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The BLANK Is Coming Back
"Match Game" Launches on ABC June 26; Alec Baldwin to Host
From the Futon Critic

"Match Game," produced by FremantleMedia North America (FMNA), returns to primetime and will be hosted by Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin. "Match Game" is a panel game show that features two contestants as they attempt to match the answers of six celebrities in a game of fill-in the missing blank. Executive producers include Alec Baldwin and FMNA's Jennifer Mullin. The 10-episode series will air 10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT as part of ABC's Sunday Fun & Games block, alongside "Celebrity Family Feud," with Steve Harvey, and "The 100,000 Pyramid," with Michael Strahan, beginning on SUNDAY, JUNE 26 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network.

"I am beyond grateful to ABC and FremantleMedia for the chance to host a summer series of the legendary 'Match Game,'" said Baldwin. "Hilaria and I are thrilled to donate this fee to arts related charities. And we look forward to having a lot of fun."

Jennifer Mullin, co-CEO, FremantleMedia North America said, "'Match Game' is one of the crown jewels in our portfolio, and we're thrilled to be bringing it to viewers in primetime. The team at ABC continue to be a terrific partner for us as we expand our game show slate, and with the charismatic and quick-witted Alec Baldwin as our host, 'Match Game' has all the right elements to be a fun and entertaining summer staple."

Since 1980, Baldwin has appeared in numerous productions on stage, in films and on television. He has received a Tony nomination ("A Streetcar Named Desire," 1992) an Oscar(R) nomination ("The Cooler," 2004) and has won two Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes and seven consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards as Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on NBC-TV's "30 Rock." His films include "The Hunt For Red October," "Glengarry Glen Ross," "Malice," "The Edge," "It's Complicated," "Blue Jasmine," "Still Alice," and "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation," among many others.

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posted 4/29/16

THURSDAY: Not Getting Any STRONG-er
CBS Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.668 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) claimed top honors on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (13.859 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1), "The Odd Couple" (8.401 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3), "Mom" (8.410 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3), "2 Broke Girls" (6.618 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5) and "Rush Hour" (4.360 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9).

ABC (6.238 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then took home the silver with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.798 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Scandal" (6.312 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5) and "The Catch" (4.604 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8).

Next up was NBC (4.147 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its mix of "STRONG" (2.688 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11), "The Blacklist" (6.561 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Game of Silence" (3.193 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.248 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up originals from "Bones" (4.313 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10) and "American Grit" (2.185 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.563 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the evening with fresh installments of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.849 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "The 100" (1.277 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15).

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.507 million
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 1.463 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.004 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 811,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 347,000
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 330,000
- Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown (FYI): 179,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/29/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "The Train Is Leaving the Station"

  • Billy Gardell, Todd Newton, Korinna Rico, Paige Collings, everyone at MMC thank everyone for the ride. Let's hope they find another horse (Facebook)
     

  • Gordon Ramsay to check back into "Hotel Hell" May 24 (TV Insider)

posted 4/29/16

Core Media Files for Bankruptcy
"American Idol" Cited As a Money Pit
From Realscreen

Core Media Group, parent company of American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance producer 19 Entertainment among other prodcos, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in New York.

In a court filing, the company blamed its deteriorating financial performance on the decline in ratings for, and ultimate cancellation of, Fox reality singing competition American Idol as well as declining revenues from Idol-related broadcast fees, merchandise, tape sales and touring fees.

The last episode of Idol aired on Fox earlier this month after 15 seasons.

According to documents supporting the filing, “[T]he Company’s unsustainable capital structure, inability thus far to replace the American Idol revenue streams and inability to consummate an out-of-court restructuring with its primary creditor constituencies ultimately gave rise to the Debtors’ decision to commence these Chapter 11 cases.”

Nearly 50 affiliated debtors are registered in the filing, according to BankruptcyData.com. The Chapter 11 petition lists total assets of $100 to $500 million.

Core Media was part of the joint venture between 21st Century Fox and Apollo Global Management that merged Apollo’s Endemol and Core with Fox’s Shine Group. However, Core continued operating separately and did not become part of Endemol Shine Group.

In addition to 19 Entertainment, Core’s roster of prodcos also includes the unscripted companies Sharp Entertainment and B-17, which are not part of the bankruptcy filing.

In a statement, the company said it will undergo a restructuring under CEO Peter Hurwitz, though management changes or lay-offs are not expected. Core has 22 full-time employees, not including production staff and freelancers.

“In June 2015, with the changing landscape and one of our flagship shows in transition, we proactively engaged in discussions with our lenders regarding balance sheet optimization alternatives and a strategic restructuring,” the statement reads. “The actions we are announcing today will help best position the company for the future, allowing for more flexibility and a platform for growth.

“We expect to move through Chapter 11 expeditiously and have secured the support of our first and second lien lenders,” it continued.

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posted 4/28/16

WEDNESDAY: Empire Strikes Back
Fox Wins Middle of the Week Over Survivor
From the Futon Critic

FOX (7.312 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) held onto the top spot on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "Rosewood" (4.780 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Empire" (9.845 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1).

CBS (7.108 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was the number two draw with a new "Survivor: Kaoh Rong" (9.328 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) followed by a repeat "Criminal Minds" (5.508 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9) and an original "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (6.490 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8).

Next up was ABC (5.016 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its lineup of "The Middle" (6.657 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), "The Goldbergs" (5.809 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), a repeat "Modern Family" (4.947 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6), "Black-ish" (4.998 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5) and "Nashville" (3.841 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.093 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) offered up a new "Heartbeat" (4.690 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) alongside second runs of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.826 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) and "Chicago PD" (3.765 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (2.284 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "Supernatural" (1.671 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) on The CW (1.977 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Skin Wars (GSN): 566,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 387,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 335,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/28/16

Are You the One Goes for Love at First Sight
Catch the New Season on MTV June 13
From the Futon Critic

MTV's hit matchmaking experiment, "Are You The One?" (AYTO), returns on an all-new night, Monday, June 13 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Meet the cast now on the new, official "Are You The One?" Snapchat account: AREYOUTHE1.

Building on AYTO's successful formula, season four will feature a game-changing twist that for the first time will truly test the theory, "If your perfect match was standing right in front of you, would you even know it?" On day one, immediately after meeting in a house in Hawaii, 10 single women will line up across from 10 single men and the group will be asked who believes in "love at first sight." The first three people to raise their hands and acknowledge their belief in the notion will be asked to walk over to their potential perfect match. The three couples will then go on dates as the rest of the cast deliberates which couple to send to the first truth booth of the season. If the couple is determined to be a match, not only will they prove that love at first sight is possible but, $250,000 will also be added to the million-dollar jackpot. The first perfect match will then set off to spend the rest of their time in the remote honey moon suite.

Throughout the season, the couples will be forced to rule with both their heads and their hearts if they hope to succeed in love and money. If at any point during the weekly matchup ceremonies the singles fail to make at least one perfect match (known in the game as a "blackout"), the group will be penalized with the loss of $250,000. What does that mean? Four blackouts means no jackpot. If all 10 couples successfully find each other, they'll walk away not only with love, but their share of one million dollars.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/28/16

Andy Richter Calls Food Fight
Catch the New Series on Food May 29 at 10 & 10:30!
From the Futon Critic

The best dinner parties are filled with good food, great company, and lots of laughs. That holds especially true when Andy Richter is the host, famous foodies and chefs are on the guest list, and crazy culinary games are on the menu. At this ultimate dinner party, as each course is served, so is a new round of the competition where stars are paired up to compete in fast-paced trivia games and food-themed challenges. The team that earns the most points will win the coveted Golden Dinner Plate, while the losing team will have to wash the dishes. Catch all the action unfold on Celebrity Food Fight, with double episodes premiering on Sunday, May 29th at 10pm & 10:30pm ET/PT on Food Network.

"Celebrity Food Fight is a high-energy, hilarious culinary game show unlike any other. Funnyman Andy Richter is the perfect leader of the shenanigans, as celebrities and chefs wine and dine their way through classic trivia and outrageous guessing games with a culinary spin," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel.

Joining the fun in the 10 half-hour episode season are Tom Arnold, Jonathan Bennett, Richard Blais, Anne Burrell, Kim Coles, Scott Conant, Coolio, Andy Dick, Graham Elliot, Bill Engvall, Jennie Garth, Duff Goldman, Greg Grunberg, Alex Guarnaschelli, Penn Jillette, Kristen Johnston, Kevin Jonas, Christopher Knight, Katie Lee, Tara Lipinksi, Antonia Lofaso, Carlos Mencia, Damaris Phillips, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Caroline Rhea, Melissa Rivers, Aar�n S�nchez, Jean Smart, Ruben Studdard, and Kendra Wilkinson. Two teams of two, each consisting of a chef and a celebrity, will compete in a variety of unique food-related games designed to test their culinary knowledge. From Cooking The Books, where the teams must find the fake cookbook title, to Talking With Your Mouth Full, where contestants read the names of entrées with their mouths full, while their teammates must correctly guess what they said, to Finger Foods, where the contestants must put their hands in a box and use their fingers to correctly identify each edible item, playing with food has never ever been this fun!

After the celebrities and chefs face off, fans can catch highlights at FoodNetwork.com/CelebrityFoodFight, and they can join the conversation on Twitter using #CelebrityFoodFight.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/28/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "New Year's Seacrest"

posted 4/28/16


CBS/Fremantle Media North America
CBS Daytime Brings Back Every. Single. Show.
"Let's Make a Deal" Renewed Through 2018
From the Futon Critic

CBS, the #1 rated network in daytime for 29 years, has renewed its entire Daytime schedule for the 2016-2017 season. The lineup, nominated for an industry-leading 60 Daytime Emmy Awards collectively, includes LET'S MAKE A DEAL; THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, which received a two-year pickup; THE TALK; and THE PRICE IS RIGHT and THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, which both previously received multi-year pickups through the 2017 season. This season, CBS Daytime saw its viewers increase +2% over a year ago.

"Each year, CBS Daytime produces more than 1,000 episodes of programming - the most for any broadcast network - which is only possible due to the incredible passion of the industry's best creative talent, both in front of and behind the camera," said Angelica McDaniel, Executive Vice President, Daytime Programs and Syndicated Program Development, CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Distribution. "Our loyal audience has made CBS Daytime the #1 daily destination for millions of viewers and we thank them for contributing to this phenomenal success. Next year will be even bigger and bolder!"

LET'S MAKE A DEAL, with Daytime Emmy Award-nominated host Wayne Brady, will return for its eighth season. LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 is averaging 3.33 million viewers, up +3% from last season while LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 is averaging 3.72 million viewers, up +2%. Produced by FremantleMedia North America, the show is broadcast weekdays (check local listings) on the CBS Television Network. Mike Richards, Dan Funk and Jennifer Mullin are executive producers. LET'S MAKE A DEAL is currently nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Game Show and Outstanding Game Show Host.

The 44th season of THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 is up +4% from a year ago with an average of 5.13 million viewers while THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 is up +3% with an average of 5.88 million viewers. Daytime television's most watched daytime program, hosted by Drew Carey and produced by FremantleMedia North America, the program is broadcast weekdays (11:00 AM-12:00 PM, ET/10:00-11:00 AM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. Mike Richards and Jennifer Mullin are executive producers. THE PRICE IS RIGHT is currently nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Game Show.

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posted 4/27/16

MasterChef Returns June 1
Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi Return to Host, Judge
From the Futon Critic

Award-winning chefs Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi welcome 40 new home cooks into the MASTERCHEF kitchen for Season Seven, premiering Wednesday, June 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), on FOX. The contestants will not only have to impress Chefs Ramsay and Tosi, but throughout the season, will compete for the approval of culinary greats and special culinary guest judges, including Wolfgang Puck, Aarón Sánchez, Edward Lee, Kevin Sbraga and Richard Blais.

Thousands of hopefuls auditioned at MASTERCHEF's open casting calls in Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Detroit, MI; Jackson, MS; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; Louisville, KY; Minneapolis, MN; New York, NY; San Diego, CA; and San Francisco, CA. However, only one talented home cook will join MASTERCHEF winners Claudia Sandoval (Season Six), Courtney Lapresi (Season Five); Luca Manfe (Season Four); Christine Ha (Season Three), the first-ever blind contestant; Jennifer Behm (Season Two); and Whitney Miller (Season One) in the elite group of MASTERCHEF titleholders.

Representing 15 states across the country, this season's 40 contestants - including a professional poker player, DJ, web designer, yoga instructor, pool lifeguard, investigator, three firefighters and more - take time away from their busy day jobs in hopes of turning their culinary dreams into reality.

In the season premiere episode, 40 of the best home cooks in America travel to Los Angeles to compete in the MASTERCHEF Battle of the Apron challenge, during which they will attempt the to earn a coveted white apron and move forward to compete for the MASTERCHEF title, a cookbook deal and the $250,000 grand prize. Judging the battle rounds will be Ramsay and Tosi, who will taste for flavor, creativity and presentation. In order to move to the next round of the competition, the home cooks must display culinary skills, as well as an immense passion for food, and be determined to out-cook their rivals.

Once the MASTERCHEF Battle for the Apron concludes, the top home cooks will be put through their paces in a series of challenges designed to test their palates, food knowledge, passion and culinary skills. Later in the season, the hopefuls set out to cook appetizers and entrees for a very special wedding of a previous MASTERCHEF contestant, steak dishes for over 100 veterans and a group of sweet 16-ers. They also will face the infamous MASTERCHEF tag team and restaurant takeover challenges. With each new challenge, the pressure will mount as the home cooks compete for the coveted MASTERCHEF title.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/27/16

TUESDAY: A Flash in the Pan
NBC Wins the Night, "The Flash" Puts CW in Third
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.050 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) staked claim the top spot on Tuesday with originals from "The Voice" (9.929 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1), "Chicago Med" (8.962 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Chicago Fire" (8.260 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3).

CBS (8.128 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the number two draw with repeats of "NCIS" (10.089 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.589 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) followed by the season finale of "Limitless" (5.706 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

Next up was ABC (3.134 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and its quartet of "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.674 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "The Real O'Neals" (3.483 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (3.252 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and "Beyond the Tank" (2.072 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.509 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up originals from "The Flash" (3.365 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4) and "Containment" (1.653 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14).

And finally, new episodes of "New Girl" (2.467 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Grandfathered" (1.854 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14), another "New Girl" (1.965 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12) and a repeat "New Girl" (1.784 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13) on FOX (2.017 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.271 million
- Chopped Junior (Food/SP): 1.194 million
- Chopped Champions (Food): 1.111 million
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 729,000
- America's Greatest Makers (TBS): 688,000
- Separation Anxiety (TBS): 516,000
- Chasing Destiny (BET): 452,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 343,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 329,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 326,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/27/16

More on "ANTM's" Return
Logo Released.... It Looks Just Like The Old One!
From Variety

“America’s Next Top Model” will be returning on a new network, and Variety has the first look at the modeling competition’s VH1 reboot.

The official key art for “America’s Next Top Model” features the same logo as the original series, which ran 12 years and 22 cycles on the CW and its predecessor UPN. “This fall the runway gets a revamp” is the tagline for the show’s new iteration, though details on what exactly that revamp will entail are scarce.

What we do know is that Tyra Banks — who created, hosted and exec produced the original series — will be back on board as an exec producer, though she is not expected to return on camera in any major capacity. A new host has not been announced yet, nor has the panel of judges, which is believed to be re-worked from the latest grouping. The reinvented competition will be set in New York City, rather than Los Angeles where most of the original seasons took place. The new season will consist of 14 episodes.

The new “America’s Next Top Model” poster features blue and pink coloring, which could signify another co-ed season. The final three seasons of CW’s “Top Model” featured both male and female contestants. (Other themed seasons were “British Invasion” and “All Stars.”)

No premiere date has been set for “Top Model” on VH1. Banks will serve as an exec producer, along with “ANTM” alum Ken Mok, who originally developed the show with Kenya Barris, plus Dana Gabrion, Paul Buscemi and Jaimie Glasson Pargament. CBS Television Distribution is behind the series that hails from 10 by 10 Entertainment and The Tyra Banks Company.

The new season is being described as a reinvention for a new generation. At the time VH1 announced they’d be the new home to “ANTM,” Banks stated that she was excited to find a new host herself. She spoke to Variety about the show’s future here.

CW cancelled “Top Model” in October 2015 with the final episode airing in December. Around that time, Banks departed her syndicated daytime show “FabLife,” which has since been cancelled. “Top Model” has 20 international versions in production and is under license in over 100 markets globally.

Variety

posted 4/27/16

Bradley Walsh Finally Addresses "The Chase" Fixing Charges
Host Talks to Radio Times
From Huffington Post

Bradley Walsh has spoken out against accusations ‘The Chase’ is fixed.

The host of the ITV daytime quiz show defended himself from fans’ suggestions he asks the Chasers’ questions quicker than he does the contestants’, giving them an unfair advantage.

Speaking to Radio Times, Bradley said: “We have lawyers on the floor to watch all of this. I read them at exactly the same speed for both.”

He continued: “Don’t forget, if I’ve got Mark Labbett [aka ‘The Beast’] answering questions for two minutes and I’ve got a team answering for two minutes, the team aren’t going to be quicker.

“Simple as that, because they have to press the button [before answering], which is why they get a head start based on how many people are in the final.”

The show was recently embroiled in a scandal when viewers noticed that a countdown clock appeared to freeze during the final Chase.

The Chaser looked to have been given an advantage in the final round of the quiz when the clock got stuck and he was given an extra second’s time.

However, bosses later insisted that this was due to an editing error that took place in post-production.

A spokesperson for ITV said: “There was an error on the clock on [Wednesday’s] episode of ‘The Chase’.

“This error happened during the editing process and not in the studio when the show was being recorded so could not have affected the outcome in any way.”

Huffington Post

posted 4/27/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Wheel Into OKC"

  • CASTING COUCH: "Wheelmobile" rolls into Oklahoma City (KOCO Oklahoma City)
     

  • Kelly Rowland talked about allergies and "Chasing Destiny" camp up (TV Spy)
     

  • Derek Hough joins "Hairspray Live!" (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Gordon Ramsay cooks up a new studio for his project (World Screen)
     

  • Desiree Hartsock is about to have a future media ho (Us)
     

  • ICYMI: A special shoutout on TPIR (Cinema Blend) and a NSFW moment on "Celebrity Name Game" (Perez Hilton)

posted 4/27/16

SYNDIES: Week 31
Results for the Week Ending April 17
From B&C

CBS Television Distribution’s Dr. Phil led the talkers in the mostly steady week ended April 17 with an unchanged 3.1 live plus same day average in households and a 1.4 among daytime’s key demographic of women 25-54, according to Nielsen Media Research. This week, Dr. Phil will air an exclusive two-part interview with Bobbi Kristina Brown's boyfriend, Nick Gordon, as May sweeps gets underway on April 28.

The only game show to improve for the week was Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud, which finished 2% higher at a 6.5, nipping at CTD’s Wheel of Fortune’s heels at a flat 6.6. The only game to decline for the week was CTD’s Jeopardy!, which softened 2% to a 6.0.

Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game and Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire both were unchanged at a 1.4 and 1.3, respectively.

B&C

posted 4/26/16

MONDAY: Dancing with the Voice
CBS, NBC Go Neck-and-Neck
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.287 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) was the top draw on Monday with its duo of "The Voice" (9.561 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and "Blindspot" (5.740 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4).

ABC (9.892 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then took home the silver medal with originals from "Dancing with the Stars" (11.661 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Castle" (6.354 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9).

Next up was CBS (7.713 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with the return of "Mike & Molly" (6.944 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) followed by a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (6.192 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7), the season finale of "Scorpion" (8.798 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and a new "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.776 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.935 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up a repeat "Gotham" (2.008 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10) alongside the season finale of "Lucifer" (3.862 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

And finally, the return of "Reign" (0.956 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and a new "Jane the Virgin" (0.828 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) on The CW (0.891 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cupcake Wars (Food): 785,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 318,000
- RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo): 315,000
- Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul (Logo): 166,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/26/16

WEEKEND: ABC NARROWLY Beats CBS in the Demo
CBS' Viewers Lift the Eye
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.449 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the adults 18-49 champ on Friday thanks to the season finales of "Last Man Standing" (5.907 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "Dr. Ken" (4.638 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) plus originals from "Shark Tank" (5.339 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and "20/20" (5.735 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1).

CBS (6.987 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a close second with new episodes of "The Amazing Race" (5.458 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "Hawaii Five-0" (7.861 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) alongside a repeat "Blue Bloods" (7.642 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Next up was NBC (3.819 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its trio of "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (3.418 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11), "Grimm" (4.006 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and "Dateline NBC" (4.032 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.385 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up a repeat "Hell's Kitchen" (1.771 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and an original "Hell's Kitchen" (2.999 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

And finally, a new "The Vampire Diaries" (1.417 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and an encore "Containment" (1.167 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) on The CW (1.291 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On Sunday...
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.462 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.142 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 863,000
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT/8p): 340,000
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT/9p): 310,000

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posted 4/26/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Steve Is The New Oprah"

  • Steve Harvey is the new Oprah (Jet)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: Simon Cowell on "America's Got Talent" (People)
     

  • "The Bachelorette" promo you didn't know you needed to see (E!)

posted 4/26/16


"Price Is Right" Goes Reality Crazy
Catch the Primetime Special May 23-25
From The Futon Critic

CBS announces the reality stars who will "come on down" to play THE PRICE IS RIGHT alongside super fans of their respective shows, during the reality-show themed primetime specials, Monday, May 2-Wednesday, May 25 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Each special will be hosted by Drew Carey and celebrate one of the Network's reality series: SURVIVOR, BIG BROTHER and THE AMAZING RACE, featuring special appearances by each show's hosts, Jeff Probst, Julie Chen and Phil Keoghan.

Fan favorite Castaways competing on THE PRICE IS RIGHT PRIMETIME SPECIAL: SURVIVOR EDITION, Monday, May 23:

Natalie Anderson, Season 29 (winner)
Joe Anglim, Seasons 30 and 31
Rupert Boneham, Seasons 7, 8, 20 and 27
Jeremy Collins, Seasons 29 and 31 (winner)
Cirie Fields, Seasons 12, 16 and 20
Woo Hwang, Seasons 28 and 31
Rob Mariano, Seasons 4, 8, 20 and 22 (winner)
Kelley Wentworth, Seasons 29 and 31
Tina Wesson, Seasons 2 (winner), 8 and 27

Fan favorite Houseguests competing on THE PRICE IS RIGHT PRIMETIME SPECIAL: BIG BROTHER EDITION, Tuesday, May 24:

Frankie Grande, Season 16
Britney Godwin, Seasons 12 and 14
James Huling , Season 17
Will Kirby, Seasons 2 (winner) and 7
Janelle Pierzina, Seasons 6, 7 and 14
Rachel Reilly, Seasons 12 and 13 (winner)
Da'Vonne Rogers, Season 17
Jeffrey Schroeder, Seasons 11 and 13
Ian Terry, Season 14 (winner)

Fan favorite Racers competing on THE PRICE IS RIGHT PRIMETIME SPECIAL: AMAZING RACE EDITION, Wednesday, May 25:

Leo Temory and Jamal Zadaran, Seasons 23 and 24
Tyler Oakley and Korey Kuhl, Season 28
Erin Robinson and Joslyn Davis, Season 28
Joey Buttitta and Kelsey Gerckens, Season 27 (winners)
Natalie "Nat" Strand and Katherine "Kat" Chang, Season 17 (winners)
William "Bopper" Minton and Mark Jackson, Season 20
**Mark competed on Season 24 with Mallory Ervin
Tiffany Chantell Torres and Krista DeBono, Season 27
Brook Roberts and Claire Champlin, Season 17
Nathaniel "Big Easy" Lofton and Herbert "Flight Time" Lang, Seasons 15, 18 and 24

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posted 4/25/16

Take Me Away, I Don't Mind...
"Doc" Brown Sends "Cutthroat Kitchen" Back in Time Starting June 1
From The Futon Critic

Food Network takes a nostalgic trip through decades of food trends this summer in the five-episode primetime competition Cutthroat Kitchen: Time Warp Tournament, with host Alton Brown leading sixteen talented, sabotage-hungry chefs through the culinary mayhem and a chance to win up to $50,000. Starting with the 1950s and ending in the 1990s, each heat is all about the iconic dishes and cultural touchstones of one decade. From 1950s diners and protest signs of the 1960s to 1970s disco, the video game mania of the 1980s and the boy band explosion of the 1990s, each battle reflects the food, clothes and crazes of years gone by. Cutthroat Kitchen: Time Warp Tournament premieres Wednesday, June 1st at 9pm (all times ET/PT), leading up to a final showdown between the four heat winners on Wednesday, June 29th at 9pm.

"Taking Cutthroat Kitchen and Alton back in time adds a whole new level of intensity and humor to the competition," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President, Programming, Food Network. "Viewers will love revisiting the trends of each decade - from quintessential dishes to Alton's amazing wardrobe, each episode is a time capsule of retro food, fashion and fun."

The Futon Critic

posted 4/25/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "I Mean No Place, Child"

posted 4/25/16

THURSDAY: Still Trying to Survive
CBS Wins on Comedy
From The Futon Critic

CBS (7.852 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) pulled into the top spot on Thursday with its original lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (13.834 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1), "The Odd Couple" (8.639 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5), "Mom" (8.405 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3), "2 Broke Girls" (6.934 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3) and "Rush Hour" (4.650 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8).

ABC (6.079 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then claimed the silver with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.618 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "Scandal" (6.000 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6) and "The Catch" (4.619 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9).

Next up was NBC (4.458 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its combination of "STRONG" (3.027 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "The Blacklist" (6.847 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7) and "Game of Silence" (3.501 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.267 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Bones" (4.276 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "American Grit" (2.259 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

And finally, new episodes of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.849 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "The 100" (1.184 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) on The CW (1.516 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Alone (History/SP): 1.520 million
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 1.482 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.079 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 1.071 million
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food/SF): 893,000
- Comedy Knockout (truTV/P): 339,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 327,000

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posted 4/22/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "The Case of the Misleading Headline"

  • "TV Game Shows Are Dying And I'll Miss Their Shiny Pointlessness"... says this writer, citing only Deal or No Deal and Million Dollar Drop. Apparently the only game shows she's watched or even heard of (VICE UK)
     

  • Gwen Stefani dons a red nose (TV Insider)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Alone (History, Thursday) (AV Club)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: Match Made in Heaven... season 2 (WE, May 19) (The Futon Critic)

posted 4/22/16


Rolling Stone
PRINCE: 1958-2016
Legendary Musician Performed "American Idol" Finale
From
Reuters

Prince, the innovative pop superstar whose songwriting and eccentric stage presence electrified fans around the world with hits including "Purple Rain" and "When Doves Cry," died on Thursday in Minnesota. He was 57.

His influential, genre-defying music blended jazz, funk, R&B, disco and rock, winning seven Grammy Awards and an Oscar.

Prince was found unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park Studios compound, which included his home, in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen, according to the Carver County Sheriff's Office.

In a transcript of a 911 call made from the complex and released by the sheriff's office, an unidentified male initially reported that someone was dead at the home, later identifying that victim as Prince.

The sheriff's office said it was investigating the circumstances. The local medical examiner's office said in a tweet that an autopsy had been scheduled for Friday.

In 2007, he performed the "American Idol" finale when Taylor Hicks was crowned the winner.

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posted 4/21/16


CBS
JOANIE "CHYNA" LAURER: 1970-2016
Wrestling Pioneer Also Dabbled in Game Shows
From KTLA Los Angeles

WWE legend Chyna, whose real name was Joanie Laurer, was found dead Wednesday afternoon in her Redondo Beach apartment, police said. She was 45.

“It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero. Joanie Laurer aka Chyna, the 9th wonder of the world has passed away. She will live forever in the memories of her millions of fans and all of us that loved her,” a post on her Facebook page stated.

Officers were called to Laurer’s apartment in the 900 block of Esplanade around 3:35 p.m. after receiving a 911 call from a friend who said the former star wrestler was not breathing, according to Sgt. Shawn Freeman with the Redondo Beach Police Department.

The friend had dropped by to check on Laurer after not hearing from her in several days, Freeman stated in a news release.

There were no indications or signs that her death was a result of foul play, according to the release.

Investigators said it appeared Laurer had died prior to being discovered by her friend.

The exact nature, cause and time of death were still being investigated by the Los Angeles County Coroner.

Laurer’s manager Anthony Anzaldo confirmed to KTLA that she was found dead Wednesday afternoon at her home in Redondo Beach.

In the game show world, Laurer competed against Diamond Dallas Page on "Street Smarts" and hosted Spike's run of "Robot Wars: Grand Champions", a repurposing of original UK episodes.

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posted 4/21/16

Almost Impossible MTV
MTV's Upfront Reveals American Version of UK Series
From the Futon Critic

MTV, a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA) today revealed a programming slate of fourteen new series and specials, including "Wonderland," the network's first weekly live music performance series in nearly twenty years debuting this fall. The network will provide a first look at the new series - along with projects with partners Mark Burnett, Zac Efron, Drew Barrymore, Pitbull, John Legend, Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia, and more - at the 2016 MTV Upfront at Skylight at Moynihan Station tonight in New York, NY.

"We're on a mission to reignite MTV with everything that makes it one of the world's most iconic brands - its soul of music, its love of pop culture, and its unexpected, groundbreaking creative," said Sean Atkins, President of MTV. "What we share today is just the beginning, but it's a strong first step in the journey and shows how aggressively we are moving to energize the extraordinary promise of this great brand."

MTV committed to bringing more live music and music-inspired programming to the network, announcing greenlights for "Wonderland," a new L.A.-based weekly music series featuring live performances from three different acts; a yet-untitled music competition series from Executive Producer Mark Burnett; and a newly reimagined version of the beloved "MTV Unplugged."

MTV announced greenlights for  "Stranded with a Million Bucks," a reality competition that employs drone camera technology to follow contestants fighting brutal conditions on a remote island with only one possession: a suitcase full of a million dollars; and "The Almost Impossible Game Show," an absurd new competition format adopted from the hit UK version.

The 2016 MTV Upfront will be hosted by Nicole Byer and feature a performance by multiplatinum Top Dawg Entertainment recording artist and seven-time Grammy Award-winner Kendrick Lamar. The presentation will eschew the traditional theater format and instead take shape as a pop art tradeshow called "Buy MTV," complete with interactive booths of upcoming series and initiatives, a faux retail storefront featuring limited-edition MTV collectibles, and surprise stage moments.

NEW SERIES AND SPECIALS

"The Almost Impossible Game Show"

A hilarious half-hour comedic game show in which contestants complete physical challenges ranging from the absurd to the outlandish to beat the game and win cash prizes. Riding tiny bikes over a mud pit, putting on oversized pants while running full-speed on a giant treadmill and grating a heaping block of cheese onto a plate of nachos by using a grater attached to their derrières are just a few of the outrageous challenges the contestants will face. "The Almost Impossible Game Show" is based on a popular UK format by the same name, produced by Endemol Shine UK company Initial for ITV2. MTV is producing with Endemol Shine. Executive producers include Rob Smith and Georgie Hurford-Jones for Endemol Shine North America; Matt Odgers and Scott Teti for Left Hook Media.

"Stranded with a Million Bucks"

Ten cast members are stranded on an island with nothing but the clothes on their back and a million dollars in cash! Those who survive for 40 days will split that money as their prize. The catch? They can buy any supplies they want, but everything is crazy expensive - and comes out of their prize money. Tollbooth TV is producing. Kevin Lee is Executive Producer.

