • Paula Abdul recreates "Opposites Attract" with James Corden (Toofab)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: to celebrate Alex Trebek's 75th birthday (NBC News Today), here are 15 memorable game show hosts (KRCR Redding) and 10 contestants who failed so hard they won (Zimbio)
     
  • A FEW MORE GOOD MINUTES with Roseanne Barr (TV Insider) ... and the rest of the crew (TV Insider)

posted 7/22/15


Five in a Row for "Feud"
Syndie Results for the Week Ending July 12
From B&C

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud continued to dominate in the week ended July 12, leading the games for the fifth week in a row, including ties.

Overall, Feud was second only to Judge Judy in households. Feud won by its largest margin yet, buzzing in at a 6.5 live plus same day household ratings average, the show’s highest ratings in 16 weeks. CBS Television’s Jeopardy! picked up 2% to a 6.1, while CTD’s usual leader, Wheel of Fortune landed in third place for a third straight week, although it rebounded 3% rom its season low to a 6.0.

Year to year, Feud was up 41%. Jeopardy! gained 7%, while Wheel added 3%. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire remained at its season-low 1.6 for the 11th time in 12 weeks, sinking 20% from last year at this time. Debmar-Mercury’s freshman Celebrity Name Game was flat at a 1.3.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 7/21/15

A Decade of "Dance"
Fox To Celebrate 10th Anniversary of "SYTYCD" Tonight
From the Futon Critic

Beginning tonight, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE fans have the opportunity to save one street dancer and one stage dancer from elimination through a real-time vote using Twitter. When host Cat Deeley announces the bottom six finalists and they perform, the SYTYCD Fan Save hashtag #Save(Contestant First Name) for each will appear on air. Fans across the country will have a short window to Tweet their Save votes for one Stage and one Street team member. Once the window closes, immediate results will be revealed by Deeley. The Twitter vote will save one dancer from Team Stage and one dancer from Team Street. Before the end of the show, the judges will send home one stage and one street dancer from among the remaining four dancers.

Those fans who are not able to watch SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE during the East Coast or central time broadcast can follow @DANCEonFOX on Twitter to find out which contestants are in the bottom and when the voting window is open. Viewers can see the results of the Twitter vote on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE when it airs in their markets. For more information on the Twitter save, please click the "Vote Info" tab at fox.com/dance.

This week, fans can get a double dose of dance beginning tonight, Monday, July 20 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), when Team Stage and Team Street perform for America's vote and two dancers will go home. Then, tune in the following night, as FOX celebrates 10 years of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE on an all-new special airing tomorrow, Tuesday, July 21 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. This one-time-only special will feature new performances by some of the series' favorite dancers and choreographers, as well as present stage and street routines and musical productions from the last ten years.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
USA Today

posted 7/21/15

Monday: Most Honorable Finish
ABC, NBC Split, as Do "Ninja Warrior", Bachelorette"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.517 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) rose to the top demo spot on Monday with new episodes of "American Ninja Warrior" (6.525 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (3.501 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3).

ABC (5.760 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was a close second with originals from "The Bachelorette" (6.925 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) and "The Whispers" (3.429 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

Next up was FOX (3.154 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.154 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.944 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (4.662 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7), "Mike & Molly" (4.787 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "Scorpion" (4.295 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.814 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.835 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.386 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and "Cedric's Barber Battle" (0.783 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) on The CW (1.460 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- Cake Wars (Food): 942,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 406,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/21/15

Weekend: There's a New Game In Town
Penultimate "Feud" Beats "Big Brother"; Two Respective Nets Split
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.317 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) staked claim to the top demo spot with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.594 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4), "Celebrity Family Feud" (8.725 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1), "BattleBots" (4.485 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and the premiere of "Save My Life: Boston Trauma" (3.466 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

CBS (5.508 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the most-watched network with its quartet of "60 Minutes" (7.942 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Big Brother 17" (5.919 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "Madam Secretary" (3.955 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (4.216 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Next up was NBC (2.248 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with encores of "Hollywood Game Night" (2.126 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "American Ninja Warrior" (2.791 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) bookending the season premiere of "Welcome to Sweden" (1.401 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T17) and a second "Welcome to Sweden" (1.169 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T17).

And finally, repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (1.344 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), another "Bob's Burgers" (1.294 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "The Simpsons" (1.582 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.299 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "Family Guy" (1.575 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8) and the season finale of "Golan the Insatiable" (1.210 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) on FOX (1.384 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food): 2.430 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.496 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.183 million
- Sunday Best (BET, 9p): 951,000
- Sunday Best (SP/BET, 8p): 899,000

The Futon Critic
The Hollywood Reporter
Showbuzz Daily
Uproxx

posted 7/21/15

"Back in the Room" Back on the Schedule
ITV Renews Hypno-Show
From World Screen

ITV has commissioned producer Tuesday's Child to make a second season of the game show You're Back in the Room, a series that showcases the power of hypnosis.

The 4x1-hour series will again be hosted by Phillip Schofield. In each episode, five strangers take on a series of simple games, but under the power of hypnosis conducted by international mentalist Keith Barry. The contestants' hypnotic triggers cause them to unwittingly sabotage their chances of winning a cash prize. The first season went out on ITV in March, drawing an average of 4 million viewers each week.

Schofield said: “I'm incredibly excited to be back with a second series. I don't think anything could have prepared me for the genuinely hilarious and completely unexpected moments that happened in the first series. Each of the contestants were thoroughly entertaining, and I can't wait to see what happens this time around!”

Claire Zolkwer, the commissioning editor of comedy entertainment at ITV, said: “You're Back in the Room proved to be real talked-about television that provided moments of genuine hilarity. I look forward to falling under the show’s hypnotic trance once again.”

Karen Smith, the CEO of Tuesday’s Child, commented: “We’re delighted that our brand-new format has resonated so highly with ITV’s viewers and is back for a second series. There will be plenty more laugh-out-loud moments for all the family, and I can’t wait to meet our new contestants, who no doubt will be as unpredictable and entertaining as everyone from the first series!”

World Screen

posted 7/21/15


He May Be Young But He's Ready
Jalen Rose Joins Panel of "To Tell the Truth"
From the Futon Critic

Jalen Rose, "ESPN NBA Countdown" analyst, joins the cast as a celebrity panelist set to appear in each episode.

· Jalen Rose - Current ESPN/ABC analyst and former 13-year NBA star is one of the few professional athletes to maintain a high profile post retirement. Rose was the team captain of the legendary Fab Five University of Michigan basketball team. He helped take the 2000 Indiana Pacers to the NBA Finals. Rose is the founder of the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy and a devoted philanthropist.

The previously announced celebrity panelists set to appear in each episode include:

· Betty White - Seven-Time Emmy(R) Award Winning TV legend, actress, author and producer, and passionate supporter of animal health and welfare. Betty is known for her iconic television roles from "The Golden Girls" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."

· NeNe Leakes - Actress, TV personality, producer, author and fashion designer most recently seen on Broadway in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella.

Hosted by Anthony Anderson and produced by FremantleMedia North America, "To Tell the Truth" is an anarchic and funny re-imagination of the beloved game show of the same name. The all new version will take the excitement to another level featuring fun characters from pop culture over the six-episode series. "To Tell the Truth" is coming soon to the ABC Television Network.

"To Tell the Truth" is produced by FremantleMedia North America and will be taped in front of a live audience in Los Angeles, California. Barry Poznick, Toby Gorman, Thom Beers, Jeff Gaspin, George Moll and Anthony Anderson are executive producers. Production wrapped on the six episodes last week.

On Camera Audiences
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IndieWire
TMZ
Cinema Blend
Hollywood Reporter
EURweb
Deadline
Variety
Starpulse
Worldscreen
ContactMusic
The Futon Critic
The Wrap
Digital Spy
Wetpaint

posted 7/21/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Who's There?"

posted 7/21/15

AGT Celebrates Ten
Catch the Anniversary Special July 29
From the Futon Critic

Top-rated summer competition series "America's Got Talent" celebrates its milestone 10th anniversary with "10 Years of Talent," a two-hour special featuring the best "AGT" moments from the last decade. The special will air Wednesday, July 29 (8-10 p.m. ET) on NBC.

Hosted by Nick Cannon, this special episode will revisit 10 years of talent featuring past winners, special moments, favorite performances and commentary from current judges Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel, as well as former judge Piers Morgan.

To celebrate the series as part of the most successful reality television format in history, NBC will present "World's Got Talent" on Wednesday, Aug. 5 (8-9 p.m. ET). Featuring the most memorable acts from "Got Talent" productions from around the globe, the special showcases jaw-dropping talent and shocking moments American audiences have never seen before.

The "Got Talent" format, co-owned by Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia, holds the Guinness World Records(TM) title for the Most Successful Reality TV Format in history, having been commissioned in an impressive 69 territories worldwide. The "America's Got Talent" version of the format airs in 193 countries around the globe and has been the #1 U.S. summer reality series for the past decade.

Judge Cuts continue on "America's Got Talent" on the Tuesday, July 21 telecast (8-10p.m. ET), featuring guest judge Michael Bublé. In this round, the season's top acts perform for their chance to compete for America's vote in the live performance shows at Radio City Music Hall. One act will be chosen as Bublé's Golden Buzzer favorite and automatically earn a place in the Top 36.

The Futon Critic
Time

posted 7/20/15

Mecha-Sharks
Tech Savvy Guests Join the "Shark Tank" Next Season
From the Futon Critic

"Shark Tank," the critically-acclaimed and Emmy-winning reality show that has reinvigorated entrepreneurship in America, will bring three exciting new Guest Sharks into the Tank when the business-themed show returns this fall. The Guest Sharks will appear individually alongside four other Sharks in various episodes during the 2015-2016 season. The seventh season of "Shark Tank" premieres on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 (9:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

The guest Sharks are (alphabetically):

· Troy Carter -- A living story of beats, bytes and big ideas, Carter brings 20 years of experience in music, tech and entertainment to the art of the hustle as a founder of entertainment company Atom Factory and tech outlet Smashd.co. An early stage investor, Troy will launch SMASHD LABS startup accelerator in the fall of 2015 and maintains a portfolio of 70+ holdings including Uber, Spotify, DropBox, and Warby Parker. In addition, he is a self-accomplished talent manager for John Legend, Miguel and Meghan Trainor.

· Ashton Kutcher - An actor, producer, entrepreneur, and start-up investor, Kutcher co-created a venture fund, A-Grade Investments, with Ron Burkle and Guy Oseary in 2011. To date, A-Grade has invested in multiple tech companies including Airbnb, Spotify, Uber, Flipboard, SoundCloud, Foursquare, Shazam and Houzz. In 2014, Kutcher and Oseary founded another fund - Sound Ventures, which has invested in Pager, Handy, Meerkat, Zenefits, Classpass and more. Kutcher is also the co-founder of Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children, www.wearethorn.org. Thorn drives technology innovation to fight the sexual exploitation of children.

· Chris Sacca - One of the youngest self-made billionaires in the United States today, Sacca is the founder and chairman of Lowercase Capital, reported to be one of the most successful venture funds in history. A former Google executive, Sacca is now best known for being among the earliest and largest investors in companies such as Twitter, Uber, Instagram, and Kickstarter. His impact in the realms of technology and entrepreneurship led the Wall Street Journal to once cite Sacca as "possibly the most influential businessman in America." In parallel with his investing accomplishments, Sacca is a very active supporter of charity: water (https://www.charitywater.org/), working hands-on to bring clean water to the world's poorest families.

The Futon Critic
Time

posted 7/20/15


VAN MILLER: 1927-2015
Buffalo Legend Hosted "It's Academic"
From WIVB Buffalo

A Buffalo sportscasting legend has made his final call. Van Miller, 87, died peacefully on Friday evening.

Born in Dunkirk, Miller began his broadcasting career in 1955 as a summer replacement on WBEN radio and television calling high school sports. He became the Voice of the Bills during the team’s inaugural season in 1960. In addition to broadcasting Bills games, he called games for the NBA’s Buffalo Braves from 1971 to 1977. He also served as the sports director for WIVB-TV and was a weather reporter and a game show host.

Van considered it a great honor and great thrill to be the Voice of the Buffalo Bills for 37 years. His greatest gift was his ability to pass that thrill on to the fans.

Broadcasting was in his blood. “I’ve been doing it since I was in second grade,” he once reflected. “I used to talk into a hose and funnel on my back porch.”

He tapped into Bills fever in Buffalo, coining such phrases from the booth as “Fan-daemonium!” “Fasten Your Seatbelts!” “Can You Believe It!”

“You have to paint a word picture,” he said. “The team is driving. You build to a crescendo.”

The current Voice of the Bills, John Murphy, said of Van, “I think that his energy level and his enthusiasm are what set him apart from virtually everybody else.”

“That’s what makes a great announcer,” said Paul Peck, a former News 4 Buffalo sports anchor. “He was always trying to make you feel like you were in that stadium. Even if you’re driving down the Thruway at the time.”

WIVB Buffalo
Buffalo Democrat & Chronicle
TV Spy

posted 7/20/15

Paddy McGuinness Fails to Meet "Benchmark"
British Quiz Show Canceled
From the Mirror

Paddy McGuinness’ new game show has been pulled by TV executives after just a handful of episodes.

Channel 4’s Benchmark was ear-marked for a six-week run in a tea-time slot.

It was touted as C4’s answer to Pointless and was pitted against BBC 1’s top-rated daytime show.

Over 30 epiosdes have been filmed - but, network chiefs took it out of the schedules after just nine shows were screened - because of low ratings and a poor reception.

It is the THIRD telly show Take Me Out star Paddy, 41, has had axed in recent months.

The Mirror
Broadcast

posted 7/20/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "I (Don't) Want You (Anymore)"

  • Blake Shelton is going to have to find another "Nashville Star" also-ran to name check during "The Voice" (E!)
     
  • "Billy on the Street" has a big fan (Twitter @FLOTUS)
     
  • Fantasia gets married (Entertainment Tonight)
     
  • #ICYMI: Rob Gronkowski had to answer one easy question. And.... (WSB Atlanta)

posted 7/20/15

The Chase Is On.... Down Under
Andrew O'Keefe to Host Australian "Chase"
From Daily Telegraph

Channel 7’s preferred gameshow host Andrew O’Keefe has landed the plum role as host of Seven’s yet to be announced weekday afternoon series, The Chase.

O’Keefe last week recorded episodes of the top-secret co-production at Melbourne’s Southbank studios.

While Seven is yet to confirm it has commissioned a local version of the ITV produced gameshow, originally a British series, TV insiders say production is well under way on the show Seven has great hopes of helping it arrest its nightly news ratings capitulation to Channel 9.

The program, sources say, will replace the underperforming Deal Or No Deal, also hosted by O’Keefe and Million Dollar Minute, hosted by Simon Reeve.

Rumors that Seven had initially gone after Nine’s quizshow king Eddie McGuire for the job appear to be wide of the mark. It seems that while McGuire has been in Seven owner Kerry Stokes and CEO Tim Worner’s sights, it was with the network’s AFL coverage most in mind.

The high-energy O’Keefe is said to be “fantastic” as host of the one-hour series which pits four contestants against a “Chaser”.

The contestants individually try to amass as much money as possible answering questions to get themselves into the “Final Chase”. But standing in their way is their common enemy, the “Chaser”, one of the finest quiz brains in the country — a quiz genius.

There is no word yet on who has been cast in the part of “quiz genius”.

Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

posted 7/17/15

Thursday: Game Night
CBS Wins on All Fronts
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.764 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) took home top honors on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.156 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "Mom" (5.842 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Big Brother 17" (6.004 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Under the Dome" (4.789 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

NBC (4.888 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed the silver with its revised lineup of "Food Fighters" (3.815 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (5.425 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4).

Next up was ABC (3.801 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and its original trio of "The Astronaut Wives Club" (4.505 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5), "Mistresses" (3.283 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9) and "Rookie Blue" (3.615 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.605 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) served up new episodes of "Boom!" (2.012 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Wayward Pines" (3.199 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

And finally, The CW (0.781 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with fresh installments of "Beauty and the Beast" (1.039 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12), "Dates" (0.549 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) and another "Dates" (0.496 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13).

On cable...
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 1.414 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.140 million
- The Chase (GSN): 668,000
- Chain Reaction (P/GSN): 550,000
- Geeks Who Drink (P/Syfy): 381,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/17/15

Get Ready for an Aftershow in Paradise
ABC Plans "Bachelor in Paradise" Live Show
From the Futon Critic

ABC announced today that "After Paradise," a live one-hour weekly after-show, will debut on MONDAY, AUGUST 3 at 9:00 p.m., ET/PT, immediately following the two-night premiere of "Bachelor in Paradise." The second season of last summer's #1 new unscripted series, "Bachelor in Paradise," kicks off on SUNDAY, AUGUST 2 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET/PT) and MONDAY, AUGUST 3 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT). New episodes of "Bachelor in Paradise" will continue to air on Sundays (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET/PT) and Mondays (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT), with "After Paradise" airing afterwards (9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT.) The after-show episodes are hosted by Chris Harrison and co-host Jenny Mollen, and produced by Embassy Row, the company behind "Watch What Happens Live" and the Emmy-nominated "Talking Dead."

"After Paradise" will feature host Harrison and co-host Mollen discussing and dissecting the most recent episodes of "Bachelor in Paradise," alongside cast members and celebrity fans. Bachelor fans know Mollen from her prolific live tweeting during past seasons of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette," while Harrison is the man who has seen it all as the host of "The Bachelor" franchise since the first rose ceremony took place over 13 years ago. Together they'll present questions and comments from viewers, debut deleted scenes, outtakes and exclusive extra content, all the while allowing members of #BachelorNation to finally have their say.

"After Paradise" is executive produced by Mike Fleiss for Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television and Michael Davies, Jen Patton and Elan Gale for Embassy Row.

The Futon Critic
Entertainment Weekly

posted 7/17/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "The Wolf's Den"

  • Tyler Posey added to "Knock Knock Live" (The Futon Critic)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Geeks Who Drink (Syfy, Thursdays) (Decider)
     
  • Carol Vorderman goes into the wild blue yonder (Daily Express)

posted 7/17/15

And the Nominees Are...
Academy Releases Emmy Bids
From the Futon Critic

The nominations for the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards include:

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
- The Amazing Race · CBS
- Dancing With The Stars · ABC
- Project Runway · Lifetime
- So You Think You Can Dance · FOX
- Top Chef · Bravo
- The Voice · NBC

Outstanding Reality-Competition Host
- Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars) - ABC
- Anthony Bourdain (The Taste) - ABC
- Cat Deeley (So You Think You Can Dance) - Fox
- Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn (Project Runway) - Lifetime
- Jane Lynch (Hollywood Game Night) - NBC

The Futon Critic
TV Insider

posted 7/16/15

Wednesday: ESPY Night
ABC Wins Night on ESPN Awards
From the Futon Critic

ABC (7.711 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with its presentation of "The 2015 ESPY Awards" (7.711 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1).

CBS (5.120 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) then claimed the silver with its trio of "Big Brother 17" (5.968 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Criminal Minds" (4.830 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "Extant" (4.562 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8).

Next up was NBC (4.513 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and encores of "America's Got Talent" (5.790 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) and "American Ninja Warrior" (3.875 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.665 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) served up a new "MasterChef" (4.705 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and the season finale of "Bullseye" (2.626 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.140 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9) and "Supernatural" (0.851 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) on The CW (0.995 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV2): 668,000
- Skin Wars (GSN): 516,000
- IdioTest (GSN, 10:30p): 375,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/16/15

Getting Wild Again
Sky1 Orders Second Season
From World Screen

Sky 1 has commissioned a brand-new season of the family entertainment show Wild Things from Zodiak-owned IWC Media, Mad Monk and GroupM Entertainment.

The first run of Wild Things, distributed by Zodiak Rights, was hosted by Kate Humble and Jason Byrne. It saw couples compete in physical challenges wearing giant animal costumes. Wild Things 2 will see the return of those animal costumes and comical challenges.

Gary Monaghan, the executive producer and managing director at Mad Monk, said, “We are delighted that Sky has agreed to let us go wild in the country once again. Last year angry Owls and demented Ducks ruled the Wild Wood. This year we’re looking for big improvements from the Rabbits and the Squirrels who now have a chance to make up for a very disappointing first season.”

Tony Moulsdale, the director of programming at GroupM Entertainment, remarked: “GME is thrilled to be working with Sky, IWC Media and Mad Monk again on this truly innovative format. We look forward to bringing audiences another hilarious dose of Wild Things’ mayhem.”

Adam MacDonald, the director of Sky 1, added that the show is a “big daft slice of genius…it’s brilliant that bonkers can still thrive.”

World Screen

posted 7/16/15

Fifteen Celebrities in a Room...
C4 Greenlights Star-Studded "Fifteen to One"
From Realscreen

Channel 4 has ordered four celebrity quiz show specials from Argonon-owned Remedy Productions.

Hosted by Australian comedian Adam Hills (pictured), Celebrity Fifteen to One - a star-studded version of the iconic quiz show Fifteen to One - is to showcase 15 celebrities from the worlds of comedy, entertainment, sports and music as they battle through three rounds of questions for the chance to win a grand prize for charity.

The four episodes – licensed from Fifteen to One distributor DRG - will feature a variety of celebrities, including English comedian and actor Sean Lock, EastEnders actor Natalie Cassidy, TV presenter Amanda Lamb, Italian choreographer Bruno Tonioli, former tennis player Greg Rusedski, politician Ken Livingstone, parliamentarian Tanni Grey-Thompson, and singer-songwriter Tony Hadley.

Celebrity Fifteen to One, which will air later this summer, is exec produced by Julie Kelling and series produced by Laura Turner for Remedy Productions.

The specials were commissioned by Channel 4′s entertainment team and will be handled by Ed de Burgh, commissioning editor for entertainment.

Realscreen
World Screen
ATV Today

posted 7/16/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Raising (and Lowering) Hell"

  • FIRST LOOK: Hellevator (GSN, fall) (Dread Central)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Knock Knock Live (Fox, Tuesday) (Newsday)
     
  • Emily Maynard welcomes baby #2 (People)
     
  • Is "The Apprentice" ready for Magic? (TMZ)
     
  • Anthony Bourdain throws shade on Guy Fieri (Salon)
     
  • Dating Naked's new ad. NSFW (Adweek)
     
  • Alex Trebek takes time off from his budding hip-hop career to throw shade on Tom Brady (Fox Sports)

posted 7/16/15


Syndies: Week 41
Results for the Week Ending July 5
From B&C

Debmar-Mercury's Wendy Williams demonstrated the strength of its summer strategy, marking two important firsts. Wendy tied Disney-ABC's Live for first place among daytime's key demographic of women 25-54 for the first time, while also tying Warner Bros.' Ellen and NBCUniversal's Maury for third place among households.

