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ABC
WEEKEND: BrainDead on Arrival
ABC Wins Sunday Thanks to "Fun & Games", CBS' "Big Brother" Lone High Mark
From TV Line

CBS’ BrainDead christened its new Sunday home with 2.3 million total viewers and a 0.3 demo rating, ticking down from its most recent, Monday outing to mark series lows.

(A Madam Secretary rerun teed up the freshman drama with 2.9 mil/0.5, versus the 4 mil/0.6 that a Scorpion rerun led into it with on July 10.)

Opening the Eye’s night, Big Brother (6.3 mil/1.9) rose to Sunday highs for this cycle.

Over on ABC, Celebrity Family Feud (7.5 mil/1.4) and Match Game (5.5 mil/1.1) each ticked down, while $100,000 Pyramid (6.7 mil/1.4) was steady.

NBC’s Ninja Warrior rerun did 2.5 mil and a 0.7.

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.9M
- Food Network Star: Star Salvation (Food): 1.662M
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.337M

CBS got a boost on Friday with a special "Big Brother 18" (5.283 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1). Meanwhile, a special "@midnight with Chris Hardwick" aired to 248,000, 0.10 in the demo.

TV Line
The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
B&C
Deadline
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/26/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "From Anxiety to MADness"

  • Adam Ray goes from "Separation Anxiety" to "MADtv" reboot tonight (Broadway World)
     

  • "The Price Is Right Live!" coming on down to Spokane (KREM Spokane)
     

  • Julie Chen's favorite to win it all on "Big Brother" is... (Entertainment Weekly)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: And now, here's Carrie Underwood with your moment of cute (Reality TV World)
     

  • Sophie Rudd owns "University Challenge"... and then here comes Hater Squad (Metro)

posted 7/26/16


Entertainment Weekly
More on "Top Model" 2.0
Production Begins with New Panel of Judges
From USA Today

There’s a new formula to becoming a top model.

This fall, America’s Next Top Model moves to VH1, and everything is changing, from the show’s new host, pop star Rita Ora, to an all-new judging panel.

The new judges, USA TODAY exclusively reveals, are model Ashley Graham, the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition cover star known for her body-positive messaging; Drew Elliott, chief creative officer of Paper magazine (behind Kim Kardashian’s "Break the Internet" bare-booty cover); and stylist Law Roach, who counts Zendaya and Ariana Grande as clients and recently worked with Céline Dion in Paris.

The shake-up reflects how the modeling game has changed, executive producer (and former host) Tyra Banks explains by phone on vacation with her family as her baby son York babbles in the background.

“It’s no longer just about having the highest cheekbones and best pout and the best hair,” Banks says. “My goal is to really get into these girls' heads that I’m not looking for some successful model and I’m not looking for some social-media star. I’m looking for both. I’m looking for a hybrid, because that’s where the world is.”

As the CW put Top Model to bed last December after 22 seasons on that network and predecessor UPN, VH1 bid on the show. "I thought we were done with the brand. But the fact that the brand still has viability, and that VH1 really truly sees a strong future with it, how could I say no to that?" says Banks, adding that she will make "a couple of appearances" on the new show.

The new concept includes a weekly pop culture challenge. “While there never will be a Tyra replacement, what we wanted to do was really infuse that panel with style fashion and pop culture experts,” says VH1 and Logo president Chris McCarthy. With Ora, 25, at the helm, supported by the new panel of taste-makers, “together they collectively have the power of what is driving fashion and pop culture today,” he says.

Ora says that like Banks, she wants the contestants to think about their business future first.

“The approach I wanted to have as a host and judge to the girls is what my career stands for at this moment in time, which is being a businesswoman and being able to do multiple things at the same time, whether it’s music or shooting (magazine covers) and being in movies and designing clothes,” says Ora, citing a week in June when she finished designing her 14th collection with Adidas, shot a spread for Vogue Italia and wrapped shooting back-to-back sequels of Fifty Shades of Grey.

The pop star also recently exited her contract with Jay Z’s Roc Nation and signed with Atlantic Records. “I’m so excited about it,” Ora says. “I’m actually recording my album as we speak.”

The new Top Model returns to New York for 14 episodes with all female contestants. A week into production, Ora says her previous reality experience, as a judge on BBC's The Voice and Britain's The X Factor, “wasn’t as intense” as her new gig.

“I actually just finished my first elimination," Ora says. "I can’t go into detail, but it was definitely an emotional one.”

Entertainment Tonight
USA Today
TV Series Finale
The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 7/25/16


Nickelodeon
The Gak is Back for One Night Only
Marc Summers Hosts Live Double Dare Show at Comic-Con
From Cinema Blend

Stop the presses! The game show that defined your childhood is coming back … today. Nickelodeon’s Double Dare is returning to our lives, and this Friday at San Diego Comic-Con marks its official return. What’s that you’re screaming? You’re not at Comic-Con this year? Not to worry, you don’t have to miss any of the nostalgia-tinged antics. Consider this your guide to live streaming this must-watch ‘90s-inspired event.

In honor of Double Dare’s upcoming 30th anniversary, The Splat, Nickelodeon’s streaming answer to all of those classic ‘90s kids shows you still miss, is relaunching the game show today. The network has even reinstated the show’s original host, Marc Summers, who is returning for the first time in 16 years. The official 30 year anniversary for Nick’s longest running game show happens on October 6, but the network couldn’t pass up the opportunity to devote one night of San Diego’s Comic-Con to fun and slime. Brew up a batch of your own slime, call up your friends, and get ready to revisit your childhood.

The Nickelodeon show ran from 1986-1993, making it the network's longest running game show.

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Fuse
Philly.com
Uproxx
Collider
AV Club
Entertainment Weekly
Zimbio
World Screen
Den of Geek!
KGTV San Diego
Los Angeles Daily News
Decider
Nerdist

posted 7/25/16

THURSDAY: Expect the Unexpected
Game Change Helps "Big Brother" Win for CBS... and a Hint of What's to Come
From various sources

On Thursday, Big Brother's official Facebook page posted a headline from CBS.com which read: "Julie Chen to Reveal Game-Changing Element on Big Brother After Show Tomorrow."

The After Show, hosted by former Big Brother and The Amazing Race contestant Jeff Schroeder, airs Fridays on CBS All Access, the network's online video subscription service.

Reality TV World reports that CBS declined to reveal any additional details about the new twist -- including whether it may possibly have a connection with this Friday's night first-ever "Battle Back" competition between the previously evicted houseguests or an end to this season's "Team Play" format.

For the "Battle Back" competition, the first five evicted Big Brother 18 houseguests will compete for a chance to re-enter the game. The first four evicted houseguests have been Glenn Garcia, Jozea Flores, Victor Arroyo and Bronte D'Acquisto. The final evictee who will compete for the opportunity to come back was determined via Thursday's live eviction episode.

Big Brother 18's season began with a format that divided the 16 initial houseguests in four four-person teams. However while the houseguests have competed for Head of Household individually, all the team members of each week's reigning HoH have automatically been safe from nomination for eviction -- a limitation which has increasingly limited the season's gameplay and denied houseguests the opportunity to target members of their own teams.

"Big Brother" was the most-watched broadcast not involving the RNC, giving CBS the win with 5.6 million/1.7 in the demo. Elsewhere.

FOX | Bones (3.8 mil/0.8) dipped 14 percent and a tenth with its Season 11 finale; Home Free (1.7 mil/0.4) ticked down to season lows.

