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THURSDAY: Tie Ball Game
ABC, Fox Win Demos
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.113 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and FOX (3.026 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) shared the demo crown on Thursday as the latter offered up the "2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards" (3.026 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5).

The Alphabet then served up originals from "Grey's Anatomy" (6.741 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1), "Station 19" (5.172 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "For the People" (3.427 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Next up was CBS (5.375 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.909 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), a new "Fam" (6.096 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "Young Sheldon" (5.761 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), a second new "Fam" (4.805 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "SWAT" (3.841 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.287 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Superstore" (3.645 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "AP Bio" (2.379 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.337 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10),"Will & Grace" (2.742 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.310 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

And finally, The CW (1.347 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night with originals from "Supernatural" (1.579 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) and "Legacies" (1.116 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16).

On cable...
- Project Runway (SP/Bravo): 1.017m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 935k
- Top Chef (SF/Bravo): 909k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 758k
- Double Dare (Nick): 563k
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 539k
- Game of Clones (MTV): 318k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/15/19

More on MTV's Double Shot
Catch It April 11
From the Futon Critic

"Jersey Shore Family Vacation's" DJ Pauly D and Vinny Guadagnino are gearing up for the dating experience of a lifetime with the new MTV show "Double Shot at Love with DJ Pauly D and Vinny," premiering Thursday, April 11th with back-to-back episodes.

The iconic duo is looking to step out of the shore house and into the arms of their 'Ride-or-Dies.' The new show features 20 contestants who will face off against one another in hopes of winning the love of DJ Pauly D and Vinny. The boys may get to choose who stays and who goes, but the ladies hold the ultimate power to decide whose love they're competing for - making this a reality-dating show unlike any other.

The Futon Critic

Reality TV World

posted 3/15/19

Two More Years for "British Bake-Off"
Love Productions, C4 Deal for More Episodes, Spinoff
From Deadline

The Great British Bake Off will remain on Channel 4 in the UK until 2021 after the broadcaster and Love Productions agreed a new two-series deal.

The broadcaster has also commissioned Junior Bake Off for the first time, extending the format for younger contestants and audiences. A younger skewing version previously aired on CBBC.

The move comes after rumblings at the end of last year that Sky-owned Love Productions was playing hardball over a new deal with rumors that it was considering taking the format to another broadcaster or streaming service – a move that would have been hugely controversial after its move from the BBC.

The tenth season of Bake Off will air on C4 later this year with a further two seasons following that. Junior Bake Off, meanwhile, will run as a 15-part series later this year.

Deadline

posted 3/15/19


Fremantle

It's Official! ABC Picks Up Press Your Luck, Card Sharks
Casting Remains Open
From TV Line

ABC is doubling down on its game-show revival business, adding both Card Sharks and Press Your Luck to its roster of retro redos, where they will join Match Game, $100,000 Pyramid, (Celebrity) Family Feud and To Tell the Truth.

Pre-production on hour-long episodes is underway, with an eye on spring premiere dates, Vulture reports.

Card Sharks debuted in 1978 with Jim Perry as host, inviting contestants to guess audience survey results on a variety of topics, for a chance to flip oversized playing cards on the big board. There, they would guess if the next card would be higher or lower, or "freeze" their play if things get iffy.

The most recent regular Card Sharks revival, hosted by Pat Bullard, aired in September 2001.

Press Your Luck first aired in 1983, with Peter Tomarken as host. Three contestants would answer trivia questions to amass "spins" on the Big Board. But if their spin landed on the dreaded Whammy versus a dollar value/prize, they risked losing all winnings.

Per Vulture, the revival will add a bonus round where one player goes head-to-head with the Whammy for a chance to win a "fortune." Among its previous revivals, a version titled Whammy! The All-New Press Your Luck premiered in 2002.

Casting Crane

29 Frames Entertainment
TV Line
Broadway World
Vulture
The Hollywood Reporter
Inquisitir
PopCulture
The Futon Critic
TV Week

posted 3/14/19

WEDNESDAY: Fallen "Empire"
Fox, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.045 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the top demo draw on Wednesday thanks to the return of "Empire" (4.412 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and "Star" (3.678 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

CBS (5.001 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with a new "Survivor: Edge of Extinction" (7.572 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1), the penultimate "The World's Best" (3.941 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and the finale to "The World's Best" (3.489 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Next up was ABC (4.028 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and originals from "The Goldbergs" (4.808 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Schooled" (3.941 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6), "Modern Family" (4.599 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Single Parents" (3.354 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7) and "Whiskey Cavalier" (3.734 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.235 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for repeats of "Chicago Med" (4.737 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Chicago Fire" (4.151 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Chicago PD" (3.818 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.833 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed the evening with fresh installments of "Riverdale" (1.037 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "All American" (0.629 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.152m
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds (MTV): 841k .
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 835k
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 804k
- Double Dare (Nick): 743k
- Deal or No Deal (CNBC): 578k
- Drop the Mic (TNT): 332k
- American Beauty Star (Lifetime): 290k
- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (TNT): 219k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/13/19

TUESDAY: Will They or Won't They?
ABC Takes Demo Crown on "Bachelor" Finale
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.345 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) notched a rare demo victory on Tuesday thanks to the conclusion to "The Bachelor" (8.062 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and a special preview of "Videos After Dark" (2.912 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

NBC (6.323 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then had to settle for second with its mix of "Ellen's Game of Games" (5.334 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "This Is Us" (7.526 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "New Amsterdam" (6.108 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Next up was CBS (9.318 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its trio of "NCIS" (11.935 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "FBI" (8.955 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.063 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.686 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up the return of "MasterChef Junior" (2.802 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and a second "MasterChef Junior" (2.571 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

And finally, The CW (1.247 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night with fresh installments of "The Flash" (1.556 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) and "Roswell, New Mexico" (0.938 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12).

On cable...
- Temptation Island (USA): 1.084m
- Double Dare (Nick): 803k
- Chopped (Food): 762k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/14/19

More Summer Favorites from NBC
Dates Chosen for "Songland", "Bring the Funny"
From Deadline

NBC has greenlighted a pair of entertainment-competition series for the summer: the songwriter-focused Songland and stand-up comedy show Bring the Funny.

Set to premiere at 10 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, after the season premiere of America's Got Talent, Songland takes an inside look at the creative songwriting process. It provides one winner per episode the opportunity to have their song recorded for a global audience by the chart-topping guest recording artists featured in their show. It's billed as a one-of-a-kind opportunity for talented up-and-coming songwriters to be exposed to and mentored by three music producers per episode who are responsible for today's biggest hits.

The concept was devised by Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart, The Voice producer Audrey Morrissey and director Ivan Dudynsky. They serve as executive producers alongside Chad Hines and The Voice's Adam Levine.

The panel of producer-songwriters includes Ryan Tedder; lead singer of OneRepublic and Grammy-winning producer of Adele, Beyoncé, Taylor Swift and Jonas Brothers; Ester Dean, Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer of Rihanna, Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj; and Shane McAnally, a Grammy-winning producer of 38 No. 1 country records).

Songland is produced by Live Animals in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio, Dave Stewart Entertainment and 222 Productions.

NBC says Bring the Funny will feature the world's best comedic acts and will embrace every style of comedy performance in one competition. It will feature the best of the best stand-ups, sketch troupes and comedic variety acts. From solo comics to musicians, magicians, puppeteers, YouTubers and more — anyone who can make audiences laugh will have the chance to receive the career-changing $250,000 prize package and see their name in lights in the "Bring the Funny" showcase.

The judges are longtime Saturday Night Live cast member Kenan Thompson, cultural tastemaker Chrissy Teigen and comedy star Jeff Foxworthy. Comedian Amanda Seales serves as host.

Premiering at 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 9, Bring the Funny is executive produced by David Friedman and Matilda Zoltowski, with Just for Laughs President Bruce Hills serving as consulting producer. The series is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio.

Deadline

The Futon Critic

posted 3/14/19

Rachel Zoe, Mark Burnett Go Global
Designer Teams with MGM for International Competition
From Deadline

Rachel Zoe (The Rachel Zoe Project), Mark Burnett and MGM TV are teaming on an international fashion competition series aimed at undiscovered designers.

Throughout the series, contestants are challenged to create original designs with a new and unique look, and will compete for the opportunity to have their creations made available immediately following each episode. MGM Television

The original format was created by Sean Kelly and Steve Hughes of Shaggy Entertainment. Burnett, Zoe, Barry Poznick will executive produce along with Kelly and Hughes. "This is the show I have always wanted to make. The show will spotlight some of the most talented designers from around the world and I am thrilled to be able to highlight their work," said Zoe. "I have the utmost respect for Mark Burnett and the team at MGM –– this is my dream partnership."

Deadline

posted 3/14/19

"Best Room Ever" with Genevieve Gorder
Catch It on Bravo May 2
From the Futon Critic

Bravo Media expands on its home and design programming with new competition series "Best Room Wins," hosted by interior design maven Genevieve Gorder, premiering on Thursday, May 2 at 9:30pm ET/PT. Each episode challenges two top interior designers to create luxury looks for less for couples in desperate need of a room make-over. The rooms will be judged by Genevieve Gorder along with ELLE DECOR Editor-In-Chief Whitney Robinson and a rotating guest judge. The winning designer will be featured in an online spread on ElleDecor.com. Guest judges this season include powerhouse interior designers Jonathan Adler, Kathryn M. Ireland, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Thom Filicia, Jeff Andrews and Jamie Bush along with Molly Sims, Jason Wu and India Hicks. For a sneak peek visit: https://www.bravotv.com/best-room-wins/season-1/videos/your-first-look-at-best-room-wins

Using the design theme and inspiration from a multi-million-dollar estate, the designers must work to decorate a room that captures the couples' luxury vision while staying within a $25,000 budget. The judges will determine how well each designer executed their rooms and created a multi-million dollar look for their clients based on three criteria: the overall appeal of the design, how far they were able to stretch their budget and client satisfaction.

"Best Room Wins" is produced by Warner Bros. Unscripted Television's Shed Media with Pam Healey, Lisa Shannon, Dean Slotar, Lisa Christy-Drusts, Esther Frank and Wall to Wall's Jeremy Dear all serving as executive producers.

The Futon Critic

posted 3/14/19

Squares Gone Country
CMT Greenlights "Nashville Squares" (Working Titles)
From the Wrap

CMT has ordered new game show "Nashville Squares," which is a spinoff of VH1's "Hip Hop Squares," TheWrap reports. Both are essentially music star-centric remakes of the old "Hollywood Squares."

The former Country Music Television has greenlit 10 episodes of its new game show. "Nashville Squares," which is a working title, is slated for summer.

"Nashville Squares" hails from Jesse Collins Entertainment, the same production company behind "Hip Hop Squares". On both shows, contestants rely on celebrity help to win money playing a giant tic-tac-toe game.

The Wrap

PopCulture

posted 3/14/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Return for the Right Reasons"

  • "The Bachelor" sends the first two seasons to Tubi (The Wrap)

  • ICYMI: Something happened on "The World's Best" that shook the competition up (Cinema Blend)

  • Alicia Keys giving her "voice" to a new autobio (The Huffington Post)

posted 3/14/19

That's NBC's Jam
Greenlight for Music/Variety Quiz Show from Jimmy Fallon
From Broadway World

It turns out Jimmy Fallon's viral smash "Wheel of Musical Impressions" was only the beginning. Drawing inspiration from the wildly popular, celebrity-fueled musical segments made famous on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," NBC has hit play on a 10-episode order for the new unscripted series "That's My Jam."

Executive produced by Jimmy Fallon, the hourlong competition series will be infused with Fallon's one-of-a-kind comedic style, feel-good energy, and a carousel of his classic and brand-new music-based games, featuring a New Group of celebrities each week.

"We love playing these games on the show and it'll be fun to see it taken to the next level," said Fallon.

"Jimmy reinvented the late-night genre with his one-of-a-kind celebrity game segments that show our favorite stars at their most clever, creative and relaxed," said Meredith Ahr, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. "We're thrilled to bring viewers a new set of games and create a weekly party that is just as much fun to watch as it is to play along."

Broadway World

Variety
TV Line
People
Deadline

posted 3/13/19

MONDAY: The Battle for Everything
NBC, ABC Split wiht "The Voice", "Bachelor" Finale
From the Futon Critic

ABC (7.923 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) was the adults 18-49 champ on Monday thanks to the season finales of "The Bachelor" (8.000 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and "The Good Doctor" (7.767 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3).

NBC (8.660 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then had to settle for second with originals from "The Voice" (10.402 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and "The Enemy Within" (5.175 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

Next up was CBS (5.422 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) with new episodes of "The Neighborhood" (6.492 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "Man with a Plan" (5.292 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Magnum P.I." (5.902 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) plus a repeat "Bull" (4.472 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.123 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) offered up the penultimate "The Passage" (3.124 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and the season finale of "The Passage" (3.122 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

And finally, The CW (0.913 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with fresh installments of "Arrow" (1.075 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "Black Lightning" (0.750 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (SF/Food): 1.663m
- Double Dare (SP/Nick): 839k
- Kids Baking Championship - 8p (Food): 833k
- America Says (GSN): 396k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/13/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "So What Happened?"

  • ICYMI: Colton picked... (The Wrap) ... and ABC picked... (TV Line)

  • Austin Rogers: Alex Trebek has given us so much, it's time to give back to him. (Huffington Post)

  • "Millionaire" named in WGAW conflict of interest report (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Bob Eubanks (KFH Wichita)

posted 3/13/19

SYNDIES: The February Sweeps
Results for the Sweep Between January 31-February 27
From TV Newscheck

Judge Judy was on fire in the February sweeps (Jan. 31-Feb. 27), winning the important winter survey period in its 23rd season by the show's widest margin ever. According to the Nielsen results announced today, Judy towered over all syndicated shows with a 7.8 live-plus-same-day national sweep average.

Turning to access, the game show contest was a nail-biter that came down to the wire and ended in a triple dead-heat among Family Feud, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune with each show at a 6.7.

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from the February 2018 sweep; * indicates a new season-high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous week; NA mean not applicable.

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.7 -3%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.7 -1
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.7 NC
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 -6%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck

posted 3/12/19

WEEKEND: Still the One... Two
ABC, CBS Split Sunday
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.976 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) claimed the demo crown on Sunday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.581 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2), "American Idol" (7.221 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "Shark Tank" (3.883 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

CBS (6.487 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with new episodes of "60 Minutes" (8.449 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "God Friended Me" (6.694 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) plus the special "Aretha! A Grammy Celebration for the Queen of Soul" (5.403 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Next up was NBC (3.055 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) with a repeat "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.790 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) followed by fresh installmets of "World of Dance" (3.479 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "Good Girls" (2.471 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.947 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) offered up repeats of "The Simpsons" (2.084 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.395 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) alongside originals from "The Simpsons" (2.168 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Bob's Burgers" (1.981 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "Family Guy" (2.260 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) as well as a repeat "Family Guy" (1.794 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).0

And finally, The CW (0.913 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with new episodes of "Supergirl" (1.060 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) and "Charmed" (0.765 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #17).

On cable Sunday...
- Buddy vs. Duff (P/Food): 1.597m
- Family Food Showdown (Food): 866k

On cable Friday
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 500k
- America Says (GSN): 473k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8:30p (MTV): 409k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8p (MTV): 376k .


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/12/19

HQ Invades SXSW....
... and Off-Site Players Invaded Back
From the Verge

HQ Trivia made "quiz-tory" this week when it hosted its first live, in-person game with a $10,000 prize. Host Scott Rogowsky flew into Austin, Texas, to host the show (donned in a full HQ-branded suit) at Comcast NBCUniversal's SXSW pop-up.

Prior to the start, HQ projected a one-time link to the live show on a screen, which audience members had to load in order to compete. Everyone played along on their phones as Rogowsky cued the questions from an iPad.

Naturally, people took photos of the stage (and the screen with the link) before the show began and shared those images on social media. This meant that players who weren't in Austin or at the Comcast NBCUniversal house could join the game. (They only needed the access link.)

Nearly 3,000 virtual players were present at the start of the show, despite the fact that the house appeared to host hundreds of people, not thousands. Rogowsky acknowledged this, but he seemingly couldn't do anything about it. "Nearly 3,000 virtual players were present at the start of the show."

Still, it was fun to witness people congregate around the players in the audience who lasted until the final questions. It felt more like a communal experience, as if the HQ comments section entered the real world.

Only two actual audience members won, or at least made themselves known. The rest of the approximately 70 winners were not in the Comcast NBCUniversal house. Ultimately, every winner took home a prize of a little over $100, and the two live contestants joined Rogowsky onstage to talk about how they planned to use the money. One man said it'd cover his gas to get back to Dallas; the other used the opportunity to shout out Chicago and its pizza.

HQ isn't ruling out more live events. In a statement to The Verge, a spokesperson said that the company will "continue to explore opportunities for our players to enjoy HQ, whether on their phone or in person."

The Verge

Adweek

posted 3/12/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "A Stage and the Ring"

  • ICYMI: Last night's "The Voice" had a proposal that DIDN'T come from a coach (TV Line)

  • Judge Judy lands the legal world's highest honor... okay, the televised legal world's highest honor.... okay, it's the Lifetime Achievement Daytime Emmy (Variety)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Blockbusters UK (Comedy Central) (UK Air Dates)

  • Ever want to see Pete Wentz get slimed? (Alt Press)

posted 3/12/19


TV Line

JED ALLAN: 1935-2019
Soap Opera Patriarch Had Storied Game Show Career
From The Wrap

Soap opera veteran Jed Allan, best known for playing Don Craig on "Days of Our Lives," C.C. Capwell on "Santa Barbara" and Rush Sanders on "Beverly Hills, 90210," died Saturday. He was 84.

"So sorry to post the very sad news of my fathers [sic] passing tonight," Allan's son Rick posted on Facebook Saturday night. "He died peacefully and was surrounded by his family and loved so much by us and so many others. Thank you for all who are part of this wonderful tribute to my dad on Facebook."

Allan's connection to the daytime drama genre began in the '60s on the long-gone soaps "Love of Life" and "Secret Storm." But it wasn't until he joined "Days of Our Lives" in 1971 as attorney Don Craig and was romantically teamed up with Deidre Hall's Dr. Marlena Evans that he became a daytime superstar. He remained on the show for 14 years, during which time he earned an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Actor.

In 1986, he joined the NBC show "Santa Barbara" as patriarch of the Capwell family, playing Robin Wright's father, where he remained until 1993.

Although he had numerous guest appearances on primetime shows up to that point, Allan endeared himself to a whole new audience when in 1994 he was cast in the recurring role of Rush Sanders, father of Ian Ziering's character, Steve.

Allan stepped into the role of Edward Quartermaine on "General Hospital" for two years beginning in 2004 to fill in for an ailing John Ingle.

Among his many other roles, Allan also appeared on "CSI: Miami," "Six Feet Under," "CHiPs" and "The Streets of San Francisco." In game shows, he hosted "Celebrity Bowling", was on the panel for "Hollywood Squares", "To Say the Least" & "Celebrity Sweepstakes", and hosted the unsold pilot of "Temptation" for NBC.

Allan is survived by his sons Mitch, Dean and Rick.

The Wrap
Deadline
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 3/11/18

Back to the Box
Discovery, Science Renew "Battlebots"
From the Futon Critic

The epic robot-fighting series BattleBots is going back into production in April and will return for a second season on Discovery Channel and Science Channel this summer.

BattleBots features the world's biggest, baddest, strongest, and fastest next-generation robots from all over the world as they duke it out for robot fighting supremacy. 2018 Champion Bite Force will return to defend its title against top competition including perennial contenders Tombstone, Minotaur, Witch Doctor, Bronco, Bombshell, and Yeti.

The metal munching mayhem is coming back, from the bots to the builders, the flames, the spark and all the robot guts and glory. With each match consisting of two robots competing in a single, three-minute bout, the goal is to destroy or disable their opponent. If there is no knockout during the battle, a panel of judges will declare a victor.

The play-by-play team of Chris Rose and Kenny Florian will return to call all the action. Faruq Tauheed is back as the ring announcer.

"BattleBots is such a fun series and really resonated with both Discovery and Science viewers last year," said Nancy Daniels, Chief Brand Officer, Discovery and Factual. "We can't wait to once again work with the amazing teams from Whalerock and BattleBots to make the new season a smashing success."

BattleBots also highlights the design and build of each robot, bot builder backstories, and their pursuit of the BattleBots championship. Homemade robots built on a number of platforms and featuring a huge variety of deadly weapons go head-to-head, all captured by state-of-the-art onboard technology and cameras to enhance viewing and provide combat analytics.

BattleBots is a reimagined take on the killer robot combat sport from Whalerock Industries and the creators of the original BattleBots franchise, Ed Roski and Greg Munson. Executive producers are Lloyd Braun, Chris Cowan, Edward P. Roski (Trey), Greg Munson, Tom Gutteridge and Aaron Catling. Wyatt Channell will executive produce for Discovery Channel and Science Channel. .

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The Wrap

posted 3/11/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Moving On"

  • Bill Bellamy cast in ABC pilot (Deadline)

  • Lucy Hale makes "American Juniors" seem more of an afterthought than it already is by landing the title role as "Katy Keene" (The Wrap)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: CBS slots "Survivor" finale for May 15 (The Futon Critic)

posted 3/11/19


All Star Bio

JAN MICHAEL VINCENT: 1945-2019
"Airwolf" Star Played "Hollywood Squares"
From Deadline

Jan-Michael Vincent, who briefly rose to prominence as a young leading man in films in the 1970s and 1980s then became a TV star with CBS' action series Airwolf in the mid-'80s, died February 10 in North Carolina. He was 73.

A death certificate obtained by TMZ noted Vincent died of cardiac arrest while a patient at an Asheville hospital. His death had not been previously reported.

Vincent started his career in the late 1960s with guest roles in TV series including Dragnet, Lassie, Bonanza and Gunsmoke before his first feature film, 1971's Going Home opposite Robert Mitchum and Brenda Vaccaro. That led to a co-starring role opposite Charles Bronson in Michael Winner's 1972 movie The Mechanic. He starred in several movies in rapid succession in the mid-'70s including trucker drama White Line Fever, World War II-set Baby Blue Marine, John Millius' surfing pic Big Wednesday with Gary Busey and William Katt and opposite Burt Reynolds in Hal Needham's generational stuntman romp Hooper. He was nominated for two Golden Globes: supporting actor for Going Home and supporting actor for the 1983 miniseries The Winds of War.

Then came Airwolf, the Donald P. Bellisario-created series that ran for three seasons from 1984-86 on CBS and a fourth on USA Network in 1987. Vincent played Stringfellow Hawke, the pilot of an advanced prototype supersonic helicopter who with his team took on various covert government missions. Ernest Borgnine co-starred. The Big 3 broadcast networks all launched chopper-themed series in Janaury 1984 after the theatrical success of Blue Thunder the previous summer.

Vincent, who had documented problems with alcoholism and drug abuse, suffered a broken neck in a high-profile 2006 car crash while chasing a girlfriend he was fighting with. He recovered, but his career slowed. In 2012 an infection resulted in a partial amputation of his right leg.

During his time on "Airwolf", Vincent was a guest panelist on "The New Hollywood Squares".

Deadline
TV Line
TMZ

posted 3/8/18

THURSDAY: Battle of the Reality Heavies
"Survivor" Beats "Idol"
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.258 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday thanks to new episodes of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.781 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1), "Young Sheldon" (11.507 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Mom" (8.402 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), "Fam" (5.722 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and "SWAT" (5.569 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

ABC (5.060 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the number two draw with a new "Grey's Anatomy" (6.609 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) followed by the return of "Station 19" (5.375 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and "For the People" (3.196 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Next up was FOX (2.518 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with fresh installments of "Gotham" (2.110 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "The Orville" (2.926 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.424 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up the return of "Superstore" (3.074 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8) and "AP Bio" (1.881 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14); new episodes from "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.990 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Will & Grace" (2.634 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9); plus a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.483 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14).

And finally, The CW (1.076 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with new episodes of "Supernatural" (1.299 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) and "Legacies" (0.852 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #17).

