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Seacrest In
"American Idol" Host to Return for Season 3
From The Futon Critic

Emmy(R) Award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest will keep tradition alive by returning as host of the iconic music competition series "American Idol," a role he's held since the inception of the franchise in 2002.

He reunites with previously announced music industry legends and all-star judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, as well as in-house mentor, Bobby Bones.

Since first stepping onto the "Idol" stage 17 years ago, Seacrest has become one of the most recognizable fixtures in pop culture and media, also serving as co-host and executive producer on ABC's top-rated, nationally syndicated "Live with Kelly and Ryan," as well as ABC's annual live show "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest."

Seacrest will also continue hosting and executive producing "On Air with Ryan Seacrest," his market-topping No. 1 nationally syndicated L.A. morning drive-time radio show for iHeartMedia's 102.7 KIIS-FM, as well as a nationally syndicated Top 40 radio show from his iHeart studio at New York's ABC7, home of "Live."

"'American Idol' has been my home for 17 seasons and I can't wait to return to the stage," said Seacrest. "It's the greatest gift to be able to play a part in discovering new talent with a franchise that has been such a relevant part of American culture for so many years."

"We are delighted that our entire 'Idol' dream team will be reuniting for the upcoming season on ABC," said Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment. "Ryan has been hosting 'Idol' since the beginning, and the energy and enthusiasm he brings to the show after 17 seasons are remarkable. We can't wait to see what's in store as Ryan, our superstar judges and in-house mentor set out on their nationwide search for the next great music sensation."

"I'm thrilled that Ryan is returning to 'American Idol,'" said executive producer and showrunner Trish Kinane. "His passion for the show is evident, and we couldn't imagine searching for the next generation of superstars without him."

"Since the very beginning everyone who has ever stepped onto the 'American Idol' stage has done so with Ryan Seacrest's support and guidance," said executive producers Eli Holzman and Aaron Saidman on behalf of Industrial Media's 19 Entertainment. "We are lucky to call him our partner and proud to call him our friend. We are thrilled that the next American Idol can rely on Ryan guiding them along their way to stardom." .

The Futon Critic
The Wrap
Deadline

posted 9/20/19

THURSDAY: When You Lose to a "Feud" Rerun...
ABC Wins with "Feud"
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.178 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) held onto the top spot on Thursday with a repeat "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.675 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and the two-hour special "The Last Days of Phil Hartman" (3.929 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

CBS (3.824 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (4.453 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), another "Young Sheldon" (4.556 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Big Brother 21" (4.406 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "FBI" (2.562 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #8).

Likewise on top among adults 18-49 was FOX (3.058 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) with a primetime edition of "MLB on FOX" (3.058 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

Meanwhile, NBC (1.945 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up its specials "Return to Downton Abbey: A Grand Event" (2.832 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #7) and "The Paley Center Salutes The Good Place" (1.337 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) plus a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1.667 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9).

And finally, new episodes of "The Outpost" (1.254 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) and "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (1.111 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) followed by the season finale of "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.609 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13) rouned out the evening on The CW (1.057 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (History): 929k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 480k

- America Says (GSN): 474k
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death - 10p (History): 447k
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death - 11p (History): 318k .

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/20/19


Heavy

SUZANNE WHANG: 1962-2019
"House Hunters" Host Hosted "GSN Live"
From Deadline

Suzanne Whang, best known for her nine-year run as host of HGTV's House Hunters, died Tuesday following a long battle with breast cancer. She was 56.

Her partner Jeff Vezain shared news of her death Thursday on Facebook. "For thirteen years she confronted cancer with courage, humor, determination and optimism," Vezain said in the post. "She was immensely encouraged by the love of her family, friends and those she had yet to meet." Vezain said he was by her side when she died Tuesday night at their Los Angeles home.

Whang hosted HGTV's House Hunters for nine years, from 1999 to 2007. The network released a statement following news of her death. "Suzanne was warm, funny and kind with a distinctive voice that made everyone feel at home. Our HGTV family mourns her loss and wishes to express deepest condolences to her friends, fans and family who knew and loved her," the statement said.

Whang also was known for her recurring role as Polly the spa manager on NBC's drama Las Vegas.

She made her television debut as a Road Warrior (remote correspondent) on FX's two-hour morning show Breakfast Time in the 1990s, and later co-hosted the network's Pet Department.

In 2002, Whang won the Best Up & Coming Comedian Award at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, for her controversial alter ego character, Sung Hee Park.

Her other recent television credits include guest-starring roles on For The People, The Mick, Now We're Talking and Kingdom. She most recently appeared as Sabrina in the short film Mr. Right Now and as Dr. Wong in the 2017 feature Til Death Do Us Part.

Whang was also a recurring host of GSN Live.

Deadline
Deadline
The Wrap
Heavy

posted 9/20/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Both Sides Now III"

  • Not only have Connor & Whitney split... they've broken up! (Reality TV World)

  • VIDEO WALL: WWE invades 25 Words or Less (411Mania)

  • Alex Trebek: an appreciation (Mic)

posted 9/20/19

Catch a Ride This October
Bravo Sets a Date for "Cash Cab" Return
From The Futon Critic

Bravo is reviving the Emmy Award-winning gameshow "Cash Cab" from Lion Television, an All3Media company, and bringing back host and comedian Ben Bailey. New Yorkers and tourists alike have pined for a chance to test their knowledge and win money in the iconic Cash Cab. Now, they may get a chance, and this time with a Bravo twist. In this series reboot, the questions will include more for lovers of pop culture and even a few appearances from Bravolebrities.

Each episode will feature two to three games, and much like the original series it will all start the second the contestant enters the Cash Cab. If the passenger can answer enough questions correctly before making it to their destination, they'll win big bucks. However, three wrong answers and they're kicked out of the Cash Cab and back on the street. Along the way they'll get two shout-outs - one on social media and the other via a street shout out - where the contestant can pull over and ask a stranger for help. Passengers who successfully make it to their destination can simply walk away with their money or they can play a double or nothing video bonus round, either going home incredibly happy or with nothing at all. .

The Futon Critic
VAriety

posted 9/19/19

WEDNESDAY: On Top
"AGT" Wins the Night for NBC
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.560 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the top draw on Wednesday thanks to the two-hour season finale of "America's Got Talent" (10.081 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "A Little Late with Lilly Singh: The Primetime Special" (2.518 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

FOX (3.134 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then took home the silver with the penultimate "MasterChef" (3.033 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) and the season finale of "MasterChef" (3.235 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

Next up was CBS (3.182 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a new "Big Brother 21" (4.299 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) alongside repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.377 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "SWAT" (2.870 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.141 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up its second run lineup of "The Goldbergs" (2.671 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Schooled" (2.096 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "Modern Family" (1.994 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Single Parents" (1.570 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (2.258 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

And finally, a repeat "Mysteries Decoded" (0.641 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) and a new "Hypnotize Me" (0.434 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) on The CW (0.538 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 833k
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 (MTV): 718k

- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 675k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 481k
- America Says (GSN): 447k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/19/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Both Sides Now II"

posted 9/19/19

On the Wings of Love
Pilot Peter Weber Named the New "Bachelor"
From TV Line

"Pilot Pete" is coming in for a landing. Destination? One lucky lady's heart.

During Tuesday's Bachelor in Paradise finale, ABC confirmed weeks of speculation that The Bachelor Season 24 will be headlined by Bachelorette Hannah's second runner-up, aka Peter Weber, a Delta Airlines pilot from California.

"I feel so grateful right now just to have this opportunity," Weber said in a brief appearance on the finale. "This is life-changing."

The aging Bachelor series is coming off a rare season in which its numbers improved on the previous cycle. Season 23: Colton averaged 6.6 million total viewers and a 1.9 demo rating, up a tick from Arie's Season 22 numbers. Similarly, the Season 22 finale (8.2 mil/2.2) drew a larger audience that its predecessor's (7.9 mil/2.2).

The Bachelor returns for Season 24 — piloted by Peter — in January on ABC.

TV Line
Reality TV World
The Wrap

posted 9/18/19

TUESDAY: The Winner Takes It All
NBC, ABC Tie in Demos, NBC Wins Total
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.689 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) was still the most-watched network on Tuesday with the penultimate "America's Got Talent" (9.729 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and the season finale of "Bring the Funny" (3.608 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

ABC (4.392 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with its expanded season finale of "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.392 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2).

Next up was CBS (4.808 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its repeat trio of "NCIS" (5.562 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "FBI" (4.690 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.173 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.543 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) opted for repeats of "The Resident" (1.422 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #8) and "9-1-1" (1.663 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #7).

And finally, originals from "Pandora" (0.689 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #10) and "Mysteries Decoded" (0.681 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #9) on The CW (0.685 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 757k
- Supermarket Stakeout (SF/Food): 659k
- Ink Master (Paramount): 547k
- America Says (GSN): 477k
- Hip Hop Squares (VH1): 359k.

The Futon Critic
RSHowbuzz Daily

posted 9/18/19

Small Fortune, Big Deal
"Battle of the Bands" COming in Germany
From Deadline

Youngest Media, the British producer NBC's forthcoming non-scripted series Small Fortune, is launching a German division and has set up a new competition format.

The company, set up by former Endemol Shine execs Lucas Church and David Flynn, has sold Battle of the Bands (w/t) to RTL. The show will see two bands, one made up of women and the other comprising men, living, flirting and competing under one roof. The bands will go head to head in weekly battles. The series will run for six weeks on RTL II and launch in 2020.

It will be taken out internationally at Mipcom.

Former All3Media exec Mark Stehli becomes Managing Director of the German division with Flynn and Christoph Oldenburg exec producing the series.

Church and Flynn recently scored a six-episode run with NBC for Small Fortune, which aired on ITV in the UK earlier this year, and produce series including dating format Game of Clones and BBC Three reality series HouseShare.

Deadline

posted 9/18/19


The Scotsman

PHYLLIS NEWMAN: 1933-2019
Broadway Legend Played Games
From Extra

Broadway musical legend Phyllis Newman died at 86 on Sunday, Broadway World reports.

Born March 19, 1933, in Jersey City, New Jersey, she performed as a child ahead of a 1952 Broadway debut in "Wish You Were Here." She also appeared in "Bells Are Ringing" (1956), "Pleasures and Palaces" (1965), "The Apple Tree" (1966), "On the Town" (1971), "The Prisoner of Second Avenue" (1971), "Awake and Sing!" (1984), and "Broadway Bound" (1986), along with many off-Broadway shows. In 1979, she starred in the one-woman show "The Madwoman of Central Park West," a collaboration with the late Arthur Laurents.

For her celebrated performance in the comic musical "Subways Are for Sleeping" (1961), in which she appeared wearing only a towel, Newman won the Tony for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. She had the distinction of beating Barbra Streisand, who was nominated in the same category for her work in "I Can Get It for You Wholesale." Newman was nominated for a Tony a second time, for "Broadway Bound," and was twice nominated for Drama Desk Awards.

In film, Newman appeared in "Picnic" (1955), "Mannequin" (1987), "Only You" (1994), "The Beautician and the Beast" (1997), her final feature "The Human Stain" (2003), and others.

On TV from 1955, she appeared on the early drama "Decoy" (1957 & 1958), and was a series regular on "Diagnosis: Unknown" (1960), "Coming of Age" (1988-1989), and "100 Center Street" (2001-2002). A popular presence on TV game shows in the '60s and '70s including What's My Line, Password, and To Tell the Truth, she was a frequent guest on "The Tonight Show" when Johnny Carson was host.

Newman's final acting on TV came on an episode of "The Jury" (2004), and her last on-screen acting job was in the short "Everyone's Depressed" (2005).

In 1995, she founded the Phyllis Newman Women's Health Initiative of the Actors Fund of America, hosting annual "Nothing Like a Dame" galas. It is estimated she raised $3.5 million to help women in the entertainment industry, a feat that earned her the 2009 Isabelle Stevenson Award, a special Tony.

Newman was married to legendary lyricist and playwright Adolph Green, who with Betty Comden created some of the most beloved songs of all time, from 1960 until his death in 2002.

She wrote about their lives together, her battle with breast cancer, and her remarkable career in her memoir "Just in Time: Notes from My Life" (1988). She later toured on the lecture circuit with a presentation adapted from the book.

She is survived by her daughter, actress-singer-songwriter Amanda Green, and by her son, journalist Adam Green.

Extra
The New York Times

posted 9/18/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Both Sides Now"

  • Clay & Nicole break up (Reality TV World) while two women make "Bachelor Nation" history (CNN)

  • Anneka Rice out on "Strictly" injury (AOL)

  • VIDEO WALL: what would you do if you won the big money? (Yahoo!)

posted 9/18/19


Sony Pictures TV

NBC Orders Season 2 of "Titan Games"
Dwayne Johnson Begins Search for the Next Titans Next Season
From the Wrap

NBC has renewed "The Titan Games" for a second season.

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson hosts and executive produces the sports competition series, which features contestants squaring off in tests of physical endurance designed by Johnson himself.

The network also revealed that Johnson will be making a special appearance in Monday night's finale of "American Ninja Warrior" at 8 p.m., with a special message about "The Titan Games."

"When we launched 'The Titan Games,' we set out to create an entirely new athletic competition series unlike anything ever done before," said Johnson. "I'm excited to get back into the Titan arena and meet our new group of tough, limitless, and inspirational men and women from all walks of life. They will be tested mentally and physically at the highest level, going head-to-head in our diabolical and insane challenges. Season one was epic and our Titans pushed all boundaries, so for season two we are taking it to the next level with new challenges, a new arena setting and an incredible set of competitors."

The first season of the series wrapped up in February, with winners James Jean-Louis and Charity Witt taking home $100,000 and the bragging rights that come with being crowned the season's Titans.

"The Titan Games" is produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio and Seven Bucks Productions. Dwayne Johnson, Arthur Smith, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, Brian Gewirtz and Anthony Storm executive produce.

The Wrap

TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 9/17/19

SYNDIES: Week Zero
Results for the Week Ending September 8
From the Wrap

Despite preemptions for football and coverage of Hurricane Dorian, entertainment magazines rose in the Labor Day holiday session ending Sept. 8 as shows aired tributes to the late Valerie Harper.

The Kelly Clarkson Show was the biggest first week of any first-run program launched in the last six years, with a 1.5 rating/5 share weighted metered market average for its primary runs. This included increases over year-ago time periods of 50% in New York, 86% in Los Angeles, 133% in Boston and 140% in San Francisco. Clarkson also climbed 25% on average in the advertiser-coveted women 25-54 age group. The show's strongest performance was in Nashville where it clocked a huge 5.7/16 at 9 a.m., taking the station's time period up 30% from last year. Also generating plenty of positive ratings buzz, Tamron Hall notched a 1.2/4 weighted average in the overnights, the best first week of any syndicated talk show in five years other than Clarkson's. In addition, Tamron finished first or second in its time periods in six of the top 10 markets including year-over-year gains of 19% in New York, 43% in L.A., 44% in Philadelphia and Atlanta and 80% in Houston. The talker's highest numbers were a 2.8/7 in Memphis at 1 p.m., up 40% from its lead-in, and a 2.5/8 in West Palm Beach, Fla., at 10 a.m., up 38% over what Dr. Oz did in the same slot last year.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.7 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.8 NC
- Jeopardy (CTD) 4.6 +5%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.3** -7%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck

B+C

posted 9/17/19

MONDAY: Let's Dance
A Draw Begins Week Zero
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.392 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the demo champ on Monday thanks to the season finale of "American Ninja Warrior" (5.389 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and the special "The 2019 NBC Primetime Preview Show" (2.399 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

ABC (6.160 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with the return of "Dancing with the Stars" (7.995 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) plus the special "Beyoncé Presents: Making The Gift" (2.489 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Next up was CBS (3.475 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and its all-repeat lineup of "The Neighborhood" (3.418 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "The Big Bang Theory" (3.306 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "Bull" (3.024 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and another "Bull" (4.039 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.894 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) offered up the season finale of "So You Think You Can Dance" (1.894 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

And finally, The CW (1.005 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with repeats of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.030 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.984 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.975 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

On cable Friday...
- Kids Baking Championship (SF/Food): 982k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 452k
- America Says (GSN): 371k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/17/19

WEEKEND: Drrrrrrrrrrrop!
CBS' "Big Brother" Can't Compete Against Football
From the Futon Critic

NBC (13.319 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.3, #1) was of course the network to beat on Sunday with its NFL mix of "Football Night in America #1" (4.982 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7), "Football Night in America #2" (7.945 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (14.256 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.5, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (15.873 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.3, #1).

FOX (6.576 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then took home the silver with its lineup of "NFL Overrun" (15.781 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.0, #2), "The OT" (10.546 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.5, #4) and "The Masked Singer: Super Sneak Peek" (4.581 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6) plus repeats of "The Simpsons" (2.239 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "Family Guy" (1.730 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

Next up was CBS (4.676 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its combination of "60 Minutes" (7.778 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9), "Big Brother 21" (4.865 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.019 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (3.043 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #17).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.860 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its mainstays of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.732 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.713 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "The $100,000 Pyramid" (3.909 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.086 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15).

And finally, The CW (0.442 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with its two-hour special "Warigami" (0.442 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #18).

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 687k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7:30p (VH1): 310k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7p (VH1): 265k

On cable Saturday...
- Family Restaurant Rivals (Food): 563k

On cable Friday...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 860k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 429k
- America Says (GSN): 371k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/17/19

"Drag Race" Heads to Pluto
24/7 Channel to Launch
From the Wrap

Viacom continues to deepen its relationship with Pluto TV, with the free streaming service adding 7 new channels dedicated to shows from its parent company's archives, including "Love & Hip Hop" and "RuPaul's Drag Race," it announced on Tuesday.

The new, 24/7 channels are available to stream immediately. The full slate includes channels dedicated to five VH1 series — "Unscripted," "Hip Hop Family," "Love & Hip Hop," "Black Ink Crew" and "RuPaul's Drag Race "– and two BET shows in "Her" and "Homecoming."

"We have been making a concerted effort to grow and diversify our content offerings to better serve cultural audiences with content that they know, love, and relate to," Amy Kuessner, SVP of content partnerships at Pluto TV, said in a statement. "Following our recent launch of Pluto TV Latino, this new slate from Viacom delivers a front row seat to the multi-faceted, artisanal talents and family dynamics of visionaries stemming from African American and LGBTQ communities. It is guaranteed entertainment for wide-ranging audiences with programming that offers boundless exploration into art, music fashion with a healthy dose of drama, intrigue, Divas and Drag Queens."

The Wrap

posted 9/17/19

Circle Back
C4 Social Media Contest to Launch September 24
From BlastingNews

After the success of last year's series, the hit social media gameshow is finally returning to our screens. However, there are a few changes to this year's show; 'The second series is getting a bit of an overhaul as Emma Willis steps in as host' writes DigitalSpy.

The news was broken in a recent trailer for "The Circle" that saw Willis constantly changing her image as she announced the series return. The show will also see a new batch of 'Players' enter the luxury apartments though we are unlikely to meet them until the show's premiere on Tuesday 24th September. After a successful first series, it is easy to speculate whether this year's Players will stay true to themselves or decided to Catfish their fellow Players via the power of social media.

The Players live in one building though they're kept segregated from each other in their own individual apartments, only able to communicate through social media whether it be through group chats, private messages, or a series of games created by Channel 4.

BlastingNews

Digital Spy
Radio Times

posted 9/17/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Bold & the Benefits"

  • Kyra Green to guest on "The Bold & the Beautiful" (Monsters & Critics)

  • ABC brings "Cast from the Past" (The Futon Critic)

  • NBC unleashes Peacock (The Futon Critic) ... and reunites Mario Lopez & Elizabeth Berkley (TV Line) (PS: Zack Morris is still trash)

  • Counting down Nick Hewer's money (Reality Titbit)

  • Shaquille O'Neal to develop games with Back Roads (Deadline)

  • David Goodman re-elected WGA president... expect standoff to continue (The Wrap)

posted 9/17/19

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
"Jeopardy!", "Wheel" Among Syndicated Premieres
From the Hollywood Reporter

Our (three-month) long national nightmare is over... and it's time to get back to work. Three syndicated game shows and one app are celebrating new seasons today.

After several fallow years, the first-run syndication market is poised for a shot of adrenaline in 2019. The next two weeks will bring more national launches — seven — than any year since 2011, when Oprah Winfrey still had her daytime show.

Three talk shows — fronted by music star and The Voice judge Kelly Clarkson, former NBC News anchor Tamron Hall and best-selling author and speaker Mel Robbins — two game shows and two court shows, one starring Jerry Springer, are on tap. They're debuting in a time where linear ratings for broadcast shows are on the wane, and in a crowded field: There are more than 40 first-run syndicated shows set to air in 2019-20.

The syndication market also tends to heavily favor long-running shows: Of the 10 most watched first-run syndicated shows last season, only one, court show Hot Bench, has been on the air for less than 15 years (it debuted in 2014).

The people behind the shows told The Hollywood Reporter they're optimistic about their chances to make a dent in a landscape that hasn't been very hospitable to new series in recent years.

Highlights...
- FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK (season 3, today): On the panel for the first week of shows in the new season are Jon Lovitz, Sherri Shepherd, Louie Anderson, Byron Allen, Jodi Miller, and Jamie Kennedy
- JEOPARDY! (season 36, today): after six weeks of reruns, Jason Zuffranieri returns to defend his title and add to his $137,300 in the first episodes taped since Alex Trebek's cancer diagnosis fight began.
- WHEEL OF FORTUNE (season 37, today): The new year begins with Teachers Week and a big change: no more 1/2 Cars on the Wheel, and a new twist - a Triple Toss-up.
- HQ TRIVIA (season 6): It's Back to School on the granddaddy of 'em all. Levels and points are reset as the app continues to experiment with new game types and offer new prizes - including rewards based on how long you've been playing. Everyone will be sorted into a "class" - freshman through seniors - and the "class" with the most points at the end of the week gets "special prizes". There's also a prize for "perfect attendance"- playing every game. . Meanwhile, on HQ Sports, winners will be automatically entered into an All-Star Game to be held at the end of the season. Additionally, anyone who correctly answers Question 8 will also be invited to participate.
- 25 WORDS OR LESS (September 16): After a three-week trial run on nine Fox-owned stations in 2018, the Meredith Vieira-hosted show (produced by Dino Bones Productions) is going national with clearances in more than 90 percent of the country. Stephen Brown, executive vp programming and development at Fox TV Stations, said the tryout helped make the case for the show's wider launch. The week ends with Apollo Crews "and a ton of WWE Superstars".
- AMERICA SAYS (September 16): A syndicated rebroadcast of the Game Show Network's primetime original, America Says was a late addition to the syndicated pool this season with a deal struck in June. Host John Michael Higgins presides over both versions of the show, which will feature the same gameplay and stakes.
- FAMILY FEUD (September 16): No big changes planned for syndication's #1 game show, but Fremantle is going to take it on the road as a live tour.


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posted 9/16/19

11th Hour Replacement
Christie Brinkley Replaced by Daughter Sailor Ahead of Premiere
From Deadline

Dancing with the Stars has not waltzed into a good start after Christie Brinkley was forced to exit from the show after breaking her arm during rehearsals.

However, good news for Brinkley fans is that she has been replaced by her daughter, Sailor Brinkley-Cook, a Sports Illustrated model.

Brinkley's injury comes as the show is set to debut on ABC tonight at 8 pm.

"Showbiz is all about getting a break, and Sailor and I both got one on Dancing with the Stars this season," said a punning Christie Brinkley. "Sailor joined the cast when I got mine … ouch somebody stop me, it hurts to laugh."

An ABC spokeswomen said, "While rehearsing for the premiere of Dancing with the Stars, Christie Brinkley suffered injuries which required surgery to her wrist and arm. She is unable to continue her planned participation on the show. Keeping it all in the family, her daughter Sailor Brinkley-Cook, has chosen to quickly step in with hours to learn the entire routine and will compete in her mother's place for the remainder of the season. We wish Christie a full and speedy recovery and look forward to seeing her in the audience, whenever possible, proudly supporting Sailor."

Brinkley-Cook will be joined in the 28th season of the reality competition series by Sean Spicer, The Office's Kate Flannery, James Van Der Beek, ex-Supreme Mary Wilson, NBA champ Lamar Odom and The Bachelorette's Hannah Brown.

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posted 9/16/19

Tay-Tay Comes Back-Back to the Voice-Voice
"You Need to Calm Down" Singer to Act as "Mega-Mentor"
From the Futon Critic

Ten-time Grammy Award winner and record-breaking global pop icon Taylor Swift will serve as the Mega Mentor on Season 17 of NBC's four-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series "The Voice."

Coaches John Legend and Blake Shelton made the announcement on Instagram and Twitter today.

As "The Voice" Mega Mentor, Taylor will join coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani to mentor the artists and prepare each team for the Knockout Rounds, which will begin airing in late October.

During the Knockout Rounds, the artists will be paired with a teammate and select their own songs to perform individually.

Taylor will be on hand to work with all four coaches and their teams to provide feedback, suggestions and praise as the artists prepare for their performance. The coaches alone will choose the winner, and the artist not selected will be available to be stolen by another coach. They are vying for their coach's confidence and decision to take them to the final and crucial round before the Live Performance Shows, the Live Playoffs.

This season each coach will only have one steal in the Knockout Rounds, making the stakes higher than ever for the artists. Taylor previously served as the Mega Mentor on Season 7 of "The Voice." She also performed her chart-topping single "ME!" ft. Brendon Urie of Panic! At the Disco on the Season 16 finale of "The Voice" earlier this year.

"The Voice" premieres Monday, Sept. 23 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT) on NBC. .

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posted 9/16/19

What's Better Than One Vs. an Obstacle Course? How About Two?
Paramount Greenlights "Battle of the Fittest Couples"
From the Futon Critic

This fall, swolemates bring the heat to Paramount Network when the all-new competition series, Battle of the Fittest Couples premieres on Tuesday, October 15 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Battle of the Fittest Couples takes ripped couples and puts them through an intense competition that not only tests them on their physical and mental toughness, but how they work together as a team.

Hosted by real life couple, former Bachelorette, JoJo Fletcher and former NFL Quarterback Jordan Rodgers these two are no strangers to the competition world.

"We are so excited to be hosting, Battle of the Fittest Couples! We love working out as a couple, through doing so, we have learned so much about each other, and it has strengthened our relationship," says JoJo Fletcher. "Not only is this a physical competition, but it's about partnership and our goal is to have every couple leave this competition stronger both emotionally and physically," says Jordan Rodgers.

In Battle of the Fittest Couples, 12 of the toughest and most competitive couples battle their way through grueling, physical and mental main event challenges that will put every ounce of their athleticism to the test. The losing couple is automatically put up for elimination and the winning couple gets to call the shots on choosing another couple to send with them into the "Rage Cage." The ruthless rivals will then battle it out in a head-to-head brawl where one team will prevail and the other, sent home.

Through every episode, physical limits are pushed, alliances are made, and relationships are tested. In the end only one couple will win $100,000 and be named "Fittest Couple." .

