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"Pointless" Goes Gold
Survey Quiz Wins Prestigious Rose d'Or
From Realscreen
Channel 4′s reality series Gogglebox (pictured) and BBC1 gameshow Pointless picked up top honors at the 53rd annual Rose d’Or Awards.

Organized by Eurovision, the awards – which recognize “the best and most creative TV, online and radio formats worldwide” – were handed out on September 17 at a ceremony in Berlin.

Gogglebox picked up the award for best reality and factual entertainment, beating out Married at First Sight (Snowman Productions) and The Kamaras Love You (Eyeworks).

Meanwhile, topping the arts category was Peter & The Wolf/Pierre et le Loup (Camera Lucida Productions), which won over Inside the Mind of Leonardo (BSkyB) and Music, Maestro (RTP).

Finally, Pointless picked up the game show prize, besting contenders Extraordinary Masters (Brainpool TV GmbH) and The Common Denominator (Armoza Formats).

Realscreen

posted 9/19/14

Thursday: Falcon PUNCH!
CBS Wins and Wins Big
From The Futon Critic
CBS (9.017 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1) was the top draw on Thursday thanks to week two of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (7.887 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (9.243 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1).

The silver then went to NBC (4.384 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) with a special two-hour "The Biggest Loser" (4.575 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) alongside a repeat of "The Mysteries of Laura" (4.001 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4).

Next up was ABC (3.591 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its repeat lineup of "Grey's Anatomy" (3.615 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Scandal" (3.350 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7) and another "Scandal" (3.809 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.089 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up rebroadcasts of "Sleepy Hollow" (2.056 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and another "Sleepy Hollow" (2.122 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.598 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "The Originals" (0.603 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) on The CW (0.600 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable, "Project Runway" scored 2.430 million, leading the charge. Food's "Beat Bobby Flay" cooked up 797,000.  Comedy Central's "@Midnight" finished the week with 614,000.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/19/14

ABC's Got 500 Questions
Network Orders Quiz Show from Mark Burnett, Mike Darnell
From TV by the Numbers
ABC has made a direct-to-series order for a new event game show, “500 Questions” (working title), from Emmy®-winning blockbuster executive producer Mark Burnett and his One Three Media (“Shark Tank,” “Survivor,” “The Voice”) and Warner Horizon Television (“The Voice,” “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette,” “Bachelor in Paradise”). The innovative “genius game show” is the brainchild of Burnett and Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television President Mike Darnell. It is scheduled to air in 2015, with the program testing the smarts — and nerve — of contestants in a pressure-packed, incredibly intense environment.

The series order for “500 Questions” continues ABC’s long and successful relationship with Burnett, who executive produces the network’s Emmy®-winning hit reality program “Shark Tank,” which returns for a sixth season this fall. “500 Questions” also reunites Burnett with Warner Bros.’ Darnell on a new project for the first time since the Burnett-produced game show “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?,” which Darnell put on the air during his tenure at FOX.

“I love this show. It (‘500 Questions’) is the first network game show to combine what audiences love about serialized unscripted hits with a huge game show event. It has ongoing characters and huge stakes,” said executive producer Mark Burnett.

Mike Darnell said, “I couldn’t be more excited to be back in business with my close friend and colleague Mark Burnett. We have done many shows together over the years, but one of our best experiences (both professionally and personally) was ‘Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?,’ and ever since, we have been trying to come up with another game show that would break new ground. I think we have finally cracked it with ‘500 Questions,’ and with Mark and his team on board, I have no doubt this is going to be the next international game show hit.”

Burnett is one the most successful producers in the history of television, with more than 2,900 hours of programming regularly airing in more than 70 countries around the world. Recent series produced by Burnett and One Three Media include “Shark Tank” on ABC, “The Voice” (in association with Warner Horizon Television) and “Celebrity Apprentice” on NBC, and “Survivor” on CBS. He also produced the MTV Movie Awards from 2007–2011 and the Primetime Emmy® Awards in 2011, and has produced the People’s Choice Awards since 2010.

Burnett and wife, Roma Downey, also produced the hit 10-hour miniseries “The Bible,” which set ratings records for History Channel in the U.S. and became a worldwide phenomenon, also ranking as the best-selling miniseries of all time on DVD. On the heels of its success, NBC commissioned the follow-up miniseries “A.D.: Beyond the Bible,” which will debut in 2015.

TV by the Numbers
Sydney Morning Herald
Realscreen
Entertainment Weekly
Los Angeles Times
Variety
B&C
Hollywood Reporter
The Wrap
TV Line
World Screen

posted 9/19/14

Million Dollar Math
Sarah Manchester Becomes "Wheel's" Third Millionaire
From Sony PR
On Wednesday night, Sarah Manchester, a math teacher from Silver Spring, Md., became the third contestant to win the $1 million dollar grand prize on Wheel of Fortune.

“This is a once in a lifetime event,” said an excited Manchester following her win. “I’m just soaking in every minute of it!”

Manchester’s $1,017,490 win did not come easy. The game was close with only $6,000 separating the first and third place finishes. Manchester solved the Prize Puzzle, winning a trip to the Dominican Republic and then brilliantly solved the third Toss Up Puzzle, “The Pacific Ocean,” with just a few letters revealed.

Going into the Bonus Round Manchester was so caught up in the moment she forgot she was going to be playing for the chance at $1 million dollars. “Oh, I forgot!” she said when host Pat Sajak reviewed her winnings with her. However, there were no problems when the bonus round puzzle “Loud Laughter” was revealed. “I saw it right away, so I called the letters and was able to solve pretty easily,” said Manchester of her winning solve.

The big win came during Wheel of Fortune’s “Teacher’s Week,” which kicked off the 32nd season of America’s Game®.

The $1 million dollar grand prize wedge was added to the Wheel in 2008, at the beginning of the show’s 26th season. If a contestant collects the wedge, solves the puzzle and makes it to the Bonus Round without hitting bankrupt, the top $100,000 cash prize is replaced by $1 million dollars on the Bonus Round Wheel. The first $1 million dollar grand prize was won by Michelle Lowenstein in October of 2008 and the second by Autumn Erhard in May of 2013.

Manchester is a middle school math teacher and coach of the math team at Tacoma Park Middle School, the same middle school she attended as a child. She has had a lot of practice solving Wheel of Fortune puzzles, having watched with her parents growing up and now challenging her own kids with cash prizes for each puzzle they solve before she does. Manchester was joined at the show’s taping by her father, Paul; husband, Dan; and children Alden and Raina.

“What a way to start the season,” said Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak following the win.

During the show’s closing segment, Sajak asked the newly minted millionaire if being a math teacher she had calculated the probability of winning the million dollars to which she gushed, “I assessed that the probability was low, but even unlikely events sometimes happen!”

Wednesday Replay
Uproxx
Calgary Herald
Cinema Blend
Washington Post
WLTI Live Extra - Interview with Sarah Manchester

posted 9/19/14

Tuesday: Talented? Yep.
"Dancing" #1 Show, NBC's the #1 Network
From The Futon Critic
NBC (9.352 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with an "America's Got Talent" (5.305 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) recap followed by a new two-hour "America's Got Talent" (11.375 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1).

CBS (5.652 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then claimed the silver with a special "Big Brother 16" (6.872 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) alongside repeats of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.395 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8) and "Person of Interest" (4.688 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9).

Next up was FOX (2.701 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with a new "Utopia" (2.496 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) followed by the season premiere of "New Girl" (3.061 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) and "The Mindy Project" (2.753 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5).

Meanwhile, ABC (6.181 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up its "Dancing with the Stars" (12.281 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) results show, a repeat "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (3.016 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and "20/20: From Hell" (3.244 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.115 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "Supernatural" (0.960 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) closed out the evening over on The CW (1.037 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable, "Ink Master" was the top demo draw, but had an audience of 1.372 million to 1.321 for "Face Off". "Chopped" won over 1.163 million to 877,000 for "Wizard Wars". "@midnight" stayed up to 652,000. Two episodes of "IdioTest" averaged 345,500.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV Media Insights

posted 9/17/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Torn Apart"

  • BBC1 gets complaint on "Prized Apart" (Broadcast)
     
  • Nissan drives into partnership with "The Voice" (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Julia Volkova (one-half of faux lesbian pop duo t.A.T.u) was on the Ukrainian version of "The Moment of Truth", and all the things she said all the things she said running through her head running through her head running through her head about gay men didn't go over well (Holy Moly)
     
  • Marco Antonio Regil putting his Santa Monica home up for $2.2 million (Los Angeles Times)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Let's Ask America heads to Bakersfield (KERO Bakersfield)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: 10 answers that game show hosts had that matter (Huffington Post)

posted 9/19/14

Wednesday: It's Magic! It's Mystery! It's NBC!
"AGT" Final, "Mysteries of Laura" Take Peacock to #1
From The Futon Critic
NBC (11.463 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with the two-hour season finale of "America's Got Talent" (11.980 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) followed by the premiere of "The Mysteries of Laura" (10.428 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3).

CBS (5.616 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) then snagged the silver with its mix of "Big Brother 16" (6.648 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), "Criminal Minds" (4.748 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) and "Extant" (5.453 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

Next up was FOX (3.960 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) with a new "Hell's Kitchen" (3.889 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) alongside the launch of "Red Band Society" (4.030 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.212 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up repeats of "The Middle" (3.964 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "The Goldbergs" (3.476 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), "Modern Family" (3.598 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7), another "Modern Family" (3.964 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) and "Nashville" (2.137 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.597 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and a repeat "The 100" (0.662 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) closed out the evening over on The CW (1.130 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/18/14

@Midnight @NewYorkCity
Catch Special NY Comedy Festival Shows in November!
From The Futon Critic
For the first time since its wildly successful launch, Comedy Central's newest late night hit "@midnight," produced by Funny Or Die, will hit the road this fall, trading Silicon Beach for Silicon Alley. The social media sensation joins the stellar lineup of the 2014 New York Comedy Festival to tape a week of shows which will air Monday, November 3 through Thursday, November 6 at Midnight ET/PT.

Hosted by Chris Hardwick (@nerdist), the special NYCF week of episodes will include visual and textual nods to New York and feature a coterie of comedians playing fan favorites such as #HashtagWars, Rapid Refresh and Sweet Emoji. The "@midnight" tapings will be filmed at ABC Television Center on Manhattan's Upper West Side and fans may request free tickets at www.nycomedyfestival.com.

"Sure, we get a lot of comedians to come onto our show in Los Angeles, but we felt in order to get the choicest, juiciest comedy specimens we needed to go straight to the nest where they live and breed-The New York Comedy Festival," said Hardwick.

"@midnight" leads viewers down the ultimate internet wormhole with a rotating lineup of today's top comedians battling nightly to determine who has the funniest take on the day's social media and pop culture. Using social media as the catalyst and a fake game show as the setting, "@midnight" challenges comedians to win the Internet by slashing the craziest, most absurd news and posts that social media has to offer: from the latest celebrity Instagram shots to the creepiest Craigslist posting to Buzzspeed lists and infamous #HashtagWars.

On-air the series is averaging 775,000 total viewers each night and ranks #3 in all of late night with Men 18-34, Men 18-24 and People 18-24. "@midnight" also reaches the youngest (median age: 32 years) and most male (69%) audience of any late night talk show. (source: Nielsen via MultiTrak, 6/30/14-9/07/14; most current Data, premieres only median age based on P2+).

The Futon Critic

posted 9/17/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Games Are ALWAYS Better Together"

  • Craig Ferguson used to jam with Peter Capaldi. On acid. Talk about a trip through time and space (Unreality TV) PLUS a Brutally Honest Review of "Celebrity Name Game" (AZ Central)
     
  • Michael Vine growing out of All3Media (TBI Vision)
     
  • Celebrity Squares takes 20 percent of its audience to block (Broadcast)
     
  • "Danger Mouse" just got a little "Pointless"; Alexander Armstrong voices the superspy in the reboot (Animation Magazine)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Let's Make a Deal (Broadway World) & The Price Is Right (Broadway World)
     
  • TVGN gets Popped (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Live from New York... It's Darrell Hammond! (The Futon Critic)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani in an epic lip sync battle (YouTube)
     
  • Josh Kaufman becomes The Voice... of Pippin on Broadway (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • Everything you know about Michael Johns' death is wrong. Allegedly (TMZ)

posted 9/18/14

Wednesday: Unleash Hell
POTUS Can't Stop Fox from Taking Demo from NBC, NBC Wins Night
From the Futon Critic
FOX (4.247 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) slipped into the top spot on Wednesday with the return of "Hell's Kitchen" (4.209 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4) followed by "FOX News Special" (3.857 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8), "Hell's Kitchen" (4.033 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4) and another "Hell's Kitchen" (4.926 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4).

NBC (7.986 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then had to settle for second place with a recap of "America's Got Talent" (6.848 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9) alongside its "NBC News Special" (10.671 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "America's Got Talent" (10.452 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3), "Taxi Brooklyn" (4.680 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #17) and "America's Got Talent/Taxi Brooklyn" (8.415 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7).

Next up was CBS (4.565 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its lineup of "Big Brother 16" (6.944 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1), "CBS News Special" (3.811 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T15), "Under the Lights" (2.014 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T20), "Under the Lights/Extant" (3.438 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.6, #19) and "Extant" (4.241 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #18).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.838 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up its repeat-driven mix of "The Middle" (4.309 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T13), "The Goldbergs" (3.886 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T13), "ABC News Special" (4.385 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9), "Modern Family" (3.866 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9), "Modern Family/Shark Tank" (3.498 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12) and "Shark Tank" (3.084 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T15).

And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.761 million viewers, #21; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T20) and a repeat "The 100" (0.642 million viewers, #22; adults 18-49: 0.2, #22) closed out the night over on The CW (1.201 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable, "@midnight" attracted 708,000. "Top Chef Duels" barely edged it out with 719,000. The star of the night: Fox Sports 1's "The Ulttimate Fighter" with 2.54 million.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic

posted 9/17/14

The Moustache Is Back!
Catch Season 31 of "Jeopardy!" September 15
From People
Get ready, America. Jeopardy!‘s long-lost star is making a triumphant return.

When Alex Trebek shaved off his distinctive mustache in 2001 after more than 30 years of his signature look, the country mourned the loss of an icon.

But it’s time to put champagne on ice and get your noisemakers ready, because when the long-running game show (now in its 31st season) returns next week, viewers can toast to the return of the TV host’s famous facial hair.

“In 2001, I shaved my mustache on a whim,” he tells PEOPLE exclusively. “This year I had a two-and-a-half-month period where we were not taping a show, so I grew it back on another whim. I like to keep my life simple.”

But will it stay? Trebek is putting his facial hair future in the hands of fans. He's asking viewers to weigh in on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtags #KeepItTrebek or #ShaveItTrebek.

No word on how long you have to persuade the game show host. So if you have a strong opinion either way, get online and weigh in!

Among the highlights:
- Arthur Chu and Julia Collins return to take on 13 other champions in the $100,000 Tournament of Champions
- The annual event weeks with the Teen Tournament, College Championship, Teacher's Tournament, and Kids' Week.

People
Esquire
WTMA-AM Charleston
USA Today
KFSN Fresno

posted 9/17/14

"Game Plane" Cleared for Takeoff
Catch It This Weekend, Check Local Listings
From MarketWatch
Allegiant ALGT, -1.40% announced today, in partnership with Alpine Labs, the premiere of THE GAME PLANE, the world's first game show to be filmed entirely in-flight with real passengers competing in real time to win prizes on the spot.

Part quiz show, part game of chance, THE GAME PLANE features Allegiant passengers on their way to vacation, competing for thousands of dollars in prizes, including all expenses-paid vacations at Las Vegas' most popular luxury resort properties, airfare to Honolulu on Allegiant, Las Vegas show tickets and more. THE GAME PLANE is produced by Alpine Labs and filmed in-flight on Allegiant scheduled service.

"Allegiant prides itself on being an innovator in the airline industry, so the opportunity to be a part of the first-ever in-flight game show is a perfect fit," said Brian Davis, Allegiant Travel Company Vice President of Business Development. "The energetic, fun atmosphere of the show is an extension of our vacation-focused brand, and the amazing prizes won by the contestants -- our passengers -- highlight all of the amazing things our destinations have to offer."

"We are thrilled to partner with Allegiant on this amazing opportunity to showcase a whole new setting for the game show," said Alpine's Kevin Abrams. "Our goal is to remind viewers how much fun going on vacation is and that there are still exciting new ways to visit the game show format. THE GAME PLANE is an example of how we are introducing an original take on production."

The show will premiere on September 20, 2014 and will air in over 75 percent of U.S. television markets on a syndicated network of stations led by the CBS Television Stations group. To view a video preview of the show and a full list of scheduled airings please visit http://gameplane.herokuapp.com.

MarketWatch
Orlando Sentinel
Las Vegas Review Journal
The Game Plane Official Site
USA Today

posted 9/17/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Two Bald Blokes"

  • Michael Davies' "Men In Blazers" jumps to NBCSN September 22 (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Joan Rivers' doctor ... (TMZ)... and the doctor that took a selfie with her as she laid dying (CNN)
     
  • You would have to win AGT TWICE in order to afford Nick Cannon's finale shoes (Entertainment Tonight)
     
  • Frankie Grande says... way... too much (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • "The Price Is Right" Live! heads to Iowa State (Iowa State Daily)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Canada's Smartest Person (SheKnows)
     
  • Is Discovery set to buy out the Hub? (Deadline)

posted 9/17/14

Baggage Road Show
GSN Revives Dating Franchise for 20 Shows; Jerry Springer to Return
From the Futon Critic
GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today a 20-episode order of BAGGAGE ON THE ROAD, a new traveling version of the network's hit series "Baggage." Jerry Springer, host of "Baggage," will host the new iteration, which will travel to four US cities, beginning with Austin, Texas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana in October. The series is set to premiere on GSN in 2015. Additional locations to be announced.

BAGGAGE ON THE ROAD is a half-hour comedic dating game show where one contestant chooses from three potential partners, all of whom come with their own quirky, annoying and sometimes truly shocking physical and emotional "baggage" that could eliminate them from the competition. With Springer guiding the fun, contestants will be required to reveal the various intimate secrets and hidden flaws - housed inside literal suitcases - that typically aren't revealed on a first date. Eventually, only one suitor will win a date with the contestant... as long as that person can also accept the contestant's baggage in a final role-reversal round.

"It's hard to be shocked in my line of work, but I'm continually amazed at how revealing the contestants on the show have been," says Springer. "I'm looking forward to taking this show on the road and seeing how many fun but cringeworthy moments we get from people looking to find love."

"With BAGGAGE ON THE ROAD, GSN is taking production out of the big studio environment and bringing it directly to towns and cities across the US," said GSN's Executive Vice President, Programming, Amy Introcaso-Davis. "Our original 'Baggage' series remains extremely popular and we are thrilled that the one and only Jerry Springer is back to guide us on this unpredictable tour as we uncover who has the most unexpected 'baggage' in your town."

BAGGAGE ON THE ROAD is produced for GSN by Wilshire Studios. Lisa Tucker (Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List) serves as executive producer.

The Futon Critic
Variety
Chicago Tribune
The Hollywood Reporter


"Baggage" will hit the road for GSN
photo courtesy GSN

po
sted 9/16/14

Double the Runway
Catch "All-Stars" October 30, "Threads" October 23
From the Futon Critic
Fourteen of the most talented Project Runway designers return to compete in the biggest and most competitive Project Runway All Stars season ever! In this cutthroat season, former standout designers come back to New York to compete for runway gold in the fourth season of Lifetime(R)'s Project Runway All Stars (#PRAllStars), premiering Thursday, October 30, at 9pm ET/PT.

As the returning designers know, nothing is as it seems on Project Runway All Stars. Before revealing the first challenge, host Alyssa Milano reveals that two former Project Runway winners, Dmitry Sholokhov and Michelle Lesniak, are back, making the competition tougher than ever! TV fashion correspondent and Marie Claire's Senior Fashion Editor Zanna Roberts Rassi returns to mentor the designers as they are judged each week by Isaac Mizrahi and Marchesa's Georgina Chapman.

Some of the biggest names in fashion and entertainment make up this year's A-list celebrity guest judges including Emmy(R) Award nominee Laverne Cox of Orange Is the New Black, Emmy winner Debra Messing, Modern Family's Ariel Winter, Academy Award(R) winner Mira Sorvino, singer Nicole Scherzinger, Emmy-nominated host Cat Deeley, reality stars Snooki and JWoww, celebrity photographer Nigel Barker, QVC(R) program host Lisa Robertson and many others. Designers appearing this season include Betsey Johnson, Michael Bastian, Elie Tahari and Ivanka Trump, and special appearances by Project Runway judges Nina Garcia and Zac Posen.

This season's highlights include a surprise visit to London for a challenge featuring British royalty, a collaboration with Broadway's Wicked: The Musical and the first-ever wedding ceremony live on the runway.

Designers for Project Runway All Stars Season 4 include:

- Samantha Black (Brooklyn, NY) - Season 11, 7th place
- Helen Castillo (Union City, NJ) - Season 12, 5th place
- Fabio Costa (New York, NY) - Season 10, Runner-up
- Gunnar Deatherage (Louisville, KY) - Season 10, 8th place
- Justin LeBlanc (Raleigh, NC) - Season 12, 3rd place
- Michelle Lesniak (Portland, OR) - Season 11, Winner
- Benjamin Mach (New York, NY/Sydney Australia) - Season 11, 11th place
- Chris March (New York, NY) - Season 4, 4th place
- Patricia Michaels (Albuquerque, NM) - Season 11, Runner-up
- Kate Pankoke (Chicago, IL) - Season 11, 9th Place/Season 12, 6th place
- Jay Sario (New York, NY) - Season 7, 4th place
- Dmitry Sholokhov (New York, NY) - Season 10, Winner
- Alexandria von Bromssen (San Mateo, CA) - Season 12, Runner-up
- Sonjia Williams (Woodside, NY) - Season 10, 5th place

The winner of Project Runway All Stars will be given the ultimate in prize packaging, which includes the chance to create their own capsule collection with QVC and appear during QVC's Spring Fashion Week programming; a fashion spread in Marie Claire and a position at the magazine as Contributing Editor for one year; CHI Haircare will send the winner to stay in a luxury spa resort as a special guest at their International conference in Cancun, Mexico, plus product and staff for entire year of runway shows; from Mary Kay, an entire year's worth of beauty products for their fashion shows and professional makeup artist services for their debut show; a cash prize of $150,000 and a complete custom sewing studio to launch the winning line from Brother Sewing and Embroidery.

Last season, Project Runway All Stars posted significant jumps among the key demographics versus season two, including a +13% increase in Total Viewers and Woman 18-49, +9% with Woman 25-54 and +3% in both Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49. Season three also the number unscripted series in its Thursday 9-10p time period among Woman 25-54.

One week earlier, from the producers of Project Runway, skilled teen and tween fashion designers will showcase their gift for style in the new competition series Project Runway: Threads on Lifetime(R), premiering Thursday, October 23, at 10:30pm ET/PT. Beginning the following week, Thursday, October 30, Project Runway: Threads moves to its regular time slot of 10 pm ET/PT. Hosted by Vanessa Simmons (Run's House), Project Runway: Threads will feature judges designer and CFDA member Christian Siriano (Project Runway Season 4 winner), Seventeen Fashion Director Gina Kelly and Accessories Editor Jasmine Snow, and YouTube style guru Ingrid Nilsen (2.5 million YouTube subscribers). The premiere episode features special guests television personality Kelly Osbourne and actress and model Jaime King. Actress, singer and dancer Zendaya will also make a guest appearance this season. The eight-episode series was filmed in Los Angeles at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM).

Project Runway: Threads is a competition series showcasing America's most talented young fashion designers. Each week, three new contestants pull out their scissors, sketchbooks and skills to see who can out-design the competition and set the new standard for the future of fashion. Challenges will be fast-paced, unpredictable and far from child's play as these nascent fashion powerhouses compete for $10,000 to be used at any Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts Store or Joann.com, a prestigious scholarship to the summer program at FIDM including travel expenses and a top-of-the-line sewing and embroidery studio courtesy of Brother International Corporation.

Project Runway: Threads hails from The Weinstein Company, Full Picture and Sara Rea Productions. Executive producers include Bob and Harvey Weinstein (co-chairmen of The Weinstein Company), Meryl Poster, Patrick Reardon and Barbara Schneeweiss of The Weinstein Company, Jane Cha and Desiree Gruber of Full Picture and Sara Rea. Eli Lehrer, Mary Donahue and David Hillman of Lifetime also executive produce.

The Futon Critic
Entertainment Weekly

posted 9/16/14

Syndies: The First Week
Results for the Week Ending September 7
From B&C
Disney-ABC’s Live with Kelly and Michael premiered its season at a 2.7 live plus same day household average in the week ended Sept. 7. That’s the show’s second-highest rated season premiere in households since 2007, marking a 4% gain from the previous week and a 17% increase from the same week last year.

The week included Labor Day on Sept. 1, as well as widespread preemptions for coverage of the men’s US Open Tennis finals, Deusche Bank golf, and President Obama’s press conference following the NATO Summit. The week also kicked off Nielsen’s official 2014-15 television season, although most shows premiere later in the month.

Most game shows declined for the week. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune slid 2% to a 5.5, matching its lowest rating of last season. CTD’s Jeopardy! dipped 4% to a 5.1, its lowest rating in a year. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud was flat at a 4.7. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire, in its last week with Cedric the Entertainer as host, eroded 11% to a new series low 1.7, down 26% from last year at this time.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 9/16/14

Monday: The Calm Before the Storm
"Dancing" Helps ABC to 1st
From The Futon Critic
ABC (11.367 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T1) was the most-watched network on Monday thanks to the return of "Dancing with the Stars" (13.548 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) followed by a repeat of "Castle" (7.007 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8).

FOX (5.484 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T1) however split the demo crown with a new "MasterChef" (5.340 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) followed by the season finale of "MasterChef" (5.628 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2).

Next up was NBC (5.160 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) with its three-hour special "American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. the World" (5.160 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.841 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) offered up repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.287 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7), "Mom" (4.867 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Two and a Half Men" (4.568 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), another "The Big Bang Theory" (5.391 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6) and a new "Under the Dome" (6.967 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5).

And finally, repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.135 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.950 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and a new "America's Next Top Model" (0.993 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) on The CW (1.018 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) finished out the evening.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/16/14

Electus Has a Moment
"Moment of Truth" Format Sold
From The Futon Critic
Multimedia entertainment studio Electus, an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI) today announces that Electus International has acquired Lighthearted Entertainment's The Moment of Truth. Since acquiring the title, Electus International has sold the format to Ukraine's STB for 36 primetime episodes.

"Howard Schultz and Lighthearted Entertainment are great producers, and I'm thrilled to be partnering with them again on the distribution of The Moment of Truth," said John Pollak, President of Electus International. "At Reveille, our partnership resulted in selling The Moment of Truth format to more than 50 countries, and the Electus team is ready to continue the success of the format."

The Moment of Truth premiered on STB on August 25.

"We're thrilled to have partnered with leading network STB to bring a television's classic to the Ukraine. The Moment Of Truth seamlessly merges the world's fascination with lies and polygraphs, and we are delighted to see the positive response from STB's audiences thus far," said Diego Piasek, Executive Director, International Distribution and Production at Electus International.

In The Moment of Truth, game show contestants are given a polygraph test and asked 21 hard-hitting, personal and sometimes embarrassing questions in front of a live audience in order to win a cash prize.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/16/14

Sunday: There She Is...
Winners: Football, Miss America... Oh, and Big Brother
From the Futon Critic
NBC (16.495 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.3, #1) was of course the network to beat on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (7.497 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T6), "Football Night in America #2" (10.321 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.5, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (16.989 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 6.3, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (19.431 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 7.6, #1).

