Thanks for Playing!
MONDAY | TUESDAY | WEDNESDAY | THURSDAY | WEEKEND | PRIMETIME | SCHEDULE | ARCHIVES: 30 90 | WLTI | STATE OF PLAY | ABOUT Facebookbird, new, square, twitter icon

90-Day Archives

Back to the Kitchen: Kids Edition
"MasterChef Junior" Returns February 26
From the Futon Critic

Hit culinary competition series MASTERCHEF JUNIOR returns Tuesday, Feb. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Entering its seventh season, the series gives talented kids between the ages of 8 and 13 the chance to showcase their culinary abilities and passion for food through a series of delicious challenges. Award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay and renowned pastry chef Christina Tosi will be joined by celebrated chef and restaurateur Aarón Sánchez on the judges' panel.

Season Seven will showcase a mystery box challenge focusing on the most important meal of the day - breakfast. Additionally, the young chef-testants will attend and prepare a meal for 51 circus performers, create a restaurant-quality fish dish, compete to see which team can first roll out a perfect sheet of pasta to 24 feet and power through the fan-favorite restaurant takeover challenge, until one talented kid is named America's newest MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, taking home the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR trophy and $100,000 grand prize.

MASTERCHEF JUNIOR is produced by Endemol Shine North America and One Potato Two Potato, and is based on a format created by Franc Roddam and Endemol Shine. Robin Ashbrook, Danny Schrader, Elisabeth Murdoch, Georgie Hurford-Jones, Gordon Ramsay, Yasmin Shackleton, Patricia Llewellyn and Ben Adler serve as executive producers. "Like" MASTERCHEF JUNIOR on Facebook at facebook.com/MasterChefJuniorFOX. Follow the series on Twitter @MasterChefJrFOX and join the discussion at #MasterChefJunior. Check out photos and videos on Instagram @masterchefjunior/. .

The Futon Critic

Deadline

posted 1/11/19

THURSDAY: Back on the Beat
"Titan Games" Settles in, CBS Wins
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.948 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) held off the competition on Thursday with its original mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (13.339 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1), "Young Sheldon" (11.952 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Mom" (9.432 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), new series "Fam" (7.340 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and "SWAT" (5.811 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

NBC (4.291 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with a new "The Titan Games" (5.700 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) followed by the return of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (3.564 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and new episodes of "The Good Place" (2.765 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.008 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9).

Next up was ABC (3.269 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) with repeats of "Modern Family" (2.868 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and "The Goldbergs" (2.142 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) plus the two-hour special "Truth and Lies: Monica and Bill" (3.650 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.740 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) offered up fresh installments of "Gotham" (2.428 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "The Orville" (3.053 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.856 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with a repeat "Supernatural" (0.775 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15) and the special "Roswell: Mysteries Decoded" (0.936 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15).

On cable...
- Top Chef (Bravo): 977k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 944k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 683k
- America Says (GSN): 488k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/11/19


GAMES GONE BY: 1 vs. 100
Season 3 is a Magic Number
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Yeah, this game is simple. All you gotta do is answer multiple choice questions...while a hundred greedy slobs glare down at you wanting to take your money away. No pressure, right? Chris Wolvie gives us a Dutch treat with a "Games Gone By..." about a rather "ruly" mob and The One who fights them: "1 vs. 100".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 1/11/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Million Dollar Ring"

  • Tim Tebow, still not yet hosting "Million Dollar Mile"... is off the market (People)

  • The Price Is Right: An appreciation for America's longest-continuously-running game show (Chicago Tribune)

  • "The Masked Singer" to handle clues differently from this week on (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Terry Crews (The ABC)

posted 1/10/19

Making the Big Move
"Drop the Mic", "Joker's Wild" Move to TNT January 23
From the Futon Critic

Celebrity rap battle series Drop the Mic and classic game show reboot Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild will return to television on Wednesday, January 23rd at 10:00 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT) respectively, on TNT. Both shows will encore the following night each week on

TBS. The move to TNT will pair each series with the network's significant sports audience. Drop the Mic is no stranger to sports stars, having featured notable athletes such as Shaquille O'Neal, Rob Gronkowski, Michael Bennett and Odell Beckham Jr. Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild has also featured several athletes including Antonio Brown, Julian Edelman and Dana White, in addition to cameos by Michael Strahan who is an executive producer on the show.

Drop the Mic is based on the popular segment from the Emmy(R) winning and viral hit The Late Late Show with James Corden. Hosted by Method Man and Hailey Bieber, the competition show features celebrities from entertainment, music, sports and pop culture against each other in a jaw-dropping rap battle. At the end of each head-to-head match, the studio audience votes to help determine the winner, but the final decision is up to Method Man. The series, which has received over half a billion social media views to date and the largest fan footprint of all TBS and TNT originals, will return with epic face-offs including Lonzo Ball vs. T-Pain, Mark Cuban vs. Rusev and Lana, Taran Killam vs. Rob Riggle, Boy George vs. Laverne Cox, Kevin Smith vs. Jason Mewes, The Muppets Matchup which includes Miss Piggy and Beaker battling against Kermit the Frog and Pepé the King Prawn, Jack Osbourne vs. Kelly Osbourne, Lost Reunion Battle with Daniel Dae Kim, Josh Holloway and Harold Perrineau, Glee Reunion Battle featuring Amber Riley, Harry Shum Jr. and Becca Tobin against Kevin McHale, Jenna Ushkowitz and Heather Morris, Kat Graham vs. Shameik Moore, Danielle Brooks vs. Jussie Smollett, Jason Mitchell vs. Adina Porter, Mike Colter vs. NE-YO, Mel B vs. La La Anthony, Christina Milian vs. Ashlee Simpson, Jason Biggs vs. Eddie Kaye Thomas, David Faustino vs. Joey Lawrence, Nikki Glaser vs. Brad Williams, The New Day vs. SWV and Clay Aiken vs. Ian Ziering. Drop the Mic is produced by CBS Television Studios and Fulwell 73 Productions. James Corden, Ben Winston, Jensen Karp and Joanna Gallagher serve as executive producers.

Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild is a Snoop-i-fied version of the classic game show set in Snoop Dogg's very own casino, which includes an oversized slot machine, giant dice and playing cards. Snoop has brought his friends back for all new categories, with cameos by Ice Cube, Hannibal Buress, Antonio Brown, Julian Edelman, Michael Strahan, Wiz Khalifa, Paris Jackson, Busy Philipps, G-Eazy, Cheech & Chong, Biz Markie, Bill Nye and Xzibit. Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild is produced by Sony Pictures Television, in association with Turner's Studio T. Snoop Dogg serves as executive producer along with two-time Emmy(R) winner, Super Bowl Champion and Good Morning, America co-host Michael Strahan. Also executive-producing are Vincent Rubino, Constance Schwartz-Morini for SMAC Entertainment and Ted Chung for Merry Jane.

The Futon Critic

Arizona Daily STar

posted 1/10/19

WEDNESDAY: Face Off
Fox Wins Demos, NBC Wins Total
From the Futon Critic

FOX (5.285 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday thanks to week two of "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (3.513 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7) and "The Masked Singer" (7.056 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1).

NBC (7.873 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with originals from "Chicago Med" (8.639 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2), "Chicago Fire" (8.077 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) and "Chicago PD" (6.905 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.827 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its new lineup of "The Goldbergs" (5.133 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2), "Schooled" (4.771 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2), "Modern Family" (4.836 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2), "Single Parents" (3.104 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Match Game" (2.559 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.365 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) opted for repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.445 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and "Young Sheldon" (5.591 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10) followed by originals from "SEAL Team" (5.535 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Criminal Minds" (4.541 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

And finally, second runs of "All American" (0.533 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) and another "All American" (0.431 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) on The CW (0.482 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 820k
- Project Runway All-Stars (SP/Lifetime): 703k
- Deal or No Deal (CNBC): 634k
- America Says (GSN): 439k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/10/19

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

  • Julie Chen is back in the house (Deadline)

  • VIDEO WALL: Dean Unglert is done with Bachelor relationships (Access)

  • Ken Jeong unmasks for Netflix (TV Line)

posted 1/10/19

Samurai Showdown
Fox Slots "Mental Samurai" for February 26
From the Futon Critic

MENTAL SAMURAI, a thrilling new competition series that pushes every aspect of human intelligence and mental agility, debuts Tuesday, Feb. 26 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). Hosted and produced by Rob Lowe, from A. Smith & Co. Productions, Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television and Apploff Entertainment, the show is the first-ever obstacle course...for the mind. Each episode of MENTAL SAMURAI is an epic television event, as contestants battle the boundaries of their minds to answer questions accurately with speed and precision. Not only does the course test their acumen in categories of knowledge, memory, puzzles and sequencing, but players will also have to contend with being physically transported around the set at high speeds in a specially designed capsule capable of rotating 360 degrees.

In MENTAL SAMURAI, people from all walks of life will compete, and underdogs will triumph, in the game that anyone can play, and almost no one can win. MENTAL SAMURAI is produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions, Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television and Apploff Entertainment. Arthur Smith, Toby Gorman, Jeff Apploff and Noah Bonnett serve as executive producers. Rob Lowe serves as a producer. "Like" MENTAL SAMURAI on Facebook at facebook.com/mentalsamurai. Follow the series on Twitter @mentalsamurai and join the conversation using #MentalSamurai. Check out photos and videos on Instagram @mentalsamuraiFOX/.

The Futon Critic

Deadline

posted 1/9/19

TUESDAY: Game On
NBC Wins Atypical Night Among Demo, CBS Takes Total
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.834 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) led the demo race on a disrupted night thanks to the return of "Ellen's Game of Games" (6.505 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) followed by an "NBC News Special" (7.030 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1), a repeat "Ellen's Game of Games" (5.490 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3) and a new "New Amsterdam" (5.334 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

ABC (4.443 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "The Conners" (6.880 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), "The Kids Are Alright" (4.715 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "ABC News Special" (4.432 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Black-ish" (3.279 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11), "Splitting Up Together" (3.778 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "The Rookie" (3.565 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14).

Next up was CBS (7.860 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with a new "NCIS" (11.704 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5) alongside "CBS News Special" (8.043 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and repeats of "The Neighborhood" (4.819 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.536 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.754 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up "Lethal Weapon" (3.278 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11), "FOX News Special" (2.562 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10) and "The Gifted" (2.231 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14).

And finally, a repeat "Supergirl" (0.780 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #18) and the special "EA Sports Madden NFL 19 Classic" (0.400 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.1, #19) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.590 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 964k
- America Says (GSN): 447k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/9/19

Brick to Shining Brick
US Version of "Lego Masters" in the Works
From Deadline

Lego Masters is heading to the U.S. Endemol Shine North America and UK-based independent production company Tuesday's Child are teaming with Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment to jointly produce a U.S. version of the hit British series. Talks with potential American-based platforms are set to start later this month.

Originally created by Tuesday's Child, Lego Masters first launched on Channel 4 in the UK in 2017, quickly becoming the network's highest-rated new series, nearly doubling its primetime average with young adults.

Last year, Endemol Shine announced Lego Masters landed its first international deals, in Australia on Nine Network and Germany's RTL. Channel 4's second season in the UK launched in November to strong ratings.

The official description: Lego Masters pits enthusiasts in a competition that starts with a single Lego brick and infinite possibilities and concludes with mind-blowing builds that will surely both inspire legions of loyal Lego followers and capture the imagination of new fans.

Plan B will executive produce with ESNA's Sharon Levy, DJ Nurre and Michael Heyerman, Tuesday's Child's Karen Smith and Steph Harris and Jill Wilfert and Robert May for The Lego Group..

Deadline

posted 1/9/19

It's Academic... ally Challenged
DC Local Quiz Needs a New Home
From Washington Post

Six years after the 1961 debut of "It's Academic," Washington's high school quiz show, Giant Food signed on as its chief sponsor. Israel "Izzy" Cohen, owner of the supermarket chain, thought it was important to offer support. "The reason was that Izzy Cohen, the son of immigrants, was raised with the idea that education is the one thing that nobody can take away from you," said Susan Altman, the show's executive producer and daughter of the founder, Sophie Altman. People may never lose their educations, but the same can't be said of TV shows and their TV studios.

Some time in the next year or two, the 1950s-era NBC4 studio on Nebraska Avenue NW in which the show has taped since its birth will undergo a much-needed renovation. Last summer, Channel 4 informed Altman that it would be prudent for her to start looking for a new taping location. "We love the show," Matt Glassman, assistant news director at NBC4, told me. "We've aired it for a lot of decades. This isn't anything other than 'Let's do some careful advance planning to protect the show.' " He said NBC4 would be happy to continue broadcasting the show, wherever it's produced. Other broadcast residents have already moved out, including MSNBC. "Meet the Press," with which "It's Academic" shares studio space, will move downtown later this year. The current "It's Academic" season — 27 regular shows, nine playoffs, three semifinals and a championship game — ends in June. The next season will start in September.

Washington Post

posted 1/9/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Prime Time"

  • Remember the original host of SYTYCD Lauren Sanchez? Well, she's with Jeff Bezos now. (E!)

  • John Legend, Kelsea Ballerini to join Blake Sheton on tribute to Elvis (The Futon Critic)

  • Maria Ho has a "Deal" for you (Card Player)

  • Steve Harvey is one foot out of the door... of his talk show (Variety)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the EP of "The Masked SInger" (THe Wrap)

posted 1/9/19

Back to "Paradise"
Fox Deals for Reboot
From the Wrap

Fox is set to reboot the reality dating program "Paradise Hotel," the network announced on Tuesday.

The show, which first aired on the network in 2003, puts a group of singles in a "Temptation Island"-style tropical resort where they vote each other off each week to make room for a new guest. The longer they stay on the show, the more money they make.

The new iteration of "Paradise Hotel" will encourage viewers to play along at home, using social media to try and influence what happens on screen, including who stays and who goes.

"Jersey Shore" producer SallyAnn Salsano of 495 Productions will executive produce alongside Becca Walker and Celia Taylor of Mentorn Media, the original creators of the "Paradise Hotel" format.

The Wrap

Reality TV World
Deadline
The Futon Critic

posted 1/8/19

SYNDIES: Week 13
Results for the Week Ending December 23
From B+C

Coverage of the life and death of actress and director Penny Marshall kept losses among the access entertainment magazines to a minimum during the typically slow pre-Christmas week ended Dec. 23.

Debmar-Mercury's Family Feud led the games at a flat 6.4 for the second straight week. CTD's Wheel of Fortune skidded 2% to a 6.2 but still tied CTD's Jeopardy!, which remained at a 6.2. Disney's Who Wants to be a Millionaire broke even at a 1.6, while Entertainment Studios' Funny You Should Ask stood pat at a 0.5 for the 22nd consecutive week.


B+C

posted 1/8/19

MONDAY: Champions Take First
NBC Wins First Monday of 2019
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.579 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the top broadcaster on Monday thanks to the premiere of "America's Got Talent: The Champions" (9.927 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and the return of "Manifest" (5.884 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

ABC (5.104 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was a close second among adults 18-49 with its full night season premiere of "The Bachelor" (5.104 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2).

Next up was CBS (4.337 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.285 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), a new "Happy Together" (4.244 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5), "Young Sheldon" (3.871 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #6), "The Neighborhood" (3.336 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "Bull" (4.144 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.064 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up repeats of "The Resident" (2.037 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "9-1-1" (2.091 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.689 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) likewise opted for second runs of "The Flash" (0.717 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Arrow" (0.661 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (SP/Food): 1.456m
- Winner Cake All (Food): 995k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/8/19

WEEKEND: Three Way Split
CBS, ABC, Fox Take First in Demo Friday
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.373 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) was the most-watched network on Friday with the return of "MacGyver" (6.444 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.168 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "Blue Bloods" (8.508 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2).

ABC (4.038 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) however shared the adults 18-49 honors with new episodes from "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.243 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Speechless" (2.515 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) plus a two-hour "20/20" (4.618 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2).

Next up was FOX (3.745 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) with fresh installments of "Last Man Standing" (5.678 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1), "The Cool Kids" (4.300 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "Hell's Kitchen" (2.500 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.254 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up a repeat "The Blacklist" (2.773 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12), a new "The Blacklist" (3.907 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and "Dateline NBC" (3.082 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

And finally, second runs of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.022 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.949 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and the special "The Hollywood Walk of Fame Honors" (0.577 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15) rounded out the night on The CW (0.781 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable Friday...
- Lip Sync Battle Shorties (Nick): 720k
- Double Dare (Nick): 560k
- America Says (GSN): 526k
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (VH1): 448k

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (SP/Food): 1.677m

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/8/19

NTAs: And the Nominees Are...
British TV Prizes to Be Awarded January 22
From the BBC

Ant and Dec have won the TV presenter category at the National Television Awards (NTAs) for the last 17 years, but can they do it again? That's the question raised by the release of the shortlists for this year's awards, to be broadcast live on ITV on 22 January.

Ant's only presenting gig alongside Dec last year was on Saturday Night Takeaway. After his arrest for drink-driving, he stepped back from presenting duties. Ant was subsequently seen in pre-recorded material for Britain's Got Talent, but Dec hosted the live shows alone. Dec then hosted I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! with fellow nominee Holly Willoughby. It was the first time since the show began that Ant had stepped back from presenting duties.

All of which has got people wondering if Holly might have a shot at breaking Ant and Dec's winning streak. A hit with viewers for her I'm a Celeb... Get Me Out of Here! stint, her main presenting job is on ITV's This Morning. Her co-host is Phillip Schofield, who is also nominated for the best presenter prize.

The Chase host Bradley Walsh and Graham Norton are also in the running - but Willoughby would seem to be Ant and Dec's main competition.

Elsewhere there is fierce competition in some of the more established categories, like The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment award. I'm a Celebrity... goes up against Love Island, which had its best ever viewing figures in 2018. Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway and The Graham Norton Show also feature in the category. Love Island and All Round to Mrs Brown's are in the running as well.

Quiz Show
- 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown
- A League of Their Own
- Catchphrase
- Pointless
- The Chase

Talent Show
- Britain's Got Talent
- Dancing on Ice
- Strictly Come Dancing
- The Voice UK
- The X Factor

TV Presenter
- Ant and Dec
- Bradley Walsh
- Graham Norton
- Holly Willoughby
- Phillip Schofield

Factual Entertainment
- Ambulance
- DIY SOS: The Big Build
- Gogglebox
- Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs
- The Great British Bake Off

Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award
- All Round to Mrs Brown's
- Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway
- I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
- Love Island
- The Graham Norton Show

TV Judge
- David Walliams
- Louis Tomlinson
- Robbie Williams
- Robert Rinder
- Simon Cowell


BBC NEws

Metro

posted 1/8/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Guilty?"

  • VIDEO WALL: Watch the first episode of "Temptation Island"... RIGHT NOW! (The Futon Critic)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: NBC's pulling the nightcap of "Game of Games" in order for the President to talk... (The Futon Critic)

  • Bob Eubanks brings "Hollywood's Greatest Game Shows" to Kansas City (Casino City Times)

  • HATERADE: Josh Murray presses send (Reality TV World)

posted 1/8/19

Tempted By the Fruit of Another... Country
CTV, E! Canada to Air "Temptation Island" Reboot
From Deadline

Canada's Bell Media is set to air the U.S. reboot of classic reality series Temptation Island. The broadcaster will air the series on its CTV and E! Entertainment channels as well as SVOD service Crave after striking a deal with distributor Banijay Rights.

The 11-episode U.S. series, which is produced by Banijay Studios North America, will air later this month on USA Network, hosted by Mark L. Walberg who hosted the original series that premiered in 2001. It will simulcast in Canada.

Temptation Island follows four dating couples at a pivotal time in their relationship, where they must mutually decide if they are ready to commit to one another for the rest of their lives — or should go their separate ways. Together, the couples travel to the tropical paradise of Maui, Hawaii, where they join 24 eligible men and women. There, they live the "single life," in a test that is meant to help answer their most difficult questions about their relationship.

Temptation Island is executive produced by Banijay Studios North America's David Goldberg and Caroline Baumgard and Scott Jeffress.

Deadline

posted 1/7/19


Austrialian Broadcasting Corporation

JIMMY HANNAN: 1937-2019
Australian Legend Hosted "Name That Tune"
From the New Daily

Australian television pioneer and Gold Logie winner Jimmy Hannan has died aged 84, the Nine Network reports.

Hannan, who first appeared on TV screens in 1956 as a contestant on quiz show Name That Tune, went on to become one of the most recognisable faces on Australian television for decades.

Hannan's daughter, Emily Gillman, told Nine on Monday night that her father had "passed away peacefully after a short battle with cancer". She said the TV icon died surrounded by family, and was not in pain, "He was 84 so he had a fantastic life," Gillman was quoted as saying. Hannan is survived by his wife and four children and will be farewelled in a private ceremony on Friday.

Born in 1937, Hannan hosted popular music show Saturday Date from 1963 to 1967, earning a Gold Logie in 1965 as Australia's most popular TV personality and spawning the self-titled Jimmy variety program from 1966.

His popularity continued through the 1970s, during which he was recording up to 13 television appearances a week, as well as radio in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, according to the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia..

The New Daily
3AW
9News
The Herald Sun

posted 1/7/18


WHIMM

ANNALISE BRAAKENSIEK: 1972-2019
Australian Model Co-Hosted "Play Your Cards Right"
From Insider

Australian model and actress Annalise Braakensiek has been found dead at her home in Sydney.

Police were called to her apartment on Sunday afternoon after friends and family raised concerns about her whereabouts.

There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding the 46-year-old's death, according to the ABC.

Braakensiek found success modelling in the US and Europe after being "discovered" as a 16-year-old by a photographer at Sydney's Bondi Beach, and later began acting — starring in Australian soap opera "Home and Away" as well as the SBS program "Fat Pizza." She also made regular appearances on panel shows and in comedies.

Between 2002 and 2003, she was a co-host alongside Bruce Forsyth on UK game show "Play Your Cards Right."