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/8/19

Bluprint for "Runway"
NBCU Digital Platform LAunches Companion Series
From Broadway World

Calling all fashionistas! Bluprint - NBCUniversal's state-of-the-art digital lifestyle learning platform and streaming service - will launch two original online series celebrating "Bravo's Project Runway." On March 14th, the premiere of the Bluprint companion series titled "Runway Remake," will launch on the Bluprint platform in conjunction with the premiere of the iconic Bravo franchise "Project Runway." Bluprint's digital series, which will also be available on an all-new mobile app, will draw from the trends and out-of-the-box designs on the adored hit television series and inspire Bluprint subscribers to learn how to re-create their favorite fashion-forward runway looks at home.

Hosted by Mondo Guerra, runner up from "Project Runway" Season 8 and winner of "Project Runway All Stars," Bluprint will introduce nine original episodes that bring the flagship series to life in an accessible way for devoted fans at home. Top Bluprint instructors - including actress/sewist Marcy Harriell, sculptor/interior designer James Worsham, as well as master crafter Jo Gick from NBC's "Making It" - will interpret real "Project Runway" design challenges in their own respected crafts and tutorials, resulting in chic DIY projects.

Broadway World

posted 3/8/19

"Millionaire" Will Be Back... in the UK
Latest Season Ended March 8
From Digital Spy

Jeremy Clarkson has confirmed that Who Wants to be a Millionaire will return to ITV later in 2019. At the end of Friday night's (March 8) season finale, the gameshow's host announced: "We'll be back later in the year."

The Who Wants to be a Millionaire official Twitter account also confirmed the show's return by echoing Clarkson.

That's it for #WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire! Congrats to all of our winners this week! Thanks to everyone who has tweeted along with the shows & a special thanks to the producers @StellifyMedia! We'll be back later in the year, but until then… good night. #WhoWantsToBeAMillionaire pic.twitter.com/wknqPghhRR — Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? (@MillionaireUK) March 8, 2019

Digital Spy

posted 3/8/19

More Worst Celebrity Cooks
Boot Camp Begins April 21
From the Futon Critic

Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence are back to lead a new star-studded cast of cooking-challenged celebrities through culinary boot camp in the return of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition on Sunday, April 21st at 9pm (all times ET/PT).

In the seven-episode season, Anne and Tyler each lead a team of stars through a series of high-pressure cooking drills where only the most-improved recruit left standing is awarded $25,000 for the charity of their choice and bragging rights for their chef mentor. This season's celebrity recruits are: Jim J. Bullock, Morgan Fairchild, Tonya Harding, Jonathan Lipnicki, Taryn Manning, Alec Mapa, Kym Whitley and Jimmie Walker. "Competing on Worst Cooks is a very tough role for these celebrities - they start off as true kitchen disasters, but by the end of boot camp their food skills are impressive," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "Watching Anne and Tyler mentor this cast of larger-than-life personalities is endlessly entertaining."

The Futon Critic

posted 3/7/19

Big Brother Returns to Israel
Celebrity Version Spawns New Reboot
From Deadline

Big Brother is returning in Israel following the success of a celebrity version.

This marks a boon for Endemol Shine, which has faced some challenges with the twenty-year old reality format including last year's cancellation of the show on Channel 5 in the UK. Despite this, Endemol Shine's Chief Creative Officer Peter Salmon told Deadline that last year was one of the "biggest yet" for Big Brother.

Israel's Reshet has ordered a second civilian series of the show from Endemol Shine Israel.

The format launched on the station in May 2018, having run for eight civilian seasons on Channel 2. Big Brother VIP ran for seven weeks on Reshet culminating with the finale this weekend, which saw break dancer Asaf Goren crowned the winner. It was a ratings hit for Reshet with the finale scoring an average share of 19.7% and the season averaging 17.4%.

Deadline

posted 3/7/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Po-Po in Portugal"

  • Why Chris almost called the police on Colton Underwood (E!)

  • LIST ABUSE: 12 times Alex Trebek was better than us (Men's Health)

  • MasterChef Junior partners with Feed the Children (Broadway World)

  • FIRST LOOK Blockbusters UK on Comedy Central (Metro)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Anne Hegerty (The West Australian)

posted 3/7/19

TUESDAY: Clean Sweep for NBC
"The Voice" Leads the Charge
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.898 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday with its combination of "The Voice" (10.065 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), "This Is Us" (7.757 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and "New Amsterdam" (5.873 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

ABC (5.508 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then got a boost from its special "The Bachelor: The Women Tell All" (6.026 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) followed by a new "The Rookie" (4.473 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

Next up was CBS (5.572 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (7.451 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "FBI" (5.430 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and another "FBI" (3.835 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.068 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up a rebroadcast of "MasterChef Celebrity Showdown" (2.068 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

And finally, The CW (1.373 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night with originals from "The Flash" (1.690 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Roswell, New Mexico" (1.056 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 888k
- Temptation Island (USA): 832k
- America Says (GSN): 427k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/6/19

Two Love Islands
ITV Sends "Love Island" To New Zealand
From ITV

TV Studios and Motion Content Group's award-winning, record-breaking format Love Island has been commissioned by Three in New Zealand, taking the total number of original commissions to 12.

Love Island NZ will be produced by ITV Studios Australia, in what will be its first production for a New Zealand network.

The deal, which was brokered by ITV Studios Global Entertainment out of its Sydney office, will see Three become the home of Love Island in New Zealand. In addition to launching the show in 2019, the network has also acquired the rights to the second series in Australia, as well as licensing series 5 in the UK and the first series in the U.S. on CBS, all of which are also set to air later this year.

ITV Studios Australia produced the hugely successful first series of Love Island Australia last year, which broke viewing records for Network Nine's catch-up service 9Now. It has entered its biggest production year to date, with new and returning shows for 2019 including Operation Live, Sunday Night Takeaway, The Voice, I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! The Chase and its first scripted project, SeaChange, a co-production with Every Cloud Productions.

David Mott, CEO and Managing Director, ITV Studios Australia said: "Part of our ongoing strategy is to grow and develop production opportunities beyond Australia, with New Zealand being a key market for us in doing so. For Love Island to be our first commission in the territory is really exciting and we can't wait to start working with Three to make the series a hit there. Fans of the show are in for a real treat in 2019."

MediaWorks Chief Content Officer, Andrew Szusterman, said: "Love Island takes the concept of 'appointment viewing' to a whole new level and has been smashing records on air along with creating unprecedented social media hype and audience engagement.

ITV

posted 3/6/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "More Masks"

  • Why "The Masked Singer" could come back sooner than later (Popsugar)

  • Mark Jansen, Elena Davies break up. In other news, Mark Jansen, Elena Davies were a couple (Reality TV World)

  • Anthony Anderson to host Image Awards (The Futon Critic)

  • Jeff Probst clairifies the rule on Idols (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Steve Harvey goes into the Vault (Broadway World)

  • ICYMI: And the winner of the All-Stars game was... (TV Line)

posted 3/6/19

NBC Slots Summer Stars
"Ninja Warrior", "Got Talent" Premiere May
From Deadline

NBC has set premiere dates for a pair of its veteran summer series. Season 14 of America's Got Talent will get a two-hour premiere at 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, and American Ninja Warrior will launch its eighth season at from 8-10 p.m. the next night before settling into its regular slot at 8 p.m. Monday, June 10.

The AGT bow will feature its new judge lineup and host, with Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough taking over for veteran judges Heidi Klum and Mel B and America's Got Talent: The Champions frontman Terry Crews emceeing after Tyra Banks hosted the show last year. Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel are returning to the judges table.

Created by EP Cowell and co-produced by Fremantle and Syco Entertainment, AGT has been a summer ratings juggernaut for NBC, ranking as the No. 1 alternative series for the past 13 years. Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff, Trish Kinane and Richard Wallace also serves as executive producers.

Filming begins this week on American Ninja Warrior, which is hosted by Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila. E! News co-anchor Zuri Hall is the new sideline reporter this season, giving viewers a preview of the course, sharing crowd reactions and doing post-race interviews with the competitors.

Produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions, the show delivered as the most-watched broadcast of the night with each of its final five telecasts in summer 2018. Arthur Smith, Kent Weed, Brian Richardson, Anthony Storm and Kristen Stabile are the executive producers.

Deadline

The Wrap
TV Line
Broadway World
Broadway World
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posted 3/5/19

SYNDIES: Week 22
Results for the Week Ending February 24
From TV Newscheck

Preemptions for coverage of the Feb. 21 Chicago police announcement of felony criminal charges against Empire star Jussie Smollett were a drag on ratings for most daytime shows in the session ending Feb. 24.

In the game show arena, the race tightened as Jeopardy rose 5% to a 6.8, tying usual leader Family Feud, which was flat at a 6.8. Not far behind was Wheel of Fortune, which picked up 3% to a 6.7.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.8 NC
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.8 +5%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.7 +3%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 -6%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.6* +20%


TV Newscheck

B+C

posted 3/5/19

MONDAY: Dead Heat
ABC, NBC Tie with Dueling Bigs
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.035 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1) was the most-watched network on Monday thanks to week two of "The Voice" (10.876 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T1) and "The Enemy Within" (5.355 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5).

ABC (7.055 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with originals from "The Bachelor" (7.227 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T1) and "The Good Doctor" (6.712 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

Next up was FOX (4.257 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with fresh installments of "The Resident" (5.130 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) and "The Passage" (3.385 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.976 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its mix of a repeat "The Neighborhood" (5.130 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), new episodes of "Man with a Plan" (4.941 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8) and "Magnum P.I." (5.514 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) plus a second run "Bull" (4.377 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

And finally, The CW (0.841 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with new episodes of "Arrow" (0.904 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Black Lightning" (0.777 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

On cable ...
- Kids Baking Championship - 9p (Food): 1.5m
- Kids Baking Championship - 8p (Food): 952k
- Winner Cake All (Food): 571k
- America Says (GSN): 374k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/5/19

Facebook Gets School'd
The Silent Launch of ScaryMommy's New Facebook Watch Game
From ScaryMommy

We could all use an extra $1000, right? And we could all use a little light-hearted fun in our work/stay-at-home/work-at-home mom day, no doubt. Enter School'd by Scary Mommy. The extremely addictive new trivia game just for moms.

Hosted by NYC-based comedians Brittney Jenkins and Kami Dimitrova, the game is easy to play, a ton of fun, and can mean winning big money. Think HQ Trivia, only questions you might totally know the answers to.

First of all, players need to follow the School'd by Scary Mommy page in order to get an alert when a new game starts. That would be every Tuesday and Thursday at 1pmEST/10amPST.

You'll need to play on your Smartphone because the game isn't playable on computers, so you'll just have to wrestle it from your Baby Shark-obsessed toddler for a few minutes every day around lunchtime. No big.

Again, it's just like HQ. The host will ask a total of 12 questions, one at a time. You'll have 10 seconds per question to choose an answer from the multiple choices. If you get all 12 questions right, (which, YASS GURL) you'll win the $1000 prize. If you're not the only trivia genius playing to win, you'll just split the $1000 with the others who got them all correct.

A very cool feature of School'd is that players can continue playing even if they get a question wrong–they just can't win the money. Which means you can get in some super low-pressure practice and hopefully, come back and win next time. N

ow, you might be wondering about what types of questions we'll ask, and don't worry — they're all geared toward moms and meant to be fun, not stressful. There will be special categories like Old School'd (think fun throwback stuff), That's Sick! (health), Girl Power (women empowerment), Hangry Games (food), and Hot and Bothered (relationship/sex). Knowing that the topics are all pretty close to home makes the game a lot more fun.

So there you have it, all summed up. Follow School'd by Scary Mommy so you get the alerts every Tuesday and Thursday at 1pmEST/10amPST. May the odds be ever in your favor.

ScaryMommy

posted 3/5/19

WEEKEND: Idol Returns
ABC Wins Sunday Thanks to AI
From the Futon Critic

ABC (7.032 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the top draw on Sunday with its new lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.651 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2), "American Idol" (8.633 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "Shark Tank" (4.211 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

CBS (7.291 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) then was the most-watched network with its mix of "60 Minutes" (10.240 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "God Friended Me" (6.833 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.920 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "Madam Secretary" (5.169 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

Next up was NBC (3.531 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) with a "World of Dance" (3.005 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) recap followed by a new "World of Dance" (4.174 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and the season premiere of "Good Girls" (2.770 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.828 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.404 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T16) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.325 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) followed by new episodes of "The Simpsons" (2.317 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "Bob's Burgers" (2.040 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Family Guy" (2.103 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) plus a repeat "Family Guy" (1.780 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

And finally, originals from "Supergirl" (1.184 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T16) and "Charmed" (0.754 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.3, #18) rounded out the night on The CW (0.969 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable Friday...
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8:30p (MTV): 362k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8p (MTV): 316k

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (SF/Food): 1.216m
- Family Food Showdown (P/Food): 896k


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posted 3/5/19


TV Line

LUKE PERRY: 1966-2019
Star of "90210", "Riverdale" Played "Celebrity Name Game"
From Broadway World

Luke Perry has died today after suffering a massive stroke last Wednesday, February 27, according to Deadline. He was 52.

"He was surrounded by his children Jack and Sophie, fiancé Wendy Madison Bauer, ex-wife Minnie Sharp, mother Ann Bennett, step-father Steve Bennett, brother Tom Perry, sister Amy Coder, and other close family and friends. the family appreciates the outpouring of support and prayers that have been extended to Luke from around the world, and respectfully request privacy in this time of great mourning. No further details will be released at this time," said his publicist Arnold Robinson in a statement.

Perry's agent also released a statement, reading: "Luke will be missed, a friend gone way too soon. It seems like yesterday that I was Luke's agent negotiating his role on 'Beverly Hills, 90210'. I would like to express my condolences to his family and friends during this difficult time."

Perry is best known for becoming a household name on Fox'sBeverly Hills, 90210, starring as Dylan McCay from 1990-1995 and then reprising his role in 1998-2000. He recently starred as Archie's dad, Fred Andrews, on the CW's Riverdale.

Perry was known in the theater world for playing Brad Majors on Broadway in the 2000 revival of The Rocky Horror Show. In 2004, he starred in the West End production of When Harry Met Sally as Harry, opposite Alyson Hannigan as Sally.

Perry was also featured on a number of game shows from the 1990s and 2000s, including "Jeopardy!", "Hollywood Squares", and "Celebrity Name Game".

Broadway World
TV Line
TV Line
TV Line
Deadline

posted 3/4/18


The Hollywood Unlocked

JANICE FREEMAN: 1986-2019
Singer Was a Contestant on "The Voice"
From Reality TV World

Former The Voice contestant Janice Freeman has sadly passed away at age 33.

Janice -- who competed on Season 13 of NBC's The Voice in 2017 -- died on Saturday, March 2.

"We are heartbroken to report that Janice Marie Freeman passed away on March 2, 2019 from an extreme case of pneumonia and a blood clot that traveled to her heart. While at home her husband Dion performed CPR until the ambulance arrived. She passed away at a local hospital shortly after," Janice's loved ones wrote Sunday on her Twitter account. "A survivor and fighter, and a beautiful force in this world, Janice gained notoriety through her success on NBC's The Voice as a member of Miley Cyrus's team. Her story inspired fans nationwide, having successfully battled cervical cancer and living her life to the fullest while fighting lupus."

The post continued, "Her friends and family greatly appreciate your prayers, call and texts during this time, and ask that they be given space to remember everything that Janice was to them as they process and mourn her loss. She is survived by her husband Dion, daughter Hannah, her mother Janice, brothers and sisters, and many extended family."

Janice reached the Top 11 on The Voice and was praised for her powerful rendition of songs as well as the energy she brought to the stage. She also often expressed love for her daughter, now 12, on the series.

Reality TV World
TV Line

posted 3/4/18


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

Think you know someone just by looking at them? Well, for a while, this kind of "profiling" could've netted you half-a-million bucks. Chris Wolvie talks of a "Games Gone By..." which will make you wonder who your neighbor REALLY is: "Identity".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 3/4/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Show Me Your X"

  • FIRST LOOK: the new look of America's Got Talent (TV Line)

  • "The Chase" suffers case of ill-timing with question on the Prodigy after Keith Flint's death (Metro)

  • Andrew O'Keeffe's in trouble (NineHoney)

  • Snoop Dogg is looking to unload Lakers tickets (Yahoo! Sports)

  • CASTING COUCH: want to be an American Ninja Warrior? (SB Nation) plus details on where they're taping this season (SB Nation)

  • SPOILER ALERT! Don't click this link unless you've seen today's "Millionaire? UK" (Telly Mix)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Tim Tebow (WFMY Greensboro)

posted 2/28/19

WEDNESDAY: Unmasked
"Masked Singer" Helps Fox to First
From the Futon Critic

FOX (10.021 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) eclipsed the competition on Wednesday with the penultimate "The Masked Singer" (8.596 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) and the season finale of "The Masked Singer" (11.445 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1).

NBC (7.943 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with its trio of "Chicago Med" (8.448 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "Chicago Fire" (8.249 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and "Chicago PD" (7.134 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6).

Next up was ABC (3.922 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with fresh installments of "The Goldbergs" (4.525 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6), "Schooled" (3.518 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9), "Modern Family" (4.340 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6) and "Single Parents" (2.948 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) plus the formal premiere of "Whiskey Cavalier" (4.101 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.145 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up originals of "Survivor: Edge of Extinction" (7.061 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "The World's Best" (2.816 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and another "The World's Best" (2.558 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

And finally, The CW (0.747 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with new episodes of "Riverdale" (0.878 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "All American" (0.616 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 922k
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds (MTV): 848k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 680k
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 582k
- Deal or No Deal (CNBC): 489k
- Drop the Mic (TNT): 483k
- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (TNT): 375k
- American Beauty Star (Lifetime): 211k


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Showbuzz Daily
The Wrap
Deadline

posted 2/28/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Back on the Beat"

  • Terry Crews to continue patroling Brooklyn for NBC (The Futon Critic)

  • Buzzy Cohen to create Audible original (Heavy)

  • How social media breathes new life into Jeopardy! (Variety)

  • Chris Jericho drops $3 million on a new house in Florida (Cinema Blend)

posted 2/28/19


Fox/Warner Horizon TV

Disconnected
Fox Cancels "Love Connection" After Two Seasons
From PopCulture

FOX has officially canceled its Love Connection reboot with Andy Cohen after two seasons.

Love Connection has struggled through its two seasons on the air, with low ratings and little fan engagement. On Wednesday morning, Cohen himself announced the cancellation in an interview on Sirius XM's The Howard Stern Show. "They canceled it," he said glumly.

Later, a FOX representative confirmed the news to reporters from TVLine. Love Connection finished its second season in September.

Even the big finale did not draw an impressive audience. The show scored a 0.5 Nielsen rating in the key demographic of adults ages 18 to 49. Its total viewers were judged at 1.82 million. To its credit, Love Connection took a lot of risks to draw in more viewers in Season 2.

The show ditched one of its most callous features — the optional pay-out. It allowed the audience to vote on the contestants' best match, and if the contestant picked the same person, they were awarded $10,000. If they did not, they were forced to choose between their date and the cash.

The show did away with this part in Season 2, as it had been heavily criticized by critics and viewers. It re-branded, promising "more happy endings" for the couples that played, but it could not reclaim its alienated viewers..

PopCulture

TV Line
The Wrap
Deadline

posted 2/27/19

SYNDIES: Week 21
Results for the Week Ending February 17
From TV Newscheck

The session ending Feb. 17 featured perennial syndication champ Judge Judy opening an all-but-insurmountable lead in the race for the overall win at the midpoint of the February sweep. Judy clobbered all programs in syndication 32nd week in a row, uncorking a nose-bleed-level 7.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, with more than 11 million daily viewers. While that was 1% off its season record of the previous frame, it represented an impressive 22% increase over last year's Winter Olympics-compromised ratings.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.8* +1%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.5 -2%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.5 -2%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.8 +13%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


TV NEwscheck

B+C

posted 2/27/19

TUESDAY: A Split "Voice"
CBS Wins Total, NBC Wins Demo
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.697 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) got another boost on Tuesday with night two of the "The Voice" (10.552 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) season premiere followed by the return of "World of Dance" (6.270 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

CBS (9.440 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the silver draw with its trio of "NCIS" (11.663 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "FBI" (9.484 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.172 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Next up was ABC (3.518 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with originals from "American Housewife" (4.435 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "The Kids Are Alright" (3.323 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Black-ish" (3.121 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Splitting Up Together" (2.524 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "The Rookie" (3.852 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.385 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up the season finales of "Lethal Weapon" (3.082 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9) and "The Gifted" (1.687 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.666 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and a new "Roswell, New Mexico" (0.977 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) on The CW (0.821 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Temptation Island (USA): 952k
- Chopped (Food): 919k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 525k
- America Says (GSN): 391k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/27/19

Temptation Revisited
USA Renews Temptation Island
From the Futon Critic

USA Network today announced a second season pickup for its buzzy reality series TEMPTATION ISLAND.

Set to film later this year, Mark L. Walberg will return to host an extended 12-episode sophomore run, which will include a reunion special.

Produced by Banijay Studios North America, TEMPTATION ISLAND is currently airing its first season on USA on Tuesdays at 10/9c, with the seventh episode set to premiere tonight.

Since its January 15 debut, TEMPTATION ISLAND has grown its audience by double digits (+34% P18-49, +36% P25-54, +23% total viewers) thanks in part to strong social buzz (#1 new cable series of the year for social engagements). The series is also the #1 original cable series in its time period for P18-34.*

TEMPTATION ISLAND follows four unmarried couples at a crossroads in their relationship. Each must decide whether to commit to each other or ultimately give in to the temptation - a decision that could change the course of their life forever. Together, the couples travel to a romantic paradise, where they join 24 sexy single men and women all in search of love.

Brace yourselves for hot and heavy nights as the couples embark on an adventure to begin dating these new prospects.

Information on how to apply to be a cast member for Season 2 can be found at USANetwork.com. .

The Futon Critic

The Wrap
Deadline

posted 2/26/19

20th Circle of Hell
Fox Renews Hell's Kitchen to Season 20
From Deadline

Fox has ordered more helpings of Gordon Ramsay. The network said today that it has renewed Hell's Kitchen for two seasons, which will be the cooking-competition series' 19th and 20th.

Fox also renewed the show. in which aspiring restaurateurs are put through an intense culinary academy — and Ramsay's wrath — to prove they have the endurance and skill to compete and win a grand prize, for two seasons back in 2016.

Hell's Kitchen ranks as the season's No. 2 cooking show in the 18-49 demo — behind another series fronted by the irascible chef, Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back — and is TV's top-rated reality series on Fridays, per Nielsen. It's also up significantly over Fox's year-ago time period average: +44% among 18-49 and +36% in total viewers.

Deadline

posted 2/26/19

KCA Noms Out
DJ Khaled to Host
From The Wrap

DJ Khaled had big shoes to fill, in all ways. The star DJ and music producer will take over from John Cena as host of the "Kids' Choice Awards" next month, Nickelodeon announced on Tuesday.

Khaled will bring a party atmosphere to the annual slime-filled awards show for his inaugural hosting gig on March 23, thanks to his signature catchphrases and gregarious personality.

"Father of Asahd is here to let you know the biggest party of the year is about to go up! That's right, March 23 – I'm your host, DJ Khaled for the Nickelodeon 'Kids' Choice Awards.' I'll see you soon!" the musician said in a statement.

This year's top nominees include "Avengers: Infinity War," "Black Panther," Cardi B and "Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation."

First-time nominees include Jason Momoa, Emilia Clarke, James Corden, Noah Centineo, Bebe Rexha, Tyra Banks, Neil Patrick Harris and "Riverdale."

Khaled himself is nominated for three awards: Favorite TV Judge, Favorite Male Artist and Favorite Collaboration.

This year's show also introduces five new categories for voting: Favorite TV Host, Favorite TV Judges, Favorite Superhero, Favorite Gamer, and Vote For A Cause.

Nickelodeon's 2019 "Kids' Choice Awards" airs live on Saturday, March 23, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) from the Galen Center in Los Angeles.

Nominees of interest....