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posted 9/16/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Our House... "

  • Big Brother at 20: a history (Deadline)

  • VIDEO WALL: How does one pronounced "genre"? (AV Club)

  • Alec Baldwin was roasted... here are some of the best zingers. (TV Line)

  • The Masked Singer offers a set of clues. Why? (TV Line)

  • Shaquille O'Neal to develop games with Back Roads (Deadline)

  • David Goodman re-elected WGA president... expect standoff to continue (The Wrap)

posted 9/16/19

EMMYS: RuPaul Collects Another One
"Drag Race" Host Wins 4th Trophy
From the Wrap

RuPaul's win at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmys, which were handed out on Saturday night in downtown Los Angeles, tied him with "Survivor" host Jeff Probst for most wins ever in the category — each has four.

RuPaul said backstage that he was so excited, he had no words to express his happiness. "I don't know how I feel because my brain is not connected to any other part of my body right now," he joked.

He also explained how he chose his outfit for the night — a smart black suit and purple pussy bow. "I wanted to do a pussy bow because I love a pussy bow. … especially the fact that I get to say pussy bow." Then he kept saying "pussy bow."

Probst won the first four awards from 2008-2011 for hosting "Survivor," and RuPaul has won the last four for "RuPaul's Drag Race," for the last four years.

In between them, Jane Lynch ("Hollywood Game Night") has won twice, Tom Bergeron ("Dancing With the Stars") once, and Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn ("Project Runway") once. RuPaul beat out Ellen DeGeneres, Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, Maria Kondo, and James Corden on Saturday.

"Drag Race" also took home trophies for costuming and hairstyling.

Elsewhere, James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live From Liverpool" beat Bruce Springsteen and Beyonce to win the Emmy for pre-recorded variety special.

"Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons'" won the award for live variety special, making the 97-year-old Lear the oldest winner in Emmy history.

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posted 9/15/19

THURSDAY: Nothing Fun Happened
ABC Wins with Debate Coverage
From the Futon Critic

ABC (11.220 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) got a boost on Thursday thanks to its primetime coverage of the "ABC News Democratic Candidates Debate" (11.220 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1).

CBS (3.867 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then had to settle for second with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (4.501 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), another "Young Sheldon" (4.219 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Big Brother 21" (4.578 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and "FBI" (2.663 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Next up was FOX (2.028 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and a special edition of "MLB on FOX" (2.028 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

Meanwhile, NBC (1.656 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) opted for repeats of "Superstore" (2.042 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), another "Superstore" (1.587 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9), "The Good Place" (1.392 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9), another "The Good Place" (1.164 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1.877 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

And finally, new episodes of "The Outpost" (0.725 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.593 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) plus a repeat "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.471 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) on The CW (0.628 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food)l 697k
- America Says (GSN): 503k
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death (History): 423k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 376k

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posted 9/15/19

HBO Max Greenlights Two
New Streamer to Air "Legendary", "The Greatest Space"
From The Futon Critic

Making its first move into the key unscripted space, HBO Max, the upcoming direct-to-consumer offering from WarnerMedia set to launch in the spring of 2020, has ordered two original unscripted series, Legendary and The Greatest Space (working title) straight to series.

Legendary will be serving up 10 episodes of all body and face, with no shade. In this show, divas will battle on voguing teams called "houses," with the chance to win a cash prize in ballsy fashion and dance challenges to ultimately achieve "Legendary" status. Voguing is a competitive style of modern dance featuring over-the-top fashion and choreography based on poses struck by models on a catwalk. Legendary will feature 10 voguing "houses," each comprised of five performers and a leader - the house "parent." The teams rotate in a round-robin format, and each episode documents a themed ball from start to finish. They Walk. They Serve. They Live to Slay.

The Greatest Space (wt), a 10-episode epic design competition show, will feature interior designers traveling around the world to transform an eclectic mix of empty rooms into spectacular spaces. In each one-hour episode, pairs of professional designers will head out on a country-hopping adventure, traveling to a new city in search of their canvas. Along the way, challenges will force them to lift directly from some of the most glamorous, audacious and ambitious rooms all around the world. From ballrooms to bedrooms to treehouses and everything in between, competitors battle to win the judges' favor. High stakes, surprises, language barriers and exotic locales await these designers, along with unpredictable eliminations. But, if they can hold on, the dwindling designers will gain access to larger, more surprising and more imaginative spaces, in pursuit of a substantial cash prize.

"Unscripted programming will be an incredibly important component of our HBO Max originals, and this is just the beginning of our venture into this space. These two initial shows will transport audiences to underground worlds and take them on visually stunning, exotic adventures, equaled only by the compelling stories of each contestant," said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max. "We couldn't have more accomplished teams behind both of these shows. From the innovative and award-winning storytellers at both Scout and Bertram van Munster's New Media Collective, we are reimagining the unscripted competition genre."

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posted 9/15/19

Pilot of the Day
Gary Lineker Hosts "Sitting on a Fortune" for ITV
From TBI

ITV has ordered a quiz show pilot featuring BBC Match Of The Day presenter Gary Lineker.

The former footballer and broadcaster is fronting quiz show Sitting On A Fortune, where a contestant can win a life-changing amount of money in each episode. The show is produced by ITV Studios-owned 5 Gold Rings and Catchpoint producer Possessed.

The format sees six contestants answering tough questions while sat in different positions. Only those who answer correctly and are in the right place at the right time will win the cash.

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posted 9/15/19


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EDDIE MONEY: 1949-2019
Rock Star's "Two Tickets To Paradise" Used as Theme to "Paradise Hotel"
From The Wrap

Musician Eddie Money died Friday following a battle with Stage 4 esophageal cancer. He was 70.

TMZ reports that the singer died from complications associated with his heart valve procedure from a few months ago.

"The Money Family regrets to announce that Eddie passed away peacefully early this morning," Money's family said in a statement to TheWrap Friday. "It is with heavy hearts that we say goodbye to our loving husband and father. We cannot imagine our world without him. We are grateful that he will live on forever through his music."

AXS TV, the cable network that carries Money's reality show, "Real Money," said in its own statement later Friday: "We are incredibly saddened to hear that Eddie Money passed away. Our thoughts are with Laurie, Jesse, Dez, Joe, Julian and Zach at this time."

The channel says "to honor Eddie Money's life and legacy" it will continue to air the final five episodes of "Real Money" on Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT. It's also set a tribute to Money for this and, starting at 8:30 a.m. ET, will air "Eddie Money: The Real Money Concert," "Real Money" and his sit-down interview with Dan Rather on "The Big Interview."

"Eddie Money was the very definition of a rock n' roll icon, and one of the industry's finest entertainers," said Len Asper, Anthem Sports and Entertainment Founder and CEO, Friday. "We are honored to be able to play a part in keeping his legacy alive, giving viewers a glimpse at the man behind the music on 'Real Money'–showing the world the unmatched charm and charisma that made Eddie such an incredible husband, father, and showman. He will deeply missed."

"We are deeply saddened that we have lost the incomparable Eddie Money. Eddie was a true American original and a rock legend through and through," said Mark Cuban, founder of AXS TV. "His enduring hits have been the soundtrack for generations of fans, and his one-of-a-kind sense of humor endeared him instantly to everyone he met. We have sincerely enjoyed working with him and his entire talented family on his reality show 'Real Money', and we extend our deepest condolences to his wife, Laurie; their children Zach, Jesse, Joe, Dez and Julian; and his many friends during this difficult time. He will be missed immensely by all of those who knew and loved him. But, if we know Eddie, he's rocking right now in heaven, doing what he always loved."

Money, whose real name was Edward Mahoney, burst on the music stage in the late '70s when he charted with singles "Baby Hold On" and "Two Tickets to Paradise", which was used as the theme music to the many short-lived versions of Fox's "Paradise Hotel".

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posted 9/15/19

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "Thingamajig"

  • The Masked Singer may be harder to follow along with this year (CheatSheet)

  • James Corden has real time with Bill Maher's fat shaming take (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Meredith Vieira (CheatSheet)

posted 9/15/19

WEDNESDAY: Pre-Finale Dead Heat
"AGT", "MasterChef" Tie It Up for NBC, Fox
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.822 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday thanks to a new "America's Got Talent" (8.436 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and the season finales of "Songland" (3.847 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and "Hollywood Game Night" (2.182 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

FOX (2.573 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with a new "MasterChef" (3.233 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and the season finale of "BH90210" (1.913 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5).

Next up was CBS (3.405 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a new "Big Brother 21" (4.553 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) alongside repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.755 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "SWAT" (2.907 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.150 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) again opted for an all-repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (2.909 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #6), "Schooled" (2.111 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Modern Family" (2.027 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Single Parents" (1.590 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (2.130 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, the season finale of "Bulletproof" (0.604 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15) and a new "Hypnotize Me" (0.571 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) rounded out the night on The CW (0.587 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 839k
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 (MTV): 746k
- America Says (GSN): 404k

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posted 9/12/19

C4 Picks Up BBC's "Throw Down"
Network Renews "The Great Pottery Throw Down" from "British Baking Show" Producers
From Deadline

Channel 4 has said it is bringing back Love Productions format The Great Pottery Throw Down after it was canceled by the BBC last year.

A Channel 4 spokeswoman told Deadline that The Great Pottery Throw Down will broadcast next year on both its main channel and More4.

Casting is already well underway, while the hosting line-up is close to being finalized.

Love Productions, which is 70% owned by Comcast's Sky, also makes The Great British Bake Off for Channel 4. Season 10 is currently broadcasting in the UK, while the bakery competition is also being shown on Netflix in the U.S. as The Great British Baking Show.

The Great Pottery Throw Down previously broadcast for two seasons on BBC2, where it was hosted by Sara Cox and built a loyal audience. So much so, more than 30,000 signed a petition urging the BBC to rethink its decision to cancel the series.

The Great Pottery Throw Down was similar to The Great British Bake Off in that it followed a group of pottery amateurs as they competed over a number of weeks to be crowned the country's top potter. Along the way, they made things like fine bone china tea sets and chandeliers from a set in Stoke-on-Trent, which is famous for its pottery industry.

Relations between the BBC and Love Productions have been fractious in recent years. Love moved The Great British Bake Off from the BBC to Channel 4 in acrimonious circumstances in September 2016 as part of a £75M ($92M) deal. It followed the producer taking legal action against the BBC in 2014, when it complained that the broadcaster copied the idea for The Great British Bake Off with BBC3 show Hair, which was made by BBC Studios. The matter was settled out of court.

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posted 9/12/19

Jeopardy! on the Road
Drivetime Teams with Sony
From Uproxx

Jeopardy! fans are already forced to imagine a world where the legendary game show someday doesn't have Alex Trebek to host it. But now if you can't smart your way onto the real show's stage as a contestant, you can at least play a version of Jeopardy! in your car.

On Monday, in-car entertainment app Drivetime announced it will bring Jeopardy! to its app and let players test their knowledge for themselves.

The Drivetime app itself is free, but premium subscribers get a new episode every day that's hosted by Trebek himself. The subscription for Drivetime is $10 a month, but the company offers other content, including other trivia games.

According to Venture Beat, Drivetime raised $11 million to expand their app, including the partnership with Jeopardy! to bring the trivia game to vehicles.

Drivetime started off with a trivia game on your mobile phone with audio interactivity. The game pits you against another driver in a contest. It asks you a multiple-choice question through your car's audio speakers or your phone's speakers, and then you respond by saying "A," "B," or "C." Your points are tallied up and the game declares a winner. Google's speech recognition in the cloud parses the answers.

With Jeopardy, each game session will include about 31 clues. The gameplay is pretty similar to the trivia contest, but each Jeopardy episode is longer. Jeopardy is part of the same Drivetime app as other channels. The app is voice-activated, and the company says it strives to provide safe gaming for drivers and others in the car. And they're excited about the chance to partner with Jeopardy!

"We are thrilled to work with Sony Pictures Television Games to bring JEOPARDY!®, the greatest game show on the planet, to an underserved audience that desperately needs interactive entertainment the most – the 110 million commuters in North America driving to and from work by themselves every day," Drivetime founder and CEO Niko Vuori said in a statement.

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posted 9/12/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Law of Unintended Consequences"

  • AXS TV's purchase means corporate restructure... And corporate restructure means... (The Wrap)

  • BUZZR's not just bringing back "Let's Make A Deal" September 30 - get ready for "Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour" & "Split Second"! (Facebook)

  • Paul Sinha's Parkinson's won't keep him from Chasing (Daily Star)

  • Half of Supermarket Sweep Twitter love the new version. THe other half wonder where all the pensioners be. (Digital Spy)

  • Prison no longer has a Situation (The Wrap)

  • Apparently Steve Harvey had to get divorced to find the right chick (EURWeb)

  • LIST ABUSE: 7 British game shows that should come back (Female First) and three game show movies (The Playlist)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Daphne Fowler (Reality Titbit)

posted 9/12/19

SYNDIES: Week 48
Results for Week Ending September 1
From TV Newscheck

The two most eagerly anticipated talk shows in years — Kelly Clarkson and Tamron Hall — both got off to flying starts with strong Sept. 9 debuts. Clarkson averaged an impressive 1.9 rating/6 share in the weighted metered markets for its premiere, which was syndication's highest opener for a nationally cleared first-run show in seven years. The new strip also took its year-ago time periods up a spectacular 73% on average. Meanwhile, Hall scored a nifty 1.4/5, which was the best bow for a talker in five years other than Clarkson's.

Moreover, Tamron trounced its competition in top market New York, shooting up 44% from its year-ago time period average to a first-place 2.3/9, and surged 71% from year ago in No. 2 market Los Angeles.

Turning to the national ratings for the pre-Labor Day session ending Sept.1, Dr. Phil continued to show the way in talk for a noteworthy 156th straight week. Even better, Phil was the only taker to clock a double-digit increase with a 15% surge to a nine-week high 2.3 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating.

Most other programs were flat to down in the lightly viewed late summer stanza. For example, all of the top three game shows lost ground. Family Feud fell 3% to a 5.8; Wheel of Fortune faded 2% to a 4.8; and Jeopardy slipped 8% to a 4.4.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.8 -3%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.8 -2%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 4.4** -8%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.4 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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posted 9/11/19

HGTV Rocks the Block
Catch It October 21
From B+C

Competition series Rock the Block starts on HGTV Oct. 21.

The show assembles a bevy of HGTV talent, including Leanne Ford of Restored by the Fords, Mina Starsiak Hawk of Good Bones, Jasmine Roth of Hidden Potential and Alison Victoria of Windy City Rehab. Each takes on the same property in the Los Angeles area and sees who can derive the most value from it across four weeks, and with $175,000.

Drew Scott of Property Brothers: Forever Home hosts.

"This is a no-holds-barred competition among highly skilled HGTV experts at the top of their game," said HGTV president Jane Latman. "They're playing to win, and we can't wait to see the results of their strategy, creativity and drive."

The winner gets a street named after them.

"These women are here because they're some of the best designers and renovators in the business," said Drew. "These houses are a blank canvas. They can completely redesign them—the possibilities are endless."

A range of HGTV stars, including Tarek El Moussa, Mike Holmes and Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt, play judges.

"At the end of four weeks, yours truly and my team of real estate experts are going to do a full top-to-bottom inspection of the newly renovated homes and crown the winner," said Drew.

Viewers get a weekly teaser video of each episode on HGTV GO starting Oct. 14.

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posted 9/11/19

TUESDAY: America's Got Semis
NBC Wins and It's Not Even Close
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.528 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with originals from "America's Got Talent" (9.386 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "Bring the Funny" (3.813 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

Second place then went to ABC (3.356 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) with the penultimate week of "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.112 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) plus repeats of "The Conners" (1.912 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and another "The Conners" (1.780 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Next up was CBS (5.025 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and its repeat trio of "NCIS" (5.692 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), "FBI" (4.781 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.603 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.599 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) served up a repeat "The Resident" (1.476 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) followed by the season finale of "First Responders Live" (1.723 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

And finally, originals from "Pandora" (0.648 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and "Mysteries Decoded" (0.539 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.594 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 789k
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 695k
- Ink Master (Paramount): 581k
- America Says (GSN): 441k
- Hip Hop Squares (VH1): 411k


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posted 9/11/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Love Each Other..."

  • Meredith Vieira opens up about helping her husband's MS (Oprah Winfrey Magazine)

  • LIST ABUSE: 17 game show moments that were extra AF (Buzzfeed)

  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire UK (Telly Mix)

  • Cameron Mathison diagnosed with kidney cancer, starts treatment (TV Line)

  • So Chrissy Teigen got into a Twitter fight she didn't start... but she damn near finished (Deadline)

  • Survivor producer Bruce Beresford-Redman is a free-ish man (Deadline)

  • "Drag Race" mourns producer (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ore Aduba (Reality Titbit)

posted 9/11/19

A Change Will Do You Good?
"Dancing with the Stars" to Change Voting
From Reality TV World

Dancing with the Stars is introducing a new voting system this fall for the show's upcoming 28th season. Dancing with the Stars viewers are going to have to vote live or vote blind in a short window of time this coming season!

ABC has announced Dancing with the Stars fans will only be able to vote as the live broadcasts air in the Eastern and Central time zones. That means after an episode ends, the viewer voting will too, unlike in previous seasons.

Viewers in the Mountain and Pacific time zones will still also be able to vote for their favorites; however, they must vote during the same period of time as Eastern and Central time zone viewers, which means they'll probably have to vote without being able to actually watch the dance routines first.

There will also be no home-viewer votes tabulated during the first week of performances when Dancing with the Stars' 28th season premieres live on Monday, September 16 at 8PM ET/PT. During the first week of competition, only judges' scores will matter.

As previously announced, the new Dancing with the Stars season will be judged by Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman.

Live voting on abc.com and via text will commence with Week 2 of the Dancing with the Stars season.

Reality TV World

posted 9/11/19

Return to Songland
NBC Renews Songwriting Contest for Season 2
From Deadline

NBC can't stop the music. The network has booked a return trip to Songland, renewing the summer songwriting competition series for a second season.

Songland takes an inside look at the creative songwriting process. It provides one winner per episode the opportunity to have their song recorded for a global audience by the chart-topping guest recording artists featured in their show. It's billed as a one-of-a-kind opportunity for talented up-and-coming songwriters to be exposed to and mentored by three music producers per episode who are responsible for today's biggest hits.

Deadline

The Wrap

posted 9/10/19

25 Stars or Less
Celebrities Lined Up for "Words" Premiere Week and Beyond
From B+C

The Fox TV Stations' new game show, 25 Words or Less, hosted and produced by Meredith Vieira, will see a parade of celebrities come play the game in its first season.

In the first week, which debuts Monday, Sept. 16, the show will feature Lisa Kudrow, Courteney Cox, Chelsea Handler, Rick Fox and Penn Jillette.

Kudrow, along with Dan Bucatinsky, Mary McCormack and Michael Morris are executive producers.

Also executive producing are showrunner Michael Canter and Bruce Sterten, creator of the board games "25 Words or Less"and "Taboo."

The show, which Fox tested in select markets last summer, is cleared in more than 98% of the country ahead of premiere.

"25 Words is a great break from the depressing news of the day," said Stephen Brown, executive vice president of programming and development for the Fox Television Stations, in a statement. "It's fast, smart, funny, and led by the best host in television, Meredith Vieira. She is the master at corralling big celebrity personalities and driving a game that's fun to watch and play."

Other celebrities coming to play the word game this season include Sex and the City's Chris Noth, The Office's Oscar Nunez, Punchline's Melissa Peterman, Back to the Future's Lea Thompson, EP McCormack and many more.

B+C

Deadline

posted 9/10/19

The Price Is Hype
Complex Launches Its New Show, "Price the Hype"
From Complex

Price the Hype is the world's first ever sneaker game show. Three contestants use their knowledge of average sneaker resale prices to compete for cash and a chance in the Save Your Sole bonus round. In Price the Hype's final game, the contestant wins a grand prize pair of hyped sneakers and is faced with a gauntlet of five questions. The only way the contestants walk away with the sneakers in brand new condition is to answer every question correctly. For each the question the contestant gets wrong, the sneaker gets damaged with one of the show's five tools of destruction. Hosted by Brendan Dunne of Full Size Run, Sole Collector's Price the Hype airs every Tuesday on Sole Collector.

Complex

posted 9/10/19

MGM Loaded at MIP
5th Grader Returns to Market
From C21MEdia

MGM Worldwide Television has revealed its slate for next month's Mipcom market, featuring high-end dramas as well as formats and feature films.

Several MGM formats will also be up on offer, including the quizshow Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?. The popular format sees adults test their primary school knowledge as they compete against schoolchildren.

Comedy quiz Generation Gap, meanwhile, puts family members of different generations together to answer questions about each other's generations.

Also available is TKO: Total Knockout, in which contestants attempt to complete an obstacle course as their competitors fire projectiles in an attempt to knock them down. .

C21 Media

posted 9/10/19

MONDAY: Bachelor vs. Ninjas vs. Football
ABC, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.435 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) held onto the top demo spot on Monday thanks to a new "Bachelor in Paradise" (5.255 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and the season finale of "Grand Hotel" (2.797 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

NBC (4.709 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the silver draw with its duo of "American Ninja Warrior" (5.000 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and "Dateline NBC" (4.125 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

Next up was CBS (3.132 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and its mix of "Lip Sync to the Rescue" (3.545 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5), "CBS Fall Preview" (3.055 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), "The Big Bang Theory" (2.573 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "Bull" (3.039 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.920 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) offered up another two-hour "So You Think You Can Dance" (1.920 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

And finally, originals from "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.176 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.924 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.859 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) rounded out the night on The CW (1.034 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 758k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 463k
- America Says (GSN): 377k
- Are You the One: Come One Come All (SF/MTV): 221k


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posted 9/10/19

WEEKEND: When a Young Mind's Fancy Turns to Football...
NBC Wins with SNF Season Debut
From the Futon Critic

NBC (15.683 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1) was of course the top draw on Sunday with the formal premieres of "Football Night in America #1" (6.665 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (9.139 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.9, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (13.423 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.2, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (19.247 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.6, #1).

FOX (8.305 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2) then claimed the silver with a full hour of "The OT" (15.708 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.1, #2) followed by repeats of "The Simpsons" (11.871 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.8, #4), "Last Man Standing" (3.257 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7), "Family Guy" (1.902 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and another "Last Man Standing" (1.383 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Next up was CBS (4.544 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.701 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9), "Big Brother 21" (4.948 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2.635 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (2.893 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #17).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.398 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.799 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (3.553 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) plus originals from "The $100,000 Pyramid" (3.406 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "To Tell the Truth" (2.833 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15).

And finally, repeats of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.721 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T18), "Masters of Illusion" (0.578 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T18) and another "Masters of Illusion" (0.529 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.1, #20) on The CW (0.637 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable Friday...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 846k
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? - 7p (Nick): 648k
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? - 7:30 (Nick): 514k

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.141m
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7:30p (VH1): 367k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7p (VH1): 319k


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posted 9/10/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "And They're Off"

  • Kelly Clarkson's show off to a strong start (Deadline)

  • Peter Sagal gets into a listener limerick challenge with a subway worker, and now he wants to apologize. (South Bend Tribune)

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 actors turned game show hosts (The Richest)

  • Vanna White: a timeline (Rare.us)

  • Dwayne Johnson gives an update on Kevin Hart (Deadline)

posted 9/10/19

Idol Worship
CBS Announces the Cast of "Survivor"
From the Futon Critic

CBS announced today the 20 castaways who will compete against each other on SURVIVOR when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 39th season with a special 90-minute premiere, Wednesday, Sept. 25 (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

This edition features two legendary winners, Boston Rob Mariano and Sandra Diaz-Twine, who return to the game to serve as mentors to a group of 20 new castaways. Combined, Boston Rob and Sandra have played over 200 days of SURVIVOR and plan to share their knowledge with the new castaways, but for the first time, they won't be competing for the money. During the 39 days, some castaways will have the opportunity to visit the Island of the Idols to learn skills and strategy from these "idols." Each player, selected to visit the special island in various ways throughout the season, will have to decide if they should put their knowledge to the test for a chance at a possible advantage in the game, or risk losing something very important in the process. Those who can rise up to the challenge will possibly gain an advantage and continue their individual quest for $1 million and the title of Sole Survivor.

"For our 39th season, we are bringing back two of our most dominant winners to serve as mentors to a new group of castaways," said executive producer and host Jeff Probst. "It's a SURVIVOR boot camp where each week, players will be instructed on a different facet of the game and then have a chance to test what they've learned for a shot at an advantage."

These new castaways will be forced to compete against each other with the same ultimate goal: to outwit, outplay and outlast each other, and in the end only one will remain to claim the title of Sole Survivor.

The show films in the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji, and is hosted by Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst. The following are the 20 castaways competing this fall.

"LAIRO" TRIBE
- Ronnie Bardah (35; Brockton, Mass.; Pro Poker Player)
- Elizabeth Beisel (26; Saunderstown, R.I.; Olympic Medalist)
- Missy Byrd (24; Decatur, Ga.; Air Force Veteran)
- Dean Kowalski (28; Westfield, N. J.; Tech Sales)
- Tom Laidlaw (60; Brampton, Ontario; Former NHL Player)
- Aaron Meredith (36; Uncasville, Conn. Gym Owner)
- Vince Moua (27; Merced, Calif.; Admissions Counselor)
- Karishma Patel (37; Philadelphia; Personal Injury Lawyer)
- Elaine Stott (41; Woodbine, Ky.; Factory Worker)
- Chelsea Walker (26; Marlton, N.J.; Digital Content Creator)

"VOKAI" TRIBE
- Lauren Beck (28; Bakersfield, Calif.; Nanny)
- Molly Byman (27; Boston; Law Student)
- Janet Carbin (59; Neptune, N.J.; Chief Lifeguard)
- Kellee Kim (29; Costa Mesa, Calif.; MBA Student)
- Jason Linden (32; New York, N.Y.; Personal Injury Lawyer)
- Jack Nichting (23; Newport News, Va.; Graduate Student)
- Noura Salman (36; London, UK / Bethesda, Md.; Entrepreneur)
- Tommy Sheehan (26; Bayville, N.Y.; 4th Grade Teacher)
- Jamal Shipman (33; Jersey City, N.J.; College Administrator)
- Dan Spilo (48; New York, N.Y.; Talent Manager)


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posted 9/9/19

Wait for the Beep...
"Supermarket Sweep UK" Launches Today
From iNews

It's time to go wild in the aisles as Supermarket Sweep returns to TV screens with Rylan Clark-Neal hosting the new version of the classic daytime gameshow.

After an 18 year break, the sound of the till beeps will be heard once again as contestants will attempt to win the cash prize of £3,000.

The show has pretty much remained the same – albeit with a few little updates – with Clark-Neal confirming that the pastel-colored jumpers are even making a comeback.

Amid the excitement over the rebooted version, the host confirmed that the show will feature a tribute to Dale Winton.