In 2017 she became an ambassador for RUOK?, an organisation which encourages people to ask questions about mental health. On their website, she wrote: "I urge you to remember that even the smallest gesture, the simple sincere question of R U OK? can quite literally turn a life around." On learning of her death, the organisation said she was "loved and respected."

"We are still processing the news we have heard today," said chief executive Brendan Maher. "We couldn't have asked for a more genuine, kind, and sincere spokesperson," he added.

Insider
Fox News
Yahoo!

posted 1/7/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Making It Up As We Go"

  • The Whose Line? gang hits the Sands Bethlehem (NEPAScene.com)

  • Ryan Seacrest sports a #TimesUp bracelet at the Golden Globes a year to the day after his career was put in risk (The Wrap)

  • Vance DeGeneres comes to the defense of his sister re: Kevin Hart (Deadline)

  • HATERADE: for a service that lifted its cashout cap, HQ is getting REALLY clingy to your money (Kotaku)

posted 1/7/19

Buzzr Goes to Pluto
Game Net Now Available on Smart TV Apps
From Cord Cutters

If you love game shows Buzzr is the network for you. Previously if you wanted to watch Buzzr you had to hope it was available with your antenna. Recently Buzzr launched a free stream on their website. Now Buzzr has started to offer a free 24/7 stream on Pluto TV. Now you can watch Buzzr through Pluto TV's app on iOS, Android, Fire TV, Roku, and Android TV. This will give you access to a growing list of classic game shows like Super Password, Family Feud, Child's Play, Celebrity Name Game, Card Sharks, Supermarket Sweep, and many more.

When BUZZR was first added to Pluto TV it was web only. Now BUZZR is now available on multiple devices including Roku players.

Cord Cutters

posted 1/4/19

THURSDAY: Titanic
NBC Wins Demo from "Titan Games"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.732 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the demo champ on Thursday thanks to the premiere of "The Titan Games" (6.516 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), a second hour of "The Titan Games" (6.487 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and the return of "The Blacklist" (4.192 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

CBS (8.119 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then took home the silver with originals from "The Big Bang Theory" (12.554 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and "Young Sheldon" (10.888 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4); repeats from "The Big Bang Theory" (7.276 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5) and "Young Sheldon" (6.093 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6); and a new "SWAT" (5.953 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Next up was ABC (4.841 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with repeats of "The Conners" (3.766 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), a second "The Conners" (3.505 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and the new two-hour special "The Last Days of JFK Jr." (5.444 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.699 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up the return of "Gotham" (2.575 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and a new "The Orville" (2.822 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, The CW (0.687 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with repeats from "Supernatural" (0.762 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "Legacies" (0.613 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14).

On cable...
- Top Chef (Bravo): 1.132m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 971k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 751k
- America Says (GSN): 416k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/4/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Million Dollar Baby Wants a Bottle"

  • The Four could be done, and it's all P Diddy's fault (Inquisitr)

  • Alec Baldwin loses Saturday. And when you lose Saturday.... (The Futon Critic)

  • Brian Dunkleman claps back at TMZ about him being an Uber driver. (The Wrap)

  • Stuart Scott remembered four years after his death (The Wrap)

posted 1/4/19

WEDNESDAY: Mask ON!
Fox Wins with Premiere of "Masked Singer"
From the Futon Critic

FOX (6.675 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) got a big boost on Wednesday thanks to the return of "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (4.139 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and the launch of "The Masked Singer" (9.212 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1).

CBS (5.890 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then claimed the silver with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.905 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and "Young Sheldon" (6.247 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) followed by new episodes of "SEAL Team" (6.215 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "Criminal Minds" (4.880 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7).

Next up was NBC (3.873 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "Chicago Med" (4.216 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Chicago Fire" (3.749 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "Chicago PD" (3.654 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.489 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) likewise opted for second runs of "The Goldbergs" (3.569 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6), "American Housewife" (2.594 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Modern Family" (2.577 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Single Parents" (1.890 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and "Match Game" (2.151 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

And finally, rebroadcasts of "All American" (0.624 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) and another "All American" (0.404 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #16) rounded out the night on The CW (0.514 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable Monday...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 929k
- Project Runway All-Stars (SP/Lifetime): 803k
- Deal or No Deal - 9p (CNBC): 771k
- Deal or No Deal - 10p (CNBC): 766k
- America Says (GSN): 437k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/3/19

WEEKEND: 5... 4... 3... 2... 1...
Results for New Year's Weekend
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.075 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) was the most-watched network on a modest Friday with repeats of "Garth Brooks: Live at Notre Dame!" (3.851 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and "Blue Bloods" (4.522 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

NBC (3.278 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) then was a close second with the finale to "Midnight, Texas" (2.418 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (3.709 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1).

Next up was FOX (2.194 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) with repeats of "Last Man Standing" (3.221 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1), "The Cool Kids" (2.591 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and "Hell's Kitchen" (1.482 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.362 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up second runs of "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.503 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "Speechless" (1.779 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10) and a two-hour "20/20" (2.473 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

And finally, a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.195 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and the special "Popstar's Best of 2018" (0.556 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.876 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable Friday
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (VH1): 632k
- America Says (GSN): 441k


FOX (2.554 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) and NBC (2.917 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) shared the demo crown on the opening night of 2019 as the former served up new episodes of "Lethal Weapon" (3.368 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) and "The Gifted" (1.740 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

The Peacock then opted for repeats of "Ellen's Game of Games" (4.431 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1), "This Is Us" (2.278 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "New Amsterdam" (2.040 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

CBS (4.960 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) was the most-watched network with its second run lineup of "NCIS" (5.439 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "FBI" (5.042 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.399 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.425 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up repeats of "The Conners" (3.850 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2), "The Kids Are Alright" (2.489 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "Black-ish" (2.192 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), "Splitting Up Together" (1.859 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "The Rookie" (2.080 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

And finally, rebroadcasts of "The Flash" (0.666 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.898 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) on The CW (0.782 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable Monday...
- Winner Cake All (P/Food): 632k
- America Says (GSN): 355k

On cable Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 1.031m
- America Says (GSN): 431k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/3/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Caught"

  • Paul Sinha, the Chaser with the whitest suit.... is officially off the market (Ladbible)

  • Dave Spikey hopes to get back on TV (Yahoo!)

  • Brian Dunkleman isn't hosting "Idol", but he'll drive you there (TMZ)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Peter Sagal (WHYY Wilmington-Philadelphia)

posted 1/3/19


Rolling Stone

BOB EINSTEIN: 1942-2019
"Super Dave Osborne" Comedian Was "Hollywood Square"
From the Wrap

Bob Einstein, the actor best known for his Super Dave Osborne character, has died at the age of 76.

Einstein's brother, actor and comedian Albert Brooks, also confirmed the news of Einstein's passing on Twitter on Wednesday. "R.I.P. My dear brother Bob Einstein. A great brother, father and husband. A brilliantly funny man. You will be missed forever," Brooks wrote.

An L.A.-born actor, writer and comedian, Einstein made first made his name as a writer for "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" alongside the likes of Steve Martin and Murray Roman before transitioning to performing as the bungling Super Dave Osborne character in the 1970s.

Einstein first debuted the character, a sunny, naive and frequently-injured parody of daredevil stuntmen like Evel Knievel, on John Byner's variety show in 1972 and later recurred on the Canadian sketch comedy series "Bizarre." He would go on to play the role on "Late Night With David Letterman" and star in his own Showtime series "Super Dave" in 1987.

Einstein's other roles included the surrogate character Larry Middleman on Fox's "Arrested Development" and the father of Matt Damon's character in "Ocean's Thirteen." He most recently reprised the character Marty Funkhouser in HBO's "Curb Your Enthusiasm" revival last year, returning to a character he's played since season 4 of the show.

In the game show world, he was a frequent visitor to both the 1980s and the late 90s-early 2000s "Hollywood Squares". He was also in the unaired 2008 pilot to "Match Game".

The Wrap
Deadline
TV Line

posted 1/2/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "He's a WARRIOR!"

  • Dwayne Johnson turned his ridiculous workouts into "The Titan Games" (The Wrap)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: The Masked Singer (Fox, tonight) (2paragraphs)

  • Carrie Ann Inaba now officially a "Talk"er (The Futon Critic)

  • Swaggy C, Bayleigh Dayton buy a swaggy house. In this market? (Reality TV World)

  • Gordon Ramsay serving up a fifth course of baby (Reality TV World)

  • No. Chris Tarrant is not going to come back to Millionaire. Ever, apparently. (Digital Spy)

  • The Four's Meghan Trainor finds her one (The Huffington Post)

posted 1/2/19

Jezza Returns to the Hot Seat
"Millionaire" UK Returns Tonight
From Huffington Post

Jeremy Clarkson has claimed he's a lot nicer to the upcoming batch of 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?' contestants.

But don't go thinking he was visited by three ghosts over Christmas or anything like that, he's actually said he just reckons the new lot are cleverer than their predecessors.

The divisive presenter is currently gearing – pun intended – up for his second stint as host of the ITV quiz show, which was originally hosted by Chris Tarrant.

When asked how his second run as host differs from last year's episodes, he said (via The Telegraph): "I'm told I've been nicer to the contestants, but last year there were some very stupid contestants who didn't warrant any niceness.

"This time they've been - by and large, with one or two exceptions - sparky and on-it and bright and deserving of a place in the chair."

'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?' returns for a week starting tonight on ITV.

The Huffington Post

New Zealand Herald

posted 1/1/19

What Are You Doing Midseason Eve?
A Semi-Complete Primer of What's Coming Back
From Deadline

The 2018-19 TV season at the midway point, so here's an annual list of midseason premiere dates for new and returning series. It covers hundreds of broadcast, cable and streaming programs debuting from January 1 through early May and includes shows that were on hiatus.

- January 2:
The Masked Singer (Fox, new singing competition series)
Project Runway All Stars (Lifetime, Season 7)
American Beauty Star (Lifetime, Season 2)
Guy's Grocery Games (Food Network, cooking competition season)

- January 3:
The Titan Games (NBC, new reality competition series)

- January 6:
Shark Tank (ABC, Season 10B)
Worst Cooks in America (Food Network, Season 15)

- January 7:
The Bachelor (ABC, Season 23)
America's Got Talent: The Champions (NBC, new talent competition series)
Kids Baking Championship (Food Network, Season 6) Winner Cake All (Food Network, new baking competition series)

- January 8:
Ellen's Game of Games (NBC, Season 2)

- January 9
Match Game (ABC, Season 4)

- January 14:
Common Knowledge (Game Show Network, new game show series)
Temptation Island (USA, new unscripted series reboot)

- January 17:
Lip Sync Battle (Paramount Network, Season 5)

- January 21:
Big Brother: Celebrity Edition (CBS, Season 2)
Big Brother After Dark (Pop, new season)

- February 3:
The World's Best (CBS, new talent competition series; moves to regular slot February 6)

- February 6:
The World's Best (CBS, time-slot premiere)

- February 20:
Survivor (CBS, Season 38)

- February 25
The Voice (NBC, Season 17)

- February 26:
World of Dance (NBC, Season 3)

- March 3:
American Idol (ABC, Season 2)

- March 27
Million Dollar Mile (CBS, obstacle course)

- May 22
The Amazing Race (CBS, Season 32)


Deadline

TV Line
The Wrap

posted 1/1/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "New Year, New Games"

posted 1/1/19


various sources

Saying Goodbye in 2018
A Final Roll Call for Those Luminaries We Lost This Year
From GSNN Staff

They were part of our TV history, part of our community of professionals and fans, and part of our lives. As we close the book on 2018 and prepare to begin anew in the new year, let us always remember... They too walked among us.

- Harry Anderson, a magician and actor who was ready to join the pantheon of hosts with a lost pilot of "What's My Line?".

- Lin Bolen, an ambitious executive whose moves, though controversial, gave rise to favorites such as "Jackpot" and "Wheel of Fortune".

- Anthony Bourdain, who lent his expertise and palate to the short-lived ABC series "The Taste".

- Neal E. Boyd, whose zest for life was only rivaled by his voice, which carried him to the championship of "America's Got Talent".

- Frank Buxton, a gifted voice-over actor who lent his mind and body to a season of "Get the Message" before being replaced by Robert Q. Lewis.

- Bunny Carr, an Irish broadcasting legend who was quick with the host skills in "Quicksilver".

- Cristy Caserta, who went from South Florida to Los Angeles in search for love on "The Bachelor".

- Reg E. Cathey, whose voice drove the action on the many game shows featured on "Square One Television".

- Howard Felsher, a scion of Mark Goodson & Bill Todman who was the driving force for many of the classics we revere today.

- Antonio "Popeye" Francis, a man with a strange talent who rode it to fame on "Britain's Got Talent".

- Richard Goodwin, whose story was told during the game show scandals of the 1950s... and retold in the movie "Quiz Show".

- Carl Kasell, the sidekick, voice, scorekeeper, and comedic foil on NPR's "Wait! Wait! Don't Tell Me!" ... and also the prize, as many a winner still have his voice on their outgoing voice mail.

- Colin Kroll, who turned an idea - a live online game show - into HQ Trivia... and turned that live online game show into a movement that will persist into the new year.

- Robin Leach, a vegabond of the rich and famous who hobnobbed with the rich and famous as host of "The Surreal Life: Fame Games".

- Stan Lee, a marvel of comics and pop culture who created a universe of rich characters - and sought a reality show - "Who Wants to Be a Superhero" - to add to it.

- Beverly McClellan, who had the courage to battle the odds as a contestant on the first season of "The Voice" and as a cancer patient.

- John C. Mula, who helped infuse color and light into the game show as one of the medium's most sought-after production designers.

- Burt Reynolds, a legendary actor who turned a living room parlor game into a craze with "Win, Lose or Draw".

- Kate Spade, a fashion maven who lent her knowledge to aspiring designers on "Project Runway" during its infancy.

- Jael Strauss, a model who sought increased exposure with the ferocity of a jungle cat during her run on "America's Next Top Model".

- Ed Toutant, a quizzing legend who was at home at a bar, at a casino, or on the game show stage talking about anything or everything.

- Jerry Van Dyke, who parlayed his comedic chops into a single gig, "Picture This", and gave it everything he had.

- Dale Winton, a British legend who was the master of the aisles of "Supermarket Sweep".

- Celebrities including Marty Allen, Ken Berry, Roy Clark, Bill Daily, Nanette Fabray, Aretha Franklin, Billy Graham, Tab Hunter, Sondra Locke, Katherine MacGregor, John Mahoney, Robert Mandan, Penny Marshall, Senator John McCain, Chuck McCann, Mac Miller, Patricia Morison, Charlotte Rae, David Ogden Stiers, Mort Walker, and Nancy Wilson, who took time out of their busy schedules to play the games we know and love.

- And finally, to Ann Macomber Cullen, a ravishing beauty who proved that behind a strong quizmaster is an even stronger woman.

May they all rest in peace.

posted 12/30/18

Millionaire Celebrates Trivia
Sweepstakes Begins January 4
From Broadway World

Iconic game show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" will celebrate the 2019 edition of National Trivia Day on Friday, Jan. 4, with a day-long sweepstakes giving fans of the program the chance to test their knowledge, answer "Millionaire"-style questions and win prizes.

The sweepstakes will play out across "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire"'s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram platforms from 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST. Every two hours during that window of time, the show will post a trivia question and ask fans for the correct answer, using the hashtag #MillionaireSweepstakes. And every two hours, the "Millionaire" team will randomly pick two winners who each will receive a $100 American Express ® gift card.

Broadway World

posted 12/30/18

THURSDAY: Nothing New to Report...
CBS Wins Mostly-Repeat Night
From The Futon Critic

CBS (4.710 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) was the king of the repeats on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.475 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1), "Young Sheldon" (5.978 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2), "Mom" (5.203 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2), "The Neighborhood" (3.988 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "SWAT" (3.310 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

NBC (2.721 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) then claimed the silver with a new "I Feel Bad" (2.500 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), the season finale of "I Feel Bad" (1.936 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13), a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.647 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and another "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.299 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Next up was ABC (2.460 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and its second run lineup of "Happy New Year, Charlie Brown" (3.354 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4), "The Conners" (2.453 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "The Kids Are Alright" (1.849 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13), another "The Conners" (2.027 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and another "The Kids Are Alright" (1.727 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.3, #18).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.261 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) offered up repeats of "Last Man Standing" (2.487 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "The Cool Kids" (2.109 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13), a second "Last Man Standing" (2.279 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and a second "The Cool Kids" (2.169 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, rebroadcasts of "Supernatural" (0.908 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T19) and "Legacies" (0.588 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T19) rounded out the night on The CW (0.748 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Top Chef (Bravo): 960k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 925k
- Double Dare (Nick): 698k
- America Says (GSN): 472k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/30/18

WEDNESDAY: Split Honors
CBS, NBC Take Midweek
From The Futon Critic

NBC (4.296 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) was the demo champ on a modest Wednesday with its repeat lineup of "Chicago Fire" (4.043 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Chicago Med" (4.363 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (4.482 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1).

CBS (5.393 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) then was the most-watched network thanks to its special "The 41st Annual Kennedy Center Honors" (6.581 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and a repeat "Magnum P.I." (3.018 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

Next up was ABC (2.365 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and its mix of "The Goldbergs" (3.366 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1), "American Housewife" (2.605 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Modern Family" (2.515 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Single Parents" (2.023 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), another "Modern Family" (1.966 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and another "Single Parents" (1.716 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.507 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up repeats of "Empire" (1.739 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Star" (1.276 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, second runs of "Riverdale" (0.475 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "All American" (0.314 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) on The CW (0.395 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Double Dare (Nick): 744k
- Deal or No Deal (CNBC): 660k
- America Says (GSN): 502k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/30/18

WEEKEND: A Whole Lot of Ratings
Results for Christmas Weekend
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.261 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) was the most-watched network on Friday with its mix of "A Home for the Holidays: The 20th Anniversary" (3.474 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2), "Hawaii Five-0" (4.111 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Blue Bloods" (5.199 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

NBC (2.803 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) then was the number two draw with "Midnight, Texas" (2.604 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), a rebroadcast of "America's Got Talent: A Holiday of Champions" (2.752 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Dateline NBC" (3.054 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

Next up was ABC (2.787 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) and its second run lineup of "I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown" (3.422 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1), "The Great Christmas Light Fight: All Stars" (2.409 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and "20/20" (2.531 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.227 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up repeats of "Last Man Standing" (3.304 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2), "The Cool Kids" (2.731 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and "Hell's Kitchen" (1.437 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, a new "Dynasty" (0.675 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) and a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.728 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) rounded out the night on The CW (0.702 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Friday...
- Master of Arms (SF/Discovery): 836k
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (VH1): 510k
- America Says (GSN): 363k


On cable Monday...
- Holiday Baking Championship (S/Food): 1.080m
- America Says (GSN): 368k

On cable Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 948k
- America Says (GSN): 432k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/30/18

No More "Talent" for Tyra?
Report: AGT Host to Depart
From TV Week

Tyra Banks is leaving her job on the NBC competition program "America's Got Talent" and will focus on producing, The New York Post's Page Six reports, citing unnamed sources.

The report notes that Banks has been hinting around about exiting the program.

She's quoted telling "Access" in November: "I think I had a really nice run with 'AGT.' I had a lot a lot of fun."

At that time Banks said she was focusing on her Freeform movie sequel, "Life Size-2: A Christmas Eve." Banks executive produced and starred in the project. "A source close to Banks told Page Six that after the film's success this month, Banks has had a raft of offers and will focus on producing television," The Post reports.

The report adds: "Banks has also been teasing a big 2019 project — she's previously said she wants to make a 'Coyote Ugly' after she starred in the 2000 original with Piper Perabo."

TV Week

AOL
Reality TV World

posted 12/27/18

The Best of 2018 Hits TPIR
Catch It Monday
From TV Insider

We can all agree that 2018 was definitely an interesting year. Actors and anchors overstepped, shows got shut down at the speed of a tweet, Washington made The West Wing look like a comedy. It was all a bit extra.

Still, there was a lot of fun to be had and The Price Is Right rang up some serious goodwill over the last 12 months as the game-show staple hit a few major milestones. The long-running show won an Emmy, introduced a new male model (hell, ex-NFL hottie Devin Goda), and broke the record for most money ever won on daytime TV. Not too shabby, huh?

So it's only, well, right that Price celebrate its accomplishments! Which is why host Drew Carey and the crew will be showcasing (get it?) a "Best of 2018" episode on New Year's Eve that counts down the moments from the below exclusive clip as well as a slew of other memorable bits they have marked along the way. Cheers!

TV Insider

posted 12/26/18

HQ Words Goes Live
The Game Plays at 9:30p ET
From Brinkwire

HQ's expansion beyond trivia is emerging from beta, but the question is whether it's different and accessible enough to revive the startup's growth. HQ Words opens to everyone today with games at 6:30pm PT within the HQ Trivia app after several weeks of closed beta testing of the Wheel of Fortune-style game. The launch will be the first big move of Rus Yusupov now that he's been officially renamed CEO a week after the tragic death of fellow co-founder and former CEO Colin Kroll, HQ confirms to TechCrunch.

"Intermedia Labs introduced the world to a category-defining product, HQ Trivia. Once again, with HQ Words, Intermedia Labs is poised to captivate the world with a revolutionary experience that will bring people together in new ways around live mobile video," Yusupov tells us. "HQ Words is the most interactive experience we've ever made."

Brinkwire

posted 12/26/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Heidi's Got a Ring"

posted 12/26/18

NBC Midseason
It Begins January with "Game of Games"
From Movefone

NBC has revealed its premiere schedule for the upcoming 2019 midseason, featuring the return of a critically acclaimed drama and the debut of a newly-minted EGOT inductee.