Favorite Reality Show
- America's Got Talent
- American Idol
- American Ninja Warrior
- Dancing with the Stars: Juniors
- Double Dare
- The Voice Favorite

TV Host*
- Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen's Game of Games)
- Kevin Hart (TKO: Total Knock Out)
- Liza Koshy & Marc Summers (Double Dare)
- Nick Cannon & JoJo Siwa (Lip Sync Battle Shorties)
- Ryan Seacrest (American Idol)
- Tyra Banks (America's Got Talent)

Favorite TV Judges*
- Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel (America's Got Talent)
- Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie (American Idol)
- Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba, (Dancing with the Stars)
- Sean "Diddy" Combs, DJ Khaled, Meghan Trainor (THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM)
- Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine, Blake Shelton (The Voice)
- Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough, NE-YO (World of Dance)


The Wrap

posted 2/26/19

MONDAY: Back on Top
"The Voice" Helps NBC to First
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.093 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the top draw on Monday thanks to the season premiere of "The Voice" (10.753 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and the debut of "The Enemy Within" (5.774 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

ABC (6.583 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was the number two network with fresh installments from "The Bachelor" (6.711 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "The Good Doctor" (6.327 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5).

Next up was CBS (6.499 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with originals from "The Neighborhood" (7.088 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Man with a Plan" (5.995 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6), "Magnum P.I." (6.293 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7) and "Bull" (6.664 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.094 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) opted for a repeat "The Masked Singer" (2.899 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) plus a new "The Passage" (3.288 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

And finally on The CW (0.538 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5), repeats of "Arrow" (0.647 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and "Black Lightning" (0.430 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship - 9p (Food): 1.339m
- Kids Baking Championship - 8p (Food): 971k
- Winner Cake All (Food): 720k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 556k
- America Says (GSN): 376k .


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/26/19

One Night in Thailand for Just Desserts
Top Chef Spinoff Heads to Asia
From Deadline

Top Chef spin-off Just Desserts is heading to Thailand alongside a second season of World of Dance after NBCUniversal closed a pair of deals. The Hollywood studio's international formats division has signed a deal for the shows with The One Enterprise. It will produce an 11-part series of Just Desserts for its One31 channel that will see pastry chefs flex their professional skills and go head to head in a series of challenges. Top Chef also airs on One31 and was recently renewed for a third season. Meanwhile, World of Dance, which was originally produced by Universal Television Alternative Studios in association with Jennifer Lopez' Nuyorican Productions, will run for a second season on One31. Ana Langenberg, SVP, Format Sales & Production, NBCUniversal International Formats said, "Top Chef remains as one of our most successful franchises to date, so to bring a third season and a Just Desserts spin off to local audiences is truly exciting. To add to that, we are also excited for another season of World of Dance within the territory. The One Enterprise and One31 generated a local version that boasts high quality production standards and excellent on-screen talent, so we are proud to see the remake prove so popular and successful."

Deadline

posted 2/26/19

Hey Tracey, Greenlight This Game Show
New ITV Series to Employ Digital Assistant
From ITV News

Hey Tracey! is a brand-new quiz show for ITV2, hosted by Joel Dommett, where celebrities play to win cash for members of the public… with some unpredictable consequences.

In real life if you don't know the answer to a question you can ask Siri or Alexa. In this show, unfortunately you're stuck with Tracey.

If our celebrities don't know the answer to Joel's unusual questions, they can say "Hey Tracey!" and enlist the help of his very own virtual assistant. But forget your high-end Silicon Valley artificial intelligence – Tracey was thrown together by some sixth formers in the late 90's as part of their technology coursework… and she can usually be found tucking into a pie or painting her nails.

Each time our celebs summon her help, Tracey can connect them with someone in the real world that might be able to help. Less phone-a-friend, more like comedy cold calling. And that means everyone from dog groomers to massage parlours, piano tuners to equine dentists, roadside burger vans to reptile houses.

So, if our celebrities want to win big, they'd better make sure they say… "Hey Tracey!"

ITV News

Entertainment Focus
British Comedy Guide

posted 2/26/19

Japan Beats the Room
Red Arrow Teams with NTV for New Format
From C21 Media

Japanese broadcaster Nippon TV and Red Arrow Studios International have teamed up to co-develop and distribute a studio gameshow format.

Beat the Rooms will launch at MipTV in April, with Nippon TV handling sales for Asia and Red Arrow Studios International distributing in the rest of the world. The show has been commissioned straight-to-series for Nippon TV's main channel in Japan and is produced in-house by the broadcaster, which also created the Dragons' Den/Shark Tank format.

In each episode, two teams try to 'beat' rooms in which they face tests of their ability to overcome a physical or mental obstacle, with players challenged not to do certain things, such as breathing, getting nervous or falling. Each player has their own countdown clock, which runs faster if they break the rules. At the end of each game, players with the least time remaining are eliminated by being sent crashing through a wall. In the finale, each team's surviving players use time saved from the rooms to help them race across a huge slippery slope without falling off.

Atsushi Sogo, president of international business development at Nippon TV, said: "We always get many inquiries asking for 'crazy' Japanese game shows, and we collaborated with Red Arrow Studios' fantastic team of format experts lead by Michael Schmidt to create a modern but still extremely funny and action-packed program."

Bo Stehmeier, president of Red Arrow Studios International, described the format as "perfect for family viewing on linear and digital channels with its crazy challenges and hilarious games."

C21 Media

Multichannel News
TBI Vision

posted 2/26/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Did Someone Say More Jeopardy!?"

  • Netflix drops more best-of "Jeopardy!" next month (Lifehacker)

  • Katy Perry bonded with fiancee over In-N-Out... because nothing says "I love you" like a Double Double (Reality TV World)

  • Casey Kriley, Jo Sharon promoted to Chief Elves of Magical Elves (Deadline)

  • LIST ABUSE: 7 game shows that need to be rebooted (Cinema Blend)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Millionaire UK plots a return for March 4 (Telly Mix)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jameela Jamil (Vogue)

posted 2/26/19


Fremantle

How's This for a Reboot... CARD SHARKS!
Casting Is Now Open
From 29 Frames Entertainment

Fresh off of a casting call for a new version of "Press Your Luck", Fremantle is apparently going deeper into its classic game show well for another long-dormant favorite - Card Sharks.

The Chester Feldman-created game of high-stakes acey-deucey is looking for contestants in the southern California area.

Originally a staple in the NBC daytime lineup during the late 70s & early 80s, it was rebooted twice - once in 1986 for CBS and again in 2001 for first-run syndication. A version of the game also played as part of CBS' "Gameshow Marathon" in 2006.

Contestants must be 21 years or older and legal residents of the United States.

29 Frames Entertainment

posted 2/25/19

The Comeback Comes Back
Bebe Rexha Joins "The Voice" as Comeback Stage Coach
From the Futon Critic

Four-time Emmy Award-winning hit musical competition series "The Voice" is set to launch the second season of the nine-part digital companion series "The Comeback Stage," presented by Lay's. This season kicks off with EGOT winner John Legend, returning superstar coaches Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton on Monday, Feb. 25 at 8-10 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

Fresh off of being named Variety's 2018 Songwriter of the Year and receiving the Music Business Association's Breakthrough Artist Award, chart-topping singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha will serve as the companion series' "fifth coach." She will mentor deserving artists who did not make a team during the Blind Auditions as well as eliminated artists from later rounds. This season the competition is tougher than ever as new rounds have been added to the Comeback Stage, making it more difficult to earn a spot in the Live Shows.

During the first round of competition, six artists who did not get a chair turn go head to head. In each episode two artists will compete and sing for Grammy Award-nominated Rexha, who will select a winner to move on to the next round of competition. In the next round, Rexha will bring back three deserving artists who were eliminated during the Battle Rounds, giving them a chance to re-enter the competition through the Comeback Stage. These artists will face off against the three artists from the first round of competition.

After Rexha has chosen the three finalists, they will perform for her in the Semi-Finals before she narrows it down to two. In the Comeback Stage Finals, Rexha will pick one artist to move forward and compete against another eliminated artist from a later round of the competition.

The two final artists will perform live for America on the Tuesday, April 30 episode of "The Voice." A Twitter Instant Save will ultimately determine who re-enters the competition as part of the Top 13. The winning artist will select their coach and join that team.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/25/19

Drag Racecast
Find It on iTunes, Spotify
From Broadway World

Tell your best squirrel friends! From World of Wonder, producers of RuPaul's Drag Race, comes The Official RuPaul's Drag Race Podcast, hosted by Drag Race producer and Herstorian John Polly.

Every week, Polly welcomes a bevy of RuPaul's Drag Race queens to the World of Wonder-produced podcast, including the Season 11 queen eliminated each week. Listen as your favorite Queens and friends break down each and every episode of the show through sickening conversations, behind-the-scenes insights, and never before released info - officially!

Segments include This Day in Drag Race Herstory and Sissy That Talk.

The premiere episode launches February 28 at 8pm PT/11pm EST. Additional episodes go live each Thursday after RuPaul's Drag Race on VH1.

Find it on iTunes, Spotify, and everywhere you find your favorite podcasts.

Broadway World

posted 2/25/19

China's Got Talent. Again.
Syco Deals with Hunan TV
From Deadline

The Got Talent format is heading back to China after Hunan TV partnered with Fremantle and Syco Entertainment.

The broadcaster has ordered a 13-part series based on the format that will be known locally as Dian Feng Zhi (World's Got Talent) and will air in April.

It comes after a local version of Got Talent aired on Shanghai Media Group's Dragon TV for five seasons from 2010.

The show will bring together a number of the most popular acts from over 30 of the Got Talent franchises around the globe. These performers will take to the stage in Hunan, China to compete in a massive global competition with the hopes of claiming the ultimate title of China's World Champion of Got Talent and a grand prize.

Vivian Yin, CEO, Fremantle, China, said the reboot has been inspired by China's One Belt One Road initiative, the country's global trade and infrastructure program. "This production will welcome many exceptional acts who've already featured in many Got Talents around the world. It will celebrate the cultural diversity and stories of ordinary people with extraordinary talents together on the world's biggest stage in Changsha, China. We are thrilled that our partners Hunan TV and Syco Entertainment share the same vision and have made this unique project possible."

Lester Hu, Head of Formats and International Business, Hunan TV added, "As China's leading content producer and broadcaster, we've always been looking for big ideas with global influence. What Hunan TV is really after is co-developing original content with our partners by engaging global creative into local market at the very beginning of the development process. We are excited about hosting this massive television event that promotes intercultural communication and appreciation. Combined with our in-house production expertise, we trust that Dian Feng Zhi Lu will make a splash in both local and international markets."

Deadline

posted 2/25/19

Who Wants to Be a Share of a Millionaire?
RipKord.TV Promises The Biggest App Game Giveaway EVER
From Gamasutra

Ripkord.tv — a live audience-driven entertainment network that combines the best elements of mobile gaming, social interactivity, and traditional television — today announced the biggest interactive mobile game show prize purse ever offered. On March 13, 2019, players have the chance to win big from a potential prize pool of over $1,000,000 USD in Ripkord.tv's original live hosted game show - In or Out!

Building further excitement leading up to this huge monthly prize package, Ripkord.tv is hosting weekly events every Wednesday, where $100,000 USD is on the line!

"Nobody's done anything this big in the live social games space, and we are going big, offering players a chance at winning over $1 million dollars every month," said Todd Peterson, CEO and co-founder of Ripkord.tv. "It's a huge prize pool, and, with the way In or Out! is designed, our players start with a fifty percent chance of winning something right from the start, which is better than just about any other traditional game show or competition out there. Combine that with the fact that our games don't require you to be a trivia genius, and you can see what makes us the go-to for competitive online game shows."

Feeling lucky? Then In or Out is the game for you! Fire up the free-to-play game and pick a color — then watch the wheel spin. If it lands on your color, you must decide whether to stay IN or cash OUT. Stay in the game for hopes of a bigger payout, or split the current winning with other players that have cashed out and run... what do you do!? The choice is yours…

Winners must be over 18 years of age and restricted to the US and Canada with the exception of Quebec.

Gamasutra

posted 2/25/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "And the Award Goes to Numberwang"

  • FIRST LOOK: World of Dance season 3 (NBC) (TV Line)

  • Khloe Kardashian to Mike Fleiss: See you in court (Reality TV World)

  • Fred Dinenage opens.... of all things... a retirement home! (Swindon Advertiser)

  • Austin Rogers calls people who can't grasp the All-Stars format... well... (Fox News)

  • Meanwhile, Alex's son Matthew is an all-star... in the kitchen (Harlem Bespoke)

posted 2/25/19

THURSDAY: Big Bang
CBS Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.270 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its original lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (13.296 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1), "Young Sheldon" (11.293 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "Mom" (8.553 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4), "Fam" (5.675 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "SWAT" (5.401 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

ABC (4.900 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was the number two draw with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.857 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "A Million Little Things" (5.268 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.575 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14).

Next up was NBC (3.601 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with its mix of "The Titan Games" (4.276 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.420 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "Will & Grace" (2.680 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.977 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.612 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Gotham" (2.186 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and "The Orville" (3.038 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

And finally, a repeat "Charmed" (0.538 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15) and a new "Legacies" (0.707 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15) rounded out the night on The CW (0.622 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 966k
- Top Chef (Bravo): 917k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 617k
- America Says (GSN): 527k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 522k
- Game of Clones (P/MTV): 470k
- Lip Sync Battle (Paramount): 458k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/21/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Life After You"

posted 2/22/19


Fremantle

Ready to "Press Your Luck" Again?
Casting Open for Possible Reboot
From Casting Crane

A casting notice went online for what appears to be a possible reboot of the 80s classic "Press Your Luck".

The show, owned by Fremantle and created by Bill Carruthers, was itself a reboot of a short-lived quiz show "Second Chance" from the 1970s. The show aired on CBS from 1983 to 1986, and rebooted for Game Show Network for 2002 to 2004.

Parsing the casting notice, there are references to ABC.

Contestants must be 21 years or older and legal residents of the United States.

So... ready to Press Your Luck? Click below!

Casting Crane

posted 2/21/19

SYNDIES: Week 20
Results for the Week Ending February 10
From TV Newscheck

Most of the top syndicated shows were hard-pressed to avoid declines amid decreasing TV usage in the session ending Feb. 10. Making matters worse were numerous preemptions in West Coast markets for the president's State of the Union address on Feb. 5. For example, only one magazine in the top seven made it into positive territory, although three of the top seven refused to lose ground.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.7 NC
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.6 -7%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.6 -6%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 -11%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


TV NEwscheck

B+C

posted 2/21/19

WEDNESDAY: And Then There Were Three
"Masked Singer" Wins Demos for Fox, NBC Takes Total
From the Futon Critic

FOX (5.896 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) continued its demo reign on Wednesday thanks to fresh installments from "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (3.568 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6) and "The Masked Singer" (8.224 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1).

NBC (9.067 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with its trio of "Chicago Med" (9.076 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "Chicago Fire" (9.038 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4) and "Chicago PD" (9.087 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3).

Next up was CBS (5.085 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and the premiere of "Survivor: Edge of Extinction" (7.756 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) followed by "The World's Best" (4.023 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and a second "The World's Best" (3.475 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.334 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up originals from "The Goldbergs" (4.987 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6), "Schooled" (3.813 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9), "Modern Family" (4.416 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6), "Single Parents" (2.723 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Match Game" (2.031 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

And finally, The CW (0.606 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with repeats of "Riverdale" (0.730 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "All American" (0.483 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.174k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 888k
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds (MTV): 834k
- Deal or No Deal (CNBC): 657k
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 611k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 558k
- America Says (GSN): 430k
- American Beauty Star (Lifetime): 238k
- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (TNT): 223k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/21/19

TUESDAY: Game Night
NBC Won Night with Demo, CBS Wins Total
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.419 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) remained the demo champ on Tuesday with its mix of "Ellen's Game of Games" (6.091 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "This Is Us" (7.555 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "New Amsterdam" (5.609 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

CBS (9.567 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the silver draw with its trio of "NCIS" (12.667 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "FBI" (9.044 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.990 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Next up was ABC (3.360 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its lineup of "American Housewife" (4.365 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "The Kids Are Alright" (3.414 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "Black-ish" (2.892 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "Splitting Up Together" (2.421 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "The Rookie" (3.535 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.448 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up the penultimate weeks of "Lethal Weapon" (3.276 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "The Gifted" (1.621 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

And finally, The CW (0.657 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) opted for repeats of "The Flash" (0.684 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "Roswell, New Mexico" (0.631 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 927k
- Temptation Island (USA): 905k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 536k
- America Says (GSN): 440k

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posted 2/21/19

Here Come the Judges
"Millionaire" Welcomes TV Judges March 4
From Broadway World

Popular celebrity judges from daytime court shows will play "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," opposite host Chris Harrison, during "Celebrity Judge Week," airing MONDAY, MARCH 4 - FRIDAY, MARCH 8.

This season, the show will have given away more than $100 million in total winnings since its Syndicated debut; and during this special themed week, each contestant will take on the classic 14-question game for the chance to win $1 million for their favorite charity.

Monday, March 4 - Judge Lynn Toler
- Judge Lynn Toler of "Divorce Court" will be playing for Bloom 365.
Tuesday, March 5 - Judge Mablean Ephriam, Judges Dana Cutler and Keith Cutler
- Judge Mablean Ephriam, from "Justice with Judge Mablean," will be playing for the Mablean Ephriam Foundation. Judges Dana and Keith Cutler, from "Couples Court with the Cutlers," will be playing for United Negro College Fund.
Wednesday, March 6 - Judges Dana and Keith Cutler
- Judges Dana and Keith Cutler continue their gameplay.
Thursday, March 7 - Judge Karen Mills Francis, Judge Marilyn Milian
- Judge Karen Mills Francis, from "Judge Karen," will be playing for Beautiful Gate Outreach Center. Judge Marilyn Milian, from "The People's Court," will be playing for Camp Fiesta.
Friday, March 8 - Judge Marilyn Milian
- Judge Marilyn Milian continues her gameplay.


Broadway World

posted 2/21/19

Los Mentores Entran "La Voz"
Battle Rounds Begin February 24
From Broadway World

After concluding last Sunday's Blind Auditions, Coaches Luis Fonsi, Alejandra Guzmán, Carlos Vives and Wisin kick-off the Battle rounds of Telemundo's "La Voz" beginning this Sunday, February 24 at 9pm/8c.

During this second phase of the hit singing competition, the Coaches start developing their teams with the help of other music celebrity friends who will join them as Mentors, including Becky G, Christian Nodal, Carlos Rivera and Prince Royce. During this phase, each Coach will stage six Battles in the ring, with each Battlepitting two of the Coach's own team members against each other to sing the same song together in front of a studio audience. After each Battle, the Coach will have to make the difficult decision of which of his/her two contestants is the winner and will move on to the last round, known as the Live Shows. Coaches will have two opportunities to "steal," allowing them to prevent a contestant who was eliminated during another Coach's Battle to go home, and become part of his/her team.

Broadway World

posted 2/21/19

The Spanish "Revolution"
Armoza Format Heads to Spain
From Video Age

Spanish production company Globomedia acquired the competition format Dance Revolution from Armoza Formats.

Originally produced by Québecor Content and Fair-Play for Canada's TVA, the dance show features dancers who are recorded using state-of-the-art technology that captures each dancer's precise movements for the judges and audience.

Javier Pons, Globomedia's managing director, remarked, "This innovative technology is what makes this format one of the greatest television shows for the whole family."

Video Age

posted 2/21/19

More on "Jeopardy!" All-Stars
Catch It Wednesday!
From Niagara Frontier

Let the games begin: Six teams of elite "Jeopardy!" contestants are set to face off in the "Jeopardy! All-Star Games," presented by Consumer Cellular. Starting Wednesday, Feb. 20, fans will have the chance to see their favorite players join forces and play "Jeopardy!" like it's never been played before: in teams.

The 18 elite contestants returning for the "Jeopardy! All-Star Games" are among the winningest and most popular players in recent series history.

Six teams are composed of three players each, with one designated team captain. The team captains are some of the most notable names to ever play the game: Colby Burnett, Buzzy Cohen, Julia Collins, Ken Jennings, Austin Rogers and Brad Rutter. The teams are as follows:
- Team Colby: Colby Burnett, Pam Mueller and Alan Lin
- Team Buzzy: Buzzy Cohen, Alex Jacob and Jennifer Giles
- Team Julia: Julia Collins, Ben Ingram and Seth Wilson
- Team Ken: Ken Jennings, Matt Jackson and Monica Thieu
- Team Austin: Austin Rogers, Roger Craig and Leonard Cooper
- Team Brad: Brad Rutter, Larissa Kelly and David Madden

The "Jeopardy! All-Star Games" will air over the course of 10 weekdays from Wednesday, Feb. 20, to Tuesday, March 5. The first round of play consists of two, two-game matches played over three shows.

The first-round match-ups are:
- Match 1 – Airing Wednesday, Feb. 20, to Friday, Feb. 22 Team Colby vs. Team Buzzy vs. Team Brad
- Match 2 – Airing Monday, Feb. 25, to Wednesday, Feb. 27 Team Julia vs. Team Ken vs. Team Austin

The winning team will share a $1 million grand prize; the second place team will split $300,000 and the third place team will take home $100,000.

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Mashable

posted 2/21/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Netflix and Chill"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Dating Around (Netflix) (The Atlantic)

  • Alec Baldwin went to Flint to make a documentary about water (Detroit Free Press)

  • Andy Roddick, Brooklyn Decker ALSO on deck to play the Feud (Baseline)

  • Nikki Bella picks a heck of a time to go on the rebound (Reality TV World)

  • Jussie Smollett dropped by "Drop the Mic" (The Wrap)

  • #TBT: Got Talent scouts before they were judges (Talent Recap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Vanna White (WDJT Milwaukee)

posted 2/21/19

Facebook, Buzzfeed Set a Bubble Date
Play "Outside Your Bubble" on Facebook Watch
From Variety

Facebook keeps plowing more money into original programming for Watch: The company ordered a six-part docu-series on NBA superstar Stephen Curry and set a Feb. 20 premiere date for BuzzFeed News' interactive trivia game show "Outside Your Bubble."

BuzzFeed News is gearing up for next week's launch of "Outside Your Bubble," powered by Facebook's interactive game-show platform, hosted at facebook.com/OYB.

The live trivia show — which promises cash prizes to both in-studio contestants and audience members — is the latest move into the genre inspired by the popularity of HQ Trivia. Facebook last year launched its own live trivia game show, "Confetti," which bestows cash prizes.

BuzzFeed's "Outside Your Bubble" was an experimental concept that originated in early 2017 as an attempt to show readers what's happening outside their own social-media cocoon. The game show challenges contestants to reach across the cultural divide to guess what their opponents on the other side are thinking.

The show will be hosted by Brian Tong, an online, TV and radio host, creator and podcaster who is one of the hosts for WarnerMedia's DC Universe. "Outside Your Bubble" features a dynamic jackpot that can fluctuate throughout the show, depending on decisions that are made by the studio contestants.

Richard Brown serves as showrunner and executive producer of "Outside Your Bubble," along with BuzzFeed News head of programming Cindy Vanegas-Gesuale and VP of news and programming Shani Hilton.

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posted 2/20/19

Idol Begins Its "New Journey"
Catch It Sunday on ABC
From the Futon Critic

ABC is rolling out the red carpet, showcasing a 30-minute promotional special "American Idol: A New Journey Begins" on Oscar Sunday, FEB. 24, ahead of the highly anticipated award show. In the special, host Ryan Seacrest sits down with judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie to discuss the return of the iconic series and share a preview of this year's crop of new talent. Additionally, the panel will answer fan questions and share behind-the-scenes secrets. The special will join the previously announced "Whiskey Cavalier" sneak preview in rounding out a star-studded Oscar Sunday.

In addition to a behind-the-scenes look at "American Idol," viewers at home will also be treated to a momentous musical performance featuring auditionees from the upcoming premiere episode. Set in one of the most iconic locations - the heart of Hollywood - this rooftop musical production will be shown during the live broadcast of the 91st Oscars and will include a special appearance by Ryan Seacrest.

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Deadline

posted 2/20/19

MONDAY: Champions... of Everyone
NBC Won Night with Total, ABC with the Younguns
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.391 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) pulled in front among adults 18-49 on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Bachelor" (6.482 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "The Good Doctor" (6.207 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

NBC (8.828 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was the most-watched network with the season finales of "America's Got Talent: The Champions" (10.534 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and "Manifest" (5.415 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5).

