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TUESDAY: The FBI's Have It
CBS Takes Whole Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' FBI was Tuesday's most-watched show and landed in a three-way tie for the nightly demo win.

FBI (with 6 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating) and FBI: International (4.8 mil/0.3) both dipped in the demo, while FBI: Most Wanted (4.6 mil/0.3) held steady.

NBC's The Voice (4.7 mil/0.4) added eyeballs week-to-week, leading into the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon anniversary special (3.6 mil/0.4).

ABC's Will Trent (3.7 mil/0.3), The Rookie (3 mil/0.3) and The Good Doctor (2.3 mil/0.2) each added some eyeballs heading into next week's finales.

Fox's newly renewed The Cleaning Lady (1.1 mil/0.2) ticked up in the demo, while the also-renewed Alert: MPU (1 mil/0.1) was steady with its sophomore finale.

The CW's Police 24/7 (414k/0.05) and Hostage Rescue (289k/0.07) rounded out the night

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49) are forthcoming.

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posted 5/14/2024


Amazon

UPFRONTS: Prime Video
"Pop Culture Jeopardy!" Leads Highlights of First Upfront
From various sources

It's day two of the Upfronts and Amazon is making its primetime debut.

The streamer is already making news with a series order for a Nic Cage-from Spider-Man noir live-action drama, a Jeopardy! spinoff and a slew of sports docs including a third season of Coach Prime.

There have also been renewals for The Boys and Mr. & Mrs. Smith.

This comes after Tom Brady was in the huddle for yesterday's Fox Upfront and NBCUniversal held their annual ad blowout at Radio City Music Hall.

Paul Kotas, SVP, Advertising was the first exec through the curtain, talking up how Amazon got into advertising, before Mike Hopkins, SVP, Head of Prime Video and Amazon MGM Studios, talked about the company's "new chapter", promoted Fallout and The Idea of You.

Jen Salke, Head of Amazon and MGM Studios, apologized to the crowd for "whatever you went through to get in".

She talked up the company's slate, bringing out Road House star Jake Gyllenhaal, who is involved in a sequel, Reacher star Alan Ritchson and Cross star Aldis Hodge, Reese Witherspoon and Will Ferrell, who are in You're Cordially Invited, Hannah Waddingham and Octavia Spencer, who are fronting an action comedy drama.

The new entries of note...

- On ARE YOU SMARTER THAN A CELEBRITY?, Natasha Leggero, Nicole Byer, Nikki Glaser, and Ron Funches will join host Travis Kelce, alongside Thursday Night Football analyst Ryan Fitzpatrick, former NFL wide receiver Chad Ochocinco, The Real Housewives star Garcelle Beauvais; Vanderpump Rules' Lala Kent, Lilly Singh and Sophia Stallone.
- BEAST GAMES: Jimmy Donaldson, aka Mr. Beast, spoke on video about Beast Games, which will have the most contestants of any game show ever with one of the biggest prizes ever offered on television, he said. "It's going to be insane."
- BUY IT NOW comes from The Traitors producer Studio Lambert and is based on a Channel 4 daytime format that seasoned and budding entrepreneurs try to win a place in the Buy It Now store featured on both Amazon.com and within the Prime app. The entrepreneurs must convince a live studio audience of 100 everyday customers as well as a panel of experts to fall in love with their products. Produced by Studio Lambert and Amazon MGM Studios and hosted by JB Smoove, it is exec produced by Susan House, Jack Burgess, Tim Harcourt, and Stephen Lambert.
- THE 1% CLUB, hosted by Patton Oswalt, is a unique and compelling show will test the nation's intelligence through a series of questions backed by scientific surveys. New episodes of The 1% Club will be available Mondays at 9/8C on FOX beginning June 3 and next day on Prime Video. Prime customers will get an exclusive early look at the premiere episode starting May 23. Prime has all your entertainment and streaming needs in a single membership. In each episode, 100 contestants from across the country compete for the chance to win up to $100,000. Throughout the game, host Patton Oswalt will ask a series of increasingly difficult, logic based questions. This game does not test intelligence; instead it inquires on the way your brain works through 15 entertaining questions, starting with the 90% question, and ending with the toughest test of the night, the 1% question. Who can answer the question that only 1% of America got right and win the grand prize? The 1% Club for Prime Video is executive produced by Ryan O'Dowd and Krystal Whitney for BBC Studios Los Angeles Productions, which is led by General Manager Valerie Bruce; Dean Nabarro and Andy Auerbach for Magnum Media; and Amazon MGM Studios. Wes Kauble serves as the showrunner.
- POP CULTURE JEOPARDY! ,which comes from Sony Pictures Television's Game Show Division, marks the first time that a Jeopardy! series has been created for a streaming service. The show will launch in more than 240 countries and territories. It's a new twist on the classic gameshow and will focus on categories from alternative rock to The Avengers, from Broadway to MMA and Gen Z to Zendaya. Contestants, playing in teams of three, will compete in a tournament-style event for the grand prize and ultimate bragging rights. Pop Culture Jeopardy! is produced by Sony Pictures Television. Michael Davies will serve as exec producer with a host to be named later.
- WISH LIST GAMES is a multi-episode holiday event, is produced by MGM Alternative. Nick Cannon hosts with influencer Lele Pons also involved. The half-hour gameshow will sees contestants play for the chance to win everything on their Amazon Wish List, totaling up to $25,000. Every episode, contestants are pulled from the audience to play a rotating series of games. It all builds to the final round, where one contestant plays to win a prize for everyone in the audience.

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posted 5/14/2024


ABC

UPFRONTS: ABC
Eight Unscripted Shows Ordered for Next Season
From the Futon Critic

On the heels of its fifth consecutive season as the No. 1 entertainment network among Adults 18-49, ABC announced its 2024-2025 fall primetime schedule today. The lineup features new scripted dramas backed by prolific creative teams and a deep bench of established fan-favorite series. Additionally, "The Bachelor" franchise expands with its newest iteration.

"We have a lot to celebrate as we gear up to deliver a fall season that's packed with compelling new series, beloved fan favorites and must-see live events," said Craig Erwich, president, Disney Television Group. "We're focused on driving our viewership with an expanding slate anchored by best-in-class talent and supported by the enviable and combined reach of ABC and Hulu."

Joining the beloved competition series "Dancing with the Stars" on Tuesdays is freshman drama "High Potential," from Oscar(R)-nominated writer Drew Goddard and based on the popular French series. The crime procedural stars the incomparable Kaitlin Olson as Morgan, a single mom with an exceptional mind whose unconventional knack for solving crimes leads to an unusual and unstoppable partnership with a by-the-book seasoned detective.

After more than 43 million viewers tuned in to the debut of "The Golden Bachelor" across platforms last fall, "The Golden Bachelorette" joins the Wednesday night lineup, where one radiant woman in her golden years will have a second chance at finding love. Then, a new season of Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R) Award-winning comedy "Abbott Elementary" will premiere, followed by the ABC News Studios documentary series "Scamanda." Based on the No. 1 podcast of the same name, "Scamanda" tells the story of Amanda Riley - a wife, mother, blogger and Christian - whose tragic cancer tale captivates thousands. But Amanda has a secret that she's dying to keep, and after an anonymous tip to an investigative reporter, her own words may prove to be her downfall.

These shows will be joined in the fall by previously announced returning unscripted staples "America's Funniest Home Videos," which celebrates a monumental 35th season, and "Shark Tank," as well as popular films under "The Wonderful World of Disney" umbrella.

New seasons of returning dramas "The Rookie" and "Will Trent" will debut midseason, along with the celebratory farewell season of legacy comedy "The Conners." Also returning midseason are "American Idol," "The Bachelor," "Celebrity Jeopardy!," "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune" and "What Would You Do?" "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," from executive producer Reese Witherspoon and hosted by world-renowned organizing duo Clea Shearer and Joanna Teplin of The Home Edit, is also set to debut.

All episodes will be available next day on Hulu.

The schedule

MONDAY
- 8p: NFL Monday Night Football (select Mondays) / TBA

TUESDAY
- 8p: Dancing with the Stars
- 10p: High Potential (new)

WEDNESDAY
- 8p: THE GOLDEN BACHELORETTE (new)
- 9:30p: Abbott Elementary
- 10p: SCAMANDA (new)

THURSDAY
- 8p: 9-1-1
- 9p: DOCTOR ODYSSEY (new)
- 10p: Grey's Anatomy

FRIDAY
- 8p: Shark Tank
- 9p: 20/20

SATURDAY
- 7:30p: ESPN College Football

SUNDAY
- 7p: America's Funniest Home Videos
- 8p: The Wonderful World of Disney

MIDSEASON TBA
- American Idol
- The Bachelor
- Celebrity Jeopardy!
- Celebrity Wheel of Fortune

- The Conners (final season)
- EXTREME MAKEOVER: HOME EDITION (new)
- The Rookie
- What Would You Do?
- Will Trent


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posted 5/14/2024

MONDAY: So You Think You Can Show Up
NBC, ABC Split with CBS in Reruns
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, NBC's The Voice was Monday's most-watched show and tied ABC's Jeopardy! Masters for the nightly demo win. With CBS' Monday slate now in rerun mode….

The Voice (with 5.1 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating) lost a few eyeballs week-to-week, while Deal or No Deal Island (3.1 mil/0.3) added some with its finale.

Jeopardy! Masters (4.4 mil/0.4) and Celebrity Wheel of Fortune (2.9 mil/0.3) both added viewers week-to-week.

Fox's MasterChef Junior (1/4 mil/0.3) ticked up in the demo, SYTYCD (849K/0.1) hit a six-episode high in audience.

The CW's All American (377K) dropped 19% from last week's season high in audience.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Summer Baking Championship (Food): 676k/0.08
- Switch (GSN): 482k/0.04
- Next Baking Master Paris (Food): 434k/0.08
- Split Second (GSN): 434k/0.04
- MILF Manor: More to Love (TLC): 246k/0.06
- Person, Place or Thing (GSN): 207k/0.01

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posted 5/14/2024

SUNDAY: The Last of Katy Perry's Annual Cosplay Parties
ABC, CBS Split Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, 60 Minutes gave way to Tracker as the most watched show of the night for CBS, while Disney night on American Idol shows up in the demo.

60 Minutes (6.216m/0.43) led the night off with The Equalizer (5.764m/0.36), Tracker (7.304m/0.42), and the canceled CSI: Vegas (4.159m/0.25) following suit.

Younger-skewing lineup of America's Funniest Home Videos (4.199m/0.56), American Idol (5.221m/0.63), and the special TIME100: The World's Most Influential People (1.951m/0.24) gave ABC the silver in the totals.

NBC loaded its night with Ninja Warrior, including the 2024 women's championship (1.253m/0.20).

Coming in fourth was Fox's Animation Domination lineup of The Simpsons( (723k/0.16), Krapopolis (489k/0.12), The Great North (465k/0.12), and the season finale of Grimsburg (384k/0.09).

The CW reran theatrical "Mamma Mia!" (553k/0.08) and The Conners (291k/0.04).

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- 24 in 24: LAst Chef Standing (SF/Food): 850k/0.12
- Race to Survive New Zealand (PV/USA): 643k/0.15
- MILF Manor (TLC): 540k/0.12
- The $100,000 Pyramid (R/GSN): 267k/0.03
- Card Sharks (R/GSN): 261k/0.03

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posted 5/14/2024

Next on "Australian Survivor": AUS v USA
The Best of Both Worlds to Compete Reportedly
From TV Blackbox

TV Blackbox understands that the next theme for Australian Survivor in 2025 will be… Australia v USA.

Also revealed today is that there might be two seasons of Australian Survivor dropping next year, a regular season with all new cast (casting is still open, closes this Sunday) and then the above-mentioned international themed season.

The local version of the long-running US format is highly regarded with fans all around the world, ranking right up there close to the original so it makes sense that the Aussie version would want to leverage that for our next season.

No word on any casting for the AUS v USA series just yet, but one would imagine that iconic past players from the local and USA version will be brought back alongside new players and pitted against each other in this new twist on the format.

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posted 5/14/2024

More on "The Fortune Hotel"
ITV Heads to Paradise for New Game
From Manchester Evening News

ITV's new mind-bending gameshow sees participants whisked away to an idyllic Caribbean island to win a life-changing sum of money.

The Fortune Hotel challenges 10 pairs of contestants to stay in a luxury, five-star resort where they could win a £250,000 jackpot. Fronted by comedian and actor Stephen Mangan, it will see each each pair given a briefcase on check-in.

Eight are empty, one has the jackpot and another has the dreaded early check-out card, which sees the unlucky owner's time on the show cut short. Each day, the contestants have to attempt to figure out who has which case via a series of compelling challenges - similar to the hit BBC gameshow The Traitors.

The show culminates in the all-important case swap: each pair must decide whether to keep hold of their case or swap with someone else. The first episode debuts on ITV1 and ITVX on Monday night (May 13) at 9pm.

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posted 5/14/2024

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Shock! Horror!"

  • #ICYMI: Who won "Deal or No Deal Island"? How much did they win? And who did they win it from? (Entertainment Weekly)

  • You can ask Boston Rob about Survivor 50... (TV Insider)... but don't ask him about "Deal or No Deal Island" (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Shaquille O'Neal is getting into gummies (TMZ)

  • NBC hosts FYC event for The Traitors (Variety)

  • The Black Keys, Jelly Roll, Kate Hudson (yes she sings), Lainey Wilson, Muni Long, Thomas Rhett, season 25 Voice Gina Miles... oh yeah, and a winner (The Futon Critic)

  • VIDEO WALL: Celebrity Family Food Battle (Roku, May 31) (The Futon Critic)

  • John Legend wants to take a break, let the guy take a break (TV Insider)

  • Kenzie Petty uses Mother's Day to announce that she's about to be a mother (Reality TV World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Craig Erwich about "The Golden Bachelor" (Deadline) and Jimmy Kimmel calling "Golden Bachelorette" "a game show where you can win an old lady" (Deadline)

posted 5/2/2024


Fox

UPFRONTS: Fox
A LOT of Unscripteds Are Coming Back
From various sources

FOX Entertainment today will unveil its content slate for the 2024-2025 television season to the national advertising community during its in-person Upfront Presentation at the Manhattan Center. FOX is adding new dramas, new comedies and new unscripted series to its lineup. Spanning scripted, reality and animation, the media company continues to increase program ownership from in-house business units under the FOX Entertainment Studios banner.

"With outstanding original ideas and world-class talent across both new series and returning favorites, FOX's 2024-25 schedule is filled with unexpected, unforgettable entertainment in every genre," said FOX Entertainment CEO Rob Wade. "Great creative is the center of all we do, and that is reflected in next season's lineup, as is our ability to attract so many of the industry's finest storytellers."

Returning FOX series include dramas 9-1-1: Lone Star (Season Five), Accused (Season Two), Alert: Missing Persons Unit (Season Three) and The Cleaning Lady (Season Four); comedy Animal Control (Season Three); animated series Bob's Burgers (Season 15), Family Guy (Season 23), The Great North (Season Five), Grimsburg (Season Two), Krapopolis (Season Two) and The Simpsons (Season 36); and unscripted series Crime Scene Kitchen (Season Three), The Floor (Season Two), Hell's Kitchen (Season 23), LEGO Masters (Season Five), The Masked Singer (Season 12), MasterChef (Season 15), Name That Tune (Season Five), Next Level Chef (Season Four) and Special Forces: World's Toughest Test (Season Three). Additional series renewals to be announced.

All-new special event The Real Full Monty joins returning unscripted series Crime Scene Kitchen, The Floor, Hell's Kitchen, LEGO Masters, The Masked Singer, MasterChef, Name That Tune, Next Level Chef, and Special Forces: World's Toughest Test. Also, LEGO Masters will air its annual multiple-night holiday event LEGO Masters: Celebrity Holiday Bricktacular.

The following is the new 2024-2025 schedule:

MONDAY
- 8p: 9-1-1 Lonestar
- 9p: RESCUE: HI-SURF (new)

TUESDAYS
- 8p: Accused
- 9p: MURDER IN A SMALL TOWN (new)

WEDNESDAYS
- 8p: The Masked Singer
- 9p: The Floor


THURSDAYS
- 8p: Hell's Kitchen
- 9p: Special Forces: World's Toughest Test

FRIDAYS FALL
- 8p: Fox College Football Friday
FRIDAYS WINTER
- 8p: Fox College Hoops
FRIDAYS SPRING
- 8p: Fox UFL

SATURDAYS
- 8p: Fox Sports Saturday

SUNDAY FALL
- 7p: NFL on Fox
- 7:30p: The OT / Fox Animation Encores
- 8p: The Simpsons
- 8:30p: UNIVERSAL BASIC GUYS (new)
- 9p: Bob's Burgers
- 9:30p: Krapopolis

MIDSEASON TBA
- Alert: Missing Persons Unit
- Animal Control
- The Cleaning Lady
- Crime Scene Kitchen
- DOC (new)
- EXTRACTED (new)
- Family Guy
- GOING DUTCH (new)
- The Great North
- LEGO Masters
- MasterChef
- Name That Tune
- Next Level Chef


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posted 5/13/2024


Fox

More "Floor"
Fox Renews Quiz Show for Two Additional Seasons
From various sources

FOX has renewed its hit quiz series, The Floor, this season's #1 game show, hosted and produced by Emmy Award nominee Rob Lowe (9-1-1: Lone Star), for two additional seasons that will air during the upcoming 2024-2025 season, it was announced today by Michael Thorn, President of the FOX Television Network.

Based on the fast-growing global format, The Floor premiered in the U.S. in January, when its debut marked FOX's most-watched Tuesday unscripted debut in more than 13 years, FOX's largest total multiplatform audience for an unscripted debut in two years and the network's most-streamed gameshow debut ever. Its freshman season averaged 5.5 million multiplatform viewers, a lift of +114% from Live + Same Day.

The Floor marks the sixth consecutive season FOX has claimed television's #1 new unscripted series, following the success of Special Forces: World's Toughest Test, Next Level Chef, I Can See Your Voice, LEGO Masters and The Masked Singer.

In Seasons Two and Three of The Floor, created by John de Mol's Talpa (Big Brother, Deal or No Deal, The Voice) and produced by Eureka Productions (Farmer Wants a Wife, The Quiz With Balls), 100 contestants (up from 81 in Season One) will stand their ground on a massive, interactive LED game floor featuring 100 squares, each representing a different trivia category. The first challenger, selected at random, must choose one of his or her neighboring opponents to go head-to-head in an epic quiz duel in the opponent's category. The winner takes over the loser's square, gaining valuable ground as they expand their territory, while the loser exits the game. The winner must then choose - do they go on the offensive to dominate more of the board? Or do they let The Floor choose a new challenger? The contestant who gains full control over The Floor takes home a life-changing grand prize.

Additionally, FOX Entertainment has entered a first-look deal with Lowe to jointly develop unscripted series to air on FOX. Series launched under the agreement would be produced by FOX's in-house unscripted studio, FOX Alternative Entertainment.

"Fans loved the first season of The Floor so much that we've ordered two more seasons of this breakthrough game show with plans already underway to make our epic battle of the brains even bigger and bolder," said Thorn. "It's also been a massive win to have a huge star like Rob Lowe as our host, and both our viewers and competitors can't wait to see him back in action."

"I couldn't be happier with The Floor phenomenon and the opportunity to create more unscripted projects with my partners at FOX," added Lowe.

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posted 5/13/2024

Fox Adds "Extracted", "The Real Full Monty"
More on Fox's Two Fall Entries
From various sources

Fox is staying in the survival business.

The network, which airs Special Forces: The World's Toughest Test, has ordered another survival competition series – Extracted.

Giving few details about the show, the network said "for the first time ever, the contestants are not in charge of their destiny".

It comes from Sony Pictures Television's B17 Entertainment, Sylvester Stallone's Balboa Productions and Fox Entertainment.

B17 was founded by Brien Meagher and Rhett Bachner and is behind series such as Roku's Thanks A Million and Netflix's History of Swear Words. Stallone's Balboa, which has a first-look deal with Amazon Studios, is known for its scripted TV and movies including Paramount+'s Tulsa King and features including Scavenger Hunt and Lost On a Mountain In Maine. It is also behind Stallone's reality series The Family Stallone.

Elsewhere on Fox's unscripted slate, which also saw The Floor handed a two-season renewal, are the two-hour special based on The Real Full Monty, which Deadline revealed earlier this year, and Lego Master's annual holiday special. Lego Masters: Celebrity Holiday Bricktacular returns for a multiple-night event.

The Real Full Monty will be led by Anthony Anderson and will feature Taye Diggs, Tyler Posey, Bruno Tonioli and James Van Der Beek as well as Kansas City Chiefs' Chris Jones raising awareness for prostate, testicular and colorectal cancer.

"Don't die of embarrassment. Get checked. That's the message behind The Real Full Monty special," said Anderson. "I am honored to lead the charge of rallying these fearless men to bare it all, in order to provoke, inspire and in this case, beg you to get screened for cancer. That's our goal…so what are you waiting for!?"

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posted 5/13/2024


NBC

UPFRONTS: NBC
"The Voice" to Return for Season 26
From various sources

NBC has made subtle changes to its schedule for fall, which features three new series, medical drama Brilliant Minds, starring Zachary Quinto; medical comedy St. Denis Medical, headlined by Wendi McLendon-Covey and David Alan Grier; and Reba McEntire's new sitcom, Happy's Place.

NBC is creating two clearly defined 8 PM comedy blocks next season — a workplace one on Tuesday and a family one on Friday.

Here is NBC's "very stable schedule" for fall, as NBCU's SVP Content Planning Steve Kern described it, followed by analysis with input from Kern and NBCU President of Program Planning Jeff Bader, who also discussed contingencies in case of an IATSE strike, as well as description of NBC's new series.

MONDAY
- 8p: The Voice
- 10p: BRILLIANT MINDS (new)

TUESDAY
- 8p: ST. DENIS MEDICAL (new)
- 8:30p: Night Court
- 9p: The Voice
- 10p: The Irrational

WEDNESDAY
- 8p: Chicago Med
- 9p: Chicago Fire
- 10p: Chicago PD

THURSDAY
- 8p: Law & Order
- 9p: Law & Order: SVU
- 10p: Found

FRIDAY
- 8p: HAPPY'S PLACE (new)
- 8:30p: Lopez vs. Lopez
- 9p: Dateline NBC

SATURDAY
- 7p: Big Ten Pregame / Notre Dame Pregame (also live on Peacock)
- 7:30p: Big Ten Saturday Night / Notre Dame Football (also live on Peacock)

SUNDAY
- 7p: Football Night in America (also live on Peacock
- 8:20p: NBC Sunday Night Football (also live on Peacock)


MIDSEASON TBA
- Deal or No Deal Island
- DESTINATION X (new)

About the new series...

- DESTINATION X (midseason): Merging fantasy with reality in this larger-than-life adventure competition series, viewers will follow contestants as they embark on the road trip of a lifetime but have no idea of their location. In order to win, they must figure out their mystery locations. Once they're on the blacked-out Destination X bus, the journey transforms into a real-life game board, with challenges designed to offer clever clues as to their location, along with a few misdirects to keep them guessing. At the end of each episode, the contestant who places an X on a map furthest from the actual location packs their bags. The first participant to reach Destination X will be crowned the winner. With high stakes and mind-blowing, spectacular gameplay, the series will keep viewers engaged and playing along on all screens. Caroline Davies, Andy Cadman Dan Adamson and David Clews will executive produce. Shireen Abbott and Karen Hudson will oversee production. Twofour and Universal Television Alternative Studio, a division of Universal Studio Group, will produce.


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posted 5/13/2024


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New Season... New Coaches...
Snoop Dogg, Michael Bublé Join "The Voice" Season 26"
From various sources

Confirmed at today's upfront presentation at Radio City Music Hall in New York, NBC's four-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series "The Voice" returns for season 26 in the fall with a powerhouse coaching panel as Snoop Dogg and Michael Bublé join returning coaches Reba McEntire and Gwen Stefani.

Bublé, an unstoppable talent known for his world-class showmanship, brings his singular style and vocal power to the dynamic coaching panel. He is a friend of "The Voice," having served as a season 3 advisor to Team Blake.

Already known as Coach Snoop in the world of sports, he now takes his skills from the field to the Voice stage. An industry mogul and globally recognized innovator, Snoop Dogg taps into his extensive work in music and unique approach as an entertainer to bolster the competition. He previously took the reins as season 20 mega mentor.

Industry trailblazers Reba McEntire and Gwen Stefani reclaim their red chairs for another chance at coaching a fresh crop of rising artists. This marks McEntire's third consecutive season on the show and Stefani's eighth.

The season 25 live shows continue today at 8 p.m. ET/PT with a powerful two-hour semi-final. The top nine artists will perform a song specifically dedicated to their hometowns as they vie for a spot in the finale.

"The Voice" is the most-watched alternative series for the 2023-24 season (L7).

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posted 5/13/2024

Buzzr... COME ON DOWN!
"The Price Is Right" Joins Classic Lineup May 29
From Vulture

If you grew up in the '80s and '90s, then watching The Price Is Right was a staple of childhood sick days. Now, classic game-show channel Buzzr is giving viewers under the age of 35 the chance to hang out with Bob Barker again. After years of requests from fans, the all-games network is finally adding throwback episodes of the CBS staple to its daily lineup, Vulture has learned. Back-to-back installments of Barker's bargain-hunting bonanza will air daily from 3 to 5 p.m. ET, starting on Tuesday, May 28. Buzzr is planning to kick off its run of TPIR with episodes from the 1984–85 season, shuffling through more than 200 hours of episodes over the next few months.

While Buzzr has long been home to most of the biggest game-show titles from the library of parent company Fremantle — Match Game, Password, and Press Your Luck — old-school TPIR has been conspicuously absent. Even after Fremantle launched a free ad-supported streaming channel with nothing but Barker's TPIR at the end of 2020, the Goodson-Todman classic stayed off of traditional TV; ditto when Barker died in August 2023. If you wanted to watch The Price Is Right on a regular TV network, then your only option in recent decades has been Drew Carey's long-running CBS version of the format. Even better, Barker's return to linear TV coincides with the second annual National Game Show Day.

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posted 5/13/2024

Critics Choice Real TV 2024: And the Nominees Are...
Noms Out for Reality TV Awards
From WABC New York

The nominations for the Critics Choice Real TV Awards have been announced. Did your favorite show make the list?

"American Idol" and "Dancing With The Stars" are up for Best Competition Series: Talent/Variety.

"Shark Tank" is up for Best Structured Series and Best Business Show.

"Celebrity Family Feud," "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune" and "Celebrity Jeopardy!" will compete against each other in the Best Game Show Category.

"The Golden Bachelor" is nominated for Best Relationship Show and Gerry Turner is up for Male Star of the Year.

"RuPaul's Drag Race" and "The Traitors" lead the nominations with 5 each.

The full list of nominees is below. Winners will be announced June 15th in Los Angeles.

BEST COMPETITION SERIES
- The Amazing Race (CBS)
- RuPaul's Drag Race (MTV)
- Squid Game: The Challenge (Netflix)
- Survivor (CBS)
- Top Chef (Bravo)
- The Traitors (Peacock)

BEST COMPETITION SERIES: TALENT/VARIETY
- American Idol (ABC)
- America's Got Talent (NBC)
- Dancing with the Stars (ABC)
- The Masked Singer (Fox)
- So You Think You Can Dance (Fox)
- The Voice (NBC)

BEST STRUCTURED SERIES
- Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives (Food Network)
- The Food That Built America (History)
- How to With John Wilson (HBO)
- Queer Eye (Netflix)
- Shark Tank (ABC)
- We're Here (HBO)

BEST CULINARY SHOW
- Be My Guest with Ina Garten (Food Network)
- The Great British Baking Show (Netflix)
- MasterChef Junior (Fox)
- Next Level Chef (Fox)
- Selena + Restaurant (Food Network)
- Top Chef (Bravo)

BEST GAME SHOW
- Celebrity Family Feud (ABC)
- Celebrity Jeopardy! (ABC)
- Celebrity Wheel of Fortune (ABC)
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food Network)
- Password (NBC)
- Weakest Link (NBC)

BEST TRAVEL/ADVENTURE SHOW
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food Network)
- Lost Cities Revealed with Albert Lin (National Geographic Channel)
- Never Say Never with Jeff Jenkins (National Geographic Channel)
- On the Roam (HBO | Max)
- The Reluctant Traveler with Eugene Levy (Apple TV+)
- Somebody Feed Phil (Netflix)

BEST BUSINESS SHOW
- Bar Rescue (Paramount Network)
- Kitchen Nightmares (Fox)
- The Mega-Brands that Built America (History)
- Shark Tank (ABC)
- Start Up (PBS)

BEST LIFESTYLE SHOW: FASHION/BEAUTY
- Bollywed (Fuse)
- Glow Up (Netflix)
- OMG Fashun (E!)
- Project Runway (Bravo)
- Queer Eye (Netflix)
- RuPaul's Drag Race (MTV)

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST IN AN UNSCRIPTED SERIES
- House of Villains (E!)
- The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City (Bravo)
- RuPaul's Drag Race (MTV)
- The Traitors (Peacock)
- Vanderpump Rules (Bravo)
- We're Here (HBO)

BEST SHOW HOST
- Will Arnett - Lego Masters (Fox)
- Terry Crews - America's Got Talent (NBC)
- Alan Cumming - The Traitors (Peacock)
- Kristen Kish - Top Chef (Bravo)
- Keke Palmer - Password (NBC)
- RuPaul - RuPaul's Drag Race (MTV)

MALE STAR OF THE YEAR
- Jerrod Carmichael - Jerrod Carmichael Reality Show (HBO)
- Alan Cumming - The Traitors (Peacock)
- Bertie Gregory - Animals Up Close with Bertie Gregory (Nat Geo WILD)
- Eugene Levy - The Reluctant Traveler with Eugene Levy (Apple TV+)
- RuPaul - RuPaul's Drag Race (MTV)
- Gerry Turner - The Golden Bachelor (ABC)

FEMALE STAR OF THE YEAR
- Selena Gomez - Selena + Restaurant (Food Network)
- Sandra Lee - Dr. Pimple Popper (TLC)
- Ariana Madix - Vanderpump Rules (Bravo)
- Reba McEntire - The Voice (NBC)
- Phaedra Parks - The Traitors (Peacock)
- Retta - Ugliest House in America (HGTV)


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Hollywood Outbreak

posted 5/13/2024

"Squid Game" Wins at BAFTAs
Netflix Series Takes Best Reality Category
From Deadline

Squid Game — The Challenge has won the Reality category at the BAFTA TV Awards.

The UK-produced Netflix show beat off competition from shows such as Banged Up and Married At First Sight. A competition version of Korean drama Squid Game, it pitted 456 payers against each other in a big to win a massive cash prize.

The challenges ranged from the infamous "Red Light Green Light" from the 2021 drama, in which contestants had to avoid moving while in the eyeline of a horrifying giant doll, to new ones based on children's games such as Battleship. One player ultimately walked away with $4.56M.

The show comes from The Traitors producer Studio Lambert and The Garden, a rare co-production between two major British unscripted producers from different production groups.

The Traitors won last year, when the the category was known as Reality and Constructed Factual.

Deadline
Gold Derby
Deadline
Vulture
Variety

posted 5/13/2024

Cracked Eggheads?
Jeremy Vine Speculates Fate of Quiz After BBC Reportedly Shelves It
From Female First

Jeremy Vine has hinted long-running quiz show 'Eggheads' is dead.

Its former host, 58, fronted the show from 2008 after it started to air five years earlier, and rumors have been rife the quiz show had been shelved since its last episode screened in April 2023.

Jeremy has now told The Sun: "I haven't heard anything about 'Eggheads' for a while now.

"I think I have done about 1,200 shows – but whether we are doing any more I don't know.

"We last filmed an episode over a year ago.

"It may well be we are doing it in 30 years' time, who knows, but no immediate plans for any more."

'Eggheads' started on BBC One before moving to BBC Two and then Channel 5 in in 2021. It saw a group of contestants take on a panel of 'egghead' experts to win money, similar to ITV's 'The Chase'.

When it started in 2003 it was hosted by Dermot Murnaghan, 66, before Jeremy came in as co-chair in 2008, with the pair rotating before he became the only presenter of the series for its 16th run.

Female First
Yahoo!
Metro

posted 5/13/2024

Family Feud Heads to Bangladesh
Bongo to Air Version OTT
From The Business Standard

Bongo, a leading OTT platform in Bangladesh, is set to introduce a local version of the popular American TV show 'Family Feud.'

The show, a global phenomenon hosted in over 50 countries, marks its debut in Bangladesh with renowned musician Tahsan Rahman Khan as the host.

'Family Feud' involves two families competing to provide the most popular answers to survey questions, aiming to entertain while fostering family bonding. Tahsan expressed his excitement about revitalising family entertainment in Bangladesh through this show. "We hope to bring back family entertainment in a new way with this game show," he said.

Faysal Taher, Chief Operating Officer of Bongo, highlighted the show's potential to create memorable experiences for the many joint families in the country. With a nod to its original host, Steve Harvey, the Bangladeshi version promises local flavor and surprises. Interested participants can soon apply on Bongo's official website.

The Business Standard
New Age

posted 5/13/2024


Nexstar Media Group
SAM RUBIN: 1960-2024
Legendary Entertainment Reporter Played "Pyramid"
From Deadline

Sam Rubin, who was a Los Angeles TV news mainstay as the longtime entertainment reporter for KTLA and regular interviewer on red carpets, died today, the station announced. He was 64.

Rubin's family confirmed he died of a heart attack, KTLA reported. He was last on the air Thursday morning and showed no outward signs of illness, according to his co-workers. He had called in sick on Friday.

Rubin's KTLA colleagues were remembering him with tears and anecdotes on the air this afternoon. "We don't know what happened, but it was sudden," longtime morning anchor Frank Buckley said.

Another longtime colleague, Eric Spillman, called in to say, "I can't believe we are reporting this — it is such a shock."

"KTLA 5 is profoundly saddened to report the death of Sam Rubin," the station posted on social media. "Sam was a giant in the local news industry and the entertainment world, and a fixture of Los Angeles morning television for decades. His laugh, charm and caring personality touched all who knew him. Sam was a loving husband and father: the roles he cherished the most. Our thoughts are with Sam's family during this difficult time."

Among those calling in was Henry Winkler, who was one of Rubin's favorite guests. "It's the most horrible thing," Winkler said via phone from an airport. "Two things I know: He made you feel special every single time [he interviewed you], and I am not the only person who felt that special warmth."

The station also today played a minutes-long segment from the 2020 SAG Awards red carpet in which none other than Tom Hanks stopped to speak with Rubin, turning the tables on the interviewer and extolling the virtues of KTLA, Rubin and "Sky Chopper 5."

