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Simon Cowell to Take on "Dragon's Den"
Million-Pound Prize for Entrepreneurs Touted
From Metro
Not content with bringing The X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent to screens, Simon Cowell’s newest show could well be one of his most ambitious yet.

According to The Sun the mogul’s production company Syco are working on a game show in which entrepreneurs will take centre stage – with their fate put in the hands of the audience.

The show, which is already inviting comparisons to Dragon’s Den, will reportedly give participants two minutes to pitch their business ideas to a panel of experts.

However in a decidedly un-Dragons Den-like twist, it will then be down to the viewers at home to vote on how much the judges should invest in their idea.

One winner from each show will pocket £100,000 towards their business – with the champions eventually going on to fight it out for a £1m investment in the final.

Carol Vorderman with the Food Glorious Food judges (Picture: ITV)
Food Glorious Food was a ratings flop (Picture: ITV)
A source close to Cowell asked: ‘How often have you watched Dragons’ Den and disagreed with the Dragons? This way, the power won’t lie with the business bigwigs but with the audience at home.

‘After all, they are the people who will hopefully be buying whatever it is these entrepreneurs come up with — the show would do the market research.’

While he has hit big with Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor – which will welcome Cheryl Cole back to the panel in 2014 – Cowell’s track record on the TV front remains hit and miss.

His much-hyped culinary competition Food Glorious Food was axed after just one series after flopping in the ratings, while big-budget game show Red Or Black shows no signs of returning.

Metro
Yahoo! TV
Mirror
London Evening Standard
Unreality TV
The List

posted 3/14/14

Thursday: All CBS All the Way
Eye Sweeps the Night, "Hell's Kitchen" Return Helps Fox
From the Fox
CBS (10.579 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) was the top draw on Thursday for the third consecutive week thanks to new episodes of "The Big Bang Theory" (17.259 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.9, #1), "The Millers" (11.102 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #T3), "Two and a Half Men" (10.044 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.6, #T3), "The Crazy Ones" (7.013 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #8) and "Elementary" (9.030 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #9).

FOX (7.016 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then took home the silver with the return of "Hell's Kitchen" (5.272 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.9, #7) and the relocated "American Idol" (8.761 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #6).

Next up was ABC (6.115 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) with originals from "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" (3.121 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #14), "Grey's Anatomy" (7.130 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.3, #5) and "Scandal" (8.094 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.216 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) served up its mix of "Community" (2.895 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12), "Parks & Recreation" (2.729 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11), "Hollywood Game Night" (2.970 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12) and "Parenthood" (3.866 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10).

On cable, the battle of 9p went to "Under the Gunn", giving Lifetime 1.502 million to 850,000 for "Chopped Canada" on Food. Food returned the favor at 10p with "Beat Bobby Flay", which beat "King of the Nerds" 1.234 million to 955,000.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 3/14/14

Time Bomb
New Game Show from Israel Hopes to Revive Primetime
From the Hollywood Reporter
(C-Note: this article was written before the unfortunate events that occurred in New York City this morning. No offense should be inferred. Our thoughts are with all those affected by this tragedy)

A year after its live-voting singing competition Rising Star became arguably the hottest-selling new format of 2013, Israeli producer Keshet is looking to do it all over again.

In an exclusive interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Keshet unveiled its latest format, a primetime game show called Boom!, which the company will launch on Channel 2 in Israel on April 3 before taking to international buyers at MIPTV in Cannes.

Boom! is a trivia game show with a twist taken straight from the classic ticking bomb scene of a thousand action movies. A team of four contestants work together in a series of rounds to defuse a huge "bomb" in the center of the TV studio, with each colored wire representing a different answer. One wrong answer, one wrongly snipped wire, and the bomb and studio "blow up" in dramatic, cartoon-y fashion.

As a result, the team loses one of its players and a quarter of the game's $500,000 prize money.

As with Rising Star, which is a high-tech re-jig of the well-known singing competition format, Boom! aims to revive another much-maligned genre: the primetime game show.

"Game shows used to be a staple of primetime programming, but they have fallen out of fashion in recent years, partly, we think, because the audience has been split up," said Ran Tellem, vp of programming at Keshet Broadcasting. "On the one hand, you have the brainy trivia shows for the intellectual audience and at the other end you have the silly, fun shows which are all about people get knocked over into the mud. Boom! tries to combine the two: a smart trivia show that's also a big, entertaining event with a wow factor."

And, as with Rising Star, technology plays a major role in Boom! In addition to the high-tech studio - and the "bomb" - the show has been designed with a second-screen app allowing viewers to play along live at home. A further twist has the top at-home player nominated to command a celebrity in the studio via voice commands on which wire to cut.

The Hollywood Reporter
Realscreen
On Screen Asia

posted 3/13/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Still a Thing"

  • "The Celebrity Apprentice" apparently has its first stars lined up (TMZ)
     
  • "The Voice" contract leaked... and it's a doozy. You think you sold your soul to be on "Idol" (New York Daily News)
     
  • Tom Lennon goes from "@midnight" to primetime in "Odd Couple" pilot (Variety).
     
  • "Minute to Win It" (the NBC version) gets a second life... in South Africa (MediaUpdate)
     
  • CASTING COUCH for anyone who likes trivia and has no problem with nudity (Reality Wanted)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Phillip Schofield (Female First) and Stephen Mulhern (Digital Spy)

Posted 3/14/14

Wednesday: Survivor Beats Idol
CBS, Fox Split Night
From the Futon Critic
FOX (10.110 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) managed to hang onto its demo crown on Wednesday with a new two-hour "American Idol" (10.110 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3).

CBS (10.194 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) then was a close second place with its mix of "Survivor: Cagayan" (9.857 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2), "Criminal Minds" (10.723 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #4) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (10.004 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #5).

Next up was ABC (5.917 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) and its lineup of "The Middle" (7.173 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #6), "Suburgatory" (5.175 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T10), "Modern Family" (9.081 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1), "Mixology" (4.217 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.5, #9) and "Nashville" (4.928 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.597 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) served up new episodes of "Revolution" (4.694 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.252 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7) and "Chicago PD" (5.847 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7).

The Futon Critic

posted 3/13/14

TBS Games: Watch'em Before They Air'em!
"Deal With It", "Bam's Badass Game Show" to Preview Online
From the Futon Critic
TBS has great news for comedy fans who just can't wait for the return of the network's popular hidden-camera prank show Deal With It, hosted by Theo Von and executive-produced by Howie Mandel, and the launch of the brand new competition series Bam's Badass Game Show, hosted by Bam Margera (Jackass). One week before the shows launch on TBS, the network is offering full-episode previews of the season openers via TBS's social media platforms, website and mobile apps. The season premiere of Deal With It is already available for viewing through TBS's YouTube channel, while the first episode of Bam's Badass Game Show will be featured on TBS's Facebook page beginning Monday, April 7. This marks the first time that TBS has ever offered full-episode previews of its shows via social media.

In addition to the YouTube and Facebook previews, the premieres of Deal With It and Bam's Badass Game Show will be available through tbs.com and the Watch TBS mobile apps for iOS and Android platforms, as well as through participating TV provider website and apps. The digital preview of Deal With It will be available until the show kicks off its second season on TBS on Wednesday, March 19, at 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT). The sneak preview of the first episode of Bam's Badass Game Show will be available until the show's TBS premiere on Monday, April 14, at 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

To view the preview episodes of TBS's Deal With It and Bam's Badass Game Show via TBS or participating telecom platforms, users must log in with their TV provider username and password.

The Futon Critic

posted 3/13/14

More on "The Lie"
Susan Calman to Host New British Entry for STV
From STV
A brand new quiz show called The Lie is coming to STV this spring, with Scottish comedian Susan Calman hosting the series.

The quiz show with a difference – there are no questions - kicks off on Monday March 31 at 8pm.

Each week, a team of two contestants must spot the one lie from a set of otherwise true statements.

Starting with a prize pot of £100, the players work their way up the game board, with each nail-biting round introducing a new series of statements in categories ranging from pop stars and children’s books to football and current affairs.

There is only one lie in each round, but as the team get closer to the £10,000 jackpot, the number of truths – and the number of pitfalls – increases.

The team has one chance only to bank their money during the game. Until they bank, every penny in their prize pot is at risk – but bank too early and players risk missing out on the big money. If the contestants wrongly identify a truth as a lie, the game is over and everything they haven’t banked is lost. Or, choosing to play it safe, the team can walk away with their prize pot at the end of a round.

STV

posted 3/13/14

Chris Tarrant Recovering from "Mini Stroke"
Blood Clot in Leg Occurred Mid-Flight
From the Independent
Chris Tarrant suffered what medical staff are describing as a “mini-stroke” after an 11-hour flight.

The presenter, 67, was returning to London from filming a fishing show in Burma a week last Saturday, when he fell ill on the plane.

He was rushed from Heathrow Airport to Charing Cross Hospital in West London, where doctors initially suspected he was suffering from a bad asthma attack.

After further investigation, they discovered a blood clot in his leg, and performed emergency surgery to destroy it before it dislodged and caused a full-scale stroke.

"The doctor describes it as a mini stroke, probably brought on by the asthma and bronchitis on the plane," The Sun quotes Tarrant’s manager, Paul Vaughan, as saying.

"They found a clot which they managed to break up.

"It was a clot in the leg and that can immediately go to the brain or lungs."

According to the report, Tarrant is currently under the care of the same consultant who looked after Andrew Marr when he suffered a major stroke in January 2013.

Vaughan said that Tarrant had started making trips back to his London flat, but returns to the hospital at night.

"He is determined to leave hospital. But he’s not going back to work," he added. "This is a nasty wake-up call."

The Independent
Unreality TV
The Daily Herald

posted 3/13/14

Billy Hits the Street Again
Catch the Season Premiere at 11p ET on Fuse
From New York Post
Most New Yorkers aren’t fazed by a stranger shouting at them on the street.

And it’s a good thing, because that’s the basic premise of “Funny or Die’s Billy on the Street,” which has comedian Billy Eichner run through the streets of New York, quizzing unsuspecting passersby on their knowledge of pop culture in a perpetually irritated persona.

The game show returns for its third season Wednesday at 11 p.m. on Fuse with A-list celebrity guests, including Lena Dunham, Neil Patrick Harris, Lindsay Lohan, Joel McHale, Seth Meyers, Amy Poehler, Paul Rudd, Olivia Wilde, Rachel Dratch, Sean Hayes and Nick Offerman.

New York Post
Paste
The Backlot
USA Today
Columbus Dispatch
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
New York Times

posted 3/13/14

Tuesday: A Game of Inches
"The Voice" Helps NBC Draw Even with CBS
From the Futon Critic
NBC (9.221 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday with its mix of "The Voice" (13.144 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1), "About a Boy" (7.894 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), "Growing Up Fisher" (6.538 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5) and "Chicago Fire" (7.303 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T3).

CBS (9.361 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) then was still the most-watched network despite an all-repeat lineup of "NCIS" (10.785 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9.682 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7) and "Person of Interest" (7.618 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11).

Next up was ABC (3.967 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) with originals from "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (5.785 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T3), "The Goldbergs" (4.338 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6), "Trophy Wife" (2.919 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12) and "Mind Games" (2.489 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.396 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Glee" (2.339 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12), "New Girl" (2.443 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.463 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10).

On cable, Face Off (9:00) turned on 1.249 on Syfy, while "Bad Girls All-Star Battle" (8:00, Oxygen) played to an audience of 1.036 million. "Ink Master" scored 903,000 at 10p on Spike.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 3/13/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Game Renewed"

  • You know you've run out of gas on "The Bachelor" when you get sound bytes from a pregnant Melissa Rycroft (People), Jillian Harris (Us Magazine), and John Mayer (E!).
     
  • Tom Bergeron thanks that if there's a trainwreck on DWTS this season, it won't be because of Erin Andrews (E!) PLUS ObJuanPablo (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • This year's "American Idol"... boring? Or VERY boring? (TV Guide)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: The most amazing "Race" injuries (Vulture)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: after years of "Going Insane" on "Conan", Alex Trebek finally has HIS say (CNN)
     
  • "Catchphrase" gets confused...com (The Drum)
     
  • Survivor, Race will play on in 2014-2015 (The Futon Critic)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the sciencey-wiencey of "Killer Karaoke" (Vulture) and "The Mother of Jeopardy!", Julann Griffin (Ken-Jennings.com)

Posted 3/13/14

Monday: Well Pin a Rose On Your.... Well, You Know
Giant Cluster of a Finale Helps ABC Split the Night with NBC
From the Futon Critic
ABC (10.083 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1) slipped into the top spot on Monday with the season finale of "The Bachelor" (9.624 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.2, #3) followed by "The Bachelor: After the Final Rose" (11.002 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.8, #1).

NBC (12.617 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #2) then had to settle for a close second place with a new "The Voice" (13.575 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #2) alongside the premiere of "Believe" (10.702 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #T4).

Next up was CBS (6.594 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3) and its mix of "How I Met Your Mother" (7.701 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.7, #T4), a repeat "2 Broke Girls" (5.352 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #9), "Mike & Molly" (7.674 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6), a repeat "Mom" (5.786 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10) and "Intelligence" (6.525 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (5.696 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3) served up the relocated "Bones" (6.505 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7) and a new "The Following" (4.888 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8).

On cable, "Worst Cooks in America" continues to perform the best with 1.348 million viewers. Monday night's third episode of Big Break Florida (21st season of Golf Channel's Big Break reality competition 11-part series) garnered an average of 441,000 viewers, making it the most-watched Big Break episode as well as the most-watched episode premiere of any Golf Channel "original series" - surpassing The Haney Project with Charles Barkley in March, 2009 (435,000 viewers) and Feherty with Lee Trevino in June, 2011 (368,000 viewers).

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 3/12/14

MIP: BBC Links with Warners
WB Buys International Rights to UK Format
From TV Wise
BBC One is adding another quiz show to their daytime line up. The broadcaster has ordered new quiz format The Link, which hails from STV Productions and LTV.

The Link, which has received an order for 25 episodes, is being hosted by Mark Williams (Harry Potter) and sees three teams race against time to find the link between questions. It’s a game that rewards daring, strategy and teamwork. The executive producers are Gary Chippington, Jo Street and Paul Johnson.

“The Link appealed to us because of its innovative question style and challenging game play”, said BBC Daytime Controller Damian Kavanagh, who commissioned the series. “Mark Williams will give the show a different flavour which we hope will delight the audience.”

In addition, Warner Bros. International Television Production has taken the global format rights to The Link, with a US version already in the works. Warner Bros are expected to launch the format at MIPTV.

Alan Clements, director of content for STV Productions, said: “STV Productions has a proven track record in entertainment and we are excited to be partnering with LTV on The Link. It is both STV’s and LTV’s first opportunity to work with BBC Daytime in this genre. This exciting new format rewards strategy, teamwork and quick thinking, and will keep both contestants and viewers on the edge of their seats. We are also thrilled to be working with Warner Bros. International Television Production in a deal that brings a fantastic opportunity for The Link to reach new audiences worldwide.”

While Andrew Zein, Senior Vice-President, Creative, Format Development and Sales for Warner Bros. International Television Production, added: “We know that great game shows are back at the top of broadcasters’ wish lists. The Link is that rare thing — an original new quiz show with a strong identity in terms of both its game play and visual elements, commissioned in a key market. Our excitement is shared by Mike Darnell and his team at the Warner Bros. Television Group, who will be bringing it to market in the U.S.”

TV Wise
World Screen
Variety
Deadline
TBI Vision
ATV Today
STV

posted 3/12/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Both Sides"

  • Is "The Bachelor" already over his new fling? This photo says "no" (Us Magazine) but this article says "HELL YEAH" (Orlando Sentinel)
     
  • Alan Thicke brings his crack-ups to TVGN in a reality series (TV Guide)
     
  • Why are Americans protective of Jeopardy!? (The Atlantic) and what's a guy gotta do to win? (Mediaite)
     
  • Stephanie Jass ... she's a Jeopardy! great... but did you know she also has a set of pipes on her? (Mlive.com)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Wheel of Fortune heads to Savannah (WSAV Savannah)
     
  • Marc Summers puts improv into "Double Dare" and puts it on a Chicago stage. Awesome? Or REALLY awesome? (Broadway World)
     
  • Stacy Keibler wants kids. Has she already gotten a head start? (MSN)

Posted 3/12/14

Syndies: A Bigger Sweep
Plus Results for the Week Ending March 2
From various sources
Based on National ratings for the week of February 24, 2014, "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" with Cedric "The Entertainer" grew over the prior week by 10% in Households (2.3 rating vs. 2.1 rating) and by 8% in Total Viewers (3.119 million vs. 2.884 million) to deliver its best numbers in 3 weeks - since the week of 2/3/14. In fact, "Millionaire" finished as the biggest week-to-week gainer among all Syndicated game shows in Households.

Despite facing Winter Olympics coverage during the 2014 February Sweep, "Millionaire" was up over its first sweep with Cedric "The Entertainer," growing over November 2013 by 5% in Households (2.2 rating vs. 2.1 rating) and 4% in Total Viewers (3.055 million vs. 2.939 million).


Wheel of Fortune was the second highest rated program in the sweep with a 7.4, down 3% from last year. Also among game shows, Family Feud's women 25-54 sweep rating of 3.0 (up 8% from February 2013) topped that of Wheel (2.8) and Jeopardy (2.6).

CTD’s Jeopardy! picked up 3% to a 7.0. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud finished up 9% to hit a 5.8 for the sweep, eyeing a 6.0 among households. Feud also beat both Wheel and Jeopardy! at a 3.0 among women 25-54, with Wheel averaging a 2.8 and Jeopardy! a 2.6 in the demo. Disney/ABC’s Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, with new host Cedric the Entertainer, tumbled 15% to a 2.2.

B&C
TV News Check
Broadway World


"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" jumped for the week opposite the Olympics.
photo courtesy Disney/ABC Studios

posted 3/11/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "When One Door Closes"

  • And your new "Bachelorette" is... someone we called a couple of weeks ago. (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Bob Eubanks brings "America's Greatest Game Shows" to Lewiston (KLEW Lewiston)
     
  • Simon Cowell is getting back together with Cheryl Cole. And it's X-rated (Daily Mail)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: you know that recurring segment when Alex Trebek is voicetracked reading strange clues on "Conan"? Guess who shows up to visit (YouTube)
     
  • Tom Bergeron is leaving ONE ABC series. No, not that one, the other one (Vulture)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Big Brother". CBS. June 29. Please don't suck. (Deadline)
     
  • Juan Pablo Galavis: done with "The Bachelor". Feeling's mutual, bro (E!)
     
  • THIS WEEK ON "THE EXPERTS": Community vs. the Cold War vs. Beatles covers (YouTube)

Posted 3/11/14

Once More Into the Breach
Catch "Hell's Kitchen" on Fox Thursday
From the Futon Critic
Host, executive producer and award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay welcomes 20 new competitors on the Season 12 premiere of HELL'S KITCHEN airing Thursday, March 13 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. These aspiring restaurateurs will endure an intense culinary academy, including a series of grueling team challenges and dinner services to prove they possess the right combination of ingredients to win Season 12.

In the premiere episode, Chef Ramsay offers the newest batch of contestants a never-before-seen welcome: the first-ever flash mob in HELL'S KITCHEN history. Then, after splitting the chefs into two teams - men (blue) vs. women (red) - Ramsay asks them to present their signature dishes in another battle of the sexes, but this time they will be cooking in front of a live audience!

Throughout the season, the contestants must prove their ability to work in teams, before Chef Ramsay determines which chefs are worthy of a black jacket. The rewards for the winners include a luxurious spa day, a surprise trip to Las Vegas and an extravagant shopping spree, while the punishments include churning ice cream, cleaning the dorms and separating trash and recyclables. As the competition progresses, the number of contestants will be narrowed down until only two chefs are left to compete for the ultimate prize: a Head Chef position at a Gordon Ramsay restaurant with a salary of a quarter of a million dollars, and the opportunity to fulfill his/her dreams of working in the culinary industry as the winner of HELL'S KITCHEN.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers


"Hell's Kitchen" returns to Fox March 13
p
hoto courtesy Fox/ITV Studios

posted 3/10/14

Sunday: Written in the Stars
CBS, ABC Split Nights
From the Futon Critic
ABC (7.864 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) pulled into the top spot on Sunday thanks to new episodes of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.379 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T11) and "Once Upon a Time" (7.270 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) followed by the premiere of "Resurrection" (13.312 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1) and the return of "Revenge" (6.496 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #5).

FOX (4.095 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then took home the silver with its new lineup of "Bob's Burgers" (2.118 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #15), "The Simpsons" (2.649 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T11), another "The Simpsons" (3.725 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7) and "Family Guy" (4.492 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3) plus the launch of "Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey" (5.792 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4).

Next up was CBS (9.471 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) with originals from "60 Minutes" (10.612 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #9), "The Amazing Race 23" (8.428 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6), "The Good Wife" (8.909 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #10) and "The Mentalist" (9.937 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7).

And finally, NBC (4.747 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) closed out the evening with a new two-hour "Dateline NBC" (5.503 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T13) and a rebroadcast of "The Voice" (3.992 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T13).

On Friday, "Shark Tank" attracted 7.690 million viewers for ABC.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 3/10/14

Food Rewraps
Joey Fatone Hosts, Marc Summers Judges New Cookoff April 21 
From the Futon Critic
From Twinkies to Tastykakes, Goldfish Crackers to Pretzel Rods, and potato chips to donuts, viewers will experience all the fun and tastiness of these iconic snacks in new culinary competition Rewrapped, premiering Monday, April 21st at 8:00pm ET/PT. Hosted by Joey Fatone, this 13 episode series features some of the most beloved snack foods we grew up with, as three competitors battle it out each episode over two rounds to win the grand prize.

In the first round, all three competitors have to recreate their own snack food as close to the original as possible, but can they make the perfect Twinkie or Goldfish Cracker? For the second round, all three must take part in an innovative challenge, as the competitors must create an entirely new dish using the original snack food as an ingredient; whether a donut-burger or a Butterscotch Fish, there are no boundaries other than to make the most creative and tastiest dish possible. Each episode is judged by Food Network personality Marc Summers (Unwrapped), along with a rotating panel of guest judges, as they grade the creations over both rounds. The contestant with the overall highest score wins a year's supply of the tasty treat itself!

"Food can be a glimpse into our past, bringing up emotions of what we enjoyed and the way we grew up, " said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network. "Viewers will get to relive their childhood with these classic brands, and see some pretty inventive and tasty ways to enjoy them along the way."

During the course of the season competing chefs are challenged with recreating and inventing a variety of snacks, including, Hostess Twinkies and CupCakes, Pepperidge Farm Cheddar Goldfish Crackers and Mint Chocolate Milano Cookies, Entenmann's Rich Frosted Donuts and Original Recipe Chocolate Chip Cookies, SpaghettiOs with Meatballs, Tastykake Butterscotch Krimpets and Glazed Cherry Pies, Herr's Potato Chips, Utz Pretzel Rods, Wise Cheez Waffies, and the Outback Bloomin' Onion. Don't' miss as all the delicious action unfolds each episode, and be prepared to be Rewrapped!

The Futon Critic

posted 3/10/14

Picture Show
Israel Plots Photo Quiz Format 
From Deadline
At last October’s Mipcom, Israeli interactive talent show Rising Star, was the hot property, selling local versions around the globe. At the Mip-TV market next month, The Big Picture, a new interactive entrant from Israel, is aiming to be the next big thing. The game show hails from Israeli format company A Cappella, which recently made U.S. and UK deals with eOne for religion-themed drama Reaching For Heaven. Big Picture is created by TV host and mentalist Nimrod Harel, whose first scripted series, The Believer, has been sold to Fox International Channels.

A budget of $1M went toward developing and producing an English-language Big Picture pilot hosted by Andrew Günsberg (Australian Idol, Live To Dance), which A Cappella will shop at Mip-TV (see promo below). The trivia-based show asks a contestant to identify photographs projected on a 20-meter-high screen in the studio; the pictures can be of celebrities, political figures, events and such. There are 12 stages to the game with the ultimate possibility of winning $1M. The contestant can opt out at any time and take the money they’ve amassed, or continue vying for the top prize. If they get an answer wrong, they leave empty-handed.

The interactive element in Big Picture is the participation of the viewing audience. Via a specially-designed app that uses technology created in Israel’s booming start-up community, and with consultants who have worked with the Israeli military, viewers can answer questions by text and potentially become the partner of the onscreen contestant, eventually splitting the purse. In a twist, the show will be pre-recorded in studio, but viewers will participate on the day of broadcast. Those selected will have their image projected on screen, and play along via the technology.

Deadline

posted 3/10/14

Eccho Holds Onto "Your Seat"
French Production Gets Global Clearances
From World Screen
Eccho Rights has secured the exclusive global distribution rights for the game show Hold on to Your Seat!, created by the French production outfit Effervescence.

Hold on to Your Seat! has achieved the highest audience share in the noon slot on France 2, adding 150 percent since it began airing in 2006, and still offers the channel its highest ratings on a daily basis. The show has spawned the biggest online quiz in France, with more than 7 million registered users and 150,000 daily players.

"Hold on to Your Seat! skillfully combines both the reliability of a game show and the cliffhanging features of a soap opera. I wholeheartedly welcome the opportunity to partner up with my longtime friend Nicola Söderlund at Eccho Rights for the distribution of such an outstanding format," stated Simone Halberstadt Harari, Effervescence's CEO.

Nicola Söderlund, managing partner at Eccho Rights, added, "Quiz shows are part of the backbone of daytime TV and it's rare to come across one that captures the audiences interest so successfully. Since it began eight years ago the show has achieved record viewer numbers, made contestants national celebrities and established an enviable fan base."

World Screen

posted 3/10/14

"Win It Cook It" Play It
Shane Rimmer Plays for Channel 4
From Digital Spy
Simon Rimmer will present a new hybrid quiz and cookery show on Channel 4.

