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Thursday: Catching Hell
Fox, CBS Split Night
From
The Futon Critic
FOX (3.776 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the top demo draw on Thursday thanks to new episodes of "Hell's Kitchen" (4.934 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T1) and "Gang Related" (2.619 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

CBS (5.190 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) then was the most-watched network despite its all-repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.543 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T1), "Mom" (5.628 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "Two and a Half Men" (5.303 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "The Millers" (4.365 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "Elementary" (4.151 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

Next up was NBC (3.338 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and its mix of a "Hollywood Game Night" (3.434 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) repeat followed by originals from "Undateable" (2.616 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9), another "Undateable" (2.536 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and "Last Comic Standing" (4.005 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3).

Meanwhile, ABC (5.131 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up the relocated "Black Box" (3.988 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) followed by the return of "Rookie Blue" (5.711 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and a second "Rookie Blue" (5.696 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

And finally, "The 4th Annual Critics' Choice Television Awards" (1.036 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) closed out the night on The CW (1.036 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable, "The Challenge: Free Agents" won over viewers at 10p with 1.013 million. "Chopped Canada" delivered 728,000 for Food, just outside the top 30. "The American Bible Challenge" and "It Takes a Church" helped GSN primetime to an average of 407,000 viewers.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 6/20/14

Name That Tune to Return to ITV
New Version to Mix Music, Comedy
From
TBI Vision
The UK’s largest commercial broadcaster ITV is piloting a new version of Name That Tune, marking the return of the classic gameshow created by Harry Salter.

It was originally launched in the US in 1952 on NBC Radio, before it moved to TV and then crossed the Atlantic and began in the UK on Granada Television in 1956.

The show was previously revived by ITV for a very successful twelve-year run in 1976, before Channel 5 commissioned two seasons in 1997, which were fronted by piano-playing TV host Jools Holland.

ITV last used the format on Vernon Kay's Gameshow Marathon in 2007, and this latest incarnation follows on other recent ITV revivals such as Catchphrase and Surprise Surprise.

The new Name That Tune is described as a refreshed and reinvigorated version of the format and described as a mix of music and comedy.

It will be made by Znak & Jones, marking the first commission for the fledgling prodco, which was set up earlier this year by former Zodiak USA and ITV executive Natalka Znak and Simon Jones, the ex-FremantleMedia, Talpa and Syco executive.

ITV will not comment on pilots, but TBI understands Name That Tune will be an hour-long show.

The non-TX pilot, which will be filmed next month, was greenlit by Elaine Bedell, ITV’s director of entertainment and comedy, and Claire Zolkwer, the broadcaster’s commissioning editor, comedy entertainment. Glenn Coomber is the series producer attached.

FremantleMedia owns the rights to the show in some international territories, but Znak & Jones have optioned it in both the UK and the US.

The original format in the UK had members of a studio audience compete over various music-themed rounds that challenged them to identify well-known tunes as quickly as possible.

Znak & Jones was created earlier this year. Natalka Znak produced ITV reality hit I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here and her other credits include Hell’s Kitchen and Killer Karaoke. Simon Jones’ credits include American Idol and The Voice. The pair have brought in Cherie Kloss (Swinger Wives, Backyard Oil) as director of development.

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Daily Express
Daily Record
RTE TEN
Digital Spy

posted 6/20/14

France Is The Weakest Link AGAIN
Banijay, BBC to Revive Classic Quizzer
From
Realscreen
The French arms of Banijay Productions and BBC Worldwide Productions are teaming up to bring back the game show The Weakest Link for French digital channel D8.

The show previously aired in France for six years on TFI, ending its run in 2007. The new version will air under the French title Le Maillon Faible with TV and radio personality Julien Courbet taking on hosting duties.

“In this new version, the presence of Julien Courbet will bring a touch of the modern to this fantastic format that the French public hasn’t seen for seven years and which it will be pleased to rediscover,” said Alexia Laroche-Joubert, director of Banijay Productions France, in a statement.

The original version of the series launched in the United Kingdom in 2000 with acid-tongued host Anne Robinson and ran for 12 years. Distributor BBC Worldwide licensed the format to more than 40 countries and the UK version aired in more than 70 countries. Two versions aired in the US - one with Robinson for NBC, and another with current "The Price Is Right" announcer George Gray for syndication. Both aired for two seasons.

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posted 6/20/14

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Show Me the Funny"

  • "Last Comic Standing" announces its final 10.(The Futon Critic)
     
  • Samantha Harris may be headed to chemo after cancer spreads (People)
     
  • Adam Richman calls a woman a four-letter word beginning with C that you should never ever EVER call a woman. But that isn't the worst of it (Jezebel)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: 10 1/2 minutes of "Double Dare" prize cues (Bustle)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: for $25,000, now you can have your own fully functioning game show set (KLAS Las Vegas)

posted 6/18/14

More on "Big Brother"
Catch It on CBS June 25
From
The Futon Critic
CBS announced today the 16 Houseguests who will compete against each other on the most "twisted" season of BIG BROTHER. Viewers will be introduced to eight new Houseguests each night of the two-night BIG BROTHER premiere, Wednesday, June 25 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and Thursday, June 26 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Julie Chen returns as the host.

Below are the 16 new Houseguests who will spend the summer competing for $500,000:

- Amber Borzotra, 26 Hometown: Knoxville, Tenn. Current City: North Hollywood, Calif. Esthetician
- Christine Brecht, 23 Hometown: Tucson, Ariz. Current City: Tucson, Ariz. Barista
- Cody Calafiore, 23 Hometown: Hackensack, N.J. Current City: Howell, N.J. Sales Account Executive
- Nicole Franzel, 21 Hometown: Ubly, Mich. Current City: Ubly, Mich. Recent Nursing Graduate
- Frankie Grande, 31 Hometown: Boca Raton, Fla. Current City: New York, N.Y. YouTube Personality
- Derrick Levasseur, 30 Hometown: Providence, R.I. Current City: Providence, R.I. Police Sergeant
- Brittany Martinez, 29 Hometown: Long Beach, Calif. Current City: Torrance, Calif. Event Coordinator
- Jocasta Odom, 33 Hometown: Griffin, Ga. Current City: Lovejoy, Ga. Minister
- Victoria Rafaeli, 22 Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y. and Holon, Israel Current City: Weston, Fla. Photographer
- Zach Rance, 23 Hometown: Palm Beach, Fla. Current City: Palm Beach, Fla. Recent College Graduate
- Caleb Reynolds, 26 Hometown: Dallas, Texas Current City: Hopkinsville, Ky. Adventure Hunting Guide
- Paola Shea, 27 Hometown: East Hampton, Conn. Current City: Astoria, N.Y. DJ
- Devin Shepherd, 26 Hometown: Santa Barbara, Calif. Current City: San Antonio, Texas Former Professional Baseball Player / Motorcycle Sales Manager
- Donny Thompson, 42 Hometown: Albemarle, N.C. Current City: Albemarle, N.C. School Groundskeeper
- Joey Van Pelt, 27 Hometown: Seattle, Wash. Current City: Seattle, Wash. Makeup Artist
- Hayden Voss, 21 Hometown: Marlborough, Mass. Current City: Long Beach, Calif. Pedicab Driver

As previously announced, Chen will reveal details of the two new twists and the new competition for the season during the premiere episode. In the first twist, two Houseguests will win the coveted role of "Head of Household" (HOH) each week, and will have the responsibility of nominating two fellow Houseguests for eviction; however, for the first time on the series, earning HOH will not guarantee one's safety in the game for the week.

With the second twist, fans will have a unique opportunity to significantly influence the game from home with a new interactive element called "Team America." Today, CBS Interactive launched the site cbs.com/bbteamamerica, asking viewers to vote on which of the new Houseguests they would like to form an alliance with.

For the second consecutive year, TVGN (TV Guide Network) will be the exclusive television destination for BIG BROTHER: AFTER DARK, a live feed from the BIG BROTHER house during the late-night hours beginning on Thursday, June 26. This season, BIG BROTHER: AFTER DARK will air in HD and will expand with even more airtime throughout the summer. BIG BROTHER: AFTER DARK will air commercial-free on its premiere night.

Expanded interactive and multi-platform features will bring fans closer to the Houseguests with new Impact Votes, BIG BROTHER 24/7 Live Feed features and exclusive digital programming. CBS.com will kick off the season on June 25 with a new pre-premiere event, "BIG BROTHER Live Kickoff," hosted by former Houseguest Jeff Schroeder at 7:00 PM, ET/4:00 PM, PT. Following the June 26 episode of BIG BROTHER, Schroeder will host the first "BIG BROTHER All-Nighter," where he will live-tweet the first 16 hours of the BIG BROTHER 24/7 Live Feeds, which return to CBS.com with new offerings, including exclusive votes just for Live Feed subscribers.

"We saw tremendous growth in engagement around the interactive and multiplatform elements we launched last year - including triple-digit growth in engagement around the fan-driven Impact Votes," said Rob Gelick, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Digital Platforms for CBS Interactive Entertainment. "Our goal this season is to give fans even more access and ways to affect the BIG BROTHER house. We can't wait for fans to see what we have in store this season."

This season two houseguests will win the Head of Household (HOH) title each week, a major tweak from the usual lone HOH. Being named HOH still has its perks, including the upstairs HOH suite. Because there will be two HOHs, each will have to nominate two houseguests for eviction each week. In a twist, however, winning HOH does not guarantee safety for the week.

Another twist comes in the form of fans influencing the game in a significant new way with an interactive element CBS is dubbing Team America.

There will also be a new high-stakes competition, the Battle of the Block, which the network promises will shift the power in the house week to week

“When the houseguests learn about the new twists, they will need to throw out any pre-existing strategy if they want to survive in the game,” said Allison Grodner, executive producer of Big Brother. "The new Battle of the Block competition will shake up the power in the house like never before. A houseguest can go from zero to hero, or vice versa, every week!"

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter
The Futon Critic
Zap2it

posted 6/19/14

GSN Slates "Idiot Test", "Skin Wars"
Catch Both in August!
From
The Futon Critic
GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today the premiere dates for its two new original summer series, SKIN WARS, on Wednesday August 6 at 9:00pm ET/PT (8pm CT) and IDIOT TEST, on Tuesday, August 12 at 8:00pm ET/PT (7pm CT).

SKIN WARS, hosted by actress Rebecca Romijn (X-Men) is an eight-episode, hour-long competition show that seeks to find the most talented and versatile body painters in the country. Judges in the series include legendary entertainer RuPaul and body painting icons Craig Tracy and Robin Slonina.

IDIOT TEST, hosted by comedian Ben Gleib and based on the highly popular app games, gives two pairs of contestants the opportunity to face off in several rounds of rapid-fire questions whose answers any "idiot" should know: Every question involves a fun, colorful and often whimsical scene that tests observation and attention to detail as much it tests general knowledge. Contestants play the game on a giant touch screen in the center of the set.

SKIN WARS is executive produced by Michael Levitt of Michael Levitt Productions ("Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," "Ask Oprah's All Stars," "Billboard Music Awards"), Jill Goularte, Colleen Sands and Rebecca Romijn. Craig Tracy and Robin Slonina serve as producers.

IDIOT TEST is produced by Little Wooden Boat Productions, Inc. Executive producers of the series include Mark Cronin of Little Wooden Boat Productions, Adam Rosenblatt, Jamie Rosenblatt and Christian Horner of H2R Productions; Ryan Devlin and Shawn Greenson of He Shoots, He Scores Productions, and Larry Barron and Ryan Curtis.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Broadway World

posted 6/19/14

truTV Slots "Hair Jacked", "Fake Off"
Catch Both in October!
From
The Futon Critic
truTV is preparing to roll out eight new series over the next seven months as the network continues its extensive brand and programming evolution. The slate includes the summer premieres of the new car-design competition series Motor City Masters (June 24) and the reality western Way Out West (July 21). In the fall, truTV will launch the Impractical Jokers spin-off Jokers Wild (Sept. 25); the unique performance competition show Fake Off (Oct. 27); Friends of the People (Oct. 28), the network's first sketch-comedy series; the ambush game show Hair Jacked (October); and How to Be a Grown Up (October), a comedic take on the relatable trials and tribulations of true adulthood. And this winter, truTV will premiere Local News (working title), a look at the playful rivalry between the news teams at two small town television stations.

In addition to its debuting series, truTV will offer up new episodes of its hit show Impractical Jokers (Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT) and its popular and acclaimed new series The Carbonaro Effect (Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT).

truTV has been working with some of the industry's top producers to create programming designed to appeal to "funseekers," a younger, dual-gender audience that looks for television to take them on a fun ride that both surprises and entertains. Over the past nine months, truTV has put significant resources behind reshaping its brand and has turned over a slate of more than 30 new projects in development.

Fake Off - Series Premiere: Monday, Oct. 27

Fake Off is a truly unique performance competition in which ten teams from around the country will vie against each other in the captivating art of Faking, a mix of theater, acrobatics, black light and illusion. Actor and dancer Robert Hoffman (Step Up 2: The Streets, 90210) will host the series, which will feature an impressive judging panel that includes music superstar and five-time Grammy winner Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas of the mega-group TLC; actor-dancer-choreographer Harry Shum Jr. (Glee, The LXD); and world renowned visual & concept designer Michael Curry (Broadway's The Lion King, Cirque du Soleil's Love). In an elimination competition unlike anything American audiences have seen before, teams will reimagine iconic moments in pop culture to see who's got the skills to be named America's Fake Off Champions. truTV has ordered eight episodes of Fake Off, which is being produced for the network by Shine America.

Hair Jacked - Series Premiere: October

Produced by the team behind Hollywood Game Night, Hair Jacked is a hilarious, high-energy ambush game show in which unsuspecting contestants have the chance to win cash, all while getting a haircut. But they have to play smart because one wrong answer could send them packing with the worst hairstyle of their lives. truTV has ordered 16 half-hour episodes of Hair Jacked, which comes to the network from Mission Control Media, Hazy Mills Productions and CORE Media Group.

The Futon Critic
Multichannel News
Broadway World

posted 6/19/14

"The Quest" Begins
Catch It on ABC July 31
From
The Futon Critic
In a thrilling race against time, fantasy, reality and scripted drama will collide as good vs. evil on "The Quest, a new reality based competition series unlike anything else on television. The show premieres THURSDAY, JULY 31 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network, taking 12 unsuspecting contestants to an imaginative realm, where ogres run free in the forest, dragons stir, agents of a dark lord infiltrate the keep, and the only thing standing between peace and chaos are one dozen very unlikely heroes. "The Quest" will be a fully immersive experience. In and around this castle, the fantasy realm will come to life with state-of-the art projections, animatronics, prosthetics and art direction. The narrative and mythology of "The Quest" is deep and fully imagined, and it has been designed to incorporate seamlessly with the unexpected actions and decisions of the contestants - fantasy comes alive as it never has before in this genre-bending series from the Executive Producer of "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy and the Executive Producers of "The Amazing Race."

The 12 contestants who will rely on physical stamina, intelligence and resourcefulness to emerge as the one true hero are:

- Shondo Blades (30, MMA Fighter from Houston, TX)
- Lina Carollo (27, School Counselor from Delran, NJ)
- Jim Curry (22, Student from Little Rock, AR)
- Andrew Frazer (25, Personal Trainer from West Hartford, CT)
- Bonnie Gordon (28, Property Manager from Lafayette, LA)
- Ashley Guerrero (35, Horse Trainer from Murrieta, CA)
- Patrick Higgins (40, High School Math Teacher from Joliet, IL)
- Jasmine Kyle (31, Mother and Homemaker from Media, PA)
- Adria Kyne (41, Marketing Director from Nashua, NH)
- Leticia Reyes (36, Executive Assistant from White Plains, NY)
- Katherine "Katie" Smaluk (26, Bartender from Chicago, IL)
- Christian Sochor (23, Server from New York, NY)
"The Quest" was filmed on location in Austria and is executive produced by Bertram van Munster, Elise Doganieri, Mark Ordesky, Jane Fleming, Rob Eric and Michael Williams.

For more information on "The Quest," visit ABC.com.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Number

posted 6/19/14

Wednesday: Splitting the Week
Fox, CBS Split The Night
From
The Futon Critic
FOX (5.271 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday thanks to a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (5.271 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1).

CBS (5.500 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) then was the most-watched network with its repeat mix of "Hawaii Five-0" (5.043 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), "Criminal Minds" (5.469 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (5.989 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Next up was ABC (4.206 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and its lineup of "The Middle" (4.488 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "The Goldbergs" (3.902 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10), "Modern Family" (4.084 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2), another "The Goldbergs" (3.424 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and a new "Motive" (4.669 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.897 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) served up repeats of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.259 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), another "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.471 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and "Chicago PD" (2.960 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

And finally, second runs of "Arrow" (0.970 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "The 100" (0.983 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) on The CW (0.977 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

The Futon Critic
Hollywood Reporter

posted 6/19/14

Tuesday: Talent Back in Front
No Basketball Means No Problem Putting NBC Out in Front
From
The Futon Critic
NBC (9.694 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was back on top on Tuesday thanks to new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (11.253 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) and "The Night Shift" (6.577 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

CBS (6.427 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a distant second place with its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (7.763 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.321 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and "Person of Interest" (5.199 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Next up was ABC (2.719 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with an original "Extreme Weight Loss" (2.878 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) followed by a repeat of "Celebrity Wife Swap" (2.401 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.240 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up its second run combination of "Family Guy" (1.667 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.022 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), another "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.166 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9) and "The Mindy Project" (1.105 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

And finally, a new "Famous in 12" (0.628 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and a repeat "Supernatural" (0.704 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) closed out the evening on The CW (0.666 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable, "Chopped" attracted 1.427 million to Food at 10p.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 6/19/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "I'm Not a Fame Whore"

  • Andi Dorfman wants her job back, swears she's not a "fame whore". Yet she totally came across as that on TV. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii...(T oh no, you're gonna let me finish saying this! ... iiiiiiiiiiiiiiight. (TMZ)
     
  • Bobby Flay, Pharrell Williams to get stars on Hollywood Walk of Fame (Variety)
     
  • Ryan Seacrest opens studio for sick kids in Denver (Denver Business Journal)
     
  • Jennifer Lopez has a new album... and "Idol" to thank (Washington Post)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: "Bachelor in Paradise" (ABC) (YouTube)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Justin Willman, performing in Arizona. What? (Arizona Daily Star)

posted 6/19/14

Game On...
NBC Counterprograms Against "Rising Star" with AGT
From
The Futon Critic
NBC has designated June 22 as "Show-Stopping Sunday," with a night full of events, including two record-breaking daredevil attempts that will serve as interstitials throughout the episodes of both "American Ninja Warrior" and "America's Got Talent."

Aaron Evans, aka the "Human Spring," will attempt to break his own current GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS(R) mark of taking 23.28 seconds to jump over three cars moving 30 mph and traveling head on. Evans, a 25-year-old stay-at-home dad from Milwaukee who does not wear any protective gear during the stunt, has perfected his jumps over the past four years by working closely with the cars' drivers.

Also attempting to break a world record Sunday night is Darren Taylor, aka "Professor Splash," who will aim to set a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS(R) title for the highest shallow dive into fire. Taylor will jump from slightly more than 26 feet high into an inflatable pool engulfed in flames.

The two events will be hosted by "America's Got Talent" judge Howie Mandel and produced by Peacock Productions.

Following an encore episode of "American Ninja Warrior" (7-9 p.m. ET/PT), NBC will air an original two-hour episode of summer's No. 1 reality program, "America's Got Talent." This is a special night and time for "America's Got Talent."

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 6/18/14

ITVS Library Goes to CEE
New Versions of "Surprise", "Hell's Kitchen" Forthcoming
From
World Screen
A number of formats from the ITV Studios Global Entertainment (ITVS GE) catalogue, among them Hell's Kitchen and I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, have been licensed by broadcasters in Central and Eastern Europe.

The family entertainment show Surprise Surprise was commissioned in Slovakia, where TV Joj is doing a local version to air later this year. Antena in Romania is preparing a local treatment of the cooking reality show Hell's Kitchen. This follows on a commission for the format by Polsat in Poland, where a ten-episode local series launched last month. The Chase was recommissioned for a second 28-episode season by Serbia's RTS and for a second 31-episode run by Croatia's HRT. The format was also recently licensed in Turkey by Kanal D. Germany's NDR is on its third season of The Chase, which also has a version on air in the U.S. on GSN. RTL Klub in Hungary is going for its third season of I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!, set for a fall launch. The show has also been a hit in Germany, where it has eight seasons on RTL. It has had 13 seasons in the U.K.

Jennifer Ebell, the VP for Southeast EMEA for ITV Studios Global Entertainment, said: “Broadcasters in Central and Eastern Europe are looking for formats across a range of genres, including reality, game show and family entertainment, but the main requirement is that they have a proven international track record. Our long-established formats are therefore continuing to flourish in the region with ongoing commissions and recommissions, as these deals illustrate.”

World Screen
TBI Vision

posted 6/18/14

BBC Decimates Daytime
New Quiz Comes from Creators of "Tipping Point"
From
TBI Vision
UK public broadcaster the BBC has ordered Decimate, a new daytime quiz series.

The 25x45mins show will be produced by UK independent producer CPL Productions, the prodco behind A League of Their Own and All Star Mr and Mrs. It will launch this autumn and be presented by UK personality Shane Richie.

In the series, three contestants compete for a cash sum that is reduced by 10% for a wrong answer, with a top prize of £20,000 (US$34,000). The BBC is expected to officially unveil the series later today (June 17).

Red Arrow will distribute the series internationally.

Decimate has been created by Hugh Rycroft, the London-based writer and gameshow inventor behind Tipping Point, the RDF Television-produced quiz that has proved popular on commercial channel ITV. It has run to four seasons on ITV since starting in 2012 and spawned a celebrity version.

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Digital Spy
Broadcast
Televisual
World Screen

posted 6/18/14

The Dictionary in Dictionary Corner: 1981-2014
Susie Dent Will Use Laptop on "Countdown" from Here On Out
From
BT
It has weathered major changes in the past – not least the departure of original team Richard Whiteley and Carol Vorderman – but the next change to Countdown will alter the very way the game is played.

The clock will still tick, the unforgettable music will remain, but there will be a profound change at the heart of the words-and-numbers show.

After 32 years, Channel 4’s oldest show is to lose the printed dictionaries from Dictionary Corner. Word wizard Susie Dent and her celebrity guests will still be there, but instead of riffling through Susie’s well-thumbed Oxford English Dictionary they’ll be verifying words using a laptop computer.

Adjudicator Susie said that she was looking forward to the hundreds of new words that would be available to contestants courtesy of the regularly updated lexicon.

“I’m excited that we will now be able to reflect the very latest changes to English by using an online dictionary that’s updated every three months,” she told the Daily Mirror.

The change paves the way for neologisms such as fracking, selfie, chugging and honky-tonker to be suggested by contestants and for nine-letter words like beatboxer, scissored and empodium to be featured in the show’s famous conundrums.

BT
Oxford Mail

posted 6/18/14

Monday: Master of Our Domain
BBC Greenlights "Win Your Wish List"
From
the Futon Critic
FOX (5.376 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the top draw on Monday thanks to originals from "MasterChef" (5.090 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "24: Live Another Day" (5.662 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4).

ABC (5.244 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then took home the silver with fresh installments of "The Bachelorette" (6.103 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2) and "Mistresses" (3.528 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

Next up was NBC (4.078 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with an encore of "Last Comic Standing" (3.152 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and a new two-hour "American Ninja Warrior" (4.541 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.766 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) served up repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (4.721 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8), "Mom" (4.791 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "Mike & Molly" (5.622 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5), another "Mike & Molly" (5.246 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) plus a special "48 Hours" (4.108 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11).

And finally, The CW (1.293 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.732 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.814 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) and a new "Beauty and the Beast" (0.813 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14).

On Food, "Rewrapped" helped the primetime average up to 716,000.

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posted 6/18/14

Weekend: Spurred to Greatness
ABC Wins on NBA Finals
From
The Futon Critic
ABC (13.410 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.1, #1) was the top draw on Sunday with its mix if "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (6.537 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3), "Kia NBA Countdown" (7.088 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) and the concluding "NBA Finals, Game 5" (15.609 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.0, #1).

NBC (3.438 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) then snagged a distant second place with its combination of "PGA Overrun" (5.146 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), a repeat "American Ninja Warrior" (3.214 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), the departing "Believe" (3.135 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and a new "Crisis" (3.223 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

Next up was FOX (1.822 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and its lineup of "Enlisted" (1.186 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15), "American Dad" (1.307 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13), "The Simpsons" (2.001 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "Family Guy" (2.092 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6), another "Family Guy" (2.384 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and another "American Dad" (1.963 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

And finally, CBS (4.310 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) closed out the evening with its repeat lineup of "60 Minutes" (7.288 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "The Good Wife" (3.150 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #17), another "The Good Wife" (3.146 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15) and "The Mentalist" (3.655 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14).

On Saturday, both of ABC's offerings declined from the week before. ABC (2.127 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) closed out the evening with new episodes of "Bet on Your Baby" (1.900 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9), "Sing Your Face Off" (2.026 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and the finale to "Sing Your Face Off" (2.455 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3).

On Food Network, "Food Network Star" was top trumps with 1.850 million. Before that was "Guy's Grocery Games" with 1.283 million, and after, "Cutthroat Kitchen" with 1.236 million.

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posted 6/18/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Bad Taste"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "The Taste" (Australia) (Sydney Morning Herald)
     
  • Pat Sajak takes the Daily Deals fight to Groupon (Fox Business)
     
  • Adam Levine says "The Voice" has "a ways to go" before finding a star (Page Six)
     
  • Carson Daly to help announce Primetime Emmy Award nominations (B&C)
     
  • A "Face Off" stuntwoman gets burned (Deadline)
     
  • ICYMI: the one act that Howard Stern could not vote for... and she was a good one! (Mashable)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Josh Groban (Hitfix)

posted 6/18/14

Titus Pawnographus
Comic Christopher Titus to Host History's "Pawnography"
From
Realscreen
History has set a July 10 airdate for Pawn Stars spin-off game show Pawnography, with comedian Christopher Titus serving as host of the half-hour show.

The previously announced show - which will be filmed in front of a live studio audience – will see Corey Harrison, Richard Harrison and Austin “Chumlee” Russell of Pawn Stars face-off against contestants in three rounds of trivia-style questions, in order to win money and coveted items from the Harrisons’ and Russell’s own collections.

The show, produced by Leftfield Pictures, is slated to premiere on July 10 at 10 p.m. EST/PST.

Executive producers for History include Russ McCarroll, Zachary Behr and Elaine Frontain Bryant, while Brent Montgomery, David George, Shawn Witt and Michael Binkow serve as EPs for Leftfield Pictures.

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Christopher Titus hosts History's "Pawnography" in July
photo courtesy Realscreen

posted 6/17/14

More on "Beat the Geeks" Kickstarter
"Ubergeek" Takes the Paradigm to Another Level
From
Kickstarter
Let’s face it. The world contains exactly two types of people - the dummies and the smarties. Watch a random movie trailer or click over to any given TV channel and you’ll find that there are an infinite number of projects dedicated solely to celebrating the idiocy of idiots. Whether it’s shows featuring vapid commentary on video fail compilations or multi-series franchises about wealthy drunks having pseudo-scripted screaming matches with each other, you don’t have to search far and wide for content about stupid people that appeals to a stupid audience.

So how about we change that and make a show for smart people to enjoy? But it's more than just a show for geniuses to passively watch...they can also participate in it, influence it, and help create something special.

This project, the brainchild of Studio 8's Brock LaLonde and original "King of TV" Paul Goebel, isn’t going to "exploit fans of nerd culture like some sort of dork-filled freak show. It’s going to elevate geekdom to a proper art form."

By donating to this project, you’re joining a movement towards bringing intelligent, interesting, and fun content back to the airwaves. If this project is successfully funded, we can produce a quality pilot that will be released online and then used to pitch as a network-ready game show. From there, the sky’s the limit - fancier celebrity judges, a bigger contestant pool, and all kinds of cool audience interactivity that’s never been done in a show before.

"Paul has some really fun ideas for the show, and I think there's not a lot of content out there for mega-intelligent people to enjoy, so I agreed to lend my company's production expertise to producing the pilot if it's funded," says LaLonde.

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posted 6/17/14

Syndies: Order of Things Restored
Results for the Week Ending June 8
From
TV News Check
Jeopardy fell back in the session ending June 8 and landed in a tie with Wheel of Fortune, one week after dethroning the usually dominant game show kingpin for the first time in nearly a decade. However, Judge Judy widened its lead over both shows — and every other strip in syndication — easily finishing first overall for the 39th time in the past 42 weeks.

GAME SHOWS

1. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.1 -5%
1. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.1 NC
3. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) 4.7 NC
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.8** -5%

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posted 6/17/14

$50,000 Says I Find the Next American Idol
"True Believer" Initiative Has a Hefty Finder's Fee
From
the Futon Critic
The AMERICAN IDOL XIV team knows that sometimes a talented singer just needs someone to give them a little extra encouragement to help them achieve their dreams. And now, the series will honor these "True Believers" with a special AMERICAN IDOL TRUE BELIEVER reward, by giving each contestant the opportunity to designate one "True Believer" who will have the opportunity to walk away with $50,000 at the end of the season, should their contestant win! If you know of a talented singer who may need a little extra motivation to try out for AMERICAN IDOL XIV, give them a push and they could make you their True Believer! Please continue checking http://idol.ly/true-believer-rules for more details, including eligibility and rules.

In addition to the five previously announced audition cities - Minneapolis, MN (Wednesday, June 18); New Orleans, LA (Wednesday, June 25); Uniondale, NY; (Wednesday, July 23); Nashville, TN; (Wednesday, July 30); and San Francisco, CA; (Monday, Sept. 29) - the AMERICAN IDOL XIV team revs up its bicoastal bus tour. Kicking off on Wednesday, July 9 both in Portland, ME, and Portland, OR, the AMERICAN IDOL XIV Bus Tour will offer dreamers and hopefuls a chance to change their lives forever and begin their own AMERICAN IDOL journey. Hopefuls can also submit auditions online through social media using #TheNextIdol. Find out all you need to know HERE.

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TV Line
 

posted 6/17/14

Vietnam Deserves Another Season
Foreign Version Gets Fourth Series
From
Worldscreen
Vietnam's VTV3 is going for a second season of You Deserve It, a quiz game show format from the Red Arrow International catalogue.

You Deserve It watches as a contestant plays for an unsuspecting individual that they deem worthy of their prize money. The program was created by Dick de Rijk (Deal or No Deal). The Vietnamese version, locally titled Vi ban xung dang (Because You Deserve It), will premiere in its sophomore run on VTV3 later this month.

Jamie I, senior sales manager for Asia at Red Arrow International, commented: "You Deserve It is feel-good TV at its best—and the Vietnamese audience loves it. I'm absolutely delighted that season two is now under way."

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posted 6/17/14

Answer: 6829, a New Guinness Record
Question: What is Alex Trebek's Jeopardy! Hosting Streak?
From
TV by the Numbers
Friday (June 13) was a big day for "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek. The quiz show moderator has now set the Guinness World Record for the most game show episodes hosted by the same presenter of a single show.

Trebek, 73, has hosted 6,829 episodes spanning 30 years of the long-running game show. Since the daily syndicated version premiered in 1984, Trebek is the only host it has had, save for one episode when Pat Sajak hosted as an April Fool's joke (Trebek hosted "Wheel of Fortune" that day as well).

"It's an honor to hold the Guinness World Record for hosting 'Jeopardy!', which I've often say is the best of reality TV," says Trebek in a statement. "We have had incredible support from our viewers for the past 30 years, and without them, I wouldn't have set this record."

A ceremony for his world record took place during the taping of Friday's show.

The host also addressed the rumors that he’s close to retirement, saying he has only said he’s given it some thought. And, he says, when he does decide to take his leave, he won’t make a big deal about it.

“Everybody’s speculating on my retirement, and I don’t know why. It’s silly. Somebody asked me if I’ve given any thoughts to retiring. Well, yes, I’ve given thoughts to retiring…. Everybody assumes from my having said that, that he’s retiring. Well, no. I’ve been thinking about it. So allow me to think about it. There won’t be any fanfare. It’ll be like the time I shaved my mustache on a whim. I’ll just ask the director to leave me 20 or 30 seconds at the end of the program to say a few words and I’ll say a few words and thank people and be on my way,” he said.

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posted 6/17/14

A Wish Is a List the BBC Makes
BBC Greenlights "Win Your Wish List"
From
World Screen
BBC One has commissioned a full series of the game show Win Your Wish List, after successfully piloting the program last year.

Eight hour-long episodes have been commissioned from Victory Television. The series, set for Saturday nights, sees a pair of contestants choose their dream prizes to make up a wish list, all of which have a connection to their shared history together. They then face rounds of questions to win each of their wish-list prizes. The couple must decide which one of them will answer the questions, because the other will be asking them.

Mark Linsey, the BBC's controller of entertainment commissioning, said: “Win Your Wish List is an incredibly simple but highly addictive Saturday night game show, packed with drama, excitement, nail-biting jeopardy and some of the most treasured prizes on TV.”

Victoria Ashbourne, the managing director of Victory Television, added: “Win Your Wish List is unlike any other game show on television right now. The contestants bring their own wish list of prizes to the studio and must work as a team to win them. The game guarantees exciting and nerve-wracking moments, a perfect fit for BBC’s National Lottery.”

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posted 6/17/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Scavenger Hunt"

  • CASTING COUCH: Looking for money in the tri-state area? (Reality Wanted)
     
  • Jeremy Paxman closes the book on Newsnight (Yorkshire Post)
     
  • ICYMI: "Rising Star" had its first test during "The Bachelorette" on Monday and it was way weird (Jezebel)
     
  • Wanda Sykes apparently thinks we're idiots (YouTube)
     
  • America voted... The American Idol Experience is going home tonight (Orlando Sentinel)
     
  • Mark Ballas taken to hospital after bad car crash (TMZ)
     
  • Chuck Woolery is taking sides in Mississippi Republican primary (UPI)

posted 6/17/14

CASEY KASEM: 1926-2014
Radio Legend Hosted "100%"
From
USA Today
Casey Kasem, a radio voice who connected generations of Americans to thousands of rock and pop acts, died Sunday morning, according to multiple media outlets. He was 82.

Kerri Kasem, Casey's daughter, announced the news on her Facebook page.

"Early this Father's Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends. Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken," she wrote in a Facebook post. "Thank you for all your love, support and prayers. The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad."

Kasem, hospitalized in Washington state since June 1, had been in declining health.

The longtime host of radio's American Top 40, which he started in 1970, was a familiar voice to millions, known for his signature closing advice: "Keep your feet on the ground and keep reaching for the stars." Over the years, he hosted other versions of the music countdown show on radio and television.

The Detroit native, a son of Lebanese immigrants, also was an actor who did frequent voiceover work, including commercials and cartoon characters, most memorably Shaggy from the Scooby-Doo series. In 1999, he hosted the limited-run syndicated game show "100%", an adaptation of the British quiz show of the same name.

Kasem, known for his sonorous voice and a member of the National Radio Hall of Fame and the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, served as a disc jockey and radio announcer while serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and he began his professional radio career in the 1950s.