THE CW | Beauty and the Beast (750K/0.2) added a few eyeballs to last week’s second-smallest audience ever.

ABC | BattleBots (3.1 mil/0.7) and Greatest Hits (2.9 mil/0.7) each dropped two tenths.

NBC | The Spartan finale (3.3 mil/0.9) was down a tenth.

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.008M
- Alone (History/S): 788K
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 708K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 560K
- Winsanity (GSN): 238K
- Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown (FYI): 146K

Reality TV World
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/25/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Well That Was Quick 2: The Re-Quickening"

  • UPDATE: citing "unforeseen circumstances", Ben Higgins will NOT run for Congress. Because equal time laws (ABC News)
     

  • IN MEMORIAM: Marni Nixon (1930-2016) on "What's My Line?" (Broadway World)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: The trailer for "Legends of the Hidden Temple" (The Futon Critic)
     

  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: "The Chase" is looking for Liverpudlian families (Liverpool Echo)
     

  • Ernie Halvorsen, Cindy Chiang welcome their second Amazing Racer (People)
     

  • Bindi Irwin celebrates her 18th birthday by paying tribute to her family (Reality TV World)

posted 7/25/16

WEDNESDAY: America's Got Live Shows
NBC Wins Midweek Battle
From TV Line

Fox’s Wayward Pines this Wednesday drew 2.1 million total viewers and a 0.7 rating, holding steady in the demo while ticking down 11 percent to its smallest audience ever.

Opening Fox’s night, MasterChef (3.8 mil/1.2) was up a tenth.

Elsewhere….

CBS | Big Brother (5.5 mil/1.7) dipped 10 percent and a tenth week-to-week, while American Gothic (2.5 mil/0.6) hit an audience low but ticked up in the demo.

THE CW | Penn & Teller (1.2 mil/0.3) and Whose Line (1.1 mil/0.3) each slipped a tenth in the demo.

NBC | America’s Got Talent (10.2 mil/2.2) slipped 14 percent and two tenths week-to-week.

On cable...
- American Tarzan (Discovery): 824K
- The Challenge: Rivals III (MTV): 798K
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 715K
- Dating Naked (VH1): 589K
- Skin Wars: Fresh Paint (GSN): 396K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 328K

TV Line
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/22/16

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

  • Whitney Bischoff won "The Bachelor", then lost the bachelor, only to win another bachelor (Reality TV World)
     

  • Ben Higgins, in a move that will keep him off this site's pages for a while, files to run for Congress. Because equal time laws (Denver Post)
     

  • SPOILER ALERT: Someone's fantasy is about to take a turn for the worse (US)
     

  • SPOILER ALERT #2: The final 33 acts on America's Got Talent are... (Reality TV World)
     

  • Alex Trebek turns 76 today (Sudbury.com)
     

  • Revisiting Robot Wars (Den of Geek!)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alexander Armstrong (Huffington Post)

posted 7/22/16

TUESDAY: America's Got a New President Soon
NBC Wins Night, ABC Falls Without "Truth"
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.933 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) overshadowed the competition on Tuesday with a new "America's Got Talent" (10.748 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and an "NBC News Special" (5.303 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2).

FOX (1.834 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a distant second place with its duo of "Hotel Hell" (2.373 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and "Coupled" (1.297 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Next up was CBS (4.276 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its mix of "NCIS" (6.279 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Zoo" (4.071 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "CBS News Special" (2.477 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.288 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up repeats of "The Middle" (2.998 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.286 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), another "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.100 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "The Real O'Neals" (1.790 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "ABC News Special" (2.278 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.830 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with a repeat "The Flash" (0.807 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and the finale to "Containment" (0.854 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

On cable...
- Chopped Grill Masters Napa (Food): 1.314M
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.019M
- Chopped After Hours (Food): 942K
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 490K
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 475K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 360K

TV Line
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/21/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "A Few More Good Minutes"

  • Dave Holmes almost got everyone at MTV sued. Let's see what this celebrity says (Uproxx)
     

  • Louie Anderson reflects on comedy, Feud, and Splash. Well, maybe not Splash (Variety)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with @midnight (TV Insider)

posted 7/21/16

Ru-newed
"Drag Race" Reupped for a 9th Season
From TV Line

Logo is saying “shantay, you stay” to RuPaul’s Drag Race, renewing the Emmy Award-nominated competition series for a ninth season.

Meanwhile, RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race returns for its second season with a 90-minute premiere on Thursday, Aug. 25 at 8/7c.

In addition to the aforementioned Ru-newal, Logo on Wednesday that it’s given a series order to Fire Island, a docuseries premiering in 2017. From Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ Milojo Productions, the reality series will follow a group of young New York City dwellers “who leave behind the stress of their big city lives and escape to the sun-soaked oasis of Fire Island. The series … highlights the adventure, romance and relationships of friends and housemates as they vacation together in a share-house and experience the magic and drama of the landmark location.”

TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 7/20/16

Windows Has a Host... Insert Microsoft Joke Here
Garcelle Beauvais to Host GSN's "Window Warriors"
From The Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, has added actress Garcelle Beauvais ("Hollywood Today Live," "Spider-Man: Homecoming") as host of their new skill-based competition series WINDOW WARRIORS.

WINDOW WARRIORS lifts the curtain on the intensely competitive and theatrical world of visual merchandising. This new series brings the worlds of art and commerce together as the country's most talented window designers are challenged to conceive jaw-dropping displays each week. From the festive, to the luxurious, to the latest advances in digital effects and sound technology, these artists will push their creativity to the limits in the hopes of winning a $100,000 grand prize, in addition to a feature in a retail design magazine, a one-year contract to design displays for a premiere mall developer, and a career-changing opportunity to design a holiday display at a major department store.

Currently serving as host of the syndicated daytime talk show "Hollywood Today Live," Beauvais is well known to TV viewers for her roles in "Franklin & Bash," "NYPD Blue" and "The Jamie Foxx Show." She has also appeared in feature films including "White House Down" and "Flight," among others and will be featured in the upcoming "Spider-Man: Homecoming." Beauvais also brings experience from the fashion world to her hosting duties, having started her career as a fashion model with Ford Models, appearing in print ads for Avon, Mary Kay, and Clairol, and walking the catwalk for Calvin Klein, Isaac Mizrahi, and more.

WINDOW WARRIORS comes from Michael Levitt Productions, the team behind GSN's most-watched original series ever, SKIN WARS. Executive producers include Michael Levitt ("Skin Wars," "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," "Billboard Music Awards"), Jill Goularte and Liz Cook.

The Futon Critic
Broadway World
EURweb
Multichannel News

posted 7/20/16

SYNDIES: Week 43
Results for the Week Ending July 10
From TV Newscheck

The Fourth of July holiday session ending July 10 was a downer for most of syndication, which saw numerous pre-emptions for news of the July 7 Dallas sniper attack.

The most notable exception to general downtrend was Live with Kelly, which topped the talkers for the sixth straight week and was the only chat fest in the top five moving up from the prior frame, with a 4% advance to a 2.6 live-plus-same-day national rating. Kelly also led the talkers among women 25-54 with a 1.2 in the key demo.

In access, Family Feud slipped 3% to a 6.8 but crushed all game show competition for the 11th week in a row. Wheel of Fortune was off 9% to a new season low 5.3 tying Jeopardy, which faded 5% to a 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
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.8 -3%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.3** -9%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.3 -5%
4. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 NC
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.2 -8%.