"Mark Burnett Music Competition"

Welcome to the recording studio, where talent is transformed and legends are discovered. At the intersection of music and business, this show gives hip hop's freshest talent a chance at every musician's dream: getting signed. Mark Burnett, the Executive Producer of SHARK TANK and THE VOICE, brings us the best of both worlds, with undiscovered artists performing in front of music's biggest moguls, each eager to sign the next breakout star. But forget the shiny floor stage - it's all happening in the recording studio in the first of its kind, organic music competition series that breaks all the rules. The yet-untitled series from executive producer Mark Burnett will be executive produced by Burnett and MGM Television with MGM also serving as international distributor.

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posted 4/21/16

Centric Looks for A "Queen Bee"
BET Sister Network Reveals Upfront Slate
From Shadow & Act

BET Networks announced today its upcoming programming schedule for BET and Centric at its annual Upfront presentation, including new original scripted series, movies, as well as reality series, and the network's returning hits.

"We have developed a deep and authentic relationship with our audience over the last 36 years, and it is that genuine connection that has allowed BET to expand into a global multiplatform brand. This year, we are committed to reaching far beyond the television screen and continuing to deliver more of the premium content that our audiences have come to expect," said Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO, BET Networks. "With BET being more accessible across more platforms, we are creating a powerful 360 degree experience for our audience to interact with the BET brand like never before."

The full lineup and breakdown of each series follows below, via press release.

COMPELLING NEW UNSCRIPTED PROGRAMMING ON BET:

ONE SHOT - "ONE SHOT" is a high-octane hip hop lyrical competition series hosted by Sway Calloway, iconic hip hop personality and radio host. Sway leads a panel of hip hop legends in a nationwide quest for the next explosive hip hop star with mass appeal, on-the-fly musicianship and command of the stage. Neither battle show nor glossy newcomer search, "ONE SHOT" provides the first and only dynamic platform for America's best rising hip hop talent. Each contestant's main competition can be found in the mirror. Sway serves as Executive Producer along with Mike Smith, Dominick Wickliffe p/k/a "Kxng Crooked", Rod Sepand p/k/a "King Tech", Nancy Nayor and Dean Hadaegh. Zach Hermann and Erika Smith serve as Co-Executive Producers. Julie Insogna Jarrett and Seth Jarrett will also serve as Executive Producers for production company, Jarrett Creative.

EMPOWERING NEW PROGRAMMING ON CENTRIC:

QUEEN BEE - Entrepreneurs are an enormous force in American business and culture, and African American women are among the fastest growing segment of entrepreneurs in the nation. They have the ideas, the creativity, and the drive, but too often they fly under the radar and don't get the mentoring and capital they need to launch their product or take their company to the next level. Developed by Jon Housman, Ora TV, and SWSI, this ground-breaking reality competition series discovers amazing entrepreneurs building real-life companies, and then challenges them to take their skills to the next level. Mentored - and put to the test - by a panel of celebrities and successful entrepreneurs, our contestants will go through a series of intense challenges in an effort to win the competition - and a potentially life-changing opportunity to become Queen Bee. Jon Housman and Jamie Schutz serve as Executive Producers.

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posted 4/21/16

WEDNESDAY: Split Down the Middle
CBS, Fox Split Night on "Survivor", "Empire"
From the Futon Critic

FOX (7.005 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was the demo champ for the fourth consecutive week thanks to new episodes of "Rosewood" (4.593 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and "Empire" (9.418 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1).

CBS (8.559 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then took home the silver with its mix of "Survivor: Kaoh Rong" (9.187 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "Criminal Minds" (9.010 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (7.480 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4).

Next up was ABC (3.964 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its repeat lineup of "The Middle" (4.529 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "The Goldbergs" (4.118 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "Modern Family" (4.172 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "Black-ish" (3.566 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) and a new "Nashville" (3.699 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.946 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up a new "Heartbeat" (4.042 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) alongside repeats of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.747 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "Chicago PD" (4.051 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

And finally, second runs of "Arrow" (1.166 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "Supernatural" (0.893 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) on The CW (1.029 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1/SP): 479,000
- Skin Wars (GSN/SP): 428,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 397,000
- Idiotest (GSN/11:30p): 228,000
- Political Idiotest (GSN/S): 176,000
- TUF Talk (FS1/P): 173,000

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posted 4/21/16

Lying in Welsh... Again
S4C Renews Irish Format
From C21 Media

Welsh-language public broadcaster S4C has renewed its quizshow Celwydd Noeth, its local version of producer STV and Irish channel TV3’s The Lie.

S4C bought the format in 2014. Welsh indie Cwmni Da worked on the local version, which premiered last year. The format, which sees pairs pick out lies from a list of facts against the clock, is distributed by Red Arrow International.

C21 Media

posted 4/21/16


Sony Pictures TV
"Sports Jeopardy!" Called Up to Bigs
Season 3 to Air on NBCSN, Stream on Crackle Starting August 6
From the Futon Critic

NBC Sports Group and Crackle will present "Sports Jeopardy!" on NBCSN following the network's nightly coverage of the Rio Olympics. NBCSN has acquired the exclusive television rights to the series hosted by Emmy Award-winning sportscaster Dan Patrick, which airs originally on Crackle. The 30-minute sports quiz show will air on NBCSN on Saturday, August 6, and will then air nightly for two consecutive weeks until the conclusion of the Games. Following a brief hiatus, "Sports Jeopardy!" will return in the fall of 2016 to air weekly on NBCSN immediately following the network's coverage of the NHL hockey game on 'Wednesday Night Rivalry.' NBC Sports commentators and highlights of NBC Sports live events will be incorporated into the show.

The multi-year agreement between NBC Sports Group and Crackle will include over 100 existing episodes plus any additional episodes of "Sports Jeopardy!" produced for Crackle. NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group's live streaming product, will also stream episodes that are televised on NBCSN.

Sports Jeopardy! is executive produced by Harry Friedman and the multiple-Emmy Award winning team behind Jeopardy! Sports Jeopardy! is produced by Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.

“We’re excited to work with Crackle to bring Sports Jeopardy! to NBCSN’s television audience of more than 82 million homes,” said Jon Miller, President of Programming, NBC Sports and NBCSN. “Dan Patrick, Sony Pictures Television and the team at Crackle have created a great show that we know our viewers will enjoy.”

“Sports Jeopardy! has been a critically-acclaimed weekly series on Crackle for the past year and a half and we can’t wait to bring episodes of the series to NBCSN,” said Eric Berger, EVP Sony Pictures Television Digital Networks and GM, Crackle. “Making the series available on both TV and streaming on demand during the most important athletic event of the year is a win for everyone.”

“For us…the special few who ignored the so-called important news growing up and spent our days reading box scores, watching random sports and getting C’s in our classes, we finally have a show,” said Patrick. “If you know…off the top of your head…Joaquin Andujar’s career ERA…or Warren Moon’s CFL stats…this is the show for you.”

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posted 4/21/16

TUESDAY: CW Moves to Third!
NBC, CBS Split Weak Pre-Sweep Field
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.655 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) led the demo race on Tuesday with its trio of "The Voice" (9.681 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T1), "Chicago Med" (8.120 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4) and "Chicago Fire" (8.164 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3).

CBS (10.794 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then took home the silver with its mix of "NCIS" (14.572 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T1), "NCIS: New Orleans" (12.016 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4) and "Limitless" (5.796 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6).

Next up was The CW (2.376 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with a new "The Flash" (3.029 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6) and the launch of "Containment" (1.725 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.839 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up fresh installments of "New Girl" (2.055 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), another "New Girl" (1.725 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), the season finale of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.032 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and a new "The Grinder" (1.545 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14).

And finally, ABC (2.649 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the evening with a repeat "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.141 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13) alongside originals from "The Real O'Neals" (2.985 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.832 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Beyond the Tank" (2.054 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16).

On cable...
- Chopped Champions (Food): 1.283 million
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.134 million
- America's Greatest Makers (TBS): 786,000
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 575,000
- Separation Anxiety (TBS): 533,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 360,000
- Chasing Destiny (BET): 349,000
- Idiotest (GSN/SP): 304,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 290,000

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posted 4/21/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Doves Are Crying"

  • "Loveline", the show that launched the careers of Dr. Drew and Mike Catherwood, is signing off (The Wrap)
     

  • Jodie Sweetin rushed to hospital after injury (E!)
     

  • Worst. Beast performance. Ever? (News.com.au)
     

  • Paul Sinha to play Morley (Morley Observer)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jimmy Carr (San Francisco Examiner)

posted 4/21/16


ABC
ABC: Hot Fun in the Summertime
Dates Announced for "Battlebots", "Feud", "Pyramid", "500 Questions", "Truth"
From the Futon Critic

ABC's summer premiere dates are chronologically listed as follows (all times are EDT/PDT):

Thursday, May 26
- 8:00-10:00 p.m. "500 Questions"

Tuesday, June 14
- 8:00-9:00pm "To Tell the Truth" (Sneak Peak)
- 10:00-11:00 p.m. "To Tell the Truth" (New Series Premiere)

Thursday, June 23
- 8:00-10:00 p.m. "BattleBots"

Sunday, June 26
- 8:00-9:00 p.m. "Celebrity Family Feud"
- 9:00-10:00 p.m. "The $100,000 Pyramid" (New Series Premiere)

Tuesday, August 2
- 8:00-10:00 p.m. "Bachelor in Paradise"

Monday, August 8
- 8:00-10:00 p.m. "Bachelor in Paradise" (Time Period Premiere)

Tuesday, August 9
- 8:00-9:00 p.m. "Bachelor in Paradise"
- 9:00-10:00 p.m. "Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise"

Following are upcoming summer series descriptions in chronological order (all times EDT/PDT):

"500 QUESTIONS" - RETURNS THURSDAY, MAY 26 (Season 2)

Hosted by Dan Harris (ABC's "Nightline" and weekend edition of "Good Morning America"), "500 Questions" challenges the smartest people in the country to achieve the seemingly impossible task of answering 500 of the most difficult general knowledge questions ever devised. There's only one simple rule: never get three wrong in a row - or you're gone. No saves, no helps, no multiple choice, "500 Questions" keeps you on the edge of your seat to see if any of these geniuses can do it. It is the ultimate test, where intellect, strategy and stamina are all equally essential in order to win. Mark Burnett and Phil Parsons are the executive producers. Ed Egan is the co-executive producer. The show was created by Mike Darnell and Mark Burnett and produced by MGM Television in association with Warner Horizon Television.

"TO TELL THE TRUTH" - PREMIERES TUESDAY, JUNE 14

Hosted by Anthony Anderson, "To Tell the Truth" is an anarchic and funny re-imagination of the beloved, game show of the same name. The all-new version takes the excitement to another level, featuring fun characters from pop culture over the six-episode series. Anderson presides over four famous faces, including legend Betty White (who has appeared on previous versions of the show), actress NeNe Leakes, NBA star Jalen Rose and a special guest for each episode. In each round they are presented with three people who all claim to be the same person with the same incredible talent, job or achievement. One is sworn to tell the truth while the others are not. The panel of celebrities has a chance to grill each participant before taking turns deciding who they think is telling the truth. "To Tell the Truth" is produced by FremantleMedia North America. Barry Poznick, Toby Gorman, Jeff Gaspin, George Moll and Anthony Anderson are executive producers.

"BATTLEBOTS" - RETURNS THURSDAY, JUNE 23 (Season 2)

"BattleBots" is a reimagined take on the killer robot combat sport, from Whalerock Industries and the creators of the original "BattleBots" franchise, Ed Roski and Greg Munson. The homemade robots are back for season two, where they will battle against each other in a single elimination tournament until there is one champion. The ten episode series will feature next generation robots - bigger, faster and stronger than ever before. The show will continue to emphasize the design and build elements of each robot, the bot builder backstories, their intense pursuit of the championship and the spectacle of the event. While there's only one weight class, there are a huge variety of deadly weapons. Forty-eight robots will enter, but in the end, only one will win the final trophy. Executive producers are Lloyd Braun, Chris Cowan, Edward P. Roski (Trey), Greg Munson and Aaron Catling.

"CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD" - RETURNS SUNDAY, JUNE 26 (Season 2)

The primetime summer hit "Celebrity Family Feud," a celebrity version of "Family Feud," returns for a second season. The 10-episode series will feature celebrity families and their immediate family members or their extended TV families, competing against each other to win money for charity. Hosted by Steve Harvey, the highly popular multi-hyphenate standup comedian, actor, author, deejay and Emmy(R) Award-winning game show host, "Celebrity Family Feud" pits celebrities and their families against each other in a contest to name the most popular responses to a survey-type question posed to 100 people. "Celebrity Family Feud" is produced by FremantleMedia North America and is taped in front of a live audience in Los Angeles, California. Gaby Johnston and Jennifer Mullin are executive producers.

"THE $100,000 PYRAMID" - PREMIERES SUNDAY, JUNE 26

The Pyramid is back! Hosted by Pro Football Hall of Famer and celebrated TV personality Michael Strahan, "The $100,000 Pyramid" features 10 episodes with 100 grand up for grabs each week when some of today's hottest stars team-up with players from across the country to take on the timeless war of words, racing against the clock to give and guess clues in one of TV's all-time great word-association games. "The $100,000 Pyramid" is produced by SMAC Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television and is taped in front of a live studio audience in New York. Michael Strahan, Constance Schwartz and Vin Rubino are the executive producers.

"BACHELOR IN PARADISE" - RETURNS TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 (Season 3)

The much anticipated third season of the hit series "Bachelor in Paradise" returns with all the shocking twists, surprises, unexpected guests and some of the most unlikely relationships in "Bachelor" history that viewers have come to expect. The cast, comprised of former fan favorites and controversial characters from "The Bachelor" franchise, is back looking for a second chance at love. They all left "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette" with broken hearts, but now they'll travel to a romantic paradise, hoping to turn a potential summer fling into the real thing. We'll follow these former bachelors and bachelorettes as they explore new relationships while living together in a secluded and dreamy paradise. America will watch as they fall in love or go through renewed heartbreak. Chris Harrison hosts. "Bachelor in Paradise" is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss, Elan Gale, Peter J. Scalettar and Nicole Woods are executive producers.

"BACHELOR IN PARADISE: AFTER PARADISE" - RETURNS TUESDAY, AUGUST 9

"After Paradise" features host Chris Harrison discussing and dissecting the most recent episodes of "Bachelor in Paradise," alongside cast members and celebrity fans. The man who has seen it all as the host of "The Bachelor" franchise since the first rose ceremony took place over 13 years ago, Harrison presents questions and comments from viewers, debuts deleted scenes, outtakes and exclusive extra content, all the while allowing members of #BachelorNation to have their say. "Bachelor Live" is executive produced by Mike Fleiss for Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television, and Michael Davies, Jen Patton and Elan Gale for Embassy Row.

The Futon Critic
TV.com
The Hollywood Reporter
BuddyTV
Deadline
Variety

posted 4/20/16

"Alone" Again... for the Third Time
History to Bow Season 2, Renew for Season 3
From Deadline

Ahead of its Season 2 premiere tomorrow night, History has ordered a third season of its hit survival series Alone.

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Additionally, the series will move from Vancouver Island to South America.

Alone places ten hardcore survivalists alone in the wilderness and the contestants have one mission: to stay alive. There are no camera crews, no teams, and no gimmicks. At stake is a $500,000 cash prize awarded to the person who can last the longest. Filming begins in Patagonia, South America next month.

The Season 1 finale of Alone pulled in 2.4 million total viewers, up 50% from its series premiere and becoming History’s No.1 new non-fiction series of 2015 among all key demos.

“The success of ‘Alone’ truly speaks to the fact that there is simply nothing else like it on television.” said Paul Cabana, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming of Histroy. “Season two truly takes the series to the next level and gives us the confidence to trigger season three immediately.”

Equipped only with limited gear, their wilderness experience, and cameras to self-document their journeys, these brave men and women are completely separated from one another in harsh, unforgiving terrain. To survive, they must find food and water, build shelters and fend off predators. They will face extreme isolation, psychological distress, and treacherous environmental conditions as they descend into the unknown.

Alone is produced for History by Leftfield Pictures. David George, Brent Montgomery, Shawn Witt, Zachary Green and Gretchen Palek serve as executive producers for Leftfield Pictures. Russ McCarroll and Zachary Behr serve as executive producers for History.

Deadline
The Futon Critic

posted 4/20/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Fallout"

posted 4/19/16

SYNDIES: Week 30
Results for the Week Ending April 10
From B&C

The NCAA's nail-biting men's basketball final aired across TNT, TBS and truTV in the week ending April 10, presenting stronger than usual competition for shows in access time periods on Monday, April 4.

All of the top-three game shows fell slightly compared to the prior week. CBS Television Distribution’s Wheel of Fortune dipped 1% to a 6.6 live plus same day household ratings average, according to Nielsen Media Research. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud, which had been first or tied for first for the past three weeks, was off 4% to a second-place 6.4. CTD’s Jeopardy! weakened 3% to a 6.1.

Further back, Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game and Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire both were unchanged at a 1.4 and 1.3, respectively. However, year to year, Name Game gained 8% while Millionaire lost 24%. Wheel dipped 3% compared to last year, Feud added 7% and Jeopardy! declined 9%. Feud also led all of syndication among women 25-54 at a 3.1.

B&C

posted 4/19/16

MONDAY: More Talent
NBC, ABC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.513 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) led the demo charge on Monday with new episodes of "The Voice" (9.949 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and "Blindspot" (5.642 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4).

ABC (9.313 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was the most-watched network overall with originals from "Dancing with the Stars" (10.957 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) and "Castle" (6.026 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9).

Next up was CBS (7.384 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and the season finale of "Supergirl" (6.170 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) followed by new episodes of "Scorpion" (8.241 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.742 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.772 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Gotham" (3.684 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and "Lucifer" (3.861 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4).

And finally, the season finale of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.841 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and a new "Jane the Virgin" (0.943 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10) on The CW (0.892 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable....
- Cupcake Wars (Food): 708,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 372,000
- RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo): 320,000
- Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul (Logo): 170,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/19/16

WEEKEND: Typical Friday
CBS, ABC Split The Audience
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.006 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) was the most-watched network on Friday with its trio of "The Amazing Race" (5.536 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.324 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "Blue Bloods" (10.159 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1).

ABC (5.404 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) however shared in the top demo honors with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (6.351 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Dr. Ken" (4.783 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Shark Tank" (5.595 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) and "20/20" (5.051 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Next up was NBC (3.885 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its combination of "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (3.403 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11), "Grimm" (3.863 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10) and "Dateline NBC" (4.390 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.428 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up an encore "Hell's Kitchen" (1.864 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and a new "Hell's Kitchen" (2.992 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

And finally, fresh installments from "The Vampire Diaries" (1.165 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and "The Originals" (0.954 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) on The CW (1.059 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable Friday...
- Binge Thinking (MTV2): 104,000

On cable Sunday....
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.582 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.246 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.056 million
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 391,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/19/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "End Run"

  • Michael Strahan exits "Live!" for "GMA" (TV Insider)
     

  • Bradley Walsh to Richard Osman: Oh yeah? (Huffington Post)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: you saw this clip from Thursday's "Lip Sync Battle". You can't un-see it (TV Insider)

posted 4/19/16


Hallmark Channel
DORIS ROBERTS: 1925-2016
Raymond's Mom Was Everyone's Game Show Mom
From
USA Today

Doris Roberts, celebrated for her portrayal of a loving but meddling mom on Everybody Loves Raymond, died Sunday.

Roberts' son, Michael Cannata, confirmed the news of his mother's death in a statement issued Monday.

The 90-year-old actress, whose celebrated career spanned six decades, won four Emmys for her portrayal of Marie Barone on the top-rated, long-running CBS comedy series (1996-2005). She won an Emmy earlier in her career for supporting actress for her role on NBC's medical drama St. Elsewhere.

Raymond star Ray Romano remembered the actress who played his title character's mother in a statement: "Doris Roberts had an energy and a spirit that amazed me. She never stopped. Whether working professionally or with her many charities, or just nurturing and mentoring a young, green comic trying to make it as an actor, she did it all with such a grand love for life and people and I will miss her dearly."

On Raymond, Roberts' Marie was a loving, sometimes smothering and often all-knowing (at least in her own mind) presence in the home of son Raymond and his wife, Debra (Patricia Heaton), who did not always appreciate Marie's interference. The late Peter Boyle played Marie's husband, Frank, and Brad Garrett played Raymond's brother, Robert, who always felt that he played second fiddle to the coddled Raymond.

Roberts, who was born in St. Louis and grew up in New York, was a veteran of Broadway before starring in various films and TV series during an illustrious acting career that began in the 1950s. Her stage credits include The Desk Set, The Last of the Red Hot Lovers and Bad Habits, for which she won an Outer Critics Circle Award.

Besides Raymond, Roberts had memorable roles in other TV series, including Remington Steele and Angie. Early in her career, she appeared on such classic shows as The Naked City and Ben Casey and more recently she was featured in ABC's Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy and The Middle, which stars Heaton.

In the game show world, she had notable stints on "Hollywood Squares", "All-Star Blitz", "Hot Potato", and "Celebrity Family Feud".

Roberts' feature film roles include Barefoot in the Park (1967), The Heartbreak Kid (1972) and The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974), National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) and Madea's Witness Protection (2012).

Roberts' passion for cooking was reflected in her 2005 book, Are You Hungry, Dear? Life, Laughs and Lasagna, which she co-wrote with Danielle Morton.

In addition to son Michael, Roberts is survived by her daughter-in-law, Jane, and three grandchildren: Kelsey, Andrew and Devon Cannata.

USA Today
Moviefone
TV Insider

posted 4/18/16

Talking "TUF"
FS1 to Launch Aftershow for Wednesday's "Ultimate Fighter" Premiere
From the Futon Critic

FOX Sports announces the premiere of TUF TALK, a half-hour late-night companion show to THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER, Wednesday, April 20 (12:00 AM ET), immediately following the special two-hour premiere of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: TEAM JOANNA VS. TEAM CLAUDIA (10:00 PM ET). TUF TALK originally debuted on FS1 as a segment of FOX SPORTS LIVE and has been expanded this year into its own show. Co-hosted by veteran combat sports journalist Karyn Bryant and retired UFC fighter and TUF Season 1 cast member Kenny Florian, each episode of TUF TALK recaps the latest episode of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER, features cast interviews and provides exclusive show outtakes. After the premiere week, TUF TALK moves to 11:00 PM ET for the remainder of the season.

"I'm fired up for the new season of TUF Talk," says Bryant. "Not only because this season of TUF has two very talented, very competitive and very outspoken coaches in Joanna [Jedrzejczyk] and Claudia [Gadelha], but also because our newly expanded show gives us even more time to get to know the latest pool of up-and-coming talent. We'll deliver in-depth fight analysis and technical breakdowns of the action in the Octagon, giving UFC fans more of what they love."

"I'm excited to follow along once again for this season of THE UTLTIMATE FIGHTER," says Florian. "As a TUF alum, I'm looking forward to seeing how it all unfolds and what the experiences were like for the coaches and competitors involved."

The TUF TALK premiere features interviews with THE UTLIMATE FIGHTER coaches strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and No. 1-ranked Claudia Gadelha, who discuss the upcoming season, their teams and more. For Wednesday's premiere episode, light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier fills in as co-host for Florian.

The exciting season premiere of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER kicks off Wednesday with 32 competitors in the light heavyweight and strawweight divisions battling for one of 16 spots available in the competition. Once the final cast is set, coaches Jedrzejczyk and Gadelha pick their teams and then lead the fighters through the toughest reality show on television. There will be no love lost between the two as their epic feud plays out every Wednesday night leading up to their highly anticipated rematch.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/18/16

BattleBots Round 2 Begins with Preview
Samantha Ponder, Clark Gregg Join Crew May 10
From the Futon Critic

The epic robot-fighting tournament "BattleBots" is back for season two this summer and kicks off with a preview special entitled "BattleBots: The Gears Awaken," on TUESDAY, MAY 10 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. The robot shrapnel will fly in the BattleBox once again, with expert play-by-play analysis from veteran sports broadcaster Chris Rose, and color commentary from former UFC fighter Kenny Florian. This season will be hosted by ESPN's Samantha Ponder. "BattleBots: The Gears Awaken" will feature twelve robots fighting it out in a series of rumble matches for the final four spots in the field of forty-eight, who will ultimately vie for the championship trophy. Covering every inch of the robot fighting mayhem is sideline reporter Alison Haislip. Judging the battles are former BattleBots competitor & special effects artist Fon Davis, the face of "Nerdist" Jessica Chobot and a special guest judge for each round of the competition. For "BattleBots: The Gears Awaken," Clark Gregg ("Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D") will be the first guest judge. Ring announcer Faruq Tauheed will preside as the bots go metal-a-metal.

"BattleBots" is a reimagined take on the killer robot combat sport from Whalerock Industries and the creators of the original "BattleBots" franchise, Ed Roski and Greg Munson. The homemade robots will battle against each other in a single elimination tournament until there is one champion. The ten episode series will feature next generation robots - bigger, faster and stronger than ever before. The show will continue to emphasize the design and build elements of each robot, the bot builder backstories, their intense pursuit of the championship and the spectacle of the event. While there's only one weight-class, there are a huge variety of deadly weapons. Forty-eight robots will enter, but, in the end, only one will win the final trophy. Executive producers are Lloyd Braun, Chris Cowan, Edward P. Roski (Trey), Greg Munson and Aaron Catling.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/18/16

Mastermind Returns to NZ
Peter Williams to Host New Series
From Stuff

Mastermind is returning to Kiwi TVs after being taken off the air in the early 90s.

New Mastermind host Peter Williams has revealed the 2016 version of the popular quiz show will feature a major format change.

Back on TV One shortly after a 25-year absence, the show will now feature three rounds, instead of the traditional two.

"It used to be contestants got two minutes on their specialist subject and 90 seconds of general knowledge questions, but we've reduced the first round time to 90 seconds and added an extra round on a New Zealand subject area," says Williams.

"Contenders get to select from one of five topics beforehand – history, art and literature, popular culture, science and nature – including geography – or sport. It just adds a little extra piece of intrigue into each of the heats because people can come from behind or fall off the pace if they don't do so well in the second and third rounds."

That also has the effect of mitigating somewhat one of the old bugbears of the show – that someone choosing a very narrow specialist subject (say the novel Lorna Doone) would have a huge advantage over someone selecting something more ambitious (The History of Newspapers in New Zealand).

Williams admits that there are some quite narrow topics this time around, especially sports ones like the Rugby World Cups of 1987 and 2011 and the Cricket World Cups from 1992 onwards.

"Interestingly the life and music of David Bowie [the topic that helped celebrity "quiz kid" Hamish McDouall win the title in 1990] has come up again, although the questions are quite different now because of the 25 years of music and work Bowie did in the interim."

Kiwi audiences will soon be able to see 32 contestants will take the Mastermind challenge.

Stuff

posted 4/18/16

A Make or Break Pilot for Alan Carr
Comic Lined Up for C4 Game
From Chortle

Alan Carr is set to host a new comedy game show for Channel 4.

The Chatty Man star will be recording an initial episode of Make Or Break next month.

It is part of the £5million ‘golden handcuffs’ deal Carr signed with the broadcaster to keep his chat show on air until the end of 2017.

At the time, a source said: ‘Alan is so popular he will be doing way more than just Chatty Man over the next two years.’

Nothing is known about the new show, but fans have been invited to apply for free tickets to the recording of the pilot episode at the London Studios on May 1, with the promise of ‘an amazing night of fun and laughter’.

Carr previously hosted the gameshow Celebrity Ding Dong, which ran for two series in 2008, where famous people took on members of the public, and in 2014 he hosted the talent show The Singer Takes It All – although neither format took off.

Channel 4 moved Chatty Man to Thursday nights for this series to avoid a clash with Graham Norton on BBC One – but at a cost to ratings; with overnight audiences of around 700,000 – half a million down on the last run.

Chortle

posted 4/18/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Losing It"

  • Would you take weight loss advice from JD Roth? (TV Insider)
     

  • ICYMI: Vin Scully reading a grocery list (CBS Sports)
     

  • Cheryl Burke said that Ian Ziering made her want to slit her wrists... (TMZ).... right before apologizing for making light of suicide (E!)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $@&! UP: busted dealer claims he won his money from "Deal or No Deal" (BBC News)
     

  • Ronnie Corbett: a final farewell (Telegraph)
     

  • It's taking a lot to keep Daryl Somers "back in the room" (News.com.au)
     

  • CBS Daytime launches "Not Safe for Daytime" (Broadway World)
     

  • Holly Willoughby hosts Bradley Walsh vs. Richard Osman (Daily Express)
     

  • Eamonn Holmes on life after double hip replacement (Daily Record)
     

  • "University Challenge": not the show your parents watched, apparently (Daily Telegraph)
     

  • Michael Barrymore calls gimmick infringement on Bradley Walsh (The Sun)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alex Trebek... on his 50th year of game show hosting (MPR News)

posted 4/18/16

Fast Food Competition: Part 2
Food Network Fast-Tracks "Cooks vs. Cons" for Season 2 This Summer
From Variety

Food Network has put its reality-competition series “Cooks vs. Cons” back into production for a second season that will debut this summer.

The Scripps Networks-owned outlet said the series, currently in the midst of a six-episode debut run, has notched double-digit increases in viewers between 25 and 54 and in viewers between 25 and 34.

In the series, home cooks battle with trained professionals, whose true identities are concealed, for a panel of judges. Only after the panel’s decision is revealed do the contestants reveal who they really are. Chef Geoffrey Zakarian hosts the hour-long episodes. Judges have included Kardea Brown, Josh Elkin, Graham Elliot and Daphne Oz. They make decisions based on taste and presentation.

“It’s not as easy as one might think and it absolutely proved to be engaging,” said Didi O’Hearn, senior vice president of programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel, in a prepared statement. “We are thrilled with how the series launched ” The series is produced by Cakehouse Media.

Under the aegis of Kathleen Finch, Scripps Networks’ chief programming, brand and content officer, Food Network has pursued more competition programming, particularly ideas aimed at luring families to the cable network’s 8 p.m. hour. Zakarian, a popular restaurateur, has been featured in such Food Network series as “Chopped” and “Iron Chef.”

Variety

posted 4/15/16

THURSDAY: Rocky Start for "Grit"
ABC Wins on TGIT
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.916 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) staked claim to the top spot on Thursday with a new "Grey's Anatomy" (8.103 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T1), a second "Grey's Anatomy" (7.838 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T1) and "The Catch" (4.808 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8).

CBS (6.341 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then had to settle for second place with a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (8.540 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3) followed by originals from "The Odd Couple" (7.204 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3), "Mom" (7.512 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3), "2 Broke Girls" (6.280 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3) and "Rush Hour" (4.256 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

Next up was NBC (4.592 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its new lineup of "STRONG" (3.240 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), "The Blacklist" (6.561 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7) and "Game of Silence" (3.975 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.395 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up the return of "Bones" (4.357 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and the launch of "American Grit" (2.434 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (2.026 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) and "The 100" (1.130 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) on The CW (1.578 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 1.376 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Syfy): 1.207 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.128 million
- Alone (History/S): 1.096 million
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.069 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 374,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/15/16

More on "Coupled"
Catch It May 17 on Fox
From TV Insider

Fox and Mark Burnett (the über-producer behind reality franchises Survivor, The Voice, The Apprentice) are teaming up to showcase dating in the modern era with the new series Coupled. Terrence J is set to host the new unscripted series.

Coupled brings modern dating techniques to the reality show stage: every contestant is equipped with a cell phone, so texts, videos and photos are part of how the potential romances unfold. (And naturally, the conversations and content won't stay private.)

Additionally, with groups of men and women in the mix, neither gender holds the power over how the relationships evolve.

Intrigued? Fox will air its first promo for Coupled during the American Idol series finale. And in the meantime, check out the exclusive key art (above) for the new reality series.

Coupled premieres Tuesday, May 17 at 9/8c on Fox.

