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CBS
CBS Lays Out Summer Plans
Sunday "Big Brother" To Lead Into "Candy Crush"
From the Futon Critic

CBS today announced its summer schedule, including the new event series SALVATION, the new live-action game show CANDY CRUSH, the third season of ZOO, based on James Patterson's #1 bestselling novel, and the return of the summer sensation BIG BROTHER.

BIG BROTHER, hosted by Julie Chen, will once again have three weekly episodes. The hit reality series debuts with a special two-hour premiere on Wednesday, June 28 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), followed by the Thursday broadcast on June 29 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), Sunday's installment on July 2 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), and its regular Wednesday time period on July 5 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT). Last summer, all three editions ranked among the summer's top 10 broadcasts in adults 18-49, adults 18-34 and adults 25-54.

BIG BROTHER follows a group of people living together in a house outfitted with 87 HD cameras and more than 100 microphones, recording their every move 24 hours a day. Each week, someone will be voted out of the house, with the last remaining Houseguest receiving the grand prize of $500,000. BIG BROTHER is produced by Emmy Award-winning producer Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan for Fly on the Wall Entertainment, in association with Endemol Shine North America.

CANDY CRUSH, the new live action game show based on the globally renowned mobile game franchise premieres Sunday, July 9 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT). The game that has become a worldwide phenomenon comes to life as teams of two people use their wits and physical agility to compete on enormous, interactive game boards featuring next generation technology to conquer CANDY CRUSH and be crowned the champions.

Matt Kunitz, Peter Levin, Russell Binder, Nicki Sheard, VP Brand at King, and Sebastian Knutsson are executive producers for Pulse Creative in association with Lionsgate Television, King Ltd. and CBS Television Studios. Knutsson is King's Chief Creative Officer and is one of the founders of the company. He created Candy Crush Saga.

CBS' SUMMER 2017 SCHEDULE

Wednesday, June 28
8:00-10:00 PM BIG BROTHER (Two-Hour Season Premiere)

Thursday, June 29
9:00-10:00 PM BIG BROTHER (Thursday Premiere)
10:00-11:00 PM ZOO (Third Season Premiere)

Sunday, July 2
8:00-9:00 PM BIG BROTHER (Sunday Premiere)

Wednesday, July 5
8:00-9:00 PM BIG BROTHER (Regular Wednesday Time Period Premiere)

Sunday, July 9
8:00-9:00 PM BIG BROTHER
9:00-10:00 PM CANDY CRUSH (Series Premiere)
10:00-11:00 PM NCIS: LOS ANGELES (Summer Schedule NTP)

Wednesday, July 12
8:00-9:00 PM BIG BROTHER
9:00-10:00 PM SALVATION (Series Premiere)
10:00-11:00 PM CRIMINAL MINDS (Summer Schedule NTP)

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posted 3/17/17


NBC
Not To Be Left Out, NBC Lays Out Summer Plans
"AGT", "ANW" , "HGN" Joined by "World of Dance", "The Wall"
From TV Line

NBC on Friday dropped a dozen summer premiere dates, including for the new seasons of The Night Shift, America’s Got Talent and Ninja Warrior, plus the debut of Jennifer Lopez’s World of Dance competition and its adaptation of Charlaine Harris’ Midnight, Texas.

All told, the Peacock network’s warm-weather plan lays out like this:

MONDAY, MAY 8
10 pm World of Dance (series premiere)

TUESDAY, MAY 30
8 pm America’s Got Talent Season 12 (with new host Tyra Banks)
10 pm World of Dance (regular time slot premiere)

MONDAY, JUNE 12
8 pm American Ninja Warrior Season 6
10 pm Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge Season 2

THURSDAY, JUNE 22
8 pm The Wall Season 2

MONDAY, AUGUST 7
10 pm Hollywood Game Night Season 5

TV Line

posted 3/17/17


Pinterest
Don't Call It A Comeback... Tyra Banks Returns to ANTM
Show Creator to Tape While Hosting America's Got Talent
From TV Line

Tyra Banks is now in the running to become America’s top host.

Just days after NBC announced that Banks will replace Nick Cannon as the host of America’s Got Talent, VH1 on Thursday revealed that she will also return to her former perch, replacing Rita Ora as the host of America’s Next Top Model for its upcoming 24th cycle.

“Tyra has always been the heart and soul of the franchise and her absence was deeply felt by our fiercely loyal fans who missed their Queen of the Smize,” executive producer Ken Mok says in a statement. “We’d like to thank Rita Ora for being a great partner and total pro. She infused this new iteration of ANTM with passion and creativity and we wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors.”

Banks hosted the first 22 cycles of Top Model, which aired on UPN from 2003 to 2006, then on The CW from 2006 to 2015. Ora was named the new host when the show was picked up for additional seasons on VH1 in 2016. New panelists will be announced at a later date.

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posted 3/17/17

A New Host of "Baking Show" is Quite Interesting
Sandi Toksvig Joins Noel Fielding in Move to C4
From AV Club

The Great British Bake Off (or The Great British Baking Show, as it‘s known in the U.S.) is a reliably charming and soothing hour of television. (Seriously, if ASMR has never clicked for you, give listening to British people fussing over bread a try.) But the show’s been experiencing some upheaval behind the scenes as of late, with judge Mary Berry and hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc departing the show after it was announced that Bake Off would be moving from BBC One to Channel Four in the U.K., a move that would bring commercial breaks to the show for the first time.

Now, though, things are going back to normal—as normal as anything involving The Mighty Boosh’s Noel Fielding can be, anyway. Fielding has been named as the show’s new co-host, alongside comedian and quiz-show host Sandi Toksvig. In a statement, Fielding says, “I’ve always loved brightly colored cakes and Sandi Toksvig so this is a dream come true for me! It’s basically the double.” Toksvig returns the compliment, saying, “It is an extraordinary honor to be part of this national treasure of a show. Noel Fielding is one of the nicest guys in show business ...The only down side is that he has much better dress sense than I do.”

Fielding and Toksvig will be joined by returning host Paul Hollywood and new host Prue Leith, a restauranteur and food writer who has been a judge on the BBC’s Great British Menu since 2006.

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posted 3/17/17

THURSDAY: Come On and Watch Some... TGIT?
ABC Beats Back Opening Round of March Madness
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.895 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) held off the competition on Thursday with new episodes of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.953 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1), "Scandal" (5.800 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) and "The Catch" (3.932 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

CBS (4.597 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then had to settle for second place with its coverage of the "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament" (4.716 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Update" (4.242 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and more "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament" (4.598 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4).

Next up was NBC (5.014 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with a new "Superstore" (4.204 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) alongside an encore of "Trial & Error" (3.185 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and originals from "Chicago Med" (7.171 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) and "The Blacklist: Redemption" (4.177 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.955 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up new episodes of "MasterChef Junior" (3.895 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) and "Kicking & Screaming" (2.016 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

And finally, The CW (0.489 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) opted for rebroadcasts of the "The Vampire Diaries" (0.597 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) finale and "The Vampire Diaries: Forever Yours" (0.382 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14).

The Futon Critic

posted 3/17/17

WEDNESDAY: More Midweek Splitting
CBS, ABC Split Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.414 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) edged out the competition among adults 18-49 with new episodes of "The Goldbergs" (5.481 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4), "Speechless" (4.605 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6), "Modern Family" (6.113 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1), "Black-ish" (4.899 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4) and "Designated Survivor" (5.693 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

NBC (6.661 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was a close second with a special "The Voice" (7.561 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) recap and a repeat "Chicago PD" (4.862 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11).

Next up was CBS (6.818 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) with new episodes of "Survivor: Game Changers" (7.764 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Criminal Minds" (7.319 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (5.373 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12).

Meanwhile, FOX (4.955 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) offered up the season finales of "Lethal Weapon" (5.836 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Star" (4.074 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (1.578 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and "The 100" (1.082 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) rounded out the night on The CW (1.330 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable:
- Chopped Junior (Food): 896k
- Hip Hop Squares (VH1/9p): 882k
- Hip Hop Squares (VH1/9:30p): 820k
- Bakers vs. Fakers (SF/Food): 741k
- Are You The One? (SF/MTV): 625k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 326k

Ratings for "Divided" are forthcoming.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/17/17

TUESDAY: This Is Us Leaving for the Season
NBC Wins Youth, CBS Wins Everyone Else
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.957 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was the top demo draw on Tuesday with a new "The Voice" (11.592 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2), the season finale of "This Is Us" (12.656 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) followed by the premiere of "Trial & Error" (6.407 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and a second "Trial & Error" (4.841 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9).

CBS (11.510 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then claimed the silver with new episodes of "NCIS" (13.846 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4), "NCIS: New Orleans" (10.778 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and a second "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.909 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

Next up was ABC (3.692 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with originals from "The Middle" (5.889 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4), "American Housewife" (4.901 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.401 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9), the season finale of "The Real O'Neals" (2.696 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) and a new "People Icons" (2.634 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.003 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) offered up an original "New Girl" (1.814 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12), a repeat "The Mick" (1.334 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T16) and a new "Bones" (2.433 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14).

And finally on The CW (1.857 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), fresh installments of "The Flash" (2.372 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.343 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T16) closed out the night.

On cable:
- Chopped (Food): 958k
- The Challenge: Invasion (MTV): .860k
- Face Off (Syfy): 807k
- Stranded with a Million Dollars (MTV): 406k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 260k
- Battle of the Ex-Besties (Oxygen): 162k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/17/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Gotta Get Down on Friday"

posted 3/17/17

MONDAY: And We're Back In
Nielsens Back Online After Power Outage
From TV Line

Our long numerical nightmare is over.

Following an extended delay caused by a weekend power outage at one of its data centers, Nielsen releasing the TV ratings for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday night.

ABC | The Bachelor drew 8.4 million total viewers and a 2.7 demo rating, rising 18 and 23 percent week-to-week (to season highs), but down 12 and 7 percent year-over-year to mark lows for a finale. After the Final Rose retained 7.8 mil/2.4.

NBC | The Voice (12.2 mil/2.6) dipped a tenth in the demo week-to-week, while Taken (5.7 mil/1.2) held steady in Week 3.

FOX | 24: Legacy (3.9 mil/1.0) rose two tenths, while APB (3.3 mil/0.7) dipped.

CBS | Scorpion (6.6 mil/1.1) ticked down, tying its series low in the demo.

On cable...
- Hip Hop Squares (P/VH1): 2.078m
- Hip Hop Squares (VH1/9:30p): 1.966m
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 462k

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/16/17

More on "RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 9
Catch It on VH1 March 24
From the Futon Critic

Logo's Emmy(R) Award-winning "RuPaul's Drag Race" today revealed the guest judges that will sashay onto the runway when the new season begins on Friday, March 24th at 8:00 PM ET/PT, now on VH1.

Once again, RuPaul will be joined by the hottest celebrities to help alongside show regulars Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews as they decide who will stay, lip-synch for their life or "Sashay Away." This season's celebrity guest judges include Lady Gaga, Lisa Kudrow, Cheyenne Jackson, Meghan Trainor, Kesha, The B-52s, Naya Rivera, Andie MacDowell, Tori Spelling, Jennie Garth, Denis O'Hare, Noah Galvin, Todrick Hall, Tamar Braxton, Lisa Robertson, Joan Smalls, Candis Cayne, Fortune Feimster and Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman.

To celebrate the new season, Logo will exclusively air a 'Race to the Nines' marathon of non-stop episodes beginning on Sunday, March 19th at 8:00 PM ET/PT leading up to VH1's season nine premiere on Friday, March 24th at 8:00 PM ET/PT. Throughout the five day marathon, viewers will be treated to all-new bonus content including never before seen footage from the cutting room floor and interviews with previous contestants, judges and super fans including Michelle Visage, Bob the Drag Queen, Ginger Minj, Jujubee, Todrick Hall, and Lance Bass who will spill all of the "T" on the new queens.

The Futon Critic

posted 3/16/17

A Blind Date with Paul O'Grady
"Dating Game" Reboot Casts Host
From the List

Paul O'Grady has been announced as new host of 'Blind Date'.

The 61-year-old comedian will take over the role of matchmaker from his late friend Cilla Black, who fronted the show for 18 years, when the popular dating show returns to screens later this year, following a revamp, on its new home Channel 5.

In an official statement issued by Channel 5, Paul said: "'Blind Date' is an incredibly special family show which brought laughter, tears and joy to TV viewers throughout out the land. I am honoured to present the brand new series and after speaking to Channel 5, I know the series is in safe hands. I can't wait to see if we can find love."

The classic game show was fronted by Cilla for almost two decades from 1985 until 2003 and, although a reboot has been in the pipeline for some time, she tragically passed away in 2015 following a fatal fall at her Spanish home.

Renowned for presenting 'The Paul O'Grady Show', the fellow Scouser has beat the likes of Vicky Pattison, Olly Murs, Georgia May Foote and Helen Flanagan to the job as they were among those rumored to have been in talks about taking over as the presenter of the dating series.

A source previously revealed: "Blind Date is the original dating show and it's huge news to bring it back.

"It's a classic format that will be rebooted to make it young, sexy and modern. Expect sparks to fly. In an age of Tinder, you have got to earn the right to love on this show."

Bosses are keen to keep some of the "traditional" elements of the previous run but have decided to give it an updated twist to appeal to a "new generation of viewers".

It's expected to run on Friday nights - rather than its traditional Saturday night slot - and will consist of six to eight episodes per series for the first few installments.

The program sees three singletons grilled by a member of the opposite sex in order to find the perfect match without being able to see them. The new couple then pick an envelope with their holiday destination - abroad or in the UK - inside and will spend the next week trying to get to know one another.

The List
Digital Spy

posted 3/16/17

Noel Edmonds Returns to a Cheap Cheap Cheap Show
Hat Trick Sends Format to MIPTV
From C21 Media

UK distributor Hat Trick International (HTI) is heading to MipTV with a format in which two families from opposite ends of the wealth divide trade places in a bid to find out whether money really does buy happiness.

On HTI’s slate is Cheap Cheap Cheap, the UK version of which will be fronted by Deal Or No Deal host Noel Edmonds and will air on Channel 4.

The show takes place in a fictional convenience store and centers around a gameshow in which the shop owner invites pairs of contestants to win an increasing amount of money by correctly picking the cheapest of three similar items.

C21 Media

posted 3/16/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Now We're Cooking"

  • WEEKEND:
    - Spring Baking Championship (Food/9p): 1.535m
    - Spring Baking Championship (Food/10p): 1.481m
    - Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.114m (Showbuzz Daily)
     

  • RuPaul sashays to the altar (Reality TV World)
     

  • Adam Levine wants his baby's first words to be "Dada"... not "Blake" (Reality TV World)
     

  • John Legend is "(doing his) best" to support Chrissy Teigen's postpartum depression (Reality TV World)
     

  • Anna Trebunskaya set to welcome another tiny dancer (Reality TV World)
     

  • Alex Trebek meets his fans in Philly (WPVI Philadelphia), meanwhile his show was off by a year last night... (Toronto Sun)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! A tale as old as time arrives on "The Chase" (Radio Times)
     

  • ICYMI: 200 Clubbers win Pointless? (Huffington Post)
     

  • How can "Shark Tank" last forever? a) Giving Kevin O'Leary whatever the hell he wants, anything to keep him from running for public office (TV Overmind)

  • NBC reality heads to speak at MIP '17 (Realscreen)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Nick Viall and his chosen one... for the next couple of weeks (Reality TV World) and Alton Brown (Modesto Bee)

posted 3/16/17


GSN
More on the GSN Upfront
Details about "Emogenius", "Pointless", Other Picks
From Realscreen

GSN is staying its true to its roots, with a focus on its core shiny floor game shows in the unveiling of a new lineup of programming and initiatives.

The leader in game shows and competitive entertainment has greenlit a new game show series that tests how well people have mastered the art of using emojis to communicate.

Premiering in June, Emogenius features two pairs of contestants who face off to put their emoji-solving skills to the test, with a chance to win $10,000.

The network, a joint venture between Sony Pictures Television and AT&T Entertainment Group, is also developing several new series, such as D.I. Why? (working title), which puts contestants to the test as they try to follow instructions and re-create outrageous challenges under the pressure of a ticking clock.

Additional projects in development include Blast Your Past (working title), from executive producer Andy Cohen, where celebrities poke fun at their lives before they were famous, and The Tower, which combines trivia with classic tile-matching puzzle games and with an exciting video game feel.

GSN is also developing a U.S. version of Pointless, where contests are tasked with finding the most obscure correct answers to general knowledge questions. It will be produced by Authentic Entertainment for GSN. It was originally commissioned for BBC Two in 2009, but strong ratings saw it moved to BBC One in 2011. Broadcasters such as AVOS / TROS in the Netherlands and France 3 have previously commissioned it, along with networks in Poland and Serbia.

The net has picked up a second season of Divided (pictur, following its successful debut in January. Hosted by award winning executive producer Mike Richards of The Price is Right and Let’s Make A Deal, the show requires a team of strangers to agree on the same answer to a question in order to win prize money.

Winsanity, hosted by Donald Faison, returns for a second season with a new format, and perennial favorite, Idiotest, hosted by comedian Ben Gleib, recently launched its fourth season.

“The continued success of our game shows proves there is an audience that is craving fun, feel-good entertainment,” said Amy Introcaso-Davis, GSN’s EVP of programming and development, in a statement. “We are sure-fire escape for everyone in the family.”

Newly-licensed series include Cash Cab and Hollywood Game Night.

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C21Media

posted 3/15/17

Brackets of the Non-Basketball Variety
ESPN to Launch New Quiz Show TONIGHT at 6:30p
From ESPN Media Zone

Bracket Genius, a brand new quiz show, hosted by popular ESPN personality and six-time Emmy award winner Trey Wingo, will debut Wednesday, March 15, with all episodes airing on ESPN2. Bracket Genius will pit university academic teams, consisting of three undergraduate students, against one another in a bracket-style competition for the chance to have their team crowned the inaugural Bracket Genius Champion and share the prize of $100,000. The final 16 universities represented on the hardwood will match up in the same head-to-head games on Bracket Genius where the winner advances by answering questions spanning history, geography, politics, literature, science, pop culture, the arts and sports in a race to score as many points as possible against the clock and their opponent.

“Every March, college basketball fans are entertained by the athletic genius displayed by their favorite players on the game’s biggest stage,” said Intersport’s Executive Producer John Paquet. “The Bracket Genius platform captures that excitement and provides fans yet another reason to cheer for their favorite college or university while celebrating academics and championing the everyday college student.”

Trey Wingo’s unique combination of wit and humor and his experience hosting a diverse array of marquee ESPN programming including SportsCenter, NFL Live, NCAA Women’s Final Four, Baseball Tonight, NBA 2Night and the NFL Draft made him a perfect fit to host Bracket Genius.

“I’m excited to be a part of the show and channel my inner Wink Martindale,” said Wingo. “This show, like all the best things in life, is all about the kids.”

The eight-episode Bracket Genius series is currently scheduled to debut Wednesday, March 15 at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2 with a half-hour “Study Guide” episode showcasing the playing format along with original behind-the-scenes footage from potential Bracket Genius teams and ESPN personalities.

The opening round matchups are scheduled to air Wednesday, March 22 and Sunday, March 26 at 5 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. ET. Each half-hour episode will feature four teams vying for the chance to advance to the Bracket Genius Championship episode.

Bonus round episodes will air Monday, March 27 at 6 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. ET. These half-hour episodes, Bracket Genius: Extra Credit, will give the four Championship contenders a chance to win extra cash prizes of up to $25,000 per episode.

The remaining four teams will face off in the Bracket Genius Championship episode scheduled to air on Tuesday, April 4 at 7 p.m. The one-hour finale will feature two semifinal matchups, with winners advancing to the final head-to-head battle to determine the Bracket Genius Champion and $100,000 winning team.

Sponsors include GEICO, Devour Frozen Meals and College Ave Student Loans.

ESPN Media Zone
Awful Announcing

posted 3/15/17

Stranger Things
Meet the New Cast of "Amazing Race"
From the Futon Critic

THE AMAZING RACE returns this season with a race unlike any before. In a brand new twist, all 22 Racers are complete strangers who will meet on the starting line. Before "GO," Racers will immediately compete in a challenge that will determine the order for picking a Teammate, based on nothing but first impressions. These new pairs of Teammates will then have mere moments to learn their traveling companion's name before beginning a race around the world that will span 9 countries, 17 cities and 36,000 miles. The new season of the 10-time Emmy Award-winning series premieres on a new date and time, Thursday, March 30 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

"For years, THE AMAZING RACE fans have suggested we line up complete strangers and match them up at the starting line to see what would happen. These newbie racers begin with no pre-existing relationships or emotional baggage, and the excitement of traveling around the world to complete dozens of gut-busting, mind-blowing challenges quickly ignites tension," said Phil Keoghan, host of THE AMAZING RACE.

"THE AMAZING RACE, in scope, is the biggest reality show ever created. It brings people from all walks of life together on a global scale, and traditionally sends teams with established relationships on an adrenaline-packed, exotic adventure. However, this season, we are excited to pair complete strangers and see how they handle the pressure of traveling the world with someone they just met," said co-creator and executive producer Bertram van Munster.

Participants in the 29th Race around the world include an Army Drill Sergeant, a pro snowboarder, a Wall Street banker, an auctioneer and a college drum major, among others. They will begin their journey in Los Angeles and head to their first destination, Panama City. Along the route, Racers will be challenged with building and delivering desks and school supplies to children in Tanzania, skydiving in Norway and bungee jumping 240 feet into the Corinth Canal in Greece. The first team to cross the final finish line will win the one million dollar prize and be crowned the winners of THE AMAZING RACE.

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 3/15/17

More on "Drop the Mic"
TBS' Rap Battle Series Begins May 2
From the Futon Critic

Music icon Method Man and supermodel Hailey Baldwin are ready to pick up the mic as the hosts of TBS's Drop the Mic, the new comedic music series from executive producers James Corden, Ben Winston and Jensen Karp. The pair have been tapped to emcee the celebrity battle rap competition based on the enormously popular segment from the Emmy(R)-winning series The Late Late Show with James Corden. Drop the Mic, which is also co-executive-produced by Ed Thomas, will launch on Turner's TBS on Tuesday, May 2, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT). The series is produced for TBS by CBS Television Studios and Fulwell 73.

Drop the Mic will pit four stars from the worlds of entertainment, music, sports and pop culture against each other in a rap battle royale packed with "I can't believe they just said that" moments. At the end of each head-to-head battle, the studio audience will vote to pick the winner.

"This is a one-of-a-kind entertainment opportunity," said Michael Bloom, senior vice president of unscripted & special event programming. "Drop The Mic is a funny, authentic, high-energy series that brings together hip-hop, comedy and pop culture in a way we've never seen before. Method, Hailey, James, Ben and their team will make sure our celebrity competitors bring their 'A' game to the stage."

"Method Man and Hailey Baldwin are the perfect hosts for our show," said executive producer Ben Winston. "Two talented, funny, great people on a show that we hope will get everyone talking - we can't wait to get started."

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posted 3/15/17

Bees Return
Romania, Indonesia Pick Up New Version of "The Singing Bee"
From TBI Vision

Much-travelled karaoke format The Singing Bee is heading back into Romania and Indonesia after almost a decade away from both.

The deals to bring the show to Antena TV in Romania and RCTI in Indonesia comes as the resurgence of several classic gameshows continues.

Antena is planning new primetime episodes for the show, which first aired in Romania in 2008 on Pro TV. RCTI is relauncing the format with a 30-episode season nine years after a version for Indostar came off air.

Both territories bought the format from UK-based distributor Magnify Media, whose founder, Andrea Jackson (pictured), previously sold the format through her first company, Zeal Entertainment. DRG bought Zeal in 2006, with Jackson exiting the latter to launch Magnify in 2015, as TBI revealed.

The Singing Bee was first produced by format owners The Gurin Company and Juma Entertainment for NBC in the US in 2006. It has now been sold in 36 territories in total.

The family-focused format sees contestants judged on how well they know lyrics, rather than how well they can sing.

“I know the power of this brand very well, which is why we have prioritised bringing it back to life,” said Jackson. “That decision is already bearing fruit. The Singing Bee is one of the most widely produced formats ever and one that clearly has enduring appeal.”

“Andrea and the team at Magnify have shown enormous passion with this property, and we are excited to collaborate with any company or broadcaster committed to airing a new series,” said Phil Gurin, Singing Bee co-creator and president of The Gurin Company.