In 1970, he started the iconic American Top 40, in which he introduced and then played the country's top-selling singles, offering nuggets of information about the songs and performers and the occasional "long-distance dedication" from a fan. Top 40 ran until 1988, with Kasem reviving it in 1998 after hosting versions with other titles in the interim. Ryan Seacrest, a next-generation host, took over the franchise in 2004.

A spinoff of his popular radio show was the syndicated television series America's Top 10, which Kasem hosted through the 1980s. The show recapped the top 10 songs on various music charts, including rock, country and soul. Kasem brought elements of the radio broadcast to television, including answering questions with sometimes obscure facts about musical acts.

Kasem was also an outspoken advocate on issues. A member of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, he was critical of Hollywood's portrayal of Arabs in film. His activism was not limited. In 1989, he told then-USA TODAY columnist Larry King that one of his "proudest moments" was being arrested for protesting a nuclear weapons installation. "I'd do it again, gladly," Kasem told King.

Besides "100%", Casey was also a guest on "The Dating Game" in the 1960s and two runs of "Hollywood Squares" during the 1980s and 2000s.

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Casey Kasem
photo courtesy Huffington Post

posted 6/16/14

Don't Call It A Comeback
"Last Comic Standing" Goes Online for Second Chance
From
The Futon Critic
NBC's "Last Comic Standing" is kicking off a "Comic Comeback" online competition on June 19 that will give fans of the popular series a chance to give their favorite eliminated comic a second chance to appear on the show. "Last Comic Standing," starring Roseanne Barr, Keenen Ivory Wayans and Russell Peters as judges and JB Smoove as host, airs Thursdays at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.

After the second semi-final round airs on June 19, two eliminated contestants - selected by the theater audience at the taping - will kick off a head-to-head standup battle. Fans can watch video of the comics' exclusive online standup routines, vote for their favorite at http://nbc.com/comic-comeback or on Twitter with #ComicComeback - and share their vote with friends.

Each week, the winner of this head-to-head will compete against the next comic exiting the television show. The comedian who emerges victorious in the 'Comic Comeback' after five weeks will go on to perform in the finale.

Wanda Sykes ("Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious") will be the special guest mentor on the June 19 episode. She'll be giving tips and advice to the final group of semi-finalists performing, each hoping to advance to the compelling challenge rounds of the competition featuring the show's top 10 comics.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/16/14

MasterChef Teams with Tumblr
Food Bloggers Can Join In the Action
From
TV by the Numbers
FOX’s hit cooking competition series MASTERCHEF has collaborated with media network Tumblr to bring an interactive experience of the signature MASTERCHEF Mystery Box Challenge to MASTERCHEF fans, via top food bloggers on Tumblr.

Starting with the all-new episode of MASTERCHEF airing tonight (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, fans will get a chance to see what top food bloggers, or “creators,” on Tumblr prepare using Mystery Box-inspired ingredients, which Tumblr provided through culinary delivery service, Plated. Tumblr’s creators will be tasked with creating their own impressive dishes using the ingredients, while generating visual Tumblr posts of the process and sharing photos with the online food community. The content will be published on the MASTERCHEF Tumblr page at masterchefonfox.tumblr.com and will also be integrated on the MASTERCHEF show page at www.fox.com/masterchef after the Mystery Box Challenge has been revealed in-show.

Fans of the show are encouraged to participate at home and reimagine their own meals using the Mystery Box ingredients and submit their creations to masterchefonfox.tumblr.com. Follow MASTERCHEF on Tumblr at masterchefonfox.tumblr.com and on Twitter @MASTERCHEFonFOX, and “like” the MASTERCHEF page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MasterChef.

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posted 6/16/14

More on "Geeks Who Drink"
Conde Nast Teams for Syfy Quiz Show
From
Mediapost
Big magazine publishers are now video producers, and the traditional TV world is starting to take notice. Twentieth Century Fox Television and Condé Nast Entertainment have entered into a “first-look” agreement for Condé Nast to develop and produce broadcast and cable TV projects for Fox.

Under the terms of the deal, CNE will produce broadcast TV shows for Twentieth Century Fox Television, and cable shows for Fox 21, the broadcaster’s cable production arm.

The first collaborations between CNE and Fox are set to air this year. It’s the first such studio deal for CNE, whose video offerings have been gaining traction in the broadcast and cable space over the last year.

CNE’s productions for other networks include “Vanity Fair Confidential,” airing on Investigation Discovery, which consists of documentary-type features that further explore some of the magazine’s famous investigative journalism. A second show -- “The Fashion Fund,” airing on Ovation -- has Vogue’s legendary Editor in Chief Anna Wintour presiding over a competition between 10 designers, with a $300,000 prize waiting for the winner. A third show -- “Geeks Who Drink,” on SyFy -- is a trivia quiz show with a self-explanatory premise.

Mediapost
Variety

 

posted 6/16/14

Thursday: One Game Away, San Antonio...
ABC Wins on NBA Finals
From
The Futon Critic
ABC (10.594 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1) was the top draw on Thursday thanks to its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (5.890 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4), "Kia NBA Countdown" (6.479 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 4" (12.800 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1).

FOX (3.748 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a distant second place with new episodes of "Hell's Kitchen" (4.773 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5) and "Gang Related" (2.724 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #14).

Next up was CBS (5.384 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.181 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3), "Mom" (6.314 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6), "Two and a Half Men" (5.505 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7), "The Millers" (4.436 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12) and "Elementary" (3.935 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.847 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) served up originals from "Hollywood Game Night" (4.265 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), "Undateable" (3.295 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), another "Undateable" (3.011 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12) and "Last Comic Standing" (4.122 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.579 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15) and "The Originals" (0.575 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15) closed out the evening on The CW (0.576 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable, "The Challenge: Free Agents" and "Chopped Canada" fought to a dead heat with 1.139 million to 1.025 million respectively. The MTV offering skewed far younger. GSN's combination of "American Bible Challenge" and "It Takes a Church" combined to help primetime get to 447,000 viewers.

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posted 6/16/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Case Reopened?"

  • CASTING COUCH: Whodunnit? Season 2... IS IT POSSIBLE?! (TV Grapevine)
     
  • Alan Davies reveals the reason why "QI" isn't broadcast in the US outside of Hulu. It has to do with images used and the rights thereupon (Independent)
     
  • Peter Marshall is bringing his square biz to West Virginia (West Virginia Metro News)
     
  • Terry Crews learns a lesson in picking his battles carefully. Like... not with Jenny McCarthy. You may have a reasoned argument, but you will lose (The Wrap)
     
  • Remember that one singer who was saved by Simon Cowell on American Idol in 2011? She's singing backup for Jennifer Lopez now. So much for that career... (TMZ/YouTube)
     
  • Kelly Clarkson becomes an Idol mom (Us Magazine)
     
  • Remember that thing that Courtney Robertson wasn't supposed to do on camera with Ben Flajnik? Well, she did. Three times. (New York Post)
     
  • Howard Stern wants to stream his 60th birthday party online. In other news, Howard Stern is turning 60.... (Rolling Stone)
     
  • Andi Dorfman resigns from the AD's office. She "loves fighting crime... It's empowering." Not as empowering as have 11 men fawn over you, apparently (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

posted 6/16/14

More on "Broken Skull Challenge"
Catch It on CMT July 6
From
The Futon Critic
Just in time for the scorching months of summer, CMT debuts the most badass competition series yet when STEVE AUSTIN'S BROKEN SKULL CHALLENGE premieres Sunday, July 6 at 9:00-10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The brain-child of wrestling icon Steve Austin, the 10-episode series pits elite athletes against everyday men and women in the ultimate test of strength, stamina and wit. Each episode features eight contestants in head-to-head battles, until the last man or woman standing earns the right to take on the toughest obstacle course in America created by Austin himself, the "Skullbuster," for a chance to win cash.

Austin, who previously helmed three seasons of REDNECK ISLAND on CMT, is known for being one of the toughest competitors in the wrestling arena. BROKEN SKULL CHALLENGE combines his fierce love for physical competition with extreme challenges using the core tenants from such current fitness trends as CrossFit and Spartan Race. Austin's half-mile "Skullbuster" features 10 obstacles designed to stop even the most hardcore athletes, built to progressively break the body down. Everyone's equal at the ranch, as women find themselves subject to the same punishment as men.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/13/14

Frank Skinner, Sue Perkins Have "Trust" Issues
ITV Brings "I'm A Game Show Host" to the UK
From
What's on TV
Frank Skinner and Sue Perkins are to host a UK version of Trust Me I'm A Game Show Host.

The series was launched in the US last year, in which two comedy hosts try to deceive contestants by making implausible statements and revealing bizarre facts - one is telling the truth and the other is lying.

Comedian Frank, 57, and The Great British Bake Off presenter Sue, 44, will front Trust Me I'm A Game Show Host for ITV. In America the show is presented by comedians DL Hughley and Michael Ian Black.

If contestants guess correctly they win a cash prize.

What's on TV

posted 6/13/14

Help Us, Kathy Griffin... You're Our Only Hope...
Comic Tapped to Host Daytime Emmys
From
Deadline
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which puts on the Daytime Emmy Awards announced this morning Kathy Griffin will host the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards, from the Beverly Hilton ballroom on June 22. Griffin’s hosting gig cannot be seen on TV; this year, for the first time, the Daytime Emmy Awards will be livestreamed on June 22.

In addition to being a two-time Emmy winner, Griffin is trophy-show nitroglycerin, which is just what the show needs if it’s ever to return to TV.

“I am beyond thrilled to be hosting what I’m told is the most important television event of the year. Knowing that over 100 million people from every corner of the planet will be watching, I will try to keep my nerves at bay and deliver a great show,” Griffin said/snarked in today’s announcement. “I can only hope that at the end of the evening, critics and fans alike will compare it to the experience they once had watching Neil Armstrong take man’s first step on the moon. My only regret is knowing that this epic evening will distract millions of viewers from enjoying this year’s World Cup. I apologize to FIFA.”

Deadline

posted 6/13/14

Wednesday: The People vs. OJ
NBC, Fox Split Night
From
The Futon Critic
NBC (5.448 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday with its mix of "Growing Up Fisher" (4.135 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), another "Growing Up Fisher" (3.622 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and the two-hour special "The People vs. O.J. Simpson: What the Jury Never Heard" (6.233 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1).

FOX (4.395 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) however shared in the top demo honors with a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (4.395 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2).

Next up was CBS (5.003 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "Undercover Boss" (3.973 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11), "Criminal Minds" (5.648 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (5.387 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.778 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up repeats of "The Middle" (4.165 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "The Goldbergs" (3.516 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "Modern Family" (3.886 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), another "The Goldbergs" (3.381 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and a new "Motive" (3.861 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12).

And finally, a repeat "Arrow" (1.116 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and the season finale of "The 100" (1.653 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) closed out the night on The CW (1.385 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable, "The Ultimate Fighter" gave Fox Sports 1 445,000 viewers.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 6/12/14

Fox Quiets "Riot", Buries "Harry"
Tuesday Night Games Canceled
From
TV by the Numbers
FOX has canceled low rated reality shows I Wanna Marry Harry and improv comedy series Riot. Both series have been pulled from the schedule effective immediately. For the past two weeks, both shows have earned a 0.4 adults 18-49 rating. Next Tuesday, FOX will begin airing repeats of its scripted comedies.

Unaired episodes from “Harry” will be available online via Fox.com, Fox On Demand, FOX NOW and Hulu beginning on Friday (June 13). “We are currently discussing an appropriate place on our schedule for the unaired episodes,” a Fox rep added in a statement.

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Hollywood Reporter
Variety
Time
Digital Spy
Realscreen

posted 6/13/14

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Friday the 13th"

  • Jennifer Lopez and Maks Chmerkovskiy... are apparently NOT dating each other (People)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Feud of Thrones (YouTube)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: how to turn a day at the fair into a shot at winning American Idol (Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • Tim Gunn wants plus-sized models on the "Runway" (Bustle)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Spanish model gets caught cheating on a quiz show... and how she did it should serve as a reminder to watch what you put between your legs (Metro)
     
  • John Barrowman gets his MBE (ITV)

posted 6/13/14

"Singing" with Alan Carr
"The Singer Takes It All" Picked Up by Four
From
Televisual
Channel 4 has greenlit The Singer Takes It All, a new 4 x 60 minute multiplatform singing game show created by Endemol UK, that will allow viewers to take control of the show, becoming both judge and jury via a real-time interactive app.

The Singer Takes It All is hosted by Alan Carr. Each week budding singers will perform live on an 18m long moving stage while, using the app, armchair judges at home will be handed the reins to rate performances a ‘hit’ or a ‘miss’ and see the results play out just seconds later.

If judged a ‘hit’ the hopeful singer will move forward towards the Gold Zone at the front of the dynamic stage to continue their song. But if the majority of viewers judge them a ‘miss’ they're booted backwards off the track - and potentially out of the show.

The shows is commissioned jointly by Channel 4’s Head of Entertainment Justin Gorman and Multiplatform Commissioning Editor for Entertainment and Comedy, Jody Smith.

Channel 4’s Head of Entertainment Justin Gorman said: “This is an inventive and irreverent twist on game shows that gives fans an instant payoff. We’ve seen huge success already with second screen apps such as The Million Pound Drop, but this takes interactivity to a whole new level. The Singer Takes It All will be, I’m sure, the first in a long line of audience reactive television.”

Multiplatform Commissioning Editor for Entertainment and Comedy Jody Smith said: “We’ve invented a brand new way of voting that gives viewers instant control over what they’re watching in a way that no other show has dared. The Singer Takes It All is a massive step for second screen and social viewing – the show just couldn’t exist without the audience’s involvement.”

Viewers will get up to four votes for each performance and, depending on the mood of the nation, the stage’s unique moving track may change direction as the singer hits their highs and lows.

A great performer could rocket straight to the Gold Zone, while a performer judged too poor may be propelled off stage before they’ve even hit the chorus. With constant voting throughout the performance, viewers may change their mind and bring someone close to exit back into the game.

The best singer on each show takes to the track one more time for the chance to walk away with a cash prize. Can the singers stay on track? Viewers can judge for themselves.

The free app is being built by Chunk, incorporating new live-voting technology developed by Tectonic Interactive.

The Singer Take it All is a co-production by Endemol UK’s production arms Initial and Remarkable Television, with the creative teams from the two companies co-developing the format. The Executive Producer is Nic McNeilis and Digital Executive Producer is Karen Troop.

Televisual
World Screen
Deadline

posted 6/12/14

More on "Wipeout"
Catch It on ABC June 22
From
Broadway World
Welcome home! In its most competitive season to date, "Wipeout" returns with a super-sized family edition, featuring teams of two family members enduring another true bonding (and bruising) experience on the 2-hour premiere, SUNDAY, JUNE 22 (7:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

First up on the battle royal of family vs. family, we have the all new qualifier round where our 12 teams will show off their suave snowboarding skills in "The Shed Zone," where the slopes hit you. As our families continue on their quest for cash, they face the first ever family version of Big Balls Bonanza, where a member from each team will be chosen to compete in the challenge and the farthest jumper will win $5,000 for his or her team. The course continues to dish out discipline as the remaining teams move onto the granddaddy of obstacles, the Classic Sweeper. Only the remaining two teams will take a family trip to the all-new Wipeout Zone for a chance to win the grand prize and earn a spot in the first ever "Tournament of Champions" at the end of the summer.

"Wipeout" is hosted by John Anderson (ESPN's "SportsCenter"), John Henson (E!'s "Talk Soup") and co-hosted by Jill Wagner (MTV's "Teen Wolf").

Broadway World

posted 6/12/14

More on "Face Off"
Catch It on Syfy July 22
From
TV by the Numbers
Syfy’s acclaimed unscripted series, Face Off, returns for a seventh season themed “Life and Death” on Tuesday, July 22 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Sixteen talented special effects make-up artists arrive to Los Angeles, only to discover they are not on the show just yet, and will compete in a Sudden Death challenge where they must create a character that represents either life or death. After facing the judges, two artists are eliminated before ever moving into the Face Off house or stepping into the lab.

Freddy Krueger himself, actor Robert Englund, makes an appearance and offers advice on creating a convincing makeup. “Pay attention to your model,” he tells the artists. “Look at his face and build on that. I think one of the successes of the Freddy makeup is that they kept some of my own facial structures which I was able to animate easier.”

In a Face Off first, Syfy rolls out an interactive social integration for season 7, calling on viewers to each week tweet about their favorite contestant using #FaceOff. Viewer tweets will determine who the weekly fan favorite is, and at the season’s end, the contestant who ranked the overall most favorite will be rewarded with $10,000.

Returning to the lab for the new season is actress and host McKenzie Westmore, along with judges Glenn Hetrick (CSI: New York, The Hunger Games, Heroes) and Neville Page (Avatar, Prometheus). World-renowned makeup artist -- and McKenzie’s dad – Michael Westmore resumes his role as the official contestant mentor.

Ve Neill is in the midst of working on her latest films in The Hunger Games franchise, but will sit on the judging panel for three episodes of Face Off during season 7. Stepping in to complete the panel is Lois Burwell, a renowned Academy-Award winning makeup artist known for her work on Lincoln, Braveheart, Saving Private Ryan, War Horse and War of the Worlds.

In this high-stakes Life and Death themed season, the contestants will face creative challenges designed to inspire them to explore life, death, rebirth and mortality. Some of the creatures the talented artists create include an angry, twisted tree character; a new animal species; and a reptilian super solider that would fit into the world of G.I. Joe.

TV by the Numbers

posted 6/12/14

CBS Celebrates Daytime Emmys on Twitter
Chat With the Stars Live
From
TV by the Numbers
CBS Daytime will celebrate “The 41st Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards” with a special multi-day live Twitter chat event featuring stars and producers from across the Network’s Daytime Emmy Award-nominated lineup. Beginning Friday, June 13, talent and producers from LET’S MAKE A DEAL, THE PRICE IS RIGHT, THE YOUNG AND The Restless, The Bold AND THE BEAUTIFUL and The Talk will live-tweet every weekday, Friday, June 13 - Friday, June 20, leading up to daytime’s biggest night on Sunday, June 22.

Actor Sean Kanan from The Bold AND THE BEAUTIFUL will kick off the live Twitter event on Friday, June 13. The Talk hosts Julie Chen, Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne and Sheryl Underwood will jump-start Daytime Emmy Week with a live group chat on Monday, June 16. Model Tiffany Coyne (LMAD), actors Steve Burton, Doug Davidson and Christian Le Blanc (Y&R), actors Heather Tom and Scott Clifton (B&B), Executive Producer Mike Richards (TPIR) and CBS Daytime Senior Vice President Angelica McDaniel are scheduled to participate in chats throughout the week (see below for full schedule).

CBS leads the 2014 Daytime Emmy nominations with 60 nods, more than any other network. The #1 daytime drama, THE YOUNG AND The Restless, received 26 nominations, more than any other show. In addition, The Bold AND THE BEAUTIFUL received 18 nominations, The Talk received five, LET’S MAKE A DEAL received three and THE PRICE IS RIGHT received two nominations.

CBS Daytime’s entire entertainment lineup was honored, with THE YOUNG AND The Restless and The Bold AND THE BEAUTIFUL both receiving nominations for Outstanding Drama Series. THE TALK was nominated for Outstanding Talk Show/Entertainment as well as Outstanding Talk Show Host, THE PRICE IS RIGHT and LET’S MAKE A DEAL were both nominated for Outstanding Game Show, and LET’S MAKE A DEAL host Wayne Brady was nominated for Outstanding Game Show Host.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE18

10:00AM, ET, 7:00AM, PT: LET’S MAKE A DEAL (#LMAD)

o Tiffany Coyne (@TiffanyCoyne)
THURSDAY, JUNE 19

11:00 AM, ET/ 8:00 AM, PT: THE PRICE IS RIGHT (#PriceIsRight)

o Mike Richards (@MRichTV)

The Daytime Emmys will air online at DaytimeEmmys.net beginning June 22 at 8p ET.

TV by the Numbers

posted 6/12/14

UPFRONTS: Syndication
More on "Celebrity Name Game"
From
TV by the Numbers
The syndicated TV upfront selling is underway — it began late last week — but it’s hardly the exciting, fast paced ad market of years past.

Media buyers have registered their clients’ budgets with syndicators who, in turn, are returning proposals to buyers, with little in the way of back-and-forth haggling or bickering.

“We cut a few deals, but the best way to describe it is sluggish,” says Jason Kanefsky, EVP of strategic investments at Havas Media North America.

Some ad agencies say they haven’t finalized any syndicated TV deals.

As of yesterday afternoon, “nothing has moved for us yet,” says Tricia Wolfer, associate director of broadcast at Empower MediaMarketing. “We are sitting back and hanging tight.”

Dollar volume is widely expected to be slightly down from last year with cost-per-thousands (CPMs) up 5% or less year over year.

“CPMs for high-end shows will be up by low single digits,” says Kanefsky. “I don’t think anything is cracking 5%, except maybe one or two shows. But, generally, I think CPMs will be up 1% to 3% or maybe 1% to 4%.”

What’s to blame for the soft upfront? One answer is the same one that contributed to the sluggish scatter marketplace of the last two quarters: a lack of hot shows.

“Syndication doesn’t have that much great stuff to sell,” Kanefsky says. “There isn’t a hot show. Katie Couric is finishing its [run] in year two. It didn’t have any juice behind it. There are a couple of good sitcoms. There are shows that we’ll eventually buy. But there’s no chase. When there’s no chase, there’s no market.”

The major syndicators echo some of what the buyers are saying about the upfront. But they also are upbeat that ad demand will be strong for hit shows like Steve Harvey from NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution. Harvey will begin its third season in September.

NBCUniversal also has this fall’s highest-profile rookie talk show, the Meredith Vieira Show.

“We are selling Meredith Vieira with a lot of enthusiasm,” says Bo Argentino, SVP of advertising and media sales at NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution. “People really respond to her because they respect her. They can tell that she’s talented, sincere and she is a great listener.”

Other shows debuting this fall include Debmar-Mercury’s off-cable sitcom Anger Management and its game show Celebrity Name Game. Warner Bros. has talk show The Real while CBS Television Distribution is debuting court show Hot Bench.

TV News Check

posted 6/12/14

Sony Runs, Buzzes
Newen Production Goes Worldwide
From
World Screen
Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has picked up format rights to a new French gameshow from Paris-based Newen Distribution.

Run & Buzz, which was launched in April at Mip TV, features 12 contestants who listen to clues and then have to rush to a buzzer on the other side of the studio to answer the question.

Local versions are already in the works with HMO Productions in Turkey, GloboMedia Group in Spain, TeveMedia Group in Benelux and Zodiak in Russia.

Now Newen, a subsidiary of Telfrance run by Laetitia Recayte, has sold the format to SPT to produce versions for its international channels.

Rights in French-speaking Canada, Belgium and the Middle East are currently being negotiated.

The show can last anywhere between 26 and 40 minutes and is designed to be stripped daily across a channel’s schedules. Challenges include riddles, puzzles, anagrams and karaoke with contestants facing the dilemma of waiting for more clues to be sure their answer is right, or rushing across the studio to buzz with a guess before the other contestants.

Run & Buzz was co-developed by the same Big Nose and Newen research and development teams that worked on gameshow Harry, which was first produced for ATV in Turkey before being picked up by France 3.

C21 Media

posted 6/12/14

Tuesday: ABC Spurs AGT
NBA Finals Takes the Night
From
the Futon Critic
ABC (10.121 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1) was not surprisingly the top draw on Tuesday with its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (6.181 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4), "Kia NBA Countdown" (6.830 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3) and "NBA Finals, Game 3" (11.929 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.9, #1).

NBC (9.945 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then scored the silver with originals from "America's Got Talent" (11.452 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) and "The Night Shift" (6.929 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5).

Next up was CBS (6.493 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (7.901 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.607 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7) and "Person of Interest" (4.971 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.100 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) was out of the hunt despite originals from "Riot" (1.208 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "I Wanna Marry 'Harry'" (0.992 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, a new "Famous in 12" (0.735 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and a repeat "Supernatural" (0.621 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) closed out the evening on The CW (0.678 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable, "Chopped" attracted 1.620 million viewers, while "Heroes of Cosplay", which will move to 10p next week, helped Syfy to a quarter-million.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 6/12/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Dancing with Myself"

  • Jennifer Lopez and Maks Chmerkovskiy... are apparently dating each other (New York Daily News)
     
  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Your typical "Bachelor" fan is young, rich, and intelligent. Which is weird because your typical "Bachelor" contestant is none of these things (Deadline)
     
  • Emily Trebek visits "The Talk" with her famous dad (Broadway World)
     
  • Regis Philbin speaks out on rare-earth metals. SCIENCE! (BusinessWeek)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Chris Hardwick (Variety) and Keshet CEO Avi Nir (The Hollywood Reporter)

posted 6/12/14

Amazing Greys Fades to Black
ITV Axes Elder Series
From
What's on TV
ITV has axed game show Amazing Greys after just one series, according to reports.

The Saturday night contest, co-hosted by Paddy McGuinness and 69-year-old Angela Rippon, which pitched youngsters against expert golden oldies in a series of technical challenges, has been given the chop, according to The Sun.

The game show featured veterans including chef Prue Leith, World Cup-winning footballer Geoff Hurst and Mastermind champion Elizabeth Horrocks.

Amazing Greys show launched in April in the slot after Britain's Got Talent, and at first saw 5.2 million viewers tune in. But ratings plummeted and the show ended after six episodes with just 2.9 million viewers watching.

A source told the newspaper: "Amazing Greys was a great show. Everyone was proud of it. But it just didn't capture the public's imagination and the ratings were not enough to warrant a second series."

ITV is about to launch Generation Game-style show Keep It In The Family, hosted by TV favourite Bradley Walsh.

What's on TV
TV3

posted 6/11/14

"Fake Off" Sets Judges
Harry Shum, Chilli, Michael Curry Set to Take The Panel
From
Entertainment Weekly
The year’s fakest TV show has found its judging panel.

Harry Shum Jr., Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, and Michael Curry have all signed on for truTV’s Fake Off, a new competition series about the captivating art of faking. Hosted by actor and dancer Rob Hoffman (Step Up 2: The Streets, Wild'n Out), the series combines Kabuki theater, acrobatics, dance, costume, and illusion as teams are challenged to recreate and reimagine iconic moments in pop culture, all in hopes of being named America’s Fake-Off champion. It’s sort of like the Oscar-nominated film The Act of Killing, except a lot less violent and bloody.

Best known for playing Mike Chang on Glee, as a dancer Shum Jr. has worked with stars like Beyoncé, Mariah Carey, and Jennifer Lopez. Chilli is one third of the iconic girl group TLC. Michael Curry is a world-renowned visual and conceptual designer who has worked for numerous companies, including Cirque du Soleil.
The eight episode series is expected to debut sometime in the fall.

Entertainment Weekly

posted 6/11/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Oh NO YOU JUST DIDN'T..."

  • VIDEO WALL: Mel B unplugged her buzzer to do WHAT?! (YouTube) PLUS her new gig and her new X (Daily Mail)
     
  • Jennifer Lopez to kick off the World Cup with a performance with Pitbull (Time)
     
  • Think you can "Beat the Geeks" again? Let's kickstart it! (Sitcoms Online)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: "It's Your Move" (Reality Wanted)
     
  • Chris Hardwick's "Sanjay & Craig" renewed by Nick. POINTS! (Variety)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: Wheel of Fail (Huffington Post)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: There is an actual award-winning game show in China called.... The Running Man (C21 Media)

posted 6/11/14


Syndies: Welp. It Finally Happened.
Results for the Week Ending June 1
From
B&C
For the first time in nearly 10 years, CBS Television Distribution’s Wheel of Fortune was not syndication's top-rated game show.

In the week ending June 1, the game genre's usual winner was dethroned by its stable mate, CTD’s Jeopardy!, as Julia Collins finally saw her 20-game winning streak snapped. Wheel slid 3% from the prior week to a 6.1 live plus same day household rating, according to Nielsen, and was surpassed by Jeopardy!’s 6.4, up 2% week to week. The last time Jeopardy! flattened Wheel was the week of Sept. 13, 2004, when Jeopardy! scored an 8.5 to Wheel’s 8.4. This was in the middle of the Ken Jennings reign of terror.

To demonstrate how much things have changed in the game-show world since then, in the same September 2004 week Family Feud, which is now distributed by Debmar-Mercury, averaged a 1.8 with Richard Karn at the helm. In the current week, Feud with host Steve Harvey dipped 2% for the week to a 4.7, a 161% climb compared to 10 years ago in contrast to a decline of 27% for Wheel and 25% for Jeopardy! over the same 10-year period.

Meanwhile, back in the week of Sept. 13, 2004, Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire earned a 3.0. Currently, Millionaire, with departing host Cedric the Entertainer, was down 5% for the week and 37% from 10 years ago to a 1.9.

GSNN's Chico Alexander contributed to this story.

B&C
TV by the Numbers
TV News Check

photo courtesy Sony Pictures TV

posted 6/10/14

Monday: Master Chief
Fox Takes the Lead
From
the Futon Critic
FOX (5.475 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the top draw on Monday thanks to fresh installments of "MasterChef" (4.618 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and "24: Live Another Day" (6.332 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2).

NBC (4.621 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was a close second place with a repeat of "Last Comic Standing" (4.019 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6) and a new two-hour "American Ninja Warrior" (4.922 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1).

Next up was CBS (5.207 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and its mix of "2 Broke Girls" (4.692 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "Mom" (4.645 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "Mike & Molly" (5.247 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), another "Mike & Molly" (5.297 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and "48 Hours" (5.682 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.548 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) served up its specials "The Bachelorette: The Journey So Far" (4.006 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "Hillary Clinton: Public and Private - One on One with Diane Sawyer" (6.079 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and a new "Mistresses" (3.560 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

And finally, a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.921 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.552 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) and a new "Beauty and the Beast" (0.856 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on The CW (1.296 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night. The 1.921 million for "Whose Line" represents a season 2 high.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 6/10/14

Catch Turkey
Global Agency Takes "Catch 21" Worldwide
From
World Screen
Global Agency has secured the worldwide format rights, excluding the U.S. and Canada, for the game show Catch 21 from Merrill Heatter.

The game show combines the card game 21 with pop-culture trivia questions. It sees three contestants facing off against each other to start a blackjack hand from an oversized deck. Players can use the cards they earn to improve their own hand or destroy one of their opponents. The winner of the competition goes on to play an end game filled with decisions, where catching three hands of 21 wins the top prize.

Izzet Pinto, the CEO of Global Agency, said, “Catch 21 is a winning format and has proven to be one of the most successful and enduring formats since it first debuted in the U.S. We are proud to work with Merrill Heatter, who has created dozens of highly-rated series over the years, and know this has all the potential to be a global hit.”

Merrill Heatter, the president of Merrill Heatter Productions, added, “The concept is simple, blending knowledge, nerves and strategy, and has worked perfectly for years as a daily game show that has appealed to the highly sought-after key demographics. I believe Global Agency is the perfect partner to take Catch 21 into the international marketplace.”

"Catch 21", a GSN original game, combined elements from Merrill Heatter's earlier "Gambit" series with the online game of Catch 21.

World Screen
C21 Media

posted 6/10/14

"Splatalot" Heads Online
Viddiverse Acquires Canadian Series from Distribution360
From
C21 Media
Fledgling tween social media network The Viddiverse has acquired medieval-themed physical gameshow Splatalot from Marblemedia company Distribution 360.

The series sees 10 thrill-seeking teenagers compete in three rounds, taking on medieval-themed gladiators who are protecting their castle.

US-based Viddiverse, which allows kids to watch age-appropriate videos and upload and record their own content, launched in March. It was founded by former Nickelodeon and AOL Kids exec Malcolm Bird.

C21 Media

posted 6/10/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "PerseVerance"

  • Stuart Scott to be awarded with the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the 2014 ESPYs (The Futon Critic)
     
  • The next round of labor vs. reality to take place in New York City (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • Jennifer Lopez goes tight pants to tight pants with Jimmy Fallon (YouTube)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Wheelmobile heads to Fresno June 28 & June 29 (KFSN Fresno)

posted 6/10/14

Saturday: Kings 2, Rangers 0
ABC Takes Hit Opposite Finals Hockey
From
the Futon Critic
NBC (5.374 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the top draw on Saturday with its coverage of "NHL Stanley Cup Finals, Game 2" (5.374 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1).

ABC (2.704 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) then took home the silver with its mix of "Bet on Your Baby" (2.310 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5), "Sing Your Face Off" (2.618 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) and another "Sing Your Face Off" (3.187 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2).

Next up was CBS (3.908 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its repeat lineup of "Blue Bloods" (3.532 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), "Elementary" (3.238 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "48 Hours" (4.955 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2).

And finally, FOX (2.121 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) closed out the night with its mainstay "Baseball Night in America" (2.121 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

On Sunday, "La Voz Kids" scored thusly for Telemundo...

- 1,223,000 A18-49, -9% vs. S1 finale (1,338,000)

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 6/9/14

"Rising Star" Is Only the Beginning
Keshet Details Plans for Its Properties in the US
From
World Screen
Keshet International is eyeing further sales for the Rising Star format at NATPE Europe, and is also keen to shore up deals for the finished U.S. tape.

On June 22, the interactive singing competition Rising Star makes its U.S. debut on ABC. The American treatment of the format features country-music star Brad Paisley, pop sensation Kesha and hip-hop artist Ludacris on the expert panel, with singer/songwriter Josh Groban as the host.

Cynthia Kennedy, sales director at Keshet International, is confident that there will be strong interest from buyers at NATPE Europe for the U.S. version of Rising Star because of its high quality. “Not only is the show going to be delivered by the renowned U.S. network ABC, but it will be executive produced by some of the most experienced minds in the U.S. entertainment business: Ken Warwick (American Idol) and Nicolle Yaron (The Voice),” she says.

Also a highlight of Keshet International’s slate for NATPE Europe is the game show BOOM! “When it comes to BOOM!, the [unique selling point] is that it’s about bringing the spark back to game shows by fusing the drama, intensity and thrill of a blockbuster action movie with the high-octane fun of a video game,” says Kennedy. “The concepts of BOOM! and Rising Star stand out because they challenge traditional TV genres.”

Keshet International has already done a number of format deals in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) for these titles and others. Rising Star has sold to Ukraine and Russia, while BOOM! and the children’s singing show Master Class were licensed in Hungary. The dating reality show Girlfri3nds has made its way to Ukraine.

Kennedy believes that Master Class has the potential to drum up interest in other CEE markets as well. “It’s all about the feel-good element, which seems to be an undeniable draw for the audience; there are no eliminations throughout the show and the children only receive positive feedback on their performances. We call it a show that’s ‘full of heart and no heartbreak.’” Not only is Master Class the highest-rated talent show ever to air in Israel, but during its second season in Hungary it won its slot each week.

World Screen

posted 6/9/14

Mr. & Mr. & Mrs.
Philip Scofield Preps for New Season
From
BT
Phillip Schofield has revealed that he likes being the question master on All Star Mr And Mrs - because it indulges his inquisitive side.

The TV presenter, who returns to host the sixth series of the ITV game show from June 11, admitted he enjoys getting to ask "questions which are so impertinent that you wouldn't get away with them anywhere else!"

"People are so honest because they're doing it for charity. It's amazing how many sleeping habits and cleansing habits partners are happy to discuss," he told TV Times.