TV Insider
The Futon Critic

posted 4/15/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Big Shots... or Wannabes?"

  • NBC, Fox learn, it's hard out here for a reality show pimp (Deadline)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 9 things you didn't know about "The Chase" (BT)

posted 4/15/16

WEDNESDAY: "STRONG" Is Anything But
Fox, CBS Split Night; NBC's New Entry DOA
From Men's Fitness

FOX (7.234 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday with its original duo of "Rosewood" (4.421 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10) and "Empire" (10.047 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #1).

CBS (8.488 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "Survivor: Kaoh Rong" (8.516 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3), "Criminal Minds" (8.900 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T5) and "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (8.048 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #9).

Next up was ABC (5.758 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and its quintet of "The Middle" (6.840 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T5), "The Goldbergs" (6.200 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4), "Modern Family" (7.410 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), "Black-ish" (5.708 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8) and "Nashville" (4.196 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.205 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up a special "The Voice" (8.819 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T5) followed by the premiere of "STRONG" (3.723 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11) and a second "STRONG" (3.072 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.068 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "Supernatural" (0.931 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) on The CW (0.999 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Face Off (Syfy/SF): 1.023 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 339,000

Men's Fitness
TV Insider
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/14/16

TV One Plays "Dating Games"
Upfront for African-American Network Held
From Mediapost

TV One intends to continue growing its slate of originals in both scripted and non-scripted categories, including its first original scripted drama. The network is also continuing and strengthening its commitment to TV-movie production, vowing to premiere 26 original movies in the 2016-17 season, according to D’Angela Proctor, senior vice president of original programming and production.

No details about TV One’s new drama series were forthcoming, however. In her portion of Thursday morning’s presentation, Proctor indicated that the project has not reached the announcement stage in its development. But she promised that the show-runner would be someone with a track record that would impress. Expect an announcement in the next few weeks.

TV One was able to announce two new reality shows, plus a game show. One of the reality shows is “Sneaker Pawn,” about a 16 year-old African-American entrepreneur in New York who has become a dealer in high-end, collectible sneakers -- a business in which he employs his own father. The other reality show is “Family Bond” about another family business -- a North Carolina bail bonds firm.

TV One’s new game show is called “The Dating Games.” It will have teams of contestants watching video of two people on a date, and then hazarding guesses about the the couple’s status, their relationship and their prospects for more dates. The winning team is the one that makes the most correct guesses.

Mediapost

posted 4/14/16

Keshet, Talpa Deal
Formats Sold Abroad
From Realscreen

Israeli producer-distributor Keshet International has finalized a format deal with Vietnam’s TTN Media Corporation for the youth-focused musical talent show Master Class (pictured).

The weekly talent format features 16 children – aged eight to 14 – performing popular songs to only positive reviews at a music school and its auditorium. The children, who do not face elimination challenges, are mentored by four of the country’s top music artists in a nurturing environment in order to make the most of their potential.

The localized version of the format will air on the HTV3 channel in Vietnam.

Originally created in Israel by Yoav Tzafir, Tmira Yardeni and Zvika Hadar, the format has previously been adapted by TV2 in Hungary, MegaTV Channel in Greece, and China’s Yunnan TV and Beijing Satellite TV.

Armoza’s “Marry Me Now” walks the aisle in two territories

Talpa Media’s game show format Battle of the Sexes has been acquired by Lithuania’s LNK TV. The format, which first aired on RTL4 in the Netherlands, pits four male and female celebrities against one another in a series of challenges and question rounds revolving around perceived differences in how each gender thinks, feels and acts.

The Northern European country is the seventh territory to acquire the gender competition format following acquisitions by China, Germany, Russia, Czech Republic, Ukraine and the Netherlands.

Realscreen

posted 4/14/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Beginning of the End"

  • CBS' finales get dates:

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "American Grit" (Fox) (Time)
     

  • "The Voice UK" has a new problem... where does it go on ITV's schedule (Radio Times)
     

  • Dermot O'Leary may have gotten his "X Factor" job back, but at the cost of... well, dinner (Telly Mix)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: a precision F-bomb during "The Chase" (OK!) PLUS taking a low offer will open you up to being called a wuss (Mirror)
     

  • Tony Barber recalls the time a champion died on set (News.com.au)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with @midnight champ Ron Funches (Leafly) and "Modd Couples" host David Millbern (Outtake)

posted 4/14/16

TUESDAY: This Is ... Weird
NBC Squeaks By CBS for the Win
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.315 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with an expanded two-hour "The Voice" (10.707 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) followed by a new "Game of Silence" (6.531 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2).

CBS (9.306 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then claimed the silver with its repeat lineup of "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.002 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "NCIS" (9.925 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and another "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.994 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

Next up was ABC (2.740 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and second runs of "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.509 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9) and "The Real O'Neals" (2.727 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) followed by originals from "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (3.011 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and "Beyond the Tank" (2.092 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.013 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up its quartet of "New Girl" (2.631 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6), a repeat "Grandfathered" (1.651 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.136 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8) and "The Grinder" (1.634 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

And finally, a new "iZombie" (1.403 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) and the season finale of "iZombie" (1.228 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) on The CW (1.316 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night.

On cable:
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.214 million
- Chopped Champions (Food): 1.086 million
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 759,000
- America's Greatest Makers (TBS): 522,000
- Idiotest (GSN/SP): 397,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 358,000
- Separation Anxiety (TBS): 333,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 330,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/13/16

A Jugar Para Azteca
"La Hora Ganadora", "Ahora Caigo" Lined Up
From Multichannel News

Azteca America, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mexican broadcaster TV Azteca, S.A.B de Cv., one of the two largest producers of Spanish-language content in the world, kicked off the New York leg of its “Game On!” 2016-2017 Upfront tour tonight by announcing a roster of entertaining family game shows, adventure reality programming, thrilling dramas and spectacular sporting events as well as innovative ways to reach consumers through a new advertising production arm. The announcements were made by Azteca America executives Manuel Abud, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Craig Geller, Executive Vice President, Network Sales and Digital. They were joined by popular network talent Verónica del Castillo (co-host of “Al Extremo”), Rafael Mercadante (co-host of “Escape Perfecto”), network sports journalist Inéz Sainz, and the voice of Liga MX on Azteca, Christian Martinoli (co-host of “Primetime Fútbol”), at the Gramercy Hotel.

The network, which ended 2015 as the fastest-growing Spanish-language network in primetime with 41 percent growth among adults 18-49 and 44 percent growth among adults 18-34, is showcasing its new programming and digital offerings to advertisers in four key markets – Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Dallas – via customized, solutions-based presentations emphasizing Azteca’s reach as a multiplatform, data-driven media company.

“Azteca America enters this upfront season on the heels of delivering its best March ratings in five years across all key demos in primetime,” said Abud. “We have made good on all of last year’s promises and our ‘Game On!’ theme underscores our proven counter-programming strategy, further solidifying our position as an entertainment leader in the U.S.”

This year welcomes the return of the incredibly successful 7PM family hour, La Hora Ganadora (The Winning Hour) with the debut of “Ahora Caigo” (pictured). The 8PM adventure reality block features the new international adventure reality show “Desafío” followed later in the evening at the 10PM hour by the riveting drama series “Rabia.” They join “Al Extremo” and “Primetime Futbol” two of the network’s most successful franchises, to round out a compelling programming slate that appeals to U.S. Hispanic audiences of all ages and programming tastes.

- On the heels of a successful debut year, La Hora Ganadora (The Winning Hour) returns to the 7PM hour, or “win-o’clock” hour, with a 60-minute block of interactive programming for the entire family to enjoy.

- New to La Hora Ganadora, “Ahora Caigo” is a crossword-style game show where a single contestant (the “Hero”) tries to beat 10 other individuals (the “Strangers”) for a chance to win a grand prize. Watch as they try to solve the puzzle and beat the 20 second clock!

Multichannel News
Variety
World Screen
Mediapost

posted 4/13/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Nice To See You"

  • Bruce Forsyth gets his kudos on "The Interviews" (BT)
     

  • John Barrowman to resurrect "Torchwood"... in comics form (Bleeding Cool)
     

  • Nigel Barker reveals he was sexually assaulted as a child (People)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: "Paradise Run" casting on Kauai (The Garden Island)
     

  • "Game ng Bayan" is one month and goodnight (Inquirer.net)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Robin Slonina (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

posted 4/13/16

SYNDIES: Week 29
Results for the Week Ending April 3
From B&C

Syndies were mostly back to regular scheduling in the week ended April 3 with March Madness near its end and news preemptions at a minimum, but weeks of repeats, spring sunshine and daylight saving time kept ratings for most shows down or flat.

In access, nearly all of the game shows improved from the prior week when they faced preemptions and competition from NCAA basketball.

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud and CTD’s Wheel of Fortune tied for the lead at a 6.7, with Feud up 5% for the week and Wheel up 18%. CTD’s Jeopardy! had 15% more buzz at a 6.3 for second place.

Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game improved 8% to a 1.4. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire was unchanged for the week at a 1.3.

B&C
TV Newscheck

posted 4/12/16

BuzzerFeed
BuzzFeed to Develop Game Show on Facebook Live
From Variety

BuzzFeed is working on a game show concept for Facebook Live, founder and CEO Jonah Peretti revealed on stage at Facebook’s f8 developer conference in San Francisco on Tuesday. Peretti said during a fireside chat with Facebook’s chief product officer that BuzzFeed is thinking about a number of additional uses for live video streaming, including the possibility to broadcast more content directly from BuzzFeed’s offices around the world.

Peretti said that one option could be to turn live feeds from BuzzFeed’s offices into a kind of worldwide reality show, constantly giving readers a view at what’s going on within the company. This could include live sets from artists visiting BuzzFeed offices, but also company parties and even mishaps like employees getting stuck in elevators. “It can have a really cool effect on the company culture too,” Peretti said.

BuzzFeed pushed the envelope of Facebook Live a few days ago when a live stream of an exploding watermelon attracted an audience of up to 800,000 concurrent live viewers. Peretti said that this was the first time that he had seen live audiences similar to the ones tuning into TV shows for online content since he he began working in media.

Variety

posted 4/12/16

MONDAY: New Week, Same Result
ABC, CBS Split The Week Opener
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.661 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was still the demo champ on Monday with new episodes of "The Voice" (10.151 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and "Blindspot" (5.683 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4).

ABC (10.420 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then was the number two draw with its duo of "Dancing with the Stars" (12.358 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and "Castle" (6.545 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

Next up was CBS (7.594 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and its trio of "Supergirl" (6.204 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5), "Scorpion" (8.494 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.085 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.574 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up originals from "Gotham" (3.680 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Lucifer" (3.469 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

And finally, new episodes of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (1.318 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.411 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) on The CW (1.364 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cupcake Wars (Food/SP): 796,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 327,000
- RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo): 326,000
- Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul (Logo/P): 183,000
- Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul (Logo/10:30p): 137,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/12/16

WEEKEND: Big Eyes
Mainstays Help CBS Win
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.062 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) was the most-watched network on Friday with its mainstays "The Amazing Race" (5.595 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.471 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "Blue Bloods" (10.121 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1).

Sharing the demo crown was ABC (5.293 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) with originals from "Last Man Standing" (6.360 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Dr. Ken" (4.706 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Shark Tank" (5.342 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) and "20/20" (5.005 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

Next up was NBC (4.060 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with a repeat "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (3.232 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) alongside new episodes of "Grimm" (4.494 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "Dateline NBC" (4.455 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.812 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up the season finale of "Sleepy Hollow" (2.913 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and a new "Hell's Kitchen" (2.711 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10).

And finally, fresh installments of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.170 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "The Originals" (1.138 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) on The CW (1.154 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Celebrity Name Game (Pop/R): 133,000
- Binge Thinking (MTV2): 106,000

On Sunday...
- Spring Baking Championship (Food/SP): 1.527 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.137 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.096 million

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/12/16


Blogpreston.org.uk
DAVID GEST: 1953-2016
Former Husband of Liza Minnelli A Star of "Celebrity Big Brother"
From AP/Salt Lake Tribune

David Gest, a music producer, reality TV star and former husband of Liza Minnelli, was found dead Tuesday at a London hotel. He was 62.

Gest's friend Imad Handi confirmed his death, remembering Gest as "a natural star and a genuine celebrity."

"David was truly larger than life. He was not just a huge talent and a dear friend but a showbiz icon," Handi said.

The Metropolitan Police force said officers were called to "reports of an unexplained death of a man in his 60s" at the Four Seasons Hotel in London's Canary Wharf on Tuesday morning.

The force said an autopsy would take place "in due course" to determine the cause of death, but it was not being treated as suspicious.

Born in 1953, Gest was raised in southern California, where he became friends with Michael Jackson and his family. He worked as a music promoter and television producer, and was introduced to Minnelli by Jackson when Gest produced the King of Pop's 30th anniversary tribute concert for television in 2001.

The couple married in 2002, at a celebrity-studded ceremony with Jackson as best man and Elizabeth Taylor as maid of honor.

They separated in a burst of headline-grabbing acrimony in 2003. Gest sued Minnelli for $10 million, alleging that she beat him so badly during alcoholic rages that he suffered permanent injuries. Minnelli struck back with a $2 million suit claiming Gest had stolen money from her.

The pair ended their dispute in 2007 when their lawyers filed court papers saying they had settled their differences and agreed to divorce without fault.

AP/Salt Lake Tribune
Newser
The Straits Times
Digital Spy
RTE
Guardian

posted 4/12/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Fantasy Suite"

  • Mike Fleiss is looking for love... or rather, someone to love his Hawaiian villa (Los Angeles Times)
     

  • Howie Mandel checks out "Deal or No Deal" the slot in Foxwoods (Norwich Bulletin)
     

  • Paul Daniels joking to the bitter end (RTE)
     

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Australian policeman sets a new "Hot Seat" record (9News)

posted 4/12/16

A Big Day For Gay-me Shows
"Gay For Play Game Show Starring RuPaul" Premieres Tonight on Logo!
From AV Club

The eighth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race has brought with it a few milestones, including the series’ 100th episode and 100th queen. Drag Race will soon be joined by another RuPaul creation that, while not exactly a spin-off of the show, is still part of the Drag Universe (not to be confused with the Drag U-verse). With the “Snatch Game” now established as one of the most anticipated parts of any Drag Race competition, creator RuPaul is launching the Gay For Play Game Show Starring RuPaul, a half-hour trivia game show that borrows more than just set design from its predecessors.

Gay For Play’s trivia showdown takes place in front of a live studio audience, and not just a rotating lineup of judges led by RuPaul. But the mononymous ringleader still deftly trades quips with the panelists, including Drag Race fixture Michelle Visage (taking the Charles Nelson Reilly seat on the upper right hand side of the panel) and frequent guest judges Carson Kressley and Ross Matthews, as well as viral sensation Todrick Hall. Fans of the Drag Race panel’s dynamic and asides will get a kick out of the Gay For Play interactions, which include plenty of wisecracking from Drag Race season seven runner-up and Miss Congeniality Katya who, if there’s any justice in the world, will get her own spin-off soon enough.

AV Club
Broadway World
Zap2it
Flavorwire
TV Insider
The Daily Beast

posted 4/11/16

Kids Play With Fire for Fun and Profit
Food Network Greenlights "Kids BBQ Championship"
From the Futon Critic

Eight of the country's finest young BBQers cook it out in the first-ever battle to find the best kid grill master in the new primetime series Kids BBQ Championship, premiering Monday May 23rd at 8pm ET/PT. During the six-episode season, hosts Camila Alves and Eddie Jackson lead the young chefs through a series of red-hot challenges testing their BBQ skills and creativity on the grill - and only one competitor takes home the grand prize: $20,000 and a feature in Food Network Magazine. With themes ranging from a Hawaiian luau competition to a cowboy campfire challenge, each episode also features some of the biggest names in BBQ as guest judges.

"The competitors may be under the age of thirteen, but their BBQ skills are over the top," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network. "Camila and Eddie are the perfect duo to lead the culinary action in this fun, fiery and family-friendly addition to the primetime lineup."

Kids BBQ Championship competitors are: Josie Burkhardt (Medford, New Jersey; age 11), Sydney Groves (Euharlee, Georgia; age 10), Paris Hale (Johns Creek, Georgia; age 11), Tyler Zager (Weston, Florida; age 11), Carter Hull (Austin, Texas; age 12), Ty Machado (Seguin, Texas; age 13), L.J. Ruth (Tampa, Florida; age 11) and Jacob Scott (Yahoo City, Mississippi; age 12).

The Futon Critic

posted 4/11/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "You Better Check Yourself..."

  • Alex Trebek thinks he can play Turd Ferguson (USA Today) plus there's only one Power Player in DC... (Daily Gazette/Washington Post)
     

  • Maks Chmerkovskiy to judge DWTS, or, as the Eagles once sang, "You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave" (ABC News)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: American Grit (Fox, Thursday) PLUS a few good minutes with John Cena (TV Insider)
     

  • Simon Cowell is going to shove Ant & Dec down our American gullets if it's the last thing he does (Mirror)
     

  • Tiffany Bolton, the announcer/sidekick on "Beat the Geeks", has resurfaced as a "Real Housewife" (Bustle)

posted 4/11/16


FremantleMedia North America
THURSDAY: The Final Curtain Call
Idol's Long Day's Journey Into Night Gives Fox the Win
From various sources

 American Idol finished its15th and "farewell" (not "final") season on Thursday (April 7) with a little something for everybody.

There were dozens of performances, from Idol veterans both recognizable and confusing, categorized in ways that made a lot of sense, a little sense and no sense at all.

There were cameos from people both extremely memorable and not the least bit memorable in American Idol lore.

There was a result which must've made collective "America" pleased, but ticked off my Twitter feed and was certainly the wrong choice in my opinion.

And we got a twist. Kinda. Ryan Seacrest finished things up with an initially heartfelt, "And one more time... This is so tough... We say to you from Hollywood... Good night, America..." Then, after a cutaway, Seacrest added (possibly pre-recorded), "For now."

FOX (12.937 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) was the top draw on Thursday with a new "American Idol" (11.738 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.6, #3) followed by the series finale of "American Idol" (14.137 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1).

CBS (7.316 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2) then was the number two network with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (13.240 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #2), the season premiere of "The Odd Couple" (7.816 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6), "Mom" (7.296 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7), "2 Broke Girls" (5.889 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8) and "Rush Hour" (4.827 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

Next up was ABC (6.028 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2) and its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.295 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4), "Scandal" (5.900 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5) and "The Catch" (4.889 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.881 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up repeats of "Little Big Shots" (4.545 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.855 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) bookended around a new "The Blacklist" (6.244 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9).

And finally, The CW (1.645 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the night with originals from "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (2.026 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) and "The 100" (1.265 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15).

On cable...
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 1.342 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.125 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 1.096 million
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 979,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 371,000

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
The Hollywood Reporter
The Hollywood Reporter
People
Vulture
E!
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/8/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "For Now"

  • The BBC looks to the US for its next Saturday night hit (The Guardian)
     

  • Brendon Villegas & Rachel Reilly welcome new baby (Us Magazine)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ray J (All Hip-Hop)

posted 4/8/16


FremantleMedia North America
WEDNESDAY: And Then There Was One
Idol's Long Day's Journey Into Night Gives Fox the Win
From various sources

Although ratings and interest have waned in recent seasons, “American Idol” had been a cultural juggernaut for many years, crowning superstar musicians and bringing in over 30 million viewers at its peak.

After 15 seasons, the Fox singing competition will end its run in a three-part finale, with a retrospective episode Tuesday night and the crowning of a winner on Thursday.

That “American Idol” actually accomplished one of the things it set out to do—find and celebrate new talent—remains an integral part of its legacy. The track record of other U.S. singing competition shows is hit-or-miss: “The Voice” hasn’t been as strong, despite drawing from a deep talent pool, although current pop darlings Fifth Harmony are alums of “The X Factor.” (Internationally, things are much different, as both One Direction and Little Mix are reality music show alums.) Pre-fab pop music, whether formed by a TV show or a label, has always been stigmatized as being somehow less authentic or even fake. Although “American Idol” didn’t completely erase this perception, it did wonders to underscore that it doesn’t matter how or where a musician was discovered, as long as the talent is there.

As a Stereogum post on the show points out, “American Idol” also revolutionized TV, in that it “hybridized two primetime mainstays, the game show and the reality show, creating a genre that has flourished to the point that we now accept it as one of the foundational pillars of primetime programming.” Early in its tenure, this combination also produced big ratings for Fox, a sign that the show’s underlying, addictive conceit—watching regular people possibly be plucked from obscurity and elevated to stardom—had vast mass appeal. It’s easy to see why: “American Idol” first and foremost appealed to the collective, enduring affection people have for fairy tales. The show craftily let viewers learn about the personal lives of the contestants (albeit in a shiny, packaged way), which made for good TV and made them relatable. As a result, people were invested enough to pick up a phone (and, later, text) in support of a favorite singer. No wonder so many contestants developed loyal fanbases who, even to this day, follow and support their own idols.

Although that same Stereogum article criticizes the show because it didn’t change music, “American Idol” reflected tastes more than it refracted them. That often led to unpopular winners and early exits for favorites, of course, as well as accusations of voter racism and criticism when the show was suspected of trying to steer the results by employing ringers. But the ideals held up by “American Idol,” that people have the ability to choose and support favorites, are influential. Sure, things could get dicey in terms of post-show success, but because the initial boost comes from popular support, not beancounters or Svengalis, there’s at least the illusion of power in play. This idea would soon saturate the way we consume media, and it explains why the show became an online phenomenon, with writers and fans dissecting the show’s every move on message boards and blogs. Indeed, it’s important to remember the time period in which “American Idol” started was very different: Napster was kaput, Friendster was the charming online network of choice and MySpace was still several years away from widespread popularity. In other words, the show was pre-everything social and viral—e.g., Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, Vine.

FOX (10.454 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1) was the top draw on Wednesday thanks to the penultimate "American Idol" (9.580 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T2) and a new "Empire" (11.329 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1).

ABC (5.711 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then achieved the silver with its mix of "The Middle" (6.905 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6), "The Goldbergs" (6.138 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5), "Modern Family" (7.413 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T2), "Black-ish" (5.510 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7) and "Nashville" (4.151 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

Next up was CBS (7.761 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with originals from "Survivor: Kaoh Rong" (9.016 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4), "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (7.327 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8) and another "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (6.940 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.916 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up a new "Heartbeat" (3.983 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) alongside repeats of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.850 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Chicago PD" (3.916 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (2.242 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Supernatural" (1.763 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) on The CW (2.003 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Face Off (Syfy/SF): 817,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 347,000

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posted 4/7/16

Italy Bursts for "Bubble"
Israeli Series Heads to Europe
From C21 Media

Italian production outfit Pesci Combattenti has acquired its first international format, an Israeli gameshow.

The Bubble, developed by Armoza Formats in cooperation with Avri Gilad, isolates contestants for a week before bringing them to the studio and presenting them with the week’s current affairs to decide fact from fiction.

The show has already been adapted in countries including Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands and on the UK’s BBC, while a 30-episode season is also airing on Croatian pubcaster HRT. No broadcaster has yet been named for the Italian version.

Riccardo Mastropietro, CEO of Pesci Combattenti, said: “Having developed our own original formats in the last years, and as a well-known creative production company in Italy, we are thrilled to be taking this new step forward in bringing this successful format to Italy.

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“We believe that The Bubble will be a perfect fit for the Italian audiences that we know so well, and look forward to adapting it in partnership with Armoza Formats.”

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posted 4/7/16

Resell Me The Answer
Asianet Picks Up Season 2 of "Sell Me The Answer"
From Indian Television

On 4 April, the Star Networks Malayalam general entertainment channel Asianet launched the second season of quiz based show Sell Me The Answer . The show airs every Monday to Thursday between 9.00 and 10.00pm. The show tests the knowledge of the contestant more than her or his brain power claims the channel.

Like the previous season, Sell Me The Answer will run through 80 episodes. Participants have been selected through an audition process, a written exam, interview and a phone in.

The show has popular Malayalam actor Mukesh as the celebrity quiz master to conduct the show. Mukesh was also the quiz master for season one. Mukesh is already hosting a comedy show on Asianet titled Badhai Bunglow.

The quiz based show demands that the contestant to utilize both their IQ and EQ. Asianet says that the format of Sell me the Answer on Asianet is unique and different from the previous quiz shows as the show gives opportunity for both the contestants and the traders to win the prize money, with their knowledge as well as confidence. As per the format, there are 10 questions, 10 answers and one can answer these questions with or without the help of traders.

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posted 4/7/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "One Man, One Stage"

  • Marc Summers takes the stage... and the slime (Playbill)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Amanda Holden waxes someone's chest (Digital Spy) plus more "Got More Talent" mayhem this weekend (Telly Mix)
     

  • It's a fact of life: the sky is blue, water is wet, bears do their business in the woods, and Twitter has a problem with "The Chase" (Metro)
     

  • Tom Cohen goes from "Cash Cab" to fighting against leaf blowers (DCist)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: the 14 gayest moments in all of game shows (NewNowNext)
     

  • Simon Cowell named in the Panama Papers... In a near-miss (Newsweek)
     

  • Jeff Schroeder & Jordan Lloyd finally get married... and got busy (Entertainment Tonight)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Chasing Destiny (BET) (New York Post)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Chris Hardwick (New York Times)

posted 4/7/16

SYNDIES: Week 28
Results for the Week Ending March 27
From B&C

CBS (11.237 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) pulled into the top spot on Tuesday with new episodes of "NCIS" (15.362 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1), "NCIS: New Orleans" (12.162 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and "Limitless" (6.190 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

NBC (7.185 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was a close second with a "The Voice" (6.707 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6) recap, followed by new episodes of "Chicago Med" (7.145 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) and "Chicago Fire" (7.703 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3).

Next up was FOX (5.144 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with a special edition of "American Idol" (5.917 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5) and a new "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.824 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.917 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up originals from "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.196 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "The Real O'Neals" (3.657 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.869 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "Beyond the Tank" (1.957 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And finally, a repeat of "The Flash" (1.370 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and a new "iZombie" (1.077 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) on The CW (1.223 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped Champions (Food): 1.165 million
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.115 million
- Chasing Destiny (BET/P): 720,000
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 675,000
- Separation Anxiety (TBS): 341,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 334,000

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posted 4/6/16


TV Guide
"Room" For Taye Diggs
Fox Names Host for "You're Back in the Room"
From the Futon Critic

Taye Diggs ("The Best Man Holiday") will host YOU'RE BACK IN THE ROOM (working title), the new eight-episode one-hour hypnotic comedy game show. Additionally, award-winning hypnotist Keith Barry, who stars in the original U.K. show, will join as resident hypnotist.

"The second I saw this show I knew I needed to be a part of it. It's the most unique blend of comedy and competition I've seen in years," said Diggs. "I'm also quite excited as this is a program I can watch and laugh at with my six-year-old son."

Based on the smash-hit U.K. format of the same name, YOU'RE BACK IN THE ROOM (wt) features physical comedy and unpredictable situations, as contestants work together in teams and are challenged to complete a variety of simple, everyday tasks, from frosting a cake to blowing up balloons... after being hypnotized. With big money at stake, these contestants need to work together as a team, but their entranced state causes hysterical hurdles that unwittingly sabotage their progress.

The series will begin production in July.

Taye Diggs currently stars as "Detective Terry English" in the drama series "Murder in the First," currently in its third season. Diggs recently concluded a multi-episode arc on FOX's hit drama series, ROSEWOOD, before ending his run in the title role of Broadway's "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," historically marking the first time an African-American took on the title role. He recently wrapped production on the upcoming feature film "One Shot," opposite Topher Grace. Other TV credits include "Private Practice," "Daybreak," "Will & Grace," "Ally McBeal" and "Kevin Hill." In 2013, Diggs appeared in "The Best Man Holiday," the sequel to the hit feature comedy "The Best Man," in which he also was featured. Additional film credits include "Baggage Claim," "The House on Haunted Hill" and "Go." He also is the author of two children's books.

Keith Barry is the world's leading TV hypnotist, mentalist and brain hacker. He has toured for many years showcasing his skills across the globe and has starred in over 40 international TV shows, his most recent being the U.K. version of "You're Back in the Room." Barry also starred in cable's "Deception with Keith Barry" and the Irish TV Studio series "Brain Hacker." He also has appeared many times on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" and "Conan," among others. Barry has been awarded both the prestigious Merlin Award for "Mentalist of the Year 2009," and "Best Magician in Las Vegas 2009," as voted for by the Las Vegas Review Journal. His TED talk has been in the Top 20 TED Talks since 2008 and it currently has over 10 million views on the TED Talks website and over 30 million views in total. Barry is the Chief Magic and Mentalist Consultant on the upcoming feature film "Now You See Me: The Second Act," slated to premiere in June.

"You're Back In The Room," produced by Tuesday's Child, debuted in the U.K. as the No. 1 new unscripted entertainment series in 2015, ending its first season as a Top 10 series overall. The series is currently airing its second season and the format has been produced in France, The Netherlands and Australia and optioned internationally in multiple territories, including Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Denmark, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Portugal and Spain.

YOU'RE BACK IN THE ROOM (wt) is executive-produced by Tuesday's Child in association with BBC Worldwide Productions. Karen Smith and Joe Sungkur serve as executive producers.

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posted 4/5/16


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Mark Burnett, Steve Harvey Team Up to Take on Small Business
ABC Greenlights 13 Episodes
From the Hollywood Reporter

Two of reality's biggest names are joining forces.

Mark Burnett and Steve Harvey are teaming up for a new business competition series at ABC, it was announced Tuesday.

The untitled series brings together rival entrepreneurs who competitively pitch their ideas head to head in front of a live studio audience. The audience then votes on which entrepreneur will receive funding for his or her idea. Harvey, who will serve as host, will become the “funder of dreams,” as he brings his personal business experience and encouragement.

ABC has ordered 13 episodes of the series to debut later this year. MGM Television will produce and distribute the series. Burnett will exec produce.

This will be Burnett's fourth series on ABC, joining fellow business unscripted series Shark Tank and spinoff Beyond the Tank as well as game show 500 Questions. His many other credits include Survivor and The Voice.

For Harvey, this comes off the success of Little Big Shots, which ranks as the biggest reality broadcast launch in nearly five years. He also hosts Celebrity Family Feud, which was a surprise hit for ABC last summer and was renewed for a second season. Harvey is repped by WME.

“My dream has been to work with Steve, and this is the perfect project for us to do together,” Burnett said in a statement. “He is an amazing talent and has an enormous heart for entrepreneurs, some of whom will get their business jump-started because of him.”

Added Harvey: “I’m thrilled to have another passion project on the ABC schedule. This is just the type of show that gives folks a vehicle to breathe life into their dreams.”

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posted 4/5/16

MONDAY: Talent Showdown
Dancing, Voice Go 1-2 in Both Audiences
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.748 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was the network to beat on a repeat heavy Monday with new episodes of "The Voice" (10.270 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and "Blindspot" (5.704 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5).

ABC (10.016 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the number two draw with its duo of "Dancing with the Stars" (11.586 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and "Castle" (6.878 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6).

Next up was CBS (5.923 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.805 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), another "The Big Bang Theory" (7.135 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3), "Scorpion" (5.419 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.381 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.981 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up second runs of "Gotham" (1.855 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Lucifer" (2.108 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, encores of "iZombie" (0.761 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.471 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (0.616 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cake Wars (Food/SP): 796,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 352,000
- RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo): 327,000

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posted 4/5/16

Italy Goes "Boom"
Discovery Italy Greenlights Their Own Version
From Variety

Discovery Group Italy has licensed hit game show format “Boom!” from Keshet International in a move indicative of its expansionist ambitions in Italy’s generalist TV landscape.

