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TBS
Joker... JOKER... RENEWED
"Joker's Wild" to Return for Season 2 This Spring
From the Futon Critic

Turner's TBS has renewed the hit unscripted series' Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild and Drop the Mic for second seasons. The network re-launched its unscripted business in 2017 with the re-imagined, classic game show reboot and the celebrity-led rap battle competition. They soon emerged as the top two unscripted cable comedies in 2017, reaching an average of 2.5M viewers per episode across TBS's linear, VOD, and digital platforms and have earned over 200 million social and Youtube views to date. Drop the Mic climbed digital audience score rankings week over week, holding the #1 spot three weeks in a row, based on all prime-time comedies that aired new episodes.

"Our relaunch of TBS' unscripted efforts hit the ground running with the series premieres of Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild and Drop The Mic, and we never looked back," said Michael Bloom, senior vice president of unscripted and specials for TBS and TNT. "And Season 2 is going to be filled with next-level celebrity beef under the guidance of Method and Hailey, and much, much higher stakes courtesy of some extra Snoop-a-fied gaming led by the Dogg himself."

Snoop Dogg, who counted The Joker's Wild as his favorite game show growing up, hosts the TBS version, Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild, set in his very own casino that includes an oversized slot machine, giant dice and playing cards. Snoop-a-fied questions and pop culture knowledge rule the floor with all the action controlled by the one and only Snoop D-O Double G. Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild is produced by Sony Pictures Television, in association with Turner's Studio T. Snoop Dogg serves as executive producer, along with two-time Emmy(R) winner, Super Bowl Champion and Good Morning, America co-host Michael Strahan. Also executive-producing are Vincent Rubino, Constance Schwartz-Morini for SMAC Entertainment and Ted Chung for Merry Jane.

Drop the Mic is based on the enormously popular segment from the Emmy(R) winning and viral hit The Late Late Show with James Corden. The TBS series is hosted by Method Man and Hailey Baldwin and pits celebrities from the worlds of entertainment, music, sports and pop culture to face off against each other in a rap battle royale packed with lyrically creative genius and "I can't believe they just said that" moments. At the end of each head-to-head battle, the studio audience votes to determine the winner. Drop the Mic is produced by CBS Television Studios and Fulwell 73 Productions. James Corden, Ben Winston and Jensen Karp serve as executive producers, with Joanna Gallagher as co-executive producer.

Both series will return in the Spring of 2018.

The Futon Critic
Broadway World
The Hollywood Reporter
Variety

posted 1/11/18

TruTV Pays Off
Quiz Show to Launch Summer, Offer Paying Your Student Loans
From the Futon Critic

On the heels of a breakout year in 2017, truTV today announced 2018 greenlights, premiere dates and guest stars ahead of the network's panel at the Television Critics Association Press Tour. Being paneled today at TCA, Bobcat Goldthwait's Misfits & Monsters will welcome a crop of talented guest stars to the prolific director's scripted comedic anthology series. Bringing viewers twisted, darkly witty satirical tales, each episode mashes up two distinct genres and features characters who are misfits, monsters, or both, but with unexpected and fantastical turns. Joining Bobcat on today's panel are guest stars Bridget Everett, Seth Green and Danny Pudi with additional guest stars included in the description below. The show premieres in summer 2018 and a first look is available at http://bit.ly/2mswtRN.

The network also announced the series greenlight of Paid Off with Michael Torpey, a half-hour comedy game show where contestants compete for the chance to have their student debt paid off. In addition, truTV has ordered to pilot Tacoma FD (wt), a half-hour scripted comedy from Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme, co-creators and stars of the cult classic film, Super Troopers.

Finally, truTV unveiled guest stars for returning series Talk Show the Game Show and premiere dates for Adam Ruins Everything and The Chris Gethard Show, which will return in spring 2018.

2017 marked the third full year since truTV's emergence as a comedy brand, and the network once again delivered on its promise to provide a wholly-original programming slate of premium comedic content with creators at the center. Driving this huge momentum and sustained ratings growth - truTV is one of only two networks with two consecutive years of growth in prime among adults 18-49 - is a mix of scripted, non-scripted and hybrid projects including: the breakout freshman series At Home with Amy Sedaris and I'm Sorry; one of cable's top 5 original comedies, Impractical Jokers; the inventive investigative comedy Adam Ruins Everything; and two series bringing the fun and spontaneity back into late-night, The Chris Gethard Show and Talk Show the Game Show, among others.

Below is a complete rundown of truTV's latest programming moves.

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Development:

Tacoma FD (wt)

Scripted Pilot Order

With their long-anticipated film Super Troopers 2 debuting this spring, co-creator and stars Kevin Heffernan and Steve Lemme are putting on new uniforms in Tacoma FD, a new half-hour comedy set in a firehouse in the wettest city in America. Light on blazes that need extinguishing, they are basically fire fighters who are always ready to fight fires... but in this wet city, they also have to fight their own boredom.

The series is co-created and executive produced by Heffernan and Lemme alongside David Miner and Greg Walter from 3 Arts Entertainment and Kyle Clark from Silverscreen Pictures.

New Series:

Paid Off with Michael Torpey

16-Episode New Series Greenlight Airing Summer 2018

The student loan crisis is ridiculous, so comedian Michael Torpey (Orange is the New Black) is solving it in the most ridiculous way possible, a comedy game show. Paid Off with Michael Torpey gives three lucky college grads - saddled with student debt - the chance to test the depth of their degrees with fun, fast paced trivia questions. In the end, one lucky winner will get the chance to have their student debt paid off.

The series is co-created by Torpey and Cowboy Bear Ninja, who also produces. Michael Melamedoff and Adrian Selkowitz serve as executive producers for Cowboy Bear Ninja alongside executive producers Torpey, Ethan Berlin and Leigh Hampton.

Returning Series:

Talk Show the Game Show

Back-to-Back Episodes Premiere Thursday, February 1 (10:30pm and 11:00pm ET/PT)

Comedian Guy Branum (The Mindy Project, Chelsea Lately) is back with 16 all-new first season episodes of his outrageous mashup comedy series Talk Show the Game Show. Based on Branum's popular live comedy show, the series is a boisterous combination of two beloved television formats that pits celebrities against each other to vie for the title of "Best Guest of the Night." Each week, guests square off, racking up points for the name drops, project plugs and political grandstanding that are the bread and butter of every talk show. The difference is that on this show it literally counts!

Also returning this year are the series' comedic panel of judges including Emmy(R) Award-winning writer and host of the popular podcast "My Favorite Murder," Karen Kilgariff, and author and journalist Casey Schreiner. The judges give the real-time reactions we all want during a talk show appearance: roasting mediocre guests and applauding what the best guests did right. Celebrity contestants and matchups featured in these new episodes include:

· Melissa Joan Hart; Caroline Rhea; Jared Logan
· Colin Quinn; Charles Barkley; Marissa Jaret Winokur
· Fortune Feimster; Reggie Bush; Nick Thune
· Cheryl Hines; Ron Funches; Michael Kosta
· Billy Eichner; David Koechner; Lauren Lapkus
· Tate Donovan; Kym Whitley; Cristela Alonzo
· Andy Richter; Sasheer Zamata; Nadia G
· Cynthia Bailey; Cole Escola; Andy Kindler
· Anders Holm; Lennon Parham, Seaton Smith
· Loni Love; Andy Bell; Nicole Sullivan
· Heather Dubrow; Tone Bell; Maribeth Monroe
· Wanda Sykes; Lauren Ash; Nico Santos
· Ileana Douglas; Arturo Castro; Alec Mapa
· Dave Holmes; Maria Thayer; Eliza Skinner
· Natasha Leggero; Cam'ron; Wilson Cruz
· Jill Kargman; Judah Friedlander; Joel Kim Booster

Following the two-episode premiere at 10:30pm on February 1, Talk Show the Game Show moves to its regularly scheduled 11:00pm timeslot beginning February 8.

The series is produced by Push It Productions with Wanda Sykes, Page Hurwitz, Anna Wenger and Branum serving as executive producers.

The Futon Critic
Splitsider
Deadline
Deadline

posted 1/11/18

WEDNESDAY: Midweek Split
Fox, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.690 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) edged out the demo pack with week two of "The X-Files" (3.893 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and "9-1-1" (5.487 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2).

NBC (6.342 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with originals from "The Blacklist" (6.118 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.066 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and "Chicago PD" (6.844 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

Next up was ABC (4.565 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and its lineup of "The Goldbergs" (6.005 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2), "Speechless" (4.442 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8), "Modern Family" (5.792 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1), "American Housewife" (4.562 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Match Game" (3.294 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.245 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up fresh installments of "The Amazing Race 30" (6.939 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "SEAL Team" (6.143 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12) and "Criminal Minds" (5.653 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

And finally, The CW (1.040 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night with its specials "The 3rd Annual Howie Mandel Stand-Up Gala" (1.178 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "Animal Crackers" (0.627 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.104m
- Iron Chef Showdown (SF/Food): 778k
- Iron Chef: Behind the Battle (SF/Food): 709k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/11/18


Entertainment Studios
"Funny You Should Ask"... for a Renewal
New Deal to Take Show Through 2021
From Deadline

What does one have to do to get a two-year renewal for their syndicated game show? Funny You Should Ask.

Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios today handed just such an order to its daily series hosted by Jon Kelley. The move will keep the show on the syndie airwaves until at least the 2020-21 season, which will be its fourth. By then, the series will have produced 520 episodes.

“Funny You Should Ask is growing rapidly in all key metrics,” Allen said. “This comedy game show is perfectly positioned for long-term success.”

Executive produced by Scott Satin, the half-hour Funny You Should Ask features a panel of professional stand-up comics who interact with contestants for cash and prizes. The stakes increase in every episode as the game progresses. The strip is cleared in 93% of the country including the top three markets: New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Deadline
PR Newswire
The Futon Critic

posted 1/11/18

More on "Lip Sync Battle Live"
Catch Special January 18 on Paramount!
From the Futon Critic

"Lip Sync Battle" has signed three of Hollywood's hottest superstars for its epic LIVE event.

Neil Patrick Harris, a 5-time Emmy(R) and Tony (R)Award winning actor; Taraji P. Henson, an Academy Award(R) nominated and Golden Globes(R) Award winning actress starring in Proud Mary (Sony Pictures) in theaters January 12; and Hailee Steinfeld, a Golden Globes (R) and Academy Award(R) nominated actress and a multi-platinum recording artist, will be featured participants in "LIP SYNC BATTLE LIVE: A MICHAEL JACKSON CELEBRATION."

The epic larger than life performances will showcase some of Michael Jackson's greatest hits.

The landmark television event celebrating the legendary entertainment icon, The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, will take place LIVE from the Dolby Theatre on Thursday, January 18 at 9:00pm.

"Michael Jackson's groundbreaking sound and style changed the course of music, videos and Live performance forevermore," said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer. "This line up of incredible superstar performers are inspired and ready to bring it LIVE on 1.18.18!"

This must-see special event will launch the Paramount Network (formerly Spike TV).

Additional participants will be announced shortly.

Fans will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite performance on Twitter using talent specific hashtags.

Paramount Network is partnering with "VH1 Save The Music" to award the winner a grant to a school in the market of their choice. This grant will fund new music programs and support the foundations dedication to helping kids, schools and communities realize their full potential through the power of making music.

The one-hour special, produced by Casey Patterson Entertainment and Matador Content, in consultation with The Estate of Michael Jackson, will feature larger-than-life performances LIVE from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. In addition, "LIP SYNC BATTLE LIVE: A MICHAEL JACKSON CELEBRATION" will feature a special performance by Michael Jackson ONE(TM) by Cirque du Soleil, the critically acclaimed show in permanent residence at the Michael Jackson Theater at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. The special is executive produced by Casey Patterson, Jay Peterson, James Sunderland, LL COOL J, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant, and 8 Million Plus Productions, and directed by Glenn Weiss, and all songs performed during the special are featured in Michael Jackson ONE(TM).

The sponsors for "LIP SYNC BATTLE LIVE: A MICHAEL JACKSON CELEBRATION" include Pepsi, SONIC(R) Drive-In and Volkswagen.

Season 4 kicks off on January 25 at 10pm ET/PT.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/10/18

SYNDIES: Week 15
Results for the Week Ending December 31
From TV Newscheck

Live with Kelly and Ryan came up big in the holiday session ending Dec. 31, scoring its best rating since Ryan Seacrest joined the program. Live unwrapped a new season high 2.6 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, surging 13% from the week before and tying usual leader Dr. Phil for first place in talk.

That was not an easy task, as no show has been able to tie Phil since the summer of 2016. Phil, which was the only talk show in the top 10 to include the very low-rated Christmas Day in its average, was in reruns all week and got penalized with massive preemptions from college bowl games, slipping 13% to a new season-low 2.6.

Elsewhere, Family Feud widened its margin over the game shows with a 3% boost to a 6.8, while Jeopardy was next at a 6.0, down 8%.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.8 +3%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.0 -8%
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9 -8%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 NC
5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.6* +20%

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 1/10/18


NBC
Game On for Season 2!
One Regular Episode in, and NBC Gives the Vote of Confidence
From the Futon Critic

Fresh off its stellar debut, NBC has ordered a 13-episode second season of its new hit alternative series "Ellen's Game of Games."

The announcement was made by Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment.

"I'm so excited to get to do another season because I'm not just the producer and host, I'm also a loyal viewer," said Ellen DeGeneres. "I hope this can continue to be a show that families can come together and enjoy watching as much as I enjoy hosting. I don't wanna say this next season is gonna be even messier, but I have invested heavily into a whipped cream company."

"Ellen's enthusiasm and energy is utterly infectious. It's been exciting to watch her antics supersized on a primetime stage," Telegdy said. "Audiences love spending time with her and we know she'll continue to raise the bar with even bigger games and more hilarity as the show continues to grow."

"Ellen is a comic genius and no one relates to their fans the way she does," said Mike Darnell, President, Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television. "With 'Ellen's Game of Games' she has yet another out-of-the-box hit and we are absolutely thrilled to start shooting our second season."

The Jan. 2 regular-slot premiere of "Ellen's Game of Games" averaged a 2.5 rating in adults 18-49 and 9.8 million viewers overall in "live plus three day" Nielsens, and then at 9 p.m., a second episode rose to a 2.7 in 18-49 and 9.9 million viewers overall, giving "Game of Games" the #1 and #2 ratings of the night in 18-49. The 8 p.m. "Game of Games" generated the highest in-season results for a regular-slot alternative series premiere since March 2016 in the "live plus same day" stream, as well as NBC's best in-season total-viewer performance in the time period with a non-"Voice" entertainment series in more than five years.

Last night, NBC (8.202 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was the demo champ thanks to new episodes of "Ellen's Game of Games" (7.978 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), "This Is Us" (9.700 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) and "Chicago Med" (6.928 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4).

Second place then went to CBS (11.058 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) with its trio of "NCIS" (14.155 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "Bull" (10.426 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.595 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

Next up was ABC (3.394 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and its mix of "The Middle" (5.391 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.626 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "Black-ish" (3.768 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), a repeat "Modern Family" (2.699 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" (2.441 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.277 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up originals from "Lethal Weapon" (4.233 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "LA to Vegas" (2.634 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "The Mick" (2.010 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

And finally, The CW (0.885 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) opted for repeats of "The Flash" (0.890 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.880 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.030m
- Chopped: Gold Medal Games (Food): 1.010m
- Drop the Mic (TBS): 994k
- The Challenge: Vendettas (MTV): 872k
- America's Next Top Model (SP/VH1): 856k
- Ink Master: Return of the Masters (SP/Spike): 786k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars (SF/MTV): 609k

The Futon Critic
TV Line
PopCulture
B&C
The Slanted
The Hollywood Reporter
Deadline
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/10/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Quiz Mommy"

  • Sarah Pribis hosted the million-user HQ game on Sunday (USA Today) while a UK-centric version launches with sub-host Sharon Carpenter presenting (Evening Standard)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Love Connection (Reality Wanted)
     

  • Why did Kelly Clarkson choose "The Voice" over "American Idol"? (Reality TV World)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Britain's Brightest Family (Digital Spy)
     

  • Austin Rogers doesn't want to be the quiz guy (Bedford + Bowery)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 12 fun facts about the Feud (Mental Floss)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with John Davidson (Broadway World)

posted 1/10/18


IMDB
GRETA THYSSEN: 1927-2018
1950s, 1960s Sex Bomb Was Jan Murray's "Pirate Girl" on "Treasure Hunt"
From
the Hollywood Reporter

Greta Thyssen, the Danish beauty who doubled for Marilyn Monroe, dated Cary Grant and starred opposite The Three Stooges, has died. She was 90.

Thyssen died Saturday night at her Manhattan apartment after a bout with pneumonia, her daughter, Genevieve Guenther, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Thyssen also starred in several "B" movies, including the horror pic Terror Is a Man (1959), a loose adaptation of H.G. Wells' The Island of Dr. Moreau. On a mystery island (it was filmed in the Philippines), the actress played the wife of a scientist (Francis Lederer) "tormented by unsatisfied desire, desperate to escape a loneliness and her fear," according to the film's trailer.

Unfortunately, Thyssen's character has more pressing issues to worry about, namely her husband's creation — a half-man, half-panther beast.

The movie incorporated a "warning bell" gimmick that would alert moviegoers when a particularly horrific sequence was about to take place so that they could hide their eyes. It would ring a second time when it was safe to look again.

Four of Thyssen's other best-known performances came in the Joseph Kane noir Accused of Murder (1956); The Beast of Budapest (1958); Three Blondes in His Life (1961), opposite Jock Mahoney; and as an enticing pin-up beauty on Uranus in Journey to the Seventh Planet (1962), shot in her native Denmark.

"She was always cagey about her acting career and its trajectory. My mother was a very clever woman and extremely well read. If she had been born in a different era, I think she could have been a lawyer or professor," Guenther said. "I think that she always felt a little bit embarrassed about the movie persona that she adopted as this kind of voluptuous, glamorous Danish pastry with nothing between her head except silk and feathers."

Born in Hareskovby, Denmark, Thyssen was named Miss Denmark in the early 1950s. She soon left Europe, via Paris, for Hollywood.

With measurements of 39-24-36 or 40-21-35 — depending on which men's magazine one came across — Thyssen was just right as a body double for Monroe during the filming of the romantic comedy Bus Stop (1956).

She then was seen as the "Pirate Girl" on the first three seasons (1956-58) of the game show Treasure Hunt, created by host Jan Murray.

The Hollywood Reporter
Inquisitr

posted 1/9/18

MONDAY: That Pesky Sexy Bachelor...
... is Beaten by a "Good Doctor" on the Same Network. ABC Wins the Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.410 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was still the top draw on Monday with new episodes of "The Bachelor" (5.506 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) and "The Good Doctor" (8.218 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1).

CBS (5.103 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the number two network despite an all-repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.685 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2), "Kevin Can Wait" (5.485 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Young Sheldon" (5.908 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Superior Donuts" (4.435 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "SWAT" (3.551 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Next up was NBC (4.033 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with "The Wall" (5.042 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6), "Better Late Than Never" (4.094 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and the return of "The Brave" (2.963 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.741 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up repeats of "Lucifer" (2.057 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "The Gifted" (1.425 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12).

And finally, second runs of "Supergirl" (1.053 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and "Arrow" (0.832 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) on The CW (0.942 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.232m
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.048m

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/9/18

Buzzr in 2018
"Supermarket Sweep" Next Week, "Celebrity Name Game" Next Month
From Broadway World

BUZZR is heading into the New Year giving game show fans across the country even more reason to celebrate. While the holiday shopping frenzy may be over, the network will have you GOING WILD in the aisles when Supermarket Sweep premieres on Monday, January 15th at 8:30 PM ET/5:30 PM PT; with a second airing at 11:30 PM ET/8:30 PM PT. The party continues later in the year when for the first time BUZZR begins airing the fan favorite, Celebrity Name Game, with host Craig Ferguson. CELEBRITY NAME GAME will premiere on Friday, February 9th at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT, with a second airing at 11:00 PM ET/8:00 PM PT.

"We wanted to kick 2018 off in a big way by further expanding BUZZR's retro game show line-up," said Ron Garfield, executive vice president and general manager of BUZZR. "With the addition of both Supermarket Sweep and Celebrity Name Game, BUZZR will undoubtedly continue to broaden its fanbase in the New Year. The network has truly become the most comprehensive place for game show enthusiasts to experience the very best iconic content within this genre of entertainment."

Broadway World

posted 1/9/18

A Kinder, Gentler "Idol"
Look for More Humor, Less Exploitation in the Audition Rounds.
From AOL

What almost seemed like a hallucination in 2017 is now a fast-approaching reality. American Idol, the most popular show on television for a large chunk of this still-young century, is returning to the airwaves on March 11 on ABC two years after it was canceled by Fox. And, per producers and stars, it's not changing (with one small caveat).

ABC trotted out the cast of its revived Idol for the first time on Monday (Jan. 8) at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, posting up Ryan Seacrest and company for reporters — many of whom expressed skepticism about the timing of the reboot. Seacrest seemed to share their concerns. The returning host offered up his thoughts on why the last few seasons of the Fox version didn't produce any breakout talent and why that's such a priority this time around.

"What was important to me [about the reboot] was that there were going to be stars on the show that were going to come on to collaborate and take this seriously and give the franchise what it deserves," he told one TV critic. "The legacy of this franchise is important to me and to its fans."

The question of finding breakout talent, the way Idol did for so many years, was a more dominant thread in the conversation than ones about ratings and singing-show fatigue. Katy Perry, the show's $25 million marquee judge, referred to it as her top priority.

"Literally, we are wasting our time if we are not finding another star," said Perry. "I take it very seriously, sometimes to my detriment."

"That makes us work harder as a judging panel," added Luke Bryan, when no one onstage could immediately name an American Idol winner from its last few seasons on Fox. "Because there are a few years where you don't remember those contestants, we don't want it to go that way. We want it to go right back to what it was known for."

One thing Idol was known for was its mocking of bad singers during the early audition rounds, an aspect famously rebuked by NBC's The Voice when it premiered in 2011 and ultimately stole Idol's thunder. Showrunner Trish Kinane said that would no longer be the case, though she was also quick to note the original version of the show had leaned away from that in its later years.

"It doesn't feel comfortable to put borderline unstable people up on stage and laugh at them," said Kinane. To her point, reality television has largely evolved past the kind of personality profiteering and audiences are savvier about how people get on camera.

AOL
Reality TV World

posted 1/9/18


Pinterest
JERRY VAN DYKE: 1931-2018
Comedian/Actor Hosted "Picture This"
From
Malvern Daily Record

Jerry Van Dyke, the younger brother of Dick Van Dyke who struggled for decades to achieve his own stardom before clicking as the dim-witted sidekick in television's "Coach," died Friday in Arkansas, according to his manager. He was 86.

John Castonia said Van Dyke died at his ranch in Hot Spring County. His wife, Shirley Ann Jones, was by his side. No cause was immediately known.

Van Dyke had an affable, goofy appeal, but he spent much of his career toiling in failed sitcoms and in the shadow of his older brother, even playing the star's brother in "The Dick Van Dyke Show."

Until "Coach" came along in 1989, Van Dyke was best known to critics as the guy who had starred in one of television's more improbable sitcoms, 1965's "My Mother the Car." Its premise: A small-town lawyer talks to his deceased mother (voiced by actress Ann Sothern), who speaks from the radio of an antique automobile.

Other bombs included 1967's "Accidental Family," in which he was a nightclub comedian, 1970's "The Headmaster," in which he was a gym teacher and 1963's "Picture This," a game show that lasted only three months. He also joined "The Judy Garland Show" in 1963, to provide comic relief, but was fired at the end of the season.

"The show's writers wrote awful, awful, awful stuff," he recalled in a 1994 interview with The Associated Press, "and I was forced to do it. For instance, I had to come out and say to Judy Garland, 'What's a nice little old lady like you doing on television?'" He added: "And that was just the first week!"

In "Coach," he finally made it, playing assistant coach Luther Van Dam, comic foil to Craig T. Nelson's coach Hayden Fox. The two headed up a hapless Minnesota college football team, its follies aired from 1989 to 1997, and Van Dyke was nominated four times for an Emmy.

"I never knew what success was like, or having a hit series, or even doing something GOOD," Van Dyke told the AP. "Finally I got a job that I enjoy doing, that's not hard to do — and I get paid a lot of money."

Nelson, his co-star on the show, paid homage to his former onscreen partner Saturday: "I am incredibly sad to hear of Jerry's passing. He was such a brilliant comedian and we had a great time working together on 'Coach.' It is just devastating news."

Dawn Wells, an actress who starred with Van Dyke on an episode of "Fantasy Island," called him in a statement "one of Hollywood's funniest, kindest and personable comedians. He was a joy to work with. He will be missed."

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posted 1/8/18


Sony Pictures TV
Far from Gonged
ABC Renews "The Gong Show", Reveals Worst Kept Secret EVER
From the Futon Critic

ABC has announced that it won't be gonging its popular summer series "The Gong Show" and has renewed it for a second season. Celebrated film and television actor/comedian Mike Myers has finally confirmed the rumor that he is, indeed, the show's host - British comedic legend Tommy Maitland.

"Being the host of 'The Gong Show' is a blast! Pure fun," said Myers. "It is with great delight that I can finally admit that there is indeed a Tommy Maitland, and that I portray him."

"The Gong Show," which is executive produced by actor/comedian Will Arnett, will go into production later this year, and an airdate will be announced at a future date.

"I was just as surprised as the next guy when I heard 'The Gong Show''s host, Tommy Maitland, was a character portrayed by the insanely talented Mike Myers," Arnett revealed. "Despite this shocking news, I'm in total awe of the man, and we are so fortunate to have him as our brilliant host."

Last summer, the iconic and irreverent talent show competition made its way into the 21st century with a bang, celebrating unusually talented and unique performers on a primetime stage for 10 episodes. A revolving panel of judges featuring Hollywood's biggest stars, often including Will Arnett, praised, critiqued and gonged contestants in this revival of one of TV's all-time great variety shows. Most performers went home with their unique talent that only a mother can love, but the winning act with the highest judges' score received "The Gong Show" trophy and a check.

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posted 1/8/18


ABC
MIDSEASON: ABC
Dates for "Dancing: All-Athletes", "Idol", "Bachelor Winter Games"
From the Futon Critic

The ABC Television Network has announced midseason premiere dates for the new dramas "The Crossing," "Deception," "For The People" and the "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff, as well as new comedies "Alex, Inc." and "Splitting Up Together." Additionally, "American Idol" will air Sundays and Mondays, beginning March 11. Dates have also been set for the premiere of "Dancing with the Stars" All-Athletes Edition and the return of "Quantico."

The "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff joins the TGIT lineup with a special two-hour premiere Thursday, March 22 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), before assuming its regular timeslot Thursday, March 29 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT). The final four episodes of "Scandal" will air at 10 p.m., Thursdays, beginning March 29. The series finale airs April 19.

As previously announced, "Roseanne" kicks off with a special one-hour premiere on Tuesday, March 27 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT). Its regular timeslot will be 8:00-8:30 p.m., Tuesdays, beginning April 3, followed by "The Middle" at its new time (8:30-9:00 p.m. EDT).