"For example, in show one, we learn that Brian McFadden has never used a washing machine.

"I'm also genuinely nosy and like finding out about peoples' lives and what they're like off screen."

Phillip admitted playing the game at home with his family once caused an argument.

"We played the Mr And Mrs board game at home one Christmas and members of our family - it wasn't my wife Steph and I - ended up in a huge row. I jumped in saying we're not playing this again! People take it terribly seriously," he said.

The 52-year-old, who hosts This Morning with Holly Willoughby, also revealed how he'd like to beat Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan's record on the show's sofa.

"It will be my 12th year in September. Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan did 13 years and now there's that little bit of something in me that says, 'I'd like to beat that!'," he added.

BT

posted 6/9/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Dancing in India"

  • Maks Chmerkovskiy heads to India to judge their "Dancing with the Stars" (E!)
     
  • It took a church... and Emily Maynard found one. She just got married (Us)
     
  • Yaya DaCosta goes from "Top Model" to "Whitney" (TV Line)
     
  • Adam Richman fights food... and loses 60 pounds in the battle (NSFW) (NewNowNext)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: five of the craziest game show moments (left out: over the last 10 years) (ULoop) and five reasons why Aisha Tyler is your new crush (Bustle)
     
  • Arthur Chu does a heel-face turn as "social justice warrior" (USA Today)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Michael Barrymore (Contact Music) and Julia Collins (Wall Street Journal)

posted 6/9/14

Thursday: Hot Enough for You?
Heat-Spurs Finals Beat All Comers
From
the Futon Critic
ABC (10.657 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1) overshadowed the competition on Thursday with its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (6.354 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3), "Kia NBA Countdown" (7.143 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 1" (12.612 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.1, #1).

CBS (5.708 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) then claimed the number two spot with its all-repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.836 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4), "Mom" (6.207 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7), "Two and a Half Men" (5.427 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "The Millers" (4.585 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) and "Elementary" (4.596 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14).

Next up was NBC (3.795 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and its combination of "Hollywood Game Night" (4.113 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "Undateable" (3.124 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), another "Undateable" (2.923 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) and "Last Comic Standing" (4.248 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.785 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) served up originals from "Hell's Kitchen" (4.594 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5) and "Gang Related" (2.976 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

And finally, The CW (0.690 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with second runs of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.776 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) and "The Originals" (0.604 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16)

On cable, "The Challenge: Free Agents" led the troops with 1.056 million at 10p on MTV. "Chopped Canada" delivered 781,000 viewers to Food Network. "The American Bible Challenge" and the premiere of "It's Takes a Church" helped GSN primetime reach 440,000.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 6/6/14

"Top Chef Canada" Bottoms Out
Canadian Adaptation Cancelled by Food Network Canada After Four Seasons
From
Huffington Post
It looks as though there will be no more cooks in the "Top Chef Canada" (GE Monogram) kitchen. It's been an exhausting week as the Canadian networks revealed their plans for the upcoming 2014-15 season, but during Shaw's upfront on Wednesday, there was no mention of a Season 5 of the acclaimed series.

So, naturally, a report has surfaced claiming the Food Network Canada series has been cancelled. That's right, after four fantastic food-filled seasons, the show is done, at least according to Mike's Bloggity Blog. Mike Morrison, who runs the blog, allegedly got word from a rep at the network that the show was indeed cancelled.

HuffPost Canada TV just received this statement from Christine Shipton, Shaw Media’s VP of Original Content, about the "Top Chef Canada" cancellation:

"'Top Chef Canada' was a huge series for Food Network and ushered in a new level of Canadian production we hadn't previously done for the channel. We watch audience trends very closely and, after four years, our audiences are telling us they’re hungry for new programs. We are in a world where the audience demand and choices are the key to our continued success. We need to stay ahead of the trends, be where their preferences are heading.

Fans can still get their 'Top Chef' fill – Food Network will continue to air the 'Top Chef' format on the station, including 'Top Chef Duels' this fall.”

Huffington Post
The Futon Critic

posted 6/6/14

France, Turkey Slam Again
Renewals Come for Crossword Quizzer
From
World Screen
The game show format SLAM, from CAN'T STOP media's catalogue, has been renewed by France 3 and Turkey's TRT Okul, and has also found success with its new dedicated app.

This September, France 3 will debut a new 250-episode season of SLAM, which features a combination of crosswords and trivia questions. During the summer, the channel will air the program seven days a week, with a special episode slated for broadcast every Sunday. In Turkey, TRT Okul is scheduled to premiere a fourth season of SLAM that will bring the total number of episodes produced in the country to 150.

Meanwhile, Effervescence, which creates and produces the French version of SLAM, has released a dedicated mobile game application for Android and iOS devices. In less than a month, the app has been downloaded 400,000 times. There is also an online game, which has secured 800,000 subscribers.

Simone Harari, who founded and manages Effervescence, remarked: "SLAM has always been about enjoyment: while contestants derive great pleasure from the game’s competitive and challenging features, viewers are thrilled by the show’s freshness, wit, pace and fun. Slam Mobile takes it one step further: the app turns all mobile users into contestants, allowing each and every one of them to live a true game-playing experience!"

Matthieu Porte, the CEO of CAN'T STOP media, added: "After outperforming France 3's market share by 40 percent, SLAM is now also a success in Turkey proving that crosswords drive audiences on TV. The success of the interactive exploitation, the magazine and the app will definitely contribute to further international expansion."

World Screen
C21 Media

posted 6/6/14

Daytime Emmys Heading ... Online
Ultimate Fate of This Year's Ceremony Echoes Soap Fates
From
Deadline
After clinching last-minute deals with the CW, CBS and HLN the last few years, the Daytime Emmy Awards couldn’t do it again this year. With two weeks left before the June 22 ceremony, the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced today that the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards will not air on TV. Instead, they will be livestreamed, the first time that has been done with the long-running awards show. The Daytime Emmy Awards, which will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, will be streamed live at www.daytimeemmys.net beginning at 5 PM PT on June 22. “We are confident that the expert team we’ve brought on will flawlessly execute an evening that celebrates the outstanding talent being honored and allows fans to be a part of the action,” said Malachy Wienges, Chairman of NATAS.

Deadline
Capital New York

posted 6/6/14

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "A Show About Cars"

  • FIRST LOOK: "Motor City Masters" (truTV, June 24) (The Futon Critic)
     
  • IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: TPIR: behind the Big Wheel (The AV Club)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "It Takes a Church" (GSN, Thursdays) (Today Online)
     
  • Regis Philbin hails a ride in NYC. No, it's not a cab (Broadway World)
     
  • FX turns 20, launches the careers of Tom Bergeron, Phil Keoghan (Esquire)
     
  • Casey Kasem in critical, but stable condition in Washington (Today Online)
     
  • After a thorough review of the numbers, and in lieu of Paul the Octopus, Rachel Riley has tipped the World Cup... to Chile. And here's the clock (The Week)
     
  • Holy Mother, what a "Voice"! (Time)

posted 6/6/14

Survivor Trades Redemption Island for... Something Better
Change Comes After 2 Players Left the Show for Medical Reasons
From
Deadline
As Entertainment Weekly Radio’s Survivor Week continues, the scoops keep coming from host Jeff Probst: Turns out Redemption Island won’t be a part of Survivor: San Juan Del Sur — Blood vs. Water after all.

Probst had told EW back in May that the polarizing twist would return. But producers ended up having a change of heart and came up with a new addition to the game, much to the surprise of the players (which number 18 after two left the show for medical reasons, just 48 hours before shooting began). “We decided, we have this arena being built: What if instead of [Redemption Island], we use it for something else. Something that will make Blood vs. Water a little more… interesting,” Probst tells EW, directly from the set of the 29th season now filming in Nicaragua.

Entertainment Weekly

posted 6/5/14

Actual Title: "I Survived a Zombie Apocalypse"
BBC Greenlights Mall-Set Zombie Survival Series
From
The Hollywood Reporter
British fans of The Walking Dead will soon be able to test their survival skills in an environment mindful of the AMC hit show thanks to an upcoming BBC game show.

The BBC said on Thursday that it has ordered a zombie apocalypse-themed game show from Tiger Aspect, the U.K. indie banner whose hit shows here include gangster family epic Peaky Blinders on BBC Two.

I Survived A Zombie Apocalypse will air on the U.K. public broadcaster's youth network BBC Three, which is set to go online-only in late 2015. The network has ordered seven hourlong episodes of the horror game show.

The show will feature eight contestants trapped inside a shopping mall, surrounded by the "walking dead." They have to use urban survival tactics to avoid the bite of a "zombie," according to a description of the show.

The BBC said the the ultimate goal for the contestants is to stay alive during their stay while facing tasks that are deemed necessary for their survival. The tasks will be potentially dangerous and will put them in close contact with the "zombies." One bite and they will leave the show in "grisly style," the BBC said.

Outgoing BBC Three controller Zai Bennett billed the show as "a reality event on a huge scale," while promising it will be "a deadly twist on the [game show] genre."

The public broadcaster's entertainment commissioner, Ruby Kuraishe, said: "This is a tongue-in-cheek game show that will really test one’s mettle. I think people will die to be a part of it."

Executive producers for Tiger Aspect are Andrew Brereton and Sebastian Grant.
Brereton noted: "It’s nice to finally have a game show where if you get a challenge wrong, you get your arms ripped off and your brains eaten out."

The Hollywood Reporter
Wetpaint
Digital Spy
AV Club

posted 6/5/14

Wednesday: King Me
NBC Wins Demo with NHL, CBS Wins Totals
From
The Futon Critic
NBC (4.530 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with its coverage of the "NHL Stanley Cup Finals, Game 1" (4.530 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1).

FOX (4.985 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then claimed the silver with a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (4.985 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2).

Next up was ABC (4.849 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its mix of "The Middle" (4.996 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "The Goldbergs" (4.422 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Modern Family" (5.182 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2), another "The Goldbergs" (4.265 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) and "Motive" (5.116 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.595 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up its repeat lineup of "Undercover Boss" (4.853 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), "Criminal Minds" (6.040 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (5.893 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8).

And finally, a new "Arrow" (1.424 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and a repeat "The 100" (1.596 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) closed out the evening over on The CW (1.510 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

Deal with It's season finale picked up 1.283 million viewers for TBS.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 6/5/14

Chopped: The Other Teen Tournament
Catch It on Food July 15
From
the Futon Critic
Sixteen talented teenagers bring their extreme energy and ambition to the Chopped kitchen, with Chopped Teen Tournament premiering Tuesday, July 15th at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. In this special, five-part stunt, sixteen culinary whiz kids are aiming for perfect appetizers, entrées, and desserts, as they navigate through three rounds. The teen cooks are given ingredients that could stump even top professionals, with a rotating panel of the Chopped judges, including Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Chris Santos, Geoffrey Zakarian and special guest judge Alex Stupak determining who gets chopped each round. The winners from each episode will head to the finale on Tuesday, August 12th, with a chance at winning the grand prize of $25,000 plus a culinary school scholarship. In the end, only one will be named the first-ever Teen Chopped Grand Champion!

Don't miss all the action after the premiere on July 15th, as Chopped After Hours returns for a special Teen-themed webisode on FoodNetwork.com. Join in on the fun as Chopped judges Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag and Aarón Sánchez head into the Chopped kitchen to see if they can tackle the appetizer round ingredients from the first round of the Chopped Teen Tournament.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/5/14

Bigger (and By That We Mean "Wider") Brother
Season 16, Next Season of "LMAD" Will Be Presented in HD
From
Vulture
CBS’s long-running reality hit Big Brother has always been a warts-and-all kind of TV show. But starting this month, you’ll be able to see contestants’ blemishes, their well-sculpted bodies, and Julie Chen’s body glitter more clearly than ever: Vulture has learned that Big Brother, the only regularly scheduled primetime program still shown in standard definition, will finally convert to HDTV when it debuts its 16th season on June 25. While 99.9 percent of primetime shows made the leap to high definition years ago, Big Brother has remained a bit fuzzier, its old-school production style increasingly noticeable as viewers’ eyeballs adjusted to the new standard of HD seen all over the dial. Big Brother didn’t stay SD out of nostalgia or some Luddite-like opposition to newfangled tech, however. “We’ve all wanted to go digital,” executive producer Allison Grodner said. So why the delay? It’s complicated — literally.

Unlike most scripted and even most studio-based reality shows, Big Brother doesn’t just record its cast with a few stationary cameras, edit it over the course of a few days, and then send it along to viewers. The show locks a group of strangers into a specially constructed house built on the CBS Radford Studio lot near Hollywood, films them around the clock, and then turns it all into three one-hour shows, airing each week in near-real time. In order to capture all that backstabbing and Game of Thrones–worthy maneuvering, the Big Brother house is packed with dozens of cameras — fixed and robotic, inside and outside — which collectively record thousands of hours of footage each week. Doing all of this with traditional SD cameras has always been a massive undertaking; transitioning the process from analog to digital required an equally monumental (and costly) effort. “It’s not just about swapping out cameras,” explains Rich Meehan, who exec-produces Brother alongside Grodner. “Everything had to be changed ... and we couldn’t do anything that would jeopardize production of the series.”

Indeed, it turns out that CBS and the producers actually made the decision to go HD more than three years ago. But the changes to the show’s production infrastructure needed to make the leap were so complex, they had to be rolled out in waves. A new digital post-production system needed to be built, installed, and tested. Per Grodner, “14 miles of HD cables” had to replace the old wiring that had run through the house. And finally, in the last phase of the remodel, new cameras had to be installed and made to work with the new digital central nervous system of the house. “We only had six months at a time to do [the changes],” says Brother engineering-operations supervisor David Crivelli. “We had to do a heart transplant,” even as the “patient” — the Big Brother broadcasts each summer — continued to pump out new episodes.

The key throughout, according to Crivelli and the producers, was making sure everything worked perfectly before throwing the switch on HD broadcasts and production. Producers have always had to sort through endless amounts of footage, but now that said footage is digital, it represents a massive amount of data that needs to be processed almost immediately: “We’re getting this firehose of video. We’re looking at 75 billion bits of information each second coming in for 24 hours over 100 days,” Crivelli explains. “You need to be prepared to collect all of that. Because if you don’t know where it all is and how to get to it, then it’s of no use to.” Adds Grodner: “With our schedule, you can’t risk [glitches]. All of us wanted this to happen, but it had to happen right.”

Once Big Brother makes its leap to HD later this month, it appears as though standard-definition TV will finally be extinct on the five major broadcast nets. Reps for ABC, NBC, and Fox say all of their shows are now in HD (though a few clips on America’s Funniest Home Videos may still run in SD). A CBS rep also confirms the network’s prime lineup will now be all HD, and that the one remaining daytime show in SD — Let’s Make a Deal— will move to HD at the start of the new season.

Vulture

posted 6/5/14

Lifetime Jacks "Threads"
"Project Runway" for Teenagers Coming
From
the Hollywood Reporter
Lifetime is expanding its foothold on unscripted programming with four series orders: two docuseries, one reality competition from Project Runway producers and one makeover show.

Threads, a reality competition from the producers of Project Runway, follows teen and tween fashion designers showcasing their talents. It will be hosted by Vanessa Simmons and Project Runway alum/designer Christian Siriano.

Additionally, Lifetime has put into development a hair stylist reality competition series, Worst Stylist Ever.

The Hollywood Reporter
Bustle

posted 6/5/14

The Chase Is Back On... July 8
More on 3rd Season of GSN's Hit
From
Broadway World
GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today the premiere of its third season of the Emmy®-nominated series, THE CHASE on Tuesday, July 8 at 8 PM ET/PT.

Hosted by Brooke Burns and featuring the brilliant and intimidating Mark Labbett (aka “The Beast”) facing down all challengers, THE CHASE is one of GSN’s most popular original series ever and has attracted more than 17 million total viewers since its premiere in August 2013.

Throughout its second season run, THE CHASE posted impressive ratings growth, with gains in total audience among Total Viewers (81%), W18–49 (61%), P25-54 (58%), W25-54 (89%) and M25-54 (35%). In addition to the stellar ratings growth, the game show also garnered critical acclaim and fervent fans alike.

THE CHASE, based on the highly successful UK format, is produced by ITV Studios America with Bob Boden, Michael Kelpie and Martin Scott serving as Executive Producers.

TV by the Numbers
Broadway World
The Futon Critic

posted 6/5/14

Tuesday: AGT Gives NBC a B-I-G F-A-T W-I-N
Rest of the Field Not Even Close
From
the Futon Critic
In what is sure to be a recurring theme on Tuesday nights, NBC (9.833 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday thanks to new episoddes of "America's Got Talent" (11.173 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) and "The Night Shift" (7.153 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2).

ABC (3.924 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a distant second place with originals from "Extreme Weight Loss" (3.865 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and the Thursday-bound "Celebrity Wife Swap" (4.043 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3).

Next up was CBS (7.294 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (8.585 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.584 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "Person of Interest" (5.714 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.118 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up originals from "Riot" (1.196 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "I Wanna Marry 'Harry'" (1.041 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

And finally, the premiere of "Famous in 12" (0.728 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and a repeat "Supernatural" (0.720 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) closed out the evening on The CW (0.724 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable, Chopped led with 1.412 million viewers to place in the top 20 of all shows that aired that night. Meanwhile, "Heroes of Cosplay" helps Syfy at 322,000 viewers during primetime.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 6/5/14

Tickets to Paradise
ABC Announces "Bachelor In Paradise" Contestants
From
People
This August, 13 former contestants from ABC's hit franchise are back – and still looking for their fairy tale endings. And this time, the show is set in balmy Mexico, which is sure to get temperatures rising and hearts pounding. Check out the familiar faces from the cast – and tune in for romance and drama!

- Clare Crawley
- AshLee Frazier
- Sarah Herron
- Daniella McBride
- Lacy Faddoul
- Michelle Kujawa
- Elise Mosca
- Ben Scott
- Robert Graham
- Graham Bunn

PLUS: Three more men from Andi Dorfman's current season of The Bachelorette will be appearing on the show.

Bachelor in Paradise premieres Aug. 4 on ABC.

People
The Futon Critic

posted 6/5/14

Monday: The Battle for 8pm
ABC, Fox Split Night, "Ninja Warrior" Tops Among Younger Set
From
the Futon Critic
FOX (5.660 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the demo champ on Monday thanks to new episodes of "MasterChef" (5.081 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3) and "24: Live Another Day" (6.240 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2).

NBC (4.928 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then claimed the silver with an encore of "Last Comic Standing" (4.260 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) followed by a new "American Ninja Warrior" (5.262 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1).

Next up was ABC (5.826 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) with a new "The Bachelorette" (6.499 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3) alongside the return of "Mistresses" (4.478 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.474 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (4.806 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), "Mom" (4.682 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), "Mike & Molly" (5.518 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9), another "Mike & Molly" (5.571 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) plus a special "48 Hours" (6.132 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6).

And finally, the relocated "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.676 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), a repeat of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.553 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and the return of "Beauty and the Beast" (1.108 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) on The CW (1.361 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable, "Rewrapped" helped Food Network up to 807,000 viewers during primetime.

The Futon Critic
Deadline
The Futon Critic

posted 6/5/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "What the L?"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "The Bachelorette" preempted next week for ABC News Special (Twitter)
     
  • IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: worst Wheel of Fortune fail ever? (Nerve)
     
  • Jefra Bland marries, still a piss-poor Survivor player (People)
     
  • Regis Philbin calls himself David Einhorn's greatest summer intern ever. (Marketwatch)
     
  • "Motor City Masters" heads to the Poconos this weekend (The Futon Critic)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with: Julia Collins the sociologist (Washington Post) and Julia Collins the economist (CNBC)

posted 6/5/14


Syndies: What Effect Julia?
Results for the Week Ending May 24
From
B&C
The reign of the winningest female contestant in “Jeopardy!” history has come to an end. But how did her appearances affect Jeopardy!'s ratings?

Talk, court and game fared well in the May sweep, which ran from April 24 through May 21, while the going was a little rougher for magazines and very rough for off-net sitcoms.

In access, games showed solid gains, featuring the closest finish of any category. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune climbed 6% from last May to a 6.7, managing to beat CTD’s Jeopardy! by two-tenths of a point. Jeopardy! gained 12% to a 6.5, largely on the strength of its Battle of the Decades tournament and the just ended 20-game winning streak of contestant Julia Collins.

For the week ending May 25, both Sony-owned properties tied at 6.3.

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud improved 13% from last year to a 5.1 in households, topping the game charts among women 25-54 with a 2.6 and among women 18-49 with a 2.1.

Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire was the only loser in the group, dropping 13% from last May to a 2.1. Next season, Terry Crews will replace Cedric the Entertainer in the host seat, after Cedric this season replaced Meredith Vieira.

The management consultant, who’s been enjoying a hiatus thanks to “Jeopardy!”, said she plans to get back into the work world.

The previous top female player for consecutive wins was Stephanie Jass, who took seven games in a row in season 29. Collins displaced her and Larissa Kelly, who was No. 1 in total winnings with $222,597.

Collins holds the No. 2 spot for most consecutive wins behind all-time “Jeopardy!” champ Ken Jennings. He won 74 straight games in season 21 for a total prize of $2.5 million.

She is the third-highest money winner for non-tournament play on “Jeopardy!” behind Jennings and Dave Madden, who won $430,400.

Entertainment Weekly
Chicago Sun-Times
Vulture
Elle
Philly.com
CNN Money
Entertainment Weekly
NBC News
AP/Las Vegas Review Journal
Contact Music
B&C
TV by the Numbers

photo courtesy Sony Pictures TV

posted 6/4/14

LMAD Goes Tony
Catch Special Salute Episode Friday!
From
Playbill
The June 6 broadcast of CBS' "Let's Make a Deal" will feature a salute to the upcoming Tony Awards.

Host Wayne Brady and announcer Jonathan Mangum will break into song during the hour-long game show.

On the upcoming broadcast, according to production notes, Brady and Magnum will create "a song (in the style of Broadway musicals) to help one lucky trader decide which prize to choose!"

Brady, who made his Broadway debut in Chicago, will also be among the presenters at the 68th Annual Tony Awards.

CBS will broadcast the 2014 Tony Awards June 8 beginning at 8 PM ET. Hugh Jackman hosts.

Playbill

posted 6/4/14

Top Chef: Duel Personality
Catch New Spinoff August 6
From
Variety
Bravo will debut “Top Chef Duels” — the latest iteration of its long-running franchise — on August 6, the cabler announced Wednesday.

The culinary competition will bring back eighteen former contestants from “Top Chef” and “Top Chef Masters,” pitting the competitors against each other in head-to-head cooking challenges. Celebrity chef Curtis Stone will host and judge the show, alongside Gail Simmons and rotating judges Wolfgang Puck and Hugh Acheson.

Each episode will see two chefs facing off over three rounds designed to test their skill, creativity and speed. The season’s prizes are $100,000 and “a culinary adventure that will be featured in Food and Wine Magazine.”

Guest judges this season will include “The Fault in Our Stars” actress Shailene Woodley and musicians P!nk, Scott Ian Rosenfeld, Gary Holt and Rob Zombie. The stars of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Grey’s Anatomy” will also make appearances. Celebrity chefs and restaurant owners joining the judging panel are Daniel Boulud, Michelle Bernstein, Andrew Zimmern, Josiah Citrin, Paul Liebrandt, Homaro Cantu, Karen & Quinn Hatfield, Ben Pauker, Curtiss Calleo, Suzanne Goin, David Lentz and American food writer and magazine editor James Oseland.

“Top Chef Duels” will feature a digital companion series in “The Knockout,” which allows eliminated chefs to compete for a spot in the finale. The digital series will be hosted by Wolfgang Puck.

Variety
The Futon Critic

posted 6/4/14

More Kids Play with Rachael, Guy
Food Network Renews "Kids Cook-Off"
From
the Futon Critic
Food Network icons and best-selling cookbook authors Rachael Ray and Guy Fieri return for season two of Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off. Now in production and premiering later this summer, this six episode series includes Rachael and Guy coaching and mentoring eight talented young cooks in the kitchen, competing for a chance to win their own web series on FoodNetwork.com.

"Through the seasons Rachael and Guy have proven their ability, and love, for mentoring both celebrities and children through numerous culinary challenges," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network. "Viewers will be amazed at how knowledgeable and skilled the kids are in the kitchen. There is no better duo to help lead them to success for a chance to host their own series than Rachael and Guy."

Throughout the new season, each kid-testant will take part in a series of mini and main challenges that will test their culinary skills and wherewithal. With special guest judges and fun and exciting new challenges and, of course, their parents keeping a close eye on the competition, this season promises to deliver food, fun and some serious whiz kids in the kitchen! Don't miss all the action as the kids compete week after week to prove that they not only have the cooking chops, but the camera skills to host their own web series.

Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off is produced by Jane Street Entertainment.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/4/14

CNBC Starts Up "Restaurant"
Catch New Cookery Series July 8
From
the Futon Critic
CNBC today announced that "Restaurant Startup," the newest addition to its primetime reality lineup, will premiere on Tuesday, July 8th at 10pm ET/PT. Produced by Shine America, the eight one-hour episodes feature restaurateur and TV personality Joe Bastianich and chef and restaurant operator Tim Love who vie to invest their own money in restaurant concepts they believe could make them millions.

Each week, two teams selected from hundreds of applicants are invited to pitch their food ideas to our investors. Under high-pressure questioning, each team tries to convince Bastianich and Love that theirs is a concept worth backing. But, only one team moves forward.

The chosen team is given the keys to a working restaurant on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles. They get 36 hours and $7,500 to put their dream to the test and launch a pop-up restaurant; come up with a branding campaign; and write a business plan. Under the watchful eye of Bastianich and Love's culinary consultant Waylynn Lucas, the aspiring food moguls open their doors, serve their food and test their concept on the public.

Based on the reaction from the diners, the quality of the branding and the viability of the business plan, Bastianich and Love decide whether or not they will put their own money on the line to make someone's dreams come true; and hopefully, make big money for themselves.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/4/14

A Remarkable Move
Endemol-Owned Shingle Opens Game Show Unit
From
World Screen
Remarkable Games is a new production arm set up by Endemol UK that will specialize in game-show formats.

The new unit is part of Remarkable Television. James Fox, the former head of entertainment at Remarkable Television, becomes the creative director of Remarkable Games. He reports to Nick Mather and Colette Foster, the joint managing directors of Remarkable Television.

Fox will be responsible for creating, developing and executive producing a new slate of game-show formats, along with further building on the success of Remarkable's existing titles in the genre. Fox will be joined by Dom Waugh, who has most recently series produced Ejector Seat and now becomes executive producer for Remarkable Games.

Remarkable Games will be working closely with Endemol UK's commercial and digital teams, including the specialist online game hub Endemol Games, to develop and create multiplatform content around the game shows.

Mather commented: “Remarkable is responsible for some of the most popular game shows on British television and James has played an integral role in that success story. His experience, creativity and vision make him the perfect candidate to lead Remarkable Games and deliver the genre’s next generation of hits.”

Fox added: “The launch of Remarkable Games is set to accelerate the growth of our game show output, which already engages millions of devoted fans on TV, via apps, on social media and more. I’m thrilled to be taking on this new role and continuing to work with the brilliantly creative team at Remarkable.”

World Screen
Variety
Broadcast

Televisual
Deadline

posted 6/4/14

A Thorn in the Roses
Eric Hill's Departure, Death Forces Change in "Bachelorette"
From
Washington Post
“The Bachelorette”: All fun and games until it isn’t anymore. That has become painfully obvious this season, as 31-year-old contestant Eric Hill died in an accident several weeks after exiting the ABC dating show. The producers have cautiously paid tribute to Eric while weaving in hours of footage of him competing for Andi Dorfman’s attention; a tough balancing act on any show, let alone one as typically frothy as “The Bachelorette.”

Then, a new challenge came up on Monday night’s episode — Eric not only exited the series, but left in an upsetting way. As a result, “The Bachelorette” pulled a rare move: Producers scrapped the traditional rose ceremony (where Andi eliminates one or more bachelors) at the end of the episode in favor of an updated, taped interview featuring host Chris Harrison and a tearful Andi, in which she explained the circumstances of Hill’s departure and reflected on her time with him.

The audience had just seen Andi and Eric have their last conversation, a fight that left her crying and him leaving the set in a taxi. Harrison explained that shortly after departing the show, Eric was tragically killed in a paragliding accident at home in Utah.

“Normally, right now, we’d all be watching the rose ceremony. But that just didn’t seem right tonight. It just didn’t seem important who did or didn’t get a rose,” Harrison said. “What does seem right is to talk about Eric. And so that’s what we’re gonna do.”

No word on when this segment was filmed, though presumably sometime recently when the show wrapped filming. After offering his “heartfelt condolences, prayers and best wishes” to Eric’s family, Harrison asked her all about what exactly happened between the two on the show that led to such a controversial goodbye.

The gist: While Eric was the first guy chosen for Andi to take on a solo date a couple weeks ago, things had slowly started fizzling between the two as Andi narrowed down her suitors. Throughout Monday’s episode, the pair addressed that their relationship was “stalling.” Eric said he felt like he couldn’t get to know her true personality, and that everything felt so formal all the time with the cameras. Andi reminded him that this was a reality show and they didn’t have much of a choice, and encouraged him to be more open. That led to a truly sad (in retrospect), prolonged scene where he talked all about how much loved his family and how his siblings meant the world to him.

All seemed okay after that, but it crumbled quickly later after a group date. During their one-on-one time, Eric confronted Andi about the fact that he didn’t really know her at all and accused her of being fake. “I came on this to meet a person, not a TV actress,” he told her. That comment made Andi particularly angry, which resulted in a long, emotional argument. She wound up breaking down in tears saying how hard it was to try to find your soulmate with cameras watching; he told her he just wanted her to be her true self.

It spiraled until she basically told him to leave. “I think at this point, you and I both know this is not going to work,” she fumed. Eric looked confused at how the conversation had arrived at that point; alas, he left, and Andi stormed off as well.
Back in real time, Harrison asked Andi about how things went south so quickly with Eric considering they really hit it off at first; she went on about how she felt sparks initially, but ultimately it just wasn’t a relationship that was going to work. Then Harrison got all “insensitive reality show host” and probed, “Looking at it now — and I know this might be tough considering the circumstances — would you have changed anything? Would you have handled it differently?”

“To be honest, the way Eric left and my last conversation with him, it’s not ideally the last conversation that I would want to have with somebody,” Andi sighed, reflecting during a moment of unusual gravitas on “The Bachelorette”: Realizing that you never know when it could be the final time you ever see someone you care about.

“It changed me in so many ways,” she said. “You know, you tend to kind of get caught up in all of this. And I’m definitely guilty of that myself. You know, you get worried in these little details and a conversation here, or your emotions there, and this date, and the logistics of things…And to lose somebody puts everything in perspective. And it just makes all those little things seem just completely irrelevant.”

Washington Post
Entertainment Weekly

posted 6/3/14

More on "It Takes a Church"
Catch It Thursday on GSN!
From
Christian Today
If you're single and a Christian, chances are you've been a victim of at least one awkward set-up by well-meaning friends.

Well, now you don't even need to leave the house to be on the receiving end of one of these disasters – a new dating game show is set to air this week that offers churches the opportunity to find a potential date for their unlucky-in-love singletons.

Presented by gospel singer Natalie Grant, 'It Takes a Church' will see congregations across America searching for love for "one lucky, single, parishioner". And the catch? The "lucky" victim is totally unaware they're part of the show.

At the end of each episode, all is revealed and the contestant is offered a line-up of potential dates, which is when they get to choose which one they'd most like to take out. They don't need to feel too guilty at the straight-up rejection though; those who don't make the cut get a year's free membership to ChristianMingle.com, which is featured heavily throughout each episode.

"It's beautiful because it plays on the community that church provides, and a lot of people have stopped going to church or they've got burned out on this, that, or the other, and they forget that church can really provide a sense of family," Grant told the Atlanta Daily World.

She also shared that the show provides some spiritual counseling, and each church's minister gets to highlight his or her favorite potential date in a segment entitled "Pastor's Picks".

"It's really sweet, but it's like, man, you'd better trust the people you go to church with because they're about to pick out some dates for you!" Grant laughed.

So if you haven't yet found that special someone, catch the premiere on GSN this Thursday, June 5 at 9 pm ET/PT for some tips. (Or alternatively, ban your church from taking part...).

Christian Today
Bakersfield Now

posted 6/3/14

"Feud" Going Down Under Again
Grant Denyer to Take Fourth Run of Australian Version
From
News.com.au
THE Ten Network is reviving one of the world’s most popular game shows, Family Feud, and they’ve locked in Grant Denyer as host.

The rebooted quiz series will be the centerpiece of Ten’s early evening schedule and promises to be “funny, engaging and impossible not to play along with at home.”

Family Feud hasn’t had a run on Aussie TV screens since the short-lived Bert’s Family Feud in 2006 and 2007. Prior to that it ran on Nine from 1977 to 1984 and on Seven from 1989 to 1996.

It’s an interesting move for Denyer, given the 36-year-old famously stated last September that he “never, ever wanted to be a game show host.”

An air date hasn’t yet been announced but Family Feud diehards will be hanging out to see whether the former Sunrise weatherman stacks up against the likes of previous hosts Tony Barber, Bert Newton, Daryl Somers, Sandy Scott, Rob Brough and John Deeks.

News.com.au
World Screen
C21 Media

posted 6/3/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Big Show"

  • CASTING COUCH: Sports Jeopardy! heads to LA this weekend (Awful Announcing), while Millionaire goes to Chicagoland June 13 (Chicago Tribune)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: "Rising Star" (ABC, June 22) (Variety)
     
  • Kathleen Bradley visits Portsmouth, OH (Portsmouth Daily Times)
     
  • Drew Carey's inner nerd is coming out for Socially Awesome Week (WMAZ Macon)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: we're going to get Angela Merkel on the line... or not. (Bustle)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with: Carlos Pena-Vega (Latina) and Alexander Armstrong (Daily Telegraph)

posted 6/3/14

Sunday: Inspector Space-Time
"Cosmos" Beats "Bachelorette" Special
From
the Futon Critic
ABC (4.113 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) and FOX (2.423 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) split the demo crown on Sunday as the latter served up the return of "Enlisted" (1.147 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) alongside repeats of "American Dad" (1.252 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "The Simpsons" (2.488 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and "Family Guy" (2.746 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) plus a new "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" (3.453 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1).

The Alphabet then served up a repeat of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.119 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5), a special "The Bachelorette" (4.869 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) and a repeat "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D," (1.596 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

Next up was NBC (4.115 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its mix of "America's Got Talent" (4.206 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Believe" (4.183 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and "Crisis" (3.865 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9).

And finally, repeats of "60 Minutes" (8.003 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Elementary" (4.016 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "The Good Wife" (3.868 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "The Mentalist" (4.680 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10) on CBS (5.142 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) closed out the night.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/2/14

Three Times a Nerd
TBS Renews "King of the Nerds" for Season 3
From
Deadline
TBS has sent the call out for another "King of the Nerds".

Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong return as hosts and executive producers of the competition reality series, in which contestants face challenges that test their intellect, ingenuity, skills and pop-culture knowledge for a $100,000 prize.

