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THURSDAY: ABC Wins with Shondaland
NBC Wins with the Demo
From Deadline

After a weeks-long break, ABC's Station 19 and Grey's Anatomy returned to Thursday primetime with new episodes. With its first new episode since April 8, Grey's Anatomy tied with Law & Order: SVU for the evening's highest demo rating.

Per fast affiliates, Grey's Anatomy and the latest Law & Order: SVU both earned a 0.6 rating in the 18-49 demo. Grey's was stable from its most recent episode, as was SVU from the prior week. Between the two, however, it was SVU that delivered the night's largest audience, with 4.71 million viewers. In addition to topping the evening, those two titles were their respective network's best programs.

The night kicked off with Station 19′s return (0.5, 4.10M) winning the first hour. The first responder drama dropped a tenth from its most recent episode in April, but helped set the stage for Grey's steady comeback. Following Station 19 were Law & Order (0.4, 4.10M), MasterChef Junior (0.4, 1.89M) and Walker (0.1, 0.69). MasterChef, which ticked up, was Fox's best title and Walker was the CW's best Thursday program.

Obviously, Grey's and SVU were 9 o'clock's top programs. In the same hour, Call Me Kat (0.3, 1.64M) concluded its sophomore season stable from the previous week but sharply down from its Season 2 premiere (0.9, 3.73M). It's worth noting, however, that the sitcom's January premiere received a notable boost from The OT. At 9:30 p.m. How We Roll (0.2, 2.86M) and Welcome to Flatch (0.2, 0.78M).

Thursday primetime came to a close with Law & Order: Organized Crime (0.5, 3.98M) at the top, followed by a new Big Sky (0.3, 2.36M)..

On cable Thursday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Top Chef Houston (Bravo): 707k/0.21
- Ultimate Cowboy Showdown (INSP): 635k/0.03
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 457k/0.03
- 25 Words or Less - 3:30p (OB/GSN): 326k/0.03
- America Says (GSN): 315k/0.03
- 25 Words or Less - 3p (OB/GSN): 271k/0.03
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 164k/0.07
- Top Chef Family Style (OB/Bravo): 157k/0.03
- Fast Foodies (SF/truTV): 104k/0.03

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posted 5/6/2022


ATAS

Daytime Emmys: And the Nominees Are...
Catch It June 24
From the Futon Critic

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is out with its list of nominations for the 49th annual Daytime Emmy Awards. The hardware will be handed out Sunday, June 24, with CBS airing the ceremony live at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT and Paramount+ streaming it.

The Days of Our Lives spinoff Beyond Salem earned its first nomination in the Outstanding Daytime Drama category and will face off against DOOL, The Bold and the Beautiful, General Hospital and The Young and the Restless as the category again has five nominees for the first time since 2014.

Meanwhile, Leah Remini and Robin Roberts earned inaugural noms for hosting People Puzzler and Turning the Tables, respectively. Judy Justice also earned a nomination for its first year on IMDb TV (now renamed Amazon FreeVee), while Peter Bergman earned his 23rd for playing Jack Abbott on CBS' The Young and the Restless.

The nominees are...

OUTSTANDING GAME SHOW
- Family Feud (Fremantle/Debmar-Mercury for syndication)
- Jeopardy! (Sony Picture TV for syndication)
- Let's Make a Deal (Fremantle for CBS
- The Price Is Right (Fremantle for CBS)
- Wheel of Fortune (Sony Pictures TV for syndication)

OUTSTANDING GAME SHOW HOST
- Wayne Brady (Let's Make a Deal, CBS)
- Steve Harvey (Family Feud, Syndicated)
- Leah Remini (People Puzzler, Game Show Network)
- Pat Sajak (Celebrity Wheel of Fortune, ABC)
- Pat Sajak (Wheel of Fortune, Syndicated)

OTHERS
- Jeopardy! (Outstanding Lighting Direction)
- Wheel of Fortune (Outstanding Lighting Direction)
- Family Feud (Oustanding Live Sound Mixing & Sound Editing)
- The Price Is Right (Oustanding Live Sound Mixing & Sound Editing)

The 49TH ANNUAL DAYTIME EMMY AWARDS is produced by NATAS and Associated Television International (ATI), which produced Daytime Emmy Award ceremonies on The CW in 2009 and on CBS in 2010, 2011, 2020 and 2021. Adam Sharp and Steve Ulrich are executive producers from NATAS, while David McKenzie is executive producer from ATI.

Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton and Days of Our Lives vet John Aniston will be among the Lifetime Achievement honorees at this year's newly expanded Daytime, Daytime Creative Arts & Lifestyle, News & Documentary and Children's & Family Emmy Award ceremonies, it was announced on Tuesday morning.

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posted 5/5/2022

Carson Daly, Blake Shelton AND Nikki Bella? Together?
USA Greenlights "Barmageddon"
From Deadline

Blake Shelton and Carson Daly are heading to Blake's bar for a new celebrity game show. The longtime friends have teamed to star in and executive produce Barmageddon for USA Network, with Nikki Bella as host.

The show will take place at Shelton's Nashville bar Ole Red, with Daly behind the bar and Shelton taking the stage with his house band for live music sing-alongs.

Led by WWE Hall of Famer Bella, celebrity friends will go head-to-head in a series of classic bar games with a fun twist, including Air Cannon Cornhole, Keg Curling, Drunken Axe Hole, Sharts ("Shelton Darts") and more.

Per the official description: In each episode, two celebrities will play a unique set of five games in the bar to win a much-needed prize for a viral Internet sensation each has chosen to support. Plucked from obscurity following their epic misadventures on the Internet, these now-infamous stars find themselves at Ole Red hoping to be redeemed. The competition heats up when the losing rival of each round has a chance to even the score by spinning the Wheel of Redemption, a risky move with hilarious consequences. Shelton and Daly will offer words of encouragement – and heckling, of course – to their celebrity friends. On occasion, they might even step in to show off their skills and play a game or two. Ultimately, the winning team takes home a prize while the losing celebrity must accept the shame of defeat. But this is Barmageddon – even if they did not win, at least they had a ton of fun trying.

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posted 5/5/2022

WEDNESDAY: CBS Has Spoken
Survivor Tops the Night
From Deadline

Survivor was Wednesday primetime's sole winner for the second consecutive week, earning both the highest demo rating and the largest audience of the night.

According to fast nationals, Survivor's latest episode delivered a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and 5.37 million viewers. The CBS competition series was pretty much stable from the previous week (0.8, 5.48M).

NBC's Chicago lineup was in repeats again, potentially contributing to Survivor's primetime domination. In the same hour as Survivor, The Masked Singer (0.6, 3.90M) matched its previous episode and bested new installments of The Goldbergs (0.4, 2.89M) and The Flash (0.1, 0.56M). Survivor was CBS' top title and The Masked Singer was Fox's.

At 9 p.m., The Conners (0.4, 2.98M) was ABC's best-performing show. The family comedy tied with a slightly up Beyond The Edge (0.4, 2.74M). Fox's Domino Masters (0.3, 1.73M) was steady and The CW's Kung Fu (0.1, 0.58M) took just a tiny dip in viewers.

The night came to a close with a repeat of Chicago P.D. winning the 10 o'clock hour and tying with the season finale of CBS freshman Good Sam (0.3, 2.04M). The medical drama, which still awaits renewal news going into the upfronts this month, ticked up in the demo and viewers. Good Sam was a steady performer when it comes to season-long retention, considering that its season finale matched its modest January series debut (0.3, 2.62M)

ABC's A Million Little Things (0.2, 1.94M) was steady.

On cable Wednesday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 656k/0.15
- Forged in Fire (History): 524k/0.11
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 457k/0.03
- Forged in Fire: Best of (History): 430k/0.10
- Temptation Island (USA): 339k/0.09
- 25 Words or Less - 3:30p (OB/GSN): 326k/0.03
- 25 Words or Less - 3p (OB/GSN): 299k/0.03
- America Says (GSN): 250k/0.02
- The Courtship (USA): 184k/0.05

Deadline
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/4/2022


Netflix

ALERT!
"The Circle" Returns For Season 4
From Collider

ALERT! Global superstars Emma Bunton and Mel B of the Spice Girls step into The Circle for the spiciest season yet! More catfishing, more money, more drama, and surprises await as the two icons attempt to catfish a new set of players with the hopes of raising their total cash prize!

Get ready for new players, wild alliances, and the spiciest twists and turns yet. Season 4 premieres today, May 4, with new episodes dropping Wednesday, May 11, Wednesday, May 18, and the Finale on Wednesday, May 25.

For the new season, Netflix has kept the rollout strategy it has been using for its most popular reality series: dropping a certain number of episodes every week, as opposed to releasing the full season on the same day. This helps keep the buzz of reality competitions going, as well as preventing people from giving major spoilers – fans have time to catch up before the final episode is released.

The Circle Season 4 will premiere Wednesday, May 4 on Netflix, with weekly drops of four episodes leading up to the May 25 finale.

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posted 5/4/2022

TUESDAY: This Should Come as No Surprise
NBC's This Is Us Tops Night, Game Night on ABC Premieres Steady
From Deadline

With only a few episodes left before its grand finale, NBC's This Is Us remains the highest-rated title of Tuesday primetime. But the Emmy-winning drama took a bit of a fall in ratings with its latest episode. Per fast affiliates, This Is Us delivered a 0.6 rating in the 18-49 demo, its lowest in a month. Viewership took less of a dip, falling only 6% in that measure from the previous week.

The latest installment focused on Jon Huertas' Miguel.

Tuesday also marked the show's final day of filming. To celebrate the occasion, the stars of This Is Us reflected on their time on the show. "The greatest 6. years at the best job I've ever had," star Mandy Moore shared on Instagram. "Gratitude, gratitude, gratitude (and definitely lots of tears."

This Is Us was the clear winner for the night's demo, but CBS nabbed itself a primetime viewership win with a repeat of FBI tallying 4.71 million viewers. The rerun tied with the latest episode of The Resident (0.4, 3.12M) and the Season 4 premiere of ABC's Holey Moley (0.4, 2.71M). The mini-golf competition series slightly down from its two-parter Season 3 premiere (0.5, 3.05M/ 0.5, 2.57M) in June, but stable from its September season ender (0.4, 2.60M) Additional titles in the 8 p.m. hour were NBC's Young Rock (0.3, 2.09M) and Mr. Mayor (0.2, 1.55M), both down, and Superman & Lois (0.2, .73M).

Beyond This Is Us, the 9 p.m. hour touted the Season 3 premiere of The Chase (0.3, 2.25M), and new episodes of Name That Tune (0.3, 1.49M) and Naomi (0.1, 0.47M).

The evening concluded with a consistent New Amsterdam (0.4, 3.40M) at the top of the hour besting an FBI: Most Wanted repeat and the season premiere of Who Do You Believe? (0.2, 1.77M) on ABC.

On cable Tuesday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Chopped (Food): 675k/0.12
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 457k/0.03
- Big Restaurant Bet (Food): 363k/0.07
- 25 Words or Less - 3:30p (OB/GSN): 326k/0.03
- America Says (GSN): 307k/0.04
- 25 Words or Less - 3p (OB/GSN): 299k/0.03
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (SF/VH1): 100k/0.05

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posted 5/4/2022


CBS

"Pictionary" Clears 90%
Jerry O'Connell-Hosted Game to Bow This Fall
From Deadline

Pictionary, a syndicated game show based on the Mattel party game, is now cleared in 90% of the country, locking in a Fall 2022 national launch, CBS Media Ventures and Fox First Run announced Monday in a joint release.

Stations from CBS Stations, Sinclair, Nexstar, Tegna and Gray are the latest to sign on to broadcast the Jerry O'Connell-hosted strip. It had previously been cleared by Fox Television Stations across all of the Fox-owned stations, including WNYW Fox 5 in New York and KTTV Fox 11 in Los Angeles.

The half-hour show is produced by Fox First Run along with Bill's Market and Television Production and distributed by CBS Media Ventures.

"Game shows have been a consistent performer for stations, so they really embraced the opportunity to add a well-known brand like 'Pictionary' to their lineups," said Jonathan Bingaman, EVP of Sales for CMV. "We're excited to launch this franchise nationally this fall."

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posted 5/4/2022

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "May the 4th Be With You... Always"

  • Lionel Richie answers the call to the Hall (Deadline)

  • Alex Trebek's family comes together to walk for PanCAN (Yahoo!)

  • Howie Mandel says he's afraid to tour after Dave Chappelle got the you-know-what beat out of him on stage (Extra)

  • #ICYMI: Randy Jackson & Paula Abdul reunite with the judges on American Idol (Newsday)

  • IN MEMORIAM: Cath's episode of Tipping Point airs (MSN)

posted 5/4/2022


CBS

RuPaul to Host "Celebrity Lingo" for ITV
In Addition to CBS Series
From Digital Spy

RuPaul has become a household name in the UK now, thanks to RuPaul's Drag Race UK, and now he's going to front a gameshow for ITV.

It's been announced that Mama Ru will be hosting Celebrity Lingo, a prime time spin-off of the popular quiz show Lingo, which airs in the afternoons on weekdays with Good Morning Britain host and Ackley Bridge actor Adil Ray as host.

The main show is still continuing with Adil, with 50 new episodes also just commissioned, while Ru's celebrity version is going to air seven episodes in the Autumn.

The celebs taking part having been confirmed yet.

This is on the heels of February's announcement that the Drag Race creator would be hosting a U.S. version of Lingo as well. For those unfamiliar with the game show, contestants are pitted against one another as they attempt to guess the letters of a word — it's essentially Wordle meets bingo. And RuPaul says it's going to be for those in the audience ready for some fun on their TVs.

"Now, more than ever before, people want to have fun, and Celebrity Lingo is here to serve it up generously," RuPaul said.

This marks the fourth version of Lingo to air in the U.S., having originally premiered in 1987. And it's the third iteration to play in the U.K.

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posted 5/3/2022


Sony Pictures TV Studios/CBS Media Ventures

SYNDIES: Week 36
Results for the Week Ending April 24
From TV Newscheck

The race among the top talk shows in syndication tightened in the session ending April 24 with a Michelle Obama interview triggering an Ellen ratings eruption as three of the top four highest-rated chat strips scored double digit increases.

In access time periods, the quiz and giveaway shows continued to be led by Jeopardy, which added 4% to a 5.6; Family Feud followed with an unchanged 5.1.

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

GAME SHOWS:
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.6 +4%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.1 NC
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.0 +2%
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.8 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.8 +14%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 +33%


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posted 5/3/2022


CBS/NBCUniversal

And America's Most Watched Network This Season Is...
... Depends On Who You Ask
From Deadline

CBS is calling it early: The network has predicted that it will top the 2021-22 broadcast season. This marks its 14th consecutive win in primetime ratings and its 19th in the last 20 years.

NBC is claiming its own victory – noting that it will win the 18-49 demo ahead of Fox.