First up is "The Voice," which will add John Legend to the judging panel for its 16th season. Legend completed his EGOT cycle (a.k.a. winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony) back in September, when he snagged a statuette at the Emmys for producing NBC's live version of "Jesus Christ Superstar." The singer-actor's relationship with NBC was apparently so positive that he decided to spend even more time on the network. His debut as a full-time coach (he has previously been a mentor) will air on back to back nights: Monday, February 25 and Tuesday, February 26, both at 8 p.m. "The Voice" will then move to Mondays only for several weeks while "Ellen's Game of Games" takes its Tuesday slot; the singing competition will bring back Tuesday shows on April 23.

In other NBC midseason scheduling, Jennifer Lopez-led reality series "World of Dance" will premiere its third season on Tuesday, February 6 at 8 p.m. It will then move to its regular slot on Sundays at 8 p.m. on March 3.

Moviefone

TV Line
PopCulture

posted 12/21/18

THURSDAY: Howie vs. Howie
CBS, ABC Split Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.106 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) pulled into the top spot among adults 18-49 thanks to its telecast of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (5.138 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and the finale to "The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition" (3.591 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

CBS (5.391 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.012 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2), "Young Sheldon" (6.551 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "Mom" (6.404 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), the season finale of "Murphy Brown" (5.214 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "SWAT" (3.583 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Next up was NBC (2.965 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and part one of the "Timeless" (3.475 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) finale, part two of the "Timeless" (2.963 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) finale and a rebroadcast of "Deal or No Deal: Happy Howie Days" (2.457 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.497 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up an encore of "A Christmas Story Live!" (1.497 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

And finally, "The 4th Annual Howie Mandel Stand-Up Extravaganza" (1.048 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) on The CW (1.048 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Top Chef (Bravo): 870k
- Ex on the BEach (SP/MTV): 631k
- America Says (GSN): 445k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/21/18

WEDNESDAY: Next Stop... the Edge of Extinction
CBS Wins Against All Reruns
From The Futon Critic

Survivor: Edge of Extinction's cast and format twist have been partially revealed by CBS. CBS confirmed Survivor's upcoming 38th edition will be titled Survivor: Edge of Extinction and feature a cast that includes four returning castaways during a preview video shown at the conclusion of Wednesday night's broadcast of the finale of Survivor: David vs. Goliath.

"For our 38th season, a new group of players will take on the greatest social experiment ever created," Survivor host Jeff Probst said in the video package. "They'll be joined by four returning players." In addition, the video also closed with Probst teasing Survivor: Edge of Extinction's format twist. "And a new layer to the game will push them further than ever before! It's Survivor: Edge of Extinction!"

CBS (7.196 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday thanks to the finale to "Survivor: David vs. Goliath" (7.616 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and the "Survivor: David vs. Goliath Reunion" (5.095 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2).

ABC (2.563 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) then was a distant second with its mix of "Olaf's Frozen Adventure" (3.700 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "Shrek the Halls" (3.188 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "Modern Family" (2.756 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Single Parents" (2.089 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "The Goldbergs" (1.905 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "American Housewife" (1.738 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

NBC (2.758 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) likewise opted for second runs of "Pentatonix: A Not So Silent Night" (3.172 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas" (2.695 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Ellen's Game of Games: Game of Games Holiday Spectacular" (2.406 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.630 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up repeats of "Empire" (1.832 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "Star" (1.427 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11). And finally, The CW (1.000 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night with encores of "Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer" (1.080 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.919 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (SF/History): 1.042m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 805k
- Deal or No Deal (CNBC): 709k
- America Says (GSN): 365k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily
Reality TV World

posted 12/21/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "We Wear the Mask"

posted 12/21/18

TUESDAY: One "Voice" to Rule Them All
NBC Wins the Night on "The Voice" Finale
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.954 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday thanks to a "The Voice Recap" (7.191 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) special and the two-hour season finale of "The Voice" (9.836 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1).

CBS (5.735 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) then was the silver draw with its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (7.076 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "FBI" (5.552 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.578 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Next up was ABC (2.720 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its second run lineup of "The Conners" (4.574 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3), "The Kids Are Alright" (3.061 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Black-ish" (2.394 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Splitting Up Together" (1.963 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "The Rookie" (2.165 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

FOX (1.375 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) likewise opted for repeats of "Lethal Weapon" (1.730 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "The Gifted" (1.021 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

And finally, The CW (0.974 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening with its specials "Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown 2018" (1.256 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Greatest Holiday Video Countdown" (0.692 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 937k
- Ink Master: Grudge Match (SF/Paramount): 683k
- America Says (GSN): 365k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/20/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Gimmick Infringement"

  • Colin Quinn opens a one-man show, Red State Blue State, in January (Deadline)

  • Why would someone give a deaf person a wheelchair? No idea, ask Nyle DeMarco (Yahoo!)

  • Deon Cole to perform at SugarHouse Casino (AP)

  • Chris Lambton and his baby bachelor (UPI/Reality TV World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jeff Probst's wife (Heavy)

posted 12/20/18


TV Line

PENNY MARSHALL: 1943-2018
Actress/Director Played "Family Feud", "Hollywood Game Night"
From Deadline

Penny Marshall, who went from starring on the smash Happy Days spinoff Laverne & Shirley to helming such features including Big and A League of Their Own, died Monday night of diabetes complications at her home in the Hollywood Hills. She was 75.

Marshall also directed films including Riding in Cars with Boys, The Preacher's Wife, Jumpin' Jack Flash and Renaissance Man, which she also produced along with League of Their Own. She was in postproduction on a feature about basketball Hall of Famer and Kim Jong-un pal Dennis Rodman.

Sporting the trademark "L" on her sweater, her Laverne DeFazio character — for which Marshall scored three consecutive Best Actress Golden Globes noms from 1978-80 — was defensive and quick-tempered but had a soft spot for roomie and co-worker Shirley Feeney (Williams). The show's opening credits was among the era's most memorable, with the two friends high-stepping with locked arms and chanting, "Schlemiel! Schlimazel! Hasenpfeffer Incorporated!" before the title theme "Making Our Dreams Come True" kicked in. Also starring Phil Foster, Michael McKean, David L. Lander, Eddie Mekka and Betty Garrett, it would be one of the decade's most popular comedies, airing more than 175 episodes before wrapping in 1983.

An animated series based on the characters, Laverne & Shirley in the Army, aired in 1981-82, with Marshall and Williams voicing their respective roles.

Born on October 15, 1943, in the Bronx, Marshall already was a TV veteran by the mid-1970s, having played Oscar's secretary Myrna Turner on more than two dozen episodes of The Odd Couple and guesting on such popular series as The Mary Tyler Moore, The Bob Newhart Show, That Girl and Love, American Style. Marshall directed a handful of Laverne & Shirley episodes, setting up a second career behind the camera.

Her breakthrough was 1988's Big, which earned the first Best Actor Oscar nom for rising actor Tom Hanks. The film made more than $115 million domestically, becoming the year's fourth-biggest grosser. Marshall followed that success with the Robert De Niro-Robin Williams film Awakenings (1990) before scoring another $100 million-plus hit with A League of Their Own, about the World War II-era all-women's baseball league. Hanks played the team's manager — uttering the oft-quoted line, "There is no crying in baseball!" — and the players included Geena Davis, Madonna, Rosie O'Donnell and Lori Petty.

Marshall also helmed 2001's Drew Barrymore pic Riding in Cars with Boys (2001) and produced films including Calendar Girl (1993), Getting Away with Murder (1996), Risk (2003) and Bewitched (2005). She also continued to act in films and TV up through 2016, when she appeared on CBS' revival of The Odd Couple. She received a number of career honors over the decades, including from the American Comedy Awards in 1993, New York Women in Film & Television in 1994, the Israel Film Festival in 2002 and the Society of Camera Operators in 2013.

In the game show world, Marshall showed her gamesmanship on favorites spanning five decades, from "Match Game" & "Pyramid" to "Celebrity Poker Showdown" to current favorites "Celebrity Family Feud" & "Hollywood Game Night". She was also a judge on the short-lived series "On the Lot"

Deadline
The Wrap
TV Newscheck
Broadway World
TV Line

posted 12/18/18

SYNDIES: Week 15
Results for the Week Ending December 9
From TV Newscheck

Syndication was hit with preemptions for the extensive memorial and state funeral for President George H.W. Bush and most shows declined in the session ending Dec. 9.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.2 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.2 -2%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.1 -5%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 -12%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck

B&C

posted 12/18/18

MONDAY: And Now We Wait...
"The Voice" Helps NBC to First
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.728 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) cruised to victory on Monday thanks to the penultimate "The Voice" (9.805 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and the special "America's Got Talent: A Holiday of Champions" (6.574 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2).

CBS (4.673 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) then was the number two draw with originals from "The Neighborhood" (6.063 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and "Happy Together" (4.107 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) followed by repeats of "Magnum P.I." (4.039 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Bull" (4.896 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Next up was ABC (3.898 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) with a new "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (4.168 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), the finale to "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (3.577 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and the special "The Year in Memoriam 2018" (3.949 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.290 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted again for repeats of "The Resident" (2.251 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and "9-1-1" (2.330 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

And finally, The CW (0.462 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) likewise closed out the night with second runs of "Arrow" (0.538 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.387 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12).

On cable...
-
Holiday Baking Championship (SF/Food): 1.958m
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (SF/Food): 1.353m
- America Says (GSN): 293k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/18/18

Netflix En-Circle-s France, Belgium
Studio Lambert to Produce International Versions from UK
From Deadline

Netflix is going French and Brazilian for British reality hit The Circle.

Earlier this year, the SVOD service snapped up the international rights to Studio Lambert's format, which was originally produced for the UK's Channel 4, and announced it was remaking the show for the U.S.

Deadline reports that it is remaking the show with French and Brazilian contestants.

The series, which is essentially Big Brother-meets-Catfish for a social media-obsessed audience, is produced by All3Media's Studio Lambert, producer of Undercover Boss and Gogglebox, and Motion Content Group, the WPP-backed program funder.

Studio Lambert will use the London apartment block where it filmed the UK version for these international versions and will work with local production talent on the adaptations.

The Circle features a range of individuals from all walks of life competing in a popularity contest to win a prize of around £50,000 (US$65,000). They will all live in one modern block but separately in individual apartments, interacting with one another exclusively through a bespoke voice-activated social media platform called The Circle.

In the show, the contestants will chat, make friends, argue and maybe even fall in love, while building their own profiles as well as forming cliques and private allegiances. They must avoid being judged least popular by the rest of The Circle.

In the British version, contestants who have made it to the final include a man impersonating his girlfriend, a turtle-loving former real estate agent, a loud Essex call-center worker and a fashion student-turned model.

Deadline

posted 12/18/18

WEEKEND: Living Color
Fox Wins Demo Friday, CBS Wins Total
From The Futon Critic

FOX (3.734 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) took home the adults 18-49 crown for the 12th consecutive Friday with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (5.470 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1), "The Cool Kids" (4.176 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "Hell's Kitchen" (2.645 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4).

NBC (3.867 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a close second with a new "Midnight, Texas" (2.432 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) alongside a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (4.585 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2).

Next up was CBS (5.464 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with its lineup of "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" (5.863 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "The Dick Van Dyke Show - Now in Living Color!" (5.299 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and a repeat "Blue Bloods" (5.233 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.507 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up the fall finales of "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.991 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Speechless" (2.162 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), the season finale of "Child Support" (1.932 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and a new "20/20" (3.013 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, The CW (1.021 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with its telecast of "The 87th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade" (1.021 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13)..

On cable...
- Master of Arms (Discovery): 826k
- RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars (SP/VH1): 513k

On Sunday, NBC (7:30-11pm) (14.811 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.5, #1) continued its reign on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (5.987 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (10.170 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.9, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (13.675 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.1, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (15.967 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.9, #2).

Second place then went to CBS (11.145 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) with its lineup of "NFL Overrun" (25.726 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.3, #1), "60 Minutes" (14.159 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5), "God Friended Me" (8.419 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.843 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9) and a repeat "FBI" (4.592 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Next up was FOX (4.189 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its telecast of "2018 Miss Universe" (4.189 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.197 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up its annual broadcast of "The Sound of Music" (4.197 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.625 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with its special "iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2018" (0.684 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and "Discontinued" (0.445 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13).

On cable...
- Holiday Gingerbread Showdown (SF/Food): 1.294m
- Flea Market Flip (GAC): 166k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/18/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Peacock of the Walk"

posted 12/18/18


Speakerpedia

COLIN KROLL: 1984-2018
"HQ" Co-Creator Found Dead of Apparent Overdose
From New York Daily News

Colin Kroll, the CEO and co-founder of the popular trivia app HQ Trivia, died Sunday of an apparent drug overdose, TMZ reports. He was 34.

Kroll, who also co-founded the now-defunct Vine app, was reportedly found by police at his apartment in downtown Manhattan after his girlfriend asked cops to perform a welfare check. Sources told the outlet Kroll is believed to have ingested cocaine and heroin prior to his overdose.

Kroll co-founded HQ with Rus Yusupov, and the game debuted in August 2017 to considerable popularity. HQ users compete with other players as part of a live game show, and win prize money if they get all 12 trivia questions correct. The app came several months after Vine, an app in which users upload six-second videos, shut down.

Kroll, Yusupov and Dom Hofmann launched Vine in 2013, and Kroll was the company's general manger between 2013 and 2014. He was previously an engineering manager at Yahoo! from 2007-09, and the Chief Technology Officer at Jetsetter from 2009-13, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Kroll's death was met with an outpouring of support both online and from Silicon Valley.

"I will forever remember him for his kind soul and big heart," Yusupov said. "He made the world and internet a better place. Rest in peace, brother."

On Sunday night's show, Rogowsky remembered Kroll as a "true visionary who changed the game twice" with HQ and his previous app, Vine.

"The game that you love so much would not exist without him," Rogowsky said to the 70,000 viewers. The night's game was canceled; instead, the $25,000 pot was donated to the Humane Society in Kroll's honor.

Kroll's father Alan told The New York Times after learning of his son's death: "He had so much talent and had accomplished so much at such a young age. It truly is a waste. At 34, imagine the things he'd done and the skills he had. It would have been really fun to watch him at 50."


Kroll's sudden death continues to have ramifications as the week begins. HQ Trivia plans to run its regularly scheduled game on Monday evening, but without a significant new promotion it planned with Google.

The company has also decided to delay the premiere of its gameshow called HQ Words, which was scheduled to debut tonight, before the news of Kroll's death.

New York Daily News
WGHP High Point/Greensboro/Winston-Salem
TMZ
Cheddar
Washington Post
Tubefilter
AdAge
Business Insider
The Week
Screen Rant
Vanity Fair

posted 12/17/18

Les Moonves Terminated "With Cause"
CBS CEO Will Not See One Dime of His Severance
From TV Line

CBS will not be showing Les Moonves the money. The company's Board of Directors announced Monday that it has completed its investigation into the ousted CEO, determining "that there are grounds to terminate for cause, including his willful and material misfeasance, violation of Company policies and breach of his employment contract, as well as his willful failure to cooperate fully with the Company's investigation. Mr. Moonves will not receive any severance payment from the Company."

Regarding the misconduct issues plaguing CBS News and concerns about the company's culture at large, the investigators concluded that "harassment and retaliation are not pervasive at CBS. However, the investigators learned of past incidents of improper and unprofessional conduct, and concluded that the Company's historical policies, practices and structures have not reflected a high institutional priority on preventing harassment and retaliation. The investigation determined that the resources devoted to the Company's Human Resources function, to training and development, and to diversity and inclusion initiatives have been inadequate, given the size and complexity of CBS' businesses. Employees also cited past incidents in which HR and the Company did not hold high performers accountable for their conduct and protect employees from retaliation."

CBS went on to say that it has "already begun to take robust steps to improve the working environment for all employees," including the hiring of a new Chief People Officer retaining "outside expert advisors" to "develop other initiatives for promoting a workplace culture of dignity, transparency, respect and inclusion."

Moonves's attorney, Andrew Levander, released the following statement in response to CBS' findings: "The conclusions of the CBS board were foreordained and are without merit. Consistent with the pattern of leaks that have permeated 'process,' the press was informed of these baseless conclusions before Mr. Moonves, further damaging his name, reputation, career, and legacy. Mr. Moonves vehemently denies any nonconsensual sexual relations and cooperated extensively and fully with investigators."

As previously reported, CBS will donate $20 million of Moonves' now-scrapped severance to organizations that support the #MeToo movement and gender equality in the workplace. Moonves was fired in September after numerous sexual assault allegations were leveled against him.

TV Line

The Futon Critic
Deadline
The Wrap

posted 12/17/18

THURSDAY: Football and Stuff
Fox's Final TNF Gives the Win
From The Futon Critic

FOX (12.314 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday thanks to its final telecasts of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (11.157 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (12.545 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1).

CBS (6.172 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.078 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "Young Sheldon" (7.720 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) repeats, followed by new episodes of "Mom" (7.671 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and "Murphy Brown" (5.513 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and a second run "SWAT" (4.024 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Next up was ABC (2.984 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with encores of "Disney Prep & Landing" (3.193 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Disney Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice" (2.552 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) plus a new "The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition" (3.039 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.223 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up originals from "Superstore" (3.004 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "I Feel Bad" (1.850 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) alongside a rebroadcast of "A Saturday Night Live Christmas Special" (2.121 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.251 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with its fall finales to "Supernatural" (1.426 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "Legacies" (1.076 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15).

On cable...
- Top Chef (Bravo): 698k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/17/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "And Then There Were Four"

  • Jennifer Hudson, Kelly Clarkson, Halsey, John Legend, Marshmello, Bastille, Dierks Bentley, Panic! at the Disco, Brynn Cartelli... and four people you're not going to remember in March (Soaps.com)

  • Steve Harvey is not hosting the Oscars. So stop asking. (Cinema Blend)

  • LIST ABUSE: "The Voice" made one of the 12 blunders on TV in 2018 according to... (TV Line)

  • Alfonso Ribeiro not a fan of the Fortnite (UPROXX)

posted 12/13/18

WEDNESDAY: Games Can't Beat Games
CBS Wins with Survivor
From the Futon Critic

CBS (6.553 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) emerged as the top draw on Wednesday with its mix of "Survivor: David vs. Goliath" (7.714 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1), "SEAL Team" (6.543 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "Criminal Minds" (5.401 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

ABC (4.325 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a close second with the fall finales from "The Goldbergs" (5.287 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "American Housewife" (4.609 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Modern Family" (3.618 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "Single Parents" (3.618 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7) and "A Million Little Things" (3.367 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

Next up was NBC (4.469 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its combination of "Ellen's Game of Games: Game of Games Holiday Spectacular" (5.949 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Little Big Shots: Little Big Holiday Special" (5.211 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "A Legendary Christmas" (2.247 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.902 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "Empire" (2.182 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) and "Star" (1.621 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And finally, the fall finales to "Riverdale" (1.208 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "All American" (0.712 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.960 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 971k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 958k

- Deal or No Deal - 10p (CNBC): 654k
- Deal or No Deal - 9p (CNBC): 644k
- America Says (GSN): 408k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/12/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Leave the Kids Out of This"

  • Wayne Brady is bold. His daughter is beautiful (Soaps.com)

  • Wendy Williams goes after Nick Cannon's kids. Nick Cannon is having. None. Of. It.(BET)

  • Kevin Hill joins Dwayne Johnson's Seven Bucks Productions (Deadline)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Karen Gillan reacts to being a clue on "Jeopardy!" (ComicBook.com)

posted 12/13/18

Bob Barker Turns 95
World's Greatest MC Celebrates Quietly
From USA Today

Bob Barker marked his 95th birthday with a quiet day at home Wednesday after two health scares in the past two months.

"He's just resting (today), and he'll probably have some family come by," Barker's representative William Prappas told USA TODAY.

The TV icon recently made headlines after he was hospitalized in late October due to back pain and again last month for the same reason. "He's still recuperating from his back (issues)," Prappas explained. "He's improving. He's 95 today so it's a bit of a slow process, but ... all the signs are pointing to a good recovery, and so he'll just keep doing what he's doing.

"He's just taking the steps necessary to recover and get better and he's going in the right direction."

Barker spent more than 50 years in the limelight, most notably hosting CBS' "The Price is Right" from 1972 to 2007. In recent years, he's been seen in public less frequently. However, he returned to "The Price is Right" in 2013 to celebrate his 90th birthday and again in 2015 to guest host an April Fool's Day episode.


USA Today

Chicago Sun-Times
PopCulture
KOMO Seattle
Fox NEws

posted 12/12/18

ABC Lays Out Midseason Plans
In: Idol, Match Game. Out: Dancing's Spring Season
From the Wrap

ABC has revealed its schedule of midseason premiere dates for new dramas "The Fix," "Whiskey Cavalier" and "Grand Hotel" and returning shows like "For the People" and "American Idol." Notice we didn't mention "Dancing With the Stars"? It appears the declining dance competition is taking the spring off for the first time since 2007.

ABC will launch its second season of the iconic "American Idol" on SUNDAY, MARCH 3 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST). When "American Idol" premieres, "AFV" original episodes will return to 7:00-8:00 p.m. EST, and new editions of "Shark Tank" will air 10:01-11:00 p.m. EST.

A new season of "Match Game" premieres WEDNESDAY, JAN. 9 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST).

The Wrap

TV Line
The Futon Critic
Reality TV World
Reality TV World
Deadline

posted 12/12/18

SYNDIES: Week 14
Results for the Week Ending December 2
From TV Newscheck

Led by Dr. Phil, most of the top syndicated shows came roaring back from a soft holiday frame in the session ending Dec. 2. Phil was the biggest gainer among all strips, leaping 26% to a 2.9 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating and finishing first among the talkers for the 117th week in a row.

In access, Family Feud rebounded 17% to a 6.3, but nonetheless landed in a tie for second place among the game shows with Wheel of Fortune, which also accelerated 17%. Jeopardy lead the group with a 16% increase to a 6.4.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.4 +16%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.3 +17%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.3 +17%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


TV Newscheck

B&C

posted 12/12/18

I'm Dreaming of a (Betty) White Christmas
Buzzr to Highlight Betty White Episodes Through Christmas Eve
From Broadway World

Cue chestnuts roasting on an open fire and Jack Frost nipping at someone's nose...because the holiday season has arrived. BUZZR is broadcasting its yearly homage to the queen of game shows, Ms. Betty White. Joyeux Noel, Betty White Christmas has returned - so don't get your tinsel in a tangle, please!