In general, talkers managed to escape summer's doldrums, with 10 of 13 in the genre steady or up for the week ended July 5, which included the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud seems to be settling the argument of who leads the game show race, topping the category for the fourth week in a row, including one tie, with a steady 6.2. CTD’s Jeopardy! weakened 2% to a 6.0. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune skidded 3% to a new season- low 5.8 and remained in an unaccustomed third place for a second straight week. Year to year, Feud was up 44%, while Jeopardy! added 11% and Wheel moved up 4%. Feud also led all of syndication among women 25-54 at a 3.1, ahead of Judge Judy at a 3.0.

Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire remained at its all-time low 1.6 for the tenth time in 11 week, dropping 20% from last year at this time. Debmar-Mercury’s freshman Celebrity Name Game was unchanged at a 1.3.

B&C
TV by the Numbers
TV NewsCheck

posted 7/15/15

Tuesday: Hey Now, You're an All-Star
Fox Wins on MLB All-Star Game
From the Futon Critic

FOX (10.206 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday with its annual presentation of the "MLB All-Star Game" (10.206 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1).

NBC (8.809 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then had to settle for second place with originals from "America's Got Talent" (10.570 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) and "Hollywood Game Night" (5.286 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3).

Next up was CBS (6.319 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its trio of "NCIS" (6.798 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Zoo" (6.480 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.680 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.652 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up repeats of "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.781 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Black-ish" (2.512 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) alongside a new "Extreme Weight Loss" (2.655 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.344 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10) and "iZombie" (0.875 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) on The CW (1.109 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- Chopped Grill Masters (Food): 1.404 million
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.055 million
- WWE Tough Enough (USA): 977,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/15/15

Game Night App; Drinks Not Included
Fruit Ninja Developer Teams with NBC
From Develop

Halfbrick ( Fruit Ninja, Jetpack Joyride) and Universal Partnerships & Licensing have joined forces to bring the huge laughs and wild fun of “Hollywood Game Night” to smartphones and tablets around the world.

The digital game adaptation of NBC’s hit TV show is now available for $0.99 USD on the App Store, Google Play, and Amazon Appstore for Android, giving partygoers everything they need to turn an evening with friends into the ultimate game night experience.

The outrageous social game allows up to eight players to participate in a series of laughter-inducing mini games, including fan-favorites like “How Do you Doo?”, “Take the Hint”, “Smash the Buzzer” and “I Love a Charade”. There are seven games in total.

Each game – made popular by celebrities – requires players to sing, mime or test their knowledge across a wide range of topics including music, movies, celebrities and sports.

The mobile game places a heavy emphasis on pop culture trivia and fast-paced gameplay, and is the perfect way for players to replicate all the excitement and spontaneity of the game show experience.

“Halfbrick is thrilled to partner with Universal Partnerships & Licensing to take the fun and games of ‘Hollywood Game Night’ from the living room television to the palm of your hand," said Sara Fonseca, marketing coordinator at Halfbrick. “‘Hollywood Game Night’ is a perfect smartphone and tablet game -- fostering spontaneous bouts of hilarious party games with friends all around the world.”

Develop
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/15/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "What Price Trump"

  • Donald Trump released his personal income... but it's a presser, so take from it what you will (Deadline), meanwhile, there may be someone in line to replace him... or not... (The Wrap) ... oh forget it...
     
  • "The Bachelorette": The Men Beat It All Out of Each Other (TMZ), PLUS it's curtains for another couple (Us Magazine) and Kaitlyn Bristowe is officially the worst "Bachelorette" ever. So says... (New York Post)
     
  • Alex Trebek gives us our Throwback Thursday... one day early (Torontoist) PLUS you can stand under his umbrella, ella, ella (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • Craig Ferguson to play Troy Music Hall (Albany Times-Union)
     
  • Coming soon: Family Feud Australia: The Scratchies! (Licensing.biz)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP: if your lawyer shows up smelling of cannabis, you usually brush it off. If your lawyer is a Chaser, however... (Legal Cheek)
     
  • Nick Cannon to star in Spike Lee's first joint for Amazon (The Futon Critic)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Chris Cashman, the host of "1 vs. 100 Live" on Xbox (Shack News)

posted 7/15/15

Round 4... FIGHT!
"Knife Fight" Renewed
From the Futon Critic

It's cooked or be cooked! Esquire Network has greenlit a fourth season of the raucous under-ground cooking competition series KNIFE FIGHT, which wraps season three with an epic one-hour finale tonight, Tuesday, July 14 at 10/9c. In each episode, two chefs go head-to-head, making at least two dishes in a single hour from a combination of secret ingredients judged by Chef Ilan Hall. Production on season four begins mid-July at Hall's Brooklyn-based restaurant, The Gorbals. Shot tournament style, notable nation-wide chefs compete to conquer mystery ingredients and each other, with only one left standing.

Esquire Network continues to gain momentum delivering its third consecutive quarter of double-digit growth. Outperforming last season, KNIFE FIGHT season three's performance is +31% among Adults 18-49 and +82% with Total Viewers. Tonight, it's the epic grand finale battle and only two culinary conquistadors remain: the classically trained, Michelin-starred Austrian, Edi Frauneder, and the self taught Peruvian powerhouse, Miguel Aguilar. They've created mind-blowing dishes to get to this point, but only one will go home with the prized 'Lamb Splitter' knife. Mystery ingredients include whole alligator, fennel, duck, toadfish and cough drops.

KNIFE FIGHT is produced for Esquire Network by Flower Films and Authentic Entertainment. For Flower Films, Drew Barrymore and Nancy Juvonen are executive producers; co-executive producers are Ember Truesdell and Chris Miller. For Authentic Entertainment, Lauren Lexton, Tom Rogan and J.C. Begley are executive producers. Ilan Hall, Rich Kim and Kevin Johnston are executive producers.

The Futon Critic
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 7/14/15

Monday: Record Setting Night for "Fool Us"
ABC, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

Last night's second episode of PENN & TELLER: FOOL US was The CW's most watched program (1.99M) in its time period in four and a half years (since 12/6/10).

PENN & TELLER rose +20% over last week in total viewers, and also rose a tenth in A18-34 (0.5/2), while holding steady in A18-49 (0.5/2). Last night was PENN & TELLER's most watched episode since 9/3/14 (aired on Wednesday night), and its highest rated episode in A18-34 since 9/3/14.

WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? also rose +24% week to week in total viewers (1.57M), and rose a tenth in A18-49 (0.5/2), while holding even in A18-34 (0.4/2).

CEDRIC'S BARBER BATTLE had its most watched (1.1M) episode to date and hit a series high in A18-34 (0.3/1) and in A18-49 (0.4/1).

ABC (5.863 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) was the most-watched network on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Bachelorette" (6.955 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "The Whispers" (3.679 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

NBC (5.207 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) then shared in the top demo honors with a new "American Ninja Warrior" (5.897 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and the return of "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (3.827 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3).

Next up was FOX (3.245 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.245 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.038 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up its repeat lineup of "2 Broke Girls" (4.564 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "Mike & Molly" (4.571 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Scorpion" (4.895 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.650 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

On cable...
- Cake Wars (Food): 882,000
- Barmageddon (SF/truTV): 254,000

TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/14/15


Weekend: ABC in a Family Way
Celebrity Feud Dominates The Weekend
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.188 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.950 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5), "Celebrity Family Feud" (8.598 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1), "BattleBots" (4.169 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and "Castle" (3.034 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

CBS (5.168 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then claimed the silver with its quartet of "60 Minutes" (7.443 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6), "Big Brother 17" (5.812 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Madam Secretary" (3.648 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (3.768 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Next up was NBC (3.347 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) with rebroadcasts of "Hollywood Game Night" (2.177 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. The World" (3.737 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4).

And finally, repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (0.896 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16), another "Bob's Burgers" (1.012 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15), "The Simpsons" (1.490 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.189 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Family Guy" (1.583 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7) and a new "Golan the Insatiable" (1.131 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) on FOX (1.217 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) closed out the evening.

The night prior, ABC won with a marathon of "Feud" at 8p (3.487 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4), 9p (3.704 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and 10p (4.130 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1).

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food): 2.189 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.289 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.103 million
- The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians (FS1): 698,000

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Deadline
Variety
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/14/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Will You Accept This?"

  • "The Bachelor" can be anyone from someone from this season of "The Bachelorette" (Us Magazine) to one in particular...  (E!)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Geeks Who Drink" (Syfy, Thursday) (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • "The Crystal Maze": More money equals more power (Digital Spy)
     
  • In praise of UK game shows (Den of Geek)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: 9 celebs you forgot was on "The Price Is Right" (Hollywood.com) (NSFW)

posted 7/14/15

University Challenge: The More Things Change...
New Season Begins Today
From London Evening Standard

The UK’s most difficult TV quiz, that has even the most dedicated eggheads racking their brains, returns for a new series in 2015.

University Challenge, based from the US' "GE College Bowl", has dominated the screen for over 50 years, remaining an enduring challenge for all contestants in the studio, and those attempting to answer the questions on the sofa at home.

Here’s how the legendary quiz has changed since it began way back in 1962.

One of the most remarkable things with University Challenge is that, well, it hasn’t really changed – not fundamentally, anyway. The show still finds two university quiz teams, each comprising four members, who are challenged with a ‘Starter for 10’, a question which scores the team 10 points if answered correctly, and also allows them the opportunity to answer four follow-up questions, each worth five points. The team with the most points at the end of half an hour are declared the winners.

In its original run, University Challenge was presented by Bamber Gascoigne, and the show aired on Granada (aka ITV) rather than the BBC. It did still feature the classic ‘double decker’ visual style, but in something you’d never see on TV today you can see members of the audience smoking – just look at the man in the bottom left just over a minute into the clip above.

London Evening Standard

posted 7/13/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Please Understand"

  • #ICYMI: For those who are tired of pee-pee jokes on "Feud", here's a real boob. (The Stir) PLUS a few good minutes with Steve Harvey (Hollywood Outbreak)
     
  • Cat Deeley crosses into Emmy nominations (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • "Food Fighters" to welcome an overbearing, overemotional humanoid. That's right... a teenager (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • A round of "Don't Forget Me When I'm Gone" by Ryan Seacrest (Today)
     
  • Ted Allen chops any rumors of "Queer Eye" being "minstrelsy" (Slate)
     
  • There are some things you see on the "Big Brother" livestream that you wish you hadn't. This.... is one of them. (The Daily Beast) (NSFW)

posted 7/13/15

Thursday: Eyeballs
CBS Takes First
From The Futon Critic

CBS (5.785 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) staked claim to the top spot on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.841 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "Mom" (5.911 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) repeats followed by "Big Brother 17" (5.902 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Under the Dome" (5.078 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

FOX (2.760 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then took home the silver with originals from "Boom!" (2.222 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Wayward Pines" (3.299 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

Next up was ABC (3.986 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its trio of "The Astronaut Wives Club" (4.321 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Mistresses" (3.478 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "Rookie Blue" (4.161 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.395 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Food Fighters" (3.316 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Aquarius" (2.471 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) and "Hannibal" (1.397 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12).

And finally, a new "Beauty and the Beast" (0.901 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) led into the premiere of "Dates" (0.695 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and a second "Dates" (0.523 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15) on The CW (0.755 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Alone (History): 2.082 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 1.273 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.102 million

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/10/15

"America's Got" An App
Features Include Live Voting, Tweeting
From Business Insider

NBC and "America's Got Talent" is giving the competition show's fans another fun level of interaction.

"AGT" launched a new app on Thursday that allows live voting and shows realtime results, among a ton of other fun new features.

Available for download on Apple IOS and Android mobile devices, the app gives users the ability to use their own green, red, and golden buzzers (just like the judges on TV) and view the real time results.

The "AGT" app allows fans to vote for your favorite acts during the live voting episodes, save acts during results night, and tweet host Nick Cannon and the judges directly from the app.

Business Insider

posted 7/10/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Pub Quiz: The Series"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Geeks Who Drink (Syfy, Thursday) (Lansing State Journal)
     
  • Grant Denyer celebrates one year on "Family Feud" (Perth Now)
     
  • "Let's Make a Deal" celebrates Christmas in July (Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: putting a ring on it on Catchphrase (Mirror)

posted 7/10/15

More on "Steampunk'd"
Catch It on GSN August 19
From The Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today the premiere of its new original series, STEAMPUNK’D, hosted by Jeannie Mai (“The Real”). The eight-episode series, which seeks to discover the most talented and versatile steampunk designer in America, will debut on Wednesday, August 19 at 10:00 pm ET (9pm Central) on GSN.

Inspired by 19th century industrial steam-powered machinery, Steampunk is a retro-futuristic design movement seen in everything from fashion, to technology, to pop culture. In STEAMPUNK’D, the contestants (also known as “Makers”) work in teams and compete in a series of pressure-filled challenges designed to test their unique abilities to transform ordinary objects and fashion into creative masterpieces. Each week one of the 10 Makers will be eliminated and the last one standing will take home the $100,000 grand prize.

As each project is completed, the Makers will unveil their work for the judges, including the leading authority on Steampunk, Thomas Willeford; Matt King, creator, writer and director of the series “The World of Steam,” and Kate "Kato" Lambert, the British model, entrepreneur and founder of Steampunk Couture, a clothing line featuring neo-Victorian, sci-fi and shabby chic fashion.

The STEAMPUNK’D “Makers’ are:

• Ave Rose (Culver City, CA)
• Charles Mason (Hillsboro, OR)
• Edward Thayer (Jackson, MI)
• James Neatherly (Nashville)
• Josh “JW” Kinsey (Portland, OR)
• Karianne Gottschalk (Detroit)
• Morgan Olsen (Los Angeles)
• Niki Phillips (Tallahassee, FL)
• Tayliss Forge (Irvine, CA)
• Tobias McCurry (Seattle)

STEAMPUNK’D is executive produced by Kimberly and John Ehrhard (“Hogan Knows Best,” “Miami Social”) of Pink Sneakers Productions and Jennifer J. Duncan.

TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic

posted 7/9/15

More on "Twinning"
Catch It on VH1 July 22
From The Futon Critic

For the first time ever, VH1 is putting "twin-tuition" to the test with new reality competition series "Twinning" premiering Wednesday, July 22nd at 10PM ET/PT. With ten hour-long episodes and hosted by Angie Greenup, "Twinning" is an arc'd competition series in which 12 sets of twins will go head-to-head for a grand prize of $222,222.22. But getting there won't be easy. Viewers will experience double the meltdowns, double the hook-ups, and, of course, double the fun when twin teams are pushed to their limits in unexpected ways. As the strengths and weaknesses of each twin pair is revealed, relationships will be tested and resentments will be exposed. In the end, one pair of twins will be left standing and win the cash prize, and be crowned as "Twinners!"

"Twinning" was created and is produced by Lighthearted Entertainment. Executive producers are Howard Schultz, Rob LaPlante and Jeff Spangler. Executive Producers for VH1 are Susan Levison, Jill Holmes, Kristen Kelly, Fernando Mills and Tricia Biggio.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/9/15

Wednesday: Dead Heat Hump
Fox, NBC Split Night with CBS
From The Futon Critic

FOX (3.781 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) was the demo champ on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "MasterChef" (4.837 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and "Bullseye" (2.726 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Sharing the top spot was NBC (5.001 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) with encores of "America's Got Talent" (6.589 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and "American Ninja Warrior" (4.206 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

Next up was CBS (5.367 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its mix of "Big Brother 17" (5.840 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1), a repeat "Criminal Minds" (5.204 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and a new "Extant" (5.056 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.533 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up repeats of "The Middle" (3.936 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12), "The Goldbergs" (3.367 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "Modern Family" (3.984 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5) and "Black-ish" (3.610 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) plus a new "Celebrity Wife Swap" (3.150 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

And finally, second runs of "Arrow" (1.236 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "Supernatural" (0.868 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) on The CW (1.052 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV2): 714,000
- Skin Wars (GSN): 638,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (Fox Sports 1): 423,000
- IdioTest (GSN/10p): 370,000
- IdioTest (GSN/10:30p): 361,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/9/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Reunited (and It Feels So Good)"

  • Regis is back on TV... with Kathie Lee (The Futon Critic)
     
  • When a naturalized American citizen of Mexican descent writes a letter to a Presidential candidate, it tends to not be news. When it's Marco Antonio Regil writing to Donald Trump, however... (PR Newswire)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Larry Emdur (News.com.au)

posted 7/8/15


Tuesday: NBC Sees ABC's One-Two Summer Games And Bumps It
Peacock Takes First
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.711 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with a new "America's Got Talent" (10.358 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and the return of "Hollywood Game Night" (5.416 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2).

The silver then went to CBS (6.999 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) with a repeat "NCIS" (7.481 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), week two of "Zoo" (7.530 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and a repeat "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.987 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

Next up was ABC (2.269 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and repeats of "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.865 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Black-ish" (2.603 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) followed by a new "Extreme Weight Loss" (2.036 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.068 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up a new "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (2.463 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and a special repeat "Bullseye" (1.672 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.439 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "iZombie" (0.941 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) on The CW (1.190 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.342 million
- Chopped (Food): 1.268 million
- WWE Tough Enough (USA): 1.221 million

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Washington Post
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Digital Spy
Hollywood Reporter
The Wrap
Variety

posted 7/8/15


Syndies: Week 40
Results for the Week Ending June 28
From B&C

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud continued to defy the typical summer slump, winning the game race for the third week in a row for the week ending June 28.

The Steve Harvey-led game show was in sole possession of first place with a 5% weekly gain to a 6.2 live plus same day national household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research. That beat CBS Television Distribution’s Jeopardy!, which added 3% for the week to a second-place 6.1. CTD’s perennial leader, Wheel of Fortune, took third place for the first time in recent memory with a 2% gain to a 6.0. Year to year, Feud is up 27%, while Jeopardy! improved 5% and Wheel weakened 2%.

Meanwhile, Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire remained mired at its all-time low 1.6 for the ninth time in ten weeks, declining 20% from last year. Debmar-Mercury’s freshman Celebrity Name Game recovered 8% to a 1.3.

B&C
TV NewsCheck
TV by the Numbers

posted 7/8/15

Sunday: One Nation, One Team... One Winner
Fox Owns Holiday Weekend Care of Women's World Cup
From TV Media Insights

It was all about Fox last night care of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup at a roughly estimated 15.2 rating/27 share in the household overnights for the 7-9 p.m. portion (peaking in the 8:30 p.m. half-hour at a 17.9/30). Combined with Post-Game coverage in the 9 p.m. half-hour (11.3/19) and a 3.1/ 5 for a repeat of “The Simpsons” at 9:30 p.m. (#1: 3.1/ 5) and Fox, overall, beat the Big 3 nets combined by 52 percent in the overnights. As always, results for any live sporting event are approximate.

In the battle of “Celebrity Family Feud” on ABC versus “Big Brother” on CBS, the survey says a 40 percent overnight advantage for ABC. “Celebrity Family Feud” scored a 4.9/ 8 (#2) from 8-9 p.m. compared to a 3.5/ 6 (#3) for “Big Brother.” And both were off by minor percentages from one week earlier (“Celebrity Family Feud”: – 9 percent; “Big Brother”: -10 percent) opposite soccer on Fox. Expect in the vicinity of a 1.7 or a 1.8 rating in adults 18-49 for “Celebrity Family Feud” and about a 1.6 for “Big Brother.”

Comparably, “Celebrity Family Feud” built from a lead-in of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” (#3t, 2.2/ 4 at 7 p.m.) by 123 percent. And CBS opened the evening with a 5.1/ 9 in the overnights for older skewing granddaddy “60 Minutes” (#2).

Also on CBS were repeats of the pilot episode of “Zoo” (#2t, 2.4/ 4) and the second season premiere of “Extant” (#3: 1.8/ 3) from 9-11 p.m. And ABC populated the block with recent entry “BattleBots” (#2t: 2.4/ 4 at 9 p.m.: -11 percent from one week earlier) and a repeat of “Castle” (#2: 1.9/ 3).

NBC's rain-delayed NASCAR race (Coke Zero 400) gave the peacock 3.619 million.

On cable:
- Food Network Star (Food): 2.299 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.486 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.214 million

TV Media Insights
TV by the Numbers
Worldscreen
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/8/15

Monday: SEX! (Now That We Got Your Attention)
ABC Wins on Revealing "Bachelorette"
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.778 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the network to beat on Monday with originals from "The Bachelorette" (6.921 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "The Whispers" (3.491 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

The silver then went to NBC (5.237 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) with new episodes of "American Ninja Warrior" (6.176 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "The Island" (3.359 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

Next up was FOX (3.361 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its latest installment of "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.361 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.928 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (4.560 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Mike & Molly" (4.616 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Scorpion" (4.409 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.786 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

And finally, the season premiere of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.797 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), a relocated "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.482 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and a new "Cedric's Barber Battle" (1.001 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) on The CW (1.519 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- Barmageddon (truTV): 242,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/7/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Lawyered"

  • Cablevision gets blocked in court; GSN can use their expert witness (Law360)
     
  • "Babushka" produces international pilot (TBI Vision)
     
  • Omarosa says the only thing that Omarosa can say about Donald Trump.. "I’m going to pray that God gives him clarity, that God gives him the ability to impact people’s lives positively." (Washington Post)

posted 7/8/15


POINTS!
Comedy Central Renews "@midnight" for Third Season
From AV Club

Comedy Central has renewed @midnight for a third season, guaranteeing another year of Chris Hardwick yelling and staring directly at the camera. Hardwick’s social media game show, which brings in a new lineup of comedians every episode, debuted on Comedy Central in the fall of 2013; once Jon Stewart departs The Daily Show, Hardwick will have the longest tenure of any of the network’s current late-night hosts.

“Creating a new franchise in late night is no small feat, and we couldn’t be more proud of Chris and the entire team for what they’ve accomplished,” Kent Alterman, Comedy Central’s president of content development and original programming, says. In a statement, the network also noted that @midnight reaches the youngest and most male audience of any late night talk show, with an audience that’s 68 percent male and a median viewer age of 33.

Season 3 of "@midnight" will launch in 2016.

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posted 7/7/15

More on "Knock Knock Live"
Kellie Pickler, Ross Mathews, Adrienne Bailon Named Co-Hosts
From the Wrap

Knock, knock. Who’s there? Why, it’s Kellie Pickler, Ross Mathews, Adrienne Bailon, Jordan “Shorty” Johnson and Chuey Martinez, who are set to co-host Fox’s now-crowded game show, “Knock Knock Live.”

The weekly series will technically be hosted by Ryan Seacrest from a Los Angeles-based studio, with the other celebrity co-hosts on the road. Pickler, Mathews, Bailon, Johnson and Martinez will show up at unsuspecting people’s doorsteps for an impromptu game show, awarding prizes and the possibility for contestants to meet David Beckham, Luke Bryan, Common, Florida Georgia Line, Mike Holmes, Lea Michele and Meghan Trainor, among others.