The season finale episodes of "Fresh Off the Boat" and "Speechless" will air March 20 and March 21, respectively.

Below are ABC's midseason premiere dates (all times listed are EDT):

SUNDAY, MARCH 11
8:00-10:00 p.m. "American Idol"
10:00-11:00 p.m. "Deception"

MONDAY, MARCH 12
8:00-10:00 p.m. "American Idol"

TUESDAY, MARCH 13
10:00-11:00 p.m. "For The People"

THURSDAY, MARCH 22
9:00-11:00 p.m. "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff (two-hour premiere)

TUESDAY, MARCH 27
8:00-9:00 p.m. "Roseanne" (one-hour premiere)
9:30-10:00 p.m. "Splitting Up Together"

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 28
8:30-9:00 p.m. "Alex, Inc."

THURSDAY, MARCH 29
9:00-10:00 p.m. "Grey's Anatomy" spinoff (time-period premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. "Scandal" (new time)

MONDAY, APRIL 2
10:00-11:00 p.m. "The Crossing"

TUESDAY, APRIL 3
8:00-8:30 p.m. "Roseanne" (time-period premiere)
8:30-9:00 p.m. "The Middle" (new time)

THURSDAY, APRIL 26
10:00-11:00 p.m. "Quantico" (Season 3 premiere)

MONDAY, APRIL 30
8:00-10:00 p.m. "Dancing with the Stars" All-Athletes Edition

"American Idol"

The iconic series that revolutionized the television landscape by pioneering the music competition genre returns to airwaves at its new home on ABC. Helping to determine who America will ultimately vote for to become the next singing sensation are music industry forces and superstar judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Emmy(R) Award-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest will return as host of the beloved series. "American Idol" is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group. Executive producers include FremantleMedia North America's Trish Kinane and Jennifer Mullin along with co-executive producer, Megan Wolflick. FremantleMedia International distributes the series worldwide.

Facebook: @americanidol Instagram: @AmericanIdol Twitter: @AmericanIdol Hashtag: #americanidol

"The Bachelor Winter Games"

Is love the universal language? Find out as 14 international bachelors and bachelorettes from such countries as Switzerland, Japan and Australia compete and, hopefully, find love with 12 of America's Bachelor Nation favorites. These singles will go head-to-head in winter-themed challenges, including the toughest sport of all - love. Chris Harrison hosts this highly anticipated, four-episode series, complete with the usual dose of tears, drama, romance and laughter, as "The Bachelor Winter Games," a global celebration of unity and love, premieres on TUESDAY, FEB. 13 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

The series will continue on Thursday, February 15; Tuesday, February 20, and will have its finale on Thursday, February 22. All episodes will air 8:00-10:01 p.m. EST.

For close to two decades, "The Bachelor," a pop culture phenomenon, has spawned international versions of the series. For the first time since its inception, 26 of the most eligible singles from around the world gather at the luxurious Vermont winter resort of The Hermitage Club.

"Dancing with the Stars" All-Athletes Edition

ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" sets its sights on the sports world when it returns with a special all-athletes edition. Ten athletes from all corners of the sports world will be teamed up with the show's professional dancers and compete on the ballroom floor for a chance to win the coveted Mirrorball trophy. Hosted by two-time Emmy-winning host Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, the special all-athletes edition of "Dancing with the Stars" will air live. The athletes will perform choreographed dance routines that are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts, as well as viewer votes. "Dancing with the Stars" is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Ashley Edens-Shaffer and Joe Sungkur are executive producers.

Facebook: @dancingwiththestars Twitter: @DancingABC Instagram: @DancingABC Hashtag: #DWTS

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posted 1/8/18


NBC
MIDSEASON: NBC
"Genius Junior" Gets a Date
From The Futon Critic

"Little Big Shots" will kick off its third season with a special two-hour premiere on Sunday, March 18 at 7:00/6:00c followed by the launch of "Genius Junior" at 9:00/8:00c.

"Shots" will then assume its regular 8:00/7:00c time period on Sunday, March 25. The Peacock has yet to reveal the 10:00/9:00c occupant.

No stranger to young geniuses, Neil Patrick Harris hosts an exciting new game show that celebrates the smartest kids in America. These talented "genius juniors" will team up in threes to take on mind-blowing tests of logic, math, memory, spelling and more. Through escalating rounds leading to semifinals and a big finale, they will be tested in each area of the brain, culminating in an ultimate challenge to be crowned the smartest and brightest. The winning team will take home a life-changing prize - setting the stage for a big, bright future ahead.

Neil Patrick Harris, Pam Healey, John Hesling, Phil Parsons and Ed Egan executive produce. "Genius Junior" is produced by Shed Media in association with Prediction Productions.

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LA West Media

posted 1/8/18

WEEKEND: Kids Rule
"Child Support" Helps ABC; CBS Wins Friday
From The Futon Critic

CBS (9.212 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) edged out the competition on Friday with the return of "MacGyver" (7.864 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.896 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and "Blue Bloods" (9.878 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2).

NBC (4.488 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) then was the silver draw with its primetime coverage of the "U.S. Figure Skating Championships" (4.488 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Next up was ABC (3.680 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) with the launch of "Child Support" (4.394 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) alongside "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.477 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8) and "20/20" (4.168 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.977 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) offered up a new "Hell's Kitchen" (3.415 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and an encore of "9-1-1" (2.538 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9).

And finally, the winter premiere of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.703 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.947 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10) closed out the night on The CW (0.825 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.052m
- Amazingness (MTV): 521k

FOX (12.652 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1) was the demo champ on Sunday with its mix of playoffs "NFL Overrun" (28.258 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.6, #1), "The OT" (28.108 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 8.5, #2), "The Simpsons" (9.057 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.4, #4), "Ghosted" (4.320 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6), "Family Guy" (3.466 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7) and "The Last Man on Earth" (2.723 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10).

The silver then went to NBC (14.456 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #2) with the "2018 Golden Globe Arrivals Special" (10.029 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5) and "The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards" (15.932 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.2, #3).

Next up was ABC (4.765 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.497 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13) followed by new episodes of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (6.044 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8), "Shark Tank" (4.677 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9) and another "Shark Tank" (3.843 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10).

And finally, CBS (6.873 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) closed out the night with its quartet of "60 Minutes" (7.794 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13), "Wisdom of the Crowd" (5.788 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #15), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.839 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12) and "Madam Secretary" (6.071 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #16).

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posted 1/8/18

THURSDAY: CBS Challenges "The Four"
CBS Wins Night, "Four" Holds Strong
From The Futon Critic

CBS (10.062 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was back on top last night thanks to the return of "The Big Bang Theory" (15.993 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1), "Young Sheldon" (14.672 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2), "Mom" (9.949 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "Life in Pieces" (7.409 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) and "SWAT" (6.174 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

FOX (3.733 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with the premiere of "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (3.654 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) followed by a second "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (3.812 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6).

Next up was NBC (4.360 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with the 2018 premieres of "Superstore" (3.924 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "The Good Place" (3.079 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12), "Will & Grace" (4.889 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Great News" (2.480 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) and "Chicago Fire" (5.894 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.395 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up repeats of "The Middle" (3.586 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and "American Housewife" (2.771 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) alongside the special "Truth and Lies: Waco" (5.003 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

And finally, repeats of "Supernatural" (1.031 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) and "Arrow" (0.699 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) on The CW (0.864 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.052m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.048m
- Top Chef (Bravo): 957k
- Project Runway All-Stars (SP/Lifetime): 858k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 452k

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posted 1/8/18

WEDNESDAY: The Race, Match Are Back
Fox, NBC Split Night
From The Futon Critic

FOX (5.999 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) took home top demo honors on Wednesday with the return of "The X-Files" (5.190 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5) alongside the debut of "9-1-1" (6.809 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1).

NBC (6.358 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with the 2018 debuts of "The Blacklist" (6.006 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.287 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5) and "Chicago PD" (6.781 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7).

Next up was ABC (4.662 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) with originals from "The Goldbergs" (5.843 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "Speechless" (4.333 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9), "Modern Family" (5.896 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and "American Housewife" (4.774 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7) plus the return of "Match Game" (3.563 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11). At 10:00 p.m., ABC's season premiere of "Match Game" shot up over its last telecast in May (on 5/14/17) by 38% in Total Viewers (3.6 million vs. 2.6 million) and by 50% in Adults 18-49 (0.9/4 vs. 0.6/2), topping its last 6 originals for its best numbers since February - since 2/22/17. "Match Game" tied CBS' "Criminal Minds" for No. 2 in the hour with Adults 18-49.

Meanwhile, CBS (6.186 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up the opener to "The Amazing Race 30" (7.311 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) alongside originals from "SEAL Team" (5.867 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11) and "Criminal Minds" (5.380 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "Riverdale" (0.785 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "Dynasty" (0.485 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15) on The CW (0.635 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.055m
- Iron Chef Showdown (Food): 767k
- Iron Chef: Behind the Battle (Food): 714k

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posted 1/5/18

TUESDAY: "Game" On for 2018
"Ellen's Game of Games" Helps NBC Draw a Demo Win, CBS Takes Top Viewers
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.177 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) got a big demo boost on Tuesday with the formal premiere of "Ellen's Game of Games" (8.763 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), a second "Ellen's Game of Games" (8.857 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and the return of "Chicago Med" (6.910 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3).

CBS (11.287 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with originals from "NCIS" (13.924 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3), "Bull" (10.988 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.949 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11).

Next up was ABC (3.838 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and its 2018 debuts of "The Middle" (6.284 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3), "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.221 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and "Black-ish" (4.025 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) plus a repeat "Modern Family" (3.235 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12) and a new "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" (2.632 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.803 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) served up the premiere of "LA to Vegas" (3.750 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) bookended by new episodes from "Lethal Weapon" (4.588 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and "The Mick" (2.288 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (0.818 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.685 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15) on The CW (0.751 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.166m
- Chopped Gold Medal Games (P/Food): 973k
- The Challenge: Vendettas (SP/MTV): 888k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars (MTV): 689k

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posted 1/5/18

MONDAY: "Bachelor" Wins... with a But
CBS Wins Total on First Monday of 2018
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.030 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) kicked off the new year on top with the return of "The Bachelor" (5.448 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and a repeat "The Good Doctor" (4.193 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Second place then went to CBS (5.340 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.592 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2), "Young Sheldon" (6.248 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), another "Young Sheldon" (5.990 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), yet another "Young Sheldon" (6.034 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "SEAL Team" (3.588 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

Next up was NBC (4.200 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) with new episodes of "The Wall" (4.324 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6), "Better Late Than Never" (4.195 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and a second "Better Late Than Never" (4.083 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.839 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up the return of "Lucifer" (3.144 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "The Gifted" (2.535 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

And finally, a repeat "Supergirl" (0.896 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and a new "Valor" (0.792 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) on The CW (0.844 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Kids Baking Champpionship (SP/Food): 1.232m
- Paradise Run (Nick): 938k

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posted 1/5/18

SYNDIES: Week 14
Results for the Week Ending December 24
From TV Newscheck

The traditionally slow week leading into Christmas made it extremely difficult for shows to gain ground. For example, the only Top 5 magazine to avoid any rating declines in the session ending Dec. 24 was Extra, which managed to hold steady week to week at its season high 1.3 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating.

Among court shows, the only program to outperform last year was syndication champion Judge Judy, which rose 6% annually, beating its nearest judicial competitor by almost 5 rating points despite dipping 1% week to week to a still first-place 7.0.

Judy was also the top-rated strip in all of syndication for the 18th time in the past 19 weeks.

After Judy, game show leader Family Feud was No. 2 overall, while slipping 4% to a 6.6.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.6 -4%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.5 NC
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.4 +2%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 NC
5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

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posted 1/4/18

Jennifer Hudson Returns to "The Voice UK"
Coach Joins Olly Murs, will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones
From Broadway World

The search for a new vocal superstar begins as THE VOICE UK launches on ITV Choice within 24 hours of the UK premiere. Pop sensation Olly Murs joins global music legends Will.i.am, Jennifer Hudson and Sir Tom Jones as they embark on their quest to uncover the best vocal talent that Britain has to offer with this year's winner scooping £100,000 (US $135,554) and a life changing record contract.

Emma Willis presents the action as the blind auditions kick off and the acts hope they have what it takes to get the coaches to hit their buttons and turn their famous red chairs.

Olly Murs, on being a new coach says: "I'm absolutely buzzing about being a coach on THE VOICE UK and can't wait to sit in the big red chair alongside Will, Jennifer and Tom. I'm excited to mentor new artists and without doubt, I'm in it to WIN!"

Singer, songwriter, producer and entrepreneur will.i.am returns for his seventh series - the only coach to appear on THE VOICE UK since the very beginning.

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posted 1/4/18

Monopoly Becomes a Game Show. Again
Hasbro, Lucktastic Team for Game Show Experience in New York
From Business Insider

Lucktastic, a pure play, free app and entertainment destination that is reimagining winning experiences, rewards and discovery, together with Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ:HAS) announced an exciting, Lucktastic Live MONOPOLY-themed game show event will take place in the Madison Square Garden Plaza (33rd Street between 7th and 8th) on January 5th from 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM ET. The event will highlight the company’s collaboration with Hasbro while broadcasting a live and engaging MONOPOLY-themed experience to its Facebook Live audience.

“Roll out the red carpet and set up the velvet rope, this is going to be an amazing event with a lot of fanfare and excitement right in the center of Madison Square Garden Plaza,” said Alex Tarrand, VP of Marketing for Lucktastic. “Our collaboration with Hasbro’s MONOPOLY brand has given our players hours and hours of playtime in the app as well as cash prizes for dozens of winners to date, so we thought it would be fun to bring the game to the people. Come one and come all and play for a chance to win!”

On the day of the event, pedestrians in Madison Square Garden Plaza will have the opportunity to play a MONOPOLY-themed dice game for prizes including Lucktastic merchandise and gift cards. Players will also gain special access to an unlock code for five chances to win $100. Viewers of the Lucktastic Live event will be able to watch and interact with the hosts in real time and will also receive the unlock code for more chances to win $100 prizes.

“Whether fans play face-to-face, on mobile or online, there is a MONOPOLY experience to fit every lifestyle,” said Mark Blecher, Senior Vice President, Digital Gaming & Licensing, Hasbro. “We are excited to collaborate with Lucktastic on their interactive game show so that fans can connect with MONOPOLY in a fun, new way.”

Business Insider
PR Week

posted 1/4/18


Pro Wrestling Wiki
EMILY "MT. FIJI" DOLE: 1957-2018
One of the "Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling" Played on "Feud", "Card Sharks"
From
New York Daily News

Emily Dole, the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling star known best as Mt. Fiji, died Wednesday.

She was 60.

Dole, on of the biggest star's during GLOW's run from 1986 to 1992, never lost a match during her wrestling career, which included feuds with villains like Matilda the Hun and Big Bad Mama.

"Rip Emily Dole ! WE LOST OUR GLOW SISTER THIS MORNING. We are very sad that she passed away," Patricia Summerland, who went by Sunny the California Girl, tweeted.

"We are the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling. She was the CHAMP IN THE RING. Fly high Mountain Fiji."

She was also featured on the 1980s versions of "Card Sharks" (as the subject of a panel-of-10 question) and "Family Feud" (WCW vs. GLOW).

New York Daily News
TMZ
PopCulture
Uproxx

posted 1/4/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Wait! Wait!"

  • "Wait! Wait! Don't Tell Me" celebrates 20 years on NPR (The Ringer)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Child Support (Laughing Place)
     

  • Ellen DeGeneres has some fun with the latest word salad served to her from the family of the current President (TV Week)
     

  • THROWBACK THURSDAY: You ever wonder what happened to Joe Millionaire (Narrator: He's doing just fine) (Bustle)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alec Baldwin (People)

posted 1/3/18

Global Road Catches "Phrase"
Rights to ITV Classic Optioned for China, Americas
From Deadline

Global Road Entertainment has pacted with DRG for quiz show format, Catch Phrase. Under the deal, Global Road (formerly IM Global) has acquired an option for North and Latin America as well as China. Based on a property created by Pasetta Productions and Steven Radosh, Catch Phrase pits three contestants against each other, requiring them to identify well-known phrases and sayings contained in animated picture puzzles, in order to win big cash prizes.

It originally had a U.S. syndicated run in 1985-86 and has been a mainstay of ITV primetime in the UK for over 20 years. The recently re-booted version was renewed for a 6th cycle last month.

Global Road’s Phil Gurin calls it “a gem of a format. It is brilliantly simple, highly visual and has great play-along for the whole family.” Catch Phrase adds to the newly-rechristened Global Road’s development slate that also includes King Kong Skull Island; Cat’s Cradle; and I, Rebel as well as unscripted shows Oh Sit!, Grudge Match and Fittest Family.

Other producers to have licensed Catch Phrase include Shine in France, Endemol in Italy, Pernel Media for Switzerland and FremantleMedia for Australia. The UK version is produced by STV Productions.

Deadline
C21Media
Realscreen

posted 1/3/18

"Millionaire" Salutes Trivia
Win Prizes by Following Along on Social Media
From Broadway World

January 4 is National Trivia Day and iconic game show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" is celebrating in fitting style, with fans getting the chance to answer questions and win prizes all day long.

"Millionaire" will mark the occasion on the show's website and across all of the show's social platforms. On Jan. 4, fans can log onto Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to check out a special slate of questions. If they comment with the answer, using the hashtag #MillionaireSweepstakes, they'll be eligible to receive a $100 Visa ® gift card. Two winners will be selected by random drawing every two hours from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Broadway World

posted 1/3/18

There's More to the "Press Your Luck" Scandal?
GSN to Air New Documentary January 14
From Broadway World

Game Show Network, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today the premiere of its new documentary special, "COVER STORY: The Press Your Luck Scandal," premiering Sunday, January 14 at 7 pm ET. Additionally, the original scandalous Press Your Luck episodes featured in the special will air following the show at 8 and 8:30 pm ET.

The COVER STORY special will explore the story of Michael Larson, an air conditioning repairman from Ohio who cracked the game board algorithm and walked away with over $110,000 in cash and prizes. There was a one-in-six chance that each spin he took would erase his winnings, but Larson managed to evade the dreaded Whammy and accumulate the record breaking amount. Audiences went wild, but game show producers wanted to know how he did it. Had he cheated? Or did he simply outsmart the smartest minds in Hollywood?

"COVER STORY: The Press Your Luck Scandal" is produced by Game Show Enterprises, LLC for Game Show Network.

Broadway World

posted 1/3/18

Let's Make a Deal Ends 2017 a Winner
CBS Staple Sees Highest Ratings in Two Years
From Broadway World

LETS MAKE A DEAL 1 delivered 3.46 million viewers, and LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 delivered 4.02 million viewers for the week ending Dec. 29 - both episodes posting their best weekly live plus same day averages in almost two years (since the week ending Jan. 29, 2016 for LMAD1 and Jan. 22, 2016 for LMAD 2).

THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 averaged 5.37 million viewers, and THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 scored 6.30 million viewers - both show's best weekly averages in a full year (since the week ending Dec. 30, 2016).

Broadway World

posted 1/3/18

More on "Britain's Brightest Family"
Catch It on ITV January 10!
From the Bite

The Chase’s Governess, aka Anne Hegerty, has been given her own family quiz show by ITV, which puts families to the test.

The brand new quiz show will see a range of families from across the country battle it out in a bid to be named Britain’s Brightest Family.

It’s not only about answering questions, though, as the families will have to know each other pretty well if they’re to correctly guess what their nominated family member answered.

Anne explains what the show is all about: “It’s a knockout competition to find Britain’s brightest family. Sixteen families going up against each other to face challenges including word and number puzzles, problem-solving and general knowledge skills.

“Each team has been selected by its teenage captain, so it’s a chance for the whole family to show what they know, and how well they know each other.”

On making the move to ITV prime time, she says: “It’s a bit of a responsibility being the filling in a Coronation Street sandwich [in the ITV evening schedule]. But it’s lovely to be trusted with such an amazing opportunity.”

The new series begins on Wednesday January 10 from 8pm on ITV.

The Bite
Digital Spy

posted 1/3/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Saying Prayers in the Street Light"

  • VIDEO WALL: 16 famous game show fails (The Wrap)
     

  • Carrie Underwood comes clean about recovery from her really bad accident (CNN)
     

  • Coolio weighs in on "Gangstergate" before the story gets old (Narrator: The story had already gotten old) (Vibe)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Phil Moore (WBAL-AM Baltimore)

posted 1/3/18


Various Sources
Saying Goodbye in 2017
Remembering the Names & Faces of Those We Lost in the Last Year
From
GSNN

They were part of our TV history, part of our community of professionals and fans, and part of our lives. As we close the book on 2017 and prepare to begin anew in the coming year, let us always remember... They too walked among us.

- Chuck Barris, whose zany antics slaughtered all sorts of sacred bulls, from the institution of marriage, to work-life relationships, to the amateur vaudeville hours of yesteryear.. and made the genre all the better for it.

- Chris Bearde, who assisted with the above-named bull-slaughterer in the bull-slaughtering before striking out on his own with a seminal 80s classic that was the forebear to the current lip-sync battle craze.

- Keith Chegwin, the plucky Briton whose boyish looks and charm made him a fit and fixture that spanned generations of television fans.

- Barry Dennen, who gave voice to the Maze in the search for their Masters.

- Patti Deutsch - in a world of ditzy Match Game panelists, she was in a class all by herself.

- Danny Dias, a musical student who helped take "Road Rules" to the extreme before devoting himself and his star power to better our world.

- Dick Enberg, who is on the Mount Rushmore of great sports announcers - and found success marrying the two worlds of sport and game with "Sports Challenge". His "Battle" and "The Perfect Match" showed the world he was just as at home with the common man.

- Sir Bruce Forsyth, a legendary talent with a mischievous grin, a razor-sharp wit, and legions of fans on both sides of the Atlantic.

- Albert Freedman, whose actions in helping to rig "Twenty One" almost doomed the medium, only to see it rise stronger than ever.

- Paul "Paulie G" Giganti, who had a flair and a flavor that attracted one of the industry's most demanding palates.

- Monty Hall, who had a prize in his pocket, a twinkle in his eye, and a come-hither fast-talking demeanor that endeared an army of would-be dealers - and he used it all for causes near and dear to his heart.

- John Harlan, who was "that voice" in a world where voices were attached to personalities instead of the other way around.

- Merrill Heatter, a giant whose larger-than-life creations - most notably "Hollywood Squares", "High Rollers", and "Gambit" - live on to this very day.

- Sean Hughes, who played comic foil to the likes of Phill Jupitus and Mark Lamarr while talking up pop music on "Never Mind the Buzzcocks".

- Dan Kay, a lawyer whose "early mid-life crisis" took him to Earth's Last Eden to compete for the title of Sole Survivor.

- Betty Kennedy, a pioneering Canadian broadcaster who became a pioneering Canadian lawmaker.

- Mychael Knight, a designer who made it work as a Project Runway designer... and as a son, brother, friend, and uncle.

- Patricia Llewellyn, who gave an above-mentioned sophisticated palate a platform and turned him into the Scottish firebrand we know today.

- Ralphie May, who may not have been "Last Comic Standing", but he was one of the greats that we will remember.

- Ashley McNeely, who took a shot at love with an Internet superstar.

- Michael Nance, a musician who took a pick and turned it into his character on "The Bachelorette".

- Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, who... honestly, we can't name a single British reality competition she WASN'T on.

- Wendy Pepper, one of the earliest designers to play and slay "Project Runway", ultimately being the first to come in third.

- Jerry Perenchio, a daring executive who took the challenge of elevating Univision, and incorporated game shows into the fold in doing so.

- Pudsey, a border collie who won his forever family, then won a talent contest.... then won the hearts of millions.

- Dr. Brandon Rogers, the unlikeliest of individuals, a practicing doctor who sung on YouTube. He too won the hearts of millions before the unthinkable and untimely happened.

- Phillip Wayne Rossi, a visionary who put his stamp on a Bill Cullen classic and ended up turning it into a daytime mainstay.

- William G. Stewart, who took a nation from 15 to 1 with a combination of knowledge, speed, and strategy that continues forward.

- Jay Thomas, a diamond-in-the-rough actor who took a turn at broadcasting and found his niche.

- Celebrities including Richard Anderson, Shelley Berman, William Peter Blatty, Joseph Bologna, Glen Campbell, David Cassidy, Mike Connors, Bill Dana, Roy Dotrice, Miguel Ferrer, Neil Fingleton, June Foray, Stephen Furst, Dick Gautier, Robert Guillaume, Barbara Hale, Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, Hugh Hefner, Sir John Hurt, Al Jarreau, Anne Jeffreys, Martin Landau, Jerry Lewis, Rose Marie, Jared Martin, Heather Menzies-Urich, Dina Merrill, Mary Tyler Moore, Sir Roger Moore, Erin Moran, Charlie Murphy, Jim Nabors, Heather North, Della Reese, Don Rickles, Roger Smith, Mel Tillis, and Adam West - all of whom took time form their busy schedule to play the games we know and enjoy.

- And finally, we couldn't go without discussing our colleague and friend Jim Williams. His knowledge base of broadcasting is only rivaled by his infectious zest for life and his endearing spirit, which we all hope to carry with us in the years to come.

May they all rest in peace.

posted 1/2/18

Midseason Play
Here Are the Dates You Need to Remember
From various sources

We hope you enjoy this holiday week. We also want to remind you that as the ball drops to ring in 2018, it'll be time to get your DVR ready for game shows. Here are all the dates you need to remember.

JANUARY
- 1/1 - The Bachelor: Season 22 (ABC)
- 1/1 - Kids Baking Championship: Season 4 (Food)
- 1/1 - Paradise Run: Season 3B (Nick)
- 1/1 - The Wall: Season 2B (NBC)
- 1/2 - Airmageddon (US Premiere) (Universal Kids)
- 1/2 - The Challenge: Vendettas (MTV)
- 1/2 - Chopped Gold Medal Games (Food)
- 1/2 - Ellen's Game of Games (NBC)
- 1/3 - The Amazing Race: Season 30 (CBS)
- 1/3 - Match Game: Season 3 (ABC)
- 1/4 - The Four: Battle for Stardom (Fox)
- 1/4 - Project Runway All Stars: Season 6 (Lifetime)
- 1/5 - Child Support (ABC)
- 1/7 - Worst Cooks in America: Season 12 (Food)
- 1/8 - Just Like Mom and Dad (BYUtv)
- 1/9 - America's Next Top Model: Season 24 (VH1)
- 1/9 - Ink Master: Season 10 (Paramount)
- 1/9 - Trivial Takedown: Season 1B (Fuse)
- 1/11 - Making a Model with Yolanda Hadid (Lifetime)
- 1/12 - Lip Sync Battle Shorties (Nick)
- 1/18 - Black Card Revoked (BET)
- 1/18 - Lip Sync Battle: Season 4 (Paramount)
- 1/25 - RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars: Season 3 (VH1)

FEBRUARY
- 2/1 - Talk Show the Game Show: Season 2 (TruTV)
- 2/6 - Beat the Clock (Universal Kids)
- 2/7 - Celebrity Big Brother (CBS)
- 2/8 - Talk Show the Game Show: Season 2 (truTV)
- 2/26 - The Voice: Season 14 (NBC)
- 2/28 - Glam Masters (Lifetime)
- 2/28 - Survivor: Ghost Island (CBS)

MARCH
- 3/11 - American Idol (ABC)
- TBA: Ink Master: Angels (Paramount)

TV Line
Deadline
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

posted 1/2/18


Shutterstock
ROSE MARIE: 1923-2017
Star of Stage, Screen & "Squares"
From
Deadline

Actress Rose Marie, whose trademark hair bow is in the Smithsonian and who had a long career spanning TV, Broadway, films, nightclubs and as a Hollywood Square, has died. She was 94 and passed away in Van Nuys, CA.