Rubin joined KTLA Morning News in 1991, about six months after the program debuted. He won multiple News Emmys and Golden Mike Awards and received a lifetime achievement award from the Southern California Broadcasters Association. He also was named Best Entertainment Reporter by the Los Angeles Press Club. Rubin also was a longtime regular on KNX-AM in Los Angeles, provided brief showbiz-news reports, and regularly appeared on BBC TV and radio in the UK and also did radio and TV reports in Australia.

Rubin is one of the founding members of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the largest organization of film and television critics in the United States with more than 200 members. In 1996, the BFCA began the Critics' Choice Movie Awards, and he hosted the 2013 Critics' Choice Movie Awards.

In 2021, Rubin ran to represent broadcasters on SAG-AFTRA's L.A. board of directors as part of the MembershipFirst party alongside Matthew Modine and Joely Fisher. Among his chief concerns was changes in eligibility requirements at the SAG-AFTRA Health Plan. After hearing the news, Fisher wrote on Twitter today, "This is a shocking loss!!! #RIP to my friend of so many years."

He also was the owner of SRE, Inc., a TV production company that has produced more than 200 hours of broadcast and cable programming, including several Live From red carpet shows and 120 episodes of the talk show Hollywood Uncensored with Sam Rubin which ran on Reelz.

Rubin authored two books and has seen his work published in both print and online around the world.

Sam regularly appears on BBC television and radio in the United Kingdom, and is a regular contributor to Triple M radio and Channel 9 television network in Australia.

His charitable efforts included annually promoting the Bay to Bay bike ride from Orange County to San Diego to raise funds for multiple sclerosis research.

In game shows, Rubin appeared on episodes of "The $25,000 Pyramid" and "@midnight".

Survivors include his wife, Leslie, and their four children.

Deadline
Deadline
TV Line
Newscast Studio

Variety

posted 5/13/2024


Protagonist Pictures

It's (Finally) Time to Press Your Luck!
Paul Walter Hauser Leads All-Star Cast in Movie Adaptation
From Deadline

Paul Walter Hauser (Black Bird, Richard Jewell) will lead the cast of Press Your Luck, a pic based on a true story of an unemployed ice-cream truck driver who won big on a 1980s game show.

Set in 1984, the film follows Ohio resident Michael Larson, who steps on to the set of game show 'Press Your Luck' harboring a secret: the key to endless amounts of money. But his winning streak gets threatened when the executives in the control room start to uncover his real motivations. You can see a first look image above.

Joining Hauser in an ensemble cast are Walton Goggins (Fallout, The Hateful Eight), David Strathairn (Nomadland, Good Night and Good Luck), Emmy-nominated Maisie Williams (The New Look, Game of Thrones), Haley Bennett (Swallow, The Magnificent Seven), Shamier Anderson (John Wick: Chapter 4, Invasion), David Rysdahl (Fargo, Oppenheimer), Johnny Knoxville (Jackass, Dukes of Hazzard), Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker, Chicago P.D.), Patti Harrison (Theater Camp, Together Together) and Shaunette Renée Wilson (Indiana Jones, Black Panther).

Samir Oliveros directs from a screenplay co-written with Maggie Briggs (Joyland). His company, Plenty Good (Chronicles Of A Wandering Saint) is the producer, and co-producer is Fabula (El Conde). The film is in post-production, with Protagonist Pictures handling international sales and CAA Media Finance representing North American rights.

"Samir has crafted a unique and stylish telling of the incredible true story of a down on his luck everyman gaming the system," said Protagonist Pictures' CEO, Dave Bishop. "We couldn't be happier to be working with the very talented Samir and our friends at Fabula and Plenty Good."

Press Your Luck is produced by Amanda Freedman, and executive produced by Andrew Hevia, Juan de Dios Larraín, Pablo Larraín, Hauser, Juan Pablo Solano, Simon Beltran, Sara McFarlane, Damiano Tucci, Tiziano Tucci, Sophia Banks, Arun Thapar, Divya Shahani and Roger Lolly. Constanza Muñoz is co-producer.

The idea of turning the story of Michael Larsen on "Press Your Luck" into a theatrical is not new. As early as 2000, Howard Franklin was tapped to direct the project with Bill Murray slated to play Larsen and Nicolas Cage slated to produce. It was placed in "turnaround" at Columbia before Mandalay Entertainment picked it up. It had since languished in development hell.

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Variety

ComicBook

posted 5/13/2024

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Back to the House on the Radford Lot"

  • Julie Chen Moonves hints that another "Celebrity Big Brother" is coming (Reality TV World)

  • Bob the Drag Queen mourns his mother on Mother's Day (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Variety predicts that "Game Changer" could be a ... game changer... at the Emmys (Variety)

  • #ICYMI: What happened in the Eurovision 2024 final (The Wrap), including an expelled artist (Yahoo!)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ken Jennings (Hollywood Outbreak)

posted 5/13/2024

Fox, Gordon Ramsay Take a Bite
Foodies Get Another Outlet
From the Futon Critic

The iconic Gordon Ramsay and FOX Entertainment have joined forces to launch Bite, a new multi-tiered global food brand and entertainment platform dishing out fresh, fun, accessible and inventive culinary and lifestyle content, products and experiences for fans everywhere.

As a brand designed to live at the intersection of content and commerce, Bite also announces its inaugural consumer products partnership with HexClad, one of the world's fastest growing and most respected cookware brands. Through this first-of-its-kind strategic partnership and investment, HexClad becomes an official sponsor across a range of FOX and Studio Ramsay Global-owned food content worldwide.

Created under FOX Entertainment and its Gordon Ramsay production partnership, Studio Ramsay Global, Bite brings together Ramsay's unmatched worldwide audience and FOX's dominance in food entertainment, from Next Level Chef and Kitchen Nightmares to Crime Scene Kitchen and Gordon Ramsay's Food Stars.

Bite offers food fans more of the culinary content they love, while giving advertisers and brand partners even greater reach and more innovative ways to engage with Ramsay and FOX's massive audience of over 100 million food-loving fans.

"Bite is an innovative fusion of my nearly 20-year collaboration with FOX, blending all the experiences, excitement, competition and personality we've created together under this original, singular food and lifestyle venture," said Ramsay. "This new brand will cater to every flavor of food fan with an enticing array of original series, compelling food stories and endless digital content that audiences everywhere will eat up!"

"To food fans around the world, the Bite kitchen is open," said Rob Wade, CEO of FOX Entertainment, "and with Gordon and his team at Studio Ramsay Global pulling together all the right ingredients, there's simply no one better to serve up this vibrant, authentic feast of food-themed entertainment and experiences. As the world's most dynamic, comprehensive one-stop culinary destination, we're certain audiences will enjoy discovering and savoring every Bite."

The Futon Critic
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 5/10/2024

THURSDAY: The Farmer Gets a Wife?
CBS Wins Ahead of Young Sheldon Finale
From The Wrap

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' Young Sheldon was Thursday's most-watched show and tied ABC's 9-1-1 for the nightly demo win.

Ahead of next week's series finale, a double helping of Young Sheldon (with 6.7 million viewers/0.4 demo rating, then 6.8 mil/0.5) was down a bit in audience steady week-to-week. So Help Me Todd (4.4 mil/0.3) added a few eyeballs, while Elsbeth (4.2 mil/0.2 matched its demo low.

9-1-1 (4.4 mil/0.5), Grey's Anatomy (3.1 mil/0.4) and Station 19 (2.3 mil/0.3) all added viewers, with the latter also ticking up in the demo.

Fox's finale doubleshot of Next Level Chef (1.8 mil/0.3) and Farmer Wants a Wife (2.03 mil/0.2) each added eyeballs, with the latter matching a season high in viewers.

NBC's Law & Order (3.7 mil/0.3) and SVU (4.1 mil/0.4) each dipped in audience, while Peacock-bound Organized Crime (2.8 mil/0.3) rose in both measures.

The CW's Patti Stanger: The Matchmaker (245k/0.05) and Lovers & Liars (159k/0.03) were both down.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49) are forthcoming.

TV Line

Spoiler TV

posted 5/10/2024

Netflix's Golden Ticket
Streamer Readies Willy Wonka Competition Series
From Deadline

Willy Wonka, the eccentric founder of the Wonka Chocolate Factory from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, has been played by Gene Wilder, Johnny Depp and Timothée Chalamet on the big screen.

He's now set to come to the small-screen in a much different way.

Deadline reports that Netflix is preparing a reality competition series based on the Roald Dahl story. This comes after the streamer acquired the Roald Dahl Story Company in 2021.

The site reports that v Netflix went out to a number of production companies, believed to include American Idol producer Fremantle, Wall to Wall, the British production company behind Who Do You Think You Are?, Nobody's Hero, the production company behind Netflix's Bullsh*t: The Game Show and Snack vs. Chef, and The Garden, which was one of the companies behind Squid Game: The Challenge.

Nobody's Hero, which is run by Christopher Potts and Jonty Nash, and ITV-backed The Garden are understood to be out of the process, leaving Fremantle and Wall to Wall, which is owned by Warner Bros. Discovery, to battle it out.

Warner Bros. Discovery, which also operates a number of U.S. unscripted divisions such as Warner Horizon, is expected to be involved in some shape even if Wall to Wall doesn't land the series given its links to the movies. While here is currently no deal between the David Zaslav-run company and Netflix, if the series was to use clips from any of the movies, it would need to work with the studio, for instance.

Deadline

posted 5/9/2024

WEDNESDAY: Eight o'Clock Fight
NBC's One Chicago Wins Totals, CBS' Survivor Wins Demo
From TV Series Finale

In the latest TV ratings, NBC's Chicago Fire was Wednesday's most-watched show, while CBS' Survivor dominated the night in the demo.

#OneChicago won the night for NBC with Chicago Med (5.65m/0.43) up, Chicago Fire (6.08m/0.46) also up, and Chicago PD (4.73m/0.37) down a peg.

CBS took the silver with Survivor (4.69m/0.75) down and The Amazing Race (2.84m/0.37) up.

Taking the bronze were a steady Jeopardy! Masters (4.10m/0.42), a season high Abbott Elementary (2.67m/0.43), a season low The Conners (2.23m/0.28), and a rerun of The $100,000 Pyramid (1.65m/0.20).

Fox's The Masked Singer (3.01m/0.38), Animal Control (1.26m/0.19), and a Family Guy rerun (0.63m/0.12) were steady.

The CW's Walker (0.38m/0.07) and Sight Unseen (0.28m/0.03) were both down.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Top Chef Wisconsin (Bravo): 582k/0.09
- Supermarket Stakeout (SP/Food): 401k/0.09
- Switch (GSN): 399k/0.04
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 367k/0.04
- Split Second (GSN): 331k/0.03
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 315k/0.04

TV Series Finale

Spoiler TV

posted 5/9/2024

Bundles... Lots and Lots of Bundles...
Disney+, Hulu, Max to Be Bundled Over the Summer
From Deadline

Disney and Warner Bros. Discovery are breaking ground in streaming with a bundled offering featuring Disney+, Hulu and Max.

The companies are aiming to launch the bundle this summer. The exact launch date and the price point have not yet been announced, but plans call for both ad-free and ad-supported versions to be available.

The move creates the first cross-company partnership for any of the top-tier services to come to market as the race to catch up with Netflix began in earnest about five years ago. It follows years of speculation and public musings by top executives about when bundling across the industry might reduce friction and begin to make streaming more cost-efficient for programmers and consumers alike. Pay-TV operators long served as third-party bundlers in the cable age, but while distribution deals with the likes of Roku and Amazon are key to any streaming service gaining traction, it's mostly every-app-for-itself in the streaming era.

Deadline
The Futon Critic

TV Line
The New York Times

The Wrap
Variety

posted 5/9/2024


Sean Viator
SEAN VIATOR: 1992-2024
Dancer Featured on "American Idol" Among Other Projects
From Deadline

Sean Viator, a dancer and choreographer who performed on TV shows American Idol and Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga on Netflix, died May 3 at 31, his family announced. No cause was given.

Viator received a Bachelor's degree of fine arts in dance from the University of Arizona, where he graduated summa cum laude. He was awarded the university's top dance award — The Triple Threat Award.

Some of Viator's credits include the Billboard Music Awards, appearing with Christina Aguilera and Demi Lovato, an American Idol season finale performance with Kylie Minogue, the I'm Ready music video for Sam Smith and Demi Lovato, and the Radio City Rockettes' Christmas Spectacular, according to his biography.

A celebration of life ceremony for Viator will be held Friday at the Resthaven Funeral Home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Visiting hours will be from 12:30 p.m. until the service at 2:30 p.m.

Deadline
TV Insider
WWL-TV NEw Orleans

posted 5/9/2024

TUESDAY: All Eyes
CBS Wins on All Fronts
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS was THE network to beat thanks to the return of the FBI franchise.

The mothership (6.125m/0.46), International (4.936m/0.37), and Most Wanted (4.53m/0.32) all shot up from reruns.

NBC took the silver with elevated returns for The Voice's Tuesday premiere (4.422m/0.35), Weakest Link (2.925m/0.31), and Password (2.587m/0.29).

ABC took the bronze with Will Trent (3.717m/0.29) dropping, The Rookie (2.866m/0.26) holding steady, and The Good Doctor (2.2m/0.14) also holding steady.

Fox served up new editions of The Cleaning Lady (1.111m/0.13) and Alert: MPU (1.002m/0.12).

Rounding out the night on the CW was the premiere of Police 24/7 (471k/0.09).

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Chopped (Food): 446k/0.09
- Switch (GSN): 405k/0.03
- Split Second (GSN): 354k/0.04
- Moonshiners: Master Distiller (Discovery): 237k/0.04 .

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The Wrap

Spoiler TV

posted 5/9/2024

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Two Weddings & a Promotion"

  • Introducing the new Mr. & Mrs. Jaleel White (People)

  • .... and the new Mr. & Mrs. Kim Crossman (Now to Love)

  • Apploff Entertainment promotes two: Zach Gefland & (full disclosure: friend of the site) Reyna Apploff (Deadline)

  • Victoria Coren Mitchell won't apologize for a spelling error, but will advocate against gambling... despite being a semi-professional gambler (Yahoo!)

posted 5/9/2024

8 Out of 10 Cats Pauses Countdown
Channel 4 Rests Comic Game Show Mashup
From Deadline

Popular Channel 4 panel show 8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown appears to be the latest to have been hit by the network's slowdown.

Deadline reports that Channel 4 has been sitting on the current series since it was delivered last year and there are no plans to record a new series this year.

"We have already shot episodes which are ready to air," said a spokeswoman. "To keep the show current we will shoot further episodes nearer transmission."

Channel 4 wasn't able to say when the new episodes will be shot.

Produced by Would I Like To You? maker Zeppotron, Cats Does Countdown is a Jimmy Carr-hosted mash-up of comedy panel show 8 Out of 10 Cats and daytime quiz Countdown. It has been a ratings success, is one of Channel 4's longest running unscripted shows and has aired more than 150 episodes over the past 12 years. The series features regular captain Jon Richardson opposite a rotating guest captain, which has been the case since former captain Sean Lock died in 2021. It features traditional rounds from Countdown interspersed with topical humor and games from Carr, the captains, guests and Countdown regulars Rachel Riley and Susie Dent.

Deadline reports that talent availability plays a factor in filming and Cats Does Countdown has always been ordered ad hoc but sources tell they feel the delay is a reflection of Channel 4's continued grapple with the ongoing slowdown and attempts to further spread out its shows across the schedule.

Deadline
The McDuffie Progress

posted 5/8/2024

Phil Keoghan Working on Physical Competition for CBS
Tough House Looking for Athletes with Brains, Brawn
From Deadline

Phil Keoghan, host of The Amazing Race and Tough As Nails, is plotting another unscripted competition series for CBS.

Deadline reports that Keoghan is working on an elite physical competition series, which is understood to be in the early stages of development at the network. The series is expected to feature athletes with brains, brawn, endurance, agility and mental toughness, who will compete to prove themselves as the toughest.

The project is certainly on brand for Keoghan, who runs Tough House Productions. It's not clear yet whether Keoghan will host the series or just produce.

Deadline

posted 5/8/2024

The Voice Jumps into the Metaverse
ITV Studios, Sandbox to Develop The Voice Coach Battle
From Deadline

The Voice is headed to the metaverse. The international format is getting an immersive gaming experience that will accompany the TV singing competition format.

The Voice owner ITV Studios is working with virtual gaming world The Sandbox on 'The Voice Coach Battle', which will allow players to act as celebrity coaches and sit in the show's famous red chairs. The Sandbox, part of Animoca Brands, has partnered with metaverse company Virtual Brand Group to launch the Web3 game.

Developed off the back of the 155 adaptations of The Voice from around the world, Coach Battle will offer players a similar journey to real-life celebrity coaches on The Voice, starting with a blind audition. As the three contestants perform — a tiger faced pop singer, a rebellious young female rocker and an intense, moody alien balladeer — players hit the red button to select their artist. They then progress through the process, selecting music, wardrobe and stage lighting and offering their star advice at each stage. Additionally, players must complete quizzes on the TV show's real-life celebrity coaches.

Deadline

posted 5/8/2024


EndemolShine North America/NBC

Back to the Island...
NBC Renews "Deal or No Deal Island"
From various sources

NBC is heading back to the island with the second-season pickup of "Deal or No Deal Island." The elusive Banker will invite a new crop of players to compete in the season-long, fully immersive competition.

"With expert gameplay, adventure and a new layer of strategy, the reimagined 'Deal or No Deal Island' had fans on the edge of their seats, just like the original," said Corie Henson, Executive Vice President, Unscripted Content. "A huge thanks to our crew and the biggest gamer of them all, host Joe Manganiello. Together we're thrilled to be back with another season that will be sure to test the contestants and the Banker's limits."

"It was incredible to see how audiences immediately took to the new format of 'Deal or No Deal Island,' welcoming Joe Manganiello and the Banker's guests into their homes and bringing new life to the iconic IP," said Sharon Levy, Chief Executive Officer, Endemol Shine North America. "We're thrilled that NBC has picked up a second cycle and eagerly anticipate seeing how the Banker will physically test and mentally challenge a new season of contestants as they compete for a transformative jackpot."

"Deal or No Deal Island" reached 30 million total viewers across linear and digital platforms this season to date. The series is averaging 5.8 million total viewers across all platforms, more than doubling its live audience.

The series is currently the #1 NBC unscripted show on Peacock and has the most watched unscripted NBC premiere on Peacock.

The season finale of "Deal or No Deal Island" will air on May 13 at 10 p.m. on NBC. All episodes stream next day on Peacock. · Produced by Endemol Shine North America, "Deal or No Deal Island" is an exciting competition format that has been reimagined from the original Banijay format, "Deal or No Deal."

Executive producers are Matt Kunitz, Vittoria Cacciatore, Jeffrey Breeden, Joe Manganiello, Howie Mandel, and Endemol Shine North America's Sharon Levy, Michael Heyerman and Sean Loughlin.

The Futon Critic
Variety

Deadline
Decider

posted 5/8/2024

MONDAY: Aloha
CBS Wins
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' NCIS finale was Monday's most-watched show, and landed in a six-way tie for the nightly demo win.

The Neighborhood (with 5 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating) added a few eyeballs with its season finale, while Bob Hearts Abishola's series finale (4.9 mil/0.4) drew a best-since-season premiere audience and also rose in the demo. NCIS' season finale (6.8 mil/0.4) delivered its largest audience in six episodes, and NCIS: Hawai'i's unplanned series finale rose 7% to its biggest audience since the season premiere (5.41 mil) while also scoring its first 0.4 rating in six episodes.

NBC's The Voice (5.3 mil/0.4) ticked up in both measures, and Deal or No Deal Island (3 mil/0.3) drew its second-largest audience to date.

The CW's All American (464K/0.1) rose to a season high in audience.

Fox's MasterChef Junior (1.4 mil/0.2) was down, while So You Think You Can Dance (783K/0.1) added eyeballs.

ABC's Jeopardy! Masters drew 4.3 mil and a 0.4, followed by Celeb Wheel's 2.6 mil/0.3.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Spring Baking Championship (SF/Food): 807k/0.08
- Switch (GSN): 403k/0.04
- Next Baking Master Paris (P/Food): 385k/0.05
- Split Second (GSN): 330k/0.03
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 270k/0.03
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 234k/0.03
- MILF Manor: More to Love (TLC): 228k/0.05
- OMG Fashun (P/E!): 204k/0.05
- Person, Place or Thing (GSN): 187k/0.02

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Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "A Tribute"

  • ITV pulls "The 1% Club" this weekend (The Mirror)

  • Victoria Groce playing hurt? (The Sun)

  • #ICYMI: Who bids $1 million on something? (Monsters & Critics)

  • NBC hosts FYC event for The Traitors (Variety)

  • WOW Presents Plus renews "RuPaul's Drag Race Live Untucked" (Variety)

  • VIDEO WALL: New levels of interactivity in game shows (TV Newscheck)

  • Andy Cohen objects to reality participants union (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • John Legend to host podcast about "Afghan Star" (Deadline)

  • Paul Sinha shares health update (Yahoo!)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with William Hung and wife #3 (TV Insider)

posted 5/2/2024


CBS

SUMMER: CBS
Network Reveals Summer Plans
From various sources

CBS announced today premiere dates for its summer slate. The summer lineup launches with the Network debut of TULSA KING Sunday, July 14 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), followed by the season 26 premiere of BIG BROTHER Wednesday, July 17 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT). The new true-crime series THE REAL CSI: MIAMI launches Wednesday, June 26 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) and LET'S MAKE A DEAL PRIMETIME premieres Wednesday, Aug. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT). CBS will also air summer specials including GREATEST @HOME VIDEOS: FATHER'S DAY EDITION hosted by Cedric the Entertainer Friday, June 14 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), previously announced THE 51ST ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS Friday, June 7 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/delayed PT) and THE 77TH ANNUAL TONY AWARDS Sunday, June 16 (8:00-11:00 PM, LIVE ET/5:00-8:00 PM, LIVE PT). All series and specials will also be available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.

Wednesday, July 17 and Thursday, July 18 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) - In a special two-night premiere, BIG BROTHER kicks off its 26th season as a group of all-new Houseguests moves into the BIG BROTHER House. Expect the unexpected this summer with a season full of twists and turns. Following its special two-night premiere, the series will air Sundays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (9:00-10:00 PM, LIVE ET/ delayed PT), featuring the live evictions. Julie Chen Moonves returns as host. Paramount+ subscribers and Pluto TV viewers can continue to catch all the action on the BIG BROTHER Live Feeds. Click below for more information.

Wednesday, Aug. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) - LET'S MAKE A DEAL PRIMETIME returns with original episodes including "Ultimate Zonk Redemption," where former contestants who were "zonked" return to vindicate their losses; and "Otter Chaos," where for the first time, the "Big Deal" includes every car featured in the episode. This season the show celebrated its 60th broadcast anniversary and Wayne Brady's 15th anniversary as host. The cast also includes announcer Jonathan Mangum, model Tiffany Coyne and musician Cat Gray. Click below for more information.


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posted 5/7/2024


ITV/NBC

More on "Love Island USA" Season 6
Catch it on Peacock June 11
From various sources

Ariana Madix is trading West Hollywood for Fiji very soon.

Peacock has revealed the premiere date for the upcoming sixth season of Love Island USA, which will be hosted by the Vanderpump Rules star. A new teaser trailer gives viewers a first look of the SUR alum getting ready to guide islanders through their summer romance.

"I got a text!," announces Madix in the teaser after waking up to the news. "'Ariana Madix, will you host Peacock's Love Island USA?' Yes!"

"Look out, world: a hot new bombshell is heading to the villa, where new adventures are going to take flight," announces the show's narrator Iain Stirling, as a Barbie-inspired montage plays of Madix's fantastical journey to paradise.

The new season arrives on June 11.

Peacock also teased that season six will feature "a brand-new, vibrant villa including a spicy Casa Amor and an unforgettable Hideaway" where islanders "face more drama than ever before with jaw-dropping revelations, brand new couples challenges and even a few surprise guests." As with previous seasons, viewers can determine who gets a chance at love in the villa and who's getting a plane ticket back home by voting at home for their favorite couples via the Love Island USA app.

Madix had previously made cameos on Love Island USA and Love Island Games. In the former, she advised islanders to not make the same mistakes in love that she did with her ex and Vanderpump Rules co-star Tom Sandoval, sharing, "If they're not the one for you, trust me, it's better to find out sooner than later."

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posted 5/7/2024

Malmö Hosts Eurovision
Peacock to Stream Live Coverage
From TV Insider

ABBA's Waterloo has been voted the greatest song in Eurovision history, and with the Song Contest in Sweden this year, the organizers have a surprise ABBA tribute up their sleeves. Changes are also being introduced to both the voting system and the format of the live shows. There will be full live performances in the semi-finals from the artists representing the 'big five' countries for the first time, and the public vote will now open at the start of the live final.

The Eurovision Song Contest is organized by the European Broadcasting Union, the alliance of European pubcasters. The huge event, in Malmö, will feature three live shows, covering the semi-finals and final, and nine shows in all, when rehearsals are factored in.

Hosted by Malin Åkerman and Petra Mede, Eurovision 2024 returns to Malmö, Sweden, for the third time (following the city's hosting of the 1992 and 2013 editions). The new permanent slogan for the event is "United by Music." The theme for this year's event is "The Eurovision Lights," which the organization defines as, "a concept based on simple linear gradients, inspired by the vertical lines that permeate both the Northern lights and sound equalizers."

The contest will take place across three days at Malmö Arena. On May 7 and 9, two semi-finals will take place, and the grand final will follow on Saturday, May 11, starting at 21:00 Central European Summer Time (3 p.m. ET, 12 p.m. PT in the U.S.).

Peacock will be the exclusive home of Eurovision 2024 for U.S. audiences and will host all three days of the competition live, with a replay available after each event. The streamer's full schedule is as follows:
- Semi-Final 1: Tuesday, May 7 at 3 p.m. ET
- Semi-Final 2: Thursday, May 9 at 3 p.m. ET
- Grand Final: Saturday, May 11 at 3 p.m. ET


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posted 5/7/2024

"Alone" Again for the 11th Time
History Launches New Season June 13
From the Futon Critic

The HISTORY(R) Channel's popular competition series "Alone" returns for an impressive twelve-episode eleventh season on Thursday, June 13 at 9pm ET/PT before moving to its regular timeslot of 8pm ET/PT. The pre-season special "Before the Drop" will air just ahead of the season eleven premiere at 8pm ET/PT and will offer an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the participants' final preparations and safety checks before the official launch day. Additionally, season two of the highly rated international version of the series, "Alone Australia," is set to air on The HISTORY(R) Channel for domestic audiences on Thursday, June 20 at 9:30pm ET/PT.

Named "the best reality show ever made" (The New Yorker, 2023), the new season of "Alone" places ten skilled survivalists in the freezing, brutal landscape of Inuvik, Canada, within the Arctic Circle and the northernmost location in series history. Equipped with only ten basic survival tools, the participants face bone-chilling cold, icy landscapes, and intimidating predators including bears, wolves, and moose. Participants must forage for their own food, build shelter, and overcome both physical and mental obstacles while self-recording their journey for a chance to be the last person standing and win the coveted $500,000 cash prize. With no teams, no camera crews, and no gimmicks, "Alone" displays the grit of human endurance and is the ultimate test of human will.

From Leftfield Pictures, this season of "Alone" delivers monumental ingenuity and series 'firsts' including remarkable game harvests, clever inventions, painful medical mishaps, and nerve-wracking animal encounters. It also marks one of the longest running seasons in series history. The survivalists push their skills to the limit, and sometimes beyond, in a fight to endure longer than all others.

Season two of "Alone Australia" drops ten Australian survivalists in the wild terrain of Aotearoa's Te Waipounamu, also known as the South Island of New Zealand. Throughout ten episodes, each skilled participant is challenged by the merciless forces of nature, dangerous wildlife, extreme hunger, and total isolation to be the last one standing and win $250,000 AUD. For the first time, the participants are permitted to hunt with a bow and arrow, which introduces a whole new set of strategies and skills. With wild pig, possum, tahr, and red deer afoot, the stakes and intensity in their quest for sustenance and survival are higher than ever. Who will overcome these intense hurdles to be the last person standing?.

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posted 5/7/2024

24 in 24 in 2
Food Network Renews "Last Chef Standing"
From various sources

Heading into the season one finale, Food Network has ordered a second season of 24 in 24: Last Chef Standing, it was announced today by Betsy Ayala, Head of Content, Food, Warner Bros. Discovery. The freshman culinary competition series, hosted by Esther Choi and Michael Symon, features 24 talented and fearless chefs who take on 24 food challenges in 24 consecutive, non-stop hours. At the end of the 24 hours, the chef who cooked the best for the longest, and outlasted the competition, is the only one left standing. The series premiered on April 14th, and to date has reached more than 10 million total viewers (across Food Network/Max/Discovery+) ranking as a Top 3 non-news/sports cable program on Sunday nights among both P/M 25-54 and averaged a 0.58 P25-54 and 0.59 W25-54 L+3 rating. The season to-date has resonated online as well, generating a total of 25M social impressions and 12M video views.

"24 in 24: Last Chef Standing enthralled audiences as Food Network's most ambitious and grueling culinary competition, one that is part culinary marathon and part social experiment," said Ayala. "Michael Symon and Esther Choi were a dynamic duo leading this intense competition that demanded the chefs push their skills, creativity, and stamina to the limit.

24 In 24: Last Chef Standing is produced by Lando Entertainment for Food Network.

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SUSAN BUCKNER: 1952-2024
"Grease" Actress Was a Mob Member on "1 vs. 100"
From Deadline

Susan Buckner, best known to moviegoers as Grease's bubbly cheerleader Patty Simcox, died peacefully surrounded by loved ones in Miami on May 2.

Her death was announced by family.

Buckner's Grease character was the Rydell High cheerleading pal of Olivia Newton-John's Sandy. The 1978 film also starred John Travolta and Stockard Channing.

Born on January 28, 1952, in Seattle, Washington, Buckner was crowned Miss Washington in 1971 and represented the state in the Miss America pageant the following year. Soon after, she became one of The Dean Martin Show's Golddiggers dancers, and that led her to become part of the all-girl group Fantasy and the musical duo Buckner and Pratt.

She also appeared on such variety shows as The Mac Davis Show, Sonny and Cher and, as a dancer and synchronized swimmer, The Brady Bunch Variety Hour.

In 1977, she landed her signature role of perky Patty Simcox, Grease's embodiment of pep and school spirit. "Do the splits, give a yell!" she cheered alongside Newton-John. "Show a little spirit for old Rydell! Way to go, red and white! Go Rydell, fight, fight, fight!"

Grease was the top-grossing movie of 1978 with $132.4 million in box office. Its soundtrack spawned four Top 5 singles, earned an Album of the Year Grammy nom and has sold more than 8 million units in the U.S. alone.

Buckner later was featured in several TV shows, including The Love Boat, B.J and the Bear, The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, and co-starred in the ABC series When the Whistle Blows. She starred in the 1981 Wes Craven horror film Deadly Blessing alongside Sharon Stone and in 1989's Police Academy 6: City Under Siege. She later stepped away from show business to raise a family.

In game shows, Buckner was a member of the Mob on NBC's "1 vs. 100".

Buckner is survived by her son Adam Josephs, daughter Samantha Mansfield, grandchildren Oliver, Riley, Abigail and Ruby as well as her sister Linda, daughter-in-law Noel Josephs, son-in-law Adam Mansfield and longtime partner Al.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Miami's Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Susan's honor.

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posted 5/7/2024

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Travis Who?"

  • Travis Kelce to star in FX's "Grotesquerie" (Deadline)

  • Christian Siriano designed Vanna White's dress (Entertainment Weekly)

  • #ICYMI: Combining the first two stories brings us... (The Sporting News)

  • The 1% Club contestant dies after filming the show (LADBible)

  • Katy Perry thinks her mom was fooled by an AI picture of her at the Met Gala (Deadline)

  • Reba McEntire, Melissa Peterman's series is a go at NBC (TV Line)

posted 5/7/2024


ABC

The 2025 Summer Fun & Games Lineup Is Set
"Millionaire" 25th Anniversary Toplines Summer Lineup
From various sources

Now leading the season for the fifth consecutive year as the No. 1 entertainment network in Adults 18-49, ABC heads into summer with an exciting lineup of fan favorites and will add an all-new game show to its portfolio.

As previously announced, the "GOAT" Ken Jennings hosts "Jeopardy! Masters" which wraps up a three-week tournament and will crown its champion WEDNESDAY, MAY 22.

"The Wonderful World of Disney" is set to air "Inside Out" on SUNDAY, JUNE 2, kicking off the return of the network's Sunday movie offerings.

Jenn Tran will charm audiences when "The Bachelorette" begins MONDAY, JULY 8.

"Celebrity Family Feud" celebrates 100 episodes and its 10th anniversary, beginning TUESDAY, JULY 9. The evening will kick off with the previously announced special "Family Feud: Decades of Laughs," honoring 50 years of the iconic game show, followed by the season premiere of "Celebrity Family Feud." Steve Harvey serves as the judge, jury and star when "Judge Steve Harvey" returns the following week on TUESDAY, JULY 16.

Renewed for a new season and celebrating the show's 25th anniversary, Jimmy Kimmel hosts "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," premiering WEDNESDAY, JULY 10. This iteration will feature a new twist with two celebrity contestants playing together with the hope of winning $1 million for the charity of their choice. Joining the Wednesday lineup is the third season premiere of "Claim to Fame," with Kevin and Franklin Jonas returning as hosts.

"The 2024 ESPYS Presented by Capital One" returns to ABC, live on THURSDAY, JULY 11, and will feature some of the biggest names in sports and entertainment. A host will be announced at a later date.

"Press Your Luck" scores a sixth season renewal, which will debut THURSDAY, JULY 18, followed by the brand-new game show, "Lucky 13," co-hosted by Shaquille O'Neal and Gina Rodriguez. This high-stakes primetime quiz show will test contestants' knowledge with 13 true-or-false trivia questions but with a cunning twist: Just how well do they know what they know ... and, just as importantly, how well do they know what they don't know? If they can accurately predict how successfully they've answered 13 questions, they could take home a $1 million cash jackpot.

Airdates (all times Eastern/Pacific, subject to change)
- May 22 - 8p: Jeopardy! Masters (season finale)
- July 8 - 8p: The Bachelorette (season premiere)
- July 9 - 8p: Family Feud: Decades of Laughs (special)
- July 9 - 9p: Celebrity Family Feud (season premiere)
- July 10 - 8p: Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (season premiere)
- July 10 - 9p: Claim to Fame (season premiere)
- July 18 - 8p: Press Your Luck (season premiere)
- July 18 - 9p: Lucky 13 (premiere)

About the games...