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posted 3/15/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "The Ratings Will Be Back... We Hope"

  • Pilot season! Jane Lynch (Broadway World), Donald Faison pick up side gigs (Deadline)
     

  • Last week: Holly Willoughby embarrassed by being called an improper word. This week: Hold my beer... (Yahoo!)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Drew Carey, 10 years after the gig that changed his game show life (Gold Derby)

posted 3/15/17

SYNDIES: Week 25
Results for the Week Ending March 5
From TV Newscheck

Based on just-released National Live + Same Day ratings for the 2017 February Sweep, WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE with Chris Harrison spiked over February 2016 in Households (+21% - 1.7 rating vs. 1.4 rating), Total Viewers (+22% - 2.420 million vs. 1.989 million) and Women 25-54 (+17% - 0.7 rating vs. 0.6 rating). In fact, "Millionaire" posted the biggest February-to-February gains for any Syndicated game show on all 3 Nielsen measures.

In Homes and Total Viewers, "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" posted its best results during any sweep period in 2 years - since February 2015.

On average during the 2016-17 season (25 complete weeks), "Millionaire" is delivering the biggest gains among all first-run Syndicated game shows for the season, growing by double digits across the board from the same point a year ago: +31% in Homes (1.7 rating vs. 1.3 rating), +28% in Total Viewers (2.307 million vs. 1.801 million) and +40% in Women 25-54 (0.7 rating vs. 0.5 rating).

GAME SHOWS

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.4 +4%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.7 -6%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.6 -1%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 +21%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.4 -7%

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posted 3/14/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Countdown Begins"

  • #ICYMI: Nick Viall has put a ring on it (TV Line)
     

  • Spike gets ready to roast Alec Baldwin (Broadway World)
     

  • "Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway" heading to a slot machine parlor near you (Casino City)

posted 3/14/17


Pinterest
"America's Got" Tyra
"Top Model" Creator the New Host of "America's Got Talent"
From The Futon Critic

Emmy Award winner Tyra Banks, who created and executive produced "America's Next Top Model" for 23 cycles, headlined her own talk show, is consistently ranked by Time magazine as one of the world's most influential people and serves as CEO of her own multimillion-dollar beauty company, has joined NBC's "America's Got Talent" - summer's most-watched show - as host for the upcoming 12th season.

The announcement was made by Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment.

Banks said: "Since I was a little girl, I've been obsessed with grandiose acts and performers who make the seemingly impossible possible. I love how 'AGT' brings that feeling into everyone's home, capturing the best of people who come out and give it their all to make those big, fierce and outrageous dreams come true. I look forward to connecting with the dreamers, having fun and giving hugs and words of encouragement when needed. And maybe I'll get one or two performers to smize for the audience!"

"Welcome to the 'America's Got Talent' family, Tyra! This is really exciting," said Simon Cowell, executive producer, judge and creator of the "Got Talent" format.

"Tyra is the complete package: Out-of-this-world talented, funny, brilliant and all heart. In whatever she has done, she has always connected with audiences around the world," Telegdy said. "Her vivacious spirit will infuse 'AGT' in a big way."

"Not only is Tyra smart and beautiful, she's also warm, compassionate and a lot of fun," said Trish Kinane, President of Entertainment Programming, Fremantle North America. "She will fit right into the crazy world of 'AGT.'"

Expanding the definition of beauty is something Tyra Banks has always believed in, as a supermodel and as a super-businesswoman. Six modeling agencies rejected her before she was signed at the age of 15 years old. Now, hundreds of magazine covers and thousands of runways later, Banks grooms the next generation of models to make their dreams come true.

She created and executive produced the first and longest-running fashion competition-based reality television series, "America's Next Top Model," with 23 cycles. "ANTM" currently airs in 186 countries and has 26 international versions that span from Asia, Africa and Australia.

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posted 3/13/17


Games Gone By: The Chair
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Forget about "The Wall" and how similar it is to "Plinko"...this same crap was pulled nearly 15 years BEFORE that when ABC and FOX had similar game shows named for forms of capital punishment. Chris Wolvie and Games Gone By..." looks into the Not-So-Great Game-Show Rivalry of 2002, starting with "The Chair".

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posted 3/13/17

More on "Talk Show The Game Show"
Catch It on truTV April 5!
From IndieWire

Which celebrity will be win the coveted title of “Best Guest of the Night”?

That’s the question that TruTV’s “Talk Show the Game Show” asks when it premieres on April 5. When stars visit late-night talk shows to promote a project or themselves, they need to play nice to win over the host, Guy Branum (“Chelsea Lately,” “The Mindy Project”) and audience. “Talk Show the Game Show” awards them for these skills.

For example, points can be awarded for getting applause by naming a city, flashing the host, singing, using a euphemism instead of swearing and making the audience go, “Aww!”

But beware. Being a bad guest is “grounds for sanction,” whatever that means. (Can we vote for pie in the face?) Bad behaviors include excessive name dropping, white male fragility, being boring, failure to respect the host or audience, and murder. Murder?! If one is guilty of murder, maybe getting dinged on a talk show is the least that could happen to that person.

Each episode, three celebs go head-to-head. Here’s the lineup for the first season:

John Salley vs. Tiffany Haddish vs. Dan Bucatinsky
Wanda Sykes vs. Scott Adsit vs. Pandora Boxx
Maria Bamford vs. Ben Roy vs. James Adomian
Diablo Cody vs. Moby vs. Arden Myrin
Tim Bagley vs. Rashad Jennings vs. Beth Stelling
Margaret Cho vs. Paul Feig vs. Ed Weeks
John Early vs. Ana Navarro vs. Kate Flannery
Utkarsh Ambudkar vs. Aparna Nancherla vs. Jon Daly
Tracey Wigfield vs. TJ Lavin vs. Oscar Nunez
Nicole Byer vs. Kyle Kinane vs. Julian McCullough
Fortune Feimster vs. Adam Cayton-Holland vs. Alice Wetterlund
Bridget Everett vs. Kelis vs. Josh McDermitt
Wendi McLendon-Covey vs. Jonah Ray vs. Michelle Buteau
John Ross Bowie vs. Aasif Mandvi vs. Phoebe Robinson
Julie Klausner vs. Moshe Kasher vs. Rhea Butcher
Chelsea Handler vs. Maurice Jones Drew vs. Nikki Glaser

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posted 3/13/17

5 Gold Rings of Your Phone
ITV Launches App Companion to New Series
From Telly Mix

Phillip Schofield hits ITV tonight with brand new game show 5 Gold Rings, but how does it work?

Well here's all you need to know about the new gameshow...

In this game, every pixel counts. The format sees two teams go head to head over five rounds. One team will be walking away with up to Ł25,000 whilst the other will leave with nothing. Who wins and who loses is decided in a unique way… using five gold rings.

It sounds simple enough: The teams will have to battle it out against the clock to answer questions by placing gold rings onto a supersized image displayed beneath their feet on a huge circular LED floor.

For example, the picture might be a map of the world and teams will attempt the question, ‘Where is the highest mountain on earth?’ by placing a gold ring on the image where they think the answer is.

However, each round will get decidedly more difficult as after every correct answer is given all of their remaining gold rings will decrease in size – making it even tougher to find and encircle the next correct answer.

Phillip Schofield said: “I love the whole concept of this show. It’s such a simple idea.

"The longer you stay in the game, the smaller the rings get. It looks amazing and anyone of any age can play. I can’t wait to get started!”

You'll also be able to play along at home using the 5 Gold Rings app online.

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posted 3/13/17

THURSDAY: Dead Heat Thursday
CBS Wins Total, Ties ABC on Demo
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.050 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) was the most-watched network on Thursday with new episodes from "The Big Bang Theory" (12.989 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1), "The Great Indoors" (7.254 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4), "Mom" (7.562 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "Life in Pieces" (6.231 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6) and "Training Day" (4.133 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

ABC (5.493 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with new episodes of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.360 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) and "Scandal" (5.359 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) plus the return of "The Catch" (3.760 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Next up was NBC (4.299 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) with a repeat "Superstore" (2.859 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) followed by new episodes of "Powerless" (2.541 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "Chicago Med" (6.409 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "The Blacklist: Redemption" (3.789 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.002 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up a new "MasterChef Junior" (3.764 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8) and the debut of "Kicking & Screaming" (2.240 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

And finally, fresh installments of "Supernatural" (1.578 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) and "Riverdale" (1.128 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) closed out the night on The CW (1.353 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.113m
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV/9:40p): 443k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV/9p): 398k
- Divided (GSN/9:30p): 378k
- Divided (GSN/9p): 376k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 330k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 304k
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 286k
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 280k
- Caraoke Showdown (Spike): 202k

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posted 3/13/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Slime, Slime, and More Slime"

  • KCAs: "America's Got Talent" wins Reality Show Blimp (The Futon Critic)
     

  • The hits keep coming as "The Voice UK" beats its own record for lowest. Ratings. EVER. (Telly Mix)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP: experienced roboteer loses "Robot Wars" to a team of kids and congratulates them on a superb effort and wishes them the best in their STEAM-based education... JUST KIDDING! He pitches a hissy fit and storms off the set (Huffington Post)
     

  • These guys actually signed up for and were cast on Russia's real-life "Hunger Games" (TV Overmind)
     

  • Why would Michael Barrymore want to come back to TV? (Digital Spy)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with John O'Hurley (Smashing Interviews)

posted 3/9/17

It's a Ten from Len!
"Dancing with the Stars" Curmudgeon Len Goodman to Host "Partners in Rhyme" for BBC One
From What's on TV

"Dancing with the Stars" head judge Len Goodman will return to British TV screens on a new family game show called Partners In Rhyme.

Len, known for his witty catchphrases while doling out feedback on "DWTS" and its parent show "Strictly Come Dancing", will host the BBC1 Saturday teatime program, which will see contestants and celebrities team up to take part in comedy rounds based on rhyming clues.

Len, 72, said: “It’s time to rhyme with a whizz of a quiz. It’s a 10 from Len!”

Partners In Rhyme was the brainchild of BBC Radio 1 DJ and former Xtra Factor Live host Matt Edmondson, who is “ridiculously excited” about the show which airs later this year.

He added: “It’s the sort of show that I hope will have families screaming at the TV as they try and make sense of pigs in wigs, flowers with superpowers and Lorraine Kelly making jelly!”

Jo Wallace, commissioning editor for the BBC, said: “I’m really happy to see Len back on BBC1 on Saturday nights where he belongs!”

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posted 3/10/17

More on "Planet of the Apps"
Catch It on Apple Music This Spring!
From BNN

‘Planet’ is a word worth emphasizing from the title of Apple’s new TV show, “Planet of the Apps.” This spring, Apple will premiere its first reality television series, which will shine the spotlight on a diverse pool of talented app developers.

“There’s never been a better time for a show about apps,” Executive Producer Ben Silverman told BNN in a phone interview. “Tech entrepreneurs are the new rock stars and their apps are disrupting culture globally. We can’t wait to pull back the curtain and shine a spotlight on the designers, engineers and hustlers who make up the app culture.”

Some have described “Planet of the Apps” as a mash up of “Shark Tank” and “The Voice.” Contestants work with high profile, entrepreneurial mentors/judges including Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow, will.i.am, and Gary Vaynerchuk, for a chance to receive up to US$10 million in venture capital and featured placement in Apple’s App Store.

The show will be distributed through Apple Music. Given that Apple's subscriber-based music service is available around the world, the show’s producers felt it was important to give it a global feel.

“The casting team went on the road and the developers are from all over,” Silverman said. His studio, Propagate Content, is co-producing the show with Apple. “I think one of the things the show does is highlight how many brilliant developers and designers there are around the globe, whether it’s in the U.S., Canada, Croatia or Israel.”

Searching the globe for talent comes naturally to Silverman. He rose to the top of the TV industry, scouring the globe for hit shows. His television credits include “The Office,” “Ugly Betty,” “Jane The Virgin” and “The Tudors.” His track record with reality TV is equally impressive and includes programs such as “The Biggest Loser.”

On “Planet of the Apps,” a few lucky developers also get to pitch what the show calls “one of the hottest venture capital firms on the planet.” That firm, Lightspeed Venture Partners, recently struck gold, following the IPO of one of its early investments, Snap Inc (parent of Snapchat).

“That was part of our planning,” Silverman said, referencing the savvy timing of incorporating Lightspeed, given the Snap Inc IPO attention. Lightspeed is also an investor in Jessica Alba’s The Honest Company.

Apple is planning to give successful apps from the show featured placement in the App Store.

“Silicon Valley’s venture capital culture is very much a referral based system," Silverman said. "We wanted to open things up and create true democracy.”

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posted 3/10/17

The Brain of CEE
Endemol Shine Sells Show to Poland, Balkans
From TBI Vision

Several broadcasters in the CEE region have ordered local version of Endemol Shine gameshow The Brain.

In Poland, Polsat will run the show, with Endemol Shine Poland producing.

A pan-Balkan version will also be made and go out on the free-TV RTL and PRVA channels.

The studio format showcases the extraordinary mental abilities of ordinary people.

It was created by Endemol Shine’s German division, alongside its affiliated prodco Herr P and pubcaster ZDF.

Endemol Shine International distributes the format, which has been sold into eleven territories.

It has also just been recommisisoned for a second season on Channel One in Russia, with Endemol Shine prodo Weit Media producing, and the Russian deal has helped The Brain gain traction in the CEE region.

“The Brain has already been successful in the region following a stellar launch in Russia last year where the show was recommissioned immediately,” said Marina Williams, COO of international operations at the Endemol Shine Group.

“This drew the attention of all key broadcasters in neighboring territories.”

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posted 3/10/17

WEDNESDAY: If a Game Changer Didn't Really Change Anything...
CBS, ABC Split
From The Futon Critic

The 34th season of the hit reality game show Survivor premiered, and it promises to be one of the biggest and best seasons yet. But as good as that sounds, it couldn't propel CBS to the demo win.

ABC (5.673 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) held off the demo competition on Wednesday with new episodes of "The Goldbergs" (5.681 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "Speechless" (4.989 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5), "Modern Family" (6.506 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Black-ish" (5.112 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6) plus the return of "Designated Survivor" (5.878 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7).

CBS (6.886 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was a close second with the premiere of "Survivor: Game Changers" (7.987 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2) followed by a second "Survivor: Game Changers" (7.326 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) and the season opener to "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (5.346 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

Next up was FOX (4.861 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its duo of "Lethal Weapon" (5.857 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8) and "Star" (3.866 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.316 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) opted for repeats of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.282 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12), another "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.580 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "Chicago PD" (4.087 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13).

And finally, second runs of "Arrow" (0.909 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "The 100" (0.653 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) on The CW (0.781 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped Junior (SP/Food): 985k
- America's Next Top Model (SF/VH1): 858k
- Bakers vs. Fakers (Food): 855k
- Are You The One? (MTV): 626k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 373k
- Divided (GSN/9p): 345k
- Divided (GSN/9:30p): 328k
- Are You The One? The Aftermatch (MTV): 245k

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posted 3/10/17

A Third Run of "Run"
"Paradise Run" to Return for New Season
From Twist

Is Nickelodeon's game show series Paradise Run one of your favorite shows around? Well, you're in luck: because we're happy to reveal that the show is officially coming back for a third season! Host Daniella Monet couldn't be more excited to return to Hawaii this spring to film even more fun games and challenges!

"I’m so excited to host yet ANOTHER season of, in my opinion, one the best game shows on TV, Paradise Run," Daniella tells TWIST exclusively. "The Big Island has become a second home to me and I thoroughly enjoy living vicariously through our awesome contestants. Seeing the excitement, nervousness and relentlessness on their faces makes my job that more fun!"

Contestants in Season 3 will face some of the most challenging and complex obstacles that we have ever seen on the show so far, and the network promises "even more surprises at every turn," as the competing teams try to win the prize of an ultimate paradise vacation.

"One of the great things about working with Nickelodeon is that every season they ask how can we make Paradise Run bigger and better, and I am thrilled to say that this season will be no different," Executive Producer Scott Stone added about the show in a press statement. "Last year we added a 200-yard zip line and special Nickelodeon celebrity episodes. Wait until you see what we have in store for season three!"

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posted 3/10/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Spinning Into the Central Coast"

  • CASTING COUCH: "Wheel's" Wheelmobile spins into Paso Robles (San Luis Obispo Tribune)
     

  • What would Jeopardy! writer Billy Wisse know about hip-hop? A LOT (HotNewHipHop.com)
     

  • #FLASHBACKFRIDAY: before he was POTUS or host of "The Apprentice", he had a bingo game (Huffington Post)
     

  • Howie Mandel to host Canadian Screen Awards (Simcoe Reformer)
     

  • Alexander Armstrong has an on-camera breakdown (Daily Express)
     

  • Nick Asia prepares to enter the Hidden Temple (Rapid TV News)
     

  • ACTUAL HEADLINE: Philip Schofield: Twitter was fun until they let the nutters in (iNews)
     

  • Having his fill of hosting gigs, Alfonso Ribeiro wants to play "a psycho role"... whatever that would entail (Metro Guilty Pleasures)
     

  • Hannah Simone gets 500 points in the GSNN Fantasy Kardashian league (Reality TV World)
     

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "The Amazing Race" will start its 29th run a little earlier than expected: March 30 (The Futon Critic)

posted 3/9/17


Rolling Stone
Fred Savage Gets "Child Support"
ABC Summer Entry Gets New Name, Host
From Deadline

Fred Savage has been honing his talk-show chops as a frequent guest host on ABC’s Live with Kelly — and is rumored to be in the running for the permanent job. In the meantime, The Grinder alum has landed a different gig at the network: hosting its upcoming game show Child Support from Ricky Gervais and Banijay Studios North America.

Formerly known as Five to Survive, the hourlong, studio-based series will feature adult contestants and interactions between Gervais and a group of five kids ages 6-9 who say the most unpredictable things. Contestants are asked to answer 10 questions to earn the top prize. If they answer incorrectly, the contestants have a chance to be saved by the five kids who have been asked the same question by Gervais.

“When I’m stumped, I turn to Google and my kids,” said Savage who starred on The Wonder Years as a kid and has built a second career as a TV director. “I had no idea there was a television show in that, but now that there is, I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”

Said Robert Mills, SVP Alternative Series, Specials, & Late Night Programming at ABC Entertainment: “With Fred’s charisma and Ricky Gervais’ hilarious interactions with the kids, Child Support is going to be a terrific addition to our game show slate.”

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posted 3/9/17

Get Ready for the Most SHOCKING MONDAY EVER!
Season Finale of "The Bachelor" Monday
From Broadway World

The compelling live three-hour television event will begin with America watching along with the studio audience, as Nick Viall's journey to find love comes to its astonishing conclusion.

After his dreams of finding love were cut short when both bachelorettes Andi Dorfman and Kaitlyn Bristowe left him heartbroken, Nick has narrowed down the field of 30 bachelorettes to two captivating women - Raven and Vanessa - both of whom he is falling for. Who does Nick, after much soul-searching, see as his future wife? It is no surprise that he is anxious, conflicted and fearful of being rejected again. Find out if Nick gets his happy ending on the season finale of "The Bachelor," MONDAY, MARCH 13 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network.

Immediately following the dramatic season finale, emotions run high as Nick sits down with Chris Harrison - live - to discuss his final two women of the season: Raven, the beautiful Southern belle, and Vanessa, the passionate special-needs teacher. THE BACHELOR takes us back to the snow-capped winter wonderland of Finland where he spent the emotional last days of his journey.

Both ladies are back to sit with Nick to talk about the sensational outcome and their relationships with him. It's the live, unpredictable ending to his adventure to find everlasting true love, live, on "The Bachelor: After the Final Rose," also airing MONDAY, MARCH 13 (10:01-11:00 p.m. EST). Additionally, Rachel Lindsay makes a special appearance right before she begins her own journey to find love.

Nick's search for his soul mate is almost over, and after many tears, drama and surprises, it has come down to two fascinating women. THE BACHELOR brings both Raven and Vanessa to meet his family in hopes that their insight will help him decide which bachelorette would be the best fit for him and them.

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posted 3/9/17

TUESDAY: This Is a Split
CBS, NBC Win Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.570 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) continued its demo reign on Tuesday with new episodes from "The Voice" (11.497 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2), "This Is Us" (11.041 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) and a special "Chicago Justice" (6.172 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

CBS (11.106 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the silver draw with its trio of "NCIS" (14.057 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3), "Bull" (10.334 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.927 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.837 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its lineup of "The Middle" (6.096 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4), "American Housewife" (5.162 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.675 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and "The Real O'Neals" (2.890 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) plus the debut of "People Icons" (2.600 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.018 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up new episodes of "The Flash" (2.485 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.551 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13).

And finally, repeats of "New Girl" (1.385 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) and "The Mick" (1.381 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) alongside a new "Bones" (2.850 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) on FOX (2.116 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable..
- Chopped (Food): 857k
- The Challenge: Invasion (MTV): 795k
- Face Off (Syfy): 701k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 400k
- Stranded with a Million Dollars (MTV): 387k
- The Partner (P/CNBC): 363k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/9/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Stop What You're Doing and Watch This"

  • VIDEO WALL: Dancing with the Chasers (Metro)
     

  • Juan Pablo Galavis is this close to being close to being close to being close to being close to being close to being close to being close to being close to proposing (Us Weekly)
     

  • Michael Strahan to be honored as Father of the Year (Businesswire)
     

  • Howie Mandel to host Canadian Screen Awards (Simcoe Reformer)
     

  • Remember the real-life "Hunger Games" "Game2: Winter"? It begins April 1... without the rule saying that killing was allowed. Because the Internet (New York Post)

posted 3/9/17

SYNDIES: Week 24
Results for the Week Ending February 26
From TV Newscheck

Live with Kelly grew 9% in the key women 25-54 demo, and, for a second straight week, maintained the No.2 spot in talk and its highest rating since January. Live’s 2.4 live-plus-same-day National Nielsen again outperformed Ellen DeGeneres (which remained third) with an unchanged 2.3 in the session ending Feb. 26.

GAME SHOWS

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.4 -1%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.7 NC
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.7 +5%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 +6%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 -7%

TV Newscheck
Screener

posted 3/8/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Big Three"

  • Chrissy Metz wouldn't mind going on "The Biggest Loser" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Jade Roper & Tanner Tolbert give us another "Bachelor" baby (Reality TV World)
     

  • "Name That Tune" headed for Broadway (Extra)

posted 3/8/17

MONDAY: America Turns Its Chair
NBC Wins on "The Voice"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (10.147 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) held off the competition on Monday with new episodes from "The Voice" (12.097 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) and "Taken" (6.247 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5).

ABC (6.299 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then was a competitive second with a new "The Bachelor" (7.127 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) alongside the annual special "The Bachelor: The Women Tell All" (5.884 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3).

Next up was CBS (5.621 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.499 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) and "Man with a Plan" (6.057 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) followed by a new "Superior Donuts" (6.093 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and second runs of "Kevin Can Wait" (4.715 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Scorpion" (4.680 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.674 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up fresh installments of "24: Legacy" (3.802 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "APB" (3.545 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

And finally, a new "Supergirl" (2.171 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) and a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.016 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) closed out the night on The CW (1.593 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (SF/Food): 1.715m
- Cake Wars Champs (Food): 958k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 322k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/7/17

WEEKEND: Tanked
ABC, CBS Split Friday
From The Futon Critic

ABC (3.451 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) and NBC (3.837 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) shared the top demo honors on Friday with a new "Shark Tank" (6.091 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and the conclusion of "When We Rise, Part 4" (2.132 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8).

The Peacock then offered up a new "Grimm" (4.206 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2), the season finale of "Emerald City" (2.902 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Dateline NBC" (4.403 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2).

Next up was CBS (6.369 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with repeats of "MacGyver" (5.516 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Hawaii Five-0" (6.665 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "Blue Bloods" (6.925 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.928 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up a second run "Rosewood" (1.970 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and a new "Sleepy Hollow" (1.887 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, originals from "The Vampire Diaries" (1.169 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Reign" (0.656 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) closed out the night on The CW (0.912 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (SF/Food): 1.465m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.129m
- Flea Market Flip (GAC): 253k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/7/17

Cooking Channel Flips Farmers' Markets
Catch the New Series April 20!
From Broadway World

Cooking Channel highlights fresh seasonal ingredients this April on the new series Farmers' Market Flip premiering Thursday, April 20th at 10pmET/7pmPT when two teams of chefs will be pitted against each other to find the best the farmers' market has to offer and cook the most delicious gourmet meal for the judges. Host Jeff Mahin presides over this creative culinary competition in which only one team will take home the ultimate prize and bragging rights!

Broadway World

posted 3/7/17

Has 2007 Taught Us NOTHING?!
Hollywood Braces for Another Writer's Strike
From TV Week

Another writers strike appears to be brewing in Hollywood, where the last time it happened — in 2007 — it shut things down for 100 days.

“We’re hearing Hollywood agents far and wide are bracing for another writers’ strike,” The New York Post reports, noting that the union negotiates a new contract every three years. The big strike a decade ago ended after Writers Guild members won a piece of digital revenue, the report notes.

“Consumers a decade ago had to live with fewer episodes of ‘Heroes,’ but if talks don’t go well now the networks could have a tough time with the annual show-and-tell TV upfront presentations in May,” The Post notes.

