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

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

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

Winner will receive the ultimate tropical vacation experience!

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

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

Maui Now

posted 3/29/16

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 3/29/16

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

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

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

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

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

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

TBI Vision

posted 3/29/16

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/29/16

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

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

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

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

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

posted 3/29/16

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

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

The 11th season will begin in September.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Futon Critic
Variety
Washington Post
TV Line

posted 3/28/16

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

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

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

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

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

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 3/28/16

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

posted 3/28/16

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

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

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

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

The Futon Critic

posted 3/25/16

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

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

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

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

TV Insider
The Futon Critic

posted 3/25/16

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/25/16

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

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

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

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

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

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

C21 Media

posted 3/25/16


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

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

The Arizona Diamondbacks baseball team announced the news on Twitter.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Variety
The American Spectator
New York Times
Awful Announcing
Hollywood Reporter
Sports Illustrated
KJZZ Phoenix
B&C

posted 3/24/16


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Full list of nominations:

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

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

Variety
Broadway World
Zap2it
UPI
TV Insider
TV Insider

posted 3/24/16


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

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

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

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

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

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

Vulture
TMZ
TV Insider

posted 3/24/16

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

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

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

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

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

Variety
The Futon Critic
Billboard

posted 3/24/16

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

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

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

Next up was NBC (5.839 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its trio of "Heartbeat" (5.288 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.055 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T7) and "Chicago PD" (6.175 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.640 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up a new "Rosewood" (3.695 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11) and the Friday-bound "Hell's Kitchen" (3.586 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10).

And finally, the return of "Arrow" (2.141 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) and "Supernatural" (1.649 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) on The CW (1.895 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Face Off (Syfy): 890,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 389,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/24/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Ennui-cision 2016"

  • "Wheel of Fortune" tops targeted political spending, #2 is Jeopardy!. Translation: get ready to fast-forward through a whole lot of commercials (Bloomberg)
     

  • "The $100,000 Pyramid" is looking for an audience (WABC New York)
     

  • Caitlin McGee, Eugene Cordero join "Crunch Time" (Deadline)

posted 3/24/16

Syndies: Week 26
Results for the Week Ending March 13
From B&C

In the first full week post-sweeps, which ended March 13, syndication was slow with most shows steady or down and often in repeats. The week also saw preemptions and interruptions due to coverage of the funeral of former First Lady Nancy Reagan on March 11.

CTD’s Wheel of Fortune inched up 1% to a 7.0 to lead the games, followed by Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud, which fell 6% to a 6.6, while CTD’s Jeopardy! dipped 2% to a 6.4 for third place.

Further back, Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game and Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire each surrendered 7% to a 1.3, although Name Game was unchanged from last year at this time, while Millionaire deteriorated 24%.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 3/23/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Let's Rock"

  • Kirk Fogg returns to the Hidden Temple (The Futon Critic) PLUS five things you didn't know about the show (Refinery29) AND seven things we hope will return with him (Zap2it)
     

  • RuPaul on "Drag Race" and "Gay for Play" (Out) and what Jimmy Fallon may or may not have stolen from her (Mashable)
     

  • Padma Lakshmi ... Cranberry Drano (New York Post)
     

  • Billy Gardell plays the Colonel on "Million Dollar Quartet" (The Futon Critic)

posted 3/23/16

TUESDAY: Back in the Tank
CBS #1 All the Time
From the Futon Critic

CBS (11.830 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with its trio of "NCIS" (15.594 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "NCIS: New Orleans" (13.110 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) and "Limitless" (6.789 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5).

NBC (6.971 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then claimed the silver with a new "The Voice" (10.544 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1), the premiere of "Heartbeat" (6.341 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) and a repeat "Chicago Fire" (4.029 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11).

Next up was ABC (3.136 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its mix of "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.597 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6), "The Real O'Neals" (3.816 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.907 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10) and "Beyond the Tank" (2.294 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.609 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) offered up a new "New Girl" (2.279 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) alongside repeats of "Grandfathered" (1.318 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.462 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "The Grinder" (1.375 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16).

And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (3.001 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7) and "iZombie" (1.273 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) on The CW (2.137 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.086 million
- Separation Anxiety (TBS): 969,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 301,000

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posted 3/22/16

Dancing With These Two Stars
Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan Tatum Team with NBC for New Entry
From Variety

NBC is getting into the dance competition craze with a project from dancer and actress Jenna Dewan Tatum, Variety has learned.

The untitled show, which is described as a fresh take on the unscripted dance competition genre, has landed a six-episode order. Dewan Tatum will serve as a judge and mentor on the series. Her husband Channing Tatum will also appear on the show.

The husband-and-wife team, who met on the set of their 2006 dance movie “Step Up,” will exec produce the show, which hails from Endemol Shine North America.

The project is the first between NBC and Dewan Tatum’s production company Purple Cup Productions. Tatum’s Free Association banner is also behind the dance series. Purple Cup’s Meegan Kiernan and Free Association’s Peter Kiernan and Reid Carolin will also serve as exec producers.

Dewan Tatum got her start as a backup dancer for Janet Jackson, Pink, Missy Elliott and Christina Aguilera. After her acting break in “Step Up,” she segued further into acting with a recurring role on FX’s “American Horror Story” and a starring role on Lifetime’s “Witches of East End.” She is currently recurring on “Supergirl” on CBS. Before breaking into A-list acting territory, Channing Tatum also began as a dancer, appearing in a Ricky Martin music video. His experience working as a male stripper in his younger years inspired the “Magic Mike” movies in which he starred.

For NBC, the dance series is a somewhat new genre for the network’s alternative slate. Most recently, NBC has found huge success in “Little Big Shots,” the Steve Harvey-hosted kid talent show. “The Voice,” “America’s Got Talent” and “American Ninja Warrior” have also been big hits for the net, which has found a strong niche in live, unscripted talent fare, but does not have a show in the dance genre.

The reality dance genre has produced some of broadcast’s longest-lived unscripted successes, with ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” just entering its 22nd season and Fox’s “So You Think You Can Dance” heading into Season 13 this summer.

Variety

posted 3/22/16

MONDAY: Singing and Dancing
NBC Gets the Demo, ABC Gets the Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.354 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) held onto the top demo spot on Monday with its duo of "The Voice" (10.987 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) and "Blindspot" (6.087 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3).

The silver then went to ABC (10.446 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) with the return of "Dancing with the Stars" (12.350 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and a new "Castle" (6.640 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9).

Next up was CBS (7.743 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and its trio of "Supergirl" (6.026 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5), "Scorpion" (8.549 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.655 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.807 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Gotham" (3.853 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and "Lucifer" (3.761 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8).

And finally, originals from "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.749 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.770 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10) on The CW (0.759 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable:
- Cake Wars (Food): 891,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 362,000
- RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo): 286,000

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posted 3/22/16

WEEKEND: How Sweet It Is
CBS Wins, Splits Demo with NBC, Fox
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.965 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) was the most-watched network on a competitive Sunday with its mix of "NCAA Overrun" (11.803 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1), "60 Minutes" (10.166 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "Madam Secretary" (9.176 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "The Good Wife" (7.823 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) and the relocated "Elementary" (5.587 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14).

NBC (6.895 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) then was the number two draw with its lineup of a repeat "Little Big Shots" (7.084 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) followed by new episodes of "Little Big Shots" (13.175 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2), "The Carmichael Show" (5.426 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5), "Crowded" (3.846 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) and "Hollywood Game Night" (2.687 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T16).

Next up was FOX (5.354 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) with a second run "The Simpsons" (3.161 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) alongside its specials "Ice Age: The Great Egg-scapade" (2.544 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14) and "The Passion" (6.605 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4).

And finally, ABC (3.759 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) closed out the evening with new episodes of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.385 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "Once Upon a Time" (3.540 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "The Family" (2.628 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T16) and "Quantico" (3.482 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10).

On cable:
- All-Star Academy (Food): 1.288 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.063 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 972,000
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 467,000

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posted 3/22/16

More on "Can't Touch This"
Catch It on BBC1 This Saturday!
From Digital Spy

Zoe Ball and Ashley Banjo have revealed that their new show Can't Touch This is so dangerous that some people have been "wheeled out".

The series promises that contestants can win prizes including everything from a car to a holiday to a drive-on lawnmower - if they can defeat a huge obstacle course to touch them.

But the duo revealed that there have been "quite a lot" of injuries.

"I had a little Band-Aid kit," Zoe joked. "A couple of people were wheeled out."

Zoe also described the show as "a giant Mousetrap course for humans", while Ashley suggested that it's different from programs like Ninja Warrior.

"There's an element of luck and an element of fun," he said. "It's not just about how strong and fit you are. Sometimes our show gives people who might not be as physically able a chance, so it's great because you never quite know what's going to happen."

Ashley added that the later rounds - which sees the remaining contestants battling it out for a car - can get seriously competitive.

"It starts to get brutal," he said. "When you've got six people that can see this car in the background and they're clambering across a net, jumping for ropes…

"These guys were wearing headguards - it's pretty brutal, but it's fun. It's really interesting to look at how the sportsmanship side comes into it, because the manners override the want for that brand new car. Sometimes."

But not always: "Sometimes it's like animals taking each other down," Zoe joked.

Ashley also revealed that he would love Diversity to take part in a celebrity edition of the show, while Zoe joked that she would use her Strictly contacts to book famous faces.

"Get Anton Du Beke in a little pair of racy shorts and a vest and put him in a catapult," she said. "That would be quite incredible to see."

Can't Touch This begins on Saturday (March 26) at 6.10pm on BBC One.

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posted 3/22/16


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ERIN STORM: c.1975-2016
"The Bachelor" Contestant
From Entertainment Weekly

Erin Storm, a contestant on season 12 of The Bachelor, has died.

Several of Storms’ friends confirmed the pilot’s passing on social media Tuesday. Friend Christiana Marie began a series of posts dedicated to Storm, first writing on her Facebook page early this morning: “It is with the heaviest heart I’ve ever had to be posting this. My sweet Erin Storm You have changed my life in many ways and showed me what TRUE BEST FRIENDS are all about!!! Heaven just received the most incredible angel in the world. … I am filled with such sadness to lose one of the most incredible friends I’ve EVER had in my life. I’m still in shock woman. I LOVE YOU with everything I am. I will NEVER get over the loss of you.”

Multiple local outlets first reported the news that a woman, now confirmed to be Storm, died in a plane crash that took place Monday around noon in Hawthorne, California.

The Hawthorne Police Department also posted news of the crash on its Facebook page Monday.

The HPD release reads: “On Monday, March 21, 2016, at about 12:00 PM, Hawthorne police officers were dispatched on a report of an airplane crash in the area of 120th Street & Crenshaw Blvd. Officers located a small, single-seat aircraft on fire in the 3300 block of 120th Street, directly north of Hawthorne Airport.”

“A nearby construction crew witnessed the crash and was able to remove the pilot (sole occupant) from the wreckage prior to the arrival of emergency services. The pilot of the aircraft was treated by LA County Fire personnel, and transported by ambulance to Harbor UCLA Medical Center in Carson. Unfortunately, the pilot did not survive.”

According to her Facebook page, Storm was working as a pilot for Pacific Blue Air, an aircraft training facility based at Hawthorne Airport, at the time of her death.

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posted 3/22/16

Upfront: Pop
"Easiest Game Show Ever", "Big Brother After Dark" to Return
From the Futon Critic

Pop, a television network seen in more than 80 million homes with original programming that celebrates what fans are excited about, today announced its 2016-2017 upfront slate, which showcases premium original series, award-winning talent and programming that taps into cultural trends and topics.

The network's upfront programming line-up includes more than 400 hours of original content and a diverse mix of eight original shows, including: the two original scripted comedies SCHITT'S CREEK and NIGHTCAP; HOLLYWOOD DARLINGS, a new docu-comedy spotlighting child stars of the '90s; the return of SING IT ON, ROCK THIS BOAT: NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK and UNUSUALLY THICKE; pop culture game show EASIEST GAME SHOW EVER; and the fan-engaged, live late night after-show BIG BROTHER AFTER DARK.

"We are heading into this upfront season with great momentum, increased distribution and a diverse portfolio of original programming that delivers on our promise of celebrating fan-driven content and exceptional talent," said Brad Schwartz. "One year following our rebrand, Pop is defying the industry trend with growth in ratings and growth in distribution, along with a programming line-up that is uniquely poised to capture our target audience of 'Modern Grown-ups(TM)' - socially engaged, passionate entertainment fans who love celebrating the good times in life."

"Since Pop's rebrand, we've added nearly 100 new blue-chip advertisers and are well-positioned for this year's upfront offering a premium cable environment at an efficient price," said Michael DuPont, Executive Vice President, Ad Sales. "Advertisers view Pop as an attractive and more competitive alternative to other lifestyle and entertainment networks."

Hosted by quick-witted comedian and actor Michael Ian Black ("The Jim Gaffigan Show," "Wet Hot American Summer," "The State"), EASIEST GAME SHOW EVER is a pop culture, trivia-based game show that puts a new twist on "True or False?" and gives contestants the opportunity to win up to $100,000 cash per episode. EASIEST GAME SHOW EVER is executive produced by Nigel Lythgoe ("American Idol," "So You Think You Can Dance") alongside Gail Berman ("Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life") via the Jackal Group, with executive producers Barry Poznick ("Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?") and Eric Levy.

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posted 3/21/16

Second Home
Tim Tebow to Join Second Season of "Home Free" June 16
From the Futon Critic

Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow will co-host the second season of Fox's "Home Free" with famed professional contractor Mike Holmes.

In the second season, former NFL player, Heisman Trophy winner and sports analyst Tim Tebow will co-host, alongside famed professional contractor and home renovation TV Star Mike Holmes (Holmes on Homes(R)), who returns for Season Two.

Unscripted competition series HOME FREE returns Thursday, June 16 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

HOME FREE is produced by Critical Content and executive-produced by Tom Forman, George Verschoor, Will Spjut, Brad Bishop, Andrew Marcus and Mike Holmes. The series will be distributed internationally by ELECTUS.

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posted 3/21/16

Daytime Emmy Awards: And The Nominees Are...
.... Going to Be Revealed on "The Talk" Thursday
From Deadline

CBS’ daytime program The Talk will announce noms for the Daytime Emmy Awards at 2 PM ET on Thursday. It’s the second year in a row the CBS talker has had the exclusive on the noms. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences then will post the full nominations list online immediately following the live announcement at http://www.emmyonline.org/daytime.

Again this year, after the ceremony on Sunday, May 1, The Talk will host its “after party” the following day; guests will be announced that Monday morning, May 2.

Last year, the noms announcement was repeated at 8 PM and 11 PM that day on Pop network, on which CBS partnered with Lionsgate. Pop also aired the Daytime Emmy Awards live last year. The plan was part of a push to exhume the Daytime Emmy Awards broadcast after NATAS announced the 24-year-old franchise was returning to TV, via a multi-year deal with Pop (formerly TVGN and TV Guide Network).

After decades as a staple on broadcast TV, the Daytime Emmy Awards fell into a ratings slump – coinciding with the end of Susan Lucci’s non-winning streak – and migrated to the CW, followed by two consecutive off-brand airings on HLN, then dropped off TV completely last year, when it was distributed online only. Last year’s awards ceremony logged nearly 900,000 viewers on Pop that night in Live+Same Day. While a small number for the trophy ceremony that clocked 14 million to 22 million viewers back in the 1990s, and 5.5 million as recently as 2011, it was the most-watched live event on Pop in eight years, dating back to when the network premiered Live on the Red Carpet With Joan And Melissa at the Academy Awards.

Deadline

posted 3/21/16

Dara O Briain Goes 8-Bit
Dave's New Panel Series Pits Celebs vs. Arcade Classics
From Digital Spy

Dara Ó Briain​ just landed his dream gig as presenter of Dave's new gaming show Go 8 Bit.

The comedian and gaming enthusiast will lead celebrity guests as they battle it out against each other in a range of classic and contemporary games.

Guests will take on Pac-Man, Grand Theft Auto, Fallout and more over the course of the 6-part series, which will air in Autumn 2016.

Ó Briain​ will present the series alongside gaming expert Ellie Gibson and team captains Steve McNeil and Sam Pamphilon.

The comedian said: "Put a video game controller in the hands of a nun and she'll turn into a trash-talking bloodthirsty monster. Give a controller to a comedian and they'll do that too, but be funny. In video games veritas, my friends.

"This show is a raucous, back-biting, properly competitive celebration of the world's favorite pastime. Let's Go 8 Bit!"

Steve North, Dave general manager, added: "Go 8 Bit is a very funny stage show with a cult following. We love working with the comedy community to bring successful stage shows to the Dave audience, as we did with Alex Horne's Taskmaster. Having Dara on board makes it a perfect fit for Dave."

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posted 3/21/16


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TIM "THE KINETIC KING" FORT: 1964-2016
"America's Got Talent" Contestant
From
Legacy

Timothy Fort of Saint Paul passed away on March 15, 2016 at age 51.

His accomplishments include a U of M aerospace engineering degree, membership in MENSA, and most recently "traveled the 17 Known Universes" as the Kinetic King from America's Got Talent in 2011.

Memorial Gathering 11 am - 3pm Saturday, March 26 at Kessler & Maguire Funeral Home, 640 W. 7th St, Saint Paul.

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posted 3/21/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Pack Your Knives and Go Directly to Jail"

  • Paul Qui goes from Top Chef winner to domestic violence charges (Jezebel)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: "Drag Race" does "Empire" (Yahoo!)
     

  • Wayne Brady will be Apple Blossom Festival Grand Marshal (Winchester Star)
     

  • Betty White is getting sued for wage violations (National Law Review)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: a supercut of Bradley Walsh's finest moments (Huffington Post)
     

  • Are you Kim Kardashian's "Big Fan"? (Complex)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Marty Allen (SFGate)

posted 3/21/16

THURSDAY: And Then There Were Five
"Idol" Helps Fox to Win
From the Futon Critic

On the heels of the finale, the network just announced that the hit culinary competition series "Top Chef" will pack its knives and head to Charleston, South Carolina for season fourteen. Set to premiere later this year, production will begin this spring with host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio along with Gail Simmons and Richard Blais returning to the judges table.

Speaking about the finale, Colicchio said, "The final two chefs are extremely talented and cooked their hearts out. In the end, Jeremy pulled through with the stronger meal. He showed a ton of talent throughout the season and we couldn't be happier to name him this season's 'Top Chef."

Regarding season 14, Shari Levine, Executive Vice President, Current Production, Bravo Media said, "Charleston is the perfect location to inject our next batch of chefs. We know Charleston and are excited by the food, people and possibility it brings with its rich cultural and historical background which has played an important role in shaping South Carolina's unique cuisine."

Helen T. Hill, Chief Executive Officer of Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau adds, "We are thrilled that 'Top Chef' has chosen Charleston, South Carolina as the site for season fourteen. As the Southeast's premier dining destination, we look forward to sharing our 300 year culinary heritage with 'Top Chef's' passionate and devoted viewers."

FOX (8.121 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1) was the top draw on Thursday with new episodes of "American Idol" (7.905 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3) and a second "American Idol" (8.337 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2).

ABC (6.625 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with its mix of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.887 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1), "Scandal" (6.513 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3) and the season finale of "How to Get Away with Murder" (5.476 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5).

Next up was CBS (4.165 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its lineup of "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament" (4.166 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8), "NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Update" (3.961 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and more "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament" (4.265 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.502 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up a new "You, Me and the Apocalypse" (2.787 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10), a repeat "The Blacklist" (2.703 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) and an original "Shades of Blue" (5.016 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9).

And finally, The CW (1.076 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with repeats of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.301 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "The 100" (0.851 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13).

On cable...
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 1.441 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food/SP): 1.361 million
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food/P): 1.278 million
- Chopped (Food/S): 1.239 million
- Top Chef (Bravo/SF): 1.169 million
- Redneck Island (CMT): 377,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 315,000

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posted 3/18/16

More on "The $100,000 Pyramid"
Catch It This Summer on ABC!
From TV Series Finale

The $100,00 Pyramid will look at little different this summer. BuzzerBlog has revealed new details about the upcoming ABC game show reboot.

In January, we reported the revival will be hosted by Michael Strahan.

Just like the original game show, the new version of $100,000 Pyramid will feature teams guessing words or phrases from a list of six subjects. However, if a player makes it to the Winner’s Circle twice, they could walk away with $150,000 or possibly more.

Casting is currently underway for the series, which is expected to premiere this summer.

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posted 3/18/16

"The Runner" Goes Mobile
Matt Damon-Ben Affleck Project Greenlit by Go90 After 15 Years in Development Hell
From B&C

Academy Award-winning filmmakers Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are teaming with Adaptive Studios (Project Greenlight) and Pilgrim Media Group (Zombie House Flipping) to launch the competition series The Runner for mobile platform Go90. Affleck and Damon are executive producing through their company Pearl Street Films. Adaptive Studios’ Marc Joubert and Perrin Chiles are executive producers along with Pilgrim Media Group CEO Craig Piligian and Mike Nichols.

The series - which was developed for ABC in 2000 but scuttled after 9/11 only to end up at Yahoo in 2006 - was packaged by WME and is scheduled to launch this summer.

The Runner sees one individual attempt to make it across the United States unnoticed over the course of 30 days, while a team of Chasers tries to locate and capture them using all available technology. At stake is a million dollars—for the Runner and Chasers alike.

The series is interactive. Go90 users who provide tips and sightings of the Runner’s location are also eligible to win money.

“This show is exactly the kind of series Pilgrim is known for,” said Piligian. “The Runner integrates real high-stakes competition, live elements, a need for speed, and the ability to fight and persevere. It’s incredibly exciting to produce something this complex, and we’re thrilled to be in business with Matt and Ben, Adaptive, and our partners at go90 to do it.”

Launched by Verizon last fall, Go90 is a mobile content platform offering live and on demand video wrapped in a social experience.

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posted 3/18/16

Available on the CBS App
CBS' Hot Fun in the Summer Time
Dates Set for "Price Is Right Primetime", "Big Brother"
From B&C

CBS Wednesday announced season finale dates, return dates and special events that include The Good Wife’s finale and the 13th-season finale for NCIS on May 17. That looks to be the goodbye date for NCIS fan favorite Tony DiNozzo, as actor Michael Weatherly leaves the show. The top-rated drama will be back for at least two more seasons and Weatherly has signed to star in a CBS drama pilot based on the earlier career of TV host Dr. Phil.

'NCIS's' Weatherly to star in CBS pilot based on young Dr. Phil

Mike & Molly will resume its final season on April 25 (8 p.m. ET/PT), followed by back-to-back episodes on May 2 and 9 before a one-hour series finale on May 16 (8 p.m. ET/PT). Person of Interest will begin its fifth and final season with a two-episodes-per-week schedule starting Tues., May 3, and then Mon., May 9 (both 10 p.m. ET/PT), leading up to its series finale on June 21.

In other premiere news, Rush Hour arrives March 31 (10 p.m. ET/PT). The Odd Couple, which returns for Season 2 on April 7 (8:30 p.m. ET/PT), will expand to Mondays and Thursdays starting May 2 (9:30 p.m. ET/PT), before finishing its season on May 23 (9 p.m. ET/PT).

In addition, daytime game show The Price Is Right will get three primetime specials focusing on CBS reality programs – Survivor (May 23, 8 p.m. ET/PT), Big Brother (May 24, 8 p.m. ET/PT) and The Amazing Race (May 25, 8 p.m. ET/PT).

A day after CBS set Person of Interest's final season (which will run into June) plus other premiere, return and finale dates, the network released its schedule for summer shows, including the return of Big Brother and Zoo, as well as the series premieres of American Gothic and The Good Wife creators' new show, BrainDead. Big Brother will bow June 22.

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posted 3/18/16

Let's Dance... for the 22nd Time!
Here's the Lineup for the New Season of "DWTS!"
From The Futon Critic

The celebrity cast of "Dancing with the Stars" are slipping into their ballroom shoes and getting ready for their first dance on MONDAY, MARCH 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. The 22nd season's lineup of celebrity dancers includes a multi-platinum selling recording artist, a Peabody Award winner, a UFC fighter, and Super Bowl 50's MVP, to name a few.

As announced this morning on ABC's "Good Morning America," the celebrities with their professional partners heading to the ballroom this season (in alphabetical order) are:

· actress Mischa Barton ("The OC") with Artem Chigvintsev
· NFL wide-receiver Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh Steelers) with Sharna Burgess
· model/hearing-impaired advocate Nyle DiMarco ("America's Next Top Model") with Peta Murgatroyd
· actress Kim Fields ("The Facts of Life" and "Living Single") with Sasha Farber
· NFL Hall of Famer Doug Flutie with Karina Smirnoff
· actress Marla Maples with Tony Dovolani
· Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller (Denver Broncos) with Witney Carson
· singer Wanya Morris (Boyz II Men) with Lindsay Arnold
· journalist Geraldo Rivera with Edyta Sliwinska
· actress Jodie Sweetin ("Fuller House") with Keo Motsepe
· MMA fighter Paige VanZant with Mark Ballas
· meteorologist Ginger Zee ("Good Morning America") with Valentin Chmerkovskiy

After taking a season off, judge Len Goodman returns. Also back in the fold is fan-favorite pro dancer Edyta Sliwinska—last seen in Season 10. But even she may not be enough to overcome the absence of six-time champ (and last fall’s winner, with Bindi Irwin) Derek Hough, who has opted to sit out this cycle. “The show is really a family,” Wade insists. “People come in, they leave, they come back. The door is always open.”

The pace of the competition will also feel different, as producers are hoping to add some more backstage fervor. “We’re determined to make people feel the energy and the excitement of what it’s like to be at a live event every week,” Wade says. “That’s our mission.”

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posted 3/18/16

WEDNESDAY: Immunity
"Survivor" Helps CBS to Win
From the Futon Critic

CBS (9.225 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with its lineup of "Survivor: Kaoh Rong" (9.404 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), "Criminal Minds" (9.621 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T3) and the premiere of "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (8.651 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7).