TV Newscheck

posted 7/20/16

A Million Dollar Dance
NBC Teams with Jennifer Lopez
From TV Line

Jennifer Lopez is looking for a few good men. Or women. Or children. Literally anyone who can dance.

NBC on Tuesday announced a global casting call for World of Dance, a 10-episode competition series executive-produced by the Shades of Blue star, in which one winner will receive a “life-altering” $1 million prize.

Here’s how World of Dance works, per the network’s official announcement:

Handpicked from qualifying events around the nation and thousands of online submissions, competitors are divided into three divisions: Junior (any size act under 16 years old), Upper (groups of 1-4, over 16 years) and Team (groups of 5+, over 16 years). After an initial audition round, divisions face off in duels, until only one of each is left standing. A panel of experts score the acts using a precise point system developed by World of Dance, using the following criteria: Routine, Execution, Presentation, and Crowd Appeal. The epic finale sees the winners from each division duke it out for $1 million and the title ‘Best in the World.’

“This will be a fierce talent-heavy dance competition that embraces the raw emotion and excitement that dance represents,” Lopez said in a statement. “I am excited to work with World of Dance, an organization that has had an immeasurable impact on the dance community, to give all dancers an enormous platform where their dreams can be realized.”

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Reality Wanted
The Futon Critic

posted 7/20/16

More on "Cash Trapped"
Catch It on ITV August 1!
From The List

Bradley Walsh has launched a new game show.

The 56-year-old presenter currently fronts popular quiz 'The Chase' on weekdays but has revealed he's come up with the idea of 'Cash Trapped' - a plan he's been sitting on for 10 years - and can't wait to bring it to screens.

He said: "It was an idea I came up with in my dressing room about 10 years ago whilst in between scenes on a drama.

"I took the idea to Helen Warner last year and she hooked me up with my old pal Glenn Hugill who helped me knock it into shape. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it!"

'Cash Trapped' will see six contestants go head-to-head as they frantically try and answer a series of quick-fire questions, while attempting to sabotage their competitors and become the first to press the much-desired golden buzzer.

The person who hits the button will lock all of the other players out of the game and will leave with all of the cash racked up.

He explained: "If a contestant succeeds, they escape with all the cash they've built up, while their five opponents leave empty handed. However if they fail to escape their bank is drained and everyone else rolls their winnings over. Then they all remain 'Cash Trapped' until the next episode."

'Cash Trapped' will hit screens on August 1 at 5pm on ITV.

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posted 7/20/16

AXS Bringing Back "X Factor UK"
Network Inks Multiyear Deal to Air Original Version
From World Screen

U.S. network AXS TV has inked a multiyear deal to air further seasons of the talent showcase The X Factor UK.

The agreement with FremantleMedia International and Syco Entertainment sees AXS TV remain the U.S. broadcast home for the original version of the international format. The network will air all 32 episodes of the upcoming 13th season, which premieres with a special two-day event on August 28 and 29. Each episode will air in the U.S. 24 hours after their respective U.K. broadcasts.

The X Factor UK is co-produced by Syco Entertainment and Thames TV, part of FremantleMedia UK. It was created by Simon Cowell, who also serves as a judge on the series. The show’s format is owned and created by Syco Entertainment, and co-produced/licensed by FremantleMedia International.

World Screen
Antimusic
Daily Express
Reality Box

posted 7/20/16

will.i.am.developing.a.singing.game.show
Apple Said to Be Interested in "Superdope"
From Noise11

Rapper will.i.am is planning to reunite with members of the Black Eyed Peas for a brand new singing game show.

The hip-hop star is working with producers at Natalka Znak and Simon Jones’ TV company to create Superdope, a series which will feature aspiring artists receiving notes from celebrity advisors, including will.i.am.

According to Deadline.com, he will also serve as host, and is hoping to recruit his Black Eyed Peas pals to perform on the show and help him mentor the contestants.

The series will be filmed in Los Angeles, and is currently being shopped to broadcasters in the U.S. and U.K.

Sources reveal Apple TV officials have expressed an interest in picking up the show, after recently buying another of will.i.am’s reality ideas – Planet of the Apps, an app-related competition program.

Noise11
Belfast Telegraph

posted 7/20/16

Just When You Thought It Was Safe to Go Back to Camp
Alton Brown's "Cutthroat Kitchen" Offshoot to Return for Another Run in August
From the Futon Critic

Host and head counselor of mayhem Alton Brown goes back to camp with a trunkful of twisted culinary challenges in the primetime special series Camp Cutthroat 2: Alton's Revenge, premiering Wednesday, August 24th at 10pm (all times ET/PT) on Food Network. This year's five-episode battle is set even deeper in the wilderness, with a roster of sixteen chef contestants competing in all-new diabolical camp-themed challenges for the chance to win up to $75,000. The tournament leads up to a final showdown between the four heat winners to determine the Camp Cutthroat champion on Wednesday, September 21st at 10pm.

"We couldn't wait to bring Alton back to Camp Cutthroat to take care of some unfinished business," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel. "The culinary mischief hits new levels of fun and excitement that our viewers will love."

The Futon Critic

posted 7/20/16

MONDAY: So You Think The GOP Tells All About Ninjas
ABC, NBC Split Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.537 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) was the most-watched network on Monday with a new "The Bachelorette" (6.564 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) followed by "ABC News Special" (3.483 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

NBC (5.217 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) then shared in the demo crown with a new "American Ninja Warrior" (5.807 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and its own "NBC News Special" (4.040 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

Next up was FOX (2.618 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and an original "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.618 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.268 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up repeats of "Mom" (4.002 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "2 Broke Girls" (3.488 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Scorpion" (3.479 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) plus its "CBS News Special" (2.581 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9).

And finally, the feature "10 Years" (0.738 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) on The CW (0.738 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cake Wars (Food): 824,000
- Cupcake Wars (Food): 750,000
- Are You The One? (MTV): 692,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/20/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Pretending to Fall in Love for National Attention"

  • JoJo Fletcher has called everything she's heard about this season of "The Bachelorette" "bizarre" and "garbage". So either she doesn't believe it or she's being paid not to (Entertainment Tonight)
     

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: The "Big Brother" Battle Back is going down this Friday (Reality TV World)
     

  • When asked about a return to "The Apprentice UK", Lord Alan Sugar only said one word: "October". (Daily Star)
     

  • Chris Hardwick is talking paper... as in a multyear deal with AMC to keep hosting aftershows (Nerdist)
     

  • Ethan Zohn gets married (People)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jane Lynch, newly single, and loving it (Out)

posted 7/20/16


ABC
WEEKEND: We Have a Winner!
Sunday Fun & Games Gives ABC The Win
From Variety

CBS’ “Big Brother” topped Sunday night in the adults 18-49 demographic, scoring a 1.8 rating and 5.6 million viewers, but it was ABC that won the night overall thanks to its game show block, with “Celebrity Family Feud” (1.5 rating, 7.5 million viewers), “The $100,000 Pyramid” (1.4 rating, 7 million viewers) and “Match Game” (1.2 rating, 5.8 million viewers) helping lead the Alphabet to an average rating of 1.2 in adults 18-49 and 6 million viewers for the night.

CBS came second for the night with an average of 0.8 in adults 18-49 and 4.8 million total viewers behind “Big Brother” and repeats of “Madam Secretary” and “Elementary.”