Endemol Shine Italy will produce “Boom!” for Discovery’s recently rebranded and relaunched channel Nove. The format combines mind and body challenges in a high octane show that sees contestants race against a clock displayed on a replica bomb in the middle of the studio. Plan is for “Boom!” to air in a daily access prime-time slot on Nove starting this fall.

Discovery Italy Svp of programming Laura Carafoli called “Boom!” a great opportunity for new soul of channel Nove.

“We want to bring Discovery’s DNA and creativity into Italian general entertainment TV,” she added in a statement.

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posted 4/5/16


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New Season... New Host... New Fools
Alyson Hannigan to Host Season 3 of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us!"
From Entertainment Weekly

The CW Network has set its summer premiere dates, including a new cycle of PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, with new host Alyson Hannigan, the return of WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?, and Cycle Three of magic series MASTERS OF ILLUSION.

Returning Monday, July 11 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), PENN & TELLER: FOOL US is a one-hour competition series celebrating magic and featuring the legendary duo Penn & Teller. On each episode of PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, aspiring magicians are invited to perform their best trick to try and fool the world-famous team of Penn & Teller. Anyone who succeeds wins the right to perform with Penn & Teller in their celebrated show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The live studio audience and the TV audience watch along with Penn & Teller as they try to figure out the secrets. Penn & Teller see the trick only once and have to immediately try to work it out. The live studio audience knows there are no camera tricks, secret edits or helpful camera cuts. This is all real magic. Hosted by actress Alyson Hannigan ("How I Met Your Mother," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), PENN & TELLER: FOOL US is created and produced by 117 PRODUCTIONS and September Films (part of DCD Media), with executive producers Penn Jillette, Teller, Peter Adam Golden and Andrew Golder.

WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? is back with all new episodes Monday, May 23 (9-9:30pm ET/PT and 9:30-10:00pm ET/PT). Hosted by comedian Aisha Tyler, WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? features cast members Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie, who helped make the original U.S. version of this comedy improv series such a hit. Along with a special guest comedian in each episode, the cast members must put their comedic skills to the test through a series of spontaneous improv games. Prompted only by random ideas supplied by the studio audience and host Aisha Tyler, our four performers must use the little information they have and their wild imaginations to depict different characters and an array of scenes, as well as perform songs. After each round of improvisation, Aisha will dole out points to our four performers and declare a winner at the end of every episode.

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posted 4/5/16

WEEKEND: Amazing Return
CBS Wins with Return of Regular Lineup
From The Futon Critic

CBS (8.162 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was no April Fool on Friday with the post-NCAA return of "The Amazing Race" (5.909 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.320 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and "Blue Bloods" (10.257 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1).

ABC (4.499 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the number two draw with repeats of "Last Man Standing" (4.722 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Dr. Ken" (3.799 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Shark Tank" (4.500 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) plus a new "20/20" (4.737 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

Next up was NBC (3.900 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and a repeat of "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (3.544 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) followed by originals from "Grimm" (4.094 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and "Dateline NBC" (4.062 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.642 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up a new "Sleepy Hollow" (2.627 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and the relocated "Hell's Kitchen" (2.657 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

And finally, the return of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.169 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and "The Originals" (0.958 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) on The CW (1.063 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable Friday:
- Binge Thinking (MTV2/P): 70,000

On cable Sunday:
- All-Star Academy (Food/SF): 1.399 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.031 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 842,000
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 250,000

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posted 4/5/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Return of Deez Nuts"

  • LIST ABUSE: once Bradley comes to, here's a collection of the worst "Weakest Link" answers ever (Mirror)
     

  • Simon Cowell: "Idol" failed not because I left... but because Paula left (New York Daily News)
     

  • Brian Dunkleman is returning to say goodbye, according to... (TMZ)

posted 4/5/16

Rivals III: May 4
MTV Lines Up New Season of "The Challenge"
From The Futon Critic

MTV announced today that the new season of fan favorite "The Challenge: Rivals III," will return with a 90-minute premiere on Wednesday, May 4 at 10:00 PM ET/PT.

Filmed in stunning Hautulco Mexico, "The Challenge: Rivals III" brings 13 teams from "Real World," "Challenge," and "Are You the One," for a return to one of the games' most popular formats. Like every challenge, "Rivals III" requires strength, stamina, and perseverance. For the first time, each pair of bitter rivals are co-ed teams and more than ever, it's going to require mental toughness to succeed. While some rivals are able to overcome their difficulties, other pairs' animosity deepens amidst the intense competition. And this time, with $350,000 at stake, the pressure is even greater. TJ Lavin returns as the host for a season full of some of the series' craziest hook-ups, fights and the most jaw dropping twist in Challenge history.

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posted 4/4/16

tWitch & Allison Go Digital with Ellen
"Kids Dance Challenge" to Launch on EllenTube
From the Hollywood Reporter

Ellen DeGeneres is going digital.

The talk-show host announced on Monday the launch of tWitch & Allison’s Dance Challenge, a new online competition series featuring dancing kids.

Hosted and judged by choreographer and Ellen DJ Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss and his wife, Allison Holker, of Dancing With the Stars, the eight-episode digital show will follow six contestants between the ages of 10 and 14, as they perform various dance styles, including contemporary, hip-hop and pop animation. The two professionals will mentor them in teams and offer them the opportunity to work with Emmy-winning choreographer Travis Wall.

tWitch & Allison’s Dance Challenge is the first original digital series created exclusively for DeGeneres' video website, EllenTube, and produced by Ellen Digital Ventures, a partnership created by DeGeneres and the Warner Bros. Television Group. It continues the talk show's tradition of showcasing talented kids on the dance floor, and ultimately one finalist will perform on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in May.

The first episode is online right now.

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posted 4/4/16

Aussies Head Back to "The Room"
Local Version Attracts 1.16M Viewers
From Australia Network News

Nine’s latest installment “You’re Back in the Room” debuted on television to 878,000 viewers across Australia, many of whom actually hated the show. The high metro ratings though do not stop it from being one of the most criticised shows on Aussie TV screens.

“You’re Back in the Room” had a phenomenal Sunday debut, informs Adnews. The show secured 1.16 million metro viewers, putting it in second place behind “My Kitchen Rules.” Daily Mail reveals that across the 25-54 age group alone it had attracted 878,000 viewers. The show marks the return of Daryl Somers of the “Hey Hey It’s Saturday” fame.

However, the legend could not prevent the show from getting bad reviews. Nine reveals that “You’re Back in the Room” is a hilarious game show comprising of four contestants. They have to finish a couple of tasks to win a pot of cash but there is the catch. The challenge is not a straight forward one. The contestants will be hypnotized by world-renowned Keith Barry and they will have to finish the tasks in this hypnotic state.

The show is an Aussie version of a British television game show by the same title and it also follows the footsteps of its British counterpart in getting mixed reviews. There were very few who thought yesterday’s episode was a funny one but there were many others who were angry that they had to watch the show as against the cricket finals.

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posted 4/4/16

1000 Heartbeats to Play in the Philippines
TV5 to Air Local Adaptation
From Worldscreen

The family game show 1000 Heartbeats has landed in the Philippines following a deal between distributor Bomanbridge Media and TV5 Network.

The local adaptation of the Hungry Bear Productions format is due out on TV5 in July. Viva Communications will produce the 60 hour-long episodes. The show, which first aired on the U.K.’s ITV, sees contestants complete challenges and climb a money ladder before an allotted 1,000 heartbeats run out. Bomanbridge Media serves as an Asian consultant for Sky Vision, the international production and distribution arm of Sky, which represents the format worldwide.

“Bomanbridge is known increasingly for presenting the best formats to Asia from all parts of the world,” said Sonia Fleck, the CEO of Bomanbridge Media. “1000 Heartbeats, created by Hungry Bear Productions, brings heart-pounding excitement to the forefront. This exhilarating format is sure to become addictive for TV5’s audience and we look forward to its success.”

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posted 4/4/16

MGM Sells Coupled
Fox to Air in May
From C21 Media

MGM International Television Distribution is bringing 19 formats to MipFormats and MipTV, including new dating show Coupled.

The expanded format catalogue follows US-based MGM’s acquisition of United Artists Media Group, now under the MGM Television umbrella.

Coupled, from Mark Burnett, debuts on US network Fox in May. The show follows 12 single women looking for love on a Caribbean island where they have to text other participants their conversations.

Other shows on MGM’s slate include Greatest Makers, The Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice franchises and gameshow Generation Gap.

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posted 4/4/16

Russia in the Hunt
Shine Format Goes to NTV
From C21 Media

A Russian broadcaster has become the latest to pick up Endemol Shine Group’s hit factual format Hunted for a local remake.

NTV Channel has commissioned the show, in which groups of ordinary people go on the run while a team of investigators tries to track them down.

It will be produced by Weit Media, ESG’s production company in Russia, and air during primetime.

The original format was created by Shine TV in the UK, debuting on Channel 4. It has since sold around the world, including to CBS in the US, and is on sale at MipTV in Cannes.

Lisa Perrin, CEO of Creative Networks at ESG, said the show “really represents Endemol Shine Group at its best, with successful new formats quickly adapted by our local production companies for broadcasters around the world to suit their own culture and budgets.”

Yulia Sumacheva, CEO of Weit Media, added: “Hunted is a fascinating and bold social experiment and we have no doubt the audience in Russia will be completely gripped with this authentic real-life thriller.”

C21Media

posted 4/4/16

TF1's on Fire
Pilot Rolls on Newen Format
From C21 Media

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has commissioned a pilot of the latest gameshow from Newen, following its purchase of the production group at the turn of the year.

Bibiane Godfroid, who joined the production powerhouse as CEO of content in December, announced the TF1 pilot of On Fire at MipFormats here in Cannes last night. The format has contestants competing for cash but the money they don’t win gets burned in front of them.

A former Canal+, France Télévisions and Fremantlemedia France executive, Godfroid was also M6 programmes director for the past eight years. She joined Newen in the wake of the group’s acquisition by TF1

C21Media

posted 4/4/16

Train of Thought to Return to UK
Nippon TV Format Last Broadcast in 2011
From B&C

Nippon Television Network Corporation (Nippon TV) today announced that it has agreed to a renewal of its UK deal for the format Train of Thought, an original family game show. Known by the title Copycats in the UK market, the format makes a comeback since it was last produced in 2011. Nippon TV has previously licensed the format to CBBC, which produced the Copycats series in-house which aired on one of the BBC’s children’s channel, CBBC.

The original game show format Train of Thought, also known as Magical Brain Power, was launched more than 25 years ago and is a proven ratings winner with over 270 episodes produced in Japan. The format has been adapted and aired in many countries, including Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand and Italy. Train of Thought is a format that has been hugely successful for the BBC network, with a total of more than 150 episodes produced in the UK since it first aired in 2009.

Yukiko Kimishima, Divisional President of International Business Development at Nippon TV commented, “We’re thrilled to be working again with the CBBC and delighted to see the show returning to the UK once again.”

B&C

posted 4/4/16

Keshet Trades Up to China
CCTV2 Gets Popular Series Format
From Realscreen

Israeli producer-distributor Keshet International has sent its branded automotive game show Trade Up to Chinese state television channel CCTV-2.

Beijing Tong Chang Tong Ying will helm the localized adaptation of the series, with production to commence in the near future. A scheduled broadcast date has been set for September.

The series, which is originally produced by Keshet Broadcasting, features two families as they compete to answer various trivia questions in an elimination competition. Working together, families select a key that potentially unlocks a brand new car. Winning families can choose to keep the car should the key start the ignition, or trade up to the next car.

Realscreen
Worldscreen

posted 4/4/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Music of the Heart"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTES: ABC in May:

    • Shark Tank season finale: May 20
    • Dancing with the Stars season finale: May 23-24
    • The Bachelorette season premiere May 23 (The Futon Critic)
       
  • Simon Fuller: "Idol" will be back (Hollywood Reporter)
     

  • Billy Eichner signs with UTA (Deadline)
     

  • Kaye Ballard to get a statue (CBS Miami)
     

  • ICYMI: We don't know what's funnier, this "Chase" answer or Brad's reaction to it (OK) plus meet the worst. Team. Ever (Metro)
     

  • Simon Cowell takes shots at "The Voice" (TellyMix)

posted 4/4/16

THURSDAY: And Then There Were Three
The Countdown to the Final "American Idol" Begins
From The Winnipeg Free Press

When American Idol crowns its 15th and final winner this Thursday night, the reaction of many TV-watchers will be something like this:

"Who cares?"

But it’s important to remember that the answer to that question, not that many seasons ago, was "Almost everybody."

For most of its prime-time life, American Idol was the 900-pound gorilla of TV shows, dominating the January-to-May ratings so completely that it was a foregone conclusion Fox would win the overall fall-to-spring ratings race based solely on the audience Idol attracted in the second half of the TV season.

By conventional standards, a TV show is considered a success if it stays on the air for five seasons — long enough to reach the 100-episode mark that makes it marketable and profitable as a second-run syndication offering. American Idol has lasted 15 seasons, and for nine of those, it was the most-watched program on U.S. television.

Not bad for a series that was viewed as a format-import throwaway by the network it basically ended up saving. American Idol’s debut aired on June 11, 2002 (with the soon-to-be-shortened title American Idol: The Search for a Superstar), a clear indication that Fox’s schedule-makers had so little confidence in this reworked version of Britain’s Pop Idol that their first inclination was to burn it off during TV’s off-season summer months.

But within weeks, Idol was a pop-culture sensation, thanks in large part to the caustic contributions of judge Simon Cowell, who had been imported from Pop Idol and quickly established Idol’s identity, while at the same time setting the template for a generation of rude-Brit commentators that would invade popular American TV in the decade that followed.

By the time Kelly Clarkson was crowned the first season’s winner (over runner-up Justin Guarini), Idol had attracted a U.S. audience of nearly 12 million, an impressive feat for a summer fill-in series. Because of its early success, Fox moved Idol’s second-season première up to January 2003, and its audience ballooned to more than 20 million.

Last night, FOX (9.061 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) claimed top honors with the penultimate week of "American Idol" (8.844 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4) and a second hour of "American Idol" (9.278 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3).

CBS (7.464 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then took the number two spot with new episodes of "The Big Bang Theory" (13.966 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1) and "Life in Pieces" (8.071 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #5) followed by the season finale of "Life in Pieces" (6.812 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7), a new "2 Broke Girls" (5.737 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8) and the premiere of "Rush Hour" (5.098 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9).

Next up was ABC (6.437 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.801 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), "Scandal" (6.485 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6) and "The Catch" (5.026 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.672 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up the season finales of "You, Me and the Apocalypse" (2.793 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and "Shades of Blue" (5.357 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) around a repeat of "The Blacklist" (2.868 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14).

And finally, fresh installments of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (2.064 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) and "The 100" (1.279 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) on The CW (1.672 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 1.423 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.132 million
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.071 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 1.045 million
- Redneck Island (CMT/SF): 279,000
- Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown (FYI): 127,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Winnipeg Free Press
TV Insider

posted 4/1/16

More on "First Impressions"
Freddie Prinze Jr. to Host for USA May 10
From The Futon Critic

USA Network's unscripted competition series, FIRST IMPRESSIONS, featuring Emmy Award-Winner and "SNL" Alum Dana Carvey, has locked in Freddie Prinze Jr. ("Star Wars Rebels") to host the weekly half-hour battle. The series is set to premiere on Tuesday, May 10 at 10:30/9:30 c. In addition to Carvey and Prinze Jr., FIRST IMPRESSIONS will also welcome an all-star celebrity line-up to cheer-on the contestants; Steve Carell ("The Big Short"), Jay Leno ("The Tonight Show"), Kevin Nealon ("SNL"), Yvette Nicole Brown ("Community"), Tom Arnold ("Sons of Anarchy"), Jon Lovitz ("Saturday Night Live") and Kate Flannery ("Inside Out") will coach the aspiring impressionists through a variety of challenges, helping them to hone their skills.

"FIRST IMPRESSIONS gives up-and-coming impressionists a unique opportunity to share their skills with the master," said Prinze Jr., "I've always been a huge fan of Dana and watching him in action, working with our talented competitors, is incredible."

Carvey is the "expert-in-residence" in this comedic series that pits America's best amateur impressionists against each other in a battle of celebrity impression. Each week the studio audience will crown a winner. From Renegade 83 and Gaspin Media, Carvey, Jeff Gaspin, David Garfinkle and Jay Renfroe will executive produce.

Prinze Jr., is best known for starring in movies such as "She's All That," "I Know What You Did Last Summer," the "Scooby-Doo" franchise and "Summer Catch." Additionally, he is the voice of several characters on animated series and video games including "Robot Chicken" and "Star Wars Rebels." Prinze Jr. was also a part of the cast of the hit series "24" for its final season. This summer, he is exploring another one of his passions with the release of his first cook book, Back to the Kitchen, out June 7, 2016. The book is filled with recipes that pay homage to his New Mexican Roots, his Puerto Rican heritage and his travels as an actor. Prinze Jr. is represented by The Gersh Agency, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Morris Yorn Barnes Levine.

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Bustle
PerezHilton.com

posted 4/1/16

NBC Slots "Spartan"
Catch The Preview After "ANW" June 13
From The Futon Critic

NBC has set Monday, June 13 (10-11 p.m.) as the preview of the highly anticipated new alternative competition series "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge."

Following previews on June 13 and June 20 with "American Ninja Warrior" as its lead-in, "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" will shift to its regular 9 p.m. timeslot on Thursday, June 23.

Inspired by Spartan Race - the creators of the world's most demanding obstacle course races - "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" raises the bar on team competitions. Groups of friends, families, co-workers and more must work together as they race across specially designed Spartan courses engineered to test their determination, endurance and will. Teams of five will compete on one the most demanding courses ever devised and will have to push through the pain to win $250,000.

"Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" is executive produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions' founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed ("Hell's Kitchen," "Unsung," "Ellen's Design Challenge"), along with Anthony Storm ("American Ninja Warrior").

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 4/1/16


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RONNIE CORBETT: 1931-2016
One of "The Two Ronnies" Hosted "Small Talk"
From Variety

Scottish comedian Ronnie Corbett, best known as one-half of British comedy television staple “The Two Ronnies,” died on Thursday at age 85.

“Ronnie Corbett CBE, one of the nation’s best-loved entertainers, passed away this morning, surrounded by his loving family,” his publicist said in a statement to the BBC.

His partner on “Two Ronnies,” which aired for 16 years, was Ronnie Barker, who died in 2005. They were two of the U.K.’s most beloved comedians. Their signature sign-off, “Now it’s goodnight from me,” “and it’s goodnight from him” became known to a wide audience even after their show ended in 1987.

Many comedians took to Twitter to remember the late comedy star. British actor John Cleese, who worked with Corbett on “The Frost Report” in the 1960s, tweeted, “He had the best timing I’ve ever watched. He was a great, kind mentor and a wonderfully witty companion.”

“House” alum and star of the “The Night Manager” Hugh Laurie also expressed his sadness over Corbett, describing him as “a beautiful, brilliant man.”

English comedian Miranda Hart wrote, “Having a little weep at the death of one of my heroes Ronnie Corbett. As he would say, ‘Miranda, you can’t look up to me.’ Goodbye from me.”

“Monty Python” comedian Michael Palin told the BBC that Corbett had “a great sense of silliness.”

“He could do the serious stuff as well, but there was a lovely sort of mischief, his eyes twinkled,” Palin said. “He was absolutely delightful to play with and against, and do material with and, also, just a good friend, too.

“Thanks for all the laughs, mate,” Russell Crowe tweeted, quoting his catchphrase.

Corbett was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He knew he wanted to be an actor at an early age, so he moved to London to forge an acting career after he finished his obligatory time in the National Service.

He performed in cabarets, onstage and films, including “Rockets Galore,” before he landed on David Frost’s “The Frost Report,” which made him a household name. One famous sketch from the show, which included Corbett, Barker and Cleese, was about British social classes, using the different heights of the three comedians to represent the lower, middle and upper class.

In 1971, Barker and Corbett teamed up for the successful BBC sketch comedy show “Two Ronnies.” The difference in their sizes difference lent itself to many comedic acts that included spoofs and musical numbers. At one point, the show had 17 million viewers.

After the show’s end, Corbett starred in the British sitcom “Sorry!” in the ’80s and hosted a game show called “Small Talk” in the ’90s.

In 2005, he reunited with Barker for “The Two Ronnies Sketchbook,” although Barker died later that year. He influenced many comedians, including Ricky Gervais, who tweeted, “It was an absolute honor and joy to have known him.”

Former British prime minister John Prescott tweeted a mash-up photo that referenced one of Corbett’s most popular sketches on “Two Ronnies,” where as a shopkeeper he hands Barker’s character four candles instead of what he had asked for — “fork handles.”

Tonight’s edition of BBC’s “The One Show” will pay tribute to the late Corbett.

Corbett is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Variety
South Wales Argus
BBC
RTE
Metro
London Evening Standard
Consequence of Sound
AL.com
TMZ
TV Insider
Us Magazine
AL.com
TV Insider

posted 3/31/16

Science Looking for New "Mythbusters".... CONFIRMED
Reality Competition Greenlit to Search for New Hosts
From The Hollywood Reporter

Science Channel is reviving MythBusters.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively that the Discovery-owned cable network has greenlighted a reality competition series titled Search for the Next MythBusters, which comes on the heels of the series finale for the original show in early March. MythBusters, which ran for 14 seasons, featured Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman using science to put various myths and rumors to the test.

Search will focus on finding an "all-new generation of myth-busting science superstars with mind-blowing build skills and nerves of steel." It will involve both social media and stunts as it tests a cast of hopefuls on their skills as they compete in various challenges.

"When I got to the network, and we clearly identified MythBusters as a franchise and something that was important to Science Channel and Discovery, and it was such a beloved show, I didn't want to let it go," says Marc Etkind, who became general manager of Science Channel in September after serving in the same role at sibling network Destination America. "So we looked really closely at what would be the best way to keep it going and invigorate it and thought, 'Let's host a worldwide search for the next MythBusters.'"

To that end, Science Channel is inviting viewers to submit videos. Ideal candidates are "people who have building skills and are naturally inquisitive," Etkind says. "People who don't mind getting embarrassed a little bit, who ask lots of questions and have the skills and knowledge to put those to the test." (Science Channel's website has further details.)

The competition will start with 15 participants who look to solve challenges that include classic myths from the show as well as new myths. Hopefuls will be eliminated on each episode by a panel of judges — consisting of those who have been involved with MythBusters at some point over the years — until the final picks are made. Etkind says it could be one person or several people, depending on what happens.

Asked if the next incarnation of MythBusters will have the same format or be something entirely new, Etkind says that remains to be seen. "We'll see who emerges victorious and from those folks determine what the best format is," he explains. "It's a long-running goal for Science Channel to have MythBusters on the air."

The Hollywood Reporter
The Futon Critic
CNET

posted 3/31/16

Don't Call It a "Comeback"... New Season of "Food Network Star" Comes with a Twist
Catch It May 22!
From The Futon Critic

Food Network's competition series Food Network Star returns for a twelfth season on Sunday, May 22nd at 9pm ET/PT, with culinary icons Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay looking to discover the next promising food television star. Thirteen talented culinary hopefuls are put through the ringer this season, battling it out in challenges that not only test their kitchen skills but also their on-camera chops, to find out who has the talent and charisma to follow in Giada and Bobby's footsteps and win the ultimate prize: their own Food Network show. New this year, Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen, co-hosted by Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence, premieres on Sunday, May 8th at 8pm ET/PT, with seven former Food Network Star finalists returning to compete over three episodes for a coveted spot as the thirteenth finalist within season twelve's premiere. Web-series Star Salvation, hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli and last season's Food Network Star winner Eddie Jackson, returns again to give one eliminated finalist the opportunity to rejoin the competition during the season. The Food Network Star season twelve winner will be crowned on Sunday, July 31st at 9pm ET/PT.

Starting May 8th on Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen, seven unforgettable former finalists enter the Star kitchen for another shot at stardom. When co-hosts Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence introduce the first challenge, the competitors are forced to face their pasts by attempting to redeem the dish that was the downfall in their respective season. The alumni must then shoot a one minute "Where Are They Now?" video, updating viewers on what they've been up to and how they've improved since their Food Network Star appearance. Through three episodes, Valerie and Tyler determine who has earned a spot on the new season of Food Network Star.

In the May 22nd season premiere of Food Network Star, the finalists must shoot a 30-second screen test to give viewers a quick culinary preview of what they are all about. The videos debut during a VIP event at a luxury theater in Los Angeles in front of an audience; but when Bobby and Giada surprise the finalists with news that the Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen winner will also join the competition, how will they handle this twist? Comeback Kitchen hosts Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence help Giada and Bobby decide who will be the first to be sent home. During the season the finalists encounter challenges that not only test their culinary skills, but also their on-camera presence, from trying their hand at delivering food reports for Entertainment Tonight co-hosts Nancy O'Dell and Kevin Frazier, to shooting a promo for their own show, the finalists are challenged to not only create great food but great TV.

"Viewers will be inspired watching these competitors pull out all the stops as they follow their dreams of becoming a Food Network Star," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel. "With Bobby and Giada leading the action, joined by an amazing group of world-class guest judges, the suspense of the season will be rivaled only by the big personalities and talent these finalists display."

The Futon Critic

posted 3/31/16

WEDNESDAY: "Empire" Holds Court
Fox Splits Night with CBS
From The Futon Critic

FOX (8.686 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) surged to the top spot on Wednesday with a new "Rosewood" (5.135 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5) and the return of "Empire" (12.239 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.7, #1).

CBS (8.693 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then was the number two demo draw with its mix of "Survivor: Kaoh Rong" (9.426 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), "Criminal Minds" (9.338 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) and "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (7.317 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5).

Next up was NBC (5.845 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with originals from "Heartbeat" (4.810 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.032 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5) and "Chicago PD" (6.693 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.412 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) opted for repeats of "The Middle" (5.441 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9), "The Goldbergs" (4.606 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9), "Modern Family" (4.735 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8) and "Black-ish" (3.943 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11) plus a new "Nashville" (3.873 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12).

And finally, fresh installments of "Arrow" (2.436 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12) and "Supernatural" (1.563 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) on The CW (1.999 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the night.

On cable:
- Face Off (Syfy): 965,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/31/16

"Wheel" House
Discovery Greenlights "The Wheel" Survival Series
From The Futon Critic

Discovery is taking the survivalist genre to the next level with THE WHEEL, the network's newest series from Pilgrim Media Group.

While most survival shows feature just one or two extreme environments, THE WHEEL demands that participants conquer eight distinctly grueling landscapes across the world, each requiring a completely different set of survival skills. With each turn of the Wheel, survivalists must tackle the planet's most unforgiving terrains - including freezing tundra, parched deserts, rugged mountains and steamy jungles - one immediately after another, with little time to prepare what few tools and materials they have.

The participants are completely at the Wheel's mercy, as its every rotation thrusts them into a new harrowing domain without warning. When and how quickly will the Wheel turn? That's for the viewers to know... and for the survivalists to agonize and obsess over.

When a survivalist breaks down and taps out, the Wheel keeps on turning until only one is left standing. But can anyone survive THE WHEEL?

THE WHEEL is produced for Discovery Channel by Pilgrim Media Group. For Pilgrim Media Group, Executive Producers are Craig Piligian and Sam Korkis. For Discovery Channel, Executive Producers are Joseph Boyle and Kyle Wheeler and Coordinating Producer Brian Peterson. To learn more, go to www.discovery.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/discovery and on Twitter @Discovery.

The Futon Critic

posted 3/31/16

Upfront: Food Network
On Deck: Tournaments, "Food Network Star Kids"
From Media Life

Food Network is coming off a solid first quarter in ratings, but it won’t be relying on those same shows for the remainder of the year.

At the Scripps Networks upfront presentation this week the cable network revealed a list of 15 new shows to premiere between April and the end of the year, in addition to a slew of returning series.

Below are some of Food Network’s programming highlights for the coming year.

– “Celebrity Food Fight” (May): Half dinner party, half food competition, featuring celebrities, chefs and host Andy Richter.

– “Cutthroat Kitchen: Time Warp Tournament” (June): A new version of the series featuring dishes of different decades from the 1950s to the ’90s.

– “Clash of the Grandmas” (November): Reality competition featuring four contestants a la “Chopped,” only this show features grandmothers.

Other new series this year include: three new editions of “Guy’s Grocery Games,” “Buddy’s Family Vacation,” “Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen,” “Kids BBQ Championship,” “Food Network Star Kids,” a “Cutthroat Kitchen” Halloween tournament, “Copped + Beat Bobby Flay” and “Worst Bakers in America.”

The cable network’s list of new shows is lengthy, but its collection of returning shows is even longer.

Shows returning this year include: “Beat Bobby Flay,” “Chopped,” “Chopped: Champions,” “Cutthroat Kitchen,” “Restaurant: Impossible,” “Chopped Junior,” “Guy’s Grocery Games,” “Spring Baking Championship,” “Food Network Star,” “Cake Wars,” “Chopped: After Hours, “Chopped Grill Masters,” “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” “Camp Cutthroat,” “Chopped Teen Tournament,” “The Great Food Truck Race,” “Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition,” “Halloween Baking Championship,” “Halloween Wars,” “Cake Wars: Christmas,” “Holiday Baking Championship,” “Kids Baking Championship,” “Worst Cooks in America” and “Guys Grocery Games: Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Tournament.”

Whew.

Media Life

posted 3/31/16

MIPTV: Passion
On Offer: "Gay for Play", "Fresh Paint", "Robot Wars"
From Worldscreen

At MIPTV 2016 Passion Distribution is presenting a lineup of new and returning entertainment and lifestyle series.

The competition series Robot Wars, meanwhile, had nine seasons air between 1998 and 2004, and the show has been rebooted with an emphasis on updated robotic technologies. Passion Distribution is selling the 6×1-hour BBC Two version, as well as the format rights for the series.

There is also the new game show Gay for Play, hosted by RuPaul. The trivia game show sees a panel of six celebrities help two contestants answer questions about pop culture in hopes of winning prizes and more than $5,000 in cash. Gay for Play is a World of Wonder production for Logo.

Another highlight on Passion’s slate is Skin Wars: Fresh Paint, also hosted by RuPaul. The show sees three artists leave their comfort zones to compete in body painting for the first time. The company is also offering the third season of the competition series Skin Wars, which sees contestants go head-to-head in body-painting challenges.

Worldscreen

posted 3/31/16

CBS Daytime: The Best Keeps Getting Better
"Deal" Hits a New High
From Soap Opera Network

Citing newly released Nielsen Media Research ratings data, CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” is up during first quarter 2016 over first quarter 2015 in Total Viewers. The daytime drama series averaged 5.38 million viewers during the quarter, which is a gain of 11,000 viewers over the comparable quarter a year ago.

Outside of “Y&R,” both CBS game shows “The Price is Right” and “Let’s Make a Deal,” along with the network’s “The Talk,” continue to show ratings growth.

Broken down into two separate programs, “Deal 1” hit all-time first quarter highs in Total Viewers and matched its best performance in Women 18-49 ratings. The program averaged 3.34 million viewers (+2% over last year) and a 0.7/5 in Women 18-49 (+17%). “Deal 2” averaged 3.85 million viewers (+1% over last year) and a 0.8/6 in Women 18-49 (+14%).

Also broken into two separate programs, “Price 1” averaged 5.37 million viewers during first quarter 2016 (+5% over first quarter 2015) and “Price 2” averaged 6.16 million viewers (+4%).