She was best known for her role as comedy writer Sally Rogers on TV’s The Dick Van Dyke Show, trading barbs with the boys club in quick-witted fashion. After five seasons, she moved on to The Doris Day Show.

She later became an original member of the game show Hollywood Squares, working in all of its incarnations and with its various hosts.

She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in October, of 2001, later releasing a best-selling memoir, Hold the Roses, in 2006.

Born Rose Marie Mazzetta on Aug. 15, 1923, the same day when Broadway musical Rose-Marie opened, she started her career at age 3 by winning an amateur talent show as Baby Rose Marie.

She later segued to radio, becoming a popular guest star and eventually getting her own program on NBC. She also was a recording artist for Mercury Records. The popularity led her to a film career, where she appeared in some of the earliest talkies, including the 1929 short Baby Rose Marie the Child Wonder.

Marie appeared in several Paramount pictures, including International House and Big Broadcast of 1935.

In 1946, Rose Marie became a Las Vegas headliner, hired by Benjamin “Bugsy” Segal as one of the The Flamingo Hotel’s headliners, joining Jimmy Durante and Xavier Cugat.

But Broadway also beckoned, and she appeared in Top Banana with Phil Silvers and got a regular role in My Sister Eileen. One of her other career highlights was touring with Rosemary Clooney, Helen O’Connell & Margaret Whiting in the show 4 Girls 4.

Her life was later encapsulated in the film Wait For Your Laugh, directed by Jason Wise.

She is survived by daughter Georgiana Marie, aka Noopy, and her son-in-law Steven Rodrigues. Service announcements are pending.

Deadline
PopCulture
The Hollywood Reporter
Broadway World
Just Jared
WGHP Greensboro
Vanity Fair
Metro
International Business Times
Decider
Entertainment Weekly
CBC News
Time
The Guardian
The Globe and Mail

posted 1/2/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Saying Prayers in the Street Light"

  • VIDEO WALL: Apparently you have to be street to play Jeopardy! Do you agree with this call? (The Wrap)
     

  • Carrie Underwood's bad accident leaves her with "40 stitches". Feel better! (Reality TV World)
     

  • Arie Luyendyk insists he's nothing like Nick Viall. (Narrator: He was in all ways, shapes, and forms like Nick Viall) (Entertainment Tonight)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEWS: "Child Support" (ABC) (Pop Wrapped) and "The Price Is Right" (C4) (Digital Spy)

posted 1/2/18

THURSDAY: No Contests
CBS Wins with Comedy
From The Futon Critic

CBS (6.889 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) led the final Thursday of 2017 with its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.610 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2), "Young Sheldon" (8.535 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2), another "The Big Bang Theory" (8.323 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1), "Mom" (6.488 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and "SWAT" (4.690 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

The silver then went to ABC (3.603 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) with rebroadcasts of "To Tell the Truth" (3.963 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "The $100,000 Pyramid" (3.736 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Match Game" (3.108 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8).

Next up was FOX (1.501 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its telecast of "Apple Music's Can't Stop Won't Stop: A Bad Boy Story" (1.501 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.278 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up its mix of "Superstore" (2.776 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Will & Grace" (2.146 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), another "Will & Grace" (2.269 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), a new "Great News" (1.696 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Chicago Fire" (2.391 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, an encore of "iHeartRadio Music Festival, Night 1" (1.237 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) rounded out the night on The CW (1.237 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Top Chef (Bravo): 989k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 871k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 454k
- Divided (GSN): 354k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/28/17

SYNDIES: Week 13
Results for the Week Ending December 17
From TV Newscheck

After being known around the world as Access Hollywood for the past 21 years, the show changed its name to simply Access in the session ending Dec. 17, and immediately surged to its highest ratings in 41 weeks with more than 2 million daily viewers.

In fact, Access, which improved the most of any Top-5 magazine, surged 7% to a new season best 1.5 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and jumped into a tie with TMZ for third place behind Entertainment Tonight and Inside Edition in the slow pre-holiday frame.

Next in line, game show behemoth Family Feud rose 3% to a new season high 6.9 and trumped the gamers for the third straight week.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.9* +3%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.5 -2%
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.3 -3%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 NC
5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck
Mediapost

posted 12/28/17

WEDNESDAY: Should Wall'd Acquaintance Be Forgot...
NBC Wins Final Midweek of 2017
From The Futon Critic

NBC (4.782 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) led the final Wednesday of 2017 with a special "The Wall" (5.490 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) followed by a rebroadcast of "Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love" (4.429 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

FOX (2.779 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a close second with its annual telecast of the "Foster Farms Bowl" (2.779 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

Next up was ABC (2.850 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (3.532 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2), "Speechless" (2.693 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Modern Family" (2.935 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "American Housewife" (2.658 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Match Game" (2.643 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.668 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) likewise opted for repeats of "The Carol Burnett 50th Anniversary Special" (5.275 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "SEAL Team" (3.455 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

And finally, the special "EA Madden NFL 18 Challenge" (0.671 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.974 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) on The CW (0.822 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Iron Chef Showdown (Food): 949k
- Iron Chef: Behind the Battle (Food): 829k
- Divided (GSN): 364k

The Futon Critic
Variety
The Wrap
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/28/17

TUESDAY: Replay Value
NBC Wins Demo on Reruns of Game of Games
From The Futon Critic

NBC (4.309 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday with encores of "Ellen's Game of Games" (6.002 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1), "Better Late Than Never" (4.077 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and "Chicago Med" (2.848 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

CBS (6.502 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with a repeat "NCIS" (7.168 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) followed by "The 40th Annual Kennedy Center Honors" (6.169 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

Next up was ABC (3.002 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) with rebroadcasts of "Happy New Year, Charlie Brown" (4.080 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2), "Rudolph's Shiny New Year" (3.056 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" (1.869 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.994 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up repeats of "Lethal Weapon" (2.543 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7), "The Mick" (1.493 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and another "The Mick" (1.397 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (0.814 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.810 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) likewise rounded out the night for The CW (0.811 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (SF/TBS): 1.105m
- Chopped (Food): 1.011m
- Drop the Mic (TBS): 811k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars (SF/MTV): 529k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/28/17

ANW Puts "Ninja vs. Ninja"
More Info on Limited-Run Special Season This Spring
From the Futon Critic

Epic competition series American Ninja Warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja is bringing more heat to USA Network's spring line-up, pitting three-person athletic teams against one another on physically demanding, side-by-side obstacle courses that test endurance and speed. Hosted by comedian Matt Iseman and former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila, the show will feature even more challenging obstacles than ever before - incorporating human agility, meticulous skill, and a whole new strategy of racing.

For the 16-part season, fan-favorite competitors from the primetime "American Ninja Warrior" franchise will form 36 teams, each with two men and one woman, all competing to become the ultimate champions. In addition to hosts Iseman and Gbajabiamila, FOX Sports' Alex Curry will serve as sideline reporter, rounding out the talent commentators.

American ninja warrior: Ninja vs. Ninja is executive-produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions' founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed (Hell's Kitchen, The Dunk King, Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge), along with Brian Richardson as executive producer. The show is a spinoff of "American Ninja Warrior" which is based on the "Sasuke/Ninja Warrior" format from Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc., and airs on NBC.

The Futon Critic

posted 12/28/17

More on "Vendetta"
Catch It on MTV January 2
From Broadway World

The Challenge: Vendettas is going to get personal, just like the cast's Twitter beef. The 31st season of The Challenge will burn it down. Premiering Tuesday, January 2nd.

MTV's "The Challenge: Vendettas" premieres with a vengeance on Tuesday, January 2 at 9pm ET/PT. Twenty-eight players including stars from MTV UK's "Ex on the Beach" and "Geordie Shore" along with contestants from "Big Brother" will join "The Challenge" fan favorites as they travel to Spain to pursue their personal vendettas against one another. And this season, for the very first time, every player is out solely for themselves not their team. Only one winner will come out on top, competing to win the final prize that has the potential to exceed $500,000.

Broadway World

posted 12/28/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Hindsight Is 20/20"

  • If Emily Maynard knew then... what she knows now... she would not have had her daughter have ANYTHING to do with "The Bachelor" (People)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 formats to watch out for in 2018 (Deadline)
     

  • Iliza Shlesinger sued for banning men in her show (Broadway World)

posted 12/28/17

More Info on "Drag Race All Stars"
Catch It on VH1 January 25
From NASDAQ

After a three-time Emmy® Award-winning season of "RuPaul's Drag Race" left fans shook and grasping for their masks, fan-favorite queens from previous seasons will battle it out for their SECOND CHANCE at the crown on RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARS. The new season will return with an explosive 90-minute premiere on an all-new night, Thursday, January 25 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on VH1. Watch all-new promo: http://www.vh1.com/preview/9lncw9/rupauls-drag-race-all-stars

"The rumors are 100% true, baby," said executive producer and host RuPaul. "The 'All Stars' three debut delivers my most legendary queens, and they're fired up and ready to take over the mother-tucking world. #RealNews #FakeEyelashes."

The nine queens competing for the gold and title of "America's Next Drag Superstar" were previously announced in an hour-long televised pre-season episode, and include: Aja (season nine; from Brooklyn, NY), BenDeLaCreme (season six; from Seattle, WA), Chi Chi DeVayne (season eight; from Shreveport, LA), KENNEDY Davenport (season seven; from Dallas, TX), Milk (season six; from New York, NY), Morgan McMichaels (season two; from Los Angeles, CA), Shangela (seasons two & three; from Los Angeles, CA), Thorgy Thor (season eight; from Brooklyn, NY), and Trixie Mattel (season seven; from Los Angeles, CA).

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posted 12/27/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Cooking with Family"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "The Big Family Cooking Showdown" (Netflix) (Decider)
     

  • Eva Marcille gets a ring (Broadway World)
     

  • "The Chase": behind the scenes (Telly Mix)
     

  • Chrissy Teigen live-tweets after a stowaway forces her plane to do an about face (Reality TV World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Scott Rogowsky (Forward)

posted 12/27/17


Beach Metro
HEATHER MENZIES-URICH: 1949-2017
"Sound of Music" Actress Played "Tattletales"
From
Variety

Actress Heather Menzies-Urich, best known for portraying Louisa von Trapp in the 1965 film “The Sound of Music,” died Sunday night in Frankford, Ontario. She was 68.

Menzies-Urich, the widow of actor Robert Urich, had been recently diagnosed with cancer, according to her son Ryan Urich.

Urich said his mother died on Christmas Eve, surrounded by her children and family members.

“She was an actress, a ballerina and loved living her life to the fullest,” Urich said. “She was not in any pain but, nearly four weeks after her diagnosis of terminal brain cancer, she had enough and took her last breath on this earth at 7:22 pm.”

Born in Toronto, Menzies-Urich’s first screen credit came in the TV series “The Farmer’s Daughter” in 1964. She was then cast as the third-oldest of the seven von Trapp children in “The Sound of Music.” The film adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical was a box office smash that won five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Menzies-Urich was also featured with her husband on an episode of "Tattletales".

GSNN's Chico Alexander contributed to this report.

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posted 12/26/17


CBS Sports
DICK ENBERG: 1935-2017
Broadcasting Legend Hosted "Baffle", "Sports Challenge"
From
Newsday

Dick Enberg died Thursday at age 82, but oh my what a run he had as one of the most recognizable voices of sports in the late 20th century.

Enberg’s daughter, Nicole Enberg Vaz, confirmed the death to The Associated Press. She said there was concern when Enberg didn’t arrive on his flight to Boston on Thursday. She said he was found dead at his home near San Diego with his bags packed. According to The Associated Press, Enberg’s wife, Barbara, was already in Boston.

Vaz said the family believes Enberg died of a heart attack, but there was no official word.

“It’s very, very, very shocking,” Vaz, who lives in Boston, told The Associated Press. “He’d been busy with two podcasts and was full of energy.”

Over a six-decade career, Enberg brought a cheerful, Southern California-by-way-of-the-Midwest vibe to an array of major events across the world and across the television dial, including at NBC, CBS and ESPN, before retiring in 2016. His signature call was “Oh my!” when he covered events.

“All of us at CBS Sports are saddened to hear of the passing of our friend and colleague Dick Enberg,” CBS sports chairman Sean McManus said in a statement. “There will never be another Dick Enberg.

“As the voice of generations of fans, Dick was a masterful storyteller, a consummate professional and a true gentleman. He was one of the true legends of our business. His passion, energy and love for the game will surely be missed. Our deepest sympathies go out to Barbara and his entire family.

Enberg grew up in Michigan and attended Central Michigan University, then graduate school at the University of Indiana, where he first dabbled in sports broadcasting by calling the famed “Little 500” bicycle race as well as Indiana football and basketball.

In 1961, while still a grad student, he called the 1961 NCAA men’s basketball final between Cincinnati and Ohio State — a telecast not seen live outside of Ohio.

By the mid-1960s, he had moved to California, initially as an assistant professor of health science and baseball coach at Cal State-Northridge, then known as San Fernando Valley State.

It was in Los Angeles that he became a full-time sportscaster, calling everything from UCLA basketball to Los Angeles Rams football to California Angels baseball.

To borrow a phrase from his home run call, he touched ‘em all in his career.

One of his first big national events came in 1968, when he called the “Game of the Century” between Elvin Hayes’ Houston team and Lew Alcindor’s UCLA from the Astrodome, a key moment in college basketball’s evolution as a major attraction.

Enberg displayed his versatility by hosting game shows in the ‘70s that included “Sports Challenge,” “Baffle” and “Three for the Money,” and he made numerous appearances — in the flesh or with his voice — in movies, TV shows and commercials, as recently as the Fox program “Pitch” in 2016.

Enberg also wrote a one-man play called “McGuire,” a tribute to Al McGuire, his former NBC partner, who along with Billy Packer formed an iconic trio on NBC’s coverage of college basketball.

Among his numerous high-profile events were eight Super Bowls, the last after the 1997 season. In September of 1986, he worked the Jets’ 51-45 victory over the Dolphins, one of many memorable games he worked alongside partner Merlin Olsen at NBC.

Enberg joined NBC in 1975, but moved to CBS in 2000, where he continued to call NFL games, and was the lead announcer for U.S. Open tennis, a job he held until 2011, plus a guest appearance at the ’14 Open, CBS’ last before ESPN took over.

For that occasion he contributed an essay looking back at CBS’ history with the event.

“They’ve asked me to take 47 years and condense it into four or five minutes,” Enberg told Newsday then. “I enjoy writing, and that’ll be a nice challenge.”

He also called major tennis tournaments for ESPN.

Baseball always was his favorite, though, starting with attending his first major league game in Detroit, as a Tigers fan in 1947.

Throughout the 2010s, Enberg was the local play-by-play man for the San Diego Padres, a job he left after 2016, a retirement overshadowed by the simultaneous departure of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Vin Scully.

Enberg had a sense of humor about being obscured by Scully’s farewell. He was honored before the Padres’ final home game that season, including a video tribute from Scully himself.

“Now I’ve got to think of something brilliant to say,” Enberg said. “No one can be as elegant as Scully.”

But that was not Enberg’s thing. The homespun charm forged on a farm in Michigan miles from the nearest potential playmate his age never left him after all the years of California glitz.

Enberg won 13 Sports Emmy Awards and numerous other honors, including recognition by the football, baseball and basketball Halls of Fame.

He is survived by his second wife, Barbara, five children and three grandchildren.

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posted 12/22/17


IMDb
HEATHER NORTH: 1945-2017
Voice of Daphne Blake on "Scooby-Doo" Played "Hollywood Squares"
From
Entertainment Weekly

Heather North, most known for voicing the character of Daphne on Scooby-Doo, has died at the age of 71.

Following a long battle with illness, the actress died Nov. 30 at her home in Studio City, California, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Beginning in 1970 with the second season of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, North voiced Daphne Blake, one of the two female members of the teenage investigative team. Whether it was a new animated series or straight-to-video films, she’d portray the character on and off over the next 30-plus years. Her final credit was for 2003’s Scooby-Doo! and the Monster of Mexico.

North’s other credits including starring opposite Kurt Russell in the 1971 Disney film The Barefoot Executive, as well as guest appearances on Days of Our Lives, Green Acres, and The Fugitive.

As far as games are concerned, she was a panelist early on the original run of "The Hollywood Squares" in 1968.

Her husband of more than 40 years, H. Wesley Kenney, who served as a long-time producer on Days of Our Lives, died in 2015.

GSNN's Chico Alexander contributed to this report.

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posted 12/22/17

WEDNESDAY: GSN Gets Ridiculous
CBS Dominates with "Survivor" Finale
From The Futon Critich

CBS (8.263 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) cruised to victory on Wednesday thanks to the two-hour season finale of "Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers" (8.736 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) followed by the "Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers Reunion" (7.317 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2).

NBC (3.567 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the silver draw with repeats of "Will & Grace" (3.840 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and the feature "Pitch Perfect" (3.512 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3).

Next up was ABC (2.724 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (3.433 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Speechless" (2.801 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Modern Family" (3.010 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "American Housewife" (2.530 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8) and "Match Game" (2.286 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.855 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up second runs of "Empire" (2.132 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9) and "Star" (1.578 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

And finally, rebroadcasts of "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" (1.365 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "The Top 12 Greatest Christmas Movies of All Time" (1.056 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (1.211 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

As another out-of-the-box way to engage with members this holiday, Kmart has created the "Ridiculous Cash Bash," a game show that rewards contestants for their ability to live life to its fullest and who aren't afraid to show it. "Ridiculous Cash Bash" featured celebrity host Cooper Manning of Fox Sports' "The Manning Hour" and aired on Wednesday, December 20, at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on Game Show Network (GSN). Ratings for it and all the other cable offerings...

- Iron Chef: Behind the Battle (Food): 746k
- Iron Chef Showdown (Food): 668k
- Are You The One: Reunion (SF/MTV): 440k

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posted 12/22/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Happy Christmas to All"

  • Mary Berry, Mel & Sue reunite for Christmas (NewNowNext)
     

  • PHOTO WALL: what you missed in the Survivor finale (The Wrap)
     

  • SPOILER ALERT: It's Reality Steve... (Reality TV World)
     

  • "The Great American Baking Show" has a winner... (TV Line)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Paul Paquet (CBC News) and Rylan Clark-Neal (BT)

posted 12/22/17

SYNDIES: Week 12
Results for the Week Ending December 10
From TV NewsCheck

Talk shows, led by Dr. Phil, turned in amazingly strong performances in the session ended Dec. 10, despite significant preemptions in No. 2 market Los Angeles and other California cities for coverage of thousands of firefighters battling the devastating blazes during the week.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.7 NC
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.6 +3%
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.5* +3%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 NC
5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

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posted 12/21/17

More on "Worst Cooks'" New Season
Catch It on Food Network January 7
From Broadway World

Renowned chefs Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence return to whip a fresh crop of bumbling cooks into culinary shape in a new season of WORST COOKS IN AMERICA , premiering Sunday, January 7th at 9pm (all times ET/PT) on Food Network. In the ten-episode series that transforms kitchen disasters into skilled cooks, Anne and Tyler each lead a team of cooking-challenged recruits in an intense culinary boot camp designed to improve their food skills. In the end, only THE ONE contestant who makes the most impressive transformation wins a $25,000 grand prize and bragging rights for their team mentor.

"Kicking off the year with a new roster of Worst Cooks has become a Food Network tradition," said Courtney White, Senior Vice President, Programming, Scripps Networks Interactive. "Watching Anne and Tyler turn these kitchen misfits into confident cooks is a fun ride from start to finish."

The competitors are: Brandon Arroyo (Cleveland, Ohio); Steven Crowley (New York, New York); Kayrene Curtis (Rocky River, Ohio): Jonathan Farhat (Livermore, California); Lily Frey (Anaheim Hills, California); Asaf Goren (Los Angeles, California); Robyn Hayden (Charleston, South Carolina); Sylvia Jefferies (Charleston, South Carolina); Hazell Mckenzie (Brooklyn, New York); Priscilla Nguyen (Hattiesburg, Mississippi); Skyler and Spencer Nick (Wauconda, Illinois); Kevin Pettice (Charlotte, North Carolina); Shatima Ruffin (Yorktown, Virginia); Sharon Shvarzman (Staten Island, New York) and Lacey Stout (Owasso, Oklahoma).

In the season premiere, sixteen of the country's worst cooks enter boot camp with dreams of putting their kitchen nightmares behind them. Anne and Tyler need to see what they're dealing with, so they have the recruits make their signature dishes - and the results are worse than they could have imagined. For the first main dish challenge, the chefs teach the recruits how to make breakfast, the most important meal of the day. Then Anne and Tyler pick teams, and the two recruits with the least successful breakfast dishes are sent home. Upcoming episodes feature a fun fish market challenge, a round of food trivia game "Family Food," a sweet Valentine's Day challenge and the return of "Remote Control Chef." The season culminates on Sunday, March 11th at 9pm with the two most-improved recruits preparing a three-course, restaurant quality meal for judges Jordan Andino, Michael Chernow and Paulette Gato - and the creator of the best dish wins $25,000 and victory for their mentor.

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posted 12/21/17

Going Up
Discovery, Group Nine Greenlight "Cash Lift" - Cash Cab Spinoff
From Tubefilter

As New York City riders get back in the Cash Cab, a digital companion to the beloved trivia show will arrive on Facebook Watch and Discovery Go. According to Deadline, Discovery and Group Nine Media are teaming up for Cash Lift, a series that will give contestants the chance to earn cash over the course of an elevator ride.

Cash Lift will be hosted by comedians Alex Weber and Zainab Johnson, who will pepper unsuspecting hotel guests with trivia questions during elevator rides. Each correct answer will move the guests toward their intended floor, while a wrong response will send them all the way back down to the lobby.

With Cash Lift, Discovery and Group Nine are putting a digital spin on Cash Cab, a popular game show that aired on the Discovery TV channel between 2005 and 2012. In that series, host Ben Bailey surprised New York City taxi riders with in-car quizzes. A rebooted version, which was announced in March 2017, premiered on December 4.

Discovery and Group Nine have a close relationship; the latter company, which owns properties like NowThis, Thrillist, and The Dodo, launched thanks to a $100 million investment from the former. Discovery recently committed further funding to Group Nine, and the two partners have worked together on several content initiatives.

“After the success we had working with Group Nine Studios on Shark Week, we were excited to see what our next collaboration would be,” Discovery’s SVP of original content and social Fred Graver told Deadline. “I am thrilled that we were able to work together to create Cash Lift and have the chance to expand the popularity of Cash Cab on a new platform and introduce the series’ concept to a new generation of viewers.”

The first episode of Cash Lift arrived on December 18 on the show’s official Facebook page.

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posted 12/21/17

TUESDAY: The Voice Exits on Top
Finale Gives NBC Lift
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.849 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was of course the top draw on Tuesday thanks to the two-hour season finale of "The Voice" (10.845 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1). Leading off the night was a "The Voice Recap" (7.858 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

Second place then went to ABC (3.833 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) with its mix of "Olaf's Frozen Adventure" (4.251 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice" (3.379 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and "The Year: 2017" (3.842 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

Next up was CBS (4.675 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and its holiday mainstay "A Home for the Holidays with Josh Groban" (5.145 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) followed by repeats of "NCIS" (5.006 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8) and "Bull" (3.875 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.987 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) opted for repeats of "Lethal Weapon" (2.632 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "The Mick" (1.377 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas" (1.307 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, the feature "Big Game" (1.028 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) on The CW (1.028 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (TBS): 975k
- Chopped (Food): 885k
- Bushcraft Build-Off (Discovery): 813k
- Drop the Mic (TBS): 605k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars (MTV): 593k
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (SF/CMT): 335k

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posted 12/21/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "What's Up with Khloe & NBA Players?"

  • Khloe Kardashian is pregnant with another NBA player's baby (Reality TV World)
     

  • Emily Maynard is rooting for Arie... but won't watch his season. Can't say I blame her (People)
     

  • Howie Mandel to host third annual stand-up gala for CW (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Chris Tarrant needs a lifeline; he's popped for DWI (Digital Spy)
     

  • So how's Buzzy Cohen since his Jeopardy! run? (Jewish Journal)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Alex Trebek in his off hours (TV Overmind)
     

  • You ever wonder what Claudia Jordan is up to nowadays? (Gazette Review)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Daniella Monet (CBS New York/1010 WINS)

posted 12/21/17

Another Day, Another HQ Rip
QuizBiz Available on Google Play, App Store
From Tubefilter

Live.me is offering up its answer to one of the most popular apps of the current moment. The mobile live streaming platform has premiered Quiz Biz, a live game show that uses the same format as the trendy quiz app HQ.

The rules of Quiz Biz are simple: Each day, at 6 PM ET, viewers can attempt to answer 12 trivia questions in a row. Anyone who successfully navigates that intellectual gauntlet earns a portion of the day’s $1,000 prize, which is split evenly among all of the winners. Players are eliminated after their first incorrect answers, unless they are able to use Extra Chances, which are available to those who invite their friends to join the game.

The launch of Quiz Biz comes two months after the arrival of HQ, which has proven the live trivia niche to be a potent market. During recent broadcasts, HQ’s audience has soared into six-digit viewership, while hundreds of thousands of players vying for prizes that have risen as high as $10,000.

Live.me’s attempt to challenge HQ is well-timed. The latter app, according to recent reports, is struggling to raise capital due to the past behavior of its co-founder, Colin Kroll. Kroll, who launched HQ alongside fellow Vine co-founder Rus Yusupov, allegedly exhibited “creepy” behavior toward women during his time at Twitter. In addition, HQ is still not available on Android devices; Live.me, on the other hand, can be found on both the App Store and Google Play.

To build an audience for Quiz Biz, Live.me is tapping into the audience that already consumes the app’s mobile live streams. In its testing phase, the trivia show gained 20,000 followers, Live.me said.

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posted 12/20/17

Twitch Gets Its Game on With "Stream On"
Search for Next Aspiring Streamer Begins March
From the Hollywood Reporter

Twitch, the online streaming service best known for its video game live streaming, announced a new game show from its Twitch Studios designed to help content creators turn their passion for live-streaming into a career. The show, entitled Stream On, will premiere in March 2018.

The show is designed for creators who have made it to Twitch’s Partnership program, a 25,000-member group for streamers that have established an audience they engage with and who broadcast at least three times a week. Contestants will face challenges designed to test important streamer skills and will be evaluated by a panel of Twitch judges. Viewers in Twitch chat will also play a role in choosing who advances and who is eliminated at each stage of the friendly competition.

Stream On will take place across multiple channels as contestants compete throughout each week from their own home-streaming setups. A weekly recap and elimination show will take place from Twitch Studios.