CBS' ratings lead comes as it has the top broadcast series and drama in NCIS, the top comedy in Young Sheldon, the top new drama in NCIS: Hawai'i and the top new comedy in Ghosts as well as the top primetime news program in 60 Minutes. The network currently is averaging 6.35M viewers, ahead of NBC's 6.25M, Fox's 4.68M and ABC's 4.19M. These numbers are through May 1, per Nielsen.

CBS also is crowing that it again was able to again perform despite the fact that it was competing against a network in NBC that had both the Super Bowl and the Winter Olympics.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert also helped CBS win late-night for the sixth year in a row, and it also dominated daytime again with series such as The Price Is Right and The Young and the Restless.

In terms of the 18-49 demo, NBC takes a 1.2 in primetime, narrowly beating Fox's 1.1, with CBS at 0.8 and ABC at 0.7. NBC has finished first in the young demo eight of the past nine seasons, helped by such shows as This Is Us and Saturday Night Live, which rank No. 1 and 2 in entertainment shows in this category. La Brea, it noted, is the No. 1 new drama of the season in the 18-49 demo.

Disney-owned ABC noted that it topped the 18-49 demo based on entertainment-only programming, excluding sports.

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posted 5/3/2022


Entertainment Tonight
DAVID BIRNEY: 1939-2022
"St. Elsewhere" Actor Played "Family Feud"
From Deadline

David Birney, an actor who found early success on Broadway before landing the co-starring role on a 1972 sitcom, Bridget Loves Bernie, that would be one of the most controversial TV shows of its era, died of Alzheimer's disease Friday, April 29, at his home in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 83.

His death was reported to The New York Times by his life partner, Michele Roberge.

Born in Washington D.C. and raised in Cleveland, Birney had studied theater at the University of California, Los Angeles, when in 1965 he began acting in regional theaters across the country, including the Barter Theater in Abingdon, Virginia, and the Hartford Stage Company in Connecticut.

Although he had small roles in a number of television series beginning in the late 1960s, Birney found his signature role in the short-lived Bridget Loves Bernie, a CBS situation comedy about the marriage of Jewish cab driver and writer Bernie Steinberg, played by Birney, and Catholic schoolteacher Bridget Fitzgerald, played by Meredith Baxter (the co-stars would marry in real life following the show's cancelation).

The series was given pride of place on CBS' famed Saturday night line-up, following All in the Family and preceding The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Bridget Loves Bernie became a ratings success, outperforming all the other new shows of the 1972-73 TV season.

But the comedy's subject matter was protested by various Jewish groups, who criticized both what they saw as Jewish stereotypes and the show's condoning of interfaith marriage. Although CBS never admitted to caving in to the protests, Bridget Loves Bernie was canceled after its debut season.

Birney followed up the series with various TV movies and series guest spots, making his biggest subsequent splash as John Quincy Adams in the 1976 series The Adams Chronicles. Also that year he starred in a short-lived TV adaptation of the 1973 film Serpico.

Other TV credits include appearances throughout the '70s and '80s in such series as Family and The Love Boat, and the miniseries Jacqueline Susann's Valley of the Dolls. His highest profile role post-Bernie came in 1982, when he was a regular cast member during the debut season of St. Elsewhere. He left the series after one season to appear on Broadway in Amadeus.

Birney's TV career continued through the 1980s (Glitter, Seal Morning), the '90s (Murder, She Wrote, Live Shot, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine). His last television credit was an appearance in 2007 in Without a Trace. He also continued working in regional theater, including in a play, The Diaries of Adam and Eve, he adapted from Mark Twain's short stories..

In game shows, Birney played "Family Feud" and "The Hollywood Squares".

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posted 5/3/2022


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JOANNA BARNES: 1934-2022
"Parent Trap" Actress MAde Game Show Rounds
From Deadline

Joanna Barnes, a longtime film and television actress who appeared in both versions of the classic comedy The Parent Trap, died Friday at her home in The Sea Ranch, California. She was 89 and succumbed to what was described as a lengthy illness by friend Sally Jackson.

In 1961 she played the role of gold digger Vicky Robinson in the original movie The Parent Trap. In the 1998 remake, she had the role of Vicki Blake, the gold digger's mother. Her many film credits include Home Before Dark, Spartacus and The War Wagon, starring opposite legendary leading men John Wayne and Kirk Douglas.

Her extensive television credits include starring in three series, 21 Beacon Street, The Trials of O'Brien, and Dateline Hollywood. She was a frequent guest on dozens of TV series including The Millionaire, Mannix, Murder She Wrote, and Cheers. Joanna was a guest on many of TV's early quiz programs and chat shows including What's My Line, To Tell the Truth, and The Johnny Carson Show.

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posted 5/3/2022

"Million Dollar Island" Heads to Australia
7 Picks Up Local Version
From Variety

"Million Dollar Island" has been commissioned by the Seven Network for a local iteration of the series.

The Australian version of "Million Dollar Island" will debut on Channel 7 and 7Plus in 2023. It will be produced by Eureka Productions, "Million Dollar Island" was co-developed by John de Mol, who is behind the likes of "Big Brother" and "The Voice". The format was co-developed with Wim van Dam and Jourik van der Vorst. It launched in the Netherlands in early March via del Mol's Talpa. Since then, Studio Lambert has worked on the US and UK editions, and the show has also been sold to the Middle East.

The show's concept revolves around 100 people trying to stay on a remote desert island, vying for the chance to win $1 million. Each contestant starts the series with a bracelet worth $10,000. While they are on the island, they can gain and lose bracelets by competing in various games, and also receive bracelets from other contestants. On the last day, when just a few contestants remain, players get their chance to cash in their bracelets in an "exciting test of nerves", but they could still lose everything at the last minute.

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posted 5/3/2022

Eurovision Heads to Canada
Song Contest to Bow in 2023
From Deadline

The Eurovision brand continues its North American expansion. Leading Canadian producer Insight Productions, a Boat Rocker company, has teamed with Eurovision Canada rights owners and ASC, Inc., one of the companies behind NBC's music reality competition series American Song Contest, to debut the first-ever Eurovision Canada in 2023.

Similar to American Song Contest –– which is following the blueprint of the Eurovision Song Contest — Eurovision Canada will feature musical artists and bands from each of the 10 provinces and three territories and across every musical genre, to perform all original songs on the live televised event. The participating artists will go head-to-head against other provincial/territorial representatives in a series of televised Qualifier Competitions, leading to Semi-Finals and the ultimate primetime Grand Finale.

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posted 5/3/2022

MONDAY: 9-1-1 Is No Joke
Fox, ABC in a Dead Heat
From Deadline

The latest episode of Fox's 9-1-1 emerged the true ratings victor on Monday night, breaking the network's weeks-long tie with ABC and CBS.

The Fox drama ticked up in fast affiliates to earn a 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demo, the highest of Monday primetime. 9-1-1 was up one-tenth from the previous three weeks and earned 4.87 million viewers.

Obviously, 9-1-1 was also Fox's top title. 9-1-1 dominated the first hour of primetime, besting a new but steady American Idol (0.6, 5.69M), The Neighborhood (0.5, 5.35M), American Song Contest (0.3, 1.56M) and All American (0.1, 0.48M). ASC saved itself from lows, ticking up one-tenth in the demo. At 8:30 p.m. was Bob Hearts Abishola (0.5, 5.27M).

At 9 p.m., NCIS (0.5, 7.01M) delivered the night's largest audience and tied with 9-1-1: Lone Star (0.5, 4.15M) and Shark Tank (0.5, 3.49M) in the demo. All American: Homecoming (0.1, 0.33M). In the final hour, NCIS: Hawai'i (0.4, 5.09M) and The Good Doctor (0.4, 3.57M) dominated, while NBC's The Endgame came to a quiet close (0.2, 1.38M). The crime drama, which has yet to be renewed or canceled, dipped from its premiere in February (0.4, 3.20M).

On cable Monday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Spring Baking Championship (SF/Food): 1.077m/0.18
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 456k/0.04
- America Says (GSN): 374k/0.04
- 25 Words or Less - 3:30p (OB/GSN): 290k/0.05
- 25 Words or Less - 3p (OB/GSN): 282k/0.03

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posted 5/3/2022

WEEKEND: Idol Rules the Night Again. And Again, Still Not a Story from 2002
CBS, ABC in a Dead Heat
From Deadline

ABC and CBS kept their Sunday ratings momentum going, earning wins in the demo and audience, respectively.

Per Nielsen fast affiliates, American Idol was the night's highest-rated program, while 60 Minutes delivered the most viewers. Idol earned a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demo, while 60 Minutes brought in 7.14 million viewers. This isn't too surprising as the two programs have consistently won in their respective measures in the recent weeks. They also each marked their networks' best titles of the evening.

At 7 p.m., America's Funniest Home Videos (0.7, 5.04M), up two tenths from the previous week, won the hour and bested a slightly down 60 Minutes (0.4, 7.14M) in the demo. At 7:30, Duncanville's Season 3 debuted, struggling to make a splash with a 0.2 in the 18-49 demo and less than 600,000 viewers. The premiere was stable in the demo from the Season 2 ender (0.2, 2.32M) but took a sizable dip in viewers. NBC aired Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them for a majority of the evening.

AFV warmed things up for American Idol (0.8, 5.83M), which ticked up in both measures from the preceding Sunday. Following Idol in the 8 p.m. hour were NCIS: Los Angeles (0.4, 5.11M), The Simpsons (0.3, 0.97M) and Riverdale (0.0, 200,000), which regained some ground in viewers. At 8:30 p.m., The Great North (0.2, 730K) matched its previous episode.

In the following hour, another NCIS: LA (0.4, 5.06M) and a new Family Guy (0.4, 1.01M) tied in the demo. Bob's Burgers (0.3, 1.01M) ticked up.

The night concluded with The Rookie (0.5, 4.03M) up two tenths from the spinoff pilot, S.W.A.T. (0.4, 3.78M) and Weakest Link on NBC (0.2, 1.58M).

On cable Sunday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Worst Cooks in America: That's So 90s (Food): 976k/0.19

In the latest TV ratings, CBS' Come Dance With Me this Friday rose to 2.5 million total viewers but dipped in the demo to a 0.2 rating.

On cable Friday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 457k/0.05
- America Says (GSN): 400k/0.05
- 25 Words or Less - 3:30p (OB/GSN): 381k/0.05
- 25 Words or Less - 3p (OB/GSN): 355k/0.05
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (S/VH1): 193k/0.05
- Tooned In (SP/Nick): 185k/0.05

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posted 5/3/2022

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Star Fighter"

  • Danny Bonaduce taking medical leave (Deadline)

  • Sandi Toksvig tours Australia (Broadway World)

  • Richard Osman tipped as bookies' favorite to replace Anne Robinson... because reasons (Metro)

  • Robert Mills may have tipped who is hosting "Bachelor in Paradise" (VAriety)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Sara Haines (TV Insider)

posted 5/3/2022


Netflix

Netflix Hungry for a Fight
"Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend" Drops June 15
From TV Insider

The iconic, epic culinary battle that is Iron Chef is back.

"So, feeling hungry old friend?" Alton Brown asks Mark Dacascos in the official teaser for Iron Chef: Quest for an Iron Legend. "Hungry for battle!" Dacascos exclaims. "What a coincidence because that's exactly what's on the menu," Brown tells him before passing him apple, which he bites.

Chefs once again battle head-to-head in the new series, premiering on Netflix on Wednesday, June 15. Watch the teaser below.

Brown returns to the kitchen stadium to host with Kristen Kish. Dacascos reprises his role of The Chairman.

Based on Fuji Television Network's format, the series is reborn with a supersized approach. "It's been called the toughest culinary challenge a chef will ever experience. This is where world-class cuisine meets high-octane sports. Five new trailblazing Iron Chefs will welcome brave Challenger Chefs to the reimagined Kitchen Stadium, where they'll face off and be pushed to the limits of endurance and creativity, as they cook up extraordinary culinary creations," Netflix teases of the eight-episode series. "The competition's most successful Challenger will return to battle in a grand finale for the chance to be named the first ever 'Iron Legend.'"

Eytan Keller, Daniel Calin, and Ross Weintraub serve as executive producers for the series produced by Keller Productions, in association with 3 Ball Productions. Netflix will also be releasing Iron Chef Mexico and Iron Chef Brazil this year.

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posted 5/2/2022

More on "TUF: Team Peña vs. Team Nunes"
Catch It on ESPN+ May 3
From the Futon Critic

The 30th season of UFC's The Ultimate Fighter--The Ultimate Fighter: Team Peña vs. Team Nunes--debuts tomorrow, May 3, exclusively on ESPN+.

Since 2005, The Ultimate Fighter has introduced millions of new fans to the UFC and to future champions and top contenders. In addition to season 30, fans can watch Seasons 1 through 29 of the popular series on-demand, anytime, on ESPN+.

The Ultimate Fighter: Team Peña vs. Team Nunes
· 12-episode season
· New episodes each Tuesday
· Features eight men's heavyweights (265 lbs.) and eight women's flyweights (125 lbs.)
· Contestants live and compete alongside their fellow competitors
· Coaches: UFC bantamweight champion Julianna Peña and featherweight champion Amanda Nunes, will go head-to-head to help their teams win a UFC contract.

To subscribe to ESPN+ visit ESPNPlus.com/ufc.


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posted 5/2/2022

"The Great Food Truck Race" Gets Hot
Catch It on Food June 5
From the Futon Critic

The Great Food Truck Race heads to the beach for the hottest season ever this summer with a brand-new action-packed culinary road battle along the sunny Southern California coast, premiering Sunday, June 5th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network and streaming on discovery+. In the eight-episode season hosted by Tyler Florence, nine teams of aspiring food truck owners with specialties ranging from fresh pasta to plant-based Cuban dishes must prove their cooking chops, marketing savvy and selling skills in high-stakes challenges to beat their rivals and stay in the race. Kicking off in Laguna Beach with a spicy hot pepper challenge, the route then hits beach locations for intense cooking rounds and selling challenges, from Venice for a visit from Chef Antonia Lofaso and a hemp-inspired menu challenge to a selling competition at The Grand Prix of Long Beach. Other stops include Los Angeles where the teams compete against two-time Race winners The Lime Truck, Redondo Beach for a lunch-on-the-go challenge judged by Race alumni Seoul Sausage, serving beach volleyball players in Manhattan Beach and a visit to the Glamis Dunes, culminating in a head-to-head finale in San Diego where only one team is awarded the life-changing $50,000 grand prize.

"The Great Food Truck Race's innovative teams, mind-blowing food and beautiful locales make this show a perfect way to celebrate summer," said Jane Latman, President, Home and Food Content & Streaming, Warner Bros. Discovery. "The only thing hotter than the food is the rivalries - these teams are truly in this competition to change their lives and move forward in their quest to have their own business."