ABC (6.098 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then claimed the silver with originals from "The Middle" (7.114 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6), "The Goldbergs" (6.655 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T3), "Modern Family" (8.096 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and "Black-ish" (6.187 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T3) plus the return of "Nashville" (4.266 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

Next up was FOX (3.673 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and fresh installments from "Rosewood" (3.684 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and "Hell's Kitchen" (3.662 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.294 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up repeats of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.638 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9), another "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.221 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and "Chicago PD" (4.024 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

And finally, The CW (1.041 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) likewise opted for second runs of "Arrow" (1.154 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "Supernatural" (0.928 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).

On cable...
- Face Off (Syfy): 913,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 346,000

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posted 3/18/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Rise Above Hate"

  • FIRST LOOK: American Grit with John Cena (TV Insider)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: balloon poppin' babies (TV Insider)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 11 game shows every 90s kid wanted to be on (Bustle)
     

  • "Beyond the Tank" to return in place of canceled "Of Kings and Prophets" (The Futon Critic)

posted 3/18/16


ITV
PAUL DANIELS: 1938-2016
Magician Hosted "Every Second Counts", "Odd One Out"
From the Guardian

Paul Daniels, whose career defined the TV magic genre in the 1980s and early 90s, has died at the age of 77.

The entertainer, who told viewers they would enjoy his tricks but “not a lot”, was diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour in February and last week returned from hospital to spend his final days at home.

His son Gary, a fitness presenter and personal trainer, confirmed the news on Twitter, with a picture of a crying rabbit in a top hat by the artist Helen Martin, a close family friend.

Daniels is best known for his BBC TV series The Paul Daniels Magic Show, which ran from 1979-94. He was born in 1938 in South Bank, Middlesbrough, where he began his career as a magician and entertainer.

The magician died at his home in Berkshire. He had been diagnosed with the tumour after he was taken to hospital with a suspected stroke and scans revealed he had an inoperable growth in his brain.

His son Martin, also a magician, said his father had turned down radiotherapy as it had little chance of lengthening his life. In his final days, Daniels was described as being “lucid”. “He’s happy there – some days he is tired and spends most of his time in bed dozing. But even then he is happy,” Martin said in the days before his father’s death.

Richard Cadell, presenter of The Sooty Show, said Daniels was the man who had inspired him to go into magic. “I watched his show on prime time when I was about eight and wrote to him, just a little kid who wanted to do magic, and he wrote back a handwritten letter. That really was the measure of the man,” he said.

Years later, when the pair had become friends, Cadell made the front pages of the tabloids having knocked out Daniels by throwing a pizza at his head during a sketch for The Sooty Show. “It was absolutely mortifying for me,” he said. “We threw the pizza at him and he insisted on me throwing it again because it wasn’t hard enough, and the second time the crust hit him square in the eye.

“I could never have imagined as a kid I would have Paul Daniels on my own show, much less that I would knock him out with a pizza.”

Daniels had been well and happy when the pair saw each other last year, Cadell said. “He wasn’t just an entertainer, he was a formidable magician, and encyclopedia of knowledge about magic tricks. When I saw him last he had devised a trick from a method he had read about from a book from the turn of the century,” he recalled.

Many of Daniels’ contemporaries and fellow magicians have paid tribute to the entertainer, including Paul Chuckle, Darren Day and Keith Chegwin who called Daniels “a lovely, kind and magic man”.

Daniels was born Newton Daniels in Middlesbrough in 1938 and said he fell in love with magic as a shy 11-year-old. “A hot, wet childhood holiday got me into magic,” Daniels once said. “We couldn’t go out because of the bad weather, and one of the books in the place we were staying in had magic tricks in it that you could do yourself.”

Daniels went on to do national service and to run his own grocery shop, finessing his magic tricks by performing at youth centres and working men’s clubs in the evenings, before he embarked on a full-time career as a magician in 1969.

He got his big break on TV in 1978, with a late-night show on ITV called Paul Daniels’ Blackpool Bonanza, but it was his BBC series that secured his place as one of the country’s best-loved entertainers. With his catchphrase “You’ll like this … not a lot, but you’ll like it”, his show drew in audiences of 15 million at its peak and was sold on to 43 countries.

In addition to performing magic, Daniels hosted popular quiz shows for the BBC including Every Second Counts, Odd One Out and Wipeout, as well as narrating the children’s TV show Wizbit.

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posted 3/17/16

"Chopped Junior" to Return
Catch Season 2 April 26
From the Futon Critic

Little chefs with tremendous ambition and talent take over the Chopped kitchen on season two of Chopped Junior, premiering Tuesday, April 26th at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network. Hosted by Ted Allen, Chopped Junior showcases the talents of girls and boys seeking to make unforgettable meals from mystery ingredients over three rounds - appetizer, entrée, and dessert - with a limited amount of time. One-by-one, the junior chef that is not up to par will be eliminated, with the last one remaining crowned Chopped Junior Champion and winning the $10,000 prize. The young cooks are judged throughout the season by a rotating panel of both recurring Chopped judges and special guest judges, including Jerome Bettis, Ayesha Curry, Haylie Duff, Jennie Garth, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Carla Hall, Tony Hawk, Eddie Jackson, Ali Larter, Kelsey Nixon, Andrew Rannells, Rico Rodriguez, Debby Ryan, Alison Sweeney, Christine Taylor and more.

"These talented young competitors, who grew up watching Food Network and Chopped, bring an abundance of energy, creativity and cooking skills to the table," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel. "When challenged with formidable mystery ingredients, they showed no fear in the kitchen, proving that confidence and competitive-edge can come at any age."

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posted 3/17/16

TUESDAY: Battle On
CBS, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.399 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday with a new two-hour "The Voice" (11.080 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) followed by the premiere of "Crowded" (6.785 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) and a second "Crowded" (5.287 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5).

CBS (10.827 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then claimed the silver with its trio of "NCIS" (14.754 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "NCIS: New Orleans" (11.850 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) and "Limitless" (5.878 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6).

Next up was ABC (3.074 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its mix of "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.158 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6), "The Real O'Neals" (3.589 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.905 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and "Of Kings and Prophets" (2.443 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.829 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up a new "New Girl" (2.327 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) followed by a repeat "Grandfathered" (1.456 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) and originals from "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.972 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) and "The Grinder" (1.562 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.151 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) and "iZombie" (0.655 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16) on The CW (0.903 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.151 million
- Chopped (Food): 1.042 million
- Separation Anxiety (TBS): 951,000
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 832,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 341,000

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posted 3/17/16

MIPTV: FremantleMedia
"Bang on the Money" Coming to International Market
From C21 Media

FremantleMedia has added a family-focused gameshow and a holiday format to its slate ahead of next month’s MipTV.

Bang on the Money (8x60’), from Thames for UK broadcaster ITV, is a primetime series that sees two teams of young people face a mixture of physical studio challenges to win a large cash prize.

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posted 3/17/16

@midnight @SXSW
Comedy Central Panel Show to Head to Austin, Broadcast Via Periscope
From the Drum

There is almost certainly some subset of fans of Comedy Central’s @midnight with Chris Hardwick who downloaded Periscope last week.

Why? Last Friday, during the first night of SXSW Interactive in Austin, @midnight became the first-ever late night series to broadcast a full episode exclusively on the Twitter-owned livestreaming platform.

The show has developed a loyal following largely because of the charismatic Hardwick and because of how much it integrates and comments on social media. For all of viral videos that Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and James Corden spawn on a weekly basis, social is not nearly as engrained in those shows’ fabric as it is in @midnight’s, where a rotating cast of comedians battle nightly in the setting of a fake game show to take on the most absurd of social and pop culture news.

Periscope, then, was the perfect platform with which to attempt a special live episode. But, of course, with anything that’s truly live (and not on delay), there is opportunity for the unexpected. “The live element was part of the fun – as you said, when it’s live, anything can happen,” Comedy Central CMO Walter Levitt told found Remote. “There were definitely a few unexpected moments during the show and they all contributed to the fun and excitement.”

In addition to building in for the unexpected, Comedy Central understood that they would not be able to fall back on the standard linear and digital metrics to determine whether the show was a success.

Despite not going into the show with a hard and fast set of key performance indicators, Comedy Central thought the idea paid off.

“[A[ll the indications were that it was a huge success: we had a line down 6th street in Austin, with hundreds of SXSW attendees trying to get into the taping; social engagement before and during the live episode was very strong; and ultimately, almost 100,000 people watched the stream on Periscope,” said Levitt. “We are very happy with this innovative initiative and are hoping to do it again in the future.”

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posted 3/17/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Staring Down Bob Barker and Winning"

  • Lady who stared down Bob Barker over an elephant is Edmonton's new city manager (Edmonton Journal)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: an obstacle course show is looking for a few good men (Reality Wanted)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Geoffrey Zakarian (Metro US)

posted 3/17/16

Spike Tracks Christina Aguilera
Network Orders New Musical Game Show
From the Hollywood Reporter

Spike TV is looking to Christina Aguilera for its next game show.

The Viacom-owned cable network home to Lip Sync Battle has ordered music trivia game show Tracks to series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Tracks, which will debut later this year as a half-hour special, is described as an innovative musical game show where teams of two attempt to name a song title just by listening to its individual tracks — like guitar, bass, vocals, etc. Tracks, like Lip Sync Battle, will feature surprise celebrity musical guests performing tracks that could either be their own or someone else's. An episode count has not yet been determined.

The series will be exec produced by Aguilera and her MX Productions founder (and fiancee) Matthew Rutler (MasterClass), Michael Agbabian and Dwight D. Smith (Hollywood Game Night) along with Mission Control Media and Lionsgate Television. Neal Tabachnick and Michael Aubrey, who developed the series, will co-exec produce for Mission Control. Spike TV exec vp original series Sharon Levy, senior vp originals Chachi Senior and Tori Socha will oversee for the cabler. Lionsgate exec vp alternative Jennifer O'Connell and vp television Brian Tannenbaum will oversee for the studio.

A host has not yet been determined.

“Having finely tuned my ear for music over the years, I thought it would be fun to test other folks and see if they can identify a track — with a twist — since contestants will have to focus on a single component of a song," Aguilera said. “I’m excited to have Tracks debuting on Spike TV, and proud to have this as the first project springing from our first-look deal with Lionsgate."

Tracks marks the latest music-themed TV foray for Aguilera, who previously appeared on Lip Sync Battle with Hayden Panettiere. In addition to serving as a coach on NBC's The Voice, the multiple Grammy winner has guest-starred on ABC's country music drama Nashville and is developing scripted music drama Hearts and Clubs for Freeform (formerly ABC Family), among others. She's repped by CAA.

For Lionsgate TV, meanwhile, Tracks comes as the independent studio has put a new focus on unscripted fare — which has included signing multiple producers to overall deals. Tracks becomes its latest unscripted fare following Fox's survival competition entry, Kicking and Screaming.

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posted 3/16/16

JoJo's Loss... ABC's Gain
Catch "The Bachelorette" May 23
From the Futon Critic

Jo Jo Fletcher first stole America's heart on Ben Higgin's season of "The Bachelor," where she charmed both Ben and Bachelor Nation with her bubbly personality and sweet, girl-next-door wit and spunk. As their relationship progressed, the Texas real estate developer struggled to open up. However, once she found herself falling for Ben, she finally shared her feelings and became one of the final two women vying to be the future Mrs. Higgins. In a shocking twist, Ben confessed his love to both Jo Jo and Lauren B., leaving them in a state of cautious chaotic optimism that they would be "the one." Ultimately, Jo Jo was left heartbroken in Jamaica when Ben chose to let her go in one of the most emotionally gut-wrenching finales ever. But that experience didn't stop her desire to find her perfect soul mate - it only made it stronger. Jo Jo will embark on her own journey to find love when she stars in the 12th edition of "The Bachelorette," which will premiere on MONDAY, MAY 23 on the ABC Television Network. The identity of the new Bachelorette was revealed tonight, live, on "The Bachelor: After the Final Rose."

The choice was surprising to some according to Deadline, as third-place Bachelor finisher Caila Quinn was widely expected to take the Bachelorette role for its upcoming 12th edition that premieres May 23. Indeed, cameras were spotted following the young woman in her hometown last week, fueling speculation. The deal is, Quinn is half Filipino, and ABC Entertainment President Paul Lee said at TCA in January that he’d “be very surprised if The Bachelorette in the summer isn’t diverse.” Fletcher’s mother is Persian, but ABC’s release about the “fan favorite” being selected for Bachelorette did not address her family history; indeed its headline called her a “Southern sweetheart.”

"It was nothing against Caila, but JoJo's storyline was just so compelling," a source exclusively tells E! News. "After seeing how she fell in love with Ben and then had her heart broken, there was no doubt that everyone's going to be rooting for her as Bachelorette."

ABC (9.415 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) pulled into the top demo spot on Monday thanks to the season finale of "The Bachelor" (9.503 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2) and "The Bachelor: After the Final Rose" (9.242 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3).

NBC (10.317 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) then had to settle for second place with originals from "The Voice" (12.227 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) and "Blindspot" (6.498 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4).

Next up was CBS (8.038 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and its trio of "Supergirl" (6.619 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6), "Scorpion" (8.765 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.730 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.943 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Gotham" (4.013 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Lucifer" (3.872 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9).

And finally, repeats of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.658 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.526 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) on The CW (0.592 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cake Wars (Food): 975,000
- RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo): 358,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 357,000

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posted 3/16/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Come On And Watch Some...  Game Shows"

  • Buzzr plots a game show March Madness (Newsday)
     

  • Bob Eubanks brings "America's Greatest Game Shows" to Gulfport (Biloxi Sun-Herald)
     

  • Steve Harvey's "Little Big Shots" gets another shot (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Somebody... ahem, Chris Harrison... really wanted a wedding to happen last night (Washington Post)
     

  • ICYMI: Philip Tiu is the REAL. (Twitter @Jeopardy)

posted 3/16/16

... Think Ninja Warrior Meets Zootopia
Zodiak Sells Format Abroad
From Realscreen

Banijay Group-owned international distributor Zodiak Rights has sent family entertainment game show format Wild Things (pictured) to a raft of international broadcasters. Argentina’s Telefe has ordered a 13 x 60-minute adaptation produced by Peppermind and Telefe, while Denmark’s TV3 has commissioned a localized 8 x 60-minute version produced by Mastiff Denmark.

The format, which is co-owned by IWC Media, Mad Monk and GroupM Entertainment, challenges contestants – some dressed as woodland creatures – to work together through obstacle courses in order to secure a cash prize that lies deep within the “Wild Wood.” It was originally produced for Sky1 in the UK. A second season run has been extended to 8 x 60 minutes and is set to launch in April. The sale follows deals with Russia’s CTC (16 x 60 minutes, Mastiff Russia) and Belgium’s VTM (7 x 60 minutes, Zodiak Belgium). A 13 x 60-minute Chinese edition is currently being broadcast by Shenzhen TV, as part of a deal with GroupM Entertainment.

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posted 3/15/16

WEEKEND: You Had to Be A Big Shot, Did Ya?
NBC Wins Sunday on Premieres
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.840 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) kicked off its new Sunday lineup on top with an encore of "Little Big Shots" (7.564 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7), the formal premieres of "Little Big Shots" (14.801 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) and "The Carmichael Show" (6.671 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), a second "The Carmichael Show" (4.603 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and the relocated "Hollywood Game Night" (3.361 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #15).

ABC (4.404 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) then was the number two draw with its quartet of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.748 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9), "Once Upon a Time" (4.331 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5), "The Family" (3.598 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T16) and "Quantico" (3.940 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9).

Sharing the silver was FOX (2.521 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and its original lineup of "Bordertown" (2.155 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T16), "Bob's Burgers" (2.304 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T13), "The Simpsons" (3.030 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5), "Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life" (1.973 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T16), "Family Guy" (3.045 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3) and "The Last Man on Earth" (2.619 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9).

And finally, CBS (6.251 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) closed out the evening with its "NCAA Basketball Championship Selection Show" (6.614 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), a new "60 Minutes" (7.975 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7), an expanded repeat of "Scorpion" (4.903 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #19) and the season finale of "CSI: Cyber" (6.366 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T13).

On cable...
- All-Star Academy (Food): 1.546 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.180 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.058 million
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 366,000

On Friday, ABC (5.443 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) claimed the demo crown on Friday with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (6.409 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Dr. Ken" (4.721 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "Shark Tank" (5.827 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) and "20/20" (4.939 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

CBS (7.887 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was a close second with its trio of "The Amazing Race" (5.703 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.011 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "Blue Bloods" (9.947 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1).

Next up was NBC (3.926 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its lineup of "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (3.444 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11), "Grimm" (4.095 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "Dateline NBC" (4.238 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.450 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Sleepy Hollow" (2.972 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10) and "Second Chance" (1.927 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And finally, repeats of "Just for Laughs Starring Howie Mandel" (1.285 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.020 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) closed out the night on The CW (1.219 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

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posted 3/15/16

Syndies: February Sweeps
Strips Trend Downward
From B&C

The national results of the February sweep are in and by a wide margin Judge Judy was the overall winner for the seventh time in the past nine major Nielsen surveys. Judy jumped 8% from last year to a 7.9 live-plus-same-day sweep average, its second-best February in eight years.

The top game shows are battling it out for first place, with all three—CTD’s Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! and Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud—tying at a 1.9 rating among women 25-54 in February in the top 25 markets.

Further back, both Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, renewed for next year, and Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game were both down compared to last year. Millionaire, hosted this season by The Bachelor’s Chris Harrison, was off 20% among women 25-54; Celebrity Name Game, hosted by Craig Ferguson, was down 22%. Much of Celebrity Name Game’s drop was due to its being moved to mornings from afternoons in top markets New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Season-to-date, however, Family Feud, hosted by Steve Harvey, leads among women 25-54 in the genre at a 3.4, up 17% compared to last year at this time. Feud also leads all of first-run syndication in the demo and comes in second in overall syndication to only Warner Bros.’ off-net sitcom The Big Bang Theory, which leads at a 3.9.

FINAL RATINGS:
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.1 +4%
1. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 7.1 -7%
3. Jeopardy! (CTD) 6.7 -9%
4. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.5 +7%
5. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.4 -26%

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posted 3/15/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Egghead vs. Egghead"

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: A team of bald women take on the "Eggheads" for alopecia awareness (Coverntry Observer)
     

  • Cameraman for "The Amazing Race Vietnam" dies in plane crash (Sky News Australia)
     

  • QuizUp: bringing the app to TV (USA Today)
     

  • Steve Harvey's "Little Big Shots" gets another shot (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Somebody... ahem, Chris Harrison... really wanted a wedding to happen last night (Washington Post)

posted 3/15/16

Big Music Quiz Coming to Australia
Another Shot at "Spicks & Specks"?
From Faster Louder

There’s a new music game show coming to TV but it’s not another attempt to reboot Spicks and Specks. Channel Seven has announced that they’re adding a “next generation music entertainment show” called The Big Music Quiz to their schedule.

Hosted by Darren McMullen from The Voice, The Big Music Quiz is a copy of a French format and will feature celebrities battling it out while a 800-plus crowd sings and dances around them in a “massive, freewheeling musical extravaganza”. Fans will apparently also be able to play along via the show’s mobile app.

Production on The Big Music Quiz commences next month in Melbourne and will hit your TV screen later in the year.

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posted 3/14/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Will You Accept This?"

  • Before the After the Final Rose: ever wonder why people lose their ever-loving mind on "The Bachelor"? (Washington Post) PLUS what would it mean for the franchise if a "hapa" was chosen as "The Bachelorette"? (NPR)
     

  • Anthony Anderson goes on record about being subject to police brutality (TV Insider)
     

  • "Top Chef" 10 years on (Vox)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: playing the Feud on SNL with Ariana Grande... and she nails it (eCanadaNow)
     

  • Dick Enberg on the call in Detroit for the Tigers May 21 (Crain's Detroit Business)
     

  • You had one line, Ben Cohen... (The Sun)
     

  • "The Voice" takes the Kids Choice Award for Outstanding Talent Competition (The Futon Critic)

posted 3/14/16


CBS
Crunch Time for Craig Ferguson
More on NBC's Game Show/Sitcom Hybrid
From the Hollywood Reporter

NBC's Crunch Time has found its cast.

Craig Ferguson has been tapped to star in the game show/comedy hybrid pilot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Also cast in the pilot are My Boys alums Kyle Howard and Kellee Stewart, who will reunite with series creator Betsy Thomas on the project.

Described as a hybrid game show/comedy, Crunch Time intercuts between a real game show and the scripted workplace that centers on an up-and-coming producer trying to wrangle the volatile host.

Ferguson will take on the role of Toby, the host of the game show within the show, and a successful stand-up comedian. His career as an actor stalled and he's turning to the game show to take his career to the next level. A nice guy on-camera, he struggles off-camera with feeling too good for his job and not good enough at it.

Howard will take on the role of Jake, the game show's head writer who's also a hipster playwright who does the gig for the money and his friendship with Emily (the showrunner of "Crunch Time" to be played by Andrea Anders). However, he can't stand Toby.

Stewart is set as Marcelle, Emily's best friend and confidant who is head of the game show contestants and always discovering the next great contestant.

This marks the second year in a row that Ferguson, former host of The Late Late Show, has booked a broadcast pilot. Last season, he starred in ABC comedy King of 7B, which did not move forward. Ferguson, who has had a voice role in the How to Train Your Dragon feature film franchise, is currently hosting History's Join or Die With Craig Ferguson and syndicated Celebrity Name Game, for which he has won an Emmy. He is repped by WME and Gang Tyre.

The Hollywood Reporter
Deadline
Cinema Blend
Uproxx
Variety
Deadline

posted 3/11/16

THURSDAY: And Then There Were Six
CBS Beats "Idol" for the Crown
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.225 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) edged out the competition on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.489 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1), "Life in Pieces" (8.824 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T2), "Mom" (8.054 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T4), "2 Broke Girls" (6.683 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7) and the Sunday-bound "Elementary" (5.651 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10).

FOX (7.960 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then was the number two draw with new episodes of "American Idol" (7.967 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T4) and another "American Idol" (7.954 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T4).

Next up was ABC (6.121 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.574 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T2), "Scandal" (6.002 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.789 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #9).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.442 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up its combination of a new "You, Me and the Apocalypse" (2.367 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14), a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.096 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and a new "Shades of Blue" (4.863 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11).

And finally, originals from "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (2.058 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "The 100" (1.254 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) on The CW (1.656 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 1.215 million
- Top Chef (Bravo): 921,000
- Child Genius (Lifetime/SF): 665,000
- Redneck Island (CMT): 418,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 328,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/11/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Silence!"

  • Zero Kazama takes his frustrations of four seasons of "Silent Library" out on some innocents... allegedly (Westword)
     

  • Jordin Sparks goes time traveling for a Kevin Williamson pilot (Deadline)
     

  • First UK "Millionaire" Judith Keppel stumps for dogs looking for a forever home (Get West London)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: the producers of "Wipeout" and "Big Brother" have $250 with your name on it (Reality Wanted) PLUS Pyramid still looking for players (KABC Los Angeles)

posted 3/11/16


CBS
Crunch Time for Craig Ferguson
More on NBC's Game Show/Sitcom Hybrid
From the Hollywood Reporter

NBC's Crunch Time has found its cast.

Craig Ferguson has been tapped to star in the game show/comedy hybrid pilot, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Also cast in the pilot are My Boys alums Kyle Howard and Kellee Stewart, who will reunite with series creator Betsy Thomas on the project.

Described as a hybrid game show/comedy, Crunch Time intercuts between a real game show and the scripted workplace that centers on an up-and-coming producer trying to wrangle the volatile host.

Ferguson will take on the role of Toby, the host of the game show within the show, and a successful stand-up comedian. His career as an actor stalled and he's turning to the game show to take his career to the next level. A nice guy on-camera, he struggles off-camera with feeling too good for his job and not good enough at it.

Howard will take on the role of Jake, the game show's head writer who's also a hipster playwright who does the gig for the money and his friendship with Emily (the showrunner of "Crunch Time" to be played by Andrea Anders). However, he can't stand Toby.

Stewart is set as Marcelle, Emily's best friend and confidant who is head of the game show contestants and always discovering the next great contestant.

This marks the second year in a row that Ferguson, former host of The Late Late Show, has booked a broadcast pilot. Last season, he starred in ABC comedy King of 7B, which did not move forward. Ferguson, who has had a voice role in the How to Train Your Dragon feature film franchise, is currently hosting History's Join or Die With Craig Ferguson and syndicated Celebrity Name Game, for which he has won an Emmy. He is repped by WME and Gang Tyre.

The Hollywood Reporter
Deadline
Cinema Blend
Uproxx
Variety
Deadline

posted 3/11/16

THURSDAY: And Then There Were Six
CBS Beats "Idol" for the Crown
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.225 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) edged out the competition on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.489 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1), "Life in Pieces" (8.824 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T2), "Mom" (8.054 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T4), "2 Broke Girls" (6.683 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7) and the Sunday-bound "Elementary" (5.651 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10).

FOX (7.960 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then was the number two draw with new episodes of "American Idol" (7.967 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T4) and another "American Idol" (7.954 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T4).

Next up was ABC (6.121 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.574 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T2), "Scandal" (6.002 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.789 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #9).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.442 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up its combination of a new "You, Me and the Apocalypse" (2.367 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14), a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.096 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and a new "Shades of Blue" (4.863 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11).

And finally, originals from "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (2.058 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "The 100" (1.254 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) on The CW (1.656 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 1.215 million
- Top Chef (Bravo): 921,000
- Child Genius (Lifetime/SF): 665,000
- Redneck Island (CMT): 418,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 328,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/11/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Silence!"

  • Zero Kazama takes his frustrations of four seasons of "Silent Library" out on some innocents... allegedly (Westword)
     

  • Jordin Sparks goes time traveling for a Kevin Williamson pilot (Deadline)
     

  • First UK "Millionaire" Judith Keppel stumps for dogs looking for a forever home (Get West London)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: the producers of "Wipeout" and "Big Brother" have $250 with your name on it (Reality Wanted) PLUS Pyramid still looking for players (KABC Los Angeles)

posted 3/11/16

More on "Driven to Love"
Catch It on WEtv April 1
From the Futon Critic

Why waste time dating online, when you can get driven to love! For the first time ever, a relationship will actually start in the backseat of a car and develop from there. Hosted by multi-talented artist, and now the ultimate pick-up artist, Ray J; Driven To Love premieres Friday, April 1 at 10PM ET/PT on WE tv.