The winner of the competition will be awarded a grand prize of $5,000 per month for one year to help take their streaming career to the next level.

In addition to Stream On, Twitch Studios produces shows such as a weekly community report, Twitch Weekly, and Ironsights, a mini-documentary about the arcade game Big Buck Hunter. The studio also offers hosting and interview workshops.

Submission information for Stream On is accessible on the Twitch submission page for Partners from the U.S., Canada, and U.K.

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posted 12/20/17


NBC Universal
MONDAY: "Game" On
"Ellen's Game of Games" Gets Ample Sampling out of "The Voice"
From 2 Paragraphs

Former stand-up comedian Ellen DeGeneres is known for her wildly popular daytime talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show where she talks to celebrities, plays planks and likes to dance. But now Ellen is moving into a prime-time slot — Tuesdays at 8pm, after The Voice Season 13 names its winner (on Tuesday December 19). Ellen is host and producer of the new prime-time game show Ellen’s Game of Games. A sneak peek at the one-hour show will air Monday, December 18 at 10pm on NBC, right after The Voice‘s Live Finale, Part 1.

NBC (9.725 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) took home top honors on Monday with a new "The Voice" (10.914 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) followed by a sneak preview of "Ellen's Game of Games" (7.350 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2).

ABC (4.798 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the number two draw with a new "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (4.759 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), the season finale of "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (4.487 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and the special "The Year In Memoriam 2017" (5.149 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Next up was CBS (5.277 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its 2017 finales for "Kevin Can Wait" (6.237 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "Man with a Plan" (5.519 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Superior Donuts" (5.007 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "9JKL" (4.268 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and "Scorpion" (5.316 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.613 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for repeats of "Lucifer" (1.870 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "The Gifted" (1.356 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.532 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with its specials "Popstar's Best of 2017" (0.629 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and "The Hollywood Walk of Fame Honors 2017" (0.436 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14).

The series premiere of Ellen’s Game of Games will air Tuesday, January 2 at 8pm on NBC.

On cable...
- Holiday Baking Championship (SF/Food): 1.651m
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (SF/Food): 1.008m

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posted 12/20/17

ABC in 2018
More on "Match Game", "Child Support"
From Broadway World

A couple of notes regarding the first week of January on ABC...

- Host Alec Baldwin has his skinny microphone in hand, the drinks are poured and six celebrity guests are ready to BLANK! on a brand-new season of "Match Game," premiering WEDNESDAY, JAN. 3 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on ABC, streaming and on demand. Produced by FremantleMedia North America, Golden Globe® and Emmy® Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin returns to host the third season of the bawdy and hilarious game show. "Match Game" features four contestants each week vying for the chance to win $25,000, as they attempt to match the answers of six celebrities in a game of fill-in-the-missing-blank.

Celebrity Panelists for Jan. 3:
Joel McHale ("A Futile & Stupid Gesture")
Niecy Nash ("Claws"; "Downsizing")
Mark Duplass ("Tully"; "Goliath")
Caroline Rhea ("A Very Sordid Wedding")
Jason Ritter (ABC's "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World")
Constance Zimmer ("UnREAL"; "House of Cards")

Joining the celebrity panelists are contestants Lori Davis (hometown: Sarasota, Florida), Marcus LaCour (hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio), Shetera Montgomery (hometown: Houston, Texas) and Juan Robson (hometown: Clayton, North Carolina).

- From Ricky Gervais and Hosted by Fred Savage. Monica of San Diego, California, and Martin of Orange County, California, will each try to answer 10 questions correctly in order to win the ultimate prize of $200,000. If they answer incorrectly, the contestants will have a chance to be saved by a group of kids being asked the same question by comedic mastermind Ricky Gervais, on the series premiere of "Child Support," FRIDAY, JAN. 5 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

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posted 12/19/17

More on "MasterChef Latino"
Catch It January 14 on Telemundo
From Broadway World

Telemundo announced that MasterChef Latino will feature 56 individuals who love cooking and will test their culinary skills during its grand premiere on Sunday, January 14 at 8 pm/7c, where only 14 of them will be selected to compete to become a professional chef and be crowned as the first MasterChef Latino of the nation. Hosted by Mexican TV star Aracely Arámbula, with a panel of judges featuring chefs Benito Molina, Claudia Sandoval and Ennio Carota, the prestigious culinary competition will search for the nation's best amateur/non-professional cook, who will receive a grand cash prize of $100,000 dollars.

MasterChef Latino is a culinary competition produced by Endemol Shine Boomdog, creators of MasterChef, the prestigious international brand that has become the number one cooking competition in the world that now comes for the first time to U.S. Hispanic television on Telemundo. This Spanish-language version brings the culture, the food, the flavors and the seasonings of Latin American countries with a diverse representation of participants who love cooking and who can create anything, from delicious Texan enchiladas and California fish tacos, to Puerto Rican mofongo, among others, but only one will be crowned the winner of MasterChef Latino crown and a grand cash prize of $100,000 dollars.

Broadway World

posted 12/19/17

More on "Lip Sync Battle Shorties"
Catch It January 12 on Nick
From the Futon Critic

Nickelodeon debuts the ultimate music showdown for kids with Lip Sync Battle Shorties, beginning Friday, Jan. 12, at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT). Hosted by multi-faceted entertainer Nick Cannon, along with show sidekick JoJo Siwa, the series features talented, real-life kids lip-syncing pop songs in celebration of their favorite musical artists. The series will air regularly on Fridays at 7:30p.m. (ET/PT). Click here for a sneak peek.

Contestants personalize their performances and make decisions on all creative elements, from song and costume selection, to choreography and staging. Each episode features the Shorties Dance Crew, a 10-person, in-house backup crew who has mastered all styles of dance from breakdancing to ballroom. With each episode concluding with a special celebrity appearance and final performance from all the kids, celebrity guest appearances include Olympic gold medalist Laurie Hernandez, Fall Out Boy's multi-platinum rock artist Pete Wentz, Echosmith's Sydney Sierota, and more.

"We had so much fun making Lip Sync Battle Shorties and can't wait for everyone to see what these incredibly talented kids came up with. It was really exciting to see these performances come straight from their imaginations onto the screen," said executive producer Casey Patterson.

The Futon Critic

posted 12/19/17

WEEKEND: Fox Shoots Its Eye Out
"Hell's Kitchen" a Winner, "Christmas Story"... Not So Much
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.682 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) edged out the competition on Friday with new episodes from "MacGyver" (6.908 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.468 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and a second "Hawaii Five-0" (7.672 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2).

NBC (4.218 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with originals from "Blindspot" (3.292 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6) and "Dateline NBC" (4.681 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2).

Next up was FOX (2.194 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a new "Hell's Kitchen" (3.065 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) followed by the season finale of "The Exorcist" (1.324 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.164 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up the fall finale of "Once Upon a Time" (2.342 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) alongside new episodes from "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (1.837 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "20/20" (2.315 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, "The 86th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade" (1.510 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) rounded out the night on The CW (1.510 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On Sunday, NBC (15.393 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.8, #1) was still the network to beat with its usual mix of "Football Night in America #1" (6.238 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (10.018 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.0, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (13.977 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.3, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (16.751 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.2, #2).

CBS (11.579 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then was the silver draw with its combination of "NFL Overrun" (27.974 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.9, #1), "60 Minutes" (15.004 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.8, #5), "Wisdom of the Crowd" (7.331 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.035 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9) and "Madam Secretary" (5.920 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

Next up was FOX (4.481 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) with its presentation of "A Christmas Story Live!" (4.481 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7).

And finally, ABC (4.538 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) rounded out the night with its annual telecast of "The Sound of Music" (4.538 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 963k
- Cash Cab - 10p (Discovery): 904k
- Cash Cab - 10:30p (Discovery): 772k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/19/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Sharkie Did a Bad Bad Thing"

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP: "Shark Tank" contestant popped for drug running (The Wrap)
     

  • SERIOUSLY... YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: The answer was right on his shirt (Digital Spy)
     

  • Remember Heidi Hamels from "Survivor"? Her slugger husband is joining her in giving back. (ESPN)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alan Carr (British Comedy Guide)

posted 12/18/17

GSN & Chris Harrison... Reunited and It Feels So Good
"Millionaire" Begins Off-Broadcast Run Today
From Broadway World

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today that it has licensed seasons 14 and 15 of iconic game show "WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE," with the show to air Monday through Friday at 3:00pm and 3:30pm ET beginning Monday, December 18. In addition, on Sunday, December 24, fans can catch a stacked marathon airing from 9:00am to 2:00pm ET.

Hosted by Chris Harrison, "MILLIONAIRE" features contestants from all over the country and from all walks of life. In the show's classic ladder format, contestants must answer 14 trivia questions correctly with the aid of three lifelines - Ask the Audience, Plus One and 50/50 - to win $1 million. Contestants also can win big as they navigate their way up the ladder, as the tension and difficulty build with each question along with the prize money. Since the show debuted in Syndication in 2002, contestants have won more than $95 million.

Broadway World

posted 12/18/17

I'm Dreaming of a (Betty) White Christmas
Buzzr Begins Marathon Today!
From Broadway World

It is time to fill up a cup of eggnog and pull out the peppermint bark and popcorn because BUZZR is back with year three of their marathon programming dedicated to the Queen of Game Shows, Betty White. Who is ready for another round of a Betty White Christmas?

BUZZR is the place to spend the holidays, as we celebrate our 3rd annual Betty White Christmas! Starting Monday, December 18th through Friday, December 22nd, catch 5 nights of Betty at her best, featuring her appearances on Password Plus, Super Password, Body Language, Tattletales, Match Game, and FAMILY FEUD from 8:00 - 11:00 PM ET, with repeat festivities from 11:00 - 2:00 AM ET. Then on Christmas Day, BUZZR's gift to you is an all-day Betty Marathon from 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM ET. What could be better than Betty!?

Broadway World

posted 12/18/17

2018: A Look Ahead
"Question Jury" On the Block for Syndication
From B&C

It’s been a slow start to the syndie selling season, with studios waiting to see what will happen with Sinclair Broadcast Group’s pending acquisition of Tribune Media and uncertainty in the marketplace over which shows are going and which are staying.

But all of that is about to change heading into the annual NATPE conference in Miami on Jan. 16-18.

“It makes going to NATPE a little more exciting because you have some unknown things coming,” one buyer said. “It’s a late-breaking market and there’s nothing overly flashy on offer.”

Last week, Debmar-Mercury cleared the first nationally syndicated show of the 2018-19 season, selling Caught in Providence to the Fox Television Stations. The show features 80-year-old Municipal Court judge Frank Caprio, who adjudicates cases live on YouTube from Providence, R.I.

Debmar-Mercury also is shopping a second show: Question Jury, which the company is bringing over from the U.K. and producing for U.S. audiences. The show is a hybrid between a stuck-in-a-house-together show, such as Big Brother, and a quiz show.

B&C
The Futon Critic

posted 12/18/17


Games Gone By: Twenty One (2000)
New Season... New Games!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

The "most controversial game show ever" line kind of loses its oomph when the show is over forty years old. But "Quiz Show" must've done SOMETHING to make NBC want to revive "Twenty-One". And while the show itself is pretty good, it's the payout structure that ruined this show. "Games Gone By..." presents Chris Wolvie talking about a show that wasn't ruined by existing...just by how few questions needed to be answered to hit the million-dollar mark.

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 12/18/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Baby on the Floor"

  • Kym Herjavec's dancing for three (Reality TV World)
     

  • HQ broke records last night... (MacRumors) .. but has hit a snag in funding thanks to its no-good very-bad founders' no-good very bad behavior (Recode)
     

  • Tonight, watch "The Chase" bloopers (Telly Mix)

posted 12/18/17

Disney to Buy 21st Century Fox
Deal Includes Film, TV Assets, but Not Broadcasting Assets
From TV Line

The Walt Disney Company has acquired 21st Century Fox in a deal valued at a staggering $52.4 billion. Word of the historic merger came bright and early on Thursday, leaving even those in the know with more questions than answers. Here are the key takeaways from the epic pact:

Will Disney, which already owns ABC, now own Fox, too?
No. The deal does not include the Fox broadcasting network — home to The Simpsons, Family Guy, The X-Files, etc. — or Fox News. Also not included in the deal are Fox Sports 1 or Fox Sports 2. These remaining assets will be spun-off by 21st Century Fox to form a new company.

Which networks did Disney acquire as part of the deal?
Disney’s purchase includes FX Networks (FX, FXX, FXM) and National Geographic channels (NatGeo, NatGeo Wild). Also included is Fox's stake in EndemolShine, producers of Big Brother, MasterChef, and Pointless.

Will Disney’s purchase of 21st Century Fox impact its plans to launch an OTT streaming service to compete with the likes of Netflix and Hulu?
As a matter of fact, Disney has been working on not one, but two distinct streaming services. The first, focused on sports, is expected to launch in 2018; the second entertainment-based streamer is on track for 2019. As part of the merger, Disney is acquiring a vast library of TV properties produced by 20th TV, including, but not limited to: This Is Us, American Horror Story, Empire, Modern Family, The Simpsons and Family Guy. Also part of the deal are shows produced by cable division Fox 21 Television Studios, such as Homeland and The Americans. While current streaming and syndication rights would need to be restructured, it’s not unfathomable that some of these properties (specifically, more family-friendly offerings like Modern Family) could wind up on Disney’s entertainment streaming service. This, of course, only entails back catalogs, and would not impact the home of new episodes.

Doesn’t Disney already own a stake in Hulu?
Yes, but the deal now gives Mickey majority control of the streamer, with a 60-percent stake in the company. Disney might attempt to buy out co-owners Comcast/NBC Universal and Time Warner, and consolidate all of their streaming efforts into expanding Hulu, but such a deal seems unlikely. In fact, Disney chief Bob Iger addressed this issue during a conference call on Thursday, indicating that Hulu would be used as the streaming home for acquisitions deemed as “adult-oriented product” from networks like FX.

The Disney-Fox deal is expected to close in 12-18 months.

TV Line
Uproxx
The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 12/14/17

"All Stars Drag Race" Moves to Thursdays
Catch It on VH1 January 25
From the Futon Critic

After a three-time Emmy(R) Award-winning season of "RuPaul's Drag Race" left fans shook and grasping for their masks, fan-favorite queens from previous seasons will battle it out for their second chance at the crown on "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars." The new season will return with an explosive 90-minute premiere on an all-new night, Thursday, January 25 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on VH1.

"The rumors are 100% true, baby," said executive producer and host RuPaul. "The 'All Stars' three debut delivers my most legendary queens, and they're fired up and ready to take over the mother-tucking world. #RealNews #FakeEyelashes."

The nine queens competing for the gold and title of "America's Next Drag Superstar" were previously announced in an hour-long televised pre-season episode, and include: Aja (season nine; from Brooklyn, NY), BenDeLaCreme (season six; from Seattle, WA), Chi Chi DeVayne (season eight; from Shreveport, LA), Kennedy Davenport (season seven; from Dallas, TX), Milk (season six; from New York, NY), Morgan McMichaels (season two; from Los Angeles, CA), Shangela (seasons two & three; from Los Angeles, CA), Thorgy Thor (season eight; from Brooklyn, NY), and Trixie Mattel (season seven; from Los Angeles, CA).

For more information on "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" and up-to-date news, go to http://www.vh1.com/shows/rupauls-drag-race-all-stars or to the "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" Facebook page.

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 12/14/17

WEDNESDAY: Split Down the Middle
CBS Wins Totals, Fox Wins Demo
From the Futon Critic

FOX (5.053 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the demo champ on a night filled with fall finales thanks to "Empire" (5.946 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Star" (4.161 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

Second place then went to ABC (5.033 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) with its lineup of "The Goldbergs" (6.104 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4), "Speechless" (4.584 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7), "Modern Family" (5.911 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "American Housewife" (4.824 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and "Designated Survivor" (4.388 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Next up was CBS (5.803 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and a new "Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers" (8.668 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2) followed by repeats of "SEAL Team" (4.733 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "Criminal Minds" (4.010 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.204 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up a repeat "The Wall" (3.825 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) alongside its "Golden Globe 75th Anniversary Special" (4.393 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

And finally, the fall finales of "Riverdale" (1.420 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and "Dynasty" (0.722 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) on The CW (1.071 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Iron Chef Showdown (Food): 822k
- Iron Chef: Behind the Battle (Food): 714k
- Are You The One (MTV): 457k
- Divided (GSN): 272k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/14/17

"Baking Show" Done for the Season
ABC Pulls "Great American Baking Show" Amidst Misconduct from Johnny Iuzzini
From TV Line

Days after ABC removed Mario Batali from The Chew after allegations of sexual misconduct, the network has pulled The Great American Baking Show from its primetime schedule for similar reasons.

Pastry chef and Baking Show judge Johnny Iuzzini is being accused of sexual harassment and mistreatment by several of his former employees at the New York restaurant Jean-Georges. According to one women, Iuzzini often stuck his tongue in her ear; others claim he used kitchen utensils to touch their buttocks.

“In light of allegations that recently came to our attention, ABC has ended its relationship with Johnny Iuzzini and will not be airing the remainder of The Great American Baking Show episodes,” ABC said in a statement to our sister site Variety, adding that the allegations violates the network’s standards of conduct.

Season 3 of the competition premiered last week. The winner will be announced at a later date. For now, ABC will fill the Thursday 9-to-11 pm slot with The Great Christmas Light Fight and CMA Country Christmas.

TV Line
Variety
The Futon Critic

posted 12/14/17

Food Reups on "Best Baker"
New Season to Air in 2018
From The Futon Critic

Food Network announced the pick-up today of a second season of primetime competition series Best Baker in America. The series follows elite bakers as they compete in difficult baking challenges while demonstrating their technical proficiency and ability to execute under pressure, as they vie for the ultimate title and a cash prize. The new season of seven episodes will go into production in early 2018 and is slated for a spring launch. Between episodes this past season, fans enjoyed complementary content on digital and social platforms, including highlights of the linear competition such as an intricate geode cake with almost five million views to date across Facebook and Instagram, and live cooking demonstrations.

Best Baker in America is produced by Triage Entertainment.

The Futon Critic

posted 12/14/17

More on "The Wave"
Catch It on W Network
From The Bite

If you’re a fan of Rylan, then you’ll be glad to know he’s presenting a brand new quiz show, hot on the heels of his previous show Babushka.

Airing on UKTV’s W Channel, The Wave will see Brits fly out to sunny Portugal to compete in whats billed to be the “most dangerous quiz on TV”.

In each show Rylan Clark-Neal, safely situated in his Portuguese beach bar, welcomes pairs of contestants. Whilst one stays with Rylan and sips cocktails, the other – the swimmer – gets their kit off and heads to sea.

Two hundred meters out begins a line of six pontoons that stretch further and further away from land. Each has increasing amounts of cash inside and a written question with two possible answers and two corresponding hatches.

Communicating with their land-based partner on arrival, the swimmer must select a hatch. If they are right, they discover cash and take it. But if they are wrong, they find a 1kg lead weight inside and must attach it to their belt.

The Bite

posted 12/14/17

And They're Off! ... No, That's the Name of the Show
Ore Oduba to Host New Show Ahead of Sport Relief 2018
From Telly Mix

BBC One has announced a new Saturday night game show to launch in the run up to Sport Relief 2018.

The six part show, titled And They’re Off For Sport Relief, will be presented by Strictly Come Dancing 2016 champion Ore Oduba and will see a host of famous faces take part in fun - and unpredictable - obstacle courses, including running through mud and hurtling down giant water slides before a final showdown.

Celebrities who have donated their time and best sporting efforts include former athletes Michael Owen, Mike Tindall and Helen Glover as well as celebrities such as Penny Lancaster, Stacey Solomon, Saira Khan and Russell Kane.

Members of the public will play along from the comfort of the studio with Ore, where they need to correctly predict which celebrity will triumph during each race in order to win an experience of a lifetime.

The series will also feature visits to a number of Comic Relief funded projects, including Tom Daley visiting health projects in Malawi and Stacey Solomon visiting a maternal mental health project in the UK.

Ore Oduba said: "I can’t think of a more fitting way to champion another amazing Sport Relief campaign than And They're Off… Top sport stars, celebrities up for a challenge and a load of brilliant games that will certainly test their mettle!"

Kate Phillips, Controller of BBC Entertainment added: “And They’re Off For Sport Relief is muddy, funny, family viewing and of course it will be raising money for Sport Relief 2018, truly a win win!”

Telly Mix
Realscreen
Televisual

posted 12/14/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Kids These Days"

posted 12/13/17

Lip Sync Battle to Return with Tribute to Michael Jackson
Catch It on Spike Paramount January 18
From TV Line

"Lip Sync Battle," the global multiplatform phenomenon is going LIVE on January 18 with its biggest night in franchise history.

"LIP SYNC BATTLE LIVE: A MICHAEL JACKSON CELEBRATION" will be a landmark television event celebrating the legendary entertainment icon, The King of Pop, Michael Jackson, on Thursday, January 18 at 9:00pm.

This must-see special event will launch the Paramount Network (formerly Spike TV).

The participants will be announced shortly.

The one-hour special, produced by Casey Patterson Entertainment and Matador Content, in consultation with The Estate of Michael Jackson, will feature larger-than-life performances LIVE from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. In addition, "LIP SYNC BATTLE LIVE: A MICHAEL JACKSON CELEBRATION" will feature a special performance by Michael Jackson ONE(TM) by Cirque du Soleil, the critically acclaimed show in permanent residence at the Michael Jackson Theater at Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas. The special is executive produced by Casey Patterson, Jay Peterson, James Sunderland, LL COOL J, John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant, and 8 Million Plus Productions, and directed by Glenn Weiss, and all songs performed during the special are featured in Michael Jackson ONE(TM).

"The King of Pop is the most groundbreaking, theatrical superstar of all time and we are thrilled to be performing and celebrating the electrifying music of Michael Jackson on our big night," said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer. "We are taking Lip Sync Battle to new heights, LIVE at The Dolby Theater for the launch of The Paramount Network."

The Futon Critic

posted 12/13/17

TUESDAY: This Is the Semis
NBC Wins Demo on "The Voice" Results, Splits with CBS
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.718 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) inched past the competition on Tuesday thanks to its mix of "The Voice" (9.748 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1), "Gwen Stefani's You Make It Feel Like Christmas" (7.171 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and "Chicago Med" (6.235 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7).

CBS (10.489 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with the fall finales to "NCIS" (12.458 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "Bull" (10.818 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.191 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10).

Next up was ABC (3.639 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its 2017 finales to "The Middle" (5.737 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.918 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), "Black-ish" (4.336 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "The Mayor" (2.839 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) and "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" (2.501 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.976 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up new episodes of "Lethal Weapon" (4.124 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.960 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and a second "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.695 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

And finally, The CW (0.914 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with its specials "Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown 2017" (1.041 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) and an encore of "The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2017" (0.787 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16).

On cable...
- Bushcraft Build-Off (Discovery): 866k
- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (TBS): 833k
- Chopped (Food): 812k
- Drop the Mic (TBS): 620k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars (MTV): 542k
- Ink Master: Angels (Spike): 464k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/13/17

SYNDIES: Week 11
Results for the Week Ending December 3
From TV Newscheck

Coverage of the shocking firing of Today show co-host Matt Lauer for “inappropriate sexual behavior” ignited the syndicated news magazines in the frame ending Dec. 3, the first week following the November sweep.

Entertainment Tonight was the magazine champion, rocketing 22% to a new season high 3.3 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, its strongest performance in 37 weeks.

Inside Edition added 3% to a new season high 3.2, while TMZ, Access Hollywood and Extra all surged to match their highest ratings of the season at 1.5, 1.4 and 1.3, respectively.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.7 +18%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.4 +12%
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.3 +13%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 NC
5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck
B&C
Screener

posted 12/13/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "BRRRRRONG!"

  • "The Gong Show" named one of 2017's biggest TV disappointments (Adweek)
     

  • Omarosa decides to re-enact her elimination scene from "The Apprentice". (Black Enterprise)
     

  • Ben Bailey: people actually refuse a ride on the Cash Cab. Why? (Metro US)
     

  • Did we say Kym & Robert Herjavec were expecting ONE baby? (People)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the female sub hosts of HQ, Sarah Pribis and Sharon Carpenter (Refinery29)

posted 12/13/17


WISH FM
KEITH CHEGWIN: 1957-2017
British Television Legend Hosted UK Version of "Sale" Among Others
From
STV News

TV host Keith Chegwin has died aged 60 following a "long-term battle with a progressive lung condition", his family said.

The former Cheggers Play Pop host and Big Breakfast reporter died at home on Monday morning.

In a statement, Chegwin's family said: "We are heartbroken to share the news that Keith Chegwin sadly passed away following a long-term battle with a progressive lung condition, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, which rapidly worsened towards the end of this year.

Keith Chegwin appeared on a number of reality TV shows in recent years, appearing in "Celebrity Big Brother" and "Dancing on Ice". Among the game shows he hosted are "Sky Star Search" "It's a Knockout", "Naked Jungle", and "Sale of the Century".

GSNN's Chico Alexander contributed to this report.

STV
BBC News
The Guardian
LADBible
ATV Today
RTE
The Shropshire Star
Independent
Cambridge News
Metro
Digital Spy
Stuff
Somerset Live
The Herald Scotland

posted 12/12/17

MONDAY: Eight Men In...
"The Voice" Helps NBC to the Win
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.766 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the network to beat on Monday with a new "The Voice" (10.370 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) followed by a special "Better Late Than Never" (5.557 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

ABC (4.619 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was the silver draw with week two of "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (5.377 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2), a second "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (5.069 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and "The Bachelor: Countdown to Arie" (3.411 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Next up was CBS (5.565 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its lineup of originals from "Kevin Can Wait" (6.342 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Man with a Plan" (5.680 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6), "Superior Donuts" (5.217 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "9JKL" (4.326 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) and "Scorpion" (5.913 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.075 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up the fall finales of "Lucifer" (3.362 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "The Gifted" (2.788 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

And finally, a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.059 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and the fall finale of "Valor" (0.770 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) rounded out the night on The CW (0.915 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.580m
- Scared Famous (SF/VH1): 1.006m

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/12/17

WEEKEND: Drag Me to Hell
CBS Wins Friday, NBC Sunday
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.465 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the network to beat on Friday with originals from "MacGyver" (7.147 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.931 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "Blue Bloods" (9.319 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2).

NBC (4.452 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the silver draw with new episodes from "Blindspot" (3.513 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6) and "Dateline NBC" (4.922 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

Next up was FOX (2.083 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with fresh installments of "Hell's Kitchen" (2.981 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and "The Exorcist" (1.184 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.259 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up originals from "Once Upon a Time" (2.485 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (1.932 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "20/20" (2.359 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, the fall finales of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.655 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.638 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) on The CW (0.647 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable Sunday...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.120m
- Cash Cab - 10p (Discovery): 882k
- Guy's Big Project (SF/Food): 673k
- Cash Cab - 10:30p (Discovery): 667k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/12/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Happy Birthday Bob!"