The teams competing are:
- Amawele's - San Francisco, California (Pamela Drew, Wendy Drew, Emma Januarie)
- Eso Artisanal Pasta - Morristown, New Jersey (AJ Sankofa, Kristina Gambarian, Matt McFadden)
- Food Flight - Atlanta, Georgia (Kate Schulz, Betsy Wallace, Grant Stevens)
- Girl's Got Balls - Fox River Grove, Illinois (Shauna Fetterman, Lizzy Scudder, Carrie Jones)
- Maybe Cheese Born With It - Toledo, Ohio (David Gedert, Mahogany Reign, Keith Logue)
- Salsa Queen - Salt Lake City, Utah (Salsa Queen Zapata, Jim Birch, Missy Workman)
- Sauté Kingz - Daytona Beach, Florida (Count Foreman, Jessica Foreman, Jesshuan Foreman)
- Señoreata - Los Angeles, California (Evanice Holz, Adri Law, Chelly Saludado)
- Southern Pride Asian Fusion - Colorado Springs, Colorado (DJ Williams, Houston Greenlee, Gio Palacio).


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posted 5/2/2022


NBCUniversal

College Bowl to Return for Season 2
Harry Friedman to EP
From Deadline

NBC is bringing back College Bowl for a second season.

Hosts Peyton Manning and Cooper Manning will return for the sophomore season along with a new showrunner. Harry Friedman, who spent 25 years exec producing Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, will oversee the show as showrunner and exec producer.

The show, which is a reboot of the game that originally aired on radio stations in 1953 before moving to TV in 1959, launched in June 2021. It features teams representing various colleges competing in a series of question round – 16 elite teams representing some of the nation's top schools will go head-to-head. The winning team will take home a scholarship with sponsor Capital One awarding $1M in tuition assistance.

Friedman, who recently teamed up with former Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron on a new take on Tic-Tac-Dough for NBCUniversal, replaces The Titan Games exec producer David Friedman, who was showrunner on season one.

The series is produced by Steve Mosko-run Village Roadshow Television and Universal Television Alternative Studio. Exec producers include Peyton, Cooper and Eli Manning for Omaha Productions, Richard Reid for Richard Reid Productions and Mark Itkin for Tough Lamb Media.


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posted 4/29/2022

THURSDAY: Draft Day
CBS, ABC Split the Night
From Deadline

In the latest TV show ratings, ABC's coverage of Day 1 of the NFL Draft led Thursday in the demo (with a 0.7 rating), while drawing 3.6 million total viewers.

CBS' Young Sheldon (6.6 mil/0.6) drew Thursday's largest audience and was steady in the demo, as were United States of Al (4.4 mil/0.4) and Bull (4 mil/0.3). A double pump of How We Roll (3.3 mil/0.3, 3.1 mil/0.3) was down a tenth week-to-week.

The CW's Walker (720K/0.1) slipped to al all-time audience low, while on-the-bubble Legacies (300K/0.1) hit its third-smallest audience of at least the season.

NBC's Law & Order (4.1 mil/0.4), SVU (4.7 mil/0.6) and OC (3.2 mil/0.5) were all steady.

Fox's MasterChef Junior slipped to season lows (1.7 mil/0.3), while Call Me Kat (1.5 mil/0.3) and Welcome to Flatch (780K/0.2) were steady.

On cable Thursday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Top Chef Houston (Bravo): 727k/0.24
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 586k/0.13
- Rat in the Kitchen (TBS): 504k/0.14
- Ultimate Cowboy Showdown (INSP): 472k/0.05
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 445k/0.04
- America Says (GSN): 374k/0.04
- 25 Words or Less - 3:30p (OB/GSN): 312k/0.02
- 25 Words or Less - 3p (OB/GSN): 308k/0.03
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 151k/0.05
- Top Chef Family Style (OB/Bravo): 134k/0.03

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posted 4/29/2022

"1%"... 2 Seasons
Lee Mack's New Quiz Show to Return for Second Season
From ITV

Hit new ITV game show the 1% Club, hosted by Lee Mack and produced by Magnum Media, is to return for a second series, ITV have announced.

The Saturday night show, currently on air in its first run, launched ahead of the average for its schedule slot with 3.4 million and a 25 per cent audience share [consolidating to 4m in the first week after its episode one TX on 9 April] growing its audience to hit a 30 per cent share for its second and third episodes and draw 4.5m [episode two's consolidated figure a week after TX].

The show's format sees 100 contestants begin every show - but to make it to the end and win the top prize of up to £100,000, contestants must correctly answer a question only 1% of the country would get right. Contestants of all ages and backgrounds can take part, because, unlike most quizzes, no swotting up on general knowledge is required to do well. Logic and common sense are the key to success.

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Last Day of "Schooled"?
Mizkif Ends Twitch Quiz Show Amid Cheating Scandal
From GameRant

One of the biggest game shows to hit the Twitch platform appears to have come to an end after a controversial conclusion to its second season.

Mizkif, who streams on his popular game show "Schooled," announced on April 26 that, due to cheating, he will no longer continue with the show.

While the concept is relatively simple, it also leaves the door open to anyone to take advantage of cheating. Schooled is a game show that quizzes fans from all around the world in a fast-paced, first-to-answer setting, with the sole objective to win as much money as possible during the episode.

Following the conclusion of season 2 of Schooled, Mizkif, known by his real name Matthew Rinaudo, stated that he was "done with this show" and that he "can't do this anymore." Having grown his following to well over two million followers, Mizkif gained notoriety for his outgoing personality during the quiz-like show that tests people's knowledge on a wide range of topics. He took a break in September 2021 following his break-up with then-partner Maya, but returned in grand fashion to continue hosting the show. With the drama behind him, he continued on with hosting the beloved Schooled show, but continued to hit more cheating controversies along the way.

User EEvisu will go down like the proverbial straw to break the camel's back, as he was caught by onlookers in the act of cheating while answering a question on the April 26 episode. When asked, "Who wrote the social contract," EEvisu (nee Phil Visu) was seen peering down and off-screen for a moment. Fans tuning in were quick to go into forensics and check the reflection in EEvisu's glasses, discovering him holding a cell phone in his hand while searching for the answer to the question.

Visu today posted a video apology for cheating on the One True King (OTK) network's popular OTKSchool game show. The OTKSchooled show, in which internet personalities compete in a test of knowledge with a cash prize on the line, saw EE initially take victory over Emily "ExtraEmily" Xuechun Zhang, before his decision to cheat was uncovered and the win revoked.

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posted 4/29/2022

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Follow Through"

  • Peyton Manning honors Demaryius Thomas with new fellowship (TMZ Sports)

  • Matt James gives "The Bachelor" the business (Us Weekly)

  • Howie Mandel sent into mental health crisis during COVID quarantine (TMZ)

  • Steve Harvey address fear of failure (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

  • "Worst Cooks" champion heading to trial (Deadline)

  • Jameela Jamil quits Twitter... you know why. (Toofab)

  • VIDEO WALL:
    - Vanna White breaks down (New York Post)
    - Shawn Stockman challenges Wayne Brady to a song battle! (TV Insider)


  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Peter Sagal (Buffalo News)

posted 4/19/2022


Netflix

More on... (Points to Picture)
Catch It on Netflix April 27
From People

Netflix is giving contestants of its newest game show a real shot at winning big — even if they don't know the answer!

On Bullsh*t The Game Show, it doesn't matter if you are a brainy intellect or of average intelligence. Featured players will "work their way up a money ladder either by answering questions correctly or by confidently giving incorrect answers," a synopsis from the streaming service reads. The most important part of this unique game is the contenders' ability to be clever enough to convince their opponents that they're answering correctly, though there could be a chance that their answers aren't quite accurate. If a contestant succeeds in the competition, they'll increase their chances of winning a massive $1 million prize.

Stepping up to host Bullsh*t The Game Show is Howie Mandel, who is best known for hosting Deal or No Deal and serving as a judge on America's Got Talent.

"Imagine, if you will, you're on a trivia show and you don't know the answer to any of the questions," Howie begins. "Scary, right? Well, not on this show! Because this is Bullsh*t."

Adds Mandel, "All you need is one of these people to believe your story!"

Bullsh*t The Game Show premieres on April 27 on Netflix.

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Wikipedia

Keke Palmer Joins "Legendary" Season 3
Catch It on HBO Max May 19
From Entertainment Weekly

Keke Palmer, the actress who brought us "sorry to this man" and is soon to be seen in Jordan Peele's new film Nope, has taken on a legendary new role: a judge on Legendary season 3.

"I wanted to jump up but the way that this dress is set up I had to stay seated," a revved-up Palmer says in her remarks to a competing House during her first tenure as judge.

Dashaun Wesley returns as host and MC of the HBO Max ballroom competition series in season 3. Leiomy Maldonado, Jameela Jamil, and Law Roach are also returning. Megan Thee Stallion will not be back for the third installment; a reason for her departure was not given.

An actress, singer, and TV personality, Palmer makes waves this year with roles in the thriller Alice, Peele's Nope, and through voice roles in Netflix's Human Resources, Disney+'s The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder, and Pixar's Lightyear. Her role in "Legendary" is in addition to her gig hosting NBC's "Password" this year.

Legendary, produced by Scout Productions, sees 10 Houses of the ballroom scene voguing, twirling, duck-walking, and dipping in competition to win a cash prize. To the winner goes the $100,000 spoils.

Season 3 will drop the first three episodes on premiere day, Thursday, May 19. It will continue to release three episodes in subsequent weeks until the show debuts the 10th and final episode on June 9. Seasons 1 and 2 are currently available to stream on HBO Max.

As with past seasons, this one has a star-studded guest roster. EW can confirm Issa Rae, Kelly Rowland, Leslie Jones, Pose star Dominique Jackson, Anitta, RuPaul's Drag Race and We're Here star Bob the Drag Queen, and Grammy nominees Sophie Hawley-Weld and Tucker Halpern among the guest judges. The trailer promises "more" to come.

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posted 4/27/2022

TUESDAY: Case Dismissed
CBS the Network to Beat
From Deadline

A week after ABC saw the end of an era with the black-ish finale, the network's latest Tuesday primetime lineup featured the season enders for Judge Steve Harvey and Truth Be Told. Those two titles came to a close while NBC's This Is Us and CBS' FBI each snatched another primetime win.

In fast nationals, This Is Us remained consistent from the previous week with a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and marked the evening's highest-rated program. The drama and the Pearsons have less than a month before the series' grand finale in May. Naturally, This Is Us, which brought in 4.70 million viewers, also marked NBC's best-performing title on Tuesday in both demo rating and viewers. Leading into the drama were Young Rock (0.4, 2.07M) and Mr. Mayor (0.3, 1.63M). Young Rock ticked up in the demo while Mr. Mayor was steady. NBC's evening closed with a slightly up New Amsterdam (0.4, 3.28M).

CBS' FBI (0.5, 7.27M) once again brought in Tuesday's largest audience and helped pave the way for FBI: International (0.5, 5.94M) to match its previous week's ratings. The latest iteration of the FBI slate concluded with FBI: Most Wanted (0.4, 5.25M) also stable to top the final hour of primetime.

Two thirds of ABC's Tuesday slate were dedicated to Judge Steve Harvey, which concluded its freshman run. The comedy series, which has been renewed for Season 2, was stable in its penultimate episode at 8 p.m. (0.4, 3.33M), but dipped with the finale (0.3, 2.58M) at the 9 o'clock hour. Judge Steve Harvey fell four tenths in the demo and approximately 47% in viewers from its January debut (0.7, 4.92M) After two hours of Judge Steve Harvey, ABC also brought the latest season of To Tell The Truth to a close (0.3, 2.10M). That title was stable from the previous episode, but also saw a bit of a drop from its season premiere back in January 2021 (0.6, 4.29M).

Fox's Tuesday was pretty regular with The Resident (0.4, 2.95M) matching last week's performance and marking the network's top program. Name That Tune (0.2, 1.33M) took a slight dip in viewers to hit lows.

Superman & Lois (0.2, 0.88M) was the top performer for The CW. Naomi (0.1, 0.55M) followed behind.

On cable Tuesday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Chopped (Food): 648k/0.12
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 474k/0.05
- 25 Words or Less - 3p (OB/GSN): 377k/0.04
- Big Restaurant Bet (Food): 372k/0.09
- 25 Words or Less - 3:30p (OB/GSN): 363k/0.03
- America Says (SP/GSN): 328k/0.04

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posted 4/27/2022

"Are You Smarter" Returns to Consoles
THQ Nordic to Develop New Home GAme Edition
From Worth Playing

Game show spin-offs have historically been pretty popular on consoles in the past, and they're enjoying something of a renaissance right now, with the likes of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy already available on the PS Store. Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? is the next TV show to get a digital remake, and judging by this debut trailer – well, it actually looks pretty good.

Releasing later this year on both the PlayStation 5 and PS4, the release will feature a robust couch co-op mode as you'd expect – although you will be also be able to face off against virtual tweens alone, if that's your jam. "With over 6,800 multiple-choice questions, truth-or-false challenges, and minigames, you'll have the chance to challenge your proficiency in 24 different subjects, with topics like animal sciences, vocabulary, math, and more," the blurb explains.

Multiple-choice questions, true-or-false challenges, and minigames will test your proficiency in more than 24 different subjects. Faced with a tough question, you can always rely on your classmates for help! More than 6,800 questions on topics like animal sciences, vocabulary, math, and more are delivered by a diverse, fully voiced, and animated cast of characters. Beat each challenge alone or together with family and friends in exciting couch co-op multiplayer gameplay to prove that you are, in fact, smarter than a 5th Grader!

The original Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? game show ran for five successful seasons on FOX Primetime and averaged 20 million viewers a week in its first season. That success was accompanied by 300 original episodes for syndication. The format remains incredibly relevant today, having been produced in more than 70 countries around the world, and enjoying success across multiple platforms including a YouTube channel and Podcast.

Prove how much you still know from school and that you are, in fact, smarter than a 5th grader.

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posted 4/27/2022

Directors Guild of Canada Poised to Strike BC
Notifications Sent
From Deadline

Contract talks have stalled and the Directors Guild of Canada BC has issued a 72-hour strike notice, the next and possibly final step before the guild launches a work stoppage in British Columbia. Barring a last minute settlement, a work stoppage could come any day. The latest move comes in the wake of a strike mandate vote that was approved overwhelmingly by the guild's members.

Negotiations with the AMPTP and the Canadian Media Producers Association had been going on, on and off, for over a year.

A strike, if it comes to that, would be the first in the DGC BC's history, though most films and TV shows currently shooting in British Columbia would not be affected because they are protected by what's known as "safe harbor" agreements. In 2008 the BC Labor Board imposed safe harbor agreements upon the industry to provide for labor stability during collective bargaining. Most productions currently shooting in BC have signed safe harbor agreements. Any production that has signed, and complies with the terms of a safe harbor agreement is protected from a labor action.

According to Creative BC, the British Columbia film commission, more than 30 projects are currently filming there including such films as Parallel Forest and Pinky; TV series The Flash, The Good Doctor, Charmed, Snowpiercer, Riverdale, Superman & Lois, A Million Little Things and The Nanny; and miniseries The Fall of the House of Usher and Shogun.

A strike, however, would not stop filming elsewhere in Canada. In Toronto, which is also a major filming destination, directors and their crews are represented by a different DGC district council, which has its own separate contracts and is not threatening a work stoppage.