Soap Opera Network

posted 3/31/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Music of the Heart"

  • "American Idol" supports music programs in our schools (The Futon Critic)
     

  • ... meanwhile: the Idol tour of finalists? Yeah, that's canceled (Hollywood Reporter)
     

  • ICYMI: Mastermind came down to triple overtime (Metro)
     

  • Paul Daniels laid to rest (A-List)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Vernon Kay (TellyMix) and Johnny Vegas (TellyMix)

posted 3/31/16

Meet the Power Players
Catch The Special Jeopardy! Week Next Month
From The Hill

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd, former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele and CNN’s Anderson Cooper and S.E. Cupp are among the political and media personalities going buzzer-to-buzzer on “Jeopardy!” next month.

The long-running Alex Trebek-hosted quiz show is filming its “Power Players Week” in Washington next month.
“Saturday Night Live” alum Franken — who has competed on the show twice before — is believed to be the first sitting lawmaker to be featured as a “Jeopardy!” contestant.

Among the other high-profile names slated to appear at the D.C. taping: Republican strategist Ana Navarro, comedian Louis C.K., CNN’s Kate Bolduan and David Gregory, former MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry, “60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan, “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner, ABC News legal correspondent Sunny Hostin, The Washington Post’s Jonathan Capehart and author Jonathan Franzen.

The contestants all receive a guaranteed $10,000 to go toward the charity of their choice for their participation, while the winner of each game will earn a minimum of $50,000 for their charity.

The Hill
DCist
Salon
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Slate
Los Angeles Times

posted 3/30/16


Reuters/Irish Times
PATTY DUKE: 1946-2016
"$64,000 Question" Contestant Turns Hollywood Powerhouse, Panelist
From CNN

Patty Duke, the actress who won fame with her stage and screen portrayals of Helen Keller in "The Miracle Worker," died Tuesday, according to her agent. She was 69.

Duke died of sepsis from a ruptured intestine, according to a statement from Mitchell K. Stubbs & Associates, the agency that represented her.

"This morning, our beloved wife, mother, grandmother, matriarch and the exquisite artist, humanitarian, and champion for mental health, Anna PATTY DUKE Pearce, closed her eyes, quieted her pain and ascended to a beautiful place," her family said in a statement posted by her son actor Sean Astin. "We celebrate the infinite love and compassion she shared through her work and throughout her life."

Duke won a best supporting actress Academy Award in 1963 for "The Miracle Worker."

She also was known for roles in "Valley of the Dolls," "My Sweet Charlie" and "Me, Natalie," as well as for TV's "The Patty Duke Show," which aired from 1963 to 1966.

Duke also struggled with mental illness, having been diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1982.

"I don't mind being thought of as someone who was crazy, because I had no control over that situation," she wrote in her 1988 autobiography, "Call Me Anna." "What I don't like is for people to believe I chose to do destructive things."

In the last half of her life, Duke became an advocate on mental health issues, writing a book in 1992 highlighting bipolar disorder and its treatments and using her fame to fight for others struggling with the disease.

"Her greatest achievement was confronting her mental illness and making her story public," Astin said on fundraising page to set up a new mental health initiative in her name. "She crossed the Nation speaking and campaigning and lobbying for mental health. My mom took her place as a mental health advocate in the greatest tradition of noble leadership."

She was born Anna Marie Duke on December 14, 1946, in Elmhurst, New York, and began acting as a child.
Her first major role came in 1959, when she portrayed the blind and deaf Keller on Broadway. The success of that two-year run led to her playing the same part in the 1962 film version of "The Miracle Worker," for which she won an Oscar and a Golden Globe.

"The Patty Duke Show" followed for three years. Duke played the twin roles of English and American cousins living in New York.

In 1967, she starred in "Valley of the Dolls," followed by "Me, Natalie," an independent film that netted her a second Golden Globe award. That same year, at the age of 12, she won $32,000 on "The $64,000 Question".

She returned to Keller's story in 1979 for a television movie in which she played Keller's teacher, Annie Sullivan. The project brought her third Emmy; she had previously won for the 1970 TV movie "My Sweet Charlie" and the 1976 miniseries "Captains and Kings."

She then served as president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1985 to 1988.

During the 1970s & 1980s, she appeared on numerous game shows including "Tattletales" (with then-husband John Astin), "The $100,000 Pyramid", "Match Game", "Password Plus/Super Password", "Stumpers!", "Chain Reaction", "Hollywood Squares", "Mindreaders", "The Movie Game", and the Alex Trebek-hosted "Double Dare".

Actress Holly Robinson Peete was among the many paying tribute to Duke, calling her a "legendary actor" and "eloquent humanitarian."

Actress Marlee Matlin called Duke "brave, outspoken & humanitarian."

Duke was married four times, including a 13-year marriage to actor John Astin, best known for his role on "The Addams Family."

Sean Astin is best known for his role in the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy. A second son, Mackenzie Astin, is also an actor. She adopted another son, Kevin, in 1989 with her fourth husband, Michael Pearce.

Her last tweet came on their anniversary, March 15: "30 years ago today, Mike and I married. We having a very happy and quiet day. Love and hugs to all."

GSNN's Jason Huhn and Doug Morris contributed to this report.

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posted 3/30/16

SYNDIES: Week 27
Results for the Week Ending March 20
From B&C

Daylight saving time kicked in during the week ending March 20, resulting in lower levels of people using television and lower ratings. The NCAA’s annual basketball tournament, known as March Madness, also heavily penalized shows cleared on CBS-owned stations but also equaled stronger than usual competition for shows airing on other outlets. Overall, preemptions hit hardest shows that air in access and in some cases, early fringe.

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud faded 3% to a 6.4, but beat CBS Television Distribution’s Wheel of Fortune for first place among games. Wheel fell 14% to a second-place 6.0, with the show feeling the effects of March Madness. CTD’s Jeopardy! was similarly affected, eroding 11% to a 5.7.

Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game and Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire were both flat at a 1.3, although compared to last year at this time, Name Game lost 7%, while Millionaire was down 28%, the biggest drop of any first-run strip.

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TV by the Numbers

posted 3/30/16

TUESDAY: Chicago Love
NBC Wins on Chicago Shows, The Voice
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.390 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday with a new "The Voice" (10.820 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) alongside the return of "Chicago Med" (8.616 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) and "Chicago Fire" (8.736 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2).

CBS (7.783 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then took home the silver with repeats of "NCIS" (10.324 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.763 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) plus its special "The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special" (4.264 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

Next up was ABC (3.193 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) with originals from "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.556 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "The Real O'Neals" (3.752 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (3.231 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and "Beyond the Tank" (2.195 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.328 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up new episodes of "The Flash" (3.329 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) and "iZombie" (1.328 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14).

And finally, FOX (1.700 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the night with a new "New Girl" (2.223 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), a repeat "Grandfathered" (1.300 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14), an original "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.963 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12) and a repeat "The Grinder" (1.312 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16).

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.172 million
- Chopped Champions (Food/SP): 1.024 million
- Separation Anxiety (TBS): 870,000
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 758,000

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/30/16

MONDAY: Super Bounce
NBC SQUEAKS by ABC for the Win
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.527 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was the network to beat on Monday with originals from "The Voice" (11.219 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) and "Blindspot" (6.142 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4).

The silver medal then went to CBS (8.196 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and its trio of "Supergirl" (7.241 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "Scorpion" (8.626 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.723 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

Next up was ABC (9.324 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) with a new "Dancing with the Stars" (11.833 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2) and a special encore of "The Catch" (4.308 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.781 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) offered up fresh installments of "Gotham" (3.775 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6) and "Lucifer" (3.787 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

And finally, The CW (0.924 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with new episodes of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.921 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.928 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

On cable...
- Cake Wars (Food): 711,000
- RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo): 297,000

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posted 3/30/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "One Letter"

  • VIDEO WALL: the one-letter solve in "Wheel of Fortune" from Friday (AV Club)
     

  • THIS DAY IN GAME SHOW HISTORY: 52 years ago today, Jeopardy! premiered (Everett Herald)

posted 3/30/16

Return to "Paradise"
Casting Begins in Maui for Season 2 of "Paradise Run"
From Maui Now

Chameleon Talent is casting Maui kids for Nickelodeon’s hit game show, “Paradise Run”, for the second season in a row. They are looking for teams of two. Talent must be outgoing and competitive with great energy and personalities.

Prospective contestants must...
- Live in or are planning to visit the Maui area
- Be between 11-14 years of age at the time of filming May 1 to June 10
- Be able to swim
- Have one parent or legal guardian to accompany players during filming on the Big Island.

Winner will receive the ultimate tropical vacation experience!

Many of Maui’s kids are featured in the Season One episodes that you can find and view on YouTube to get an idea of the show. Season one is still airing and you can probably DVR it as well.

See details on how to submit your photo and information on the flyer below and feel free to call with any questions at 808-879-7817.

Maui Now

posted 3/29/16

Spike "Inks" Season 9
Will Air After Season 8 in 2017
From The Futon Critic

Spike has greenlit a new season of the highly rated hit original tattoo-competition series, "Ink Master." Season 9 will consist of 15 one-hour episodes plus a LIVE finale and will debut in 2017. The announcement was made today by Sharon Levy, executive vice president, original series, Spike.

"Ink Master" is currently in its 7th season and is averaging a robust 1.8 million viewers in its Tuesday timeslot. The Spike original series is delivering triple-digit gains this season in the timeslot for Adults 18-49 (+252%) and Adults 18-34 (+286%) and is ranked #2 on cable with Adults 18-49 and #2 with Women 18-49. "Ink Master" is drawing a 55% female audience, demonstrating the network's ongoing plan to deliver gender-balanced original hit series.

Last fall, Season 6 of "Ink Master" averaged 2.4 million viewers, the highest tally in franchise history.

Season 8 of "Ink Master" will debut this August.

"The Ink Master franchise has been a major driver in Spike's successful shift to general entertainment," said Levy. "The continued ratings growth is a result of the creativity and ingenuity of our partners at Original Media and our phenomenal hosting/judging trio of Dave Navarro, Oliver Peck, and Chris Nunez."

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Deadline

posted 3/29/16

Keshet Gets "Touched"
"What's Wrong With This Picture" Becomes a Game Show
From TBI Vision

Keshet International’s major MIPTV unscripted launch is gameshow Touch.

The show, which debuted on Keshet Broadcasting in Israel this summer, is based on a central question: ‘What’s wrong with this picture?’.

Keshet arm has developed Touch, which Ido Rosenblum co-created, as both a TV format and a mobile phone game. This allows viewers to either watch passively, play along at home or independently offline. Around 7.4% of the audience in Israel played at home, with 89% of those continuing to use the app after the series ended.

“Firstly, we are creating a great TV show that is entertaining, but with the Keshet product there is also an added value,” Keshet Broacasting VP of development and content Assaf Blecher told TBI.

KI will also debut upcoming primetime culinary format Battle of the Chefs, which sees two popular chefs sent to compete against each other in a territory where they are unknow; VH1 show Walk of Shame Shuttle, which features candid taxi confessions of late night revellers heading home and comes from Brian Graden Media; and The A Word, which is the BBC’s version of an Israeli autism-themed drama. It scored 4.7 million average viewers in the UK.

TBI Vision

posted 3/29/16

SUNDAY: "Night" Falling
CBS, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.309 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the network to beat on Easter Sunday with its mix of an "Little Big Shots" (3.981 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) encore plus new episodes of "Little Big Shots" (10.324 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1), "The Carmichael Show" (4.731 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), "Crowded" (3.612 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "Hollywood Game Night" (2.760 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

CBS (7.089 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a close second with its quartet of "60 Minutes" (7.225 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "Madam Secretary" (8.403 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), "The Good Wife" (7.496 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "Elementary" (5.233 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Next up was ABC (3.523 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.638 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) alongside originals from "Once Upon a Time" (3.467 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), "The Family" (2.654 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and"Quantico" (3.335 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

And finally, FOX (1.549 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) closed out the evening with a rebroadcast of "Grease: Live!" (1.549 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14).

On cable...
- All Star Academy (Food): 1.329 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.124 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 837,000
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 470,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/29/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "This Guy?"

  • Ben Roethlisberger may be involved in a group date on "The Bachelorette" next season. Because if you want to date anyone, you have to involve someone who was accused of domestic abuse... Twice (Jezebel)
     

  • Matthew McConaughey is looking for a "Big Fan" (Houston Chronicle)
     

  • ICYMI: the saddest impersonation of Donald Trump you'll ever see (Jezebel)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Perhaps the greatest Wheel of Fortune player ever.... this week (Fox Sports)

posted 3/29/16

Miley Cyrus, Alicia Keys Take "Voice" Seats
Duo to Replace Pharrell, Christina Come Fall
From the Futon Critic

International recording superstars Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys will be joining Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as coaches for season 11 of NBC's two-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series "The Voice."

The 11th season will begin in September.

Both Cyrus and Keys are passionate fans of "The Voice": Cyrus is a key adviser on the current season and Keys served as a mentor for season seven.

"The musical expertise and energy these two incredibly talented women will bring to the show is remarkable," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. "We're thrilled that they'll be joining Adam and Blake in what we know will be a magical 11th season."

A singer, songwriter, actress and philanthropist, Cyrus hosted both the VMAs and "Saturday Night Live" in 2015 alongside being their musical guest. She was named Artist of the Year by MTV in 2013 and has released five #1 albums as well as seven top-10 songs.

Cyrus is a multi-award winner, having won several MTV Video Music Awards as well as an iHeart Music Radio Award, MTV Movie Award and People's Choice Award among others.

As an actress Cyrus recently appeared in the Bill Murray holiday special "A Very Murray Christmas," "The Night Before" and has been cast in the new Woody Allen series for Amazon.

A 15-time Grammy Award winner who has sold 35 million albums and 30 million singles, Keys is a world renowned artist and activist.

Keys has released five studio albums, beginning with 2001's megahit "Songs in a Mirror," which reached #1 on the Billboard R&B charts and went 7x platinum. All four of her other studio albums - "The Diary of Alicia Keys" (2003), "As I Am" (2007), "The Element of Freedom" (2009) and her most recent, "Girl on Fire" (2012) - also hit #1.

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Variety
Washington Post
TV Line

posted 3/28/16

"MasterChef": June 1
Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi to Return with Guest Judges in the Third Seat
From the Futon Critic

Award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay and renowned pastry chef Christina Tosi welcome 40 home cooks into the MASTERCHEF kitchen for Season Seven, premiering Wednesday, June 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), on FOX. Throughout the season, special guest judges will join Chef Ramsay and Tosi on the search for America's best home cook, including guest judge and world-renowned chef Wolfgang Puck, as well as celebrity chefs Aarón Sánchez, Edward Lee, Kevin Sbraga and Richard Blais.

"We are thrilled to welcome some of the world's best chefs into the MASTERCHEF kitchen as mentors and guest judges this season," said Ramsay. "Each of the guest judges brings a unique perspective and skill to the kitchen that we believe will propel America's best home cooks to the next level."

In the season premiere episode, 40 of the best home cooks in America will travel to Los Angeles where they will attempt to earn a coveted white apron and move forward to compete for the MASTERCHEF title, a cookbook deal and the $250,000 grand prize. Judging the battle rounds will be Ramsay and Tosi who will taste for flavor, creativity and presentation. In order to move to the next round of the competition, the home cooks must have an immense passion for food and be determined to out-cook their rivals.

The Guest Judges Include:
- Wolfgang Puck - @WolfgangPuck
- Aarón Sánchez - @Chef_Aaron
- Edward Lee - @ChefEdwardLee
- Kevin Sbraga - @KSbraga
- Richard Blais - @RichardBlais

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Deadline

posted 3/28/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Blood on the Dance Floor"

posted 3/28/16

More on "Coupled"
Catch It on Fox May 17
From the Futon Critic

COUPLED, the all-new unscripted dating series produced by Emmy Award winner Mark Burnett ("Survivor," "The Voice"), will premiere Tuesday, May 17 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), following the Season Three premiere of HOTEL HELL (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Hosted by entertainment personality Terrence "J" Jenkins, COUPLED follows 12 single, smart and young professional women looking for love, who will meet face-to-face with eligible single men against the beautiful backdrop of the Caribbean islands. The women have first choice as they instantly decide if they feel a spark of chemistry and want to spend more time with each guy, or if they don't feel a connection and want to wait for the next one. The real soap opera unfolds as new couples are formed and have to discover whether or not they have the compatibility to make their relationships last. COUPLED will also feature the one thing that all modern romances have in common - texting. The women and men are armed with cell phones throughout the series, giving the audience a front row seat to the real drama, as their text conversations pop up on screen.

COUPLED is produced by MGM Television and Grandma's House Entertainment. The series is created and executive-produced by Mark Burnett, Tom Shelly, Ben Newmark, Dan Newmark and Larry Barron. MGM serves as the worldwide distributor of the series outside of the U.S. and Canada. "Like" COUPLED on Facebook at facebook.com/coupledfox. Follow the series on Twitter @CoupledFOX and join the discussion using #Coupled. See photos and videos on Instagram @CoupledFOX.

The Futon Critic

posted 3/25/16

CBS Renews "Survivor", "Race"
Both Reality Games Will Return in the Fall
From TV Insider

Today, CBS announced a boatload of renewals—11 to be exact, joining NCIS and The Big Bang Theory on the list of the Eye network's returning shows.

A few of the shows being renewed today, like Elementary and 2 Broke Girls, were bubble shows due to declining ratings. But it seems that CBS has enough faith in them, and veteran reality shows like Survivor (back for seasons 33 and 34) and The Amazing Race (back for its 29th and 30th seasons), to bring them all back.

No news yet on whether fall premieres Limitless, Life in Pieces, Supergirl have been renewed, though all three have logged steady ratings since their premieres. The new spring series Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders and its original, Criminal Minds, are still up in the air also.

TV Insider
The Futon Critic

posted 3/25/16

THURSDAY: And Then There Were Four
"Idol"-Fueled Fox Splits Night with Basketball-Fueled CBS
From the Futon Critic

CBS (6.277 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) claimed the demo prize on Thursday with its coverage of the "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament" (6.112 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T4), "NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Update" (6.231 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T2) and more "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament" (6.548 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).

FOX (7.956 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then was the number two draw with a new "American Idol" (7.728 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6) and second "American Idol" (8.184 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T4).

Next up was ABC (6.616 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) with originals from "Grey's Anatomy" (7.850 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T2) and "Scandal" (6.195 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6) plus the premiere of "The Catch" (5.804 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.571 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up a new "You, Me and the Apocalypse" (2.699 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), a repeat "The Blacklist" (2.965 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and a new "Shades of Blue" (5.048 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9).

And finally, repeats of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.235 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "The 100" (0.834 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) on The CW (1.034 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 1.425 million
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1358 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.116 million
- Redneck Island (CMT): 391,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 296,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/25/16

French Peppers
Kabo to Market "Hot Pepper" at MIPTV
From C21 Media

French distributor Kabo International has secured worldwide distribution rights to Canadian gameshow format Hot Pepper.

Kabo will be presenting the 56x30’ format, from prodco Avanti Ciné Vidéo for Canadian network TVA, to buyers at MipTV in Cannes next month.

Shot in a university hangout, each episode of the primetime comedy format features three different comedians who compete in a series of more than 60 games while poking fun at hot topics of the day.

Hot Pepper returned to TVA in January after its original eight-season run between 1993 and 2001. Kabo will now work with Les Distributions Avanti Ciné Vidéo on the show’s roll-out.

Kabo will also be shopping Who’s Who?, created by Rose Bay Media and Noel Gay Television and recently picked up by SVT, and Ciao Darwin, which airs on Mediaset’s Canale 5 in Italy.

C21 Media

posted 3/25/16


Arizona Diamondbacks/Awful Announcing
JOE GARAGIOLA SR.: 1926-2016
Baseball Legend Turned Broadcast Legend
From Variety

Longtime baseball broadcaster and “Today” show co-host Joe Garagiola died Wednesday following a long illness. He was 90.

The Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team announced the news on Twitter.

“God I’ll miss Joe Garagiola. Was part of the soul of our show, and told me stories that made me laugh till I cried. Hall of fame person,” “Today” host Matt Lauer tweeted.

Garagiola was a boyhood friend of Hall of Fame baseball player Yogi Berra in St. Louis, growing up in an Italian-American neighborhood known as The Hill. He began his major-league career as a catcher for the St. Louis Cardinals in 1946, winning a World Series in his rookie year and playing nine seasons and 676 games.

Garagiola became far better known for his upbeat personality, humor and wit, often making light of his lack of hitting prowess. He said of Berra, “Not only was I not the best catcher in the Major Leagues, I wasn’t even the best catcher on my street!”

His broadcasting career lasted far longer than his playing career. He became a broadcaster in the first season after he retired as a player, calling Cardinals radio broadcasts on KMOX from 1955 to 1962.

Garagiola authored a 1960 book “Baseball Is a Funny Game” about his upbringing and playing career, which helped establish him as a humorist. He began doing national baseball broadcasts for NBC in 1961 and called several World Series on NBC Radio in the 1960s.

After working on New York Yankees games from 1965 to 1967, Garagiola returned to NBC as the host of the pre-game show “The Baseball World of Joe Garagiola,” and then as a play-by-play announcer beginning in 1974 on the “Saturday Game of the Week” for NBC. His on-air partners included Curt Gowdy, Tony Kubek and Vin Scully.

Garagiola resigned from NBC Sports in 1988. From 1998 to 2012, he performed part-time color commentary duties for the Diamondbacks while his son, Joe Garagiola, Jr., served as general manager.

He won the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Ford Frick Award for Broadcasting in 1991 and was the 2014 recipient of the Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award, presented for positive contributions to Major League Baseball. The Hall’s announcement of the O’Neil award cited his advocacy against smokeless tobacco and his role as a founder of the Baseball Assistance Team charity.

Garagiola served as a panelist on the “Today” show from 1967 to 1973, and again from 1990 to 1992. He also guest-hosted “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.”

Garagiola also hosted the game shows “He Said, She Said,” “Joe Garagiola’s Memory Game,” “Sale of the Century” and “To Tell the Truth.” He co-hosted the “Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show” for USA Network from 1994 to 2002.

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New York Times
Awful Announcing
Hollywood Reporter
Sports Illustrated
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B&C

posted 3/24/16


ATAS
Daytime Emmy Noms Are Out...
The Awards Go Out May 1... but Not on TV
From Variety

CBS’ “Young and the Restless” and ABC’s “General Hospital” lead the list of nominees for this year’s Daytime Emmy Awards, which will not be airing on TV for the second time in the past three years.

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has nixed plans for a telecast of the ceremony because of the cost. Last year NATAS set a two-year deal with Pop, the CBS and Lionsgate-owned cabler, for telecast of the show after a debacle in 2014 when the ceremony aired as a live webcast.

But NATAS decided that the six-figure cost of producing the ceremony for TV was too high even with the license fee offered by Pop. The New York-based academy is believed to be in discussions for another webcast partner.

Low ratings have taken a toll on the Daytime Emmy Awards’ fortunes. The ceremony bounced around from CBS to ABC to CW to CNN sibling HLN during the past decade before falling off of TV entirely in 2014. The Pop pact in 2015 was billed as a comeback for the kudos that honor soap operas, game shows, children’s programs and other non-prime-time fare. Tyra Banks hosted last year’s ceremony.

“After months of negotiations to find show sponsorship, the NATAS executive board has decided that the current climate for awards shows prohibits the possibility of a telecast this year,” said NATAS president Bob Mauro. “With that said, we will be putting on a world-class awards celebration honoring the best and brightest of Daytime television and look forward to an exciting show. All efforts regarding returning the annual gala to television in 2017 are under way.”

The ceremony is set for May 1 at the Westin Bonaventure hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The Creative Arts kudos will be handed out April 29 at the Bonaventure.

Full list of nominations:

Outstanding Game Show
Jeopardy
Let’s Make A Deal
Monopoly Millionaires’ Club
The Price Is Right
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire

Outstanding Game Show Host
Wayne Brady (Let's Make a Deal)
Brooke Burns (The Chase)
Craig Ferguson (Celebrity Name Game)
Billy Gardell (Monopoly Millionaires' Club)
Steve Harvey (Family Feud)

Variety
Broadway World
Zap2it
UPI
TV Insider
TV Insider

posted 3/24/16


NBC
GARRY SHANDLING: 1950-2016
Comedian Started on "Make Me Laugh"
From Vutlure

Heart is overrated in comedy. Soul is where the heart is, and soul means realness. Honesty. Penetrating insight. Undeniable truth.

That was the crucial realization of the late Garry Shandling, a giant of stand-up comedy and one of the greatest artists American TV has ever seen.

The 66-year-old writer, actor, and filmmaker, thought to be in good health, died today, of unknown causes, in a hospital, not long after a 911 dispatcher received a call from his Los Angeles home. He was born in Chicago, raised in Tucson, Arizona. His comic persona, honed over 30 years onstage and in TV and film, fused Jack Benny's unctuous neediness, Charles Grodin's dour certitude, Albert Brooks's self-lacerating intellectual discomfort, and Warren Beatty's dashing Hollywood satyr act, and added shadings from Shandling's own personality, plus a great playwright's keen understanding of the lies that we tell ourselves about ourselves, and how these self-deceptions become plain whenever we try to manipulate others to attain what we think of as happiness.

Most comedians can only fantasize about making a single classic TV series, but Shandling made two: Showtime's It's Garry Shandling's Show (1986–1990) and HBO's The Larry Sanders Show (1992–1998). He taught a generation of performers and filmmakers that it was possible to balance daring formal experimentation with character-based comedy that saw through people's delusions, even as it showed compassion for their loneliness and craving for validation. He made the kind of comedy you could barely stand to look at because it was so mercilessly acute, and that you couldn't look away from because it accurately reflected the harshest truths of human interaction.

The genesis of his brand of humor could be seen in the series "Make Me Laugh" with Bobby Van, where he was a semi-regular performer.

Vulture
TMZ
TV Insider

posted 3/24/16

Idol Prepares for Its Curtain Call
Catch The Three-Night Grand Finale Starting April 6!
From Variety

Fox has put the finishing touches on its “American Idol” series finale plans, on Thursday announcing a three-night event that will feature performances and surprise appearances by successful alums and a 90-minute retrospective of the series that changed the face of television during its 15-season run.

As previously announced, the series finale of “American Idol” is set for Thursday, April 7 and will live air from 8 to 10:06 p.m. ET/tape-delayed in the West. The evening will include performances from winners Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood, returning to the “Idol” stage one last time, as well as numerous others “Idol” faves from over the years including Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook and Kris Allen.

The retrospective “American Idol: American Dream” is set for Tuesday, April 5 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. ET/PT. It will feature host Ryan Seacrest, current and former judges, former Idols and contestants and the behind-the-scenees team sharing their personal “Idol” memories, as they reflect on what the show has meant to them and how it became such a groundbreaking series.

The following night, the final “American Idol” vote will take place when the remaining finalists battle it out live from Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. The hourlong episode will air Wednesday, April 6 at 8.

Variety
The Futon Critic
Billboard

posted 3/24/16

WEDNESDAY: CBS On Target
CBS Wins Thanks to "Survivor"
From the Futon Critic

CBS (9.187 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with new episodes of "Survivor: Kaoh Rong" (9.243 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3), "Criminal Minds" (10.713 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) and "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (7.605 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T7).

The silver then went to ABC (5.970 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) and its lineup of "The Middle" (7.150 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6), "The Goldbergs" (6.636 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4), "Modern Family" (7.656 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1), "Black-ish" (6.073 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4) and "Nashville" (4.154 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12).

Next up was NBC (5.839 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its trio of "Heartbeat" (5.288 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.055 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T7) and "Chicago PD" (6.175 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.640 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up a new "Rosewood" (3.695 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11) and the Friday-bound "Hell's Kitchen" (3.586 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10).

And finally, the return of "Arrow" (2.141 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) and "Supernatural" (1.649 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) on The CW (1.895 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Face Off (Syfy): 890,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 389,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/24/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Ennui-cision 2016"

  • "Wheel of Fortune" tops targeted political spending, #2 is Jeopardy!. Translation: get ready to fast-forward through a whole lot of commercials (Bloomberg)
     

  • "The $100,000 Pyramid" is looking for an audience (WABC New York)
     

  • Caitlin McGee, Eugene Cordero join "Crunch Time" (Deadline)

posted 3/24/16

Syndies: Week 26
Results for the Week Ending March 13
From B&C

In the first full week post-sweeps, which ended March 13, syndication was slow with most shows steady or down and often in repeats. The week also saw preemptions and interruptions due to coverage of the funeral of former First Lady Nancy Reagan on March 11.

CTD’s Wheel of Fortune inched up 1% to a 7.0 to lead the games, followed by Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud, which fell 6% to a 6.6, while CTD’s Jeopardy! dipped 2% to a 6.4 for third place.

Further back, Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game and Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire each surrendered 7% to a 1.3, although Name Game was unchanged from last year at this time, while Millionaire deteriorated 24%.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 3/23/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Let's Rock"

  • Kirk Fogg returns to the Hidden Temple (The Futon Critic) PLUS five things you didn't know about the show (Refinery29) AND seven things we hope will return with him (Zap2it)
     

  • RuPaul on "Drag Race" and "Gay for Play" (Out) and what Jimmy Fallon may or may not have stolen from her (Mashable)
     

  • Padma Lakshmi ... Cranberry Drano (New York Post)
     

  • Billy Gardell plays the Colonel on "Million Dollar Quartet" (The Futon Critic)

posted 3/23/16

TUESDAY: Back in the Tank
CBS #1 All the Time
From the Futon Critic

CBS (11.830 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with its trio of "NCIS" (15.594 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "NCIS: New Orleans" (13.110 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) and "Limitless" (6.789 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5).

NBC (6.971 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then claimed the silver with a new "The Voice" (10.544 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1), the premiere of "Heartbeat" (6.341 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) and a repeat "Chicago Fire" (4.029 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11).

Next up was ABC (3.136 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its mix of "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.597 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6), "The Real O'Neals" (3.816 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.907 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10) and "Beyond the Tank" (2.294 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.609 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) offered up a new "New Girl" (2.279 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) alongside repeats of "Grandfathered" (1.318 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.462 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "The Grinder" (1.375 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16).

And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (3.001 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7) and "iZombie" (1.273 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) on The CW (2.137 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.086 million
- Separation Anxiety (TBS): 969,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 301,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/22/16

Dancing With These Two Stars
Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan Tatum Team with NBC for New Entry
From Variety

NBC is getting into the dance competition craze with a project from dancer and actress Jenna Dewan Tatum, Variety has learned.

The untitled show, which is described as a fresh take on the unscripted dance competition genre, has landed a six-episode order. Dewan Tatum will serve as a judge and mentor on the series. Her husband Channing Tatum will also appear on the show.

The husband-and-wife team, who met on the set of their 2006 dance movie “Step Up,” will exec produce the show, which hails from Endemol Shine North America.

The project is the first between NBC and Dewan Tatum’s production company Purple Cup Productions. Tatum’s Free Association banner is also behind the dance series. Purple Cup’s Meegan Kiernan and Free Association’s Peter Kiernan and Reid Carolin will also serve as exec producers.

Dewan Tatum got her start as a backup dancer for Janet Jackson, Pink, Missy Elliott and Christina Aguilera. After her acting break in “Step Up,” she segued further into acting with a recurring role on FX’s “American Horror Story” and a starring role on Lifetime’s “Witches of East End.” She is currently recurring on “Supergirl” on CBS. Before breaking into A-list acting territory, Channing Tatum also began as a dancer, appearing in a Ricky Martin music video. His experience working as a male stripper in his younger years inspired the “Magic Mike” movies in which he starred.

For NBC, the dance series is a somewhat new genre for the network’s alternative slate. Most recently, NBC has found huge success in “Little Big Shots,” the Steve Harvey-hosted kid talent show. “The Voice,” “America’s Got Talent” and “American Ninja Warrior” have also been big hits for the net, which has found a strong niche in live, unscripted talent fare, but does not have a show in the dance genre.

The reality dance genre has produced some of broadcast’s longest-lived unscripted successes, with ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” just entering its 22nd season and Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” heading into Season 13 this summer.

