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More on "Hypnotize Me"
Catch It on the CW August 7
From Broadway World

Contestants put their skills to the test and take a trip Around the World as they are challenged to complete simple tasks all while being hypnotized by Hypnotist Keith Barry.

When they attempt to sculpt Greek pottery and make authentic Italian pizzas, their entranced state has them thinking they are Patrick Swayze and that everyone is naked, causing hilarious hurdles that unwittingly sabotage their success.

Watch as madness ensues as contestants believe that models are mannequins during Paris Fashion Week.

After each round of hypnoses, host Taye Diggs will inform the audience of the amount of money earned and later declare the ultimate amount won following the final group challenge.

"Hypnotize Me" premieres on the CW August 7.

Broadway World

posted 7/18/19

TUESDAY: Judge Cuts Give NBC the Win
"AGT"-Fueled Peacock Attracts More Viewers Than Rest of Broadcast Combined
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.922 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was back on top last night thanks to new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (9.388 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "Bring the Funny" (4.989 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2).

ABC (2.506 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) then claimed the silver with its special "The Lion King: Can You Feel The Love Tonight with Robin Roberts" (4.032 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) alongside repeats of "Modern Family" (2.350 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "The Goldbergs" (1.722 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), another "Modern Family" (1.544 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) and "Black-ish" (1.354 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Next up was CBS (2.425 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with new episdoes of "Love Island" (2.333 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "Blood & Treasure" (2.465 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) plus the special "Man on the Moon" (2.479 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.515 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) was back to repeats of "Spin the Wheel" (1.528 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) and "9-1-1" (1.501 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, the premiere of "Pandora" (0.736 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) and a new "The 100" (0.582 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) rounded out the night on The CW (0.659 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

ON cable...
- Chopped Junior (Food): 855k
- Chopped (Food): 763k
- Ink Master (Paramount): 574k
- Ex on the Beach (SP/MTV): 547k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 466k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 383k
- Paid Off with Michael Torpey (truTV): 178k .


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

 

posted 7/18/19

SYNDIES: Week 40
Results for the Week Ending July 7
From TV Newscheck

Syndication's traditional July 4 Nielsen nosedive was made even worse this year by preemptions and competition from the eagerly anticipated Women's World Cup semifinals in the holiday session ending July 7.

Among the games, the top four shows were all down, with three hitting new season lows. Leader Family Feud, the only one of the four not at a new season low, slipped 7% to a 5.7. Jeopardy, in its fourth full week without star attraction James Holzhauer, lost 9% to a 5.1. Wheel of Fortune slid 10% to a 4.7, and Who Wants To Be a Millionaire depreciated 7% to a 1.4.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.7 -7%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.1** -9%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.7 -10%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.4 -7%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck
B+C

posted 7/18/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Most Shocking Divorce Trial Ever"

  • Mike Fleiss Divorce Trial: she said (The Wrap), he said (The Wrap)

  • Gordon Ramsay f***s off of CAA, signs with WME (The Wrap)

  • EVERYBODY'S GOT ONE: the return of the game show classic (Reality TV World)

  • #TBT: Tami Roman (you know, the Card Sharks dealer from 2001?) returns to Basketball Wives (TV Overmind).

  • How Joel McHale learned to stop worrying and love classic game shows (Hollywood Outbreak)

posted 7/18/19

There's No Face Like (Daphne) Oz
Fox Renews MasterChef Junior, Adds The Chew Host to Judging Panel
From the Futon Critic

Daphne Oz, author, chef and entrepreneur, joins world renowned chefs Gordon Ramsay and Aaron Sanchez as a judge on the eighth season of the hit culinary competition series.

In the new season, the pint-sized contestants will cook a meal for diners at a historical renaissance fair and size up against monster trucks at a motocross track. The chef-testants also will welcome Gordon's daughter, Tilly Ramsay, back to the MASTERCHEF kitchen for a donut contest! With challenge after exciting challenge, one talented kid will be named America's newest MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, taking home the trophy and $100,000 grand prize.

Daphne Oz is an Emmy Award-winning television host, New York Times-bestselling author, chef and entrepreneur focused on innovation in food and beverage, beauty, wellness, fashion and media. She was previously co-host of "The Chew" for six seasons. Now, as one of the co-hosts of "The Dish on Oz" (a weekly series on "The Dr. Oz Show"), she brings the latest in food news, family-friendly recipes, expert tricks and social media-worthy indulgence to the small screen. She also co-hosts the chart-topping podcast "Mom Brain," on which she shares candid conversations with trusted experts, doctors, celebrities and friends about parenting and how to raise happy, confident kids. Her delicious and refreshingly realistic approach to balanced living has made her an in-demand speaker on all things food, wellness, motherhood and lifestyle. A graduate of Princeton University, the Institute for Integrative Nutrition and the Natural Gourmet Institute, Oz and her husband have three children and are expecting their fourth.

The Futon Critic

Deadline

posted 7/17/19

Speaking of Tiny Food...
Quibi Buys Into "Biggest Little Cook-Off"
From Deadline

Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman's shortform video platform Quibi is cooking up a new non-scripted series titled Biggest Little Cook-Off.

The comedic miniature food competition series will offer an absurd showdown with two top chefs battling to create the most delicious, salivating, mouth-watering, single bite of food.

The series is produced by Levity Productions, a Levity Live Company, for Quibi. Judi Marmel, Johnny Milord and Aron Korney are executive producers on the show.

Deadline

posted 7/17/19

MONDAY: ABC Wins, No Thanks to "Grand Hotel"
"Bachelorette" Creams "Love Island"... and "Ninja Warrior" Helps
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.302 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the network to beat on Monday with originals from "The Bachelorette" (6.408 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "Grand Hotel" (3.091 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

NBC (4.256 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the silver draw with fresh installments of "American Ninja Warrior" (4.488 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and "Dateline NBC" (3.792 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

Next up was FOX (2.240 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with new episodes from "Beat Shazam" (2.523 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "So You Think You Can Dance" (1.958 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.903 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up its mix of "Love Island" (2.107 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "The Code" (3.184 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and a repeat "Bull" (3.417 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.195 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.944 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.860 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) rounded out the night on The CW (1.049 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader (Nick): 854k
- Cupcake Championship (Food): 611k
- Worst Bakers in America (SP/Food): 575k .


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

 

posted 7/17/19

Chiara Ferragni Makes the Cut
Designer Joins Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn on Amazon Series
From Deadline

Fashion designer and influencer Chiara Ferragni has joined Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn's forthcoming Amazon series Making The Cut.

Ferragni, who appeared as a guest judge on season 13 of Klum and Gunn's former show Project Runway, has joined the competition series as part of the judging panel. This comes as the show brings the challenge to Tokyo.

The shoppable fashion series will air on the SVOD service in more than 200 countries next year.

Ferragni joins the judging panel, which includes supermodel Naomi Campbell, who also serves as a consulting producer, former EIC of Vogue Paris Carine Roitfeld, designer Joseph Altuzarra and fashion icon, actress Nicole Richie.

She made her name in New York with her blog The Blonde Salad before going on to model for Guess and a shoe collaboration with Steve Madden. She later went on to design her own line of footwear as part of her Chiara Ferragni Collection and run talent agency TBS Crew Srl.

Deadline

posted 7/17/19

More Faces for "Drag Race UK"
Twiggy, Cheryl Join Panel for BBC Three Series
From Deadline

The guest list for the BBC's remake of RuPaul's Drag Race keeps growing, with legendary supermodel Twiggy and ex-Girls Aloud pop star Cheryl joining the competition format.

The pair have been added as celebrity guest judges for RuPaul's Drag Race UK, which will launch on BBC Three later this year.

Twiggy was the face of the Swinging Sixties, while Cheryl has appeared as a judge on The X Factor and a dance captain on the BBC's The Greatest Dancer.

The pair join Game of Thrones' Masie Williams, Spider Man's Andrew Garfield, Chewing Gum's Michaela Coel and pop stars Geri Horner, Jade Thirlwall in the guest judge chair. They will work alongside Michelle Visage, Graham Norton and Alan Carr in the eight-part series.

Deadline

posted 7/17/19

Primetime Emmys: And the Nominees Are...
Race, ANW, Nailed It, Drag Race, Top Chef, Voice Up for Reality Show of the Year
From The Wrap

The 71st Emmy nominations are out, and yes, the final seasons for "Game of Thrones" and "Veep" are present and accounted for.

Ken Jeong and D'Arcy Carden had the honors this morning, rattling off the nominees on TV and via a livestream. In their favorite category, Outstanding Comedy Series, Carden's "The Good Place" will go up against "Barry," "Fleabag," "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," "Russian Doll," "Schitt's Creek," and of course, "Veep."

HBO earned the most total nominations with 137, reclaiming its (iron) throne. Netflix, which had the most nods last year, was second with 117 this time around.

The nominations of note...

Competition Program
- "The Amazing Race," CBS
- "American Ninja Warrior," NBC
- "Nailed It!," Netflix
- "RuPaul's Drag Race," VH1
- "Top Chef," Bravo
- "The Voice," NBC

Host for Reality or Competition Program
- James Corden ("The World's Best", CBS)
- Ellen DeGeneres ("Ellen's Game of Games", NBC)
- Marie Kondo ("Tidying Up with Marie Kondo", Netflix)
- Amy Poehler & Nick Offerman ("Making It", NBC)
- RuPaul ("RuPaul's Drag Race", VH1)

Directing for Reality Program
- "The Amazing Race", CBS
- "American Ninja Warrior", NBC
- "Queer Eye", Netflix
- "RuPaul's Drag Race", VH1
- "Shark Tank", ABC

Production Design for Variety, Reality, or Competition Series
- "At Home with Amy Sedaris", truTV
- "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver", HBO
- "Queer Eye", Netflix
- "The Voice", NBC

Casting for Reality Program
- "Born This Way", A&E
- "Queer Eye", Netflix
- "RuPaul's Drag Race", VH1
- "Shark Tank", ABC
- "The Voice", NBC

Choreography for Variety or Reality Program
- "So You Think You Can Dance", Fox (2)
- "World of Dance", NBC (3)

Cinematography for Reality Program
- "Deadliest Catch", Discovery
- "Life Below Zero", NatGeo
- "Survivor", CBS

Costumes for Variety, Nonfiction, or Reality Program
- "Dancing with the Stars", ABC
- "Homecoming: A Film by Beyonce", Netflix
- "The Masked Singer", Fox
- "RuPaul's Drag Race", VH1
- "Saturday Night Live", NBC

Picture Editing for Structured Reality or Competition Program
- "The Amazing Race", CBS
- "Queer Eye", Netflix
- "RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars", VH1

Original Interactive Program
- "First Man VR", Universal Pictures
- "HQ Trivia x Warner Bros.: A Live and Interactive Animation First", HQ Trivia
- "NASA's InSight Mars Landing", NASA TV
- "Traveling While Black", Oculus
- "You vs. Wild", Netflix

Other nominations...
- Anthony Anderson (Lead Actor in Comedy Series, "Black-ish")
- Jane Lynch (Guest Actress in Comedy Series, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel")
- "RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked" (Unstructured Reality Program, VH1)


Deadline

The Wrap
TV Line
The Futon Critic
Newsweek

posted 7/17/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Mario Lopez Is No Longer Extra"

  • Mario Lopez joins "Access Hollywood" (Deadline)

  • Mike Fleiss experiences the most shocking cross-examination divorce hearing EVER (The Wrap)

  • Wells Adams engages into a modern family (Reality TV World)

  • John Cena has a new challenge... babysitting (Broadway World).

  • James Holzhauer's winning strategy? One word... Analytics. (UConn Today)... How is it helping him in the WSOP? (PopCulture)

  • "Family Food Fight" host Ayesha Curry given the business on Twitter for doing the Milly Rock for "Holey Moley" golf pro, and fan nation is having none of it. In other news, there's a thing called the Milly Rock (Hollywood Life)

posted 7/17/19

Evelyn Warfel, John Quinn to Run CBS/Fremantle Duo
Warfel Takes "Price", Quinn to Run "LMAD" from Mike Richards
From Deadline

There's a change at the helm of Fremantle-produced game shows The Price Is Right and Let's Make A Deal.

Evelyn Warfel has been elevated to Executive Producer/Showrunner of The Price Is Right, becoming the first woman to hold the position in the history of the series, and John Quinn serving as the new Executive Producer/Showrunner on Let's Make A Deal. They replace Mike Richards, who exited both shows earlier this year after signing a multi-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television.

"We are fortunate to have such creative and dedicated talent at the company," said Jennifer Mullin, CEO, Fremantle. "When looking to fill these roles, we didn't need to go far. Evelyn and John have been longtime valued members of our team and I can't wait to see how they will flourish in their new roles."

Warfel has been with Fremantle for the past 10 years, most recently serving as The Price Is Right's Co-Executive Producer. During her tenure, the series has won three Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Game Show, along with a total of seven nominations. Warfel has an extensive game show background having produced more than a dozen titles within this genre of entertainment, including previously serving as a Supervising Producer on Fremantle's Let's Make A Deal.

Additionally, Adam Sandler has been named The Price Is Right's new Co-Executive Producer, taking over for Warfel. Sandler has spent the past 25 years with the series, serving as the show's Director for the past six, and in numerous producing roles prior to then. Having won two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Directing in a Game Show, Sandler will continue on in this role, in addition to now serving as the show's Co-EP.

Veteran game show producer Quinn has been with Fremantle for the past six years, originally joining as an Executive Producer on Celebrity Name Game, which saw two Daytime Emmy wins for host Craig Ferguson, along with a nomination in the Outstanding Game Show category. He also served as an Executive Producer on Match Game, and is currently both an Executive Producer and Showrunner on the return of the classic game show, Press Your Luck, on ABC. Quinn will be joined by longtime Let's Make A Deal Co-EP's, Chris Ahearn and Graham Shaw, along with Jennifer Langheld who recently was tapped as Co-EP.

Both The Price Is Right and Let's Make A Deal will premiere their 48th and 11th seasons respectively this fall on CBS.

Deadline

The Wrap
Yahoo!
C21Media

posted 7/16/19

WEEKEND: Game Shows Rule
ABC Wins Sunday
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.450 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with its mix of a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.716 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) followed by originals from "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.977 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "The $100,000 Pyramid" (5.008 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and "To Tell the Truth" (4.102 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

CBS (4.294 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) then was the silver draw with its combination of "60 Minutes" (6.233 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Big Brother 21" (4.286 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1), "Instinct" (3.581 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "The Good Fight" (3.076 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15).

Next up was NBC (2.307 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with encores of "America's Got Talent" (2.766 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), "Bring the Funny" (2.259 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "New Amsterdam" (1.437 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.011 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up repeats of "Last Man Standing" (0.902 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15), another "Last Man Standing" (1.052 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15), "The Simpsons" (1.126 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), "Bob's Burgers" (1.103 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), "Family Guy" (1.143 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and a new "What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage" (0.741 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

And finally, a new "Burden of Truth" (0.512 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T18) and a repeat "The 100" (0.252 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T18) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.382 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 1.103m
- SUnday Best (BET): 593k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7p (VH1): 341k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 7:30p (VH1): 310k

NBC (2.850 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) claimed the demo honors on Friday thanks to an encore of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.593 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) a new "Dateline NBC" (3.365 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1).

ABC (2.560 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) then was a close second with a new "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.301 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and a repeat "20/20" (2.689 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

Next up was CBS (2.873 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with an original "Love Island" (2.096 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) alongside repeats of "Hawaii Five-0" (2.752 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) and "Blue Bloods" (3.771 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.492 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up second runs of "First Responders Live" (1.736 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5) and "MasterChef" (1.248 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T5).

And finally, The CW (0.465 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) likewise opted for repeats of "The Outpost" (0.543 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10), "The Big Stage" (0.399 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) and another "The Big Stage" (0.375 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10). .

On cable Friday...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 817k

NBC (1.941 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #1) was the network to beat on Saturday with its telecast of the feature "Furious 7" (1.941 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1).

Second place then went to CBS (1.435 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) with an encore of "Love Island" (0.885 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.1, #8) followed by a new "Million Dollar Mile" (0.978 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #7) and a repeat "48 Hours" (2.441 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4).

Next up was FOX (1.924 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) and its primetime portion of "FOX Sports Saturday Presents Major League Baseball" (1.924 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4).

And finally, ABC (1.838 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) closed out the night with its all-repeat lineup of "Shark Tank" (2.010 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4), "The Good Doctor" (1.818 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) and "The Rookie" (1.684 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1).

The Futon Critic

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Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/16/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Strahan Enrolls"

posted 7/16/19

"Masked Singer" Heads Down Under
Judges Include Jackie O, Lindsay Lohan
From Yahoo!

A diverse cocktail of talent has been announced as the judging panel for a brand new reality series, and one prolific radio star is making her silver screen comeback. Jackie O has been announced as one of the panellists on upcoming singing game show, the appropriately titled, The Masked Singer.

Jackie O is returning to her roots with the gig, as she famously got her TV start judging Popstars in 2000 and then went on to host iconic early noughties reality shows, most famously Big Brother. The Kiss FM host might be better known for radio these days, but she's far from the most surprising personality in the fray.

Joining the Aussie personality will be none other than everyone's favorite former child star, Lindsay Lohan. The Mean Girls actress is fresh off the cancellation of her own reality show Lindsay Lohan's Beach Club, which tracked the opening of her Mykonos club, earlier this year, and confirmed the new project over the weekend.

"Look out Australia, I'm coming!" she told Confidential.

The full panel comprises of Lindsay, Jackie O, Dave Hughes and Dannii Minogue.

Dannii is of course a veteran of the judging game, judging on the X Factor UK and the show's Australian counterpart, as well as on Australia's Got Talent, and Hughes has a number of TV gigs under his belt.

Yahoo!

Radio Today
Newsday

posted 7/15/19

THURSDAY: Game Show Battle Royale
CBS Takes Totals Thanks to "Big Brother"; Tied with Fox's "MasterChef"/"Spin the Wheel" for Demo
From The Futon Critic

CBS (3.165 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its original lineup of "Love Island" (2.613 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Big Brother 21" (3.989 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and "Elementary" (2.893 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

FOX (2.842 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) then shared in the demo honors thanks to fresh installments of "MasterChef" (3.040 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and "Spin the Wheel" (2.644 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Next up was ABC (2.869 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its trio of "Holey Moley" (3.946 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2), "Family Food Fight" (2.401 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Reef Break" (2.260 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.822 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up the return of "Hollywood Game Night" (2.647 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) bookended by repeats of "The Wall" (3.411 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.408 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, a new "iZombie" (0.594 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and the season premiere of "The Outpost" (0.611 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.603 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.168m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 827k
- Double Dare (Nick): 758k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/15/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Circle of Life"

  • Jamie & Corinne Foxx take a break from Shazam to attend "The Lion King" premiere (Business Times)

  • Billy Eichner on Timon (Exclaim)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Awake: The Million Dollar Game (Showbiz Cheat Sheet)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: NBC opts for reruns of "The Wall" for the time being, putting the new season off until 2020 (Broadway World).

  • If you're a fan of Alton Brown, mark your calendar for August 25, and the return of "Good Eats" (The Futon Critic)

posted 7/15/19

SYNDIES: Week 39
Results for the Week Ending June 30
From TV Newscheck

The first week of summer — the session ending June 30 — was a challenging one for syndication, marked by widespread reruns and a third week of preemptions from the increasingly popular Women's World Cup. Not surprisingly, most shows were unable to gain from the week before.

Ratings improvements were also hard to come by in the game show race. Overall leader Family Feud came in first for the third week in a row even though it dipped 3% to a 6.1. Jeopardy, in its third full week following the loss of star contestant James Holzhauer, fell 2% to a 5.6, while Wheel of Fortune skidded 5% to a 5.2.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.1 -3%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.6 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.2 -5%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

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posted 7/12/19

WEDNESDAY: No Game Shows, No Problem
ABC Wins with ESPYs, No Love for Love Island
From Deadline

ABC (3.866 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) edged out the competition on Wednesday with its presentation of "The 2019 ESPYs" (3.866 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2).

Second place then went to CBS (3.063 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) with night two of "Love Island" (2.685 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) followed by a new "Big Brother 21" (4.093 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and a repeat "SWAT" (2.412 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Next up was FOX (2.698 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with fresh installments of "MasterChef" (3.031 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and "First Responders Live" (2.364 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.629 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up its mix of "Ellen's Game of Games" (3.565 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "Songland" (2.043 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and a new "The InBetween" (2.280 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

And finally, a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.121 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10) and a new "Jane the Virgin" (0.715 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) closed out the evening on The CW (0.918 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 862k
- Double Dare (Nick): 638k
- Deal or No Deal (CNBC): 373k
- Are You The One: Come One Come All (MTV): 353k
- Double Dare (TeenNick): 192k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/12/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Someone's in Trouble"

  • John Leslie busted by Scotland Yard for... insert your own Blue Peter joke here (Deadline)

  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: Supermarket Sweep looking for shoppers (Bustle), and Family Feud Canada is looking for families (The Suburban)

posted 7/11/19

HGTV Rocks the Block
New Series Greenlit
From The Futon Critic

And they're off! Today HGTV launched production on its newest home renovation competition series, Rock the Block, filming in the greater LA area. With just four weeks and a budget of $175,000 each, four of the network's powerhouse renovation experts will face-off in a design battle royale. Leanne Ford (Restored by the Fords), Mina Starsiak Hawk (Good Bones), Jasmine Roth (Hidden Potential) and Alison Victoria (Windy City Rehab) will take identical properties and morph them into the ultimate suburban oasis. Hosted by Property Brothers star and real estate expert Drew Scott, the series will highlight these reno authorities as they use each home to reflect their distinctive vision through breathtaking design. The winning HGTV star who adds the most value to her home will gain the satisfaction of beating out the best in the business. Rock the Block is slated to premiere in fall 2019.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/11/19

"Drag Race UK" Gets Amazing
Former Spider-Man Andrew Garfield, Michaela Coel to Guest Judge British Version
From Deadline

Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield and Chewing Gum star and creator Michaela Coel are to set to sashay away on the BBC's remake of RuPaul's Drag Race.

The pair are the latest A-list stars to join the show. They will feature alongside Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams, Spice Girls' Geri Horner and Little Mix's Jade Thirlwall.

The eight-part show, which will air on BBC Three and BBC iPlayer, will also feature British presenters Graham Norton and Alan Carr and Michelle Visage, who has judged eight seasons of the U.S. format and four seasons of the All-Stars spinoff. The adaptation, which is being produced by World of Wonder for the youth-skewing network this year, will look to crown one of the UK's top drag artists the "Queen of Great Britain."

Deadline

Playbill
PinkNews

posted 7/11/19

CollegeHumor Picks Up Season 2 of "Um, Actually"
In Other News, There's a Game Show Called "Um, Actually"
From GeekTyrant

Um, Actually is a fun game show from CollegeHumor on their subscription streaming service DROPOUT. The second season is getting to launch later this summer with new topics like (but not limited to) musical theater and classic television thrown into the mix with D&D, video games, and more. The show is hosted by Mike Trapp who reads incorrect nerdy statements across various fandoms and the players must correct the sentence. This is actually a lot of fun to watch and see how well some people do in different areas. While many of the players are from CollegeHumor, they do also bring in celebrities such as Rachel Bloom and Matt Mercer.

