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Another Round of "Worst Cooks: Celebrity"
Catch It on Food Network August 23!
From The Futon Critic

Food icons Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray return to lead a star-studded culinary boot camp for cooking-challenged celebrities this summer with a brand-new season of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, premiering Wednesday, August 23rd at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. Anne and Rachael each lead a team of recruits through the intense kitchen challenges, but only the most improved star wins a $25,000 grand prize for the charity of their choice and bragging rights for their team master. The new celebrity recruits are: Nora Dunn, Carmen Electra, Erik Estrada, Vivica A. Fox, Perez Hilton, Carson Kressley, Sean Lowe and Melissa Peterman.

"Anne and Rachael have their culinary work cut out for them with this batch of celebrity recruits - and the results are high-energy and hilarious," said Courtney White, Senior Vice President, Programming Scripps Networks Interactive. "These stars enter boot camp with less-than-impressive cooking skills and watching them gain confidence in the kitchen is remarkable."

In the first episode, Anne and Rachael kick things off with a social media-inspired challenge. The celebrities must make a dish inspired by their tastiest food snaps on social media and judging from their pages online, these stars love a good meal but clearly do not know how to cook one. The mentors follow with a lobster lesson, which proves to be a disaster for some of these clueless cooks. Anne and Rachael then choose their teams, and the culinary training begins. Upcoming episodes feature international flavors, dessert-themed milkshake and cupcake challenges and the return of trivia game Family Food, this time with a "freaky food" twist. The most-improved celebrity cook is awarded a $25,000 grand prize for the charity of their choice in the season finale on Wednesday, October 11th at 9pm ET/PT.

Viewers can learn more about the famous faces competing for kitchen glory at FoodNetwork.com/WorstCooks and watch video highlights, see photos from the challenges and take quizzes to improve their own cooking. Tell us who your favorite celeb is on social media using the hashtag #WorstCooks.

The Futon Critic
Reality TV World

posted 7/21/17

Syfy Puts on "Game Face"
"Face Off" Spins Off August 22
From The Futon Critic

Syfy is about to get its Game Face on.

The network has announced a spinoff of their award-winning Face Off reality competition, in which four all-stars race against the clock to complete three challenges, with eliminations after every round, until one of ’em walks away with the $10,000 prize.

Face Off‘s McKenzie Westmore will reprise her role as host, alongside renowned judges (and multiple Academy Award winners) Ve Neill (Beetlejuice) and Rick Baker (The Wolfman).

Game Face premieres on Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 10/9c.

TV Line

posted 7/21/17

WEDNESDAY: Big Night for Big Brother
CBS Wins Overnights
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.877 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) edged out the competition on Wednesday with new episodes of "Big Brother 19" (6.152 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Salvation" (4.289 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) plus a repeat "Criminal Minds" (4.192 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

The silver then went to FOX (2.760 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) with fresh installments of "MasterChef" (3.419 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and "The F Word with Gordon Ramsay" (2.101 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

Next up was NBC (3.581 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with originals from "Little Big Shots: Forever Young" (5.781 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and "The Carmichael Show" (3.267 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) followed by repeats of "The Carmichael Show" (2.641 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "This Is Us" (2.009 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.383 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) resumed repeats of "The Goldbergs" (3.006 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Speechless" (2.177 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13), "Modern Family" (2.524 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "American Housewife" (2.243 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), another "Modern Family" (2.365 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and another "The Goldbergs" (1.983 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13).

And finally, second runs of "Arrow" (0.863 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.747 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) rounded out the night for The CW (0.805 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Lip Sync Battle (SF/SPike): 768k
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 715k
- Cutthroat Kitchen - 9p (Food): 519k
- Cutthroat Kitchen - 8p (Food): 489k
- Lip Sync Battle TMI (Spike): 387k
- Idiotest - 9:30p (GSN): 319k
- Emogenius - 9p (GSN): 315k
- Idiotest - 10p (GSN): 280k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 278k
- Emogenius - 9:30p (GSN): 254k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/19/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Can You Say Backdoor Pilot?"

  • Jackie Evancho's got a TLC special... with her family (Variety)
     

  • Akbar Gbaja-Biamila heads to "The Night Shift" (TV Line)
     

  • Eddie McGuire returns to "The Footy Show" (Mediaweek)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Billy Eichner's Emmy episode (Gold Derby)

posted 7/21/17


iHeart Media
He's Back!
Ryan Seacrest Signs on to Host "Idol" Reboot
From TV Line

ABC is now confirming what has been speculated about for months: Ryan Seacrest will reprise his signature role as host of American Idol for the network’s spring 2018 revival. Seacrest made the announcement on Thursday’s edition of Live With Kelly and Ryan.

“It’s genuinely hard to put into words what American Idol means to me,” Seacrest said in a statement. “I’m so grateful for the show and all the career and life opportunities it’s allowed me to experience. It’s been an incredible journey from day one. To be asked to return this year, at my new home at ABC, is an honor, if not a bit surreal. I believe ABC is the perfect home for Idol, and I’ve every confidence the show’s legions of fans will love it – especially Idol‘s best traditions of showcasing heartwarming stories, remarkable talent discovery, and, best of all, making dreams come true.”

“So much of American Idol‘s overwhelming success can be attributed to Ryan, whose larger-than-life personality and laudable dedication to creating quality entertainment has made him a true master of his craft,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement. “His talent is limitless, and I can’t think of a more appropriate person to honor the Idol legacy as it takes on new life than the man who has been there through it all.”

New Idol judge Katy Perry immediately responded to the news on social media, saying that “all the right ingredients are coming together” ahead of the singing competition’s return.

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Broadway World
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Reality TV World
Deadline
The Wrap
The Wrap

posted 7/20/17


Zynga
MGM to Download "Words with Friends"
Zynga to Help Adapt Hit Mobile Game
From Variety

MGM Television and Zynga are partnering to develop a new television game show based on “Words With Friends,” the companies announced Wednesday.

Since launching in 2009, “Words With Friends” has been installed more than 200 million times and is one of the App Store’s Top 10 free games of all time. An estimated 55 million Words With Friends matches are played around the world at any given moment and more than 75 million words are played every day.

“The interactive social experience of ‘Words With Friends’ makes it the perfect mobile game for us to bring to primetime, following our success with Beat Shazam on Fox,” said Barry Poznick, president of unscripted television for MGM. “Playing ‘Words’ is a daily ritual for some of the biggest names in Hollywood and we’ve created the perfect format to capture their competitiveness and creative wordplay.”

MGM Television, which is headed by Mark Burnett, currently has unscripted series on all four major TV networks, including “Survivor” for CBS, “The Voice” for NBC, “Shark Tank” on ABC, “Beat Shazam” on Fox, and “Steve Harvey’s Funderdome” on ABC.

“Over the past eight years, ‘Words With Friends’ has proven to be a place where millions of people connect with their friends and family from around the world every day,” said Bernard Kim, president of publishing for Zynga. “We’re proud to partner with MGM, an industry leader in creating innovative and engaging programming, to extend the iconic gameplay and rich social experience of Words With Friends, and our broader collection of With Friends games, to new mainstream entertainment mediums.”

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The Hollywood Reporter
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Deadline
The Wrap
C21Media

posted 7/20/17

TUESDAY: NBC Cuts the Competition
Elimination Rounds Dominate
From the Futon Critic

NBC (10.637 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) cruised to victory on Tuesday with new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (12.395 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and "World of Dance" (7.120 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2).

CBS (5.671 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) then was a distant second with its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (6.405 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Bull" (5.284 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.324 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Next up was ABC (1.983 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and its mix of "The Middle" (2.880 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Fresh Off the Boat" (1.974 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Black-ish" (1.769 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), another "Black-ish" (1.699 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "American Housewife" (1.808 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and another "The Middle" (1.766 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.030 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.287 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "The Mick" (0.963 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14), "Family Guy" (0.979 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and another "The Mick" (0.890 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

And finally, second runs of "The Flash" (1.146 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "Hooten & The Lady" (1.070 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) rounded out the night on The CW (1.108 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.307m
- Chopped (SP/Food): 903k
- Ink Master: Shop WArs (Spike): 859k
- The Challenge: Dirty 30 (MTV): 837k
- Face Off (Syfy): 639k
- Fear FActor (MTV): 631k
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 483k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 302k
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 166k

The Futon Critic

posted 7/19/17


Comedy Central
Ctrl-Alt-Del for @Midnight
Comedy Central Late-Night Panel Show to End August 4
From Screener

By the early part of August, it will no longer be time for “@midnight.”

Comedy Central, host/executive producer Chris Hardwick and production company Funny or Die have decided to bring the comedy game show to an end. The final week for the show will begin July 31, with the show’s 600th episode serving as the last one.

“We took a big macro look and we started having conversations with Chris,” Comedy Central president Kent Alterman tells Deadline, which first reported the news. “… It was a little bit of the audience telling us over time, and we mutually thought, ‘You know what, maybe we should walk away holding our heads high and proud, full of appreciation and gratitude.'”

Adds Hardwick, “It has been a dream to come to work 600 times to make inappropriate jokes about the Internet with my fellow comedian friends. I could not be more proud of this show, staff and crew and at the end of the day, I think we accomplished everything we wanted to accomplish.”

“@midnight” has averaged about 315,000 viewers in its initial airings over its past several weeks; it has drawn fairly consistent audiences over the past couple years, typically bringing in numbers in the mid-400,000s (including delayed viewing). More than half of those viewers are in the 18-49 demographic, and the show has one of the youngest median viewer ages in all of late night.

Hardwick has a whole lot of other TV work to occupy his time. He fronts the “Talking” franchise on AMC, hosts NBC’s game show “The Wall” and is developing another series there called “The Awesome Show.”

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posted 7/19/17

MONDAY: A Pair of Qualifiers
CBS, ABC Split Night on "Bachelorette", "Ninja Warrior"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.098 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) was the top overall draw on Monday with new episodes of "American Ninja Warrior" (5.754 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" (3.787 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3).

ABC (4.898 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) however shared in the demo victory with a new "The Bachelorette" (6.136 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and a rebroadcast of "Battle of the Network Stars" (2.423 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Next up was CBS (3.574 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "Kevin Can Wait" (3.844 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Man with a Plan" (3.497 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Mom" (3.709 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Life in Pieces" (3.251 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Scorpion" (3.572 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.336 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) served up new episodes from "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.859 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) and "Superhuman" (1.812 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11).

And finally, a repeat "Supergirl" (1.003 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12), a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.945 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.893 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) on The CW (0.961 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Dessert Games (Food): 617k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 261k
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 166k

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Deadline
The Wrap
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/19/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "A Link to the Past?"

  • BBC looking to revive "The Weakest Link"? (Digital Spy)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: Salaries of your favorite (and apparently vastly underpaid) BBC hosts (Bloomberg)
     

  • Chris Hardwick celebrates 25 years in the game (Variety)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Ben Higgins is "very single" according to a friend of his ex (Reality TV World)

posted 7/17/17

Samantha Harris Is a Genius
"Culinary Genius" from Studio Ramsay Gets Test Run
From Yahoo!

Samantha Harris is the host of a Fox TV cooking contest show airing next month.

Fox said Monday that Harris will host "Culinary Genius," a half-hour show produced by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.

Harris is a former co-host of "Dancing with the Stars" and "Entertainment Tonight."

"Culinary Genius" will air for three weeks on Fox owned- and operated-stations in certain TV markets. One is Los Angeles, with others to be announced.

It's getting a summer tryout with viewers, following the pattern of Fox programs such as "The Wendy Williams Show" and "TMZ Live."

"Culinary Genius," adapted from an English show of the same name, opens with lead chef Edward Lee giving contestants a cooking demonstration. Then the competition begins.

Ramsay will appear on "Culinary Genius," which debuts Aug. 7.

Yahoo!
TV Newscheck

posted 7/18/17

SYNDIES: Week 43
Results for the Week Ending July 9
From TV Newscheck

The majority of talk shows held even with the week before in the July 4 holiday session ending July 9, but there were some huge changes compared to last year at this time.

In access, among game shows Wheel of Fortune skidded 4% to a new season-low 5.1, but wound up tying sister show Jeopardy, which sank 7% to a 5.1. Of course, neither could match game champ Family Feud, which slipped 3% to a 6.0.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.0 -3%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.1** -4%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.1 -7%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.1 NC

TV Newscheck

posted 7/18/17

Nigeria Enters the Cube
All3Media Format Plays Overseas
From C21 Media

All3Media International has sealed a pair of format deals and other program sales in Africa, bringing hits Undercover Boss and The Cube to Nigeria.

Gameshow format The Cube, meanwhile, has also been optioned for local production in Nigeria, by FanFaceOff Global Entertainment. The prodco is looking to produce a minimum of 15 episodes to air in the territory, according to All3. The UK version of The Cube, produced by Objective for ITV, currently airs across Africa on BBC Worldwide.

“Leading on the adaptation of two of our strongest brands in the entertainment and factual entertainment genre in Nigeria, a key territory in the region, represents a fine start to our local production activities in Africa,” said Kelly Shek, sales manager for EMEA South at All3Media International.

C21 Media

posted 7/18/17

Thailand Pulls It Over
Armoza Format Plays Overseas
From C21 Media

Channel 3 in Thailand has commissioned a local version of Pull Over, comprising 26 episodes that will be produced by Createit Studio.

In the show, launched by Armoza at MipTV in 2014, drivers of worn-out cars are stopped and, rather than being handed the expected ticket, are given the chance to win a new vehicle by answering a series of questions.

Other broadcasters to have acquired the format, which was developed by Shy Barmeli (Raid the Cage) and Ori Dror, include La Radio y Televisión de Andalucía in Spain.

C21 Media

posted 7/18/17


CBS
WEEKEND: "Candy" Crushed
CBS, ABC Split Night Dominated by the Return of "Game of Thrones"
From Variety

CBS’ “Candy Crush” game show saw large declines in both the key demo and total viewers in its second week, while “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” hit a new low in total viewers, according to Nielsen overnight data.

Airing at 9 p.m., “Candy Crush” averaged a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 2.9 million viewers this week, down nearly 30% in both key measures compared to the premiere last week (1.1, 4.1 million). It is worth pointing out that “Game of Thrones” returned for its seventh season on HBO in the same timeslot.

Earlier in the night at 7 p.m. on NBC, “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” drew a 0.4 rating and 3.1 million viewers, the newsmagazine’s lowest total viewer number since it debuted at the beginning of June. Kelly also matched a series low in the key demo.

For CBS, a new episode of “Big Brother” (1.8, 6 million) was even with last week’s Sunday airing. “Candy Crush” aired at 9 p.m., followed by a repeat of “NCIS: Los Angeles.”

NBC aired only repeats with the exception of “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly.”

On ABC, “Celebrity Family Feud” (1.1, 6.1 million) took a hit in both key measures at 8, while “Steve Harvey’s Funderdome” (0.8, 4.4 million) was down in the demo at 9. “The $100,000 Pyramid” (0.8, 4.5 million) was also down in the demo at 10.

Fox aired repeats with the exception of “American Grit” (0.4, 990,000) at 9, which was even with last week.

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.805m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.068m

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The Wrap
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Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/18/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "You Can't Handle the BLANK!"

  • Alec Baldwin signs on for live production of "A Few Good Men" (The Futon Critic)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: The most awkward reveal in game shows last week (Decider) PLUS Shazam is only getting started (Forbes)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with John Henson (B&C)

posted 7/17/17


Deadline
MARTIN LANDAU: 1928-2017
Versatile Actor Played "Hollywood Squares"
From TV Line

Oscar winner Martin Landau died Saturday of “unexpected complications” following a brief stay at UCLA Medical Center, per The Hollywood Reporter. He was 89.

Landau got his big break when he was cast in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1959 film North by Northwest. In 1966, he began his star-making role as master of disguise Rollin Hand in the small screen Mission: Impossible, for which he earned the Golden Globe award as well as several Emmy nominations. In the series, Landau starred alongside then-wife Barbara Bain. It would mark the first of two small-screen collaborations for the couple, who later co-starred in the 1970s science-fiction program Space: 1999.

After quitting Mission: Impossible in 1969, Landau was replaced by Star Trek‘s Leonard Nimoy. Coincidentally, Landau was widely reported to have been Gene Roddenberry’s first choice to play Spock, a role that eventually went on to define Nimoy’s career.

In 1988, Landau received the Golden Globe (and an Academy Award nomination) for Best Supporting Actor in the film Tucker: The Man and His Dream. He would eventually earn an Oscar in 1995 for his role as Bela Lugosi in Tim Burton’s Ed Wood.

In addition to Mission Impossible, his TV credits included The Simpsons, Entourage, Without a Trace and Columbo. He also made time to appear on "Hollywood Squares", "It's Your Bet", "Password All-Stars", and "Dream Girl of '67".

TV Line
The Wrap
The Wrap

posted 7/17/17

THURSDAY: Amazing What a Little "Talent" Can Do
NBC, CBS Battle to a Dead Heat
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.797 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) was the most-watched broadcaster on Thursday with a recap of "America's Got Talent" (6.929 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) followed by new episodes of "The Wall" (6.037 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and "The Night Shift" (4.427 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

CBS (4.819 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.127 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "Life in Pieces" (4.523 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6), "Big Brother 19" (6.052 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Zoo" (3.080 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Next up was FOX (2.626 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with originals from "Beat Shazam" (2.928 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and "Love Connection" (2.324 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.681 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up its trio of "Boy Band" (2.465 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Battle of the Network Stars" (2.705 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "The Gong Show" (2.873 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

And finally, the return of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.627 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and the premiere of "Hooten & The Lady" (0.951 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) rounded out the night on The CW (1.289 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable, MTV’s “SafeWord” launch on Thursday gave the network its second highest-rated series premiere in two years.

The Terence J-hosted game show earned a 0.7 rating among adults 18-34 for the episode that featured appearances by Kevin Hart and Marlon Wayans. The only recent MTV series with a higher-rated debut was the “Fear Factor” revival in May.

The lead-in for “SafeWord” was a new installment of “Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out,” which earned a 0.8 in the main demo, making it the highest-rated episode of the series since its return to the network in 2016.

Elsewhere...
- Alone (History): 1.434m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 934k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 903k
- SafeWord (P/MTV): 780k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 264k
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 199k

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The Wrap

posted 7/17/17

Looking for the Sunshine in Summer
How Did "iWitness" Do In Its First Week?
From B&C

The first round of summer syndication tests have come to a close, and round two — starting July 10 and featuring iWitness from Judge Judy Sheindlin and the comedic game show Punchline — is now underway.

On July 10, day one of a six-week trial for Sheindlin’s iWitness, hosted by comedian John Henson (see The Five Spot, page 46), registered a 1.0/2 in seven markets with a double run on WWOR New York at 6:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. That was down 29% from its lead-in and down 9% from its year-ago time period averages. Among women 25-54, iWitness reported a 0.6/2.

Over its first two days, iWitness held nearly 90% of its Family Feud lead-in among households in New York, and even beat its Feud lead-in among women 25-54. That performance, if it holds up or grows over the six weeks, could be enough to give iWitness a national run come 2018.

The highest-rated market for iWitness was Detroit, where it aired at midnight on WJBK and averaged a 2.0/6. That was off 17% from its lead-in and down 5% from what Twentieth’s Dish Nation did in the time slot last July.

iWitness features off-the-street contestants watching pieces of video and then answering questions about their recall of that video. Debmar-Mercury and FremantleMedia North America are co-producing the show. All of the episodes in its six-week run have already been produced.

“We spent real money to co-produce this show with Fremantle, and it looks great,” said Ira Bernstein, co-president, Debmar-Mercury. “We produce them like they are already national shows.”

Also bowing on July 10 was a four-week trial of a new comedic game show, Punchline. It opened with a 0.3/1 across nine markets, down 57% from its lead-in and down 40% from its year-ago time period averages, with a 0.2/1 in the key demo.

Punchline features two teams of three comedians who riff on a clip, a picture or something from the day’s news. A live audience then decides which team’s riffs are funnier, and there’s no laugh track so if a team fails, they fail in awkward silence or amid audience groans.

Later this summer, Fox will test two more shows: Culinary Genius, which comes from Gordon Ramsay and will be broadcast later on the U.K.’s ITV, and a court show starring Latina judge Ana Polo. Both of those shows will air Aug. 7-25.

Finally, Sinclair Broadcast Group is trying out two of its own tests this summer. Sinclair joined Fox in sampling Watch What Happens Live, and in August it will offer Snap Decision, hosted by David Alan Grier. Snap Decision, which is being produced by Michael Eisner’s Tornante, will kick off its run on Aug. 7 and will air concurrently on GSN.

B&C

posted 7/17/17

Australia to "Cram"
New Format to Launch
From C21 Media

Australia’s Network Ten has become the first broadcaster to commission a weekly gameshow based on a new UK format.

ITV Studios Australia will produce Cram, which will see two teams of three comedians and celebrities test their memories across general knowledge and current affairs.

Each category will be introduced with a “cram,” a brief video on any subject from dogs to Leonardo da Vinci and jeans to Justin Bieber. The team that recalls the most facts in each video wins.

The format was created by ITV’s UK prodco Possessed, which has produced a pilot that has been pitched to UK broadcasters.

The Oz show will be hosted by comedian Peter Helliar, a regular on Network Ten’s nightly talkshow The Project. The teams will be captained by comedian Dilruk Jayasinha and actor/singer Virginia Gay.

Ten head of comedy Paul Leadon said: “The real joy of Cram is you can’t help but play along at home. It’s simple; all the facts are given to you, you just have to remember them. But with host Pete Helliar doing his best to make you laugh, remembering the facts can get a little tricky.”

ITV Studios Australia MD David Mott added: “This unique ITV Studios format is simply drop-dead funny. We’re witnessing a comedy resurgence in Australia and we’re confident that Cram will resonate with audiences of all ages.”

C21 Media

posted 7/17/17

... Give or Take £900,000
"Million Dollar Drop" to Return with a Steep Cut
From Digital Spy

Channel 4 has announced a new series of Million Pound Drop but under a new name – The £100K Drop.

Today (July 14), Remarkable Television, part of Endemol Shine Group, revealed that Channel 4 Daytime has commissioned a bumper 60 episodes of the new less-money game show.

The £100K Drop, which will air in an afternoon slot, sees host Davina McCall back at the helm as a raft of brave new contestants take on the dastardly Drop and attempt to win a jackpot of £100,000.

Davina said: "I literally love hosting this show and couldn't be more thrilled that we are back and coming to daytime!

"£100,000 is a properly life-changing amount of cash and I'm crossing my fingers for some big-money wins. I can't wait to see you all every weekday afternoon."

And Channel 4's Commissioning Editor Syeda Irtizaali added: "I'm delighted this award-winning, brilliant game show with its heart pounding tension and addictive gameplay will be returning daily to Channel 4 for a new audience to enjoy.

"I am really excited Davina is back at the helm and can't wait to hear her utter those famous catchphrases 'move your money' and 'let's see what's about to drop' once again."

Million Pound Drop The £100K Drop sees players attempting to answer seven questions, while placing real cash on what they believe to be the correct answer. Any cash placed on the wrong answer will see it fall through to the floor and out of the game.

The format made its international debut on Channel 4 in the UK in May 2010. Since then, it has become a runaway hit, selling to an impressive 54 territories including the USA, Germany, Russia, Australia and Mongolia.

The £100K Drop will air on Channel 4 in 2018.

Digital Spy
Radio Times
Huffpost
Telly Mix
Reality Box

posted 7/17/17


NATAS
Emmys 2017: And The Nominees Are...
New Blood Joins Familiar Favorites
From The Wrap

The 2017 Emmy Awards will go down as the year of the newcomer, though the oldest show of all, “SNL,” tied freshman “Westworld” to lead the way with 22 nods apiece.

Newbies dominated many of the categories, with either limited series or debuts taking in the bulk of nominations. “This is Us,” “Stranger Things,” “Westworld,” “The Crown” and “Handmaid’s Tale” are all first-season shows and make up the bulk of the best drama category.

“FEUD: Bette and Joan,” the first installment in the Ryan Murphy FX anthology, garnered six acting nominations in addition to its 12 others, including Outstanding Limited Series.

Comedy was mostly dominated by old standards, such as “Saturday Night Live,” which had a successful year thanks to viral political sketches and standout performances from the cast and guest stars like Alec Baldwin and Melissa McCarthy.

Even without any “Game of Thrones” episodes making the qualifying period, HBO’s 111 nominations made the premium-TV network number one over Netflix’s 91. Last year, HBO had 94 and Netflix had only 54.

In terms of broadcast, NBC led the pack with 60 nominations.

Here are your nominees:

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program
- The Amazing Race (CBS)
- American Ninja Warrior (NBC)
- Project Runway (Lifetime)
- RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
- Top Chef (Bravo)
- The Voice (NBC)

Outstanding Reality Host
- Alec Baldwin – Match Game (C-Note: Baldwin is also up for Outstanding Supporting Actor, Comedy for "SNL")
- W. Kamau Bell – United Shades Of America With W. Kamau Bell
- RuPaul Charles – RuPaul’s Drag Race
- Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn – Project Runway
- Gordon Ramsay – MasterChef Junior
- Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg – Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party

The Wrap
TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 7/14/17

Back on the Road
Catch "The Great Food Truck Race" August 20
From the Futon Critic

The Great Food Truck Race returns Southern-style this summer, with seven teams of food truck novices battling from New Orleans to Savannah for a $50,000 grand prize. Hosted by Tyler Florence, this high-stakes road trip is full of beautiful scenery, Southern landmarks and intense food challenges. Team cooking chops, selling strategy and business savvy are tested in every city, with the least successful truck heading home each week and a $50,000 grand prize for the last truck standing. The Great Food Truck Race premieres Sunday, August 20th at 9pm ET/PT and the winner will be named in the season finale on Sunday, September 24th at 9pm ET/PT.

"Each summer our audience looks forward to taking a fast-paced, food-centric road trip with The Great Food Truck Race," said Courtney White, Senior Vice President, Programming, Scripps Networks Interactive. "This season adds some Southern hospitality to the competition, and the teams hit the pavement running with fantastic food, unique concepts and the hunger to win."