CBS (11.475 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.2, #2) then claimed the silver with a full hour of "NFL Overrun" (21.445 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.7, #2) followed by "60 Minutes" (10.830 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.8, #5), "Big Brother 16" (7.312 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T6) and "Unforgettable" (6.314 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T13).

Next up was FOX (2.685 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (3.025 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T13), another "Bob's Burgers" (2.379 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 1.0, #15), "The Simpsons" (2.653 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.2, #12), another "The Simpsons" (2.795 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9), the return of "American Dad" (2.621 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9) and another "American Dad" (2.634 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9).

And finally, a repeat of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.558 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #16) led into "Countdown to Miss America" (3.337 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #17) and "The 2015 Miss America Competition" (6.744 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8) on ABC (5.346 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4).

The premiere of Telemundo’s new mega-reality competition, “Yo Soy El Artista” (I Am the Artist) reached a cumulative U.S. audience of 3,325,000 total viewers and 1,715,000 adults 18-49 this past Sunday night, according to Nielsen. "Rachael vs. Guy" was the top performer with 1.723 million for Food. Meanwhile, "Cutthroat Kitchen" ended its season to 1.133 million, down from "The Great Food Truck Race's" 1.398 million. 

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers

posted 9/15/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Burn the Floor"

  • As a reminder that this story is presented for entertainment purposes only, and gambling laws should be strictly adhered where such laws exist. THAT SAID... "Dancing with the Stars" handicapped (Washington Post) PLUS Cheech & Chong together again for the first time (Jezebel)
     
  • Philippines version of "The Singing Bee" offers talent not seen since Atlantic City last Sunday (ABS-CBN News)
     
  • Adam Lambert to guest judge "Idol" auditions while Keith Urban is on bereavement (Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Ellen DeGeneres: the Ninja Warrior (YouTube)
     
  • Cheryl Burke ready to hang up her dancing shoes and call it a career (Page Six)
     
  • PHUN WITH PHOTOS: Jeopardy! in reverse (Buzzfeed)
     
  • Julie Chen comes from a line of polygamists... which is more than what we needed to know about Julie Chen (People)
     
  • Two more for the "Got Talent" finale, anyone? (The Futon Critic)

posted 9/16/14

"The People's Choice" Awarded
Armoza, TF1 to Launch New Interactive Series at MIPCOM
From Realscreen
Israeli formats developer Armoza Formats and French broadcaster TF1 are set to launch a social media-inspired primetime format called The People’s Choice (pictured) at MIPCOM next month.

The show – which originated from a development partnership between the two groups – asks viewers to choose between situations such as “a week without showering or a week without your smartphone.” Once viewers have voted, an in-studio audience is tasked with guessing the most popular response for a chance to win cash prizes.

The idea behind the format, according to a statement, is to “translate the essential experience of social media to a TV show.”

“We’re very proud to be partnering with Armoza Formats on the development of this amazing primetime game show,” said Philippe Balland, deputy director of TF1 and president of TF1 Production, in a statement. “The People’s Choice has a simple, fun and truly innovative premise that will bring together the whole family and engage them as never before.”

Avi Armoza, CEO of Armoza Formats, added: “With The People’s Choice format, we have taken audience engagement one step further – to that of content generation. Everyone, everywhere is now a content generator, and we wanted to reflect this by letting viewers influence the content of the show in a revolutionary, yet simple, quick and fun way.”

Realscreen

posted 9/15/14


Syndies: ... and a Little More.
Millionaire Numbers... PLUS Results for the Week Ending August 31
From various sources
Apparently, Who Wants to be a Millionaire just needed more muscle.

The syndicated game show is off to a strong start with new host Terry Crews. The one-time Eagles’ linebacker has vaulted the show to #1 in its new time period among ABC O&Os.

It opened with a 3.4 household rating in Philadelphia on Monday. That means over 100,000 homes in this market tuned in to see the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star make his debut.

Millionaire began its first season with new host Terry Crews with solid ratings in a few top markets while generating a national 1.0 household rating and 3 share in metered markets for its first two days. That was down 23% from its time slots last September, based on Nielsen metered-market ratings.

In New York, Millionaire ranked No. 1 in its 2 p.m. time slot on ABC-owned WABC with a two-day average 2.3/8, down 30% from ABC soap opera General Hospital last year and down a modest 8% from its lead-in rating. GH moved back to 3 p.m., where it had been replaced by Disney-ABC syndicated talk show Katie.

On ABC’s KABC Los Angeles, Millionaire had a 0.7/2 at 3 p.m., down 41% from Katie one year ago and down 56% from its lead-in.

On Fox TV Station’s MNT affiliate WPWR Chicago, Millionaire had a 0.3/1 at 4 p.m., flat to its time slots last September and its lead-in. At 4:30 p.m., the show’s 0.4/1 was flat but up 33% from its lead-in.

On ABC’s WPVI Philadelphia, Millionaire ranked No. 1 at 2 p.m. with a 3.2/11, down 9% from General Hospital last September. It was flat to its lead-in, ABC’s The Chew.

With Crews at the helm, Millionaire also topped its time period in New York and Miami.

Meanwhile, next-day coverage of the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards gave a boost to the four top entertainment news magazines in an otherwise quiet pre-holiday week ending Aug. 31.

"Wheel of Fortune" led the games, but dropped 5 percent to 5.6. "Jeopardy!" was hot on its heels, dropping 4 percent to 5.3. Hot on ITS heels was "Family Feud", even though it dropped 2 percent to 4.7. And all by its lonesome in the basement, the penultimate week of Cedric the Entertainer on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" with a 1.9, no change from last week.

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Bustle
People
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Inquisitr
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Zap2it
TV NewsCheck
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posted 9/15/14

VH1 Goes on a Second Date... Naked
Dating Hit Renewed
From the Futon Critic
VH1 continues the quest for true love as TV's most daring reality dating show, "Dating Naked," gets picked up for a second season. Fans who are ready to bare it all to find true love can apply for season two here.

The first season of "Dating Naked" has been averaging a .6 among Adults 18-49 and averaging 1 million total viewers (P 2+) each week, based on Live +3 ratings. "Dating Naked" has amassed 500,000 online weekly streams and generated a season high of over 750,000 streams the week of episode six.

"Dating Naked has been a ratings success for us and a viewer favorite," said Susan Levison, Executive Vice President, Original Programming & Production for VH1. "VH1 has always been about shaping the cultural conversation and we're so glad to have created another pop culture lightning rod. The show is funny, engaging, and it actually works - we've helped 6 couples find love this season. You're welcome, America."

"We couldn't be happier to be producing a second season of Dating Naked," said Howard Schultz, President of Lighthearted Entertainment. "The show has turned out to be everything we had hoped for: inspiring, funny and illuminating, and we are thrilled that viewers have embraced it. VH1 has been incredibly supportive throughout development, production and promotion and we thank them for this vote of confidence."

This season after embarking on a series of blind dates, 12 people currently consider themselves "in a relationship" with someone they met on the show. Now Ashley, an artist from Colorado and Alika, a yoga instructor from California, are ready to take their relationship to the next level by exchanging vows of love and commitment in front of their family, friends and some of their fellow "Dating Naked" couples. Oh yes, and they and their guests will all be naked! Tune in to the "Dating Naked: The Wedding" premiering Thursday, September 18th at 9PM ET/PT.

The Futon Critic
Entertainment Weekly

posted 9/15/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Blip"

  • Padma Lakshmi calls a group of union picketers "a blip"  (Page Six)
     
  • Family Feud is headed to Centric, another hour of WE GON' PLAY STEVE! (Sitcoms Online)
     
  • "Who is Arthur Chu?" He's the Jeopardy! champ who's a subject of a new documentary (Glenview Announcement)
     
  • Remember Angelea Preston, the "Top Model" winner who was stripped of the title because she was an escort back in 2011? Well.... lawyer up! (TMZ)
     
  • ICYMI: Last night on "Yo Soy El Artista"... (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Pat Sajak (Daily Caller) and Avi Armoza (Worldscreen)

posted 9/15/14

Thursday: Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't
CBS Wins Night on Its First TNF Game
From The Futon Critic
CBS (15.239 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1) surged to the top spot on Thursday with the network premiere of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (11.899 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.5, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (15.908 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.5, #1).

NBC (4.972 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then led the leftovers with the season premiere of "The Biggest Loser" (5.374 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) followed by an "NBC News Special" (4.168 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

Next up was FOX (2.510 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with encores of "Hell's Kitchen" (2.537 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and "Bones" (2.484 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.085 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up a new "The Quest" (2.082 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8), the series finale of "The Quest" (1.576 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9) and a repeat of "Shark Tank" (2.598 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.735 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10) and "The Originals" (0.583 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) on The CW (0.659 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

"Project Runway" led the cable troops with 2.459 million on Lifetime. Eight hundred ninety-eight thousand turned into a new "Beat Bobby Flay" for Food Network. An anemic (for VH1) 527,000 watched "Dating Naked".

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/12/14

Link's Reawakening
BBC Quizzer Renewed
From World Screen
BBC has ordered 40 additional episodes of the quiz show The Link from STV Productions and LTV Productions for broadcast during BBC One's daytime lineup.

Hosted by actor Mark Williams (Father Brown, Blandings), The Link watches as three teams scramble to find the link between questions for a cash prize. The first season, which debuted in May 2014, ranked as the number one program daily in the BBC One time slot. The format is being sold globally by Warner Bros. International Television Distribution.

Gary Chippington, the head of entertainment for STV Productions, said: "The first series of The Link proved to be a ratings hit and we are thrilled to secure a commission for another 40 episodes. We look forward to bringing the BBC One daytime audience new episodes of this engaging quiz show later this year."

PJ Johnson, executive producer for LTV Productions, added: "We hope the second series for The Link will build and further expand our loyal BBC One audience in the U.K.; while further creating more excitement with all our Warner Bros. International TV Distribution broadcast partners as well."

World Screen
Gloucestershire Echo

posted 9/12/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Stars in Their Eyes"

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: The biggest stars to ever emerge from "The Voice"? ... the coaches (Billboard)
     
  • ABC to spin off "Shark Tank" with "Beyond the Tank" (New York Times)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Dan Patrick's first Sports Jeopardy! promo. (YouTube)
     
  • And the winner of "Celebrity Big Brother" is... (YouTube)

posted 9/12/14

@MidnightSnack
"Midnight Feast" Heads to FYI October 16
From TV by the Numbers
In FYI’s new series, "Midnight Feast,” New York’s Chelsea Market sets the stage for a late-night culinary showdown between some of the hottest chefs in the country. Six one-hour episodes will premiere on Thursday, October 16 at 10pm ET.

In each episode of “Midnight Feast,” three professional chefs are given exclusive, after-hours access to Chelsea Market, and will have free rein to use any ingredient found in the famous food hall. From creating the ultimate feast they would want to consume on their last night on earth to whipping up a dish they think will guarantee a “successful” evening of romance to creating inventive meals that are meant to be eaten without silverware – viewers will see the chefs execute a range of creative dishes.

By the end of the night, the winner walks away with a cash prize, ten times the total value of their ingredients used – while the losers walk away paying their own tabs. With access to some of the finest food items in the world, each chef must weigh their desire to use the most expensive and exotic ingredients against the risk of picking up an outlandish bill.

Chef and restaurateur, Spike Mendelsohn, serves as host and head judge. Kat Odell, editorial producer of eater.com, and John DeLucie, chef and restaurateur, also serve as judges.

“Midnight Feast” is produced for FYI by Nerd TV. Jago Lee, John Farrar and Bob Kirsh are Executive Producers for Nerd TV. Executive Producers for FYI are Gena McCarthy and Lauren Wohl.

TV by the Numbers

posted 9/11/14

More on "The Voice: I Want You"
Game to Be Released on All Platforms in Time for Battle Rounds
From Game Revolution
Activision has announced that it is transforming The Voice, a music competition reality TV show that has lasted on NBC for six seasons so far, into a rhythm-based video game.

The game will test your singing ability as you progress from the Blind Auditions to the Battle Rounds, and then ultimately the Finale. A Party Mode will allow up to eight players to compete against each other, while Voice Coach Mode will let you practice harmonization and singing runs. There's no word on whether a microphone will be bundled

Rated E10+, The Voice will arrive for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, and Wii on October 21, 2014. Season 7 of The Voice begins September 22 and will star Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Blake Shelton, and Adam Levine as judges.

Game Revolution

posted 9/11/14

"Squares" Gets Baked
3.2 Million Can't Beat Series High for "British Bake-Off"
From Digital Spy
The Great British Bake Off climbed in the ratings for a fourth consecutive week on Wednesday, overnight figures reveal.

The BBC One show was up by around 30,000 viewers from last week to 8.32 million on average (38.5%) at 8pm.

Later, Our Zoo dipped by around 700k from last week's opener to 4.30m (20.8%) at 9pm.

On BBC Two, Hotel India appealed to 1.25m (5.8%) at 8pm, followed by Horizon with 882k (4.3%) at 9pm.

ITV's Celebrity Squares launched with 3.24m (14.9%) at 8pm (167k/0.8% on +1), while Scott & Bailey also returned with 3.98m (19.3%) at 9pm (465k/3.2%).

On Channel 4, Double Your House for Half the Money interested 941k (4.4%) at 8pm (160k/0.8%), followed by Grand Designs with 1.93m (9.3%) at 9pm (284k/1.9%).

Channel 5's Celebrity Big Brother live eviction entertained 1.78m (8.6%) at 9pm (145k/1.0%). Wentworth continued with 795k (5.4%) at 10pm.

Digital Spy
Digital Spy

posted 9/11/14

The Great Wall of China
"Rising Star" Sold to CCTV3
From Variety
Interactive talent show “Rising Star” is to be broadcast in China on state-controlled China Central Television.

The move follows a deal between Israel’s Keshet International and Enlight Media, one of the largest private-sector film and TV conglomerates in China.

The companies closed a two season deal and Enlight will produce 30 episodes that will air on CCTV-3.

“We are excited about this format because of its cross-platform and interactive features, which are things that have never been seen before in Chinese television,” said Wen Ha, program director at CCTV-3.

The show, which encourages audience feedback through an app that can be downloaded on tablets or smart phones and displays the feedback live on TV, originated in Israel in 2013 and has been sold as a format to over 30 territories.

Often within the past two years Chinese regulators have sought to limit the number of light-weight game shows and copies of western formats. TV talent shows, however, have remained hugely popular with audiences and have discovered significant talents.

China has an estimated population of 521 million smart phone users, according to research firm eMarketer.

Variety

posted 9/11/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Never Forget"

  • Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Hudson, Lenny Kravitz, Pitbull and Train ... oh yeah, and a winner. America's Got the Finale, September 17 (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Tyra Sanchez (aka "RuPaul's Drag Race" season 2 winner James Ross) is assaulted & arrested (TMZ)
     
  • Marco Antonio Regil named Grand Marshal of Chicago's Little Village Chamber of Commerce 26th Street Mexican Independence Day Parade. (WLS Chicago)
     
  • Arthur Chu says he's still a loser after winning "Jeopardy!" (NineMSN)
     
  • Howie Mandel plays St. Joseph/Benton Harbor, MI (Herald Palladium)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: "The Price Is Right" (Broadway World), "Celebrity Name Game" (KESQ Palm Springs), and "Baggage: On the Road" (Culture Map Austin)

posted 9/11/14

Tuesday: ... Paradise Lost
Tuesday, Got Talent, NBC. You Know How It Goes Now
From the Futon Critic
NBC (7.959 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with its duo of "Food Fighters" (4.455 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and "America's Got Talent" (9.712 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2).

CBS (3.844 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then took home the silver with a special "Big Brother 16" (6.789 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) followed by its annual presentation of "Fashion Rocks" (2.372 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8).

Next up was ABC (3.643 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with the season finale of "Extreme Weight Loss" (3.824 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and a repeat of "Shark Tank" (3.283 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.461 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up the time period premiere of "Utopia" (2.500 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) followed by the season finale of "Hotel Hell" (2.423 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.918 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) and "Supernatural" (0.704 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) on The CW (0.811 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable, "Ink Master" led the troops in the demo, but crept just under the million with 977,000. "Face Off" had 1.246 million.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/10/14

ITV Believes
ITV Invests in Digital Outlet
From B&C
U.K. network ITV has signed a deal to invest in the Believe Entertainment Group, the digital entertainment company announced Wednesday. As such, ITV will join Believe Entertainment’s board of directors.

ITV, the largest independent producer of unscripted content in the U.S., will look to help strengthen Believe Entertainment’s existing projects by sharing its own expertise in international distribution, U.S. production and relationships with talent.
 
“[T]his partnership offers both companies a distinct competitive advantage,” said Dan Goodman and William H. Masterson III, cofounders of Believe Entertainment Group. “ITV will offer numerous opportunities for us to grow our efforts in multiple formats, channels and globally to the benefit of both our talent and brand partners.”

Believe Entertainment’s short-form producing credits include the LeBron James Xbox animated series The LeBrons, the behind-the-scenes with DJ/producer Tiësto YouTube series In the Booth and the Jay Mohr-hosted Hulu game show Money Where Your Mouth Is. The company focuses on matching developed talent with global brands, and distributing that produced content onto a multitude of digital platforms with native advertising supporting those brands.

B&C
Chicago Tribune

posted 9/10/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Game Change"

  • Craig Ferguson wants to change the game with "Celebrity Name Game" (Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • This is "The Voice"... the video game (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Celebrity Squares (ITV, Saturdays) (Independent) PLUS a few good minutes with Warwick Davis (U.TV)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: board game shows. Yes, Scrabble made the list (AV Club)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: the new season of "Family Feud" (TV Guide) PLUS a few good minutes with Steve Harvey (Stars & Stripes)
     
  • A FEW MINUTES WITH Ben Gleib (UT San Diego)

posted 9/10/14

Superstar Sabotage
Get Ready for a Special Series of Cutthroat Kitchen October 8
From The Futon Critic
Food Network hit Cutthroat Kitchen goes all-star this fall, with sixteen elite chefs competing in the five-episode mayhem-filled Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage tournament under the watchful eye of host Alton Brown. Only the craftiest and most cunning chefs survive in this battle of cooking chops and sabotage skills, and just one wins ultimate bragging rights and up to $75,000 for the charity of their choice. The primetime event kicks off Wednesday, October 8th at 9pm ET/PT with the first all-star match-up, leading up to a final showdown between the four heat winners on Wednesday, November 5th at 9pm ET/PT, where the grand prize is awarded.

"Cutthroat Kitchen is equal parts culinary contest and battle of wits and with these food masters competing under the leadership of the one-and-only Alton Brown, the inaugural Superstar Sabotage tournament is certain to be fierce and funny," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network.

Episodes are:

"Superstar Sabotage, Heat One" Premieres Wednesday, October 8th at 9pm ET/PT Chefs Susan Feniger, Jeff Mauro, Michael Psilakis and Aarti Sequeira face off in the first battle, where their sabotages involve a treadmill station, carnival hammer game and conveyor toaster. Judge: Antonio Lofaso.

"Superstar Sabotage, Heat Two" Premieres Wednesday, October 15th at 9pm ET/PT In round two, Nadia G, Brian Malarkey, Marcel Vigneron and Justin Warner go head-to-head in sabotages including an unusually high prep table, cooking in a popcorn machine and getting a hand stuck in a cookie jar. Judge: Jet Tila.

"Superstar Sabotage, Heat Three" Premieres Wednesday, October 22nd at 9pm ET/PT Chefs Anne Burrell, Eric Greenspan, Johnny Iuzzini and Damaris Phillips compete in the third tournament episode with sabotages such as a floating prep station, holding hands with another chef and replacing their mixing and cooking vessels with lemons and banana leaves. Judge: Simon Majumdar.

"Superstar Sabotage, Heat Four" Premieres Wednesday, October 29th at 9pm ET/PT There's only one more spot in the finale, and Melissa d'Arabian, Elizabeth Falkner, Alex Guarnaschelli and Fabio Viviani each think they have what it takes to get there. They are faced with sabotages including gambling for ingredients and swapping utensils and knives for tools made of cheese and banana leaves. Judge: Antonia Lofaso.

"Superstar Sabotage, Finale" Premieres Wednesday, November 5th at 9pm ET/PT Winners from prior heats compete to win up to $75,000 for the charity of their choice. Judge: Simon Majumdar.

After each episode, viewers can visit FoodNetwork.com/Cutthroat for Alton's insider take on the week's sabotages in Alton's After-Show, along with exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from the competition.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/9/14

New Deal, New Rules...
Noel Edmonds Signs on for New Season
From Yahoo!
Noel Edmonds has signed a new deal to present 288 more episodes of Deal Or No Deal - which is getting a change in the rules.

The Channel 4 game show is introducing a new twist - an Offer Button for contestants to contact the banker directly, Broadcast magazine reported.

The button will give Deal Or No Deal players a bit more control over the game - as it will allow them to demand an offer from the banker at any point in the game - as long as they can predict his opening offer.

The new contract will take the game show into its 10th year - running until the end of 2015 with Noel Edmonds remaining as the host.

The game show - which has already paid out £39m to 2,650 contestants - features 22 players who each have a sealed box containing different prizes ranging from 1p and £250,000. The main player chooses to open boxes in turn, eliminating the prize contained inside.

The banker then bids to buy their box, with no one knowing what amount of money it contains. The contestant can choose to accept or refuse an offer from the banker - taking their gamble that their box contains more or less money.

In 2014 a 23rd box was introduced to the game which players can choose to open at the end of the game - it could double their money (making the maximum prize on offer £500,000), make them more or less money or even mean they lose everything.

Yahoo!
C21Media
Broadcast

posted 9/9/14

Skin Wars Declares Ceasefire September 24
Two-Hour Event Includes Reunion Show
From The Futon Critic
GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today a special SKIN WARS REUNION SHOW to air immediately following the series' season one finale on Wednesday, September 24.

SKIN WARS' season one finale airs at 9:00pm ET/PT, followed by the SKIN WARS REUNION SHOW at 10:00pm ET/PT.

The SKIN WARS REUNION SHOW will be hosted by series judge - and legendary entertainer - RuPaul Charles, and will welcome back all of the talented and colorful season one contestants, as well as SKIN WARS judges and body-painting icons, Craig Tracy and Robin Slonina. The reunion will highlight the series' most memorable moments, go behind the scenes to delve into the relationships that evolved, and explore the truth behind some of the season's biggest showdowns.

Additionally, fans will get a "sneak peek" at the world premiere of RuPaul's original song, "Color Me Love (featuring Rebecca Romijn)." Written and produced by RuPaul, Rebecca Romijn and Lucian Piane, the single makes its debut in the SKIN WARS REUNION SHOW.

As part of the reunion, viewers will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance via Facebook (facebook.com/SkinWarsShow) and Twitter (@SkinWarsShow) about their favorite episode, challenge, contestant, model and more, with questions to be answered on-air.

Still airing season one, SKIN WARS has already been seen by more than 9 million total viewers (unduplicated) and has nearly doubled the time period average (+95%) among total viewers, versus the year-to-date time period average. The series' debut on August 6 was the second most-watched original premiere in GSN history.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/9/14

Virtual Voice
NBC Offers VR Experience on Tour
From The Futon Critic
To promote the return of "The Voice," NBC has created "The Voice 360: Be the Coach" fan experience.

Fans will get to sit in the famous coaches' chair and via Oculus Rift virtual-reality - a complete 360° immersion - will allow them to physically and virtually experience an entire "blind audition." Fans will sit next to and interact with new season seven coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams, as well as returning coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.

With the public encouraged to participate, "The Voice 360" will tour the nation with four real-life coaches' chairs starting in New York on Tuesday, Sept. 9, and will end in Los Angeles on Monday, Sept. 22, the day the new season of "The Voice" premieres.

In "The Voice 360," a high-impact, real-world stage is the doorway into virtual reality. While seated in an actual coaches' chair, the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset takes fans on a four-minute journey inside "The Voice" studio in live-action, 3D imagery. Oculus Rift allows fans to physically motion their heads up, down and side to side to see the entirety of the studio and reach out to the coaches sitting virtually next to them. During the audition, the chair will actually turn 180 degrees, revealing the performer. The experience concludes with audition comments from each coach and the musician choosing his mentor.

The traveling coaches' chair began touring in 2012 to promote the second season of "The Voice" and gave fans a chance to sit in the chairs made famous by the show's success. With the new season approaching, NBC's use of cutting-edge technology with A-list celebrity talent in "The Voice 360: Be the Coach" gives fans an entirely new and intimate way to experience "The Voice."

The tour dates for "The Voice 360: Be the Coach" are as follows:

NEW YORK Sept. 9 45 Rockefeller Plaza - "Today" Show Plaza: 6:30 am - 9 am Sept. 10 1271 Avenue of the Americas - Plaza across from Radio City Music Hall:11am - 7pm

CHICAGO Sept. 15 401 N. Michigan Avenue - Pioneer Plaza:10am - 6pm

LOS ANGELES Sept. 21 & 22 The Grove: 11am - 7pm

The Futon Critic

posted 9/9/14

Monday: Sunset in Paradise
ABC, Fox Split The Night
From The Futon Critic
FOX (5.421 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the demo champ on Monday thanks to a new "MasterChef" (5.314 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) followed by a second "MasterChef" (5.528 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1).

ABC (5.669 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) then was the most-watched network with the season finale of "Bachelor in Paradise" (6.682 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) and a repeat of "Shark Tank" (3.644 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

Next up was NBC (4.767 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) with the season finale of "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (3.832 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8) alongside a new "American Ninja Warrior" (5.235 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.568 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) served up repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.776 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "Mom" (5.190 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "Two and a Half Men" (4.821 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9), another "Two and a Half Men" (4.529 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and a new "Under the Dome" (6.546 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5).

And finally, repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.422 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.413 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and a new "America's Next Top Model" (1.083 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) closed out the night over on The CW (1.250 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/9/14

Fremantle Going to Market
On Offer: Heaven or Hell, Celebrity Name Game
From World Screen
FremantleMedia is slated to showcase a number of new formats at the market in Cannes next month, including the prime-time reality competition Master Athletes.

Master Athletes looks on as two dozen individuals train for and complete a 10-week sporting challenge. The Swedish version of the entertainment format was produced by FremantleMedia Sweden for SVT, where it launched last month.

FremantleMedia is also presenting Heaven or Hell, which premiered this summer on ProSieben's Pro.7 in Germany. The quiz show sees contestants answer a series of questions for the chance to win a cash prize.

Other MIPCOM highlights from the company will include Celebrity Name Game, a game show co-produced by FremantleMedia North America and Debmar-Mercury; My Mom Cooks Better Than Yours, a culinary competition from Mandarina in Spain; and Virtually Famous, a panel program that was originally produced for E4 in the U.K.

Rob Clark, the director of global entertainment at FremantleMedia, said: "Our MIPCOM 2014 slate is incredibly strong and really delivers creative, original formats that have a proven ratings track record. I believe that we've got something for every broadcaster for both their prime-time and access schedules, l am very excited by the caliber of shows we have to offer and can't wait for the market...bring it on."

World Screen
IndianTelevision

posted 9/9/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Feud"

  • VIDEO WALL: Jimmy Fallon plays the Feud with Jason Segel and WE'RE GONNA PLAY STEVE! (YouTube)
     
  • Bob Barker vs. pigeon shoots (PennLive)
     
  • Joan Rivers to appear in the next Celebrity Apprentice (Mediaite)
     
  • "Jeopardy!" heads to My City to push NFLNTNFoCBS (Variety)
     
  • 50 chefs. 50 states. One Masterchef finale (The Futon Critic)
     
  • CBS improves its Eye-Lerts (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Marc Summers wants to reboot Double Dare (Huffington Post)

posted 9/9/14

More on "Wheel" Season 32
Catch It September 15
From Sony PR
On September 15th, America’s Game®, Wheel of Fortune kicks off its 32nd season with “Teacher’s Week.” All the contestants will be teachers spinning the Wheel for the new higher dollar amounts and ultimately hoping to play for the $1 Million grand prize.