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posted 4/27/2022


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SYNDIES: Week 35
Results for the Week Ending April 17
From TV Newscheck

Live with Kelly and Ryan racked up its sixth straight talk show race victory in the session ending April 17, and was the only top-tier strip in all of first-run syndication surging into positive territory. It was extremely difficult for programs to move up in the Good Friday-Easter-Passover week as most were heavily preempted or affected by the UESA Champions League soccer semifinals and extensive coverage of the Brooklyn subway shooting.

Among game shows, Jeopardy remained in front but fell 2% to a 5.4; Family Feud faded 4% to a 5.1; and Wheel of Fortune skidded 4% to a 4.9. Also trending lower were 25 Words or Less, which lost 13% to a 0.7 and Funny You Should Ask, which fell 25% to a 0.3.

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

GAME SHOWS:
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.4 -2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.1 -4%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.9 -4%
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.8 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 -13%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.3 -25%


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posted 4/26/2022

MONDAY: If You Were In a Deadlock for First, Please Step Forward. Not So Fast, NBC.
CBS, ABC, Fox in a Dead Heat
From Deadline

ABC, CBS and Fox found themselves in yet another ratings tie on Monday night. The three networks' highest-rated titles –ABC's American Idol, CBS' The Price Is Right at Night and Fox's 9-1-1 series – all brought in a 0.6 rating for the 18-49 demo in fast affiliates, marking the third consecutive Monday tie between the three broadcasters.

Among the three top-earning shows, it was a stable American Idol that won the night's largest audience, with 5.19 million viewers. American Idol kicked off its first hour tying with the latest episode of 9-1-1 (0.6, 4.82M) and The Price Is Right at Night (0.6, 4.23M). The Fox drama was pretty much flat in both measures from the previous week, while CBS swapped out regular Monday titles The Neighborhood and Bob Hearts Abishola for a new installment of the Drew Carey-hosted game show.

NBC had a quiet night with American Song Contest (0.2, 1.42M) falling to lows in the demo. The CW's All American (0.1, 0.353) ticked up slightly in viewers to mark the network's best program of the evening.

At 9 p.m., 9-1-1: Lone Star (0.6, 4.48M) retained its lead-in measures to bounce up two tenths in the demo and approximately 9% in viewers from the previous week. After The Price Is Right At Night, CBS shifted into repeats mode. All American: Homecoming (0.1, 0.38M) was steady.

The final hour of Monday primetime was a quiet one as ABC joined CBS in airing repeats. The only new episode at the hour was NBC's The Endgame (0.2, 1.66M).

On cable Monday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 997k/0.18
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 474k/0.05
- 25 Words or Less - 3p (OB/GSN): 377k/0.04
- 25 Words or Less - 3:30p (OB/GSN): 363k/0.03
- America Says (SP/GSN): 317k/0.04

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posted 4/26/2022

WEEKEND: Idol Rules the Night Again. And Again, Still Not a Story from 2002
CBS, ABC in a Dead Heat
From Deadline

Sunday marked was another winning night for CBS and ABC as the two dominated primetime with new episodes of 60 Minutes and American Idol, respectively.

According to fast nationals, American Idol won the night's highest rating and 60 Minutes, Sunday's largest audience. CBS' news delivered a 0.5 rating in the 18-49 demo and 7.26 million viewers. 60 Minutes, which was CBS' top program of the evening, however did not have much stiff competition airing among repeats across all other networks in the 7 p.m. hour.

At 8 p.m., things picked up with American Idol (0.7, 5.11M) rising in both counts from the previous week. Idol was ABC's top title. Keeping its lead-in from the preceding hour, a steady episode of The Equalizer (0.5, 6.76M) followed behind to easily best episodes of The Simpsons (0.3, 0.91M) and The Great North (0.2, 0.72M). The latest Simpsons was Fox's top show.

In the same block, Riverdale (0.0, 0.22M)dipped even further to reach lows in the demo. Riverdale wasn't even The CW's best-performing title Sunday – that distinction went to a rerun of Whose Line Is It Anyway? (0.0, 0.30M) NCIS: Los Angeles (0.5, 5.52M) held the demo steady for CBS, even if it meant dropping from its last episode. Also in the 9 p.m. hour were Weakest Link (0.2, 1.64M), Bob's Burgers (0.2, 0.72M) and Family Guy (0.3, 0.90M). Weakest Link marked NBC's top title.

CBS remained consistent in the demo all throughout the night, closing with a steady S.W.A.T. (0.5, 3.92M). The Rookie's spinoff pilot (0.3, 3.42M), starring Niecy Nash, helped the ABC series tick up slightly in viewers. Transplant (0.2, 1.44M) was also slightly up.

On cable Friday (total viewers/A18-49)
- RuPaul's Drag Race (SF/VH1): 697k/0.26
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 474k/0.05
- 25 Words or Less - 3:30p (OB/GSN): 330k/0.04
- 25 Words or Less - 3p (OB/GSN): 315k/0.04
- Tooned In (SP/Nick): 179k/0.06

On cable Sunday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (SP/Food): 1.054m/0.19

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All-New! All Winners!
Paramount+ Greenlights New Season of "Drag Race All Stars" to Feature Only Champs
From the Futon Critic

Paramount+ has ru-vealed more than just the trailer for the latest RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars, unveiling that Cameron Diaz, Nancy Pelosi, Naomi Campbell and Ronan Farrow will be among the buzzy names set to appear in season 7. During the Drag Race Season 14 Grand Finale on Friday, Paramount+ shared a teaser for the upcoming All Stars season, which will feature an all-winners lineup of contestants. Diaz and Farrow will serve as guest judges during the season alongside Daphne Guinness, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Nikki Glaser, Tove Lo, Betsey Johnson, Janicza Bravo, Ben Platt, Ronan Farrow and Hannah Einbinder. United States House Speaker Pelosi and fashion icon Campbell will make special guest appearances throughout the season, as will Wheel of Fortune's Vanna White.

For the first time ever in the herstory of RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE, the series will feature a cast of all former winners returning to compete for the title "Queen of All Queens" and a cash prize of $200,000.

Internationally, RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARS season seven will air on Paramount+ in Latin America later this year.

The eight queens returning to the runway in hopes of snatching the crown are:
- JAIDA ESSENCE HALL (Winner, Season 12) Insta/Twitter: @jaidaehall Look over there! Season 12's winner and trade of the season is back to snatch another crown. With her dazzling charisma and show-stopping talent, Jaida remains the essence of beauty, and she's ready to prove she's the Queen of All Queens.
- JINKX MONSOON (Winner, Season Five) Twitter: @jinkxmonsoon Instagram: @thejinkx Season five champion Jinkx Monsoon is a powerhouse performer and one staunch character! This beloved, quirky queen is a force of nature, but can she prove it's Monsoon season - again?
- MONÉT X CHANGE (Winner, All Stars 4) Twitter: @monetxchange Instagram: @monetxchange Miss Congeniality of season 10 and winner of All Stars four, Monét X Change is back, and the exchange rate is about to go up! Get ready to soak up all her charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent as Monét stakes her claim on another crown!
- RAJA (Winner, Season Three) Insta/Twitter: @sutanamrull Season three's Drag Race superstar, Raja inspired a generation of young queens with her creativity and style. Now this luminous legend is back to show once and for all that she is still the champion.
- SHEA COULEÉ (Winner, All Stars 5) Insta/Twitter: @sheacoulee Fashion icon, performer and activist, Shea Couleé is the epitome of drag excellence. On All Stars five, she ruled the runway and snatched the crown. Now she's back to slay a new day ... and claim the ultimate prize!
- TRINITY THE TUCK (Winner, All Stars 4) Insta/Twitter: @trinitythetuck The mighty Tuck is back - and tighter than ever! On All Stars four, she secured the crown with her charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent. And now she's ready to prove she's the holy Trinity of drag. Will the Tuck take all?
- THE VIVIENNE (Winner, Season One RuPaul's Drag Race U.K. ) Twitter: @thevivienneuk Instagram: @thevivienne_ Ready for a British Invasion? The first crowned queen of Drag Race U.K., The Vivienne is here to represent British drag on the OG main stage. Can this talented performer and glam grande dame claim the crown for queen and country?
- YVIE ODDLY (Winner, Season 11) Twitter: @oddlyyvie Instagram: @oddlyyvie The queen of the queerdos is back to fly her freak flag and prove she's the Queen of All Queens. Season 11's eclectic winner stole our hearts and blew our minds with her own brand of drag fabulosity! Now, she's here to even the odds and take home another crown! T

he All Stars Queen ru-veal launched exclusively on the RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE YouTube channel, via a YouTube Premiere HERE. Following the launch, additional content, including Meet the Queens, will go live across the RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, TikTok and YouTube accounts. Fans can catch an exclusive, extended first look of the legendary queens coming to All Stars 7 in the live grand finale of RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE season 14, Friday, April 22 (8:00 PM, ET/PT) on VH1.

The FUton Critic
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TV Line
EW
Reality Blurred
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EW
TV Line
EW

posted 4/26/2022

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Tough Guys Read"

posted 4/19/2022

TPIR: ... 100 Years?
Drew Carey Makes Bold Prediction Accepting NAB Award for Show
From Deadline

The Price Is Right host Drew Carey, accepting an award at the NAB Show, believes the already long-running game show "could be around for 100 years on American television, because it's just that strong."

Carey appeared on the first day of NAB, which is being held in Las Vegas in person for the first time since 2019 as Covid restrictions gradually ease. The Price Is Right, whose CBS version began airing in 1972, was inducted into the NAB's Broadcasting Hall of Fame. In 2007, Carey was named host of the Fremantle-produced strip, succeeding longtime host Bob Barker.

Despite the CBS mainstay's deep roots and loyal daytime audience, it "has been able to adapt with the times and change and grow," Carey maintained. "It's humbling to be part of this legacy."

The host did admit his typical workday is not exactly strenuous. "If you see me in the hotel or casino, feel free to punch me in the face," he said, because he shows up about 20 minutes before tapings begin at noon. "I know all the games, I don't need to learn the prices, I don't need to. I know how the games are played, and I just play along with the contestants and have a good time and laugh all day. So, thanks for the trophy."

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Uproxx

posted 4/25/2022

Monday Lightning Round
... or "A Lot of Video..."

  • VIDEO WALL:
    - "Drag Race" as a medium for artistry (Deadline)
    - "The Challenge" as a global phenomenon (Deadline)
    - Robin Thicke as judge on a "bigger, better" "Masked Singer" (Deadline)


  • OLD BUT INTERESTING: Why do game shows have blue backdrops? Here's the ... okay, let's go with science (TV Insider)

  • Joey Fatone goes from common to impractical (Screen Rant)

  • James Holzhauer preps for season 3 by doing what he does best... throwing shade (Cinema Blend)

  • Jane Lynch is a funny girl, but not that funny girl, in "Funny Girl" (Funny Gir... err, Broadway World)

  • Mattea Roach enters the top 10 (TV Line)

posted 4/25/2022

THURSDAY: Ghosted
CBS Wins wiht Season Finale
From Deadline

CBS owned Thursday night, delivering both the highest-rated and most-watched primetime titles with Young Sheldon and Ghosts. The CBS comedies tied with one another for the top demo rating, both earning a 0.5 in the 18-49 demo. Young Sheldon, stable from the previous week, also brought in the largest audience with 7.04 million viewers.

The long-running comedy series provided United States of Al (0.4, 5.09M) and freshman Ghosts (0.5, 6.00M) with a steady lead-in. Ghosts, which dipped slightly from the prior week, came to a close matching its series premiere (0.5, 5.34M) in the demo but surpassing it in viewers. The freshman comedy has been a consistently strong performer for CBS, marking the biggest comedy debut of the 2021-2022 season.

The rest of CBS' slate dipped slightly in the demo.

Fox was the only other network airing new content, with new episodes of MasterChef Junior (0.4, 1.92M), Call Me Kat (0.2, 1.66M) and Welcome To Flatch (0.2, 0.84M).

On cable Thursday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Top Chef Houston (Bravo): 735k/0.23
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 654k/0.12
- Ultimate Cowboy Showdown (INSP): 588k/0.04
- Rat in the Kitchen (TBS): 471k/0.13
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 394k/0.0
- 25 Words or Less - 3p (OB/GSN): 352k/0.03
- 25 Words or Less - 3:30p (OB/GSN): 352k/0.03
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 211k/0.10
- Top Chef FAmily Style (OB/Bravo): 115k/0.04
- Fast Foodies (SF/truTV): 87k/0.04
- Becoming a Popstar (SF/MTV): 76k/0.03

Deadline
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/22/2022

Inside Alex Trebek's Estate Sale
Event to Run from Today Until Sunday
From Deadline

Now's your chance to snoop around the home of the late Alex Trebek: His doors are opening today through Sunday for a massive estate sale in Studio City, CA. Lots of art and sculptures are up for grabs, including originals from artist John Howard Gould, a lucite horse head, and a carved musk ox.

There is also tons of furniture and rugs and lots of his old jerseys and T-shirts.

The beloved Jeopardy! host, who died in 2020 at age 80, had some unique collectables, too, like a Japanese Kabuto helmet and sword, a complete set of Indian Tribal Series medallions with matching history books, and some autographed memorabilia. His awards are apparently up for sale, too.

Be prepared to wait your turn and it's cash only at the sale. Parking permits will be handed out because they're strict about who leaves their cars around that particular 'hood.

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Vice
KNBC Los Angeles

TV Insider

posted 4/21/2022

"The Masked Singer" The World's Richest Format
For the Third Year Running, Ahead of The Voice & Millionaire
From TBI Vision

The Masked Singer has held onto its crown as the world's best-selling format for a third consecutive year, according to K7 Media's annual report on the top 100 travelling unscripted TV formats, Tracking The Giants.

The musical entertainment format from South Korea, which is distributed by MBC & Fremantle, secured 12 new local adaptations in 2021, including with Amazon in Japan, TV4 in Denmark and TVN in Poland.

The Masked Singer, which first debuted in 2015, also has the most active format adaptations around the globe, with 41 versions currently running (followed by The Voice and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, with 38 and 35, respectively).

However, UK-based research firm K7 noted that new sales of the format have slowed considerably from a high of 23 markets in 2020 as it now reaches global maturity. The show was one of nine formats to achieve at least five new local versions in 2021, followed by Sony Pictures Television's evergreen quiz format Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, with nine sales, and Fremantle's Game Of Talents, with seven sales. These were followed by Banijay's Big Brother VIP (6), Fremantle & CJ ENM's I Can See Your Voice (6), Sony Pictures Television's Dragons' Den (5), Fremantle's Five Guys A Week (5), and two ITV Studios formats – Love Island and The Voice Senior, both with five sales.