  • LIST ABUSE: A few moments to celebrate Bob Barker's birthday! (Rare.us)
     

  • Alan Carr hopes he did Brucie proud (What's on TV)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: The funniest Taskmaster tasks (BT)
     

  • A dancing baby shark for Kym & Robert Herjavec (Reality TV World)
     

  • Alec Baldwin looks to put the fun back in dysfunctional with a new family series for ABC (TV Line)

posted 12/12/17

HQ Gets The Bad and Bougie Bootleg...
"The Q" to Get Wide Release Tomorrow
From the Verge

It was only a matter of time before HQ Trivia had competitors. The live mobile trivia game show for iOS has skyrocketed in popularity in the four months it’s been around, seeing hundreds of thousands of people log into the twice-daily game to win as much as $10,000. Now, The Q — short for “The Question” — has arrived to try and cement its position as a competitor before HQ makes it to Android.

The Q was founded by Will Jamieson, the CEO of video platform Stream. Originally, Jamieson wanted to collaborate with HQ during some of its earlier growth issues, which saw the game continually lagging and crashing as it increased in popularity. “[We] thought they would be a perfect fit for our enterprise video offering at Stream,” Jamieson told The Ringer. “Tried to get in touch with the CEO and had no success and decided we were primed to compete in the space if we innovated quickly. That’s how it all got started.”

Within two weeks, a functional build had been created for The Q and now it’s available on both iOS and Android. The two games look uncannily similar at face value. The intro music has a similar dubstep-ish vibe, there are 10-second rounds where questions are read off with three answers to choose from — and, yes, there’s a cash prize at the end. (For now, The Q’s offerings are more modest, between $150 and $500 compared to HQ’s max of $10,000.)

The Verge
9to5mac
The Ringer

posted 12/11/17

More on "Project Runway All Stars"
Rookies Take on Vets January 4
From the Futon Critic

CSixteen talented designers will compete for a second chance at runway gold with the return of Lifetime's hit series Project Runway All Stars, premiering Thursday, January 4 at 9pm ET/PT. Eight All Stars veterans will go up against eight former Runway designers making it to the All Stars battle ground for the very first time. Alyssa Milano returns as host with judges Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman and Anne Fulenwider, Editor-in-Chief of Marie Claire joining as mentor.

Guest judges strutting down the runway this season to see who has the skills to make it to the end include Catherine Zeta-Jones, Whoopi Goldberg, Dita Von Teese, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Rebecca Minkoff, Danielle Brooks, Olivia Culpo, Rosie Perez, RuPaul, Kelly Osbourne, Karolina Kurkova, Kasey Musgraves, and Project Runway's Nina Garcia and Zac Posen.

The Rookies Are:

Kimberly Goldson from Brooklyn, NY - PR Season 9

Stanley Hudson from Los Angeles, CA - PR Season 11

Amanda Valentine from Nashville, TN - PR Season 13

Char Glover from Los Angeles, CA - PR Season 13

Kelly Dempsey from Boston, MA - PR Season 14

Edmond Newton from Atlanta, GA - PR Season 14

Candice Cuoco from Oakland, CA - PR Season 14

Merline Labissiere from Miami, FL - PR Season 14

The Vets Are:

Anthony Williams from Atlanta, GA - PR Season 7, PRAS Season 1

Joshua McKinley from New York NY - PR Season 9, PRAS Season 2

Casanova from New York, NY - PR Season 8, PRAS Season 2

Ari South from Honolulu, HI - PR Season 8, PRAS Season 3

Melissa Fleis from Los Angeles, CA - PR Season 10, PRAS Season 3

Fabio Costa from New York, NY - PR Season 10, PRAS Season 4

Helen Castillo from Weehawken, NJ - PR Season 12, PRAS Season 4

Ken Laurence from Atlanta, GA - PR Season 12, PRAS Season 5

The winner of Project Runway All Stars Season six will receive a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine and a position as contributing editor for a year, and a complete sewing studio from Brother Sewing and Embroidery. The winner also receives a once in a lifetime trip to London, England, and luxurious skincare and makeup from Rodial and accessories and styling services from Intermix, to enhance their next collection. To top it all off, the winner receives a $100,000 grand prize to elevate their business and build their brand.

The Futon Critic

posted 12/11/17

From Governess to Game Show Host
"The Chase's" Anne Hegerty to Front "Britain's Brightest Family" in 2018
From Metro

The Chase legend Anne Hegerty – aka fearsome quiz genius The Governess – is to host a brand new gameshow from next year which will see families go head to head in an exciting contest. The Chaser, who rose to fame as the daunting and yet wickedly humorous persona she portrays every weekday teatime, has filmed 15 episodes of Britain’s Brightest Family.

The format of the show will pit five families, led by a player aged between 11 and 16 years of age, against each other in a knockout contest which spans the entire series and it will culminate in a battle to win a trip to Florida. There will be several rounds, with the war between the families heating up as the episodes go along and more is at stake. The show is set to find a home on ITV early next year.

Metro
Telly Mix

posted 12/11/17


Fox/Apploff Productions
Beat Shazam Season 2 Keeps It In the Family
Corinne Foxx (Yes, Jamie's Daughter) to DJ in 2018
From Deadline

Fox’s Beat Shazam will become a family affair next year. The network said today that Corinne Foxx is joining the musical game show as its new DJ for the 2018 second season, alongside her dad Jamie Foxx, who serves as it host.

Model-actress Foxx has appeared on the MTV series "Sweet/Vicious" and was named by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association the 2016 Miss Golden Globe. She also launched Foxxtales, a lifestyle website and online marketplace featuring interviews with influential women, personal essays and a shop featuring female-founded businesses.

Inspired by the music-identification app, Beat Shazam features teams of players racing the clock to identify hit songs. The team with the best score then goes up against Shazam for the chance to win up to $1 million. The show was ordered straight to series in August 2016, and Foxx was announced as the host during TCA in January. The show premiered in May and was renewed for Season 2 in July. Season 2 is currently in production.

Deadline
The Futon Critic

posted 12/8/17

A Returning "Top Model", a Returning Host, and a "Drag Race" Takeover
ANTM Returns to VH1 January 9
From the Futon Critic

VH1 announced today that the highly anticipated new season of "America's Next Top Model" with Tyra Banks will premiere on Tuesday, January 9th at 8PM ET/PT. For the first time in franchise history, there will be no age limit as well as more contestant diversity than ever before.

This season includes guest appearances by former judge Nigel Barker and season three winner Eva Marcille, Director X, beauty and social media guru Patrick Starr, choreographer Jermaine Browne, supermodel Jourdan Dunn and Hip Hop artist Maejor among others; as well as a VH1 crossover with "RuPaul's Drag Race" fan-favorites Valentina, Katya and Manila.

As previously announced, supermodel and body activist Ashley Graham, Paper Magazine Chief Creative Officer Drew Elliott and celebrity stylist and image architect Law Roach return as judges. Additionally, Tyra Banks and Ken Mok continue as executive producers.

For more information and updates about "America's Next Top Model," check out ANTM.VH1.com, the official VH1 'America's Next Top Model" page on Facebook and follow @VH1 and @ANTMVH1 on Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat #ANTM.

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Reality TV World

posted 12/8/17

THURSDAY: What Dat?
TNF Gives NBC a W-I-N
From the Futon Critic

NBC (10.005 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) continued its NFL reign last night with "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (7.600 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4) and "Thursday Night Football" (10.486 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1).

CBS (9.065 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was the number two draw with originals from "The Big Bang Theory" (14.245 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2), "Young Sheldon" (12.455 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3), "Mom" (8.817 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5), "Life in Pieces" (6.482 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6) and "SWAT" (6.196 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.916 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its mix of "Shrek the Halls" (4.481 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7), "Toy Story That Time Forgot" (3.627 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), the return of "The Great American Baking Show" (3.987 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and a second "The Great American Baking Show" (3.709 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.050 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up the fall finale to "Gotham" (2.563 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and the season finale of "The Orville" (3.538 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

And finally, The CW (1.535 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night with the fall finales to "Supernatural" (1.738 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "Arrow" (1.333 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15).

On cable...
- Top Chef (SP/Bravo): 879k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 870k
- Chopped (Food): 858k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 11:30p (MTV): 439k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 11p (MTV): 422k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/8/17

"Quizbusters" Signs Off
Final Episode to Air Spring 2018
From WLNS Lansing

The long-running game show “Quizbusters,” is ending after 29 seasons. The final installment will be recorded this Friday, December 8, before a live studio audience at WKAR Studio A in East Lansing.

After the show, the station will host a series wrap party to celebrate the success of the show and its host, Matt Ottinger. Light refreshments will be served and there will be special guest tributes.

More than 60 teams from across the Michigan Capital Region are competing in this final season. Students on the top team in each division win $5,000 tuition scholarships to Michigan State University. The Grand Champion team receives five one-year textbook scholarships.

WKAR and Ottinger announced this past summer that this would be the final season for the show, which started back in 1989.

“I have been humbled by the outpouring of support and words of kindness from viewers and, especially, my former contestants,” said Ottinger, in a July statement. “While we have fun playing the game in the studio, we don’t always see the greater impact in the community and the memories we are creating for the students.”

The current season began October 7 and continues through the airing of this Grand Championship Series in Spring 2018.

WLNS Lansing

posted 12/8/17

Salman Khan Powers Up
Host of Indian Version of "Power of 10" to Return
From Zee News

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan plays the perfect host in reality show 'Bigg Boss 11'. But that's not the only show which has him anchor the ship. Much before 'Bigg Boss' happened to Salman, he was seen as a host of another popular reality game show 'Dus Ka Dum'.

And now the buzz is that he will be back with the season three of 'Dus Ka Dum'. According to BollywoodLife.com, once 'Bigg Boss 11' goes off air, Sallu Bhai will return with another game show.

The report confirms the news as someone close to the unit revealed that even the sets of 'Dus Ka Dum 3' is being constructed and the superstar will begin shooting for it only after wrapping up 'Tiger Zinda Hai' promotions.

The game show, India's version of "Power of 10" will reportedly go on floors from the second week of January 2018, post Bigg Boss 11 finale.

Zee News
India.com
Showsha

posted 12/8/17

From Governess to Game Show Host
"The Chase's" Anne Hegerty to Front "Britain's Brightest Family" in 2018
From Metro

The Chase legend Anne Hegerty – aka fearsome quiz genius The Governess – is to host a brand new gameshow from next year which will see families go head to head in an exciting contest. The Chaser, who rose to fame as the daunting and yet wickedly humorous persona she portrays every weekday teatime, has filmed 15 episodes of Britain’s Brightest Family.

The format of the show will pit five families, led by a player aged between 11 and 16 years of age, against each other in a knockout contest which spans the entire series and it will culminate in a battle to win a trip to Florida. There will be several rounds, with the war between the families heating up as the episodes go along and more is at stake. The show is set to find a home on ITV early next year.

Metro

posted 12/8/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Dink Dink"

  • LIST ABUSE: 7 fixes for HQ. And before you ask, no, Scott is not on the list. And he doesn't need fixing so hush. (The Verge)
     

  • Ralphie May died from hypertensive cardiovascular disease (People)
     

  • Game over for "Family Feud NZ" (Stuff)

posted 12/8/17

Another Set of Racers!
CBS Slots the Next "Amazing Race" January 3
From the Futon Critic

CBS' multi-Emmy-Award-winning reality series THE AMAZING RACE returns on Wednesday, Jan. 3 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) for its milestone 30th season. More than 600 Racers have traveled over one million miles in 29 seasons, but for the 30th Race around the world, this edition boasts some of the most competitive and accomplished teams to ever take on the Race. Teams include IndyCar drivers Alexander Rossi and Conor Daly; retired NBA All-Stars Cedric Ceballos and Shawn Marion; X-Games champions Kristi Leskinen and Jen Hudak; nationally ranked debaters Henry Zhang and Evan Lynyak; BIG BROTHER power couple Cody Nickson and Jessica Graf; competitive eaters Joey Chestnut and Tim Janus, among others.

Teams begin their adventure in Washington Square Park in New York City and immediately travel to their first destination, Iceland, where they must traverse a massive canyon high above the Geitargljufur River. Along the Race, teams will travel to 10 countries, 21 cities and over 29,000 miles in the quest to cross the finish line of THE AMAZING RACE first and win the one million dollar prize. Phil Keoghan is the host.

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

- #TeamSlamDunk: Cedric Ceballos & Shawn Marion (48/39, Retired NBA players)
- #TeamGoatYoga: April Gould & Sarah Williams (39, Gilbert/Mesa, AZ, goat yoga instructors)
- #TeamBigBrother: Cody Nickson & Jessica Graf (32/26, Plano, TX/Los Angeles; Big Brother 19 power couple)
- #TeamYale: Henry Zhang & Evan Lynyak (22; Los Angeles, dating)
- #TeamWellStrung: Trevor Wadleigh & Chris Marchant (30/33, New York City; dating)
- #TeamIndyCar: Alexander Rossi & Conor Daly (26/25, Indianapolis; Indy Car racers)
- #TheRingGirls: Dessie Mitcheson & Kayla Fitzgerald (27/26, Apollo, PA/Clermont, FL; ring girls/Instagram models)
- #TeamChomp: Joey "Jaws" Chestnut & Tim "Eater X" Janus (33/41, San Jose/New York City; competitive eaters)
- #TeamExtreme: Kristi Leskinen & Jen Hudak (36/30, Uniontown, PA/Park City, UT, pro skiers)
- #TeamOceanRescut: Lucas Bocanegra & Brittany Austin (35/31; Miami Springs, FL; dating)
- #TheFirefighters: Eric & Daniel Guiffreda (33; Ponchatoula, LA; firefighters)

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 12/7/17

WEDNESDAY: Surviving the Empire
CBS Wins Total, Fox Wins Demo
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.851 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) edged out the competition on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "Empire" (5.695 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T1) and "Star" (4.007 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6).

NBC (5.836 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) then was the number two draw with its mix of "A Very Pentatonix Christmas Special" (4.849 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.189 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) and "Chicago PD" (6.472 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6).

Next up was CBS (7.012 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and its trio of "Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers" (8.933 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T1), "SEAL Team" (6.824 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and "Criminal Minds" (5.279 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.633 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) served up originals from "The Goldbergs" (5.401 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "Speechless" (4.245 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9), "Modern Family" (5.783 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "American Housewife" (4.557 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and "Designated Survivor" (3.907 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13).

And finally, new episodes of "Riverdale" (1.457 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "Dynasty" (0.691 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) over on The CW (1.074 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Iron Chef Showdown (Food): 797k
- Iron Chef: Behind the Battle (Food): 678k
- Are You The One (MTV): 642k
- Face Value - 10p (BET): 212k
- Face Value - 11p (BET): 148k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/7/17

Chopped Goes for the Gold
Food Network Slots Tournament Event January 2
From the Futon Critic

Sixteen world-class chefs face off for the first-ever Chopped Gold Medal Games, premiering Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018 at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. Over the five-part tournament, host Ted Allen challenges these elite competitors to create gold medal-worthy appetizers, entrées and desserts, utilizing the mystery basket of ingredients each round with a limited amount of time. A rotating panel of Chopped judges, including Scott Conant, Amanda Freitag, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Chris Santos, and Geoffrey Zakarian determine which four culinary contenders move on to the finale for a chance at winning the gold and walking away with $50,000. Let the games begin!

"Viewers will be amazed as these sixteen competitors flex their culinary muscles with challenging themes and ingredients that showcase their talent as well as their athleticism to deliver delectable dishes to the judges for a chance at supreme victory...and a $50,000 grand prize," said Courtney White, Senior Vice President Programming, Scripps Networks Interactive.

Through four preliminary heats, four new chefs compete each episode with one of the culinary themes they are experts in, including baking, grilling, frying, and racing the clock - which tests the chefs' speed under pressure, as they have five minutes less each round - to create their dishes and impress the judges for a shot at competing in the finale on Tuesday, January 30th at 10pm ET/PT. In the frying heat, four fry masters open their appetizer basket to see it packed with a fun fair treat, and a gamey meat. For the entrée round in the grilling heat, the chefs battle to prove why grilling is a winter "sport" worth cheering for, as they encounter a guilty-pleasure snack and a Korean side dish in the mystery basket. In the baking heat four fierce competitors must get creative with a grocery store breakfast dough and a lovely cut of lamb for the appetizer basket. And in a Chopped first, in the "racing the clock" heat, speed demons in the kitchen will have five minutes less than usual each round to create a phenomenal meal, despite being burdened with some extremely tedious prep work with such ingredients as wild watermelon and an expensive fish in the entrée round. Which chef's dishes will prove podium-worthy and earn them a spot in the finale for the chance to win the coveted gold medal and $50,000 grand prize?

The Futon Critic

posted 12/7/17

The Challenge: Something Corporate
MTV UK Reality Vets Invade January 2
From the Futon Critic

MTV today announced "The Challenge: Vendettas," will premiere on Tuesday, January 2. Twenty-eight players including stars from MTV UK's "Ex on the Beach" and "Geordie Shore" along with contestants from "Big Brother" will join "The Challenge" fan favorites as they travel to Spain to pursue their personal vendettas against one another. And this season, for the very first time, every player is out solely for themselves, not their team. Only one winner will come out on top, competing to win the final prize that has the potential to exceed $500,000.

The winners of each challenge will receive money for their individual bank accounts, but once players are eliminated, their money is added to the final prize pot. In a major game twist this season, "Grenades" will be awarded to players surviving grueling elimination rounds, giving them a chance to get back at anyone else in the house they may have a vendetta against. With everyone out for themselves, stealing an entire bank account from another player, forcing players to be shackled together during another challenge or selecting players to stay up the entire night before a challenge, will surely shake up the competition and heighten the drama, doubt, and deception in the house.

The Futon Critic

posted 12/7/17

TUESDAY: This Is the Semis
NBC Breaks Tuesday Mark
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.401 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with a new "The Voice" (9.887 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T1) followed by special episodes of "Will & Grace" (7.128 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T1) and "Superstore" (4.405 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) plus a new "Chicago Med" (6.550 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

CBS (6.356 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then claimed the silver despite its all-repeat lineup of "NCIS" (8.327 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "SEAL Team" (6.051 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "Bull" (4.692 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15).

Next up was ABC (3.593 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) with originals from "The Middle" (5.762 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.759 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8), "Black-ish" (4.011 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "The Mayor" (2.739 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" (2.644 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.349 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) served up originals from "Lethal Weapon" (4.481 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "The Mick" (2.481 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.952 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

And finally, the fall finales of "The Flash" (2.213 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.631 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) on The CW (1.922 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (TBS): 932k
- Bushcraft Build-Off (Discovery): 926k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Vets (MTV): 736k
- Drop the Mic (TBS): 718k
- Ink Master: Angels (Spike): 383k
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 271k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/7/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Sunrise, Sunset"

  • Andrew O'Keefe wants his weekends back, quits "Sunrise" (Sydney Morning Herald)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Jeopardy! recordbreaker did a bad bad thing (People)
     

  • Piff the Magic Dragon heads up Las Vegas holiday show (Las Vegas Weekly)
     

  • Richard Hatch splits from his husband (Reality TV World)
     

  • Cat Deeley to host "This Time Next Year" docuseries for Lifetime (Reality TV World)
     

  • SYTYCD, The Gong Show on the bubble? (TV Line)

posted 12/7/17



Sony Pictures TV
Wheel, Jeopardy! Head to the Hall
NAB to Honor Game Show Titans in April 2018
From TV Newscheck

Two of America’s most popular gameshows, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, will be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the new 2018 NAB Show Achievement in Broadcasting Dinner on Monday, April 9 in Las Vegas.

The two syndicated hits have produced a combined 13,000-plus episodes. They are both produced by Sony Pictures Television Studios and distributed by CBS Television Distribution.

“Broadcast television is home to America’s most beloved programming. Both Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy have stood the test of time and represent the enduring power of broadcasting,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Television Marcellus Alexander. “NAB looks forward to honoring these legendary shows and their iconic producers and hosts in April.”

Reaching more than 25 million weekly viewers, Wheel of Fortune reaches more viewers than any other program on television. Created by Merv Griffin in 1975 as an NBC daytime show, it is based on the game Hangman. Wheel of Fortune is currently celebrating its 35th season of syndication and is trademarked “America’s Game.”

Pat Sajak began hosting Wheel in 1981 when it aired on network daytime television and continued through its syndication in 1983. Since then, he has earned three Emmy Awards, a People’s Choice Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Vanna White quickly became a household name when she was named co-host of Wheel in 1982. Since her debut on the show, she has become a Guinness World Record Holder as “Most Frequent Clapper” and has also earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Both hosts have been with the show through its entire 35 seasons in syndication.

Currently in its 34th season of syndication and with 23 million viewers a week, Jeopardy remains one of television’s top-rated quiz shows. Jeopardy has received numerous awards and distinctions, including a 2011 Peabody Award and the 2017 Emmy for Outstanding Game Show.

Alex Trebek has hosted Jeopardy since its debut in 1984. He has won five Daytime Emmy awards for Outstanding Game Show Host, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Trebek has hosted more than 7,600 episodes and is honored with stars on both the Hollywood and Canadian Walks of Fame.

Harry Friedman is the executive producer of both Wheel and Jeopardy. He is also a 15-time Emmy winner, a Peabody Award winner, a three-time Guinness World Record Holder and has received the Lifetime Achievement Award from NATAS. Friedman is known for creating innovative game elements and incorporating the latest technology. In September 2006, both shows made television history when they became the first syndicated programs to broadcast in high definition.

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posted 12/6/17

SYNDIES: Week 10
Results for the Week Ending November 26
From TV Newscheck

Judge Judy rolled to an easy November sweeps win as syndication’s highest-rated show, according to results for the key Oct. 26-Nov. 22 survey period just released by Nielsen.

Judy raced to a strong first-place 7.3 live-plus-same-day national sweep average, which was greater than the total of the five other nationally rated court shows combined.

This was the third straight November that Judy has been No. 1 overall, and its third-best November in the past 10 years.

In access, Family Feud was the top-rated game show with a 6.5.

In the household rating rankings that follow, % change is from the November 2016 sweeps; * indicates a new season-high rating; ** indicates a new season low; NC indicates no change from the previous sweep; NA mean not applicable.

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.5 -3%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.4 +8%
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.2 NC
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NA

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posted 12/6/17

TUESDAY: This Is the Semis
NBC Breaks Tuesday Mark
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.401 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with a new "The Voice" (9.887 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T1) followed by special episodes of "Will & Grace" (7.128 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T1) and "Superstore" (4.405 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) plus a new "Chicago Med" (6.550 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

CBS (6.356 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then claimed the silver despite its all-repeat lineup of "NCIS" (8.327 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "SEAL Team" (6.051 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "Bull" (4.692 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15).

Next up was ABC (3.593 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) with originals from "The Middle" (5.762 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.759 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8), "Black-ish" (4.011 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "The Mayor" (2.739 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" (2.644 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.349 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) served up originals from "Lethal Weapon" (4.481 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "The Mick" (2.481 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.952 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

And finally, the fall finales of "The Flash" (2.213 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.631 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) on The CW (1.922 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) rounded out the night.

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posted 12/6/17

Postmates Team with Top Chef
Free Deliveries in Time for the New Season
From Broadway World

Bravo's TOP CHEF and Postmates, the nation's leading on-demand delivery company, have partnered to give foodies everywhere free delivery on all orders from December 6-8, 2017, to celebrate the season 15 premiere of "Top Chef" on Thursday, December 7 at 10 pm ET/PT. During the promotional window, customers across the country can score free on-demand delivery from anywhere on Postmates, including orders from the new 'Bravo's TOP CHEF x Postmates' restaurant collection, featuring trending restaurants helmed by "Top Chef" alums in Los Angeles. Also, for the first time in LA, Postmates will roll out its fleet of robotic rovers, branded with 'Bravo's TOP CHEF x Postmates' logo, for select deliveries across the city.

"'Top Chef' has not only helped catapult the careers of numerous chefs, but has also helped spawn a generation of foodies," said Maria DeLuca, Senior Vice President, Consumer and Trade Marketing, Bravo Media. "We're thrilled to partner with Postmates on an innovative, first to market experience that offers our fans a new way to enjoy next level food in the comfort of their own homes."

"As the originators of on-demand anything, Postmates is on a mission to make our customers lives easier -- and happier. So we're excited to be partnering with Bravo and the iconic 'Top Chef' franchise to help customers grab a seat at the table -- or their couch, in time for the premiere," said Brandon Teitel, Vice President, Brand Strategy, Postmates. "Delivering amazing meals via robotic rovers -- including from 'Top Chef' alum restaurants, is the perfect way to kick off the new season."

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posted 12/6/17

Android to Head to the HQniverse
Game Show App Will Be Available By Christmas
From the Futon Critic

It seemed to arrive out of nowhere, but since launching as an iOS exclusive app in late October HQ Trivia has been growing in popularity day after day, a dozen questions at a time. The app live streams a trivia game show right on your phone daily, giving you a chance to answer 12 questions correctly for a chance to win real cash. It's free to play and broadcasts live twice a day on weekdays and once on weekend and holidays.

Now, it appears folks behind HQ Trivia are ready to bring the trivia fun and excitement to Android, tweeting the following just hours before Tuesday's 3pm EST live stream:

Hey world, we hear you also have Android phones? HQ has a nice little stocking stuffer coming your way... pic.twitter.com/RwY6Qpkk9e
— HQ Trivia (@hqtrivia) December 5, 2017


So its look like Trivia Daddy Scott Rogowsky is prepping to give all the HQties rocking an Android phone a very Merry Christmas this year — and if parts of that sentence confuse or scare you it's going to be okay.

Android Central
Android Authority

posted 12/6/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Drew Carey Saves the World"

  • Drew Carey to be a guest on the new season of Netflix's "Bill Nye Saves the World" (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Tyra Banks buzzes WME, gives Golden Buzzer to UTA (The Wrap)
     

  • E! learns the hard way... Come correct to Chrissy Teigen or don't come at all (The Wrap)
     

  • "The Bachelor Winter Games" starts taping in Vermont (Reality TV World)
     

  • Rachel Lindsay is saving a couple of rows for Bachelor Nation (Us)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Corinne Olympios. (Wiz Khalifa) NUFF SAID. (/WK) (Us)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Marc Summers (People)

posted 12/6/17


Discovery Channel
MONDAY: Back on the Road... Back in the Game...
"Cash Cab" Hits the Streets Again December 4
From WTHR Indianapolis

TAXI! The show that turns a NYC taxi into a trivia game show is back.

The "Cash Cab' pays you money to answer trivia questions while it takes you to your destination.

The show originated in the UK in 2005, KSDK reported. It aired in the US for 400 episodes before it was cancelled in 2012.

But now it's making a return trip to TV. The show will premiere 6 episodes on Dec. 4 at 10 EST on Discovery Channel.

The new season will even include celebrities.

Matthew Perry, Brooke Shields and Scott Bakula are are riding shotgun to assist contestants in answering questions.

The newest addition to the game: social media shout outs. Players can ask people on Facebook to help them with an answer.

This, and other cable offerings...
- Scared Famous (VH1): 1.157m
- Cash Cab - 10p (P/Discovery): 887k
- Cash Cab - 10:30p (Discovery): 731k

NBC (8.278 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) held onto the top spot on Monday with a new "The Voice" (10.044 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) followed by a special holiday edition of "The Wall" (4.746 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7).

ABC (6.874 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the silver draw with the return of "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (5.610 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), a second "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (5.606 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) and the fall finale of "The Good Doctor" (9.408 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2).