The reboot kicks off tonight (Monday 9 September) on ITV2 at 8pm and will last for 60 minutes. The new series will air for the next four weeks every Monday. If viewers miss the episode, they can catch it on the ITV Hub.

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posted 9/9/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "They've Been Ready for 30 Years, Larry"

  • American Gladiators at 30 (Slate)

  • RuPaul's Drag Race taking its show to Vegas (Deadline)

  • Steve Harvey to join Anthem takeover of Mark Cuban's cable empire (Deadline)

  • VIDEO WALL: Who's that announcing Kelly Clarkson's new show? (TV Line)

  • Lynn Swann goes from the truth to USC to... out? (ESPN)

  • How Are You the One became must-watch TV for the LGBTQI+ community (The Wrap)

  • Sarah Palin reportedly gets mismatched with her husband after 31 (BLANKS) (KTLA Los Angeles)

  • Avner Netanyahu is chasing in Israel (Israel National News)

  • Gregg Wallace goes from MasterChef UK to high adventure (Deadline)

posted 9/9/19


CBS

Angelica McDaniel Exits CBS Daytime
Corporate Restructuring Underway
From B&C

Angelica McDaniel, head of CBS' daytime, is departing the network as daytime gets rolled into current programming overseen by Amy Reisenbach.

McDaniel has been at the network since 2010, when she was hired as a vice president overseeing The Talk.

"Angelica McDaniel championed our daytime series lineup with creativity, passion and energy and broke new ground by helping launch the network's first daytime talk show in years [The Talk] while respecting the long history and tradition of the dramas and game shows," said CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl in a statement. "We appreciate her many contributions and wish her well on her next endeavors."

McDaniel was promoted in 2012 to senior vice president of daytime and then to executive vice president in 2015, adding oversight of syndicated content development.

Besides The Talk, CBS' daytime lineup is currently composed of soap operas The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful, and game shows The Price is Right and Let's Make A Deal..

B&C

The Hollywood Reporter
Deadline
The Wrap

posted 9/6/19


The Wrap

CHRIS MARCH: 1963-2019
"Project Runway" Season 4 Finalist
From The Wrap

Chris March, a popular fashion designer who appeared on the Bravo series "Project Runway" and crafted costumes for artists including Madonna, Lady Gaga, and Beyonce died Thursday, a person close to March confirmed. He was 56.

March finished in 4th place in Season 4 of the design competition show and 12th place in the fourth season of "Project Runway: All-Stars." He had his Bravo own spin-off, "Mad Fashion," which followed his career as a working fashion designer.

He worked on numerous Broadway productions and San Francisco's popular Beach Blanket Babylon cabaret show. March was known for his avant-garde and bold designs, including using real human hair.

In 2010, Meryl Streep enlisted March to design her Oscar and Golden Globe dresses.

March had suffered a debilitating fall in June 2017 that almost killed him. Following the accident, he was paralyzed in both legs as well as his right arm and hand.

On his GoFundMe page, March explained he was struggling with rehabilitation and its costs.

"I have recently run into several setbacks in my recovery, the biggest one being that my medical insurance went up over 500% at the beginning of 2019," he wrote. "I am also in need of leg braces, specialized physical therapy, a hearing aid, and a new living arrangement. Where I am now is unbearable and makes me anxious and depressed every day. I have considered suicide many times. I have tried my best to make strides."

In a Facebook tribute, his friend Anna Batsakes wrote, "Despite these limitations, Chris worked diligently to remain positive about his life and future. He was a creative, brilliant, loving man and a loyal friend."

Deadline
The Wrap
TV Line

posted 9/6/19

THURSDAY: Time to Kick This B Off!
NBC Wins on NFL
From the Futon Critic

NBC (19.564 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.2, #1) kicked off the NFL season on top with its special editions of "NFL Kickoff 2019" (17.092 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 5.0, #3), "Sunday Night Football Pre-Kick" (20.926 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.3, #2) and "Sunday Night Football" (19.841 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 6.5, #1).

The silver then went to CBS (3.613 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (4.097 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), another "Young Sheldon" (3.955 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Big Brother 21" (4.163 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) and "FBI" (2.652 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Next up was FOX (2.209 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with a new "Spin the Wheel" (2.088 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and the season finale of "Spin the Wheel" (2.329 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.523 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up the feature "The Lego Movie" (1.508 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) plus the penultimate "Reef Break" (1.553 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11).

And finally, new episodes of "The Outpost" (0.685 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) and "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.591 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) alongside a repeat "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.500 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.615 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 705k
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death - 10p (History): 483k
- America Says (GSN): 439k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 434k
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death - 11p (History): 319k .

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posted 9/6/19


Buzzfeed News

Leslie Jones: From "SNL" to "Supermarket"?
Report: Former Not-Ready-For-Primetime-Player to Host Reboot
From Deadline

Saturday Night Live standout Leslie Jones is leaving NBC's late-night sketch comedy program after five seasons to pursue a slew of film and TV projects. Deadline reports that one of these projects is Supermarket Sweep, a reboot of the classic TV game show that Jones will be hosting and executive producing.

Deadline reports the revival, from Fremantle - owner of the format created by Al Howard and run on TV from 1967-1968 and again in the 1990s & 2000s - has been generating a lot of interest, with multiple networks bidding on it, both traditional broadcasters and streamers, with the list including ABC, NBC, Fox and Netflix.

ABC has a potent lineup of classic game show revivals where Supermarket Sweep with actress-comedian Jones would fit in nicely, including Match Game, hosted by fellow SNL-er Alec Baldwin, and a couple hosted by actor-comedians, including Celebrity Family Feud with Steve Harvey and To Tell the Truth, hosted by Anthony Anderson. Jones will appear on ABC's revival of The $100,000 Pyramid, facing off against Rosie O'Donnell.

Deadline

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posted 9/6/19

The Market Is (Almost) Open
A Look Inside "Supermarket Sweep UK"
From Newscast Studio

ITV2 is bringing back the classic "Supermarket Sweep" game show to the U.K. again — and it looks like the show's faux supermarket set has been updated to be more in line with the trendy look stores are taking on along with some nods to the past.

ITV2 aired the show from 1993 to 2001 and 2007 with Dale Winton as host.

Rylan Clark-Neal will host the latest ITV2 iteration and the show is filmed from a fake supermarket set with bold horizontal wood and metallic headers, clean white shelving and backlit panels. Despite the new set echoing the look of a modern, trendy store, some nods to the gaudy pastels found on both the old shows' sets and in real life grocery store design.

Traditional grocery store checkout lanes, complete with their curved corners, are included in the set — with that shape also used in a floating header element and contestant and host lecterns.

Newscast Studio

Daily Record
Pretty52
Northwest Evening Mail

posted 9/6/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Bring It On"

  • Sporcle's TriviaCon this April in Las Vegas is hosting... well, a lot of our friends. (Sporcle)

  • VIDEO WALL: John Cena on "5th Grader" has fun with a player (The Wrap) and plays his theme on the recorder (TV Line)

  • Alec Baldwin doesn't like playing Trump any more than anyone left of the writers of this site like the guy he's playing... but it's therapeutic (Deadline)

  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: Family Feud Canada heads to Canada (CBC)

  • How long can people try to beat Bobby Flay (TV Overmind)

  • Alex Trebek... in affirmation form (Fast Company)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Noel Fielding (Decider)

posted 9/6/19


EndemolShine/CBS

Same Time Next Year...
CBS Renews "Big Brother" on the Eve of Double Eviction Night
From The Futon Critic

CBS has renewed the summer reality hit BIG BROTHER for its 22nd season to be broadcast in summer 2020. Julie Chen Moonves will return as host.

Since its premiere on CBS in the summer of 2000, BIG BROTHER continues to be one of television's top-rated summer series in young demographics. Summer-to-date, the Thursday and Sunday episodes are tops in key demos among all broadcasts.

In addition, this season, BIG BROTHER has experienced double-digit growth over last year in full episode streams across CBS digital platforms.

BIG BROTHER airs Sundays and Wednesdays (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and Thursdays (9:00-10:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT), featuring the live eviction show hosted by Julie Chen Moonves, on the CBS Television Network.

BIG BROTHER follows a group of people living together in a house outfitted with 94 HD cameras and more than 113 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.

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The Wrap
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posted 9/5/19

WEDNESDAY: Three Kids... Part 2
"America's Got Talent" Wins for NBC. Again.
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.922 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) claimed top honors on a competitive Wednesday with its mix of "America's Got Talent" (8.376 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1), "Songland" (4.202 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and "Hollywood Game Night" (2.189 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

FOX (2.496 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a close second with originals from "MasterChef" (3.070 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and "BH90210" (1.921 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

Next up was CBS (3.229 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a new "Big Brother 21" (4.403 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) alongside repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.598 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "SWAT" (2.685 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8). Meanwhile,

ABC (2.055 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up its repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (2.604 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Schooled" (1.998 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "Modern Family" (2.069 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Single Parents" (1.610 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (2.025 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

And finally, new episodes of "Bulletproof" (0.658 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "Hypnotize Me" (0.556 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15) on The CW (0.607 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.085m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 906k
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2: 694k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/5/19

Catch 2020
BBC Renews "Catchpoint"
From Broadway World

Catchpoint, a Possessed and 12 Yard co-production, will return to BBC One in 2020.

The series is the very first physical game show where contestants need quick reflexes and brains in order to win a cash prize in the ultimate battle of brains and balls.

Following a successful debut series which aired earlier in 2019, the family-friendly game show that combines physical fun with a new and exciting question mechanic will once again be hosted by TV Presenter and Comedian Paddy McGuinness.

Paddy McGuinness says: "Series one was a blast with some cracking contestants and I'm looking forward to getting caught up in the excitement once again."

Zoë Tait, Executive Producer, says: "We're delighted to be making a second series of Catchpoint and are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Paddy again on such a lively Saturday night show."

Kate Phillips, Controller Entertainment Commissioning at the BBC, says: "Catchpoint combines quick wits and even quicker reflexes, MAKING IT a unique treat for the whole family to enjoy."

Broadway World

posted 9/5/19

For $25, Here's Your First Subject...
"The $100,000 Pyramid" Comes Home September 11
From Board Game Geek

Fans of "The $100,000 Pyramid" are about to get a chance to take Michael Strahan home with Pressman's upcoming release of the home game.

The beloved game show is back and ready to entertain a whole new generation! Grab your teammate and listen closely to the clues to choose the right word to get to the final round for big money!

Game includes a game pyramid as well as dozens of puzzles from the show and unique to the game.

"The $100,000 Pyramid" is available for preorder at Amazon.com for $24.99.

Board Game Geek

posted 9/5/19

TUESDAY: Three Kids Take Down Television
"America's Got Talent" Wins for NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.199 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the champ on Tuesday thanks to its pairing of "America's Got Talent" (9.057 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "Bring the Funny" (3.481 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

ABC (3.216 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) remained the silver draw with a new "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.043 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) plus repeats of "Bless This Mess" (1.668 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "Black-ish" (1.457 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Next up was CBS (4.501 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) and its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (5.245 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4), "FBI" (4.233 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.025 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.452 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up a repeat "The Resident" (1.378 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and a new "First Responders Live" (1.526 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

And finally, a new "Pandora" (0.515 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) and a repeat "Mysteries Decoded" (0.566 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) closed out the evening on The CW (0.540 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 696k
- Chopped (Food): 680k
- Ink Master (Paramount): 576k
- Hip Hop Squares - 8:30p (VH1): 512k
- Hip Hop Squares - 8p (VH1): 421k
- Holey Moley (R/ESPN2): 165k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/5/19

Sweet Dreams Are Made of Whatever's in the Basket
"Chopped's" Sweets Showdown Begins October 1
From the Futon Critic

Ted Allen hosts this new high-stakes dessert tournament for the ages in the five-episode stunt, Chopped: Sweets Showdown, premiering Tuesday, October 1st at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. In each episode four chefs have a sweet-themed ingredient in their mystery baskets that they must use through three rounds to create different dessert iterations with a limited amount of time. A rotating panel of Chopped and special guest judges, including Florian Bellanger, Valerie Bertinelli, Maneet Chauhan, Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Chris Santos, Martha Stewart, Sylvia Weinstock and Zac Young, determine which chefs from each heat will move on to the finale for a shot at the $50,000 grand prize!

"When thinking of decadent items such as cake, chocolate, doughnuts and ice cream, an enjoyable and indulgent dessert comes to mind, but having these items added into each rounds' mystery baskets that the competitors must seamlessly incorporate into their dishes makes for an epic showdown that pushes the chefs outside their comfort zones to solve this sweet-themed culinary puzzle," said Courtney White, President, Food Network.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/5/19

Another Rylan Clark-Neal Joint?
"Supermarket Sweep UK" Host to Front Reboot of "Ready Steady Cook"
From Pretty 52

Fans of British TV game shows of the 90s are going to LOVE this news: Ready Steady Cook is being rebooted.

Yes, the iconic cooking show is being recommissioned by the BBC for 2020, although there'll be no Ainsley Harriott at the helm this time round. Instead, presenter Rylan Clark-Neal, 30, will be shouting "ready steady cook" when the iconic show returns.

The famous series burst onto our screens in October 1994 and ran until February 2010, with celebrity chef Ainsley - now 62 - taking over hosting duties from Fern Britton in 2000. Ainsley hosted more than 1,000 episodes in his time on the show and later seasons of its American version, "Ready Set Cook" for Food Network.

According to The Sun, the reboot will see the franchise updated to reflect "contemporary food themes" such as healthy eating and cooking on a budget, all taking place in a newly-designed Ready Steady Cook kitchen.

Speaking about the reboot and his upcoming hosting gig, Rylan said: "I'm so excited that Ready Steady Cook is finally coming back to our screens.

"To be asked to host such an amazing show for the BBC is such a privilege. After making the finals of Celebrity MasterChef I know how tough cooking under pressure can be."

Pretty52

C21 Media
The Scotsman

posted 9/5/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Finally... Football"

  • Farrah Moan is calling shenanigans on Ariana (Billboard)

  • Betty White kicks off the 100th season of the NATIONAL.... Football League. (TV Guide)

  • Anthony Anderson, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog join "The Masked Singer" as guest judges (The Wrap)

posted 9/4/19

MONDAY: A Labor (Day) of Love
ABC Wins Demo with "Bachelor", "Ninja Warrior" Holds Strong for Totals
From The Futon Critic

ABC (3.503 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the Labor Day champ in demos with fresh installments of "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.073 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "Grand Hotel" (2.364 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Second place then went to NBC (4.074 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) with a new "American Ninja Warrior" (4.558 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and a repeat "Dateline NBC" (3.108 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

Next up was CBS (3.349 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and its all-repeat lineup of "The Neighborhood" (3.403 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "The Big Bang Theory" (3.337 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), "Young Sheldon" (3.409 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), "Mom" (3.223 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and "Bull" (3.361 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.816 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) offered up a new two-hour "So You Think You Can Dance" (1.816 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

And finally, The CW (0.807 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) opted for repeats of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.921 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.704 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.680 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship - 9p (Food): 1.075m
- Kids Baking Championship - 8p (Food): 621k
- Are You the One: Come One Come All (MTV): 238k
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Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/4/19

WEEKEND: More Ninjas
CBS' "Big Brother" Dips to College Football, NBC's "Ninja" Replay Wins Friday
From The Futon Critic

NBC (2.614 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) was the demo champ on a low key Friday with repeats of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.613 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) and "Dateline NBC" (2.614 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.059 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up encores of "BH90210" (1.024 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) and "MasterChef" (1.093 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

And finally, new episodes of "Masters of Illusion" (0.809 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and "The Big Stage" (0.620 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) plus a repeat "Hypnotize Me" (0.491 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) on The CW (0.603 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable Friday...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 796k

ABC (5.117 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) opened September on top with its presentation of "ABC's Fall Preview Special" (3.546 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and "College Football: Houston Cougars at Oklahoma Sooners" (5.341 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1).

The silver then went to CBS (3.910 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) and its mix of "60 Minutes" (6.049 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4), "Big Brother 21" (4.095 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2.651 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (2.844 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

Next up was NBC (2.207 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with encores of "America's Got Talent" (2.388 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), another "America's Got Talent" (2.487 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "Bring the Funny" (1.566 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.929 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up repeats of "Last Man Standing" (1.091 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), another "Last Man Standing" (1.201 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), "The Simpsons" (0.893 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), "Bob's Burgers" (0.768 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), "Family Guy" (1.006 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) and the season finale of "What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage" (0.615 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13).

And finally, second runs of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.633 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16), "Masters of Illusion" (0.514 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) and another "Masters of Illusion" (0.563 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) on The CW (0.586 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.171m
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7p (VH1): 387k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7:30p (VH1): 370k


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posted 9/4/19

House Party in Germany
Banijay Sells Format to ProSieben
From C21 Media

German free-to-air network ProSieben has commissioned a new gameshow from Banijay Productions Germany, part of Banijay Group.

Die Live-Show bei dir Zuhause (The Live Show at Your Home) will see two neighboring families compete in a series of challenges live in the middle of their street for the chance to win prizes.

The show is scheduled to air later this year.

Banijay Productions Germany was launched in 2018 and sits alongside Brainpool and Good Times under Banijay's German umbrella. Other recent shows from Banijay Productions Germany include adventure reality format Survivor and gameshow Wild Things, which will premiere this month on VOX and RTL2 respectively. Both are based on Banijay Group formats.

C21 Media
Worldscreen

posted 9/3/19

SYNDIES: Week 47
Results for the Week Ending August 25
From TV Newscheck

The big traditional entertainment magazines generated the ratings steam in an otherwise tepid late-season syndication session ending Aug. 25.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.0 +3%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.9 NC
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Jeopardy (CTD) 4.8 +2%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.4 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck

B+C
The Wrap

posted 9/4/19

Japanese Life Hacks
ITVS Sells Format to TBS
From C21 Media

Japanese broadcaster Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) has teamed up with a UK-based format developer and producer to launch a new gameshow for the global market.

TBS has partnered with Dave Winnan, former director of format development and production at ITV Studios (ITVS), to create Time is Money: The Celebrity Life Hack Show.

Details of the format will be unveiled at a breakfast presentation at Mipcom next month.

The studio-based game format "gives you all of the celebrity chaos and family fun you expect from a top variety show, but marries it with some top lifestyle take-home too," Winnan told C21. "We call it The Celebrity Life Hack Show and it's got the best of The Generation Game married with top all-star banter, prizes and a unique commercial angle to help with those shiny-floor budgets."

Shinichi Mishiro, head of format development at TBS, told C21 that Time is Money is "the first tangible fruit of the new partnership" with the UK-based flying producer."

C21 Media

posted 9/4/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Bring It On"

  • Artem Chigvintsev is not watching "Dancing" (GoldDerby) ... and neither is Sharna Burgess?. (GoldDerby)

  • VIDEO WALL: ... what the hell is that thing?! (The Wrap)

  • Dwayne Johnson saves Kelly Clarkson's show (Deadline)

  • Byron Allen's court case with Comcast is sparking a boycott (Deadline)

  • Alec Baldwin's roast list just got longer (The Futon Critic)

  • Alex Trebek's Lake House for $1.3 Million, please. (The Marin Independent Journal)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Before he was a convicted felon, Paul Manafort was in the audience of "What Would You Do?" while Marc measured how heavy his wife's purse was. We are not kidding (The AV Club)

posted 9/4/19

Rebel Wilson's Game Show Career Goes to the Dogs... Literally
Actress to Host "Pooch Perfect" in Australia
From The Wrap

Rebel Wilson is set to host an Australian reality show following the lives of competition dog groomers, so naturally it's called "Pooch Perfect."

"It's all about the people who are mainly focusing on the grooming aspects of dogs," "The Morning Show" entertainment editor Peter Ford said on Tuesday. Yeah, it's kind of like "Best in Show," Ford acknowledged.

Watch the announcement below, which Wilson shared with her 2.9 million Twitter followers.

"I guess the news is out! So stoked to be joining Ch 7 for this super fun show! #PoochPerfect https://t.co/P6IVGBOQk4 — Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson) September 3, 2019

"Pooch Perfect" will air on Australia's Channel 7. If you don't get the pun, Wilson stars in the "Pitch Perfect" movies. Wilson's mom, Sue, is a professional dog handler. "The Morning Show" co-host Kylie Gillies referred to Rebel as a "former junior dog handler.".

The Wrap

Deadline

posted 9/3/19


Daily Mirror

HALEY SMITH: 1993-2019
"American Idol" Season 11 Contestant
From Deadline

Haley Smith, a contestant on Season 11 of American Idol, died Saturday following a motorcycle crash in Millinocket, Maine, Millinocket police confirmed. She was 26.

In a statement, police said it appears Smith failed to negotiate a sharp turn and crashed. She was pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation into the crash is pending.

Smith auditioned in 2012 in Colorado at age 18, performing Rufus and Chaka Kahn's "Tell Me Something Good" for judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. Tyler seemed particularly impressed, telling Smith he loved her voice and was honored to hear her sing, adding she was right out of his "era." She made it to Hollywood, but was cut after the first round.

Smith's father, Mike Smith, told TMZ, which was first to report her death, that his daughter was a good rider and believes a deer may have been involved in the accident.

Deadline
The Wrap
TV Line

posted 9/3/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Struggle Is Real"

  • Netflix is entertaining weekly releases... like it hasn't done so before. (The Wrap)

  • Jameela Jamil offers a miserable preview of "The Misery Index" (TV Insider)

  • Marc Summers makes the announcement no fan of "Double Dare" wants to hear: Nick decides against a season 3 (Instagram)

  • Leslie Jones isn't dead. Only graduating (TV Line)

  • John O'Hurley is embarrassed for some friends of his (The Wrap)

  • #ICYMI: A German "Millionaire" fan is going for the big one. For the real real (The Guardian)

posted 9/3/19


Parade

VALERIE HARPER: 1939-2019
"Rhoda" Star A Game Show Regular
From TV Line

TV veteran Valerie Harper, who starred as Rhoda Morgenstern on The Mary Tyler Moore Show as well as her own self-titled spinoff, has died at the age of 80, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

In March 2013, Harper revealed that she had been diagnosed with leptomeningeal carcinomatosis, a rare and typically incurable form of cancer; at the time, she said doctors had given her as little as three months to live.

As recently as April 2014, Harper said she was "absolutely cancer-free," having responded well to treatment, but this May she said that while she was "feeling good," she was "ready to go," having defied the odds for so long.

In her career, Harper amassed four total Emmy Awards for her portrayal of Mary Tyler Moore's best friend Rhoda, including once as the star of her own spinoff (which also netted her a Golden Globe).

Eight years after Rhoda's run, Harper fronted the NBC family sitcom Valerie, which after Season 2 changed its name to Valerie's Family and then The Hogan Family, when the actress famously exited the series. She then co-starred on the CBS sitcoms City (1990) and The Office (1995).

Competing in the fall 2013 edition of Dancing With the Stars, Harper (paired with pro Tristan MacManus) was third to be sent home, in the season that was won by Amber Riley.

Harper's most recent TV appearances included 2 Broke Girls, Melissa & Joey, Hot in Cleveland and Drop Dead Diva.

Besides DWTS, Harper also played The Hollywood Squares.

TV Line
Deadline
The Wrap

posted 8/30/19

A Real "Game Changer"
CollegeHumor Greenlights New Game for Subscription Service
From Broadway World

CollegeHumor's DROPOUT today announced that Game Changer, a game show series with everchanging rules and challenges, will debut on their subscription-based streaming service on Friday, September 20. A new episode of the six-episode series will be released every Friday through October 18.

In this game show, the game format changes every show. Featuring the CollegeHumor cast, players begin each round without knowing the rules, and must figure them out while simultaneously competing to win. Unlike a typical game show that follows the same format week over week, Game Changer has a completely new set of rules and challenges every episode. Filled with physical challenges, like smashing vases upon request, and mental challenges like guessing the culprit in an impromptu murder mystery game, Game Changer also features surprise guest appearances by friends of our players. Contestants will have no preparation for what - or who - will be part of each episode.

Said Sam Reich, executive producer, director and host: "Our players have no idea what game they're playing when the cameras start rolling, but by the end of each episode, they either get ruthlessly competitive, double-over in laughter or get shocked into stunned silence - and sometimes, all of the above."

In addition to Reich, Game Changer is executive produced by David Kerns.

Broadway World

posted 8/30/19

THURSDAY: More Football, Less Big Brother
CBS Wins Total, Ties Fox with Demo
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.250 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) was the top draw on another NFL disrupted Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.678 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5), "Young Sheldon" (5.718 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "Big Brother 21" (6.142 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "FBI" (3.909 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

FOX (4.602 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with encores of "MasterChef" (4.604 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and "Spin the Wheel" (4.600 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2).

Next up was ABC (3.987 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) with a repeat "Holey Moley" (4.258 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) followed by a new "Reef Break" (4.284 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and a second "Reef Break" (3.418 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.918 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) served up second runs of "The Wall" (4.679 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Hollywood Game Night" (3.776 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.301 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

And finally, new episdoes of "The Outpost" (1.235 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (1.213 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) plus a repeat "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (1.075 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) rounded out the night on The CW (1.189 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 726k
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death (History): 574k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 418k
- America Says (GSN): 413k

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posted 8/30/19

The Chasers Vs. The World
ITV Greenlights "Are You Smarter Than a Chaser?"
From Telly Mix

The stars of The Chase will reportedly travel the world and battle some of its smartest minds in a new spin-off.

ITV's hit daytime quiz sees teams of four go head-to-head with a single Chaser to reveal who knows the most.

Five brainboxes feature on the show - Mark Labbett, Shaun Wallace, Anne Hegerty, Paul Sinha and Jenny Ryan. Now, having scored countless victories, they're set to put themselves in the contestants' shoes - by facing even more formidable foes.

According to The Sun, bosses have ordered a new spin-off series, named 'Are You Smarter Than A Chaser?'. It will see the Chasers go globetrotting in the US, Japan and their UK homeland to compete against even brighter rivals, including both adult and child geniuses. In the ultimate test of their knowledge, they will also grapple with AI technology and the planet's most advanced robots.

The program is due to air on ITV this winter in an evening timeslot.

Telly Mix

Brinkwire

posted 8/30/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Back to the Death Star"

  • AT&T, Nexstar make a deal. Details not made public. Your DirecTV bill is going up. Nobody learned anything. (Deadline)

  • LIST ABUSE: The game shows available on Netflix (Looper)

  • Michael Sheen's first glance as Chris Tarrant (Bustle)

  • "The X Factor" champs Rak-su get Xed from RCA (Telly Mix)

  • Number of hits spawned by "Songland": Six. (The Wrap)

posted 8/30/19


Sony Pictures TV

Alex Trebek Gets Back to Work
"Jeopardy!" Host Done with Chemo, Gets Set for September 9 Launch
From TV Line

Alex Trebek is returning to work as Jeopardy! host this week, nearly six months after revealing he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

The six-time Daytime Emmy winner (and Lifetime Achievement honoree) released a video (below) on Thursday afternoon announcing that his chemotherapy treatments are "over" and he is now "on the mend."