The eight-episode third season will air in early 2015. The most recent second season of King Of The Nerds, designed as a companion of off-network hit The Big Bang Theory, averaged 1.5 million viewers and more than 1 million adults 18-49, with a median age of 35.

“King Of The Nerds demonstrates the power of nerd culture by drawing not only a fervent fan base but also the youngest audience of any current TBS original,” said TNT and TBS head of programming Michael Wright. Executive producing with Carradine and Armstrong are Ben Silverman and Chris Grant of Electus and Craig Armstrong, Rick Ringbakk and Charles Wachter of 5X5 Media; Electus distributes the show internationally. The renewal comes on the heels of TBS picking up hidden-camera game show Deal With It for additional 10 episodes to air this fall.

Deadline
The Hollywood Reporter
TV by the Numbers

posted 6/2/14

Gannett Teams with Debmar-Mercury
Station Group Will Help Launch "Celebrity Name Game" in the Fall
From
Los Angeles Times
Gannett Broadcasting, one of the nation's biggest owners of television stations, has formed a partnership with production company Debmar-Mercury.

A unit of Lionsgate, Debmar-Mercury produces and distributes "The Wendy Williams Show," which is a talk show. It also makes the FX sitcom "Anger Management" starring Charlie Sheen and this fall will launch a new game show featuring Craig Ferguson called "Celebrity Name Game."

A behind-the-scenes look at filming around the world for television and movies as seen from the streets.

By partnering with Gannett, Debmar-Mercury will be able to test as well as distribute its shows on television stations in most of the country's biggest markets. Overall, Gannett's stations reach 30% of the nation's TV homes, which is a solid launching pad.

"With more than 40 stations across the country, we will have the ability to experiment, test and refine programs throughout the development process," said Dave Lougee, president of Gannett Broadcasting.

Los Angeles Times

posted 6/2/14

Saturday Night Special
ABC's Entries Tie in the Demo, but CBS Wins the Night
From
The Futon Critic
NBC (2.660 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) and ABC (2.496 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) split the demo crown on Saturday as the latter served up the return of "Bet on Your Baby" (2.222 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) followed by the premiere of "Sing Your Face Off" (2.426 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) and a new "Sing Your Face Off" (2.842 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

The Peacock then offered up its mix of "Mariah Carey: At Home In Concert With Matt Lauer" (1.987 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7), "Dateline Saturday Night Mystery" (3.692 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) and a repeat of "The Night Shift" (2.302 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Next up was CBS (3.538 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its lineup of "Mike & Molly" (2.475 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11), another "Mike & Molly" (2.715 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7), "The Mentalist" (3.026 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) and "48 Hours" (4.993 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1).

And finally, "Baseball Night in America" (1.729 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) on FOX (1.729 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) closed out the night.

Hollywood Life
TwinCities.com
The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 6/2/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Family Way"

  • Bradley Walsh's family game show is looking for players (Morley Observer & Advertiser)
     
  • How Anne Robinson made $100 million... and lost half of it (Yahoo! TV)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: "My Man Can"... in America? (Reality Wanted)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: Seven things you need to know before auditioning for Jeopardy! (Washington Post)
     
  • Alton Brown taking his cooking on the road (Eater)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Top Model" returns to the CW August 22 (Variety), and "Biggest Loser" (September 11), "The Voice" (September 22) get slotted on NBC (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • "Survivor": two contestants medevac'ed already.... and they haven't even started filming! (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • Courtney Robertson embraces "villain" role in her new tell-all (E!)

posted 6/2/14

ANN B. DAVIS: 1926-2014
Alice from "The Brady Bunch" Also a Frequent Game Player
From
Los Angeles Times
Ann B. Davis, the Emmy-winning actress best remembered as the nutty housekeeper on television's "The Brady Bunch," has died. She was 88.

Davis died Sunday in San Antonio, said her agent, Robert Malcolm. She had fallen Saturday at her home there and did not regain consciousness.

For the last several years Davis had lived in San Antonio with the family of retired Episcopal bishop William Frey, a close friend.

“She was a wonderful, smart, funny woman,” Frey told The Times on Sunday. “She was Alice.”

Davis was a two-time Emmy winner playing the wisecracking assistant on "The Bob Cummings Show" in the 1950s, but it was her "Brady Bunch" character that brought her the greatest fame. As housekeeper Alice Nelson, she provided a dizzy comic presence amid the busy Brady household, solving disputes and offering advice through 117 half-hour episodes.

The family sitcom lasted from 1969 to 1974 on ABC and, despite the withering views of critics, went on to become one of the most successful programs in syndication, spawning reunions of the cast in several television movies and spin-off series during the 1970s, '80s and '90s.

Aside from "The Brady Bunch", Davis was a frequent fixture on the game show circuit, appearing on "The Hollywood Squares", "The Dating Game", and "All Star Baffle".

Los Angeles Times
New York Times
TMZ


Ann B. Davis (photo courtesy Wikipedia)
posted 6/1/14

More on Male Model Search 2
Search Begins for Rob Wilson's Successor
From
Soap Opera Network
With Robert Scott Wilson now appearing weekdays as Ben Rogers on NBC’s “Days of our Lives,” CBS’ “The Price is Right” has announced plans to replace the actor/model for another round of “The Price is Right: Male Model Search.”

While no specific details have been announced such as when the contest will begin, the game show is expected to conduct casting call in Los Angeles, as it had done the first time around, where male model hopefuls will be interviewed and judged by the show’s female models and show producers on qualities such as their verbal skills, posing and ability to properly showcase a product. Contestants who are selected to move on will then participate in a series of challenges designed to reveal who has the best on-camera presence and modeling skills. The judges will eliminate contestants after each challenge, but at certain points, one of the two contestants who finish in the bottom of a challenge may have the chance to win their way back into the competition.

Wilson got his big break in the fall of 2012, when he defeated Clint Brink and Nick Denbeigh to be named “Price’s” first male model. He went on to star on the online version of The OnLine Network’s “All My Children,” while pulling double duty at “TPIR.

Soap Opera Network

posted 6/1/14

CBS Daytime Still #1
TPIR, LMAD Post Year-to-Year Gains
From
TV by the Numbers
THE YOUNG AND The Restless, The Bold AND THE BEAUTIFUL, LET'S MAKE A DEAL, THE PRICE IS RIGHT and The Talk all finished the 2013-2014 season and the May sweep with year-to-year growth in viewers.

Compared to last season in viewers, LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 was up +13% (3.03m from 2.69m), LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 grew +12% (3.50m from 3.11m), while The Talk posted growth of +16% (2.78m from 2.40m), according to Nielsen most current ratings. The 2013-2014 season was the best season in viewers ever for LET’S MAKE A DEAL 1 LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 and The Talk.

Other viewer increases included THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1, which grew by +12% (5.02m from 4.48m); THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2, which was up +9% (5.81m from 5.33m); The Bold AND THE BEAUTIFUL, which posted a +10% gain (3.89m from 3.52m); and THE YOUNG AND The Restless, which rose +8% (5.24m from 4.82m).

This season was also THE TALK’s best season in women 25-54 (1.1/06, +10% from last year), while both THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 (+8%) AND THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 (+7%) also grew in the demographic.

For 2013-2014, THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 & 2 both posted their best women 25-54 deliveries since 2009-2010. THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 also posted its largest audience for a season since 2003-2004, while THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 posted its largest audience for a season since 2006-2007.

This was also the best May Sweep ever, live plus same day, in viewers for LET’S MAKE A DEAL 1, LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 and THE TALK. LET’S MAKE A DEAL 2 and THE TALK also posted their best May Sweep ever in households.

Meanwhile, THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 & 2 posted their best May Sweep viewer deliveries since 2007.

TV by the Numbers
CBS

posted 5/30/14

Thursday: Three-Way Tie
CBS Reruns Win Total Viewers
From
The Futon Critic
CBS (5.904 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) was the most-watched network on Thursday despite its all-repeat linuep of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.693 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1), "Mom" (6.446 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4), "Two and a Half Men" (6.242 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4), "The Millers" (5.030 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8) and "Elementary" (4.506 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11).

NBC (4.256 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) then shared the demo honors with a new "Hollywood Game Night" (4.302 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8), the premiere of "Undateable" (3.854 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6), a second "Undateable" (3.801 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and a new "Last Comic Standing" (4.639 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2).

Next up was FOX (3.829 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) with its duo of "Hell's Kitchen" (4.485 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2) and "Gang Related" (3.172 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.860 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up a rebroadcast of "The Bachelorette" (2.494 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) alongside a new "Black Box" (3.593 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.844 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "The Originals" (0.814 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) on The CW (0.829 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

"The Challenge: Free Agents" led the cable troops with 1.084 million against Food's "Food Court Wars" season finale (746,000). One hour earlier, "Chopped Canada" took in 963,000. "The American Bible Challenge" helped GSN to a primetime rating of 380,000.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 5/30/14

Shine America Pair Teams with Zodiak
"Chopped" Creators Set Up Shop
From
TBI Vision
A pair of top creative executives from Shine America-owned producer Ardaban are setting up shop with Zodiak Americas.

Gameshow and format producers Cleve Keller and Dave Noll, who form prodco Keller/Noll (Chopped), have signed a partnership with Zodiak to create coproduced unscripted formats for the US.

This comes simultaneously as Zodiak New York chief creative officer Mike Gamson is promoted to a CEO position – the first time Zodiak’s East Coast division has had someone in that role.

Keller/Noll will relocate to Zodiak New York’s office, and work closely with Gamson to develop formats. The deals funds “specific development resources”, and provides Keller/Noll access to Zodiak’s local development teams in more than 20 territories.

Zodiak Rights, the sale arm of Zodiak Media, will distribute any resulting content internationally.

Keller and Noll join from Ardaban, where they were chief development officer and chief creative officer, respectively. In that capacity, they developed formats such as HGTV’s Beat the House and TLC’s The One That Got Away. Before that, they both worked at IAC-backed Notional, where Noll was president, TV, and Keller was senior VP, development.

“We are delighted to be building the next phase of Zodiak New York with Cleve and Dave onboard and to be announcing Mike as CEO of our production business on the east coast,” said Jonny Slow, CEO, Zodiak Americas.

The move is the latest in a series of changes to Zodiak’s Stateside formats and unscripted teams.

TBI Vision

posted 5/30/14

More on "WebHeads"
Catch It on Nick June 2!
From
The Futon Critic
Nickelodeon combines the hilarious world of viral videos, physical challenges and slime in a fresh new format with its latest game show creation, WebHeads, premiering daily beginning Monday, June 2 at 6 P.M. (ET/PT). Hosted by Nickelodeon and Big Time Rush alum, Carlos PenaVega, and produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions, the series features kid contestants as they compete in elimination challenges revolving around viral videos. Each round will test kids' video instincts - from predicting outcomes to guessing their popularity, as voted by the studio audience. The show will anchor Nickelodeon's weekday live-action block with all-new episodes premiering Monday through Friday during the month of June.

"We are always thinking of new ways to creatively deliver content to kids, and WebHeads speaks to their love for games and short form content, while adding a fresh comedic twist of challenges," said Russell Hicks, Nickelodeon's President of Content Development and Production. "We are also thrilled to work with Ryan Seacrest Productions and have Carlos PenaVega, a long-standing member of the Nickelodeon family, host the show. His energy, charisma and raw natural talent make him the perfect fit for this project."

"We're excited to work with Nickelodeon on our first game show, which we believe will appeal to everyone in the family," said Executive Producer Ryan Seacrest. "Carlos is a terrific host, and we believe our format combines the popular obsession of viral videos with fun physical gameplay in a fresh and engaging way."

WebHeads will feature some of the internet's most watched viral videos in fun and inventive ways with games that engage and encourage viewers to play along. It is the perfect storm of brains, brawn and hysterical content that kids are compulsively consuming online. WebHeads is produced by Ryan Seacrest Productions, with Ryan Seacrest and Adam Sher serving as Executive Producers for the series.

Beginning June 2, fans can play "WebHeads To Go!" where players can experience the funny physical challenges on Nick.com, in the Nick App or on mobile web. The game puts players to the ultimate test with multiple mini-games, such as U-Tubed, Log On/Log off and Moment of Impact, which mimic themes in the show. WebHeads fans can also go online and in the Nick app to engage with the brand new show. They can get to know WebHeads' host in a series of short Carlos Cam videos, check out weekly sneak peeks of the show and watch featured full episodes. Beginning June 3, WebHeads will be available for download through iTunes, Amazon, Xbox, Sony, Vudu, Nook and Fios Flex View.

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Cambio

posted 5/30/14

"Spicks & Specks" Spackled
Music Quiz Reboot Cancelled
From
the Daily Mail
Retro TV music quiz show Spicks and Specks got its name from a Bee Gees song and just like the lyrics of the top 10 hit, "it is dead, it is dead".

The ABC on Friday confirmed the reboot of the show would be axed after just one season because it has not "resonated" with viewers.

"There aren't plans for the show in 2015," the spokeswoman told AAP.

Spicks and Specks ran for seven seasons with comedian Adam Hills as host before it went out of production at the end of 2011.

The network revived the format in 2014 skewed towards a younger audience with a more contemporary panel after repeat episodes of the original series were well received on ABC2.

Comedian Josh Earl took up hosting duties and the new team captains were Ella Hooper, former Killing Heidi frontwoman, and comedian Adam Richard.

It was originally scheduled for 20 episodes but the ABC commissioned another six more during the year.

However, the reincarnation of Spicks and Specks has not reached the great heights of the previous series which bowed out with more than a million viewers in November, 2011.

This month alone, the four first episodes on ABC1 averaged 415,000 viewers with a peak of 490,000, and 20th place overall in the ratings on May 21.

The low point was Wednesday when it was 29th with 331,000 viewers.

"We believe this year's Spicks was every bit as entertaining as its long-running predecessor, but we sadly accept that it hasn't resonated with viewers to the degree we had hoped," ABC programmer Brendan Dahill said in a statement to AAP.

Ironically, Richard was a guest on ABC radio on Friday morning to talk about TV shows that are so bad that they were good.

He didn't mention the demise of his own show.

The ABC will soon remove the show from its Wednesday night programming and air the final six episodes later in the year.

Daily Mail
Sydney Morning Herald

posted 5/30/14

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Big Money"

  • WLTI LIVE BONUS POINT: The big price of big money (CLW83.com)
     
  • "QI" question elf wonders where all the women are (Buzzerblog)
     
  • Project Runway to bring back one player for new season.... and you get to choose! (Lifetime)
     
  • Russell Hantz looking to parlay Survivor infamy to his own series (Reality Wanted)
     
  • What Survivor can teach you about leadership (Forbes)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: the 16 best, most obscure game shows according to... (Paste) (WARNING: the list includes "Wanna Bet" and "The Magnificent Marble Machine", so judge as you see fit)
     
  • Tyra Banks getting into the talk show game. Again (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Tom Bergeron hosts "Breakfast Time" reunion (Twitter)
     
  • Ellen DeGeneres lobbying Britain for her favorite BGT acts (Metro)
     
  • And finally... welcome Juozas Baskauskas (People)

posted 5/30/14

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Live Voting?
"Rising Star" Will Allow Live Voting in All Time Zones
From
The Hollywood Reporter
Since ABC first bought the stateside rights to hit Israeli singing competition Rising Star, the looming concern has been how the format of real-time viewer voting will translate to the U.S. and its four contiguous time zones.

A month out from the June 22 premiere, executive producers Ken Warwick (American Idol) and Nicolle Yaron (The Voice) spoke with The Hollywood Reporter about how they're handling the quandary, and the biggest part of the solution is that the show will be airing live in a vast majority of the country. Eastern (9-11 p.m.), Central (8-10 p.m.) and Mountain (7-9 p.m.) time zones will all air Rising Star live on Sunday nights -- and in Pacific time, even Arizona will be airing the show live starting at the early hour of 6 p.m.

As for the rest of the electorate, ABC will tweak the West Coast airings to show real-time voting particular to those viewers and a comparison to how the earlier time zones voted. In an instance where a contestant who didn't make it through to the next round based on the eastern three-quarters of the country's votes -- 70 percent of voters have to approve via the Rising Star app -- ends up faring better with the West Coast crowd, they'll still go through.

"Everyone can vote and take part in the process," says Warwick. "On the West Coast, they have their own voting bar. That means that if somebody on the East Coast gets 65 percent, and doesn't go through, and then the West Coast votes over 70 percent, that [contestant] will go through. We'll put up a graphic as it happens."

Regardless of failure or success, each singer will meet with the Rising Star panel of experts (Kesha, Ludacris and Brad Paisley) after their performance. And during the critique, any individual spared by a West Coast vote will appear in a live hit on some corner of the screen, reacting to the good news.

But neither Warwick or Yaron expect that will ever happen. "We met with mathematicians and statisticians," says Yaron. "The chances of there being a big difference are apparently very small. We have this in place just in case, but we don't know that we'll ever have to use it."

One aspect of the Rising Star experience that won't likely translate for those in Pacific time is seeing their faces appear on the show's signature wall of approval. Voters whose pictures are pulled from the app and put into the telecast will be mined from those who vote during the live telecast.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 5/29/14

Kevin Reilly Out at Fox
Departure Comes After Dismal 2013-14 Season
From
TV Line
Fox’s Chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly is stepping down on the heels of a lackluster season, it was announced on Thursday.

Reilly will depart his post, which he has held since 2012 (after joining Fox in 2007), by the end of June. The Los Angeles Times first reported the news.

Only three of the nine series Fox premiered since fall 2013 (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Sleepy Hollow and MasterChef Junior) earned renewals, with the fate of midseason launch Gang Related technically TBD though assuredly grim. Meanwhile, American Idol and Glee — once the network’s mightiest players — both waned, slipping to series lows.

In a statement, Reilly said, “21st Century Fox is a great company that has provided me with choice seats at the head table of pop culture over two very rewarding stints both at FBC and FX, and I am grateful to have benefited from the leadership of [Fox Networks Group CEO] Peter Rice, [News Corp. CEO] Chase Carey and [News Corporation founder] Rupert Murdoch…. Peter and I have been discussing this transition for a while, and now with a robust new slate of programming for next season and strength in the FBC ranks, it felt like the timing was as right as it could be.”

TV Line
TV by the Numbers

posted 5/29/14

Wednesday: Dancing on Top
Fox Wins Demo Thanks to "SYTYCD" Premiere; CBS Takes Totals
From
The Futon Critic
FOX (5.300 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday thanks to the return of "So You Think You Can Dance" (5.300 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1).

NBC (4.665 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then claimed the silver with a rebroadcast of "Last Comic Standing" (4.041 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) followed by "Inside the Mind of Edward Snowden - An NBC News Exclusive with Brian Williams" (5.912 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2).

Next up was CBS (6.327 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and its all-repeat lineup of "Hawaii Five-0" (5.692 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11), "Criminal Minds" (7.151 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (6.139 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.102 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) served up repeats of "The Middle" (4.721 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "The Goldbergs" (4.074 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Modern Family" (4.210 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2), another "The Goldbergs" (3.712 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and a new "Motive" (3.946 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10).

And finally, a repeat of "Arrow" (0.919 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and a new "The 100" (1.686 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) on The CW (1.302 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable, "Deal With It" dealt with a good 1.118 million viewers.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 5/29/14

"Frankenfood" Gets Pushed
Spike Cook-Off Now Slated for June 22
From
The Futon Critic
Step aside chicken and waffles, buffalo wings and chili cheese dogs, Spike TV is looking to find the newest food craze. Starting Sunday, June 22 at 10 PM, ET/PT with two back-to-back premiere episodes, amateur chefs will step up to the plate, literally, to prove their dish is the best new "Frankenfood," a revolutionary creation that mixes outrageous and unexpected ingredients to create new delicious and unique flavors. From a triple-decker pastrami donut sandwich to fried PB&J fish sticks and Gyro egg rolls to a cheesecake burger, the food creations on this series range from the good, the bad and the truly inedible!

Each half-hour episode of "Frankenfood" features the best and worst local amateur food innovators competing head-to-head in order to get their unexpected food concoctions onto the menu of a popular local restaurant, win a $10,000 cash grand prize and possibly create the next big food craze. Viewers will get a look into the kitchen to see how these budding culinary artists whip up their inventive food combinations and find out the inspiration behind their dishes. Ranging from old family recipes to regional specialties and even hangover remedies, "Frankenfood" will bring to light some of the most mouth-watering and sometimes stomach churning combinations ever conceived.

It's up to superstar executive chef Josh Capon, a four time winner of Rachael Ray's "Burger Bash," and world-renown cheesesteak king, Tony Luke Jr., along with a rotating panel of culinary experts serving as judges to decide which creative and often outlandish dish earns a spot on the menu.

Guest judges, restaurants and cities featured in season one of "Frankenfood" are James Freeman of Sweet Science in Brooklyn, NY; Camila Castaneda of Lillies in NYC; Nick Seretis of Jefferson Diner in NJ; Bobby Fisher of Molly Malloy's in Philadelphia; Billy Dec of Rockit Bar & Grill and Brendan Joyce of Reggies Club in Chicago; Krysta McFarland of The Wicked Hop in Milwaukee; Ashley Fric of J Black's Feel Good Kitchen & Lounge in Austin, Jeff Dietzman of LUCK in Dallas, and Barrett Black of Black's Barbecue in Lockhart, TX.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/29/14

Upfronts: CBC
On Tap: "Canada's Smartest Person"
From
CBC News
A politics and spy thriller starring Maggie Gyllenhaal, a ballet about k.d. lang, Donald Sutherland's animated pirate film, shows that dig into historical events and comedy programs that travel across Canada are among the latest offerings joining the CBC’s television and radio lineups for the 2014-15 season.

The public broadcaster unveiled a slate of programming in Toronto today that expands on an earlier announcement about new and returning series.

“I'm really impressed with the level of creativity brought to the new shows we're rolling out next season – we’re trying different ideas in all of our content areas,” said Heather Conway, executive vice-president, CBC English Services.

“I’m also optimistic about where CBC is headed, and excited about our prospects of what I believe can make for a compelling future.”

Today's programming announcement spans news, current affairs and scripted and unscripted series for CBC-TV as well as details about fresh offerings on CBC Radio, CBCMusic.ca and CBC News Network

Jessi Cruickshank will co-host with CBC Radio One’s Jeff Douglas to uncover Canada’s Smartest Person, a one-hour, nine-part Sunday series. Cruickshank says the show will be “redefining what it means to be smart.”

“It’s about how you are smart not how smart you are – figure that one out,” said Cruickshank at the launch on Thursday morning.

During the show Canadians, selected from an online application process, will compete in “fun and revealing” events that test their physical, social, logical, linguistic and musical knowledge and skills. During the broadcast, viewers will be able to participate in all of the challenges from home in real-time using a new CBC app.

CBC News
Brandon Sun

posted 5/29/14

There She Is, Miss Latino Universo
Telemundo Greenlights Fast-Track Reality Beauty Pageant
From
TV by the Numbers
Telemundo announced it will premiere “Miss Latina Universo,” the first-ever reality show in television history to send its winner to the world’s most prestigious beauty pageant, Miss Universe®, on Sunday, June 15 at 8PM/7C. Hosted by TV personality Raúl González and Rashel Díaz, host of Telemundo’s morning show “Un Nuevo Dia,” the show will identify a winner who will not only represent our country at the beauty pageant, but also the Latino culture.

“Miss Latina Universo” marks Raúl González’s return to Telemundo after his network debut as host of the Billboard Latin Music Awards. Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Raúl’s artistic career includes successful theater, television and radio productions, as well as several records, earning him prestigious awards in both his native country and the United States.

Rashel Díaz, the beautiful and charismatic host of Telemundo’s morning show “Un Nuevo Día,” brings previous experience in beauty pageants, including Telemundo's Miss Universe® broadcast, Miss Puerto Rico Universe® and Camino a la Corona. One of People en Español’s “25 Most Beautiful Latina Stars,” Rashel is also a distinguished flamenco dancer and owns a dance academy in Miami.

Following extensive national auditions and a rigorous pre-selection process, “Miss Latina Universo” will introduce a group of beautiful women who meet the criteria for participating in “Miss Universe®.” In accordance with the rules established by this international pageant, the participants will compete to win the audience’s support, regardless of their heritage. A pool of judges composed of celebrities with extensive experience in the world of entertainment and fashion, as well as judging beauty competitions, will guide the contestants but, ultimately, the winner will be chosen by the audience vote. After the first elimination, a group of 14 candidates will live together 24/7 and participate in a demanding Academy program until one of them is crowned as the first “Miss Latina Universo.”

TV by the Numbers

posted 5/29/14

The Mother of All Cooking Shows
FremantleMedia Nabs Global Rights to "My Mother Cooks Better Than Yours"
From
Realscreen
Global super-indie FremantleMedia has taken the global format rights, excluding Spain and Italy, to culinary game show My Mom Cooks Better than Yours (pictured) through an acquisition deal with Madrid-based prodco Mandarina.

In the fast-paced game show, two contestants accompanied by their mothers compete against each other for a prize, with the parent instructing their child from the sidelines on how to make their best dish in 50 minutes. Later, a food critic blind-tastes dishes from both camps and the winning team receives a cash prize and the chance to return and defend their title.

Mandarina produces the format for Spain’s Mediaset España. The show debuted on the network’s Cuatro channel in March and will air 71 episodes in total, with 20 more episodes commissioned.

“My Mom Cooks Better than Yours is a hilarious format. The simple concept of blending food, family relationships and a ticking clock makes for brilliant entertainment and cooks up a lot of laugh out loud moments,” said Levina Negi, global acquisitions and development executive for FremantleMedia, in a statement.

“The format is ideal for all the family, works perfectly as a daily cooking gameshow and has all the potential to be a global hit.”

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posted 5/29/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Walk the Line"

  • Juan Pablo Galavis is headed to "Couples Therapy" in an effort to avoid a split, irrelevance (E!)
     
  • "Top Model" contestant to compete with vitiligo (Jezebel)
     
  • Nigel Lythgoe on "SYTYCD": the competition is getting harder, the dancers are getting smarter, I still dread live shows (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: GSN's "The Line" (Reality Wanted)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: five women who could replace Alex Trebek when he decides to tear up his answer sheet, hang up his tie, and call it a career. How Jessica Chobot made this list, we have no idea. (The Mary Sue)

posted 5/29/14

TPIR Gets Social
Catch a Special Week June 2!
From
TV by the Numbers
Daytime Emmy Award-winning game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, network television’s #1-rated daytime series and the longest-running game show in television history, will feature “Socially Awesome Week,” a full week of interactive, fan-driven episodes that will span a number of social media platforms including Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, Pinterest and Facebook. The episodes will run Monday, June 2 – Friday, June 6 (11:00 AM-12:00 PM, ET; 10:00-11:00 AM, PT) on the CBS Television Network.

“What better way to celebrate Price’s awesome fans than with our themed ‘Socially Awesome Week?” said Angelica McDaniel, Senior Vice President, CBS Daytime. “There is an ongoing and evolving focus on growing our social media footprint across CBS Daytime and this innovative week of shows across multiple media platforms furthers that vision.”

Taped in April, highlights for the week include an Instagram contestant search where one of the two finalists selected to attend the taping in Los Angeles will be called to “come on down.” In addition, “Socially Awesome Week’s” final episode on June 6, titled “The You Decide Show,” will feature a full hour of content decided by the show’s Twitter fan base. As part of a week-long call to action in April, fans voted using #YouDecide on key elements of the show’s production, including prizes, games, wardrobe and even where host Drew Carey should take a “Selfie.”

“We are excited to invite our loyal and enthusiastic fans to interact and participate in our week-long event,” said Executive Producer Mike Richards. “Fans at home can play the games along with the contestants as they always do, but will be able to engage socially in new and different ways throughout the week.”

For the first time, THE PRICE IS RIGHT will feature fan tweets on air throughout the week. Other interactive elements include live tweeting, an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience viewable via YouTube and PriceIsRight.com, as well as a Facebook chat hosted by model Rachel Reynolds.

Complete Schedule of “Socially Awesome Week” is:

Monday, June 2 – Twitter

TWITTER TAKE-OVER: The live studio audience is made up entirely of @PriceIsRight Twitter followers. Fans and audience members share photos using #TPIRSelfie for a chance to be included in the CBS.com photo gallery. Viewers are encouraged to post their photos using #TPIRSelfie all week long.

Tuesday, June 3 – Pinterest, Facebook

PINTEREST SWEEPSTAKES KICK-OFF: Beginning at 11:00 AM, ET; 8:00 AM, PT, fans will have the unique opportunity to enter to win a trip to Hawaii via Pinterest during the episode by clicking the image on THE PRICE IS RIGHT Giveaway Board: http://www.pinterest.com/priceisright.

FACEBOOK CHAT: Fans can chat live during the show’s East Coast broadcast from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM, ET with model Rachel Reynolds on THE PRICE IS RIGHT Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ThePriceIsRightCBS.

Wednesday, June 4 – YouTube

SECOND SCREEN EXPERIENCE: Viewers will be given an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at what goes on during the making of the episode. Viewable via YouTube and PriceIsRight.com, the second screen experience will play simultaneously with the show.

Thursday, June 5 – Instagram

INSTAGRAM CONTESTANT SEARCH: Fans submitted videos via Instagram using #PriceSearch for a chance to attend the taping and “come on down.” During the episode, one of the two selected finalists – either Robert Edwin Loeb, Jr. of Memphis or Vanessa Tony of Tampa – will be chosen as a contestant.

Friday, June 6 – Twitter

“THE YOU DECIDE SHOW”: This special episode features a full hour of fan-driven content decided by the show’s Twitter audience. Fans were asked to vote on key elements of the show’s production using #YouDecide. Also, Melissa Ordway and Daniel Goddard of the Network’s #1 daytime drama, THE YOUNG AND The Restless, will appear as guest models during this episode.

TV by the Numbers
Broadway World

posted 5/28/14

Syndies: Closing Time
Results for the Week Ending May 18
From
TV News Check
Ratings for most of the top-tier magazines rose in the final full week of the May sweep (April 24-May 21) with coverage of the wild elevator attack on rapper Jay Z by his sister-in-law Solange Knowles. While in daytime, most shows were steady to higher in the week ending May 18.

For the first time in a long time, the genre's leaders, Wheel of Fortune & Jeopardy! from CBS Television Distribution, were tied at 6.8, a rise of 6% for "Wheel" and a rise of 8% for "J!". The latter show was airing the tail end of its Battle of the Decades tournament. Debmar-Mercury's "Family Feud" also rose 6 percent to 5.2. Disney-ABC's "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" rose 5 percent to 2.2.

Based on National ratings for the week of May 12, 2014, "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" increased over the prior week in Households (+5% - 2.2 rating vs. 2.1 rating), Adults 18-49 (+25% - 0.5 rating vs. 0.4 rating), Women 18-49 (+17% - 0.7 rating vs. 0.6 rating) and Women 25-54 (+13% - 0.9 rating vs. 0.8 rating). In fact, "Millionaire" equaled a 10-week high in Households - since w/o 03/03/14.

TV by the Numbers
TV News Check
The Futon Critic

posted 5/28/14

Tuesday: It's Officially Summer
"Talent" Scores Three-Year Premiere High
From
The Futon Critic
NBC (10.534 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday thanks to the return of "America's Got Talent" (11.911 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) and the debut of "The Night Shift" (7.782 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2).

ABC (3.826 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a distant second place with the season premiere of "Extreme Weight Loss" (3.871 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) alongside a new "Celebrity Wife Swap" (3.735 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

Next up was CBS (7.480 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its all-repeat lineup of "NCIS" (9.280 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.843 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6) and "Person of Interest" (5.317 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.294 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up originals from "Riot" (1.387 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8) and "I Wanna Marry 'Harry'" (1.200 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, repeats of "The Originals" (0.948 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "Supernatural" (1.061 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) on The CW (1.005 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 5/28/14

More on "Funniest Wins"
Catch It on TBS June 20
From
The Futon Critic
TBS has unveiled the 10 talented comedians slated to compete against one another in Funniest Wins, a new series that's all about the laughs. Set to premiere Friday, June 20, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), Funniest Wins comes to TBS from comedy heavyweight and WhatTheFunny.com founder Marlon Wayans (Scary Movie, A Haunted House, The Wayans Bros.) and Eyeworks USA. In the series, Wayans, along with some of his comic friends and family, will put the comics through the ringer to find the funniest multi-talented comedian working today. A complete rundown of the 10 competitors is included below.

Modern comedy is varied in both style and platform, from sketch comedy to digital shorts and musical parodies to hidden-camera pranks. Thanks to modern media technology anyone and everyone can take a shot at becoming a successful comedian. TBS's Funniest Wins is on a mission to find out who really is the funniest of them all: the overnight sensation getting millions of online hits or the performer who's been honing his or her craft for years.

On Funniest Wins, the goal is simple: Make people laugh, or go home. The new series will open with 10 comedic competitors of various types, who range in age from 25 to 40. Each week, guided by Marlon Wayans and a rotating crew of guests, they will learn the ins and outs of a particular comedy style, and then put that knowledge to the test in that week's main competition. At the end of each round, one comic will be sent packing. At the conclusion of the season the winner will receive a $100,00 cash prize, and the chance to star in an online series for Wayans' WhatTheFunny.com.

Funniest Wins is produced for TBS by Workaholic and Eyeworks USA. Serving as executive producers are Marlon Wayans (A Haunted House, A Haunted House 2), Rick Alvarez (A Haunted House, White Chicks) and Lisa Blum (Scary Movie, Legit) for Workaholic/Marlon, and JD Roth, Todd A. Nelson, Brant Pinvidic and Adam Kaloustian for Eyeworks USA (Extreme Weight Loss, Bar Rescue, Opposite Worlds, My Cat from Hell). Steve Harris (The Jacksons, Mob Wives) serves as producer.

Funniest Wins Season 1 Competitors:
- Billy Sorrells (31; Los Angeles)
- Christina Pazsitzky (37; Redondo Beach, CA)
- Jason Nash (40; Los Angeles)
- Jeremy Zigrino (27; New York City)
- Key Lewis (40; Los Angeles)
- Manon Matthews (25; Studio City, CA)
- Matt McManus (33; West Hollywood, CA)
- Ryan "Rydoon" Muldoon (29; Boston)
- Sydney Castillo (32; Los Angeles)
- Tiffany Haddish (34; Culver City, CA)

The Futon Critic

posted 5/28/14

Summer of Syfy
On Deck: "Face Off", "Wizard Wars"
From
TV by the Numbers
Syfy’s hot Summer 2014 original programming lineup will be led by the series premiere of Dominion (June 19); the second season return of the critically acclaimed Defiance (June 19); the Season 7 return of Face Off (July 22) and the debut of the competition series Wizard Wars (August 19).

Face Off (July 22): The critically-acclaimed series Face Off returns for a high-stakes 7th season themed “Life and Death.” Each week the contestants will face creative challenges designed to inspire them to explore life, death, rebirth and mortality. Season 7 will also introduce new judge, Lois Burwell, a renowned Academy-Award winning makeup artist known for her work on Lincoln, Braveheart, Saving Private Ryan, War Horse and War of the Worlds. Face Off is a competition/elimination series exploring the world of special-effects make-up artists and the unlimited imagination that allows them to create amazing works of living art. As a member of the multi-generational family dynasty whose name is synonymous with the make-up effects field, actress McKenzie Westmore brings expertise to her role as host of the series. Some of SFX world’s most celebrated figures judge the competition – multiple Academy-Award winner Ve Neill (The Hunger Games, Pirates of the Caribbean), industry veteran Glenn Hetrick (CSI: New York, Heroes, Legion), and creature designer Neville Page (Avatar, Prometheus). World-renowned Hollywood makeup artist Michael Westmore (Star Trek) serves as the contestant mentor.