In each episode of Driven to Love, one hopeful single will hitch a ride in our tricked out SUV alongside Ray J, who will serve as their personal driver and wingman, providing insightful dating advice as they cruise around town meeting potential mates. En route to the airport, Ray J will present five carefully selected prospects; as well as games, challenges and questions to help the lucky dater pick the partner of their dreams. However as the mileage increases, this type of speed dating has a limit; our single dater will have to choose who stays and who goes and those who fail to impress will get kicked to the curb. At the end of the day they'll choose one match to join them for a romantic weekend getaway, in the hopes of building a new relationship.

Driven To Love is produced by Lion Television and is based on a format created by Matar Productions and Zig Zag Productions. Executive producers for Lion Television are Tony Tackaberry and Allison Corn; executive producers for Zig Zag Productions are Danny Fenton and Matt Graff. Executive producers for Matar Productions are Ami Amir and Lilach Dekel. Ray J, Knockout Entertainment and David Weintraub/DWE Talent also executive produce. Lauren Gellert, EVP, development and original programming; David Stefanou, VP, development and Kate Farrell, VP of Original Programming are the executive producers for WE tv.

The Futon Critic

posted 3/10/16

WEDNESDAY: An Ugly Win...
NBC Beats CBS Thanks to "Voice" Special
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.250 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) took home top honors on Wednesday with its two-hour special "The Voice: The Best of the Blind Auditions" (9.135 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) followed by a sneak preview of "The Carmichael Show" (4.150 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6) and a repeat "The Carmichael Show" (2.812 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

CBS (6.062 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then claimed the silver with its trio of "Survivor: Kaoh Rong" (9.169 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1), "The Victoria's Secret Swim Special" (3.053 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "CSI: Cyber" (5.964 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9).

Next up was ABC (4.212 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "The Middle" (4.868 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6), "The Goldbergs" (4.204 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6), "Modern Family" (4.625 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) and "Black-ish" (4.259 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) plus the season finale of "American Crime" (3.659 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.746 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) offered up originals from "Rosewood" (3.756 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "Hell's Kitchen" (3.736 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.172 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "Supernatural" (1.028 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) on The CW (1.100 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Face Off (Syfy): 953,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 303,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/10/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Why"

  • Marla Maples guest hosts "The View" in a desperate attempt to avoid her being voted off first (Twitter @mlcalderone)
     

  • Channing Dungey looking to build off of ABC's reality success from 2015 (TV Insider)
     

  • Did "Survivor" finally become cringeworthy? (Decider)
     

  • #TBT: Philip Schofield almost got hit with a cube of a different kind (Metro)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 11 dating shows that were ... to say the least, WEIRD (Digital Spy)
     

  • Jim Davidson cancels gig due to a sore throat (The York Press)
     

  • Paul Sinha brings his act to Bristol (Bristol Post)

posted 3/10/16


IMDb
TUESDAY: Anxious For Tonight?
Catch "Separation Anxiety" Tonight on TBS!
From the Futon Critic

NBC (13.172 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) overshadowed the competition on Tuesday with a new two-hour "The Voice" (13.427 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) and the special premiere of "Little Big Shots" (12.664 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2).

CBS (7.289 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then took home the silver with repeats of "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.368 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "NCIS" (8.079 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and a new "Limitless" (5.419 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9).

Next up was ABC (3.767 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its new Tuesday lineup of "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.925 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3), "The Real O'Neals" (4.009 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (3.514 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Of Kings and Prophets" (3.322 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.836 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up originals from "New Girl" (2.679 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) and "Grandfathered" (1.962 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) plus repeats of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.428 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) and "The Grinder" (1.273 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.198 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and "iZombie" (0.744 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on The CW (0.971 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.136 million
- Separation Anxiety (TBS/P): 947,000
- Ink Master (Spike): 806,000
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 613,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 385,000
- Team Ninja Warrior (Esquire/SF): 295,000

WWD
Today
Paste
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Entertainment Weekly
Wall Street Journal
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/9/16

Upfront: GSN
"Hellevator", "Idiotest",  "Skin Wars" to Return, Three New Series on the Way
From Mediapost

Game Show Network’s upfront presentation Tuesday morning in Manhattan lived up to the position the network has crafted for itself: fun and funny.

Citing steady audience growth over the last few years, GSN officials boldly vowed to stay the course and continue with the strategy they say is responsible for the network’s growth -- creating original series in two categories, contemporary game shows and skill-based competitions.

“We’re going to continue to make shows that are really defined by being fun, funny and even a bit uplifting and inspiring, because that’s what GSN is about. So I am proud to announce that we are going to be doing more of the same,” said President/CEO David Goldhill in his opening remarks.

The upfront event, staged by GSN -- owned jointly by Sony and AT&T -- was an intimate breakfast-time presentation held at the Paley Center for Media. GSN talent on-hand included Rebecca Romijn, host of the body-painting competition show, “Skin Wars”; RuPaul Charles, a judge on “Skin Wars” and host of a new “Skin Wars” spinoff GSN announced Tuesday, “Skin Wars: Fresh Paint”; actor turned game-show-host Donald Faison, host of the new GSN game show “Winsanity”; comedian Ben Gleib, host of GSN’s “Idiotest”; and the goth twins of GSN’s “Hellevator” series, Jen and Sylvia Soska.

“The commitment we’ve made for expanding original programming that we’ve talked about over the past few years has really achieved exactly what we promised it would.” Goldhill told his audience.

“The best way to understand our network is for me to do what I’m personally best at, which is boring repetition,” Goldhill said. “Last year was the most-watched year in GSN’s history. That is the fourth year in a row that I have made that statement. And that’s really the most important thing about our network. In prime time, which is where we program our originals, we have double-digit growth across all key demos. … Our little niche television network is now a top 30 television network.”

Much of the GSN presentation was given over to announcing renewals of its existing originals -- including the game shows “Idiotest,” “Hellevator” and “Skin Wars,” its first skill-based competition show.

But more are on the way, announced Amy Introcaso-Davis, GSN’s executive vice president of programming and development. In addition to the “Skin Wars” spinoff “Skin Wars: Fresh Paint,” she announced another greenlit series from “Skin Wars” executive producer Michael Levitt -- “Window Warriors.” It is TV’s first competition series for designers of department-store window displays.

“Winsanity,” GSN’s other new show, will test contestants’ knowledge of pop culture. Clips shown at the upfront indicated that this show will be adept at incorporating brands of all types into the show both in the context of questions and in the wide array of prizes the show will be awarding its winning contestants.

“The prizes give us a lot of great opportunities to work with different brands and incorporate them in the show, and as you can see, [the] questions incorporate different brands and products as well,” said executive producer Barry Poznick.

GSN also announced it is producing pilots for two more prospective series -- “Breaking App,” a competition series for app designers; and “The Investigation,” described as a crime-based game show.

Also in development is “Glass Wars,” another skill-based competition show -- this time featuring artisans in glass-blowing, quiz show "Run & Buzz", and an American version of UK series "Divided."

Mediapost
Adweek
The Futon Critic
Realscreen

posted 3/9/16

"Guy's Grocery Games" Offers Redemption
Catch the Special Tournament Beginning April 3
From the Futon Critic

Guy Fieri welcomes back former Triple G competitors for a second chance to redeem themselves and prove their culinary skills on Guy's Grocery Games Redemption Tournament, premiering Sunday, April 3rd at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network. Each week of this five-part tournament, four returning contestants battle it out in some of the toughest games Guy has ever thrown down for a chance at up to $20,000 and to earn a coveted spot in the tournament finale. The winners from each round will be selected by a rotating panel of judges including Richard Blais, Melissa d'Arabian, Troy Johnson, Beau MacMillan, Brandi Milloy, and Damaris Phillips. The one chef who can survive all the challenges to be crowned Redemption Tournament Champion will have the opportunity to win up to an additional $20,000 with a second shopping spree!

Fans can head to FoodNetwork.com/GroceryGames to see the funniest moments from the games, take quizzes to test their grocery shopping skills, hear from the judges, and join Guy on a tour of Flavortown. Plus, they can join the conversation on Twitter using #GroceryGames.

The Futon Critic

posted 3/9/16

Syndies: Week 24
Results for the Week Ending February 28
From B&C

Most syndicated shows were steady in the week ended Feb. 28, which included the final full week of the February sweep.
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Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud tied with CTD’s Wheel of Fortune, with both shows hitting a 7.2 and Feud up 3%, while Wheel accelerated 6%. CTD’s Jeopardy! jumped 2% to a 6.6.

Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game gained 7% to a 1.5, while Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire was flat at a 1.4 year to year. Family Feud and Celebrity Name Game grew the most, with each show gaining 7%. Millionaire, meanwhile, had the biggest annual drop, losing 26%.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 3/9/16

Armoza Came In Like a Wrecking Ball
New Format from Armoza Goes to MIPTV
From World Screen

The new studio game show Wrecking Ball is being launched by Armoza Formats at MIPTV.

The format features a set of giant wrecking balls, suspended from the studio and waiting to knock the contestants out of the game. Contestants must select answers from a set of multiple-choice responses. If they get it wrong, in comes the wrecking balls. If they answer correctly, the ball will stop right in front of their face. What’s at stake is $250,000. The series is produced by Armoza Formats, Shenhar Productions and Volley Formats.

Avi Armoza, CEO of Armoza Formats, said: “The current situation of the TV industry requires broadcasters to look for shows with high stand-out both in their USPs and in their marketing potential. We believe that Wrecking Ball answers this need with its exhilarating and constant combination of humor, suspense and drama. Wrecking Ball engages viewers mentally, physically and visually and we are thrilled to be launching it this MIPTV.”

World Screen
C21 Media

posted 3/9/16

NBC Sets Up Summer
"Got Talent" Bows May 31, "Ninja Warrior" June 1
From the Futon Critic

Two of the highest-rated and talked-about summer series - "America's Got Talent" and "American Ninja Warrior" - have set their season premiere dates.

"America's Got Talent," the #1 most-watched alternative summer show for the past 10 years, will premiere on Tuesday, May 31 at 8-10 p.m. The series will shift back to Los Angeles this season.

The show's 11th season will be highlighted by new judge Simon Cowell, who created the "Got Talent" format that first launched with "AGT" in 2006. It is now the most successful TV format of all time.

The past season of "America's Got Talent" on NBC averaged a 2.9 rating, 10 share in adults 18-49 and 12.5 million viewers overall with its Tuesday edition and delivered its most-watched season in four years.

"America's Got Talent" is produced by FremantleMedia North America and Syco Entertainment. Simon Cowell, Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff, Trish Kinane and Richard Wallace are the executive producers.

The heart-racing obstacle course competition series "American Ninja Warrior" swings back into action on Wednesday, June 1 with its two-hour premiere at 8 p.m. The series is hosted by Matt Iseman and former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila with Kristine Leahy serving as co-host. Original episodes air on NBC with encore presentations beginning Thursday, June 2 at 8 p.m. on Esquire Network.

After an amazing season seven that saw a winner crowned for the very first time, "American Ninja Warrior" returns with new obstacles and several new cities in the continuing quest for physical excellence.

This season the show will make stops in Atlanta, Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Oklahoma City and Philadelphia before heading to Las Vegas and partaking on the stunning four-stage obstacle course known as Mt. Midoriyama. In last season's photo finish, professional rock climber Isaac Caldiero successfully finished the course and scaled the Stage 4 rope climb in 26.14 seconds, beating out fellow competitor Geoff Britten, who had reached the summit moments before, with a time of 29.65 seconds.

Last summer "American Ninja Warrior" generated +10% growth versus the prior year in adults 18-49 and was up +22% versus two years earlier. In total viewers, the summer 2015 season was "Ninja's" most-watched ever, with its average of 7.1 million viewers beating the summer 2014 figure by +22%.

"America Ninja Warrior" is executive-produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions' founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed, along with Brian Richardson and Anthony Storm. The series is a co-production along with Esquire Network.

The Futon Critic
Variety

posted 3/9/16

HLN Loses "Heads"
Ellen DeGeneres' "HeadsUp!" Shelved with All Episodes Produced
From Variety

“Heads Up!” is a popular segment on Ellen DeGeneres’ long-running talk show that has the host trying to guess phrases and words that the guest acts out, or vice versa. The concept is so winning that it has spurred its own app.

At HLN, however, a series based on the idea, hosted by Loni Love, is being shelved prior to airing with 65 completed episodes in the can.

The Time Warner-owned cable network, a sister to CNN known best for its coverage of headline news and courtroom drama as well as Nancy Grace’s primetime show, will not air the program, a network spokeswoman, Alison Rudnick, confirmed. HLN had envisioned airing the show Monday through Friday.

The program’s demise is the latest signal that CNN is rethinking what to do with HLN. Former Viacom programming executive Albie Hecht was recruited in the fall of 2013 to transform the network into a place that highlighted the chatter emerging on social media. He departed in late November of last year as CNN worldwide president Jeff Zucker articulated a new direction for the cable outlet — using it as a place to burnish the library of nonfiction programming CNN has amassed for its prime-time hours.

New programming is also in the offing for HLN. Amy Entelis, CNN Worldwide’s executive vice president for talent and content development, has taken charge of similar duties at HLN, Rudnick said. Entelis’ team is expected to develop new originals for HLN as well. Ken Jautz, a longtime CNN executive who had a prior tenure at HLN, is now overseeing the network.

As that has happened, some HLN executives have left the network. Kari Kim, vice president of program development, and Nicholas Oakley-Tilley, a senior director of program development at HLN, have left, the spokeswoman confirmed.

As for “Heads Up!,” Telepictures, a unit of Time Warner that is the producer of the show with DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production banner, could try to find a home for it elsewhere.

Variety
The Celebrity Cafe
Cinema Blend

posted 3/9/16

"Songland" Detoured (UPDATE)
Adam Levine Project Under Fire over Royalties
From Billboard

An onerous contract for the new TV talent competition Songland, executive produced by Dave Stewart, The Voice's Audrey Morrissey and Maroon 5 singer and The Voice star Adam Levine, has been updated to address public backlash over a clause concerning song ownership.

The clarification comes on the heels of a scathing legal opinion by New York intellectual property attorney Wallace E.J. Collins III Esq. who wrote on his personal blog, "URGENT WARNING: BEWARE OF NBC/UNIVERSAL'S "SONGLAND" SUBMISSION FORM." According to the post by Collins, a former songwriter and recording artist for Epic, per his bio, "The NBC/Universal submission agreement for the 'Songland' TV show states that NBC will own all rights to use and exploit all of your songs involved in the show including the songs you submit in the initial application."

NBC has since updated the original Songland contract for clarity.

"There has been some confusion around the casting application for 'Songland,'" Morrissey tells Billboard in an exclusive statement. "We wish to be abundantly clear that by signing the casting application, songwriters do not transfer ownership of any of their original songs. This show is truly a celebration of songwriters and their craft."

The updated passage -- accessible to the public on McNulty Casting Inc.'s songlandcasting.com -- now reads:

"As part of my application to participate in the Program, I may or will be required to submit an original, unpublished song and other musical material (collectively, the "Music"), for which I hold and shall continue to hold all copyrights and ownership therein."

Wallace originally cited four troubling portions of the original paperwork and called it "by far one of the most onerous such television contest submission agreements I have ever encountered."

Informed of the change in wording, Wallace tells Billboard, "Not sure if it was all a corporate oversight or if this is a 'just kidding' reaction to being called on it, but tens of thousands of songwriters speaking out together made a difference. At least now it appears that they make no claim to rights in any songs from those who are not chosen for the TV show. Those lucky enough to be selected for the show may be required to agree to additional obligations later, but at least they will have the choice at that time."

Variety

posted 3/9/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Don't Mess With the Governess"

  • Anne Hegerty explains why people who believe that "The Chase" is fixed are MENTAL (Metro)
     

  • NCIS: Television City - FRIDAY! (TV Line)
     

  • Iliza Shlesinger's "Girl Logic" book comes on the heels of her game show hosting debut (Deadline)
     

  • Ali Fedotowsky only did the deed ONCE during her stint on "The Bachelor" (TooFab)
     

  • Mischa Barton finally said yes. Here's why (E!)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Padma Lakshmi (People)

posted 3/9/16

MONDAY: The Voice Rules All
NBC Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (11.147 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) was the top draw on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (13.349 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1) and "Blindspot" (6.743 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3).

The silver then went to ABC (6.852 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) with originals from "The Bachelor" (7.438 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) and "Castle" (5.681 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9).

Next up was FOX (4.410 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and fresh installments from "Gotham" (4.572 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5) and "Lucifer" (4.248 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.618 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.102 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5), another "The Big Bang Theory" (7.471 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4), "Scorpion" (6.372 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.196 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

And finally, new episodes of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.863 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.902 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) closed out the night on The CW (0.882 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Ellen's Design Challenge (HGTV): 1.739 million
- Cake Wars (Food): 872,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 448,000
- RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo/SP): 377,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/8/16

"Boom!" Goes Colombia
Caracol Picks Up Worldwide Hit
From C21 Media

Colombian broadcast network Caracol TV has licensed Keshet International (KI) gameshow Boom!.

A series of hour-long episodes will be produced in-house by Caracol and will begin airing weekly this summer.

Camilo Acuña, senior VP of programming at Caracol TV, said: “We believe in great entertainment and Boom! has the right ingredients to be a fun, family-entertaining show that will capture our audiences.”

More than 400 episodes of Boom! have been commissioned worldwide to date, according to KI, which has seen the show produced for Antena 3 in Spain, TV2 in Hungary, Channel Seven in Kazakhstan, TVN in Chile and Canal 10 in Uruguay. The format was also recently licensed to Azteca TV in Mexico.

US network Fox has also previously taken the gameshow, which recently began airing on Bayon TV in Cambodia. A version for America TV in Peru is in the pipeline, while Argentina’s Telefe licensed it last year.

Boom! was created by Keshet, Ido Rozenblum and Red Arrow-owned Israeli company July August Productions. The format sees contestants completing intellectual and physical challenges against a clock displayed on a ‘bomb’ in the middle of the studio.

C21 Media
Variety

posted 3/8/16

"Million Pound" Dropped
Hit Quiz Show Canceled Amidst Cost-Cutting at C4
From Telly Mix

Channel 4 has axed the Million Pound Drop after five years worth of series.

The Davina McCall fronted game show won't be back this year following its final run in 2015.

The show started in 2010 and saw pairs of contestants playing for up to £1 million (over $1.425 million) in prize money, although the biggest amount of cash ever scored was £250,000 (a little over $356,000).

As well as thirteen regular series spanning more than 100 episodes, the show also aired celebrity versions with stars playing for charity. A US version was produced for Fox.

The Million Pound Drop had pulled in some big ratings when it first launched in 2010 although numbers had dipped quite a bit after five years.

An insider told The Sun newspaper today: “Bosses have decided to put their money into other shows and there are no plans currently to bring back Million Pound Drop.

"People say it’s a shame as it had a big following.”

A Channel 4 spokeswoman confirmed to the newspaper: “Million Pound Drop is not currently in the schedule but could come back at some stage.”

Telly Mix
Metro
Reality Box
The Sun
The Independent

posted 3/8/16

WEEKEND: Play It Again
Encore of "The Voice" Helps ABC to First
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.164 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) and FOX (3.128 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) shared the demo crown on Saturday as the former offered up an encore of "The Voice" (4.414 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and a new two-hour "Dateline NBC" (5.915 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

FOX then got a spark from "NASCAR Overrun/Bordertown" (5.637 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) followed by new episodes of "Bob's Burgers" (2.615 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "The Simpsons" (3.165 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3), "Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life" (1.917 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13), "Family Guy" (2.711 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) and the return of "The Last Man on Earth" (2.722 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

Next up was CBS (8.589 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and its quartet of "60 Minutes" (11.346 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3), "Madam Secretary" (10.114 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7), "The Good Wife" (7.226 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12) and "CSI: Cyber" (5.671 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13).

And finally, a repeat of "Once Upon a Time" (2.735 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #16) led into the return of "Once Upon a Time" (4.001 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3), the Sunday premiere of "The Family" (3.122 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13) and the spring bow of "Quantico" (3.730 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) on ABC (3.397 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

On cable...
- All-Star Academy (Food): 1.330 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.188 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 951,000
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 319,000

On Friday, ABC (4.709 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the network to beat among adults 18-49 on Friday with its mix of a repeat "Last Man Standing" (5.414 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), a new "Dr. Ken" (4.776 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1), a repeat "Shark Tank" (4.722 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) and "20/20" (4.311 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

CBS (6.503 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a close second place with a new "The Amazing Race" (5.779 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) alongside second runs of "Hawaii Five-0" (6.413 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9) and "Blue Bloods" (7.319 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

Next up was NBC (3.955 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with a repeat "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (2.975 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) and originals from "Grimm" (4.209 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "Dateline NBC" (4.681 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.582 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Sleepy Hollow" (3.009 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and "Second Chance" (2.155 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.079 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "The Originals" (0.900 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) on The CW (0.989 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/8/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "100 #1s"

  • Kelly Clarkson becomes the first "American Idol" to chart 100 No.1s according to... (Billboard)
     

  • Chris Harrison just drew the ire of Amy Schumer (People)
     

  • Marc Summers heads to theatre for a one-man show (TheaterMania)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Survivor's Anna Khait (Card Player)

posted 3/8/16

Racing to 100
Catch New Season of "RuPaul's Drag Race" Tonight!
From USA Today

Turns out there is at least one malady that not even America's first drag superstar can overpower: Jet lag.

But this is RuPaul we're talking about, so even that travel term has gotten a drag makeover.

"I'm completely jet-hagged," he says as he promotes the eighth-season premiere of Logo's RuPaul’s Drag Race (Monday, 9 ET/PT) after returning from a two-week trip to Australia.

This season will mark the 100th-episode milestone for the mash-up of America’s Next Top Model, America’s Got Talent and Project Runway, in which drag-queen contestants do a little of everything: hair and makeup, costume design, stand-up comedy, acting, singing, and, if it comes down to it, lip-syncing for their lives.

But he's noticed that there's one quality that tends to go under the radar: "Kindness will get you so far in this competition. We live in an ego-based society where the girls come on the show and say, 'I'm gonna cut a (expletive)!' Honestly, if you are just your beautiful self, you're going to be just fine."

Drag Race, which debuted in 2009, has blossomed into the cable network's top-rated original program, as well as an Emmy nominee (for makeup) and Television Critics Association Award winner. Celebrities campaign for guest spots on Drag Race's judges’ panel, RuPaul says, and the new season's crop includes models Gigi Hadid, Chanel Iman, designer Marc Jacobs and Blondie’s Deborah Harry and Chris Stein. Still on his wish list? Judge Judy Sheindlin, "because only Judy can judge me!" he laughed.

USA Today
AV Club
New York Post

posted 3/7/16

MIPTV: Nippon TV
Among Offerings: "Dragon's Den/Shark Tank", "Battle of the Home"
From B&C

Looking to replicate the success of its popular format Dragons’ Den (Shark Tank in the US) currently in its 11th year and sold in over 26 countries and regions, Nippon Television Network Corporation (Nippon TV), the leading commercial broadcaster and network in Japan offering entertainment, anime, documentaries and news, announced today that the company will be heading to MIP 2016 with three new formats, including Battle of the Homes, a 60-minute game show being co-developed with Red Arrow Entertainment and the first project to have emerged from their partnership announced at MIPCOM 2015, Love Liar, a 30-minute outdoor dating game show, and Celebrity Style Battle, a 30-minute fashion competition. The announcement was made today Yukiko Kimishima, Divisional President of International Business Development.

”We are happy to see some of our innovative ideas and formats traveling across borders and are confident that these three new titles will resonate well with the buyers. Among them, we are also delighted to be announcing our newest venture with Red Arrow Entertainment,” commented Kimishima.

First up for Nippon TV is Battle of the Home being co-developed with Red Arrow. This new format fuses game show and reality when two neighboring families compete in challenges inside their own homes; toasters become timers, beds are made blindfolded and showers are strictly for singing. Their lives are taken over for 48 hours as our comic hosts spy into each fix-rigged home and spring four hilarious challenges at the most inconvenient moments. But only one family will go on to be quizzed in the big money “end game”.

Next is Love Liar, the outdoor dating game show in which a romantically challenged female celebrity goes on a heart-throbbing date with two handsome men, but there is only one guy that really likes her. In the end, she must choose and find out which man truly loves her and confirm who is pulling at her heartstrings and admittedly playing as the “love liar.”

B&C
C21 Media

posted 3/7/16

$55 Million
"Dancing" Co-Host Wins Peeping Lawsuit
From People

Sportscaster and "Dancing with the Stars" co-host Erin Andrews has been awarded a settlement of $55 million for damages sustained after a stranger secretly recorded her in the nude in 2008 at the Nashville Marriott and then posted the video on the Internet.

Andrews had sued the franchise owner of the Nashville Marriott, West End Partners; the Windsor Capital Group that manages the hotel and Michael Barrett, the man who filmed Andrews by removing peepholes from her door and pointing his cell phone camera into her room.

Andrews said in a statement on Monday: "I would like to thank the Nashville court, the court personnel and the jury for their service. The support I've received from the people of Nashville has been overwhelming. I would also like to thank my family, friends, and legal team."

The sportscaster added that she had been 'honored' by all the support she's received from victims around the world. "Their outreach has helped me be able to stand up and hold accountable those whose job it is to protect everyone’s safety, security and privacy," she said.

People
TMZ

posted 3/7/16

"Feud" Puts "Hot Seat" on Ice
NZ Version Launches to Beat Veteran Quizzer By 7 Percent
From Scoop

Survey says Family Feud is a hit for TV3. The beloved gameshow hosted by Dai Henwood has consistently outperformed Millionaire Hot Seat in all four key demographics since its launch on February 15.

To date, Family Feud is attracting seven per cent more viewers against 25-54 compared to Millionaire Hot Seat on TV One; 35 per cent more viewers in 18-49; and more than double of Millionaire Hot Seat‘s audience in 18-39.