From December 17-24, all regularly scheduled episodes of vintage favorites like Match Game, Tattletales, Password Plus and Super Password will feature the very best of Betty White. We are talking 8 days, 71 episodes and a BIG finish. Naturally, the Betty White bonanza will close with a Christmas Day marathon of Match Game episodes airing from 8:00 a.m. ET/5:00 a.m. PT until 6:00 a.m. ET/3:00 a.m. PT the following day.

I know we say it every year, but honestly, "What could be better than Betty?" Please view and share our Betty White Christmas trailer HERE. Be naughty. Save Santa the trip. Oh, and tune-in to BUZZR for Betty White Christmas starting December 17!

Broadway World

2 Paragraphs

posted 12/12/18

TUESDAY: Eye See You...
CBS Wins Over The Voice, Game Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (9.598 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) pulled in front on Tuesday thanks to the fall finales of "NCIS" (12.145 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "FBI" (8.971 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.679 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

NBC (5.867 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then was the settle for second place with its mix of "The Voice" (8.970 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1), "Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas" (5.958 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "Hollywood Game Night" (2.674 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

Sharing the silver was ABC (4.341 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and its respective fall finales for "The Conners" (6.672 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1), "The Kids Are Alright" (4.353 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5), "Black-ish" (3.600 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Splitting Up Together" (2.983 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "The Rookie" (4.219 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Meanwhile, The CW (1.647 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) got a bump from its crossover conclusion to "Supergirl" (2.129 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and the fall finale to "Black Lightning" (1.164 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

And finally, repeats of "Lethal Weapon" (1.736 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "The Gifted" (1.125 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on FOX (1.431 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 918k
- Ink Master: Grudge Match (Paramount): 662k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/12/18

Deal or No Deal Goes Live!
Companion App Released
From Mobile Marketers

Endemol's "Deal or No Deal Live" app may help CNBC to more deeply engage viewers of the rebooted game show. The first two airings of the show performed strongly with an average of 830,000 viewers, according to Nielsen data cited by Programming Insider, pointing to the potentially large user base for the accompanying app. Even as more consumers are cutting the cable cord, the show has expanded to alternative channels to appeal to consumers' shifting viewing habits. "Deal or No Deal" is also available on its own YouTube channel, where the first episode received more than 60,000 views.

The show's accompanying mobile app comes as consumers increasingly watch TV while using another device. These "distracted viewers" make up a significant part of today's TV audience, with 89% of smartphone users saying they watch TV while using a phone, according to a Deloitte survey. A majority (82%) of marketers believe TV viewers' second screens and advertising clutter are hampering their TV ad campaigns, according to a survey by ad tech company Viant. Viewers are engaging with their devices as much during TV shows and commercials as they are during the 30-minute window before and after, Viant data show. "The challenge here for advertisers is that TV viewers might be physically present while commercials air, but not fully mentally present," Viant found. To combat this, marketers are now working to develop strategies to engage these second-screeners through mobile apps and play-along content, such as "Deal or No Deal Live."

"Deal or No Deal Live" arrives in a moment of live-trivia games' growing popularity among consumers. Game show-style app HQ Trivia has gained sponsorships from major media brands including movie studios, pointing to how "Deal or No Deal Live" could generate revenue in the future. Meanwhile, broadcasters like Fox and TBS have created their own live-trivia apps. Fox's "FN Genius" launched in August, and late-night TV host Samantha Bee launched the "This Is Not a Game: The Game" in September to urge people to vote in the recent U.S. midterm elections.

Mobile Marketer

PR Newswire

posted 12/12/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "TV or Not TV"

  • Rachel Lindsay, Bryan Abbasolo never offered a TV wedding... so they'll do the NOT TV version (Reality TV World)

  • Jordan Pruitt, former "Voice" contestant, reveals child molestation story (USA Today)

  • Ellen DeGeneres considering ending her talk show? ... and other buried ledes (New York Times)

  • FIRST LOOK: LSB Season 5 ... and Big Bird? (The Futon Critic)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani spoil Christmas for each other... still not engaged (Reality TV World)

posted 12/12/18

Wait Wait! Take Three Three!
Another TV Adaptation of NPR Quiz in the Works
From Deadline

The popular radio show/podcast Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! is headed to television. NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment's Wilshire Studios has teamed with Storied Media Group to develop a TV series based on the long-running NPR program.

Hosted by Peter Sagal, NPR's weekly news-themed radio panel show Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! is a funny and fast-paced game of provocative questions and snappy answers about current events. It features celebrity guests, which have ranged from Jordan Peele, Stephen Colbert, Guy Richie, and Greta Gerwig to former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

The TV adaptation will stay true to the original while delivering bigger, visual and variety-themed games that can't be captured on the radio. It will be an hour-long current events trivia game featuring three celebrity panelists who will compete in a series of comedic challenges, earning points as they correctly answer questions about the week's news. The panelist who earns the most points will earn a cash prize for the charity of his or her choice. A host for the TV version has yet to be announced.

"We are delighted to be adapting the iconic Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me!" said Dawn Olmstead, President, Wilshire Studios. "The series, radio show and podcast, working in tandem, will allow us to expand the audience across multiple platforms. We look forward to working with our partners at NPR and Storied Media Group on growing this timely franchise."

Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! has nearly 7 million weekly listeners and in 2008, it won a Peabody Award. "Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me! is one of our flagship programs, so we are especially excited to bring it to Wilshire Studios, part of the NBCUniversal family, to develop for television," said Michael Lutzky, VP of Business Development for NPR. "We are thrilled that one of the longest-running and most listened to radio and podcast franchises in history will now entertain television audiences with a fresh and fun look at the week's news."

NPR previously teamed with CBS in 2008 for a Wait Wait TV adaptation, which filmed a pilot. A one-off special aired on BBC America in 2011 with original host & announcer tandem Peter Sagal & the late Carl Kasell. Neither show went to series.

Deadline

The Wrap

posted 12/11/18

MONDAY: Anything But a Silent Night
"The Voice" Powers NBC, "Elseworlds" Event Triggers CW Leapfrog
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.846 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) once again held off the competition on Monday with a new "The Voice" (8.404 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and the special "Pentatonix: A Not So Silent Night" (3.729 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

CBS (6.712 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was a close second with originals from "The Neighborhood" (7.127 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Happy Together" (5.214 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "Magnum P.I." (5.997 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and "Bull" (7.967 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

Next up was ABC (5.277 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its specials "CMA Country Christmas" (6.235 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and "The Great Christmas Light Fight: All Stars" (3.363 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9).

Meanwhile, The CW (1.578 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) got a boost from the fall finales to "Arrow" (2.043 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.113 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "The Resident" (2.256 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "9-1-1" (2.344 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) on FOX (2.300 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.794m
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (Food): 1.349m
- Real Country (USA): 493k
- America Says (GSN): 324k .


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/11/18

Four-tugal
SP Entertainment Options Banijay Song Contest
From TBI Vision

Armoza Formats' primetime singing competition The Four has been optioned in Portugal, with SP Entertainment snapping up local rights for the format.

The deal comes just months after the format was optioned by Banijay Asia for India and Southeast Asia.

Two series of The Four have already aired on US broadcaster Fox, and the format recently sold into Lithuanian broadcaster LNK TV, as well as Brazilian broadcaster Record TV and Greece's Antenna TV.

The US adaptation was recently awarded Best Talent Show at the National Film and TV Awards in Los Angeles, besting America's Got Talent, So You Think You Can Dance, American Idol and Little Big Shots.

Developed and produced by Armoza Formats, the studio format begins with four finalists who are selected by music judges, and must work to protect their spot against talented hopefuls looking to steal their place.

TBI Vision

posted 12/11/18

WEEKEND: Super Team Up
CW Crossover Event Starts Strong, No Match for Football
From Deadline

FOX (3.799 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the demo champ on Friday with fresh installments from "Last Man Standing" (5.483 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1), "The Cool Kids" (4.329 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and "Hell's Kitchen" (2.692 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2).

CBS (7.648 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with originals from "MacGyver" (6.394 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.777 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and "Blue Bloods" (8.773 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2).

Next up was ABC (2.599 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with new episodes of "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.813 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8) and "Speechless" (2.054 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) followed by an encore of "The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Holiday Special" (1.920 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and a new "20/20" (3.446 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.513 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up its mix of "Blindspot" (2.827 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Midnight, Texas" (1.875 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and "Dateline NBC" (2.836 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.492 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with originals from "Dynasty" (0.591 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.395 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15).

On cable...
- Master of Arms (Discovery): 834k
- America Says (GSN): 441k
- RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular (VH1): 440k

NBC (7:30-11pm) (15.496 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.7, #1) as usual was the top draw on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (5.861 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8), "Football Night in America #2" (7.026 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.9, #6), "Football Night in America #3" (15.535 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.4, #4) and "Sunday Night Football" (17.183 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 5.3, #3).

FOX (10.671 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.4, #2) then got a boost from "NFL Overrun" (23.712 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.7, #T1) and "The OT" (22.834 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 6.7, #T1) followed by new episodes of "The Simpsons" (7.537 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.8, #5), "Bob's Burgers" (4.369 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.8, #7), "Family Guy" (3.506 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T8) and "Rel" (2.065 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

Next up was CBS (7.273 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its lineup of "60 Minutes" (8.811 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "God Friended Me" (7.486 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.450 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "Madam Secretary" (5.345 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.537 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.171 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) alongside the season finale of "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors" (4.095 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15), a new "Shark Tank" (3.426 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) and a repeat "Shark Tank" (2.456 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #19).

And finally, The CW (1.376 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night with a special "The Flash" (1.790 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) and the fall finale of "Charmed" (0.963 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.3, #20).

On cable...
- Holiday Gingerbread Showdow (Food): 1.231m

The Futon Critic

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/11/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "About Last Week..."

  • Adam Levine addresses last week's elimination (TV Line) and the show a) gooses it for drama and b) half-asses the mea culpa (TV Line)

  • The first 14 minutes of "RuPaul's Drag Race" are now online! (TV Line)

  • Speaking of "Wait Wait", Amy Dickinson to receive a major award (Benzinga)

  • Kathie Lee Gifford is la-laing her way out of "Today" next year (Deadline)

  • Ruben Studdard, Clay Aiken GIT on Broadway (Deadline)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani still not engaged (Reality TV World)... and also, we can kiss his country ass (The Wrap)

posted 12/11/18

Television City Sold
"Price Is Right" to Remain at 33
From Deadline

CBS Corp. said it has reached definitive agreement to sell its iconic 25-acre CBS Television City property and sound stage operation to Los Angeles real estate developer Hackman Capital Partners for $750 million.

As part of the agreement, Hackman Capital will have the rights to use the Television City trademark in connection with its operations on the property.

CBS said it will continue to produce The Late Late Show with James Corden, The Price Is Right and The Young and the Restless, on the Television City campus for at least the next five years. The network also will retain office space for CBS Studios International's U.S. headquarters and other company departments currently housed on the site.

"The sale of Television City unlocks significant value, increasing CBS' financial flexibility, including the ability to redeploy capital for strategic growth initiatives such as additional content investment," said CBS' Acting CEO Joseph Ianniello in a statement. Hackman Capital Partners CEO Michael Hackman said the acquisition represents "another crown jewel to our portfolio."

CBS owns the 40-acre CBS Studios Center in Studio City, Calif, which will remain the company's primary production facility. That campus is home to the broadcast network, CBS Television Studios and CBS Television Stations KCBS and KCAL.

The transaction, which is subject to regulatory approval, is expected to close by early next year.

Deadline

The Wrap

posted 12/10/18

THURSDAY: ABC Gets Baked
Fox Wins Demo with NFL
From The Futon Critic

FOX (7.762 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) snagged the demo crown last night thanks to its "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (6.381 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and "Thursday Night Football" (8.038 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1).

CBS (7.969 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then took home the silver with originals from "The Big Bang Theory" (12.334 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), "Young Sheldon" (10.866 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4), "Mom" (7.981 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "Murphy Brown" (5.993 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "SWAT" (5.319 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Next up was ABC (4.192 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with a rebroadcast of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (5.237 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and the return of "The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition" (3.669 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.597 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up new episodes from "Superstore" (3.422 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7), "The Good Place" (2.565 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Will & Grace" (2.842 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "I Feel Bad" (1.831 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) plus a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.462 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

And finally, new episodes of "Supernatural" (1.537 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and "Legacies" (1.203 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) on The CW (1.370 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Top Chef (ABC): 833k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 833k
- America Says (GSN): 427k .


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/7/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "47 More Meters Down"

  • Corinne Foxx to star in "47 Meters Down" sequel opposite Sly Stallone's daughter and a Power Ranger (Deadline)

  • Another "Bachelorette" learns that the Internet is forever (Us Magazine)

  • Mel B hospitalized with broken ribs and severed hand (Reality TV World)

  • LIST ABUSE: the 18 most talked about game show moments of 2018 according to... (Decider)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Howie Mandel (Bristol Herald Courier)

posted 12/10/18

WGA Nominees Announced
Among Potential Honorees: "Jeopardy!", "Millionaire"
From Deadline

The WGA on Thursday unveiled its nominations for in TV, new media, news, radio/audio and promotional writing for 2018, with writers for Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale and NBC's Saturday Night Live among last year's winners to make the cut.

Winners will be announced February 17 at the WGA Awards held in concurrent ceremonies in Los Angeles and New York.

Here are today's nominees:

QUIZ AND AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION
- Hollywood Game Night, Head Writers: Ann Slichter, Grant Taylor; Writers: Michael Agbabian, Alexandra Kokesh, Dwight D. Smith; NBC
- Jeopardy!, Written by Matthew Caruso, John Duarte, Harry Friedman, Mark Gaberman, Deborah Griffin, Michele Loud, Robert McClenaghan, Jim Rhine, Steve D. Tamerius, Billy Wisse; ABC
- Paid Off with Michael Torpey, Head Writer: Ethan Berlin; Writers: John Chaneski, Rosemarie DiSalvo, Leigh Hampton, Katie Hartman, Amanda Melson, Larry Owens, Jennie Sutton, Michael Torpey, Jeremy Weiner; truTV
- Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Head Writer: Stephen A. Melcher, Jr.; Writers: Kyle Beakley, Tom Cohen, Patricia A. Cotter, Ryan Hopak, Gary Lucy, James Rowley, Ann Slichter, Dylan Snowden; Disney/ABC Syndication


Deadline

posted 12/7/18

Talpa to House "Talent" for Another Season
Dutch Music Competition Renewed
From Deadline

John De Mol's Talpa has scored a second season of Dutch music talent format House of Talent.

The first season of the show, which De Mol's firm hopes can be the spiritual successor to The Voice, ends of December 28 and has been picked up for a sophomore run in 2019 via Holland's SBS6. The recommission bodes well for the international potential for the daily format, which targets young audiences by mixing music and reality television with social media.

A group of musical artists from various genres live together as they attempt to make it big in the music business. The musicians must build up a fanbase, perform throughout the country and release a new track, every six weeks. Two professional managers will guide them every step of the way and take care of bookings and promotion. If the artists don't make enough money or generate enough engagement in each six-week period, they will be nominated for elimination.

The show also has a large second screen element; the musicians must use social media to create their following and the elimination show will be broadcast exclusively online. House of Talent launched in the same slot as Utopia, the reality series that was remade by Fox in 2014.

The company has already begun talks to export the format into a number of major markets and it will likely pique the interest of networks in the U.S. and UK, who have been crying out for a breakout music format since the launch of The Voice back in 2010.

Deadline

posted 12/7/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Well That Was Quick"

posted 12/6/18

"Bachelor" Premiere to Dominate the Night
ABC Plans Wall-to-Wall Coverage
From The Wrap

For the first time since 2015, ABC's "The Bachelor" will kick off with a three-hour live premiere when the show returns for its 23rd season. The extra-long premiere will air on ABC, streaming and on-demand Monday, Jan. 7 from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m EST.

Along with the introduction of the women vying for the heart of Bachelor Colton Underwood, the episode will also pop in on "Bachelor" viewing parties around the country.

The premiere will see 30 women competing for the final rose, with 23 making it to the next week. Throughout the season, the cast will travel to locations around the world including Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Portugal, and Denver, which happens to be Underwood's hometown.

The Wrap

Deadline
The Futon Critic

posted 12/6/18

WEDNESDAY: Survivor Still Pulls the Demo
Fox, NBC Split the Night
From B&C

FOX (4.470 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday thanks to the fall finales from "Empire" (5.034 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) and "Star" (3.906 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

NBC (7.619 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with its own fall closers to "Chicago Med" (8.129 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "Chicago Fire" (7.911 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and "Chicago PD" (6.818 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8).

Next up was CBS (5.765 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with originals from "Survivor: David vs. Goliath" (7.490 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1), "SEAL Team" (5.318 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "Criminal Minds" (4.487 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.920 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up new episodes of "The Goldbergs" (4.892 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "American Housewife" (3.996 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9), "Modern Family" (4.852 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "Single Parents" (3.366 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "A Million Little Things" (3.207 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

And finally, The CW (0.888 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) likewise closed out the night with fresh installments from "Riverdale" (1.110 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and "All American" (0.666 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 927k
- Deal or No Deal - 9p (CNBC): 865k
- Deal or No Deal - 8p (P/CNBC): 768k
- America Says (GSN): 472k
.

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/6/18

"Top Chef" Sprechen sie Deutsch
Sat.1 to Air Version
From Deadline

Top Chef is heading to Germany after NBC Universal International Formats closed a deal with broadcaster Sat.1. The ProSiebenSat.1-owned broadcaster has ordered a six-part local series to air in summer 2019 and be overseen by head judge Eckart Witzigmann. It will be produced by RedSeven Entertainment.

The deal marks the 23rd international format deal for the Magical Elves-produced series, which is in its 16th season on Bravo. A third season of the show is set to air this month on MBC across the Middle East, French broadcaster M6 will celebrate the tenth season of the show. The show has also been produced in Spain, Italy, Mexico, Canada and Vietnam.

The deal was brokered by NBCUniversal International Formats' VP, Format Sales & Production, Hannah Worrall. Ana Langenberg, SVP, Format Sales & Production, NBC Universal International Formats said: "We are delighted to build on the success of Top Chef franchise and extend the brand further, especially with such great partners as Sat.1 and RedSeven Entertainment. We have no doubt that this will be another high quality international production and hope that it will share similar success as the other local versions."

Deadline

posted 12/6/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Internet Is Forever"

  • Kevin Hart gets the Oscar host job (TV Line) and within 24 hours, he has to explain a terrible joke he told (TV Line)

  • Carrie Ann Inaba to take Julie Chen's seat (The Wrap)

  • Wheelmobile rolls into Cape Coral (WBBH Fort Myers)

posted 12/6/18

SYNDIES: November Wins
"Family Feud" Wins the Sweep
From B&C

CBS Television Distribution's Judge Judy, in its 23rd season, ruled syndication in the 2018 November sweep, which ran Oct. 25 to Nov. 21, with a 7.4 live plus same day national household average, according to Nielsen Media Research, up 1% from last year.

That marks the show's strongest November sweep number since 2015 and the tenth time in the past 11 major sweeps that Judy has led all of syndication in households. That bucked the overall trend, with most shows declining compared to last year after facing many news and sports preemptions during the ratings period.

In access, the game shows produced no winners. Debmar-Mercury's Family Feud led the category, although it fell 3% compared to last November to a 6.3. CTD's Jeopardy! also sagged 3% to a 6.2, while CTD's Wheel of Fortune faded 2% to a 6.1. Disney-ABC's Who Wants to be a Millionaire and Entertainment Studios' Funny You Should Ask both broke even compared to last November at a 1.6 and 0.5, respectively.

B&C

Variety
TV Week

posted 12/5/18

Sashay, UK
Condragulations to BBC Three for "Drag Race"
From the BBC

Award-winning reality TV competition RuPaul's Drag Race will arrive in the UK next year.

A new eight-part series will be available on BBC Three in 2019, featuring local drag artists.

Series creator RuPaul Charles says he will "celebrate the massive charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent of the Queen's queens." RuPaul's Drag Race UK will eventually crown one drag star the 'Queen of Great Britain'.

Since it launched in 2009, the US version of RuPaul Drag Race has attracted global audiences with its blend of talent-show drama and all-star celebrity guests - including Lady Gaga and Khloe Kardashian.

The BBC

Deadline

posted 12/5/18

TUESDAY: Voice on Top
CBS, NBC Split Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (5.681 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) held off the demo competition on Tuesday thanks to a new "The Voice" (8.840 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "A Saturday Night Live Christmas Special" (4.101 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

CBS (9.905 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a close second with originals from "NCIS" (11.839 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "FBI" (9.629 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.246 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6). Next up was

ABC (4.269 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with fresh installments from "The Conners" (6.627 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "The Kids Are Alright" (4.329 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Black-ish" (3.544 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Splitting Up Together" (2.785 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and "The Rookie" (4.165 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.459 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up the fall finales to "The Gifted" (2.058 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Lethal Weapon" (2.860 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

And finally, originals from "The Flash" (1.759 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Black Lightning" (0.989 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.374 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 951k
- The Challenge: Final Reckoning - Reunion (S/MTV): 671k
- Ink Master: Grudge Match (Paramount): 670k
- Real Country (USA): 489k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/5/18

Scratchie or No Scratchie
"Deal or No Deal" Scratchies to Return
From GuruFocus

DEAL OR NO DEAL launches tonight on CNBC in the U.S. after a 10-year hiatus. Fronted by original U.S. host Howie Mandel, the new series returns with 30 one-hour episodes featuring all the high energy and risk-reward that captivated audiences, with some exciting new twists.