Face Off is a production of Mission Control Media with Dwight D. Smith, Michael Agbabian and Derek Atherton serving as executive producers.

Wizard Wars (August 19): This competition series takes viewers behind the scenes of magic by challenging a new team of magicians each week to create the most jaw-dropping illusions using an array of random objects and transforming them into eye-popping miracles. The winning team of challengers in the first round then take on the expert "home team" of world-renowned wizards – two-time World Championship of Magic winner Gregory Wilson, Wynn Resort resident magician Shimshi; YouTube sensation Justin Flom, and internationally renowned Mentalist Angela Funovits. Judges include Penn & Teller, Jason Latimer and Christen Gerhart. Production company: A. Smith & Co. (Hell's Kitchen, Joe Rogan Questions Everything, America Ninja Warrior). Executive producers: Arthur Smith, Kent Weed, Frank Sinton, Tim Eagan, Penn Jillette and Teller.

TV by the Numbers

posted 5/28/14

Ruzzle Goes to TV
MAG Interactive's App to Be Adapted
From
Gamezebo
It’s been a busy week for MAG Interactive’s Ruzzle series. First we saw the launch of Ruzzle Adventure – a game that scored both an iTunes Editor’s Choice position and four stars in a Gamezebo review – and now they’ve announced the next Ruzzle project: dominating your television set.

MAG Interactive has entered into a deal with High Noon Entertainment to turn the franchise into a television series.

“Ruzzle has all the perfect elements of a game format – the rules are simple, anyone can play and there's a ticking clock,” said Jim Berger, Chief Executive Officer of HighNoon Entertainment. “Combine that with high stakes, and we know the excitement and intensity of the game will translate seamlessly to TV."

Gamezebo

posted 5/28/14

First Celebrity Squares Announced
Tim Vine, Joe Wilkinson Announced as Regulars
From
ITV News
Comedians Tim Vine and Joe Wilkinson join the brand new series of Celebrity Squares.

The revamped series will be produced by September Films and GroupM Entertainment and hosted by Warwick Davis.

The game is based on the classic ‘Noughts and Crosses’ with a grid of nine boxes. Inside each box are celebrities who answer questions. The contestants have to say if they ‘agree’ or ‘disagree’ with the celebrity’s answer. If they are correct they win that square and if they win three boxes in a line – vertically, horizontally or diagonally – they win the round and money, before the winning contestant goes on to play the end game for the star prize.

On each show both Tim and Joe will each be housed in a square and will compete alongside a host of famous faces in the iconic TV game show.

Warwick said “Celebrity Squares is one of those special television shows that everyone remembers – I grew up watching it, and I’m thrilled to be presenting this updated version of a TV classic.”

ITV’s Director of Comedy and Entertainment Elaine Bedell said: “We’re delighted to be returning Celebrity Squares to our screens with Warwick at the helm. We’ve got some great celebrities up our sleeves as well so it promises lots of laughs.”

Bob Massie, Head of Entertainment, September Films said: “We're thrilled to have the talented Tim Vine and Joe Wilkinson as our resident comedians on Celebrity Squares. Joining host Warwick Davis, their irreverent and infectious humour will bring a new comedy twist to the series.”

Richard Foster, Managing Director GroupM Entertainment said: “We are very pleased to be partnering with CBS and September to bring this iconic show back to ITV.”

ITV News

posted 5/28/14

South Africa "Loves" Quiz
Global Format Arrives
From
the Citizen
It is a festival of color on the set of I Love South Africa, a game show that celebrates all things South African.

A live band opens the show in happy, jazzy tones, followed by vuvuzelas at decibel levels deemed acceptable for this multi-cultural show. The audiences supporting the two teams in action are clad in their bright team colours and seem more knowledgeable than the typical rent-a-crowd. This is the sort of fare that marketers speak of when they talk of “prime time family viewing” and offer “thrills and spills for the entire family”.

Comedians Mark Banks and Tats Nkonzo function as team captains on the show, while Masechaba Lekalake hosts and directs all the action. The format is fresh and has not been seen elsewhere on South African screens. Each week, six famous South Africans, including athletes, politicians, film stars, TV personalities, singers and musicians are invited to the show.

They are divided into two teams, under the leadership of Banks and Nkonzo.There are six rounds and a finale. Each round has a theme. Within that theme, the teams are asked diverse questions in different formats.

The spelling and “guess the song” components of the show are the most entertaining when taking into account how much we know about each other as South Africans. The words that the two teams are asked to spell are uniquely South African for the most part (terms like bakkie, skorokoro, shebeen etc).

“The great thing about this show is that we get a complete mix of South Africa and it looks like Joburg airport in 2020,” says Banks.

“The element of song and dance, spelling, the various culture and the various languages make for very entertaining television. Most of the time we do not know which guests are coming on the show until the day of the shoot, which means that Tats and I get to improvise and be spontaneous with the members of our teams. It’s easier to look at the other side of things that don’t have another defined side. And if they don’t have one, we invent one.”

The Citizen

posted 5/28/14

Monday: Ninja Chefs
Youth Served as Fox Takes First Monday of Unofficial Summer
From
the Futon Critic
FOX (4.936 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the top demo draw on Memorial Day thanks to the return of "MasterChef" (4.140 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3) and a new "24: Live Another Day" (5.731 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1).

ABC (5.276 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) then was the most-watched network with a new "The Bachelorette" (5.739 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3) and a repeat of "Castle" (4.351 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Next up was NBC (4.121 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) and "Countdown to American Ninja Warrior 2014" (2.983 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) followed by the two-hour season premiere of "American Ninja Warrior" (4.690 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.996 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up its mix of "2 Broke Girls" (4.680 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Friends with Better Lives" (5.280 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), "Mike & Molly" (4.997 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Mom" (4.827 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "48 Hours" (5.097 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Food's "Rewrapped" attracted 786,000 viewers.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 5/28/14

So You Think You Can Bieber
Details on the Upcoming Season
From
TV by the Numbers
In a brand new element on the hit competition series So You Think You Can Dance, pop and R&B phenom Justin Bieber and his choreographer, Nick DeMoura, will introduce top dance crews from across the country that will vie for a spot on the season finale.

Beginning next week on the two-hour season premiere, airing Wednesday, May 28 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, Bieber and DeMoura will showcase two dance crews on each of the four audition episodes. After the crews are showcased, hash tags will be revealed that viewers can use to tweet their favorite of the two crews. The tweets will be tallied and the most popular crew overall will be invited to perform on the finale. Please check fox.com/dance for voting terms. Also, with almost 52 million followers, Bieber has extraordinary reach on Twitter, and fans can follow him @justinbieber.

So You Think You Can Dance is hosted by Cat Deeley and features resident judges Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy, as well as guest judges, including Jenna Dewan-Tatum (Atlanta), Billy Porter and Misty Copeland (Philadelphia), Wayne Brady (New Orleans), Jenna Elfman and Fabrice Calmels (Chicago) and Christina Applegate (Los Angeles). The new season of the Emmy Award-nominated hit dance competition series once again will include awe-inspiring performances, as well as nail-biting eliminations, as the contestants compete to be named America’s Favorite Dancer.

TV by the Numbers
Broadway World
The Futon Critic

posted 5/28/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Pranked"

  • IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Dan Naturman resurfaces (The Comic's Comic) followed by the world's worst mime (YouTube)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Beat Bobby Flay" season 2 to roll in June, bow this summer. (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Orson Bean plays Geffen Playhouse (SCPR)
     
  • Alex Trebek says the exact opposite of what Pat Sajak said last week (Mediaite)
     
  • Arthur Chu was rejected for "King of the Nerds". Who's laughing now? (The Daily Beast)

posted 5/28/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Stay Humble"

  • Julia Collins is ripping Jeopardy! a new one. So where's the coverage? (Huffington Post)
     
  • "Jeopardy!" to round out season with Teen Tournament starting July 21 (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette)
     
  • TCA Awards: up for reality: Survivor, Amazing Race, Shark Tank, RuPaul's Drag Race, The Voice (The Wrap)
     
  • Andi Dorfman watching herself date Eric Hill... totally not awkward (it is) (People)
     
  • Terry Crews gets a BIG vote of confidence from Regis AND Cedric (Reality TV World)
     
  • Behind the riot of "Riot" (Zap2it)
     
  • Wayne Brady to take the stage at the Tonys (The Futon Critic)
     
  • "America's Got Talent" teams with Today (The Futon Critic)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Bachelorette" to air Sunday, June 1 (The Futon Critic)

posted 5/27/14

"Star" Struck
"HGTV Star" Cancelled After 8 Seasons
From
Atlanta Journal Constitution
HGTV has canceled its competition show “HGTV Star’ after eight seasons, leaving Atlanta designer Vern Yip without a gig as a judge.

He was the one continuous link on the show, which aired eight seasons from 2006 to 2013.

“Of course, I’m disappointed because I’ve been with the show since the beginning. I’ve really enjoyed being part of it,” Yip said. “That’s part of life. It’s about changes and change is not always bad.”

He said the ratings of the show were still pretty strong by last year, but the numbers were undeniably shrunken from its peak years. Last year, when it changed its name from "Design Star", the show drew around 1.5 million viewers in overnight viewing compared to close to 3 million in 2009.

Those dropoffs are happening across the board among similar shows, from “Top Chef” on Bravo to “Project Runway” on Lifetime to “Food Network Star” on Food Network, all of which are still alive.

David Bromstad from season one, much like Guy Fieri for the Food Network and Kelly Clarkson on “American Idol,” was by far the breakout star from the show. He was even a mentor for the last two seasons of “HGTV Star.” Emily Henderson (season 5 winner) and Meg Caswell (season 6 winner) have big online followings and Caswell writes a column for the HGTV magazine (as does Yip.)

Atlanta Journal Constitution

posted 5/26/14

Thursday: Summertime Split
NBC, CBS Split Audience; "Last Comic" Returns Respectably
From
the Futon Critic
NBC (4.890 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) kicked off the summer on top with a new "Hollywood Game Night" (3.896 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6) and the two-hour season premiere of "Last Comic Standing" (5.387 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2).

CBS (5.762 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.944 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1), "The Millers" (6.035 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3), "Two and a Half Men" (5.728 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5), "Bad Teacher" (4.449 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6) and "Elementary" (4.708 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Next up was FOX (3.600 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with a new "Hell's Kitchen" (4.214 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3) followed by the debut of "Gang Related" (2.987 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.050 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up encores of "The Bachelorette" (2.687 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) and "Modern Family" (2.793 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) alongside a new "Black Box" (3.722 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

And finally, "Labyrinth, Part 1" (1.334 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) closed out the evening on The CW (1.334 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable, "The Challenge: Free Agents" led the troops with 1.143 million viewers. Because of the lowered ratings of summer, this was the first time for the show in the top 20. Food's "Food Court Wars" built from "Chopped Canada", 832,000 from 749,000. The season premiere of "The American Bible Challenge" helped GSN to 512,000 viewers during primetime.

The Futon Critic
Deadline
The Futon Critic

posted 5/26/14

Memorial Day Lightning Round
... or "Some Gave All"

  • And the winner of "American Dream Builders" is... (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: "American Ninja Warrior" (NBC, tonight) (TV Guide)
     
  • Ken Jennings turns the big 4-0 (Twitter)
     
  • Maks Chmerkovskiy would LOVE to judge "Dancing with the Stars" (NJ.com)
     
  • Ellen DeGeneres a big fan of "Britain's Got Talent" (Radio Times)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jena Irene (explaining the name change) (Entertainment Weekly) and Joey Fatone (Entertainment Weekly)

posted 5/26/14

"Joker's" Wild Over France
France 2 Orders Pilot of Global Agency Format
From
World Screen
France 2 has piloted Joker, a quiz show format from Global Agency that was sold to producer Herve Hubert.

Joker watches as participants answer multiple choice questions for the chance to win a cash prize. Filmed at TRT Studios in Istanbul, the pilots were shot with three famous hosts and a trio of French contestants. The format has already been picked up by TRT in Turkey, with negotiations taking place in such territories as Italy and Spain.

World Screen
C21 Media

posted 5/23/14

Wednesday: And the Winner Is...
Down "Idol" Tops Consistent "Survivor" on the Final Night
From
The Futon Critic
FOX (10.142 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) closed out the 2014-15 season on top with the season finale of "American Idol" (10.142 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #T1).

CBS (8.886 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) then claimed the silver with its two-hour finale for "Survivor: Cagayan" (9.502 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3) followed by the "Survivor: Cagayan - The Reunion" (7.654 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #5).

Next up was ABC (6.240 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) with a new "The Middle" (7.176 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6) alongside the season finales of "The Middle" (7.888 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4), "Modern Family" (10.233 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #T1) and "Mixology" (4.013 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9) plus the return of "Motive" (4.064 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.567 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) served up its season closers for "Revolution" (4.205 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.275 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7) and "Chicago PD" (6.222 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7).

And finally, a repeat "The 100" (0.801 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and a new "The 100" (1.422 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) on The CW (1.111 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable, "Deal With It", which is about to check out for the summer, did so with 1.300 million viewers.

The Futon Critic
TV Line
The Futon Critic
Buzzfeed

posted 5/23/14

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Take a Moment to Remember"

  • Drew Carey's birthday is today! Looking back at sports cameos in 33 (ESPN)
     
  • Not to be outdone by Pat's tweet, Alex Trebek offers an opinion on the name of the Washington American football team - HIS team of favor (CBS Sports)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: the new season of "America's Got Talent" (E!)
     
  • EVERYBODY'S GOT ONE: In defense of the professional "cheftestant" (Esquire)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the guy who makes the music on "The Bachelor" (Slate), the guy who outwitted his competition in Cagayan (NJ.com), and the guy who takes over Cedric's position as of tomorrow (Men's Fitness)

posted 5/23/14

Next Time On... Survivor: Blood vs. Water 2
Granddaddy of Reality Comps Moves Back to Nicaragua
From
Entertainment Weekly
Survivor will take some of the lessons learned from the success of its past two seasons and combine them for its next installment, Survivor: San Juan del Sur — Blood vs. Water, which will be filmed in Nicaragua and premiere on CBS in September.

The Blood vs. Water concept first debuted in season 27 when 10 former players returned, each bringing a loved one to compete with/against. But instead of returning players, this new Blood vs. Water cast will feature pairs of all new contestants. Jeff Probst credits the fans for pushing the show to bring back all new players for the Cagayan season that just wrapped up, and the success of that installment gave producers the confidence to do it again. “We really listened to people saying, ‘Oh my gosh, we love new players again. This is so fresh and it feels so good,’” says the host. “And we went down the road with a couple of different ways to do Blood vs. Water, and we started casting it, and started finding really good people, and then more good people, and then it became a very easy decision to go with a completely new cast. “

Of course, with returning players that viewers were already familiar with, it was easy to make the Blood vs. Water connection in terms of who was whose sibling or spouse. Putting all new players in the mix means the show will have to work a bit harder to establish those connections for viewers. “Since it is all new people you need to find a way to bond them quickly so that the audience knows, ‘Oh, okay, that’s the father and that’s the son,’’ says Probst. “And we do have something out of the gate that will help with that a little bit. We just have to do a very good job in how we tell those stories, when you cut from one person on one beach, then cut to their significant other on the other beach. And you just slowly start pairing them together. I’m not really concerned about it. Also, looking at the group we have, I would bet that if we lined them up randomly, the average person could probably get 60 to 70 percent just based on looking at them.”

The return of the Blood vs. Water twist also means the return of Redemption Island, which Probst had previously told EW would probably only return for Blood vs. Water seasons. “Yes, Redemption Island is back,” says Probst. “And there wasn’t even a consideration to not bring it back because so much of our drama came from that explosive energy at Redemption Island when the tribes were already there and then the competitors walk in and it’s the first moment that the other tribe gets to see who was voted out and then you have a loved one going, ‘Oh, man, it was my wife! Are you kidding me? Who did that?’ And I think that was really the cornerstone for a lot of story that came from it.”

However Probst does note that there will be a change to the way the contests take place there. “We have another twist that’s going to happen regarding duels at Redemption Island, a little different from last year, so I’m curious to see how that plays out and if we can get some story from that.” (Could that mean a return back to two person duels as opposed to three person contests, or something else entirely?)

The show will be returning for seasons 29 and 30 to Nicaragua, the same location for the filming of two previous installments (Nicaragua and Redemption Island), and Probst says his team has a plan in place to combat one of the negatives from their previous experience there — a lack of suitable locations for water challenges. “That was the mandate from the moment we decided on Nicaragua,” says Probst. “The one thing I kept asking our scouting crew for was updates on how the water situation was looking, and between our art department and our challenge department, they’ve got it under control. We’re going to have a lot more water challenges and be in the water more —and really that’s the only concern we had about Nicaragua, is that it was a little dry last time.”

Entertainment Weekly
TV Line
E!
Hollywood Reporter

posted 5/22/14

TBS Deals for More
"Deal With It" Second Season Extended
From
The Futon Critic
TBS has extended the second season of Deal With It, adding 10 episodes to the hidden-camera competition series, which returns this fall. The series from executive producer Howie Mandel and hosted by Theo Von (Primetime in No Time, Last Comic Standing, The Half Hours) currently airing Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT), puts a unique spin on friendly dares by giving them the ultimate twist.

In each episode of Deal With It, members of the public are secretly recruited to pull a prank on their unwitting companions with absolutely no time to prepare. If they agree to participate, they must obey all instructions given through an earpiece from a secret control room nearby. With the opportunity to prank their way to cash and prizes, these everyday people are shown no mercy as they are tasked with pulling off some of the most ridiculous behavior ever caught on hidden camera.

Theo is joined each week by guest celebrities and comedians, who help pull the over-the-top pranks on an unsuspecting public. Among the guest stars who lined up to participate in the show during its first season were Joan and Melissa Rivers (Fashion Police), Adam Carolla (The Adam Carolla Show), Bobby Lee (MADtv) and Josh Gad (1600 Penn, Love and Other Drugs). The roster for season two includes Kelly Osbourne (Fashion Police), Nick Cannon (America's Got Talent), Kendall and Kylie Jenner (Keeping Up with the Kardashians), Arsenio Hall (The Arsenio Hall Show), Bill Engvall (Blue Collar Comedy Tour, The Bill Engvall Show), Kevin Nealon (Weeds), Alex Mandel (Killer Holiday) and WWE competitor Chris Jericho, along with comedy superstars Bob Saget, Tom Green, Orlando Jones and Moshe Kasher. In addition, executive producer Howie Mandel has made several appearances on the show.

Deal With It premiered last summer and is currently averaging more than 1.5 million viewers, including 887,000 adults 18-49 for its second season. The series is produced by Howie Mandel's Alevy Productions, Roy Bank's Banca Studio and Keshet Broadcasting, in association with Lionsgate Television. Howie Mandel (Deal or No Deal, Mobbed), Roy Bank (It's Worth What?, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?) and Mike Marks (Mobbed) serve as executive producers. Deal With It is based on a successful format created by Keshet Broadcasting and United Studios.

The Futon Critic
Variety

posted 5/22/14

DCD's Square Deal
Company to Produce "Celebrity Squares"
From
Stock Market Wire
Independent TV producer DCD Media has won a commission for a new primetime series of the comedy game show 'Celebrity Squares' for ITV.

And the company says it has won a tender to represent the prestigious Open University programming catalogue internationally.

DCD Media group company September Films has won a commission to co-produce with GroupM Entertainment a new primetime version of 'Celebrity Squares' for ITV. The series - which will be hosted by Warwick Davis - will generate revenue of £2.2m for DCD Media and will be aired later in the summer.

DCD Media also said it had won a tender to represent the highly reputable Open University programming catalogue in global markets through its rights management arm, DCD Rights. The significant deal will boost DCD Rights' portfolio with more than 188 hours of BBC-produced, high calibre and entertaining factual content as well as a further 40 hours of new programming over a two year period.

Stock Market Wire
IFA Magazine
London South East

posted 5/22/14

Remember!
Dick Clark Productions Teams with Memory Competition for Series
From
The Hollywood Reporter
Here’s a show to remember.

Dick Clark Productions has made a deal with the British-based World Memory Championships and the USA Memory Championships to produce a television special based on what it says will be “the greatest test of memory in the world.”

“The production will combine the enormous wow factor of watching these mental athletes perform with unique challenges for home audiences, creating a heart-pounding family-friendly event special,” said DCP president Mike Mahan.

The most recent World Memory Championships was held in London in 2013, with entrants from 32 countries. Some 120 “mental athletes” participated in 10 events over three days.

The World Memory Championships was founded in 1991. The USA Memory Championship was started in 1997 by Tony Dottino. The 17th annual event took place in New York in March.

The executive producers will include Mahan, Allen Shapiro, Barry Adelman, Richard Kaufman Lynn Williams and Raymond Keene. Marshall Tarley and Dottino from the USA Memory Championship will be co-executive producers.

There is no network deal in place yet.

The Hollywood Reporter

posted 5/22/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Aftermath"

  • American Idol's latest winner naturally splits the country (Hollywood Life)
     
  • Pat Sajak naturally claims parody on... that tweet (USA Today)
     
  • The Voice to sit in with The Roots (USA Today)
     
  • Nikki Reed, Paul McDonald split, citing irreconcilable differences, plot holes during "Breaking Dawn Part 1" (TMZ)
     
  • The "winner" of "Joe Millionaire" clowns on "I Wanna Marry 'Harry'," Fox, and reality TV in general (People)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Ryan Seacrest sings on the finale, and... no! No, God, no! No, please! God no! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! (TMZ)
     
  • The Bachelorette: asking the questions no one even bothered to care about (E!)
     
  • GameTV: introducing Canada to America's summer bummers from last year (Broadcaster)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: "America's Obsessed" (Reality Wanted)
     
  • Robert Scott Wilson AKA "Rob" moves on to "Days" (Broadway World)
     
  • Lisa Paton was going for AUS$1 million all week on "Million Dollar Minute". Today, her trip would end in certain victory... or certain defeat. (Daily Mail)

posted 5/22/14

Tuesday: Season Finale Part 2
"Voice", "Dancing" Race to the Finish... Down, but Not Out; "Harry" Bombs
From
The Futon Critic
NBC (10.181 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) was the top demo draw on Tuesday thanks to "The Voice Recap" (7.413 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) and the two-hour season finale of "The Voice" (11.565 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1).

ABC (13.718 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then took home the silver with its own "Dancing with the Stars: The Road to the Finals" (11.430 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5) and the two-hour season finale of "Dancing with the Stars" (14.862 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2).

Both finales were down in total audiences from last season, but "The Voice" was up 37.5 percent to "Dancing's" -7.69 percent in the demo.

Next up was FOX (4.332 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with a new "American Idol" (6.614 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4) followed by the premiere of "I Wanna Marry 'Harry'" (2.050 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.855 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up its specials "Judge Judy Primetime" (5.662 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops" (4.452 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

And finally, a repeat of "Supernatural" (1.202 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) led into the season finale of "Supernatural" (2.277 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6) on The CW (1.740 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

The Futon Critic
Vulture
E!
Hollywood Reporter

posted 5/21/14

More on "American Bible Challenge"
Catch It on GSN Tomorrow!
From
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
GSN’s most successful original game show, “The American Bible Challenge,” isn’t messing with the formula season three, which begins Thursday, May 22 at 8.
Alpharetta Jeff Foxworthy is back as host with gospel superstar Kirk Franklin his musical sidekick.

Foxworthy, who knows the Bible fairly well and holds a weekly Bible study at a downtown homeless shelter the Atlanta Mission, said he continues to butcher names, especially from the Old Testament. “It’s kind of a running joke among the writers,” he said. “Why don’t we put up names and see if I can tell if it’s Christ or Klingon?”

Categories remain cheeky and very present day. In one episode, there are scandalous “tabloid” headlines based stories from Nazareth and famous sayings that have been “autocorrected.”

“We try to have fun with it but we’re not disrespectful,” he said. “People have fortunately received it the way it’s been intended.”

But while Foxworthy and Franklin are stars, he considers the stars of the show the trios of contestants who are vying for money for charities. The winners of each episode pocket $20,000 for their respective charity and qualify for a potential $100,000 on top of that.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

posted 5/21/14

Monday: Season Finale Part 1
"The Voice" Helps NBC; "Dancing" Props ABC
From
The Futon Critic
NBC (10.063 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) was the demo champ on Monday thanks to a new "The Voice" (11.480 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) and the premiere of "The Maya Rudolph Show" (7.230 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3).

ABC (11.016 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then was the most-watched network with 90-minute editions of "Dancing with the Stars" (15.045 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) and "The Bachelorette" (6.988 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4).

Next up was FOX (5.827 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) with the season finale of "Bones" (5.938 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7) alongside a new "24: Live Another Day" (5.717 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.758 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) offered up its mix of a repeat "2 Broke Girls" (4.871 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10), a new "Friends with Better Lives" (5.145 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7), the season finale of "Mike & Molly" (7.019 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4) plus repeats of "Mom" (5.761 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #9) and "Criminal Minds" (5.875 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10).

And finally, the feature "District 9" (0.657 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) on The CW (0.657 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable, the season finale of "Bam's Bad Ass Game Show" crested a million for the first time, with 1.043 million. Food's "Rewrapped" held firm at 733,000. Logo's "RuPaul's Drag Race's" finale scored 433,000 for Logo, while "Big Break Florida" helped Golf to 185,000 total primetime viewers.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 5/21/14


Battle of the Decades: There Can Only Be One
Brad Rutter Outlasts His Opponents to Win Decades Crown
From
Sony PR
Brad Rutter, a 36-year-old actor and producer from Los Angeles, won the JEOPARDY! Battle of the Decades Tournament, defeating Ken Jennings and Roger Craig, in an episode that aired Friday.

Rutter, who went into the competition as the top money winner in JEOPARDY! history, added $1 million to his previous $3,355,102 in career winnings, bringing his total winnings to $4,355,102; Jennings claimed $100,000 for his second-place finish, and Craig took home $50,000 for coming in third.

“It’s really hard to describe how proud I am, not just that I won, but to be associated with a first-class operation like JEOPARDY!,” Rutter said. “I knew that Ken and Roger were both fantastic players and that it would come down to the end. We would battle it out and see what was left when the smoke cleared.”

Rutter and Jennings have been rivals and friends for the better part of a decade, a relationship Rutter describes as like Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain. They famously faced off against IBM’s Watson in 2011, and before that, in the finals of 2005’s Ultimate Tournament of Champions, which Rutter also won.

“Brad and I have been through the JEOPARDY! wringer together before and have bonded,” said Jennings. “It’s weird because we’re sort of different – I’m a suburban dad in Seattle who hates L.A.; Brad enjoys the debauched single L.A. lifestyle made popular by TV’s ‘Entourage’ – but on the JEOPARDY! set, we are the same guy: we love playing the game more than anything else, win or lose. He’s a class act.”

Craig, who won the Tournament of Champions in 2011 and who holds the record for most money won in a single game, embraced the opportunity to compete against his formidable opponents.

“When I realized I had won my semi-final game and knew I’d be playing Brad and Ken in the finals, I was super excited and happy that it had come down to that,” he said. “I really wanted to play both of them when this tournament was announced, and what better time than in the finals? They are extremely accomplished at JEOPARDY!, but I honestly think I can hang with them and I think the way the finals played out showed it was literally anyone’s game.”

Craig did indeed keep pace with Rutter and Jennings for the first game of the two-day final until the Double Jeopardy! round, when he wagered everything he had ($10,200) on a Daily Double and could not provide the correct response. In the second game, he tried to make up the deficit with another $10,200 bet, with the same results.

“During the finals, my strategy was to play to win at all costs, even if it meant striking out when swinging for the fences,” said Craig of his risky strategy. “Every move I made was to maximize the chance I would win, and I wasn’t worried at all about how others would perceive it. I would have really regretted it if I had [just] played to not lose.”

Rutter had said during his on-air interview with JEOPARDY! host Alex Trebek that he planned to use some of his winnings to buy a new Porsche, a goal that has since been somewhat modified.

“I had to scuttle the Porsche plan because Alex expressly forbade me from buying one at the wrap party, and I know which side my bread is buttered on,” he joked. “I still need a new car, though, and I’ll definitely do some traveling. I haven’t been to Paris in years and spending a week or so sitting at cafés watching the world go by sounds fantastic right now.”

The Wire
PRIMETIME REPLAY: Jeopardy! Battle of the Decades
Grantland

posted 5/21/14

And the Winner Is...
CBS America's Most Watched Network, NBC Wins in Demo
From
TV Line
For the first time in 10 years, NBC has come away with the season-long demo win, unseating last year’s champ, CBS.

Averaging a 2.7 rating during primetime among Adults 18-49, NBC for the 2013-14 TV season was up 13 percent year-over-year — the Peacock’s biggest demo gain in at least 26 years and the largest uptick for any Big 4 network in nine years. Fox placed second for the season by matching last year’s 2.5 rating, followed by CBS (2.4, down 17 percent) and ABC (2.1, down 5 percent).

Even with its 18 nights of Sochi Winter Olympics coverage subtracted from the equation, NBC (just barely) boasts the largest 18-49 audience, edging out Super Bowl-boosted Fox 3.18 million demo viewers to 3.13 million.

NBC enjoyed its biggest gains on Tuesday and Wednesday, where it was up 15 percent. On Mondays, thanks in part to the season’s No. 1 new drama, The Blacklist, it rose 10 percent.

In total audience, NBC grew 33 percent to an average of 9.3 million, landing at No. 2 behind CBS (which can tout itself as “America’s Most Watched Network” for a sixth straight year and 11 out of the last 12). That marks the first time in a decade NBC has placed above No. 4 in that measure, while the addition of 2.3 million viewers represents the largest gross gain for any network in 25 years.

CBS — which can claim TV’s most watched comedy (Big Bang Theory), new comedy (The Millers) and drama (NCIS) — averaged 10.7 million viewers, down 9 percent in audience versus the year prior, while ABC (7.6 million) dipped 3 percent and Fox (7.35 mil) inched up 4 percent.

TV Line

posted 5/21/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "This Is The End"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "I Wanna Marry 'Harry'" (Fox) (Time)
     
  • "Ink Master:" season 3 rivals return for Season 5:.... Rivals (The Futon Critic)
     
  • And the winners were...: "The Voice" (The Futon Critic), "Dancing with the Stars" (Glamour); ... and the loser could be "Dancing" as Maks (Zap2it) AND Len suggest that they may be leaving (TV3)
     
  • Why "Survivor" still matters 28 seasons on (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • Chris Bukowski's "Bachelorette" party crash... staged? (TMZ)
     
  • Terry Crews comes clean about his addiction to... (Rumorfix)
     
  • Jerry Springer to return to "Price Is Right Live!" stage in Branson (Greenfield Reporter)
     
  • PUBLIC SERVICE: If you have time, ability to complain about Presidential interruptions of TPIR, then you have time, ability to watch it later on CBS.com. No excuses. You're making the rest of us look bad. (Mediaite)
     
  • The math behind the Dream Factory on "Deal or No Deal" (Den of Geek)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with John Barrowman (Hitfix) & Alison Iraheta, "Idol" contestant turned backup singer (Hollywood Reporter) & Jeff Probst (Reddit)

Posted 5/20/14

Syndies: Battle of the ... Month
Results for the Week Ending May 11
From
B&C
The pending heat of summer is sending syndies swooning.

Most shows were down in the week ending May 11, which marked the halfway point of the May sweep. Viewers were down by an average of three million during the week, and many of those were distracted by sports, including the NFL Draft on ESPN as well as the NBA and NHL playoffs.

Game shows were down across the board. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune barely hung on to first place, skidding 7% for the week to a 6.4, that show’s lowest rating in a month. Just behind, CTD’s Jeopardy! - which aired week 1 of the Battle of the Decades Tournament - came within one-tenth of a point of Wheel, despite falling back 6% to a 6.3 for the week. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud also fell 6% to a 4.9, while Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire, which will add new host Terry Crews this fall, weakened 5% to a 2.1 and dropped 13% from last year at this time, game’s biggest year-to-year decline.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 5/20/14

More on "Motor City Masters"
Catch It on truTV June 25!
From
The Futon Critic
truTV has unveiled the slate of guest judges and competition themes for the first season of Motor City Masters, the search for America's next great car designer. Produced in collaboration with Chevrolet, the new competition series is set to feature such celebrity guest judges as actress and producer Melissa Joan Hart (Melissa & Joey, Clarissa Explains It All), actor Jesse Metcalfe (Dallas, Desperate Housewives), Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz, baseball great David Justice and former NASCAR driver Robby Gordon. Also serving as guest judges will be celebrity dog trainer and bestselling author Tamar Geller, vice president of design, Mattel Hot Wheels Division, Felix Holst, model and surfer Malia Jones, this summer's Transformers: Age of Extinction's Master Mechanic and Fabricator, Specialty Cars Trevor Mann and GM vice president of global design Edward T. Welburn Jr.

Hosted by Brooke Burns (The Chase, You Deserve It) and premiering Tuesday, June 24, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), Motor City Masters will bring together 10 experienced designers, with various specialties and backgrounds, all of whom share a passion for car design. Challenges on Motor City Masters will explore various aspects of design, inside and out. In each episode, the contestants will have the ambitious task of creating new, fully functional (though not street legal) concept cars based on a theme that will showcase the each competitor's unique personality. The designs will be judged by Jean Jennings, president and editor-in-chief of Automobile Magazine, and internationally renowned car designer Harald Belker.

Each week will be centered on a different theme, such as car character designs, which will tie in to the release of the new Michael Bay movie Transformers: Age of Extinction; body shape design, which will have the designers turning a Chevy SS into a NASCAR racing machine; and custom car designs, which will involve a Hot Wheels tie-in. Themes will also focus on different areas of car design, including technology, interior, body trim and functionality. The series will even touch on the automotive needs of busy parents and small business owners.