Friday night comedy continues to be a hit for TV3. Local favorite 7 Days won all four key demographics, attracting a nine rating with a 31 per cent share in 25-54. The Graham Norton Show won its Friday night slot with an 8.3 rating and a 27.5 per cent share in 25-54.

Scoop

posted 3/7/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Insiders Tell All"

  • Caila Quinn reportedly the new "Bachelorette" (Us Magazine) plus next season will get discount-double-check-adjacented (Us Magazine)
     

  • Will Kirk Fogg end up in the "Legends" movie? The choices are Nick's and Nick's alone! (Cinema Blend)
     

  • Tom Bergeron loses his mother four months after losing his father (Us Magazine)
     

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger is not endorsing the guy he replaced (Twitter @Ketch)
     

  • Paul Daniels returns home to spend his final days with loved ones (BBC)
     

  • Dancing: one last NFL player before tomorrow morning's official announcement (E!)
     

  • Watch Jordan Smith's video before you forget who he is again! (People)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: You had one line, Shawn. (BT)

posted 3/7/16


Getty Images
JOEY FEEK: 1975-2016
Award-Winning Half of "Joey + Rory" Started on "Can You Duet"
From Digital Spy

Joey Martin Feek of country music duo Joey + Rory has died from cancer at the age of 40.

The tragic news was confirmed by Joey's husband Rory Lee Feek on Friday (March 4), just under two years after the singer started documenting her cancer fight on social media.

Rory wrote in a moving blog post on Friday: "My wife's greatest dream came true today. She is in Heaven. The cancer is gone, the pain has ceased and all her tears are dry. Joey is in the arms of her beloved brother Justin and using her pretty voice to sing for her saviour.

"At 2:30 this afternoon, as we were gathered around her, holding hands and praying.. my precious bride breathed her last.

"And a moment later took her first breath on the other side. As I held her hand and kissed her goodbye one last time."

Joey was diagnosed with cervical cancer in June 2014, and soon after made the decision to share her journey to inspire others facing similar challenges.

As a duo with husband Rory Lee Feek, the couple rose to fame on the CMT reality competition Can You Duet in 2008.

Since that time, Joey + Rory notched three US top ten albums – including last month's country chart topper Hymns That Are Important to Us.

Joey + Rory were named Top New Vocal Duo at the Academy of Country Music Awards in 2010, and this year earned a Grammy nomination for Best Country Duo/Group Performance.

Entertainment Weekly
Digital Spy
Zap2it
Us Magazine
Mashable

posted 3/4/16

Eureka! I've Found China
FremantleMedia Exports "Eureka Moment"
From C21 Media

Chinese state broadcaster CCTV has partnered with FremantleMedia China to launch a local version of Dutch format The Eureka Moment this summer.

The 11x90’ series will premiere on CCTV-1 in June during the Sunday evening primetime slot. It will be co-developed with CCTV’s wholly owned subsidiary, CCTV Creation.

Originally developed by Blue Circle for RTL4 in the Netherlands, the gameshow sees two couples testing their science knowledge and coming face-to-face with dangerous stunts and experiments as they attempt to win a luxury holiday.

“This is the first time we have placed a series into the much coveted Sunday evening primetime slot on CCTV-1 and we’re looking forward to developing our relationship further to co-develop many more FremantleMedia formats in the future,” said FremantleMedia China CEO Vivian Yin, who took on the post last October, as revealed by C21.

FremantleMedia has previously worked with CCTV on local versions of formats such as comedy series Thank God You’re Here and the talent competition Don’t Stop Me Now, which has recently been renewed for a further 52 episodes.

C21 Media
Rapid TV News
Television Post

posted 3/4/16

THURSDAY: And Then There Were Eight
"Idol" Helps Fox to First
From the Futon Critic

FOX (8.678 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) held off the competition on Thursday with a new "American Idol" (8.742 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T2) and a second "American Idol" (8.615 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T2).

ABC (6.000 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then claimed the silver with a new "Grey's Anatomy" (7.670 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1), the premiere of "The Family" (5.739 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8) and a new "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.591 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #9).

Next up was CBS (7.463 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) with a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (10.010 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T2) followed by originals from "Life in Pieces" (8.432 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5), "Mom" (8.003 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T6), "2 Broke Girls" (6.711 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T6) and "Elementary" (5.810 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.078 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) offered up a new "You, Me and the Apocalypse" (2.341 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13), an encore "Blindspot" (2.167 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) and a new "Shades of Blue" (4.728 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11).

And finally, originals from "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (2.286 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12) and "The 100" (1.416 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) on The CW (1.851 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 1.121 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 900,000
- Top Chef (Bravo): 881,000
- Child Genius (Lifetime): 524,000
- Redneck Island (CMT): 357,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 283,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/4/16

Terence J Gets Coupled
Catch It on Fox
From the Futon Critic

Set in the Caribbean islands, COUPLED follows 12 single, smart and young professional women looking for love, who will meet face-to-face with eligible single men. Instantly, the women decide if they feel a spark of chemistry and want to spend more time with that guy, or if they don't feel a connection and want to wait for the next one. The real soap opera unfolds as new couples are formed and have to discover whether or not they have the compatibility to make their relationships last.

Terrence "J" Jenkins is a charismatic television and film actor, philanthropist and author. A former co-anchor of the international news program "E! News," the three-time daytime Emmy(R) Award nominee also spent seven years hosting the long-running music countdown show "106 & Park." Next weekend, Jenkins can be seen starring in and producing the upcoming film "The Perfect Match," opposite Paula Patton. He also has appeared in films including the "Think Like a Man" franchise and is the best-selling author of "The Wealth of My Mother's Wisdom."

COUPLED is produced by MGM Television and Grandma's House Entertainment. The series is created and executive-produced by Mark Burnett, Ben Newmark, Dan Newmark and Larry Barron. MGM serves as the worldwide distributor of the series outside of the U.S. and Canada.

The Futon Critic

posted 3/4/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "A Few More Minutes"

  • Caila Quinn back in front of cameras after being eliminated (TMZ)
     

  • Dancing: the requisite NFL player (E!) and the six-degrees-of-the-flavor-of-the-month (E!) are joining up

posted 3/4/16

Meet SYTYCD's Newest Judge... a 13-Year-Old
"Dance Moms" Star Maddie Ziegler Joins "Next Generation" Panel
From The Futon Critic

Award-winning dancer Maddie Ziegler will join Nigel Lythgoe, Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo as a judge on SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: THE NEXT GENERATION. Ziegler will lend her expertise as a young dancer to critique and praise the contestants as they battle it out during the studio shows this summer.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: THE NEXT GENERATION premieres Monday, May 30 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), on FOX. The new season will feature a younger generation of dancers between the ages of 8-13, who are skilled in various dance styles, such as contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballroom, animation or breaking. The dancers will be paired up with All-Stars to compete for the title of America's Favorite Dancer.

Best known for starring in the award-winning reality series "Dance Moms," 13-year-old Maddie Ziegler has gone on to star in singer-songwriter Sia's music video trilogy. She has had the honor of performing artistic contemporary routines on "Saturday Night Live," the Grammy Awards (2015), "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" (three times), "We Can Survive" at the Hollywood Bowl, "Dancing with the Stars" (twice) and "Jimmy Kimmel Live." She also is making a name for herself as an aspiring actress with roles on such hit television shows as "Pretty Little Liars," "Austin & Ally" and "Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn." She will be making her big screen debut in the upcoming feature "The Book of Henry," starring opposite Naomi Watts and directed by Colin Trevorrow. Ziegler also recently took home a People's Choice Award, winning the DailyMail.com Seriously Popular Award.

Auditions for SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE: THE NEXT GENERATION have begun and head to Chicago next week (Friday, March 11), followed by New York (Friday, March 18). Please visit fox.com/dance for more information about Season 13.

During auditions, the next generation of dancers will compete for a place at "The Academy," where only the most talented will be selected for the next round of competition. At the end of the round, the best of the best, the Top 10 dancers will be partnered permanently with a SYTYCD All-Star. The competition then moves to the SYTYCD studio, where, with Ziegler and the returning SYTYCD judges watching their every move, the top youngsters will compete each week in a variety of styles, working and performing alongside their All-Stars with world-renowned choreographers. As the competition heats up, contestants will be eliminated until a winner is named on the season finale.

The Futon Critic
Variety
Deadline

posted 3/3/16

More on "Gay for Play Game Show"
Catch It on Logo April 11!
From The Futon Critic

You don't need to be gay to play, but it sure does help! "Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul," the all-new, over-the-top game show hosted by RuPaul premieres Monday, April 11 at 10PM ET/PT on Logo. Shot in front of a live studio audience, contestants' entertainment IQs are put to the test when host RuPaul quizzes them on the hottest pop culture moments. As they answer hysterical trivia questions, contestants have to decide whether to trust their own instincts or to turn to the "Gay for Play" celebrity panel for help. Then as the competition heats up, contestants pair up with one celebrity panelist and have 69 seconds to answer as many trivia questions as possible for a chance to win big cash and prizes.

"I've never laughed as hard as I did making Gay For Play. It's funnier than the Republican debates - with more useful take away," said host and EP RuPaul Charles. "I wanted to capture the gay voices from my TV youth, like Paul Lynde and Charles Nelson Reilly, to create a new game show that everyone could enjoy. 'Let's Make America Gay Again!'"

The "Gay for Play" panel of six celebrities features Michelle Visage, Todrick Hall, Carson Kressley, and Ross Mathews as regular panelists, along with a rotating panel of former "RuPaul's Drag Race" contestants, social influencers, and celebrities. Guest panelists throughout the season include model Amber Rose, Brandi Glanville ("Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"), Cheyenne Jackson ("American Horror Story"), Daniel Franzese ("Looking," "Mean Girls"), Frankie Grande ("Big Brother"), comedian Heather McDonald, Jeannie Mai ("The Real"), Kristen Johnston ("The Exes"), Mindy Cohn ("Facts of Life"), plus social talent Austin & Aaron Rhodes ("Scream Queens"), GloZell Green, Joey Graceffa, Kingsley, Kyle Krieger, and Connor Franta.

Special episodes also feature celebrity contestants squaring off. Rebecca Romijn will battle husband Jerry O'Connell to fight for "Gay for Play" bragging rights. Former "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" cast member Taylor Armstrong and "Real Housewives of O.C." cast member Gretchen Rossi will challenge each other, as well as reunited "227" stars Marla Gibbs and Jackée Harry.

The premiere of "Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul" follows an all-new episode of "RuPaul's Drag Race," which starts its new season and celebrates the mega-hit series' 100th episode on Monday, March 7 with a special queen-sized 90 minute episode.

"Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul" is produced by World of Wonder Productions with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Kate Fisher and RuPaul Charles serving as Executive Producers. Chris McCarthy, Pamela Post and Tim Palazzola are Executive Producers for Logo.

For more information on "Gay for Play" go to LogoTV.com.

The Futon Critic
Out
Broadway World

posted 3/3/16

ABC's Reality Shows to Return... All Three of Them
Early Renewals for 2016-17 Handed Down
From The Futon Critic

The ABC Television Network has issued pick-up orders for the following series for the 2016/2017 season: "America's Funniest Home Videos," "The Bachelor," "black-ish," "Dancing with the Stars," "Fresh Off the Boat," "The Goldbergs," "Grey's Anatomy," "How to Get Away with Murder," "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," "The Middle," "Modern Family," "Once Upon a Time," "Scandal," "Shark Tank" and "Quantico."

"We're very proud of our strong roster of performers, and we're excited about what they will bring us creatively next season," said Channing Dungey, President, ABC Entertainment.

"THE BACHELOR" (Season 21)

ABC's "The Bachelor," a pop-culture sensation, will celebrate its 21st season with more fireworks, surprises and drama than ever. Just as Ben Higgins, one of the most popular Bachelors ever, will end his journey to find love with a proposal, the series has encouraged millions of viewers for over a decade to find their own fairytale romances while the original hit primetime romance reality series continues to offer unpredictable, sexy, emotional, over-the-top fun. The newly relaxed format rules guarantee more "OMG," jaw-dropping moments. Bachelor Nation has made this romantic rollercoaster ride one of television's top social-media and water-cooler shows, as one lucky man and 25 lucky women have the unique opportunity to find true love.

Hosted by Chris Harrison, "The Bachelor" is a production of Next Entertainment, in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss, Elan Gale, Bennett Graebner, Peter Scalettar and Nicole Woods serve as executive producers.

"DANCING WITH THE STARS" (Season 23)

"Dancing with the Stars" prepares for more glitz, glamour and sequins for fall 2016. With an all-new cast of celebrities ready to take on the competition and hit the ballroom floor, it will be another season full of surprises and unforgettable dances.

"Dancing with the Stars" is the hit reality series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines, which are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts and voted on by viewers.

"Dancing with the Stars" is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Rob Wade and Ashley Edens-Shaffer are executive producers.

"SHARK TANK" (Season 8)

"Shark Tank," the critically acclaimed reality show that has reinvigorated entrepreneurship in America, has also become a culturally defining series. The recipient of the 2015 and 2014 Emmy Award for Outstanding Structured Reality Program, the business-themed show returns to the ABC Television Network for its eighth season.

The Sharks - tough, self-made, multi-millionaire and billionaire tycoons - continue their search to invest in the best businesses and products that America has to offer. The Sharks will once again give people from all walks of life the chance to chase the American dream, and potentially secure business deals that could make them millionaires.

The Futon Critic
TV Insider

posted 3/3/16

WEDNESDAY: CBS Survives... Barely
Eye Edges Out ABC in the Demo by a Tenth
From The Futon Critic

CBS (8.335 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday with new episodes of "Survivor: Kaoh Rong" (9.185 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), "Criminal Minds" (9.223 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4) and a special "CSI: Cyber" (6.599 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9).

ABC (5.685 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then was a close second with its mix of "The Goldbergs" (7.039 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3), the premiere of "The Real O'Neals" (6.302 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6), "Modern Family" (8.181 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1), a second "The Real O'Neals" (6.088 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4) and "American Crime" (3.248 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

Next up was NBC (7.110 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with the season finale of "The Mysteries of Laura" (7.381 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9) followed by new episodes of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.831 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7) and "Chicago PD" (7.117 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.470 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up the return of "Rosewood" (3.566 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12) and a new "Hell's Kitchen" (3.374 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11).

And finally, The CW (1.283 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with its specials "Greatest Animal Commercials Countdown" (1.496 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "MADtv 20th Anniversary Reunion" (1.070 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

On cable...
- Face Off (Syfy): 860,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 385,000
- Restaurant Startup (CNBC/SF): 317,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/3/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Scuare Biz"

  • "Sqrambled Scuares", a local favorite around here from South Carolina, moves into its new digs at Barefoot Landing... Road trip to the Grand Strand, anyone? (Myrtle Beach Sun News)
     

  • ICYMI: a Jeopardy! player that the Nick Fury of the Quiz World hasn't found yet apologizes for missing the Golden State Warriors logo last night (Uproxx)
     

  • Dancing: the rumor mill is on full tilt (ET)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: ever wonder what happened to your favorite Nick game show host NOT named Summer Sanders? (Uproxx) Bonus: Uh oh... (MTLBlog.com)
     

  • Alex Trebek is no closer to retiring than he was when you woke up this morning (Closer Weekly)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Louis Virtel (Huffington Post)

posted 3/3/16

PO(U)INTS!
ITV2 Greenlights "@elevenish"
From Digital Spy

ITV has commissioned new comedy show @elevenish, which will showcase upcoming new comedy talent.

The late night series, to air on ITV2, will challenge stand-ups, character comics and sketch groups to create quick-fire comic monologues, sketches and commentary.

Each episode will be underlined by a set of "rules" chosen by producers, based on what people have been talking about over the last week.

The most successful comedians will be given the chance to develop ideas and return in the future.

Those confirmed to be on the programme so far include Bobby Mair, Dane Baptiste, Natasia Demetriou, Rhys James, Lolly Adefope, Adam Hess, John Kearns and Luke McQueen.

The show shares a similar format to the American Comedy Central show @midnight, an internet-based gameshow with a combination of scripted, improv and rehearsed content.

Leon Wilson, managing director of Talkback, which is making the show, said: "The idea behind @elevenish is to create a programme to complement the immediacy of the internet - where a story can break and go global within minutes.

"Writing and producing content up until the day of transmission means the show will always be relevant for the ITV2 audience."

@elevenish will air on Thursday evenings at 11pm.

Digital Spy

posted 3/2/16

TUESDAY: America's Choice? The Voice
NBC Wins Night on Election Coverage
From the Futon Critic

NBC (10.150 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday with night two of "The Voice" (12.357 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) season premiere followed by "Decision 2016: Super Tuesday" (5.738 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4).

CBS (10.561 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then claimed the silver with originals from "NCIS" (15.181 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (11.465 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) plus "CBS News: Campaign 2016" (5.038 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Next up was FOX (2.057 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its lineup of "New Girl" (2.635 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5), "Grandfathered" (2.069 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.879 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "The Grinder" (1.646 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.489 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up a new "The Muppets" (3.133 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6), the season finales of "The Muppets" (2.362 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "Marvel's Agent Carter" (2.375 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) plus "ABC News Super Tuesday Election Special" (2.345 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, an encore of "The World Dog Awards" (1.018 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) on The CW (1.018 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.122 million
- Ink Master (Spike/SP): 879,000
- Ink Master: Sirens of Ink (Spike): 652,000
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike/SP): 631,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 361,00

Digital Spy
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/2/16

Syndies: Week 23
Results for the Week Ending February 21
From B&C

Family Feud was syndication’s highest rated game in the week ended Feb. 21, beating Wheel of Fortune for the first week since Dec. 28.

Even though Debmar-Mercury’s Feud was down 4% for the week to a 7.0 live plus same day household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research, that was still good enough to beat CBS Television DIstribution’s Wheel, which deflated 8% to a 6.8. CTD’s Jeopardy!, in third place, sank 6% to a 6.5. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game and Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire each sagged 7% to a 1.4.

Year to year, every game show was down as well, with Feud dipping 3%, the category’s smallest loss, to Millionaire’s 22%, the genre’s biggest decline.

Across the board, most of syndication was flat or down in the second full week of the February sweep, as much of the country basked in warm weather.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 3/2/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Fake Out"

posted 3/2/16


ABC/New York Times
Harris, Pollster
"Nightline" Journalist Named New Host of "500 Questions"
From the Futon Critic

Dan Harris has been named host for season two of ABC's innovative event game show "500 Questions," from Mark Burnett and Mike Darnell. Produced by MGM Television in association with Warner Horizon Television, the series will return in 2016.

Harris is currently co-anchor of "Nightline" and the weekend edition of "Good Morning America" on ABC News. He also regularly files reports for "World News Tonight with David Muir," "20/20," "Good Morning America," ABC News Digital and ABC News Radio. Previously, he anchored "World News Sunday."

In 2014 Harris published the book, "10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge and Found Self-Help That Actually Works." It went to #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers List and then became an app, designed to teach meditation to skeptics. Harris first joined ABC News in March 2000 and has covered many of the biggest stories in recent years. He reported on the mass shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, Aurora, Colorado and Tucson, Arizona, and natural disasters from Haiti to Myanmar to New Orleans. He has also covered combat in Afghanistan, Israel, Gaza and the West Bank, and has made six visits to Iraq. He has traveled around the globe for ABC News, embedding with an isolated Amazonian Indian tribe, questioning drug lords in the lawless slums of Rio, and confronting the head of Philip Morris International over the sale of cigarettes to Indonesian minors. Harris has made it a priority to shine a light on the world's most vulnerable populations, producing stories about child slaves in Haiti, youths accused of witchcraft in the Congo and predatory pedophiles who travel from the U.S. to Cambodia. He has also covered endangered animals from such diverse datelines as Namibia, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea and Nepal.

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 3/1/16


Magweb.com
LEE REHERMAN: 1956-2016
"American Gladiator" Hawk Hosted "Cannonball Run", "Arena"
From Mashable/AP

Lee Reherman, a fan favorite as the towering, muscular Hawk on television's American Gladiators, has died at age 49.

Reherman, who went on to a successful career as an actor-producer after Gladiators, died Tuesday at his home in Manhattan Beach, California.

The cause of death wasn't immediately known.

Reherman's publicist, Anthony Turk, says the actor hadn't been feeling well after recently undergoing hip replacement surgery.

After American Gladiators ended in 1996, Reherman went on to make numerous appearances in movies and TV shows. He hosted the proto-e-Sports competition "Arena", one of the start-up shows on defunct videogame network G4, and "The Real Cannonball Run: The Race Across America" for USA.

He was also a regular on the series The First Family, playing a White House security agent, and had recently filmed an episode of television's Jane The Virgin.

He also had a recurring role in the Disney show K.C. Undercover.

Mashable
Digital Spy
Fox Sports
AV Club
TMZ

posted 3/1/16

A STRONG April
NBC's New Fitness Competition to Premiere After "The Voice" April 13
From Deadline

NBC has slotted upcoming fitness competition reality series Strong, executive produced by Sylvester Stallone, in the Thursday 8 PM slot, leading to The Blacklist. Strong will succeed in the hour limited series You, Me and the Apocalypse after it finishes its run. The unscripted series will launch with a two-night premiere, which will include two back-to-back episodes on Wednesday, April 13 from 9-11 PM, following a live episode of NBC flagship reality series The Voice; and a regular time slot debut on Thursday, April 14, at 8 PM.

On Strong, hosted by Gabrielle Reece, 20 contestants – 10 male trainers and 10 female trainees – will train together and compete in physical challenges. Stallone, Dave Broome (“The Biggest Loser“), Kevin King Templeton (Creed) and Holly Wofford (American Ninja Warrior) executive produce for Sony Pictures TV.

This is the third show and first reality series to air in the NBC Thursday 8 PM slot this season, following limited series Heroes Reborn and You, Me and the Apocalypse.

Deadline
The Futon Critic

posted 3/1/16

Super Tuesday.... Pickup
Fox Orders Eight Episodes of "Superhuman"
From TV Line

Fox has developed an extraordinary interest in Superhuman.

The unscripted competition series — which aired as a two-hour special in January — has been formally picked up for an eight-episode season.

Hosted by Kal Penn (House), the one-hour installments will test the abilities of ordinary people who possess — you guessed it! — nearly superhuman skills in areas such as memory, hearing, taste, touch, smell and sight. (Think you fit the bill? Online casting calls are now open in the link below)

Fun fact: The U.S. is the seventh territory where Superhuman will launch; it has previously been adapted in Germany, China, Italy, Brazil, Spain and France.

TV Line
The Futon Critic
AV Club

posted 3/1/16

Return to the Hidden Temple
Nick's Hit Game Show to Return.... As a Movie
From Variety

When Viacom’s Nickelodeon sketches its future for advertisers Wednesday afternoon, one of the elements it will touch upon will be its past.

As part of a presentation to promote its upcoming slate of programs, the kids-content media empire (comprising several cable networks and more) will unveil a live-action TV movie inspired by its mid-1990s game show “Legends of the Hidden Temple,” as well as a two-part TV movie based on “Hey Arnold!,” one of its best-known animated series that ran between 1996 and 2004.

“There’s a tremendous amount of attention on kids these days. What that says is there’s a tremendous amount of opportunity – not unlike what is going on in the grownup space,” said Cyma Zarghami, president of Viacom’s cable networks aimed at kids and families, in an interview. “There is just more content everywhere.”

A lot of adults are relying on Nickelodeon’s kiddie fare. Viacom has been under intense pressure in recent months, as several of its flagship networks like MTV and Comedy Central grapple with viewership declines and investors question the strategy pursued by the corporation’s management. At Nickelodeon, however, ratings have improved. The network has seen its audience between the ages of 2 and 11 rise 4% in the first quarter of the year, according to analysis from Bernstein Research’s Todd Juenger, while Nick Jr.’s audience in that demographic has risen 57%. In doing so, the analyst said, the networks have taken share from competitors. Even so, Nickelodeon’s subscriber base and ad revenue shrank somewhat in both 2015 and 2016, according to data from market-research firm SNL Kagan, even as the subscriber fees it gains from distributors rose in both years.

“The company is under a lot of scrutiny, but I don’t think Nickelodeon is under any scrutiny at all,” said Zarghami a veteran programmer who joined the network as a clerk in 1986 and rose steadily through the ranks. “We have done a tremendous amount of work to build our ecosystem.”

Nickelodeon is in a different position than it was last year at this time, when Time Warner’s Cartoon Network was making ratings strides. Zarghami’s networks will vie with media outlets owned by Disney, Time Warner and NBCUniversal for approximately $800 million in advance commitments from advertisers as part of a process known as the upfront market, when U.S. TV networks try to sell the bulk of their ad inventory for the coming season. The task has grown more difficult for kids’ outlets in recent years, as the rising generation of young viewers see little distinction between watching Nick series like “Bubble Guppies” on-demand and watching them on the network that launched it.

The recent emphasis on reviving old Nick favorites was borne out of an idea from interns more than five years ago, she recounted. The interns thought the old programs would work well online, but Nick execs thought they might work well on TV, and put a block of the shows on Teen Nick at night. As original fans of 1990s fare adopted social media, she said, “Interest in the Nick library was becoming louder and louder and louder.” Now executives hope to revive select concepts that will charm older fans but also spark new interest from their children.

In “Hidden Temple,” three siblings must conquer a series of obstacles to remain alive, mirroring the theme of the original game show. The TV movie, slated to appear in the fourth quarter of 2016, will nod to other elements from the original show, including Olmec, a talking head who knows the secrets behind the temple; the Steps of Knowledge, the entrance to the temple and launching pad for the mission; and cameos from a green monkey, red jaguar and silver snakes, among others. Isabela Moner, known from her role on Nick’s “100 Things to Do Before High School,” will star. The TV movie is directed by Joe Menendez and written by Jonny Umansky, Zach Hyatt, and Alex Reid.

Variety
The Futon Critic
Geeks of Doom
IGN
Bustle
Yahoo!

posted 3/1/16

MONDAY: This Is The Return
NBC Wins With "The Voice"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (11.104 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) reclaimed the top spot on Monday with the return of "The Voice" (13.236 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1) and "Blindspot" (6.840 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3).