TBI Vision
Mediaweek

posted 4/21/2022

WEDNESDAY: SPeaking of Which...
CBS, NBC in a Dead Heat; "Masked Singer" Can't Convert Controversy
From Deadline

Rudy Giuliani's long-awaited reveal on The Masked Singer finally aired on Fox. However, the controversial unmasking didn't seem to pay off, with the singing series hitting season lows on Wednesday. Per fast affiliates, the latest and most-anticipated episode of The Masked Singer earned a 0.6 rating in the 18-49 demo and 3.59 million viewers. Giuliani's unmasking now marks the least-watched episode of the season, dipping even further from the previous week's 3.82 million audience.

Despite the controversial moment, The Masked Singer struggled to come up with a primetime win on Wednesday. Instead it was Survivor (0.8, 5.17M) and Chicago Fire (0.7, 7.05M) that led the pack. The Masked Singer, however, did mark Fox's top Wednesday program, as it typically does.

In the 8 p.m. hour, Survivor won for CBS and dominated the evening overall with a slight tick up in the demo after it's preceding two-hour episode. The competition series also climbed up to surpass 5 million viewers. In addition to The Masked Singer, Survivor bested Chicago Med (0.6, 6.46M), a recently renewed The Goldbergs (0.5, 2.84M), Freddie Mercury: The Final Act (0.1, 0.90M) on The CW, and The Wonder Years (0.3, 1.78M). That last title still awaits news on a renewal.

At 9 p.m., Chicago Fire dominated the hour and also beat Beyond The Edge (0.3, 2.17M), Domino Masters (0.3, 1.58M) and ABC's Home Economics (0.3, 1.64M).

The night came to a close with a stable Chicago P.D. (0.7, 5.97) at the top. A Million Little Things (0.3, 1.74M), also yet to be renewed or canceled, was steady. CBS closed things out with a new episode of Good Sam (0.2, 1.64M).

On cable Wednesday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 606k/0.15
- Forged in Fire (History): 534k/0.09
- Forged in Fire: Best Of (History): 437k/0.09
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 394k/0.0
- 25 Words or Less - 3p (OB/GSN): 352k/0.03
- 25 Words or Less - 3:30p (OB/GSN): 352k/0.03
- Temptation Island (USA): 315k/0.13
- The Courtship (USA): 133k/0.05

Deadline
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/20/2022


Los Angeles Times
ROBERT MORSE: 1931-2022
Tony Winner Played Games
From Deadline

Robert Morse, the impish actor and singer who found early fame and success as the Tony Award-winning star of Broadway's How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and enjoyed a late-career second act as an eccentric elder statesman of advertising in AMC's Mad Men, died yesterday. He was 90.

His death was confirmed by son Charlie to Los Angeles' ABC affiliate Wednesday night, and was announced on Twitter this morning by Larry Karaszewski, a writer, producer and VP on the board of governors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

"My good pal Bobby Morse has passed away at age 90," Karaszewski wrote. "A huge talent and a beautiful spirit. Sending love to his son Charlie & daughter Allyn. Had so much fun hanging with Bobby over the years – filming People v OJ & hosting so many screenings (How To Succeed, Loved One, That's Life)."

Additional information on Morse's death were not immediately available. A two-time Tony Award winner (for 1961's How To Succeed and, later, the 1989 Truman Capote one-man stage bio Tru, Morse was Emmy-nominated seven times, including a win for the 1992 American Playhouse presentation of Tru. Five of his Emmy nominations were for Mad Men.

Instantly recognizable for his offbeat, gap-toothed appearance and mischievous demeanor, Morse was born May 18, 1931 in Newton, Massachusetts, and served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War before launching his show business career in 1954 as an original cast member of the TV daytime serial The Secret Storm.

In game shows, Morse was on Password, Stump the Stars, I've Got A Secret, What's My Line?, Hollywood Squares, Match Game, $10,000 Pyramid, Celebrity Billiards, You're Putting Me On, You Don't Say, Showoffs and Body Language.

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The Wrap
Entertainment Weekly
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 4/21/2022

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "RIP CNN+"

posted 4/21/2022


CBS
RALPH KISER: 1965-2022
"ALF", "Seinfeld" Actress Played "Weakest Link" & "Super Password"
From TV Line

Former Survivor: Redemption Island contestant Ralph Kiser has died at the age of 56. Kiser passed away on Wednesday morning after suffering a heart attack, his family tells The Sun.

Survivor superfan Michael Allbright also shared the news in a Facebook post on Wednesday.

"I have some unfortunate news for the Survivor community," Allbright wrote. "Ralph Kiser passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack this morning. His brother Gilbert messaged me this morning to let the Survivor community know."

"Ralph was on Redemption Island, was one of the key players from Zapatera, found an idol, targeted Russell Hantz, wasn't mesmerized by Boston Rob like many on Redemption Island, and even voted for Phillip Sheppard to win the game," he added.

Kiser — a farmer from Lebanon, Virginia — competed in Survivor's 22nd season, which aired in 2011, as a member of the Zapatera tribe. He placed ninth overall in the competition after being eliminated on Day 33. At 44 years old at the time of filming, he was the oldest member to win a duel on Redemption Island.

In his official bio for the CBS reality competition, Kiser said he wanted to be on the show for years and "knew one day I'd get my chance. I want to be a hometown hero for the folks back home!" Kiser also listed his farm as his inspiration. "I've been at it all my life. I'm always amazed at my animals — how they grow and survive. Being able to watch the circle of life go 'round and be a part of it is a very satisfying adventure that I never get tired of."

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Us Magazine
The Wrap
People

posted 4/20/2022

TUESDAY: Farewell, Black-Ish
CBS, ABC, Fox Tie
From Deadline

ABC marked the end of an era as groundbreaking comedy black-ish came to its final moments on Tuesday. After eight seasons the comedy from Kenya Barris concluded. Despite its bittersweet series finale, black-ish struggled to make a big splash with the ratings.

Per fast affiliates, the comedy's final episode brought in a 0.3 rating in the 18-49 demo and 2.40 million followers. The series was down slightly from the previous week in the demo but ticked up in audience. The comedy was also down from its season premiere in January (0.5, 2.62M) but matched the Season 7 ender (0.3, 1.66M) in the demo. Just for comparison, black-ish debuted with a 3.3 demo rating to 10.8 million viewers back in September 2014.

Once again, the big winners of Tuesday primetime were This Is Us (0.8, 4.89M) and FBI (0.5, 7.21M), for demo and audience, respectively. The NBC drama ticked up in the demo with a look into a future wedding and some heartbreaking moments. FBI, on the other hand, dipped one tenth but rose in viewers. Those titles were their respective networks' best shows of the evening. A slightly down Judge Steve Harvey (0.4, 3.33M), which led into black-ish, was ABC's top Tuesday. Fox's was The Resident (0.4, 2.91M), which will soon welcome Andrew McCarthy to the cast. The CW was in repeats.

On cable Tuesday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Chopped (Food): 660k/0.12
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 465k/0.05
- Big Restaurant Bet (Food): 445k/0.08
- 25 Words or Less - 3p (OB/GSN): 418k/0.03
- 25 Words or Less - 3:30p (OB/GSN): 352k/0.03
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n OUt - 8:30p (VH1): 158k/0.05
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8p (VH1): 144k/0.05

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TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/20/2022

Meet the Latest "Challenge All-Stars"
A New Season Brings a New Twist
From the FUton Critic

Today, Paramount+ announced a stacked lineup of legendary vets for the third season of THE CHALLENGE: ALL STARS, which will premiere on Wednesday, May 11 with back-to-back episodes. For the first time ever, this all-new season requires past contestants to have qualified for or won a CHALLENGE final, featuring the franchise's fiercest competitors from every era of the show.

Internationally, THE CHALLENGE: ALL STARS season three will premiere later this year on Paramount+ in all markets where the service is available.

Produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and Bunim/Murray Productions, THE CHALLENGE: ALL STARS will reignite old rivalries and spark new ones as these power players navigate a series of grueling challenges and eliminations, along with some unexpected twists and turns from host T.J. Lavin, as they fight to earn the chance to run the Final and take home their share of $500,000. With so much on the line, this season's All Stars are about to take the game to an all-new level.

Meet THE CHALLENGE: ALL STARS season three contestants:
· Brad Fiorenza: 10 Challenges - 1 Win, 3 Finals / 1 All Stars
· Cynthia Roberts: 2 Challenges - 1 Win
· Darrell Taylor: 9 Challenges - 4 Wins / 2 All Stars - 2 Finals
· Derrick Kosinski: 10 Challenges - 3 Wins, 2 Finals
· Jemmye Carroll: 7 Challenges - 1 Final / 2 All Stars - 1 Final
· Jonna Mannion: 5 Challenges / 2 All Stars - 1 Win, 1 Final
· Jordan Wisely: 6 Challenges - 3 Wins, 1 Final
· Kailah Casillas: 5 Challenges - 1 Final
· KellyAnne Judd: 4 Challenges - 1 Final / 1 All Stars, 1 Final
· Kendal Sheppard: 1 Challenge - 1 Win / 2 All Stars
· Laterrian Wallace: 3 Challenges - 1 Final / 2 All Stars
· Mark Long: 6 Challenges - 2 Wins, 2 Finals / 1 All Stars - 1 Final
· Melinda Collins: 4 Challenges / 1 All Stars - 1 Final
· MJ Garrett: 3 Challenges - 1 Win / 1 All Stars - 1 Win
· Nehemiah Clark: 4 Challenges - 1 Win / 2 All Stars - 1 Final
· Nia Moore: 2 Challenges, 1 Final
· Roni Chance: 2 Challenges - 2 Wins
· Sylvia Elsrode: 3 Challenges - 1 Final
· Syrus Yarbrough: 5 Challenges - 1 Win, 1 Final / 1 All Stars
· Tina Bridges: 5 Challenges - 2 Finals / 1 All Stars
· Tyler Duckworth: 4 Challenges - 2 Wins / 1 All Stars
· Veronica Portillo: 11 Challenges - 3 Wins, 1 Final
· Wes Bergmann : 14 Challenges - 2 Wins, 3 Finals
· Yes Duffy: 3 Challenges - 1 Win / 1 All Stars - 1 Win


The Futon Critic
TV Insider

posted 4/20/2022

YouTube Launches "No Cover"
Talent Competition from Hit Parader Magazine
From Deadline

Season one of music competition No Cover is set to launch for free on YouTube today [April 20].

In the series, a group of artists perform their best song in front of Alice Cooper, Bishop Briggs, Gavin Rossdale, Lzzy Hale and Tosin Abasi and the judges choose one band to proceed to the finals. The season is comprised of eleven episodes that will chart the journey of the hopeful musicians until one is crowned the winner and the recipient of prizes including a contract with Sumerian Records, booking agency representation from UTA and management from the Shelter Music Group.

The series was created by music and film producer Ash Avildsen and the first two episodes will debut on the YouTube page of his Sumerian Records. Producers told us about the YouTube release: "We are self-distributing the first season so everyone can watch for free. We will explore an exclusive music streaming partner (Amazon, Apple, YouTube, Deezer, Spotify, Tidal) for the second season."

The show is filmed live at the Troubadour venue and Sunset Marquis Hotel in West Hollywood.

In 2020, Avildsen relaunched rock and roll mag Hit Parader as a TV and film and live event production studio with their first original scripted series Paradise City debuting on Amazon Prime and iTunes. No Cover is also part of the Hit Parader output.

Deadline

posted 4/20/2022

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Banks Shot?

  • Artem Chigvintsev has heard things. (Us Magazine)

  • "You Bet Your Life" season 2: expect more game, less show (Next TV)

posted 4/19/2022

More on "Superfan"
CBS Lists Six Stars to Play Against Their Fans; Keltie Knight & Nate Burleson to Host
From Deadline

CBS' new musical game show, Superfan, has set the roster of musicians participating in its upcoming six-episode series. The competition series will see one musical superfan aiming to prove they are a certain artist's ultimate supporter.

The artists confirmed are Kelsea Ballerini, Gloria Estefan, Little Big Town, LL Cool J, Pitbull and Shania Twain.

Also confirmed to host the musical game show are series executive producer Keltie Knight and CBS Mornings' Nate Burleson.

Production on the unscripted original begins this Friday in Los Angeles. A premiere date has yet to be set.

Superfan is billed as a musical spectacle disguised as a game show. It will feature contestants vying in multiple rounds of play to prove they are the ultimate fan. In each one-hour episode, a different musical artist will select one deserving superfan to win a once in a lifetime prize. CBS ordered the series in February.

It is produced by Raquel Productions, the CBS-owned division that makes Tough As Nails. Executive producers are Jodi Roth, Keltie Knight and Jack Martin. Martin also serves as showrunner. Anton Goss, a production designer who has worked on shows such as Match Game and Drop The Mic will dress the stage; Suzanne Bender, who has worked on America's Got Talent and Lip Sync Battle, will serve as talent producer and Jacqui Pittman is casting.

Deadline
Talent Recap

The Futon Critic

posted 4/19/2022

MONDAY: Triple Split
CBS, ABC, Fox Tie
From Deadline

After a couple irregular weeks defined by a rising CMT Music Awards and repeats, Monday primetime returned to normal with a three-way tie between top-rated programs American Idol, The Neighborhood and 9-1-1.

Per fast affiliates, all those three titles earned a 0.6 rating in the 18-49 demo. This is the second consecutive week CBS, ABC and Fox have tied for Monday's top spot. While multiple titles brought in the night's highest rating, only one tallied the most viewers: NCIS. With 6.15 million viewers, the long-running drama brought CBS another primetime win.

Starting from the top of the evening, the latest two-hour episode of American Idol earned a 0.6 demo rating and 5.34 million viewers, just slightly besting The Neighborhood (0.6, 5.30M) in the second metric. 9-1-1 (0.6, 4.80M) tied in the demo and followed slightly behind in viewers. Those three shows were steady from their previous episodes. They also bested a new episode of American Song Contest (0.3, 1.47M) and All American (0.1, 0.50M), which were both steady. Also in the 8 p.m. hour was Bob Hearts Abishola (0.4, 4.84M)

Fox's steady 9-1-1: Lone Star (0.5, 4.09M) dominated the following hour, besting NCIS (0.4, 6.15M) and All American: Homecoming (0.1, 0.31M). The night came to a close with another demo tie, this time between with NCIS: Hawai'i (0.4, 4.92M) and The Good Doctor (0.4, 3.75M).

NCIS: Hawai'i dipped slightly from its last original broadcast while The Good Doctor was steady. NBC's lowest-rated program was The Endgame (0.2, 1.46M), which matched the previous week.

On cable Monday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 997k/0.17
- The Julia Child Challenge (SF/Food): 679k/0.12
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 465k/0.05
- 25 Words or Less - 3p (OB/GSN): 418k/0.03
- 25 Words or Less - 3:30p (OB/GSN): 352k/0.03

Deadline
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/19/2022


Fremantle/Debmar-Mercury

SYNDIES: Week 34
Results for the Week Ending April 10
From TV Newscheck

Ratings for most shows in daytime were penalized by preemptions in the session ending April 10 as many hours of UEFA Champions League soccer and extensive coverage of Supreme Court Justice nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson's final Senate confirmation vote prevented anything in syndication's top tier from advancing.