Win It Cook It sees the Sunday Brunch star hosting as contestants try to win ingredients by answering questions.

After getting the food, they must then cook a meal which will be judged by Rimmer and a different guest judge in each episode.

The contestant who impresses the judges the most with their meal will walk away with the luxury prize.

Stuart Cabb, from the show's production company Plum Pictures, said: "It is fantastic to come up with a new format that mixes different genres to produce a truly unique food show.

"We take a quiz element and mix it in with some highly inventive cooking to end up with something which is great fun, revealing and uplifting."

Win It Cook It will air on Channel 4 later this year.

Digital Spy

posted 3/10/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "... Unless We Make It Weird"

  • Dick Clark's "Flintstone" house can be yours for a few clams (MySanAntonio.com)
     
  • Juan Pablo Galavis has one more ad (Hollywood Reporter) before it all ends... mercifully (E!)
     
  • "Dancing" to kick off season with a spectacular number highlighted by the dulcet tones of a guy who has to put his name in every one of his songs so he remembers who he is (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • Stacy Keibler "likes" marriage to a tech entrepreneur (Baltimore Sun)
     
  • Alex Trebek sure has this thing about women... (Salon) PLUS branding Arthur Chu (SPOILERS!) (The New Yorker) and 50 years of Jeopardy! by the numbers (Washington Post)
     
  • Steve Harvey knows how people think (The Grio)
     
  • Tiffany Coyne to present Indie Series Awards (We Love Soaps)
     
  • Ever wonder what Graham Elwood is doing nowadays? Wonder no more (MoviePilot.com)
     
  • Having conquered the worlds of quiz shows and medicine, Watson ventures into... cookery (Guardian Las Vegas)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: A final farewell to Marcia "Edna Krabappel" Wallace (Digital Spy)

Posted 3/10/14

Thursday: Another Thursday, Another Eye
CBS Has No Problem with Winning Over Viewers
From the Futon Critic
CBS (10.690 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) was the top draw for the second week in a row with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (17.911 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1), "The Millers" (11.779 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #2), "Two and a Half Men" (10.452 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #4), "The Crazy Ones" (7.057 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T7) and "Elementary" (8.469 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T7).

ABC (6.579 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then took home the silver with the return of "Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" (3.140 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14) alongside new episodes of "Grey's Anatomy" (8.170 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.6, #5) and "Scandal" (8.426 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.8, #3).

Next up was FOX (6.642 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) with a new "American Idol" (9.706 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #6) and the Friday-bound "Rake" (3.578 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.323 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up originals from "Community" (2.787 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12), "Parks & Recreation" (2.890 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9), "Hollywood Game Night" (3.330 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11) and "Parenthood" (3.801 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9).

The Futon Critic

posted 3/7/14

Fuse Soft-Launches "Billy on the Street"
Catch It on Fuse Wednesday
From Fuse
Excited fans filled New York's Beacon Theatre on Tuesday for the world premiere of the new season of Fuse and Funny or Die's hit pop culture game show Billy on the Street, starring Emmy-nominated host Billy Eichner.

Surprise guest (and self-proclaimed Billy super fan) Paul Rudd introduced Eichner saying, "every few years something comes along, somebody does something, so fresh and just so funny, it's hard not to become obsessed with it. That's the way I feel about his show." Rudd makes an appearance on the show this season, along with guest stars like Amy Poehler, Lindsay Lohan, Lena Dunham and more.

Backstage Eichner told Fuse's Katie Van Buren he was "nervous but excited" to debut the new episodes for the fans. If the audience's boisterous reaction to the first two episodes of Billy's new season is any indication, he has nothing to worry about. Prepare to laugh your ass off when the new season of Billy on the Street premieres this Wednesday, March 12 at 11/10C.

Fuse

posted 3/7/14

Jim Davidson's Second "Big Break"
Celebrity Big Brother Winnner Looks to Reboot 90s UK Game
From Huffington Post
Love him or hate him, Jim Davidson could be making a return to TV screens soon, with talks to bring back his snooker-themed '90s show 'Big Break'.

Fresh from his surprise win on 'Celebrity Big Brother', Jim is now sitting down with Channel 5 to chat about creating a new show that he can star in - although it seems more likely that they'll revive his old game show instead.

"Channel 5 are keen to work with me and build on the success of 'Big Brother'," the 60-year-old told The Sun. "We are discussing a couple of formats."

"The favorite is 'Big Break'. I'd be up for that."

The original show saw Jim star alongside former player and snooker commentator John Virgo, with the game itself revolving around a mixture of general knowledge rounds and trick shot competitions.

Earlier this year Jim stunned everyone - including his fellow contestants - when he won 'Celebrity Big Brother', beating the likes of reality TV favorites Ollie Locke and Sam Faiers.

Huffington Post

posted 3/7/14

Irish Lottery
Rumors Abound, Plus One Truth
From RTE
RTÉ has responed to reports of upcoming changes to the popular Winning Streak National Lottery Show following speculation that Marty Morrissey was being lined up to replace Marty Whelan.

An RTÉ spokesperson told TEN that Morrissey was in the RTÉ studios doing a technical rehearsal for a game show and not working on a pilot.

Head of Entertainment, John McHugh said: "It’s not unusual for TV teams to explore options on current shows. Last week’s session in studio was simply a technical run through to trial some new games.

"People are jumping to conclusions and the reports today are just simply speculation. Marty and Sinead are absolute pros and doing a fantastic job on Winning Streak."

Instead producers are trying out new game shows to run within Winning Streak, which is watched by up to 250,000 viewers a week, to see how they work ahead of the new Autumn schedule.

However it has been confirmed that The National Lottery has decided that the Big Money Game Show will not return this summer.

RTE

posted 3/7/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Spring Forward"

  • IN MEMORIAM: Sheila MacRae ("The Jackie Gleason Show") (1920?-2014) on "What's My Line" (YouTube)
     
  • George Gray, Rachel Reynolds take TPIR where it's never been before... SXSW (MXDWN.com)
     
  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: transgendered contestant plays "Pointless". How Richard Osman handles Twitter trolls afterwards is ANYTHING BUT (Pink News)
     
  • Is Juan Pablo Galavis the worst "Bachelor" ever? Short answer: yes with an if. Long answer: no, with a but (TV Guide)
     
  • Brooke Burke-Charvet: I was fired over the phone with my kids in the car (People)
     
  • IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: Will Ferrell as "Chad Softwick" previewing "@midday". POINTS!  (The Comic's Comic)
     
  • AndroidUp to QuizUp (Forbes)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Peter Sagal (WMUK Kalamazoo)

Posted 3/7/14


GEOFF EDWARDS: 1931-2014
Hosted "Jackpot!", "Play the Percentages", "Chain Reaction"
From USA Today
Geoff Edwards, the hip-looking 1970s and '80s host of TV game shows including Jackpot! and two incarnations of Treasure Hunt, died Wednesday, his agent said. He was 83.

Edwards died of complications of pneumonia at St. John's hospital in Santa Monica, agent Fred Wostbrock said.

Edwards also worked as a radio DJ and actor, appearing on TV shows including Petticoat Junction, I Dream of Jeannie and Diff'rent Strokes.

"Geoff was one of the cleverest, funniest radio and television personalities I've worked with," said fellow game show host Wink Martindale. The two were DJs at pop radio station KMPC in Los Angeles.

Edwards, a native of Westfield, N.J., hosted The New Treasure Hunt, a revival of a 1950s quiz show, from 1973 to 1977 and hosted Treasure Hunt in 1981-82. He also emceed Jackpot!, Play the Percentages, Chain Reaction, and Starcade.

Wostbrock said his longtime client made a splash on TV by shedding the conservative look worn by his peers.

His hair was longer, he never wore a tie, and he favored jeans over suits, Wostbrock said. "He was part of the new breed."

 He was also famous for his catch phrase: "Right you are!"

Edwards had been in good health, his agent said. In recent years, he wrote about travel on his website and did radio and TV programs on the subject.

He is survived by his wife, Michael, and stepsons Justin and Jason Feffer, Westbrook said. His survivors also include his ex-wife, Suzanne, and their children Todd, Shawn and Chess, as well as nine grandchildren.

Funeral plans were pending, Wostbrock said.

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posted 3/6/
14

Wednesday: Close Call
Fox Ekes Out Win Over CBS
From the Futon Critic
OX (10.513 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) was still the network to beat with a new two-hour "American Idol" (10.513 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2).

CBS (10.058 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then took home the silver with new episodes of "Survivor: Cagayan" (9.618 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #4), "Criminal Minds" (11.371 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #3) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (9.187 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T6).

Next up was ABC (5.985 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) and its lineup of "The Middle" (7.149 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #5), "Suburgatory" (5.573 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T6), "Modern Family" (9.011 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1), "Mixology" (4.478 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T8) and "Nashville" (4.849 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #11).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.624 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) served up fresh installments of "Revolution" (4.770 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.028 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T8) and "Chicago PD" (6.074 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #10).

The Futon Critic
Entertainment Weekly

posted 3/6/14

"On the Menu" Sets Its Maitre D
Ty Pennington, Emeril Lagasse Join Mark Burnett/TNT Series
From the Wrap
Ty Pennington (“Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”) is trading in his tool belt for a kitchen apron as host of TNT's new series “On the Menu.”

Also, Chef Emeril Lagasse (“Emeril Live”) is signed on to be the show's Menu Master, Turner said Wednesday.

“On the Menu” is television's first cooking show to give viewers the chance to taste the winning dish after every episode, as well as give everyday cooks the chance to have their dish appear in dining institutions across the country, TNT boasted in a press release.

In each episode, a group of home cooks will be challenged to create the next signature dish for that week's selected restaurant chain, stadium concession stand, or other American food business. The amateur cooks work in conjunction with professional chefs to create their dishes, from concept to execution. A panel of judges will then determine which dish tastes the best and fits with the restaurant's current menu offerings.

The winning dish will immediately go on the business’ menu, giving viewers at home the chance to go try the dish the next day.

The series is being produced by One Three Media, with Mark Burnett (“The Voice”) serving as executive producer. ”On the Menu” is slated to air in fall 2014.

“Ty Pennington has everything we could want in a host: immense creativity, an engaging personality, a motivational spirit and lots of down-home charm,” said David Eilenberg, senior vice president of unscripted development for TNT and TBS. “Emeril Lagasse is one of the most popular and loved chefs of our time thanks both to his high-octane cooking style and his infectious enthusiasm. We're extremely excited to be working with Ty and Emeril on TNT's On the Menu.”

“We love being first with new formats for our audience, and I think this one is a real winner,” said executive producer Mark Burnett. “Two TV veterans, Emeril and Ty, who have amazing energy, are coming together for a show that is all about serving up a brand new experience for the viewer. This is going to be fun to watch: Emeril and Ty in a kitchen with real people creating a dish that's going to be on an actual menu.”

The Wrap
Entertainment Weekly

posted 3/6/14

CBS Daytime's Up
Price, Deal Notch Year-to-Year Gains
From TV by the Numbers
The Talk and LET’S MAKE A DEAL both delivered their best ever February sweep performances with the rest of CBS’s Daytime lineup also posting some of their best ratings in the last 10 years, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings.

LET’S MAKE A DEAL 1 averaged a best ever February audience of 3.23 million, up +8% from a year ago, while LET’S MAKE A DEAL 2 had its largest audience (3.80m, up +11%) and women 25-54 rating (1.2/07, up +9%).

THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 notched 5.46 million viewers, up from a year ago by +13% and its largest audience since 2003 while THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 was up +10% with its largest audience since 2007. Both editions notched best women 25-54 ratings since 2010.

Overall, CBS Daytime had its most watched February sweep (4.35m) since 2007 and highest rated in women 25-54 (1.5/08) since 2010.

TV by the Numbers

posted 3/6/14

Tuesday: About a Voice
NBC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic
NBC (9.783 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) was still the demo king on Tuesday with its mix of "The Voice" (14.376 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1), "About a Boy" (8.713 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2), "Growing Up Fisher" (7.056 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.0, #5) and "Chicago Fire" (7.089 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #6).

CBS (14.185 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then was the most-watched network with fresh installments of "NCIS" (17.684 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (14.285 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4) and "Person of Interest" (10.586 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T7).

Next up was ABC (3.545 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) with the return of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (5.114 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T7), "The Goldbergs" (4.157 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #9), "Trophy Wife" (2.643 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14) and week two of "Mind Games" (2.120 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #16).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.683 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) offered up its lineup of "Glee" (2.595 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12), "New Girl" (2.927 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #10) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.615 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #11).

On cable, "Chopped" led the ranks with 1.527 million. The others...

- Face Off (9p Syfy) - 1.213 million
- Ink Master (10p Spike) - 1.008 million
- Bad Girls All Star Battle (8p Oxygen) - 980,000
- Minute to Win It (8p GSN) - 333,000

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posted 3/6/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Funny People"

Posted 3/5/14

MasterChef Junior the Third
Fox Renews Kiddie Cook-Off
From the Futon Critic
Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) has ordered an eight episode, third season of hit cooking competition series MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, it was jointly announced today by FOX, Shine America and One Potato Two Potato. Production on Season Two and Season Three will begin this spring.

"MASTERCHEF JUNIOR has proven itself to be the little show with a big bite - so big, we've picked it up for a third season," said Simon Andreae, Executive Vice President, Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. "It's incredible to see how unbelievably creative and skilled kids can be in the kitchen - some before they've even learned how to SPELL what they're cooking! We can't wait to meet the talent that our judges discover in the next two cycles."

MASTERCHEF JUNIOR gives talented kids between the ages of eight and 13 the chance to showcase their culinary ability and passion for food through a series of delicious challenges. Host, executive producer and award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay is joined by restaurateur and winemaker Joe Bastianich (Del Posto, Eataly) and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot (Graham Elliot Bistro) on the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR judging panel.

During its first season, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR averaged 5.1 million total viewers and ranked No. 1 in its time period among Adults 18-49, Adults 18-34, Women 18-49/18-34, Men 18-49/18-34 and Teens. MASTERCHEF JUNIOR improved FOX's performance in the time period versus last year by +58% among Adults 18-49. In addition, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR averaged a +50% lift from its Live + Same Day to its Live +7 Adults 18-49 rating - the largest percentage gain of any unscripted series on the Big 4 networks.

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 3/5/14

Food Looking for "America's Best Cook"
Ted Allen to Host April 13
From the Futon Critic
Home cooks from across the country compete, with the guidance and determination from Food Network chefs, for a $50,000 cash prize in the new culinary competition series America's Best Cook, premiering Sunday, April 13th at 9pm ET/PT. Hosted by Ted Allen, the cooks are divided into teams which are mentored by Cat Cora, Tyler Florence, Alex Guarnaschelli and Michael Symon, each representing the South, West, East and North respectively. The series kicks off with a timed culinary challenge where 16 cooks divided into groups of four compete for coveted positions on the mentor's teams. Following the challenge, each mentor tastes the dishes of four hopeful cooks and chooses the two for their team that they believe will lead them to victory. Emotions run high as each mentor puts their reputation on the line for one of their cooks to be named America's Best Cook.

In each episode, the hand-picked cooks compete in a Group Challenge to prove they have what it takes to compete another day and to make their Food Network chef mentors proud. With direction and counsel from their mentors the cooks must raise the bar in every facet of their cooking. From elevating every day, tired dishes to restaurant quality cuisine to transforming savory ingredients into amazingly sweet desserts, these cooks must give it their all to impress the rotating guest judge and avoid the elimination round. The bottom four cooks dig deep for redemption as they face-off in the intense Pressure Cooker round where their final dishes are judged again by the guest judge who then determines who is safe for another week and who goes home. The finale puts the four remaining home cooks through three grueling, single elimination rounds until one cook along with their chef mentor is left standing as America's Best Cook. Special guests include Anne Burrell, Bobby Flay,Ron Ben-Israel,Marcel Vigneron and Geoffrey Zakarian.

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Broadway World

posted 3/5/14

Tim Vine Can't Say That
Irish Comic Plots New Quiz Show
From Chortle
Tim Vine is piloting a new TV quiz show, called You Can’t Say That.

The show is being made by Hat Trick, who also produce Have I Got News For You.

Described as ‘a funny and original take on the quiz show’, the format involves sneaking in some trick questions among the real ones. If the contestants can spot them, they could win thousands of pounds.

It is not yet known what broadcaster may be interested in the show, but two pilots will be recorded in front of a London studio audience later this month. See our free tickets page to watch it being taped.

Vine, who has recently left the Lee Mack sitcom Not Going Out and joined the cast of Blandings, previously hosted the game show Whittle on Channel 5 in 1997-8.

Chortle

posted 3/5/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "After Show"

  • Kevin Pereira "Psyches" out for new after show (The Futon Critic)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Lucy Aragon's cast off of "The Bachelor"? "Ess Okay" (Us)
     
  • Erin Andrews is kind of obsessed with a dancer. Which one? (Twitter)
     
  • Jason Momoa does it for Betty White (Esquire)
     
  • "Dancing" ice dancers ink deal with "Dancing" network (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • AND A TRIPLE: Brooke Burke-Charvet signs on to hang out with "Melissa & Joey" (The Hollywood Reporter)

Posted 3/5/14

Look Who's Dancing
ABC Releases Season 18 Stars, Partners
From
the Futon Critic
This season's dynamic lineup of stars -- including two Olympic Gold Medalists, a game show host, a swimming legend and a teen pop star - will perform for the first time on live national television with their professional partners during the two-hour season premiere of "Dancing with the Stars," MONDAY, MARCH 17 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

In a first for "Dancing with the Stars," the competition will feature a new game changing twist called "The Switch Up." This season, America will be given the power to vote and change celebrities and professional dance pairings. This new rule will affect all couples as they will be required to switch partners at a point in the season. Never before have dance partnerships been split up during the course of competition.

As announced this morning on ABC's "Good Morning America" by "Dancing with the Stars" hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, the 12 celebrities with their professional partners heading to the dance floor this season (in alphabetical order) are:

- Former pro hockey player/model Sean Avery and Karina Smirnoff
- Actress/author Candace Cameron Bure ("Make It or Break It") and Mark Ballas
- Comic/game show host Drew Carey ("The Price Is Right") and Cheryl Burke
- Sochi 2014 gold-medal ice dancer Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
- Reality TV star NeNe Leakes ("Real Housewives of Atlanta") and Tony Dovolani
- Actor/singer James Maslow ("Big Time Rush") and Peta Murgatroyd
- Actress/author Danica McKellar ("The Wonder Years") and Valentin Chmerkovskiy
- Distance swimmer Diana Nyad and newcomer Henry Byalikov
- Paralympic snowboarder/motivational speaker Amy Purdy ("The Amazing Race") and Derek Hough
- Singer Cody Simpson and newcomer Witney Carson
- Sochi 2014 gold-medal ice dancer Charlie White and Sharna Burgess
- Actor Billy Dee Williams ("Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back") and Emma Slater

Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite teams via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the "Dancing with the Stars" broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT on Tuesday evenings. For the final week, on Monday, May 19, online voting will open for 15 hours, beginning from the start of the episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 11:00 a.m., ET/8:00 a.m., PT the next day. A custom Facebook app lets fans vote, share whom they voted for and say why, as well as see whom friends voted for.

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posted 3/4/14

Carl Kasell Calling It A Career
"Wait Wait! Don't Tell Me" Announcer/Scorekeeper to Retire
From
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Carl Kasell, the beloved voice of NPR's weekly game show "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!," is calling it quits. He announced on Tuesday that he will record his last edition of the program sometime this spring.

Kasell, 79, will still appear on "Wait Wait" occasionally, and will continue to record one of his trademarks: custom voice mail greetings for the game show winners.
"It's a real sad day for all of us at 'Wait Wait' and for me," tweeted Peter Sagal, the show's host, on Tuesday afternoon. "But Carl deserves a chance to lay down the mic and enjoy himself."

Kasell has worked at NPR in various capacities since 1975. He was the newscaster for one of NPR's flagships, "Morning Edition," from 1979 until 2009.

He has been with "Wait Wait" since its inception in 1998, playing the "straight man" of sorts while Sagal asks questions of panelists.

"My favorite time at NPR has been 'Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!,'" Kasell said in a statement. "It was loads of fun and gave me a chance to meet and talk in person to the audiences that I felt I had known for so many years on the air."

He added, "I can honestly say I am the luckiest man around to be able to have worked at a job I love for so many years. It's truly been a joy for me."

NPR didn't specify an end date for Kasell, but the public radio organization said that "celebration shows" are being planned in Chicago and Washington. NPR invited Kasell's fans to call 1-888-WAIT-WAIT and leave a voice mail for Kasell, in a nod to his highly coveted voice mail prizes.

NPR said Kasell's title would become "Scorekeeper Emeritus."

"We haven't decided on a replacement, yet," Sagal tweeted. "Hardly thought about it. Want to take our time, not go for a rebound host."

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posted 3/4/14

Syndies: Sochi Steamroller
Results for the Week Ending February 23
From B&C
NBC’s Sochi steamroller continued to flatten syndies for a second session in the week ending Feb. 23, preempting most shows that air on NBC affiliates and providing stronger than usual competition for those left standing.

In addition, levels of people using television declined by more than 3 million viewers week to week, and some shows again chose to exclude their ratings in the face of the Olympics juggernaut.

Among game shows, CTD’s Wheel of Fortune skidded 3% for the week to a 7.0. CTD’s Jeopardy! was flat at a 6.7. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud was flat at a 5.7, while Disney/ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire continued to decline, sliding 5% to a 2.1.

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posted 3/4/14

Monday: Another Peacock Win
"Voice" Scores
From
the Futon Critic
NBC (14.122 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1) was the network to beat on Monday with new episodes of "The Voice" (15.651 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.5, #1) and "The Blacklist" (11.065 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3).

CBS (7.556 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then took home the silver with originals from "How I Met Your Mother" (9.106 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.3, #2), "2 Broke Girls" (8.426 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.6, #4), "Mike & Molly" (8.880 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T5), "Mom" (8.383 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #7) and "Intelligence" (5.269 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #11).

Next up was ABC (7.281 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) with a special 90-minute "The Bachelor" (7.913 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T5) followed by a repeat of "Mixology" (3.688 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12) and a new "Castle" (8.130 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (5.393 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) served up the season finale of "Almost Human" (5.648 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #10) alongside a new "The Following" (5.138 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.7, #8).

On Food Network, the premiere of "Beat Bobby Flay" scored 1.067 million, a 66 percent retention of the audience of "Worst Cooks in America" (1.560 million).

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posted 3/4/14

Weekend: And the Award Goes to... ABC
Oscars Give Sunday to the Alphabet
From
the Futon Critic
ABC (35.155 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 10.2, #1) was of course the network to beat on Sunday with its coverage "The Oscars Red Carpet Live, Part 1" (21.386 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 5.3, #4), "The Oscars Red Carpet Live, Part 2" (25.709 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 6.8, #3), "The Oscars Red Carpet Live, Part 3" (33.301 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 9.1, #2) and "The 86th Annual Academy Awards" (40.168 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 12.1, #1).

A year ago, "The 85th Annual Academy Awards" (36.967 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 12.1, #1) posted equal demo numbers.

CBS (5.405 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) then topped the leftovers with its mix of "60 Minutes" (0.000 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6), "The Amazing Race 23" (0.000 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5), "The Mentalist" (0.000 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) and "The Good Wife" (0.000 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16).

Next up was NBC (3.735 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) with rebroadcasts of "Dateline NBC" (4.159 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12) and "The Voice" (3.310 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11).

And finally, repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (1.960 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13), "American Dad" (1.747 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13), "The Simpsons" (2.608 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), another "Bob's Burgers" (2.343 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "Family Guy" (2.698 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7) and another "American Dad" (2.407 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) closed out the night over on FOX (2.294 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2).

On Food Network, the night went thusly...

- 8p: Food Court Wars - 801,000
- 9p: Iron Chef America - 877,000
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen - 1.339 million

On Friday, "Shark Tank" delivered 7.789 million for ABC, leading the night in the adults 18-49.

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posted 3/4/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "1 vs...."

  • Endemol loses a lawsuit against the creators of "Go to Top 101" (WantChina Times)
     
  • Chris Harrison gives a rose to a "Trophy Wife" (The Wrap)
     
  • More like "The Bachelor: The Women Tell Off" (Jezebel) PLUS how to survive the whole ordeal... (Grantland)
     
  • THIS WEEK ON THE EXPERTS: Talking Heads vs. The West Wing vs. Mixology (YouTube)

Posted 3/4/14


JIM LANGE: 1932-2014
Legendary "Dating Game" Host to Be Honored by GSN Wednesday
From The Futon Critic
GSN (Game Show Network) announced today that the network will pay tribute to legendary game show host Jim Lange, with a marathon of Lange's most memorable episodes as host of THE DATING GAME. Jim Lange passed away on Tuesday at the age of 81. The eight-episode marathon will air on Wednesday March 5th, from 8 am until 12 noon ET on GSN.

The Jim Lange Marathon will feature episodes of THE DATING GAME from the show's original 1960s and 1970s runs on ABC and in syndication, featuring guests such as Michael Jackson, Farrah Fawcett, Tom Selleck, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Steve Martin.

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, Jim Lange started his broadcasting career at age 15when he won an audition at a local radio station. He hosted a radio show for two years before leaving to attend the University of Minnesota and serving three years in the Marines. In 1962 he made his TV debut as the announcer and sidekick on "The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show." He became a national star as host of THE DATING GAME, and also served as host of "Hollywood Connection," "$100,000 Name That Tune" and "The New Newlywed Game." After his retirement from television, Lange returned to his first love - radio - as morning DJ for KABL-FM in San Francisco.

"As much as he's known for his television work, his real love was radio," his wife said. "He loved doing local radio, especially before it was computerized."

Lange himself once told the Bay Area Radio Digest that his favorite aspect of the medium was that "you don't have to worry about lighting directors and cameramen or script writers and all that."