NBC scored third place with a 0.7 demo rating and 2.8 million viewers for a night of repeats including “Hollywood Game Night” and “American Ninja Warrior,” while Fox came in fourth with its own lineup of reruns, notching a 0.5 in adults 18-49 and 1.3 million viewers overall.

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.918 million
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.302 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.104 million

Variety
Broadway World
Media Life
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily
Yahoo!
The Wrap

posted 7/19/16

Lip Service on Your Phone
Spike Launches Lip Sync Battle App
From The Futon Critic

Spike is bringing its hit series "Lip Sync Battle" directly to the fans with a new interactive app launching this fall to coincide with premiere of Season 3 of the multiplatform hit series.

Spike's "Lip Sync Battle" app will allow fans to create lip sync videos to their favorite songs and battle friends in keeping with the hit series format. Aspiring lip syncers are able to choose the song of their choice from all genres and create the coolest lip sync videos by adding new custom filters and music video special effects. By sharing the video through social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc) fans can accrue 'likes' in the app from the Lip Sync Battle community and see how their lip sync ranks on the leaderboard.

"Lip sync battling has become a cultural phenomenon with fans around the world, now seen in over 150 countries globally. We're thrilled that our passionate fans will now be able to join in all the fun with the definitive app which replicates the unique experience of being on the show," said 'Lip Sync Battle' Casey Patterson and Jay Peterson, Executive Producers, "Lip Sync Battle." "The 'Lip Sync Battle' app is the next evolution for fans to participate in real time. It provides a fully immersive experience where fans can shoot, edit, publish and challenge other fans to "battle" via the app and their social media platforms. We can't wait to see what the fans come up with!'

Patterson developed the "Lip Sync Battle" app in conjunction with Spike and Nadine Levitt of Wurrly, a music technology engine. Wurrly works with various musical artists and creators to develop new technologies and opportunities in music entertainment for people of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels.

"Wurrly is the perfect partner to create this dynamic and incredibly user-friendly app that delivers all the fun and excitement of "Lip Sync Battle" to the fans," said Dan Yang, Executive Vice President Strategy & Business Development, Viacom Media Networks. "The development of the "Lip Sync Battle" app is yet another example of us furthering our mission to have our great content live everywhere."

"It's hard not to love the world the show has created in 'Lip Sync Battle'. We are thrilled to be able to share it with fans in an experiential way so that everyone can feel like they are a part of the show!" says Nadine Levitt, founder and CEO of Wurrly. "Wurrly's focus has always been to connect people through music. Partnering with Viacom and Spike to create the Lip Sync Battle app is a natural extension of that goal - providing new and fun opportunities for people to engage with each other and the world through music."

The Futon Critic

posted 7/19/16

Food Network Small Star
"Food Network Star Kids" to Play August 22
From The Futon Critic

The best kid cooks in the country compete on the new Food Network series Food Network Star Kids, premiering on Monday, August 22nd at 8pm ET/PT. Hosted by actress-turned-food celebrity Tia Mowry and popular food writer, photographer and social media star Donal Skehan, Star Kids features 10 talented junior finalists participating in a variety of culinary, on-camera and social media challenges over six episodes, for the chance to become the first-ever Food Network Star Kids winner, walking away with their own series on FoodNetwork.com and a feature in Food Network Magazine.

"These young finalists have come from all over the country to compete, bringing with them ambition and incredible talent both in the kitchen and in front of the camera," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel. "Tia and Donal are fantastic mentors for the kids, having evolved their culinary skills while growing up in front of the camera, making them the perfect fit to help find the next generation of star chefs in the making"

The Food Network Star Kids competitors are: Gracie Evans (Tampa, FL; age 9), Isaiah A. Hooks (Stroudsburg, PA; age 13), Nicholas Hornbostel (Vail, CO; age 11), Tyra Jefferson (Irmo, SC; age 11), Amber Kelley (Seattle, WA; age 13), Sydnie Jaye Meyers (Austin, TX; age 9), Lexi Shuster (Portchester, NY; age 9), Salvatore Soldo (Staten Island, NY; age 10), Sammy Voit (Bronx, NY; age 11), Liam Waldman (Los Angeles, CA; age 12).

The Futon Critic

posted 7/19/16

THURSDAY: Yawn...
If It's Thursday, It's "Big Brother"-Fueled CBS Win
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.517 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was still the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.197 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "Life in Pieces" (5.260 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Big Brother 18" (5.998 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Code Black" (4.326 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

ABC (4.427 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the number two draw with its special "The President and The People: A National Conversation" (5.762 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) followed by a new "Greatest Hits" (4.441 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and a repeat "Match Game" (3.077 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Next up was FOX (3.168 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) with originals from "Bones" (4.228 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "Home Free" (2.109 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.610 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) offered up an encore "Spartan: Ultimate Team Competition" (2.941 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) alongside originals from "Spartan: Ultimate Team Competition" (3.047 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "Aquarius" (1.844 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, a repeat "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.706 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and a new "Beauty and the Beast" (0.724 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) on The CW (0.714 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Alone (History/9p): 1.598 million
- Alone (History/SF): 1.541 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.059 million
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 744,000
- Winsanity (GSN/9p): 341,000
- Winsanity (GSN/9:30): 250,000
- Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown (FYI): 190,000

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TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/19/16

More on "Catching Kelce"
Catch It on E! October 5!
From the Futon Critic

NFL superstar tight end Travis Kelce is trying a whole new offense when it comes to the game of love! Fifty eligible women, including former WAGS (wives and girlfriends of sports stars), sports royalty, social media stars, entrepreneurs, hometown sweethearts and fitness models from across the United States, will be invited to Los Angeles as this fun-loving athlete searches for that special someone to become his lifelong "teammate." To help make some of these tough decisions, Travis has enlisted the help of his "boys" who know him best: his older brother, Philadelphia Eagles center, Jason Kelce, and his longtime manager, Aaron Eanes.

In the supersized premiere episode, 50 eligible women will assemble at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum where they will have only 60 seconds to make a lasting first impression on one of the NFL's most sought after bachelors. From there, Travis will have to quickly narrow the dating pool from 50 women down to 20 before they are able to move into their lavish Los Angeles mansion. Once moved in, Travis and his boys will be deciding who stays in the house and who is sent home packing. However, there's a twist; in each episode, Travis will pick one girl who goes on the all-access group date and it's her decision to strategically choose which other girls will go on the date with her. At the end of the group date, Travis decides who he wants to take on the coveted VIP date. The debate becomes: do you pick your friends and keep those loyalties strong, or choose the "weakest" contenders to make yourself stand out? Lines will be drawn and newly formed friendships will be tested as the women pick and choose who gets the extra time with this quirky, fun-loving football superstar. At the end of each episode, Travis will have to eliminate some of the girls and send them back to their home states.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/18/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Trap King"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Cash Trapped" (ITV, today) (ITV)
     

  • Eddie McGuire blames a round of racist rants on painkillers (Huffington Post)
     

  • How "Cooks vs. Cons" got Food Network back to its aspirational roots (Salon)
     

  • ICYMI: "That's Not a Bell!" (BT)
     

  • Match Game: All the (slide whistle) they should've shown (Entertainment Weekly)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: last night's clutch "Pyramid" wins (SheKnows)
     

  • Paul Daniels' widow gets his shiny gently-loved car (Daily Mail)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with John Davidson, the folk singer? (Wicked Local)

posted 7/18/16

WEDNESDAY: America's Got Wednesday
NBC Wins Over ABC, ESPYs
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.734 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) pulled into the top spot on Wednesday with new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (11.439 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and "The Night Shift" (6.325 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4).