Minimums have been increased on both the Wheel and bonus round wheel for the new season. The new minimum on the Wheel is $500, up from $350, and the new bonus round wheel now gives contestants a chance at a minimum of $32,000 in cash or a new car.

Also, during a puzzle with the “Same Letter” category, when a contestant calls the “same letter” in the puzzle, they will have an additional $1000 added to their total.

Season 32 will also see the return of popular Wheel of Fortune partnerships with top brands including Walmart, Disney, Hilton and others.

posted 9/8/14

Sunday: A World Without Football
Three Guesses What Network Won Sunday...
From The Futon Critic
NBC (18.030 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.7, #1) was of course the network to beat on Sunday with the return of "Football Night in America #1" (7.569 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.5, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (11.946 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.3, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (18.604 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 6.4, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (21.224 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.0, #1).

FOX (7.983 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.2, #2) then was a distant second place with its combination of "NFL Overrun" (19.095 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 7.1, #2), "The OT" (10.372 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 4.1, #5) and the two-hour premiere of "Utopia" (4.609 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.9, #8).

Next up was CBS (6.692 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its lineup of "60 Minutes" (7.913 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), "Big Brother 16" (7.134 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.3, #7), "Unforgettable" (6.993 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9) and "Reckless" (4.728 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

And finally, ABC (2.515 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) closed out the evening with the special "The ABC's of Schoolhouse Rock" (2.122 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15), a new "Wipeout" (2.345 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13), the season finale of "Wipeout" (2.541 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12) and a repeat of "Shark Tank" (3.053 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10).

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/8/14

Return to Paradise
ABC Renews "Bachelor" Spinoff
From Entertainment Weekly
Viewers enjoyed their summer romance with ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise so much that the network is renewing the reality TV spin-off for another season, which will premiere in summer 2015. The show, which follows former Bachelor and Bachelorette cast-offs as they look for “love” in a tropical setting, premiered August 4 and currently ranks as the No. 1 new summer series in the adults 18-49 demo. Bachelor in Paradise replaced Bachelor Pad, which ran for three debaucherous seasons on ABC before getting canceled.

The BiP season 1 finale airs tonight at 8 p.m. on ABC, unless you live in the Detroit and New York markets. ABC is syndicating the NFL Monday Night Football game in those markets.

Entertainment Weekly
Twitter @ChrisBHarrison

posted 9/8/14


SIMONE BATTLE: 1989-2014
GRL Singer Finalist on Season 1 of US "The X Factor"
From Billboard
Simone Battle of girlband GRL has died at the age of 25.

The singer's death was confirmed in a joint statement by Reign Deer Entertainment, Robin Antin, Kemosabe Records, and RCA Records.

The statement reads: "We are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the loss of Simone Battle of G.R.L.

"Simone was an exceptional young talent and human being, and we are all devastated to learn of her passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones at this time."

Everyone from her fellow G.R.L. members to music producers to fellow performers have taken to social media to react to her death. Two of the group's members, Natasha Slayton and Lauren Bennett, posted heartfelt messages in the wake of her death.

G.R.L. founder, Robin Antin, posted a lengthy message to her Instagram account on Saturday, Sept. 6, one day after Battle was found in her Los Angeles home on Sept. 5 of an apparent suicide.

"I'm so beyond devastated by the loss of our beautiful Simone ... Simone I will miss your smile, Your adorable laugh, Your loving spirit that you brought to all of us, The joy that you felt when you were singing, dancing, performing, laughing, and goofing around with your GRLs, and most of all the beautiful friendship and bond that tied us all together, that will forever be in my heart..." she wrote. "How lucky we are to have had You in our lives Simone, you inspired us all, and touched fans all around the world with your sweet sweet voice and talent.... We will NEVER forget... I Love you sweet Simone Rest in Peace...@grl."

Pitbull also reacted to the news on Saturday. He appeared on G.R.L.'s single, "Wild Wild Love," off the group's debut self-titled EP, released on July 29. "My heart and prayers go out to @GRLSimone: @grl and her family. RIP Dios la bendiga ," he wrote.

Producer Dr. Luke, who worked with the girl group on their single, "Ugly Heart," tweeted, "My thoughts are with GRL and Simone's family during this difficult time. The world has lost a true talent. She will be greatly missed."

The track's co-producer, Cirkut, added, "Had the pleasure of knowing and working with Simone Battle. A talented and beautiful person. My thoughts are with her family and friends."

Prior to joining G.R.L., Battle appeared on "The X Factor" in 2011, where she was mentored by Simon Cowell before being eliminated the first week. He tweeted, "I am so sad to hear about the news Simone Battle has passed away. She was such a fun nice person. It's such a loss. Rest in peace Simone."

Nicole Scherzinger, who was a judge that same season and previously worked with Antin during her Pussycat Dolls days, tweeted, "Devastated & upset to hear about the passing of @GRLSimone.My prayers go out to her family @robinantinpcd @GRL & my ReignDeer family."

Billboard
BET
Digital Spy
BBC News
Music Times
Zap2it
TMZ
Us Magazine

photo courtesy Fox

posted 9/8/14


JOAN RIVERS: 1933-2014
Comic Legend Played "Squares", "Apprentice", "Family Feud"
From
Deadline
After being taken to a hospital in cardiac arrest last week, Emmy-winning comedian Joan Rivers died today in New York. She was 81. “It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers,” Melissa Rivers said in a statement. “She passed peacefully at 1:17 PM surrounded by family and close friends.”

Rivers logged a half-century in show business and gave rise to red carpet commentary — and the snarky criticism that often accompanies it. Her signature query was, “Who are you wearing?” During the latter part of her career, she provided red carpet coverage for awards show on E! and also was the host of E!’s Fashion Police. Recently, she hosted the online talk show In Bed With Joan and co-starred with her daughter on the WE tv reality show Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best.

E! released a statement: "E! and NBCUniversal send our deepest condolences to Melissa, Cooper and her entire extended family on this incredibly sad day. For decades Joan has made people laugh, shattered glass ceilings and revolutionized comedy. She was unapologetic and fiercely dedicated to entertaining all of us and has left an indelible mark on the people that worked with her and on her legions of fans. She's been a much beloved member of the E! family for over 20 years and the world is less funny without her in it. Today our hearts are heavy knowing Joan will not be bounding through the doors."

Rivers had been scheduled to perform August 29 at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, which last week postponed the performance, telling fans to hang on to their tickets. According to Ticketmaster, she had seven shows scheduled for November. On August 27, Rivers promoted her new book, Diary Of A Mad Diva, at the Time & Life Building in Manhattan. Her employer E! reported she was “lively” and “sharp as she’s ever been” at that event. That night, she performed at New York’s Beechman Theatre, at which she joked about death, according to an attendee interviewed by CNN.

“She said, ‘You know I’m 81 years old, and I could drop dead at any moment — and you would be so lucky because you will have a story to tell your friends for the rest of your life,'” the audience member told CNN.

“My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh,” Melissa Rivers said today. “Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”

Born Joan Alexandra Molinksy in Brookyn to Russian Jewish immigrants, Beatrice and Meyer C. Molinsky, she changed her name early on during her showbiz career to Rivers per the suggestion of then-agent Tony Rivers. Prior to establishing herself with a quick-witted, fiercely pungent stand-up, Rivers worked as Rockefeller Center tour guide, an ad agency writer-proofreader and a fashion consultant at Bond Clothing Stores. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Barnard College in 1954 with a bachelor’s in English literature and anthropology.

The New York native originally entered show business with the intention of pursuing a theatrical career. During the late 1950s, Rivers played a lesbian in the short play Driftwood — opposite Barbra Streisand, before she hit her stride — which ran for six weeks. But, she told the Associated Press in 2013, “Somebody said, ‘You can make $6 standing up in a club,’ … I said, ‘Here I go!’ It was better than typing all day.” She cut her teeth as a stand-up during the 1960s Greenwich Village scene, and was a 1961 Second City stage alumni in Chicago, where she was known for her shy and insecure characters, i.e. the dental assistant who shares an after-hours drink out of rinse cups with her married boss. She also starred in the popular Second City repertoire blackout sketch “Our Children” and starred in the company’s show My Friend Art Is Dead opposite the late improv-guru Del Close.

In 2009, Rivers won NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice. A documentary, Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work, premiered in theaters in 2010. Diary Of A Mad Diva was released in July. She also competed as a player or a panelist on "What's My Line?", "Pyramid", "Celebrity Family Feud", and on at least two different runs of "Hollywood Squares". In the 1980s run, she took a star turn as the Center Square for much of the three seasons.

Rivers took pleasure in mocking herself, as evident when she played herself in the Season 2 episode of FX’s Louie titled “Joan,” which caps off with Louis C.K. making a pass at her. After he bombs onstage during a casino performance and is fired for his jokes about the Trump establishment, Rivers parlays the following advice to him about show business: “I wish I could tell you it gets better, it doesn’t get better. You get better. You think it’s been easy? I’ve gone up, I’ve gone down, I’ve been bankrupt, I’ve been broke, but you do it. And you do it because … because we love it more than anything else, that’s why you do it. You want a real job, honey? There’s millions of things you can do. But what we do is not a job. It’s sounds so stupid: What we do is a calling. We make people happy. It’s a calling.”

Her final sendoff was less extravagant than what she described in her book. Rivers’ funeral will be private at New York City's Temple Emanu-El on Sunday, according to her publicist. Also, in keeping with Jewish tradition, the Upper East Side temple does not hold open-casket services, according to the synagogue.

"America's Got Talent" judge Howard Stern eulogized longtime friend Joan Rivers at her funeral Sunday, and shared some of those comments on his SiriusXM radio show Monday.

Stern recalled meeting Rivers in 1983 when he was working at NBC Radio, noting it was a big deal to have the permanent guest host of The Tonight Show as a guest back when he was a "pariah" of the entertainment industry.

"She was very, very embracing of the show and what I was doing," Stern said. "She was a fan of the show and she was a great cheerleader "

At the funeral, Stern said he teared up when Hugh Jackman sang one of Rivers' favorite songs, "Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage" by Peter Allen.

"I was so f—ing moved by this guy's performance that I had tears. You know me, I'm a big scumbag. I don't get moved. I appreciated this guy so much," said Stern.

Then the New York Police Department brought out a bagpipe procession to play "Amazing Grace."

"I was crying like a baby. I was thinking about Joan, all the appearances she made on the show, being invited to her home," Stern said.

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posted 9/8/14

"Countdown" is Officially Amazing
70 Seasons Equals a Guinness Record
From ITV Press Centre
TV brainteaser show Countdown has made it into the Guinness World Record books after clocking up 6,000 episodes over 32 years.

The Channel 4 afternoon show has been running since the station launched in 1982 is now into its 70th series.

It's original host Richard Whiteley fronted the show for more than 20 years until his death in 2005. His sidekick Carol Vorderman left in 2008 after 26 years.

The award will be presented to current presenters Nick Hewer, math whiz Rachel Riley and dictionary guru Susie Dent on air for attaining the title of "most series broadcast for a TV game show".

Hewer said: "It is a huge honor to front Countdown, now recognized by Guinness World Records for its longevity.

"Having 32 years under its belt, I am only a novice, coming up to three years on the show.

"But I and the whole team are incredibly proud to be part of such a durable and intelligent format that relies on intellect rather than prize money."

Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief at Guinness World Records, said: "The show - the first ever shown on Channel 4 - has long been a cornerstone of British popular culture, and its 70 series attest to its class, quality and pure entertainment value.

"It's every bit a part of TV time as the cuppa itself, and I'm looking forward to its next 6,000 episodes."

ITV Press Center
Digital Spy
Irish Independent
Hollywood Reporter

posted 9/8/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Dancing with Numbers"

  • Rachel Riley plays the numbers round with Strictly Come Dancing pro Pasha Kovalev (Yahoo!)
     
  • Big Brother Africa to continue after fire in the South African house (AllAfrica.com)
     
  • Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka make it official (E!)
     
  • Quizbusters celebrates 25 seasons by playing with celebrities (Lansing State Journal)
     
  • James Corden makes it official (Deadline)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES WITH Darrin Rose (Halifax Chronicle Herald) and Steve Harvey (Washington Post)

posted 9/8/14

Speaking of Football...
NFL Affects Big Brother Season
From the Futon Critic
BIG BROTHER's Wednesday broadcast, featuring the Power of Veto, moves to Tuesday (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) beginning Sept. 9, while the Thursday live eviction show, hosted by Julie Chen, shifts to Wednesday (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) effective Sept. 10, due to the premiere of NFL THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL on Sept. 11.

BIG BROTHER will continue to air on Sunday, Sept. 7 and Sunday, Sept. 14 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT). A Friday edition will be broadcast on Sept. 19 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT).

As previously announced, the special 90-minute BIG BROTHER season finale will be broadcast Wednesday, Sept. 24 (9:30-11:00 PM, ET/PT).

Updated Tuesday, Sept. 9
8:00-9:00 PM BIG BROTHER (ntp)
9:00-11:00 PM FASHION ROCKS (S)

Updated Wednesday, Sept. 10
8:00-9:00 PM BIG BROTHER (ntp)
9:00-10:00 PM UNDER THE LIGHTS (S)
10:00-11:00 PM EXTANT

Updated Tuesday, Sept. 16
8:00-9:00 PM BIG BROTHER
9:00-10:00 PM NCIS: LOS ANGELES
10:00-11:00 PM PERSON OF INTEREST

Updated Wednesday, Sept. 17
8:00-9:00 PM BIG BROTHER
9:00-10:00 PM CRIMINAL MINDS
10:00-11:00 PM EXTANT (Season Finale)

Updated Friday, Sept. 19
8:00-9:00 PM BIG BROTHER
9:00-10:00 PM HAWAII FIVE-0
10:00-11:00 PM BLUE BLOODS

Wednesday, Sept. 24
8:00-9:30 PM SURVIVOR (Season premiere)
9:30-11:00 PM BIG BROTHER (Season finale)

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Deadline

posted 9/6/14

More on "Celebrity Squares"
Catch It On ITV Saturday!
From the Futon Critic
In a long, varied and extremely successful showbiz career, Warwick Davis has played a Star Wars Ewok, a Hogwarts charms master in the Harry Potter films and somehow put up with Karl Pilkington’s constant grumbling in An Idiot Abroad.

But the actor admits that his new role as a TV quiz master in the re-booted version of this classic comedy game show is one of his most challenging yet.

“It makes learning a script for a big Hollywood film seem easy,” laughs Warwick, 44.

“Hosting a quiz show is an entirely new thing for me and I found it very hard.

“The gameplay can be complicated and I can’t afford to make any mistakes when contestants are playing for a £20,000 jackpot.

"It’s daunting and I put a lot of pressure on myself.”

Mirror

posted 9/6/14

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "Don't Mess with the Drew"

  • Drew Carey offers $10,000 for information leading to the slimeball behind a sick ALS ice bucket prank (Contra Costa Times)
     
  • Alex Trebek: the ideal Jeopardy! host. Ideal Jeopardy! player... not so much (Inquisitr)
     
  • Taken out of context, Ben Stein's comments can be pretty bad nowadays. Put in their proper context, though... they're a lot worse (The Raw Story)
     
  • John Rocker revisits SI article (Entertainment Weekly)

posted 9/6/14

Thursday: The 12th Man
NFL Wins Night Handily
From the Futon Critic
NBC (22.505 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.4, #1) was of course the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "NFL Kickoff 2014" (16.758 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 5.7, #3), "Sunday Night Football Pre-Kick" (24.672 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.8, #2) and "Sunday Night Football" (23.400 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 9.0, #1).

CBS (5.664 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was a distant second place with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.202 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5) and "The Millers" (5.861 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6) followed by a new "Big Brother 16" (6.358 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #4) and a repeat "Elementary" (3.602 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7).

Next up was FOX (2.160 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with repeats of "Sleepy Hollow" (1.635 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) and "Bones" (2.686 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.891 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up a new "The Quest" (1.877 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11), a second "The Quest" (1.239 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and a repeat "Shark Tank" (2.558 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.522 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and "The Originals" (0.490 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) closed out the evening over on The CW (0.506 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable, "Project Runway" led the troops with 1.969 million viewers. The Tag Team Thursday episode of "@midnight" drew 871,000.

The Futon Critic
Deadline
TV by the Numbers

posted 9/5/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Under the Gunn"

posted 9/5/14

Catch a Copycat Dancing
Alfonso Ribeiro, Jonathan Bennett Amongst Season 19 "DWTS" Cast
From the Futon Critic
This season's cast of celebrity dancers includes a fashion icon, a YouTube sensation, a NASCAR legend, and a movie star, to name a few. The stars will grace the ballroom floor for the first time on live national television with their professional partners during the two-hour season premiere of "Dancing with the Stars," which airs MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. One couple will be eliminated on the "Dancing with the Stars" results show the following day, on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET).

The thirteen professional dancers teaching the celebrity cast how to bring heat to the dance floor are Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Sharna Burgess, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Allison Holker, Derek Hough, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd, Emma Slater and Karina Smirnoff. Two-time Mirrorball champion and movie star Julianne Hough joins Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba at the judges' desk.

As announced this morning on ABC's "Good Morning America" by "Dancing with the Stars" hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, the 13 celebrities with their professional partners heading to the dance floor this season (in alphabetical order) are:

- Jonathan Bennett (actor/host, MTV's "Copycat") / Allison Holker
- Tommy Chong (comedian/activist) / Peta Murgatroyd
- Randy Couture (MMA fighter/actor) / Karina Smirnoff
- Betsey Johnson (fashion designer) / Tony Dovolani
- Lolo Jones (Olympic sprinter/bobsledder) / Keo Motsepe
- Bethany Mota (YouTube host) / Derek Hough
- Janel Parrish ("Pretty Little Liars") / Valentin Chmerkovskiy
- Alfonso Ribeiro (actor/host, GSN's "Catch 21") / Witney Carson
- Sadie Robertson (reality TV star/model) / Mark Ballas
- Antonio Sabato Jr. (actor/host, "Fix It & Finish It") / Cheryl Burke
- Tavis Smiley (talk show host, "The Tavis Smiley Show") / Sharna Burgess
- Lea Thompson (actress) / Artem Chigvintsev
- Michael Waltrip (NASCAR driver) / Emma Slater

For the first two weeks viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the "Dancing with the Stars" broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 15 hours, beginning from the start of the episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 11:00 a.m., ET/8:00 a.m., PT the next day. From week three until the finale, viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the "Dancing with the Stars" broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT on Tuesday evenings.

For the final week, on Monday, November 24th, online voting will open for 15 hours, beginning from the start of the episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 11:00 a.m., ET/8:00 a.m., PT the next day. A custom Facebook app lets fans vote, share whom they voted for and say why, as well as see whom friends voted for.

"Good Morning America" host and "Dancing with the Stars" alum Cameron Mathison will be traveling with the "Dancing with the Stars" Mirrorball Trophy across the country as it makes its way from Times Square to the "DWTS" Ballroom in Los Angeles. The tour starts in Times Square in New York City on September 4th when the new celebrity cast is revealed live on "GMA." The trophy will then travel across America making stops in several cities. Fans are invited to visit the Mirrorball Trophy along the tour where they can see a past "Dancing with the Stars" contestant.

Additionally, "GMA's Shake It and Dance Mirror Ball Tour Contest" kicks off next week and lucky viewers can enter to win a trip for two to attend the "Dancing With the Stars" premiere in Los Angeles on September 15. The contest begins in Boston (Monday, Sept. 8), then Chicago (Tuesday, Sept. 9) and finally Houston (Wednesday, Sept. 10). In each city, there will be a ballroom-themed dance party for 300 people. Students and instructors from Arthur Murray will teach the audience a 30 to 45 second routine using various ballroom techniques. Three audience members at each venue will be randomly selected from the audience to compete--recreating the dance routine they were taught live on the air. A former "DWTS" celebrity contestant will judge their dance moves and pick a winner in each city. Celebrity guests include Gold-medal Olympic winner Aly Raisman, reigning "Dancing with the Stars" champion Meryl Davis and Mirrorball holder J.R. Martinez.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Us Magazine

posted 9/4/14

Tuesday: Finally Letting Go
"Frozen" Loses to "Got Talent", "NCIS"
From the Futon Critic
NBC (7.408 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was still the top demo draw on Tuesday thanks to new episodes of "Food Fighters" (4.460 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "America's Got Talent" (8.882 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1).

CBS (9.419 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the most-watched network with its special repeat lineup of "NCIS" (10.328 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), another "NCIS" (10.549 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.382 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Next up was ABC (3.460 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with its special "The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic" (4.744 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) followed by a new "Extreme Weight Loss" (2.818 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.618 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up encores of "MasterChef" (2.080 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "New Girl" (1.108 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) and "The Mindy Project" (1.203 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.701 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Supernatural" (0.582 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (0.641 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable, the top draw - narrowly - was Food's "Chopped Ultimate Champions" with 1.257 million to 1.218 million for Syfy's "Face Off" & 1.168 million for Spike's "Ink Master". "The Chase" ended its third season by breaking its own record with 665,000, leading into 340,500 for a sliding "IdioTest". And "@midnight" scored a 753,000.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV Media Insights
TV by the Numbers

posted 9/4/14

Wednesday: Younger Brother
CBS Wins Demo Thanks to "Big Brother", NBC Wins Night
From the Futon Critic
CBS (5.728 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday with its mix of "Big Brother 16" (6.509 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1), "Criminal Minds" (4.923 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Extant" (5.752 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10).

NBC (7.334 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) then was a close second place with its lineup of an "America's Got Talent" (6.364 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) recap, a new "America's Got Talent" (10.111 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) and the penultimate week of "Taxi Brooklyn" (5.528 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12).

Next up was FOX (4.083 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) with the season finale of "So You Think You Can Dance" (4.083 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.575 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up its marathon lineup of "The Goldbergs" (4.143 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12), another "The Goldbergs" (3.908 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), more "The Goldbergs" (3.393 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), even more "The Goldbergs" (3.380 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), "Modern Family" (3.229 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and another "Modern Family" (3.395 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (2.067 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) and a repeat "The 100" (0.787 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on The CW (1.427 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening. This represents a new high for the UK import.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/4/14

Quiz Nights: The Game Show
Firecracker Sells 8 Episodes
From Televisual
Sky 1 has commissioned a new gameshow, Quiz Nights, an 8x60 fixed rig entertainment series from Firecracker Films based on pub quizzes.

Each show will follow four different teams, each one in a different pub across the country, as they battle it out against each other, answering identical quiz questions, in the contest to be crowned that week’s pub quiz champion.

The show is billed as a combination of a TV quiz show and an observational documentary, featured teams will be seen deliberating, squabbling and laughing as they search for the right and wrong answers. As the series continues, new pubs and teams will be introduced while a regular quiz teams will be seen returning throughout.

Participating pubs include: The Queens Arms, Birmingham; The Old Nuns Head, London; Peter Kavanagh's, Liverpool; The Rose and Crown, Chelmsford; Kelly's Dispensary, Liverpool; Stanley Working Men's Club, Blackpool; The Royal Blenheim, Oxford and The Lyceum Tavern, Newport.
Adam McDonald, Director of Sky 1, comments: “Quiz Nights is a celebration of a quintessentially British night and we are very excited for it to be coming to Sky 1. We wanted a show that is not only a piece of fascinating people watching TV but that also allows Sky customers to play along from home and really get involved.”

Sky Commissioning Editor Entertainment, Chris Brogden adds: “Whether just for fun or for the highly competitive, Quiz Nights will be a true celebration of one of Britain’s great institutions.”

Morgan Roberts, Firecracker Films added: "Firecracker Films are delighted to be working with Sky on such a unique idea - a show with heart, humour, rivalry, intrigue and a brilliant cast of characters. We want to make a series that captures the imagination and takes the idea of a traditional quiz show into a completely new space”.

The series has been commissioned by Adam MacDonald and Chris Brogden and will be executive produced by Jes Wilkins and Morgan Roberts for Firecracker Films. The Series Producer is Ollie Manley for Firecracker Films.

Production starts immediately for transmission on Sky 1 next year.

Televisual
C21Media

posted 9/4/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Can We Talk?"

  • Carrie Underwood gets a miniseries based on a song, "Two Black Cadillacs" (Deadline)
     
  • Jackie Evancho returns to AGT September 10 (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • Cosplay plus game shows equals... (Huntington News)
     
  • "The Price Is Right" premiered on this date in 1972 (WTVY Dothan)

posted 9/4/14

Syndies: Five More Days...
Results for the 2013-2014 Season
From B&C
The syndication season ended Aug. 31, and two shows were clear winners. CBS Television Distribution's Judge Judy led all of syndication for the third consecutive year, with a season-to-date average of 7.2 household rating, up 7% from last year. And CTD's Dr. Phil led the talk field for the third consecutive year with a 3.0 household average, up 3% from last year.

Among the games, CTD’s Wheel of Fortune, which retook sole possession of first place in the previous frame, widened the gap to a 5.9, up 4%. CTD’s Jeopardy! remained at a 5.5 for the third week in a row. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud picked up 4% to a 4.8, while Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire, preparing for the arrival of new host Terry Crews, trailed at an unchanged 1.9.

B&C
TV by the Number

posted 9/3/14

Fake Out
Reports: ITV Axes Panel Game
From Digital Spy
Matt Edmondson has revealed to Digital Spy that Fake Reaction will not return for a third series.

The presenter said that ITV2 have not renewed the comedy panel game show, and he doesn't expect it to return for a third run.

"I don't think it's going to be returning sadly, no," said Edmondson. "We've done two series of it and I think it sort of did OK. But I think they want to try other things. So no.

"But it's always being repeated, so I don't think anyone's going to miss it because it's still on all the time."

When asked if he was disappointed about not doing more episodes, Edmondson said: "Not really, no.

"I sort of think I got what I wanted out of it and it was a really fun show to make, but I think it's probably time to move on and do other stuff. So I don't feel too heartbroken by it."

Fake Reaction launched in January 2013, while its second series aired a year later. The show featured contestants attempting to keep a straight face while fooling the other team. Joe Swash and Ellie Taylor appeared as regular captains.

Digital Spy

posted 9/3/14

Brazilian Ding Dong
Irish Game Heads to South America
From TBI Vision
Brazil’s Globo TV has acquired local rights to Banijay International format Super Star Ding Dong.

Originally from Irish prodco Vision Independent Productions for TV3, the musical game show will be remade in-house at Globo as a 13x40mins series that will launch later this year.

The Brazilian version will feature as a segment on entertainment variety show Domingão do Faustão, which has been on air since 1989.

We are continuously launching new segments, and it is always good to find creative and interesting content for Domingão, a variety show that pursues the delight of the viewer,” said Domingão do Faustão producer Jayme Praça.

Super Star Ding Dong was also commissioned in China for state broadcaster CCTV, which has recommissioned the show.