The video has him talking about the Jeopardy! wizard James Holzhauer and the latest champ Jason Zuffranieri. We also see him interacting with the audience and backstage at Jeopardy! The show is currently taping its 36th season. "We've got some exciting things coming up, and I can't wait to share them with all of you," said Trebek in the video. "Let me tell you, it's going to be a good year."

Trebek shared his cancer diagnosis on March 6, saying, "I'm going to fight this, and I'm going to keep working," he said. "And with the love and support of my family and friends, and with the help of your prayers also, I plan to beat the low survival-rate statistics for this disease." In late May, he offered an update on his treatment/health, saying that some of his tumors "have already shrunk by more than 50 percent" following chemotherapy, despite the disheartening survival rate for Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

"The doctors said they hadn't seen this kind of positive result in their memory," Trebek said at that time, adding that he cried "tears of joy, not tears of depression" upon learning the good news.

Season 36 of Jeopardy!, with Trebek back as host, premieres Monday, Sept. 9 in syndication.

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Today
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New York Daily News
Screen Rant
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posted 8/29/19


Gold Derby

Mike Richards to Take Over Wheel, Jeopardy!
New Sony EP to Oversee Once Harry Friedman Exits
From the Wrap

Mike Richards is set to take over as executive producer of "Jeopardy!" and "Wheel of Fortune" when Harry Friedman exits next year.

Friedman announced his plans to retire from the game show world at the beginning of this month after 25 years with Sony Pictures Television.

Richards, who served as executive producer of "The Price is Right" for over ten years and also worked on "Let's Make a Deal," announced plans to leave both shows in June after signing an overall deal with SPT.

"Wheel of Fortune" is currently in production on its 37th season, while and "Jeopardy!" is taping its 36th. Both will premiere on Sept. 9.

"'Wheel of Fortune' and 'Jeopardy!' are the gold standard of television — exceptional, timeless formats produced by amazing teams. Alex Trebek, Vanna White and Pat Sajak are incredible hosts and I can't wait to work side by side with them on these world-class franchises. Harry Friedman's 25-year run can only be described as legendary. I have long been inspired by his hard work and brilliant decision making, and I'm honored to get to work with Harry over the next few months. Thank you to Mike Hopkins and the entire Sony team for this dream opportunity," said Richards.

"We are fortunate to have Mike, one of the top game show producers in the business, join the talented teams at Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!," said Mike Hopkins, Chairman of Sony Pictures Television. "Mike's experience working with long-running franchises like 'Price Is Right' and 'Let's Make a Deal' make him the ideal successor for our iconic shows. We also look forward to Mike growing our already strong game show business and to developing and producing shows for network, cable, and streaming platforms. We are grateful for the leadership and impeccable direction Harry has so elegantly provided over many years and look forward to the continued success of these beloved shows."

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posted 8/29/19

WEDNESDAY: A Logjam at the Top
NBC Wins Total, Fox Wins Demo
From the Futon Critic

FOX (2.595 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was the top draw on a competitive Wednesday with originals from "MasterChef" (3.209 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and "BH90210" (1.980 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

NBC (4.487 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a close second with its trio of "America's Got Talent" (7.886 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1), "Songland" (3.531 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "Hollywood Game Night" (2.044 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Next up was CBS (3.024 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a new "Big Brother 21" (4.196 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) alongside repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.229 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and "SWAT" (2.648 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.082 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up its repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (2.640 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Schooled" (1.969 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Modern Family" (2.008 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Single Parents" (1.659 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (2.109 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

And finally, new episodes of "Bulletproof" (0.566 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "Hypnotize Me" (0.512 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) closed out the night on The CW (0.539 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

The debut of The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2, the 34th season in MTV's long-running reality franchise, delivered the franchise's highest premiere demo ratings in years. Last night's season opener logged a 0.85 rating in P18-49 in Live+same day, the best season premiere rating in six years in the demo, and a 0.98 in P18-34, its best season premiere rating in five years in the demo.

Wednesday's night's 0.85 in P18-49 is up 7% versus the prior season premiere, the opener of The Challenge: War of the Worlds in February (0.79), and up 2% vs. the season average for War of the Worlds (0.83), which was the highest in seven years in 18-49 (Live+3). Among P18-34, Wednesday night's 0.98 rating is up 9% versus the prior season premiere (0.90) and up 5% versus the full prior season average (0.93). Total viewers were 886,000, up 2% from last season's average (865k).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.027m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 901k
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 (SP/MTV): 886k
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death (SP/History): 583k
- America Says (GSN): 466k

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posted 8/29/19

Nick Puts "Elf" on the Shelf
Kids' Crafting Series Greenlit
From the Hollywood Reporter

Nickelodeon is giving a full series order to a holiday-themed competition called Top Elf to its roster of unscripted shows. The two shows fall under Nickelodeon's new unscripted division.

Top Elf begins filming its five-episode order in September for a holiday-season debut.

"Giving our audience a range of unscripted content in different formats is one of our top priorities," Rob Bagshaw, executive vp unscripted content at Nickelodeon, said Wednesday in a statement. "Top Elf is an irresistible opportunity to celebrate the holidays with a uniquely comedic approach to a high-stakes competition."

Top Elf will bring seven kids with exceptional design and building skills to the North Pole for a series of holiday-themed challenges. The participants will compete to have their wish lists fulfilled — not for themselves, but for members of their communities.

Mike and Tim Duffy of Ugly Brother Studios created the series and executive produce with Jimmy Fox of Main Event Media, an All3Media America company. Bob Schermerhorn, showrunner Lisa Fletcher and Nick's Paul J. Medford and Mandel Ilagan are also exec producers, and Michael Pearlman will direct.

The two series join an unscripted and game-show lineup at Nick that also includes reboots of Double Dare and Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?, The Dude Perfect Show, Crashletes, Keep it Spotless and Lip Sync Battle Shorties. The network also has greenlit the competition show America's Most Musical Family, hosted by Nick Lachey..

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posted 8/28/19

Tuesday: Rise Up!
NBC Wins Total, ABC Wins Demo
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.170 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with its pairing of "America's Got Talent" (8.901 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "Bring the Funny" (3.707 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

Second place then went to ABC (3.066 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) with a new "Bachelor in Paradise" (3.890 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) plus repeats of "Bless This Mess" (1.527 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "Black-ish" (1.306 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Next up was CBS (4.565 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with its repeat trio of "NCIS" (5.079 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4), "FBI" (4.412 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.203 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.385 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up a repeat "The Resident" (1.309 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and a new "First Responders Live" (1.462 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, fresh installments of "Pandora" (0.564 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Mysteries Decoded" (0.569 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (0.567 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 819k
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 697k
- Ink Master (Paramount): 670k
- Hip Hop Squares - 8:30p (VH1): 541k
- Hip Hop Squares - 8p (VH1): 532k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 498k
- America Says (GSN): 363k

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posted 8/28/19


Fremantle

Steve Harvey Brings Feud to Africa
New Versions Greenlit for Ghana, South Africa
From B+C

Fremantle, in partnership with Steve Harvey Global, will launch local versions of Family Feud in Ghana and South Africa, the companies said Monday. Harvey will host both versions just as he does on the U.S. syndicated version and on ABC's Celebrity Family Feud. They will be produced by Fremantle's local production partner in Africa, Rapid Blue.

"Bringing Family Feud to Africa has long been a dream of mine," Harvey said in a statement. "I believe Family Feud will become a household name for local South African and Ghanaian families. And this is just the beginning in Africa. I expect this show to lead to multiple media and business projects in and throughout the continent."

Family Feud was first introduced in the U.S. in 1976 and Fremantle has placed the game show in more than 70 markets, including the United Kingdom, Australia, France, India and Indonesia. Family Feud Africa will be the first international version hosted by Harvey.

The local version of Family Feud will begin production in Johannesburg in the last quarter of 2019 and begin airing in Africa in the second quarter of 2020. Rapid Blue, as part of the BBC Studios international family of production companies, also produces localized African versions of other international formats, including Dancing with the Stars, The X Factor, Got Talent, Shark Tank, Come Dine With Me, Project Runway and First Dates.

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posted 8/28/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Cash Money"

  • IT's a good year for Fremantle thanks to "AGT: The Champions" (Deadline)

  • T-Pain returns to "The Masked Singer" for a super sneak preview (The Wrap)

  • Bob Eubanks plays Edmonton (CTV News)

  • Billy Eichner reacts to his Emmy nomination (Deadline)

  • A lot of people send their condolences for Jessi Combs (The Wrap)

  • So what's next for "Drag Race"? Let's ask Tom Campbell (The Wrap)

posted 8/28/19


CBS

More on CBS Daytime's New Season
Catch It September 23
From CBS PR

CBS' award-winning daytime lineup is back. The network announced the season premiere dates for its daytime schedule for the 2019-2020 season.

The lineup recently received 16 Daytime Emmy Awards.

CBS' daytime game shows The Price Is Right and Let's Make a Deal return on Monday, September 23. To celebrate premiere week, The Price Is Right, with host Drew Carey, will surprise one winner each day with an exciting bonus prize, including a Tesla, a trip for 10 to the Bahamas, and their cell phone bill, car payment and rent paid for an entire year. On each day of Let's Make a Deal, with host Wayne Brady, three contestants will have the chance to win a trio of trips all over the world, and one will take home a Triptastic Deal of a lifetime at the end of every episode.

"For more than three decades, CBS has been the undeniable audience favorite in daytime television," Angelica McDaniel, Executive Vice President, CBS Daytime Programs, said in a statement. "From our iconic and exciting game shows, to the intriguing and compelling storytelling of our daytime dramas, our award-winning programming makes a clear connection with viewers every weekday, 52 weeks each year."

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posted 8/27/19

SYNDIES: Week 46
Results for the Week Ending August 18
From TV Newscheck

As the 2018-19 syndication season comes to a close, Judge Judy has emerged as the clear No. 1 show, leading the household ratings by a wide margin with a 6.8 live-plus-same-day season-to-date national Nielsen. This marks a full decade at the top of all first-run programs for Judy and six straight years as syndication's highest rated show overall.

Coming in second and third as of the session ending Aug. 18 were Jeopardy at a season-to-date 6.2, and Family Feud at a 6.1.

In tryout news, week six of the six-week test that began July 15 for comedic game show Punchline earned a 0.3 rating/1 share weighted metered market average, which was off 40% from both its lead-ins and August 2018 time periods.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.8 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.9 NC
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Jeopardy (CTD) 4.7 -2%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.4 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

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posted 8/27/19

MONDAY: Rise Up!
NBC Wins Total, ABC Wins Demo
From Deadline

CBS took a step back Monday with a lineup of reruns, leaving it to the other networks to vie for primetime's top ratings spot, which went to ABC's Bachelor In Paradise. The tropical romantic reality series ticked down a smidge from last week, garnering a 1.2 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and 4.55 million viewers. Still, that gave it the top Monday spot in the demo for a fourth week in a row and helped ABC win the night overall.

NBC, meanwhile, saw growth with American Ninja Warrior (0.9, 4.84M), which jumped up a tenth to a season high in viewership. It was the night's most-watched program and gave NBC the overall win in that metric.

Bachelor In Paradise led into Grand Hotel (0.5, 2.59M), which fell a skosh in ratings, while American Ninja Warrior opened the door to Dateline (0.6, 3.44M), which like its lead-out also saw a boost.

Fox's So You Think You Can Dance (0.4, 2.06M) had a slight misstep, slipping from the week prior.

The CW's Penn & Teller: Fool Us (0.3, 1.23M) worked its magic and managed to see a boost. The remainder of the network's lineup, Whose Line Is It Anyway? (0.2, 820,000) and I Ship It (0.1, 400K), were even.

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship - 9p (Food): 1.171m
- Kids Baking Championship - 8p (Food): 670k
- Family Restaurant Rivals (Food): 554k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 492k
- America Says (GSN): 449k

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posted 8/27/19

Baby Sharks, Doo-Doo-do-Doo-do-Doo...
Season 11 Guest Sharks Revealed
From the Futon Critic

"Shark Tank," the critically acclaimed and multi-Emmy(R) Award-winning entrepreneurial-themed reality show, today announced the addition of four brand-new guest Sharks, including founder and CEO of Stitch Fix, Katrina Lake; founder and CEO of KIND, Daniel Lubetzky; international tennis champion and founder of Sugarpova, Maria Sharapova; co-founder and CEO of the personal genomics company 23andMe, Anne Wojcicki.

The guest Sharks, who are icons and trailblazers in their respective business fields, will appear individually alongside Sharks Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O'Leary in various episodes during the 2019-2020 season. Rohan Oza, iconic Smartwater and Vitaminwater brand builder, and serial entrepreneur Matt Higgins, co-founder and CEO of RSE Ventures, also return for the show's 11th season. Produced by MGM Television and Sony Pictures Television, the unrivaled and beloved show, which has become a culturally defining series, returns SUNDAY, SEPT. 29 at 9 p.m. EDT. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.

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posted 8/27/19

WEEKEND: Football.
NBC Launches New SNF Theme, Wins Night
From Deadline

NBC took the W Sunday night with their NFL preseason game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tennessee Titans. The matchup landed the network in the end zone with a 1.3 in fast affiliate ratings in the adult 18-49 demographic and took in 5.57 million viewers. The game ranks as the highest NFL Preseason rating in 2019. Big Brother, which normally holds strong week to week, took a hit, going down two-tenths with a 1.1 rating and 4.72 million viewers. The reality series led into the series finale of Instinct which also saw a dip from last week. The Alan Cummings-fronted procedural said farewell with a 0.4 rating and 3.43 million viewers.

Fox served up a handful of reruns but saw the return of What Just Happened??! With Fred Savage after a hiatus. The comedy talk show served up two episodes with the first taking a one-tenth hit since it last aired (0.1, 460K) and the second ticked up to make it break even (0.2, 530K).

ABC's slate of game shows retained its loyal Sunday night audiences with Celebrity Family Feud (0.8, 5.12M) and The $100,000 Pyramid (0.6, 4.42M) holding steady. Rounding out the trifecta was To Tell the Truth which was up from last week ending the evening on a good note for ABC (0.6, 3.49M).

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.321m
- Sunday Best (SF/BET): 795k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7:30p (VH1): 373k

- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7p (VH1): 313k

On cable Friday...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 881k
- American Ninja Warrior (R/Nick): 577k
- America Says (GSN): 453k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 426k

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posted 8/27/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Blessings"

  • The one thing Rylan Clark-Neal regrets about the new "Supermarket Sweep UK"? Not getting Dale Winton's blessing in time (Metro)

  • Marc Summers brings "Double Dare" to Columbus (WCMH Columbus)

  • The Sacred Riana stays in the Fremantle fold with a new horror anthology (Deadline)

  • Kevin O'Leary's boat involved in a fatal crash (TMZ)

  • The problem with the Monty Hall Problem was Monty Hall. Here's the science. (Boing Boing)

posted 8/27/19

Wrap It Up, We'll Take It
Freeform Greenlights "Wrap Battle"
From the Futon Critic

Freeform announced today that production has begun on the holiday gift-wrapping competition series "Wrap Battle" in Los Angeles.

The six-episode series will follow nine contestants as they battle to become the ultimate wrapper and take home the coveted grand prize, valued at $50,000. The series will be hosted by comedian Sheryl Underwood ("The Talk"), with Carson Kressley ("RuPaul's Drag Race," "Get A Room with Carson and Thom") and Wanda Wen (founder of fine stationery and luxury paper brand Soolip) serving as judges.

Celebrity guest judges will include Tony Award(R)-winning Broadway producer Candy Spelling, Sandra Lee, Sherry Cola ("Good Trouble"), Diggy Simmons ("grown-ish"), Lala Kent ("Vanderpump Rules") and designer Sabrina Soto.

Nine contestants will be challenged to create eye-popping gift-wrapping masterpieces and inspire viewers to push their own holiday gift-giving to a whole new level. Each episode will pit the country's most inventive and artistic gift-wrappers against one another as they battle it out holiday-style in challenges ranging from creating the most over-the-top gift basket to wrapping some of the most outrageous objects.

In an unprecedented collaboration with Paper Source, the winner of "Wrap Battle" will receive a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to design their own custom holiday wrapping paper to be sold in at least 120 stores across the country. In addition, the winner will get to showcase their talent at The SoNo Collection, Brookfield Properties' one-of-a-kind shopping destination in Norwalk, Connecticut, designed to celebrate fashion, art and culture. The winner will be part of the main event for the new, interactive holiday experience and will receive a $1,000 shopping spree to The SoNo Collection.

The series will premiere this winter on Freeform.

"Wrap Battle" is produced by Michael Levitt Productions. Michael Levitt (Freeform's "Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash," "Skin Wars," "My Life on the D-List"), Jill Goularte ("Skin Wars," "Window Warriors") and Colleen Sands ("Project Runway," "Skin Wars," "Glam Masters") serve as Executive Producers.

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posted 8/26/19

Christmas Cookies and Hallmark Moments
Jack Wagner to Host "Christmas Cookie Matchup"
From the Futon Critic

Crown Media Family Networks announced today that Chadwick Boyd and Emily Hutchinson, two of American media's top food and baking personalities, have been tapped as judges for Hallmark Drama's first all-new series, "Christmas Cookie Matchup". The program also features cast members from Hallmark Channel's top-rated primetime series, "When Calls the Heart", including Jack Wagner as host, along with Erin Krakow, Pascale Hutton, Kavan Smith, Chris McNally, Kevin McGarry, Paul Greene, and Andrea Brooks, who will serve as apprentices to the contestants - America's most talented amateur bakers.

Premiering on Hallmark Drama this holiday season, the five-part weekly series kicks off with a pool of two-person teams, with each consisting of one home baker alongside a different star from "When Calls the Heart."

In each episode, Boyd and Hutchinson will judge as the contestants go spatula-to-spatula in a variety of Christmas cookie and holiday dessert competitions. One team will be eliminated each week, and in the end only one pair of cookie connoisseurs will prevail, with the top home baker winning the $25,000 grand prize.

Chadwick Boyd is a food media entrepreneur. He started his first business at the age of seven, selling hand crafted brownies and fresh lemonade. Today, Boyd's company, Chadwick Boyd Lifestyle, is a multi-media enterprise that collaborates with magazines, television networks, publishing houses and consumer brands. Initially taught as a baker, Boyd now focuses on food trends, modern home cooking, and entertaining. He is a regular fixture on daytime TV, a James Beard Foundation judge, and travels nationally with Chef Carla Hall for their "Biscuit Time" class.

Emily Hutchinson, creator of the blog The Hutch Oven, is a self-taught baker, recipe developer, decorating teacher, and cookbook author. Hutchinson, who teaches her popular baking techniques on national television, has spent years mastering the art of buttercream-frosted sugar cookies and has an all new book; Creative Cookie Decorating: Buttercream Frosting Designs and Tips for Every Occasion coming soon.

"Christmas Cookie Matchup" marks the first-ever original content developed for Hallmark Drama since the network launched in 2017.

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posted 8/26/19

THURSDAY: A Youthful Logjam.
NBC Wins Totals, Shares Demo Crown with Fox & CBS
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.406 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Wall" (4.991 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "Ellen's Game of Games" (4.564 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.662 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Sharing in the demo honors was CBS (4.321 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and its lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (4.944 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Young Sheldon" (4.757 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Big Brother 21" (5.127 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "FBI" (2.986 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

Next up was FOX (3.457 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) with its coverage of "NFL Preseason: Jaguars at Dolphins" (3.457 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.969 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up a new "Holey Moley" (3.591 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), the season finale of "Holey Moley" (2.865 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and a new "Reef Break" (2.453 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

And finally on The CW (0.928 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5), fresh installments of "The Outpost" (1.097 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.816 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) plus a repeat "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.702 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) rounded out the evening.

On cable...

- Alone (SF/History): 1.384m
- BBQ Brawl: Flay vs. Symon (SF/Food): 1.025m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 871k
- American Ninja Warrior (R/Nick): 514k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 410k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 386k

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posted 8/22/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Stupid Is As Stupid Does"

  • Apparently Ken Jennings is not a Blue Jays fan (CTV News)

  • Lara Spencer tries to put the toothpaste back in the tube (TV Line)

  • Marc Summers brings "Double Dare" to Maine (WABI Bangor)

  • BURIED LEDE: Ariel Fox won the Hell's Kitchen prize... but turned it down (Goldderby)

  • Reality Steve says he knows who the next "Bachelor" is. Take with a grain of salt (Reality TV World)

  • James Holzhauer was the bigger man re: Andrew Luck. Twitter was... well, Twitter. (Huffpost)

  • CASTING COUCH: The Price Is Right goes to the Mohegan Sun (Patch)

  • Meet Amber Lancaster's baby. Both he & mom are fighting (People)

posted 8/26/19

Dancing with the ... Stars?
ABC Reveals the Lineup. Internet Goes Nuts.
From The Wrap

The cast for Season 28 of "Dancing With the Stars" was announced Wednesday on "Good Morning America," with supermodel Christie Brinkley and "Queer Eye" star Karamo Brown set to put their moves to the test. Competing against them will be "Dawson's Creek" star James Van Der Beek, "The Office" alum Kate Flannery, two-time NBA Champion Lamar Odom, former Trump White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, and "Bachelorette" Hannah Brown, among others. On the pro side, the fall run will feature the return of fan-favorite Peta Murgatroyd, and the debut of two new professional ballroom dancers.

Here is the full list of stars set to compete for the Mirror Ball trophy:
- Lauren Alaina – country music star
- Christie Brinkley – supermodel
- Ally Brooke – pop star
- Hannah Brown – "The Bachelorette"
- Karamo Brown – TV host
- Kate Flannery – TV star
- Ray Lewis – NFL Hall of Famer
- Kel Mitchell – comedian/actor
- Lamar Odom – two-time NBA champion
- Sean Spicer – former White House press secretary
- James Van Der Beek – TV icon
- Mary Wilson – The Supremes

And the professional dancers they'll waltz, tango and twist with:
- Brandon Armstrong
- Lindsay Arnold
- Alan Bersten
- Cheryl Burke
- Witney Carson
- Val Chmerkovskiy
- Sasha Farber
- Jenna Johnson
- Daniella Karagach
- Keo Motsepe
- Peta Murgatroyd
- Pasha Pashkov
- Gleb Savchenko
- Emma Slater

This time around, ABC is not spilling the beans on which star is paired with which pro until the season premiere.

Elsewhere, Bergeron, the longtime host of ABC's Dancing With The Stars, isn't happy with the booking of Sean Spicer,

In a tweet today following the casting announcement, Bergeron wrote that he had hoped the upcoming 28 season "would be a joyful respite from our exhausting political climate and free of inevitably divisive bookings from ANY party affiliations." In fact, Bergeron said he left a lunch with the show's new executive producer (that would be Andrew Llinares) a few months ago and thought they were in agreement. "Subsequently (and rather obviously)," Bergeron continued, "a decision was made to, as we often say in Hollywood, 'go in a different direction."

Bergeron wasn't the only Hollywood figure disappointed with the booking. Bill Prader, executive producer of The Big Bang Theory, tweeted, "Sean Spicer lied repeatedly to the American people and literally defended Hitler. @ABC Network: "Yes, but can he fox trot? Tune in to see!"

For his part, Spicer was enthusiastic. "It's time to have some fun," he tweeted this morning.


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posted 8/22/19

WEDNESDAY: No Game Night, No Winner
NBC, CBS Tie for First
From The Futon Critic

NBC (4.525 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday with its mix of "America's Got Talent" (7.948 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2), "Songland" (3.677 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "Hollywood Game Night" (1.949 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

CBS (3.193 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) then was the number two draw with a new "Big Brother 21" (4.476 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) alongside repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.477 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) and "SWAT" (2.628 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

Next up was FOX (2.646 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) with originals from "MasterChef" (3.047 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "BH90210" (2.245 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.105 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for an all-repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (2.542 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #6), "Schooled" (1.941 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7), "Modern Family" (1.933 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7), "Single Parents" (1.613 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (2.302 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

And finally, new episodes of "Bulletproof" (0.620 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15) and "Hypnotize Me" (0.697 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.658 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...

- Forged in Fire (History): 995k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 952k
- American Ninja Warrior (R/Nick): 631k
- America Says (GSN): 424k

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posted 8/22/19

Rebel Wilson LOLs for Amazon
Actress to Host Australian Version of International Format
From UPI

Rebel Wilson has signed on to host the Australian edition of Amazon's international comedy competition, Last One Laughing.

To be taped in Sydney, the six-episode show will feature 10 Australian comedians battling for the top prize of $68,000. Set to debut in 2020, it follows hit versions from Japan and Mexico that are already streaming.

"I'm thrilled to be joining the Prime Video family of creators and talent," Wilson said in a press release. "I've already had the chance to work with Alexa -- she's great -- and on Audible, so working with Prime Video seemed like an obvious choice. I can't wait to see what these talented Australian comedians come up with and how far they'll go to take home the prize."

Wilson is known for her work in the films Bridesmaids, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and the Pitch Perfect franchise.

UPI

Deadline
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 8/22/19

Food Network's Halloween Haunts
A Scary Good September
From the Futon Critic

Food Network and Cooking Channel get into the Halloween spirit with over 30 hours of thematic programming dedicated to the scariest and most delicious holiday of the year, featuring four new series and specials, four returning seasonal stunts, as well as specially-themed episodes in nine recurring series giving viewers even more Halloween frights and bites than last year. Featuring everything from expert pumpkin carvers to sugar artists to creative bakers, all with extraordinary skills and incredible imaginations, there is something for everyone this Halloween season. A cadre of stars get the action going, including Jonathan Bennett, Valerie Bertinelli, Duff Goldman, Carla Hall, John Henson, Clinton Kelly, Casey Webb and more.

Food Network kicks the season off with the return of Halloween primetime staples Halloween Baking Championship on Monday, September 23rd at 9pm, Halloween Wars on Sunday, September 29th at 9pm, and Haunted Gingerbread Showdown on Sunday, October 6th at 10pm, along with the premiere of the all-new four-episode stunt, Halloween Cake-Off on Monday, September 23rd at 10pm. New specials on Food Network include Kids Baking Championship: Tricks & Treats on Thursday, September 26th at 9pm and Outrageous Pumpkins on Sunday, September 29th at 10pm. Cooking Channel also premieres new series, Freakshow Cakes on Friday, October 4th at 11pm ET/8pm PT.

"Food Network is the ultimate destination for Halloween-themed content, showcasing the holiday like no one else can with nail-biting competitions and jaw-dropping creations that viewers just can't get enough of," said Courtney White, President, Food Network and Cooking Channel. "With Halloween Baking Championship and Halloween Wars both seeing series-high ratings last year, we knew we had to deliver even more tricks and treats this holiday season, upping the ante across both networks."