- THE BACHELORETTE: Jenn Tran will make Bachelor franchise history when her journey to love begins on the upcoming 21st season of "The Bachelorette." After charming audiences with her bubbly personality on Joey Graziadei's season of "The Bachelor," the 26-year-old fan favorite will begin handing out roses when the series returns this summer. "The Bachelorette" is a production of Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon. Bennett Graebner, Claire Freeland, Jason Ehrlich, Tim Warner and Peter Gust serve as executive producers. Follow "The Bachelorette" (#TheBachelorette) on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and TikTok.
- CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD Hosted by stand-up comedian, actor, author and Emmy(R) Award winner Steve Harvey, the iconic game show features celebrities, along with their family members or their extended TV families, going head-to-head in a contest to name the most popular responses to survey-type questions posed to 100 people for a chance to win $25,000 for a charity of their choice. "Celebrity Family Feud" is produced by Fremantle. Myeshia Mizuno is the executive producer. Follow "Celebrity Family Feud" (#CelebrityFamilyFeud) on Instagram, X and Facebook.
- CLAIM TO FAME Hosted by Kevin and Franklin Jonas, "Claim to Fame" challenges relatives of celebrities to live together under one roof and conceal their identity and lineage in the quest for their own fame and fortune. They will compete in challenges, form strategic partnerships and play DNA detective in hopes of avoiding elimination, winning the coveted $100,000 prize and step out of their famous family member's shadow by staking their own "Claim to Fame." Season three will bring the nail-biting competition, drama and more! "Claim to Fame" is produced by Kinetic Content ("Love Is Blind," "Married at First Sight") in association with Walt Disney Television Alternative. Chris Coelen, Eric Detwiler, Scott Teti and Heather Crowe serve as executive producers Follow "Claim to Fame" (#ClaimToFame) on Instagram, Facebook, Threads and TikTok.
- JEOPARDY! MASTERS "Jeopardy! Masters," produced by Sony Pictures Television, is the latest iteration of America's Favorite Quiz Show(R), hosted by the "GOAT" Ken Jennings. Each hourlong episode of the series will showcase the six highest-ranked current "Jeopardy!" contestants, with two action-packed and high-stakes games. Audiences will follow along as James Holzhauer, Matt Amodio, Mattea Roach, Yogesh Raut, Victoria Groce and Amy Schneider go head-to-head for the grand prize and the title of "Jeopardy! Masters" Champion. "Jeopardy! Masters" is executive produced by Michael Davies. Follow "Jeopardy! Masters" (#JeopardyMasters) on Instagram, X and Facebook.
- LUCKY 13 Co-hosted by Shaquille O'Neal and Gina Rodriguez, "Lucky 13" is a high-stakes primetime game show that'll have viewers on the edge of their seats while shouting answers at their screens. From the creative who introduced the world to "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," "Lucky 13" tests contestants' knowledge with 13 true-or-false trivia questions but with a cunning twist: Just how well do they know what they know ... and, just as importantly, how well do they know what they don't know? If they can accurately predict how successfully they've answered 13 questions, they could take home a $1 million cash jackpot. "Lucky 13" is produced by Studio 1. Adrian Woolfe serves as creator and showrunner. Mark Wells and Glenn Coomber are executive producers together with Kevin Bacon, Aaron Stone, Alastair Burlingham, Gary Raskin, David Schiff, Scott Henry and GW Wright. Shaquille O'Neal's Jersey Legends Productions is producing with O'Neal, Colin Smeeton and Michael Parris serving as executive producers. I Can & I Will Productions is co-producer with Gina Rodriguez serving as executive producer.
- PRESS YOUR LUCK Hosted by Elizabeth Banks, "Press Your Luck" is a game of wits, strategy and high stakes as contestants try to avoid the iconic and devilish WHAMMY for a chance at life-changing cash and prizes. During each game of "Press Your Luck," three contestants compete against each other, answering questions to earn spins on the Big Board. Contestants then use their spins to win cash and prizes while trying to avoid the WHAMMY, which could take all of their winnings and leave them with nothing. The winning contestant moves on to the bonus round to face the WHAMMY in a final battle for the chance to win $1 million. "Press Your Luck" is produced by Fremantle. The show is executive produced by Elizabeth Banks, Max Handelman and John Quinn, who also serves as showrunner. Follow "Press Your Luck" (#PressYourLuck) on Instagram, X and Facebook.
- WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE Hosted by late-night's Jimmy Kimmel, "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" is back in primetime to celebrate the show's 25th anniversary. In a first-time twist, the new season will feature pairs of celebrity contestants playing together in the hopes of winning $1 million for the charity of their choice. "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" is executive produced by Michael Davies and Jimmy Kimmel. The series is produced by Sony Pictures Television's Embassy Row and Kimmelot. Follow "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" (#WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire) on Instagram, X and Facebook.


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posted 5/6/2024


CBS

UPFRONTS: CBS
"Hollywood Squares" Reboot Headlines Game Show Schedule
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CBS today announced its 2024-2025 primetime programming lineup of CBS Originals, featuring three new dramas, two new comedies, a new alternative series, a reimagined classic game show, special event programming and 18 returning series.

New drama series for fall include NCIS: ORIGINS, starring Austin Stowell as a young Leroy Jethro Gibbs and narrated by flagship NCIS series star Mark Harmon; and MATLOCK, a reimagining of the classic television series, starring Emmy and Academy Award winner Kathy Bates as a brilliant, wily lawyer with unusual and unexpected tactics. Midseason will introduce WATSON, starring Morris Chestnut as a modern version of one of history's greatest detectives solving medical mysteries.

The new multi-camera comedies for fall are POPPA'S HOUSE, starring Damon Wayans as happily divorced "Poppa" who finds himself still parenting his adult son, Damon Wayans Jr; and GEORGIE & MANDY'S FIRST MARRIAGE, the sequel to YOUNG SHELDON, following Georgie (Montana Jordan) and Mandy (Emily Osment) as they raise their young family in Texas while navigating the challenges of adulthood, parenting and marriage.

The new fall alternative series is THE SUMMIT, hosted by Manu Bennett, which follows 16 strangers embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime journey through the treacherous New Zealand Alps in an attempt to reach the peak of a distant, towering mountain and win $1 million. Midseason will launch a new edition of the legendary game show HOLLYWOOD SQUARES, starring Drew Barrymore as the center square, in which two contestants play tic-tac-toe to win money and prizes.

The new schedule of CBS Original series also includes the return of the new #1 series on television, TRACKER, starring Justin Hartley; the 2023-2024 season's #2 new program, ELSBETH, starring Carrie Preston; the world's #1 TV franchise, NCIS; and #1 news program 60 MINUTES.

"This is another CBS primetime schedule that will break through the clutter and entertain a mass audience," said Amy Reisenbach, president of CBS Entertainment. "We're grateful to the creative talent who deliver the characters and stories, as well as the viewers who spend nights, seasons and years with them."

In addition to CBS' new and returning top series, the Network's year-round schedule of original programming also features annual high-profile events, including the return of the GRAMMY Awards, the Golden Globe Awards, the Tony Awards, the prestigious Kennedy Center Honors, New Year's Eve Live: Nashville's Big Bash and the recently announced American Music Awards.

Fast forwarding one year into the future, the Network also ordered its first new series for the 2025-26 broadcasting season - the drama series SHERIFF COUNTRY, starring Morena Baccarin, an extension of the FIRE COUNTRY universe.

The following is the new 2024-2025 schedule:

MONDAY
- 8p: The Neighborhood
- 8:30p: POPPA'S HOUSE (new)
- 9p: NCIS
- 10p: NCIS: ORIGINS (new)

TUESDAYS
- 8p: FBI
- 9p: FBI: International
- 10p: FBI: Most Wanted

WEDNESDAYS FALL
- 8p: Survivor
- 9:30p: THE SUMMIT (new)

WEDNESDAYS WINTER
- 8p: The Price Is Right at Night
- 9p: Raid the Cage
- 10p: HOLLYWOOD SQUARES (new)

WEDNESDAYS SPRING
- 8p: Survivor
- 9:30p: The Amazing Race


THURSDAYS
- 8p: GEORGIE & MANDY'S FIRST MARRIAGE (new)
- 8:30p: Ghosts
- 9p: MATLOCK (new)
- 10p: Elsbeth (new)

FRIDAYS FALL
- 8p: SWAT
- 9p: Fire Country
- 10p: Blue Bloods (final season)
FRIDAYS SPRING
- 8p: NCIS: Sydney
- 9p: Fire Country
- 10p: SWAT

SATURDAYS
- 8p: Encores
- 10p: 48 Hours

SUNDAY FALL
- 7p: 60 Minutes
- 8p: Tracker
- 9p: The Equalizer
- 10p: Encores
SUNDAY SPRING
- 7p: 60 Minutes
- 8p: Tracker
- 9p: The Equalizer
- 10p: WATSON (new)

About the new series...

- THE SUMMIT (Wednesdays fall): THE SUMMIT, hosted by Manu Bennett, follows 16 strangers embarking on a once-in-a-lifetime journey through the treacherous New Zealand Alps in an attempt to reach the peak of a distant, towering mountain. With their backpacks containing an equal share of $1 million, the group must traverse an exhausting distance in just 14 days in order to win the cash they are carrying. But not everyone will make it, as these strangers must work together to tackle the dangerous terrain, unforgiving Antarctic winds, heart-pounding challenges and gut-wrenching eliminations on their way to the peak. Tracking them along this journey is the "Mountain's Keeper" who will surprise the trekkers with brutal twists and force decisions that complicate an already grueling ascent. Morals and relationships will be tested when they must decide what to do if someone falls behind - because if the group fails to reach THE SUMMIT in time, all the prize money will be lost. THE SUMMIT is produced by Endemol Shine North America. Kevin Lee, Tina Nicotera and Endemol Shine North America's Sharon Levy and Michael Heyerman are executive producers. The series is based on a format by Endemol Shine Australia and Nine.

- HOLLYWOOD SQUARES (Wednesdays winter): HOLLYWOOD SQUARES, starring Drew Barrymore, is a classic game show in which two contestants play tic-tac-toe to win money and prizes. The "board" for the game is a vertical stack of open-faced cubes, each occupied by a celebrity seated at a desk and facing the contestants. The celebrities are asked questions and the contestants judge the legitimacy of their answers to win the game. Award-winning actress and talk show host Drew Barrymore will take her place as the famed "center square" answering questions for the contestants. HOLLYWOOD SQUARES is produced by Jesse Collins for Jesse Collins Entertainment and Drew Barrymore and Flower Films. The original show aired on NBC in the 1960s. The series piloted in 1965 and debuted in its entirety on the same network in 1966, with reboots airing in syndication (1986-1989, 1998-2004).

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THURSDAY: The Beginning of the End
CBS Wins Night, Ties for the Demo
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' Young Sheldon was Thursday's most-watched program and landed in a three-way tie for the nightly demo win.

Young Sheldon (with 7.2 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating) was up in both measures, Ghosts (6 mil/0.5) was steady with its Season 2 finale, So Help Me Todd (4.2 mil/0.3) dropped some eyeballs, and Elsbeth (4.2 mil/0.3) rose in the demo.

NBC's Law & Order (3.8 mil/0.3), SVU (4.3 mil/0.4) and Organized Crime (2.6 mil/0.2) were all down.

ABC's 9-1-1 (4.3 mil/0.5), Grey's Anatomy (2.9 mil/0.4) and Station 19 (2.2 mil/0.2) all dipped.

Fox's Next Level Chef (1.7 mil/0.3) and Farmer Wants a Wife (1.9 mil/0.2) were both steady.

The CW's Patti Stanger: Matchmaker (320K) lost some viewers, while Lovers and Liars (170K) added some.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 483k/0.07
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 387k/0.05
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 376k/0.05
- Split Second (GSN): 327k/0.04
- Switch (GSN): 311k/0.03

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WEDNESDAY: Tough Crowd
NBC's One Chicago Wins Totals, CBS' Survivor Wins Demo
From Variety

In the latest TV ratings, NBC's Chicago Fire was Wednesday's most-watched show, while CBS' Survivor dominated the night in the demo.

Back from another multi-week break, Chicago Med (with 5.6 million total viewers and a 0.4 rating) was down across the board, Chicago Fire (6.1 mil/0.4) was steady and Chicago P.D. (5 mil/0.4) added eyeballs.

Survivor (4.8 mil/0.8) and The Amazing Race (2.7 mil/0.4) both rose in the demo.

On ABC, Jeopardy! Masters scored series lows (4.2 mil/0.4) with its Season 2 premiere. Enjoying a better lead-in, Abbott Elementary (2.5 mil/0.4) rose to its best Wednesday audience since Feb. 14 and ticked up in the demo, though - The Conners (2.2 mil/0.3) plunged to a season low in audience. The show has been reportedly picked up for an abbrieviated seventh-and-final.

Fox's The Masked Singer (3 mil/0.4) and Animal Control (1.2 mil/0.2) each lost some viewers.

The CW's Walker (455K) was down in audience, but Sight Unseen (369K) was up.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Top Chef Wisconsin (Bravo): 582k/0.09
- Supermarket Stakeout (SP/Food): 401k/0.09
- Switch (GSN): 399k/0.04
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 367k/0.04
- Split Second (GSN): 331k/0.03
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 315k/0.04

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posted 5/2/2024

A Semi-Homemade Comeback
Sandra Lee to Host "Dinner Budget Showdown" May 2
From the Hollywood Reporter

A Monday afternoon FaceTime with Sandra Lee quickly turns into a shopping intervention. Anybody who wants to lower their grocery bill, says the Semi-Homemade Cooking host, needs a Costco membership and an affinity for Trader Joe's. When I counter that the crowds at the latter are a real turn-off, she's having none of it. "You just have to get up early and go when they open," she instructs. "Same with Costco."

We are speaking on the occasion of her new series, Roku's Dinner Budget Showdown (out May 3). It's her first fully fledged TV show since Sandra's Money Saving Meals ended in 2012 when Lee turned her attention to working alongside then-partner and then-Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo. But this return for Lee, long an evangelist of stretching a dollar in the kitchen, seemed inevitable. Recent headlines about skyrocketing grocery costs are like the Bat-Signal for Lee. And while this show is new ground for her, blending cooking instruction with competition, she insists that her mission has always been the same.

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posted 5/3/2024

The BBC Is Getting Sneaky
British Version of Japanese "Koso Koso" Piloted
From the British Comedy Guide

The BBC is piloting Sneaky Sneaky, a primetime comedy game show featuring celebrities pranking unsuspecting contestants, British Comedy Guide reports.

Developed for BBC One and international audiences, the hour-long family show features five celebrity "secret agents" sneakily playing tricks on members of the public to win them a cash prize.

The contestants believe they are taking part in a reality show, unaware of hidden cameras and the celebrity agents observing their every move. The agents must complete ridiculous missions without arousing suspicion to win money for the oblivious contestants. Once the missions have ended and the contestants discover the truth, they face a final challenge to take home the money.

A co-production between BBC Studios and Japan's Nippon TV, Sneaky Sneaky is an adaptation of Koso Koso, which aired on the Japanese commercial channel in June. Koso Koso featured missions such as Supermarket Sneak, in which the agents tried to hit targets on the players' backs while they browsed shopping aisles and Night Mission, where the agents undertook tasks while trying not to wake the sleeping contestants. The pilot attracted a 24.9% viewership share of 13-49-year-olds on Japanese television.

Details of Nippon partnering with BBC Studios and the Asian-focused content creating company Empire Of Arkadia to develop a British version of Koso Koso were announced in October. But production is only now underway on the BBC One pilot, with the host's identity yet to emerge.

British Comedy Guide

posted 5/3/2024

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Family Remixed"

  • FIRST LOOK: Wayne Brady: The Family Remix (Freeform, July 24; next day on Hulu) (The Futon Critic)

  • Jenifer Lewis to bring her good times to Idol Disney Night (TV Insider)

  • Tyra Banks has no current plans to bring back ANTM (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Drew Carey a hunter for hire with no plans to retire and all the sucka MCs can call him sire (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Sara Haines is hoping that The Chase will be on soon (Yahoo!)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Padma Lakshmi and her Gold Gala Menu (Variety)

posted 5/3/2024


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More on "The 1% Club"
American Version Premieres May on Prime, June on Fox
From the Futon Critic

The 1% Club has its premiere date. Episodes of the new game show will first be released on Prime Video and then, they'll air on FOX. The outlets announced the release dates for the series with a trailer.

The 1% Club is a unique, compelling and funny game show that tests the nation's intelligence, based on a scientific survey. This entertainment format is not about what you learned at school or your ability to memorize facts.

Hosted by Emmy and Grammy-winning stand-up comedian, actor and writer Patton Oswalt (The Goldbergs, Ratatouille) the show is a chance to test how your brain works through a series of questions that all have a right answer but can also lead to a series of entertaining wrong answers along the way.

Whether you're a contestant vying for the cash prize or a viewer playing with your friends and family, answer enough questions correctly, and you could earn yourself a place in the 1% Club: an elite group of people who can honestly say they've outwitted 99% of the population.

The series based on the hit international format, produced by BBC Studios' Los Angeles Productions and Magnum Media, will premiere Monday, June 3 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX following its debut on Prime Video in the U.S. and Canada on May 23.

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TV Series Finale

posted 5/2/2024


CBS

America Has Spoken, and America's Most Watched Network Is...
... CBS for the 16th Year in a Row
From various sources

CBS will finish the 2023-24 season as "America's Most-Watched Network" in primetime for the 16th consecutive season. This breaks broadcast television's longest winning streak on record, also previously held by CBS, from 1955-1970. This is CBS' 21st win in the last 22 years. The Network is also poised to win the season in the key demos including A25-54, A18-49 and A18-34.

CBS is currently averaging 5.59 million viewers, +580,000 ahead of second place NBC (5.01m), +1.30 million viewers ahead of third place ABC (4.29m) and +2.24 million viewers ahead of fourth place FOX (3.35m). All numbers are according to Nielsen live plus 7-day ratings through April 21.

In the 2023-24 season, CBS currently has 13 of the top 20 broadcast series. The Network launched three new series (TRACKER, ELSBETH and NCIS: SYDNEY), all of which are the top new series of the season. CBS is also home to television's four most-watched entertainment programs (TRACKER, NCIS, YOUNG SHELDON and FBI), the top four comedies (YOUNG SHELDON, GHOSTS, THE NEIGHBORHOOD and BOB HEARTS ABISHOLA) and remains the #1 broadcast network in primetime among African American viewers.

CBS will close out the broadcast season strong with more top series than any other network while maintaining key #1 positions - #1 in Late Night for the seventh consecutive season, #1 in Daytime for the 38th consecutive season and home to the #1 Primetime News Program (60 MINUTES) since at least 1987. I

n multiplatform viewing, since the new season premiered in February, CBS primetime is up +11% compared to the same time frame last year. The Network has three series averaging 12 million or more viewers (TRACKER, YOUNG SHELDON and NCIS), six series averaging 11 million or more viewers (plus GHOSTS, FBI and FIRE COUNTRY) and 10 series averaging 10 million or more viewers (plus BLUE BLOODS, ELSBETH, THE EQUALIZER and NCIS: HAWAI'I) for live plus 35-day viewing and streaming on Paramount + and CBS TVE (CBS.com and the CBS app)..

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posted 5/1/2024

TUESDAY: Lopez vs. Lopez vs. Reruns
CBS, ABC Split Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, ABC won total viewers on the back of Will Trent, while CBS won the demo thanks to FBI reruns.

Will Trent (4.692m/0.32) returned to a season high, which fed into The Rookie (3.724m/0.25) and The Good Doctor (2.580m/0.15).

CBS took the total silver with FBI reruns totalling 3.527m on average with an A18-49 rating of 0.30.

NBC's double-shot of Lopez vs. Lopez (2.171m/0.33, 1.843m/0.26) ended its season on a high. Leading out a Weakest Link rerun (1.770m/0.22) was a steady Password (2.290m/0.22).

Fox served up new editions of The Cleaning Lady (1.242m/0.15) and Alert: MPU (1.195m/0.13).

Rounding out the night on the CW was the season finale of Crime Nation (327k/0.04).

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Chopped (Food): 582k/0.11
- Wildcard Kitchen (SF/Food): 544k/0.09
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 396k/0.04
- Split Second (GSN): 383k/0.05
- Switch (GSN): 375k/0.04
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 373k/0.07
- Moonshiners: Master Distiller (Discovery): 334k/0.05

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posted 5/2/2024

Popmaster TV Pops Back Up
Musical Quiz to Return to More4 This May
From Telly Mix

Hit music quiz show PopMaster TV will be back on More4 for brand new episodes starting on May 11.

The upcoming season, comprised of 16 episodes each lasting an hour, will see legendary radio DJ Ken Bruce return as the host.

Adding to the excitement, the season will feature two celebrity specials. In the first celebrity special, singer Toyah Willcox, actor and rapper Richard Blackwood, actor Sally Lindsay, radio DJ and presenter MistaJam and Pussycat Doll Kimberly Wyatt battle it out to see who'll take home the silver or gold disc.

Fans can expect more music, more questions, and greater opportunities for contestants to showcase their knowledge of pop music trivia.

Glasgow will once again serve as the filming location for the series.

PopMaster TV involves five contestants competing in a head-to-head battle to prove their expertise in music knowledge through six knockout rounds. These rounds include engaging segments such as 'Intros, Middles and Ends', 'Video Gaga', 'Pop Years', and 'It's Only Words'. The final stage, 'Original PopMaster', sees two players vying for the top spot, with the ultimate challenge being the '3 in 10' round, determining who takes home the coveted PopMaster TV gold disc.

Originating from the iconic radio quiz, which has been a staple for 25 years, the first season of PopMaster TV significantly boosted More4's viewership in 2023.

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posted 5/2/2024

Alan Carr's Endgame
ITV Cancels "Epic Gameshow" After Three Seasons
From Telly Mix

ITV has cancelled Alan Carr's Epic Gameshow, opting not to bring the program back for a fourth series.

The show, which revived various classic game shows, was first put on hold last year but now has been definitively shelved.

A TV insider shared to The Sun: "Alan won't be taking this too hard as the three seasons Epic Gameshow ran for on ITV were well received and it's not like he's short of other projects."

Indeed, Alan remains a busy figure on British TV. He's set to host the new prime-time game show Password on ITV later this year and will continue his work on the autobiographical comedy drama Changing Ends, which is heading into its second series. Additionally, Alan has ongoing projects with the BBC, including Picture Slam and Interior Design Masters, which will return for a sixth series. He is also gearing up for another series of his home makeover program with Amanda Holden in Spain.

Epic Gameshow, which began airing in 2020 and last aired in December 2022, featured a weekly rotation of beloved game shows such as Play Your Cards Right (Card Sharks), The Price Is Right, Take Your Pick, Strike It Lucky (Strike It Rich), Bullseye, Name That Tune and Child's Play. The show also included special Christmas and celebrity episodes.

Despite the show's initial success, ITV made the decision to pull the plug shortly after the third series.

While fans of Epic Gameshow may be disappointed, it seems Alan Carr will hardly have a moment to rest with his packed schedule of upcoming TV appearances.

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posted 5/2/2024

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "A Hollywood Handshake"

  • FIRST LOOK: The Great American Baking Show: season 2 (Roku), May 24 (The Futon Critic)

  • Cameron Mathison to join his daytime brethren for Daytime Stands Up, benefitting Stand Up to Cancer (Deadline)

  • The role of "The Bachelorette" was Maria Georgas' until she said no (TV Line)

  • Cheryl Burke had to "fight" for her happy (?) ending (Reality TV World)

  • VIDEO WALL: Kids these days watching 40-year-old episodes of The Price Is Right (Yahoo!)

  • Travis Kelce reveals his favorite game show... (Parade)

  • Ant & Dec are working on a new project. What is it? Spoilers (The Mirror)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with "The Contestant" aka Tomoaki Hamatsu aka Nasubi (TV Insider)

posted 5/2/2024


World of Wonder/MTV Networks

Drag Race Gives Back
Contestants to Compete for Charity Next Season
From the Futon Critic

Paramount+ today ru-vealed the legendary cast for the ninth season of RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARS, which begins streaming exclusively on the service with two all-new episodes on Friday, May 17. In this new season, eight fan-favorite queens return to use their drag superpowers for good, competing to win a supersized donation of $200,000, provided by The Palette Fund, for a charity of their choosing. The Palette Fund is a private foundation dedicated to breaking down barriers and advancing social change in communities that are under-resourced and facing significant challenges. This season marks the first time in franchise herstory where the queens are competing for charity and harnessing their drag skills to win money for a variety of organizations.

Additionally, new episodes of RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARS: UNTUCKED - available to stream exclusively on Paramount+ on May 17 - take viewers behind the scenes to the backstage drama as the queens anxiously await their fate each week.

Ahead of the charity-driven premiere on May 17, Paramount+ unveiled the first official trailer on Wednesday, as well as a list of celebrity guests who will be joining RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley, Ross Mathews and Ts Madison on the judging panel.

Those famous faces belong to Keke Palmer, Stephanie Hsu, Connie Britton, Alec Mapa, Anitta, Jeremy Scott, Colton Haynes, Kristine W, Ruta Lee and the Brothers Osborne.

The eight queens returning to RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARS and the charities they have chosen to compete for are the following:
- Angeria Paris Vanmicheals (S14): National Black Justice Collective.
- Gottmik (S13): Trans Lifeline
- Jorgeous (S14): National Alliance for Mental Illness
- Nina West (S11): The Trevor Project
- Plastique Tiara (S11): The Asian American Foundation
- Roxxxy Andrews (S5, AS2): Miracle of Love, Inc.
- Shanel (S1, AS1): The Anxiety and Depression Associaton of America
- Vanessa Vanjie (S10, S11): ASPCA

The ALL STARS Queen ru-veal launched exclusively on the RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE YouTube channel through a YouTube premiere below. Following the launch, additional content, including Meet the Queens, will go live across the RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE Instagram, X, Facebook, TikTok and YouTube accounts.

For more information on RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARS and up-to-date news, go here. Join the conversation by using #DragRace and #AllStars9, and follow the official accounts on Instagram, X, Facebook, YouTube and TikTok. RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARS: UNTUCKED is produced by MTV and World of Wonder.


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posted 5/1/2024

Curtains for Slotomania
LMAD Teams with Game to Give Away New Cars
From PR Newswire

Get ready to spin, win and strike deals like never before! Slotomania, the world's #1 free-to-play slots game* from Playtika, has partnered with the hit game show Let's Make a Deal and is giving three lucky Slotomania players the ultimate jackpot - a brand new car!

Inspired by the iconic game show, Slotomania players will have the chance to win a brand new car each week**, from now until May 21, 2024. To unlock even more excitement, Slotomania players will have the chance to visit the Let's Make a Deal studio for a live show taping. The partnership also features an exclusive Let's Make a Deal free-to-play slot machine inside the game, so fans from all around the world can experience the popular game show as a slot machine. The slot machine will include popular Let's Make a Deal virtual prizes, free spins and a Wayne Brady in-game avatar!

Amnon Calev, General Manager of Slotomania, said: "Slotomania's dynamic partnership with Let's Make a Deal is the ultimate jackpot of entertainment. This collaboration represents a perfect fusion between two entertainment powerhouses, and we can't wait to see the excitement as players, new and old, have the potential to win big."

The partnership underscores the growing convergence of gaming and entertainment media, providing players with an immersive experience that goes beyond traditional gaming. In addition to the in-game experience, Let's Make a Deal will have some exciting on-air content exclusive to this partnership, engaging players and viewers nationwide.

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posted 5/1/2024

Celebrate National Game Show Day at the Expo!
Burbank Hosts First-Of-Its-Kind Fan Con May 31-June 1
From EIN Newswire

Quiz Show Expo is proud to announce its inaugural convention, created by game show fans for game show fans. The newest fan expo will take place May 31-June 1, 2024 (National Game Show Day is June 1), at the Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport and Convention Center located at 2500 N Hollywood Way, Burbank, CA 91505.

Passes are on sale now with various levels of access available, from $30 single day access to $639 for 3-day passes for two people that include two nights of hotel accommodations, parking, and shuttles, two celebrity photo opts, and more. View all the available passes at www.QuizShowExpo.com.

Quiz Show Expo will offer fans of the genre the opportunity to meet and greet their favorite game show hosts and personalities. Celebrities already scheduled to appear include: Jamie Farr and Loretta Swit (M.A.S.H.), Carnie Wilson (Wilson Phillips, The Newlywed Game, Sounds Delicious), Mindy Cohn (Facts of Life, Palm Royale), John O'Hurley (Seinfeld, Family Feud), Jim J. Bullock (Too Close for Comfort, Hollywood Squares), David Ruprecht (Supermarket Sweep), Bob Eubanks (The Newlywed Game, Card Sharks), author Adam Nedeff (Gong This Book!), SNL alum Gary Kroeger(The Newlywed Game, Beat The Clock), Marc 'Skippy' Price (Family Ties, Teen Win Lose or Draw), Randy West (Press Your Luck, The Price Is Right), Arianna Haut and Muffy Marracco (Jeopardy, Master Minds), Rob Belushi (Get A Clue), Wesley Eure (Land of the Lost, Super Password) and many more.

Quiz Show Expo will also give attendees the chance to play in several live games; shop vendors focusing on TV Related memorabilia; and take part in several panel discussions featuring interesting TV Game Show related topics.

BUZZR, America's only retro game show network, has also come on board as a key sponsor of the event. Friday night in the 200-seat BUZZR Theatre, there will be a special kick-off party for early- bird attendees featuring The Remotes (formerly The Ceramic Dalmatians), L.A's only TV Theme Song tribute band with an exhilarating 10 person ensemble. Saturday morning Quiz Show Expo will host a live-recording of the hit quiz-based podcast "Go Fact Yourself." Friday and Saturday a series of Q&A game show themed panels will be held hosted by Comedian Frank DeCaro. Saturday evening will feature a live game show called "Quiz Show Live!: The Game Show Trivia Game Show," hosted by Rob Belushi (Get A Clue) and Muffy Marracco (Master Minds, Jeopardy!). Game Show Network is also onboard as a secondary sponsor with several personalities appearing over the weekend.

There will also be numerous photo opportunities with previous Zonks from Let's Make A Deal, and games from The Price is Right including a "Big Wheel," (travel size) and the "Magic Number" Game which will be seen for the first time in several years. The "Game Show Gallery," a make-shift museum honoring some fun game show artifacts, will feature the likes of the "Weird Al Yankovic Live Tour" Jeopardy! Set, a set piece from the original Joker's Wild and more. Quiz Show Expo will also hold a silent auction where attendees will have the opportunity to bid on 10 rare, framed prints from the Betty White Fan Club Photo Archives, sponsored in part by frameiteasy.com. Proceeds from the auction benefit Actors and Others for Animals, and SwitHeart, Loretta Swit's Animal Charity.

Quiz Show Expo takes place over National Game Show Day weekend, May 31st through June 1st in Burbank, CA. More info and advanced tickets (including discounted host hotel room rates) can be found at www.QuizShowExpo.com.

If you would like more information about Quiz Show Expo, please call Tony Pinizzotto at (818) 915-3675, or email TonyPinizzotto@gmail.com

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posted 4/30/2024

MONDAY: Highs and Lows
CBS, ABC Split Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' NCIS easily drew Monday's largest audience, while ABC's American Idol led the night in the demo.

The Neighborhood (with 4.8 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating per Nielsen finals) drew its best audience since Feb. 26 and was also up in the demo; Bobishola (4.3 mil/0.3) added a few eyeballs; NCIS (6.7 mil/0.4) matched its best audience in five episodes; and the recently cancelled NCIS: Hawaii (5.1 mil/0.3) was steady in both measures.

American Idol (4.6 mil/0.5) hit a Monday high in viewers for the season, and was up in the demo running in a dead heat with...

... NBC's The Voice (4.6 mil/0.3), which dipped, but Deal or No Deal Island (2.5 mil/0.3) was steady.

The CW's All American (407K/0.1) rose 11% to its largest audience of the young season.

Fox's MasterChef Junior (1.5 mil/0.3) was steady, while So You Think You Can Dance (760K/0.1) slipped to a new audience low.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 827k/0.11
- Switch (GSN): 421k/0.04
- Split Second (GSN): 377k/0.04
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 313k/0.04
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 300k/0.03
- MILF Manor: More to Love (TLC): 262k/0.07
- Person, Place or Thing (GSN): 160k/0.01

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posted 4/30/2024

SUNDAY: Case Closed?
Idol on the Map with Mandisa Tribute
From TV Line

Three longtime members of the American Idol family returned on Monday to honor one of their own — Season 5 contestant Mandisa, who died on April 18 at age 47.

Colton Dixon (Season 11), Melinda Doolittle (Season 6) and Danny Gokey took the stage for an emotional group performance of Mary Mary's "Shackles," a song Mandisa covered when she was in Season 5's Top 10 back in March 2006.

Following news of Mandisa's death, the show released this official statement: "Mandisa was an adored icon on American Idol and in the music industry. She had become a platinum-selling artist and had won several Grammys for her music. Her passing has left everyone on the show heartbroken, and we extend our deepest condolences to her family."

Mandisa made it all the way to the Top 9 in her original season, the start of what would become an incredibly successful music career. She released six studio albums, beginning with 2007's True Beauty, and she won Best Contemporary Christian Music Album at the Grammy Awards for 2013's Overcomer.

CBS' Tracker was the most-watched program, while ABC's American Idol and AFV tied for the nightly demo win.

Leading out of 60 Minutes (which drew 6.8 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating), the newly renewed The Equalizer (6 mil/0.3) was steady, Tracker (7.7 mil/0.5) ticked up in both measures (posting its second-best-since-premiere audience) and the freshly cancelled CSI: Vegas (4.2 mil/0.3) was up 3% in viewers.

AFV (4.5 mil/0.6) and Idol (5.3 mil/0.6) were both up in both measures. ABC ended the night with special Michael Strahan x Jon Bon Jovi: Halfway There (2.716m/0.29)

Leading out of a Simpsons rerun on Fox, Krapopolis (443K/0.1), The Great North (390K/0.1) and Grimsburg (417K/0.1) were all down.

The CW programmed theatrical The Longest Yard (365k/0.05)

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- 24 in 24: Last Chef Standing (Food): 744k/0.13
- MILF Manor (SP/TLC): 461k/0.08
- The $100,000 Pyramid (R/GSN): 365k/0.03
- Card Sharks (R/GSN): 324k/0.04


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posted 4/30/2024

FRIDAY: Another Draft Night
ABC Wins with NFL Coverage
From Spoiler TV

In the latest TV ratings, ABC captured the night in the demo with coverage of the NFL Draft.

Rounds 2 & 3 (3.122m/0.7) led in the all-coveted demo.

Elsewhere, with most of the night in reruns...

The winner of the night in totals was CBS with new episodes of SWAT (4.663m/0.3), Fire Country (5.064m/0.33), and Blue Bloods (5.381m/0.3).

Fox settled for Friday Night Smackdown (2.143m/0.6).

After a Password rerun on NBC, Dateline (3.340m/0.3) was steady.