"Good radio is still the most fun," he said, "It always will be. Plus, you don't have to wear makeup and you don't have to shave."

Lange is survived by a sister, five children, two stepchildren and four grandchildren.

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posted 3/3
/14

Kitchen Casino: April 7
Bill Rancic Hosts New Food Network Competition
From
the Futon Critic
Food Network's new competition series Kitchen Casino hosted by Bill Rancic and premiering on Monday, April 7th at 9pm ET/PT brings together four talented chefs in a high-stakes game of chance that requires skill, speed and adaptability. In each episode, four competitors would be wise to keep one eye on the ticking clock while they attempt to out-cook and out-smart their competition during three casino-themed cooking challenges - slots, poker and roulette - for a chance to win the $30,000 jackpot. The chefs must be at the top of their game throughout the three rounds to handle whatever Lady Luck deals them, and they must double-down on their skills or risk being 86'd. Each episode features a panel of rotating judges including Michael Chernow, Madison Cowan, Danyelle Freedman, Gavin Kaysen, Aliya Leekong and Kristin Sollenne.

"These competing chefs need strong culinary talents and cunning strategy to win these high-stakes challenges, making Kitchen Casino exhilarating to watch," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network. "On Kitchen Casino anything can happen when amazing chefs roll the dice."

In each episode, the competing chefs must hold their own as they navigate through three grueling rounds of the casino-style, culinary competition. Round one features the Kitchen Casino Slot Machine. The chefs take a spin and reveal three categories - cuisine, ingredient and theme - which must inspire their dish for the 30 minute round. In round two, remaining three contestants have 40 minutes to prepare a dish using the same assigned protein from the previous round - but with a game changing twist. During this round the kitchen stations spin like a roulette wheel leaving the chefs in front of a new station to continue cooking. The wheel turns unexpectedly and the chefs are judged by the dish that ends up in front of them at the end of the round. The final round is a game of Chef Poker. The remaining two contestants try their hand at incorporating an ingredient into their dish depending on the card they are dealt. Will they hold their hand or take a gamble? Their decision could make or break their dish and their chance at winning the jackpot.

Bill Rancic originally burst onto the public scene as the first-ever winner of NBC's The Apprentice. Ten years later, this successful entrepreneur wears many hats as a television producer, best-selling author, television personality and restaurateur of the popular restaurant RPM-Italian chain. Rancic is co-executive producer and star with his wife Giuliana Rancic on their reality show, Guiliana & Bill. He also co-hosts the successful nationally syndicated television show, America Now, which recently celebrated its 500th episode and is currently in its fourth season. Rancic is the author of New York Times bestsellers You're Hired: How to Succeed in Business and Life and Beyond The Lemonade Stand. Rancic and wife Giuliana co-authored the best-seller I Do...Now What?, in which the couple share their secrets to everlasting love and understanding.

Visit FoodNetwork.com/KitchenCasino for behind-the-scenes photos, interviews and more insider coverage.

Kitchen Casino is produced by Jane Street Productions.

The Futon Critic


Bill Rancic hosts "Kitchen Casino" for Food Network April 7
photo courtesy WENN

posted 3/3/14

Fox Is Giving the Rake to "Rake"
"Hell's Kitchen" Moved Up to March 13
From
the Futon Critic
The competition heats up when Chef Gordon Ramsay returns with Season 12 of HELL'S KITCHEN, debuting Thursday, March 13 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, followed by the AMERICAN IDOL XIII results show (9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), which moves to its new time period. In the Season Premiere of HELL'S KITCHEN, Chef Ramsay splits the latest batch of 20 aspiring restaurateurs into two teams, men vs. women, and asks them to present their signature dishes. The winning team gets treated to an exclusive dinner with Ramsay, while the losing team is left behind to scrub down the kitchen.

RAKE moves to Fridays, beginning March 14 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), followed by all-new episodes of ENLISTED (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) and RAISING HOPE (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT). Don't miss an all-new episode of RAKE this Thursday, March 6 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), when Keegan (Greg Kinnear) defends an old friend (guest star Anthony Anderson) from his AA days.

Once the AMERICAN IDOL XIII results shows shift to half-hour episodes on Thursday, March 27 (9:00-9:30 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), SURVIVING JACK, the new comedy starring Emmy Award nominee Chris Meloni ("True Blood," "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit") as a man becoming a dad, while his son is becoming a man, will air at 9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/28/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Restart"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Missed the first two "Amazing Race" episodes? Catch them on CBS March 8 (The Futon Critic)
     
  • BLIND ITEM!!!!: In a "Bachelor" season full of clusters, here's one more... one of the contestants is ENGAGED. (Us Weekly)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Pointless" (Endemol Games for iOS) (MacWorld)

Posted 3/3/14

Thursday: Idol Gets Banged
CBS Continues to Own Thursday Nights
From
the Futon Critic
CBS (10.544 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) climbed to the top spot on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (17.502 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.9, #1), "The Millers" (11.240 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #4), "Two and a Half Men" (10.046 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #5), "The Crazy Ones" (7.422 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.9, #7) and "Elementary" (8.526 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8).

ABC (7.757 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) then took home the silver with its special "Countdown to the Oscars" (4.690 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11) followed by the return of "Grey's Anatomy" (9.310 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.0, #3) and "Scandal" (9.271 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 3.3, #2).

Next up was FOX (6.630 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) with new episodes of "American Idol" (9.809 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #6) and "Rake" (3.450 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #15).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.160 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) served up originals from "Community" (2.625 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11), "Parks & Recreation" (2.456 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11), the relocated "Hollywood Game Night" (3.387 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9) and "Parenthood" (3.553 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10).

On cable, "Under the Gunn" lead the way at 9p in a dead heat with Food's "Chopped Canada" with 1.297 million to 1.206 million. "King of the Nerds" was deposed on TBS with 948,000.

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posted 2/28/14

Chasing Cars
Brooke Burns to Host "Motor City Masters" for truTV
From
the Futon Critic
Fasten your seatbelt. The search is on for America's next great car designer as truTV and Chevrolet team up on the brand new competition series Motor City Masters. Hosted by Brooke Burns (Baywatch, The Chase), Motor City Masters will pit 10 designers against each other to test their limits of design expertise and creativity. truTV has ordered 10 episodes of the Motor City Masters, which is being produced for the network by Bunim/Murray Productions (Project Runway, Total Divas) and The Story Lab, a division of Aegis Media. Motor City Masters is set to go into production the week of Feb. 24 in Los Angeles, with plans to premiere on truTV this summer. The exciting season finale will then take place in the Motor City itself - Detroit - and will provide one final show-stopping challenge.

"As truTV's first venture into the reality-competition genre, Motor City Masters marks an important step in our strategy to diversify truTV's programing slate and develop the truTV brand," said Chris Linn, president, head of programming for truTV. "Cars are a huge part of American pop culture, and people are more interested than ever in how design meets function to impact our everyday lives. We are extremely proud to be working with such an iconic American brand as Chevrolet, as well as the top-notch team at Bunim/Murray Productions."

"This is going to be a really fun competition for the designers," said Jonathan Murray, chairman of Bunim/Murray Productions. "The challenges they face will push them to really think about what the American public wants in a car and how the car can better serve their needs."

"Creating vehicles with great design and performance that live up to the Chevrolet name will be a challenge for the participants," said Tim Mahoney, chief marketing officer, Global Chevrolet. "We look forward to seeing the top two designers here in Detroit in a few weeks for the finale."

Motor City Masters will bring together 10 experienced designers, with various specialties and backgrounds, all of whom share a passion for car design. In each episode, the contestants will have the ambitious task of creating new, fully functional (though not street legal) concept cars based on a theme that will showcase the each competitor's unique personality.

Challenges on Motor City Masters will explore various aspects of design, inside and out. The designs will be judged by Jean Jennings, president and editor in chief of Automobile Magazine and internationally renowned car designer Harald Belker. They will be joined each week by a special celebrity guest judge. Competitors will be judged on their creativity, execution and forward-thinking design, among other criteria. The field will narrow with each elimination challenge until only the top two designers remain. These two competitors will then face off in front of Chevrolet's world-class car design experts, after which only one designer will be crowned "The Next Great Car Designer." The winner of Motor City Masters will receive a brand new 2014 Camaro Z28 and $100,000 cash. The winner will also be named a Brand Ambassador, with the opportunity to showcase his/her designs at major auto show exhibitions.

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posted 2/28/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Couples Therapy"

  • CASTING COUCH: couples wanted for online trivia series (Reality Wanted)
     
  • Jillian Michaels finally admits that Rachel may lost too much weight (Huffington Post)
     
  • Mike Fleiss has two words regarding "Bachelor Pad": "Could be" (Twitter)

Posted 2/28/14

Wednesday: Showtime!
Survivor Skid Stops, Idol... Not So Much
From
B&C
FOX (10.638 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with a new two-hour "American Idol" (10.638 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2).

CBS (9.686 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) then claimed the silver with the debut of "Survivor: Cagayan" (9.944 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #T3), a second hour of "Survivor: Cagayan" (9.613 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #T3) and a new "Criminal Minds" (9.502 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #5).

Next up was NBC (6.772 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3) with the return of "Revolution" (4.589 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #11), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.702 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.0, #7) and "Chicago PD" (8.025 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #6).

Meanwhile, ABC (5.941 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3) served up originals from "The Middle" (7.113 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T8), "Suburgatory" (5.298 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #10) and "Modern Family" (8.568 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) followed by the premiere of "Mixology" (5.223 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T8) and a new "Nashville" (4.724 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #12).

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Entertainment Weekly
 

posted 2/27/14

Amazing Greys, How Sweet the Sound
ITV Pits Young'uns vs. Seniors
From Female First
Angela Rippon is to become the face of a brand new ITV game show.

The former newsreader and 'Take Me Out' presenter Paddy McGuiness will co-host 'Amazing Greys', which pits young people against "some of the UK's most talented pensioners".

A source told the Sun newspaper: "Each of the Amazing Greys [the pensioners] has an incredible talent they have spent a lifetime perfecting - be it physical, mental or something completely unique to them.

"The contestants will face a maximum of three Amazing Greys. If they can beat two of the three, they will leave with £10,000. If they don't they will leave with nothing."

The format is reminiscent of former BBC game show 'The Generation Game' - famously hosted by Bruce Forsyth in 1971 - which featured four different families pit old against the young in a bid to win prizes.

Angela says she looking forward to the new format and will be encouraging the elder generation throughout the competition.

She said: "The show will celebrate some of the most talented senior citizens and I will be there to cheer them on as they take on the younger contestants."

'Amazing Greys' will air on ITV in the spring.

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posted 2/27/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Play It Again, Jim"

  • "Survivor", "Amazing Race" replays coming to TVGN (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Who will be the new Bachelorette? TMZ has a few ideas... (TMZ)
     
  • Carrie Ann Inaba weighs in on Erin Andrews (E!)
     
  • Bob Barker urges Idaho governor to veto "ag gag" bill (Seattle Times)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: in a well-meaning, but ultimately useless if you've been paying attention, piece, seven game show strategies (Yahoo!)
     
  • Nick Lachey goes from singing to buzzing (UPI)
     
  • "Slumdog Millionaire's" five kids... where are they now? (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: "Millionaire" winner goes from quizzer to prison (The Daily Press)

Posted 2/27/14

Syndies: Sochi Slide
Results for the Week Ending February 16
From
B&C
While many shows suffered or were broken out during NBC’s airing of the Winter Olympics in the week ending Feb. 16, NBCU’s Access Hollywood benefited by being on the scene in Sochi.

Also in access, CTD’s Wheel of Fortune weakened 5% from the prior week to a 7.2. CTD’s Jeopardy! sagged 8% to a 6.7. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud fell 5% to a 5.7, while Disney/ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire eroded 8% to a 2.2.

B&C
 

posted 2/26/14

NBC Locks in the Summer
Talent, Ninja to Return
From the Futon Critic
NBC has locked in the first wave of its summer schedule, which includes new seasons of "America's Got Talent" and "American Ninja Warrior" as well as new episodes of "Hollywood Game Night."

"Ninja Warrior" will roll out its sixth season on Monday, May 26 at 8:00/7:00c while "Hollywood Game Night" will kick off its summer run on Thursday, May 22 at 9:00/8:00c.

Meanwhile, "Got Talent" will bow its ninth edition on Tuesday, May 27 at 8:00/7:00c. Two-hour installments will continue until July 22 when the series will switch to episodes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 9:00/8:00c.
 

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The Futon Critic
 

posted 2/26/14

Tuesday: NBC Makes It a Horse Race
CBS Still Takes It in the Audiences
From the Futon Critic
NBC (9.249 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) was the top demo draw on Tuesday with night two of "The Voice" (12.965 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1) premiere followed by encores of "About a Boy" (8.344 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T3) and "Growing Up Fisher" (7.036 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.0, #6) plus a new "Chicago Fire" (7.091 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #7).

CBS (13.587 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then claimed the silver with the return of "NCIS" (16.887 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (13.096 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5) and "Person of Interest" (10.778 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #8).

Next up was ABC (6.611 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) with a special "The Bachelor" (8.116 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T3) followed by the premiere of "Mind Games" (3.599 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T12).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.827 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up the relocated "Glee" (2.918 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #11) alongside fresh installments of "New Girl" (2.847 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #9) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.627 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #10).

On cable, "Chopped" led the games at 10p on Food with 1.550 million viewers. Following...

- Ink Master (10:00) - Spike TV
1.137 million viewers, #39; 0.799 million adults 18-49 (0.63 rating), #32
- Face Off (9:00) - Syfy
1.125 million viewers, #40; 0.651 million adults 18-49 (0.51 rating), #36
- Bad Girls All Star Battle (8:00) - Oxygen
1.043 million viewers, #46; 0.522 million adults 18-49 (0.41 rating), #41
- Opposite Worlds (10:00) - Syfy
0.720 million viewers, #52; 0.378 million adults 18-49 (0.30 rating), #50

Numbers for "Minute to Win It" on GSN were not available at press time.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
 

posted 2/26/14

Googling Idol
Now You Can Vote Via Google+
From Entertainment Weekly
The competition on American Idol is finally getting started tonight, with the top 13 finalists performing for America’s vote. And now, for the first time ever, fans can show their support for their favorite performers with the help of Google and Facebook.

Starting on Wednesday night, voting will begin at the top of the performance show, and Idol fans will be able to vote for their favorite contestants via Google Search. The search-engine giant has partnered with Idol, and anytime a fan searches an Idol-related term, a voting window will appear on the search page. You can vote up to 50 times per contestant and can vote for as many contestants as you want. After casting their votes, fans will have the opportunity to share their votes on Google+, follow contestants, join community conversations, or participate in Google Hangouts about the show.

In addition to Google, American Idol has made a new friend with Facebook. Because the voting window is now open throughout the show, Facebook will present on-air visualizations of how the voting is progressing. Using real-time East Coast voting trends, viewers will get to see an array of voting information, such as demographic voting trends and relative contestant rankings, as it’s happening live.

Entertainment Weekly
The Futon Critic
 

posted 2/26/14

In the Crossfire
Sean Moncrieff Tapes New Irish Series
From TV3
Sean Moncrieff returns to TV as the host of TV3’s new game show Crossfire. Crossfire, which will be filmed in the TV3 Sony HD Studio in Ballymount, will bring to three the number of major productions from TV3 in 2014.

Other recent shows to come out of the TV3 Sony HD Studio include Keith Barry: Brain Hacker and The Lie hosted by Jonathan McCrea, both of which have exceeded expectations by attracting impressive audiences at peak times. Keith Barry: Brain Hacker reached over 1.6 million viewers in its six week run while The Lie which first premiered on TV3 on February 17th is averaging 209,100 viewers nightly, an impressive 13.5% share.

The TV3 Sony HD Studio will also be home to a new current affairs program The People’s Debate with Vincent Browne scheduled to air live from Wednesday March 5th.

Co-produced by 3Studios and Gong Media – part of the Nordic independent production alliance Nice group – Crossfire is a unique, fast-paced original format that sees four competitors go head-to-head in an attempt to force each other out of the game.

Each of the contestants undergo the pressure of three diverse rounds of general knowledge questioning, where they each compete to force each other out of the game, and ultimately attempt to win €2000. Competitors must get their answers correct in order to attack the opposition. The tension mounts as the rounds go by, with the winner staying on to the next show, all in the hope of potentially winning big if they can stay on avoid getting caught in the crossfire.

TV3

posted 2/26/14

A Pointless App
The BBC Game Now Available on iTunes in the UK, US
From Telly Mix
The official mobile game for hit BBC One gameshow Pointless has been officially launched today by producers Endemol UK.


Starring cartoon versions of the show’s hosts Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman, the app challenges users to find obscure answers to subjects that they think will score fewer points than their opponents.

It features a one player mode, as well as a two-player mode allowing users to go head-to-head with other Pointless fans via Facebook, email or at random.

Over 900 questions have been included, with hints and reveals dubbed ‘Pointless Pointers’ available as in-app purchases.

Armstrong said: “For ages people have been asking me why there isn’t a Pointless app and I always had to make up some sort of answer (“because of non-alignment of data across territories” – that one always worked better than “it’s because of the beavers”).

“Anyway now I don’t have to make stuff up anymore because the Pointless app… is HERE! Hooray! And it’s really, really good! Double hooray!”

Osman added: “The new Pointless app is a great way for fans of the show to compete against each other and their friends, testing their knowledge of little known facts and figures. They might even get to play against me… if they do then I hope they will respectfully let me win.”

The Pointless app is available for iOS from the Apple App Store for £1.49 in the UK, $1.99 in the US, with an Android version expected to follow shortly.

TellyMix
Sys-Con

posted 2/26/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Some Hiatus"

  • Maks Chmerkovskiy is coming baks to "Dancing" (Toofab)
     
  • LIST ABUSES: a definitive ranking of every season of Survivor ever (The Wire) PLUS the 10 definitive Match Game episodes (AV Club)
     
  • Rachel Frederickson looks a LOT better these days (E!)
     
  • Jane Lynch meets "Girl" (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • THIS WEEK ON "THE EXPERTS": Avatar: The Last Airbender vs. Dark Shadows vs. Presidential Elections from TCONA (YouTube)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alex Trebek (WDJT Milwaukee)

Posted 2/26/14

Monday: No Olympics? NO PROBLEM!
Return of "The Voice" Propels CBS to First
From the Futon Critic
NBC (14.249 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1) kept its win streak alive on Monday with the return of "The Voice" (15.734 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.7, #1) and "The Blacklist" (11.278 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.1, #3).

ABC (8.340 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then snagged the silver with originals from "The Bachelor" (8.141 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5) and "Castle" (8.738 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #8).

Next up was CBS (7.194 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) and fresh installments of "How I Met Your Mother" (9.249 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.6, #2), "2 Broke Girls" (7.900 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.5, #4), "Mike & Molly" (8.118 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #6), "Mom" (7.202 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.9, #7) and "Intelligence" (5.346 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (5.138 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) offered up new episodes of "Almost Human" (5.695 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T9) and "The Following" (4.581 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T9).

On cable, 1.382 million viewers tuned in to see the "Worst Cooks in America" on Food.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 2/25/14

GSN Games Makes a Bingo
Flash Games Division Purchases Bash Gaming
From Yahoo!
GSN Games today announced it has agreed to acquire Bash Gaming, the creator of breakout hit Bingo Bash -- the leading social bingo game in the world with more than 4.8 million monthly active users (MAUs) playing across Facebook, iOS, Android and Kindle devices.

"This transaction will not only strengthen the GSN Games portfolio, it supports our strategy of building a diverse business, operating across all major platforms, with a broad portfolio of titles in both social casino and skill tournament genres," said Jeff Karp, executive vice president, mobile and social games, GSN Games. "With the Bash Gaming acquisition, we will expose our millions of social casino players to the Bingo Bash experience, while introducing existing Bingo Bash players to our highly engaging games including Wheel of Fortune® Slots and Deal or No Deal™ Slots. We will leverage the strength of our respective organizations, including talent, reach and technology, to build a gaming powerhouse."

"We're excited to become part of GSN Games, one of the early pioneers in social casino who continues to lead the space today," said Sumit Gupta, founder and CEO, Bash Gaming. "I'm very proud of what our team has accomplished, creating the world's #1 bingo game, and with this new strategic partnership, we are poised to deliver our games to millions of additional players."

With the Bash Gaming acquisition, GSN Games will have two of 2013's top 10 overall grossing iPad apps and a monthly active user base of nearly 10 million players. The multi-platform audience of GSN Games will also provide an opportunity for Bash Gaming to further scale its titles, reach new players, and integrate advanced user acquisition and analytics techniques. Adding the Bash Gaming lineup will further accelerate GSN Games' reach on both iOS and Android.

Yahoo!
Recode

posted 2/25/14

Warners Rents a Brain
International Unit Buys Italian Format
From Worldscreen
Warner Bros. International Television Production has taken on the format rights for the game show Rent a Brain from Italy's Blue Box Entertainment.

The show asks the questions: What would happen if you had the ability to control the brain of someone you love? In the series, the control chair is occupied by a variety of people who are trying to prove to a loved one that their lives could be so much better, if only they behaved in a different way.

“We are excited about taking Rent a Brain to the market. It is a unique format idea with a variety of entertaining elements throughout which will make it compelling viewing to international audiences,” said Andrew Zein, the senior VP, of creative, format development and sales at WBITVP.

“We are proud of our creativity and particularly of the interest for Rent a Brain, written by Giorgio Squarcia, this is the right time for us to promote Italian formats abroad and this is a great opportunity for us to work with such a prestigious international partner," commented Silvio Testi, the CEO of Blue Box Entertainment

Yahoo!
Recode

posted 2/25/14

Erin Andrews Returns Home
Contesti Will Be Announced on GMA March 4
From the Futon Critic
This season's exciting new cast of "Dancing with the Stars" will be revealed live, TUESDAY, MARCH 4 exclusively on "Good Morning America" (7:00-9:00 a.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. The competition begins with an all new cast of celebrities who will brave the dance floor for the very first time. Each week these celebrities will leave their comfort zones and endure hours of grueling rehearsals to master technical choreography and entertaining performances. In the end, only one star will rise above the rest to be crowned champion and win the coveted mirror-ball trophy.

Erin Andrews joins "Dancing with the Stars" as host alongside Emmy-Award Winner(R) Tom Bergeron for its 18th season premiering MONDAY, MARCH 17 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET). No stranger to the ballroom, Andrews competed on the 10th season of "Dancing with the Stars" making it all the way to the finals. Known for being a pioneer in sports broadcasting, Andrews's skills from the field are sure to be an asset in hosting a spirited dance competition. This season, the show also welcomes new Music Director and Composer Ray Chew to the ballroom. Continuing a tradition of live musical accompaniment, Chew's band will feature a new line-up of musicians and singers performing music ranging from the latest pop hits to the great standards of the past.

After spending eight years at ESPN, Andrews joined FOX Sports in 2012. She was most recently seen covering Super Bowl XLVIII and last year's World Series. Additionally, she hosted FOX's Prime Time College Football Pregame Show. She is one of the most-followed sports television personalities on twitter, with over 2.1 million followers. Prior to Fox, she hosted the first hour of ESPN's College GameDay on ESPNU and was a features reporter for the full three-hour program, a role she held since the 2010 season. Andrews also served as a sideline reporter for college football and basketball games. Andrews has also won two Sports Emmy Awards in her career.

Zap2it
Entertainment Weekly
USA Today
E!
The Futon Critic
New York Daily News
USA Today
People
Contact Music
Los Angeles Times

posted 2/25/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Genius vs. Genius"

  • Ken Jennings interviews Arthur Chu (Ken-Jennings.com)
     
  • Jef Holm says Juan Pablo is the sleaziest "Bachelor" ever (US Weekly) PLUS another local commercial! (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • Ryan Seacrest heartsRadio awards (Deadline)
     
  • Ben Samek promoted at Endemol (Deadline)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Wheelmobile spins into NorCal in March (SFGate)
     
  • Tim Gunn conflicted about trans models (Advocate)

Posted 2/25/14

Sunday: When One Door Closes
Olympics Close Opposite "Amazing Race"
From the Futon Critic
NBC (13.522 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with its closing mix of "Nancy & Tonya" (12.592 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2), "2014 Olympic Winter Games" (15.251 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) and "Growing Up Fisher" (9.396 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4).

FOX (7.000 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then took home the silver with repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (4.202 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T7) and "American Dad" (3.972 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T7) followed by the rain delayed "Daytona 500" (7.971 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3).

Next up was ABC (5.105 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its all-repeat lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.161 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T7), "The Proposal" (5.084 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6) and "Castle" (4.092 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

And finally, CBS (5.519 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) closed out the evening with a new "60 Minutes" (8.101 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10), the season premiere of "The Amazing Race 23" (7.424 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5) and repeats of "The Mentalist" (3.428 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) and "The Good Wife" (3.125 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

The Futon Critic

posted 2/24/14

Pointless Traveling
Endemol Sells Quizzer in Eastern Europe
From Worldscreen
The U.K.-originated game show Pointless has been sold by Endemol to broadcasters in Poland, Macedonia and Serbia.

Endemol Poland has been tapped by TVP2 to produce 26 episodes of the quiz show. The series will launch in access prime time at the end of the month. In Serbia, PRVA has ordered a 24-episode series. In Macedonia, Sitel commissioned 30 episodes.

Next One from Endemol Italy has been renewed for further seasons in Hungary and Albania. MTV in Hungary commissioned a second season of 95 episodes. In Albania, a third season of 15 episodes was ordered by Top Channel.

The Money Drop is returning to Turkey, on new broadcaster Kanal D. The show is also returning in Poland and Russia.