This season's competitors are: Braised in the South - Charleston, South Carolina (Nick Hunter, Steven Klatt, Brandon Lapp); The Breakfast Club - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Ashanti Dixon, Taylor Randolph, Mikey Robins); Mr. Po' Boys - Dallas, Texas (Cedrick McCoy, Ryan Thompson, Esther Torres); Papi Chulo's Empanadas - Cherry Hill, New Jersey (Sarah Hasbun, Carleena Lara-Bregatta, Luis Lara Polanco); The Southern Frenchie - Little Rock, Arkansas (Donnie Ferneau, Meaghan Ferneau, Amanda Ivy); Stick 'Em Up - Rogersville, Tennessee (Justin House, Landon House, Shona House) and Wicked Good Seafood - Falmouth, Massachusetts (Bill Henrique, Ryan Schuhmacher, Dan Torres).

The Futon Critic

posted 7/14/17

WEDNESDAY: It's Robot Fighting Time! Again!
ABC Wins on ESPYs
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.303 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) staked claim to the top spot on Wednesday with its telecast of "The 2017 ESPY Awards" (5.303 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

CBS (4.904 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then had to settle for the silver with a new "Big Brother 19" (6.408 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1), the premiere of "Salvation" (4.833 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and a repeat "Criminal Minds" (3.472 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Next up was FOX (2.698 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with originals from "MasterChef" (3.441 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and "The F Word with Gordon Ramsay" (1.956 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.595 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up new episodes of "Little Big Shots: Forever Young" (6.002 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and "The Carmichael Show" (3.190 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) plus repeats of "The Carmichael Show" (2.472 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "This Is Us" (1.954 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

And finally, a repeat "Arrow" (0.787 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and the special "The 15 Most Iconic Summer Blockbusters of All Time" (0.628 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) rounded out the night on The CW (0.707 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 765k
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 676k
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 566k
- Lip Sync Battle TMI (Spike): 539k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 312k
- Emogenius (GSN/9p): 258k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 258k
- Emogenius (GSN/9:30p): 206k
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 194k
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 185k

Broadway World
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/13/17


Games Gone By: Monopoly Millionaires Club
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

In Vegas, it's all about the money! And no game knows money like "Monopoly". So when a nation-wide lottery is put together where the LOSERS can go to Vegas to be part of "Monopoly Millionaires' Club", you KNOW it ain't "Monopoly money"! Chris Wolvie talks about one of the more recent departures in the "Games Gone By..." pantheon.

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 7/14/17

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

  • Alan Thicke's widow accuses sons of smear tactics (The Wrap)
     

  • Lauren Bushnell back out there dating. Didn't take long (Reality TV World)
     

  • Cablevision vs. GSN: latest round goes to Altice USA (FierceCable)

posted 7/14/17


MGM Television/Fox
Second Beat Coming
Fox Reups Freshman Summer Music Quiz for New Season
From The Futon Critic

Interactive music game show BEAT SHAZAM, hosted and executive-produced by Jamie Foxx, has been renewed for a second season, it was announced today by Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment and Specials, Fox Broadcasting Company. Foxx will return as host and executive producer for Season Two, along with executive producers Mark Burnett and Jeff Apploff.

"Jamie is the ultimate host and entertainer," said Wade. "He's a larger-than-life personality, with a passion for music that's infectious, and we can't wait to have him return for another great round of BEAT SHAZAM in Season Two."

On this week's all-new episode of BEAT SHAZAM airing tomorrow, Thursday, July 13 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), Mariah Carey stops by to surprise the contestants during the "Divas" round, and another team attempts to BEAT SHAZAM for the one million dollar grand prize.

Delivering an average multi-platform audience of 4.4 million viewers, BEAT SHAZAM is summer's No. 1 music series. BEAT SHAZAM is summer's most social new TV series and has garnered 23 million total social engagements on all social channels combined.

The Futon Critic
The Wrap
B&C
Variety
TV Guide

posted 7/13/17


Magical Elves/Lifetime
Size Doesn't Matter on "Runway" Sweet 16
Catch It on Lifetime August 17
From The Futon Critic

For the first time in Project Runway history, season 16 breaks out of the conventional modeling mold and celebrates body diversity by incorporating size inclusive models on the catwalk. As a true reflection of all women across the country, models range from 0 to 22, and this season's designers must show off their skills and ability to make stunning creations, for any size. Emmy(R) Award winning hosts and dynamic duo Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn return to the runway alongside fashion authorities, Nina Garcia, Marie Claire's Creative Director and Zac Posen, designer and creative director for Brooks Brother Women for a super, sweet 16 season of #ProjectRunway, debuting Thursday, August 17 at 8pm ET/PT.

Guest judges making their way to the runway this season include Demi Lovato, Katie Holmes, Olivia Munn, Yolanda Hadid, Kate Upton, Maggie Q, Kelsea Ballerini, Dove Cameron, China Anne McClain, Asia Kate Dillon, Carly Chaikin, Maddie Ziegler, Sophia Stallone, Georgina Chapman, Rachel Brosnahan and Anne Fulenwider.

The Project Runway Season 16 designers are:
Aaron Myers (23) Brooklyn, NY
Amy Bond (46) Los Angeles, CA
Ayana Ife (27) Salt Lake City, UT
Batani-Khalfani (32) Inglewood, CA
Brandon Kee (24) San Francisco, CA
Claire Buitendorp (27) Grand Ledge, MI
Deyonté Weather (36) Lynwood, WA
Kentaro Kameyama (38) Los Angeles, CA
Kenya Freeman (37) Atlanta, GA
Kudzanai Karidza (32) Atlanta, GA
Margarita Alvarez (30) San Juan, PR
Michael Brambila (25) Oakland, CA
Samantha Rei (36) Minneapolis, MA
Sentell McDonald (33) New York, NY
Shawn Buitendorp (27) Grand Ledge, MI
ChaCha (24) Taipei, Taiwan

The winner of Project Runway will receive $100,000 to launch their line, and the opportunity to collaborate with JCPenney on a limited edition capsule collection as part of the Project Runway line sold at select JCPenney stores and online at http://www.jcp.com. In addition, the winner will receive a selection of Brother sewing and embroidery machines, with a retail value of $40,000; a lifetime supply of pens from the Pilot FriXion Erasable Pen, the official pen of Project Runway and an all-expense paid luxury trip to Japan, including a 5-star stay near Japan's fashion center. The prize package also includes the new 2018 Lexus NX, coming this fall, with advance innovation and safety systems standard. Additionally, the winning designer and model will receive a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine.

The Futon Critic
Reality TV World

posted 7/13/17

SYNDIES: Week 42
Results for the Week Ending July 2
From TV Newscheck

If the answer is: “Almost always finishes behind "Wheel of Fortune” then the question is “What is ‘Jeopardy’?”

For the week of July 2, for the first time this season, that answer would have been wrong. Sturdy war horse “Wheel” fell to third place for the week among syndicated game shows, finishing behind leader “Family Feud” which has led the category for more than 60 weeks, and then “Jeopardy.”

“Feud” scored a weekly 6.2 live/same day Nielsen rating, compared to a 5.5 rating for “Jeopardy” and a 5.3 for “Wheel,” down 4% from the week before and 9% over last year. For decades, “Wheel” ruled the syndicated game show market, and when it did, “Jeopardy” seemed to be always be just a little behind it.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.2 -3%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.5 NC
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.3 -4%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 -6%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.1 +10%

TV Newscheck

posted 7/13/17

"Bachelor in Paradise" Back on Track
ABC Moves Premiere Back to August 14
From The Futon Critic

ABC sets a new date for the summer breakout series "Bachelor in Paradise," with a two-night premiere kicking off MONDAY, AUGUST 14 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT) and TUESDAY, AUGUST 15 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. Warner Bros. suspended filming on the fourth season of the hit series earlier this summer to investigate allegations of misconduct. After completing their internal investigation, Warner Bros. concluded that there was no misconduct and production resumed.

Over the course of six weeks, fan favorites from "The Bachelor" franchise get a second chance at love while living together in Mexico, in a secluded and dreamy paradise. Viewers will watch as they fall in love or go through renewed heartbreak. Plus, America will have a front seat at the highly anticipated wedding of "Bachelor in Paradise" season 3 lovebirds, Carly Waddell and Evan Bass.

The previously announced cast will all be a part of this summer's much buzzed about season, including the cast members that were at the center of the investigation:

· Raven Gates of "The Bachelor" season 21 (Nick)
· Corinne Olympios of "The Bachelor" season 21 (Nick)
· Amanda Stanton of "The Bachelor" season 20 (Ben) and "Bachelor in Paradise" season 3
· Alexis Waters of "The Bachelor" season 21 (Nick)
· Derek Peth of "The Bachelorette" season 12 (JoJo)
· DeMario Jackson of "The Bachelorette" season 13 (Rachel)
· Lacey Mark of "The Bachelor" season 21 (Nick)
· Kristina Schulman of "The Bachelor" season 21 (Nick)
· Nick "St. Nick" Benvenutti of "The Bachelorette" season 12 (JoJo)
· Danielle Maltby of "The Bachelor" season 21 (Nick)
· Taylor Nolan of "The Bachelor" season 21 (Nick)
· Robby Hayes of "The Bachelorette" season 12 (JoJo)
· Ben Zorn of "The Bachelorette" season 11 (Kaitlyn)
· Jasmine Goode of "The Bachelor" season 21 (Nick)
· Vinny Ventiera of "The Bachelorette" season 12 (JoJo) and "Bachelor in Paradise" season 3
· Alex Woytkiw of "The Bachelorette" season 12 (JoJo)

Additional bachelors and bachelorettes will be announced at a later date.

The Futon Critic
TV Line
The Wrap
Reality TV World
TV Line

posted 7/13/17

TUESDAY: Struck Out Looking
NBC, Fox Battle to Demo Dead Heat
From The Wrap

Fox’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game managed to avoid setting a new low last night, but the National League vs. American League contest couldn’t compete with “America’s Got Talent.”

The NBC variety show topped the baseball game in both the key 18-49 ratings demographic and among total viewers last night. Due to the nature of live sports, however, that “AGT” victory is potentially subject to change — though the overall audience “W” should hold.

For now, Fox and NBC tied Tuesday in terms of the main demo’s primetime averages. NBC was No. 1 in total viewers on All-Star night for the second year in a row, following four straight for Fox.

NBC and Fox tied for first in ratings, both with a 2.2 rating/9 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic. NBC was first in total viewers with an average of 10.6 million, according to preliminary numbers. Fox was second with 8.7 million viewers.

For NBC, “Talent” at 8 p.m. earned a 2.4/10 and 12.3 million viewers. “World of Dance” at 10 landed a 1.7/7 and 7.2 million viewers.

Fox ran its All-Star Game throughout primetime, which went into extra innings and beyond the day part’s cutoff.

CBS was third in ratings with a 0.6/2 and in viewers with 5.5 million, airing all reruns.

ABC, Univision and Telemundo tied for fourth in ratings, each with a 0.5/2. ABC was fourth in total viewers with 2.2 million, airing just repeats; Univision was fifth with 1.5 million; Telemundo was sixth with 1.3 million.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 584,000, running all reruns.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.044m
- Ink Master: Shop Wars (Spike): 895k
- Chopped (Food): 864k
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 576k
- Face Off (Syfy): 575k
- Fear Factor (MTV): 545k
- The Challenge: Dirty 30 (SP/MTV): 407k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 365k

The Wrap
Broadway World
Deadline
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/12/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "I Don't Want You"

  • Cassadee Pope calls off engagement (Reality TV World)
     

  • Abby Lee Miller reports to prison (The Wrap)
     

  • Piers Morgan, in an attempt to stay relevant, refutes Clay Aiken (The Wrap)
     

  • Pat Sharp hints at a return for "Fun House" (NME)
     

  •  A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Chris Hardwick (Observer)

posted 7/13/17

Hounds Release Back
Reggie Yates Will Not Return to New Season
From ITV News

Release the Hounds Returns to ITV2 with a brand new host

The award-winning unique, horror game show from Primal Media returns for a brand new series, with Matt Edmondson taking over the reins as host.

Release the Hounds: Famous & Freaked, which will air on ITV2 later this year, is filmed in a remote forest from dusk through to the dead of night. Each episode sees a team of three celebrities experience some of the scariest challenges ever on TV. As the darkness falls, they must face horror themed mental and physical challenges aimed to truly push them to their limits and culminates in the participants being chased by dogs in the hope of winning a large cash prize. If they manage to escape the hounds, the money belongs to them.

Matt Edmondson (Radio 1, The Xtra Factor) will join the celebrated show, now in its fourth series, taking over from Reggie Yates. Matt will be the master of ceremonies from the ‘control centre’, and guide contestants along in the terrifying challenges that aim to push them to the very edge.

Matt Edmondson said: “Having spent much of last year in the presence of Simon Cowell, I’m used to finding myself in terrifying situations, so I feel fully prepared to be taking on the challenge of hosting Release The Hounds. I love the show, and have enjoyed watching it both on and behind my sofa in the last few years. I can’t wait to scare the living quinoa out of a load of celebrities, and I’m currently in the process of trying to convince the producers to cast my West Highland Terrier, Oscar, as one of the ‘Hounds’.”

Asif Zubairy, ITV’s Commissioning Editor, Comedy and Entertainment said: "I'm delighted to say that the scariest gameshow on television is back where none of the contestants in the forest are safe. Hooray."

Release the Hounds: Famous and Freaked, commissioned for a 5 x 60 minute series and a 1 x 120 minute Halloween Special, has been commissioned by Asif Zubairy, ITV’s Commissioning Editor, Comedy and Entertainment. The Executive Producers are Mat Steiner and Adam Wood; the series producer is Ben Wilson.

ITV News
The List

posted 7/12/17

MONDAY: Ninjas Run for the Roses
ABC Takes Night, Top Two Shows a Dead Heat
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.015 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was still the network to beat on Monday with fresh installments of "American Ninja Warrior" (5.566 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) and "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" (3.914 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3).

ABC (4.584 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was a close second with a new "The Bachelorette" (5.630 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) and a rebroadcast of "The Gong Show" (2.493 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Next up was FOX (2.491 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with originals from "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.942 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) and "Superhuman" (2.041 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.729 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up repeats of "Kevin Can Wait" (4.065 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Man with a Plan" (3.604 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Mom" (3.860 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Life in Pieces" (3.333 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "Scorpion" (3.757 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

And finally, a repeat "Supergirl" (1.064 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.048 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.979 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) rounded out the night on The CW (1.039 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Dessert Games (P/Food): 769k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 284k
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 142k

The Futon Critic
TV Line
The Wrap
Deadline
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/11/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "America's Got Trouble"

  • Former AGT contestant Toby Willis (of the Willis Family) arrested, pleads guilty to rape (The Tennessean)
     

  • Grant Denyer wants to return to the road (Daily Telegraph)
     

  • "Beat Shazam" available to play along on... some music identification app, I don't know (TechCrunch)
     

  • Mark Burnett increases stock of MGM TV (Variety)
     

  •  A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Billy Eichner (Time)

posted 7/12/17

MTV This Summer
"SafeWord", "Win Big" Join "Wild'n Out", "Challenge"
From Deadline

MTV has announced its new summer slate, which includes five new, including previously announced SafeWord, and four returning series. Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘N Out kicked it off with its return on June 29, Teen Mom 2 debuts July 17 at 9 PM; limited series Teen Mum premieres July 10 at 10 PM; and Season 30 of The Challenge XXX debuts July 18 at 9 PM.

New series are summer soap Siesta Key, set for premiere July 31 at 10 PM (see trailer above). From the producers of Laguna Beach, Siesta Key follows a group of young adults confronting issues of love, heartbreak and looming adulthood; Catfish: Trolls, offshoot of long-running MTV docuseries Catfish, is an investigative series that chronicles internet trolls; and Win Big, a live game show hosted by Rob Dyrdek gives away $100,000 to help young people fulfill life goals. Catfish: Trolls and Win Big are both set for premiere in September. New series MTV Undressed is a dating experiment in which two strangers must undress each other before getting to know one another. It premieres August 16 at 11 PM. They join previously announced comedy series SafeWord, hosted by Terrence J, in which celebrity guests partner with comedians to play games in front of a live audience, set for premiere July 13.

The network is coming off its best June in six years in P18-34, up 12% in share and +3% in ratings, MTV says. Fear Factor was the network’s highest rated premiere in two years, delivering 0.83 rating in the key demo, up 164% vs. its time period average. Additionally, teen-targeted series continue to bring young viewers back to the network.

“By embracing a new generation of young people, we are seeing record ratings increases at MTV and our new summer slate will fuel this growth,” said Chris McCarthy, President of MTV, VH1 and Logo.

Deadline
MTV
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 7/11/17

Ninjas a Hit in Australia Too
"Australian Ninja Warrior" Scores Big
From News.com.au

CHANNEL 9 insiders say it is only a matter of time before the network announces a second season of Australian Ninja Warrior.

The whispers come after monster ratings for the first two nights of Nine’s new sports game show.
The show has body-slammed the opposition in its second night on air averaging a whopping 1.604 million viewers across the five capital cities.

Another 670,000 regional viewers tuned in last night.

The result is comparable to Sunday night’s 1.68 million debut which was the biggest non-sport show figure of the year so far.

But any second season can’t happen quickly. The massive 136 meter long, 54 meter wide and 30 meter tall rig used for the first season, shot on Sydney’s Cockatoo Island, has been dismantled.

News.com.au
Daily Telegraph

posted 7/11/17


King
WEEKEND: "Candy" Gets Crushed
CBS Wins Totals, Ties ABC with Demos
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.343 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) was the top draw on Sunday with its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.188 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Big Brother 19" (6.487 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), the premiere of "Candy Crush" (4.134 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and a repeat "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.564 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

Sharing in the demo honors was ABC (5.104 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) and its summer lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.460 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6), "Celebrity Family Feud" (6.764 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Steve Harvey's Funderdome" (4.634 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.559 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

CBS’ Candy Crush dropped nearly 40 percent of its Big Brother lead-in yet, understandably, fared better than Madam Secretary reruns had in the time slot. It also won the 9 o’clock hour, besting ABC’s Funderdome in the demo but not in total viewers.

Next up was NBC (2.677 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a new "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" (3.211 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) followed by repeats of "The Wall" (2.260 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and "American Ninja Warrior" (2.620 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

And finally, repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (0.885 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16), another "Bob's Burgers" (1.064 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12), "The Simpsons" (1.420 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and "Family Guy" (1.458 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) plus a new "American Grit" (1.112 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) rounded out the night on FOX (1.175 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4).

On cable Sunday...
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.802m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.050m

Coverage for the Ultimate Finale 25:
- Finale (9p): 724k
- Prefight (7p): 453k
- Postfight (12m): 232k

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posted 7/11/17

Banijay Wants to Buy "Survivor" Productions
$416M Raised to Buy Castaway TV Productions
From Deadline

TV production powerhouse Banijay Group has completed a 365M euro ($416M) capital raise which will be used to finance the acquisition of Castaway Television Productions. The latter is the creator and rights owner of hit international format, Survivor. The funds will also go towards refinancing existing debt that resulted from Banijay’s 2015 merger with Zodiak which created a pan-European giant.

Castaway’s owners, Bob Geldof, Lord Waheed Alli and Charlie Parsons, reached an agreement with Banijay in March to sell the company for an undisclosed sum. Under the deal, Banijay Rights will add Survivor to its catalogue. Parsons created the original format which went on to be a global success that has aired continuously around the world since 1997.

After completion of the sale, Parsons will carry on as executive producer on the U.S. version whose 35th season debuts in September.

France-based Banijay Group is controlled by Stéphane Courbit’s Lov Group along with Italy’s De Agostini and France’s Vivendi. It also has operations in the U.S., UK, Scandinavia, Italy and Australia.

Among the companies it owns are Bunim/Murray (Keeping Up With The Kardashians). Other key programs and formats include Beat The Star, 71 degrees North, Fort Boyard, Koh Lanta and Versailles.

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posted 7/11/17

Jason Byrne Brings It
Dave to Option for Spanish Format
From Beyond the Joke

Dave has announced a street-based gameshow Don’t Say It, Bring It hosted by comedian Jason Byrne. The gameshow challenges people to bring back the answer, but not to say it, in return for Jason’s cash prizes. Based on an original Spanish format from Phileas Productions Don’t Say It, Bring It will be produced by Stellify Media.

The 20-part series will be filmed across the UK including - Belfast, Bristol, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Newcastle, Western-super-Mare and Whitby. Each unpredictable episode will see an ebullient Jason and crew pitch up in a new town in search of willing participants. Armed with a loud hailer and a small on-screen crew, Jason will pick players - they can choose to play alone, in pairs or in a group.

Jason Byrne said: "It's the best indoor outdoor gameshow I've ever worked on...Loved giving away cash to the great British public on the streets - up with this sort of thing! Don't Say It, Bring It: they didn't say it and they brought it. Apart from the ones who said it and didn't bring it. £50 to bring back a walking stick, £100 for a contact lens, £250 for a butcher named Tom - this show is so easy it's impossible!"

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posted 7/11/17

TrivWorks Teams with Gene Jones
Quiz Host Named "Special Talent Emcee"
From TrivWorks PR

TrivWorks™, a corporate event entertainment & team building company specializing in trivia events, has teamed up with veteran corporate entertainer and trivia master Gene Jones to offer an unrivaled new trivia entertainment format.

Dubbed “America’s Trivia Guy” by the media, Gene Jones is the nation’s go-to trivia expert for live event entertainment. Armed with a unique encyclopedic knowledge of every conceivable category, Gene has been wowing audiences large and small for over 30 years with his unique GIMME A HINT! Trivia Game Show, spontaneously asking attendees questions about any topic of their choosing. Through this special collaboration with TrivWorks™, Gene will now bring his decades of emcee and trivia hosting skills to corporate audiences nationwide seeking customized trivia entertainment, with a unique twist unlike anything else.

Available for both “roving” interactive entertainment or to emcee formal team trivia contests, Gene arrives prepared with a combination of carefully customized trivia questions tailored to the specific audience in attendance, as well as a staggering amount of memorized trivia at his fingertips. Engaging individuals, small groups or the entire room with his fast-paced style and charming sense of humor, the mix of Gene’s spontaneous trivia with TrivWorks™’ customized material and event production guarantees a supremely dynamic competitive experience guaranteed to delight everyone in attendance.

“The best way to engage a group of any size is to make the content fun and relevant to the specific audience,” says TrivWorks™ founder & CEO David Jacobson, an expert in corporate trivia production with over 15 years’ experience in event entertainment. “What Gene Jones delivers that is so unique is not only extreme professionalism and decades of experience hosting trivia, but the ability to spontaneously engage audience members with material that’s perfectly suited for them.”

Established in 2009 in New York City, TrivWorks™ is the industry leader in producing trivia events for professional audiences nationwide. Renown for utilizing professional corporate event emcees, fully-customized questions, and unparalleled expertise engaging corporate audiences with live trivia, TrivWorks™ offers diverse trivia-based experiences and formats suitable for a range of event formats and needs. Servicing small businesses to Fortune 500 clients nationwide, TrivWorks™ has been featured in U.S. News & World Report, The Wall Street Journal, Successful Meetings, BizBash and other media outlets. In 2016, TrivWorks™ expanded by opening Long Beach, CA office, to better service clients from coast to coast.

Gene Jones is a veteran corporate event entertainer, game show creator and host. A former Associate Editor of the Guinness Book of World Records, he has spent decades perfecting a unique blend of comedic improvisational skills with immense trivia knowledge, truly making him “America’s Trivia Guy.” Highly engaging and with an affable personality, Gene has made regular TV appearances over the past 30 years, including The Martha Stewart Show, 20/20 and Nightline. As part of his long and illustrious career in trivia and event entertainment, Gene is looking forward to taking on this new corporate entertainment collaboration.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the TrivWorks™ team, which shares my vision that in addition to being a great source of entertainment, trivia is important because it stimulates the mind. Blending my style of presenting trivia with the TrivWorks™ formula makes both styles more exciting and powerful. ”

posted 7/11/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The SYTYCD Academy Class of 2017"

  • ICYMI: The SYTYCD final 98 are...(The Futon Critic)
     

  • LL Cool J takes to Instagram to help a former costar (Reality TV World)
     

  • Mario Lopez open to the idea of a "Saved by the Bell" reunion (The Wrap)
     

  • Joanna Krupa heads for divorce (Reality TV World)
     

  • Haley Reinhart arrested for battery (The Wrap)
     

  • Where "Candy Crush" fails to capture video game feelings (The Verge)
     

  • "Smart Ass" battle: Wheel Of Fortune Australia host vs. Sale of the Century contestant (9news)

posted 7/10/17

Christmas in July
"Let's Make a Deal's" Season Finale Today!
From Broadway World

Gather THE FAMILY together on Monday, July 10 and celebrate Christmas in July with Let's Make a Deal! Families play together for their chance at some early Christmas presents from Wayne, Tiffany, and Jonathan.

Even though the weather may be hot outside, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas on the Let's Make A Deal set.

You'll forget the beach and get in the holiday spirit as families compete to win fabulous cars, trips and other prizes, while competing in games such as a fruitcake pass.

Don't miss the show's first "musical makeover" where Wayne will have an impromptu makeup refresh by a young contestant. For a special preview, click below.