The report quotes a release by the union that notes: “The Writers Guilds of America, West and East, and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers announced they will begin formal contract negotiations March 13. The current Minimum Basic Agreement expires May 1.”

TV Week

posted 3/7/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Sorry About That"

posted 3/7/17

"Team Ninja" Moves to USA
Move Comes in Advance of Esquire's Closure
From Broadway World

Epic competition series TEAM NINJA WARRIOR is bringing more heat to USA Network's Tuesday night line-up. Hosted by comedian Matt Iseman and former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila, TEAM NINJA WARRIOR will premiere its 11-part second season on USA beginning Tuesday, April 18 at 10/9c, immediately following WWE SMACKDOWN.

TEAM NINJA WARRIOR, part of the Emmy® nominated franchise "American Ninja Warrior," pits three-person athletic teams against each other on physically demanding, side-by-side obstacle courses that test both endurance and speed. Originally debuting on Esquire Network in 2016, TEAM NINJA WARRIOR ranked as the network's most watched original series in its history. Esquire recently announced that the network, a partnership between NBCUniversal and Hearst Magazines, will transform into a digital-only brand.

"TEAM NINJA WARRIOR is a perfect pairing to WWE SMACKDOWN," said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. "With this powerful franchise, we're giving our passionate audience three full hours of jam-packed, high-stakes action every Tuesday night."

For Season 2, fan-favorite competitors from "American Ninja Warrior" will form 28 teams, each with two men and one woman, and settle their rivalries on the warped wall -- for ultimate ninja bragging rights. In addition to hosts Iseman and Gbajabiamila, FOX Sports' Alex Curry will serve as sideline reporter, rounding out the talent commentators.

TEAM NINJA WARRIOR is executive-produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions' founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed ("Hell's Kitchen," "The Dunk King," "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge"), along with Brian Richardson as executive producer. The series is a spin-off of "American Ninja Warrior" which is based on the "Sasuke/Ninja Warrior" format from Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc., and airs on NBC.

Broadway World
American Ninja Warrior Nation

posted 3/6/17


Games Gone By: I'm Telling!
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Not "The Newlywed Game"...but a more child-friendly facsimile. Chris Wolvie presents one of the weirdest "Games Gone By..." yet with his review of "I'm Telling!", where young siblings make things even MORE uncomfortable between them.

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 3/6/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Losing Voice?"

posted 3/6/17


IMDb
Arnold to "The Apprentice": Hasta La Vista.... Baby
Schwarzenegger Leaves Show After One Season
From TV Line

Ah-nuld is saying hasta la vista to Celebrity Apprentice after just one season.

Arnold Schwarzenegger won’t return to host NBC’s reality competition if it returns for another season, he told Empire magazine on Friday. “I learned a lot, I had a great time, it was a really great opportunity,” Schwarzenegger said. “But under the circumstances, I don’t want to do it again… Even if asked, I would decline.”

And what circumstances is he referring to? Well, they rhyme with “rump.” Schwarzenegger says the show’s association with former host (and current President) Donald Trump hurt the show’s ratings this season. “When people found out that Trump was still involved as executive producer and was still receiving money from the show, then half the people [started] boycotting it,” he explains. “With Trump being involved in the show, people have a bad taste and don’t want to… support the show.”

Ratings were certainly down this season, with Arnold’s Apprentice edition falling double digits from the numbers Trump’s most recent season had reached. (Trump even gloated about the ratings dip in a series of tweets aimed at Schwarzenegger.) But Arnold may be getting ahead of himself: It’s not even clear that NBC will want to bring Celebrity Apprentice back for another season, considering the ratings slide. As of press time, it hasn’t officially been renewed for a 16th season.

TV Line
AV Club
Reality TV World

posted 3/3/17

Shorties on Lock
Nick Greenlights "Lip Sync Battle" Spinoff for Full Season
From The Futon Critic

Nickelodeon, the number-one kids' network, is putting real kids center stage with the greenlight of Lip Sync Battle Shorties, a spinoff of Spike's Emmy-nominated global phenomenon, Lip Sync Battle. The half-hour, 10-episode series will feature real-life kids lip-syncing pop songs in celebration of their favorite artists and builds upon the success of Nick's hour-long special of the same name, which premiered in December 2016 and posted double- and triple-digit gains with kids. Lip Sync Battle Shorties will begin production later this year and the series is set to premiere in the fall. The news was announced at Nickelodeon's Upfront presentation, held today in New York City.

"Lip Sync Battle Shorties is so illustrative of how kids have changed," said Cyma Zarghami, President, Nickelodeon Group. "Our research tells us this generation believes they are all one step away from being famous. This show celebrates real kids with real talent, but more importantly a passion to perform and the confidence to do it."

Lip Sync Battle Shorties drew more than two million total viewers (Live+7) when it premiered in December and content from the special has garnered over 20 million views on Nickelodeon's YouTube channel.

Kid participants on Lip Sync Battle Shorties can personalize their performances, allowing them to make decisions on all creative elements from song and costume selection, to choreography and staging. Each episode will feature three talented real-life kids, the Shorties Dance Crew and a host that will be announced soon.

Lip Sync Battle Shorties is created and executive produced by Casey Patterson Entertainment and Matador Content, with John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant and Eight Million Plus Productions also serving as executive producers--the same team behind the original award-winning Emmy-nominated Lip Sync Battle on Spike.

The Futon Critic

posted 3/3/17

THURSDAY: This Is A Special "Voice"
Special Edition Puts NBC on Top
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.049 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) got a big boost on Thursday with a special "The Voice" (10.644 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) followed by a new "Chicago Med" (8.770 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and week two of "The Blacklist: Redemption" (4.733 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8).

CBS (6.128 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then opted for repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.625 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3), "Mom" (6.739 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5), another "The Big Bang Theory" (7.254 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) and "Life in Pieces" (5.379 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) plus a new "Training Day" (4.385 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Next up was FOX (2.925 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with a new "MasterChef Junior" (3.605 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7) and the season finale of "My Kitchen Rules" (2.245 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.317 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) offered up its combination of "When We Rise: The People Behind the Story" (2.713 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and "When We Rise, Part 3" (2.119 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

And finally, new episodes of "Supernatural" (1.614 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) and "Riverdale" (1.077 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) on The CW (1.345 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Top Chef (SF/Bravo): 1.286m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 981k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV/9:40p): 481k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 462k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (SP/MTV): 439k
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 374k
- Divided (GSN/9p): 372k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 369k
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 343k
- Divided (GSN/9:30p): 324k
- Caraoke Showdown (Spike): 209k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/3/17

"Chopped" Shows Its Star Power
Monthlong Stunt Begins March 28
From The Futon Critic

The stars are aligning in the Chopped kitchen when sixteen of the biggest internet sensations, athletes, comedians, and film and television actors compete in the star-studded Chopped: Star Power tournament, premiering Tuesday, March 28th at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. Through this five-part stunt, the celebrity competitors must prove their culinary skills as they are tasked to create delicious appetizers, entrées and desserts from a mystery basket of ingredients in a limited amount of time. The winner from each heat will move on to the grand finale for a chance to earn the grand prize - $50,000 for the charity of their choice.

Check out FoodNetwork.com/Chopped for more on the celebrity contestants, browse photo galleries and watch video extras. Join the conversation with #Chopped.

The Futon Critic

posted 3/3/17

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

  • "Mythbusters: The Search" sets Science Channel record (The Futon Critic)
     

  • American Ninja Warrior hopeful Mike Moh joins "Marvel's Inhumans" (The Futon Critic)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 25 things you didn't know about "Survivor" (Parade)
     

  • Philip Schofield can't stop ringing about "5 Gold Rings" (What's On TV)
     

  • Amy Schumer brings her trainwreck of a family onto the Feud (New Magazine)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Tony Rock (WPIX New York)

posted 3/3/17


File photo
Ellen Turns Games Into "Games"
NBC Locks in "Game of Games" for Six
From WBTV PR

Taking the best elements from the hugely popular daytime talk show "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and creating an entirely new series, NBC has ordered six episodes of the game show "Ellen's Game of Games" for primetime.

"Ellen's Game of Games" is an hour of supersized versions of the most popular and hilariously fun games from "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." Hosted and executive produced by DeGeneres, this game show is like no other - contestants, pulled right from the audience, will have to maneuver massive obstacles, answer questions under immense pressure and face a gigantic plunge into the unknown. While every episode will feature DeGeneres' one-of-kind comedy, personality and a unique roster of games, they'll all end the same way - with DeGeneres giving someone a chance at a huge cash prize.

"I'm so excited to be hosting a huge primetime game show for NBC," said DeGeneres. "We're pulling out all the stops - gigantic sets, hilarious games. It's going to be like a combination of 'American Ninja Warrior,' 'RuPaul's Drag Race' and a water park. OK, it's nothing like that, but you should still watch."

"Ellen's impact as a daytime icon is unprecedented and we can't wait to see her bring that amazing spirit to 'Game of Games,'" said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. "She is among the very best at engaging with her devoted audience and we are all in for a treat when her antics hit primetime."

"Since establishing Warner Alternative Television over three years ago, some of our greatest successes have come from working with Ellen and her incredibly talented team," said Mike Darnell, President, Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television. "But the dream has always been to get Ellen herself to say yes to hosting a primetime show. Now that she finally has, I am more than ecstatic. We've married a great concept to the best host in the business. Home run!"

DeGeneres, the host of the multiple Emmy Award-winning nationally syndicated "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" that airs on 82 NBC Owned and Affiliated stations, is an active executive producer on the NBC unscripted projects "Little Big Shots," the recently announced spinoff "Little Big Shots: Forever Young" and the upcoming Drew Barrymore-hosted "First Dates," all from divisions of Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television led by Darnell.

"Ellen's Game of Games" is executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres, Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner, Kevin Leman and Jeff Kleeman. David A. Hurwitz also serves as executive producer. The series is produced by A Very Good Production, Telepictures and Warner Horizon Unscripted Television.

The Futon Critic
Broadway World
Yahoo!
Los Angeles Times
Entertainment Weekly
CTV News

posted 3/2/17

ABC Joins the Battle!
Network in Talks to Reboot "Battle of the Network Stars"
From Awful Announcing

Ever wonder who’d win a game of tug-of-war between CBS and ABC?

Ok, you probably haven’t, but you might found out soon anyway, as ABC is rebooting the 1970s and 80s hit “Battle of the Network Stars,” a game show that pits TV personalities from ABC, CBS and NBA against each other in athletic competitions. Previous contest have included kayak races, tug-of-war and 3-on-3 football.

According to Variety, ABC has begun a casting search in hopes of shooting in May and airing the special over the summer.

The original “Battle of the Network Stars” aired on ABC between 1976 and 1988, with Howard Cosell hosting all but one year. Other hosts included Bruce Jenner, O.J. Simpson, Frank Gifford and Billy Chrystal, while competitors included Cheryl Tiegs, Robin Williams, Tom Selleck, William Shatner, Mr. T and many, many others.

Many of the original “Battle of the Network Stars” specials are available on YouTube some 35 years later, and you can lose quite a bit of time watching, say, soap opera star William DeVane playing 3-on-3 football against “That’s Incredible” host Cathy Lee Crosby. The best part is Cosell’s commentary, which falls somewhere between amusement and mockery.

Awful Announcing
WDAY Fargo
The Hollywood Reporter
Variety
EURweb
TV Line

posted 3/2/17

AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!
*Mary Murphy Re-Returns to "SYTYCD"
From TV Line

So You Think You Can Dance fans, dust off those earplugs.

Fox announced Thursday that fan fave Mary Murphy — who last season was replaced on the judging panel by Paula Abdul — will be returning for the recently-ordered Season 14. Additionally, the network confirms that Cat Deeley will officially be back as host, and exec producer Nigel Lythgoe will continue as judge. An announcement about the third judging slot is expected soon.

“I am thrilled that Mary will return to So You Think You Can Dance and I’m sure the fans will be, as well,” Lythgoe enthused in a statement. “She brings an energy and enthusiasm that’s contagious and I can’t wait for her to join me on the judging panel.”

SYTYCD diehards were shocked back in January 2015 when Murphy confirmed that she had been “released” from her contract. “I’m very grateful and proud to have been part of such an extraordinary television show,” she added at the time. “I’m sure there wasn’t a person watching that didn’t know I loved what I did.” Soon after, Abdul was announced as her successor.

For Season 14, Fox is putting last season’s ill-conceived miniature reboot behind it and going ack to its original formula of featuring dancers between the ages of 18-30, with the Top 10 ultimately being paired up with All-Stars.

TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 3/2/17

"Iron Chef" Throws Down the Gauntlet
Catch It on Food Network April 16
From The Futon Critic

The elite culinary skill, strategy and stamina of Iron Chef America returns to Food Network this spring with Iron Chef Gauntlet, a fresh reboot of the fan-favorite franchise hosted by the incomparable Alton Brown. The six-episode primetime event begins with seven extraordinary chefs competing for the chance to become an Iron Chef - each week one will rise and one will fall until a single chef is left standing, but in order to gain entry into this ultimate culinary society, one gladiator must win the Gauntlet - three rapid-succession battles, each against one legendary Iron Chef: Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto or Michael Symon. Iron Chef Gauntlet premieres Sunday, April 16th at 9pm (all times ET/PT), preceded by the one-hour special The Legend of Iron Chef at 8pm, which celebrates historic moments, and followed by the series premiere of Iron Chef Eats at 10pm, where familiar faces from Iron Chef reveal their favorite food spots from around the country. Online, a digital companion series rolls out simultaneously with new episodes, offering fans culinary inspiration, along with tips and tricks that home cooks can use in their own kitchens.

"In the world of Iron Chef, competitive cooking goes beyond impeccable skills - these chefs view food as both fine art and vigorous sport," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network and Cooking Channel. "The Iron Chef Gauntlet finalist will go up against three culinary legends - and our audience is sure to be on the edge of their seat to find out if he or she has what it takes to join their ranks."

Iron Chef Gauntlet competitors are: Nyesha Arrington (Los Angeles, California - Executive Chef/Owner, Leona); Jason Dady (San Antonio, Texas - Executive Chef/Owner, Tre Trattoria); Sarah Grueneberg (Chicago, Illinois - Executive Chef/Owner, Monteverde); Michael Gulotta (New Orleans, Louisiana - Executive Chef/Owner, MOPHO); Stephanie Izard (Chicago, Illinois - Executive Chef/Owner, Girl & the Goat); Shota Nakajima (Seattle, Washington - Executive Chef/Owner, Adana) and Jonathon Sawyer (Cleveland, Ohio - Executive Chef/Owner, The Greenhouse Tavern).

In the first five Iron Chef Gauntlet episodes, the competitors endure two grueling rounds of cooking starting with the Chairman's Challenge where host Alton Brown delivers a themed challenge and is the sole decision maker on the most and least successful chef. The winner then selects a competitor to join the bottom chef in the Secret Ingredient Challenge, where they must cook three dishes featuring the secret ingredient presented on the altar. A panel of rotating judges send the least successful chef home each week, while the winner is sent back to battle. In the finale on Sunday, May 21st at 9pm, the last chef standing has the Iron Chef title in reach - but first, the chef must run the Gauntlet - three rapid-succession Secret Ingredient battles, each against one legendary Iron Chef: Bobby Flay, Masaharu Morimoto or Michael Symon. Only if the finalist receives more points than the Iron Chefs combined will history be made, joining the coveted ranks of Iron Chefs, otherwise they will leave the kitchen in utter defeat.

The Futon Critic
Broadway World

posted 3/2/17

WEDNESDAY: Chicago FIRE!
Crossover Gives NBC the Midweek Win
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.133 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) got a big boost on Wednesday with its crossover event between "Chicago Fire" (9.065 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3), "Chicago PD" (9.602 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) and "Chicago Justice" (8.734 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3).

CBS (5.127 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) then was the number two draw with its mix of "Hunted" (4.842 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "Criminal Minds" (6.461 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and a repeat "Bull" (4.078 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Next up was ABC (3.444 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) with originals from "The Goldbergs" (6.117 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3) and "Modern Family" (6.365 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) plus "When We Rise, Part 2" (2.045 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.348 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up a repeat "Lethal Weapon" (3.330 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and a new "Star" (3.367 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8).

And finally, fresh installments of "Arrow" (1.603 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "The 100" (1.025 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) on The CW (1.313 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Bakers vs. Fakers (Food): 819k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 805k
- Are You The One (MTV): 756k
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 650k
- Divided (GSN/9p): 350k
- Divided (GSN/9:30p): 335k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 329k
- Are You The One: The Aftermatch (MTV): 321k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/2/17

Boggle Goes to Battle
eOne Options Board Game for Game Show
From Broadway World

Entertainment One (eOne), with Keller/Noll and Hasbro Studios, announces the new series, Boggle Battle. The game show takes the classic Hasbro game BOGGLE and turns it into laugh-out-loud, yell-at-your-TV family fun. The show taps into the love of dedicated BOGGLE fans and introduces the game to a whole new audience. The head-to-head competitive fun with friends and family starts with Boggle Battle.

Reinventing the classic game, show creators Cleve Keller and Dave Noll (Chopped, Winsanity!) combine the BOGGLE game's inventive gameplay with pop culture topics to create a fast-paced, laugh-out-loud television experience. Boggle Battle puts contestants' pop culture knowledge to the test, as three teams of three face off in elimination rounds with categories ranging from Harry Potter or Marvel to GAME OF THRONES or the NBA.

Gameplay is intense and takes place in the new super-sized, bright and colorful version of the BOGGLE board. With increasing levels of difficulty and multiple rounds of elimination, the series features play-along moments for viewers at home. Each episode builds towards one team moving on to play a final round of Super BOGGLE, and a chance to win big prizes.

"With impressive visuals, new categories and the clock always counting down, Boggle Battle will add a new level of hilarity and excitement to the game show world," said Cleve Keller and Dave Noll. "Viewers and contestants alike will be stumbling over each other to shout out creative answers while trying to beat the clock."

"The BOGGLE game has always been a crowd favorite, and Cleve and Dave have a found an innovative and engaging way to bring the addictive game to television," said Tara Long, EVP, Alternative Programming, eOne Television. "The unique, fast-paced gameplay will appeal to audiences in the US and around the world."

"The BOGGLE game is fast-moving, challenging and fun and has been a mainstay of game nights since it was introduced in the 70's," said Josh Feldman, Co-Head of Storytelling at Hasbro Studios. "Boggle Battle will appeal to the many die-hard BOGGLE fans around the world."

Boggle Battle is executive produced by John Morayniss and Tara Long for eOne; Cleve Keller and Dave Noll for Keller/Noll; and Josh Feldman for Hasbro Studios. Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner and Chief Content Officer Stephen Davis are also producers on the project. Keller/Noll is represented by Ross Raphael, Collin Reno and Amir Shahkhalili from WME.

Broadway World
Realscreen
TBI Vision

posted 3/2/17

"Drag" Racing to VH1
Longtime Logo Mainstay to Cap Fridays
From TV Line

After eight seasons of lip syncing and wig snatching, RuPaul’s Drag Race is sashaying away… to a new network.

Beginning Friday, March 24 (8/7c), new episodes of the former Logo staple will air on VH1, it was announced Wednesday. Reruns of those episodes will air on Logo at later dates.

“Coming off RuPaul’s Emmy win and a ratings record-breaking season of All Stars, the fandom around RuPaul’s Drag Race has only continued to swell as we head into season nine,” says Pamela Post, SVP of Original Programming & Development at Logo. “Broadcasting the show on VH1 will allow more fans to experience the energy, heart and talent these fierce Queens bring to the stage every week.”

Leading up to Drag Race‘s VH1 premiere, Logo will air a “Race to the Nines” marathon, beginning Sunday, March 19 at 8 pm.

TV Line
The Futon Critic
Broadway World

posted 3/2/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Not State of the Union Part 2: Electoral Boogaloo"

  • Alec Baldwin wants to take Trump to the White House Correspondents' Dinner that he's not going to (TV Line), but first, a book! (Rolling Stone)
     

  • Chris Hardwick, the world's busiest nerd, is going to get busier with a weekly TV show on AMC (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Richard Whiteley never counted down for MI5, contrary to what the Internet said (Sky News)
     

  • RocKwiz heads on tour (Tone Deaf)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: one day in the life of George Alexander Trebek (Business Insider)

posted 3/2/17


John Harlan/
JOHN HARLAN: 1925-2017
Prolific Game Show Announcer
From GSNN Staff

John Harlan, one of the most prolific game show announcers of the past five decades, has died. He was 91.

Among Harlan's work were stints on "Password All-Stars", "The $100,000 Name That Tune", "Face the Music", "The Cross-Wits", "Jeopardy!", "50 Grand Slam", "Wipeout", "It Takes Two", "Jackpot!", and "American Gladiators". He also acted as a fill-in announcer on "Press Your Luck" and "Password Plus".

He is perhaps best known as being the voice of the NBC Bob Hope specials from the 1960s through the 1990s.

A graduate of Fresno State University, he began his career on the radio as part of Sears Radio Theater. One of his early transitions to announcer was for "It's Your Bet" from Ralph Edwards.

Harlan was also a president of Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters and has been the voice of CART Radio since 1988.

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posted 3/1/17

ABC Fills Another "Dancing" Card
The Official Announcement of the DWTS Season
From the Futon Critic

The new celebrity cast of "Dancing with the Stars" are donning their glitzy wardrobe and slipping on their dancing shoes as they ready themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, as the season kicks off on MONDAY, MARCH 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. The season 24 premiere marks the 400th episode of "Dancing with the Stars," and this season's lineup of celebrity dancers includes the greatest Olympic gymnast in history, a two-time World Series champion - and the show's first baseball player, a real housewife of Beverly Hills, a bull rider who survived a catastrophic injury, a member of the popular band Fifth Harmony, a "Saturday Night Live" alumnus and the original "CuchiCuchi" girl, to name just a few.

As announced this morning on ABC's "Good Morning America," the celebrities with their professional dance partners heading to the ballroom this season (in alphabetical order) are:

· Bullrider/model Bonner Bolton with Sharna Burgess
· Singer/actress/comedienne Charo with Keo Motsepe
· Actor/comedian Chris Kattan with Witney Carson
· World Series champion David Ross with Lindsay Arnold
· Singer/reality TV star Erika Jayne with Gleb Savchenko
· Actress Heather Morris with Maksim Chmerkovskiy
· Actor Mr. T with Kym Herjavec
· Figure skater Nancy Kerrigan with Artem Chigvintsev
· "The Bachelor" Nick Viall with Peta Murgatroyd
· Singer Normani Kordei (Fifth Harmony) with Valentin Chmerkovskiy
· NFL safety Rashad Jennings with Emma Slater
· Olympic gymnast Simone Biles with Sasha Farber

The Futon Critic
Broadway World
Reality TV World
Reality TV World
Broadway World
TV Line

posted 3/1/17

SYNDIES: Week 23
Results for the Week Ending February 19
From TV Newscheck

Live with Kelly was the only first-run strip on the upswing in the session ending Feb. 19, a frame in which many shows lost ground after being partially preempted by coverage of the president’s Feb. 15 press conference with Israeli President Netanyahu. It was also the second full week of the important February sweep.

Live grew 4% in households to a 2.4 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and jumped into second place in talk, outperforming Ellen DeGeneres, which slipped 4% to a third-place 2.3.

Meanwhile, Live’s annual “After Oscar” special on Feb. 27 gave the show its second highest single day numbers of the season — a 3.1 rating/11 share primary run, weighted metered market average, up 24% from its prior four-week average.

Back in the nationals for the week ending Feb. 19, top talker Dr. Phil gave back 5% from the season high it set the week before, but easily led the category for the 24th straight session with a 3.8. Compared to last year at this time, Phil was the only talker ahead by double digits, improving 12%.

In access, all of the game shows declined week to week:

Leader Family Feud slipped 3% to 7.5.

Wheel of Fortune fell 4% to a 6.7.

Jeopardy dropped 6% to a 6.4.

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire lost 6% to a 1.6.

Celebrity Name Game was off 7% to a 1.4.

TV Newscheck

posted 3/1/17

TUESDAY: The Not State of the Union
NBC Sweeps with "The Voice", Abbreviated "Wall" Rerun
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.665 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was the top draw on a distrupted Tuesday with its mix of "The Voice" (11.279 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1), "NBC News Special" (8.267 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and a repeat "The Wall" (4.630 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

ABC (4.446 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was the silver draw with new episodes of "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.561 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "The Real O'Neals" (3.580 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "ABC News Special" (5.137 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) and a repeat "American Housewife" (3.122 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13).

Next up was CBS (6.827 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and a repeat "NCIS" (8.673 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) alongside "CBS News Special" (6.593 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8) and a second run "Kevin Can Wait" (3.841 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.546 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up new episodes of "New Girl" (2.244 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and "The Mick" (2.489 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) plus "FOX News Special" (2.726 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12).