Worldscreen
Broadcast
TBI Vision
C21 Media

posted 2/24/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Arthur's Theme"

  • American Idol is poised to lose money this year for the first time ever, so says numbers pulled out of thin air by unnamed sources to... (TMZ)
     
  • Guess who also hacked Jeopardy!... that's right... Watson. Where's the stories on HIM?! Oh, that's right, there are no stories on him, because THE INTERNET. (Gizmodo) PLUS another minute with that guy who's coming back tonight (The Daily Beast)
     
  • Another "Pointless" app hits iTunes... in the US?! Seriously, it's good enough for $1.99. (iTunes)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: a new kids' show (About.com Game Shows)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: game shows... circa 1950 (Boing Boing)
     
  • Justin Guarini reveals the worst-kept secret from season 1 of "Idol" (E!)

Posted 2/24/14

CHARLOTTE DAWSON: 1966-2014
Model Hosted "Australia's Next Top Model"
From the
Irish Independent
Australian television personality and former model Charlotte Dawson has been found dead in her Sydney apartment.

Police were called in at an address in upscale Woolloomooloo at 11:15am on Saturday morning. Authorities are treating her death as non-suspicious.

A spokesperson said: "About 11am today police from Kings Cross local area command were called to Cowper Wharf Rd after the body of a woman was located in a unit.

"No suspicious circumstances at this stage and a report is being prepared for the coroner."

A friend alerted security at her apartment complex after she failed to show up for a lunch appointment and having not updated her Twitter account for 19 hours.

The former Australia's Next Top Model judge had a history of depression. She made headlines after she was admitted to St Vincent's Hospital following a torrent of abuse on Twitter in 2012.

New Zealand-born Dawson, 47, was an active campaigner against bullying and frequently turned to social media to raise awareness about mental health issues.

She had been married to the former Olympic swimmer Scott Miller.

Actor and neighbor Russell Crowe led tributes on Twitter: "Charley D... just don't understand. There's not enough kind souls as it is. Rest in peace."

The Gladiator star reportedly broke down in tears at a restaurant when he was told of the news of her death. The two met when they were teenagers. They both left New Zealand to pursue careers in the entertainment industry in Australia.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key tweeted: "Shocked and saddened to hear of Charlotte Dawson’s death."

Fashion designer and fellow judge Alex Perry posted a photograph of the pair on Instagram saying: "We lost a beautiful, bright, shining girl. Rest in peace my sweetheart. I love you x"

A statement on Australia's Next Top Model's Facebook page said: "This is tragic news and deeply sad. Everyone at Foxtel is devastated. Our sympathies are with Charlotte's family and friends."

Irish Independent
Daily Life
New York Post
Daily Telegraph
Contact Music
What's on TV


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posted 2/21/14

Thursday: Day 14
"Idol" Falls Against Olympics
From the Futon Critic
NBC (19.925 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.9, #1) was the top draw once again on Thursday with its primetime portion of the "2014 Olympic Winter Games" (19.925 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.9, #1).

FOX (6.605 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then had to settle for second place with new episodes of "American Idol" (9.193 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3) and "Rake" (4.017 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8).

Next up was CBS (6.625 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and its all-repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (10.058 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2), "Mom" (7.161 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4), "Two and a Half Men" (6.513 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5), "The Millers" (5.389 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Elementary" (5.316 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.952 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up the season finale of "The Taste" (3.158 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9) alongside a repeat of "Scandal" (2.541 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

On cable, Under the Gunn led the troops with 1.340 million at 9p on Lifetime. King of the Nerds racked up 932,000 on TBS, while Food's Chopped Canada chopped up 831,000 viewers.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 2/21/14

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Ant & Dec Strike Back"

  • Ant & Dec want to bring "Saturday Night Takeaway" to the USA (Radio Times)
     
  • Dolvett Quince launches boot camp online (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Jennifer Lopez to produce, host FBI procedural (TV Line)
     
  • Ask Phil Keoghan anything (Reddit AMA)
     
  • Justin Guarini reveals the worst-kept secret from season 1 of "Idol" (E!)

Posted 2/21/14

Let's All Go to the Movies...
"Millionaire" Celebrates the Oscars Next Week
From the Futon Critic
With movie fans gearing up for the 86th annual Oscars(R) telecast on Sunday, March 2, "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" will present an entire week of movie-themed trivia questions on Movie Week, airing FEBRUARY 24-28, 2014. One of "Millionaire's" most popular themed weeks, Movie Week will feature contestants who will put their movie knowledge to the test, with the chance to walk away a millionaire. Throughout the week, movie trivia buffs will be quizzed on everything from early classic films to today's hit blockbusters. "Millionaire" airs weekdays in national syndication. Check local listings or go to http://www.millionairetv.com for time and channel.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/20/14

Wednesday: Day 12
Idol's a Loser to Lugers
From the Futon Critic
NBC (20.109 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.0, #1) was still the top draw on Wednesday with its presentation of the "2014 Olympic Winter Games" (20.109 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.0, #1).

FOX (9.876 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) then claimed the silver with anotehr two-hour "American Idol" (9.876 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2).

Next up was CBS (8.381 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) with a repeat of "Hawaii Five-0" (5.625 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) followed by originals from "Criminal Minds" (9.911 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (9.607 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.940 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up its mix of "The Middle" (4.243 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6), "Suburgatory" (2.955 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9), "Modern Family" (4.186 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), the season finale of "Super Fun Night" (2.739 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "Nashville" (1.758 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

On cable, Opposite Worlds could only muster 644,000 at 8p on Syfy, while Best Ink on Oxygen inked up 567,000. Results for Mind of a Man were not available at press time, however, GSN did log in 219,000 viewers for the primetime daypart, which included the DeRay Davis-hosted quizzer and two "Family Feud" reruns.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 2/20/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Baby on Board"

  • Christina Aguilera will soon hear the Voice.... of a little baby (Us Magazine)
     
  • 19 Recordings want their piece of the Idol pie from Sony (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • Shayne Lamas released from the hospital (E!)

Posted 2/20/14

Cee Lo to "The Voice": Forget You
Singer to Leave Talent Contest
From the Hollywood Reporter
Cee Lo Green is leaving his spinning judge's chair behind. The producer and recording artist said he will not return to NBC's The Voice, telling Ellen DeGeneres in an interview airing Wednesday, "I'm not coming back, guys."

"I’m going to continue my relationship with NBC. I have a television show development deal with them as well and hopefully some other talk show opportunities for later in the year," Green said in the interview. "But yeah, I’m going to miss The Voice, too."

Green taped the interview for The Ellen DeGeneres Show alongside Lionel Richie, whom he is joining on an upcoming tour they've dubbed All the Hits All Night Long.

"I just want to … I don’t want to wear out my welcome there," Green continued. "You know what I’m saying? I have so many other things that I want to do. I haven't released an album in four years. I’m almost done with my album."

In a statement released Wednesday, Green confirmed that he wouldn't be returning as a coach for the seventh season of The Voice, adding that it was an amicable decision he made with NBC and that he's excited to be developing other ideas with the network.

"The Voice has been an immensely enjoyable experience for me and I can only hope I have enriched the lives of our viewers, the contestants, and the many friends I made there," Green said. "I will always be there in spirit. Meanwhile, NBC and I plan to continue our relationship with several new co-ventures including a new music show, while we also explore our ideas for me to create and host a new show of my own. I will not go quietly into the night... expect more great music and entertainment done in my own unique unmistakable and undeniable way. The Voice has given me all the altitude and incentive to do just that. Thanks for the memories and make way for many more!"

NBC's president of alternative and late-night programming Paul Telegdy added in a separate statement: "Cee Lo Green has been an instrumental part of the success of The Voice, and we deeply appreciate all his contributions. We’re looking forward to working with him on other upcoming projects that will tap into both his musical and entertainment expertise."

The Hollywood Reporter
USA Today
CNN
Entertainment Weekly
Buzzfeed

posted 2/19/14

Syndies: Jump the Question
Results for the Week Ending February 9
From the Futon Critic
Based on National ratings for the week of February 3, 2014, "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" with Cedric "The Entertainer" grew week to week in Households (+9% - 2.4 rating vs. 2.2 rating), Total Viewers (+11% - 3.325 million vs. 2.984 million) and Adults 25-54 (+14% - 0.8 rating vs. 0.7 rating). In fact, "Millionaire" finished as the biggest week-to-week gainer among all syndicated game shows on all 3 measures.

· "Millionaire" equaled its 2nd-highest Household rating this season.

Elsewhere in game shows for the first full week of sweeps, CTD’s leader Wheel of Fortune dipped 4% from the prior week to a 7.6. CTD’s Jeopardy! inched up 1% to a 7.3. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud faded 5% to a still-stellar 6.0.

Disney/ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire  was still down 8% from last year.

The Futon Critic
B&C

posted 2/19/14

Tuesday: Day 11
Idol Helps Fox to Second
From the Futon Critic
NBC (18.473 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.8, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with its primetime portion of the "2014 Olympic Winter Games" (18.473 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.8, #1).

FOX (9.625 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2) then took home the silver with a special two-hour "American Idol" (9.625 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2).

Next up was CBS (8.068 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (9.831 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.979 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and "Person of Interest" (6.395 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.712 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up repeats of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.712 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6), "The Goldbergs" (2.489 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Trophy Wife" (2.026 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) plus a new "Killer Women" (3.167 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9).

The Futon Critic

posted 2/19/14

Newsnet Game Show?
HLN to Explore Quiz Show Format
From the Hollywood Reporter
HLN is undertaking a major rebranding away from wall-to-wall trial coverage and toward a programming strategy centered on the social media conversation. And executive vp and general manager Albie Hecht, installed last November by CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker, is about to push the boundaries on programming for a traditional cable news network with an eclectic development slate that includes game shows, docuseries (which have been successful on CNN) and apps that could also be TV segments.

Hecht, a former Viacom executive, compares his mission at HLN with his experience being a member of the team that launched MTV. "It's about finding the white spaces," he says. "When you build a brand, you're fulfilling a need."

But the landscape is much more crowded and noisy today than it was in 1981 when MTV premiered, or even 2003, when Hecht oversaw the successful transition of TNN to Spike TV, the first network targeting men. But like his boss Zucker, Hecht is prepared to throw things at the proverbial wall. And the network's development slate reveals an eclectic mix of programs that one would not expect to find on a traditional cable news channel. But, says Hecht, he's running after a different audience than MSNBC, Fox News Channel or even CNN.

"News that you share is very different from breaking news that other networks will cover," he notes. "Our content is going to be different."

Developed in-house, the game show "Keywords" asks contestants to identify the search term with five key-word clues. In demonstrating the game, "reality star" and "sex tape" are among the key words for the answer Kim Kardashian. "It's a really infectious show," says Hecht, "but it's really funny and informative too about people's pop culture knowledge."

The Hollywood Reporter
Atlanta Business Chronicle

posted 2/19/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "One Two Cook"

  • Food's pair of "Chopped", "Cutthroat Kitchen" slices in at 1.599 million average. Paper cut (The Futon Critic)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Juan to be in a commmercial? (YouTube)
     
  • Omarosa wants to be an apprentice... to the Los Angeles Unified School District (LA Weekly)
     
  • Aaron Paul will never forget his stint on TPIR (Inquisitr)

Posted 2/19/14

"Bam's Big Ass Game Show" Finally Gets a Big Ass Airdate
Catch It on TBS April 14
From the Futon Critic
TBS will roll out its latest original series "Bam's Bad Ass Game Show," hosted by Bam Margera, on Monday, April 14 at 10:30/9:30c.

In the half-hour project, competitors will vie for $10,000 by facing off against each other in incredibly demented, potentially dangerous and occasionally painful challenges, like answering trivia questions while dangling above a pool of trash-filled water or dropping a watermelon on a target after being shot out of a cannon. The loser of each challenge is eliminated until there's only one contestant left standing to take home the cash prize.

Margera, David A. Hurwitz and Noah Bonnett also serve as executive producers. Six episodes were commissioned back in January of last year.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/18/14

Monday: Day 10
NBC Wins with Sochi Coverage; "Bachelor" Drops
From the Futon Critic
NBC (23.462 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.6, #1) continued its reign on Monday with its presentation of the "2014 Olympic Winter Games" (23.462 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.6, #1).

The silver then went to ABC (7.663 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) with fresh installments of "The Bachelor" (7.607 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) and "Castle" (7.775 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3).

Next up was FOX (5.207 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) with originals from "Almost Human" (5.278 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5) and "The Following" (5.137 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.306 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) served up repeats of "How I Met Your Mother" (4.993 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6), "2 Broke Girls" (4.822 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8), "Mike & Molly" (5.538 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7) and "Mom" (5.042 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10) alongside a new "Intelligence" (5.719 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8).

The Futon Critic

posted 2/18/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Commercials"

Posted 2/18/14

Seventh Stretch for "Drag Race"
Casting Begins for New Season
From the Futon Critic
All hail the queens! One week before the sixth season premiere of "RuPaul's Drag Race" on February 24th at 9 PM ET/PT, Logo TV, Viacom's television, digital and social brand focused on the LGBT community, today announced that the mega-hit franchise has been greenlit for a seventh season. Production kicks off today with a nationwide casting call to find the fiercest queens across the land to compete in this genre-defining, battle royale of drag. To get fans revved up for the new season, starting today, Logo TV is pre-releasing the first episode (sans the elimination) exclusively on the new Logo TV app. A week later, LogoTV.com will exclusively premiere RuPaul's new single "Geronimo," from forthcoming album BORN NAKED on Monday, February 24.

"A new album, a season premiere and the official greenlight for season 7...all in the same week!?! I'm so verklemplt I could plotz," said Executive Producer, RuPaul.

"RuPaul's Drag Race continues to be a perennial fan favorite that has slowly become a pop culture phenomenon attracting a wide-range of viewers," said Pamela Post, Vice President of Programming for Logo TV.

As Logo TV's highest-rated series to date, "RuPaul's Drag Race" has consistently grown its audience across all platforms each season. At present, it's just shy of three million fans across all of Logo TV's social platforms, including 1 million fans on Facebook, with tens of millions of video views online.

Starting today, fans that can't wait another minute for the season six premiere on February 24th, can download the Logo TV app for free on iPhone and iPad to stream the first episode exclusively in the app (sans the elimination). Fans can also exclusively stream "21 1/2 Moments that Made Us Gag," which is packed with unseen footage and insider insights featuring RuPaul, Michelle Visage, former contestants and journalists who countdown the most outrageous, shocking and heartfelt moments from the first five season of "RuPaul's Drag Race" and "All Stars."

The Futon Critic
The Wrap

posted 2/17/14

Nigel Lythgoe Goes Singing Again
CBS Signs On for Turkish Format
From
TV Guide
CBS is teaming with So You Think You Can Dance executive producer and judge Nigel Lythgoe.

The network has ordered a pilot for the reality competition In the Spotlight.

The complete pilot report: CBS has HIMYM and NCIS spin-offs

Adapted for the U.S. from a Turkish format, In the Spotlight is described as a performance show with a fresh take on the competitive aspect. Lythgoe will executive-produce with Jennifer Bresnan, Jeff Collins and Michael Hammond (Dance Moms).

Lythgoe, a longtime American Idol executive producer, departed the show after last season.

TV Guide
Deadline
C21 Media
TBI Vision

posted 2/17/14

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "Baby Cowell"

  • Simon Cowell, girlfriend welcome baby boy Eric (Us Magazine)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: "American Idol's" new set. (The Wrap)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Top Chef Estrellas" (Telemundo, Sundays) (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • Abby Lee Miller gets sued over biting (TMZ)
     
  • Nick Hewer celebrates his EVENT HEIST on the set of "Countdown" (Western Daily Press)

Posted 2/16/14

More on the New Flavor of "Killer Karaoke"
Catch It on truTV Thursday.... or Tuesday on YouTube
From
The Futon Critic
truTV is giving viewers the chance to catch a sneak peek of the entire first new episode of Killer Karaoke via the highly popular truTV channel on YouTube, as well as through participating cable, satellite and telco video-on-demand platforms. The winter premiere of the outrageous singing competition series - which will mark the debut of new host Mark McGrath - will be available beginning Tuesday, Feb. 18, two days before the episode is set to air on truTV.

"We have made some exciting changes to Killer Karaoke, so we want to be sure we give as many viewers as possible the chance to check it out through truTV's YouTube channel and video-on-demand," said Chris Linn, president, head of programming for truTV. "Posting an entire episode prior to its premiere is a first for truTV and a great way to build buzz around the new and improved Killer Karaoke."

Killer Karaoke hits all the wrong notes in the best possible way. Each week on this twisted competition series - which the New York Times in 2012 cheekily proclaimed, "the greatest show in television history" - contestants attempt to sing songs while facing extreme and sometimes skin-crawling obstacles.

In the new winter episodes of Killer Karaoke, which begin on truTV Thursday, Feb. 20, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), the stakes will be higher than ever, thanks to a fresh new format. Each episode will begin with six contestants singing an opening number, after which they will be ranked based on a scoring system. The highest-ranking players will earn advantages throughout the show, such as deciding which competitor goes first, or choosing what obstacles their opponents will face. But the ultimate goal is winning over the audience, who will be voting for their favorites throughout the competition.

When all is "sung and done," the top two contestants must face each other - as well as their biggest fears - in a final head-to-head battle. The singer with the highest score will then win the weekly cash prize of up to $10,000.

The Futon Critic
New York Post
Great Falls Tribune
Broadway World


"Killer Karaoke" returns February 20
p
hoto courtesy truTV

posted 2/14/14

He's Baaaaaaack!
Miss J Alexander Heading Back to "Top Model"
From
The Futon Critic
Cycle 21 of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL, hosted by Tyra Banks, welcomes a fan favorite back to the judging panel: J. Alexander, a.k.a. "Miss J." The second "Guys and Girls" edition will begin airing in summer 2014, with seven men and seven women living under one roof and battling it out to earn the prestigious title of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL.

The panel of judges, which includes Banks, fashion public relations maven Kelly Cutrone and the viewing public, will be joined by beloved runway coach J. Alexander making his return to the show to determine who stays and who goes in the competition.

"His name says it all. I've missed 'Miss J.' and am elated he's back," said executive producer Tyra Banks. "I know 'Top Model' fans will rejoice!"

Also joining Cycle 21 as photo shoot creative consultant is the sought-after photographer Yu Tsai, who has worked with some of the entertainment industry's most talented models, actors and musicians. Yu Tsai also helped launch the careers of many supermodels, including Kate Upton, in addition to working on campaigns with worldwide brands, including prize partner GUESS.

"We are thrilled to have 'Miss J.' reprising his role as runway coach and judge extraordinaire. 'Miss J.' has been a part of the top model family since cycle 1 and we are thrilled he's come home," said executive producer Ken Mok. "We are also excited to have world renowned photographer Yu Tsai joining 'Top Model' this season as creative consultant to the models - he's one of the world's most well regarded photographers and his work speaks for itself."

The model hopefuls will compete for a career-launching prize package that includes returning prize suppliers NYLON Magazine, GUESS and Next Model Management. The winner will receive prizes including: $100,000 national ad campaign with GUESS, whose advertising campaigns have launched many modeling careers; a fashion feature in NYLON Magazine and offered a modeling contract with Next Model Management.

Fans will again have numerous opportunities each week to vote online and via mobile at http://cwtv.com/thecw/antmvoting to choose their favorite contestants based on photo shoots taken during production. Voting begins February 20 and continues with the following voting dates: February 23, February 27, March 2, March 5, March 8, March 12, March 15, March 22, March 25, March 28 and April 1. The contestants who have already been eliminated will have the opportunity to return to the competition via votes on their photo shoot pictures, which will allow the audience the chance to save their favorite model.

The Futon Critic
Wetpaint

posted 2/14/14

"Game Night" Every Night
NBC to Release "Hollywood Game Night" Home Game February 15
From
The Futon Critic
NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products announced today that Cardinal Industries, a leading board and card game developer, will introduce a card game based on the hit show, "Hollywood Game Night." Hitting shelves on February 15, the Hollywood Game Night Party Game will be available initially at Walmart stores for an exclusive window and will also be available at the NBC online store (www.nbcuniversalstore.com). "Hollywood Game Night" returns to NBC on February 27 and will air on Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The licensing deal was brokered by Joy Tashjian Marketing Group, LLC.

The Hollywood Game Night Party Game transports all the fun and high jinx of the series, hosted by Jane Lynch right into everyone's living room. The game includes five different card games, dual purpose coasters, a timer, a dry erase score chart and a marker to keep score. Players will learn how well they know pop culture, who can "doo" a song the best and which team can conquer the Celebrity Name Game Challenge.

"The Hollywood Game Night Party Game is a great way to bring the fun of the show right into your own home," said Kerry O'Donnell, director of global licensing, NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products Group. "The pop culture trivia and fast-paced format of the games will provide outrageous fun and lasting memories for our fans. We are really proud to be working with Cardinal on this project as the show continues into its second season."

"'Hollywood Game Night' is tailor-made for home entertainment," said Joel Berger, President, Cardinal Industries. " Its unique, teamwork-based format provides the perfect kicker for any party, event or simple family evening at home."

"JTMG and Cardinal have worked together on many game show properties" said Joy Tashjian, President of Joy Tashjian Marketing Group. "Cardinal knows how to recreate the excitement of the television game experience and bring it to your home."

The Futon Critic
Channel Guide

posted 2/14/14

Thursday: Day 7
Olympics Overtake Idol
From
The Futon Critic
NBC (22.888 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.9, #1) was still the network to beat on Thursday with its primetime coverage of the "2014 Olympic Winter Games" (22.888 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.9, #1).

FOX (6.958 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then snagged the silver with fresh installments of "American Idol" (9.875 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) and "Rake" (4.041 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8).

Next up was CBS (7.023 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (11.774 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #3), "The Millers" (7.527 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4), "The Crazy Ones" (5.074 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "Two and a Half Men" (5.493 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) and "Elementary" (6.136 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.780 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up a new "The Taste" (3.040 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9) followed by a repeat of "Scandal" (2.260 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

On cable, Under the Gunn (9:00) led the game show troops with 1.367 million viewers. "King of the Nerds" came in second for TBS with 967,000 viewers, the lion's share in the target demo. "Chopped Canada" clocked in 853,000 Americans, while part 1 of the "Panic Button" season finale gave truTV 461,000, next to last in primetime cable.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 2/14/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Remix for Lovers"

Posted 2/14/14

Wednesday: Day 6
Olympics Overtake Idol
From
The Futon Critic
NBC (20.768 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.6, #1) continued its win streak with its coverage of the "2014 Olympic Winter Games" (20.768 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.6, #1).

FOX (11.425 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.4, #2) then took home the silver with another two-hour "American Idol" (11.425 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.4, #2).

Next up was ABC (3.597 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its mix of "The Middle" (4.956 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Suburgatory" (3.685 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6), "Modern Family" (4.803 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3), a new "Super Fun Night" (3.498 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) and "Nashville" (2.320 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.005 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up encores of "Mike & Molly" (4.737 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "The Beatles: The Night That Changed America - A Grammy Salute" (5.058 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

On cable the night before...

- Face Off (9:00) - Syfy
1.352 million viewers, #19; 0.748 million adults 18-49 (0.59 rating), #14

- Chopped (10:00) - Food
1.127 million viewers, #27; 0.579 million adults 18-49 (0.46 rating), #21

- Bad Girls All Star Battle (8:00) - Oxygen
0.878 million viewers, #31; 0.524 million adults 18-49 (0.41 rating), #24

- Opposite Worlds (10:00) - Syfy
0.762 million viewers, #36; 0.366 million adults 18-49 (0.29 rating), #32

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 2/13/14

The Great Irish Lie
Catch It on TV3 NEXT Monday!
From
Business & Leadership
TV3 is set to launch a new game show – The Lie – next Monday (17 February).

The show, which will be aired on Mondays and Fridays at 8pm for 10 episodes over five weeks, is being co-produced by 3Studios and STV Productions in Scotland.

The Lie will involve a team of two contestants attempt to survive series of rounds, risking an increasing amount of cash on their ability to spot the lie. In each round they will face a number of statements in a chosen category, from pop culture to current affairs. There will always be one lie but as they get closer to the jackpot, the number of true statements and the number of pitfalls increase. The top cash prize on offer is €10,000.

Filmed in TV3’s Sony HD Studio in Ballymount, the show will be hosted by broadcaster and journalist Jonathan McCrea on TV3. Meanwhile, comedian Susan Calman will host the Scottish version of the game show.

Viewers will be able to play along live with The Lie for fun via TV3’s second screen companion app ShowPal. Just like the game show contestants, viewers will be able to lock-in their own answers whilst playing against the clock. They will also be able to see how they fared against other ShowPal users and share their results on social media.

TV3 said it has received interest from a number of production companies and broadcasters worldwide regarding the format of The Lie.
And the broadcaster said The Lie is the first of a number of major shows to broadcast in 2014, “demonstrating the station’s increased investment and commitment to home production”.

“This is TV3 Studios’ first co-production and first venture into big entertainment game shows,” said TV3 group director of content Jeff Ford. “We were delighted to partner with STV Productions on this project and look forward now to airing The Lie in a peak time slot from next week. The format of The Lie is fast paced and addictive – a show we hope resonates with viewers, not just in Ireland but potentially worldwide as a world class format.”

Business & Leadership
TV3

posted 2/13/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "A Terrible Thing"

  • Was Alex Trebek being the other R-word on last night's "Jeopardy!", or was it a case of serendipity? (Mediaite)
     
  • Sean Lowe thought "The Bachelor" was creepy and wrong. Apparently posting the pics from the honeymoon... not so much. (Us Magazine)
     
  • Mark McGrath to face off against "Sharknado 2: The Second One" (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • Wayne Brady rocks improv, bow tie in hometown performance (Orlando Sentinel)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: STV is looking for "The Link" (STV)
     
  • IN MEMORIAM: Sid Caesar (1922-2014) on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (YouTube)
     
  • Happy 70th birthday, Jerry Springer! (Cincinnati.com)

Posted 2/13/14

"Feud" Smashes Own Record
Syndie Results for the Week Ending February 2
From
TV by the Numbers
Fifteen years ago, a Zap2it report opened with the headline "Feud Fares Well" after a preview episode aired in the Los Angeles market with then-host Louie Anderson.