TBI Vision

posted 9/3/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "A New Start"

  • Chris Daughtry kicks off with the theme of "Utopia" (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • "Yo Soy El Artista" launches special September 7 (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • Kevin Pereira heads to Nerdist. Points! (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: a game show in India is being probed for money laundering (Times of India)
     
  • A former Jeopardy! five-time champ is accused of sexual assault and is struck from the ToC roster because of it (AOL)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Warwick Davis (What's on TV) and Jeff Probst re: Exile Island (Entertainment Weekly)

posted 9/3/14

On the Menu: October 3
Hungry for a Lineup?
From the Futon Critic
TNT has unveiled the 10 restaurant chains that have signed on for the first season of On the Menu, the network's revolutionary new cooking competition show. Host Ty Pennington (Trading Spaces, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition) and legendary Chef Emeril Lagasse (Emeril Live, Top Chef, Emeril's Florida) headline the series in which everyday cooks will vie for the chance to have their own dishes served in major restaurant chains across the country. On the Menu is set to premiere on TNT Friday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).

TNT's On the Menu is the first cooking competition show ever to give viewers the chance to taste the winning dish after every episode. Each weekly competition will challenge a group of passionate home cooks to create a new signature dish for that week's featured restaurant. Eateries participating in On the Menu cover a wide range of cuisines, from traditional barbecue to modern fusion. Here's the lineup for season one:

· Chili's - Friday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· Denny's - Friday, Oct. 10, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· California Pizza Kitchen - Friday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· Planet Hollywood - Friday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· Emeril's Restaurant - Friday, Oct. 31, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· The Cheesecake Factory - Friday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· Cabo Wabo/Sammy's Beach Bar & Grill - Friday, Nov. 14, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· Outback Steakhouse - Friday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· Buca di Beppo - Friday, Nov. 28, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· Dickey's Barbecue Pit - Friday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)

Each episode of On the Menu opens with four cooks who must face a series of elimination challenges in order to make it to the final round. First up, they must demonstrate their understanding of that week's featured restaurant through an intense preliminary challenge. In the second round, the three remaining cooks must each create their own new dish for the restaurant and serve it to a room full of hungry diners and super fans of the featured eatery, whose votes will determine who moves on to the final round. After refining and perfecting their dishes based on the comments they receive from the diners in round two, the last two cooks serve their creations to Ty, Emeril and representatives from the featured restaurant, in whose hands the final decision rests. In a first for television cooking competitions, the winning contestant's dish will then appear on the restaurant's menu the very next day.

As host of On the Menu, Ty Pennington leads competitors through each of the elimination challenges, while Emeril Lagasse provides his expertise as a seasoned chef and industry insider, using his vast knowledge of cooking, branding and sales to help the contestants shape their culinary creations.

On the Menu comes to TNT from One Three Media. Emmy(R) winner Mark Burnett (The Bible, The Voice, Survivor) and Dean Houser (The Sing-Off, Stars Earn Stripes, Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp) serve as executive producers on the series.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/2/14

Poker Night Is Back.... For One Night Only
Discovery Lines Up Gaming Lineup
From the Futon Critic
Shark Week may be over, but several more (card) sharks are making their way onto Discovery. On September 10th, Discovery will up the ante with three brand new specials as a part of poker themed "All-In, All-Night." HUSTLING THE HOUSE premieres at 8pm ET/PT. CASINO SECRETS premieres at 9pm ET/PT. UNDERGROUND POKER premieres at 10pm ET/PT.

Casinos, lotteries and bookies all use math and science to stack the deck against you. Now you can fight back. In HUSTLING THE HOUSE, airing at 8pm ET/PT, get the scoop that the House does not want you to have.

Next up is CASINO SECRETS at 9pm ET/PT. Every single detail in a casino is designed to keep the gambler from leaving. The longer than gambler stays, the more likely that gambler is to lose money. In CASINO SECRETS, insiders reveal the hidden world of high rollers. From the true odds of roulette, to the inner workings of a slot machine, the truth is about to come out.

Finally, UNDERGROUND POKER premieres at 10pm ET/PT. Phil Laak and Antonio Esfandiari are two of the most feared and successful players on the poker circuit today. Phil holds a World Poker title, a World Series of Poker bracelet, and owns the world record for the longest time spent playing poker in a single session, lasting 115 hours at the Vegas Bellagio in 2010. Antonio's won two World Poker Tour championships and three World Series of Poker bracelets, including the "Big One for One Drop" in 2012, where he took home the largest cash prize ever awarded at a single poker event - in excess of eighteen million dollars!

But though it's the tournament circuit that made them famous, their bread-and-butter venues are the ones that average Joes never see - ultra-exclusive and closely guarded underground games where fortunes are won and lost and won again, all in the course of a single night. Just to sit at these tables takes a lot of nerve, and a LOT of cash, but first you have to get in the door, and that means knowing the right people.

Luckily that's not a problem for Phil and Antonio - they know everybody who knows anybody in the poker world. In this special, they head to New Orleans, home to some of the most coveted underground games in the nation, and use their connections to hone in on the action, whether it's at a luxurious loft on Bourbon Street or in the back room of seedy, swamp-side dive. Down in the Big Easy, high stakes and danger preside with every raise and every call, and that's why it's exactly where Phil and Antonio want to be.

HUSTLING THE HOUSE is produced for Discovery Channel by MY Entertainment, where Michael Yudin, Joe Townley, Matt Maranz and Dave Swartz serve as Executive Producers.

CASINO SECRETS is produced for Discovery Channel by Peacock Productions, where Colleen Halpin serves as Executive Producer.

UNDERGROUND POKER is produced for Discovery Channel by Matador, where Jay Peterson, Todd Lubin and Jon Bulette serve as Executive Producers and by Appian Way, where Jennifer Killoran serves as Executive Producer.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/2/14

Monday: A Night for Ninjas
NBC, Fox Split Night for Demo, CBS Wins Night
From the Futon Critic
NBC (5.138 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) and FOX (4.667 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) shared the demo crown on Labor Day as the latter served up new episodes of "MasterChef" (5.443 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T1) and "Hotel Hell" (3.891 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3).

The Peacock then offered up originals from "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (3.894 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7) and "American Ninja Warrior" (5.760 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T1).

Next up was ABC (4.284 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with a new "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.655 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and the season finale of "Mistresses" (3.541 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.369 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) went with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.973 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "CBS Fall Preview" (4.688 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Mike & Molly" (4.693 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Two and a Half Men" (4.287 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) and "Under the Dome" (6.286 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

And finally, repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.429 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.464 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and a new "America's Next Top Model" (1.275 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) on The CW (1.361 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/2/14

TV3 Finds Algorithm
All3Media Sells Game to Ireland
From TBI Vision
All3Media International is set to launch new gameshow Algorithm internationally after its commission by Ireland’s TV3.

The free-to-air broadcaster has said it will launch the new 10x60mins show next spring, and All3 will handle sales of the format and finished series.

Billed as a man versus machine contest as players take on a computer – The Algorithm – over rounds of questions, the gameshow is produced by TV3’s in-house 3Studios and fledgling North American indie Soshefeigh. Radio and TV presenter Ray Foley will host the Irish show.

All3Media part-funded the show and will now launch it internationally.

Nick Smith, VP format sales at All3Media International said: “We have already grabbed the interest of several leading broadcasters from Europe and Australia – all of whom visited the shoot in August and have expressed keen interest.”

He added: “All3Media International is confident that the show will be very well received at MIPCOM and ATF this year at its launch.”

TBI Vision

posted 9/2/14

Will The Real Tenant Please Move In?
Red Arrow Options Israeli Show "Are You For Real"
From Broadcast
Israeli gameshow Are You For Real? is set to be remade in the UK after Red Arrow International optioned the format.

The global arm of the German broadcaster and production group struck the deal with Israeli indie Gil Productions to license the format for the UK, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Belgium and Holland.

Are You For Real? challenges contestants to meet the occupants of three flats before guessing who is the actual owner and who is is posing under a fake identity.

The deal was struck between Tim Gerhartz, senior acquisitions and sales manager at Red Arrow International and Gil Productions chief executive Assaf Gil.

Red Arrow operates a number of UK production companies including A League of their Own producer CPL Productions, Nazi Quest for the Holy Grail producer Nerd and Hilar Bevan Jones’ drama indie Endor Productions.

It is thought that Red Arrow-indies CPL or Nerd will adapt the show in the UK.

Broadcast
C21 Media

posted 9/2/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "3 Million Drop"

posted 9/2/14

Thursday: Falsely NFL-evated
CBS Wins Night
From the Futon Critic
CBS (6.125 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) claimed the top spot on Thursday with its mix of "Two and a Half Men" (6.489 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "The Millers" (6.308 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2), "Big Brother 16" (7.496 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and "Elementary" (4.480 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

FOX (4.728 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then took home the silver with repeats of "Sleepy Hollow" (4.462 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Bones" (4.993 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

Next up was NBC (4.874 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its combination of "Hollywood Game Night" (5.860 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "Welcome to Sweden" (4.895 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5), another "Welcome to Sweden" (4.399 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and "America's Got Talent" (4.115 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.997 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up a new "The Quest" (4.108 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11), a second "The Quest" (3.715 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11) and its special "World's Wildest Commercials" (4.169 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

And finally, The CW (1.327 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening with repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.375 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) and "The Originals" (1.279 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14).

Due to significant NFL preemptions, results are inflated, as every team was in action last night.

Speaking of football, ESPN's broadcast of Texas A&M vs. South Carolina topped the charts in cable. Second: "Project Runway" with 2.237 million. "Snack-Off" dropped to 584,000, but continued to register in adults 18-34.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/29/14

Not-So-Sweet 16
Catch All-Female "TUF" September 10 on FS1
From the Futon Critic
The 16 women who comprise the first all-female cast of The Ultimate Fighter(R): A Champion Will Be Crowned train, kick and punch harder than most men their size. But several of these 115-pound ladies, whose fierce battle for the first-ever UFC women's strawweight championship belt premieres on Wednesday, Sept. 10 on FOX Sports 1 (10:00 PM ET), possess a softer side many would have thought impossible a few years ago given their backgrounds.

Several have overcome unthinkable tragedies and struggles, but strip away the gloves and game faces, and standing at the center of the Octagon are tenderhearted individuals using their experiences and their love of mixed martial arts (MMA) to help others, guiding troubled youth through some of their darkest moments. Among the cast is a therapeutic wilderness guide for teens; a childhood bullying victim who now works with troubled youth; a former Russian orphan whose adopted father died one year after bringing her to America; and a fighter born addicted to heroin, who later shattered her spine, skull and shoulder after falling down three stories, prompting doctors to predict she'd never walk again.

While their life stories vary greatly in origin and specific challenges, each woman emerged triumphant and stronger than ever, able to transform the negative hand life had dealt into a helping hand for others.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/29/14

BBC Links for Two
45-Episode Order Comes Down, Players Wanted
From Televisual
STV Productions and LTV have been commissioned to make another 40 episodes of quiz show The Link for BBC One daytime.

The show is presented by actor Mark Williams (Father Brown, Blandings and the Harry Potter franchise) and over the course of 45 minutes, The Link sees three teams race against time to find the link between questions.

Andrew Robertson is executive producer for STV Productions and Jo Street is executive producer for BBC.

Gary Chippington, head of entertainment for STV Productions, said: “We’re thrilled that the addictive gameplay of The Link, combined with Mark’s fantastic stewardship, proved such a hit with the daytime audience, and are thrilled to be making another series for BBC One.”

PJ Johnson, executive producer for LTV Productions, said: “We hope the second series for The Link will build and further expand our loyal BBC One audience in the UK; while further creating more excitement with all our Warner Bros International TV Distribution broadcast partners as well.”

Warner Bros. International Television Production is the global distributor of The Link format.

STV Productions developed the format in partnership with LTV. LTV was created by PJ Johnson and Angela Johnson from Tuvalu Entertainment Ltd and game developers Tristan Hyatt-Williams, Ben Drummond and Dean Tempest – the team behind board game, Linkee.

Televisual

posted 8/29/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Back September 2!"

  • First comes love: did the three-way really happen in paradise? Short answer: no. (New York Observer)
     
  • Then comes marriage: "Dating Naked" couple gets married (People)
     
  • Then come two babies and a baby carriage: In case you missed Family Feud Australia this week...  (Camden-Narellan Advertiser)

posted 8/29/14

Live at 25
Meet the New Breed of Amazing Racers!
From the Futon Critic
CBS announced today the 11 teams racing around the globe for the opportunity to win the $1 million dollar prize, on the new season of THE AMAZING RACE. The show premieres on its new day and time, Friday, Sept. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Phil Keoghan (@philkeoghan) is the host.

This season of THE AMAZING RACE, which marks the 25th edition of the 10 time Emmy Award-winning series, will feature 11 new teams, including professional surfer Bethany Hamilton and her husband Adam Dirks, Boston firefighters Michael Ward and Scott Strazzullo and professional wrestlers Robbie E. Strauss and Brooke Adams.

The Race kicked off in May with the first-ever public start from Times Square in New York City where Phil Keoghan introduced a new game-changing element, "The Save." The team that finishes first in the premiere episode will be awarded "The Save," which they can use to rescue themselves if they come in last on a leg and face elimination.

Teams this season will be put to the test as they travel through eight countries and 20 cities, spanning more than 26,000 miles. For the first time in the show's history, the Race will visit St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, where teams will fly high in the sky; Valletta, Malta, where they'll rappel 200 feet into a breathtaking Blue Grotto sea cave; and the Shetland Islands, Scotland, to test their sheep-herding skills.

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

- Adam Dirks & Bethany Hamilton (26/24; Princeville, HI; married)
- Maya Warren & Amy DeJong (29/24; Madison, WI; food scientists/friends)
- Dennis Hour & Isabelle Du (30/28; Tustin, CA; dating)
- Brooke Adams & Robbie Strauss (29/30; Houston/Woodbridge, NJ; dating/Impact wrestlers)
- Whitney Duncan & Keith Tollefson (29; Nashville; engaged country singers)
- Kym Perfetto & Alli Forsythe (30/26; Brooklyn; friends)
- Lisa & Michelle Thomson (28/22; Miami; sisters)
- Michael Ward & Scott Strazzullo (40/39; Boston; firefighters)
- Misti Raman (36/37; Columbia, SC; married)
- Shelley & Nici Porter (42/24; Detroit; mother & daughter)
- Timothy Tsao & Te Jay McGrath (23/24; Pasadena, CA; dating)

The Futon Critic
Hitfix


"The Amazing Race" returns September 26
Photo courtesy CBS

posted 8/28/14

We're Gonna Play Again, Steve!
Catch Season 16 of the Feud September 15!
From the Futon Critic
It's time to play the Family Feud! Producer FremantleMedia North America and distributor Debmar-Mercury today announced the hit nationally syndicated game show "Family Feud" - coming off its fourth straight year of growth since the arrival of Steve Harvey as host in September 2010 - will return for a new, side-splitting season on Monday, September 15, 2014 (check local listings).

During the nearly concluded 2013-14 season, "Family Feud" is averaging a 5.0 household rating to date nationally, putting it 9% over a year ago and making it the fourth highest-rated first-run strip. It scored an all-time high mark of 6.3 in late January.

In the key demos of women (2.5) and adults (2.1) ages 25-54, the game show - which tied top-rated "Wheel of Fortune" last season - is up year-to-year by 4% and 5% respectively, and is poised to finish this season as the No. 1 game show and No. 2 first-run daily series in syndication.

In the upcoming season, families from across the U.S. will be joined by Steve Harvey as they compete for the chance to win up to $20,000 by guessing the most popular answers to questions posed to 100 people surveyed. Auditions for the season were held in Chicago, Atlantic City, Tampa, San Diego, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Charleston and Nashville.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers


"Family Feud" returns September 15
Photo courtesy FremantleMedia

posted 8/28/14

Wednesday: America's Got A Split
CBS, NBC Split Night
From The Futon Critic
CBS (6.074 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday thanks to a new "Big Brother 16" (6.782 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) alongside a new "Extant" (5.830 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and a second "Extant" (5.609 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

NBC (6.487 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then took home the silver with its mix of a "America's Got Talent" (5.508 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) recap followed by new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (9.260 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Taxi Brooklyn" (4.694 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12).

Next up was ABC (4.043 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) with repeats of "The Middle" (4.125 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "The Goldbergs" (3.804 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "Modern Family" (4.482 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), another "Modern Family" (4.436 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and the season finale of "Motive" (3.704 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.582 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) offered up the penultimate week of "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.582 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.719 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and a repeat "The 100" (0.618 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) on The CW (1.168 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers

posted 8/28/14

Meal of Fortune
Sony Teams with Banquet for Giveaway
From EIN Presswire
Banquet®, a brand of ConAgra Foods (NYSE:CAG) and Wheel of Fortune, America’s most-watched game show*, announced a nationwide watch, match and win sweepstakes today that will award cash and other prizes to lucky winners. Consumers can enter online/mail-in or by collecting game pieces found in specially-marked packages of Banquet meals, pot pies and desserts.

“Since 1953, we’ve strived to deliver meals that provide value to our consumers,” said John Plaso, vice president and general manager, ConAgra Foods. “Our partnership with Wheel of Fortune helps us further deliver on that promise in a fun, engaging way.”

“This is a natural marriage of two of America’s biggest brands, coming together for maximum impact,” said Harry Friedman, executive producer of Wheel of Fortune. “With our nationwide audience and Banquet’s tremendous consumer base, people all over the country will have a chance to win.”

The promotion features nearly 48 million specially-marked Banquet frozen dinners, each with a game piece and an online entry code. Consumers can visit https://www.wheeloffortune.com/banquet to try and solve a puzzle to win instant prizes such as free Banquet foods or cash prizes. During ‘Meal of Fortune’ week, September 29 through October 3, players will have the chance to match their game pieces to one of the special puzzles each night to win cash prizes. Official rules, including how to enter and collect game pieces without purchase, can be found here: https://banquet.promo.eprize.com/mealoffortune/public/fulfillment/rules.pdf

EIN Presswire
Consumerist

posted 8/28/14

Blind Second Date
Sony Teams with Stellify for New Version for TV3
From Televisual
Stellify Media, the Belfast-based joint venture with Sony Pictures Television (SPT), has picked up its first major commission producing Blind Date (w/t) for national Irish broadcaster TV3.

Presented by Lucy Kennedy (The Ex Files, The Podge & Rodge Show), the new 8x60 series will be a “fresh, bold and contemporary” adaptation of SPT’s dating format The Dating Game. It will be produced by Stellify Media and 3Studios and air on TV3 later this year.

Executive producer and Stellify joint managing director, Kieran Doherty, said: “Securing our first commission just five months after launching Stellify Media is fantastic. Blind Date (w/t) is exactly the type of entertainment programming we want to produce - a compelling mix of humor, love and jeopardy - making it unmissable viewing for the whole family.”

Head of Development & Formats and Executive Producer for TV3 / 3studios, Andrew Byrne, said: "We are delighted to team up with Stellify Media on this exciting new production. We have been working on a number of new dating formats as part of our continued development of 3studios and when we were approached with The Dating Game format, it was simply too hard to resist! For us this is the ultimate global dating show and one that we can bring a unique Irish flavor to.”

Based in Northern Ireland, Stellify Media was launched earlier this year by Kieran Doherty and Matt Worthy as a joint venture with Sony Pictures Television. Kieran Doherty and Matt Worthy’s previous credits include the international quiz format Secret Fortune (BBC One) and the reality game show format Take the Money and Run (ABC US). They also developed series and game shows including Dara O Briain's School of Hard Sums (DAVE) and the magic and mentalism series David Meade: Make Believe (BBC One NI). Most recently, they developed quiz pilots You Against The Nation for BBC One and Divide & Conquer for Channel 4.

Televisual

posted 8/28/14

Tuesday: Semifinal Answer
If It's Tuesday, It's NBC
From various sources
NBC (7.843 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with new episodes of "Food Fighters" (4.679 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and "America's Got Talent" (9.425 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).

ABC (4.476 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then claimed the silver with originals from "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.807 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and "20/20: From Hell" (3.814 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6).

Next up was CBS (6.771 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (8.902 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.693 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and "Person of Interest" (4.719 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.402 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up second runs of "Family Guy" (1.600 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.370 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "New Girl" (1.252 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "The Mindy Project" (1.385 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.641 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with its special "The iHeartRadio Album Release Party with Maroon 5" (0.734 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) plus a repeat of "Supernatural" (0.549 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

On cable, "Face Off" won over 1.236 million viewers for Syfy, but it couldn't match the 1.453 million earned by "Chopped: Ultimate Champions". "The Chase" reached a series high with 651,000 viewers, followed by "IdioTest" at 467,500 for the hour.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily
Twitter: @SonOfTheBronx

posted 8/27/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Apptastic"

  • CASTING COUCH: "App Wars" (Reality Wanted)
     
  • Joan Rivers admitted to hospital after respiratory arrest (E!)
     
  • Enrique Iglesias, Sean Paul to perform on "SYTYCD" finale (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: "Dancing with the Stars'" wish list (TMZ)
     
  • "Ink Master" gives you the power of choice for season 5's opener (The Futon Critic)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Countdown "orgasms". This is not a repeat from earlier this week (Independent)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Julia Collins (Kiplinger) and Rick Harrison (Las Vegas Sun)

posted 8/28/14

A Rocker, Two Racers & A Spider Walk Onto an Island...
"Survivor San Juan del Sur" Cast Revealed
From the Futon Critic
CBS announced today the 18 castaways who will compete against each other on SURVIVOR, when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 29th season with a special 90-minute premiere, Wednesday, Sept. 24 (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst is host.

This fall on SURVIVOR, the "Blood vs. Water" theme returns as all-new castaways compete with - and ultimately against - their loved ones who share the same goal: to outwit, outplay, outlast and ultimately be crowned Sole Survivor and winner of the $1 million dollar prize. Alliances and relationships will be tested and bonds will be broken when mothers, daughters, brothers, spouses and partners vie against each other in the ultimate competition, raising the question of which is thicker: Blood or Water?

This season marks the return of Exile Island, where each week two loved ones square off against one another in a battle that will send the loser to isolation on Exile Island, while the winner receives reward for his/her Tribe. However, the winner will also have to choose a tribemate to accompany their loved one to Exile Island.

The battle unfolds when these 18 castaways compete on SURVIVOR:

- Drew Christy
Age: 25 Winter Park, Fla. Traveling Sales Rep
- Alec Christy
Age: 22 Winter Park, Fla. Student

- Jeremy Collins
Age: 36 Foxboro, Mass. Firefighter
- Val Collins
Age: 35 Foxboro, Mass. Police Officer

- Reed Kelly
Age: 31 New York, N.Y. Broadway Performer/Model/Aerialist
- Josh Canfield
Age: 32 New York, N.Y. Singer, Actor, Writer

- Jon Misch
Age: 26 Waterford, Mich. Financial Assistant
- Jaclyn Schultz
Age: 25 Las Vegas, Nev. Media Buyer

- John Rocker
Age: 39 Atlanta, Ga. Former MLB Player (Played for the Atlanta Braves, the Cleveland Indians, the Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
- Julie McGee
Age: 34 Atlanta, Ga. Model/Owner of Spray Tan Business

- Natalie Anderson
Age: 28 Edgewater, N.J. Crossfit Coach and Student
- Nadiya Anderson
Age: 28 Edgewater, N.J. Crossfit Coach, Project Coordinator at Bridge2Peace **Competed on seasons 21 and 24 of THE AMAZING RACE

- Keith Nale
Age: 53 Shreveport, La. Fire Captain
- Wes Nale
Age: 23 Shreveport, La. Firefighter

- Missy Payne
Age: 47 Dallas, Texas Owner of a Competitive Cheerleading Gym
- Baylor Wilson
Age: 20 Nashville, Tenn. Student

- Dale Wentworth
Age: 55 Ephrata, Wash. Farmer
- Kelley Wentworth
Age: 28 Seattle, Wash. Marketing Manager

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

posted 8/27/14

The Farmer Wants a Wife
Chris Soules Named New "Bachelor"
From ABC News
After months of anticipation and speculation, ABC announced today that Chris Soules will star in the next edition of its hit reality series, “The Bachelor.”

Soules, who made it to the final three men vying for the affections of Andi Dorfman on “The Bachelorette,” before being sent home before the final rose ceremony, says he "absolutely" believes he can find love again on TV.

"That's why I'm doing it," Soules, 32, said today on "Good Morning America." "I believe in the process. I believe in what I went through on the previous show and that's why I'm doing it."

"I wouldn't do it if I didn't feel like that was a potential," he said.

Since his appearance on "The Bachelorette," Soules, a farmer from Arlington, Iowa, has apparently been besieged by female admirers, one of whom was so ardent that she drove hundreds of miles just to knock on his door. Another professed her love for him by taking out an ad in Soules' local paper.

ABC News
TV Guide
The Futon Critic

posted 8/27/14

Halloween Wars Returns to Town
Catch It on Food Network October 5
From the Futon Critic
Halloween Wars returns to Food Network for its fourth season, premiering Sunday, October 5th at 9pm ET/PT. Witness five teams, consisting of a pumpkin carving expert, a cake decorator, and sugar artist, as they battle it out over four episodes to create heart-stopping Halloween-themed displays, guaranteed to scare the daylights out of viewers. Hosted by Justin Willman (Cupcake Wars), each week the teams go head-to-head to create different themed pumpkin displays. One team is eliminated each episode by the judging panel, made up of renowned cake decorator Shinmin Li and Emmy(R)-nominated make-up artist Brian Kinney, and a rotating panel of celebrity guest judges, including Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story: Asylum), Francia Raisa (The Secret Life of the American Teenager), Adi Shankar (film producer of The Grey and Dredd), and Lew Temple (The Walking Dead and The Devil's Rejects).The last team standing wins the title of Halloween Wars champion and a $50,000 grand prize.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/27/14

Big Break Heads to Myrtle Beach
Catch It on Golf Channel October 7
From the Futon Critic
The cast for Golf Channel's 22nd season of its popular Big Break reality competition series - Big Break Myrtle Beach - was revealed today, featuring six men and six women hoping to take that next step in their professional golf careers. They will compete for a grand prize of more than $100,000 in cash and prizes, including an exemption to either the 2015 Valspar Championship on the PGA TOUR or the 2015 Portland Classic on the LPGA Tour. Big Break Myrtle Beach premieres Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.

Produced in partnership with Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday and South Carolina Tourism and filmed at Barefoot Resort and Golf in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Big Break Myrtle Beach features a cast of 12 who are at different stages in their professional golf careers. Several are playing full time on the Symetra Tour and various mini tours throughout North America, while others turned professional solely to qualify for Big Break Myrtle Beach. All 12 will compete against each other in hopes of making their lifelong dream of walking the fairways on the PGA TOUR or LPGA Tour a reality.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/27/14

Emmys: Race to the Top
An "Amazing" Record for Outstanding Reality
From the Wrap
The big winners at the Primetime Emmys? Amazing Race, and NBC.

"Race", CBS' long-running (C-Note: pun intended) reality game won its 10th trophy for Outstanding Reality Competition Series out of 12 nominations, the most of any reality show on television.

Monday's awards show on NBC was the most-watched night on any network since this year's Oscars.

Monday's Emmy Awards earned a 4.2 demo rating and 15.6 million total viewers, according to final Nielsen numbers.

It was the second-biggest audience for the Emmys in eight years, and it tied for the second-highest rating in the key 18-49 demographic in seven years.

The NBC telecast, hosted by Seth Meyers, was the most-watched night on any TV network since March's Academy Awards.

Those numbers come despite the obstacles of being on a Monday evening (for the first time since 1976) and taking place in August. Last year's September telecast earned 17.8 million viewers, and also had the advantage of a Sunday NFL lead-in on CBS.

In 2013, the Emmys scored a 4.9 in the key demo.

Here's a fun fact: Monday's Emmys topped the rest of the combined so-called “Big 4” competition in primetime, with a 4.2 rating edging the combined 4.1 of Fox (1.8), ABC (1.2) and CBS (1.1).