ABC (5.480 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then claimed the silver with its presentation of "The 2016 ESPY Awards" (5.480 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3).

Next up was CBS (4.023 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its trio of "Big Brother 18" (5.895 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Criminal Minds" (3.392 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "American Gothic" (2.784 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.052 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up originals from "MasterChef" (3.571 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5) and "Wayward Pines" (2.535 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

And finally, The CW (1.314 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with its new lineup of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.463 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.229 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.101 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

On cable..
- American Tarzan (Discovery): 878,000
- The Challenge: Rivals III (MTV): 767,000
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 761,000
- Dating Naked (VH1): 473,000
- Skin Wars: Fresh Paint (GSN): 354,000

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TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/15/16


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Family Feud at 40
Classic Format Endures to Today
From Moviefone

Name a beloved game show that debuted 40 years ago this week, on July 12, 1976. Survey says...

Yep, it's "Family Feud," the popular show currently hosted by the easily amused Steve Harvey, though for much of its first two decades, it made Richard Dawson the king of the daytime emcees. (Indeed, Dawson famously spoofed himself in the 1987 movie "The Running Man" as evil game show host Damon Killian.)

After forty years, "Family Feud" viewers still enjoy watching opposing clans face off over poll questions about everyday life. But even longtime "Feud" fans may not know these details about the real-life feuds and family dramas behind the long-running game show.

Moviefone
Movie Pilot
KFMB San Diego

posted 7/15/16

Primal Urge
Lionsgate Buys Into UK Production House
From Yahoo!

Lionsgate is adding to its unscripted production firepower with the acquisition of what’s believed to be a majority stake in Primal Media, a new production house set up by Gogglebox Entertainment founders, format creators and executive producers Mat Steiner and Adam Wood, whose credits include “Release the Hounds.”

Primal will develop and produce unscripted programs in the U.K., as well as work with Lionsgate’s alternative programming team in the U.S., to produce American formats for the British market. Lionsgate will distribute Primal’s content worldwide and will produce formats owned by Primal for the U.S. and worldwide market.

Steiner and Wood’s credits include U.K. formats “Release the Hounds” (ITV2), “Cash Cab” (ITV), “The Code” (BBC1), “Playing It Straight” (C4), “Man v Fly” (GSN/The Sun), “Plain Jane” (MTV Intl.), “Singing in the Rainforest” (Watch), “Move Like Michael Jackson” (BBC3), “The Exit List” (ITV) and “Breakaway” (BBC2). Their formats have sold across the world, amassing over 15,000 episodes and winning multiple awards, including six Emmys and a Royal Television Society Award for best entertainment show this year for “Release the Hounds.”

Primal has already secured its first two commissions with a greenlight for a third season of “Release the Hounds,” a gameshow in which contestants enter a scary wood in search of hidden money, and a second season of “The Code,” a quizshow in which players must unlocked a safe full of cash, both for next year.

The acquisition marks another step in Lionsgate’s continued push into unscripted programming. In the past year, the company has formed a strategic alliance with leading U.S. reality producer Pilgrim Studios, and has developed a growing in-house slate from its alternative programming division, including “Kicking & Screaming” (Fox), “Revenge Body with Khloe Kardashian” (E!), “Monica the Medium” (Freeform), “Douglas Family Gold” (Oxygen), and “Tracks” (Spike).

“As Lionsgate’s Television Group expands its capabilities in the unscripted market, Mat and Adam are the perfect addition to our growing family of first-rate reality companies and best-in-class producers who are developing formats with global reach,” Lionsgate Television Group chairman Kevin Beggs said.

“The deal is a win-win as it provides Mat and Adam the support they need to grow Primal Media while enabling Lionsgate to enhance our footprint in the U.K., to expand the pipeline for our U.S. business, and to access a fabulous library of product that can be distributed worldwide.”

“We have a lot of respect for Mat and Adam, who are among the most prolific and successful unscripted producers in the U.K.,” Lionsgate UK chief executive officer Zygi Kamasa said. “As we grow the Lionsgate UK presence in television, we are very pleased to bring in such a well-respected and talented team as the one at Primal Media.”

“We are very excited to be working with Kevin, Zygi and the entire Lionsgate team, both in the U.K. and the U.S.,” said Steiner and Wood. “While Lionsgate is a global player in the television space, it continues to have an entrepreneurial spirit that aligns perfectly with what we are trying to accomplish as we develop Primal Media into a major player creating both entertainment and factual entertainment formats with global appeal.”

Yahoo!

posted 7/15/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "The ARP of the UFC"

  • Countdown hostess & ardent ManU fan Rachel Riley models the club's new kit (Yahoo!)
     

  • Tori Kelly honors Christina Grimmie with a song, "Blink of an Eye" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Joshua Allen wins "So You Think You Can Beat Your Woman and Get Booked For It" (TMZ)
     

  • Gwen Stefani's "This Is What The Truth Feels Like" tour begins at 30 Rock (Reality TV World)

posted 7/15/16

Primetime Emmys: And the Nominees Are...
No New Surprises for Reality TV
From the Futon Critic

The nominations for the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards were revealed Thursday in Los Angeles. The winners will be announced during ABC’s live telecast on Sunday, September 18 hosted by Jimmy Kimmel.

And the nominees are…

Outstanding Reality Competition Program
- The Amazing Race (CBS)
- American Ninja Warrior (NBC)
- Dancing With the Stars (ABC)
- Project Runway (Lifetime)
- Top Chef (Bravo)
- The Voice (NBC)

Outstanding Reality Show Host
- Tom Bergeron (Dancing with the Stars, ABC)
- Steve Harvey (Little Big Shots with Steve Harvey, NBC)
- Heidi Klum & Tin Gunn (Project Runway, Lifetime)
- Jane Lynch (Hollywood Game Night, NBC)
- RuPaul (RuPaul's Drag Race, Logo)
- Ryan Seacrest (American Idol, Fox)

"Lip Sync Battle" has also been nominated for Outstanding Structured Reality Show.

TV Insider
TV Line
The TV Addict
The Futon Critic

posted 7/14/16

NBC Puts the Fun in "Funded"
Tyra Banks, Rob Dyrdek to Front Panel
From the Futon Critic

Entrepreneurs with revolutionary and disruptive business ideas that are primed to explode into the next game-changing innovation will have the opportunity to team up with three of the brightest business minds of today and compete for up to a $1 million investment in NBC's new alternative series "Funded" (working title).

NBC has given a series order to "Funded," the first business competition show built around an investment fund. In each standalone episode, start-up companies will be paired with one of three mentors: maverick entrepreneur and venture capitalist Rob Dyrdek, brand ambassador and media tycoon Tyra Banks or iconic brand-building guru and investor Rohan Oza.

In every episode of "Funded," Dyrdek, Banks and Oza will select from a fresh crop of start-ups, each choosing one to champion and mentor. These are no ordinary start-ups but, rather, represent the best and most promising new companies in the world, with the potential for exponential growth and the chance of become global brands. These companies will get game-changing expert advice from our mentors and their elite advisors, and viewers will get priceless business insight previously only known to CEO's and successful entrepreneurs.