Next up was FOX (4.314 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with fresh installments from "The Resident" (5.129 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and "The Passage" (3.499 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.186 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up its mix of "The Neighborhood" (6.498 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Man with a Plan" (5.295 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Magnum P.I." (5.927 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9) and "Bull" (6.734 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

And finally, The CW (0.536 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) opted for repeats of "Arrow" (0.650 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and "Black Lightning" (0.422 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12) to rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship - 9p (Food): 1.668m
- Kids Baking Championship - 8p (Food): 939k
- Winner Cake All (Food): 774k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 510k
- America Says (GSN): 437k

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posted 2/20/19

More on "Drag Race" Season 11
Meet the Season's Guest Judges
From Deadline

Are you ready to "werk"? The 11th season of the Emmy award-winning RuPaul's Drag Race is ready to drag and death drop you into a new season with a slay-worthy cast of 15 queens and a roster of fabulous guest judges including Miley Cyrus, Gina Rodriguez, Wanda Sykes, Adam Rippon, Lena Waithe, Troye Sivan and more.

To add to all that Logo will launch "Drag to Ru-Member MaRUthon" with the very first episode of season one of Drag Race starting Feb. 22 and cycling through all 10 seasons culminating with the Season 11 premiere on VH1 Feb. 28 at 9 pm ET/PT.

Also joining show regulars Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley, Ross Mathews and, supermodel of the world RuPaul on the judges' panel are Cara Delevingne, Bobby Moynihan, Kandi Burruss, Tiffany Pollard, Sydelle Noel, Tony Hale and others. Rachel Maddow, won't be on the judges' panel, but as seen in the trailer in the link, she will be making a guest appearance, okurrrrr?!

This year's slate of queens present some stiff competition as they will try to impress Mama Ru and the judges so that they can be crowned as "America's Next Drag Superstar" and win a grand prize of $100,000. This year's queens include: A'keria C. Davenport (Dallas, TX), Ariel Versace (Cherry Hill, NJ), Brooke Lynn Hytes (Nashville, TN), Honey Davenport (New York, NY), Kahanna Montrese (Las Vegas, NV), Mercedes Iman Diamond (Minneapolis, MN), Nina West (Columbus, OH), Plastique Tiara (Dallas, TX), Ra'jah D. O'Hara (Dallas, TX), Scarlet Envy (New York, NY), Shuga Cain (New York, NY), Silky Nutmeg Ganache (Chicago, IL), Soju (Los Angeles, CA) and Yvie Oddly (Denver, CO). Rounding out the 15 is Vanessa Vanjie Mateo (Los Angeles, CA) who is returning after becoming a fan favorite in season 10.

Drag Race made history last year as the first reality series to win Emmys for both Outstanding Reality-Competition Program and Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program categories in the same year. It also scored VH1's first Producers Guild Award for Producer of Game and Competition Reality Show.

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TV Line

posted 2/19/19

MTV Stax Cash in the UK
Facebook Watch Series Launches
From Deadline

Viacom is launching a live and interactive gameshow via Facebook Watch in the UK.

The company's global division, Viacom International Media Networks, has partnered with the social media platform to launch MTV Stax. It launches today, Monday February 18 at 4pm GMT.

It marks the latest interactive quiz on Facebook's content platform following the launch of Fremantle's Confetti. MTV Stax is a a free-to-play game broadcast live on Facebook Watch three times a week for ten weeks.

In each game, players must answer a series of ten pop culture focused questions for the chance to win a share of a big cash prize. The episodes will be shot at MTV's Camden based studio and will be hosted by MTV news presenters including Tinea Taylor and Tyler West.

"We are always exploring new and innovative ways to engage and entertain our audiences, so we're excited to be working with Facebook Watch as one of their first UK launch partners to develop MTV Stax," said Joanna Wells, Vice President, Digital Content, Youth and Entertainment. "We know that there's a great appetite at the moment for live interactive quiz shows and our fans are tapped into popular culture, so this feels like a very natural fit for MTV."

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posted 2/19/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "A Brief Moment for Politics (That We'll Never Go For Again)"

  • CBS swaps the president for the Price (Deadline)

  • Alec Baldwin was on SNL this week. Aaaaaaand that's all we're really at liberty to say. (The Wrap)

  • Chrissy Teigen had an accident taping Celeb Feud... in other news, Chrissy Teigen is taping Celeb Feud (Bravo)

  • LIST ABUSE: The worst game show hosts according to... (The Cheat Sheet)

  • Michael Higgins and his history with failure (Chicago Tribune)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Michael Strahan (Huffington Post)

  • Antonella Barba just went from singing to being a mule (Variety)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Howie Mandel (Anchorage Daily News)

posted 2/19/19

Party Like It's 2025
Format Launches in Israel
From Deadline

Keshet's secretive entertainment format 2025 finally launched last week and it turns out it's all about money.

The series, which is running as a live daily prime-time strip on Keshet 12 four days a week, began with 16 contestants at the gates of a futuristic Westworld-meets-Truman Show-style city on the outskirts of Yavne.

Eight duels took place with viewers deciding who would enter the city and who would not; each contestant received a smart watch loaded with 12,000 NIS ($3,300) and immediately had to decide how much to share with their opponent – four of the eight losing contestants who received the highest amount of money from their opponents who did get in also entered the city. Now, it seems, that the aim of the game is to keep or make as much money as possible in order to win the competition and an apartment worth 1.4 NIS ($390,000) with a giant scoreboard keeping track.

The contestants, who are a broad mix of ages and social groups, aren't entirely cut off from the real world but communication comes at a cost.

The show, which has also been described as Black Mirror-meets-Monopoly, was developed by Yoram Zak, who was the director of the Israeli version of Big Brother, and Erez Tal, who hosted the Endemol Shine format.

Keshet boss Avi Nir said that the Israeli firm has been approached by a raft of international broadcasters and producers but has not yet set any global deals.

So, how did it do and will the global community still be keen to replicate its reported $15M set? It did ok. While it was the most watched primetime show on its launch night with 565,000 viewers, was the highest launch for a new format since Channel 2's split in November 2017 and comfortably beat Channel 13's remake of Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, it only received a 21.1% rating on its opening night. This fell to 412,000 viewers and a 17.5% rating on its second night but did outperform the competition including Big Brother VIP and was up against the Champions League fixture between Real Madrid and Ajax.

Plenty more to come as it is set to run through the spring.

Deadline

posted 2/18/19

THURSDAY: Eye See You
CBS Takes the Night
From The Futon Critic

CBS (6.690 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) was the top draw on Thursday with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.239 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and "Young Sheldon" (7.685 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) followed by originals from "Mom" (7.622 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Fam" (5.473 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "SWAT" (5.561 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

ABC (4.695 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.538 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1), "A Million Little Things" (4.975 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.573 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

Next up was NBC (3.750 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with fresh installments from "The Titan Games" (4.321 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.585 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Will & Grace" (2.962 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.156 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.704 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up new episodes of "Gotham" (2.323 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "The Orville" (3.085 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.657 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with the special "The Top Greatest Valentine Movies of All Time" (0.803 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15) and a repeat "Legacies" (0.512 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15).

On cable...
- Top Chef (Bravo): 978k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 958k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 637k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 498k
- America Says (GSN): 474k
- Lip Sync Battle (Paramount): 420k

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posted 2/14/19


WWE

Nick's Giving "Are You Smarter" A Third Go
John Cena to Host
From the Wrap

Nickelodeon is bringing back "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader" with new host John Cena, who will also executive produce.

The original game show was hosted by stand-up comedian Jeff Foxworthy and aired on the Fox broadcast network. "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader" was created by Mark Burnett and hails from MGM.

The format of "5th Grader," which has been adapted in several countries, sees adult contestants answer questions as if they came from an elementary grade school quiz. There were actual (smart) fifth graders on stage to help out, or to make the adult look dumb — sometimes both.

The first "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader" aired from 2007 to 2015, over which Foxworthy amassed 111 episodes. In 2010, the show was nominated for — but did not win — a Daytime Emmy Award..

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posted 2/14/19

Ninjas Reappear
NBC Renews American Ninja Warrior, Production Begins Spring
From Broadway World

NBC's three-time Emmy Award-nominated series "American Ninja Warrior" will be returning this summer to NBC for its eighth season. Production will begin in the spring and a premiere date will be announced shortly.

Hosted by Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila, the highly popular obstacle course competition series will shoot in six cities this season, including Los Angeles (Universal Studios backlot), ATLANTA (The Home Depot Backyard at Mercedes Benz Stadium), Oklahoma City (State Capitol Building), Baltimore (Rash Field) and Cincinnati (downtown), along with its inaugural trip to the Pacific Northwest and its first time shooting indoors at Washington's iconic Tacoma Dome.

The show's national finals will once again take place in Las Vegas.

The action-packed series follows competitors as they tackle challenging obstacle courses in city qualifying and finals rounds throughout the country. Top competitors in each of the city finals rounds move onto the national finals, where they compete on a four-stage course that includes multiple obstacles on each stage. The winner, who must complete all four stages, including the final 75-foot rope climb, will take home a grand prize of $1 million.

In addition, the ninja to go the farthest on the national finals course wins $100,000. Last season's inaugural "last ninja standing" was "American Ninja Warrior" veteran Drew Drechsel. Drechsel has competed on eight seasons of the show to date and recently served as the captain for Team USA on the show's annual "USA Vs. the World" telecast.

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posted 2/14/19

WEDNESDAY: Alien Abduction
Fox Wins Demo with "Masked Singer"
From The Futon Critic

FOX (5.578 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was still the demo champ on Wednesday thanks to fresh installments from "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (3.363 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "The Masked Singer" (7.793 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1).

NBC (8.300 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the most-watched network with its trio of "Chicago Med" (8.805 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Chicago Fire" (8.519 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and "Chicago PD" (7.577 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Next up was CBS (4.510 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and a new "The World's Best" (5.807 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) followed by "Celebrity Big Brother" (4.030 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and the season finale of "Celebrity Big Brother" (3.695 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.112 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up its mix of "The Goldbergs" (4.768 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Schooled" (3.724 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10), a repeat "Modern Family" (2.844 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11), "Single Parents" (2.612 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "Match Game" (2.361 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

And finally, repeats of "Riverdale" (0.627 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "All American" (0.521 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) on The CW (0.574 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.001m
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds (MTV): 783k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 762k
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 678k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 525k
- Deal or No Deal (CNBC): 472k
- Drop the Mic (TNT): 419k
- American Beauty Star (Lifetime): 333k
- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (TNT): 267k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/14/19

Pushed Back. Again.
Fox Rejiggers March Schedule for Masterchef, Mental Samurai
From The Futon Critic

Season Seven of the hit culinary competition series MASTERCHEF JUNIOR will debut with a special two-hour premiere Tuesday, March 12 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), on FOX.

On Tuesday, March 19, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR airs in its regular time period (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), followed by the premiere of MENTAL SAMURAI (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), a thrilling new competition series that pushes every aspect of human intelligence and mental agility. Hosted and produced by Rob Lowe, the show is the first-ever obstacle course...for the mind.

The Futon Critic

Deadline

posted 2/14/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Bachelor Trio"

posted 2/14/19


ABC/Fremantle

American Idol: March 3
Franchise to Make First Visit to Idaho
From Deadline

ABC is tuning up for its second season of American Idol with plans for its premiere week and a new promo. Check out the judges prepping for the inaugural Gem State auditions in the "Greetings from Idaho" clip in the link below.

Season 2 kicks off at 8 p.m. Sunday, March 3, with the first crop of Idol hopefuls auditioning for their shot at that ticket to Hollywood. The cross-country tryout tour continues on March 6, followed by new episodes March 10. The competition then adds a Monday show for five consecutive weeks beginning March 18.

Judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie are back for the second go-round, along with host Ryan Seacrest and Bobby Bones taking on the role of in-house mentor. The series is produced by Fremantle and Industrial Media's 19 Entertainment. Showrunner Trish Kinane executive produces alongside Jennifer Mullin, Megan Wolflick and Chris Anokute.

Deadline

The Futon Critic

posted 2/13/19

TUESDAY: This Is Us Playing Games
NBC Takes the Younguns, CBS Takes the Rest
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.367 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was still the demo champ on Tuesday thanks to originals from "Ellen's Game of Games" (6.013 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "This Is Us" (7.327 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "New Amsterdam" (5.760 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

CBS (9.942 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed the silver with its trio of "NCIS" (13.242 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "FBI" (9.430 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.154 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Next up was ABC (3.396 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its lineup of "American Housewife" (4.263 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6), "The Kids Are Alright" (3.195 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "Black-ish" (3.124 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "Splitting Up Together" (2.615 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "The Rookie" (3.591 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.380 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Lethal Weapon" (3.169 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "The Gifted" (1.592 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14).

And finally, originals from "The Flash" (1.710 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "Roswell, New Mexico" (1.148 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on The CW (1.429 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 952k
- Temptation Island (USA): 839k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 548k
- America Says (GSN): 453k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/13/19

BYU Games Up
"Battle of the Ages" Joins Lineup
From the Futon Critic

BYUtv, a family entertainment network available over cable, satellite and streaming, today announced the spring premiere dates of three new series - the family cooking competition show "Dinner Takes All," the half-hour musical improv comedy program "Show Offs" and the multi-generational family game show "Battle of the Ages."

These shows, along with original scripted adventure comedy series "Dwight in Shining Armor," will all premiere the week of March 18.

In addition, BYUtv will continue to air all-new episodes of viewer favorites such as "Studio C," "Relative Race" and "Random Acts."

"With the debut of these new series, we are creating a broad portfolio of new and original programming, both scripted and unscripted, that the entire family can watch together," said Michael Dunn, managing director of BYUtv. "Filmed in our BYUtv studios and around Utah in association with our phenomenal production partners, they are all great examples of the engaging, family content BYUtv offers. These new shows add even more variety to an already compelling line-up of existing programming, rounding out a true 'super week' of television."

"Dinner Takes All" (March 20, 9p ET) is a family cooking competition show hosted by celebrity chef Kelsey Nixon (Food Network, Cooking Channel) in which two teams of five family members go head-to-head to cook their "best Sunday dinner." Each team uses family recipes to create an entrée, three side dishes and a dessert while simultaneously playing interactive food-centric games for bonus points. Winning families receive a $10,000 cash prize. "Dinner Takes All" is from Keller/Noll ("Chopped," "Chopped Junior") and BYUtv.

The hilarious, interactive musical improv series "Show Offs" (March 18, 8p ET) gives its cast, along with a special celebrity guest, the chance to "show off" by performing a spontaneous improvised play or musical, prompted by random ideas from the studio audience and accompanied by a live band. Hosted by comedian Casey Jost ("Late Night with Jimmy Fallon"), its cast features executive producers and co-creators Maclain Nelson ("The Saratov Approach") and Jake Van Wagoner ("Impractical Jokers"), as well as Lisa Valentine Clark ("Random Acts") and Hailey Smith ("Once I Was a Beehive"). "Show Offs" is from Kaleidoscope Pictures ("Winter Thaw," "Instrument of War"), Good Guys Productions ("The Saratov Approach," "Once I Was a Beehive") and BYUtv.

The comedic game show "Battle of the Ages" (March 20, 8:30p ET) pits two multi-generational family teams against each other in mental and physical challenges. With the opportunity to pick a competitor from the opposing team and test their knowledge on a specific era, this game show will get families talking and laughing while they learn more about each other. "Battle of the Ages" is from Bill's Market & Television Productions ("Ellen's Game of Games," "Fear Factor") and BYUtv.

The Futon Critic

Deseret News

posted 2/13/19

Amazon's Here for the Right Reasons
Japanese "Bachelorette" Greenlit for Prime
From the Wrap

Amazon is giving Japan an early Valentine's Day gift in the form of a series order for a local adaptation of "The Bachelorette."

Prime Video has greenlit a Japanese version of the popular ABC reality dating series, along with more than 20 other new and returning Prime original series, set to go into production in the UK, Germany, Italy, Spain, India, Japan and Mexico, the streamer announced during the Television Critics Association press tour Wednesday.

Here's the official description for the upcoming Japan-based version of the long-running American series: "'The Bachelorette' is a local version of the American reality dating competition format that has aired continuously for 14 seasons in the US since 2003, when it was created as a spinoff of 'The Bachelor.' In 'The Bachelorette,' gender roles are reversed and women are put in the driver's seat when a single Bachelorette embarks on a journey to find her future husband from a pool of eligible male contestants."

The Wrap

Deadline

posted 2/13/19

Britain's Second Brightest Family
Catch It Tonight
From Telly Mix

Britain's Brightest Family, the fast-paced, hit quiz show is back for a brand new series on ITV and this time it's bigger and better than before. Anne Hegerty, The Governess from ITV's The Chase, returns to host the show where sixteen families will battle it out in a knockout tournament with £25,000 up for grabs for the winning family.

Packed full of the show's signature play-along questions for all the family, it kicks off with a quick-fire round, before heading into an intense head-to-head specialist round, where the families will have to choose which of them will face-off, answering questions on a randomly chosen subject.

Telly Mix

posted 2/13/19

Armando Hernandez Says... #1 Answer!
Catch "100 Latinos Dijeron" on Estrella TV February 19
From BusinessWire

EstrellaTV, the fastest growing Spanish-language broadcasting network in the U.S., announced today that it has tapped Mexican actor-comedian Armando Hernandez to host its new Spanish-language version of Family Feud, "100 Latinos Dijeron."

In partnership with Fremantle, the global producers of hit formats Idols & Got Talent, EstrellaTV is launching the exclusive and original Spanish-language version of "Family Feud" for Hispanic audiences in the U.S. on February 2019.

Hernandez will host the Spanish language version of one of the most successful game shows of all time, "Family Feud." Every weeknight two families face off trying to guess the best answer to the famous "Survey Says" question. This brand new production premieres February 19, 2019 at 6pm/5pm CST, only on EstrellaTV.

The bankruptcy woes of EstrellaTV's parent company LBI Media isn't putting a stop on the network's plans to launch new game show 100 Latinos Dijeron.

Business Wire

Tullahoma News
Forbes
Broadway World

posted 2/13/19


GAMES GONE BY: Million Dollar Money Drop
Season 3 is a Magic Number
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

You want a million dollars? You GOT a million dollars! All you have to do is hang ON to it. Easier said than done in this "Games Gone By..." Especially if the researchers don't do their jobs! Chris Wolvie talks about the "rhymes with 'mustard truck'" that followed the otherwise-interesting "Million Dollar Money Drop".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 2/13/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Wakanda Forever"

  • Anthony Anderson, Dwayne Johnson, Cedric the Entertainer, Lip Sync Battle, RuPaul's Drag Race, The Voice, Shark Tank nominated for NAACP Image Awards (Ebony)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEWS: The Great British Sewing Bee (Good Housekeeping)

  • Jeff Probst is the godfather of the reality show hosts, says... (Meaww)

  • LIST ABUSE: What makes "The Masked Singer" work (The Cheat Sheet)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Rob Lowe (TV Insider)

posted 2/12/19

SYNDIES: Week 19
Results for the Week Ending February 3
From TV Newscheck

The sweep got underway in the session ending Feb. 3 and most of syndication got off to a flying start with a majority of shows matching or exceeding their highest ratings of the season. Leading the way was Judge Judy, which was on fire, leaping to a new season-high 7.9 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and easily finishing first among all programs for an epic 30 weeks in a row.

Wheel of Fortune added 3% to a new season-high 7.1 and was all alone at the top of the game shows for a fourth consecutive week, while the off-net Dateline strip remained at its 10-week high 1.4 and led the true crime category for the 21st week in a row.

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
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 7.1* +3%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 7.0* +4%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.7 NC
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.8* +6%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


TV NEwscheck

Broadway World
B+C

posted 2/12/19

MONDAY: Going Out on Top
"Got Talent" Performance Finale Puts NBC in Front
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.958 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) took home top honors on Monday thanks to the penultimate weeks of "America's Got Talent: The Champions" (10.422 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T1) and "Manifest" (6.031 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

ABC (5.365 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was a close second with a new "The Bachelor" (6.197 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T1) and a repeat "The Good Doctor" (3.701 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10).

Next up was FOX (4.515 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with fresh installments from "The Resident" (5.329 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) and "The Passage" (3.700 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.368 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up originals from "The Neighborhood" (7.044 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "Man with a Plan" (5.695 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Celebrity Big Brother" (3.552 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8) and "Bull" (6.184 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (1.099 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "Black Lightning" (0.958 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) on The CW (1.028 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship - 9p (Food): 1.440m
- Kids Baking Championship - 8p (Food): 911k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 522k
- America Says (GSN): 472k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/12/19

WEEKEND: AAF Kicks Off... or Doesn't.
Hell's Kitchen Goes Out on a High
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.444 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) claimed top honors on Friday thanks to a special "Celebrity Big Brother" (4.608 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1), a second hour of "Celebrity Big Brother" (4.190 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and "Blue Bloods" (7.532 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6).

FOX (3.186 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with the penultimate "Hell's Kitchen" (3.263 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and the season finale of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.109 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

Next up was ABC (4.536 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with a repeat "Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown" (3.295 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and a two-hour "20/20" (5.157 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.496 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its trio of "Blindspot" (3.493 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "The Blacklist" (4.203 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Dateline NBC" (2.792 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

And finally, new episodes of "Dynasty" (0.657 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.425 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12) on The CW (0.541 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (Vh1): 577k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 566k
- America Says (GSN): 511k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 9p (MTV): 463k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8:30p (MTV): 434k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8p (MTV): 418k

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.544m

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/12/19

ITV Sets Up Shop at Manchester
First Up: The Switch
From Insider Media

The ITV Studios' label behind programs such as 5 Gold Rings and Cash Trapped has outlined plans to open a Manchester base.

Located at MediaCityUK, Possessed's new operation will be called Man Possessed and has also appointed to produce new daytime quiz show The Switch.

It will be headed up by former BBC commissioner Caroline Roberts-Cherry, the creative director of Saffron Cherry, who has already overseen three series of Cash Trapped.

Glenn Hugill, managing director and founder of Possessed, said: "We cannot wait to create more opportunities for regional commissions and The Switch is the perfect show to launch Man Possessed. It's fast, genuinely funny and incredibly tense in equal measure, with Sanjeev Bhaskar proving an absolute revelation as host.

"Caroline has the Possessed gene. She is a peerless program maker and is another outstanding addition to our exceptional team."

The opening of Man Possessed follows the announcements that Adam MacDonald and Lesley Davies have joined the label as chair and head of production respectively.

Insider Media

Realscreen

posted 2/12/19

HQ Plus Dating Equals...
Quiz Date Live Asks Questions About a Potential Date
From The Verge

A new app's creators think they know the key to dating success: a trivia-oriented game show where the questions revolve around a bachelorette. It's a unique idea, for sure, albeit one that I can't imagine having wide appeal.

The game, called Quiz Date Live, comes from a company called East Meets East, which has raised $4 million in funding to get its iOS show off the ground. The team plans to monetize in a way similar to the mobile HQ game show by giving users the option to purchase extra lives. The game has two parts, and the second part has three rounds.

The first part involves a contestant who the company chooses based on email entries, telling potential participants about herself. The second part is where that shared information comes into play. In round one, users have to answer multiple choice questions based on that live stream. In round two, the bachelorette asks players questions to get to know them better, which they then answer through SMS texts. The single person will pick her top three people (based on their answers) to be in round three.

In round three, those final three are then asked to "impress" the contestant with a song, dance, poetry, or whatever else. This is streamed to viewers live. The winner, as chosen by the contestant, gets to go on an expense-paid date, like a helicopter ride or a dinner at a fancy restaurant.

A host is present during the live game, in addition to the bachelorette, to keep the game flowing and to moderate the live stream.

The Verge

posted 2/12/19

HQ Plus Voice Equals...
HQ University Goes Live on Google
From Digiday

HQ is cozying up with Google.

Most famous for viral app HQ trivia, the company is launching an "action" for Google Assistant called HQ University on Feb. 11. The game is quite similar to HQ trivia: Players answer 12 questions that get increasingly challenging. Players are walked through the game with HQ trivia host Scott Rogowsky and teacher's assistant Fredo (a voice bot).

However, people playing HQ University don't have the chance to win cash. The game is intended to help users get better at playing trivia. The game is available on Google Home, Smart Displays that have Google Assistant and the Google Assistant app on smartphones.

Even though it's a voice-first experience, players using Smart Display or Android phones will have special interactions on their screens. This game is part of an ongoing sponsorship deal between Google and HQ, which began last year.