The series is produced for CNBC by Emmy-winning Production Company Truly Original, a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America. The DEAL OR NO DEAL instant "scratch" game will be available at lottery retailers in participating jurisdictions beginning in 2019. The game features a promotion with a second-chance opportunity to enter non-winning DEAL OR NO DEAL tickets to win a theme park vacation for four to Orlando, Florida (5 days/4 nights) and attend a Million Dollar DEAL OR NO DEAL winner's event. Every player at the Million Dollar DEAL OR NO DEAL event will select a briefcase and battle "the Banker" for a chance to win up to $1 million.

"Scientific Games and our game creation teams congratulate DEAL OR NO DEAL on the return of the show to prime time television. We look forward to our partnership with this phenomenal brand in our next blockbuster multi-state lottery game and players event," said Kyle Rogers, Executive Vice President and General Manager Licensing for Scientific Games. "Like the television show, our lottery instant game and Million Dollar DEAL OR NO DEAL winner's event will offer the chance for players to achieve lifelong dreams with exciting risks and rewards along the way."

GuruFocus

posted 12/5/18


Pinterest

JAEL STRAUSS: 1984-2018
"Top Model" Contestant Passes on Due to Breast Cancer
From People

America's Next Top Model alum Jael Strauss has died at age 34 — two months after she was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer.

Strauss died in hospice on Tuesday morning, according to TMZ, and was unconscious for a few days.

"The one blessing was that we were able to show her how loved she was before she passed," her family said in a statement to the outlet. "She brought so much light to people."

On Oct. 4, she announced her diagnosis in a Facebook post. "I was gonna write some long thing but some of you guys deserve to know, On October 2nd I was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. It has aggressively spread throughout my body and is incurable," she wrote. "With treatment it may prolong my life longer than the 'few months' doctors said I could make it. I don't want to die. I need another one of those miracles that I got back in 2013."

At the end of November, Strauss announced that she had entered hospice care. "First night in hospice. So many things I never knew about life. Or death," she wrote on Facebook. "So many things."

Following her diagnosis, Strauss' friends set up a GoFundMe page on her behalf to help alleviate some of the medical costs. "At the end of September, Jael became very sick and was diagnosed with aggressive Stage IV Rapidly Progressive Metastatic Inflammatory Breast Cancer. It has metastasized and spread beyond the breast tissue. She has just begun chemo, but we do not know how things will play out. What we do know is that Jael is putting all of her energy and drive into fighting this insidious disease and can use as much support and love as possible," the page reads.

People
Newsweek
Entertainment Tonight
Reality TV World

posted 12/5/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Back to the Future"

  • Howie Mandel flashes back to taping the first "Deal or No Deal" (CNBC) PLUS four models that were neither Meghan Markle nor Chrissy Teigen (Instyle)

  • Steve Harvey to party on Fox New Year's (The Futon Critic)

  • Les Moonves' ... umm... service?... could cost him his severance (The Wrap)

  • Adam Levine tries (terribly) to backtrack his comments from "The Voice" (TV Line)

posted 12/5/18

MONDAY: Deal or No Deal Returns
Games Help NBC to First
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.787 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was still the network to beat on Monday with a new "The Voice" (8.966 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and the special "Deal or No Deal: Happy Howie Days" (5.431 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6).

ABC (5.995 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with originals from "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (5.631 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), another "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (5.143 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "The Good Doctor" (7.213 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

Next up was CBS (5.653 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with new episodes of "The Neighborhood" (6.492 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "Happy Together" (4.556 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) followed by a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (4.859 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), another "The Big Bang Theory" (4.971 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and a new "Bull" (6.521 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.384 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "The Resident" (2.265 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "9-1-1" (2.502 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (1.356 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.929 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) rounded out the night on The CW (1.143 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
-
Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.750m
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (Food): 1.330m
- Real Country (USA): 683k

TV Insider

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
The Hollywood Reporter
British Comedy Guide

posted 12/4/18

WEEKEND: Tackled for a Loss
Fox, CBS Split Friday; NBC Wins Sunday
From the Futon Critic

FOX (3.417 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the demo champ on Friday thanks to its Pac-12 Championship coverage on "CFB on FOX" (3.417 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1).

CBS (7.447 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with originals from "MacGyver" (6.474 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.387 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "Blue Bloods" (8.481 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2).

Next up was ABC (3.053 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with a new "Child Support" (3.188 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), a repeat "Child Support" (2.848 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and a new "20/20" (3.122 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.476 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up fresh installments of "Blindspot" (2.647 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Midnight, Texas" (1.893 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10) and "Dateline NBC" (2.888 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

And finally, new episodes of "Dynasty" (0.709 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.517 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (0.612 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night..

On cable...
- Master of Arms (Discovery): 860k
- The Ultimate Fighter - 10p (SF/FS1): 399k
- The Ultimate Fighter - 8p (FS1): 353k

NBC (7:30-11pm) (14.474 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1) once again took home top honors on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (5.989 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7), "Football Night in America #2" (8.549 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (14.416 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.0, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (15.671 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.8, #1).

FOX (6.036 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then was the silver draw with its lineup of "NFL Overrun" (15.851 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.6, #2), "The OT" (8.602 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.6, #4), "The Simpsons" (4.389 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6), "Bob's Burgers" (3.030 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T10), "Family Guy" (2.731 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T10) and "Rel" (1.612 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15).

Next up was CBS (8.272 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and a new "60 Minutes" (10.524 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8) followed by the special "Garth Brooks: Live at Notre Dame!" (8.846 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8) and a repeat "NCIS: Los Angeles" (4.871 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.981 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up new episodes of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.402 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13), "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors" (3.781 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) and "Shark Tank" (3.466 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) plus the "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show Holiday Special" (3.274 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12). And finally, fresh installments from "Supergirl" (1.262 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.4, #18) and "Charmed" (0.923 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.3, #19) rounded out the night on The CW (1.093 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Holiday Gingerbread Showdown (Food): 1.162m

The Futon Criitc

Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/4/18

Hangtime Rassles
Impact Wrestling to Play with App Show Network
From 411mania

Hangtime – the world's first truly interactive, social game show network app – teams up with IMPACT Wrestling for an exciting and innovative new pilot.

Every Thursday at 7:30pm ET trivia games will be hosted by IMPACT Wrestling personalities including the current Heavyweight Champion and ​Survivor​ contestant Johnny Impact, the voice of IMPACT and play by play announcer Josh Mathews, and other special guests. The games are fun and quick, and you can team up with friends and other players to collaborate in a private group called Hangs to try to take home the top prize. The goal of the pilot is to deliver an entertaining experience to passionate wrestling fans who will create a uniquely engaged community.

Games are free to play and everyone can win points which can be redeemed for cash, IMPACT swag, tickets to upcoming shows, and other fun prizes.

Come back on Wednesdays at 7:30pm ET for more wrestling trivia hosted by Hangtime Frank, one of Hangtime's entertaining, wise-cracking animated hosts. He'll quiz you on all things wrestling from the past and present, and will make sure you have a good time. Come back any time to just Hang and chat with other like-minded wrestling fans.

411mania

posted 12/3/18

Rainbow's End
Sarah James to Step in As "Strictly" Showrunner
From Deadline

Strictly Come Dancing, the British entertainment smash that was the basis for Dancing With The Stars, is getting a new showrunner. Louise Rainbow is stepping down from the BBC One series to be replaced by series editor Sarah James.

Rainbow leaves after six years with the current series to be her last. She will continue as an exec producer on the Strictly live tour in 2019 and will consult on 2019's version of the show. James has been series editor of the BBC Studios-produced format for the last two years and was series producer before that.

She has previously worked on shows including Big Brother, The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent. Strictly Come Dancing, which is hosted by Claudia Winkleman and Tess Daly, is set to celebrate its 15th anniversary next May.

Deadline

posted 12/3/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "See You at the Finish Line"

posted 12/4/18

Block the Week
"Go 8 Bit" Host Dara O Briain to Front Revival of Blockbusters for Comedy Central UK
From DigitalSpy

Comedy Central UK has announced that it's rebooting the classic quiz show Blockbusters, with two new series set to be recorded early next year. Mock the Week maestro Dara O'Briain has also been confirmed as the show's new host.

Blockbusters pits students and sixth formers against each other as they take on the 'gold run', crossing a hexagonal board by answering quiz questions correlating to a letter.

The original gameshow caught recognition during the '80s and was fronted by Bob Holness. It was based on the American original hosted on NBC by Bill Cullen from 1980 to 1982 and Bill Rafferty in 1987.

Some 20 episodes (of 30-minute duration) will be produced, with two planned celebrity specials also in the mix..

Digital Spy

Entertainment Daily
Chortle
Deadline
Realscreen
British Comedy Guide

posted 12/3/18

Fantasy Jeopardy!
All-Star League to Play Online
From the Wrap

"Jeopardy!" announced on Monday that it is launching a fantasy league sweepstakes to coincide with its upcoming All-Stars Games tournament. For those of you playing at home, that's a fantasy football-style contest in which you pick your own team of All-Stars and track their progress throughout the competition.

It's ideal for anyone who has a love of both sports and game show trivia and anyone who also is looking for something else to obsess over if they were eliminated from their fantasy football playoffs.

Here's how it works: participants pick one captain and two team members from the 18 former champions playing in the tournament to build their team during the selection period, which runs from Dec. 3 to Dec. 31. Then, during the "Jeopardy! All-Star Games," which airs from Feb. 20 to Mar. 5, 2019, fantasy team owners can watch and cheer their team on as they accrue fantasy points.

But don't go racing to draft Ken Jennings with your first overall pick just yet. You earn fantasy points for each correct response a player gives and correct "Final Jeopardy!" responses are worth 10 points. Each of these points represents an entry into the sweepstakes, so the more points the three players on a fantasy team accrue, the more chances a fantasy team owner has of winning.

"Jeopardy!" is partnering with Lindblad Expeditions for the contest, and winners of the league sweepstakes will win a vacation..

The Wrap

posted 12/3/18


IMDB

KEN BERRY: 1933-2018
Actor Appeared on "Tattletales"
From TV Line

Ken Berry, best known to TV audiences for his work on F Troop, Mayberry R.F.D. and Mama's Family, has died at the age of 85.

A cause of death has not been disclosed. Berry's death was first announced by his former wife, actress Jackie Joseph, in a Facebook post on Saturday. She later acknowledged the outpouring of "love and gratitude" expressed by friends and admirers of the late actor, and shared a photo of Berry and his partner of the last 26 years, Susie Walsh.

Berry's breakout role came when he was cast as Capt. Wilton Parmenter in F Troop, which ran from 1965-1967. Next, he appeared in four episodes of The Andy Griffith Show as Sam Jones, then starred in the spinoff Mayberry R.F.D., which aired from 1968-1971. He later went on to star as Vinton Harper in the Carol Burnett Show spinoff Mama's Family, which ran from 1983-1990.

Prior to F Troop, Berry had a recurring role as Dr. John Kapish on the medical drama Dr. Kildare. Additional TV credits included episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island and The Golden Girls.

In the game show realm, he appeared on Tattletales, Break the Bank, The Hollywood Squares, It's Your Bet, and It Takes Two.

TV Line

posted 12/4/18


GAMES GONE BY: Winning Lines
Season 3 is a Magic Number
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

If ONE show from "across the pond" could make a big bash in 'Merca, certainly ANOTHER could, too, right? Well, maybe...but it wasn't THIS one. But it DID serve as Dick Clark's lasting true hosting gig so...that's something, anyway. Chris Wolvie gives us CBS's answer to "Millionaire" in "Winning Lines", yet another one of the "Games Gone By..."

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 12/3/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Going Home"

  • LL Cool J to host "A Home for the Holidays - 20th Anniversary" (The Futon Critic)

  • Bobby Flay signs on for 3 more years! 3 more years! (The Wrap)

  • Blake Shelton does Elvis (The Wrap)

posted 12/3/18

More Champions!
Second Half of Roster for AGT Revealed
From The Futon Critic

NBC has announced the second group of superstar acts who will compete on the all-new winter edition of TV's #1 alternative series, "America's Got Talent: The Champions," premiering Monday, Jan. 7 from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT.

The series, from NBC, Fremantle and Syco Entertainment, will feature the star-studded judges panel from "America's Got Talent" - executive producer Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel - as well as new host Terry Crews, star of NBC's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

"America's Got Talent: The Champions" will bring together the world's most talented, memorable and all-around fan-favorite acts from past seasons of "AGT" and around the globe from the other "Got Talent" franchises that span 194 territories. These all-star acts, which include former winners and finalists, will once again take the stage to compete in a massive global competition with the hopes of claiming the ultimate title of World Champion.

Global champions include opera rock singer Cristina Ramos ("Spain's Got Talent" 2016 winner); 11-year-old singer Angelica Hale ("AGT" 2017 finalist); 14-year-old rock singer Courtney Hadwin ("AGT" 2018 finalist); singers Brian Justin Crum ("AGT" 2016 finalist), Bianca Ryan ("AGT" 2006 winner) and Sal Valentinetti ("AGT" 2016 finalist); mentalists The Clairvoyants ("AGT" 2016 finalist) and Colin Cloud ("AGT" 2017 finalist); projection/dance act Kenichi ("AGT" 2013 winner); opera singer Jackie Evancho ("AGT" 2010 finalist); comedians Vicki Barbolak ("AGT" 2018 finalist), Samuel J. Comroe ("AGT" 2018 finalist), Preacher Lawson ("AGT" 2017 finalist), Lost Voice Guy ("Britain's Got Talent" 2018 winner) and Drew Lynch ("AGT" 2015 finalist); magicians Jon Dorenbos ("AGT" 2016 finalist) and Darcy Oake ("Britain's Got Talent" 2013 finalist); dog act Ashleigh and Sully ("Britain's Got Talent" 2012 winner); pianist Tokio Myers ("Britain's Got Talent" 2017 winner); musical group Sons of Serendip ("AGT" 2014 finalist); escape artist Cosentino ("Australia's Got Talent" 2011 winner); regurgitator The Professional Regurgitator ("AGT" 2015 finalist); sword swallowing act Alex Magala ("Russia's Got Talent" 2014 winner); danger act Ryan Stock & AmberLynn ("AGT" 2015 finalist) and juggler Viktor Kee ("AGT" 2016 finalist).

The Futon Critic

posted 11/30/18

THURSDAY: Nice Streak While It Lasted
Saints Lost, Fox Won
From The Futon Critic

FOX (15.745 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.5, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with season highs from "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (12.416 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.2, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (16.411 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.8, #1).

CBS (6.557 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a distant second with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.095 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and "Young Sheldon" (7.857 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) followed by new episodes of "Mom" (7.417 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Murphy Brown" (5.590 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "SWAT" (5.191 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Next up was ABC (3.332 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its holiday mix of "Olaf's Frozen Adventure" (4.010 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6), "Toy Story That Time Forgot" (3.286 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration" (3.175 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.635 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for specials "LEGO Jurassic World: The Secret Exhibit - Part 1" (2.133 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and "LEGO Jurassic World: The Secret Exhibit - Part 2" (1.488 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) plus new episodes of "Will & Grace" (2.776 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) and "I Feel Bad" (1.810 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) as well as the fall finale of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.800 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

And finally, originals from "Supernatural" (1.509 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "Legacies" (1.005 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #17) on The CW (1.257 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable..
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 911k
- America Says (GSN): 363k.


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/30/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "J-Rod?"

posted 11/30/18


Frostsnow

Meet Ms. Misery
"Good Place" Star Jameela Jamil to Host "Misery Index" for TBS
From The Futon Critic

Jameela Jamil has signed on to host The Misery Index, TBS' recently announced game show inspired by the card game Sh*t Happens. Jameela will serve as the show's ringleader, delivering entertainingly cringeworthy questions to each team using her quick-witted humor and unwavering ability to call things as she sees them. The Tenderloins comedy troupe and stars of truTV's Impractical Jokers comprised of Brian "Q" Quinn, James "Murr" Murray, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano also star in the series as recurring panelists, drawing on their expertise in humiliation to help contestants evaluate life's misfortunes.

The game show will feature two teams, each consisting of one contestant and two Tenderloins. Teams will compete against each other by attempting to rate hilarious and miserable real-life events on a scale of 1-100 based on the "Misery Index," a ranking system created by a team of therapists. For example, is getting a third degree burn worse than seeing your father naked? Is it worse than dropping your phone in the toilet?

"As someone whose life is just a series of mortifying incidents strung together, it's going to be brilliant to take a break from my own mishaps, and feast in the disasters of others," said Jameela Jamil. "I cannot wait for the misery to commence. This show is brilliantly ridiculous."

Jamil can currently be seen starring in The Good Place on NBC. She started her career as the host of the British breakfast TV program Freshly Squeezed for station T4. Jamil went on to host Channel 4's Koko Pop, E4's cult series Playing It Straight and BBC Radio 1's Request Show on Sunday evenings, which led to her role as the first female host of BBC Radio 1's The Official Chart Show.

In addition to her broadcast work, Jamil is an advocate for many causes, most recently launching a movement and social media platform @i_Weigh which encourages women to feel valuable and look beyond their physical appearance. The movement has been recognized by major media outlets and the movement's hundreds of thousands of followers around the world. .

The Futon Critic

Deadline
The Wrap
Yahoo!
The AV Club

posted 11/29/18

WEDNESDAY: The (Young and) Evil Empire
Fox Wins Demo, NBC Wins Total
From The Futon Critic

FOX (4.357 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) held off the demo competition on a tight Wednesday with new episodes from "Empire" (5.048 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) and "Star" (3.666 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7).

CBS (6.073 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with a new "Survivor: David vs. Goliath" (8.023 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1), a second "Survivor: David vs. Goliath" (7.100 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) and a repeat "Magnum P.I." (3.095 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Next up was NBC (7.034 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its holiday specials "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" (8.376 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4) and "A Legendary Christmas with John and Chrissy" (4.351 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.080 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) was back with originals from "The Goldbergs" (4.963 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6), "American Housewife" (4.364 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8), "Modern Family" (4.818 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "Single Parents" (3.400 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9) and "A Million Little Things" (3.468 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

And finally, new episodes of "Riverdale" (1.277 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and "All American" (0.767 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) on The CW (1.022 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night..

On cable...
-
Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 757k
- Real Country (USA): 474k
- America Says (GSN): 311k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 148k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 140k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/29/18

SYNDIES: Week 12
Results for the Week Ending November 18
From TV Newscheck

Amid shorter days and colder weather most of syndication surged in the session ending Nov. 18, which included the third full week of the November sweep.

Elsewhere in access, Family Feud continued to lead the game shows, gaining 6% to a new season high 6.6.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.6* +6%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.4* +5%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.4* +7%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7* +13%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 11/29/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Up Late"

  • Carson Daly, Chrissy Teigen to ring in 2019 with NBC (The Futon Critic)

  • Les Moonves gets deeper into trouble (Deadline)

  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: "Who Dares Wins" looking for players in... (Derbyshire Live)

  • Jane Lynch gets into vaudeville... and it's awesome (Allentown Morning Call)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: The Crystal Maze home game (Recombu)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Corinne Olympios. (WJBK Detroit)

posted 11/29/18

Giada de Laurentiis Takes the "Cake"
"Winner Cake All" to Bow on Food Network January 7
From The Futon Critic

Culinary icon Giada De Laurentiis kicks off the New Year with the competition series Winner Cake All, premiering Monday, January 7th at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. Each episode features four of the best cake-baking tandems from around the country, as Giada challenges them to create epic cakes for their clientele's unforgettable celebrations, ranging from a cake honoring a member of the armed services coming home to a cake for the ultimate family party featuring America's favorite quintuplets, the Busbys, from TLC's OutDaughtered.

Through 13 episodes the teams are put to the test over two rounds of baking, with a rotating panel of guest judges helping the clients determine which team captures their dream look and taste to prevail with the $10,000 grand prize!

"As a culinary superstar, restaurateur and Food Network host, there isn't anything that Giada cannot do," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "Whether it is making a cake for a baby shower or bringing a celebrity client's vision to life, these bakers must navigate pressure-filled challenges, while wowing Giada and the judges for the right to walk away with $10,000."

Each episode features the baking teams competing in two rounds, including a Decoration Challenge where each team must create a unique cake topper based on the client's theme. The panel of judges then decide which team is the first to be eliminated. In the second round, the three remaining teams take part in the Cake Challenge, where Giada introduces the client's request for a sculpted cake for their celebration.

Thematic episodes during the season include the creation of a game day party cake for former NFL player Rashad Jennings, Guy Fieri tasking the bakers with making a Guy's Grocery Games-themed cake, and Iron Chef Michael Symon challenging the bakers to make a cake for the opening of his new restaurant in Las Vegas. The stakes are high but only one team will be victorious and celebrate with $10,000.

Visit FoodNetwork.com/WinnerCakeAll for exclusive behind-the-scenes photos and insider videos with Giada and the celebrity clients. On Food Network's Instagram we are challenging Giada and the judges to a series of "Beat the Heat" games. Find out who can crack the most eggs in 30 seconds and who can stack and frost a cake the fastest! Join in on the conversation using #WinnerCakeAll.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/28/18

TUESDAY: Rudolph Holds His Own...
But NBC Wins Against Timeless Classic
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.216 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) cruised to victory on Tuesday with a new "The Voice" (9.451 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) followed by the fall finales of "This Is Us" (8.908 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "New Amsterdam" (6.290 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5).

CBS (6.575 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then took home the silver despite an all-repeat mix of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (8.135 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "NCIS" (6.859 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "FBI" (4.732 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

Next up was ABC (4.500 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with originals from "The Conners" (7.305 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "The Kids Are Alright" (4.671 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Black-ish" (3.533 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Splitting Up Together" (2.808 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "The Rookie" (4.343 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.614 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up fresh installments from "The Gifted" (2.239 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "Lethal Weapon" (2.990 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

And finally, The CW (1.422 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening with new episodes from "The Flash" (1.781 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "Black Lightning" (1.063 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15).