"Starring creator, host and super-nerd, Mike Trapp (@mikewtrapp), Um, Actually features Trapp asking a panel of guest contestants to correct statements on a variety of nerdy pop culture topics – from video games to movies, and TV shows to music. The catch is the contestants must begin their answers with the term "Um, actually…", allowing them to indulge in their pedantic ways and do what nerds love to do best: correct each other.

For season two, Trapp has expanded the scope of topics and will introduce specific themed episodes focusing on areas such as musical theatre, horror and classic television, in addition to the usual geek topics of video games, science fiction and fantasy."

The second season of Um, Actually will premiere on DROPOUT on July 20 with new episodes airing each Saturday through September 21 giving fans 10 new episodes. I've included a clip from the episode with Mercer below where he corrects Trapp on a D&D question.

GeekTyrant

posted 7/11/19

TUESDAY: All-Stars Rule
Fox Rules with the ASG
From the Futon Critic

FOX (7.070 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) moved to the top demo spot on Tuesday with its primetime coverage of the "MLB All-Star Game" (7.070 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1).

NBC (8.489 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then had to settle for second with a new "America's Got Talent" (9.644 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) followed by the premiere of "Bring the Funny" (6.177 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3).

Next up was CBS (2.532 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) with the debut of "Love Island" (2.682 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) alongside a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (1.767 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and a new "Blood & Treasure" (2.689 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.859 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) offered up repeats of "The Conners" (2.957 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "American Housewife" (2.020 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "Modern Family" (1.742 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "The Goldbergs" (1.493 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "Modern Family" (1.499 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "Black-ish" (1.441 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.624 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and a new "The 100" (0.690 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.657 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped Junior (Food): 848k
- Chopped (Food): 701k
- Double Dare (Nick): 679k
- Ink Master (Paramount): 641k
- Double Dare (TeenNick): 194k
- Paid Off with Michael Torpey (truTV): 145k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/11/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Back to Rock"

  • Elizabeth Banks, having successfully rebooted "Press Your Luck", has her eyes set on Bedrock (Deadline)

  • Amanda Seales brings the funny to Detroit (Detroit Free Press)

  • LIST ABUSE: Jane Lynch's top 5 game show hosts of all time (AV Club)

  • Billy Gardell plays Jersey (Best of NJ).

  • Life imitates reality TV for Mike Fleiss (PopCulture)

  • AND FINALLY... thoughts and prayers to John Davidson, who is recovering from gall bladder surgery (Facebook)

posted 7/11/19


Sony Pictures TV

Meet the Jeopardy! TOC Class of 2019
James Holzhauer Headlines the Upcoming Tournament This November
From TV Line

Fifteen of the most successful winners from the past two seasons of Jeopardy! will convene this fall for the 2019 Tournament of Champions, the show announced via video Wednesday.

The biggest name, of course, is professional sports gambler James Holzhauer, who recently took home $2.4 million during his 32-game winning streak. The Las Vegas native donated a portion of his winnings to a Chicago-area pancreatic cancer walk in honor of host Alex Trebek, who personally revealed his own diagnosis to Jeopardy! fans in March.

Holzhauer is certainly the one to beat, and here are the 14 other Jeopardy! veterans hoping to take him down:

* Josh Hill (North Little Rock, Ark.), whose 7-game winnings totaled $163,721
* Ryan Fenster (Seatac, Wash.), whose 7-game winnings totaled $156,497
* Kyle Jones (Aurora, Colo.), whose 7-game winnings totaled $145,403
* Rob Worman (Edina, Minn.), whose 6-game winnings totaled $133,900
* Alan Dunn (Johns Creek, Ga.), whose 5-game winnings totaled $120,802
* Steven Grade (Atlanta, Ga.), whose 5-game winnings totaled $115,501
* Eric R. Backes (Round Rock, Texas), whose 4-game winnings totaled $105,602
* Anneke Garcia (Salt Lake City, Utah), whose 4-game winnings totaled $104,497
* Lindsey Shultz (Pittsburgh, Penn.), whose 4-game winnings totaled $101,002
* Emma Boettcher (Chicago, Ill.), whose 3-game winnings totaled $97,002
* Gilbert Collins (Princeton, N.J.), whose 5-game winnings totaled $84,201
* Rachel Lindgren (Bend, Ore.), whose 5-game winnings totaled $75,999
* Dhruv Gaur (Gainesville, Ga.), the Season 34 College Champion
* Francis Barcomb (New Paltz, N.Y.), the Season 35 Teachers Champion

The 10-day event will air from Nov. 4 to 15.

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posted 7/10/19

If At First You Don't Succeed...
Food Network Goes Back to the Well with "Family Restaurant Rivals"
From the Futon Critic

Food brings families together, especially families who work together running restaurants, serving up some of the best dishes across the country. But, beginning on Monday, August 19th at 10pm ET/PT, some of these families will compete on Family Restaurant Rivals to prove their recipes are better than all the rest. Emmy(R) award-winning Valerie Bertinelli hosts the action of this culinary competition where family pride and $10,000 are on the line. They must endure real-life restaurant curveballs and please a panel of rotating judges including Kardea Brown, Jason Fullilove, Ray Garcia, Alex Guarnaschelli, Robert Irvine, Clinton Kelly, Antonia Lofaso, Bricia Lopez, Simon Majumdar, Christian Petroni, Courtney Rada, Aarti Sequeira and Jet Tila with delicious dishes, but only one family will be crowned the winner.

"Family Restaurant Rivals is a unique competition celebrating the incredible families that put food at the center of their lives, running restaurants and incorporating their heritage and traditions in every meal they serve," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "Audiences will be cheering their favorites as Valerie Bertinelli puts their cooking talents to the test as they work together to overcome the challenges."

In each episode, three families face-off in two rounds of challenges requiring them to overcome obstacles and unpredictable twists, without letting family dynamics get in the way of success. Throughout 6 hourlong episodes, the competing teams tackle challenges from elevating childhood classics, to putting their own spin on meat and potatoes, and whipping up guilty pleasure desserts in their bid for the grand prize.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/10/19


Showbiz411

RIP TORN: 1931-2019
Actor Played Commissioner of "Extreme Dodgeball"
From TV Line

Veteran actor Rip Torn, arguably best known for his role as irascible, foul-mouthed Artie on HBO's The Larry Sanders Show, died Tuesday at his home in Connecticut. He was 88.

Torn earned an Emmy in 1996 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Larry Sanders' uproariously devious Artie. He later appeared in seven episodes of NBC's 30 Rock as General Electric's faux CEO Don Geiss (a gig that netted him an Emmy nod for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series.)

Additional TV credits included Columbo, Law & Order: Criminal Intent and Will & Grace. Over the course of his six-decade career, Torn appeared in nearly 100 feature films, including The Cincinnati Kid, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Cross Creek, One Trick Pony, Flashpoint, Summer Rental, Airplane II, Men in Black (and its first two sequels) and Defending Your Life. He was also a veteran of the Great White Way, having starred in nearly a dozen Broadway plays.

Torn signed on for season 3 of GSN's original "Extreme Dodgeball".

Torn died peacefully surrounded by his wife, Amy Wright, and their two daughters.

TV Line
TV Newscheck

posted 7/10/18

MONDAY: "The Bachelorette" Continues to Dominate
ABC Wins the Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.955 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the top draw for the fifth consecutive Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Bachelorette" (5.985 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "Grand Hotel" (2.893 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

NBC (4.246 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then took home the silver with fresh installments of "American Ninja Warrior" (4.475 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and "Dateline NBC" (3.787 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

Next up was FOX (2.245 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its duo of "Beat Shazam" (2.338 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) and "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.153 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.688 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up its mix of "The Neighborhood" (3.603 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), another "The Neighborhood" (3.298 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), a new "The Code" (3.787 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "Bull" (3.827 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

And finally, The CW (1.053 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening with "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.179 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.945 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.907 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

On cable...
- Holiday Baking Championship: Christmas in July (S/Food): 928k
- Cupcake Championship (Food): 747k
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader (Nick): 628k
- Double Dare (Nick): 434k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/10/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "The Story Continues..."

posted 7/10/19

A Supermarket Story
Food Network Greenlights "Supermarket Stakeout" for August 13
From Broadway World

New Food Network series Supermarket Stakeout, premiering Tuesday, August 13th at 10pm ET/PT, is a competition where blind luck, negotiation and cooking skills are the key ingredients to success. Hosted by Iron Chef and Chopped judge Alex Guarnaschelli, each episode kicks off with a culinary ambush outside a local supermarket, where four competing chefs approach unsuspecting shoppers leaving the store to negotiate the bags right out of their hands - without knowing what's inside.

Over three rounds of themed culinary challenges and with a budget of only $500, the chefs are limited to using the items they can wrangle out of the customer's carts using their charm, persuasiveness and a little cash. A rotating panel of judges determines which challengers had the most successful dishes using the acquired ingredients, with the last chef standing in each episode walking away with enough cash for a year's worth of groceries.

"Supermarket Stakeout is a tough competition where the chefs have to think fast and cook blind out of bags and carts - even if they get an apple, loaf of bread and package of diapers, a cohesive, themed dish must be prepared for the judges under a ticking clock," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "The question is not just will they get their plates done, but how?"

Set in pop-up kitchens outside local supermarkets, each episode begins with host Alex Guarnaschelli giving the four chef contestants $500 apiece - their whole budget to buy ingredients for the three-round cooking competition. In round one, the chefs can purchase ingredients only by blindly ambushing customers outside the store and negotiating for their grocery bags without knowing the contents. In round two, competitors can only purchase groceries from a single shopper, but may look through the bags before negotiating the price. In the final round, competitors may purchase five ingredients total, but can approach as many shoppers as it takes to get what they need. After each themed cooking round, the least successful chef is eliminated, leaving two competitors going head-to-head in the final round, vying for a cash prize.

Broadway World

posted 7/9/19

Meet the New Ninja on the Block
Victoria Arlen Joins "ANW Junior" in 2020
From The Hollywood Reporter

American Ninja Warrior Junior has a new co-host for its upcoming second season on Universal Kids, NBCUniversal's kid-focused network.

Universal Kids has tapped Victoria Arlen, former champion Paralympian swimmer and TV broadcaster, to co-host season two alongside Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila. She's stepping in for gymnast Laurie Hernandez, who co-hosted season one but is currently training for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

American Ninja Warrior Junior kicks off production this month in Los Angeles for an early 2020 premiere.

"I am so honored to join the American Ninja Warrior Junior family,' said Arlen. "I'm a longtime fan of American Ninja Warrior, and I'm excited to co-host alongside the amazingly talented Matt and Akbar. To share and celebrate these remarkable kids' stories is inspiring and a tremendous honor. I can't wait to cheer them on!"

Arlen has her own inspirational story of overcoming adversity: At age 11, she was diagnosed with two rare conditions — transverse myelitis and acute disseminated encephalomyelitis — which left her in a vegetative state for four years. In 2010, she began the road back to recovery, learning how to speak, eat and move all over again. Defying the odds, she is now fully recovered and became a champion swimmer, setting a world record at the 2012 Summer Paralympics U.S. swimming trials and going on to win four medals — one gold, three silver — at the Paralympics later that year.

The Hollywood Reporter

posted 7/9/19

Another Supermarket Story
ITV2 to Reboot "Supermarket Sweep" with Ryan Clark-Neal
From Telly Mix

Supermarket Sweep is heading back to our TV screens, it has been confirmed.

The ITV game show, hosted by the late Dale Winton, was HUGE in the 90s but finished on TV for the first time in 2001.

A one-year revival then aired in 2007 and now, a decade on from that, the show is on its way back again.

The first plans were revealed last year, before original host Dale's untimely death in April.

X Factor star turned TV presenter Rylan Clark-Neal has now confirmed he will be bringing back the show. Rylan excitedly tweeted: "Been waiting a while to say this but it's finally time to GO WILD IN THE AISLES ONCE AGAIN! "Supermarket Sweep is back, and I can't wait for you to CHECK IT OUT. See you soon on @itv2 #SupermarketSweep ❤️ ������������������"

Telly Mix

The Bite
Deadline

posted 7/9/19

More on "Holllywood Game Night" Season 6
Catch It July 11 on NBC!
From KNBC Los Angeles

What do you get when you give Jane Lynch a new backyard, lots of celebrity friends, brand new games, and booze? If you guessed "Hollywood Game Night" season six then you are already ahead of the game. Pun intended. HGN will be returning with all these ingredients which Lynch says is the perfect recipe for a fun show. Did we mention the booze?

"The recipe is the same, and we don't mess with that," Lynch says. "The audience feels like they are at a party with a bunch of really funny shiny people playing games. And you feel like you're a part of it."

So what's new in season six? Are there really that many games to play? Lynch says yes. She tells us the producers came up with more games than they know what to do with. So they picked the top games to make the cut including Jane's Jams, Kissing Booth, and How Do You Doo-et.

Grab your own cocktail and watch the cast of "The Good Place" and "American Ninja Warrior" kick off the season when it premieres July 11 9/8c.

KNBC Los Angeles

posted 7/9/19

Meanwhile, Another "Game Night"
South Africa to Launch Its Own Version
From IOL

Anele Mdoda will host its newest local production, 'Celebrity Game Night'. Joining Mdoda as team captains will be SA' s funny man, Jason Goliath and Ayanda Thabethe. The trio will bring audiences bucket loads of fun and laughs as they gather with a group of your favorite celebrities for an evening of raucous entertainment.

"I'm so excited to host Celebrity Game Night on E! and can't wait for viewers to join the party! Hanging out with Jason, Ayanda and our top celebrity guests on my sofas is going to be hilariously wild. Let the games begin!" said Mdoda. "Celebrity Game Night is going to be the hottest A-list ticket in town" added Ayanda Thabethe. "If you've ever wondered how the rich and famous let their hair down and have a good time…this is the show for you! It's going to be so much fun I don't think it will feel like work." "Be warned – this isn't a typical game show.

Joining 'Celebrity Game Night' as a team captain and trying to wrangle a crowd of stars with Anele and Ayanda is going to be epically entertaining" added Jason Goliath.

'Celebrity Game Night' is based on the Primetime Emmy Award winning series Hollywood Game Night, hosted by Jane Lynch, and is distributed internationally by NBCUniversal International Formats..

IOL

posted 7/9/19

Runescape Gets Into the Quiz Game
Codices Partners with Jagex
From Invision Game Communtiy

Codices have partnered with Jagex, to broadcast live interactive quiz shows on the official RuneScape Twitch channels www.twitch.tv/runescape and www.twitch.tv/jagex. The first shows are scheduled to take place in late July 2019 and will allow thousands of fans to play along with RuneScape-themed quizzes for the first time.

Codices, a team of interactive show pioneers who have been behind mould-breaking hits HQ Trivia and Big Brother, launched Quiz Kit in October 2018 enabling Twitch streamers and brands to effortlessly host live interactive, player-driven game shows. Recent updates include weekly ready-made quizzes and monetisation options.

Speaking on the partnership, Codices CEO Tim Edwards said: "Since launching Quiz Kit, we've had 1.7million unique players and over 500 monthly active broadcasters providing streamers and brands a cost effective, hassle free way to engage and retain audiences. I'm over the moon to be able to offer our expertise and experience to a forward-thinking industry giant like Jagex."

Jagex has been regularly broadcasting shows on the RuneScape and Old School RuneScape Twitch channels from its Cambridge studio.

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posted 7/9/19

WEEKEND: Fun & Games Block Wins Sunday
ABC Takes the Lead, While "Million Dollar Mile" Takes a Powder
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.458 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) closed the holiday weekend on top with its mix of a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.035 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) followed by new episodes of "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.243 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2), "The $100,000 Pyramid" (4.836 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.718 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4).

NBC (3.255 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) then was a close second with its encores of "America's Got Talent" (3.141 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8) and "America's Got Talent: Best of Auditions" (3.370 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Next up was CBS (4.331 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its combination of "60 Minutes" (6.682 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Big Brother 21" (4.403 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1), "Instinct" (3.379 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "The Good Fight" (2.859 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.860 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up repeats of "MasterChef" (0.781 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12), "Spin the Wheel" (1.038 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "Family Guy" (0.882 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) alongside a new "What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage" (0.640 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

And finally, a new "Burden of Truth" (0.486 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) plus repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.475 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.571 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.505 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On Saturday, "Million Dollar Mile" began its burnoff on CBS with 1.451 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T4.

On Friday cable...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 872k


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posted 7/9/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Oops"

  • Chrissy Teigen accidentally posted the first episode of "Bring the Funny" (The Wrap) PLUS her & the other judges (The Oprah Magazine).

  • VIDEO WALL: The Masked Singer introduces the Flamingo, the Egg, the Leopard, the Skeleton, the Fox, and the Eagle (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Cat Deeley (Romper)

posted 7/9/19

Let's Try That "Punchline" Again
Melissa Peterman-Hosted Panel Show Gets Another Trial Run
From B+C

The Fox Television Stations are bringing back half-hour comedy game, Punchline, for a six-week run starting July 15.

This go-round will be hosted by Reba star Melissa Peterman.

"We loved this summer test when we did it two years ago and now with a few tweaks and a new superstar, comic host Melissa Peterman, we think we have a fresh summertime hit for our stations," Stephen Brown, Fox Television Stations' executive vice president of programming and development, said in a statement.

The show features two teams, composed of two comedians each, facing off in a contest to see who can improv the best punchlines based on the day's headlines.

"I am a game-show fan and hosting is something I love," Peterman said, also in a statement. "Add in brilliant comedians and it is a winning combination."

B+C

Deadline

posted 7/8/19

HQ Is In a Bad Way...
20% of Workforce Laid Off, Only 8% of Last Year's Downloads
From Techcrunch

HQ Trivia is struggling after a mutiny failed to oust its CEO. Downloads per month are down 92% versus last June according to Sensor Tower. And now four sources confirm that HQ laid off staff members this week. One said about 20% of staff was let go, and another said six to seven employees were departing. That aligns with Digiday reporter Kerry Flynn's tweet that 7 employees were let go, bringing HQ to fewer than 30 (shrinking from 35 to 28 staffers would be a 20% drop).

That will leave the company short-handed as it attempts to diversify revenue with the upcoming launch of monthly subscriptions. "HQ Words Everyday. Coming next month . . . Bigger prizes . . . More ways to win. $9.99/mo. subscription," the company tweeted from the account for its second game, the Wheel of Fortune-style HQ Words. The company has been trying to regain momentum with new hosts since the departure of Quiz Daddy, aka Scott Rogowsky, HQ Trivia's original host.

The cuts hit HQ's HR, marketing and product engineering teams, according to LinkedIn profiles of employees let go. The cuts could further hamper morale at the startup following a tough first half of the year. HQ Trivia and co-founder Rus Yusupov did not respond to repeated requests for comment.

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posted 7/8/19


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CAMERON BOYCE: 1999-2019
Disney Actor Played "Win Lose or Draw"
From TV Line

Disney Channel staple Cameron Boyce, whose credits included playing Cruella de Vil's son in the Descendants movies, has died. He was 20.

Boyce also starred on Disney Channel's Jessie from 2011 to 2015. He made appearances on a number of other Disney series, including Liv and Maddie, BUNK'D and Austin & Ally.

"It is with a profoundly heavy heart that we report that this morning we lost Cameron," a spokesperson for the Boyce family told ABC News. "He passed away in his sleep due to a seizure which was a result of an ongoing medical condition for which he was being treated. The world is now undoubtedly without one of its brightest lights, but his spirit will live on through the kindness and compassion of all who knew and loved him. We are utterly heartbroken and ask for privacy during this immensely difficult time as we grieve the loss of our precious son and brother."

Disney Channel also released a statement early Sunday, saying, "From a young age, Cameron Boyce dreamed of sharing his extraordinary artistic talents with the world. He was an incredibly talented performer, a remarkably caring and thoughtful person and, above all else, he was a loving and dedicated son, brother, grandson and friend. We offer our deepest condolences to his family, castmates and colleagues and join his many millions of fans in grieving his untimely passing. He will be dearly missed."

Boyce was next set to appear in HBO's upcoming Mrs. Fletcher, starring Kathryn Hahn.

Cameron made frequent appearances as a celebrity partner on the short-lived revival of "Win Lose or Draw" for Disney in 2015
.

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posted 7/5/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Fighting the System"

  • Blake Shelton says that Adam Levine was ready to "make a move" (Deadline).

  • David George "cautiously optimistic" about "Love Island" (Deadline)

  • Jeopardy! champ Alex Jacob wants his $20,000, yo (ComicBook.com)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Joey Fatone (CBS Los Angeles)

posted 7/8/19


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ARTE JOHNSON: 1929-2019
Laugh-In Alum A Game Show Mainstay
From the Hollywood Reporter

Arte Johnson, the comic best known for the hilarious characters he created for the 1960s NBC smash hit Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, has died. He was 90.

The 5-foot-4 Johnson, a master of ad libs, double-talk and dialects who was content to be a "second banana," died Wednesday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles of heart failure following a three-year battle with bladder and prostate cancer, his family announced.

Johnson cracked up Laugh-In audiences with his portrayal of Wolfgang, a former German storm trooper who muttered "Verry interesting" to the most cracked proposals (or, "Verry interesting … but stupid"). He said he got the idea for the character while watching Errol Flynn and Ronald Reagan battle the Nazis in the 1942 movie Desperate Journey.

Outfitted in a comic combination of Charlie Chaplin and Albert Einstein — walking stick, bad suit, frizzy hair, odd top hat — Johnson also was delightful as Tyrone F. Horneigh, a dirty old man who propositioned the spinster Gladys (Ruth Buzzi) on a park bench. After his suggestive mutterings, she would swat him with her oversized purse.

Johnson had a repertoire of more than 60 comic characters, including Piotr Rosmenko, an Eastern European song-and-dance man; Rabbi Shankar, an addled Indian guru; and a man in a yellow raincoat who could not help falling off his tricycle.

"Humor for me consists in incongruity," he said in 1974. "If I were doing a Hasidic rabbi, I'd have him speak with an Irish accent. … You take it out of reality and make it cartoon-esque without being denigrating. Because people today are so sensitive, it's the only way of creating humor without offending someone."

Johnson won an Emmy in 1969 for his work on Laugh-In but left the show after four seasons, saying its demanding workload didn't leave him time to do much else.

Arte Johnson was also a mainstay on the 1970s game show circuit, appearing in, among others, "Tattletales", "Hollywood Squares", "The Gong Show", "Match Game", and "Password". He even hosted a show, the short-lived "Knockout" from 1977 to 1978.

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posted 7/5/18


Discovery/Lion TV

Bravo Hails "Cash Cab"
Ben Bailey Returns Behind the Wheel
From Deadline

Bravo is reviving Emmy-winning game show Cash Cab, from Lion Television, an All3Media company, with original host Ben Bailey. Cash Cab begins shooting this summer and will premiere later this year.

In this series reboot set in New York City, the stakes are higher than the original, the car will be upgraded and the questions will include more for lovers of pop culture, according to Bravo.

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

The original Cash Cab, part of the global Cash Cab franchise that originated in the UK, aired on Discovery Channel from 2005 to 2012. The show was revived on December 4, 2017 with new seasons airing in 2017 an 2018.