“Knock Knock Live” is produced by XIX Entertainment and Dick Clark Productions. Simon Fuller, Michael Herwick, Allen Shapiro, Mike Mahan, Mark Bracco, Stijn Bakkers, Nicolle Yaron, and Ryan Seacrest serve as executive producers. Fuller, Seacrest, DCP and Fox are stakeholders in the format worldwide. Fuller’s business XIX Entertainment has appointed DCP to be the international distributor of the format and series.

“Knock Knock Live” premieres Tuesday, July 21 at 9 p.m. on Fox.

The Wrap
Deadline

posted 7/7/15

More on "ABDC's" Return
Catch It On MTV July 29
From the Futon Critic

MTV will heat up this summer when six all-star dance crews - including five previous champions - take to the "America's Best Dance Crew" ("ABDC") stage to battle for dance supremacy and cement their "ABDC" legacy. Dream match-ups become reality as seasons clash and crews face off in the ultimate battle to see who is the best of the best. The five returning crews include Super Cr3W (season 2 champions), Quest Crew (season 3 champions), We Are Heroes (season 4 champions), I.aM.mE (season 6 champions) and Elektrolytes (season 7 champions); taking the "ABDC" stage for the first time are Kinjaz (which include members from season 1 crews Jabbawockeez and Kaba Modern). "ABDC" is hosted by Jason Dundas ("Entertainment Tonight") and the judging panel includes hip hop superstar T-Pain, G.O.O.D. Music recording artist Teyana Taylor and television and Broadway performer Frankie Grande.

MTV will reinvent the hit competition series with six all-new "Video Music Award"-themed episodes. Each week the all-star crews will have to create routines inspired by "VMA"-related elements and challenges. The winner will be crowned in the live finale episode, set to air as the lead-in to the "2015 MTV Video Music Awards" Pre-Show on Sunday, August 30th at 4:00pm ET/PT.

The acts:
- Super Cr3W Season 2 "ABDC" Champions Las Vegas, NV Super Cr3w is comprised of the best of the best, with three well-known b-boy crews - Battle Monkees, Full Force and Knucklehead Zoo.
- Quest Crew Season 3 "ABDC" Champions Los Angeles, CA Quest Crew is a group of close friends with a common love for dance and the arts. From b-boying to tutting to martial arts, each member brings their own specialty and style to the stage with a great mix of humor, musicality and innovative choreography.
- We Are Heroes Season 4 "ABDC" Champions Los Angeles, CA The first and only female crew to win the "ABDC" title, We Are Heroes prides itself on its diversity, as the seven members come from all different parts of the world.
- I.aM.mE Season 6 "ABDC" Champions Houston, TX I.aM.mE refers to their unique dance style as "brain banging," a series of connections and large-scale visuals that create shapes and puzzles with the human body. This innovative style not only won over the judges and viewers in season six but it opened doors for the crew to spread this style and their knowledge of dance with fans across the globe.
- Elektrolytes Season 7 "ABDC" Champions Gilbert, AZ The desert boys from Arizona are the reigning champions of ABDC and are ready to prove themselves once again.
- Kinjaz Los Angeles, CA Making their "ABDC" debut, the Kinjaz are a brotherhood of crusaders (comprised of former team leaders who used to compete against each other) on a quest to fearlessly explore the depths of their artistic purpose.

Fans can hashtag #ABDC and follow the @ABDCINSIDER on Twitter and "like" the official ABDC page on Facebook.

"ABDC" is shot on location in Los Angeles, where dance crews perform their hottest moves for dance supremacy and a $100,000 cash prize. Every performance-themed episode gives insight into the crews' emotion, spirit and inspiration as they step up to the challenge and show-off their ground-breaking choreography. Judges will eliminate crews each week, and viewers around the country will vote during the LIVE finale episode to choose the nation's best dance crew.

"America's Best Dance Crew: Road to the VMAs" is executive produced by Jane Y. Mun ("The Sing Off"), Rob Lee (Bayonne Entertainment) and Howard and Karen Schwartz (Hip Hop International).

The Futon Critic

posted 7/7/15

More on "Project Runway" 14
Catch It On Lifetime August 6
From the Futon Critic

Lifetime's Emmy nominated Project Runway (#ProjectRunway) returns with sixteen new hopefuls competing for fashion glory, starting Thursday, August 6, at 9pm ET/PT. With New York as their canvas for inspiration, the fashion adventure of their lives will only last as long as they continue to impress judges Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and Zac Posen, and mentor Tim Gunn. But no decision is ever final as Tim will once again have an opportunity to "save" one designer from being eliminated.

Guest judges this season include:

· Bella Thorne (Scream)

· Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men)

· Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)

· Paula Patton (About Last Night)

· Ashley Tisdale (Clipped)

· Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer (UnREAL)

· Singer/songwriter Ciara

· Singer and America's Got Talent judge Mel B

· Supermodel Coco Rocha

· Fashion designer Lisa Perry

· Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model and host of Lifetime's Project Runway Junior, Hannah Davis

The Project Runway Season 14 designers are:

· Amanda Perna, 28 - Delray Beach, FL

· Ashley Nell Tipton, 23 - San Diego, CA

· Blake Patterson, 24 - Chardon, OH and Los Angeles, CA

· Candice Marie Cuoco, 27 - San Francisco, CA

· David Giampiccolo, 31 - Brussels, Belgium and Los Angeles, CA

· Duncan Chambers-Watson, 25 - Christchurch, New Zealand

· Edmond Newton, 36 - Union, South Carolina and Atlanta, GA

· Gabrielle Arruda, 27 - Brooklyn, NY

· Hanmiao Yang, 26 - Chengdu, China and New York, NY

· Jake Wall, 35 - San Luis Obispo and San Francisco, CA

· Joseph Poli, 37 - San Diego, CA and Las Vegas, NV

· Kelly Dempsey, 31 - Monson, MA and Boston, MA

· Laurie Underwood, 29 - Chicago, IL

· Lindsey Creel, 28 - Austin, TX

· Merline Labissiere, 32 - Miami, FL and Savannah, GA

· Swapnil Shinde, 33 - Mumbai, India

The winner of Project Runway will receive $100,000 to launch his or her business and a Celebrity Cruises(R) modern luxury vacation for two to almost anywhere in the world. Sally Beauty will supply a year's worth of products and the opportunity to consult with Sally Beauty to create a limited edition "FingerPaints" nail color collection. Travel and hotel accommodations to inspiring destinations around the world will be provided by Best Western International and from Mary Kay, the winner will receive an entire year's worth of beauty products for their fashion shows and professional makeup artist services for their debut show. The winner also receives a 2015 Lexus RC 350 and a complete sewing and crafting studio from Brother Sewing and Embroidery. The winning designer and model will also receive a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/7/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Todd Newton Saves the World"

  • Todd Newton to host Miss USA after original hosts, network, talent, and judges bail out (TMZ)
     
  • Michael Barrymore sued the police (3News)
     
  • Mike Fleiss promises that next season of "The Bachelorette" won't end in three words. The words are not "let's love... NOW!" (Twitter @fleissmeister)
     
  • Bobby Deen was posted - and was deleted - on a tweet. Paula Deen was involved, so... you figure it out. (Mediaite)
     
  • James Corden to host TCAs (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: Seven things TV has taught Richard Osman... (What's on TV) ... plus one it hasn't: how to love (The Sun)
     
  • Paul Sinha gets schooled... LITERALLY (BT)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Zachary Levi (TV Insider)

posted 7/7/15

Eddie McGuire Shuns Seven for Nine
"Hot Seat" Host Remains with Host Network
From the Australian

Australia’s highest-paid broadcaster, Eddie McGuire, has decided to stay with the Nine Network after the latest attempt by Seven to recruit him.

The Seven Network push, spearheaded by chairman Kerry Stokes and CEO Tim Worner, was particularly pressing, with the network hoping to turn around its poor performance in Melbourne at 5.30pm, running in to its 6pm news service.

Seven’s pitch to McGuire focused on him moving into the 5.30pm timeslot with a new game show, aimed at nobbling Nine’s Millionaire Hot Seat in the process, and becoming a strong presence on Seven Melbourne, a market in which the network is struggling.

McGuire’s Millionaire Hot Seat remains a thorn in Seven’s side, regularly beating Seven’s Million Dollar Minute by more than 100,000 viewers in the five capital city markets and by more than 155,000 in week 21 of the ratings year.

The Australian

posted 7/6/15


A Pointless Trip
France, Netherlands Get Localized Versions
From Realscreen

The Endemol Shine UK-created series Pointless, a game show in which contestants win by scoring the fewest points, is to make its debut in the Netherlands and return to France after a four-year hiatus.

The series pits four pairs of contestants against one another in an attempt to score the fewest points by finding the least popular and most obscure answers selected from a panel of 100 individuals prior to the show.

Dutch pubcaster Avro/Tros has commissioned Endemol Shine Netherlands for a 25-episode order that will be presented by actress Lucille Werner and actor Owen Schumacher. The quiz show is scheduled to air in a daily slot this summer.

Meanwhile, pubcaster France 3 has ordered a local version of the program from Endemol France that will see the Cyril Feraud-hosted quiz show return to the channel for the first time since 2011. It will premiere on the network later this month.

Since the Endemol Shine UK-created show first aired on the BBC in 2009, Pointless has been acquired by nine territories including Germany, France, Poland and Serbia.

“Pointless is a much-loved,warm and witty quiz show with simple game play at its heart,” said Lisa Perrin, MD of creative networks at Endemol Shine Group, in a statement. “These new deals in the Netherlands and France, along with continued ratings success in the UK, reinforce the show’s widespread appeal.”

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posted 7/6/15

Thursday: Food Fight!
CBS Wins Night with "Big Brother"
From TV Insider

CBS (5.676 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the top draw on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.852 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Mom" (5.311 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "Big Brother 17" (5.770 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Under the Dome" (5.177 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

FOX (2.683 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then took home the silver with originals from "Boom!" (2.058 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Wayward Pines" (3.308 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

Next up was ABC (3.598 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its trio of "The Astronaut Wives Club" (4.065 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Mistresses" (3.065 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Rookie Blue" (3.663 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.286 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up the return of "Food Fighters" (3.173 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) followed by new episodes of "Aquarius" (2.392 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Hannibal" (1.294 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, a new "Beauty and the Beast" (0.931 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and a repeat "The Vampire Diaries" (0.526 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) on The CW (0.729 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.864 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.225 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 473,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/6/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "We! Are! GOING TO THE FUN HOUSE!"

  • Pat Sharp, Grant twins bring back "Fun House UK" for one night only (Huffington Post)
     
  • Behind the scenes of "Hollywood Game Night" (Glamour) PLUS 16 things you didn't know about the show (Glamour) & 5 reasons why you should watch (Starpulse)
     
  • RIP Julie Brett Cowell (New York Daily News); "X Factor" auditions on hold while Simon grieves (Billboard)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: "Bachelor in Paradise" (E!)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: A preview of the return of "Lip Sync Battle". Two words: Alison. Brie (TV Insider)
     
  • Fifth Harmony (you remember them, right?) think a return to "X Factor" is not out of the question in the US (CarterMatt.com)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $@*! UP!: A BBC employee claims to have lost millions over creating "Dancing with the Stars" (Unreality TV)
     
  • Bill Anderson to perform at Crossville's Palace Theatre (Crossville Chronicle)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Richard Osman (The Guardian) and the only Chaser with a weight clause in his contract and a BIG Surprise. (Grimsby Telegraph)

posted 7/6/15

Thanks, TV Guide!
Greatest Game Shows Coming on DVD August 18
From TVShowsonDVD.com

On August 18 Mill Creek Entertainment is bringing their popular line back with 4 new entries in the TV Guide Spotlight series of DVD releases. Each of the following 2-disc sets will cost just $9.98 per title. Package art and an Amazon.com pre-order button link can be found on the link, but first here's the line-up:

TV Guide Spotlight: TV's Greatest Game Shows
26 Fun and Hilarious Episodes from the All-Time Greatest Game Shows: Merv Griffin, Groucho Marx, Bill Cullen, and Steve Allen. Enjoy over 12 hours of classic trivia, stunts, and challenges from America's iconic game shows including THE PRICE IS RIGHT, YOU BET YOUR LIFE, TWENTY-ONE, and WHAT'S MY LINE?
- The Price is Right has been on TV since 1972 and has aired over 8000 episodes. In 2007, TV Guide said it was the "greatest game show of all time."
- Beat the Clock ran for 8 years and 5 years in syndication
- You Bet Your Life aired on radio and TV. The original version was hosted by Groucho Marx. It was the first game show to have re-runs put into syndication
- Twenty-One was a popular contest in the 1950s, but then became known for potentially being a rigged quiz show
- What's My Line? was ranked #9 by TV Guide in the list of 60 greatest game shows ever. It won three Emmy's and a Golden Globe

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posted 7/3/15

NBC's "Can Do" Attitude
"I Can Do That" Renewed
From the Hollywood Reporter

NBC is ready to do that again.

The network has renewed the freshmen variety show I Can Do That! for a second season, it announced Thursday.

The series, which features six entertainers training and competing to show off old and new talents, will return for eight episodes. The celebrity roster for season one included Cheryl Burke, Joe Jonas, Ciara, Jeff Dye, Alan Ritchson and Nicole Scherzinger, who won the first season of the competition. Marlon Wayans hosted.

I Can Do That!, which premiered in May, has been a steady performer for NBC, averaging a 1.7 live-plus-3 rating among adults 18-49.

“This series thrust our celebrities out of their comfort zones and into exciting, unpredictable situations, and they rose to the occasion each week,” said Paul Telegdy, NBC's president of late-night and alternative programming. “We are thrilled to bring new challenges and up the ante for season two.”

Based on an Israeli format, various versions of I Can Do That! are currently in production in 15 different countries. The stateside iteration is executive produced by The Voice's Audrey Morrissey, Matilda Zoltowski (Dancing With the Stars), Rick Alvarez, Avi Armoza, Nehama Cohen, Elwin De Groot, Steve Harris and Wayans. I Can Do That! hails from Universal Television.

The Hollywood Reporter
The Futon Critic

posted 7/2/15

Wednesday: 100 Masters
CBS Wins Night in Totals, Splits with Fox
From The Futon Critic

CBS (5.551 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday with a new "Big Brother 17" (5.836 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) followed by a repeat "Criminal Minds" (5.644 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and the return of "Extant" (5.173 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

NBC (4.680 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with encores of "America's Got Talent" (5.351 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and "American Ninja Warrior" (4.344 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3).

Next up was FOX (3.562 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) with originals from the 100th edition of "MasterChef" (4.301 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "Bullseye" (2.823 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.235 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up repeats of "The Middle" (3.832 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "The Goldbergs" (3.170 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "Modern Family" (3.682 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and "Black-ish" (2.890 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) plus a new "Celebrity Wife Swap" (2.919 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.094 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Supernatural" (1.090 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) on The CW (1.092 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV2): 814,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 487,000
- The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians (FS1): 433,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/2/15

CBS Daytime #1 Again!
New Ratings Highs for LMAD, TPIR
From Variety

CBS Daytime solidified its No. 1 standing in the ratings this spring, with all five of its programs — “The Young and the Restless,” “The Price Is Right,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Let’s Make a Deal” and “The Talk” — hitting ratings milestones during the second quarter.

“Let’s Make a Deal” delivered its largest second-quarter audience (3.30 million) since its premiere in 2009, growing 10% year-over-year. The Wayne Brady-hosted gameshow was also up vs. last year by 5% in both women 25-54 (to 561,000) and women 18-49 (to 431,000).

“The Price is Right” averaged 5.06 million viewers, up 2% vs. last year and the gameshow’s largest second-quarter audience with Drew Carey as host. The show’s first half drew its largest second-quarter audience in 11 years (4.71 million) and its second half hit an eight-year high (5.41 million).

Variety
TV by the Numbers

posted 7/2/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "A Pointless Conference"

  • Richard Osman hosts keynote for book conference (The Bookseller)
     
  • DEFINING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Former "2 Minute Drill" contestant gets paid by ESPN... as an executive (SVG)
     
  • Nick Clooney to be named to Ohio Valley NATAS (Lexington Herald-Ledger)
     
  • Paul Sinha to play Derby Comedy Festival (Burton Mail)

posted 7/2/15

Tuesday: I Believe That We Will... Split!
NBC, Fox Split Night Thanks to Women's World Cup
From the Futon Critic

FOX (5.880 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) got a big boost on Tuesday with the primetime portion of its "FIFA Women's World Cup 2015" (9.038 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) followed by the special "Beat the Champions" (2.723 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5).

NBC (8.821 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then had to settle for second place with a new "America's Got Talent" (10.576 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) and the season finale of "I Can Do That!" (5.311 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3).

Next up was CBS (7.238 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (7.480 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.168 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) bookending the premiere of "Zoo" (8.065 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.399 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up repeats of "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.681 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and "Black-ish" (2.274 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) plus a new "Extreme Weight Loss" (2.360 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.027 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "iZombie" (0.677 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) on The CW (0.852 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.520 million
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.071 million
- WWE Tough Enough (USA): 1.047 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 460,000

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/1/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "War of Dogs"

  • Donald Trump gets dumped by Macy*s (CNN), and could be replaced on the Apprentice by Sir Alan Sugar (People), the guy he once had beef with on Twitter (The Guardian)
     
  • Marco Antonio Regil to partner his shingle RGL with FremantleMedia (TBI Vision)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: the new season of "Hollywood Game Night" (TV Insider)
     
  • Betty White has a pawfully busy Pawgust coming up (The Futon Critic)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: LeBron James' untitled project is going to Denver (Westword) and Tyler Perry presents a Tyler Perry production of a Tyler Perry horror show for $50,000... Tyler Perry (Dread Central)

posted 7/1/15


JACK CARTER: 1922-2015
Comedian a Game Show Mainstay
From USA Today

Jack Carter, a comedian and actor known for Broadway, television and film roles, died Sunday. He was 93.

Carter, whose entertainment career spanned more than seven decades, died of respiratory failure at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Born Jack Chakrin to Jewish immigrant parents from Russia, the Brooklyn, N.Y., native got an early career start, appearing as a mimic on radio's Major Bowes Amateur Hour as a teenager. He attended the Academy of Dramatic Art and, besides acting and comedy, he worked as an emcee, singer, dancer, director and nightclub entertainer. He made more than 50 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show.

After serving in the Army during World War II, Carter appeared on Broadway in Call Me Mister. On television, he worked on Milton Berle's Texaco Star Theatre before becoming host of Cavalcade of Stars. In the early 1950s, he hosted The Jack Carter Show as part of NBC's Saturday Night Revue.

He also appeared on The Colgate Comedy Hour with such talents as Ed Wynn, Jimmy Durante, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis and Donald O'Connor.

Carter, whose Broadway credits also include Mr. Wonderful and Top Banana, hosted the first televised Tony Awards ceremony in 1956. His film resume includes roles in Viva Las Vegas with Elvis Presley and Mel Brooks' History of the World: Part I.

The Emmy-nominated actor could be seen in many TV comedies, including Caroline in the City and 3rd Rock from the Sun, and dramas, including Dr. Kildare, The Rockford Files and Diagnosis Murder. He made several appearances in Showtime's Shameless, including one as recently as 2014.

Carter was a frequent guest on such variety and comedy programs as The Dean Martin Show, The Andy Williams Show, The Jackie Gleason Show, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and numerous Bob Hope specials. During the 1970s and 1980s, he appeared as a celebrity panelist no such game shows as The Match Game and The $10,000 Pyramid.

Behind the camera, Carter directed Lucille Ball's CBS comedy, Here's Lucy, and such plays as A Thousand Clowns, Silver Anniversary and Mouth-Trap.

Carter is survived by his wife Roxanne, who he married in 1971; his son, Michael Carter, and Michael's wife, Victoria; his son, Chase Carter; his daughter, Wendy Carter; and his grandchildren, Jake and Ava.

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posted 6/30/15


Syndies: Week 39
Results for the Week Ending June 21
From B&C

A newsy week gave the entertainment news magazines a bump in the week ended June 21 while most of the rest of syndication lagged.

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud, which led all of syndication and games in the prior week for the first time ever, dipped 3% to a 5.9 to land in a three-way tie for first place in the category. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune faded 2% to a new season low, while CTD’s Jeopardy! was steady. Year to year, Feud climbed 23%, Jeopardy! added 2% and Wheel was flat.

Alone and far back in second place, Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire fell back to its all-time low 1.6 for the eighth time in nine week, losing 6% for the week and 20% for the year. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game slumped 8% to a 1.2.

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posted 6/30/15

Epic Game Show Time
Harley Morenstein Hosts "Win It for the Bar" on YouTube
From Tubefilter

Collective Digital Studio has a new series that will appeal to YouTube’s foodie crowd. The multi-channel network debuted the food game show series Win it for the Bar on the newly-launched Beer ‘N Stuff channel on June 29, 2015.

In Win it for the Bar, random bar and pub customers must correctly answer a set of food-inspired questions for a chance to win the entire establishment a round of free eats. The show host poses as the bartender, and then asks one bar patron, who unknowingly sat down in the hot seat, the culinary trivia questions. If the patron answers all questions correctly, everyone wins food; if the patron misses a question, he or she must buy someone a beer.

The first episode of Win it for the Bar features host and undercover bartender Harley Morenstein, a fitting role considering his food-focused job in Epic Meal Time.

You can catch all future episodes of Win it for the Bar on the Beer ‘N Stuff channel, which a CDS rep confirms will also serve up plenty of other food-based original series in the next few months.

Tubefilter

posted 6/30/15

Monday: Ninja Assassin
NBC Beats Competition with "ANW"
From The Futon Critic

NBC (5.593 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) claimed top honors on Monday with new episodes of "American Ninja Warrior" (6.678 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T1) and "The Island" (3.424 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

ABC (5.560 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was a close second with originals from "The Bachelorette" (6.628 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T1) and "The Whispers" (3.425 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9).

Next up was CBS (5.274 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "2 Broke Girls" (4.591 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Mike & Molly" (4.679 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Scorpion" (4.961 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.228 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.278 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) served up a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.278 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

And finally, repeats of "The Originals" (0.565 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.740 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) plus the return of "Cedric's Barber Battle" (0.531 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) on The CW (0.600 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- Cake Wars (Food/premiere) - 1.021 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy) - 461,000

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posted 6/30/15


Sunday: A Sure BET... Equals a Bit of Point Shaving
CBS, ABC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.163 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the demo champ on Sunday with a rebroadcast of "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.372 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) followed by week two of "Celebrity Family Feud" (8.143 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "BattleBots" (4.854 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) plus a repeat "Castle" (3.283 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

CBS (5.246 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.122 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Big Brother 17" (5.707 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Madam Secretary" (4.160 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (3.997 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Next up was NBC (3.304 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its quartet of "Dateline NBC" (4.650 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Dateline NBC: My Kid Would Never Do That" (3.809 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), a repeat "I Can Do That!" (2.543 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and the season finale of "American Odyssey" (2.215 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16).