The Futon Critic

posted 11/28/18

Another "Last Chance" Coming
"Top Chef" Last Chance Kitchen Returns December 6
From The Futon Critic

Bravo Media's Emmy-Winning digital companion series "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen" returns with elevated stakes and three familiar faces from seasons past.

All bets are off when alums Carrie Baird and Brother Luck from Season 15, and Jim Smith from Season 14 are back for a chance at redemption and another shot at the coveted title. With more than one opportunity to get back into the competition, host Tom Colicchio continues to keep the chefs on their toes with fast-paced challenges to determine which chefs have what it takes to stay in the game. "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen" will be available on Bravotv.com directly following the season premiere of Bravo's "Top Chef" on Thursday, December 6 from 9-10:15 pm ET/PT. For a sneak peek, please visit: http://www.bravotv.com/last-chance-kitchen/season-16/videos/your-first-look-at-top-chef-season-16s-last-chance-kitchen-0

Sponsored by Hidden Valley(R) Ranch, "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen" is all about redemption as the chefs have big hurdles to overcome to secure their spot in the competition. With their dreams of a "Top Chef" title on the line, the veteran chefs will not only compete against themselves, but each week will also have to toe to toe with the new cheftestants as they are eliminated from the main competition. Each week, eliminated chefs will have an opportunity to prove their worth and the chef with the worst dish will pack their knives for good; while the chefs with the winning dishes will get one step closer to making their way back in the competition.

Episodes of "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen" will be made available on Bravotv.com, On Demand or wherever you stream Bravo's "Top Chef" at the conclusion of each week's episode.

Season eight of "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen" is produced by the Emmy Award-winning Magical Elves with Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz, Casey Kriley and Doneen Arquines serving as executive producers.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/26/18

MONDAY: High Voices
NBC Wins Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.190 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) held off the competition on Monday thanks to a new "The Voice" (9.302 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and the fall finale of "Manifest" (5.966 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5).

FOX (5.598 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with its fall finales to "The Resident" (5.149 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8) and "9-1-1" (6.047 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

Next up was ABC (6.068 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with the return of "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (5.740 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) followed by a second "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (5.031 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "The Good Doctor" (7.434 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.824 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) opted for repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.471 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "The Neighborhood" (4.827 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9), "Magnum P.I." (4.058 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10) and "Bull" (4.766 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11).

And finally, originals from "Arrow" (1.316 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.989 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) on The CW (1.152 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.603m
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (Food): 1.241m


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/28/18

WEEKEND: It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like...
Fox, CBS Split Friday
From The Futon Critic

FOX (3.165 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) took home the demo crown on Friday with a special edition of "CFB on FOX" (3.165 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2).

CBS (3.344 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) then was the most-watched broadcaster with its repeat lineup of "Frosty the Snowman" (3.544 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2), "Frosty Returns" (2.799 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Magnum P.I." (3.176 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Hawaii Five-0" (3.684 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Next up was NBC (2.915 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) and its encore mix of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (4.325 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1), "DreamWorks Trolls Holiday" (3.004 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2), "The Wall" (1.967 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Dateline NBC" (3.112 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.498 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) served up a repeat "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" (2.664 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) followed by originals from "Child Support" (2.054 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "20/20" (2.778 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, The CW (1.106 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with repeats of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.169 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" (1.043 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

On cable...
- Master of Arms (Discovery): 858k

NBC (7:30-11pm) (16.828 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.0, #1) cruised to another victory on Sunday with its mainstays "Football Night in America #1" (6.391 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (11.234 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.3, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (15.691 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.6, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (18.175 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.4, #2).

The silver then went to CBS (10.651 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and its "NFL Overrun" (23.235 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.5, #1) fueled lineup of "60 Minutes" (13.025 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #5), "God Friended Me" (8.226 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.041 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Madam Secretary" (5.389 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14).

Next up was ABC (4.040 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with new episodes of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.220 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors" (3.974 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14) and "Shark Tank" (3.491 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) plus a repeat "Shark Tank" (2.478 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T16).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.644 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for repeats of "The Cool Kids" (1.624 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T18), "Bob's Burgers" (1.424 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T16), "The Simpsons" (2.152 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), another "Bob's Burgers" (1.984 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Family Guy" (1.638 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "Rel" (1.040 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T18).

And finally, new episodes of "Supergirl" (1.208 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.3, #20) and "Charmed" (0.871 million viewers, #21; adults 18-49: 0.2, #21) on The CW (1.039 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Holiday Gingerbread Showdown (Food): 1.294m
- Holiday Wars (S/Food): 1.211m

The Futon Critic

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/28/18


CBS

New Year, New Lineup
CBS Slates Reality Lineup for 2019
From The Hollywood Reporter

CBS is doubling down on unscripted programming with its midseason schedule.

The network on Tuesday announced that two new unscripted series — The World's Best and Million Dollar Mile — would join a midseason roster that includes returning favorites Survivor, The Amazing Race and Celebrity Big Brother.

The push mirrors last year's schedule in which CBS unspooled Celebrity Big Brother as counterprogramming against coverage of the Winter Olympics on NBC.

CBS will use the Super Bowl to launch World's Best, Survivor to promote Million Dollar Mile and Celebrity Big Brother to promote both rookies. Julie Chen Moonves will officially return as host of Celebrity Big Brother, which will bow Monday, Jan. 21, at 8 p.m., before moving to multiple nights over three weeks ahead of its two-hour finale Wednesday, Feb. 13.

As previously announced, the James Corden-hosted global talent show World's Best landed TV's most-coveted time slot and will air immediately after the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 3. The series — featuring judges Drew Barrymore, Faith Hill and RuPaul Charles — moves to Wednesdays starting Feb. 6.

The week after Celebrity Big Brother wraps, CBS will launch the 38th season of Jeff Probst-hosted hit Survivor. After World's Best wraps Wednesday, March 27, CBS will use that series as a lead-in for its LeBron James-produced and Tim Tebow-hosted obstacle course entry Million Dollar Mile.

The Amazing Race returns for its 31st season Wednesday, May 22, at 8 p.m..

The Hollywood Reporter

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Reality TV World
Reality TV World

posted 11/27/18

Kids Return to the Kitchen
Food Network Rings in 2019 with Kids Baking Championship
From The Futon Critic

The New Year gets a sweet start with the return of Kids Baking Championship on Monday, January 7th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network.

A dozen new talented young bakers, ranging in age from 9 to 13, will be tested in difficult dessert challenges during the new season. From sugar cookies to mini cheesecakes, and from macarons to brownies and blondies, Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman mentor the bakers through the tasty tasks to see who will measure up in the competition. Only one will take the cake and the sweet grand prize of $25,000, a feature in Food Network Magazine, and the title of Kids Baking Champion!

"This season of Kids Baking Championship delivers new challenges with surprising twists, making this the toughest most exciting competition yet! Even the most skilled pastry chefs would crumble under the pressure," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "The abilities of the young bakers to create outstanding treats is truly remarkable."

This season showcases exciting new challenges featuring the latest dessert trends, lots of irresistible sweets, and tons of flavor and fun. Throughout the ten episodes the competitors show off their skills and creativity as they whip up impressive confections, from freaky flavor tarts using ingredients like jalapeno, goat cheese yuzu and anise, to dramatically erupting monkey bread volcanoes. On Monday, March 11th at 9pm ET/PT, the championship concludes as one talented baker will rise to the top in the grand finale.

Kids Baking Championship competitors include: Jenna Alnatur (Clifton, NJ; age 9), Gavin Crawford (Pearland, TX; age 11), Paige Goehner (Blaine, MN; age 11), Misha Jones (Annapolis, MD; age 12), Brooklyn Kyzar (Silverhill, AL; age 12), Kasey Moeggenborg (Rockford, MI; age 13), Jaxon Remillard (Mansfield, TX; age 11), Meadow Roberts (Minneapolis, MN; age 10), Nyah Rosado (New Rochelle, NY; age 11), Davis Sams (Vancouver, BC; age 13), Madison Totaro (Austin, TX: age 11), and Karthik Vemparala (Somerset, NJ; age 11).

The Futon Critic

posted 11/27/18

Kids These Days...
Lone Eagle Options "What Would Your Kid Do" for Canada
From Realscreen

Toronto's Lone Eagle Entertainment has inked a format-option deal with London-based prodco Twofour Rights for the television property What Would Your Kid Do?.

Under the terms of the agreement, Lone Eagle will develop and sell the format in Canada. In the UK, the hour-long show airs on ITV.

It is produced by Cardiff-based Boomerang, which is part of the Twofour Group. According to a press release, the show reached more than 3.7 million viewers in the UK during its first season.

The show sees unassuming children being filmed as they go about a normal school day, while, unbeknownst to them, their parents are watching. The parents are then challenged to guess how their children will behave in a variety of situations.

Lone Eagle's production credits include You Gotta Eat Here!, which ran for five seasons on Food Network Canada, and Too Much Information for Super Channel. .

Realscreen

posted 11/27/18

THURSDAY: Happy Thanksgiving
NBC Wins with Football
From The Futon Critic

NBC (18.341 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.5, #1) got a Thanksgiving boost from its special holiday editions of "Football Night in America" (15.032 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.3, #2) and "Sunday Night Football" (19.003 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.7, #1).

FOX (6.000 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then took home the silver with its special "MasterChef Junior: Celebrity Showdown" (6.000 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3).

Next up was CBS (4.698 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.593 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Young Sheldon" (5.504 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), another "The Big Bang Theory" (5.302 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), a new "Murphy Brown" (4.745 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "SWAT" (3.523 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.584 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up its specials "20/20 - Mary Poppins Returns: Behind the Magic" (3.076 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9), "Meghan's New Life: The Real Princess Diaries" (2.645 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "I'm Coming Home" (2.032 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

And finally, an encore of "The iHeartFestival Music Festival Night 2" (0.632 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12) on The CW (0.632 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 574k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/27/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Back the Truck Up"

  • Forbes released its TV host rich list... and guess who's on it (Newsday)

  • Alli Webb goes into the Shark Tank (The Futon Critic)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Jeopardy! predicts the Detroit Lions will win the big game by 2030. Well, they did beat the Panthers. (WJBK Detroit)

posted 11/27/18

"25 Words" Set to Start Talking
Fox TV Stations Pick Up Puzzle for Fall 2019
From The Hollywood Reporter

Meredith Vieira is returning to television.

Fox Television Stations has picked up the Vieira-hosted syndicated game show 25 Words or Less for a fall launch following a three-week trial run this summer. The next batch of episodes will debut in the fall. The series has been cleared in 40 percent of the country amid increased competition from new syndicated arrivals including Judge Jerry, a Kelly Clarkson-hosted talk show and more.

The half-hour game show is a take on the board game created by Bruce Sterten and produced by showrunner John Quinn, Is or Isn't Entertainment's Lisa Kudrow and Dan Bucatinsky, Regular Brand's Mary McCormack and Michael Morris, as well as Vieira.

25 Words or Less pits two teams composed of celebrities and civilians against each other in a fast-paced word game with a top prize of $10,000. In the beginning rounds of the game, after a frenzied bidding session, one team member provides clues to two partners to help them guess a list of five words, using fewer than 25 clue words. In the final round, the contestant who has earned the most points has 60 seconds to get his partners to guess 10 words using only 25 words or less..

The Hollywood Reporter

The Programming Insider
B&C
Deadline

posted 11/26/18

Whoopi Goldberg Goes Country
"Win Your Country" Heads Stateside
From Deadline

Whoopi Goldberg is set to adapt the Romanian game show Win Your Country! in the U.S. after optioning the format from Small World IFT.

Goldberg's One Hoe Productions has teamed with Red Arrow-backed Wahlburgers producer 44 Blue Productions to develop a U.S. remake of the show with Ellen's Game of Games co-exec producer Noah Bonnett lined up as showrunner.

The series is a studio-based game show where contestants win big if they can prove they really know their country. Originally produced by Romania's Zucchero Media for TVR2, the show sees players compete over three rounds, battling it out state by state, region by region, or city by city. Each contestant starts with a chosen territory and must "conquer" neighboring regions by answering a series of questions about that specific territory. Only then will they be able to make it to the next level where a cat-and-mouse game ensues and the remaining opponents try to reach each other's territory first, leaving just one to battle for the prize money in the final round.

The show has run for 200 episodes in Romania and is sold as a format by Tim Crescenti's Kew Media-backed Small World IFT, which was responsible for NBC adapting Grandpas Over Flowers as Better Late Than Never as well as ABC's I Survived A Japanese Gameshow. The format is also currently in development for a Canadian broadcaster and optioned in France. The U.S. adaptation is now in development and will be executive produced by Goldberg and Tom Leonardis (I'm Coming Home) for One Hoe, in partnership with Stephanie Noonan Drachkovitch and Dan Snook for 44 Blue..

Deadline

Realscreen

posted 11/26/18

WEDNESDAY: Kenan & Kel: Together Again for the First Time
CBS Wins Final Night of Sweeps
From The Republic

CBS (6.172 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday thanks to originals from "Survivor: David vs. Goliath" (7.087 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "SEAL Team" (5.959 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "Criminal Minds" (5.470 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

ABC (3.737 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the silver draw with rebroadcasts of "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" (6.199 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1), "Modern Family" (3.621 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Single Parents" (2.483 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7), "The Goldbergs" (2.136 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and another "Single Parents" (1.784 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Next up was NBC (3.432 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with a special "Hollywood Game Night" (3.014 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) followed by its annual "A Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving Special" (3.641 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.037 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up repeats of "Empire" (2.276 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "Star" (1.799 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, an encore of "The iHeartFestival Music Festival Night 1" (0.926 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.926 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable..
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.148m
- Double Dare (Nick): 804k
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death (History): 675k
- Comedy Knockout (TruTV): 184k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 159k


The Republic

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/26/18

Back in the Kitchen with the "Worst Cooks in America"
Catch the New Season January 6 on Food
From The Futon Critic

Chefs Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence are back in January to whip disastrous cooks into tip-top culinary shape in the return of fan-favorite series Worst Cooks in America. In the nine-episode season, Anne and Tyler each lead a team of kitchen nightmares through a rigorous culinary boot camp designed to improve their food skills. In the end, only the one recruit who makes the most impressive culinary transformation wins a $25,000 grand prize and bragging rights for their mentor.

Worst Cooks in America premieres Sunday, January 6th at 9pm (all times ET/PT) on Food Network.

"Our viewers love the hilarious and inspiring journey of Worst Cooks in America recruits," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "When they meet Anne and Tyler, most can barely boil water and by the end, the recruits are preparing restaurant quality meals - the progress is remarkable."

This season's recruits are: Brett Azar (Rahway, New Jersey); Carmelle Bull (Atlanta, Georgia); Brittany Carel (Fort Lauderdale, Florida); Travele Judon (Chicago, Illinois); Cody Medler (Los Angeles, California); Chaz Oakley (Ninilchik, Alaska); Sponjetta Parrish (Athens, Georgia); Cameron Pennington (Grayson, Kentucky); Alten Poblete (San Diego, California); Kat Schuessler (Kent, Ohio); Caitlin Stolzenthaler (Brick, New Jersey); Mickey Wentz (Denver, Colorado); Antoinette Wills (Washington, D.C.); Allison Wolfe (Richmond, Texas) and Terry Yu (Stockton, California).

The Futon Critic

posted 11/26/18

Wait Wait at 20 20
NPR Quiz Celebrates 20th Anniversary
From Los Angeles Times

Midway through a recent "Wait Wait … Don't Tell Me" production meeting in the office National Public Radio station WBEZ here, writer Peter Gwinn's phone thrummed with a news alert. It is Thursday afternoon, less than five hours before the taping of NPR's weekly comedy news quiz. Fine-tuning the script for that night's show were host Peter Sagal, official judge and scorekeeper Bill Kurtis, executive producer Mike Danforth, show creator and current "benevolent overlord" Doug Berman participating by Skype, and a small staff of producers, production assistants and interns.

The news alert concerned Donald Trump's acknowledgement that it "certainly looks" like Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, was dead. Up to this point, the president had resolutely refused to declare that Khashoggi had been murdered at the risk of jeopardizing relations (and arms sales) with the Middle East ally.

Late-breaking news is an occupational hazard for "Wait Wait," which marked its 20th anniversary at the end of last month with a Very Special Episode broadcast from the august Chicago Theatre. "What happens a lot these days is that by [this afternoon] some astonishing news story is taking over the front pages and we'll have to shift gears," Sagal said.

Los Angeles Times

Chicago Magazine

posted 11/26/18

New Highs for CBS Games
Price, Deal Top CBS' Listings
From Soap Opera Network

CBS' "Let's Make a Deal" and "The Price is Right" are proving there are still eyeballs available during the daytime hours. Both game shows hit multi-month ratings highs, posting their largest audiences for the season during the week of November 12-16, 2018, according to Nielsen Media Research data.

Part one of "Deal" attracted 2.93 million viewers, its largest audience since the week ending April 6, while part two of "Price" attracted an average of 5.20 million viewers – the show's best viewer number since the week ending April 20.

Soap Opera Network

posted 11/26/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Bill Cullen Has a New Home"

posted 11/26/18

TUESDAY: CBS, NBC Split the Wishbone
"The Voice" Takes the Demo
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.331 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) took home top adults 18-49 honors on Tuesday with its mix of "The Voice" (8.219 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2), "This Is Us" (7.889 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "New Amsterdam" (5.885 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5).

CBS (9.409 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the silver draw with its trio of "NCIS" (11.899 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), "FBI" (8.895 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.433 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Next up was ABC (4.269 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and originals from "The Conners" (6.911 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2), "The Kids Are Alright" (4.389 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7), "Black-ish" (3.478 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Splitting Up Together" (2.730 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "The Rookie" (4.052 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

Meanwhile, The CW (1.301 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up fresh installments of "The Flash" (1.602 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "Black Lightning" (1.000 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

And finally, FOX (1.318 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) opted for repeats of "The Gifted" (1.178 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "Lethal Weapon" (1.457 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.090m
- Keep It Spotless - 7:30p (Nick): 935k
- Keep It Spotless - 8p (SP/Nick): 808k
- The Challenge: Final Reckoning (MTV): 736k
- Ink Master: Grudge Match (Paramount): 681k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/21/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "The Chaser Chronicles"

  • Anne Hegerty gets a very special fan letter (Irish Post) PLUS her being on "I'm a Celebrity" is bringing up "The Chase" (Digital Spy)

  • Blake Mycoskie is racing to do some amazing good (Upworthy)

  • Alan Bersten wishes he was more subtle with Alexis Ren (Us Weekly)

  • Tom Bergeron VERY noncommital about the next season of DWTS. (Reality TV World)

  • Byron Allen's suit against Charter, Comcast going to trial (Variety)

  • Police reopen Casey Kasem's case (NBC News)

posted 11/21/18

Bob Barker Back in the Hospital
"Price Is Right" Host Emeritus Awake, Alert After Another Back Pain Episode
From USA Today

Legendary TV game show host Bob Barker has been hospitalized for the second time in as many months.

Barker, 94, was transported by ambulance to Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles Sunday for severe back pain, the same issue he received medical care for in October.

"He's awake, alert and resting comfortably," William Prappas, Barker's business manager, told USA TODAY Monday.

Prappas said Barker will either be "released today or stay another day," adding that he "will be home for Thanksgiving either way."

The former "Price is Right" host was rushed by paramedics to the same hospital on Oct. 22 due to severe back pain, stemming from an earlier injury. He was released and returned to his Hollywood Hills home the following day.

Barker, who became a TV institution hosting CBS' "The Price Is Right" from 1972 to 2007, has appeared as himself in numerous films and TV shows, including "Happy Gilmore," "How I Met Your Mother" and "Yes, Dear," according to IMDb. The longtime animal rights activist appeared in 2014 on CBS' "The Bold and the Beautiful" for a story dealing with animal rescue.

Barker made a surprise return to "The Price Is Right" in 2015, joining current host Drew Carey for an April Fool's edition of the long-running game show..

USA Today

AOL
PopCulture

posted 11/20/18

SYNDIES: Week 10
Results for the Week Ending November 11
From TV Newscheck

Judge Judy's ratings went through the roof in the session ending Nov. 11, surging to a new season-high and opening an all-but-insurmountable lead over all syndicated programs at the midpoint of the traditional November sweep. Judy drew a crowd of more than 10.5 million daily viewers and scored a 7.5 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, its best numbers in 39 weeks. That put the show in first place overall among households for the 15th week in a row with its widest margin of victory yet this season.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.2 -3%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.1 NC
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.0 -2%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 -6%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC .


TV Newscheck

B&C

posted 11/20/18

MONDAY: Finale Night
ABC Draws Even with NBC on "Dancing" Ender
From the Futon Critic

ABC (8.202 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) got a boost on Monday from aforementioned NFL coverage plus the season finale of "Dancing with the Stars" (8.551 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and a new "The Good Doctor" (7.504 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

NBC (7.104 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with originals from "The Voice" (7.855 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "Manifest" (5.604 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

Next up was FOX (4.821 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with fresh installments from "The Resident" (4.468 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "9-1-1" (5.173 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.285 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up new episodes of "The Neighborhood" (6.495 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Happy Together" (4.727 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "Magnum P.I." (5.348 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9) plus a repeat "Bull" (4.896 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10).

And finally, The CW (0.982 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with new episodes from "Arrow" (1.042 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.922 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

On cable...
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.637m
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (Food): 1.232m
- Keep It Spotless (Nick): 762k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/19/18

WEEKEND: Cool as Hell
CBS, Fox Split Friday
From the Futon Critic

FOX (3.981 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the network to beat on Friday with new episodes from "Last Man Standing" (5.945 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1), "The Cool Kids" (4.389 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and "Hell's Kitchen" (2.795 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

Second place then went to CBS (7.549 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) with its mainstays "MacGyver" (6.228 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.863 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "Blue Bloods" (8.555 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2).