Halloween Baking Championship returns on Monday, September 23rd at 9pm ET/PT with more hauntingly delectable treats. Judges Carla Hall, Katie Lee and Zac Young, join host John Henson to test the skills of eight talented bakers who must show off their skills over six episodes with terrifyingly delicious challenges. From skeleton desserts to monster madness, only one baker can frighten the competition for a chance to win the $25,000 grand prize and to be featured in Food Network Magazine. Fans that can't get enough of the scary competition, go behind the scenes with the digital companion series, Halloween Baking Championship: Extra Sweet. Spend a day with the judges as they are transformed into otherworldly creatures, and watch the crew build the sets and prep the pantry for the season's creations.

On Monday, September 23rd at 10pm ET/PT, Duff Goldman hosts new series Halloween Cake-Off, as four professional bakers from around the country compete in unconventional baking and design challenges where flavor is only the tip of the icing. In this four-episode stunt, the bakers are tested to find out who is best at making the creepiest and most innovative Halloween cakes that must also transform in mystifying ways. From haunted and cursed cakes to dead and living creations, the competitor who wows judges Duff Goldman, Dan Langan and Waylynn Lucas with the most over-the-top edible work of art will be crowned winner of Halloween Cake-Off and earn the $10,000 grand prize.

It's scary spiders galore as four fan-favorite kid bakers return for a special trick-or-treat episode of Kids Baking Championship: Tricks & Treats on Thursday, September 26th at 9pm ET/PT. Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman challenge the young bakers to create the spookiest spider web desserts, but only one junior baker will rise to the top and take home the ultimate baker's dream prize of baking equipment and supplies.

Road to Halloween Wars returns on Sunday, September 29th at 8pm ET/PT to gives viewers a look at the new batch of talented pumpkin carvers, cake and sugar artists, competing in the new season of Halloween Wars. See how these ghoulish geniuses hone their craft with dreams of victory on the new season of Halloween Wars, premiering on September 29th at 9pm ET/PT. Host Jonathan Bennett oversees all the thrills and chills as six teams each made up of an expert pumpkin carver, a cake artist and a sugar master battle it out over five episodes to create frighteningly fun Halloween-themed edible displays that are as scary as they are delicious. Their creations are judged by award-winning cake decorator Shinmin Li,horror film special effects master Todd Tucker,and a rotating panel of celebrity guest judges, including Colman Domingo (Fear the Walking Dead), Caleb McLaughlin (Stranger Things), Jackson Rathbone (Twilight saga), Harley Quinn Smith (Tusk), and Elvira: Mistress of the Dark! The last team standing takes home a grand prize of $50,000.

On the new special, Outrageous Pumpkins, four elite pumpkin carvers come together for a Halloween pumpkin carving competition that defies expectations. Hosted by Casey Webb, through three rounds of challenges these spectacularly talented artists use carving and sculpting tools ranging from toothpicks to saws to execute their amazingly intricate Halloween designs. The carver who impresses the expert panel of judges the most takes home a $10,000 prize.

Don't miss all the spine-tingling creations on Sunday, September 29th at 10pm ET/PT. Get ready for a whole lot of gingerbread on the return of Haunted Gingerbread Showdown, premiering Sunday, October 6th at 10pm ET/PT. Host Clinton Kelly welcomes nine of the greatest gingerbread artists in the world to face-off in gingerbread displays so spooky they will cause nightmares. Jamika Pessoa, Gesine Prado and Jason Smith determine who will advance to the finale to battle it out for $25,000 and a feature in Food Network Magazine. Cooking Channel gets into the Halloween fun in Freakshow Cakes, premiering on Friday, October 4th at 11pm ET/8pm PT. In each episode of this one of-a-kind cake showdown co-hosted by Zac Young and Vivian Chan, three of the most sinister cake artists step into a side-show tent to whip up the freakiest cakes imaginable. The baker who showcases the most wildly imaginative and hair-raising cake design wins $10,000 and the title of Freakshow Champion.

On Food Network, don't miss special sweets and treats-themed episodes of Barefoot Contessa: Cook Like a Pro; Chopped; Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives; Girl Meets Farm; Guy's Grocery Games; Guy's Ranch Kitchen; The Kitchen; The Pioneer Woman and Trisha's Southern Kitchen.

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posted 8/22/19

What's a "Noisy" Format?
Simon Thomas Promoted at ITV America
From the Futon Critic

Love Island exec producer Simon Thomas has been promoted at ITV America and will oversee the search for "noisy" formats for the production company.

Thomas, who was previously SVP, programming becomes Executive Vice President, Programming, West Coast at the U.S. production division of the British broadcaster. He recently exec produced reality dating series Love Island for CBS, which renewed the format for a second season.

He reports to ITV America CEO David George.

In the newly expanded role, Thomas will be tasked with overseeing and shepherding prominent, "noisy" formats, as well as live event programming, while supervising the creative production teams assigned to all ITV America projects in Los Angeles.

In addition to Love Island, he has also worked on Fox's The Four and American Grit with John Cena as well as Pawn Stars, Forged in Fire, Facebook's Double Take and A&E's OJ: Guilty in Vegas. He joined Leftfield Pictures in 2014 as a showrunner, having spent several years at Endemol Australia where he worked on reality shows such as Big Brother, Beauty & The Geek Australia, Make Me a Supermodel and Million Dollar Drop.

George said, "Simon is a seasoned executive, a brilliant, hands-on producer and an extraordinary leader who will play a vital role in ITV America's continued success. His ability to produce big formats and smaller-budget content gives us the perfect hitter for our broad bench of programming."

Deadline

posted 8/22/19

"Millionaire" Returns (in the UK) This Saturday
Series 33 Begins on ITV
From iNews

With news that there's to be an ITV drama about the coughing Major scandal of 2001, it's got viewers of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? asking: "When's the new series, then?"

The gameshow has been running since 1998 and has created five millionaires, including Judith Keppel and David Edwards and in its heyday, it pulled in more than 19 million viewers each night.

The high-stakes quiz will be returning for its 33rd series this summer, so here's your need to know about the show:

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? starts on ITV on Saturday 24 August at 9.10pm.

As Chris Tarrant stepped down from the duties in 2013, the host will once again be Jeremy Clarkson, who picked up the gig when the show was revived in 2018.

iNews

posted 8/22/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Today's Still Not the Day"

  • What's worse than Rob Lowe falling for an Instagram fake? Having his son call him on it (CNet)

  • VIDEO WALL: Rylan's at the market (Entertainment Daily)

  • Jane Lynch explains why HGN cut back the booze (The AV Club)

  • Vanna White visits Ayesha Curry (SFGate)

  • Artem Chigvintsev, Sharna Burgess sad not to be on the next "Dancing" (Goldderby)

posted 8/21/19

TUESDAY: Give. The. Night. To. NBC.
Night Belongs to "America's Got Talent"
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.531 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) continued its Tuesday reign with originals from "America's Got Talent" (9.350 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "Bring the Funny" (3.892 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

The silver then went to ABC (3.224 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) with a new "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.102 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) plus repeats of "Bless This Mess" (1.627 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "Black-ish" (1.310 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Next up was CBS (4.221 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (4.631 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), "FBI" (4.044 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (3.990 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.414 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up a repeat "The Resident" (1.350 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and a new "First Responders Live" (1.478 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, fresh installments of "Pandora" (0.679 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and "Mysteries Decoded" (0.597 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12) on The CW (0.638 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...

- Chopped (Food): 849k
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 819k
- American Ninja Warrior (R/Nick): 684k
- Ink Master (Paramount): 678k
- Hip Hop Squares - 8p (VH1): 529k
- Hip Hop Squares - 8:30p (VH1): 524k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 486k

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posted 8/20/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "I Left My Heart..."

posted 8/21/19

SYNDIES: Week 45
Results for the Week Ending August 11
From TV Newscheck

Access had the hot hand among the magazines in the otherwise quiet dog days of summer session ending Aug 11. Despite being one of several shows preempted in some markets by preseason football, the entertainment newsmag was able to score the only increase in the hotly contested category.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.7 NC
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.9 -2%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 4.8 +2%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.4 -7%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


TV Newscheck

B&C

posted 8/20/19

MONDAY: Paradise Found
ABC Wins on "Bachelor"
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.052 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the top draw on Monday thanks to new episodes of "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.778 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "Grand Hotel" (2.599 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

NBC (4.024 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then had to settle for second with fresh installments of "American Ninja Warrior" (4.450 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and "Dateline NBC" (3.172 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Next up was FOX (2.428 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with the season finale of "Beat Shazam" (2.582 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.274 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.968 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "The Neighborhood" (3.424 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "The Big Bang Theory" (3.133 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), another "The Big Bang Theory" (3.459 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Mom" (3.158 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live from Liverpool" (2.316 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.244 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.925 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) led into the debut of "I Ship It" (0.429 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) on The CW (0.961 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...

- Kids Baking Championship - 9p (Food): 1.008m
- Kids Baking Championship - 8p (Food): 604k
- American Ninja Warrior (R/Nick): 601k
- Family Restaurant Rivals (P/Food): 506k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 516k
- America Says (GSN): 401k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 315k
- Are You The One: Come One Come All (MTV): 232k

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posted 8/20/19

WEEKEND: Not-Football Wins
Fox, CBS Split Sunday
From The Futon Critic

FOX (3.752 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) pulled into the top spot on Sunday with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (2.302 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), another "Last Man Standing" (2.764 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) and primetime coverage of "NFL Preseason: Seattle at Minnesota" (4.361 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2).

CBS (4.666 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was the silver draw with its combination of "60 Minutes" (6.962 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3), "Big Brother 21" (5.039 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1), "Instinct" (3.591 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and another "Instinct" (3.070 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13).

Next up was ABC (4.271 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.398 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) followed by originals from "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.955 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4), "The $100,000 Pyramid" (4.354 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.378 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.280 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up second runs of "America's Got Talent" (2.500 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), another "America's Got Talent" (2.609 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Bring the Funny" (1.510 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13).

And finally, The CW (0.772 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with repeats of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.827 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15), "Masters of Illusion" (0.738 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) and another "Masters of Illusion" (0.695 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15).

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.332m
- Sunday Best (BET): 790k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7p (VH1): 355k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7:30p (VH1): 330k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8p (S/VH1): 328k

On Friday in cable...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 802k
- American Ninja Warrior (R/Nick): 557k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 462k
- America Says (GSN): 435k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 342k


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posted 8/20/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "How to Get Away with Reality Show Murder"

  • Why Colton Underwood jumped the fence (The Wrap)

  • Susan Boyle will play AGT again (Goldderby)

  • Heavens to Murgatroyd! Peta is returning to "Dancing" (Us Magazine)

  • Hannah Brown basically confirms what we've known all along... (Extra)

  • Why is Chuck Woolery trending? ..... Oh (Heavy)

  • Issa Schultz gets chased out of a charity trivia competition. (PerthNow)

  • Jamie Foxx's "Beat Shazam" season isn't the only thing that ended this week. (PopCulture)

  • Amitabh Bachchan reportedly surviving on 25% of his liver (India Today)

posted 8/20/19

More "Drag Race" Coming
VH1 Greenlights Season 12, All-Stars 5
From Newsweek

Get your wigs ready, because another season of both Rupaul's Drag Race and RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars are headed to a TV near you. Show creator and judge RuPaul announced the 12th season of his VH1 reality competition series, Drag Race, as well as the fifth installment of its sister-series All Stars.

While details regarding a premiere date have yet to be released, in a video clip revealing both greenlit shows, RuPaul noted the series would be back soon.

"Key squirrel friends, are you hungry for more RuPaul's Drag Race? Good, 'cause your country breakfast is ready!" RuPaul said. "And I'm serving up a new season of All Stars 5 and a new season of RuPaul's Drag Race 12. And they're coming soon to VH1."

Season 12 of Drag Race, in which queens from across the country competed for the title of America's Next Drag Superstar and a cash prize of $100,000, ended back in April with Denver native Yvie Oddly taking home the crown. Her final lip-sync of the competition Lynn Hytes left judges RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews gobsmacked, edging out fellow competitor and runner-up Brooke Lynn Heights.

Meanwhile, on All Stars Season 4, which concluded in February, judges were unable to decide between Drag Race alumni Monet X Change and Trinity the Tuck, so both contestants took home the champion title.

Castings for the upcoming seasons of both shows have not been revealed as of yet and it's unclear if the usual judges will be back for the forthcoming episodes. The latest seasons of both Drag Race and All Stars saw a number of celebrity guest judges like Miley Cyrus, Ellen Pompeo, Natasha Lyonne, Zoe Kravits, Tiffany "New York" Pollard and several others, so the likelihood of a new round of guest judges on the new seasons seems high.

Newsweek

The Hollywood Reporter
Deadline
TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 8/1919

Tituss Burgess Gets "Dishmantled"
Quibi Greenlights Cooking Competition from "Chopped" Creators
From Deadline

Quibi has given a green light to Dishmantled, described as "a high-octane cooking competition that will literally blow your socks off," with Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, 30 Rock) set to host.

The series hails from Chopped creator/executive producer Linda Lea and Good Egg Entertainment, and Propagate-owned Electus.

Hosted by Burgess, each episode starts with the cannon-blasting of a mystery food dish into the faces of two blindfolded chefs. They'll use their culinary prowess to identify the exploded dish and then race against the clock to recreate it. Whichever chef comes closest to the original dish wins a cash prize.

Lea executive produces for Good Egg with Drew Buckley for Electus. The series is co-produced by Good Egg and Electus.

Deadline

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posted 8/19/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "A Little More Time"

  • James Corden extends his deal with CBS (The Futon Critic)

  • Artem Chigvintsev may be sitting out "Dancing with the Stars"... or not. We can't understand Instagram. (Goldderby)... but Hannah Brown might not be (TV Line)

  • Byron Allen takes a jab at Comcast and the President on his way to the Supremes. (Deadline)

  • Okay, so Dwayne Johnson put a rock on this lady (MovieWeb)

  • Donny & Marie are getting a star in Vegas. Or whatever they put on the sidewalk in Vegas once the certified geniuses leave (Forbes)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with RuPaul and Judge Judy (Interview)

posted 8/19/19


New York Daily News

JACK WHITAKER: 1924-2019
Legendary Broadcaster Hosted "The Face Is Familiar"
From The Hollywood Reporter

Jack Whitaker, the erudite CBS and ABC sportscaster whose half-century on the air was unfairly smudged by a seemingly innocuous remark that got him banned from the Masters, has died. He was 95.

Whitaker died Sunday of natural causes in Devon, Pennsylvania, after a stay in hospice care, CBS announced. Whitaker was part of the CBS team that worked the first Super Bowl in 1967, and he was there for Secretariat's mind-boggling Triple Crown-sealing victory at the 1973 Belmont Stakes.

As a play-by-play man, analyst, host, reporter and essayist, he did dozens of major golf tournaments; several Olympics, both winter and summer; major league baseball; the America's Cup yacht competition; and track-and-field events.

"There will never be another Jack Whitaker in sports broadcasting," CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus said in a statement. "His amazing writing ability, on-air presence and humanity are unmatched. His unique perspective on sports ranging from horse racing to golf to NFL football was extraordinary."

Known for his elegance and smarts, the Philadelphia native once described the Old Course at St. Andrews, the birthplace of golf, while working the British Open for ABC in Scotland: "Nobody designed this course," he said. "Nobody with a pencil and $2 million and five bulldozers. This was made by nature. It comes out of the ground. It was done with wind and rain and sun and the help of a few sheep. And so, while for most Americans and other people, it's not love at first sight at St. Andrews, St. Andrews' Old Course is like a dry martini — an acquired taste, and, as such, it remains with you forever."

He had two stints at St. Joseph's College — in between, he was a U.S. Army soldier who landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France three days after D-Day in June 1944 — and then landed a job in radio at a 250-watt station in Pottsville, Pennsylvania.

He returned to Philadelphia when a sports job opened up at WCAU-TV and worked the 11 p.m. weeknight newscast with newscaster John Facenda, who would become the baritone voice of NFL Films, and future Johnny Carson sidekick Ed McMahon, who did a five-minute essay at the end of each newscast. Whitaker also hosted the local show Meet Me at the Zoo and was at WCAU for 12 years. But when CBS bought the station, cut the newscast to 15 minutes and made him a weatherman, he and McMahon took the train to New York every morning to make the rounds at the agencies in bids to find new jobs. Then they would hustle back to WCAU.

In 1958, McMahon hooked up with Carson for the game show Who Do You Trust? Whitaker found weekend work at CBS, shifted to the network full time in 1961 and hosted the CBS Sports Spectacular (an anthology series that predated ABC's Wide World of Sports) and the short-lived game show The Face Is Familiar.

Much later, Whitaker reported for the ABC news programs World News Tonight, Nightline and 20/20 and did sports for TNT and ESPN.

He wrote a book, Preferred Lies and Other Tales: Skimming the Cream of a Life in Sports, that was published in 1998. The silver-haired Whitaker was a member of the famed Shinnecock Hills Golf Club on Long Island and in his heyday could be found at P.J. Clarke's, the historic New York saloon on Third Avenue that attracted entertainers, athletes and journalists alike.

He received the inaugural Outstanding Sports Performer Emmy in 1979 and was inducted into the American Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame in 1997. In 2012, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences honored him with its Sports Lifetime Achievement Award. Sports Illustrated in 2010 ranked him No. 17 on its all-time list of sportscasters.

Whitaker was married to tennis star Nancy Chaffee — after she divorced Hall of Fame baseball star Ralph Kiner — from 1991 until her death in 2002..

The Hollywood Reporter
Deadline

posted 8/18/18

More "Spicks & Specks" Coming
Original Crew Reunites for AusMusic Month
From Junkee

Australia's most beloved music quiz show will return to our screens once again this November as part of ABC's Ausmusic month.

The original trio of Alan Brough, Myf Warhurst, and Adam Hills reunited in 2018 for a reunion special, which ended up being the most watched ABC program of the entire year. So, clearly, there was a bit of demand for them to return again.

"From the moment Alan, Myf and I were together in a room for last year's Spicks and Specks reunion special, we had each other in fits of laughter," Hills said in a statement today. "Any time I can spend with those two fools is time well spent, and if it takes four more specials to make that happen — so be it!

"The response to last year's show was overwhelming, both in the studio when we filmed it, and at home when it went to air. Spicks and Specks has a special place in our hearts, and I'm genuinely excited to make a few more specials for the ABC."

In addition to the Ausmusic month special, Spicks and Specks will come back in 2020 for three episodes, where they will delve into the music of the '90s, noughties, and 2010's. The date of those specials, and of 2019's show, have yet to be revealed.

Junkee

TV BLackbox

posted 8/18/19


GAMES GONE BY: It's Your Chance of a Lifetime
Season 3 is a Magic Number
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Season 3 of "Games Gone By..." comes to a (much-belated) conclusion and the "million-dollar show" marathon ends with what can be called the most-blatant "Millionaire" clone EVER! Chris Wolvie talks about "It's Your Chance of a Lifetime".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 8/18/19




Disney/ABC Domestic Television

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire at 20
Anatomy of a Modern-Day Classic
From Forbes

On this day in 1999, when the typical network TV series in the summer was a repeat or a leftover, ABC tried something original care of game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

Hosted by Regis Philbin, who at the time was schmoozing with Kathie Lee Gifford on their syndicated morning talker Live!, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? initially aired in a two-week window on multiple nights in primetime.

The format, of course, featured contestants attempting to win a top prize of $1,000,000 by answering a series of multiple-choice questions of increasing difficulty.

After solid sampling at a time when few individuals were watching the broadcasters in the dog days of the summer, ratings rose in each telecast within that initial two-week window. And the result, not surprisingly, was ABC bringing the game show back in the traditional 1999-2000 TV season. By May of 2000, these multiple telecasts of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? held the top 3 spots in all of primetime (pushing former champion ER on NBC to the No. 4 spot).

Since success breeds imitation, the competing networks rushed to get into the suddenly hot game show game format in primetime care of The Weakest Link and Twenty One on NBC, Winning Lines on CBS and Fox's Greed).

While ABC could have (and should have, perhaps) taken the slower approach to keep Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? on the air longer, Millionaire at its height was airing five nights per week (with close to 30-million viewers per telecast). And the rapid rise and over-exposure led to its demise in primetime by June 2002. But that was certainly not the last we saw of the game show.

A syndicated daytime version, initially hosted by Meredith Vieira, began on September 16, 2002. Regis Philbin certainly would have taken the job had he not been co-hosting Live! (by then with Kelly Ripa). Vieira was replaced by Cedric the Entertainer in 2013, followed by Terry Crews and, most recently, Chris Harrison. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? concluded its 17-season run in daytime this past May. And Regis Philbin has popped up on ABC in primetime on occasion with special editions of the show.

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posted 8/16/19

Meanwhile, the Story of the Man Who Gamed It Will Be Told
AMC, ITV to Team for "Quiz"
From The Wrap

AMC and ITV have ordered a three-part series, "Quiz," based on James Graham's play of the same name about a British couple who attempted to cheat their way to win at the game show "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?"

"Succession" star Matthew Macfadyen will star as Major Charles Ingram, who along with his wife, Diana (played by "Fleabag's" Sian Clifford), were accused of cheating their way to winning the million-pound prize on the British version of the game show in 2001. The couple worked with an accomplice, Tecwen Whittock, who was sitting in the audience. The couple stood trial for conspiring by coughing during the recording to signify the correct answers to the multiple choice questions posed to the Major by host, Chris Tarrant.

Michael Sheen will play Tarrant, with Michael Jibson playing Whittock. The series also stars Mark Bonnar, Helen McCrory and Aisling Bea.

"A Very English Scandal's" Stephen Frears will direct. Graham will write the series, which will be produced by Left Bank Pictures. It will be distributed by Sony Pictures Television, which also owns and distributes "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" worldwide.

Filming is currently underway in London.

"If this tale was invented you'd think it too preposterous – the fact that it is true, and told so brilliantly, makes for an unmissable three-part TV event that will entertain and enthrall Americans audiences every bit as much as their British counterparts," Sarah Barnett, president of Entertainment Networks Group at AMC Networks, said. "'Quiz' has the most remarkable bunch of talented people attached both in front of and behind the camera, and we, at AMC, are delighted to be part of it."

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posted 8/16/19


Wall Street Journal

PETER FONDA: 1939-2019
Actor Played "What's My Line", "Password"
From Deadline

Peter Fonda, a two-time Oscar nominee best known for his work in the groundbreaking Easy Rider, which he co-wrote, produced, and co-starred in, has died at age 79.

The son of Hollywood legend Henry Fonda, brother of actress Jane Fonda, and father of actress Bridget Fonda, his death was confirmed by his publicist.

"It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away. Fonda, 79 years old, passed away peacefully on Friday morning, August 16th at 11:05am at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by family. The official cause of death was respiratory failure due to lung cancer.

"In one of the saddest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our hearts. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy. And, while we mourn the loss of this sweet and gracious man, we also wish for all to celebrate his indomitable spirit and love of life. In honor of Peter, please raise a glass to freedom. From his Family."

Fonda's death comes just past the 50th anniversary of the release of Easy Rider, which debuted on July 14, 1969. The film will be celebrated with a screening and concert set for September 20 at New York's Radio City Music Hall. The film, which starred Fonda, Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson, will be shown in sync with a live performance of its soundtrack. Expected to appear are Steppenwolf's John Kay, who will perform Born To Be Wild, and Roger McGuinn. Others will appear under the music direction of T Bone Burnett.

The actor also took time to play "Password" and "What's My Line".

Deadline
Tucson.com

posted 8/16/18

THURSDAY: Hit by Preseason
NBC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (3.736 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was the top adults 18-49 draw on another NFL-fueled Thursday with its lineup of "The Wall" (4.159 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2), "Ellen's Game of Games" (3.901 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.149 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

CBS (3.865 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) then was a close second with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (4.150 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Young Sheldon" (3.990 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Big Brother 21" (4.401 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and the series finale of "Elementary" (3.123 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

Sharing the silver was FOX (3.021 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) with originals from "MasterChef" (3.450 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "Spin the Wheel" (2.593 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.312 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up a new "Holey Moley" (2.877 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9), the season finale of "Family Food Fight" (1.982 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and a new "Reef Break" (2.078 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.804 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with "The Outpost" (0.898 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.713 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and another "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.708 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13).

On cable...
- ALone (History): 1.358m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 872k
- American Ninja Warrior (Nick): 748k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 534k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 489k
- America Says (GSN): 439k

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posted 8/16/19

Deal Goes to Mexico
Te La Juegas to Broadcast on Azteca
From Worldscreen

The Endemol Shine format Deal or No Deal is returning in Mexico, where TV Azteca has ordered a local version after an 11-year hiatus.

Mexico City-based Endemol Shine Boomdog has been commissioned to produce the latest run of the local version of the series.

Known locally as ¿Te la juegas?, the format last aired in Mexico in 2008. The new run of the show is set to premiere on the Azteca Uno channel on Monday, August 12, at 7:30 p.m., and will continue to broadcast in that time slot every day for the rest of the week.

Luis García is on board as the series' new host.

The show follows as contestants must choose from 22 numbered boxes, each of which contains a sum of money between one and 1 million pesos ($50,750). Over the course of the game, as boxes are eliminated, the player will periodically be presented with an offer from the bank, which they must decide to either take in cash and leave the game, or continue to play in an effort to cash out with a higher prize.

Worldscreen

posted 8/16/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Mark Your Calendars"

  • "Dancing with the STars" fan? Mark your calendar for August 21. That's when the cast will be revealed... where else, "Good Morning America" (Goldderby)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Supermarket Stakeout (Foodsided)

  • How Guy Fieri became the mayor of Flavortown (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Victoria Coren Mitchell (The Times)

posted 8/16/19


Fox

More on "The Masked Singer" Season 2
Catch It on Fox September 25
From Deadline

Fox has released a promo for the second season of their hit singing competition The Masked Singer and it has the judges going "Hmmmmm" as they try to guess who is behind the masks of these talented singers. That said, it's only appropriate that the trailer feature the classic C+C Music Factory song, "Things That Make You Go Hmmm…"

The two-hour season premiere September 25 at 8 pm and the celebrity panel of Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke are trying their hardest to figure out the identities of the masked singers.

Based on the Korean format and hosted by Nick Cannon, The Masked Singer features celebrities facing off against one another with one major twist: each singer is shrouded from head to toe in an elaborate costume, complete with full face mask to conceal his or her identity. This year features singers like The Ice Cream, The Tree and The Rottweiler.

The Masked Singer has proved to be a juggernaut for Fox as it has delivered over 17.6 million multi-platform viewers and is the network's most-watched unscripted debut in 11 years. Last season, the final three contestants were the Bee, Peacock and the Monster which were revealed to be Gladys Knight, Donny Osmond and T-Pain respectively. In the end, T-Pain came out on top as the champion.

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Deadline

posted 8/15/19

WEDNESDAY: 9021-Uh Oh...
"America's Got Talent" Wins Totals, Fox Wins Demo Off Depreciated "BH90210"
From the Futon Critic

FOX (2.764 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) remained the demo champ on Wednesday thanks to a new "MasterChef" (2.957 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) and week two of "BH90210" (2.570 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3).