Variety

posted 3/22/16

MONDAY: Singing and Dancing
NBC Gets the Demo, ABC Gets the Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.354 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) held onto the top demo spot on Monday with its duo of "The Voice" (10.987 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) and "Blindspot" (6.087 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3).

The silver then went to ABC (10.446 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) with the return of "Dancing with the Stars" (12.350 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and a new "Castle" (6.640 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9).

Next up was CBS (7.743 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and its trio of "Supergirl" (6.026 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5), "Scorpion" (8.549 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.655 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.807 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Gotham" (3.853 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and "Lucifer" (3.761 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8).

And finally, originals from "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.749 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.770 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10) on The CW (0.759 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable:
- Cake Wars (Food): 891,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 362,000
- RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo): 286,000

The Futon Critic
People
Deadline
TV Insider
Broadway World
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/22/16

WEEKEND: How Sweet It Is
CBS Wins, Splits Demo with NBC, Fox
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.965 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) was the most-watched network on a competitive Sunday with its mix of "NCAA Overrun" (11.803 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1), "60 Minutes" (10.166 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "Madam Secretary" (9.176 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "The Good Wife" (7.823 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) and the relocated "Elementary" (5.587 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14).

NBC (6.895 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) then was the number two draw with its lineup of a repeat "Little Big Shots" (7.084 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) followed by new episodes of "Little Big Shots" (13.175 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2), "The Carmichael Show" (5.426 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5), "Crowded" (3.846 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) and "Hollywood Game Night" (2.687 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T16).

Next up was FOX (5.354 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) with a second run "The Simpsons" (3.161 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) alongside its specials "Ice Age: The Great Egg-scapade" (2.544 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14) and "The Passion" (6.605 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4).

And finally, ABC (3.759 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) closed out the evening with new episodes of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.385 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "Once Upon a Time" (3.540 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "The Family" (2.628 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T16) and "Quantico" (3.482 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10).

On cable:
- All-Star Academy (Food): 1.288 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.063 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 972,000
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 467,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/22/16

More on "Can't Touch This"
Catch It on BBC1 This Saturday!
From Digital Spy

Zoe Ball and Ashley Banjo have revealed that their new show Can't Touch This is so dangerous that some people have been "wheeled out".

The series promises that contestants can win prizes including everything from a car to a holiday to a drive-on lawnmower - if they can defeat a huge obstacle course to touch them.

But the duo revealed that there have been "quite a lot" of injuries.

"I had a little Band-Aid kit," Zoe joked. "A couple of people were wheeled out."

Zoe also described the show as "a giant Mousetrap course for humans", while Ashley suggested that it's different from programs like Ninja Warrior.

"There's an element of luck and an element of fun," he said. "It's not just about how strong and fit you are. Sometimes our show gives people who might not be as physically able a chance, so it's great because you never quite know what's going to happen."

Ashley added that the later rounds - which sees the remaining contestants battling it out for a car - can get seriously competitive.

"It starts to get brutal," he said. "When you've got six people that can see this car in the background and they're clambering across a net, jumping for ropes…

"These guys were wearing headguards - it's pretty brutal, but it's fun. It's really interesting to look at how the sportsmanship side comes into it, because the manners override the want for that brand new car. Sometimes."

But not always: "Sometimes it's like animals taking each other down," Zoe joked.

Ashley also revealed that he would love Diversity to take part in a celebrity edition of the show, while Zoe joked that she would use her Strictly contacts to book famous faces.

"Get Anton Du Beke in a little pair of racy shorts and a vest and put him in a catapult," she said. "That would be quite incredible to see."

Can't Touch This begins on Saturday (March 26) at 6.10pm on BBC One.

Digital Spy
Hull Daily Mail

posted 3/22/16


Warner Horizon TV
ERIN STORM: c.1975-2016
"The Bachelor" Contestant
From Entertainment Weekly

Erin Storm, a contestant on season 12 of The Bachelor, has died.

Several of Storms’ friends confirmed the pilot’s passing on social media Tuesday. Friend Christiana Marie began a series of posts dedicated to Storm, first writing on her Facebook page early this morning: “It is with the heaviest heart I’ve ever had to be posting this. My sweet Erin Storm You have changed my life in many ways and showed me what TRUE BEST FRIENDS are all about!!! Heaven just received the most incredible angel in the world. … I am filled with such sadness to lose one of the most incredible friends I’ve EVER had in my life. I’m still in shock woman. I LOVE YOU with everything I am. I will NEVER get over the loss of you.”

Multiple local outlets first reported the news that a woman, now confirmed to be Storm, died in a plane crash that took place Monday around noon in Hawthorne, California.

The Hawthorne Police Department also posted news of the crash on its Facebook page Monday.

The HPD release reads: “On Monday, March 21, 2016, at about 12:00 PM, Hawthorne police officers were dispatched on a report of an airplane crash in the area of 120th Street & Crenshaw Blvd. Officers located a small, single-seat aircraft on fire in the 3300 block of 120th Street, directly north of Hawthorne Airport.”

“A nearby construction crew witnessed the crash and was able to remove the pilot (sole occupant) from the wreckage prior to the arrival of emergency services. The pilot of the aircraft was treated by LA County Fire personnel, and transported by ambulance to Harbor UCLA Medical Center in Carson. Unfortunately, the pilot did not survive.”

According to her Facebook page, Storm was working as a pilot for Pacific Blue Air, an aircraft training facility based at Hawthorne Airport, at the time of her death.

Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Tonight
Us

posted 3/22/16

Upfront: Pop
"Easiest Game Show Ever", "Big Brother After Dark" to Return
From the Futon Critic

Pop, a television network seen in more than 80 million homes with original programming that celebrates what fans are excited about, today announced its 2016-2017 upfront slate, which showcases premium original series, award-winning talent and programming that taps into cultural trends and topics.

The network's upfront programming line-up includes more than 400 hours of original content and a diverse mix of eight original shows, including: the two original scripted comedies SCHITT'S CREEK and NIGHTCAP; HOLLYWOOD DARLINGS, a new docu-comedy spotlighting child stars of the '90s; the return of SING IT ON, ROCK THIS BOAT: NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK and UNUSUALLY THICKE; pop culture game show EASIEST GAME SHOW EVER; and the fan-engaged, live late night after-show BIG BROTHER AFTER DARK.

"We are heading into this upfront season with great momentum, increased distribution and a diverse portfolio of original programming that delivers on our promise of celebrating fan-driven content and exceptional talent," said Brad Schwartz. "One year following our rebrand, Pop is defying the industry trend with growth in ratings and growth in distribution, along with a programming line-up that is uniquely poised to capture our target audience of 'Modern Grown-ups(TM)' - socially engaged, passionate entertainment fans who love celebrating the good times in life."

"Since Pop's rebrand, we've added nearly 100 new blue-chip advertisers and are well-positioned for this year's upfront offering a premium cable environment at an efficient price," said Michael DuPont, Executive Vice President, Ad Sales. "Advertisers view Pop as an attractive and more competitive alternative to other lifestyle and entertainment networks."

Hosted by quick-witted comedian and actor Michael Ian Black ("The Jim Gaffigan Show," "Wet Hot American Summer," "The State"), EASIEST GAME SHOW EVER is a pop culture, trivia-based game show that puts a new twist on "True or False?" and gives contestants the opportunity to win up to $100,000 cash per episode. EASIEST GAME SHOW EVER is executive produced by Nigel Lythgoe ("American Idol," "So You Think You Can Dance") alongside Gail Berman ("Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life") via the Jackal Group, with executive producers Barry Poznick ("Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?") and Eric Levy.

The Futon Critic
B&C
Benzinga
Multichannel News
Adweek
Variety

posted 3/21/16

Second Home
Tim Tebow to Join Second Season of "Home Free" June 16
From the Futon Critic

Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow will co-host the second season of Fox's "Home Free" with famed professional contractor Mike Holmes.

In the second season, former NFL player, Heisman Trophy winner and sports analyst Tim Tebow will co-host, alongside famed professional contractor and home renovation TV Star Mike Holmes (Holmes on Homes(R)), who returns for Season Two.

Unscripted competition series HOME FREE returns Thursday, June 16 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

HOME FREE is produced by Critical Content and executive-produced by Tom Forman, George Verschoor, Will Spjut, Brad Bishop, Andrew Marcus and Mike Holmes. The series will be distributed internationally by ELECTUS.

The Futon Critic

posted 3/21/16

Daytime Emmy Awards: And The Nominees Are...
.... Going to Be Revealed on "The Talk" Thursday
From Deadline

CBS’ daytime program The Talk will announce noms for the Daytime Emmy Awards at 2 PM ET on Thursday. It’s the second year in a row the CBS talker has had the exclusive on the noms. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences then will post the full nominations list online immediately following the live announcement at http://www.emmyonline.org/daytime.

Again this year, after the ceremony on Sunday, May 1, The Talk will host its “after party” the following day; guests will be announced that Monday morning, May 2.

Last year, the noms announcement was repeated at 8 PM and 11 PM that day on Pop network, on which CBS partnered with Lionsgate. Pop also aired the Daytime Emmy Awards live last year. The plan was part of a push to exhume the Daytime Emmy Awards broadcast after NATAS announced the 24-year-old franchise was returning to TV, via a multi-year deal with Pop (formerly TVGN and TV Guide Network).

After decades as a staple on broadcast TV, the Daytime Emmy Awards fell into a ratings slump – coinciding with the end of Susan Lucci’s non-winning streak – and migrated to the CW, followed by two consecutive off-brand airings on HLN, then dropped off TV completely last year, when it was distributed online only. Last year’s awards ceremony logged nearly 900,000 viewers on Pop that night in Live+Same Day. While a small number for the trophy ceremony that clocked 14 million to 22 million viewers back in the 1990s, and 5.5 million as recently as 2011, it was the most-watched live event on Pop in eight years, dating back to when the network premiered Live on the Red Carpet With Joan And Melissa at the Academy Awards.

Deadline

posted 3/21/16

Dara O Briain Goes 8-Bit
Dave's New Panel Series Pits Celebs vs. Arcade Classics
From Digital Spy

Dara Ó Briain​ just landed his dream gig as presenter of Dave's new gaming show Go 8 Bit.

The comedian and gaming enthusiast will lead celebrity guests as they battle it out against each other in a range of classic and contemporary games.

Guests will take on Pac-Man, Grand Theft Auto, Fallout and more over the course of the 6-part series, which will air in Autumn 2016.

Ó Briain​ will present the series alongside gaming expert Ellie Gibson and team captains Steve McNeil and Sam Pamphilon.

The comedian said: "Put a video game controller in the hands of a nun and she'll turn into a trash-talking bloodthirsty monster. Give a controller to a comedian and they'll do that too, but be funny. In video games veritas, my friends.

"This show is a raucous, back-biting, properly competitive celebration of the world's favorite pastime. Let's Go 8 Bit!"

Steve North, Dave general manager, added: "Go 8 Bit is a very funny stage show with a cult following. We love working with the comedy community to bring successful stage shows to the Dave audience, as we did with Alex Horne's Taskmaster. Having Dara on board makes it a perfect fit for Dave."

Digital Spy
Engadget

posted 3/21/16


Twitter @jason_raff
TIM "THE KINETIC KING" FORT: 1964-2016
"America's Got Talent" Contestant
From
Legacy

Timothy Fort of Saint Paul passed away on March 15, 2016 at age 51.

His accomplishments include a U of M aerospace engineering degree, membership in MENSA, and most recently "traveled the 17 Known Universes" as the Kinetic King from America's Got Talent in 2011.

Memorial Gathering 11 am - 3pm Saturday, March 26 at Kessler & Maguire Funeral Home, 640 W. 7th St, Saint Paul.

Pioneer Press/Legacy
Twitter @Jason_Raff

posted 3/21/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Pack Your Knives and Go Directly to Jail"

  • Paul Qui goes from Top Chef winner to domestic violence charges (Jezebel)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: "Drag Race" does "Empire" (Yahoo!)
     

  • Wayne Brady will be Apple Blossom Festival Grand Marshal (Winchester Star)
     

  • Betty White is getting sued for wage violations (National Law Review)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: a supercut of Bradley Walsh's finest moments (Huffington Post)
     

  • Are you Kim Kardashian's "Big Fan"? (Complex)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Marty Allen (SFGate)

posted 3/21/16

THURSDAY: And Then There Were Five
"Idol" Helps Fox to Win
From the Futon Critic

On the heels of the finale, the network just announced that the hit culinary competition series "Top Chef" will pack its knives and head to Charleston, South Carolina for season fourteen. Set to premiere later this year, production will begin this spring with host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio along with Gail Simmons and Richard Blais returning to the judges table.

Speaking about the finale, Colicchio said, "The final two chefs are extremely talented and cooked their hearts out. In the end, Jeremy pulled through with the stronger meal. He showed a ton of talent throughout the season and we couldn't be happier to name him this season's 'Top Chef."

Regarding season 14, Shari Levine, Executive Vice President, Current Production, Bravo Media said, "Charleston is the perfect location to inject our next batch of chefs. We know Charleston and are excited by the food, people and possibility it brings with its rich cultural and historical background which has played an important role in shaping South Carolina's unique cuisine."

Helen T. Hill, Chief Executive Officer of Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau adds, "We are thrilled that 'Top Chef' has chosen Charleston, South Carolina as the site for season fourteen. As the Southeast's premier dining destination, we look forward to sharing our 300 year culinary heritage with 'Top Chef's' passionate and devoted viewers."

FOX (8.121 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1) was the top draw on Thursday with new episodes of "American Idol" (7.905 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3) and a second "American Idol" (8.337 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2).

ABC (6.625 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with its mix of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.887 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1), "Scandal" (6.513 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3) and the season finale of "How to Get Away with Murder" (5.476 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5).

Next up was CBS (4.165 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its lineup of "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament" (4.166 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8), "NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Update" (3.961 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and more "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament" (4.265 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.502 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up a new "You, Me and the Apocalypse" (2.787 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10), a repeat "The Blacklist" (2.703 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) and an original "Shades of Blue" (5.016 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9).

And finally, The CW (1.076 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with repeats of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.301 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "The 100" (0.851 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13).

On cable...
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 1.441 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food/SP): 1.361 million
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food/P): 1.278 million
- Chopped (Food/S): 1.239 million
- Top Chef (Bravo/SF): 1.169 million
- Redneck Island (CMT): 377,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 315,000

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posted 3/18/16

More on "The $100,000 Pyramid"
Catch It This Summer on ABC!
From TV Series Finale

The $100,00 Pyramid will look at little different this summer. BuzzerBlog has revealed new details about the upcoming ABC game show reboot.

In January, we reported the revival will be hosted by Michael Strahan.

Just like the original game show, the new version of $100,000 Pyramid will feature teams guessing words or phrases from a list of six subjects. However, if a player makes it to the Winner’s Circle twice, they could walk away with $150,000 or possibly more.

Casting is currently underway for the series, which is expected to premiere this summer.

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posted 3/18/16

"The Runner" Goes Mobile
Matt Damon-Ben Affleck Project Greenlit by Go90 After 15 Years in Development Hell
From B&C

Academy Award-winning filmmakers Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are teaming with Adaptive Studios (Project Greenlight) and Pilgrim Media Group (Zombie House Flipping) to launch the competition series The Runner for mobile platform Go90. Affleck and Damon are executive producing through their company Pearl Street Films. Adaptive Studios’ Marc Joubert and Perrin Chiles are executive producers along with Pilgrim Media Group CEO Craig Piligian and Mike Nichols.

The series - which was developed for ABC in 2000 but scuttled after 9/11 only to end up at Yahoo in 2006 - was packaged by WME and is scheduled to launch this summer.

The Runner sees one individual attempt to make it across the United States unnoticed over the course of 30 days, while a team of Chasers tries to locate and capture them using all available technology. At stake is a million dollars—for the Runner and Chasers alike.

The series is interactive. Go90 users who provide tips and sightings of the Runner’s location are also eligible to win money.

“This show is exactly the kind of series Pilgrim is known for,” said Piligian. “The Runner integrates real high-stakes competition, live elements, a need for speed, and the ability to fight and persevere. It’s incredibly exciting to produce something this complex, and we’re thrilled to be in business with Matt and Ben, Adaptive, and our partners at go90 to do it.”

Launched by Verizon last fall, Go90 is a mobile content platform offering live and on demand video wrapped in a social experience.

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posted 3/18/16

Available on the CBS App
CBS' Hot Fun in the Summer Time
Dates Set for "Price Is Right Primetime", "Big Brother"
From B&C

CBS Wednesday announced season finale dates, return dates and special events that include The Good Wife’s finale and the 13th-season finale for NCIS on May 17. That looks to be the goodbye date for NCIS fan favorite Tony DiNozzo, as actor Michael Weatherly leaves the show. The top-rated drama will be back for at least two more seasons and Weatherly has signed to star in a CBS drama pilot based on the earlier career of TV host Dr. Phil.

'NCIS's' Weatherly to star in CBS pilot based on young Dr. Phil

Mike & Molly will resume its final season on April 25 (8 p.m. ET/PT), followed by back-to-back episodes on May 2 and 9 before a one-hour series finale on May 16 (8 p.m. ET/PT). Person of Interest will begin its fifth and final season with a two-episodes-per-week schedule starting Tues., May 3, and then Mon., May 9 (both 10 p.m. ET/PT), leading up to its series finale on June 21.

In other premiere news, Rush Hour arrives March 31 (10 p.m. ET/PT). The Odd Couple, which returns for Season 2 on April 7 (8:30 p.m. ET/PT), will expand to Mondays and Thursdays starting May 2 (9:30 p.m. ET/PT), before finishing its season on May 23 (9 p.m. ET/PT).

In addition, daytime game show The Price Is Right will get three primetime specials focusing on CBS reality programs – Survivor (May 23, 8 p.m. ET/PT), Big Brother (May 24, 8 p.m. ET/PT) and The Amazing Race (May 25, 8 p.m. ET/PT).

A day after CBS set Person of Interest's final season (which will run into June) plus other premiere, return and finale dates, the network released its schedule for summer shows, including the return of Big Brother and Zoo, as well as the series premieres of American Gothic and The Good Wife creators' new show, BrainDead. Big Brother will bow June 22.

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posted 3/18/16

Let's Dance... for the 22nd Time!
Here's the Lineup for the New Season of "DWTS!"
From The Futon Critic

The celebrity cast of "Dancing with the Stars" are slipping into their ballroom shoes and getting ready for their first dance on MONDAY, MARCH 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. The 22nd season's lineup of celebrity dancers includes a multi-platinum selling recording artist, a Peabody Award winner, a UFC fighter, and Super Bowl 50's MVP, to name a few.

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

· actress Mischa Barton ("The OC") with Artem Chigvintsev
· NFL wide-receiver Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers) with Sharna Burgess
· model/hearing-impaired advocate Nyle DiMarco ("America's Next Top Model") with Peta Murgatroyd
· actress Kim Fields ("The Facts of Life" and "Living Single") with Sasha Farber
· NFL Hall of Famer Doug Flutie with Karina Smirnoff
· actress Marla Maples with Tony Dovolani
· Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller (Denver Broncos) with Witney Carson
· singer Wanya Morris (Boyz II Men) with Lindsay Arnold
· journalist Geraldo Rivera with Edyta Sliwinska
· actress Jodie Sweetin ("Fuller House") with Keo Motsepe
· MMA fighter Paige VanZant with Mark Ballas
· meteorologist Ginger Zee ("Good Morning America") with Valentin Chmerkovskiy

After taking a season off, judge Len Goodman returns. Also back in the fold is fan-favorite pro dancer Edyta Sliwinska—last seen in Season 10. But even she may not be enough to overcome the absence of six-time champ (and last fall’s winner, with Bindi Irwin) Derek Hough, who has opted to sit out this cycle. “The show is really a family,” Wade insists. “People come in, they leave, they come back. The door is always open.”

The pace of the competition will also feel different, as producers are hoping to add some more backstage fervor. “We’re determined to make people feel the energy and the excitement of what it’s like to be at a live event every week,” Wade says. “That’s our mission.”

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posted 3/18/16

WEDNESDAY: Immunity
"Survivor" Helps CBS to Win
From the Futon Critic

CBS (9.225 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with its lineup of "Survivor: Kaoh Rong" (9.404 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), "Criminal Minds" (9.621 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T3) and the premiere of "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (8.651 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7).

ABC (6.098 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then claimed the silver with originals from "The Middle" (7.114 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6), "The Goldbergs" (6.655 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T3), "Modern Family" (8.096 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and "Black-ish" (6.187 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T3) plus the return of "Nashville" (4.266 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

Next up was FOX (3.673 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and fresh installments from "Rosewood" (3.684 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and "Hell's Kitchen" (3.662 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.294 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up repeats of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.638 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9), another "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.221 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and "Chicago PD" (4.024 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

And finally, The CW (1.041 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) likewise opted for second runs of "Arrow" (1.154 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "Supernatural" (0.928 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).

On cable...
- Face Off (Syfy): 913,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 346,000

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posted 3/18/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Rise Above Hate"

  • FIRST LOOK: American Grit with John Cena (TV Insider)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: balloon poppin' babies (TV Insider)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 11 game shows every 90s kid wanted to be on (Bustle)
     

  • "Beyond the Tank" to return in place of canceled "Of Kings and Prophets" (The Futon Critic)

posted 3/18/16


ITV
PAUL DANIELS: 1938-2016
Magician Hosted "Every Second Counts", "Odd One Out"
From the Guardian

Paul Daniels, whose career defined the TV magic genre in the 1980s and early 90s, has died at the age of 77.

The entertainer, who told viewers they would enjoy his tricks but “not a lot”, was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour in February and last week returned from hospital to spend his final days at home.

His son Gary, a fitness presenter and personal trainer, confirmed the news on Twitter, with a picture of a crying rabbit in a top hat by the artist Helen Martin, a close family friend.

Daniels is best known for his BBC TV series The Paul Daniels Magic Show, which ran from 1979-94. He was born in 1938 in South Bank, Middlesbrough, where he began his career as a magician and entertainer.

The magician died at his home in Berkshire. He had been diagnosed with the tumour after he was taken to hospital with a suspected stroke and scans revealed he had an inoperable growth in his brain.

His son Martin, also a magician, said his father had turned down radiotherapy as it had little chance of lengthening his life. In his final days, Daniels was described as being “lucid”. “He’s happy there – some days he is tired and spends most of his time in bed dozing. But even then he is happy,” Martin said in the days before his father’s death.

Richard Cadell, presenter of The Sooty Show, said Daniels was the man who had inspired him to go into magic. “I watched his show on prime time when I was about eight and wrote to him, just a little kid who wanted to do magic, and he wrote back a handwritten letter. That really was the measure of the man,” he said.

Years later, when the pair had become friends, Cadell made the front pages of the tabloids having knocked out Daniels by throwing a pizza at his head during a sketch for The Sooty Show. “It was absolutely mortifying for me,” he said. “We threw the pizza at him and he insisted on me throwing it again because it wasn’t hard enough, and the second time the crust hit him square in the eye.

“I could never have imagined as a kid I would have Paul Daniels on my own show, much less that I would knock him out with a pizza.”

Daniels had been well and happy when the pair saw each other last year, Cadell said. “He wasn’t just an entertainer, he was a formidable magician, and encyclopedia of knowledge about magic tricks. When I saw him last he had devised a trick from a method he had read about from a book from the turn of the century,” he recalled.

Many of Daniels’ contemporaries and fellow magicians have paid tribute to the entertainer, including Paul Chuckle, Darren Day and Keith Chegwin who called Daniels “a lovely, kind and magic man”.

Daniels was born Newton Daniels in Middlesbrough in 1938 and said he fell in love with magic as a shy 11-year-old. “A hot, wet childhood holiday got me into magic,” Daniels once said. “We couldn’t go out because of the bad weather, and one of the books in the place we were staying in had magic tricks in it that you could do yourself.”

Daniels went on to do national service and to run his own grocery shop, finessing his magic tricks by performing at youth centres and working men’s clubs in the evenings, before he embarked on a full-time career as a magician in 1969.

He got his big break on TV in 1978, with a late-night show on ITV called Paul Daniels’ Blackpool Bonanza, but it was his BBC series that secured his place as one of the country’s best-loved entertainers. With his catchphrase “You’ll like this … not a lot, but you’ll like it”, his show drew in audiences of 15 million at its peak and was sold on to 43 countries.

In addition to performing magic, Daniels hosted popular quiz shows for the BBC including Every Second Counts, Odd One Out and Wipeout, as well as narrating the children’s TV show Wizbit.

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posted 3/17/16

"Chopped Junior" to Return
Catch Season 2 April 26
From the Futon Critic

Little chefs with tremendous ambition and talent take over the Chopped kitchen on season two of Chopped Junior, premiering Tuesday, April 26th at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network. Hosted by Ted Allen, Chopped Junior showcases the talents of girls and boys seeking to make unforgettable meals from mystery ingredients over three rounds - appetizer, entrée, and dessert - with a limited amount of time. One-by-one, the junior chef that is not up to par will be eliminated, with the last one remaining crowned Chopped Junior Champion and winning the $10,000 prize. The young cooks are judged throughout the season by a rotating panel of both recurring Chopped judges and special guest judges, including Jerome Bettis, Ayesha Curry, Haylie Duff, Jennie Garth, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Carla Hall, Tony Hawk, Eddie Jackson, Ali Larter, Kelsey Nixon, Andrew Rannells, Rico Rodriguez, Debby Ryan, Alison Sweeney, Christine Taylor and more.

"These talented young competitors, who grew up watching Food Network and Chopped, bring an abundance of energy, creativity and cooking skills to the table," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel. "When challenged with formidable mystery ingredients, they showed no fear in the kitchen, proving that confidence and competitive-edge can come at any age."

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posted 3/17/16

TUESDAY: Battle On
CBS, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.399 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday with a new two-hour "The Voice" (11.080 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) followed by the premiere of "Crowded" (6.785 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) and a second "Crowded" (5.287 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5).

CBS (10.827 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then claimed the silver with its trio of "NCIS" (14.754 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "NCIS: New Orleans" (11.850 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) and "Limitless" (5.878 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6).

Next up was ABC (3.074 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its mix of "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.158 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6), "The Real O'Neals" (3.589 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.905 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and "Of Kings and Prophets" (2.443 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.829 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up a new "New Girl" (2.327 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) followed by a repeat "Grandfathered" (1.456 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) and originals from "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.972 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) and "The Grinder" (1.562 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.151 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) and "iZombie" (0.655 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16) on The CW (0.903 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.151 million
- Chopped (Food): 1.042 million
- Separation Anxiety (TBS): 951,000
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 832,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 341,000

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posted 3/17/16

MIPTV: FremantleMedia
"Bang on the Money" Coming to International Market
From C21 Media

FremantleMedia has added a family-focused gameshow and a holiday format to its slate ahead of next month’s MipTV.

Bang on the Money (8x60’), from Thames for UK broadcaster ITV, is a primetime series that sees two teams of young people face a mixture of physical studio challenges to win a large cash prize.

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posted 3/17/16

@midnight @SXSW
Comedy Central Panel Show to Head to Austin, Broadcast Via Periscope
From the Drum

There is almost certainly some subset of fans of Comedy Central’s @midnight with Chris Hardwick who downloaded Periscope last week.

Why? Last Friday, during the first night of SXSW Interactive in Austin, @midnight became the first-ever late night series to broadcast a full episode exclusively on the Twitter-owned livestreaming platform.

The show has developed a loyal following largely because of the charismatic Hardwick and because of how much it integrates and comments on social media. For all of viral videos that Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and James Corden spawn on a weekly basis, social is not nearly as engrained in those shows’ fabric as it is in @midnight’s, where a rotating cast of comedians battle nightly in the setting of a fake game show to take on the most absurd of social and pop culture news.

Periscope, then, was the perfect platform with which to attempt a special live episode. But, of course, with anything that’s truly live (and not on delay), there is opportunity for the unexpected. “The live element was part of the fun – as you said, when it’s live, anything can happen,” Comedy Central CMO Walter Levitt told found Remote. “There were definitely a few unexpected moments during the show and they all contributed to the fun and excitement.”

In addition to building in for the unexpected, Comedy Central understood that they would not be able to fall back on the standard linear and digital metrics to determine whether the show was a success.

Despite not going into the show with a hard and fast set of key performance indicators, Comedy Central thought the idea paid off.

“[A[ll the indications were that it was a huge success: we had a line down 6th street in Austin, with hundreds of SXSW attendees trying to get into the taping; social engagement before and during the live episode was very strong; and ultimately, almost 100,000 people watched the stream on Periscope,” said Levitt. “We are very happy with this innovative initiative and are hoping to do it again in the future.”

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posted 3/17/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Staring Down Bob Barker and Winning"

  • Lady who stared down Bob Barker over an elephant is Edmonton's new city manager (Edmonton Journal)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: an obstacle course show is looking for a few good men (Reality Wanted)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Geoffrey Zakarian (Metro US)

posted 3/17/16

Spike Tracks Christina Aguilera
Network Orders New Musical Game Show
From the Hollywood Reporter

Spike TV is looking to Christina Aguilera for its next game show.

The Viacom-owned cable network home to Lip Sync Battle has ordered music trivia game show Tracks to series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Tracks, which will debut later this year as a half-hour special, is described as an innovative musical game show where teams of two attempt to name a song title just by listening to its individual tracks — like guitar, bass, vocals, etc. Tracks, like Lip Sync Battle, will feature surprise celebrity musical guests performing tracks that could either be their own or someone else's. An episode count has not yet been determined.

The series will be exec produced by Aguilera and her MX Productions founder (and fiancee) Matthew Rutler (MasterClass), Michael Agbabian and Dwight D. Smith (Hollywood Game Night) along with Mission Control Media and Lionsgate Television. Neal Tabachnick and Michael Aubrey, who developed the series, will co-exec produce for Mission Control. Spike TV exec vp original series Sharon Levy, senior vp originals Chachi Senior and Tori Socha will oversee for the cabler. Lionsgate exec vp alternative Jennifer O'Connell and vp television Brian Tannenbaum will oversee for the studio.

A host has not yet been determined.

“Having finely tuned my ear for music over the years, I thought it would be fun to test other folks and see if they can identify a track — with a twist — since contestants will have to focus on a single component of a song," Aguilera said. “I’m excited to have Tracks debuting on Spike TV, and proud to have this as the first project springing from our first-look deal with Lionsgate."

Tracks marks the latest music-themed TV foray for Aguilera, who previously appeared on Lip Sync Battle with Hayden Panettiere. In addition to serving as a coach on NBC's The Voice, the multiple Grammy winner has guest-starred on ABC's country music drama Nashville and is developing scripted music drama Hearts and Clubs for Freeform (formerly ABC Family), among others. She's repped by CAA.

For Lionsgate TV, meanwhile, Tracks comes as the independent studio has put a new focus on unscripted fare — which has included signing multiple producers to overall deals. Tracks becomes its latest unscripted fare following Fox's survival competition entry, Kicking and Screaming.

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posted 3/16/16

JoJo's Loss... ABC's Gain
Catch "The Bachelorette" May 23
From the Futon Critic

Jo Jo Fletcher first stole America's heart on Ben Higgin's season of "The Bachelor," where she charmed both Ben and Bachelor Nation with her bubbly personality and sweet, girl-next-door wit and spunk. As their relationship progressed, the Texas real estate developer struggled to open up. However, once she found herself falling for Ben, she finally shared her feelings and became one of the final two women vying to be the future Mrs. Higgins. In a shocking twist, Ben confessed his love to both Jo Jo and Lauren B., leaving them in a state of cautious chaotic optimism that they would be "the one." Ultimately, Jo Jo was left heartbroken in Jamaica when Ben chose to let her go in one of the most emotionally gut-wrenching finales ever. But that experience didn't stop her desire to find her perfect soul mate - it only made it stronger. Jo Jo will embark on her own journey to find love when she stars in the 12th edition of "The Bachelorette," which will premiere on MONDAY, MAY 23 on the ABC Television Network. The identity of the new Bachelorette was revealed tonight, live, on "The Bachelor: After the Final Rose."