Next up was ABC (2.824 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with fresh installments from "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.455 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Speechless" (2.582 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8), "Child Support" (2.360 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "20/20" (3.092 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.616 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) served up originals from "Blindspot" (2.585 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "Midnight, Texas" (2.052 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Dateline NBC" (3.212 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.558 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night with new episodes of "Dynasty" (0.709 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.408 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15).

On cable...
- Master of Arms (Discovery): 940k
- Lip Sync Battle Shorties (Nick): 814k

NBC (7:30-11pm) (15.278 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.7, #1) was the ratings champ on Sunday thanks to its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (5.819 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7), "Football Night in America #2" (8.319 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.3, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (14.649 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.2, #T2) and "Sunday Night Football" (16.796 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.3, #1).

FOX (5.564 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then got a boost from "NFL Overrun" (13.263 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.2, #T2) and "The OT" (8.499 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.8, #4) followed by new episodes of "The Simpsons" (4.371 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6), "Bob's Burgers" (2.980 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8), "Family Guy" (2.657 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9) and "Rel" (1.614 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T16).

Next up was CBS (7.678 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with originals from "60 Minutes" (10.219 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10), "God Friended Me" (7.603 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.231 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Madam Secretary" (5.659 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T16).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.036 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up its combination of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.605 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors" (4.241 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #15), "Shark Tank" (3.525 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and a repeat "Shark Tank" (2.775 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T16).

And finally, fresh installments from "Supergirl" (1.146 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T19) and "Charmed" (0.971 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T19) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.059 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable Sunday...
- Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge (SF/Food): 1.108m

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/20/18

Mastermind Heads Down Under
BBC Studios Licenses Quiz in Australia
From Mediaweek

BBC Studios has scored its first commission since setting up a production arm in Australia, with SBS ordering 85 x 30 minute episodes of the TV quiz show Mastermind.

Synonymous with the catchphrase "I've started so I'll finish" and the fearsome, black, spotlighted chair for its contestants, the series was announced by SBS at its Upfronts.

Airing in the UK for over 40 years, Mastermind is the legendary quiz that sets the toughest questions on television. No matter who takes to the iconic black chair, the tension is always immense.

In round one, four contestants have one minute to answer as many questions as possible on their specialist subject. In round two, each contestant has one minute again, this time on general knowledge. The contestant with the highest combined score wins and goes on to compete against other program winners for a place in the grand final.

In the UK, the latest season of this popular long-running series on BBC Two increased its reach. Its success around the world has also seen the show trending on Twitter, as it fires up discussion and engagement.

An Australian version of the show aired on ABC TV 40 years ago where it had a six-year run. The game show was hosted by Huw Evans, who also hosted ABC Radio's PM program for over a decade.

SBS revealed it will strip the format at 6pm weeknights.

Mediaweek

posted 11/20/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Awwwwwwwwwwww...."

posted 11/20/18

"I'm a Celeb" Returns to 11.9m... without Ant
Audience Is Up from Last Year
From Campaign Live

ITV scored its biggest viewing figures this year outside the World Cup as I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! returned for its 18th series.

The game show attracted a 51% viewing share on 18 November as viewers tuned in to watch Holly Willoughby's debut as Declan Donnelly's co-presenter. Willoughby has replaced Ant McPartlin, one half of the Ant & Dec duo, who is taking time out to focus on his health after being admitted to rehabiliation in March.

I'm a Celebrity… yielded an 11.9 million audience peak, the highest-rating launch episode since 2013, and averaged 11 million – up from 10.3 million last year.

Campaign Live

posted 11/19/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Really, Nick?"

  • FIRST LOOK: RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular (Broadway World)

  • Meredith Ahr promoted to Channing Dungey's position (The Futon Critic)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Colton Underwood: "Spoiler alert: I'm back" (Reality TV World)

  • ... meanwhile... "The Bachelor" mansion reportedly slightly damaged after the recent California fires (US Weekly)

  • Jenny Ryan believes in Anne Hegerty on "I'm a Celebrity" (Female First) ... and so should you, darn it. (Brinkwire)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Snoop Dogg (Variety)

posted 11/19/18

Meet the Champions!
AGT The Champions Premieres January 7
From the Futon Critic

NBC has announced the first group of world-renowned, superstar acts who will compete on the all-new winter edition of TV's #1 alternative series, "America's Got Talent: The Champions," premiering Monday, Jan. 7 from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT.

The series, from NBC, Syco Entertainment and Fremantle, will feature the star-studded judges panel from "America's Got Talent" - executive producer Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel - as well as new host Terry Crews, star of NBC's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

"America's Got Talent: The Champions" will bring together the world's most talented, memorable and all-around fan favorite acts from past seasons of "AGT" and around the globe from the other "Got Talent" franchises," spanning 194 territories. These all-star acts, which include former winners and finalists, will once again take the stage to compete in a massive global competition with the hopes of claiming the ultimate title of World Champion.

Global champions include singers Susan Boyle ("Britain's Got Talent" 2009 finalist) and Kechi ("AGT" 2017 finalist); magicians Shin Lim ("AGT" 2018 winner), Piff the Magic Dragon ("AGT" 2015 finalist) and Issy Simpson ("Britain's Got Talent"2017 finalist); opera singers Prince Poppycock ("AGT" 2010 finalist), Paul Potts ("Britain's Got Talent"2007 winner) and the Texas Tenors ("AGT" 2009 finalist); comedians Tom Cotter ("AGT" 2012 finalist) and Taylor Williamson ("AGT" 2013 runner-up); comedic mime Tape Face ("AGT" 2016 finalist); ventriloquists Darci Lynne Farmer ("AGT" 2017 winner) and Paul Zerdin ("AGT" 2015 winner); dance groups Attraction ("Britain's Got Talent"2013 winner), Justice Crew ("AGT" 2010 winner) and Light Balance ("AGT" 2017 finalist); dance duo Moonlight Brothers ("Denmark's Got Talent" 2018 winner); sand artist Kseniya Simonova ("Ukraine's Got Talent" winner); contortionist Sofie Dossi ("AGT" 2016 finalist); dancing roller skaters Billy and Emily England ("AGT" 2017 finalist); Kid DJ, DJ Arch Jnr ("South Africa's Got Talent" 2015 winner); dog act Sara and Hero ("AGT" 2017 finalist); jump ropers DDF Crew (Holland's Got Talent 2012 winner and Belgium's Got Talent 2016 semi-finalist); knife-throwing act Deadly Games ("AGT" 2016 finalist); and ladder trick act Uzeyer Novruzov ("AGT" 2010 finalist).

The Futon Critic

TV Line

posted 11/16/18

A Mighty Host!
"Love Island" Veteran Hosts Confetti UK
From Deadline

Love Island star Samira Mighty is to host the British remake of Facebook Watch's interactive game-show Confetti.

Thames is set to remake Facebook Watch's interactive game-show Confetti in the UK as the social media platform adapts the show in five markets around the world.

Mighty, who appeared on the most recent season of the breakout ITV2 reality series, will host the show, which is launching in the UK on Monday November 19. It will air weekdays at 1:30pm local time.

Mighty said, "I'm so excited to be presenting this fun new show. It's a game-show where you can win big money in your lunch break. Anyone can play and will have a chance of winning up to £10,000. The questions are all based around pop culture trivia and you can also play with your friends. I can just imagine people getting together in their lunch breaks, having fun and winning a bit of extra bit of cash for drinks after work. And as it's all on Facebook it makes it easy to play too. Please do watch and play along with me, you'd be crazy not to."


Deadline

Metro

posted 11/16/18

THURSDAY: Another NFL Win
Fox Takes Another TNF Win
From Deadline

FOX (11.682 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1) continued its Thursday reign thanks to its coverage of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (10.405 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (11.938 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1).

CBS (7.854 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then took home the silver with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.368 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #3), "Young Sheldon" (10.748 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4), "Mom" (7.916 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6), "Murphy Brown" (5.928 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "SWAT" (5.082 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Next up was ABC (5.442 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its fall finales from "Grey's Anatomy" (7.265 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5), "Station 19" (5.907 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.153 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.125 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up fresh installments from "Superstore" (3.269 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "The Good Place" (2.663 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "Will & Grace" (2.933 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14), "I Feel Bad" (1.901 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.991 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

And finally on The CW (1.256 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5), new episodes of "Supernatural" (1.444 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) and "Legacies" (1.069 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #17) rounded out the night.

On cable... .

- Keep It Spotless (Nick): 818k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 768k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/16/18

Minute to Win It to Return to Philippines
Edu Manzano to Host
From Inquirer.net

Television host Luis Manzano on Monday received a surprise from his "Minute to Win It" family for the game show's return to ABS-CBN.

In an Instagram post, Manzano shared a video of his dressing room filled with blue balloons and a message posted on the wall.

The message wrote: "Your MTWI family is looking forward to start the longest season of the 60 second circle. Welcome back Luis!"

"So this happened today ;) Minute To win it ;) coming soon!" Manzano said in the caption.

The game show hosted by Manzano first aired in 2013. Its second season aired in 2016 and ran until May 2017.

In "Minute to Win It," contestants take part in 60-second challenges that use household objects. It was based on an American game show of the same name.

Inquirer.net

posted 11/16/18

Valerie Bertinelli Starts the Family Food
"Family Food Showdown" to Play in 2019 on Food
From Broadway World

Variety reports that actress Valerie Bertinelli has signed a multi-series deal with Food Network. Bertinelli will host "Family Food Showdown," a family-focused competition show.

In the series, two families will vie for a $10,000 prize over three rounds of cooking challenges. Production on the 13 hour-long episodes will begin in December with the series set to launch in 2019.

Bertinelli will also work on "Kids Baking Championship," in which she cooks and shares tips with the contestants. "With 'Family Food Showdown,' we are excited to showcase talented families cooking and coming together in a creative, competitive series that will also spotlight the role of family dynamics in how these teams work together, for better or worse, in their bid for the prize and family pride," said Courtney White, general manager and executive vice president of programming of Food Network and HGTV, in a prepared statement.

"Our viewers have come to enjoy Valerie's warmth in THE KITCHEN and her unique charm and mentorship with the next generation of bakers on 'Kids Baking Championship,' and with this expanded presence on Food Network, fans can look forward to more to come." .

Broadway World

Variety

posted 11/16/18

Millionaire Gets Slotted
New Machines Coming 2019
From InterGame

Online and mobile casino and sportsbook LeoVegas has exclusively launched the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? slot game from Big Time Gaming.

The game will sit on the LeoVegas website for a two-week period, up to November 28, 2018. The slot game makes branded content more engaging by merging the patented Megaways and Dual Reaction formats with Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?.

The Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? slot provides the tension of the game show in the form of a highly playable slot machine. The game includes a free spin gamble that puts players in the hot seat to gamble up their bonus free spins. In the V-Gamble Hot Seat, gamers are able to gamble up to 50 free spins prior to the free spins.

Meghna Khanna, marketing manager at LeoVegas, said: "With the exclusive launch of the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? slot game, LeoVegas is once again proving itself as the first with the latest – leading the way in bringing customers the newest, most innovative gaming experiences. "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? is a much-loved TV show, and we're sure fans will enjoy the visually engaging slot game. The game is easy to play with a simple learning curve to suit all player types, from small to seasoned players, the game offers something for everyone.".

Intergame

posted 11/16/18

Ex2: Exes United
New Season Drops on MTV December 20
From Reality TV World

MTV has announced the winter premiere date for Season 2 of Ex on the Beach, which will feature a cast comprised primarily of familiar faces from reality television.

Ex on the Beach, which was made famous on MTV UK and debuted in the U.S. in April 2018, will premiere its second season on Thursday, December 20 at 8PM ET/PT.

The show will begin with 11 singles, many of whom have starred on Survivor, The Bachelorette, Big Brother, Bad Girls Club, Teen Mom, The Challenge, Are You The One?, and Fire Island. The new cast of celebrities will arrive in paradise in search of love only to be blindsided by their exes, or multiple exes, face-to-face. As 17 former lovers show up -- half of whom also have reality TV ties -- the daters must decide whether to rekindle a past flame or move on with a new prospect.

Actor and rapper, Romeo Miller, will return as host of the series, which was filmed in Malibu Beach.

Reality TV World

posted 11/16/18


GAMES GONE BY: The $1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime
Season 3 is a Magic Number
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

"If you've got the brains, Chuck has the looks...so let's make lots of money" was probably the pitch for this "Games Gone By..." to FOX executives trying to fire the first retaliatory salvo in the "Million Dollar Game Show Wars". But can its unique gameplay counter the amount of tension the rest of the show provided? Chris Wolvie has the need...to tell you about "Greed".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 11/16/18


Facebook

ED TOUTANT: 1951-2018
Quizzing Legend Played "Millionaire", "Jeopardy!"
From GSNN staff

It's our sad duty to inform you that our friend Ed Toutant passed away after a courageous battle with cancer.

Toutant, a resident of Austin, TX, was known for a round in 2001 of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" wherein he was given a bad question on the $16,000 level of the Mega Millionaire stunt. He was invited back later that year, where he proceeded to go all the way on this question...

During WWII, U.S. soldiers used the first commercial aerosol cans to hold what? '50:50' lifeline used
• A: Cleaning fluid
• B: Antiseptic
• C: Insecticide
• D: Shaving cream

Toutant won the million, plus $860,000 for the bonus he was contesting.

Previously, Toutant was a player on Jeopardy! and The Challengers in the early 1990s. He generously mentored many other aspiring game show contestants, and acted as a consultant on the IBM Watson Jeopardy! project. He competed in the acclaimed CU Boulder Trivia Bowl for 34 consecutive years, and made many deep and lasting friendships there.

A Trivia Hall of Fame inductee in 2018, Toutant became a fixture on the national and international circuit, competing in the Trivia Conference of North America, among others.

Ed was loved and admired for his generosity, humility, intellect, loyalty and sense of humor and fun. At his core, Ed was deeply connected to his family. He was particularly interested in the lives of his nieces and nephews and was an enthusiastic supporter of their endeavors. His family could count on him to remember birthdays with an appropriate song or an eccentric post card, to send long and detailed emails in the middle of the night, and always to be the last to leave family gatherings. Ed will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

A memorial fund has been set up at ToutanicFund.org, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting competitions based on answering questions from all areas of knowledge by providing resources to writers, competitors, events, and organizations.

On a personal level, Toutant was one of the first people that this site interviewed. From that came a lasting friendship. We will all miss his amazing intellect, his joie de vivre, and his indomitable spirit. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Ratterman Brothers Mortuary
The Austin Statesman

posted 11/8/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Really, Nick?"

  • Nick Viall is not looking to get back with Kaitlyn any time soon (Reality TV World) while a couple that DID make it through are about to face their greatest fear: parenthood (Reality TV World)

  • TriviaMob calls itself "106 & Park" meets "Jeopardy!", plays Sunday (Cheddar)

  • Channing Dungey leaving ABC (TV Line)

  • Byron Allen, Betty White, Henry Winkler, Rita Moreno to be honored by NATPE (Broadway World)

posted 11/16/18


TV Land

KATHERINE MacGREGOR: 1925-2018
"Little House's" Mrs. Oleson Played "Family Feud"
From TV Line

Actress Katherine MacGregor, best known to TV audiences for her role as town gossiper Harriet Oleson on the long-running family drama Little House on the Prairie, has died at the age of 93.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, MacGregor died on Tuesday at the Motion Picture and Television Fund's retirement home in Los Angeles.

Little House star Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls Wilder) eulogized her former castmate in a touching Instagram post. "This woman taught me so much," Gilbert said. "She was outspoken and hilariously funny. A truly gifted actress as she was able to play a despicable character but with so much heart. Her Harriet Oleson was the woman our fans loved to hate. A perfect antagonist… I really loved her and I find great comfort knowing that she is at peace and, per her beliefs, her soul has moved on to its next incarnation."

MacGregor appeared in all nine seasons of Little House. She reportedly missed the NBC western's 1984 series finale — the TV-movie The Last Farewell — because she was on pilgrimage in India.

Before her nine-year run on Little House, MacGregor's TV credits included guest-starring and bit roles on such series as Mannix, Emergency! and Ironside. Prior to that, she acted on Broadway, off Broadway and in regional theatre in and around New York City. She also played Family Feud.

TV Line
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 11/15/18


The Mad Music Asylum

ROY CLARK: 1933-2018
Country Music Legend Played Hollywood Squares
From TV Line

Roy Clark, best known to TV audiences as co-host of the long-running country music variety series Hee Haw, has died at the age of 85.

According to Variety, Clark passed away in his Tulsa, Okla. home following complications from pneumonia.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, as well as his four children and five grandchildren.

Clark served as co-host of Hee Haw in all three of its incarnations; the series began on CBS in 1969, then transitioned to first-run syndication in 1971, where it ran through 1993. A short-lived revival then aired on the now-defunct TNN from 1996-1997.

Prior to Hee Haw, Clark was a frequent musical guest on some of TV's biggest variety shows, including American Bandstand and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

Additional TV credits included episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies, The Odd Couple and Love, American Style. His game show appearances include The Hollywood Squares and The Game Game. He most recently made an appearance at the 2016 CMA Awards, where he paid tribute to former Hee Haw co-host Buck Owens.

Clark was a Grammy, ACM and CMA award winner, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009. He had nearly two-dozen Top 40 country hits, including "The Tip of My Fingers," "Yesterday, When I Was Young" and "I Never Picked Cotton."

TV Line

posted 11/15/18

WEDNESDAY: Country Strong
ABC Wins Night on CMAs
From the Futon Critic

ABC (10.060 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) surged in front on Wednesday thanks to its telecast of "The 52nd Annual CMA Awards" (10.060 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).

FOX (4.297 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then got bumped to second with new episodes of "Empire" (4.899 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) and "Star" (3.695 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6).

Next up was NBC (6.925 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its trio of "Chicago Med" (7.482 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "Chicago Fire" (7.287 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) and "Chicago PD" (6.006 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.622 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up new episodes from "Survivor: David vs. Goliath" (7.190 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2), "SEAL Team" (5.180 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8) and "Criminal Minds" (4.495 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).

And finally on The CW (0.954 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5), originals from "Riverdale" (1.244 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10) and "All American" (0.663 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.163m
- Keep It Spotless (Nick): 820k
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death (History): 748k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 738k
- Are You the One Reunion (MTV): 466k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 146k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/15/18

Project Runway All-Stars... January
Lifetime Lines Up Final Season
From Yahoo!

While Project Runway is set to return to Bravo for season 17, Lifetime still has one more season of Project Runway All Stars. And it's going to be epic.

ET can exclusively reveal that All Stars will determine the first-ever "world champion of the catwalk" when it welcomes seven foreign champions -- all winners of international editions of Project Runway -- to compete against seven previous winners from the U.S. for its seventh and final season on the network. Contestants include winners from Australia, Brazil, Canada, the Netherlands and the U.K.

Representing the U.S. seasons:
-
Irina Shabayeva from Brooklyn, NY Winner, PR Season 6
- Seth Aaron Henderson from Vancouver, WA Winner, PR Season 7 and All Stars Season 3
- Anya Ayoung-Chee from West Indies Winner, PR Season 9
- Dmitry Sholokhov from New York, NY Winner, PR Season 10 and All Stars Season 4
- Michelle Lesniak from Portland, OR Winner, PR Season 11
- Sean Kelly from Brooklyn, New York Winner, PR Season 13
- Anthony Ryan from San Antonio, TX Winner, All Stars Season 2

Representing the international seasons:
- Juli Grbac from Australia Winner, Project Runway Australia Season 1
- Christina Exie from Australia Winner, Project Runway Australia Season 4
- Cynthia Hayashi from Brazil Winner, Project Runway Brazil Season 1
- Django Steenbakker from the Netherlands Winner, Project Runway Netherlands Season 1
- Jasper Garvida from England Winner, Project Catwalk. Season 3
- Evan Biddell from Canada Winner, Project Runway Canada Season 1
- Sunny Fong from Canada Winner, Project Runway Canada Season 2

Lifetime In addition to a grand prize of $100,000, a fashion spread in Marie Claire, a Brother Sewing and Embroidery studio, a trip for two to London provided by butterLONDON and the opportunity to create a capsule collection with JC Penney, the department store will be selling the winning designs immediately following that week's competition.

Hosted by Alyssa Milano, the series welcomes back longtime judges Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman as well as mentor and Marie Claire editor-in-chief Anne Fulenwider. They will be joined by a roster of A-list guest judges: Debra Messing, Vanessa Williams, Anna Camp, Andrew Rannells, Andrea Riseborough, Cynthia Erivo, Asia Kate Dillon, Wendy Williams, Tamron Hall, Danica Patrick, Disney stars Sofia Carson and Peyton List, designers Reem Acra and Rebecca Minkoff, fashion icon Iris Apfel, models Lily Aldridge, Olivia Culpo, Joan Smalls, Martha Hunt and Jasmine Tookes, and the fiercest judge of all, Nina Garcia.

While the new season marks the last for All Stars on Lifetime, the reality competition will continue on Bravo. However, the upcoming 17th season will also be notably different, with host Heidi Klum and mentor Tim Gunn both departing to partner on a new fashion-themed reality competition for Amazon. They have been replaced by model Karlie Kloss and past Project Runway winner Christian Siriano. Additionally, Zac Posen, who joined the judging panel in season 11, is also leaving the series.

The final season of Project Runway All Stars premieres Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime.

Yahoo!

posted 11/14/18

American Beauty Star... January
Ashley Graham Joins as Host on Lifetime
From the Futon Critic

With the beginning of a new year, comes the opportunity for new looks! Whether it's the perfect cat eye or crown braid, Lifetime's hit beauty competition series, American Beauty Star, has all your glam desires covered with the return of the show beginning Wednesday, January 2 at 10pm ET/PT, following new episodes of Project Runway All Stars.

International superstar model Ashley Graham joins as the new host with celebrity makeup artist Sir John returning as mentor and a new panel of judges that include the world's original supermodel Christie Brinkley, Cosmopolitan's Chief Beauty Director Leah Wyar, and world acclaimed celebrity fashion and beauty photographer Yu Tsai for 13 all-new episodes.