Bailey's original show took place in New York City, with some episodes in season six set in Las Vegas.

Contestants who ultimately hailed the Cash Cab were not made aware that they were part of the game until they hired the cab and Bailey informed them of the show and its rules.

Cash Cab joins Bravo's reboot of the iconic dating series, Blind Date.

The revival is produced by Lion Television with Tony Tackaberry, Allison Corn, PJ Morrison and Stan Hsue serving as executive producers. Ben Bailey also serves as executive producer. .

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posted 7/5/19

"Million Dollar Mile" to Walk It Off...
Burnoffs Begin This Saturday
From TV Series Finale

Million Dollar Mile will at least reach the finish line. CBS just announced they will air the rest of the likely cancelled TV show beginning July 6th.

The series was pulled from the weekday schedule after two low-rated episodes had aired and moved to Saturday nights. After two more episodes had aired, the series was pulled off the Saturday schedule. While CBS hasn't said that the show is cancelled, it's hard to imagine that it will be back next season.

Hosted by Tim Tebow, the obstacle course competition show follows contestants as they make their way through the "Million Dollar Mile" and their biggest obstacle, an international team of top-ranked athletes which has but one mission — to stop the contestants from finishing the race and winning the prize.

The rest of Million Dollar Mile' season will resume on CBS on July 6th at 8 p.m. ET/PT.

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posted 7/5/19

Holiday in Temptation Island
E! Brings Series to England
From Deadline

E! Entertainment in the UK is to air the latest U.S. reboot of Temptation Island.

The Sky-backed broadcaster has acquired season one, which launched in January, and season two, which was ordered in February of the dating format from Banijay Rights.

The show, which is produced by Banijay Studios North America, airs on the USA Network with Mark L. Walberg, host of the original Fox series. The show follows four dating couples who test the strength of their relationships as they move to an exotic island alongside a group of sexy singletons in search of love.

E! will air the show from August 4 in the UK. The first season consists of 11 episodes with season two running to 13 episodes. Banijay Studios North America's David Goldberg and Caroline Baumgard exec produce alongside Scott Jeffress.

It is the first major acquisition for the entertainment channel since Sky took over NBCUniversal's portfolio of pay-TV channels in the UK following Comcast's acquisition of the company.

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posted 7/5/19

WEDNESDAY: The Pre-Holiday
"Big Brother" Helps CBS to 1st in a Light Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (3.182 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) was the top draw on Wednesday thanks to a new "Big Brother 21" (4.235 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) alongside the penultimate "NCIS: The Cases They Can't Forget" (2.660 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and the season finale of "NCIS: The Cases They Can't Forget" (2.650 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

ABC (2.761 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with encores of "Press Your Luck" (3.149 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2), "Card Sharks" (2.537 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "Match Game" (2.597 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Next up was NBC (2.234 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) with repeats of "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.758 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and "Songland" (1.685 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) plus a new "The InBetween" (2.258 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.540 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) opted for repeats of "MasterChef" (1.630 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "First Responders Live" (1.449 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.536 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with repeats of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.744 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.327 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13).

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posted 7/5/19

TUESDAY: Getting Softer...
NBC Tops Pre-4th Tuesday
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.706 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with "America's Got Talent: Best of Auditions" (6.735 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) and the Wednesday-bound "Songland" (3.647 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

CBS (3.802 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) then took home the silver with its mix of "Big Brother 21" (4.463 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1), a repeat "NCIS" (3.520 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "Blood & Treasure" (3.423 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Next up was FOX (1.823 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with encores of "Spin the Wheel" (1.941 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) and "9-1-1" (1.704 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.834 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up repeats of "The Conners" (2.813 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "American Housewife" (1.798 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11), "Modern Family" (1.738 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11), "The Goldbergs" (1.545 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11), another "Modern Family" (1.554 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "Black-ish" (1.558 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

And finally, second runs of "The Flash" (0.963 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "The 100" (0.683 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.823 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5)..

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posted 7/3/19

MONDAY: Might As Well Call Hannah The Warped Wall...
... Because She's Beating the Ninjas Back
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.802 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the network to beat on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Bachelorette" (5.664 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "Grand Hotel" (3.080 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

NBC (4.447 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the silver draw with fresh installments from "American Ninja Warrior" (4.707 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and "Dateline NBC" (3.925 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

Next up was CBS (3.777 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and its mix of "The Neighborhood" (3.739 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), another "The Neighborhood" (3.525 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), a new "The Code" (3.944 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "Bull" (3.755 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.772 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) opted for repeats of "Beat Shazam" (1.996 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "So You Think You Can Dance" (1.548 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.997 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night with "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.145 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.914 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.785 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

On cable...
-
Cupcake Championship (P/Food): 779k
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (Nick): 744k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 418k

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posted 7/3/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "An American Story"

  • Big Brother's Jack Matthews takes the show down familiar territory... and not in the good way (TooFab). How not good? THIS not good (Men's Health)

  • Twitter trolls come after Bradley Walsh, and the Governess is having none of it. (Yahoo!)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Bob Barker (Cinema Blend)

posted 7/3/19

SYNDIES: Week 38
Results for the Week Ending June 23
From the Futon Critic

In the face of a second week of heavy preemptions and stronger-than-usual competition from the Women's World Cup, many of the top shows in syndication rallied in the last week of spring, the session ending June 23.

The game show race featured Jeopardy dipping 2% to a 5.7 in its second full week following the loss of trivia whiz James Holzhauer and being topped for a second consecutive week by Family Feud, which rose 3% to a 6.3.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.3 +3%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.7 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.5 +6%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

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posted 7/2/19

WEEKEND: CBS, ABC Split Sunday
Fun & Games Take Demos; Big Brother Takes Total
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.374 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) scored the demo crown on Sunday with its mix of a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.949 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) alongside new episodes of "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.891 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2), "The $100,000 Pyramid" (4.603 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and "To Tell the Truth" (4.055 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

CBS (4.498 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) then snagged the silver with its combination of "60 Minutes" (6.812 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Big Brother 21" (4.481 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1), "Instinct" (3.595 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "The Good Fight" (3.103 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15).

Next up was NBC (2.611 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) and its all-repeat lineup of "Hollywood Game Night" (1.638 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11), "America's Got Talent" (3.326 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "New Amsterdam" (2.154 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.957 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up its primetime "PGA Overrun" (0.957 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17), followed by repeats of "Last Man Standing" (0.753 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15), "The Simpsons" (1.059 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "Bob's Burgers" (1.075 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "Family Guy" (1.088 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) plus the launch of "What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage" (0.809 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.517 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night with a new "Burden of Truth" (0.547 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) followed by repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.408 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.564 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17).

On cable Sunday...
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 1.114m
- Sunday Best - 9p (BET): 737k
- Sunday Best - 8p (SP/BET): 723k

On cable Friday...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 977k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 447k

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posted 7/2/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Love, Marriage, and Dancing"

  • Bob Harper, the most eligible physical-trainer-turned-host on "The Biggest Loser"... is officially off the market. (Reality TV World)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Dancing with the Stars" kicks of ABC's fall season September 16, while "Shark Tank" doo-doo-doo-doo-doos September 29 (The Futon Critic)

  • Jordan Fisher, Liza Koshy double dare to dance their way to Netflix (Broadway World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Nicole & Victor (Reality TV World)

posted 7/2/19

Meet the Islanders
Catch the Premiere on CBS July 9
From TV Line

The cast for CBS' Stateside adaptation of Love Island, the famously naughty international sensation, has been revealed in every sense of the word.

As seen in the photo gallery and the video linked below, the "11 sexy singletons" ready to find their perfect matches range in age from 21 to a positively ancient 29. Among them are a model, a musician, a model and musician, and someone who has never had a boyfriend before. (Additional Islanders will be introduced as the season progresses.) They are...

Elizabeth Weber (24; New York City; advertising executive)
Caroline "Caro" Viehweg (21; Los Angeles; marketing student)
Mallory Santic (25; Vancouver, WA; analyst for Nike)
Alana Morrison (21; New Haven, CT; college student)
Alexandra Stewart (25; Los Angeles; publicist)
Kyra Green (22; Los Angeles; musician)
Cashel Barnett (27; Sacramento; model/musician)
Yamen Sanders (24; Los Angeles; real estate agent)
Michael Yi (29; Miami; model)
Weston Richey (25; Dallas; photographer)
Zac Mirabelli (22; Chicago; grocery store cashier)

Premiering Tuesday, July 9 at 8/7c and then continuing every weeknight (through Aug. 7), Love Island begins with this group of single "Islanders" coming (that is, arriving) together in a stunning villa in Fiji, "ready to embark on a summer of love, friendships and ultimately, relationships." Every few days, the Islanders must couple-up; those who fail to do so risk being alone forever ejected from the island. In addition to choosing partners wisely, Islanders must also win the hearts of viewers who have the opportunity to shape events on-screen and ultimately crown as winner one couple who will then have the chance to walk away with both love and the cash prize.

A Love Island app will give the show's fan an immersive experience, including around-the-clock exclusive content, messages and gossip from inside the Villa.

Arielle Vandenberg serves as host.

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posted 7/1/19

THURSDAY: It's Debatable 2: Democratic Boogaloo
NBC Wins Night on Democratic Presidential Debate... Not a Repeat from Last Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.327 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) got another bump on Thursday thanks to its second night of the "NBC News Democratic Candidates Debate" (8.827 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1). A repeat of "The Wall" (4.328 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) opened the night for the Peacock.

FOX (2.716 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was the number two draw with fresh installments of "MasterChef" (2.893 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) and "Spin the Wheel" (2.538 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Next up was ABC (2.925 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and week two of "Holey Moley" (4.263 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2), "Family Food Fight" (2.525 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Reef Break" (1.985 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.698 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up repeats of "Young Sheldon" (4.497 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), another "Young Sheldon" (4.305 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) plus the penultimate "Life in Pieces" (3.770 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), the finale to "Life in Pieces" (3.363 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and a new "Elementary" (3.127 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

And finally, The CW (0.639 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with a new "iZombie" (0.665 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and the season finale of "In the Dark" (0.612 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (FooD): 859k
- A Double Shot at Love with DJ Pauly D & Vinny (SF/MTV): 787k
- A Double Shot at Love with DJ Pauly D & Vinny - Reunion (SF/MTV): 660k
- Lip Sync Battle - 10p (PAramount): 407k
- Lip Sync Battle - 10:30p (Paramount): 337k


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posted 6/28/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Full Ride"

  • Steve Harvey offers a full ride to a student (KYMA Yuma/El Centro)

  • Chuck Woolery pressed send. Again. (AV Club)

  • CASTING COUCH: how to get on Wheel (Cinema Blend)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the latest Jeopardy! Teen Champion (TV Line)

posted 7/1/19


Gold Derby

Mike Richards Leaving Fremantle
TPIR, LMAD EP Heading to Sony
From the Wrap

Mike Richards, a veteran executive producer for "The Price Is Right" and "Let's Make a Deal," will be leaving both game shows after signing a multi-year overall deal with Sony Pictures Television. Richards will start working with Sony beginning in September.

Under the new deal, he will develop and produce game shows for Sony's network, cable, and streaming platforms. He worked on "The Price Is Right" for over 10 years.

"Bringing on an extraordinarily talented and versatile producer like Mike, who has been at the helm of two of the biggest franchises in daytime TV, reinforces our strong commitment to growing our game show business," Mike Hopkins, chairman of Sony Pictures Television, said. "Mike joining SPT fills out a veritable 'Dream Team' of outstanding producers, including Harry Friedman, who produces 'Jeopardy!' and 'Wheel of Fortune,' two of the longest running and most successful game shows in television. With these flagship shows, combined with international ratings juggernauts 'Shark Tank' and 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire' and our successful Game Show Network, SPT's slate is unparalleled."

"I'm incredibly proud of what we've done to restore and transform the 'Price Is Right' and 'Let's Make a Deal' over the last decade," Richards said. "My focus has always been to create content that makes the world a better and happier place and I look forward to working with Mike Hopkins and the entire Sony team to create new shows that entertain and inspire."

Richards has won three Daytime Emmys and produced over 4,000 hours of game shows. He's also known for hosting five series, including "Beauty and the Geek," the Game Show Network's 2016-2017 version of "Divided," and the 2012 revival of "The Pyramid.".

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posted 6/28/19

Propagate's Got a "Ticket to Ride"
LA Studio to Develop Game Show Version of Board Game
From Realscreen

Los Angeles-based global studio Propagate Content is partnering with Asmodee Entertainment to develop the latter's hit board game Ticket to Ride into an unscripted adventure competition game show of the same name.

The series will be a travel competition format, with five teams competing on a journey that requires they rack up the most miles by air, land and sea.

The board game was created by Alan R. Moon and published by Days of Wonder and Asmodee Studios.

"Propagate has earned a reputation for identifying great stories wherever they are and turning them into unique and compelling filmed entertainment," said Propagate co-CEO Howard Owens and president Greg Lipstone in a joint statement. "This project and partnership are perfect examples of that and we are thrilled to be in business with the like-minded people at Asmodee."

"Asmodee Entertainment will develop new and exciting entertainment experiences based on the vibrant universes of our popular games," added Asmodee president Stéphane Carville. "We are delighted to bring one of our most iconic properties to life with the help of our visionary partners at Propagate. We look forward to future collaborations."

No air date or distribution platform has yet been announced for Ticket to Ride.

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posted 6/28/19

WEDNESDAY: It's Debatable...
NBC Wins Night on Democratic Presidential Debate... Part 1
From the Wrap

NBC won Wednesday with the first Democratic primary debate for the 2020 presidential election, we just don't yet know but how much. We do know that CBS came in second place with "Big Brother" and its "Amazing Race" season finale.

Due to the nature of live television, the below fast-national Nielsen numbers for NBC and Telemundo should be considered subject to significant adjustment.

For now, NBC was first in ratings with a 1.3 rating/7 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 6.2 million, according to preliminary numbers. A rerun lead into the debate at 9 p.m. ET. The two-hour debate averaged a 1.6/8 and 7.4 million viewers, per the initial data stream.

CBS was second in ratings with a 0.9/4 and in viewers with 4.1 million. "Big Brother" at 8 p.m. posted a 1.1/6 and 4.5 million viewers. From 9 to 11, the "Amazing Race" season finale averaged a 0.8/4 and 3.8 million viewers.

ABC was third in ratings with a 0.6/3 and in viewers with 3.5 million. "Press Your Luck" at 8 had a 0.8/4 and 4.2 million viewers. At 9, "Card Sharks" got a 0.6/3 and 3.3 million viewers. "Match Game" at 10 received a 0.6/3 and 3.1 million viewers.

Fox was fourth in ratings with a 0.5/3 and in viewers with 2.3 million. "MasterChef" at 8 had a 0.7/4 and 2.6 million viewers. At 9, "First Responders Live" managed a 0.4/2 and 1.9 million viewers.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 940k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 750k
- Are You The One: Come One Come All (SP/MTV): 286k
- Are You The One: Come One Come All - 10p (MTV): 255k .

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posted 6/28/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Raid the Cage"

  • "Fort Boyard: Let's Play" released for PS4, Switch, and Xbox One. Good luck finding one cheap if you live outside of Europe (XBox Achievements)

  • Katharine McPhee pulls a Celine Dion (Brinkwire)

  • Amanda Holden has "Britain's Got Talent"... "A League of Their Own", and... beef with Philip Schofield, apparently (Manchester Evening News)

posted 6/28/19


Randall Christensen

RANDALL CHRISTENSEN: 1958-2019
Costume Designer for "Dancing with the Stars"
From the Hollywood Reporter

Emmy-winning costume designer Randall Christensen, best known for his work on ABC's Dancing With the Stars, has died from complications due to carcinoid cancer, his business manager said. He was 60.

Christensen's work on the reality show began in 2006 and spanned 11 seasons, during which he designed iconic dance and skate costumes and was tapped as "the next Bob Mackie" by the legendary designer himself.

He won an Emmy in 2006 for outstanding costumes and was nominated multiple times for the Costume Designers Guild awards.

Christensen's designs also were featured in films such as Shall We Dance, where his gown was worn by Jennifer Lopez; Take the Lead; Dance With Me; and Marilyn Hotchkiss' Ballroom Dancing & Charm School.

He operated his own company, Randall Designs, out of Phoenix, supplying ballroom dance costumes to clients worldwide, including Olympic ice skaters Charlie White and Meryl Davis.

Born in South Carolina in 1958, Christensen lived most recently in Long Beach, California. He is survived by his husband, opera singer Aaron Ball; his mother; and four siblings.

A memorial service will be held June 29 at Brentwood Presbyterian Church. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Best Friends Animal Society.

The Hollywood Reporter
Deadline

posted 6/27/18

Bobby Flay Returns to "Worst Cooks"
Catch the New Season on Food Network August 4
From the Futon Critic

This summer, Bobby Flay rejoins Anne Burrell to whip a new roster of cooking disasters into culinary shape in the return of Worst Cooks in America.

The hit series pits two teams of the country's most atrocious cooks, one led by Bobby and the other by Anne, against each other in a kitchen boot camp designed to transform their food skills. In the end, only the one recruit who makes the most impressive culinary transformation wins a $25,000 grand prize and bragging rights for their team leader.

The new season helmed by Anne and Bobby, whose last stint as a Worst Cooks mentor was in 2014, premieres Sunday, August 4th at 9pm (all times ET/PT) with recruits including an ex pro-football player, a priest and a Zumba instructor.

"Bobby's reunion with Anne on Worst Cooks is hilariously entertaining and extremely competitive," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "The recruits arrive with hopeless kitchen skills, but after Anne and Bobby get ahold of them the transformations are miraculous."

This season's recruits are: Idriss Alison (Bronx, New York); Jonathan Beyer (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania); Sharon Grant (Dallas, Texas); Terry Grawey (Peoria, Illinois); Nina Kharoufeh (New York, New York); Gina Lam (San Diego, California); Kayla Longstreth (Firestone, Colorado); Mercedes "Sadie" Manda (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania); Karma Ann Moody (Hayesville, North Carolina); Adrian Read (Bronx, New York); Juliann Sheldon (Charlotte, North Carolina); Peter Smerlas (Waltham, Massachusetts); Father Adam Young (Cranston, Rhode Island) and Laith Wallschleger (Tampa, Florida).

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posted 6/27/19

It's All Greek to "Winsanity"
GSN Format Goes to Alpha
From C21 Media

Greek commercial broadcaster Alpha TV has secured rights to produce a local version of US-based Propagate's gameshow format Winsanity.

The show will take the place of Endemol Shine Group's Deal or No Deal on the Alpha schedule after several seasons, as the net has built a loyal audience for gameshows in the lead-in to primetime.

Winsanity, under the local title Pano Kato, will be presented by Christos Ferentinos, who has been hosting international gameshow formats for Alpha since 2013. Winsanity sees contestants chosen directly from the audience, who have all been given glowing wristbands.

To start the show, the host hits a button to lock in on a random contestant by turning their wristband green. The goal of the game is to arrange 10 numerical facts in order of largest to smallest based on the quantifier desired, with contestants getting help from followers in the audience.

In Alpha's version, contestants will have the opportunity to win up to €10,000 daily and an audience member up to €5,000.

The show airs in the US on GSN and is produced by Propagate-owned Electus and Barracuda Television Productions.

C21 Media

posted 6/27/19

STV Heads to "The Cash Machine"
Lorraine Kelly to Host New Game
From C21 Media

Glasgow-based commercial broadcaster STV has commissioned a new quiz show to be hosted by Scottish TV presenter Lorraine Kelly.

Produced in-house by STV Productions, which is behind gameshow Catchphrase, The Cash Machine will see contestants answer a series of questions in order to access the PIN number to "the world's most generous ATM."

The 6×60' series will debut on STV later this year, with production already underway. It will be piloted initially in Scotland, with scope to be distributed elsewhere in the UK and international markets, said STV.

Gary Chippington, STV Productions' creative director, will exec produce the gameshow. He said: "The format of The Cash Machine is addictive and built around a universally recognised centrepiece, the ATM, so it's a show we hope resonates with viewers not just in Scotland but potentially worldwide."

STV's director of programme strategy and marketing, Stephen O'Donnell, added: "The Cash Machine appealed to us because of its innovative question style and fast-paced game play. Presenter Lorraine Kelly is hugely popular and we hope viewers will be hooked as they play along with contestants.".

C21 Media

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posted 6/27/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "One Shining Moment"

  • #ICYMI the last Jeopardy! Teen Tournament semi comes down to one final clue... (USA Today)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Family Food Fight (Eater)

  • UPDATE: 10 million viewers for "Holey Moley".... holey moley! (The Wrap)

  • "Are You The One": will a more sexually fluid cast mean more viewers or just more thinkpieces like this one? (The Wrap)

  • "Drag Race" alums get their own shows on WOW Presents Plus (Broadway World)

  • "Are You The One": will a more sexually fluid cast mean more viewers or just more thinkpieces like this one? (The Wrap)

posted 6/27/19

TUESDAY: "Big Brother"... Bigger "Talent"
NBC Wins the Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.156 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) remained the top draw on Tuesday thanks to fresh installments of "America's Got Talent" (9.970 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "Songland" (4.528 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3).

CBS (3.709 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a distant second with the return of "Big Brother 21" (4.892 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), a repeat "FBI" (3.018 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and a new "Blood & Treasure" (3.217 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Next up was ABC (1.922 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "The Conners" (2.812 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "American Housewife" (2.247 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), "Modern Family" (1.915 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), "The Goldbergs" (1.555 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11), another "Modern Family" (1.580 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "Black-ish" (1.420 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.688 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) served up encores of "Spin the Wheel" (1.780 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "9-1-1" (1.596 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.553 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and a new "The 100" (0.632 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) on The CW (0.592 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 796k
- Chopped Junior (SP/Food): 759k
- Ink Master (Paramount): 573k
- Paid Off with Michael Torpey (truTV): 142k

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posted 6/26/19

More on "Making the Cut"
Catch It on Prime Video in 2020
From the Wrap

Amazon has revealed the title and judges for Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn's new fashion competition series. "Making the Cut" will be judged by Naomi Campbell, Nicole Riche, Carine Roitfeld and Joseph Altuzarra.

The series, coming to Amazon Prime Video in 2020, brings together 12 entrepreneurs and designers from around the globe who are competing to take their fledgling brands to the next level, per the streaming service. Looks from "Making the Cut" will be available for purchase on Amazon.com, and the winner of the series will receive $1,000,000 to invest in their brand.

"Making the Cut" is executive produced by "Project Runway" alums Klum and Gunn, as well as by Sara Rea, Page Feldman and Jennifer Love. Campbell is a consulting producer on the SKR Productions show.

The Wrap

Deadline
TV Line

posted 6/26/19


USA Today

BETH CHAPMAN: 1967-2019
Wife of "Dog the Bounty Hunter" Played "Celebrity Family Feud"
From Washington Post

Duane "Dog the Bounty Hunter" Chapman's wife, Beth Chapman, died on Wednesday morning after suffering from throat and lung cancer. She was 51.

Chapman confirmed the news of his wife's death in a tweet, writing, "It's 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain. Only today, she hiked the stairway to heaven. We all love you, Beth. See you on the other side."

On June 22, Chapman's family released a statement to Hawaii News Now saying that she had been admitted to the ICU at the Queen's Medical Center in Honolulu, where she was placed in a medically-induced coma.