And finally, a new "The Flash" (2.790 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and an encore of "Riverdale" (0.921 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) closed out the night on The CW (1.855 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.039m
- Face Off (Syfy): 809k
- The Challenge: Invasion (MTV): 781k
- Stranded with a Million Dollars (MTV): 376k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 296k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/1/17

MONDAY: This Is The Return
"The Voice" Beats "The Bachelor"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (11.141 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) reclaimed the top spot on Monday with the season premiere of "The Voice" (12.990 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) and the launch of "Taken" (7.444 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3).

ABC (4.532 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then had to settle for second place with a special hour-long "The Bachelor" (7.702 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) and part one of "When We Rise" (2.947 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

Next up was CBS (6.624 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (7.372 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4), followed by new episodes from "Man with a Plan" (6.619 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "Superior Donuts" (6.402 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "2 Broke Girls" (5.731 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and "Scorpion" (6.810 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.681 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up new episodes of "24: Legacy" (3.975 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9) and "APB" (3.388 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10).

And finally, originals from "Supergirl" (2.157 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.944 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) rounded out the night on The CW (1.550 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.095m
- Cake Wars Champs (Food): 805k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 350k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/28/17

WEEKEND: The $100 Million Deal
CBS, ABC Split Friday
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.448 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) edged out the competition on Friday with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (6.597 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "Dr. Ken" (4.581 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6), "Shark Tank" (5.814 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "20/20" (4.942 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5).

CBS (7.786 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a close second with new episodes of "MacGyver" (7.013 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and "Hawaii Five-0" (9.018 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) plus a repeat "Blue Bloods" (7.327 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Next up was NBC (3.419 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with originals from "Grimm" (3.979 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "Emerald City" (2.309 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Dateline NBC" (3.970 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.226 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up new episodes of "Rosewood" (2.690 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Sleepy Hollow" (1.761 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And finally on The CW (0.837 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5), new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.067 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and "Reign" (0.607 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) closed out the night.

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.519m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.191m

On cable Saturday...
- Mythbusters: The Search (F/Science): 353k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/28/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Wild Hearts"

  • Bob Harper on the mend after his heart attack (Reality TV World)
     

  • Corinne Olympios convinced that America wants to see more of her and her family on a reality show. America... we'd like to have a word with you (E!)
     

  • Bradley Walsh working on the follow-up to his "Chasing Dreams" (Telly Mix)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Ultimate Beastmaster" (Netflix) (BT)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: "On Your Marc", the documentary (MTV)
     

  • Holly Willoughby called... well... (The Sun)

posted 2/28/17

Cannonball!!!
ITV Looks to Emulate "Wipeout", "Ninja Warrior"
From the List

ITV are set to launch a new challenge show entitled 'Cannonball'.

Bosses at the popular broadcaster are looking to emulate the success of their current physicality-based challenge show 'Ninja Warrior UK' and rival broadcaster BBC's bonkers 'Total Wipeout' - which was axed in 2013 - by commissioning the new program which will see contestants compete in a variety of water-based tasks.

According to The Sun newspaper, the show will include entertaining challenges such as attempting the highest and longest jumps possible from water slides whilst wearing fancy dress.

The publication also reports that the program will be filmed in the warmer climate of the Mediterranean, so hopeful applicants aren't put off by the idea of getting into freezing cold water.

A source told the newspaper: "'Cannonball' is a wacky idea for a show but it promises to be funny. It involves people throwing themselves around in a swimming pool and making fools of themselves."

The idea for 'Cannonball' comes from an existing show named 'Bommetje XXL' which has already proved a hit in Holland, and was made by production company Talpa Media, bought by ITV in 2015.

Talpa Media are also the production company behind 'The Voice UK' - which ITV previously bought the rights to after it was dropped by the BBC - celebrity dance competition 'Dance Dance Dance', and Phillip Schofield's new game show '5 Gold Rings'.

Whilst no air date has been confirmed for the show, ITV bosses are already looking for willing participants with applications closing on March 26.

The List
World Screen
The Times of Malta
Broadcast
TBI Vision

posted 2/27/17


Games Gone By: The Rich List/The Money List
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

If a game show offered an infinite amount of money to its champions and nobody watched, did it make an impact? Or would it just get moved to GSN? Chris Wolvie presents the ULTIMATE "Games Gone By..." about "The Rich List", the show that last only ONE EPISODE on network TV before becoming "The Money List" on basic cable.

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 2/27/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "OUR Post-Oscar Coverage"

  • Former "In Search of the Partridge Family" winner claims Best Actress (TV Line)
     

  • "Dancing with the Stars" announces its cast Wednesday. These three MAY be on board... (E!) ... but not these two (Reality TV World)
     

  • Bob Harper suffers a heart attack (TMZ)
     

  • ICYMI: now playing the role of Adam Savage & Jamie Hyneman as official Mythbusters are... (The Futon Critic)
     

  • VIDEO WALL #1: his name is DREW, damn it! (Cinema Blend)
     

  • John O'Hurley plays Cafe Carlyle (Jazz Corner)
     

  • VIDEO WALL #2: The "Spiciest Memelord"... your new Jeopardy! champion has a new nickname (Boston Globe)
     

  • "The Wall" is filming B-rolls in B-more (Baltimore Sun)
     

  • And finally... Steve Harvey is officially off the hook (News.com.au)

posted 2/24/17

Beast On!
Complete Season of "Ultimate Beastmaster" Drops on Netflix Friday
From the Futon Critic

Can't wait for this week's launch of the Netflix original global competition series Ultimate Beastmaster? Join Sylvester Stallone, Terry Crews, Charissa Thompson and over 100 elite athletes from around the globe to find out who lives up to the hype.

All 10 episodes of Ultimate Beastmaster's first season will launch globally on Netflix on February 24.

Ultimate Beastmaster is the first international competition series of its kind with six customized local versions featuring local languages, competitors and hosts from each competing country. Those countries are: Brazil, Germany, Japan, Mexico, South Korea and the U.S, The series is produced by Sylvester Stallone (Creed, Grudge Match) and Dave Broome (The Biggest Loser, Strong).

The 10-episode event series will feature 108 competitors, 18 from each country, in total. Each hour-long episode will feature 12 competitors, two from each country, who will take their shot at running one of the most physically demanding obstacle courses ever devised, "The Beast." At the end of each episode, a 'Beastmaster' will be crowned and in the final episode of the season, the nine individual winners from each episode will compete against each other for the chance for one contestant to become the Ultimate Beastmaster.

The Futon Critic
Daily Star
The Guardian
Broadway World

posted 2/24/17

THURSDAY: The Week of Splits Continues
This Time, It's ABC and CBS
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.838 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) staked another claim to the demo crown on Thursday with new episodes of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.607 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "How to Get Away with Murder" (5.070 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3) and the season finale of "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.837 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5).

CBS (6.916 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was a close second with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (13.224 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1), "The Great Indoors" (7.452 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3), "Mom" (7.511 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5), "Life in Pieces" (5.974 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and "Training Day" (3.669 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

Next up was NBC (4.014 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) with originals from "Superstore" (3.539 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9), "Powerless" (2.296 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12), a special "The Blacklist" (4.923 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10) and the premiere of "The Blacklist: Redemption" (4.202 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.009 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up fresh installments of "MasterChef Junior" (3.821 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and "My Kitchen Rules" (2.198 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

And finally, new episodes of "Supernatural" (1.621 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) and "Riverdale" (0.965 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) closed out the night on The CW (1.293 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable:
- Project Runway Junior (Lifetime): 1.076k
- Top Chef (Bravo): 971k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 967k
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 505k
- Divided (GSN/9p): 500k
- Caraoke Showdown (Spike): 477k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 460k
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 451k
- Divided (GSN/9:30p): 450k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/24/17

Live Quickfire!
Season Finale of Top Chef This Thursday!
From the Futon Critic

Bravo Media's Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series "Top Chef" is partnering with the Lay's "Do Us a Flavor" contest to serve fans the first-ever live Quickfire Challenge Thursday, March 2 at 8:35pm ET ahead of the "Top Chef" season finale at 9pm ET/PT. Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi will host the special event alongside Top Chef Masters alum Art Smith, who serves as judge, as two surprise season 14 cheftestants go head-to-head in real time to craft a mouthwatering, prize-worthy dish. Fans can watch the delicious drama unfold through a Facebook Live special presentation on the official Top Chef page and on bravotv.com's "The Feast," the network's food-focused digital destination.

"Top Chef" has teamed up with Lay's for its iconic "Do Us a Flavor" contest which asks fans for their flavor ideas and - for the first-time ever - the story or inspiration behind them for the chance to win $1 million. The contest is the inspiration behind this special, live Quickfire Challenge. Starting today, fans are invited to vote for a special selection of flavor mashups on bravotv.com, including blueberries and corn, sriracha and peanut butter, foie gras and cotton candy, and more surprising blends. The winning combination will inspire the ingredients used in the first-ever live "Top Chef" Quickfire Challenge brought to you by Lay's "Do Us a Flavor."

Padma Lakshmi will host the live Quickfire challenge as the cheftestants use their culinary skills, flavorful personalities and winning flavor mashup as ingredients to impress judge Art Smith. Viewers can watch and comment in real time as the competition heats up live from Los Angeles. After a winner has been named, fans will have the opportunity to relive the culinary competition on bravotv.com's "The Feast" where they can view the special event and find craveable content tied to the winning dish, including recipe inspiration, photo galleries and more.

Immediately following the live Quickfire Challenge, fans can tune in for the on-air "Top Chef" Season 14 finale to see who wins the ultimate honor of being named "Top Chef." The final two chefs face-off in Mexico to serve the best meal of their lives and earn the coveted title of Top Chef. The finalists will cook an epic multi-course progressive meal with the help of three sous chefs, comprised of two eliminated chefs and one from their restaurants back home. The pressure is on as only one chef can win. The chefs must impress a dining room filled with their families, returning judges Graham Elliot and Gail Simmons, and distinguished chefs Joachim Splichal, Jonathan Waxman, Martha Ortiz, Jonathan Sawyer, Daniel Boulud and FOOD & WINE's Nilou Motamed.

Those who want even more fun from Lay's "Do Us a Flavor" contest can head to www.Lays.com now through March 19 to submit their flavor suggestions. To submit, fans will be asked to "pitch" their flavor idea through a video, photo and/or a written inspiration. Submissions will also include the flavor name, up to three ingredients and optional bag customization.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/24/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Age Ain't Nothing but Survival"

  • Jeff Probst reveals battle to cast "Game Changers" (Entertainment Weekly)
     

  • "Dancing with the Stars" announces its cast Wednesday. Entertainment Tonight's speculation of said cast begins now (Entertainment Tonight) ... and Variety (Variety) ... and Variety again (Variety)
     

  • The Nintendo Switch has a new fan... and you can't see him... and his NAME IS JOHN CENA! (Mashable)
     

  • Ben Bailey plays the Binghamton Comedy Crawl (Binghamton Homepage)
     

  • Chuck Woolery tweets during CPAC... and it goes as expected (Spin)
     

  • Alec Baldwin's SNL sets a record (Broadway World)
     

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Josh Darrow takes his "Millionaire" winnings and gives it to his community (Beliefnet)

posted 2/24/17

WEDNESDAY: Good News Bad News
CBS, ABC Split Low-Rated Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.121 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) won the demo race on Wednesday with new episodes of "The Goldbergs" (6.153 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Speechless" (5.291 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "Modern Family" (6.692 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Black-ish" (5.366 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) plus the winter finale of "Match Game" (3.613 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

FOX (5.050 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a competitive second with originals from "Lethal Weapon" (6.171 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and "Star" (3.929 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9).

Next up was NBC (5.428 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its trio of "Blindspot" (4.122 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.656 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and "Chicago PD" (6.508 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.420 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up new episodes from "Hunted" (5.087 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9), "Criminal Minds" (7.163 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and "Doubt" (4.012 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

And finally, fresh installments of "Arrow" (1.538 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "The 100" (1.004 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) on The CW (1.271 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Bakers vs. Fakers (Food): 953k
- Are You The One (MTV): 666k
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 629k
- Divided (GSN/9p): 367k
- Divided (GSN/9:30p): 333k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/23/17

"Are You The One" Spins Off
MTV to Launch All Star Challenge
From the Futon Critic

MTV today announced that after five seasons of epic hookups, breakups and drama, 10 fan-favorite perfect matches from previous seasons of "Are You The One?" are back for a second chance at love and cash in an all-new spinoff series, "Are You The One: All-Star Challenge." The new series premieres Wednesday, March 22 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT on MTV, one week after the shocking March 15 season finale of "Are You the One?".

"Are You the One: All-Star Challenge" will bring these perfect matches together again and test all aspects of their relationships. The twist? This time, not everyone will win together; it's every couple for themselves. The perfect matches will compete in challenges designed to test the strength of their bonds. Each week, successful couples will be rewarded with money and one match will be sent packing until the definitive "All-Star" couple is crowned.

The name of the game:

· The matches' compatibility is tested in relationship-focused missions like traveling as a couple, making sacrifices, managing money, communication and more.

· The more missions each match wins, the more they learn about each other and the more money they bank.

· Each week, the match in last place enters "The Choice," where they must individually decide between stealing their winnings earned until that point and going home, or sharing their jackpot and staying in the game.

Over the first five seasons of "Are You The One?", 52 perfect matches were made, but that was just the beginning. From those who fell in love, to those who insist they're only friends, to pairs who never got the chance to explore their connections; the science doesn't lie, there is something perfect between these matches. "Are You The One: All-Star Challenge" will give these couples a second chance to explore their connection and try to win money at the same time.

Meet the "All-Stars" cast:
Shanley + Adam (Season 1)
Ellie + Nathan (Season 2)
Devin + Rashida (Season 3)
Mikala + Cameron (Season 4)
Kaylen + Asaf (Season 4)
Tori + Morgan (Season 4)
Francesca + Giovanni (Season 4)
3 TBA Couples (Season 5)

Breakout "Real World" star, Karamo Brown, will make his return to the MTV family as host of "Are You The One: All-Star Challenge." Karamo was first introduced to the world in 2004 as a housemate on the hit MTV reality series, "Real World: Philadelphia" and was the first openly gay African American in the history of reality TV.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/23/17

TUESDAY: This Is A Good Finish
CBS, NBC Split Night. Again.
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.448 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the adults 18-49 champ on Tuesday with the season finale of "The Wall" (5.903 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5) followed by new episodes of "This Is Us" (9.373 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and "Chicago Fire" (7.069 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2).

CBS (11.555 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was the silver draw with its trio of "NCIS" (14.688 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2), "Bull" (10.561 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.416 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.710 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with originals from "The Middle" (6.257 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "American Housewife" (5.176 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.798 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "The Real O'Neals" (2.914 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12) and "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.059 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.613 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) served up new episodes from "New Girl" (2.289 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), "The Mick" (2.390 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12) and "Bones" (2.887 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14).

And finally, originals from "The Flash" (2.747 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.671 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) closed out the night on The CW (2.209 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

On cable...
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.070m
- Chopped (Food): 1.052m
- The Challenge: Invasion (MTV): 760k
- Face Off (Syfy): 733k
- The Game of Dating (TV One): 220k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/22/17


Facebook/WSNJ
JIM WILLIAMS: 1984-2017
"Game Show Garbage" Correspondent Produced WLTI Podcast
From GSNN Staff

It is with a heavy heart that we report the passing of one of our own.

Jim Williams, producer and panelist of the podcast version of "We Love to Interrupt" from its inception for SpectrumOne and GSNN, died yesterday after a lengthy battle with pancreatitis. He was 32 years old.

Jim came to the fandom as a correspondent for "Game Show Garbage" and was instrumental in giving this site a voice in podcast form with the launch of the audio version of "WLTI", then called "WLTI Live". He was already a producer and co-host of many SpectrumOne podcasts including "The BS Big Show", "The North American Wrestling Connection", and his labor of love, "Touch'em All".

Outside of the game show community, Jim was a familiar voice to all of South Jersey as a fixture as voice of the many athletic programs of his beloved Cumberland County College Dukes, as well as over the air on LIFT FM, Hy Lit Radio, WSNJ AM, the Atlantic City Surf, and Frat House Sports.

His encyclopedic knowledge of all things baseball and game shows was as infectious as his positive demeanor and indomitable spirit.

Jim is survived by his mother, two brothers, several aunts, several cousins, and countless friends. Funeral arrangements will be forthcoming, and a GoFundMe has been set up to alleviate the cost to the family. In lieu of flowers, the family and friends ask that you consider a donation.

Words escape us as to the profound effect Jim has had on all our lives at GSNN. We have lost a colleague, and everyone in your presence has lost a friend. Our sadness and grief will be palpable with all of us for a while yet. We love you, Jim. We'll miss you.

GoFundMe

posted 2/22/17

SYNDIES: Week 22
Results for the Week Ending February 12
From TV Newscheck

Family Feud and Judge Judy were easily the two highest-rated shows in syndication and took major Nielsen honors in the session ending Feb. 12, a frame that included the first complete week of the important February sweep.

Feud hit a series best, while daytime queen Judy earned its second highest number of the season for the second week in a row, almost five rating point ahead of the No. 2 court show.

Feud added 4% to a 7.7 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen, topping the game shows for the 42nd straight frame.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.7* +4%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 7.0 +1%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.8 +1%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 -6%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.5* +7%

TV Newscheck

posted 2/22/17

Canada Gets Its "Bake-Off"
CBC to Launch "Great Canadian Baking Show"
From Worldscreen

CBC has commissioned an 8×1-hour Canadian version of the hit format The Great British Bake Off.

The Great Canadian Baking Show will launch on CBC in the fall. Proper Television is producing in association with CBC and Love Productions. The original British version will also air on CBC this summer as The Great British Baking Show.

“The Great Canadian Baking Show will deliver a distinctly homegrown take on this global television phenomenon, which audiences just can’t get enough of,” said Jennifer Dettman, executive director of unscripted content at CBC. “We’re thrilled to partner with Proper to give amateur Canadian bakers a platform to tell their diverse stories and showcase their extraordinary talents on a national stage.”

World Screen
Realscreen
680 News

posted 2/22/17

Star Power Invades "Price Is Right"
It's Celebrity Week All Week!
From AV Club

Game shows are more dangerous than you think they are.

At least, that's what Jack Black is probably thinking after he appeared on The Price is Right on Monday. The actor, fresh off a successful Sundance trip, joined the show for its Celebrity Charity Week (playing for the Society of Women Engineers) and seemed super stoked to be there. But he was not nearly as excited as one over-enthusiastic contestant.

During the Showcase Showdown Black waved a contestant named Andrew over for a celebratory high five after a big moment, but it seems Andrew does not know his own strength, and his hand ricocheted off Black's and straight into his head. Don't worry, Black himself said he was "OK," and Andrew apologized profusely. Host Drew Carey, meanwhile, can be heard cackling the entire time.

Celebrity Week continues with Wilmer Valderrama ("NCIS"), Jane Lynch ("Hollywood Game Night"), Julie Bowen ("Modern Family"), and Chris O'Donnell ("NCIS Los Angeles")

USA Today
AV Club
The Comeback
CarterMatt
Chicago Tribune

posted 2/22/17

Supermarket Superstars
Catch "Guy's Grocery Games" Tournament March 12
From the Futon Critic

Beginning on Sunday, March 12th at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network, Guy Fieri invites 16 of the greatest Triple-G winners back to compete on an epic five-week special competition of Guy's Grocery Games: Supermarket Masters Tournament. This elite group has mastered the aisle games before, but this time their skills will be tested in new challenges with the most unforgettable twists the Flavortown Market has ever seen! Troy Johnson, Marc Murphy, and Aarti Sequeira will decide which chef is in the express checkout lane of the competition. Only one chef will advance in each round of the tournament, winning $10,000 and a coveted spot in the final episode. The four finalists who make it to the grand finale will face-off for a shot at the biggest final shopping spree in Triple-G history - $25,000!

Fans can head to FoodNetwork.com/GroceryGames to get the inside scoop on the competition, go behind the scenes, take quizzes and watch video highlights. Plus, they can also join the conversation using #GroceryGames.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/22/17

MONDAY: Bachelor Beats Ninjas
ABC Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

"The Bachelor" (7.878 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) continued its demo reign on Monday as ABC (6.110 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) led the night. Leading out of the telecast was a new "Quantico" (2.573 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

CBS (6.786 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) was the most-watched network with its mix of "Kevin Can Wait" (7.290 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2), "Man with a Plan" (6.692 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4), "Superior Donuts" (6.675 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "2 Broke Girls" (5.782 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and "Scorpion" (7.137 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

Next up was NBC (4.574 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and its special "American Ninja Warrior: All Stars" (5.191 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) alongside the season finale of "Timeless" (3.342 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (4.097 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up originals from "24: Legacy" (4.400 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8) and "APB" (3.794 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10).

And finally, new episodes of "Supergirl" (2.236 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.097 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) closed out the night for The CW (1.666 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.558m
- Billy on the Street (S/truTV): 215k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/22/17

WEEKEND: "Truth" Set Free
ABC, CBS Split Low-Rated Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (3.919 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the network to beat on a low key Sunday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.353 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), the feature "Tangled" (3.755 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and the winter finale of "To Tell the Truth" (2.811 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

CBS (7.734 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) then was the most-watched network with "60 Minutes" (10.249 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), a preview of "The Good Fight" (7.163 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and new episodes of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.479 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) and "Elementary" (5.046 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Next up was FOX (1.747 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) with repeats of "Son of Zorn" (0.981 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) and "The Simpsons" (1.288 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) followed by new episodes from "The Simpsons" (2.460 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1), the season finale of "Son of Zorn" (1.573 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) plus "Family Guy" (2.245 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.938 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

And finally, a repeat of "Dateline NBC" (3.596 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and the special "The Paley Center Salutes NBC's 90th Anniversary" (4.400 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) closed out the night on NBC (4.199 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.663m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.402m
- Cake Wars: Champs (Food): 908k

On cable Saturday...
- Mythbusters: The Search (Science): 243k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/22/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Get Your Blank Off"

  • TODAY IN GAME SHOW HISTORY: RuPaul's Drag Race launches "Snatch Game" (Decider)
     

  • Debra DiGiovanni to blank it up in Sarnia, Ontario (Sarnia Observer)
     

  • Nick Viall gets double the fantasy as ABC doubles up on Fantasy Suite episodes (Reality TV World)
     

  • Chad Johnson calls Nick boring, while revealing that he played Mr. Steal Yo Girl with Corinne Olympios (Entertainment Tonight)
     

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Mythbusters: The Search" will end with a bang... LIVE... this Saturday (The Futon Critic)

posted 2/22/17

MTV, An Island, a Group of Contestants, and $1 Million
"Stranded with a Million Dollars" Premieres Tonight
From Monsters & Critics

MTV’s new reality gameshow series Stranded With a Million Dollars (premiering tonight at 10p) sees 10 contestants who are total strangers left on an island with, yup, you guessed it $1million.

Those cast members that manage to survive for 40 days get to keep the cash, but there’s a twist. During their stay they have to buy supplies to keep alive and give themselves shelter.

And these items are seriously expensive, like $10,000 for a machete, $30,000 for a tent, and $1,000 for a bottle of water. So during their time on the island they have to decide between them how best to spend — or save — their cash, so they have as much left over as possible for whoever manages to survive.

What makes it even more difficult is that every purchase needs be made by vote, with a majority needed to go through with it.

There are also ‘Temptations’, where individuals get the chance to use the group’s cash to buy personal things. This is obviously a massive recipe for conflict.

Monsters & Critics

posted 2/21/17

@midnight @sxsw
Live Show Heads to Austin, Facebook Live
From the Futon Critic

FTW! Comedy Central's Emmy(R) Award-winning interactive late-night series, "@midnight with Chris Hardwick" has partnered with Austin's yearly SXSW festival for a live show on Friday, March 10 to air exclusively on Facebook Live during the film/interactive portion of the festival. Doors open at 7 P.M. CT and the show begins at 8 P.M. CT at the ACL Live. "@midnight with Chris Hardwick Live" is free to all with SXSW wristbands and Interactive, Film or Platinum badge holders and features special guest panelists Tom Lennon, Whitney Cummings and Nick Swardson battling for points in Texas.

"@midnight with Chris Hardwick," the Emmy(R) Award-winning multiplatform late night series, celebrates everything the internet dishes up on a nightly basis by taking on the best pop culture moments that the worlds of social and digital have to offer. During each episode, Hardwick leads three panelists through a series of meme-worthy topics in a fast-paced survey of the day online. The world's best comedic minds compete against each other in segments like Etsy Pitchmen, Buzzspeed, Panderdome and our signature Hashtag Wars, skewering how pop and politics use and abuse social media, as they vie to win the Internet.