The CW scheduled the night with the season finale of Penn & Teller: Fool Us (631k/0.07) & the season premiere of 100 Days to Indy (182k/0.03).

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 390k/0.05
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 343k/0.04
- Switch (GSN): 335k/0.02
- Split Second (GSN): 300k/0.02

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posted 4/30/2024

Josh Peck Takes a Bite for Roku
"Best Bite Wins" Coming to Streamer
From the Hollywood Reporter

Roku is getting further into the food TV space, picking up a new series called Best Bite Wins.

The food competition series will be hosted and executive produced by actor Josh Peck, with chef Monti Carlo serving as the show's culinary expert. The six-episode series is produced by Velvet Hammer Media and Bongo Pictures.

The concept of Best Bite Wins is to turn cocktail party food into a competition, with professional chefs competing to present the best party food to hungry judges and clientele at real events, including birthday parties and retirement celebrations.

"We thrilled to partner with Josh Peck, Velvet Hammer Media, and [EP] Michael Bloom to bring a fresh and fun new competition series for our audience to devour," said Olivia LaRoche, head of alternative originals for Roku. "Food content deeply resonates with our streamers, and we're pleased to give them more of what they love and further bolster our Roku Originals slate with Best Bite Wins."

Food content has become a big genre for Roku, with programs like The Great American Baking Show, Morimoto's Sushi Master, Emeril Cooks and other food programming doing well for the streaming platform through its Roku Channel FAST offering.

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posted 4/30/2024

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "On Pace"

  • Ken Jennings, not counting salaried work on Jeopardy!, The Chase, & Master Minds, has won almost $5.3 million, making him the richest game show winner in TV history. That could change thanks to Deal or No Deal Island (TV Insider)

  • Cheryl Burke may have blown her "DWTS" exit (TV Insider)

  • Daisy Kent gets back on the horse (TV Insider)

  • Amanda Holden to reunite exes broken apart by cheating (Deadline)


posted 4/19/2024


STV Studios/Game Show Network

More on "Beat the Bridge"
Catch It on GSN June 10
From Digital Journal

Actor & TV host Cameron Mathison ("General Hospital") chatted about his latest endeavors, which include hosting a new game show this summer. Mathison is known for playing Drew Cain on the ABC soap opera "General Hospital." On Sunday, April 21, Mathison participated in a virtual fan event, which was hosted by Coastal Entertainment.

He described his new upcoming game show "Beat the Bridge" as a "dynamic, super fun, and big production." He revealed that it will be airing on the Game Show Network this June.

Produced by STV Studios, the game centers around a massive interactive bridge where teams of players try to cross by stepping on correct answers to the trivia questions asked.

Each step on the bridge places contestants closer to the money in the "team bank". Bonus money is also collected for every crossing. Still, a team can only get their money if they can "beat the bridge" (thus the name), by returning one of their players back across the bridge before the time clock expires.

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posted 4/29/2024


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SONJA CHRISTOPHER: 1936-2024
First Player EVER to Be Voted Out of "Survivor"
From Deadline

Sonja Christopher, who was the first person in Survivor Season 1 to be voted off the show, has died at 87, according to a current contestant. No cause was revealed.

Liz Wilcox, who stars in the current season 46 of Survivor, posted the news on X. She met Christopher over Christmas and shared a photo of the two talking on FaceTime on her account.

"Today, the legend herself Sonja Christopher of Season One passed away. I had the pleasure of meeting her on Christmas. She had so much spunk + love for Survivor and what the show brought to her life. I hope you're singing + playing your heart out somewhere beautiful, Sonja."

Wilcox said people shouldn't send flowers, but advised donations to Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universalist Church in Walnut Creek, California, the Cancer Support Community in SF, or the Sjogren's Foundation.

The official Survivor Instagram account confirmed Christopher's death in a post on April 27, sharing a photo of the series legend alongside a statement penned by host Jeff Probst.

"Sonya [sic] was one of the kindest people to ever play Survivor. Every interaction I had with her over the years was lovely," the host wrote. "She would always greet you with a smile on her face and joy in her heart."

Added Probst: "I'm honored that our paths got to cross."

Sonja competed on Survivor: Borneo in 2000, and was voted out after several missteps led to her team losing that first week.

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Reality TV World

posted 4/29/2024

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Teacher's Side Gig"

  • Travis Kelce reups with the Chiefs for $34.25 million (ESPN)

  • Just Sam returns to the American Idol stage... for the first time (Deadline)

  • Nick Viall, Natalie Joy get married (Reality TV World)

  • Dave Noll to sign, talk about new book in Jersey (Patch)

  • Drew Carey gets a signed blender from Phish after Sphere comments (Relix)

posted 4/19/2024


SEG/Sony Pictures TV/CBS

Okay Maybe He Knows...
Jeff Probst Wants to Return Players for Season 50
From TV Line

Survivor host and showrunner Jeff Probst is already teasing the series' upcoming milestone: Survivor Season 50.

At a Survivor event in Hollywood on Saturday night, Probst announced that the fiftieth season of the long-running CBS competition series will feature familiar faces.

"About 10 seconds ago, we just decided — thanks to all the fans that were in attendance at the 'FYC' event here in Hollywood — that Survivor 50 will be returning players," Probst confirmed in a video on Instagram.

The series first started incorporating former players in Season 8 for Survivor: All-Stars, and later saw familiar contestants in Season 11 (Guatemala), Season 16 (Micronesia — Fans vs. Favorites) and Season 20 (Heroes vs. Villains). In 2020, the show celebrated Season 40 (Winners at War) by inviting back 20 former winners. The reality show hasn't seen a returning player since, with the exception of Bruce Perrault, who came back to the competition in Season 45 after leaving Season 44 early due to an injury.

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Deadline

posted 4/28/2024

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "Breaking the Mold... Again"

  • "Physical:100" could show how to rewrite format value with seaosn 3 (The Wrap)

  • Laurence Fox owes Drag Race UK $220,000 for calling them ... (Deadline)

  • Travis Kelce rules out doing another reality series, but suggests Jason (Deadline)

  • Harry Jowsey diagnosed with cancer (Deadline)

  • Jeremy Clarkson admits that every dumb thing he has said or done to this point... was all an act (Deadline)

posted 4/19/2024


All3Media/CBS

Lingo Season 2 L-I-N-E-S Up a Date
Catch It May 24
From Deadline

CBS announced today the word-twisting game show LINGO, hosted and executive produced by Emmy Award winner RuPaul Charles, will return for its second season Friday, May 24 with two back-to-back episodes (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT). Following the premiere, the series will air in its regular time period Fridays (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and streaming on Paramount+ (live and on-demand for Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers, or on-demand for Paramount+ Essential subscribers the day after the episode airs)*.

LINGO is the supercharged word-twisting, fast-thinking game show. Host RuPaul Charles brings his one-of-a-kind personality to this clever, competitive and unpredictable game where teams of two face off in fast-paced puzzle rounds to guess letters that reveal seemingly simple words.

Brand new for season two is the twist where the winner for each one-hour episode, packed with witty commentary and gameplay, goes on to compete in the next episode, allowing for longer winning streaks and even bigger cash prizes.

RuPaul Andre Charles serves as LINGO executive producer for RuCo, Inc. along with Layla Smith and Jilly Pearce for Objective Media Group. Ed de Burgh and Paul Wright serve as executive producers for Triple Brew Media. LINGO is an All3Media / IDTV and Talpa TV format, distributed by All3Media International.

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posted 4/26/2024

THURSDAY: With the First Pick...
CBS, ABC Split Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' Young Sheldon was Thursday's most watched program, while ABC's coverage of the NFL Draft (Round 1) dominated in the coveted-and-delicious 18-49 demo.

Young Sheldon (with 6.9 million total viewers and a 0.4 rating) was down a tick in both measures. Ghosts (6.1 mil/0.5) and the recently cancelled So Help Me Todd (4.5 mil/0.3) were steady, while Elsbeth (4.3 mil/0.2) dipped in the demo.

NFL Draft coverage averaged 4.5 mil and a 1.1, up year-over-year.

Fox's Next Level Chef (1.8 mil/0.3) and Farmer Wants a Wife (1.8 mil/0.2) both dipped.

The CW's Patti Stanger: The Matchmaker (342K) and Lovers and Liars (131K) both lost viewers.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49) are forthcoming...

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The Wrap

Spoiler TV

posted 4/25/2024


NBC/NATAS
MARLA ADAMS: 1938-2024
"Young & the Restless" Actress Played "Tattletales"
From Deadline

Marla Adams, best known for her 37 years in the role of Dina Abbott Mergeron on the CBS daytime drama The Young and the Restless, died Thursday in Los Angeles. She was 85 and the cause of death was not disclosed.

Born in Ocean City, NJ, on August 28, 1938, Adams' love for the stage was ignited after winning the Miss Ocean City and Miss Cape May pageants. She also finished as a runner-up in the Miss New Jersey pageant and was the Miss Diamond Jubilee Queen during the 1954 celebration of the 75th anniversary of Ocean City's founding.

A student at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Adams appeared on Broadway in the 1958 production of The Visit at the Morosco Theatre with Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne. She also starred as June in the 1961 feature film Splendor in the Grass.

Adams starred as Belle Clemens on The Secret Storm from 1968-1974 and joined the cast of The Young and the Restless in 1982 as the Abbott family matriarch, Dina Abbott Mergeron, who returned to Genoa City to reunite with her estranged family.

She appeared on and off in the role though the years, returning full time to Y&R in 2017. She won a Daytime Emmy for her work on the show in 2021 and was previously nominated in 2018.

Adams also appeared on The Bold and the Beautiful, Days of our Lives, Generations and Capitol. Over the span of her career, Adams starred in more than 40 productions including The Golden Girls, Hart to Hart, The Love Boat and the feature fil, Beneath the Leaves.

In game shows, Adams appeared on episodes of "Tattletales".

She is survived by her daughter, Pam Oates; son, Gunnar Garat; grandchildren Gefjon and Stone; and her great grandson, Remi. No information on memorial plans have been revealed.

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posted 4/26/2024

Cal State LA to Offer Game Show Curriculum
University to Announce Classes Curated by Bob Boden, Harry Friedman
From LAist

Cal State LA is has created a three-class series to help students get an advantage in a red hot segment of the entertainment industry: Game shows.

The first in the three-class series slated for the fall is called, "Get in the game."

"The whole idea is to provide not only a gateway into the industry, but to send people out to be eligible for jobs," said Harry Friedman, the longtime producer of Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune, who helped create the classes. He was among those who gathered Thursday in a Cal State LA auditorium filled with students, professors, and entertainment industry professionals for the announcement.

Friedman said the idea for the classes began in a conversation between him and California State University administrators about how to help graduates enter the television industry.

Friedman said Cal State LA was the first campus to step forward to create a curriculum.

"There'll be internships, there'll be on-the-job training, there'll be field trips, there'll be all these things that will help them, hopefully, step right out of school and into jobs," said Kristina Hackel, chair of Cal State LA's department of television, film, and media studies.

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posted 4/25/2024

WEDNESDAY: The Tribe Has Spoken
CBS Takes the Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings: With NBC's #OneChicago in rerun mode one final time this season, CBS' Survivor dominated Wednesday both in total audience and in the demo.

Survivor (with 4.9 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating) was down a tick in both measures, while The Amazing Race (2.8 mil/0.3) only dropped some eyeballs.

ABC's The Conners (3.2 mil/0.3) lost a few viewers, but Not Dead Yet (2.2 mil/0.2) was steady with its season (series?) finale.

Season-to-date, Not Dead Yet is averaging 2.7 million total viewers and a 0.3 demo rating (with Live+7 playback), down 21% and 40% from its freshman run.

Among the three sitcoms that ABC has aired this TV season, it ranks last in both measures.

Fox's The Masked Singer (3.4 mil/0.4, read recap) and Animal Control (1.4 mil/0.2) were both steady.

The CW's Walker (548K) and Sight Unseen (350K) both rose to their second-best audiences of their young seasons.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Top Chef Wisconsin (Bravo): 540k/0.08
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 463k/0.08
- Switch (GSN): 369k/0.03
- Split Second (GSN): 315k/0.03
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 303k/0.03
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 272k/0.02

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The Wrap

Spoiler TV

posted 4/25/2024

TUESDAY: FB-Eye
CBS Takes the Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' FBI was Tuesday's most-watched show and tied its two spinoffs for the nightly demo win, with ABC's dramas once again in rerun mode (but back next week!).

FBI (with 7.03 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating) was down a tick week-to-week (which agent might get benched?), while FBI: International (5.7 mil/0.5) and FBI: Most Wanted (5.1 mil/0.4) both grew in audience. 2

NBC's Lopez vs. Lopez (2 mil/0.2, 1.6 mil/0.2) was steady, while Weakest Link (2.4 mil/0.2) added viewers.

Fox's TMZ/"Arnold and Sly" special (1.23 mil/0.2) was right on par with The Cleaning Lady's most recent episode.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49) are forthcoming...

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The Wrap

Spoiler TV

posted 4/24/2024

MONDAY: The Sing-Off Continues
CBS Wins Viewers, NBC & ABC Tie Demo
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' NCIS was Monday's most-watched show, while NBC's The Voice tied ABC's American Idol for the nightly demo win.

The Neighborhood (with 4.3 million total viewers and a 0.3 demo rating) dipped to what looks like series lows, while Bob Hearts Abishola (4.1 mil/0.3) was steady. NCIS (6.3 mil/0.3) lost some viewers and tied its own demo low, and NCIS: Hawai'i (5.1 mil/0.3) dipped 5% in audience but held steady in the demo as it awaits word on renewal… or, you know, the other thing.

The Voice (4.8 mil/0.4) and Deal or No Deal Island (2.6 mil/0.3) were both steady.

American Idol (4.2 mil/0.4) was up 7% in audience week-to-week.

Fox's MasterChef Junior (1.5 mil/0.3) was steady, while So You Think You Can Dance (840K/0.2) added some eyeballs.

The CW's All American (370K/0.1) rebounded from last week's all-time low audience.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 840k/0.11
- Switch (GSN): 491k/0.06
- Split Second (GSN): 418k/0.05
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 362k/0.04
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 354k/0.04
- Blank Slate (GSN): 171k/0.01

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The Wrap

Spoiler TV

posted 4/24/2024


BBC Studios

Hungary, Ukraine Join "The 1% Club"
American Version Premieres May on Prime, June on Fox
From Seenit

Two new deals will see local versions of hit quiz show The 1% Club air on Hungary's TV2 and 1+1 Ukraine, the show's first format sales in Central and Eastern Europe. Both versions will go into production this summer and are expected to air later this year.

Created by Dean Nabarro and Andy Auerbach at Magnum Media, The 1% Club tests how contestants' brains work through a series of questions based on a scientific survey of the general public. Gameplay starts with the questions answered correctly by the largest number of the survey sample and progresses through to a final challenge which only the cleverest 1% answered correctly.

The quiz debuted in the UK where it airs on ITV which recently confirmed an order for two more series following strong audience figures. International distribution and format sales are handled by BBC Studios, the broadcaster's commercial arm. The series has proven popular with international buyers, with local versions being produced in the Netherlands, Australia, Germany, France, Israel, Spain, Turkey, the US and Canada, Greece and Mexico. The American/Canadian version will air this summer on a shared content deal between Prime Video, who'll get the primary rights, and Fox, who'll air the episodes on a week delay.

André Renaud, SVP, Global Format Sales, BBC Studios, said: "In fewer than two months since we announced Greece as the milestone tenth territory to commission the format, I'm delighted that the format is now coming to Central and Eastern Europe with Hungary and Ukraine becoming the next countries to join The 1% Club.

"With a further two series of The 1% Club commissioned in the UK after stellar ratings, it's clear that the format's unique appeal extends to a global audience. I'm looking forward to seeing both TV2 in Hungary and 1+1 Ukraine deliver their own turns at the entertainment show that's not about what you know, but how your brain works."

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posted 4/24/2024

WEEKEND: And Then There Were 10
CBS Takes the Night, ABC Squeaks By the Demo
From TV Line

CBS' Tracker this week was Sunday's most-watched TV program, while ABC's AFV and American Idol tied for the nightly demo win.

Leading out of 60 Minutes (which drew 7.05 million viewers and a 0.4 demo rating), the yet-to-be-renewed The Equalizer returned from a multi-week break to 6 mil and a 0.4, hitting and matching at least season lows. Tracker (7.6 mil/0.4) was down from last week's best-since-premiere outing, and the freshly cancelled CSI: Vegas (4.1 mil/0.3) dropped some eyeballs, matching a season low.

AFV (4.4 mil/0.5) dipped from its last outing, American Idol (5.1 mil/0.5) added eyeballs week-to-week, and What Would You Do? (2.3 mil/0.2) also was up in audience.

Fox's The Simpsons drew 974K/0.3, followed by Krapopolis' 663K/0.2, The Great North's 591K/0.2 and Grimsburg's 544K/0.2.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- 24 in 24: Last Chef Standing (Food): 815k/0.13

Saturday cable numbers (totals/A18-49):
- The $100,000 Pyramid (R/GSN): 364k/0.05
- Card Sharks (R/GSN): 357k/0.06

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Spoiler TV

posted 4/24/2024

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Be Nice"

  • EVERYBODY'S GOT ONE: Jeopardy! is the last bastion of... kindness (NorthJersey.com)

  • Sue Perkins "tearful" over Double the Money contestants (Yahoo!)

  • Wink Martindale helps Howard Stern give away garbage (HowardStern.com)

posted 4/24/2024


World of Wonder/MTV Networks

FRIDAY: Last Queen Standing
Billy Joel, Smackdown Lead Audiences
From Digital Journal

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' recently un-cancelled S.W.A.T. was Friday's most-watched show, with lead-outs Fire Country and Blue Bloods both preempted this week by an encore of Billy Joel: The 100th – Live at Madison Square Garden.

S.W.A.T. drew 4.3 million total viewers, down just 6% week-to-week. CBS' Billy Joel concert encore played to 2.9 million viewers, after Sunday's initial, truncated airing racked up 6.3 million (in Live+3 numbers).

CBS' S.W.A.T., Fire Country and Blue Bloods will all be back with new episodes next Friday.

Over on ABC, the penultimate episode of Shark Tank Season 15 delivered 2.9 million viewers, steady week-to-week.

Fox's Friday Night SmackDown ticked down week-to-week but still dominated the night in the demo, with a 0.6 rating. In total viewers (2.19 mil), now further removed from WrestleMania XL fervor, it dipped 12%.

Meanwhile, on cable, RuPaul's Drag Race Season 16 is one for the history books. The finale was the highest-rated episode of Drag Race in 13 years, according to Nielsen. Compared to last season, the episode was up 67% in the 18-34 demo with a 0.84 rating. Among adults 18-49, the episode saw a 28% lift to a 0.76 rating. Those are the highest ratings the series has seen since the Season 3 finale in 2011, when Raja took home the crown.

The episode also scored the best audience share ever for a Drag Race telecast. The episode was up 88% versus the Season 15 finale among adults 18-34 with a 9.98 share. With the 18-49 demo, the episode saw a 30% increase to a 5.37 share.

The finale wasn't alone in its ratings victories, either. Season 16 wrapped as the highest-rated season of Drag Race in four years, since Season 12 in 2020. Season 16 managed some strong growth versus Season 15, up 13% among adults 18-34 to earn a 0.5 rating. The season also saw a 12% uptick within the 18-49 demo, landing around a 0.54 rating.

The season also averaged the series' best audience share ever, outperforming last season by 24% among adults 18-34 to score a 5.5. In the 18-49 demo, the share was up 21% to a 3.71.

On social media, the season also performed well. According to Paramount Global, this was the "most social" season of Drag Race ever with 514M social views, up 11% versus Season 15..

Elsewhere...
- RuPaul's Drag Race (SF/MTV): 708k/0.31
- Switch (GSN): 379/0.04
- Split Second (GSN): 354k/0.05
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 344k/0.04
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 331k/0.06

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posted 4/23/2024

"Great American Baking Show" to Return for Third Helping
Zach Cherry, Casey Wilson to Return
From Collider

The British invasion continues its spread into the world of reality show baking. The Roku Channel announced that The Great American Baking Show has been renewed for Season 3. The series is the Americanized version of the pop culture sensation, The Great British Bake-Off. The series premiered in 2010, showcasing a group of amateur bakers as they gather in a tent in the British countryside to compete in a series of challenges for baking professionals such as Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.

It was only natural that an American version would hit the airwaves across the pond. Hollywood and Leith turn their attention to American bakers with the addition of two celebrity hosts. This iteration includes Severances's Zach Cherry and Happy Endings comedian, Casey Wilson.

Cherry and Wilson said: "What could be sweeter than more of The Great American Baking Show? We can't wait to return to the iconic tent to meet the next batch of bakers and to put your favorite celebrities and athletes to the test. Hosting 'The Great American Baking Show' has already been so much fun -- we can't wait to show viewers what we're baking up for season three and these brand-new specials only on The Roku Channel."

Season 2 will air later in 2024 and the series has already been renewed for Season 3. Baking fans should be excited to learn that Season 3 is not the only surprise Roku has up its sleeve this season.

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posted 4/23/2024


People
TERRY CARTER: 1928-2024
"Battlestar Galactica" Actor Played "Celebrity Bowling", "Cross-Wits"
From Deadline

Terry Carter, best known for his roles as Colonel Tigh in the original Battlestar Galactica, and as Sgt. Joe Broadhurst on TV series McCloud, died Tuesday at his home in New York City, his son confirmed to The New York Times. He was 95.

A native of Brooklyn, NY, Carter broke color barriers from the beginning of his decades-long career. Carter was one of the first Black actors as a regular on a TV sitcom series, in the role of Private Sugarman on The Phil Silvers Show. He appeared in 92 episodes on the show from 1955-1959. Nine years later, he was credited with becoming New England's first Black TV anchor newscaster, for WBZ-TV Eyewitness News in Boston, as well as the station's drama and movie critic, from 1965 to 1968.

His first major Hollywood role was as Detective Jaffie in the TV movie Company of Killers, but his most prominent television roles came in the 1970s, beginning with his portrayal of Sergeant Joe Broadhurst in the detective series McCloud from 1970 to 1977. He is best known internationally for his co-starring role as Colonel Tigh, second-in-command of the starship fleet in ABC's original sci-fi series Battlestar Galactica in 1978-79. He also reprised the role in the 1978 Battlestar Galactica film, written by Glen A. Larson and directed by Richard A. Colla.

In 1980, Carter was elected to the Board of Governors of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, where he served two terms. Three years later, he was inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, where he served on the Documentary Committee and the Foreign Films Committee for the Oscars. In 1985, Carter received a Los Angeles Emmy Award for K*I*D*S, a TV miniseries he created, produced and directed, about a multi-racial group of teenagers struggling to cope with some of the adult-sized conflicts confronting youth in America at the time.

He later produced and directed Jazz Masters, a series of video portraits of twelve great jazz artists for TV2 Denmark. In 1988, Carter produced and directed the award-winning, Emmy-nominated TV musical documentary A Duke Named Ellington about the life and work of pianist, composer, bandleader and jazz legend Duke Ellington.

In game shows, he appeared on episodes of "Celebrity Bowling" and "The Cross-Wits".

He is survived by his wife Etaferhu Zenebe-DeCoste, his two children, Mrs. Zenebe-DeCoste's daughter, a granddaughter, and many cousins. Twice widowed, he was preceded in death by his late wives Anna DeCoste (1964–1990) and Beate Glatved DeCoste (1991–2006).

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posted 4/23/2024

ITV Lines Up 99 to Beat
New Quiz Has a "Unique Twist"
From Telly Mix

ITV1 is set to launch brand new gameshow format 99 to Beat in the UK.

This innovative show, already a hit in seven countries including Germany, The Netherlands, Norway and Poland, sees 100 participants of which only one will claim victory.

The core challenge for the contestants is as straightforward as it is daunting – avoid finishing last.

Spanning eight episodes, '99 to Beat' embarks with 100 competitors. Throughout the series, they face off in various visually engaging and often comical challenges. With each round, the contestant pool narrows, leaving only the winner to take home the prize.

The games range from the whimsical, such as locating a dummy in a jelly-filled vat, to the physically challenging, like donning a frozen t-shirt. The primary objective remains the same across all tasks: not to be the last.

Katie Rawcliffe, Head of Entertainment Commissioning ITV said: "99 To Beat brings 100 people together to set upon this extraordinary game where there is really only one rule, Don't Come Last. As the contestants compete they also form tight bonds and as they get to know each other, we get to see who plays well, who buckles under the pressure and who has lasting power."

Katy Manley, MD of producers Initial, added: "We are really excited about 99 To Beat. What's brilliant about it is that anyone has a real shot at winning. Whether you're 18 or 80, players don't need to be experts in one particular skill.

"Winning is not important – it's not coming last that counts! The human stories that sit alongside the gameplay will provide heart, humour and drama throughout."

ITV is reportedly in talks to transform soap stars Adam Thomas and Ryan Thomas into "the new Ant and Dec", to front 99 to Beat.

A source said: 'This game show will bring plenty of laughs and needs happy-go-lucky hosts at the helm. 'Ryan and Adam fit the bill perfectly and it would be great to see the brothers working together as TV hosts for the first time.' The insider added to The Mirror: 'This could be a really exciting new chapter for them and should be a lot of fun. They are so natural together. Hey, it worked for Ant and Dec…'

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posted 4/23/2024


Whisper North/Sony Pictures TV

Stephen Fry Brings Jeopardy! Down Under
Catch "Jeopardy! Australia" April 20
From Nine.com.au

International hit quiz show Jeopardy! is set to charm Australian audiences when it launches this weekend, hosted by British actor and comedian Stephen Fry. The legendary personality promises to bring his charm and wit to the series, which premieres Saturday April 20 at 7.30pm on Channel 9 and 9Now. 

Ahead of the launch, Fry, 66, spoke to 9Entertainment about what makes the show so special and his fondest memories of Australia after first visiting over 40 years ago.

Jeopardy! Australia premieres Saturday April 20 at 7:30pm on Channel 9 and 9Now.

"I think the great secret of hosting a show like Jeopardy! is to let the format and the contestants be the show," he explained. "I suppose it's a bit like... I'm picturing a glamorous sailing yacht in some kind of race to Tasmania. A beautiful boat, and I'm just the guy who is gradually steering it this way and that.

"As the show is quite retro and of its period, it has that quality that reminds one of times past. I'm not ashamed at being rather like an old-fashioned school teacher – benevolent, authorial, quizzical and eccentric."

Jeopardy! Australia, which is filmed in the UK but features Australian contestants, flips the traditional Q&A format and presents answers first in the form of short, written clues. Contestants must then respond in the form of a question that correctly identifies the clue description.

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posted 4/23/2024


NBC/SNL Studios

Are You Smarter Than... Travis Kelce?
It's Official: "Are You Smarter Than a Celebrity" Is Coming
From the Futon Critic

Prime Video today announced it has ordered Are You Smarter Than a Celebrity?, with Kansas City Chiefs All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce set as host. The 20-episode order is a spinoff of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? and is being produced by MGM Alternative, a division of Amazon MGM Studios. The series will premiere on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.

Are You Smarter Than a Celebrity? offers a fun, new twist on the premise of the original popular format. Each game will welcome an adult contestant who will rely on a classroom full of celebrities from stage, screen, and sports to help them answer 11 questions on a range of subjects, pulled from elementary curriculum, in an effort to win a $100,000 prize. They are not competing against the stars... they're enlisting their help and, in some cases, can even "cheat" off of them. And on the final question, worth $100,000, the contestant selects one celebrity to discuss the answer with before locking in. The final question is always at the 6th-grade level.

Fresh off his victory at Super Bowl LVIII, Kelce, one of the most recognizable names in sports and pop culture, turns his attention to his first major television role as host of Are You Smarter Than a Celebrity?

An eight-time Pro Bowler and four-time All-Pro, Kelce continues to pad his Hall of Fame resume, reaching milestones that make him one of the greatest tight ends of all time. In addition to being a generational talent and the co-host of the top-charting sports podcast, New Heights, Kelce is building a portfolio across industries. He has a passion for the entertainment business and an interest in bringing more live events, entertainment, and community initiatives anchored in music, sports, fashion, and comedy to his diverse global audience.

"I grew up loving game shows, and I'm excited to be following in the footsteps of so many TV icons by hosting my very first one with Are you Smarter than a Celebrity. The original show is a great success, so to be bringing a new format with everyone's favorite celebrities to the screen, will definitely be entertaining. I'm just happy to be on the hosting side of the equation here and excited to see how these famous faces keep up," said Travis Kelce.

"For years, fans around the world have tested their smarts with this fun, nostalgic game show, and we look forward to bring this reimagined format to Prime Video," says Lauren Anderson, head of AVOD originals unscripted and targeted programming, Amazon MGM Studios. "Travis has proven to be an incredible talent on and off the field, and we appreciate the trust he has placed in us with his first foray into television. His natural, comedic dynamic with our panelists and guests, coupled with some exciting new twists, will keep our global customers coming back week after week."

"After producing more than 3,000 episodes of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? globally, we wanted to come up with a new, loud twist on the format. Replacing the kids with celebrities gives us more laughs and surprises, like a roast, as contestants cheat off their famous classmates," said Barry Poznick, general manager of MGM Alternative and co-creator of the series. "And now, with the ultimate class clown, Travis Kelce, hosting, viewers should expect the unexpected!"

The original U.S. version of the Emmy-nominated Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader was co-created by Poznick, Mark Burnett, and John Stevens. The game show premiered in 2007 to a record-breaking 27 million viewers and a cumulative audience of more than 800 million total viewers during its run. Since 2007, it has remained the No. 1 game-show premiere in broadcast television history. Since first being introduced, the series has seen 55 countries produce local versions, with more than 3,000 original episodes produced globally. The Are You Smarter brand continues to be relevant today, inspiring late-night versions of the show and millions of dollars in merchandise, including a board game, a companion book and apparel.

Wes Kauble will serve as showrunner, with Kauble and Mark Burnett executive producing. Sean Kelly and Steve Hughes will serve as co-executive producers. The format is distributed by Amazon MGM Studios Distribution.

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posted 4/23/2024

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Funny Girl"

  • Having conquered the worlds of fashion and cuisine, Padma Lakshmi will try her hand at... comedy? (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: "Tipping Point" contestant wins a trip, but due to a series of unfortunate events, she can't take it. (Nottinghamshire Live)

  • Drew Carey posts an extremely brutally honest review of last weekend's Phish show in Las Vegas and I have questions (Us Weekly)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Brooke Baldwin (The Wrap)

posted 4/23/2024


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HOWIE SCHWAB: 1960-2024
ESPN Producer, Star of "Stump the Schwab"
From Deadline

Howie Schwab, a longtime ESPN producer and star of the ESPN trivia show Stump the Schwab, died today at 63, according to his family. No cause or location was given.

Schwab joined ESPN in 1987 and remained with the company until 2013, having worked on multiple shows before serving as the final challenge for the titular trivia show 'Stump the Schwab' from 2004 to 2006, which included a 64-16 overall record on the program.

"I'm proud of that. Eighty percent is pretty darn good," Schwab told The Athletic in 2020. "There were a couple of times when people were better. I'll admit it. I had no problem with it. I remember one time I was disappointed because this guy was a cocky SOB who beat me and it bothered me a little. Bottom line is I've lived through so many things in sports and I've always been into sports, so (getting stumped) was fine." The show aired from 2004 to 2006.

The St. John's alum would later work for FOX Sports, as well as serving as a consultant on the game show 'Sports Jeopardy!' hosted by Dan Patrick from 2014 to 2016.

ESPN analyst Dick Vitale remembered Schwab on social media. "So sad to learn of the passing of my loyal dedicated buddy @howieschwab," Vitale wrote. "He was recently at my home. Had various health issues but was feeling good when he visited. May he please RIP"

Schwab is survived by his wife Suzie.

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posted 4/22/2024


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MANDISA: 1977-2024
"American Idol" Alum Turned Gospel Singer
From People

American Idol is set to pay tribute to the late Mandisa, a Season 5 contestant in the singing competition. On the episode set to air on Monday, April 29 on ABC, the show will remember the 2005 Idol alum.

"Mandisa was an adored icon on American Idol and in the music industry," the show said in a statement. "She had become a platinum-selling artist and had won several Grammys for her music. Her passing has left everyone on the show heartbroken, and we extend our deepest condolences to her family."

Ryan Seacrest took a moment from Sunday's show to announce the special tribute to Mandisa set for next week. "We wanted to take a moment to honor a dear member of the Idol family who we sadly lost this week — Mandisa," Seacrest said. "She was an inspiration on the show and beyond. We're going to celebrate her next week with a very special musical tribute. Our hearts go out to her family and all of those, like us, who called her a friend."

Mandisa, the Grammy Award-winning singer who got her break as a contestant on season 5 of Idol, died on Thursday, April 18 at the age of 47.

"We can confirm that yesterday Mandisa was found in her home deceased," a rep for the singer tells PEOPLE in a statement. "At this time we do not know the cause of death or any further details. We ask for your prayers for her family and close knit circle of friends during this incredibly difficult time."

Born and raised in Citrus Heights, California, Mandisa studied music in college before auditioning for Idol in 2005.

A soulful singer with a magnetic personality, she'd go on to gain national attention on the reality competition show's fifth season (which began airing in 2006), making it to the top 10 alongside favorites like Katharine McPhee, Kellie Pickler, Chris Daughtry, Paris Bennett, Elliott Yamin and eventual winner Taylor Hicks.

On the series, Mandisa earned praise from judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson for her performances of songs like Chaka Khan's "I'm Every Woman" and Stevie Wonder's "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing." She was eliminated in the top 9, and even forgave Cowell after he poked fun at her weight.

But an Idol elimination didn't stop Mandisa's quest for success.

She went on release her debut album, True Beauty, in 2007. The LP debuted at No. 1 on the Top Christian Albums charts — a historic feat that made Mandisa the first new female artist ever to debut on the top of the chart's 27-year history.

True Beauty was the first six albums Mandisa would release throughout her career, including an acclaimed 2008 holiday record, It's Christmas, and her most recent offering, 2017's Out of the Dark.

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posted 4/22/2024

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Living on a Prayer"

  • Jon Bon Jovi to serve as guest mentor on the Idol finale (Deadline)

  • India Gants says Tyra Banks threatened to reshoot the finale if she told anyone who won (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Can't get enough of "Life and Slimes"? Marc Summers, Alex Brightman, Drew Gasparini will lead talkback (Playbill)

  • Howie Mandel sings the praises of Joe Manganiello (People)

  • VIDEO WALL: 15 years after falling at the J! College Championship, Scott Menke has returned (The Sun)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Anne Hegerty (Starts at 60)

posted 4/19/2024

THURSDAY: Young Sheldon, Old Result
CBS Wins with Sitcoms
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings: With ABC in rerun mode, CBS' Young Sheldon was far and away Thursday's most-watched show, while landing in a three-way tie for the nightly demo win.