Nowadays, "Family Feud" is faring more than well, breaking its own record and reinvigorating a long-running franchise with new energy.

"Feud,” from producer FremantleMedia North America and distributor Debmar-Mercury, has shattered its record-breaking ratings and demo performance set only a week earlier.

The Steve Harvey-hosted game show hit a 6.3 household rating and a 3.3 rating among women 25-54 during the week ended Feb. 2, achieving household and demo ratings not seen for any version of “Feud” since at least 1988, when Nielsen upgraded its measurement system with the introduction of People Meters.

“Feud” climbed 3% week-to-week in households (up from a 6.1) and 6% in the key women 25-54 demo targeted by advertisers (from 3.1). Versus the comparable year-ago time frame, “Feud’ leapt 19% in households and 27% in the demo (as well as among all adults in the age group).

In what has become a common occurrence, “Feud” once again surpassed “Wheel of Fortune” (3.0) and “Jeopardy” (2.8) in women 25-54. During all of last season, “Feud” defeated both of the long-dominant game shows 15 times in the critical demo, while tying “Wheel” and upending “Jeopardy” four times. This marks the sixth win over both this season, in addition to three ties with “Wheel” and wins over “Jeopardy.”

“Feud” garnered more than 9.3 million total viewers and 2 million-plus women 25-54 during the week.

As for total audiences, CBS' "Wheel of Fortune" held firm at a 7.9. Sister show "Jeopardy!", which aired the beginning of the Arthur Chu run, dropped 1 percent to a 7.2.  On the other hand, Millionaire sank 12% from the prior session to a 2.2, losing 15% from last year at this time.

TV by the Numbers
TV by the Numbers
B&C


"Family Feud" tops its own record
photo courtesy FremantleMedia

posted 2/12/14

All CBS Daytime Needs Is Love
Special Lineup Followed by Live Tweets
From
CBS
CBS Daytime celebrates Valentine's Day with special themed episodes of THE TALK, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, LET’S MAKE A DEAL, THE PRICE IS RIGHT and THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, Monday, Feb. 10 – Friday, Feb. 14 on the CBS Television Network. In addition, CBS Daytime will mark Valentine’s Day with talent from the entire lineup participating in Twitter “Love Chats” throughout the week, using #Heart2Heart (full schedule below).

LET’S MAKE A DEAL, hosted by Wayne Brady, celebrates Valentine’s Day on Friday, Feb. 14 (check local listings) with prizes for singles and couples, including an all-expense paid trip to Paris and a $15,000 cash prize. During this special romantic episode, single traders will be brought together for a “prize connection” in the hopes of falling in love with a deal. However, even on Valentine’s Day, surprises are still in store for the Traders as they pick between cars, a ski getaway, a trip to New Orleans, or the dreaded Zonks - including Zonk Candy, Zonk Gorilla Cupid, a Zonk Corn Dog and a Zonk Broken Heart. Plus, one lucky Trader will have a shot at the “Big Deal of the Day,” valued at more than $28,000.

Daytime Emmy Award-winning game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, daytime's #1-rated series and the longest-running game show in television history, is throwing a wedding shower Friday, Feb. 14 (11:00 – 12:00 Noon, ET; 10:00 – 11:00 AM, PT). An audience filled with engaged couples will have the opportunity to play as pairs and win special prizes, including his and hers wedding bands, a collection of wedding china, a romantic trip to Florence, and a honeymoon in Fiji. Plus, one lucky couple will have the opportunity to win the destination wedding of their dreams in Cancun.

Following is the schedule for live Twitter “Love Chats,” including respective Twitter handles (all chats will use #Heart2Heart):

Tuesday, Feb. 11:

10:00 AM, ET/9:00 AM, CT/7:00 AM, PT: LET'S MAKE A DEAL models
Tiffany Coyne (@TiffanyCoyne) and Danielle Demski (@Danielle_Demski)
Wednesday, Feb. 12:

Friday, Feb. 14:

11:00 AM, ET/8:00 AM, PT: PRICE IS RIGHT MODEL RACHEL REYNOLDS
Rachel Reynolds (@Rachel1Reynolds)

CBS
Broadway World

posted 2/12/14

Three More Pointless Seasons
BBC Orders More "Pointless"
From
Telly Mix
BBC One has announced that hit gameshow Pointless and its spin-off Pointless Celebrities have been recommissioned for 228 new episodes.


The order comprises three series totalling 204 episodes of the daytime version, which achieved its highest ever ratings of 5.2million viewers last November.

There will also be 24 new Celebrity specials, which have attracted up to a whopping 7.8million viewers in their primetime Saturday night timeslots.

Comedian Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman – creative director of Pointless producers Endemol – will remain as its presenters.

Executive producer James Fox said: “We’re extremely proud of the success of Pointless, which has become a juggernaut hit for BBC One.

“In the upcoming episodes, viewers can expect many more obscure facts as well as a host of surprises, including Alexander and Richard’s attempt at creating the 2014 UK entry to the Eurovision Song Contest.”

BBC commissioning editor Pam Cavannagh added: “It is great to see Pointless go from strength to strength, pulling in stellar ratings for BBC One in both its weekday and prime time Saturday night spot.”

A Pointless mobile app is expected to launch in the UK later this month.

Telly Mix
The Sun

posted 2/12/14

Time to Rush
Hollywood Week Concludes, Top 31 Move to Rush Week Next Week
From
the Futon Critic
With the "Hollywood" round ending this week on AMERICAN IDOL XIII, fans can expect even more surprises, as the show prepares for "Rush Week" and the first live shows of the season. On Wednesday, Feb. 12 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), the "Hollywood" round continues, followed by its conclusion on Thursday, Feb. 13 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), when the top semi-finalists - 15 girls and 16 guys - are revealed. However, the last two guys chosen will still be in jeopardy with their IDOL fates left in the hands of viewers. After this Thursday's show, fans will get the chance to vote via toll-free calls, text, online and the AMERICAN IDOL App, for which guy they want to make it to the Top 30 semi-finalists.

Next week, AMERICAN IDOL XIII's "Rush Week" will be LIVE for two nights of performances and the season's first results show. In a new twist, not all 30 singers will get to perform, as the judges - Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. - will choose only whom they think are worthy of America's vote, leaving some packing their bags before they get a chance to sing. On Tuesday, Feb. 18 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live /PT tape-delayed), Randy Jackson returns as in-house mentor, and the Top 15 girls will take the brand-new stage designed by acclaimed designer Baz Halpin (Britney Spears' Piece of Me, Pink: Funhouse Tour). On Wednesday, Feb. 19 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live /PT tape-delayed), the Top 15 guys do the same.

Then, on the first results show of the season, Thursday, Feb. 20 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), the Top 10 finalists chosen by America - five girls and five guys - will be revealed, followed by the judges' wild card picks to round out the Top 13 finalists.

On both Tuesday and Wednesday night, the voting lines will open immediately after each LIVE show and fans will be able to cast their votes for their favorite contestants. Viewers will be able to SuperVote(TM) - cast multiple votes at one time - via any of these AMERICAN IDOL VOTE destinations: americanidol.com, the AMERICAN IDOL App (data and message rates may apply) and Facebook. To SuperVote, fans can submit up to 50 votes per contestant (across all SuperVote destinations) and submit them all at once. [Only fans with a registered Facebook account in the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will be able to cast their vote(s) online.]

The Futon Critic

posted 2/11/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Biting The Hand That Feeds"

  • Now that Sean Lowe has found love, he's calling out "The Bachelor" for being both cheesy and wrong (Us Magazine)
     
  • Ronda Rousey joins "Entourage" movie (Fox Sports)
     
  • Ryan Seacrest launching clothing line (Wall Street Journal)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: season 2 of "Deal With It" (TBS, March 19) (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Howie Mandel talks a-fib (Fox News)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Chris Hardwick (POINTS!) (Washington Square News) and a lot of people who remember Charles Nelson Reilly (CTNow)

Posted 2/12/14

Sunday & Monday: Days 3 & 4
NBC Wins Monday, "Bachelor" Takes Hit
From
the Futon Critic
NBC (22.158 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.4, #1) kept its win streak alive thanks to its primetime coverage of "2014 Olympic Winter Games" (22.158 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.4, #1).

A distant silver then went to ABC (6.294 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) with a new "The Bachelor" (7.781 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) alongside a rebroadcast of "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (3.320 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

Next up was FOX (5.047 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) with originals from "Almost Human" (5.371 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) and "The Following" (4.723 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.987 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) offered up repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (5.431 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7), "Mom" (5.114 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9), "Mike & Molly" (5.942 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5), another "Mom" (5.613 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5) and "Intelligence" (6.912 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7).

On Sunday, the recently-renewed "Cutthroat Kitchen" played to an audience of 1.294 million viewers, building off of the 1.242 million from "Chopped" the hour before.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 2/11/14

Changes Are Coming to "Biggest Loser"
Last Champion Raised Cause for Concern
From
E!
The Biggest Loser winner probably won't ever look so rail-thin again.

Producers are considering some "small but significant tweaks" to the series' production, sources connected to the show tell E! News, including more support and check-ins for contestants after they shoot the final episode.

The conversation about what happens to the contestants after leaving the ranch began when the winner of the most recent season, Rachel Frederickson, lost an additional 45 pounds and shocked the audience during the show's live finale last week. At 5'4", she weighed in at 105 pounds, which puts her below the healthy body mass index, according to the National Institute of Health.

"There might be more focus on what happens to the winner after they are supposedly done with the show," says one source tied to the series. NBC, which is a sister network to E!, had no comment for this story.

In past seasons, most contestants have actually gained weight after leaving the ranch where The Biggest Loser is filmed. When they leave the show, they aren't closely monitored or offered the multiple hours of workouts they receive while filming the show. Sources tell us that post-filming timeframe is now front and center. Still, dramatic weight loss will continue to be the focus on the show.

Producers have been quick to respond to health concerns in past seasons. After the "Second Chances" season, when two contestants were hospitalized after a mile-long foot race, producers began checking body temperature during workouts to ensure better safety.

E!

posted 2/11/14

Family Affair: Next Monday
Simon Cowell-created Bradley Walsh-Hosted Pilot Ready to Roll
From
Broadcast
Simon Cowell’s fledgling indie Over the Top Productions is piloting its first project - a primetime ITV gameshow fronted by Bradley Walsh.

The company was established last year as a joint venture with Syco Entertainment’s global head of television Nigel Hall to push into new genres. It is now preparing to launch its first format.

Over the Top is planning a run-through of Keep it in the Family at London Studios on 17 February with a view to getting a full series commissioned.

The format has been compared to The Generation Game and pits two families of four against each other over a number of rounds. However the show contains a twist - the children are put in charge of the decision-making.

Over the Top will be hoping that the gameshow, Cowell’s first since Red or Black?, is able to replicate the success of Walsh’s other ITV entertainment show The Chase.

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posted 2/11/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "New Life"

  • Kim Spradlin welcomes a new baby Survivor (People)
     
  • What about Austin Mahone ... on "Wild'n Out" (E!)
     
  • Shayne Lamas NOT in a coma, per the family (Us Magazine)
     
  • Has Juan Pablo Galavis ruined "The Bachelor"? (The Daily Beast)
     
  • Howie Mandel talks a-fib (Fox News)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Chris Hardwick (POINTS!) (Washington Square News) and a lot of people who remember Charles Nelson Reilly (CTNow)

Posted 2/11/14

Food Renews Two
"Cutthroat Kitchen", "Grocery Games" to Return
From
the Wrap
Food Network has renewed “Guy’s Grocery Games” for a second season and “Cutthroat Kitchen” for a third.

Hosted by Guy Fieri, “Grocery Games” will go back into production this month. And the Alton Brown-hosted “Cutthroat Kitchen” will start production on the new season in March.

“We’re thrilled at the viewers’ reception for both these two Sunday night favorites and we’re working quickly to deliver new episodes for fans,” Food Network’s GM and senior vice president Bob Tuschman said in a statement.

He continued, “‘Cutthroat Kitchen’ and ‘Guy’s Grocery Games’ put a unique and distinctive spin on the culinary competition show, each infused with the unique talents of Alton Brown and Guy Fieri respectively, and they have clearly resonated with our audience.”

Since its premiere last October, “Guy’s Grocery Games” averaged a .7 rating in the network’s key demographic Adults 25-54 rating in its premiere timeslot, Sundays at 8 p.m. “Cutthroat Kitchen,” which airs Sunday nights at 10 p.m., averaged a .8 rating in the Adults 25-54 demo since its debut in August 2013.

The Wrap

posted 2/10/14

South Africa Deserves Another
"You Deserve It" Renewed by e.tv
From
ZAlebs
You Deserve It, the exciting game show with a difference, makes its way back on e.tv this Sunday, 9 February at 6:05PM.

Sponsored by Omo, the game show brings on contestants who play for a beneficiary of their choice.The beneficiaries are people who have gone through tough times and are in need of support. These are courageous South Africans who, despite their limited resources, are sincerely dedicated to the betterment of the lives of others.

Hosted by the lively Sydney Matlhaku, You Deserve It is all about making a difference in somebody else’s life. In the show, the contestants have to resolve a who, what or where question with the clues they are given by the presenter. Nail-biting as any game show is, the clues are not free and can cost the contestants precious money they are trying to win for their beneficiary. So, it all comes down to the contestant’s knowledge, intuition and mostly, keeping a cool head under immense pressure. The winning contestants are those who can guess the answers using the least possible number of clues in order to win the most money for the beneficiary.

What’s even more thrilling about You Deserve It is that the beneficiaries are totally unaware of the show; and that they were chosen to win the money. Once the contestant has gone through their final round and won the money for the beneficiary, field reporter, Nkanyiso Bhengu, surprises the beneficiary with the revelation that the contestant has won them a life-changing amount of money.

Says Monde Twala, e.tv Head of Channels: “You Deserve It, is a fun and fantastic game show format which brings joy to people who are in need. We hope our viewers will enjoy the second season as much as they enjoyed the first season. ”

ZAlebs

posted 2/10/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Celebrities Doing Things They Shouldn't Be Doing"

  • Chris Kattan goes from cooking to booking (for DUI) (Los Angeles Times)
     
  • David Madden visits a Montana National History bee qualifier (Billings Gazette)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: "La Voz Kids" (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • Baby Girl Deanna Pappas (E!)
     
  • Adam Lambert, Chris Daughtry return to the "Idol" stage for boot camp (Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • Shayne Lamas in a chemical-induced coma after losing baby (TMZ)
     
  • Arthur Chu is playing the right way. And if anyone knows, it's Ken FREAKINGJENNINGS. (Slate)

Posted 2/10/14

X-ed Factor
Fox Cancels "X Factor" After 3 Seasons, Simon Cowell Leaving to Rejoin British Version
From
Entertainment Weekly
The X Factor has been crossed off Fox’s schedule.

The network is canceling the singing-competition series after three seasons of declining ratings.

The news comes the same day judge and executive producer Simon Cowell announced he would return to the UK version of the show.

Cowell, Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly and FremantleMedia North America president of entertainment Trish Kinane released statements pinning the decision on Cowell deciding to return to the UK series. But Fox had an option to renew X Factor and debated for months whether to bring it back. For awhile, Fox considered renewing the series for a fourth round with fewer hours per week, mirroring a production-tightening move that ABC’s Dancing with the Stars made this fall. The recent season of Factor averaged 7.1 million viewers and a mere 2.3 rating among adults 18-49 on Wednesday nights, including seven days of DVR playback.

“I’ve had a fantastic time over the last 12 years, both on The X Factor and American Idol,” said Cowell in a statement. “And apart from being lucky enough to find some amazing talent on the shows, I have always had an incredible welcome from the American public (most of the time!). Last year, for a number of reasons, I had to make a decision to return to the U.K. version of The X Factor in 2014. So for now, I’m back to the U.K. and I want to thank Fox for being an incredible partner and I also want to thank everybody who has supported my shows. America, I’ll see you soon!”

Reilly added: “To all of us at Fox, Simon is more than one of the most prolific TV personalities of our time –he’s part of our family. A consummate showman and partner, there’s no one more passionate or creative than Simon, and we feel so fortunate to have enjoyed such a wonderful, collaborative relationship with him over the past 12 years. Unfortunately, there is no X Factor without Simon Cowell, but we understand and support his decision to focus on the international formats and on the next phase of his personal life. We wish him the very best, and it’s our sincere hope that we work together again soon.”

From the start, X Factor struggled to make a positive impression on U.S. viewers compared to overseas editions. It came across as more cartoonish and manipulative than Idol, with a revolving door of celebrity judges that never seemed to truly connect with both each other and viewers. The show particularly suffered by comparison to NBC’s rival start-up hit The Voice, which started airing a fall edition last season and charmed viewers with its warmly engaging panel of “coaches.” Factor was also blamed by some observers — fair or not — for hastening Idol‘s ratings decline, since it added to the glut of singing competition shows.

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Fox cancels "The X Factor"
Photo courtesy Fox/FremantleMedia

posted 2/7/14

Ray Chew Dancing with ABC
Former "Idol", "Singing Bee" Bandleader Joins "Dancing with the Stars"
From
Entertainment Weekly
Dancing with the Stars has named former American Idol bandleader Ray Chew as the show's new music director and composer, ABC announcedFriday.

Chew's band, featuring new musicians and singers, will make their debut on the Season 18 premiere Monday, March 17 at 8/7c.

"Live music is the lifeblood of DWTS and we couldn't be more excited to be working with Ray and his talented band. Ray is one of the most versatile and dynamic musicians working today. It promises to be a spectacular season," Dancing executive producer Conrad Green said in a statement.

"I'm looking forward to continuing the musical legacy established on Dancing with the Stars, a show that respects live music and musicians. It is important to me and to the producers to maintain the integrity of the music presentation for the dancers as well as for the viewers. Towards that end, my approach will be to utilize first class live vocalists, arrangers, copyists and musicians of all instruments," Chew added.

Besides Idol, Chew most recently served as the music director of the Emmy Awards last year. He was also the bandleader during the first iteration of "The Singing Bee".

Dancing announced it was parting ways with its longtime bandleader Harold Wheeler earlier this week.

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The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 2/7/14

Thursday: Day 0 in Sochi
NBC Wins with Bonus Olympic Coverage
From
The Futon Critic
The bonus night of "Olympics 2014 Primetime" (19.556 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.8, #1) coverage rocketed NBC (19.556 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.8, #1) to the top spot on Thursday.

CBS (10.411 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) then took home the silver with originals from "The Big Bang Theory" (17.204 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.0, #2), "The Millers" (10.932 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.7, #4), "The Crazy Ones" (7.551 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7), "Two and a Half Men" (8.125 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T5) and "Elementary" (9.326 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T5).

Next up was FOX (7.643 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) with fresh installments of "American Idol" (10.944 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.0, #3) and "Rake" (4.343 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.220 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up a new "The Taste" (3.167 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9) and a repeat "Shark Tank" (3.326 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

On cable...

- Under the Gunn (9:00) - Lifetime
1.336 million viewers, #22; 0.417 million adults 18-49 (0.33 rating), #35

- King of the Nerds (10:00) - TBS
0.967 million viewers, #32; 0.657 million adults 18-49 (0.52 rating), #24

- Chopped Canada (9:00) - Food
0.923 million viewers, #33; 0.485 million adults 18-49 (0.38 rating), #31

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 2/7/14

BBC Lines Up "Guess List"
Rob Brydon to Host
From
Click
Welsh funny man Rob Brydon (Gavin and Stacey, Would I Lie to You?) has been named the host of a new upcoming BBC One game show entitled The Guess List. The Saturday night game show will consist of two contestants competing for prizes specifically selected for them. The game show, which will be comprised of six forty minute episodes per series, will launch this spring.

Five celebrities from across the board, including athletes, musicians and actors, will help the contestants throughout the show. The celebrities will also compete solo during stages of the show.

Click
Digital Spy

posted 2/7/14

ITV Two
Greenlights for Formats from NBCUniversal, Endemol
From
ITV Press Centre
ITV Daytime has commissioned two new quiz formats for transmission later this year : Ejector Seat from Remarkable Television, an Endemol company and The 21st Question from Chocolate Media, part of NBCUniversal International Television Production.

Presented by ANDI PETERS, Ejector Seat is the new quiz show that sees six players take their place in one of six imposing seats - each at the top of a track that leads back toward ‘the edge’.

The game is simple: if players can answer a series of fast-paced general knowledge questions, they stay sitting happily in their seat. But if they answer questions incorrectly, their seat starts to travel back along its track, towards the edge. And if they fail to stop themselves, they’re ejected out of their seats and off the show for good. The competitors are ejected one by one until just one lucky contestant plays the final round with the chance to win up to £10,000.

GETHIN JONES will present The 21St Question - a bold new quiz format centered around 21 Questions. One ‘power player’ chosen at the start, faces ten challengers through a series of tense ‘winner stays on’ rounds designed to test both strategy and wits of all players to the limit.

Only one of the players will successfully fend off all the competition, and whoever is left standing faces a chance to win big – provided they can answer The 21St Question.

The 21st Question and Ejector Seat were commissioned by ITV Director of Daytime Helen Warner and ITV Commissioner Clare Ely.

Helen Warner said: “ITV Daytime is the home of some fantastic quiz formats with the hugely successful The Chase and Tipping Point so I’m delighted to welcome these two exciting new series to the schedule for 2014.”

The 21St Question is a Chocolate Media, part of NBCUniversal International Television Production. The Executive Producers are David Mortimer, Senior Vice President of Factual & Entertainment, NBCUniversal International Television Production, and Alan Brown, Creative Director, Chocolate Media.

Ejector Seat is a Remarkable Television production, an Endemol company. The Executive Producers are James Fox, Nick Mather and David Flynn. The Series Producer is Dom Waugh at Remarkable.

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posted 2/7/14

The Final Answer
Chris Tarrant, "Millionaire" Bids Viewers a Fond Farewell
From
Daily Express
An emotional Chris Tarrant hosted his last Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? TV show last night. His final answer? “I’ve loved every minute.”

ITV axed the series after a 15-year run.

Tarrant, 67, had no need to phone a friend to find out it was time to call it a day, ­saying: “I’m leaving the show with sadness but I think it’s run its course.”

Last night’s celebrity ­special saw Olympic track cyclist Sir Chris Hoy, 37, and comedian Kevin Bridges, 27, win £20,000 for charity.

Actor James Nesbitt, 49, and TV star Dom Joly, 46, won £1,000 as did Countdown’s Rachel Riley, 28, and her Hairy Biker partner Dave Myers, 56. ­

Tarrant bade a tearful ­farewell after he was handed a huge bouquet of flowers by his production crew, telling viewers: “Bless you, it’s been a fantastic 15 years.

“There have been lots of magical moments. All that remains is for me to thank all of our splendid guests who have braved the hot seat tonight – and over 15 years.

“And all the millions of you at home for watching. From all of us on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, good night and goodbye.”

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"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" airs its final episode

photo courtesy ITV

posted 2/7/14

"Disney's Win Lose or Draw": March 3
Stars Line Up for New Series
From
SeattlePI
Disney Channel's new take on the late 1980s game show Win, Lose or Draw has been given a premiere date: Monday, March 3 at 5/4c.

The new version, hosted by Justin Willman (Cupcake Wars), will pit two teams - each comprised of two kid contestants and a Disney Channel or Disney XD star - against each other as they compete in a game of drawing skills and wit.

Disney Channel and Disney XD stars participating include Laura Marano and Raini Rodriguez from Austin & Ally; Dog With a Blog's G Hannelius and Blake Michael; Kickin' It's Leo Howard and Olivia Holt; Lab Rats' Tyrel Jackson Williams and Billy Unger; Jessie's Peyton List and Cameron Boyce; Liv and Maddie's Dove Cameron and Joey Bragg; Mighty Med's Jake Short and Bradley Steven Perry; and Garrett Clayton and Chrissie Fit from Teen Beach Movie.

Utilizing motion control, interactive multi-touch screen displays and graphic technology, the new Win, Lose or Draw will center on challenges such as "Shake, Rattle and Draw," as well as a drawing obstacle course and "Fill in the Blank."

The revival comes from executive producer Scott St. John (Deal or No Deal) and Summerdale Prods. with ABC Media Group. A sneak preview episode aired on Friday, Jan. 17, ranking as the night's No. 1 TV telecast in its time slot with kids 2-11, kids 6-11 and tweens 9-14.

SeattlePI
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"Win, Lose or Draw" returns to Disney March 3
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hotos courtesy Disney

posted 2/6/14

Cold Weather? NO PROBLEM!
CBS Daytime Sees a Bump Up
From
the Hollywood Reporter
The cold weather might be posing problems for much of the U.S., but it appears that many are cozying up to the TVs during the afternoon. CBS' daytime lineup just brought in its biggest weekly audience in more than eight years.

For the week ending Feb. 2, CBS averaged 4.8 million viewers -- the network's largest weekly viewership since Dec. 2005. Among the targeted women 25-54, averaged a 1.6 rating. That marks a nearly four-year high, its best since Feb. 2010.
The biggest winners were The Talk and Let's Make a Deal 1 and 2, each of which posted series high weeks with a respective 3.2 million, 3.7 million and 4.2 million viewers a piece. (Let's Make a Deal, like The Price Is Right, typically gives a much stronger second half-hour.)

As for The Price Is Right, with 6.1 million viewers for its first half-hour and 7.1 million in the second, the top game show brought in its best numbers since 2004.

January's frigid temps and rising snow have been a boon elsewhere in daytime. Many syndicated series just hit season highs as well.

The Hollywood Reporter
TV by the Numbers



CBS Daytime gets a bump up thanks to some snow
Photos courtesy CBS/FremantleMedia

posted 2/6/14

Wednesday: Welcome to Hollywood
Another Win for Fox, "Idol"
From
the Futon Critic
FOX (13.288 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1) was the top draw on Wednesday for the fourth week in a row behind a new "American Idol" (13.288 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1).
CBS (10.701 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then took home the silver with a rebroadcast of "Criminal Minds" (8.270 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #10) followed by new episodes of "Criminal Minds" (12.810 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #3) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (11.023 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #5).