In game show action, Jeopardy held on to first place, although it pulled back 2% to a 5.5. Family Feud followed with a steady 5.3.

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

GAME SHOWS:
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.5 -2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.3 NC
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.1 -2%
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.8 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


TV Newscheck
Daytime Confidential
NextTV

posted 4/19/2022

WEEKEND: Unmatched CBS
CBS Shares Easter Night Lead
From Deadline

CBS shared the primetime throne with ABC on Sunday, with both networks' slates tying for the night's highest rating. In the previous week, CBS' lineup went unmatched, but this time around NCIS: Los Angeles and ABC's America's Funniest Home Videos and American Idol all delivered a 0.6 rating in the 18-49 demo, per Nielsen fast affiliates.

America's Funniest Home Videos, which also earned 4.58 million viewers, ticked up from the previous week to provide the latest Idol (0.6, 5.01M) with a steady lead-in. What AFV gained, Idol lost. The latter dropped one tenth in the demo, but remained ABC's top program. NCIS: Los Angeles (0.6, 5.51M), on the other hand, ticked up two tenths from its previous episode and jumped in viewers. While NCIS: Los Angeles was the highest-rated program for CBS, 60 Minutes (0.5, 6.65M) was the network's and the night's most-watched show. The news program dropped significantly in both measures week over week.

While AFV and 60 Minutes were airing at 7 p.m., NBC opted for a repeat of American Song Content and Fox for live coverage of the NASCAR Cup Series and local programming. In the following hour, The Equalizer (0.5, 6.32M) brought in the second-largest audience of the evening. The stable Queen Latifah drama fell behind American Idol but bested the latest Riverdale (0.1, 250,000). After Riverdale, which ticked up slightly, The CW opted for repeats of Whose Line Is It Anyway and Would I Lie To You

The final hour of primetime featured S.W.A.T. (0.5, 3.92M) and Transplant (0.1, 1.08M).

On cable Friday (total viewers/A18-49)
- RuPaul's Drag Race (S/VH1): 492k/0.17
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 427k/0.04
- 25 Words or Less (OB/GSN): 315k/0.04

On cable Sunday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Tournament of Champions (SF/Food): 1.577/0.32

Deadline
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/19/2022

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Okay, Let's Settle This..."

  • The Wheel/Jeopardy! great debate... well, it depends on where you live, really. (TV Insider)

  • Inside Alex Trebek's estate sale (EstateSales.net)

  • Dan Goldsack gets promoted to head Magical Elf (Deadline)

  • Bob Eubanks to be hoted at Museum of Ventura County (Santa Barbara News Press)

  • VIDEO WALL: Beat Shazam season 5 trailer (Distractify)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Chris Tarrant (MSN)

posted 4/19/2022


Sony Pictures TV/CBS Media Ventures

Michael Davies' Interim Tag Removed
"Jeopardy!" EP Earns Gig Full Time
From Deadline

Embassy Row's Michael Davies has been executive producing Jeopardy! on an interim basis since the departure of Mike Richards last year. He has now taken on the job full-time.

Davies revealed the news in a blog post on the Jeopardy! website.

"Jeopardy! has a massive opportunity to build further and, far from being threatened by the massive changes in the media landscape, we can take advantage of the emergence of new platforms and bring more Jeopardy! to more audiences. There is just so much more we can do together. So, although I never imagined I'd be writing this… Today, I am delighted to announce that I have accepted Sony's offer to become the show's full time Executive Producer," he wrote.

Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings will continue to share hosting duties through the end of the venerable syndicated game show's current Season 38. New episodes of Jeopardy! are scheduled to air until July 29, 2022.


Deadline
TV Insider
Jeopardy!
Awful Announcing
Variety
PopCulture

posted 4/18/2022

THURSDAY: Ghost Busters
CBS, NBC Tie
From Deadline

In the latest TV show ratings (and with ABC in rerun mode), Ghosts and Law & Order: SVU tied for the Thursday demo win, while Young Sheldon easily drew the night's largest crowd.

Ahead of its freshman finale, CBS' Ghosts this week drew 5.8 million viewers and a 0.6 rating, holding steady in the demo — as did United States of Al (4.8 mil/0.4). Young Sheldon (6.6 mil/0.5, read post mortem) was down a tenth, while How We Roll (3.9 mil/0.4) and Bull (4 mil/0.4) both ticked up.

Over on NBC, Law & Order revival flavor (3.9 mil/0.4) dipped a tenth, SVU (4.6 mil/0.6) was steady (and added some viewers), and Organized Crime (3.1 mil/0.5) ticked up. The CW's Walker (850K/0.1) dropped some eyeballs, while TVLine "bubble" show poll winner Legacies (440K/0.1, read recap) gained some.

Lastly, Fox's MasterChef Junior (1.8 mil/0.4), Call Me Kat (1.4 mil/0.3) and TWelcome to Flatch (780K/0.2) were all steady in the demo, though the latter hit a new audience low.

On cable Thursday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 778k/0.16
- Top Chef Houston (Bravo)": 655k/0.20
- Rat in the Kitchen (TBS): 493k/0.13
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 369k/0.02
- 25 Words or Less (OB/GSN): 315k/0.04
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 191k/0.07
- Fast Foodies (truTV): 125k/0.06
- Top Chef Family Style (OB/Bravo): 116k/0.03
- Becoming a Popstar (MTV): 72k/0.04

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posted 4/18/2022


IMDb
LIZ SHERIDAN: 1929-2022
"ALF", "Seinfeld" Actress Played "Weakest Link" & "Super Password"
From The Wrap

Liz Sheridan, who played Jerry Seinfeld's mother on his hit NBC sitcom "Seinfeld," died Friday morning in New York City at the age of 93.

Her representative, Amanda Hendon, confirmed to the TheWrap that Sheridan's daughter Stephanie informed her the actress died peacefully in her sleep of natural causes.

Sheridan appeared in all nine seasons of "Seinfeld" as Jerry's doting mother Helen. She also played nosy neighbor Raquel Ochmonek on NBC's "ALF" from 1986-90.

She also appeared on dozens of TV series, including "Kojak," "Archie Bunker's Place," "St. Elsewhere," Newhart," "Moonlighting," 'The A-Team," "Who's the Boss," "Hill St. Blues," "Cagney & Lacey," "Family Ties," and "Murder, She Wrote." Her most recent TV role was voicing Mrs. Rothberg in a 2007 episode of "American Dad!"

In game shows, Sheridan played "Weakest Link" and "Super Password".

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posted 4/18/2022

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Your Face Sounds Familiar"

  • VIDEO WALL: "The Greatest Showman" singer steps from behind her actress (Deadline)

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 great Alex Trebek moments (TV Insider)

  • Where did Richard Hatch's money go (The List)

  • Jeopardy! is hiring (Sony Pictures)

posted 4/18/2022

WEDNESDAY: Don't Mess with Chicago
NBC, CBS in Dead Heat
From Deadline

The latest episode of Chicago Fire knocked fellow Wednesday ratings winner Survivor off its primetime throne. The NBC drama was the sole winner, bringing in both the largest audience and highest rating of Wednesday primetime.

Per fast affiliates, Chicago Fire was steady in the previous week, earning a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and 7.01 million viewers. The series' win comes after sharing the top spots with Survivor (0.7, 4.91M). The CBS competition series typically airs from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m., but the latest episode instead ran for two hours. Wednesday wasn't that bad for Survivor, but the series did dip slightly in both measures. Fire and Survivor were the best programs of the night for their respective networks.

Before Chicago Fire was Chicago Med (0.7, 6.69M) in the 8 p.m. hour, which ticked up from the previous episode. In the same hour were stable episodes of The Masked Singer (0.6, 3.82M), The Goldbergs (0.4, 2.83M), The Wonder Years (0.3, 1.92M) and The Flash (0.1, 0.66M) The CW supe series grew 15% in viewers. Other networks' top titles aired during this hour: The Masked Singer for Fox, The Goldbergs for ABC, and The Flash for The CW.

In the following block, Chicago Fire also dominated The Conners (0.4, 2.66M), Domino Masters (0.3, 1.66M), Home Economics (0.3, 1.68M) and Kung Fu (0.1, 0.50M), which also grew in total viewers for The CW.

The night came to a close with NBC dominating with Chicago P.D. (0.7, 5.81M), stable, dominating 10 p.m. Beyond The Edge (0.3, 2.21M) didn't budge much from the previous week despite its later air time. A Million Little Things (0.3, 1.92M) ticked up slightly in viewers and stayed consistent in the demo.

On cable Wednesday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 632k/0.17
- Forged in Fire (History): 529k/0.10
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 458k/0.03
- Temptation Island (USA): 325k/0.11
- The Courtship (USA): 134k/0.04

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posted 4/12/2022

Next "Chopped" Tournament? "Desperately Seeking Sous Chef"
Winner to Get Job Offer from Judge
From the Futon Critic

Talented and ambitious sous chefs step into the Chopped Kitchen for a chance at securing a life-changing opportunity in the new five-part tournament, Chopped: Desperately Seeking Sous Chef, premiering Tuesday, May 31st at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. Hosted by the venerable Ted Allen, each episode of the tournament features four chefs showcasing their culinary skills over three rounds - appetizer, entrée, and dessert - as they are challenged to utilize the mystery basket of ingredients and create breathtaking dishes to impress judges Maneet Chauhan, Scott Conant and Chris Santos. The judges are critiquing the chefs' cooking skills along with their attitude, leadership, and ability to multitask to determine who has what it takes to make it to the finale for a chance at winning the title of grand champion and a job offer by Scott, Maneet or Chris to join their restaurants as a sous chef.

Never have the Chopped judges had so much to lose and the chefs so much to gain. To succeed, the 16 chefs must have the stamina and strength to handle the pressure of the most prominent kitchens in America with just one chance to prove they are worthy of this opportunity. After the final elimination, the victorious chef gets to choose which enticing path to take from either Scott, Maneet and Chris. There hasn't been a moment like this in Chopped history, with every part of the competition being the toughest job interview of these chefs' lives.

"Chopped continues to push the boundaries with its competition format, with viewers tuning in each week for its compelling challenges, expert critique and pulse-racing entertainment," said Courtney White, President, Food Network and Streaming Food Content, Discovery Inc. "The winner walking away with a life-altering opportunity from Chris, Maneet or Scott, all titans in their industry, is the ultimate Chopped prize."

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posted 4/14/2022

Michael McIntyre's Daily (Weekly?) Double
"The Wheel", "Big Show" to Return
From Televisual

Saturday night entertainment show Michael McIntyre's Big Show and McIntyre-hosted gameshow The Wheel, both from Hungry Bear Media, are returning to BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

Twelve parter The Wheel first aired in 2020 and was the highest new BBC Entertainment launch in a decade with episode one consolidating at 6.8m viewers. Contestants hope to answer their way to a fortune, guided by seven celebrities and the spin of the wheel.

The six part series of the Big Show will be recorded in front of a live audience at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

Dan Baldwin, managing director Hungry Bear Media said: "We can't wait to bring two of the nation's favourite Saturday night shows back to BBC One. If you've missed seeing Gino D'Acampo in his pants at midnight, a firefighter singing Opera or Jamie Oliver texting everyone in his phone that he loves chicken nuggets – then you're in for a real treat!"

Kate Phillips, BBC director of Entertainment Commissioning said "We're delighted that Michael McIntyre is bringing not one but two shows back to BBC One. As always the Big Show will be full of big laughs, big surprises and so many memorable moments. And we can't wait to see more celebrities getting into a spectacular spin on The Wheel!."

Michael McIntyre's Big Show and Michael McIntyre's The Wheel have been commissioned by Kate Phillips, director of Entertainment Commissioning BBC. The executive producers for Hungry McBear Media for The Wheel are Dan Baldwin and Tom Blakeson. The commissioning editor for the BBC is Kalpna Patel-Knight.

Transmission details for Michael McIntyre's Big Show will be announced in due course.

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posted 4/14/2022

"Romeo & Duet" Goes Global
Banijay Rights Acquires Distribution Rights to Dating/Talent Hybrid
From Deadline

Banijay Rights has picked up global distribution rights to ITV's Romeo & Duet, the network's hybrid singing/dating competition and latest big entertainment bet. The global producer/distributor will shop the format internationally following launch this Saturday as both format and finished tape.

The show from Goat Films gives contestants just one "sing" to entice a singleton down from a balcony, and at that point the two come face-to-face for the first time. The newly formed couple will then head off on a duet-date to learn a duet, before returning later in the show to perform the song in a singing competition against the other couples to be crowned the winners. Strictly Come

Dancing star Oti Mabuse is hosting as Romeo & Duet gets set to launch on Saturday, following a number of other big ITV entertainment bets including Starstruck and Walk the Line.

"Romeo & Duet is a heart-warming extravaganza that fuses dating and music in a way that hasn't been seen before on the small screen," said Simon Cox, EVP Acquisitions, Banijay Rights.

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posted 4/14/2022

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "A Night at the Opera"

  • Pat Sajak unwittingly invites the ire of the internet... for what we wish we could say is the first time (ET Canada)

  • Ashley Hebert trades "BAchelor" alum for... a food blogger (Us Weekly)

  • VIDEO WALL: A preview of Niecy on "Don't Forget the Lyrics" (TV Insider)

  • Mattea Roach thanks her debate coach for the strength to punch HARD (CBC NEws)

posted 4/14/2022


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The Password Is... Keke
Keke Palmer Tapped to Host NBC's "Password" Reboot
From the Futon Critic

One of the most iconic game shows in television history, "Password" is coming to NBC primetime this summer. The series, which has in recent years found a new generation of fans on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," will be hosted by Emmy Award-winning actress Keke Palmer and star of Jordan Peele's upcoming movie, "Nope."

Palmer will command the "Password" podium as contestants from all walks of life are partnered with Jimmy Fallon and other celebrities to face off in the ultimate game of words. Fallon will play in each of the eight hourlong episodes as the celebrity/contestant duos compete for cash prizes by guessing a secret password using only one-word clues.

The premiere episode will be dedicated to Betty White. Regularly playing on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," the iconic TV star has long been thought of as "Password's" greatest player. The season will then culminate with a special episode featuring a star-studded, all-celebrity lineup playing for charity.

The trailblazing series established itself as the original celebrity word game when it launched in 1961 and has showcased hundreds of celebrity guests and generated several spinoffs over the course of six decades. NBC revived the show in 1979 and 1984 prior to becoming a hit game on both "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" and "The Tonight Show." It was recently announced that Fallon's other hit primetime series, "That's My Jam," was renewed for a second season on NBC.

"Password" is produced by Fremantle in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio and Electric Hot Dog. Jimmy Fallon, Jim Juvonen, and Jennifer Mullin will serve as executive producers, along with John Quinn who will also serve as showrunner.