Young Sheldon (with 7.2 million total viewers and a 0.5 rating) was down a tick in both measures, Ghosts (6.2 mil/0.5) and So Help Me Todd (4.6 mil/0.3) each added viewers yet dipped in the demo, and the newly renewed Elsbeth (4.3 mil/0.3) was steady.

NBC's Law & Order (4.5 mil/0.4) drew its best audience in four episodes and rose in the demo, SVU (4.8 mil/0.5) grew to its best audience in two months (five episodes) and also was up in the demo, and on-the-bubble Organized Crime (3.3 mil/0.3) hit a three-episode audience high.

Fox's Next Level Chef (2 mil/0.4) and Farmer Wants a Wife (2 mil/0.3) were both up.

The CW's Patti Stanger: The Matchmaker (387k/0.06) & Lovers and Liars (216k/0.03) were steady.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 686k/0.11
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 444k/0.08
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 441k/0.06
- Switch (GSN): 420k/0.05
- Split Second (GSN): 389k/0.05 .

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posted 4/19/2024

WEDNESDAY: Playing In
CBS Wins with Reality Pair
From the Programming Insider

In the latest TV ratings, with NBC's #OneChicago in reruns, Survivor laid claim to the most-watched crown of the night for CBS.

Survivor (4.839 million viewers/0.77 rating in the A18-49 demo) led off the night, with The Amazing Race (2.782m/0.37) steady behind.

Fox took the demo silver with its grouping of The Masked Singer (3.437m/0.40), Animal Control (1.467m/0.18) and Family Guy (786k/0.17).

ABC's lineup of The Conners (3.332m/0.39), Not Dead Yet (2.113m/0.23), Abbott Elementary (2.235m/0.27), and a double-shot of the $100,000 Pyramid (1.801m//0.19, 1.765m/0.18) were also on the map.

The CW's Walker (506k/0.06) and Sight Unseen (329k/0.05) were both down.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Top Chef Wisconsin (Bravo): 540k/0.12
- Switch (GSN): 471k/0.05
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 452k/0.11
- Split Second (GSN): 446k/0.06 .
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 352k/0.06
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 334k/0.04

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posted 4/19/2024

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posted 4/19/2024


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ALERT! Season 6 Has a Date!
Catch "The Circle" on Netflix April 17
From Variety

Message: The Circle is finally returning with an all-new season after more than a year. Send!

Netflix announced on Tuesday that season 6 of the social media reality competition series will return next month — and this time, every player entering the Circle is single and #readytomingle.

That's right, this means more flirting than ever between the people sitting alone in their empty apartments, sending spicy emojis and questionable hashtags via DM to someone who is most likely to be a catfish.

The new season also promises more drama and surprises as a new set of contestants compete in challenges to earn the ultimate cash prize as top influencer.

The first four episodes of The Circle season 6 premiere April 17 on Netflix, with new episodes rolling out every Wednesday after that leading up to the finale on May 8.

MEET THE PLAYERS
· Autumn
· Brandon aka Olivia
· Caress aka Paul
· Cassie
· Jordan aka Big J
· Kyle
· Lauren
· Myles
· Quori-Tyler ("QT")
· Steffi

And one more... Meet Max.

Artificial Intelligence has entered the chat, catfishing as Max. Can this artificial intelligence chatbot convince the players it is one of them? .

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posted 4/19/2024

A "Golden" End
Three Months After Finale, "Golden Bachelor" Couple Divorcing
From Deadline

The first Golden Bachelor couple, who met on the show last fall and married in a live ABC televised wedding in January, are divorcing.

Gerry Turner and Theresa Nist announced the news on Good Morning America today.

"Theresa and I have had a number of heart-to-heart conversations, and we've looked closely at our situation, our living situation, so forth and we've kind of come to the conclusion mutually that it's probably time for us to dissolve our marriage," Turner told Juju Chang in the GMA interview.

"Get a divorce?" Chang asked. "Yes," Turner replied.

Said Nist, "We have received so much love and support from so many people who watched The Golden Bachelor and I don't think we can tell you how many people told us that it gave them so much hope. We want none of that to change for anybody." The couple were vague, to say the least, about what went wrong in the marriage.

"The thing that strikes me the most in our conversations," Turner said, "it's been how dedicated both of us are to our families … So we look at these situations and I think we just feel like it's best for the happiness of each of us to, to live apart."

"I still love this person," Turner added. "There's no doubt in my mind, I still am in love with her. I root for her every day." Nist responded, "Yeah, I still love him."

The couple said they would return the wedding rings that ABC purchased for the show. "I think that's the rule," Nist said, with Turner adding, "But you know what? We don't have to give back the memories." The couple confirmed they had a prenuptial agreement in place.

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posted 4/19/2024

Celebrity Version of "The Traitors UK" Coming
Catch It on the BBC in 2025
From Deadline

Star traitors and faithfuls are set to face off on in the UK in a celebrity version of smash hit format The Traitors, which Deadline understands is set to launch on the BBC next year.

Several sources have told Deadline that an agreement between Studio Lambert, which makes the UK and U.S. versions of The Traitors, and the BBC, which broadcasts it, is close. The hope is that the first celeb version will film next year and go out later in 2025, by which time three seasons of the "civilian" version will have aired. Host Claudia Winkleman is expected to present the celeb version.

The U.S. and UK versions of The Traitors — in which contestants live together and take part in challenges while seeking to uncloak the traitors among their number — are filmed back to back in a castle in Scotland. The producers could capitalize upon that model and record the celebrity version before or after these editions. Speaking to The News Agents podcast earlier this year, Studio Lambert boss Stephen Lambert had said a celeb version was "obviously a possibility."

Given the roster of big-name Traitors fans, Deadline is told the BBC has big ambitions for the caliber of guest it could attract, and will be aiming high. A recent promo casting call video featuring Courteney Cox had fans wildly speculating that the U.S. star would appear in a celebrity version. Elsewhere, Dawn French, Jennifer Saunders and Mary Berry all featured in a Celebrity Traitors sketch last year for Comic Relief.

The BBC and Studio Lambert have cast the UK version differently to the U.S. by going 100% non-celebrity for the former and hybrid celebrity-civilian for the latter. The latest U.S. season featured British celebrities including Love Island winner Ekin-Su Cülcüloğlu and ex-politician John Bercow..

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posted 4/18/2024

TUESDAY: Second-Best Audiences for FBI
CBS Wins with Renewed Trio
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' FBI was Tuesday's most-watched and highest-rated program.

With ABC in rerun mode until April 30…

FBI (with 7.1 million total viewers and a 0.5 rating), FBI: International (5.7 mil/0.4) and FBI: Most Wanted (5 mil/0.4) all added viewers and were steady in the demo. In fact, International and Most Wanted delivered best-since-season premiere audiences, while FBI came pretttttty close to doing same.

NBC's Lopez vs. Lopez's latest double pump (2.1 mil/0.3, 1.7 mil/0.2) improved on last week's. Weakest Link (2.2 mil/0.2) was steady, while Password (2.3 mil/0.3) ticked up.

Fox's The Cleaning Lady (1.3 mil/0.2) and Alert: MPU (1.2 mil/0.2) rebounded from last week's lows.

The CW's Crime Nation (414K/0.1) was up across the board.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Chopped (Food): 471k/0.09
- Moonshiners: Master Distiller (Discovery): 402k/0.06
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 388k/0.05
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 374k/0.04
- Switch (GSN): 352k/0.05
- Split Second (GSN): 305k/0.05

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posted 4/18/2024

"Don't Forget" This Date: May 23
Fox Lines Up Season 3
From The Futon Critic

Hosted by Emmy Award-winner Niecy Nash, Don't Forget The Lyrics challenges contestants' musical memory, as they get one song closer to winning $1 million. Contestants will choose songs from different genres, decades and musical artists. Then they'll take center stage to sing alongside the live in-studio band as the lyrics are projected on screen - but when the music stops and the words disappear, will the contestants belt out the correct missing lyrics, or freeze under pressure? If they sing nine songs correctly, they are presented with a No. 1 hit and sing the final missing lyrics for the top prize of $1 million. It's that simple: 1 contestant, 10 songs, 1 million dollars!

Created by Jeff Apploff, Don't Forget The Lyrics! is produced by Apploff Entertainment, Bunim/Murray Productions and BiggerStage. Jeff Apploff, Garry Bormet, Rupert Dobson, Julie Pizzi, Pat Kiely, Sean O'Riordan and Niecy Nash serve as executive producers.

Join the #DontForgetTheLyrics conversation: Facebook - @RealityClubFOX Twitter - @RealityClubFOX Instagram - @RealityClubFOX TikTok - @RealityClubFOX

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posted 4/17/2024

"Alone" Again... Naturally
C4 Cancels UK Version
From Deadline

Channel 4 has axed its splashy version of U.S. survival format Alone after one season.

The series from Squid Game: The Challenge producer The Garden, which has aired in the U.S. for a decade, has been one of a handful under consideration for a second series recommission over the past few months, Deadline reports. Producers had been preparing for a second season.

In Alone, 11 contestants are dropped into the remote Canadian Wilderness, where each must survive entirely on their own. Eventual winner Tom Williams took home the £100,000 ($124,000) in September 2023 after battling the elements, wild animals and an extreme test of mental strength. The show had been unveiled by Channel 4 in August 2022 alongside The Traitors-esque format Rise and Fall.

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posted 4/17/2024

MONDAY: #NCIS1000
CBS Wins with Special Episode
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' NCIS was Monday's most-watched program and landed in a four-way tie for the nightly demo win.

The Neighborhood (with 4.4 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating) was steady, Bob Hearts Abishola (4.2 mil/0.3) dipped in the demo, the NCIS franchise's 1,000th episode (6.7 mil/0.4) grew 14% in audience, and on-the-bubble NCIS: Hawai'i (5.4 mil/0.3) was up 8% in audience.

ABC's live American Idol (3.9 mil/0.4) dipped in both measures week-to-week.

NBC's competing The Voice (4.8 mil/0.4) dropped some eyeballs week-to-week, while Deal or No Deal Island (2.7 mil/0.3) gained some.

Fox's MasterChef Junior (1.5 mil/0.3) returned some viewers, while So You Think You Can Dance (814K/0.2) lost some.

The CW's All American (334K/0.1) dipped to a new audience low.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Rock the Block (SF/HGTV): 1.181m/0.11
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 796k/0.10
- Switch (GSN): 404k/0.05
- Split Second (GSN): 353k/0.04
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 306k/0.05
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 277k/0.04
- Blank Slate (GSN): 165k/0.01 .

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posted 4/17/2024

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Don't Hate the Player..."

  • Celebrities fantasize about being chosen for "The Traitors" (The New York Times)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Don't Hate the Player" (Netflix) (Decider)

  • Cheryl Burke blames podcast for being out of Len Goodman's tribute (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Congratulations, Big Brother Canada... you played yourself (Reality Blurred)

  • Warwick Davis' wife dies (The Mirror)

posted 4/17/2024

SUNDAY: Tracker Jackers
CBS Wins with Boosted Lineup, Botched Billy Joel Concert
From TV Line

A quick Sunday ratings catch-up, now that CBS' Masters-scrambled numbers have finally been sorted out….

Airing at a special time — leading out of a Masters tourney-boosted 60 Minutes (which drew 8.6 mil and a 0.9) — Tracker surged to its best Sunday audience yet (8.2 million total viewers) and also rose in the coveted 18-49 demo (to a 0.6 rating). The oops-we-cut-it-short Billy Joel concert was attended by 5.7 million, and scored a 0.5 rating.

CBS issued an apology for not snipping "Piano Man" and will rebroadcast the special in its entirety this Friday at 9/8c.

ABC's live American Idol (4.2 mil/0.5) was pretty steady week-to-week.

Leading out of a Simpsons rerun on Fox, a Great North double pump (550K/0.2, 490K/0.2) was up across the board from the week prior, and Grimsburg (460K/0.1) added some eyeballs.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49) are forthcoming.

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posted 4/16/2024

FRIDAY: The Smackdown After Mania
CBS, Fox Split Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' Blue Bloods was Friday's most-watched show, while Fox's SmackDown as usual dominated in the coveted-and-delicious 18-49 demo.

Over on CBS, the newly un-cancelled S.W.A.T. (with 4.6 million total viewers and a 0.4 rating) and Fire Country's introduction of a potential spinoff character (5.1 mil/0.4) both ticked up a smidgen in audience. Blue Bloods (with 5.4 million viewers) grew 10% week-to-week.

Coming out of WrestleMania XL, Friday Night SmackDown on Fox drew 2.5 million total viewers and a 0.8 rating, nearly matching last week's largest audience since December of 2022, and tying last week's best demo delivery since December of the year 2020.

ABC's Shark Tank (3 mil/0.3) was steady.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- RuPaul's Drag Race (MTV): 580k/0.24
- Family Feud - 10:30p (R/GSN): 456k/0.05
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 403k/0.04
- Family Feud - 10p (R/GSN): 401k/0.03
- Switch (GSN): 347k/0.05
- Split Second (GSN): 344k/0.04
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 303k/0.04

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posted 4/16/2024

Big B Returns for KBC16
Original Host Amitabh Bachchan Returns to Role
From India TV

Amitabh Bachchan has left his mark on the big screen as well as the small screen. Everyone knows about the country's famous quiz show 'Kaun Banega Crorepati'. Big B has been hosting this show for many years. The 16th season of Kaun Banega Crorepati will once again be hosted by Amitabh Bachchan. It is known that Amitabh had announced during the last season that it would be his last season. After this his fans were disappointed. But seems like their love and affection was enough for the veteran actor to return to the small screen.

The promo of the 16th season of 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' has been shared on the official social media of Sony TV. While sharing this, the caption read, "So much love is coming back once again 'Kaun Banega Crorepati'." Along with this, it has been told that the registration for the show will start on 26 April 2024 at 9 pm.

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posted 4/16/2024

ITV's "1% Club" The New King of British Games
5.8 Million Watch Current Season
From ITV Press Centre

The 1% Club has become the biggest game show on UK television over 2023 and to date with its current series averaging 5.8 million viewers in consolidated figures.

The show's ratings success also makes it ITV's biggest original game show in a decade.

Hosted by Lee Mack, the show, which last year won the National Television Award for Best Quiz Game Show, has increased year on year.

The show's success has gone from strength to strength, increasing its audience since its launch two years ago. While Series 1, which launched in 2022, reached an average of 5.3 million, the second series climbed to 5.4 million.

The 1% Club has proved popular Saturday night viewing for all generations, including young people. The most recent episode of the latest series, on Saturday 6th April was the most watched programme for 16-34 year olds that evening with 44% of that demographic tuning in - and the overall most watched programme of the night, with a 34% overall share of viewers.

The show continues on ITV1, ITVX, STV and STV Player on Saturday at 9pm.

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posted 4/16/2024


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More on Jeopardy! Masters 2
J!IT Winner Joins Stacked Playfield May 1
From Variety

JEOPARDY! will round out its lineup for Masters 2024 with Amy Schneider as the highly anticipated Producer's Pick, it was announced on Friday.

Ken Jennings hosts the six-legend competition, which airs in primetime on ABC, starting on May 1..

Schneider will join "Jeopardy! Masters" 2023 champion James Holzhauer, as well as returning contestants Matt Amodio and Mattea Roach, and newcomers Yogesh Raut (2024 J! TOC winner) and Victoria Groce (2024 J!IT winner).

"Jeopardy! Masters" comes from Sony Pictures Television and is executive produced by Michael Davies. Contestants will play for the grand prize of $500,000 and the title of "Jeopardy! Masters" Champion. The "Jeopardy! Masters" episodes will be available next day on Hulu.

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posted 4/16/2024

A Hole New Ballgame
Who Will Buy "Hole in the Wall" in the UK?
From TElly Mix

The much-loved, albeit short-lived game show Hole in the Wall may soon make a triumphant return to television screens.

Originally broadcast on BBC1, the show first graced the airwaves in 2008 with the late Dale Winton of Supermarket Sweep fame as the host.

In its subsequent series in 2009, Strictly Come Dancing star Anton Du Beke took the helm.

Hole in the Wall featured celebrities donned in skintight silver suits and helmets, contorting themselves to match shapes in a swiftly approaching wall. Successful attempts saw them pass through unscathed, while failures resulted in a comedic plunge into a pool of water.

A source from within the industry shared that the production company holding the rights to the show has been discussing a revival with various broadcasters. While the BBC was the original home of Hole in the Wall, there's speculation that the reboot could appear on other networks like ITV or even streaming platforms, potentially sparking a bidding war among channels.

"The production company that own the rights to the show have been floating the idea of bringing it back with broadcasters," a source told The Sun.

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posted 4/16/2024

Tuesday Lightning Round
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posted 4/16/2024

WGA Awards: And the Winners Were...
"The Chase" Takes Home Top Quiz Show Prize
From Showbiz Junkies

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) stretched out the awards season, handing out their annual awards during ceremonies held in Los Angeles and New York on April 14, 2024. Niecy Nash-Betts (Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story) had the honor of hosting the Writers Guild of America West's ceremony while Josh Gondelman (Desus & Mero) handled hosting duties for the Writers Guild of America East.

The final season of Succession was recognized with Drama Series and Episodic Drama awards, and the first season of The Last of Us snagged the New Series trophy. The Bear and Beef continued their winning streaks, scoring Comedy Series and Limited Series wins.

David Hemingson's The Holdovers and Cord Jefferson's American Fiction were recognized as the best original and adapted screenplays of 2023. And Errol Morris' The Pigeon Tunnel took top honors in the Documentary Screenplay category.

The writing team for ABC's "The Chase" (head writer David Levinson Wilk, with Erik Agard, Kyle Beakley, Micki Boden, Megan Broussard, Jonathan Daly, Brian Greene, Robert King, Jason Lundell, Sierra Mannie, Amy Ozols, Bobby Patton, Ellen Teitel, and Ari Yolkut) beat out contemporaries from "Baking It", "Jeopardy!", and "Weakest Link" to take the Quiz and Audience Participation category.

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posted 4/15/2024

USA Orders "Anonymous" Content
Studio Lambert Behind New Format
From Deadline

USA Network is encouraging a group of contestants to stay anonymous with its latest unscripted competition series.

The NBCUniversal cabler has ordered The Anonymous (w/t) from Studio Lambert, the All3Media-backed production company behind series such as Peacock's The Traitors and Netflix's Squid Game: The Challenge.

The series is a game of social strategy where people are free to say what they really feel behind the safety of a mask. What would you say and do if nobody was watching you?

It is played in two worlds: the real world, where players interact face to face, but also a digital world, where the players communicate behind a mask of anonymity, known as Anonymous Mode. Here in individual private hideouts, each player is free to say whatever they want to advance their game.

The question is: Can they stay anonymous or will the other players guess their identity causing them to lose their power in the game?

It is set to film in Europe and will be exec produced by Stephen Lambert, Jack Burgess, Tim Harcourt, Toni Ireland, Stephen Yemoh and Andy Cadman.

It is USA Network's latest unscripted order; the network is behind series such as Barmageddon, which recently aired its second season, and Race To Survive, which returns in May.

Studio Lambert is currently working on season two of Squid Game: The Challenge and is behind series such as The Circle and Undercover Boss as well as Amazon's reboot of The Grand Tour.

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posted 4/15/2024

CBS Opens "The Gates"
Soap Opera Greenlit for 2025
From Deadline

CBS today announced the series order for the new daytime drama THE GATES for broadcast on the Network in January 2025. The specific time period, launch date and other series details will be announced at later dates.

THE GATES follows the lives of a wealthy Black family in a posh, gated community. Michele Val Jean, who has written more than 2,000 episodes of daytime dramas and won multiple Daytime Emmy and WGA Awards for her work on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL and "General Hospital," will serve as writer and showrunner. Val Jean will also be an executive producer alongside Sheila Ducksworth, Leon Russell, Derrick Johnson and Kimberly Doebereiner.

THE GATES was developed from the joint venture between CBS Studios and the NAACP. The series will be produced by the CBS Studios/NAACP venture in partnership with P&G Studios, a division of Procter & Gamble.

The CBS Studios production venture and development deal with the NAACP was established to help elevate a diverse range of voices as well as increase the visibility of Black artists on broadcast and streaming platforms in an ever-evolving media landscape.

The news comes as word of The Talk was coming to an end: CBS revealed Friday that its daytime talk show has been picked up for a 15th and final season and will wrap its run in December.

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posted 4/15/2024

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Other Stuff at the WGAs"

  • Nicole Scherzinger wins her first Olivier for "Sunset Boulevard" (Vulture)

  • Carol Lombardini spoofed.... hope she has a sense of humor (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • Gordon Ramsay's London pub taken over by squatters (People)

  • Why did Drew CArey cover meals for striking writers? "Everybody in this room makes some actor a million." Proving that he gets it (Deadline)

  • Are game shows TV's first stop on the road to interactivity? (Broadcasting & Cable)

  • Byron Allen lays out groundwork for Paramount Global (The Wrap)

  • The Ultimate Fighter turning the UFC into a juggernaut (The New York Times)

  • FIRST LOOK: Jamie Foxx is back on set for "Beat Shazam" (TV Insider)

  • Merv Griffin's estate is up for grabs... and all it will cost you is $36 million (Huron Daily Tribune)

  • Korra Obidi posts aftermath of alleged knife, acid attack (The Hollywood Reporter)

posted 4/15/2024

THURSDAY: A Haunting
CBS Wins with New Installments
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' Young Sheldon was Thursday's most-watched show and — along with Ghosts — caught up to ABC's 9-1-1 for the first time to tie for the nightly demo win.

Young Sheldon (with 7.4 million total viewers and a 0.6 rating) drew its second-largest audience of the season and matched its farewell run's demo high. Ghosts (6.1 mil/0.6) in turn rose to best-since-season premiere numbers. So Help Me Todd (4.3 mil/0.4) and Elsbeth (4.4 mil/0.3) were steady.

9-1-1 (4.6 mil/0.6) dropped a handful of eyeballs, Grey's Anatomy (3.3 mil/0.5) was steady, and Station 19 (2.4 mil/0.3) dipped to a new all-time audience low.

NBC's Law & Order (3.9 mil/0.3) and Organized Crime (2. 9 mil/0.3) both dropped a few viewers but were steady in the demo. SVU (4.1 mil/0.3) dipped in the demo.

Fox's Next Level Chef (1.8 mil/0.3) and Farmer Wants a Wife (1.7 mil/0.2) were steady.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 676k/0.12
- Family Feud - 10:30p (R/GSN): 497k/0.06
- Family Feud - 10p (R/GSN): 434k/0.06
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30 (R/GSN): 417k/0.05
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 414k/0.06
- Switch (GSN): 412k/0.05
- Split Second (GSN): 389k/0.05
- Blank Slate (GSN): 214k/0.01

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posted 4/12/2024

IATSE Nears Deals with Two More Guilds
Network Code Talks Still Ongoing
From Variety

IATSE announced Friday that two more local guilds have reached tentative deals on a new contract, bringing the union closer to an agreement on all "craft-specific" matters.

The latest deals involve Local 728, which covers set lighting technicians, and Local 892, the Costume Designers Guild. With those agreements, 10 of the 13 "West Coast" locals now have tentative deals.

The crew union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have set aside five weeks of bargaining just on local issues, and expect to have that wrapped up before turning to the Basic Agreement on April 29.

The Basic Agreement covers issues affecting all 13 guilds, including pension and health contributions, wage increases, and artificial intelligence. IATSE leaders have said that they hope the local talks will generate momentum that will carry through into the broader negotiations.

"This bargaining calendar, together with the diligent preparation work that the West Coast Studio Locals' Negotiation Committees have done, has meant that the time we have spent at the table so far with the employers was effective," said Mike Miller, vice president of IATSE and director of the union's motion picture and TV department, in a statement.

The remaining three locals that have yet to reach agreements are Local 44, Local 705, and Local 884. All are set to begin their talks next week. The IATSE contract does not expire until July 31, and negotiators hope to have an agreement ratified by that date.

The Basic Agreement negotiations are scheduled to run for three weeks into mid-May, followed by talks on the Area Standards Agreement, a parallel contract that covers 23 IATSE locals around the country. The Teamsters and other Basic Crafts unions are also set to hold their negotiations in June. Their contract also expires on July 31.

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posted 4/12/2024

WEDNESDAY: No Chicago, Yes Survivor
CBS Wins with New Installments
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' Survivor was Wednesday's most-watched and highest-rated show, with NBC's #OneChicago back in rerun mode.

Survivor (with 4.6 million total viewers and a 0.7 rating) and The Amazing Race (2.8 mil/0.3) dipped week-to-week.

Transformers Night on Fox's The Masked Singer (3.4 mil/0.5), Animal Control (1.5 mil/0.2) and Family Guy (728K/0.2) were all up across the board.

The CW's Walker (597K/0.1) and Sight Unseen (358K/0.0) both added viewers vs. their premieres.

ABC's The Conners (3.2 mil/0.3) ticked down in both measures with its 100th episode, Not Dead Yet (2.2 mil/0.3) rose in the demo, and Abbott Elementary (2.3 mil/0.3) was steady.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Top Chef Wisconsin (Bravo): 516k/0.10
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 435k/0.08
- Family Feud - 10:30p (R/GSN): 422k/0.06
- Split Second (GSN): 372k/0.05
- Family Feud - 10p (R/GSN): 368k/0.06
- Switch (GSN): 361k/0.05
- Wheel of Fortune (R/GSN): 318k/0.04
- Wheel of Fortune (R/GSN): 274k/0.04

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posted 4/12/2024


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Jeopardy! Celebrates 60
Year of Celebration Begins
From KABC Los Angeles

One of the longest running game shows in history made its way to Hofstra University on Thursday as part of a nationwide tour celebrating "Jeopardy!"

It was just the first stop of the show's country-wide tour as it celebrates its 60th anniversary as a chance to connect with new and long-standing fans.

"These types of events are just a way that we are helping to celebrate the fact that this is a show that has maintained a legacy for 60 years," said producer Sarah Whitcomb Foss. "It's a show that so many people love and enjoy."

There was also the premiere of a new interactive "Jeopardy!" game at Hofstra on Thursday. Students will have a chance to compete against each other on their phones while Hofstra graduate and "Celebrity Jeopardy!" season two runner-up Katie Nolan will be hosting.

"We're not only going to test if you are correct, we're going to test who's the fastest to ring in, so people will have their phones out, will give their correct responses, we'll all play the Daily Double and Final Jeopardy and there will be a big winner going home from tonight's event," Whitcomb Foss said.

Officials say they are excited to bring the show to fans across the country and this is only the beginning, as Sony Pictures Television is launching the "60th Diamond Celebration," a marketing campaign featuring limited edition merchandise and a nationwide road tour.

The campaign kicked off with the launch of the "Why Not You? Campaign," a new game show recruitment initiative intended to inspire more possible contestants to take the Jeopardy! Anytime Test. On this day, the best and brightest hopefuls will be invited to take the test for a chance to compete on the show.

A series of nationwide live events and activations curated for the show will take place from April through December, beginning in New York and then rolling out then in various cities across the U.S. The inaugural fan experience will take place on April 12, at Edge at Hudson Yards, and will feature a live taping of the "Inside Jeopardy!" podcast, and a live play-along game. The in-person, ticketed event will feature appearances by show host Ken Jennings and super-champs Matt Amodio, Mattea Roach, and Austin Rogers.

"For 60 years, 'Jeopardy!' has been America's favorite sport of the mind, defying time and continuing to attract viewers of all generations," Suzanne Prete, president, game shows, Sony Pictures Television, said in a statement.

The game show, which was created by Merv Griffin and his wife, Julann, aired in the daytime on NBC through 1979, hosted by Art Fleming. The show returned in 1984 as a five-day weekly first-run syndication program, hosted by the late Alex Trebek.

The show has produced international editions, books, video games, as well as a "Classroom Jeopardy!" version for schools. "It is only fitting to honor their creation, and the show's enduring legacy, with a meaningful celebration that pays tribute to the show's past and to its future," said Michael Davies, executive producer of "Jeopardy!".

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posted 4/11/2024

More on "Ciao House" Season 2
Alex Guarnaschelli & Gabriele Bertaccini Return to Food Network May
From the Futon Critic

Twelve rising culinary stars travel to the coastal paradise of Puglia in Southern Italy for a life-changing adventure where they must prove their mastery of Italian cooking techniques and dishes in season two of Ciao House, premiering Sunday, May 19th at 8pm (all times ET/PT) on Food Network. Led by network all-star Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and born-and-bred Italian Chef Gabe Bertaccini, the competitors' cooking skills, personal rivalries and strategic alliances are tested like never before as they battle in the kitchen as individuals and in teams while living together in a majestic 16th-century villa. From cooking with fresh whole fish just caught by local fishermen to creating unique salumi and formaggi platters using the best regional ingredients, the inspiration for each challenge is steeped in Southern Italy's culture, history and traditions. In the end, only one chef is named Capo di Casa and wins the ultimate prize: an immersive culinary education across Italy, training with acclaimed Italian master chefs. In advance of Ciao House, the five-episode tournament Chopped: Battle Italiano, also with Guarnaschelli and Bertaccini judging, premieres Tuesday, April 30th at 8pm ET/PT.

"Our audience fell in love with Ciao House in the show's first season set in Tuscany and we knew we had to find another incredible food region in Italy for season two - and Puglia really delivers," said Betsy Ayala, Head of Content, Food, Warner Bros. Discovery. "The coastal city and its unique food culture is unparalleled and makes it the perfect locale for this high-stakes competition."

This season's competitors are: Ivan Barros (Los Angeles, California); Zev Bennett (Miami, Florida); Maria Bregatta (Burlington, Vermont); Austin Cobb (Playa Grande, Costa Rica); Devan Cunningham (Phoenix, Arizona); Tiana Gee (Los Angeles, California); Hanna Haar (Montauk, New York); Drew Keane (Chicago, Illinois); Shannon Odom (Haico, Texas); Jan Parker (Tacoma, Washington); Phuoc Vo (Tampa, Florida) and Stikxz Williams (Queens, New York).

"The competition on Ciao House is on another level and I've seen my fair share of competitions," said Guarnaschelli. "These chefs are not only testing their culinary skills - they are living together as a family, so personal relationships, rivalries and loyalties affect each challenge. Winning could change the course of their career, so the stakes are high for everyone."

"In Italy, eating and cooking is one of the highest forms of cultural activity. Growing up there surrounded by my family's love for food and training in some of the best Italian kitchens made me the chef I am today," said Bertaccini. "Seeing these competitors immerse themselves in the beauty of the land, the fresh ingredients and food traditions is not only exciting to watch, but especially it gives me great pride."

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posted 4/11/2024

TUESDAY: The Calm Before the Storm
CBS Wins with newly-renewed FBIs
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' FBI was Tuesday's most-watched show and it led the night in the coveted-and-delicious 18-49 demo.

FBI (with 6.4 million total viewers and a 0.5 rating), FBI: International (5.3 mil/0.4) and FBI: Most Wanted (4.7 mil/0.4) were all steady in the demo, though the first and the last each shed a few eyeballs.

Heading into another multi-week break on ABC (they return April 30), Will Trent (4.3 mil/0.3) and The Rookie (3.3 mil/0.3) both dipped, while The Good Doctor (2.6 mil/0.2) was steady.

An eventful/sad The Cleaning Lady (1.14 mil/0.1) and Alert: MPU (1 mil/0.2) both hit and or tied series lows on Fox.

NBC's Lopez vs. Lopez (with 2 mil/0.3 and 1.5 mil/0.2) was down from its premiere-night averages, leading into Weakest Link (2.2 mil/0.2) and Password (2.2 mil/0.2)

Rounding out the night on the CW were a new episode of All American (367k/0.09) & a rerun of Sight Unseen (194k/0.02).

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Chopped (Food): 518k/0.08
- Wildcard Kitchen (Food): 493k/0.09
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 356k/0.05
- Family Feud - 10:30p (R/GSN): 348k/0.03
- Switch (GSN): 347k/0.02
- Split Second (GSN): 331k/0.03
- Family Feud - 10p (R/GSN): 322k/0.03
- Moonshiners: Master Distiller (Discovery): 306k/0.07

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posted 4/11/2024

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Internet on TV"

  • ITV working on "BGT Reacts", which is low-cost on top of low-cost (Deadline)

  • Teddy Swims, Lauren Spencer-Smith, Paul Russell return to Idol April 14 (GoldDerby)

  • Aaron Sanchez is "Talking Sabor" for Hulu (Variety)

  • Jimmy Fallon, Kelly Clarkson, Peyton Manning to host coverage of the Opening Ceremonies from Paris (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • Hayley Erbert medically "cleared" to perform with Derek Hough (Reality TV World)

  • Padma Lakshmi says digesting as much food as she did on "Top Chef" was "really taking a toll" (The Wrap)

  • Valerie Bertinelli laments that Food Network is not about "cooking and learning" any more (Entertainment Weekly)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: The next great game show destination.... Oklahoma? (KOCO Oklahoma City)

  • #ICYMI: Yes, you've seen this J! contestant before. No, we can't say where. (The Sun)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ophira Eisenberg (Texas Public Radio)

posted 4/11/2024


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The Transition Begins...
Pat Sajak's Final Show to Air June
From Deadline

Pat Sajak's final run on Wheel of Fortune is quickly coming to a close. After more than four decades as host of the iconic game show, Sajak's final episode will air on Friday, June 7, Deadline has confirmed.

Sajak's farewell episode, which taped today, will serve as Wheel's Season 41 finale.

Sajak announced in June 2023 that he was ready to retire as host from the syndicated game show, and Season 41 would be his last.

He agreed to stay on as a consultant on the show for three years following his final year hosting, said Suzanne Prete, EVP Game Shows at Sony Pictures Television, when Sajak announced his retirement.

Sajak and longtime colleague Vanna White signed contract extensions in 2021 that take them through the current season.

He has hosted Wheel of Fortune since 1981 and has won three Emmys for his work, not counting the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award he received from the TV Academy. He originally was recruited by creator Merv Griffin to take over for the outgoing Chuck Woolery, having already hosted two unscripted game pilots called Press Your Luck and Puzzlers. In the 1980s, Sajak did double duty, hosting a daytime version on NBC and a syndicated version in the evening.

When the show hit its 36th in 2018, Sajak became the longest-running host of any game show, surpassing The Price Is Right's Bob Barker.

A week after Sajak announced his retirement, it was revealed that Ryan Seacrest would be taking over as host in Season 42. Seacrest also will serve as consulting producer on the show. A new video touting the changes has made the rounds on social media.

Seacrest admitted to his worries during an exclusive interview with People, saying, "I'm sure I will get nervous jitters. The show has been a staple for people and myself and my family forever. And so you just want to walk out there and do what's been happening for so many years and not screw it up."