"Please say your prayers for Beth right now thank you love you," Duane asked his Twitter followers the following morning. Duane posted two more updates on Twitter prior to his wife's passing–one was a photo of her sparkly, rhinestoned acrylic fingernails, the other was to tell fans to be wary of any premature or inaccurate reports about Chapman's condition.

"I don't mean to be nasty but some are filling in the blanks. @wgnamerica will be releasing an accurate update soon. Please keep prayers coming!" Duane wrote.

Beth announced she was diagnosed with Stage 2 throat cancer in September 2017, but just two months later during a two-hour A&E special "Dog & Beth: Fight of Their Lives," Dog received a call from a pathologist saying his wife was cancer-free. In November 2018, she underwent emergency surgery to remove a blockage in her throat, at which time it was discovered that the cancer had spread to her lungs.

Born Alice Elizabeth "Beth" Smith in Denver, Colorado on October 29, 1967, she and Dog met in 1986 when she was 19. Their on-again, off-again romance continued for the 10 years that followed, with them each marrying others during that time. In 1995, she and Chapman's relationship took both a personal and professional turn when they moved in together and joined forces in business. She became the youngest licensed bail bondsman in Colorado's history (at 29) and ran their bail bonds office while Dog went bounty hunting. They married in 2006.

"Dog the Bounty Hunter" ran for eight seasons from 2004 to 2012, and its spinoff "Dog and Beth: On the Hunt" aired 2013-2015. WGN America will launch a new series "Dog's Most Wanted" in 2020.

"We are deeply saddened by the tragic news that Beth Chapman lost her battle with cancer today. She was an exceptional woman, fiercely loyal and passionate about her family and she was a true joy to work with," WGN America said in a statement. "All of us at WGN America will miss her tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with Duane, her family, loved ones and millions of fans."

The Chapmans were on an episode of "Celebrity Family Feud" during its first season on NBC.

Beth Chapman is survived by her husband, sons Dominic and Garry, and daughters Cecily and Bonnie.

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Reality TV World

posted 6/26/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Savage Homers!"

  • Scott Rogowsky chosen to the MLB All-Star roster... in the celebrity game (WJW Cleveland)

  • LIST ABUSE: 18 things only "Jeopardy!" players know (iDaily)

  • Bayleigh Dayton, Swaggy C want the casting director to officiate the wedding (Reality TV World)

  • Hannah Brown lashes back at haters (Reality TV World)

posted 6/26/19

More Flay All Day
Food Network Greenlights "BBQ Brawl: Flay vs. Simon"
From the Futon Critic

Culinary icon and acclaimed Food Network host Bobby Flay heats things up this summer with the premiere of two new series. On BBQ Brawl: Flay V. Symon, Bobby goes head-to-head against fellow Iron Chef Michael Symon in this four-episode stunt, as Bobby and Michael coach eight of the country's most respected BBQ challengers for bragging rights. InThe Flay List, Bobby visits the culinary spots he has frequented for years with daughter Sophie, as they experience classic locations and dishes, with Sophie introducing her dad to her latest discoveries.

"Bobby Flay is a leading authority when it comes to grilling, and a fierce competitor, so it is only fitting that Bobby treats viewers to a BBQ competition against Iron Chef and best friend, Michael Symon, for the ultimate in bragging rights," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "Bobby's daughter Sophie Flay also joins Food Network this summer, as Bobby and Sophie share some of their favorite culinary destinations, giving audiences a personal and playful look on their picks that are perfect for all generations, as only a father and daughter can."

Culinary superstars, Iron Chefs and best of friends, Bobby Flay and Michael Symon, compete against each other in the new Food Network competition BBQ Brawl: Flay V. Symon, premiering Thursday, August 1st at 9pm ET/PT. Over four one-hour episodes, Bobby and Michael mentor eight pitmasters at the famed Star Hill Ranch in Austin, Texas, with barbecue battles to determine which challenger reigns supreme. While Michael and Bobby compete to inspire and coach their teams, a panel of judges, consisting of grilling experts Moe Cason, Chris Lilly and Amy Mills, decide which chefs will flame out. In the end, one competitor will earn the title of "Master of Cue" and star in their own digital series on FoodNetwork.com. Challenges during the season include a regional BBQ challenge, testing the pitmasters' ability to cook any style; and Bobby and Michael battling in a high "steaks" challenge utilizing Tomahawk Ribeye. The final two pitmasters will meet in a BBQ battle for the ages, but when the sun sets, only one competitor will walk away with claim to the title and their own digital series. Fans that can't wait for the premiere, starting Monday, July 29th viewers can watch the competitors compete in culinary challenges that will push their skills to the limit in the digital companion series BBQ Brawl: The Pre-Heat on the Food Network app.

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posted 6/25/19

SYNDIES: Week 37
Results for the Week Ending June 16
From various sources

"Jeopardy!" ratings are returning to earth after reaching record heights with James Holzhauer's hot streak. In the first full week following Holzhauer's stunning loss earlier this month, the Alex Trebek-hosted game show slipped below "Family Feud" to second place among all syndicated programming, according to Nielsen.

The show's 5.8 rating, according to Nielsen's live-plus-same-day metric, is down 15% from the week prior and a far cry from the show's 14-year peak of 8.3 back in May, when viewers were still tuning in to see if Holzhauer could maintain his winning streak.

With a 6.1 rating in the same frame, "Family Feud" took the number one spot, followed by "Jeopardy!" at number two, and "Judge Judy" in third with an 8.4.

Holzhauer cemented himself in the "Jeopardy!" record books, winning $2,462,216 over 32 games, setting several single-game winnings records along the way. Prior to his loss to Emma Boettcher in his last Final Jeopardy round, Holzhauer was just $58,485 shy of Ken Jennings' record total of $2,520,700 over 74 games in 2004.

Holzhauer's last game, despite having leaked online earlier in the day, drew a 10.1 rating overall and 2.2 among adults under 50, itself the best single episode of the show since Jennings' run.

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from May 2018; * indicates a new season-high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous week; NA mean not applicable.

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.1 NC
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.8 -15%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.2** -9%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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posted 6/25/19

MONDAY: Bachelorette Drama Beats Ninja Drama
ABC Wins
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.831 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) held onto the top spot on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Bachelorette" (5.640 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "Grand Hotel" (3.213 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

NBC (4.504 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then remained the silver draw with fresh installments from "American Ninja Warrior" (4.812 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and "Dateline NBC" (3.887 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

Next up was FOX (2.276 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with originals from "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.094 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Beat Shazam" (2.457 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.272 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) again opted for an all-repeat lineup of "The Neighborhood" (3.694 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), another "The Neighborhood" (3.372 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #8), "Bull" (3.629 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "God Friended Me" (2.654 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, The CW (1.020 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.141 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.903 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.897 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

On cable...
- Best Baker in America (SF/Food): 1.266m
- Wedding Cake Championship (SF/Food): 785k
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader (Nick): 614k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 421k
- Holey Moley (R/ESPN2): 180k .


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posted 6/25/19

WEEKEND: Walking on a Wire
ABC Wins Sunday Demos, CBS Takes Total
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.482 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) scored the demo crown on Sunday with its two-hour special "Highwire Live in Times Square with Nik Wallenda" (5.248 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) bookended by repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.938 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "Holey Moley" (3.495 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2).

NBC (2.692 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) then claimed the silver with its repeat lineup of "Hollywood Game Night" (1.803 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8), "America's Got Talent" (3.401 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and "New Amsterdam" (2.163 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #7).

Next up was CBS (5.104 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with second runs of "60 Minutes" (6.986 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), another "60 Minutes" (6.140 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "The Good Fight" (3.723 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and another "The Good Fight" (3.565 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.147 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up a special "FOX PBC Fight Night" (1.147 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, a new "Burder of Truth" (0.471 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) and repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.431 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.519 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.473 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Sunday...
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 1.265m

NBC (2.712 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) and ABC (2.855 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) shared the demo crown on Friday as the former offered up a rebroadcast of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.408 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and a new "Dateline NBC" (3.321 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1).

The Alphabet then served up fresh installments of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.144 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "20/20" (3.211 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

Next up was CBS (3.752 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) with a new "Whistleblower" (3.464 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9) alongside repeats of "Hawaii Five-0" (3.652 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "Blue Bloods" (4.140 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.530 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) offered up encores of "Beat Shazam" (1.676 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "MasterChef" (1.383 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

And finally, The CW (1.104 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with its mix of "Masters of Illusion" (1.249 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10), a repeat "Masters of Illusion" (1.147 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10), "The Big Stage" (0.987 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and a repeat "The Big Stage" (1.031 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

On cable Friday...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 842k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 402k

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posted 6/25/19

BBC Offers Hush Money
Maverick/All3Media to Produce
From Digital Spy

BBC Three has revealed that an all-new game show – which will see contestants face the "ultimate physical and psychological test" – is arriving on the internet television service later this year.

Entitled Hush Money and made by All3Media's Maverick Television, the series offers groups of friends the chance to win up to £5,000 as they take on a series of challenges that will all feature increasingly intense "shocks, surprises and scares".

Each challenge is designed to generate a new type of reaction from the teammates – whether that's a shriek of terror or a yelp of joy – but the pals must progress through the four individual chambers and endure the shocks as best they can, because each time a member of the team screams, the prize money drops. The amount taken away from the kitty depends on how much noise they make, giving the phrase 'keep calm and carry on' a whole new meaning.

Digital Spy

posted 6/25/19

Ever Wanted to Host a Game Show?
Joyride Opens the Flood Gates to Users
From Variety

When mobile game developer Kiwi first released Joyride, the app looked familiar: Similar to wildly popular HQ Trivia, Joyride offered players the ability to win quiz shows in live broadcasts.

The key difference: Joyride's app wasn't home to just one trivia show, but multiple shows around topics like music, dating, fandom, and yes, trivia, all produced in the company's Santa Monica studio. "Our focus was on building a platform," said Kiwi CEO Omar Siddiqui.

A few weeks ago, the company took the next step on that journey, and opened up Joyride to everyone, giving users the ability to host their own live shows. "Anyone who downloads the app can start broadcasting," Siddiqui said.

In conjunction with that launch, Joyride also started a partner program, which is currently available on an invitation basis to more successful community broadcasters. Some of these partner broadcasters are already making hundreds of dollars a day from their broadcasts, according to a company spokesperson.

And while Joyride's hired hosts have been producing some 5 hours of live programming every day, the company says that it now streams 250 hours of broadcasts per day, thanks to shows produced by its community.

Siddiqui added that the company had signed up "thousands" of broadcasters since opening up its platform. He declined to comment on Joyride's number of active users, but a spokesperson said that returning users were spending on average around 20 minutes per day in the app, with subscribers spending around 70 minutes per day.

Variety

posted 6/25/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "I'll Take The House"

  • Merrill Heatter & Elaine Stewart's house is on the market. Going rate... you'd have to win a LOT of matches on "Hollywood Squares" (Los Angeles Times)

  • Confetti sidekick J. Chris Newberg has the #1 album on Billboard... Comedy charts (Billboard)

  • Rob Riggle returns to Shark Week. Holey moley, that's gonna be fun (The Wrap)

posted 6/25/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Gambler: Book 2"

  • James Holzhauer is going to the World Series.... of Poker (Cards Chat)... and he's out. (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Masked Singer to return September 25 (Deadline)

  • Jenny Ryan to join "Celebrity X Factor". No word on ukuleles yet (Heart)

posted 6/24/19

THURSDAY: Wheel of Golf
CBS Wins (Only Just), "Holey Moley" Helps ABC, "Spin the Wheel" Also On the Map
From the Futon Critic

FOX (3.123 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) claimed the demo crown on Thursday thanks to a new "MasterChef" (2.800 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and the premiere of "Spin the Wheel" (3.446 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2).

ABC (3.525 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a close second with its bows of "Holey Moley" (4.823 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1), "Family Food Fight" (2.905 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Reef Break" (2.848 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Next up was CBS (3.983 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (4.841 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and "Young Sheldon" (4.547 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) followed by "Life in Pieces" (4.094 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), a second "Life in Pieces" (3.598 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Elementary" (3.409 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.753 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for repeats of "The Wall" (3.233 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.380 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and another "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.646 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, fresh installments of "iZombie" (0.685 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "In the Dark" (0.623 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.654 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.321m
- Beat Bobby Flay - 10p (Food): 962k
- Beat Bobby Flay - 10:30p (Food): 909k
- A Double Shot at Love (MTV): 718k
- Lip Sync Battle (Paramount): 372k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 368k

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posted 6/21/19

Journey to "The Center of the Earth"
Casting Begins on NatGeo Show
From BusinessWire

Do you have the grit and endurance to take on a global adventure race and to navigate your way, day after day, for a chance to win $1,000,000?

National Geographic is casting contestants for Race to the Center of the Earth, an extreme, nonelimination competition series that pits four teams of three contestants against one another in a nonstop adventure across the globe. Teams start from different corners of the earth and race to be the first to reach the remote location that holds the $1,000,000 prize. Only those looking to push their personal limits need apply, at https://racetothecenteroftheearth.castingcrane.com/.

"We hope that these teams, along with the beautiful global backdrop, will inspire others to step out of their own comfort zones and go on their own fantastic adventures." Tweet this "Not only are we looking for people who are diverse and exciting, but we're looking for those who really embody the legacy of National Geographic's yellow border — passionate and adventurous explorers who constantly push their personal boundaries to go further," said Bertram van Munster. "We hope that these teams, along with the beautiful global backdrop, will inspire others to step out of their own comfort zones and go on their own fantastic adventures."

The eight-part series, produced by NMC from a format by Plum Pictures, will challenge these fearless, passionate adventurers and weekend warriors with navigating their designated route, and they'll face unpredictable terrains, harsh climates and unique cultures as they make their way to the finish. Along the way, they will trek through untamed jungles, frozen tundra, arid deserts, bustling cities and imposing mountains and sail vast open seas to reach the place where all four routes intersect — a remote and challenging location where the prize awaits. The first team to arrive claims it all.

Additional terms and eligibility requirements will apply; see details on the application website. In order to complete the application in full, all applicants will need to submit a short video explaining the dynamics of their team.

Race to the Center of the Earth is National Geographic's first-ever global adventure competition series and is set to go into production later this year. For more information, visit www.natgeotv.com or our press site www.natgeotvpressroom.com, or follow us on Twitter using @NatGeoPR.

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Reality Blurred

posted 6/21/19

Splitting Up "Together"
BBC One Axes Game Show
From Telly Mix

BBC One bosses have axed Rob Beckett and Geri Horner singing contest All Together Now in a surprise move.

The gameshow debuted last year, quickly becoming one of the channel's most successful new entertainment formats.

It involves hopefuls performing in front of one hundred judges - who are all vocalists from various facets of the music industry. If the judges like what they hear, they stand up and sing along. The more that join in, the higher the contestant scores. The winners of the weekly heats return in the grand final to compete for a £50,000 prize.

Comedian Rob was the presenter, while Spice Girls star Geri was captain of The 100.

However, while All Together Now was popular with viewers - rating at around the 4million mark - the Beeb has decided not to bring it back for a third run.

A spokesperson for the broadcaster confirmed: "We would like to thank Rob and Geri and all members of The 100.

"The award-winning format is now on air in 14 countries and the BBC is delighted to have played a part in bringing this unique singing show to the wider TV world.

"We would like to thank the production team for all their hard work in launching such a successful format.".

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What's on TV

posted 6/21/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "The Gambler"

  • James Holzhauer is going to the World Series.... of Poker (Cards Chat)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Spin the Wheel (Pajiba)

posted 6/21/19


Zimbio

Arielle Vandenberg Heads to "Love Island"
Catch It on CBS July 9
From the Wrap

Arielle Vandenberg is playing matchmaker this summer.

The actress/comedian has been set as the host of CBS' "Love Island." She will preside over the dating show, a U.S. version of the British reality dating sensation, which debuts with a special 90-minute premiere on July 9 and continues with one-hour episodes every weeknight until August 7.

Per CBS, "Love Island" begins as a group of single "Islanders" come together in a stunning villa in Fiji, ready to embark on a summer of love, friendships and ultimately, relationships. Every few days the Islanders must couple-up – those who fail to find a partner to couple-up with risk being dumped from the island. Islanders are on the lookout for romance, but the road to love doesn't always run smoothly. Challenges abound with new Islander arrivals and dramatic twists as friendships and relationships form. In addition to choosing their partners wisely, Islanders must also win the hearts of viewers, who have the opportunity to shape events on screen and ultimately crown one lucky couple the winner who will then have the chance to walk away with both love and the cash prize.

The cast of Islanders will be announced shortly, according to the network.

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posted 6/20/19

WEDNESDAY: A Race to the Finish
"Press Your Luck" Fuels ABC to the Win
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.288 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) pulled into the top spot on Wednesday thanks to its trio of "Press Your Luck" (4.842 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1), "Card Sharks" (4.204 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and "Match Game" (3.817 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

FOX (2.402 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) then was the number two draw with fresh installments from "MasterChef" (2.723 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "First Responders Live" (2.081 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7).

Next up was CBS (3.479 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with originals from "The Amazing Race 31" (4.777 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and "NCIS: The Cases They Can't Forget" (3.003 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) plus a repeat "SWAT" (2.657 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.920 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) opted for repeats of "Ellen's Game of Games" (3.080 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8), another "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.978 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and a new "The InBetween" (2.701 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9).

And finally, a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.763 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and a new "Jane the Virgin" (0.641 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.702 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable....
- Forged in Fire (History): 968k
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader (Nick): 756k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 754k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 393k
- Deal or No Deal - 9p (CNBC): 364k
- Best Room Wins (Bravo): 355k

- Deal or No Deal - 10p (CNBC): 344k

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posted 6/20/19

"Wild'n Out" on the Move
Summer Season to Air on VH1
From the Futon Critic

On the heels of becoming a top entertainment channel on YouTube, sold out tours, restaurant extensions and more, MTV's "Wild 'N Out" franchise continues to expand its footprint.

The juggernaut kicks off a summer road trip on sister net VH1 beginning Sunday, July 7th at 7PM ET/PT. New episodes will feature VH1's biggest stars from "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood," and "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" as well as Tiny Harris and more. Additional celebrities featured will include: Wiz Khalifa, Marlon Wayans, Swizz Beatz, T-Pain, Anderson .Paak, Ne-Yo, NeNe Leakes, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Sofi Tucker, Lupe Fiasco, Akon, Perez Hilton, Marshmello, A$AP Ferg among others.

Later in August, the WNO franchise will also get its own Pluto channel.

Each episode puts the red & black teams, comprised of returning and new cast members, against each other in some of the most hilarious, entertaining and outrageous battles seen on television. Cannon will lead his red team against a celebrity-guest led black team as both groups try to best each other in ridiculous comic throw downs. These games escalate with each act, all gearing up toward the "Wildstyle battle" to decide who takes home the coveted WNO battle belt.

To access more content from this season and exclusive digital originals, subscribe to WNO on YouTube.

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Broadway World

posted 6/20/19

Harry Friedman Gets a Star
"Jeopardy!", "Wheel" EP to Be Honored Next Year
From KABC Los Angeles

Spike Lee, Julia Roberts... and Batman. What do these three have in common? They are part of the 2020 class of honorees for the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

In all, 35 people will be honored.

In the motion picture category, we'll see stars unveiled for Mahershala Ali, Batman, Ruth E. Carter, Laurence Fishburne, Chris Hemsworth, Spike Lee, Julia Roberts, Octavia Spencer and Lin Wertmuller.

In the category of television, we'll see Christina Applegate, Andy Cohen, Cindy Crawford, Terry Crews, Harry Friedman, Kathie Lee Gifford, Nigel Lythgoe, Milo Ventimiglia, Burt Ward, Wendy Williams, Dr. Phil McGraw and, posthumously, Andy Kaufman.

Recognized in the recording world: Elvis Costello, Sir Lucian Grainge, Billy Idol, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Alicia Keys, Andy Madadian, Mo Ostin, Bobby Rydell, Alejandro Sanz, Tanya Tucker, and Muddy Waters, posthumously. Dave Chappelle and Billy Porter will represent the live theatre/ live performance category. And the sole inductee from radio is Susan Stamberg. Dates have not been scheduled for the star ceremonies of these new honorees. Recipients have two years to schedule their unveiling ceremony.

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posted 6/20/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Golden Knight"

  • Alex Trebek gets a standing O during the NHL Awards (The Wrap)

  • Gordon Ramsay heads to NatGeo (The Futon Critic)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Holey Moley (Bustle) and Spin the Wheel (Decider)

posted 6/20/19

TUESDAY: Clean Sweep
"Got Talent", "Songland" Win Night for NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.195 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) resumed its reign on Tuesday thanks to new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (9.868 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "Songland" (4.850 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2).

The silver then went to CBS (4.570 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with repeats of "NCIS" (5.477 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and "FBI" (4.445 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) followed by a new "Blood & Treasure" (3.787 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Next up was ABC (1.879 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and its all-repeat lineup of "The Conners" (2.895 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "American Housewife" (1.988 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), "Modern Family" (1.822 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "The Goldbergs" (1.555 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), another "Modern Family" (1.608 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "Black-ish" (1.405 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.439 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up encores of "First Responders Live" (1.540 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "9-1-1" (1.338 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.658 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and a new "The 100" (0.731 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) rounded out the night on The CW (0.695 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable....
- Chopped (Food): 880k
- Ink Master (Paramount): 637k


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posted 6/19/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "House Calls"

  • James Holzhauer donates part of winnings to Alex Trebek's fight (Yahoo!)

  • Todrick Hall joins the cast of "Waitress" (Broadway World)

  • BIG BROTHER is coming... here's how the house is refreshed (Reality Blurred)

  • Carrie Underwood "got real with God" after a miscarriage (Reality TV World)

  • Ben Higgins doesn't know Lauren anymore (Reality TV World)

  • Songland is cranking out hits week after week. Really (The Wrap)

  • FIRST LOOK: "Wild'n Out" (The Wrap)

  • BETTER BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Press Your Luck (Distractify)

  • Bob Barker's perimeter just been breached (TMZ)

  • John Cena makes good on a $1 bet (SI)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Dax Shepard (USA Today)

posted 6/19/19


Sony Pictures Television

SYNDIES: Week 36
Results for the Week Ending June 9
From various sources

When Jeopardy! contestant James Holzhauer ended his record-breaking run on the popular game show, his appearance also set another record for the show as it was the highest rated episode in 14 years.

His record-breaking streak on June 3 triumphed across key breakouts including the highest rated show in 14 years among homes (9.0, since May 25, 2005 with a 9.2) and in total viewers 14.5 million, since November 30, 2004 with 18.0 million).

Across all entertainment programming this season, Jeopardy! holds four of the top ten's highest audiences which includes episodes of 60 Minutes and Big Bang Theory finale as well as the Game of Thrones series finale...