The 15.6 million in total viewers beat the combined total of 13.8 million for CBS (5.0 million), Fox (4.6 million) and ABC (4.2 million).

The Wrap
The Hollywood Reporter
TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic

posted 8/26/14

Syndies: Wake Me Up When September Begins
Results for the Week Ending August 17
From Eater
Magazines saw dramatic increases in the week ending Aug. 17, fueled by extensive coverage of the life and tragic death of Robin Williams.

The game shows bounced back, with CTD’s Wheel of Fortune regaining leadership over the genre with a 4% gain to a 5.7, edging ahead of CTD’s Jeopardy!, which was unchanged at a 5.5. Debmar-Mercury’s Steve Harvey-led Family Feud perked up 5% to a 4.6. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire was flat at a 1.9.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 8/26/14

Restaurant Restart
CNBC Renews "Restaurant Startup"
From Eater
Restaurateur Joe Bastianich and Texas-based chef Tim Love's CNBC show Restaurant Startup has been renewed for a second season. According to a press release, the show will return in January 2015 with ten episodes — each one hour long — which is two episodes more than the first seasons' eight episode run. Love initially confirmed that the show had been picked up for two seasons back in June.

Restaurant Startup pits Bastianich and Love against each other as they "vie to invest their own money" in restaurant concepts they believe could be successful. There is no word on if consultant Waylynn Lucas (of Bravo's Eat, Drink, Love) — who worked with contestants on the show — will return. The final episode of season one airs tonight on CNBC.

Eater
The Futon Critic

posted 8/26/14

"Yo Soy El Artista": September 14
Lucero to Host
From TV by the Numbers
Telemundo announced that the much anticipated mega-reality show "Yo Soy El Artista" (I Am the Artist), will premiere on Sunday, September 14th at 8pm/7c. Hosted by international star Lucero, the reality show will air simultaneously in the U.S. on Telemundo and throughout Latin America on the cable networks E! and Telemundo Internacional. A select panel of celebrity judges, including Luis Fonsi, Olga Tañon, Mario Quintero Lara, Stephanie Himonidis ‘La Chiquibaby’ and Boris Izaguirre, along with 100 international social media influencers, will vote on contestants from around the country, who will have to sing, dance and demonstrate star quality and showmanship, in an intense 13-week competition, where the winner will be named the ultimate true "Artist."

International Latin music idol Juan Luis Guerra, winner of top industry awards, will be the special guest star during premiere night, bringing his music and unique flair to the stage of this innovative competition.

From the more than 4,000 people that participated in auditions in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Houston, Chicago, Orlando and Puerto Rico, only 120 contestants were preselected to travel to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida to take part in the competition, which will include three phases: Auditions, Selection and Galas.

TV by the Numbers

posted 8/26/14

Fashion Star Shoots to China
Dragon TV to Air "The Goddesses' New Clothes"
From The Futon Critic
Multimedia entertainment studio Electus, an operating business of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI), today announced that it is co-producing 10 episodes of The Goddesses' New Clothes with Dragon TV, Hitao and Blue Flame. The show, based on the U.S. show Fashion Star, premiered on Dragon TV on Saturday, August 23.

In The Goddesses' New Clothes six female celebrities will design and model "themed" clothes with the help of professional designers to win orders from shop owners at tmall.com--one of China's largest e-commerce sites. The show will continue in its current slot, airing on Saturday nights at 9:15pm.

"Fashion Star attracted audiences and advertisers in a never before seen way," said Cyrus Farrokh, VP of Distribution at Electus. "By co-producing The Goddesses' New Clothes we were able to localize the Fashion Star format with much more success than we could have done with only a format deal."

Airing on NBC from 2012-2013, the original format gave 12 eager young designers the chance to win a multi-million dollar prize of launching their original collections in three of the nation's largest fashion retailers. Fashion Star is currently airing on Vietnam's VTV3.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/26/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Emmy Comes A-Calling II"

  • Billy on the Street... on the Emmys (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • "Bachelor" contestant denied a third leave of absence, goes from media ho to nobody (Wilkes-Barre Citizen's Voice)
     
  • Former "Card Sharks" dealer Markie Post (yeah, the Night Court lady) returns to NBC on "Chicago PD" (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • FIRST LOOKS: Hell's Kitchen (Fox, September 10) (WRAZ Raleigh) and Celebrity Squares (ITV, September 10) (ITV)
     
  • Jon Bauman does what he does best... and it's not host "Hollywood Squares" (Syracuse.com)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS S#*! UP!: Countdown has orgasmed. Again (Daily Mirror)

posted 8/25/14

TPIR Wants More Men
Second Male Model Search Is On!
From Zap2it
On the heels of Rob Wilson becoming "The Price Is Right's" first male model, the CBS daytime staple has decided to hold a national competition for another handsome lad to join the usual bevvy of beauties showing off the fancy cars and exotic trips.

The search will begin Sept 6. in Spartanburg, S.C., followed by open calls in cities, including Los Angeles, Boston and Dallas, to find a male model who can do it all. Hopefuls will be judged on their sense of humor, red carpet skills and, of course, their ability to show off a car, all in the hopes of earning a modeling gig on the show, hosted by Drew Carey.

The search will air as a six-episode web series competition and fans will be able to cast their vote for the winner. At the conclusion of the web series, the final three contestants will be revealed on "The Talk," with fans being able to vote online for their favorite. The grand prize winner will be announced on Monday, Dec. 8 and begin his week-long modeling gig on Monday, Dec. 15 in Los Angeles.

If you can't make it to an open casting call, never fear -- there are online auditions as well. For audition dates and locations as well as additional contest info, go to Priceisright.com.

Zap2it
Los Angeles Times
People
Broadway World
TV by the Numbers

posted 8/25/14

Sunday: Falling Star
ABC's Talent Show Ends, But Football Wins
From Deadline
One night before the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards and with the MTV VMAs on plus some finales on cable, it was still a pretty packed house on the Big 4 on Sunday. With only Fox in full repeats after some football overruns, there was the NFL preseason game on NBC that pushed the Emmys to a Monday for the first time since 1976 and there was some reality taking a bow and some more unscripted heading towards its final month of this season. Though West Coast votes didn’t really count, they declared a winner last night on the freshman season of Rising Star (0.9/3). With judge Brad Paisley performing with the final four contestants, fellow judge Kesha bringing rainbow hair to the screen and judge Ludacris doing his thing, the live 1-hour broadcast was up 13% among adults 18-49 from its August 17 show. While that’s the second double digit growth in as many weeks for the highly hyped competition show, it is down 40% from RS’s June 22 2-hour debut in what has been a very unsteady first season for the as of yet not renewed show. While Rising Star was up on the competitive night, its lead-in Wipeout (0.7/3) fell a hard 22% from the week before to hit a series low according to preliminary numbers.

Heading into the beginning of the football season next week, last night’s game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Arizona Cardinals saw the former winning their first preseason after there previous losses. Scoring a touchdown for NBC, last night’s 8:15 – 11 PM ET game got a 4.8/8 rating in meter markets. That’s up 17% from last week’s Carolina Panthers vs. Kansas City Chiefs game. However, the preliminary rating of 1.9/6 that the Bengals and Cardinals game pulled in last night was a dip of 9% from the 2.1/7 that last week’s game got in final numbers among the 18-49s. Last night’s game was also down the same from the 2.1/6 that the comparable Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49s last August 25 received. That game last year went up to a 2.7/6 in final numbers. As always with live events like football games, expect an adjustment in today’s final numbers. With a Dateline special at 7 PM getting a 1.2/5, NBC’s total winning rating for the night was a 1.8/6. The network topped viewership as well with 6.54 million watching.

They might not want to see any adjustments over on CBS. With a 14% rising over its August 17 show, Big Brother (2.5/8) hit a season high last night. That’s a high among not just 18-49s but also viewers with an audience of 7.26 million and adults 25-54 with a 2.9 for the 1-hour show. The rest of CBS’s night wasn’t half bad either with Unforgettable (0.9/3) rising 13% over last week and Reckless (0.5/2) remaining even with its August 17 show. Unfortunately for the latter, that preliminary rating means it tied a low.

Deadline
Billboard
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers

posted 8/25/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Emmy Comes A-Calling"

posted 8/25/14

"Food Truck Face Off": October 2
Jesse Palmer to Host
From The Futon Critic
Four talented teams compete to make their culinary dreams come true by winning their very own customized food truck for a year on new series Food Truck Face Off, premiering Thursday, October 2nd at 8:00pm ET/PT on Food Network. On each of the 13 episodes, hosted by Jesse Palmer,four teams present their unique food truck concepts to an expert panel of judges. Based on the viability and quality of their ideas, two teams will be selected to face off in an intense two-day showdown. The team that earns the most will drive away with the grand prize!

"With the popularity of food truck fare, and after five successful seasons of The Great Food Truck Race, the food truck industry continues to draw passionate food entrepreneurs," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network. "Food Truck Face Off provides the opportunity for aspiring food truck owners to realize their dreams in a heart-pounding culinary competition that tests every skill needed to succeed, including creativity, business savvy and, of course, culinary skills."

Throughout the season, the four teams must impress radio and television personality Steak Shapiro and restaurateur Alpana Singh (The Boarding House), as well as a rotating panel of guest judges including, Andrew Gruel (Slapfish Restaurant), Robyn Almodovar (Palate Party) and Zane Caplansky (Caplansky's Deli and Thunderin' Thelma), with their food truck concepts. Then, the two remaining teams must put their ideas to the test on the streets of North America. On the first day, it is truck-against-truck. The team with the tastiest food, best service and most pleasing presentation is awarded a critical special advantage during the final round. On the last day, the competition fuels up as the trucks must face off not only against each other, but against other local food trucks. The team with the highest profits at the end of the two days will be crowned winner, and will drive away with their own food truck for one full year!

Don't miss as all the delicious action unfolds! Fans can visit FoodNetwork.com/FaceOff all season long for behind-the-scenes photos and more from the competition, as well as connect on Twitter with the hashtag #FoodTruckFaceOff.

After five seasons as a quarterback in the National Football League for the New York Giants and the San Francisco 49ers, Jesse Palmer's broadcast career began as a studio analyst for CSTV, and later for Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports, providing commentary for college football and NFL games. Outside the sports arena, Jesse has co-hosted ABC's Live with Kelly, The View, contributed on The Chew, and hosted Food Network Canada's Recipe to Riches. In 2008, Palmer became an analyst for ESPN College Football Primetime, joining announcer Chris Fowler and analyst Craig James in the booth. In addition to the Thursday night games, he served as a studio analyst on College Football Live. A few years later, Palmer added ABC Studio analyst to his duties, joining longtime analyst John Saunders in providing pregame, halftime and postgame analysis for every ABC telecast college football game. Jesse currently appears on ESPN's Thursday Night College Football and will be appearing on the new SEC Network.

Food Truck Face Off is produced by Peace Point Entertainment Group.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/22/14

Thursday: Julie Challenges Every Big Brother Player Ever
And CBS Challenges for the Night
From The Futon Critic
CBS (5.926 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.997 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Mom" (6.384 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "Big Brother 16" (6.968 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and "Elementary" (3.619 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

ABC (4.683 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then took home the silver with new episodes of "The Quest" (2.704 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Rookie Blue" (5.202 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and the season finale of "Rookie Blue" (6.144 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

Next up was FOX (2.822 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) with repeats of "Bones" (2.447 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and another "Bones" (3.198 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.767 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) served up its combination of "Hollywood Game Night" (3.686 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Welcome to Sweden" (2.431 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), another "Welcome to Sweden" (2.082 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "America's Got Talent" (2.359 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.631 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "The Originals" (0.540 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) on The CW (0.585 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable, Lifetime's "Project Runway" led the troops with 2.366 million viewers. "Beat Bobby Flay" gave Food 1.159 million viewers. MTV's "Snack-Off" had 689,000 at 10:30, while the recent controversy behind "Dating Naked" did little for its rating, 535,000 total.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily
And since we promised you a challenge... YouTube

posted 8/22/14

Sky Gets Wild
"Wild Things" Blends Cosplay with Obstacle Course
From Broadcast
Sky has ordered a cosplay gameshow and a Christmas drama alongside a trio of acquisitions, including The Flash.

The pay-TV broadcaster has commissioned Wild Things, a 6 x 60-minute format that features couples undertaking a range of challenges dressed as squirrels on a woodland obstacle course.

The show is produced by Zodiak-owned IWC and Mad Monk, which is Banzai creator Gary Monaghan’s indie, in association with GroupM Entertainment. Wild Things is planned to air on Sundays following The Simpsons in a teatime slot.

Speaking at the Edinburgh International TV Festival, Sky 1 director Adam MacDonald said that the show was the “silliest” thing it was doing and was a “daft slice of genius”.

Broadcast
TBI Vision
The Guardian
Digital Spy
TV Wise

posted 8/22/14

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

  • CASTING COUCH: "The Chase" season 4 (ChaseCasting.com)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: "The Voice" season 7 (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • Billy on "The Millers" (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: former "Jeopardy!", "Millionaire" contestant arrested for breaking into lawmaker's home and beating on his wife (WCVB Boston)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Two Tribes"... by a woman who hates quiz shows. (The Independent)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: It's The 90s Are All That! Night with the Brooklyn Cyclones (BrooklynCyclones.com) plus Tom Bergeron (Twitter: @Tom_Bergeron) and a Top Chef (People) get wet
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: ABC O&Os shuffle "Millionaire", "Daytime Jeopardy!" for the afternoon (Soap Opera Network)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: MasterChef (The Futon Critic)
     
  • If you're a fan of Bob Barker... Watch "The Bold & the Beautiful" next Thursday! (TV Guide)
     
  • "Only Connect" connects from BBC4 to BBC2 starting September 1 (Wales Online)
     
  • Paul Sinha: "The Chase" can't survive without Bradley Walsh. Brooke Burns begs to differ (Radio Times)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Craig Tracy (Channel Guide)

posted 8/22/14

GSN's Double Play
"The Chase", "It Takes a Church" Renewed for 2015
From The Futon Critic
GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today it has picked up additional seasons of two original series: Emmy(R)-nominated THE CHASE (season four, 20 episodes) and matchmaking competition show IT TAKES A CHURCH (season two, eight episodes). Both seasons will air in 2015.

THE CHASE, hosted by Brooke Burns, features the brilliant and intimidating Mark Labbett (aka "The Beast") who faces down contestants in the ultimate trivia challenge. One of GSN's most popular original series, THE CHASE has attracted more than 18 million total viewers since its premiere in August 2013. Throughout its season three run, the series has posted impressive ratings growth among P18-49 (+52%), P25-54 (+56%), W25-54 (+36%), W18-49 (+30%), with total viewership up 37%, vs. GSN's year-to-date time period average.

Dating series IT TAKES A CHURCH, which premiered in June, features Christian congregations across the U.S. in a matchmaking competition to help one unattached fellow congregant find his or her partner. Hosted by Grammy(R) nominated Curb recording artist Natalie Grant, each one-hour episode features a church from a different region of the country. In its inaugural season, more than seven million viewers tuned into IT TAKES A CHURCH. The show delivered triple-digit growth among W18-34 (+100%) and W18-49 (+117%), and double-digit growth among W25-54 (+94%), P18-49 (+92%) and P25-54 (+72%), vs. GSN's year-to-date time period average.

"'The Chase' and 'It Takes a Church' reflect GSN's commitment to programming all types of game, from shiny floor to competition elimination," said Amy Introcaso-Davis, executive vice president, programming, at GSN. "We're delighted with the quality, reach and growth of these two original series."

The Futon Critic
Deadline
The Hollywood Reporter


GSN has renewed "The Chase" & "It Takes a Church"
photo courtesy GSN

posted 8/21/14

It's Official: Julianne Hough Heading BACK to "Dancing"
This Time, She's a Judge
From The Futon Critic
Two-time "Dancing" champion, actress, musician and Emmy(R)-nominated choreographer Julianne Hough returns to the ballroom as a fourth judge on this season of "Dancing with the Stars," premiering MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET/PT) on ABC. Hough will judge alongside resident judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli.

As previously announced, the twelve professional dancers competing this season for the Mirrorball Trophy are Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Allison Holker, Derek Hough, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd, Emma Slater and Karina Smirnoff. The professional dancers will be paired with a brand new cast of celebrities, announced live on "Good Morning America" on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 (7:00-9:00 a.m., ET).

Julianne Hough said today, "I'm so excited to be back with my "Dancing with the Stars" family again on a regular basis. I've always aspired to be an all-around entertainer, whether I'm acting, dancing or singing, and I'm thrilled for this opportunity that will allow me to continue all of those pursuits. Derek and I just finished our Move Live on Tour, which reminded me how much I miss the interaction with the dance fans that have been so supportive of me in my career. I am warming up the paddles and the sass, and I'm ready to have fun in this new role."

Executive Producer, Rob Wade stated, "We are delighted to welcome Julianne back to the DWTS family. Her blend of ballroom dancing experience and unique judging ability make her the ideal choice for the show, and we are very excited to have her, Carrie Ann, Bruno and Len on board."

The Futon Critic
People

posted 8/21/14

Wednesday: Big Eyes
CBS, NBC Split Night
From The Futon Critic
CBS (5.913 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the top demo draw on Wednesday with its mix of "Big Brother 16" (6.582 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1), "Extant" (5.505 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) and a second "Extant" (5.652 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

NBC (6.572 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then claimed the silver with its combination of "America's Got Talent" (5.599 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5) recap, "America's Got Talent" (9.188 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Taxi Brooklyn" (4.928 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Next up was ABC (3.554 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) with repeats of "The Middle" (3.265 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "The Goldbergs" (3.079 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "Modern Family" (3.549 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), another "Modern Family" (3.836 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) and a new "Motive" (3.798 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.363 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.363 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

And finally, The CW (1.094 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.720 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and a repeat "The 100" (0.467 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14).

"Top Chef: Duels" had a tasty 762,000 to "Skin Wars'" 725,000, a series high on cable.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers

posted 8/21/14

... Oh, HI, ITV!
ITV Greenlights "You're Back in the Room"
From TV Wise
ITV has given the greenlight to You’re Back In The Room, a four-part game show which sees contestants hypnotised before they attempt seemingly simple tasks.

You’re Back In The Room is being hosted by Phlilip Schofield and sees five contestants hypnotised by mentalist Keith Barry. The seeming straight-forward tasks they need to complete only become harder as their hypnotic triggers cause them to inadvertently sabotage their chances of winning.

The four-part series was commissioned by ITV’s Director of Entertainment & Comedy Elaine Bedell and ITV’s Comedy Commissioning Editor Claire Zolkwer and is being produced by Tuesday’s Child. The series producers are Chris Lore and Marc Bassett, while Karen Smith is set to executive produce.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be launching a completely fresh, brand new format. This series is totally original and unlike anything I’ve ever hosted before”, said Phillip Schofield. “From making the pilot, the contestants are undoubtedly the stars of the show; their reactions are bizarre, hilarious, completely unpredictable and always thoroughly entertaining.”

While ITV’s Comedy Commissioning Editor Claire Zolkwer added: “We are thrilled to have Phillip on board for this unique and exciting new show. It’s entertainment the whole family can enjoy and I’m looking forward to seeing the contestants in action.”

TV Wise
The List
Digital Spy
ITV

posted 8/21/14

Top Chef Returns to the Heat October 15
Former Champ Richard Blais to Recur as Judge
From TV by the Numbers
Bravo Media’s Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series “Top Chef” will premiere its 12th season in Boston on Wednesday, October 15th at 10PM ET/PT. Returning to the judges table for the new season in New England are head judge Tom Colicchio, judges Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson and host Padma Lakshmi. For the first time ever, a “Top Chef” winner is joining the judging panel. Richard Blais will make his debut as a recurring judge offering the chef’testants guidance from a chef and a former competitor’s point of view. For a sneak peak at season 12, visit http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/season-12/videos/top-chef-goes-to-boston.

This season features some of the franchise’s “hungriest” chefs battling it out against the backdrop of Bean Town’s flourishing culinary scene. The chefs will go knife-to-knife at iconic Boston locales including Fenway Park, Plimoth Plantation and The Bull and Finch Pub, which served as the inspiration for “Cheers” and where exterior shots for the show were filmed. Mirroring Boston’s own rich history, Season 12 is full of firsts, including the first meal ever served on the field underneath the Green Monster, a challenge using only ingredients that would have been on hand at the first Thanksgiving meal, the first “Top Chef” food festival and the first fan appreciation challenge where fans of the show were invited to dine inside the “Top Chef” kitchen. The show will also feature a challenge highlighting Boston’s finest from the police and fire departments.

The stakes are higher than ever as “Top Chef” introduces sudden death Quickfire challenges that occur without warning throughout the season and a fiery judges table that puts every chef on the spot. The chefs will be tasked with serving up food for top entertainers, culinary stars and celebrity guest judges including: actress Emmy Rossum, Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski of the New England Patriots, MLB Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley, actor George Wendt (Norm from “Cheers”), “Watch What Happens Live” host Andy Cohen, Todd English, Barbara Lynch, Jasper White, Ming Tsai, Jacques Pépin, Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonette.

The chef’testants will bring out their knives as they battle it out for $125,000 furnished by Healthy Choice, a feature in FOOD & WINE magazine, a showcase at the annual FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen and the title of “Top Chef.”

TV by the Numbers
Boston Globe
Atlanta Journal Constitution

posted 8/21/14

Sports Jeopardy!: September 24
Catch It on Crackle!
From The Futon Critic
Crackle announced today that the first season of new television quiz show Sports Jeopardy! with Dan Patrick will premiere on Wednesday, September 24 on Crackle and all Crackle platforms. Hosted by Emmy(R)-Award winning sportscaster Dan Patrick (The Dan Patrick Show), Sports Jeopardy! is a weekly 30-minute program that combines the excitement and prestige of Emmy Award(R) winning quiz show JEOPARDY! with the rich and diverse world of sports. New episodes will be available to stream on demand year round every Wednesday for a total of 52 episodes each year.

"We've got a great starting lineup for the debut of Sports Jeopardy! on September 24," said Sports Jeopardy! host Dan Patrick. "It's the only game show that rewards you for the hours you spend on your couch watching sports and being anti-social, so reward yourself, tune in, and play along."

More than 30,000 contestants registered online for auditions held this past summer in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dallas, Chicago and New York. Each contestant was then presented with a qualifying test of 30 clues in 30 sports-related categories for the first phase of the audition process. For those who passed that initial test, the second phase of auditions featured mock game play and a short interview. Qualified contestants who passed the test and interview and met all eligibility requirements went on to appear on the show.

Sports Jeopardy! is produced by Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.

For more information about Sports Jeopardy! with Dan Patrick, please visit sportsjeopardy.com

The Futon Critic
The Hollywood Reporter
TubeFilter
B&C
Sports Illustrated
Awful Announcing


Dan Patrick hosts "Sports Jeopardy!" for Crackle September 24
photo courtesy Premiered Radio Networks

posted 8/21/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Undressed"

  • ICYMI: "Dating Naked" gets even more naked, and the even-more-naked woman in question is filing suit (New York Post)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Les Moonves challenges Julie Chen (YouTube) and Craig Ferguson challenges Dave Attell & Bob Saget (Mobypicture)
     
  • Pharrell Williams getting sued for bolting YouTube for "The Voice".... Really? (TMZ)
     
  • Padma Lakshmi gets roasted by Teamsters (Deadline)
     
  • Carson Daly welcomes a third child (People)
     
  • ZOMBIES IN LOVE... Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon (People)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: MasterChef (The Futon Critic)
     
  • If you're a fan of Bob Barker... Watch "The Bold & the Beautiful" next Thursday! (TV Guide)
     
  • "Only Connect" connects from BBC4 to BBC2 starting September 1 (Wales Online)
     
  • Paul Sinha: "The Chase" can't survive without Bradley Walsh. Brooke Burns begs to differ (Radio Times)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Craig Tracy (Channel Guide)

posted 8/21/14

Tuesday: Consistency Is Key
NBC Wins Night, Week 2 of "IdioTest"
From various sources
NBC (7.803 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with new episodes of "Food Fighters" (4.635 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and "America's Got Talent" (9.388 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1).

CBS (7.096 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then claimed the silver with repeats of "NCIS" (9.028 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.027 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "Person of Interest" (5.235 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Next up was ABC (3.490 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) with originals from "Extreme Weight Loss" (3.372 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and "20/20: From Hell" (3.727 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.338 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up second runs of "Family Guy" (1.899 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.404 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9), "New Girl" (1.060 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) and "The Mindy Project" (0.989 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.772 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "Supernatural" (0.637 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.704 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

In series premiere news, Syfy's Wizard Wars proved magical in its premiere, conjuring up 1.015 million total viewers on Tuesday, August 19 from 10-11PM (ET/PT). The series also averaged 573K Adults 25-54, 552K Adults 18-49 and 240K Adults 18-34. This led out of 1.221 million for Face Off. Over on Food, Chopped competed with 1.45 million.

Elsewhere, Restaurant Startup catered to 324,000. The Chase on GSN rose to a season high with 596,000. Week 2 of IdioTest held steady at 429,000. 

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily
TV Media Insights

posted 8/20/14


DON PARDO: 1918-2014
Legendary Voice of "Jeopardy!", "SNL"
From Los Angeles Times
Don Pardo, the legendary NBC announcer whose deep, resonant voice was heard for more than three decades on "Saturday Night Live," has died. He was 96.

Pardo died Monday evening, according to NBC spokesman Rich Licata. The cause was not given, but Pardo reportedly broke a hip last year.

After launching his broadcasting career at a small radio station in Providence, R.I., Pardo began his six-decade tenure as a staff announcer at NBC in New York City in 1944.

He was an announcer for radio shows such as "Front Page Farrell" and "Pepper Young's Family" before moving into the new medium of television, where he was an announcer for shows ranging from "Caesar's Hour" and "The Kate Smith Evening Hour" to the original versions of "The Price is Right" and "Jeopardy!"

On Nov. 22, 1963, it was Pardo who delivered the audio news bulletin to NBC TV viewers, first locally in New York and then nationally, that President Kennedy had been shot in downtown Dallas.

His longest-running announcing gig began Oct. 11, 1975, when NBC launched what it originally called "NBC's Saturday Night," with George Carlin as the first guest host: a live, 90-minute mix of youthfully irreverent comedy and music that became a TV institution that continues to this day.

On that first show — after cast member Chevy Chase uttered the now-famous "Live from New York. It's Saturday Night!" at the end of the opening skit — the jazzy musical theme and opening credits began as veteran announcer Pardo intoned in his authoritative yet friendly voice:

" 'NBC's Saturday Night.' Starring George Carlin. With Janis Ian and Billy Preston. A film by Albert Brooks. Jim Henson's Muppets. The Not for Ready Prime Time Players. And comedians Valri Bromfield, Andy Kaufman. Ladies and gentleman, George Carlin!"

Illustrating the unpredictability of live television, Pardo had made one flub in his intro.

As he recalled in a 2006 videotaped interview for the Archive of American Television: "[Writer] Herb Sargent, I'll never forget, came to me after the show. He says, `Do you know what you said? You said 'Not for Ready.' I says, "I did?"

Noting in the interview that he had said "Not Ready for Prime Time Players" correctly in the dress rehearsal, he recalled: "In the early days [of the show], I was like in a little hallway; it wasn't a studio per se. I was there with a clipboard, and that was it. Maybe I got distracted by something. Whatever it was, I don't know."

The show, which was renamed "Saturday Night Live" in 1977, became a star-making success. And, with the exception of the seventh season when changes were made and he was replaced, Pardo continued to be the show's announcer.

In the process, the already well-known announcer became something of a celebrity himself, appearing occasionally on screen, including joining musical guest Frank Zappa on the song "I'm the Slime" in 1976.