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posted 7/10/17

THURSDAY: Breaking Down the Wall
CBS Wins, The Field Drops
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.999 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was still the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.153 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Life in Pieces" (5.048 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "Big Brother 19" (6.015 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Zoo" (2.882 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

NBC (4.239 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then took home the silver with its trio of "Hollywood Game Night" (4.052 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5), "The Wall" (4.472 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and "The Night Shift" (4.195 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Next up was ABC (2.959 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its combination of "Boy Band" (2.821 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Battle of the Network Stars" (3.012 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "The Gong Show" (3.044 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.070 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for repeats of "Beat Shazam" (2.270 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Love Connection" (1.871 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, a rebroadcast of "Howie Mandel All-Star Comedy Gala" (1.194 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) rounded out the night on The CW (1.194 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.538m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.069k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV/11:30p): 808k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV/11p): 768k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (S/MTV): 620k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 342k
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 214k
- RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 9 RuVealed (Logo): 102k

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posted 7/10/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "June Weddings... in July"

  • Maks Chmerkovskiy & Peta Murgatroyd FINALLY make it official (Reality TV World)
     

  • Reality show blonde bombshell-turned-country star marries NHL all-pro. No, this isn't a repeat from 2010 (Reality TV World)
     

  • You-Know-Who wants the "Apprentice" suit against him thrown out (Deadline)
     

  • Rachel Riley is a nice lady... but she'll punch you if you use "air quotes" (Daily Star)
     

  • TODAY IN GAME SHOW HISTORY: 2006: Pat Kiernan becomes a nerd icon in "The World Series of Pop Culture" (Decider)

posted 7/10/17

America's Got a New Record
NBC Sets Benchmark for Delayed Viewing
From the Wrap

“America’s Got Talent” has a new claim to fame: the NBC summer series just broke the record for delayed viewing growth among broadcast reality shows.

“AGT’s” most recent edition, originally airing Tuesday, June 27, grew from 12.363 million “live” viewers to 15.929 million after a week of catch-up watching was counted. That’s a big difference of 3.566 million total viewers, a new high-water mark for such an increase.

Guess what series held the record previously? Yup, also “AGT.”

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posted 7/7/17

WEDNESDAY: Another Quiet Day in the House That Can't Stop Screaming
"Big Brother" Helps CBS Win Midweek
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.717 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the top draw on Wednesday with a new "Big Brother 19" (6.071 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) alongside a repeat "Criminal Minds" (4.161 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and a second "Criminal Minds" (3.919 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

NBC (3.871 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) then took home the silver with its mix of "Little Big Shots: Forever Young" (6.629 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2), "The Carmichael Show" (3.456 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and repeats of "The Carmichael Show" (2.737 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "This Is Us" (1.889 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14).

Next up was FOX (2.122 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) with rebroadcasts of "MasterChef" (2.511 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and "The F Word with Gordon Ramsay" (1.734 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.958 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up repeats of "The Goldbergs" (3.376 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "Speechless" (2.567 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13), "Modern Family" (3.030 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and "American Housewife" (2.535 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) plus the Monday-bound "To Tell the Truth" (3.122 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.743 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.624 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15) rounded out the night on The CW (0.683 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (SP/Food): 744k
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 700k
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 536k
- Lip Sync Battle TMI (Spike): 422k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 408k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 354k
- Emogenius (GSN/9p): 286k
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 272k
- Talk Show the Game Show (truTV/11p): 268k
- Emogenius (GSN/9:30p): 201k
- Talk Show the Game Show (SF/truTV): 197k

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posted 7/7/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Oh Baby!"

  • Survivors Jeremy & Val Collins welcome a new baby (Reality TV World)
     

  • And before Tanner & Jade become parents, they're going on a babymoon (Reality TV World)
     

  • Alison Sweeney gets a restraining order against an obsessed fan (The Wrap)
     

  • TUESDAY on cable...
    - Chopped (Food): 771k
    - Chopped Junior (Food): 715k
    - Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 94k (Showbuzz Daily)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jane Lynch (KFMB San Diego)

posted 7/7/17


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The Second Divide: August 15
GSN Slots Second Season of "Divided"
From Red Carpet Crash

GSN’s hit series, DIVIDED, will return for a second season, beginning Tuesday, August 15, with back-to-back episodes at 10:00 and 10:30pm ET/PT (9:00pm CT). The show, which debuted in January 2017, was watched by nearly 11 million viewers during its initial 40-episode run. Part game show, part social experiment, the series, created by John de Mol (“The Voice”) and hosted by Mike Richards (Executive Producer of “The Price Is Right”) features four strangers who must agree not only on their answers, but how their prize money should be split.

The new season of DIVIDED will feature a number of special themed episodes, including Baby Boomers vs. Millennials, Military Night (featuring representatives from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines), all teachers, all lawyers, all poker players, and “Second Chance” episodes where contestants voted off the show early get a second shot at the prize money.

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posted 7/6/17

August on Food Network
"Great Food Truck Race" Among Many Highlights
From Broadway World

Food Network keeps the summer party going with all-new series and tournaments as well as returning favorites. First, Ted Allen and the judges are heating up the grill for the tournament premiere of CHOPPED Grill Masters on Tuesday, August 1st at 10pm where four sets of grill masters will have the chance to compete for a spot in the finale and the $50,000 grand prize. Next up, one FOOD NETWORK STAR hopeful will have the chance to re-enter the competition on the special Food Network Star: Star Salvation on Sunday, August 6th at 8pm leading up to the season finale of FOOD NETWORK STAR on Sunday, August 13th at 9pm when Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis crown the newest member of the Food Network family.

Then, digital star Hannah Hart is taking her sense of humor and love of food on the road as she samples the country's most popular dishes on the series premiere of I Hart Food on Monday, August 14th at 10pm. Next, Guy Fieri is loading his whole family into his RV for a cross country trip filled with iconic locations and delicious food on the series premiere of Guy's Family Road Trip on Friday, August 18th at 9pm. Tyler Florence then returns with a new season of THE GREAT FOOD TRUCK RACE on Sunday, August 20th at 9pm where seven new teams will compete for the $50,000 grand prize.

Next, Anne Burrell and RACHAEL RAY return to THE KITCHEN to school culinary-challenged celebrities on the season premiere of WORST COOKS IN AMERICA: CELEBRITY EDITION on Wednesday, August 23rd at 9pm. On Sunday, August 27th at 8pm, it's the premiere of Guy's Grocery Games: Superstars where eight superstar chefs go head-to-head in the aisles of Flavortown Market in a no-holds-barred tournament.

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posted 7/6/17

Drunk Shark Tank?
"Worth a Shot" Gets a Shot at Fullscreen
From the Futon Critic

The Emmy-nominated team behind popular television reality formats like A&E’s “Wahlburgers” and “Donnie Loves Jenny” and MSNBC’S critically acclaimed “Lockup” and its trio of spinoff series “Lockup: Raw,” “Lockup: World Tour” and “Life After Lockup” has landed a new reality format — “Worth a Shot” — on Fullscreen.

Set to premiere on July 19th, the series, co-hosted by YouTube creators Skyy John (“Tipsy Bartender”) and Violet Benson (“Daddy Issues”, on instagram), gives bar-goers a chance to draw up startup ideas on cocktail napkins, while drunk.

In what Fullscreen is referring to as a “Drunk Shark Tank”, contestants are given liquid courage before pitching their startup ideas to John and Benson for a chance at a cash prize.

All five episodes will roll out timed to the mid-July premiere and are exec produced by 44 Blue Productions’ Rasha Drachkovitch, Stephanie Noonan Drachkovitch and Alex Davies.

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posted 7/6/17

MONDAY: NBC = Ninjas Be Conquering
"ANW" Helps NBC Win Pre-Holiday Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (4.587 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the top draw on Monday with new episodes of "American Ninja Warrior" (5.082 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" (3.597 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2).

CBS (3.291 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) then was the number two network with repeats of "Kevin Can Wait" (3.314 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "Man with a Plan" (2.987 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "Mom" (3.483 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "Life in Pieces" (3.032 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) and "Scorpion" (3.466 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

Next up was ABC (2.308 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with encores of "The Bachelorette" (2.522 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and "Battle of the Network Stars" (1.881 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.721 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) offered up a repeat "So You Think You Can Dance" (1.798 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) and a new "Superhuman" (1.644 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

And finally, repeats of "Supergirl" (0.816 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.700 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.852 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) on The CW (0.796 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 149k

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posted 7/6/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Holiday Sunday"

  • SUNDAY on cable...
    - Food Network Star (Food): 1.594m
    - Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 946k
    - Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 111k (Showbuzz Daily)
     

  • Former "Skin Wars" contestant opens tattoo shop (WLWT Cincinnati)
     

  • Don't compare Alex to Paola Shea: "this is, like, some racist..." stuff. She said "stuff" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Troll learns hard lesson: you go after Kelly Clarkson, you better be prepared to finish the job (Reality TV World)

posted 7/6/17

Done Deal
SAG-AFTRA Reach Tentative 3-Year Deal with AMPTP
From The Wrap

After negotiations that lasted the entire weekend, through Monday and well into the morning of July 4, SAG-AFTRA reached a new tentative deal with producers to avert a potential work stoppage that could have ground primetime TV and movie production to a halt.

“The Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers and the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and have concluded negotiations and have reached a tentative agreement on terms for a new three-year collective bargaining agreement,” they said in a joint statement.

The tentative agreement between Hollywood’s largest performers union and the AMPTP bridged gaps on multiple issues that arose because of changes in the way video content is made and consumed.

Those included compensation for short seasons, such as the 8-to-10 episode runs of Netflix and HBO shows, as opposed to the 22-episode broadcast season, and relocation allowances for parts on Hollywood hits that shoot in places like Atlanta.

SAG-AFTRA and the AMPTP extended talks three separate times after their contract originally expired midnight Friday, and finally cut a deal late Monday. Both sides had been negotiating under a media blackout and provided no details about the agreement.

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posted 7/5/17

SYNDIES: Week 41
Results for the Week Ending June 25
From TV Newscheck

Dr. Phil was the hot show as summer officially began in the session ending June 25. In a week where almost the entire category remained flat, Phil was the top talker for the 42nd consecutive frame, surging 15% to a 3.0 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen, its biggest rating since the May sweep.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.4 +8%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.5 +6%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.5 +8%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 +13%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.0** -9%

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posted 7/5/17

Live-Ish Tables!
ESPN to Offer Live Coverage of WSOP for the First Time EVER, BUT....
From Broadway World

For the first time in the 48-year history of the WORLD SERIES of Poker® there will be live* video coverage of the world's richest annual poker tournament every day. (*30-minute delay per gaming regulations) Starting with the opening flight on Saturday, July 8, and continuing daily through the event's conclusion on Saturday, July 22, ESPN, ESPN2 and PokerGO will provide the most comprehensive video account the event has ever seen, as players vie for a first place prize of around $8 million, while competing for approximately $60 million in prize money.

ESPN/ESPN2 will carry an estimated 40+ hours of live WSOP Main Event coverage this year starting with four hours of OPENING DAY action on July 8 as well as providing every-hand coverage of the final table during a three-night primetime finale at 9pm ET July 20, 21 and 22. A final table preview special will air the night prior to the Main Event final table, on July 19 at 10pm on ESPN2.

PokerGO, the world's only live poker subscription service, will cover the WSOP Main Event in tandem with ESPN/ESPN2 to provide an anticipated 60 hours of additional coverage.

"This is poker's Olympics and we are thrilled that ESPN and PokerGO have joined forces to bring viewers around the globe inside access to our game's most prestigious event, the WSOP Main Event and the spectacle that it is," said WSOP Executive Director Ty Stewart. "We can't wait to get started on July 8 and look forward to sharing this event with a massive audience."

Norman Chad, Lon McEachern and Kara Scott anchor all the coverage from the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, and will be joined by a rotating cast of player analysts throughout poker's longest-structured event.

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posted 7/5/17

THURSDAY: A Quiet Win
CBS Wins on "Big Brother"
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.670 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) edged out the competition on Thursday with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.583 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and "Life in Pieces" (4.689 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8) followed by a new "Big Brother 19" (5.305 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and the return of "Zoo" (3.068 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

NBC (4.250 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a close second with its trio of "Hollywood Game Night" (3.899 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "The Wall" (4.652 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and "The Night Shift" (4.200 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Next up was ABC (3.403 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) with week two of "Boy Band" (2.709 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), the premiere of "Battle of the Network Stars" (4.030 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and a new "The Gong Show" (3.471 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.783 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up fresh installments from "Beat Shazam" (3.129 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "Love Connection" (2.437 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

And finally, repeats of "Supernatural" (1.058 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and a second "Supernatural" (0.966 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) rounded out the night on The CW (1.012 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

Of note on cable: MTV's bigger and bolder "Wild 'N Out" premiere on Thursday, June 29, was the network's highest rated unscripted episode with P12-17 in more than two years, up a whopping 143% while young adults P18-34 were up 86%. The episode garnered a 1.0 P12-17 and .7 P18-34.

"A return to New York City and our incredible partnership with superstar host and creator Nick Cannon set the stage for the biggest, boldest, wildest season yet of this groundbreaking comedy franchise," said Nina L. Diaz, Head of Unscripted Programming, MTV and VH1. "We're thrilled with 'Wild 'N Out's' stellar performance thanks to Nick and Chance's epic head to head battle."

The series' first-ever hour-long episode featured Chance the Rapper as the guest captain and Saba as the musical guest with additional A-list talent to appear throughout.

It was the #3 most social show on cable with social interactions +27% from last season's premiere.

Elsewhere... ..
- Alone (History): 1.540k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 950k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (SP/MTV): 839k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 332k

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posted 7/5/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "ABC Drawing Blanks"

  • "Match Game" looks to be quietly prepping for season 3... (TV Series Finale)
     

  • Author, sex therapist & model for "The Price Is Right Live" just scored the ultimate prize... Drew Carey. (PopCrush)
     

  • Fans of Iain Stirling are just realizing that Iain Stirling voices "Love Island" (JOE)
     

  • After having a double masectomy, Lesley Murphy got double breast implants (Reality TV World)
     

  • Nick Viall & Vanessa Grimaldi at a wedding together. That's not awkward at all (Reality TV World)
     

  • Can we just leave Ronda Rousey's career alone? (FloCombat)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with John Henson on his test run of "iWitness" (WNYW New York)

posted 7/5/17

Fox Gets Back into Singing
Network Options "The Final Four" (Working Title)
From Deadline

Fox isn’t taking lying down ABC’s order to reboot Fox’s longrunning singing competition American Idol, pushing forward with development of Israeli singing format The Final Four.

This franchise, licensed by Armoza Formats eliminates the pesky so-called “lousy auditions” stage of Idol, unveiling four finalists in the opening episode, as show name suggests, picked by the show’s three judges. Each week, new competitors are introduced who will attempt to dethrone one of the finalists. Show tagline: “We start with the best and only get better.”

“The Final Four is a new take on the singing competition genre, bringing all the most loved elements of music shows to the table and serving only the best of them in a way that has never been seen before,” Armoza Formats CEO Avi Armoza said back in March when the “shiny-floor singing competition” format officially was unveiled.

“And because of its unique structure, any viewer who thinks they’re good enough to challenge one of the finalists can do so through the app at any time, involving the audience throughout the season,” he added.

And, so as not to confuse fans of NCAA “Final Four,” the singing competition’s name will be changed.

ABC, in unveiling its primetime plans for next season said it would bring format changes to American Idol, which Fox execs had suggested, after losing out in talk with Idol producer FreemantleMedia, was coming back too soon after their network pulled the plug, owing to lagging ratings and soaring costs. Those changes will reflect “clear ABC hallmark and brand,” entertainment division chief Channing Dungey told reporters during Upfront Week.

Meanwhile NBC has been working to make its singing competition The Voice, more Idol-esque, securing some of its best-known alums, Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson, to coach the coming season.

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posted 7/3/17


CBS/EndemolShine North America
... And Then There Were 15
CBS Wins While Contestant Self-Evicts
From various sources

After experiencing a difficult time on set, Big Brother contestant Megan Lowder chose to leave the show after two episodes. In an interview with The Desert Sun, the California-native explained that she left due to experiencing increased symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from a past event during her time in the Navy.

“When I was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia, I was sexually assaulted and I got really bad PTSD from it,” she explained in the interview. “So in the house… I had a lot of guys yelling at me and attacking me and it started really affecting me and making my anxiety severe and I was starting to get physically ill,” she continued. “I was throwing up, I had diarrhea, I was nauseous all the time.”

Though Lowder did not announce her absence from the show until Friday night, live feed watchers of Big Brother, now in its 19th season, noticed Thursday night that she had left. Lowder did appear in the two-day premiere on Wednesday and Thursday. The pre-recorded, televised show which includes Lowder leaving the show will air on Sunday.

Now reportedly back at home in Cathedral City, CA with her family, Megan Lowder took to Twitter to apologize and to thank her fans for their support.

"Thank you guys for the support I love all of the fans and I'm sorry of I took someone's spot that was more deserving than me. The support is so overwhelming. I don't even know what to say. Thank you all."
-Megan Lowder @MeganAnnBB19


“I was expecting to have one of the funnest summers of my life,” she shared with The Desert Sun. “I did have fun. I had a great time, until all that just got the best of me.”

CBS (4.355 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) was the most-watched network on Sunday with a repeat of "60 Minutes" (5.482 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) alongside a new "Big Brother 19" (5.231 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and second runs of "Madam Secretary" (3.085 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.622 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

ABC (3.882 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) however split the demo crown with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.901 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.542 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2), "Steve Harvey's Funderdome" (3.694 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "$100,000 Pyramid" (3.393 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) repeats.

Next up was NBC (2.771 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with rebroadcasts of "Dateline NBC" (3.727 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "The Wall" (2.361 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "American Ninja Warrior" (2.499 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.047 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (0.776 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14), another "Bob's Burgers" (0.856 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14), "The Simpsons" (1.226 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Family Guy" (1.301 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) plus a new "American Grit" (1.061 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

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posted 7/3/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Fireworks on the Internet"

  • Jeopardy! writers once again manage to confuse and befuddle the Internet. Because the Internet. (Salon)
     

  • ... PLUS Alex Trebek celebrates Canada 150 (CBC)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jim Peck (WTMJ-AM Milwaukee)

posted 7/3/17


NBC/World of Dance
Another "World"
NBC Renews Jennifer Lopez-Produced Dance Hit
From Yahoo!

The Jennifer Lopez-led competition dance show “World of Dance” has been renewed for a second season.

“I am so proud to not only star, but produce a show that is so close to my heart,” Lopez said in a statement. “I am so happy that ‘World of Dance’ has resonated with audiences and we are able to put dancers on the pedestal they deserve.”

NBC won large with the “World of Dance” series premiere, making it the top premiere for a summer alternative series in five years, and the most-watched in nine. The show is actually now the biggest regular time slot premiere in all of 2017 in the 18-49 time slot.

“We are thrilled that the unrivaled athleticism and authenticity that inspired us to create ‘World of Dance’ has been embraced by both the dance community and our viewers,” said Meredith Ahr, president of Universal Television Alternative Studio.

“World of Dance,” like other competition dance shows, allows dancers to show off their skills and compete for a $1 million grand prize. Lopez is a judge along with Derek Hough, NE-YO and Jenna Dewan Tatum, who also serves as a mentor.

The solo contestants compete against duos and groups in multiple categories, including hip-hop, ballet, ballroom and more.

The show is averaging a 2.8 rating among the coveted 18-49 demographic with 11 million viewers overall. It’s the number two summer entertainment series behind another NBC staple, “America’s Got Talent.”

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posted 6/30/17

Caesars Says Move
"Millionaire" Moves to a New Home in Vegas
From KTNV Las Vegas

Caesars Entertainment is expanding into the film and television industry.

The company opened a 48,000-square-foot soundstage studio this week that will allow for taping of game shows, sitcoms, movies and more.

The popular "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?" is going through run-throughs to prepare for production this summer.

Jason Gastwirth, a vice president at Caesars, says that's just the start.

"Las Vegas is the perfect place to [produce movies and TV,] having close proximity to Hollywood as well as the infrastructure to support these productions," Gastwirth said.

The Nevada Film Office welcomes the new studio.

Eric Preiss is the director there, and he says Caesars is doubling down on its reputation as being film- and TV-friendly.

"At the end of the day it's about showcasing the state of Nevada to the world and hiring locals, using local production companies," Preiss said.

Since 2012, there have been an average of nearly 500 productions a year in Nevada.

Preiss says that number could rise in coming years.

"The old philosophy is 'If you build it, they will come,'" he said. "We need to build it and then we need to use those facilities to attract more production."

Auditions for "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" begin July 5 at Bally's.

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posted 6/30/17

Case Closed
"Bachelor in Paradise" Investigation Closed, Olympios Won't Be Back
From the Futon Critic

Corinne Olympios, the now ex-Bachelor in Paradise contestant who earlier this month said she was a victim in the events leading to a temporary production shutdown of the ABC reality show, has ended her investigation into the matter.

Olympios released the following statement today:

“In light of the overwhelming amount of misinformation that has been spread in the media, I want to clarify a few things. My intent over the past few weeks has been to learn and understand what happened on June 4. While I never filed complaints or accusations against anyone associated with Bachelor in Paradise, my team and I felt it was very important to be thorough in getting to the bottom of what had occurred. I felt victimized by the fact that others were judging me through conflicting and unsubstantiated reports, while I myself had no recollection of the events that transpired.

My team’s investigation into this matter has now been completed to my satisfaction. I am also happy about the changes that have been made to the production of Bachelor In Paradise. While I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to have been a participant on The Bachelor, and while I was invited to return to Bachelor In Paradise when production resumed, I respectfully made the decision not to return.

I understand the media’s interest in this story, and I greatly appreciate my fans’ concerns for my well-being, but I think it is best if I keep any further thoughts private for now.”


In early June, Warner Bros. halted, then resumed, production on the ABC reality-competition show due to what the studio called an “allegation of misconduct” involving two of the contestants, Olympios and DeMario Jackson. At the time, Olympios said: “I am a victim and have spent the last week trying to make sense of what happened on June 4. Although I have little memory of that night, something bad obviously took place.”

Both the studio and Olympios announced investigations into the matter after a show producer filed an internal complaint that the two contestants had engaged in a sexual act while intoxicated.

Production resumed after Warner Bros announced that its investigation was completed and that videotape of the incident “does not support any charge of misconduct by a cast member.”

Olympios and attorney Marty Singer continued their own investigation, until today’s announcement.

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posted 6/30/17


CBS/EndemolShine North America
WEDNESDAY: Moving Day
"Big Brother" Begins Season 19 on Top
From The Futon Critic

CBS (5.097 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) surged to the top spot on Wednesday with the two-hour premiere of "Big Brother 19" (5.858 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and a repeat "Criminal Minds" (3.574 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

FOX (2.810 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the silver draw with fresh installments of "MasterChef" (3.499 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and "The F Word with Gordon Ramsay" (2.121 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Next up was NBC (3.852 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with originals from "Little Big Shots: Forever Young" (6.511 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and "The Carmichael Show" (3.512 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) followed by repeats of "The Carmichael Show" (2.787 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "This Is Us" (1.897 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.669 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) served up repeats of "The Goldbergs" (2.628 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), "Speechless" (2.113 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), "Modern Family" (2.575 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "American Housewife" (2.333 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and a new "To Tell the Truth" (3.184 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

And finally, second runs of "Arrow" (0.767 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.748 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) rounded out the night on The CW (0.757 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 640k
- Big Star Little Star (USA.9p): 599k
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food/9p): 549k
- Big Star Little Star (SF/USA/10p): 408k
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 392k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 369k
- Talk Show the Game Show (truTV): 177k

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posted 6/30/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Murica"

  • Alec Baldwin as the president as the president... (The Wrap)
     

  • ICYMI: Snoop meets Jamie on "Beat Shazam" (The Wrap)
     

  • SPOILER ALERT: DO NOT CLICK THIS LINK unless you've seen the live feeds OR Sunday's episode!  (Reality TV World)

posted 6/30/17

TUESDAY: Numbers Delayed, "Bachelorette" Denied
NBC Wins on "AGT"
From The Futon Critic

NBC (10.649 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) held off the competition on Tuesday with new episodes from "America's Got Talent" (12.114 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and "World of Dance" (7.720 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2).

ABC (3.840 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the silver draw with a special "The Bachelorette" (4.767 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), the penultimate "Downward Dog" (2.162 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #7) and the de facto finale of "Downward Dog" (1.810 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Next up was CBS (5.846 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its repeat trio of "NCIS" (6.208 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Bull" (5.467 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.863 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.439 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) likewise opted for repeats of "Lethal Weapon" (1.749 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "The Mick" (1.211 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.048 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.653 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) led into the season finale of "iZombie" (0.839 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) on The CW (0.746 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Team Ninja Warrior (SF/USA): 1.040m
- Ink Master: Shop Wars (Spike): 894k
- Chopped (Food): 784k
- Chopped Junior Champions (SF/Food): 687k
- Fear Factor (MTV): 642k
- Face Off (Syfy): 625k

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posted 6/29/17

GSN, Tornante-Sinclair Make "Snap Decision"
David Alan Grier Hosts Starting August 7
From the Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today the premiere of SNAP DECISION, a new comedic half-hour game show series hosted by actor and comedian David Alan Grier ("The Carmichael Show"). SNAP DECISION is produced for broadcast syndication in a joint venture with Tornante-Sinclair LLC and asks, "What can you tell about a person just by looking at them?" It will debut with four back-to-back half-hour episodes on Monday, August 7 from 9-11pm ET/PT (8-10pm CT) on GSN, and then will move into its regular Tuesdays at 9:00pm ET/PT (8pm CT) time period the following night, August 8. It will have a unique air schedule, as it can also be seen weekdays on 20 Sinclair stations nationwide beginning August 7 (check local listings for exact times and stations).

SNAP DECISION is a new comedy game show created by veteran producer Scott St. John ("Match Game," "Deal or No Deal") that puts preconceptions, first impressions, and gut instinct to the ultimate test. Studio contestants go head-to-head for a $10,000 grand prize as they are asked to make snap judgments about three strangers, recently interviewed on the street. However, looks can be deceiving, as people are often not who they may seem, leading to unexpected twists, turns, and outrageous and hilarious results.

At the center of all the action is three-time Tony(R) and Grammy(R) Award nominee David Alan Grier. Although Grier's acting career is rooted in live theater, he has since also made a name for himself in the world of television. He is currently starring in his third season of NBC's "The Carmichael Show," and is also known to TV viewers for his recent role as the Cowardly Lion in the critically acclaimed TV movie "The Wiz Live!" for which he earned two Image Awards and two Critics' Choice Awards nominations. Most notably, he was an integral cast member of the classic and groundbreaking hit variety television show "In Living Color," and was named among Comedy Central's list of the "Top 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time."

"I think we can all agree David Alan Grier is really really really funny and we are lucky to have him as the host of the show," said Amy Introcaso-Davis, executive vice president of programming and development, GSN. "David's brand of satiric observational comedy, coupled with his massive improvisational skills are the perfect complement to this highly addictive format."