- The Big Bang Theory (series finale 5/16/19, 18.5 million total viewers)
- 60 Minutes (12/16/18, 14.6 million)
- Jeopardy! (final day of the streak 6/3/19, 14.5 million)
- The Big Bang Theory (2/7/19, 14.2 million)
- Jeopardy! (becomes the second winningest player 5/2/19, 14.1 million)
- 60 Minutes (10/21/18, 14.1 million)
- Jeopardy! (5/28/19, 13.8 million)
- Big Bang Theory (13.7 million)
- Jeopardy! (5/29/19, 13.6 million)
- Game of Thrones (series finale 5/19/19, 13.6 million)

As previously reported, Holzhauer's highest-rated week remains Week 5, just before the two-week break, which posted 14-year highs. With help from Holzhauer's streak, which ended June 3, Jeopardy! climbed to the No. 1 spot season-to-date among all syndicated shows in total viewers, averaging 10.1 million viewers. Holzhauer's 32 episode winning streak came to an end on June 3 when Emma Boettcher took the game. He went on to win more than $2 million, coming in second to Jeopardy!'s winningest contestant, Ken Jennings, who earned $2,522,700 in a 74-game winning streak in 2004.

- Week 1 (week of 4/1/19, James competed Thu-Friday only) – 9.6 million viewers
- Week 2 (week of 4/8/19) – 10.1 million
- Week 3 (week of 4/15/19) – 10.7 million viewers
- Week 4 (week of 4/22/19) – 12 million viewers
- Week 5 (week of 4/29/19) – 13.3 million viewers
- Week 6 (week of 5/20/19) – 12.4 million viewers
- Week 7 (week of 5/27/19) -- 12.6 million viewers
- Week 8 (week of 6/3/19) -- 10.8 million viewers


In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from May 2018; * indicates a new season-high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous week; NA mean not applicable.

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.8 -14%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.1 NC
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.7 -3%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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posted 6/18/19

MONDAY: ABC Checks In
... but Viewers Check Out of "Grand Hotel"
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.928 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) scored top honors on Monday thanks to a new "The Bachelorette" (5.534 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and the debut of "Grand Hotel" (3.717 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

NBC (4.504 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the number two draw with the Monday premiere of "American Ninja Warrior" (4.752 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and a new "Dateline NBC" (4.010 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

Next up was FOX (2.145 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with fresh installments from "Beat Shazam" (2.223 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.066 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.323 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for repeats of "The Neighborhood" (3.810 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), another "The Neighborhood" (3.548 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "God Friended Me" (2.743 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Bull" (3.545 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, The CW (1.167 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with the returns of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.318 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.100 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.932 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

On cable...
- Best Baker in America (Food): 1.166m
- Wedding Cake Championship (Food): 721k
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader (Nick): 707k

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posted 6/18/19

WEEKEND: No Feud, Big Problem
Fox Wins on Golf, ABC News Special Damages Night
From The Futon Critic

FOX (6.612 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) got another boost on Sunday thanks to its primetime coverage of the "U.S. Open Championship: Final Round" (6.612 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1).

ABC (3.600 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) then claimed the silver with a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.497 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) followed by "President Trump: 30 Hours - A Special Edition of 20/20" (3.914 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2), "The $100,000 Pyramid" (3.443 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.546 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2).

Next up was CBS (4.465 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) with its lineup of "60 Minutes" (6.052 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), another "60 Minutes" (4.672 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #8), "The Good Fight" (3.519 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and another "The Good Fight" (3.616 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.500 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) offered up its mix of "Hollywood Game Night" (1.525 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9), "America's Got Talent" (3.188 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and "New Amsterdam" (2.097 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) repeats.

And finally, a new "Burder of Truth" (0.443 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.434 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.550 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.468 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Friday...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 849k
- BEst Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 460k

On cable Sunday...
- The Great Food Truck Race (SP/Food): 1.138m

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posted 6/17/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Don't Not Ignore This"

  • CASTING COUCH: Don't (Broadway World) PLUS the Wheelmobile heads to Maine (The Maine Edge)

  • LIST ABUSE: 26 reality shows you forgot existed... some we wish we could forget again (The Wrap)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: "Colton Underwood jumps fence" wins a major award (The Wrap)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Holey Moley (Newsday)

posted 6/18/19


CBS/EndemolShine North America

Meet the "Big Brother" Class of 2019
Catch It on CBS June 25
From TV Line

It's time to meet the next group of Big Brother houseguests who have signed up for a summer of paranoia.

CBS on Monday unveiled the 16 cast members who will compete on Season 21, including a Broadway dancer, a college soccer star and — most intriguing of all — a "wine safari guide."

This summer's houseguests are also quite young: With the exception of petroleum engineer Cliff Fogg III, who is 53 years old, the entire cast is comprised of 20- and 30-somethings. (That includes model Jessica Milagros, whose age is described as "30-ish.")

The three youngest contestants — college student Ovi Kabir, public health analyst Isabella Wang and the aforementioned Analyse — clock in at just 22 years old.

The players...

- Analyse Talavera (22; Northridge, CA; college soccer star)
- Christie Murphy (28; Staten Island, NY; boutique owner)
- Cliff Hogg III (53; Houston; petroleum engineer)
- David Alexander (29; Atlanta, photographer) (C-Note: No relation)
- Holly Allen (31; Lander, WY; wine safari guide)
- Isabella Wang (22; Mount Olive, NJ; public health analyst)
- Jack Matthews (28; Chicago; fitness trainer)
- Jackson Michie (23; Nashville; server)
- Jessica Milagros ("30ish"; Chicago; model)
- Kathryn Dunn (29; Irving, TX; digital marketing executive)
- Kemi Faknule (25; Elkridge, MD; marketing strategist)
- Nick Maccarone (27; Sewell, NJ; therapist)
- Nicole Anthony (24; Long Island, NY; preschool aide)
- Ovi Kabir (22; Oakridge, TN; college student)
- Sam Smith (31; West Nanticoke, PA; truck driver)
- Tommy Bracco (28; Staten Island, NY; Broadway dancer)

As previously announced, Big Brother will return with a two-night event, airing Tuesday, June 25 and Wednesday, June 26, at 8/7c. It will then add Sunday broadcasts starting June 30. Then, beginning July 10, the show will switch to a Wednesday-Thursday-Sunday schedule, with the weekday airings moving to 9 pm and the Sunday installment staying put at 8.

Netflix has released a trailer for the first season of 'Awake'. The short preview showcases some of the most trying tasks that contestants will go through on the show's shiny studio stage while struggling to keep their eyes open and on the ball (or egg as the task may be). There are bound to be some exciting successes and hilarious fails once 'The Million Dollar Game' arrives on screens..

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Us Magazine
EW
The Futon Critic

posted 6/17/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Blockt, What?"

  • Safaree Samuels, Erica Mena engaged. Buried lede: they're taping Hip Hop Squares (Atlanta Black Star)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Press Your Luck (Washington Post)

  • Bachelor in Paradise married... in paradise (People)

  • Tyra Banks brings "Beauty" to Quibi (Deadline)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "The Voice" returns September 23 (The Futon Critic)

  • EVERYBODY HAS ONE: Why "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" was canceled (Looper)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Michael Barrymore (Yahoo!)

posted 6/17/19


Netflix

More on "Awake"
Catch It on Netflix Today!
From Meaww

What if you were forced to go without sleep for 24 hours and then take part in a series of mental and physical challenges? As insomniacs, students and serial binge-watchers would agree, this is not a good idea even at the best of times. But what if the prize was a million dollars? This is the premise of Netflix's brand new game show 'Awake: The Million Dollar Game', coming on the heels of the streaming platform's success with reruns of 'Jeopardy' and the introduction of their original game show 'Flinch'. Here's everything you need to know about the show:

Release Date: Details have been scarce about the new show with Netflix keeping production tightly under wraps. Reports in January 2019 revealed that the show was set to be launched this year. A placeholder page on the Netflix website has announced that the studio game show would arrive on June 14.

Premise: Each episode of the show will feature contestants who are forced to go 24 hours without rest before being subjected to grueling mental and physical tasks which promise to be as difficult as they are ridiculous. At the end of the episode, the last man (or woman) standing gets to go home with a million dollar jackpot. And with a prize like that at stake, there is bound to be no end of contestants ready to rise to the challenge. The Game Show Network's 'Cram' (2003), which ran for two seasons, is the only notable earlier game show to be built around sleep-deprivation as a premise, although many have tried and failed.

Host: The game will be hosted by actor, writer, and stand-up comic James Davis. He is best known for his show 'Hood Adjacent with James Davis' on Comedy Central. He has previously performed at multiple comedy and rap shows including big names like Drake, J. Cole and Big Sean.

Netflix has released a trailer for the first season of 'Awake'. The short preview showcases some of the most trying tasks that contestants will go through on the show's shiny studio stage while struggling to keep their eyes open and on the ball (or egg as the task may be). There are bound to be some exciting successes and hilarious fails once 'The Million Dollar Game' arrives on screens..

Meaww

Newsweek
Decider
Bustle

posted 6/14/19


ITV/Digital Spy

Paul Sinha Diagnosed with Parkinson's
"Chase" Comedian Shared News Online
From Huffpost

The Chase star Paul Sinha has revealed that he has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

Paul disclosed his diagnosis in a blog post he published on Friday, writing: "On the evening of Thursday May 30th, an experienced consultant neurologist calmly informed me that I had Parkinson's disease.

"It was a devastating denouement to a medical odyssey that began in September 2017 with a sudden-onset, frozen right shoulder, and took in an unexpected diagnosis of Type 2 diabetes, a lifestyle transformation that enabled me to lose two stone, and a shoulder operation in January this year."

The 49-year-old added that having now been diagnosed he felt "far more prepared for the new challenges ahead", continuing: "I have an amazing family, no strangers to serious medical illness, I'm blessed to have a fiancé who is there for me, and I have a multitude of friends and colleagues whom I consider to be exceptional human beings.

"I don't consider myself unlucky, and whatever the next stage of my life holds for me, many others have it far worse."

"In the time since my Parkinson's started I have been ludicrously busy, and fully intend to keep Chasing, keep writing and performing comedy, keep quizzing and keep being hopeless at Tasks," he added, before adding: "Dancing on Ice is, I suspect, out of the question."

He also noted: "A lot of people have asked 'What can I do to help?' The answer is to treat me exactly the same as before."

Paul is best known as one of the quizzing experts – dubbed The Sinnerman by host Bradley Walsh – on the ITV game show The Chase, but he's also a doctor and successful stand-up comedian.

He's been with the show since 2011, having previously appeared as a contestant on shows like The Weakest Link and University Challenge.

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Joe
iNews
Gay Star News
Newshub
TVNZ
British Comedy Guide

posted 6/14/19

THURSDAY: Dinos Rule!
Raptors Championship Run Fuels ABC
From The Futon Critic

ABC (12.493 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1) took home top honors on Thursday with its final mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (9.161 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.6, #3), "NBA Countdown" (10.106 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.2, #2) and the "NBA Finals, Game 6" (13.923 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.9, #1).

A distant second then went to CBS (4.494 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) with its lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.424 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Young Sheldon" (5.028 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "Mom" (4.553 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) plus new episodes of "Life in Pieces" (4.313 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Elementary" (3.823 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Next up was FOX (2.217 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with its primetime coverage of the "U.S. Open Championship: First Round" (2.217 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Next up was NBC (1.755 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) with a repeat "Superstore" (2.190 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) alongside the penultimate "AP Bio" (1.718 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), the finales to "AP Bio" (1.414 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Abby's" (1.249 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) plus a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1.980 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

And finally, new episodes of "iZombie" (0.748 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) and "In the Dark" (0.638 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #16) concluded the night on The CW (0.693 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Project Runway (SF/Bravo): 1.307m
- Alone (History): 1.281m
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader (Nick): 818k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 769k
- A Double Shot at Love (MTV): 750k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/14/19

Tickets to Paradise
ABC to Announce "Bachelor in Paradise" Contestants Monday
From The Futon Critic

Breakout fan favorites from "The Bachelor" franchise are back and ready for a second (or third or fourth) chance at finding love, as the hit series "Bachelor in Paradise" returns for Season 6 on a newly announced premiere date, MONDAY, AUG. 5 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on ABC.com, the ABC app or Hulu.

Starting the following week on Monday, Aug. 12, the show will air on both Mondays (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT) and Tuesdays (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT). Tune in to ABC's "Good Morning America" on MONDAY, JUNE 17 (7:00-9:00 a.m. EDT), on ABC for the very first announcement of some of the most beloved members of Bachelor Nation who will hit the Mexico beach resort this summer.

The Futon Critic

Reality TV World

posted 6/14/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Happy Hour"

  • Alec Baldwin knows who gets riggedy-riggedy-WRECKED on the Match Game set (The Press of Atlantic City)

  • Michael Strahan, Erin Andrews take the high(wire) road (Deadline)

  • Project Runway to begin production on the new season this summer. (THe FUton Critic)

  • Zach Sherwin may be out of the "Arena", but he's not out of the game (Vanyaland)

posted 6/14/19




ABC/Fremantle

WEDNESDAY: No Blues for St. Louis
Fun & Games Hold Its Own for ABC
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.247 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and St. Louis Blues were the big winners on Wednesday with the "Stanley Cup Finals, Game 7" (8.247 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1).

ABC (4.387 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the silver draw with its game show lineup of "Press Your Luck" (4.883 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2), "Card Sharks" (4.395 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and "Match Game" (3.883 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

All told, last night was ABC's most-watched summertime Wednesday with regular programming in five years.

Next up was FOX (2.436 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a new "MasterChef" (2.758 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6) and the debut of "First Responders Live" (2.114 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #7).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.727 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up originals of "The Amazing Race 31" (4.616 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "NCIS: The Cases They Can't Forget" (3.425 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) plus a new "SWAT" (3.139 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

And finally, a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.866 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and a new "Jane the Virgin" (0.655 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.761 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 942k
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader (Nick): 735k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 714k
- Best Room Wins (Bravo): 414k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 410k
- Deal or No Deal - 9p (CNBC): 328k
- Deal or No Deal - 10p (CNBC): 325k

The Futon Critic

The Wrap
Showbuzz Daily
The Wrap
Deadline

posted 6/13/19

"Worst Bakers" Returns
Catch It on Food Network July 22
From The Futon Critic

Lorraine Pascale and Jason Smith have their work cut out for them on the new season of Worst Bakers in America, as they try to transform eight kitchen disasters into baking masters. The intense five-week baking bootcamp begins on Monday, July 22nd at 10pm ET/PT, as Jason and Lorraine attempt to mold these masters of cake-wrecks and colossal cookie-fails into one vastly-improved pastry expert. Based on the recruits' performance and progress in a series of fast-paced baking challenges, they will be narrowed down each week until only two are left standing to face off in an intense battle. Only one will be the most improved and will rise to the top and earn the $25,000 grand prize.

"The baking blunders and mishaps of the recruits add dramatic comedy to the competition as they struggle to become better bakers on the new season of Worst Bakers in America," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "It's no cakewalk for Lorraine Pascale and Jason Smith, but they are determined to whip the recruits into baking masters, teaching them the skills and techniques required to succeed in each of the difficult challenges."

The Futon Critic

posted 6/13/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Everything Else"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Survivor premieres September 25 on the traditional Big Brother move-out day (TV Line)

  • Ace Young, Diana DeGarmo take their musical love story on the road. In other news: they're still a couple (Deadline)

  • Dwayne Johnson to receive MTV's "Generation" Award (Deadline)

  • LIST ABUSE: 8 other shows that need to be revived according to... (TV Insider)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Phil Keoghan (Goldderby)

posted 6/13/19


ABC/Fremantle

TUESDAY: No Whammies
"Press Your Luck" Scores in Demos; Night Belongs to "AGT"
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.691 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) held off the competition on Tuesday thanks to new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (9.335 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "Songland" (4.404 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3).

ABC (4.209 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then had to settle for second with a special "The Bachelorette" (4.713 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and the premiere of "Press Your Luck" (3.201 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4).

The Elizabeth Banks-hosted game show landed ABC's best summertime numbers in the hour in almost three years.

Next up was CBS (4.441 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (5.069 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "FBI" (4.491 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) plus a new "Blood & Treasure" (3.764 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.808 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) opted for repeats of "9-1-1" (1.935 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and another "9-1-1" (1.680 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.855 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "The 100" (0.902 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) rounded out the evening over on The CW (0.879 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader (Nick): 846k
- Chopped (Food): 760k
- Ink Master (SP/Paramount): 545k
- Best Ever Trivia Show (GSN): 477k

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Showbuzz Daily
BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Pajiba
Showbuzz Daily
The Wrap
Deadline

posted 6/12/19


Game Show Network

America "Says" Syndication
Game Show Network Clears 85% for Fall
From Deadline

GSN's hit game show America Says is heading into syndication. Sony Pictures Television, co-owner of GSN, has partnered with the network to launch the game show in syndication nationwide this fall.

Fox, Sinclair, CBS, Cox Media, Tegna, Nexstar, Mission, Gray and Lockwood station groups have agreed to carry the show. With that, the half-hour survey-matching game show is now sold in 85% of the country.

America Says, which premiered on June 18, 2018, is Game Show Network's No. 1 new show among W25-54, according to Nielsen.

Deadline

THe Hollywood REporter

posted 6/12/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "World of Derek"

posted 6/11/19


Nickelodeon/MGM Television

MONDAY: Summer School
1.1 Million for the Reboot
From The Wrap

Nickelodeon's revival of Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader, with new host John Cena, got off to an OK start in its Monday night premiere, drawing 1.1 million total viewers.

The viewership total is up double digits over the prior four-week averages with kids and adults in the 7 PM time slot where the network most recently aired repeats of The Loud House, TV's No. 2 animated kids show.

Numbers are up 21% among kids 6-11 and up 34% in 18-49. In Kids 6-11, 5th Grader scored a 2.3/540,000, on par with last year (-4%), while jumping 33% in adults 18-49 to .4/338,000, an indication of more parents watching the show with their children.

Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader is part of the programming strategy of new Nick president Brian Robbins for a content slate, which focuses on co-viewing among kids and parents. Also falling in that category are new British family game show The Crystal Maze, and All That, Nick's new sketch-comedy series revival which premieres this Saturday, June 15.

Elsewhere on cable...
- Best Baker in America (Food); 1.273m
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader (P/Nick): 1.122m
- Wedding Cake Championship (Food): 800k

ABC (12.640 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1) was of course the network to beat on Monday with its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (9.294 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3), "NBA Countdown" (9.168 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) and the "NBA Finals, Game 5" (14.344 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1).

NBC (3.268 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) then was the number two draw with a repeat "American Ninja Warrior" (3.249 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and a new "Dateline NBC" (3.306 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Sharing the silver was FOX (2.529 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with originals from "Beat Shazam" (2.581 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.478 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.616 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for the all-repeat lineup of "The Neighborhood" (4.026 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Man with a Plan" (3.564 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9), "Magnum P.I." (3.392 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10) and "Bull" (3.662 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11).

And finally, encores of "Masters of Illusion" (0.829 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12), another "Masters of Illusion" (0.767 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12), "The Big Stage" (0.564 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and another "The Big Stage" (0.479 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) rounded out the night on The CW (0.660 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

The Wrap

The Wrap
Deadline
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The Futon Critic

posted 6/11/19


Sony Pictures Television

SYNDIES: Week 35
Results for the Week Ending June 2
From various sources

Jeopardy! enjoyed another No. 1 weekly finish in syndication during James Holzhauer's last full week of play. The quiz show earned a 7.9 household rating from May 27-31, up a tenth from the previous week and beating its nearest competitor by 1.4 ratings points.

Jeopardy! also continued to dominate in total viewers, averaging 12.6 million, also up from the previous week. Holzhauer's highest-rated week remains Week 5, just before the two-week break, which posted 14-year highs.

With help from Holzhauer's streak, which ended June 3, Jeopardy! climbed to the No. 1 spot season-to-date among all syndicated shows in total viewers, averaging 10.1 million viewers. Here is the Jeopardy! viewership average for Holzhauer's weeks.

- Week 1 (week of 4/1/19, James competed Thu-Friday only) – 9.6 million viewers
- Week 2 (week of 4/8/19) – 10.1 million
- Week 3 (week of 4/15/19) – 10.7 million viewers
- Week 4 (week of 4/22/19) – 12 million viewers
- Week 5 (week of 4/29/19) – 13.3 million viewers
- Week 6 (week of 5/20/19) – 12.4 million viewers
- Week 7 (week of 5/27/19)- 12.6 million viewers

Knowledge of what transpired on Monday was made available on Sunday thanks to an unscrupulous leaker.

Executive producer Harry Friedman told the Washington Post in an interview published Tuesday that while he "can't say at this point" who released the footage that featured Holzhauer being bested by Emma Boettcher after a 32-game winning streak, the "Jeopardy!" producers "think we know where and who and how" and plan to take "very, very, very appropriate" against the responsible party.

"Somebody alerted us that they had seen it on YouTube. By the time we saw it, it already had 2,000 views," Friedman told the Post of the leak, which first surfaced online Sunday and spread quickly via social media and media outlets.

"I feel bad for the viewers. It's not fair," he added. "I'm not sure what's gained by doing something like that, other than some malicious intent. It doesn't really benefit anybody."

Holzhauer also set a new Jeopardy! single-game record of $110,914, topping Roger Craig's previous mark of $77,000.

"I had one specific goal, which was to win an episode with exactly $110,914, because that's my daughter's birthday," Holzhauer told New York.

Ken Jennings still holds Jeopardy!'s longest winning streak, with 74 games and $2.5 million in winnings, but Lancaster native Brad Rutter (who played when the rules limited win streaks to five games) is still the game show's all-time money winner with nearly $4.7 million, thanks to tournament winnings.

It turns out that James Holzhauer not only lost to Emma Boettcher, he also lost to CBS Television Distribution's Judge Judy since the skyrocketing numbers for CTD's Jeopardy! were not enough to topple syndication's highest rated show in the important May sweep (April 25-May 22), the results of which were released Wednesday.

Although most strips were down from last May, the declines were relatively minor compared to the steep drops for the networks, which, for example, reportedly saw average losses of 27% among adults 18-49 over the past two years due mainly to heated competition for viewers from streaming video services.

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from May 2018; * indicates a new season-high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous week; NA mean not applicable.

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 7.9 +1%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.1 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9 -3%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 -6%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC.


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TV Newscheck

posted 6/11/19

Another One...
Jeopardy! Plays "Teen Tournament B" June 17
From ComicBook.com

With summer now in session, the Jeopardy! Teen Tournament is set to return. The new tournament begins Monday, June 17th and features fifteen of bright, American students in the 14-17 age range.

The contestants will compete over the course of two weeks to try to take home the event's grand prize of $100,000.

Jeopardy! is the quiz show that tests contestants by offering them answers for which they must form a question. While it's normally a show featuring adult contestants, the Teen Tournament shines the spotlight on a younger generation, giving them the chance to steal the show and earn a cash prize.

Here is the complete roster of Teen Tournament contestants, in alphabetical order:
- Justin Bolsen, a freshman from Canton, Ga.
- Avi Gupta, a senior from Portland, Ore.
- Jackson Jones, a junior from Louisville, Ky.
- Rohit Kataria, a junior from Wheelersburg, Ohio
- Sreekar Madabushi, a junior from Basking Ridge, N.J.
- Lucas Miner, a junior from Miami, Fla.
- Hannah Nekritz, a senior from Stamford, Conn.
- Teagan O'Sullivan, a freshman from Charlotte, N.C.
- Stephanie Pierson, a junior from Macon, Ga.
- Ryan Presler, an eighth-grader from Sioux Falls, S.D.
- Alison Purcell, a senior from Bellaire, Texas
- Audrey Sarin, a senior from Redmond, Wash.
- Eesha Sohail, a senior from Bakersfield, Calif.
- Sophia Weng, a junior from Chevy Chase, Md.
- Shriya Yarlagadda, a sophomore from Grand Blanc, Mich.