Competitors will be judged on their creativity, execution and forward-thinking design, among other criteria. The field will narrow with each elimination challenge until only the top two designers remain. These two competitors will then face off in front of Chevrolet's world-class car design experts, after which only one designer will be crowned "The Next Great Car Designer." The winner of Motor City Masters will receive a brand new 2014 Camaro Z28 and $100,000 cash. The winner will also be named a Brand Ambassador for GM, with the opportunity to showcase his/her designs at major auto show exhibitions.

truTV has ordered 10 episodes of the Motor City Masters, which is being produced for the network by Bunim/Murray Productions (Project Runway, Total Divas) and The Story Lab, a division of Aegis Media. Executive producers for Motor City Masters include Jonathan Murray, Gil Goldschein, Rick de Oliveira and Scott Freeman from Bunim/Murray Productions, as well as Lisa Eisenpresser from The Story Lab. Kirk Durham from Bunim/Murray Productions serves as co-executive producer.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/20/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Trolls"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "I Wanna Marry 'Harry'" (Fox, tonight) (Philly.com)
     
  • Pat Sajak's tweet: good joke? Bad joke? Or not a joke? (Zap2it)
     
  • THE BACHELORETTE ROUNDUP: Chris' first impressions (Entertainment Weekly), Eric Hill's death makes things incredibly INCREDIBLY awkward (Washington Post), a party crasher (Us), and the guy who just won't. Go. Away (Gossip Cop)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Terry Crews and Jimmy Fallon... "nip-synching" "Ebony & Ivory" (Jezebel)
     
  • Jennifer Lopez to release a memoir (Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • Former "Dancing" host Samantha Harris undergoes successful double masectomy (People)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Conrad Green (Hollywood Reporter)

Posted 5/20/14

"Standing" with Mentors
NBC Names Mentors for the Next Season of "Last Comic Standing"
From
The Futon Critic
An all-star line-up of special guests adds to the fun when Emmy-nominated series "Last Comic Standing" returns to NBC on Thursday, May 22 (9-11 p.m. ET). Wanda Sykes ("Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious"), Howie Mandel ("America's Got Talent"), Amy Schumer ("Inside Amy Schumer"), Cheryl Hines ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") and Jeff Ross ("The Burn with Jeff Ross") will serve as comedy mentors to the contestants as they compete for the coveted title of "Last Comic Standing." Also appearing will be Gilbert Gottfried ("Aladdin"), plus other top comedians in surprise appearances.

As the players progress in the competition, they'll be mentored by the special guests through fun and innovative challenges designed to test them in different comedy disciplines, ranging from sketch to improve to stand-up. Highlighting the challenges will be a visit to "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," where the comics will be put to the test by Ellen herself and mentored by favorite talk show guest Sykes on how to shine in interviews.

The lively laughfest, hosted by JB Smoove, kicks off with the invitationals airing May 22, 29 and June 5. For season eight, the top 100 comics in the country were hand-picked by producers to audition by invitation only, so the season starts off with great comedians already at the top of their game.

The Futon Critic
The Comic's Comic

posted 5/19/14

Sunday: Surprise Endings
Billboard's Michael Jackson Revival Beats Amazing Race's Finale
From
The Futon Critic
ABC (9.495 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday thanks to the season finale of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.626 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4) followed by its presentation of "The 2014 Billboard Music Awards" (10.452 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1).

CBS (9.175 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then claimed the silver with its night of finales for "60 Minutes" (9.821 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7), "The Amazing Race 23" (8.158 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "The Good Wife" (9.042 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8) and "The Mentalist" (9.680 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6).

Next up was FOX (2.992 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its respective finales for "Bob's Burgers" (1.955 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11), "American Dad" (2.364 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8), "The Simpsons" (3.283 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4) and "Family Guy" (3.849 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) plus a new "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" (3.252 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10).

And finally, NBC (2.142 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) was out of the hunt with its mix of "Coldplay: Ghost Stories" (1.713 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14), "American Dream Builders" (1.758 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and an encore of "The Women of SNL" (2.548 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

The Futon Critic

posted 5/19/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "AT&TV"

  • DirecTV bought out by AT&T. ObGameShows: AT&T now owns minority stake in GSN (IGN)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: All roads lead to Detroit Rock City... if you want to spin the "Wheel of Fortune" (MLive)
     
  • Friday: When ABC's top Friday draw is beaten by another program on ABC... well, you can say it's a good night (The Futon Critic)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alex Trebek (Nerdist)
     
  • And finally... $2585. That's the total from this weekend. Good job, Game Show Marathon! (GameShowMarathon.com)

Posted 5/19/14

"Joker's" Wild Over France
France 2 Orders Pilot of Global Agency Format
From
World Screen
France 2 has piloted Joker, a quiz show format from Global Agency that was sold to producer Herve Hubert.

Joker watches as participants answer multiple choice questions for the chance to win a cash prize. Filmed at TRT Studios in Istanbul, the pilots were shot with three famous hosts and a trio of French contestants. The format has already been picked up by TRT in Turkey, with negotiations taking place in such territories as Italy and Spain.

World Screen
C21 Media

posted 5/23/14

Wednesday: And the Winner Is...
Down "Idol" Tops Consistent "Survivor" on the Final Night
From
The Futon Critic
FOX (10.142 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) closed out the 2014-15 season on top with the season finale of "American Idol" (10.142 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #T1).

CBS (8.886 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) then claimed the silver with its two-hour finale for "Survivor: Cagayan" (9.502 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3) followed by the "Survivor: Cagayan - The Reunion" (7.654 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #5).

Next up was ABC (6.240 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) with a new "The Middle" (7.176 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6) alongside the season finales of "The Middle" (7.888 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4), "Modern Family" (10.233 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #T1) and "Mixology" (4.013 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9) plus the return of "Motive" (4.064 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.567 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) served up its season closers for "Revolution" (4.205 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.275 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7) and "Chicago PD" (6.222 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7).

And finally, a repeat "The 100" (0.801 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and a new "The 100" (1.422 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) on The CW (1.111 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable, "Deal With It", which is about to check out for the summer, did so with 1.300 million viewers.

The Futon Critic
TV Line
The Futon Critic
Buzzfeed

posted 5/23/14

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Take a Moment to Remember"

  • Drew Carey's birthday is today! Looking back at sports cameos in 33 (ESPN)
     
  • Not to be outdone by Pat's tweet, Alex Trebek offers an opinion on the name of the Washington American football team - HIS team of favor (CBS Sports)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: the new season of "America's Got Talent" (E!)
     
  • EVERYBODY'S GOT ONE: In defense of the professional "cheftestant" (Esquire)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the guy who makes the music on "The Bachelor" (Slate), the guy who outwitted his competition in Cagayan (NJ.com), and the guy who takes over Cedric's position as of tomorrow (Men's Fitness)

posted 5/23/14

Next Time On... Survivor: Blood vs. Water 2
Granddaddy of Reality Comps Moves Back to Nicaragua
From
Entertainment Weekly
Survivor will take some of the lessons learned from the success of its past two seasons and combine them for its next installment, Survivor: San Juan del Sur — Blood vs. Water, which will be filmed in Nicaragua and premiere on CBS in September.

The Blood vs. Water concept first debuted in season 27 when 10 former players returned, each bringing a loved one to compete with/against. But instead of returning players, this new Blood vs. Water cast will feature pairs of all new contestants. Jeff Probst credits the fans for pushing the show to bring back all new players for the Cagayan season that just wrapped up, and the success of that installment gave producers the confidence to do it again. “We really listened to people saying, ‘Oh my gosh, we love new players again. This is so fresh and it feels so good,’” says the host. “And we went down the road with a couple of different ways to do Blood vs. Water, and we started casting it, and started finding really good people, and then more good people, and then it became a very easy decision to go with a completely new cast. “

Of course, with returning players that viewers were already familiar with, it was easy to make the Blood vs. Water connection in terms of who was whose sibling or spouse. Putting all new players in the mix means the show will have to work a bit harder to establish those connections for viewers. “Since it is all new people you need to find a way to bond them quickly so that the audience knows, ‘Oh, okay, that’s the father and that’s the son,’’ says Probst. “And we do have something out of the gate that will help with that a little bit. We just have to do a very good job in how we tell those stories, when you cut from one person on one beach, then cut to their significant other on the other beach. And you just slowly start pairing them together. I’m not really concerned about it. Also, looking at the group we have, I would bet that if we lined them up randomly, the average person could probably get 60 to 70 percent just based on looking at them.”

The return of the Blood vs. Water twist also means the return of Redemption Island, which Probst had previously told EW would probably only return for Blood vs. Water seasons. “Yes, Redemption Island is back,” says Probst. “And there wasn’t even a consideration to not bring it back because so much of our drama came from that explosive energy at Redemption Island when the tribes were already there and then the competitors walk in and it’s the first moment that the other tribe gets to see who was voted out and then you have a loved one going, ‘Oh, man, it was my wife! Are you kidding me? Who did that?’ And I think that was really the cornerstone for a lot of story that came from it.”

However Probst does note that there will be a change to the way the contests take place there. “We have another twist that’s going to happen regarding duels at Redemption Island, a little different from last year, so I’m curious to see how that plays out and if we can get some story from that.” (Could that mean a return back to two person duels as opposed to three person contests, or something else entirely?)

The show will be returning for seasons 29 and 30 to Nicaragua, the same location for the filming of two previous installments (Nicaragua and Redemption Island), and Probst says his team has a plan in place to combat one of the negatives from their previous experience there — a lack of suitable locations for water challenges. “That was the mandate from the moment we decided on Nicaragua,” says Probst. “The one thing I kept asking our scouting crew for was updates on how the water situation was looking, and between our art department and our challenge department, they’ve got it under control. We’re going to have a lot more water challenges and be in the water more —and really that’s the only concern we had about Nicaragua, is that it was a little dry last time.”

Entertainment Weekly
TV Line
E!
Hollywood Reporter

posted 5/22/14

TBS Deals for More
"Deal With It" Second Season Extended
From
The Futon Critic
TBS has extended the second season of Deal With It, adding 10 episodes to the hidden-camera competition series, which returns this fall. The series from executive producer Howie Mandel and hosted by Theo Von (Primetime in No Time, Last Comic Standing, The Half Hours) currently airing Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT), puts a unique spin on friendly dares by giving them the ultimate twist.

In each episode of Deal With It, members of the public are secretly recruited to pull a prank on their unwitting companions with absolutely no time to prepare. If they agree to participate, they must obey all instructions given through an earpiece from a secret control room nearby. With the opportunity to prank their way to cash and prizes, these everyday people are shown no mercy as they are tasked with pulling off some of the most ridiculous behavior ever caught on hidden camera.

Theo is joined each week by guest celebrities and comedians, who help pull the over-the-top pranks on an unsuspecting public. Among the guest stars who lined up to participate in the show during its first season were Joan and Melissa Rivers (Fashion Police), Adam Carolla (The Adam Carolla Show), Bobby Lee (MADtv) and Josh Gad (1600 Penn, Love and Other Drugs). The roster for season two includes Kelly Osbourne (Fashion Police), Nick Cannon (America's Got Talent), Kendall and Kylie Jenner (Keeping Up with the Kardashians), Arsenio Hall (The Arsenio Hall Show), Bill Engvall (Blue Collar Comedy Tour, The Bill Engvall Show), Kevin Nealon (Weeds), Alex Mandel (Killer Holiday) and WWE competitor Chris Jericho, along with comedy superstars Bob Saget, Tom Green, Orlando Jones and Moshe Kasher. In addition, executive producer Howie Mandel has made several appearances on the show.

Deal With It premiered last summer and is currently averaging more than 1.5 million viewers, including 887,000 adults 18-49 for its second season. The series is produced by Howie Mandel's Alevy Productions, Roy Bank's Banca Studio and Keshet Broadcasting, in association with Lionsgate Television. Howie Mandel (Deal or No Deal, Mobbed), Roy Bank (It's Worth What?, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?) and Mike Marks (Mobbed) serve as executive producers. Deal With It is based on a successful format created by Keshet Broadcasting and United Studios.

The Futon Critic
Variety

posted 5/22/14

DCD's Square Deal
Company to Produce "Celebrity Squares"
From
Stock Market Wire
Independent TV producer DCD Media has won a commission for a new primetime series of the comedy game show 'Celebrity Squares' for ITV.

And the company says it has won a tender to represent the prestigious Open University programming catalogue internationally.

DCD Media group company September Films has won a commission to co-produce with GroupM Entertainment a new primetime version of 'Celebrity Squares' for ITV. The series - which will be hosted by Warwick Davis - will generate revenue of £2.2m for DCD Media and will be aired later in the summer.

DCD Media also said it had won a tender to represent the highly reputable Open University programming catalogue in global markets through its rights management arm, DCD Rights. The significant deal will boost DCD Rights' portfolio with more than 188 hours of BBC-produced, high calibre and entertaining factual content as well as a further 40 hours of new programming over a two year period.

Stock Market Wire
IFA Magazine
London South East

posted 5/22/14

Remember!
Dick Clark Productions Teams with Memory Competition for Series
From
The Hollywood Reporter
Here’s a show to remember.

Dick Clark Productions has made a deal with the British-based World Memory Championships and the USA Memory Championships to produce a television special based on what it says will be “the greatest test of memory in the world.”

“The production will combine the enormous wow factor of watching these mental athletes perform with unique challenges for home audiences, creating a heart-pounding family-friendly event special,” said DCP president Mike Mahan.

The most recent World Memory Championships was held in London in 2013, with entrants from 32 countries. Some 120 “mental athletes” participated in 10 events over three days.

The World Memory Championships was founded in 1991. The USA Memory Championship was started in 1997 by Tony Dottino. The 17th annual event took place in New York in March.

The executive producers will include Mahan, Allen Shapiro, Barry Adelman, Richard Kaufman Lynn Williams and Raymond Keene. Marshall Tarley and Dottino from the USA Memory Championship will be co-executive producers.

There is no network deal in place yet.

The Hollywood Reporter

posted 5/22/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Aftermath"

  • American Idol's latest winner naturally splits the country (Hollywood Life)
     
  • Pat Sajak naturally claims parody on... that tweet (USA Today)
     
  • The Voice to sit in with The Roots (USA Today)
     
  • Nikki Reed, Paul McDonald split, citing irreconcilable differences, plot holes during "Breaking Dawn Part 1" (TMZ)
     
  • The "winner" of "Joe Millionaire" clowns on "I Wanna Marry 'Harry'," Fox, and reality TV in general (People)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Ryan Seacrest sings on the finale, and... no! No, God, no! No, please! God no! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! (TMZ)
     
  • The Bachelorette: asking the questions no one even bothered to care about (E!)
     
  • GameTV: introducing Canada to America's summer bummers from last year (Broadcaster)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: "America's Obsessed" (Reality Wanted)
     
  • Robert Scott Wilson AKA "Rob" moves on to "Days" (Broadway World)
     
  • Lisa Paton was going for AUS$1 million all week on "Million Dollar Minute". Today, her trip would end in certain victory... or certain defeat. (Daily Mail)

posted 5/22/14

Tuesday: Season Finale Part 2
"Voice", "Dancing" Race to the Finish... Down, but Not Out; "Harry" Bombs
From
The Futon Critic
NBC (10.181 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) was the top demo draw on Tuesday thanks to "The Voice Recap" (7.413 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) and the two-hour season finale of "The Voice" (11.565 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1).

ABC (13.718 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then took home the silver with its own "Dancing with the Stars: The Road to the Finals" (11.430 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5) and the two-hour season finale of "Dancing with the Stars" (14.862 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2).

Both finales were down in total audiences from last season, but "The Voice" was up 37.5 percent to "Dancing's" -7.69 percent in the demo.

Next up was FOX (4.332 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with a new "American Idol" (6.614 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4) followed by the premiere of "I Wanna Marry 'Harry'" (2.050 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.855 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up its specials "Judge Judy Primetime" (5.662 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "ACM Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops" (4.452 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

And finally, a repeat of "Supernatural" (1.202 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) led into the season finale of "Supernatural" (2.277 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6) on The CW (1.740 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

The Futon Critic
Vulture
E!
Hollywood Reporter

posted 5/21/14

More on "American Bible Challenge"
Catch It on GSN Tomorrow!
From
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
GSN’s most successful original game show, “The American Bible Challenge,” isn’t messing with the formula season three, which begins Thursday, May 22 at 8.
Alpharetta Jeff Foxworthy is back as host with gospel superstar Kirk Franklin his musical sidekick.

Foxworthy, who knows the Bible fairly well and holds a weekly Bible study at a downtown homeless shelter the Atlanta Mission, said he continues to butcher names, especially from the Old Testament. “It’s kind of a running joke among the writers,” he said. “Why don’t we put up names and see if I can tell if it’s Christ or Klingon?”

Categories remain cheeky and very present day. In one episode, there are scandalous “tabloid” headlines based stories from Nazareth and famous sayings that have been “autocorrected.”

“We try to have fun with it but we’re not disrespectful,” he said. “People have fortunately received it the way it’s been intended.”

But while Foxworthy and Franklin are stars, he considers the stars of the show the trios of contestants who are vying for money for charities. The winners of each episode pocket $20,000 for their respective charity and qualify for a potential $100,000 on top of that.

Atlanta Journal-Constitution

posted 5/21/14

Monday: Season Finale Part 1
"The Voice" Helps NBC; "Dancing" Props ABC
From
The Futon Critic
NBC (10.063 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) was the demo champ on Monday thanks to a new "The Voice" (11.480 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) and the premiere of "The Maya Rudolph Show" (7.230 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3).

ABC (11.016 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then was the most-watched network with 90-minute editions of "Dancing with the Stars" (15.045 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) and "The Bachelorette" (6.988 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4).

Next up was FOX (5.827 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) with the season finale of "Bones" (5.938 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7) alongside a new "24: Live Another Day" (5.717 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.758 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) offered up its mix of a repeat "2 Broke Girls" (4.871 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10), a new "Friends with Better Lives" (5.145 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7), the season finale of "Mike & Molly" (7.019 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4) plus repeats of "Mom" (5.761 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #9) and "Criminal Minds" (5.875 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10).

And finally, the feature "District 9" (0.657 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) on The CW (0.657 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable, the season finale of "Bam's Bad Ass Game Show" crested a million for the first time, with 1.043 million. Food's "Rewrapped" held firm at 733,000. Logo's "RuPaul's Drag Race's" finale scored 433,000 for Logo, while "Big Break Florida" helped Golf to 185,000 total primetime viewers.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 5/21/14


Battle of the Decades: There Can Only Be One
Brad Rutter Outlasts His Opponents to Win Decades Crown
From
Sony PR
Brad Rutter, a 36-year-old actor and producer from Los Angeles, won the JEOPARDY! Battle of the Decades Tournament, defeating Ken Jennings and Roger Craig, in an episode that aired Friday.

Rutter, who went into the competition as the top money winner in JEOPARDY! history, added $1 million to his previous $3,355,102 in career winnings, bringing his total winnings to $4,355,102; Jennings claimed $100,000 for his second-place finish, and Craig took home $50,000 for coming in third.

“It’s really hard to describe how proud I am, not just that I won, but to be associated with a first-class operation like JEOPARDY!,” Rutter said. “I knew that Ken and Roger were both fantastic players and that it would come down to the end. We would battle it out and see what was left when the smoke cleared.”

Rutter and Jennings have been rivals and friends for the better part of a decade, a relationship Rutter describes as like Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain. They famously faced off against IBM’s Watson in 2011, and before that, in the finals of 2005’s Ultimate Tournament of Champions, which Rutter also won.

“Brad and I have been through the JEOPARDY! wringer together before and have bonded,” said Jennings. “It’s weird because we’re sort of different – I’m a suburban dad in Seattle who hates L.A.; Brad enjoys the debauched single L.A. lifestyle made popular by TV’s ‘Entourage’ – but on the JEOPARDY! set, we are the same guy: we love playing the game more than anything else, win or lose. He’s a class act.”

Craig, who won the Tournament of Champions in 2011 and who holds the record for most money won in a single game, embraced the opportunity to compete against his formidable opponents.

“When I realized I had won my semi-final game and knew I’d be playing Brad and Ken in the finals, I was super excited and happy that it had come down to that,” he said. “I really wanted to play both of them when this tournament was announced, and what better time than in the finals? They are extremely accomplished at JEOPARDY!, but I honestly think I can hang with them and I think the way the finals played out showed it was literally anyone’s game.”

Craig did indeed keep pace with Rutter and Jennings for the first game of the two-day final until the Double Jeopardy! round, when he wagered everything he had ($10,200) on a Daily Double and could not provide the correct response. In the second game, he tried to make up the deficit with another $10,200 bet, with the same results.

“During the finals, my strategy was to play to win at all costs, even if it meant striking out when swinging for the fences,” said Craig of his risky strategy. “Every move I made was to maximize the chance I would win, and I wasn’t worried at all about how others would perceive it. I would have really regretted it if I had [just] played to not lose.”

Rutter had said during his on-air interview with JEOPARDY! host Alex Trebek that he planned to use some of his winnings to buy a new Porsche, a goal that has since been somewhat modified.

“I had to scuttle the Porsche plan because Alex expressly forbade me from buying one at the wrap party, and I know which side my bread is buttered on,” he joked. “I still need a new car, though, and I’ll definitely do some traveling. I haven’t been to Paris in years and spending a week or so sitting at cafés watching the world go by sounds fantastic right now.”

The Wire
PRIMETIME REPLAY: Jeopardy! Battle of the Decades
Grantland

posted 5/21/14

And the Winner Is...
CBS America's Most Watched Network, NBC Wins in Demo
From
TV Line
For the first time in 10 years, NBC has come away with the season-long demo win, unseating last year’s champ, CBS.

Averaging a 2.7 rating during primetime among Adults 18-49, NBC for the 2013-14 TV season was up 13 percent year-over-year — the Peacock’s biggest demo gain in at least 26 years and the largest uptick for any Big 4 network in nine years. Fox placed second for the season by matching last year’s 2.5 rating, followed by CBS (2.4, down 17 percent) and ABC (2.1, down 5 percent).

Even with its 18 nights of Sochi Winter Olympics coverage subtracted from the equation, NBC (just barely) boasts the largest 18-49 audience, edging out Super Bowl-boosted Fox 3.18 million demo viewers to 3.13 million.

NBC enjoyed its biggest gains on Tuesday and Wednesday, where it was up 15 percent. On Mondays, thanks in part to the season’s No. 1 new drama, The Blacklist, it rose 10 percent.

In total audience, NBC grew 33 percent to an average of 9.3 million, landing at No. 2 behind CBS (which can tout itself as “America’s Most Watched Network” for a sixth straight year and 11 out of the last 12). That marks the first time in a decade NBC has placed above No. 4 in that measure, while the addition of 2.3 million viewers represents the largest gross gain for any network in 25 years.

CBS — which can claim TV’s most watched comedy (Big Bang Theory), new comedy (The Millers) and drama (NCIS) — averaged 10.7 million viewers, down 9 percent in audience versus the year prior, while ABC (7.6 million) dipped 3 percent and Fox (7.35 mil) inched up 4 percent.

TV Line

posted 5/21/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "This Is The End"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "I Wanna Marry 'Harry'" (Fox) (Time)
     
  • "Ink Master:" season 3 rivals return for Season 5:.... Rivals (The Futon Critic)
     
  • And the winners were...: "The Voice" (The Futon Critic), "Dancing with the Stars" (Glamour); ... and the loser could be "Dancing" as Maks (Zap2it) AND Len suggest that they may be leaving (TV3)
     
  • Why "Survivor" still matters 28 seasons on (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • Chris Bukowski's "Bachelorette" party crash... staged? (TMZ)
     
  • Terry Crews comes clean about his addiction to... (Rumorfix)
     
  • Jerry Springer to return to "Price Is Right Live!" stage in Branson (Greenfield Reporter)
     
  • PUBLIC SERVICE: If you have time, ability to complain about Presidential interruptions of TPIR, then you have time, ability to watch it later on CBS.com. No excuses. You're making the rest of us look bad. (Mediaite)
     
  • The math behind the Dream Factory on "Deal or No Deal" (Den of Geek)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with John Barrowman (Hitfix) & Alison Iraheta, "Idol" contestant turned backup singer (Hollywood Reporter) & Jeff Probst (Reddit)

Posted 5/20/14

Syndies: Battle of the ... Month
Results for the Week Ending May 11
From
B&C
The pending heat of summer is sending syndies swooning.

Most shows were down in the week ending May 11, which marked the halfway point of the May sweep. Viewers were down by an average of three million during the week, and many of those were distracted by sports, including the NFL Draft on ESPN as well as the NBA and NHL playoffs.

Game shows were down across the board. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune barely hung on to first place, skidding 7% for the week to a 6.4, that show’s lowest rating in a month. Just behind, CTD’s Jeopardy! - which aired week 1 of the Battle of the Decades Tournament - came within one-tenth of a point of Wheel, despite falling back 6% to a 6.3 for the week. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud also fell 6% to a 4.9, while Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire, which will add new host Terry Crews this fall, weakened 5% to a 2.1 and dropped 13% from last year at this time, game’s biggest year-to-year decline.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 5/20/14

More on "Motor City Masters"
Catch It on truTV June 25!
From
The Futon Critic
truTV has unveiled the slate of guest judges and competition themes for the first season of Motor City Masters, the search for America's next great car designer. Produced in collaboration with Chevrolet, the new competition series is set to feature such celebrity guest judges as actress and producer Melissa Joan Hart (Melissa & Joey, Clarissa Explains It All), actor Jesse Metcalfe (Dallas, Desperate Housewives), Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz, baseball great David Justice and former NASCAR driver Robby Gordon. Also serving as guest judges will be celebrity dog trainer and bestselling author Tamar Geller, vice president of design, Mattel Hot Wheels Division, Felix Holst, model and surfer Malia Jones, this summer's Transformers: Age of Extinction's Master Mechanic and Fabricator, Specialty Cars Trevor Mann and GM vice president of global design Edward T. Welburn Jr.

Hosted by Brooke Burns (The Chase, You Deserve It) and premiering Tuesday, June 24, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), Motor City Masters will bring together 10 experienced designers, with various specialties and backgrounds, all of whom share a passion for car design. Challenges on Motor City Masters will explore various aspects of design, inside and out. In each episode, the contestants will have the ambitious task of creating new, fully functional (though not street legal) concept cars based on a theme that will showcase the each competitor's unique personality. The designs will be judged by Jean Jennings, president and editor-in-chief of Automobile Magazine, and internationally renowned car designer Harald Belker.

Each week will be centered on a different theme, such as car character designs, which will tie in to the release of the new Michael Bay movie Transformers: Age of Extinction; body shape design, which will have the designers turning a Chevy SS into a NASCAR racing machine; and custom car designs, which will involve a Hot Wheels tie-in. Themes will also focus on different areas of car design, including technology, interior, body trim and functionality. The series will even touch on the automotive needs of busy parents and small business owners.

Competitors will be judged on their creativity, execution and forward-thinking design, among other criteria. The field will narrow with each elimination challenge until only the top two designers remain. These two competitors will then face off in front of Chevrolet's world-class car design experts, after which only one designer will be crowned "The Next Great Car Designer." The winner of Motor City Masters will receive a brand new 2014 Camaro Z28 and $100,000 cash. The winner will also be named a Brand Ambassador for GM, with the opportunity to showcase his/her designs at major auto show exhibitions.

truTV has ordered 10 episodes of the Motor City Masters, which is being produced for the network by Bunim/Murray Productions (Project Runway, Total Divas) and The Story Lab, a division of Aegis Media. Executive producers for Motor City Masters include Jonathan Murray, Gil Goldschein, Rick de Oliveira and Scott Freeman from Bunim/Murray Productions, as well as Lisa Eisenpresser from The Story Lab. Kirk Durham from Bunim/Murray Productions serves as co-executive producer.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/20/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Trolls"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "I Wanna Marry 'Harry'" (Fox, tonight) (Philly.com)
     
  • Pat Sajak's tweet: good joke? Bad joke? Or not a joke? (Zap2it)
     
  • THE BACHELORETTE ROUNDUP: Chris' first impressions (Entertainment Weekly), Eric Hill's death makes things incredibly INCREDIBLY awkward (Washington Post), a party crasher (Us), and the guy who just won't. Go. Away (Gossip Cop)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Terry Crews and Jimmy Fallon... "nip-synching" "Ebony & Ivory" (Jezebel)
     
  • Jennifer Lopez to release a memoir (Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • Former "Dancing" host Samantha Harris undergoes successful double masectomy (People)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Conrad Green (Hollywood Reporter)

Posted 5/20/14

"Standing" with Mentors
NBC Names Mentors for the Next Season of "Last Comic Standing"
From
The Futon Critic
An all-star line-up of special guests adds to the fun when Emmy-nominated series "Last Comic Standing" returns to NBC on Thursday, May 22 (9-11 p.m. ET). Wanda Sykes ("Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious"), Howie Mandel ("America's Got Talent"), Amy Schumer ("Inside Amy Schumer"), Cheryl Hines ("Curb Your Enthusiasm") and Jeff Ross ("The Burn with Jeff Ross") will serve as comedy mentors to the contestants as they compete for the coveted title of "Last Comic Standing." Also appearing will be Gilbert Gottfried ("Aladdin"), plus other top comedians in surprise appearances.

As the players progress in the competition, they'll be mentored by the special guests through fun and innovative challenges designed to test them in different comedy disciplines, ranging from sketch to improve to stand-up. Highlighting the challenges will be a visit to "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," where the comics will be put to the test by Ellen herself and mentored by favorite talk show guest Sykes on how to shine in interviews.

The lively laughfest, hosted by JB Smoove, kicks off with the invitationals airing May 22, 29 and June 5. For season eight, the top 100 comics in the country were hand-picked by producers to audition by invitation only, so the season starts off with great comedians already at the top of their game.

The Futon Critic
The Comic's Comic

posted 5/19/14

Sunday: Surprise Endings
Billboard's Michael Jackson Revival Beats Amazing Race's Finale
From
The Futon Critic
ABC (9.495 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday thanks to the season finale of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.626 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4) followed by its presentation of "The 2014 Billboard Music Awards" (10.452 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1).

CBS (9.175 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then claimed the silver with its night of finales for "60 Minutes" (9.821 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7), "The Amazing Race 23" (8.158 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "The Good Wife" (9.042 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8) and "The Mentalist" (9.680 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6).

Next up was FOX (2.992 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its respective finales for "Bob's Burgers" (1.955 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11), "American Dad" (2.364 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8), "The Simpsons" (3.283 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4) and "Family Guy" (3.849 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) plus a new "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" (3.252 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10).

And finally, NBC (2.142 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) was out of the hunt with its mix of "Coldplay: Ghost Stories" (1.713 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14), "American Dream Builders" (1.758 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and an encore of "The Women of SNL" (2.548 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

The Futon Critic

posted 5/19/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "AT&TV"

  • DirecTV bought out by AT&T. ObGameShows: AT&T now owns minority stake in GSN (IGN)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: All roads lead to Detroit Rock City... if you want to spin the "Wheel of Fortune" (MLive)
     
  • Friday: When ABC's top Friday draw is beaten by another program on ABC... well, you can say it's a good night (The Futon Critic)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alex Trebek (Nerdist)
     
  • And finally... $2585. That's the total from this weekend. Good job, Game Show Marathon! (GameShowMarathon.com)

Posted 5/19/14

Upfronts: AMC
Chris Hardwick Goes Bowling
From
The Futon Critic
AMC announced today that it has greenlit three new unscripted series as it continues to build its slate of unique and distinctive shows to fit alongside the network's scripted originals and premium movies. AMC has ordered three new series: "All-Star Celebrity Bowling," "Visionaries" (WT) and The Untitled Billy Corgan Wrestling Project.

"These three new series represent AMC's continuing push to find truly original ideas and explore fascinating worlds," said Eliot Goldberg, AMC's senior vice president of unscripted programming. "We are thrilled to continue our incredible partnership with Chris Hardwick, host of our most successful unscripted series, 'Talking Dead,' and with Left/Right, one of the most innovative producers in the business. We can't wait to bring these three extremely entertaining series to viewers next year."

"All-Star Celebrity Bowling" (eight episodes, 30 minutes) is the battle royale of celebrity game shows. Adapted from Chris Hardwick's hit web series, "All-Star Celebrity Bowling" features two new celebrity casts each week facing off in a fun-filled bowling match for charity. Hosted by twin brothers Randy and Jason Sklar, this comedic talk/game show hybrid allows viewers a chance to see a different side of their favorite celebrities as they compete, drink and trash talk their way through ten exciting frames of bowling. The pilot features a hilarious match up between Jon Hamm and the cast of "Mad Men" versus Chris Hardwick and his Nerdist team. Charitable winnings are on the line in each episode as stars from the world of television, movies, sports, music and pop culture bowl for dollars.

Produced by High Noon Productions; Executive Producers: Chris Hardwick and Peter Levin of Nerdist; Executive Producers: Jim Berger and Patrick Jager from High Noon.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Deadline
C21 Media

posted 5/16/14

Josh Groban Raises Up to "Rising Star" Host
Judges Set for June 22 Premiere
From
The Hollywood Reporter
Rising Star is finally starting to take shape. ABC has tapped Kesha, Ludacris and Brad Paisley to serve on the judges panel of its summer singing competition. Josh Groban will host.

Though none of the four have been involved with a TV competition on this level before, most aren't strangers to reality and live programming. Paisley has had an incredibly successful history with the CMA Awards (and ABC), co-hosting the show with Carrie Underwood. Groban, who was a frequent guest co-host on syndicated daytime talker Live!, was once a frontrunner for Regis Phibin's chair before it ultimately went to Michael Strahan. And Kesha, for her part, had her own unscripted vehicle in MTV's Kesha: My Crazy Beautiful Life.

Ludacris is hosting Sunday's Billboard Music Awards. The May 18 ABC telecast will also be the first time the network trots the foursome out together.

Based on the successful Israeli format from Keshet and Dick Clark Productions partnership Keshet DCP, Rising Star is ABC's second attempt at a singing competition in recent years. (Duets had a soft, one-off run in 2012.) The show also marks the first big launch for new reality topper Lisa Berger. She joined the network as executive vp alternative series, specials and late night in September and acquired the stateside rights to Rising Star just two months later.

The Hollywood Reporter
The Futon Critic

posted 5/16/14

Thursday: And Then There Were Two
"Idol" Closes the Gap Heading Into the Finale
From
The Futon Critic
CBS (8.994 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was top draw on Thursday thanks to the season finales of "The Big Bang Theory" (16.291 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.8, #1) and "The Millers" (9.877 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3), followed by a repeat "Two and a Half Men" (7.584 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5), a new "Bad Teacher" (5.533 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T7) and the season finale of "Elementary" (7.341 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T7).

FOX (6.657 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then claimed the silver with a new "Hell's Kitchen" (4.755 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6) alongside a one-hour "American Idol" (8.559 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4).

Next up was ABC (5.469 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with the season finale of "Grey's Anatomy" (8.606 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2), bookended by a repeat of "Grey's Anatomy" (3.575 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and a new "Black Box" (4.226 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.470 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up a new "Hollywood Game Night" (3.785 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and "Rosemary's Baby, Part 2" (3.312 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11).

And finally, The CW (1.415 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the night with the season finales of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.571 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12) and "Reign" (1.258 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14).

On cable, "The Challenge: Free Agents" broke into the top 25 with 1.073 million. "Chopped Canada" bumped up to 915,000. And "Food Court Wars" in its new time slot dropped to 709,000.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 5/16/14

So How Bad Were "Riot's" Ratings? THIS Bad.
Fox Moves "I Wanna Marry 'Harry'" Up One Week
From
The Futon Critic
Reality dating experiment I WANNA MARRY "HARRY" will now premiere one week earlier on Tuesday, May 20 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), immediately following the first night of the two-night Season Finale of AMERICAN IDOL XIII (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

Improv comedy series RIOT returns and makes its time period premiere Tuesday, May 27 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), followed by an all-new episode of I WANNA MARRY "HARRY" (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

On the series premiere of I WANNA MARRY "HARRY," airing Tuesday, May 20 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), reality meets romance, with a little twist, when 12 American women are flown to England to meet their potential "Prince Charming." What they don't know is that they'll be meeting Matthew Hicks, an average English "bloke" who bears a remarkable resemblance to Prince Harry. See what happens when these beautiful ladies see their "prince" for the first time at a "royal" masquerade ball and find out if they fall for the charade.