"Building an original game show franchise requires new thinking," said Arthur Hasson, COO of Programming at Sinclair Broadcast Group. "Great game play and a great host are wise starting points and SNAP DECISION boldly checks these boxes. We are excited about the prospects of having this show air on both broadcast and cable platforms, and we believe that this unique new model offers multiple opportunities to build the brand."

"Scott St. John and his team have created a very funny game and the viewers will love to play along," said Lauren Corrao, Co- President, Tornante TV. "With its comedic take on challenging human nature to prejudge other people, SNAP DECISION will ultimately help fade the lines that separate us and encourage us to be more accepting of our differences."

The show is co-produced by GSN and Tornante-Sinclair LLC. Executive producers are Scott St. John and Lauren Corrao.

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posted 6/28/17

No Lights Out for "Fifteen to One"
Quiz Reboot Renewed for Two More Seasons
From C21 Media

Channel 4 in the UK has ordered a further two seasons of quizshow format Fifteen to One.

The show is produced by Argonon Group-owned Remedy Productions and is exec produced by Jim Regan, who heads up the producer’s Scottish office. Series producer is Stuart Harrison.

Fifteen to One requires contestants to answer questions to avoid elimination while nominating their competitors in a bid to get them knocked out.

It was rebooted in 2013, with nearly 300 episodes of the show being broadcast across the eight seasons since.

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posted 6/29/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Technical Difficulties"

  • Tick tock, Nick Viall and Vanessa Grimaldi. Tick. Tock. (Reality TV World)
     

  • "Bachelor in Paradise" to address the stoppage, reports (Reality TV World)
     

  • Ryan Clark-Neal stole a jumpsuit from "The Crystal Maze". No, that's not petty at all... (The List)

posted 6/29/17

Quoth the "Raven"...
CBBC to Reboot Kid's Show
From Den of Geek!

Reviving gameshows seems to be a hot thing at the moment.

Den of Geek! is reporting that CBBC is bringing back one of its most memorable challenge-based series: Raven, where kids partake in five days of activities under the watchful eye of a mythical title character with a thing for birds.

In the original ten series of the show, James Mackenzie filled the role of Raven, the host at the heart of the show; he carryied a staff and dished out instructions in 260 episodes.

In the new version, McKenzie will still have a role (according to the Radio Times), but he won't be the main host.

Instead, River City's Aisha Toussaint is stepping into the role of Raven.

"I used to dream of one day being a warrior contestant – I never for a second imagined that I’d one day be Raven", Toussaint said in a statement. "My 11-year-old self would be gobsmacked!"

The BBC teased that, "with an intriguing back story for the new lead and lots of exciting and action-packed challenges, the series expands and develops the format of the original to make it appeal to a whole new generation of viewers."

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posted 6/28/17

End of an Era as "Quizbusters" Signs Off
Local High School Quizzer to End After 29 Years
From Lansing State Journal

High school academic aces get just one more chance to shine on television: The 29th season of the WKAR-TV game show "QuizBusters," taping this fall, will be its last.

"We're just going to play 63 more games and hope that they're fabulous," said Matt Ottinger, host of the show since its beginning.

Ottinger said as many as 100 different school districts, including home school groups, have sent teams to compete on the quiz show over the years in the "green" division for larger schools and the "white" division for smaller districts. Students on the top team in each division win $5,000, one-year scholarships to Michigan State University.

"The students are playing for fun, for pride and ultimately for prizes," he said.

Ottinger, 57, has a day job as telecommunications coordinator for Okemos Public Schools, but is a lifelong game show enthusiast. QuizBusters is recorded two nights a week during a fall period that runs from October through early December.

Ottinger prepares 80 questions per program on various academic topics from chemistry to history to literature. The show hosts teams from 64 high schools per season.

When producer Mike Mihalus retired from his full-time gig at WKAR a while back, he kept just one assignment: "QuizBusters."

Ottinger said he will always relish the experience of hosting the show.

"It's is something I've wanted to do since I was a little boy, and I've had the chance to do it, and I'm grateful to WKAR for giving me that opportunity," he said.

He said he always enjoys hearing from former "QuizBusters" contestants, both in person and on social media.

"The first question I'll always ask is, 'What are you doing now?" he said. "They always circle it back to telling me that in their high school experience, 'QuizBusters' was a highlight."

Susi Elkins, WKAR general manager, started working on the show as a student camera operator and was its producer for nine years.

She said it was a mutual decision to end the program.

"Matt and I have been talking for a long time I think we both knew this day was going to come at some point," she said. "It's really hard to imagine not doing the show, but it's really exciting to think about what lies ahead, and what we could try that's new," she said.

She said WKAR is committed to educational programming. For example, its children's science show, "Curious Crew," is entering its fourth season and just won a regional Emmy award for host Rob Stephenson and executive producer Tim Zeko. WKAR also created a channel filled with children's programming, WKAR PBS KIDS, which started broacasting in January.

Elkins said the focus for "QuizBusters" right now is creating an excellent final season of the program.

"We wanted to make sure we go out with a bang and get an opportunity to connect with past participants," she said. "We have some cool idea of how we can engage with fans and people that love the show."

(Full disclosure: series producer & host Matt Ottinger is a friend of the site, but this story was self-sourced)

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posted 6/28/17

SYNDIES: Week 40
Results for the Week Ending June 18
From TV Newscheck

Ratings for many syndicated shows were lower in the week ending June 18, thanks to competition with — or preemptions from — news coverage of Attorney General Jeff Sessions Senate testimony on June 13 and the June 14 shooting of House Republican Whip Steve Scalise and four others on a Virginia baseball field.

Elsewhere in access, the top three quiz shows — Family Feud, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy — all sagged to new season-lows, however Feud, with a loss of 8% to a 5.9, finished first in the group for the 60th consecutive week.

The highest-rated show for the 11th time in the past 12 weeks was Judge Judy, which was in repeats on four of the five days and down-ticked 3% for the week, but still improved 7% from last year to a 6.3. Of note, Judy was the only show on the overall chart to surpass the 6 level in the ratings.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.9 ** -8%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.2** -4%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.1** -4%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 NC
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.1 NC

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posted 6/28/17



ABC/FremantleMedia/NBC/TBS Television
MONDAY: What a Difference a Feud Makes
"Family Feud" Helps ABC Split Demos with NBC
From The Futon Critic

NBC (5.308 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) was still the most-watched network on Monday with new episodes from "American Ninja Warrior" (6.001 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" (3.923 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

ABC (4.993 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) however shared in the demo honors thanks to a new "The Bachelorette" (5.345 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and a repeat "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.289 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

Next up was FOX (2.785 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with fresh installments from "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.110 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and "Superhuman" (2.460 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.923 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for repeats of "Kevin Can Wait" (4.350 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Man with a Plan" (4.003 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Mom" (4.085 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Life in Pieces" (3.573 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "Scorpion" (3.762 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11).

And finally, The CW (1.280 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night with a repeat "Supergirl" (1.276 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12), a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.230 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.340 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

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Deadline

posted 6/27/17

Francophone Canada to Build "The Wall"
EndemolShine Exports LeBron James' Game
From TBI Vision

Canadian broadcaster TVA is getting its own French-language version of NBC game show The Wall.

TVA stablemate Quebecor Content has acquired rights to the show from Endemol Shine International.

The series has been a ratings hit in the US, where NBC debuted it in primetime. A subsequent access prime version in France for has also done well, becoming the territory’s best performing game show launch since 2009, with Endemol Shine also selling the format into Spain and Germany.

Broadcast details for the French-Canadian version will follow “at a later date”.

Yann Paquet, VP of acquisitions and international development at Quebecor Content, claimed the format was “the most popular game show in the world”.

“It gets monster ratings wherever it’s aired and we have absolutely confidence it will thrill our viewers and touch their hearts,” he added.

Legendary NBA basketball player LeBron James co-created the format with SpringHill Entertainment’s Maverick Carter and Andrew Glassman of Glassman Media. In the US Universal Television Alternative Studio is coproducer.

The quiz format requires contestants to answer questions and get favorable ‘bounces’ from a giant wall in order to win cash prizes.

TVA and Quebecor Content are part of Quebecor Media Group.

TBI Vision
Quebecor
The Hollywood Reporter
C21 Media

posted 6/27/17

Atari Looking for a Codebreaker
Video Game Pioneer Teams with Discovery Europe
From C21 Media

Discovery Science in Europe has commissioned an interactive gameshow with video game pioneer Atari that will initially air in the UK and Poland.

The Discovery Communications-owned channel has greenlit Atari: Codebreaker, which will launch this autumn before rolling out into other European territories.

Atari was launched in 1972 and became an early giant of the video game industry, creating successful games as well as arcades, games consoles and personal computers.

The show will take the form of a quiz imagined for the Atari generation and their families. It will consist of four rounds, the first two featuring questions on science topics, with the winning teams going head-to-head in a battle to find the combination to a safe containing prizes.

Shortform content taking viewers behind the scenes of the show will be available via a dedicated website. Atari Media Production and TH Films are producing.

C21 Media

posted 6/27/17


ABC
WEEKEND: No Slowing Down the Summer Games
ABC's Block Goes Boom, NBC's Big Hire Goes Bust
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.427 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.924 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Celebrity Family Feud" (7.085 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1),"Steve Harvey's Funderdome" (5.485 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and "$100,000 Pyramid" (5.214 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2).

The silver then went to NBC (2.723 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) with a new "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" (3.410 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) followed by the feature "Despicable Me" (2.537 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #6) and an encore of "Little Big Shots: Forever Young" (2.407 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Next up was CBS (4.786 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) with its repeat lineup of "60 Minutes" (7.209 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (4.964 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), "Madam Secretary" (3.803 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15) and "Code Black" (3.169 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13).

And finally, repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (0.905 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13), "The Last Man on Earth" (0.634 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15), "The Simpsons" (1.061 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Family Guy" (1.203 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) plus a new "American Grit" (1.034 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) rounded out the night on FOX (0.978 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

On cable Sunday...
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.673m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.081m

Meanwhile, VH1 reported that a record 859,000 people tuned in to the Season 9 finale, which signaled a 218 percent increase over last season’s finale in the coveted 18-49 demographic.

The full season also saw a significant increase over Season 8, with a 122 percent increase in viewers in the same group.

VH1 also said the show was the highest trending television program on social media Friday, ranking in non-sports, non-news cable categories.

The news comes after a record-setting premiere with special guest star Lady Gaga, which brought in 987,000 total viewers. That sum doubled its Season 8 premiere and tripled VH1’s time slot average.

Season 10 of "Drag Race" is forthcoming.

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posted 6/27/17


Games Gone By: Monopoly
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

"Monopoly" has been a favorite of old-school gamers for over 80 years and a lot of people have tried to find way to capitalize on it. You'd think Merv Griffin could've come up with something more...well, more watchable than his game show based on the board game. But Chris Wolvie is here to prove that theory wrong with his latest "Games Gone By..."

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 6/27/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Happily (N)ever After"

  • Erin Andrews shows off her "fairtytale" wedding (Reality TV World)
     

  • Heidi Klum's boyfriend: in a kissing picture. Also Heidi Klum's boyfriend: it wasn't me (Reality TV World)
     

  • DeMario Jackson: Corinne came onto me. The rest of the world: We're STILL talking about this? (TV Line) PLUS get ready for a new drug policy (The Wrap)
     

  • Alec Baldwin to return to SNL with his impersonation of (BLANK) (Broadway World)
     

  • Blake Shelton to be "The Voice"... of NBC's NASCAR opening package (Broadway World)
     

  • Like Ed Sheeran? Blame Jamie Foxx (The Wrap)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: "Candy Crush" has yet to air, and it's already breaking a record (CNET)

posted 6/27/17

Facebook Wants to Get Its Game On
Social Network to Invest in Original Programming
From The Drum

Facebook is reportedly looking to extend its tentacles into Hollywood Boulevard by championing a new wave of scripted TV programming aimed at 13 to 34-year-olds by late summer.

According to a report from the Wall Street Journal, the social network is in talks with LA-based studios and agencies around the creation of original, scripted shows.

Perhaps mindful of ongoing criticism around the platform's role in the spread of fake news and its stance on moderation, Facebook will apparently seek to nip any controversy in the bud by avoiding difficult subjects like news and politics, as well as banning nudity and foul language.

Instead the TV-grade shows, which are reported to be budgeted at up to $3m per episode, will focus on non-contentious dramas, reality programming and game shows. Facebook is thought to have already scheduled meetings with talent agencies to hit the ground running in a race to own as much video content as possible.

While the company has declined to comment on the specifics of the report, Facebook’s vice-president of media partnerships, Nick Grudin, told the WSJ: "We're supporting a small group of partners and creators as they experiment with the kinds of shows you can build a community around – from sports to comedy to reality to gaming. We're focused on episodic shows and helping all our partners understand what works across different verticals and topics."

It is expected that the first content to see the light of day will be a millennial relationship drama called Strangers and the game show Last State Standing.

Should Facebook enter the highly congested market, it will need to face off against the likes of Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, all of which have amassed significant content libraries with which to lure subscribers.

Facebook's content ambitions were thrown into further focus over the weekend when it unveiled a video creation app for influencers as it seeks to muscle in on YouTube's turf.

Rumors have been circulating about Facebook's interest in producing TV-style shows since the social network hired CollegeHumor founder Ricky Van Veen as head of global creative strategy last June.

The Drum
SiliconBeat
Tubefilter

posted 6/26/17

MTV Uses "Safeword"
Adaptation of British Comedy Game Coming
From The Futon Critic

MTV today announced the debut of new comedy series, "SafeWord," where famous friends become famous frenemies all for a good laugh. "SafeWord" will premiere on Thursday, July 13 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT, immediately following a new episode of "Wild 'N Out" and as part of MTV's "Throwdown Thursdays" comedy block.

From the producers of "Lip Sync Battle" and hosted by Terrence J, the star-studded season will feature Kevin Hart, Damien Dante Wayans, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Marlon Wayans, Kelly Rowland, Nelly, LaLa Anthony, Amber Rose, "13 Reasons Why" cast mates Ross Butler and Justin Prentice, Charlamagne Tha God, Drake Bell, Lil Rel Howery, Jermaine Fowler and more.

"SafeWord" is based off the U.K. format that aired on itv2 and was originally developed and produced by STV Productions and Motion Content Group. In each episode, the celebrity guests will partner with superstar comedians, including Carly Aquilino, Sam Jay, Ricky Velez, Leonard Ouzts, Taylor Tomlinson, Akaash Singh, Matt Pavich, Sherry Cola to help them play a series of games in front a live audience. Throughout multiple rounds, the teams go head-to-head daring each other in a variety of challenges including social media games that have already stirred up quite a bit of controversy. In the spirit of a friendly comedy roast, the celebs are tasked with taking the heat, but can always stop the pain by using their "safeword."

For more, follow the show on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @mtvsafeword or visit www.mtv.com/shows/safeword.

"SafeWord" is Executive Produced Jay Peterson, Todd Lubin and Jerry Carita for Matador. James Sunderland serves as showrunner. Terrence Jenkins serves as host and Executive Producer. Candida Boyette-Clemons and Paul Ricci are Executive Producers for MTV. The series is directed by Michael Simon.

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Deadline
Variety

posted 6/26/17

"Millionaire" Nigeria Delivers Final Answer... "For Now"
Sponsor MTN Pulls Out after 13 Years
From Pulse Nigeria

Thirteen years after creating so many memories and fun moments, the hit TV game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire is off the air.

On Sunday, June 25, 2017, the heartbreaking announcement was made via Twitter. The break is said to be "temporary" and "indefinite".

The game show will no longer be aired because its sponsor, telco MTN has pulled out.

"Unfortunately, tonight's episode is our last- for now. #WWTBAM is going on a temporal break" tweeted the official Twitter account of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

"We thank you for being with us through the 13-year-journey of enriching and impacting the lives of Nigerians. We wouldn't have been able to enrich so many Nigerians without the help of our sponsor @MTNNG So we say THANK YOU!For the first time since its inception 13 years ago, #WWTBAM will be going off air from today 25th June" it further tweeted.

Pulse Nigeria
Information Nigeria

posted 6/26/17

ABCDiscovers Heads to the US
At Stake: A Year-Long Talent Deal worth $25,000
From the Futon Critic

ABC Talent and Casting's fifth annual ABC Discovers: Digital Talent Competition, which takes place Monday, June 26 - Sunday, July 9, is live now in the U.S. The competition aims to discover and champion actors who may not have had the opportunity to be seen yet by a team of professional casting executives. Actors 18 and older are encouraged to visit ABCDiscovers.com to enter the contest for the chance to receive a one-year $25,000 talent deal with ABC. The 2017 winner will be announced Thursday, August 10, when their videos, along with the other top finalists, will be featured on the ABC Discovers website. Based on the success of prior U.S. competitions, ABC is also now launching a U.K. version of the competition at ABCDiscoversUK.com. The winner of the U.K. competition will receive a separate one-year $25,000 talent deal with ABC.

Ayo Davis, senior vice president, Talent and Casting, ABC Entertainment, said, "This competition is about access and opportunity for up-and-coming actors. We are incredibly proud of the talent that has surfaced in the first few years of the competition and can't wait to see who comes forward this year in both the U.S. and now also the U.K."

This year's ABCDiscovers.com competition site features commentary from Davis, as well as respected Casting Director Linda Lowy, who talks about how she found the cast of "Grey's Anatomy." Lowy's video features interviews with show talent, including Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr., Jessica Capshaw, Kelly McCreary, Jason George and Debbie Allen. Last year's 2016 competition winner, Beth Triffon, and comedian Akaash Singh ("Difficult People" and "The Leftovers") are also featured on the site.

To enter the ABC Discovers: Digital Talent Competition, actors are asked to create a video performing one of the comedy or drama scenes posted on ABCDiscovers.com. Actors will be judged on quality of performance, potential star power and technical skill set. For full details on eligibility, how to enter and for Official Rules, interested actors can visit ABCDiscovers.com. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, July 9.

The Digital Talent Competition is part of ABC Discovers, a series of initiatives that includes the annual New York and Los Angeles Talent Showcases, Actor Audition Workshop Week, Latino/Hispanic Outreach, Asian/Pacific Islander Outreach and Global Talent Outreach. The 2014 contest winner, Cornelius Smith Jr., is a series regular on the hit drama "Scandal," and 2015 contest winner Sam Adegoke has had numerous recurring roles on series, including "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" and "Switched at Birth." He is currently starring in the CW's reboot of "Dynasty." Last year's 2016 Digital Talent Competition winner Beth Triffon has a recurring role in the upcoming ABC series "Ten Days in the Valley."

The Futon Critic

posted 6/26/17


ABC
THURSDAY: The Battle of Premieres... and Fox Wins Youngsters
CBS, Fox Split Night
From The Futon Critic

FOX (3.036 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) edged out the demo competition on Thursday with new episodes from "Beat Shazam" (3.161 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) and "Love Connection" (2.913 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

NBC (3.921 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with the summer premieres of "Hollywood Game Night" (3.793 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "The Wall" (4.436 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and "The Night Shift" (3.534 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Next up was CBS (4.125 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.319 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1), "Superior Donuts" (4.507 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Mom" (4.427 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Life in Pieces" (3.572 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "MacGyver" (2.964 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.247 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) offered up the launch of "Boy Band" (3.134 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), a second hour of "Boy Band" (2.838 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and the premiere of "The Gong Show" (3.769 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

And finally, repeats of "Supernatural" (1.205 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and a second "Supernatural" (1.261 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) rounded out the night on The CW (1.233 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.471m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 929k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 304k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 285k

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posted 6/26/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Registered at Tambourines R Us?"

  • Erin Andrews, fresh off of playing "The $100,000 Pyramid", is officially off the market (Yahoo! Sports)
     

  • Lionel Richie heading to "Idol"? (Reality TV World)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: what's more painful, an Argentinean getting her arm snapped on a game show called "What Hand Is It In?"..; or a game show called "What Hand Is It In?" (International Business Times)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 7 secrets of winning a game show (Cosmopolitan)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "The Crystal Maze" (Den of Geek!)
     

  • Susan Boyle being accosted by a group of ruffians is today's reason why we can't have nice things (Reality TV World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jamie Foxx, dating at 49 (Reality TV World)

posted 6/26/17


C4
Start the Fans!
"The Crystal Maze" Returns Tonight
From Digital Spy

If any of you have found yourselves accidentally bingeing old episodes of Bullseye or Supermarket Sweep on the Challenge TV channel, then you'll know that there's secretly a huge demand for '90s game-show nostalgia.

And that's precisely the reason why so many people got on board for the Crystal Maze live immersive experience in London in 2015, and why that led to last year's one-off celebrity special with Stephen Merchant as host.

We wanted more of the same, and thankfully, Channel 4 has obliged with at least 20 new episodes of the classic game show, with The IT Crowd's Richard Ayoade as the new host. But is it any good?

Digital Spy
Radio Times
Radio Times
Sunday Post
Get Surrey
What's on TV
TV Week
Digital Spy

posted 6/23/17

More on "Battle of the Network Stars"
Catch It on ABC NEXT Thursday!
From TV Line

The obstacle course of red, white and blue tires is the same, but the dunk tank is a bit more extreme as ABC wages a new Battle of the Network Stars starting Thursday, June 29 at 9/8c.

For the unfortunately uninitiated of you, the original intra-network “field day” competition that aired on ABC during the 1970s and ’80s pitted the Alphabet network against CBS and NBC and… well, that was it, kids. PBS and the scrambled WHT channel didn’t field teams.

‘Twas an age long before Instagram, offering the rare opportunity to see your favorite TV stars in their civvies (in this case, high-cut gym shorts paired with tube socks). You relished the intense rivalry between team captains such as Gabe Kaplan (aka ABC’s “Mr. Kot-ter“), Robert Conrad (daring you to knock the battery off NBC’s shoulder) and Telly Savalas (heading up CBS), all whilst grumbling that Farrah didn’t get enough camera time. Each day of games culled the field to two teams, who then faced off in a Tug-of-War that left many a precious TV star’s hand red and calloused.

Now, the Battle is back on, but with some updates. The 20 teams of five are now themed, and populated by TV stars both current and from days gone by — including many that vied in the original competitions. What else is new or familiar?

TV Line

posted 6/23/17

WEDNESDAY: Cooking Mamas... and Grandmamas
Fox, NBC Split Night
From The Futon Critic

FOX (2.715 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) inched past the competition on Wednesday with fresh installments from "MasterChef" (3.237 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and "The F Word with Gordon Ramsay" (2.193 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

NBC (4.291 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a close second with the premiere of "Little Big Shots: Forever Young" (7.418 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) followed by a new "The Carmichael Show" (3.966 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and repeats of "The Carmichael Show" (2.846 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "This Is Us" (2.050 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14).

Next up was CBS (3.592 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and repeats of "Undercover Boss" (3.121 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), "Criminal Minds" (3.857 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "Code Black" (3.799 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.834 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up second runs of "The Goldbergs" (3.045 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Speechless" (2.483 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Modern Family" (3.057 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "American Housewife" (2.650 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) plus the return of "To Tell the Truth" (2.885 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

And finally, rebroadcasts of "Arrow" (0.634 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.689 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15) rounded out the night on The CW (0.661 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Big Star Little Star (USA): 576k
- Lip Sync Battle (SP/Spike): 572k
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (SP/Spike): 526k
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 514k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 456k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 369k
- Talk Show the Game Show (truTV): 259k

Ratings for "Idiotest" & "Emogenius" are forthcoming.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/23/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "The Wall on the Wall"

  • VIDEO WALL: ... or is it Video "Wall"? Because Chris Hardwick is giving us some insight here (Access Hollywood) PLUS how EndemolShine turns it into a business (Variety)
     

  • ICYMI: last season on "RuPaul's Drag Race"... (Esquire)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "The Gong Show" (Huffpost)
     

  • ICYMI: Beat Shazam... (Broadway World)

posted 6/23/17

TUESDAY: One-Two Punch of NBC
The Real Challenge: Guessing Who Was #2
From the Futon Critic

NBC (10.947 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) cruised to another Tuesday victory with new episodes from "America's Got Talent" (12.548 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) and "World of Dance" (7.746 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2).

CBS (5.803 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) then was a distant second with repeats of "NCIS" (6.517 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Bull" (5.514 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.378 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

Next up was ABC (2.099 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with a new "Downward Dog" (3.163 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) followed by repeats of "The Middle" (2.158 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Black-ish" (1.813 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), another "Black-ish" (1.902 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "American Housewife" (1.870 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "Fresh Off the Boat" (1.690 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.336 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up second runs of "Lethal Weapon" (1.617 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "The Mick" (1.093 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.016 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (1.084 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) alongside a new "iZombie" (1.140 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) rounded out the evening for The CW (1.112 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Team Ninja Warrior (USA): 1.170m
- Ink Master: Shop Wars (Spike): 890k
- Chopped (Food): 864k
- Chopped Junior Champions (Food): 690k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros (SF/MTV): 539k
- Face Off (Syfy): 522k
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 514k
- Fear Factor (MTV): 490k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 299k

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posted 6/22/17

"Bachelor in Paradise" Production to Resume
WB Completes Investigation
From TV Line

Bachelor in Paradise is back in production, after a strong statement from the show’s producers.

Following their internal investigation of an incident between cast members Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson that shut down production of the ABC reality show, production company Warner Bros. TV has concluded that “the tape does not support any charge of misconduct by a cast member” and says Season 4 will resume filming.

Here’s the full statement from Warner Bros. TV:

“As we previously stated, we recently became aware of allegations regarding an incident on the set of Bachelor in Paradise in Mexico. We take all such allegations seriously. The safety, security and well-being of the cast and crew is our number one concern, and we suspended filming so that the allegations could be investigated immediately and thoroughly. Our internal investigation, conducted with the assistance of an outside law firm, has now been completed. Out of respect for the privacy interests of those involved, we do not intend to release the videotape of the incident. We can say, however, that the tape does not support any charge of misconduct by a cast member. Nor does the tape show, contrary to many press reports, that the safety of any cast member was ever in jeopardy. Production on this season of Bachelor in Paradise will be resuming, and we plan to implement certain changes to the show’s policies and procedures to enhance and further ensure the safety and security of all participants.”