ComicBook.com

posted 6/11/19

WEEKEND: It's Robot Fighting Game Time!
ABC Holds Its Own Against Stanley Cup Hockey, Tonys
From The Futon Critic

NBC (5.446 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the demo champ on Sunday thanks to a special "Deal or No Deal: Looking for Luck in All the Right Cases" (3.427 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6) and coverage of the "Stanley Cup Finals, Game 6" (6.119 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1).

ABC (4.990 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the silver draw with a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.950 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) followed by the season premieres of "Celebrity Family Feud" (6.036 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2), "The $100,000 Pyramid" (5.484 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and "To Tell the Truth" (4.491 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

Next up was CBS (5.944 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its duo of "60 Minutes" (7.384 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "The 73rd Annual Tony Awards" (5.465 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.059 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up its all-repeat lineup of "Last Man Standing" (1.016 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14), "Bob's Burgers" (0.787 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13), "The Simpsons" (1.104 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), another "Bob's Burgers" (1.017 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "Family Guy" (1.232 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9) and another "Last Man Standing" (1.198 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

And finally, a new "Burder of Truth" (0.492 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) and a repeat "Supernatural" (0.447 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) rounded out the night on The CW (0.470 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Friday...
- Battlebots (SP/Discovery): 741k

On cable Sunday...
- The Great Food Truck Race (SP/Food): 1.101m

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posted 6/11/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Time for Bed"

  • Dan Harris is done looking for the 500th question on Nightline (Deadline)

  • Darci Lynne Farmer goes on tour (Goldderby)

  • Joel McHale calls "Card Sharks" "the best thing I've ever done for someone" (Parade)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alec Baldwin (TV Line)... and a few more (Los Angeles Times)

posted 6/12/19


Game Show Network

GSN's "Best Ever Trivia Show" Starts
Catch It Today at 4
From TV Insider

In this new entry of Best Ever Trivia Show hosted by Sherri Shepherd, everyday folks are pitted against a rotating roster of trivia titans who have dominated shows from Let's Make a Deal to Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

Among the brainiacs: Jeopardy!'s Ken Jennings, who isn't a complete know-it-all. Alex Trebek's Perseverance Matters in Today's TV Game Show Landscape Alex Trebek's Perseverance Matters in Today's TV Game Show Landscape Find out why the 'Jeopardy' host is a quiz hero.

Ask Ken About...
• Fiction or nonfiction. "I'm always looking for a book question," the 74-time Jeopardy! champ admits.
• Cinema. Jennings describes himself as "a big movie buff."
• TV...with a few exceptions. "If it's a show I haven't binged yet or [one involving] the Kardashians," he says, "maybe not."

Avoid At All Costs...
• Sports. "That's trivia kryptonite for me," he confesses.
• One particular genre of music. "I'm not a little bit country," Jennings says with a laugh. "I'm a little bit rock 'n' roll."

Best Ever Trivia Show begins today, June 10, at 4/3c on Game Show Network. It moves to 10/9c on July 22.


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WFAA Dallas-Fort Worth

posted 6/10/19


Amazon

ROBERT EARLE: 1926-2019
Second Host of "GE College Bowl"
From Washington Post

Robert Earle, the articulate and fast-talking host of one of television's most challenging and popular quiz shows of the 1960s, "General Electric College Bowl," died June 5 at a hospice facility in Ithaca, N.Y. He was 93.

The cause was cancer, said his son-in-law, Dave Maley.

"College Bowl" began on radio in the 1950s, then moved to television in 1959, as a clean-cut alternative to a game-show scandal exposed that year, when telegenic scholar Charles Van Doren, who died in April, was revealed to have been given answers when he appeared on the show "Twenty One."

On "College Bowl," two teams of four college students answered questions on science, history, philosophy, music, literature and other subjects. It combined elements of a team sport, high-speed oral examination and a football game. Each contest began and ended with a whistle. The theme music resembled a fight song, and the break in the middle of the program was called halftime.

"Live from New York City," an announcer intoned, "the intercollegiate battle of brains."

Before Earle took over as host of "College Bowl," he was working in public relations for GE's corporate office.

Mr. Earle took over the show in 1962, when the original host, Allen Ludden, left to launch a new game show, "Password." At the time, Mr. Earle, a onetime broadcaster and college professor, was working in public relations for GE's corporate office.

For his audition, he taped an episode of "College Bowl," then spliced in footage of himself as the host, reciting all of Ludden's lines in exact time, as if he were interacting with the two panels. He won the job and was the show's host from 1962 until it left the air in 1970.

"College Bowl" won an Emmy Award for best quiz show in 1963 and, at its peak, was seen by as many as 20 million viewers a week. The game moved so quickly, with such demanding questions, that it makes modern-day "Jeopardy!" look like a leisurely game of checkers on the village square.

Colleges from all over the country were represented on the show, often taking shape through months of intramural competitions. A college could win five games in a row before it was declared an undefeated "College Bowl" champion. When Bowdoin College in Maine won five matches in 1964, it received so many applications that the admissions office ran out of forms.

Robert Earle was born Jan. 5, 1926, in Baldwin, N.Y. His father sold linoleum, and his mother was a homemaker. After serving in the Navy in the Pacific theater during World War II, Mr. Earle attended Utica College, then a division of Syracuse University, in Upstate New York. He received a bachelor's degree in English in 1951. In college, he began working in radio and later in television. At a station in Utica, he mentored a young Dick Clark, later the host of "American Bandstand." From 1953 to 1959, Mr. Earle chaired the television and radio department at Ithaca College, before joining GE.

After "College Bowl," Mr. Earle did voice-over work for industrial films and commercials, including national campaigns for the Mercury Cougar and Liberty Mutual Insurance. He was vice president of marketing for a bank in Ithaca from 1971 to 1982.

Survivors include his wife of 71 years, the former Marion Hanna of Ithaca; four children, Mary Maley and R. Brian Earle, both of Ithaca, Mark Earle of Orlando and Thomas Earle of Ossining, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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posted 6/10/18

"Wait Wait" to the Hall Hall?
NPR Quiz Panel Up for Radio Hall of Fame
From Robert Feder

"Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me!," the popular NPR comedy-quiz show produced by Chicago Public Media WBEZ 91.5-FM, is among this year's nominees for the Radio Hall of Fame.

Hosted by Peter Sagal with resident scorekeeper Bill Kurtis, the program is competing with three others — "The Jim Rome Show," NPR's "All Things Considered" and "The Sounds of Sinatra" — in the Longstanding Network/Syndicated category.

The national shrine to notable radio personalities and programs is headquartered at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago. No other home-grown talent made the list of 2019 nominees announced today.

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posted 6/10/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Never Keep a Baldwin Down"

  • Remember when Alec Baldwin was going to stop playing the President? Yeah... never mind. (TV Line) PLUS he wants Howard Stern for "Match Game" (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • LIST ABUSE: "The Masked Singer" was the #1 game show in primetime last year in the demo (TV Line)

  • Byron Allen's case heading to the Supreme Court (The Wrap)

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

posted 6/10/19

THURSDAY: Paradise Lost
NBC Wins with Stanley Cup Coverage
From The Futon Critic

NBC (5.246 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the top draw on Thursday thanks to its coverage of the "Stanley Cup Finals, Game 5" (5.246 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1).

ABC (4.659 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the number two network with its repeat lineup of "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.554 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2), "The $100,000 Pyramid" (4.516 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.909 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4).

Next up was CBS (4.322 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.089 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Young Sheldon" (4.928 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Mom" (4.404 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) followed by new episodes of "Life in Pieces" (4.188 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Elementary" (3.661 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.292 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up the penultimate "Paradise Hotel" (1.337 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and the conclusion to "Paradise Hotel" (1.247 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

And finally, fresh installments of "iZombie" (0.718 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and "In the Dark" (0.613 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13) on The CW (0.665 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway (Bravo): 1.212m
- Alone (History): 1.153m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 741k
- A Double Shot at Love (MTV): 674k
- Lip Sync Battle (Paramount): 277k

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posted 6/7/19

... Pants on Fire!
Emma Willis to Host James Corden-Produced Series
From Deadline

The Late Late Show with James Corden producer Fulwell 73 has scored in comedy entertainment for British broadcaster E4.

The producer is making Pants on Fire (w/t) for Channel 4's youth-skewing network. The show will see new and emerging faces from the world of comedy go head-to-head in an extreme bluffing show to try to impress a celebrity jury.

Hosted by former Big Brother host Emma Willis, who is also to front C4's reality format The Circle, each episode will see three teams of comics plot their own crazy and outrageous challenges. From swimming with sharks to winning a pro-wrestling battle royale, the teams must then prove to a studio audience and a celebrity jury that they completed their audacious stunts..

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posted 6/7/19

Taken Out
Australian "Take Me Out", "All Together Now" Canceled
From KIIS 101.1 3TTT Melbourne

It's a sad day for reality TV show fans!

Channel Seven have announced that the game show-style dating program, Take Me Out has been axed!

The show, which saw single men attempt to obtain a date with one of thirty women on a panel, premiered in Australia last year and was hosted by comedian Joel Creasey.

On it's first episode, the show only brought in 604,000 metro viewers according to OZTam's ratings as the show was competing with Nine's The Block and Ten's Survivor in the same time slot.

Announcing the cancellation of the show, Director of Network Programming Angus Ross also said that one of seven's new talent shows would also get the boot.

"Take Me Out and All Together Now will not return," he said in a statement to TV Tonight on Wednesday. Singing show All Together Now was hosted by Ronan Keating and Julia Zemiro and premiered with 813,000 metro viewers last year. But the comments online about the singing competition were far less positive.

Speaking with the Herald Sun last year, Ronan Keating said that he didn't think shows like X Factor interested viewers as much as they used to. "If I'm being honest I think we've had a brilliant run of great formatted entertainment shows like X-Factor and The Voice that do what they do," he said.

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posted 6/7/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Summer Break"

  • "Love Island" opens to killer numbers (Deadline)

  • James Holzhauer tweets during Warriors losses. Now he gets it (Larry Brown Sports)

  • John Cena: 5th grade teacher by day, "Fast & Furious 9" star by night (Deadline)

  • Howie Mandel has a word for people who want to bring kids to his comedy act.... Don't. (UPI)

  • Alec Baldwin is so over his Trump character (Deadline)

  • Tania Zaetta gives birth to twins. How she did it is a miracle (News.com.au)

  • Joey Fatone, wife files for divorce (UPI)

  • "Drag Race" has a very RuPaul FYC party (Deadline)

posted 6/7/19

Emma Willis Gets En-"Circle"-d
Former "Big Brother" UK Host to Front C4's "Circle"
From Digital Spy

Former Big Brother presenter Emma Willis has landed a new presenting role and is set to host another major reality competition.

Emma will become the host of the game show The Circle, taking over from series one presenters Maya Jama and Alice Levine.

The reality series has confirmed the exciting news on Twitter.

⭕ @EmmaWillis has joined #TheCircle pic.twitter.com/p7TgjsxfCb — The Circle (@C4TheCircle) June 4, 2019

The reality game show is based around social media, where contestants never meet face-to-face as they all live in separate flats. Instead, players talk to each other through a voice-activated app, and each one of them has the freedom to portray themselves in any way they want. They can either play it straight or pretend to be a completely different person.

Last year's winner Alex Hobern scooped a grand total of £100,000, leaving everyone in shock as he pretended to be a woman to fool the other players. .

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posted 6/6/19

WEDNESDAY: Raptors 2, Warriors 1
ABC Beats "Ninja Warrior", "Amazing Race"
From the Futon Critic

ABC (9.195 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) was the top draw on Wednesday thanks its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (7.027 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3), "NBA Countdown" (6.424 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and the "NBA Finals, Game 3" (10.430 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1).

NBC (3.912 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then took home the silver with originals from "American Ninja Warrior" (4.341 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and "The InBetween" (3.052 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8).

Next up was FOX (2.334 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a new "MasterChef" (2.694 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6) and a repeat "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (1.974 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.583 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up fresh installments of "The Amazing Race 31" (4.653 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and "NCIS: The Cases They Can't Forget" (3.141 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) alongside a repeat "SWAT" (2.956 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.594 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with the season finale of "My Last Days" (0.594 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12) and a new "Jane the Virgin" (0.594 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History ): 994k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 768k
- Best Room Wins (Bravo): 424k
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posted 6/6/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Doing the Write Thing"

  • Anne Hegerty: quizzer... motivator... writer? (Metro)

  • James Holzhauer, when all is said and done, is only going to take about half of his winnings. Because America (USA Today) PLUS Ken Jennings sees a showdown between him & James as "inevitable (KFKA Greeley-Fort Collins)

  • LIST ABUSE: everything you've ever wanted to know about the current J! champ but was afraid to ask (Distractify)

  • Carrie Underwood wins big at the CMT Awards (Reality TV World)

  • Michael Strahan hosting Kids Choice Sports this year (The Futon Critic)

  • Alonzo Bodden hosting "Feud" on the road (The Virginian Pilot)

posted 6/5/19


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So How Did James Affect the Sweep?
Record Ratings, Leaks, Math, Other Drama!
From various sources

James Holzhauer's "Jeopardy!" winning streak came to an end last night, but the game show's ratings bump lives on.

Monday night's episode, which ended Holzhauer's 32-game run and his chances of overtaking Ken Jennings' record, came in as the highest-rated episode of "Jeopardy!" in 14 years, according to Nielsen.

With a 10.1 rating overall and a 2.2 among adults under 50, the show also bested every program in broadcast primetime last night. In the demo, "Jeopardy!" beat Monday night's highest-rated broadcast show, ABC's "The Bachelorette," by more than double.

Holzhauer cemented himself in the "Jeopardy!" record books with winnings totaling $2,462,216 over 32 games, setting several single-game winnings records along the way. Prior to his loss to Emma Boettcher in Monday night's Final Jeopardy round, Holzhauer was just $58,485 shy of Jennings' record total of $2,520,700 over 74 games in 2004.

Turns out, Holzhauer missed out on beating Jennings in one other respect, too. That episode 14 years ago that rated higher than Holzhauer's? Jennings' final game from 2004.

Boettcher, a University of Chicago librarian, on Monday wagered a daring $20,201 during "Final Jeopardy" and walked away with $46,801, considerably ahead of Holzhauer's $24,799 final tally.

Four years ago, Boettcher was a grad student at the University of North Carolina, where she wrote an award-winning master's paper on "Jeopardy!" questions, NBC reported Monday night.

Titled "What is Difficulty?: Estimating the Difficulty of Fact-Finding Questions Using the 'Jeopardy' Archive," Boettcher looked at clue length, syntax and other factors in order to examine the difficulty of answers and questions, according to NBC. UNC's library school gave her the Elfreda Chatman Research Award for her work, NBC said.

Knowledge of what transpired on Monday was made available on Sunday thanks to an unscrupulous leaker.

Executive producer Harry Friedman told the Washington Post in an interview published Tuesday that while he "can't say at this point" who released the footage that featured Holzhauer being bested by Emma Boettcher after a 32-game winning streak, the "Jeopardy!" producers "think we know where and who and how" and plan to take "very, very, very appropriate" against the responsible party.

"Somebody alerted us that they had seen it on YouTube. By the time we saw it, it already had 2,000 views," Friedman told the Post of the leak, which first surfaced online Sunday and spread quickly via social media and media outlets.

"I feel bad for the viewers. It's not fair," he added. "I'm not sure what's gained by doing something like that, other than some malicious intent. It doesn't really benefit anybody."

Holzhauer also set a new Jeopardy! single-game record of $110,914, topping Roger Craig's previous mark of $77,000.

"I had one specific goal, which was to win an episode with exactly $110,914, because that's my daughter's birthday," Holzhauer told New York.

Ken Jennings still holds Jeopardy!'s longest winning streak, with 74 games and $2.5 million in winnings, but Lancaster native Brad Rutter (who played when the rules limited win streaks to five games) is still the game show's all-time money winner with nearly $4.7 million, thanks to tournament winnings.

It turns out that James Holzhauer not only lost to Emma Boettcher, he also lost to CBS Television Distribution's Judge Judy since the skyrocketing numbers for CTD's Jeopardy! were not enough to topple syndication's highest rated show in the important May sweep (April 25-May 22), the results of which were released Wednesday.

Although most strips were down from last May, the declines were relatively minor compared to the steep drops for the networks, which, for example, reportedly saw average losses of 27% among adults 18-49 over the past two years due mainly to heated competition for viewers from streaming video services.

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from May 2018; * indicates a new season-high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous week; NA mean not applicable.

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 7.0 +19%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.9 -5%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9 +2%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 +25% .


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posted 6/5/19

More Fremantle Scratchies!
SG Signs on for More Lottery Deals
From SBC Americas

Scientific Games Corporation has renewed its contract with Fremantle for the exclusive rights to use three iconic TV game show brands in lottery games through 2022. The firm will continue to create games for lotteries in the US and Canada featuring THE PRICE IS RIGHT and FAMILY FEUD and in the US featuring PRESS YOUR LUCK.

Rick Glankler, President of Commercial Operations for Fremantle, commented: "Fremantle's game shows and the lottery are the perfect match with Scientific Games. We cannot wait to see more exciting lottery games created around these three iconic game shows."

Scientific Games has created and launched more than 100 different lottery games featuring the three brands over the years.

"Our innovation teams are already at work creating new lottery games themed to these three Fremantle hit TV game shows," said Kyle Rogers, Executive VP of Lottery Licensing for Scientific Games. "Our goal is to offer the best portfolio of entertaining licensed properties to lotteries around the world and their players."

Originally making its TV debut in 1983 and returning to TV this summer, PRESS YOUR LUCK is a game of wits, strategy and high stakes, while THE PRICE IS RIGHT is Network television's number one rated daytime series and the longest-running game show in television history. FAMILY FEUD, first premiered in 1976 and has remained one of television's most popular and enduring game shows.

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posted 6/5/19

TUESDAY: Win, Place, and Show
NBC Wins with "Got Talent", MasterChef Junior Finale Holds Its Own for Fox
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.082 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with week two of "America's Got Talent" (9.752 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "Songland" (4.742 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2).

FOX (3.058 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was the silver draw with the penultimate "MasterChef Junior" (2.918 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) and the season finale of "MasterChef Junior" (3.197 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

Next up was CBS (5.135 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with second runs of "NCIS" (6.063 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "FBI" (4.994 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) plus a new "Blood & Treasure" (4.348 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.016 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up repeats of "The Conners" (2.950 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "American Housewife" (1.958 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "Modern Family" (1.958 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "The Goldbergs" (1.666 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), another "Modern Family" (1.854 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "Black-ish" (1.709 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.440 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) opted for repeats of "The Flash" (0.536 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "The 100" (0.345 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 725k
- Paid Off with Michael Torpey (TruTV): 160k


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posted 6/5/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "What Is More Jeopardy!?"

posted 6/5/19

MONDAY: Part 2
Stanley Cup Leads Non-Jeopardy! Action
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.001 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) held onto the top spot on Monday with its presentation of the "Stanley Cup Finals, Game 4" (5.001 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

ABC (4.845 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a competitive second with a new "The Bachelorette" (5.490 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and a repeat "Celebrity Family Feud" (3.554 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

Next up was FOX (2.772 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with a new "Beat Shazam" (2.848 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) followed by the return of "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.696 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.493 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up its mix of "The Neighborhood" (4.759 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Man with a Plan" (3.957 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7), a new "The Code" (4.610 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Bull" (4.511 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.776 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night with encores of "Masters of Illusion 21st Anniversary Special" (1.017 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) and "Burden of Truth" (0.536 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #11).

On cable...
- Best Baker in America
(Food): 1.186m
- Wedding Cake Championship (SP/Food): 804k

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posted 6/4/19

Nick Is A-"Maze"-ing
British Favorite "The Crystal Maze" Heads Stateside
From the Futon Critic

Nickelodeon is bringing the legendary UK hit game show The Crystal Maze to the U.S. in an all-new version, co-produced by Bunim/Murray Productions (The Real World, The Challenge, Born This Way) and RDF Television (Secret Life of 4 Year Olds, Wife Swap, Shipwrecked), all under the Banijay Group.

A longtime staple of British pop culture and family entertainment, The Crystal Maze--considered the forerunner to the current escape room craze--is a competitive challenge featuring a family team who must utilize physical and mental skills to successfully navigate an elaborate labyrinth of four giant and immersive themed zones.

Casting is underway on the new series (10 one-hour episodes) which begins production on the original set in Bristol, England, this summer. The show's host, who guides the family through each challenge and adventure, and the series premiere, will be announced at a later date.

"As Nickelodeon embraces co-viewing opportunities for every member of the family, The Crystal Maze brings a new type of action game and storytelling to audiences with its escape room-style gameplay and emphasis on collaboration and teamwork to win," said Rob Bagshaw, Executive Vice President, Nickelodeon Unscripted Content.

"The Crystal Maze has long served as a staple of the UK entertainment landscape and we could not be happier to be reinventing the show for a younger demo alongside our sister companies, RDF and Stephen David Entertainment. Acting as the first series for BMP's Kids and Family Division, the show will build on our reputation in the competitive game space and we've no doubt by partnering with Nickelodeon, we can build a new audience for this brand in the U.S.," said Gil Goldschein, Chief Executive Officer, Bunim/Murray Productions.

Nickelodeon's version of The Crystal Maze will feature a team of family members tackling a range of challenges in zones collectively known as The Crystal Maze. Each successful game is rewarded with a 'time crystal' that equals five seconds in the centerpiece Crystal Dome. The adventure culminates in a spectacular finale, as the team enters the Dome to grab a cash prize as it flies around them during a dramatic clock countdown.

A current ratings smash in the UK, The Crystal Maze has been a beloved family and cult favorite since the mid '90s, with the current global popularity of the escape room phenomena reigniting interest further. The show was recently rebooted to great success with celebrity, charity and family seasons in UK, Australia and beyond.

The Crystal Maze is executive produced by Gil Goldschein and Maria Pepin from Bunim/Murray Productions, Neale Simpson from Fizz, part of RDF Television, and Stephen David from Stephen David Entertainment. Production of The Crystal Maze for Nickelodeon is overseen by Rob Bagshaw, Executive Vice President, Unscripted Content.

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posted 6/4/19

India Is Ready to Confetti
Facebook to Launch Version in Asia
From LiveMint

Social networking giant Facebook on Tuesday announced its first interactive game show, titled "Confetti" in India.

Starting June 12, the interactive show will air from Wednesday to Sunday on Facebook's dedicated video platform - Facebook Watch, the company said in a statement.

First launched in the US, the interactive game will challenge participants to answer pop culture trivia questions for a chance to win ₹3 lakh (about $4300) as cash prize every day.

"This is our first official show in India and we are excited to see how it will enable users to engage better and bring communities together around exceptional, interactive video experiences on Facebook," said Manish Chopra, Director and Head of Partnerships, Facebook.

The announcement was made in Mumbai on the sidelines of Facebook's Social Entertainment Summit.