Pardo, whose career included countless commercial voiceovers, also made a cameo appearance in the Weird Al Yankovic music video for his 1984 song "I Lost on Jeopardy," and he had a bit part as the "Guess That Tune" host in Woody Allen's 1987 movie comedy "Radio Days."

Even after retiring as an NBC staff announcer in 2004 and moving to Tucson, he continued to fly to New York to announce "Saturday Night Live" at the request of "SNL" creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels, who has said he couldn't imagine the show without Pardo.

Joining the cast on stage at the end of a "Saturday Night Live" show in 2008, the day after he turned 90, Pardo received a kiss from former SNL head writer and performer Tina Fey and managed to summon the breath to blow out all 90 candles on a birthday cake.

Michaels said that he originally chose Pardo to announce the youthfully irreverent comedy show because he "was very much an announcer" and he wanted "that authority voice."

In 2010, Pardo was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.

He was born Dominick George Pardo on Feb. 22, 1918, in Westfield, Mass., and primarily grew up in Norwich, Conn.

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posted 8/20/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "All-In"

  • LIST ABUSE: every moment Alex Trebek rapped (Music Times)
     
  • Boris Izaguirre joins "Yo Soy el Artista" as a judge (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • DEFINING MOMENT OF AWESOME: first person to go all the way on "Let's Ask America" ... goes all the way (Instagram @letsaskamerica)

posted 8/20/14

Monday: Ninjas vs. Chefs. Winner: EVERYONE.
NBC, Fox Tie in the Demo
From the Futon Critic
NBC (5.490 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1) and FOX (4.874 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1) shared top demo honors on Monday as the former served up new episodes of "MasterChef" (5.703 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Hotel Hell" (4.046 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3).

The Peacock then served up originals from "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (4.258 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and "American Ninja Warrior" (6.106 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2).

Next up was CBS (5.503 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) with repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (4.495 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Mom" (4.266 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Mike & Molly" (4.916 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and "Two and a Half Men" (4.884 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) plus a new "Under the Dome" (7.229 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.356 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) offered up fresh installments of "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.886 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) and "Mistresses" (3.297 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

And finally, a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.676 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.932 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and the return of "America's Next Top Model" (1.182 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) on The CW (1.493 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the night.

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/19/14

Syndies: While We Were in Vegas...
Results for the Week Ending August 10
From TV News Check
The game show race continued to be a nail biter in the week ending Aug. 10, as Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune both declined and fell into a dead heat. A week ago, Jeopardy upset the usually dominant Wheel for only the second time in 10 years.

At the top of the overall ratings chart, however, Judge Judy forged ahead and was syndication’s runaway No. 1, winning by the widest margin in the show’s 18-year history. Judy, which was entirely in reruns, has now been the highest-rated syndicated show for 20 consecutive weeks.

GAME SHOWS
1. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.5 -5%
1. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.5 -4%
3. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) 4.4 -2%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.9 -5%

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posted 8/19/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Wizarding World"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Wizard Wars" (Syfy, tonight) (New York Times)
     
  • Simon Cowell takes the ALS ice bucket challenge. In typical. Simon Cowell. Fashion. (Twitter @SimonCowell)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: all 20 seasons of America's Next Top Model... annotated and ranked (The Wire)
     
  • The votes are in... and "Big Brother" is getting sued (TMZ)
     
  • Is Julianne Hough headed to the judge's table? After "Rock of Ages", I'd seriously consider it (TMZ)
     
  • LEAVE GUY FIERI ALONE! The real problem with Food Network? Talk to Bob Tuschman. (Salon)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Erin Andrews, "the new Ryan Seacrest" (Fox News)

posted 8/19/14

"Shark Tank", Jane Lynch Win Emmys
Creative Arts Emmys Awarded Sunday Night
From Frontiers LA
There’s still a week to go before the Primetime Emmy Awards, but this weekend saw the Creative Arts Emmys, which focus on behind-the-scenes accomplishments and smaller roles, and Orange is the New Black put in a very strong appearance.

Jane Lynch took home her second Emmy, for hosting celebrity gameshow Hollywood Game Night. She previously won a supporting actress award for her work on Glee in 2010.

ABC's "Shark Tank" won the trophy for outstanding structured reality show.

The rest of the awards will be handed out at the Primetime Emmy ceremony on Monday August 25th.

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posted 8/18/14

Sunday: Great Googly Moogly
NFL Wins Over All
From the Futon Critic
FOX (5.132 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) pulled into the top demo spot on Sunday with its mix of "American Dad" (2.310 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "The Simpsons" (2.909 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "NFL Pregame" (5.325 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and "NFL Preseason: Chiefs at Panthers" (6.102 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T1).

CBS (6.318 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was the most-watched network with its lineup of "60 Minutes" (7.763 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Big Brother 16" (6.852 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T1), "Unforgettable" (6.244 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Reckless" (4.412 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14).

Next up was ABC (3.658 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its combination of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.730 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5), "Wipeout" (3.001 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Rising Star" (3.138 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Castle" (3.762 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

And finally, NBC (3.063 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) closed out the evening with encores of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.884 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) and "America's Got Talent" (3.242 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

The Futon Critic

posted 8/18/14

Re-Generation
Miranda Hart Downplays Rumors That She's Hosting
From Digital Spy
Miranda Hart has downplayed rumors that she will host a rebooted version of The Generation Game for the BBC.

The classic game show, which has previously been presented by the likes of Sir Bruce Forsyth, Larry Grayson and Jim Davidson, was reported earlier today to be returning next year for the first time since 2002.

The Miranda star was rumored to be in talks for the role earlier this year, and appeared on a one-off special of the show for Comic Relief in 2011.

BBC One controller Charlotte Moore told The Guardian: "It will be a modern reinvention of The Generation Game. Miranda will bring a very different flavor to it.

"Her wit and spirit behind it will naturally move it into the modern era. Miranda is brilliant at engaging with people, she loves that interaction. She'll be brilliant."

Moore added of the new Generation Game: "I promise you it won't be predictable.

"It will feel absolutely rooted in the present day. Television is always reinventing things, every show has a great-grandparent that existed once. We all swim in the same pond."

However, Hart downplayed the suggestions later on Twitter, writing: "Apparently it's 100 per cent cert I am doing Gen Game. First I've heard of it. Mulling some ideas about it might be more accurate."

Digital Spy
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Guardian

posted 8/18/14

Argentina Calls In a "Favour"
"Do Me A Favour" Comes from Armoza Formats
From C21 Media
Argentinian broadcast giant Telefe has launched its local version of gameshow format Do Me a Favour, co-developed with Israel’s Armoza Formats.

The show has been coproduced by Telefe and Armoza and started airing last Sunday. The street-set series is hosted by local sports presenter Juan Marconi and sees two contestants trying to persuade strangers to do them a favour in the shortest time possible.

Do Me a Favour was created by Itay Herman and Oded Kramer (Catch, Still Standing) and jointly developed by Telefe and Armoza.

The format has already sold into Asia, where Thai production company Zense Entertainment picked up rights in April.

C21 Media

posted 8/18/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Shark Week"

posted 8/18/14

Double the Hell
13th Season of "Hell's Kitchen" Bows on Fox September 10
From the Futon Critic
Host, executive producer and award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay fires up a brand-new season of HELL'S KITCHEN with a special, two-hour Season 13 premiere airing Wednesday, Sept. 10 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Once again, 18 new chefs from all walks of life will be tested like never before as Chef Ramsay puts them through a series of grueling team challenges and dinner services to prove they possess the passion, culinary ability and determination to win a life-changing grand prize: a Head Chef position at a Gordon Ramsay restaurant, a total prize value of $250,000. Season 13 also will feature the milestone 200th episode of HELL'S KITCHEN.

In the first hour of the premiere episode (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), Chef Ramsay extends star treatment to the newest batch of contestants when they arrive in Hollywood for a silver screen experience. But the Hollywood ending is cut short when Ramsay splits the chefs into two teams - men (Blue) vs. women (Red) - and asks them to present their signature dishes in front of a live audience. Later, the chefs struggle to work together during their first dinner service, and one team's performance is so disappointing that Chef Ramsay forces them to leave the kitchen.

In the second hour (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), the Red and Blue teams will go head-to-head and dig as many Geoduck clams out of intricate sand sculptures and then recreate Ramsay's Geoduck sashimi. The team that creates 15 perfect dishes will soak up the sun on a luxury yacht with Chef Ramsay, while the losing team will clean up the sand and prepare the Geoduck nigiri and chowder for dinner service. At the end of another fiery dinner service, one more chef will be sent home.

Throughout the season, the contestants will face grueling challenges, including serving a speed brunch for a culinary graduation, impressing an ultra-exclusive club with special guest judges and preparing delicious dishes for "glampers" at a nearby campsite. Also, the dinner services will be more star-studded than ever with celebrities dining at HELL'S KITCHEN, including legendary rock musician Steven Tyler of Aerosmith; talk show host Wendy Williams; NBA Champion Chris Bosh; Olympic gold medalist sprinter Allyson Felix; comedian Penn Jillette, actor Lou Diamond-Phillips and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE judges Mary Murphy and Nigel Lythgoe. As the competition progresses, the number of contestants will be narrowed down until only two chefs are left to compete for the HELL'S KITCHEN title.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/15/14

Thursday: Last Game Show Standing
"Comic" Season Finale Helps NBC Split with CBS
From the Futon Critic
CBS (5.482 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) claimed top honors on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.666 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "The Millers" (5.967 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4), "Big Brother 16" (6.392 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and "Elementary" (3.237 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

NBC (4.511 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) then was a close second place with a repeat "Hollywood Game Night" (3.794 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) followed by the two-hour season finale of "Last Comic Standing" (4.870 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3).

Next up was ABC (4.447 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with originals from "The Quest" (2.760 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Rookie Blue" (5.063 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and the season finale of "NY Med" (5.518 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.044 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up a repeat "Sleepy Hollow" (1.726 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and the season finale of "Gang Related" (2.362 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.540 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "The Originals" (0.515 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) on The CW (0.527 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable, "Project Runway" attracted 1.877 million viewers.

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posted 8/15/14

Fanatics Wanted
Sky Orders "The Fanatic", Game Show for Geeks
From Digital Spy
A new game show for geeks and fanatics has been ordered for Sky1.

The Fanatic pits three different contestants against one another each week, testing their knowledge about a diverse range of topics, reports Broadcast.

A casting call reads: "Across the eight episodes in the series, we want to include a variety of subjects. From soap operas to Star Wars, from Manchester United to motorsport, from Thor to theme parks, the list is endless."

The series was commissioned by Sky1's Adam Macdonald, and could feature interactive elements for viewers at home.

The Fanatic is being produced by Victory Television, which has previously worked on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and Tough Young Teachers.

Sky also recently ordered a UK version of the US reality series King of the Nerds, which will be hosted by Konnie Huq.

Digital Spy

posted 8/15/14

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Closing Time"

  • "American Idol Experience" to close by the end of this month. So get it in where you can fit it in (Orlando Sentinel)
     
  • UPDATE: Josh Gracin apologizes, seeks help (TMZ)
     
  • Bryan Voltaggio charged with DWI (WNBC New York)
     
  • Craig Ferguson lines up new talk show (Fashion Times)
     
  • Jeff Sutphen sells "Trapped on a Telenovela" (Variety)
     
  • Natalie Grant takes four Dove nominations for "Hurricane", none for "It Takes a Church" (Breathecast)

posted 8/15/14

Back to the Island
"Survivor" Editors Will Negotiate Details Meanwhile
From the Hollywood Reporter
The Survivor postproduction crew is headed back to work after a brief strike.

Mark Burnett’s Island Post Productions Inc. agreed to give the crew union recognition, the Motion Picture Editors Guild announced Wednesday.

"Contract talks have been scheduled for Friday. In the meantime, our strike action has been suspended, and Survivor post-production employees will return to their jobs on Thursday," the Guild announced on its Facebook page Wednesday night. "Our picket line will stand down until further notice. Please do not report for picket duty tomorrow. Kudos to the crew of Survivor for their resolve they showed today and this important victory."

Postproduction work stopped earlier Wednesday, one day after the Emmy-nominated team said it would seek to obtain a union contract with health and retirement benefits.

Season 29 of Survivor is scheduled to premiere on Sept. 24.

Deadline
Hollywood Reporter

posted 8/14/14

The Banker Offers ITV....
Glenn Hughill Teams for New Outlet
From World Screen
ITV Studios has aligned with Deal or No Deal exec Glenn Hugill to form Possessed TV, a new entertainment outfit.

Possessed TV will join the ITV Studios stable alongside such existing outfits as 12 Yard Productions and Potato. Hugill, an award-winning executive producer, has worked on shows such as The Mole (Channel 5), Playing It Straight (Channel 4), Beauty and the Geek (BBC Three) and Cash Cab (ITV). Hugill joined Endemol's central creative unit in 2005, which then went on to create successful formats such as SpinStar (ITV), 101 Ways to Leave a Gameshow (BBC), The Whole 19 Yards (ITV) and Pointless (BBC). He was instrumental to the success of Channel 4's Deal or No Deal as series executive producer. Earlier this year, he created the game show Two Tribes, which is launching this fall on the BBC.

Denise O’Donoghue, ITV Studios UK's managing director, said: "I am absolutely thrilled that Glenn has chosen ITV Studios to partner with him in Possessed TV. We really wanted to bring him into ITVS and I'm delighted that he has decided to work with us. Glenn is a brilliant creative talent, an ideas person, and a meticulous producer with the necessary drive and charisma to get shows across the commissioning line and to keep them on air."

Hugill said: "This is the most exciting time for TV format creation since the 1950s. Modern viewers have so taken control as to redefine what it means to watch TV. It's a bit like discovering the house you've lived in for 50 years has a huge attic you never knew about. And a garden. With a pond in it. The time is right and the fit with ITV Studios feels great. Let's get in that pond."

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posted 8/14/14

Wednesday: Skins vs. Shirts
CBS, NBC Split Night, Week 2 of Skin Wars Holds Firm
From various sources
NBC (6.912 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday with its mix of an "America's Got Talent" (5.827 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) recap followed by new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (9.704 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Taxi Brooklyn" (5.204 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

CBS (5.709 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) then split the demo crown with its combination of "Big Brother 16" (6.594 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1), "Criminal Minds" (4.899 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "Extant" (5.633 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.765 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) with repeats of "The Middle" (4.242 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "The Goldbergs" (3.701 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Modern Family" (3.717 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) and another "Modern Family" (3.933 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) plus a new "Motive" (3.497 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.444 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) offered up an original "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.444 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8).

And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.665 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and a repeat "The 100" (0.642 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) closed out the evening on The CW (1.153 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable, "Top Chef Duels" brought 734,000 viewers to Bravo, while week 2 of GSN's "Skin Wars" held on for 588,000 viewers.

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TV Media Insights

posted 8/14/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Hell's Kitchen"

  • CASTING COUCH: the next season of "Worst Cooks in America" (Reality Wanted)
     
  • "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" has a surprising legacy (The Wire), plus 14 games we should never forget (but probably did) (Moviefone)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Wizard Wars" (Syfy, August 19) (Vegas Seven)
     
  • "Strictly Come" age-baiting? (Daily Star)
     
  • Derek Hough is heading to Nashville (Deadline)
     
  • ICYMI: Now the whole house knows about Frankie (Billboard)
     
  • Josh Gracin wrote what appeared to be a suicide post on Facebook, but cops have since intercepted him. He's safe (TMZ)

posted 8/14/14

Tuesday: Smart TV
"IdioTest" Returns Modestly, NBC Wins Night
From various sources
While one night does not a hit or miss make, you can chalk up another solid hit for GSN.

"IdioTest", hosted by Ben Gleib, launched to an average of 452,000 viewers over the two episodes. Retention out of "The Chase" (515,000 viewers) into the 9p episode was a healthy 90 percent.

Elsewhere on cable, "Chopped's" Teen Tournament finale went out on top with 2.008 million. "Face Off" saw 1.299 million. CNBC's "Restaurant Startup" was stopped at 311,000 viewers.

On broadcast, NBC (7.838 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) snagged the top spot on Tuesday thanks to new episodes of "Food Fighters" (4.412 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "America's Got Talent" (9.551 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1).

The silver then went to ABC (5.049 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) with a new "Extreme Weight Loss" (3.981 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) followed by a special "20/20: The Life and Death of Robin Williams" (7.187 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2).

Next up was CBS (6.342 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (8.069 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.112 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6) and "Person of Interest" (4.845 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.432 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its own second run mix of "Family Guy" (1.834 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.470 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9), "New Girl" (1.155 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and "The Mindy Project" (1.271 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.805 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and "Supernatural" (0.843 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) on The CW (0.824 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers
TV Media Insights

posted 8/13/14

Dancing with the Pros
Stars to Be Announced September 4
From the Futon Critic
The competition is already beginning for the coveted Mirrorball Trophy. "Dancing with the Stars'" exciting new cast of pro dancers was revealed this morning, WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13 exclusively on "Good Morning America" (7:00-9:00 a.m., ET).

This season's crop of professional dancers includes ballroom favorites, fresh new faces, and an international champion that will be sure to bring the heat to the dance floor. The twelve dancers will be paired with a brand new cast of celebrities, which will be announced live on "Good Morning America" on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 (7:00-9:00 a.m., ET).

As announced this morning on ABC's "Good Morning America," the 12 pros returning to the dance floor on Season 19 (in alphabetical order) are:

- Mark Ballas (two-time champion)
- Cheryl Burke (two-time champion)
- Witney Carson (returning for second season)
- Artem Chigvintsev (first time pro, winner of "Strictly Come Dancing")
- Valentin "Val" Chmerkovskiy (13-time US National Champion, two-time world champion)
- Tony Dovolani (winner of season 15)
- Allison Holker (first-time pro, from season 2 of "So You Think You Can Dance", wife of Stephen "tWitch" Boss)
- Derek Hough (the only five-time champion)
- Keoikantse "Keo" Motsepe (first-time pro, from "Burn the Floor: the World Tour")
- Peta Murgatroyd (winner of season 14)
- Emma Slater (one-time finalist)
- Karina Smirnoff (winner of season 13)

The Futon Critic
TV Line
TV by the Numbers

posted 8/13/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Best Week Ever"

  • TCONA4... or How we spent our summer vacation (Newsweek)
     
  • Richard Osman reveals secret torment after 20 years (Daily Mirror)
     
  • "The Price Is Right Live!" coming to Peoria November 20 (Peoria Journal Star)
     
  • Gethin Jones considering online dating (Yahoo!/UKPA)

posted 8/13/14


ROBIN WILLIAMS: 1951-2014
Comic Genius Appeared on "Whose Line", "Squares"
From New York Times

Robin Williams, the comedian who evolved into the surprisingly nuanced,
Academy Award-winning actor, imbuing his performances with wild
inventiveness and a kind of manic energy, died on Monday at his home in
Tiburon, Calif., north of San Francisco. He was 63.

The Marin County sheriff’s office said in a statement that it “suspects
the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia.” An investigation was underway.

The statement said that the office received a 911 call at 11:55 a.m.
Pacific time, saying that a man had been found “unconscious and not
breathing inside his residence.” Emergency personnel sent to the scene
identified him as Mr. Williams and pronounced him dead at 12:02 p.m.

Mr. Williams’s publicist, Mara Buxbaum, said in a statement that Mr.
Williams “has been battling severe depression.”

His wife, Susan Schneider, said in a statement, “This morning, I lost
my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most
beloved artists and beautiful human beings.” She added: “As he is
remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on
the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

In the early 2000s, Williams appeared on ABC's "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and "Hollywood Squares" with Tom Bergeron.

New York Times
YouTube - Robin Williams on "Hollywood Squares"
YouTube - Robin Williams on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"

photo courtesy Tony Ortega

posted 8/12/14


LAUREN BACALL: 1924-2014
Screen Legend Was A Goodson-Todman Player As Well
From Los Angeles Times
Lauren Bacall, the smoky-voiced movie legend who taught Humphrey Bogart how to whistle in "To Have and Have Not," has died at the age of 89, according to her family.

Her death was confirmed by Robbert de Klerk, the co-managing partner of the Humphrey Bogart Estate with her son Stephen Bogart.

"She passed away peacefully earlier today in New York," according to family, De Klerk said.

In a statement released on social media, the Bogart Estate expressed deep sorrow and "great gratitude for her amazing life."

Reached by telephone at her Santa Monica home, her daughter, Leslie Bogart, said the family was not sharing any additional information at this time.

Bacall launched her career with "To Have and Have Not," the 1944 film that turned "Bogie and Bacall" into one of Hollywood's legendary couples on screen and off.

She was born Betty Joan Perske on Sept. 16, 1924, in New York.

In the 60s, Bacall was also a contestant or panelist on "Password", "What's My Line", and "The Match Game".

Los Angeles Times
YouTube - Lauren Bacall on "Password"

photo courtesy Wikipedia

posted 8/12/14


ED NELSON: 1928-2014
"Peyton Place" Actor Played CBS' "Body Language", "Pyramid"
From the Hollywood Reporter
Ed Nelson, a character actor with scores of film and television credits who was best known for portraying Dr. Michael Rossi on the hugely popular 1960s ABC primetime soap opera Peyton Place, has died. He was 85.

Nelson died Saturday in Greensboro, N.C., his daughter-in-law told The New York Times.

Nelson played Rossi, who arrives from New York City in the very first episode to set up his practice in the titular small town, on Peyton Place, the first primetime serialized drama on U.S. television.

The half-hour show ran for five seasons — and three times a week at its peak — on ABC from 1964-69. (That gave Nelson the opportunity to appear in a whopping 436 episodes.) Peyton Place was one of the first TV series to deal frankly with sex and as such didn't air until 9:30 p.m.

Starring Oscar winner Dorothy Malone as overprotective mother Constance MacKenzie (Mia Farrow played her daughter early on), Peyton Place was based on the sensational 1956 novel of the same name by Grace Metalious and preceded by a 1957 movie that starred Lana Turner as Constance. (Lee Philips played the character of Rossi, a high school principal, in the television show and film.)

He also starred in the CBS soap opera "Capitol", which offered him a shot at playing "Body Language" and "The $25,000 Pyramid", both of which were shot, like "Capitol", at CBS Television City.

The Hollywood Reporter
YouTube - Ed Nelson on "The $25,000 Pyramid"

photo courtesy IMDb

posted 8/12/14

Monday: A Tight Race
CBS, Fox Split Night
From The Futon Critic
FOX (4.523 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the top draw on Monday thanks to new episodes of "MasterChef" (5.221 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Hotel Hell" (3.824 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6).

NBC (4.414 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was a close second place with its duo of "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (4.597 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) and "American Ninja Warrior" (4.322 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4).

Next up was ABC (4.558 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and fresh installments of "Bachelor in Paradise" (5.079 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) and "Mistresses" (3.517 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.507 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) served up repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (4.706 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7), "Mom" (4.499 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), "Mike & Molly" (5.132 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and "Two and a Half Men" (4.993 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) plus a new "Under the Dome" (6.857 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2).

And finally, a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.906 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) led into repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.854 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "Arrow" (0.698 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) on The CW (1.289 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/12/14

Syndies: Tournament Plus Reruns Equals...
Results for the Week Ending August 3
From TV News Check
Syndication entered the mid-summer dog days in the session ending Aug. 3, while Jeopardy pulled an upset and moved ahead of usual game show topper Wheel of Fortune for the second time in 10 weeks.

Wheel slid 3% from the prior frame to a 5.7 and fell behind Jeopardy for only the second time since September of 2004. Jeopardy was up 4% to a 5.8.

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from the previous week; NC indicates no change from the previous week.

1. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.8 +4%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.7 -3%
3. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) 4.5 NC
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 2.0 NC

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B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 8/12/14

The Judges Face Off
Catch It on Syfy September 2!
From TV by the Numbers
On Tuesday, September 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, Syfy debuts Face Off: Judge Match, an all-new original special showcasing the incredible talents of Face Off’s Ve Neill, Glenn Hetrick and Neville Page, as they go head-to-head in a special make-up competition for their charity. McKenzie Westmore will host the high-level and visually stunning competition.

For the first time in its seven-season history, Face Off fans will finally see the judges get their hands into the clay, pick up the brushes and show the audience their creative genius. For the competition, the judges will pair up with two team members -- a former Face Off all-star contestant, as well as a former champion -- to create a pair of living chess pieces designed to appear in a colorful, stylized fantasy film. In keeping with Face Off’s current season theme of “Life and Death,” one of the characters must be pure and pristine while the other is evil and twisted.

Joining the judges to assist in the competition are all-stars and fan favorites Roy Wooley (seasons 3 and 5), Miranda Jory (seasons 2 and 5), Wayne Anderson (season 4) and previous Face Off champions Conor McCullagh (season 1), Anthony Kosar (season 4) and Laura Tyler (all-star from season 2 and season 5 champion). At stake is a cash prize for the winning judge’s favorite charity and $5,000 for each of their team members.

The judges quickly learn what it’s like to be a contestant on Face Off. Over the course of three days, they showcase their incredible talents and enjoy some friendly competition as they push each other to create characters of astonishing quality. It all culminates with astounding creations, making for a tough decision. Multiple Academy-Award winner and world-renowned Hollywood makeup artist Michael Westmore (Mask, Star Trek and McKenzie’s dad), along with Academy-Award winning makeup artist Lois Burwell (Lincoln, Braveheart, Saving Private Ryan, War Horse, War of the Worlds) have the difficult task of choosing a champion.

Ve Neill is competing for A Window Between Worlds, a non-profit organization dedicated to using art as a healing tool for survivors of domestic violence. Glenn Hetrick is competing for The North Shore Animal League, the world’s largest no-kill animal rescue and adoption organization. Neville Page is competing for The Orangutan Foundation International, dedicated to the conservation of wild orangutans and their rainforest habitat.

TV by the Numbers

posted 8/12/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Delay of Game"

  • "Survivor" could be delayed if editors walk out (Deadline)
     
  • RuPaul makes product placement fierce (Adweek)
     
  • EVERYBODY'S GOT ONE: Has Guy Fieri destroyed the Food Network? (Salon)
     
  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: Season 2 of "Catch Phrase" (Mid-Devon Gazette)
     
  • Bryan Wong loses voice hosting "Minute to Win It" in Singapore (Today Online)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Eamonn Holmes & Ruth Langsford (Western Morning News)

posted 8/12/14

34 Game Shows... 30 Years... And Now Officially Amazing
Briton Takes Guinness Record for Game Show Glory
From Express & Star
Quiz show fan David St. John is Britain's most prolific TV quiz show contestant and now he has the certificate to prove it.

The trivia-mad 64-year-old has racked up 30 appearances on game shows including Fifteen to One, Eggheads, The Chase and The Weakest Link and this week he was awarded a place in the Guinness Book of Records.

From Sunday night the father-of-two will star in a new four-part ITV show called Come On Down! The Game Show Story, which will take viewers on a trip down memory lane looking at the history of British television quiz shows.

St. John from Cannock said: "A couple of months ago ITV got in touch with me and said they would like me to do a skit with Bradley Walsh for a new documentary about quiz shows.

"I went to Manchester to film the short piece and it will be shown on ITV at some point in the next four weeks.

"Bradley was great fun and I can't wait to see what it looks like on the TV."

St. John’s love affair with game shows began in 1982 when he appeared on Sale of the Century.

He stormed to victory and won two motorcycles before going on to face Daphne Fowler, now known as a team member on BBC two show Eggheads, in an Australian version of the show.

Over the years he has won cash prizes for coming top of the scoreboard on shows such as Winner Takes All and Chain Letters in 1987, Star Quality in 1990, No Win No Fee in 2002 and Face the Clock in 2013.