On the next all-new episode of RIOT, airing Tuesday, May 27 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), two of television's favorite comedy stars, Jason Alexander and Cheryl Hines, are featured in the wackiest and funniest song, dance and sketch challenges, while navigating the show's trademark one-of-a-kind set, tilted at a 22-degree angle. Then, on I WANNA MARRY "HARRY" (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), one of the ladies enjoys the first one-on-one date with "Sir" and the two take a helicopter ride to a secluded beach. Later, "Sir" challenges the ladies to a game of cricket and they have a chance to show off their athletic abilities.

The Futon Critic
Deadline
Entertainment Weekly

posted 5/16/14

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Goodbye Mr. Kasell"

  • Carl Kasell gets a farewell from a VERY special "Wait Wait! Don't Tell Me!" fan (Washington Post)
     
  • Stuart Hall found guilty of sex crimes (Manchester Evening News)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "@midnight" (Comedy Central) (AV Club)
     
  • "Idol" finale: Lady Antebellum, Aloe Blacc, KISS, Demi Lovato, half of the cast of "Duets", Paramore, Phillip Phillips, and oh yeah, a winner (The Futon Critic)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: MC Alex Trebek drops the mic (Rolling Stone)

Posted 5/16/14


Upfronts: The CW
Friday Night's Alright for "Whose Line?", "Top Model" in a Bid to Attract Men
From
The Futon Critic
The CW Network presented its 2014-15 broadcast schedule today to advertisers, affiliates and national media at New York City Center in New York City.

"This is a different CW than we were just a few years ago. Our audience is broader and more inclusive than it has ever been, and we are growing on-air and on all digital platforms," said Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW.

"We just finished our most-watched season in three years, and our schedule is as strong as it has ever been, with more vibrant and more diverse programming. Next season, with super hero action shows like "Arrow" and "The Flash," epic fantasies like "The Vampire Diaries" and "Reign," the apocalyptic worlds of "The Messengers" and "The 100," and the outrageous comedy of "Jane the Virgin" and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?," we will build and expand our audience even more, and keep our momentum going with the kind of high-octane, high-impact entertainment that our viewers love."

The CW will launch its fall season in October 2014, with premiere dates to be announced at a later time.

Fridays bring the funny and the fashionable, with the hit improv comedy series WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? returning with new episodes at 8:00-8:30p.m. AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL takes over with a smize at 9:00-10:00p.m., with Miss Jay Alexander returning to the judging table this season.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/15/14

Upfronts: MundoFox
"100 Latinos Dijeron" to Return
From
World Screen
A slate of new programming led by the rags-to-riches series El Capitan will join MundoFox’s upcoming season, according to the network’s 2014-15 Upfront presentation.

El Capitan tells the true story of a man from humble origins who forges an illustrious destiny for himself, touching the lives of millions in the process. The show is filmed in Mexico and stars Jose Maria de Tavira and Mexican leading actor Humberto Zurita.

Other new shows include El Mariachi, about a young musician who is mistaken for a fugitive and gets inadvertently thrown into a war between drug cartels; Los Milagros de Jesus, a Biblical epic chronicling some of Jesus’ most important miracles; and Quien Mato a Patricia Soler?, the story of a woman who returns after 20 years to seek vengeance on the close friends who betrayed her.

Returning shows include the prime-time game show 100 Latinos Dijeron (their version of "Family Feud") and a rebranded version of the network’s national news platform, Noticias MundoFox con Rolando Nichols. The channel is also set to release VIVE MUNDOFOX, an online VOD platform that will make its content available anywhere, at any time.

“MundoFox will deliver programing that is appealing and relevant to the U.S. Hispanic community through high-quality productions, innovative storylines and characters that relate to our audience,” said Ibra Morales, the resident of MundoFox. “We aim to provide our content across multiple platforms giving viewers access to the content they want anywhere, anytime. We are already the fastest growing Spanish-language network in social media. And we are getting ready to reach another milestone: launching VIVE MUNDOFOX, our online digital VOD platform, a user-friendly video player that will be fully operational by the fall of 2014.”

World Screen

posted 5/15/14

Wednesday: 500 vs. The Next-to-Last
"Survivor", "Idol" Prep for Home Stretch
From
The Futon Critic
CBS (9.941 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) claimed the top spot on Wednesday with its mix of a new "Survivor: Cagayan" (9.878 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3), the season finale of "Criminal Minds" (11.962 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2) and a repeat of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (7.982 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T7).

FOX (8.765 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then was a close second place with a new two-hour "American Idol" (8.765 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4).

The season finales of both "Survivor" and "Idol" will air live and simultaneously next Wednesday.

Next up was ABC (5.766 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) with its lineup of "The Middle" (6.851 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #5), the departing "Suburgatory" (4.999 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T7), "Modern Family" (8.792 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1), "Mixology" (3.921 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10) and the season finale of "Nashville" (5.017 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.116 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) offered up the penultimate weeks of "Revolution" (4.003 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.287 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T7) and "Chicago PD" (6.058 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6).

And finally, the season finale of "Arrow" (2.326 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13) and a new "The 100" (1.770 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) closed out the night on The CW (2.048 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5).

On TBS, "Deal With It" continues to hold at 1.342 million.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
The Wrap
Entertainment Weekly

posted 5/15/14

Speaking of Game Changers...
Fox-Apollo Joint Venture Will Unite "Biggest Loser", "Idol" Under One Shingle
From
Bloomberg
Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox Inc. plans to form a TV-production venture with Apollo Global Management LLC (APO), combining the companies that make “American Idol” and “The Biggest Loser.”

Fox, the New York-based media company, and funds affiliated with Apollo, the private-equity group led by Leon Black, reached a preliminary accord to own and manage the venture, the parties said in a statement today.

Murdoch would combine Fox’s Shine Group with Apollo’s Endemol and Core Media Group under the agreement. His daughter, Elisabeth, is founder and chairman of Shine, which produces and distributes shows in 11 countries, according to its website. Core Media owns “American Idol,” while Endemol is the Dutch producer of shows including “Big Brother.”

“It is unclear at this point if Shine on its own can reach the scale it needs,” Paul Sweeney, a Bloomberg Industries analyst, wrote in an e-mail. “Forming a new, larger venture with Endemol and Core Media may allow it to reach scale and greater profitability sooner.”

Fox said the parties have yet to work out the conditions of the deal and that there’s no assurance it will be completed.

Combining three companies would allow the new business to obtain independent financing and reduce production costs, according to a Fox spokesman. Financial terms weren’t announced.

Bloomberg

posted 5/15/14

Get Ready to Count Your Cats Again
4 Reups "8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown"
From
Prolific North
Channel 4 has ordered a new series of 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, which is filmed at MediaCityUK.

Co-produced by Zeppotron and Countdown producers, ITV Studios, the programme was originally only intended as a one-off Mash Up in 2012. It’s now run for 16 episodes, attracting around 2.7m viewers.

“Every series of 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown is more ambitious with an amazing line up of star guests. Countdown is a compelling game but also a brilliant comedy vehicle which is always a treat to watch,” said entertainment commissioning editor, Madeleine Knight.

When it returns in June, it will feature, Jonathan Ross, Bill Bailey, Freddie Flintoff, Jo Brand, Jason Manford, Vic Reeves, Claudia Winkleman, Josh Widdicombe and Stephen Mangan.

“We’re delighted to be making more 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown and hope that viewers will continue to enjoy the mix of playing along with such a classic game show, while being bombarded with comedic tomfoolery,” added Zeppotron managing director Ruth Phillips.

The executive producers at Zeppotron are Ruth Phillips, Andrew Westwell and Richard Osman. The series producer is Karen Murdoch.

Prolific North
Digital Spy

posted 5/15/14

DiversITV
Network Uses "X Factor", "Got Talent" to Promote Diversity
From
Broadcast
ITV’s commissioning team has been set informal objectives to increase the diversity of participants and talent in some of its most high-profile shows.

Director of television Peter Fincham told a Broadcasting Press Guild lunch this week that diversity was a “very big, broad subject” that ITV wanted to emphasise through its output.

Fincham said he was “slightly distrusting” of eye-catching initiatives, but that commissioners had been handed “annual objectives”.

ITV declined to elaborate further on the strategy, but Broadcast understands the objectives are more like informal commitments, rather than rigid targets. “I have introduced to my commissioners annual objectives and objectives to promote diversity and reflect diversity, which I don’t think were there before. It’s a subject much discussed within ITV,” he said.

The director of television added that conversations would take place with producers about casting for gameshows, while other genres might also come under the spotlight.

Fincham emphasized the work ITV is already doing, pointing to the breadth of contestants on The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, and the casting of Ben Bailey Smith and Paterson Joseph in Law & Order: UK.

He has met with Lenny Henry, who has been campaigning for increased diversity on screen since delivering a Bafta lecture on the issue earlier this year. Fincham has also sat down with Baroness Oona King to discuss diversity.

“No broadcaster would say we’re happy with where we are on diversity, if we’re fully telling the truth. As a public service broadcaster, it’s our job to reflect the whole of Britain,” Fincham said.

His comments follow BBC director of television Danny Cohen calling on the corporation to take tangible action on the issue. He has appointed Deena Saeed as a diversity champion.

Broadcast
Unreality TV

posted 5/15/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Resqrambled"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Sqrambled Scuares" (Myrtle Beach Online)
     
  • John Barrowman's side gig on "Arrow" becomes his main gig (TV Line)
     
  • "The Voice" finale: Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, OneRepublic, Tim McGraw, and oh yeah, a winner (The Futon Critic)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Chris Hardwick (The Tennesseean)

Posted 5/15/14


Upfronts: CBS
"Race" Races to Friday, "Survivor" Stays Put
From
The Hollywood Reporter
With such an overwhelming majority of its 2013-14 roster returning for the upcoming season, the only real uncertainty going into Wednesday's schedule announcement was which shows would be benched for fall's seven-week Thursday Night Football introduction.

As expected, The Big Bang Theory is not being delayed by the NFL. Instead, it will move back to Mondays, airing at 8 p.m. in an attempt to open the night on a strong note, as How I Met Your Mother once did. 2 Broke Girls returns to the slot once Big Bang can move into its normal Thursday spot.

There are more significant changes to the Monday lineup as well. After being the network's only two-hour comedy block (since 1986!) until last year's Thursday expansion, it's been cut down to one hour. CBS' aggressive drama renewals and new series orders made it almost inevitable that one hour of comedy would go. In its place is newcomer Scorpion, with NCIS: Los Angeles moving into the troubled 10 p.m. hour, which was the home of saw CBS' lone drama failures of the past season.

Thursday, already CBS' top-performing night in the key demo, will remain largely intact after the Sept. 11-Oct. 23 run of Thursday Night Football. Two and a Half Men, confirmed for a final season, will lead into the only new addition, The McCarthys, at 9:30 p.m. That lineup resumes on Oct. 30.

The lone tweak to Tuesday seems like a given. NCIS, anchored at 8 p.m, will lead into its New Orleans spinoff in the old Los Angeles time slot. And there is a similarly small adjustment to Wednesday. Kevin Williamson drama Stalker moves into CSI's time slot -- as the latter is now migrating to Sunday at 10 p.m. It will run there until spinoff Cyber picks up in the time slot later in the season. That split, like the NFL delay of the Thursday block, will help to eliminate any repeats over the course of the season.

"It just enables us to have more originals throughout the entire year," CBS Corp. chairman and CEO Leslie Moonves told reporters. "You're going to see periods that have no repeats all year."

Speaking of Sundays, the network is returning to a block of three dramas following 60 Minutes. Madame Secretary will debut at 8 p.m., leading into The Good Wife. CBS Entertainment chief Nina Tassler and scheduler and senior executive vp primetime Kelly Kahl joked that the Tea Leoni political drama is a hybrid of its lead-in and lead-out.

"The Amazing Race" is moving from Sunday to Friday at 8p, while "Survivor" will retain its 8p Wednesday time slot.

The Hollywood Reporter

posted 5/14/14

Upfronts: TNT/TBS
Soon: "On the Menu", "Funniest Wins"
From
World Screen
TNT is refreshing its branding, centered on the tagline "TNT Drama. Boom.", while TBS is continuing to build on its current success with new series in development.

TNT is looking to expand its audience by attracting younger viewers and a more balanced male-female composition. The network currently has 14 original series slated for the rest of 2014, including five new scripted and two new unscripted series. TNT also has two new scripted dramas greenlit for next year, alongside a slate of original series in development from producers and creators such as Vince Vaughn and Donnie Wahlberg.

Major Crimes returns for season three on Monday, June 9 at 9 p.m., while Murder in the First makes its series premiere the same night at 10 p.m. The fifth season of Rizzoli & Isles occupies the Tuesday 9 p.m. slot starting June 17, to be followed by the third season of Perception. On Friday, June 20, Cold Justice makes its season two debut at 9 p.m. Sunday, June 22, sees the series launch of The Last Ship at 9 p.m., followed by the season four return of Falling Skies at 10 p.m. The new series Legends makes its debut on Wednesday, August 13, in a 9 p.m. slot. Following at 10 p.m. is season four of Franklin & Bash. Dallas returns for its third season on Monday, August 18, at 9 p.m. Other new series on the fall roster are On the Menu, Wake Up Call and Transporter The Series. The Librarians is set for winter 2014.

TNT has greenlit for 2015 Public Morals, which comes from Amblin Television, and Proof, a serialized supernatural drama starring Jennifer Beals. Among the scripted series in development for TNT are Anonymous, which has Vince Vaughn among its producers; Breed, an atmospheric supernatural drama produced by, among others, True Blood's Scott Winant; and Ed McBain's 87th Precinct, produced by Donnie Wahlberg, Jonathan Baruch and Rob Wolken. There's also Fix-It Men, Kali, President X and The Shop.

TBS, meanwhile, will continue to leverage The Big Bang Theory as a lead-in for new and current series, including the returning hits Sullivan & Son, Ground Floor and Cougar Town. New to the schedule is the comedy game show Funniest Wins and the recently greenlit sitcoms Angie Tribeca (working title), Your Family or Mine and Buzzy's.

Funniest Wins makes its series premiere on Tuesday, June 19, at 10 p.m. CeeLo Green's The Good Life launches on Monday, June 23, at 10:30 p.m. The third season of Sullivan & Son debuts with back-to-back episodes on Tuesday, June 24, at 10 p.m. American Dad heads into its 11th season in the fall, Ground Floor into its second in the winter, and Cougar Town into its sixth in early 2015.

World Screen
Ad Age

posted 5/14/14

Tuesday: No Laughing Matter
"Riot" Gets Ripped
From
The Futon Critic
CBS (14.122 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) snagged the top spot on Tuesday thanks to the season finales of "NCIS" (16.765 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (14.774 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #T2) and "Person of Interest" (10.826 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4).

NBC (8.058 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then had to settle for second place with its mix of "The Voice" (10.771 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.5, #T2), "About a Boy" (6.789 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7) and the season finales of "About a Boy" (5.835 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8) and "Chicago Fire" (7.091 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4).

Next up was ABC (3.820 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with its swan song lineup of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (5.229 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4), "The Goldbergs" (4.129 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #9) and "Trophy Wife" (2.768 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) plus a new "Celebrity Wife Swap" (2.784 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.622 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) served up the season finale of "Glee" (1.922 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) alongside the premiere of "Riot" (1.322 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15).

On cable, the penultimate "Ink Master" led the troops with an audience of 1.565 million to Jim Henson's Creature Shop Challenge (975,000). "Chopped" on Food continued hit status with 1.159 million vewers.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 5/14/14

More on "Bet On Your Baby"
Catch It on ABC May 31
From
the Futon Critic
The babies are back and cuter than ever! Melissa Peterman (ABC Family's "Baby Daddy") hosts the game show that challenges parents to try to predict their child's next move in an effort to win money for their child's future education. ABC has ordered eight episodes for the new season, with a premiere date of SATURDAY, MAY 31 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television network.

In the second season premiere, "201," we meet 3-year old Nyla and her parents Calee and Arthur King who hope she'll pick up the phone within 6 rings to win $5,000 in the game "Pickup Line." The Hahn Triplets - Jacob, Tyler and Audrey--play "TP Takeoff." Can they empty 3 rolls of toilet paper within 90 seconds? Four-year-old Rozlynn loves playing "Dress Up" with her mom Wanda Cohill while Grandma Tajee wagers on which costume her granddaughter will select. And 4-year-old A.J. Rodriguez plays "Peanut Putter," a mini-golf game, with his dad Lupe, while mom Angela guesses how many holes in one he'll land in the oversized cup. All the parents return for a high-stakes game of "Baby Talk," in which they guess the mystery word Melissa and their children are describing. One lucky family moves on to try to break the piggy bank and win a $50,000 college fund.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/14/14

Fremantle Media en Espanol
"Got Talent" Heading to Latin America
From
Rapid TV News
FremantleMedia International (FMI) is heading into LA Screenings touting a host of new programmes and formats available for US and Latin American buyers.

"We're kicking off LA Screenings with one of our broadest portfolios to date," said Sheila Aguirre, senior vice president of sales and development for Latin America, Caribbean and Hispanic programming for FremantleMedia International. "Combined with our vast sales throughout the region, FremantleMedia International remains a key player in the Latin American TV market."

For starters, the UK version of the X Factor has been sold to pan-regional (Sony Pictures Television Networks in Latin America), Trinidad (CNC3) and Suriname (SCCN).

The Got Talent format, which was recently named by Guinness World Records as the most successful reality TV format, will continue to get exposure with Chilevision entering into its fifth season and Ecuavisa in Ecuador signing up for a third season. In addition, the upcoming season nine of America's Got Talent has also been sold to Sony Pictures Television Networks in Latin America and CNC3 in Trinidad.

The original music show phenomenon Idols, co-owned by FremantleMedia and 19 Entertainment, will continue to grow throughout the region with RCN in Colombia launching its first season of the global format in spring 2014. A local version will also be created for Channel 13 in Paraguay.

In addition, celebrity impersonation is the name of the game as the fifth season of My Name Is heads to Chile on Canal 13.

FMI's leading game show properties will also provide entertainment to the region, with the sale of 100 Latinos, the US Hispanic version of Family Feud, to Televisa in Mexico, pan-regional Mundo FOX in LATAM, and Telerama in Ecuador.

Rapid TV News
C21 Media

posted 5/14/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Questions Over Broadway"

Posted 5/14/14


Upfronts: ABC
"Dancing", "Shark Tank" Stay Put; Midseason Games Wait Until... Midseason
From
The Futon Critic
ABC continues its commitment to world-class storytelling and new creative voices with the announcement of its 2014-15 slate of programming, including the addition of 12 new series. Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment Group, will unveil the network's new lineup to the advertising and media communities this afternoon at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall.

"Our schedule reflects a judicious mix of boldness and stability," said Lee. "ABC is finishing the season with momentum -- we now have building blocks on every night of the week, and we're using them to launch our new series. This season we set out to develop passion projects from world-class storytellers and showcase the faces and voices of America. Both plans unleashed a wave of creativity and we're extremely excited about the new slate."

ABC airs 7 of the Top 20 entertainment series on broadcast TV this season with Adults 18-49, more than any other network, including 4 of the Top 10: "Modern Family" - No. 3, "Grey's Anatomy" - No. 4, "Scandal" - No. 8, "Resurrection" - No. 9, "Once Upon a Time" - No. 12, "The Bachelor" - No. 16 and "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." - No. 20.

New series for the 2014-15 season are "American Crime," "Black-ish," "Cristela," "Forever," "Fresh Off the Boat," "Galavant," "How to Get Away with Murder," "Manhattan Love Story," "Marvel's Agent Carter," "Secrets and Lies," "Selfie" and "The Whispers."

Returning this season are "America's Funniest Home Videos," "The Bachelor," "Castle," "Dancing with the Stars," "The Goldbergs," "The Great Christmas Light Fight," "Grey's Anatomy," "Last Man Standing," "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," "The Middle," "Modern Family," "Nashville," "Once Upon a Time," "Resurrection," "Revenge," "Scandal," "Shark Tank," "The Taste" and "20/20."

Fall premiere dates will be announced at a later time. Please note shows picked up but not listed on the schedule will debut later in the 2014-15 season.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/13/14

Simon Cowell Looks for "La Banda"
Talent Show to Launch in 2015
From
Deadline
Simon Cowell has joined Univision‘s effort to dissuade advertisers of the notion that Spanish-language programming is fine for older viewers but not necessarily young Latinos who are bilingual and watch English TV. He’s launching a talent show in 2015, La Banda — a search for five members of a Latino boy band — across the company’s media platforms, he said "Britain's Got Talent" - Photocalltoday at Univision’s upfront presentation. “There was only one destination [for the show], and that was Univision,” he said as execs added that they’ll begin looking for product integrations, which have become de rigueur for TV talent shows. Contestants will come from Mexico, Central America, South America, the Caribbean and Puerto Rico, and the band will have a recording contract with Sony Music Latin.

The announcement buttressed what’s possibly the most direct sales pitch advertisers will hear from the major networks presenting during upfront week: “You won’t sell your stuff if you don’t speak the language,” EVP Ad Sales Steve Mandala told Upfronts2014_badgeadvertisers in his presentation today. Univision presents itself as the “one media company that’s 100% focused on all Hispanics.” Mandala pointed to rapper Pitbull (he “isn’t just a pop star; he’s a marketing powerhouse”) and Univision’s success selling products for Post’s Honey Bunches Of Oats, Subway, Nissan, and Toyota.

Deadline

posted 5/13/14

Syndies: Down the Stretch
Results for the Week Ending May 4
From
B&C
The racism scandal that enveloped LA Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling elevated the syndicated entertainment magazines in the first full week of the May sweep, which ended May 4.

CTD’s leader Wheel of Fortune and its second-ranked Jeopardy! both climbed 5% from the previous session to a 6.9 and 6.7, respectively. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud finished ahead 6% to a 5.2, and also led the category among women 25-54 with a 2.6 to Wheel’s 2.5 and Jeopardy!’s 2.4. In fourth place among the games, Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which is replacing Cedric the Entertainer with Terry Crews next season, improved 5% to a 2.2.

B&C
The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 5/13/14

Monday: Split Semi
NBC, CBS Split Night
From
The Futon Critic
NBC (10.797 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) was the demo champ on Monday thanks to a new "The Voice" (10.947 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) and the season finale of "The Blacklist" (10.499 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2).

ABC (12.657 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then claimed the silver with a new "Dancing with the Stars" (13.807 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3) alongside the season finale of "Castle" (10.358 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T4).

Next up was FOX (6.349 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) with originals from "Bones" (6.256 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7) and "24: Live Another Day" (6.442 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.199 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) served up a repeat of "2 Broke Girls" (5.109 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9) followed by new episodes of "Friends with Better Lives" (4.873 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8) and "Mike & Molly" (6.956 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T4) plus repeats of "Two and a Half Men" (4.894 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9) and "NCIS" (4.679 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

Nothing new to report on the cable front...

- Bam's Bad Ass Game Show (10:30) - TBS
0.722 million viewers, #32; 0.420 million adults 18-49 (0.33 rating), #30
- Rewrapped (8:00) - Food
0.704 million viewers, #34; 0.374 million adults 18-49 (0.29 rating), #33

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 5/13/14

Challenge Hits Another "Bullseye"
Network Renews Revival
From
Licensing.biz
Challenge TV has acquired a further two seasons of the classic television gameshow, Bullseye.

The channel already broadcasts the program – originally presented by comedian Jim Bowen – each week, to an audience of over 200,000.

Challenge will now offer fans of the show – that ran over the ITV network from 1981 to 1995 – a further installment of the blast from the past, with series six and nine joining its roster.

The show now extends beyond TV, with apparel lines from Poeticgem, while deals for quiz books and a tech accessories range are close to finalization.

The brand’s licensing agent, Bulldog Licensing is also in discussion with potential partners for online gaming, board games and men’s gifting.

“The fact that Challenge is adding to its existing Bullseye program is indicative of just how popular this brand is,” said Bulldog MD, Rob Corney.

“It’s huge fun, gloriously retro and everyone has a soft spot for Bullseye, so it’s no surprise we are dealing with so much interest in the property.”

Licensing.biz

posted 5/13/14

Sunday: Slow Race
ABC, CBS Split Night
From
The Futon Critic
ABC (5.919 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the top demo draw on Sunday thanks to a new "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.753 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5) followed by the season finales of "Once Upon a Time" (6.501 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and "Revenge" (4.921 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5).

CBS (8.280 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) then was the most-watched network with its usual mix of "60 Minutes" (8.368 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10), "The Amazing Race 23" (7.438 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "The Good Wife" (8.683 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and "The Mentalist" (8.630 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

Next up was FOX (3.178 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) and its lineup of "Bob's Burgers" (2.015 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13), "American Dad" (2.381 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10), "The Simpsons" (3.610 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4), "Family Guy" (4.116 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) and "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" (3.471 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

And finally, NBC (3.734 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) closed out the evening with "Dateline NBC" (3.794 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #14) and "Rosemary's Baby, Part 1" (3.674 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10).

On cable, Food Network owned the night with the following ratings:

- Guy's Grocery Games (8:00) - Food
1.155 million viewers, #35; 0.536 million adults 18-49 (0.42 rating), #32
- America's Best Cook (9:00) - Food
1.135 million viewers, #36; 0.445 million adults 18-49 (0.35 rating), #40
- Cutthroat Kitchen (10:00) - Food
1.077 million viewers, #37; 0.520 million adults 18-49 (0.41 rating), #34

Meanwhile, Spike's "Hungry Investors" perked up to 1.039 million.

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posted 5/13/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Reality Is Fake"

  • Charlie White calls last night on "Dancing" "contrived" (E!)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: the five things you didn't see from "The Biggest Loser" season 3... or any season for that matter (Cracked)
     
  • You think YOU have a problem with the #TwitterSave? (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • Andi Dorfman was "devastated" upon hearing about Eric Hill's death (People), while some vindictive loser won't watch (Wetpaint), instead plays cooler to the Cardinals (Fox Sports)
     
  • Giada de Laurentiis is opening her own restaurant (Las Vegas Sun)
     
  • Bam Margera plays a bad ass show in Tampa (Tampa Bay Online)
     
  • Rachel Riley takes a moment for teachers (Echo)
     
  • Alexander Armstrong calls TV a "mass picnic"... whatever that is. (Telegraph)
     
  • DRG says "Adios" to the USA (TBI Vision)

Posted 5/13/14


Upfronts: Fox
"Idol" Cuts Back; "Hell's Kitchen", "MasterChef Jr." to Return; More on "Utopia"
From
The Futon Critic
Kevin Reilly, Chairman, Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX), today unveiled the FOX portfolio of content for the 2014-2015 television season to the national advertising community during its annual Programming Presentation at the Beacon Theatre.

"Our portfolio of content this year reflects the biggest investment in programming we've ever made," said Reilly. "FOX is redefining the network experience on our air and as a 24/7/365 platform, with distinctive series, addictive event dramas and can't-miss live specials that will deliver broadcast's most youthful audience at scale."

Joe Earley, Chief Operating Officer, FOX, added, "The new series and specials we're presenting today feature buzzworthy worlds and characters that we think will be the most talked about, liked, tweeted and shared of the season."

One new unscripted series debuts in the fall: the groundbreaking social experiment UTOPIA, which asks, "Does a perfect world exist?" From unscripted mastermind John de Mol ("Deal Or No Deal," "Fear Factor," "The Voice," "Big Brother"), and based on the Dutch hit of the same name, UTOPIA is a bold new series that moves 15 everyday Americans to an isolated, undeveloped location - for an entire year - and challenges them to create their own civilization. Will it be ultimate happiness or utter chaos?

On the flip side, FOX plans to roll back its commitment to "American Idol" even further when it returns next year. "Next year the format will be different, it's going to be less hours, it's 37 hours... I think you'll see a two night format at least initially during the audition phase but I think it's quite likely - and we have not locked into it exactly - I think it's quite likely it will end up being a two hour show on one night through most of its run." That's down from 56.5 hours for the current season, which in turn was down from the year prior (59.5).

Elsewhere on the schedule, "Hell's Kitchen" will bow a new season on Wednesdays at 8p. "MasterChef Junior" will premiere its sophomore season on Fridays.

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Entertainment Weekly
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The Futon Critic

posted 5/12/14

More on "The Bachelorette"
Catch It on ABC May 19
From
The Futon Critic
What do a former pro baseball player, a social media marketer who loves living life in the fast lane, a handsome man with some painful secrets about his past, a small town bachelor who takes farming to another level and a tall, attractive gentleman who deals with tough guys for a living, but has a soft spot for cookies all have in common? They're all on the hunt for the new Bachelorette, Andi Dorfman, when the tenth edition of the female version of ABC's popular romance reality series, "The Bachelorette," premieres on MONDAY, MAY 19 at a special time (9:30-11:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

"The Bachelorette" will return to its regular time slot on Monday, May 26 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET).

As previously announced, this season will be dedicated to the late Eric Hill, 32, who died tragically after concluding his filming of the show.

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posted 5/12/14

MTV Lets "Copycat" Out of the Bag
Singing Competition Launches June 2
From
The Futon Critic
MTV takes the world of singing competitions to new heights this summer when new series, "Copycat" premieres on Monday, June 2 at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT. Hosted by Jonathan Bennett of "Mean Girls" fame, the series will showcase contestants who think they can sing just like their favorite music artists. Imitation is the highest form of flattery but will these contestants be able to do their idols justice?

In each episode of "Copycat" six contestants pay tribute to their celebrity icons in a "cat fight battle," where two fans who idolize the same artist are pitted against one another in a sing off in front of a live studio audience. The audience is not able to see the singers at first so the contestants must rely on their voices alone to impress them and win their votes. Some contestants may be able to fool the crowd into thinking they are the real thing while others will leave the audience running for the door. The two final performers will then undergo makeovers and transform them into their celebrity idols, for one last performance of the idols' songs in an effort to win $5,000!

Viewers can go to MTV.com for sneak peeks of the show including photos & videos. For even more information and exclusive content, fans can "like" the "Copycat" Facebook page here: Copycat Facebook.

"Copycat" is executive produced by Mike Fleiss and Brendon Carter and Co-Executive produced by Matt Laesch. "Copycat" is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Lauren Dolgen, Alice Dickens and Kristina Edwards are Development Executives for MTV. Jennifer Russakoff is Production Executive for MTV.

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posted 5/12/14

Friday: "Shark" Earns Renewal Stripes
ABC Offering Takes Tops in the Demo
From
The Futon Critic
ABC (5.931 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the demo champ for the sixth week in a row thanks to a repeat of "Shark Tank" (4.441 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) followed by new episodes of "Shark Tank" (7.165 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "20/20" (6.188 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2).

CBS (9.292 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then claimed the silver with the season finales of "Unforgettable" (7.290 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.087 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4) and "Blue Bloods" (11.499 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3).

Next up was NBC (4.231 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its mix of "Dateline NBC" (5.733 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6), "Grimm" (4.838 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4) and "Hannibal" (2.124 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Meanwhile, The CW (1.121 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.516 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.273 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) and a new "Hart of Dixie" (0.847 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

And finally, repeats of "24: Live Another Day" (1.340 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and another "24: Live Another Day" (1.384 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) on FOX (1.362 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable, the series finale of "Family Brainsurge" helped Nicktoons to 174,000 viewers during primetime.

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posted 5/12/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "100% Missing"

  • Casey Kasem missing (NBC News)
     
  • Simon Cowell admits that America liked the reality talent show so much that network poured its marketing muscle into it, saturated their key demographic, and topped out. Translation: the kids are sick of it (New York Times)
     
  • ACTUAL HEADLINE: "Bachelorette" star loses shoulder in tragic Photoshop incident (Jezebel)
     
  • "Bachelor" star gets married... outside of TV (E!)
     
  • "La Voz Kids" names its finalists (TV by the Numbers)

Posted 5/12/14


Upfronts: NBC
"Voice", "Loser", "Talent", "Game Night", "Ninja", "Apprentice" ALL Returning!
From
The Futon Critic
Coming off a season in which the network catapulted to No. 1 in the 18-49 demo and saw double-digit improvement in many prominent timeslots, NBC has announced a line-up of popular returning series, inventive new comedies, compelling new dramas and season seven of the Emmy Award-winning musical competition series "The Voice."

NBC is on track to win the traditional September-to-May primetime season in adults 18-49 for the first time in 10 years. In "most current" averages through the season's first 32 weeks, NBC's 2.8 rating in 18-49 is up +17% versus one year ago, making it the network's top average at this point in the season in five years, according to Nielsen Media Research.

NBC is also #1 for the season if its nights of Sochi Olympic coverage are excluded from its averages (giving it a 2.6 rating through 32 weeks, versus a 2.5 for #2 Fox). Also, NBC's regular line-ups are up versus last season on five of seven nights of the week and even with last year on a sixth, while Sunday night is down just 2%.

In total viewers, NBC is up +35% to 9.4 million persons, its biggest overall audience at this point in the season in eight years. NBC ranks #2 in total viewers, marking the first time in 10 years the network has ranked higher than #4 at this point. Excluding its nights of Sochi Olympic coverage, NBC still ranks #2 for the season in total viewers and is up +21% versus a year ago to 8.5 million viewers.

Highlights of the just-announced year-round schedule, which will be bolstered by the Feb. 1 Super Bowl, include a pair of comedies - "Bad Judge" and "Mission Control" - from the brilliant and warped minds of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay; "Marry Me," the new series from "Happy Endings" creator David Caspe; "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," from the Emmy Award-winning team behind "30 Rock" - Tina Fey and Robert Carlock; and projects from Ellen DeGeneres and the producing team of Rashida Jones and Will McCormack.

On the drama side, Emmy and SAG Award winner Debra Messing stars as a cop balancing her job and stressful home life in "The Mysteries of Laura"; Katherine Heigl returns to television as a high-level CIA analyst in "State of Affairs"; Hope Davis is forced to choose between family and country in the riveting modern-day spy drama "Allegiance"; a wildly popular DC Comics character gets a primetime makeover in "Constantine"; and NBC's lineup of A-list producers includes Joe Carnahan, Peter Horton, Greg Berlanti and David S. Goyer.

The new drama additions are "Allegiance," "Constantine," "The Mysteries of Laura," "Odyssey" and "State of Affairs."

The new comedy additions are "A to Z," "Bad Judge," "Marry Me," "Mission Control," "Mr. Robinson," "One Big Happy" and "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt."

Returning scripted programming includes "About a Boy," "The Blacklist," "Chicago Fire," "Chicago P.D.," "Grimm," "Hannibal," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," "Parenthood" and "Parks and Recreation."

Returning alternative series include "America Ninja Warrior," "America's Got Talent," "Celebrity Apprentice," "Hollywood Game Night" and "The Voice."

"The Biggest Loser" will move to Thursdays this fall at 8p ET. "The Voice" will retain its Monday-Tuesday lineup. Times and dates for the rest of the lineup will be announced.

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 5/11/14

More on "Game Show Marathon 3"
Catch It, Donate Online at GameShowMarathon.com Starting May 17
From
Lancaster Online
The 24-Hour Game Show Marathon being hosted by Cory Anotado, Christian Carrion, and Bob Hagh will feature versions of both American and British game shows.

The marathon runs from noon Saturday, May 17, to noon Sunday, May 18, at noon.
The three will be hosting a game for an hour then be a contestant for two more hours before going back to hosting.