Exclusive to Facebook Watch, the show is already available in other parts of the world including Canada, the UK, Mexico, Thailand, Vietnam and Philippines..

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posted 6/4/19

Let's Try This Again...
Quibi Picks Up "Singled Out" Re-Reboot
From Deadline

More from the "everything old is new again" file: A pair of bygone MTV favorites — dating game show Singled Out and the Ashton Kutcher-led prank series Punk'd — are being revived for Quibi, Jeffrey Katzenberg's new digital venture.

In a nod to "offering an optimal viewing experience for those on the go," per the press notes, each show will get 20 new episodes of 10 minutes or less. Singled Out & Punk'd revivals MTV Studios Here are loglines for the returning Punk'd, from STXtelevision in association with MTV Studios, and Singled Out, from MTV Studios:

The show that coined the verb "punk'd" dared to go where no show had gone before. Now that technology can really augment reality, we're back to pull the boldest pranks on the biggest stars in Hollywood. This time around, no one is safe.

While downloading a dating app has never been easier, sorting through the singles is harder than ever. Singled Out narrows down the dating field, as less choice means more real connections. In this reimagined version, anyone and everyone can find love no matter their sexual preference. Who will be swiped out and who will be Singled Out?

"This deal builds on MTV's strategy of reinventing our iconic shows to reach new audiences on pioneering new platforms like Quibi," MTV President Chris McCarthy said. "We are excited to be working with Jeffrey, Doug and the Quibi team to reinvent Punk'd and Singled Out for a new generation of fans."

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posted 6/4/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "There She Is..."

  • Elizabeth Banks, beefing up her resume further, will star, produce "Mrs. America" for FX (Deadline)

  • Gwen Stefani calls replacing Adam Levine "a shock" (Deadline)

  • Jane Lynch takes her "Game Night" to the beach (Cheddar)

  • LIST ABUSE: 16 game show fails (The Wrap)

  • Ninja Warrior UK finally finds its champion (Telly Mix)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Terry Crews (Deadline)

posted 6/4/19


GAMES GONE BY: It's Worth What?
Season 3 is a Magic Number
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

A pair of 18th century tapestries. The prototype "Air Jordan"s. An actual living, breathing elephant. You'll NEVER see Drew Carey telling the models to bring THIS stuff out to bid on! That was Cedric the Entertainer's job on NBC as contestants asked the question, "It's Worth What?" in order to win a million dollars. Chris Wolvie looks at this TPiR-copycat "Games Gone By..." that STILL had something unique and interesting to it.

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 6/1/19


NBCUniversal

EndemolShine Builds "The Wall" in the UK
"EastEnders" Star Danny Dyer to Host for the BBC
From Deadline

The BBC is climbing The Wall with star Danny Dyer to host the local adaptation of the NBC format.

The British public broadcaster has ordered six episodes from Endemol Shine UK's Remarkable Television and will air it in a Saturday primetime slot. This comes after the BBC piloted the format earlier this year.

The show, which was created by SpringHill Entertainment and Andrew Glassman's Glassman Media in collaboration with Universal Television Alternative Studio, is also currently set for its third season launch in the U.S. on June 20.

The Wall is a quiz that requires both the right answers and the right bounces in order to win a major cash prize. A combination of quiz, luck and strategy set against the background of a highly dramatic and interactive set piece, a pair of teammates must work together to tackle the mammoth wall. The two-person teams related by family, friendship or life experience compete for a cash prize. If a question is answered correctly a green ball falls down the five-story wall, adding the value of the slot to the players' winning total. If it's wrong, a red ball will fall and deduct the value from the team.


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The Whammies Are Coming! (Sooner!)
ABC to Preview "Press Your Luck"
From the Futon Critic

Following one of the biggest nights and most dramatic dates of the season on "The Bachelorette," airing TUESDAY, JUNE 11 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), ABC will give viewers a special early premiere of the iconic game show "Press Your Luck" (10:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand. Hosted by Elizabeth Banks, "Press Your Luck" is a game of wits, strategy and even higher stakes as contestants try to avoid the iconic and devilish WHAMMY for a chance at life-changing cash and prizes. "Press Your Luck" will continue with an all-new episode in its regularly scheduled time slot the following night, WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC.

The scheduling change for "The Bachelorette" followed by the new premiere date of "Press Your Luck" is pending a Game 5 of the NBA Finals, scheduled for Monday, June 10. If there is not a Game 5, both episodes will air Monday, June 10 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT).

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posted 5/31/19


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Masked Singer Heads to Britain
ITV Teams with Bandicoot for Local Adaptation
From ITV News

ITV has commissioned Scottish indie, Bandicoot (part of Argonon Group), to produce a new UK version of the Korean and US smash hit series The Masked Singer, which will air as a stripped event on the Network in 2020.

The Masked Singer is the surreal and surprising, singing game show that's taken the planet by storm. Originally gaining global acclaim as the Korean format The King of Mask Singer, the series was a big hit in Asia, and captivated millions around the globe through viral clips on social media.

In the US, The Masked Singer launched to a multiplatform consolidated audience of 17.6 million, making it Fox's most-watched unscripted debut in 11 years, and the most-watched unscripted debut on any network for 7 years.

Now ITV and Bandicoot are bringing this utterly bonkers and brilliantly noisy phenomenon to British viewers, for an eight-part series airing across consecutive nights in 2020.

Part guessing game and part singing show, this spectacular series will see 12 famous faces compete to pull off the best performance, with their identity elaborately and imaginatively concealed, thanks to an expert team of talented costume designers. The stars will be transformed and they will take on a masked identity and become a fantastic character which will disguise them for the whole series..

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THURSDAY: Raptors 1, Warriors 0
ABC Wins the Night
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ABC (9.560 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) was of course of the network to beat with its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (7.498 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3), "NBA Countdown" (6.784 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 1" (10.770 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1).

CBS (4.924 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was the silver draw with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.036 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Young Sheldon" (5.880 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Mom" (5.122 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and originals from "Life in Pieces" (4.777 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Elementary" (3.866 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8).

Next up was NBC (1.957 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) with fresh installments of "AP Bio" (2.350 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), another "AP Bio" (1.668 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), "Abby's" (1.553 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), another "Abby's" (1.436 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.369 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.486 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) offered up a new "Paradise Hotel" (1.547 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and second "Paradise Hotel" (1.424 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.880 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with originals from "iZombie" (0.912 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) and "In the Dark" (0.849 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16).

On cable...

- Project Runway (Bravo): 1.104m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 806k
- RuPaul's Drag Race (SF/VH1): 700k
- A Double Shot at Love (MTV): 626k
- Lip Sync Battle (SP/Paramount): 432k

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Feud Goes to Canada
CBC Greenlights Canadian Version
From CBC

Family Feud Canada, which hopes to inject a distinctly Canuck flavor into the long-running game show format, is part of the slate of new programming coming to CBC Television.

The public broadcaster unveiled a host of new and returning shows during CBC's 2019-2020 upfront presentation event in Toronto on Wednesday.

"We're very focused on speaking to contemporary Canada, so ensuring that we are reaching not just a broad audience, but a diverse range of Canadians," said Sally Catto, CBC's head of English television programming.

Programming that appeals to families is a thread running through Wednesday's announcement, including Family Feud Canada.

Since debuting on ABC in 1976, Family Feud has been adapted for 71 international markets, including a French-Canadian version called La guerre des clans.

Catto noted that each market has put its own stamp on the format, which sees two families compete to correctly give the most popular response to survey questions.

"[Family Feud Canada] is an opportunity to reach audiences across the country," she said. "We are talking about Canadian families that are going to be showcased on a very fun and entertaining show with a wonderful Canadian host. So for us, it makes a lot of sense."

Family Feud Canada will be hosted by actor and comedian Gerry Dee, who concluded his CBC sitcom Mr. D in December. "When they asked me to do this, it was a very quick yes," Dee said following the announcement, adding that as host, he would keep true to the comedic style he's developed over two decades of doing stand-up.

He said he agrees with comedian Steve Harvey, who leads the current U.S. version of Family Feud, who has said that the show is a comedy as much as a game show. "It's a great angle to approach it as [as a host]," Dee said. "It's a lot of comedy packed into that 22 minutes."

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Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Feels Like Starting Over Again"

  • Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz are back together again for the first time (Deadline)

  • James Holzhauer donates to a Las Vegas charity (Las Vegas Review-Journal) and attracts more viewers than Game 1 of the Finals (Philly.com)

  • Don't call it a comeback, but Louis Walsh, Nicole Scherzinger are close to returning to "The X Factor" (Telly Mix)

  • ICYMI: Ken Jennings talking about James on The Chase (Uproxx)

  • ARE YOU SMARTER THAN... Alex Trebek apologizes to Delaware (Delaware Online)

  • The Amazing Johnathan makes a ruckus on Hulu (The Futon Critic)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ellen's mum (The Wrap)

posted 5/31/19

Next "Are You The One" Will Be More Fluid
Catch It on MTV June 26
From The Futon Critic

MTV, a trailblazer in breaking down gender barriers from "The Real World" to "Movie and TV Awards," is set to premiere the first sexually fluid reality dating competition show in the United States.

Hosted by Terrence J., the new season of "Are You The One?" will premiere Wednesday, June 26th at 9:00PM ET/PT. In "Are You The One?'s" signature format, 16 singles head off to Hawaii in hopes of finding their "perfect match" and splitting a $1 million cash prize. For the first time ever, all the singles identify as sexually fluid, meaning there are no gender limitations in perfect matches, and finding love is fair game.

This season introduces Dr. Frankie, a relationship expert who works with the singles to help them become better daters and navigate between drama, poor choices and reoccurring patterns in relationships. Dr. Frankie also helps the singles identify current disaster-dating trends such as ghosting, benching and stashing, and tests them on their willingness to fall into these painful trends.

Host Terrence J. digs deeper with the cast than ever before, helping coach and guide them to tap into their true feelings and follow their hearts.

From coming out moments, to discovering sexual and gender identity, "Are You The One?" tells powerful stories about navigating relationships and finding love as a sexually fluid individual for the first time ever on a reality dating show. .

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posted 5/30/19

WEDNESDAY: The Tower Powers Past "Race"
NBC Wins with "Ninja Warrior" Premiere
From The Futon Critic

NBC (4.428 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) held off the competition on Wednesday thanks to the return of "American Ninja Warrior" (4.799 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and the laucnh of "The InBetween" (3.685 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

FOX (2.713 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with the season premiere of "MasterChef" (3.104 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) plus a repeat "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (2.322 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4). Next up was

CBS (3.935 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with a new "The Amazing Race 31" (4.766 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) followed by the return of "NCIS: The Cases They Can't Forget" (3.728 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and a second "NCIS: The Cases They Can't Forget" (3.310 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.465 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) served up repeats of "The Goldbergs" (3.387 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Schooled" (2.737 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Modern Family" (2.588 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "American Housewife" (2.243 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), another "Modern Family" (2.044 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and another "The Goldbergs" (1.795 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.612 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with fresh installments of "My Last Days" (0.668 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.555 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 896k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 826k
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds Reunion (MTV): 551k
- Best Room Wins (Bravo): 425k
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posted 5/30/19

TUESDAY: Got Talent Still Gets Viewers.... But...
NBC Wins, "Songland" Debuts Strong
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.445 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the network to beat on Monday thanks to the return of "America's Got Talent" (9.741 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and the debut of "Songland" (5.852 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2).

The Adam Levine-produced "Songland's" premiere came in with a 1.2 rating, making it the highest-rated alternative summer series debut since the launch of ABC's "Steve Harvey's Funderdome," which received a 1.3 in June 2017.

Meanwhile, "AGT" returned as the No. 1 primetime program across all of broadcast, but was down 29% percent compared to its year-ago season opener, earning a 1.7 versus the Season 13 premiere's 2.4..

ABC (3.384 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then got a boost from the feature "The Lion King" (3.696 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and the finale of "1969" (2.758 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Next up was FOX (2.628 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with a new "MasterChef Junior" (3.145 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) and the special "MasterChef Junior: Road to the Finale" (2.111 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.453 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up repeats of "NCIS" (6.523 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5), another "NCIS" (5.651 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and a new "Blood & Treasure" (4.186 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.687 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and a new "The 100" (0.803 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) rounded out the night on The CW (0.745 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 613k
- Bite Club (Food): 473k

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posted 5/30/19

Marathon Redux for ITV
Alan Carr to Host "Epic Game Show" of Reboots
From Deadline

A trio of American gameshows including The Price Is Right, Strike It Lucky and Play Your Cards Right are being rebooted by ITV in a seven-part series hosted by Alan Carr.

The British commercial broadcaster has ordered Alan Carr's Epic Gameshow, which will see the classic gameshows supersized and brought together. Classic British formats Take Your Pick and darts-based Bullseye are also part of the series.

The show, which is produced by Fremantle-owned Talkback, will see contestants hoping to win either big-cash rewards or prizes with each format climaxing with an all new end game.

The Price Is Right first aired on NBC and was hosted by Bill Cullen with contestants competing to win cash and prizes by guessing the pricing of household items. Currently, the show is in its 47th season on CBS, hosted by Drew Carey. Strike It Lucky is based on U.S. syndicated gameshow Strike It Rich and sees contestants answering trivia questions to move up an archway. Play Your Cards Right is based on U.S. survey gameshow Card Sharks, which aired on CBS and NBC and is being revived for ABC this summer with Joel McHale.

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posted 5/30/19


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Alex Trebek in "Near-Remission"
"Jeopardy!" Host Calls Latest Cancer News "Mind-Boggling"
From TV Line

Alex Trebek has more good news to share regarding his cancer treatment: Less than three months after announcing his initial diagnosis, the Jeopardy! host is nearing remission, according to his doctors.

As Trebek revealed in an interview with People, some of his tumors "have already shrunk by more than 50 percent" following chemotherapy, despite the disheartening survival rate for Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

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

Trebek first revealed his cancer diagnosis in March, maintaining that he "plan[s] to beat the low survival-rate statistics for this disease." Earlier this month, he offered a positive health update to Good Morning America's Robin Roberts, revealing that his platelet count and cancer markers had thus far been reassuring. He also candidly shared his experiences with surges of "deep, deep sadness" during treatment. "I've discovered in this whole episode, ladies and gentlemen, that I'm a bit of a wuss. But I'm fighting through it," he said at the time.

Trebek's chemotherapy is ongoing, and he currently plans to return to Jeopardy! for its 36th season this fall.

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SYNDIES: And the 2018-2019 Crown Goes To...
Jeopardy! Caps Season 35 on Top Thanks to Tourneys, James Holzhauer, Unexpected News
From Mediapost

Closing in on completing its TV season, top syndicated TV programs -- bucking viewing metrics of other top TV programs on broadcast and cable -- had mostly flat or modest single digit viewing declines versus a year ago.

One high-rated show had a slight rise.

The second-highest-rated U.S. syndicated show, CBS Television Distribution's "Jeopardy" -- on a season-to-date basis looking at Nielsen data from September 3 through May 12 -- posted a 1% gain to 9.96 million versus the same time period a year ago.

Companion game show, CBS's "Wheel of Fortune," -- was third best overall -- is down 1% to 9.93 million. Leading all U.S. TV syndicated programming, CBS Television Distribution's court show "Judge Judy" also showed a slight 1% decline to 10.0 million.

Other big TV shows showed had mid-single/low double-digit percentage declines: CBS' "Family Feud" lost 6% to 9.5 million. Off-network sitcom Warner Bros' "Big Bang Theory" was 11% lower to 6.9 million.

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posted 5/29/19

SYNDIES: Week 34
Results for the Week Ending May 19
From TV Newscheck

Without star contestant James Holzhauer, Jeopardy had no answer for Judge Judy, which breezed to its second-straight finish at the top of the syndication chart in the session ending May 19.

In the third full week of the May sweep, full-season household leader Judy, which has been No. 1 for 42 of the last 45 weeks, clocked a hefty7.1 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen with well over 9.8 million daily viewers compared to a 6.2 rating for the Alex Trebek-hosted game show.

Holzhauer, a ratings magnet, who by May 28 had won 29 consecutive games and nearly $2.3 million, was off the show from May 6 until May 17 due to a two-week tournament and did not reappear until May 20.

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

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- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.2 +2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.0 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.7 -3%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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posted 5/29/19

MONDAY: Bruins 1, Blues 0
NBC Wins with Stanley Cup Final
From The Futon Critic

NBC (5.145 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the network to beat on Monday with its coverage of the "Stanley Cup Finals, Game 1" (5.145 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1).

ABC (4.225 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then had to settle for second with a new "The Bachelorette" (4.681 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and a repeat "Celebrity Family Feud" (3.311 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

Next up was FOX (2.326 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with a new "Beat Shazam" (2.445 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) and a repeat "9-1-1" (2.206 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.322 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for an all-repeat lineup of "The Neighborhood" (3.828 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Man with a Plan" (3.293 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7), "The Code" (2.710 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) and "Bull" (3.694 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

And finally, The CW (1.084 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with an encore of "The 4th Annual Howie Mandel Stand-Up Extravaganza" (1.084 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10).

On cable...
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posted 5/29/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Champ by the Numbers"

  • James Holzhauer trades tweets with Ken Jennings (Golf Digest) PLUS a love letter (Slate)

  • It's a girl for Lauren Burnham, Arie Luyendyk (Us)

  • LIST ABUSE: What is the best quiz app.... in India? (Business Standard)

  • Katy Perry is "Never Really Over" with this singing thing (Entertainment Weekly)

  • SUNDAY: Worst Cooks in America - 1.246m (Showbuzz Daily)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! "Whitewashed" social media post for a popular Netfllix series.... Nailed it! (TV Line)

posted 5/28/19


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DANIEL WRIGHT: 1989-2019
"Biggest Loser" Contestant Loses Fight with Leukemia
From Deadline

Daniel Wright, a contestant who appeared on Seasons 7 and 8 of NBC's The Biggest Loser, has died after battling cancer. He was 30.

Wright passed away Sunday morning from leukemia, several former Biggest Loser participants confirmed in Facebook posts.

"I am so so heartbroken to hear about Daniel Wright this morning," Courtney Crozier Respess wrote on her Facebook page Sunday. "He has fought SO HARD during his battle with cancer & more. This man is one of the kindest people I have ever met & is a true difference maker in this world! His faith has never faded, even in the darkest of times. I am honored to have known him!!!"

Former contestant Danny Cahill also posted a tribute to Wright on social media.

"Yesterday the world lost a bit of its light," Cahill wrote Monday. "Daniel Wright and I met for the first time in May of 2009 on the beach in Malibu. 15 of us went to the beach that morning to begin our journey on season 8 of The Biggest Loser."

"Daniel's light has always been one of Grace, encouragement, wisdom, love and honor throughout the time I have known him. And I can honestly say that because of him I am a better man," Cahill added..

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posted 5/28/18

Netflix Stays "Awake"
Catch New Game Show June 14
From USA Today

As we get ready for summer, Netflix has plenty of reasons to chill inside. One reason: They have projects from a bunch of A-list talent this month.

For starters, Martin Scorsese's Bob Dylan documentary "Rolling Thunder Revue" is available in June. There's also comedy "Murder Mystery," starring Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler as a vacationing couple, music drama series "Beats," with Anthony Anderson and Uzo Aduba, and a Rose Byrne/Hilary Swank sci-fi film called "I Am Mother." What else is available?

In Awake: The Million Dollar Game, contestants stay awake for 24 hours and try to complete challenges for a chance at a $1 million prize.

James Davis hosts season 1 of the show June 14

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posted 5/28/19

Age? It's All Greek to Me
"I Love My Country" Goes to Portugal
From Realscreen

Vivendi Entertainment's Guess My Age is heading to Greek commercial network Skai.

The first order of 100 episodes will air daily on Skai, starting in September, and will be produced by Thessaloniki-based prodco Prosenghisi.

The format sees a pair of contestants who are granted €$100,000. Through various rounds, they must guess the age of six complete strangers. To help them, five hints are made available, but contestants can only use one hint per stranger.

Since launching in 2016, Guess My Age has aired in 18 countries.

Meanwhile, Portuguese broadcaster RTP has commissioned patriotic and nostalgic game show I Love My Country from Netherlands-based Talpa Media.

In I Love My Country, two celebrity teams work with the audience to celebrate their country, with a focus on music and memories.

The new regional version will be locally produced by Shine Iberia and is set to air weekly in prime time later this year.

Portugal is the 34th country to license the format. Other regional versions include Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, the Netherlands and parts of the Middle East.

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posted 5/28/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Champ by the Numbers"

  • James Holzhauer gets overanalyzed (RealClear Markets) PLUS the one thing that gets under Ken Jennings' skin (USA Today)

  • In case you wondering what Brian Tong has been up to since Buzzfeed burst his bubble. (The Lines)

  • Lorraine Kelly is looking for players (Scottish Daily Record)

  • Rob Beckett is also looking for players (Birmingham Live)

  • Ellen DeGeneres "needs no introduction with David Letterman" (The Wrap)

  • VIDEO WALL: Big Bird is calling out Jason Schwartzman (The Wrap)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! The Bachelorette was interrupted by a weatherman... and Bachelor Nation was not having any of it (Deadline)

posted 5/28/19

Adam Levine Exits "The Voice"
Gwen Stefani to Replace Longtime Coach
From TV Line

Adam Levine is departing The Voice after 16 seasons, even though he was previously announced to be part of next fall's cycle. The announcement was first made by host Carson Daly on Friday's Today.

"After 16 seasons, Adam Levine, our beloved coach and friend, has decided to leave The Voice," Daly said. "Adam was one of the original coaches who launched the show, winning the competition three times and inspiring many of the artists that he worked so closely with over the years… He'll always be a cherished member of the Voice family… and we wish him nothing but the best."

Levine will be replaced by Gwen Stefani, who served as a coach during Seasons 7, 9 and 12. She'll be joined by previously announced returning coaches Blake Shelton, John Legend and Kelly Clarkson.

In a lengthy Instagram post on Friday, Levine reflected on the "surreal experience" of coaching The Voice for the last eight years, offering thanks to the show's fans, producers, fellow coaches and host Carson Daly. (Even Blake Shelton gets a heartfelt shout-out!)

"To all of the loyal Voice fans, there's literally no show without you guys. For me, it was time to move on," Levine wrote. "Your support has meant EVERYTHING… What an amazing ride. Thank you all so much."

Levine's fellow coaches, who learned of his exit just one day ahead of this morning's big announcement, are taking to social media to salute the Voice veteran. The best response, unsurprisingly, comes from Levine's better half Blake Shelton.

"Having a hard time wrapping my head around @adamlevine not being at [The Voice] anymore," the country star tweeted. "After 16 seasons that changed both of ours lives. I only found out about this yesterday and it hasn't set in on me yet. Gonna miss working with that idiot."

Adds Kelly Clarkson, "Found out last night about [Adam] leaving The Voice & while I get that he's been doing the show 4 a while & wants to step away, it will be weird showing up 4 work & he's not there To start an amazing show from the ground up is a big deal!"

The show also released its own statement on social media, heavily implying that Gwen Stefani is only serving as a temporary replacement for Levine.