At the end of each episode, the start-ups and their mentors must face a Venture Capitalist in front of a live audience, and convince him their company could be the next great company if they can get the fund's backing and that $1 million cash infusion. Only one start-up per episode can get funded, and only one mentor can claim bragging rights as the savviest visionary entrepreneur.

Smart and authentic, practical and provoking, "Funded" pulls back the curtain on the high-stakes world of Venture Capital and will unveil the next generation of rock star entrepreneurs.

"Funded" marks the first series from the newly formed Universal Television Alternative Studios.

The Futon Critic
Reality TV World

posted 7/14/16

TUESDAY: All-Star Blitz
Fox, NBC Split Night on "Talent", MLB All Star Game
From the Futon Critic

OX (7.942 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) claimed the top demo spot on Tuesday with its coverage of the "MLB All-Star Game" (7.942 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2).

NBC (8.819 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) was a close second with a new "America's Got Talent" (11.167 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and the season finale of "Maya & Marty" (4.123 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

Next up was ABC (4.566 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with encores of "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.607 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.024 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6) followed by the season finale of "To Tell the Truth" (5.069 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.154 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up its trio of "NCIS" (5.839 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9), "Zoo" (4.432 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.192 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

And finally, The CW (0.789 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with a repeat "The Flash" (0.810 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and the penultimate "Containment" (0.769 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

On cable...
- Chopped: Grill Masters (Food): 1.182 million
- Chopped After Hours (Food): 913,000
- Chopped Junior (Food): 863,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 343,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 295,000
- Wild'n On Tour (MTV2): 223,000

The Futon Critic
TV Line
B&C
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/14/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The ARP of the UFC"

  • The home of the Ultimate Fighter, UFC is sold to WME-IMG for $4 BILLION (Awful Announcing)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 14 best show for reality TV fans (Moviefone)
     

  • #TBT: a look back at the "Great Temptation", the forerunner to "Sale of the Century" as we know it (Starts at 60)

posted 7/14/16

SYNDIES: Week 42
Results for the Week Ending July 3
From TV Newscheck

Judge Judy provided most of the ratings fireworks in the week leading up to the Independence Day holiday, the session ending July 3.

In a lazy summer frame in which extremely few first-run strips were in positive territory, Judy shot to a six-week high 6.8 live-plus-same-day national rating, up 5% for the week, up 15% over the past two weeks and up 6% from last year at this time.

Family Feud crushed Wheel of Fortune and all game show competition for the 10th week in a row, although it dropped 1% to a 7.0. Feud also held on to the top spot on the overall syndication chart.

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

GAME SHOWS

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.0 -1%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.8 -2%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.6 -2%
4. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 NC
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.3 NC

TV Newscheck

posted 7/13/16

CMT Set to Break More Skulls
Steve Austin's Obstacle Course to Return for Another Round
From the Futon Critic

CMT today unveiled its updated unscripted slate of original programming including premiere dates for new seasons of "I Love Kellie Pickler" and "Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making The Team" on August 25. In addition, the award-winning "Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge" has been picked up for a new season that will premiere later this year.

"CMT's unscripted series mirror the optimism and passion of our fans," said Jayson Dinsmore, Executive Vice President of Development. "Our shows are smart, spirited and play an important role in attracting new audiences."

The DGA award-winning "Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge," the most physically demanding competition series on TV, has been picked up for a new season to premiere later this year. The series, which last season attracted more than 4 million weekly viewers, features world-renowned athletic contenders including Spartan, CrossFit, power lifters, professional athletes, MMA fighters and everyday heroes who face off in a series of intense challenges with only one advancing to the grueling skullbuster challenge personally designed by Steve Austin. The series is produced by 51 Minds Entertainment with executive producers Christian Sarabia, Steve Austin, Vincent Cariati and co-executive producer Steve Kaufman. Julia Silverton and Jayson Dinsmore executive produce for CMT.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/13/16

It's All Fun and Games Until... ROAST BATTLE!
Details on Jeff Ross's New Comic Competition
From the Futon Critic

Comedy Central and Jeff Ross announced today that comedic heavyweights Anthony Jeselnik, Jimmy Kimmel, Sarah Silverman and David Spade will serve as celebrity judges deciding the fate of 16 insult-comedy combatants during the four nights of "Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle." Additional judges are to be announced. The Thunderdome-of-comedy bracket-style tournament will be filmed live in four nights at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, airing in four one-hour episodes on July 28-31 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central. The July 31 finale airs live same-day.

Comedians doing battle include Tom Ballard, Matthew Broussard, Jimmy Carr, Christi Chiello, Chris Cubas, Olivia Grace, Tony Hinchcliffe, Mike Lawrence, Ralphie May, Sam Morril, Mark Normand, Ms. Pat, Steve Rannazzisi, Earl Skakel, Sarah Tiana and K. Trevor Wilson. Fans can visit RoastBattle.com to track the tournament bracket and watch highlight clips from each night's battles, and can join the social conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #RoastBattle.

First round matchups are:

Jimmy Carr vs. Christi Chiello
Earl Skakel vs. Tom Ballard
Mark Normand vs. Tony Hinchcliffe
Steve Rannazzisi vs. Sam Morril
Ralphie May vs. Ms. Pat
Matthew Broussard vs. Mike Lawrence
Sarah Tiana vs. Chris Cubas
Olivia Grace vs. K. Trevor Wilson

Inspired by the gritty, competitive proving grounds of the comedy-club circuit, "Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle" is led by Roastmaster General Jeff Ross and referee/comedian Brian Moses and will be filmed at L'Astral in Montreal.

In a nod to "Roast Battle's" club roots, a lead-up "Road to Roast Battle" tour made stops in four U.S. cities and was filmed for a televised companion special to "Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle." Exclusive content including individual battles and city recaps from the "Road to Roast Battle" tour will be featured on RoastBattle.com and on the Comedy Central and Comedy Central Stand-Up Facebook accounts. "Road to Roast Battle" premieres July 24 at Midnight ET/PT on Comedy Central and re-airs immediately before the premiere of "Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle."

"Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle" and "Road to Roast Battle" are sponsored by Dodge and Taco Bell(R).

"Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle" and "Road to Roast Battle" are executive produced by Ross, Joel Gallen, Amy Zvi, Willie Mercer, Moses, Rell Battle, and Rick Austin. Jonas Larsen, Christian McLaughlin, Jordan Ellner and Ryan Moran are the Executives in Charge of Production for Comedy Central.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/13/16

Dawn of the Planet of the Apps
Casting Begins on Search for the Next Great App
From Apple Insider

Television production company Propagate on Tuesday announced the start of an open casting call for "Planet of the Apps," an original series about the app economy coproduced by Apple.

Announced through the upcoming show's website, the casting call is looking for iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS developers who can have beta or fully functional software ready by late October, reports Macworld.

Not much is known about "Planet of the Apps" beyond its association with app development. Apple in March confirmed it was working with musician Will.i.am and two television industry executives on the unscripted series, but would not comment on a production timeline or distribution.

"We've seen some really, truly inspiring and incredible stories from our developers in what they've done, where they come from, how they started and the problems they've solved," Apple SVP of Internet Software and Services Eddy Cue said earlier this year when asked about the project.

Language on the website suggests "Planet of the Apps" will include elements of reality TV game shows. Specifically, producers are inviting developers to join in the "search for the next great app," while an FAQ section reveals developers who are accepted will need to become members of Apple's Developer Program so their apps can be featured on the App Store.