The choice was surprising to some according to Deadline, as third-place Bachelor finisher Caila Quinn was widely expected to take the Bachelorette role for its upcoming 12th edition that premieres May 23. Indeed, cameras were spotted following the young woman in her hometown last week, fueling speculation. The deal is, Quinn is half Filipino, and ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee said at TCA in January that he’d “be very surprised if The Bachelorette in the summer isn’t diverse.” Fletcher’s mother is Persian, but ABC’s release about the “fan favorite” being selected for Bachelorette did not address her family history; indeed its headline called her a “Southern sweetheart.”

"It was nothing against Caila, but JoJo's storyline was just so compelling," a source exclusively tells E! News. "After seeing how she fell in love with Ben and then had her heart broken, there was no doubt that everyone's going to be rooting for her as Bachelorette."

ABC (9.415 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) pulled into the top demo spot on Monday thanks to the season finale of "The Bachelor" (9.503 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2) and "The Bachelor: After the Final Rose" (9.242 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3).

NBC (10.317 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) then had to settle for second place with originals from "The Voice" (12.227 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) and "Blindspot" (6.498 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4).

Next up was CBS (8.038 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and its trio of "Supergirl" (6.619 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6), "Scorpion" (8.765 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.730 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.943 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Gotham" (4.013 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Lucifer" (3.872 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9).

And finally, repeats of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.658 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.526 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) on The CW (0.592 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cake Wars (Food): 975,000
- RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo): 358,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 357,000

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posted 3/16/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Come On And Watch Some...  Game Shows"

  • Buzzr plots a game show March Madness (Newsday)
     

  • Bob Eubanks brings "America's Greatest Game Shows" to Gulfport (Biloxi Sun-Herald)
     

  • Steve Harvey's "Little Big Shots" gets another shot (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Somebody... ahem, Chris Harrison... really wanted a wedding to happen last night (Washington Post)
     

  • ICYMI: Philip Tiu is the REAL. (Twitter @Jeopardy)

posted 3/16/16

... Think Ninja Warrior Meets Zootopia
Zodiak Sells Format Abroad
From Realscreen

Banijay Group-owned international distributor Zodiak Rights has sent family entertainment game show format Wild Things (pictured) to a raft of international broadcasters. Argentina’s Telefe has ordered a 13 x 60-minute adaptation produced by Peppermind and Telefe, while Denmark’s TV3 has commissioned a localized 8 x 60-minute version produced by Mastiff Denmark.

The format, which is co-owned by IWC Media, Mad Monk and GroupM Entertainment, challenges contestants – some dressed as woodland creatures – to work together through obstacle courses in order to secure a cash prize that lies deep within the “Wild Wood.” It was originally produced for Sky1 in the UK. A second season run has been extended to 8 x 60 minutes and is set to launch in April. The sale follows deals with Russia’s CTC (16 x 60 minutes, Mastiff Russia) and Belgium’s VTM (7 x 60 minutes, Zodiak Belgium). A 13 x 60-minute Chinese edition is currently being broadcast by Shenzhen TV, as part of a deal with GroupM Entertainment.

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posted 3/15/16

WEEKEND: You Had to Be A Big Shot, Did Ya?
NBC Wins Sunday on Premieres
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.840 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) kicked off its new Sunday lineup on top with an encore of "Little Big Shots" (7.564 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7), the formal premieres of "Little Big Shots" (14.801 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) and "The Carmichael Show" (6.671 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), a second "The Carmichael Show" (4.603 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and the relocated "Hollywood Game Night" (3.361 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #15).

ABC (4.404 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) then was the number two draw with its quartet of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.748 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9), "Once Upon a Time" (4.331 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5), "The Family" (3.598 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T16) and "Quantico" (3.940 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9).

Sharing the silver was FOX (2.521 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and its original lineup of "Bordertown" (2.155 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T16), "Bob's Burgers" (2.304 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T13), "The Simpsons" (3.030 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5), "Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life" (1.973 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T16), "Family Guy" (3.045 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3) and "The Last Man on Earth" (2.619 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9).

And finally, CBS (6.251 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) closed out the evening with its "NCAA Basketball Championship Selection Show" (6.614 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), a new "60 Minutes" (7.975 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7), an expanded repeat of "Scorpion" (4.903 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #19) and the season finale of "CSI: Cyber" (6.366 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T13).

On cable...
- All-Star Academy (Food): 1.546 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.180 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.058 million
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 366,000

On Friday, ABC (5.443 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) claimed the demo crown on Friday with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (6.409 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Dr. Ken" (4.721 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "Shark Tank" (5.827 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) and "20/20" (4.939 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

CBS (7.887 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was a close second with its trio of "The Amazing Race" (5.703 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.011 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "Blue Bloods" (9.947 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1).

Next up was NBC (3.926 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its lineup of "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (3.444 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11), "Grimm" (4.095 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "Dateline NBC" (4.238 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.450 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Sleepy Hollow" (2.972 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10) and "Second Chance" (1.927 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And finally, repeats of "Just for Laughs Starring Howie Mandel" (1.285 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.020 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) closed out the night on The CW (1.219 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

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posted 3/15/16

Syndies: February Sweeps
Strips Trend Downward
From B&C

The national results of the February sweep are in and by a wide margin Judge Judy was the overall winner for the seventh time in the past nine major Nielsen surveys. Judy jumped 8% from last year to a 7.9 live-plus-same-day sweep average, its second-best February in eight years.

The top game shows are battling it out for first place, with all three—CTD’s Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! and Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud—tying at a 1.9 rating among women 25-54 in February in the top 25 markets.

Further back, both Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, renewed for next year, and Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game were both down compared to last year. Millionaire, hosted this season by The Bachelor’s Chris Harrison, was off 20% among women 25-54; Celebrity Name Game, hosted by Craig Ferguson, was down 22%. Much of Celebrity Name Game’s drop was due to its being moved to mornings from afternoons in top markets New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Season-to-date, however, Family Feud, hosted by Steve Harvey, leads among women 25-54 in the genre at a 3.4, up 17% compared to last year at this time. Feud also leads all of first-run syndication in the demo and comes in second in overall syndication to only Warner Bros.’ off-net sitcom The Big Bang Theory, which leads at a 3.9.

FINAL RATINGS:
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.1 +4%
1. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 7.1 -7%
3. Jeopardy! (CTD) 6.7 -9%
4. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.5 +7%
5. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.4 -26%

B&C
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posted 3/15/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Egghead vs. Egghead"

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: A team of bald women take on the "Eggheads" for alopecia awareness (Coverntry Observer)
     

  • Cameraman for "The Amazing Race Vietnam" dies in plane crash (Sky News Australia)
     

  • QuizUp: bringing the app to TV (USA Today)
     

  • Steve Harvey's "Little Big Shots" gets another shot (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Somebody... ahem, Chris Harrison... really wanted a wedding to happen last night (Washington Post)

posted 3/15/16

Big Music Quiz Coming to Australia
Another Shot at "Spicks & Specks"?
From Faster Louder

There’s a new music game show coming to TV but it’s not another attempt to reboot Spicks and Specks. Channel Seven has announced that they’re adding a “next generation music entertainment show” called The Big Music Quiz to their schedule.

Hosted by Darren McMullen from The Voice, The Big Music Quiz is a copy of a French format and will feature celebrities battling it out while a 800-plus crowd sings and dances around them in a “massive, freewheeling musical extravaganza”. Fans will apparently also be able to play along via the show’s mobile app.

Production on The Big Music Quiz commences next month in Melbourne and will hit your TV screen later in the year.

Faster Louder
Tone Deaf

posted 3/14/16

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

  • Before the After the Final Rose: ever wonder why people lose their ever-loving mind on "The Bachelor"? (Washington Post) PLUS what would it mean for the franchise if a "hapa" was chosen as "The Bachelorette"? (NPR)
     

  • Anthony Anderson goes on record about being subject to police brutality (TV Insider)
     

  • "Top Chef" 10 years on (Vox)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: playing the Feud on SNL with Ariana Grande... and she nails it (eCanadaNow)
     

  • Dick Enberg on the call in Detroit for the Tigers May 21 (Crain's Detroit Business)
     

  • You had one line, Ben Cohen... (The Sun)
     

  • "The Voice" takes the Kids Choice Award for Outstanding Talent Competition (The Futon Critic)

posted 3/14/16


CBS
Crunch Time for Craig Ferguson
More on NBC's Game Show/Sitcom Hybrid
From the Hollywood Reporter

NBC's Crunch Time has found its cast.

Craig Ferguson has been tapped to star in the game show/comedy hybrid pilot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Also cast in the pilot are My Boys alums Kyle Howard and Kellee Stewart, who will reunite with series creator Betsy Thomas on the project.

Described as a hybrid game show/comedy, Crunch Time intercuts between a real game show and the scripted workplace that centers on an up-and-coming producer trying to wrangle the volatile host.

Ferguson will take on the role of Toby, the host of the game show within the show, and a successful stand-up comedian. His career as an actor stalled and he's turning to the game show to take his career to the next level. A nice guy on-camera, he struggles off-camera with feeling too good for his job and not good enough at it.

Howard will take on the role of Jake, the game show's head writer who's also a hipster playwright who does the gig for the money and his friendship with Emily (the showrunner of "Crunch Time" to be played by Andrea Anders). However, he can't stand Toby.

Stewart is set as Marcelle, Emily's best friend and confidant who is head of the game show contestants and always discovering the next great contestant.

This marks the second year in a row that Ferguson, former host of The Late Late Show, has booked a broadcast pilot. Last season, he starred in ABC comedy King of 7B, which did not move forward. Ferguson, who has had a voice role in the How to Train Your Dragon feature film franchise, is currently hosting History's Join or Die With Craig Ferguson and syndicated Celebrity Name Game, for which he has won an Emmy. He is repped by WME and Gang Tyre.

The Hollywood Reporter
Deadline
Cinema Blend
Uproxx
Variety
Deadline

posted 3/11/16

THURSDAY: And Then There Were Six
CBS Beats "Idol" for the Crown
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.225 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) edged out the competition on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.489 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1), "Life in Pieces" (8.824 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T2), "Mom" (8.054 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T4), "2 Broke Girls" (6.683 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7) and the Sunday-bound "Elementary" (5.651 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10).

FOX (7.960 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then was the number two draw with new episodes of "American Idol" (7.967 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T4) and another "American Idol" (7.954 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T4).

Next up was ABC (6.121 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.574 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T2), "Scandal" (6.002 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.789 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #9).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.442 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up its combination of a new "You, Me and the Apocalypse" (2.367 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14), a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.096 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and a new "Shades of Blue" (4.863 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11).

And finally, originals from "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (2.058 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "The 100" (1.254 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) on The CW (1.656 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 1.215 million
- Top Chef (Bravo): 921,000
- Child Genius (Lifetime/SF): 665,000
- Redneck Island (CMT): 418,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 328,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/11/16

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

  • Zero Kazama takes his frustrations of four seasons of "Silent Library" out on some innocents... allegedly (Westword)
     

  • Jordin Sparks goes time traveling for a Kevin Williamson pilot (Deadline)
     

  • First UK "Millionaire" Judith Keppel stumps for dogs looking for a forever home (Get West London)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: the producers of "Wipeout" and "Big Brother" have $250 with your name on it (Reality Wanted) PLUS Pyramid still looking for players (KABC Los Angeles)

posted 3/11/16


CBS
Crunch Time for Craig Ferguson
More on NBC's Game Show/Sitcom Hybrid
From the Hollywood Reporter

NBC's Crunch Time has found its cast.

Craig Ferguson has been tapped to star in the game show/comedy hybrid pilot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Also cast in the pilot are My Boys alums Kyle Howard and Kellee Stewart, who will reunite with series creator Betsy Thomas on the project.

Described as a hybrid game show/comedy, Crunch Time intercuts between a real game show and the scripted workplace that centers on an up-and-coming producer trying to wrangle the volatile host.

Ferguson will take on the role of Toby, the host of the game show within the show, and a successful stand-up comedian. His career as an actor stalled and he's turning to the game show to take his career to the next level. A nice guy on-camera, he struggles off-camera with feeling too good for his job and not good enough at it.

Howard will take on the role of Jake, the game show's head writer who's also a hipster playwright who does the gig for the money and his friendship with Emily (the showrunner of "Crunch Time" to be played by Andrea Anders). However, he can't stand Toby.

Stewart is set as Marcelle, Emily's best friend and confidant who is head of the game show contestants and always discovering the next great contestant.

This marks the second year in a row that Ferguson, former host of The Late Late Show, has booked a broadcast pilot. Last season, he starred in ABC comedy King of 7B, which did not move forward. Ferguson, who has had a voice role in the How to Train Your Dragon feature film franchise, is currently hosting History's Join or Die With Craig Ferguson and syndicated Celebrity Name Game, for which he has won an Emmy. He is repped by WME and Gang Tyre.

The Hollywood Reporter
Deadline
Cinema Blend
Uproxx
Variety
Deadline

posted 3/11/16

THURSDAY: And Then There Were Six
CBS Beats "Idol" for the Crown
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.225 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) edged out the competition on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.489 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1), "Life in Pieces" (8.824 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T2), "Mom" (8.054 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T4), "2 Broke Girls" (6.683 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7) and the Sunday-bound "Elementary" (5.651 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10).

FOX (7.960 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then was the number two draw with new episodes of "American Idol" (7.967 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T4) and another "American Idol" (7.954 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T4).

Next up was ABC (6.121 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.574 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T2), "Scandal" (6.002 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.789 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #9).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.442 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up its combination of a new "You, Me and the Apocalypse" (2.367 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14), a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.096 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and a new "Shades of Blue" (4.863 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11).

And finally, originals from "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (2.058 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "The 100" (1.254 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) on The CW (1.656 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 1.215 million
- Top Chef (Bravo): 921,000
- Child Genius (Lifetime/SF): 665,000
- Redneck Island (CMT): 418,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 328,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/11/16

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

  • Zero Kazama takes his frustrations of four seasons of "Silent Library" out on some innocents... allegedly (Westword)
     

  • Jordin Sparks goes time traveling for a Kevin Williamson pilot (Deadline)
     

  • First UK "Millionaire" Judith Keppel stumps for dogs looking for a forever home (Get West London)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: the producers of "Wipeout" and "Big Brother" have $250 with your name on it (Reality Wanted) PLUS Pyramid still looking for players (KABC Los Angeles)

posted 3/11/16

More on "Driven to Love"
Catch It on WEtv April 1
From the Futon Critic

Why waste time dating online, when you can get driven to love! For the first time ever, a relationship will actually start in the backseat of a car and develop from there. Hosted by multi-talented artist, and now the ultimate pick-up artist, Ray J; Driven To Love premieres Friday, April 1 at 10PM ET/PT on WE tv.

In each episode of Driven to Love, one hopeful single will hitch a ride in our tricked out SUV alongside Ray J, who will serve as their personal driver and wingman, providing insightful dating advice as they cruise around town meeting potential mates. En route to the airport, Ray J will present five carefully selected prospects; as well as games, challenges and questions to help the lucky dater pick the partner of their dreams. However as the mileage increases, this type of speed dating has a limit; our single dater will have to choose who stays and who goes and those who fail to impress will get kicked to the curb. At the end of the day they'll choose one match to join them for a romantic weekend getaway, in the hopes of building a new relationship.

Driven To Love is produced by Lion Television and is based on a format created by Matar Productions and Zig Zag Productions. Executive producers for Lion Television are Tony Tackaberry and Allison Corn; executive producers for Zig Zag Productions are Danny Fenton and Matt Graff. Executive producers for Matar Productions are Ami Amir and Lilach Dekel. Ray J, Knockout Entertainment and David Weintraub/DWE Talent also executive produce. Lauren Gellert, EVP, development and original programming; David Stefanou, VP, development and Kate Farrell, VP of Original Programming are the executive producers for WE tv.

The Futon Critic

posted 3/10/16

WEDNESDAY: An Ugly Win...
NBC Beats CBS Thanks to "Voice" Special
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.250 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) took home top honors on Wednesday with its two-hour special "The Voice: The Best of the Blind Auditions" (9.135 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) followed by a sneak preview of "The Carmichael Show" (4.150 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6) and a repeat "The Carmichael Show" (2.812 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

CBS (6.062 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then claimed the silver with its trio of "Survivor: Kaoh Rong" (9.169 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1), "The Victoria's Secret Swim Special" (3.053 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "CSI: Cyber" (5.964 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9).

Next up was ABC (4.212 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "The Middle" (4.868 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6), "The Goldbergs" (4.204 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6), "Modern Family" (4.625 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) and "Black-ish" (4.259 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) plus the season finale of "American Crime" (3.659 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.746 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) offered up originals from "Rosewood" (3.756 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "Hell's Kitchen" (3.736 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.172 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "Supernatural" (1.028 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) on The CW (1.100 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Face Off (Syfy): 953,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 303,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/10/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Why"

  • Marla Maples guest hosts "The View" in a desperate attempt to avoid her being voted off first (Twitter @mlcalderone)
     

  • Channing Dungey looking to build off of ABC's reality success from 2015 (TV Insider)
     

  • Did "Survivor" finally become cringeworthy? (Decider)
     

  • #TBT: Philip Schofield almost got hit with a cube of a different kind (Metro)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 11 dating shows that were ... to say the least, WEIRD (Digital Spy)
     

  • Jim Davidson cancels gig due to a sore throat (The York Press)
     

  • Paul Sinha brings his act to Bristol (Bristol Post)

posted 3/10/16


IMDb
TUESDAY: Anxious For Tonight?
Catch "Separation Anxiety" Tonight on TBS!
From the Futon Critic

NBC (13.172 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) overshadowed the competition on Tuesday with a new two-hour "The Voice" (13.427 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) and the special premiere of "Little Big Shots" (12.664 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2).

CBS (7.289 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then took home the silver with repeats of "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.368 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "NCIS" (8.079 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and a new "Limitless" (5.419 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9).

Next up was ABC (3.767 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its new Tuesday lineup of "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.925 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3), "The Real O'Neals" (4.009 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (3.514 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Of Kings and Prophets" (3.322 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.836 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up originals from "New Girl" (2.679 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) and "Grandfathered" (1.962 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) plus repeats of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.428 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) and "The Grinder" (1.273 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.198 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and "iZombie" (0.744 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on The CW (0.971 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.136 million
- Separation Anxiety (TBS/P): 947,000
- Ink Master (Spike): 806,000
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 613,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 385,000
- Team Ninja Warrior (Esquire/SF): 295,000

WWD
Today
Paste
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Entertainment Weekly
Wall Street Journal
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/9/16

Upfront: GSN
"Hellevator", "Idiotest",  "Skin Wars" to Return, Three New Series on the Way
From Mediapost

Game Show Network’s upfront presentation Tuesday morning in Manhattan lived up to the position the network has crafted for itself: fun and funny.

Citing steady audience growth over the last few years, GSN officials boldly vowed to stay the course and continue with the strategy they say is responsible for the network’s growth -- creating original series in two categories, contemporary game shows and skill-based competitions.

“We’re going to continue to make shows that are really defined by being fun, funny and even a bit uplifting and inspiring, because that’s what GSN is about. So I am proud to announce that we are going to be doing more of the same,” said President/CEO David Goldhill in his opening remarks.

The upfront event, staged by GSN -- owned jointly by Sony and AT&T -- was an intimate breakfast-time presentation held at the Paley Center for Media. GSN talent on-hand included Rebecca Romijn, host of the body-painting competition show, “Skin Wars”; RuPaul Charles, a judge on “Skin Wars” and host of a new “Skin Wars” spinoff GSN announced Tuesday, “Skin Wars: Fresh Paint”; actor turned game-show-host Donald Faison, host of the new GSN game show “Winsanity”; comedian Ben Gleib, host of GSN’s “Idiotest”; and the goth twins of GSN’s “Hellevator” series, Jen and Sylvia Soska.

“The commitment we’ve made for expanding original programming that we’ve talked about over the past few years has really achieved exactly what we promised it would.” Goldhill told his audience.

“The best way to understand our network is for me to do what I’m personally best at, which is boring repetition,” Goldhill said. “Last year was the most-watched year in GSN’s history. That is the fourth year in a row that I have made that statement. And that’s really the most important thing about our network. In prime time, which is where we program our originals, we have double-digit growth across all key demos. … Our little niche television network is now a top 30 television network.”

Much of the GSN presentation was given over to announcing renewals of its existing originals -- including the game shows “Idiotest,” “Hellevator” and “Skin Wars,” its first skill-based competition show.

But more are on the way, announced Amy Introcaso-Davis, GSN’s executive vice president of programming and development. In addition to the “Skin Wars” spinoff “Skin Wars: Fresh Paint,” she announced another greenlit series from “Skin Wars” executive producer Michael Levitt -- “Window Warriors.” It is TV’s first competition series for designers of department-store window displays.

“Winsanity,” GSN’s other new show, will test contestants’ knowledge of pop culture. Clips shown at the upfront indicated that this show will be adept at incorporating brands of all types into the show both in the context of questions and in the wide array of prizes the show will be awarding its winning contestants.

“The prizes give us a lot of great opportunities to work with different brands and incorporate them in the show, and as you can see, [the] questions incorporate different brands and products as well,” said executive producer Barry Poznick.

GSN also announced it is producing pilots for two more prospective series -- “Breaking App,” a competition series for app designers; and “The Investigation,” described as a crime-based game show.

Also in development is “Glass Wars,” another skill-based competition show -- this time featuring artisans in glass-blowing, quiz show "Run & Buzz", and an American version of UK series "Divided."

Mediapost
Adweek
The Futon Critic
Realscreen

posted 3/9/16

"Guy's Grocery Games" Offers Redemption
Catch the Special Tournament Beginning April 3
From the Futon Critic

Guy Fieri welcomes back former Triple G competitors for a second chance to redeem themselves and prove their culinary skills on Guy's Grocery Games Redemption Tournament, premiering Sunday, April 3rd at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network. Each week of this five-part tournament, four returning contestants battle it out in some of the toughest games Guy has ever thrown down for a chance at up to $20,000 and to earn a coveted spot in the tournament finale. The winners from each round will be selected by a rotating panel of judges including Richard Blais, Melissa d'Arabian, Troy Johnson, Beau MacMillan, Brandi Milloy, and Damaris Phillips. The one chef who can survive all the challenges to be crowned Redemption Tournament Champion will have the opportunity to win up to an additional $20,000 with a second shopping spree!

Fans can head to FoodNetwork.com/GroceryGames to see the funniest moments from the games, take quizzes to test their grocery shopping skills, hear from the judges, and join Guy on a tour of Flavortown. Plus, they can join the conversation on Twitter using #GroceryGames.

The Futon Critic

posted 3/9/16

Syndies: Week 24
Results for the Week Ending February 28
From B&C

Most syndicated shows were steady in the week ended Feb. 28, which included the final full week of the February sweep.
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Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud tied with CTD’s Wheel of Fortune, with both shows hitting a 7.2 and Feud up 3%, while Wheel accelerated 6%. CTD’s Jeopardy! jumped 2% to a 6.6.

Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game gained 7% to a 1.5, while Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire was flat at a 1.4 year to year. Family Feud and Celebrity Name Game grew the most, with each show gaining 7%. Millionaire, meanwhile, had the biggest annual drop, losing 26%.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 3/9/16

Armoza Came In Like a Wrecking Ball
New Format from Armoza Goes to MIPTV
From World Screen

The new studio game show Wrecking Ball is being launched by Armoza Formats at MIPTV.

The format features a set of giant wrecking balls, suspended from the studio and waiting to knock the contestants out of the game. Contestants must select answers from a set of multiple-choice responses. If they get it wrong, in comes the wrecking balls. If they answer correctly, the ball will stop right in front of their face. What’s at stake is $250,000. The series is produced by Armoza Formats, Shenhar Productions and Volley Formats.

Avi Armoza, CEO of Armoza Formats, said: “The current situation of the TV industry requires broadcasters to look for shows with high stand-out both in their USPs and in their marketing potential. We believe that Wrecking Ball answers this need with its exhilarating and constant combination of humor, suspense and drama. Wrecking Ball engages viewers mentally, physically and visually and we are thrilled to be launching it this MIPTV.”

World Screen
C21 Media

posted 3/9/16

NBC Sets Up Summer
"Got Talent" Bows May 31, "Ninja Warrior" June 1
From the Futon Critic

Two of the highest-rated and talked-about summer series - "America's Got Talent" and "American Ninja Warrior" - have set their season premiere dates.

"America's Got Talent," the #1 most-watched alternative summer show for the past 10 years, will premiere on Tuesday, May 31 at 8-10 p.m. The series will shift back to Los Angeles this season.

The show's 11th season will be highlighted by new judge Simon Cowell, who created the "Got Talent" format that first launched with "AGT" in 2006. It is now the most successful TV format of all time.

The past season of "America's Got Talent" on NBC averaged a 2.9 rating, 10 share in adults 18-49 and 12.5 million viewers overall with its Tuesday edition and delivered its most-watched season in four years.

"America's Got Talent" is produced by FremantleMedia North America and Syco Entertainment. Simon Cowell, Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff, Trish Kinane and Richard Wallace are the executive producers.

The heart-racing obstacle course competition series "American Ninja Warrior" swings back into action on Wednesday, June 1 with its two-hour premiere at 8 p.m. The series is hosted by Matt Iseman and former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila with Kristine Leahy serving as co-host. Original episodes air on NBC with encore presentations beginning Thursday, June 2 at 8 p.m. on Esquire Network.

After an amazing season seven that saw a winner crowned for the very first time, "American Ninja Warrior" returns with new obstacles and several new cities in the continuing quest for physical excellence.

This season the show will make stops in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Oklahoma City and Philadelphia before heading to Las Vegas and partaking on the stunning four-stage obstacle course known as Mt. Midoriyama. In last season's photo finish, professional rock climber Isaac Caldiero successfully finished the course and scaled the Stage 4 rope climb in 26.14 seconds, beating out fellow competitor Geoff Britten, who had reached the summit moments before, with a time of 29.65 seconds.

Last summer "American Ninja Warrior" generated +10% growth versus the prior year in adults 18-49 and was up +22% versus two years earlier. In total viewers, the summer 2015 season was "Ninja's" most-watched ever, with its average of 7.1 million viewers beating the summer 2014 figure by +22%.

"America Ninja Warrior" is executive-produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions' founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed, along with Brian Richardson and Anthony Storm. The series is a co-production along with Esquire Network.

The Futon Critic
Variety

posted 3/9/16

HLN Loses "Heads"
Ellen DeGeneres' "HeadsUp!" Shelved with All Episodes Produced
From Variety

“Heads Up!” is a popular segment on Ellen DeGeneres’ long-running talk show that has the host trying to guess phrases and words that the guest acts out, or vice versa. The concept is so winning that it has spurred its own app.

At HLN, however, a series based on the idea, hosted by Loni Love, is being shelved prior to airing with 65 completed episodes in the can.

The Time Warner-owned cable network, a sister to CNN known best for its coverage of headline news and courtroom drama as well as Nancy Grace’s primetime show, will not air the program, a network spokeswoman, Alison Rudnick, confirmed. HLN had envisioned airing the show Monday through Friday.

The program’s demise is the latest signal that CNN is rethinking what to do with HLN. Former Viacom programming executive Albie Hecht was recruited in the fall of 2013 to transform the network into a place that highlighted the chatter emerging on social media. He departed in late November of last year as CNN worldwide president Jeff Zucker articulated a new direction for the cable outlet — using it as a place to burnish the library of nonfiction programming CNN has amassed for its prime-time hours.

New programming is also in the offing for HLN. Amy Entelis, CNN Worldwide’s executive vice president for talent and content development, has taken charge of similar duties at HLN, Rudnick said. Entelis’ team is expected to develop new originals for HLN as well. Ken Jautz, a longtime CNN executive who had a prior tenure at HLN, is now overseeing the network.

As that has happened, some HLN executives have left the network. Kari Kim, vice president of program development, and Nicholas Oakley-Tilley, a senior director of program development at HLN, have left, the spokeswoman confirmed.

As for “Heads Up!,” Telepictures, a unit of Time Warner that is the producer of the show with DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production banner, could try to find a home for it elsewhere.

Variety
The Celebrity Cafe
Cinema Blend

posted 3/9/16

"Songland" Detoured (UPDATE)
Adam Levine Project Under Fire over Royalties
From Billboard

An onerous contract for the new TV talent competition Songland, executive produced by Dave Stewart, The Voice's Audrey Morrissey and Maroon 5 singer and The Voice star Adam Levine, has been updated to address public backlash over a clause concerning song ownership.

The clarification comes on the heels of a scathing legal opinion by New York intellectual property attorney Wallace E.J. Collins III Esq. who wrote on his personal blog, "URGENT WARNING: BEWARE OF NBC/UNIVERSAL'S "SONGLAND" SUBMISSION FORM." According to the post by Collins, a former songwriter and recording artist for Epic, per his bio, "The NBC/Universal submission agreement for the 'Songland' TV show states that NBC will own all rights to use and exploit all of your songs involved in the show including the songs you submit in the initial application."

NBC has since updated the original Songland contract for clarity.

"There has been some confusion around the casting application for 'Songland,'" Morrissey tells Billboard in an exclusive statement. "We wish to be abundantly clear that by signing the casting application, songwriters do not transfer ownership of any of their original songs. This show is truly a celebration of songwriters and their craft."

The updated passage -- accessible to the public on McNulty Casting Inc.'s songlandcasting.com -- now reads:

"As part of my application to participate in the Program, I may or will be required to submit an original, unpublished song and other musical material (collectively, the "Music"), for which I hold and shall continue to hold all copyrights and ownership therein."

Wallace originally cited four troubling portions of the original paperwork and called it "by far one of the most onerous such television contest submission agreements I have ever encountered."

Informed of the change in wording, Wallace tells Billboard, "Not sure if it was all a corporate oversight or if this is a 'just kidding' reaction to being called on it, but tens of thousands of songwriters speaking out together made a difference. At least now it appears that they make no claim to rights in any songs from those who are not chosen for the TV show. Those lucky enough to be selected for the show may be required to agree to additional obligations later, but at least they will have the choice at that time."

Variety

posted 3/9/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Don't Mess With the Governess"

  • Anne Hegerty explains why people who believe that "The Chase" is fixed are MENTAL (Metro)
     

  • NCIS: Television City - FRIDAY! (TV Line)
     

  • Iliza Shlesinger's "Girl Logic" book comes on the heels of her game show hosting debut (Deadline)
     

  • Ali Fedotowsky only did the deed ONCE during her stint on "The Bachelor" (TooFab)
     

  • Mischa Barton finally said yes. Here's why (E!)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Padma Lakshmi (People)

posted 3/9/16

MONDAY: The Voice Rules All
NBC Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (11.147 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) was the top draw on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (13.349 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1) and "Blindspot" (6.743 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3).

The silver then went to ABC (6.852 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) with originals from "The Bachelor" (7.438 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) and "Castle" (5.681 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9).

Next up was FOX (4.410 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and fresh installments from "Gotham" (4.572 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5) and "Lucifer" (4.248 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.618 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.102 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5), another "The Big Bang Theory" (7.471 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4), "Scorpion" (6.372 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.196 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

And finally, new episodes of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.863 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.902 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) closed out the night on The CW (0.882 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Ellen's Design Challenge (HGTV): 1.739 million
- Cake Wars (Food): 872,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 448,000
- RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo/SP): 377,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/8/16

"Boom!" Goes Colombia
Caracol Picks Up Worldwide Hit
From C21 Media

Colombian broadcast network Caracol TV has licensed Keshet International (KI) gameshow Boom!.