Next up was CBS (5.259 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) with a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (7.681 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) followed by originals from "Man with a Plan" (6.316 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Superior Donuts" (5.499 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "9JKL" (4.650 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) plus a repeat "S.W.A.T." (3.703 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.115 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) served up new episodes of "Lucifer" (3.442 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "The Gifted" (2.789 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

And finally, the fall finale of "Supergirl" (1.764 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and a new "Valor" (0.993 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) closed out the night on The CW (1.378 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

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posted 12/5/17

"Glam Master" of Ceremonies
Laverne Cox to Host Lifetime Entry February 28
From the Futon Critic

Get your brushes and contour kits in hand for Lifetime's new beauty competition series, Glam Masters, hosted by Emmy(R) Award nominee Laverne Cox (Orange is the New Black, TRANSform Me), premiering Wednesday, February 28 at 10pm ET/PT. The eight-episode series puts beauty influencers through themed challenges allowing them to put their best face forward to impress Cox, celebrity makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic, YouTube makeup expert Kandee Johnson and co-founder of Milk Makeup and Marie Claire Senior Fashion Editor Zanna Roberts Rassi. Executive produced by style icon Kim Kardashian West, Glam Masters is created by Diana Madison, co-founder of digital media company Obsev Studios and creator and host of The Lowdown with Diana Madison and Style Lab.

Each closed-ended episode will feature four beauty bloggers who will go head-to-head to prove they have the talent, charisma and vision it takes to be the next big name in the beauty world. The winner each week will qualify to advance to the semi-finals where the best will battle it out in the Tournament of Masters finale. In the end, only one of these beauty-obsessed bloggers will get to claim the title of Glam Master.

Glam Masters is produced by Shed Media, a division of Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television, for Lifetime. Kim Kardashian West and Diana Madison executive produce. Pam Healey, John Hesling, Dan Peirson and Colleen Sands executive produce for Shed Media, while David Hillman and Kim Chessler executive produce for Lifetime. Laverne Cox serves as co-executive producer.

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posted 12/5/17

WEEKEND: CBS Wins Friday, NBC Wins Sunday
Both Networks Take the Demo As Well
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.014 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) edged out the competition on Friday with its trio of "MacGyver" (6.672 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.582 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and "Blue Bloods" (8.787 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1).

NBC (4.402 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with "Blindspot" (3.343 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Dateline NBC" (4.932 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1).

Next up was ABC (2.711 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with the return of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.827 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), a second "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.263 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8) and "20/20" (3.045 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.026 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up originals from "Hell's Kitchen" (2.826 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "The Exorcist" (1.227 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

And finally, The CW (1.230 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with its specials "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" (1.349 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "Masters of Illusion: Christmas Magic" (1.112 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12).

On cable Friday...
- The Ultimate Fighter - 10p (SF/FS1): 501k
- The Ultimate Fighter - 8p (FS1): 361k

NBC (15.095 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.9, #1) was the top draw on Sunday with its usual mix of "Football Night in America #1" (7.608 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.2, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (10.074 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 3.2, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (14.746 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.7, #2) and "Sunday Night Football" (16.169 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1).

Second place then went to FOX (5.773 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) with its lineup of "NFL Overrun" (14.855 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.5, #3), "The OT" (8.335 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.7, #5), "The Simpsons" (4.310 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7), "Ghosted" (2.620 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11), "Family Guy" (2.606 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.912 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14).

Next up was CBS (11.995 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with a new "60 Minutes" (11.320 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9), the special "The Carol Burnett Show's 50th Anniversary" (15.200 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8) and a repeat "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.262 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #17).

And finally, ABC (4.014 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) rounded out the night with new episodes of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.546 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11) and "Shark Tank" (3.693 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13) surrounded by repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.480 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14) and "Shark Tank" (3.339 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14).

On cable Sunday...
- Lip Sync Battle Shorties (S/Nick): 1.241m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 987k
- Guy's Big Project (Food): 663k

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posted 12/5/17


Games Gone By: Card Sharks (2001)
New Season... New Games!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

We asked 100 game show enthusiasts if the 2001 revival of "Card Sharks" was worth it. Well, OK, we didn't, but I promise you the number would be zero or less as THIS version ditches the surveys for "Clip Chips" and putting the money you "won" on the line in the bonus game. Chris Wolvie presents another revival that he's GLAD is one of the "Games Gone By..."

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posted 12/5/17

Chris Harrison Returns to GSN
"Millionaire" to Air Later Seasons on GSN
From the Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today that it has licensed seasons 14 and 15 of iconic game show "WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE," with the show to air Monday through Friday at 3:00pm and 3:30pm ET beginning Monday, December 18. In addition, on Sunday, December 24, fans can catch a stacked marathon airing from 9:00am to 2:00pm ET.

Hosted by Chris Harrison, "MILLIONAIRE" features contestants from all over the country and from all walks of life. In the show's classic ladder format, contestants must answer 14 trivia questions correctly with the aid of three lifelines - Ask the Audience, Plus One and 50/50 - to win $1 million. Contestants also can win big as they navigate their way up the ladder, as the tension and difficulty build with each question along with the prize money. Since the show debuted in Syndication in 2002, contestants have won more than $95 million.

Now airing its 16th season in national syndication, the Emmy®-nominated "MILLIONAIRE" currently is taped in front of a live studio audience at Caesars Entertainment Studios in Las Vegas. "MILLIONAIRE" is produced by Valleycrest Productions Ltd. and is distributed by Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution. James Rowley serves as executive producer.

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posted 12/4/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Another Judge at the Table"

  • Gail Simmons is judging for two! (People)
     

  • Peter Sagal premieres his new play "Most Wanted" (SouthFlorida.com)
     

  • Alec Baldwin wants to (BLANK) his podcast into a new series (Deadline)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alexander Armstrong (The Guardian)

posted 12/1/17


CBS
CBS Warm This Winter
"Amazing Race", "Survivor" to Return; "Big Brother" vs. The Olympics
From the Futon Critic

CBS today announced winter 2018 scheduling moves, including the debut of BIG BROTHER's celebrity edition, the series premieres of LIVING BIBLICALLY and INSTINCT, and the return of THE AMAZING RACE and SURVIVOR.

· The Network will launch its first celebrity edition of reality hit BIG BROTHER on Wednesday, Feb. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT). As previously announced, the special winter edition will feature multiple episodes per week during a concentrated run, and include the series' signature Head of Household and Power of Veto competitions and live evictions. Julie Chen will return to host.

· The 30th season of the multi-Emmy Award-winning reality series THE AMAZING RACE premieres Wednesday, Jan. 3 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), with two-hour episodes running on Wednesday Jan. 24 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), and Wednesday Feb. 7, Feb. 14 and Feb. 21 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT).

· The next installment of the Emmy Award-winning SURVIVOR taking place in Fiji debuts with a special two-hour episode on Wednesday, Feb. 28 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), after BIG BROTHER and THE AMAZING RACE conclude. It moves to its regular Wednesday (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) time period on March 7.

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posted 12/1/17

Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back Into the Kitchen
"Worst Cooks in America" Returns to Food January 7
From The Futon Critic

Renowned chefs Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence return to whip a fresh crop of bumbling cooks into culinary shape in a new season of Worst Cooks in America, premiering Sunday, January 7th at 9pm (all times ET/PT) on Food Network. In the ten-episode series that transforms kitchen disasters into skilled cooks, Anne and Tyler each lead a team of cooking-challenged recruits in an intense culinary boot camp designed to improve their food skills. In the end, only the one contestant who makes the most impressive transformation wins a $25,000 grand prize and bragging rights for their team mentor.

"Kicking off the year with a new roster of Worst Cooks has become a Food Network tradition," said Courtney White, Senior Vice President, Programming, Scripps Networks Interactive. "Watching Anne and Tyler turn these kitchen misfits into confident cooks is a fun ride from start to finish."

The competitors are: Brandon Arroyo (Cleveland, Ohio); Steven Crowley (New York, New York); Kayrene Curtis (Rocky River, Ohio); Jonathan Farhat (Livermore, California); Lily Frey (Anaheim Hills, California): Asaf Goren (Los Angeles, California); Robyn Hayden (Charleston, South Carolina); Sylvia Jefferies (Charleston, South Carolina); Hazell Mckenzie (Brooklyn, New York); Priscilla Nguyen (Hattiesburg, Mississippi); Skyler and Spencer Nick (Wauconda, Illinois); Kevin Pettice (Charlotte, North Carolina); Shatima Ruffin (Yorktown, Virginia); Sharon Shvarzman (Staten Island, New York) and Lacey Stout (Owasso, Oklahoma).

In the season premiere, sixteen of the country's worst cooks enter boot camp with dreams of putting their kitchen nightmares behind them. Anne and Tyler need to see what they're dealing with, so they have the recruits make their signature dishes - and the results are worse than they could have imagined. For the first main dish challenge, the chefs teach the recruits how to make breakfast, the most important meal of the day. Then Anne and Tyler pick teams, and the two recruits with the least successful breakfast dishes are sent home. Upcoming episodes feature a fun fish market challenge, a round of food trivia game "Family Food," a sweet Valentine's Day challenge and the return of "Remote Control Chef." The season culminates on Sunday, March 11th at 9pm with the two most-improved recruits preparing a three-course, restaurant quality meal for judges Jordan Andino, Michael Chernow and Paulette Goto - and the creator of the best dish wins $25,000 and victory for their mentor.

Viewers can learn more at FoodNetwork.com/WorstCooks including tips from your favorite chefs and quizzes to improve your cooking. Tell us your mishaps in the kitchen with #WorstCooks.

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Broadway World

posted 12/1/17

THURSDAY: And Jason Witten Scores
NBC Wins on TNF
From The Futon Critic

NBC (10.930 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) continued its NFL-power reign on Thursday with "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (7.799 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4) and "Thursday Night Football" (11.556 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1).

The silver then went to CBS (9.035 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) with originals from "The Big Bang Theory" (13.611 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2), "Young Sheldon" (12.053 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3), "Mom" (8.692 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6), "Life in Pieces" (6.586 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8) and "SWAT" (6.634 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9).

Next up was ABC (5.491 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and a rebroadcast of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (6.466 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5) followed by the special "The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration" (5.004 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.128 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up new episodes of "Gotham" (2.626 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) and "The Orville" (3.631 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10).

And finally, a new "Supernatural" (1.733 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and a special "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.157 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) on The CW (1.444 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway Reunion (S/Lifetime): 893k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 868k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 11p (SP/MTV): 452k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 11:30p (MTV): 450k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out Special (S/MTV): 338k
- American Beauty Star (SF/Lifetime): 279k

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posted 12/1/17

The Perfect Bid... The Story Behind the Story
Price Is Right Documentary to Be Released April 2018
From MK Ultra PR

Independent film-maker CJ Wallis has begun screening his award-winning feature documentary "Perfect Bid: The Contestant Who Knew Too Much" about super-fan Ted Slauson's unique history with The Price is Right and is currently adding dates to the film’s winter and spring North American tour.

The documentary explores how Slauson became adept at recording and memorizing prices of products featured on the show since its inception in 1972, culminating in him helping a contestant place a perfect bid during a 2008 Showcase, and ending in one of the biggest controversies in game show history as covered by TIME Magazine, Esquire, TMZ and more.

Perfect Bid’s world premiere was held at the Bend Film Festival in October and then went on to win “Best Documentary” at the Orlando Film Festival the same month.

"It’s a love-letter to The Price is Right, it’s creators and to all of the fans who have grown up with the show as I did. In trying to keep the film as independent as possible, we have begun a grassroots campaign and have already set up a theatrical tour in over 13 cities and continuing to line up more well into next spring - which is both a testament to Ted's story and to the power of The Price Is Right," said Wallis.

Perfect Bid’s multi city tour will include theater screenings throughout the Canadian provinces and marquee locations across California, as well as, Connecticut and New Orleans, Louisiana.

Screenings dates for 2018 are currently being planned world-wide, and will be announced in the coming weeks.

Worldwide distribution rights to the film have been acquired by Gravitas Ventures and is slated for release April 2018.

For more details about available programming dates, please contact mallory@mkuproductions.com.

For more information and to watch the film’s trailer, please visit: www.perfectbidmovie.com.

PerfectBidMovie.com

posted 12/1/17

Taskmaster Goes Danish
Avalon Format Heads to TV2
From Worldscreen

TV 2 in Denmark has picked up the format rights for Alex Horne’s comedy game show Taskmaster from Avalon.

The Danish commercial broadcaster has commissioned Metronome to produce 8×60-minute episodes. In addition, Sweden’s public broadcaster SVT is set to make a second season of its local version, Bäst i Test! (Best in Test!), which premiered earlier this year. Both the Danish version and the second season of the Swedish adaptation are due to be broadcast in 2018.

Isobel Hughes, the director of distribution at Avalon, said: “Taskmaster has already proved to be a global success with local versions being made in the U.S. and Belgium and a second series now confirmed for SVT in Sweden. The show’s combination of competition, ingenuity, comedy and creative challenges is compelling and entertaining viewing in any country and is sure to be equally popular with audiences in Denmark.”

Anette Rømer, the head of acquisitions and formats at TV 2, added: “TV 2 Denmark is delighted to have secured Taskmaster for our main channel. Resting on friendly competition, humor and wit, the program creates an atmosphere of Gemütlichkeit and ‘hygge’ which we know our viewers appreciate.”

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posted 12/1/17

SYNDIES: Week 10
Results for the Week Ending November 19
From TV Newscheck

The week ending Nov. 19 featured a tie at the top of the game shows for a second straight week between Jeopardy, which featured its annual Tournament of Champions, and usual leader Family Feud. Both shows inched up 1% from the week before to a new season high 6.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating.

However, syndication’s No. 1 show overall for a 13th time in 14 weeks was Judge Judy, which was in a league of its own, towering over all programs with a 7.6 for a second straight session, matching its season high and improving 6% from last year’s first-place score.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.8* +1%
1. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.8* +1%
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.4 NC
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 NC
5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck
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Screener

posted 12/1/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "SAVAGE QUESTION!"

  • LIST ABUSE: 6 apps for people who can't wait until HQ goes live every day (Bustle)... Meanwhile, a story of bots, cheaters, dink dink, and dilly dilly (Polygon)
     

  • The "Millionaire"-based stage play "Quiz" based on the Charles Ingram scandal will take the London stage (Playbill)
     

  • Eddie McGuire tells a bad joke and lands in the Hot Seat (9News)
     

  • Buzzr to pick up "Supermarket Sweep" January 15 on air and over Prime Video (Broadway World)

posted 12/1/17


NNDB
JIM NABORS: 1930-2017
"Gomer Pyle" Played "Hollywood Squares", "Celebrity Sweepstakes"
From
TV Line

Jim Nabors, who starred as Gomer Pyle on The Andy Griffith Show and its spinoff Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., has died. He was 87.

Nabors passed away on Thursday morning, according to Hawaii News Now. A cause of death has not been reported.

Nabors made his first appearance as Gomer Pyle in Andy Griffith‘s Season 3 episode “The Bank Job.” What was initially meant to be a one-off guest spot turned into a recurring role which spanned 23 episodes. In the Season 4 finale, the character enlisted in the Marines, paving the way for Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., which debuted in September 1964 and ran for a total of five seasons before concluding in 1969. He would reprise the role nearly two decades later, in the 1986 TV-movie Return to Mayberry.

Following Gomer Pyle, Nabors headlined the CBS variety show The Jim Nabors Hour, which ran for two seasons between 1969-1971. In 1975, he co-starred in the one-and-done ABC sci-fi effort The Lost Saucer. He later hosted the syndicated talk show The Jim Nabors Show, which aired for one season in 1978.

Nabors was also a successful recording artist, releasing 28 albums over the course of his career — five of which were certified gold and one certified platinum. He also made annual appearances at Indianapolis 500, performing “Back Home Again in Indiana” during the opening ceremonies. He last sang at the racing event in 2014.

His game show appearances include episodes of "Hollywood Squares" and "Celebrity Sweepstakes" in the 1970s.

GSNN's Doug Morris contributed to this report.

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CNN
New York Times

posted 11/30/17

The Mother of All Model Competitions Coming
"Making a Model with Yolanda Hadid" Premieres January 11 on Lifetime
From the Futon Critic

In the cutthroat world of modeling, every aspiring beauty needs support, guidance and sometimes an nudge down the runway. On Making a Model with Yolanda Hadid, premiering Thursday, January 11 at 10pm ET/PT, former model and television personality Yolanda Hadid (Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) brings her expertise to the forefront as she coaches aspiring teen models to succeed on and off the catwalk. As the mother and agent to fashion's "IT" girls Gigi and Bella, and model son Anwar, Yolanda and her trusted team of experts will put the girls and their "momagers" through an intensive eight week training program, focused on the physical, mental and emotional wellness that it takes to build a sustainable brand.

The eight-episode series follows six young aspiring models and their mothers as they travel to New York City, shack up under one roof and pursue their dreams of becoming a supermodel. Each week, Yolanda puts the girls and their moms through a series of lessons and assignments designed to not only test their modeling agility, but also the strength of their mother-daughter relationship. With a $5,000 weekly prize on the line to put towards their future careers, only one girl will be left standing to win a management contract with Yolanda's company and the potential opportunity to be represented by IMG Models in New York. Yolanda's daughters Gigi and Bella Hadid, designers Tommy Hilfiger and Nicole Miller and supermodels Devon Windsor and Alek Wek make special appearances throught the season. Making a Model with Yolanda Hadid is produced by Hudsun Media for Lifetime. Michael Rourke, Christopher Spry, Sean Rankine and Yolanda Hadid executive produce. Mary Donahue and Mioshi Hill executive produce for Lifetime.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/30/17

WEDNESDAY: No Man Is An Island
CBS, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.254 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) edged out a demo victory on Wednesday thanks to a new "Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers" (8.594 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), a second "Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers" (7.806 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2) and "Bruno Mars: 24k Magic Live at the Apollo" (5.364 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10).

NBC (7.676 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was a close second with its trio of "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" (9.014 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.109 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6) and "Chicago PD" (6.908 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8).

FOX (4.377 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) likewise was in the hunt with new episodes from "Empire" (5.076 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4) and "Star" (3.679 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.757 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up originals from "The Goldbergs" (5.609 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7), "Speechless" (4.185 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10), "Modern Family" (6.132 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4), "American Housewife" (4.531 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12) and "Designated Survivor" (4.042 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13).

And finally, new episodes of "Riverdale" (1.400 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "Dynasty" (0.695 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) over on The CW (1.047 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable..
- Iron Chef Showdown (Food): 764k
- Are You The One (MTV): 522k
- Iron Chef: Behind The Battle (Food): 469k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 220k
- Face Value (BET): 184k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/30/17

GAC Flips 28 More
"Flea Market Flip" Renewed
From the Futon Critic

Great American Country has triggered a 28-episode order of its competition series Flea Market Flip. The Emmy-nominated series, which stars Good Morning America co-host and two-time The New York Times bestselling author, Lara Spencer, showcases teams of two as they compete to repurpose flea market finds for a profit and a chance to win $5,000. Spencer, a designer and longtime flea market enthusiast, also serves as the series host, creator and executive producer.

In Flea Market Flip, each team has a $500 budget and only one hour to scour a flea market to find their potential treasures. After searching, haggling and brainstorming, the teams transform the drab and sometimes weird finds into top-notch designs that they can sell the following day at a different flea market. The competitors must attract customers, negotiate and sell their newly transformed items. The team who makes the most profit walks away with bragging rights and the cash prize.

The new season debuts December 3 at 8p ET.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/30/17

Alexa, We'll Take B
Amazon Alexa Unlocks Match Game Skill
From the Daily Telescope

PullString, Inc. today announced their software solution is powering the Match Game skill based on FremantleMedia North America's game show. The skill is scheduled to be released on December 14th.

The company's solution, PullString Converse, enables creative and marketing professionals to rapidly design, prototype, and publish skills for the Alexa voice service. Purpose-built for marketing teams and creative agencies, PullString Converse empowers non-technical users to write conversation, not code, and engage their customers through voice.

The Match Game skill features the “Super Match” round based on the popular gameshow format whereby users attempt to match one of the top 3 answers (from an audience poll) to a fill-in-the-blank question. Each day users receive a new set of questions. If they happen to miss a day, they can play catch-up mode for the week.

Introducing Support for in-Skill Purchases for Match Game skill
For fans of Match Game who want more, users will be able to purchase additional question gamepacks through in-skill prompts. The PullString solution seamlessly supports the purchase of digital content using Amazon Pay and a beta version of the Alexa payment APIs.

The Alexa payment service will be made generally available in 2018. Organizations looking to provide premium content for consumers will be able to leverage PullString's easy-to-use, enterprise-class solution to build and monetize skills.

“In-app purchasing in mobile was a catalyst for a surge of great mobile experiences,” said Mike Houlahan, head of channels at PullString. “We believe Amazon's payment service will have a similar impact for Alexa Skills powered by PullString.”

The Daily Telescope

posted 11/30/17

"Ultimate Brain" Gets an Ultimate Renewal
Nippon TV Brokers Deal for Belgium, Netherlands
From World Screen

The Nippon TV quiz format Ultimate Brain has received second-season pickups from VRT Ketnet in Belgium and NPO Zapp in the Netherlands.

The Japanese format has been adapted in China as well as in the U.K. on CBBC. The edutainment show sees competitors answering science-themed questions. Nippon TV distributes the format in Japan, Brunei, China (including Hong Kong and Macau), Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. Eccho Rights manages the property in other markets. The deals in Belgium and the Netherlands were clinched by Sputnik Media.

“The ratings are exceeding our expectations,” commented Rutger Beckers, managing partner at Sputnik Media. “I love the format because, through an entertainment show, it nurtures children’s curiosity for science and technology. These are valuable skills and mindsets to acquire, wherever the kids go next in life. And on top of that, it’s big fun to produce this show.”

Atsushi Hatayama, president of international business development at Nippon TV, remarked, “The two countries will join the United Kingdom and China in broadcasting more than one season and I look forward to the day when this one-of-a-kind quiz show is available and enjoyed the world over.”

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posted 11/30/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Life Comes At You Fast"

posted 11/30/17

Baking Dozen
"Kids Baking Championship" Returns
From the Futon Critic

Food Network celebrates the New Year in a big way as Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman challenge the skills of a dozen young bakers with major talent on a new season of Kids Baking Championship, premiering on Monday, January 1st at 9pm ET/PT. Over the course of ten episodes,the contestants (ranging in age from 10 to 13) compete in decadent dessert challenges designed to find the most impressive and creative kid baker in the country. To make it to the top tier of the competition, their baking skills and originality must measure up, as they whip up sweet treats such as cookies, ice cream, and doughnuts. Only one will take the cake and the sweet grand prize of $25,000, a feature in Food Network Magazine, and the title of Kids Baking Champion!

"The return of family-favorite Kids Baking Championship is the perfect sweet note to start the new year with creative confections and delicious desserts from extraordinary young bakers showing off their remarkable talents that will awe and inspire audiences," said Courtney White, Senior Vice President Programming, Scripps Networks Interactive.

Throughout the ten-episode season, the kid contestants must tackle new confectionary challenges, from sweet dessert pizzas using traditional savory pizza toppings, to out-of-this-world desserts with freeze-dried astronaut approved ingredients, and to a new twist on the popular imposter dessert challenge featuring lunchbox favorites. On the premiere, the bakers must conquer cookie cakes, but when Duff and Valerie throw them a crazy curveball, one competitor melts under the pressure. On Monday, March 5th at 9pm ET/PT, the championship culminates as one talented baker will rise to the top in the grand finale.

Kids Baking Championship contestants include: Gareth Bennett (Gaithersburg, MD; age 10), Julia Betz (Key Biscayne, FL; age 12), Alex Czajka (Edmonton, AB; age 12), Beverly Hepler (Foster City, CA; age 10), Grady Holloway (Chesterfield, MO; age 11), Luke Jonsson (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA; age 13), Linsey Lam (Closter, NJ; age 13), Abby Martin (Franklin, WI; age 13), Bryn Montgomery (South Hill, VA; age 11), Aditya Pillutla (Cary, NC; age 12), Michael Platt (Bowie, MD; age 11) and Soleil Thomas (Livingston, NJ; age 12).

Fans can join the baking banter on Twitter using #BakingChampionship, and can relive the most dramatic, creative, and adorable moments with video and photo highlights, at FoodNetwork.com/KidsBakingChampionship. They can also go behind the scenes with Duff and Valerie, and discover more baking tips.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/29/17

Second "Last Chance"
"Last Chance Kitchen" Returns to BravoTV.com TODAY!
From the Futon Critic

Bravo Media's Emmy-Winning digital companion series "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen," hosted by Tom Colicchio, launches today with a bombshell new twist, as four of the fiercest "Top Chef" veterans enter the kitchen, to battle it out, in hopes of earning a coveted spot in this season's competition in Colorado. Back to prove they have what it takes is Jennifer Carroll (Season 6 & Season 8: All Stars), Kwame Onwuachi (Season 13), Marcel Vigneron (Season 2 & Season 8: All Stars) and Lee Anne Wong (Season 1). In a series first, "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen" is available now on BravoTV.com, dropping one week prior to the "Top Chef" season premiere on Thursday, December 7 at 10 pm ET/PT. The competition begins now; to check out the first episode with the "Top Chef" alums and find out who must pack their knives first, click here: http://www.bravotv.com/last-chance-kitchen/season/videos/lck-ep-1-catch-me-upquick

Sponsored by Hidden Valley(R), "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen" is all about redemption as these chefs stop at nothing to fight their way into the competition. It's the ultimate battle royale as host Tom Colicchio sets the stakes high with pressure-filled challenges and a fast moving clock. At the end of each episode, one chef will pack their knives. With their dreams of a "Top Chef" title on the line, these fierce veteran chefs will not only compete against themselves, but each week will also have to knock out the new cheftestants as they are eliminated from the main competition.

Next week, the main competition begins as "Top Chef" returns for a brand new season with 15 incredibly talented and diverse chefs from across the country battling it out amid the breathtaking landscapes and thriving culinary scenes in Denver, Boulder and Telluride, culminating in an epic finale in Aspen. Following each episode premiere, the eliminated chefs will have the opportunity to change their fate in the game on "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen."

Episodes of "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen" will be made available on BravoTV.com, Bravo Now, VOD and YouTube at the conclusion of each week's "Top Chef" episode.

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

The Futon Critic

posted 11/29/17

TUESDAY: Like a Light Bulb!
NBC Wins the Demo AND the Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.737 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with its mix of "The Voice" (10.507 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2), the fall finale of "This Is Us" (10.840 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) plus "Chicago Med" (7.866 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5).

CBS (6.921 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the silver draw with its annual telecast of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (8.023 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) followed by a repeat "NCIS" (7.762 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2017" (4.980 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4).

Next up was FOX (3.455 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) with originals from "Lethal Weapon" (4.952 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "The Mick" (2.202 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.714 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.749 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) served up the conclusion to its crossover with "The Flash" (2.735 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (2.763 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

And finally, ABC (2.545 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) rounded out the night with its all-repeat lineup of "The Middle" (3.941 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.709 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "Black-ish" (2.610 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "The Mayor" (1.953 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15) and "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" (2.027 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15).