Next up was ABC (6.684 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) with fresh installments of "The Middle" (8.669 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #4), "Suburgatory" (6.222 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T7), "Modern Family" (10.010 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.5, #2), "Super Fun Night" (4.978 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.6, #9) and "Nashville" (5.113 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #11).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.639 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) served up the special "How to Raise an Olympian" (4.433 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12) alongside originals from "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.355 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6) and "Chicago PD" (6.129 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T7).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (2.753 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #13) and "The Tomorrow People" (1.373 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) on The CW (2.063 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the night.

Top Chef on Bravo led the games on cable with 1.693 million viewers, while Opposite Worlds scored 785,000 for Syfy.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 2/6/14

Blondes in China
Chinese TV Signs on for Dutch Game Show
From
C21 Media
A Chinese version of Dutch gameshow format Beat the Blondes is in the works after 3C Media licensed the rights from Eyeworks.

3C will produce 13 episodes this spring for regional free TV channels in Jiangxi, Henan, Chongqing, Shanxi, Qingdao TV and Hubei, with more to be added soon.

The deal is the first for the format in Asia and, according to the parties involved, it will be “adapted to include beautiful women with long hair in the place of the blondes.”

“We are using long-haired girls instead of blondes due to the traditional Chinese saying, ‘Women’s wit does not match their long hair, thus women are short-sighted,’” said 3C Media president and CEO Xichen Liu.

“We believe this combination of traditional culture and modern entertainment will make the show receive high ratings on all the regional channels across China.”

The original version is based on Western stereotypes, pitting one contestant against 50 blonde women to see who’s smartest.

It’s Eyeworks’ second flagship format to make it to China, following Celebrity Splash last year.

Jeff Goldman, co-MD of the company’s international distribution arm, said the Chinese TV market was thriving. “Beat the Blondes is a proven format and this adaptation will surely entertain audiences in Asia as it has those across Europe,” he added.

The show, which debuted on Nederland 3 in Holland, and its spin-off The Line-Up have already been remade in 10 countries, including Russia (RTR), Turkey (Fox), Germany (RTL II) and Romania (Antena).

Eyeworks is currently the subject of takeover speculation, with Warner Bros said to be circling the firm.

C21 Media

posted 2/6/14

Junk.
Joe Lycett Pilots Comedy Quiz for BBC Three
From
Chortle
Joe Lycett is being lined up to front a new BBC Three gameshow in which fellow comedians compete to win bits of junk the studio audience brought along.

The comic, who won the Chortle Student Comedy Award in 2009 is to pilot an episode of the show, called Junk, in London next month.

It is described as a mix of games how and stand-up; and character comedian Jamie Demetriou will have a role as the 'junkyard guardian'.

Producers say the show 'challenges a selection of the UK's best new comedians to earn treasured pieces of tat by being as hilarious as possible' – while someone in the audience will also get the chance to win 'some incredible clutter.

It is not the first game show for Lycett, as he was Alexander Armstrong's sidekick in the BBC One gameshow Epic Win in 2011.

The comic, a best newcomer nominee at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe, is currently on his first UK tour with his stand-up show If Joe Lycett Then You Should’ve Put a Ring On It.

Visit our free tickets page to be in the studio audience for the pilot at Wimbledon Studios on March 11.

Chortle

posted 2/6/14

Syndies: High Kick
Results for the Week Ending January 26
From
B&C
Most syndicated shows staged a sharp rebound in the week ending Jan. 26, despite some preemptions for storm coverage in the Northeast on Jan. 21.

Turning to the games, all shows were up after sinking in the previous stanza. Debmar-Mercury's Family Feud was the standout, strengthening 7% to a new season high 6.1. Its biggest rating since Nielsen People Meters began in 1988 and the first time the show passed the 6.0 threshold. Feud also soared to a 3.1 among women 25-54.

The performance puts the Steve Harvey-hosted “Feud,” now cleared by Debmar-Mercury between 5 and 8 p.m. in more than 70% of the U.S., up 7% in household ratings over the prior week, 20% versus the comparable week last season and an astronomical 336% since Harvey assumed the hosting reins in September 2010.

In total viewers, “Feud” garnered more than 9.2 million for the week, up 9% from the previous week and 18% from a year ago.

CTD's Wheel of Fortune accelerated 4% from the week before to a 7.9, reversing most of its prior session's decline. CTD's Jeopardy! rebounded 7% to a 7.3, while Disney/ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire spiked 14% to a new season high 2.5 although still down 4% from last year. The spike made Who Wants to Be a Millionaire the biggest week-to-week gainer among game shows, drawing its biggest overall audience in nearly a year and tying its strongest number among women 25-54 in almost two years.

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"Family Feud" and "Millionaire" post season highs
photos courtesy FremantleMedia/Disney ABC

posted 2/6/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Brand"

Posted 2/6/14

Tuesday: Winners & Losers
CBS Wins, NBC "Loser" Tops Finale Record, "Chase" Goes Out A Star
From
the Futon Critic
CBS (15.948 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday with originals from "NCIS" (19.315 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (16.391 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) and "Person of Interest" (12.140 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T4).

NBC (6.675 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then claimed the silver with its special "Winter Gold, Presented by Chevrolet: NBC's First Look at the Sochi Olympics Broadcast" (5.266 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9) followed by the two-hour season finale of "The Biggest Loser 15" (7.380 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3).

Next up was ABC (4.600 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3) with new episodes of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (6.541 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T4), "The Goldbergs" (5.083 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6), "Trophy Wife" (3.299 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #13) and "Killer Women" (3.068 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #15).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.417 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3) served up a new "Dads" (3.754 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8), a rebroadcast of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (3.215 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #11) plus fresh installments of "New Girl" (3.476 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (3.222 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9).

On cable, "Chopped" on Food Network led the game show troops with
1.430 million viewers. An hour earlier, Syfy's "Face Off" saw 1.394 million faces. Oxygen's "Bad Girls All-Star Battle" earned 971,000 viewers, while Syfy's "Opposite Worlds" is heading in the opposite direction at 801,000.

But the big story, sustained staying power for "The Chase" on GSN. Season 2's finale ended 818,000 strong, short of the record, but still dominant.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 2/5/14

And That Is Only the Beginning!
GSN Caps Largest January on Record
From
the Futon Critic
GSN shattered ratings records last year and is off to the same record-setting start in 2014. GSN announced today that January 2014 ended as the top month in the network's history, delivering its largest total day audience in key demos including HH, P2+, W2+ and W25-54.

Double-digit growth in key demos propelled GSN to become one of the top 10 fastest-growing ad supported cable networks in January among women and persons 25-54. GSN's year-over-year delivery increased double digits in both total day, P-25-54 rose +34% and W25-54 rose +38% and primetime where P25-54 rose +46% and W25-54 rose +47%.

January's ratings success was driven in part by GSN's hit original primetime series THE CHASE and MIND OF A MAN. THE CHASE has been garnering critical acclaim, fervent fans and stellar ratings growth throughout its second season, which kicked off in November. Since launching its first season in August, THE CHASE has established itself as one of GSN's most popular original series ever and has been seen by more than 15 million total viewers and 3 million W25-54.

GSN's newest original series, MIND OF A MAN premiered in a two-hour block on January 8, 2014 and increased the time period in key demos W18-49 +24% and W25-54 +48%. MIND OF A MAN was watched by 6.5 million total viewers in January.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/5/14

Game Night Will Try Where Comedy Failed
NBC Moves "Game Night" to Thursdays to Replace Canceled Comedies
From
Zap2it
Thursday nights are going to look a different on NBC, post-Winter Olympics.

"Hollywood Game Night" will be taking up residence on the network's troubled night, resuming Season 2 on Thursday, Feb. 27 at 9 p.m. ET.

Of course, this new time slot for the Jane Lynch-hosted game show means that (essentially canceled) "Sean Saves the World" and "The Michael J. Fox Show" have been removed from NBC's schedule until further notice.

An NBC representative confirmed the scheduling move with Zap2it, saying that it remains unclear when (or if) the remaining seven episodes of "The Michael J. Fox" show that have already been filmed will air. The move was first shared (via Twitter) by Vulture's Joe Adalian.

Zap2it

posted 2/5/14

Simon Cowell Goes After Kids
More on "Keep It In the Family"
From Click
Many kids have dreamed of having control over their parents, and Simon Cowell is planning to make that a reality with a new game show that would allow kids to call the shots over the adults in their lives.

The 'X Factor' and 'Britain's Got Talent' creator - who is expecting his first child with girlfriend Lauren Silverman this month - is hoping to entertain youngsters with 'Keep it in the Family'. The Saturday night primetime show will be hosted by Bradley Walsh and will see the kids win prizes for their families by completing a series of challenges.

This is not the first time that Simon has tried the family-friendly game show format. He previously launched Red or Black, hosted by Ant and Dec, which ran for two seasons between 2011 and 2012. It had a £15 million budget and a £1 million grand prize, but ratings were…unimpressive…to say the least.

It is also believed that Simon could return to the panel of his first hit show, 'The X Factor,' this year after quitting for the US version in 2011. A source said: "Cowell is determined to get the show back to its best. He'll sign the deal very soon but has told the team that he's on board. Everyone's over the moon." We can hardly wait to see his smug face and scathing retorts on our screens again.

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Female First

posted 2/5/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Seriously, Why the Bleep Is This News?"

  • Arthur Chu tells the haters where they can go, what they can do when they get there, and to whom they can do it. (Ninemsn) PLUS the seven biggest Jeopardy! fails ever (Salon)
     
  • Bob Eubanks sends his game show cavalcade to Minnesota (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with "The Biggest Loser" winner... (Entertainment Weekly) ... and a few less than was spent on The Today Show (Buzzfeed)
     
  • Everyone loves Juan Pablo Galavis. And by "love" we mean "absolutely have the utmost contempt for" (Jezebel)
     
  • "Hollywood Game Night" gets a home game (NBCUniversal)
     
  • SUNDAY: Cutthroat Kitchen - 1.426 million. Chopped - 1.047 million. (The Futon Critic)

Posted 2/5/14

Rebecca Romijn. Shows. Skin.
"X-Men" Actress Host GSN's New Series Summer
From the Futon Critic
GSN announced today that actress Rebecca Romijn (X-Men, Ugly Betty) will serve as host of SKIN WARS, the 8 episode, hour-long competition show that seeks to find the most talented and versatile body painters in the country. Romijn- the first model to ever be body-painted for Sports Illustrated's Swimsuit issue the year before she made her unforgettable big-screen debut as the blue body painted "Mystique" in X-Men -will be joined by legendary entertainer RuPaul and body painting rock stars Craig Tracy and Robin Slonina as judges when SKIN WARS premieres on GSN in Summer 2014.

"We are honored to have this stellar line-up of eye-popping talent for SKIN WARS, a series that will look like no other on television," said Amy Introcaso-Davis, Executive Vice President, Programming and Development, GSN. "Host Rebecca Romijn has an insider's understanding of this fascinating world and we are thrilled that the master of transformation RuPaul will join body painting aficionados Craig Tracy and Robin Slonina on the judging panel. "

"As someone who knows how a body can be transformed with paint, I am truly excited to host SKIN WARS," said Romijn. "This is the next undiscovered art form, and I can't wait to meet the artists and competitors who bring body painting to life, literally!"

The Futon Critic
Broadway World

posted 2/4/14

Monday: Photo Finish
ABC, CBS Split the Night
From the Futon Critic
ABC (8.799 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T1) was the most-watched network on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Bachelor" (8.237 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.6, #T3) and "Castle" (9.923 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #6).

CBS (8.773 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T1) however shared top demo honors with its mix of "How I Met Your Mother" (9.263 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1), "2 Broke Girls" (9.197 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.0, #2), "Mike & Molly" (10.179 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #T3), "Mom" (8.991 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.3, #5) and "Intelligence" (7.504 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T9).

Next up was FOX (6.077 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) with fresh installments of "Almost Human" (6.354 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #8) and "The Following" (5.799 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.9, #7).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.803 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) served up the departing "Hollywood Game Night" (4.949 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T9) alongside the special "Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful" (3.231 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

The Futon Critic

posted 2/4/14

This! Is! Sports Jeopardy!
Sony Launches New Edition of App
From
Joystiq
Hot on the heels of its first original mobile IP, Sony Pictures TV launched another mobile game last week, Sports Jeopardy. The sports trivia game uses Jeopardy's branding and quiz show style to challenge players with thousands of sports-related questions. It is available now on iOS and Android via Google Play and the Amazon App Store.

Sports Jeopardy includes a leaderboard-enabled leveling system with challenges and achievements as well as turn-based online and local multiplayer modes. To spice up the traditional Jeopardy formula, the game also features power-ups like Time Out to add more time to the clock for answers and Double Down, which provides another Daily Double bonus on a tile on the board. The game is 99 cents with the option of additional in-game purchases, and also uses in-game coins for unlockable jerseys, podiums and avatar accessories.

Joystiq
Appolicious

posted 2/3/14

Top Chef Goes Cruising
Bravo, Celebrity Cruises Launch Fleet of Game-Inspired Menus
From the Hollywood Reporter
Top Chef is already having quite a year. The Bravo series, which airs its 11th-season finale Wednesday, has earned a renewal, nabbed a fourth spinoff order and now inked another big licensing deal all within the span of a month. The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Bravo is partnering with Celebrity Cruises to offer fans of the show custom Top Chef-branded vacations.

Dubbed "Top Chef at Sea," the new initiative comes on the heels of last year's "Top Chef: The Cruise" -- a charter trip put on by producers Magical Elves and Bravo. Like the maiden voyage, the Celebrity package aims to put fans on luxury liners with former contestants. The new cruises mark Bravo's first licensing partnership with the cruise industry.

In addition to 10 Celebrity ships offering Top Chef-themed food and events, four ships, departing July 27, Aug. 15, Sept. 19 and Nov. 15 of this year, will include competing chefs from the 8-year-old franchise. Destinations include Bermuda, Alaska, Europe and the Caribbean. All 10 participating ships will feature Quickfire Challenges done in the style of the show and Top Chef-inspired menus.

"Top Chef viewers are constantly asking for their chance to get a taste of the show first-hand," said Jamie Cutburth, senior vp partnerships, Bravo & Oxygen Media. "With their commitment to and excellence in providing top-tier gastronomic experiences, the partnership with Celebrity Cruises is a delicious way for us to satisfy this request for Bravo's loyal and passionate fan base."

Bravo and Oxygen Media president Frances Berwick spoke with THR about the first cruise, and the series' many marketing tie-ins, in October. "We always hesitate because we get a lot of interest in using Top Chef, and our only anxiety is around quality control," said Berwick, who has also put the Top Chef name on a line of Healthy Choice frozen meals. "We're not necessarily experts, but we know what tastes good and what fits with the brand."

The Hollywood Reporter
The Futon Critic

posted 2/4/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Mileage"

  • Harold Wheeler gets wheeled... out (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • Sean Hancock goes from BBC to FMNA (Deadline)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with some Jeopardy! masterminds. Sure it's a Decades week, but three guesses what the subject is. (The Wire)

Posted 2/4/14

LUIS RAUL MARTINEZ: 1963-2014
Comic Hosted "Pa' Que Te Lo Goces" on Telemundo
From
People
Luis Raúl Martínez, a popular Puerto Rican comedian, actor and TV host, died Sunday in his Caribbean homeland of complications from pneumonia, according to the Associated Press. He was 51.

Best known for his crowd-pleasing stand-up routines and irreverent characters – like Doña Mary Jane, an elderly woman who smoked lots of pot – Martinez hosted the Univision variety show Anda P'al Cará from 2001 to 2003 and Telemundo's game show Pa' Que Te Lo Goces in 2006.

Following the news of his death, one of Martinez's cousins, Lourdes Martinez, spoke about her family's loss.

"This is something I never expected," she reportedly said. "He was always in great health and all of this that has happened was very unexpected. I don't have words to express how our family is feeling. I was raised with him and for me he was more than a cousin – he was a brother. I called him Raulito."

Alejandro García Padilla, the Governor of Puerto Rico, remembers Martinez as an "extraordinary actor and comedian" and has ordered flags to be flown at half-staff at all public buildings in Puerto Rico for three days.

Hollywood stars, like Puerto Rican actor Amaury Nolasco, are also mourning the loss of their friend. On Sunday, the actor and Prison Break alum Tweeted, "I just heard the sad news that I have lost a great friend – a brother. I imagine that God has called you so that you can bring him laughter."

In a separate Tweet, Nolasco continued: "I will miss you, my brother. Had I known that when I saw you last Christmas it was for the last time, I would have given you a million more kisses."

Puerto Rican superstar Ricky Martin echoed Nolasco's words on Twitter. "Very sad about the news. It's very sad. Luis Raúl, fly high my brother," he Tweeted.

A rep for Martinez told the Puerto Rican newspaper Primera Hora that he died at 1:30 a.m. on Sunday. He had been hospitalized since mid-January.

People


Luis Raul Martinez

photo courtesy People

posted 2/3/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Upon Further Review"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Duck Quacks Don't Echo" (Fridays, Sky1) (Daily Mirror)
     
  • Ken Jennings reviews QuizUp (NPR)
     
  • "Family Feud Live!" heads to Bethlehem, PA (The Morning Call)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jane Lynch (Seattle Times)
     
  • "Jeopardy!" wins Writers Guild Award (TV Line)
     
  • Hate him or love him, Arthur Chu won't be back until a week after the Winter Olympics, February 24 (ABC News)

Posted 2/3/14

Chasing New Highs
A New Record for GSN's Quiz Hit
From
TV Media Insights
It is official: GSN’s “The Chase” is one of cable television’s fastest-rising programs.

For the fourth consecutive week and the fifth time in seven weeks, GSN’s hour-long game show starring host Brooke Burns and trivia expert Mark Labbett (a.k.a. “The Beast”), delivered its largest total audience to-date. Results on Tuesday, January 28th was an average 827,000 total viewers at 8 p.m. ET, according to the live plus same day data from Nielsen Media Research. The episode also scored a new series high in viewers among adults 18-49 with 234,000.

Comparatively from last Tuesday’s episode (Jan. 21), which had previously put up the show’s then-best numbers, the Jan. 28 episode was up 15 percent in total viewers (827,000 vs. 721,000) and up 19 percent among adults 18-49 (234,000 vs. 196,000).

TV Media Insights

posted 1/31/14

Thursday: Idol... Meet the Voice of God
James Earl Jones Helps CBS' "Big Bang Theory" Win the Night
From
TV Media Insights
CBS (11.300 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) was back in front on Thursday thanks to new episodes of "The Big Bang Theory" (18.875 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.1, #1), "The Millers" (11.790 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #3), "The Crazy Ones" (8.273 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T5), "Two and a Half Men" (8.545 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T5) and "Elementary" (10.157 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4).

FOX (8.267 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then had to settle for second place with a new "American Idol" (11.230 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.1, #2) and week two of "Rake" (5.304 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8).

Next up was NBC (4.155 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) with fresh installments of "Community" (2.992 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10) and "Parks & Recreation" (2.952 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9) followed by the two-hour special "Saturday Night Live Presents a SNL Sports Spectacular" (4.746 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #7).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.603 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up an original "The Taste" (3.530 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11) and a repeat "Shark Tank" (3.751 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11).

On cable, 1.548 million viewers went "Under the Gunn" for Lifetime. Food's "Chopped Canada" took in 1.111 million, while

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 1/31/14

A Totally Senseless Game Show
BBC Three Pilots Comedy Stunt Series
From
British Comedy Guide
BBC Three is to pilot a new comedy format that aims to help highlight issues surrounding disability.

The game show sees celebrity contestants having one or more of their senses or abilities restricted as they undertake various tasks.

The production notes explain: "It's the studio game show that removes the 'sense' or 'ability' from the celebrity contestants. In short, if you have ever wondered what your favourite celebrity looked like dressed as a giant baby playing table tennis with their hands tied behind their back, then this is the show for you."

The show will be hosted by Martin Dougan, a former carpenter born with cerebral palsy. Dougan, who was part of the London 2012 Paralympic Games TV presentation team, has also previously appeared in I'm Spazticus (pictured), the Channel 4 hidden camera show in which disabled performers prank able-bodied members of the public.

The pilot currently has the working title The Totally Senseless Gameshow, but the British Comedy Guide understands that a new title is to be agreed soon.

The format is being developed by Roughcut Television, the production company behind Sky1 sitcom Trollied and the creators of the panel show Mad Mad World for ITV. The show will be produced by Gina Lyons, who oversaw the 2013 series of I'm Spazticus.

The trial episode of the new format will be filmed on Friday 21st February at Wimbledon Studios. Producers are boasting the contestants taking part will form "a star-studded line-up from the world of TV, music, sport and showbiz".

British Comedy Guide
TBI Vision

posted 1/31/14

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "The Loser Wins"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "The Biggest Loser" slots its finale for February 4 (The Futon Critic)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: and your "Millionaire Hot Seat" dumb answer of the week comes courtesy of... (News.com.au)
     
  • "Jeopardy!" at 30: a brief history (WTSP/Tampa-St. Petersburg-Sarasota) PLUS a few good minutes with a great in the making (The Wire)
     
  • Guy Fieri gets into the cleverly-named coffee game (SF Gate)
     
  • Simon Cowell could bail on "X Factor" for New York, London, baby (New York Daily News)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: season 3 of "Billy on the Street" (March 12, Fuse) (Funny or Die)
     
  • Julie Chen ... to Julie Moonves... to Julie Chen Moonves (TMZ)
     
  • "Drag Race" to take on "Duck Dynasty", "Downton Abbey" (TV Line)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE #2: "Opposite Worlds" is having an opposite effect on Wednesdays, so Syfy is moving it to 8p (THe Futon Critic)
     
  • "Family Game Night" wins a Parents' Choice Award (The Futon Critic)

Posted 1/31/14

Another Course from "Top Chef"
Casting Begins IMMEDIATELY!
From
the Futon Critic
If you think you can stand the heat, sign-up to get in the kitchen! Bravo's Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series "Top Chef" will be returning for a twelfth season in Fall 2014. Open casting calls for chefs interested in competing in the high-stakes culinary competition series will be held in cities across the country starting on Tuesday, February 18.

"Top Chef" season 12 casting calls are as follows:

Dallas - Tuesday, February 18 from 10am-1pm Palomar Hotel Dallas 5300 E Mockingbird LN Dallas, TX 75206

Atlanta - Tuesday, February 18 from 10am-1pm Location To Be Determined

New York - Monday, February 24 from 10am-1pm Colicchio & Sons 85 10th Avenue New York, NY 10011

Chicago - Monday, February 24 from 10am-1pm Location To Be Determined

Los Angeles - Monday, March 3 from 10am-1pm Location To Be Determined

For additional updated casting information and to download an application, visit TopChefCasting.com.

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 1/30/14

Wednesday: Another Win for "Idol"
Fox Takes Night on Last Week of Auditions
From
the Futon Critic
FOX (12.399 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #1) was still the network to beat on Wednesday with another two-hour "American Idol" (12.399 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #1).

NBC (6.514 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then claimed the silver with originals from "Revolution" (5.126 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.539 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T2) and "Chicago PD" (6.877 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5).

Next up was ABC (5.185 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) with its mix of a "The Middle" (5.795 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T6) repeat, a new "Suburgatory" (5.048 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T6), a repeat "Modern Family" (5.989 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T2) and fresh installments of "Super Fun Night" (3.877 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9) and "Nashville" (5.201 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (7.497 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) served up its annual "Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2014" (9.524 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T2) special followed by repeats of "Criminal Minds" (6.609 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (6.357 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12).

The Futon Critic

posted 1/30/14

Syndies: A Dull Week for Games
Results for the Week Ending January 19
From
B&C
The top entertainment magazines were easily the strongest syndicated performers in the week ending Jan. 19 thanks in part to extensive coverage of the Golden Globe Awards. In fact, the big five either equaled or outperformed their season highs. Leader CBS Television Distribution's Entertainment Tonight held steady at its season high 4.0 rating for a second straight week and gained 3% from last year.

Elsewhere in access, game shows were dull. CTD's Wheel of Fortune slipped 5% from the week before to a 7.6. CTD's Jeopardy! tumbled 7% to a 6.8. Debmar-Mercury's Family Feud finished 2% lower at a 5.7, while Disney/ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire skidded 8% to a 2.2.

B&C

posted 1/29/14

"Hounds" Released to Germany
Sony Sells Horror Game Abroad
From
the Hollywood Reporter
Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has closed its first international format deal for the horror game show Release the Hounds, selling the program to German broadcaster ProSieben. The German commercial network will adapt the British series, created by Gogglebox Entertainment, as a two-hour special for the German market set to air in March under the title: Scream! If You Can.

The original Release The Hounds aired as a Halloween special on ITV2 last October. It was a ratings and social-media hit, leading ITV2 to order a full season of the format for this year. The concept of the show has unsuspecting contestants entering a forest at dusk where they then face terrifying challenges, including out-running a pack of hounds, to get a chance to unlock a chest full of money.
SPT Productions Germany will produce the German version of the format in partnership with Gogglebox.

The Hollywood Reporter

posted 1/29/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Union"

  • TUESDAY: "The Biggest Loser" helps NBC win the demos (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Michael Costello bypasses "all-star", designs for Beyonce (People)
     
  • NBC opts for proven, "less risky" foreign formats (Broadcast)
     
  • Gail Berman exits BermanBraun (B&C)

Posted 1/29/14

Bet on Another Season
ABC Opts In for Second Season of "Bet on Your Baby"
From
the Futon Critic
Multimedia entertainment studio Electus, an operating business of IAC and 5x5 Media, today announced that "Bet on Your Baby" has been renewed by ABC for a second season. The game show, hosted by Melissa Peterman (star of ABC Family's hit show "Baby Daddy"), challenges parents to try to predict their child's next move in an effort to win money for their child's future education. ABC has ordered eight episodes for the new season.