The Futon Critic
The Interrobang

posted 2/21/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "MC Trebek"

  • Rapping... Just one more talent Alex Trebek has to offer (Independent Journal Review)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: because you wanted to be the very best (game show host), like no one ever was (The Hollywood Reporter)
     

  • Bradley Walsh almost had to show Shaun Wallace what for for jumping the gun. You do NOT COME TO HIS HOUSE WITH THAT MESS (Entertainment Daily) PLUS his CD gets a gold album (Belfast Telegraph)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Beat Shazam looking for players (RealityWanted)
     

  • Marty Whelan & Sinead Kennedy had to call in lawyers when a ball got stuck on the "Winning Streak" wheel. In other news: there's an Irish version of "The Big Spin" (Irish Independent)
     

  • "Hollywood Game Night" wins top honors for games at WGAs (B&C)
     

  • Maks Chmerkovskiy, Peta Murgatroyd to dance against each other next season. That's not awkward at all (Reality TV World)

posted 2/20/17


Games Gone By: All-Star Blitz
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

"Games Gone By..." finishes its run of "Hollywood Squares" clones with a show where the celebs were not IN the shapes, but just BELOW them. Oh, and they dragged poor Peter Marshall into this, too. Chris Wolvie delivers the hitz on "All-Star Blitz".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 2/20/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Happy President's Day"

  • Howie Mandel's Newport News performance canceled (Newport News Daily Press)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 games of love that came before AND after "The Bachelor" (The Inquisitr)
     

  • Ryan Seacrest's mansion catches fire (TMZ)
     

  • Chrissy Teigen: Asian models are "underrepresented" (Reality TV World)

posted 2/20/17


ABC
Rachel Lindsay Named the New "Bachelorette"
Woman Makes History as First African-American to Take the Role
From the Independent

After 33 seasons and years of mounting criticism, ABC has finally cast a black lead for it’s hit television show The Bachelorette.

Rachel Lindsay, a 31-year-old attorney from Texas and current contestant on The Bachelor, will be announced as the next Bachelorette on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday night, the Reality Steve website first reported. The news follows years of criticism over its lack of diversity.

Channing Dungey, the network’s entertainment president and first black woman to run a broadcast entertainment division, said that producers needed to start with booking more diverse candidates from the beginning of the series.

"It’s worked very well for us because the audiences feel really engaged [in choosing] that candidate" she said at the 2016 Television Critics Association's summer press tour. "What we’d like to do is broaden that. We need to increase the pool of diverse candidates in the beginning. That is something we really want to put some effort and energy toward."

An industry insider close to the show told Vulture that ABC didn’t mind spoiling Lindsey’s current run on The Bachelor as long as they got ahead of websites who work to spoil the show.

"We named her the Bachelorette early because weird TV calendar stuff is that The Bachelor runs right up to when we start taping The Bachelorette," Harrison continued. "Like, we're talking days [and] we're done. And [Rachel] goes further in the show and we're like, 'Well we need to let everybody know that Rachel's our Bachelorette. We would like to cast the show for her.'"

In other words, the earlier ABC reveals the next Bachelorette, the more time they have to cast the right men -- a solid group of suitors who are truly invested in finding love, particularly with Lindsay this season.

"We cast all year long, but like we did with Nick, it's easier with The Bachelor because the calendar is different leading into it," Harrison explained to Ripa. "But we wanted everyone to know it's Nick so we can find people that really want to be with Nick. And so we want to cast the show for Rachel, but we can't do that in two days."

And the plan makes sense because a source recently told Us Weekly, "The response has been amazing about Rachel. There's been a huge spike in casting. Rachel is open to different types of guys. So it'll be a mix of different types and races of guys for her season."

Harrison apologized to fans about "the timing" of the announcement several days ago on Instagram, saying he'd hate to ruin anything for Bachelor Nation, but he's so excited about casting Lindsay.

"I'm wondering why she's doing [the show]," Harrison said, as if she's too good for it. "She's beautiful, smart -- love her!"

The Independent
New York Daily News
TV Line
Broadway World
TV Line
Entertainment Tonight
Reality TV World

posted 2/17/17

THURSDAY: My Kitchen Still Sucks
ABC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.110 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was the demo champ for the fourth consecutive week with new episodes of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.632 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "Scandal" (6.067 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.633 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

CBS (7.164 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (13.301 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1), "The Great Indoors" (8.112 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4), "Mom" (7.704 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5), "Life in Pieces" (6.206 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Training Day" (3.831 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

Next up was NBC (4.590 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with originals from "Superstore" (3.622 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9), "Powerless" (2.464 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12), "Chicago Med" (6.054 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8) and "The Blacklist" (4.674 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.923 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up fresh installments of "MasterChef Junior" (3.709 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and "My Kitchen Rules" (2.139 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

And finally, new episodes from "Supernatural" (1.825 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and "Riverdale" (1.119 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) rounded out the night on The CW (1.471 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Project Runway Junior (Lifetime): 1.075m
- Top Chef (Bravo): 1.041m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 920k
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 466k
- Divided (GSN/9p): 408k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 366k
- Divided (GSN/9:30p): 342k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 321k
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 319k
- Caraoke Showdown (Spike): 286k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 284k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/17/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Not Awkward At All"

  • Gwen Stefani loves working with Blake Shelton on "The Voice" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Nathan Hageman's story gets even weirder in context (Daily Star)
     

  • ICYMI: we've seen the future of quizzing, and his name is Josh Darrow (Broadway World)
     

  • The MasterChef Junior Class of 2017 (The Futon Critic)
     

  • AND ONE FOR THE WEEKEND: we had a just short of a dozen good jokes about this story that we could have led with, but no pun in 10 did (Wired)

posted 2/17/17

Syfy Tries Cosplay Again
Yvette Nicole Brown Hosts "Cosplay Melee" March 21
From the Futon Critic

The world's most innovative cosplayers go head to head each week in Syfy's new transformation competition series COSPLAY MELEE - an epic showdown of creativity, eye popping costumes and one of a kind characters. Premiering on Tuesday, March 21 at 10/9c, the hour-long battle is hosted by actress and self-described "super fan girl" Yvette Nicole Brown ("The New Edition Story," "Community") and executive produced by Jay Peterson and Todd Lubin of Matador Content ("Lip Sync Battle").

Each week, four world class cosplayers compete to create not only intricate full-body costumes - but fully-formed characters that they must bring to life through their own realistic performance. Guiding and critiquing them are a panel of judges including world class cosplayer LeeAnna Vamp, and A-list costume creator, Christian Beckman ("The Hunger Games," "TRON: Legacy"). At the end of every episode, the winner will walk away with $10,000 ... and the right to claim cosplay supremacy.

"Cosplay is passion, artistry, engineering and theater all rolled into one," said Heather Olander, Senior Vice President, Alternative Development and Production at USA/Syfy. "At the intersection of the maker world and fandom, the incredible artists of COSPLAY MELEE will blow your minds with their transformational creations."

"As a huge fan of the creativity cosplayers bring to their craft, nothing makes me happier than having a front row seat for the amazing creations set to hit the COSPLAY MELEE runway," said host Brown. "These talented artists are going to shine!"

Best known for her roles on NBC's "Community" and having recently starred in "The New Edition Story," Brown began her television career on "Girlfriends" and currently stars as Dani on the reboot of "The Odd Couple." Previous film credits include "Little Black Book," "Tropic Thunder," "Meet Dave," "Dreamgirls" and more. Brown can also be seen peeking through prosthetic makeup as one of the Three Fates in the Percy Jackson sequel "Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters" and has lent her voice for several characters on the big and small screens, including roles on "Family Guy," "Pound Puppies" and, most recently, "Yellowbird."

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 2/16/17

Aaron Sanchez Joins "MasterChef"
New Season Bows This Summer
From the Futon Critic

Celebrated chef and restaurateur Aarón Sánchez will join Chefs Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi as the third judge throughout Season Eight of the hit culinary competition series MASTERCHEF, premiering Summer 2017.

A James Beard Award-winning chef, Sánchez is chef/owner of Mexican restaurant Johnny Sánchez, with locations in New Orleans and Baltimore. He co-starred on "Chopped" and "Chopped Junior," and is the author of two cookbooks - "Simple Food, Big Flavor: Unforgettable Mexican-Inspired Recipes from My Kitchen to Yours" and "La Comida del Barrio." An active philanthropist, Sánchez launched his own charity, the Aarón Sánchez Scholarship Fund, empowering aspiring chefs from the Latin community to attend culinary school. An avid tattoo lover, he also is a partner in the world-famous ink shop "Daredevil Tattoo" in New York City.

Sánchez was a guest judge on Season Seven of MASTERCHEF and also will be featured in upcoming episodes of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR Season Five, airing Thursdays (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/16/17

WEDNESDAY: Midweek Split
CBS Takes Total, ABC Takes Demo
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.195 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) won the tight demo race on Wednesday with new episodes from "The Goldbergs" (6.462 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "Speechless" (5.559 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3), "Modern Family" (6.850 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1), "Black-ish" (5.325 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3) and "Match Game" (3.488 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

FOX (5.225 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a close second with originals from "Lethal Weapon" (6.308 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6) and "Star" (4.142 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9).

Next up was NBC (5.675 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its trio of "Blindspot" (4.313 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.171 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (6.542 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.995 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up new episodes of "Hunted" (5.371 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9), "Criminal Minds" (7.324 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7) and the premiere of "Doubt" (5.291 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

And finally, fresh installments from "Arrow" (1.673 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) and "The 100" (1.066 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) closed out the night on The CW (1.369 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.055m
- Bakers vs. Fakers (Food): 968k
- Are You The One (MTV): 682k
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 638k
- Divided (GSN/9p): 389k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 378k
- Divided (GSN/9:30p): 356k
- Are You The One: The Aftermatch (MTV): 319k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/16/17

More on "Kicking & Screaming"
Catch It On Fox March 9
From Broadway World

On the all-new comedic competition series KICKING & SCREAMING, debuting Thursday, March 9 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, 10 pampered novices pack their bags for the jungles of Fiji, to face the wild with 10 survivalists and compete for a grand prize of $500,000. From executive producer Matt Kunitz ("Wipeout," "Fear Factor"), in association with Lionsgate Television, and hosted by Hannah Simone (NEW GIRL), the series drops these unlikely duos into the South Pacific, where they must work together in every way possible to overcome dangerous animals, raging rivers, hunger and extreme weather. To win the competition, THE EXPERTS will have to drag their partners, KICKING & SCREAMING, to the finish line.

KICKING & SCREAMING is a new competition series that teams 10 expert survivalists with pampered partners to face the toughest challenges of their lives.

From executive producer Matt Kunitz ("Wipeout," "Fear Factor"), in association with Lionsgate Television, and hosted by Hannah Simone (NEW GIRL), the series drops these unlikely duos into a tropical jungle in Fiji, where they must overcome dangerous animals, raging rivers, hunger and extreme weather.

While these no-nonsense survivalists are accustomed to fending for themselves, there's one thing for which none of their previous expeditions has prepared them: their teammates, who think "glamping" is roughing it. Among them are a former beauty pageant winner, a model and a professional gamer. To win the competition, and a cash prize of $500,000, THE EXPERTS will have to drag their partners, KICKING & SCREAMING, to the finish line.

Produced by Pulse Creative's Matt Kunitz, in association with Lionsgate, KICKING & SCREAMING is created by Kunitz, David Shumsky and Mark Harris, and executive-produced by Kunitz and Anthony Dominici. Rebecca Shumsky Quinn developed the project and is a co-executive producer, along with Shumsky and Harris.

Broadway World

posted 2/16/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Bob on the Radio"

  • Bob Barker to guest host Animal Radio February 25 (All Access Music Group)
     

  • The Chasers sing & dance for Comic Relief (Digital Spy)
     

  • Charles Ingram's coughing fit on "Millionaire" inspires a play (iNews)
     

  • Why Michael Strahan didn't retire after the NFL (People)
     

  • Ben & Lauren... God bless'em, they're trying (Reality TV World)
     

  • Maks Chmerkovskiy, Peta Murgatroyd spent first Valentine's Day with their son (Reality TV World)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: "The $100,000 Pyramid" heads to Atlanta this weekend (WSB Atlanta)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Rachel Lindsay (People)

posted 2/16/17

TUESDAY: Flocking "The Wall"
NBC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.134 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday with new episodes of "The Wall" (5.726 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5), "This Is Us" (8.969 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and "Chicago Fire" (6.709 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3).

CBS (11.949 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the silver draw with its trio of "NCIS" (15.051 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "Bull" (10.574 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (10.222 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8).

Next up was ABC (3.733 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with originals from "The Middle" (6.249 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3), "American Housewife" (5.273 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.637 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "The Real O'Neals" (2.893 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) and "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.174 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.640 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up new episodes from "New Girl" (2.135 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11), "The Mick" (2.473 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and "Bones" (2.975 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

And finally, The CW (0.739 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with its special "Tough Mudder: The Challenge Within" (0.770 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) and a repeat "The Flash" (0.709 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 836k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 816k
- Face Off (Sydy): 744k
- The Challenge: Invasion (MTV): 651k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 357k
- The Challenge Hall of Fame (MTV): 336k

Ratings for Game of Dating are forthcoming.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/15/17

Apple Reveals "Planet of the Apps"
Trailer Drops
From Phone Arena

In case you missed it, Apple is producing a new TV game show called “Planet of the Apps”. Its concept revolves around app developers and their struggles in the industry. The main concept of the show is to give app developers a chance to pitch their work to a jury of four celebrity entrepreneurs. The jury consists of Jessica Alba, will.i.am, Gwyneth Paltrow and Gary Vaynerchuk. New Zealand-based DJ Zane Lowe will host.

If the jury decides that the app has potential, one of them could tutor the developer and help them prepare the software for investors. Then comes the final step, in which the developers have to present their idea to investors. And successful apps will not only earn millions of dollars in capital, but also featured placement in the App Store.

The show will be available through Apple Music on Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, PC and Mac. There is no solid release date just yet, but Eddy Cue, Senior Vice President of Internet Software and Services at Apple, said it will be launching “in the spring”.

Phone Arena
Time Gazette
Stuff.co.nz
Wired

posted 2/14/17

SYNDIES: Week 21
Results for the Week Ending February 5
From TV Newscheck

The session ending Feb. 5 included the first two weekdays of the sweep (Feb. 2-March 1) and Dr. Phil wasted no time in opening a healthy 58% lead over its nearest rival in the closely watched talk show race.

Phil matched its highest rating of the season with a 3% advance to a 3.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and easily led the talkers for the 22nd week in a row. In addition, Phil grew 15% from last year at this time.

Similarly, the game shows didn’t have any weekly winners. Category leader Family Feud fell 3% to a 7.4, but finished second on the overall chart behind Judge Judy.

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

GAME SHOWS

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.4 -3%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.9 -1%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.7 NC
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.8 NC
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.4 NC

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 2/14/17

MONDAY: Rose, Meet Thorns
ABC Wins Demo, CBS Wins Totals
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.844 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) held onto the demo crown on Monday with new episodes of "The Bachelor" (7.495 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and "Quantico" (2.542 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

CBS (7.084 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "Kevin Can Wait" (7.900 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "Man with a Plan" (7.137 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), "Superior Donuts" (7.185 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), "2 Broke Girls" (5.969 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and "Scorpion" (7.157 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

Next up was FOX (4.802 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with fresh installments from "24: Legacy" (5.070 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and "APB" (4.535 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.419 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up a repeat of "The Wall" (3.838 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9), the season finale of "The Celebrity Apprentice" (3.448 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and a new "Timeless" (2.970 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

And finally, originals from "Supergirl" (2.498 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.108 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) closed out the night on The CW (1.803 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.234m
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 344k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/14/17

The Chase In a Family Way
ITV Greenlights Spinoff
From World Screen

ITV has commissioned ITV Studios’ Potato to produce The Family Chase, a new version of the hit game show The Chase that has aired in more than ten countries worldwide.

Each episode of The Family Chase looks on as a different family tries to stay one step ahead of the chaser for the chance to win a cash prize. Contestants must answer a series of general-knowledge questions in order to get ahead. The six-episode show is due to debut on ITV later this year.

The Family Chase was commissioned by Helen Warner, with Potato’s Michael Kelpie, Martin Scott and Helen Tumbridge serving as executive producers. The format is distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

Michael Kelpie, the managing director at Potato, commented: “Bringing four family members together to face the chaser brings a whole new dynamic to the most successful game show currently on TV. They know each other’s strengths and weaknesses, they’ve discussed a strategy beforehand, but of course that can all mean nothing when they go face-to-face against one of the U.K.’s finest quiz brains.”

He added: “The Family Chase compliments both the daytime weekday and celebrity prime-time shows. With even more fun and banter between [host] Bradley [Walsh], chasers and the families, it still delivers all the core values that has made The Chase a firm favorite with the viewers.”

World Screen
International Business Times
Daily Express
The Huffington Post

posted 2/14/17

WEEKEND: Grammys On Top
Friday Belonged to CBS
From the Futon Critic

CBS (9.434 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) edged out the competition on Friday with new episodes from "MacGyver" (8.047 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.782 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) and "Blue Bloods" (10.472 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

ABC (4.842 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was a close second with its annual repeats of "Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown" (4.415 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and "A Charlie Brown Valentine" (3.889 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) followed by new episodes of "Shark Tank" (5.751 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) and "20/20" (4.624 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Next up was NBC (3.270 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its trio of "Grimm" (3.948 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Emerald City" (2.305 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) and "Dateline NBC" (3.558 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.468 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments from "Rosewood" (2.910 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "Sleepy Hollow" (2.027 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And finally, a new "The Vampire Diaries" (1.139 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and the return of "Reign" (0.776 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) closed out the night on The CW (0.957 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable Saturday...
- Mythbusters: The Search (Science): 358k

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.462m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.119m
- Cake Wars: Champs (Food): 819k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/14/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Billy on the Street 2020"

posted 2/14/17

Food Returns "Spring Baking Championship"
Catch It March 12
From the Futon Critic

The sweetest and most decadent competition of the season is back with even more flavor and fun on the return of Spring Baking Championship, with back-to-back new episodes beginning on Sunday, March 12th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. The action unfolds as host Jesse Palmer welcomes a new batch of nine of the country's best bakers as they compete to create the most impressive springtime desserts to butter up the tough-love judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale. The bakers' skills and techniques must measure up in themed challenges celebrating spring, from Easter confections to derby desserts, and from morsels for mom to patriotic goodies. Only one baker will rise to the top to take home the grand prize of $50,000 and the title of Spring Baking Champion!

"Creative challenges and bountiful baked goods fill the new season of Spring Baking Championship. Plus, host Jesse Palmer adds to all the new freshly-baked fun of the competition,"said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel.

In each of the seven hour-long episodes, the bakers must whip through two rounds of challenges and sift through surprising twists along the way. It's no cakewalk, but the one baker with the tastiest treat in the pre-heat will earn a special advantage in the main-heat. The season culminates on Sunday, April 9thwith a double serving of new episodes starting at 9pm, followed by the grand finale at 10pm ET/PT. The sweet rush of Spring Baking Championship is not to be missed!

The Futon Critic

posted 2/13/17

Philip Schofield Goes from Cubes to Rings
"5 Gold Rings" Coming to ITV
From Digital Spy

This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield has landed his very own new ITV game show called 5 Gold Rings, and it's coming this year.

The interactive game will put two teams up against each other over five rounds, with one team winning up to Ł25,000 and the other will leaving with nothing – and it's all decided using five gold rings.

The teams must answer questions by placing gold rings onto a large image displayed under their feet on a huge circular LED floor.

So for example, if the picture is a map of the world with the question, 'Where is the highest mountain on earth?' teams have to place a gold ring on the image where they think the answer is.

If it's correct, teams can keep their ring – the name of the game is to keep the three French hens five gold rings as once players have lost them all, it's game over.

And good news for competitive viewers – you'll be able to play along by downloading the 5 Gold Rings app, which will allow you to answer the same questions as the contestants in the studio and see how your scores match up with other players across the country.

"I love the whole concept of this show. It's such a simple idea. The longer you stay in the game, the smaller the rings get," Phillip Schofield said.

"It looks amazing and anyone of any age can play. I can't wait to get started!"

Digital Spy
Sunday World
Telly Mix

posted 2/13/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "It's Brad's World"

  • Bradley Walsh (theoretically) leaving "The Chase" could (theoretically) mean the end of the series, so says (theoretically) Jenny Ryan (Telly Mix)
     

  • Paul Sinha says what he thinks in a comedy show (Loughborough Echo)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Alec Baldwin on SNL Saturday: the good bits (TV Line)
     

  • Eamonn Andrews thought he would die during surgery (Entertainment Daily)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with a Chris Hardwick (Parade)

posted 2/13/17

Let's Do Some Dancing...
Cast to Be Announced on Good Morning America March 1
From The Futon Critic

This season's exciting new cast of "Dancing with the Stars" will be revealed live, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, exclusively on "Good Morning America" (7:00-9:00 a.m. EST) on The ABC Television Network. The competition begins with an all-new cast of celebrities who will be paired up with the show's pro dancers and brave the dance floor for the very first time. Each week these celebrities will leave their comfort zones and endure hours of grueling rehearsals to master new dance styles and technical choreography to perform a dance, which will be judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts as well as voted upon by viewers. In the end, only one star will rise above the rest to be crowned champion and win the coveted Mirrorball trophy.

The 24th season of "Dancing with the Stars" will have its season premiere on MONDAY, MARCH 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST).

The Futon Critic

posted 2/10/17

THURSDAY: TGIT vs CBS
The Result: a Split
From The Futon Critic

ABC (6.527 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was the demo champ on Thursday with its dramas "Grey's Anatomy" (8.427 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), "Scandal" (6.239 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.917 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

CBS (7.481 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was a close second with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.182 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1), "The Great Indoors" (7.865 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), "Mom" (7.709 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), "Life in Pieces" (6.285 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Training Day" (4.421 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #14).

Next up was FOX (3.370 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with the return of "MasterChef Junior" (4.206 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and a new "My Kitchen Rules" (2.535 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.813 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Superstore" (3.758 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10), "Powerless" (2.801 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11), "Chicago Med" (6.290 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9) and "The Blacklist" (4.868 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

And finally, originals from "Supernatural" (1.714 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) and "Riverdale" (1.215 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) closed out the night on The CW (1.464 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Alone (SF/History): 2.117m
- Alone Reunion (History): 1.328m
- Project Runway Junior (Lifetime): 1.112m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.111m
- Top Chef (Bravo): 882k
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 753k
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 446k
- Divided (GSN/9p): 413k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 391k
- Divided (GSN/9:30p): 369k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 363k
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 344k
- Caraoke Showdown (Spike): 306k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 272k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/10/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Fakers"

  • Nick Cannon thinks his ex's new relationship is fake (Reality TV World)
     

  • Mark Labbett spares us Betteridge's Law over "Is the Chase fixed"  (Telly Mix)
     

  • Davina McCall would like to do "Gladiators". You'd have to bring it back first. (The List)
     

  • Alec Baldwin hosts SNL this weekend (Esquire)
     

  • Anthony Anderson hosts a new show for Animal Planet (Parade)
     

  • Why one of Ben Gleib's exes went on "Idiotest" (Washington Post)
     

  • "Whodunnit's" spiritual successor found... in Scotland (Glasgow Live)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: a brief history of Alex Trebek's disappointment (The Ringer)

posted 2/10/17


FremantleMedia North America
Second Verse?
NBC Reportedly in Talks to Reboot "American Idol"
From TV Line

Well, that didn’t take long.

Less than a year after its 15-season run ended on Fox, American Idol may be returning to television — on NBC.

Per Variety, which first broke the news, Fremantle Media — which produces Idol — pitched Peacock execs a revival of the long-running singing competition. NBC is said to be seriously considering the idea, and, according to Variety, could cut The Voice down from two cycles a year to one to make room for it.

Following a Summer 2002 debut season that averaged 12 million total viewers, Idol at its zenith (Season 5) was pulling north of 30 million viewers and as 12.0+ demo rating. Its farewell (or “farewell”) run on Fox averaged 9.1 million viewers and a 2.2 rating.

At the Television Critics Association press tour last year, Idol‘s longtime host Ryan Seacrest didn’t rule out the possibility of a revival. “When you’ve got a franchise that has this kind of heritage and you’ve got a franchise that generates X amount of millions of people, if it sustains, does that mean it’s the end?” he said. “I’m not so sure.”

TV Line
Broadway World
Vulture
Reality TV World
Media Life

posted 2/9/17

WEDNESDAY: In the Midweek
CBS, NBC Split Night
From various Sources

ABC (5.222 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday with new episodes from "The Goldbergs" (6.105 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Speechless" (5.452 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), "Modern Family" (7.241 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1), "Black-ish" (5.389 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3) and "Match Game" (3.572 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11).