ABC (7.180 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then settle for second place with its duo of "The Bachelor" (8.120 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) and "Castle" (5.301 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9).

Next up was CBS (7.938 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3) and its trio of "Supergirl" (6.764 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6), "Scorpion" (9.156 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.894 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (4.051 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3) offered up the return of "Gotham" (4.184 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4) alongside a new "Lucifer" (3.918 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7).

And finally, originals from "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.894 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.915 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) on The CW (0.904 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Ellen's Design Challenge (HGTV): 1.534 million
- Paradise Run (SF/Nick): 1.252 million
- Cake Wars (Food): 942,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 370,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/1/16

WEEKEND: And the Award Goes To...
... CBS... For Its Lineup
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.092 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) pulled into the top demo spot on Friday with its mix of "The Amazing Race" (5.782 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.235 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "Blue Bloods" (10.259 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1).

ABC (5.005 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) then was the number two draw with its lineup of "Last Man Standing" (6.855 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Dr. Ken" (5.163 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7), "Shark Tank" (5.512 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) and "20/20" (3.494 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Next up was NBC (4.976 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) with a new "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (3.549 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and a special two-hour "Dateline NBC" (5.689 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.396 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Sleepy Hollow" (2.985 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8) and "Second Chance" (1.807 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).And finally, The CW (1.112 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening with its crossover between "The Vampire Diaries" (1.169 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "The Originals" (1.056 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.297 million

On Sunday...
- All-Star Academy (Food): 1.200 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.184 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 896,000 million
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 424,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/1/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The 20-Season-Old Virgin"

  • Chris Harrison would be open to having a virgin compete on "The Bachelor" (New York Post)
     

  • Don Francisco deals with Telemundo (Deadline)
     

  • Erin Andrews testifies (Entertainment Tonight), ESPN responds (TwitLonger), and then it gets weird (Washington Post)
     

  • Cilla Black still has no headstone months after his death (Daily Express)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Alicia Vikander... before Oscar, she was the "Stars in Their Eyes" (PerezHilton)
     

  • Somebody mashed up the faces of the 20 "Bachelors"... and named it Tad (GQ)
     

  • Bob Eubanks to bring Hollywood's Greatest Game Shows to South Dakota (Rapid City Journal)
     

  • The Chase met its most annoying player ever (BT)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Gordon Ramsay (TV Insider)

posted 3/1/16


Charlie Tuna
CHARLIE TUNA: 1944-2016
Radio Legend Announced "Scrabble", "Time Machine"
From KABC Los Angeles

Longtime Los Angeles DJ and radio personality Charlie Tuna died in his sleep earlier this month, according to a statement posted on his website Monday. He was 71.

"His was a life well-lived, and he will always be remembered for the joy, laughter, and love of music he brought to many throughout the world with his presence on the radio," the statement said.

Tuna, born as Art Ferguson, worked as a radio personality for more stations and formats than anyone in L.A. radio history. Ferguson began using the moniker Charlie Tuna while working in Oklahoma City in 1966.

After a stint in Boston, he moved to L.A. in late 1967, appearing on KHJ. He was one of the original DJs at KROQ in the early 1970s, then became a morning DJ and program manager at KKDJ, which later became KIIS-AM and eventually began a simulcast on FM.

He worked at a series of other stations, including KRLA, KODJ and KLAC, then hosted the "Charlie Tuna in the Morning" program on KBIG until 2007. After that station changed format, he moved to K-Earth 101, where he stayed until 2015, when he focused on a syndication business. He also hosted "Inside Hollywood" and announced multiple shows including America’s Top 10, Casey Kasem’s TV spinoff of radio’s American Top 40; The Mike Douglas Show; and game shows The $25,000 Pyramid, Scrabble and Scattergories.

He lived in Tarzana and had served as the city's honorary mayor since 1977.

His family asks that memorial contributions be made in his name to Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

Flowers will be placed on Tuna's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 4 p.m.

KABC Los Angeles
Vintage Vinyl News
Deadline
Inland News Today

posted 2/29/16


The Matthau Company
GEORGE KENNEDY: 1925-2016
"Cool Hand Luke" Actor Played "Match Game"
From NBC News

George Kennedy, who won an Academy Award for his bruising performance in "Cool Hand Luke" and later starred in the goofy "Naked Gun" franchise," died Sunday in Idaho. He was 91.

Canyon County Chief Deputy Coroner Steve Rhodes said Kennedy died Sunday at about 4:30 a.m. (6:30 a.m. ET) in a care facility in Middleton. His remains are being given to Cremation Society of Idaho for services.

Kennedy, who stood nearly 6½ feet tall, was a World War II veteran who broke into acting, in part, through military dramas and TV Westerns. In 1967, he appeared in the Oscar-winning World War II film "The Dirty Dozen."

That same year, he starred alongside Paul Newman in what would be the best-known role of his career— Dragline in the prison drama "Cool Hand Luke." The film won him an Academy Award for best supporting actor.

In the 1970s, Kennedy was a semi-regular guest on "Match Game".

Beginning in 1988, Kennedy starred with Leslie Nielsen in the slapstick police trilogy "The Naked Gun."

In 2002, Kennedy moved to Idaho to be closer to family, the AP reported.

NBC News
Cinema Blend
AV Club
9news
Philadelphia Sun-Times

posted 2/29/16

DRG Found the Masterpiece in U....K.
Firm Secures Worldwide Distribution Rights
From C21 Media

Modern Times Group-owned distributor DRG has picked up worldwide rights to Masterpiece (20×60′), a daytime format that launched earlier this month on UK broadcaster ITV.

The gameshow sees teams of antiques and history fans go head to head in a series of challenges. DRG has also added factual entertainment series If Walls Could Talk (6×60′), in which owners of old houses learn more about their homes.

C21 Media

posted 2/29/16

"Down" Goes Up
Launch Factory Game Nominated for SAFTA
From BizCommunity

Launch Factory's TV show's Down for the Guap, produced for Vuzu TV, has received a nomination for best game show at the 2016 SAFTAs.

With Down for the Guap nominated after just a season, in the same category as Noot vir Noot, the country's longest-running game show, Launch Factory's GM: branded content Apollo Zake feels more local formats should be recognised and celebrated.

BizCommunity

posted 2/29/16

"Ninja Warrior UK" Goes for Three
Casting Now for "Everyday Heroes"
From Wales Online

Have you got what it takes to tackle one of the toughest obstacle courses on TV?

Ninja Warrior UK is returning to screens for a third series and producers of the show are looking for contestants in Wales.

The program, which is based on a Japanese game-show called Sasuke, pushes contestants to their physical limits.

ITV took the endurance concept, a cross between Gladiators and Total Wipe-out, on-board and brought the show to the UK last year.

It has been hailed a ratings success.

Last year Cardiff lifeguard and parkour coach Craig Robinson put his free-running Spider-Man skills to the test in the TV endurance show semi-final.

The show is now looking for its next batch of "everyday heroes of all shapes and sizes" to run, jump, bounce, swing and fly through the air while taking on what ITV describe as the "world's toughest obstacle course".

Over 250 semi-professional athletes, fitness fanatics and "have-a-go heroes" will be chosen to take on the challenging obstacle course testing brute strength, skill and nerve.

Wales Online

posted 2/29/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Leap"

posted 2/29/16

THURSDAY: Top 10 Announced
... and Idol, Fox On Top
From the Futon Critic

The race to the ultimate finale is officially on.

"American Idol" revealed the Top 10 finalists, including MacKenzie Bourg, Trent Harmon, Gianna Isabella, Lee Jean, Tristan McIntosh, Dalton Rapattoni, La'Porsha Renae, Olivia Rox, Sonika Vaid and Avalon Young. Four of the contestants were unanimously chosen by the judges last night - Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr. - and the remaining six were chosen by America's votes.

Next week, Thursday, March 3 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live /PT tape-delayed), viewers can tune in to see the finalists perform and to see which two of the Top 10 will be sent home. Another special part of next week's show will be a can't-miss performance by Connick of "(I Do) Like We Do" from his new CD "That Would Be Me." In addition, Demi Lovato will perform her hit single "Stone Cold," as well as sing "Confident" with this season's Top 10 Finalists.

Viewers at home have five ways to vote for their favorite singer, including the SuperVote(R) Online at www.americanidol.com/vote; SuperVote(R) on the FOX NOW(R) App; Google Search Voting; Text Vote (SMS); and Toll-free Voting. All voting rules and frequently asked questions are available on http://www.americanidol.com/voting-faq.

FOX (8.661 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with a new "American Idol" (8.643 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #5) and a second hour of "American Idol" (8.680 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T3).

CBS (8.542 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then claimed the silver with the 200th episode of "The Big Bang Theory" (15.684 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1) followed by new episodes of "Life in Pieces" (9.421 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), "Mom" (7.972 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6), "2 Broke Girls" (6.578 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T7) and "Elementary" (5.797 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11).

Next up was ABC (5.994 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) and its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.208 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T3), "Scandal" (5.884 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T7) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.890 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.5, #9).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.470 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up fresh installments from "You, Me and the Apocalypse" (2.580 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14), "The Blacklist" (5.856 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #10) and "Shades of Blue" (4.976 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12).

And finally, new episodes of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (2.463 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13) and "The 100" (1.422 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14) on The CW (1.942 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the night.

On cable:
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.522 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 1.020 million
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 972,000
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 908,000
- Top Chef (Bravo): 833,000
- Child Genius (Lifetime): 597,000
- Redneck Island (CMT): 431,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 402,000

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/26/16

Indonesia "On Top"
RCTI to Launch Localized Keshet Game
From C21 Media

RCTI Indonesia is to air a local version of Keshet International (KI)’s original variety gameshow format Who’s on Top?

The Indonesian version will be produced in-house and the free-to-air network will broadcast the series in a two-hour weekly primetime slot.

Who’s on Top? was originally co-developed and produced by Israel’s Keshet Broadcasting, Flare Media International and July August Productions.

The show, created by Erez Tal, sees contestants suspended in pods that move up and down depending on whether they get their question right or not.

The deal follows the Indonesian version of KI’s interactive talent show Rising Star, which will begin its second season this year.

C21 Media

posted 2/26/16

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

  • VIDEO WALL: leaked "The Voice" audition features Curly Sue (The Huffington Post)
     

  • Speaking of, Kelly Clarkson had quite the night herself last night (Decider)
     

  • You may not want to let Debbie Wanner next to the water... (TMZ)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Billy Gardell (Allentown Morning Call)

posted 2/26/16

Think Responsibly
MTV2 Greenlights "Binge Thinking": a Bar Crawl Game Show
From Realscreen

Viacom-owned cable network MTV2 has commissioned the bar-crawl competition series Binge Thinking from New York-headquartered prodco DiGa.

Hosted by YouTube rapper Mac Lethal and comedian and presenter Amber Diamond, the impromptu game show will set out each week to test whether individuals are smarter after a few drinks.

The series will travel to cities across the U.S. where unsuspecting contestants go head-to-head in pop culture-focused trivia, physical stunts and prop-based gameplay aimed at testing their ability to “think while they drink.”

DiGa’s Brian Saracusa serves as executive producer on the series.

Binge Thinking premieres across MTV2 on April 1 at 11:30 p.m. EST/PST.

Realscreen
Broadway World

posted 2/25/16

"Fashion Fund" Arrives on Amazon
New Episodes Stream Thursdays on Amazon.com/FashionFund
From the Futon Critic

Amazon today announced that The Fashion Fund, an Amazon Unscripted Series, is now available for all Amazon customers in the U.S. The series follows the process of selecting designers for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, led by Vogue's Anna Wintour and CFDA Chairman Diane von Furstenberg. The Fashion Fund is ad-supported and available free of charge to all Amazon customers via the Amazon Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, and mobile devices or online at Amazon.com/fashionfund.

Each year, 10 promising designers are nominated by the Fashion Fund committee and compete in a four-month-long competition to win a cash prize and a mentorship from an industry professional, with the goal of further developing their business. Produced by Condé Nast Entertainment and Break Thru Films, season three of The Fashion Fund takes viewers inside the 2015 competition.

In conjunction with the premiere of The Fashion Fund, Amazon Fashion will launch a content-rich, dedicated retail experience for customers to shop a curated selection of the Spring 2016 collections of this year's designers all in one place, for the first time, at Amazon.com/fashionfundshop.

"We are thrilled to launch The Fashion Fund on Amazon Video, and to work with fashion icons Diane von Furstenberg and Anna Wintour," said Michael Paull, Vice President, Digital Video, Amazon. "We're going to continue to push the boundaries with our original content and look forward to bringing our customers even more exciting shows to watch."

"Collaborating with Amazon enabled us to truly innovate and add a retail experience to The Fashion Fund, which will delight viewers," said Dawn Ostroff, president of Condé Nast Entertainment. "CNE is a true next-generation studio, working with the best companies to deliver the most compelling, immersive storytelling experiences to our audiences, and Amazon, home to some of the best content, is the perfect match for this series."

New episodes of the weekly, 10-episode, half-hour season of The Fashion Fund will be available Thursdays.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/25/16

WEDNESDAY: The Singer's Wild
"Idol" Wild Card Round, "Survivor", Very Special "black-ish" Help Logjam the Front
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.105 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday with its mix of "Survivor: Kaoh Rong" (8.596 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3), "Criminal Minds" (8.810 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #7) and the season finale of "Code Black" (6.910 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #11).

FOX (6.632 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with its duo of "American Idol" (8.918 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) and "Hell's Kitchen" (4.346 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #10).

Next up was ABC (5.816 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1) and its combination of "The Middle" (7.279 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4), "The Goldbergs" (6.401 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4), "Modern Family" (8.010 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1), "Black-ish" (6.200 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4) and "American Crime" (3.503 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #14).

Meanwhile, NBC (6.731 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) offered up its trio of "The Mysteries of Laura" (6.680 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.556 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #9) and "Chicago PD" (6.958 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8).

And finally, The CW (2.289 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the night with originals from "Arrow" (2.674 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12) and "Supernatural" (1.904 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #15).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.435 million
- Face Off (Syfy): 920,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 413,000
- Restaurant Startup (CNBC): 252,000
- MTV2's Joking Off (MTV2/11p): 159,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/25/16

ITV Studios Reveals MIPtv Slate
On Deck: "Come Dine" Champions, 180, Think Tank, Test Your Love
From C21 Media

ITV Studios will launch 13 new formats covering entertainment, quizshows and factual entertainment at MipTV in April, including a fresh take on international hit Come Dine With Me.

The slate is being unveiled to an audience of more than 150 buyers from around the world at the ITV Studios Formats 2016 event today.

The new shows join ITV Studios’ slate of established international formats, including I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, Hell’s Kitchen, The Chase and Saturday Night Takeaway.

The MipTV slate includes Come Dine: Champion of Champions, from ITV Studios factual arm Shiver for Channel 4, which sees former contestants competing in a series of cooking challenges.

It is billed as a new take on the Come Dine With Me format, which has been produced in 37 territories worldwide.

Also on the slate is motoring show Drive, from ITV prodco TwoFour, which will see celebrities take the wheel in vehicles including old bangers, buggies, 4x4s and rally cross cars.

Other shows in the line-up are darts-based gameshow One Hundred And Eighty, from ITV Studios for Sky1; It’s Not Rocket Science, from ITV Studios for ITV; and comedy entertainment show Insert Name Here, produced by 12 Yard and Blackdog Television for BBC2.

Quizshow Think Tank, from 12 Yard for BBC1, also features, along with The Nation’s Spending Secrets, produced by The Garden for BBC1.

Interactive gameshow Test Your Love, a follow-up to the series Pissed Off, is on the slate and was made for Finnish pubcaster YLE by ITV Studios Nordic.

C21 Media

posted 2/25/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Rumors of the Facts of Life"

posted 2/25/16

Syndies: Week 22
Results for the Week Ending February 14
From B&C

Judge Judy, starring Judge Judy Sheindlin, came out swinging in the first full week of the February sweeps, becoming the only syndicated show to climb higher than an 8.0 in the 2015-16 TV season thus far.

CBS Television Distribution’s veteran court topped all of syndication in the week ended Feb. 14 with a 8.1 live plus same day household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research, a new two-year high for the show. Judy was up 4% for the week and 11% compared to last year at this time, and topped all of syndication for the 33rd time in the past 34 weeks.

CTD’s Wheel of Fortune led the games at a neutral 7.4 for the third week in a row. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud finished 6% higher for the week at a 7.3, just nipping at Wheel of Fortune with its second-highest rating of the season. CTD’s Jeopardy!, in third place, regained most of its prior week’s loss, upticking 3% to a 6.9.

Further back, Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game rebounded 7% to a 1.5, tying Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which also improved 7%. Year to year, Feud and Name Game were the only games to improve, climbing 12% and 7%, respectively. Family Feud also hit a new high among women 25-54, climbing 11% for the week to a 4.1 to lead all of syndication in the key demo for the first time.

B&C

posted 2/24/16

TUESDAY: Unlimited
CBS Sweeps Another Night, "Game Night" Jumps
From the Futon Critic

CBS (11.914 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with its original mix of "NCIS" (17.373 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1), "NCIS: New Orleans" (12.507 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Limitless" (5.864 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

NBC (6.210 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was the number two draw with its Sunday-bound "Hollywood Game Night" (4.218 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) followed by new episodes of "Chicago Med" (6.680 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) and "Chicago Fire" (7.733 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3).

Next up was The CW (2.646 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with originals from "The Flash" (3.820 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5) and "iZombie" (1.472 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.855 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) offered up new episodes of "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.538 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "The Muppets" (2.574 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), "Marvel's Agents Carter" (2.585 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and another "Marvel's Agents Carter" (2.425 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14).

And finally, FOX (2.169 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) closed out the evening with new episodes from "New Girl" (2.718 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "Grandfathered" (2.227 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.110 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10) and "The Grinder" (1.622 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.408 million
- Chopped (Food): 1.330 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 354,000
- Team Ninja Warrior (Esquire): 268,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Deadline

posted 2/23/16

The Price Is Right... In Nigeria
FremantleMedia Exports Long-Running Format
From World Screen

The popular game-show format The Price is Right, part of the FremantleMedia International catalogue, is getting a local treatment in Nigeria, to be produced by Genesis Studios.

The Price is Right looks on as contestants try to guess the correct prices of everyday objects. Genesis Studios signed on to produce three seasons of the Nigerian version, which brings the format to 41 adaptations around the globe. The U.S. version is the most successful game show in TV history.

Anahita Kheder, FremantleMedia International’s senior VP for the Middle East, Africa and Southeastern Europe, said: “After the huge success of Idols, Got Talent and The X Factor in Nigeria, we have high hopes for The Price is Right and we are looking forward to working with Genesis Studios to bring our heritage format to life. The Price is Right continues to be a hot property. The legendary U.S. version is now into its 44th season and is still attracting huge audiences—just last year each episode averaged 5.4 million viewers per episode, making it the number one daytime show on CBS.”

Olatunbosun Olaegbe, the managing director of Genesis Studios, noted: “We have been looking for a world-class game show that would engage and entertain the entire family. The Price is Right is the perfect format for us and we know it will be a big success in Nigeria.”

Abraham Praise, The Price is Right project director at Genesis Studios, added: “The Price is Right is a long running and successful format and we can’t wait to adapt it in Nigeria and see the latest territory contestants come on down to play.”

World Screen
Realscreen
C21 Media
ScreenAfrica

posted 2/24/16

Buzzr Sues Buzzr
Internet Start-Up Files Complaint Against FremantleMedia/Fox Network
From Variety

A New York Internet media company is crying foul over FremantleMedia North America’s use of the name “Buzzr” for its TV and digital game-show network.

Codename Enterprises, which operates Tumblr-like website Buzzr.com, filed a lawsuit against FremantleMedia North America alleging trademark infringement, false advertising, trademark dilution and unfair competition. Codename is seeking an injunction to force FremantleMedia to stop using “Buzzr,” as well as unspecified monetary damages.

A rep for FremantleMedia North America declined to comment.

“The significance of defendant’s ‘Buzzr’ television network to the destruction of plaintiff’s trademark rights and indeed potentially its entire business cannot be overstated because of the extraordinary programming attractiveness of defendant’s offerings,” Codename Enterprises said in the complaint, filed Feb. 18 in U.S. District Court in New York.

Codename Enterprises claims that it has done business since 2009 as “Buzzr.” More than 100,000 websites have been built using its publishing software and blogging tools, according to the company.

FremantleMedia North America launched the Buzzr digital multicast television network in June 2015, available on 12 Fox-owned stations including New York, L.A. and Philadelphia. The 24-hour linear network is stocked with episodes of old game shows including “Family Feud,” “Let’s Make a Deal,” “What’s My Line,” “To Tell the Truth,” “Super Password” and “Card Sharks.” FMNA’s Buzzr brand also includes a YouTube channel with remakes of classic games shows.

Variety
C21 Media

posted 2/24/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Rosy Endorsement"

posted 2/24/16


BBC/Endemol Shine UK
Pointless to Hit 1000
"Family Feud In Reverse" Celebrates Renewal, Upcoming Landmark Episode
From Metro

Here’s some good news for you if you’re a fan of Pointless – the show’s going to be around for a little while longer.

A lot longer in fact, as the BBC has just announced a major new deal which will see another 210 episodes of the popular game show being made.

That covers 165 regular and 45 – count em! – celebrity helpings of Pointless, meaning the series will run until at least 2017.

Oh, and it will also sail past the magic 1000 shows mark as a result, hitting the milestone later this year.

"I can’t tell you how exciting it is for Richard and me to get a big recommission like this!" said host Alexander Armstrong.

"I imagine it’s probably fairly obvious how much we love making it but to pass the 1,000th episode mark is a great tribute to a show that so many work so hard on. Long may it prosper!"

The series – which sees contestants having to guess the most obscure answers to questions based on public surveys – debuted on BBC Two in 2009 before moving to BBC One two years later.

Since then it has notched up 14 regular and eight celebrity seasons – and has proven so popular that the BBC had to weather over 1,200 complaints from irate fans when they skipped an episode from a repeat series in 2014.

Metro
Chortle
What's on TV
Chronicle Live

posted 2/23/16


CW/Warner Horizon TV
"America's Next Top Model" Lives!
Series to Be Revived on VH1... without Tyra Banks at the Helm
From Metro

The most successful fashion show in TV history "America's Next Top Model" will rightfully return to the world's fashion capital New York City for a reinvented debut on VH1. CBS Television Distribution (CTD) and VH1 are partnering on a new season of the iconic franchise for a new generation. Details on the premiere date and a new, re-imagined cast of host and judges will be announced at a later time.

Tyra Banks, the series creator, original host and executive producer, will continue to serve as executive producer for the new season. Ken Mok, also executive producer for the series' full run, will continue in the same role for the next season as well. The new season will feature 14 episodes.

To this day, "America's Next Top Model" captures the adoration and imagination of fans across the globe who see themselves reflected in the show's wide range of contestants, all trying to make their way in the fashion world.

"We're thrilled to bring 'America's Next Top Model' back to VH1 and partner with CBS Television Distribution and Tyra Banks to reinvent this franchise for a whole new generation," said Chris McCarthy, General Manager of VH1. "This is a homecoming for the series, as VH1 helped catapult the show to cultural icon status as the first cable network to air the show after it launched."

"We could not be more excited to bring back and breathe new life into one of the greatest unscripted franchises on television," said Scott Koondel, chief licensing officer for CBS Corp. "VH1 is the perfect partner for this new endeavor and we hope this is the beginning of a long relationship."

Tyra Banks concluded, "After creating an incredible, global brand, I am beyond excited to have the show reborn. I will continue as Executive Producer, but must turn my attention to new business endeavors, so I want to find a new host. I'm pumped to identify that person and bring back the show. Top Model fans, you demanded that the show come back, and VH1 answered the call. Get ready for a fierce-a-fied rebirth!"

"America's Next Top Model" is a modeling competition in which contestants from all walks of life compete in various fashion-related challenges and photo shoots each week to vie for the coveted title of America's Next Top Model.

For more information and updates about "America's Next Top Model," check out ANTM.vh1.com and follow @vh1 on Twitter.

AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL is produced by 10 by 10 Entertainment in association with The Tyra Banks Company and distributed by CBS Television Distribution. The executive producers are Ken Mok ("Making the Band"), Tyra Banks, Dana Gabrion, Paul Buscemi and Jaimie Glasson Pargament. The series was created by Tyra Banks and developed by Mok and Kenya Barris. Currently, "America's Next Top Model" is under license in over 100 markets around the world and has 20 international versions in production. "America's Next Top Model" and the "America's Next Top Model" format are licensed internationally by CBS Studios International.

The Futon Critic
Variety

posted 2/23/16

MONDAY: Another Shopping Season
Logjam Among ABC, CBS, Fox for First
From the Futon Critic

ABC (7.517 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T1) and FOX (6.247 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T1) shared the demo crown on Wednesday with the season finale of "The X-Files" (7.589 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T1) and a new "Lucifer" (4.905 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4).

The Alphabet then offered up originals from "The Bachelor" (8.539 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T1) and "Castle" (5.472 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9).

Next up was CBS (8.588 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and its trio of "Supergirl" (7.310 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4), "Scorpion" (9.754 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.700 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.852 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up the season finales of "Superstore" (4.637 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6), "Telenovela" (2.926 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10) and "The Biggest Loser" (3.887 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8).

And finally, new episodes of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.976 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.918 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) closed out the night on The CW (0.947 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food/SF): 2.279 million
- Ellen's Design Challenge (HGTV): 1.738 million
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.503 million
- Cake Wars (Food): 1.358 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 355,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/23/16


Sony Pictures Television
This Law Is Keeping Canadians Out of Jeopardy!... At Least for the Time Being
What Is The Canadian Anti-Spam Legislation?
From ABC News

"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek, a famous Canadian, apparently won't be seeing many of his countrymen on the popular game show for the foreseeable future.

The show said Canadians were precluded taking last month's online test that is a pipeline for "Jeopardy!" contestants because of a change in that country's online privacy laws. Producers said Monday they were working to clear up the issue for future tests.

Canadians have traditionally been included in the American version of "Jeopardy!," which airs in both countries.