HQ declined to share how much Google has paid, so far.

Digiday

posted 2/12/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "This Is Still a Thing"

  • Les Moonves sued over... shall we say, questionable trading? (THe Wrap)

  • Carson Daly calling it last call on "Last Call". In other news, "Last Call" was still on the air (TV Line)

  • Valerie Bertinelli says canceling "Hot in Cleveland" was the stupidest thing TV Land ever did. ... She's not wrong (The Wrap)

  • Shaun Wallace quizzes in New Zealand (TVNZ)

  • Joey Fatone has some common knowledge for BTS (Elite Daily)

  • LIST ABUSE: career lessons from legendary game show hosts (The Ladder)

  • Anne Hegerty is a flirt (Digital Spy)

posted 2/12/19


NBC/Fremantle

America's Got New Talent
Gabrielle Union, Julianne Hough Join Panel, Terry Crews to Host
From the FUton Critic

NBC's unrivaled and beloved summer sensation "America's Got Talent" revs up the excitement for season 14 with award-winning actress, author and producer Gabrielle Union and actress, dancer, singer and Emmy Award-winning choreographer Julianne Hough joining the judging panel. In addition, Terry Crews will serve as host of the hit series, a role he currently fills on the highly rated "America's Got Talent: The Champions."

Union and Hough will now join executive producer Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel as they return to their roles as judges.

"One of the many secrets to the success and longevity of 'America's Got Talent' is its fearless drive to reinvent itself," said Meredith Ahr, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment.

"The next evolution of the format brings in fresh expert eyes to join Simon and Howie on the panel. Gabrielle and Julianne are two of the most aspirational women in the business, on top of being electric entertainers with talent across disciplines. I am excited to see how their knowledge, compassion and sheer joy enhance the experience for acts and viewers alike." Ahr added, "As their partner in crime, host Terry Crews will continue to light up the stage with his quick wit and unending charm."

"Our millions of longtime viewers have already embraced Terry as the host of 'AGT: The Champions,' and we are excited to welcome Gabrielle and Julianne to the 'AGT' family," said Trish Kinane, President of Entertainment Programming, Fremantle North America. "They are ready to bring a new level of expertise, energy, entertainment and fun to our judging panel."

"America's Got Talent" has remained summer's No. 1 alternative show for 13 seasons. The series once again dominated the summer television landscape this past summer, averaging 14 million viewers per episode, with magician Shin Lim going on to win the competition. And this winter the "AGT" franchise premiered its first-ever global brand extension, "America's Got Talent: The Champions," which launched in January and established itself as the season's No. 1 most-watched alternative series.

The Futon Critic

Broadway World
TV Line
The Wrap
Deadline

posted 2/11/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Desert Wheels"

  • CASTING COUCH: Wheelmobile rolls into Tucson. (KGUN Tucson)

  • BTS: a look at what makes Common Knowledge tick (Newcast Studio)

  • TKO producers bounce back (Deadline)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: "Sale of the Century" hosts reunite (Nine Network)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with JAmeela Jamil (TV Guide)

posted 2/11/19


GSNN

ROBERT "BOB-O" ESSIG: 1970-2019
Soap Opera Veteran Was a Frequent Panelist
From Ashtabula Star-Beacon

A former Ashtabula resident, who won $1 million dollars on "Who Wants To Be A Super Millionaire?" died Sunday following several years of health problems at Select Specialty Regency Hospital in Warrensville Heights.

Robert Alan Essig, 48, was a 1988 graduate of Edgewood Senior High School, who went on to earn a law degree from Cleveland Marshall College of Law in 1999. He worked as a marketing specialist at University Hospitals for several years.

In February 2004, Essig traveled to New York City to compete on the TV show, hosted by Regis Philbin, where he won $1 million by answering 13 questions in a row correctly, according to Millionaire Fandom Wiki page.

For the $1 million question, Essig was asked, "What scientist first determined that human sight results from images projected onto the retina?" His choices were: Galileo, Copernicus, Johannas Kepler or Isaac Newton? Kepler made the most sense to Essig, he later said, but he wasn't sure. Despite the risk of losing $400,000, he answered Kepler, which turned out correct.

Essig made the news again in December 2004 when a TV production crew from "Game Show Millionaires" spent a day in Ashtabula chronicling the life of the Essig family, which included his daughter, Ivy, who was 4 years old at the time. The show's producers wanted to see how winning $1 million changed their lives.

The show's producer, Laura Chambers, told the Star Beacon at the time that Essig's down-to-earth attitude made him popular with viewers. She said Essig's attempt to help his family and church was different than many game show contestants who often spent a lot of money on themselves or "frittered it away," according to the Star Beacon's Dec. 6, 2004 edition.

Essig told the Star Beacon the $1 million relieved the stress of paying bills. "It is fun writing some of those big checks," he said. "I didn't know if I'd have enough room on the check."

A memorial service will be 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Lighted Cross Lutheran Church, 2310 W. Ninth St., Ashtabula. Inurnment will be in Chestnut Grove Cemetery at the convenience of the family..

Ashtabula Star-Beacon

posted 2/8/18

THURSDAY: A Big Bang
CBS Wins Night Outright
From the FUton Critic

CBS (7.594 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) claimed the top spot on Thursday with its original mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (13.966 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1), "Young Sheldon" (12.058 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "Celebrity Big Brother" (4.806 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and "SWAT" (4.964 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

ABC (4.928 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then took home the silver with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.788 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "A Million Little Things" (5.253 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.742 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

Next up was NBC (3.769 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and fresh installments from "The Titan Games" (4.104 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (3.041 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7), "Will & Grace" (3.069 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.149 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.551 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) opted for second runs of "Gotham" (1.391 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "The Orville" (1.712 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

And finally, the 300th episode of "Supernatural" (1.641 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and a new "Legacies" (1.150 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.395 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 947k
- Top Chef (Bravo): 934k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 594k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 540k
- Lip Sync Battle (Paramount): 387k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/8/19

Fortune Feimster vs. the World
truTV Greenlights "Around the World in 80 Games"
From B&C

TruTV announced several unscripted projects that are in development, including Around the World in 80 Games from Fortune Feimster, Blackspiracy With James Davis and an untitled Maz Jobrani project. Feimster, Davis and Jobrani are comedians.

Around the World in 80 Games (working title) is a half-hour comedic series in which Feimster travels the globe and throws herself into the "surreal world" of international game shows, as Tru puts it. The pilot is produced by 10Fold, with Feimster, and 10Fold's Craig Armstrong and Rick Ringbakk the executive producers..

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posted 2/8/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Let's Make a Deal"

  • Steve Harvey wants to make a deal for you. (Robert Feder)

  • Bachelor in Paradise alum Jade Roper expecting a baby bachelor... in paradise. (Reality TV World)

  • Jeff Apploff tapped for MIPFormats keynote (Realscreen)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Nikki Bella, Artem Chigvintsev are "just friends" (Us Magazine)

  • Nina Garcia undergoes double masectomy (Reality TV World)

  • SERIOUSLY, WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Turns out touching letters is quite lucrative (Cosmopolitan)

  • SPOILER ALERT!: Leave it to the Internet to Internet all over Shin Lim's Internet. (Good Housekeeping)

posted 2/5/19

"Pointless"-Less
Network Ten Reportedly Cancels "Feud" Replacement
From MuMbrella

CBS' Network Ten has reportedly canceled its daily gameshow Pointless. Pointless, which was commissioned to replace Family Feud in the 6pm slot, has been axed even before the official ratings period of the year has begun.

Ten has cancelled its gameshow Pointless Media commentator Peter Ford told a Hobart radio station that people involved with the show were told the program is finishing. According to TV Black Box Ford said: "Yesterday people involved with the show were told that it's finishing.

"But you'll find the show has got the chop and they are looking at options, now one of those options could even be to bring back Family Feud, they've got the set there ready to go." Ford said to MMM Hobart 107.3 hosts.

On its premiere Pointless saw 493,000 metro viewers tune in. Pointless' debut did however out-rate Family Feud's final episode which attracted just 213,000 viewers.

The gameshow is hosted by Dr Andrew Rochford and Mark Humphries.

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posted 2/7/19

WEDNESDAY: Young'uns Like "Singer"
Fox, NBC Split Night
From the FUton Critic

FOX (5.432 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) continued its demo reign on Wednesday with new episodes from "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (3.805 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "The Masked Singer" (7.060 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1).

NBC (8.495 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then took home the silver with its trio of "Chicago Med" (9.326 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "Chicago Fire" (8.783 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and "Chicago PD" (7.377 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

Next up was CBS (5.280 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with its mix of "The World's Best" (6.039 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), a second "The World's Best" (5.072 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7) and the season finale of "Criminal Minds" (4.730 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.469 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for an all-repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (3.600 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Schooled" (2.758 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10), "Modern Family" (2.620 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10), "Single Parents" (1.793 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and "Match Game" (2.020 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12).

And finally, new episodes of "Riverdale" (0.994 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "All American" (0.591 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) on The CW (0.793 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) finished out the night.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.066m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 915k
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds (SP/MTV): 839k
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 656k
- Deal or No Deal (CNBC): 526k
- The Challenge: After the Show (MTV): 433k
- America Says (GSN): 366k
- Drop the Mic (TNT): 302k
- American Beauty Star (Lifetime): 281k
- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (TNT): 188k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/7/19

Deal Goes Live
Evolution Gaming Showcases New Game
From Casino City Times

Evolution Gaming, leading provider of Live Casino solutions, will showcase 10 new games at ICE 2019 (stand N2-230, 5-7 February at ExCeL London), including Deal or No Deal Live, Lightning Dice, Free Bet Blackjack, and one secret game that will be revealed during the show.

According to Todd Haushalter, Evolution's Chief Product Officer, "This really is the start of a new era where entertainment is at the core of the new games we are making. Netflix, YouTube and video games are the alternative to online gaming, so games need to be both great gaming experiences and entertaining."

Based on the hit TV show, Deal or No Deal Live is the world's first 24/7 game show allowing players to play along from the comfort of their own home.

Haushalter added, "We wanted to stay true to the game show that people know and love, retaining the engaging presenter and the thrill of awaiting the offer from the banker but all the while making it compatible for online players as a live game. With that in mind, we embarked upon what has been the most complex studio that Evolution has ever built to date. The game has a mix of RNG elements allowing players the chance to win big, as well as the universally recognisable studio set design and rich sound effects for UI actions recreating the atmosphere of the hit TV show and bringing that to online gaming."

Casino City Times

posted 2/7/19

Two Less Elves
Cutforth, Lipsitz Exit Their Company
From Deadline

Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz are exiting Magical Elves, the production company behind hits such as Top Chef, Project Runway and Nailed It, which they co-founded in 2001. The Emmy-winning producers will remain partners and are expected to launch a new company as as independent producers. Meanwhile, Magical Elves will remain a part of Tinopolis USA, the U.S. subsidiary of UK-based Tinopolis Group, which acquired the company in 2014.

It is a common practice for the founders of a successful production company that sells to leave when the five-year post-acquisition period, during which they are required to stay on, is up, and they go on to launch a new company with the goal of building it and eventually selling it."

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posted 2/7/19

CBS Daytime Starts 2019 with a Bang!
TPIR, LMAD Post New Highs
From Broadway World

For the week ending Feb. 1, LET'S MAKE A DEAL (1&2) and THE PRICE IS RIGHT (1&2) all posted full year ratings highs, including: LET'S MAKE A DEAL (one) attracted 3.33 million viewers, and LET'S MAKE A DEAL (two) reached 3.78 million viewers - both shows' largest audience since the week ending January 19, 2018.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT (one) attracted an average of 5.14 million viewers, and THE PRICE IS RIGHT (two) scored 5.87 million viewers - also both programs' best viewer numbers since the week ending Jan. 19, 2018.

Broadway World

posted 2/6/19

TUESDAY: The State of the Game
NBC Wins Very Odd Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.953 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the top draw on a disrupted evening thanks to a new "Ellen's Game of Games" (6.403 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1).

FOX (3.422 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the number two network with a rebroacast of "The Masked Singer" (3.458 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6). Next up was

CBS (4.642 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) with an encore of Sunday's launch of "The World's Best" (4.764 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.129 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up the relocated "American Housewife" (4.652 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and a new "The Kids Are Alright" (3.804 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (1.945 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) and "Roswell, New Mexico" (1.212 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) on The CW (1.579 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 972k
- Temptation Island (USA): 709k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 602k


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posted 2/6/19

Spring Is Popping... and So Is Clinton Kelly
New Host Arrives on Food Network March 18
From the Futon Critic

Hit primetime culinary competition Spring Baking Championship returns for a new season on Monday, March 18th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. The series netted its highest-rated season-to-date last year, delivering a .9 P25-54 and 1.3 W25-54 L3 rating, and was seen by nearly 7.5 million viewers. This season, over eight one-hour episodes, host and lifestyle expert Clinton Kelly tests the resolve of 10 talented bakers to create extraordinary baked treats that must impress returning judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman, and Lorraine Pascale, to earn the coveted title of Spring Baking Champion and walk away with the $25,000 grand prize! But to rise to the top, the bakers must survive two demanding rounds of spring-themed challenges in each episode that push their baking skills to the limit, with the judges determining which competitors go home and who will be victorious.

"Viewers love the seasonal baking competitions, and Spring Baking Championship saw series-high ratings last year. With challenges drawing on spring themes and celebrations, the artistry and craftsmanship of the competitors never fails to wow audiences year after year with their incredible takes on the thematic challenges, and this season will not disappoint," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "Add to that, Clinton Kelly's charismatic personality and lifestyle expertise, and it is the perfect combination to showcase the bakers amazing and decadent seasonal delights."

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posted 2/6/19

SYNDIES: Week 18
Results for the Week Ending January 27
From TV Newscheck

Although it's quite an accomplishment to finish first for even a single week among the more than 100 nationally rated syndicated shows, Judge Judy achieved a milestone — six months as syndication's No. 1 show in the household ratings in the session ending Jan. 27, which marked the last full week before the February sweep.

Wheel of Fortune was the game show champion for a third straight week, spinning a new season-high 6.9.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.9* +3%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.7* +3%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.7* +2%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 +6%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

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posted 2/5/19

MONDAY: Beauty and Talent Split
NBC, ABC Split the Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.094 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the demo champ on Monday thanks to fresh installments from "The Bachelor" (6.184 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "The Good Doctor" (5.915 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

NBC (8.277 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was a close second with originals from "America's Got Talent: The Champions" (9.786 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) and "Manifest" (5.258 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Next up was CBS (5.779 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with the return of "The Neighborhood" (7.532 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and "Man with a Plan" (6.172 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) followed by new episodes of "Celebrity Big Brother" (4.149 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "Bull" (6.337 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (4.609 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up new episodes of "The Resident" (5.416 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "The Passage" (3.802 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

And finally, The CW (1.011 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with originals from "Arrow" (1.073 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and "Black Lightning" (0.950 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12).

On cable Friday...
- Kids Baking Championship - 8p (Food): 951k
- Winner Cake All (Food): 819k
- America Says (GSN): 388k


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posted 2/5/19

Back to "Paradise"
ABC Renews "Bachelor in Paradise", More...
From the Futon Critic

It's another wild ride as "Bachelor in Paradise" will return for its sixth season this summer with favorite members of Bachelor Nation getting another chance at finding love. Host and keeper of the keys, Chris Harrison, greets the familiar men and women that are hoping to find love on the beach like Ashley I. and Jared, Carly and Evan, and Jade and Tanner.

Hosted by Chris Harrison, "The Bachelor" and "Bachelor in Paradise" are productions of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television. Martin Hilton, Mike Fleiss, Nicole Woods, Bennett Graebner and Elan Gale are the executive producers of "The Bachelor." "Bachelor in Paradise" is executive produced by Martin Hilton, Mike Fleiss, Nicole Woods and Bennett Graebner.

Meanwhile, the recipient of the 2017, 2016, 2015 and 2014 Emmy(R) Award for Outstanding Structured Reality Program, "Shark Tank" features The Sharks - tough, self-made, multimillionaire and billionaire tycoons - as they invest in America's best businesses and products. The Sharks will give people from all walks of life the chance to chase the American dream and potentially secure business deals that could make them millionaires. Mark Burnett, Clay Newbill, Yun Lingner, Max Swedlow, Phil Gurin, and Sharks Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John & Kevin O'Leary are the executive producers of "Shark Tank," which is based on the Japanese "Dragons' Den" format, created by Nippon Television Network Corporation. The series is produced by MGM Television in association with Sony Pictures Television.

As for "Dancing with the Stars", newly-installed Alphabet entertainment president Karey Burke addressed the speculation Tuesday at the Television Critics Assoc. winter press tour, declaring unequivocally that the show will "definitely be returning in the fall." Regarding the decision to skip a spring cycle for the first time in franchise history, Burke deflected, "That decision was made before I got here."

Having skipped this spring outright and aired an abbreviated all-athletes edition a year ago, could DWTS ever be a proper twice-a-year show again? "We're in conversations about that," Burke told TVLine. "They're coming in soon to talk about their plans for the fall, and we'll discuss it then."

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posted 2/5/19

"Millionaire" Plays It Forward
Catch It February 18
From Broadway World

Six local broadcasters from "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" stations around the country will play the game opposite host Chris Harrison during "Play It Forward Week," airing MONDAY, FEB. 18 - FRIDAY, FEB. 22.

This season, the show will have given away more than $100 million in total winnings since its Syndicated debut; and during this special themed week, each contestant will take on the classic 14-question game for the chance to win $1 million for their favorite charity.

Monday, Feb. 18 - Steve Dunn
Steve Dunn, anchor at KATU-TV in Portland, Oregon, will be playing for Meals on Wheels.

Tuesday, Feb. 19 - Krystal Allen
Krystal Allen, co-anchor at KSNV-TV in Las Vegas, Nevada, will be playing for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Wednesday,Feb. 20 - Danny Romero and Pat McGonigle
Danny Romero, weathercaster at KABC-TV in Los Angeles, California, will be playing for East LA Rising. Pat McGonigle, anchor at WDAF-TV in Kansas City, Missouri, will play for Love Fund for Children, and continues his gameplay on Thursday, Feb. 21.

Thursday, Feb. 21 - Pat McGonigle and Margot Kim
Margot Kim, co-anchor at KFSN-TV in Fresno, California, will be playing for Marjaree Mason Center, and continues her gameplay on Friday, Feb. 22.

Friday, Feb. 22 - Margot Kim and Collin Myers
Collin Myers, meteorologist at KTRK-TV in Houston, Texas, will be playing for Living Water International, and continues his game play on Monday, Feb. 25.
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posted 2/5/19

Netflix and Chill
"Dating Around" Premieres February 14
From Broadway World

Netflix has released the trailer for its first original dating series, Dating Around.

In a series of flirtations and fails, six real-life singles navigate five first dates. Their mission: Find one perfect match worthy of a second date.

Every episode, one single goes on five FIRST DATES filled with flirty banter, awkward exchanges and moments of true connection. Who will get a second date?

Netflix's first original dating show takes an honest and compelling look at the real world of dating. Dating Around launches on Netflix on February 14.

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Broadway World

posted 2/5/19

Michelle Visage Crossing the Pond
"Drag Race" Judge to Join Bestie on BBC3
From Deadline

Michelle Visage is joining Rupaul in the UK version of Drag Race.

The BBC has confirmed Visage, who has judged eight seasons of the U.S. format and four seasons of the All-Stars spin-off, will appear as a judge on the BBC Three show. The eight-episode adaptation, which is being produced by World of Wonder for the youth-skewing network this year, will look to crown one of the UK's top drag artists the 'Queen of Great Britain'.

Contestants will compete in individual or team challenges that test a specific drag queen skill before taking on the Maxi Challenge, where they may be required to perform, model in a photo shoot, prepare a runway look for a themed challenge before having to face the judges, with one contestant each week eliminated and asked to "sashay away".

RuPaul's Drag Race UK was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh, outgoing controller BBC Three and Kate Phillips, Controller, BBC Entertainment. The Executive Producers are RuPaul Charles, Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Sally Miles and Bruce McCoy, and the BBC Commissioning Editor is Ruby Kuraishe.

"We've been working tirelessly to bring the magic of RuPaul's Drag Race to my favourite city in the world: London," said Visage. "I know the UK has a wealth of talent to offer and I'm thrilled beyond belief to see these queens battle it out on the main stage, UK style. God save the Queens.

"Michelle has worked tirelessly to help bring Drag Race to the UK, we are grateful she is part of our family," said World of Wonder co-founders Barbato and Bailey. "She is a quadruple threat; she sings, she dances, she acts, and boy, can she judge. Queens beware." .

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posted 2/5/19

WEEKEND: Super Bore
CBS Wins, But...
From the Futon Critic

CBS (76.157 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 24.4, #1) claimed top honors on Sunday thanks to its primetime portions of "Super Bowl LIII" (87.721 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 27.9, #1) followed by "Super Bowl LIII Post-Game" (56.694 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 19.0, #2) and "The World's Best" (26.237 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 8.6, #3).

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks In America (Food): 1.234m
- Double Dare at Super Bowl LIII (S/Nick): 769k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 714k
- Double Dare at Super Bowl LIII (S/Nicktoons): 175k
- Double Dare at Super Bowl LIII (S/TeenNick): 135k

FOX (4.197 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) scored the top spot among adults 18-49 on Friday with originals from "Last Man Standing" (5.995 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1), "The Cool Kids" (4.693 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and "Hell's Kitchen" (3.050 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

On cable Friday...
- Lip Sync Battle Shorties (SF/Nick): 709k
- Double Dare (SF/Nick): 543k
- America Says (GSN): 507k
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (VH1): 542k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 484k

ABC (2.916 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the demo champ on a sports heavy Saturday thanks to "NBA Countdown" (2.509 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC" (2.998 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1).

CBS (3.364 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) then offered up a new "Celebrity Big Brother" (3.251 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) alongside the annual "NFL Honors" (3.420 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

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posted 2/5/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The State of Play"

posted 2/5/19


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KRISTOFF ST. JOHN: 1966-2019
Soap Opera Veteran Was a Frequent Panelist
From TV Line

The Young and the Restless vet Kristoff St. John was pronounced dead on Sunday after his body was found in his San Fernando Valley home by a concerned friend. No foul play was involved, TMZ reports, though alcohol may have been involved. He was 52.

St. John's son Julian died in November 2014 at age 24, in what was ruled a suicide and following a history of mental illness. The actor and ex-wife Mia St. John sued the psychiatric facility for negligence, claiming they skimped on check-ins and observation; the case was ultimately settled in August 2017. Months later, Kristoff St. John himself was placed under psychiatric evaluation after allegedly threatening to kill himself with a gun.

St. John got his start on TV at age 8 with a role on the sitcom That's My Mama. He went on to appear in episodes of shows such as Happy Days and Wonder Woman, play a young Alex Haley in the miniseries sequel Roots: The Next Generation, and co-star in the Bad News Bears TV series.

The actor made his soap opera debut in 1989, as Adam Marshall in the African American-centric Generations (for which he earned his first two Daytime Emmy nominations). After that NBC sudser ended, he originated the role of Y&R's Neil Winters, earning another nine Daytime Emmy nods (including as recently as 2017) and grabbing gold twice.

St. John was also a presence in the game shows of the 1980s & 1990s, having played "Wheel of Fortune", "Match Game", "Pyramid", "Family Feud", and "The Hollywood Squares".

St. John is survived by two daughters, age 26 and 15, and fiancée Kseniya Olegovna Mikhaleva, whom he was to wed later this year.

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posted 2/4/18

Last Track for "RocKwiz"
SBS Music Game Canceled After 15 Years
From iHeartRadio

After nearly 15 years, SBS have confirmed that music game show RocKwiz will not return. The show, which began in early 2005, was presented by Julia Zemiro and Brian Nankervis at St Kilda's Esplanade Hotel until June of 2016.

SBS Channel Manager Ben Nguyen said it was time to call an end to the show.

"The decision we've made is that it is time to call an end to RocKwiz after a long success on SBS," Nguyen said. "Julia became a big talent through SBS but it is a natural decision as channels evolve and moving into new spaces over time."

Zamiro had previously commented on the show's future, saying she'd like one big farewell.

"If they really are done we would like to do a proper goodbye. But it's like they don't really want to shut the door.".