And finally, repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (0.870 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T17), another "Bob's Burgers" (0.730 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T17), "The Simpsons" (1.549 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.229 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), "Family Guy" (1.796 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and a new "Golan the Insatiable" (1.145 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) on FOX (1.220 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food): 2.120 million
- Flea Market Flip (HGTV, 12:30p): 1.688 million
- Flea Market Flip (HGTV, noon): 1.446 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.328 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.158 million

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posted 6/30/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Song That Doesn't End..."

posted 6/30/15

Fireworks & Buzzrs
Digital Subchannel to Celebrate 4th
From TV by the Numbers

FremantleMedia North America’s new digital multicast network, BUZZR, is set to celebrate Independence Day with a lineup of some of America’s favorite game shows, but this time with a special twist! Airing in primetime at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT with a re-airing at 11:00 PM ET/8:00 PM PT, viewers will be pulled into the game show time capsule with 4th of July episodes from decades past. The patriotic celebration will kick off with the memorable July 4, 1985 episode of Body Language, featuring host, Tom Kennedy and some familiar celebrity faces, including Lisa Bonet and Jason Bateman. The festivities will continue with episodes of Match Game, Press Your Luck, Card Sharks, Super Password and Password Plus, making this special television event the perfect post-fireworks party!

Episode airtimes are as follows:
  • 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT BODY LANGUAGE (July 4, 1985)
  • 8:30 PM ET/5:30 PM PT MATCH GAME (July 4, 1974)
  • 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT PRESS YOUR LUCK (July 4, 1985)
  • 9:30 PM ET/6:30 PM PT CARD SHARKS (July 4, 1980)
  • 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT SUPER PASSWORD (July 4, 1985)
  • 10:30 PM ET/7:30 PM PT PASSWORD PLUS (July 4, 1980)

“Game shows consistently highlight some of the best aspects of the American culture,” said Mark Deetjen, Vice President of Programming, BUZZR. “What better way to celebrate that fun and excitement than with episodes unique to BUZZR that look at our nation through the lens of these wild vintage game shows originally broadcast on July 4th?”

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posted 6/29/15

More on the New Season of "Millionaire"
The Money Tree Returns, Among Other Things
From Buzzerblog

Everything old is new again.

Our friends at Buzzerblog are reporting that when "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" returns with Chris Harrison at the helm, it will return to using the classic format, albeit with 14 questions instead of 15.

The lower tier of questions will be worth $500, $1000, $2000, $3000, and $5000. The middle tier will be worth $7000, $10,000, $20,000, $30,000, and $50,000. The high end questions remain the same from the shuffle format.

A return to the basics necessitated a return to a classic lifeline, the 50:50, where the computer removes two incorrect answers. It joins Ask the Audience and Plus One.

"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" returns this fall. 

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posted 6/29/15

More on "Geeks Who Drink"
Catch It On Syfy July 16!
From Broadway World

Syfy invites techies, trekkies and pop culture junkies to play along with Geeks Who Drink, a new weekly game show hosted and executive produced by Zachary Levi, star of NBC's Chuck and upcoming Heroes Reborn. Premiering Thursday, July 16 from 11-11:30PM ET/PT, the series kicks off the network's new weekly, 11PM late-night programming hour, which also includes the new original series, Reactor.

GEEKS WHO DRINK is based on the pub trivia CONTEST of the same name, which has become a nationwide phenomenon with people participating at bars all across the country. The 12-episode, half-hour series is produced by Levi's production arm, The Nerd Machine, along with Kinetic Content (Married at First Sight, Little Women, The Taste) and Condé Nast Entertainment.

In each episode of Geeks Who Drink, two teams of self-proclaimed "trivia geeks" go head-to-head and shot-for-shot as they battle it out in rapid-fire quizzes that cover topics ranging from pop culture to Science fiction. Each team consists of three players - a celebrity team captain and two trivia pros. After three rounds of raucous game-play, the team with the largest bar tab wins the game, along with bragging rights.

The rundown of geek-tastic celebrity team captains includes (Note: Air order TBD):

- John DiMaggio ("Adventure Time") vs. David Giuntoli ("Grimm")
- Alan Tudyk ("Firefly") vs. Justine Ezarik aka iJustine
- Matthew MacCaull ("iZombie") vs. Andrew Daly ("Review")
- Felicia Day (Geek & Sundry) vs. Dexter Darden (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials)
- Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings) vs. Rob Kazinsky (Hot Pursuit, upcoming Warcraft motion picture)
- Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica, Ascension) vs. Kevin Weisman (Alias,Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
- Zachary Knighton (Happy Endings) vs. Harold Perrineau (Lost,Constantine)
- Robert Buckley (iZombie, One Tree Hill) vs. Retta (Parks and Recreation)
- Grey Damon (Aquarius) vs. Josh Brener (Silicon Valley)
- Brett Dalton (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) vs. Mark Pellegrino (The Returned,Being  Human, Supernatural)
- Jonathan Sadowski (Chernobyl Diaries, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) vs. Lenny Jacobson (Big Time in Hollywood, FL)
- Scott Porter (Hart of Dixie, Caprica) vs. Eric Christian Olsen (NCIS: Los Angeles)

In addition to Levi, executive producers for GEEKS WHO DRINK are Chris Coelen, Karrie Wolfe, Corin Nelson, Dawn Ostroff, Joe LaBracio and David Coleman.

Broadway World

posted 6/29/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Napalm: Part 3"

  • Donald Trump and NBC are calling it a day. He said... (TV Insider), SHE said... (Politico) Time said... (Time)
     
  • Like every good "Bachelorette", Amy Schumer has conditions (E!)
     
  • IN MEMORIAM: Jack Carter (1922-2015) (The Hollywood Reporter) on "Match Game" (YouTube)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: The five baddest women to run the American Ninja Warrior course (Reel Life with Jane)
     
  • Crystal Maze: more money equals more games (Digital Spy)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jonathan Bennett on "Cake Wars" (TV Insider) and Iddo Rosenblum, the creator of "BOOM!" (World Screen)

posted 6/29/15


Thursday: "Boom!" Goes Bust
CBS Wins on "Big Brother"
From the Futon Critic

CBS (6.260 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) claimed top honors on Thursday with a new "Big Brother 17" (6.409 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) followed by the return of "Under the Dome" (6.430 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) and a second "Under the Dome" (5.942 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

FOX (2.933 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed the silver with the debut of "Boom!" (2.510 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6) and a new "Wayward Pines" (3.357 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

Next up was NBC (3.888 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with fresh installments of "Dateline NBC" (6.851 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2), "Aquarius" (3.217 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Hannibal" (1.595 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.843 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up originals from "The Astronaut Wives Club" (4.504 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7) and "Mistresses" (3.312 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8) followed by the return of "Rookie Blue" (3.714 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, a new "Beauty and the Beast" (0.903 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and a repeat "The Vampire Diaries" (0.558 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) on The CW (0.731 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- Alone (History): 1.697 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.328 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 389,000

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posted 6/26/15

"Flip" Moving House
New Season to Play on GAC
From the Futon Critic

Great American Country will showcase a three-day marathon of Flea Market Flip, the Emmy-nominated series starring Good Morning America co-host and two-time The New York Times bestselling author, Lara Spencer. The Flea Market Flip marathon, which begins Friday, July 3, at 8 p.m. will set the stage for the series' fifth season premiere on Sunday, July 5, at 8 and 8:30 p.m. ET/PT with back-to-back episodes. The competition series, which just wrapped its highest-rated season yet, showcases duos who compete to repurpose flea market finds for a profit and a chance to win $5,000. Spencer, who is a designer and a longtime flea market enthusiast, continues to serves as the series host, creator and executive producer in the 14 new half-hour episodes.

The Flea Market Flip marathon airs on GAC as follows:

Friday, July 3, from 8 p.m. - 12 a.m. ET/PT

Saturday, July 4, from 1 p.m. - 12 a.m. ET/PT

Sunday, July 5, 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. ET/PT, with new episodes premiering at 8 and 8:30 p.m.

The Futon Critic
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posted 6/26/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Napalm: Part 2"

  • Donald Trump and his beef are funny... (Mashable) ... still funny... (Deadline) ... still fu-- AND NOW IT'S SAD. (Vox)
     
  • Wayne Brady's newest Big Deal: $1.95 million for his house (Los Angeles Times)
     
  • KTLA to TBS, Funny or Die: "We did it TWICE!" (TV Spy)

posted 6/26/15


PATRICK MACNEE: 1922-2015
"Avengers" Agent A Game Show Guest
From the Hollywood Reporter

Patrick Macnee, star of the 1960s TV series The Avengers, has died. He was 93.

His son, Rupert, said in a statement that Macnee, who was best known as dapper secret agent John Steed in the long-running television series, died Thursday of natural causes at his home in Rancho Mirage with his family at his bedside.

The Avengers, which began in 1961 in England, debuted in the United States in 1966. It ran for eight seasons and continued in syndication for decades afterward. Macnee reprised his role as Steed in The New Avengers, which aired from 1976 to 1977.

The British-born actor also appeared in such TV series as Tales of Adventure, Gavilan, Empire and Lime Street. Macnee starred in such films as This Is Spinal Tap (1984), A View to a Kill (1985) and Waxwork (1988).

He also was the voice of Invisible Jones in the 1998 film adaptation of The Avengers, which starred Ralph Fiennes as Steed. His other voice work includes 1970s Battlestar Galactica, in which he voiced the Imperious Leader.

Macnee was born in London on Feb. 6, 1922, to Daniel Macnee, a racehorse trainer, and Dorothea Henry, the niece of the Earl of Huntingdon. His parents divorced when his father left for India, and he was raised in Wiltshire by his mother and her lover, known as "Uncle" Evelyn.

He attended Eton College, where he had an active role in the school's dramatic society. However, Macnee was expelled for being a bookie and pornographer on campus.

Macnee then won a scholarship to Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. His first role was in 1941 in a stage production of Little Women. He made his film debut as an extra in The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943).

In later years, he recorded books on tape, including the Bible, several of Jack Higgins' thrillers, Peter Mayle's Toujours Provence and his own autobiography, Blind in One Ear.

MacNee was also a guest on games on both side of the Atlantic, including "Thank Your Lucky Stars", "Hollywood Squares", "The Celebrity Game", "What's My Line?", "Definition", "Vintage Quiz", "Family Feud", "Ultra Quiz", and "Blankety Blank".

He is survived by son Rupert, daughter Jenny and a grandson.

Donations in Macnee's honor can be made to the Actors Fund.

GSNN's Jason Huhn contributed to this report.

The Hollywood Reporter

posted 6/25/15


Wednesday: The House Is Open
Poker Player, Poker Dealer Amongst New Houseguests; Deliver Win for CBS
From the Hollywood Reporter

BIG BROTHER announces this summer's exciting new twist, "BB Takeover," featuring weekly surprise guests who will unleash new twists into the game each and every week. The season's special two-night premiere airs Wednesday, June 24 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and Thursday, June 25 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. In addition, Houseguests this season will live in a modern steel beach house that features a towering Sky Bridge.

This summer's "BB Takeover" twist will feature a surprise guest each week who will appear on the show to announce a new twist into the game. Expecting the unexpected will be taken to new heights as Houseguests attempt to stay in the game amid the ever-changing twists that shake up life inside the house on a weekly basis. A special guest will appear on each night of the two-night premiere and reveal twists that could affect the cast and viewers.

The end result? CBS (5.601 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday thanks to the return of "Big Brother 17" (6.829 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) followed by a new "The Briefcase" (4.666 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and a repeat "Criminal Minds" (5.309 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

NBC (4.847 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) however shared the silver with rebroadcasts of "America's Got Talent" (5.913 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and "American Ninja Warrior" (4.314 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

Next up was FOX (3.729 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with originals from "MasterChef" (4.642 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "Bullseye" (2.817 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.542 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up repeats of "The Middle" (4.235 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "The Goldbergs" (3.655 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12), "Modern Family" (3.779 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and "Black-ish" (3.299 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) plus a new "Celebrity Wife Swap" (3.143 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

And finally, second runs of "Arrow" (1.094 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Supernatural" (0.883 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) on The CW (0.989 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV2): 606,000
- Skin Wars (GSN): 595,000
- IdioTest (GSN, 10p): 545,000
- IdioTest (GSN, 10:30p): 485,000
- The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians (FS1): 450,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 448,000
- Fake Off (season finale) (truTV): 389,000

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posted 6/25/15

A Family "Runway"
Lifetime Renews, Spins Off "Runway" Franchise
From the Futon Critic

"Project Runway" is spinning off and getting renewed. Season 14 and Emmy(R) Award winners Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, round out the fashion dream team with judges Nina Garcia, Fashion Director at Marie Claire and designer Zac Posen, on the Emmy nominated show, Project Runway. Currently in production, the flagship series returns with all-new designers ready to sew up the competition on Thursdays, beginning on August 6, at 9pm ET/PT on Lifetime.

Project Runway is produced by The Weinstein Company, Bunim/Murray Productions and Full Picture Entertainment. Executive producers include Bob and Harvey Weinstein (Co-Chairmen of The Weinstein Company), Patrick Reardon and Barbara Schneeweiss of The Weinstein Company, Jonathan Murray and Sara Rea of Bunim/Murray Productions, Heidi Klum, and Jane Cha and Desiree Gruber of Full Picture Entertainment. Eli Lehrer, Mary Donahue and David Hillman of Lifetime also executive produce.

Joining Lifetime's fashion lineup is the new competition series, Project Runway Junior, showcasing the next generation of creativity with designers ages 14 to 17. Tim Gunn joins the show as the co-host and mentor to the new young talent alongside co-host and supermodel Hannah Davis. Esteemed judges include Christian Siriano and Aya Kanai, Executive Fashion Editor at Cosmopolitan and Seventeen Magazine. Production on Project Runway Junior will take place this summer in New York.

Project Runway Junior is produced by The Weinstein Company, Sara Rea Productions and Full Picture. Executive producers include Bob and Harvey Weinstein (Co-Chairmen of The Weinstein Company), Patrick Reardon and Barbara Schneeweiss of The Weinstein Company, Sara Rea, Tim Gunn and Jane Cha and Desiree Gruber of Full Picture. Eli Lehrer, Mary Donahue and David Hillman of Lifetime also executive produce.

Currently in production on its fifth season for 2016, Project Runway All Stars brings back some of the best of the best to compete once again for a chance at fashion glory. Host Alyssa Milano returns with judges Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman, and mentor, Marie Claire Senior Fashion Editor, Zanna Roberts Rassi.

Project Runway All Stars is produced by The Weinstein Company and Bunim/Murray Productions. Executive producers are Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein (Co-Chairmen of The Weinstein Company), Patrick Reardon and Barbara Schneeweiss of The Weinstein Company, Jonathan Murray, Gil Goldschein and Rob Bagshaw of Bunim/Murray Productions. Eli Lehrer, Mary Donahue and David Hillman of Lifetime also executive produce.

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posted 6/25/15

The Forecast? 100% Chance of WTFery
TBS, Funny or Die Greenlight "America's Next Weatherman"
From the Futon Critic

TBS is about to bring some stormy competition to late night with the brand new series Funny Or Die Presents America's Next Weatherman, produced by Funny Or Die, Mark Burnett and United Artists Media Group (UAMG). Funny Or Die Presents America's Next Weatherman features 12 competitors vying for a job as America's next great weathercaster. Matt Oberg (The Comedians) hosts the competition, which will be judged by longtime weather personalities Johnny Mountain (KABC, KCBS) and Jillian Barberie (Good Day LA). The series is set to premiere Saturday, Aug. 8, at 11 p.m. (ET/PT) on TBS, with availability across TBS's on-demand, digital and mobile platforms the following day.

Funny Or Die Presents America's Next Weatherman marries the comedic and subversive voice of Funny Or Die with the production value and compelling storytelling of a show from Mark Burnett. Each classic reality show element - from the physical challenges to the dramatic vote-offs - will be tweaked through the Funny Or Die prism to create an original viewing experience. However, the stakes are 100% real as the contestants will be vying for $100,000 and an appearance on TBS's sister network CNN forecasting the national weather for the morning show New Day.

"Funny Or Die Presents America's Next Weatherman takes everything we know - or think we know - about weathercasters and then uses it to put 12 competitors through the wringer for a chance at the big time," said David Eilenberg, senior vice president of unscripted development, late night and specials for TBS and TNT. "The results are really something. This series is a fresh and extremely funny addition to TBS's late-night lineup. We're especially excited that it extends our relationships with both Funny Or Die and Mark Burnett."

TBS has ordered eight one-hour episodes of Funny Or Die Presents America's Next Weatherman, which is based on a concept and format by the creative teams at Funny Or Die and UAMG, including Seth Morris (Kroll Show), who will serve as a producer on the show. Funny Or Die's Mike Farah and Joe Farrell serve as executive producers, along with Mark Burnett and Dean Houser.

"It's been such a good time working with Funny Or Die," said Burnett. "This will be the first time I've poked a little fun - actually a lot of fun - at what I am best known for. It's a real wink to our audience as we look for the next great meteorologist. The funniest part is that it turns out that these are actually terrific weathercasters."

"Reading between the lines of what Mark just said, it's clear that this is the most important show he's ever made," said Farah. "We can't wait to make Saturday nights at 11 p.m. in August appointment viewing for fans of comedy and competition alike."

UAMG has retained all international rights, which will be distributed by MGM.

The Futon Critic
Variety

posted 6/25/15

More on "Top Model"
New Prize Package for the New Season August 5
From The Futon Critic

Cycle 22 of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL, hosted by Tyra Banks, will premiere Wednesday, August 5 (8:00-9:00pm ET), featuring seven men and seven women, from regions all across the country, living together under one roof and battling it out to earn the prestigious title of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL.

The panel of judges will again include Banks, fashion public relations maven Kelly Cutrone, and beloved runway coach J. Alexander (a.k.a. "Miss J.") to determine who stays and who goes in the competition. Acclaimed photographer Yu Tsai also returns as a photo shoot creative consultant. This cycle will also feature special guests Jonathan and Drew Scott ("Property Brothers") who designed the cast house this cycle, Supermodel Chrissy Teigen and world-renowned fashion editor Joe Zee. This is the third "Guys and Girls" edition of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL, which debuted in 2003.

The model hopefuls will compete for a career-launching prize package that includes new luxury fashion partner Zappos Couture as well as Nylon and Next Management. The winner will receive prizes including: $100,000 from Zappos Couture as well as being the face of their national luxury brand re-launch in 2016, a fashion feature in Nylon, as well as being offered a modeling contract with Next Management.

Original episodes of TOP MODEL will air on Wednesdays until October 2, when original episodes will move to the Friday (9:00-10:00pm ET) timeslot.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/25/15

The Man with Nine Faces
Syfy Slots New Season (and 100th Episode) July 28
From The Futon Critic

Fresh off of being named the Best Reality Competition Series by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, Syfy's hit reality competition series Face Off - the network's most watched unscripted series - will return on Tuesday, July 28 at 9PM for an exciting ninth season consisting of fourteen all-new episodes.

Season 9 begins with a cosmic bang as sixteen new talented artists work in teams of two to construct original alien animals that incorporate two models into one massive creation. This difficult task of fashioning the largest creatures ever seen on Face Off proves to be eye opening and taxing for multiple contestants, and a surprise announcement from the judges keeps everyone on edge.

And on Tuesday, August 11 at 9PM, Face Off will celebrate its 100th episode in style, as the artists turn real-life engaged couples into whimsically undead duos. Following the challenge, host McKenzie Westmore, recently an ordained minister, will marry the couples as they say their vows in front of friends and family.

Face Off is a competition/elimination series exploring the world of special-effects make-up artists and the unlimited imagination that allows them to create amazing works of living art. As a member of the multi-generational family dynasty whose name is synonymous with the make-up effects field, actress McKenzie Westmore brings expertise to her role as host of the series. Some of SFX world's most celebrated figures judge the competition - multiple Academy Award-winner Ve Neill (The Hunger Games, Pirates of the Caribbean), industry veteran Glenn Hetrick (CSI: New York, Heroes, Legion), and creature designer Neville Page (Avatar, Prometheus). World-renowned Hollywood makeup artist Michael Westmore (Star Trek) serves as the contestant mentor.

The Face Off contestants will be whittled down week by week, until only three remain for a finale showdown. The winning artist will receive $100,000, a 2015 Fiat and a VIP trip courtesy of Kryolan Professional Make-Up to one of their 85 international locations. Kryolan Professional Make-Up continues as the official make-up sponsor of Face Off.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/25/15

Is Howard Stern Leaving "Talent"?
That's What He Suggests on His Radio Show
From TV Guide

Could Howard Stern be leaving America's Got Talent? According to him, yes.

Stern revealed on his radio show Wednesday that he would be leaving the NBC competition show after the current season, which wraps at the end of the summer. "I told them, this is my last season," he said. "I am going through my own career evaluation right now. I'm just too f---ing busy."

Stern has been a judge on America's Got Talent for four seasons, and previously said that he "really did struggle" when deciding to return to the show in 2013.

Who could possibly replace him, you ask? Stern already has his own suggestion, and one who has some pretty well-known experience in judging talent: Simon Cowell.

TV Guide

posted 6/25/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Napalm"

posted 6/25/15

Tuesday: Tough Enough Drops
Premiere Attracts 1.209 Million
From Showbuzz Daily

The highly-anticipated, hard-hitting reality series, WWE Tough Enough, premieres tonight at 8/7C on USA Network, immediately followed by Tough Talk, a live recap show hosted by WWE Superstar The Miz®, at 9/8C exclusively on WWE Network.

WWE Tough Enough is hosted by WWE Superstar Chris Jericho®, who will be joined by a panel of judges, including WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan®, WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan® and WWE Diva Paige™. Each week, one cast member will be eliminated until one man and one woman are considered “Tough Enough,” with each earning a one-year, $250,000 WWE contract. Throughout the competition, the contestants will be trained by WWE Legends Booker T™, Billy Gunn™ and Lita™.

High anticipation attracted 1.209 million to USA at 8p. The other games on cable:

- Chopped (Food): 1.454 million
- Ink Master (Spike, 8p): 1.046 million
- Ink Master (Spike, 9p): 789,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 486,000

On broadcast, NBC (8.942 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was back in front on Tuesday with new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (10.866 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and "I Can Do That!" (5.095 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

CBS (7.315 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then claimed the silver with repeats of "NCIS" (8.758 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.360 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and "48 Hours" (5.827 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

Next up was ABC (2.472 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with repeats of "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.159 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Black-ish" (2.409 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) plus an original "Extreme Weight Loss" (2.316 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.123 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up a new "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (2.586 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and a special edition of "World's Funniest Fails" (1.661 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.008 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "iZombie" (0.836 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) on The CW (0.922 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

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posted 6/24/15


Sunday Funday Is a Hit
Fox Wins Night, But ABC Keeps It Close
From Stitch Kingdom

FOX (7.857 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) staked its claim for the top spot on Sunday with the primetime portion of its "115th U.S. Open Championship" (7.857 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) coverage.