In addition to onscreen time and a prominent spot on the App Store, developers will get to work with technology industry experts and have a chance at funding from top-tier VCs, the website says.

Those interested in taking part in the program can fill out an application online now through Friday, Aug. 26. "Planet of the Apps" is scheduled to shoot in late 2016 through early 2017.

Apple's push into original content creation was first reported last year when rumors suggested the company planned to produce movies or television programming similar to products from companies Netflix and Hulu.

Apple Insider

posted 7/13/16

MONDAY: Viewers Accept ABC's Rose
Demo Crown Split Between ABC, NBC
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.536 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) was the most-watched network on Monday with new episodes of "The Bachelorette" (6.750 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Mistresses" (3.109 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

NBC (5.293 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with a new "American Ninja Warrior" (6.192 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and a repeat "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" (3.494 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

Next up was FOX (2.854 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with its expanded two-hour "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.854 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.809 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up repeats of "Mom" (4.654 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "2 Broke Girls" (4.071 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Scorpion" (3.895 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8) plus a new "BrainDead" (3.169 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9).

And finally, encores of "Just for Laughs Starring Howie Mandel" (1.144 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.842 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) on The CW (1.068 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cake Wars (Food): 987,000
- Cupcake Wars Celebrity (Food): 873,000
- Are You The One (MTV): 704,000

The Futon Critic
TV  Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/13/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Welcome to the Party"

  • Not one to rest on their laurels while Fox took all the attention from the room, ABC updated its app (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Ben Higgins, Lauren Bushnell really want to sell the whole story, don't they? (Reality TV World)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: KISS had a plan for a making-the-band game show... then scuttled it (Team Rock)

posted 7/13/16

Logo Finds "Prince Charming"
Lance Bass to Host New Dating Series
From the Futon Critic

Logo today announced the greenlight of a brand new reality dating competition series, "Finding Prince Charming." This first of its kind dating show, featuring a cast of all gay men, is currently in production and will debut on the network this fall.

Hosted by Lance Bass, "Finding Prince Charming" will include 13 charming and gorgeous suitors, all housed together, who compete to win the heart of one of the nation's most eligible gay heartthrob. The sexy suitors grapple to stand out from the crowd all hoping for a moment of intimate connection, romance and, perhaps, true love. One by one, the suitors are eliminated until the heartthrob chooses one ideal man to sweep him off of his feet and commit to an exclusive relationship.

"Logo has a long history of showcasing LGBTQ-focused stories with memorable characters that transcend pop culture," said Pamela Post, SVP of Original Programming for Logo. "'Finding Prince Charming' will take viewers on a whirlwind journey through modern love and relationships in a way that only Logo can do."

"Finding Prince Charming" is produced by Brian Graden Media. Executive Producers for Brian Graden Media are Brian Graden and Dave Mace with Fred Birckhead and Nick Murray also serving as executive producers. Chris McCarthy, Pamela Post and Stevenson Greene are Executive Producers for Logo and Jen Passovoy serves as producer.

The Futon Critic
TV  Line

posted 7/12/16

WEEKEND: Sunday Fun & Games Swings Up
But NBC Wins with Olympic Trials
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.042 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) got another boost on Sunday with its coverage of the "U.S. Olympic Trials: Track & Field" (4.909 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6) and "U.S. Olympic Trials: Gymnastics" (8.322 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1).

ABC (6.094 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then had to settle for second place with its lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.276 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8), "Celebrity Family Feud" (7.327 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3), "$100,000 Pyramid" (7.083 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3) and "Match Game" (5.691 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5).

Next up was CBS (4.538 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its combination of "60 Minutes" (7.052 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7), "Big Brother 18" (5.649 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2), "Madam Secretary" (2.934 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Elementary" (2.516 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

And finally, FOX (1.361 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) closed out the evening with a full hour "LPGA Overrun" (1.683 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) alongside repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.418 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.026 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "Family Guy" (1.348 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.005 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.960 million
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food/SP): 1.423 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.167 million

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/12/16

Jeff Stelling Back in the Game
Former "Countdown" Host to Front "Alphabetical" for ITV
From What's on TV

Jeff Stelling is returning to quiz mastering with a new ITV show, Alphabetical, four years after he quit hosting Countdown.

The Soccer Saturday frontman will present Alphabetical, which is billed as a ‘fast-paced quiz show,’ which sees three contestants compete against a returning champion in a series of games based around the alphabet.

“I’m thrilled to be back as a quiz-master fronting the brilliant Alphabetical for ITV,” said Jeff, who stepped down as Countdown host after two years in the hot seat in 2011.

“It’s one for the wordsmiths out there with no shortage of quick-fire questions. It’s high-tempo, exhilarating and I can’t wait for the viewers to see it.”

Over the course of four rounds the aim of the game is to build up as much time in the bank as possible.

After two contestants are eliminated, the remaining challenger will take on the reigning champion in a tense head-to-head where they make their way around the entire alphabet answering a question based on each letter.

They have just 100 seconds on the clock, plus any time they’ve built up. By successfully completing the alphabet the winner walks away with the jackpot. Or, if both contestants fail to achieve this, the jackpot rolls over.

The 10-part daytime show will be screened later this summer.

What's on TV
ATV Today

posted 7/12/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Joking Off Set to Download"

  • FIRST LOOK: "MTV2's Joking Off", premiering August 4 (Comedy Hype)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Wheelmobile rolls into Florence, Oregon (KVAL Eugene)
     

  • Grading the Sunday games (TV Insider)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alyson Hannigan (TV Insider)

posted 7/12/16

Inside the World of "The Runner"
Bringing the Show to Go90
From Fast Co.Create

Back in 2000, Matt Damon and Ben Affleck sold a reality show concept to ABC, but it was halted after 9/11. In 2006 the show went into development at Yahoo, but still nothing. Now, Verizon's Go90 mobile network has launched it as a new breed of game show reality series.

The Runner premiered on Verizon's Go90 mobile network last week, and the part game show, part reality series, part social media experience was created by a unique collaboration between WME/IMG, Affleck's and Damon's Adaptive Studios, Pilgrim Media Group, and ad agency Droga5.

The show takes place during 30 days in July, and follows one "runner" who is trying to get to six checkpoints across the U.S. while being pursued by five separate teams of "chasers." Viewers can play along in real-time and win cash prizes by using social media to give tips and info to the chaser teams to help them catch the runner.

Another star of the show is the brands involved. It's a chase across the country, and the participants are driving Fords and wearing Under Armour. These partnerships were born out of Droga5's involvement in the show's most recent development process from the start. Two years ago, WME (now WME/IMG) acquired a minority stake in the agency, and since then the companies have worked closely in finding better ways for brands to get involved in entertainment. Like when they made a very real Under Armour ad for fictional world of The Martian.

Product placement is nothing new, and product placement in game shows and reality series isn't known for its subtlety. Over the last decade, as brands look for more and more opportunities in entertainment, and the entertainment industry increasingly looks to branded financial backing, audience tolerance for hackneyed product placement is understandably low. Droga5's global alliance director Nick Phelps says it's partnerships like this on The Runner that are about finding the best of both worlds.

"What we brought to it was an understanding of how you can build a show that will be attractive to brands in the long term in a way that they add to the show rather than mess it up," says Phelps. "Where it gets really interesting for us at Droga5 is that the show not only happens in real-time, but it happens in the real world. And in that real word, brands exist and have a part to play."