NBC (4.585 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was the silver draw with the time period premieres of "America's Got Talent" (7.723 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "Songland" (3.655 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) plus the season finale of "The InBetween" (2.377 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Next up was CBS (3.099 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a new "Big Brother 21" (4.282 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) alongside repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.578 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and another "SEAL Team" (2.437 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.171 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up a repeat of "Press Your Luck" (3.217 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) followed by the season finales of "Card Sharks" (3.227 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Match Game" (3.070 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

And finally, The CW (0.566 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with its second weeks of "Bulletproof" (0.635 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) and "Hypnotize Me" (0.497 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.053m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 840k
- American Ninja Warrior (Nick): 683k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 491k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/14/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Touching Film"

  • Vanna White goes from touching letters to filming projects (WTVM Columbus)

  • Angelina Keeley expecting a little Survivor (Reality TV World)

  • Meanwhile, Natalie Negrotti has evicted her girlfriend from her heart (Reality TV World)

  • Daymond John has a shark in his midst... (Deadline)

  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: Family Feud Canada (Daily Hive).

  • LIST ABUSE: Top 25 game show hosts according to... (Yardbarker) and 25 shows you forgot existed thanks to ... (The Wrap)

  • How being a good journalist made Meredith Vieira a better game show host (Hamilton Spectator)

  • Jeremy Clarkson willing to put his money where his brain is. (Metro)

  • Paul Sinha writing comedy about his current struggle (Daily Mirror)

  • THROWBACK THURSDAY: Davina McCall relives the time she called "The L100,000 Drop" by its old name (Digital Spy)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF WHAT THE WHAT?!: No one has scored 100% on this quiz. (Manchester Evening News)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Elvis' friend Wink Martindale (Yahoo!)

posted 8/15/19


ViacomCBS/AdAge

Reunited and It Feels So Good
Viacom, CBS Merge
From The Futon Critic

CBS Corp. and Viacom, two of the world's leading entertainment companies, today announced they have entered into a definitive agreement to combine in an all-stock merger, creating a combined company with more than $28 billion in revenue.

The combined company, ViacomCBS Inc., will be a leading global, multiplatform, premium content company, with the assets, capabilities and scale to be one of the most important content producers and providers in the world. The combined company will be a scale player globally, with leadership positions in markets across the U.S., Europe, Latin America and Asia. This includes the largest television business in the U.S., with the highest share of broadcast and cable viewing across all key audience demographics, and strength in every key category, including News, Sports, General Entertainment, Pop Culture, Comedy, Music and Kids - making it a first-choice partner to distributors and advertisers. In addition, the combined company will possess a portfolio of fast-growing direct-to-consumer platforms, including both subscription and ad-supported offerings. It will also include a major Hollywood film studio, Paramount Pictures, which has been a producer and global distributor of filmed entertainment for more than a century and continues to be a global box office driver. Taken together, these distinct strengths will accelerate CBS and Viacom's ability to deliver an array of compelling content to important and diverse audiences across both traditional and emerging platforms around the world.

Bob Bakish, President and Chief Executive Officer, Viacom, will become President and Chief Executive Officer of the combined company. Bakish said: "Today marks an important day for CBS and Viacom, as we unite our complementary assets and capabilities and become one of only a few companies with the breadth and depth of content and reach to shape the future of our industry. Our unique ability to produce premium and popular content for global audiences at scale - for our own platforms and for our partners around the world - will enable us to maximize our business for today, while positioning us to lead for years to come. As we look to the future, I couldn't be more excited about the opportunities ahead for the combined company and all of our stakeholders - including consumers, the creative community, commercial partners, employees and, of course, our shareholders."

Joe Ianniello, President and Acting Chief Executive Officer, CBS, will become Chairman and CEO of CBS. Ianniello, who will oversee all CBS-branded assets in his new role, said: "This merger brings an exciting new set of opportunities to both companies. At CBS, we have outstanding momentum right now - creatively and operationally - and Viacom's portfolio will help accelerate that progress. I look forward to all we will do together as we build on our ongoing success. And personally, I am pleased to remain focused on CBS's top priority - continuing our transformation into a global, multiplatform, premium content company."

Shari Redstone, Vice Chair of the Boards of Directors, CBS and Viacom, said: "I am really excited to see these two great companies come together so that they can realize the incredible power of their combined assets. My father once said 'content is king,' and never has that been more true than today. Through CBS and Viacom's shared passion for premium content and innovation, we will establish a world-class, multiplatform media organization that is well-positioned for growth in a rapidly transforming industry. Led by a talented leadership team that is excited by the future, ViacomCBS's success will be underpinned by a commitment to strong values and a culture that empowers our exceptional people at all levels of the organization." .

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posted 8/14/19

TUESDAY: Just Give the Night to NBC
"America's Got Talent" Continues to Dominate
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.242 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) held onto the top spot on Tuesday with its pairing of "America's Got Talent" (9.008 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "Bring the Funny" (3.711 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

ABC (3.212 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) was likewise the again the silver draw with a new "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.067 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) followed by a repeats of "Bless This Mess" (1.659 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "Black-ish" (1.347 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10).

Next up was CBS (4.141 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its all-repeat lineup of "NCIS" (4.445 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "FBI" (3.931 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.048 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.636 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up a repeat "Spin the Wheel" (1.575 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and a new "First Responders Live" (1.698 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

And finally, a new "Pandora" (0.611 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) and the premiere of "Mysteries Decoded" (0.478 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) rounded out the night on The CW (0.545 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 759k
- American Ninja Warrior (Nick): 722k
- Supermarket Stakeout (P/Food): 684k
- Ink Master (PAramount): 587k
- Hip Hop Squares - 8:30 (VH1): 532k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 521k
- Hip Hop Squares - 8p (SP/VH1): 491k
- America Says (GSN): 400k

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posted 8/14/19

Dale's Supermarket Tribute
Rylan's "Sweep" Reboot to Pay Homage to Late Host
From Digital Spy

ITV is rebooting classic gameshow Supermarket Sweep with one of our absolute favourites, Rylan Clark-Neal, and because it's ITV, of course there's a Love Island crossover coming our way. Gotta get that brand synergy!

One of the episodes of the new series will see Anton Danyluk, Belle Hassan, Chris Taylor, Harley Brash, Ovie Soko and India Reynolds competing to win money for charity.

The whole rebooted series will take place over four weeks with 20 hour-long episodes in a pre-watershed slot.

"It's a dream come true to step inside this very special supermarket and host one of the most iconic series in television history," Rylan said. "I am beside myself with excitement and will be going wilder in the aisles than ever before. "Fill up your trolley, grab your bag for life and let's go shopping!"

Supermarket Sweep originally ran between 1993 and 2001, with a revived series in 2007. It was hosted by the legendary Dale Winton, who sadly passed away last year. It has been confirmed the reboot will feature a tribute to him.

"That's all I'm going to say about it, but it was the one thing I really wanted."

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posted 8/14/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "When They See Us"

posted 8/12/19

SYNDIES: Week 44
Results for the Week Ending August 4
From TV Newscheck

The big story of the session ending Aug.4 featured Judge Judy elbowing aside all competition and topping the Nielsen chart in the household ratings for the third time in four weeks.

It was an extraordinary effort since the show was in reruns on all five days and was unable to be seen along with other programs on the 28 CBS-owned stations carried by satellite giant DirecTV and AT&T U-verse in 14 markets including New York and Los Angeles.

Nevertheless, Judy jumped 2% from the week before to a top-rated 5.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating. Dr. Phil also rose to the occasion with a 5% advance to a 2.1 and led the talk shows for the 152nd week in a row.

Close behind, Live with Kelly and Ryan extended its streak as the second-highest talker to 23 weeks, holding its ground at a 1.9. Ellen DeGeneres took third with an unchanged 1.4, followed by Wendy Williams and Maury, which both moved up 9% to a 1.2.

Elsewhere, none of the top three game shows was able to gain. Family Feud dipped 2% to a 5.7, Wheel of Fortune was flat at a 5.0, while Jeopardy declined 13% to new season-low 4.7.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.7 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.0 NC
- Jeopardy (CTD) 4.7** -13%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 +7%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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posted 8/13/19

MONDAY: Ninjas vs. Paradise
Winner.... BOTH!?
From the Futon Critic

ABC (3.689 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) held onto the demo crown on Monday with its duo of "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.302 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "Grand Hotel" (2.462 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

NBC (4.485 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with originals from "American Ninja Warrior" (4.706 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and "Dateline NBC" (4.041 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

Next up was FOX (2.385 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with fresh installments of "Beat Shazam" (2.553 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) and "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.216 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.150 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up repeats of "The Neighborhood" (3.262 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "The Big Bang Theory" (2.953 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), another "The Big Bang Theory" (3.282 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Mom" (2.948 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "Bull" (3.227 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.054 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) likewise opted for second runs of "Bulletproof" (1.010 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.070 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.125 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.054m
- American Ninja Warrior (OBP/Nick): 752k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 434k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 366k
- Are You The One: Come One Come All (MTV): 352k


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posted 8/13/19

Edin-blockbusters
Dara O Briain to Shoot "Comedy Central's Blockbusters" in TV Festival
From Worldscreen

Comedy Central UK's reboot of the game-show format Blockbusters is set to open this year's Edinburgh TV Festival, with Dara O'Briain on board to host.

Four teams from BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5 and Sky will compete to cross from one side of the show's famous hexagonal board to the other by answering quiz questions correlating to a letter.

The original version of the show aired on ITV and was hosted by Bob Holness after being adapted from the NBC series hosted by Bill Cullen. Comedy Central's reincarnation recently aired and included two celebrity specials.

The session is produced by Phil Harris, creative director at Thames, and Chris Curley, head of development for Comedy Central.

As a festival and a charity, the Edinburgh Television Festival is committed to helping young people from all backgrounds gain access to the TV Industry. It runs two young talent schemes, Ones to Watch and The Network. Both schemes aim to ensure that the people working in television are as diverse as the audience watching it.

O'Briain said: "I'm delighted to be hosting this…even though Blockbusters is a quiz show featuring 16-year-olds and if a fully grown television executive can't answer them, then we are all in serious trouble. Or it explains everything."

CEO and Festival Director Lisa Campbell said: "Blockbusters is a legendary game show that I, and I know many in the industry, have hugely fond memories of, so it's been fantastic to see it return to our screens. With the channels up against one another, this is going to be a fun and nail-biting session, displaying some of our execs true competitive natures."

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TBI Vision
Edinburgh News

posted 8/13/19

WEEKEND: When You Lose to a Rerun of "Feud"...
CBS Wins Sunday, Draws Even in Demos with ABC Game Night
From The Futon Critic

CBS (4.539 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) was the top draw on Sunday thanks to its mix of "60 Minutes" (6.565 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #7), "Big Brother 21" (4.695 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1), "Instinct" (3.539 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #8) and a second "Instinct" (3.358 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Sharing in the demo honors was ABC (4.398 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) with repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.302 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.747 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) followed by new episodes of "The $100,000 Pyramid" (4.653 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.889 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Next up was NBC (2.143 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) and its combination of "Hollywood Game Night" (1.620 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9), the "U.S. Gymnastics Championships" (2.777 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Bring the Funny" (1.398 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.730 million viewers, #T4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T4) offered up repeats of "Last Man Standing" (0.812 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Family Guy" (0.683 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) plus its annual "Teen Choice 2019" (0.721 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

And finally, The CW (0.730 million viewers, #T4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T4) closed out the night with encores of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.750 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Pandora" (0.709 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.383m
- Sunday Best (BET): 806k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7:30 (VH1): 376k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7p (VH1): 334k

On cable Friday...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 897k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 479k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 382k
- America Says (GSN): 357k


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Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/13/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "A Can of Whupass"

  • Why Steve Austin's "Broken Skull Challenge" was canceled (The Wrap)

  • How Marina Toybina crafted "The Masked Singer" masks (Deadline).

  • Karey Burke hints at coming tweaks at "Dancing with the Stars" (TV Line)

  • Todd Chrisley knows (tax evasion) best (TV Line)

posted 8/13/19

War of the Atlantic
MTV's New Season of "The Challenge" Pits the US vs. the UK

From The Futon Critic

On the heels of the highest rated season of "The Challenge" in seven years, MTV unveils the highly anticipated "The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2," set to premiere on Wednesday, August 28 at 8:00PM ET/PT with expanded 90-minute episodes.

Following "The Challenge: War of the Worlds," the lines have been drawn between the U.K. and the U.S. players.

Set in the middle of the jungle, "The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2" returns to a classic team format; 14 Brits will battle it out against 14 Americans for their share of the $1 million-dollar prize. In the premiere episode, the winning team will have the first pick from the lineup of "reinforcements," featuring all-stars CT Tamburello, Dee Nguyen, 'Ninja' Natalie Duran, and last season's champion, Turabi 'Turbo' Camkiran. After turning on each other last season, will the Americans be able to unite in order to reclaim the throne against the unstoppable British alliance?

Meet the cast:

U.S. TEAM
- Ashley Mitchell - 6th Challenge Twitter: @mtvashleybrooke, Instagram: @mtvashleybrooke
- Cara Maria Sorbello - 14th Challenge Twitter: @CaraMariaMTV, Instagram: @misscaramaria
- Faith Stowers - 2nd Challenge, "Vanderpump Rules" Twitter: @faithstowers, Instagram: @kingfaithhope
- Johnny 'Bananas' Devenanzio - 18th Challenge Twitter: @johnnybananas, Instagram: @realjohnnybananas
- Jordan Wiseley - 5th Challenge Twitter: @JordanW_usa, Instagram: @jordan_wiseley
- Josh Martinez - 2nd Challenge, "Big Brother" Twitter: @JOSHMBB19, Instagram: @josh_martinez_
- Kam Williams - 4th Challenge Twitter: @iamkamiam_, Instagram: @iamkamiam_
- Laurel Stucky - 6th Challenge Twitter: @laurelstucky, Instagram: @laurelstucky
- Leroy Garrett - 11th Challenge Twitter: @bruce_lee85, Instagram: @royleethebarber
-
Nany Gonzalez - 8th Challenge Instagram: @nanycarmen
- Paulie Calafiore - 3rd Challenge, "Big Brother" Twitter: @paulcalafiore_, Instagram: @paulcalafiore_
- Tori Deal - 3rd Challenge Twitter: @tori_deal, Instagram: @tori_deal
- Wes Bergmann - 12th Challenge Twitter: @westonbergmann, Instagram: @westonbergmann
- Zach Nichols - 9th Challenge Twitter: @ZNichols15, Instagram: @zachnichols15

U.K. TEAM
- Esther Falana - 1st Challenge, "BKCHAT LDN" Twitter: @estherfalana1
- Georgia Harrison - 2nd Challenge; "Love Island" Twitter: @georgiaharisonx, Instagram: @georgialouiseharrison
- Idris Virgo - 1st Challenge, "Love Island" Twitter: @idrisvirgo, Instagram: @idrisvirgo
- Jennifer West - 1st Challenge, "Survival of the Fittest" Instagram: @jenniferwestofficial
- Joss Mooney - 3rd Challenge, "Ex On The Beach UK" Twitter: @joss_mooney, Instagram: @jossmooney
- Kayleigh Morris - 2nd Challenge, "Ex On the Beach UK" Twitter: @Kmorrisx, Instagram: @kayleighmariemorrisx
- Kyle Christie - 4th Challenge, "Geordie Shore" Twitter: @KyleCGShore, Instagram: @kylecgshore
- Nicole Bass - 1st Challenge, "Ex On The Beach UK" Twitter: @Nicolecharbass, Instagram: @nicolecharbass
- Rogan O'Connor -- 2nd Challenge, "Ex On The Beach UK" Twitter: @Rogan_OConnor, Instagram: @roguesnaps
- Sean Lineker - 1st Challenge, "Shipwrecked" Twitter: @seanalineker, Instagram: @seanlineker
- Stephen Bear - 2nd Challenge, "Ex on The Beach UK," "Celeb Big Brother UK" Twitter: @stephen_bear, Instagram: @stevie_bear
- Theo Campbell - 2nd Challenge, "Love Island" Twitter: @theo_campbell91, Instagram: @theo_campbell91
- Tula 'Big T' Fazakerley - 1st Challenge, "Shipwrecked" Instagram: @bigtfaz
- Zahida Allen - 2nd Challenge, "Ex On The Beach UK" Twitter: @xZahida

THE REINFORCEMENTS
- 'Ninja' Natalie Duran - 2nd Challenge, "America Ninja Warrior" Twitter: @Ninja_Natalie, Instagram: @ninja_natalie
- Dee Nguyen - 2nd Challenge, "Geordie Shore" Instagram: @deenguyen
- CT Tamburello - 16th Challenge Twitter: @TheOfficial_CT, Instagram: @_famous4nothing
- Turabi 'Turbo' Camkiran - 2nd Challenge, "Survivor Turkey" Twitter: @turabicamkiran, Instagram: @turabi


The Futon Critic

posted 8/12/19

Is Todrick Hall "The Greatest Dancer"?
"Drag Race" Choreographer Joining British Dance-Off
From Female First

Todrick Hall is joining 'The Greatest Dancer'.

The 'RuPaul's Drag Race' resident choreographer will take a seat alongside dance captains Cheryl, Oti Mabuse and Matthew Morrison on the upcoming second series of the BBC One show after producers decided to "tweak" the format when questions were raised about the availability of the former 'Glee' actor.

A source told The Sun newspaper's Bizarre TV column: "At one point it looked like Matthew's schedule might mean he wouldn't return then bosses decided they wanted to add a fourth captain.

"They were really impressed with Todrick and decided to tweak the format slightly."

Cheryl confirmed in June she'd be returning to the show, which sees performers compete for £50,000 and a chance to perform on 'Strictly Come Dancing'. She said at the time: "I don't think I'm allowed to say but I'm going to anyway - I'm going back to the dance show. I'm going to get told off for that, but it doesn't matter because it's just a fact. I love, love, loved the dance show."

As well as judging and coaching the competitors, the captains were also given the chance to showcase their dance skills as they performed a routine at the start of every show and then choreographed and took part in their contestant's number during the final.

Host Jordan Banjo said last month: "Cheryl brought so much to the show as a dancer and dance captain. She was wicked to work with and handled everything really well. Her performance with the Strictly pros was like a baptism of fire. Getting on stage with them at world-class level and holding her own, she smashed it."

Female First

Sun

posted 8/12/19

THURSDAY: A Wheel-y Good Night
Fox Wins Night with Masterchef, Spin the Wheel
From The Futon Critic

FOX (4.455 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the network to beat on an NFL-fueled Thursday with fresh installments of "MasterChef" (4.876 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and "Spin the Wheel" (4.033 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

NBC (4.451 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a close second with its all-repeat lineup of "The Wall" (4.900 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Hollywood Game Night" (4.723 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.730 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Next up was CBS (4.320 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (4.635 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Young Sheldon" (4.449 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) alongside originals from "Big Brother 21" (5.053 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "Elementary" (3.366 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.932 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up its trio of "Holey Moley" (4.690 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Family Food Fight" (3.803 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7) and "Reef Break" (3.302 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

And finally, a new "The Outpost" (0.968 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) led into the premiere of "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (1.031 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and a second "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.980 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) on The CW (0.987 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Alone (History): 989k
- BBQ Brawl: Flay vs. Symon (Food): 940k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 860k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 479k
- America Says (GSN): 418k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 351k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/12/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "I Trust You'll Treat Her Well"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Hollywood Game Night" moves to Wednesdays starting August 21 (The Futon Critic)

  • "America's Got Talent" among winners at this year's Teen Choice Awards (TV Line).

  • Daytime Emmys considering merging two awards (TV Line)

  • How Marc Summers spent his summer vacation (Boston Herald)

  • SPOILER ALERT: Evicted houseguest to answer to comments made inside the house (TV Line)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with DeRay Davis (WTKR Norfolk)

posted 8/12/19

CBS to AT&T: Let's Make a Deal
Agreement in Place to End Cable Lockout
From Deadline

CBS and AT&T have struck a carriage deal, ending the blackout on AT&T-owned satellite giant DirecTV.

The companies' dispute saw CBS stations in New York City, Los Angeles and across the nation go dark on DirectTV, DirecTV Now and U-verse cable systems beginning July 20.

The multi-year deal announced Thursday also includes CBS Sports Network and Smithsonian Channel, with all stations returning to AT&T homes starting today.

The two companies said they "regret any inconvenience to their customers and viewers and thank them for their patience."

The agreement includes retransmission consent for all 26 CBS-owned stations in 17 markets including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, San Francisco, Boston, Atlanta, Tampa, Seattle, Detroit, Minneapolis, Miami, Denver, Sacramento, Pittsburgh and Baltimore.

Deadline

posted 8/8/19

WEDNESDAY: Back to Beverly
Fox Wins Night on Mockumentary Reboot
From The Futon Critic

FOX (3.601 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) pulled into the top spot on Wednesday thanks to a new "MasterChef" (3.358 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and the launch of "BH90210" (3.843 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1).

CBS (2.972 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then took home the silver with the season finale of "Love Island" (2.628 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), a new "Big Brother 21" (3.932 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and a repeat "SWAT" (2.357 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Next up was NBC (2.960 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with repeats of "Ellen's Game of Games" (3.372 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4), another "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.921 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and a new "The InBetween" (2.587 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.121 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up the season finale of "Press Your Luck" (3.576 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) alongside originals from "Card Sharks" (2.891 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "Match Game" (2.897 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, the premieres of "Bulletproof" (0.803 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and "Hypnotize Me" (0.564 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.684 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.101m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 837k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 447k
- America Says (GSN): 414k
- Deal or No Deal (SF/CNBC): 387k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 351k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/8/19

More on "The Masked Singer"
Catch Season 2 September 25
From GoldDerby

Part of the intoxicating allure that made "The Masked Singer" the No. 1 new show last season was that no one knew WTF was going on or had it on their radar at all when it was filmed. Now that everyone knows what the show is, some of that excitement might be gone when Season 2 premieres next month, but Fox is not concerned.

"What's remarkable about first-season shows is how much the producers are learning and building a show," Fox CEO Charlie Collier said Wednesday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour. "There are so many changes that come with Season 2 — all the performers know what the show is, so they're raising their game. Literally, some are wearing heels, some are trying to throw the audience with their costumes. There is so much more to this show that to me makes it America's favorite guessing game. I think there is a ton of interest in it and we're excited about both cycles."

After the runaway success of Season 1, which debuted in January and was won by T-Pain aka Monster, Fox quickly renewed the series, which is based on the South Korean smash. Soon after, the network picked up a third season, set to premiere in the coveted post-Super Bowl time slot in February. It's very common for networks to double-down on reality hits once they become popular, scheduling them two installments in TV season, which could eventually lead to viewer fatigue. Collier doesn't think that will be an issue with "The Masked Singer," singling out the omnipresence of some other reality shows that also air multiple times a season. "Fox will air about 30 hours of 'The Masked Singer.' For the sake of comparison, by the end of this season, 'The Voice' and the 'Bachelor' franchise will each will have aired about 75 hours," he said.

Season 2 features such new costumes as Egg, Skeleton, Flamingo and Leopard. While he couldn't say much about the slate of masked celebrities, Collier praised the producers and casting directors for not only securing the talent but their meticulousness in keeping the stars' identities under wraps now that all eyes are on the show.

"The people who produce the show, who cast the show have to walk a fine line between — you don't want to have someone whose voice is recognized immediately and you want to have people who are from all walks of life. You want to keep the guessing game alive, so I don't know if it's a question of easier or harder [to cast this season]. I watch them thread the needle and they're playing at the highest level," he said. "The care with which the producers of the show handle it is just remarkable. They take every precaution to make sure that no one is spoiled. … At a time when this is the No. 1 new show on television and people [know] they have to get there urgently and live so as not to be spoiled, [that's why we] take all the precaution to keep secrecy and keep everyone guessing."

Season 2 of "The Masked Singer" premieres Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 8/7c on Fox.

Goldderby

The Wrap

posted 8/8/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "We Have to Go Back to the Island"

  • VIDEO WALL: Temptation Island: Season 2 (The Wrap)

  • John Cena heads to Brawlhalla (Destructoid).

  • Casey Kriley, Jo Sharon to head up Magical Elves (Deadline)

  • Toby Gorman joins Universal Alternative (Deadline)

posted 8/8/19

Condemned
Fox Locks Up "Paradise Hotel". Again.
From TV Line

Paradise Hotel cannot seem to keeps its doors open, having now been cancelled for a third time.

Fox's revival of the "dating" competition it first hosted in 2003 (and which got a second chance in 2008 on MyNetworkTV/Fox Reality Channel) again found sexy singles trying to remain in paradise for as long as possible by pairing up. In the modern, Kristin Cavallari-hosted reinvention of the series, viewers were given the opportunity to "play along at home," using social media to try and influence the action on the show.

With its 12 airings/burnoffs across seven nights in May and early June, Paradise Hotel averaged just 1.26 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating, placing fourth among broadcast networks each night, only besting The CW. Among all Fox "reality" fare, it only outperformed (faint praise alert!) What Just Happened??! With Fred Savage.

Fox reality chief Rob Wade told our sister site Deadline that Paradise Hotel "was designed to air over many, many hours, and we started it relatively short, [airing] three times a week…. [a]nd if we are going to get the opportunity to try a new show, we have to have the space. But … it was a great show and highly entertaining."

TV Line

Deadline
The Wrap

posted 8/7/19

Fox Marries Dancing with Dating
Network Orders "Flirty Dancing"
From Deadline

Fox is moving forward with a series order to a U.S. remake of La La Land-influenced British reality show Flirty Dancing. Rob Wade, Fox's President of Alternative Entertainment, confirmed the pickup to Deadline on Wednesday at TCA.

"We're really exited by it; it's got a lot of heart," said Wade, a former Dancing with the Stars executive producer and major dance fan. The pickup is part Fox brass "looking at what's working in unscripted at the moment, and I feel like that's a feel-good co-viewing original format," Wade said.

Fox in January ordered a pilot for an adaptation of the Channel 4 series Flirty Dancing, which blends two genres, dating and dancing. In the original, two complete strangers are taught one half of a dance routine and then go on a blind date where they dance. Once they finish the dance, each partner walks away not yet having spoken a word to the other with the hope that they have done enough to warrant a second date.

Deadline

The Hollywood Reporter

posted 8/7/19

A New "Noot"
Emo Adams to Host New Version of "Noot Vir Noot"
From IOL

"Noot vir Noot" has gotten a modern, fresh new look and sound and Emo Adams is ready to host the show.

At the end of season 43 of the popular music quiz show, Johan Stemmet stepped down, but remains as an executive producer of the show.

Ahead of the debut of singer, musician and stage performer Emo Adams taking over the reigns on Thursday ,August 15, the team at SABC 2 gave media a sneak peek of the show.

IOL

posted 8/7/19

TUESDAY: AGT's Got Your Paradise Right Here
NBC Decimates The Competition
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.855 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was back on top on Tuesday with fresh installments of "America's Got Talent" (9.532 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "Bring the Funny" (4.502 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3).