"We have had many Canadians as contestants throughout the history of the show, and we hope that will continue, because Canadians make great game show contestants," Trebek, a native of Sudbury, Ontario, said in a statement. The issue came to light because of a story in the Ottawa Citizen.

"Jeopardy!" producers were not made available for an interview on Monday, and said in a statement that "ever-changing and complex" international laws governing the sharing of information over the Internet precluded the Canadians' participation.

That left unclear exactly how the test runs afoul of Canadian laws. Michael Geist, a University of Ottawa expert in online privacy, told the National Post that anti-spam legislation was the only major legal change in this area recently, and there was nothing in that law that would prevent Canadians from taking an online test no matter where it originates.

Canadian contestants are still appearing in this season's shows because they are drawn from the results of a test given a year ago.

When this pool dries up, however, so will the Canadian contestants.

National Post
ABC News
Fortune
Cinema Blend
NPR
CBC
AV Club
KPBS San Diego
CBC
WTOP Washington

posted 2/23/16

"America's Greatest Makers" Judges Named
Mark Burnett's New Series Launches on TBS April 5
From the Futon Critic

Emmy(R)-winning producer Mark Burnett (Survivor, Shark Tank, The Voice) and TBS, a division of Turner, have brought together a panel of celebrity judges for this spring's exciting new tech competition series America's Greatest Makers, created in collaboration with Intel. The roster includes sports legends Shaquille O'Neal and Kenny Smith; Emmy-nominated actress Mayim Bialik, who co-stars in the hit series The Big Bang Theory; and Massimo Banzi, maker and co-founder and CEO of Arduino, which makes popular development boards for inventors to create. America's Greatest Makers is set to premiere on TBS Tuesday, April 5, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).

In a first of its kind competition show, America's Greatest Makers takes 24 teams of makers from across the country and puts them in head-to-head competition to invent game-changing technology for a chance to go home with $1 million. In the first two episodes, each of the teams must speed pitch their wearable or smart device idea to the judging panel consisting of Intel CEO Brian Krzanich; business and financial expert Carol Roth; comedian, serial entrepreneur and co-host of truTV's Hack My Life Kevin Pereira; and one of the celebrity guests.

Once all of the teams have finished the initial speed pitching round, the judges will choose 15 to move forward in the competition. Over the next five weeks, those teams will then face off against each other, with three teams competing each week for $100,000 and a spot in the finals. America's Greatest Makers will climax with the five finalist teams presenting their finished products in one last round of competition, after which the judges will reveal which team will take home $1 million and the title "America's Greatest Makers."

"We have an extremely diverse cast from 15 years old to 59 with ideas that are as unique as the teams themselves," said executive producer Mark Burnett. "We are looking to come up with the next big thing in wearable tech and smart connected devices, and these competitors will have to convince our judges that their product is just that. The competition will inspire a whole new audience of potential makers."

In addition to the TBS series, viewers can already immerse themselves in the America's Greatest Makers experience through long and short-form content presented through www.americansgreatestmakers.com.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/23/16

WEEKEND: Sharks. Lots and Lots of Sharks
"Shark Tank" Rules TWO Nights
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.744 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the network to beat among adults 18-49 on Friday with new episodes of "Last Man Standing" (6.658 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Dr. Ken" (4.941 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Shark Tank" (6.175 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "20/20" (5.257 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

CBS (8.458 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with the return of "The Amazing Race" (5.909 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and new episodes of "Hawaii Five-0" (8.816 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Blue Bloods" (10.649 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2).

Next up was NBC (3.991 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its trio of "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (3.688 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "Grimm" (4.023 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8) and "Dateline NBC" (4.263 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.576 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Sleepy Hollow" (3.152 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "Second Chance" (2.001 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.059 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "The Originals" (0.864 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) on The CW (0.961 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable, Nick's "Paradise Run" logged in 1.284 million with a 0.21 share in the coveted adults 18-49 demo.

On Sunday, ABC (6.014 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the demo champ on Sunday thanks to a new "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.349 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3), the special "The Wonderful World of Disney: Disneyland 60" (6.843 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and a new "Shark Tank" (4.022 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6).

NBC (5.733 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then claimed the silver with a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (5.985 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and its special "Must See TV: An All-Star Tribute to James Burrows" (5.480 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3).

Next up was CBS (8.956 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its original lineup of "60 Minutes" (10.672 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9), "Madam Secretary" (10.641 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "The Good Wife" (7.882 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11) and "CSI: Cyber" (6.630 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12).

And finally, a repeat "The Simpsons" (1.956 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13) led into new episodes of "Bob's Burgers" (2.306 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9), "The Simpsons" (3.138 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life" (1.897 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13), "Family Guy" (2.724 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) and "Bordertown" (1.749 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #15) on FOX (2.295 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

On cable...
- All-Star Academy (Food): 1.175 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.171 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 984,000
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 485,000

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posted 2/23/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Word of God"

  • Ben Higgins doesn't talk about his faith much... or DOES HE? (Slate) PLUS a Few Good Minutes with Chris Harrison (CBS News)
     

  • Simon Cowell offers Dermot O'Leary "big money" to return to "The X Factor". Deal or no deal? (Tellymix)
     

  • Bill Rancic: "Apprentice"... businessman... TV host... novelist (People)

posted 2/23/16

Little Lip Syncs
Nick, Spike Greenlight "Lip Sync Battle Junior"
From the Futon Critic

Spike and Nickelodeon are joining forces with the hit-makers behind "Lip Sync Battle," Casey Patterson Entertainment and Matador, to develop "Lip Sync Battle Jr." a spinoff of Spike's breakthrough original series.

"Lip Sync Battle" is a multiplatform juggernaut that has garnered record ratings for Spike and over half a billion views online.

Spike has ordered a "Lip Sync Battle Jr." special that will telecast later this year on both Spike and Nickelodeon. In addition, sister Viacom brands are also developing special editions of "Lip Sync Battle" events.

"Lip Sync Battle Jr." will celebrate kids' love of music and comedy featuring the battles viewers have come to know and love with new variety elements designed to let the little ones shine. The series will be a fresh take on Spike's star-studded series.

"On the long list of wonderful surprises about Lip Sync Battle is our family co-viewing. Lip Sync Battle's multigenerational appeal is our favorite part of the show and the whole Lip Sync Battle family is very excited about developing a new music based, comedy variety format to showcase how much our Lip Sync Battle kids rock! It's all the fun of Lip Sync Battle, only smaller," said Executive Producers Casey Patterson and Jay Peterson in a joint statement.

"Lip Sync Battle" is the most-watched original series in Spike's history and is currently averaging over 4 million viewers on Thursdays at 10:00pm ET/PT.

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Variety
PerezHilton.com

posted 2/22/16

"$100,000 Pyramid" Now Casting
Go to CastingPyramid.com for More Information!
From CastingPyramid.com

Producers for ABC's upcoming "$100,000 Pyramid" reboot are currently searching for the nation’s most competitive, upbeat and dynamic personalities to play the classic game of Pyramid where you and a celebrity will team up in a quest to test your word association skills to win big money and prizes!

"We are looking for people who are ready to have fun, exercise their minds, and potentially walk away big winners!"

To apply, go to http://www.castingpyramid.com/ now through April 1, 2016

CastingPyramid.com

posted 2/22/16

Paul Daniels Diagnosed with Inoperable Brain Tumor
An Outpouring of Support for "National Treasure"
From the Belfast Telegraph

Showbiz's stars have sent messages of support to legendary TV magician Paul Daniels after it emerged he had been diagnosed with an incurable brain tumor.

Good wishes have flooded in for Daniels and his wife Debbie McGee, whose family are from Northern Ireland.

A statement from his publicist said he had been diagnosed with "an incurable brain tumor", and thanked well-wishers for their support.

Now 77 and considered a national treasure by many, Daniels married his second wife Debbie in 1988.
They had first met nine years earlier.

Debbie's father Paddy is originally from Roulston Avenue in Londonderry.

Ms McGee, who also has relatives in other parts of the province, has been a frequent visitor to Derry.

McGee was Daniels' on-stage assistant from the start of his run on the BBC.

The BBC led the messages of support. Mark Linsey, acting director of BBC Television, said in a statement: "We're sorry to hear this sad news and our thoughts are with Paul and his family."

The entertainer began his 15-year run on BBC One's The Paul Daniels Magic Show in 1979.

The news of Daniels' illness was announced over the weekend.

A statement read: "We can confirm that one of our greatest magicians and entertainers of all times, Paul Daniels, has sadly been diagnosed with an incurable brain tumor.

"On behalf of Paul, Debbie and their families, we thank you for your kind concerns and support at this sad time and ask that their privacy continues to be respected.

"There will be no further comments at this time."

In addition to performing magic, Daniels hosted popular quiz shows for the BBC including Every Second Counts, Odd One Out and Wipeout.

In later years Daniels and McGee participated in various TV shows including Channel 5's The Farm, The X Factor: Battle Of The Stars and Celebrity Wife Swap.

Belfast Telegraph
Irish Times

posted 2/22/16

BBC Knows The Code
Matt Allwright to Host New Series
From Worldscreen

BBC One has ordered the new quiz show The Code (working title), which will be presented by Rogue Traders‘s Matt Allwright.

The Code sees contestants answer questions in order to crack a three-digit code that will open a safe and win them money. Allwright will be joined by quiz expert Lesley-Anne Brewis, who will provide extra facts and trivia.

The Code is a 25×45-minute BBC Daytime series commissioned by Dan McGolpin, controller of BBC Daytime, and Alex McLeod, BBC’s commissioning editor for BBC One. The program is produced by Sony Pictures Television’s Gogglebox Entertainment.

Allwright commented: “I’ve always loved a good quiz and The Code has the makings of something really exciting. It’s easy to play but one wrong answer means you are on your way home. I can’t wait to get cracking!”

McGolpin stated: “We’re thrilled that The Code will be on BBC One Daytime this spring. It’s a new quiz that sets a tough challenge with no margin for error, guaranteeing many moments of high drama in the afternoon.”

Adam Wood, Gogglebox Entertainment’s managing director and executive producer, added: “The Code is excitingly unpredictable. The safe could be opened after just three questions, but it might take three weeks…by which time the jackpot would be huge. That unpredictability should translate into dramatic television.”

World Screen

posted 2/22/16


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The X Factor: Turnover
Judges, Hosts On the Way Out
From various sources

Nick Grimshaw ​will not return to The X Factor this year - and it looks like Caroline Flack​ could be leaving, too.

The ITV talent competition is shaking up its judging panel and hosting lineup for the autumn series.

A spokesperson for The X Factor told Digital Spy: "Nick was a great mentor on last year's series. He did a fantastic job with the boys' category and we'd like to thank him for all his hard work. We are sad to see him go but wish him all the best.

"Details for the new series of The X Factor are still being discussed and will be announced in due course."

Grimshaw opened up about it on his radio show: "We announced on this show last year that I was going to do X Factor, and maybe now we should say that I'm not going to do X Factor," before admitting he made the final decision over Christmas. We just had a think about it and sat down, and I just thought it's one of those things that I loved, I did love it, its not a diss to the show, it's not me storming out of X Factor being like 'screw you Cheryl'! It's a great show and I loved it."

Meanwhile, Flack's co-host Olly Murs​ has yet to make a decision about his future with the show.

The 31-year-old singer-songwriter is currently working on his fifth studio album, which is due to be released later this year. This means he might not actually be available to come back.

Olly's team confirmed to Digital Spy that he is still in talks with his management about an X Factor return.

They added that he has a busy 2016 already lined up writing, recording and releasing the follow-up to his chart-topping album Never Been Better.

Digital Spy
Digital Spy
Daily Express
Daily Mirror
Daily Mirror

posted 2/19/16

THURSDAY: And We Have Your Toppers
"Idol" Leads Fox to Win
From the Futon Critic

FOX (8.122 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) edged out the demo crown on Thursday with a new "American Idol" (7.999 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #5) and a second "American Idol" (8.245 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4).

CBS (8.539 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then was a close second with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.947 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1), "Life in Pieces" (9.465 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3), "Mom" (8.673 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6), the relocated "2 Broke Girls" (6.380 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8) and "Elementary" (5.884 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12).

Next up was ABC (6.224 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) and its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.770 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), "Scandal" (6.064 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (4.839 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #9).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.593 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up originals from "You, Me and the Apocalypse" (2.557 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14), "The Blacklist" (5.919 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #10) and "Shades of Blue" (5.304 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11).

And finally, new episodes of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (2.256 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13) and "The 100" (1.371 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) on The CW (1.813 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.409 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 1.350 million
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 1.063 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.029 million
- Top Chef (Bravo): 876,000
- Child Genius (Lifetime): 516,000
- Redneck Island (CMT): 414,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/19/16

CBS Daytime Shows Marked Gains
TPIR Still Daytime's Most Watched Series
From Soap Opera Network

CBS Daytime is showing across the board ratings growth compared to one week prior and the same week last year, according to newly released Nielsen Media Research ratings data for the week of February 8-12, 2016.

The network held the top six programs in Total Viewers and the top four in both Women 25-54 and Women 18-49, the key sales demos that determine ad rates for daytime programs.

The network remains the industry leader throughout the February Sweeps ratings period that began Thursday, February 4.

For the week, “The Young and the Restless” was up 3% to 5.01 million viewers compared to 4.87 million the week prior (week of February 1-5, 2016). The soap was also up 2% from the year ago (from 4.89 million). “Y&R” remained the most watched daytime program in both Women 25-54 and Women 18-49 (tied with “The Price is Right 2”).

“The Bold and the Beautiful” attracted 3.74 million viewers for the week, a gain of 3% week to week (from 3.64 million) and up 1% over the year ago (from 3.72 million). “B&B” ranked third in Women 18-49 (tied with “The Price is Right 1”).

Game shows “Let’s Make a Deal” and “The Price is Right,” which are both broken into two parts, showed significant improvement for each half-hour.

“Deal 1” was up 5% in Total Viewers with 3.36 million tuning in compared to 3.22 million the week prior. The show was also up 4% from the same week a year ago (from 3.25 million). In Women 25-54, the show was up 11% from both last week and last year with a 1.0 rating (from a 0.9).

“Deal 2” grew 3% over last week with 3.87 million (from 3.75 million) and up 2% over the year ago (from 3.78 million). The show was up 10% from both last week and the year ago in Women 25-54 with a 1.1 rating (from 1.0). The game show ranked fourth overall in Total Viewers.

“Price is Right 1” was up 4% week to week in Total Viewers with 5.46 million tuning in (from 5.24 million) and up 10% over last year (from 4.98 million).

“Price is Right 2” remained the most watched daytime program overall with 6.22 million Total Viewers, a gain of 2% over last week (from 6.08 million). The game show was up 8% from the year ago (from 5.78 million).

Soap Opera Network

posted 2/19/16

"Dancing" Cast to Be Revealed March 8
Season Premieres March 21
From the Futon Critic

This season's exciting new cast of "Dancing with the Stars" will be revealed live, TUESDAY, MARCH 8, exclusively on "Good Morning America" (7:00-9:00 a.m. EST) 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 Mirrorball trophy.

Hosted by Emmy Award-winning host Tom Bergeron ("America's Funniest Home Videos") and Erin Andrews (sports host and "Dancing with the Stars" Season 10 finalist), "Dancing with the Stars" is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines which are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts including head judge, Len Goodman, dancers/choreographers Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. The all-new season of "Dancing with the Stars" premieres MONDAY, MARCH 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST).

"Dancing with the Stars" is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Rob Wade and Ashley Edens-Shaffer are executive producers. Alex Rudzinski directs. "Dancing with the Stars" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with 5.1 channel surround sound. This program carries a TV-PG, L parental guideline.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/19/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Kiwi Feud"

posted 2/19/16


CBS/SEG
WEDNESDAY: The Tribe Has Spoken
"Survivor's" The #1 Show... with a BUT
From The Futon Critic

CBS (7.184 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday thanks to the 90-minute launch of "Survivor: Kaoh Rong" (8.353 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T3) followed by a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (5.246 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T10) and a new "Code Black" (6.399 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T10).

This marks "Survivor's" lowest-rated premiere to date.

FOX (6.111 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with originals from "American Idol" (8.180 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and "Hell's Kitchen" (4.042 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9).

ABC (5.513 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) likewise split the adults 18-49 crown with its lineup of "The Middle" (7.216 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T3), "The Goldbergs" (6.297 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T3), "Modern Family" (7.396 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1), "Black-ish" (5.777 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6) and "American Crime" (3.196 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14).

Meanwhile, NBC (7.144 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) offered up new episodes of "The Mysteries of Laura" (6.291 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.678 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7) and "Chicago PD" (7.462 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (2.455 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13) and "Supernatural" (2.003 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14) on The CW (2.229 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) closed out the night.

On cable:
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.426 million
- The Challenge: Bloodlines (MTV/SF): 889,000
- Face Off (Syfy): 860,000
- The Challenge: Bloodlines Reunion (MTV): 651,000
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV2): 290,000
- MTV2's Joking Off (MTV2): 244,000

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Deadline
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posted 2/18/16

TUESDAY: Eye Spy
CBS Wins Another Tuesday
From The Futon Critic

CBS (12.173 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with new episodes of "NCIS" (17.210 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1), "NCIS: New Orleans" (13.276 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and "Limitless" (6.033 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

NBC (5.996 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the number two draw with originals from "Hollywood Game Night" (3.871 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9), "Chicago Med" (6.600 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5) and "Chicago Fire" (7.519 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3).

Next up was The CW (2.589 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its duo of "The Flash" (3.874 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) and "iZombie" (1.305 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.220 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up its quartet of "New Girl" (2.812 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7), "Grandfathered" (2.256 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.137 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10) and "The Grinder" (1.674 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15).

And finally, new episodes of "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.560 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6), "The Muppets" (2.435 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), "Marvel's Agents Carter" (2.439 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and another "Marvel's Agents Carter" (2.311 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) on ABC (2.749 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the night.

On cable:
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.574 million
- Chopped (Food): 1.109 million

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/18/16

More on "Comedy Knockout"
Catch It on truTV April 21!
From The Futon Critic

truTV, a division of Turner, unveiled premiere dates for its upcoming spring lineup, including the return of hit hidden-camera comedy series The Carbonaro Effect (March 23) and the humorous and practical life-hack series Hack My Life (March 29), as well as the launch of the new comedy-centric documentary series truInside (Feb. 29), the bite-size content comedy series Late Night Snack (March 3) and the comedic competition Comedy Knockout (April 21).

Comedy Knockout pits comedians against each other in a series of fast-paced challenges, with the audience having sole discretion to decide who is the funniest person in the room. In each of the 10 half-hour episodes, host Damien Lemon (Guy Code) sends three comics into a battle of high stakes comedic gameplay. With points doled out based on the audience's applause, it's all about one-upmanship as competitors attempt to land massive comedy blows and whip the rowdy crowd into a frenzy of raucous laughter. The whole time, the comedians throw roast-like, rapid-fire jabs at each other to knock their opponents off balance. Every show ends with one comedian crowned champion, one eliminated and one ultimately forced to face the crowd and apologize for going down in shameful defeat. Guest comedians this season will include Jim Norton, Sherrod Small, Kevin Barnett, Jamie Lee and many more.

Comedy Knockout is produced by Embassy Row with 3 Arts Entertainment, with Michael Davies, Amanda McPhillips, Julia Cassidy, Mo Mandel, Tim Fornara, Josh Lieberman and Greg Walter as executive producers. Series concept by Mo Mandel.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/18/16

More on "RuPaul's Drag Race" to 100
Catch The Marathon on Logo Starting March 3! Season Premiere March 7!
From The Futon Critic

"RuPaul's Drag Race" is celebrating all things 100! The mega-hit competition series returns to Logo with a Queen-sized 90-minute premiere on Monday, March 7th at 9:00 PM ET/PT that also marks the 100th episode and 100th Queen to sashay into the workroom. To celebrate the milestone, Logo will air a 'Runway to 100' marathon of the full series beginning on Thursday, March 3rd at 7:00 PM ET/PT. Throughout the marathon, viewers will be treated to all-new interviews with previous contestants who will spill all of the behind-the-scenes T on their seasons.

The 'Runway to 100' series marathon leads into the 100th episode extravaganza and the kick-off of a historic new season featuring a court of cutthroat Queens competing to snatch the crown and strut away with a $100,000 cash prize as well as the coveted title of "America's Next Drag Superstar." RuPaul welcomes backCarson Kressley and Ross Mathews to the permanent judging panel alongside Michelle Visage. Think you know this race? Honey, you have no idea.

Once again, RuPaul will be joined by the hottest celebrities today to help alongside show regulars Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews as they decide who will stay, lip-synch for their life or "Sashay Away." This season's celebrity guest judges include Nicole Richie, Gigi Hadid, Marc Jacobs, David and Amy Sedaris, Debbie Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie, Ester Dean, Faith Evans, Jamal Sims, Chanel Iman, Todrick Hall, Thomas Roberts, Tasha Smith and Vivica A. Fox.

The 12 previously announced Queens include: Acid Betty (Brooklyn, NY), Bob The Drag Queen (New York, NY), Chi Chi DeVayne (Shreveport, LA), Cynthia Lee Fontaine (Austin, TX), Dax ExclamationPoint (Savannah, GA), Derrick Barry (Las Vegas, NV), Kim Chi (Chicago, IL), Laila McQueen (Gloucester, MA), Naomi Smalls(Redlands, CA), Naysha Lopez (Chicago, IL), Robbie Turner (Seattle, WA) and Thorgy Thor (Brooklyn, NY).

"RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 8 is produced by World of Wonder Productions with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Steven Corfe, Kate Fisher and RuPaul Charles serving as Executive Producers. Chris McCarthy, Pamela Post and Tim Palazzola are Executive Producers for Logo.

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posted 2/18/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "She's Gonna Need a Bigger Shack"

  • Jessica "Sugar" Kiper got married... and got busy (People)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: "Celebrity Name Game" looking for contestants in Las Vegas March 5 (Las Vegas Review Journal)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Wheel fail (Cinema Blend)
     

  • Philip Schofield tells Keith Lemon to ... umm... go somewhere. Don't worry, it's all part of a joke in the biggest example of headline-writing-to-generate-clicks (Mirror)

posted 2/18/16

Julianne Hough Evacuates the Dance Floor
"Dancing" Judge Leaves the Table After Three Seasons; Len Goodman Returns
From People

Things are shaking up on the Dancing with the Stars judges' panel.

Julianne Hough – who served as a judge on seasons 19, 20 and 21 – will not be returning to the panel for the next season of the reality dance competition.

"I will miss being on the panel for Season 22, but have a lot of exciting stuff coming that I look forward to sharing," the former DWTS champion, 27, tells PEOPLE exclusively. "The pro dancers, producers and crew at DWTS will always be my family."

Instead, judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tolioni will once again be joined by Len Goodman, who took last season off because of other filming commitments.

People

posted 2/17/16

Syndies: Week 21
Results for the Week Ending February 7
From B&C

Headed into the key February sweeps period in the week ended Feb. 7, syndicated shows were mostly flat to down across the board, with shows expected to pick up once the ratings period gets going.

In first run, not a single strip was up from the prior week in households.

CTD’s Wheel of Fortune led the games at a flat 7.4, followed by Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud, which fell 5% to a 6.9. CTD’s Jeopardy! faded 4% to a 6.7. Further back, Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game sagged 7% to a 1.4, tying Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which was unchanged for the week and down 26% from last year at this time, the biggest annual decline of any first-run strip.

B&C

posted 2/17/16

MONDAY: Ed Sheeran, Meghan Trainor, Bruno Mars, Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar, Mark Ronson, Adele, Lady Gaga, and Other People Who Won't Be on "The Bachelor"
CBS Owns Night with Grammys
From The Futon Critic

CBS (23.732 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 7.4, #1) was of course the network to beat on Monday with its presentation of "The 58th Annual Grammy Awards" (23.732 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 7.4, #1).

FOX (6.111 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then was a distant second place with originals from "The X-Files" (7.069 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) and "Lucifer" (5.153 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4).

Next up was ABC (6.460 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) with new episodes of "The Bachelor" (7.147 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) and "Castle" (5.087 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.932 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up the penultimate weeks of "Superstore" (3.874 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "Telenovela" (2.331 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8) and "The Biggest Loser" (2.847 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7).

And finally, the special "Mortal Kombat X: Machinima's Chasing the Cup" (0.773 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9) and a repeat "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.642 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) on The CW (0.707 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable:
- Ellen's Design Challenge (HGTV): 1.426 million
- Cake Wars (Food): 967,000

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/17/16

WEEKEND: Amazing Race Shares Its Social-Friendly Cast
CBS, ABC Split Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (6.145 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was still the demo champ on Friday with its annual repeat of "A Charlie Brown Valentine" (4.567 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) followed by new episodes of "Shark Tank" (6.691 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1) and "20/20" (7.179 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1).

The silver then went to CBS (8.589 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and its trio of "Undercover Boss" (6.123 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.760 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) and "Blue Bloods" (10.884 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3).

Next up was NBC (4.135 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its mix of "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (4.166 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9), "Grimm" (4.132 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "Dateline NBC" (4.108 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.659 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up originals from "Sleepy Hollow" (3.172 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and "Second Chance" (2.147 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11).

And finally, fresh installments from "The Vampire Diaries" (1.084 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "The Originals" (0.802 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) on The CW (0.942 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On Friday:
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.469 million
- Easiest Game Show Ever (Pop): 103,000

On Sunday, NBC (4.617 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the victor in a tight demo race on Sunday with its mix of "Dateline NBC" (4.519 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "An SNL Valentine" (3.903 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "The Tonight Show Valentine's Day Special" (5.024 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1).