ABC (5.190 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then claimed the silver with a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.037 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) followed by the respective premieres of "Celebrity Family Feud" (8.530 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and "BattleBots" (5.387 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) plus a repeat "Castle" (2.804 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Next up was NBC (3.043 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its mix of "Dateline NBC" (3.150 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Dateline NBC: My Kid Would Never Do That" (3.300 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), the season finale of "AD: The Bible Continues" (3.493 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "American Odyssey" (2.230 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "60 Minutes" (5.912 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Madam Secretary" (3.745 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "The Good Wife" (2.960 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (4.208 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) on CBS (4.206 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.970 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.187 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.083 million

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posted 6/24/15


Syndies: Week 38 - Number One Answer
Results for the Week Ending June 14
From TV NewsCheck

There's a new #1 answer in town.

The session ending June 14 was an atypical one, with many shows bumped by, or trying to compete against, games 3 and 4 of the finals of both the NBA and the Stanley Cup. There were also preemptions for several hours of FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer coverage.

Still, it was a terrific week for Steve Harvey. For the first time ever the Harvey-hosted Family Feud was the highest rated show in syndication, knocking off usual leader Wheel of Fortune.

In addition, Harvey’s talk show hit a four-week high and clocked the largest the largest year-to-year increase of any talker, surging 20%.

Among the games, Feud actually fell 3% to a 6.1 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, but that was good enough to rate as the No. 1 strip in syndication overall.

Wheel became the second-place game show with a 6% decline to a 6.0, and Jeopardy faded 6% to a 5.9.

Year to year, Feud was up 33%, which was the most, by far, in the genre.

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.1 -3%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.0 -6%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.9 -6%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 +6%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 NC

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posted 6/24/15

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

  • Tracie Fiss, Bob Read serve as talent producers for "Best Time Ever" (The Futon Critic)
     
  • So you leaving "America's Got Talent"... you're not leaving "America's Got Talent"... what are we doing here, Howard Stern? (Reality Blurred)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: ABC to rerun "Celebrity Family Feud" Sunday night before the scheduled new episode (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Mark Burnett would like to do a reality show with Vladimir Putin (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • Kaitlyn Bristowe .... are we still talking about this? Like, seriously?! (Slate)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Bill Kurtis (Houstonia)

posted 6/24/15

Mr. & Mrs. Smith... the Game Show?
3 Ball, New Regency Announce Team Up
From Entertainment Weekly

Mr. and Mrs. Smith, the 2005 action-packed feature film about a married couple who each find out the other is a deadly assassin, is now the inspiration for a potential reality game-competition from 3 Ball Entertainment and New Regency, the studios announced Tuesday.

Though the show’s details are top secret, the producers have confirmed that it will center around married couples competing in “a high-octane, high-stakes game that offers a twist on the TV competition format.”

And we think it’s safe to assume Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, the power couple who starred in the film, won’t have anything to do with the project.

Todd A. Nelson and Brant Pinvidic are executive producing for 3 Ball Entertainment.

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posted 6/23/15

Monday: New Heights
ABC's Sex Beats NBC's Ninjas
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.721 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) was the most-watched network on Monday with its duo of "The Bachelorette" (6.581 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "The Whispers" (4.002 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

NBC (5.220 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) however shared in the top demo honors with new episodes from "American Ninja Warrior" (6.054 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "The Island" (3.552 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

Next up was FOX (3.303 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and an original "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.303 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.170 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (4.606 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "Mike & Molly" (4.813 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "Scorpion" (4.544 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.257 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

And finally, second runs of "The Originals" (1.077 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.082 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) on The CW (1.079 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 412,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/23/15

Aaaaaaand THEY'RE OFF!
Pair from TMZ one of 11 Teams Off on a Race Around the World
From the Wrap

Two of Harvey Levin’s most featured faces are going way beyond the “Thirty Mile Zone”.

Shevonne Sullivan and Kelly Berning, two personalities who dissect the day’s gossip on the syndicated “TMZ,” are running in the newest edition of “The Amazing Race,” debuting this fall.

The two front row talkers in Levin’s bullpen are part of a CBS cast that is very heavy on professional performers and media savvy duos. The cast includes dating news anchors (from an ABC affiliate), a team of paparazzi from South Beach, two street performers, and two former professional cheerleaders.

All eleven teams of two left on a race around the world for $1 million dollars from Venice Beach just after 9:00 a.m. this morning in a “start” that was open to the public. Yes, a TMZ camera man was there on the beach too.

Non professionals (read: fans) held signs with messages like “Read the Clue” and “The World is Waiting,” the first time the “Race” has had a publicly viewable start on the west coast.

The story below contains a spoiler for the first leg. If you wish not to be spoiled, don't click below!

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posted 6/23/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Got Your 6"

  • "Dancing with the Stars" earns the 6 Certification from Got Your 6 (Washington Post)
     
  • You know those things that "Bachelorette" contestants weren't supposed to do before the Final Rose? Kaitlyn Bristowe did (The Daily Beast)
     
  • ARE YOU SMARTER THAN... Erin Andrews' boyfriend, who is popped on possession (People)
     
  • Challenge commissions "Bullseye" documentary. Not the Jim Lange one. Not the Kellan Lutz either. (Broadcast)
     
  • Endemol Shine Netherlands and FremantleMedia North America Move to Box for Secure File-sharing and Collaboration... Whatever that means. (Business Wire)
     
  • IN MEMORIAM: Dick Van Patten (1928-2015) on Celebrity Family Feud (The Guardian)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: Hollywood Game Night season 3 (Deadline)

posted 6/23/15

We Got The Money, Let's Make the Maze!
Cult Game to Return as "Immersive Experience"
From NME

The Crystal Maze is set to return as a "live immersive experience" now that a crowdfunding campaign has hit its £500,000 target.

The Channel 4 game show originally ran for 83 episodes between 1990 and 1995, with the first four series hosted by Richard O'Brien, creator of The Rocky Horror Show, and the final two steered by Tenpole Tudor frontman Edward Tudor-Pole. Earlier this month (June) a website and social media accounts were launched teasing that the show would be returning as a "live immersive experience" in London.

A crowdfunding campaign was then launched on Indiegogo, revealing further details about what the "live immersive experience" will involve. The project's organisers explained that they are seeking £500,000 to recreate the classic game show at a secret location in central London, with Richard O'Brien returning to "welcome guests in time honoured fashion".

Now, eight days after launching, the crowdfunding campaign has met its £500,000 target. At the time of writing (June 22), some 3,897 donors have given just under £510,000 to help make the project a reality.

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posted 6/22/15

Who Will Be "Travel Channel Star"
Find Out in Special September 7!
From the Futon Critic

Travel Channel is getting closer to naming the next "Travel Channel Star." The next round of the competition posts online today and pits each of the top five contestants in all-new videos produced by the network. The winner will be revealed in a one-hour special hosted by "Trip Flip" host Bert Kreischer, recapping audition videos and the judges critiques, on Monday, September 7 at 8:00pm ET/PT.

In each of the top five contestants' webisodes, they must showcase their personality, expertise and unique perspective while their travel specialty is put to the test. Fans can vote for their favorite video on the "Travel Channel Star" webpage or by using #travelchannelstar on Twitter until Friday, June 26. But, before a winner can be crowned, only two can advance to the final round. The pair will be revealed on TravelChannel.com on Monday, July 6, and fans can watch the final two complete an identical challenge and receive special advice from a surprise mentor on Monday, August 3.

The remaining contestants competing for the "Travel Channel Star" title include (in alphabetical order by first name):

Blake Jeffers - Savannah, Ga.
Travel Specialty: Earthy Travel
Current Occupation: High school science teacher

Christie Rojo - Santa Barbara, Calif.
Travel Specialty: Spirituality
Current Occupation: Church Youth Ministry

Janel Koloski - Greensburg, Pa.
Travel Specialty: Fearless Traveler
Current Occupation: Nanny and personal assistant

Ricky Moreno - Las Vegas, Nev.
Travel Specialty: Fish Out of Water
Current Occupation: Tour manager

Saundra Dunson-Franks - Atlanta, Ga.
Travel Specialty: Baby Boomers' Bucket List
Current Occupation: Part-time poll worker

"Travel Channel Star" is produced by Scripps Productions for Travel Channel. For Scripps Productions, the executive producer is Rick Venable. For Travel Channel, the executive producer is James Morley.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/22/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "A Good Day in America"

  • Craig Ferguson returns to stand-up thanks to Epix (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Dean McDermott chops up a cookbook (ET Canada)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Best Time Ever" to be had September 15; "The Voice" September 21 (The Futon Critic), and "Lip Sync Battle" returns July 9 (The Futon Critic)
     
  • FRIDAY: "Whose Line" logs in 1.553 million; ABC wins night (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Aisha Tyler's line takes her to "Criminal Minds" (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • Ashton Kutcher to swim with the Sharks next season (TV Line)
     
  • "Prized Apart" now half a mill apart (Broadcast)

posted 6/22/15

GSN Raises Hell
"Hellevator" Greenlit
From the Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today that it has greenlit eight episodes of a new horror-themed game show, HELLEVATOR. The terrifying new show from Blumhouse, the team that brought the world the "Paranormal Activity", "Insidious", "Sinister", and "The Purge" franchises, dares contestants to survive a series of challenges from the depths of an abandoned warehouse. The new series is expected to premiere later this year, and continues GSN's growth into "gamifying" cultural trends, including the successful SKIN WARS and soon-to-debut STEAMPUNK'D.

In HELLEVATOR, a team of three friends rides a haunted elevator into various levels of an abandoned warehouse. One player must get out on each floor and conquer a frightening challenge in order to earn money for the team. But if they don't make it back in time, the elevator moves on without them. Horror film icons Jen and Sylvia Soska, aka the "Twisted Twins," pull the strings throughout the game - taking delight in the horror.

HELLEVATOR is produced by Matador and Blumhouse Productions in association with Lionsgate Television. Executive Producers are Jason Blum ("Paranormal Activity," "The Purge," "Sinister" and "Insidious"), who won a 2014 Emmy(R) Award for "The Normal Heart," and was nominated for an Academy Award(R) for "Whiplash," and Jay Peterson and Todd Lubin of Matador ("Lip Sync Battle").

"The teams from Blumhouse and Matador have created a frighteningly fun and spooky game environment," says Amy Introcaso-Davis, Executive Vice President of Programming and Development for GSN. "Horror and game enthusiasts alike will love HELLEVATOR's wild ride of fear, suspense, and unrelenting challenges."

"Our company has always wanted to create a horror-themed game show," says executive producer Jason Blum. "HELLEVATOR is a unique and new way to scare the living hell out of people and we are excited to be partners with GSN and Matador."

"You've never seen anything like this show," says executive producer Todd Lubin. "The contestants have almost no idea what they're in for and then find themselves immersed in a horror story where they have to move past their deepest fears, to both survive and win money."

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posted 6/19/15

More on "Race to Escape"
Catch It on Science July 25
From Entertainment Weekly

The Science Channel is in the midst of gently expanding the horizons of its programming, and while the network’s bread and butter is still deeply fascinating deep dive series like Through the Wormhole and Hacking the Universe, they’d like to remind the world that psychology is also an important branch of science worthy of all forms of exploration.

That’s the pitch behind Race to Escape, a new game show premiering July 25. Hosted by comedian and Never Not Funny mastermind Jimmy Pardo, Race to Escape pits two teams of three against one another in a series of tests and puzzles that will challenge their ability to reason, solve problems, and work together. They’ll have an hour to overcome all the trials in their identical rooms, and the more the time ticks away, the more the $25,000 grand prize decreases.

There will be a variety of rooms with all sorts of unique decorations, including an old-timey barbershop, a Chinese restaurant, and a 19th century study (which is the location of the premiere episode). Each room contains five locks, all which need to be unlocked using codes deciphered from the clues.

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posted 6/18/15

Thursday: Nothing Can Stop the Eye
CBS Beats US Open, Debuts
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.276 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday despite an all-repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.148 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1), "The Odd Couple" (5.101 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Mom" (5.463 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Mike & Molly" (5.453 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "Elementary" (4.245 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

ABC (4.368 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then claimed the silver with the debut of "The Astronaut Wives Club" (5.545 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) followed by the return of "Mistresses" (3.749 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and a second "Mistresses" (3.809 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

Next up was NBC (3.798 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its trio of "Dateline NBC" (6.257 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Aquarius" (3.363 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Hannibal" (1.774 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.855 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up its primetime coverage of "115th U.S. Open Championship" (2.855 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

And finally, a new "Beauty and the Beast" (0.881 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and a repeat "The Vampire Diaries" (0.643 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) on The CW (0.762 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

The premiere of "Alone" scored 1.582 million for History. Elsewhere on cable...

- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.357 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 378,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/18/15

Wednesday: Showing Skin
"Skin Wars" Raises to Season High; Fox Takes Broadcast Demos
From the Futon Critic

FOX (3.837 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the top demo draw on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "MasterChef" (4.709 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "Bullseye" (2.964 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

NBC (3.563 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then claimed the silver with encores of "I Can Do That!" (2.833 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "American Ninja Warrior" (3.929 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2).

Next up was ABC (3.661 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and repeats of "The Middle" (4.525 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "The Goldbergs" (3.713 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Modern Family" (4.168 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and "Black-ish" (3.466 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) plus a new "Celebrity Wife Swap" (3.047 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.462 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up a new "The Briefcase" (5.203 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) alongside second runs of "Criminal Minds" (5.906 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "CSI: Cyber" (5.278 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.992 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and "Supernatural" (0.808 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) on The CW (0.900 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

The story, however, continues to be "Skin Wars's" dominance of GSN's schedule. Episode two of the second season of GSN's hit series SKIN WARS, hosted by actress Rebecca Romijn, delivered the show's highest ratings ever last night. Compared to last week's hotly-anticipated premiere, the series saw a 112% increase in W18-49, 82% growth in W25-54, and +44% in Total Viewers. Compared to all of last season, the show was up 68% in W25-54, 19% in W18-49 and 29% in Total Viewers. It was also the most-watched telecast for an original series this year among P18-49, W18-49, P25-54, W25-54 and Total Viewers.

Also benefitting from the large SKIN WARS tune-in was GSN's IDIOTEST, hosted by Ben Gleib. The 10pm episode of IDIOTEST was up 46% in W25-54, 66% in W18-49 and 32% in Total Viewers, compared to its season two average. It was also the show's highest-rated episode of the season.

Last night's primetime success for GSN only adds more fuel to its fire, as the network is on-track to have its best June ever in their 20-year history. Before adding in last night's numbers, GSN's 8-11pm primetime was already up 36% in W25-54, 70% in W18-49 and 28% in Total Viewers, compared to June 2014. GSN has also had its highest month ever in Total Viewers in four of the past five months.

- Skin Wars (GSN): 776,000
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV2): 717,000
- IdioTest (GSN, 10p): 510,000
- IdioTest (GSN, 10:30p): 435,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 434,000
- Fake Off (truTV): 419,000

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/18/15

More on "Food Fighters"
Catch It on NBC July 2
From The Futon Critic

Ten of the country's best home cooks will get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to compete against world-class chefs when NBC's high-stakes culinary game 'Food Fighters' returns for season two on Thursday, July 2 (8-9 p.m. ET). And for the first time ever on the show, kids as well as adult contestants will be putting their signatures dishes to the test in this fun, fast-paced competition series hosted by Adam Richman.

The "Food Fighters" season premiere on July 2 pits Jacky Herrara, a convention reporter from Orlando, Florida with a flair for modern Latin cuisine, against 5 chefs specializing in everything from barbeque to soul food to California cuisine. In the final round, she'll face off against celebrity chef Antonia Lofaso, executive chef and owner of two popular Los Angeles restaurants and well known for her appearances on "Restaurant Startup," "Top Chef Season 4," "Top Chef All Stars," "Top Chef Duels" and Food Network's "Cutthroat Kitchen."

This season's contestants include a former 49ers NFL cheerleader, a firefighter, a law student, stay-at-home mothers and two kid contestants - a 12-year-old female chef and a 14-year-old male chef who was previously a semi-finalist on 'Master Chef Junior.' In a series of compelling, tension-filled showdowns, each home cook will face off one by one against five professional chefs who won't know in advance what dish they'll have to cook, thereby leveling the playing field. Armed only with their treasured family recipes, the home cooks will compete and climb a money ladder with increasing cash prizes for every professional chef they knock out, with the chance to win as much as $100,000.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/18/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "An Amazing First"

  • The Amazing Race Canada's cast the show's first transgender contestant (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • Kim Kardashian's appearance on "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me" tests the resolve of NPR's loyal fanbase (USA Today)

posted 6/18/15

A Windfall for "Tipping Point"
ITV Renews Series for Two Seasons, 325 Episodes
From Digital Spy

ITV has commissioned a whopping 325 new episodes of Ben Shephard's Tipping Point - a record for the program.

The daytime quiz show has been renewed for a further two seaaons, which are due to take place across 2016 and 2017.

Shephard hosts the show which sees contestants go up against a machine, attempting to claim the golden jackpoint chip and take home a cash prize.

The presenter said: "I'm delighted that Tipping Point has been re-commissioned for an incredible 325 episodes.

"It's such a simple idea that is always so compelling to watch and play, which is handy as with hundreds of episodes to film it's going to be pretty full-on!!"

ITV director of daytime Helen Warner added: "Tipping Point is a firm favorite in the ITV daytime schedule. We know our viewers love it so I'm delighted to be able to take it into 2016 and beyond."

Digital Spy
ATV Today

posted 6/17/15

Tuesday: Golden State
ABC Wins The Night, But AGT Puts Up a Fight
From the Futon Critic

ABC (16.487 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.2, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with its coverage of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (10.419 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.6, #3), "NBA Countdown" (12.833 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.8, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 6" (18.918 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 7.2, #1).

NBC (8.163 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then was a distant second with originals from "America's Got Talent" (9.968 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #4) and "I Can Do That!" (4.554 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6).

Next up was FOX (4.642 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and its primetime portion of "FIFA Women's Wold Cup 2015" (4.642 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.097 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up repeats of "NCIS" (7.335 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7), "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.975 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "48 Hours" (4.983 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.132 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "iZombie" (0.941 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) on The CW (1.037 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) will close out the evening.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.382 milllion
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 442,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/17/15

Suzi Perry An "Airhead"
Formula One Host to Front New Robot Competition for BBC2
From the Futon Critic

Suzi Perry will host new robot show 'Airheads'.

The BBC's Formula 1 presenter has been signed by TV bosses to front the 'Robot Wars'-style program that will feature drones in battle and take over Top Gear's traditional slot in the BBC Two schedule on Sunday nights.

Suzi is joined by co-hosts Andrew Maxwell, a stand-up comedian and Ski Sunday commentator Ed Leigh on the show, which is reportedly hoping to appeal to 'Top Gear' fans and tech lovers alike.

The trio will present challenges that require three technical teams to build and show off their flying machine creations, before battling it out in a series of aerial challenges - one of which will be to blow up a building.

'Airheads' draws inspiration from the late 90s classic TV game show 'Robot Wars' which was hosted by axed 'Top Gear' host Jeremy Clarkson in 1998 and former 'Coronation Street' actor Craig Charles from 1998 to 2004. The new format will be shot on location as well as in the studio.

Graham Norton's company So Television is making the program which is just one of a number of new entertainment shows being commissioned by the broadcaster.

BBC Entertainment commissioning editor Alan Tyler told The Guardian newspaper: "We are delighted to be working with producers across the UK to bring such a terrific range of both new and much loved entertainment programmes to our audiences across all our channels. These commissions are another sign of the BBC's commitment to producing top quality programmes from around the country."

Female First
The Mirror
The List

posted 6/17/15

More Judge Turnover
Rita Ora, Nick Grimshaw Join "The X Factor UK"
From Indian Television

ITV, Syco and Thames announced that Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora have signed as judges for the new series of The X Factor, as well as confirming that Cheryl Fernandez-Versini will return to the judging panel alongside show creator Simon Cowell.

Popstar Rita Ora is no stranger to The X Factor having first appeared on the show in 2012 as a guest judge. Ora burst on to the music scene in 2012, scoring a No.1 single with her collaboration with DJ Fresh on ‘Hot Right Now’. She went on to have a No. 1 debut album which produced two further No.1 singles. The first single from her second album, ‘I Will Never Let You Down’, became her fourth UK number one when it debuted at the top of the charts.

Speaking about joining the show, Ora said, “I am excited to be coming back to The X Factor – I had a ball here in 2012. This is a journey I can't wait to embark on to find some talented singers. It’s the new generation taking over. Booooom.”

As the host of BBC Radio 1’s Breakfast show since 2012, Grimshaw is one of the most respected Radio DJs in the business. A massive champion of music, he will bring a new and fresh perspective to the panel in the search for the next big singing sensation.

A well-known fan of The X Factor, Grimshaw said, “I love X Factor and have watched the series religiously since it started, so obviously I'm hugely excited to be joining the show. Music is my job and my passion and I'm really looking forward to seeing what talent we can find and nurture this year. I can't wait for Judges Houses in Oldham!"

Indian Television

posted 6/17/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Big Burglary"

  • Big Brother's Clay Honeycutt was robbed... of a LOT (TMZ)
     
  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Scott MacIntyre's life saved by an anonymous donor's kidney (People)
     
  • Ali Fedotowsky breaks up with E! (Us)
     
  • Bob Barker to Foster Farms... the actual retail price ain't right (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: James Corden gives Donald Trump's Presidential announcement the respect it deserves (The Wrap)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Nicholas Parsons (Daily Express)

posted 6/17/15

Syndies: Week 37
Results for the Week Ending June 7
From B&C

Talk’s summer strategy to stay in originals is already paying off for the shows that do it, with Disney-ABC’s Live with Kelly and Michael, Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneres and Debmar-Mercury’s Wendy Williams all seeing strong results in the week ended June 7.

The fight for command of the games is close, with CTD’s Wheel of Fortune just managing to hold off both its sister show, CTD’s Jeopardy!, and Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud as all three came within a tenth of each other. Wheel sped up 5% to a 6.4, while Feud was just a hair behind with a 5% advance to a 6.3, tying Jeopardy! for the first time since the week of October 19. Jeopardy! jumped 3%. Year to year, Feud was up the most of any game show, gaining 34%.

Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire remained stuck at its series-low 1.6 for the seventh straight week, declining 11% from last year at this time. Debmar-Mercury’s rookie Celebrity Name Game sagged 7% to a 1.3.

B&C
TV by the Numbers
TV News Check

posted 6/16/15

Monday: No Ninjas, No Problem
Blackhawks Win Stanley Cup Final... So Does NBC
From the Futon Criitc

NBC (7.592 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) was the network to beat on Monday with its last-minute lineup of "NHL Stanley Cup Finals Pre-Game" (6.044 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) and "NHL Stanley Cup Finals, Game 6" (7.902 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1).

ABC (5.501 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then had to settle for second place with new episodes of "The Bachelorette" (6.230 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) and "The Whispers" (4.043 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Next up was FOX (4.234 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with an original "So You Think You Can Dance" (4.234 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.374 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (5.169 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Mike & Molly" (5.289 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Scorpion" (5.024 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.868 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

And finally, The CW (1.190 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) likewise went with second runs of "The Originals" (1.095 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.284 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Comedy Central's @midnight logged in 325,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/16/15

Weekend: BBC Gets Prized Apart
Beeb Launches New Game This Weekend
From Digital Spy

If your Saturday nights are looking a bit... quiet, well, fear not - because BBC One has a brand new game show it's hoping will suck you in! Prized Apart sees ten pairs competing for a huge £100,000 prize - one of them gets flown off to Morocco to take part in all sorts of death-defying challenges, while their partner back in the studio tries to keep them in the game with their general knowledge prowess. Something for everyone, in other words!

That was the logline on Friday. Meanwhile, the reality is that the show managed 3 million in its premiere on BBC1. The BBC One adventure game show drew 3.09m (18.8%) between 7pm and 8.05pm.

The National Lottery: Who Dares Wins followed with 3.93m (21.8%).

On the other side of the Atlantic, FOX (4.222 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the demo champ on Friday with its primetime coverage of the "FIFA Women's Wold Cup 2015" (4.222 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1).

ABC (4.816 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed the silver with its trio of "Shark Tank" (4.655 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5), "Primetime: What Would You Do?" (4.641 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and "20/20" (5.151 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2).

Next up was NBC (4.374 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with an encore of "America's Got Talent" (4.001 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and a new "Dateline NBC" (5.118 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.799 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up repeats of "Undercover Boss" (3.843 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Hawaii Five-0" (4.733 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9) and "Blue Bloods" (5.822 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

And finally, a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.488 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.367 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and a new "The Messengers" (0.828 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) on The CW (1.127 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On Food Network...
- 8p: Guy's Grocery Games - 1.382 million
- 9p: Food Network Star - 2.122 million
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen - 1.483 million

Digital Spy
What's on TV
Digital Spy
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Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/16/15

GSN Gets Steam Heat
"Steampunk'd" to Drop This Summer
From the Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today that it has started production on a new original skill-based competition series, STEAMPUNK'D. Hosted by Jeannie Mai ("The Real"), the show seeks to find the most talented and versatile Steampunk designers in the country. Inspired by the Victorian era, Steampunk is a retro-futuristic design movement seen in everything from fashion to technology to design.

In STEAMPUNK'D, 10 contestants (also known as "Makers") will be challenged to marry objects from the past and present in order to create impressive futuristic designs. Dramatic reveals each week will build to a grand finale of a fully realized Steampunk'd manor and the winner will take home a $100,000 grand prize. Currently shooting in Los Angeles, the eight-episode series is scheduled to air later this summer (exact date TBD.)

Jeannie Mai, who will serve as host, has been a Steampunk fan since her teenage years and knows the style very well. Best known as one of the five dynamic hosts of the popular daytime talk show "The Real," Mai continues to appear as a frequent fashion expert for "Today Show," "Wendy Williams" and "E! News." Before becoming a television personality, she began her career as a celebrity makeup artist and stylist from San Jose, California.

"Exemplified by the designs of films like 'Mad Max' and 'Sherlock Holmes,' the incredibly rich and creative subculture of Steampunk is increasingly filtering into pop culture," says Amy Introcaso-Davis, Executive Vice President of Programming and Development for GSN. "Like the amazing painters in 'Skin Wars,' these makers will astonish audiences with their talent and creativity and this show reinforces GSN's commitment to bringing cutting-edge skill-based competition to our air."

STEAMPUNK'D is executive produced by Kimberly and John Ehrhard ("Hogan Knows Best," "Miami Social") of Pink Sneakers Productions and Jennifer J. Duncan.

The Futon Critic
World Screen

posted 6/16/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Apprentice 2016"

  • Donald Trump officially throws his hat in the ring (Deadline), which presents a problem for "The Apprentice" (TMZ) ... and Jr. & Ivanka are not going to solve it (B&C)
     
  • Ken Jennings has a question: "Will knowledge become obsolete?" Answer: NEVER.... we hope (ITBusiness)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: it took 15 years, but a German has finally Roseman'ed "Millionaire" (The Local)
     
  • Chris Evans is trading in his "Toothbrush" for "Top Gear" (Wall Street Journal)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with "Knife Fight" EP JC Begley (TV Insider)

posted 6/16/15

Richard O'Brien to Return to "Maze"
Cult Game to Return as "Immersive Experience"
From London Evening Standard

Three Londoners are aiming to revive Nineties gameshow The Crystal Maze as an “immersive experience” everyone can compete in.

Ben Hodges, 29, Dean Rodgers, 25, and Tom Lionetti, 28, are launching a crowdfunding campaign so they can create a full-scale replica in a central London warehouse.

Teams of eight would be taken around the four “zones” of the maze — Aztec, Medieval, Industrial and Futuristic — by their own quizmaster, who was played by Richard O’Brien in the TV series.

As in the gameshow, competitors take part in tough challenges to test intelligence, skill and physical ability. Failure to complete a task in a set time means they will be locked in, and asked to solve a puzzle in order to return to their team.

Contestants eventually enter the Crystal Dome — and try to grab as much cash as possible.

Fans won’t be able to take home the money, but at the end of the experience will be awarded prizes for the amount of crystals they have collected in the maze.

The trio plan to charge £50 per person. Participants may either turn up in a team or join another on arrival. There will also be a bar and street food on a viewing platform, where people can watch the action below them.

The Crystal Maze ran on Channel 4 from 1990 to 1995. For the past year, the team have been working with O’Brien, the TV show’s creator Malcolm Hayworth, and rights holder Zodiak Rights.

Now they are urging Londoners to crowdfund the idea with £500,000. Investors — who will get tickets to the experience — pledged £176,166 in just under 24 hours.

CNBC
Her.ie
Yahoo!
The Week
The Mirror
London Evening Standard
The Telegraph
The Guardian
The Inquisitr

posted 6/15/15

Ellen to Challenge Again
"Design Challenge" Renewed by HGTV
From the Futon Critic

Ellen's Design Challenge, which ranked as one of the highest-rated series in HGTV history, returns to the network in January 2016 with several surprise guests joining the judging panel and more of HGTV's popular builders and carpenters stepping up to assist the contestants in their bid to win a $100,000 cash prize and the opportunity to see their work featured in HGTV Magazine. First conceptualized by television icon Ellen DeGeneres, one of the world's most popular and influential stars, the furniture design competition from Telepictures adds more competitors and jumps from six to nine episodes, including a fun, 60-minute special that captures humorous behind-the-scenes moments. During its first season run on HGTV, Ellen's Design Challenge delivered more than 12 million total viewers and consistently ranked as a top 10-rated cable program for the Monday 9p-10p time period among A25-54.

Produced by Ellen's production company, A Very Good Production, and A. Smith & Co. Productions in association with Telepictures, the sophomore season of Ellen's Design Challenge promises additional inventive challenges that allows competitors to showcase their ingenuity and creativity as they sketch, design and build extraordinary furniture to avoid elimination. Potential competitors can visit http://www.hgtv.com/shows/be-on-hgtv/ellens-design-challenge-is-looking-for-a-few-good-furniture-desi for details on how to be considered for season two of the competition.

"I'm so excited to be doing season two of Ellen's Design Challenge. We have a new motto this season: Watch Ellen's Design Challenge, where the furniture stays together longer than any couple from The Bachelor."

"Ellen has unparalleled star power and universal appeal, so it was a thrill for us welcome her to HGTV in 2015," said Kathleen Finch, president, HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country. "With the resounding success of season one behind us, we are pleased to bring Ellen back to our air and our teams are completely focused on making season two even better. Additional episodes, big, fun surprises and the special look behind-the-curtain are only a few of the elements that will have America buzzing about season two of Ellen's Design Challenge."

The Futon Critic

posted 6/15/15

They're "Tough Enough"
Catch It on USA June 23
From the Futon Critic

USA Network and WWE(R) have announced the final 13 competitors for the high-octane reality series, WWE Tough Enough, premiering live, Tuesday, June 23 at 8/7C on USA Network and around the world.* The cast was chosen from more than 11,100 submissions from 113 countries. Forty finalists attended tryouts last week at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla., with only 13 making the final cut. Tough Enough Competition Special, an inside look at last week's tryouts, will premiere on WWE Network tomorrow, Tuesday, June 16 at 8/7C, and will also air on USANetwork.com on Thursday, June 18, at 10/9C.

The final 13 WWE Tough Enough competitors are:

Mada Abdelhamid, Los Angeles, California
Hank Avery Jr., Macon, Georgia
Daria Berenato, Los Angeles, California
Joshua Bredl, Thornton, Colorado
Gabi Castrovinci, Southington, Connecticut
Patrick Clark, Jr., Washington, D.C.
Dianna Dahlgren, Spokane, Washington
Alexander Frekey, Dallas, Texas
Sara Lee, Hope, Michigan
Zamariah "ZZ" Loupe, Bayou Boeuf, Louisiana
Giorgia Piscina, Brisbane, Australia
Amanda Saccomanno, Yorktown Heights, New York
Tanner Saraceno, Boiling Springs, South Carolina

WWE Tough Enough is hosted by WWE Superstar Chris Jericho(R), who will be joined by a panel of judges including WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan(R), WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan(R) and WWE Diva Paige(TM). This season will combine the can't-miss excitement of live television with reality-show drama, as WWE hopefuls vie for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become the next WWE Superstar or Diva. Unlike anything on television today, the lightning-fast hour of entertainment and competition will include live results every week, giving fans worldwide the power to decide who stays and who goes the very same night.

Every week, the three judges will each nominate one competitor they believe should be cut, and it will be up to the WWE Universe to vote and determine who they feel is "Tough Enough," to remain in the competition. The competitor with the least number of votes will be eliminated. Throughout the season, each judge will have the ability to save one competitor from being sent home. Ultimately, one man and one woman will be considered "Tough Enough," with each earning a one-year, $250,000 WWE contract.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/15/15

JACK CROSBY: 1927-2015
Art Director Worked on "Seven Keys"
From Variety

Jack Crosby, art director for CBS and then ABC, died of complications of Alzheimer’s disease Sunday in Henderson, Nevada. He was 88.

Crosby, who was the nephew of singer-actor Bing Crosby, became the first art director of ABC’s “General Hospital” in 1963, holding the title for 17 years.

Prior to “General Hospital,” Crosby was a draftsman and then assistant art director for CBS during early development of television in the 1950s. In 1961, he moved to ABC as an art director for game shows such as “Seven Keys.”

After retiring from ABC, Crosby taught art direction at Loyola U. and Pepperdine U.

Crosby is survived by his wife Barbara, his children Michael, Cynthia, and James and four grandchildren.

Variety

posted 6/15/15

Selling the Answer to India
British TV Series Exported
From Indian Television

Asianet is all set to launch a new quiz based show titled Sell Me The Answer, a first of its kind television game show format in Malayalam television.

The show, which will go on air from 22 June, is scheduled to air from Monday to Thursday from 8 - 9 pm.

Even though the quiz show concept is new to the Malayalam audience, it is inspired by the original British show with the same name.

Sell Me The Answer on Asianet will test the contestant’s knowledge more than their brain power. The quiz based show is quite entertaining and demands the contestant to utilize both their IQ and EQ. The show will give an opportunity to both contestants and traders to win the prize money, with their knowledge as well as confidence.

Prior to this, Sell Me The Answer has been adapted in Bengali called Jabab Kinte Chai on Sananda TV.

As per the format of the show, there will be 10 questions, 10 answers and one can answer these questions with or without the help of traders.

Indian Television
Exchange4Media

posted 6/15/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Hypocrite"

  • Chris Harrison wouldn't want his daughter to date Chris Soules. Yet he had no problem with Whitney's father's daughter... Things that make you go... hmmm... (Hollywood Life)
     
  • Jimmy Carr plays NYC, Cipha Sounds to produce "Joking Off" season 2, and "IdioTest" is getting a time slot upgrade... yes, this is all in the same article! (The Interrobang)
     
  • Hey, TCONA is coming up... here's a contest for you geeky dads to enter! (GeekDad)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Sandi Toksvig (The Guardian)

posted 6/15/15

Thursday: Even Money
ABC Overcomes All Comers
From the Futon Critic

ABC (14.030 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.3, #1) was once again the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (8.869 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.9, #3), "NBA Countdown" (9.986 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.6, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 4" (16.331 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.3, #1).

FOX (4.556 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a distant second place with the season finale of "Bones" (4.879 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) alongside a new "Wayward Pines" (4.233 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

Next up was CBS (5.055 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.960 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "The Odd Couple" (5.402 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "Mom" (5.090 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10), "Mike & Molly" (4.978 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9) and "Elementary" (3.949 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.945 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up its trio of "Dateline NBC" (6.367 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "Aquarius" (3.729 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) and "Hannibal" (1.740 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

And finally, The CW (0.889 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with the return of "Beauty and the Beast" (0.908 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and the "iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party" (0.870 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food) 1.097 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 299,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/12/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "The Internet"

  • Kaitlyn Bristowe learns the hard way that THE INTERNET IS FOREVER (USA Today)
     
  • Kevin O'Connell is not ready to "Go" just yet (Buffalo News)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Mark Cronin on "Singled Out" (AV Club)

posted 6/12/15


JIM ED BROWN: 1934-2015
Country Music Legend Hosted "You Can Be a Star" on TNN
From the Tennessean

The smooth-voiced singer Jim Ed Brown, a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1963 and a 2015 inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame, died Thursday. He was 81.

Last September, he revealed that he had been undergoing treatment for lung cancer. In early 2015, Mr. Brown announced that he was in remission, but on June 3 of this year, his daughter Kim posted on Facebook that her father's cancer had returned—although not in his lungs—and that he had resumed chemotherapy. One day later, when Mr. Brown's condition appeared unlikely to improve, his dear friend and country legend Bill Anderson visited Mr. Brown in his hospital room to present him with a Country Music Hall of Fame medallion, five months ahead of the official induction ceremony.

James Edward Brown was born on April 1, 1934 in Sparkman, Arkansas; later, his family of seven would move to Pine Bluff, Ark. Growing up, he'd listen to Opry stars like Roy Acuff and Bill Monroe, and sing with his older sister Maxine and younger sister Bonnie.

In 1954, Mr. Brown and Maxine, who had been singing on the radio and performing regionally as a duo, signed a deal with Fabor Records; their debut single, the lighthearted "Looking Back to See," peaked at No. 8 in June of that year. The young singers became regulars on The Louisiana Hayride and Ozark Jubilee. In 1955, their teenaged sister Bonnie joined the group; a year later, The Browns' recording of "I Take the Chance" for their label RCA Victor, hit No. 2 on the country charts. One of their best-known songs was "I Heard the Bluebirds Sing," a song that was released in 1957, the same year that Mr. Brown was drafted into military service. He continued to record with his sisters while on leave, and when the group toured, sister Norma would take his place.

After two years, Mr. Brown left the military and rejoined the family band. They would release their smash hit "The Three Bells" in August of 1959. It spent 10 weeks atop the country chart, four weeks atop the pop charts, and even cracked the Hot R&B Sides Top 10. The Browns' timeless version of this song would go on to sell more than one million records. Subsequent recordings "Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair)" and "The Old Lamplighter" were also crossover hits; however, the former would be the group's final Top 10 country single.

The Browns were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1963. They would disband four years later when Maxine and Bonnie decided to retire from the trio.

In 1965, Mr. Brown began to make solo records for RCA Victor, where he'd remain for the next 16 years. In 1967, he'd release what would become his signature song: the Nat Stuckey-penned "Pop a Top," which spent 20 weeks on the charts. He'd go on to release several other successful singles, including "Morning" (#4, 1970) and "Southern Loving" (#6, 1973).

During the mid-1970s, Mr. Brown, in between hosting multiple seasons of the television program "Nashville on the Road," began to record duets with Helen Cornelius. The pair won the 1977 CMA Vocal Duo Award thanks to hits like the 1976 chart-topper "I Don't Want to Have to Marry You" and "Saying Hello, Saying I Love You, Saying Goodbye," which hit No. 2. They released their last charting single, "Don't Bother to Knock," in 1981.

Mr. Brown returned to television in the 1980s, hosting "You Can Be a Star" for six years and co-hosting a travel program, "Going Our Way," with his wife Becky. Though he did not release any studio albums during these years, he continued to tour and perform on the Opry.

In January of 2015, at the age of 80, Mr. Brown released his first album in 35 years, "In Style Again," for Plowboy Records. Despite his age and his health, Mr. Brown was in fine vocal form on this project, singing with Cornelius and his sisters in addition to Vince Gill and The Whites. At the end of the month, he returned to perform at the Grand Ole Opry.

In late March of 2015, it was announced that Mr. Brown, along with his two sisters, were going to be officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. At the podium, an emotional Mr. Brown began his remarks by telling the audience that he was cancer free. During an interview, he remarked that one of the most meaningful aspects of his induction was that "my family, friends and fans (will) always have a place to go and remember me. I'll be there forever."

Two weeks ago, "Whispering" Bill Anderson was told The Browns had asked that he be the Hall of Fame member to induct them into the Country Music Hall of Fame at the ceremony in the fall. Then he got a call on the morning of June 4 saying Mr. Brown's induction needed to happen that day. He canceled a doctor's appointment and joined a group of people, including the Country Music Association's chief executive officer Sarah Trahern, in Mr. Brown's hospital room to surprise him with his commemorative Hall of Fame medallion.

"Jim Ed was pretty emotional," Anderson recalled. "He was very lucid. He laughed and he cried and you could tell just how proud he was."

Mr. Brown took his ball cap off and Anderson slipped the medallion over his head, around his neck and laid it on his chest in the hospital room signifying that he was officially a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

"He was tearing up and so was I and so was everybody in the room," Anderson said. "He said, 'I had about convinced myself that even if I don't make the Hall of Fame, I've had a pretty good run. But to wear this medallion and know that I made it to the Hall of Fame makes it perfect.'"

Mr. Brown was short of breath and on oxygen. Anderson leaned over his hospital bed as his friend wondered if he would be able to sing when he got to heaven, because couldn't sing in his current condition.

"I said, 'Well, Jim Ed, if you get up there and find you can't sing, no worries,'" Anderson recalled. "I'll loan you my license to whisper. You can steal my act until I get there.' He started laughing and he laughed until tears were running down his face."

Then, just like The Country Music Hall of Fame ends each induction ceremony, Anderson started singing "Will the Circle Be Unbroken"—just the chorus, he said. Mr. Brown's other guests joined in.

"It was sad, but in a beautiful way because we were making him happy," Anderson said.

Mr. Brown leaves behind Becky, his wife of 52 years, and his son and daughter. Funeral arrangements are unknown at this time.

The Tennessean
Variety
USA Today

posted 6/11/15

Wednesday: Midweek Split
CBS Takes Totals, Fox Takes the Demo
From the Futon Critic

FOX (3.932 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "MasterChef" (4.626 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "Bullseye" (3.237 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

ABC (4.047 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then claimed the silver with repeats of "The Middle" (4.993 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "The Goldbergs" (4.400 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Modern Family" (4.460 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and "Black-ish" (3.756 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) plus a new "Celebrity Wife Swap" (3.337 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

Next up was CBS (5.262 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with an original "The Briefcase" (4.743 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10) followed by repeats of "Criminal Minds" (5.630 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "CSI: Cyber" (5.414 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.108 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up encores of "I Can Do That!" (2.507 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) and "American Ninja Warrior" (3.408 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.969 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Supernatural" (0.779 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) on The CW (0.874 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable, the season premiere of "Skin Wars" - one of GSN's highest-rated series on the schedule - kept the mojo up with 540,000 with a 0.13 rating for the demo. The night's other season premiere, "Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out", averaged 874,000 over the hour, with the 11:30 show raising from 835,000 to 913,000.  Elsewhere...

- The Ultimate Fighter (Fox Sports 1): 425,000
- IdioTest (GSN, 8p): 414,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 405,000
- IdioTest (GSN, 8:30p): 393,000
- Fake Off (truTV): 273,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/11/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Steve's World"

posted 6/11/15

Gwen Stefani Apparently a Hollaback Girl
"The Voice" Coach to Return for Second Season
From the Futon Critic

Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams have been announced as the season nine coaches and Carson Daly as host for NBC's Emmy Award-winning musical competition series "The Voice."

The ninth season will begin in September.

"With such an astounding group of coaches at the peak of their musical ingenuity and Carson returning as our host, we are thrilled for what season nine will bring," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. "The expertise and camaraderie of this panel will provide an immeasurable experience for the artists and must-see entertainment for all who are watching."

Levine and Shelton have been "Voice" coaches since the series inception in 2011. Season nine will mark the third season for Williams and the second for Stefani.

The Futon Critic
Buzzfeed

posted 6/10/15

A Mystery in "Paradise"
"Bachelor in Paradise" Logs in Every Reality TV Trope En Route to August 2 Premiere
From the Futon Critic

The long awaited second season of last summer's #1 new unscripted hit series, "Bachelor in Paradise," returns with a two-night premiere on SUNDAY, AUGUST 2 and MONDAY AUGUST 3 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network. 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:

· Jillian Anderson, 25, News Producer, Washington DC - "The Bachelor," Season 19 (Chris)
· Ashley Salter, 25, Hair Stylist, Alpharetta, GA - "The Bachelor," Season 19 (Chris)
· Jade Roper, 28, Cosmetics Developer, Los Angeles, CA - "The Bachelor," Season 19 (Chris)
· Carly Waddell, 29, Cruise Ship Singer, Arlington, TX - "The Bachelor," Season 19 (Chris)
· Clare Crawley, 34, Hair Stylist, Sacramento, CA - "The Bachelor," Season 18 (Juan Pablo) and "Bachelor in Paradise," Season 1
· Ashley Iaconneti, 27, Freelance Journalist, Wayne, NJ - "The Bachelor," Season 19 (Chris)
· Tenley Mohlzan, 30, Nutritionist, Encinitas, CA - "The Bachelor," Season 14 (Jake) and "Bachelor Pad," Season 1
· Juelia Kinney, 30, Full-Time Mom, Portland, OR - "The Bachelor," Season 19 (Chris)
· Mystery Woman

This sexy mystery woman comes to Paradise this season with an attitude and connections that are sure to shock everyone. There's no telling what kind of drama could ensue as she joins the group on her own quest for true love.