ABC released a statement as well, confirming that Paradise will return to the network this summer:

“We appreciate the swift and complete investigation by Warner Bros. into allegations of misconduct on the set of Bachelor in Paradise. Given their results, the series will resume production, and will air this summer on ABC.”

The Bachelor spinoff shut down production earlier this month, after an alleged drunken hookup between Olympios and Jackson led to ugly consequences. Olympios went public, claiming to be “a victim,” while Jackson defended himself, saying his “character has been assassinated.” No word yet on whether either of them will be back when Paradise resumes filming Season 4.

Hours after Warner Bros. cleared Bachelor in Paradise of misconduct allegations, Corinne's attorney Marty Singer released a statement to E! News.

"It needs to be made crystal clear that production of Bachelor in Paradise was shut down because of multiple complaints received from 'BIP' producers and crew members on the set. It was not shut down due to any complaint filed by Corinne against anyone," Singer explained.

The high-profile entertainment lawyer continued, "It comes as no surprise that Warner Bros., as a result of its own internal investigation, would state that no wrongdoing had occurred. Our own investigation will continue based on multiple new witnesses coming forward revealing what they saw and heard."

On the other hand, DeMario Jackson reportedly has the option to appear on Bachelor in Paradise again once filming for Season 4 resumes.

According to multiple sources, DeMario has been invited back to Bachelor in Paradise after Warner Bros. completed its "misconduct" investigation and found no evidence of sexual assault, Us Weekly reported.

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posted 6/22/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Start the Fans"

  • FIRST LOOK: Tonight's "The Crystal Maze" premiere (Good Housekeeping)
     

  • Craig Ferguson heads to Montreal (Montreal Gazette)
     

  • Chris Hardwick's ID10T Festival coming (Metroactive)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: how to play "Candy Crush" (Entertainment Weekly)
     

  • Leah Block (and we can't stress this enough, no relation to our own Jay Block) issues the longest non-apology you'll read today (Reality TV World)
     

  • PROGRAMMING NOTES: "Hell's Kitchen" returns September 29 (The Futon Critic), while "Project Runway" plays August 17 (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Buddy Valastro mourns the loss of his mother (People)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jane Lynch, on why there aren't as many female game show hosts (People)

posted 6/22/17


CBS
A New Daytime: Money Money Yeah Yeah
CBS Renews TPIR for 2 Years, LMAD for 1
From The Futon Critic

CBS, the #1 rated network in daytime for 30 years, has renewed its entire Daytime schedule for the 2017-2018 season, including a three-year deal for daytime's #1 drama, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, and an additional two years for network television's #1 daytime show, THE PRICE IS RIGHT. The full lineup, which was just honored with an industry-leading 14 Daytime Emmy Awards, also includes new seasons of LET'S MAKE A DEAL, THE TALK and THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, which previously received a multi-year pickup through the 2017-2018 season.

"CBS Daytime has never been stronger. From 30 consecutive years of being #1 in the ratings, to another year as the most honored Network at the Daytime Emmys, our lineup of talk, game shows and dramas connects with our audience like no one else," said Angelica McDaniel, Executive Vice President, Daytime Programs and Syndicated Program Development, CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Distribution. "All of our talent, on screen and behind the scenes, is hard at work making the upcoming season of these award-winning series even bigger and bolder."

LET'S MAKE A DEAL, with Daytime Emmy Award-winning host Wayne Brady, will return for its ninth season. LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 is averaging 3.05 million viewers, while LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 is averaging 3.47 million viewers. Produced by FremantleMedia North America, the show is broadcast weekdays (check local listings). Mike Richards, Dan Funk and Jennifer Mullin are executive producers.

Network television's most watched daytime program, now in its 45th season, THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 is averaging 4.84 million viewers, while THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 is averaging 5.51 million viewers. Hosted by Drew Carey and produced by FremantleMedia North America, the series is broadcast weekdays (11:00 AM-12:00 PM, ET/10:00-11:00 AM, PT). Mike Richards and Jennifer Mullin are executive producers.

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posted 6/21/17

Discovery Heads to the Bush
"Bush League" Goes into Development
From the Futon Critic

Across the country, the bushcraft movement is growing. It is built on primitive wisdom, ingenuity, hard-won wilderness skills and a desire for self-reliance. But who are the best at their craft? Discovery Channel announced today that it has ordered BUSH LEAGUE (w/t), an all-new competition series where a group of wild artisans will set out to prove who is the ultimate master.

Born out of primitive skills gatherings happening all over the USA, the art of bushcrafting was once handed down from person to person. But today it's on a much larger scale with the power of social media allowing bushcrafters to challenge each other to more and more elaborate builds.

Now legendary Bush Master Matt Graham is leading the charge on a whole new level of competition and hosting an elite series of bushcraft summits deep in the wilds of Matt's home state of Utah. In these summits, two master bushcrafters will compete head to head in a bushcraft build-off themed to a specific environment, topography and primitive living challenge. Over a seven-day build period, the bushcrafters will create eye-popping builds, from tools to weapons to structures to transportation, all using nothing but their hard-won skills, a few simple hand tools and whatever resources nature provides.

Once the dust has settled, Matt will judge the completed works using the four tenets of bushcraft: materials, craftsmanship, function and liveability. At stake for the bushcrafters: bragging rights, reputation and the knowledge that they were able to adapt, overcome and thrive in an unknown environment.

BUSH LEAGUE (w/t) is produced for Discovery Channel by Original Productions. For Original, Executive Producers are Sarah Whalen, Ernie Avila, Steve Robillard and Matthew Braley and Co-Executive producer Adam Flacks. For Discovery Channel, Joseph Boyle and Dave Freed are Executive Producers. To learn more, go to www.discovery.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/discovery and on Twitter @Discovery.

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posted 6/21/17

SYNDIES: Week 39
Results for the Week Ending June 11
From TV Newscheck

Most syndicated shows were solid performers in the session ending June 11 despite heavy preemptions for coverage of former FBI Director James Comey’s Senate testimony on June 8.

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

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1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.4 +2%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.4 +2%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.3 NC
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 NC
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.1 NC

Wheel and Jeopardy! were the only two syndicated game shows broadcasting new shows during the frame.

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posted 6/21/17

Let's Hear It for the Boys
Meet the Cast of "Boy Band", Premiering Tomorrow
From Reality TV World

Boy Band's premiere is fast approaching, and ABC has revealed the identities of the 30 contestants who will be competing for five spots in America's next great boy band.

Thousands of singers were narrowed down to a group of 30 young and talented male vocalists, who will audition before the show's "architects" -- Spice Girls member Emma "Baby Spice" Bunton, Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter, and producer Timbaland -- when Boy Band premieres with a two-hour episode on Thursday, June 22 at 8PM ET/PT on ABC.

Only 18 singers will advance to the next round, during which the architects -- another word for coaches or mentors -- will begin mixing and matching talent to form three groups of six boys.

As previously announced, each episode will feature a different theme, and the architects will shuffle contestants to find the best combination of voices to perform, live, for America. Architects will also critique each band's performance and collectively determine the two contestants who are up for elimination each week.

After the contestants in jeopardy perform solo "survival" songs, home viewers will be able to vote live for their favorite band members during each broadcast, ultimately creating a group of their very own.

Boy Band's final and official group will win a recording contract with Hollywood Records. And in the finale, America's favorite five band members will debut and perform a brand new single together for the first time.

Boy Band will be hosted by Rita Ora. Beginning on June 29, the show will air one-hour broadcasts each week at 8PM ET/PT.

Below is the list of 30 male singers who will compete on ABC's Boy Band this summer:

- Drew Ramos, a 19-year-old from Bronx, NY
- Jon Klaasen, a 19-year-old from Greenwood, IN
- Cameron Armstrong, a 22-year-old from Columbia, SC
- Andrew Butcher, a 17-year-old from Greenwood, IN
- Miles Wesley, a 19-year-old from Marble Falls, TX
- Santino Cardinale, an 18-year-old from Las Vegas, NV
- Gianni Cardinale, a 16-year-old from Las Vegas, NV
- Marcus Pendleton, a 16-year-old from Nashville, TN
- Gavin Becker, an 18-year-old from Philadelphia, PA
- Sergio Calderon, a 16-year-old from Redwood City, CA
- Cam Jackson, a 19-year-old from Willingboro, NJ
- Michael Conor, a 17-year-old from Cleveland, OH
- Nate Wyatt, a 20-year-old from Cincinnati, OH
- Jay "J Hype" Gilbert, a 14-year-old from Las Vegas, NV
- Jaden Gray, a 16-year-old from Hawthorne, CA
- Chance Perez, a 19-year-old from Seal Beach, CA
- Alan Ayala, an 18-year-old from Monterey, Mexico
- Timmy Thames, a 17-year-old from Malibu, CA
- Zack Taylor, a 24-year-old from Kansas City, MO
- Dylan Rey, a 17-year-old from Plano, TX
- Andrew Bloom, a 19-year-old from Yorba Linda, CA
- Matthew Dean, a 19-year-old from Thousand Oaks, CA
- Lukas James, a 15-year-old from Sarasota, FL
- Stone Martin, an 18-year-old from Hartsville, SC
- Mikey Jimenez, a 17-year-old from East Los Angeles, CA
- Dorian Tyler, a 15-year-old from Memphis, TN
- Brady Tutton, a 15-year-old from Shorewood, WI
- Paul Toweh, a 21-year-old from Liberia, Monrovia
- Jordan Grizzle, a 22-year-old from Fort Lauderdale, FL
- Devin Hayes, a 17-year-old from Springfield, IL

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posted 6/21/17

MONDAY: United, They Dominate
Ninja Warrior, Spartan Give NBC The Win Over "Bachelorette"- Fueled ABC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.362 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the network to beat on Monday with originals from "American Ninja Warrior" (5.797 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" (4.494 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3).

ABC (4.529 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with new episodes from "The Bachelorette" (5.858 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "Still Star-Crossed" (1.872 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

Next up was FOX (2.915 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with fresh installments of "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.345 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and "Superhuman" (2.485 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.960 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up repeats of "Kevin Can Wait" (4.325 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Man with a Plan" (3.885 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Mom" (4.205 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Life in Pieces" (3.643 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and "Scorpion" (3.851 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

And finally, The CW (1.082 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with its mix of a repeat "Supergirl" (1.147 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12), a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.980 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.053 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

On cable...
- Kids BBQ Championship (SF/Food): 758k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 312k

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posted 6/21/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "BRRRRRRRRRROOOOOOOONNNNNNNGGGGGG!"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "The Gong Show" (USA Today) (NPR)
     

  • "The Price Is Right Live" heads to Truro (Truro Daily)
     

  • Chris Hardwick's ID10T Festival coming (Metroactive)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 7 things you didn't know about "Fun House UK" The 8th: what was living in Pat Sharp's mullet (Radio Times)
     

  • The final numbers are in, and at 336,000, "Emogenius" is GSN's highest-rated debut of the season (Tubefilter)
     

  • CBS Daytime promotes three (Broadway World)
     

  • Misty Copeland to guest judge "World of Dance"... because GRAVITAS! (Broadway World)

posted 6/21/17

Fire Up the Grill... Again
Food to Launch "Chopped Grill Masters" 2nd Tournament August 1
From the Futon Critic

Sixteen of the most talented grilling professionals are heading outdoors to get ready for a showdown in the return of Chopped Grill Masters, premiering Tuesday, August 1st at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. Hosted by Ted Allen, and featuring a rotating panel of Chopped judges and special guests, each episode features four Grill Masters competing over three rounds - appetizer, entrée and dessert - as they showcase their exceptional skills, with only charcoal and propane grills, and a smoker at their disposal. The goal, to create unique dishes utilizing the mystery basket of ingredients to impress the judges, while also battling the outdoor elements. The winner from each heat of the five-part tournament earns a spot in the grand finale, where they will compete for the grand prize of $50,000 and a Napa Valley dream vacation.

"Professional chefs competing to create unique and decadent dishes in a finite amount of time, using mystery ingredients is difficult enough," said Courtney White, SVP Programming, Scripps Networks Interactive. "Chopped Grill Masters takes this challenge to a whole new level, placing the competitors outdoors with only the use of grills and a smoker, and world-class judges watching their every move, setting up a competition like no other."

Find out more about the Chopped Grill Masters tournament at FoodNetwork.com/Chopped, where you will uncover photo and video highlights. Join in on all the fun at #Chopped.

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posted 6/20/17

Rickey and the Band Will Return, Reports
Idol Still Looking for More Judges and a Host
From Variety

Longtime “American Idol” musical director Rickey Minor will return to the show when it premieres on ABC in spring 2018, Variety has confirmed through multiple sources. The bandleader had held the MD title for several seasons of “Idol” during its 15-year tenure at Fox — from 2005 to 2010 and again from 2014 to its “final” season in 2015 — taking a break in between to head up music for “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” (2010 to 2014) after Kevin Eubanks’ departure.

A veteran music producer, who had worked extensively with Whitney Houston, Minor is also a seasoned bass player who has accompanied or directed a number of high-profile music tours, including performers like Beyonce Alicia Keys, and Christina Aguilera. Minor has also been nominated for an Emmy Award on four occasions for his work as a musical director.

At the April premiere of the Clive Davis documentary “The Soundtrack of Our Lives” at the Tribeca Film Festival, Variety asked Minor if he would welcome a return to “Idol,” to which he demurred: “I’m always hopeful… to make music. I had a great time on that show. I’m happy to do it, or I’m happy to move on.”

Katy Perry has signed on to judge the new iteration of “Idol.“ Her panelmates have yet to be determined, however, though the show has discussed a number of well-known music artists including Lionel Richie. A host has not been locked down either, but it’s believed that Ryan Seacrest, who MC’d all 15 seasons of “Idol,” also will return.

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posted 6/20/17

WEEKEND: Sorry, Not Sorry
Sunday Fun & Games Wins Out for ABC
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.939 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) edged out the competition on Sunday with its summer lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.708 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5), "Celebrity Family Feud" (6.126 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1), "Steve Harvey's Funderdome" (5.073 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.852 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4).

FOX (3.846 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a close second with 90 minutes of "PGA Overrun" (6.091 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) followed by a new "American Grit" (1.759 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and a repeat "Family Guy" (1.287 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Next up was NBC (2.636 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a new "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" (3.527 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) alongside repeats of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.495 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" (2.027 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

And finally, repeats of "60 Minutes" (5.311 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (4.515 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Madam Secretary" (3.954 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "Code Black" (3.497 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) rounded out the night on CBS (4.319 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4).

On cable Friday
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 685k

On cable Sunday:
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.659m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.034m
- Flea Market Flip (GAC): 267k

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posted 6/19/17


Games Gone By: Couch Potatoes
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Back in the day when there were only a handful of channels on the "boob tube", a rather unflattering epithet was given to those who just sat around watching it all day. Well, in the late 80s, the term "Couch Potatoes" became something to aspire to as it could get you and your friends up to $30,000! Chris Wolvie gives a "Games Gone By..." about the show that brought "Remote Control" to its logical extreme!

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posted 6/20/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "G's Up, Joker's Down"

  • LIST ABUSE: 90s game shows you totally forgot you totally forgot about (Wetpaint)
     

  • Ant & Dec: a timeline (Cosmopolitan)
     

  • Chris Soules' legal team: no drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of his hit-and-run (Reality TV World)
     

  • Leah Block learns the hard way: a) don't start what you can't finish, b) if you try and hit the queen, you better kill her, c) you can tweet and delete, but the Internet is forever, and d) DON'T. PRESS. SEND. (Reality TV World)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: "The Joker's Wild" (SoCal only) (Cara Casting)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: a singer lip syncs... and it's perfectly legitimate (Broadway World)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Going shopping in Tampa? You could play your favorite game shows on a kiosk (83Degrees)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Mike Myers Tommy Maitland (TV Insider)

posted 6/20/17

THURSDAY: "Alone" Together
Season Premiere on History Tops Cablers, ABC Wins Rerun Night
From Broadway World

The adage goes, misery loves company and HISTORY is putting that to the test in a brand-new twist of its hit nonfiction survival series ALONE, premiering Thursday, June 15 at 10PM ET/PT. In season four, seven teams of two will be separated and dropped miles apart with two ultimate goals: navigate the brutal, unforgiving terrain of Vancouver Island in an attempt to locate their isolated partner and, once reunited, survive as long as they can. For these seven pairs of family members will having a partner help or hurt their chances of going the distance?

"'Alone' continues to captivate viewers with its raw, authentic storytelling and now, after three seasons, we're adding a new level of complexity to the show," said Zachary Behr, Senior Executive Producer, HISTORY. "At its core the show remains the same as our survivalists endure the challenges of being isolated in some of the most unstable terrain imaginable. However, this season, pairs are initially separated from one another and must navigate an impenetrable forest in an effort to find each other. Once reunited, they'll have to communicate, compromise and work together with their teammate if they want to endure the longest."

The numbers for this and other cable offerings...
- Alone (SP/History): 1.715m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.054m
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 238k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 236k

ABC (4.308 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the network to beat on a repeat fueled Thursday with its mix of "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.910 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1), "To Tell the Truth" (4.277 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and "$100,000 Pyramid" (3.738 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

CBS (4.193 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) then claimed the silver with its combination of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.051 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1), "Superior Donuts" (4.697 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Mom" (4.571 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Life in Pieces" (3.530 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "Scorpion" (3.156 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

Next up was NBC (3.271 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) with "The Wall" (3.548 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), another "The Wall" (3.427 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.840 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.372 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up an hour of "PGA Overrun" (1.516 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) plus a repeat "Love Connection" (1.228 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "Supernatural" (0.734 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and another "Supernatural" (0.674 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.704 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

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posted 6/19/17


Deadline
STEPHEN FURST: 1955-2017
Prolific Actor Also a Prolific Gamer
From TV Line

Stephen Furst, best known to TV audiences for his roles as Dr. Elliot Axelrod on the 1980s medical drama "St. Elsewhere" and Vir Cotto on "Babylon 5", has died. He was 62.

Furst died Friday morning in his Ventura County, Calif. home, his son tells TMZ. His death was a result of complications from diabetes.

Furst initially rose to fame as Kent “Flounder” Dorfman in the 1978 film Animal House, a role he would reprise one year later in the short-lived TV series Delta House. He would eventually go on to find small-screen success on St. Elsewhere, joining the show in Season 2.

In 1994, Furst booked the part of Vir Cotto on sci-fi series Babylon 5, which ran for five seasons through 1998. Additional TV credits included one-and-done programs Have Faith and Misery Loves Company, and appearances on The Jeffersons, CHiPs, Newhart and Scrubs. He also voiced the role of Booster on the animated series Buzz Lightyear of Star Command.

During his time on the small screen, he made time to play "Super Password", "Hollywood Squares", "Blackout", "All Star Blitz", and "The $100,000 Pyramid".

In addition to his work on screen, Furst was a longtime spokesperson for the American Diabetes Association.

GSNN's Doug Morris contributed to this report.

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posted 6/19/17


Arizona Daily Star
BILL DANA: 1924-2017
Comedian Played During the 70s
From Huffpost

Bill Dana, who created and starred as the earnest character at the center of the "My Name … Jose Jimenez" routine that made him one of America's most beloved comic performers of the 1960s, has died. He was 92.

Dana, who first appeared as Jimenez on The Steve Allen Plymouth Show, where he also worked as an Emmy-nominated head writer, died Thursday at his home in Nashville, Emerson College announced.

He and a fellow alumnus founded the American Comedy Archives at the Boston school, fulfilling a lifelong goal to honor the study and appreciation of the comedic arts.

Dana contrived the trademark "Would You Believe?" line of jokes that Don Adams employed as a standup and on the TV series Get Smart and penned one of the funniest episodes in All in the Family history — the one from 1972 in which Sammy Davis Jr. plants a kiss on Archie Bunker (Carroll O'Connor).

The nation was introduced to Jimenez in a comedy sketch on Allen's variety show in November 1959. Struggling to speak English, Jimenez appeared in a Santa Claus outfit as an instructor at a school for wannabe Kris Kringles and interviewed by "Man on the Street" Pat Harrington Jr.

"I said, 'My name … Jose Jimenez,' and the [live] audience laughed," Dana, a Massachusetts native of Hungarian-Jewish descent, recalled in a 2007 interview with the Archive of American Television. "I remember thinking, 'This guy just said his name and everybody [went crazy] …'

"It was the most amazing, B-movie type of thing, because [after the show aired] the phones started ringing [with viewers asking], 'Who is this guy that wandered into the studio?'"

Dana said he got the idea for the character and the accent after talking with a Puerto Rican local while on vacation years earlier.

Dana/Jimenez then joined Frank Sinatra, Sidney Poitier, Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Gene Kelly and Milton Berle as performers at President John F. Kennedy's inaugural gala in January 1961.

A few months later, Jimenez showed up as an elevator operator on CBS' The Danny Thomas Show. A handful of episodes on that sitcom led to NBC's The Bill Dana Show, in which the character worked as a bellhop at a ritzy New York hotel. Jimenez was so popular, NBC ordered 39 episodes without even shooting a pilot. (The series lasted two seasons, with Adams coming aboard as hotel detective Byron Glick the second year.)

On Garry Moore's variety program, Dana appeared as Jose the Astronaut, then recorded a comedy album with that material from a live show at the famed hungry i nightclub in San Francisco.

He sent a test pressing of the disc to the original seven Mercury astronauts — and they loved it. Alan Shepard took the code name "Jose," and Jimenez became the astronauts' "mascot," Dana said. When they weren’t working, the pilots hung out at Dana's house, and years later, he was inducted into the Astronaut Hall of Fame. (Footage of him as Jimenez on The Ed Sullivan Show can be seen in the 1983 film The Right Stuff.)

Jimenez also was a baseball player, a judo expert, a man on a ledge, a politician, an Olympic skier, a dancer, etc., and he even popped out of a window on Batman.

Though it seems hard to believe in this age of political correctness, Dana and his character were embraced by the Latino community. He was honored by the National Hispanic Media Coalition and worked, largely behind the scenes, as an activist. He gave up playing the character but later regretted that.

Jimenez "was a perfect example of a person that wanted to be assimilated into American culture, learn the language, always looked spiffy … not a bit of the racist stereotype about the unkempt Mexican," he said in a 2011 interview.

Dana was born William Szathmary on Oct. 5, 1924, in Quincy, Massachusetts. He was the youngest of six children, and one of his older brothers, Irving, went on to compose the theme song for Adams' Get Smart. His father worked in real estate, and his mother was a milliner.

After serving in the infantry during World War II and then graduating from Emerson in 1950, Dana landed a job as a page at NBC in New York. He reunited with a college buddy, Gene Wood, and they formed a comedy act that played in supper clubs and on variety shows. (Wood later worked as the announcer for the Richard Dawson game show Family Feud.)

Sometime around 1952, Dana and Wood split up and Adams, who also would work on Allen's show, hired him as a joke writer.

"As a performer, I was always frightened to death until I got on stage, and then I wanted to stay there forever," Dana recalled in the TV Archive interview. "But I hated the fear of performing. Writing the stuff and then standing there, massaging the boxer's shoulders, saying, 'Go in there and get 'em!' … that was for me."

Dana produced variety shows for Berle and Spike Jones and wrote for Chico and the Man, Donny and Marie Osmond's variety hour and Matlock. He also reteamed with his pal Adams to help write The Nude Bomb (1980), marking the return of Maxwell Smart.

Dana, though, didn't give up acting. He starred as the faithful servant Bernardo on the short-lived series Zorro and Son and played Howie Mandel's father on St. Elsewhere and Estelle Getty's brother, the priest Angelo, on The Golden Girls.

Dana also owned an advertising agency with Adams and D.W. Silverstein (it represented the International House of Pancakes); was the head of a management company that counted Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass among its clients; and co-wrote the 1982 book The Laughter Prescription, about the healing power of comedy.

Game show appearances include "Celebrity Bowling", "Name Droppers", and "The Real Tom Kennedy Show".

Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Evy.

Donations in his name may be made to the American Comedy Archives at Emerson College. Please contact Robert_Fleming@emerson.edu for details.

The Hollywood Reporter

posted 6/14/17

"Gay for Play" Plays On
Logo Announces Second Season for June 29
From B&C

A six-episode run of Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul starts up on Logo June 29. The show, hosted by RuPaul, features pop culture trivia. According to Logo, “You don’t need to be gay to play, but it sure does help!”

Regular panelists on the show include Carson Kressley and singer Michelle Visage, and there’s a rotating panel of former RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants. Guest panelists for the new season include Kristen Johnston of TV Land series The Exes, comedian Michelle Buteau, Cheyenne Jackson of American Horror Story and Gretchen Rossi of Real Housewives of O.C.

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 the executive producers. Chris McCarthy, Pamela Post and Tim Palazzola are executive producers for Logo.

Other World of Wonder shows include Million Dollar Listing and Andy Cohen’s Then and Now on Bravo.

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posted 6/19/17

In the House Part 2: House Rules
Richard Osman Creates, Hosts New BBC2 Game, "House of Games"
From TV Guide UK

The BBC has commissioned Richard Osman’s House of Games, which will air later this year on BBC Two.

The much-loved Richard Osman is best know for co-hosting popular quiz series Pointless alongside Alexander Armstrong. However, the presenter will now begin a new venture solo as he fronts his own celebrity teatime quiz on BBC Two.

The new show will see celebrities battle one another in the ultimate test of quiz knowledge. The program will be made up of a succession of fast-paced rounds as the famous faces compete in knowledge-based games.

Each show will culminate with an intense quick-fire round, which will not only decide the daily winner but will build up to the eventual week’s champion each Friday.

Of course, Richard will be on hand to cross-examine the opposing celebs as they showcase their quizzing talents.

“The show is going to be great fun,” Richard said.

“Lots of great rounds, lots of competitive celebs, lots of surprises, and, most importantly, so much to play along with at home.”

Richard Hague, Head of Entertainment at Remarkable Television, added: “Richard Osman’s House of Games is a unique collection of innovative, clever play-along trivia rounds.