NBC (5.908 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) then was the silver draw with its trio of "Blindspot" (4.597 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.836 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (6.293 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

Next up was FOX (5.225 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) with originals from "Lethal Weapon" (6.238 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Star" (4.212 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.008 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up new episodes of "Hunted" (5.335 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9), "Criminal Minds" (6.704 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9) and "Code Black" (5.987 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (1.614 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) and "The 100" (1.034 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) closed out the night on The CW (1.323 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable......
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 872k
- Bakers vs. Fakers (Food): 855k
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 708k
- Are You The One (MTV): 631k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 372k
- America's Next Top Model (MTV): 262k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/9/17


Games Gone By: Battlestars
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

It's like "Hollywood Squares"...only with TRIANGLES instead! Chris Wolvie puts a whole new shape on the "agree/disagree" model with his latest "Games Gone By...", "Battlestars"!

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 2/9/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Drag Spin"

  • World of Wonder spins off two from "RuPaul's Drag Race" (Broadway World)
     

  • Ben & Lauren, God bless'em they're trying... (Reality TV World)
     

  • Angie Layton survives childbirth. Welcome Ledger James Appel! (Reality TV World)
     

  • Nathan Hageman: orange is the new "Red or Black" (News.com.au)
     

  • Anthony Anderson hosts the Image Awards (Variety)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Chris Tarrant (Daily Star) and Tony Rock (LA Watts Times)
     

  • What do you get when you put a hot celeb in an Olympic pool on a game show? Well... (Maxim)

posted 2/9/17


ITV
TARA PALMER-TOMKINSON: 1971-2017
British "It Girl" Played "I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!"
From
Extra

Prince Charles’ goddaughter Tara Palmer-Tomkinson has passed away at the age of 45.

According to the BBC, Palmer-Tomkinson was found dead in her South Kensington apartment by police officers on Wednesday.

Charles used to go on vacation with Tara’s parents Charles and Patti. After news broke of her sudden death, Prince Charles and his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, said in a statement, "We are deeply saddened and our thoughts are so much with the family.”

Though the cause of death is unknown, Palmer-Tomkinson suffered from an autoimmune condition that caused acute anemia and fatigue. She also underwent treatment for a benign brain tumor last year.

Palmer-Tomkinson, who battled drug addiction in the past, recently opened up about saying good-bye to her partying lifestyle. She told DailyMail.com, "I’m not the person I was. I’m much calmer. I don’t go to places like Ibiza because the party world scares me. I’ve gone completely the other way. I’m a very quiet person now, and I like being that person. I have a better perspective on life.”

Tara became a reality star in her own right, appearing on "Comic Relief Does Fame Academy," "The Underdog Show” and "I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!"

Extra
ITV
Daily Mirror

posted 2/8/17

@midnight... #Live!
Catch the Special Week Next Week!
From the Futon Critic

Prepare to play along! Comedy Central's late-night curator of the internet's freshest pop culture, "@midnight with Chris Hardwick" is going LIVE during the week of February 13. Premiering at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT each night, "@midnight Live" will feature new show content, games, real-time viewer interaction and a star-studded line-up of panelists including: Kyle Kinane, Tom Lennon and Milana Vayntrub (Monday, 2/13); Mary Lynn Rajskub, Al Jackson and Weird Al Yankovic (Tuesday, 2/14); Wil Wheaton, Heather Anne Campbell and Colton Dunn (Wednesday, 2/15); and Grace Helbig, Hannah Hart and Mamrie Hart (Thursday, 2/15).

"@midnight Live" will integrate the show's fans into the games like never before, with live #HashtagWars at the top of each show allowing viewers from across the country to play along in real time with the possibility of seeing their tweet in-show that night. In addition, fans will be able to submit their own jokes For the Win (FTW) and could find theirs featured along with the finalists' responses, with the ultimate opportunity to Win the Internet! The week of live episodes will also feature celebrity walk-ons, special remote entertainments, Valentine's Day stunts, and much more.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/8/17

Unspiked
Home of "Lip Sync Battle" to Rebrand
From the Hollywood Reporter

There's a big change coming to Spike TV.

Viacom's male-focused cable network, home to Lip Sync Battle, is expected to be rebranded as the Paramount Network. A formal announcement will likely come Thursday morning when Viacom unveils its turnaround plan during its quarterly earnings call.

Sources tell THR that Spike chief Kevin Kay — who recently added oversight of CMT and TV Land to his purview of the Global Entertainment Group — is expected to remain in place. The rebranding could begin as early as 2018, sources say, and no personnel changes are expected to be made at this time. Representatives for Viacom and Spike declined comment, though a formal rollout strategy is expected to be part of Thursday's call.

It's unclear what the rebranding would mean for Spike's current lineup, which includes upcoming scripted foray The Mist as well as unscripted hits Bar Rescue, Ink Master, Lip Sync Battle and more. Newly minted Viacom CEO Bob Bakish is said to be plotting a strategy for the company that's similar to the ultra-synergistic Walt Disney Co. in creating branded entertainment that can be exploited across platforms. To that end, Disney has had great success around its namesake network.

Such a move would more strongly align the TV group with the film studio, and allow Paramount to better define itself in a crowded era. It's no secret that the studio, like the channels, has struggled in recent years; in January, Bakish had to brush off reports that Viacom was considering a sale of Paramount — assuring a crowd at a programming conference that the brand will be "a much more integral part of Viacom moving forward."

This year is shaping up to be a big one for cable rebrandings. Just last week, Oxygen confirmed its shift to a crime-focused network, and it followed cable sibling Esquire's decision to abandon its linear channel. By the same token, the future of some of Viacom's more niche cable brands have been speculated about as the cable ecosystem braces for a potential a la carte world.

Whatever Viacom's plans entail, Bakish has wasted no time in shaking up the executive roster. After a year of a great many changes at the individual networks, Doug Herzog, formerly president of the music and entertainment group, exited Viacom in December after a decades-long tenure overseeing such networks as MTV, VH1, Logo, Spike and Comedy Central.

The Hollywood Reporter
Variety
Deadline

posted 2/8/17

TUESDAY: The Challenge Is On...
CBS, NBC Split
From various Sources

MTV today announced the return of its hit series "The Challenge" with THE CHALLENGE: INVASION, a new twist on the cutthroat competition format in which eighteen series Underdogs seeking their first victory will be pitted against one another to crown a new champion... only to come under a surprise, season-long attack from eight of the most fearsome Challenge Champions in the show's history. Filmed entirely on location in Thailand, "The Challenge: Invasion" debuts Tuesday, February 7 with a two-hour premiere at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

That, and the rest of the cable results...
- Chopped (Food): 975k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 906k
- The Challenge: Invasion (SP/MTV/9p): 694k
- The Challenge: Invasion (MTV/10p): 654k
- The Challenge: Invasion (S/MTV): 460k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 415k
- The Game of Dating (TV One): 163k

NBC (7.451 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with new episodes from "The Wall" (6.037 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6), "This Is Us" (9.537 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and "Chicago Fire" (6.779 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3).

CBS (11.687 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the silver draw with its trio of "NCIS" (15.428 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Bull" (10.721 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.913 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

Next up was ABC (3.758 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its lineup of "The Middle" (6.331 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3), "American Housewife" (5.356 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.791 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8), "The Real O'Neals" (2.815 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11) and "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.127 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.413 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up originals from "The Flash" (2.940 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.887 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

And finally, FOX (2.711 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the evening with "New Girl" (2.266 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11), "The Mick" (2.488 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11) and "Bones" (3.044 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

Broadway World
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/8/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Thrills, Chills, and Spills (Spill Story Cut for Time)"

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger heads back to cinemas in "Aftermath" (Broadway World)
     

  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: Gordon Ramsay looking for cooks in Belfast (Belfast Live) and Derry (Derry Journal)
     

  • Darrin Rose _____s in Toronto (The Toronto Star)
     

  • Bill Anderson to perform in Shelby, NC (Shelby Star)
     

  • Anthony Anderson can talk to the animals in a new Animal Planet show (Salt Lake Tribune)
     

  • "American Gladiators" frontman Mike Adamle diagnosed with dementia, possible CTE (Awful Announcing)

posted 2/8/17

"Drag Race" Lands Lady Gaga
Catch It on Logo This Spring
From The Futon Critic

Fresh off a stunning Super Bowl halftime show performance, Lady Gaga is set to appear on the season premiere of Logo's Emmy(R) Award-winning competition series, "RuPaul's Drag Race." Logo today announced that the new season will kick off with "Mother Monster" and RuPaul this March.

The season nine premiere event features a shocking opening that will go down as one of the most jaw-dropping moments in "Drag Race" history. Additionally, the premiere event will unveil a court of cut-throat Queens each competing to snatch the crown and strut away with a $100,000 cash prize and the coveted title of "America's Next Drag Superstar." Along the way, they'll face an unpredictable competition and deliver watercooler moments as these talented ladies of drag join the fabulous 100 Queens who fought for the crown before them.

The 13 Queens who will compete in the pop culture phenomenon that has taken the world by its weave include:

· Aja Brooklyn, New York TW: @ajathekween, IG: @ajathekween
· Alexis Michelle New York, New York TW: @AlexisLives, IG: @AlexisLives
· Charlie Hides London, UK TW: @charliehidestv, IG: @charliehidestv
· Eureka O'Hara Johnson City, TN TW: @eurekaohara, IG: @eurekaohara
· Farrah Moan Las Vegas, Nevada TW: @farrahrized, IG: @farrahrized
· Jaymes Mansfield Madison, Wisconsin TW: @JaymesMansfield, IG: @jaymesmansfield
· Kimora Blac Las Vegas, Nevada TW: @kimorablac, IG: @kimorablac
· Nina Bo'nina Brown Atlanta, Georgia TW: @atlsexyslim, IG: @nina_bonina_brown
· Peppermint New York, New York TW: @Peppermint247, IG: @peppermint247
· Sasha Velour Brooklyn, New York TW: @sasha_velour, IG: @sashavelour
· Shea Coulee Chicago, IL TW: @SheaCoulee, IG: @sheacoulee
· Trinity Taylor Orlando, FL TW: @TrinityTheTuck, IG: @trinitythetuck
· Valentina Los Angeles, CA TW: @AllofValentina, IG: @allaboutvalentina

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 2/7/17

SYNDIES: Week 20
Results for the Week Ending January 29
From TV Newscheck

Dr. Phil ignited in the session ending Jan. 29, surging 23% to a 3.7 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and leading the talk shows by a wide margin in the last full week before sweeps.

Elsewhere, Family Feud added 7% to a 7.6 and continued to outplay the game shows for the 40th consecutive week.

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

GAME SHOWS

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.6 +7%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 7.0 +6%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.7 +8%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.8 +6%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.4 +8%

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 2/7/17

MONDAY: The Bachelor Holds Off the Competition
CBS Splits with ABC
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.795 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) held off the competition on Monday with a new "The Bachelor" (7.352 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) followed by "Quantico" (2.681 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

FOX (6.152 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the silver draw with the formal launches of "24: Legacy" (6.190 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) and "APB" (6.114 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2).

Next up was CBS (7.292 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its new lineup of "Kevin Can Wait" (7.853 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2), "Man with a Plan" (7.225 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5), "Superior Donuts" (7.311 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6), "2 Broke Girls" (5.945 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Scorpion" (7.710 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.268 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up originals from "The Celebrity Apprentice" (3.434 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9) and "Timeless" (2.935 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

And finally, fresh installments of "Supergirl" (2.400 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.980 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) closed out the night on The CW (1.690 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.721m
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 380k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/7/17

While We're on British Reboots, Here Comes "Blind Date"
Five's "Dating Game" Redux to Premiere Later This Year
From the List

'Blind Date' is set to return to television screens before the end of this year.

The classic game show was fronted by the late Cilla Black for almost two decades from 1985 until 2003 but is set to return to be given a reboot over the coming months.

Speaking to The Sun Online, a source said: "'Blind Date' is the original dating show and it's huge news to bring it back.

"It's a classic format that will be rebooted to make it young, sexy and modern. Expect sparks to fly. In an age of Tinder, you have got to earn the right to love on this show."

It's not known who will replace Cilla, who tragically passed away in 2015, as the host just yet.

Bosses are keen to keep some of the "traditional" elements of the previous run but have decided to give it an updated twist to appeal to a "new generation of viewers".

It's expected to run on Friday nights - rather than its traditional Saturday night slot - and will consist of six to eight episodes per series for the first few installments.

The program sees three singletons grilled by a member of the opposite sex in order to find the perfect match without being able to see them. The new couple then pick an envelope with their holiday destination - abroad in the UK - inside.

Channel 5 have bought the rights to the dating show but will have some stiff competition from ITV as it also has 'Take Me Out' and 'Meet The Parents'.

'Blind Date' proved a hit with viewers for years but the plug was pulled in 2003 when Cilla announced she was quitting during a live episode following a drop in ratings.

The List

posted 2/7/17

WEEKEND: Best. Comeback. EVER.
ABC, CBS Tie for First
From The Futon Critic

CBS (9.081 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) was the top draw on Friday with originals from "MacGyver" (7.498 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.676 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and "Blue Bloods" (10.068 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2).

Sharing in the demo honors was ABC (5.311 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (6.623 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2), "Dr. Ken" (4.779 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7), "Shark Tank" (5.650 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "20/20" (4.583 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Next up was NBC (3.449 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its trio of "Grimm" (4.133 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8), "Emerald City" (2.471 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Dateline NBC" (3.744 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.226 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up new episodes of "Rosewood" (2.605 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Sleepy Hollow" (1.846 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And finally, The CW (0.784 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) likewise offered up new installments from "The Vampire Diaries" (0.988 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.581 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14).

On cable Saturday...
- Mythbusters: The Search (Science): 287k

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.005m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 787k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/7/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Orlando Makes a Deal for a Later Time"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: if you live in Orlando, take note: LMAD airs at 3p local time starting next week (Orlando Sentinel)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: "The Gong Show" is looking for acts in Glendale (KABC Los Angeles)
     

  • Mark Labbett wants to take out the Pointless set (The Sun)
     

  • Bob Eubanks brings "Hollywood's Greatest Game Shows" to Effingham, IL (WTHI Terre Haute)

posted 2/7/17

"Millionaire" Welcomes "Bachelor" Couples
Catch It All This Week!
From Reality TV World

Chris Harrison will be welcoming a string of fan-favorite bachelors and bachelorettes from seasons past to compete for the grand prize on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire next week.

Beginning on Monday, February 6, former stars of The Bachelor franchise will test their knowledge and luck by answering questions for Millionaire host Chris Harrison in the hope of winning up to $1 million for charity, E! News reported.

The event will run all week long. Participants will include Chris Soules, Tenley Molzahn, Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth, Ashley Hebert and JP Rosenbaum, and DeAnna Pappas and Stephen Stagliano.

Harrison told E! News that the mini reunion provides him a chance to "not really talk about the Bachelor as much as talk about their life, kind of catch up on what they're doing, and show a different side of them."

"I get to know these people really well, and so it's fun for me to get to show everybody else that side," he continued, "and I think you get to see a little bit more of that on Millionaire obviously when they're not searching for love."

Harrison said the couples who are still together will play together on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

"You would think the couples would have a massive advantage playing together, but it's actually a little more difficult," Harrison said, before revealing which couple did very well in the game.

Reality TV World
Broadway World

posted 2/6/17

... And Then "Millionaire" Is For The Children
Catch It All Next Week!
From Broadway World

Some of the smartest kids in the country will play "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" opposite host Chris Harrison during the second installment this season of Whiz Kids Week, airing MONDAY, FEBRUARY 13-FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2017.

Throughout the week, five amazing and talented young minds ages 12-14 will play for the chance to win $1 million: Naman Shah of Peachtree Corners, Georgia; Annie Ostojic of Munster, Indiana; Josh Darrow of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Uma Upamaka of Saint Charles, Missouri; and Charles Horowitz of Weston, Florida.

Broadway World

posted 2/6/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Moving On Up"

posted 2/6/17

THURSDAY: Last Chef Standing
Can't Beat ABC, CBS Split
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.566 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) held onto the top spot on Thursday with new episodes from "Grey's Anatomy" (8.444 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2), "Scandal" (6.568 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.687 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

CBS (8.343 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was a competitive second with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.550 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1), the premiere of "Superior Donuts" (10.606 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3), "Mom" (8.789 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5), "Life in Pieces" (6.646 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and the launch of "Training Day" (4.733 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12).

Next up was NBC (4.928 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its new lineup of "Superstore" (3.986 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8), "Powerless" (3.082 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10), "Chicago Med" (6.252 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8) and "The Blacklist" (4.999 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.943 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up the season finale of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.690 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and a new "My Kitchen Rules" (2.197 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14).

And finally, a new "Supernatural" (1.748 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) and week two of "Riverdale" (1.136 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) closed out the night on The CW (1.442 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable:
- Alone (History): 1.864m
- Project Runway Junior (Lifetime): 1.129m
- Top Chef (Bravo): 1.018m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.014m
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 627k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 410k
- Divided (GSN/9:30p): 393k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 385k
- Divided (GSN/9p): 377k
- Lip Sync Battle TMI (Spike): 375k
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 372k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 299k
- Caraoke Showdown (Spike): 278k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/3/17

More on "The F Word"
Catch It On Fox Later This Year
From Broadway World

Below, watch an all-new promo for Gordon Ramsay's THE F WORD, airing live this summer on FOX!

THE F WORD is a bold new food variety show from award-winning chef and series host Gordon Ramsay. Based on his hit U.K. series of the same name, each distinctive and fast-paced hour will combine good food and good cooking with Ramsay's passion, energy and humor into a one-of-a-kind LIVE series. THE F WORD is scheduled to premiere in 2017 on FOX.

On THE F WORD, foodie families from across the U.S. will battle it out in an intense, high-stakes cook-off. In addition to impressing Ramsay, each team must win over the hearts and taste buds of the diners, celebrities and VIP guests whom they're serving.

Throughout each hour-long episode, cooking competition meets variety show as Ramsay chats with surprise guests and VIPs in the dining room, hosts live remotes with people from across the country, and appears weekly in unique field segments with fans, foodies and culinary experts.

Broadway World

posted 2/3/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Wolvie Calls Gimmick Infringement"

  • FLASHBACK FRIDAY: Revisiting "Trump Card" (AV Club)
     

  • Speaking of, Arnold Schwarzenegger and the POTUS: the needless feud continues (Reality TV World)
     

  • Steve Harvey moves his "Morning Show" to LA (Patch)
     

  • Melissa Rycroft says that Jason Mesnick didn't break up with her before "After the Final Rose" (Reality TV World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Tony Rock (The Root)

posted 2/3/17

WEDNESDAY: The Hunted Becomes the Hunter
CBS Wins an Easy Midweek
From The Futon Critic

CBS (6.551 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the top draw on Wednesday with its mix of "Hunted" (5.467 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1), "Criminal Minds" (7.429 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) and "Code Black" (6.758 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

NBC (4.584 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) then was among the three networks sharing the silver with repeats of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.648 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), another "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.668 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "Chicago PD" (4.437 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

Next up was ABC (3.731 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and its second run lineup of "The Goldbergs" (4.691 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Speechless" (3.664 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), "Modern Family" (4.137 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Black-ish" (3.684 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and "Match Game" (3.105 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #14).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.627 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) offered up its second "Showtime at the Apollo" (3.196 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) special alongside a new "Star" (4.059 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1).

And finally, a new "Arrow" (1.953 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) and the return of "The 100" (1.275 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T) closed out the night on The CW (1.614 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.095m
- Bakers vs. Fakers (Food): 954k
- Cutthroat Kitchen (SP/Food): 952k
- Are You The One (MTV): 637k
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 539k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 414k
- America's Next Top Model (MTV): 307k
- Are You The One: The Aftermatch (MTV): 182k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/2/17

STV Lands "Babushka" Host
ITV to Launch UK Version of Armoza Format
From The Irish News

Presenter Rylan Neal-Clark is set to host a bizarre new game show, with a specifically Russian theme.

According to ITV, which has already commissioned 20 episodes of the show, Babushka will see contestants crack their way through a series of eight giant Russian dolls to tot up a cash prize of up to Ł44,000.

But the suspense will build as, each time they open an empty doll, they lose all the accumulated money.

ITV Daytime revealed Rylan’s latest role as he gave it a mention himself on This Morning on Monday. And after another weekend of hosting the after-show gossip surrounding the intensifying CBB drama, we’re guessing his new job will provide some light-hearted relief… even though it’s hard to picture where the inspiration came from for this one!

The creators described the show’s premise as a “thrilling combination of knowledge, strategy and pure luck”.

Gary Chippington, head of entertainment at the show’s creators, STV Productions, said: “Like all the best formats, Babushka is simple, addictive and slightly unhinged, and we're really excited to be working with ITV to bring this to their audience.

“Contestants and viewers are going to be gripped as the Babushka dolls reveal some fantastic prizes.”

However, this big new job and his responsibilities on This Morning don't mean Rylan will be bidding farewell to the Bit on the Side set anytime soon. Especially since the demise of The Xtra Factor as an ITV2 terrestrial show means he'll have more free time on his hands.

"We will be back in the summer and I'm looking forward to it," he told fans in a Facebook Live Q&A. "I'm not leaving.

"Don't worry, everyone keeps saying, 'Oh he's leaving as he's got this new game show.' Don't worry, I'm not leaving. We will be back in the summer and I can't wait!"

World Screen
ATV Today
C21 Media
Deadline
Realscreen
The Irish News
The List
Metro
Telly Mix
Digital Spy
Daily Mirror

posted 2/2/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Viral Redemption"

  • Aaron Paul, now that he's a Hollywood big shot, has a score to settle with "The Price Is Right" (TV Line)
     

  • Peta Murgatroyd goes into the blogging business (Reality TV World)
     

  • Erin Andrews talks about life post-cancer, post-engagement (Reality TV World)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: another day, another bad word on "Countdown" (Joe)

posted 2/2/17

TUESDAY: The Game (of Dating) Is On
Catch It on TV One!
From Hello Beautiful

Dating can be quite the eventful experience. From blind dates to group dates and every failed Tinder swipe in-between, dating can be fun but also pretty stressful. Fortunately for us, TV One came up with the perfect way to bring the excitement of dating into our living rooms minus the dreadful dutch or nah debate. Now, we can watch the dating successes and failures from someone else’s perspective on The Game of Dating.

Hosted by comedian Tony Rock, The Game of Dating gives viewers a front row seat to watch a random date that will either go extremely well or horribly wrong. Teams will watch a random date play out in front of their eyes and win cash guessing what the couple will do next.

So how did it fare?

- Chopped Junior (Food/8p): 1.221m
- Chopped (Food): 1.026m
- Chopped Junior (Food/9p): 963k
- Face Off (Syfy): 672k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 380k
- The Game of Dating (P/TV One): 150k

Meanwhile, NBC (5.118 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) led a distrupted lineup on Tuesday with its mix of an "NBC News Special" (5.784 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2), a repeat "The Wall" (5.472 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2), a new "The Wall" (5.554 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and a repeat "This Is Us" (4.171 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

The CW (2.418 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then pulled into second place with new episodes from "The Flash" (3.039 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.799 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

Next up was CBS (5.973 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and its combination of "CBS News Special" (7.425 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6), "Kevin Can Wait" (4.293 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13), "Super Bowl Greatest Commercials 2017" (6.408 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "Bull" (5.653 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.121 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up its "FOX News Special" (2.065 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) alongside "The Mick" (2.949 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "Bones" (3.736 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

And finally, ABC (2.940 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the evening with "ABC News Special" (4.691 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), repeats of "American Housewife" (3.587 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.821 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "The Real O'Neals" (2.204 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) plus a new "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.169 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15).

Hello Beautiful
TV Ruckus
Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic

posted 2/1/17

Comedy Central UK Does An About "Face"
"Your Face or Mine" Returns
From Digital Spy

Last November, Comedy Central announced they are bringing back E4's early noughties gameshow Your Face or Mine? for two new series.

The show, which saw contestants choose the most attractive face from groups of people to win money, was originally hosted by Jimmy Carr and June Sarpong.

Carr will be returning, but Comedy Central has now announced that Katherine Ryan will be the new co-host instead of Sarpong.

Ryan has appeared on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown multiple times, so she has plenty of experience handling Carr's sarcasm.

The new version of the show will have a Tinder-inspired twist, which Carr elaborated on previously:

"In an age when people are forever judging individuals on how they look, placing attractiveness on a pedestal above intelligence, and forcing others to fit societal norms of beauty, why not make them do all of those things, to their loved ones, on national television and for money?"

Meanwhile, Ryan has said: "Jimmy Carr and I have a shared understanding that you've got to be cruel to be kind. I am elated to be joining Jimmy on Your Face or Mine? for Comedy Central.

"They were wise to bring on one of the country's humblest and most stunning women to guide couples in judging each other's looks."

The first new series of Your Face or Mine? will air on Comedy Central in the Spring.