This week St. John was crowned Britain’s Most Prolific TV Quiz Show Contestant and now holds the record for the Most TV Quiz Appearances.

He said: "In January I wrote to the Guinness Book of Records and I sent them clips and footage to prove that I had been on 30 shows.

"This week they confirmed that my name will be in the book which I find really funny because I am not a professional quizzer or an egghead, I just do it for fun.

"When I first started taking part in quiz shows I never knew it would lead to this. I can't wait to receive my certificate."

Express & Star
Daily Mirror

posted 8/11/14

Weekend: The Lion Rorys
CBS Overrun Helps Take Network to First
From The Futon Critic
CBS (9.025 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) surged to the top spot on Sunday thanks to a two-hour "PGA Overrun" (11.643 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) followed by a repeat "60 Minutes" (7.440 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and a new "Big Brother 16" (5.375 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2).

ABC (3.653 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) then took home the silver with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.501 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Wipeout" (3.210 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Rising Star" (2.920 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and "Castle" (3.983 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Next up was NBC (3.278 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) with encores of "American Ninja Warrior" (3.004 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) adn "America's Got Talent" (3.552 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

And finally, repeats of "American Dad" (1.289 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "The Simpsons" (1.867 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) led into the network's annual "Teen Choice 2014" (2.573 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) on FOX (2.241 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2).

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/11/14

Foreign Food, Foreign Fighters
"Food Fighters" Sold in Four Countries
From The Futon Critic
Multimedia entertainment studio Electus, an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI), today announced it has optioned the format of Adam Richman's newest culinary battle Food Fighters in Germany (Endemol), Sweden (Nice) and the Middle East (Creative Ventures).

Endemol had previously optioned the show through Electus International in four other countries (France, Italy, Spain and Portugal). In Russia, original episodes of Food Fighters is currently airing on CTC and talks are underway for a second season.

Currently airing on NBC, Food Fighters is dominating competition drawing the largest regularly scheduled week one to week two ratings gain for any broadcast in two years. The second episode of the food competition hosted by Adam Richman was up 30% in key demos from its premiere, winning its 8pm time slot.

"This one of a kind culinary game show has really grabbed the attention of viewers and buyers alike," says John Pollak, President of Electus International. "When we first heard Tim's pitch, we knew Food Fighters possessed all the unique elements necessary for it to establish itself as a franchise for any network, and now that the show has become a hit in the U.S., we are excited and committed to seeing its potential through around the world."

The Futon Critic

posted 8/11/14

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

posted 8/11/14

Thursday: Back to Football
CBS Wins Night, Football Preempts Locally
From The Futon Critic
CBS (7.142 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was the top draw on Thursday thanks to its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.773 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2), "Mom" (7.374 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3), "Big Brother 16" (7.981 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) and "Elementary" (5.372 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4).

NBC (3.797 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed the silver with its lineup of "Hollywood Game Night" (4.418 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Welcome to Sweden" (3.279 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "Meet the Engels" (2.935 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "Last Comic Standing" (3.866 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5).

Next up was ABC (4.391 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) with a new "The Quest" (2.726 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13) followed by its last-minute flip of "NY Med" (4.850 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Rookie Blue" (5.595 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.912 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up a new "Sleepy Hollow" (2.690 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and the penultimate week of "Gang Related" (3.133 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.809 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "The Originals" (0.598 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) on The CW (0.704 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

It should be noted that there is some inflation due to localized football preemptions.

On cable, Lifetime's "Project Runway" barely edged out the 10p "Pawnography," 2.008 million to 2.005 million. The 10:30p season finale took in 1.926 million.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 8/8/14

Wednesday: Naked Launch
"Skin Wars" Debuts Strong, "Got Talent" Owns Night
From various sources
A man much wiser once said that "one show does not a hit or miss make", but consider this a positive start for GSN's new series, "Skin Wars".

The reality show, fronted by Rebecca Romijn, attracted 697,000 viewers, the most for a GSN series since the season 2 finale of "The Chase".

Elsewhere, NBC (7.159 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday thanks to its mix of an "America's Got Talent" (6.001 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) recap followed by new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (10.020 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and "Taxi Brooklyn" (5.455 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

CBS (5.648 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with its combination of "Big Brother 16" (6.388 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1), "Criminal Minds" (4.640 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "Extant" (5.914 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Next up was FOX (3.714 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with an original "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.714 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.229 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up repeats of "The Middle" (4.152 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "The Goldbergs" (3.670 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Modern Family" (3.988 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), another "The Middle" (3.401 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "Nashville: On the Record" (2.081 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.468 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and a repeat "The 100" (0.575 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) closed out the evening over on The CW (1.022 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

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BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Liberty Voice

posted 8/8/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Suit Up"

  • Ryan Seacrest to launch a suit line for Macy's (People)
     
  • Vernon Kay hosts week 2 of "Come on Down!" (The Bolton News)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Sir Bruce Forsyth (Daily Express)

posted 8/8/14

Tuesday: ABC Rocks NBC
CMA Special Leads Alphabet, Peacock to a Draw
From the Futon Critic
ABC (7.156 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the top demo draw on Tuesday thanks to its annual presentation of the "CMA Music Festival" (7.156 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2).

NBC (7.392 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then had to settle for second place with new episodes of new episodes of "Food Fighters" (4.302 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and "America's Got Talent" (8.936 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1).

Next up was CBS (5.870 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (7.792 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.599 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Person of Interest" (4.219 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.284 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up its own repeat mix of "Family Guy" (1.829 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.211 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8), "New Girl" (0.969 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "The Mindy Project" (1.124 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.525 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Supernatural" (0.604 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (0.565 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable, "Chopped's" Teen Tournament led the troops with 1.391 million. Syfy's "Face Off" had 1.162 million. "The Chase" on GSN posted another season high with 558,000.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers
TV Media Insights

posted 8/7/14

#TBT Lightning Round
... or "Viper Needs a Lawyer"

  • Kenichi Ebina to perform on AGT next week (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Bob Barker reenacts his legendary whupping with Adam Sandler for "The Bold & The Beautiful" (TMZ)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Celebrity Wheel with Little Richard, Weird Al, and the late James Brown (RIP) (SB Nation)
     
  • "Big Brother": the comic book (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • Scott Berlinger ("Viper" from the original "American Gladiators") is getting sued for hitting a runner.  (Business Insider)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: "The Price Is Right's" annual contestant search is on (Broadway World)
     
  • Justin Willman gets his own comedy/variety/magic show on Comedy Central (TV Week)

posted 8/7/14

Another Trip Around the Board with "Monopoly"
Billy Gardell to Host Lottery Game Show
From Broadway World
Scientific Games Corporation and participating state lotteries have tapped comedian and actor Billy Gardell ("Mike & Molly," "You, Me and Dupree") to host the forthcoming "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB," a one-hour, weekly syndicated game show based on the iconic MONOPOLY® brand, which will serve as the companion television series for the upcoming, multi-state lottery game of the same name.

The combination of a multi-state premium lottery and a national television game show is a first for both the lottery and television industries.

"I love MONOPOLY! I've played this game with friends and family since 1979," said Gardell. "Hosting a big game show is a bucket list level type of job for me. I've always had a big time game show as one of my goals, and to have the opportunity to be a part of MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB is a real honor. It's an iconic game that resonates with everyone, and I want to see someone win one million dollars!"

"Billy has incredible comedic talents and he is also a huge fan of games and MONOPOLY in particular. We know he is the right choice to help us introduce this new game show to America and help us create more and more millionaires," said Steve Saferin, president of properties group and chief creative officer for Scientific Games.

"MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB" will be produced in front of a live studio audience in Las Vegas, Nevada and premiere early 2015. More than $2.5 million in prize money will be up for grabs on each episode. Contestants on the television show will be selected from the studio audience. The studio audience will be made up of winners of the "MONOPOLY MILLIONAIRES' CLUB" multi-state premium lottery game which goes on sale October 19, 2014. To qualify to win the four-night, five-day trip for two to Las Vegas, lottery players will register their lottery tickets online.

Broadway World
Deadline

posted 8/6/14

AX (Factor) S-TV
AXS Will Air UK Version in the US
From B&C
Cable network AXS TV will broadcast the upcoming 11th season of the U.K. version of The X Factor in the U.S.

The deal between AXS TV and producers Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia brings the British music competition to the U.S. for the first time. The series will premiere Aug. 31, with new episodes broadcast on Sundays and Mondays.

Fox canceled the U.S. version of The X Factor Feb. 7. The third and final season averaged a 1.7 Nielsen live-plus-same day rating among adults 18-49, down 41% from the previous season. Series creator Simon Cowell announced that same day that he would return to the franchise’s original U.K. series as a judge.

“The X Factor UK is a perfect addition to the AXS TV lineup, as we continue to showcase the best music programming on television,” AXS TV CEO Mark Cuban said. “The level of talent that the series has produced is unprecedented, and to have Simon Cowell back as a judge—I’m confident that our audience will embrace these new stars wholeheartedly.”

The U.S. version of The X Factor failed to live up to expectations from the time it launched in 2011, averaging a 3.7 in its first season. Former Fox Broadcasting entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly presaged the series’ cancellation in January at the TCA winter press tour. “The show underperformed this year,” Reilly said. “Simon himself would admit that.”

B&C
Entertainment Weekly
TV by the Numbers

posted 8/6/14

Celebrity "Name Game"
Stars Lined Up for Celeb Episodes of Fall Offering
From the Futon Critic
Celebrities will be put to the test in Celebrity Name Game, the hilarious new game show that combines the best of pop culture with the best of comedy. The syndicated, half-hour weekday strip is hosted by Emmy-nominated funnyman Craig Ferguson and executive produced by Courteney Cox and David Arquette. Celebrity Name Game premieres September 22 across more than 93% of the country including the Top 50 U.S. markets.

Fast-paced and funny, Celebrity Name Game pairs celebrities with contestants in order to identify famous names - actors, singers, athletes, pop culture figures, politicians, even cartoon characters - based on improvised clues. In a competitive, yet party atmosphere, contestants take part in four rounds of fast-paced gameplay for a chance to win up to $20,000.

Confirmed guest stars for the 2014/15 season include executive producers Courteney Cox and David Arquette, along with Tom Arnold (My Big Redneck), Yvette Nicole Brown (Community), Dan Bucatinsky (The Comeback), Cheryl Burke (Dancing with the Stars), Peter Facinelli (Odyssey), Vivica A. Fox (Sharknado 2), Billy Gardell (Mike and Molly), Ana Gasteyer (SNL), Tony Hale (Veep), Chris Kattan (SNL), Lisa Kudrow (Web Therapy), Jane Leeves (Hot in Cleveland), Kevin McHale (Glee), Joely Fisher ('Til Death), Jim O'Heir (Parks and Recreation), Cheri Oteri (SNL), Will Sasso (The Three Stooges), Nev Schulman (Catfish), Karina Smirnoff (Dancing With The Stars), Nicole Sullivan (The King of Queens), Mena Suvari (Hysteria), Scott Wolf (The Night Shift), and Constance Zimmer (House of Cards).

The Futon Critic

posted 8/6/14

Syndies: Youth Is Served
Results for the Week Ending July 27
From TV by the Numbers
Judge Judy was the top regular weekday syndicated program in Household ratings for the eighteenth consecutive week and also won with total viewers for the week ending July 27, 2014.

Live With Kelly and Michael was the top talk show. Dr. Phil, which aired repeats, was second.

Game show ratings (in HH rating and viewers) are as follows:

- Wheel of Fortune: 5.9, 9.241 million (+2%)
- Jeopardy!: 5.6, 8.548 million (no change)
- Family Feud: 4.5, 6.537 million (+2%)
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?: 2.0, 2.652 million (+5%)

TV by the Numbers
B&C

posted 8/6/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "More Naked People"

  • "Dating Naked" invites you to a naked wedding (The Futon Critic)
     
  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: ever wonder what sort of person would ever commit his life to a racist Big Brother contestant? (Toofab)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP (EXCEPT THAT THE PRODUCERS DID): "Bachelor in Paradise" viewers may have been watching a deleted scene from "Guardians of the Galaxy" (Jezebel)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Todd Newton (Channel Guide)

posted 8/6/14

Monday: Trouble in Paradise
Modest Bow for "Bachelor in Paradise" as Fox, NBC Take Night
From the Futon Critic
FOX (4.555 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1) and NBC (5.048 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1) shared the top spot on Monday as the former served up new episodes of "MasterChef" (5.172 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Hotel Hell" (3.938 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4).

The Peacock then served up originals from "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (4.034 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and "American Ninja Warrior" (5.555 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2).

Next up was CBS (5.149 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) with repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (4.083 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9), "Mom" (3.986 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9), "Mike & Molly" (5.011 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7), "Two and a Half Men" (4.306 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8) and a new "Under the Dome" (6.755 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.459 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) offered up the premiere of "Bachelor in Paradise" (5.009 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and "Mistresses" (3.361 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

And finally, a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.644 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) led into repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.628 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and "Arrow" (0.599 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) on The CW (1.118 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

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posted 8/5/14

Are You Ready for Star Time?
Channel 4 Greenlights "Time Crashers" for 2015
From RTE
Channel 4 has announced details of a new celebrity game show entitled Time Crashers.

The week-long show will feature a group of celebrities being thrown into different time periods without the aid of modern technology.

Each episode will include eight stars 'crashing' somewhere in the UK in different eras from the past, where they will be fully immersed in the period.

The celebrities will have to work together in different challenges, before one becomes the ultimate Time Crasher at the end of the week.

Justin Gorman, Head of Entertainment for Channel 4, said: "With Time Crashers, we've commissioned a highly innovative fusion of entertainment and British history that will appeal to a broad TV audience."

It is expected to begin filming in March 2015, and will be broadcast later in the year.

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posted 8/5/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Going Global"

posted 8/5/14

MICHAEL JOHNS: 1978-2014
Aussie Heartthrob Was 8th in "American Idol 7"
From The Hollywood Reporter
Michael Johns, a finalist on American Idol season seven, died on Aug. 1, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed via multiple sources. The cause of death is believed to be a blood clot in his ankle.

The singer competed on the Fox music show in 2008 and came in eighth place. He followed with a full-length album, 2009's Hold Back My Heart, that included single "Heart on My Sleeve."

"Michael Johns was an incredible talent and we are deeply saddened by the news of his passing. He was a part of our AMERICAN IDOL family and he will be truly missed. Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends during this difficult time," read a statement posted on the show's official Facebook page.

Michael Johns was 29 when he auditioned for American Idol — the absolute upper limit of eligibility. For season seven, Johns auditioned for Idol in San Diego with a rendition of Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You Too Long." Simon Cowell was the first judge to comment: "I thought that was a very good audition, Michael. You're like a white soul singer." During his time competing on Idol, Johns created a stir because he had been signed to a major label, Maverick, prior to auditioning.

Johns grew up in a family that had musical talent, describing his mother as having a "Doris Day" type voice. "My brother and sister both play piano and sing. My stepfather is a great singer too. I was always around music growing up," he told Billboard in 2008. He described his earliest musical memory, "Sitting around the family Pianola, which is a very old turn-of-the-century piano which plays itself – just like the ones in the old Western films."

As much as he loved music, Johns was an avid tennis player who dreamed of being a Wimbledon champion. At 15, he gave that idea up because, "that's when music found me and I have not looked back."

However tennis is what brought Johns from his native Perth to the United States. He received a tennis scholarship and he considered it his ticket to the States to pursue music.

He was going to attend Denver University. "I thought it was way too cold there and it turned out the coach had second thoughts anyway," he told Billboard in 2008. "I chose Abraham Baldwin Agriculture College as it was in the South and a lot of great music was coming out of there. I knew if I went to Los Angeles or New York, I could get swallowed up."

While attending ABAC, Johns met guitarist Roddie White. The two wrote songs together and performed on campus.

Johns played cover gigs in Atlanta, then joined a band call Film. They were together for 18 months and were offered deals, but the deals were for Johns as a solo artist and for his music publishing. Johns was 21 and the other band members were over 30. He described it as a difficult time and a "messy situation." He told the lead singer, Michael Sickler, that if they wanted their songs to see the light of day, he needed to take one of the deals.

Michael Goldberg signed Johns to Maverick as a solo artist. Johns recorded under his birth name, Michael Lee. He didn't take the last name Johns until 2006, as an homage to his grandfather, whose first name was John. Michael Lee was actually Michael John Lee, thus the plural "Johns."

Johns completed his album for Maverick and assembled a band called the Rising. "The label folded and my record never saw the light of day until I appeared on American Idol," he told Billboard. "Warner Bros. put the Maverick recordings up on iTunes."

Next, Johns was signed to Columbia by Tim Devine. But when many west coast label personnel were dismissed, a lot of developing artists were dropped, including Johns.

Johns told Billboard in the 2008 interview that he started watching Idol right from the beginning. "I was intrigued like the rest of the world. Kelly Clarkson was awesome and still is. I think she is the biggest reason why the show got as big as it did," he said. "She came out and legitimized the credibility of the show. Idol is the best platform these days for finding new talent."

Indeed, while Johns didn't win, his career as a singer was by no means stagnant. A favorite of Grammy-winning producer David Foster, he performed on the PBS television special, Hit Man: David Foster and Friends, which also featured such music luminaries as Michael Buble, Josh Groban, Blake Shelton and Andrea Bocelli. He also participated in many A-list charity events and appeared on a 2012 episode of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which stars Foster's wife Yolanda.

Johns leaves behind his wife, Stacey. The couple met at the Standard Hotel in West Hollywood in 2003 and married in 2007.

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Michael Johns
photo courtesy Billboard/Getty Images

posted 8/4/14

Sunday: Waited All Year for Sunday Night
NBC Wins with Hall of Fame Game
From the Futon Critic
NBC (6.697 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with its presentations of "Wrestlemania 30" (3.901 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) and the "NFL Hall of Fame Game" (7.628 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1).

CBS (6.160 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then claimed a distant second place with its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.798 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "Big Brother 16" (6.672 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Unforgettable" (5.765 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "Reckless" (4.403 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

Next up was ABC (3.885 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and its combination of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.830 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "Wipeout" (3.650 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11) and a special two-hour "Rising Star" (3.530 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "American Dad" (1.289 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15), "Bob's Burgers" (1.433 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "The Simpsons" (2.292 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6), another "The Simpsons" (2.418 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Family Guy" (2.524 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) and another "American Dad" (2.113 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) on FOX (2.012 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) closed out the night.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/4/14

More on "Top Model"
Second Guys & Girls Edition Bows on CW August 18
From the Futon Critic
Cycle 21 of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL, hosted by Tyra Banks, will premiere Monday, August 18 (9:00-10:00pm ET), featuring seven men and seven women living under one roof and battling it out to earn the prestigious title of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL. The fourteen finalists were announced today representing regions from all across the US and Canada.

The panel of judges, which includes Banks, fashion public relations maven Kelly Cutrone and the viewing public, will be joined by beloved runway coach J. Alexander (a.k.a. "Miss J.") making his return to the show to determine who stays and who goes in the competition. This is the second "Guys and Girls" edition of the popular series that debuted in 2003. Also joining Cycle 21 as photo shoot creative consultant is the sought-after photographer Yu Tsai, who has worked with some of the entertainment industry's most talented models, actors and musicians.

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

During production this past spring, fans once again had the opportunity to vote online and via mobile to choose their favorite contestants based on a variety of photo shoots. The contestants who had already been eliminated had the opportunity to return to the competition via votes on their photo shoot pictures, which allowed the audience the chance to save their favorite model.*

Original episodes of TOP MODEL will air on Mondays for six weeks, with encores airing Fridays (9:00-10:00pm ET). Beginning October 3, original episodes will move to the Friday (9:00-10:00pm ET) timeslot.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/4/14

More on "Wizard Wars"
Catch It on Syfy August 19
From the Futon Critic
Syfy debuts an exciting new six-episode competition series, Wizard Wars, on Tuesday, August 19 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, introducing bright and innovative young magicians who must impress judges Penn & Teller with mind-blowing, original magic using only a random assortment of everyday objects.

Innovation takes center stage as the magicians transform objects such as dog treats, leaf blowers, a pirate's costume and garden gnomes into engaging magic performances before a live audience. Each episode begins with two teams of magicians going head-to-head with a limited amount of time to create an original routine. The winning team will then enter "The Wizard War" and compete against the expert "home team" of world-renowned "Wizards" to battle it out for bragging rights, and a $10,000 prize.

Two-time World Championship of Magic winner Gregory Wilson, Wynn Resort resident magician Shimshi, YouTube sensation and contemporary street illusionist Justin Flom, and internationally renowned mentalist Angela Funovits will compete as the home team. These masterful performers and magic creators cover every discipline in magic from sleight of hand to large-scale stage illusion.

Joining the legendary Penn & Teller on the judging panel is the 2012 winner of BBC's The Magicians, Jason Latimer, and popular web host Christen Gerhart .

The series premiere features two edgy young American magic creators, Kyle Marlett of Las Vegas, NV and Dalton Wayne of Columbus, OH, against a team of Canada's best illusionists, Chris Funk and Ekaterina. Their challenge is to take Spam and Super Soakers and incorporate them into a fresh magic performance.

With each episode the magicians will be challenged to continue to push magic to new and greater heights, and the world will be one step closer to discovering the next great contemporary magician. The series is hosted by Ellen Fox.

Wizard Wars is produced by A. Smith & Co. (Hell's Kitchen). Executive producers are Arthur Smith, Kent Weed, Frank Sinton, Tim Eagan, Penn Jillette and Teller.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/4/14

Discovery Looking for "America's Smartest"
Contestants Wanted for New Competition
From The Hollywood Reporter
Discovery Channel has picked up the competition reality show America's Smartest, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The series, set for an April 2015 debut, mixes elements of Shark Tank, Mr. Wizard and College Bowl and will seek to discover true visionaries.

Each episode will offer contestants a challenge, such as finding a way to help a disabled person, improve kids' classrooms or build a smarter automobile. The one-hour episodes will feature five contestants each, until the 10th episode in which the season's finalists will face off.

"This show is a mashup between people with enormous ingenuity and imagination mashed up with filmmaking and storytelling," says David Zelon, who is executive producing with Michael Sardo. "The show is a 'what if' show, not a 'how to' show, meaning 'what if this could really work?' Not 'this is how we can build something that can work.' "

It was developed and is being produced by Mandalay Media Arts. It was sparked by a comment by Mandalay Entertainment Group chairman/CEO Peter Guber.

"This show grew out of Peter Guber when he was chairman of Sony," says Sardo. "He went to Japan and came back and said to me, 'I just saw the most amazing thing. I thought Sony was filled with engineers creating amazing technology that they then apply to their products.' He said, 'It's the exact opposite. They've got a bunch of people dreaming up cool products. Then when they have something they want to take to market, they give it to the engineers and say, 'Figure out how to make this work.' "

The contestants will be chosen for their story and background. So when the challenge is to improve emergency rooms, it could be a former E.R. doctor or a family member of someone who almost died because of what happened in an emergency room.

"We're going to ask these genius imaginative people," says Zelon, "about how they would solve certain problems and let them solve it with ideas that we can make work through the storytelling and filmmaking — not necessarily because the technology exists."

Zelon is making his first foray into television after producing a number of movies, including Soul Surfer and the upcoming When the Game Stands Tall.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/4/14

Telemundo Wraps Production on "Top Chef Estrellas 2"
Ingrid Hoffmann Returns to Host
From TV by the Numbers
 “Top Chef Estrellas,” Telemundo’s Sunday primetime culinary competition, wrapped up production of a hotter, tastier and extended second season, now featuring a total of ten celebrities competing for the “Top Chef” title and a total of $100,000 awarded to charities of their choice. Shot in Boston, Massachusetts and produced by Emmy award-winning production house Magical Elves, this new edition is hosted by renowned TV personality, Ingrid Hoffmann, in her debut on Telemundo. Leading Hispanic chefs, Lorena Garcia, Jaime Martin Del Campo and Ramiro Arvizu, return as judges joined by prominent celebrities from the world of entertainment, music and sports.

“We are delighted with the upcoming edition of ‘Top Chef Estrellas,’ a second season with more stars, episodes, challenges and surprise guests for our audience to enjoy,” said Maria Lopez-Alvarez, SVP of Reality Programming at Telemundo. “The diversity of our celebrities, together with our experienced chefs and surprise guests, will make the second season even more fun and engaging.”

Television personality and restaurateur Ingrid Hoffmann has hosted multiple cooking shows, including “Simply Delicioso” on the Food Network and “Delicioso” on Galavision. She is also the author of LATIN D’LITE and “Simply Delicioso: A Collection of Everyday Recipes with a Latin Twist.”

TV by the Numbers

posted 8/4/14

"Pointless" Friend Goes Solo on "Two Tribes"
Richard Osman Hosts New Quiz for BBC2
From Radio Times
The Pointless power couple have split up (temporarily at least) as Richard Osman leaves his quiz show buddy Alexander Armstrong to go solo, hosting new BBC2 show Two Tribes, which launches this autumn.

"I'm absolutely delighted to be hosting Two Tribes," said Osman. "It's so simple and fast-paced, but tells us so much about what British people are like. I am worried I will miss Xander though."

The quiz will test how much contestants have in common as well as their general knowledge. Before every episode the seven contestants are asked a series of probing questions about themselves. They are then split into two "tribes" based on their answers, before battling it out in a general knowledge showdown.

Each round sees a player from the losing tribe eliminated and a new set of tribes created until just two players remain. The final two will go head to head for that day's prize.

Radio Times

posted 8/4/14

More on "The Singer Takes It All"
1 Million Log in Ahead of Friday Premiere
From Telly Mix
Channel 4’s interactive singing format The Singer Takes It All opened with 1.2m, in line with Channel 5’s Big Brother Live Eviction.

The Initial and Remarkable Television contest, in which viewers vote for their favourite contestants via an app, fell short of the channel’s 1.9m slot average for the past 12 months.

The debut episode was in line with C4’s last big interactive game show The Bank Job which aired on Monday, 2 January and also pulled in 1.2m viewers (5.5%).

The Alan Carr-fronted show peaked with 1.4m (6.8%) in the five minutes from 9.10pm.

The Singer Takes It All knocked heads with C5’s Big Brother: Live Eviction which pulled 1.2m (6.1%) in the same slot.

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posted 8/4/14

Thursday: NeverQuest
ABC's New Series Falls Flat, CBS Wins Night
From the Futon Critic
CBS (5.383 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.227 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2), "The Millers" (5.395 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Big Brother 16" (6.195 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and "Elementary" (3.645 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

NBC (3.162 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then took home the silver with its combination of "Hollywood Game Night" (3.953 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5), "Welcome to Sweden" (2.579 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Meet the Engels" (1.920 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) and "Last Comic Standing" (3.284 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4).

Next up was ABC (4.259 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with the premiere of "The Quest" (2.806 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) alongside new episodes of "Rookie Blue" (4.516 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and "NY Med" (5.456 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6). "The Quest" was down sharply in audience from time slot predecessor Black Box‘s finale (4 mil/0.7) but matching its demo.

Meanwhile, FOX (2.021 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up a repeat of "Sleepy Hollow" (1.769 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) plus a new "Gang Related" (2.273 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.576 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "The Originals" (0.621 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) on The CW (0.598 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night.

On cable, Pawnography led the troops with an average of 2.167 million viewers over the hour. Project Runway had 1.921 million viewers. Beat Bobby Flay premiered to 1.218 million viewers. Snack-Off ran under with 642,000.