“In the very capable hands of Richard, each game is a proper test of knowledge – and with a returning cast of celebrity contestants building warmth and camaraderie throughout the week, this entertaining new format is the ultimate feel good quiz for BBC Two.”

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Chortle

posted 6/19/17

Back to "The Toy Box"
ABC Renews Freshman Series
From the Hollywood Reporter

ABC is ready to dive back into The Toy Box.

The reality competition series, hosted by Eric Stonestreet, has been renewed for a second season.

ABC announced the pickup late Thursday, noting that production on the new episodes is already underway.

The Toy Box sees amateur toy inventors compete to have their idea made. However, they first must get the approval from a team of kid judges (after first being approved by several adult judges). The series is produced in partnership with toy giant Mattel, which will make and distribute the winning toy from season one (liquid 3-D art) at Toys R Us stores nationwide following the season finale.

The series was co-developed with Hudsun Media and Electus, with the latter handling international distribution. Its unclear when the series, which ran for an eight-episode first season, will return.

The Toy Box joins a growing stable of unscripted hits at the network, which is getting to revive reality behemoth American Idol in 2018. ABC's alternative lineup also includes game shows such as To Tell the Truth, Celebrity Family Feud, $100,000 Pyramid and the recently premiered Steve Harvey's Funderdome.

The network also boasts several long-running unscripted franchises, including Dancing With the Stars, which will spin off a kid-centered version next season, and The Bachelor, which is currently engulfed in scandal.

Next week, ABC will unveil two more alternative entries with the singing competition Boy Band a reboot of Battle of the Network Stars.

The Hollywood Reporter
TV Line

posted 6/19/17

THURSDAY: "Alone" Together
Season Premiere on History Tops Cablers, ABC Wins Rerun Night
From Broadway World

The adage goes, misery loves company and HISTORY is putting that to the test in a brand-new twist of its hit nonfiction survival series ALONE, premiering Thursday, June 15 at 10PM ET/PT. In season four, seven teams of two will be separated and dropped miles apart with two ultimate goals: navigate the brutal, unforgiving terrain of Vancouver Island in an attempt to locate their isolated partner and, once reunited, survive as long as they can. For these seven pairs of family members will having a partner help or hurt their chances of going the distance?

"'Alone' continues to captivate viewers with its raw, authentic storytelling and now, after three seasons, we're adding a new level of complexity to the show," said Zachary Behr, Senior Executive Producer, HISTORY. "At its core the show remains the same as our survivalists endure the challenges of being isolated in some of the most unstable terrain imaginable. However, this season, pairs are initially separated from one another and must navigate an impenetrable forest in an effort to find each other. Once reunited, they'll have to communicate, compromise and work together with their teammate if they want to endure the longest."

The numbers for this and other cable offerings...
- Alone (SP/History): 1.715m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.054m
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 238k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 236k

ABC (4.308 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the network to beat on a repeat fueled Thursday with its mix of "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.910 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1), "To Tell the Truth" (4.277 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and "$100,000 Pyramid" (3.738 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

CBS (4.193 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) then claimed the silver with its combination of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.051 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1), "Superior Donuts" (4.697 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Mom" (4.571 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Life in Pieces" (3.530 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "Scorpion" (3.156 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

Next up was NBC (3.271 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) with "The Wall" (3.548 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), another "The Wall" (3.427 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.840 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.372 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up an hour of "PGA Overrun" (1.516 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) plus a repeat "Love Connection" (1.228 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "Supernatural" (0.734 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and another "Supernatural" (0.674 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.704 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

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posted 6/19/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Road to Recovery"

  • Bob Barker recovering after a fall and a head injury (Yahoo!)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Candy Crush (CarterMatt)
     

  • Wheel of Fortune apologizes for using slave imagery in the backdrop of its Southern Charm reruns (The Root)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 44 things you need to know about "The Crystal Maze" (Buzzfeed) and top 5 game show hosts RIGHT NOW (TV Overmind)
     

  • Noel Edmonds reveals that he contemplated suicide after the banking fraud that he is currently at the center of (International Business Times)
     

  • Miley Cyrus delivers a compliment to her model brother, but a slap to the house where he's modeling (Reality TV World)
     

  • Tyra Banks posts a Father's Day message (Reality TV World)
     

  • BETTERIDGE'S LAW: Is Lionel Richie heading to "American Idol"? (TMZ)
     

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Penn & Teller: Fool Us pushed back to July 13 (The Futon Critic) and NBC fall kicks off with "The Voice" September 25 (The Futon Critic)

posted 6/19/17


GSN
WEDNESDAY: Loaded GSN, Loaded Premiere
Fox Wins Demo on "MasterChef"
From the Futon Critic

GSN premiered its newest game show, EMOGENIUS, hosted by Hunter March (AwesomenessTV).

EMOGENIUS is a new half-hour comedic game show based on communication that uniquely taps into the massive popularity of emojis and text messaging. The show features two pairs of contestants who face off to put their emoji-solving skills to the test for a chance to win $10,000.

The show is hosted by 26 year-old Hunter March, who becomes the youngest (non-kids') game show host in TV history. He follows in the footsteps of his grandfather, Hal March, who hosted the TV classic "The $64,000 Question" from 1955-1958 and received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. "My goal is to have my own star right by my grandfather's so he can look down and say, 'What the heck is an emoji?'" says Hunter.

The results for this and the other cable offerings...
- Cooks vs. Cons (SF/Food): 766k
- Big Star Little Star (USA): 649k
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 518k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 411k
- Emogenius (P/GSN): 336k
- Emogenius (GSN/9:30p): 322k
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 308k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 303k
- Talk Show the Game Show (truTV): 241k

FOX (3.030 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday with new episodes from "MasterChef" (3.623 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) and "The F Word with Gordon Ramsay" (2.437 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

NBC (4.068 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was the silver draw with the season finale of "Little Big Shots" (7.156 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1), a new "The Carmichael Show" (3.766 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and repeats of "Superstore" (2.158 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and "This Is Us" (2.088 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Next up was CBS (4.075 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "Undercover Boss" (3.488 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Criminal Minds" (4.564 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Code Black" (4.173 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.714 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) likewise opted for second runs of "The Goldbergs" (3.044 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Speechless" (2.453 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Modern Family" (2.965 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "American Housewife" (2.776 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Steve Harvey's Funderdome" (2.524 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

And finally, rebroadcasts of "Arrow" (1.046 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.141 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) rounded out the evening for The CW (1.094 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

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posted 6/15/17

SYNDIES: Week 38
Results for the Week Ending June 4
From TV Newscheck

As expected, syndication went into its usual post-sweep swoon in the Memorial Day session ending June 4, with the majority of strips in reruns and flirting with new season-low ratings.

In access, Family Feud edged ahead 2% to a 6.3, narrowly topping all syndicated shows for the first time since mid-March and galloping by the game show for the 58th straight frame.

Wheel of Fortune found the road rocky, falling 9% to a new season-low 5.3 and tying Jeopardy, which faded 5% to a 5.3.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.3 +2%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.3** -9%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.3 -5%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 -6%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.1 NC

TV Newscheck

posted 6/15/17


King
"Survivor", "Big Brother" Kick Off "Candy Crush"
Catch It on CBS July 9
From the Futon Critic

Who has the "sweeter" moves: Castaways or Houseguests? Find out when fan favorites from SURVIVOR and BIG BROTHER team up as contestants on the premiere episode of CANDY CRUSH, Sunday, July 9 (9:00 - 10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Hosted by Mario Lopez.

"Survivor" Castaways Competing on CANDY CRUSH
- Kelley Wentworth (Survivor: San Juan Del Sur and Survivor Cambodia)
- Joe Anglim (Survivor: Worlds Apart and Survivor: Cambodia)
- Woo Hwang (Survivor: Cagayan and Survivor: Cambodia)
- Jeremy Collins (Survivor: San Juan Del Sur and winner of Survivor: Cambodia)

"Big Brother" Houseguests Competing on CANDY CRUSH
- Paul Abrahamian (Big Brother 18)
- Da'Vonne Rogers (Big Brother 17 and 18)
- Frankie Grande (Big Brother 16)
- Caleb Reynolds (Big Brother 16)

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Inquisitr

posted 6/15/17

Flipping 10
GAC to Bow Season 10 of "Flea Market Flip" Q3 2017
From the Futon Critic

Series that feature the fun of road trips and outdoor living will be among the 190 primetime premiere hours on Great American Country now through December 2017. New series Log Cabin Kings, premiering in October, will join the GAC roster along with new episodes of Log Cabin Living, Building Alaska, Mountain Life, Log Cabin Living and Extreme Homes.

The Emmy-nominated competition series Flea Market Flip, starring Good Morning America co-host and two-time The New York Times bestselling author, Lara Spencer, will return with fresh episodes in 2017. Road trips also will be highlighted with new seasons of Going RV and Big Time RV.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/15/17

ITV2 Gets CelebAble
New Challenge Series Plays Tonight
From Telly Mix

ITV2 has today announced a brand new series that will see celebrities pitted against members of the public.

Called CelebAbility and hosted by comedian and Love Island narrator Iain Stirling, the new show will see a group of 5 friends who will go head to head with 5 celebrities in a series of hilarious rounds.

This weeks guests are Vicky Pattison, Pete Wicks, Olivia Buckland, Mikey North and Rickie Haywood Williams

All rounds are based on the unusual skill or ability that the celebrities believe they naturally possess.

CelebAbility skills being put to the test tonight include - withstanding hot spicy foods, planking and making the perfect cup of tea!

All the games build up to a final prize winning game in which the remaining friends must answer questions about the remaining celebrities.

Fewer celebrities mean fewer possible answers so the greater the chance of winning and the more questions answered correctly means the greater the cash prize!

"I'm absolutely buzzing to start the show and find out how truly talented our British celebrities are. Are celebrities fundamentally better than members of the public? It's about time someone found out!" said host Iain Stirling.

Saskia Schuster, ITV’s Comedy Commissioner said: “CelebAbility is the game show for anyone with an unusual party trick and a competitive nature. Comedian Iain Stirling will host the showdown between panellists and celebrities, for some seriously silly fun.”

CelebAbility will air on ITV2 from Thursday, June 15 at 10PM.

Telly Mix

posted 6/15/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes"

  • LIST ABUSE: 12 differences from the reboot of "The Crystal Maze" (Den of Geek!)
     

  • Aisha Tyler silences herself from "The Talk" (Broadway World)
     

  • Steve Harvey was not having any trash talk from a fan of anyone-but-Lebron... but he could have done it SO MUCH BETTER. (Uproxx)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Emily Trebek, on her dad (Jeopardy.com)

posted 6/15/17

TUESDAY: Talent Rules for NBC
NBC Sweeps the Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (10.991 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) claimed the top spot on Tuesday with new episodes from "America's Got Talent" (12.435 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and "World of Dance" (8.103 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2).

ABC (2.504 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) then was a distant second with its mix of "Downward Dog" (3.681 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3), "The Middle" (2.782 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Black-ish" (2.316 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), another "Black-ish" (2.341 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "American Housewife" (2.130 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "Fresh Off the Boat" (1.772 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Next up was CBS (5.476 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (6.686 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "Bull" (5.562 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) plus a new "48 Hours: NCIS" (4.181 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.413 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up second runs of "Lethal Weapon" (1.737 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "The Mick" (1.173 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.006 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.846 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16) and an original "iZombie" (0.792 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.819 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Forged In Fire (History): 1.352m
- Team Ninja Warrior (USA): 954k
- Chopped (Food): 818k
- Ink Master: Shop Wars (Spike): 777k
- Fear Factor (MTV): 729k
- Face Off (SP/Syfy): 718k
- Chopped Junior Champions (Food): 656k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros (MTV): 589k
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 394k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 332k
- The Challenge Special (MTV): 310k

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posted 6/14/17


Inquisitr
DR. BRANDON ROGERS: c.1988-2017
Upcoming "America's Got Talent" Contestant Dies in Car Accident
From Huffpost

Dr. Brandon Rogers, an upcoming contestant on “America’s Got Talent,” died on Sunday, TMZ reports. He was 29.

Sources close to the competition show told the outlet that Brandon died in a car accident over the weekend in Maryland, just weeks before his performance was set to air during a future episode.

Brandon’s brother, Danni Rogers, a dancer and choreographer, confirmed the news with a heartbreaking video posted on Instagram.

According to TMZ, Brandon, who was dubbed the Singing Doctor, was first discovered by “AGT” producers after they saw a video of him singing Boyz II Men’s “On Bended Knee.”

The video also caught the attention of Boyz II Men, who invited Brandon to perform with them in Las Vegas this past January.

Upon hearing the news of Brandon’s untimely death, Boyz II Men shared a video on Instagram from their performance with him and expressed their condolences with a touching caption.

“Today our hearts are deeply saddened to learn about the sudden death of Dr. Brandon Rogers,” they wrote, adding, “Gone too young and gone too soon. It hurts to know that the world will never have a chance to witness what his impact on the world could have been as a Doctor and even on the music world.”

America's Got Talent has released a statement on Season 12 contestant Brandon Rogers' sudden death.

"We are deeply saddened by the tragic passing of Dr. Brandon Rogers, who graced the America's Got Talent stage as a contestant," said an AGT spokesperson. "Our thoughts are with his family."

A source told Us Weekly that the network "will take the family's guidance regarding how to best respect his memory in relationship to the episode he appears in."

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posted 6/14/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "How Ryan Got His Groove Back"

  • Ryan Seacrest apparently isn't ready to be committal on the whole Idol thing. Or is he? (Hollywood Reporter)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: "Millionaire" heads to Houston (Rare Houston)

posted 6/14/17

MONDAY: Warriors.... Come Out To PLAY-AY!
ABC Wins Night on NBA Finals
From the Futon Critic

ABC (17.309 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.3, #1) scored a monster victory on Monday with its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (11.155 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.4, #3), "NBA Countdown" (12.975 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.4, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 5" (19.932 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 7.5, #1).

NBC (4.730 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a distant second with the return of "American Ninja Warrior" (5.343 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) and "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" (3.504 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

Next up was FOX (3.103 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with the season premieres of "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.584 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "Superhuman" (2.624 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.830 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "Kevin Can Wait" (4.196 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Man with a Plan" (3.967 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Mom" (4.117 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Life in Pieces" (3.546 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "Scorpion" (3.576 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, a repeat "Supergirl" (1.053 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13), a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.948 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and a second "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.931 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.996 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Kids BBQ Championship (Food): 793k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 237k

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posted 6/13/17

A Ballsy $2 Million
More on "The Wall's" Second Season
From the Wrap

“The Wall” is back and bigger than ever, as a $2 million prize appears for the first time in an exclusive sneak peek.

The NBC game show’s Season 2 premiere airs on June 22, and the first episode back features a father-daughter team, Milton and Aaryn. Milton hails from Cary, North Carolina, and Aaryn is a doctor with hefty student loans who practices in Baltimore, Maryland.

“Coming into Season 2, it was really important that the people who are on have a really amazing story of selflessness or sacrifice,” host and executive producer Chris Hardwick says in the video.

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posted 6/13/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Rachel's Ex"

posted 6/12/17


ABC
WEEKEND: Summer Fun & Games
NBC's Stanley Cup Final Coverage Beats Season 2 of Game Night Block
From The Futon Critic

NBC (5.939 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) took home the top spot on Sunday with a new "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" (4.347 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and the finale to the "Stanley Cup Finals, Game 6" (6.470 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).

ABC (5.674 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.073 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7) followed by the debut of its summer lineup "Celebrity Family Feud" (6.930 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "Steve Harvey's Funderdome" (6.144 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and "$100,000 Pyramid" (5.547 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

Next up was CBS (6.425 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with a repeat "60 Minutes" (7.659 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) alongside "The 71st Annual Tony Awards" (6.014 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

And finally, second runs of "Bob's Burgers" (0.997 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "The Last Man on Earth" (0.720 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13), "The Simpsons" (1.337 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) and "Family Guy" (1.504 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) plus the season premiere of "American Grit" (1.122 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) rounded out the night for FOX (1.133 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4).

On Friday, "RuPaul's Drag Race" delivered 637,000

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posted 6/12/17

More on "Battle of the Network Stars"
Over 100 Stars to Compete on ABC
From The Futon Critic

In an ode to ABC's "Wide World of Sports," 100 TV stars from 14 different network and cable companies will take their athleticism to a new level as they compete - to feel "the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat" - in the revival of "Battle of the Network Stars," based on the '70s and '80s television pop-culture classic, premiering on THURSDAY, JUNE 29 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT) on ABC. The new "Battle of the Network Stars" will be a nostalgic throwback to the original series, where TV celebrities blended athleticism with hilarious antics while featuring an array of fan favorites from numerous TV series like "Modern Family," "Pretty Little Liars," "Scandal," "Melrose Place," "Beverly Hills, 90210," "The Goldbergs," "How to Get Away with Murder," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "The Incredible Hulk," "The West Wing," "Dallas," "CHiPs," "Law & Order" and many more.

The original series from ABC Sports began in 1976 and continued for 13 years. The 10-episode summer event will pit teams of current and classic TV stars from multiple eras and different genres against one another in a variety of athletic games. Viewers can look forward to seeing a fresh take at some of the classic show's sporting events like Tug of War, Archery, Kayak Relay, Obstacle Course and Dunk Tank - all from the site of the original series, the beautiful campus of Pepperdine University in Malibu, California.

For this new version, fielding of the teams will be based on the TV characters people love from over the years to the current day - cops vs. TV sitcoms, White House vs. lawyers, TV moms & dads vs. TV kids, etc. In this way, viewers will get to see everyone's favorites from over the years, even if they spanned different networks at the time.

Here are the 20 teams (100 stars), blue and red, competing against each other in separate episodes with athletic contests of physical grace and stamina (* = returning to "Battle of the Network Stars"):

· TV Sitcoms (Bronson Pinchot, Tom Arnold, Dave Coulier, AJ Michalka, Tracey Gold) vs. TV Kids (Joey Lawrence, Corbin Bleu, Nolan Gould, *Lisa Whelchel, *Kim Fields)

· Primetime Soaps (Ian Ziering, Josh Henderson, Gabrielle Carteris, *Donna Mills, Mischa Barton) vs. ABC Stars (*Olivia d'Abo, *Shari Belafonte, Michael Fishman, Jason Hervey, Anson Williams)

· Variety (Joanna Krupa, Nick Lachey, Vanessa Lachey, Gilles Marini, Jack Osbourne) vs. TV Sex Symbols (Keegan Allen, Traci Bingham, Rosa Blasi, Brant Daugherty, Galen Gering)

· Cops (Erik Estrada, *Larry Wilcox, Kelly Hu, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe, *Lorenzo Lamas) vs. TV Sitcoms (*Todd Bridges, Leigh-Allyn Baker, Dave Foley, Willie Garson, Jenna von Oy)

· White House (Cornelius Smith Jr., Marlee Matlin, Joshua Malina, LaMonica Garrett, Mary McCormack) vs. Lawyers (Elisabeth Rohm, Corbin Bernsen, Matt McGorry, Romi Dias, Catherine Bell)

· TV Moms & Dads (Chad Lowe, *Greg Evigan, *Ted McGinley, Lesley Fera, Jackee Harry) vs. TV Kids (*Jimmie Walker, *Mackenzie Phillips, Jonathan Lipnicki, Krista Marie Yu, Jeremy Miller)

· Famous TV Families (Danny Bonaduce, Barry Williams, Beverley Mitchell, *Willie Aames, *Charlene Tilton) vs. Doctors (Thomas Calabro, Taye Diggs, Rachelle Lefevre, *Deidre Hall, Benjamin Hollingsworth)

· Troublemakers (Vivica A. Fox, Paul Johansson, John Barrowman, Julie Benz, Catherine Bach) vs. TV Lifeguards (David Chokachi, Brande Roderick, *Parker Stevenson, Nicole Eggert, Gena Lee Nolin)

· ABC Stars (*Ted Lange, Troy Gentile, *Jill Whelan, Denise Richards, Joely Fisher) vs. Variety (Lance Bass, Joey Fatone, Adrienne Houghton, Cameron Mathison, Kelly Osbourne)

· Cops (Marisol Nichols, Roma Maffia, *Adrian Zmed, Fred Dryer, Ryan Paevey) vs. Sci-Fi Fantasy (*Lou Ferrigno, Vinnie Jones, Charisma Carpenter, Kevin Sorbo, Jill Wagner)

The hosts for "Battle of the Network Stars" are Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) and Joe Tessitore (@Joe_Tess) of ESPN; Cassidy Hubbarth (@CassidyHubbarth) and Cari Champion (@CariChampion) of ESPN will be the sideline reporters; plus Super Bowl 50 winner DeMarcus Ware (@DeMarcusWare) and MMA fighter/Olympian Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) will be the team captains.

The episode airdates will be announced at a later time.

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posted 6/12/17

XXX: State of "The Challenge"
Catch It on MTV July 18
From The Futon Critic

MTV today revealed the cast of "THE CHALLENGE XXX: Dirty 30" with the biggest, baddest season yet. Thirty of the series' most unpredictable players travel to South America for the most intense competition to date. Fan favorites will fight their way through the most extreme, daring challenges where they vie to compete for their chunk of $1 million - the largest prize in franchise history. "The Challenge XXX: Dirty 30" premieres Tuesday, July 18th.

"We owe a major 'thank you' to the fans of 'The Challenge' and all its iterations throughout the years," said Jon Murray, Founder and Executive Consultant, Bunim/Murray Productions. "Their dedication to the show and desire to watch their favorite - or least favorite! - reality stars battle it out in physical and mental challenges has enabled the show to come back season after season, and the 30th season will undoubtedly defy expectations."

The Futon Critic

posted 6/12/17

"Perfect Score" Heading to China
CW Dating Game to Play Overseas
From C21 Media

Perfect Score has aired in the US on The CW and iQiyi has picked it up for local development, FremantleMedia China CEO Vivian Yin told delegates here at China Formats in Shanghai.

Yin said the deals were significant as they continued the new trend in China for using non-celebrity contestants in a country where audiences and networks are usually obsessed by celebrities.

“It’s a sign of changing demand in the market, as platforms realize that ordinary people can also deliver engaging stories, not just celebrities,” said Yin, who joined FremantleMedia from Star China two years ago.

Dating show Perfect Score involves contestants attempting to choose the most compatible person for themselves from a group of 10 strangers, in hopes of winning cash prizes.

FremantleMedia North America made the show for The CW in 2013. The format has since been adapted by MNCTV in Indonesia and by Ho Chi Minh City TV in Vietnam.

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posted 6/12/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "America"

  • Dave Navarro to sing the National Anthem for Bellator (The Futon Critic)
     

  • "American Idol": the search begins AGAIN with a 19-city sweep starting August 17 (The Futon Critic)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with "Superhuman's" Mike Tyson (2paragraphs)

posted 6/12/17


Deadline
ADAM WEST: 1928-2017
TV's "Batman" Played "I've Got a Secret", "1 vs. 100"
From Broadway World

Adam West, iconic star of the 1960's series 'Batman', has passed away at age 88. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor died following a short battle with leukemia.

In a statement, West's family has said:

"Our dad always saw himself as The Bright Knight and aspired to make a positive impact on his fans' lives. He was and always will be our hero."

West's 'Batman' co-star Julie Newmar said of West:

"Stellar, exemplar, a king to the end. He was bright, witty and fun to work with. I will miss him in the physical world and savor him always in the world of imagination and creativity. He meant so much to people - A friend said: 'The father that we wanted.' That is a great gift, no matter how you live it."

West is most recognizable recently as the voice of Mayor Adam West on Seth MacFarlane's 'Family Guy.' Series creator and star Seth MacFarlane said in a statement:

"Family Guy has lost its mayor, and I have lost a friend. Adam West was a joy to work with, and the kind of guy you always wanted to be around. His positivity, good nature, and sense of fun were undeniable, and it was always a big jolt of the best kind of energy when he walked in to record the show. He knew comedy, and he knew humanity. I am beyond fortunate to have had the privilege to work with him, and he will be profoundly missed by all of us. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you have given, Mr. Mayor. You're irreplaceable."

In game shows, he was a Mob regular on season 2 of "1 vs. 100". He also played "I've Got a Secret", "Hollywood Squares", "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire", "Family Feud", "It's Your Bet", "Password All-Stars", and "The Dating Game".

GSNN's Doug Morris contributed to this report.

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posted 6/10/17

Alan Carr, Come on Down!
Comic the New Host of "Price Is Right UK"
From Chortle

Alan Carr is to host another revival of The Price is Right.

He will be following in the footsteps of Leslie Crowther and Bruce Forsyth when he fronts the pilot for Channel 4 later this year.

Carr said: I'm so excited to be the new host of The Price is Right. It's proper bucket list territory for me as I loved it when I was growing up and now for me to be at the helm of such a legendary show is a dream come true. It just leaves me with one thing to say ... COME ON DOWN!’

The pilot, lasting an hour, will make it to air, and is being produced by Thames, which also makes shiny-floor hits X ­Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. Thames is owned by FremantleMedia, who is behind the original US version, which was first hosted by Bill Cullen in 1956. Bob Barker and Drew Carey have emceed for CBS since 1972 (Carey, since 2007).

The gleefully trashy game show is something of a departure rom Channel 4’s usual alternative offering.

It originally aired on ITV from 1984 to 1988, hosted by Crowther. Sky briefly revived it the following year, hosted by Bob Warman, then returned to ITV from 1995 to 2001, hosted by Forsyth. The most recent incarnation ran in 2006, hosted by Joe Pasquale.

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posted 6/10/17

THURSDAY: Prelude to Fun & Games
Hockey, Game Shows Split Night Between NBC, ABC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.320 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) took home top adults 18-49 honors on Thursday with its coverage of the "Stanley Cup Finals, Game 5" (4.320 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1).