The entire show will be live-streamed and available on GameShowMarathon.com.
American shows include “Minute to Win It,” “Family Feud” and “The $25,000 Pyramid.” British shows include “Countdown,” “Bob’s Full House: and “Only Connect.”

Viewers will be able to tweet and chat with the in-studio guests in real time and throughout the show; donations will be accepted on behalf of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The goal is $2,500.

Last year, the 24-Hour Game Show Marathon raised more than $2,000 for the American Cancer Society and Baltimore’s Kennedy Krieger Institute.

(Disclaimer: GSNN is a proud sponsor of the 24-Hour Game Show Marathon)

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The 24-Hour Game Show Marathon starts May 10 at noon ET.
posted 5/11/14

Strictly Claudia Dancing
Claudia Winkleman to Replace Sir Bruce Forsyth on the British Dance Floor
From
The Independent
Claudia Winkleman has been announced as the new co-host of Strictly Come Dancing following the departure of the television legend Sir Bruce Forsyth.

The announcement by the BBC ends weeks of speculation prompted by Sir Bruce's decision to step down from the show after a decade.

Winkleman, who already presents the Sunday night results show, will join Tess Daly. The pair were expected to to land the permanent slot together after impressing viewers with their on-screen chemistry in the weekly results show and during Sir Bruce's occasional absences.

Winkleman, who will be upstairs hosting the post-dance interviews, said: "I have loved Strictly since the second it appeared on our screens and I am honoured and thrilled to now be part of the Saturday night team.

"Working alongside Tess is always fantastic and I can't wait to spend the weekends with her, our amazing dancers and the greatest judging panel on the planet. Sir Bruce is a living legend and we'll all miss him very much."

The Independent
BBC News
Yahoo!
Contact Music

posted 5/11/14

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "Happy Mother's Day!"

Posted 5/11/14

Idol: Down... But Not Out
Fox Reups for 14th Season; Auditions Coming Shortly
From
TV Guide
Fox may have given The X Factor the boot, but it's not closing up shop on American Idol anytime soon. The network has officially renewed the long-running singing competition for its 14th season.

The announcement came Wednesday when American Idol revealed that auditions for the new cycle will kick off on June 18 in Minneapolis, Minn.

It remains to be seen which judges will return for the new season. After a conflict-heavy Season 12, this year's trio has gotten favorable reviews. However, Jennifer Lopez is set to star in an NBC drama beginning production in 2015 and it is unclear if she could juggle both commitments.

While the judging panel has received praise from critics and fans, Idol's ratings reached new lows this season, dipping below a 2.0 in the adults 18-49 demo for the first time in the show's history. But the aging competition series still appears to be a priority for the network, with 21st Century Fox senior executive vice president and Idol executive producer David Hill telling TV Guide Magazine in March, "It's never, ever going to achieve the amazingly huge numbers of five or six years ago, but it's going to be a staple on the Fox network for a long, long time."

Longtime host Ryan Seacrest has closed on a deal to return to Idol, according to Deadline.com. His contract is reportedly for the next season with an option for another.

TV Guide
Variety
TV Guide
The Futon Critic
Deadline


"American Idol" will return for season 14 in 2015
photo courtesy FremantleMedia/Fox

posted 5/9/14

Dancing with the Sharks
ABC Renews Ahead of Upfronts
From
Deadline
Unscripted renewals at ABC a week before the upfronts.

Getting a sixth-season pickup is MVP Shark Tank, which has been driving ABC’s demo ratings dominance on Friday and which has stepped in to fill any hole the network might have open with its well-performing repeats. Sony TV is producing.

The Bachelor, from Warner Horizon, has been picked up for a 19th cycle after a controversial but well-rated season with bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis. And the oldest of them all, America’s Funniest Home Videos, has been renewed for a 25th, which longtime host Tom Bergeron said would be his last.

And speaking of which, Dancing with the Stars will return for a 19th cycle, per a tweet from ABC Publicity. The most recent installment — which saw a personnel shakeup in the celebraquarium and changes to band — averaged a 2.5 rating in 18-49 and a respectable 15.4 million viewers. Not too shabby for the veteran franchise, which still manages to generate a lot of interest.

ABC will announce its full fall lineup at its upfront next week.

Deadline
TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic
Entertainment Weekly

posted 5/9/14

Thursday: Mr. Irrelevant
Idol Loses to NFL Draft on Two Networks
From
Splitsider

The draft, which aired on both ESPN and NFL Network, had a combined total of 12.373 million viewers, over 7 million of which were in the demo.

CBS (8.776 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was of course the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.166 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1), "The Millers" (9.151 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4), the season finale of "Two and a Half Men" (8.489 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3), "Bad Teacher" (5.838 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8) and "Elementary" (7.504 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T6).

FOX (4.901 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then snagged the silver with originals from "Hell's Kitchen" (4.212 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T6), "American Idol" (7.075 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5) and the departing "Surviving Jack" (4.104 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9).

Next up was ABC (4.938 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with a repeat of "Grey's Anatomy" (2.935 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) alongside originals from "Grey's Anatomy" (7.468 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) and "Black Box" (4.411 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.186 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up the return of "Hollywood Game Night" (3.264 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12) alongside the "American Comedy Awards" (3.146 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11).

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posted 5/9/14

Sundance Enters the "Matrix"
Chappelle's Show Writer Neal Brennan to Host Series Based on Magazine
From
Splitsider
New York magazine's "Approval Matrix" is getting its very own TV show. Chappelle's Show show co-creator Neal Brennan has been hired to host a game show called The Approval Matrix based on the magazine's regular feature, Vulture reports. The six-episode series will air on Sundance TV and is set to premiere in July. The Daily Show's Rory Albanese will produce and write the show, which will feature Brennan being joined by a different panel of comedians for and celebrities for each episode. The Approval Matrix feature has been running in New York magazine weekly since 2004 and was previously adapted into a game show pilot for a different network, Bravo, in 2010.

Splitsider

posted 5/9/14

Who's Asking? Armoza, That's Who
Israeli Game House Sends New Project Abroad
From
World Screen
Who's Asking?, a new interactive studio game show from the Armoza Formats catalogue, has been snapped up in France, the Netherlands and Turkey.

Who's Asking was licensed by A Prime Group in France, Flare Media in the Netherlands and HMO in Turkey. The program looks on as contestants attempt to determine who is asking them various questions. It was developed by Grand Studios of Israel (House Call, Special Delivery).

Avi Armoza, the CEO of Armoza Formats, stated: "Who's Asking? brings a new face to studio game shows. The questions in this interactive format are not the typical ones you would expect to hear—rather they are candid, and often surprising, questions from the people on the street. Who’s Asking? taps in to how well we can really judge someone—and what they know—just by looking at them, and wraps this up in a fun and exciting game show."

World Screen
TBI Vision
C21 Media

posted 5/9/14

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "How to Make Money in America"

  • LIST ABUSE: West Virginia, Maryland, and Maine are the most likely states to appear in a $1000 clue on "Jeopardy!". Here's the science... and the map (Slate)
     
  • The failures keep mounting for Simon Cowell; the newest, "I Can't Sing: The X Factor Musical" (Unreality TV)
     
  • Usher is a good kisser... well, his new single is. (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • ARE YOU SMARTER THAN: from the actual article... "Women would leave me after I told them that I murdered my previous wives. But I spent 14 years in jail. I have changed," he told the Haberturk newspaper published Friday.

    Calinak described himself as an "honest person looking for a new wife" and added: "The woman who will marry me should not be afraid that I would kill her." (The Week),
     
  • Steve Harvey plays Bud Collyer this week (WRAZ Raleigh)
     
  • "Coach" Benjamin Wade has a new player. Welcome Lenna Marie Wade! (People)

Posted 5/9/14

Terry Crews Control
"Expendables", "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" Star New Host of "Millionaire"
From
The Futon Critic
Actor, author, fitness enthusiast, Old Spice pitchman and former NFL player Terry Crews will soon be adding "game show host" to his resume as he has been named the new host of "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire." The multi-talented Crews will join the show beginning with its 13th season in national syndication in fall of 2014, it was announced today.

In addition, seasoned game show and television producer James Rowley has joined the show as executive producer. Crews will host the long-running franchise from Stamford, Connecticut as production is moving to a new studio prior to the start of the 2014-2015 season.

"We are excited to announce that Terry Crews will be taking the reigns as our new host of 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' next season," said Janice Marinelli, president, Disney-ABC Domestic Television. "Terry is engaging, endearing, smart, and quick on his feet -- the perfect combination to lead one of the longest-running franchises in game show history."

"Terry has a larger than life personality and his contagious enthusiasm and innate curiosity is sure to resonate with the 'Millionaire' audience," said Lisa Hackner, executive vice president, Daytime & Syndicated Programming, ABC Entertainment Group. "Terry has the unique ability to make anyone feel comfortable and we are confident he will connect with both contestants and viewers."

"I'm beyond thrilled to be joining 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' and the Disney-ABC family," commented Crews. "'Millionaire' is such a beloved franchise and I can't wait to get started as the new host. In addition to my film projects including 'Blended,' 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' and now being a first time author, hosting has always been a dream of mine, and I couldn't have asked for a greater opportunity."

Crews will take over for Cedric "The Entertainer," who presently hosts the 2013-2014 season. Meredith Vieira launched the weekday version of the game show in 2002 and remained host for 11 seasons, through 2013.

Since retiring from the NFL, Crews has traded in his helmet and cleats to pursue an acting career while also becoming the ultimate family man and fitness enthusiast. He is currently a series regular on FOX's Golden Globe award-winning comedy series "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" alongside Andy Samberg and Andre Braugher as Sgt. Terry Jeffords, whose ripped exterior belies a sensitive and beleaguered interior. Over the past few years, Crews has demonstrated his skillful range as an overworked dad in "Everybody Hates Chris," a tough guy in the "Expendables" franchise, the loveable goofball in "White Chicks," Will McAvoy's bodyguard in "The Newsroom," the pec-popping Old Spice pitchman, and randy congressman Herbert Love in "Arrested Development."

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Terry Crews will take over as host of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" in the fall
photo courtesy Zimbio

posted 5/8/14

Wednesday: Eye Roll
CBS Sweeps, but NBC Nips in the Demo
From
The Futon Critic
CBS (10.059 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) held onto the top spot on Wednesday with its usual mix of "Survivor: Cagayan" (9.824 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2), "Criminal Minds" (10.434 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #3) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (9.919 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4).

FOX (7.842 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then snagged the silver with its two-hour "American Idol" (7.842 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5).

Next up was ABC (5.314 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) with originals from "The Middle" (6.315 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6), "Suburgatory" (4.678 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T10), "Modern Family" (8.097 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1), "Mixology" (3.736 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9) and "Nashville" (4.529 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.829 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) served up fresh installments of "Revolution" (3.818 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.293 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T7) and "Chicago PD" (5.377 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T7).

And in a bit of a repeat from last week, "Deal With It" gave TBS 1.171 million viewers.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 5/8/14

Because Purses Do Not Model Themselves
E!, Diane von Furstenburg Team for Brand Ambassador Search
From
The Futon Critic
The fashion megastar who created gorgeous prints and the sexy, figure-flattering wrap dress worn by Kate Middleton, Michelle Obama and Madonna, and who shines as a beacon of power and independence to women everywhere has partnered with E! to bring viewers unprecedented access to her latest fashion industry game changer. Diane von Furstenberg gives a group of ambitious young women extraordinary entrée to her empire, for a weeks-long ultimate interview that will prepare one of them to take on the world of fashion and ascend to the prized DVF Global Brand Ambassador position. "The DVF Project" grants viewers exclusive access inside Diane von Furstenberg's stylish world, showcasing the unique skill set, intelligence and utter devotion it takes to become a DVF girl, and E! will be there to film the entire process.

"Diane von Furstenberg is one of fashion's most innovative designers and a true icon who inspires women to seize opportunities," said Jeff Olde, Executive Vice President, Programming and Development, E! "There is a magical, somewhat 'Willy Wonka' aspect to the world Diane wants to create with this show. That is if Willy Wonka were a fabulous, glamorous fashion icon willing to share her secrets with talented young women dedicated to learning them."

"I am so thrilled to partner with E!," said Diane von Furstenberg, "and to grant young women the opportunity to become the women they want to be!"

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 5/8/14

They "Wanna Marry 'Harry'"
Catch Them on Fox May 27
From
The Futon Critic
From the network that brought you "Joe Millionaire" comes the royally wicked dating experiment I WANNA MARRY "HARRY," premiering Tuesday, May 27 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), on FOX. Reality meets romance, with a little twist, as an average English "bloke," Matthew Hicks - who looks remarkably like His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales, also known as Prince Harry - is given an upper-crust makeover before meeting 12 American women searching for Prince Charming.

Summer love is in the air as 12 American women travel to England for a chance of a lifetime with a man whom they think is Britain's most eligible bachelor. Join this diverse group of ladies, from a preschool teacher to a pre-med student, in their journey across the pond, to meet their "royal" Mister Right. On their first night at the enchanting estate, Matthew (or "Sir," as the ladies call him) throws a lavish masquerade ball where he reveals himself to the ladies for the first time. When the masks come off, will sparks fly or will the spell be broken? Find out which potential "princess" steals his heart from the start and who is asked to leave the estate before the clock strikes midnight.

Each week Matthew handpicks one lucky gal to take on an extravagant adventure, while another's dream of "happily ever after" is dashed, when she is asked to leave the estate. As Matthew narrows down his choice to one woman, he will finally have to admit the truth about his royal masquerade. What will happen when Matt admits to the deception? Crown or no crown, Matt plans to see which girls are in it for real and which are only in it for riches.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/8/14

Tuesday: Close Call
CBS Sweeps, but NBC Nips in the Demo
From
The Futon Critic
CBS (13.356 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) held onto the top spot on Tuesday with its usual mix of "NCIS" (15.661 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (13.996 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3) and "Person of Interest" (10.410 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6).

NBC (7.738 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then claimed the silver with originals from "The Voice" (10.420 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1), "About a Boy" (6.356 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7), "Growing Up Fisher" (5.217 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T10) and "Chicago Fire" (7.009 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4).

Next up was ABC (3.715 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and fresh installments of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (5.077 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5), "The Goldbergs" (4.071 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8), "Trophy Wife" (2.444 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #15) and "Celebrity Wife Swap" (2.812 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.286 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up a new "Glee" (2.156 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13) alongside the season finales of "New Girl" (2.388 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T10) and "The Mindy Project" (2.446 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8).

The Futon Critic

posted 5/7/14

Say Hi To Your Mum For Me
CBS Celebrates Mother's Day All This Week
From
TV by the Numbers
CBS Daytime celebrates Mother’s Day with special episodes dedicated to moms, on The Talk, during the week of May 5-9, and on THE PRICE IS RIGHT and LET’S MAKE A DEAL, on Friday, May 9, on the CBS Television Network.

On Friday, May 9, LET’S MAKE A DEAL recognizes Mother’s Day by showering moms in the audience with gifts, including a bouquet of roses and a body care beauty package. Mothers watching at home have a chance to win the beauty package online at www.cbs.com/deal. Other featured prizes include trips to Antigua, New York City, Napa Valley and a spa trip to Florida. In addition, moms in the audience have the opportunity to take home health and fitness prizes and a custom closet system filled with designer shoes.

Daytime Emmy Award-winning game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, daytime's #1-rated network series and the longest-running game show in television history, is celebrating Mother’s Day on Friday, May 9 (11:00-12:00 Noon, ET; 10:00-11:00 AM, PT) with a special themed episode. An audience filled with mothers and their children will have the opportunity to play in pairs and win prizes perfect for Mom, including state-of-the-art kitchen appliances, relaxing vacations to Fiji, Italy and British Columbia and new cars. Plus, announcer George Gray’s mom, Mai Gray, makes a special appearance and invites one lucky duo to “Come On Down.”

TV by the Numbers
Broadway World

posted 5/7/14

11th Hour
"Million Pound Drop" Renewed
From
Digital Spy
Channel 4 has renewed The Million Pound Drop for an 11th series.

Davina McCall will return to host the game show, with eight hour-long episodes scheduled to air in the summer.

Each episode will feature a specially-themed game, including 'surprising' pairs and four-player teams.

Several celebrities will also appear throughout the series to raise money for their chosen charities.

McCall said: "So pleased The Million Pound Drop is coming back! I literally love love love presenting it and can't wait to see if anyone can win big this season!"

James Fox, Remarkable TV's Head of Entertainment, said: "We're thrilled to be back and, with more ways to play than ever before, we can't wait to see who's got what it takes to handle the pressure and beat the Drop."

Channel 4's Head of Entertainment Justin Gorman added: "It's great to welcome back one of our most exhilarating shows, and once again we're excited to add another twist to proceedings."

Viewers will also be able to play along with the show's online game or the official mobile app.

Digital Spy
World Screen

posted 5/7/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Bachelor Pad"

  • Chris Lambton lands on HGTV's "Yard Crashers" as chief yard crasher (The Futon Critic)
     
  • "Harry" (Matthew Hicks) follows Harry (the actual prince) to Memphis (People)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Telemundo is looking for contestants for its upcoming series "Yo Soy El Artista"/"I Am The Artist" (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: ... Yesterday's "Feud". The good news: they still have one game to the car (Huffington Post),
     
  • DEFINING MOMENT OF AWESOME: thanks to some crowdsourced funding, "Knightmare" con is on (Digital Spy)

Posted 5/7/14



One of These Game Shows Is Going Home with Emmy
Daytime Emmy Award Nominations Announced
From
TV by the Numbers
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) today announced the nominees for the 41ST Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards.

The Daytime Emmy® Awards recognize outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television production and are presented to individuals and programs broadcast from 2:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. during the 2013 calendar year. This year’s gala will be held the prestigious Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA on Sunday, June 22, 2014.

The Daytime Creative Arts Emmy® Awards gala, which honors the crafts behind the many shows that grace the Daytime genre, will be held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles on Friday, June 20, 2014.

“With over 1,400 entries this year, the National Academy is again excited to welcome more than 350 nominees to this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards,” said, Malachy Wienges, Chairman, NATAS. “We are happy to return to both the Beverly Hilton and the Westin Bonaventure for what I’m sure will be two very exciting nights for the Daytime television community!”

“These exciting nominations officially launch the 41st Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards,” said David Michaels, Senior Executive Director, Daytime. “This will be a true celebration of Daytime Television focusing on those behind the scenes that make so much of the great quality and innovation we see every day and those on-screen that invite us into the worlds of daytime drama, talk, legal courtroom, culinary, game shows, animation and children’s programming we enjoy throughout the year. Congratulations to all the nominees!”

OUTSTANDING GAME SHOW
- The American Bible Challenge (Embassy Row for GSN)
- The Chase (ITV Studios for GSN)
- Jeopardy! (Sony Pictures TV)
- Let's Make a Deal (FremantleMedia North America for CBS)
- The Price Is Right (FremantleMedia North America for CBS)
- Wheel of Fortune (Sony Pictures TV)

OUTSTANDING GAME SHOW HOST
- Wayne Brady (Let's Make a Deal)
- Jeff Foxworthy (The American Bible Challenge)
- Steve Harvey (Family Feud)
- Todd Newton (Family Game Night)

Also nominated:
- Let's Make a Deal (Outstanding Original Song - "30,000 Reasons to Love Me")
- The Price Is Right (Outstanding Technical Team)
- Wheel of Fortune (Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction)

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B&C
Wall Street Cheat Sheet
About.com Game Shows
Wall Street Journal
Variety
The Futon Critic
BET
UPI
Los Angeles Times

photos courtesy GSN, Sony Pictures TV, FremantleMedia

posted 5/6/14

More on "Sing Your Face Off"
Catch It on ABC May 31
From
the Futon Critic
"Sing Your Face Off," a talent variety competition featuring celebrities who are transformed and trained to perform as legendary musical icons, will premiere on SATURDAY, MAY 31 (9:00-11:00 p.m., ET/PT). Over the course of the series, the 5 celebrities (Sebastian Bach/legendary rock star from the band Skid Row; Landry Fields/NBA's Toronto Raptors; Jon Lovitz/comedian, actor, singer; China Anne McClain/Disney Channel's "How to Build a Better Boy" which premieres this summer, "A.N.T. Farm;" Lisa Rinna/"Days of Our Lives") will each take on the identity of a different and iconic music performer -- the celebrities could find themselves transformed into someone far older, younger or even someone of the opposite sex.

From the hours in the makeup chair to the days spent with choreographers and vocal coaches, each show will feature the complete transformation - not just physical - the celebrities will embody everything about the assigned icon - their walk, their talk, and their distinguishing mannerisms leading up to the live performance in front of the studio audience. Viewers will get the chance to see each of the celebrities portray multiple musical performers during the series.

John Barrowman ("Arrow," "Torchwood") is the host. Debbie Gibson and Darrell Hammond are the primary judges, while David Allen Grier is the guest judge for "101" and RuPaul Charles is the guest judge for "102."

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 5/6/14

Syndies: Week 1 of the Sweep
Results for the Week Ending April 27
From
B&C
CBS Television Distribution’s Dr. Phil got off to a good sweeps start, gaining 6% to a 3.3 live plus same day household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research, and opening its biggest lead over the field since Feb. 3, in the week ended April 27. Dr. Phil also was up 10% compared to last year, talk’s second-largest gain.

The May sweep kicked off April 24 and runs through May 21.

Game shows were very little changed. Disney/ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire, which announced last week that Cedric the Entertainer would be leaving the program after one season in the host seat, saw flat ratings in the week prior to the announcement. Millionaire was even with its previous session at a 2.1, but down 13% from last year at this time, the only year-to-year loss in the category.

CTD’s leader Wheel of Fortune and second place Jeopardy! also were both unchanged for the week at a 6.6 and 6.4, respectively, while Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud dipped 2% to a 4.9.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 5/6/14

Monday: The Following Takes Place Between 8pm & 9pm
Return of "24" Cuts Into Audiences
From
the Futon Critic
NBC (10.714 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) was the demo champ for the fourth consecutive Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (10.765 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) and "The Blacklist" (10.613 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2).

FOX (7.976 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) then snagged the silver with the premiere of "24: Live Another Day" (8.024 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.6, #3) followed by a second hour of "24: Live Another Day" (7.930 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.5, #4).

Next up was ABC (11.471 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) with originals from "Dancing with the Stars" (12.741 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T6) and "Castle" (8.932 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T8).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.069 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) offered up its mix of "2 Broke Girls" (6.489 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.9, #5), "Friends with Better Lives" (4.956 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T8) and "Mike & Molly" (6.523 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T6) alongside repeats of "Mom" (4.647 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.901 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11).

On cable, "Bam's Bad Ass Game Show" leveled off with 799,000, as did "Rewrapped" with 671,000. As for total primetime audience, "Family BrainSurge" and "RuPaul's Drag Race" helped Nicktoons and Logo to a total of 226,000 and 99,000 viewers respectively.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 5/6/14

NewFronts: Vevo
"Guess the Video": $100... or a Pie in the Face
From
StreamDaily
Vevo unveiled an ambitious 2014 slate at the Digital NewFronts on Monday that will expand its brand reach outside of the digital realm and into a world of live events.

The music video hosting service announced that it will be using its branding program called Certified, which celebrates music videos that have garnered 100 million views or more, to launch a fan convention and concert experience dubbed Certified Live to be held in Los Angeles this fall.

Vevo also announced a new slate of 7 original music-centric series, including co-productions with Milk Studios, MADE and Legs Media (a multi-media studio), Rachel Zoe’s website The Zoe Report, and Endemol.

The lone game show of the bunch, "Guess the Video" (co-produced with Archive Entertainment), is a comedy quiz show in which the Hudson Brothers roam the streets of Atlanta testing passersbys to see who knows their Shakira from their Shaggy. If they answer correctly, they win $100. If they don’t, they get a pie in the face.

StreamDaily

posted 5/6/14

Weekend: Business As Usual
Another Friday, Another Win for "Shark Tank"
From
the Futon Critic
ABC (6.449 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) held onto the top spot on Sunday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.212 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6), "Once Upon a Time" (6.698 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T2), the season finale of "Resurrection" (7.870 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T2) and "Revenge" (5.018 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8).

FOX (3.627 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was a close second place with its lineup of "Bob's Burgers" (2.262 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12), "American Dad" (2.560 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8), an all-Lego themed "The Simpsons" (4.290 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4), "Family Guy" (4.351 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" (4.151 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6).

Next up was CBS (8.995 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with originals from "60 Minutes" (10.328 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T13), "The Amazing Race 23" (8.050 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5), "The Good Wife" (9.085 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T10) and "The Mentalist" (8.519 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T10).

And finally, NBC (3.903 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) closed out the evening with new episodes of "American Dream Builders" (2.221 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #17), "Dateline NBC" (5.535 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T13), "Believe" (4.273 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T13) and "Crisis" (3.584 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T13).

On cable, the premiere of "Hungry Investors" with host Jon Taffer dropped from its lead-in to 929,000 viewers for Spike, compared to 1.216 million for Food's established hit "Cutthroat Kitchen". Before that was "America's Best Cook" with 1.366 million. Before THAT was "Food Court Wars" with 899,000.

On Friday, ABC (6.966 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the top demo draw on Friday with its mix of "Shark Tank: Swimming with Sharks" (5.836 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3), "Shark Tank" (8.084 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and "20/20" (6.980 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2).

Meanwhile, a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.194 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.009 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and a new "Hart of Dixie" (0.674 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) rounded out the night on The CW (0.888 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 5/6/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "It's a Knock-Up?"

  • Stuart Hall has his day in court playing anything but games without frontiers (BBC News)
     
  • Amitabh Bachchan returns to KBC (Deccan Chronicle)
     
  • Esquire wonders why food shows are all derivative of "Top Chef". "Knife Fight" conveniently absent (Esquire)
     
  • Kevin Reilly is holding onto "Idol" for another season, while not ruling out a return of the law firm of Cowell, Abdul & Jackson for the final season, whenever that may be. (Vulture),
     
  • Billy Eichner: character wanted (Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • Brad Paisley, strange hat creature that lives on his head named to panel of "Rising Star". (Deadline)
     

  • Jeremiah Brent makes Nate Berkus' "American Dream" build come true (Us)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Tom Bergeron (The Hollywood Reporter)

Posted 5/5/14

Whose Line Online in No Line...Err, Time
CW Seed Greenlights Minisodes
From
the Futon Critic
CW Seed, the digital-only studio of The CW Television Network, has launched L.A. RANGERS, a new digital series created by and starring HART OF DIXIE star Wilson Bethel, and WHOSE LINE IS IT MINIS, exclusive mini webisodes of the hit improv comedy WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?.

CW Seed is debuting WHOSE LINE IS IT MINIS, special mini-episodes of the hit improv comedy CW Network series WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?, starring Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie and Ryan Stiles, and hosted by Aisha Tyler, packing 30 minutes of funny into two-minute webisodes, including exclusive bloopers and outtakes.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/5/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Live and Direct"

  • Radio Disney Live! to feature a live version of "Win, Lose or Draw" (Fanlala)
     
  • "The Voice Australia" premieres to 2.155 million (The Music Network)
     
  • Chris Tarrant recalls his stroke episode: "I could die" (Entertainment Wise)
     
  • Jennifer Lopez named Billboard Music Award Icon (The Futon Critic),
     
  • FIRST LOOK: "America's Got Talent" (NBC, May 27) (YouTube)
     
  • Caleb Johnson was the odds-on favorite to win "Idol"... before he said this word. (Gossip Cop)
     

  • Jeremiah Brent makes Nate Berkus' "American Dream" build come true (Us)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Tom Bergeron (The Hollywood Reporter)

Posted 5/5/14

Thursday: And Then... There Were Four
CBS Sweeps the Night, Fox Plunges to Fourth
From
the Futon Critic
CBS (9.429 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was still to top draw on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (15.687 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1), "The Millers" (9.579 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T3), "Two and a Half Men" (9.161 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T3), "Bad Teacher" (6.521 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8) and "Elementary" (7.817 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6).

NBC (5.449 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then snagged the silver with its presentation of the "iHeartRadio Music Awards" (5.449 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5).

Next up was ABC (6.080 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) with a repeat of "Grey's Anatomy" (4.141 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12) followed by new episodes of "Grey's Anatomy" (8.693 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) and "Black Box" (5.405 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (4.927 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) served up originals from "Hell's Kitchen" (4.441 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6), "American Idol" (6.917 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8) and "Surviving Jack" (3.910 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11).

On cable, "The Challenge" broke into the top 20 in  the demo with 872,000 of his 1.106 million viewers in the ad-friendly rating. "Chopped Canada" dropped to its lowest rating with 684,000. More lost "Family BrainSurge" helped Nicktoons to 222,000.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 5/2/14

Iron Millionaire
Michael Symon Plays for Charity Week of May 5
From
the Futon Critic
Tune-in to "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" on Friday, May 9, 2014 for some unpredictable fun and countless laughs as Michael Symon, co-host of "The Chew," appears as a "Millionaire" contestant. Cleveland-native Symon will play the game and donate his winnings to Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, an organization dedicated to helping as many children as possible by raising vital funds and awareness for children's hospitals across North America.

"I had a great time testing my brainpower on 'Millionaire,'" said Symon. "It's always a good day when you can raise money for a worthy organization!"

All week (May 5-9), "Millionaire" will donate $10,000 to CMN Hospitals each time a contestant makes it into the second round of the game (questions 11-14), also known as Classic Millionaire. Tune-in all week to see how much money "Millionaire" contestants can raise for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and be sure to catch "The Chew's" Michael Symon take a shot at adding one million dollars to the pot on Friday, May 9!

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Broadway World

posted 5/2/14

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Eyewitness News"

  • Blake Shelton to perform "My Eyes" on "The Voice" (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Chris Hardwick is a "nerdy Brad Pitt" (Today)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: producers of "Deal or No Deal" are looking for risktakers to win hundreds of thousands (Reality Wanted)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: seven "Wheel of Fortune" fails (BayouBuzz.com),
     
  • Amanda Byram has a bucket list. Notably absent: being a contestant on her own show (Daily Express)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the lady they call "Jeopardy! Julia" (ABC News)

Posted 5/2/14

Wednesday: Eye On The Top
CBS Sweeps The Night
From
the Futon Critic
CBS (9.924 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was the top draw on Wednesday thanks to a full slate of originals from "Survivor: Cagayan" (9.579 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T2), "Criminal Minds" (10.247 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T2) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (9.945 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T5).

FOX (8.647 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then took home the silver with a new two-hour "American Idol" (8.647 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T5).

Next up was NBC (6.031 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and its original mix of "Revolution" (4.718 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.137 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T5) and "Chicago PD" (7.238 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4).

Meanwhile, ABC (5.520 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) offered up fresh installments of "The Middle" (7.083 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T5), "Suburgatory" (5.132 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9), "Modern Family" (8.274 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1), "Mixology" (3.647 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #11) and "Nashville" (4.494 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #12).

TBS' "Deal With It" continues to hang on with 1.043 million viewers.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 5/1/14

"Frankenfood"... It's Alive... ALIVE!!!
Josh Capon to Host Spike Cook-Off June 8
From
TV by the Numbers
Step aside chicken and waffles, buffalo wings and chili cheese dogs, Spike TV is looking to find the newest food craze. Starting Sunday, June 8 at 10 PM, ET/PT, amateur chefs will step up to the plate, literally, to prove their dish is the best new "Frankenfood," a revolutionary creation that mixes outrageous and unexpected ingredients in delicious and unique flavors. From a triple-decker pastrami donut sandwich to fried PB&J fish sticks and Gyro egg rolls to a cheesecake burger, the food creations on this series range from the good, the bad and the truly inedible!

Each episode of "Frankenfood" features the best and worst local amateur food innovators competing head-to-head in order to get their unexpected food concoctions onto the menu of a popular local restaurant, win a $10,000 cash grand prize and possibly create the next big food craze.

Viewers will get a look into the kitchen to see how these budding culinary artists whip up their inventive food combinations and find out the inspiration behind their dishes. Ranging from old family recipes to regional specialties and even hangover remedies, "Frankenfood" will bring to light some of the most mouth-watering and sometimes stomach churning combinations ever conceived.

It's up to superstar executive chef Josh Capon, a four time winner of Rachael Ray's "Burger Bash," and world-renown cheesesteak king, Tony Luke Jr., along with a rotating panel of culinary experts serving as judges to decide which creative and often outlandish dish earns a spot on the menu.

Guest judges, restaurants and cities featured in season one of "Frankenfood" are James Freeman of Sweet Science in Brooklyn, NY; Camila Castaneda of Lillies in NYC; Nick Seretis of Jefferson Diner in NJ; Bobby Fisher of Molly Malloy's in Philadelphia; Billy Dec of Rockit Bar & Grill and Brendan Joyce of Reggies Club in Chicago; Krysta McFarland of The Wicked Hop in Milwaukee, WI; Ashley Fric of J Black's Feel Good Kitchen & Lounge in Austin, TX; Jeff Dietzman of LUCK in Dallas, TX and Barrett Black of Black's Barbecue in Lockhart, TX.

Fans of "Frankenfood" can join the conversation about the show by following @SPIKETV on twitter and using #Frankenfood. Sneak peeks of upcoming episodes, blog posts, full episodes, biographies and more can be found on Spike.com's dedicated "Frankenfood" destination, spike.com/shows/frankenfood, where content will be updated throughout the season. For additional series updates, follow Spike on Facebook and on Instagram.

TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic

posted 5/1/14

VH1 to "Make a Band Famous"
VH1 Partners with Republic Records to Livestream Battle of the Bands June 11
From
The Wrap
VH1 is undertaking an ambitious around-the-clock battle of the bands titled “Make a Band Famous” that will take place on its digital platforms.

Along with partner Republic Records, the cable channel will live stream 24 Bands competing over 24 Hours with the last band standing winning a contract with Republic Records, a live showcase at Brooklyn's Northside Festival, as well as being the recipient of VH1's “You Oughta Know” campaign.

Hosted by All-American Rejects frontman Tyson Ritter, “Make a Band Famous” will live-stream from Brooklyn, NY starting June 11 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on VH1.com and the VH1 App.

“Supporting emerging artists is a big priority at VH1, most notably through our hugely successful ‘You Oughta Know’ initiative,” said VH1's executive vice president of music production, Lee Rolontz. “But this year, we are really taking that a step further, partnering with the amazing team at Republic, with its astounding roster of artists, to really search and find an unsigned act to break using Republic's expertise and our extended ‘You Oughta Know’ treatment.”

The competition is seeking entries at its website MakeABandFamous.VH1.com through Thursday, May 15. Unsigned musical acts will submit a 15-second video clip of an original, unpublished song on Instagram using the hashtag #MABF as well as the band's name with a hashtag (#YourBandName).

The 24 finalists will be decided by an equal amount of half fan vote by social media and a review process by VH1 and Republic Records talent teams. Fans can vote for bands on social media by hashtagging the band's name plus #MABF.

The 24 bands will have to face several challenges, which could range from learning a cover song in a hour, re-imagining a classic hit with toy instruments and performing for money and fans in Williamsburg.

During the live stream event, a panel of experts and viewers at home will cast their votes on Twitter, Facebook and VH1.com, to vote on what bands will move on from each challenge. Each hour, groups will be eliminated until one band is named the winner of “Make A Band Famous.”

The Wrap

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