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posted 4/13/2022

IMDB TV Goes FreeVee
This Cacophony of Rhyming Headline Is Brought To You By a Rebrand
From the Futon Critic

Today, Amazon's free streaming service announced a rebrand to Amazon Freevee, the new name for IMDb TV, beginning April 27. Over the last two years, the ad-supported video on demand (AVOD) service experienced rapid growth - tripling monthly active users - driven by rapid distribution across living room devices and mobile, an increasing slate of Originals, an always updating library of highly sought movies and TV shows, and over 60 FAST channels. Following a successful launch in the UK last September, Freevee will continue its international expansion with a launch in Germany later this year.

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posted 4/13/2022

Making the Cut... Makes the Cut
Prime Video Hit Returns to Third Season
From Deadline

Amazon continues to search for the next great global fashion brand after renewing reality competition series Making the Cut for a third season. The fashion series, which is hosted and exec produced by Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, will air this summer. The first season aired in March 2020, and the second season premiered in July 2021.

Nicole Richie and Moschino creative director Jeremy Scott return as judges. Richie was a judge on the first season alongside Naomi Campbell, Chiara Ferragni, Carine Roitfled and Joseph Altuzarra, while Scott judged the second season with Winnie Harlow. More Season 3 judges will be revealed later.

It will continue to be set in Los Angeles with runway locations including Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, the desert landscape of Vasquez Rocks and a rooftop of one of Downtown L.A.'s skyscrapers.

The series will feature 10 new entrepreneurs and designers from around the world who are ready to take their emerging brands to the next level and compete for a chance to win $1M to invest in their business as well as a mentorship with Amazon Fashion.

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posted 4/13/2022

TUESDAY: See You Next Year!
ABC Shows with "Abbott Elementary", CBS Wins with "FBI"
From Deadline

Freshman comedy Abbott Elementary gave Tuesday's top titles FBI and This Is Us a run for their money with its season 1 finale. Per fast affiliates, Abbott Elementary earned a 0.6 rating in the 18-49 demo and 2.82 million viewers.

The comedy matched its season highs and tied in the demo with FBI (0.6, 7.12M), which was the night's most-watched program. The ABC series was also only one-tenth behind the latest episode of ratings winner This Is Us on NBC (0.7, 4.36M).

While not necessarily on par with the drama, Abbott's finale helped tighten up the gap from the previous week. Abbott Elementary also matched its debut numbers. The comedy, which has broken audience growth records for ABC throughout its freshman run, will return for a second season. Those three titles were their respective networks' best-performing shows for the evening.

Additionally, Tuesday primetime did look pretty regular. In the same hour as FBI, Judge Steve Harvey (0.5, 3.43M) came in second and bested The Resident (0.4, 3.05M), Young Rock (0.4, 2.23M) and Superman & Lois (0.1, 0.40M). Mr. Mayor (0.3, 1.58M) rose slightly.

After This Is Us and Abbott Elementary in the 8 p.m. hour were FBI: International (0.5, 5.67M), Name That Tune (0.3, 1.70M) and Naomi (0.4, 2.08M). Heading into its finale black-ish (0.4, 2.08M) ticked up.

Primetime came to a close with the latest episode of FBI: Most Wanted (0.5, 5.25M) at the top. Following behind was the finale of The Thing About Pam (0.3, 2.87), which dipped in demo but rose in viewers from its debut in March.

On cable Tuesday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Chopped (Food): 685k/0.10
- The Julia Child Challenge (Food): 665k/0.10
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 458k/0.03
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8:30p (VH1): 177k/0.08
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 8p (VH1): 158k/0.07

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posted 4/12/2022


Gilbert Gottfried
GILBERT GOTTFRIED: 1955-2022
Actor/Comedian A Semi-Reg on "Hollywood Squares"
From Deadline

Gilbert Gottfried, the controversial and one-of-a-kind comedian and actor with a voice as unique as his comedy, died today after a lengthy illness, his family announced. He was 67.

A statement posted on Gottfried's Twitter page reads: "We are heartbroken to announce the passing of our beloved Gilbert Gottfried after a long illness. In addition to being the most iconic voice in comedy, Gilbert was a wonderful husband, brother, friend and father to his two young children. Although today is a sad day for all of us, please keep laughing as loud as possible in Gilbert's honor. Love, the Gottfried family."

NBC News reported that Gottfried died at 2:35 p.m. ET of recurrent ventricular tachycardia — an abnormal heart rhythm — due to myotonic dystrophy type II. The cause was attributed to Glenn Schwartz, Gottfried's longtime friend and publicist.

Gottfried was known for trademark shrill, nasally and instantly recognizable voice, squinted eyes, faux anger and a comic delivery that melded classic Borscht Belt style with contemporary (and often crass) substance. His appeal stretched from adults — he popularized the remarkably vulgar joke featured in the 2005 documentary The Aristocrats — and at least two generations of children, through his voiceover work as the parrot Iago in Disney's Aladdin (1992) and various TV cartoons. He earned a 2009 Daytime Emmy nom for his voice role as Digit in the PBS Kids series Cyberchase. He has been featured in more than 80 episodes of the show extending to this year. Gottfried would reprise the Iago role for the 1994 direct-to-video sequel Aladdin 2: The Return of Jafar, the 1994-95 animated Aladdin series and 2001the early-2000s toon series House of Mouse.

In game shows, Gottfied appeared on shows that include Pyramid, Celebrity Apprentice, Last Comic Standing, Celebrity Wife Swap, Cash Cab, The Masked Singer, and the "Let's Make a Deal" episode of Game Show Marathon. He was also a semi-regular on the 1998-2004 run of "Hollywood Squares", where he gained early virality when he was the subject of repeated attempts to capture his square, resulting in his repeatedly exclaiming, "You fool!"

He also voiced the duck in numerous memorable TV commercials for Aflac insurance. His Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast was one of the medium's most popular.

Gottfried is survived by his wife Dara, sister Karen, 14-year-old daughter Lily and 12-year-old son Max.

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posted 4/12/2022


Fremantle/Debmar-Mercury

SYNDIES: Week 33
Results for the Week Ending April 3
From TV Newscheck

Entertainment Tonight was the big percentage winner among the red carpet contingent in the session that included the 94th Academy Awards, the frame ending April 3.

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

GAME SHOWS:
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.6 +10%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.3 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.2 +13%
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.8 +14%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.8 +14%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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posted 4/12/2022

MONDAY: Gone Country
CBS Wins with CMT Awards, But American Idol Shows Up
From the Hollywood REporter

The CMT Music Awards scored huge year to year ratings increases on Monday — no surprise, since the show moved from its namesake cable outlet to broadcaster CBS.

ABC's American Idol finished in a near-tie with the awards, with both coming in way ahead of American Song Contest on NBC. The CMT Music Awards averaged 5.33 million viewers for CBS, almost four times the 1.43 million who watched the 2021 awards across CMT, Paramount Network and MTV (last year's show also aired on MTV2 and TV Land, but figures from those two aren't immediately available). Monday's show delivered a 0.67 rating among adults 18-49, more than doubling the 0.29 for CMT, Paramount Net and TV Land last year.

By comparison, CBS' last broadcast of the ACM Awards in 2021 brought in 6.28 million viewers, which was an all-time low for the show. (The ACM Awards moved to Amazon's Prime Video this year, rendering audience figures unavailable.)

American Idol, meanwhile, put up more decent numbers for ABC. It narrowly trailed the CMT Music Awards in total viewers with 5.31 million but edged ahead in adults 18-49 with a 0.68 rating, the best of the night across broadcast and cable. The Good Doctor (3.99 million viewers, 0.39 18-49 rating) improved a bit week to week. Fox's 911 (5.06 million viewers, 0.62 in 18-49) and 911: Lone Star (4.24 million, 0.45) were both up in total viewers from their last outing two weeks ago. American Song Contest slipped to a season-low 1.44 million viewers and matched last week's 0.28 in the 18-49 demographic on NBC; The Endgame (1.51 million, 0.21) was on par with a week ago.

On cable Friday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 994k/0.14
- The Julia Child Challenge (Food): 665k/0.10
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 458k/0.03
- 25 Words or Less (OBP/GSN): 331k/0.03

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posted 4/12/2022

WEEKEND: Aloha
CBS Wins, But American Idol Shows Up
From Deadline

CBS was the clear winner of Sunday primetime with its slate of 60 Minutes, The Equalizer, NCIS: Los Angeles and S.W.A.T. The network's primetime programming started a tad later due to overrun coverage of the 2022 Masters golf tournament.

Starting at 7:30 p.m. instead of 7, 60 Minutes was the highest-rated and most-watched program of the night, per fast affiliates. 60 Minutes returned to nearly near the previous week's Grammys coverage with a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and 8.48 million viewers. In the first hour of primetime, competition wasn't too stiff with America's Funniest Home Videos (0.5, 4.50M), repeats of The Simpsons and American Song Contest, and Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade.

ABC touted a new episode of American Idol (0.7, 5.3M) which picked up a bit in the demo from the previous Sunday installment, which was up against the Grammys. Idol was ABC's best program of the evening. In the same hour, Fox shared new episodes of its Animation Domination slate with The Simpsons (0.3, 880,000), which remained steady. For The CW, Riverdale (0.0, 257,000) rose slightly in viewers.

At 8:30 p.m., The Equalizer returned with Chris Noth's final episode on the CBS series. The actor was fired from the show following accusations of sexual assault by multiple women. He has since denied the allegations. Starting at the same time, The Great North was stable. After its repeat showing of American Song Contest, NBC ticked up in the demo with Weakest Link (0.3, 1.64M), which bested Bob's Burgers (0.3, 890K), a repeat of Whose Line Is It Anyway, and Family Guy (0.3, 860K). All those titles, however, couldn't quite match up to NCIS: Los Angeles (0.4, 4.82M) In the final hour of primetime, S.W.A.T.'s milestone 100th episode topped all the other network's 10 p.m. titles with a 0.4 rating in the demo and 3.78 million viewers.

ABC ended its night with The Rookie (0.3, 3.42M) and NBC with Transplant (0.2, 1.13M).

On cable Friday (total viewers/A18-49)
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 606k/0.22
- RuPaul's Drag Race Untucked (VH1): 441k/0.16
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 314k/0.04

On cable Sunday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Tournament of Champions (SF/Food): 1.316m/0.28

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posted 4/12/2022

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Great British Highwayman Show"

  • Noel Fielding to star in new series for Apple TV+ (DEadline)

  • Alaska reunites with her sisters for "Drag: The Musical" (Entertainment Weekly)

  • VIDEO WALL: The best team in trivia just got better. (TV Insider)

  • TPIR contestant loses his game, wins the Internet (Inside Edition)

posted 4/12/2022


Warner Bros. Discovery

Warner Bros. Discovery Is Now a Reality
Deal Closes
From the Futon Critic

Today Discovery, Inc. and AT&T Inc.* (NYSE:T) announced that they have closed their transaction to combine the WarnerMedia business with Discovery. The combination creates a premier standalone global media and entertainment company, Warner Bros. Discovery, Inc., which will begin trading on the Nasdaq with the start of trading on Monday, April 11, under the new ticker symbol "WBD."

Warner Bros. Discovery will create and distribute the world's most differentiated and complete portfolio of content, brands and franchises across television, film and streaming. The new company combines WarnerMedia's premium entertainment, sports and news assets with Discovery's leading non-fiction and international entertainment and sports businesses, including Discovery Channel, discovery+, Warner Bros. Entertainment, CNN, CNN+, DC, Eurosport, HBO, HBO Max, HGTV, Food Network, Investigation Discovery, TLC, TNT, TBS, truTV, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, Science Channel, New Line Cinema, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and others.

"Today's announcement marks an exciting milestone not just for Warner Bros. Discovery but for our shareholders, our distributors, our advertisers, our creative partners and, most importantly, consumers globally," said David Zaslav, Warner Bros. Discovery chief executive officer. "With our collective assets and diversified business model, Warner Bros. Discovery offers the most differentiated and complete portfolio of content across film, television and streaming. We are confident that we can bring more choice to consumers around the globe while fostering creativity and creating value for shareholders. I can't wait for both teams to come together to make Warner Bros. Discovery the best place for impactful storytelling."

"We are at the dawn of a new age of connectivity, and today marks the beginning of a new era for AT&T," said John Stankey, AT&T chief executive officer. "With the close of this transaction, we expect to invest at record levels in our growth areas of 5G and fiber, where we have strong momentum, while we work to become America's best broadband company. At the same time, we'll sharpen our focus on returns to shareholders. We expect to invest for growth, strengthen our balance sheet and reduce our debt, all while continuing to pay an attractive dividend that puts us among the top dividend paying stocks in America.

"In WarnerMedia, Discovery inherits a talented and innovative team and a dynamic growing and global company that is well positioned to lead the transformation that's taking place across media and entertainment, direct-to-consumer distribution and technology. The combination of the two companies will strengthen WarnerMedia's established and leading position in media and streaming. And our shareholders will now have a significant stake in Warner Bros. Discovery and its future successes. We look forward to seeing what the WBD team accomplishes with these industry-leading assets."

Under terms of the agreement, which was structured as a Reverse Morris Trust transaction, at close AT&T received $40.4 billion in cash and WarnerMedia's retention of certain debt. Additionally, shareholders of AT&T received 0.241917 shares of WBD for each share of AT&T common stock they held at close. As a result, AT&T shareholders received 1.7 billion shares of WBD, representing 71% of WBD shares on a fully diluted basis. Discovery's existing shareholders own the remainder of the new company. In addition to their new shares of WBD common stock, AT&T shareholders continue to hold the same number of shares of AT&T common stock they held immediately prior to close.

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posted 4/11/2022


Digital Spy

Richard Osman Stepping Away from "Pointless"
Creator/Co-Host to Remain on Celebrity Shows
From Digital Spy

Richard Osman has announced he's leaving Pointless.

The presenter has hosted the show alongside Alexander Armstrong since 2009.

Confirming the news on Twitter, he wrote: "SOME NEWS!

"After 13 wonderful years I'm leaving daytime Pointless, to concentrate on writing. Will still be doing the celebrity shows and House Of Games.

"It has been the GREATEST pleasure and I can't wait to start watching as a viewer. Thank you to everyone!"

He added: "Will miss the whole team, especially the incomparable @XanderArmstrong.

"Thank you to everyone who watches, it really has been a dream, and I know the show will continue to go from strength to strength."

He echoed his sentiment in a statement to the BBC, adding: "Pointless has been a joy from start to finish, working alongside my friend Alexander Armstrong, backed by the most wonderful team, and for the best viewers in the world.

"I will miss everyone so much, but I'm thrilled that I'll still be presenting the celebrity shows. I can't thank everyone enough for twelve amazing years."

Armstrong said: "Daytime television's loss is international best-selling crime fiction's gain. I say that like it's a consolation – I'm going to miss the big man next to me Monday to Friday.

"But at least I still get him at weekends – and weekdays if you're watching on Challenge."

The BBC announced a roster of guest presenters will be taking his seat alongside Armstrong, with details set to be announced at a later date..

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posted 4/11/2022

More on a "Marvelous" TPIR @ Night
Catch It April 25 on CBS!
From the Futon Critic

CBS Original game show THE PRICE IS RIGHT, hosted by Drew Carey, welcomes Emmy Award-winning actress Rachel Brosnahan to "come on down" for a special primetime episode of THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT, Monday, April 25 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+*.