The silver then went to ABC (5.444 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and its repeat lineup of "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.350 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), another "Celebrity Family Feud" (6.170 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) and "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.813 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

Next up was FOX (2.735 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with originals from "Beat Shazam" (2.917 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "Love Connection" (2.554 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.423 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.132 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "Superior Donuts" (4.490 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Mom" (4.241 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Life in Pieces" (3.721 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Bull" (3.977 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "Supernatural" (0.866 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and another "Supernatural" (0.855 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.860 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Alone (S/History): 1.278m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 892k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 339k
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 307k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 277k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 235k

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posted 6/10/17

WEDNESDAY: One Win Away
Warriors Comeback Fuels ABC Comeback
From the Futon Critic

ABC (13.806 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.9, #1) was of course the network to beat on Wednesday with its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (8.938 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3), "NBA Countdown" (10.040 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.2, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 3" (15.964 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.9, #1).

FOX (2.755 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the silver draw with new episodes of "MasterChef" (3.116 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and "The F Word with Gordon Ramsay" (2.394 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6).

Next up was NBC (3.936 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with new episodes of "Little Big Shots" (6.900 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and "The Carmichael Show" (3.762 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) plus repeats of "Superstore" (2.284 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) and "This Is Us" (1.884 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.670 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) and its repeat lineup of "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.158 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Criminal Minds" (4.662 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Code Black" (4.191 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, second runs of "Arrow" (0.724 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.679 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.701 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 716k
- Big Star Little Star (USA): 619k
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 566k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 345k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 303k
- Talk Show the Game Show (truTV): 168k

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posted 6/9/17


Games Gone By: Double Dare (1976)
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

It ain't "Family", it ain't "2000" and it ain't "Super Sloppy"...unless you count the gameplay sometimes. But it's the "Double Dare" nobody remembers, with isolation booths and Spoilers and Alex Trebek. Chris Wolvie presents a "Games Gone By..." about a show made BEFORE the idea of seizures from rapidly flashing neon signs was thought.

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posted 6/9/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Dancing on Monday"

  • FIRST LOOK: the new season of "So You Think You Can Dance" (Fox, Monday) (TV Line)
     

  • Kelly Clarkson embraces blended family life (Reality TV World)
     

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: if the Cavaliers don't win tonight, "The Bachelorette" will air at its regularly scheduled time Monday (Reality TV World)
     

  • Pom Wonderful returns its pomegranate-y goodness to the Ninja Warrior course (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Vienna Girardi heard George Clooney was having twins, and not one to be upstaged, made this announcement (Reality TV World)
     

  • JoJo Fletcher & Jordan Rodgers .... baby fever? Don't you guys have to get married first? (Reality TV World)
     

  • ICYMI: The Bella Twins on Whose Line! (PWmania.com)
     

  • "The Price Is Right Live!" hits Pennsylvania with a vengeance! (PennLive)
     

  • Louie Anderson plays Raleigh (Raleigh News & Observer)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: the 25 best game shows of all time according to... (NEwsday)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Marc Summers (Business Insider)

posted 6/9/17


The Wrap
MARILYN HALL: 1927-2017
Writer-Producer Wife of Monty Hall
From Deadline

Marilyn Hall, an Emmy-winning TV writer-producer, philanthropist and wife of Monty Hall for 70 years, died on June 5. She was 90.

A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, she got her start in entertainment starring and writing radio dramas for the CBC. Hall’s TV writing credits include Love, American Style and the 1975 ABC special Lights, Camera, Monty!. The latter was the first variety show hosted by the longtime Let’s Make a Deal host. During that time, she appeared on camera with her husband on episodes of the Goodson-Todman produced "Tattletales".

Hall had producer credits on two Emmy winners: the 1982 TV movie A Woman Called Golda starring Ingrid Bergman and Leonard Nimoy (as associate producer), and 1985’s Do You Remember Love? toplined by Joanne Woodward and Richard Kiley (as co-executive producer). She also executive produced of 1989’s four-part PBS miniseries The Ginger Tree and the 1984 telefilm Nadia about Olympic gymnastics legend Nadia Comaneci.

In the theater, she was an associate producer on the musical Jelly’s Last Jam as well as Angels in America. In 2007, she executive produced the feature film The Little Traitor starring Alfred Molina.

Hall’s philanthropic efforts included work for Brandeis University, the Jewish Welfare Fund and Tel Aviv University, for which she made documentary films. She also supported the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts and developed programs for the Julia Ann Singer Child Care Center, Guardians of Courage, Israel Bonds, Tel Aviv University, the Jewish Home for the Aging and Variety Clubs International, where she served as a board member while also writing and producing its International Humanitarian Award event.

The author of The Celebrity Kosher Cookbook, she also wrote book reviews for the Los Angeles Times.

Hall is survived by Monty Hall, whom she married in September 1947; her children, Joanna Gleason (Chris Sarandon), Richard Hall and Sharon Hall (Todd Ellis Kessler); and grandchildren Aaron David Gleason, Mikka Tokuda-Hall, Maggie Tokuda-Hall, Jack Kessler and Levi Kessler.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the L.A. Jewish Home for the Aging or Variety Clubs International.

GSNN's Jason Block contributed to this report.

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posted 6/8/17


E!
DANNY DIAS: 1983-2017
"Road Rules Xtreme", "The Challenge" Contestant
From Deadline

MTV star Danny Dias has died. He was 34.

According to Police, Dias — who appeared on the network’s Road Rules and The Challenge — was found on Saturday around 5 p.m. after they received a call about male who needed assistance at 896 Flushing Ave, Brooklyn. When authorities arrived, Dias was unconscious and unresponsive; paramedics pronounced him dead on scene. The cause of death is unknown at this time.

According to TMZ, who was first to report the death, Dias invited a friend to his apartment in Brooklyn, New York, on Saturday. They parted ways that day, but then when the friend returned to Dias’ apartment later, he was found dead in his bedroom.

Dias first appeared on season 13 of MTV’s Road Rules, Road Rules: X-Treme, which took place in Argentina and Chile and aired in 2004. The reality game show features a group of young people who compete for prizes in a series of challenges.

Originally a native of Linden, New Jersey, Dias went on to appear on Real World/Road Rules Challenge: The Gauntlet 2, the 11th season of MTV’s The Challenge, which premiered in 2005.

After Dias left the reality TV world, he held jobs in finance, studied acting and co-founded an AIDS research charity called Generation Cure, per LinkedIn.

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posted 6/8/17

A Wild Chance
Chance the Rapper Guests on Season Premiere of "Wild'n Out" June 29
From the Futon Critic

MTV today announced that "Throwdown Thursdays" are back and kicking off with a destined to be iconic, hour-long season nine premiere of "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out" featuring special guest captain Chance the Rapper on Thursday, June 29 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT. The new season of MTV's classic freestyle improv series "Wild 'N Out" will bring Nick Cannon and his world class cast of comedians back to New York City and the biggest stage in the world - Broadway. Guest captains for the season include some of the hottest stars in music and entertainment from Rick Ross, Lil Yachty, Vic Mensa and Blac Chyna, to the cast of the "New Edition Story," Run the Jewels, Jake Miller, Remy Ma, Papoose, Young M.A, Wendy Williams, Lil Rel Howery, Tami Roman, Shameik Moore and more.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/8/17

More on "The Gong Show"
Will Arnett, Ken Jeong, Zach Galifianakis to Judge Premiere
From Broadway World

The Gong Show” makes it triumphant return to television, as the iconic and irreverent talent show competition makes its way into the 21st century with a bang! Celebrity judges Will Arnett, Ken Jeong and Zach Galifianakis are set to praise, critique and gong unusually talented and unique performers, on the premiere of “The Gong Show,” THURSDAY, JUNE 22 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.

British comedic legend Tommy Maitland, who may--or may not--be a dead ringer for Mike Myers, hosts.

Tonight’s acts include a unicycler – dressed in a yeti suit – playing flaming bagpipes, a married couple performing a choreographed banana spitting routine, a woman who plays the harmonica with a tarantula in her mouth, an obsessed fan who serenades judge Will Arnett with opera, and a scary wrestler who sings a children’s lullaby.

At the end of the show, the winning act with the highest judges’ scores will receive a fabulous “The Gong Show” trophy and a check for $2,000 and 17 cents.

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posted 6/8/17

"Ben 10" Becomes a Game Show?
Turner Licenses Animated Series for Game Adaptation
From Licensing.biz

Following the successful Ben 10 franchise, Turner is set to produce a new live game show dubbed Ben 10 Challenge.

Each of the episodes will feature two teams of three – two kid fans and one adult, where they will take on a variety of physical and mental tasks.

“This live-action game show format really dials up engagement and excitement for the brand and perfectly complements our Ben 10 franchise strategy – kids will actually get the chance to become Ben,” said Lesley Bailey, VP of channel marketing and brand management at Turner EMEA Kids.

“This is what we heard from them and we’re thrilled to be giving 320 kids from right across the region the chance to take part.

“What’s more, the game show reinforces the importance of being locally relevant, and will be highly complementary to our wider Ben 10 content offering across the linear channel, websites, apps and games and the highly anticipated Playmates toy range that will be hitting shelves this summer.”

Production will kick off in Madrid at the end of this month, with eight local versions set to follow in the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Middle East, Poland, Spain and Turkey.

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posted 6/8/17

TUESDAY: America's Got a Sweep
NBC Dominates
From The Futon Critic

NBC (10.958 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was the network to beat once again on Tuesday with week two of "America's Got Talent" (12.178 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) and "World of Dance" (8.519 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2).

CBS (5.770 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) then was a distant second with its mix of "NCIS" (6.785 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "Bull" (5.726 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "48 Hours: NCIS" (4.800 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Next up was ABC (2.422 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with a new "Downward Dog" (3.611 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) followed by repeats of "The Middle" (2.684 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Black-ish" (2.310 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), another "Black-ish" (2.171 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "American Housewife" (2.064 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "Fresh Off the Boat" (1.693 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.556 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up repeats of "Lethal Weapon" (1.873 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "The Mick" (1.322 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.158 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (1.137 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) and a new "iZombie" (1.173 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) combined to round out the night on The CW (1.155 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.266m
- Team Ninja Warrior (USA): 1.064k
- Ink Master: Shop Wars (SP/Spike): 909k
- Fear Factor (MTV): 735k
- Chopped (Food): 726k
- Chopped Junior Champions (Food): 669k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros (MTV): 604k
- Ink Master: Redemption (SP/Spike): 524k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 399k
- The Challenge Special (MTV): 257k

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posted 6/8/17

Mad Hacks: Beyond Funderdome
Hackers Leak Eight Episodes of Steve Harvey/ABC Game
From The Hollywood Reporter

A hacking collective is claiming that it has leaked unaired episodes of Funderdome, ABC's upcoming show hosted by Steve Harvey.

The Dark Overlord, a hacker collective that gained notoriety for leaking new episodes of the Netflix's hit show Orange Is the New Black back in April, tweeted Sunday that it had uploaded eight episodes of Harvey's new show onto an illegal file sharing site.

Funderdome is slated to premiere June 11 on ABC.

The Dark Overlord had threatened ABC on Friday with a leak of one of its programs. On Sunday it announced that it had leaked the Funderdome episodes.

According to a report from The Independent, as of this morning, the torrent had “only one seeder and zero leechers”, meaning that nobody is taking the hackers up on their offer.

Created by Harvey and Shark Tank producer Mark Burnett, Funderdome is a reality competition show where entrepreneurs go head-to-head in pitching their ideas and winning seed money for their fledgling business.

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posted 6/8/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "One Of These Things Is Not Like the Other"

  • CMT Award winners include country star Keith Urban, country star Carrie Underwood, country star Lauren Alaina, and ... pop star Jason Derulo? (Reality TV World)
     

  • Khloe Kardashian may have fertility issues (Reality TV World)
     

  • Lauren Bushnell says she didn't want to do "Happily Ever After?". I'm sure her bank account agrees with her (Reality TV World)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" looks for players in old stomping grounds (WABC New York)
     

  • Hollywood Game Night goes outside for new season (Hollywood.com)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Michael Strahan (New York Post)
     

  • "MasterChef" Cruise is about to set sail, and you can be on board! (Parade)

posted 6/8/17

SYNDIES: Week 37 PLUS the Sweep
Results for the May Sweep
From TV Newscheck

The national results of the May sweep are in — and the winner, by a wide margin, was courtroom star Judge Judy with more than 9.5 million daily viewers and a 6.9 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen average for the survey period, April 27-May 24.

This marks the eighth year in a row that Judy has been syndication’s highest-rated strip overall in the May sweep. The show’s 6.9 was its second-highest May since 2014, and greater than the sum of the five other nationally measured court shows combined.

Family Feud logged a 6.3 and outplayed the game shows, finishing second overall to syndication champ Judge Judy.

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from the May 2016 sweep; * indicates a new season-high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous week; NA mean not applicable.

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.3 -11%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.8 -9%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.7 -5%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 +23%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.2 -14% (NOTE: the final episode aired in February)

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posted 6/7/17

MONDAY: How 'Bout them Preds?
NBC Wins with Stanley Cup Final
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.484 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the network to beat on Monday with its coverage of the "Stanley Cup Finals, Game 4" (5.484 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1).

ABC (4.663 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with originals from "The Bachelorette" (5.938 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) and "Still Star-Crossed" (2.114 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

Next up was FOX (3.055 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with a new "Gotham" (3.066 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and the season finale of "Gotham" (3.043 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.264 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) opted for repeats of "Kevin Can Wait" (4.720 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Man with a Plan" (4.334 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7), "Mom" (4.365 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Life in Pieces" (3.767 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "Scorpion" (4.201 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

And finally, repeats of "Supergirl" (1.176 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.023 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) bookended a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.063 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) on The CW (1.109 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Kids BBQ Championship (Food): 913k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 312k

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posted 6/7/17

Spike Loves "Angels" Instead
"Ink Master" Spinoff Gets 10 Episodes
From the Futon Critic

Spike's hit original tattoo-competition franchise, "Ink Master," continues to grow, as the network has greenlit 10 episodes of new series, "Ink Master: Angels." The series features four of "Ink Master" Season 8's top female competitors - Ryan Ashley, Kelly Doty, Nikki Simpson and Gia Rose - as they travel the country and go head to head with some of America's most talented tattoo artists. Competitors will face a variety of tattoo-based challenges to see who has what it takes to beat the "Angels" and earn a spot on Season 10 of "Ink Master" (premiering on Paramount Network in 2018). Both series are produced by Truly Original.

The announcement was made today by Chachi Senior, Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming & Development, Spike/Paramount Network.

"As the 'Ink Master' franchise continues to grow, we are thrilled to work with Ryan Ashley, Kelly Doty, Nikki Simpson and Gia Rose on 'Ink Master: Angels,'" said Senior. "The fan-favorite females of Season 8 will add a new voice to the franchise and help us discover the best artists around the country."

The new series, which has been picked up for 10 one-hour episodes will air in the fall of 2017 following the culmination of "Ink Master" Season 9, which premieres tonight, June 6, along with new episodes of spinoff series "Ink Master: Redemption."

"Ink Master," "Ink Master: Angels" and "Ink Master: Redemption" are produced for Spike by Truly Original ("Swamp People," "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," "Vanity Fair Confidential") with Glenda Hersh, Steven Weinstock and Andrea Richter serving as executive producers. Truly Original is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America.

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posted 6/6/17

Paradise Found
ABC Releases Contestants on "Bachelor in Paradise"
From Broadway World

The long-awaited fourth season of summer's genre-defying breakout hit series BACHELOR IN PARADISE returns on TUESDAY, AUGUST 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. Starting the following week, the show will air on Mondays. The cast comprised of former fan favorites and controversial characters from "The Bachelor" franchise are back looking for a second chance at love. They all left "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette" with broken hearts, but now they'll travel to a romantic paradise, hoping to turn a potential summer fling into the real thing.

Below is the "Bachelor in Paradise" cast list:
• Raven Gates of "The Bachelor" season 21 (Nick)
• Corinne Olympios of "The Bachelor" season 21 (Nick)
• Amanda Stanton of "The Bachelor" season 20 (Ben) and "Bachelor in Paradise" season 3
• Alexis Waters of "The Bachelor" season 21 (Nick)
• Derek Peth of "The Bachelorette" season 12 (JoJo)
• DeMario Jackson of "The Bachelorette" season 13 (Rachel)
• Lacey Mark of "The Bachelor" season 21 (Nick)
• Kristina Schulman of "The Bachelor" season 21 (Nick)
• Nick "St. Nick" Benvenutti of "The Bachelorette" season 12 (JoJo)
• Danielle Maltby of "The Bachelor" season 21 (Nick)
• Taylor Nolan of "The Bachelor" season 21 (Nick)
• Robby Hayes of "The Bachelorette" season 12 (JoJo)
• Ben Zorn of "The Bachelorette" season 11 (Kaitlyn)
• Jasmine Goode of "The Bachelor" season 21 (Nick)
• Vinny Ventiera of "The Bachelorette" season 12 (JoJo) and "Bachelor in Paradise" season 3
• Alex Woytkiw of "The Bachelorette" season 12 (JoJo)

Additional bachelors and bachelorettes will be announced at a later date.

Broadway World

posted 6/6/17

WEEKEND: Warriors 2, Cavaliers 0
ABC Wins on NBA Finals
From the Futon Critic

ABC (13.638 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.9, #1) was of course the top draw on Sunday with its coverage of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (8.072 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3), "NBA Countdown" (8.302 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 2" (15.455 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.7, #1).

NBC (4.674 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a distant second with the premiere of "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" (6.140 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and its annual special "American Ninja Warrior: USA Vs. the World" (4.185 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4).

Next up was FOX (1.194 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its repeat lineup of "Bob's Burgers" (0.987 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12), "The Last Man on Earth" (0.836 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12), "The Simpsons" (1.205 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Family Guy" (1.330 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), another "Bob's Burgers" (1.325 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and another "Family Guy" (1.482 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

And finally, CBS (4.748 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) likewise served up second runs of "60 Minutes" (6.593 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.199 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Madam Secretary" (4.008 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Code Black" (3.192 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

On cable...
- Food Network Star (SP/Food): 1.712m
- Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen (S/Food): 1.547m

On Friday, NBC (4.592 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the demo champ with an encore of "America's Got Talent" (4.530 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and a new "Dateline NBC" (4.718 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1).

ABC (3.685 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with repeats of "Shark Tank" (3.564 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5), another "Shark Tank" (3.640 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) plus a new "20/20" (3.852 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4).

Next up was CBS (4.841 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and repeats of "MacGyver" (4.284 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Hawaii Five-0" (4.773 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "Blue Bloods" (5.466 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.539 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up rebroadcasts of "MasterChef" (1.621 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "The F Word with Gordon Ramsay" (1.457 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

And finally, new episodes of "The Originals" (1.045 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "Reign" (0.762 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.903 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

VH1's "RuPaul's Drag Race" scores 619,000.

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posted 6/5/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Big(oted) Elephant in the Room"

  • Chris Harrison says what ABC won't (Moviefone)... and Lee Garrett... well, he speaks for himself (Hollywood Reporter - SPOILER ALERT!)
     

  • Paradise Run wraps Season 3 (due early 2018, maybe earlier) (West Hawaii Today)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: we were overdue for a rude word on "Countdown" (Mirror)
     

  • Ryan Sutter breaks silence on his wife's condition (Reality TV World)
     

  • ICYMI: Gordon Ramsay driving James Corden to LAX (Broadway World)
     

  • "MasterChef" Cruise is about to set sail, and you can be on board! (Parade)

posted 6/6/17


Discovery Channel
New "Cab", Same Driver
Ben Bailey to Host Discovery Reboot of "Cash Cab"
From TV Insider

When Cash Cab returns to the Discovery Channel later in 2017 so will a familiar face. The network announced Monday that original Cash Cab host and comedian Ben Bailey will once again take the wheel—this time as both host and executive producer. Comedian David Steinberg (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and All3Media’s Lion USA also serve as executive producers, with Robyn Todd as co-executive producer.

"Holy #%$&!! Cash Cab is back!!! HUGE thanks to all the fans who pushed for the show (and for me) to come back! Never before has a comedian been so happy to go back to driving a cab," said Bailey in a statement. "OMG I think I left the meter running!"

Discovery's new 'Cash Cab' episodes will still feature a trivia competition for riders, but this time the unsuspecting contestants are ambushed by America's favorite celebrities.

The revamped version of Cash Cab pretty much adheres to the conventions of the original—unsuspecting passengers are picked up for a trivia-filled taxi ride in New York City, only this time around Bailey will be joined by guest celebrities. If the passengers get stumped on a question they can ask friends or pedestrians for help via phone, text or social media.

Based on an original British format by Adam Wood, Cash Cab originally aired on Discovery Channel from 2005 to 2012. Bailey hosted more than 200 episodes of the series and won four Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Game Show Host.

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posted 6/5/17

THURSDAY: Warriors 1, Cavaliers 0
Of Non-NBA Programming, Only Fox Came Close.
From B&C

ABC coasted to a massive ratings win Thursday, thanks to Game 1 of the NBA Finals, putting up a 4.8 rating in viewers 18-49, per the Nielsen overnights, and a 19 share. After Jimmy Kimmel’s pre-game show did a 2.5 and NBA Countdown a 2.7, the game, featuring the Golden State Warriors versus the Cleveland Cavaliers, did a 5.9. That was level with last year’s opener, as 15.7 million total viewers tuned in.

Among the competition, only Fox reached 1.0, that network tallying a 4 share. Beat Shazam fell 8% from its premiere at 1.1, while Love Connection was off 27% from its debut at 0.8.

CBS was at 0.8/3, with repeats leading into The Amazing Race, which climbed 17% to 0.7.

Airing repeats, NBC had a 0.6/2.

The CW too was in repeats, with a couple Supernatural episodes in prime. It did a 0.2/1.

Among Spanish-language nets, Univision rated a 0.5/2 and Telemundo a 0.4/1.

Total viewer tallies on broadcast & cable:
- The Amazing Race (SF/CBS): 3.914m
- Beat Shazam (Fox): 3.429m
- Love Connection (Fox): 2.871m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 831k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 319k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 306k
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 279k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 242k

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posted 6/5/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Betty White and Steve Harvey... on the Same Stage"

  • Betty White to guest on "Little Big Shots: Forever Young" (Broadway World)
     

  • Paula Abdul would love to return to "American Idol".... just not as a judge (Entertainment Tonight)
     

  • Trista Sutter suffers seizure, expected to recover (Reality TV World)
     

  • Alec Baldwin tells Kathy Griffin to ignore the President. More specifically, he tells her to (BLANK) him. (USA Today)
     

  • Noel Edmonds still playing "Deal or No Deal" with Lloyds (The Guardian)

posted 6/5/17


Fox
WEDNESDAY: All (BLEEPING) Ramsay, All (BLEEPING) Night
"MasterChef", "The F Word" Premiere to Demo Win, NBC Takes Night on "Little Big Shots"
From TV Line

NBC’s The Carmichael Show opened Season 3 on Wednesday with 4.3 million total viewers and a 0.9 demo rating, matching its Season 2 average and sharply improving on the final four episodes of that run; a second episode ticked down to 3.5 mil and a 0.8.

Opening the Peacock’s night, the relocated Little Big Shots (7.6 mil/1.2) added eyeballs but dipped a tenth versus its most recent Sunday airing, and led the night in both measures.

All NBC numbers are subject to adjustment due to MLB preemption.

Wednesday’s only other fresh broadcast fare was on Fox, where MasterChef (3.5 mil/1.0) dipped 8 and 16 percent from its previous premiere. The F Word With Gordon Ramsay (3.4 mil/1.1) built on the demo number, and together the cooking shows led Fox to a demo win for the night.

On cable...
- Big Star Little Star (P/USA): 940k
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 882k
- Bakers vs. Fakers (Food): 651k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 414k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 372k
- Talk Show the Game Show (truTV): 214k

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posted 6/2/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "An Example of Being Wise, But Not Smart"

  • 13 years ago today, Ken Jennings began an historic run on "Jeopardy!" (Inquisitr); nowadays, he's traumatizing 11-year-old boys and picking fights with their big brothers (Inquisitr)
     

  • GoDaddy to sponsor "Steve Harvey's Funderdome" (Phoenix Business Journal)
     

  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: BBC1 is looking for people to be "The Boss" (The Voice)
     

  • Whoever ends up with Rachel Lindsay reportedly has some huge shoes to fill; she allegedly used to dive for touch passes playing sportball with Kevin Durant. Sports. (Reality TV World)
     

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Survivor opens up its Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers season September 27 (Reality TV World)
     

  • Corinne Olympios reportedly bringing her platinum... err, lady business... to "Paradise" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Terry Crews to star in "The Willoughbys" (Broadway World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Randy Jackson (Entertainment Tonight, Dawg)

posted 6/2/17


Fox/FremantleMedia
Buzzr Goes National
Game Show Channel Goes National Thanks to Dish
From B&C

FremantleMedia has struck a distribution deal with Dish that gives Buzzr, its retro game show network, national reach.

Dish distribution puts Buzzr, whose programming includes Family Feud, Let’s Make a Deal and Match Game, in every DMA in the country, FremantleMedia said. The multicast network also has a presence in Canada, where Yes TV airs a Buzzr After Hours programming block.

Buzzr’s newly expanded reach comes as the network hits its second anniversary. Its programming slate is built around more than 40,000 classic game show episodes owned by FremantleMedia North America.

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posted 6/1/17

Duff Goldman to Raid Flavortown
"Grocery Games" Spins Off
From Broadway World

Monday nights just got a little sweeter with Food Network's double dose of primetime programming, beginning on Monday, July 10th. First, at 8pm ET/PT Duff Goldman turns the Triple-G Flavortown Market into Sweet City on Dessert Games. Then, the fun continues at 9pm & 9:30 ET/PT as owners of Sideserf Cake Studio, Natalie and Dave Sideserf, push the boundaries of cake design with their remarkable, realistic cake creations on the premiere of Texas Cake House.

"Mondays hit the spot with decadent desserts on Dessert Games and crazy custom-made cakes on Texas Cake House," said Courtney White, SVP Programming, Scripps Networks Interactive. "Duff Goldman, a baking trailblazer, kicks off the night with his signature charm as the perfect host of the fun and fast-paced dessert-focused competition. Then, audiences get a behind-the-scenes look as Natalie and Dave Sideserf create extraordinarily detailed cake sculptures that defy the ingredients they are made of in how realistic they look!"