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posted 8/1/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Live with Regis"

  • Regis Philbin plays the Life Expo in Chattanooga September (Chattanooga Times-Free Press)
     
  • Dexter Roberts reveals he has Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. (People)
     
  • Kirstie Alley tweets strange message to Maks Chmerkovskiy (Us Magazine)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Survivor premiere, Big Brother finale to run 90 minutes September 24 (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: everything I learned about retirement, I learned from Betty White. (Huffington Post) and 5 things to take away from "Bachelor in Paradise" (ABC News)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with GSN VP Programming Amy Introcaso-Davis (Deadline), Gethin Jones (Digital Spy) and Dick DeBartolo (PRI)

posted 8/4/14

The World's A Stage?
Report: Simon Cowell to Plan "Got Talent World Stage"
From the Mirror
Simon Cowell is planning a special version of his hit Got Talent show – with acts from around the WORLD.

Got Talent World Stage Live will take place in Mumbai in December featuring top Bollywood stars and other acts that have been successful around the globe.

It will be officially announced tomorrow and is expected to be broadcast on India's Colors TV channel, as well as possibly being screened in other countries.

A source close to Cowell said: “India's Got Talent is a huge show and this global version of the show will be a spin off that will pull in millions of viewers and attract attention from around the world.

“Simon is giving the show his full backing and thinks it will be great to get the best of the talent from around the world all on one show. It sounds unmissable.”

Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan is in negotiations to host the show, which is being masterminded by Rav Singh, director of RFS Entertainment.

Mirror

posted 8/1/14

Bill Bellamy Goes National
Comic/Actor/Former VJ the New Host of "Let's Ask America"; GSN to Show in 2015
From TV NewsCheck
The syndicated trivia game show Let’s Ask America kicks off its third season on Sept. 8 with new host, comedian and one-time MTV VJ Bill Bellamy.

Bellamy, who has guest co-hosted shows such as CBS Television Distribution’s Rachael Ray and Entertainment Tonight, replaces Kevin Pereira.

On the half-hour, prime access show, Bellamy will interact with contestants who play the game from home via internet web video.

“I look forward to working with the great executives at Telepictures and Scripps and taking the show to the next level,” said Bellamy in a statement. “Our contestants are a virtual goldmine for nonstop laughs. I can’t wait to interact with them. Our audiences can look forward to great entertainment from Let’s Ask America every day.”

Let’s Ask America is from station group E.W. Scripps and production partners Warner Bros.’ Telepictures and the late Jim Paratore’s paraMedia. The show is distributed by MGM Domestic Television Distribution.

In January, the show will add a cable run on GSN.

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Bill Bellamy to host season 3 of "Let's Ask America"
photo courtesy BillBellamy.com

posted 8/1/14

Tuesday: America's Got Google
Google Searches Equal Votes This Season. Result: #1 for NBC
From the Futon Critic
Google searches for “America’s Got Talent,” starting tonight, will return results pages with ballots to vote for the show’s contestants — the latest effort to drive live TV viewership on the backs of Internet-connected devices.

NBC has enjoyed strong ratings with “Talent” this summer, and the Peacock is hoping the Google tie-in will push even more viewers to tune in live to the variety show as it enters the final rounds.

NBC (8.601 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday thanks to week two of "Food Fighters" (4.767 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) followed by a new two-hour "America's Got Talent" (10.519 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1).

ABC (3.408 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a distant second place with an original "Extreme Weight Loss" (3.693 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and the season finale of "Celebrity Wife Swap" (2.837 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

Next up was CBS (6.387 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (8.281 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.406 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "Person of Interest" (4.475 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.265 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its own second run mix of "Family Guy" (1.754 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.149 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "New Girl" (1.032 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "The Mindy Project" (1.128 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.945 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "Supernatural" (0.643 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) closed out the evening over on The CW (0.794 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

The concept is not new: Google earlier this year ran a similar execution for Fox’s “American Idol,” allowing viewers to vote for contestants from search pages.

Meanwhile, on cable, "Chopped's" Teen Tournament led the troops with 1.841 million. Syfy's "Face Off" had 1.052 million.

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posted 8/1/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "The Hunger Game Show Host"

  • Vernon Kay dresses as Katniss Everdeen. Why, we'll never know (Digital Spy)
     
  • Ken Jennings plays the Slate News Quiz. Because Ken Jennings. (Slate)
     
  • ITV1 asks "The 21st Question" between seasons of "The Chase" (Carrick Today)
     
  • Bill Daily: a look back at a career (C-Note: still alive, thank goodness) (CBS DFW)
     
  • Vin Scully to return for season 66 with the Dodgers. (ESPN)

posted 8/1/14

Wednesday: Fool Me Once
"Penn & Teller" Score for CW, NBC Tops
From the Futon Critic
NBC (7.500 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday with a "America's Got Talent" (6.289 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) recap followed by new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (10.608 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T1) and "Taxi Brooklyn" (5.602 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

CBS (5.708 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) then shared top demo honors with its revised lineup of "Big Brother 16" (6.487 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T1), "Criminal Minds" (4.733 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "Extant" (5.905 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Next up was FOX (3.493 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its mainstay "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.493 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.582 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up repeats of "The Middle" (4.059 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "The Goldbergs" (3.547 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "Modern Family" (3.604 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), another "The Middle" (3.278 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and a new "Motive" (3.502 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12).

And finally, the premiere of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.761 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and a repeat "The 100" (0.546 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) closed out the night on The CW (1.153 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 7/31/14

Family Feud & Friends 2: The Second One
Ludia's New App Now Available
From Broadway World
The time has come gamers! Ludia and FremantleMedia North America are proud to bring the highly anticipated sequel, Family Feud & Friends 2 to iOS, Android and Facebook. Now available, players can enjoy the sequel to the ultimate social gaming experience.

“Family Feud is one of America's highest rated and loved game shows, and we are pleased to offer its fans extended hours of trivia fun with our mobile game. Following the huge success of Family Feud & Friends, whose fan base is now over 33 million players, we are excited to bring gamers a sequel that is loaded with exciting new features," said Alex Thabet, President and CEO of Ludia Inc. "Family Feud & Friends 2 will offer gamers a true cross-platform experience, available now on iOS, Android and for the first time, Facebook.”

Are you up for the challenge? Players will not only enjoy new graphics, but also all new surveys and twists allowing them to boost their scores. Contestants will find out who the best Family Feud player is by challenging their friends, family and the larger Family Feud community in head-to-head competition. An all new tournament mode has also been added where players can compete against seven other contestants to become the tournament champion and win numerous coins.

Family Feud & Friends 2 Gameplay Features:

* The ability to directly challenge friends and family or anyone from the larger Family Feud & Friends 2 community.
* A brand new tournament mode: play live against seven other players in an exciting tournament. Make your way through the three rounds and win the final face-off for tons of rewards.
* New, stunning graphics highlighting your favorite elements of the TV show - Family Feud has never looked so good.
* Complete new set of surveys.
* New power-ups to boost your chances of scoring more points.
* Enhanced predictive text input and auto spell checker to make typing answers faster than ever.

Broadway World

posted 7/31/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "They Didn't Tweet in the Middle Ages, Did They?"

  • FULLY LOADED: Live tweet with the Paladins during "The Quest" (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Chris Hardwick hosts the mother of all "Doctor Who" viewing parties for BBC America. POINTS! (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Arthur Chu talks about mimicking "a Chinese accent" as a voice actor (Colorlines)
     
  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: "Rising Star" is heading to the UK (Telly Mix)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Nothing about this "Bachelorette" video from Fox News is a shock (E!)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Robin Barcus Slonima. (Las Vegas Weekly)

posted 7/31/14

Jeff Gaspin to Handle the Truth
FremantleMedia to Shop "To Tell the Truth" for Primetime
From Deadline
To Tell The Truth is eyeing a comeback. FremantleMedia North America has teamed with Jeff Gaspin and George Moll on a new version of the classic celebrity panel game show. Eyed for primetime on the broadcast networks, the new To Tell The Truth is described as an update of the familiar format with a surprising new twist that adds action and suspense and raises the stakes. It will be taken out to buyers shortly.

Created by Bob Stewart, To Tell The Truth launched in the U.S. in 1956 and has gone through several incarnations on network TV and in syndication, airing a total of 25 seasons to date, with its most recent run ending in 2001. The original format features a panel of four celebrities who are introduced to three people who all claim to be the same person with the same incredible talent. One of them is telling the truth, and the other two are lying. After asking questions, the celebrities take turns identifying who they believe is telling the truth.

Former NBC chairman Gaspin, a To Tell The Truth fan, tracked down the format to FremantleMedia, which owns the rights. He also brought in longtime collaborator Moll. The two, along with Gay Rosenthal, created and produced one of VH1′s signature series, Behind The Music. Executive producing To Tell The Truth with Gaspin and Moll are FMNA’s Thom Beers and Toby Gorman.

Deadline
Hidden Remote
TV Week


Jeff Gaspin is looking to revive "To Tell the Truth"
photo courtesy FremantleMedia North America

posted 7/30/14

Syndies: Dog Days
Results for the Week Ending July 29
From TV NewsCheck
Dr. Phil returned to the top of the talkers in the week ending July 20 after a brief absence while the show was entirely in reruns. But Phil, which rose 8% and scored its highest ratings in five weeks, was the only daytime show in the top 10 to grow in the session, which was marked by heavy news coverage of a Russian missile shooting down a huge passenger jet over the Ukraine.

The No. 1 show in syndication overall for the 17th consecutive week was Judge Judy, which aired five reruns but was still up 2% from last year at this time.

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

GAME SHOWS

1. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.8 NC
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.6 -2%
3. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) 4.4 -4%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.9 -5%

TV NewsCheck
TV by the Numbers
B&C
Mediapost

posted 7/30/14

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

  • Bradley Walsh presents the history of the British game show (ITV Press Centre)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: the great game show controversies (Herald Sun)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (Channel Guide)
     
  • Having exhausted all other programming options for Thursday night, NBC extends "Last Comic Standing" final to two hours (The Futon Critic)
     
  • After asking about the sex, Nick Viall insists his question was not about the sex (Us Magazine)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: A beat is when a strong hand is beaten by a lucky hand. A bad beat is when it happens to you. This... is the worst beat ever. (Business Insider)
     
  • "Big Brother Israel," in a sign of the time, is the only Big Brother House with a bomb shelter. (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • Craig Ferguson thinks his replacement should be female. Says a female with knowledge of Craig Ferguson...  Carrie Keagan (Splitsider)
     
  • Steve Harvey teams with Strayer University to promote success (Dallas Weekly)

posted 7/30/14

NBC Slots ANW: America vs. the World
Catch The Season Finale September 15
From the Futon Critic
NBC will present its second annual "American Ninja Warrior" international competition later this summer with a three-hour special, "USA vs. the World." Five of the top competitors from "American Ninja Warrior" will go head-to-head against competitors from Japan and from Europe in a high-stakes competition on the show's famed four-stage finals course.

Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbaja Biamila will host and Jenn Brown will co-host. "American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. the World" is set to air Monday, Sept. 15 (8-11 p.m. ET/PT) with a special encore presentation airing Tuesday, September 16 (8-11 p.m. ET/PT) on Esquire Network.

Representing Team USA are competitors Brian Arnold, Elet Hall, Paul Kasemir, Joe Moravsky and Travis Rosen. All of these worthy athletes are veterans of "American Ninja Warrior" and have made it to the show's Las Vegas finals in past seasons.

Team Japan will include a formidable collection of both seasoned and up-and-coming athletes - Kazuma Asa, Hitoshi Kanno, Ryo Matachi, Shingo Yamamoto and Yusuke Morimoto. Yamamoto has competed in every season of Japan's "Sasuke."

Team Europe will be represented by Stefano Ghisolfi, Vadym Kuvakin, Sean McColl, Tim Sheiff and Miska Sutela. Ghisolfi and McColl are both champion rock climbers and McColl won the rock climbing World Cup in 2012. Kuvakin is a former Olympian for the Ukraine in gymnastics and is a current member of the Cirque du Soleil cast for "La Rev" in Las Vegas. Sheiff, a successful competitor on several seasons of "American Ninja Warrior," is a world champion free runner.

Contestants will tackle "American Ninja Warrior's" punishing Las Vegas finals course in a head-to-head format that pits members from each team against one another.

The Futon Critic
B&C

posted 7/29/14

Drawing Bad Blood
Catch New Season of "Ink Master" September 2
From the Futon Critic
Spike TV's hit original and the first tattoo reality-competition series "Ink Master" returns for a fifth season starting Tuesday, September 2 at 10 pm ET/PT, and this time there's bad blood in the water. Tattoo artists from around the country will battle it out to defeat their rival and the other 16 artists in permanent ink and sometimes with each other for a $100,000 grand prize, an editorial feature in Inked and, of course, the bragging rights title of 'Ink Master.' This season it is not just about the rivalries you create on the show, each contestant is coming into this competition with a personal tattoo rival. From convention circuit foes, a former boss vs former employee, brothers and even two of the most infamous rivals in "Ink Master" history, this season's competition is more personal than ever.

Each week "Ink Master" puts artist through a series of tattoo challenges that are not only designed to test the artists' technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, where they must create and execute an original tattoo by command on a 'Human Canvas.' Each episode focuses on a different and distinct style of tattooing including realism, black and gray, geometric, neo-traditional, Asian and cover-up, among others. The masterpieces these artists create will last a lifetime, but so will their mistakes.

After every challenge, the contestants face a tough panel made up of series host Dave Navarro (Jane's Addiction) and world renowned tattoo artists Chris Nunez ("Miami Ink") and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo) who are joined by a roster of guest judges including Joe Manganiello, Tommy Montoya and DeAngelo Williams.

Once again the Human Canvases, who volunteer their bodies to be tattooed by the "Ink Master" contestants, will have a say in who gets sent home. The Canvases will form their own jury, deliberate as a group and pick one artist per episode who will be up for elimination. In the jury room, viewers get an inside look at the heated arguments and wicked emotions as the Canvases defend or abandon their new ink and artist.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/29/14

Monday: The Over/Under Is A Month
ABC, "Bachelorette" Go Out on Top
From the Futon Critic
ABC (7.663 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was the top draw on Monday thanks to the season finale of "The Bachelorette" (7.546 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4) followed by "The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose" (7.896 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T1).

NBC (5.369 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) then claimed the silver with the premiere of "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (4.588 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7) followed by a new "American Ninja Warrior" (5.760 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T1).

Next up was FOX (4.825 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) with originals from "MasterChef" (5.558 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) and "Hotel Hell" (4.092 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.024 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) served up repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (4.088 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Mom" (3.937 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Mike & Molly" (4.744 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Two and a Half Men" (4.245 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) plus a new "Under the Dome" (6.566 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5).

And finally, The CW (0.783 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with the "2014 Young Hollywood Awards" (0.783 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12).

The Futon Critic

posted 7/29/14

Sunday: Clean Bloody Sweep
CBS Wins Night Thanks to "Big Brother"
From the Futon Critic
CBS (6.189 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the top draw for the second Sunday in a row thanks to its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.659 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "Big Brother 16" (6.516 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1), "Unforgettable" (6.385 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "Reckless" (4.196 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

FOX (2.237 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed the silver with its repeat lineup of "American Dad" (1.401 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "Bob's Burgers" (1.654 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "The Simpsons" (2.170 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), another "The Simpsons" (2.575 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "Family Guy" (2.980 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and another "American Dad" (2.644 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3).

Next up was ABC (3.334 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) with a special two-hour "Wipeout" (3.171 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) alongside a new "Rising Star" (3.549 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and a repeat "Castle" (3.444 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

And finally, encores of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.990 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11), "Chicago Fire" (2.583 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "Chicago PD" (3.305 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) on NBC (2.967 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) closed out the night.

On Food Network, the night fared thusly:

- 8p: Guy's Grocery Games (1.511 million)
- 9p: Food Network Star (2.122 million)
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen (1.561 million)

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 7/29/14

A Second Round of Hounds
ITV2 Releases Season 2 This Fall
From ATV Today
Reggie Yates is returning to host the horror gameshow Release the Hounds which will air this autumn on ITV2.

Filmed in a remote forest from dusk through the dead of night, three contestants and their friends will be up against some of the “scariest challenges ever endured on TV” in a bid to unlock chests full of prize money.

To locate the keys to the money the friends must all take part in a variety of horror themed mental and physical tests. The ultimate challenge for them is to out-run a pack of dogs, trained to guard the cash. If they manage to escape the hounds, the money belongs to them.

“I have absolutely loved filming this series, I’m such a big fan of the horror genre. Some of the contestants we had taking part this series were just brilliant and their reactions are priceless, although it must be said I am far happier being behind the monitor, being their eyes and ears than I ever would be running around a dark forest not to mention going up against the dogs!”

The new series will include terrifying challenges such as a phone booth that floods once you’re locked inside, a giant jack in the box with a twist, a clown with a sinister balloon obsession and an ice-cream van that dispenses much more than lolly-pops.

Release the Hounds, hosted by Reggie Yates, will return this autumn on ITV2.

ATV Today
ITV Presscentre

posted 7/29/14

From the Truth... to a Lie
TV3 Renews Hit Series
From IFTN
TV3’s big money game show ‘The Lie’ is back for a second series. The show will again be hosted by Jonathan McCrea, and is now on the lookout for participants. Only days remain to apply as the closing date for applications from participants is August 1st.

Filming of the second series will get underway in the TV3 Sony HD Studio this September. Jointly produced as an original format by 3 Studios and STV Productions, ‘The Lie’ is an exhilarating game show that gives contestants the chance to win big money - all they have to do is survive a nail-biting series of rounds, risking an increasing amount of cash on their ability to spot the lie.

In each round they are faced with a series of statements in a chosen category, from pop culture to current affairs. There will always be one lie but as they get closer to the jackpot, the number of true statements and inevitably the number of pitfalls increase. The anticipation levels rise as the rounds go by, with the lies becoming more difficult to spot.

TV3 are looking for teams, each consisting of two contestants, to take part in ‘The Lie’ for the chance to win €10,000. The teams of partners, colleagues, siblings or best friends will have to work together and use their combined knowledge to spot “The Lie”. This is a game of strategy, risk-taking and intelligence!

Those interested in taking part can apply via an online application form on www.tv3.ie/takepart but remember to do it quickly - applications close on August 1st 2014 and filming will take place in TV3’s Sony HD studio in September 2014.

IFTN

posted 7/29/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "After the Aftermath"

  • Nick Viall takes "public shaming" to a whole 'nother level (Jezebel)
     
  • Tonight's edition of "Biting the Hand That Feeds You" is brought to you by Nikki Ferrell (Us)
     
  • And after all that... Santa Fe still wants to host the show! (Albuquerque Journal)
     
  • Mark Ballas, Derek Hough go from flipping dancing partners to flipping houses (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Maks Chmerkovskiy says he's done with "Dancing with the Stars". This is not a repeat from 2013... or 2012... or 2010... (Us)
     
  • How's Eddie McGuire's poker face? According to a "Hot Seat" player... not too good (News.com.au)

posted 7/28/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Like Father, Like Daughter"

  • Gordon Ramsay's daughter Tilly to be a TV chef (Eater)
     
  • "Derrick... Please go to the Diary Room." (TMZ)
     
  • Alan Carr wants nutjobs on "Singer Takes It All" (The List)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: the 9 best Nick games (Bustle)
     
  • I'm a best-selling game show author & contestant and friend of this site. Ask me anything! (Reddit)

posted 7/28/14

Thursday: Next Stop: Vegas
Hell's Kitchen Finale Up, BB Helps CBS to Win
From the Futon Critic
CBS (5.440 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) took home the top spot on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.072 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "The Millers" (5.368 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4), "Big Brother 16" (6.401 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and "Elementary" (3.698 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

FOX (3.784 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then snagged the silver with the season finale of "Hell's Kitchen" (5.010 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) followed by a new "Gang Related" (2.557 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Next up was NBC (3.335 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with its lineup of "Hollywood Game Night" (4.043 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Welcome to Sweden" (2.940 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Meet the Engels" (2.235 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and "Last Comic Standing" (3.375 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.151 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up a new "Black Box" (3.768 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) alongside the season finale of "Black Box" (3.786 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and a new "NY Med" (4.898 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.499 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "The Originals" (0.521 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) on The CW (0.510 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night.

"Pawnography" led the cable troops with 2.60 million viewers, while the season premiere of "Project Runway" led Lifetime to 1.64 million.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 7/25/14

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Cash Cab Florida"

posted 7/25/14

You Are Now Cleared for Play
Trifecta Sells "Game Plane", Mark Walberg to Host
From Trifecta Entertainment
Mark Walberg has been named as host of the forthcoming fall property "The Game Plane".

"The Game Plane", from Trifecta Entertainment, shot a pilot and shopped it to NATPE earlier this year. The show, like "Cash Cab" before it, features unsuspecting passengers on a regular Allegiant Air flight. Once it reaches cruising altitude, the plane converts into a game show, and the passengers become contestants competing for cash and prizes.

Walberg, currently the host of PBS' Emmy-nominated "Antiques Roadshow", is a veteran host of fan favorites "Russian Roulette" and "On the Cover".

It currently has 80 percent clearance and is shooting also for a cable outlet in time for a September release.

TV News Check
Buzzerblog
Trifecta Entertainment
Trifecta Entertainment

posted 7/24/14

Wednesday: And Then There Were 48
AGT Final Decision Put NBC Ahead
From the Futon Critic
NBC (8.633 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) pulled back in front on Wednesday thanks to originals from the Top 48 revelation on "America's Got Talent" (10.130 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T1) and "Taxi Brooklyn" (5.639 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

CBS (6.002 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then had to settle for second place with its mix of "Big Brother 16" (6.589 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T1), "Extant" (6.427 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "Criminal Minds" (4.990 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Next up was FOX (3.759 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with its mainstay "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.759 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.469 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up repeats of "The Middle" (3.977 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "The Goldbergs" (3.354 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10), "Modern Family" (3.555 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), another "The Middle" (3.119 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and a new "Motive" (3.406 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

And finally, second runs of "Arrow" (0.910 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "The 100" (0.531 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.721 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 7/24/14

Tuesday: All NBC All The Time
AGT Boot Camp, "Food Fighters" Propel Peacock to First
From the Futon Critic
NBC (8.408 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) claimed top honors on Tuesday with the premiere of "Food Fighters" (4.550 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) followed by the relocated "America's Got Talent" (10.336 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1). "Fighters" grew from the 8p to the 8:30p half-hour.

ABC (3.169 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then claimed the silver with originals from "Extreme Weight Loss" (3.406 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and "Celebrity Wife Swap" (2.696 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Next up was CBS (6.700 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (8.586 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.512 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "Person of Interest" (5.001 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.251 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up second runs of "Family Guy" (1.877 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.197 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "The Mindy Project" (0.966 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and another "The Mindy Project" (0.966 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.847 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "Supernatural" (0.662 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.755 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On GSN, "The Chase" rose to a new season high of 578,000 viewers. "Chopped's" second Teen Tournament episode garnered 1.472 million, while TLC's "Next Great Baker" baked in 851,000. And "@midnight" continued its late-night dominance with 795,000.

The Futon Critic
TV Media Insights
Deadline
Twitter: @SonOfTheBronx
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Today
CableRatings.tv
TV by the Numbers

posted 7/24/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "One More Problem"

  • Ariana Grande was not going to pull her brother from "Big Brother" (Digital Spy). But we imagine that sometime over the last 48 hours, he heard "Frankie, please go to the Diary Room." (TMZ)
     
  • "Bachelor in Paradise" co-contestants engaged (Us Magazine)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: "The Algorithm" goes to Limerick, Ireland (Limerick Post), while "Jeopardy" goes to Memphis (WREG Memphis)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Family Feud" (Ten, weeknights) (The Age)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Joe Garagiola (AZCentral.com)

posted 7/24/14

Nick Cannon Gets Back Into Improv Game
AGT Host to Prep New Series for Syfy
From the Futon Critic
Syfy has partnered with Nick Cannon's NCredible Entertainment to develop a weekly one hour sci-fi/fantasy improv series.

The show will be taped in front of a live audience and feature two teams battling for the biggest laughs to win points and prizes. The "home" team will consist of 4-6 nationally known comedians. Each week they will compete against a different improv squad in various sci-fi/fantasy related sketches.

A nationwide casting call will occur later this summer to determine the "away" teams.

Nick Cannon and Michael Goldman will serve as executive producers.

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 7/23/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "One More Problem"

  • Ariana Grande's grandfather has passed on. ObGameShows: Frankie is still in the Big Brother House. (Contact Music)
     
  • IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: "Face Off" took "Life and Death" one step further... (TV Guide)
     
  • The next "Bachelor" will a) come from this season of "The Bachelorette" and b) will have less baggage than Juan Pablo (E!).
     
  • Pharrell Williams chooses Alicia Keys as his G.I.R.L. on "The Voice" (E!)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Top Model" cycle 21 is bumped up to fill a hole on August 18 (The Futon Critic)

posted 7/23/14

Fifteen to Two
Revival Renewed, to Move to Scotland
From Digital Spy
Channel 4 has renewed Fifteen To One for a second season.

Sandi Toksvig will return to host the daytime quiz show, which will start filming in Glasgow in August.

Forty episodes were commissioned by Channel 4's Madeleine Knight, and will be recorded at BBC Pacific Quay studios.

The show's move to Scotland will form part of Channel 4's plans of widening its supply base across the UK.

Originally running from 1988 to 2003, Fifteen to One returned to screens in April.

Adam Hills has also hosted special primetime versions of the quiz, featuring celebrity contestants such as Jo Brand and Jimmy Carr.

Digital Spy
ATV Today

posted 7/22/14

Syndies: In the Thick of It
Results for the Week Ending July 13
From B&C
Most syndies rebounded in the week ending July 13, despite low levels of TV viewers and competition from the World Cup soccer semifinals, including Brazil’s shocking defeat at the hands of eventual winner Germany.

Among the games, CTD’s Wheel of Fortune sped up 4% from its prior-week season low to a 5.8. CTD’s Jeopardy! recovered 6% to a 5.7, keeping the household race between it and Wheel tight. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud added 7% to a 4.6. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire — soon to swap Cedric the Entertainer for Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Terry Crews, who just hosted the Television Critics Association Awards — trailed with a flat 2.0 for the fifth week in a row.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 7/22/14

Monday: Ninja Masters
Demo Race Winners Abound, Fox Wins Night
From the Futon Critic
FOX (4.925 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was still the network to beat on Monday with a new "MasterChef" (5.811 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and the return of "Hotel Hell" (4.039 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4).

ABC (5.735 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) then claimed the silver with originals from "The Bachelorette" (6.804 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) and "Mistresses" (3.598 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Next up was NBC (4.907 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) with an encore of "Last Comic Standing" (3.156 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) and a new "American Ninja Warrior" (5.783 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.121 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (4.290 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Mom" (3.869 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10), "Mike & Molly" (4.656 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "Two and a Half Men" (4.475 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) plus a new "Under the Dome" (6.717 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4).

And finally, The CW (1.088 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night with its revised lineup of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.789 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.664 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), "Seed" (0.489 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "Backpackers" (0.410 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).

The Futon Critic

posted 7/22/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Happy Birthday Alex"

  • Alex Trebek turns 74. Here's some stuff you may or may not know about him (Warming Glow)
     
  • IN CASE YOU MISSED IT: The first round of "Buscando Mi Ritmo" on Telemundo (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • If you never thought you'd hear the words "Ben Stein" and "sexting scandal" in one sentence in your life... well, first time for everything. (NSFW) (Jezebel).
     
  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: taking away commercials, intro, outro, and Steve Harvey ranting, you can watch an entire episode of "Family Feud" in 3 minutes. But it kinda sucks. (AV Club)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Terry Crews (Cheboygan News)

posted 7/22/14