On cable...
- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (TBS): 1.004m
- Chopped (Food): 1m
- Bushcraft Build-Off (Discovery): 940k
- Drop the Mic (TBS): 784k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars (MTV): 536k
- Ink Master: Angels (Spike): 436k
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 186k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/29/17

MONDAY: No Dancing, Big Win for "The Voice"
NBC Wins the Demo, Splits Total with ABC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.426 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) pulled back in front among adults 18-49 on Monday with a new "The Voice" (9.745 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "A Very Pentatonix Christmas Special" (5.788 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

Second place then went to ABC (8.625 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) with its annual "CMA Country Christmas" (8.173 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) alongside a new "The Good Doctor" (9.531 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2).

Next up was CBS (5.426 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its lineup of "Kevin Can Wait" (6.292 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Man with a Plan" (5.646 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6), "Superior Donuts" (5.135 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7), "9JKL" (4.605 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Scorpion" (5.439 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.595 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) perked up with night one of its crossover event between "Supergirl" (2.647 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Arrow" (2.544 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

And finally, repeats of "Lucifer" (1.955 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and "The Gifted" (1.482 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) on FOX (1.718 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable..
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.502m
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (Food): 1.222m
- Scared Famous (VH1): 1.041m

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/29/17

Sorting the Weekend (Ratings) Pile...
Wednesday Through Sunday, so Buckle Up
From The Futon Critic

WEDNESDAY: CBS (6.860 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) was the top broadcaster on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers" (7.371 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "SEAL Team" (6.952 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and "Criminal Minds" (6.259 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Next up was NBC (3.979 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with a special "The Wall" (4.473 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "A Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving Special" (3.732 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

On cable...
- Paradise Run - 7p (Nick): 1.171m
- Paradise Run - 7:30p (Nick): 1.068m
- Iron Chef Showdown (Food): 766k
- Iron Chef: Behind the Battle (Food): 523k
- Are You The One (MTV): 408k
- Face Value (BET): 284k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 273k

Thursday on cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 652k
- Divided (GSN): 229k

SUNDAY: Repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.072 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11) and "Shark Tank" (3.184 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13) bookended new episodes of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.261 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Shark Tank" (4.095 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10) on ABC (4.403 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 898k
- Guy's Big Project (Food): 629k

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posted 11/29/17


NBC
NBC Sets Winter Plans
More "Wall", "Game of Games" on Tap
From the Futon Critic

NBC has filled out its remaining winter schedule heading into the XXIII Olympic Winter Games (February 8-25).

Joining the just announced return of "Better Late Than Never" will be the back half of "The Wall's" current season as well as newcomer "Ellen's Game of Games."

Additionally, Sunday nights following the NFL will be home to assorted specials and movies, including "The 75th Annual Golden Globe Awards" on January 7, "Ride Along" on January 14, "Neighbors" on January 28, "Super Bowl LII" on February 4 and "Furious 7" on March 4.

Return dates for its current fall entries were announced earlier this month (read the story) as were premieres for midseason series "Good Girls" and "Rise" (read the story). They'll be joined by cycle 14 of "The Voice" on February 26 and 27.

"THE WALL" (January 1)

From executive producer and NBA superstar LeBron James comes the second season of "The Wall," the fastest and simplest game with more than $12 million on the line every night - and up to $3 million on a single heart-stopping drop. At four-stories high, "The Wall" was built for one purpose - to change peoples' lives. With tremendous cash prizes waiting at the bottom, this game can change lives in an instant. Hosted and executive produced by actor, comedian, author and TV personality Chris Hardwick, "The Wall" offers a pair of teammates life-altering cash prizes. The rules are simple: Get a question correct and a green ball will fall down the wall and add the value of the slot to the players' winning total. Miss a question and an ominous red ball with fall and deduct the value from the teams' total. Teammates have to work together to build a huge cash prize. Last season "The Wall" ranked as television's #1 primetime game show, averaging a 1.7 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.2 million viewers in "live plus seven day" Nielsens. "The Wall" is a collaboration between SpringHill Entertainment and Glassman Media with LeBron James, Chris Hardwick, Maverick Carter and Andrew Glassman serving as executive producers. "The Wall" was developed by Glassman Media in conjunction with CORE Media and produced in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio.

"ELLEN'S GAME OF GAMES" (preview December 18, premiere January 2)

Multi-award winning television host, producer, writer, actress and entertainment powerhouse Ellen DeGeneres brings her hilarious, high-energy comedy to primetime with NBC's newest reality competition show, "Ellen's Game of Games." DeGeneres serves as host and executive producer of the hourlong comedy game show, which includes supersized versions of the most popular and action-packed games from her award-winning daytime talk show, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." Contestants, who are pulled right from the audience, will have to maneuver massive obstacles, answer questions under crushing time pressure and face gigantic plunges into the unknown - all in a quest to win a big cash prize. Every episode will feature DeGeneres' one-of-a-kind comedy and irrepressible personality, along with a unique roster of games, including "Blindfolded Musical Chairs," "Dizzy Dash" and "Scary Go Round." The thrill of the pressure cooker situations and the instant wins will keep audiences on the edge of their seats. At the start, contestants play games over four rounds. The winner of each round advances to play "Know or Go." The person who wins advances to the final round to play an epic game of "Hot Hands," where they will have to guess as many answers as they can in a designated amount of time. "Ellen's Game of Games" is executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres, Kevin A. Leman II, Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner and Jeff Kleeman. David A. Hurwitz also serves as executive producer. The series is produced by Warner Horizon in association with Telepictures and A Very Good Production.

Deadline
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posted 11/28/17

Ink Masters to Return
Catch It on Spi.... err, Paramount January 9
From the Futon Critic

"Ink Master" returns for a tenth season starting Tuesday, January 9 at 10pm ET/PT. For the first time, the series will welcome back three "Ink Master" winners to coach and mentor artists in the quest for $100,000, an editorial feature in Inked and the coveted title of "Ink Master." In addition, the former "Masters," Season Two's Steve Tefft, Season Seven's Anthony Michaels and Season Nine's DJ Tambe, will be competing against each other to win $100,000 of their own.

From Truly Original, the tenth season of "Ink Master," titled "Ink Master: Return Of The Masters," will debut on Spike TV starting January 9 and will continue to air on Tuesday nights when the network relaunches as Paramount Network on January 18.

"I am ecstatic that we are bringing back Steve, Anthony and DJ to go head to head this season," said Chachi Senior, SVP Alternative Programming and Development, Paramount Network. "Their coaching styles, as well as their talent as artists is the perfect set up for an intense season 10."

This new season starts off with 24 potential contestants who are put through a series of intense tattoo-style challenges, after which Tefft, Michaels and Tambe will select their top six artists to compete as part of their teams. Throughout the competition, the artists will be tested on their technical skills along with their on-the-spot creativity, as they must conceive and execute original tattoos on "human canvases." Each episode will focus on a different and distinct style of tattooing and, as always, while the artists' masterpieces will last a lifetime, so will their mistakes.

After each challenge, the contestants will face a tough panel comprised of musician, filmmaker and artist Dave Navarro, as well as world-renowned tattoo artists Chris Nu�ez ("Miami Ink") and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo).

Viewers can find more on each artist including biographies, photo galleries, artwork portfolios and team introduction videos by visiting inkmaster.spike.com. Throughout the season, fans can watch full episodes and video clips, and are encouraged to join the conversation on social media using #InkMaster. The latest in tattoo culture and series news can be found on the official "Ink Master" Facebook page, on Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.

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posted 11/28/17

Quiz Time for PS4 Players!
New Game Available for Consoles
From PlayStation Lifestyle

Today, Snap Finger Click announced that the ultimate trivia party game It’s Quiz Time is out today for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro. The game, which is built from the ground up to specifically allow players to stream the game on Twitch, Youtube, and Mixers, lets players compete against up to 10,000 players simultaneously.

It’s Quiz Time is billed to be the ultimate quiz party game for both PC and console. Allowing users to host their own quiz show and share it to the world, It’s Quiz Time was developed to allow players to not only broadcast their quiz to a community, but allow them to play together with an audience. The game is set to launch with two game modes designed for live streaming, with two other modes still in development.

“We are extremely proud that we are launching It’s Quiz Time, after so much hard work,” said Martijn van der Meulen, co-founder of Snap Finger Click. “There is no question we believe that It’s Quiz Time, from our witty AI host Salli to the streamer’s Live Mode, our single-player mode and the sheer size of trivia included, takes the crown as the ultimate quiz party game.”

The game is available now at a price of $19.99 for a limited time, and the developers have already announced that a Season Pass will become available early 2018 that features special event quizzes and other game features. For more on It’s Quiz Time, check out below:

"It’s Quiz Time is the biggest trivia party game on PC and console, with more than 25,000 different questions and answers across thousands of categories, in the single-player mode, player-customized round lists or competitive head-to-head sessions, making this trivia extravaganza the most comprehensive and accessible game of its kind. Up to eight players can play together in It’s Quiz Time, either locally or remotely over the internet, using their smartphones as a controller thanks to the free mobile companion app (iOS or Android)."


It’s Quiz Time is available now for the PlayStation 4.

PlayStation Lifestyle
Develop

posted 11/28/17

"The Price Is Right"... for Nigeria
FremantleMedia Licenses Format to Genesis
From C21 Media

A Lagos-based production studio has licensed the rights to US gameshow format The Price is Right in Nigeria, through a deal with global production giant FremantleMedia.

Genesis Studios, the prodco behind Nigerian series So Wrong So Wright, Tales of Eve and talkshow Chat Street, is developing a local version of the format.

The company has announced that TV personality Frank Edoho, former host of gameshow Who Wants to be a Millionaire?, will host The Price is Right alongside Emmanuel Essien (aka Mannie of Cool FM), who will act as the announcer.

The Price is Right is one of the longest running TV series in the US, airing for more than 8,000 episodes since its inception in 1972 on CBS. The show revolves around contestants competing to identify accurate pricing of merchandise to win cash and other prices.

The Price is Right was originally produced by Mark Goodson and Bill Todman and created by Bob Stewart. The format has been produced locally in 43 territories.

C21 Media

posted 11/28/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Hail!"

  • FIRST LOOK: Cash Cab (WXIA Atlanta)
     

  • Jennifer Hudson reach temporary agreement for custody of their son (Reality TV World)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Before "Suits" and "House of Lies" and Prince Harry, Meghan Markle was... #11 (TV Line)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alex Trebek (CBC) and Scott Rogowsky (Time)

posted 11/28/17


The Hollywood Reporter
"Four" For Fergie
Report: DJ Khaled, Diddy, Charlie Walk to Judge, Black Eyed Peas Singer to Host Beginning January 4
From the Futon Critic

Eight-time Grammy(R) Award-winning, multi-Platinum solo artist Fergie will serve as host of FOX's new singing competition series, THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM. The six-episode event premieres Thursday, Jan. 4 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

"I am very excited and proud to be the host of THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM," said Fergie (nee Stacy Ferguson). "This is a unique and modern show format that I believe will set the standard for the next generation of singing competition series on TV. I am looking forward to being by the contestants' sides during what could be the most important performances of their lives. Along with these amazing panelists whom I know and love, I hope my experiences as a solo artist and as a member of The Black Eyed Peas can help guide them in their quest to make it in the music industry."

"Fergie is a genuine superstar," said Rob Wade, President, Alternative Programming and Specials, Fox Broadcasting Company. "She's fierce, she's a force in her own right and she knows exactly what these singers are going through. So who better than her to help guide them as they fight their way to the finish."

As previously announced, Grammy(R) Award-winning musician, record producer and songwriter Sean "Diddy" Combs, record-producing hit-maker DJ Khaled, Grammy-winning recording artist and songwriter Meghan Trainor and record label executive Charlie Walk will serve as the show's panel of experts. These panelists are true star-makers and are responsible for some of the biggest hits and recording artists in the music industry today.

THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM begins where the other shows end: With the best. These four top-notch singers, spanning all music genres, will fight each week to defend their coveted seats on the show, as determined newcomers challenge them and try to knock them out of the competition. The singer who is the last standing at the end of the competition will earn the ultimate prize: the panel of industry experts becomes key players on the winner's team. This elite group of starmakers will guide the winner's career to help make him or her a breakout star. To audition for THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM, please visit thefourmusic.com.

As part of the grand prize, the winner will be named an iHeartRadio "On The Verge" artist. iHeartRadio's On The Verge program provides artists with unparalleled national reach through on-air radio exposure, as well as digital and social support across iHeartMedia's powerful range of music and entertainment platforms. FOX also has teamed up with iHeartMedia to support auditions, assist in the search for talent and boost the careers of artists throughout the run of the competition.

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posted 11/27/17


NJPAC
DAVID CASSIDY: 1950-2017
Teen Idol Played "Hollywood Squares"
From
TV Line

Actor and singer David Cassidy, who rose to fame as Keith Partridge in the classic ’70s series The Partridge Family, has died of organ failure. He was 67 years old.

He passed away on Tuesday surrounded by his family, his publicist JoAnn Geffen confirmed to Variety: “On behalf of the entire Cassidy family, it is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, our uncle, and our dear brother, David Cassidy. David died surrounded by those he loved, with joy in his heart and free from the pain that had gripped him for so long. Thank you for the abundance and support you have shown him these many years.”

According to TMZ, Cassidy was first admitted to a hospital in Florida on Nov. 15. Earlier this year, he revealed he was battling dementia, and announced he would stop touring to concentrate on his health.

Cassidy starred alongside real-life stepmother Shirley Jones on The Partridge Family, which ran for a total of 96 episodes between 1970 and 1974 on ABC. The TV-family band put out 10 platinum-selling albums during the series’ run. Among their biggest hits was “I Think I Love You,” which climbed to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in November 1970.

Cassidy also found success as a solo artist — though he struggled to shed his teen idol image. His hits included “Cherish” and “I Write the Songs,” the latter of which was eventually rerecorded and popularized by Barry Manilow. Cassidy continued to chart well into the 1990s with tracks including “Lyin’ to Myself” and “No Bridge I Wouldn’t Cross.”

In 1978, Cassidy received an Emmy nomination for his guest-starring role in Police Story, playing Officer Dan Shay. That led to his own cop show vehicle, the short-lived David Cassidy: Man Undercover, which was cancelled in 1979. Additional guest credits included The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Flash (1991), The John Larroquette Show, Malcolm in the Middle and Less Than Perfect.

In 2009, Cassidy was a series regular on the short-lived ABC Family sitcom Ruby & the Rockits, co-created by his half-brother Shaun Cassidy. His most recent acting credit is a 2013 episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Cassidy leaves behind two children: Arrow star Katie Cassidy, and a son, Beau. Katie tweeted the following:

"Words cant express the solace our family's received from all the love & support during this trying time. My father's last words were "So much wasted time". This will be a daily reminder for me to share my gratitude with those I love as to never waste another minute....thank you."

His game show appearances include episodes of "Hollywood Squares" in 2003 and "The Celebrity Apprentice" in 2011.

GSNN's Doug Morris contributed to this report.

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Variety
Broadway World

posted 11/27/17

More on "Child Support"
Catch It on ABC January 5
From Reality TV World

ABC has announced "Child Support," a new competition series featuring Ricky Gervais and Fred Savage, will debut on the network on January 5.

"Child Support, the US game show I created with Banijay Studios, will premiere Friday, January 5 at 8 PM on @ABCNetwork. It's hosted by Fred Savage, and features adult contestants and interactions between me and a group of 5 kids who say the most unpredictable things. Enjoy," Gervais tweeted.

"Contestants are asked to answer 10 questions correctly to earn the top prize," a network press release said.

"If they answer incorrectly, the contestants have a chance to be saved by the five kids who have been asked the same question by Gervais."

Savage is a former child star best known for his work on "The Wonder Years" and "The Grinder."

Gervais is the creator and star of the original, British version of "The Office," as well as "Extras," "Derek" and "An Idiot Abroad."

Reality TV World

posted 11/27/17

Takeshi's Castle Heads to the Mideast
Saudi Arabia to Get Its Own Version
From BroadcastProMe

Saudi Arabia’s General Sports Authority (GSA), which is responsible for all sports-related actvities in the Kingdom, has partnered with Japan’s Tokyo Broadcasting System (TBS) to bring Takeshi’s Castle onto screens in the Kingdom for a new version of the cult Japanese TV show, returning for the first time since 1990.

The Saudi version of Takeshi’s Castle will debut in late 2018 across several of the country’s leading channels and see the fast-paced physical gameshow and its signature challenges be transported to a Saudi setting. An Arab style castle featuring over 50 obstacles will be built in Riyadh over a period of 10 months, in a space of 300k sqm.

The weekly program will be open to everyone in the region and will run over 13 weeks, with huge prizes and new challenges each week.

BroadcastProMe

posted 11/27/17

Arie Christmas
"The Bachelor" Previews with "Countdown to Arie" December 11
From the Futon Critic

Join Chris Harrison for a one-hour special season preview, "The Bachelor: Countdown to Arie," airing MONDAY, DEC. 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST). For the first time ever, Bachelor Nation will get an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s life, his family and his love of racing.

"The Bachelor" premieres its 22nd season on MONDAY, JAN. 1 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network.

Travel back to Arie's memorable journey to find love with one of America's favorite Bachelorettes, Emily Maynard (now Emily Maynard Johnson). Five years ago, Arie fell madly in love with Emily and was ready to get down on one knee to propose when his heart was broken. Relive one of the most heart-wrenching breakups in Bachelor history and discover how Arie finally got closure.

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Reality TV World
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posted 11/27/17


Games Gone By: Tic-Tac-Dough (1990)
New Season... New Games!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

No nine monitors in a tic-tac-toe formation, no 70s synth music, no Wink...no problem for "Tic-Tac-Dough", right? I mean, Barry & Enright Prods updated things to the 90s and brought in John Wayne's flash and blood so...that should help bring it back, right? RIGHT?! Apparently not as Chris Wolvie presents another ruined revival in "Games Gone By..."

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 11/27/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Back to the Grind, Folks"

  • Nick Lachey plays real-life hero to a bartender (Reality TV World)
     

  • DJ Khaled celebrates ANOTHER ONE... birthday, that is... with Seacrest (Reality TV World)
     

  • Gwen Stefani spends Thanksgiving with Blake Shelton (Reality TV World)
     

  • The Royal Family of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland hereby announce the engagement of His Royal Highness Prince Henry Charles Albert David of Wales to... Case #24 (News.com.au)

posted 11/27/17

TUESDAY: Next Stop, Everywhere
NBC, CBS Night, "Dancing" Finale Goes Up
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.266 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday with its mix of "The Voice" (9.289 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "This Is Us" (9.288 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and the season premiere of "Chicago Med" (6.221 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4).

ABC (7.831 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the silver draw with new episodes of "The Middle" (6.032 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4) and "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.295 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) plus the season finale of "Dancing with the Stars" (9.165 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4).

Next up was CBS (9.791 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its trio of "NCIS" (12.494 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3), "Bull" (8.950 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.928 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.913 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up originals from "Lethal Weapon" (3.914 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9), "The Mick" (2.157 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.666 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (2.171 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.492 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) closed out the night on The CW (1.831 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

On cable...
- Paradise Run - 7p (Nick): 1.228m
- Paradise Run - 7:30p (Nick): 1.145m
- Chopped (Food): 899k
- The Challenge: Dirty 30 (SF/MTV): 802k
- Snoop Dogg Presents the Joker's Wild (TBS): 785k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Stars (SP/MTV): 666k
- Drop the Mic (TBS): 532k
- Ink Master: Angels (Spike): 324k
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 248k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/22/17

"Dancing With the Stars" Season 26... Fall 2018
Mini Season to Air in the Spring
From Reality TV World

Tom Bergeron has announced Season 26 of Dancing with the Stars will only air in Fall 2018 instead of this coming spring.

"There will be a mini-Spring season (4 Weeks). Not DWTS Junior. More info Tuesday," Tom tweeted on Monday ahead of Dancing with the Stars' Season 25 finals.

After questions and comments poured in from concerned fans on Twitter, Tom elaborated, "Season 26 of @DancingABC will be next Fall."

The show host added, "The 4 week mini-season in the Spring is a bite size, spray tanned spinoff."

ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" sets its sights on the sports world when it returns with a special all-athletes edition in the spring of 2018. Ten athletes from all corners of the sports world will be teamed up with the show's professional dancers and compete on the ballroom floor for a chance to win the coveted Mirrorball trophy.

Hosted by two-time Emmy(R)-winning host Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, the special all-athletes edition of "Dancing with the Stars" will air live. The athletes will perform choreographed dance routines that are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts, as well as viewer votes.

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posted 11/22/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Final Answer?"

  • Jeremy Clarkson in talks to revive "Millionaire" in the UK? (Telly Mix)
     

  • Chrissy Teigen expecting baby #2 (Reality TV World)
     

  • Two of the final three of Dancing with the Stars heading on tour (Broadway World)

posted 11/22/17

SYNDIES: Week 9
Results for the Week Ending October 12
From TV Newscheck

Judge Judy was on fire in the session ending Nov. 12, exploding to a new season high at a nosebleed level 7.6 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, with nearly 11 million viewers daily.

That was Judy’s greatest week in 10 months and a 10% increase over the prior frame. It was also a 7% improvement over last year’s strong showing, and the 30th time in the past 33 weeks that the courtroom queen handily ranked as the No. 1 show in syndication.

Family Feud gained 6% to a 6.7 and was tied for second place overall by Jeopardy, which began its annual Tournament of Champions and rose 12% to a new season high 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
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.7 +6%
1. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.7* +12%
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.4* +8%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 +6%
5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

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posted 11/21/17

MONDAY: Alphabet Soup
ABC Wins on "Dancing" Finale
From the Futon Critic

ABC (10.346 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) held onto the top spot on Monday with new episodes from "Dancing with the Stars" (10.347 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3) and "The Good Doctor" (10.343 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1).

NBC (7.632 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then remained in second with originals from "The Voice" (9.087 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and "The Brave" (4.724 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Next up was CBS (5.397 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its lineup of "Kevin Can Wait" (6.742 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), "Man with a Plan" (5.962 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "Superior Donuts" (5.179 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6), "9JKL" (4.414 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) and "Scorpion" (5.043 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.096 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up fresh installments from "Lucifer" (3.277 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "The Gifted" (2.915 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

And finally, new episodes of "Supergirl" (1.911 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and "Valor" (1.038 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) closed out the night on The CW (1.474 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.340m
- Paradise Run - 7p (Nick): 1.191m
- Paradise Run - 7:30p (Nick): 1.139m
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (Food): 1.008m
- Scared Famous (VH1): 974k

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posted 11/21/17

WEEKEND: Misfit Toys?
AMAs Keep ABC in the Mix, but Night Belongs to NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (16.978 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.6, #1) once again claimed the top spot on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (6.552 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T6), "Football Night in America #2" (10.702 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.5, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (14.289 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.6, #2) and "Sunday Night Football" (18.772 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1).

The silver then went to ABC (7.655 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) with the season finale of "The Toy Box" (3.478 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #17) followed by "The 2017 American Music Awards" (9.048 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5).

Next up was CBS (9.040 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and its lineup of "NFL Overrun" (17.291 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.4, #3), "60 Minutes" (11.474 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T6), "Wisdom of the Crowd" (6.278 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.787 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and "Madam Secretary" (5.954 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

And finally, FOX (2.114 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) rounded out the night with a repeat "Bob's Burgers" (1.970 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) followed by originals from "Bob's Burgers" (2.363 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "The Simpsons" (2.717 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "Ghosted" (1.953 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), "Family Guy" (2.078 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.600 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.065m
- Guy's Big Project (Food): 661k

CBS (8.466 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the network to beat on Friday with new episodes from "MacGyver" (7.188 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.107 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and "Blue Bloods" (9.105 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2).

Second place then went to NBC (3.995 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) with originals from "Blindspot" (3.416 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7) and "Dateline NBC" (4.285 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2).

Next up was FOX (2.299 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with fresh installments from "Hell's Kitchen" (3.204 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and "The Exorcist" (1.396 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.846 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up new episodes of "Once Upon a Time" (2.566 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8), another "Once Upon a Time" (2.010 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "20/20" (3.962 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6).

And finally, The CW (0.654 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night with "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.682 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.627 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/20/17

Hallelujah!
Paramount Network Renews "Ink Master: Angels"
From the Futon Critic

The original tattoo-competition "Ink Master: Angels" has been renewed for a second season by Paramount Network. The series from Truly Original features three of the top female competitors from Season 8 of flagship series "Ink Master" - Ryan Ashley, Kelly Doty and Nikki Simpson - who travel the country and go up against some of America's most talented tattoo artists. Competitors will face a variety of tattoo-based challenges to see who has what it takes to beat the "Angels." The second season of 10 hour-long episodes will debut on the Paramount Network in March 2018.

Chachi Senior, Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming & Development, Spike/Paramount Network, who made today's announcement, said, "I am thrilled that the Angels are hitting the road again; Ryan, Kelly, and Nikki are a fierce combo and I look forward to another round of them going head to head against America's best tattoo artists."

Added Executive Producer and Truly Original co-CEO Glenda Hersh, "The popularity of the Ink Master franchise has grown alongside our culture's fascination with and respect for the art of tattooing. We're thrilled to continue working with Chachi and the team at Paramount Network to celebrate so many talented and diverse artists."

The Season 2 premiere of "Ink Master: Angels" will accompany the roster of bold original scripted and non-scripted series joining Paramount Network including WACO, American Woman, Heathers, Yellowstone, It Was Him: The Many Murders of Ed Edwards, Rest In Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, etc.

"Ink Master" and "Ink Master: Angels" are produced for Paramount Network by Truly Original ("Swamp People," "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," "Vanity Fair Confidential") with Glenda Hersh, Steven Weinstock and Andrea Richter serving as executive producers. Truly Original is a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America.

Chachi Senior is Spike's Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming, and Chaz Gray, Executive Producer of Current, Original Series, Spike, oversees production of "Ink Master" and "Ink Master: Angels" for the network.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/21/17

Merry Crystal Maze
Special Lined Up
From Digital Spy

The Crystal Maze is returning for a Christmas celebrity special, all for Stand Up to Cancer.

The Channel 4 gameshow, fronted by Richard Ayoade, will be welcoming Saturdays singer Mollie King (who is, of course, currently competing in BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing) and Made in Chelsea's Ollie Locke, as well as Murder in Successville actor Tom Davis and boxer Nicola Adams.

Paralympian and gold-medalist swimmer Ellie Simmonds has been announced as the team captain.

The Christmas special will be getting a holidays touch, as the Aztec, Medieval, Industrial, and Futuristic zones will be "festooned with festive frivolity".

Jessica Hynes and Adam Buxton are also reprising their roles as The Knight and Jarhead respectively.

The episode will be broadcast sometime in December.