"We are thrilled that ABC has decided to renew "Bet on Your Baby" for a second season," said Electus CEO Chris Grant. "This show has continued to build momentum both in the U.S. and around the world, proof that Electus is achieving its mission to create engaging television."

The Futon Critic
Variety
TV Series Finale

posted 1/28/14

More on "Celebrity Name Game"
Catch It This Fall as It Clears 90 Percent
From
Variety
While the latenight world was buzzing about Jay Leno’s round of exit interviews, Craig Ferguson worked the Debmar-Mercury cabana at the NATPE confab on Monday afternoon, shaking hands and taking pictures with station execs to promote his new syndie game show “Celebrity Name Game.”

The host of CBS’ “Late Late Show” was a big draw especially for a confab that is light on marquee talent this year. Debmar-Mercury has already cleared “Name Game” in the vast expanse of the country for a fall launch, but Ferguson was game for flesh-pressing duty poolside at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach because he knows that station managers are the first line of defense for any new syndicated show.

“Name Game” was originally developed as an hourlong primetime series for CBS by Courteney Cox and David Arquette’s production banner. Ferguson stuck with it as it morphed into syndication because he likes the game — and he likes to work.

“It’s easy,” he said of “Name Game.” “It’s light and fun, you don’t have to try to hard (to play) along.” He also likes the opportunity to interact with the every day folks who team with celebs to answer celeb-oriented questions.

Variety
TV News Check

posted 1/28/14

Ladies Getting Their Big Break
Catch "Big Break Florida" February 24 on Golf
From
the Futon Critic
Golf Channel's popular Big Break reality competition series returns Monday, Feb. 24 featuring an all-female cast hoping to take the next step in their professional golf careers by competing for more than $175,000 in cash and prizes - the largest collection of prizes in series history - and an opportunity to play on the LPGA Tour.

Big Break Florida, produced in partnership with VISIT FLORIDA and produced on location at Omni Amelia Island Plantation, features a cast of 12 women who are at different stages in their professional golf careers. Several are currently competing on the Symetra Tour (LPGA developmental tour), while others are attempting to revive their professional golf careers. Two competitors turned professional solely to qualify for Big Break Florida, including the youngest contestant (18) in the series' 21 season-history. All 12 will compete against each other in hopes of making their lifelong dream of walking the fairways on the LPGA Tour a reality.

The contestants are:

Lindsay Aho (26, Scottsdale, Ariz. / Brush Prairie, Wash.)
Courtney Coleman (28, Rochester, Wash.)
Kylee Duede (22, Glendale, Ariz.)
Fiamma Felitch (24, Oklahoma City, Okla.)
Tonya McCall (28, Las Vegas, Nev.)
Mary Narzisi (24, Omaha, Neb.)
Kristi O'Brien (23, Fishers, Ind.)
Dallas Odom (19, Anderson, S.C.)
Sadena Parks (23, Scottsdale, Ariz. / Spanaway, Wash.)
Renee Skidmore (27, Jupiter, Fla. / Everett, Wash.)
Jackie Stoelting (27, Vero Beach, Fla.)
Lauren Sullivan (25, Fort Worth, Texas)

Serving as co-hosts for Big Break Florida will be Tom Abbott and Melanie Collins. Collins will make her Golf Channel debut as co-host for Big Break. She currently serves as a television host for Yahoo! Sports.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/28/14

Monday: When "HIMYM" Beats Itself
"Mother"-Themed "Game Night" Beaten by... 200th "Mother"
From
the Futon Critic
CBS (9.063 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) was the network to beat on Monday thanks to the 200th episode of "How I Met Your Mother" (10.699 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.8, #1) followed by new episodes of "2 Broke Girls" (9.929 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.0, #2), "Mike & Molly" (10.734 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #3), "Mom" (9.478 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.4, #6) and "Intelligence" (6.768 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8).

ABC (8.031 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then took home the silver with a new "The Bachelor" (8.605 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.5, #T4) and a repeat "Castle" (6.883 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #10).

Next up was NBC (6.690 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) with a new "Hollywood Game Night" (5.586 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8), a second "Hollywood Game Night" (4.524 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #11) and an original "The Blacklist" (9.961 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (4.966 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) served up a rebroadcast of "The Following" (3.914 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12) followed by the time period premiere of "The Following" (6.017 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.0, #7).

Over the weekend, Food Network offerings rated thusly...

- 9p: Iron Chef America - 901,000 viewers
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen - 1.214 million viewers

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 1/28/14

Sleepy Time in Turkey
Armoza Format Quizzes People While Partners Are Asleep
From
C21 Media
Turkish broadcaster Kanal D has picked up a new gameshow from Israeli-based Armoza Formats that requires contestants to answer questions while their partners are asleep.

While You Were Sleeping has been developed by Assi Azar and Kastina Communications and requires couples to compete for cash by answering trivia questions and performing challenges without waking their sleeping partner

The agreement for While You Were Sleeping marks the second show that Armoza and Kanal D have worked on together recently, following a deal for primetime gameshow We Believe In You inked last year.

C21 Media
TBI Vision

posted 1/28/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Kids Wanted"

  • CASTING COUCH: Kids aged 10 to 13 wanted for a new game show (Reality Wanted)
     
  • Mark Labbett taking on all comers at Doncaster (South Yorkshire Times)
     
  • THIS WEEK ON "THE EXPERTS": Survivor vs. Seinfeld vs. Star Wars prequels (YouTube)
     
  • "The State" reunites "@midnight" (Splitsider)
     
  • "The Bachelor" wedding: the bleep that they should've shown on TV (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • And here's what you'll miss on "Hollywood Game Night" (Glee!) (Broadway World)
     
  • Why the UK should miss "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (Telegraph)

Posted 1/28/14

Meet the New All-Stars
Catch "Amazing Race All-Stars" February 23 on CBS
From
the Futon Critic
CBS announced today the 11 all-star teams returning for another sprint around the globe and the opportunity to win the $1 million dollar prize, on the new season of THE AMAZING RACE, premiering Sunday, Feb. 23 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Phil Keoghan (@philkeoghan) is the host.

This season, which marks the 24th race around the world for the series, will feature some of the most memorable duos. Eleven all-star teams return for another chance to win THE AMAZING RACE, but in a dramatic twist one team will not make it to the starting line. The returning teams include fan favorites The Globetrotters, The Cowboys, Dave & Connor, Brendon & Rachel, and more.

Teams will be put to the test as they travel through four continents and nine countries, spanning more than 35,000 miles. The Race will take them on a mission high above the city in Guangzhou, China, rappelling down the roaring rapids of the Kiansom Waterfall in Malaysia, fighting with Gladiators in Rome, Italy and fueling up vehicles in Sri Lanka.

Following are the 11 all-star teams, listed in no particular order:

- Leo Temory & Jamal Zadran (Afghanimals from California; season 23)
- Brendon Villegas & Rachel Reilly (newlywed Big Brother contestants from Los Angeles, season 20)
- Jennifer Wayne & Caroline Cutbirth (Country Singers, season 22)
- Jet & Cord McCoy (Cowboys from Oklahoma; seasons 16 & 18)
- David & Connor O'Leary (father/son cancer survivors from Utah; season 22)
- Herbert "Flight Time" Lang & Nate "Big Easy" Lofton (Harlem Globetrotters from seasons 15 & 18)
- John Erck & Jessica Hoel (engaged couple from Minnesota, season 22)
- Margie O'Donnell & Luke Adams (mother/son from Colorado & Philadelphia, seasons 14 & 18)
- Natalie & Nadiya Anderson (twins from New Jersey; season 21)
- Joey Graceffa & Meghan Caramena (YouTube hosts from LA; season 22)
- William "Bopper" Minton & Mark Jackson (Team Kentucky from season 20)

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The Hollywood Reporter

posted 1/27/14

Bobby Flay Vs...
Catch "Beat Bobby Flay" March 6 on Food
From
the Futon Critic

Skilled chefs compete for the opportunity to cook against culinary master Bobby Flay in the new eight-episode competition series Beat Bobby Flay, premiering Thursday, March 6th at 10pm ET/PT. The action starts with two talented cooks going head-to-head in a culinary battle using an ingredient of Bobby's choice, in front of a studio audience and a rotating cast of special guests, whose goal is to pick the challenger with the skills to potentially Beat Bobby Flay. The winner proceeds to round two for the ultimate food face-off against Bobby - but with an advantage: the contender makes their signature dish, and Bobby has only minutes to come up with his own interpretation of the dish. After a blind taste test, a panel of judges ultimately decides if the challenger has the chops to Beat Bobby Flay or if Bobby's food reigns supreme.

"Beat Bobby Flay aired as a special last year and viewers were immediately hooked. The show is fun and compelling - a heart racing competition with high expertise, infectious energy and a sense of humor, just like the man himself, "said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network.

In each thirty-minute, two-round episode, Bobby is joined by two culinary contenders who think they have what it takes to Beat Bobby Flay, along with a rotating cast of special guest duos who know him well. The visiting chefs compete against each other in round one using an ingredient of Bobby's choice - and it's the special guest's job to hand pick the contestant they believe can defeat him in his own kitchen. In round two, the winning chef battles Bobby with a distinct advantage - the challenger makes their signature dish, which will not be revealed to Bobby until the beginning of the round, and he must immediately come up with his own version. A judging panel then determines the winner based on a blind taste test. Special guests include Sunny Anderson, Anne Burrell, Scott Conant, Giada De Laurentiis, Eden Grinshpan, Alex Guarnaschelli, Katie Lee, Simon Majumdar, Jack McDavid, Mo Rocca, Michael Symon, Justin Warner, Jonathan Waxman and Ali Wentworth.

Viewers wanting more can visit FoodNetwork.com/BeatBobbyFlay for behind-the-scenes photos, interviews and more insider coverage.

Beat Bobby Flay is produced by Rock Shrimp Productions

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The Hollywood Reporter

posted 1/27/14

Idol Likes Facebook, Google Voting
Fox Reveals New Voting Metrics
From
the Futon Critic
FremantleMedia, 19 Entertainment/CORE Media Group and FOX today announced groundbreaking partnerships with search powerhouse Google and online social networking giant Facebook, designed to give fans powerful new interactive on-air and online experiences with AMERICAN IDOL XIII live shows.

For the first time in television, Google is powering an online voting platform that allows fans to cast votes for their favorite AMERICAN IDOL XIII finalists directly from Google Search. In addition, Facebook will support visual, on-air voting progress updates based on real-time East Coast voting data during select live shows, giving at-home AMERICAN IDOL XIII viewers their first-ever look at how their favorite finalists are faring in the voting polls at a given time.

"Throughout the previous 12 seasons, AMERICAN IDOL has always been a pioneer in interactive and voting innovation," said David Luner, President, Brand Partnerships & Franchise Management, FremantleMedia North America. "Partnering with both Google and Facebook, two of the biggest names in technology and social media, demonstrates how the show is once again creating a global first, connecting with fans unlike any other entertainment brand in the world."

"This season of AMERICAN IDOL is all about re-connecting fans with what they love most about the show - the journey of the contestants from hopefuls to stardom," said Bill Bradford, SVP Digital, Fox Broadcasting Company. "With the help of innovators like Google and Facebook, this season, we're deepening that connection by making it easy for fans to make a bigger impact and be a bigger part of the show than ever before."

"We've partnered with AMERICAN IDOL to make it easy and convenient for fans to vote for their favorite IDOL performers using Google Search - whether they're on their computers, phones or tablets," said Anjali Joshi, VP, Product Management, Google Search. "People come to Google to find information, and we're excited to now also power their voting experience."

"Integrating content from Facebook into AMERICAN IDOL's live broadcast brings a new dimension to the viewing experience and enhances the connection fans have with the show and its contestants. With nearly 11 million fans of AMERICAN IDOL on Facebook, and all of the conversations people are already having on Facebook around live television events, there is an endless amount of creative potential through our partnership. We're very much looking forward to seeing that creativity come to life on and off Facebook throughout this season," said Justin Osofsky, VP of Media Partnerships and Global Operations, Facebook.

Beginning with the first finalist performance show on Wednesday, Feb. 26 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape delayed), fans will be able to vote via Google when the IDOL vote window opens at the top of the show - and every live performance show thereafter - by searching for IDOL-related terms. Any of these searches will reveal a voting platform where fans can cast their votes for their favorite performers. After casting their votes, fans will have the opportunity to share their votes on Google+, follow contestants, join community conversations or participate in Google Hangouts about the show. With the addition of Google, AMERICAN IDOL XIII now offers viewers an unprecedented five ways to vote: 1) Google Search; 2) online at AmericanIdol.com; 3) AMERICAN IDOL App; 4) text messaging; and 5) toll-free calling. All five methods of voting are managed and certified by Telescope, Inc., an independent vote management company.

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Deadline


"American Idol XIII" launches on Fox.

photo courtesy Fox/FremantleMedia

posted 1/27/14

Happy Friday! Lightspeed Round
... or "Down, But Not Out"

  • THURSDAY: American Idol helps Fox to #1... The Taste comes a distant third (The Futon Critic)
     
  • David Samson's Survivor bio actually had this: "“Personal Claim to Fame: Got local government in Miami to contribute over 350 million dollars to a new baseball park during the recession.” (Miami Herald)
     
  • Guy Fieri's carjacker gets ... uhh... how many minutes are in a life sentence? (SFGate)
     
  • COUNTERPOINT: ... what if Juan Pablo Galavis was right? (Salon)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Discovery is looking for "dynamic duos" to answer survey questions for fun and profit. (Reality Wanted)

Posted 1/24/14

Stars Get Chopped
Tournament Event March 9, PLUS a New Book
From
The Futon Critic

With a $50,000 grand prize for charity on the line, celebrities from different walks of life compete in the ultimate Chopped Tournament of Stars, premiering Sunday, March 9th at 9pm ET/PT. The five-part competition series, hosted by Ted Allen, includes four celebrities going head-to-head each week in themed episodes over three rounds: appetizer, entrée and dessert - each featuring mystery ingredients within the Chopped basket. Featuring sports stars, comedians, actors, and for the first time, veterans from Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, the celebrities are judged by a rotating roster of Chopped regulars, including Maneet Chauhan, Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Chris Santos and Geoffrey Zakarian,to determine which celebrity will advance each week to face off in the finale on Sunday, April 6th at 9pm ET/PT, with a chance to win the grand prize for the charity of their choice.

"This tournament brings together the most diverse, talented group of celebrities we have ever had compete in the Chopped Kitchen, " said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network. "With $50,000 on the line for their charity, these celebs fill the kitchen with action, drama and comedy as they do everything they can to be the victor."

Additionally, if you ever looked in your fridge, hoping for inspiration to strike, never again let the question "What's for dinner?" stump you. On April 8th be the first to learn tips and secrets for combining pantry staples into exciting mealsin The Chopped Cookbook: Use What You've Got to Cook Something Great, from Clarkson Potter. By showing how to spin your favorite ingredients into 188 fun, doable, and delicious recipes, the culinary masterminds at Food Network set you up for mealtime victory every night.

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posted 1/23/14

Wednesday: Another Fox Win
Fox Predictably Wins, Predictably Low... Again
From
the Futon Critic
FOX (13.235 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1) held onto the top spot on Wednesday with another two-hour "American Idol" (13.235 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1).

ABC (6.512 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then took home a distant second place with its mix of "The Middle" (8.138 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T3), "Suburgatory" (6.090 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T5), "Modern Family" (9.740 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.5, #2), "Super Fun Night" (5.153 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7) and "Nashville" (4.974 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #11).

Next up was NBC (6.067 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) with fresh installments of "Revolution" (5.295 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #10), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.636 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T5) and "Chicago PD" (6.269 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T8).

Meanwhile, CBS (8.002 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) served up repeats of "The Crazy Ones" (4.109 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13) and "Mom" (4.148 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12) plus new episodes of "Criminal Minds" (10.393 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T3) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (9.485 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T8).

And finally on The CW (1.933 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5), originals from "Arrow" (2.463 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13) and "The Tomorrow People" (1.403 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) closed out the night.

Bravo's "Top Chef" (10:00) led the charges in cable with 1.319 million viewers. On sister station Syfy, the first live edition of "Opposite Worlds" only garnered 656,000 viewers.

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Entertainment Weekly


"American Idol XIII" launches on Fox.

photo courtesy Fox/FremantleMedia

posted 1/23/14

Tuesday: Out of These "Worlds"
Syfy's New Series Launches Out of the Gate
From
The Futon Critic

In its debut last night, Syfy’s new reality series Opposite Worlds – featuring drama, shocking twists and an unexpectedly emotional first challenge – set channel social media records along with delivering a wider, younger-skewing female audience. The show, which pits contestants in a past versus future live social experiment, also became the channel’s most watched reality premiere in six months among Adults 18-49, averaging 645K in that key demographic.

The series, hosted by Luke Tipple (Capture), also delivered one million total viewers during its telecast Tuesday, January 21 from 10-11PM (ET/PT).

Opposite Worlds was exceptionally strong among young females, becoming Syfy’s highest rated series premiere – both scripted and unscripted -- in Women 18-34 since 2008.

The series was the highest rated unscripted series, among Adults 18-49, to debut on Syfy in Tuesday prime in nearly a year.

Elsewhere, "The Chase" notched another record high with 721,000 viewers. "Face Off" hit 1.523 million viewers at 9p for Syfy. "Chopped" gave Food 1.456 million, while "Bad Girls All-Star Battle" racked up 960,000 viewers of Oxygen.

On broadcast, NBC (6.762 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) lead the demo race on Tuesday thanks to fresh installments of "The Biggest Loser 15" (6.626 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T1) and "Chicago Fire" (7.033 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3).

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posted 1/23/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Harry of the Wanted"

  • Harry Connick Jr. was wanted on "America's Got Talent" (E!)
     
  • They tried to make Dean McDermott go to rehab and he said... okay (E!)
     
  • Sony Pictures TV launches new online game, "Suits & Swords" (Variety)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Robert Carradine & Curtis Armstrong of "King of the Nerds" (Forbes) and Alton Brown ("Cutthroat Kitchen") (The Journal News)

Posted 1/23/14

Win a Date With Jill Wagner! Compete with Champions!
... Oh Yeah, and "Wipeout" is Renewed for Season 7
From
The Futon Critic

ABC has picked up "Wipeout" for a seventh season. Each episode will showcase twenty four daring contestants of all shapes and sizes as they compete in the world's largest extreme obstacle course, but for the first time ever, winners will be brought together at the end of the season for a "Tournament of Champions," during which they will compete for the title of Ultimate Wipeout Champion.

"We are always looking for ways to keep the show fresh and exciting. This year, we are amping up the competition with a season long tournament of champions, with the winner from each episode returning to compete against the other winners in an epic battle for the title of Wipeout Champion," said Matt Kunitz, Creator and Executive Producer.

The new season will continue to bring lots of laughter, with new special themed episodes, including a chance to win a date with Jill Wagner, and the return of some of our favorites, like "Boss & Employee." In the end, only one contestant will be victorious and win the title of Wipeout Champion, while everyone else will "wipeout!"

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

"Wipeout" executive producers are Matt Kunitz ("101 Ways to Leave a Game Show," "Fear Factor"), Scott Larsen, Trice Barto, J. Rupert Thompson, and Kevin Wehrenberg. The series is produced by Endemol USA.

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The Wrap


"Wipeout" returns for a new season this summer
photo courtesy ABC/Endemol

posted 1/22/14

Syndies: Baby It's Cold Outside
Results for the Week Ending January 12
From
Broadcasting & Cable

In a week jam-packed with series and season highs, CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Judy had its best week in 14 years, crossing the rare 8.0 household ratings threshold in the week ended Jan. 12. That was the case for several syndies while the East Coast was encased in bitter cold, even though some shows were preempted on Jan. 9 in N.Y. for coverage of New Jersey governor Chris Christie’s two-hour press conference on the George Washington bridge scandal.

Judge Judy, which is the season-to-date syndication leader in its 18th year on the air, climbed 11% for the week to hit an 8.0 live plus same day household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research, tying CTD’s access game show Wheel of Fortune for top syndie honors and growing 10% from last year at this time. This marks the 39th consecutive week that Judy has taken first place in first run, including ties, and the 903rd straight week that the show has led the courtroom genre.

Game shows were active, with Wheel of Fortune, CTD’s Jeopardy!, Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud and Disney/ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire all posting new season highs.

Wheel accelerated 18% from the prior week to hit an 8.0, tying Judge Judy at the top of the syndication leader board. Jeopardy! also climbed 18%, finishing at a 7.3. Feud jumped 5% to a 5.8, that show’s best rating since the advent of Nielsen People Meters in 1988. Millionaire appreciated 4% to a 2.4, that show’s strongest performance since the week of Nov. 12, 2012.

Broadcasting & Cable
The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers


"Wheel Of Fortune" spins its way into the lead for syndication games
photo courtesy Sony Pictures

posted 1/22/14

Tuesday: Out of These "Worlds"
Syfy's New Series Launches Out of the Gate
From
The Futon Critic

In its debut last night, Syfy’s new reality series Opposite Worlds – featuring drama, shocking twists and an unexpectedly emotional first challenge – set channel social media records along with delivering a wider, younger-skewing female audience. The show, which pits contestants in a past versus future live social experiment, also became the channel’s most watched reality premiere in six months among Adults 18-49, averaging 645K in that key demographic.

The series, hosted by Luke Tipple (Capture), also delivered one million total viewers during its telecast Tuesday, January 21 from 10-11PM (ET/PT).

Opposite Worlds was exceptionally strong among young females, becoming Syfy’s highest rated series premiere – both scripted and unscripted -- in Women 18-34 since 2008.

The series was the highest rated unscripted series, among Adults 18-49, to debut on Syfy in Tuesday prime in nearly a year.

On broadcast, NBC (6.762 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) lead the demo race on Tuesday thanks to fresh installments of "The Biggest Loser 15" (6.626 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T1) and "Chicago Fire" (7.033 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3).

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posted 1/22/14

Brains, Brawn, and Beauty...
Meet the New Survivors
From
The Futon Critic

CBS announced today the 18 castaways who will compete against each other on SURVIVOR, when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 28th season with a special two-hour premiere, Wednesday, Feb. 26 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

The spring edition of SURVIVOR, filmed in Cagayan, a province in the Philippines, will be themed "Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty."

The groupings of these tribes, each comprised of six castaways, reflect the distinguishing qualities that people bring to the game and test whether there is any truth to the pre-conceived notion that that certain characteristics will help you win the game of SURVIVOR. All castaways will compete to outwit, outplay, outlast and ultimately be crowned Sole Survivor.

The season's cast includes a high-stakes poker player, an attorney, an ex-NFL cheerleader, a nuclear engineer, the president of the Miami Marlins and a former NBA All-Star. Will the Brains use their expertise solving puzzles to outsmart the others? Will Brawn dominate all the challenges, given their physical attributes? Or will Beauty use their looks to master the social game?

The battle unfolds when these three tribes compete on SURVIVOR:

Brawn Tribe

Cliff Robinson
Age: 46
Newark, N.J.
Former NBA All-Star

Lindsey Ogle
Age: 29
Kokomo, Ind.
Hairstylist

Sarah Lacina
Age: 29
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Police Officer

Tony Vlachos
Age: 39
Jersey City, N.J.
Police Officer

Trish Hegarty
Age: 48
Needham, Mass.
Pilates Instructor

Yung "Woo" Hwang
Age: 29
Newport Beach, Calif.
Martial Arts Instructor

Brains Tribe

David Samson
Age: 45
Plantation, Fla.
President, Miami Marlins

Garrett Adelstein
Age: 27
Santa Monica, Calif.
Pro Poker Player

J'Tia Taylor
Age: 31
Chicago, Ill.
Nuclear Engineer

Kassandra "Kass" McQuillen
Age: 41
Tehachapi, Calif.
Attorney

Latasha "Tasha" Fox
Age: 37
St. Louis, Mo.
Accountant

Spencer Bledsoe
Age: 21
Chicago, Ill.
Student

Beauty Tribe

Alexis Maxwell
Age: 21
Addison, Ill.
Student

Brice Johnston
Age: 27
Philadelphia, Penn.
Social Worker

Jefra Bland
Age: 22
Campbellsville, KY.
Miss Kentucky Teen USA

Jeremiah Wood
Age: 34
Dobson, N.C.
Male Model

LJ McKanas
Age: 34
Boston, Mass.
Horse Trainer

Morgan McLeod
Age: 21
San Jose, Calif.
Ex-NFL Cheerleader

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CBS
Entertainment Weekly

posted 1/22/14

Ten More Minutes
GSN Returns "Minute to Win It" to Round Out Season 1 February
From
The Futon Critic

GSN announced today that its original hit series MINUTE TO WIN IT hosted by Apolo Anton Ohno, will return with ten never-seen-before episodes beginning Tuesday, February 25th at 8 PM ET/PT. The new episodes will air every Tuesday night at 8 PM ET/PT on GSN.

Each one-hour episode of MINUTE TO WIN IT features competitors facing up to 10 challenges that escalate in level of difficulty using everyday household items. Each game has a one-minute time limit and failure to finish the task on time may ultimately eliminate the contestant. At various points throughout the game, the competitor can walk away with the money earned up to that point - but it'll take nerves of steel to complete all 10 tasks to win the grand prize of $250,000.

Short-track speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno holds eight Olympic medals-two gold, two silver and four bronze-from the 2002, 2006 and 2010 Winter games, more than any other American Winter Olympian in history. In 2007, Ohno brought his winning style to DANCING WITH THE STARS, first partnering with Julianne Hough in Season Four. The pair received the first perfect score of 30 in the show's history for their samba routine-and went on to become the season champions. He returned to the show in the fall of 2012 as a member of the first DANCING WITH THE STARS All-Star cast. Recently the athlete, actor, bestselling author and philanthropist has been bringing light to the subject of exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB), a breathing disorder that handicapped Ohno before it was successfully diagnosed and treated in 2000.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/22/14

Full Release
ITV2 Releases More "Hounds"
From
the Hollywood Reporter

 Sony Pictures Television's plan to combine the horror and game-show genres with new format Release the Hounds has paid off as U.K. commercial broadcaster ITV inked a deal for a six-episode season following its pilot show commission.