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posted 4/10/2024


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LeVar Burton Gets "Trivial" For CW
Report: Deal Close to Done
From Decider

LeVar Burton is about to get his trivia on!

A new report from TMZ citing "network sources" reveals that the beloved Reading Rainbow host has secured his next project: hosting Trivial Pursuit on The CW. Not only will he host, but he will also executive produce the upcoming game show. The outlet reports that "the news will become official to the world" at an upcoming event in New York, which they hear Burton is attending.

Decider reached out to a representative for Burton for confirmation, but did not hear back by time of publication.

Burton's name was first tied to the project in 2021, when he was set to host and executive produce the show under his own production company and eOne, per Deadline. According to Variety, Hasbro, which owned eOne, sold the company to Lionsgate in August 2023.

Then, buzz surrounding Burton nearing a deal spurred later that month following another report from TMZ. In February 2024, TVLine reported that the network had ordered the series, as well as another Hasbro-inspired program, Scrabble.

This news feels righteous, as many were upset when Burton was passed over as Jeopardy! host for Mike Richards, who ultimately stepped down after being exposed for previous offensive remarks and was consequently booted from his role as EP, as well.

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posted 4/10/2024

ITV Lines Up 99 to Beat
New Quiz Has a "Unique Twist"
From Telly Mix

ITV1 is set to launch brand new gameshow format 99 to Beat in the UK.

This innovative show, already a hit in seven countries including Germany, The Netherlands, Norway and Poland, sees 100 participants of which only one will claim victory.

The core challenge for the contestants is as straightforward as it is daunting – avoid finishing last.

Spanning eight episodes, '99 to Beat' embarks with 100 competitors. Throughout the series, they face off in various visually engaging and often comical challenges. With each round, the contestant pool narrows, leaving only the winner to take home the prize.

The games range from the whimsical, such as locating a dummy in a jelly-filled vat, to the physically challenging, like donning a frozen t-shirt. The primary objective remains the same across all tasks: not to be the last.

Katie Rawcliffe, Head of Entertainment Commissioning ITV said: "99 To Beat brings 100 people together to set upon this extraordinary game where there is really only one rule, Don't Come Last. As the contestants compete they also form tight bonds and as they get to know each other, we get to see who plays well, who buckles under the pressure and who has lasting power."

Katy Manley, MD of producers Initial, added: "We are really excited about 99 To Beat. What's brilliant about it is that anyone has a real shot at winning. Whether you're 18 or 80, players don't need to be experts in one particular skill.

"Winning is not important – it's not coming last that counts! The human stories that sit alongside the gameplay will provide heart, humour and drama throughout."

ITV is reportedly in talks to transform soap stars Adam Thomas and Ryan Thomas into "the new Ant and Dec", to front 99 to Beat.

A source said: 'This game show will bring plenty of laughs and needs happy-go-lucky hosts at the helm. 'Ryan and Adam fit the bill perfectly and it would be great to see the brothers working together as TV hosts for the first time.' The insider added to The Mirror: 'This could be a really exciting new chapter for them and should be a lot of fun. They are so natural together. Hey, it worked for Ant and Dec…'

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posted 4/4/2024

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Grand Opening, Grand Closing"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: CBS lines up finale dates for "Amazing Race" (May 15), "Survivor" (May 22) (The New York Times)

  • Katt Williams cancels a show after a fight breaks out (TMZ)

  • Drew Drechsel's sentencing hearing postponed. Again. To April 16 (Reality Blurred)

  • Two ITV classics return on the same date: In for a Penny & In with a Shout. The marketing writes itself (The Sun)

posted 4/10/2024

The Knife Fight to End All Knife Fights
Smart Dog Media, Bunim/Murray, Mastiff Sweden Offer "100 Knives"
From Deadline

In what is described as the "largest cooking show in history", Banijay companies Bunim/Murray and Mastiff Sweden have teamed up with The Masked Singer producer Smart Dog Media on 100 Knives. The three companies are developing the series with the aim of producing it in the U.S. and internationally.

The project sees 100 chefs converge on a high-stakes culinary battleground, each vying to carve out their legacy among the elite. Forging kitchen brigades, the chefs engage in battles, transforming the stage into a test of skill, creativity, and teamwork. Every slice and dice by the chefs become a quest to sharpen their edge against the competition. By the end of this clash of kitchen titans, only one brigade will stand victorious, claiming their triumph with the ultimate "blade" of glory, per the logline.

Bunim/Murray's Julie Pizzi, Rupert Dobson and Erica Ross redeveloped the format with Craig Plestis, and Clara Plestis from Smart Dog Media. Mastiff Sweden CEO Matilda Snöwall and Mattias Olsson, Head of Creative at Mastiff Sweden originally developed the project with Plestis.

The companies are taking it out the marketplace shortly.

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posted 4/9/2024

MONDAY: One Shining Moment
Women's Iowa/South Carolina Contest Beats Men's UConn/Purdue Match
From The Hollywood Reporter

The audience for the NCAA men's basketball championship ticked up from last year's low — but for the first time, the men's game drew a smaller TV crowd than the women's final. Connecticut's 75-60 victory over Purdue on Monday — a result that was not in doubt for most of the second half — averaged 14.82 million viewers across TBS, TNT and TruTV. That's a smidge better than the 14.69 million who watched UConn win the title last year on CBS, which is the lowest on record.

Neither the championship nor either of Saturday's Final Four contests was the most watched game of the tournament — an exceedingly rare occasion. The top game in this year's men's March Madness was the March 31 Elite Eight matchup between North Carolina State and Duke, which had 15.14 million viewers. The Final Four games drew 11.45 million and 14.18 million viewers.

Sunday's women's championship game between South Carolina and Iowa brought in 18.87 million viewers on ABC and ESPN, a record for women's basketball in the United States and the most watched hoops contest of any kind in five years. The women's final boasted a 90 percent increase over the 9.92 million who tuned in for the 2023 game. The women's Final Four games averaged 7.17 million and 14.42 million viewers, with the latter game (Iowa vs. Connecticut) setting an all-time record for women's hoops, until it was broken two days later with the final game.

The men's tournament as a whole improved some on the 2023 edition, averaging 9.9 million viewers (up 3 percent year-to-year) over its 67 games on CBS, TBS, TNT and TruTV. It also posted double-digit growth among adults under 35, rising 14 percent from a year ago.

The women's tournament more than doubled its audience year to year: ESPN says full coverage of the bracket averaged 2.2 million viewers, up 121 percent from 2023. That's the best performance for the women's tournament since it's been an ESPN property, dating back to 1996.

Outside of the basketball...

NBC split the night with ABC. NBC took total viewer honors with The Voice (5.025m/0.42) and Deal or No Deal Island (2.418m/0.25).

ABC took the demo with the Hawaii Showcase episode of American Idol (4.152m/0.47) and an ABC News special, The Interrogation Tapes: A Special Edition of 20/20 (1.697m/0.20).

CBS began the night with an NCIS rerun (3.8m/0.24), followed by a special, NCISverse: The First 1000 (3.749m/0.25) and a new NCIS Hawai'i (3m/0.17)

Fox went all reruns with Masterchef Junior (1.002m/0.17) & So You Think You Can Dance (536k/0.10).

Rounding out the night on the CW were a new episode of All American (367k/0.09) & a rerun of Sight Unseen (194k/0.02).

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Switch (SP/GSN): 509k/0.08
- Split Second (SP/GSN): 484k/0.08
- Family Feud - 10:30p (R/GSN): 350k/0.03
- Family Feud - 10p (R/GSN): 319k/0.02
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 304k/0.03
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 294k/0.03
- Stupid Pet Tricks (TruTV): 131k/0.04

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posted 4/9/2024

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Lightning Striking"

  • The story of how Brandon Blackwell went from Jeopardy! to University Challenge (The New York Times)

  • Katya postpones remainder of her tour to go to rehab (The Wrap)

  • Vanna White makes a stop in Hawaii to meet her new friend Ryan on the set of his other job (Deadline)

posted 4/9/2024

NBC Sets Destination
Travel Adventure Competition Set for 2025
From Deadline

Adventure travel series Destination X has been officially picked up to series by NBC.

The show is expected to air on the network in 2025 and the U.S. version of the Belgian format will be produced by production company Twofour, which is also making a separate British version for the BBC.

The greenlight marks the latest stage for the format; last year, the BBC and NBCUniversal partnered to take the U.S and UK rights to the show, which comes from Belgian producer Geronimo and distributor Be-Entertainment.

The BBC greenlit its own version last year with Twofour producing. NBC has now followed suit and officially ordered its own version; the show was previously only in development with the broadcast network. It is a similar model employed on breakout mystery format The Traitors.

Destination X sees a group of contestants go on the road trip of a lifetime but they have no idea of their location. In order to win, they must figure out their mystery locations. Once they're on the blacked-out Destination X bus, the journey turns into a real-life game board, with challenges designed to offer clues as to their location, along with a few misdirects to keep them guessing. At the end of each episode, the contestant who places an X on a map furthest from the actual location packs their bags. The first participant to reach Destination X will be crowned the winner.

Twofour, which is owned by British broadcaster ITV, is behind series such as Apple TV+'s The Reluctant Traveller. It will co-produce the NBC version with Universal Television Alternative Studio. Production will begin later this year.

Caroline Davies, Andy Cadman, Dan Adamson and David Clews will exec produce the NBC version.

"Destination X is one of the most unique and innovative formats we've seen in a long time, and it's so big we partnered with the BBC again to shoot two shows at once," said Corie Henson, EVP, Unscripted Programming, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. "This show is an epic international travel adventure combined with the ultimate guessing game. Even if you've never been on a plane, you can play along."

"The only thing better than adapting a hit format like Destination X is doing it alongside the very best producing partners, and that's exactly what we have in Twofour," said Toby Gorman, President, Universal Television Alternative Studio. "We're thrilled to bring NBC their first travel competition series and can't wait for audiences to tune in for this adventure. It's going to be a fun ride."

"The entire Twofour team couldn't be more proud to have won the tender to produce this incredible adventure format, particularly given the pedigree of the other companies in the process," said Dan Adamson, Twofour MD. "Our editorial ambition for this project is fortunately matched by our best-in-class production team, who constantly make the impossible possible. We are excited to be on this journey with our talented producing partners at UTAS and grateful to the brilliant commissioning teams at both NBCU and the BBC for the hard work and creativity they have already put into the process."

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posted 4/5/2024


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UPFRONTS: Game Show Network
"Beat the Bridge", "Tic Tac Dough" Join "Flip Side"
From Deadline

Game Show Network is gearing up to premiere three new original series this year: Beat The Bridge, hosted by Cameron Mathison, based on BBC's Bridge of Lies, in June; Tic Tac Dough, hosted by Brooke Burns, in August and previously announced Jaleel White-hosted Flip Side, which is launching in national syndication, in September.

The news was announced by GSN as part of Sony Pictures Television Advertiser Sales upfront today in New York City.

Hosted by Mathison (General Hospital, Home & Family), based on BBC's Bridge Of Lies from STV Studios, Beat The Bridge features an enormous interactive bridge that dares players to cross by stepping on the right answers to challenging trivia questions. Each step forward puts money in the team's bank, with bonus money for each successful crossing. However, the team gets to keep the money only if it can "beat the bridge" by returning one of its players back across before time expires in an exciting end game.

Beat the Bridge is a Game Show Enterprises Studios production. Ed Egan serves as executive producer and Sabrina Hybel Snow as co-executive producer. Josephine Brassey, Gary Chippington and David Mortimer serve as executive producers for STV Studios.

Tic Tac Dough is an update of NBCUniversal's classic format originally created by Robert Noah. Burns (Master Minds, The Chase) guides two contestants as they compete to place three of their marks in a row on the giant trivia board. Both players must try to avoid the dragon, who lurks to steal their turns and stands in their path to victory. After three rounds, the winning player moves on to face the dragon in the grand prize round, where the dragon moves strategically on the board to block the player's ability to make three-in-a-row and take home $10,000.

Tic Tac Dough is produced by Game Show Enterprises Studios with Rane Laymance as executive producer and Sabrina Hybel Snow as co-executive producer. Village Roadshow Television serves as the studio with Harry Friedman, NBC's Brenda Milinkovic and VRTV's Shannon Perry executive producing.

Casting announcements were posted for both Beat the Bridge and Tic Tac Dough earlier this year, but this is the first official announcement from GSN.

Previously announced Flip Side is described as a fresh take on a traditional game show based on the format created by Keller/Noll. The easy to play-along game show pits two teams of players against each other to test them on how they think two different groups of people feel about the same issue. The teams compete for a shot at $10,000 by guessing the top answers based on anonymous surveys.

Flip Side is a Game Show Enterprises Studios production for CBS Media Ventures with Jay James, Corin Nelson and Rich Sirop serving as executive producers. Cleve Keller and Dave Noll (Keller/Noll) and Ken Ross also serve as executive producers. T. Jones serves as co-executive producer.

The new entries join new seasons of Switch and Split Second, which begin April 8.

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posted 4/4/2024

Hulu Goes on Tour
Kate Upton to Host Fashion Design Competition
From Variety

Supermodel-slash-actress Kate Upton is set to host "Dress My Tour," a new reality competition series that has been ordered by Hulu. The ten-episode unscripted series will follow 11 fashion designers as they compete to create designs and style for music stars. The winner receives $100,000.

Emmy-winning costume designer Marina Toybina ("The Masked Singer," "So You Think You Can Dance" and creative director/choreographer/director Laurieann Gibson ("Lady GaGa Presents The Monster Ball Tour: At Madison Square Garden") will serve as judges on "Dress My Tour," while guest judges on Season 1 include JoJo Siwa, Paula Abdul, Toni Braxton, Ty Dolla $ign, Coi Leray, JT (The City Girls), French Montana and Jessie James Decker.

Reads the show's logline: "'Dress My Tour' takes fans behind the curtain of the unpredictable fashion and music industries. The series follows 11 aspiring fashion designers on the raw, emotional journey of creating stunning fashion pieces worthy of the music world's biggest names like JoJo Siwa, Paula Abdul, Toni Braxton, Ty Dolla $ign, and more. As these designers compete to make their mark in the fashion and music industries find out which one of them truly has what it takes to design for the stars and win the $100,000 prize."

Season 1 contestants are Keiandrea Daniels, Veejay Floresca, Michael Shead, Rey Ortiz, McCauley Star, Afaf Seyam, Jess West, Todd Fisher, Julissa Peralta, Cierra Zacchaeus and Traviance Dunn.

Dr. Holly Carter developed the series, which is produced by her Relevé Entertainment along with All3Media America. Carter is exec producer, along with EP/showrunner LaNeé Griffin and EPs Keesha Brickhouse, Dean Houser and Tarvenia "T" Jones. Joe Guidry will serve as director.

Upton's previous TV credits include serving as a guest judge on "Project Runway" and "RuPaul's Drag Race."

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posted 4/4/2024

WEDNESDAY: #OneChicago, Survivor Go Head to Head
CBS, NBC Split the Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, NBC's Chicago Med was the most-watched show on Wednesday, while CBS' Survivor dominated the night in the coveted-and-delicious 18-49 age demographic.

With ABC once again in rerun mode….

Survivor hit a season high in audience (with 5.1 million total viewers) and was steady in the demo (with a 0.8 rating). The Amazing Race (2.7 mil/0.4) was steady.

Chicago Med (6.4 mil/0.5) grew in audience, Chicago Fire (6.1 mil/0.4) dipped in both measures, and Chicago P.D. (4.8 mil/0.4) dropped some eyeballs.

Fox's The Masked Singer (3.4 mil/0.4) was up in audience, leading into Animal Control and Family Guy reruns.

The CW's Walker with its Season 4 premiere drew 485,000 total viewers and a 0.1 demo rating, hitting and matching series lows. Sight Unseen in turn debuted to 339K and a 0.1.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Top Chef Wisconsin (Bravo): 494k/0.08
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 419k/0.08
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 390k/0.04
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 370k/0.03
- Blank Slate (GSN): 189k/0.02 .

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ALERT! Season 6 Has a Date!
Catch "The Circle" on Netflix April 17
From Variety

Message: The Circle is finally returning with an all-new season after more than a year. Send!

Netflix announced on Tuesday that season 6 of the social media reality competition series will return next month — and this time, every player entering the Circle is single and #readytomingle.

That's right, this means more flirting than ever between the people sitting alone in their empty apartments, sending spicy emojis and questionable hashtags via DM to someone who is most likely to be a catfish.

The new season also promises more drama and surprises as a new set of contestants compete in challenges to earn the ultimate cash prize as top influencer.

The first four episodes of The Circle season 6 premiere April 17 on Netflix, with new episodes rolling out every Wednesday after that leading up to the finale on May 8.

MEET THE PLAYERS
· Autumn
· Brandon aka Olivia
· Caress aka Paul
· Cassie
· Jordan aka Big J
· Kyle
· Lauren
· Myles
· Quori-Tyler ("QT")
· Steffi

And one more... Meet Max.

Artificial Intelligence has entered the chat, catfishing as Max. Can this artificial intelligence chatbot convince the players it is one of them? .

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posted 4/3/2024

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Lies, Damned Lies, and Speculation"

  • Marc Summers accuses "Quiet on Set" producers of "bait and switch" (Deadline)

  • Mario Lopez to make Christmas movie for Great American Family (Deadline)

  • James Corden denies that he was sacked from "Late Late Show" (Deadline)

  • Jamie Foxx relaunches his whiskey brand (Robb Report)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Iam Tongi (TV Insider)

posted 4/4/2024

Fox Renews Triple Play
New Seasons to Expand "Superfan Experience"
From Broadcasting & Cable

Fox First Run has renewed its trio of syndicated game shows — 25 Words or Less, Pictionary and Person, Place or Thing — through next season, Stephen Brown, executive VP of programming for Fox Television Stations, said Wednesday.

As part of that renewal, Fox First Run is expanding its "Super Fan Experience" to all three shows, after experimenting with it this season on 25 Words or Less.

Each episode of each game show will feature an interview with a Super Fan from one Fox affiliate and the opportunity for that person to win a prize. On Pictionary, if the Super Fan can guess what host Jerry O'Connell is drawing, they win a prize. On 25 Words or Less, if either team wins $10,000, the Super Fan is awarded $1,000. And on Person, Place, or Thing, if a contestant wins the grand prize, the Super Fan is awarded $500. Through QR code experiences, fans also can play online minigames, as well as receive coupons and other offers from sponsors via specially created behind-the-scenes footage.

"The success of the Super Fan initiative on 25 Words or Less last season further proved that engaging with our audience in a meaningful way is how we best develop loyal fans who watch more than the average 1.2 times a week," Brown said in a statement.

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posted 4/3/2024


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JOE FLAHERTY: 1941-2024
"SCTV" Comic Played "Definition"
From Deadline

Joe Flaherty, a writer and performer on the influential and beloved sketch comedy series SCTV and a series regular on Freaks and Geeks, died Monday following a brief illness. He was 82.

His death was announced by his daughter Gudrun Flaherty, who said in a press statement, "After a brief illness, he left us yesterday, and since then, I've been struggling to come to terms with this immense loss. Dad was an extraordinary man, known for his boundless heart and an unwavering passion for movies from the '40s and '50s. His insights into the golden age of cinema didn't just shape his professional life; they were also a source of endless fascination for me. In these last few months, as he faced his health challenges, we had the precious opportunity to watch many of those classic movies together — moments I will forever hold dear."

Last month, Flaherty's former improv group Second City organized a fundraiser to help support the actor during his illness. A message shared by his former SCTV co-star Martin Short, stated "Our beloved SCTV cast member, Joe Flaherty, is very ill. Joe is aware of the gravity of his failing health and would like to spend whatever time he has left at home rather than in a facility. We are writing to our friends because we believe SCTV meant something to you, and that would not be the case if it were not for Joe Flaherty. He was a mentor, a director, and an inspiring improviser who gave us many of the tools we are still using in the careers he helped kickstart."

Born Joseph O'Flaherty in Pittsburgh on June 21, 1941 – he eventually dropped the "O" because the name was already taken by another Equity member – Flaherty began his comedy career at The Second City in Chicago, and appeared on the National Lampoon Radio Hour from 1973-74. He moved to Toronto to help launch a Second City troupe there, and in 1976 became a founding cast member of the Canadian sketch comedy series SCTV that would feature some of the most influential comedians of the era. In addition to Flaherty, the show starred John Candy, Harold Ramis, Andrea Martin, Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy, Rick Moranis, Dave Thomas and Short.

In a series that spotlighted any number of vivid comic characters, Flaherty proved a central presence on the weekly show that was set in a fictional TV station in the equally fictitious Canadian town of Melonville. Flaherty portrayed the station's owner-manager Guy Caballero, who used a wheelchair only to solicit respect and sympathy.

Among Flaherty's other popular characters were Sammy Maudlin, a fawning talk show host inspired more than a little by Sammy Davis Jr.; the station's horror movie host Count Floyd, whose Monster Chiller Horror Theater featured movies so bad — and frequently very non-horror — that the host would be forced to unconvincingly stammer, "Oooh, that's scary, kids"; and Big Jim McBob, whose Farm Film Report (with John Candy) was a sort of Siskel & Ebert for fans of movie explosions. The segment made a catchphrase of "that blowed up real good."

After SCTV stopped production in 1984, Flaherty appeared in such films as Johnny Dangerously, Innerspace, Who's Harry Crumb, Back To The Future Part II, Stuart Saves His Family and Happy Gilmore. But he would find his second signature role as an alternately angry and befuddled dad in 1999 on the short-lived cult favorite Freaks and Geeks, the Paul Feig-Judd Apatow coming-of-age drama about high school students in 1980s Detroit. Like SCTV, the series launched the careers of numerous actors, including Linda Cardellini and John Francis Daley (who played Flaherty's kids), James Franco, Seth Rogan, Jason Segel and Busy Philipps. Following Freaks' untimely cancelation after just one season, Flaherty went on to make appearances in The King of Queens, Slackers, Even Stevens, That '70s Show, Frasier, Family Guy, and American Dad, among others.

In game shows, Flaherty played "Definition", hosted by the late Jim Perry.

In addition to his daughter, survivors include son Gabriel and brother (and SCTV writer) Paul Flaherty.

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posted 4/1/2024

TUESDAY: Here Come the Feds
CBS Wins the Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' FBI was Tuesday's most-watched program and led the night in the demo.

FBI (with 6.9 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating) was steady week-to-week, while FBI: International (5.4 mil/0.4) and FBI: Most Wanted (5 mil/0.4) both ticked up.

ABC's Will Trent (4.4 mil/0.4) and The Rookie (3.4 mil/0.4) both ticked up in the demo with the latter also growing 11% in audience, while an eventful episode of The Good Doctor (2.6 mil/0.2) added a few eyeballs.

NBC's Lopez vs. Lopez double-episode Season 2 premiere did 2.3 mil/0.3 and then 1.8 mil/0.3, steady in the demo compared to last week's Night Court and Extended Family finales but delivering fewer viewers. Leading out of Weakest Link (2.3 mil/0.3) instead of The Voice, Password (2.3 mil/0.3) lost some viewers.

Fox's The Cleaning Lady (1.22 mil/0.2) and Alert: MPU (1.1 mil/0.2) were steady.

The CW's Crime Nation rounded out the nigth with 344k/0.05.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Chopped (Food): 564k/0.10
- Wildcard Kitchen (Food): 518k/0.09
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 297k/0.03
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 293k/0.03
- Blank Slate (GSN): 252k/0.02 .

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MONDAY: The Final Judgment
ABC, CBS Split Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' NCIS was Monday's most-watched show, while ABC's American Idol landed in a four-way tie for the nightly demo win.

The Neighborhood (with 4.4 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating) dipped in both measures week-to-week, Bob Hearts Abishola (4.2 mil/0.4) was steady, NCIS (5.9 mil/0.4) dropped some eyeballs and NCIS: Hawaii (5 mil/0.3) ticked up in audience.

American Idol's Monday premiere drew 3.9 mil and a 0.4.

NBC's The Voice (3.2 mil/0.3) dropped with a clip show, yet Deal or No Deal Island (2.4 mil/0.3) held steady.

Fox's iHeart Radio Music Awards averaged 1.5 mil and a 0.3.

The CW's All American opened Season 6 with 367,000 total viewers and a 0.1 demo rating, hitting and matching series lows. Lovers and Liars fka FGirl Island drew 135K and a goose egg ahead of its official April 11 premiere.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Rock the Block (HGTV): 1.016m/0.10
- Sprilg Baking Championship - 8p (Food): 761k/0.10
- Stupid Pet Tricks (TBS): 406k/0.07
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 286k/0.02
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 246k/0.01
- Blank Slate (GSN): 236k/0.02 .

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posted 4/3/2024

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Bad Look, Andy..."

  • Andy Cohen stops short of apologizing for... well, you know. (Deadline)

  • Meet the first "Love Is Blind" baby! Gianna Gibelli, Blake Horstmann welcome first child (TV Insider)

  • Tyler Cameron addresses getting dumped in a new series (TV Insider)

  • Lucy Spraggan says Simon Cowell will walk her down the aisle (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Hey, remember those things you shouldn't have posted yesterday? Charity Lawson... did (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Trixie Mattel reveals mental health struggle (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Anne Hegerty... Chaser... Quizzer... Movie star? (The Sun)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: The Bachelor is crossing with 9-1-1 thanks to... Jennifer Love Hewitt (Deadline)

  • Valerie Bertinelli rebounds with new cookbook, dirty mouth (Entertainment Weekly)

  • #ICYMI: April Fools comes to Wheel thanks to some clever editing, Jared Leto (Entertainment Weekly)

posted 4/2/2024

THIS IS NOT A JOKE: MILF Manor Returns April 28
Meet the New Singles
From the Futon Critic

MILF MANOR the provocative dating series that became a pop culture sensation is back on TLC. Brimming with a whole new group of sexy, successful MILFs who are looking for their chance at love, this season promises one shocking twist and plenty of unexpected twists and turns throughout. In a stunning, lakefront chalet, the MILFs participate in a series of activities to win dates with the love interest they have their eyes on. From relay races to mud wrestling, the singles compete for one-on-one time to further their romantic connections. There are shocking new arrivals, startling secrets, surprise exits and countless emotional entanglements throughout the season.

MILF MANOR promises shock and intrigue as well as plenty of fun and heartfelt moments. New twists, new turns in an all-new season that premieres Sunday, April 28 at 10p, ET/PT on TLC.

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posted 4/1/2024


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BARBARA RUSH: 1927-2024
"It Came from Outer Space" Actress Made the Rounds
From Deadline

Barbra Rush, the prolific actress best known for roles in 1953's It Came From Outer Space and long runs on Peyton Place and All My Children, has died. Her daughter, Fox News Channel senior correspondent Claudia Cowan, confirmed Rush's passing. She was 97.

"My wonderful mother passed away peacefully at 5:28 this evening. I was with her this morning and know she was waiting for me to return home safely to transition, said Cowan. "It's fitting she chose to leave on Easter as it was one of her favorite holidays and now, of course, Easter will have a deeper significance for me and my family."

Rush had a near 60-year career. In the '50s and '60s, she worked on the big screen with Paul Newman (three times), Kirk Douglas, Rock Hudson, Dean Martin, Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra and Richard Burton. In addition to pulpier fare like Prince of Pirates and Taza, Son of Cochise, Rush did a trio of films with Douglas Sirk — The First Legion, Magnificent Obsession and Captain Lightfoot — and Bigger Than Life with Nicholas Ray.

By the late 1960s, Rush had segued mostly to TV, appearing in mainstays of the period such as Ben Casey, Dr. Kildare, The Fugitive, Marcus Welby, M.D., McCloud, Maude, Ironside and Mannix.

Rush appeared in every episode of NBC's nighttime sudser Flamingo Road over its 1980-1982 run. She worked on other staples of the period such as The Love Boat, Knight Rider, Matt Houston, Fantasy Island, Magnum P.I. and Murder, She Wrote. 7th Heaven fans will recognize Rush from her run on the show as Grandma Ruth Camden.

In game shows, Rush played All Star Family Feud in 1983, as well as episodes of Password, You Don't Say and Hollywood Squares.

In addition to Cowan, she is survived by her son Christopher Hunter.

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Celebrities to Cross "Bridge of Lies"
Ross Kemp to Return for Second Season
From Worldscreen

BBC One has set the premiere of Celebrity Bridge of Lies season two, hosted by Ross Kemp, for April 6.

A new lineup of celebrity contestants will take on the interactive bridge, carefully stepping on truths and avoiding the lies, in the hope of winning cash for their chosen charities. The new season will introduce the "hotline" feature, which will allow the playing contestant to seek advice from their teammates in the waiting room if they're stuck.

The first episode's contestants include Dion Dublin, Sam Quek, Melvin Odoom and Joanna Page. Later episodes in the season feature teams of pop icons (Sinitta, Ian "H" Watkins, Ritchie Neville and Una Healy), BBC Morning Live presenters (Gethin Jones, Dr Ranj Singh, Anna Haugh and Briony May Williams) and soap stars (Chris Bisson, Lucy-Jo Hudson, Simon Gregson and Danielle Harold). Other teams include actor Kevin Fletcher and his wife and presenter Alex Beresford and his father. The latter duo recently one Celebrity Race Across the World.

While Celebrity Bridge of Lies will air on Saturday nights, the original Bridge of Lies will continue on weekdays. International format sales, outside of the U.S. and Australia, are handled by BBC Studios Distribution.

"I have such a brilliant time filming the daytime version of Bridge of Lies, but there's something about the celebrity series that ramps the jeopardy up a gear," Kemp said. "Maybe it's the fact that the celebs are doing it for charity… or simply that they have reputations to uphold!"

He continued, "This year's series is filled with big personalities, and the competition is fiercer than ever. The usual rivalries between popstars, soap stars and comics are left at the door because, as we've learned with this show, the only way you can conquer the bridge is by working effectively as a team. But remember, celebrities, it's Saturday night——so let's have some fun too!"

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"SignTastic" Goes Global
First Game Show for Deaf Audience to Stream
From PR Newswire

Produced in 2022, Silent Visual Media's 'SignTasTic!' is an episodic game show featuring Deaf performers and hearing contestants. The game show was picked up for distribution by VSYN+, the world's first streaming platform for Sign Language entertainment. The first episode of 'SignTasTic!' premiered on the new streaming platform in March 2024, and releases one episode per week every Tuesday until May 2024.

In SignTasTic, hearing contestants have 24 hours to learn FIFTY signs in American Sign Language (ASL). Their ASL skills will then be put to the test through a series of games like trivia, gestures, and ASL conversations - all led by our talented cast of Deaf performers.

'SignTasTic!' aims to bridge the gap between Deaf and hearing communities and is the first of its kind in the TV game show genre. The show features Deaf talent like Lisa McBee, Dack Virnig, and Roxie Dummett, along with America's first Deaf television game show host Dan Cook.

SignTasTic! promotes a cross-cultural approach to learning American Sign Language (ASL) by engaging both the Deaf and hearing communities. Each episode encourages the understanding of ASL for both hearing contestants and audience members. As hearing contestants compete to win a grand prize of $5,000, audience members can follow along by watching a video dictionary of pre-selected signs per episode.

Visit silentvisualmedia.com for more information on how you can stream 'SignTasTic!' or visit us on social media.

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posted 4/1/2024

"Wheel" to Spin in South Africa
Local Version to Air from April 8
From Microsoft STart

The iconic US game show, "Wheel of Fortune", will be given a local twist.

Mzansi's contestants will get the chance to spin for their share of winnings when the local version lands on S3 from April 8 at 7.30pm.

The multiple Emmy-award-winning game show, created by US media mogul Merv Griffin, sees three players spin the wheel, solve puzzles and avoid going bankrupt along the way in an attempt to win loads of cash and magnificent prizes.

Primedia Studios president Jan du Plessis said: "We are extremely excited and honoured to finally add the African continent to 'Wheel of Fortune's' phenomenal legacy.

"'Wheel of Fortune' is arguably the most successful game-show format of all time in terms of its universal appeal and longevity. But, best of all, South Africans will now have the opportunity to spin their lives around by playing this spectacular yet simple game on a state-of-the-art set.

"Add mind-blowing amounts of cash and unimaginable prizes – even cars – up for grabs, and 'Wheel of Fortune South Africa' is in a league unseen on local television before," said Du Plessis.

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posted 4/1/2024

The Big Deal with SAG-AFTRA
Preparation Begins for The Network Code Talks
From Deadline

The writers and actors strikes crippled scripted television and the movie industry last summer.

However, reality shows, variety series and game shows were able to continue filming thanks to operating under a different contract – the Network Television Code Contract.

SAG-AFTRA is now setting the stage for renewal talks over its 2024 contract.

The union is starting to conduct meetings ahead of the talks over a new contract. The current contract expires on June 30, 2024.

It is the latest moment in another busy year for labor negotiations in Hollywood as IATSE began talks over its own deal earlier this month.

SAG-AFTRA is encouraging singers, dancers, stunt folk, voiceover and background actors to attend a series of meetings later this month and next month before developing its proposals for talks.

The Network Television Code covers all non-dramatic programs, daytime serials, variety, quiz, game, reality, talk, news, sports programs and promotional announcements. For instance, last year, this allowed series including The Voice, Dancing with the Stars, The Masked Singer and Jeopardy! to continue filming, despite the strikes. Its previous deal was approved in June 2022 and the union said that the contract generates more than $200M a year in covered earnings for members.

The last contract included a general wage increase of 3% per year, a 1% benefit fund contribution increase, "greatly improved" nudity and simulated sex provisions, "substantial increases" for dancers on primetime variety shows and increases for background actors and stand-ins.

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posted 4/1/2024


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New Love Coming
Sarah Hyland Bows Out for Upcoming Season
From Variety

Peacock has officially announced Vanderpump Rules star and Love Island superfan Ariana Madix as host of season 6 of the hit cultural phenomenon LOVE ISLAND USA. The new season of LOVE ISLAND USA will stream this summer, exclusively on Peacock.

Ariana Madix, best known for her longtime role in Bravo's Emmy(R) Award-nominated reality series Vanderpump Rules, has made her mark in the entertainment and film space. A Melbourne, Florida native, Madix has appeared in feature films including Working It Out, Attack Of The 50 Foot Cheerleader, Dead End and in the sitcoms Dads and Anger Management. She is also a New York Times bestselling author with the release of her book Single AF: Drinks for Bad Bitches. Madix appeared in the long-running, Emmy(R) Award-nominated series Dancing with the Stars and won the 2024 People's Choice Award for "Competition Contestant of the Year." She also recently made her Broadway debut in the famed role of Roxie Hart in Chicago.

Season 6 of LOVE ISLAND USA is part of Peacock's growing roster of Love Island content, which includes seasons 4 and 5 of the hit cultural phenomenon, the franchise's first-ever spinoff LOVE ISLAND GAMES, the UK series LOVE ISLAND: ALL STARS and seasons of LOVE ISLAND SOUTH AFRICA and LOVE ISLAND SPAIN.