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posted 2/4/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The World Is Watching"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "The World's Best" (CBS, Wednesdays) (Variety)

  • "Game Changers" now available free(-ish) to stream (Decider)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with DErmot O'Leary (Metro)

posted 2/4/19

NBC Enters the Funny Wars
Competition "Bring the Funny" Taps Host, Judges
From the Futon Critic

NBC's proud comedy legacy, which has opened doors for countless comedians, is ready to "Bring the Funny" with a new competition series for the next generation of comedy lovers. The series will feature the world's best comedic acts and, for the first time on television, embrace every style of comedy performance in one competition.

The 10-episode series will bring together some of the most prolific comedians in the industry to serve as judges - "Saturday Night Live's" longest-running cast member Kenan Thompson, cultural tastemaker Chrissy Teigen and comedy icon Jeff Foxworthy. Comedian Amanda Seales will serve as host for the competition.

In partnership with the international organization Just for Laughs, which has given rise to some of today's most successful comedic acts via its iconic festivals, tours and television series, "Bring the Funny" will feature the best of the best stand-ups, sketch troupes and comedic variety acts. From solo comics to sketch troupes to musicians, magicians, podcasters, puppeteers, YouTubers and more - anyone who can make audiences laugh will have the chance to receive the career-changing $250,000 prize package and see their name in lights in the Bring the Funny showcase.

"Great comedians know how to make us laugh while serving as a reflection of the times, and we are excited to embrace and support the myriad of ways funny people bring us levity and humor today," said Meredith Ahr, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. "Kenan, Chrissy, Jeff and Amanda are not only hilarious, but are pioneers in their respective arenas and understand what it takes to have longevity and breadth in this industry. They, along with our partners at Just for Laughs, will be an insightful resource for the talent that takes our stage."

The series is looking for an incredibly diverse slate of acts across all ages and walks of life. For those interested in competing in "Bring the Funny," please visit: www.bringthefunnycasting.com. Must be age 13 or older, eligibility requirement apply.

David Friedman and Matilda Zoltowski will executive produce. Just for Laughs President Bruce Hills serves as consulting producer. The series will be produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio. .

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posted 1/30/19

THURSDAY: All-Seeing Eyes
CBS Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.539 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the top draw on Thursday with its original lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (13.519 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1), "Young Sheldon" (11.557 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Mom" (8.651 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4), "Fam" (6.136 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and "SWAT" (5.686 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Second place then went to ABC (5.056 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) with fresh installments from "Grey's Anatomy" (7.244 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "A Million Little Things" (5.341 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.583 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14).

Next up was NBC (4.052 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with new episodes of "The Titan Games" (4.621 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.755 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), the return of "Will & Grace" (3.117 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and a new "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.599 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.757 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up new episodes of "Gotham" (2.409 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "The Orville" (3.104 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

And finally, The CW (1.189 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with originals from "Supernatural" (1.364 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) and "Legacies" (1.014 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16).

On cable...
- Top Chef (Bravo): 1.028m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 888k
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Ex on the Beach (MTV): 635k
- America Says (GSN): 574k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 528k
- Lip Sync Battle (Paramount): 416k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/1/19

Buzzr (BLANKS), Agrees to MG/HSH
Game Show Hybrid Originally Aired on NBC in 1983
From Vulture

Throughout much of the 1970s, Match Game and The Hollywood Squares were among the most successful game shows on TV (as well as a steady source of employment for a slew of C-list celebrities). So back in 1983, when NBC decided to combine the two programs into one — called, what else, The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour — it seemed like a surefire winner. It wasn't: Despite the presence of original Match Game host Gene Rayburn (and Sha Na Na icon Jon "Bowzer" Bauman as host of the Squares half of the show), ratings were meh, prompting the Peacock to pull the plug after just one season. But amazingly, unlike so many vintage shows — even the flops — the nearly 200 produced episodes of Match Game-Hollywood Squares never found a second life in syndication or cable. And much to the chagrin of game show nerds, they've been completely absent from the airwaves for 35 years. That's finally about to change.

Vulture has learned that Buzzr, a digital broadcast network devoted to the game show genre, will resurrect original episodes The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour later this month. The network (available for free via the network's website and over-the-air antenna, as well as on various cable systems, Samsung TVs, DISH, and the free Pluto TV and STIRR streaming platforms) will start with a four-hour mini-marathon of the show on Sunday, February 17. More episodes will follow, though not immediately. That's in part because the process of cleaning up and digitizing original master tapes from that era is time-intensive and not inexpensive.

"It takes four to five times the amount of time an episode lasts to get it prepared for air," Buzzr general manager Mark Deetjen tells Vulture. He says his team is working on preparing a bigger batch of episodes beyond these first four with the goal of adding MGHSH to the network's regular lineup later this year. Rather than wait until all the episodes were ready, "We really wanted to get something out as soon as possible," he says, citing intense lobbying from Buzzr viewers via the network's social media channels.

While MGHSH wasn't a massive hit, it's worth remembering that back in 1983, even a "failed" series airing on a major network like NBC regularly pulled in millions of viewers. A decent-sized chunk of that fan base is still alive and will no doubt welcome the chance to relive a show gone for more than three decades. But reviving MGHSH also lets Buzzr give its game show diehards more episodes of the very popular Match Game format (the '70s version runs multiple times each day, while ABC is now airing a revival in primetime) as well as some form of Hollywood Squares, reruns of which haven't been seen regularly in years. While Deetjen would likely be very open to the idea of airing the original Peter Marshall-hosted Squares, Buzzr parent company Fremantle doesn't own the rights to it (unlike most of the other games on the channel). "This is a way to slide in Hollywood Squares to our lineup," he says. "If you were to do a Mt. Rushmore of game shows, it and Match Game would both be on it."

Vulture

posted 2/1/19

Duff vs. Buddy
Superbakers Meet on Food Network
From the Futon Critic

Elite bakers Buddy Valastro (Cake Boss) and Duff Goldman (Ace of Cakes) face-off in an epic baking battle for the chance to be crowned the undisputed king of cake on new Food Network series Buddy vs. Duff, premiering Sunday, March 10th at 9pm ET/PT.

The 6-week competition will challenge every aspect of what it means to be a true pastry artist and cake master. From techniques, to design skills, and taste, each episode will measure their talent in two rounds - a Bake-Off to test their baking abilities, followed by a Cake-Off to showcase their creative imaginations and decorating expertise. Renowned chefs Sherry Yard and Keegan Gerhard are joined throughout the competition by special guest experts including, Florian Bellanger, Street Science's Kevin Delaney, Flip or Flop's Christina Anstead, Hannah Hart, Waylynn Lucas, Penn & Teller, Gesine Prado, Fast N' Loud's Richard Rawlings, Aarti Sequeira, and many more, to help determine the winner. The pressure is on as the two biggest names in cakes put it all on the line in this ultimate cake-off!

"Audiences have come to recognize Buddy and Duff as the biggest names in cake, known for creating larger-than-life, jaw-dropping delectable designs as well as massive baking empires," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "Never before have these two baking icons gone head-to-head in a competition, until now."

The competition is fierce as Buddy and Duff pull out all the stops and push their creativity to the limit in each challenge as they whip up impressive creations. The battle begins as Buddy and Duff must make their most beloved family recipes in the first Bake-Off. Then in the Cake-Off round, they must construct car-inspired cakes with all the bells and whistles. Throughout the season they will be challenged to create carnival treats to impress a crowd of hungry amusement park patrons, dazzle with intricate Bollywood-inspired cakes, and satisfy customers during the morning rush at the iconic Randy's Donuts in Los Angeles. If that's not enough, they must also design desserts for an exclusive dog pampering party, impress a couple with elegant wedding cakes for their big day, and enchant audiences with illusion cakes for a special show at Hollywood's Magic Castle. I

n the finale on Sunday, April 14th at 9pm ET/PT, Buddy and Duff face their toughest challenge yet. For the final Bake-Off, the two chefs must work to make their most heartfelt and monumental creations yet - chocolate desserts to conceal engagement rings for surprise proposals. Then in the final Cake-Off, their skills are pushed to new heights, as Duff returns to Charm City Cakes and Buddy heads back to Carlo's Bake Shop to work on their final show-stopping space-themed cakes. After weeks of intense competition, it all comes down to these out-of-this-world creations.

Fans can get an insider's look at the show with Buddy and Duff at FoodNetwork.com/BuddyVsDuff. Plus, watch bonus videos with the judges and guests that will bring you behind the scenes, and follow the action on social media using #BuddyVsDuff. .

The Futon Critic

Broadway World

posted 1/30/19


BBC

JEREMY HARDY: 1961-2019
British Comedian Was a Frequent Panelist
From the Independent

Comedian Jeremy Hardy has died of cancer, aged 57.

He gained recognition on the comedy circuit in the 1980s and was a regular on BBC Radio 4 panel shows, including The News Quiz and I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue. Hardy also appeared on televised quiz shows, such as QI and Mock the Week, and appeared as Corporal Perkins in sitcom Blackadder Goes Forth.

As well as acting, he was also a columnist who wrote for The Guardian and the London Evening Standard's ES Magazine and, in 1996, presented an episode of Top of the Pops.

Hardy was born in Farnborough, Hampshire, in 1961 and studied modern history and politics at the University of Southampton before he began his career in comedy, where he became well known for his sketches on socialism.

In 1988, he won the Perrier Comedy Award at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe..

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Channel 4
BBC News
The Huffington Post

posted 2/1/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Spoilers"

posted 2/1/19

More on the "Edge of Extinction"
CBS Reveals the Cast Including 4 Returning Faces
From Broadway World

CBS announced today the 18 CASTAWAYS who will compete against each other on SURVIVOR when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 38th season, Wednesday, Feb. 20 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

This edition, themed "Edge of Extinction," features 18 CASTAWAYS DIVIDED into two equal tribes, the Manu Tribe and the Kama Tribe. Four returning players will join the 14 CASTAWAYS who will be competing for the first time. The returning CASTAWAYS are Joe Anglim ("Worlds Apart," "Second Chance"), Aubry Bracco ("Kaoh Rong," "Game Changers"), Kelley Wentworth ("Second Chance," "San Juan del Sur") and David Wright ("Millennials vs. Gen-X"). This season presents a new layer to the game with the introduction of the island known as "Edge of Extinction," which severely tests the will of the CASTAWAYS to be the SOLE SURVIVOR and what they are willing to endure to make that happen. Those who can withstand the emotionally and physically difficult challenge will be afforded a shot for one of them to get BACK IN THE GAME and continue their quest for $1 million.

"SURVIVOR continues to reinvent itself with new energy, and this season we've added a new secret game-changing twist" said executive producer and host Jeff Probst. "After being voted out, players will be faced with a decision to either go home or go to the 'Edge of Extinction,' where they will be pushed further than ever before for a chance to get back in the game." These new and returning CASTAWAYS will be forced to compete against each other with the same ultimate goal: to outwit, outplay and outlast each other, and in the end only one will remain to claim the title of Sole Survivor. The show films in the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji, and is hosted by Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst.

The following are the 18 CASTAWAYS competing this spring.

"MANU" TRIBE
- Dan "The Wardog" DaSilva (38) Hometown: Ossining, N.Y. Current Residence: Los Angeles Law Student/Former Military
- Reem Daly (46) Hometown: Fairfax, Va. Current Residence: Ashburn, Va. Sales
- Rick Devens (33) Hometown: Blacksburg, Va. Current Residence: Macon, Ga. Morning News Anchor
- Wendy Diaz (25) Hometown: Los Angeles Current Residence: Bell, Calif. Small Business Owner
- Lauren O'Connell (21) Hometown: Bakersfield, Calif. Current Residence: Waco, Texas Student at Baylor University
- Keith Sowell (19) Hometown: Fayetteville, N.C. Current Residence: Durham, N.C. Pre-Med Student
- Chris Underwood (25) Hometown: Myrtle Beach, S.C. Current Residence: Greenville, S.C. District Sales Manager
- Kelley Wentworth (31) Hometown: Ephrata, Wash. Current Residence: Seattle Marketing Manager Previous Seasons: Second Chance, San Juan del Sur
- David Wright (44) Hometown: Philadelphia Current Residence: Sherman Oaks, Calif. Television Writer Previous Season: Millennials vs. Gen-X

"KAMA" TRIBE
- Joe Anglim (29) Hometown: Chandler, Ariz. Current Residence: Ogden, Utah Multimedia Artist Previous Seasons: Worlds Apart, Second Chance
- Aubry Bracco (32) Hometown: Hampton Falls, N.H. Current Residence: Los Angeles Marketing Director Previous Seasons: Kaoh Rong, Game Changers
- Victoria Baamonde (23) Hometown: Bronx, N.Y. Current Residence: Bronx, N.Y. Waitress
- Ron Clark (46) Hometown: Chocowinity, N.C. Current Residence: ATLANTA Teacher, Ron Clark Academy
- Julia Carter (24) Hometown: Hazleton, Pa. Current Residence: Bethesda, Md. Medical Assistant
- Eric Hafemann (34) Hometown: Chicago Current Residence: Livermore, Calif. Firefighter
- Aurora McCreary (32) Hometown: Pensacola, Fla. Current Residence: Orlando, Fla. Divorce Lawyer
- Julie Rosenberg (46) Hometown: Baltimore Current Residence: New York, N.Y. Toymaker
- Gavin Whitson (23) Hometown: Erwin, Tenn. Current Residence: Erwin, Tenn. YMCA Program Director
.

Broadway World

Realtiy TV World

posted 1/30/19

SYNDIES: Week 17
Results for the Week Ending January 20
From TV Newscheck

Talk shows had daytime's hot hand in the mostly sluggish session ending Jan. 20, with seven of the top nine strips in the plus column. While in access, Daily Mail TV and Page Six TV clocked strong double-digit increases. Dr. Phil was the leader in talk, holding steady at a 2.9 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, after notching a 26% spike the week before.

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
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.7 NC
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.6 NC
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.5 NC
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 +6%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck

B+C

posted 1/31/19

More Masks!
Fox Renews "The Masked Singer" for Season 2
From Telly Mix

FOX is renewing the new celebrity competition series THE MASKED SINGER, this season's #1 new series and #1 unscripted show, which captivated a massive audience of more than 17 million multi-platform viewers for its debut episode. Based on an international hit, THE MASKED SINGER features celebrities facing off against one another with one major twist: each singer is shrouded from head to toe in an elaborate costume, complete with full face mask to conceal his or her identity. Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke serve on the panel, playing detective alongside series host Nick Cannon.

"The response to THE MASKED SINGER has been fantastic and we are thrilled to bring it back for another season," said Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment and Specials, Fox Broadcasting Company. "I am so happy to see a singing Peacock burst into pop culture! THE MASKED SINGER is unique, bold, original and embraces the DNA of all the best FOX unscripted shows. We look forward to Season Two being even more fun, weird and wonderful than the first."

The series premiere of THE MASKED SINGER marked television's greatest Live + 7 Day gain from Live + Same Day among unscripted debuts ever in both Adults 18-49 (4.2/17 L7, +1.2 from L+SD) and Total Viewers (13.0 L7 million, +3.6 million vs. L+SD). It is the highest-rated unscripted debut on any network in more than seven years (excluding post-NFL telecasts), this season's No. 1-t debut on any network and the No. 1 reality telecast of the last two seasons, topping "The Voice," "American Idol" and "America's Got Talent." THE MASKED SINGER's premiere has delivered 17.6 million Multi-Platform viewers to date, FOX's most-watched unscripted debut in 11 years, while its 3.6 million viewers across Hulu and FOX NOW mark the network's most-streamed episode ever.

FOX (6.039 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) continued its Wednesday reign with new episodes from "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (4.232 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) and "The Masked Singer" (7.847 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1).

ABC (3.955 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "The Goldbergs" (5.666 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Schooled" (4.571 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6), "Modern Family" (4.947 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Single Parents" (3.329 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "Match Game" (2.607 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Next up was CBS (4.314 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with a new "Celebrity Big Brother" (4.797 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) alongside repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (3.611 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "Young Sheldon" (3.257 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) plus a new "Criminal Minds" (4.710 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.116 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) opted for repeats of "Chicago Med" (5.524 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "Chicago Fire" (5.007 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and "Chicago PD" (4.819 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11). And finally, The CW (1.029 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with fresh installments from "Riverdale" (1.291 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) and "All American" (0.766 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.017m
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 871k
- Deal or No Deal (CNBC): 692k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 590k
- America Says (GSN): 461k
- Drop the Mic (TNT): 392k
- American Beauty Star (Lifetime): 341k
- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (TNT): 295k

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The Wrap
The Wrap
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/31/19

More on Fox's Moves
Catch Mental Samurai, Masterchef March 5
From Deadline

Premiere dates for Fox's new reality competition series Mental Samurai and Season 7 of MasterChef Junior have been pushed back a week due to the rescheduling of the State of the Union address. Rob Lowe-hosted and -produced Mental Samurai will bow at 9 PM Tuesday, March 5 followed by the Season 7 premiere of kids culinary competition Masterchef Junior at 8 PM.

Both initially had been slated for February 26.

Networks are having to juggle their schedules following the rescheduling of the State of the Union address, originally set for January 29, and now set for February 5 due to the partial government shutdown, which threw it all into disarray..

Deadline

The Futon Critic

posted 1/31/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Dios mio..."

posted 1/31/19

Beam Me Up, Wayne!
"Star Trek Discovery" Visits the Marketplace February 4
From Deadline

Star Trek will mind-meld with Lets Make a Deal for a special all-Trekkie episode of the CBS game show on February 4, with official Star Trek prizes, props, costumes, and a special guest appearance by Mary Chieffo from Star Trek: Discovery.

The partnering represents a potent promotion for Star Trek: Discovery, the must-deliver flagship for the CBS All-Access subscription play.

For Let's Make A Deal, the entire enterprise shows the game show is still boldly going in new directions in its 55th year (and after 3,500+ episodes) with its first take-over, branded theme and its first in-show, pop-culture brand partner.

Deadline

Hollywood Life

posted 1/30/19

The Big LEGO-wsky
HQ's Quiz Daddy Becomes a Lego Figure to Host "Lego Movie 2" Game February 6
From Variety

Warner Bros. is turning to popular game-show app HQ Trivia to promote "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part" with a special event next week that will see regular host Scott Rogowsky appear as a live, animated Lego character.

On Wednesday, Feb. 6, at 9 p.m. ET, HQ Trivia will broadcast live from Sydney, Australia — from the headquarters of Animal Logic, the animation and VFX house that has worked on all of WB's "Lego" movies, according to a source familiar with the event. The plan is for Rogowsky to host that night's HQ Trivia game as an animated Lego avatar.

(A rep for HQ Trivia wouldn't confirm details of the "Lego Movie 2" special game.)

The game will run two days before "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part" is slated to open Feb. 8. HQ Trivia players will compete for a prize pool of $75,000 cash (split among all players who successfully answer all questions). In addition, a few players will win a rare, limited-edition set of "Lego Movie 2" collectible figures..

Variety

posted 1/30/19

TUESDAY: Game Night
NBC Wins Demo with Ellen Marathon, CBS Takes Total
From The Futon Critic

NBC (6.292 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) held onto the demo crown on Tuesday with its marathon lineup of "Ellen's Game of Games" (7.038 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2), another new "Ellen's Game of Games" (6.970 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and a repeat "Ellen's Game of Games" (4.867 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3).

CBS (6.612 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was the silver draw with its annual "Super Bowl Greatest Commercials 2019" (7.918 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) followed by repeats of "NCIS" (6.540 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "FBI" (5.377 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Next up was ABC (2.468 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and its repeat mix of "American Housewife" (3.269 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "The Kids Are Alright" (2.494 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), "Black-ish" (2.323 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), "Splitting Up Together" (1.936 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and "The Rookie" (2.392 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.660 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) served up last minute repeats of "The Masked Singer" (2.120 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "The Passage" (1.201 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

And finally, originals from "The Flash" (2.014 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Roswell, New Mexico" (1.294 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) rounded out the night on The CW (1.654 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.123m.

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/30/19

UK Gets "Wall"ed?
The BBC Is Eying Danny Dyer to Host Possible British Version
From Telly Mix

The BBC is reportedly working on a UK version of American gameshow The Wall - with Danny Dyer as presenter.

The Wall features a 40-foot pegboard with various slots at the bottom (similar to Plinko on The Price Is Right).

Across four rounds, contestants answer questions and drop balls in to the titular wall, aiming to win huge cash prizes.

A smash hit for NBC in the US, the show has travelled to over twenty countries worldwide - and the UK could be next.

The Sun suggests that the BBC has ordered a pilot episode, with none other than Danny Dyer attached to host.

Telly Mix

Female First
RTE
Deadline

posted 1/30/19


IMDB

LOUISA MORITZ: 1946-2019
Bombshell Played "Match Game"
From Deadline

Louisa Moritz, an actress who appeared in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and brought a good-natured joy to a stereotypical blonde bombshell persona in early '70s fare like Love, American Style and Match Game but in more recent years joined other women in accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault, has died from a longstanding heart ailment, her longtime friend and publicist Edward Lozzi announced.

Moritz was 72 and died at her home last week in Los Angeles of natural causes.

In Cuckoo's Nest, Moritz played Rose, a small but pivotal performance in which her good-time pal of Jack Nicholson's R.P. McMurphy sneaks into the mental hospital for the against-the-rules party that leads to tragedy. In one memorable moment, she slow-dances sweetly with Danny Devito's childlike Martini, his head resting upon her breast.

Moritz had already become a recognizable, if not quite name-famous, presence on many commercials and episodic TV appearances including programs such as Love, American Style anthology comedy series (a 1971 segment co-starred Charles Nelson Reilly) when she was booked on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. As she'd allege in 2014, Cosby assaulted her in the Tonight Show dressing room, forcing her to perform oral sex on him. Moritz was one of the first of seven women to accuse and sue Cosby. (Cosby has denied all charges of non-consensual sex).

Joseph Cammarata, the Washington D.C. lead attorney in the defamation lawsuit against Cosby, released the following statement today:

Louisa Moritz was a brave woman who stood up against a powerful Hollywood icon, Bill Cosby, in an effort to restore her good name and reputation, after he publicly branded her a liar when she made public her allegations of sexual abuse and assault by Mr. Cosby. Ms. Moritz was one of seven women who sued Bill Cosby for defamation. Despite her death, her claim against Mr. Cosby will continue in a Federal court in Massachusetts. We look forward to a resolution of the case that will establish that Louisa was a truth teller, so that her legacy will live forever untarnished.

Moritz's other film credits include her 1970 debut as a young prostitute in The Man from O.R.G.Y., 1975's Death Race 2000 with Sylvester Stallone, 1978's Cheech and Chong hit Up in Smoke, 1982's The Last American Virgin and as the kleptomaniac Bubbles in 1983's classic-of-its-kind Chained Heat.

In addition to the previously mentioned programs, TV credits include appearances on '60s-'70s series including The Leslie Uggams Show, The Joe Namath Show, Ironside, Happy Days, M*A*S*H, Chico and the Man, The Rockford Files, The Incredible Hulk and The Associates.

Deadline
The Wrap

posted 1/30/18


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

You're ten stories up. A bunch of prizes are headed towards you on a conveyor belt. If you don't answer questions quick and right, you'll lose them...and, if you REALLY don't hustle, YOU'LL end up on the pile WITH them. Sounds like your kind of crazy game show? Well, Chris Wolvie is here to tell you that you can forget about being on "Downfall"; it's yet another of the "Games Gone By..."

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 1/30/19


Chicago Sun-Times

FATIMA ALI: 1989-2019
"Top Chef" Fan Favorite Loses Battle with Cancer
From Deadline

Fatima Ali, whose Pakistani-influenced cooking earned her the "Fan Favorite" title in Season 15 of Bravo's Top Chef, has died today of bone cancer. She was 29. Her family shared the news in a statement to the Pakistan newspaper Dawn. and it was confirmed by the network.

"We are deeply saddened to share the news that Fatima Ali has lost her courageous battle with cancer," Bravo said in a statement. "Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this time. People not only fell in love with her cooking, but fell in love with her personality and heart. We hope that the beautiful memories shared with her will provide comfort to everyone who knew and loved her."

Ali was diagnosed in 2017 with Ewing's sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer. She underwent surgery and was cancer-free for a time but revealed last fall that it had returned, this time lodged in her left hip and femur. At that time, she said she was told she had a year to live.