Digital Spy

posted 11/21/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Welcome to Hollywood"

  • "American Idol" delivers its first Golden Ticket of the reboot (Goldderby)
     

  • Buzzy Cohen wants to be the next Jeopardy! host... (Vulture) ... yeah, like he's got a chance of THAT happening (The Jeopardy! Fan)
     

  • Tickets to the live finale of Quizbusters now available (WKAR Ann Arbor)
     

  • Monetizing HQ (Variety), plus one site tried to get a few good questions with Scott Rogowsky, and this happened (The Daily Beast)
     

  • Vanna White lists her mansion for $47.5 million... or roughly 190,000 vowels (Mansion Global)
     

  • Paul Hollywood calls Simon Cowell the four-letter word (Digital Spy)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: "Family Feud" heads to Little Rock (ArkansasMatters.com)

posted 11/21/17

CBS Daytime Celebrates Thanksgiving
Special LMAD, TPIR Planned
From Broadway World

On Wednesday, November 22, gather the family around the TV and give thanks for a brand new Let's Make A Deal Thanksgiving Special!

Think a beautifully decorated table, pumpkin pie and a Thanksgiving balloon parade. Let's Make A Deal has it all this Thanksgiving! It's an episode stuffed like a turkey with hidden surprises every member of the family can be thankful for.

Over on The Price Is Right, they're filling the audience with students and alumni from some of the biggest college rivals across the country. When contestants on stage lost their pricing game, the contestant from the rival school won $1,000,

For the special episode, the show filled its audience with students and alumni from various rivaling colleges.

Broadway World
Daily Texan

posted 11/20/17

More on "Just Like Mom & Dad"
Catch It on BYUtv January 8!
From MENAFM

BYUtv today announced plans to co-produce a new game show titled Just Like Mom and Dad. Produced in association with marblemedia and YES TV in Canada and BYUtv in the U.S., the 20-episode primetime family game show celebrates modern, diverse families and proves how much fun families can have together and will premiere across the U.S.on January 8, 2018 at 8pm ET/6pm MT.

Just Like Mom and Dad will be hosted by husband and wife duo and family entertainment veterans, Sandy Jobin-Bevans and Kylee Evans. Sandy, a nine-time Canadian Comedy Award winner and Kylee, an actress, appeared on YTV/Nickelodeon's hit sitcom Life With Boys, where Sandy played the loving, single father and Kylee played their neighbor. Sandy was also the co-host of the hidden camera game show, Deal With It and Kylee is known for her recurring roles in Good Witch and The Stanley Dynamic.

"BYUtv is pleased to present our first game show, Just Like Mom and Dad, with our partner, marblemedia, and to expand our portfolio of innovative reality TV-based programming," said Michael Dunn, managing director of BYUtv. "Both BYUtv and marblemedia are committed to providing quality, family entertainment content for viewers throughout North America and around the world and we look for to co-producing and distributing this content across our network. Few shows today capture parents spending time with their young kids in a reality-TV setting and we are excited to explore the possibilities of this genre and scenario."

Shot in Toronto before a live, energetic studio audience on a bright set filled with giant moving video screens and a bigger prize wheel, each episode will feature three parent/kid pairs. The game starts with two interactive question-answer based rounds where parents and kids will be quizzed about their knowledge of each other. The third and final round will be an exciting bake-off in a new, state of the art kitchen coliseum, but in this kitchen the kids are in charge and the parents are the taste-testers. Additionally, marblemedia will be releasing digital media components, produced in-house by marblemedia Interactive, to support the Just Like Mom and Dad series, including a mobile App.

MENAFM
The Futon Critic
Broadway World

posted 11/20/17


Allmusic
MEL TILLIS: 1932-2017
Country Legend Played "Hollywood Squares"
From
CNN

Country music legend Mel Tillis died early Sunday morning, according to a statement from his publicist. He was 85.

Tillis died at the Munroe Regional Medical Center in Ocala, Florida, after battling intestinal issues since 2016, said spokesman Don Murry Grubbs. The suspected cause of death was respiratory failure.

Tillis was a prolific singer-songwriter who penned more than 1,000 songs and recorded more than 60 albums in a career that spanned six decades. Many of those songs were recorded by other country music stars such as Kenny Rogers, George Strait and Ricky Skaggs.

His commercial peak came in the 1970s when he had a string of top 10 hits, including "Good Woman Blues," "Heart Healer" and "Coca Cola Cowboy." In 2007, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Before making his way to Nashville, Tennessee, the songwriter briefly attended the University of Florida. He joined the US Air Force to serve in the Korean War and was stationed in Okinawa, where he spent his time cooking and singing on Armed Forces Radio.

His game show appearances include episodes of "Hollywood Squares" from the 1970s and 1980s.

GSNN's Doug Morris contributed to this report.

CNN

posted 11/20/17


TheJohnnyLopez
DELLA REESE: 1931-2017
Singer/Actress Played "Pyramid", "Match Game" Among Others
From
TV Line

Della Reese, who played Touched By an Angel‘s Tess for the CBS drama’s entire run, died Sunday at home in California, our sister site Variety reports. She was 86.

Reese was a gospel and R&B singer who hosted an eponymous daytime talk show from 1969-1970. She later moved to television, with a long career that included roles on Chico and the Man, MacGyver, The Royal Family, Designing Women, Picket Fences, That’s So Raven and The Young and the Restless.

Her most notable small screen gig was likely Touched by an Angel, the family series starring Roma Downey as Monica, an angel sent to Earth to deliver God’s love to those in need. Reese played Tess, Monica’s maternal supervisor.

Reese continued to work after Touched by an Angel wrapped in 2003; her most recent TV credit was Hallmark’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered.

“Through her life and work she touched and inspired the lives of millions of people,” Downey shared the news with fans via social media Monday. “She was like a mother to me.”

Her game show appearances include episodes of "The $20,000 Pyramid", "Match Game", "Break the Bank", and "The Hollywood Squares".

GSNN's Doug Morris contributed to this report.

TV Line

posted 11/20/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Slippery Stairs"

  • SO THIS IS A THING... "Slippery Stairs", a Japanese game show that is literally a slippery slope (SBNation)
     

  • Emma Slater, Sasha Farber FINALLY set a wedding date. Finally (Reality TV World)
     

  • Ryan Seacrest responds to the latest round of sexual allegations (Reality TV World)

posted 11/20/17

The Revolution Will Be Piloted
Fox Orders Pilot of "Revolution"
From Broadway World

Attention thrill seekers: FOX just ordered the pilot REVOLUTION, based on the U.K. game show of the same title, according to Variety. The show premise involves competition between BMXers, skateboarders, and inline skaters. All housed under the same arena roof and in rounds of rivaly, plenty of thrills and spills are sure to ensue.

The show was conceived by Los Angeles and London based production company, Znak & Co. Natalka Znak, founder of Znak & Co., is no stranger to reality television. She is known for her previous work on I'M A CELEBRITY, GET ME OUT OF HERE and the U.K.'s HELL'S KITCHEN. Znak presumes the role of executive producer of the U.S. 'REVOLUTION', in addition to Glenn Coomber (STRICTLY COME DANCING) and Jenny Stephenson (NINJA WARRIOR).

Broadway World
Variety

posted 11/17/17

Welcome Back... to "The Weakest Link"
Catch It on BBC2
From Telly Mix

The Queen of Mean, Anne Robinson will return for a Special Celebrity Edition of the Weakest Link for BBC Children in Need later this month.

Seven brave celebrities including Actor John Thomson, Love Island winner Kem Cetinay, Chef Rosemary Shrager, Actress Chizzy Akudolu, Columnist Giles Coren and Presenters Rylan Clark-Neal and Maya Jama have been confirmed for the line up.

They will face the wrath of Anne as they work as a team and attempt to answer a series of general knowledge questions to win up to £15,000 for the charity. However, only one can win, six will leave with nothing as round by round their teammates vote them the weakest link.

Telly Mix
Digital Spy
Digital Spy

posted 11/17/17

THURSDAY: More Football
NBC Wins on TNF
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.525 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) took home top honors last night with its coverage of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (7.356 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4) and "Thursday Night Football" (9.958 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1).

CBS (8.716 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (13.235 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2), "Young Sheldon" (11.740 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3), "Mom" (8.471 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6), "Life in Pieces" (6.414 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) and "SWAT" (6.218 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

Next up was ABC (5.404 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its fall finales from "Grey's Anatomy" (7.511 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5), "Scandal" (4.982 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.722 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.966 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up new episodes of "Gotham" (2.655 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and "The Orville" (3.279 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

And finally, originals from "Supernatural" (1.871 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and "Arrow" (1.297 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) rounded out the night for The CW (1.584 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

On cable..
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.898m
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.093m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 808k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/17/17


ABC/FremantleMedia North America
2018 Is Going To Be (BLANK)!
ABC Has Dates for "Match Game", "Child Support"
From The Futon Critic

The series premiere of "Child Support," a one-hour studio-based series from Golden Globe(R)- and Emmy(R) Award-winning Ricky Gervais and Banijay Studios North America, will make its debut on FRIDAY, JAN. 5 at 8:00 p.m. EST. Produced by Banijay Studios North America, the primetime series will feature adult contestants and priceless interactions between funnyman Ricky Gervais and a group of five kids who say the most unpredictable things. Hosted by Fred Savage, contestants are asked to answer 10 questions correctly to earn the top prize. If they answer incorrectly, the contestants have a chance to be saved by the five kids who have been asked the same question by Gervais. Ricky Gervais, David Goldberg, Caroline Baumgard and Jeff Krask are executive producers.

"Match Game," produced by FremantleMedia North America (FMNA), returns to primetime on WEDNESDAY, JAN. 3 at 10:00 p.m. EST for Season 3 and will once again be hosted by Golden Globe- and Emmy Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin. "Match Game" is a panel game show that features two contestants as they attempt to match the answers of six celebrities in a game of fill-in-the-missing-blank. Baldwin received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Host in 2017. Executive producers include Alec Baldwin, FMNA's Jennifer Mullin, Scott St. John and Mallory Schwartz.

"We are excited to grow our game show slate with the comedic charm that Ricky Gervais and Fred Savage bring to 'Child Support,'" said Robert Mills, senior vice president, Alternative Series, Specials & Late Night. "When you add Alec Baldwin's quick wit as host of 'Match Game,' you are sure to start your year with a lot of laughs."

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 11/16/17

WEDNESDAY: Empire Strikes Back
Fox Wins Demo, CBS Stops Slide
From The Futon Critic

FOX (4.939 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) returned to the top spot on Wednesday with new episodes of "Empire" (6.126 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Star" (3.753 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

Second place then went to CBS (7.162 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) with originals from "Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers" (8.716 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "SEAL Team" (7.167 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and "Criminal Minds" (5.603 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11).

Next up was NBC (6.635 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) and the fall finale of "The Blacklist" (5.863 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12) followed by a special "The Voice" (7.664 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) and a new "Chicago PD" (6.378 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.845 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) offered up its lineup of "The Goldbergs" (5.616 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4), "Speechless" (4.429 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9), "Modern Family" (5.967 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "American Housewife" (4.894 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6) and "Designated Survivor" (4.081 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

And finally, new episodes of "Riverdale" (1.421 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "Dynasty" (0.655 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) on The CW (1.038 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.226m
- Iron Chef Showdown (Food): 811k
- Iron Chef: Behind the Battle (Food): 615
- Are You The One (MTV): 508k
- Face Value (BET): 217k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/16/17

"Wheel" Spins Into NYC
Exhibit Opens
From Newsday

“Wheel of Fortune” is taking a spin in New York City.

The popular Hangman-inspired game show starring Pat Sajak and Vanna White is the focus of a new exhibit titled “Wheel of Fortune: 35 Years as America’s Game” at the Paley Center at 25 W. 52nd St. through Dec. 3. On display will be some of White’s favorite gowns, wedges from the wheel and scale models of the set, along with videos featuring some of the show’s most memorable moments. You’ll also spot Sheldon, the ceramic Dalmatian that sold for $154 during the series’ early days when contestants used their winnings to shop for prizes.

While “Wheel” began in 1975 as a daytime show on NBC with Chuck Woolery and Susan Stafford, this exhibit is meant as a celebration to the syndicated edition with Sajak and White that has been on a roll since 1984.

“The viewers think of them as friends and one of the most satisfying and heartwarming things to watch is people’s faces when Pat and Vanna enter the studio,” says “Wheel” executive producer Harry Friedman.

And while it costs $250 to buy a vowel on the show, admission to the exhibit, which is open Wednesdays through Sundays, is free. For more info, go to paleycenter.org.

Newsday
Enertainment Weekly

posted 11/16/17

TUESDAY: Splitting Notes
CBS Wins Total, NBC Wins the Demo
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.018 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (9.893 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "This Is Us" (9.925 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) and the finale to "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders" (4.238 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8).

The silver then went to CBS (11.015 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and its mainstays "NCIS" (12.944 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "Bull" (10.387 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.715 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6).

Next up was ABC (3.514 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with originals from "The Middle" (5.644 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.842 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), "Black-ish" (3.899 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6), "The Mayor" (2.510 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "Kevin (Probably) Saves the World" (2.595 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.886 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Lethal Weapon" (3.894 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), "The Mick" (2.113 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.645 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14).

And finally, originals from "The Flash" (2.396 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.550 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16) rounded out the night over on The CW (1.973 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.324m
- Chopped (Food): 973k
- Bushcraft Build-Off (P/Discovery): 957k
- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (TBS): 952k
- The Challenge: Dirty 30 (S/MTV): 837k
- Drop the Mic (TBS): 718k
- Ink Master: Angels (Spike): 411k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/14/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "I'm Too Sexy"

  • Blake Shelton is named People's Sexiest Man Alive for 2017 (Reality TV World)
     

  • Alex Trebek will receive this Canadian honor on Friday...  (The Sudbury Star)
     

  • Bradley Walsh... Detective... Future companion... Quiz show host... Best new artist of 2017? (Music Week)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: The Weakest Link Children in Need (Digital Spy)
     

  • SERIOUSLY, WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?!: Corrine Olympios went from single to dating to engaged (Reality TV World)
     

  • Wayne Brady lists it (Los Angeles Times)
     

  • "TWiTCH" Boss & Alison Holker ... Disney wedding (Broadway World)

posted 11/15/17

CW Renews "Whose Line", "Fool Us"
Both Will Return in 2018
From The Futon Critic

The CW Network has ordered new seasons of the hit magic series PENN & TELLER: FOOL US and MASTERS OF ILLUSION. Fixtures of The CW's original summer programming strategy, PENN & TELLER: FOOL US and MASTERS OF ILLUSION will join never-before-seen original episodes of the improv comedy WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? in Summer 2018. Premiere dates and times will be announced later.

PENN & TELLER: FOOL US is a one-hour competition series celebrating magic and featuring the legendary duo Penn & Teller. On each episode of PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, aspiring magicians are invited to perform their best trick to try and fool the world-famous team of Penn & Teller. Anyone who succeeds wins the right to perform with Penn & Teller in their celebrated show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The live studio audience and the TV audience watch along with Penn & Teller as they try to figure out the secrets. Penn & Teller see the trick only once and have to immediately try to work it out. The live studio audience knows there are no camera tricks, secret edits or helpful camera cuts. This is all real magic.

PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, hosted by actress Alyson Hannigan ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "How I Met Your Mother"), is created and executive produced by Penn Jillette, Teller, Peter Adam Golden, and Andrew Golder in association with 117 PRODUCTIONS and September Films (part of DCD Media).

Based on the wildly successful U.K. format, which also spawned a previous incarnation in the U.S. that ran for eight seasons on ABC, WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? is executive produced by Dan Patterson, Mark Leveson, Jimmy Mulville, Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie. Created by Dan Patterson and Mark Leveson, WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? is from Angst Productions and Hat Trick Productions.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/14/17

SYNDIES: Week 8
Results for the Week Ending October 5
From TV Newscheck

The first full week of the sweep was a big one for newcomer Page Six TV, which hit a new series high and narrowed the gap on rookie leader Daily Mail TV in the session ending Nov. 5.

Despite being preempted by Games 6 and 7 of the World Series in numerous large markets, Page Six jumped 14% from the week before to a 0.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, its best rating yet, while Daily Mail eased 9% from its series high the week before to a 1.0.

Among women 25-54 Page Six grew 25% to a 0.5, which tied Daily Mail for first place in the key demo.

Further back among the freshmen, Funny You Should Ask remained at a 0.5 in households and a 0.2 in the demo, while Pickler & Ben was unchanged at a 0.3 in households but dropped to a 0.1 among women 25-54.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.3 -3%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.0 -3%
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9 -2%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 -6%
5. Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 11/14/17

MONDAY: Dancing with a Final
ABC Takes the Win Outright
From The Futon Critic

ABC (10.257 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) snagged the top spot on Monday thanks to new episodes of "Dancing with the Stars" (10.135 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and "The Good Doctor" (10.502 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T1).

NBC (8.029 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then had to settle for second with originals from "The Voice" (9.488 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T1) and "The Brave" (5.112 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Next up was FOX (3.290 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with fresh installments from "Lucifer" (3.613 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "The Gifted" (2.967 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.033 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up its revised lineup of "Kevin Can Wait" (6.135 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), "Man with a Plan" (5.367 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Superior Donuts" (4.962 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "9JKL" (4.349 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "Scorpion" (4.693 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

And finally, closing out the night were "Supergirl" (1.862 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and "Valor" (0.976 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (1.419 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.330m
- Paradise Run (SP/Nick): 1.325m
- Scared Famous (VH1): 1.024m
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (Food): 1.113m

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/14/17

WEEKEND: Football
NBC Wins Sunday, Shark Tank Builds
From the Futon Critic

NBC (14.208 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.6, #1) was the top broadcaster on Sunday thanks to its lineup of "Football Night in America #1" (6.475 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 3.0, #T5), "Football Night in America #2" (9.261 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 4.2, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (13.548 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 5.5, #1) and "Sunday Night Football" (15.329 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.8, #3).

Second place then went to FOX (6.153 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) with its mix of "NFL Overrun" (15.178 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.0, #2), "The OT" (8.432 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 3.0, #T5), "The Simpsons" (4.761 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.9, #7), "Ghosted" (3.280 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9), "Family Guy" (3.089 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8) and "The Last Man on Earth" (2.176 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12).

Next up was CBS (8.040 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its quartet of "60 Minutes" (11.030 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10), "Wisdom of the Crowd" (6.789 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T15), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.733 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12) and "Madam Secretary" (6.608 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #17).

And finally, new episodes of "The Toy Box" (2.341 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #18), "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.217 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11), "Shark Tank" (4.240 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12) and a second "Shark Tank" (3.630 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T15) rounded out the night on ABC (3.856 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.095m
- Guy's Big Project (Food): 778k

Forty-eight hours earlier, CBS (8.729 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the network to beat on Friday with its mix of "MacGyver" (7.297 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.099 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "Blue Bloods" (9.793 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2).

NBC (4.525 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the silver draw with originals from "Blindspot" (3.350 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6) and "Dateline NBC" (5.113 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

Next up was FOX (2.223 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with fresh installments from "Hell's Kitchen" (3.134 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and "The Exorcist" (1.312 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.184 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up a new "Once Upon a Time" (2.413 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), the season finale of "Marvel's Inhumans" (1.953 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "20/20" (2.188 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, new episodes of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.707 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.712 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) on The CW (0.709 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
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posted 11/13/17

Fox Crowns "King of Mask Singer"
American Version of Korean Contest Goes into Development
From Deadline

Fox is developing a remake of Asian singing competition The Masked Singer – its latest shiny-floor entertainment format.

Deadline reports that the network is developing and casting a U.S version of the format with Smart Dog Media, the production company run by former NBC reality chief Craig Plestis, who has produced long-running game show Minute to Win It with Guy Fieri and Syfy’s Robot Combat League.

The Masked Singer is a celebrity singing gameshow with a twist: Contestants wear elaborate masks and costumes to conceal their identity.

The show sees celebrities, including actors, musicians and comedians, face off head-to-head in a series of singing competitions. As they sing, a panel of judges and viewers are guessing who is behind the mask as they vote for the winner. As contestants are eliminated, their true identities are revealed and they are unmasked on stage. The battles rage on until there is only one masked singer left standing.

The format originally aired in Korea via Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation and has been remade for China’s Jiangsu Television, Thailand’s Workpoint TV and Vietnam’s HTV7.

Paradigm Talent Agency, which represents Plestis and Smart Dog Media, brokered the format deal.

Deadline
Realscreen

posted 11/14/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "So You Want to Play Paley"

  • "Wheel of Fortune" has its panel at Paley tomorrow. Here's how to get tickets (WABC New York)
     

  • Jim Davidson reveals secret feud with Sir Brucie (Yahoo!)
     

  • Rachel Lindsay, Bryan Abbasolo take the "next big step" in their relationship (Blasting News)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?!: Corinne Olympios has a new piece (Reality TV World)
     

  • Jordin Sparks married... AND pregnant! (People)
     

  • "The Running Man" at 30 (Syfy Wire)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jamie Foxx (Broadway World)

posted 11/14/17

Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions Class of 2017: And Then There Were Nine
Champ vs. Champ Action Continues This Week
From TV Line

Fifteen of Jeopardy‘s boldest, brightest and most viral contestants from the past two seasons will convene Nov. 6 for the long-awaited Tournament of Champions.

The two-week event will conclude on Nov. 16 and 17, with $250,000 going to the winner. (Second place nabs $100,000, while third place goes home with a respectable $50,000.) The contestants are made up of the 11 players who won the most games since the last Tournament of Champions was held in 2015. Additionally, two College Championship winners and two Teachers Tournament winners will also compete.

Let’s begin with the latest contestant to capture America’s hearts/Twitter accounts: New York City native Austin Rogers. With a grand total of $411,000 in prizes won over 12 games — his streak came to an end earlier this month — the quirky player has collected more money playing Jeopardy than any of his competitors. But will he be able to sustain that momentum?

The other eight contestants competing in the semifinals:
* Andrew Pau from Amherst, Ohio. (Won six games, totaling $170,202.)
* Buzzy Cohen from Los Angeles, Calif. (Won nine games, totaling $164,603.)
* Lisa Schlit from Berwyn, Pa. (Won six games, totaling $139,100.)
* Pranjal Vachaspati from Urbana, Ill. (Won six games, totaling $137,088.)
* Alan Lin from Riverside, Calif. (Won six games, totaling $123,600.)
* Tim Aten from Vermilion, Ohio. (Won seven games, totaling $107,499.)
* Lilly Chin from Decatur, Ga. (Won the College Championship, earning $100,000.)
* Jason Sterlacci from Somerset, N.J. (Won the Teachers Tournament, earning $100,000.)

When tuning in today, fans may notice that Alex Trebek and the contestants are all wearing dark blue ribbons. Along with the rest of the Jeopardy! staff, they do so in honor of six-time Jeopardy! winner Cindy Stowell, who would have qualified for this year’s Tournament of Champions but lost her battle with colon cancer on December 5, 2016.

Jeopardy! also made a $10,000 donation to the Cancer Research Institute (CRI) in Cindy’s name.

TV Line
J!Buzz
KABC Los Angeles
The Ringer

posted 11/13/17

America Votes Early
"American Idol" to Kick Off Voting During the AMAs... November 19
From the Futon Critic

In anticipation of the debut of "American Idol" at its new home on ABC, America will have the chance to vote an Idol hopeful through to Hollywood ahead of the season premiere. It all kicks off, live, during the "2017 American Music Awards" on SUNDAY, NOV. 19 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EST). The news was announced today on ABC's "Good Morning America."

Idol's all-star panel of judges including Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, have traveled the country in search of America's next superstar. For some lucky auditionees who nearly made the cut, the journey isn't over. Bryan, Perry and Richie will select singers to re-audition for a second chance at the competition. Their audition videos will be broadcast live during the "2017 American Music Awards," and viewers will then have the opportunity to vote for their favorite singer by visiting www.americanidol.com/vote. The singer who receives the most votes will receive a Golden Ticket to Hollywood and will be revealed by Lionel Richie, live, during a special appearance on "Dancing with the Stars," Monday, Nov. 20.

"American Idol" is set to premiere on Sunday, Mar. 11, on The ABC Television Network. Emmy(R)-winning host and producer Ryan Seacrest will return as host of the beloved music competition series.

The Futon Critic
Broadway World
The Futon Critic
Reality TV World

posted 11/13/17

"Great American Baking Show" Returns Next Month
Paul Hollywood Joins New Hosts Ayesha Curry & Spice Adams
From Broadway World

Back for a third season on The ABC Television Network, THE GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW, based on the hit U.K. series "The Great British Bake Off," premieres on THURSDAY, DEC. 7 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EST), for a special three-week run where bakers from around the country put their best recipes forward as they compete in holiday-themed challenges and eliminations all hoping to be named "America's Best Amateur Baker."

Television personality and author of six best-selling cookbooks, Paul Hollywood, ("The Great British Bake Off") joins James Beard Award-winning pastry chef and cookbook author Johnny Iuzzini as judges, where each week they will taste decadent and delicious treats alongside show hosts Ayesha Curry, New York Times best-selling cookbook author and television personality, and Anthony "Spice" Adams, former NFL star and media personality.

Broadway World

posted 11/13/17

More on "MasterChef Latino"
Judges Named Ahead of Telemundo's Take on the Franchise
From Broadway World

Telemundo has announced that chefs Benito Molina, Claudia Sandoval and Ennio Carota are the three judges of the first season of MASTERCHEF LATINO, a format that comes to U.S. Hispanic television for the first time in 2018. In this culinary competition hosted by Mexican TV star Aracely Arámbula, the trio of cooking experts will have to choose one among a group of cooking amateurs as the nation's first MasterChef Latino.

Born in Mexico City, Chef Benito Molina has worked in renowned restaurants in Europe, Latin America and the United States, in addition to receiving prestigious culinary awards and being recognized as one of Mexico's best chefs. Currently, he owns Manzanilla, the first Mexican restaurant in Baja California where everything on its menu is cooked in firewood.

Chef Claudia Sandoval, winner of the sixth season of MasterChef U.S., now joins the first season of MasterChef Latino. Born and raised in San Diego, California, to a family originally from Mazatlán, Sinaloa, Claudia grew up with her mother and grandmother, who taught her how to cook since she was a little girl. After winning the coveted title of MasterChef, she began a successful culinary consulting and catering company under the name "Claudia's Kitchen," in addition to working with important brands and publishing the bestseller "Claudia's Kitchen: A Taste of Mexico" in 2016. Her culinary style is a modern take on Mexican coastal cuisine.

Chef Ennio Carota is one of the most beloved and well-known Italian exponents of his country's cuisine. He has traveled the world as chef, entrepreneur and TV host. Considered a perfectionist and a tireless seeker of quality and simplicity, Ennio was a judge in three seasons of MasterChef and MasterChef Junior in Chile. Born in Torino, Italy, cooking has given him the opportunity to travel the world and know the diverse cuisines of Asia, Australia, the Caribbean, North America, Latin America and Europe. After working at famous restaurants in Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, he launched an Italian restaurant in Santiago, Chile, where he currently resides.

Viewers can find more about MasterChef Latino through Instagram, Facebook and Twitter: @MCLatinoTV.

Broadway World

posted 11/13/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Say Hi to G for Us"

  • Chris Hardwick to perform at the College of New Jersey (TCNJ Signal)
     

  • Is HQ the beginning of a new genre of game show? (Touch Arcade)
     

  • Emily Maynard welcomes baby #4 (Reality TV World)
     

  • Gwen Stefani gets her own Christmas special (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Australian Ninja Warrior: a look behind the course (Newshub)
     

  • Bradley Walsh can dish it out... can he take it? (Digital Spy)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jennifer Mullin (MCN)

posted 11/13/17


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