ABC (2.880 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the number two draw with "Bachelor in Paradise" (3.566 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) followed by repeats of "Bless This Mess" (1.566 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "Black-ish" (1.449 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Next up was FOX (1.521 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with a repeat "Spin the Wheel" (1.627 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and the relocated "First Responders Live" (1.416 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.505 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up a new "Love Island" (2.028 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), a repeat "NCIS" (2.760 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and the season finale of "Blood & Treasure" (2.729 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8). And finally, a new "Pandora" (0.617 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12) and the season finale of "The 100" (0.596 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.607 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 890k
- Ink Master (PAramount): 580k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 389k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/7/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Challenge Anneka"

  • Anneka Rice named as the final contestant on this season's "Strictly" (Huffington Post)

  • Courtney Hope goes across the hall to play with Drew (Soaps.com).

  • Tyler Cameron's latest date is... not with "The Bachelorette" (Reality TV World) and... Chris Harrison doesn't think he's "Bachelor" material (Reality TV World)

  • Lindsay Lohan has a Chris Jericho-type list of things that are forbidden on "The Masked Singer". "Arm bar" conspicuously absent (Pedestrian)

  • Caroline Baumgard to head up A. Smith & Co (Realscreen)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jane Lynch (Chicago Tribune) and the Impractical Jokers (Nerds and Beyond)

posted 8/7/19

MONDAY: Return to Paradise
"Bachelor in Paradise", "Ninja Warrior" Leads Networks to Split
From The Futon Critic

ABC (3.782 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the demo champ on Monday thanks to the return of "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.365 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and a new "Grand Hotel" (2.615 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

NBC (4.235 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was the most-watched network with its duo of "American Ninja Warrior" (4.598 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and "Dateline NBC" (3.510 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

Next up was FOX (2.263 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with fresh installments from "Beat Shazam" (2.553 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "So You Think You Can Dance" (1.974 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.233 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up a new "Love Island" (2.075 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) alongside repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (2.319 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7), "The Neighborhood" (1.856 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "Bull" (2.536 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.237 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.942 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.949 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (1.091 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (SP/Food): 926k

- Common Knowledge (GSN): 470k
- America Says (GSN): 410k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 375k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/6/19

It's More than a Bundle, It's a Bundle+
Disney to Bundle Streamers for $13
From TV Line

The upcoming launch of the Disney+ streaming service just got a bit sweeter sounding, with the disclosure of a price point for a package that adds in Hulu as well as ESPN+.

When Disney+ launches on Tuesday, Nov. 12 (for U.S. subscribers; and then rolled out to the rest of the world over two years), the new service's ad-free content will cost $6.99/month (or $69.99/year).

But Disney CEO Bob Iger announced during a Tuesday earnings call that a bundle that combines the well-stocked Disney+ with Hulu's ad-supported basic service ($5.99/month) as well as ESPN+ ($4.99/month) will total just $12.99/month. The "catch" is that, as noted above, you get "Hulu with ads," and there are no plans to offer a bundle with the ad-free version of Hulu.

TV Line

The Wrap
Deadline

posted 8/6/19

WEEKEND: No Game Show? No Program
ABC Wins on CMA Fest Coverage
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.598 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) held onto the top spot on Sunday thanks to a repeat of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.324 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and the "CMA Fest 2019" (4.689 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2).

CBS (4.114 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) then took home the silver with its mix of "60 Minutes" (6.297 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "Big Brother 21" (4.308 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1), "Instinct" (3.141 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "The Good Fight" (2.710 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

Next up was NBC (2.299 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) and its repeat lineup of "Hollywood Game Night" (1.547 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11), "America's Got Talent" (2.944 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "Bring the Funny" (1.760 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.924 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up second runs of "Last Man Standing" (0.802 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11), another "Last Man Standing" (0.976 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11), "The Simpsons" (0.976 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8), "Bob's Burgers" (0.903 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Family Guy" (1.161 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) plus a new "What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage" (0.725 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.471 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with encores of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.672 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Pandora" (0.271 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #17).

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.362m
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7:30p (VH1): 404k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7p (VH1): 371k


NBC (2.835 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) was the network to beat on Friday with its weekly rebroadcast of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.573 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) and a new "Dateline NBC" (3.361 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1).

ABC (1.909 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) then was the silver draw with the penultimate "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.152 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) followed by the season finale of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (1.691 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and a repeat "20/20" (1.884 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Next up was CBS (2.629 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with a new "Love Island" (1.982 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) alongside repeats of "Hawaii Five-0" (2.560 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "Blue Bloods" (3.344 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.514 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up encores of "First Responders Live" (1.659 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "MasterChef" (1.368 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

And finally, new episodes of "Masters of Illusion" (0.823 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and "The Big Stage" (0.653 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) plus a repeat "The Outpost" (0.398 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.568 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5). .

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/6/19

SYNDIES: Week 43
Results for the Week Ending July 28
From TV Newscheck

Near-blanket coverage of former special counsel Robert Mueller's congressional hearing on July 24 caused massive preemptions and pulled ratings lower for most daytime shows in the session ending July 28.

In prime access, shows were much less affected by preemptions. Still, all of the top four games shows lost ground. Family Feud led the games and the entire list, but dropped 3% to a 5.8. Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune both fell 2% to a 5.4 and a 5.0, respectively, while Who Wants to Be a Millionaire depreciated 7% to a 1.4.

Meanwhile, week three of a scheduled six-week trial that began July 15 for comedic game Punchline garnered a 0.3 rating/1 share weighted metered market average, down 50% from its lead-ins and off 40% from its August 2018 time periods.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.8 -3%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.4 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.0 -2%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.4 -7%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


TV Newscheck

B&C

posted 8/6/19

Talk About a Lineup!
60 Teams Line Up for Amazon's "Eco-Challenge"
From the Wrap

Amazon has set the lineup of more than 60 teams from 30 countries that will be competing on "World's Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji," the "Eco-Challenge" reboot from Mark Burnett and Bear Grylls.

Hosted by Grylls and executive produced by Burnett, Lisa Hennessy and Eric Van Wagenen, the "epic, gritty and unpredictable" race will take place in Fiji this fall and be captured for a 10-episode series to launch on Prime Video in 2020.

Among the teams racing are Team Khukuri Warriors, 28-year-old sisters from India who are racing for gender equality and are the first set of twins and South Asians to complete the Explorers Grand Slam (7 Summits, North & South Pole); a team of veteran racers who competed in all nine seasons of Eco-Challenge, now returning as grandparents; an American Eagle Scout team and a team of Scouts from Australia, a team of Wounded Warriors who served in the U.S. Armed Forces, the world's youngest expedition racer to compete in the Adventure Racing World Series at the age of 17, who holds three world records; and a team of Ironman athletes including "The Iron Cowboy" who gained notoriety for completing 50 Ironmans in 50 states in 50 days.

The WRap

posted 8/6/19

Jonathan Ross Joins "The Masked Singer UK"
New Adaptation to Launch in 2020 on ITV
From Metro

Jonathan Ross will take the head judge spot on The Masked Singer, the outrageous celebrity singing show coming to ITV later this year, it has been claimed.

The 58-year-old talk show host will join presenter Joel Dommett on the upcoming talent show, which sees famous voices anonymously compete in a singing competition while disguised in wacky animal costumes.

Jonathan is set to lead the show's judging panel, with a source telling The Sun that signing the presenter was 'a real coup' for ITV.'

'He's the big name they needed to get the show off the ground and encourage viewers to take it seriously,' the insider said. 'They think he'll be hilarious fronting the panel and help make the series a success.'

With Jonathan leading the judging panel, ITV bosses are hoping to recreate The Masked Singer's global success in the UK.

Metro

posted 8/6/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Want to Buy a Network?"

  • Univision por venta (TV Week)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Ex on the Beach" is moving to Thursdays (The Futon Critic).

  • John August calls negotiations a "long slog" (Deadline)

posted 8/5/19

A Leaner "Idol" To Bow 2020
Judges Will Return, But Will Ryan?
From TV Line

American Idol's judging panel will look very familiar when the show returns for Season 18. Katy Perry, Luke Bryan and Lionel Richie all will be back for the competition series' next cycle, ABC announced Monday. Radio DJ Bobby Bones also will reprise his role as in-house mentor to the contestants.

Though Perry, Bryan and Richie have served as Idol's judges since the show was revived on ABC, it was rumored that the Alphabet Net planned to cut costs ahead of the next cycle, largely due to a decline in ratings. Much of the potential belt-tightening was allegedly focused on the judges' salaries (most notably Perry, who is said to be pocketing $20 million per season), but there's no word on whether any changes were made.

Conspicuously absent from ABC's 1,320-word announcement was the name Ryan Seacrest. Though Seacrest is in the middle of a long-term overall deal with ABC, he has not yet been confirmed as the Season 18 emcee.

ABC's President of Entertainment Karey Burke revealed that the host was still in talks to return to the show but that it had not yet closed his deal. "I do not believe that he will be missing [from American Idol]. We're in ongoing conversations about Ryan returning and I am hopeful," she said.

During Season 17, Seacrest took his first-ever Idol sick day, prompting Bones to fill in as host for one of the broadcasts.

"American Idol is the original music competition series," Burke said in a statement. "It was the first of its kind to take everyday singers and catapult them into superstardom, launching the careers of so many amazing artists. We couldn't be more excited for Katy, Luke, Lionel and Bobby to continue in their roles as American Idol searches for the next great music star, with more live episodes and exciting, new creative elements coming this season."

American Idol will return in 2020.

TV Line

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posted 8/5/19

Jimmy Kimmel, Mark Burnett Fall into "Generation Gap"
Talk Show Host Teams with Producer for New ABC Game
From The Hollywood Reporter

ABC is adding another game show to its lineup.

Jimmy Kimmel and producer Mark Burnett are teaming up for Generation Gap, a comedic game show in which family members from different generations have to answer trivia questions about each other's generations.

For instance, an eight-year-old might have to complete the catchphrase "Go ahead, make my __." Kimmel and Burnett will serve as executive producers for the show along with Barry Poznick. Details including a host and premiere date will be announced later.

MGM Television, headed by Burnett, and Kimmel's company Kimmelot are producing.

Generation Gap will join a robust lineup of studio game shows on ABC. The shows are a linchpin of the network's summer schedule, with Celebrity Family Feud, The $100,000 Pyramid, To Tell the Truth, Press Your Luck, Card Sharks and Match Game all currently airing. ABC also has Don't, hosted by Adam Scott and executive produced by Ryan Reynolds, in the works.

The game show is the latest ABC project for Kimmel as a producer. The Jimmy Kimmel Live! host teamed with Norman Lear for the successful live stagings of All in the Family and The Jeffersons in May, and ABC on Monday announced it's doing two more such specials in the 2019-20 season.

Jimmy Kimmel Live!, meanwhile, is set through 2022 with a three-year deal the host signed in May.

The Hollywood Reporter

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The Wrap

posted 8/5/19

A Good Day for Bachelor Nation
ABC Renews "Bachelorette", "Bachelor in Paradise"
From The Futon Critic

ABC announced today at the network's Television Critics Association presentation that the No. 1 show of summer, "The Bachelorette," was picked up for its 16th season, and summer's guiltiest pleasure, "Bachelor in Paradise," will return for its seventh season.

Last week, the dramatic 15th season of "The Bachelorette," featuring Hannah Brown, aired its shocking season finale with a surprise breakup and potential rekindled romance. The season finale telecast grew year over year by 17% among Adults 18-49 to post the show's highest-rated telecast in two years and delivered a season-high 2.2 million total social interactions.

The highly anticipated sixth season of "Bachelor in Paradise" will premiere tonight, MONDAY, AUG. 5 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on ABC. (TV-PG, DL) Episodes can also be viewed the next day on ABC.com, the ABC app and Hulu.

Last summer, "Bachelor in Paradise" led its Monday night time period and stood as the night's No. 1 series across all key Adult demos (A18-34/A18-49/A25-54). In fact, "Bachelor in Paradise" was Monday's No. 1 series on 4 of its 5 telecasts with Adults 18-49. The series' Tuesday-night run stood as last summer's No. 1 program of the night among Women 18-34.

These "Bachelor" franchise properties join the already announced 24th season of "The Bachelor," which will also return in 2020. During its 2019 run, featuring Colton Underwood, "The Bachelor" ranked as Monday's No. 1 TV program in Adults 18-34, Women 18-34 and Women 18-49, standing as the night's top-rated series on each of its 10 telecasts of the season.

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TV Line

posted 8/5/19

Not a Good Day for Jesse Palmer
ABC Cancels "The Proposal"
From TV Line

ABC is saying no to The Proposal: The reality romance competition from The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss has been cancelled after just one season.

ABC president Karey Burke confirmed to TVLine that the series will not return for a Season 2.

Airing last summer on the Alphabet network, The Proposal featured eligible singles competing in pageant-style rounds to win the heart of a mystery suitor or suitress who they wouldn't meet until the end of the episode.

Hosted by former Bachelor Jesse Palmer, it wrapped up its one and only season in August 2018.

Unfortunately, The Proposal may be best remembered for less than romantic reasons. The show's second episode was pulled off the schedule when one of the male contestants was accused of facilitating a sexual assault. (The contestant in question was reportedly eliminated in the episode's first round.).

TV Line

posted 8/5/19

THURSDAY: At Long Last Football
NBC WIns on Hall of Fame Game Coverage
From The Futon Critic

NBC (4.995 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) pulled into the top spot on Thursday with its telecast of "NFL Kickoff Pre-Game" (5.616 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) and "NFL Preseason: Hall of Fame Game - Denver vs. Atlanta" (4.871 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1).

FOX (2.877 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was the silver draw with fresh installments from "MasterChef" (3.319 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) and "Spin the Wheel" (2.435 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Next up was CBS (2.868 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its trio of "Love Island" (2.405 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Big Brother 21" (3.781 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and "Elementary" (2.416 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.358 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up originals from "Holey Moley" (3.242 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5), "Family Food Fight" (1.847 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #8) and "Reef Break" (1.985 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, the series finale of "iZombie" (0.801 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and a new "The Outpost" (0.652 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.727 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- ALone (History): 1.068m
- BBQ Brawl: Flay vs. Symon (P/Food): 1.004m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 829k.


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/5/19

KBC Begins Shooting 11th Season
Amitabh Bachchan Back at Host
From Biz Asia

Sony Entertainment Television will be launching its big-ticket gameshow, 'Kaun Banega Crorepati 11', later this month.

The show hosted by Amitabh Bachchan, will take the 21:00 – 22:30 slot from Monday 19th August, which will see a number of shows being moved around or bidding adieu to viewers. It has already been confirmed that 'Yeh Un Dinon Ki Baat Hai' and 'Ladies Special' will come to their natural end. There's also much speculation surrounding the future of 'Chandragupta Maurya'.

'Kaun Banega Croepati 11' went on the floors over the weekend, with Bachchan taking to social media to share, "It has begun. Another KBC, 19 years since it started, 11 seasons and the love of all the viewers." He added, "The signature tune and the applause and KBC and the tech rehearsals come alive and the palpitation for the morrow and the first episode for this year and its apprehensions and uncertainties but shall try to give it a best knock."

Biz Asia
NewsNation

posted 8/5/19

India's "News Wiz" Returns
Student Quiz Show Returns for 4th Season
From Television Post

News Wiz, India's first and biggest news quiz is back with its fourth season, and is open for registrations till August 14th. School students can put their quizzing prowess to the test in this quiz-based game show. Interested teams can register at www.newswiz.in.

News Wiz, the only news quiz show on Indian TV, held its first edition three years ago, in 2016. In just three seasons, the show has become one of the most popular quiz shows in the country and has provided a national platform to the brilliant minds of tomorrow. Thousands of schools from across the country have applied in the past, hoping to be represented at a national level and to let their students test their mettle.

Television Post
India Education Diary

posted 8/5/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Zero Sum Game"

  • Jenny Ryan, Anne Hegerty explain what would happen if a player fails to get a single question right in the Cash Builder (The New Zealand Herald)

  • Quizzer quizzed: Anthony Anderson plays "Not My Job" on "Wait Wait!" (NPR).

  • Karey Burke teases the tweaks on "Dancing" (Deadline)

posted 8/5/19

Bob Harper to Return to "Biggest Loser"
Reboot to Premiere on USA 2020
From TV Line

The Biggest Loser reboot just scored its first win, bringing back a familiar face for fans of the reality competition series. Fitness expert Bob Harper, who served as a trainer on the original NBC show for 17 seasons, will return to host USA Network's "re-imagining," he announced Friday on Today.

"I've learned a lot over the last two years since suffering a heart attack," Harper says. "I know more than ever that it's about overall health and living your absolute best life inside and out, plus finding ways to overcome the everyday obstacles that we all face. That is what we are doing with the show. We are going to be changing lives and it is going to be big. I cannot wait to get started!"

The new show's trainers will be announced at a later date.

This Biggest Loser is being described by USA as a "reboot" in that it will "feature a dynamic new team of experts determined to dramatically improve America's lifespans and waistlines" — and to that end, its cast will "compete not only to lose weight, but to improve their overall wellbeing." Each episode's experts will include a trainer, chef and life coach, who will "help guide the contestants as they embark on the biggest transformations of their lives."

The Biggest Loser reboot will premiere on USA Network sometime in 2020..

TV Line

The Futon Critic

posted 8/2/19

Let's Bake Again!
"Great American Baking Show" Returns Later This Year
From the Futon Critic

A double dose of "Spice," a dash of Sherry and a pinch of Paul is the perfect recipe for a fifth season of the most delicious show on television as "The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition" returns to ABC this December.

It was announced today with the help of Rosie's Dessert Spot on the show's official Instagram page @thegreatamericanbakingshow.

The series, which is based on the U.K hit "The Great British Baking Show," will once again showcase bakers from around the country putting their best sweet and savory creations forward as they compete in holiday-themed challenges and eliminations all hoping to be named "America's Best Amateur Baker."

"The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition" is hosted by Spice Girl and television personality Emma Bunton and former NFL Chicago Bears defensive tackle Anthony "Spice" Adams. Three-time James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Sherry Yard and expert baker and bestselling cookbook author Paul Hollywood ("The Great British Baking Show") return to judge the decadent and delicious treats these bakers will create while sharing advice and commentary in regard to the bakers' technique and skill.

"The Great American Baking Show" is from Love Productions and developed by Richard McKerrow and Anna Beattie. Executive producers are Richard McKerrow, Faye Stapleton and Simon Evans. .

The Futon Critic

posted 8/2/19


Sony Pictures

Harry Friedman Calls It a Career
"Wheel", "Jeopardy!" EP Will Leave Post After 2019-20 Season
From TV Week

The executive producer of syndication mainstays "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy!," who has been with the programs for almost 25 years, is retiring. The Hollywood Reporter's Live Feed reports that Harry Friedman will stay on at both shows through the end of his current contract, which expires May 1, 2020.

Friedman, 72, broke the news to the staffs of both shows Thursday morning. "I think all of you know how much I love these shows, and that I deeply respect how hard you've worked to make them so successful," Friedman said in a statement. "We've celebrated a lot of milestones together, and now with my own personal 25th anniversary milestone just a few months away, it felt like this was the right time for me to step away. Please join me in making this the best season yet."

Mike Hopkins, chairman of Sony Pictures Television, which produces the shows, is quoted by THR saying: "We are proud to have had one of the industry's most prolific executive producers at the helm of our flagship game shows, 'Wheel of Fortune' and 'Jeopardy!,' for the past 25 years. Under Harry's direction, these iconic shows have become among the longest running and most successful game shows in television history. We look forward to working with Harry over the next nine months to create more outstanding television, and to ensure a smooth transition once a replacement has been identified. Harry is truly one of a kind, and he will be greatly missed."

Besides "Wheel" & "Jeopardy!", Friedman has worked on a number of shows, including "Caesars Challenge" and "The Hollywood Squares".

Both shows will premiere their new seasons on Monday, Sept. 9, marking the 37th season for "Wheel" and the 36th for "Jeopardy!" The programs are distributed by CBS Television Distribution.

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posted 8/1/19

CBS Feels the Love
"Love Island" to Get Second Go-Round
From Deadline

CBS has handed dating reality series Love Island a second season.

The broadcaster is showing faith in the remake of the British entertainment format, which is hosted by Arielle Vandenberg.

The show, which has aired five nights a week in an 8pm slot since July 9, ends its opening run on August 7.

Contestants will return to the Love Island villa, situated in Fiji, for another run next summer.

The announcement was made during the TCA summer press tour by CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl and Thom Sherman, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Entertainment

While the show hasn't quite exploded in the overnight ratings, it has performed well for a young audience, bringing the network's average down considerably during its timeslot. The show has expanded CBS' summer audience, been well received by young female audiences and has performed well digitally, becoming the network's most-streamed new show on CBS All Access and CBS.com in over a year. It also remains a fixture for social media fans.

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posted 8/1/19

Adam Scott Says "I Do" To "Don't"
"Big Little Lies" Actor to Host ABC's New Game Show
From the Hollywood Reporter

Adam Scott is joining the ranks of ABC's game-show hosts, signing on to front the network's forthcoming series Don't.

The Big Little Lies and Parks and Recreation star will host the series from Banijay Studios North America and executive producer Ryan Reynolds. The show puts teams of four through a series of comedic challenges with the simple rule of "Don't," as in "Don't laugh" or "Don't blink," with a top prize of $100,000.

"I'm very excited to be the host of ABC's new game show Don't," said Scott. "As a fan of both 'games' and 'shows,' I feel we may be onto something here."

Don't, which doesn't yet have a premiere date, joins a robust lineup of studio game shows on ABC that includes veteran series Celebrity Family Feud, The $100,000 Pyramid, To Tell the Truth, Match Game and newcomers Press Your Luck, hosted by Elizabeth Banks, and Card Sharks, hosted by Joel McHale.

Scott is coming off Big Little Lies, which just wrapped its second season on HBO. His other recent credits include a recurring part on NBC's The Good Place, The Disaster Artist and Fox's Ghosted.

Reynolds, David Goldberg, Caroline Baumgard, David Hurwitz and Maximum Effort's George Dewey are the executive producers of Don't. Banijay Rights distributes the format internationally..

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posted 8/1/19

WEDNESDAY: Room for Everybody
Every Network (Except NBC or The CW) Had Something to Crow About
From the Futon Critic

ABC (2.944 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) was the most-watched network on a competitive Wednesday with its trio of "Press Your Luck" (3.377 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3), "Card Sharks" (2.786 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Match Game" (2.668 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

CBS (2.756 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) and FOX (2.597 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) then shared in the demo honors as the latter offered up a new "MasterChef" (3.122 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and the Tuesday bound "First Responders Live" (2.073 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Next up was the Eye with its mix of the just-renewed "Love Island" (2.462 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Big Brother 21" (3.794 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and a repeat "SWAT" (2.013 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.899 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) opted for repeats of "Ellen's Game of Games" (3.159 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), another "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.919 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and a new "The InBetween" (2.620 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.670 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with the penultimate "Jane the Virgin" (0.678 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and the final "Jane the Virgin" (0.662 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 905k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 727k
- Are You The One: Come One Come All (MTV): 434k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 433k
- America Says (GSN): 395k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/1/19

"Catch 21": Don't Call It A Comeback!
Alfonso Ribeiro Returns This Fall with New Dealer - His DWTS Partner!
From Broadway World

Game Show Network, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, has announced Alfonso Ribeiro ("Americas Funniest Videos") has returned as host of its CATCH 21 reboot. Witney Carson ("Dancing with the Stars") joins as card dealer, reuniting the former dance partners in a game show first. The half-hour series is anticipated to premiere in Fall 2019.

In CATCH 21, dealing out larger-than-life playing cards, the host quizzes contestants with general-knowledge questions as they attempt to build the closest hand to 21. Part knowledge, part nerve, and part strategy, every correct answer is a chance to add a card and build a better hand or pass the card and "bust" the competition. In addition, every correct answer gives a player control of the deck and the option of "freezing" their hand to protect themselves from being "busted" later in the round. Putting a familiar twist on a classic game, players match wits and put victory on the line in every round with the turn of a card and the next correct answer.

Iconic television star, Alfonso Ribeiro has spent more than 30 years leaving his unique mark on the worlds of television, theater and beyond. Ribeiro hosted the original run of "Catch 21" on the Game Show Network for four seasons from 2008-2011. Additionally, Ribeiro is currently the host of "Americas Funniest Videos," just prior to that he danced his way into our hearts on "Dancing with Stars." His acting skills have been in homes for decades with the long-running sitcoms "Silver Spoons" and "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air."

Professional dancer and Emmy®-nominated choreographer Witney Carson is best known for the hit reality competition show "Dancing with the Stars" and winning season 19 with partner Alfonso Ribeiro. She is also an accomplished professional Latin Ballroom dancer and first gained attention when she finished as ladies' second runner-up in season nine of "So You Think You Can Dance."

CATCH 21 is produced by Game Show Enterprises, LLC for Game Show Network. Jay Bienstock, Scott Sternberg and Merrill Heatter Productions, Inc. serve as executive producers

Broadway World

posted 8/1/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "That's an Expensive Horse"

  • Katy Perry loses suit over "Dark Horse" (The Fader)

  • Reports of Rudy Boesch's death have been highly exaggerated (Fansided)

  • "Big Brother" producers, faced with this (Inquisitr) and this (Deadline) pledge to "do better" (Gold Derby).

  • "The World's Best" to undergo tweaking if renewed (Deadline)

  • VIDEO WALL: John Legend vs. James Corden. Who wins? America. America wins. (The Wrap)

posted 8/1/19

Netflix Goes Into Hyperdrive
Charlize Theron Produces "Ninja Warrior Meets Fast & Furious"
From Entertainment Weekly

Fast & Furious 9. Mad Max: Fury Road. The Italian Job. Charlize Theron is no stranger to thrilling audiences with an adrenaline rush of car-focused features. Well, now the Academy Award winner is bringing her real-life need for speed to Netflix's new reality competition series Hyperdrive.

Theron is an executive producer on the streaming series, which launches Aug. 21 and is described by Netflix thusly: "Elite street racers from around the world test their limits in supercharged custom cars on the biggest, baddest automotive obstacle course ever built."

Hosted by Lindsay Czarniak, Rutledge Wood, Mike Hill and Michael Bisping, the 10-episode reality series launches Aug. 21 on Netflix. Showrunner Aaron Catling executive produces the series along with Theron, Lloyd Braun, Chris Cowan, Beth Kono and AJ Dix.

Filmed at Kodak's Eastman Business Park in Rochester, New York, "Hyperdrive" hails from Whalerock Industries and Denver & Delilah Productions.

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posted 8/1/19

ITV Buys Armoza
Merger of Big 2 Format Houses of UK, Israel
From Deadline

ITV Studios is adding to its stable of global entertainment formats with the acquisition of Israeli group Armoza Formats. Founded by Avi Armoza, the company's catalogue numbers over 100 formats including primetime singing show The Four which has been commissioned in over 15 territories and aired on Fox Stateside; game show Still Standing; and primetime studio entertainment series I Can Do That!, aired in over 25 countries.