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posted 5/24/19

THURSDAY: Red Nose Day
ABC Wins on Farrah Fawcett Special
From Deadline

ABC's two-hour special This Is Farrah Fawcett (0.7 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic, 5.78 million viewers) was the most watched program in broadcast primetime Thursday, a night that saw a mix of specials and repeats that signaled the summer programming season is upon us.

Farrah Fawcett also tied for the night's top demo spot with a repeat of Young Sheldon (0.7, 5.35M) on CBS; that network aired reruns leading into a new (and newly canceled) Life in Pieces (0.6, 4.46M) and the final-season premiere of Elementary (0.5, 4.10M). Elementary was even in the demo from its Season 6 finale while growing in viewers.

ABC, which aired a Shark Tank repeat (0.4, 2.90M) at 10 PM, won the night in total viewers and tied with CBS for tops in the demo.

As for specials, NBC's annual Red Nose Day fundraiser (0.4, 2.24M) from 8-10 PM was down a tenth from last year. It led into a 10 PM airing of Hollywood Game Night (0.4, 2.01M), off four tenths from a year ago.

Fox, meanwhile, aired a two-hour Paradise Hotel (0.4, 1.24M), gaining in both metrics after facing The Big Bang Theory finale last week.

The CW had originals of iZombie (0.2, 750,000) and In the Dark (0.2, 590K) which were both steady.

On cable...
- Project Runway (Bravo): 1.022m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 760k
- A Double Shot at Love (MTV): 617k

Deadline

Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/24/19

WEDNESDAY: Thus Endeth The Season...
"Live in Front of a Studio Audience" Wins for ABC
From The Futon Critic

ABC (7.768 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) got a boost on the final night of the May sweeps period with "Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear's 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons'" (10.360 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) followed by "All About 'All in the Family' and 'The Jeffersons'" (7.928 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and the season finale of "Whiskey Cavalier" (3.799 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

NBC (7.152 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then took home the silver with its respective finales to "Chicago Med" (7.442 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Chicago Fire" (7.461 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (6.553 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

Next up was CBS (4.252 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with a new "The Amazing Race 31" (4.550 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), a second "The Amazing Race 31" (3.996 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and the season finale of "SEAL Team" (4.211 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.900 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up "MasterChef Celebrity Family Showdown, Part Two" (2.081 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10) alongside a repeat "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (1.719 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11).

And finally, The CW (0.950 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with the return of "My Last Days" (0.952 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and a new "Jane the Virgin" (0.947 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.242m
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds (SF/MTV): 1.042m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 774k .


The Futon Critic

Deadline
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/24/19

More on "Catch 21"
Casting Begins in Las Vegas
From KTNV Las Vegas

A popular game show is bringing its production to the Las Vegas valley.

Game Show Network's Catch 21 will be filming in town this July and August, according to a casting director for the show, and are looking for outgoing and knowledgeable contestants.

The show challenges participants along with their Blackjack skills for a chance to win up to $25,000.

To apply for a possible spot on the show potential contestants were asked to email casting directors at CastingCatch21@gmail.com and include your name, location, age, phone number, email, links to social media, and a brief bio of why you would be great on the show along with a picture.

All participants must be at least 18 years old and be available to film in the Vegas area during those July or August summer months..

KTNV Las Vegas

posted 5/24/19

Popped "Quiz"
Tom Gleeson Quits "Hard Quiz", Suspends Production
From 9Honey

After four seasons, Australian TV show Hard Quiz is coming to an end.

Host Tom Gleeson announced the sad news on Friday via Twitter, explaining that the ABC series has left him with little time to focus on his live comedy career.

"This was not an easy decision to make," the comedian wrote to his 88.5k followers. "The demands of hosting a show have meant I was unable to spend as much time as I would like to performing stand-up."

Hard Quiz debuted in 2016 and sees Gleeson pit four contestants against each other to test their knowledge of specialist subjects.

The show is a spin-off of the popular 'Hard Chat' segment on The Weekly with Charlie Pickering. 'Hard Chat' quickly gained a cult following for Gleeson's abrasive humour and knack for asking celebrities awkward questions.

9Honey

TV Blackbox
Pedestrian

posted 5/24/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Talk About a Conundrum"

  • Rachel Riley and "SYTYCD" alum Pasha Kovalev have a conundrum for you... and you have until December to figure it out. (Telly Mix)

  • ARE YOU SMARTER THAN... Challenge TV wishes Dale Winton a happy birthday on Twitter... it goes about as expected (Manchester Evening News)

  • Jeff Dye plays TopGolf Las Vegas (Las Vegas)

  • Pat & Vanna tape episodes in Miami (Miami Herald)

  • Mario Batali charged with assault & battery, pleads not guilty (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ted Rogers' son (ITV News)

posted 5/24/19


Food Network

The Juniors Are Back!
"Chopped Junior" Returns to Food Network June 25
From The Futon Critic

Junior cooking dynamos step into the Chopped kitchen to showcase their culinary skills in the new season of Chopped Junior, premiering Tuesday, June 25th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network.

Through six one-hour episodes, the junior chefs must create delectable dishes utilizing ingredients within the mystery baskets over three rounds - appetizer, entrée, and dessert - with a limited amount of time to earn the elusive Chopped Junior chef coat and a $10,000 grand prize. Hosted by Ted Allen, these young cooks must prove they are wise beyond their years with their culinary chops. Special guests join the recurring Chopped judges at the table to determine who will be eliminated, including Jessica Alba, Anthony Anderson, Nikki Bella, Kardea Brown, Clinton Kelly, and Bailee Madison.

"Chopped Junior is a destination for families to watch the extraordinary skills of these talented young competitors, who continually inspire new generations to get into the kitchen," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "With great special guest judges and even more daunting mystery ingredients, we could not be more excited to premiere new episodes and give viewers more of what they have come to love."

The Futon Critic

Broadway World

posted 5/23/19

More on "Love Island"
US Version to Launch on CBS July 9
From TV Line

Will CBS' Love Island succeed where Fox's Paradise Hotel has failed?

The Eye network has announced that its adaptation of the hit U.K. reality show will premiere on Tuesday, July 9 at 8/7c and air five — yes, five — nights a week through Wednesday, Aug. 7.

For the uninitiated: Love Island sends a pack of sexy singles (or "Islanders") to an exotic locale in search of love. Every few days, the Islanders must couple-up — and those who fail to find a partner are at risk of being "dumped" from the island. Along the way, challenges arise in the form of new arrivals and myriad dramatic twists. Meanwhile, viewers at home will have the opportunity to "shape events on screen" and crown one lucky couple the winner of a cash prize.

A host and cast will be revealed at a later date.

"As the buzziest reality show in the U.K., Love Island has won the hearts of viewers across the pond as well as around the world, creating appointment viewing and fanfare for audiences everywhere. We are thrilled to bring our version of this cultural phenomenon to CBS," Sharon Vuong, CBS' SVP of Alternative Programming, said in a statement. "This fun, light-hearted series is like watching your favorite romantic comedy five nights a week!"

The Love Island announcement comes just days after Fox scaled back its similar reality show Paradise Hotel. The buzzy revival was set to air three nights a week, but has been reduced to Thursdays only following dismal ratings.

TV Line

Reality TV World

posted 5/23/19

Dream Cars Return to TPIR May 27
... So Does Jay Leno
From The Classic Cars Journal

Don't be surprised Monday when car guy Jay Leno, the longtime host of The Tonight Show on NBC, makes a "surprise guest appearance" on the CBS daytime game show The Price is Right.

The week of May 27-31 has been declared "Dream Car Week" on The Price is Right, with contestants getting a chance to play for a Porsche 718 Boxster, Tesla Model 3, Land Rover Range Rover Velar S, and Maserati Ghibli.

To get the week started, Leno will be on hand, joining host Drew Carey on the stage in case someone wins a Jaguar F-type convertible, CBS said.

The Classic Cars Journal

posted 5/23/19

TUESDAY: One Final Split...
NBC, CBS Split Penultimate Night of the Season
From The Futon Critic

NBC (6.335 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) took home the adults 18-49 crown on Tuesday with the season finales to "The Village" (4.245 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "The Voice" (7.379 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2).

CBS (7.768 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with the season finale of "NCIS" (11.935 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1), the debut of "Blood & Treasure" (6.459 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and a second "Blood & Treasure" (4.910 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

Next up was ABC (2.694 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and its finale lineup of "American Housewife" (3.635 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "The Kids Are Alright" (2.958 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Black-ish" (2.917 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "Bless This Mess" (2.807 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) plus a new "1969" (1.925 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.252 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up a new "MasterChef Junior" (2.877 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and the season finale of "Mental Samurai" (1.627 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.738 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and a new "The 100" (0.778 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) rounded out the night on The CW (0.758 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 796k
- Bite Club (Food): 449k
- Paid Off with Michael Torpey (TruTV): 198k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/23/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Adventures of Chrissy & Her Mom"

  • Chrissy Teigen holds court with her mom for Quibi (Deadline) PLUS she'd like to apologize for spoiling "The Voice" finale (UPI/Reality TV World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with James Holzhauer's brother (WGN-AM Chicago) PLUS Tom Brady avoids his least-favorite food... for now. (Newsweek)

  • Paul Sinha plays New Zealand (Stuff)

  • FIRST LOOK: Julianne Hough & Gabrielle Union on AGT (TV Line)

  • Richard Osman gets seven figures to write a crime novel... in secret (The Guardian)

  • Mario Batali charged with assault & battery (The Wrap)

  • SO THIS IS A THING...: How the sets for "Drag Race" & "Grocery Games" are made (Reality Blurred)

  • Abby Lee Miller's cancer is in remission (UPI/Reality TV World)

  • CASTING COUCH: Wheelmobile rolls into Baltimore (WBFF Baltimore)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Michael Torpey (Teen Vogue)

posted 5/21/19


Sony Pictures TV

SYNDIES: Week 33
No Holzhauer During the Week Ending May 12
From The Wrap

"Jeopardy!" ratings have taken a hit without hotshot competitor James Holzhauer in play.

Ratings are in for the week of May 6, and without Holzhauer's rising tide, "Jeopardy's" ratings boat has sunk by 27%.

The contestant's most recent set of games, which aired across the first week of May, pulled "Jeopardy!" to an 8.3 rating — its best showing in 14 years.

The following week, when the syndicated game show put a pause on regular play to air the first half of a "Teacher's Tournament," the show fell to a 6.1, according to Nielsen.

The dip snapped "Jeopardy's" three-week run as the most watched show in syndication, allowing "Judge Judy" to regain the top spot with a 7.0 rating.

"Wheel of Fortune," which is paired with "Jeopardy" in most markets, also saw a dip without Holzhauer, falling 8% week-over-week to a 5.9 rating.

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

GAME SHOWS
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Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.1 NC
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.1 -27%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9 -8%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

The Wrap

TV Newscheck
B+C

posted 5/22/19

More on "MasterChef" 10
Catch the Landmark Season Premiere on Fox May 29
From the Futon Critic

Celebrating its milestone 10th season, television's No. 1 cooking show, MASTERCHEF, will air two nights per week, kicking off Wednesday, May 29 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and joining the Thursday lineup on Thursday, June 20 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

This season, the judges - award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, acclaimed chef Aarón Sánchez and renowned restaurateur Joe Bastianich - take the series to new heights, selecting just 20 incredible home cooks from a batch of top-notch culinary talent.

Throughout the season, the home cooks will face a series of challenges, including cooking for a 10th anniversary pool party, catering a former MASTERCHEF winner's wedding reception, feeding ravenous NASCAR drivers at the Irwindale Speedway and, for the first time ever, traveling to the U.K., to take over dinner service at Chef Ramsay's flagship London restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay. Tough competition, surprise guests and many challenges are in store, with one home cook ultimately claiming the title of MASTERCHEF, the $250,000 grand prize and, for the first time in MASTERCHEF history, an opportunity to learn hands-on in each of the judge's restaurants.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/22/19

So Who Wins the Season?
Depends on Who You Ask...
From Deadline

CBS will wrap the 2018-2019 TV season as the country's most watched broadcast network in primetime, making it 11 consecutive seasons on top.

The network's The Big Bang Theory ended its historic 12-year run as the season's most watched scripted series, repeating last year's feat. Its spinoff, Young Sheldon, is the next most watched comedy for the season that ends this week, followed by Mom at No. 3.

With three days of ratings yet to come, CBS claims 13 of the Top 30 most watched broadcast series, topping all competitors. That includes 11 of the top 20 broadcast dramas – more than the other networks combined (including all three NCIS shows, with the mothership returning to the top as the season's most watched drama.)

And 60 Minutes continues as the country's most watched newsmag.

Unlike last time it had the Super Bowl, CBS this season was unable to unseat NBC for No. 1 status in the key 18-49 demographic. NBC edged it out by a tenth in the demo, marking its fifth win of the past six seasons, leaving CBS in a tie with Fox for No. 2. ABC ranked No. 4, followed by CW.

Pacing NBC's demo win was broadcast TV's No. 1 primetime series in that metric and total viewers: Sunday Night Football. It also had broadcast TV's No. 1 drama in the demo This Is Us, and the No. 1 and No. 2 new scripted series in the metric, Manifest and New Amsterdam, respectively.

Good news for broadcasters is a marked number of new series near the top of the season rankers, including Fox's Masked Singer, NBC's Manifest, America's Got Talent: The Champions and New Amsterdam, and CBS' FBI.

Also, a number of sophomore shows fared well including ABC's The Good Doctor and Fox's 9-1-1, as well as NBC's third season of This Is Us.

But, in an industry increasingly defined by big-ticket sporting events, NBC – which last year aired the Super Bowl, the Olympics, and shared Thursday night football – had none of those, contributing to its 27% drop in the demo and 19% decline in total viewers.

CBS, which had the other half of Thursday NFL, lost that but gained the Super Bowl. It finishes this 2018-2019 TV season on par with last season in the demo and virtually on par with last season in total viewers.

Fox, which gained the full Thursday football package this season, also finished flat relative to last season in the demo, and climbed 9% in total viewers.

ABC, which does not participate in the NFL scramble, dropped 20% in the demo and 8% in total viewers. That said, ABC fared better when calendar 2019 kicked in, tying NBC for No. 1 status with entertainment programming in the demo.

CW dropped 33% in the demo and 22% in total viewers, season to season.

Deadline

TV Line
The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 5/22/19

HQ Launches Season 4
More Twists, More Turns... More Money?
From MySanAntonio.com

HQ Trivia, the live game show app that offers players real cash prizes, is introducing a new way to give players a better chance of taking home money earlier in the game.

Starting Tuesday, players will be able to win cash prizes for answering specific questions correctly. If players manage to score a cash bonus, they can choose to drop out and keep their winnings, or continue playing for a chance at a bigger prize.

Previously, only players who answered every question correctly got a share of the prize money.

HQ has also found a replacement for the recently departed Scott Rogowsky: On Tuesday, HQ will welcome Matt Richards as its full-time host. Richards, an actor and comedian, was previously a part-time host for the show. He also served as the voiceover host of Fuse's "Trivial Takedown".

The first round of HQ Trivia Season 4 starts Tuesday night at 9 p.m., and as always, players can join in using the app on their Android or iOS smartphone.

HQ will survey players to decide on a theme for the game's questions, which will let them focus on topics they prefer.

HQ said that Richards will occasionally share hosting duties with Sharon Carpenter, a British journalist, host, and producer. Comedian Anna Roisman will host HQ Words, a separate game with similarities to "Wheel of Fortune." And actress Lauren Gambino will host HQ Sports during the new season.

My San Antonio

Venture Beat

posted 5/22/19

Crystal Maze to Return... with a New Zone
A New Season Brings a New Area
From Radio Times

The Crystal Maze is returning to TV in 2019 – and Channel 4 has made a few changes.

Host Richard Ayoade is set to return for a brand new run of celebrity episodes later this year.

More importantly, the show is set to debut 'The Eastern Zone', the first new games area since the show's original run in the 1990s.

Alongside the Futuristic, Aztec and Industrial Zones, the Eastern Zone is reportedly influenced by the historic art, architecture and monuments of East Asia. Featuring a lily pond, cherry blossom trees and ornate vases, the zone is made up of five games rooms featuring eight challenging new games for celebrity contestant teams.

While the Futuristic, Aztec and Industrial Zones have bene retained, it appears that the Medieval Zone has been dropped in favor of the new Eastern Zone.

Long-time production designer James Dillon, who has designed every zone since the show's original run in the 1990s, said that it was "very exciting to be asked to design a new zone" for the iconic show. "The challenge, to create a zone referencing such an ancient and beautiful part of the world, and to bring those intense, rich colors and textures to the mix of zones that make up the Maze, has been most enjoyable," he added.

Radio Times

Telly Mix

posted 5/22/19


Disney ABC Domestic Television

Final Answer
After 20 Years in the US, "Millionaire" Ending
From TV Line

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire is out of lifelines, it seems. The syndicated quiz show has been cancelled after a 20-year run that began on ABC, Variety is reporting.

The show debuted in August 1999 in ABC's primetime lineup, hosted by Regis Philbin, and quickly became a pop-culture phenomenon, rocketing to the top of the ratings (it averaged more than 28 million total viewers in its first full season) and eventually expanding to air five nights a week on the network.

But the phenomenon quickly fizzled out, and the series moved from ABC to syndication in 2002, hosted by Meredith Vieira. She was later succeeded by Cedric the Entertainer, Terry Crews and The Bachelor host Chris Harrison, who has emceed Millionaire since 2015.

"After a successful 17-year run, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire will not return in national syndication for the 2019-20 season," a show spokesperson tells Variety.

Millionaire — which featured contestants answering multiple-choice trivia questions, aided by a number of "lifelines," in pursuit of a million-dollar prize — was incredibly influential in the game show genre, spawning a host of imitators that copied its cerebral tone and dramatic lighting. It also made the host's usual phrase, "Is that your final answer?" into a pop-culture touchstone.

TV Line

The Wrap
Deadline
The Hollywood Reporter
Variety
Slate

posted 5/22/19

MONDAY: Three Vs. One
"The Voice" Tops Night for NBC, "Beat Shazam" Premieres
From The Futon Critic

NBC (6.678 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) was the top draw on Monday thanks to the penultimate "The Voice" (7.852 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) and the season finale of "The Enemy Within" (4.330 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

ABC (3.980 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with a new "The Bachelorette" (4.509 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) and the finale to "The Fix" (2.924 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Next up was CBS (4.630 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.758 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4), another "The Big Bang Theory" (6.039 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), a new "The Code" (4.919 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and the annual "The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2019" (3.072 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.480 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up the return of "Beat Shazam" (2.476 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and a repeat "9-1-1" (2.484 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

And finally, The CW (0.934 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with the season finale of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.097 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and an encore of "Roswell: Mysteries Decoded" (0.771 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12).

On cable...
-
Best Baker in America (Food): 1.126m
- Cake Off (Food): 726k
- Winner Cake All (Food): 494k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/21/19

WEEKEND: "Idol" Goes Out on Top
ABC Wins Night on Live Finale
From the Futon Critic

ABC (7.183 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the top demo draw on Sunday thanks to the season finales of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.608 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and "American Idol" (7.708 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1).

NBC (3.425 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) then was the number two network with its mix of a repeat "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.624 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (4.304 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and "Good Girls" (2.466 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Next up was CBS (5.025 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with its finale lineup of "60 Minutes" (8.207 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2), "The Red Line" (3.658 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9), another "The Red Line" (3.105 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.130 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.117 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for repeats of "The Simpsons" (0.839 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9), "Family Guy" (0.869 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and the feature "Hotel Transylvania 2" (1.249 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #8).

And finally, The CW (0.827 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with the season finales of "Supergirl" (1.054 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "Charmed" (0.600 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks
in America (Food): 1.005m

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/21/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Three More Years!"

  • Ellen DeGeneres signs on for 3 more years... of her talk show (Deadline)

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 things you didn't know about "Best Room Wins" (TV Overmind)

  • CASTING COUCH: Catch 21 is casting for a return... in VEGAS! (Cara Casting)

  • VIDEO WALL: Not everyone is a fan of James Holzhauer (Mediaite)

  • Evel Dick's annual Big Brother roasting followed by a Rockstar clapback (Soap Dirt)

posted 5/21/19

Big Brother Gets a Big Premiere
Catch It June 25
From Deadline

CBS has slotted a two-night premiere for the Julie Chen Moonves-hosted Big Brother.

The summer reality series will return with hourlong episodes on Tuesday, June 25 and Wednesday, June 26 at 8 PM. Following the two-night premiere, Big Brother will air Sunday, June 30 at 8 PM with its regular three-weekly-episode format.

Starting Wednesday, July 10, the show moves to Wednesdays and Thursdays (9-10 PM) with the Sunday broadcast remaining at 8 PM.

Big Brother continues to be a strong ratings draw. Last summer, all three editions ranked in the summer's top 10 in viewers and key demos, while also ranking in the top five of most-tweeted-about shows of 2018.

Questions arose as to whether Chen Moonves would continue to host the show after her husband Leslie Moonves was ousted as CBS CEO amid allegations of sexual misconduct, followed by her exit as host of CBS' The Talk. Chen Moonves' hosted the Celebrity midseason spinoff, which premiered in January, and her contract runs through the upcoming 21st season of the mothership show.

Deadline

TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 5/20/19

More on "5th Grader" Reboot
Catch It June 10 on Nick
From Deadline

The series that made some parents blush and their kids beam is coming back to wreak more havoc at the dinner table. Nickelodeon has set 7 p.m. Monday, June 10, for the premiere of Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? with new host John Cena.

The game show will relaunch with a week-plus of new episodes through June 19 before settling into its regular 7 p.m. Monday slot on June 24.

You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? follows the original premise of kids helping adult contestants put their knowledge to the test with questions taken directly from an elementary school curriculum. But the new format puts the rotating cast of a dozen brainy grade-schoolers in the center of the action. Grown-up contestants must revisit the classroom to answer six questions on a variety of subjects from the first through fourth grade before moving on to the final round, where they must race against the clock to answer five questions taken from the fifth grade. Each time the contestants answer questions correctly, their bank increases with a possible winning of $100,000.

Newly added elements to the show include an additional "cheat" option and new ways contestants can enlist the help of their grade-school classmates.

Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader is executive produced by Mark Burnett, Barry Poznick and wrestler-actor Cena.

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The Futon Critic

posted 5/20/19

Battlebots Supersizes
Catch It June 7 on Discovery
From the Futon Critic

The epic robot-fighting series BattleBots is set for its second season on Discovery Channel and Science Channel. BattleBots features the world's biggest, baddest, strongest, and fastest next-generation robots from all over the world as they duke it out for robot fighting supremacy. 2018 Champion Bite Force will return to defend its title against top competition including perennial contenders Tombstone, Minotaur, Witch Doctor, Bronco, Bombshell, and Yeti. Eight two-hour episodes will begin airing Friday, June 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Discovery, while Science will air on Wednesday nights from 8-10pm starting June 12.

The metal munching mayhem is coming back, from the bots to the builders, the flames, the spark and all the robot guts and glory. Each match consists of two robots competing in a single, three-minute bout, the goal is to destroy or disable their opponent. If there is no knockout during the battle, a panel of judges will declare a victor. The play-by-play team of Chris Rose and Kenny Florian will return to call all the action. Faruq Tauheed is back as the ring announcer. Jenny Taft joins the fun this season as the sideline reporter.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/20/19


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