Created by Herrick Entertainment, American Beauty Star season two features fourteen hair and makeup artists who will compete in a series of intense challenges, from creating high-end editorial looks to the latest red carpet and runway-ready beauty trends. The stakes are even higher this season as the contestants will be responsible for executing every aspect of their look from hair to makeup and everything in between. Each judge will use their unique expertise and decide who stays in and who packs up their brushes in each episode, leading to an explosive LIVE season finale event where viewers from across the country will vote for their favorite artist and help determine who will be the next American Beauty Star.

Revlon is the exclusive beauty sponsor across all categories including cosmetics, beauty tools and Revlon Professional hair products.

The winner of American Beauty Star will receive over $100,000 in cash and prizes including a $50,000 contract as a Consulting Beauty Artist with Revlon, an editorial feature in Cosmopolitan magazine, an all-expenses paid trip to New York City to see the hit Broadway musical, "Waitress," $10,000 worth of JTV jewelry and an opportunity to design their own signature collection of Zenni Eyewear.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/14/18

The Bachelor... January
Colton Underwood's Search for Love Begins on ABC
From the Futon Critic

Colton Underwood burst onto the scene during season 14 of "The Bachelorette." It was his good looks, love for dogs and vulnerability that charmed not only Bachelorette Becca Kufrin, but all of Bachelor Nation. This former NFL player made a play for Becca's heart but was sadly sent home after professing he had fallen in love. Now Colton is back and ready to capture hearts across America yet again when he returns for another shot at love as the star of the 23rd season of ABC's hit romance reality series "The Bachelor," premiering MONDAY, JAN. 7 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

During its 22nd season, ABC's "The Bachelor" dominated its 2-hour time period among Adults 18-49 and stood as Monday's No. 1 television series with Adults 18-34 and Women 18-34.

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 11/14/18

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

NBC (7.769 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the top adults 18-49 draw on Tuesday thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (8.796 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2), "This Is Us" (8.458 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "New Amsterdam" (6.053 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

CBS (9.662 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then took home the silver with its dramas "NCIS" (12.328 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "FBI" (9.124 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.535 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9). Next up was

ABC (4.413 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and originals from "The Conners" (6.901 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "The Kids Are Alright" (4.696 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "Black-ish" (4.060 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "Splitting Up Together" (2.892 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "The Rookie" (3.964 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.371 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up fresh installments of "The Gifted" (1.967 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "Lethal Weapon" (2.775 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, The CW (1.325 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the evening with new episodes of "The Flash" (1.712 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "Black Lightning" (0.938 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.097m
- Real Country (P/USA): 1.007m
- Keep It Spotless (Nick): 953k
- The Challenge: Final Reckoning (MTV): 828k
- Ink Master: Grudge Match (Paramount): 517k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/14/18

Netflix Gets Its Hustle On
Network Greenlights Rap Competition with Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, TI
From Deadline

Netflix is officially throwing its hat in the singing competition reality series arena with the hip-hop-themed Rhythm & Flow, from John Legend, Jesse Collins and Jeff Gaspin. Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, and T.I. have been tapped to serve as the three main judges and executive produce the show aimed at finding the next breakout hip-hop star.

The 10-episode hourlong multi-city competition series, which had been in development at Netflix for over a year, is set to premiere in fall 2019. Auditions will begin this fall across the country, including the judges' hometowns of Atlanta, Chicago, and New York. In each audition city, established rappers who hail from that city will serve as guest judges.

Netflix Netflix Jesse Collins executive produces for Jesse Collins Entertainment, along with John Legend, Mike Jackson, and Ty Stiklorius for Get Lifted, Jeff Gaspin for Gaspin Media, as well as Nikki Boella, Jeff Pollack, Cardi B, Chance the Rapper and T.I. Additional audition information can be found at http://www.RhythmAndFlowAuditions.com..

Deadline

posted 11/14/18

NBC Unwraps Games for the Holidays
Get Ready for Special "Game Night", "Game of Games"
From Deadline

Here is a rundown of NBC's holiday plans, with synopses from the network:

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 21
- Hollywood Game Night (8-9 p.m.; repeat Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 9 p.m.) Celebrities will partake in such games as "Block This Way," "Four-Letter Words,"' "Popped Quiz," "Back to Back" and "7 Seconds of Fame."

MONDAY, DEC. 3
- Deal or No Deal: Happy Howie Days (10-11 p.m.) Howie Mandel's hit game show is back after 10 years and he's offering up the possibility of a $1 million holiday present. A family who has overcome all odds, an incredible adoption story and a player who pushes the limits to bring life-changing money home for the holidays. The series premieres Wednesday, Dec. 5 on CNBC.

TUESDAY, DEC. 11
- Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas (9-10 p.m.) Winner of the 2017 season of "America's Got Talent," Darci Lynne Farmer will celebrate the holidays Oklahoma style with her puppets and guests Kristin Chenoweth, Toby Keith, Hunter Hayes, Pentatonix and Lindsey Stirling.
- Hollywood Game Night (10-11 p.m.) Hosted by Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch, episode will play holiday-themed games between teams that include Jameela Jamil ("The Good Place"), Lauren Ash ("Superstore") and Tony Hale ("Arrested Development").

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12
- Ellen's Game of Games (8-9 p.m.; repeat Thursday, Dec. 20 at 10 p.m.) A holiday edition of last season's #1 new alternative series.
- Little Big Shots (9-10 p.m.) The Steve Harvey-hosted series returns to celebrate the holiday season with fan-favorite acts that include Angelica Hale, Miles Caton and more.

MONDAY, DEC. 17 America's Got Talent (10-11 p.m.; repeat Friday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m.)
- A holiday edition of the #1 alternative series on television.


Deadline

posted 11/14/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Losing Horns"

  • Drew Carey calls it quits with his fiance (PopCulture)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS BLEEP UP: A TV host, a former X Factor finalist, a Chaser, and Captain Jack are heading to the jungle (Essex Live)

  • Snoop Dogg to get star #420 on the Hollyweed Walk of Fame (WTOP-AM Washington)

  • Lauren Bushnell on the rebound (Us Weekly)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Deal or No Deal to double up first two weeks (Broadway World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Sharon Carpenter (Desi Blitz)

posted 11/14/18

I Have To Go Back to the Island...
USA to Drop Reboot of "Temptation Island" January 15
From the Futon Critic

Today, USA Network announced that it will reboot one of the buzziest reality shows in television history: TEMPTATION ISLAND.

The 10-episode series, produced by Banijay Studios North America, will premiere on Tuesday, January 15 at 10/9c. Mark L. Walberg, who hosted the original series that premiered in 2001, is set to return as host. TEMPTATION ISLAND follows four dating couples at a pivotal time in their relationship, where they must mutually decide if they are ready to commit to one another for the rest of their lives -- or should go their separate ways.

Together, the couples travel to the tropical paradise of Maui, Hawaii, where they join 24 eligible men and women. There, they live the "single life," in a test that is meant to help answer their most difficult questions about their relationship.

David Goldberg, CEO, Banijay Studios North America, comments: "In a period of revival television, the return of TEMPTATION ISLAND, a show that leapt onto the scene with equal parts ratings bang and media attention, makes all the sense in the world. TEMPTATION ISLAND retains key format elements, but a concerted effort was made to populate the island with singles genuinely looking for love whose personalities are appealing to the four couples who are questioning the long term viability of their relationships. TEMPTATION ISLAND has never been more relevant because in so many ways it mirrors the way singles and couples navigate today's myriad of options to connect."

"As cable's #1 entertainment network for 12 years and running, USA is home to some of the most-talked about shows on TV," said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. "Our reboot of TEMPTATION ISLAND is sure to spark intrigue, debate and conversation for a whole new generation of viewers."

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 11/13/18

SYNDIES: Week 8
Results for the Week Ending November 4
From TV Newscheck

The top-tier talkers were syndication's hottest sector in the session ending Nov. 4, which marked the first full week of the traditional November sweep survey period. Dr. Phil rose to the occasion and came up with the right medicine to lead the chat pack, topping the talk shows for the 113th consecutive frame with a six-week high 3.0 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, up 3% from the previous appointment.

In access, Family Feud outplayed the game shows with a 5% advance to a new season-high 6.4. Among magazines, TMZ and Page Six TV were the only two shows moving up, with the former recovering 20% to a 1.2, tying the steady Access and Page Six TV surging 17% to match its season-high 0.7 with a 33% leap in the coveted women 25-54 demo.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.4* +5%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.1* +3%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.1 NC
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 +7%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 11/13/18

MONDAY: Playoffs?
"The Voice" Helps NBC To the Win
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.005 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) held off the competition on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (8.958 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "Manifest" (6.100 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2).

ABC (7.054 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the silver draw with originals from "Dancing with the Stars" (7.321 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and "The Good Doctor" (6.521 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

Next up was CBS (5.747 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with fresh installments from "The Neighborhood" (6.139 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "Happy Together" (4.535 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Magnum P.I." (5.470 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "Bull" (6.434 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.885 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for repeats of "The Resident" (2.761 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "9-1-1" (3.008 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, The CW (1.442 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) served up new episodes of "Arrow" (1.582 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.302 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12).

On cable...
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (Food): 1.133m


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/13/18

Today: Ripkord.TV's Grand Coming Out Party
After a Soft Open Summer, the "Twitch Meets Game Show Network" App Launches
From CNET

Another HQ Trivia-like app is in the game.

Ripkord.tv on Tuesday launched an interactive entertainment app that integrates mobile gaming, social media and live streaming.

The company rolled out five live game shows that let viewers participate, including games similar to a trivia bowl and a scavenger hunt.

Similar to HQ Trivia, Ripkord is offering money to viewers who compete and win.

"Our belief is that thousands to millions of people playing together can create unique entertainment experiences that have never been done before," Todd Peterson, founder and CEO of Ripkord.tv, said in a statement. "To put it simply we are 'Twitch meets Game Show Network.'"

Peterson and CTO Neil Harris founded Ripkord.tv in 2018. The pair also created the daily fantasy esports platform AlphaDraft that FanDuel acquired in 2015. Peterson and Harris are both vets of the esports industry.

The Ripkord.tv app is available free in the Apple App Store for devices running iOS 10.0 or later, and in Google Play for Android devices running version 4.4 and up. Its five games are Raise the Bar, In or Out, Word Up, Fast Facts and The Hunt.

CNET
Gamasutra

Variety

posted 11/13/18

WEEKEND: Veteran's Day Weekend
"Hell's Kitchen" Helps Fox to Demo Win, Split with CBS
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.133 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was still the demo champ on Friday with originals from "Last Man Standing" (6.332 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1), "The Cool Kids" (4.551 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and "Hell's Kitchen" (2.826 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

CBS (7.634 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then took home the silver with its trio of "MacGyver" (6.481 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.497 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Blue Bloods" (8.926 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

Next up was ABC (2.543 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and its lineup of "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.086 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7), "Speechless" (2.426 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Child Support" (2.193 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "20/20" (2.682 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.481 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) served up fresh installments of "Blindspot" (2.700 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Midnight, Texas" (1.948 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Dateline NBC" (2.796 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally on The CW (0.532 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5), new episodes of "Dynasty" (0.641 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.423 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15) rounded out the night.

On cable Friday...
- Master of Arms (Discovery): 968k
- Lip Sync Battle Shorties (Nick): 759k
- Double Dare (Nick): 556k

On cable Sunday...
- Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge (Food): 1.058m
- Worst Cooks in America (S/Food): 836k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/13/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Feed the Fight"

  • Guy Fieri is feeding firefighters in the path of the California wildfires (TV Line)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS BLEEP UP: an AGT player was going touring with a ZZ Top member, until... (Brooklyn Vegan)

posted 11/13/18


File photo

STAN LEE: 1922-2018
Marvel Comics Legend Hosted "Who Wants to Be a Superhero"
From Broadway World

Stan Lee, the legendary comic book writer, editor, actor, producer and publisher, has passed away at the age of 95.

According to TMZ, an ambulance rushed to Lee's Hollywood Hills home early Monday morning and he was brought to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he died.

Lee had suffered several illnesses recently, including pneumonia and vision issues.

Known to millions as the man whose superheroes propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the comic book industry, Stan's co-creations include Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and hundreds of others.

He introduced Spider-Man as a newspaper strip which became the most successful of all Syndicated adventure strips having appeared in more than 500 newspapers worldwide.

Stan currently remains Chairman Emeritus of Marvel, as well as a member of the Editorial Board of Marvel Comics. Lee was member of both the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame.

Stan served as host & mentor for two seasons of "Who Wants to Be a Superhero" from 2006 to 2007 for Syfy. He also made appeareances on "Let's Make a Deal", "Jeopardy!", "Hell's Kitchen", "Identity", and "To Tell the Truth"

Lee also made cameo appearances in all of the Marvel movies to-date. Disney's Marvel Studios is one of the largest film franchises ever, with blockbusters like "The Avengers," "Black Panther," and "Guardians of the Galaxy."

Broadway World
TV Line
The Hollywood Reporter
The New York Times

posted 11/12/18

Santa Trish
Game Show Network Celebrates "12 Draws of Christmas"
From Broadway World

Game Show Network's popular daily sweepstakes, Game Show Network DAILY DRAW, is super-sizing for the holidays by giving away up to $25,000 throughout its "Twelve Draws of Christmas." On weeknights from Monday, December 10 through Tuesday, December 25 at 7 p.m. ET, host Trish Suhr will announce which twelve lucky viewers will win cash prizes ranging from $750 to $10,000!

To play, viewers need to watch Game Show Network for the code word each weeknight from 8 pm - 2 am and then enter the code word online at https://www.gsntv.com/sweepstakes/dailydraw/ or send in a postcard for a chance to win. For more information go to gsntv.com/dailydraw/rules/.

Broadway World

posted 11/12/18

Mile Run
Tim Tebow to Host "Million Dollar Mile" for CBS
From The Futon Critic

Tim Tebow, former college football champion and NFL quarterback, will serve as host of MILLION DOLLAR MILE, a new 10-episode high-stakes physical competition series on the CBS Television Network. Matt "Money" Smith, the voice of the L.A. Chargers play-by-play, and Maria Taylor, ESPN host and reporter, will serve as commentators.

The series comes from executive producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan with Fly on the Wall Entertainment and LeBron James and Maverick Carter with SpringHill Entertainment, as well as Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television.

"Watching good people compete at their highest ability is always inspirational to me," said Tebow. "MILLION DOLLAR MILE is a show that does just that - it motivates, thrills, and is aspirational, and I'm excited to be hosting this show."

In this unprecedented television event series, contestants will have the chance to win $1,000,000 every time they run the Million Dollar Mile. Standing in their way is the most challenging course ever designed and a group of elite athletes with one mission: to stop the contestants from winning the money at all costs. Currently, the series is in production in Los Angeles for broadcast on the CBS Television Network.

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 11/12/18

Yaaaaaaass All Star Judges!
New All-Stars Drag Race Returns December
From the Futon Critic

Following the record-breaking tenth season of VH1's "RuPaul's Drag Race," which just became the first show to ever win an Emmy(R) Award in both the Outstanding Reality-Competition Program and Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program categories in the same year, VH1 has announced the queens returning to the mainstage to compete in the fourth season of "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars."

VH1 today announced the guest judges set to join the highly anticipated fourth season of "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars." RuPaul will be joined by a star-studded line-up of celebrities, alongside show regulars Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley, and Ross Mathews, as they decide who will stay, lip-sync for their legacy, or "sashay away." "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" follows the record-breaking tenth season of VH1's "RuPaul's Drag Race," which just became the first show to ever win an Emmy(R) Award in both the Outstanding Reality-Competition Program and Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program categories in the same year. The series will return to the runway with supersized 90-minute episodes on Friday, December 14th at 8:00 PM ET/PT on VH1. This season's guest judges include Jenifer Lewis, Ciara, Kacey Musgraves, Gus Kenworthy, Keiynan Lonsdale, Zoë Kravitz, Yvette Nicole Brown, Cecily Strong, Rita Ora, Susanne Bartsch, Ellen Pompeo, Frances Bean Cobain, Felicity Huffman, Jason Wu and Erica Ash.

"The fourth season of 'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars' is going to blow. your. mother. tucking. mind.," said three-time Emmy(R) Award-winning host and EP RuPaul. "Satisfaction guaranteed or your henny back." The ten super queens competing to prove that they're ready to become "Drag Race" royalty in the fourth season of "All Stars" include:

- Farrah Moan (Season Nine) Los Angeles, CA | Twitter: @farrahrized, Instagram: @farrahrized Farrah moaned her way through season nine, and your favorite Vegas showgirl is back for "All Stars" four! The cotton candy queen may have gotten lost in her emotions in her season, but on "All Stars," she's ready to highlight (wink) her talents... . She wants to prove to the world that she's more than just a cry baby and take her place on a pink pedestal in the "Drag Race" Hall of Fame!
- Gia Gunn (Season Six) Los Angeles, CA | Twitter: @GiaGunn, Instagram: @gia_gunn Gia Gunn is back, but does she have the firepower to blast her way into the "Drag Race" Hall of Fame? Absolutely. Gia wants to show she's more than sassy catchphrases from season six. She's fully seasoned and ready to snatch that "All Stars" crown!
- Jasmine Masters (Season Seven) Los Angeles, CA | Instagram: @msjasminemasters Her name is Jasmine Masters, and she has something to say... she's here, b*tches! Back for more, on "All Stars" four! Since season seven, Jasmine has gone viral on social media making her the ultimate "meme queen." But Jasmine wants to prove she packs more than a punchline and has the skills to take home the crown.
- Latrice Royale (Season Four and "All Stars" One) Hollywood, FL | Twitter: @LatriceRoyale, Instagram: @latriceroyale She's large and in charge, chunky yet funky... she is Latrice Royale! Latrice competed on season four and as half of "Team Latrila" on "All Stars" one, but she failed to make her way to the top both times. She's back in the werkroom to prove that an OG queen can serve it to the younger queens and finally secure her spot in the "Drag Race" Hall of Fame!
- Manila Luzon (Season Three and "All Stars" One) Los Angeles, CA | Twitter: @manilaluzon, Instagram: @manilaluzon Runner-up on season three and gone-too-soon on "All Stars" one, Manila is back again hoping the third time is the charm. She's got a closet full of campy couture and the comedic chops to make Manila an "All Stars" thrilla, but will it be enough to finally take home the "Drag Race" crown?
- Monét X Change (Season Ten) New York, NY | Twitter: @monetxchange, Instagram: @monetxchange On her season, Monet X Change won the hearts of all and the Miss Congeniality title. Fresh off of season 10, she's back with a fire lit under her padded ass to serve some polished looks and prove she has everything it takes to soak up the "All Stars" crown!
- Monique Heart (Season Ten) Kansas City, MO | Twitter: @IAmMoniqueHeart, Instagram: @iammoniqueheart Monique Heart came to Season 10 with talent, glitter, and Jesus... What she lacked was the funds for a closet full of costumes. Since her season, she's performed all over the world, making that coin and amassing a stunning collection of lerks. Monique is back for "All Stars," reclaiming her time, and vying for a spot in the "Drag Race" Hall of Fame!
- Naomi Smalls (Season Eight) Chicago, IL | Twitter: @naomismallsduh, Instagram: @naomismalls On Season eight, Naomi Smalls put the LEG in "legendary" and stomped her way into the top three. She's back on "All Stars" to prove she can outperform the best of 'em and to show the world you should never underestimate the tall, pretty fashion model.
- Trinity Taylor (Season Nine) Orlando, FL | Twitter: @trinitythetuck, Instagram: @trinitythetuck Trinity Taylor is back as Trinity the Tuck... and this tuck has teeth! On Season nine the pageant queen, with body for days, made us laugh all the way to the top four. But now, full "All Star" confidence, she's here to claim her seat in the "Drag Race" Hall of Fame.
- Valentina (Season Nine) Los Angeles, CA | Twitter: @allofvalentina, Instagram: @allaboutvalentina It's fan favorite, Valentina! She was chopped from season nine for not knowing the words, but since her season, there's no masking her talent. The glamorous, high fashion, Latin American diva is back on "All Stars" for her Telenovela redemption story... . and the "All Stars" crown.

Beginning today at 10:00 AM ET/7:00 AM PT, the reigning "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" winner, Trixie Mattel, will be joined by former "All Stars" finalists Detox and Katya to spill the tea on the new cast of queens in a talk show-style live stream which will be broadcast on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube platforms. Throughout the stream, Trixie will encourage fans to comment on their favorite queen moments and sound off about who they're rooting for. Fans comments will be visualized in a SLAY-O-METER graphic overlay showcasing the volume of social conversation around each queen.
.

The Futon Critic
TV Line

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 11/12/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Kamen Knowledge"

  • FIRST LOOK: The Masked Singer (TV Line)

  • CASTING COUCH: Savannah gets Wheelmobiled (Savannah Morning News)

  • Price Is Right Live! comes to Macon (WMAZ Macon)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: The "Lights" go up November 26 on the new season of "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (Broadway World)

  • Carrie Underwood couldn't sing for a while after her injury (Reality TV World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alex Trebek (Vulture)

posted 11/12/18


Friends of GSNN

SpectrumOneBuzzerblog

TriviaNYCReality Wanted
The Jeopardy! FanRock 104's RockTrax
Home Game EnterprizesQuizzing North America

FlashGames
Bother's Bar
About.com Game Shows
QWIZX.com
The Futon Critic
Reality TV World
Hollywood Junket
Hal Boedeker: the TV Guy
F*** Yeah Game Shows @ Tumblr
GSNtheKnow

Gay Geeks of New York

Copyright Statement
ALL ORIGINAL MATERIAL COPYRIGHT 1999-2016 GAMESHOWNEWSNET.COM. All rights reserved.

No infringement of copyright is intended by these fan pages; production companies of shows this site covers retain all rights to the sounds, images, and information contained herein. No challenge to copyright is implied. 

Web design by Jason Elliott. Logo by Chico Alexander. 
Full Copyright Statement
 

Powered by 1&1 Internet