Madix replaces Modern Family star Sarah Hyland, who joined the dating competition for Season 4 when the show moved to Peacock from CBS. Arielle Vandenberg hosted the show since the format was adapted to the U.S. back in 2019 and remained at the helm for the first three seasons. Following Season 5, Peacock renewed Love Island USA for two seasons, which would see the show on the streamer through Season 7.

Love Island USA is produced by ITV Entertainment, an ITV America company. David George, Adam Sher, Simon Thomas, Ben Thursby-Palmer, Andy Cadman, Iona Mackenzie, Sophie Bush, and Claudine Parrish served as executive producers of Season 5, alongside Tom Gould, Richard Cowles, Mike Spencer, Richard Foster, and Chet Fenster. The series is based on a format owned by Lifted Entertainment and GroupM Motion Entertainment and distributed by ITV Studios.  

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posted 3/29/2024

Meet the Panel for "Taskmaster" Season 17
Channel 4 Launches New Season; YouTube to Play Fridays
From iNews

Taskmaster returned to Channel 4 on Thursday for its 17th season, featuring five new contestants.

The comedy gameshow, which first aired on Dave in 2015, sees five comedy acts put to the test in a series of wacky physical and mental challenges over its 10-episode-long seasons.

Its 17th season began on Thursday, March 28, with subsequent episodes following weekly at 9pm on Channel 4. Episodes are made available worldwide on the show's official YouTube channel every Friday at 5p ET.

Five new comedians have joined the Taskmaster line-up for this season alongside hosts Greg Davies and Alex Horne.
- Nick Mohammed has portrayed his character Mr Swallow on stage and on screen for more than a decade. The Leeds-born actor, comedian and writer, 43, received Emmy nominations in back-to-back years for his role as Nathan Shelley in the Apple TV+ hit series Ted Lasso and is both the creator and a star of Sky One series Intelligence. He voiced Piglet in the 2018 Disney film Christopher Robin and also features as the character Billy Blind in new Disney+ series Renegade Nell.
- Joanne McNally is an Irish stand-up comic, writer and actress who hosts a podcast called My Therapist Ghosted Me alongside model and media personality Vogue Williams. She appeared on Channel 4's The Big Fat Quiz of Everything in April 2022, and co-presented the one-off E4 special Joanne & Vogue's Sex Drive alongside Williams in September 2023. McNally, 40, previously starred in comedy show Separated at Birth (which she wrote co-wrote with co-star PJ Gallagher, who spotted her during her 2014 stage show Singlehood), and has appeared in other shows including Richard Osman's House of Games and Iain Stirling's CelabAbility as well as performing at various comedy festivals. She has been a semi-finalist in comedy competitions So You Think You're Funny and Funny Women.
- Best known as a member of the sketchy comedy team The League of Gentlemen, Steve Pemberton, 56, is also a co-writer and star of black comedies Psychoville and anthology series Inside No. 9. The actor, comedian, director and writer, who was born and raised in Blackburn, met his fellow League of Gentlemen members Mark Gatiss, Reece Shearsmith and Jeremy Dyson as a teen at Bretton Hall College (now merged with the University of Leeds) and was awarded a British Academy Television Award among various other accolades for the BBC Two adaptation of their act that first began on stage in 1995. From 2007 to 2015 he appeared as Mick Garvey in ITV sitcom Benidorm, while Pemberton's various other notable television credits include Doctor Who, Blackpool, Whitechapel, Shameless, Happy Valley and Mapp and Lucia.
- Bolton-born Bafta-winning actress, narrator, writer and comedian Sophie Willan, 36, began her career in theatre and stand-up comedy. Her multiple television roles have since included BBC One's Still Open All Hours and Click & Collect, as well as CBBC's Class Dismissed, while she is also the narrator of Channel 4 reality TV gameshow The Circle. Willan's sitcom Alma's Not Normal received critical acclaim and won her a Bafta for best comedy writer for the show's pilot, while she was awarded best female comedy performance at the 2022 British Academy Television Awards for her role in the series. She also starred as Maeve in the second series of BBC One prison drama Time in 2023.
- John Robins, a 41-year-old Bristolian stand-up comic and radio presenter, first gained fame after reaching the semi-finals of the So You Think You're Funny competition at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2005. The Oxford-educated comedian has since appeared on The Russell Howard Show, The Jon Richardson Show – he shared a flat with both Howard and Richardson in Bristol after graduating from university – and Mock the Week. Robins began hosting the Elis James and John Robins show on Radio X in 2014, which ran until 2019 when the pair began a new BBC Radio 5 Live podcast called How Do You Cope?…with Elis and John. In 2017 he was the first joint winner of the Edinburgh Fringe Comedy award, which he shared with Hannah Gadsby. He started a YouTube channel called Bad Golf alongside friend, fellow comedian and Taskmaster creator and host Horne, which has over 62,000 subscribers and nearly 100 videos as of March 2024.

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posted 3/29/2024


Essence
LOUIS GOSSETT JR.: 1936-2024
First Black Man to Win Supporting Actor Oscar Played Wheel of Fortune
From the AP

Louis Gossett Jr., the first Black man to win a supporting actor Oscar and an Emmy winner for his role in the seminal TV miniseries "Roots," has died. He was 87.

Gossett's first cousin Neal L. Gossett told The Associated Press that the actor died in Santa Monica, California. A statement from the family said Gossett died Friday morning. No cause of death was revealed.

Gossett's cousin remembered a man who walked with Nelson Mandela and who also was a great joke teller, a relative who faced and fought racism with dignity and humor.

"Never mind the awards, never mind the glitz and glamor, the Rolls-Royces and the big houses in Malibu. It's about the humanity of the people that he stood for," his cousin said.

Louis Gossett always thought of his early career as a reverse Cinderella story, with success finding him from an early age and propelling him forward, toward his Academy Award for "An Officer and a Gentleman."

Gossett broke through on the small screen as Fiddler in the groundbreaking 1977 miniseries "Roots," which depicted the atrocities of slavery on TV. The sprawling cast included Ben Vereen, LeVar Burton and John Amos."

Gossett became the third Black Oscar nominee in the supporting actor category in 1983. He won for his performance as the intimidating Marine drill instructor in "An Officer and a Gentleman" opposite Richard Gere and Debra Winger. He also won a Golden Globe for the same role.

In game shows, Gossett was a celebrity player in an episode of Wheel of Fortune from 1995.

He also is survived by sons Satie, a producer-director from his second marriage, and Sharron, a chef whom he adopted after seeing the 7-year-old in a TV segment on children in desperate situations. His first cousin is actor Robert Gossett.

Gossett's first marriage to Hattie Glascoe was annulled. His second, to Christina Mangosing, ended in divorce in 1975 as did his third to actor Cyndi James-Reese in 1992.

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posted 3/29/2024

THURSDAY: Sweet Sixteen!
Basketball Dominates Schedule
From TV LIne

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' March Madness coverage this Thursday night averaged 6.9 million total viewers and a rrrrrrobust 1.7 demo rating, easily leading primetime in both measures.

Opposite the college hoops action and with NBC's Law & Orders in rerun mode….

With the conclusion of its three-part season opener, ABC's 9-1-1 grew for a second straight week, drawing 5.5 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating. Grey's Anatomy (3.3 mil/0.4, read recap) dipped week-to-week, but Station 19 (2.5 mil/0.3) held steady.

Fox's Next Level Chef (1.7 mil/0.3) and Farmer Wants a Wife (1.7 mil/0.2) each dropped just a handful of eyeballs whilst steady in the demo.

On cable (totals/A18-49)...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 660k/0.11
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 333k/0.03
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 325k/0.03

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posted 3/29/2024

WEDNESDAY: Windy Night on NBC
CBS, NBC Split the Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, NBC's Chicago Fire was Wednesday's most-watched show, while CBS' Survivor dominated the night in the coveted-and-delicious 18-49 demo. With both ABC and The CW in repeat mode….

Survivor (with 4.7 million total viewers and a 0.7 rating) dipped in the demo. The Amazing Race (2.8 mil/0.4) added some eyeballs.

Chicago Med (6 mil/0.4) ticked down in both measures, Chicago Fire (6.3 mil/0.5) was rock steady, and Chicago P.D. (5.2 mil/0.5) rose in both measures.

Fox's The Masked Singer (3.2 mil/0.4) was steady, Animal Control (1.5 mil/0.2) added some eyeballs, and Family Guy (762/0.2) was up in both measures.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Top Chef Wisconsin (Bravo): 485k/0.09
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 469k/0.11
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 362k/0.05
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 356k/0.04

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posted 3/29/2024


CBS Media Ventures

More on "The Flip Side"
CBS, GSN to Co-Produce
From NextTV

Flip Side, the new syndicated game show hosted by Jaleel White, will be produced in a cost-sharing partnership between CBS Media Ventures and Game Show Enterprises Studios with both entities sharing distribution windows. TV stations, including anchor group CBS Stations, will air the show's first run with Game Show Network airing those episodes one week later.

"Flip Side is a project that we have been developing for over a year for the syndication marketplace," Wendy McMahon, president and CEO of CBS News and Stations and CBS Media Ventures, said in a statement. "Bringing Game Show Enterprises Studios on as a creative partner was an intriguing proposition to us — it creates a new business model for a daily syndicated show and will boost the show's exposure out of the gate with the second run on Game Show Network. We're excited to work together to make Flip Side a success on both platforms."

"We are delighted to partner with CBS Media Ventures in bringing Flip Side to the marketplace and to our viewers at Game Show Network," added John Zaccario, president of GSN, also in a statement. "CBS Media Ventures understood right away what Game Show Enterprises Studios could add to this creative partnership and to the commercial success of this show."

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posted 3/27/2024


ITV Entertainment
GEORGE GIBLEY: 1984-2024
"Gogglebox" Star Played "Celebrity Big Brother"
From Deadline

George Gilbey, a former Gogglebox star and Celebrity Big Brother contestant, has died after suffering a fall at work. He was 40.

Essex Police said it was called to a road near Southend-on-Sea yesterday after a report that a man working at a height had fallen, according to the BBC, and the Channel 4 Gogglebox X account confirmed that the person was Gilbey. An air ambulance attended and there is still a cordon at the scene, the BBC reported Essex Police had said.

C4 Gogglebox tweeted: "George was part of the Gogglebox family for eight series alongside his mum Linda and step-dad Pete. Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with Linda, and George's family and friends at this very sad time. The family have asked for privacy."

Gilbey's step dad Peter McGarry, who joined him on the show, died in 2021 aged 71.

A man has been arrested in connection with the death of former Gogglebox star George Gilbey, Essex police has said. In the past few minutes, the force has said a man has been arrested in connection with Gilbey's death on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter, the BBC reported.

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posted 3/25/2024

Gladiators Ready... for More!
BBC Reups Reboot
From Telly Mix

BBC One's recent reboot of Gladiators will be coming back for a second series, it's been revealed.

Prepare to witness a clash of titans as a fresh breed of superhumans goes head-to-head with a courageous group of contenders in the most exhilarating showdown of speed and strength.

The brand new reboot of the classic show first launched in January, becoming the channel's biggest entertainment launch in 7 years.

New episodes will film this summer.

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posted 3/28/2024

BBC Makes a Big "Traitors" Move
Network Rents Out Ardross Castle for SIX Years
From The Mirror

The Traitors bosses are said to have made a huge signing to keep the show at the top of its success.

The hit BBC series is filmed in a Scottish stately home and bosses are so sure of its popularity they have booked it out until the end of this decade, according to reports. Claudia Winkleman has fronted two series of the show so far, which took place at the foreboding Ardross Castle in the Scottish Highlands.

Bosses are so sure of the show's continued success that they have reportedly signed up for another six years in the same location. A TV insider said: "The ultimate nightmare would be if the producers tried to return to Ardross Castle after the Beeb commissioned more series only to find it was unavailable."

"That's a very real prospect as the Highlands pile is in huge demand for weddings, which have swelled in numbers since The Traitors became so popular," they told The Sun. "Without taking this bold measure, it was at risk of becoming a victim of its own success."

The series is often filmed at night and at certain times of the year, meaning filming is restricted to late spring or early autumn. The third series of The Traitors is reportedly due to start filming in a matter of weeks, with a celebrity spin-off said to be made later this year. Ardross Castle is also used for the US version of the gameshow, which is hosted by Alan Cumming. The latest series of The Traitors attracted millions of viewers, with almost seven million people tuning in for this year's final.

Meanwhile new candidates for BBC's hit game show The Traitors have allegedly plotted to cheat their way to victory using a "secret code". According to a report by The Sun, a number of Traitor and Faithful hopefuls have formed group chats to communicate code words to each other ahead of the forthcoming season.

Studio Lambert has reportedly removed all of the alleged plotters, telling the applicants that they risked damaging the show's integrity.

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posted 3/28/2024

TUESDAY: Battles of All Sorts
CBS Owns the Night with FBI Series
From SpoilerTV

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' FBI was Tuesday's most-watched show in all major demographics.

The mothership (6.757m/0.45) and spinoffs International (5.08m/0.33) and Most Wanted (4.493m/0.33) owned all three time slots.

ABC barely squeaked by NBC for the silver with its lineup of Will Trent (4.410m/0.34), The Rookie (4.322m/0.36), and The Good Doctor (2.506m/0.21)

NBC led off with the season finales of Night Court (2.807m/0.30) & Extended Family (2.351m/0.25), followed by new eps of The Voice (4.322m/0.36) and Password (2.962m/0.29).

Fox's The Cleaning Lady (1.242m/0.16) and Alert: Missing Persons Unit (1.042m//0.15) were steady.

The CW's Crime Nation (365k/0.07) is also a thing that exists.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Chopped (Food): 539k/0.09
- Wildcard Kitchen (Food): 491k/0.08
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 348k/0.05
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 333k/0.04

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posted 3/28/2024

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Good Night and Big Balls"

  • John Anderson hanging up his mic and calling it a career (Deadline)

  • Game shows in a TV everywhere world (TV Newscheck)

  • Nicole Byer doesn't know if "Nailed It!" will be back (The Wrap)

  • Jeff Probst is not changing the rule regarding flint (Entertainment Weekly)

  • #TBT: Shandi Sullivan reenacts her ANTM photo shoot 20 years later. (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Forget your own show. Apparently Taskmaster is the barometer of a comic's success (iNews)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Chuck Forrest (Vulture)


posted 3/28/2024

An American (or 10) in Paris
Food Network to Launch New Series "Next Baking Master: Paris"
From Deadline

Food Network is about to launch another culinary competition — and this one is taking place in the city of lights.

Next Baking Master: Paris will give 10 American bakers access to iconic pastry shops and French baking mentors in the new competition premiering May 6. Hosted by pastry chef Stephanie Boswell and French-born chef and restaurateur Ludo Lefebvre, the series followers the competitors as they attempt to improve their technique, artistry, and innovation with making confections.

Each week, the lowest performing baker will be sent home until only one is named Next Baking Master.

"As the world's attention turns to the city of lights leading up to this summer's Olympic games, Paris is not only a location in Next Baking Master: Paris, it's a main character," said Betsy Ayala, Head of Content, Food, Warner Bros. Discovery. "From walking the banks of the Seine to gain inspiration for romantic chocolate desserts to exploring the Paris farmers' markets with their bountiful fresh produce, viewers will experience this incredible city though the eyes of our competitors."

The 10 bakers competing set to compete are DeAndra Bailey (Baltimore, Maryland); Brooke De Jong (Dothan, Alabama); Jeremy Intille (Minneapolis, Minnesota); Lindsay Miller (Los Angeles, California); Keely Moore (Atlanta, Georgia); Paige Nickless (Brooklyn, New York); Joe Settepani (Morganville, New Jersey); Cedrick Simpson (Atlanta, Georgia); Robert Toland (Willingboro, New Jersey) and Jennalyn Walbolt (Union, New Jersey).

"This Paris experience is a once-in-a-lifetime dream for the chefs," said Boswell. "As a professional pastry chef, I know the inspiration they received by visiting the city's most renowned patisseries and meeting the supremely talented experts was life-changing for these up-and-comers."

"Though my culinary career and restaurants brought me to the United States more than 20 years ago, I was born, raised and grew up as a chef in France," added Lefebvre. "It's so cool to now welcome these competitors to Paris to live and breathe the amazing baking and pastry culture the city offers – it's the best in the world. I am so excited."

Next Baking Master: Paris is produced by Butternut for Food Network.

Deadline
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posted 3/27/2024

Sharon Levy Has More Plans
A Year into the Job, EndemolShine North America CEO Eyes More Reboots
From Variety

When NBC recently resurrected its long-dormant "Deal or No Deal," it came with a new format: "Deal or No Deal Island." The game show was originally a "shiny floor" in-studio contest where players had to guess how much money was inside a large briefcase. The updated iteration takes things outdoors, raising the stakes by adding interpersonal dynamics, physical challenges and survival to the mix.

At producer Endemol Shine North America, they call adding a fresh spin to existing IP the "ESNA twist." And it's become a hallmark for CEO Sharon Levy, who took over the shingle — part of Banijay Americas — a little more than a year ago.

"I'm not a fan of a straight-up reboot without a reason for being," Levy says. "You need to give them a reason to watch. And it has to feel of the moment. Development is probably always my first true love. It's how I started and as much as I love making things, I love cracking them ahead of time. I'd much prefer arguing and fighting and testing and prototyping format beats and thinking about things. Looking in the catalog and asking, 'What are we going to do with "Deal or No Deal"?' Having this idea to set it on an island and make it a social competition was a crazy idea."

Levy says "Deal or No Deal Island" was inspired somewhat by the success of island mystery films like the "Knives Out" sequel "Glass Onion." The show has paid off with temendous multi-platform delayed-viewing, and NBC says it's the fastest-growing NBC unscripted debut ever on Peacock. The company also recently introduced "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" with lifestyle brand The Home Edit. Levy is awaiting word on a series order from ABC, which has been developing a new version of the reworked reality show.

Meanwhile, CBS has ordered new competition series "The Summit," based on a format from sister Endemol Shine Australia. Add in returning series like Fox's "Lego Masters" and the "MasterChef" franchise, and for the first time ever, ESNA has shows set up at all four broadcast networks.

"I was so grateful to my entire team for the year we had. And I'm lucky that I have a company that has such a great catalog," Levy says. "The beauty of being Endemol Shine and working for Banijay is you have the world as your oyster. We have amazing IP coming in from different angles."

Indeed, next up, Variety reports that Levy and Endemol Shine are aiming to bring back completely reinvented versions of two more signature shows: "Fear Factor" and "Wipeout."

Variety

posted 3/27/2024

More on "House of Villains" Season 2
Meet the New Villains on E!'s Series
From Telly Mix

E!'s hit competition elimination series "House of Villains" is back for season two this fall with a new set of mischievous reality all-stars as they scheme, strategize and shade each other for a chance to win a $200,000 cash prize and the title of "America's Ultimate Supervillain." Season one cast member Tiffany "New York" Pollard returns for a chance at redemption.

MEET THE VILLAINS
· Wes Bergmann ("The Challenge")
· Teresa Giudice ("The Real Housewives of New Jersey")
· Jessie Godderz ("Big Brother")
· Richard Hatch ("Survivor")
· Victoria Larson ("The Bachelor")
· Larissa Lima ("90 Day Fiancé")
· Kandy Muse ("RuPaul's Drag Race")
· Camilla Poindexter ("Bad Girls Club")
· Tiffany "New York" Pollard ("Flavor of Love")
· Safaree ("Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta")

As previously announced, Joel McHale returns as host. · Season one averaged 861,000 total viewers and 384,000 in the 18-49 demo across all platforms through 35 days, making it the network's most-watched new series since 2020.

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posted 3/27/2024

"Weakest Link" to Return
Romesh Ranganathan to Host Again in 2024
From Yahoo!

Saturday night quiz show The Weakest Link will return for a new series later in 2024 with host Romesh Ranganathan, the BBC has confirmed.

The 'iconic' BBC quiz show originally began back in 2000, hosted by Anne Robinson before coming to an end on 2012.

The BBC then rebooted The Weakest Link back in 2021 with comedian Romesh Ranganathan stepping in as host. The game show now features celebrity contestants and has, since its reboot, featured the likes of Strictly Come Dancing Judge Anton Du Beke, I'm a Celebrity and Made in Chelsea star Georgia Toffolo, Celebrity Big Brother 2024 housemate and former This Morning host Fern Britton along with a range of other big names.

On the show the celebrities must work as a team to build a cash prize for charity whilst trying to avoid the walk of shame and being voted 'The Weakest Link' by their fellow contestants. One player is then crowned the Strongest Link and secures the prize money for charity.

BBC confirms new series of The Weakest Link The BBC has confirmed a new series of The Weakest Link will return later in 2024, with Ranganathan set to host for the fourth time.

The new series begins filming in Glasgow in Spring, with The Weakest Link returning to BBC One and BBC iPlayer later this year..

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posted 3/27/2024

Ready to "GOAT"
More on the New Prime Video Series
From The Futon Critic

After 25 years of iconic, culture-shaping reality television, Prime Video has set out to answer one all-important question: which reality star is the Greatest of All Time? From the producers of Jury Duty, The Bachelor, and Chopped, The GOAT debuts its first three episodes on May 9 on Prime Video worldwide and Amazon Freevee in the U.S., UK, Germany, and Austria. New episodes will premiere each week on Thursdays through June 27. A sneak peek at the high-stakes hijinks is available now. The series is produced by Amazon MGM Studios and Propagate.

Fourteen reality superstars - from Bachelorettes to Housewives to Survivors to Drag Racers and everyone in between - move into GOAT Manor under the watchful eye of host Daniel Tosh to compete in over 20 challenges, earning and breaking one another's trust along the way. New sides of longtime favorites will be on display as they battle it out for $200k... and the title of Greatest of All Time.

The "herd" of competitors includes Tayshia Adams (The Bachelor franchise), Joe Amabile (The Bachelor franchise, Dancing with the Stars), Kristen Doute (Vanderpump Rules), Reza Farahan (Shahs of Sunset), CJ Franco (FBoy Island), Wendell Holland (Survivor), Teck Holmes (The Real World, The Challenge), Justin Johnson/Alyssa Edwards (RuPaul's Drag Race), Paola Mayfield (90 Day Fiancé), Da'Vonne Rogers (Big Brother, The Challenge), Joey Sasso (The Circle, Perfect Match), Jason Smith (Holiday Baking Championship), Lauren Speed-Hamilton (Love Is Blind), and Jill Zarin (The Real Housewives of New York City).

The GOAT is executive produced by Elan Gale (The Bachelor franchise, FBoy Island, Midnight Mass), Bill Dixon (The Bachelor franchise, FBoy Island), Anthony Anderson (Black-ish), Lee Eisenberg (The Office, Jury Duty), Michael Friedman (Yellowstone, The Hills, The Bachelor franchise), Ben Silverman (Ugly Betty, The Biggest Loser), Howard T. Owens (Hillary, Running Wild with Bear Grylls), Isabel San Vargas (Hillary, Untold), Audrey E. Smith (FBoy Island), Daniel Tosh, and Matthew M. Welty (Fboy Island). Dixon also serves as showrunner. Michael Shea directs.

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posted 3/27/2024

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "One Game Show Host Playing Another"

  • Kevin Shinick cast as Dick Clark for upcoming Michael Jackson biopic (Just Jared)

  • Paula Abdul to star in "Spacemen from Planet Judy", whatever that is (Deadline)

  • Tyler "Ninja" Blevins diagnosed with melanoma (Deadline)

  • Hulu, Disney+ officially one big happy (Deadline)

  • Peta Murgatroyd, Maks Chmerkovskiy are having another boy (Reality TV World)

posted 3/27/2024


ABC/Warner Horizon TV

Meet the New Bachelorette
Jenn Tran Becomes First Asian-American to Take on the Role
From People

Get to know The Bachelorette lead, Jenn Tran!

Fans were first introduced to the season 21 star during Joey Graziadei's season of The Bachelor — and while Tran's journey as a contestant didn't end in a proposal, she now gets a second chance at love.

During The Bachelor season 28 finale in March, former Bachelorette star Charity Lawson broke the news that Tran would star when the series returns in late 2024. She described her as "someone who is intelligent... witty, she's fun and she's super kind."

Tran expressed her excitement about the opportunity and shared her hopes for the season ahead, quipping that she wanted to wrap her run with a "ring on my finger." Tran told host Jesse Palmer, "I hope I find my person someone that I truly feel like is 100% — my perfect match and someone who I'm compatible with someone who he and I can have fun."

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posted 3/26/2024


Fox/ITV Entertainment

Hell's Kitchen Heads East
Fox Renews for Two More Seasons to Tape Back to Back in Connecticut
From The Futon Critic

FOX has ordered two additional seasons of Gordon Ramsay's legendary hit cooking competition series Hell's Kitchen, renewing the show for its 23rd and 24th seasons, it was announced today by Allison Wallach, President, Unscripted Programming, of FOX Entertainment.

In the iconic decades-spanning series - and television's longest-running food competition, reaching more than 350 episodes with today's renewal - aspiring chefs from across the restaurant industry are put through an intense culinary academy to prove to Chef Ramsay they have the talent and tenacity to come out on top each week. Only those who can take the searing heat of Hell's Kitchen will continue to compete each week, until one prevails as the winner. At stake is a life-changing grand prize, including claiming a chef position at one of Ramsay's own renowned restaurants across the country, and the title of Hell's Kitchen winner.

"As my very first show on FOX, Hell's Kitchen holds a very special place in my heart and it's incredibly gratifying to have it renewed for its 23rd and 24th seasons," said Ramsay. "This show just keeps getting better and better, and with FOX, ITV and A. Smith & Co. as my partners, you can expect even bigger challenges, stronger talent and more intense competition in Hell's Kitchen in the years to come."

"Ever since Gordon Ramsay and Hell's Kitchen premiered on FOX nearly two decades ago, they have been mainstays of American television," said Wallach. "Hell's Kitchen was our first series with Gordon, marking the launch of one of FOX's most successful creative partnerships ever and an important cornerstone in what has become global television's most powerful cooking brand."

Hell's Kitchen first premiered on FOX on May 30, 2005. Its Season 22 premiere last September delivered Hell's Kitchen's most-streamed season debut ever, propelling it to rank as Fall 2023's #1 cooking show among Adults 18-49 and Total Viewers.

The 23rd and 24th seasons of Hell's Kitchen will be produced at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, where one of Ramsay's Hell's Kitchen restaurants is located.

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posted 3/26/2024

MONDAY: The Most Shocking Finale EVER! ... And This Time.... WE MEAN IT!
ABC, CBS Split
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' NCIS was Monday's most-watched show, while ABC's The Bachelor finale dominated the night in the coveted-and-delicious 18-49 demo.

The Neighborhood (with 4.7 million total viewers and 0.5 rating) and Bob Hearts Abishola (4.3 mil0.4) both were up in the demo, while NCIS (6.2 mil/0.4) and NCIS: Hawaii (4.8 mil/0.3) both returned down after a multi-week break, hitting and/or matching season lows.

NBC's The Voice (5.3 mil/0.4) dipped week-to-week, whereas Deal or No Deal Island (2.6 mil/0.3) held steadier.

The Bachelor (4.1 mil/0.8) was up sharply from its March 2023 finale (3.4 mil/0.6).

Fox's MasterChef Junior (1.4 mil/0.3) and So You Think You Can Dance (850K/0.2) were steady.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Rock the Block (HGTV): 1.057m/0.13
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 347k/0.04
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 323k/0.04
- Blank Slate (GSN): 282k/0.02

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posted 3/26/2024

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Bad Look, Stephen..."

  • Stephen Colbert stops short of apologizing for... well, you know. (Deadline)

  • RuPaul gives insight about parentals (Reality Titbit)

  • VIDEO WALL: the question that has everyone (including Clive Myrie) talking (Yahoo!)

  • Taskmaster producers apologize after they fumble with tickets (Female First)

  • Bob Barker's house is on the market as a fixer-upper for $3 million (The Robb Report)

  • Renee Poche loses her case (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Giselle Samson (REality Titbit)

posted 3/25/2024


Billboard

Keith Urban Joins "The Voice"
Former "Idol" Judge Is This Season's Mega Mentor
From Entertainment Weekly

The Voice fans will soon welcome Grammy-winner Keith Urban as the show's new mega mentor. Urban will replace outgoing mega mentor Wynonna Judd and joins season 25 coaches Chance the Rapper, Dan + Shay, John Legend, and Reba McEntire.

The Voice welcomed Urban on Instagram, captioning a photo with, "Let's hear it for #TheVoice Mega Mentor [Keith Urban]."

Now that The Voice's battle rounds have wrapped up, Urban will step up as each coach prepares for knockouts, which kick off on April 8.

During that round, two singers from the same team are pitted against each other. Their coach determines who advances to the playoffs, the final stage before live shows begin. However, there is, of course, that wrinkle where each coach can use a steal during knockouts to take an eliminated singer from another team.

The "Somebody Like You" singer joins an illustrious group of mega mentors that includes Legend, McEntire, and Gwen Stefani, all of whom became full-time coaches.

Others have included Taylor Swift, Mariah Carey, Ed Sheeran, Garth Brooks, Rihanna, and Dolly Parton, as well as Usher, CeeLo Green, and Christina Aguilera, who returned to mentor after their coaching stints concluded.

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posted 3/25/2024

"Supermarket Stakeout" Returns with Tournament
Catch It on Food Network May 1
From the Futon Critic

Supermarket Stakeout, Food Network's hit series where the action starts as customers exit the aisles, is back with a brand-new season this spring that includes an all-star four-part Judges' Tournament.

In each episode hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli, chefs square off in three themed cooking rounds outside a real-life supermarket in a parking lot pop-up kitchen that has everything but a pantry. To secure ingredients, competitors must be strategic and persuasive with a $500 budget to negotiate items out of exiting customers' carts. Each week a rotating panel of judges determine which chef made the most successful dishes and is awarded enough cash for a year's worth of groceries. Supermarket Stakeout returns with a fourteen-episode season on Wednesday, May 1st at 9pm (all times ET/PT), including a four-episode Judges' Tournament beginning Wednesday, May 29th at 9pm ET/PT.

"Supermarket Stakeout is a fan-favorite and the new season delivers all the cooking action, bargaining and excitement our audience loves," said Betsy Ayala, Head of Content, Food, Warner Bros. Discovery. "The first-ever Judges' Tournament takes the competition to the next level and the fun is non-stop."

As part of the new season, Supermarket Stakeout judges become competitors in a four-episode tournament for a chance to win $25,000 cash and $25,000 to be donated to No Kid Hungry. All-star chefs battling it out in the parking lot are Antonia Lofaso, Eric Greenspan, Aarti Sequeira, Joe Sasto, Gabriele Bertaccini, Damaris Phillips, Viet Pham, Karen Akunowicz and Zac Young. Kicking off Wednesday, May 29th at 9pm, the tournament winner will be named on Wednesday, June 19th at 9pm.

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posted 3/25/2024


Deadline
RON HARPER: 1932-2024
"Land of the Lost", "Planet of the Apes" Actor Played Game Shows
From Deadline

Ron Harper, whose career in TV spanned several decades with roles in Generations, Planet of the Apes, Land of the Lost and Another World, died March 21 of natural causes in West Hills, CA. He was 91.

His death was confirmed by his daughter, Nicole Longeuay, to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Pennsylvania-born actor studies at Princeton and served in the U.S. Navy before returning to New York City to serve as Paul Newman's understudy in Sweet Bird of Youth on Broadway. He later moved to Los Angeles to kick off a career in television, starting with a 1960 role in NBC's Tales of Wells Fargo before booking spots in shows like Wagon Train, Shotgun Slade and 87th Precinct, in which he played Det. Bert Kling for multiple episodes.

Other regular gigs on the small screen included a run on Garrison's Gorillas, as well as Where the Heart Is and Planet of the Apes. He also found success in daytime dramas.

In 1980, he was cast as Taylor Holloway on Another World; three years later, he joined Loving as Charles Hartman. In 1990, he joined Generations as Peter Whitmore. His more recent credits include Pearl Harbor and playing a chairman in The West Wing.

According to IMDb, Harper featured on episodes of

In game shows, Macintosh was on episodes of "Celebrity Mastermind" and "Celebrity Poker Live".

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posted 3/25/2024

BBC Draws Two More Blanks
"Blankety Blank" Renewed for Two More Seasons
From What to Watch

The BBC has confirmed the future of the Blankety Blank revival.

Bradley Walsh will be returning for two more series of the gameshow, where a panel of celebrities try to help four contestants win a slate of unusual prizes.

All the contestants have to do to win is match the celebrities' answers to fill in the missing Blanks — but that's always easier said than done! The format is based on the US series Match Game.

Bradley said of the renewal: "I tell you what, there isn't a show quite like Blankety Blank – it's absolutely brilliant fun from start to finish. The celebrities will come up to me after a record and tell me how much fun they had filming, but more importantly, so do the contestants.

"These wonderful people come on to the show wanting a great experience and, boy, do they get it – because let's be honest, they're not there for the prizes are they?!"

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posted 3/25/2024

ITV Says Yes to "Singer", No to "Dancer"
Fate of "Masked" Series Confirmed
From What to Watch

ITV has reportedly renewed The Masked Singer UK for a sixth series in 2025, but they won't be bringing another prime-time show back.

According to The Sun, ITV has decided to axe The Masked Dancer UK permanently after the network decided to 'rest' the format following just two seasons after being branded 'a tricky sell' for viewers. The good news is that The Masked Singer is 'definitely' returning for its sixth series.

Their source claimed: "The Masked Dancer was always something of a tricky sell. But ITV thought it was worth taking a punt on a concept that had clearly struck a chord with the public as The Masked Singer.

"But they made the mistake of shifting it from a show that ran every night over a week, to a weekly show that aired on a Saturday night. That saw it go out on the same evening as Strictly Come Dancing, which is a very challenging rival."

Like The Masked Singer, the reality series was also hosted by Joel Dommett and saw 12 celebrity contestants donning the franchise's trademark crazy get-ups and putting on a show on stage. Afterward, our celebrity panel tried to guess who was behind the mask.

The Masked Dancer season 2 — the most recent edition of the show —aired in Autumn 2022. Glee star Heather Morris was crowned the winner after competing as Scissors. Olympic gymnast Louis Smith won the first series as "Carwash".

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posted 3/25/2024

Monday Lightning Round
... or "From One Legend to Another"

  • Steve Harvehy gives Travis Kelce some game show hosting advice (Us Magazine)

  • Trinity the Tuck calls Caitlyn Jenner an oxymoron for her views on trans women in sports (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Ben Shephard pens tribute to Tipping Point contestant (Yahoo!)