Digital Spy
British Comedy Guide
Heat
Chortle

posted 2/1/17

SYNDIES: Week 19
Results for the Week Ending January 22
From TV Newscheck

Judge Judy, the sole court show moving up, had a hot gavel in the session ending Jan. 22, and was the only strip in the top 10 to hit a new season high, as most syndicated programs drifted sideways to down in the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday week.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.1 -3%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.6 -7%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.2 -9%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 -6%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 NC

TV Newscheck
B&C
Screener

posted 2/1/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Crystal Maze Needs Hamsters!"

  • "The Crystal Maze" is opening to the public before going to tape (Manchester Evening News)
     

  • Alexander Armstrong opens salmon season. In other news, Alexander Armstrong can fish (The National)
     

  • Adam Levine will get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Rest of Maroon 5 unavailable for comment (Reality TV World)
     

  • Summer Sanders is concerned about the Trump effect on the Los Angeles 2024 Olympic bid (TMZ)

posted 2/1/17

MONDAY: ABC Gets the Roses
ABC, CBS Split Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.746 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the network to beat on Monday with new episodes of "The Bachelor" (7.195 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and "Quantico" (2.849 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

FOX (3.832 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with the winter finales to "Gotham" (3.456 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Lucifer" (4.209 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

Next up was CBS (6.080 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.492 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "Kevin Can Wait" (6.393 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), a new "The Odd Couple" (5.760 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), the season finale of "The Odd Couple" (5.298 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and a repeat "Scorpion" (5.269 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.625 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up originals from "The Celebrity Apprentice" (3.690 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and "Timeless" (3.494 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

And finally, new episodes of "Supergirl" (2.334 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.946 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) closed out the night on The CW (1.640 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.568m
- Cake Wars (Food): 1.172m
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 1.006m
- America's Next Top Model (MTV): 465k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 378k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/31/17

"Chopped Junior" Gets Into Tournament Mode
"Make Me A Judge" Begins March
From The Futon Critic

Talented junior chefs from across the country compete for a chance to sit at the judges' table and give the Chopped judges a taste of their own medicine, in the first-ever Chopped Junior: Make Me a Judge tournament, premiering Wednesday, March 8th at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network. In the three preliminary-themed heats, the twelve junior chefs compete to create unique and delectable dishes over three rounds - appetizer, entrée, and dessert - as they are judged by a rotating panel of Chopped judges. The winner of each episode receives $10,000 and advances to the finale where they join host Ted Allen at the judges' table and get to decide the fates of Chopped stars Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marcus Samuelsson and Chris Santos, as these world-class chefs serve up their dishes to earn the approval of the junior chefs for bragging rights and $25,000 for the winner's charity of choice.

Check out more Chopped Junior at FoodNetwork.com and join the conversation with #ChoppedJunior.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/31/17

WEEKEND: Another Split
ABC Wins Demo, CBS Wins Totals
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.857 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the top demo draw on Friday with its mainstays "Last Man Standing" (6.957 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "Dr. Ken" (5.210 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "Shark Tank" (5.903 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "20/20" (5.584 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

CBS (6.447 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) then was the silver draw with repeats of "MacGyver" (5.169 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.078 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "Blue Bloods" (7.094 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Next up was NBC (3.567 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) with originals from "Grimm" (4.178 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Emerald City" (2.742 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Dateline NBC" (3.781 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.486 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Rosewood" (2.818 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Sleepy Hollow" (2.153 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.960 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.595 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) closed out the night on The CW (0.777 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable Friday...
- Roast Battle II (Comedy): 414k

On cable Saturday...
- Roast Battle II (Comedy): 541k
- Mythbusters: The Search (Science): 361k

On Sunday, FOX (5.205 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) snagged the demo crown with its coverage of "Miss Universe 2017" (5.205 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1).

CBS (9.162 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) then was the most-watched network with originals from "60 Minutes" (11.430 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (11.192 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Madam Secretary" (8.605 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7) and "Elementary" (5.422 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).

Next up was ABC (4.386 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) with a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.272 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) followed by a new "To Tell the Truth" (4.737 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), a second "To Tell the Truth" (4.054 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and the season finale of "Conviction" (2.482 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

And finally, an encore "The Celebrity Apprentice" (1.296 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and a new "Dateline NBC" (3.819 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8) closed out the night for NBC (2.557 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.685m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.464m
- Roast Battle II (SF/Comedy): 443k
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 353k

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
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Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/31/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Because He's Happy... Times THREE!"

  • Pharrell Williams is a father... of TRIPLETS! (Us)
     

  • Mel & Sue: together again for the first time (Closer)
     

  • UPDATE: Kanye West, the self-proclaimed voice of his generation, is a pointless celebrity... notice the spelling (Variance)
     

  • Is "Ready Steady Cook" coming back? (Metro)

posted 1/31/17

So You Think You Can Dance Goes Back to Basics
Fox Renews Summer Dance-Off For Season 14
From The Futon Critic

FOX has renewed the Emmy Award-winning SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE for a 14th season. From 19 Entertainment and dick clark productions, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE will return this summer on FOX.

This season, highly-skilled dancers between the ages of 18-30 will showcase their talents in various dance styles, including contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballroom, animation, breaking and more. The Top 10 dancers will be paired up with All-Stars who will guide them throughout the competition as they vie for America's votes and the title of America's Favorite Dancer.

"This season is about giving our loyal fan base what they've been asking for," said executive producer Nigel Lythgoe. "We've decided to go back to basics by bringing the best of our past formats together for an exciting new summer featuring accomplished adult competitors partnered with fan-favorite All-Star dancers. And, of course, as in past seasons, there will be new surprises which are sure to wow our viewers."

This season, all potential contestants must register online at sytycdauditions.com and upload a video or provide a link to a video of their performance. If selected, producers will reach out to schedule the contestant for an in-person audition in one of the two audition cities: New York (March 4-6) or Los Angeles (March 17-19).

Visit sytycdauditions.com for terms and conditions. The deadline to register for a chance to audition in New York is Sunday, Feb. 19, and the deadline to register for a chance to audition in Los Angeles is Sunday, March 5.

Dancers must be no younger than 18 or older than 30 years of age on the first day they register online for auditions. Dancers must provide legal, valid proof of age when they register for auditions. Check www.sytycdauditions.com and/or www.fox.com/dance for full eligibility rules, official rules and additional details.

During the audition rounds, the most talented dancers will compete in front of the judges for a coveted spot at "The Academy" callback rounds in Los Angeles. At the end of "The Academy" callback rounds, 10 All-Stars will choose one dancer each to move on to the SYTYCD studio and become this season's Top 10. There, the Top 10 will compete LIVE each week for America's votes in a variety of styles, working and performing alongside the All-Stars with world-renowned choreographers. Contestants will be eliminated weekly until a winner is named on the season finale.

Last September, Kida Burns was named the winner during the live two-hour season finale on FOX. Burns, at just 14, was the show's youngest winner and danced off with the cash prize of $250,000, the cover of Dance Spirit magazine and the title of America's Favorite Dancer. SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE garnered more than 180 million video views and social engagements on leading social platforms last season. The series also celebrated its milestone 250th episode.

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 1/30/17

"Cake Wars" Welcomes Back Champs
Catch It February 12 on Food Network!
From The Futon Critic

Jonathan Bennett welcomes back past Cake Wars winners on new six-part stunt Cake Wars: Champs, premiering Sunday, February 12th at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. In each episode, four of the most memorable winners face-off in the ultimate baking battle with new heart-pounding challenges designed to push their skills and creativity to the limit. These champs might have been the last ones standing, but their return is no cakewalk as they race against the clock to create the most impressive cakes they have ever made. When it is winner against winner, who will make it to the top tier? Richard Ruskell and Waylynn Lucas together with weekly guest judges will determine who will take the cake and the $10,000 grand prize.

Fans can visit FoodNetwork.com/CakeWars for photos of the festive, eye-popping creations from the show and watch behind-the-scenes videos featuring Jonathan Bennett and the judges. They can also join the conversation using #CakeWars.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/30/17


Games Gone By: Break the Bank (1976)
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Finally, a "Games Gone By..." about a show that was actually POPULAR during its run! Chris Wolvie talks about the show that soap operas shoved into syndication, "Break the Bank" (1976).

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 1/30/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Double Shot of Models"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Top Model" moves to Wednesday starting... Wednesday (The Futon Critic), and don't be surprised if "The Wall" is preempted tomorrow. Thanks, Trump (AV Club)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: season 2 of "The $100,000 Pyramid" (CastingPyramid.com)
     

  • Kanye West, the self-proclaimed voice of his generation, is a "Pointless" celebrity (Variance)
     

  • NATPE ends as it began... very quietly (TV Newscheck)
     

  • $50 million lawsuit against Steve Harvey dropped (Courthouse News)
     

  • Gordon Ramsay returns to ITV (Broadway World)

posted 1/30/17


Pinterest
BARBARA HALE: 1922-2017
"Perry Mason's" Loyal Secretary Played "Stump the Stars"
From TV Line

Barbara Hale, who costarred alongside Raymond Burr for nearly four decades on TV’s Perry Mason, has died at the age of 94.

Hale passed away Thursday, according to a Facebook post from her son, actor William Katt. In 1957, she began playing secretary Della Street on the CBS legal drama Perry Mason, assisting Burr’s defense attorney with his weekly cases.

She appeared in all nine seasons, winning an Emmy in 1959 for best supporting actress in a drama and getting nominated for another in 1961. After the show ended in 1966, Street reprised the role of Della Street in dozens of Perry Mason TV movies in the 1980s and ’90s, reuniting with Burr once again on the small screen. She last played the role in 1995’s The Case of the Jealous Jokester.

Before Perry Mason, Hale had a promising film career, appearing opposite leading men like Jimmy Stewart, Robert Mitchum, James Cagney, Rock Hudson and Frank Sinatra. She later played Dean Martin’s wife in the big-screen disaster movie Airport and guest-starred on her son William Katt’s TV show The Greatest American Hero, playing the mom of Katt’s character Ralph Hinkley.

She also played "Stump the Stars", "Juke Box Jury", and "Place the Face".

GSNN's Jason Block contributed to this report.

TV Line
Variety
USA Today

posted 1/27/17


BBC America
SIR JOHN HURT: 1940-2017
British Character Actor Featured on "The Big Fat Quiz of the Year"
From TV Line

Sir John Hurt, the two-time Academy Award nominee whose TV credits included episodes of Doctor Who and the voice of The Great Dragon on BBC One’s Merlin, died on Friday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 77.

Hurt’s TV roles also included Caligula in the BBC’s 1976 miniseries I, Claudius, the 2012 mini Labyrinth, the Kiefer Sutherland-created web-turned-Hulu series The Confession and, most recently, the European crime drama The Last Panthers (which aired Stateside on SundanceTV last spring).

The Brit was also originally cast as The Strain‘s Dr. Setrakian, but was replaced after the pilot was shot, with fellow Harry Potter vet David Bradley.

On the silver screen, Hurt earned Oscar and Golden Globe nods for both his heart-wrenching turn as David Merrick in The Elephant Man and as heroin addict Max in Midnight Express, winning a Globe for the latter. His other film roles included Alien, 1984, V for Vendetta, two Hellboy movies, Harry Potter‘s Mr. Ollivander and Snowpiercer.

During that time, he also featured on episodes of "The Big Fat Quiz of the Year" in the UK and "20 to 1" in Australia.

GSNN's Jason Block contributed to this report.

TV Line
Los Angeles Times
Washington Post

posted 1/27/17

"The Voice" Gets The Advisers
Celine Dion, John Legend, Luke Bryan, DJ Khaled Join Season 12
From Reality TV World

John Legend, Luke Bryan and DJ Khaled have all reportedly signed on to serve as team advisers for The Voice's upcoming twelfth season.

Legend, a 38-year-old singer and pianist who has won 10 Grammy Awards, will be working with coach Adam Levine's team next season, E! News reported.

Team advisers guide and give advice to contestants during the show's infamous "The Battle Round" once "The Blind Auditions" conclude.

Both Legend and Levine are recent first-time fathers. Levine and wife Behati Prinsloo welcomed daughter Dusty Rose in September 2016, while Legend's wife Chrissy Teigen gave birth to their daughter Luna in April. The men and their wives have maintained a friendly relationship through the years.

Bryan, a 40-year-old country star, will be advising coach Blake Shelton's team, according to Us Weekly, and DJ Khaled will be teaming up with coach Alicia Keys for Season 12.

Bryan will be singing the National Anthem at this year's Super Bowl. He has worked with Shelton in the past when the pair co-hosted the Academy of Country Music Awards three years in a row from 2013 to 2015.

DJ Khaled is a 41-year-old record label executive and producer formally known as Khaled Mohamed Khaled from Louisiana. The Internet sensation has released nine studio albums and got his start as a deejay and radio host in Miami, FL.

Such big news comes several hours after iconic singer Celine Dion confirmed she'll be serving as the team adviser for coach Gwen Stefani's team. Although Stefani is replacing Miley Cyrus next season, Cyrus will return for the show's thirteenth edition in Fall 2017.

"To get like the prize right here, everybody's going to be so mad -- the other coaches -- that I got you," Stefani said of Dion on the Today show. "So excited."

While Dion said she believes Stefani is "beautiful all the time," the No Doubt frontwoman gushed, "I am blown away by her unbelievable story. Having this unbelievable gift to be able to speak through music to the whole world."

The Voice's twelfth season is set to premiere on Monday, February 27 at 8PM ET/PT on NBC.

Reality TV World
TV Line

posted 1/27/17

Buzzr Bowl II Is Set
Football Themed Episodes Set to Air This Week
From Broadway World

BUZZR hosts its 2nd Annual Championship Pre-Game Party with the airing of BUZZR Bowl II.

It's a battle destined for greatness! BUZZR is once again throwing a pre-game party that you don't want to miss with the return of the BUZZR Bowl. BUZZR Bowl II will highlight some of the best athletic talent to grace the shiny game show floor, featuring FAMILY FEUD from 1989, where the Bengals faced off against the 49ers, and Match Game episodes featuring Detroit Lions' Alex Karras as a panelist.

Episodes will air Jan 30 - Feb 3 from 8:00 - 9:00 PM ET/5:00 - 6:00 PM PT, with a second airing beginning at 11:00 PM ET/8:00 PM PT. Then on February 5th, all of content that aired throughout the week will be included in a programming marathon from 1:00 - 6:00 PM ET/10:00 AM - 3:00 PM PT, with a second airing at 6:00 PM ET/3:00 PM PT.

Just make sure your beer is chilled, the chicken wings are spicy and your pom-poms are ready for great game show excitement as BUZZR Bowl II kicks off this Monday.

Broadway World

posted 1/27/17

THURSDAY: ABC Gets Away with Murder
TGIT Returns on Top
From the Futon Critic

ABC (7.529 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) pulled into the top spot on Thursday with the return of "Grey's Anatomy" (9.523 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1), "Scandal" (7.668 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (5.397 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4).

CBS (6.640 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) then was the silver draw with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (9.311 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and "Mom" (7.143 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) followed by the special "Mary Tyler Moore: Love Is All Around" (6.504 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and the season finale of "Pure Genius" (5.189 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Next up was FOX (3.082 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) with originals from "Hell's Kitchen" (3.977 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and "My Kitchen Rules" (2.188 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.018 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for repeats of "Superstore" (2.803 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), another "Superstore" (2.371 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "Chicago Med" (3.976 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "The Blacklist" (2.490 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14).

And finally, the return of "Supernatural" (1.713 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and the debut of "Riverdale" (1.373 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) closed out the night on The CW (1.543 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable:
- Alone (History): 1.811m
- Paradise Run (SF/Nick): 1.278m
- Top Chef (Bravo): 1.130m
- Project Runway Junior (Lifetime): 1.026m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.009m
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 905k
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 622k
- Roast Battle II (Comedy): 497k
- Divided (GSN/9p): 435k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 410k
- Caraoke Showdown (Spike): 374k
- Divided (GSN/9:30p): 369k
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 338k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 325k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 251k
- That Awkward Game Show (Spike): 200k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/27/17


Sony Pictures
And the Lifetime Achievement Award Goes to... Harry Friedman!
"Wheel", "Jeopardy!" EP to Be Honored at This Year's Ceremony
From We Love Soaps

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) today announced that two legendary Hollywood icons, Mary Hart, former host of “Entertainment Tonight,” and Harry Friedman, producer of two of the most successful game shows in television history, “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune,” will be honored with Lifetime Achievement Awards this year. Friedman will receive his at the 44th Daytime Creative Arts Emmy® Awards on Friday, April 28th, 2017. Hart will be honored on Sunday, April 30th, 2017 at the 44th Daytime Emmy® Awards. Both presentations will take place at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Southern California.

“The entire country, including me, fell in love with Mary Hart from her very first broadcast of 'Entertainment Tonight,'” said Bob Mauro, President, NATAS. “Mary's charm, wit, smile and intelligence made her the most trusted anchor in the genre of entertainment news. Her ability to make even the biggest stars comfortable made audiences welcome her and 'ET' into their homes. Harry Friedman has produced the two most iconic game shows in the country if not the world. His constant tweaking of show formats and the addition of the latest technologies has kept 'Jeopardy!' and 'Wheel of Fortune,' at the top of syndicated television with no end in sight. The National Academy could not be prouder to honor both of these extraordinary television stars with our Lifetime Achievement Award.”

"Harry Friedman is a force unto himself that has taken the game show world and reinvented it for the 21st Century as well as being, perhaps, the nicest man in show business,” said David Michaels, SVP, Daytime (NATAS). "With Friedman joined by Mary Hart, the woman who set the bar for those that followed in the entertainment news genre, as our Lifetime Achievement honorees, we are looking forward to two incredible celebrations of the world of Daytime television this year. Add to that the move to the historic and elegant Pasadena Civic Auditorium to host both shows and I believe this will be one of the most celebratory and exciting Daytime Emmy Award shows in a long time!”

“The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is excited to be moving our signature show to the historic Pasadena Civic Center,” said Chuck Dages, Chairman, NATAS. “With its grand lobby and world class architecture, it is a fitting location for the 44th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards.”

“We are thrilled to welcome the Daytime Emmys to the City of Pasadena and the Pasadena Civic Auditorium,” said Michael Ross, CEO, Pasadena Center Operating Company. “It is an honor to host this significant occasion as the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences recognizes the exceptional work of daytime broadcasting.”

A native of Omaha, Neb., Friedman developed an early fascination with television programming and personalities, including a young, local celebrity named Johnny Carson. Long before the concept of student internships was created, Friedman began hanging around Omaha's first television stations, learning by watching and doing whatever management permitted. While attending the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Friedman also worked as a reporter and feature writer for the Lincoln Star newspaper.

In 1971, Friedman arrived in Los Angeles and, without contacts, gave himself six months to find a job in the business. With less than 24 hours remaining on his self- imposed deadline, he talked his way into a part-time question-writer spot on Hollywood Squares, marking the beginning of his long, valued relationship with Heatter-Quigley Productions. Over the following 11 years, Friedman wrote and produced thousands of episodes of the popular series and was also actively involved in the development of several other game shows, including Gambit and High Rollers.

He first joined Wheel of Fortune as a producer in 1995, adding producer duties for JEOPARDY! in 1997. In 1998, he helped launch Rock & Roll JEOPARDY, which aired on the VH1 network. Friedman's other writing and producing credits range from network primetime specials, such as American Yearbook for CBS, to documentaries and home video. He also has worked with such companies as FOX, Dick Clark Productions, Stephen J. Cannell Productions, Buena Vista Television/ABC, Orion Television, The Playboy Channel, Laurel Entertainment, Vin Di Bona Productions, A&E Network, Krofft Productions, Rosner Television and Four Star Productions.

Under Friedman's direction, the hit series JEOPARDY! has become the most honored syndicated game show in television history. In 2011, Friedman guided JEOPARDY! to win its first-ever Peabody Award. The awards panel credited the show for its role in “encouraging, celebrating and rewarding knowledge.” JEOPARDY! has won a total of 33 Emmy Awards, including the 2015 Emmy for Outstanding Game Show.

Friedman has continued to broaden the show's scope with an expanded list of challenging categories and clues that reflect popular culture and also a variety of special tournaments. In 2003, he lifted JEOPARDY!'s five-day limit rule for contestants, allowing returning champions to continue amassing winnings as long as they remain victorious. This rule change led the way for the memorable 74-consecutive-day run of Utah software engineer Ken Jennings, during which he won a record $2.5 million. Series viewership increased an impressive 30 percent during the streak, at times outperforming primetime programs while making it one of the most talked-about shows in the country.

Friedman's work on Hollywood Squares, Wheel of Fortune and JEOPARDY! has earned him multiple Emmy® Awards and three Guinness World Records® records. He is the Guinness World Record holder for most game show episodes produced with 11,128 (as of March 31, 2016), most Emmy® Award nominations for a game show producer with 42 and most Emmy® Award wins by a game show producer with 13. In 2011, Wheel of Fortune and JEOPARDY! tied for the Outstanding Game Show award, and Friedman became the first producer ever to win two Emmys in the same category in a tie with himself.

In 2007, Friedman was honored by the National Association of Television Program Executives with the prestigious Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award. Later that year, he was inducted into the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame.

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Broadway World

posted 1/27/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Book Learning"

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: eight-time J! champ uses winnings to buy a bookstore (Inside Edition)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: seven game show scandals (Digital Spy)
     

  • Mark Labbett reveals why he couldn't do "I'm a Celebrity..." (Her.ie)

posted 1/27/17


IMDB
MIKE CONNORS: 1925-2017
TV's "Mannix" Played "Hollywood Squares" Among Others
From TV Line

Mike Connors, best known for his titular role in the long-running CBS procedural Mannix, died Thursday of leukemia, Deadline reports. He was 91.

On Mannix, which debuted in 1967 and ran for eight seasons, Connors played disobedient, plaid coat-wearing private eye Joe Mannix. The role earned him a 1969 Golden Globe award for best actor in a drama series. The series ended its run in 1975 after producing 194 episodes.

Connors’ additional TV credits included guest stints on Murder She Wrote, Walker, Texas Ranger and, in what would be his final acting gig, a 2007 episode of Two and a Half Men.

During that time, he also appeared on "Win Lose or Draw" and all versions of "Hollywood Squares".

GSNN's Jason Block contributed to this report.

TV Line
Variety
Deadline
Hollywood Reporter

posted 1/26/17

WEDNESDAY: The Hunt Continues...
CBS Splits Night with ABC, Fox
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.352 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) was the top demo draw on Wednesday with repeats of "The Goldbergs" (4.779 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "Speechless" (4.018 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "Modern Family" (4.415 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) and "Black-ish" (3.908 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) plus its special "President Donald Trump: The White House Interview" (7.496 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1).

FOX (5.062 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) then shared in the adults 18-49 honors with new episodes from "Lethal Weapon" (6.254 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) and "Star" (3.870 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

Next up was CBS (5.525 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with the time slot premiere of "Hunted" (5.528 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4), a second "Hunted" (5.441 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) and "Code Black" (5.606 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.561 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up repeats of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.164 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12), another "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.149 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10) and "Chicago PD" (4.370 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

And finally, the return of "Arrow" (1.684 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) and the season finale of "Frequency" (0.825 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) closed out the evening for The CW (1.254 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.512m
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.095m
- Bakers vs. Fakers (P/Food): 983k
- Are You The One? (MTV): 596k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 430k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/25/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Late Partner"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "The Partner" pushed back to March 7. Thanks, Trump. (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Boyz II Men play Caraoke Showdown tonight (Broadway World)
     

  • Craig Ferguson to host his own SiriusXM show (Reality TV World)
     

  • Adam Lambert reunites with Queen for 25-city American tour (Reality TV World)
     

  • Rory McGrath pleads guilty to harassment (Yahoo!)
     

  • Bradley Walsh proud of how big a hit "The Chase" has become (The List)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Remember the 11-year-old who started a fire at a protest rally, then said "Screw the president" to a Fox News reporter? Guess who his dad is... (BizPac Review)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: this Jeopardy! champ's troll game is on point. Unless you're a fan of Steph Curry (CBS Sports)
     

  • Howie Mandel to play Binghamton (Binghamton Homepage)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: The Amazing Race heads to San Francisco (SF Gate)
     

  • Survivor baby on the way for Angie Layton (Reality TV World)
     

  • Andrew O'Keefe... on why Australia Day is awesome (Yahoo!)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jason Mesnick (Reality TV World)

posted 1/26/17


Steve Hoffman
MARY TYLER MOORE: 1936-2017
TV Legend Played "Password Plus"
From TV Line

Mary Tyler Moore, star of The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, died on Wednesday. She was 80.The beloved icon passed away “in the company of friends and her loving husband of over 33 years, Dr. S. Robert Levine,” Moore’s longtime rep, Mara Buxbaum, said in a statement. “A groundbreaking actress, producer, and passionate advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Mary will be remembered as a fearless visionary who turned the world on with her smile.”