Second place then went to CBS (8.610 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) with its lineup of "60 Minutes" (10.331 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Madam Secretary" (9.991 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "The Good Wife" (7.864 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "CSI: Cyber" (6.255 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

Next up was ABC (4.523 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with a new "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.937 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) and its special editions of "The Bachelor at 20: A Celebration of Love" (4.035 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "Castle" (4.087 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

And finally, FOX (2.117 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) closed out the evening with a repeat "The Simpsons" (1.832 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) alongside originals from "Bob's Burgers" (2.032 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "The Simpsons" (2.901 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life" (1.748 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14), "Family Guy" (2.509 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) and "Bordertown" (1.678 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food/SF): 1.523 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.357 million
- All-Star Academy (Food/SP): 1.179 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 818,000
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 545,000

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posted 2/17/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Supermarket Sweep"

  • VIDEO WALL: Perhaps SNL's best game show put-on in recent memory (Mashable)
     

  • Craig Ferguson's "Join or Die" premieres (Salon)

posted 2/17/16


ABC/Zap2it

LEX McALLISTER: c.1985-2016
Contestant on "The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love"
From Yahoo!

Alexa “Lex” McAllister, who appeared as a contestant on “The Bachelor” in 2010, died early Tuesday of an apparent suicide after a drug overdose, police confirmed. She was 31.

A Columbus, Ohio, police spokesperson confirmed that authorities responded to a call at about 2 p.m. on Saturday, with the caller indicating that McAllister had overdosed on prescription pills. She was transported to a hospital in stable condition, but was pronounced dead at 2:39 a.m. on Tuesday after her health took a turn.

McAllister appeared on season 14 of ABC’s “The Bachelor,” widely considered by fans to be one of the favorite seasons. The season featured pilot Jake Pavelka. McAllister was eliminated from the show after the first week.

She was 25 when she appeared on the show. Since being eliminated on “The Bachelor,” the Ohio native worked for a financial planning company.

Her family believes McAllister’s death was a suicide, according to TMZ, which first reported the news. A family member told the outlet that the reality alum has struggled with depression and bipolar disorder.

McAllister is not the first contestant from that particular “Bachelor” season to reportedly take her own life. Gia Allemand, a finalist on season 14 of “The Bachelor,” died in 2013 at the age of 29 after hanging herself.

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People
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posted 2/16/16

Man vs. Child: Course Two
FYI Renews Cook-Off
From The Futon Critic

FYI's hit culinary competition series, "Man vs Child: Chef Showdown," returns for a second season with all-new challenges, as some of the world's most talented young cooks team up against the very people they admire - professionally trained, adult chefs. Nine one-hour episodes are set to premiere on Thursday, March 17 at 8pm ET.

In "Man vs Child: Chef Showdown," a team of child cooking prodigies will challenge a prolific executive-level chef in the kitchen, where they will defend their culinary abilities. This time around, season one regulars - Cloyce (14), Emmalee (13), Estie (8) and Holden (15) will be joined by newcomers Isiah (9), Olivia (11) and Zion (10). After defeating multiple executive chefs in season 1, the kids' confidence levels are way up. But this season, the competition is fiercer and no one is holding back - especially the professionals. The tables have turned and the chefs have learned that no child, no matter how small, should be underestimated.

In each episode, viewers will see a new executive chef face off against the team of minor masters. The competitors' overall aptitude and areas of expertise will be tested in three dynamic cooking rounds as they're challenged to create a different dish, under unusual circumstances with themes such as southern comfort food, Spanish cuisine classics and trend-setting ingredients. In the first two rounds, a panel of judges will taste the dishes and determine which chef has created the most delicious and inspired plate. The third and final round is blind tasted and judged by a critically acclaimed master-level chef. The overall winner takes home the ultimate prize of bragging rights.

Adam Gertler, chef and TV personality returns as host and Mike Isabella, chef and Washington D.C. restaurateur, and Alia Zaine, Los Angeles-based private chef, return as reoccurring judges and commentators. This season, new guest judges include a roster of executive chefs and restaurateurs, including Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo (Animal, Son of a Gun) Art Smith (Table Fifty-Two), Susan Feniger (Border Grill), Eric Greenspan (The Foundry on Melrose, Greenspan Grilled Cheese), Jonathan Waxman (Barbuto), Bruce Kalman (Union), Antonia Lofaso (Scopa) and more.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/16/16

Saturday Night Sailaway
Ant & Dec to Shoot Season Finale from a Cruise
From The List

The 'Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway' finale will be shot live on board a ferry.

The comedy duo will return to screens later this month for a another season of their popular game show but, this time, the final episode is set to be explosive as they'll step outside the studio - the first time in the show's 14-year history - and host from a P&O cruise ship docked in Barcelona.

And that's not the only twist the pair have up their sleeve for the forthcoming series as they'll also head out to Los Angeles to prank their close friend James Corden.

But James isn't the only person in the firing line as 'X Factor' boss Simon Cowell is set to be "gunned down" at his own birthday party in a hilarious 'whodunnit' sketch.

An insider said recently: "There are a lot of stars who have had run-ins with Cowell over the years - but who would have a grudge big enough to want to shoot him? That is the tantalizing premise of the sketch. It was Ant and Dec's idea and they put it to Cowell who thought it was great fun."

However, the next season will also see some familiar faces as the famous Little Ant and Dec will make a return this Saturday, February 20.

The List

posted 2/16/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Apparently That Shake DID Come With Fries"

  • #ICYMI: Last night's "Bachelor" turned into a very awkward two-hour commercial for Mickey D's. (Jezebel)
     

  • #ICYMI #2: An Aston Martin... and an excited contestant. No words, just watch (Jalopnik)
     

  • Mike Skupin speaks out after his arrest (People)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Season 3 of "Celebrity Name Game" (must live in or be planning to visit Southern California) (Reality Wanted) and a pilot presentation... for exes (Reality Wanted)
     

  • Stephen Fry's career hopes to be reborn in the USA (The Sun)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Joyce Bulifant (The Desert Sun)
     

posted 2/16/16


FremantleMedia North America

"Price Is Right" Gets Real
Three Primetime Specials Planned for Later This Year
From The Futon Critic

THE PRICE IS RIGHT, network television's #1-rated daytime series and the longest-running game show in television history, is headed to primetime with three reality show themed specials to air later this year. The episodes, hosted by Drew Carey, will each celebrate one of the Network's reality series: the Emmy Award-winning THE AMAZING RACE and SURVIVOR and the summer hit BIG BROTHER. Each will feature special appearances by the shows' hosts Phil Keoghan, Jeff Probst and Julie Chen.

In each primetime special, former racers, castaways and houseguests will partner with and play alongside super fans of their respective shows. Viewers and reality enthusiasts interested in playing for amazing prizes can go to www.oncameraaudiences.com for information on how to be an audience member and tape dates. Additional show details to be announced at a later date.

The new season of the 10-time Emmy Award-winning THE AMAZING RACE featuring 11 teams of social media stars premieres Friday, Feb. 12 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), SURVIVOR returns with what has been billed "the most grueling season ever" with a special 90-minute season premiere, Wednesday, Feb. 17 (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT), and the next edition of the summer reality hit BIG BROTHER returns later this year, on the CBS Television Network.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 averaged 5.09m, up +4% from last year, while THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2, averaged 5.84m, up +3% from last year. Hosted by Drew Carey and produced by FremantleMedia North America, THE PRICE IS RIGHT is broadcast weekdays (11:00 AM-12:00 Noon, ET; 10:00-11:00 AM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. Mike Richards and Jennifer Mullin are executive producers.

The Futon Critic
The Hollywood Reporter
Entertainment Weekly

posted 2/12/16

THURSDAY: Showtime
Fox Wins Totals, Ties ABC in Demo
From The Futon Critic

ABC (6.964 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T1) and FOX (8.884 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T1) shared in the demo honors as the latter served up a new "American Idol" (8.932 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T3) and second "American Idol" (8.837 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T3).

The Alphabet then offered up the return of "Grey's Anatomy" (8.230 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2), "Scandal" (6.877 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T3) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (5.785 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.8, #7).

Next up was CBS (8.692 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) and its lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (15.984 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #1), "Life in Pieces" (9.500 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T3), "Mom" (8.085 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #8), a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (6.435 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9) and "Elementary" (6.073 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.888 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) served up originals from "You, Me and the Apocalypse" (2.960 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #14), "The Blacklist" (6.317 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9) and "Shades of Blue" (5.387 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (2.384 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13) and "The 100" (1.341 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) on The CW (1.862 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.530 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 1.245 million
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime/SP): 1.090 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 941,000
- Top Chef (Bravo): 856,000
- Child Genius (Lifetime): 598,000
- Redneck Island (CMT): 413,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 310,000
- Broke A$$ Game Show (MTV): 218,000

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/12/16

Viva Chef Vegas
Catch Season Finale of Top Chef March 10 & 17
From the Futon Critic

For the 13th season, Bravo Media's Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series "Top Chef" gets lucky in Las Vegas as the remaining chefs travel to the culinary capital for the two-part season finale airing Thursday, March 10 and 17 at 9pm ET/PT. It's anyone's game as the three finalists are joined by the reigning champion of "Last Chance Kitchen" to battle it out in high stakes challenges for the coveted title of "Top Chef." The winner receives $125,000 furnished by San Pellegrino, a feature in FOOD & WINE magazine and a showcase at the annual FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen. For a sneak peek at the remainder of the season, visit: http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/season-13/videos/a-liquid-nitrogen-mistake

Tune in next week on Thursday, February 18 at 9pm ET/PT for "Hammer Time," when the Chefs channel their inner rapper as they prepare a dish for Oakland native MC Hammer who must decide which funky fresh dishes are too legit to quit. Then, "Top Chef" Master Jonathan Waxman enlightens the Cheftestants with a history lesson, tasking them to go back in time and create a dish that evokes the culinary trends, style, ingredients and flavors of some of the most influential food eras in history.

Upcoming guest judges this season include: Martin Yan, Adam Fleischman (Thursday, February 25); Traci Des Jardins, Hubert Keller (Thursday, March 3). Finale judges include: David Copperfield (Thursday, March 10), Emeril Lagasse, Dominique Crenn, Jonathan Beno, Charlie Palmer and Jean-Georges Vongerichten (Thursday, March 17).

Currently casting for season 14th, interested chefs looking to vie for the coveted title should visit Bravotv.com/topchefcasting.com for upcoming locations and information.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/12/16

"Caraoke" Special Could Be Parked Before It Runs
"Late Late Show" Producer Mulling Options
From Adweek

It looks like Spike's upcoming special, Caraoke Showdown, is going to lead to a real showdown between the cable network and the team behind The Late Late Show With James Corden's Carpool Karaoke.

Spike's Caraoke Showdown, which the network announced last week, is set in a car and includes a celebrity host, celeb guests and lots of singing along to tunes. In other words, the show sounds a lot like Carpool Karaoke, the popular segment on Corden's late-night CBS show that has become a viral sensation thanks to videos featuring Adele, One Direction and Justin Bieber. And that's not sitting too well with The Late Late Show's executive producers.

"We're disappointed with that. We're disappointed that our idea would be taken by somebody else," said Late Late Show executive producer Ben Winston, during an interview for an upcoming Adweek story about Carpool Karaoke's success.

Caraoke Showdown, which is from Howie Mandel's production company and will be hosted by Craig Robinson, is set to debut as a half-hour special later this year. According to Spike's release, "The premise of Caraoke Showdown features Robinson posing as a driver, picking up unsuspecting contestants who are along for a very unique ride upon realizing they are on a karaoke-inspired game show. During various rounds of game play, contestants must belt out their favorite tunes, finish the lyrics or act out songs for cash. Celebrity guest appearances add to the surprise as the contestants never know what's going to happen next."

With the new special, which could easily turn into a series, Spike hopes to continue its momentum from Lip Sync Battle, a spinoff of a signature segment on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Now in its second season, Lip Sync Battle is the most-watched original series in Spike history. But Lip Sync Battle comes directly from Fallon's production company, Eight Million Plus Productions, while Caraoke Showdown has no direct ties to Corden or anyone involved with his show.

When the Late Late Show producers heard the news, "we'd be lying if we said we weren't disappointed, that you read that another production company is taking an idea that is clearly yours," said Winston. Added executive producer Rob Crabbe: "And every single mention of it in the press was, 'They're doing James Corden's Carpool Karaoke.'"

Given those comparisons, "I think the people who are making it are probably going, 'Oof, are we going to get away with this?' And of course, we're going to think about what our position is with regards to that," Winston said. "There's a way to go yet on that."

The producers and network didn't elaborate on whether those options would include potential legal action, but one possibility is that the Late Late Show will try to launch its own stand-alone Carpool Karaoke show. "We're looking at potentially doing our own version instead," said Winston.

As for whether that version would feature Corden or someone else as host, "I don't know," said Winston. "I don't think there's any info on that at the moment." Earlier in the month, producers had been more skeptical about the possibility of a Corden-less Carpool Karaoke series, with Crabbe telling Entertainment Weekly, "the trickier thing about that is Lip Sync Battle can exist without Jimmy Fallon, but Carpool Karaoke can't really exist without James Corden." But that interview took place before Spike's announcement, so now all bets are off.

Spike had no comment about the producers' reaction or Caraoke Showdown's similarity to Carpool Karaoke.

Adweek

posted 2/12/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Yahoo Is Stealing Our Bit"

  • Steve Harvey walks off the set, and other video fun times (Yahoo!)
     

  • Joe Garagiola turns 90, still sharp with the wit (Newsday)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Martin Kelpie (Derry Journal)
     

posted 2/12/16

WEDNESDAY: Dropping Hell
NBC Wins Night, Bottlenecks with Other Big-4 Nets in the Demo
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.670 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "The Mysteries of Laura" (7.050 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #13), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.692 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T5) and "Chicago PD" (8.269 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T3).

FOX (6.776 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with originals from "American Idol" (9.099 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) and "Hell's Kitchen" (4.453 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T11).

Next up was ABC (5.559 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1) with its mix of "The Middle" (6.793 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T7), "The Goldbergs" (6.152 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T3), "Modern Family" (7.714 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1), "Black-ish" (6.035 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T5) and "American Crime" (3.330 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T14).

Meanwhile, CBS (7.508 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) offered up its Thursday-bound "2 Broke Girls" (6.410 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T9), its hiatus-bound "Mike & Molly" (6.636 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T9) and new episodes from "Criminal Minds" (8.893 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T7) and "Code Black" (7.108 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (2.446 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T14) and "Supernatural" (1.855 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #16) on The CW (2.150 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the night.

On cable:
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.395 million
- Face Off (Syfy): 868,000
- The Challenge: Bloodlines (MTV): 740,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 445,000
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV2/S): 264,000
- MTV2's Joking Off (MTV2): 214,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/10/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Not Awkward At All"

  • Blake Shelton enlists new girlfriend, former coach Gwen Stefani (People)
     

  • R&Beef for real between Nick Cannon and Stevie J on the set of "Wild'n Out" (Wetpaint) PLUS Nick takes the court for All-Star Weekend in Toronto (Toronto Star)
     

  • #TBT: Studs (Complex)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: More on the mom heard round the world (ABC News)
     

  • David Flynn, creator of "The Chase", "Pointless" launches new digital firm (Variety)
     

  • Could "The Amazing Race" return to Sunday? (Ask Matt)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Daniella Monet (Hollywire), Craig Ferguson (Los Angeles Times), Billy Eichner (PBS)
     

posted 2/11/16


AP
More on "American Grit"
Catch It on Fox April 14
From the Futon Critic

New military-inspired competition series AMERICAN GRIT will debut Thursday, April 14 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), following the spring return of BONES (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Starring WWE(R) Superstar John Cena(TM), AMERICAN GRIT follows 16 of the country's toughest men and women as they are split into four teams and face a variety of military-grade and survival-themed challenges set in the wilderness of Pack Forest in Eatonville, WA. Cena and an elite group of mentors from the nation's most exclusive military units - including Navy Seal Commander Rorke Denver, Army Sergeant Noah Galloway, Marine Gunnery Sergeant Tawanda "Tee" Hanible and Army Ranger Nick "The Reaper" Irving - will push these fierce competitors beyond their limits. With up to a million dollars of prize money at stake, this is the ultimate test of strength, grit, the human spirit and, most importantly, teamwork.

BONES kicks off the night, returning for its spring premiere, at 8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT. Picking up after the explosive fall finale, the all-new episode, "The Death in the Defense," finds Hodgins (TJ Thyne) eight weeks into his rehabilitation and forced to navigate life in a wheelchair. Meanwhile, Brennan (Emily Deschanel) and Booth (David Boreanaz) investigate the death of a public defender who had multiple defendants from previous cases with motives to kill her.

AMERICAN GRIT is produced by Leftfield Pictures and executive-produced by Brent Montgomery, David George, Adam Sher, Will Nothacker and Jon Kroll. John Cena also serves as executive producer. "Like" AMERICAN GRIT on Facebook at facebook.com/AmericanGritFOX/. Follow the series on Twitter @AmericanGritFOX and join the conversation using #AmericanGrit. See photos and videos on Instagram @instagram.com/americangritfox/.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/10/16

Food Network Pits Pros vs. Joes
Catch "Cooks vs. Cons" March 17
From the Futon Critic

The recipe for Food Network's newest series calls for elite cooking skills, agility and adaptability, all simmered with a dash of mystery as a combination of home cooks and trained professionals, whose true identities are concealed, battle it out on new culinary competition Cooks vs. Cons, premiering on Thursday, March 17th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. Geoffrey Zakarian hosts the action as the competitors are tested in two rounds of challenges to create enticing entrees that must impress a rotating panel of judges, including Kardea Brown, Josh Elkin, Graham Elliot and Daphne Oz. With a level playing field, the judges will determine the winner based on taste and presentation, and only after the decision has been made will the contestants reveal their true identities.

"Cooks vs. Cons combines elements of surprise, suspense and mystery. Viewers can play along with the judges to figure out who are the professional chefs and who are the home cooks. It's not as easy as one might think," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel. "As a proven food authority and masterful competitor himself, Geoffrey Zakarian is the perfect master of ceremonies for this deliciously deceptive competition."

The pressure is on in each of the six hour-long episodes, as the contestants are on the clock and under the watchful eye of the judging panel, observing their progress in the kitchen. In order to win, they must tackle two rounds of challenges where a surprise ingredient, such as fruity cereal, orange soda or sour dill pickles, must be incorporated into preparing mouthwatering classic meals like burgers, tacos, meatballs, and mac 'n cheese. The contestant whose dish does not make the grade will be eliminated after the first round. Then, the three remaining cooks will go head-to-head in another round with a new secret ingredient. If a professional's dish is best they will take home a prize of $10,000, but if an amateur can beat the odds and the competition, they are rewarded with an even bigger prize of $15,000!

Fans can catch highlights from the series at FoodNetwork.com/CooksVsCons, and they can join the conversation on Twitter using #CooksVsCons.

Geoffrey Zakarian is an Iron Chef and a master of modern American cuisine. He has presided over some of the country's top kitchens in the past 25 years. Currently, Geoffrey is chef and partner at The Lambs Club and The National in New York City and Greenwich, Connecticut as well as the culinary lifestyle consultant at The Water Club at Borgata in Atlantic City. In August 2013, he was named culinary director at The Plaza, New York City's most-iconic hotel, and as part of that role oversees The Palm Court, The Oak Room & The Oak Bar, The Rose Club, The Champagne Bar and In-Room Dining. Outside of the kitchen, he is an accomplished cookbook author of the bestsellers Geoffrey Zakarian's Town / Country andMy Perfect Pantry: 150 Easy Recipes from 50 Essential Ingredients. In addition, he is also a co-host of The Kitchen and Top 5 Restaurants, a judge on Chopped, and has appeared on Guilty Pleasures on Food Network. He presently resides in New York City, and serves as Chairman of the City Harvest Food Council.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/10/16

TUESDAY: Eye See You
CBS Wins Night, ABC Needs to Rethink Its Whole Tuesday Strategy
From the Futon Critic

CBS (11.966 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday with new episodes of "NCIS" (16.837 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1), "NCIS: New Orleans" (12.665 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) and "Limitless" (6.398 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7).

The silver then went to NBC (6.333 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) with its trio of "Hollywood Game Night" (3.828 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9), "Chicago Med" (7.031 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4) and "Chicago Fire" (8.141 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3).

Next up was The CW (2.733 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) with originals from "The Flash" (3.974 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4) and "iZombie" (1.492 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.515 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) offered up its quartet of "New Girl" (3.212 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6), "Grandfathered" (2.559 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.309 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10) and "The Grinder" (1.978 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13).

And finally, fresh installments of "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.528 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8), "The Muppets" (2.925 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11), "Marvel's Agents Carter" (2.861 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13) and "Primetime: What Would You Do?" (2.309 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) on ABC (2.966 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.548 million
- Chopped (Food): 1.082 million
- Ink Master: Cupid's Ink (Spike/S): 740,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 352,000
- Team Ninja Warrior (Esquire): 285,000

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/10/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "About Eyes"

  • When Celebrity Big Brother told Angie Bowie of David Bowie's death, she said it wasn't "disrespectful". Yeah... about that... (Digital Spy)
     

  • American Idol has been taking your votes away from you for a while now. This season, they're just being in your face about it (TV Line)
     

  • Patti Labelle joins "The Voice" as Christina's advisor and/or pie woman (People)
     

  • Steve Harvey credits wife for his resurgence (Vibe)
     

  • A former "Jeopardy!" player wrote a think-piece about Internet sexism that every J! fan, every man... hell, EVERYONE should read (Broadly)
     

posted 2/10/16


Entertain The Brutes
Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect a Third Season
Report: "Monopoly Millionaires' Club" to End April 30
From B&C

It looks like "Monopoly Millionaires' Club" may have just gone bankrupt. Literally.

Broadcasting & Cable is reporting that the Scientific Games weekly game show will end its run after this season. The show’s last weekend on the air will be April 30 - May 1.

TV station groups carrying the show received a letter on Tuesday informing them of the news. As early as NATPE in Miami last month, the show’s representatives, which include former NBCUniversal Domestic Television Distribution president Barry Wallach, were shopping the idea of turning the show into a daily strip. However, plans ultimately fell through.

Going back to the idea of bankruptcy, the heart of the problem seems to stem from the show's companion piece, the multi-state lottery game - which started as a draw before becoming a scratch-off - being over-shadowed by bigger games like Powerball and Mega Millions. Sales paled comparatively, and as a result, several states have declined to continue offering the lottery, making continuing the game, and thus the TV show, economically unsustainable.

B&C

posted 2/9/16

Syndies: Week 20
Results for the Week Ending January 31
From B&C

Warner Bros.’ Crime Watch Daily had the honor of being the only syndicated strip in first-run to hit a new season high in the week ending January 31, the last full week before the start of the February sweeps.
The freshman strip climbed 10% to a season- and series-high 1.1 live plus same day household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Most syndicated shows were saving big episodes for the upcoming ratings period. In addition, levels of people using television were down during the week due to power outages in the aftermath of the record-setting blizzard that fell upon the East Coast.

Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game, starring Craig Ferguson, was the only game show not to decline for the week, holding steady at its season-high 1.5, and rising 7% from last year at this time.

Leading the games, CTD’s Wheel of Fortune slid 5% to a 7.4. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud, another Harvey vehicle, fell 3% to a 7.3, after hitting a series high in the previous week. CTD’s Jeopardy! lost 3% to a 7.0. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, renewed for next season, sank 7% to a 1.4 and declined 22% from last year at this time.

B&C

posted 2/9/16

MONDAY: Super Fox
CBS, Fox Split Night
From The Futon Critic

FOX (6.860 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) held onto the demo crown on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The X-Files" (8.252 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and "Lucifer" (5.469 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5).

ABC (7.605 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then was a close second place with a new "The Bachelor" (8.540 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) and the return of "Castle" (5.734 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

Next up was CBS (9.637 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) and its trio of "Supergirl" (8.008 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4), "Scorpion" (11.222 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9.681 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.923 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up originals from "Superstore" (5.189 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7), "Telenovela" (3.287 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10) and "The Biggest Loser" (3.765 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

And finally, fresh installments from "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (1.087 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.933 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) on The CW (1.010 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable:
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.852 million
- Ellen's Design Challenge (HGTV): 1.771 million
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.586 million
- Cake Wars (Food): 1.194 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 365,000

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/9/16

WEEKEND: Super Friday...
CBS, ABC Tie in the Demo; CBS Takes Night Outright
From The Futon Critic

CBS (6.082 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) was the network to beat on Friday with a new "Undercover Boss" (6.801 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and the two-hour special "Super Bowl's Greatest Halftime Shows" (5.723 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5).

ABC (5.901 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (6.729 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2), "Dr. Ken" (4.901 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Shark Tank" (6.111 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "20/20" (5.777 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2).

Next up was NBC (4.310 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its trio of "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (3.637 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Grimm" (4.382 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Dateline NBC" (4.912 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.684 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up the return of "Sleepy Hollow" (3.128 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and a new "Second Chance" (2.241 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.138 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and "The Originals" (0.926 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) on The CW (1.032 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable Friday:
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.560 million
- Easiest Game Show Ever (Pop/9p): 69,000
- Easiest Game Show Ever (Pop/9:30p): 66,000

On cable Sunday:
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.216 million
- Chopped (Food): 766,000
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 706,000

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/9/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Worst. Answer. Ever."

  • VIDEO WALL: the worst "Family Feud" answer that you'll never see on TV (E!)
     

  • Jane Lynch's "Hell" falls from grace (Deadline)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: "Price Is Right" looking for players in Indiana (NWI Times)
     

  • Billy Eichner unfazed after truck hits his trailer... with him inside! (Entertainment Weekly)
     

  • Teresa Giudice turned down "Dancing"... (People)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ben Higgins (Us)
     

posted 2/9/16


AP
Who Knows Jimmy Kimmel? Find Out in "Big Fan"
ABC Spins Off JKL Seg, Andy Richter to Host
From Entertainment Weekly

Another late-night bit is getting expanded to a full-on TV show.

ABC announced Monday that Jimmy Kimmel’s “Who Knows…?” segment will be turned into a half-hour game show called Big Fan, produced by Kimmel himself and hosted by Andy Richter.

Celebrities go up against their biggest fans in “Who Knows…?” to see who knows more about the featured celebrity. Katy Perry memorably played the game in April 2014 when a fan proved to know more about Perry than Perry did herself.

“The show is a lot of fun,” Kimmel said in a statement. “Andy Richter is a great host, and I can’t think of a better way to terrify celebrities.”