  • Katy Perry has lost "Wide Awake" forever to Kelly Clarkson (Entertainment Weekly)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS BLEEP UP!: There is a plan in place in case a Price Is Right contestant relieves themselves on stage (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Elizabeth Banks gets miniature for Peacock (Deadline)

  • #ICYMI: The accidental Idol/Bachelor mashup (Deadline)

  • Sapphira Cristal just made herstory on "Drag Race" (Out)

  • Rebel Wilson claims Sacha Baron Cohen was an "a-hole" in showbiz (TMZ)

  • Feds come for Diddy's house (TMZ)

posted 3/25/2024

"British Bake Off" to Stay on C4
Rumors Had It Going to Netflix
From Deadline

The Bake Off bun is set to stay in the Channel 4 oven.

Deadline reports that Channel 4 is closing in on a new UK deal for The Great British Bake Off amid widespread industry speculation that Netflix was prepared to swoop for the Love Productions hit.

Although an agreement is not yet finalized, sources said the baking competition will likely be renewed for up to three more years from 2025. Channel 4's existing deal with Love expires this year.

Deadline reports that Love fielded interest from other parties, with Netflix seen as a credible suitor given the streamer carries the series in the U.S., where it is known as The Great British Baking Show.

Netflix sources denied that conversations were happening, while it is understood that Disney+ has also not been in the running for the series, despite speculation in the British press.

Sources said there had been jitters at Channel 4 over the renewal, however. One senior production figure claimed that the broadcaster tentatively asked suppliers about ideas for the Bake Off slot should it be poached.

Channel 4 knows a bit about poaching Bake Off after swiping the show from the BBC in 2016 in a landmark deal that made front-page news in the UK.

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posted 3/22/2024

THURSDAY: Madness Begins
CBS Wins with Basketball Coverage
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' March Madness coverage dominated this Thursday both in total viewers (averaging about 6 million during primetime) and in the demo (with a virile and robust 1.5 rating).

Opposite CBS' coverage of the madness….

ABC's 9-1-1 (5.4 mil/0.5) built on its premiere audience by 10% yet dipped in the demo. Grey's Anatomy (3.5 mil/0.5, read recap) and Station 19 (2.6 mil/0.3) ticked down in both measures.

NBC's newly renewed Law & Order (4 mil/0.3) and Law & Order: SVU (4.1 mil/0.4) both dipped, while on-the-bubble Law & Order: Organized Crime (3.2 mil/0.3) held relatively steady.

Fox's Next Level Chef (1.8 mil/0.3) was steady, while TMZ Investigates' oof-just-a-bit-premature special on Kate Middleton (1.3 mil/0.2) drew a markedly smaller audience than Farmer Wants a Wife.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 470k/0.07
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 364k/0.05
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 342k/0.03

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posted 3/22/2024

WEDNESDAY: Surviving Chicago
CBS, NBC Split the Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, NBC's Chicago Fire was (just barely!) Wednesday's most-watched show, while CBS' Survivor dominated the night in the demo.

Survivor (with 4.7 million total viewers and a 0.8 demo rating) was rock-steady, while The Amazing Race (2.7 mil/0.4) lost just a few viewers as it resumed facing stiffer competition.

Back from a multi-week break, Chicago Med (6.32 mil/0.5) was steady, while Chicago Fire (6.33 mil/0.5) and Chicago P.D. (5.1 mil/0.4) were down a tick. All three have been renewed.

Fox's The Masked Singer (3.2 mil.0.4) and Animal Control (1.3 mil/0.2) were both steady in the demo but dropped a few eyeballs. Family Guy (720K/0.1) was down in both measures.

ABC's The Conners (3.2 mil/0.4) was steady, while Not Dead Yet (2.2 mil/0.2) and Abbott Elementary (2.3 mil/0.3) each dipped in the demo.

The CW's Wild Cards (535K/0.1) lost some eyeballs with its finale, Family Law (350K/0.0) dipped in both measures.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Top Chef Wisconsin (SP/Bravo): 492k/0.10
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 379k/0.07
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 359k/0.03
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 330k/0.03

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posted 3/22/2024


Game Show Network/Meredith

"People Puzzler" Renewed in Syndication
Off-Cable Reruns to Continue into 2025
From Deadline

Lionsgate's Debmar-Mercury has renewed Game Show Network's People Puzzler, hosted by Leah Remini, for a second season in national broadcast syndication.

The pop culture game show is set to return this fall with renewals on Fox Television Stations, Sinclair, CBS, Nexstar, Gray and Scripps stations, which cover more than 90% of the U.S. The renewals follow People Puzzler recently hitting a high of more than 900,000 viewers, up 42% from its syndication debut in September. People Puzzler also is one of Game Show Network's top-rated original series.

"The healthy ratings growth we've seen from People Puzzler in its first months in syndication has been nothing short of remarkable," said Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein. "Stations are hungry for proven performers and we are excited to be able to bring this winning game show back to the market next season."

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posted 3/21/2024

TUESDAY: The FBI Is Back
CBS Takes the Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' FBI was Tuesday's most-watched show and led the night in the coveted-and-deliicous 18-49 demo.

FBI (with 6.9 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating), FBI: International (5.3 mil/0.4) and FBI: Most Wanted (4.6 mil/0.3) were all steady.

NBC's Night Court (2.7 mil/0.3) was steady, while the penultimate Extended Family (2.2 mil/0.2), The Voice (4.2 mil//0.3) and Password (2.8 mil/0.2) all dipped week-to-week.

Cast adrift amid a sea of reruns on ABC, a fresh episode of The Good Doctor (2.1 mil/0.2) slipped to another all-time audience low. Will Trent, The Rookie and The Good Doctor are all new next week!

Fox's The Cleaning Lady (1.5 mil/0.2) added some eyeballs, while Alert: Missing Persons Unit (1.2 mil/0.1) dipped to a new demo low.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Chopped (Food): 602k/0.12
- Wildcard Kitchen (Food): 557k/0.10
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 325k/0.03
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 301k/0.02

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posted 3/21/2024


Bravo

Your Season... Starts.... NOW!
Kristen Kish Begins Her Stint as Top Chef Host
From TV Insider

Top Chef has a new host for the first time since its second season when Padma Lakshmi replaced Katie Lee Joel. For Season 21, Top Chef: Wisconsin - premiering tonight at 9 on Bravo - it's Top Chef: Seattle alum Kristen Kish who'll tell folks to "pack their knives and go."

But who is Kish? Kish was initially introduced to the Top Chef world as a Season 10 competitor in 2012, which she ultimately won. It wasn't an easy path to victory for her, though, as she was initially eliminated during the "Restaurant Wars" episode. However, she won her way back into the main competition with five consecutive wins in Last Chance Kitchen against other eliminated participants.

Kish went head-to-head with Brooke Williamson in the final round of the main competition and was victorious with her efforts. She was just the second female winner of the show at the time.

Now, she'll return to the Top Chef kitchen as host. Kish also served as a guest judge in Seasons 12, 18, and 19 following her win.

Outside of her upcoming gig on Top Chef, Kish has quite a lot of hosting experience between her co-hosting role on truTV's Fast Foodies alongside Jeremy Ford and Justin Sutherland and with National Geographic's Restaurants at the End of the World, which she hosted alone. Her other TV hosting gigs include Netflix's Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend and 36 Hours..

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posted 3/21/2024

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "It's a Sign"

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Behind the scenes of the first game show for deaf & hard-of-hearing people (Pittsburgh Magazine)

  • Steve Harvey joins Dr. Phil's Merit Street Media (Variety)

  • Niecy Nash-Betts to host WGA LA awards ceremony (Deadline)

  • VIDEO WALL: Love Is Blind heads to UK (The Futon Critic)

  • Why reality stars are being recycled, and why it isn't going away any time soon (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with new father (The Sun) Troy Meyer (Microsoft Start)

posted 3/21/2024


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Meet the Jeopardy! Invitational Players!
Catch It Upon the Conclusion of the TOC
From Entertainment Weekly

Jeopardy! is hosting its first-ever invitational tournament, and the field of contestants is set.

The new tournament, casually dubbed JIT, will debut the day after the current Tournament of Champions concludes. It will feature a cadre of champions and fan-favorite trivia masters battling for a $100,000 prize and an invitation to compete in the 2024 Jeopardy Masters primetime event.

The list of competitors includes the internet's favorite Jeopardy competitor (all apologies to Buzzy), Austin Rogers, as well as the players who finished fourth, fifth, and sixth in the 2023 Jeopardy Masters tournament, Andrew He, Amy Schneider, and Sam Buttrey.

The JIT will take place across nine quarterfinal games, three semifinals, and a "best of four" format finale, where the first to win two games takes the JIT crown and scepter (real crown and scepter not included).

Other players who got the elusive invitational invitation include Brandon Blackwell (who is currently on The Chase), Colby Burnett, Lily Chin, Arthur Chu, Leonard Cooper, Celeste DiNucci, Chuck Forrest, Dhruv Gaur, Victoria Groce (also on The Chase right now), Ben Ingram, Matt Jackson, Alex Jacob, Mackenzie Jones, Sam Kavanaugh, Larissa Kelly, Alan Lin, David Madden, Pam Mueller, Terry O'Shea, Dan Pawson, Jennifer Quail, Amy Schneider, Monica Thieu, and Jason Zuffranieri.

The schedule...
- The action begins on Wednesday, March 20, with 2009 Tournament of Champions winner Dan Pawson facing off against 2001 Tournament of Champions semifinalist Pam Mueller and 2022 Tournament of Champions 1st runner-up Andrew He.
- Thursday, March 21, will see a showdown between 2013 Teen Tournament winner Leonard Cooper, 19-time champion Jason Zuffranieri, and 2009 Tournament of Champions first runner-up Larissa Kelly.
- On Friday, March 22, the 2014 College Championship winner Terry O'Shea will battle with the 2015 Tournament of Champions 1st runner-up Matt Jackson and the 2017 Tournament of Champions 1st runner-up Alan Lin.
- The action continues on Monday, March 25, with 2007 Tournament of Champions winner Celeste DiNucci taking on 2017 Tournament of Champions 2nd runner-up Austin Rogers and 2022 Tournament of Champions winner Amy Schneider.
- Tuesday, March 26, will see 2021 Tournament of Champions quarterfinalist MacKenzie Jones battling it out with 2014 Tournament of Champions 1st runner-up Arthur Chu and 19-game champion David Madden.
- On Wednesday, March 27, the 2015 Tournament of Champions winner Alex Jacob will take on the 2021 Tournament of Champions 1st runner-up Jennifer Quail and 2008-B Teen Tournament wildcard semifinalist (and current Chaser) Brandon Blackwell.
- The competition continues on Thursday, March 28, with 2021 Tournament of Champions winner Sam Kavanaugh fighting it out with 1986 Tournament of Champions winner Chuck Forrest and 2012 College Championship winner (and current Master Mind)
Monica Thieu.
- On Friday, March 29, former contestant turned Chaser on The Chase Victoria Groce takes on 2018 College Championship winner Dhruv Gaur and 2014 Tournament of Champions winner Ben Ingram.
- Finally, on Monday, April 1, the 2017 College Championship winner Lilly Chin will battle with the 2013 Tournament of Champions winner Colby Burnett and the 2021 Professors Tournament winner Sam Buttrey.

The semifinals will take place on April 2, 3, and 4, with the finals starting on April 5 (the ultimate winner will be the first to two wins).

"One thing we knew is we wanted to make this field big; we wanted to include as many champions as we could," producer Sarah Whitcomb Foss explained on the "Inside Jeopardy!" podcast. "Of course, we couldn't include everyone. We had gone pre-2022 TOC season. We were looking for those people who hadn't had a chance yet to make it into the Masters pyramid."

She added, "Of course, there were folks who we reached out to who weren't available for a number of different reasons. I want to make sure everyone knows that Brad Rutter, Julia Collins, Roger Craig, and Emma Boettcher all did receive invites. And for a variety of reasons, they weren't able to compete with us in this JIT, but we certainly hope we'll be able to welcome them back at a future one."

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posted 3/20/2024


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Mike Richards Finally Speaks
Former Jeopardy! Host/EP Resigned After a Day on the Job
From People

Mike Richards certainly knew he had big shoes to fill when he was chosen as the new permanent Jeopardy! host in August 2021, replacing the late Alex Trebek, who had died of pancreatic cancer nine months earlier.

But what he didn't know was how the public would react to the news that he was taking over once it was announced — or that he'd only last one day on the job before it all came crumbling down.

"We never talked to potential hosts to replace Alex once we knew he was sick," Richards, 48, tells PEOPLE of searching for a new host. "A conversation like that would have been so disrespectful."

Richards, a longtime game show producer who had been brought in at the time to replace longtime producer Harry Friedman in 2020, adds: "But we had talked about people coming in and guest hosting if Alex got too sick, but we always knew Alex would come back until the day he decided he couldn't."

Although Richards understood that his appointment was "going to be scrutinized as closely as a presidential election," he wasn't prepared for allegations that he'd mistreated female staff members while serving as executive producer of "The Price is Right" to resurface.

"It was insinuated that I had been personally sued for sexual harassment," he told People in regard to the allegations. "I never had, but that didn't matter."

An exposé published by The Ringer during that time also uncovered a series of sexist remarks that Richards had made on "The Randumb Show," a podcast he hosted from 2013 to 2014.

Since leaving the show as both host and executive producer after a day following investigation into said disparaging comments, Richards says he's mostly spent time with his family. "I did spend a lot of time reflecting on everything that had happened," he shares. "I mean, it was quite a firestorm that engulfed my family."

"Why I am talking now is that I feel like I can be a force for good as far as having open, honest conversations," he says. "We can all disagree about a lot of things. We can disagree about politics, we can disagree about who hosts Jeopardy!. We can disagree about liking a final Jeopardy! clue. And we should. But I felt like there was a this rush to judgment, and a lot of people got joy in saying, 'I got you.'"

But he's not bitter. He says he thinks Jennings is a great host, noting, "I always thought Ken was the guy."

For now, he's working on packaging and selling more shows, and says more than one person has told him he should write a book about what really goes on behind the scenes at game shows since he has the stories.

"If I wrote a book, it would be as a fan," he explains of getting the chance to work with people like Dick Clark, Bob Barker, Monty Hall, Pat Sajak and of course, Trebek. "Unless it's about those people? I'm not interested."

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posted 3/20/2024

MONDAY: The Women Tell All
NBC Takes the Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, NBC's The Voice was Monday's most-watched show and tied ABC's The Bachelor for the nightly demo win.

The Voice (with 6 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating) was steady week-to-week, as was Deal or No Deal Island (2.9 mil/0.3).

Leading out of An Oprah Special: Shame, Blame and the Weight Loss Revolution (which drew 4.1 mil and a 0.4), The Bachelor slimmed down to 3.3 mil and a 0.5, matching its demo low for the season.

Cast adrift in a sea of reruns on CBS, a new Bob Hearts Abishola (3.6 mil/0.3) posted its smallest audience ever but held steady in the demo.

Fox's MasterChef Junior (1.5 mil/0.3) and So You Think You Can Draw a Million Viewers (910K/0.2) both ticked up.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Rock the Block (HGTV): 1.230m/0.15
- Spring Baking Championship - 8p (Food): 834k/0.09
- Spring Baking Championship - 9p (Food): 780k/0.08
- Stupid Pet TRicks (TBS): 413k/0.06
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (GSN): 353k/0.05
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (GSN): 351k/0.06
- Blank Slate (GSN): 264k/0.02

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posted 3/20/2024


Rolling Stone

Prime Video Goes Beast Mode
MrBeast to Offer $5 Million to 1000 Contestants
From the Futon Critic

Today, Prime Video announced that Beast Games, from MrBeast, has been ordered to series. Based on his already successful YouTube show, Beast Games is set to become the biggest reality competition series ever with 1000 contestants competing for a $5 million dollar cash prize which will be the biggest single prize in the history of television and streaming. MrBeast, nee Jimmy Donaldson, will serve as host and will executive produce. Beast Games will premiere exclusively on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.

"MrBeast has captured the attention and imagination of fans of all ages, from all walks of life, and all over the world," said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon MGM Studios. "We are excited to work with Jimmy and his talented team to bring his brilliant, high production, and stakes-raising concepts to Beast Games for our global customers to experience."

"When MrBeast first told us about his concept for the show, we were blown away by his ambition to make Beast Games the biggest reality competition series ever," said Vernon Sanders, head of television, Amazon MGM Studios. "We'd like to thank Aaron DeBevoise, Nic Paul, and the Spotter team for the introduction and kickstarting this journey for us."

"My goal is to make the greatest show possible and prove YouTubers and creators can succeed on other platforms," said MrBeast, "Amazon gave me the creative control I need to try and make it happen. I hope to make the YouTube community proud."

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posted 3/19/2024

More on "OMG Fashun"
Judges Announced
From The Futon Critic

Trailblazing style icon Julia Fox and renowned image architect Law Roach host the new eccentric fashion design competition series "OMG Fashun," premiering with two back-to-back half-hour episodes on Monday, May 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Back-to-back episode premieres to follow weekly.

Handcrafted is the new haute couture on "OMG Fashun" as Julia inspires pioneering fashion disruptors to upend traditional style convention, break the rules and redefine cool. Each episode challenges three disruptors to create a boundary-breaking look born of Fox's beautifully bold brain. Using materials and techniques that would make fashion's so-called gatekeepers squirm, the contestants must race against the clock to compose and style their unconventional ensembles for the judging panel, consisting of Fox, Roach and a rotating expert guest judge. The disruptor with the most eye-catching, unexpected and cutting-edge look is crowned the winner of the competition.

Fashion forward and extraordinary guest judges include "The Traitors" and "Married to Medicine" star Phaedra Parks; comedian Pretty Vee; drag legend Violet Chachki; actress Tommy Dorfman; fashion model and social media sensation Wisdom Kaye; editor-in-chief of Nylon magazine, Lauren McCarthy; theater producer Jordan Roth; and Julia Fox's stylist Briana Andalore.

Each episode will follow three disruptors as they craft a themed design for their ultimate muse, Julia Fox. Each week's winner is awarded a $10,000 cash prize and gets their garment modeled by Fox.

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posted 3/19/2024

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "The Older Women Tell All"

  • Kathy Swarts & Susan Noles to host Bachelor Happy Hour podcast (Deadline)

  • Taylor Tomlinson gets a pack of small advertisers for "After Midnight" (Variety)

  • Dan Schneider apologizes after the "Quiet on the Set" doc drops (Variety)

  • Joey Graziadei is not here for racist trolls (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Chloe Veitch feels "free", "100 percent herself" after coming out (Reality Titbit)

  • Sue Barker among leading names on the Queens Birthday Honours list (Yahoo!)

  • A FEW (TMI) GOOD MINUTES with Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg (Entertainment Weekly)

posted 3/19/2024


NBC

NBC This Summer
Olympics to Highlight, But Game Shows Will Return Too...
From the Futon Critic

NBC is the summer home for both the Paris Olympic Games and high-stakes competition with a robust lineup of returning powerhouse favorites, including "America's Got Talent," "American Ninja Warrior," "Password," "The Wall" and "Weakest Link." With all-new programming alongside the Summer Games, NBC looks to extend its summer dominance for 13 consecutive years.

Leading into summer, "Weakest Link" will air new episodes beginning Tuesday, April 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT and will move to Mondays starting May 20. "American Ninja Warrior" will also air two specials, including a women's championship on May 12 at 9 p.m. and a couples' championship on May 27 at 8 p.m. "

America's Got Talent" takes the stage May 28 followed by new episodes of "Password." The competition continues June 3 with a new season of "American Ninja Warrior" while "The Wall" returns to the schedule July 1.

All programs will stream on Peacock the day following their NBC telecast.

The 2024 Olympic Games will take place July 26-Aug.11 in Paris. NBC will provide Olympic fans with at least nine hours of daily coverage from each day's most exciting events. In a Summer Games first, Peacock will stream every sport and event, including all 329 medal events, providing fans with the most-comprehensive Olympic destination in U.S. media history. The 2024 Paris Olympics will be NBC's 19th Olympic games. NBCUniversal owns the U.S. media rights to the Olympic Games through 2032.

- WEAKEST LINK (May 20) Hosted by Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch, the iconic British import and international game show phenomenon returns with a new batch of episodes, including a special veteran-themed show saluting the troops. In each episode of the lightning-fast quick-witted series, eight contestants enter the studio as total strangers but must work together to bank the maximum amount of prize money available in each round. The contestants take turns answering general knowledge questions to build chains of correct answers. Consecutive correct answers greatly increase the value of the chain while incorrect answers break the chain and force the contestants to start over from the bottom of the money ladder. The top prize increases with each round but contestants must first vote to eliminate the fellow competitor they consider to be the "Weakest Link" in the chain. The contestant who receives the highest number of votes leaves the game as the host declares the iconic phrase, "You are the Weakest Link. Goodbye."
- AMERICA'S GOT TALENT (May 28) The 19th season of "America's Got Talent" returns with a new set of aspiring performers looking to compete for the ultimate $1 million prize. Executive producer Simon Cowell returns to the star-studded judging panel with global fashion icon Heidi Klum, fan-favorite comedian Howie Mandel and acclaimed actress and international superstar Sofia Vergara. The dynamic Terry Crews returns as host. This season promises to deliver some of the wildest acts to ever grace the "AGT" stage. "America's Got Talent" will kick off the live shows at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium beginning Tuesday, Aug. 13 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT) on NBC. Results shows will air Wednesday nights (8-9 p.m. ET/PT).
- PASSWORD (ongoing) New episodes of the iconic game show "Password" will continue throughout the summer with Emmy Award-winning host Keke Palmer and Jimmy Fallon. The hour-long episodes will include two back-to-back games with recurring player Fallon paired with a contestant competing against a celebrity guest/contestant duo for cash prizes by guessing a secret password using only one-word clues. Celebrity guests include Lauren Graham, Howie Mandel, Wiz Khalifa, Johnny Knoxville, Joel McHale, Meghan Trainor, Lindsey Vonn and Roy Wood Jr. Palmer, who made Emmy history this year by becoming the first Black woman to win for Outstanding Host for a Game Show, commands the podium while contestants from all walks of life partner with Fallon and other celebrities to face off in the ultimate game of words.
- AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR (June 3): Season 16 of "American Ninja Warrior" returns with the most elite athletes in the country competing on the world's most difficult obstacle courses. Hosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila, along with co-host Zuri Hall, are back to call the action as the ninjas make their way through the qualifying and semifinal rounds in Los Angeles before moving to the national finals in Las Vegas. Continuing with the major changes from last season, the semis will challenge the ninjas to race side-by-side and head-to-head across a high-stakes course with a spot in the national finals on the line. All four stages in Vegas return, including the Stage 4 rope climb for $1 Million.
- THE WALL (July 1) Hosted by Emmy Award winner Chris Hardwick, "The Wall" is an action-packed game with more than $12 million on the line each night and up to $3 million on a single heart-stopping drop, as teammates work together to answer questions to build a huge cash prize. The rules are simple: Get a question correct and a green ball will fall down the four-story wall and add the value of the slot to the players' winning total. Miss a question and an ominous red ball will fall and deduct the value from the team's total. Contestants compete in pairs and must blindly trust their loved ones to make the right decisions during the game to accumulate their earnings. "The Wall" continues to change lives through its cash prizes, giving away over $25 million to date. In the new episodes debuting this summer, the remarkable people competing for a lifechanging prize include a heroic baseball coach who saved the life of his player by donating his kidney and a community hero who was exonerated from a wrongfully convicted crime and now runs a nonprofit helping those impacted by incarceration.

Meanwhile, "Hot Wheels Ultimate Challenge" has been canceled.


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posted 3/18/2024


ITV

If You Guessed David Tennant... Congratulations, You're a Genius
Tenth/Fourteenth "Doctor Who" Named Host of "Genius Game"
From Digital Spy

David Tennant has confirmed his next TV role. The Doctor Who star will front new ITV game show Genius Game, which will see "the country's most brilliant minds" take part in challenges in order to win a cash prize.

Contestants, chosen due to their "high intellectual prowess" and "social IQ" will take part in unique, never-before-seen games to test these skills head-to-head in the show which originated in Korea.

BAFTA (Doctor Who, The Escape Artist) and Emmy (Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Des) Award-winning actor Tennant will take on the role of The Creator in the eight-part series, guiding players through each challenge.

Katie Rawcliffe, Head of Entertainment at ITV, said the show will be nerve-racking not just for the players, but also those watching at home.

"This exciting reality format is designed to keep not just the players but the audience on the edge of their seats with each episode containing compelling gameplay and thrilling twists," she said.

Rawcliffe went on to praise Tennant's casting on the show, adding: "David Tennant is the perfect ringmaster to preside over this battle of brainpower, teamwork and deception. We're delighted to be bringing Genius Game to the ITV audience."

Tamara Gilder, joint MD of Remarkable added: "We are so thrilled that David will be guiding the players through the twists and turns of the show. There's nothing quite like Genius Game, it's smart and funny – just like he is – he's the perfect frontman."

A release date for the show has not yet been announced.

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posted 3/18/2024

FRIDAY: Prelude to Madness
CBS, Fox Split the Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' Blue Bloods was Friday's most-watched show, while Fox's Friday Night SmackDown coverage dominated the night in the coveted 18-49 demo.

With the start of Luca/original cast member Kenny Johnson's two-part sendoff, CBS' S.W.A.T. (with 4.7 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating) ticked up in audience week-to-week. Fire Country (5.1 million total viewers, 0.4 demo rating) and Blue Bloods (5.5 million viewers, 0.4 demo rating) in turn were pretty steady, and easily delivered Friday night's two largest audiences.

The three CBS dramas, following some March Madness preemptions, will resume their seasons on Friday, April 5.

Elsewhere:
- Friday Night SmackDown (2.34 mil/0.7) was steady.
- ABC's Shark Tank (3 mil/0.3) was steady.
- The CW's Penn & Teller: Fool Us (572K/0.1) was steady, while Totally Funny Animals (323K/0.0) and Totally Funny Kids (285K/0.0) — which each appear to have budgets in the dozens of dollars — both lost viewers.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49) are forthcoming.

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posted 3/18/2024

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Jimmy's Your Bud"

  • Jimmy Kimmel to produce reality series centered around weed, launching .... when else, 4/20 (Deadline)

  • Melissa Peterman to reunite with Reba McEntire on her pilot (Deadline)

  • Shangela accused to multiple cases of SA (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • #ICYMI: Alyssa Raghu returns to American Idol. Because of course she did (Reality Titbit)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS STUFF UP!: Why would 9-1-1 pair with "The Bachelor"? (Deadline)

posted 3/18/2024

THURSDAY: 9-1-1 Is No Joke
Series Rises with New ABC Home
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' Young Sheldon was Thursday's most-watched show, while ABC's 9-1-1 and Grey's Anatomy led the night in the demo.

9-1-1 christened its new network with 4.93 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating (per Nielsen finals), improving on its average Season 6 audience while rock-steady in the demo. (In fact, it looks to be 9-1-1's biggest audience since 6×10.) The first responders drama also improved 26% and 20% on what Station 19 did in the Thursday leadoff spot last season, giving the ABC time slot its largest audience in a little over two years (since Feb. 24, 2022).

Enjoying a beefier lead-in, Grey's Anatomy (3.6 mil/0.6) improved on its previous averages (3.3 mil/0.4), while Station 19 (2.8 mil/0.4) — now closing out Thursday nights, with its farewell run — hit and matched series lows.

Facing stiffer competition, CBS' Young Sheldon (6.5 mil/0.5), Ghosts (5.5 mil/0.5) and So Help Me Todd (4.2 mil/0.4) each dropped a handful of eyeballs, though Todd rose in the demo.

NBC's Law & Order (4.2 mil/0.4) dropped some eyeballs, SVU (4.7 mil/0.5) was steady and Organized Crime (3.4 mil/0.3) dipped in the demo.

Fox's Next Level Chef (1.8 mil/0.3) ticked down, Farmer Wants a Wife (1.8 mil/0.2) held steady.

The CW's Son of a Critch (349K/0.1) and the Children Ruin Everything season finale (239K/0.1) each added some eyeballs.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 585k/0.08
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 368k/0.02
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 344k/0.03

TV Line
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posted 3/15/2024

GLAAD Media Awards: And the Winners Were...
Drag Race, Niecy Nash-Betts Among Award Winners
From the Wrap

"Ted Lasso," "RuPaul's Drag Race," "Yellowjackets" and "Bottoms" were among the 35th Annual GLAAD Media Awards' list of winners.

On Thursday, TV personality and comedian Wayne Brady hosted the awards show for LGBTQ-friendly media, complete with performances from Chlöe and Kate Hudson debuting their songs "FYS" and "Talk About Love," respectively.

Talk show icon Oprah Winfrey received the Vanguard Award, while Emmy-winning actress Niecy Nash-Betts was honored with the Stephen F. Kolzak Award for her work toward eliminating homophobia.

As far as the other winners go, the list included "Ted Lasso," "RuPaul's Drag Race," "Bottoms," "Yellowjackets" and many more. Singer-songwriter Reneé Rapp was given the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Music Artist, presented by Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong.

The Wrap

posted 3/15/2024

FREEZE!
Fremantle Acquires Global Rights to Japanese Format
From Variety

Fremantle has acquired global production rights to the Japanese format "Freeze."

The high-energy comedic game show, which has aired for two seasons in Japan, was developed and produced by FANY Studio and Yoshimoto Kogyo for Amazon Prime Video. It is FANY Studio's first global deal since it was set up in May 2023.

In "Freeze," contestants battle it out for a grand prize. The rules are simple: Players enter a closed room and simply must "freeze" until the presenter releases them. With traps and tricks along the way that provoke reaction from the players, such as flying mannequins and giant popping balloons, only those who remain still, will survive to battle it out for a place in the grand finale. Those who move, laugh or react the most will be eliminated. The player who remains still for the longest time throughout the game is crowned the winner and will receive a prize.

Vasha Wallace, exec VP global acquisitions and development at Fremantle, said: "When the team at FANY Studio first showed us a clip of 'Freeze,' we all thought it was hilarious and we knew this would resonate with audiences everywhere." Wallace added: "'Freeze' is all about having nerves of steel and a fun and unique mechanism that is bound to keep viewers of all ages entertained."

Mari Kawamura, head of global business at FANY Studio, said: "Many Japanese children grew up playing games 'Freeze (Do Not Move)' with their friends, and we believe this simple rule is universal which can make audiences laugh."

Variety

TBI

posted 3/15/2024

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Shall We Dance Soon?"

  • Derek Hough hopes Hayley Erbert will rejoin "Symphony of Dance" (Deadline)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Deal or No Deal Island" (Collider)

  • #ICYMI: Everything that went down in the "Love Is Blind" reunion (Variety)

  • Q diagnosed with HIV (Deadline)

  • Family Dollar needs saving.... to win (ABC News)

  • Game show advertiser Larry H. Parker dies (TMZ)

  • Trishelle Cannatella wants an unconscious bias coach (Entertainment Weekly)

posted 3/15/2024

WEDNESDAY: GO!
CBS Takes Night with Survivor, Amazing Race
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' Survivor was Wednesday's most-watched and highest-rated show, with NBC's #OneChicago still in rerun mode.

Survivor (with 4.6 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating) ticked up in both measures. The Amazing Race's Season 36 premiere (2.8 mil/0.4) was up 7% in audience from its previous premiere and steady in the demo.

Fox's The Masked Singer (3.3 mil/0.4) was steady, Animal Control (1.7 mil/0.2) added some viewers, and Family Guy (810K/0.2) dropped some eyeballs vs. its Wednesday debut.

ABC's The Conners (3.4 mil/0.4) and Not Dead Yet (2.2 mil/0.3) were steady, Abbott Elementary (2.4 mil/0.4) grew in both measures, and Judge Steve Harvey (1.5 mil/0.1) dipped in the demo with an Abbott rerun as a lead-in this week.

Cable numbers (totals/A18-49)...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 529k/0.12
- Wheel of Fortune - 9p (R/GSN): 322k/0.02
- Wheel of Fortune - 9:30p (R/GSN): 301k/0.02

TV Line
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Spoiler TV

posted 3/14/2024

Holly Willoughby Goes on a Bear Hunt
Veteran Host Joined by Bear Grylls
From Yahoo!

Holly Willoughby will host a brand new British game show for Netflix.

The Dancing on Ice star is joining forces with naturalist Bear Grylls for Bear Hunt, a new reality format taking place in a Central American jungle.

Bear Hunt will involve a crop of brave celebrities being hunted by Bear in the jungle and eliminated one by one until only the strongest survive.

The streaming service has teased on Twitter / X: "Bear Hunt – a new action-packed competition show where a group of unlikely British celebrities are dropped into the Central American jungle as prey for one of the world's most fearsome predators... Bear Grylls."

The series will premiere on the streaming service next year, with more information on the celebrity cast to follow.

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posted 3/14/2024

More on "Lovers and Liars"
Meet the Three "FBoy Island" Players Returning
From EW

Nice gals and FGirls, it's time for a rebrand: you will henceforth be known as Lovers and Liars!

EW can exclusively report the three leads of the FBoy Island spinoff formerly known as FGirl Island — and they're all familiar faces. FBoy Island season 1's Casey Johnson, season 2's Benedict Polizzi, and season 3's CJ Weathers will be tasked with deciding who of the 24 women that join them are looking for love, and who are just in it for the chance to win $100,000.

If you're caught up on the title switch from FGirl Island to Lovers and Liars, don't worry. In the exclusive video below, host Nikki Glaser is a little bit, too: "One might think this show is called FGirl Island, but it's not, you silly goose. You wish!"

"All of us are immensely proud to present Lovers and Liars, a show that is definitely not FGirl Island," executive producer Elan Gale tells EW. "Honestly, we have no idea where that rumor came from. We've never even heard of her. She doesn't even go here."

The men are looking forward to flipping the script on the FBoy Island format. "It feels a whole lot better when 24 girls are dating YOU," Benedict — who made it to the finale of season 2 as a Nice Guy and made a second appearance in season 3 as an FBoy — tells EW, adding that "it's a relief knowing I'm not gonna get eliminated just [because] of my resting FBoy face."

CJ calls Lovers and Liars a "full 360" from his experience on FBoy Island. "I was in control of my destiny and could make a decision," he tells EW. Casey adds that while it was nice not to be worried about being sent home, there was now "a fear or picking the wrong girl, which is equally worrisome."

Entertainment Weekly

posted 3/14/2024

France Has the Power
W9 Preps Version of Series
From TBI

France's W9 is preparing to launch a new gameshow from European prodco Dreamspark and RTL Group-owned Studio 89.

The Power is set in an isolated house and features 13 celebrities who must live together while facing a series of challenges.

However, each week one of the contestants gains control over the house – with power over what they eat, when they sleep and who faces which challenges.

The contestant will also pick out a single player for elimination, whose only chance of survival is to guess who the player with the power is. It will debut on RTL-owned W9 at the start of April.

Moe Bennani, CEO of Dreamspark & executive producer on The Power, said the show "is born from a simple yet profound question that resonates through the corridors of our society: Who really holds the power?"

TBI

posted 3/14/2024


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