The deal will see Armoza Formats become part of the Global Creative Network, headed up by Mike Beale, for ITV Studios. The Armoza team, based in Tel Aviv, will continue to develop and source new formats and also work with producers within the ITV Studios group on their projects in development. ITV Studios labels will exclusively produce all newly-developed Armoza formats in territories within which it has a presence.

Maria Kyriacou, President, ITV Studios International, said, "Armoza Formats has rapidly grown to be one of the top independent creators and distributors of global entertainment hits. This is a unique opportunity to work with Avi and his team and combine his expertise with ITV's presence and reach to undoubtedly create many more hits of the future."

Armoza added, "Armoza always strives to be at the forefront of creativity and stay ahead of the challenges in our industry, and we are therefore thrilled to be joining ITV Studios. We both share the same values and passion for success through creativity and strongly believe that ITV Studios are the perfect partner for the next stage of the company's evolution."

Armoza's catalogue is a mixture of in-house developed and third-party formats, including primetime competition Dance Revolution and multi award-winning scripted drama Hostages. Armoza's partners include Fox, NBC USA, BBC, ITV, Channel 4, TVA Canada, TF1 France, RTL Germany, HBO, TV2 Norway, Rai Italy, Globo Brazil, Azteca Mexico and Zee TV India.

The Armoza catalogue joins ITV Studios' growing slate of successful formats like Love Island, Talpa's The Voice and I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!.

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posted 7/31/19

More on "Drag Race UK"
BBC to Release Official Cast "Sometime Before DragCon" in September
From Telly Mix

The BBC Has today Ru-vealed that Lorraine Kelly OBE and Stacey Dooley MBE will join the Drag Race UK family for the iconic maxi-challenge Snatch Game.

Lorraine Kelly, Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, is well known as a LGBTQ icon in the UK, even being crowned an Honourary Gay at the 2015 Attitude Awards for her support for the LGBT community and being 'One of Britain's cult gay icons'.

Stacey Dooley, Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, is the sweetheart of British TV and a well-known broadcaster and documentary film-making and, of course, reigning queen of Strictly Come Dancing.

Snatch Game is a parody of game show Match Game (or Blankety Blank, as it was called in the UK) and sees the Drag Race contestants impersonate famous celebrities while answering questions.

Speaking about their guest appearances, Lorraine said today: "It was hilarious! I had such good fun. I am in awe of every single one of the queens." Stacey Dooley added: "I had the most incredible time. Didn't know what to expect. They were magic all of them. So impressive. It was brilliant."

RuPaul's Drag Race UK is the first UK adaption of the Emmy-winning franchise and global hit and will showcase the most fabulous drag queens that the UK has to offer. Maisie Williams, Geri Horner, Jade Thirlwall, Michaela Coel, Andrew Garfield, Cheryl and Twiggy have previously been announced as the extra special celebrity guest judges joining RuPaul and Michelle Visage for one episode each, alongside Graham Norton and Alan Carr who will be on rotating judging duties.

MNEK, AJ and Curtis Pritchard have also been announced as Drag Race superstar coaches.

RuPaul's Drag Race UK will air online via BBC Three. No start date has been confirmed just yet beyond this autumn.

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posted 7/31/19

MONDAY: The King Is At the Very Least Incapacitated
"Bachelorette" Knocks Off "America's Got Talent" in Demo with Mix of Finality, Controversy
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.679 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) pulled into the top demo spot on Tuesday thanks to the season finale of "The Bachelorette" (7.438 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and a repeat "Holey Moley" (2.159 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

NBC (6.505 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then had to settle for second with its pairing of "America's Got Talent" (7.874 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and "Bring the Funny" (3.768 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

Next up was CBS (2.407 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) and its mix of "Love Island" (2.003 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5), a repeat "NCIS" (2.533 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "Blood & Treasure" (2.686 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.247 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up encores of "Spin the Wheel" (1.417 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "First Responders Live" (1.078 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

And finally, fresh installments of "Pandora" (0.561 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #11) and "The 100" (0.602 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) on The CW (0.581 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Chopped Junior (Food): 689k
- Chopped (Food): 633k
- Ink Master (Paramount): 561k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 473k
- America Says (GSN): 388k

- Paid Off with Michael Torpey - 10p (truTV): 122k

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posted 7/31/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Not Canceled?"

  • We called it. Today, Mario Lopez spent today putting the toothpaste back in the tube (TV Line)

  • Remember Antonella Barba? ... Well, us neither, but she got 10 years for being a very very bad girl (The Wrap)

  • James Holzhauer is bringing game face to game prep (Newsweek)

  • LIST ABUSE: the 6 greatest game show wheels (The AV Club)

  • Let's just say I would not want to be Jed Wyatt right now or ever (The Wrap)

  • Ryan Seacrest sued over Shahs of Sunset nudity (Deadline)

  • Mike Fleiss settles with his ex-wife (The Wrap)

  • CBS, Altice reach carriage deal. Your move, AT&T (The Wrap)

posted 7/31/19

SYNDIES: Week 42
Results for the Week Ending July 21
From TV Newscheck

Dr. Phil reached a milestone — 150 consecutive weeks as the No 1 talk show — and star Dr. Phil McGraw did it the hard way, airing nothing but reruns for the past eight weeks. Still, the hugely popular talker has averaged a most current 4 million daily viewers so far this season.

In the session ending July 21, Phil led the 14-program field with a genre-dominating 2.2 live-plus-same-day rating, according to Nielsen, which held steady with the prior frame.

On the tryout front, week 2 of a scheduled six-week trial that began July 15 for comedic game show Punch Line posted a 0.3 rating/1 share weighted metered market average, down 50% from its lead-ins and off 40% from its July 2018 time periods.

Elsewhere, game shows were mixed. Category champ for the sixth consecutive week Family Feud forged ahead 2% to a 6.0, while Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune both weakened 2% to a 5.5 and a 5.1, respectively.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.0 +2%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.5 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.1 -2%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 NC
- Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC
.

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posted 7/30/19

MONDAY: The Final Rose
"Bachelorette" Dominates for ABC
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.801 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) cruised to victory on Monday with the penultimate "The Bachelorette" (7.147 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and a new "Grand Hotel" (3.111 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

NBC (4.309 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was the silver draw with fresh installments from "American Ninja Warrior" (4.643 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and "Dateline NBC" (3.642 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

Next up was FOX (2.102 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with originals from "Beat Shazam" (2.298 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) and "So You Think You Can Dance" (1.905 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.279 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up a new "Love Island" (2.130 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) alongside repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (2.217 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8), "The Neighborhood" (1.935 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Bull" (2.632 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.158 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.941 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.919 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.044 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader (Nick): 542k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 534k
- America Says (GSN): 457k


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posted 7/30/19

WEEKEND: ABC's Games Reign Supreme
Fun & Games Block Wins Sunday
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.540 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with its usual mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.126 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.580 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2), "The $100,000 Pyramid" (4.874 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.580 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

CBS (4.315 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) then was a close second with its combination of "60 Minutes" (6.627 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Big Brother 21" (4.390 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1), "Instinct" (3.353 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "The Good Fight" (2.890 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13).

Next up was NBC (2.069 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with a repeat "Hollywood Game Night" (1.525 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) followed by coverage of the "U.S. Track & Field" (1.536 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and an encore of "America's Got Talent" (2.607 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.901 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up repeats of "Last Man Standing" (0.804 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17), another "Last Man Standing" (0.954 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), "The Simpsons" (0.886 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9), "Bob's Burgers" (0.892 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9), "Family Guy" (1.135 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #8) and a new "What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage" (0.734 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13).

And finally, The CW (0.311 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the evening with repeats of "Pandora" (0.356 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) and another "Pandora" (0.265 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17).

On cable Sunday...
- The Great Food Truck Race (SF/Food): 1.119k
- Sunday Best (BET): 593k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7:30p (VH1): 403k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7p (VH1): 395k

CBS (2.564 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) was the most-watched network on another modest Friday thanks to a new "Love Island" (2.037 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) and repeats of "Hawaii Five-0" (2.532 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "Blue Bloods" (3.122 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

NBC (2.447 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) and ABC (2.208 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) then shared in the demo honors as the former served up "American Ninja Warrior" (2.365 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) and "Dateline NBC" (2.611 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) while the latter opted for "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.155 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) and "20/20" (2.235 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1).

Next up was FOX (1.386 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with repeats of "First Responders Live" (1.552 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) and "MasterChef" (1.220 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

And finally, new episodes of "Masters of Illusion" (1.189 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) and "The Big Stage" (0.945 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) plus a repeat "The Outpost" (0.719 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.893 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable Friday...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 872k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 395k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 360k .


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posted 7/30/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Canceled."

  • Mario Lopez may spend all of tomorrow trying to uncrush the candy after this one.. (PopCulture)

  • #StickToGameShows: Marcus Stroman heads to the Mets after doing time in Toronto playing for the Blue Jays and Orlando playing for Nickelodeon (MLB.com)

  • LIST ABUSE: the 10 richest game show champions according to... (The Richest)

  • FIRST LOOK: 25 Words or Less (NewcastStudio)

  • Peih-Gee Law goes from Survivor to surviving common knowledge (Fansided)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Hunter March (Distractify)

posted 7/30/19

Nick Looks for "America's Most Musical Family"
Ciara, Nick Lachey, Debbie Gibson, David Dobrik to Feature
From the Wrap

Ciara is following in the footsteps of her NFL star/former "Kid's Choice Sports Awards" host husband Russell Wilson by joining the Nickelodeon family.

The Grammy winner will be a judge and serve as executive producer, alongside Republic Records, on "America's Most Musical Family," a new musical competition series, the network announced on Thursday.

Ciara will be joined on the judges' panel by David Dobrik and Debbie Gibson, with Nick Lachey to host.

The competition show, which was first announced in February, sees 30 families compete for a recording contract with Republic Records and a $250,000 cash prize.

The 12-episode series begins production this week in Los Angeles and is scheduled to premiere later this fall.

"We are thrilled to welcome Nick Lachey and our incredibly talented judges — Ciara, David Dobrik and Debbie Gibson — to Nickelodeon … Ultimately, this competition for all ages is about celebrating exceptionally talented families. We're in for a spectacular show," Rob Bagshaw, executive vice president of Unscripted Content, said in a statement Thursday.

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posted 7/25/19

WEDNESDAY: Logjam
Wednesday Game Night Spells a Win for ABC, Fox, Big Brother
From the Futon Critic

ABC (3.429 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) was the top draw on Wednesday with its game show mix of "Press Your Luck" (3.686 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2), "Card Sharks" (3.321 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Match Game" (3.280 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

CBS (2.756 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) and FOX (2.571 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) then shared in the demo honors as the latter offered up originals from "MasterChef" (3.147 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) and "First Responders Live" (1.995 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

The Eye served up its mix of "Love Island" (2.314 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Big Brother 21" (3.820 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and a repeat "SWAT" (2.135 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.482 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "Ellen's Game of Games" (3.362 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) and "Songland" (1.933 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) plus a new "The InBetween" (2.152 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

And finally, a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.157 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and a new "Jane the Virgin" (1.065 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) combined to close out the night on The CW (1.111 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 821k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 441k
- America Says (GSN): 403k
- Are You the One: Come One Come All (MTV): 402k
- Deal or No Deal (CNBC): 365k

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posted 7/25/19

TUESDAY: D-Wade Wins Another Championship
AGT Wins Night for NBC
From the Wrap

So yeah, it was a pretty dominant Tuesday for "America's Got Talent," so the rest of broadcast never had a chance.

NBC destroyed its competition on Tuesday with Round 2 of its "AGT" Judge Cuts. NBC was first in ratings with a 1.4 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 8.2 million, according to preliminary numbers. "AGT" from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. dominated with a 1.6/9 and 10 million viewers. At 10, "Bring the Funny" brought a 0.9/5 and 4.6 million viewers.

Telemundo was second in ratings with a 0.5/3 and fourth in viewers with 1.4 million. Kate del Castillo's "La Reina del Sur" at 10 received a 0.7/4 and 1.9 million viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 0.4/2 and in viewers with 2 million, airing all reruns.

CBS, Univision and Fox tied for fourth in ratings, each with a 0.3.

CBS and Univision had 2 shares, Fox got a 1. CBS was second in total viewers with 2.7 million, Univision was fifth with 1.101 million, Fox was sixth with 1.063 million.

For CBS, "Love Island" at 8 had a 0.4/3 and 2.2 million viewers. Following a rerun, "Blood & Treasure" at 10 got a 0.3/2 and 2.9 million viewers.

For Fox, a special retrospective on the Team USA 2019 Women's World Cup team at 8 had a 0.3/1 and 1 million viewers. A repeat followed.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.1/1 and in viewers with 589,000. "Pandora" at 8 settled for a 0.1/1 and 642,000 viewers. At 9, "The 100" managed a 0.2/1 and 537,000 viewers.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 776k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 774k
- Ink Master (Paramount): 621k
- Common Knowledge (GSN) 563k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 546k
- America Says (GSN): 525k .


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posted 7/25/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Hints"

  • Alfonso Ribeiro, Witney Carson together again for the first time... but why? (Inquisitr)

  • Tom Bergeron to "Dancing" fans... "We hear you" (Inquisitr)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: PopTV to shove "Love Island" down your gullet in a 14-hour marathon (The Futon Critic)

  • Harry Gamsu heading to Fremantle (Deadline)

  • James Holzhauer to enter NFL SuperContest. Which is what you do when you're a sports gambler and you have the money. (KLAS Las Vegas)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the Deal or No Deal Case Models (GoldDerby)

posted 7/25/19

MONDAY: The Men Tell All
ABC Wins on "The Bachelorette"
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.343 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) got another boost on Monday from a new "The Bachelorette" (6.594 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) plus "Grand Hotel" (2.841 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

The silver then went to NBC (4.486 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) with originals from "American Ninja Warrior" (4.698 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and "Dateline NBC" (4.061 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

Next up was FOX (2.207 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with fresh installments of "Beat Shazam" (2.475 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "So You Think You Can Dance" (1.940 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.636 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up a new "Love Island" (2.000 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), the season finale of "The Code" (2.864 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and a repeat "Bull" (3.045 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, The CW (1.019 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.206 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.855 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.808 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

On cable....
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader (Nick): 675
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 541k
- America Says (SP/GSN): 491k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 430k .


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posted 7/24/19

SYNDIES: Week 41
Results for the Week Ending July 14
From TV Newscheck

Judge Judy lit up the Nielsen chart with a 13% leap from the prior frame to a five-week high 6.3 live plus same day national rating and easily overwhelmed all of syndication despite being partially in repeats in the generally buoyant session ending July 14.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.9 +4%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.6 +10%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.2 +11%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 +7%
- Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC
.

TV Newscheck

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posted 7/24/19

Who the (BLEEP) Turns Down Semi-Free Money?!
HQ, That's Who.
From Digiday

Some companies announce subscription products through press releases. Others have them tweeted out by the CEO.

Last month, HQ Words — HQ's third game following HQ Trivia & HQ Sports — tweeted about a future $9.99 per month subscription product. In response, HQ Words players scoffed at the high price. Sources say the external response was just one facet: HQ employees had no idea about the new initiative, leading to confusion internally.

That's just one example of the internal confusion at HQ Trivia, which in October 2017 was heralded as the future of TV.

A few months short of two years later, the company's future is in question, and the company has now turned down a new funding round from Lightspeed Venture Partners, Digiday has learned.

To its credit, HQ did become a viral sensation and made millions of dollars in revenue over the last year, unlike many consumer app startups that leave that for much later in their history. HQ had made $15 million since the company's inception to February, the Wall Street Journal reported at the time. It launched sponsored games with Nike and Warner Brothers and later secured other big-name advertisers like NBC, ABC and CBS. This month, HQ's sponsored show for "The Lego Movie 2" was nominated for an Emmy.

But HQ needs money, not just Emmy nominations. TechCrunch reported in April that HQ was burning through $1 million a month. The games may be free to play — for now — but they're far from free to produce. To keep existing, HQ is looking beyond advertising to monetize its user base with more in-app purchases like gaming apps have done. (For HQ Trivia, extra lives go for $3.99 for one and $9.99 for three.)

An HQ spokesperson told Digiday that the company has made $5 million from in-app purchases alone.

Simultaneously, HQ is working on programmatic advertising, the spokesperson said. HQ also sought to cut costs through layoffs.

On July 1, HQ laid off 20% of its staff, shrinking to under 30 employees. It's another step in low morale that has pushed other HQ employees to voluntarily leave for new positions, including its marketing manager and two brand partnership leads, per LinkedIn. HQ is hiring for engineering roles, according to LinkedIn. All these efforts come as HQ recently turned down a term sheet of new funding from Lightspeed Venture Partners.

The new funds could have helped HQ make some big hires in charge of making more shows or be put toward marketing to boost its declining viewerships. But the deal came with a caveat. In February 2018, HQ raised $15 million at a $100 million post-money valuation, led by Founders Fund with participation from Lightspeed. This round would have been a down round, sources say.

Digiday

Tubefilter

posted 7/24/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "All-In"

  • The sports books have spoken... and James Holzhauer is a favorite to win the TOC (San Diego Entertainer)

  • Bindi Irwin got a ring for her birthday (Evening Standard)

  • JoJo Fletcher, Jordan Rodgers to wed in 2020; brother Aaron unavailable for comment (Reality TV World)

  • VIDEO WALL: History will be made tonight on "Press Your Luck" (YouTube)

posted 7/24/19

Dog Show
Curt Menefee to Host "America's Top Dog" K9 Competition for A&E
From Deadline

Fox NFL Sunday host Curt Menefee is to front A&E's canine competition series America's Top Dog alongside expert trainer and former Secret Service member Nick White. The pair are to front the series, which sees four police K9 teams, including the dogs from the hit police series Live PD, compete against one civilian team in each episode for the title of Top Dog.

The teams will be tested on their speed, agility, and teamwork by completing a series of expert tasks on a massive obstacle course including navigating a complex maze for scented items and apprehending and taking down a suspect in a bite suit, among a variety of other challenges. Each week's winning team will receive $10,000 and an additional $5,000 to donate to the animal charity of their choice. In the final week of competition, top competitors will return to the finale course to battle for the title of "America's Top Dog" and an additional $25,000 cash prize.

Menefee, who also hosts wrap-up show The OT, and White, who was a former U.S. Marine, will be joined by sideline reporter Jamie Little, a seasoned motor sports reporter covering the pit road for Fox NASCAR, as well as an animal rescue ambassador who served as a reporter at the 2019 Westminster Kennel Club Show.

The series will air this winter on A&E and is produced by MGM's Big Fish Entertainment, which also makes Live PD. Executive producers for Big Fish Entertainment are Dan Cesareo, Lucilla D'Agostino, Jordana Starr and Holly Wofford. Executive producers for A&E Network are Elaine Frontain Bryant, Shelly Tatro, Sean Gottlieb and Brad Holcman , while A+E Networks holds worldwide distribution rights for the show and format. .

Deadline

The Wrap

posted 7/23/19

Answer: This Jeopardy! Host Turned 79...
Question: Who Is Alex Trebek?
From Yahoo!

Question: Beloved game show host born this day in 1940. Answer: Who is Alex Trebek?

To celebrate his 79th birthday on Monday, the Jeopardy! host rang in his special day at a bash alongside family and friends.

In photos shared by the show's official social media accounts, Trebek appeared to celebrate in a ballroom, which was adorned with multicolored balloons and filled with multiple tables. In one photo, he posed alongside his wife, Jean Currivan Trebek, and their kids: Emily, 26, and Matthew, 29.

"Today is Alex's birthday! �� Send him your wishes in the comments below!" Jeopardy!'s Instagram post said in the caption. And fans readily complied.

"HBD to the ��! ��" one fan said, with the goat emoji referencing the "greatest of all time" phrase.

"Alex!! You are an institution! I've been watching you host Jeopardy since I was a toddler. Many happy returns, thank you for enriching all of our lives," another fan said in a touching comment.

"I wish nothing but health and happiness for you Mr Trebek! Thank you for all of the love you give us through your fascinating show. Lots of love and happy birthday!" added another.

Trebek's birthday comes after he wrapped Jeopardy!'s 35th season, and nearly two months since he shared that some of his tumors have shrunk by 50 percent.

Yahoo!

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posted 7/23/19

WEEKEND: Nothing New to Report
ABC Wins Sunday
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.493 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with its usual mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.194 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.502 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2), "The $100,000 Pyramid" (4.659 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.616 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

CBS (4.231 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) then was the silver draw with its lineup of "60 Minutes" (6.451 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Big Brother 21" (4.356 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1), "Instinct" (3.341 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "The Good Fight" (2.777 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15).

Next up was NBC (2.342 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with encores of "Hollywood Game Night" (1.507 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12), "America's Got Talent" (2.931 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "Bring the Funny" (1.996 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.024 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up repeats of "Last Man Standing" (0.945 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15), another "Last Man Standing" (1.075 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12), "The Simpsons" (1.117 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), "Bob's Burgers" (1.000 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Family Guy" (1.295 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) plus a new "What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage" (0.715 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15).

And finally, the season finale of "Burden of Proof" (0.612 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) and an encore of "Pandora" (0.424 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) rounded out the night on The CW (0.518 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Sunday...
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 1.122m
- Sunday Best (BET): 612k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7:30p (VH1): 399k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wildn' Out - 7p (VH1): 357k

NBC (2.102 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T1) was the top draw on a modest Saturday with its duo of "Bring the Funny" (1.364 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) and "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" (2.471 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #1).

ABC (1.709 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with repeats of "Shark Tank" (1.992 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2), "Press Your Luck" (1.672 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) and "Card Sharks" (1.464 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T5).

Next up was CBS (1.550 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T3) with a new "Million Dollar Mile" (1.281 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T5) plus repeats of "48 Hours" (1.497 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T5) and another "48 Hours" (1.873 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T5).

And finally, FOX (0.795 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T3) closed out the night with "FOX PBC Fight Night" (0.795 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T5).

On cable Friday...
- Battlebots (Discovery) - 911k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 393k


The Futon Critic

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posted 7/23/19

"Masked Singer UK" Has a Host, Dommett
More on the British Version from ITV
From Telly Mix

ITV has reportedly handed Joel Dommett his biggest presenting role to date - by hiring him for The Masked Singer UK.

In May, the broadcaster confirmed it is launching a British adaptation of the global entertainment hit. It sees 12 celebrity contestants sing to the nation in disguise as unique characters, which they must maintain throughout the series. A public vote decides which characters leave the competition. The judging panel then tries to unmask them and reveal their true identities.

The Masked Singer originated in South Korea and was a breakout success in the United States, attracting 14million viewers.

But while you might assume a huge name would host a show with such ratings potential, it seems ITV has other ideas for the UK version.

According to The Sun, bosses are giving comedian Joel Dommett his big break by hiring him for the lucrative job. While Joel is a telly regular, this would be his first major primetime presenting gig on a main channel..

Telly Mix

Metro
Female First

posted 7/23/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "GPODAWUND"

  • James Holzhauer is not about the Browns (Yahoo!)

  • No idea how one would be injured on the set of "Genius Junior" but NBC & NPH are being sued for it (Chortle)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Nicole Byer (CultMTL)

posted 7/23/19

Here's a Story... About a House of Bradys...
Discovery Networks Plan Crossovers
From the Futon Critic

HGTV's September 2019 premiere of A Very Brady Renovation, where the world-famous Brady Bunch house located in Los Angeles is perfectly replicated, is wildly anticipated by HGTV and Brady Bunch fans around the globe. Now, Discovery Channel and Food Network are getting in on the action with special Brady-inspired episodes of Fast N' Loud, Chopped, Worst Cooks in America, The Kitchen and The Pioneer Woman. Various cast members from The Brady Bunch, Barry Williams (Greg), Maureen McCormick (Marcia), Christopher Knight (Peter), Eve Plumb (Jan), Mike Lookinland (Bobby) and Susan Olsen (Cindy), will appear in Brady-themed episodes to support the HGTV series and build on the fever-pitch excitement around all things Brady. Discovery Channel and Food Network will premiere their themed episodes in August or September.

They also will cross promote to A Very Brady Renovation on-air beginning in August, as will other networks in the Discovery, Inc. portfolio.

"From the start, we knew that the Brady Bunch house - and The Brady Bunch series - are pop culture phenomena that transcend time, yet evoke a nostalgic feeling about family and home that is completely relevant today," said Kathleen Finch, chief lifestyle brand officer, Discovery Inc. "We imagined many ways to bring the Brady Bunch lifestyle to life under the Discovery umbrella - from replicating the television house and souping up the family station wagon to inviting cast members to serve as guest judges for '70s-themed food competitions or reminisce about their early years together as TV icons. We've been able to do all of that on HGTV, Food Network and Discovery Channel as only the Discovery family of networks can."

The Futon Critic

posted 7/22/19

Misery Loves Company October 22
Jameela Jamil to Host, Tenderloins to Play Panel
From the Futon Critic

TBS' new comedy game show The Misery Index will premiere on Tuesday, October 22nd at 10pm ET / PT. Inspired by the card game Sh*t Happens, The Misery Index is the only game show where contestants can make a fortune out of other people's mis-fortune. Jameela Jamil stars as the show's host with The Tenderloins comedy troupe and stars of truTV's Impractical Jokers - Brian "Q" Quinn, James "Murr" Murray, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano - starring as recurring panelists.

The Misery Index trailer debuted this evening to a room full of fans at the first-ever Impractical Jokers San Diego Comic-Con(R) International panel. The game will feature two teams, each consisting of one contestant and two Tenderloins.

Teams will compete in a game of stakes ranking hysterically miserable real-life experiences - from getting stuck overnight in an elevator to walking in on your grandparents having sex - on a scale of 1-100 based on our Misery Index, a ranking system created by a team of therapists.

The Misery Index was developed by comedy writer Andy Breckman, along with Ben & Dan Newmark of Grandma's House Entertainment. The series is executive produced by Breckman, the Newmarks, Howard Klein of 3 Arts Entertainment and Vin Rubino.

The Futon Critic

Broadway World
AV Club
Deadline
Deadline

posted 7/22/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Holey Moley, Somebody Wants Money"

  • Chris Harrison says he gave Luke every chance to redeem himself... and he blew it (Reality TV World)

  • LIST ABUSE: the evolution of the Hollywood Game Night set (TV Overmind)

  • Lindsay Lohan takes on an Australian accent for "The Masked Singer" and... uh... no, just.... no. (Yahoo!/Elle)

  • Adriana Xenides' last ever text to Burgo (News.com.au)

  • The Pyramid set... revealed... circa 1973 (Comic Book Resources)

  • "Love Island" looks like it's heading into the sunset (Variety)

  • We don't know what an "intimate tour" is, but Alan Carr is setting to go out on one (Chortle)

  • Holey Moley, someone's either looking for a cash grab, or ABC's in trouble (Lexology)

  • Alex Trebek heads out on a cruise. (Newsday)

  • Sean Hayes is going to do what many of us wish we could... and insult Alec Baldwin for money (The Futon Critic)

posted 7/22/19


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