Big Fan follows in the footsteps of Spike’s Lip Sync Battle, a half-hour show based on Jimmy Fallon’s segment of the same name. A premiere date for the new series has not yet been announced.

Entertainment Weekly
Splitsider
Stitch Kingdom
Variety
Deadline
The Hollywood Reporter
AV Club

posted 2/8/16

Gooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooal!
NickToons Renews "Soccer Superstar"
From The Futon Critic

Nickelodeon announced today the greenlight of a second season of Soccer Superstar, a NickSports reality sports competition series that follows the search across the U.S. for the best teen female soccer player. Three-time Olympic gold medalist Heather Mitts returns as host, along with an acclaimed panel of judges including National Soccer Hall of Famer Marcelo Balboa, two-time Olympic gold medalist Angela Hucles and youth development expert Dan Metcalfe. Soccer Superstar will begin production on six half-hour episodes this month and premiere this summer in Nicktoons' NickSports TV block.

Soccer Superstar is holding its first showcase today at FC Dallas GOAL Week in Dallas, Texas, followed by showcases in Tampa, Fla. (Feb. 20), Denver, Colo. (Feb. 27) and San Diego, Calif. (March 5). The top three players selected from each showcase will join the top 12 roster in LA and compete for the coveted title of Soccer Superstar.

"Hosting the first season of Soccer Superstar was an amazing experience, and I was so impressed with the determination and skills of this next generation of female soccer players," said Mitts. "We're raising the bar this season with technique challenges and exciting competitions that will have viewers at the edge of their seats as these girls' abilities are put to the test."

Soccer Superstar is produced by Magic Pictures International (My Beautiful Game, Opening Night, Who Are You? Corkscrewed) Bizzy Signals Entertainment (2012 Summer Olympics, 2015 Women's World Cup) and Mint Pictures (Bushwhacked!, Code of Silence and Red Bull Cape Fear),. The series is executive produced by Kristopher Lythgoe, Michael Cohen and Adam Kay. Soccer Superstar is based on the award winning series, Football Superstar, created by Mint Pictures and Foxtel Australia.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/8/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "No One Sleep in Denver"

posted 2/8/16

THURSDAY: Hollywood Love Story
Fox Wins on Part 4 of Hollywood Week
From the Futon Critic

FOX (8.899 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with a new "American Idol" (8.820 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #4) and a second hour of "American Idol" (8.979 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T2).

CBS (8.545 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then took home the silver with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (15.168 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1), "Life in Pieces" (9.444 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T2), "Mom" (8.006 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5), "Angel from Hell" (6.291 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7) and "Elementary" (6.179 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9).

Next up was NBC (5.224 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its trio of "You, Me and the Apocalypse" (3.556 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12), "The Blacklist" (6.473 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6) and "Shades of Blue" (5.644 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (6.661 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up the conclusion of "Madoff, Part 2" (6.660 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11) and the special "Madoff: After the Fall" (6.664 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8).

And finally, week three of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (2.331 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12) and "The 100" (1.590 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) on The CW (1.960 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.499 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 1.438 million
- Project Runway Junior (Lifetime/SF): 1.265 million
- Top Chef (Bravo): 928,000
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 891,000
- Child Genius (Lifetime): 550,000
- Redneck Island (CMT): 441,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 362,000
- Broke A$$ Game Show (MTV): 252,000

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/5/16

Spike Tries "Caraoke"
Craig Robinson to Host Game Show Special
From Splitsider

Spike is looking to expand its huge success from Lip Sync Battle with a series that sounds a lot like James Corden’s popular Late Late Show segment “Carpool Karaoke.” The network has ordered a half-hour game show called Caraoke Showdown, which will be executive produced by Howie Mandel and hosted by Craig Robinson:

Set to debut as a half-hour special later this year, Caraoke Showdown will feature The Office alum Robinson picking up unsuspecting contestants who realize they are on a karaoke-inspired game show. During various rounds of game play, contestants must belt out their favorite tunes, finish the lyrics or act out songs for cash. Celebrity guest appearances will add surprise as the contestants never know what to expect next.

The project is being planned as a one-off special, but it’s expected to be picked up to series should the episode do well — and considering how Lip Sync Battle has brought the network its highest ratings ever, chances are good Robinson will stick around for more.

Splitsider
The Hollywood Reporter
Deadline
UPI
USA Today
Multichannel News
AV Club
Realscreen

posted 2/5/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "The Golden Road Ends Here"

  • VIDEO WALL: It's a Jane in a Box (TV Insider)
     

  • Mike Skupin brought up on Ponzi scheme, child porn charges, and a total of 12 counts of scumbag (MLive)
     

  • Courtney Robertson (after a bid or two on Millionaire) answers a question nobody asked about Arie Luyendyk (Us)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: The Amazing Social Media Race (TV Insider)
     

  • Gail Berman's Jackal Group gets Fox-y with the addition of Joe Earley (Deadline)
     

  • Bob Barker part of naval station's anniversary (CBS DFW)
     

  • Steve Harvey: "If Donald Trump becomes president, then I'm running. Because then obviously background checks have gone out the window. How do you let a dude who was on the cover of Playboy magazine and has been married 18 times be your president? Now come on. Hell, then I qualify." (The Daily Beast)

posted 2/5/16


Behind the Voice Actors

JOE ALASKEY: 1952-2016
Voice Actor Neighborly Announcer on "Couch Potatoes"
From Deadline

Joe Alaskey, a successor to Mel Blanc who for years voiced iconic cartoon characters such as the modern Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Tweety Bird and others from the classic Warner Bros cartoons, has died. The news was confirmed by his family on Alaskey’s Facebook page. He was 63.

Alaskey’s prolific decades-long career included voicing Grandpa Lou Pickles on Rugrats, inheriting the role after David Doyle’s death in 1997. He also voiced the character again in the Rugrats spinoff series All Grown Up!, along with all three films. He also voiced Stinkie in Casper as well as that film’s 1996 animated spinoff, The Spooktacular New Adventures of Casper. He also was the voice of President Nixon in 1994 feature Forrest Gump.

Outside of cartoons, he acted as a crazy neighbor type - as Uncle Beano on "Out of This World" and as the announcer of Marc Summers' "Couch Potatoes".

Alaskey also had been narrating the Investigation Discovery series Murder Comes to Town. The cable net said today that he recorded the latest episode just last week, which will air as its season finale on March 14.

Deadline
AV Club
The Guardian

posted 2/4/16


AP
DAVE MIRRA: 1974-2016
BMX Legend Hosted 2 Seasons of "The Challenge"
From
Entertainment Weekly

Dave Mirra, the BMX champ and former host of MTV’s Real World/Road Rules Challenge, has died of an apparent suicide, police in Greenville North Carolina said in a statement. He was 41 years old.

Mirra won 24 X Games medals — the most ever for any competitor until skateboarder Bob Burnquist passed him in 2013. He nabbed the first of his 14 gold medals in 1996 and his final one in 2005. Mirra’s success as a biker led to a BMX videogame series, Dave Mirra Freestyle BMX. He also raced for Subaru’s rally car racing team.

Mirra was born in New York on April 4, 1974. His career began in 1992 and was almost ended a year later, when he was hit by a drunk driver, according to his website. But he still was able to compete in the inaugural X Games in 1995.

That same year, he followed in his brother’s footsteps and moved south to Greenville, which eventually became a hotbed for bikers, earning the nickname “Pro-Town, USA” for its high concentration of BMX pros living there.

“We mourn the loss today of a great friend and wonderful human being who touched the lives of so many around the world with his gift,” Greenville Mayor Allen Thomas said in a statement. “He called Greenville, North Carolina home and was as humble a guy talking with kids on a street corner about bikes as he was in his element on the world stage. A young life with so much to offer was taken too soon.”

In 2004 and 2005, Mirra hosted two seasons of MTV’s Real World/Road Rules Challenge series: The Challenge: The Inferno and The Inferno II. His hosting successor was fellow biker and friend T.J. Lavin, who on Thursday shared an Instagram photo of himself, Mirra, and two other friends, paired with the caption “Really love you guys.”

Entertainment Weekly
Fox Sports
MTV
AV Club

posted 2/4/16

WEDNESDAY: Singing Your Hump Day Off
Fox, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (6.916 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) held onto the demo crown on Wednesday with new episodes of "American Idol" (9.148 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and "Hell's Kitchen" (4.684 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5).

Second place then went to NBC (7.071 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) with originals from "The Mysteries of Laura" (6.795 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.249 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Chicago PD" (7.169 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3).

Next up was CBS (6.382 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and new episodes of "2 Broke Girls" (6.386 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5) and "Mike & Molly" (6.856 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4), a repeat "Criminal Minds" (5.747 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and a new "Code Black" (6.780 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (5.954 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up the debut of "Madoff, Part 1" (7.029 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and a new "American Crime" (3.806 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12).

And finally, fresh installments of "Arrow" (2.487 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11) and "Supernatural" (1.881 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13) on The CW (2.184 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.515 million
- Face Off (Syfy): 980,000
- The Challenge: Bloodlines (MTV): 791,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 451,000
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV2): 289,000
- MTV2's Joking Off (MTV2): 239,000

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/4/16


Wikipedia

BOB ELLIOTT: 1923-2016
Hosted "The Name's the Same" with Partner Ray
From Variety

Bob Elliott, half of the famed radio and television comedy team of Bob and Ray, died Tuesday from throat cancer, the New York Times reports. He was 92.

Elliott and his comedy partner Ray Goulding performed unique skits, as they took turns playing the jokester or straight man, while most comedy duos had one permanent person for each role. Soft-spoken Elliot and rambunctious Ray hosted the TV sketch show “The Bob and Ray Show” from 1951-1953. The pair also hosted "The Name's The Same" in 1955.

The duo recorded comedy albums and frequently appeared on “The Tonight Show” and “The Ed Sullivan Show,” and were seen in Norman Lear’s “Cold Turkey” and Arthur Hiller’s “Author! Author!” Staring in 1970, they starred in “Bob and Ray: The Two and Only” on Broadway.

“I like jokes, but Ray and I, we never did jokes,” Elliott said in a 2011 interview with the Archive of American Television. “We weren’t in that line of humor. We each contributed our own kind of observations. I’m glad to have people look at, and laugh at, and respect, and get some creative juice out of what we did by observing.”

The patriarch of a comedic family, Elliott had two family members who were on “Saturday Night Live”: actor-writer son Chris Elliott and actress-comedian granddaughter Abby Elliott.

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posted 2/3/16


IMDb

Syndies: Week 19
Results for the Week Ending January 24
From B&C

Steve Harvey was a double winner in the week ending January 24, with both NBCUniversal’s The Steve Harvey Show and Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud hitting all-time highs. CBS Television Distribution’s Hot Bench also hit a series high during the week.

The Steve Harvey Show saw strong viewer response to two episodes that aired on Jan. 18 and 19 featuring Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach and first runner-up Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutierrez. On Dec. 20, Harvey hosted The Miss Universe Pageant and incorrectly announced Gutierrez as the winner, creating a social-media storm.

Steve Harvey saw the biggest weekly increase of any talker, surging 21% to a series-high 2.3 live plus same day household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research. It also improved 10% over last year at this time.

Among daytime’s key demographic of women 25-54, the show improved 22% to a 1.1. The Jan. 18 episode rated the highest, hitting a 2.7, followed by the Jan. 19 episode with Miss Colombia, which was, like its guest, the runner-up at a 2.6.

Another feather in Harvey’s cap was the sky-high performance of Family Feud, which added 7% for the week to a 7.5, a series high for the current edition of the show, which began this run in 1999. The series had its first syndicated run from 1977 to 1985, and then returned for a second stint from 1988 to 1995.

All of the games hit or held season highs. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune rebounded 7% to a new season- high 7.8. Following second place Family Feud, Jeopardy! added 9% to a new season-high 7.2.
Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game rebounded 7% to match its season-high 1.5, tying Disney-ABC’s recently renewed Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which grew 7% to a new season high.

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posted 2/3/16

TUESDAY: And Now These Messages...
CBS Wins for Super Bowl Commercials
From The Futon Critic

CBS (10.081 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) held onto the top spot on Tuesday with its two-hour special "Super Bowl's Greatest Commercials 2016" (11.389 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and a repeat "NCIS" (7.466 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7).

NBC (6.724 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was a close second place with its trio of "Hollywood Game Night" (4.324 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8), "Chicago Med" (7.649 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and "Chicago Fire" (8.200 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2).

Next up was FOX (2.355 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and its combination of "New Girl" (2.980 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4), "Grandfathered" (2.568 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.220 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and "The Grinder" (1.650 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.563 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) offered up originals from "The Flash" (3.668 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) and "iZombie" (1.460 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14).

And finally, ABC (3.018 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) closed out the night with the return of "Fresh Off the Boat" (5.197 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) and "The Muppets" (2.725 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) plus new episodes from "Marvel's Agents Carter" (2.788 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Primetime: What Would You Do?" (2.306 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.433 million
- Chopped (Food): 1.106 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 283,000
- Team Ninja Warrior (Esquire): 217,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/3/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Yes Chairman"

  • Les Moonves gets a BIG TIME promotion at CBS (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Scotty McCreery parts ways with Universal Music (Billboard)
     

  • Another Presidents' Day, another CNN Quiz Show (CNN)
     

  • Miley Cyrus named key adviser on the next "The Voice" (The Futon Critic)

posted 2/3/16

Queen #100
Catch "Drag Race" Season 8 March 7!
From the Futon Critic

RuPaul is back to light up the runway with the highly anticipated new season of the groundbreaking series, "RuPaul's Drag Race." Logo revealed the eagerly awaited cast comprised of the nation's 12 drag elite tonight during the "New Now Next Honors." In a nod to superfans, Logo also launched a week-long social scavenger hunt via Dubsmash and Instagram that culminated in the announcement of Kim Chi as a competing queen earlier today. The season premiere also marks a drag milestone as it features the 100th episode and 100th drag queen to sashay into the work room.

"This is an amazing time to be producing television," said executive producer RuPaul Charles. "The fact that 'RuPaul's Drag Race' is celebrating its 100th episode is undeniable proof that there is an insatiable hunger for authentic, unfiltered and ribald voices that not only challenge the norm, but help redefine mainstream media."

The new season will premiere on Monday, March 7th at 9:00 PM ET/PT with a supersized 90-minute episode that unveils a court of cut-throat Queens each competing to snatch the crown and strut away with a $100,000 cash prize and the coveted title of "America's Next Drag Superstar." Along the way, they'll face an unpredictable competition and deliver gag-worthy and jaw-dropping moments as these talented ladies of drag join the fabulous 88 Queens who fought for the crown before them.

The 12 Queens who will compete in the pop culture phenomenon that has taken the world by its weave include:

· Acid Betty Brooklyn, NY TW: @acidbettyrocks, IG: @acidbetty
· Bob The Drag Queen New York, NY TW: @thatonequeen, IG: @bobthedragqueen
· Chi Chi DeVayne Shreveport, LA TW: @ChiChiDeVayne, IG: @cheechdevayne
· Cynthia Lee Fontaine Austin, TX TW: @lee_fontaine, IG: @cynthialeefontaine
· Dax ExclamationPoint Savannah, GA TW: @Daxclamation, IG: @daxclamation
· Derrick Barry Las Vegas, NV TW: @DerrickBarry, IG: @derrickbarry
· Kim Chi Chicago, IL TW: @KimChi_Chic, IG: @kimchi_chic
· Laila McQueen Gloucester, MA TW: @LailaMcQueen, IG: @misslailamcqueen
· Naomi Smalls Redlands, CA TW: @naomismallsduh, IG: @naomismalls
· Naysha Lopez Chicago, IL TW: @nayshalopez, IG: @nayshalopez
· Robbie Turner Seattle, WA TW: @TheRobbieTurner, IG: @therobbieturner
· Thorgy Thor Brooklyn, NY TW: @ThorgyThor, IG: @thorgythor

The Futon Critic

posted 2/2/16

A Real Game Show... in a Sitcom
NBC Greenlights Pilot for Sitcom/Game Show Hybrid
From Splitsider

NBC also ordered a game show/multi-cam comedy hybrid called Crunch Time from Betsy Thomas (Whitney, Guys With Kids), which “intercuts between a real game show and the scripted workplace that centers on an up-and-coming producer trying to wrangle the volatile host.” David Janollari will co-executive produce alongside Thomas.

Game show veteran Phil Gurin is also on board as an exec producer.

Said hybrid would not be the first of its kind. GSN produced a season of "Burt Luddin's Love Buffet", a "Newlywed Game" knockoff with sitcom elements with "Love Connection" announcer John Cervenka playing the titular host.

Splitsider
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 2/2/16

MONDAY: X Marks The Spot
Fox Wins the First Night of Sweeps
From The Futon Critic

FOX (7.179 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) was still the top draw on Monday with new episodes from "The X-Files" (8.360 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) and "Lucifer" (5.998 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3).

ABC (6.300 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then was the number two network with fresh installments of "The Bachelor" (7.438 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) and "The Bachelor Live" (4.024 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8).

Next up was CBS (7.052 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with a new "Supergirl" (6.693 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) followed by repeats of "Scorpion" (7.277 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.188 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.468 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up originals from "Superstore" (4.865 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5), "Telenovela" (3.047 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10) and "The Biggest Loser" (3.225 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8).

And finally, new episodes of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (1.039 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.030 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) on The CW (1.034 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Ellen's Design Challenge (HGTV): 1.827 million
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.860 million
- Paradise Run (Nick/P): 1.462 million
- Cake Wars (Food): 1.382 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 348,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/2/16

WEEKEND: You're the One That We Want
Fox Wins Sunday on "Grease"
From TV by the Numbers

FOX’s “Grease Live” musical scored strong ratings, drawing a 4.3 rating in adults 18-49 and 12.18 million viewers to give the network a big win. The musical out-rated NBC’s “The Wiz Live” (3.4) earlier this season and came close to the 4.6 for “The Sound of Music Live” in 2013.

NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. the World” (1.4) was the No. 2 show on Sunday. “Madam Secretary” (1.1) was up a tenth from its last episode without an NFL lead-in, while “The Good Wife” (1.0) fell a tenth. “Galavant” finished its second season with a 0.6, up 0.1.

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.714 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.302 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.115 million
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 446,000

ABC (6.058 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the demo champ on Friday with new episodes of "Last Man Standing" (6.838 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "Dr. Ken" (5.133 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6), "Shark Tank" (6.779 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "20/20" (5.410 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

CBS (7.189 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then took home the silver with a new "Undercover Boss" (7.276 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) alongside repeats of "Hawaii Five-0" (6.528 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "Blue Bloods" (7.765 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

Next up was NBC (3.829 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) with a new "Undateable" (3.029 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10), the season finale of "Undateable" (2.468 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12), the return of "Grimm" (3.794 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) and "Dateline NBC" (4.944 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.477 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) offered up the season finale of "MasterChef Junior" (4.726 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) and the relocated "Second Chance" (2.228 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

And finally, The CW (1.083 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with its new Friday lineup of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.236 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "The Originals" (0.930 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15).

On cable Friday:
- Chain Reaction (GSN/8p): 516,000
- Chain Reaction (GSN/8:30p): 495,000
- Easiest Game Show Ever (Pop): 104,000

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Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/2/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Spoiler Alert"

  • LIST ABUSE: The 37 POCs in the history of "The Bachelor" franchise (contains results from last night!)  (Fusion)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Jack Black on a Korean game show IS EVERYTHING (Zap2it)

posted 2/2/16


The Guardian
SIR TERRY WOGAN: 1938-2016
"Blankety Blank" Host for the BBC
From the Hollywood Reporter

Terry Wogan, whose warm Irish brogue and sly, gentle humor made him a star of British television and radio for decades, has died. He was 77.

Wogan died Sunday surrounded by his loved ones "after a short but brave battle with cancer," his family said in a statement.

The disc jockey and presenter was a staple of British broadcasting, best known for his long-running BBC radio morning show "Wake Up To Wogan," his annual hosting duties for Britain's coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest and his longstanding association with the Children in Need telethon.

Born in Limerick, Ireland in 1938, Wogan began his broadcasting career on Irish network RTE before moving to the U.K. and the BBC, for whom he hosted quiz programs, game shows and a 1980s television talk show.

His strengths were a deep, buttery voice, dollops of Irish charm and a wry sense of humor. His Eurovision commentary affectionately mocked the kitsch pop music competition, at which Britain generally fared badly.

He hosted "Wake Up To Wogan" between 1972 and 2009 - with a break from 1984 to 1993 - and made the show the most popular on British radio, with 8 million listeners. Wogan called his fans TOGS, for "Terry's Old Geezers or Gals."

Prime Minister David Cameron said "Britain has lost a huge talent - someone millions came to feel was their own special friend."

Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny said "Wogan occupied a special place in British listeners' hearts and he acted in no small way as a bridge between Ireland and Britain."

Former CNN talk-show host Piers Morgan tweeted that Wogan was a rare broadcaster to excel on both radio and television: "A legend of all airwaves."

Fellow BBC broadcaster Jeremy Vine said someone once asked Wogan how many listeners he had. Wogan replied: "'Only one.'"

"And it was this approach that made him one of the greatest broadcasters this country has ever seen," Vine said. "He only ever spoke to one person."

Wogan, who had joint Irish and British citizenship, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2005. He is survived by his wife, two sons and a daughter.

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posted 2/1/16

So You Think You Can Dance... The Final Frontier
Fox Reups Dance-Off with Kids Teaming with All-Stars
From TV by the Numbers

FOX has given new life to “So You Think You Can Dance,” but with a twist: The show will now focus on kids. Think “Masterchef Junior,” but with dancing and Nigel Lythgoe instead of Gordon Ramsay.

The new season, officially called “So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation,” premieres May 30. The show will feature dancers ages 8-13 and pair each finalist with an “SYTYCD” all-star who will serve as a mentor and coach.

Lythgoe (who also executive produces), Paula Abdul and Jason Derulo will return as judges, and Cat Deeley will continue as host.

“By evolving the ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ format this season, we can showcase the very best junior dancers out there and open up the world of dance to a whole new generation,” Lythgoe says in a statement.

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The Futon Critic
TV Insider

posted 2/1/16

Top Chef Gets Another Course
Casting Call on Tour for Season 14
From The Futon Critic

This February, Bravo Media's Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series "Top Chef" is searching the country for the best up-and-coming chefs to compete on season 14 of the high-stakes culinary competition series. This year's casting calls will take place at restaurants from "Top Chef" alumni in Los Angeles, Portland, Las Vegas, Denver, Houston, Minneapolis, New Orleans, Philadelphia and New York.

Currently in its 13th season and airing Thursday nights at 9pm ET/PT, "Top Chef" is the #1 food program on cable in 2016 among P25-54 with this season averaging 1.8 million total viewers and 1.2 million P25-54, up 5 percent and 6 percent respectively from the prior season (Source: Nielsen L3, #1 cable food program from 12/28/15-1/24/16).

Next week, the iconic Restaurant Wars is back and bigger than ever with a two-part episode airing Thursday, February 4 and 11 at 9 PM ET/PT. For the first time in "Top Chef" history, the Chefs are opening their restaurants for both lunch and dinner services. No one is safe as each chef must run front of house or act as the executive chef in one of the services. The pressure is on as two services means twice the drama. For a sneak peek, please visit: http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/season-13/episode-9/videos/not-enough-bacon

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 2/1/16

Zig Zag, Yoshimoto Plays "PrankStars"
"Hawaii Five-0's" Masi Oka in Talks to Host
From Variety

Japan’s Yoshimoto Kogyo and the U.K.’s Zig Zag Productions are to co-produce in Japan “PrankStars,” a new game show format.

The two companies are in discussions with Masi Oka (“Heroes” and “Hawaii-5-0”) to host the show.

A broadcaster has not yet been announced.

The format sees four teams of experts, including comedians, special effects artists and magicians working together to help celebrities and members of the public prank their friends and loved ones. Winners are the teams which get the biggest reaction.

“Yoshimoto’s strength is in our amazing writers who invent the craziest elements for our game and variety shows… ‘PrankStars’ .. has a built in audience across the globe” said Aki Yorihiro, CEO of Yoshimoto subsidiary Yoshimoto Entertainment USA.

Executive producers for Zig Zag Productions are Danny Fenton and Andy Scott.Aki Yorihiro and Patrick Jager will executive produce for Yoshimoto.

The two companies previously coproduced ‘Time Out’ for KTV and slow motion format ‘Split/ Second’ for Nickelodeon.

Variety
TBI Vision

posted 2/1/16

Nick Has Two Tickets to "Paradise"
Catch It in February
From Nick Alive

Nickelodeon sets an intense, adventure competition against the lavish backdrop of Hawaii with the premiere of its brand-new daily series, Paradise Run, beginning Monday, Feb. 1, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT). Hosted by Daniella Monet (Victorious), the 20-episode series features three teams of kids racing across the grounds of an exotic resort, competing against one another in a series of heart-pounding challenges. The first team to cross the finish line wins the grand prize. Click here to check out a sneak peek.

In each episode, teamwork and physical stamina are tested through sets of fast-paced challenges, ranging from obstacle courses to water-based adventures in an ocean-fed lagoon. Whether teams are racing across the white-sand beach, navigating under thundering waterfalls or careening down a five-story waterslide, each challenge brings contestants closer to the finish line and the grand prize--a tropical vacation.

For bio information on Daniella Monet, click here. Fans can access exclusive photos and more at Nick.com.

Paradise Run is produced by Stone & Company Entertainment with Scott Stone (BrainSurge, Legends of the Hidden Temple TV Series) and Marcus Fox serving as executive producers.

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Hollywood Life

posted 2/1/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Don't Be a Jerk"

  • Val Chmerkovskiy learns the hard way that it's all fun and games on the Internet until you get sued (TMZ)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: Every "American Idol" finalist ranked. Mr. Irrelevant belongs to Danny Gokey (Vulture)
     

  • Jeff Probst could host "Survivor" in perpetuity if CBS will let him (People)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Wheelmobile wheels into Southern California (KABC Los Angeles)
     

  • "Family Feud" gets a Valentine's Day marathon... anything to play more Feud, huh? (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Alexander Armstrong's gig is anything but pointless (Chronicle Live)

posted 2/1/16


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