Sony presented the format at MIPCOM in October last year.

Sony's U.K. joint venture Gogglebox Entertainment created and produced the one-hour format, which whipped up high levels of U.K. social media interest when it's pilot episode repeat aired as a Halloween special on British commercial network's ITV 2.

The deal marks the first show order for the horror-gameshow format, which sees three unsuspecting contestants enter a forest at dusk responding to an advertisement offering a chance to win chests full of prize money.

What they don't know is that to retrieve the keys needed to unlock the chests, they must endure a night of horror-filled challenges, including outrunning a pack of hounds trained to guard the cash.

Sony said it is currently in discussions with other territories while the U.K. show is executive produced by Gogglebox founders Adam Wood and Mat Steiner.

Kate Maddigan, ITV's commissioning editor for entertainment and ordered for ITV2 by Angela Jain, ITV's director of digital channels and acquisitions ordered the show.

Gogglebox created the series with Sony Pictures Television distributing the format internationally.

The Hollywood Reporter
Deadline
Worldscreen
TBI Vision
Televisual
C21 Media
Broadcast

posted 1/22/14

Top Chef Spins Out "Estrellas"
Catch It on Telemundo February 16
From
TV by the Numbers

Leveraging the success of Bravo’s “Top Chef,” Telemundo announces the premiere of “Top Chef Estrellas” on Sunday, February 16th at 8pm/7c. Produced by Emmy award-winning production house Magical Elves and shot in New Orleans on the same kitchen and with the same crew as the Bravo version, “Top Chef Estrellas” blends the best of Bravo’s franchise with a few twists, featuring eight major Hispanic celebrities as they compete to raise money for charity. “Top Chef Estrellas” was presented this weekend at the 2014 TCA Press Tour held at the Langham Hotel in Pasadena, CA, marking the first time the format crosses over to Spanish-language broadcast television.

Hosted by novela star Aylin Mujica (“Corazón Valiente,” “Aurora” and “Marina”), the show features Lorena Garcia, one of the country’s leading Latina chefs, as well as competitor on season four of Bravo’s “Top Chef Masters,” alongside James Beard award-nominated TV hosts and owners of award-winning Los Angeles restaurant “La Casita Mexicana,” Jaime Martin Del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu as the judges. In “Top Chef Estrellas”, audiences will have a chance to get to know their celebrities in a more intimate personal way as they embark on this culinary journey to win the Top Chef crown and compete for cash prizes totalling $100,000 to be donated to their chosen charities. As part of the adaptation for the Hispanic audience, once eliminated from the competition, the celebrity contestants do not go home, but rather become sous chefs to the remaining celebrity contestants.

“Magical Elves is extremely excited to partner with Telemundo and produce a show for the first time in the Latin market” commented Casey Kriley, Senior Vice President of Current Development, Non Scripted for Magical Elves. “Top Chef Estrellas upholds the brand quality of the series and has its own flavor to resonate with the US Hispanic audience.”

TV by the Numbers

posted 1/22/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Remember Mom"

  • Betty White relaunches "Off Their Rockers" on Lifetime February 28 (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Celebrity Big Brother: where cameras catch your every move... even that crew member with a cue card in his hand... Wait a minute (Daily Mail)
     
  • And this week, the wheel of homophobia stops at... Sherri Shepherd (Zap2it)
     
  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Five games makes for a winner on Jeopardy!. What this five-timer does with the winnings makes for a winner at LIFE (Des Moines Register)

Posted 1/22/14

Monday: Good News Bad News for "Game Night"
Fox Takes Night with "Sleepy Hollow"
From
The Futon Critic

FOX (6.932 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) edged out the demo crown on Monday with a new "Sleepy Hollow" (6.838 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.2, #6) followed by the season finale of "Sleepy Hollow" (7.027 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3).

ABC (8.166 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then claimed a close second place with fresh installments of "The Bachelor" (7.824 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T4) and "Castle" (8.852 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #8). The question this week: did scandal translate into ratings? Answer: not really, as the show was steady pegging.

Next up was CBS (7.623 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) with originals from "How I Met Your Mother" (8.756 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1), "2 Broke Girls" (8.905 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2), "Mike & Molly" (8.782 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #7), "Mom" (8.109 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #9) and "Intelligence" (5.593 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.873 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4) served up new episodes of "Hollywood Game Night" (4.719 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #11), another "Hollywood Game Night" (4.231 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.5, #10) and "The Blacklist" (8.669 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T4).

To hear NBC's take, the 8 p.m. "Hollywood Game Night" topped last July's series premiere (4.285 million) by 10% to set a new series record in total viewers.

Zap2it
Boston Herald
MSN
Belfast Telegraph
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TV Line


Jane Lynch hosts "Hollywood Game Night" for NBC
photo courtesy AP/Fox

posted 1/21/14

Money Talks
Italy, Egypt Option French Format
From
TBI Vision
Who’s Got the Money?, a paper gameshow from indie French TV, is to be made for Italian and Egyptian audiences.

Producer Toro TV has acquired the format in Italy, while broadcaster Imagic has commissioned 65 episodes for Egypt.

The format features a ‘profiler’ identifying which of 12 people lined up in front them clutching briefcases contain cash through a series of extreme challenges.

Creator French TV is behind Duel, another gameshow format that has sold internationally.

“French TV has a great history in creating thrilling game shows and [it has] come up with another hit format with Who’s Got the Money? It’s one of those shows that you can see hitting screens the world over,” said Fredrik af Malmborg, managing director of the show’s distributor Eccho Rights.

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posted 1/21/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Days of Future Past"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Opposite Worlds" (Syfy, Tuesdays & Wednesdays) (Zap2it)
     
  • Anna Trebunskaya has a new baby dance partner (People)
     
  • The days of Alison Sweeney's lives will run out this year (People)
     
  • Toby Gorman moves on up at FremantleMedia (Deadline), while Brian Zagorsky gets promoted at ITV Studios America (Deadline)
     
  • WE WISH WE COULD MAKE THIS UP: Seven police officers detained in the death of a Mexican "The Voice" contestant (Globalpost)

Posted 1/21/14

The Pharaohs Invade Thailand
Japanese Game Show Heads Overseas
From
Rapid TV News
Nippon TV's game show format Pharaoh has been launched in Thailand via terrestrial broadcaster Channel 9. The show was broadcast in Japan from 2011 to 2013 and is still broadcast as a special program several times a year.

The Thai remake is a joint production between KANTALUCKS, a newly-established company born out of the merger between major Thai production companies Kantana and Lucks, Yoshimoto Entertainment Thailand, a subsidiary of Yoshimoto Kogyo and Nippon TV. The project was selected and subsidised by Japan's Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, as part of its FY2012 Supplementary Budget for Research and Study on International Joint Production in Asia.

The game show will air on Thailand's Channel 9 weekly on Fridays from 8.30pm to 9.30pm for an entire year. The set for the Thai remake was constructed in Kantana's studio, located on the outskirts of Bangkok. The Japanese production team visited the set on several occasions to provide direction.

The show's facilitator, Pharaoh, which is played in Japan by Ryota Yamazato of Nankai Candies, will be played in Thailand by comedian Hoy Keatisak Udomnark, who is popular among Thailand's younger population. Willy Ruengrit McIntosh, actor and Lucks representative board director, will be the show's MC.

Rapid TV News

photo courtesy AP/Fox

posted 1/20/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Win? Lose?"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Win, Lose or Draw" (AV Club)
     
  • Like games? Like game show games? GSN Games is hiring (BizJournals.com)
     
  • SUNDAY: football yes, love stories no. (The Futon Critic)
     
  • THIS WEEK ON "THE EXPERTS": Justice League vs. Golden Girls vs. 2012 Atlanta Braves (YouTube)

Posted 1/20/14

Weekend Lightspeed Round
... or "Things Better Left Unsaid"

  • Juan Pablo Galavis says things ABC calls "thoughtless", "insensitive"... Remember, this is a network that airs a young man courting several females at once (Entertainment Weekly) UPDATE: Juan Pablo apologizes (TV Line)
     
  • Speaking of Duck Dynasty, RuPaul plays it cheeky in a new poster for "Drag Race" (The Frisky)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: prepare for the Battle of the Decades by watching classic "Jeopardy!" episodes online! (Crackle)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: Hollywood Game Night season 2 (tonight on NBC) (The Futon Critic)

Posted 1/19/14

Music's Biggest Night Is Game Shows' Biggest Day
CBS Daytime Salutes the Grammys
From
Broadway World
CBS Daytime game shows THE PRICE IS RIGHT and LET’S MAKE A DEAL celebrate Music’s Biggest Night® with special GRAMMY-themed episodes on Friday, Jan. 24, on the CBS Television Network.

Daytime Emmy Award-winning game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, daytime's #1-rated series and the longest-running game show in television history, gets ready for the GRAMMYs with a special themed episode, Friday, Jan. 24, (11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, ET; 10:00-11:00 AM, PT). Nominated for her sixth GRAMMY® Award for Best Comedy Album, Kathy Griffin will present a special GRAMMY showcase that includes a trip to Los Angeles, a home theater system, a Hyundai Veloster, tickets to THE 56TH ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS® and official after-party passes. In addition, Kathy will present prizes throughout the show, including a bedroom set.

As a tribute to Music’s Biggest Night, LET’S MAKE A DEAL will offer more than $100,000 in cash and prizes during a special GRAMMY-themed episode, also on Friday, Jan. 24 (check local listings). Traders will test their GRAMMY knowledge with trivia and games, featuring “Spell Me A Grammy” with a $10,000 prize. Traders will also have the opportunity to win other GRAMMY-themed prizes, including tickets to the show, red carpet access, official after-party passes and a two-night stay at a hotel. During the show, host Wayne Brady will announce an audience giveaway of an award-style luxury gift bag filled with beauty products, music accessories and designer sunglasses.

TV by the Numbers
Broadway World



CBS's daytime games salute the Grammys
photos courtesy CBS/FremantleMedia

posted 1/17/14

NBC Builds Its "American Dream" Team
Catch "American Dream Builders" March 23
From
TV by the Numbers
Former NFL running back/landscape architect Eddie George and design expert Monica Pedersen have been tapped as judges on NBC’s new one-hour reality-competition series “American Dream Builders.”

The series, which premieres Sunday, March 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, will have Nate Berkus serve as host, judge and executive producer.

Showcasing the talents of highly accomplished designers and home builders from around the country, “American Dream Builders” will enlist 12 of the most sought-after designers and builders for a high-pressure competition designed to push everyone’s creative reach. Each week the contestants will tackle two massive home-renovation projects, each featuring unique architectural styles that result in jaw-dropping transformations. They will rethink the way we live and create new design that is sure to inspire.

“My goal is for this show to stand for magazine-worthy designs,” said Berkus. “For that to happen, we had to start with a great cast capable of reaching that level of design. They had to be established — a group focused on maintaining their hard-earned reputations. I knew I had to have judges join me that would not only push our talented designers, but push me as well. Eddie and Monica are those judges. They have an opinion and aren’t afraid to share it.”

Well-known for his brilliant football career, George is a Heisman Trophy winner who spent most of his career with the Tennessee Titans. After his playing days, George was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame (Ohio State), and pursued his passion as a landscape architect. He is co-founder of EDGE, a leading landscape architecture firm based in Tennessee and Ohio. With projects ranging from retail and office spaces to college campuses and entire communities, the company currently enjoys regional market expertise across the Midwest and South.

As a designer on more than 90 episodes of HGTV’s hit series “Designed to Sell” and 50 episodes of “Bang for Your Buck,” Pedersen has quickly become a trusted name in design and renovation. The Chicago-based Pedersen, who preaches beauty and function, is also well known for her appearances as an expert on NBC’s “Today” show as well as “HGTV Dream Home,” “House Hunter’s Great Escapes,” the “Steve Harvey Show” and many others. She released her first design book, “Make It Beautiful,” in 2012.

The highly successful and established contestants on “American Dream Builders” will showcase their talents and inspire America to create their own dream home. The winner will receive a grand prize of $250,000.

TV by the Numbers

posted 1/17/14

More on "Rising Star"
How ABC Is Enlisting, Of All People, the Mossad
From
the Wrap
ABC is debuting the new singing competition “Rising Star” even as ratings are slipping for most singing shows. Its secret weapon? An app created by former agents of the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence agency.

“Rising Star” is based on an Israeli format that is spreading worldwide — just like the Dutch format for NBC’s “The Voice” and the British one for Fox’s “The X Factor.” Unlike those shows, “Rising Star” invites fans to log in and vote live, using an app that ABC’s entertainment president Paul Lee said was designed by ex-Mossad. Singers need a certain percentage of positive votes to make it to the next round.

At the Television Critics Association winter press tour, Lee likened the new format to “a modern-day Colliseum.”

“I think this changes the rules. In Israel it clearly changed the rules, because it came out gangbusters. It’s sort of a combination of a massive talent show and to some degree the gong show,” he said. “You literally are voting live.”

Lee said the app was especially popular in Israel among viewers 18-34. Lee believes viewers will become emotionally involved in the show because they’ll play such an immediate role in deciding contestants’ fates.

“The app that they built — which is fascinating, I maybe shouldn’t be revealing this but their technology people are ex-Mossad, so they clearly know something special — the technology that they built for that app is so clean,” he said.

Still to be worked out: How the show will deal with different time zones. Lee said West Coast viewers may be able to watch and vote on performances online as they air on the East Coast, but won’t be able to see the outcome of the voting until the show airs on the West Coast.

The Wrap

posted 1/17/14

More on "Last Comic Standing" 3.0
Focus to Shift on Up and Coming Comics
From
Laughspin
Back in November, NBC announced that it was bringing back Last Comic Standing and that Wanda Sykes will serve as executive producer. The stand-up comedy competition show, seen as the American Idol of stand-up, faced controversy during its 7-season run from 2003-2010. Although they accepted open call auditions from literally anyone who wanted to tell a joke, it was rare that a contestant from the line outside the audition clubs made it through to the next round on the show.

Behind the scenes, auditions were arranged by agents, managers and based on industry members’ recommendations. When word got out that contestants like Rich Vos, Gary Gulman, Kathleen Madigan, Amy Schumer and Myq Kaplan had been making a living at comedy for years, viewers at home were not too pleased at being duped. Some also criticized the show for taking advantage of brand new comedians hoping to hit it big off the street by letting them embarrass themselves on national television. Many comedians simply complained that stand-up comedy shouldn’t be a competition at all. Ratings went into decline and the show was cancelled twice before Sykes resurrected it last year (potentially in light of the popularity of comedians on NBC’s friendly talent show America’s Got Talent). No details were released on how Sykes and the show’s producers planned on improving the hopeful premise.

Laughspin, a comedy news website, revealed that there will be no open-call auditions.

"We hear that they are ditching the ruse that they are “discovering” new talent and admitting that they have booked talented rising comedians for the competition. Sources familiar with the show’s planning tell us that originally they were going to audition comics out of New York City and Los Angeles. Though they will not limit themselves to LA comics, they will now only audition the comics in LA. The show has been asking around for recommendations of who should get a shot at the big show, but they have also been taking pitches from managers and agents, “but that’s secondary,” one industry insider shared."

Laughspin

posted 1/17/14

Thursday: Following Suit
Fox Wins Night Against a Close CBS
From
the Futon Critic
Night two of the "American Idol" (13.178 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #1) premiere kept FOX (13.178 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #1) in front on Thursday. "Idol" dropped by a third since last year and by 1.8 million since last night.

CBS (7.220 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then claimed the silver with its all-repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (11.891 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2), "The Millers" (7.943 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3), "The Crazy Ones" (5.325 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "Two and a Half Men" (5.228 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and "Elementary" (6.465 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

Next up was ABC (3.347 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) with a new "The Taste" (3.236 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11) followed by a repeat of "Shark Tank" (3.568 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

Next up was NBC (3.144 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) with fresh installments of "Community" (3.165 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9), "Parks & Recreation" (3.083 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "Sean Saves the World" (2.665 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12), "The Michael J. Fox Show" (2.013 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and "Parenthood" (3.968 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

Meanwhile, the premiere of Lifetime's "Under the Gunn" and the "Project Runway All-Stars" reunion with host Tim Gunn helped put Lifetime at 925,000 for Thursday, which ran head to head with Food's "Chopped Canada" with 919,000 viewers.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic


"American Idol XIII" launches on Fox.

photo courtesy Fox/FremantleMedia

posted 1/17/14

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Golden Birthday"

Posted 1/17/14

Wednesday: This.... Is Winning Low
Fox Predictably Wins, Predictably Low
From
the Futon Critic
FOX (14.999 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.6, #1) claimed top honors on Wednesday with the return of "American Idol" (14.999 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.6, #1). As high as it was, it represented a 23.33 percent drop from last year and a series premiere low. Tonight's episode will determine whether it was a one-time fluke.

CBS (8.647 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then was a distant second place with repeats of "Two and a Half Men" (5.478 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #12) and "The Millers" (4.951 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #13) followed by new episodes of "Criminal Minds" (10.470 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (10.257 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4).

Next up was ABC (6.094 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) with a new "The Middle" (7.471 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5), the return of "Suburgatory" (5.267 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6) plus originals from "Modern Family" (9.101 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.2, #2), "Super Fun Night" (4.619 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6) and "Nashville" (5.054 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.301 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) served up fresh installments of "Revolution" (4.908 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.459 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8) and "Chicago PD" (5.537 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8).

And finally, the winter premieres of "Arrow" (2.486 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #14) and "The Tomorrow People" (1.589 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) on The CW (2.038 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the night.

On cable, Top Chef led the troops with 1.160 million viewers at 10p on Bravo. GSN's "Mind of a Man" averaged 300,000 viewers over two episodes, half of them in the coveted demographic.

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"American Idol XIII" launches on Fox.

photo courtesy Fox/FremantleMedia

posted 1/16/14

Didn't We Do This Before?
Bravo Greenlights "Top Chef Extreme"
From
the Wrap
Bravo has just given a green light to new “Top Chef” spinoff under the working title, “Top Chef Extreme.” The series is set to premiere this summer.

On each episode, the new series will bring back past “Top Chef” contestants for one-on-one culinary duels. The competitors will go head-to-head in three rounds of challenges in order to move on in the competition.

Then, all the episodes’ winners will go against each other on the season’s finale with one chef standing at the end. The winning chef will claim the yet to be announced grand prize and, of course more importantly for these folks, bragging rights.

Bravo is giving fans a chance to nominate the chefs they’d like to compete on “Top Chef Extreme.” The network asks that viewers share their dream battle pairings on “Top Chef’s” Facebook page at or on Twitter by tweeting @BravoTopChef and using the hashtag #TopChefExtreme.

The Wrap
The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 1/16/14

GSN Wants to Pay You
GSN Games Beta Tests Tournaments
From
Market Wired
GSN Games today announced the beta launch of the GSN Cash Games mobile site, the first-ever mobile-optimized cash tournament site for U.S. players. Extending the reach of GSN Games' leading cash tournament website, WorldWinner.com, the new GSN Cash Games mobile site lets casual gamers play skill games for real cash prizes on smartphones and tablets. The mobile site launches with cash games in Solitaire Rush, which has historically ranked as a top-performing title on WorldWinner.com.

GSN Games built the mobile Open Web site using HTML5, offering cash tournaments to iOS and Android users via a mobile Web browser. The GSN Cash Games mobile site was created in partnership with Bocoup, an Open Web technology company based in Boston.

"With the growing population of mobile gamers, GSN Games is thrilled to offer skill-based cash tournaments through the GSN Cash Games mobile-optimized site," said Jeremy Stein, senior product manager, mobile of GSN Games. "The GSN Cash Games mobile site will bring our most popular titles and the excitement of competing for cash prizes to players, wherever they are."

"Together with GSN Games, we are creating new industry standards and breaking down barriers for future HTML5 development through Open Web technologies," said Boaz Sender, managing director of Bocoup. "This partnership demonstrates the high caliber of talent and commitment to innovation at GSN Games, and we are excited to continue our collaboration in the coming months."

Players can enter cash tournaments or hone their skills in free, practice tournaments by logging on to WorldWinner.com from the Safari or Chrome browsers on their mobile device. The GSN Cash Games mobile site allows players to choose a tournament type based on the number of players, entry fee or cash prize amount. From the account screen, players can make a deposit or withdraw cash winnings to a linked bank account. A user's account profile, balance and preferences are seamlessly connected across desktop and mobile Web experiences.

Market Wired

posted 1/16/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Drawn to Sing"

  • FIRST LOOK: Win Lose or Draw (Disney, Tomorrow) (Dis411) and truTV's "Killer Karaoke" season 2 (February 20) (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Nina Tassler is shocked... SHOCKED!... that there was racism going on in the Big Brother House (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • Tim Gunn returns to "Biggest Loser" for makeover week (The Futon Critic)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: top earning "American Idol" alums in 2013... and you won't believe who made it in at #7 (Forbes)
     
  • Ken Jennings does Chicagoland (Chicago Tribune)
     
  • Jaleel White is #the1 visiting "Fox Sports Live" (Twitter: @FoxSportsLive)
     
  • IN MEMORIAM: Russell "The Professor" Johnson (1924-2014) on "Family Feud" with his "Gilligan's Island" castmates (YouTube)

Posted 1/16/14

Syndies: A Very Happy New Year Indeed
Results for the Week Ending January 5
From
B&C and TV Media Insights
Growth was the observation on the holiday week of December 30, with the immediate standout a 5.5 rating for “Family Feud” from Debmar-Mercury, its best in households (tied with the week of Nov. 18) since the implementation of People Meters in 1988 (according to Nielsen).

Among the other game shows, Disney/ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire showed the biggest improvement, rocketing 21% to a new season-high 2.3 and that show’s best overall performance since last April. CTD’s category leader Wheel of Fortune recovered 11% to a 6.8. CTD’s Jeopardy! also rebounded 11%, finishing at a 6.2.

TV Media Insights
B&C
TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic

posted 1/15/14

Tuesday: The Mark of the Beast
"The Chase" Reaches New Series High; CBS Owns the Night
From
TV Media Insights & the Futon Critic
There are more beastly ratings for GSN, courtesy of “The Chase,” as the game show continues to rise.

For the third time in a mere five weeks, GSN’s hour-long game show hosted by Brooke Burns and featuring trivia expert Mark Labbett a.k.a. “The Beast”, delivered its largest total audience to-date on Tuesday, January 14th at 8 p.m. ET/PT with an average of 666,000 total viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. The episode also drew 169,000 viewers among adults 18-49.

It was just seven days earlier that the show rose to its then-best numbers of 620,000 total viewers on January 7, 2014.

CBS (15.892 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with new episodes of "NCIS" (19.453 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (15.874 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) and "Person of Interest" (12.349 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4).

NBC (5.876 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then claimed the silver with fresh installments of "The Biggest Loser 15" (5.508 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7) and "Chicago Fire" (6.612 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T5).

Elsewhere in cable, "Face Off" opened its sixth series on Syfy with 1.394 million.

The Futon Critic
TV Media Insights
The Futon Critic

posted 1/15/14

Penn & Teller & Cedric
CW Greenlights Two
From
the Futon Critic
Two reality series - BARBER BATTLE, an all-new, half-hour reality competition series hosted by actor and comedian Cedric the Entertainer, and PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, a one-hour competition series celebrating magic and featuring the legendary duo Penn & Teller - will premiere later this year on The CW.

BARBER BATTLE will visit different barbershops across the country in each of the 10 episodes. The most talented barbers from the Bronx to the 'burbs will compete with their clippers to showcase their artistic designs and be crowned the creator of the best "crowns" in town. Going beyond mere hairstyles, these amazing stylists use their scissors and clippers to create astonishing works of art ranging from portraits to landmarks to ballparks - all on someone's head. Episodes will blend craft with comedy and will feature a winner each week. Judges, locations and contestants will be announced at a later date.

BARBER BATTLE is hosted by actor and comedian Cedric the Entertainer ("Who Wants to Be A Millionaire," "The Soul Man," "The Original Kings of Comedy"), who also serves as executive producer, along with Mark Efman ("Charlemagne & Friends," "A&E Biographies").

On each of the nine episodes of PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, aspiring magicians are invited to perform their best trick to try and fool the world-famous team of Penn & Teller. Anyone who succeeds wins the right to perform with Penn & Teller in their celebrated show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The live studio audience and the TV audience watch along with Penn & Teller as they try to figure out the secrets. Penn and Teller see the trick only once and have to immediately try to work it out. The audience knows there are no camera tricks, secret edits or helpful camera cuts. This is all real magic. British television and radio personality Jonathan Ross ("Friday Night with Jonathan Ross") serves as host.

PENN & TELLER: FOOL US is created and produced by 117 PRODUCTIONS and September Films (part of DCD Media) for ITV, with executive producers Peter Adam Golden and Andrew Golder, David Green and Peter Davey.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 1/15/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Gunn Control"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Under The Gunn" (Lifetime, Thursday) (USA Today)
     
  • Nina Tassler is shocked... SHOCKED!... that there was racism going on in the Big Brother House (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • How did "Mind of a Man" do on GSN last week? It started with 497,000 viewers, and ended with 377,000 (Son of the Bronx)
     
  • "Reflex" producer teams with Sony for new production shingle (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • Jaleel White's flight is totally blacked out and he's a bit of an ass about it. Relax, it's a scene on "CSI" (PerezHilton.com)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: CBS slots "Survivor" for February 26, "Amazing Race" February 23 (Deadline)
     
  • Jenny McCarthy claims she was singled out of a lead role on "The Bachelorette" (E!)

Posted 1/15/14