· Dan Cox, 32, Small Business Owner, Las Vegas - "The Bachelorette," Season 9 (Desiree)
· Kirk Dewindt, 32, Personal Trainer, Minneapolis, MN - "The Bachelorette," Season 6 (Ali) and "Bachelor Pad," Season 2
· Mikey Tenerelli, 33, Business Owner, Winfield, IL - The Bachelorette, Season 9 (Desiree)

· Plus, four eliminated cast members from the current season of "The Bachelorette," who will be announced at a later date.

Over the course of six episodes 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. If last season was any indication, "Bachelor in Paradise" will feature shocking twists, surprises, unexpected guests and some of the most unlikely relationships in "Bachelor" history. It all comes together in the romantic television event of the summer, beginning Sunday, August 2 at 8:00 p.m.

The Futon Critic
TV Insider
TV Line

posted 6/10/15

Tuesday: America's Got... Basketball
The Finals Give ABC a Rare Tuesday Win
From the Futon Critic

ABC (12.624 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.9, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday thanks to its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (8.143 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3), "NBA Countdown" (9.159 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.4, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 3" (14.611 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.8, #1).

NBC (8.789 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then had to settle for second place with originals from "America's Got Talent" (10.339 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #4) and "I Can Do That!" (5.688 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5).

Next up was FOX (3.167 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with a new "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (2.934 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and the season finale of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.400 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.474 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up repeats of "NCIS" (7.210 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.638 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "48 Hours" (5.573 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (1.219 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and the season finale of "iZombie" (1.395 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) on The CW (1.307 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.338 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 519,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers

posted 6/10/15

Oxygen Plans to Game Crowdfunding, Snapchatting
On Order: "Start Me Up", Two Relationship Games
From TV by the Numbers

Oxygen Media announced five new series in development that reinforce the network’s commitment to creating real lifestyle programming that speaks to the passions and interests of young multicultural women. The diverse projects include “Dead Clean” about a female clean-up crew handling messes no one else would dare tackle; “House of Black Diamond” following the lives of six members of the most decorated drill team in California; “Start Me Up,” a competition series focusing on raising money through online crowdfunding; “Swipe for Love” about using social media to match potential couples in front of a live studio audience; and “The Ultimate Relationship Test,” a competition series where couples wager money on each other’s abilities to win a variety of challenges.

“Inspired by millenials who express themselves and their ideas in innovative and diverse ways, these five new projects reflect Oxygen Media’s commitment to sharing fun and meaningful stories that resonate with our audience,” said Cori Abraham, Senior Vice President of Development & International, Oxygen Media.

Oxygen Development Projects:

“Start Me Up” (working title)

Produced by Soshefeigh Media and Wilshire Studios with Matt O’Brien and René Brar serving as Executive Producers.

Bringing the online crowdfunding phenomenon to television for the first time, each episode follows three contestants determined to launch a new campaign, business or cause as they work with an expert team to create the ultimate 90-second pitch video. At the end, the three videos will go up on Oxygen.com where viewers will have the opportunity to donate money to the projects they love the most. On the following week’s show, the video which raised the most money will be revealed in real time, honoring the winning contestant with a $25,000 grand prize.

“Swipe for Love” (working title)

Produced by Wilshire Studios with David Friedman serving as Executive Producer.

In the hyper-connected, social media-savvy world of millenials, online dating has quickly become the norm. In “Swipe for Love,” a group of eager young singles will put their profile pictures to the test in front of a live studio audience in hopes of finding “the one.” Potential couples will be matched based on their “swipes” and social media “likes” to compete in a series of challenges designed to test and reveal chemistry and compatibility.

“The Ultimate Relationship Test” (working title)

Produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions with Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Guy Hameiri serving as Executive Producers.

In this innovative new competition series, ten couples will compete in large-scale challenges – ranging from the physical to the mental – to win wagered money. While one person competes, their significant other bets a sum of cash based on how they think their partner will perform. These challenges will showcase how intimately each partner knows the other, while exposing the strengths and weaknesses of their relationship.

TV by the Numbers

posted 6/10/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "ABC's of Fall"

posted 6/10/15


Iliza Shlesinger Has "Separation Anxiety"
"Last Comic Standing" Hosts TBS' New Game Show
From TV by the Numbers

Comedian Iliza Shlesinger (Excused, Last Comic Standing) has been named the host of the upcoming TBS series Separation Anxiety, a comedic, relationship-based game show featuring a unique twist that isn't revealed to contestants until after they've played the game. TBS has ordered 14 one-hour episodes of Separation Anxiety, with plans to launch the show in late 2015. The series, which was announced in May during Turner's Upfront presentation in New York, is being produced by 5x5 Media and Electus.

"What makes Separation Anxiety such a fun, unique game show is the way it puts relationships to the test," said David Eilenberg, senior vice president of unscripted series, specials and late night for TBS. "On top of having a great premise, Separation Anxiety is hosted by Iliza Shlesinger, one of the hottest new comedians in the business. We're very excited to be adding Iliza's fresh and funny voice to TBS's growing roster of comedy superstars."

The Hollywood Reporter
TV by the Numbers
Splitsider
Realscreen
The Wrap

posted 6/9/15

Syndies: The Final Week of Regulation
Results for the Week Ending May 31
From B&C

In a slow post-sweeps, pre-summer week ending May 31, CBS Television Distribution’s Dr. Phil managed to stay atop the talkers, even though the show slipped 13% to a 2.8 live plus same day household rating average, according to Nielsen Media Research.
 
That was the 20th time that Phil led the category, including two ties with Disney-ABC’s Live with Kelly and Michael. Live was a close second, dropping 7% to a 2.7. Among daytime’s key demographic of women 25-54, however, Live led with a level 1.5, the first time Live has led the demo since April 12.

In access, the top game shows fought for pole position. CTD’s Jeopardy! tied CTD’s Wheel of Fortune for the lead at a 6.1, with Jeopardy! down 3% and Wheel down 5%, and Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud only one-tenth of a point behind at a steady 6.0. Year to year,however, Feud improved 28%, the biggest jump of any first-run strip, while Wheel was flat and Jeopardy! was off 5%.

Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire remained at its series-low 1.6 for the sixth straight week, depreciating 16% from last year. Debmar-Mercury’s newcomer Celebrity Name Game was steady at a 1.4 for the third week in a row.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 6/9/15

Monday: Number One Guns
"Ninja Warrior" Continues to Be NBC's Top Draw
From The Futon Critic

NBC (5.804 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) moved into the top spot on Monday with new episodes of "American Ninja Warrior" (6.830 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "The Island" (3.753 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3).

ABC (5.642 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then fell to second place with a new "The Bachelorette" (6.286 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and week two of "The Whispers" (4.355 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Next up was FOX (3.674 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and a fresh installment of "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.674 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.111 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (4.973 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Mike & Molly" (5.165 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Scorpion" (4.801 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.462 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8).

And finally, second runs of "The Originals" (0.654 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.480 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #11) on The CW (0.567 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- The CNN Quiz Show: The 70s (CNN): 509,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 351,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/9/15

Weekend: Welcome Back...
"Jurassic Park" Gives NBC Demo Win; ABC Wins Total
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.536 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the draw among adults 18-49 on Friday with its presentation of "Jurassic Park" (4.536 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2).

ABC (5.118 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was a close second with its trio of "Shark Tank" (4.344 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4), "Primetime: What Would You Do?" (4.596 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and "20/20" (6.414 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1).

Next up was CBS (4.691 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and repeats of "The Briefcase" (3.418 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Hawaii Five-0" (4.892 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Blue Bloods" (5.761 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.988 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up encores of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (2.322 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Bullseye" (1.653 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.511 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.356 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and a new "The Messengers" (0.917 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) on The CW (1.175 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

The finale of Telemundo's third season of “La Voz Kids” ranked #1 among all Spanish-language broadcast programs on Sunday night among key demos delivering 2,225,000 total viewers and 955,000 adults 18-49, according to Nielsen. Featuring Coaches Daddy Yankee, Natalia Jimenez and Pedro Fernandez, the popular singing competition was the #1 regularly scheduled Spanish-language Sunday primetime entertainment program among total viewers for eight consecutive weeks, during its 13-episode run. Additionally, the “La Voz Kids” finale was the #1 Spanish-language program, in its time period, among total viewers, in New York, Miami, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco and Philadelphia, and among adults 18-49 in Houston and Phoenix.

Saturday's "Pontoon Payday", relocated from Thursday nights, didn't fare any better with 155,000 viewers. Meanwhile, on Food Network Sunday...

- 8p: Guy's Grocery Games - 1.180 million
- 9p: Food Network Star (season premiere) - 1.870 million
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen - 1.150 million

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/9/15

It's Almost Impossible
ITV Orders Physical Comedy Game from Initial
From TBI Vision

ITV has ordered The Almost Impossible Game Show, a new physical gameshow from Endemol Shine prodco Initial.

Billed as a comedy gameshow, the series will have ten contestants taking on hilarious challenges. The participants have 50 chances to complete five challenges.

The 6x60mins show will go out later this year on ITV2. Endemol Shine Group will sell the format internationally.

The Almost Impossible Game Show was commissioned by Angela Jain, ITV’s director of digital platforms. She said: “The show is silly, fun, never predictable and thoroughly entertaining. Perfect for ITV2.”

Initial managing director of Initial, Nick Samwell-Smith, added: “This utterly absurd and completely anarchic format which features some of the most ludicrous games that our evil, twisted creative team could come up with.”

TBI Vision
World Screen
Broadcast
Digital Spy

posted 6/9/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "I'M the Worst?!"

  • Simon Cowell has two words for LA Reid: Fifth. Harmony.  (Digital Spy)
     
  • Nigel Lythgoe is rebooting "Fame", learning how to fly, HIGH! (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • Jeff Dye goes from "Money from Strangers" to hanging... with strangers (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: when the new "Are You Smarter" premiered, we tweeted that the original 5th graders are in college now. Well... now there are pictures (Yahoo!)
     
  • Speaking of, Jeff Foxworthy is teaming up with Golden Corral (PR Newswire)
     
  • The Crystal Maze LIVES! (Metro)
     
  • Jim Ed Brown ("You Can Be A Star") is battling cancer... again (Antimusic)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Dating Naked", "Twinning" move up to July 22 (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Rebecca Romijn (TV Insider)

posted 6/9/15

Standing on France
Canal+ Buys "Still Standing" From Armoza
From Realscreen

French free-to-air channel D8, owned by Canal+, has picked up the daily primetime game show Still Standing from Israeli-based Armoza Formats.

The July-August Productions-created series showcases a number of contestants battling the clock and each other to be the last one standing or risk being swallowed up by the studio floor with the opportunity to win $1 million.

The licensing agreement follows recent commissions by Mexico’s Azteca and Italy’s Canele 5, as well as a fourth season commissioned by Israel’s Channel 10. Still Standing has also been purchased by an undisclosed party in French-speaking Belgium.

“We’re proud to see Still Standing continue to gain momentum and are thrilled to be bringing this amazing game show to France and French-speaking Belgium,” said Avi Armoza, CEO of Armoza Formats, in a statement.

With more than 2,000 global episodes aired to date, the game show has been broadcast in the U.S., Israel, Spain, Germany, Hungary, Turkey, Brazil, China, Uruguay, Belgium, Italy and Mexico.

The French version of the series will be produced in partnership with Terminal E Studios, a joint venture between France’s Terminal 9 and Belgium’s Everlasting Group.

Realscreen
World Screen

posted 6/8/15

"Fifteen" to Five
ITV Quiz Show Renewed for Three More Seasons
From Digital Spy

Fifteen to One will return for at least three more seasons.

The Channel 4 general knowledge quiz show has been commissioned for a total of 100 more hour-long episodes for daytime.

Hosted by Sandi Toksvig, the third season will air this summer.

Channel 4 commissioning editor for entertainment Ed de Burgh said: "Sandi is undoubtedly one of Britain's toughest quiz mistresses, and we are delighted to welcome both her and the show back to the channel for three more series.

"We look forward to seeing Britain's smartest quiz minds take on the Fifteen to One challenge."

Remedy Productions' CCO Tom Blakeson added: "Fifteen to One is one of the UK's most-loved quiz shows so we're delighted that Channel 4 has commissioned three further series for the channel.

"We are absolutely thrilled to be able to confirm that the brilliant Sandi Toksvig will be back for another 100 episodes; her razor sharp wit makes her the perfect host for Britain's brainiest quiz."

The third and fourth seasons will be filmed in Glasgow, while season five is planned to shoot in Manchester.

Digital Spy
TV Wise
Worldscreen
Seenit
Coventry Telegraph

posted 6/8/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "You're the Worst"

  • LA Reid called "The X Factor" "the worst thing I've ever done". WAIT FOR IT...  (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • Craig Ferguson lists his home... and not the set of "Celebrity Name Game" (The Real Deal)
     
  • Monopoly Millionaires' Club: Great show + lottery tickets = PROFIT (2paragraphs)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: 7 "Bachelor" couples that were doomed from the Final Rose (Bustle)
     
  • Stephen Fry pens a memoir. The title is not "Blue Whale" (StarPulse)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: "Millionaire" heading to Boston Wednesday (Boston Globe)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Victoria Coren Mitchell (The Telegraph)

posted 6/8/15


ANTHONY RILEY: 1987-2015
"The Voice" Contestant Dies of Apparent Suicide
From Yahoo!

Vivacious street performer Anthony Riley, a frontrunner on this most recent season of The Voice who inspired the fastest four-chair turnaround in the series’ history, has died at age 28 of an apparent suicide. The news first broke Friday evening via the fan site Rickey.org, after several of Riley’s friends expressed their grief on social media. A man identifying himself as Riley’s best friend, fellow Philadelphia busker Robby Parsons, spoke exclusively to Yahoo Music’s Reality Rocks and confirmed the news.

“Anthony passed away Tuesday. He wasn’t found until yesterday [Friday],” said Parsons. “His sister called me at 7:30 yesterday to tell me… I called the friend he’d been living with, Bobby Iovine, and Bobby was in tears. And he said, ‘Robby, it’s true.‘”

Parsons added: “Anthony was a gentle soul. Just a loving, caring, gentle person, is what he was.” Parsons later corroborated Philly.com’s Saturday report that Riley took his own life.

"We are sad over the passing of Anthony Riley. We offer our deepest condolences to his friends and family during this very difficult time," a representative for The Voice said in a statement.

Riley mysteriously and abruptly left The Voice Season 8 before the Knockout Rounds, which aired this past March, with no explanation other than “personal reasons.” It was later revealed that he’d actually dropped out of The Voice in January to enter a two-week rehab program for substance abuse. Riley told Philly.com that he went to Voice producers, shortly after his successful Battle Round was taped in January, to discuss his ongoing addiction problems. That night, producers flew Riley back home, and he entered Clarity Way, a rehab facility in Hanover, Pennsylvania. According to Riley, NBC footed the bill, although reps for The Voice declined to comment.

“At the time, [The Voice] wasn’t working for me and I felt like I needed to go, instead of taking on more responsibility than I could handle,” Riley told Philly.com. While he stressed that The Voice was a "really great source of support” and “they [made] sure we understood we were getting ourselves into,” he said that the heavy workload and 16-hour days on the show were just too much for him to handle. “It’s stressful; there are a lot of days that can turn into lonely days,” he explained.

Riley also stated back in March that he had no plans to audition for The Voice again, despite a groundswell of fan support. “The Voice is over for me,” he said.

Yahoo!

posted 6/7/15

GSM4 Raises $5000
Annual Marathon Ends with a Bang
From WSET Lynchburg-Roanoke

For Bob Hagh, Cory Anotado, and Christian Carrion, Saturday night was a night of no sleep, and a lot of fun, all for a good cause.

The three friends are the organizers of the 24-Hour Game Show Marathon. The trio stay up for 24 straight hours, playing classic game shows with online viewers, who donate for the chance to play.

Now in its fourth year, this year's “Marathon” raised over five thousand dollars for Child's Play, a charity that helps provide hospitalized children with toys and games.

(Disclaimer #1: story written by friend of the site)

(Disclaimer #2: GSNN is a sponsor)

WSET Lynchburg

posted 6/7/15

Thursday: Warriors Lead, 1-0
The Finals Give ABC the Win
From the Futon Critic

ABC (12.499 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.8, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its coverage of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (7.898 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3), "NBA Countdown" (9.617 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.6, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 1" (14.370 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.6, #1).

FOX (4.661 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was a distant second place with new episodes of "Bones" (5.124 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Wayward Pines" (4.200 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

Next up was CBS (5.604 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.412 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "The Odd Couple" (5.787 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Mom" (5.842 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Mike & Molly" (5.487 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and "Elementary" (4.547 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.321 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up originals from "Dateline NBC" (6.419 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Aquarius" (3.922 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) plus the season premiere of "Hannibal" (2.621 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "iZombie" (0.757 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "The Vampire Diaries" (0.600 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) on The CW (0.678 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick: 420,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/5/15

That 70s Quiz
"The CNN Quiz Show" Returns Monday
From TV Newser

CNN is bringing back the CNN Quiz Show. Airing Monday, the second edition of the newsy game show focuses on the 1970’s.

Host Anderson Cooper is back, but the teams have changed. This time, John Berman–who rocked presidential trivia the first time out–is paired with Don Lemon, who did not.

New contestant Bill Weir teams up with returning player Alisyn Camerota. The third pair, Richard Quest and Brooke Baldwin are both new to the game show.

The timing of the 70’s-themed show is no accident, coinciding with CNN’s June 11 premiere of CNN’s original series The Seventies.

TV Newser

posted 6/5/15

The Cast Is Locked... The Lights Are On!
It's Robot Fighting Time June 21
From the Futon Critic

The robot shrapnel will fly in the BattleBox this summer, with expert play-by-play analysis from veteran sports broadcaster Chris Rose, and color commentary from former UFC fighter Kenny Florian. Hosted by celebrated sports anchor Molly McGrath, "BattleBots" premieres SUNDAY, JUNE 21 (9:00- 10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Covering every inch of the epic robot fighting competition are sideline reporters Allison Haislip and NASA engineer Bobak Ferdowsi. Judging each battle are former BattleBots competitor and special effects artist Fon Davis, NASA astronaut Leland Melvin and the face of Nerdist Jessica Chobot. Ring announcer Faruq Tauheed will preside as the bots go metal-a-metal.

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 6/5/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "New and Newer"

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?! No one on Jeopardy! knows who Loretta Lynch is (New York Daily News)
     
  • Vernon Kay takes over as AEO Excellent Awards host (Exhibition News)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! Czech reality show offers $40,000 to a family who can survive Nazi-era Europe (New York Times)

posted 6/5/15

Golf Sets a "Course"
Catch "Altered Course" June 15!
From the Futon Critic

The traditional golf course layout will not apply to the eight teams competing in Altered Course Montego Bay, Golf Channel's new reality competition series premiering Monday, June 15 at 9 p.m. ET. The series will require teams to navigate re-imagined golf holes in excess of 700 yards all the while traversing natural obstacles they encounter along the way.

Taking place in Montego Bay, Jamaica and presented by the all-new Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva Resort, this tournament-style competition series will feature eight two-person teams racing against the clock as they take on the twists and turns of these extreme golf holes. One Altered Course hole can incorporate upwards of three traditional golf holes, with the teams competing in a variety of formats, including alternate-shot and scramble. Teams will be scored on a combination of strokes and the time it takes them to complete the hole. Weekly eliminations will leave one team ultimately left standing as champion, pocketing a grand prize of more than $100,000 in cash and prizes.

Altered Course Montego Bay features a talented and diverse cast including professional and former collegiate golfers, siblings, best friends, sergeants in the United States Army and speed golf competitors.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/4/15

More on "Food Fighters"
Catch Season 2 on NBC July 2
From the Futon Critic

An incredible line-up of celebrity chefs and the introduction of kids as contestants for the first time ever spice up the second season of "Food Fighters," the high-stakes culinary game returning to NBC on Thursday, July 2 (8-9 p.m. ET). It's the perfect recipe for the ultimate food battle when the best amateur cooks in America put their signature dishes to the test against five professional chefs, with the chance to win as much as $100,000. Television personality, author and food enthusiast Adam Richman ("Man Finds Food," "Fandemonium") hosts the series that takes culinary sparring to an exciting new level.

"Food Fighters" has only featured adult contestants competing against the pro chefs, until now. This season, kid chefs are also added to the mix, showing off their incredible culinary skills while racing against the clock to try and beat some of the most formidable chefs in the country.

In a series of compelling, tension-filled showdowns, a top-notch amateur home cook will face off one by one against five professional chefs from every corner of the world. In the final round, they'll compete against a celebrity chef, and season two features high-profile chefs Rocco DiSpirito, Nadia G., Lorena Garcia, Duff Goldman, Eric Greenspan, Antonia Lofaso, Brian Malarkey, Aaron McCargo, Marcel Vigneron and Fabio Viviani.

Armed only with recipes for their best signature dishes, kid contestants and adult players will square off against an expert chef who will have to cook the same dish, but with no advance notice of what the dish will be. The completed dishes will then be sampled in a blind taste test by culinary judges known as "The Dinner Party." After the two competing dishes are tested, the verdict determining the winner is given to the host.

If the home cook wins, they earn a cash prize. Even if they don't win, they still get to face off again against another culinary expert, climbing a money ladder with increasing cash prizes for every professional chef they knock out. Any amateur cook who wins each of the five rounds will walk away with $100,000. It's the ultimate food fight, pitting amateur cooks against the most formidable culinary pros in America to see if they have what it takes to beat the very best.

Tim Puntillo, Ben Silverman, Chris Grant and Laura Caraccioli are the executive producers of the series from Electus and Universal Television.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/4/15

Summer Sync-ation
Lip Sync Battle to Return July 9
From the Futon Critic

"Lip Sync Battle" has been a ratings champion for Spike since launch on April 2, delivering record viewership for the network. Over the past 9 weeks, "Lip Sync Battle" is ranked #1 in its timeslot in all of cable TV with Adults 18-49 and Women 18-49 and among all cable entertainment series with Men 18-49. The original series averaged 2.9 million viewers and has improved the network's timeslot with the key demographic of Adults 18-49 by 161%.

"Lip Sync Battle" also delivered a staggering 177 million cross-platform streams across Spike's owned and operated properties as well as Facebook and YouTube, with Anne Hathaway's "wrecking ball" clip alone garnering 15 million.

The most recent episode, airing on Thursday, May 28 featuring Queen Latifah vs. Marlon Wayans, ranked #1 in all of television with Adults 18-49, Men 18-49, Women 18-49, and Adults 18-34.