Two weeks ago, Ali gave an update on her failing health on Instagram. "I know it's been ages since I posted and most may have figured out why," she wrote. "I'm sick and unfortunately I'm getting sicker. Right now all I need are prayers; prayers that are simple. I hope, because a wish is putting on too much responsibility on the other, that you will somehow find forgiveness in your big heart for whenever I must have hurt you. I thank you a million times over for when you have given me joy."

Ali left her Pakistan home at age 18 to study at the Culinary Institute of America in New York. Her restaurant résumé included Cafe Centro, Macy's Stella 34 and La Fonda del Sol. She aspired to open her own restaurant someday. "I love the thought of being able to open up a restaurant that opens up people's eyes to what Pakistani food could be in America," she told People magazine in July.

In an essay written for Bon Appetit magazine three months before her death on Friday from bone cancer, Ali showed her warrior spirit. The full essay will be in the magazine's March print edition, but was shared online "to honor her memory," according to the website.

The essay detailed Ali's life and her final months when a grim outcome appeared inevitable. Still, she refused to wallow in misery.

"I decided not to spend whatever time I had left (whether it's a year, a month, another ten years—you don't know until you're gone) lamenting all the things that weren't right," Ali wrote. "Instead, I'd make the most of it. I'm using cancer as the excuse I needed to actually go and get things done, and the more people I share those thoughts with, the more I hold myself to them. If I write this intention down, if I have it printed somewhere like I do here, I have to hold myself responsible, because I have people counting on me.

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posted 1/30/18

More on the Return of "Project Runway"
Catch It on Bravo Lifetime Bravo March 14
From the Futon Critic

The wait is over as the iconic fashion competition series "Project Runway" returns to its original home on Bravo with supersized 90-minute episodes beginning Thursday, March 14 at 8:00pm ET/PT. This season, as the fashion industry evolves, so does our runway with a new design aesthetic and additions to the judging panel: supermodel and entrepreneur Karlie Kloss joins as host with former "Project Runway" champion and celebrated CFDA fashion designer Christian Siriano as the mentor. ELLE Editor-in-Chief Nina Garcia returns as a judge, along with famed fashion designer Brandon Maxwell and journalist and former Teen Vogue Editor-in-Chief Elaine Welteroth. The new look and feel continues with 16 new designers from across the United States and abroad who will compete for the coveted spot of a lifetime, a chance to show their collection during an exclusive runway show for industry insiders and influencers as well as win the largest cash prize in the show's history. With an all-new runway and workroom furnished with sewing and embroidery machines by Brother, a glam room for the models outfitted by TRESemmé and Maybelline, along with challenges that embrace the nuances of the fashion industry - including flash sales, fast fashion, the inclusion of plus-size models, Instagram, a special Elton John challenge inspired by Paramount Pictures' Rocketman, and so much more. The runway game changes forever beginning now. For a sneak peek, please visit: http://www.bravotv.com/project-runway/season-17/videos/your-first-look-at-bravos-project-runway

The stakes are high as the aspiring designers stand to gain unparalleled experience and valuable skills in pursuit of their dreams. They're guided by judges and special guests who are knowledgeable about design, style, and pop culture including: Marni Senofonte, who is Kendall Jenner's personal stylist as well as the stylist behind Beyoncé's Lemonade and Super Bowl 50 looks; actress and Siriano muse Danielle Brooks, who judges a fierce challenge to design a dream dress for the women who keep New York City running; famed designer Dapper Dan drops by to inspire the contestants to think outside the box as he did with luxury fashions in the '80s; and to take things up another notch, rapper/songwriter Cardi B makes a surprise visit and gives commentary as only she can. Proving they can survive in the competitive and cutthroat world of fashion, the hopefuls compete in an array of challenges, including a series first - the flash sale challenge. In several episodes this season, fans will have a higher stake in the show by getting a chance to own a piece of the Runway by voting on the outfits they like best, with both the judges' winning look and a fan-favorite look being manufactured in the USA by Nineteenth Amendment, a production platform producing sustainable clothing on-demand, and sold on Bravotv.com/ProjectRunway.

The winning designer will receive the largest prize in the show's history - $250,000 furnished by the Pilot's FriXion Erasable Gel Ink Pen - a feature in ELLE, and his or her own featured role in a Bluprint digital series as well as $50,000 to put toward their own design studio also courtesy of Bluprint. Plus, for the first time ever, "Project Runway" is partnering with one of the most prestigious organizations in fashion, CFDA (The Council of Fashion Designers of America) for a one-on-one mentorship including all the tools and connections to create, grow, and sustain a business in fashion.

Meet the "Project Runway" Season 17 Designers:
· Afa Ah Loo - Lotopa, Samoa
· Rakan Shams Aldeen - Homs, Syria
· Cavanagh Baker - Nashville, TN
· Tessa Clark - Greenville, OH
· Bishme Cromartie - Baltimore, MD
· Venny Etienne - Brooklyn, NY
· Jhoan "Sebastian" Grey - Cali, Colombia
· Renee Hill - Philadelphia, PA
· Sonia Kasparian - Portland, OR
· Kovid Kapoor - Brooklyn, NY
· Frankie Lewis - Louisville, KY
· Lela Orr - Monroe, LA
· Jamall Osterholm - Cranston, RI
· Nadine Ralliford - Stone Mountain, GA
· Gary "Garo Sparo" Spampinato - Bayshore, NY
· Hester Sunshine - Santa Fe, NM

"Project Runway" is produced by Magical Elves with Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz, as well as Gaylen Gawlowski, Casey Kriley and Nan Strait as Executive Producers along with Lantern Entertainment with Andy Mitchell and Milos Brajovic as Executive Producers. Karlie Kloss also serves as an Executive Producer.

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posted 1/29/19

MONDAY: The Champions Rise
NBC Wins Over Bachelor, Big Brother
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.784 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) was the network to beat on Monday thanks to fresh installments from "America's Got Talent: The Champions" (10.382 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Manifest" (5.587 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5).

Sharing the demo crown was ABC (6.418 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) with new episodes from "The Bachelor" (6.354 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and "The Good Doctor" (6.546 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

Next up was FOX (4.650 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with originals from "The Resident" (5.380 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and "The Passage" (3.919 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.161 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up new episodes of "Celebrity Big Brother" (4.667 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "Magnum P.I." (5.619 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8) plus a repeat "Bull" (5.197 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9).

And finally, The CW (1.068 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with new episodes of "Arrow" (1.213 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10) and "Black Lightning" (0.922 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11).

On cable...
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Kids Baking Championship (Food): 839k
- Winner Cake All (Food): 665k
- America Says (GSN): 417k

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posted 1/29/19

Another Accolade for "Drag Race"
Realscreen Awards Series
From Realscreen

A&E's Born This Way, VH1's RuPaul's Drag Race and Spike TV's I Am Heath Ledger were among the top winners at the Realscreen Awards this evening (Jan. 29).

The ceremony was hosted by Matt Iseman, host of American Ninja Warrior.

As previously announced, industry veteran SallyAnn Salsano, executive producer and CEO of unscripted powerhouse prodco 495 Productions, was inducted into the Realscreen Awards Hall of Fame. She is the first female producer to be inducted.

"I'm one of those people that can honestly say that it's because of most people in this room that I'm up here. I'm grateful for every pitch meeting, every phone call, every crazy idea that you could imagine, because that's all they are: crazy ideas.

"I feel completely lucky because I get to go to work every day and legitimately do what I love. At the end of the day, people say whatever they want about reality TV, but all of us are nothing without people trusting us," Salsano told a crowded room in New Orleans. "People say the best thing about reality TV is the best cast, and that's not true – it's actually trust. It's the trust between a producer and their cast that makes the show. They trust me with their entire life and I take that very seriously.

"This business is a rollercoaster ride. There have been so many times where I said 'okay I'm going to pack it up and go home' and the other day someone asked me what's your endgame and I literally said 'death'. No seriously, I think that's how I go out. I think I will die in a control room; it's what I want. "Anyone who knows me, if it wasn't for my parents I would not have done this."

World of Wonder co-founders Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato, meanwhile, received the David Lyle Maverick Award, in memory of the legendary unscripted entertainment executive who passed away in 2017. The award is designed to honor producers of innovative programming who challenge the status quo with their slates.

Elsehwere, VH1's RuPaul's Drag Race from World of Wonder received the award of excellence for competition and the talent/studio-based honor in the competition category.

Other awards:
- Competition: Game/Quiz Show: Hollywood Game Night (Universal Television Alternative Studio with Mission Control Media and Hazy Mills Productions for NBC)

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Competition: Lifestyle: MasterChef Junior (Endemol Shine North America, One Potato Two Potato for Fox)

- Competition: Talent/Studio-Based: RuPaul's Drag Race (World of Wonder for VH1)

- Competition: Reality Game: American Ninja Warrior (A. Smith & Co, Tokyo Broadcasting System for NBC)

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posted 1/29/19

Double Dare Crashes the Super Bowl
Catch It on Nick This Sunday!
From the Futon Critic

Nickelodeon and the National Football League (NFL) are teaming up to get kids and families pumped up for the big game, with Double Dare at Super Bowl, a brand-new Super Bowl-themed episode of the net's iconic game show, premiering Sunday, Feb. 3, at 12 p.m. ET/PT, simulcast across Nickelodeon, Nicktoons and TeenNick. Nickelodeon will kick off its week-long coverage of all the festivities at Super Bowl LIII today, by giving kids behind-the-scenes access to Opening Night, interviews with players from both Super Bowl teams, and a sneak peek at Super Bowl Live and all of the excitement taking place in downtown Atlanta, GA.

Double Dare at Super Bowl is a 45-minute competition special, pitting two teams of NFL athletes, Nickelodeon stars and real kids against one another in a series of exciting, football-themed trivia questions and messy physical challenges. Hosted by Liza Koshy and featuring color commentary from Marc Summers, the teams will include NFL athletes Drew Brees and Russell Wilson, as well as Nickelodeon stars Scarlett Spencer and Dallas Dupree Young (Cousins for Life). The special will be taped on the PLAY FOOTBALL field at the Super Bowl Experience.

In addition to bragging rights, each Double Dare at Super Bowl team will be competing for a $10,000 donation to one of Nickelodeon and the NFL's pro-social partners, PLAYWORKS and Special Olympics, respectively. PLAYWORKS is the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play to improve children's social and emotional health by increasing opportunities for physical activity at schools. Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

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posted 1/29/19

WEEKEND: Big Brother Is Watching
CBS Wins Both Friday, Sunday
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.941 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) was the top draw on a low key Friday thanks to a new "Celebrity Big Brother" (4.567 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and repeats of "Hawaii Five-0" (4.615 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "Blue Bloods" (5.642 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

ABC (4.103 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with new episodes of "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.370 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "Speechless" (2.554 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and a two-hour "20/20" (4.673 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2).

Next up was FOX (3.010 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with repeats of "Last Man Standing" (3.754 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "The Cool Kids" (2.926 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) followed by a new "Hell's Kitchen" (2.681 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.044 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up a full night of the "U.S. Figure Skating Championships" (3.044 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10). And finally, The CW (0.517 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with new episodes of "Dynasty" (0.645 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.389 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12).

On cable Friday...
- Lip Sync Battle Shorties (Nick): 858k
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (VH1): 647k
- Double Dare (Nick): 615k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 532k
- America Says (GSN): 455k

ABC (5.132 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) was the top adults 18-49 crown on Sunday with its mix of a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.729 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) followed by new episodes of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.535 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Shark Tank" (4.477 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and another "Shark Tank" (3.786 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Sharing the demo gold was FOX (2.910 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) with repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.337 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) of "Bob's Burgers" (1.453 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) followed by its telecast of "Rent" (3.415 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1).

Next up was CBS (6.996 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its lineup of "60 Minutes" (11.182 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Celebrity Big Brother" (4.755 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.700 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Madam Secretary" (5.346 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.806 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up second runs of "The Titan Games" (2.591 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11), another "The Titan Games" (2.961 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and its annual special "American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. the World" (2.835 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

And finally, The CW (1.114 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with fresh installments from "Supergirl" (1.337 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) and "Charmed" (0.890 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15).

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (FooD): 1.600m


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posted 1/29/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The State of Play"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Next week's State of the Union Address and Democratic Response will push "The Masked Singer" to February 5, push "MasterChef Junior" & "Mental Samurai" to March 5 (The Futon Critic)

  • Ever see Rachel Lindsey's wedding dress? Want to? (Entertainment Tonight)

  • TRIGGER WARNING: Last night's "The Bachelor" featured a landmark discussion (Vulture)

posted 1/29/19

The Chase Turns 10
"The Beast": Something Massive Being Planned
From AOL

Chasers Shaun Wallace, Mark Labbett and Jenny Ryan were in fine spirits last week after winning Best Quiz Programme at the NTA's and held forth on a number of subjects.

Mark Labbett teased fans with the news that plans were afoot to do something "massive" to celebrate the show's tenth anniversary.

"I would think we are the biggest quiz show in the world right now, in terms of market coverage, and I'm actually certain we've got the best game show presenter in the world now in Bradley Walsh, and we're only getting bigger...we've got big plans for our tenth anniversary this year...it's going to be something massive." Labbett said.

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posted 1/28/19

The Wedding's Over
Lorraine Kelly's BBC Saturday Night Quiz Canceled
From Yahoo! News

Wedding Day Winners, the quiz show hosted by Lorraine Kelly and comedian Rob Beckett, has been axed, according to reports.

Speaking to the Daily Star, Lorraine said: "It was a great show and I loved doing it. But it's OK because I have got my hands full doing my breakfast show to be honest. "I'm a lucky girl to get to do what I do."

The show, which aired at primetime on Saturday evenings last year, found betrothed couples and their families competing to win 'dream prizes and a chance to get married in front of the nation'.

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posted 1/28/19


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Larry Martin Dies
"Jeopardy!" Reigning Teachers Tournament Champion
From Shawnee Mission Post

Larry Martin, a fixture at Belinder Elementary for nearly 30 years who inspired thousands of 2nd graders, died this morning, the school's administration informed parents and teachers this afternoon. Martin, who called his students "Martin's Marvels" and was well known throughout the community for his classes' production of the "Marvel News" newspaper, stepped back from teaching after the start of this school year to focus on his health.

In a message sent to Belinder parents in mid-November, he said that "what began a short time ago as a mere health inconvenience hasn't gone at all the way I or doctors expected it to. Tests this week make it clear that the outlook is very serious. I don't have all of my plans worked out, but right now I'm forced to step back from the classroom and begin aggressive treatments."

Belinder Principal Steve Yeoman informed the school community Friday afternoon that Martin had died.

"This is devastating news for all of us, as he has been a teacher here for many years, and was at the heart of the Belinder community," Yeoman wrote. "As you can imagine, it will be an extremely difficult time for his family, as they process their grief."

Martin's popularity spread beyond the Shawnee Mission area last spring when he was a contestant on the Jeopardy Teachers Tournament. A nearly flawless debut earned him a place in the tournament semi-finals, which he also won to earn a spot in the two-day finals. He bested the other two teacher competitors, winning a cash prize.

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posted 1/28/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Howie's Got Talent"

  • Howie Mandel has a special coming: Howie Mandel Presents Howie Mandel at the Howie Mandel Comedy Club. Howie Mandel (Decider)

  • Reports of Anne Hegerty's retirement come a bit premature (Huffington Post)... and are the Aussies trying to replicate her? (Metro)

  • "GMA Day" rebrands to "Strahan & Sara" (The Wrap)

  • Don't. Cross. Terry Crews (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Joey Fatone (Today)

posted 1/28/19

A Shot at Jersey
MTV Revives "A Shot At Love" Franchise with a Jersey Shore Twist
From the Futon Critic

"Jersey Shore Family Vacation's" Paul "DJ Pauly D" Delvecchio and Vinny Guadagnino are reality TV's most-eligible bachelors and ready to find their perfect match.

Slated to premiere later this year, MTV's new dating-competition show, "Double Shot at Love with DJ Pauly D & Vinny," gives 20 contestants the chance to win the hearts of "Jersey Shore Family Vacation's" iconic duo.

Each episode, the contestants will face off against one another hoping to avoid the elimination ceremony while the boys must also compete for the affection of the contestants as well - making this reality-dating show unlike any other.

Follow @JerseyShore on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook for more updates, and get in on the conversation using #DoubleShotAtLove. "Double Shot at Love with DJ Pauly D & Vinny" is produced by MTV, SallyAnn Salsano and 495 Productions.

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posted 1/25/19

"MasterChef Junior" Learns Its ABCs
Catch It on Fox February 26
From the Futon Critic

Kicking off its seventh season, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR gives talented kids between the ages of 8 and 13 the chance to showcase their culinary abilities and passion for food through a series of fun, mouth-watering challenges.

Having already won a coveted white apron, 24 young chef-testants - 12 girls and 12 boys - must prove that they deserve to stay in the game by completing their first Mystery Box Challenge. Award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay and renowned pastry chef Christina Tosi will be joined by celebrated chef and restaurateur Aarón Sánchez on the judges' panel. These three culinary heavyweights will determine which pint-sized home cook will be named America's next MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, taking home a trophy and $100,000 in prize money.

Season Seven will feature even more unique and messy challenges for the judges and chef-testants, including attending and preparing a meal for 51 circus performers, pulling a live lobster out of a tank and having 60 minutes to make a mind-blowing dish, competing to see which team can first roll out a perfect sheet of pasta to a length of 24 feet and powering through the fan-favorite restaurant takeover challenge.

In the premiere episode, "Culinary ABC's," airing Tuesday, Feb. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, the Top 24 must prove they've mastered the first meal of the day, breakfast, in a mystery box challenge. Then, school lunches get a total makeover as contestants are tasked with elevating three classic school lunch dishes into restaurant-quality cuisine.

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posted 1/25/19

Family Feud... with Food
Food Network Slots "Family Food Showdown" March 6
From the Futon Critic

Families that cook together stay together, and those that do it well have the chance to win $10,000 on new Food Network series Family Food Showdown. Valerie Bertinelli hosts as families face off in a fast-paced, action-packed culinary competition beginning on Sunday, March 3rd at 8pm ET/PT.

In each episode, two families are pitted against each other in three rounds of challenges designed to test their cooking skills, recipes and family dynamics. The teams must blow away a rotating panel of culinary experts including Kardea Brown, Clinton Kelly, Antonia Lofaso, Daphne Oz, Jamika Pessoa, Christian Petroni, Courtney Rada, Jake and Jazz Smollet, Tori Spelling, Jet Tila, Isaac Toups, Bryan and Michael Voltaggio, Molly Yeh and more, to keep their family pride and take home the grand prize!

"Family Food Showdown has all the ingredients to captivate audiences with tension and unpredictable twists, mixed with family heritage and tradition, and even some comedic relief, as the families cook together on the clock in a high-stakes showdown," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "Host Valerie Bertinelli adds in her signature charisma and charm to this relatable family-centric culinary competition."

The action unfolds as two families, comprised of three family members, endure three rounds of cooking challenges with surprising curveballs as they vie for advantages along the way. Throughout 13 hourlong episodes, the competing teams tackle challenges from Sunday suppers and delicious leftover dinners, to taco fiestas, and over-the-top breakfasts in their bid for the grand prize. During the first round, the families must work together to create a dish that represents who they are as a family. As the competition progresses to round two, family recipes and dynamics are put to the test when Valerie announces that each family must eliminate one member of their own team. Strategy ups the ante in the last round of the contest, as each team must eliminate someone from the other team, putting the weight of the competition on the shoulders of one final family member for each. Only one family in each episode will earn $10,000 grand prize and keep their family pride.

Fans can get to know the families before every episode on Food Network's app as they take on a series of digital-only challenges and can catch Valerie and the judges play a series of Beat the Heat games on Food Network's Instagram Stories. Also viewers can go behind the scenes of the competition with insider photos and top video moments at FoodNetwork.com/FamilyFoodShowdown, and join the conversation anytime by using #FamilyFoodShowdown. .

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posted 1/25/19

THURSDAY: Gateway to the Split End
ABC, CBS, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.042 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the demo champ on Thursday thanks to new episodes of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.941 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1), "A Million Little Things" (5.440 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.744 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

CBS (5.710 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then was the number two draw with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.227 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), a new "Fam" (6.380 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "The Big Bang Theory" (6.194 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), another new "Fam" (5.070 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "SWAT" (4.195 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Sharing the silver was NBC (3.602 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) with fresh installments from "The Titan Games" (4.857 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (3.030 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) followed by the season finale of "The Good Place" (2.656 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.107 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Next up was FOX (2.786 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) with originals from "Gotham" (2.427 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "The Orville" (3.144 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

And finally, a new "Supernatural" (1.407 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) and the return of "Legacies" (1.046 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) rounded out the night on The CW (1.227 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.060m
- Top Chef (Bravo): 983k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 699k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 585k
- America Says (GSN): 549k
- Lip Sync Battle (Paramount): 536k

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posted 1/25/19

Meet the Race Lineup...
Catch Season 11 of "RuPaul's Drag Race" on VH1 Soon
From the Futon Critic

The 11th season of Emmy(R) Award-winning "RuPaul's Drag Race" is set to be the most fashionable, fearless and jaw-dropping spectacle in "Drag Race" herstory. The newest queens vying for the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar" were introduced via a VH1 YouTube Live hosted by Olympic medalist Adam Rippon and season 10 winner Aquaria.

A premiere date for the new season will be announced soon.

The series recently made history as the first to win Emmys(R) for both Outstanding Reality-Competition Program and Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program categories in the same year. It also scored VH1's first Producers Guild Award for Producer of Game and Competition Reality Show.

"Just when I think to myself - 'shedonealreadydonehadherses' - a new crop of killer queens sashay their way into my heart and leave me gagging for more," said executive producer and three-time Emmy(R) Award-winning host and RuPaul. "Dare I say, this might be the most sickening season of all time."