It had been reported early Wednesday that the TV icon was in a Connecticut hospital in critical condition. TMZ noted that, besides diabetes, she suffered from numerous additional health problems and had undergone brain surgery in 2011.

After beginning her 60-plus-year showbiz career as a dancer, Moore began to make inroads as an actress in 1959, thanks to a recurring role on Richard Diamond, Private Detective. Two years later, she got her big break when she was cast as Dick Van Dyke’s wife on his eponymous CBS sitcom. Upon winning the first of her two Emmys for her portrayal of Laura Petrie, Moore famously said, “I know this will never happen again.” Which, of course, it did, over and over.

Mary Tyler MooreDuring the 1970-77 run of CBS’ Mary Tyler Moore Show, its leading lady took home four more Emmys, including a 1974 golden girl for Actress of the Year (Series). A year after The Mary Tyler Moore Show’s finale, its star was already back on the small screen but headlining one unsuccessful variety show (The Mary Tyler Moore Hour) after another (Mary). She took time to play "Password All-Stars" and "Password Plus".

Moore returned to series television several more times — with the comedies Mary (1985) and Annie McGuire (1988), and the drama New York News (1995). But none of those shows caught on, much less held a candle to The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which netted a total of 29 Emmys — a record unbroken until Frasier won its 30th in 2002. Through MTM Enterprises, the company that Moore launched in 1969 with then-husband Grant Tinker, she produced such hit series as The Bob Newhart Show and Newhart, Hill Street Blues, Remington Steele and St. Elsewhere.

Besides her series work, Moore also starred in a number of TV movies, among them Like Mother, Like Son, The Gin Game (with Van Dyke), Stolen Babies (for which she won another Emmy in 1993) and Mary and Rhoda, in which she and Valerie Harper reprised their Mary Tyler Moore Show roles. Her guest gigs included appearances on The Ellen Show, That ’70s Show and Lipstick Jungle.

In what would turn out to be her final TV appearances, Moore reunited with Mary Tyler Moore Show co-star Betty White in a 2011 episode of Hot in Cleveland, then not only with White but also with their old MTM castmates Harper, Cloris Leachman and Georgia Engel in a 2013 installment.

Broadway World
TV Line

posted 1/25/17

TUESDAY: Face Off Goes All-Star
Catch It on Syfy Tonight!
From Broadway World

Syfy's award-winning series FACE OFF returns for Season 11 on Tuesday, January 24 at 9/8c with 16 all-star contestants vying for a grand prize and the honor of being Hollywood's next great special effects make-up artist. Hosted by make-up effects royalty McKenzie Westmore, the series returns with elaborate never-before-seen challenges to test their skills as they battle it out for a coveted SECOND CHANCE at victory. FACE OFF: ALL STARS was announced this morning on THE TODAY SHOW as two audience members were treated to spectacular Halloween make-overs by contestants Stella Sensel (Season 7) and Tyler Green (Season 6).

The full list of contestants set to compete on FACE OFF: ALL STARS below:

Adam Milicevic (Season 8) Los Angeles, CA
Ben Ploughman (Season 9) Los Angeles, CA
Cat Paschen (Season 6) Los Angeles, CA
Cig Neutron (Season 7) Los Angeles CA
Emily Serpico (Season 8) Orlando, FL
Evan Hedges (Season 9) Boulder, CO
Gage Hubbard (Season 1) Los Angeles, CA
George Troester (Season 7) Los Angeles, CA
Jasmine Ringo (Season 9) Las Vegas, NV
Keaghlan Ashley (Season 7) Los Angeles, CA
Logan Long (Season 8) Salt Lake City, UT
Melissa Ebbe (Season 10) Milwaukee, WI
Niko Gonzalez (Season 6) Los Angeles, CA
Rachael Wagner (Season 7) Los Angeles, CA
Stella Sensel (Season 7) New York, NY
Tyler Green (Season 6) Litchfield, CT

McKenzie Westmore, a member of a multi-generational family dynasty whose name is synonymous with the make-up effects field, returns to host FACE OFF: ALL STARS, as do the series' popular judges, multiple Academy Award® winner Ve Neill ("Pirates of the Caribbean," "The Amazing Spider-Man"), industry veteran Glenn Hetrick ("The Hunger Games," "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D"), and creature designer Neville Page ("Avatar," "Prometheus"). World-renowned Hollywood make-up artist Michael Westmore ("Star Trek") continues as contestant mentor.

How did it do?
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.375m
- Chopped (Food): 1.080m
- Face Off (SP/Syfy): 733k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 416k
- Billy on the Street (SP/truTV): 174k

NBC (7.785 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday with originals from "The Wall" (6.542 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4), "This Is Us" (9.513 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) and "Chicago Fire" (7.300 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3).

CBS (12.052 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "NCIS" (16.019 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Bull" (11.080 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.059 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6).

Next up was FOX (2.811 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and new episodes of "New Girl" (2.369 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "The Mick" (2.786 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "Bones" (3.044 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.776 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) offered up repeats of "The Middle" (4.372 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "American Housewife" (3.389 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.779 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13), "The Real O'Neals" (2.067 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) and a new "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.024 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14).

Broadway World
Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic

posted 1/25/17

More on "Ultimate Beastmaster"
Season 1 Streams on Netflix February 24
From the Futon Critic

It lives to destroy all challengers. 108 athletes from 6 different countries will compete in the most physically demanding competition the world has ever seen. But only one can be crowned the "Ultimate Beastmaster". See the beast in all its glory in the series newly released trailer. The action intensifies when the series launches on Netflix February 24, 2017.

Ultimate Beastmaster is the first international competition series of its kind with six customized local versions featuring local languages, competitors and hosts from each competing country. Those countries are: Brazil, Germany, Japan, Mexico, South Korea and the U.S, The series is produced by Sylvester Stallone (Creed, Grudge Match) and Dave Broome (The Biggest Loser, Strong).

The 10-episode event series will feature 108 competitors, 18 from each country, in total. Each hour-long episode will feature 12 competitors, two from each country, who will take their shot at running one of the most physically demanding obstacle courses ever devised, "The Beast." At the end of each episode, a 'Beastmaster' will be crowned and in the final episode of the season, the nine individual winners from each episode will compete against each other for the chance for one contestant to become the Ultimate Beastmaster.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/25/17

Top Model Heads to the UK. Again
CBS Studios International Brokers Deal
From Broadway World

CBS Studios International announced today that it has licensed the first-window U.K. broadcast rights for new drama MACGYVER and the latest season of "America's Next Top Model" (ANTM) to Sky. Both series will premiere in February, with MACGYVER broadcast on Feb. 8 at 8:00 PM on Sky 1 and "America's Next Top Model" on Feb. 2 at 8:00 PM on Sky Living.

"MACGYVER's action-adventure storylines and ANTM's iconic format are prime examples of CBS' successful programming that appeals to a global audience," said Stephen Tague, senior vice president, Europe, CBS Studios International. "We look forward to working with Sky, one of our most important U.K. partners, to make these new series a success for the territory."

Commenting on the news, Adam Macdonald, director of Sky 1 and Sky Living said: "We're delighted that Sky Living audiences will be the first in the U.K. to see the latest instalment of the hugely popular ANTM. And Sky 1 audiences love an explosive action-adventure, making MACGYVER the perfect addition to our February line-up."

Broadway World

posted 1/25/17

It's Mary Berry's World...
"Baking Show" Judge, "The Chase" Win NTA Awards
From The Sun

Great British Bake Off star Mary Berry has been crowned best TV Judge at the National Television Awards.

The 81-year-old won following her decision to quit the hit show – last year’s most watched programme with 15.9million viewers.

Mary, who decided to remain with the BBC when it was sold off to rivals Channel 4 in August, beat Simon Cowell, 57, David Walliams, 45, and Nicole Scherzinger, 38.

She also won the head-to-head clash with Strictly’s head judge Len Goodman, 72, after he retired last month following 14 series.

She admitted she was “thrilled” to have beaten rivals Len and Simon to the prize and also used her speech to boast about the fact there is “no swearing” on the Great British Bake Off.

She said: “I love judging it has always been a great honor. I think I know how to bake and I love telling people that next time do a little bit better.

“But the greatest reward is that all the young are baking, and everybody is sitting down at 8 o’clock, the whole family, gran, the baby in arms, there’s no swearing, it’s the best program.

“And I’m so grateful. And thank you very much.”

ITV quiz show The Chase hosted by Bradley Walsh, 56, won Best Daytime, beating its BBC rival Pointless.

The Scottish Sun
Express and Star

posted 1/25/17

Top Chef to Return for 15th Course
Bravo Sets Casting Notice
From the Futon Critic

Bravo Media's Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series "Top Chef" is embarking on a nationwide search for the utmost talented and emerging chefs to compete on season 15 of the high-stakes culinary competition series. This year's chef meet and greets will take place by appointment at restaurants of alumni and friends of "Top Chef" in Chicago, Dallas, New Orleans, New York, Pittsburgh, Portland, San Francisco and Washington D.C.

Currently in its 14th season and airing Thursday nights at 9pm ET/PT, "Top Chef" is averaging more than 2 million total viewers, up 4% versus the prior season. The season premiere (12/1/16) was the most watched season premiere in over five years in total viewers.*

The competition in Charleston continues on a nostalgic brand new episode of "Top Chef" airing Thursday, January 26 at 9 PM ET/PT, when season six winner Michael Voltaggio puts the seven remaining chefs' palates to the test with a blindfolded taste experiment. For the elimination challenge, the chefs are asked to draw inspiration from their own childhood memories to create dishes for the MUSC Children's Hospital Fund charity gala on the ultra-exclusive Kiawah Island. The chefs will need to impress 100 guests in order to stay in the competition. For a sneak peek, please visit: http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/season-14/episode-9/videos/a-blind-taste-test.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/24/17

MONDAY: No Fans, No Problem
ABC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.880 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) held onto the demo crown on Monday with a new "The Bachelor" (7.328 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and the return of "Quantico" (2.985 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

CBS (7.648 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the silver draw with its lineup of "Kevin Can Wait" (8.606 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "Man with a Plan" (7.708 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4), "2 Broke Girls" (7.124 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (7.116 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4) and "Scorpion" (7.668 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6).

Next up was FOX (3.901 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with originals from "Gotham" (3.626 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and "Lucifer" (4.175 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.702 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up new episodes of "The Celebrity Apprentice" (3.829 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9) and "Timeless" (3.447 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

And finally, the return of "Supergirl" (2.641 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.025 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) closed out the night on The CW (1.833 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.446m
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.332m
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 1.291m
- Cake Wars (Food): 1.033m
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 417k
- America's Next Top Model (MTV): 365k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/24/17

WEEKEND: The Hunt Begins
CBS' Take on UK Hit Begins Sunday After AFC Championship
From CBS Miami

You can run, but can you hide? CBS has created the most elaborate game of hide and go seek. It’s called ‘Hunted.’ The show follows nine teams of two in a real-life manhunt as they attempt the nearly impossible task of disappearing in today’s vast digital world as highly skilled investigators combine state-of-the-art tracking methods with traditional tactics to pursue and catch them.

From searching their targets’ homes and scouring their internet and cell phone histories, to identifying behavioral patterns, Hunters in the field and Command Center investigators work together to identify clues to potential hiding places and collaborators that can ultimately lead to capture.

Will the anxiety of being fugitives on the run cause teams to make a critical error, or will they be able to stay off the grid long enough to avoid being found within 100,000 square miles of the southeastern United States?

A grand prize of $250,000 will be awarded to each team that successfully evades being caught for up to 28 days.

CBS (33.634 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 10.9, #1) was of course the network to beat on Sunday with its coverage of the "AFC Championship" (41.254 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 13.4, #1) followed by the premiere of "Hunted" (10.773 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.6, #2).

A distant second place then went to FOX (2.513 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and its lineup of "Son of Zorn" (3.946 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "Bob's Burgers" (2.407 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "The Simpsons" (2.626 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), a new "Son of Zorn" (1.991 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Family Guy" (2.105 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and another "Bob's Burgers" (2.005 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Next up was NBC (3.342 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its combination of "Dateline NBC" (5.026 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and the feature "Ted" (2.332 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.699 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "To Tell the Truth" (3.269 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11), another "To Tell the Truth" (3.005 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "Quantico" (1.712 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) closed out the night on ABC (3.171 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

On cable Saturday...
- Mythbusters: The Search (Science): 314k

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.846m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.139m
- Roast Battle II (Comedy): 318k
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 309k

Broadway World
Providence Journal
The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/24/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Orange Grit"

  • This year's Kids Choice Awards has a host.... AND HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA!!!!! (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Erin Andrews recovering from cervical cancer LIKE A BOSS. (Sports Illustrated)
     

  • The Price Is Right Live! coming to Harrah's Cherokee (WLOS Asheville)
     

  • Amy Doyle named EVP, GM of MTV, VH1, L-O-G-O (Variety)

posted 1/24/17

Sony TV on the Block?
Reports: Company Looks to Spin Off TV/Film Unit
From Nasdaq

As Michael Lynton, the former head of Sony Entertainment, heads for greener pastures at Snap Inc., speculation has been bandied about what might happen to the fate of Sony's entertainment arm, especially Sony Pictures. While some have speculated CBS might be a natural buyer, perhaps the most obvious one of all isn't an old-world media conglomerate, but rather a new one -- YouTube.

The Google-owned video-sharing website and not CBS, Paramount, Fox or any other major conglomerate would make the most sense for Sony Pictures, should the Japanese-based conglomerate want to offload the unit.

Unlike the aforementioned companies, YouTube (via its parent company, Alphabet), has the balance sheet to do such a deal. At the end of the third-quarter, Alphabet had more than $83 billion in cash and cash equivalents, plenty enough to swallow a deal for Sony Pictures, which could go for as much as $20 or $30 billion, depending upon the math.

The Hollywood Reporter has mentioned CBS (as have others) as a potential buyer of Sony Pictures -- owner of the Merv Griffin, Barry-Enright, Stewart & Barris catalogues and majority owner of GSN -- it makes sense. Les Moonves has long wanted to own a movie studio and it's the only major U.S.-based media conglomerate without a significant movie studio (CBS Films is small in comparison to Warner Bros., Universal, 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney [DIS] and Paramount).

Nasdaq
Fortune

posted 1/23/17

Susan Calman Hosts Like a "Boss"
New Series to Premiere on BBC One
From Chortle

Susan Calman is to host a daytime quiz for BBC One, Chortle can reveal.

The Boss requires contestants to cooperate with and betray each other in knockout rounds of strategy and general knowledge.

Twenty 45-minute episodes have been ordered, and auditions are beginning for recordings at the BBC's studios at MediaCity in Salford. The comic has also postponed tour dates in Keswick, Leicester, Durham and Hove next month.

In each episode, one contestant becomes The Boss and must decide which of the other five is best suited to answer a mixture of questions, identifying each’s strengths and weaknesses.

To win the cash prize, The Boss must remain in power. At the end of every round, the other contestants can choose to challenge them in a head-to-head battle that will see one eliminated.

Dan McGolpin, the BBC’s Controller of Daytime, said: ‘It’s great news that Susan Calman is joining our line-up. She will bring her natural wit and charm to new quiz The Boss where she will put aspiring leaders through their paces and pull them up on any shortcomings.’

Calman previously hosted The Lie, a quiz on STV in 2014, and currently asks the questions on kid's show Top Class, which pits teams from UK primary schools against each other. It returns for a second series on CBBC on Wednesday.

Chortle
ATV Today

posted 1/23/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Saturday Night BLANK"

  • Alec Baldwin will play Trump... and others in his record 17th round of hosting SNL February 11 (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Gavin Rossdale says divorce from Gwen Stefani was "completely opposite to what I wanted" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Bob Eubanks to bring "Hollywood's Greatest Game Shows" to The Villages January 29 (Villages News)
     

  • So why did Mark Labbett storm off the "Chase" set that one time? "It's what I do" (The Daily Express)
     

  • Did Lara Spencer help a "Flea Market Flip" team cheat? (Fresno Bee)

posted 1/23/17


GSN
THURSDAY: Divided, It Falls
GSN Original Series Debuts
From Broadway World

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today it will pair the debut of its new original game show series, DIVIDED, with the season four premiere of returning favorite, IDIOTEST, beginning Thursday, January 19. The network will air back-to-back episodes of DIVIDED at 9 and 9:30pm, followed by two new episodes of IDIOTEST at 10 and 10:30pm.

Hosted by Emmy(R) Award winning executive producer Mike Richards ("The Price is Right," "Let's Make A Deal"), DIVIDED serves as part game show, part social experiment, asking whether a team of complete strangers can agree on the same answer in order to collectively win prize money. Each half-hour episode of DIVIDED features four contestants who must come to a consensus on the answers to each of the questions they are given, while a ticking clock reduces their potential bounty for every moment they spend debating. With more money available to win in each successive round, the intensity escalates - from collectively voting a teammate off, to the final twist, when the remaining prize money is divided into three drastically unequal parts and the contestants must agree on who should receive which share - or risk losing everything if the clock runs out. The more the players argue, disagree or dig in their heels, the less money becomes available to them.

"DIVIDED is the first game show of its kind, fusing together the exuberance of game shows with the cutthroat drama of reality TV," says Amy Introcaso-Davis, GSN's EVP Programming and Development. "Audiences will be shocked by the different group dynamics that happen when people are faced with opposing personalities, little time, high stress and so much money at stake."

IDIOTEST, hosted by comedian Ben Gleib ("Chelsea Lately," "Ben Gleib: Neurotic Gangster") and based on the highly popular app game, pits two pairs of contestants against each other in several rounds of visual brain teasers that look deceptively simple, but whose answers actually require a sharp eye, quick mind and heightened sense of logic. Every question involves a fun, colorful and often whimsical scene that tests observation and attention to detail. Contestants play the game on giant touch screens, trying to win money...or at least not look stupid. If they fail at both, Gleib is always ready with his irreverent wit and hilarious observational humor.

The new season of IDIOTEST will again feature a number of special episodes, including Hipsters vs. Fashionistas, TEACHERS vs. Students and Good Girls vs. Bad Boys, plus "rivalry" shows like Ohio State vs. Michigan and USC vs. UCLA, to special all-kids versions of the show. Celebrity comedians participating this season also include Amir K, Jo Koy, Sidney Castillo, Zainab Johnson, Brad Williams, Adam Ray, Ian Bagg, Lachlan Patterson and more.

The results for these and everything else on cable...
- Alone (History): 1.748m
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.526k
- Project Runway Junior (Lifetime): 1.102m
- Top Chef (Bravo): 1.007m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.004m
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 902k
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 643k
- Caraoke Showdown (Spike): 507k
- Divided (GSN/9:30p): 451k
- Divided (P/GSN/9p): 424k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 421k
- Idiotest (SP/GSN/10p): 411k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 387k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 342k
- That Awkward Game Show (Spike): 288k

On broadcast, CBS (8.198 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with new episodes from "The Big Bang Theory" (15.047 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1), "The Great Indoors" (8.103 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "Mom" (8.513 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "Life in Pieces" (6.910 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) and "Pure Genius" (5.308 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

NBC (5.043 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "The Good Place" (3.965 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), the seaosn finale of "The Good Place" (3.789 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) and new episodes from "Chicago Med" (6.303 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and "The Blacklist" (4.949 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9).

Sharing second place was FOX (3.188 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) with originals from "Hell's Kitchen" (3.911 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) and "My Kitchen Rules" (2.465 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.944 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) opted for repeats of "Grey's Anatomy" (3.977 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) and "Scandal" (2.985 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) plus a special "20/20" (4.871 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.976 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16) and "Supernatural" (0.857 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) closed out the night for The CW (0.916 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Broadway World
Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic

posted 1/20/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "America"

  • Arlene Phillips, who was in a scuttlebutt with the BBC about her age, is in a special about getting older (Gazette Series)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: "The $100,000 Pyramid" looking for players in NYC (Binghamton Homepage)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS: so there's a game show on Amazon Prime that features people taking their clothes off. And someone decided you should know this (Decider)

posted 1/20/17

WEDNESDAY: The People's Choice...
ABC, Fox Split Night with CBS
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.506 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) and FOX (5.125 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) shared in the demo honors as the former served up a special "Fresh Off the Boat" (5.480 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) followed by a new "Speechless" (5.361 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1), a repeat "Modern Family" (4.530 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7) and originals from "Black-ish" (4.620 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) and "Match Game" (3.524 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11).

The latter then offered up fresh installments of "Lethal Weapon" (6.249 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5) and "Star" (4.001 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8).

Next up was CBS (6.395 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) with a new "Undercover Boss" (5.862 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10) alongside "The 43rd Annual People's Choice Awards" (6.661 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.995 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) served up new episodes of "Blindspot" (4.666 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.380 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5) and "Chicago PD" (6.940 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2).

And finally, a repeat "Arrow" (0.870 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and the penultimate "Frequency" (0.783 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) closed out the night on The CW (0.826 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable..
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.529m
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.133m
- Are You The One? (MTV): 523k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 366k
- Are You The One? The Aftermatch (MTV): 247k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/19/17


NBC
TUESDAY: Good News for "The Wall"
New Hit Helps NBC to Win PLUS!!! MORE EPISODES!
From the Futon Critic

NBC has ordered 20 more episodes of its edge-of-your-seat new alternative hit "The Wall," executive produced by NBA superstar LeBron James and Maverick Carter and hosted by Chris Hardwick.

"When we started 'The Wall' we wanted to create something that would get families excited and change peoples' lives. Maverick and I couldn't be more proud of the show's early success and we want to keep building on that," said James. "I want to thank NBC for their partnership, Andrew Glassman for his vision, and all the fans for their support."

"We're thrilled that viewers have become as captivated by 'The Wall' as we are," said Meredith Ahr, President, Universal Television Alternative Studio, NBC Entertainment. "We have been in pursuit of a brand new high-stakes game show for a while and are so happy to have developed it with LeBron James. Every time a player releases a green or red ball, the tension is palpable because each drop can affect the contestants life in the most extraordinary way and that makes for great television."

"A big event, family-friendly game show that can open a night is a wonderful asset joining NBC's powerhouse reality brands such as 'The Voice,' 'America's Got Talent,' 'American Ninja Warrior' and 'Little Big Shots,'" said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. "Chris Hardwick is masterful as he conducts this high-stakes rollercoaster, and the dramatic ride of the contestants ends with a thrilling decision that pays off differently every time and increases viewership significantly across the hour."

Following "Better Late Than Never," "The Wall" marks the second show to launch under the newly formed Universal Television Alternative Studio, which was announced in June.

"The Wall" is also garnering exceptional interest across the globe with top French broadcaster TF1 being the first foreign territory to commission the show and gearing up to produce 40 episodes this spring.

NBC (7.740 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) was the demo king on Tuesday with its trio of "The Wall" (6.646 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3), "This Is Us" (9.531 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) and "Chicago Fire" (7.044 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5).

CBS (11.848 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then took home the silver with its dramas "NCIS" (15.421 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Bull" (10.966 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.157 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8).

Next up was ABC (3.779 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with originals from "The Middle" (6.596 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3), "American Housewife" (5.425 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T6), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.845 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9), "The Real O'Neals" (2.767 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) and "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.020 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.727 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up fresh installments of "New Girl" (2.351 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11), "The Mick" (2.727 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and "Bones" (2.915 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

And finally, a repeat of "The Flash" (1.008 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) and the season finale of "No Tomorrow" (0.604 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16) closed out the night for The CW (0.806 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.476m
- Chopped (Food): 967k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 902k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 397k
- Billy on the Street (truTV): 219k

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Hollywood Reporter
B&C
Deadline
Cleveland.com
Los Angeles Times
Screener
Access Hollywood
Niagara Frontier Publications
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/19/17

SYNDIES: Week 17
Results for Week Ending January 8
From the Futon Critic

Coverage of the star-studded memorial services and funerals for Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher ignited the news magazines in a generally very strong session for access shows in the week ending Jan. 8.

Family Feud edged up 3% to a new series high 7.6 and outperformed the game shows for the 37th consecutive week.

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

GAME SHOWS

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.6* +3%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 7.1* +15%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.7* +12%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.8* +6%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.4 +8%

TV Newscheck
Yahoo!
Broadway World
B&C
Screener

posted 1/19/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Washington Game Night"

  • Jane Lynch to play Janet Reno (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Corinne Olympios: "This isn't a joke anymore." Someone set up a GoFundMe to "free" her nanny (Reality TV World)
     

  • Blake Shelton calls Gwen Stefani a hot date (Reality TV World)
     

  • Jon "Bowzer" Bauman goes to bat against efforts to weaken safety net for seniors (CentralMaine.com)
     

  • Howie Mandel plays Spokane (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! Alexander Armstrong is an answer to a question on his own show (Digital Spy)

posted 1/19/17


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