Guy Fieri has handed the keys to his grocery store over to dessert master Duff Goldman and given Duff carte blanche to remodel the store, restock the shelves and sugarcoat his grocery games. Each week Duff will test the skills of a new batch of four pastry chefs as they race the aisles shopping, preparing, and plating confectionary creations in three rounds of epic baking challenges. From desserts using savory ingredients, to store-bought treat makeovers, and to the classic dessert imposters, the contestants' must use shopping shortcuts and food-hacks to rise to the top. The one that impresses a rotating panel of judges with their baking talents to cream the competition with their desserts will earn a grand prize of $10,000!

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posted 6/1/17

Timbaland Joins Boy Band
Grammy-Winning Producer to Be "Architect"
From the Futon Critic

ABC announced today that multi-platinum Grammy-winning super producer Timbaland will serve as the third architect on the upcoming music competition series "Boy Band," which premieres on THURSDAY, JUNE 22 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. Timbaland joins previously announced architects Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys) and Emma Bunton (Spice Girls).

"I'm excited to be a part of this show and come on as an architect to help guide the next generation of undiscovered talent," said Timbaland. "I want to continue giving back to music as I have been. I'm ready to find the next boy band that could change our business."

Timbaland has been a mainstay in the music scene since the mid-1990s, producing chart-topping hits for artists such as Drake, Rihanna, Aaliyah, Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, Madonna, Beyoncé, Justin Timberlake, Nelly Furtado, One Republic, Kanye West, Brad Paisley and Bjork. Recently, Timbaland served as the executive music supervisor for the TV series "Empire" and will be releasing new music this year.

Additionally, musical mastermind Adam Blackstone will serve as musical director for the series. Blackstone has served as the musical director for high-profile acts such as Janet Jackson, Rihanna, Maroon 5, Alicia Keys and most recently for Justin Timberlake's "20/20 Experience" world tour, as well as Timberlake's opening performance at the 2017 Oscars.

In "Boy Band," undiscovered young talent from around the country battle it out to become a member of the next great music sensation. From The Beatles to The Jackson 5 to Backstreet Boys and One Direction, generations around the world have always had an insatiable thirst for boy bands. Hosted by singer Rita Ora, the 10-episode series will chronicle the journey of young male vocalists who will compete for a chance to show the world that they have what it takes to win a coveted spot in America's next great boy band and receive a recording contract with Hollywood Records.

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posted 6/1/17

Saturday Night Spinoff?
Stephen Mulhern Reportedly Eyed for "In for a Penny, In for a Grand" Show
From Digital Spy

Stephen Mulhern could be set for another big TV spin-off, this time expanding his repertoire on Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway.

The presenter, who we all love on Britain's Got More Talent, teased that one of his segments on Saturday Night Takeaway could get its own series.

"We're trying to make 'In for a Penny, In for a Grand' its own game show," Stephen told The Sun.

"Ant & Dec asked me to do it, which is really exciting. I just knew it was a winner. It's gone down well. We're hoping to get it off the ground later this year.

"We just need some time to work on it. Ideally, we'd make the cash prizes bigger too, just to up the ante."

The presenter said he wanted to bring back the "golden days" of family TV, continuing: "I love working with members of the public and I think you can have a lot of fun with them.

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posted 6/1/17

SYNDIES: Week 36
Results for the Week Ending May 21
From TV Newscheck

The session ending May 21, which included the third full week of the May sweep, was another strong one for syndication queen Judge Judy Sheindlin whose eponymous program pulled further ahead of the field, and for her budding courtroom creation Hot Bench.

Game shows were mixed with Family Feud dipping 2% to a 6.1, but still leading the game shows for the 56th straight session.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.1 -2%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.8 +2%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.6 NC
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 +7%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.1** -8%

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posted 6/1/17


NBC
TUESDAY: Two Big Premieres on NBC
"America's Got Talent" & "World of Dance" Launch
From TV Line

NBC’s World of Dance premiered on Tuesday night to 9.7 million viewers and a 2.4 demo rating, marking the most-watched summer reality launch in nine years (since ABC’s Wipeout) and the highest-rated in five (since NBC’s American Ninja Warrior).

Opening the Peacock’s night, America’s Got Talent returned to 12.1 mil and a 2.6, marking a six-year premiere audience high while steady in the demo.

Elsewhere….

FOX | Prison Break wrapped its revival run with 2.34 mil and a 0.9, up 23 and 29 percent week-to-week.

THE CW | Without an original Flash lead-in, iZombie (900K/0.3) dropped a few eyeballs yet held steady in the demo.

ABC | Downward Dog (3.8 mil/0.7) and Imaginary Mary (2.2 mil/0.6) dropped 30 and 25 percent, respectively.

On cable...
- Team Ninja Warrior (USA): 1.117m
- Fear Factor (P/MTV): 936k
- Chopped Junior Champions (Food): 878k
- Chopped (Food): 821k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros (MTV): 635k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 414k
- The Challenge (S/MTV): 310k

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posted 6/1/17

Don't Forget Your... Wedding Bells?
BBC Greenlights Honeymoon Game Among Other Projects
From Digital Spy

Newlyweds will take part in a new BBC gameshow on their actual wedding day to win an epic honeymoon.

Variety reports that Wedding Day Winners is one of several entertainment shows that the BBC has commissioned since losing The Voice UK to ITV, with the show set to air on Saturday evenings on BBC One.

Each episode will see two couples compete against each other in a series of challenges and games on their wedding day to win a dream honeymoon.

Production on the show is already under way with it set to air next year. Wedding Day Winners is being made by Panda, the production company set up by Moira Ross, the former producer of The Voice in the UK.

It is hoped that Wedding Day Winners can follow the likes of Strictly Come Dancing in being a hit format in the US as well, with All3Media International set to distribute it internationally.

Following The Voice's exit to ITV, BBC One has run Let It Shine in its slot to cast a new boyband for the Take That musical.

Next up is another singing competition in the form of Pitch Battle which will be hosted by Mel Giedroyc and feature full-time judges Kelis and Gareth Malone, alongside guest judges including Will Young and soul legend Chaka Khan.

Pitch Battle is airing this summer on BBC One.

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posted 6/1/17

MONDAY: Star Struck
NBC Wins on Stanley Cup
From TV Line

ABC’s Still Star-Crossed premiered on Monday night to 2.43 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating, landing below year-ago time slot occupant Mistresses‘ final season average (2.6 mil/0.6).

Opening ABC’s night, The Bachelorette (5.6 mil/1.5) was down just a tenth year over year, and scored Monday’s biggest audience.

NBC’s coverage of the Stanley Cup Finals drew 4.9 mil and a 1.6 per fast nationals, up 20 percent and two tenths from last year’s Game 1 and topping the night in the demo.

Over on Fox, Gotham (2.9 mil/0.9) ticked down while Lucifer (3.3 mil/0.9, average reader grade “A-“) rose 10 percent and a tenth with its finale.

The CW’s Whose Line returned to 950K and a 0.2.

On cable...
- Kids BBQ Championship (Food): 864k

TV Line
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/1/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Scratchies!"

  • Vanna White plugs "Wheel of Fortune" scratch tickets from the Florida Lottery (WTXL Tallahassee)
     

  • "The Bachelorette" has a problem, and his name is Lee (The Undefeated)
     

  • Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall to play Idaho State Fair (Idaho State Journal)
     

  • Amanda Stanton looks like she's heading to "Paradise" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Lauren Bushnell open to reconciling (Reality TV World)
     

  • ICYMI: Gordon Ramsay pulls a fast one on one of his chefs (Digital Spy)
     

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: game show champ donates half his winnings to local hospice (Sunderland Echo)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Cat Deeley (Huffpost) and Mario Lopez (TV Insider)

posted 6/1/17

"Price" Coming to Ireland?
Plans Are Still Very Much Preliminary
From Goss.ie

It looks as if Irish viewers will soon hear the rings of "The actual retail price is..." as The Price Is Right is set for a return.

Kite Productions, who make hit show Gogglebox, are behind the plan to re-make the popular quiz show for TV3 - and just like the original, contestants will win cash and prizes by guessing the price of retail items.

The Price Is Right first aired in the US in the 1950s, but went down a hit with viewers when Bruce Forsyth hosted it on ITV back in the '80s.

An industry source told the Irish Sun, "The Price Is Right is a proven hit so it will be good for TV3. But nothing is signed yet and the deal is still at the earliest stages."

Lucy Kennedy is the frontrunner to host the reboot.

GOSS.ie
Irish Sun

posted 5/31/17

Vanessa Hudgens Thinks She Can Judge
"High School Musical" Actress Joins SYTYCD Panel
From TV Line

Fox on Tuesday announced that Vanessa Hudgens — fresh off an energetic hosting gig at the 2017 Billboard Music Awards — will join So You Think You Can Dance as a Season 14 judge, opposite Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy.

“I am so excited for Vanessa to join Mary and me on the judging panel for the 14th season of So You Think You Can Dance,” Lythoe — also an executive producer on the show — said in a statement. “There was instant chemistry in the audition rounds, and I know the SYTYCD fans will love her as much as we do. Vanessa is an accomplished artist and brings her own brand of enthusiasm and energy to our panel.”

The new season of So You Think You Can Dance premieres Monday, June 12 (8/7c).

TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 5/31/17

Let's Meet the Network Stars
Catch Battle of the Network Stars on ABC This Summer!
From Broadway World

The '70s and '80s television pop-culture classic, "Battle of the Network Stars" (which premiered from ABC Sports in 1976 and continued for 13 years), will be revived when it returns to television on THURSDAY, JUNE 29 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. "Battle of the Network Stars" is a nostalgic throwback to the original series where TV celebrities blended athleticism with hilarious antics. The 10-episode summer event will pit teams of current and classic TV stars from multiple eras and different genres against one another in a variety of athletic games. Viewers can look forward to seeing a fresh take at some of the classic show's sporting events like Tug of War, Archery, Kayak Relay, the Obstacle Course and the Dunk Tank.

The hosts will be Mike Greenberg (@Espngreeny) and Joe Tessitore (@Joe_Tess) of ESPN; Cassidy Hubbarth (@CassidyHubbarth) and Cari Champion (@CariChampion) of ESPN will be the sideline reporters; plus SUPER BOWL 50 winner DeMarcus Ware (@DeMarcusWare) and MMA fighter/Olympian Ronda Rousey (@RondaRousey) will be the team captains.

As host of the new version, Greenberg said, "If someone could go back in time and tell the ten-year-old me, glued to the television, watching Howard Cosell and all the biggest names in television running obstacle courses and playing tug of war, that someday he would be directly involved with 'Battle of the Network Stars,' he would have said it was the coolest thing ever. Decades later, that's exactly how I feel."

Regarding the show's return, executive producer Andrew Glassman said, "We believe there is no format which is a better time machine than 'Battle of the Network Stars,' plus the name itself fills you with nostalgia and a sense of positive energy - like the beach party you really want to be invited to with your favorite people from TV. For this new version, the network vs. network format didn't make as much sense as fielding teams based on the characters people love from over the years to the current day - Cops vs. TV Sitcoms, White House vs. Lawyers, TV Moms & Dads vs. TV Kids, etc. In this way, we'll get to see everyone's favorites from over the years, even if they spanned different networks at the time."

The 100 TV stars, from 14 different network and cable companies, will be announced at a later date.

Broadway World
The Futon Critic

posted 5/31/17

Don't Call It A Comeback
"The Chase" Returns to ITV Today
From Radio Times

When Bradley Walsh and his team packed up The Chase studio for their summer holidays, handing over their coveted 5pm slot to Rylan Clark-Neal and his new game show Babushka, they couldn’t have realised what a furore it would cause.

Viewers were apoplectic with rage that their favorite daily quiz show had apparently been axed. It hadn’t. It was – as they used to say in Friends – on a break. It didn’t even matter when Chaser Jenny Ryan (aka “the Vixen”) explained that they were having a few weeks off. Twitter went into meltdown.

The Chase returned to screens last night and viewers certainly seemed happy.

Babushka, hosted by Rylan Clark-Neal, premiered at the start of May and ran for the past four weeks with its first ever series.

The Chase last night returned with 2.4 million viewers at 5PM, with the series back regularly airing Mondays to Friday.

The show averaged 1.3 million viewers across its run after starting with 2 million for its first episode, a number it never managed to better.

Come the final episode last Friday night, just 850,000 viewers were watching.

Radio Times
Telly Mix

posted 5/30/17


Games Gone By: Idiot Savants
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Chris Wolvie ends his trek through the game shows of music channels with MTV's most decorated game show (it won ONE CableACE award right after it was cancelled). "Games Gone By..." presents the all-over-the-place game show, "Idiot Savants"!

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 5/31/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "A Long Weekend"

  • SUNDAY:
    - Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen (Food): 1.263m
    - Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 942k
    (Showbuzz Daily)
     

  • FRIDAY: RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 720k (Showbuzz Daily)
     

  • Kathy Griffin learns that tears and apologies are no way to get through life (Broadway World)
     

  • Britain's Got Talent, ITV gives this Saturday over to Ariana Grande's Manchester benefit (Variety)
     

  • Jennifer Lopez celebrates "World of Dance" premiere with A-Rod (Reality TV World)
     

  • Ben Higgins calls out "hateful words" regarding his split (Reality TV World)
     

  • Noel Edmonds wants his money back... and here's the clock (The Guardian)
     

  • Ant & Dec call dibs (Metro)
     

  • Andy Cohen confirms that same-sex couples will be a part of "Love Connection" (Entertainment Tonight Canada)
     

  • Paul Sinha comes out. And the internet applauds. The real story... You think MarioKart is Grand Theft Auto? REALLY?! (Metro)
     

  • Amitabh Bachchan to return to KBC (India Today)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Busier schedule: James Corden or Ryan Seacrest? (Mashable)

posted 5/26/17

MICHAEL OGIENS: c.1948-2017
Longtime CBS Exec Worked Dayside
From Deadline

Michael Ogiens, a longtime CBS programming executive who also produced telefilms, served as MTM Productions president and created TV’s The Lazarus Man starring Robert Urich, died May 25. He was 69.

A Los Angeles native, Ogiens began his executive career at CBS, spending 14 years between its New York and Los Angeles offices. As VP Daytime Programs, he supervised production on such soap operas and game shows as The Young and The Restless and The Price Is Right. After a stint as VP Daytime and Children’s Programming, he pivoted to primetime as VP Programs, where he was tasked with boosting East Coast production. Shows launched under his watch included 1984 comedies Kate and Allie and Charles in Charge and the 1985 drama Foley Square.

Deadline

posted 5/30/17


ABC
MICHAEL NANCE: c.1986-2017
"The Bachelorette" Season 8 Contestant
From Huffpost

Michael Nance, a former contestant on “The Bachelorette,” has died. He was 31.

A representative for the Austin Police Department confirmed the news to TMZ, telling the outlet they received a call around 2 a.m. on Monday. Nance was unresponsive when police arrived at the scene. He was pronounced dead shortly after.

A cause of death has not been released, People reports, though the outlet notes it does not seem to be the result of foul play. A spokes An autopsy was performed Tuesday but it may take weeks to get results from toxicology reports.

In his “Bachelorette” introduction video, Nance, who was a musician, revealed he struggled with an addiction to prescription pain meds in the past.

Nance appeared on Season 8 of “The Bachelorette,” which featured Emily Maynard. Upon hearing the news, Maynard took to Twitter to express her condolences.

So sad waking up to the news about Michael Nance. Such a kind heart with so much talent. Sending prayers and love to his family and friends.
-Emily Maynard


Other members of “Bachelor” Nation, such as Sean Lowe and Chris Bukowski, also expressed their grief on Twitter.

Huffpost
TMZ

posted 5/30/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Showing Love for Connection"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Love Connection (TV Overmind)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: five things you didn't know about "Beat Shazam" (TV Overmind)
     

  • AGT, contestant reach agreement to not air a segment being subject to lawsuit... a lawsuit that has since been dismissed (MoviePilot)
     

  • Nyle DiMarco take Jimmy Fallon, Jamie Foxx to task over their use of fake ASL (TMZ)
     

  • Ryan Clark-Neal FINALLY addresses all those rumors that have been plaguing him this past month (Mirror)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Dave Holmes (Unicorn Booty)

posted 5/30/17


Fox
THURSDAY: You Are Watching Foxx
"Beat Shazam", "Love Connection" Sampled
From CarterMatt.com

Nobody could Beat Shazam in the demo on this first post-season Thursday, as the Fox game show debuted to a 1.2 rating (along with 3.6 million total viewers).

Leading out of that, Andy Cohen’s Love Connection reboot retained 3.4 mil and a 1.1.

Both episodes are now available on Fox.com, the Fox Now app, Hulu, and On Demand.

Over on NBC, the celeb edition of American Ninja Warrior drew 4.2 mil/1.1, followed by Running Wild With Julia Roberts‘ 4 mil/0.9. Come 10 pm, the Peacock’s Red Nose Day special proper (2.7 mil/0.7) rose 23 percent and a tenth from last year. This year, over $35 million was raised for children in need.

Fox and NBC ran total viewers to a dead heat, but CBS’ Big Bang Theory rerun drew Thursday’s largest audience, with 6.4 million viewers
.

TV Line
Broadway World
Broadway World
CarterMatt
Philadelphia Tribune
Vibe - FIRST LOOK at "Beat Shazam"
Entertainment Weekly

TV Insider
2paragraphs
Salt Lake Tribune
NewNowNext
Buzzfeed
New York Post

Advocate

posted 5/26/17


ITV
Your First Look at "The Crystal Maze" with Richard Ayoade
Catch It June!
From Metro

Rejoice Crystal Maze fans, the game show’s revival is at hand and it’ll be coming in June.

Like the original show, teams of five contestants will take on a series of challenges and games across four different zones: Aztec, Future, Medieval and Industrial.

They will face a range of skill, mystery, physical and mental challenges to win crystals that equate to time in the final test – the legendary Crystal Dome. A number of celebrity specials will also air in aid of Stand Up 2 Cancer later this year, after proving a hit with viewers following its revival last year.

The series is filmed at a swanky purpose-built maze in Bristol that spans over 30,000 square feet, and it’s being created by original Crystal Maze designer, James Dillon (The Royle Family).

Meanwhile we’ve just been given a first glimpse of Richard Ayoade in his new role as the presenter this series. The actor and funnyman will be bringing his witty charm to your screens when he officially joins the show this year as presenter.

In the first official pics showing off the new host, Richard is seen donning a slick, red blazer combo which screams ready for business.

Oh, and a white shirt that has insects on it.

The IT Crowd star will front 20 hour-long episodes on Channel 4 which are due to air later this year.

Metro
The List
Entertainment.ie
Evening Standard
Telly Mix
ATV Today

Chortle

posted 5/26/17

American Ninja vs. the World
Catch It June 4
From Broadway World

NBC will present its annual high-stakes international competition "American Ninja Warrior: USA VS. THE WORLD" on Sunday, June 4 at 8-11 p.m. ET/PT. Three separate teams of six from North America, Europe and Latin America will compete in Las Vegas on the first three stages of Mt. Midoriyama, the famed four-stage finals course featured in "American Ninja Warrior." Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila are set to host and Kristine Leahy will co-host.

The audience will be in for a surprise as one of the ninjas makes history.

Team USA features several members hoping to make a big impression, including veteran competitor Brian Arnold and six-time repeat competitor Drew Drechsel, both of whom have nearly made it to stage four in Las Vegas in years past.

Also joining the team this season will be Daniel Gil and Los Angeles stuntwoman Jessie Graff, who wowed audiences last September with her stunning appearance in the Las Vegas finals. Rounding out Team USA are Josh Levin and Jake Murray.

Team Europe features several all-stars, including returning ninjas Stefano Ghisolfi (Italy), Alexander Mars (Sweden), Sean McColl (France) and Tim Shieff (England). McColl and Ghisolfi are world-class rock climbers and Shieff is a world champion free runner and the top performer in the U.K.'s version of "Ninja Warrior," while Mars is a top finisher in the Swedish version. Two new team members include England's Owen McKenzie and Denmark's Bjarke Tonnesen.

For the first time, this season's "USA vs. the World" will feature competitors from Latin America. The intrepid ninjas include Santiago de Alba (Mexico), Wid Eriksen (Mexico), Karl Fow (Venezuela), Diego Gonzalez (Mexico), Danee Marmolejo (Mexico) and David Saikin (Argentina). De Alba and Gonzalez are both highly decorated Mexican climbing champions, Eriksen is an acrobat by trade, Fow and Marmolejo are both world renown freerunners and stuntmen, and Saikin is an Argentinean climbing champion.

Contestants will tackle "American Ninja Warrior's" punishing Las Vegas finals course in a head-to-head format that pits members from each team against one another.

Broadway World

posted 5/26/17

WEDNESDAY: And All Was Quiet...
CBS Wins the Final Night of the TV Season
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.769 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) edged out the competition with the finale of "Survivor: Game Changers" (8.547 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) followed by "Survivor: Game Changers Reunion" (6.214 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3).

FOX (5.161 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was a close second with the season finales of "Shots Fired" (3.410 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7) and "Empire" (6.913 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1).

Next up was ABC (6.588 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its feature "Dirty Dancing" (6.588 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.348 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.031 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8), a new "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.797 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and the season finale of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.216 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3).

And finally, The CW (1.332 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the night with the season finales of "Arrow" (1.682 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and "The 100" (0.982 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10).

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 687k
- Bakers vs. Fakers (SP/Food): 557k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 380k
- Are You The One: Second Chances (MTV): 344k
- Are You The One: Beyond the Boom (S/MTV): 223k
- Talk Show the Game Show (truTV): 147k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/26/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Remember Why We Have Memorial Day"

  • VIDEO WALL: Jamie Foxx lets the dogs out (Broadway World)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Wheelmobile rolls into Houston (KHOU Houston)
     

  • Mark Burnett, Jeff Probst reflect on 34 seasons of a show neither one of them technically created (Hollywood Reporter)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with "Plinko Ryan" (CBC News)

posted 5/26/17

India Looks Out Below
"Still Standing" Drops on MMTV
From C21 Media

Indian broadcaster MMTV has commissioned a local version of primetime gameshow Still Standing from Israel’s Armoza Formats.

The 60-episode first season will run twice a week from next month on Mazhavil Manorama, MMTV’s regional entertainment channel. The deal was made in collaboration with Endemol Shine India, which will produce the series locally.

In related news, Canale 5 in Italy has started airing its version of the show after commissioning a further 70 episodes recently.

Still Standing, originally created by Israel’s Channel 10 and July-August Productions, offers contestants the chance to win US$1m by out-guessing 10 opponents in 10 fast-paced trivia battles.

C21 Media
Rapid TV News

posted 5/25/17

TUESDAY: And Then There Was One
"The Voice" Beats "Dancing" For the Finale Crown
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.081 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday thanks to a new "Great News" (3.133 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), the season finale of "Great News" (3.074 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7) and of course the finale to "The Voice" (9.071 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1).

ABC (8.318 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the silver draw with week two of "Downward Dog" (5.717 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and the expanded season finale of "Dancing with the Stars" (8.839 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2).

Next up was CBS (7.112 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with a repeat "NCIS" (8.310 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6) followed by the season finale of "Bull" (8.353 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and another edition of "48 Hours: NCIS" (4.675 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.009 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) served up the season finale of "The Flash" (2.973 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) plus a new "iZombie" (1.045 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

And finally, a new "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.819 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), the season finale of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.554 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and the penultimate "Prison Break" (1.918 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) rounded out the night for FOX (1.802 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

On cable...
- The Dunk King (SF/TNT): 1.729m
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.182m
- Team Ninja Warrior (USA): 813k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 749k
- Chopped (Food): 727k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros (MTV): 535k
- The Challenge (S/MTV): 247k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/25/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Two and Two"

  • #TBT: five of the 80s-est Love Connections ever (TV Line) PLUS the origin of the phrase, "two and two", but if you're reading this, you probably know by now (2paragraphs)
     

  • Babushka isn't faring any better in its final week (Telly Mix)
     

  • Britt Nilsson gets engaged (Reality TV World)
     

  • Tyra Banks, "AGT" being sued for physical and verbal abuse (Deadline)
     

  • "Dancing with the Stars" live tour is set with the champ taking part (The Futon Critic)
     

  • ICYMI: If you saw TPIR today, someone lost it over this (USA Today/FTW)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Jeopardy!. Test. NEXT WEEK. Effing register! (Travel+Leisure)

posted 5/25/17

New "Bakers", More Fakers
Lorraine Pascale Graduates to Host Tonight on Food Network
From Broadway World

Professional chefs and home bakers compete for bragging rights and a cash prize in a new season of BAKERS VS. FAKERS , premiering Wednesday, May 24th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. In each episode four competitors battle it out through two rounds of culinary challenges, as thy are tasked with creating delectable desserts that need to impress host Lorraine Pascale and a rotating panel of guest judges, including Sunny Anderson, Damiano Carrara, Amanda Freitag, Paulette Goto, Alex Guarnaschelli, Daphne Oz, Damaris Phillips, Aarti Sequeira, Sherry Yard, and Zac Young. A blind taste test determines the best dessert in each round, and with no higher standards for the professionals and no sympathy for the amateurs, it is only after the final winner is selected that the true identities are revealed. Will the professional be victorious, or can an amateur beat the odds and take down the pros? Catch all the fun and surprises over 13 episodes to see if the pros or amateurs reign supreme and take home the $10,000 cash prize.

Can you tell a professional baker from an amateur? Visit Food Network.com/BakersvsFakersto relive the highlights and get tips to up your baking game. Join the conversation using #BakersvsFakers.

Broadway World

posted 5/24/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "And... Exhale"

  • Jamie Foxx welcomes a special guest on tomorrow's Beat Shazam premiere (Billboard)
     

  • Paul Sinha plays Derbyshire (Derbyshire Times)
     

  • Love Connection launches an app in advance of tomorrow's premiere (Digital Journal) plus a BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW (Newsday)
     

  • Marc Summers plays Philly with Dunkle Dare (Philadelphia Inquirer)
     

  • Hey Ben Higgins... I don't recall saying anything about you dating Ashley Iaconnetti dating (Reality TV World)

posted 5/24/17


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