The fifteen queens competing to make their mark on the Drag-tastic 11th season include:
- A'keria C. Davenport (Dallas, TX) |Instagram: @mizakeriachanel, Twitter: @A_doubleC_D From the legendary drag House of Davenport, A'keria's slick, shiny look makes you sit up and pay attention. The current reigning Miss Black Universe, this super accomplished pageant queen is doing the Davenports proud with her signature aesthetic: "fit, fashion, mug and body." Expect big hair, big attitude and big results from this competitor.
- Ariel Versace (Cherry Hill, NJ) |Instagram/Twitter: @arielversace A life-sized Bratz doll, this queen's Jersey-licious Disney princess aesthetic is already a hit on social media, where she has a significant following. But don't be fooled by a pretty face with a poppin' Instagram presence - Ariel can sing, act and put on a fully entertaining show. You've been warned.
- Brooke Lynn Hytes (Nashville, TN) | Instagram: @bhytes, Twitter: @BhytesBrock Brooke Lynn grew up in Toronto, Canada before traveling the world as a professional ballet dancer. Much of her drag centers around dance and movement and she is a prestigious former Miss Continental pageant winner. Will Brooke Lynn dazzle the judges with the same polish she brings to the dancefloor?
- Honey Davenport (New York, NY) |Instagram: @honeydavenportofficial, Twitter: @Honey_Davenport New York City's crown jewel, Honey is the second cast member hailing from the legendary House of Davenport and cites "Drag Race" alum Sahara Davenport as a mentor. With parts in Off-Broadway plays, an electro band and 18 pageant crowns under her belt, queens know to bow down to this talented diva.
- Kahanna Montrese (Las Vegas, NV) | Instagram/Twitter: @kahannamontrese Las Vegas's hip-hop showgirl, Kahanna merges edgy street influences with upscale high fashion couture. After seeing Kahanna perform just one time, "Drag Race" legend Coco Montrese adopted this spitfire performer and Kahanna's drag identity was born. Will Kahanna finish the job that Coco Montrese started?
- Mercedes Iman Diamond (Minneapolis, MN) | Instagram: @mercedesimandiamond This African princess moved from Kenya to the USA when she was 11, but Mercedes wasn't "born" until 10 years later at the world famous Gay 90s club in downtown Minneapolis. All about the "body-ody-ody," Mercedes owns any stage she sets foot on, dazzling the crowd with her graceful presence and the expensive bling she is named after.
- Nina West (Columbus, OH) | Instagram/Twitter: @ninawest This comedy queen has a big reputation preceding her into the competition. Nina has won the national Entertainer of the Year pageant and writes and produces her own spectacular shows complete with show-stopping dance numbers. She's also an advocate and fundraiser for LGBTQ causes. But can this local legend live up to all of her hype?
- Plastique Tiara (Dallas, TX) |Instagram/Twitter: @plastiquetiara Originally hailing from Saigon, Plastique takes a lot of drag inspiration from Vietnamese pop stars. Stunningly beautiful, her popular Instagram drag photos have even been reposted by Tyra Banks. With none other than "Drag Race" superstar Alyssa Edwards for a drag mother, all eyes will be on Plastique to see if she can deliver in the competition.
- Ra'jah D. O'Hara (Dallas, TX) | Instagram: @therajahoharashow Ra'jah is from Dallas, Texas, where everything is bigger, better and bolder. A dancing queen known for her kicks, splits and tearing up the dance floor, the "D" in Ra'jah's name stands for Davenport: this season's third cast member from the Davenport dynasty. A high energy performer, Ra'jah warns her competitors to watch their backs when she is lip-synching.
- Scarlet Envy (New York, NY) | Instagram: @scarletenvy, Twitter: @ScarletEnvyNYC Southern beauty mixed with New York City grit, Scarlet pulls from references as varied as movie stars of the 40s, Andy Warhol superstars of the 60s and supermodels of the 80s. A self-described "natural beauty," Scarlet has worked with fashion photographer Steven Klein, Harper's Bazaar magazine and even appeared in a musical number on Saturday Night Live.
- Shuga Cain (New York, NY) | Instagram: @missshugacain, Twitter: @ShugaCainNYC A relative newcomer to drag, Shuga quit her sweet six-figure corporate job to become a full-time drag queen. But talent rises to the top, and within 18 short months Shuga has already established herself as a key fixture in the competitive New York City drag scene where she relies upon her performance background in opera and musical theater to stand out from the crowd.
- Silky Nutmeg Ganache (Chicago, IL) | Instagram: @silkyganache The life of the party, you always know when exuberant "Big Silk" is in the building. But scratch the surface of this gregarious queen and you'll find a softer side to Silk- one who was raised in the church, has a Master's Degree in Organizational Leadership and is even on her way to becoming a Doctor of Philosophy. Let's hope her accolades translate into success in the competition.
- Soju (Los Angeles, CA) | Instagram/Twitter: @shotwithsoju Raised in Korea, Soju brings Korean influences into her drag, be it colorful crazy K-Pop aesthetics or Taekwondo martial arts weapons. Producer and star of the popular YouTube show "Shot With Soju," where queens spill the beans about their time on "Drag Race," Soju comes into the competition fully prepared for her own shot at the crown.
- Vanessa Vanjie Mateo (Los Angeles, CA) | Instagram/Twitter: @VanessaVanjie Miss Vanjie. Miss Vaanjie. Miss... Vaaanjie! Never have more iconic words been uttered by a departing queen. Despite being the first queen eliminated from season 10, Vanessa's mesmerizing backwards exit inspired memes, tweets and celebrity shout-outs and an overwhelming demand to see more of this charismatic queen. She's back with a Vanjeance, but can the queen live up to the memes?
- Yvie Oddly (Denver, CO) | Instagram/Twitter: @oddlyyvie Denver's "commodity of drag oddity," shock queen Yvie bucked her boring local drag scene and brought conceptual artistry into the mix. Tall and weird (her words), Yvie draws inspiration from fashion muses like Thierry Mugler, and drag stars like Christeene. Known for bringing her brain to the table, anyone who encounters Yvie is guaranteed to end up with their jaw on the floor.


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posted 1/24/19

WEDNESDAY: Chicago Mask - Not Just a Catchy Name Anymore
NBC, Fox Split Midweek
From the Futon Critic

FOX (5.357 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) continued its demo reign on Wednesday with fresh installments from "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (3.614 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6) and "The Masked Singer" (7.101 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1).

NBC (8.333 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with its trio of "Chicago Med" (9.364 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Chicago Fire" (8.416 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (7.219 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6). Next up was CBS (4.710 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) with night three of "Celebrity Big Brother" (4.496 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6) alongside new episodes of "SEAL Team" (5.118 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "Criminal Minds" (4.516 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.593 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up originals from "The Goldbergs" (5.290 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Schooled" (4.400 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6), "Modern Family" (4.496 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Single Parents" (2.798 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) and "Match Game" (2.286 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

And finally, new episodes of "Riverdale" (1.132 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and "All American" (0.722 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) on The CW (0.927 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 717k
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 703k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 538k
- America Says (GSN): 438k
- Drop The Mic (SP/TNT): 356k

- American Beauty Star (Lifetime): 292k
- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (SP/TNT): 276k

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posted 1/24/19

TUESDAY: Julie... Meet Ellen
NBC Wins Night on "Game of Games"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.137 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with new episodes from "Ellen's Game of Games" (7.488 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2), "This Is Us" (8.116 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "New Amsterdam" (5.807 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5).

CBS (6.318 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed the silver with night two of "Celebrity Big Brother" (4.921 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) followed by new episodes of "FBI" (7.374 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.659 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Next up was ABC (4.318 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with the season finale of "The Conners" (7.731 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) alongside new episodes of "The Kids Are Alright" (4.537 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6), "Black-ish" (3.363 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "Splitting Up Together" (2.629 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "The Rookie" (3.825 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.227 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) opted for a repeat "Lethal Weapon" (2.646 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) and a new "The Gifted" (1.807 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13).

And finally, fresh installments of "The Flash" (1.863 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "Roswell, New Mexico" (1.226 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) rounded out the night on The CW (1.544 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.049m
- Temptation Island (USA): 922k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 520k


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posted 1/24/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "War World"

  • FIRST LOOK: The Challenge: War of the Worlds (MTV, February 6) (The Futon Critic)

  • Liza Koshy gets another round of her side gig (The Futon Critic)

  • Ken Jeong on the secret to the Masked Singer's success (Parade)

  • Jackie Evancho resurfaces (People)

  • Alex Trebek and his wife... (People) ... and Alex Trebek and other 80-year-olds (Page Six)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Michael Strahan (Time)

posted 1/24/19

More on "HQ" Season 2
Until February, More Points, Less Cash
From 9to5 Mac

Popular live game show HQ Trivia is planning to start running games without cash prizes.

As reported by The Verge, HQ Trivia and HQ Words will start hosting select games where users win "points" rather than cash.

The change surprised players yesterday, with many taking to Twitter and Reddit to complain about the lack of a cash prize.

The appeal of HQ Trivia from the start has largely been its cash payout, a rather uncommon practice in other iOS trivia games.

Brandon Teitel, HQ's senior vice president of programming and partnerships, explained to The Verge that cash prizes aren't going away. In fact, Teitel said that this "season" of HQ will give away more cash than the last season did. Further, HQ sees the points-based games as another way for users to win HQ Trivia. By getting credit for the questions you get right, points will add up over time and you can redeem them for certain in-app rewards.

Additionally, HQ hopes that giving users points will incentivize them to play every night, as they get a reward even if they don't make it all the way to the end: "We look at it as another way to win HQ," Teitel says. "I think a lot of people traditionally have thought it's really hard to win HQ, and it is. Not everyone is going to win the game, but getting credit for the questions that you got right feels really good."

"It's definitely a loyalty play to incentivize people to come back," he added.

HQ Trivia has waned in popularity over recent months, leading some to question its financial state. Internal turmoil has also plagued the company since its start. However, a lack of cash prizes in certain games isn't an indication that HQ is facing financial struggles, the company says. Instead, it's simply an "experiment."

9to5 Mac

The Verge

posted 1/23/19

25 Words or Less Is Go For Fall
New Series Sells 75% of the Country
From the Programming Insider

Upcoming game show "25 Words or Less," hosted and produced by Meredith Vieira, has been cleared in 75 percent of the country in advance of its debut in Fall of 2019.

Launching on the Fox Television Stations, the half-hour game show is sold into 125 markets (including additional station groups, Sinclair, Gray, Hearst, CBS, Scripps, Northwest and Tribune).

Distributed by Twentieth Television, "25 Words or Less" is a collaboration of Lisa Kudrow, Dan Bucatinsky, Mary McCormack, Michael Morris, show-runner John Quinn, and Bruce Sterten, creator of "25 Words or Less" and "Taboo" board games.

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

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posted 1/23/19

MONDAY: Celebrity Big Brother Goes Live
Catch It Monday on CBS
From the Futon Critic

The multiplatform coverage of BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION that fans came to love last year - including the BIG BROTHER live feeds - will return for the second season following BIG BROTHER: CELEBRITY EDITION's two-night premiere event, Monday, Jan. 21 and Tuesday, Jan. 22 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT).

The live feeds will begin following the west coast broadcast on Tuesday, Jan. 22. CELEBRITY BIG BROTHER AFTER DARK premieres on Pop on Tuesday, Jan. 22 (12:00-3:00 AM, ET/PT) with continuous live, late night coverage seven nights a week leading into the finale. Details of the social, multiplatform and additional broadcast features this season include:

ABC (6.041 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) inched past the demo competition on Monday with originals from "The Bachelor" (5.957 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) and "The Good Doctor" (6.209 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

NBC (8.241 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was a close second with fresh installments from "America's Got Talent: The Champions" (9.662 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) and "Manifest" (5.399 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Next up was CBS (5.783 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) with the season premiere of "Celebrity Big Brother" (5.396 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) followed by new episodes of "Magnum P.I." (5.268 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9) and "Bull" (6.686 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (4.836 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) served up a new "The Resident" (5.369 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) followed by week two of "The Passage" (4.302 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

And finally, the return of "Arrow" (1.253 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10) and "Black Lightning" (0.875 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) on The CW (1.064 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.555m
- Winner Cake All (Food): 798k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 525k
- America Says (GSN): 328k


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posted 1/23/19

NATPE Breakthrough Awards: And The Winners ARe...
"Drag Race", "Game of Games" Win Awards
From World Screen

Hosted by Kellie Pickler and Emmy Award-winning journalist Ben Aaron, NATPE's fifth annual Unscripted Breakthrough Awards honored six winners at the event held yesterday at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach.

RuPaul's Drag Race took home the award in the competition category, beating out American Ninja Warrior, Big Brother, The Voice and World of Dance. Besting Beat Shazam, Celebrity Family Feud, Hollywood Game Night and Match Game in the game shows category was Ellen's Game of Games.

The NATPE Miami Marketplace and Conference continues through January 24.

World Screen

posted 1/23/19

WEEKEND: Super Match Is Set
CBS Wins Sunday
From the Futon Critic

CBS (43.042 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 13.1, #1) surged to the top spot on Sunday with its primetime portion of the "AFC Championship" (47.469 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 14.5, #1) and a special "Magnum P.I." (12.058 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.8, #2).

FOX (2.446 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a distant second with its repeat lineup of "The Masked Singer" (3.915 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "The Simpsons" (2.183 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Bob's Burgers" (1.583 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Family Guy" (1.616 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "The Cool Kids" (1.460 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

Next up was ABC (3.359 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.153 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.982 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), a new "Shark Tank" (2.830 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "Shark Tank" (2.471 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.749 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up the feature "Minions" (1.802 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (3.697 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

And finally, the return of "Supergirl" (1.035 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "Charmed" (0.819 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) rounded out the night on The CW (0.927 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.229m

CBS (6.868 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) was the top draw on Friday thanks to originals from "MacGyver" (6.899 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) and "Hawaii Five-0" (7.553 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) plus a repeat "Blue Bloods" (6.151 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

ABC (4.189 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with its mix of "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.438 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "Speechless" (2.590 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and a two-hour "20/20" (4.777 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

FOX (3.051 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) likewise was tops among adults 18-49 with repeats of "Last Man Standing" (3.859 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and "The Cool Kids" (3.040 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) alongside a new "Hell's Kitchen" (2.653 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.406 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up new episodes of "Blindspot" (3.054 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "The Blacklist" (4.037 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Dateline NBC" (3.127 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

And finally, the return of "Dynasty" (0.664 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and a new "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.475 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) on The CW (0.570 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable Friday...
- Lip Sync Battle Shorties (Nick): 705k
- America Says (GSN): 609k
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (VH1): 566k

- Double Dare (Nick): 533k

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posted 1/23/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "He's Blanked"

  • Bob Eubanks brings "Hollywood's Greatest Game Shows" to Staten Island (SILive)

  • Alec Baldwin pleads guilty, sentenced to anger management (Variety)

  • Bradley Walsh plays on Doctor Who. So who does he enlist to help him understand it? The Chasers, of course (Digital Spy)

  • An accident on the "Wowowin" set leaves one dead, one injured (Inquirer.net)

  • SPOILER ALERT!: One person is already OUT of the Big Brother House (The Wrap - WARNING! THAR BE SPOILERS!)

posted 1/23/19


ATAS

KAYE BALLARD: 1925-2019
Star of Stage & Screen Made the Game Show Rounds
From People

Kaye Ballard, who starred in the 1960s sitcom The Mothers-In-Law, has died. She was 93. The actress and singer, who appeared in Broadway musicals and performed in nightclubs, died Monday evening at her home in Rancho Mirage, California, according to the Associated Press.

Her death comes after a battle with kidney cancer.

Born Catherine Gloria Ballota in Cleveland, Ohio, on Nov. 20, 1925, AP reports, Ballard starred as Kaye Buell on The Mothers-In-Law — opposite Eve Arden — from 1967-69. She went on to appear in numerous TV series throughout the decades following, including The Doris Day Show, Love, American Style, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat and What a Dummy.

Ballard was also frequent on game shows including The Hollywood Squares, Celebrity Bowling, Celebrity Sweepstakes, Match Game, The $10,000 Pyramid, It's Your Bet, It Takes Two, You're Putting Me On, Win with the Stars, To Tell the Truth, I've Got A Secret, Missing Links, Get the Message, Password, and Play Your Hunch.

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posted 1/22/18

... But Is America Ready for Money Drop to Come Back?
EndemolShine, Michael Strahan Working on New Version
From B+C

Endemol Shine North America and Michael Strahan's SMAC Entertainment are partnering to develop a U.S. version of global hit The Money Drop, ESNA announced Tuesday at NATPE Miami 2019. Strahan will serve as an executive producer on the series.

The show was originally created by Endemol Shine UK's Remarkable Television and was titled The Million Pound Drop Live. It's been locally produced in 54 territories around the world. In the U.K., it currently airs on Channel 4 as a five-night-a-week strip called The £100K Money Drop.

"I was in London the first time I saw Money Drop and I immediately knew we had to help bring it back to the U.S.," said Strahan in a statement. "On behalf of myself, Constance Schwartz-Morini and the rest of the team at SMAC, we're excited to take Money Drop to market with the amazing team at Endemol Shine and make it SMAC's third game show next to The $100,000 Pyramid and The Joker's Wild."

ESNA is currently considering distribution options for the series, including national syndication.

This would be the second version of Money Drop to hit the US. The first ran on Fox from December 2010 to February 2011..

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posted 1/22/19

NTAs: And the Winners Were...
"The Chase" Takes Top Quiz Show Honors
From Metro

The 24th National Television Awards took place at London's O2 Arena on Tuesday, January 22, spotlighting the biggest and best in British TV over the past year.

David Dimbleby, who received a Lifetime Achievement award, was perhaps the highlight of the entire show – singing the BBC's praises and calling for more politicians to face debate on national television in a surprisingly meaningful acceptance speech.

Undoubtedly the biggest talking point, however, will fall to Ant and Dec's TV Presenter win for the 18th year in a row – despite Ant McPartlin stepping down from TV commitments earlier this year. The duo, who couldn't make the awards due to filming on Britain's Got Talent, delivered a touching speech referencing their past year, with Ant branding Dec 'the best mate there is out there' for stepping up in his absence.

In the category of Quiz Show, "The Chase" outlasted "8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown", "A Leage of Their Own", "Catchphrase", and "Pointless".

The best Talent Show award went to "Strictly Come Dancing" over "Britain's Got Talent", "Dancing On Ice", "The Voice UK", and "The X Factor".

The Bruce Forsyth Entertainment Award went to "I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!". Best TV Judge went to "Got Talent's" David Walliams

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posted 1/22/19

Double Dare Hits the Road Again
Tour Continues March 26 in Lancaster, PA
From Broadway World

Charlie Blum Entertainment / CB Entertainment and Red Tail Productions LLC, in partnership with Nickelodeon, announce new tour dates for Nickelodeon's Double Dare Live stage show. Coming off a successful fall 2018 tour, Double Dare Live -- featuring original host Marc Summers and his beloved sidekick Robin Russo -- will resume touring March 26 in Lancaster, PA, and will play 30 North American cities. Tickets for the first wave of cities go on sale to the general public Friday, January 25 at 10:00 a.m.

Inspired by the iconic TV game show Double Dare, Double Dare Live features two teams comprised of selected audience members competing to win prizes by answering brain-bending trivia questions, completing messy physical challenges and ultimately facing the legendary obstacle course.

The highly anticipated return of the Double Dare series premiered summer 2018 on Nickelodeon and ranked as the year's number-one new kids show with Kids 6-11, while retaining the core adult audience who grew up with the original television show. The new Double Dare is hosted by digital creator and actress Liza Koshy, with original host Marc Summers providing color commentary on the challenges and lending his vast knowledge of the game and expertise to each episode.

"Hosting the Double Dare Live tour couldn't be any more exciting, and I look forward to continuing to bring the fun and messiness of Double Dare to audiences across the country," said Marc Summers. "Doing the show again with my sidekick Robin will fulfill childhood dreams of the generation that grew up with us and introduce this classic show to the next generation."

Double Dare Live winter and spring tour cities are: Lancaster, PA Newark, NJ Philadelphia, PA Boston, MA Red Bank, NJ Hartford, CT New York, NY Wilkes, Barre Huntington, WV Louisville, KY New Orleans, LA Houston, TX San Antonio, TX Dallas, TX Austin, TX Minneapolis, MN Green Bay, WI Waukegan, IL Springfield, MO Peoria, IL St. Louis, MO Atlanta, GA Orlando, FL Clearwater, FL Ft. Lauderdale, FL Detroit, MI Akron, OH Indiana, PA Providence, RI Morristown, NJ

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posted 1/22/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "More More More"

posted 1/22/19

Fox Brings In "Funny People"
Comedy Competition Coming
From the Interrobang

It's been four years since the last season of Last Comic Standing aired giving up and coming stand up comedians across the country to get themselves a shiny new television credit, and no sign that NBC will give the series another go. But FOX is developing something to replace LCS in your heart- a reality competition series featuring rising comics from John Irwin.

Funny People plans to go beyond just stand up. It's described as "the ultimate search for the next comedy triple threat" which will means hopefuls will need to show off stand up, improv and sketch skills.

Irwin has plenty of comedy experience, he produced a ton of stand up specials for major comics including Adam Sandler, Kevin Hart, Jim Jefferies, Michelle Wolf, Norm Macdonald, Nate Bargatze, Vir Das, John Mulaney, Tracy Morgan, Trevor Noah, Nikki Glaser, David Spade, Patton Oswalt, Hannibal Buress, Artie Lange, Steve Ranazzisi, Anthony Jeselnik and the list goes on and on.

The Interrobang

Deadline

posted 1/21/19

ITV Rings in Adam McDonald
"5 Gold Rings" To Return
From Deadline

Possessed, the ITV Studios-backed company behind Nickelodeon gameshow Keep It Spotless, has brought in former Sky exec Adam MacDonald as chairman and scored a bumper order for ITV format 5 Gold Rings.

The label, which is run by former Deal or No Deal exec producer and "banker" Glenn Hugill, has secured two more runs of 5 Gold Rings, the primetime ITV gameshow hosted by Philip Schofield.

The show, which was previously piloted in the U.S. by NBC, is a physical game show that's played out on a giant interactive LED floor. Players are given a quintet of rings and must answer questions over five levels. A projection on the floor forms the basis of each question. Players must put the rings on the correct answer, but the rings become smaller throughout the game making it more challenging. At-home viewers are also able to ring answers on their phone and become part of the experience.

The show was co-created by Possessed and John De Mol's Talpa and is also on in territories including France, Vietnam and Holland.

Deadline

ITV

posted 1/21/19

Johan's Final "Noot"
Longtime Host of South African Hit Steps Down
From Cape Town Etc.

The longest-running game show in South Africa, Noot vir Noot, will be saying farewell to its renowned host Johan Stemmet, who will be hosting the show for the last time on Thursday January 17.

Noot vir Noot has been airing on South African television for 28 years and has been hosted by Stemmet since its beginning on July 27 1991.

Stemmet is well-known for his likeable, comedic on-stage personality, colourful shirts and creatively designed waist-coats.

Stemmet announced the ending of his Noot vir Noot career on social media, but assured his followers that he would be leaving the show on a "high note".

"Now, the big finale of Noot via Noot lies ahead. In the 28 years I have worked on the show, I know in my heart that this will be the most exciting final program yet. You definitely should not miss this show … You won't regret it. Have a lovely evening, friends," he said.

Stemmet has worked on a whopping 700 episodes and 43 seasons as the host of Noot vir Noot.

Cape Town Etc.

posted 1/21/19

Second Circle
C4 Returns Reality Experiment
From Deadline

Social media-based reality series The Circle is returning to Channel 4 after the British broadcaster ordered a second season.

This comes after Netflix snapped up the international rights to the format and Deadline revealed that it was making French and Brazilian series as well as a U.S. adaptation.

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

Deadline

posted 1/21/19

"Love Island" Heads to Belgium, Netherlands, Poland
CBS Options US Version for Later This Year
From Deadline

Love Island is heading to Belgium, Netherlands and Poland, taking the total number of territories hosting the sexy reality series to 11.

This comes ahead of the launch of the U.S. version, which is set to debut on CBS later this year.

ITV Studios has closed deals with Polsat, where the Polish series will be produced by Jakevision, and Belgium's SBS and Holland's RTL. The latter two companies are partnering on a joint series that will feature contestants from both countries, it will be produced by Lecter Belgium and ITV Studios Netherlands.

Love Island, which brings together a group of sexy singletons all looking to find love in a villa, has also been recommissioned by Sweden's TV4 and Germany's RTL II.

Deadline

posted 1/21/19


GAMES GONE BY: Power of 10
Season 3 is a Magic Number
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

So how does one of the biggest names in comedy prepare to take over for one of the biggest names in game show hosts? By essentially playing a big-money version of the "Range Game" of the aforementioned host's show, how else? Chris Wolvie talks about the "Games Gone By..." game Drew Carey did in between "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" and his current gig: "Power of 10"

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 1/21/19

Happy Birthday, Betty White!
Game Show Royalty Turns 97 Today
From Along the Boards

Today, Betty White celebrated her 97th birthday.

The beloved actress' rep tells ET that White will play a couple of hands of Gin Rummy on her birthday - which she's very good at! - and in the evening, will play poker with a group of friends that she's been playing with for decades.

"Little did I dream then that I would be here, and it's incredible that I'm still in this business", White said while being honored at the 70th Primetime Emmy Awards to a standing ovation previous year, before tongue-in-cheek adding, "And you are still putting up with me".

She starred on "Life with Elizabeth" in the 1950s and kept up her popularity as a TV personality through multiple appearances on talk shows, game shows and variety shows, as her biography explains. Echoing a World War II era song by Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen, she said: 'Accentuate the positive, not the negative. "It's such a waste of time".

Along the Boards

posted 1/17/19

THURSDAY: Back to Normal... Ish
CBS Wins Total, Splits Demo with ABC
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.932 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) was the top draw on Thursday with its lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (13.177 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1), "Young Sheldon" (11.397 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "Mom" (8.535 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "Fam" (6.016 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and a repeat "SWAT" (4.234 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14).

ABC (5.038 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with the return of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.026 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "A Million Little Things" (5.245 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.842 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

Next up was NBC (3.926 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with originals from "The Titan Games" (4.858 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.838 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "The Good Place" (2.552 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.224 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.697 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up new episodes of "Gotham" (2.418 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "The Orville" (2.975 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

And finally, the return of "Supernatural" (1.439 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) and a rebroadcast of "Roswell, New Mexico" (1.080 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.260 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Top Chef (Food): 1.015m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 935k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 668k
- America Says (GSN): 600k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 504k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/18/19


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