Brosnahan will play alongside contestants to raise money for Covenant House. The charity offers support to young people in need, by providing shelter, food, crisis care and more.

Additionally, contestants will compete for "marvelous" prizes, including a trip to Paris and a specially themed showcase, as well as cash and cars. Currently, the actress stars as Miriam "Midge" Maisel in acclaimed series "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel," for which she has won two Golden Globes, an Emmy Award and a Critic's Choice Award.

Season four of "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" premiered earlier this year.

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posted 4/11/2022

THURSDAY: TGIT
ABC Wins the Night
From Deadline

ABC and its Thursday drama slate were the primetime ratings winners on Thursday, with CBS in repeats. Station 19 and Grey's Anatomy were the top programs of the evening, tying with a 0.6 rating in the 18-49 demo, per fast affiliates.

Typically a new episode of Young Sheldon would be in those ranks, but the network opted for reruns in the first three half-hour slots. In the first hour, Station 19 (0.6, 4.39M), which ticked up from the previous week, also earned the night's highest viewer count. The ABC drama bested not only repeats of Young Sheldon and Ghosts, but also MasterChef Junior (0.3, 1.96M), Walker (0.1, 0.92M) and Law & Order (0.4, 3.78M).

After two weeks of repeats, Law & Order returned with season lows in viewers. Grey's Anatomy (0.6, 4.07M) also rose slightly from the previous week to top its hour. Law & Order: SVU (0.5, 4.18M), Call Me Kat (0.3, 1.77M) and Legacies (0.1, 0.39M) all followed. Also in the hour were the sophomore episode of How We Roll (0.3, 2.91M) which fell from its premiere, and Welcome to Flatch (0.2, 0.94M.)

NBC was finally able to break through to a top spot at 10 p.m. Law & Order: Organized Crime (0.4, 2.88M) won in both measures, besting Big Sky (0.4, 2.56M) and Bull (0.2, 3.72M).

On cable Thursday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Top Chef Houston (Bravo): 770k/0.23
- Battlebots (SF/Discovery): 769k/0.15
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 704k/0.14
- Rat in the Kitchen (TBS): 528k/0.12
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 405k/0.04
- Top Chef Family Style (OB/Bravo): 169k/0.05
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 140k/0.05
- Fast Foodies (truTV): 129k/0.05
- Becoming a Popstar (MTV): 91k/0.04

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posted 4/11/2022

Block.. Rocked
HGTV Season Sets Record
From the Futon Critic

Rock the Block, the popular competition series airing on Mondays at 9 p.m. ET/PT, averaged a 1.00 live plus three-day rating among P25-54 and a 1.28 L3 rating among W25-54. Ratings reflected triple digit gains of 122 percent and 113 percent among P25-54 and W25-54 over the prior six weeks. In addition, the April 4 season finale broke the series' record as the highest-rated episode, delivering a 1.23 L3 rating among P25-54 and a 1.60 L3 rating among W25-54.

Excluding news and sports, Rock the Block ranked as the #1 cable program with P25-54, W25-54, upscale P25-54 and upscale W25-54 in the Monday 9-10 p.m. timeslot. Rock the Block also attracted a loyal upscale audience, averaging a 1.13 L3 rating among upscale P25-54 and a 1.46 L3 rating among upscale W25-54.

More than 14.3 million total viewers tuned-in to the series since its Feb. 28 premiere. "Rock the Block is an adrenaline-fueled ride of tight deadlines, risky design decisions and spectacular room reveals that continues to attract new viewers season after season and that's great for HGTV's ratings," said Betsy Ayala, senior vice president, programming and development, HGTV. "Everyone loves to see our top experts show off their unique renovation skills and it's exciting to see the friendly competition among them for six weeks."

Rock the Block keeps its passionate fans engaged on HGTV's digital platforms. Content supporting season three delivered 2.7 million video views on HGTV's Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tik Tok, as well as 7.9 million page views on HGTV.com.

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posted 4/11/2022

Tipping Point at 10
British Quiz Show to Celebrate Anniversary in July
From Radio Times

This July, ITV's Tipping Point will celebrate its 10-year anniversary, and there's lots more in store for the gameshow.

Ahead of the season 12 launch, which kicks off on the channel from 11th April, the show's host Ben Shephard opened up about the future of the quiz.

Asked how long he sees the series going on for, he told RadioTimes.com exclusively: "I think I will keep making it as long as people keep watching it." He continued: "I absolutely love it. My team are amazing - my execs, Sarah and Kate who have been with the show for as long as I can remember, are just extraordinary.

"I mean, there's so many unsung heroes with the show. People behind-the-scenes who continue to turn up and keep it there."

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posted 4/11/2022


ABC

ABC Summer
"Celebrity Feud", "Press Your Luck", "Pyramid" to Return... and That's Just the Beginning
From the Futon Critic

Marking its third consecutive year ranked or tied as the season's No. 1 entertainment network Adults 18-49, ABC celebrates summer with a strong lineup of new and returning series and specials that revels in love, competition, dogs, games and, of course, Martha Stewart.

NEW SERIES:
- On THURSDAY, JULY 7, "Generation Gap," from producers Jimmy Kimmel, Mark Burnett and hosted by Kelly Ripa, makes its long-awaited debut.
- The premiere of ABC's larger-than-life competition series "The Final Straw" joins a stacked lineup of game shows, SUNDAY, JULY 10.
- The highly anticipated competition series "Claim to Fame," hosted by Kevin and Frankie Jonas and featuring relatives of celebrities, launches MONDAY, JULY 11.

RETURNING SERIES:
- Fan-favorite game shows make their return: "Press Your Luck" on THURSDAY, JULY 7, with "Celebrity Family Feud" and "The $100,000 Pyramid" on SUNDAY, JULY 10.
- As previously announced, Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia begin their journey to find love on "The Bachelorette," MONDAY, JULY 11.

This season's No. 1 new unscripted series in Total Viewers, "Judge Steve Harvey," has been renewed for season two. "Bachelor in Paradise," which ranked as the No. 1 show in both its Monday and Tuesday time slots last summer with Adults 18-49, has been picked up for season eight. Premiere dates for the new seasons to be announced at a later date.

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posted 4/11/2022

Monday Lightning Round
... or "THe Ultimate Answer"

  • Bob Boden on what game shows can teach us about life (WXXI Rochester)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Trivia Quest (Netflix) (TechRadar)

  • Tia Booth gets engaged at... of all places... a Bachelor Live! event (Reality TV World)

  • CASTING COUCH: Summer Fun (HBO Max) (SummerFunCasting.com)

  • Kenedi Anderson leaves "American Idol", citing "personal reasons" (TV Line)

  • VIDEO WALL: Love in the Jungle (Discovery+) (Reality Blurred)

  • JoJo Siwa claims Nick never invited her to the KCAs. (The Wrap)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Mayim Bialik wore a jacket twice. (EW)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Wonwoo Park (Deadline)

posted 4/11/2022


ABC/BBC Studios

Dancing with Disney+
"Dancing with the Stars" Renewed for 2 More Years, One New Network
From the Futon Critic

After an impressive 30 seasons on ABC, "Dancing with the Stars" is moving to a new home on Disney+. The hit series received a two-season pickup and will premiere exclusively in the U.S. and Canada this Fall, making "Dancing with the Stars" the first live series to debut on the streaming service.

"'Dancing with the Stars' has entertained fans for 16 years on ABC, and we are excited to bring this beloved show exclusively to Disney+ as the platform's first-ever live series," said Kareem Daniel, chairman, Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution. "The show's broad appeal, as well as the overwhelming popularity of its Disney-themed competition nights, make Disney+ the perfect home for 'Dancing with the Stars' while continuing to expand our demographic reach."

"'Dancing with the Stars' has been a beloved staple on ABC for 30 seasons and brought so much joy to millions of viewers," said Dana Walden, Chairman of Entertainment, Walt Disney Television. "As we're significantly expanding our unscripted slate at ABC, this is a great opportunity to introduce this show to a whole new generation of fans on Disney+. We're so grateful to our incredible partners at BBC Studios and look forward to continuing our relationship with them on this spectacular series, which will continue to be overseen by Rob Mills and the talented Walt Disney Television Alternative team."

"The fact that our iconic global format 'Dancing with the Stars' will now set the record as the first live series on Disney+ represents a major growth opportunity and a bold next step forward in the evolution of the franchise. This unprecedented move, combined with our two-season pick-up, is a testament to the proven power of 'Dancing with the Stars' and a resounding vote of confidence from our great, supportive partners at Disney, showing how much they value and believe in the brand," said Valerie Bruce, General Manager, BBC Studios, Los Angeles Productions.

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posted 4/8/2022

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "THe Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of"

  • "The Real" canceled (Deadline)

  • Former "Survivor" contestant arrested for taping mouths shut (Microsoft Start)

  • VIDEO WALL: That's bold to say, Mike Janela... It's wrong, but it's bold. (Decider)

  • KEn JEnnings shares cutest Jeopardy! fan letter EVER (Cinema Blend)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Aasif Mandvi (TV Line)

posted 4/7/2022

Throwdown for Pottery
"The Great Pottery Throwdown" Returns for Season 5 April 14
From The Futon Critic

All ten episodes of season five of the fan-favorite unscripted Max Original series THE GREAT POTTERY THROW DOWN will be available to stream on the platform on THURSDAY, APRIL 14.

Logline: Twelve of Britain's best home potters compete to become champion 'of the pottery' as Ellie Taylor hosts a brand new season of THE GREAT POTTERY THROW DOWN. Once again Judges Keith Brymer Jones and Rich Miller will put the potters through their paces.

Credits: The series is produced by Love Productions ("The Great British Bake Off") with Seasons 1-2 originally airing on BBC Two, season 3 on More4 and season 4 on Channel 4. Richard McKerrow and Luke Byrne serve as executive producers.

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posted 4/7/2022

WEDNESDAY: Fire = Life
NBC, CBS Win
From Deadline

Once again Survivor and Chicago Fire were the top dogs of Wednesday primetime, as the highest-rated programs of the evening. While the two were riding high, Fox's slate including The Masked Singer and newbie Domino Masters hit season lows.

Per fast affiliates, Survivor was steady from the previous week with a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and 5.31 million viewers. The CBS survival competition series has remained one of Wednesday's highest-rated programs since its premiere back in March. In the first hour of primetime, Survivor best the the return of Chicago Med (0.6, 6.38M), the latest Masked Singer (0.6, 3.72M), ABC's Kardashians news special (0.4, 2.73M) and The Flash (0.1, 0.60M).

While The Masked Singer was Fox's top program of the evening, the singing series dipped to hit season lows. Also sliding in ratings was Fox's newcomer Domino Masters (0.3, 1.73M) in the following hour.

Tying with Survivor in the demo but besting it in viewers was Chicago Fire (0.8, 7.22M). At 9 p.m. CBS saw a significant drop in demo retention with Beyond The Edge (0.3, 2.52M), which dipped from the prior episode. To make room for ABC's Kardashians special The Wonder Years (0.3, 1.86M) moved to 9 p.m. and Home Economics (0.3, 1.60M) stayed in its usual time slot. Both those ABC series are awaiting renewal news.

The night came to a close with Chicago P.D. (07, 5.57M) topping A Million Little Things (0.3, 1.84M) and Good Sam (0.2, 1.85M). AMLT and Good Sam have yet to hear about renewals.

On cable Wednesday (total viewers/A18-49)
- Forged in Fire (History): 558k/0.14
- Forged in Fire: Best of (History): 421k/0.10
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 447k/0.03
- Temptation Island (USA): 220k/0.06
- The Courtship (USA): 106k/0.04

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posted 4/7/2022


Food Network

Back to the Market
"Supermarket Stakeout" Returns May 17
From The Futon Critic

The action hits the aisles as Supermarket Stakeout returns for a new season, premiering Tuesday, May 17th at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network.

Hosted by Food Network staple, Alex Guarnaschelli, each hour-long episode presents viewers with outdoor cooking battles where anything can happen, as four talented chefs persuade unsuspecting customers to sell their groceries as they attempt to turn the ingredients into themed culinary delights. A rotating panel of judges ultimately determines which competitor made the most successful menu over three rounds and is awarded a year's worth of groceries.

In each episode, the four chefs face off in a state-of-the-art, pop-up kitchen outside a grocery store, with the competitors given a budget of $500 to use through three rounds. In the first stakeout heat, the chefs must negotiate with shoppers for their grocery bags, sight unseen, as they are challenged to create a themed meal for the judges. In the second heat, the three remaining chefs use the leftover money from their budget to ambush shoppers for their groceries. In this round the chefs can see what's in each shopper's bag, but they can only make one purchase. In the last round, the final two chefs can explore groceries from as many shoppers as they like, but they can only buy five items total in their bid to find the right ingredients for their dishes and walk away with the grand prize. Viewers can also watch Alex take on some of the toughest carts from prior seasons in Supermarket Stakeout: What Would Alex Make? with new episodes beginning Tuesday, May 31st at 11pm ET/PT.

"Alex continues to shine across Food Network's daytime and primetime programming. We are thrilled to bring new episodes of Supermarket Stakeout to viewers that are full of signature 'anything can happen' moments and unexpected challenges that fans have come to love," said Courtney White, President, Food Network and Streaming Food Content, Discovery Inc.

The FUton Critic

posted 4/7/2022

Cash App Feels Like Dropping a Blessing on "Drag Race"
Prize Money Bumped to $150,000
From EW

RuPaul's Drag Race is adjusting its prize money for inflation of excellence.

VH1 announced Thursday that the queen who wins season 14 will pocket a cash prize of $150,000, marking the first time the show has upped the amount since season 4 back in 2012. Also for the first time in her-story, the runner-up will also receive a prize of $50,000 — funded by Cash App.

Winning queens have taken $100,000 at the finale since season 4, after season 1 winner BeBe Zahara Benet walked away with $20,000, and $25,000 and $75,000 going to season 2 winner Tyra Sanchez and season 3 champ Raja, respectively. The most recent queens to pick up $100,000 are Symone, who triumphed at the end of season 13 back at the top of 2021, and Kylie Sonique Love, who won All Stars 6 in September.

Though she also won $100,000 as part of her cash prize, All Stars 5 winner Shea Couleé has taken the highest prize in the American version's history, with a combined total of $130,000 in winnings between her final prize and tips accumulated from lip-sync battles throughout the season.

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posted 4/7/2022

Thursday Lightning Round
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  • Betty White's belongings are going to an estate sale (Newsday)

  • Kenan Thompson, wife split after 11 years (TMZ)

  • Randy Jackson, Ryan Seacrest rock, roll, remember (Talent Recap)

  • Jeopardy! "fans" haven't "scared off" Mayim Bialik ("News"week)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Rat in the Kitchen (TBS) (REality Blurred)

  • Blake Moynes has his eyes set on "Paradise" (US Weekly)

  • BEHIND THE CAKE with "Is It Cake" (The Hollywood REporter)

posted 4/7/2022


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