A series of hour-long episodes will be produced in-house by Caracol and will begin airing weekly this summer.

Camilo Acuña, senior VP of programming at Caracol TV, said: “We believe in great entertainment and Boom! has the right ingredients to be a fun, family-entertaining show that will capture our audiences.”

More than 400 episodes of Boom! have been commissioned worldwide to date, according to KI, which has seen the show produced for Antena 3 in Spain, TV2 in Hungary, Channel Seven in Kazakhstan, TVN in Chile and Canal 10 in Uruguay. The format was also recently licensed to Azteca TV in Mexico.

US network Fox has also previously taken the gameshow, which recently began airing on Bayon TV in Cambodia. A version for America TV in Peru is in the pipeline, while Argentina’s Telefe licensed it last year.

Boom! was created by Keshet, Ido Rozenblum and Red Arrow-owned Israeli company July August Productions. The format sees contestants completing intellectual and physical challenges against a clock displayed on a ‘bomb’ in the middle of the studio.

C21 Media
Variety

posted 3/8/16

"Million Pound" Dropped
Hit Quiz Show Canceled Amidst Cost-Cutting at C4
From Telly Mix

Channel 4 has axed the Million Pound Drop after five years worth of series.

The Davina McCall fronted game show won't be back this year following its final run in 2015.

The show started in 2010 and saw pairs of contestants playing for up to £1 million (over $1.425 million) in prize money, although the biggest amount of cash ever scored was £250,000 (a little over $356,000).

As well as thirteen regular series spanning more than 100 episodes, the show also aired celebrity versions with stars playing for charity. A US version was produced for Fox.

The Million Pound Drop had pulled in some big ratings when it first launched in 2010 although numbers had dipped quite a bit after five years.

An insider told The Sun newspaper today: “Bosses have decided to put their money into other shows and there are no plans currently to bring back Million Pound Drop.

"People say it’s a shame as it had a big following.”

A Channel 4 spokeswoman confirmed to the newspaper: “Million Pound Drop is not currently in the schedule but could come back at some stage.”

Telly Mix
Metro
Reality Box
The Sun
The Independent

posted 3/8/16

WEEKEND: Play It Again
Encore of "The Voice" Helps ABC to First
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.164 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) and FOX (3.128 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) shared the demo crown on Saturday as the former offered up an encore of "The Voice" (4.414 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and a new two-hour "Dateline NBC" (5.915 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

FOX then got a spark from "NASCAR Overrun/Bordertown" (5.637 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) followed by new episodes of "Bob's Burgers" (2.615 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "The Simpsons" (3.165 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3), "Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life" (1.917 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13), "Family Guy" (2.711 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) and the return of "The Last Man on Earth" (2.722 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

Next up was CBS (8.589 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and its quartet of "60 Minutes" (11.346 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3), "Madam Secretary" (10.114 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7), "The Good Wife" (7.226 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12) and "CSI: Cyber" (5.671 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13).

And finally, a repeat of "Once Upon a Time" (2.735 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #16) led into the return of "Once Upon a Time" (4.001 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3), the Sunday premiere of "The Family" (3.122 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13) and the spring bow of "Quantico" (3.730 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) on ABC (3.397 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

On cable...
- All-Star Academy (Food): 1.330 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.188 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 951,000
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 319,000

On Friday, ABC (4.709 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the network to beat among adults 18-49 on Friday with its mix of a repeat "Last Man Standing" (5.414 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), a new "Dr. Ken" (4.776 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1), a repeat "Shark Tank" (4.722 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) and "20/20" (4.311 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

CBS (6.503 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a close second place with a new "The Amazing Race" (5.779 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) alongside second runs of "Hawaii Five-0" (6.413 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9) and "Blue Bloods" (7.319 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

Next up was NBC (3.955 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with a repeat "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (2.975 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) and originals from "Grimm" (4.209 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "Dateline NBC" (4.681 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.582 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Sleepy Hollow" (3.009 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and "Second Chance" (2.155 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.079 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "The Originals" (0.900 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) on The CW (0.989 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/8/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "100 #1s"

  • Kelly Clarkson becomes the first "American Idol" to chart 100 No.1s according to... (Billboard)
     

  • Chris Harrison just drew the ire of Amy Schumer (People)
     

  • Marc Summers heads to theatre for a one-man show (TheaterMania)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Survivor's Anna Khait (Card Player)

posted 3/8/16

Racing to 100
Catch New Season of "RuPaul's Drag Race" Tonight!
From USA Today

Turns out there is at least one malady that not even America's first drag superstar can overpower: Jet lag.

But this is RuPaul we're talking about, so even that travel term has gotten a drag makeover.

"I'm completely jet-hagged," he says as he promotes the eighth-season premiere of Logo's RuPaul’s Drag Race (Monday, 9 ET/PT) after returning from a two-week trip to Australia.

This season will mark the 100th-episode milestone for the mash-up of America’s Next Top Model, America’s Got Talent and Project Runway, in which drag-queen contestants do a little of everything: hair and makeup, costume design, stand-up comedy, acting, singing, and, if it comes down to it, lip-syncing for their lives.

But he's noticed that there's one quality that tends to go under the radar: "Kindness will get you so far in this competition. We live in an ego-based society where the girls come on the show and say, 'I'm gonna cut a (expletive)!' Honestly, if you are just your beautiful self, you're going to be just fine."

Drag Race, which debuted in 2009, has blossomed into the cable network's top-rated original program, as well as an Emmy nominee (for makeup) and Television Critics Association Award winner. Celebrities campaign for guest spots on Drag Race's judges’ panel, RuPaul says, and the new season's crop includes models Gigi Hadid, Chanel Iman, designer Marc Jacobs and Blondie’s Deborah Harry and Chris Stein. Still on his wish list? Judge Judy Sheindlin, "because only Judy can judge me!" he laughed.

USA Today
AV Club
New York Post

posted 3/7/16

MIPTV: Nippon TV
Among Offerings: "Dragon's Den/Shark Tank", "Battle of the Home"
From B&C

Looking to replicate the success of its popular format Dragons’ Den (Shark Tank in the US) currently in its 11th year and sold in over 26 countries and regions, Nippon Television Network Corporation (Nippon TV), the leading commercial broadcaster and network in Japan offering entertainment, anime, documentaries and news, announced today that the company will be heading to MIP 2016 with three new formats, including Battle of the Homes, a 60-minute game show being co-developed with Red Arrow Entertainment and the first project to have emerged from their partnership announced at MIPCOM 2015, Love Liar, a 30-minute outdoor dating game show, and Celebrity Style Battle, a 30-minute fashion competition. The announcement was made today Yukiko Kimishima, Divisional President of International Business Development.

”We are happy to see some of our innovative ideas and formats traveling across borders and are confident that these three new titles will resonate well with the buyers. Among them, we are also delighted to be announcing our newest venture with Red Arrow Entertainment,” commented Kimishima.

First up for Nippon TV is Battle of the Home being co-developed with Red Arrow. This new format fuses game show and reality when two neighboring families compete in challenges inside their own homes; toasters become timers, beds are made blindfolded and showers are strictly for singing. Their lives are taken over for 48 hours as our comic hosts spy into each fix-rigged home and spring four hilarious challenges at the most inconvenient moments. But only one family will go on to be quizzed in the big money “end game”.

Next is Love Liar, the outdoor dating game show in which a romantically challenged female celebrity goes on a heart-throbbing date with two handsome men, but there is only one guy that really likes her. In the end, she must choose and find out which man truly loves her and confirm who is pulling at her heartstrings and admittedly playing as the “love liar.”

B&C
C21 Media

posted 3/7/16

$55 Million
"Dancing" Co-Host Wins Peeping Lawsuit
From People

Sportscaster and "Dancing with the Stars" co-host Erin Andrews has been awarded a settlement of $55 million for damages sustained after a stranger secretly recorded her in the nude in 2008 at the Nashville Marriott and then posted the video on the Internet.

Andrews had sued the franchise owner of the Nashville Marriott, West End Partners; the Windsor Capital Group that manages the hotel and Michael Barrett, the man who filmed Andrews by removing peepholes from her door and pointing his cell phone camera into her room.

Andrews said in a statement on Monday: "I would like to thank the Nashville court, the court personnel and the jury for their service. The support I've received from the people of Nashville has been overwhelming. I would also like to thank my family, friends, and legal team."

The sportscaster added that she had been 'honored' by all the support she's received from victims around the world. "Their outreach has helped me be able to stand up and hold accountable those whose job it is to protect everyone’s safety, security and privacy," she said.

People
TMZ

posted 3/7/16

"Feud" Puts "Hot Seat" on Ice
NZ Version Launches to Beat Veteran Quizzer By 7 Percent
From Scoop

Survey says Family Feud is a hit for TV3. The beloved gameshow hosted by Dai Henwood has consistently outperformed Millionaire Hot Seat in all four key demographics since its launch on February 15.

To date, Family Feud is attracting seven per cent more viewers against 25-54 compared to Millionaire Hot Seat on TV One; 35 per cent more viewers in 18-49; and more than double of Millionaire Hot Seat‘s audience in 18-39.

Friday night comedy continues to be a hit for TV3. Local favorite 7 Days won all four key demographics, attracting a nine rating with a 31 per cent share in 25-54. The Graham Norton Show won its Friday night slot with an 8.3 rating and a 27.5 per cent share in 25-54.

Scoop

posted 3/7/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Insiders Tell All"

  • Caila Quinn reportedly the new "Bachelorette" (Us Magazine) plus next season will get discount-double-check-adjacented (Us Magazine)
     

  • Will Kirk Fogg end up in the "Legends" movie? The choices are Nick's and Nick's alone! (Cinema Blend)
     

  • Tom Bergeron loses his mother four months after losing his father (Us Magazine)
     

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger is not endorsing the guy he replaced (Twitter @Ketch)
     

  • Paul Daniels returns home to spend his final days with loved ones (BBC)
     

  • Dancing: one last NFL player before tomorrow morning's official announcement (E!)
     

  • Watch Jordan Smith's video before you forget who he is again! (People)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: You had one line, Shawn. (BT)

posted 3/7/16


Getty Images
JOEY FEEK: 1975-2016
Award-Winning Half of "Joey + Rory" Started on "Can You Duet"
From Digital Spy

Joey Martin Feek of country music duo Joey + Rory has died from cancer at the age of 40.

The tragic news was confirmed by Joey's husband Rory Lee Feek on Friday (March 4), just under two years after the singer started documenting her cancer fight on social media.

Rory wrote in a moving blog post on Friday: "My wife's greatest dream came true today. She is in Heaven. The cancer is gone, the pain has ceased and all her tears are dry. Joey is in the arms of her beloved brother Justin and using her pretty voice to sing for her saviour.

"At 2:30 this afternoon, as we were gathered around her, holding hands and praying.. my precious bride breathed her last.

"And a moment later took her first breath on the other side. As I held her hand and kissed her goodbye one last time."

Joey was diagnosed with cervical cancer in June 2014, and soon after made the decision to share her journey to inspire others facing similar challenges.

As a duo with husband Rory Lee Feek, the couple rose to fame on the CMT reality competition Can You Duet in 2008.

Since that time, Joey + Rory notched three US top ten albums – including last month's country chart topper Hymns That Are Important to Us.

Joey + Rory were named Top New Vocal Duo at the Academy of Country Music Awards in 2010, and this year earned a Grammy nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance.

Entertainment Weekly
Digital Spy
Zap2it
Us Magazine
Mashable

posted 3/4/16

Eureka! I've Found China
FremantleMedia Exports "Eureka Moment"
From C21 Media

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV has partnered with FremantleMedia China to launch a local version of Dutch format The Eureka Moment this summer.

The 11x90’ series will premiere on CCTV-1 in June during the Sunday evening primetime slot. It will be co-developed with CCTV’s wholly owned subsidiary, CCTV Creation.

Originally developed by Blue Circle for RTL4 in the Netherlands, the gameshow sees two couples testing their science knowledge and coming face-to-face with dangerous stunts and experiments as they attempt to win a luxury holiday.

“This is the first time we have placed a series into the much coveted Sunday evening primetime slot on CCTV-1 and we’re looking forward to developing our relationship further to co-develop many more FremantleMedia formats in the future,” said FremantleMedia China CEO Vivian Yin, who took on the post last October, as revealed by C21.

FremantleMedia has previously worked with CCTV on local versions of formats such as comedy series Thank God You’re Here and the talent competition Don’t Stop Me Now, which has recently been renewed for a further 52 episodes.

C21 Media
Rapid TV News
Television Post

posted 3/4/16

THURSDAY: And Then There Were Eight
"Idol" Helps Fox to First
From the Futon Critic

FOX (8.678 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) held off the competition on Thursday with a new "American Idol" (8.742 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T2) and a second "American Idol" (8.615 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T2).

ABC (6.000 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then claimed the silver with a new "Grey's Anatomy" (7.670 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1), the premiere of "The Family" (5.739 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8) and a new "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.591 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #9).

Next up was CBS (7.463 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) with a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (10.010 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T2) followed by originals from "Life in Pieces" (8.432 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5), "Mom" (8.003 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T6), "2 Broke Girls" (6.711 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T6) and "Elementary" (5.810 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.078 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) offered up a new "You, Me and the Apocalypse" (2.341 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13), an encore "Blindspot" (2.167 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) and a new "Shades of Blue" (4.728 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11).

And finally, originals from "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (2.286 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12) and "The 100" (1.416 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) on The CW (1.851 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 1.121 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 900,000
- Top Chef (Bravo): 881,000
- Child Genius (Lifetime): 524,000
- Redneck Island (CMT): 357,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 283,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/4/16

Terence J Gets Coupled
Catch It on Fox
From the Futon Critic

Set in the Caribbean islands, COUPLED follows 12 single, smart and young professional women looking for love, who will meet face-to-face with eligible single men. Instantly, the women decide if they feel a spark of chemistry and want to spend more time with that guy, or if they don't feel a connection and want to wait for the next one. The real soap opera unfolds as new couples are formed and have to discover whether or not they have the compatibility to make their relationships last.

Terrence "J" Jenkins is a charismatic television and film actor, philanthropist and author. A former co-anchor of the international news program "E! News," the three-time daytime Emmy(R) Award nominee also spent seven years hosting the long-running music countdown show "106 & Park." Next weekend, Jenkins can be seen starring in and producing the upcoming film "The Perfect Match," opposite Paula Patton. He also has appeared in films including the "Think Like a Man" franchise and is the best-selling author of "The Wealth of My Mother's Wisdom."

COUPLED is produced by MGM Television and Grandma's House Entertainment. The series is created and executive-produced by Mark Burnett, Ben Newmark, Dan Newmark and Larry Barron. MGM serves as the worldwide distributor of the series outside of the U.S. and Canada.

The Futon Critic

posted 3/4/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "A Few More Minutes"

  • Caila Quinn back in front of cameras after being eliminated (TMZ)
     

  • Dancing: the requisite NFL player (E!) and the six-degrees-of-the-flavor-of-the-month (E!) are joining up

posted 3/4/16

Meet SYTYCD's Newest Judge... a 13-Year-Old
"Dance Moms" Star Maddie Ziegler Joins "Next Generation" Panel
From The Futon Critic

Award-winning dancer Maddie Ziegler will join Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo as a judge on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: THE NEXT GENERATION. Ziegler will lend her expertise as a young dancer to critique and praise the contestants as they battle it out during the studio shows this summer.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: THE NEXT GENERATION premieres Monday, May 30 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), on FOX. The new season will feature a younger generation of dancers between the ages of 8-13, who are skilled in various dance styles, such as contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballroom, animation or breaking. The dancers will be paired up with All-Stars to compete for the title of America's Favorite Dancer.

Best known for starring in the award-winning reality series "Dance Moms," 13-year-old Maddie Ziegler has gone on to star in singer-songwriter Sia's music video trilogy. She has had the honor of performing artistic contemporary routines on "Saturday Night Live," the Grammy Awards (2015), "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" (three times), "We Can Survive" at the Hollywood Bowl, "Dancing with the Stars" (twice) and "Jimmy Kimmel Live." She also is making a name for herself as an aspiring actress with roles on such hit television shows as "Pretty Little Liars," "Austin & Ally" and "Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn." She will be making her big screen debut in the upcoming feature "The Book of Henry," starring opposite Naomi Watts and directed by Colin Trevorrow. Ziegler also recently took home a People's Choice Award, winning the DailyMail.com Seriously Popular Award.

Auditions for SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: THE NEXT GENERATION have begun and head to Chicago next week (Friday, March 11), followed by New York (Friday, March 18). Please visit fox.com/dance for more information about Season 13.

During auditions, the next generation of dancers will compete for a place at "The Academy," where only the most talented will be selected for the next round of competition. At the end of the round, the best of the best, the Top 10 dancers will be partnered permanently with a SYTYCD All-Star. The competition then moves to the SYTYCD studio, where, with Ziegler and the returning SYTYCD judges watching their every move, the top youngsters will compete each week in a variety of styles, working and performing alongside their All-Stars with world-renowned choreographers. As the competition heats up, contestants will be eliminated until a winner is named on the season finale.

The Futon Critic
Variety
Deadline

posted 3/3/16

More on "Gay for Play Game Show"
Catch It on Logo April 11!
From The Futon Critic

You don't need to be gay to play, but it sure does help! "Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul," the all-new, over-the-top game show hosted by RuPaul premieres Monday, April 11 at 10PM ET/PT on Logo. Shot in front of a live studio audience, contestants' entertainment IQs are put to the test when host RuPaul quizzes them on the hottest pop culture moments. As they answer hysterical trivia questions, contestants have to decide whether to trust their own instincts or to turn to the "Gay for Play" celebrity panel for help. Then as the competition heats up, contestants pair up with one celebrity panelist and have 69 seconds to answer as many trivia questions as possible for a chance to win big cash and prizes.

"I've never laughed as hard as I did making Gay For Play. It's funnier than the Republican debates - with more useful take away," said host and EP RuPaul Charles. "I wanted to capture the gay voices from my TV youth, like Paul Lynde and Charles Nelson Reilly, to create a new game show that everyone could enjoy. 'Let's Make America Gay Again!'"

The "Gay for Play" panel of six celebrities features Michelle Visage, Todrick Hall, Carson Kressley, and Ross Mathews as regular panelists, along with a rotating panel of former "RuPaul's Drag Race" contestants, social influencers, and celebrities. Guest panelists throughout the season include model Amber Rose, Brandi Glanville ("Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"), Cheyenne Jackson ("American Horror Story"), Daniel Franzese ("Looking," "Mean Girls"), Frankie Grande ("Big Brother"), comedian Heather McDonald, Jeannie Mai ("The Real"), Kristen Johnston ("The Exes"), Mindy Cohn ("Facts of Life"), plus social talent Austin & Aaron Rhodes ("Scream Queens"), GloZell Green, Joey Graceffa, Kingsley, Kyle Krieger, and Connor Franta.

Special episodes also feature celebrity contestants squaring off. Rebecca Romijn will battle husband Jerry O'Connell to fight for "Gay for Play" bragging rights. Former "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" cast member Taylor Armstrong and "Real Housewives of O.C." cast member Gretchen Rossi will challenge each other, as well as reunited "227" stars Marla Gibbs and Jackée Harry.

The premiere of "Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul" follows an all-new episode of "RuPaul's Drag Race," which starts its new season and celebrates the mega-hit series' 100th episode on Monday, March 7 with a special queen-sized 90 minute episode.

"Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul" is produced by World of Wonder Productions with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Kate Fisher and RuPaul Charles serving as Executive Producers. Chris McCarthy, Pamela Post and Tim Palazzola are Executive Producers for Logo.

For more information on "Gay for Play" go to LogoTV.com.

The Futon Critic
Out
Broadway World

posted 3/3/16

ABC's Reality Shows to Return... All Three of Them
Early Renewals for 2016-17 Handed Down
From The Futon Critic

The ABC Television Network has issued pick-up orders for the following series for the 2016/2017 season: "America's Funniest Home Videos," "The Bachelor," "black-ish," "Dancing with the Stars," "Fresh Off the Boat," "The Goldbergs," "Grey's Anatomy," "How to Get Away with Murder," "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," "The Middle," "Modern Family," "Once Upon a Time," "Scandal," "Shark Tank" and "Quantico."

"We're very proud of our strong roster of performers, and we're excited about what they will bring us creatively next season," said Channing Dungey, President, ABC Entertainment.

"THE BACHELOR" (Season 21)

ABC's "The Bachelor," a pop-culture sensation, will celebrate its 21st season with more fireworks, surprises and drama than ever. Just as Ben Higgins, one of the most popular Bachelors ever, will end his journey to find love with a proposal, the series has encouraged millions of viewers for over a decade to find their own fairytale romances while the original hit primetime romance reality series continues to offer unpredictable, sexy, emotional, over-the-top fun. The newly relaxed format rules guarantee more "OMG," jaw-dropping moments. Bachelor Nation has made this romantic rollercoaster ride one of television's top social-media and water-cooler shows, as one lucky man and 25 lucky women have the unique opportunity to find true love.

Hosted by Chris Harrison, "The Bachelor" is a production of Next Entertainment, in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss, Elan Gale, Bennett Graebner, Peter Scalettar and Nicole Woods serve as executive producers.

"DANCING WITH THE STARS" (Season 23)

"Dancing with the Stars" prepares for more glitz, glamour and sequins for fall 2016. With an all-new cast of celebrities ready to take on the competition and hit the ballroom floor, it will be another season full of surprises and unforgettable dances.

"Dancing with the Stars" is the hit reality series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines, which are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts and voted on by viewers.

"Dancing with the Stars" is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Rob Wade and Ashley Edens-Shaffer are executive producers.

"SHARK TANK" (Season 8)

"Shark Tank," the critically acclaimed reality show that has reinvigorated entrepreneurship in America, has also become a culturally defining series. The recipient of the 2015 and 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Structured Reality Program, the business-themed show returns to the ABC Television Network for its eighth season.

The Sharks - tough, self-made, multi-millionaire and billionaire tycoons - continue their search to invest in the best businesses and products that America has to offer. The Sharks will once again give people from all walks of life the chance to chase the American dream, and potentially secure business deals that could make them millionaires.

The Futon Critic
TV Insider

posted 3/3/16

WEDNESDAY: CBS Survives... Barely
Eye Edges Out ABC in the Demo by a Tenth
From The Futon Critic

CBS (8.335 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday with new episodes of "Survivor: Kaoh Rong" (9.185 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), "Criminal Minds" (9.223 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4) and a special "CSI: Cyber" (6.599 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9).

ABC (5.685 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then was a close second with its mix of "The Goldbergs" (7.039 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3), the premiere of "The Real O'Neals" (6.302 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6), "Modern Family" (8.181 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1), a second "The Real O'Neals" (6.088 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4) and "American Crime" (3.248 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

Next up was NBC (7.110 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with the season finale of "The Mysteries of Laura" (7.381 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9) followed by new episodes of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.831 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7) and "Chicago PD" (7.117 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.470 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up the return of "Rosewood" (3.566 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12) and a new "Hell's Kitchen" (3.374 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11).

And finally, The CW (1.283 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with its specials "Greatest Animal Commercials Countdown" (1.496 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "MADtv 20th Anniversary Reunion" (1.070 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

On cable...
- Face Off (Syfy): 860,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 385,000
- Restaurant Startup (CNBC/SF): 317,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/3/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Scuare Biz"

  • "Sqrambled Scuares", a local favorite around here from South Carolina, moves into its new digs at Barefoot Landing... Road trip to the Grand Strand, anyone? (Myrtle Beach Sun News)
     

  • ICYMI: a Jeopardy! player that the Nick Fury of the Quiz World hasn't found yet apologizes for missing the Golden State Warriors logo last night (Uproxx)
     

  • Dancing: the rumor mill is on full tilt (ET)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: ever wonder what happened to your favorite Nick game show host NOT named Summer Sanders? (Uproxx) Bonus: Uh oh... (MTLBlog.com)
     

  • Alex Trebek is no closer to retiring than he was when you woke up this morning (Closer Weekly)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Louis Virtel (Huffington Post)

posted 3/3/16

PO(U)INTS!
ITV2 Greenlights "@elevenish"
From Digital Spy

ITV has commissioned new comedy show @elevenish, which will showcase upcoming new comedy talent.

The late night series, to air on ITV2, will challenge stand-ups, character comics and sketch groups to create quick-fire comic monologues, sketches and commentary.

Each episode will be underlined by a set of "rules" chosen by producers, based on what people have been talking about over the last week.

The most successful comedians will be given the chance to develop ideas and return in the future.

Those confirmed to be on the programme so far include Bobby Mair, Dane Baptiste, Natasia Demetriou, Rhys James, Lolly Adefope, Adam Hess, John Kearns and Luke McQueen.

The show shares a similar format to the American Comedy Central show @midnight, an internet-based gameshow with a combination of scripted, improv and rehearsed content.

Leon Wilson, managing director of Talkback, which is making the show, said: "The idea behind @elevenish is to create a programme to complement the immediacy of the internet - where a story can break and go global within minutes.

"Writing and producing content up until the day of transmission means the show will always be relevant for the ITV2 audience."

@elevenish will air on Thursday evenings at 11pm.

Digital Spy

posted 3/2/16

TUESDAY: America's Choice? The Voice
NBC Wins Night on Election Coverage
From the Futon Critic

NBC (10.150 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday with night two of "The Voice" (12.357 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) season premiere followed by "Decision 2016: Super Tuesday" (5.738 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4).

CBS (10.561 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then claimed the silver with originals from "NCIS" (15.181 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (11.465 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) plus "CBS News: Campaign 2016" (5.038 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Next up was FOX (2.057 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its lineup of "New Girl" (2.635 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5), "Grandfathered" (2.069 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.879 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "The Grinder" (1.646 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.489 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up a new "The Muppets" (3.133 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6), the season finales of "The Muppets" (2.362 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "Marvel's Agent Carter" (2.375 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) plus "ABC News Super Tuesday Election Special" (2.345 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, an encore of "The World Dog Awards" (1.018 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) on The CW (1.018 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.122 million
- Ink Master (Spike/SP): 879,000
- Ink Master: Sirens of Ink (Spike): 652,000
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike/SP): 631,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 361,00

Digital Spy
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/2/16

Syndies: Week 23
Results for the Week Ending February 21
From B&C

Family Feud was syndication’s highest rated game in the week ended Feb. 21, beating Wheel of Fortune for the first week since Dec. 28.

Even though Debmar-Mercury’s Feud was down 4% for the week to a 7.0 live plus same day household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research, that was still good enough to beat CBS Television DIstribution’s Wheel, which deflated 8% to a 6.8. CTD’s Jeopardy!, in third place, sank 6% to a 6.5. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game and Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire each sagged 7% to a 1.4.

Year to year, every game show was down as well, with Feud dipping 3%, the category’s smallest loss, to Millionaire’s 22%, the genre’s biggest decline.

Across the board, most of syndication was flat or down in the second full week of the February sweep, as much of the country basked in warm weather.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 3/2/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Fake Out"

posted 3/2/16


ABC/New York Times
Harris, Pollster
"Nightline" Journalist Named New Host of "500 Questions"
From the Futon Critic

Dan Harris has been named host for season two of ABC's innovative event game show "500 Questions," from Mark Burnett and Mike Darnell. Produced by MGM Television in association with Warner Horizon Television, the series will return in 2016.

Harris is currently co-anchor of "Nightline" and the weekend edition of "Good Morning America" on ABC News. He also regularly files reports for "World News Tonight with David Muir," "20/20," "Good Morning America," ABC News Digital and ABC News Radio. Previously, he anchored "World News Sunday."

In 2014 Harris published the book, "10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge and Found Self-Help That Actually Works." It went to #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers List and then became an app, designed to teach meditation to skeptics. Harris first joined ABC News in March 2000 and has covered many of the biggest stories in recent years. He reported on the mass shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, Aurora, Colorado and Tucson, Arizona, and natural disasters from Haiti to Myanmar to New Orleans. He has also covered combat in Afghanistan, Israel, Gaza and the West Bank, and has made six visits to Iraq. He has traveled around the globe for ABC News, embedding with an isolated Amazonian Indian tribe, questioning drug lords in the lawless slums of Rio, and confronting the head of Philip Morris International over the sale of cigarettes to Indonesian minors. Harris has made it a priority to shine a light on the world's most vulnerable populations, producing stories about child slaves in Haiti, youths accused of witchcraft in the Congo and predatory pedophiles who travel from the U.S. to Cambodia. He has also covered endangered animals from such diverse datelines as Namibia, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea and Nepal.

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 3/1/16


Magweb.com
LEE REHERMAN: 1956-2016
"American Gladiator" Hawk Hosted "Cannonball Run", "Arena"
From Mashable/AP

Lee Reherman, a fan favorite as the towering, muscular Hawk on television's American Gladiators, has died at age 49.

Reherman, who went on to a successful career as an actor-producer after Gladiators, died Tuesday at his home in Manhattan Beach, California.

The cause of death wasn't immediately known.

Reherman's publicist, Anthony Turk, says the actor hadn't been feeling well after recently undergoing hip replacement surgery.

After American Gladiators ended in 1996, Reherman went on to make numerous appearances in movies and TV shows. He hosted the proto-e-Sports competition "Arena", one of the start-up shows on defunct videogame network G4, and "The Real Cannonball Run: The Race Across America" for USA.

He was also a regular on the series The First Family, playing a White House security agent, and had recently filmed an episode of television's Jane The Virgin.

He also had a recurring role in the Disney show K.C. Undercover.

Mashable
Digital Spy
Fox Sports
AV Club
TMZ

posted 3/1/16

A STRONG April
NBC's New Fitness Competition to Premiere After "The Voice" April 13
From Deadline

NBC has slotted upcoming fitness competition reality series Strong, executive produced by Sylvester Stallone, in the Thursday 8 PM slot, leading to The Blacklist. Strong will succeed in the hour limited series You, Me and the Apocalypse after it finishes its run. The unscripted series will launch with a two-night premiere, which will include two back-to-back episodes on Wednesday, April 13 from 9-11 PM, following a live episode of NBC flagship reality series The Voice; and a regular time slot debut on Thursday, April 14, at 8 PM.

On Strong, hosted by Gabrielle Reece, 20 contestants – 10 male trainers and 10 female trainees – will train together and compete in physical challenges. Stallone, Dave Broome (“The Biggest Loser“), Kevin King Templeton (Creed) and Holly Wofford (American Ninja Warrior) executive produce for Sony Pictures TV.

This is the third show and first reality series to air in the NBC Thursday 8 PM slot this season, following limited series Heroes Reborn and You, Me and the Apocalypse.

Deadline
The Futon Critic

posted 3/1/16

Super Tuesday.... Pickup
Fox Orders Eight Episodes of "Superhuman"
From TV Line

Fox has developed an extraordinary interest in Superhuman.

The unscripted competition series — which aired as a two-hour special in January — has been formally picked up for an eight-episode season.

Hosted by Kal Penn (House), the one-hour installments will test the abilities of ordinary people who possess — you guessed it! — nearly superhuman skills in areas such as memory, hearing, taste, touch, smell and sight. (Think you fit the bill? Online casting calls are now open in the link below)

Fun fact: The U.S. is the seventh territory where Superhuman will launch; it has previously been adapted in Germany, China, Italy, Brazil, Spain and France.

TV Line
The Futon Critic
AV Club

posted 3/1/16

Return to the Hidden Temple
Nick's Hit Game Show to Return.... As a Movie
From Variety

When Viacom’s Nickelodeon sketches its future for advertisers Wednesday afternoon, one of the elements it will touch upon will be its past.

As part of a presentation to promote its upcoming slate