Season 1 will take a brief hiatus in June and will continue with new episodes on Thursday, July 9 at 10:00pm ET/PT.

The broad reach of the "Lip Sync Battle" has played a key role in the network's successful shift in targeting a more general audience.

Lip Sync Battle returns Thursday, July 9.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/4/15

Wednesday: HAWKS!
Stanley Cup Final Gives NBC the Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.463 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday with its coverage of the "NHL Stanley Cup Finals, Game 1" (5.463 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1).

FOX (3.972 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then took home the silver with new episodes of "MasterChef" (4.602 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "Bullseye" (3.342 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Next up was ABC (3.941 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and repeats of "The Middle" (4.503 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "The Goldbergs" (3.884 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Modern Family" (4.439 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Black-ish" (3.802 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) plus a new "Celebrity Wife Swap" (3.509 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.798 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up week two of "The Briefcase" (5.387 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) alongside repeats of "Criminal Minds" (6.134 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "CSI: Cyber" (5.873 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.007 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "Supernatural" (0.816 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.911 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 411,000
- IdioTest (GSN, 8): 384,000
- The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians (Fox Sports 1): 371,000
- IdioTest (GSN, 8:30): 370,000
- Fake Off (truTV): 369,000
- Joking Off (MTV2): 228,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/4/15

¡Mira Abajo!
Azteca Buys "Still Standing"
From Worldscreen

Mexican broadcaster Azteca is producing its own local version of the game show Still Standing, thanks to a deal with Armoza Formats.

The Mexican treatment will consist of 60 episodes. Production is slated to begin in September, with Azteca producing in-house for a tentative launch in early 2016. The new agreement marks the 14th territory to air Still Standing.

Avi Armoza, the CEO of Armoza Formats, said, “We’re thrilled to see our hit show Still Standing continue to grow internationally and to prove that this game show works across the globe. We’re very excited to be partnering with Azteca Mexico once again and to be opening a Still Standing hub for the region, as we look to further expand the reach of the show in this key region.”

Worldscreen

posted 6/4/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Hot Forever"

posted 6/4/15


Chain Joins The Chase
GSN Lines Up New Thursday Lineup July 16
From the Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today it will air never-before-seen episodes of its Emmy(R)-nominated hit game show, THE CHASE followed by the debut of an all-new edition of the popular word association game show CHAIN REACTION, beginning Thursday, July 16th at 8PM ET/PT (7pm CT).

The popular quiz show, THE CHASE, now in its fourth season, will air Thursdays at 8pm ET/PT. The show is hosted by Brooke Burns and features the brilliant and intimidating Mark Labbett (aka "The Beast") facing down all challengers in the ultimate trivia challenge.

At 9pm, GSN will debut an all-new version of the popular word association game show CHAIN REACTION. The classic half-hour game show - which originally debuted in the 1980s - features two teams competing against one another to complete a chain of seven words, after the first and last words of the chain are revealed. Each word in the chain is related in some way to the word directly above and below it. By making inferences based on the revealed words and the revealed letters in incomplete words, contestants try to fill in the word chains to score points.

The newest iteration of CHAIN REACTION will be hosted by radio and television personality Mike Catherwood. He has appeared on Dancing with the Stars, Undateable and guest hosted on Live! With Regis and Kelly. Catherwood is also the co-host of the cult classic radio show, Loveline with Dr. Drew Pinsky, where he offers relationship advice to callers. Mike is also a regular on the new Dr. Drew show on HLN and he co-hosts a daily radio show on Los Angeles radio station KABC.

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

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 6/3/15

Syndies: Week 35
Results for the Week Ending May 24
From B&C

In the last major ratings sweep of the 2014-15 season, which ran from April 23 - May 20, most syndicated shows were down from last year, but a few shows managed to stand out.

The game-show competition also ended in a photo finish with CTD’s Wheel of Fortune just edging out CTD’s Jeopardy! by a tenth of a point. Wheel slowed 3% to a 6.5, while Jeopardy! dipped 2% to a 6.4. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud, meanwhile, spiked 18%, the only annual increase in the genre, to a 6.0.

Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire dropped 24%, game’s biggest decline, to a 1.6. Debmar-Mercury’s newbie Celebrity Name Game tallied a 1.3 in its first May outing, up 18% from its September debut.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 6/3/15

Tuesday: It Must Be NBC
"Talent", "I Can Do That" Take Peacock to the Top
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.963 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with week two of "America's Got Talent" (10.698 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and "I Can Do That!" (5.491 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2).

CBS (7.579 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then claimed the silver with its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (8.638 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.916 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "48 Hours" (6.184 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

Next up was FOX (3.093 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) with fresh installments from "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (2.902 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and "Hell's Kitchen" (3.284 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.559 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up repeats of "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.195 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "Black-ish" (2.570 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) plus a new "Extreme Weight Loss" (2.398 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (1.488 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and a new "iZombie" (1.746 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) closed out the evening for The CW (1.617 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable:
- Chopped (Food): 1.284 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 417,000
- American Ninja Warrior (R/Esquire): 221,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/3/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "'Merica"

  • Canadian viewers laugh at our ignorance at our neighbors to the north. Because 'Merica. (CBC)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Pontoon Payday runs aground... on Saturdays at noon (The Futon Critic)

posted 6/3/15

The Benchmark of British Quiz
Catch It on 4!
From Carrick Gazette

This week has seen the arrival of another new afternoon game show to our screens. Its usual slot will be at 4pm on Channel 4 (although this week there is no show on Friday and one on Saturday at a later time).

Benchmark is hosted by Paddy McGuinness who interacts well with the contestants.

The show begins with a competition between two of the eleven contestants to see which one will play the ‘game’ that day.

The object of the game is to win as much money as possible up to £25,000.

The remaining ‘benchmarkers’ have to answer a question such has ‘How much does the average British man spend on Valentine’s Day?’ where the answer is always a number.

The three most widely out answers are discounted and it is the average of the remaining ones that is the ‘benchmark.’

The player has to decide whether the correct answer is higher or lower than the ‘benchmark’. If the player is correct, then the player moves forward along a grid which has a number of amounts of money on it. If the player is wrong, then the highest amount of money no longer becomes a possible win.

The final three questions require the player to provide the correct number to each question.

Depending on how far out the player is from the correct answer, will determine how much money (if any) is won.

The ‘benchmarker’ who overall is furthest out in their answers leaves the show to be replaced by a new contestant; while the two with the best set of answers take part in the opening contest the following day.

Carrick Gazette
Manchester Evening News
Televisual

posted 6/2/15

Monday: Ninja vs. Dancers
NBC Has Near-Record "ANW", ABC Wins Night
From TV Line

Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance opened its rejiggered Season 11 on Monday night with 3.9 million total viewers and a 1.2 demo rating.

That’s down 23 and 37 percent from its previous premiere and off 11 and 14 percent from the Season 10 finale.

Now opening the night on ABC, The Bachelorette (6.5 mil/1.9) surged 20 percent. The Whispers’ debut retained 5.7 mil and a 1.5, up 30 and 25 percent from Mistresses‘ year-ago premiere and giving ABC its top-rated scripted summer launch in nearly five years (since Rookie Blue circa June 2010).

NBC’s Ninja Warrior (6.8 mil/2.0) rose 16 percent and two tenths, flirting with an all-time high audience, while The Island (3.8 mil/1.2) was flat.

On cable:
- RuPaul's Drag Race (season finale, Logo): 387,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 367,000

TV Line
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/2/15

Another Run at "Drag Race"
Logo Renews Flagship Series
From The Futon Critic

Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance opened its rejiggered Season 11 on Monday night with 3.9 million total viewers and a 1.2 demo rating.

That’s down 23 and 37 percent from its previous premiere and off 11 and 14 percent from the Season 10 finale.

Now opening the night on ABC, The Bachelorette (6.5 mil/1.9) surged 20 percent. The Whispers’ debut retained 5.7 mil and a 1.5, up 30 and 25 percent from Mistresses‘ year-ago premiere and giving ABC its top-rated scripted summer launch in nearly five years (since Rookie Blue circa June 2010).

NBC’s Ninja Warrior (6.8 mil/2.0) rose 16 percent and two tenths, flirting with an all-time high audience, while The Island (3.8 mil/1.2) was flat.

On cable:
- RuPaul's Drag Race (season finale, Logo): 387,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 367,000

TV Line
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/2/15

Weekend: Replay
Game Reruns Dominate Schedule
From The Futon Critic

NBC (4.826 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) and ABC (4.441 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) shared in the demo honors with the latter serving up a repeat "Shark Tank" (4.358 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) followed by the return of "Primetime: What Would You Do?" (4.562 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and a new "20/20" (4.402 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

The Peacock then served up a rebroadcast of "America's Got Talent" (4.601 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and a new "Dateline NBC" (5.275 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2).

Next up was CBS (5.207 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its repeat lineup of "Undercover Boss" (4.113 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Hawaii Five-0" (5.186 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Blue Bloods" (6.323 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.644 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up encores of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (2.013 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Bullseye" (1.274 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

And finally, a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.504 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.207 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and a new "The Messengers" (0.862 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) closed out the evening on The CW (1.109 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable:
- Spring Baking Championship (season finale, Food): 1.658 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.388 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.157 million

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/2/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "You Can't Fire Me"

  • Nigel Lythgoe swears he didn't fire Mary Murphy (Twitter @dizzyfeet)
     
  • Britain's Got Talent's latest fracas is going to the dogs (Telegraph)
     
  • The absolute last word that we will have on "Brokeback Bachelor" (Washington Post)
     
  • The Gronkowskis are gon' play, Steve! (CBS Sports)
     
  • Rumer Willis to join "Dancing" top 10 on tour (The Futon Critic)
     
  • RuPaul Ru-veals season 4 starting Sunday July 26 (The Futon Critic)
     
  • DRG (producers of Catchphrase) move house to LA (Variety)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Mark Burnett (Realscreen)

posted 6/2/15


BETSY PALMER: 1926-2015
"I've Got a Secret" Regular; Jason's Mom from "Friday the 13th"
From the Hollywood Reporter

Betsy Palmer, the veteran character actress who achieved lasting, though not necessarily sought-after, fame as the murderous camp cook in the cheesy horror film Friday the 13th, has died. She was 88.

Palmer died Friday of natural causes at a hospice care center in Connecticut, her longtime manager, Brad Lemack, told The Associated Press on Sunday.

Palmer also was known for her work as a regular panelist on the CBS game show I’ve Got a Secret for about a decade starting in 1958.

The wholesome Indiana native had appeared in films, on Broadway and in TV shows for years before she took the role of Mrs. Voorhees in the 1980 movie in which young camp counselors suddenly begin meeting their bloody ends. The back story was that she was the mother of Jason Voorhees, who had died at the camp years before. He would come to life in several sequels, and she is seen oh so briefly in the 1981 Friday the 13th follow-up.

Palmer said that she only took the role in that first film because she wanted the money to buy a new car, a Volkswagen Scirocco that cost $9,999. Her old Mercedes had just broken down on the road days earlier.

"My agent called and said, 'How would you like to be in a movie?'" she recalled. "I said, 'Great, I haven't done a movie since the 1960s.' He said, 'It’s 10 days’ work, they’ll pay you $1,000 a day.' I said, 'Great, I want to buy a car. It’ll just cover the car, perfect.' He said, 'There’s a drawback … it’s a horror film.' I said, Oh, no.’

But Palmer did want to pay for that car, so she asked to see the script. "I said, 'What a piece of junk,'" she said. "Nobody is ever going to see this. This will come and go."

Her game show credits also include "Family Feud", "$25,000 Pyramid", "To Tell the Truth", "Password All-Stars", the original "The Price Is Right", and "What's My Line?".

She also starred in numerous TV shows from the early 1950s, among them Kraft Theatre, Playhouse 90 and Studio One.

The Hollywood Reporter
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Variety
AV Club
CNN
New York Times
IGN

posted 6/1/15

BuzzrTV Is On The Air!
Diginet Kicks Off with "LMAD" Pilot
From The Washington Post

FremantleMedia North America has unlocked the vault on six decades of the most exciting vintage game shows, which will air on the new digital multicast network, BUZZR. For the first time since 1963, the original pilot episode of Let’s Make A Deal hosted by the legendary Monty Hall will be appearing in primetime on June 1, 2015 at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT with a re-airing at 11:00 PM ET/8:00 PM PT, only on BUZZR. Serving as a historic cache of the era, viewers will watch as contestants win and lose prizes for the first time on the Let’s Make A Deal stage, including a “luxurious” raccoon coat, a 1963 Pontiac Tempest convertible, a toaster oven worth a whopping $29.95, and four live lambs! This epic episode will also be paired with a monumental moment in game show history as Monty Hall sits down with current Let’s Make A Deal host, Wayne Brady, for an intimate look back at the show, including hilarious stories about crazy contestants, some of their all-time favorite moments, and even being punched in the eye by a monkey!

As a countdown to the launch of the network, beginning at noon ET/9:00 AM PT, BUZZR will light up with footage that will provide a sneak peek into the programming, featured episodes of Super Password and Card Sharks, and all of the crazy game show antics that will grace the network. The footage will continue to loop throughout the day until the curtain officially rises on BUZZR at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT with the 1963 pilot episode of Let’s Make A Deal.

BUZZR is set to launch in 35% of the country, across FOX O&O markets including 9 out of the top 10 DMAs. The complete list of markets at launch includes:

· WWOR/New York
· KCOP/Los Angeles
· WPWR/Chicago
· WTXF/Philadelphia
· KDFI/Dallas-Ft. Worth
· KTVU/San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose
· WTTG/Washington DC
· WAGA/Atlanta
· KTXH/Houston
· WJBK/Detroit
· WTVT/Tampa-St. Petersburg
· WRBW/Orlando-Daytona Beach
· WMYT/Charlotte
· KTBC/Austin
· KVBC/Fresno-Visalia

**More Markets to Follow**

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TV Week

posted 6/1/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Doubling Down on Bachelors"

  • The Bachelor to figure into a very old joke (Time) and a very new episode of "Celebrity Wife Swap" (Us Magazine)
     
  • Shark Tank, Face Off, and Cat Deeley score at the Critics Choice Awards (TV Insider)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Vacation Chasers heads to HLN June 5, followed by Twinning (VH1, July 15), Geeks Who Drink (Syfy, July 16), She's Got Game (VH1, August 10) (PopMatters)
     
  • Endemol Shine recruits from BBC, AGT, and Whammy! (Realscreen)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with RuPaul on the Vanity Fair cover (Access Hollywood)

posted 6/1/15

Survivor at 15
Granddaddy of Reality Franchises Debuted in 2000
From The Washington Post

Television producer Mark Burnett remembers the first time he got in trouble with CBS, the network that has aired his reality show “Survivor,” for the past 15 years. While overseeing filming during the first season in early 2000, Burnett excitedly showed members of the press some rough footage – he didn’t realize CBS frowned upon early sneak peeks. Network executives yelled at him: “You can’t do that!”

That is, until they saw the stunned reaction from reporters. Burnett remembers them staring at the movielike footage, which followed contestants living on a deserted island as they competed to win a $1 million prize. It was unlike anything that had ever been on broadcast TV before. And it was then that Burnett realized he had something special.

“At that moment, I was just excited,” Burnett says almost 15 years later. “Little did I realize it truly [would become] a game-changer.”

Jeff Probst and executive producer Mark Burnett (Sonja Flemming/CBS) Jeff Probst and executive producer Mark Burnett (Sonja Flemming/CBS)
“Survivor” premiered on May 31, 2000 – as illustrated, the extreme success of the show officially led to an explosion in the reality TV genre as networks realized the potential gold mine of a programming that was cheaper to produce than scripted shows. Even more amazingly, “Survivor” endures 15 years – and 30 seasons – later. It’s part of the “old guard” of reality television, including shows such as “American Idol,” “Dancing With the Stars,” “The Amazing Race” and “The Bachelor,” which have been on the air for at least a decade.

So, what’s the super-producer’s secret? Burnett has two primary rules. The first is the main thinking behind “Survivor,” which rings very old school: He compares it to the days of letter-writing.

“When you got regular messages from people you love, you recognize the stationery, the postmark, the handwriting. . . . What was exciting was you opened it each week and what was written inside on the stationery was a fresh message,” Burnett said. “That’s the philosophy of ‘Survivor': We’re not sending unusual stationery or unusual handwriting, but we are sending exciting, fresh news each week.”

Burnett credits this combination – a viewer’s need for familiar, comfortable programming while still injecting twists – for keeping “Survivor” a fan favorite for so long. The format rarely changes – host Jeff Probst is always there – but producers can throw in a gimmick each season. For some, it’s a soothing routine. While ratings have dropped, it’s still a steady performer for CBS.

Burnett emphasizes the importance, especially in competition shows, of keeping the format steady without adding too many crazy twists or confusing rules. He uses the same underlying idea for shows such as ABC’s “Shark Tank” and NBC’s “The Voice,” other hit shows that he produces. “[Reality show] formats are like a board game,” he said. “Certain games just work.”

Burnett’s other key point for enduring reality show success: Be nice and don’t forget to feature likable people. It may seem counterintuitive when craziness brings the ratings. But it’s no secret that viewers tired of “American Idol” making fun of terrible contestants. And mean-spirited shows over the years such as “Are You Hot?” or “I Wanna Marry Harry” drew early headlines for judging and pranking people, but were quickly canceled.

“I remember when we did ‘The Voice’ for the first time, people asked me, ‘How’s it going to make it?'” Burnett recalls, specifically because the show didn’t have any William Hung-esque terrible contestants (as seen on “Idol”) that would attract attention. “I remember saying it was funny temporarily – but then after a while, it becomes sad.”

In the end, if viewers associate you with a feel-good premise (again: back to the theme of comfort), they’re more likely to watch.

“We’re trying to propagate positivity while still having drama. And the two aren’t mutually exclusive. You don’t need to be mean to create drama,” Burnett said. “There’s a lot of negative stuff out there. And it’s great to not be contributing to that.”

Washington Post

posted 5/29/15

Here Comes the Boom!
First Look at Fox's New Series
From The Wrap

Fox’s explosive new competition premieres Thursday June 25

In a first look at FOX’s new game show “Boom!” contestants are soaked with pizza sauce, beef stroganoff and cheddar cheese for every incorrect answer.

The objective of the competition is simple: answer a question correctly by cutting the corresponding wire, thereby defusing that round’s bomb. Cut the wrong wire and everyone in the room risks getting doused with any one of a variety of foodstuffs.

Winners stand to gain up to $500,000 in prize money and/or dry cleaning bills.

Following the success of “Boom!” in Israel, Fox is banking on its potential to become one of this summer’s most popular new shows.

Tom Papa hosts (and gets spattered with sauce).

The Wrap
The Futon Critic

posted 5/29/15

Thursday: A Wayward Win
Fox, NBC Split Night
From The Futon Critic

FOX (4.665 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the demo champ on a competitive Thursday with new episodes of "Bones" (5.374 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and "Wayward Pines" (3.956 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2).

NBC (5.922 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then claimed the silver with a new "Dateline NBC" (6.390 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and the launch of "Aquarius" (5.688 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

Next up was CBS (5.097 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.514 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1), "The Odd Couple" (5.437 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Mom" (4.883 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "Mike & Molly" (4.750 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "Elementary" (4.000 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.272 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up the season finale of "500 Questions" (5.038 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and a special "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (2.740 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

And finally, repeats of "iZombie" (0.780 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "The Vampire Diaries" (0.470 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.625 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 1.913 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.146 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 377,000
- Pontoon Payday (CMT, 10p): 212,000
- Pontoon Payday (CMT, 10:30p): 164,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
B&C

posted 5/29/15

So You Think You Can Change
Catch the Season Premiere Monday on Fox
From TV Insider

Nigel Lythgoe is determined to get the bloom back on his prize summer rose: the Fox competition series So You Think You Can Dance. Ratings for the show have faded in recent years, so the executive producer and top judge has ordered a major shake-up for Season 12, which premieres Monday. Here's what to expect.

No more boys vs. girls. Now it's stage dancers (contemporary, jazz, ballet, tap) against street (hip-hop, breaking, animation). Two teams of 10 will be picked in the Las Vegas auditions, with Season 2 grad Travis Wall coaching the stage gang and Season 4's Stephen "tWitch" Boss in charge of the streeters. One dancer from each team will be eliminated every week until only two remain. "Street dancers have brought so much charisma and creativity to the show, but many get cut in the early stages because they can't do jazz or contemporary," Lythgoe says. "Now, they have a greater shot at the big prize. This will also inspire the stage kids to become more athletic and gymnastic."

Jason Derulo and Paula Abdul get judgy. Those yammering, self-reverential guest judges are gone, with pop sensation Derulo and reality star/choreographer Abdul signing on for a full season at the judges' table. "Jason is ideal, because he studied stage dance as a kid and now he's doing street with his own dancers," notes Lythgoe. "And Paula doesn't just look at how a kid is dancing right now. She knows what that kid can do in the future, and such foresight is important. This show has sent home too many dancers way too early."

The Hot Tamale Train has left the station. Mary Murphy, the popular, heart-on-her-sleeve judge who specialized in ballroom dance, won't return this season, and it wasn't her choice. "I have never liked having four judges on the panel because it takes too much time away from the contestants–and I didn't want to lose myself," Lythgoe says. "I was upset to lose Mary, but we're no longer focusing on ballroom. It seemed the right thing to do."

So You Think You Can Dance, Season premiere, 8/7c, Fox

TV Insider

posted 5/29/15

Buzzcocks Minded
BBC Cancels Music Panel Show
From the Drum

The BBC has called time on comedy quiz show Never Mind The Buzzcocks after an impressive run spanning 18 years and 28 series.

Following a 2014 revamp with comedian Rhod Gilbert as presenter, the show failed to pick up on slumping figures.

A BBC spokesperson said: "After 28 series we've decided not to bring Never Mind the Buzzcocks back to the BBC, this will create space for new entertainment formats in the future.

"We'd like to thank the team at Talkback, Rhod Gilbert, all the brilliant hosts over the years and of course Noel and Phill for the years of enjoyment they've given BBC Two viewers."

Comedian Phill Jupitis featured in almost every one of the show’s 270 episodes as a team captain.

The Drum
Telegraph
Stuff
ATV Today
The Journal

posted 5/29/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Quest-ions"

  • Richard Quest was almost not the host of "500 Questions" (The Wrap)
     
  • Buzzr launches Monday. Here's what you need to know. (Sitcoms Online)
     
  • BBC catches fire over "Hunger Games" type reality show (Daily Express)
     
  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: "Child Genius" winner is now a spelling ace (Entertainment Tonight)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Frank Nicotero (TV Grapevine) and RuPaul (Telegraph)

posted 5/29/15