Fast Co.Create

posted 7/11/16

Rose d'Or Nominees Announced
Awards to Be Handed Out September 13
From World Screen

The EBU has revealed the nominees for the 55th annual Rose d’Or Awards, which span six categories for television and online video: reality and factual entertainment, game show, comedy, sitcom, entertainment and, new for 2016, drama series.

Baking in the Dark (Denmark) is nominated alongside Pick Me! (U.K.) and The Getaway Car (U.K.) for game show. The reality and factual-entertainment shows up for the award are How to Change the World (Canada), The Gym Teacher (Sweden) and The Real Marigold Hotel (U.K.)

For the first time in 2016, the shortlisted nominees will present their programs to their peers ahead of the Rose d’Or Award ceremony and have a say in who takes home the coveted trophies at the Rose d’Or Award ceremony itself at Axica in Berlin on September 13.

“The response from across the entertainment world has been incredible,” said EBU’s head of television and Rose d’Or organizer Jeroen Depraetere. “With such high levels of creativity on show this year our juries have had a tough job selecting the 33 nominees competing to win a Rose d’Or trophy in Berlin. The EBU is proud that once again the Rose d’Or Awards can provide a platform for the world’s best entertainment program-makers.”

World Screen

posted 7/11/16


Fox
Fox Now Goes Live
Livestreaming of Network Programming Begins with "SYTYCD" Tonight!
From TV Line

Starting tonight with So You Think You Can Dance‘s Top 10 performance show, Fox will become the first broadcast network to offer live streaming of its primetime programming.

With this beta launch — via Fox.com and the FOX NOW app for iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, Apple TV and Google Chromecast — Fox will be the only broadcast network to offer pay TV customers in all 210 television markets nationwide a live stream of its primetime entertainment programming, on all seven nights plus late-night Saturdays.

In addition to delivering this summer’s fare, including but not limited to Wayward Pines, MasterChef and the Teen Choice Awards, the new live-streaming capability will cover all Fox entertainment programs during the upcoming 2016-17 TV season. (Live sports programming on Fox will continue to be available via FOX Sports GO.)

The live stream will be available to more than 98 percent of pay TV subscribers, representing 96 million homes.

TV Line

posted 7/11/16

The Jury Has Spoken...
C4's New Quizzer "The Question Jury" Launches
From the Huffington Post

Quiz show fans might want to revise their viewing plans this week, as new show ‘The Question Jury’ begins airing this evening (Monday 11 July).

The show follows a brand new format, that combines the classic quiz show with a reality TV style setting.

At the start of each week, seven strangers will be brought together and locked in one room - this is the jury part.

Each round will see a different member of the team nominated as foreman, and it won’t be an easy task as they have to lead the group to a unanimous decision on the answer to the question.

The group then nominate a final foreman for the last question of the show. If the chosen individual answers correctly, they leave the room with up to £10,000 - but get it wrong, and they have to walk away with nothing.

The next day, a newbie will arrive to replace the departing final foreman.

Each week will see a new group of contestants locked in the room.

Interestingly, the show won’t just feature the question and answer rounds, but episodes will also include glimpses at the interactions between the participants, who obviously interpret ‘you need to work together’ as ‘maybe it’s best to gossip about who you don’t like and speculate over who not to trust’.

The show’s 4pm slot makes it a direct rival for ITV’s ‘Tipping Point’. Can it steal viewers from Ben Shephard’s show? Watch this space.

‘The Question Jury’ will air on Channel 4 at 4pm, on weekdays.

Huffington Post

posted 7/11/16

THURSDAY: The Eyes Have It
CBS Wins on "Big Brother"
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.498 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) continued its reign on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.230 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "Life in Pieces" (5.274 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "Big Brother 18" (6.042 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Code Black" (4.199 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).

ABC (3.500 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the number two draw with originals from "BattleBots" (3.504 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "Greatest Hits" (3.659 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) followed by a repeat "Match Game" (3.339 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Next up was NBC (2.749 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with a repeat "Spartan: Ultimate Team Competition" (3.105 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) alongside fresh installments of "Spartan: Ultimate Team Competition" (3.218 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "Aquarius" (1.925 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.368 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up a second run "Bones" (2.798 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and a new "Home Free" (1.939 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

And finally, a repeat "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.719 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and a new "Beauty and the Beast" (0.805 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) on The CW (0.762 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Alone (History/SF): 1.615 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.074 million
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 693,000
- Match Made in Heaven (WE/SF): 519,000
- Winsanity (GSN/9p): 401,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 390,000
- Winsanity (GSN/9:30p): 293,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/11/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Everything You Missed Last Night"

  • EVERYBODY'S GOT ONE: "Match Game" doesn't live up to the 1970s forebearer (Paste), plus Snoop misses a lay-up of a question... (Reality TV World) and Tituss Burgess explains "Pinot Noir" (TV Line)
     

  • Christian Siriano marries longtime boyfriend (Reality TV World)
     

  • Wayne Brady joins Xavier Woods on "UpUpDownDown!" (Cageside Seats)
     

  • Pia Toscano to make an appearance on E!'s "Hollywood Medium", who was quoted to say... "Who?" (Hollywood Medium)
     

  • Chris Harrison to host Miss America September 11 (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Inside the American Ninja Warrior course (TV Insider)
     

  • Bill Anderson to play Crossville Palace Theatre (Crossville Chronicle)
     

  • Inside the world of Only Connect's geeks (The Telegraph) PLUS a FEW GOOD MINUTES with Victoria Coren Mitchell (RadioTimes)

posted 7/11/16


Food Network
A Third Helping Over the Summer
Food Network Greenlights Season 3 of "Chopped Junior"
From the Futon Critic

Chopped Junior premieres new episodes all summer long, with a new season premiering on Tuesday, July 26th at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network. Hosted by Ted Allen, each episode features four junior chefs as they showcase their skills in the Chopped Kitchen, making unforgettable meals from a basket of mystery ingredients over three rounds - appetizer, entrée, and dessert - with a limited amount of time. Judged by a rotating panel of both recurring Chopped judges and special guest judges, one-by-one, the junior chef that is not up to par will be eliminated, with the last one remaining crowned Chopped Junior Champion and winning the $10,000 prize. Special guest judges this season include David Arquette; Chris Colfer; Siri Daly; Justine "iJustine" Ezarik; David Alan Grier; Cheryl Hines, star of the upcoming family comedy Nine Lives; Katie Lee; Sandra Lee; Austin Mahone; Angie Martinez; Debbie Matenopoulos, co-host of The Insider; Brandi Milloy; Bridget Moynahan; Chelsea Peretti; Jake Smollett; Alan Thicke; Daphne Oz; Danica Patrick; Michelle Trachtenberg, Laura Vitale; DeMarcus Ware and more.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/8/16

Billy on the Hulu
truTV Show to Stream on SVOD Starting July 10
From the Futon Critic

truTV, a division of Turner, and Hulu today announced a new deal that will grant Hulu subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) rights to the first five seasons of the network's popular variety sketch series, Billy on the Street. This deal marks the first truTV series that has been licensed to the platform and builds on an existing partnership between Hulu and Turner that launched in 2015.

Beginning July 10, all 42 episodes from the first four seasons of Billy on the Street, which is produced by Funny Or Die, will be available to stream on Hulu, and next year will see the debut of all episodes of season five following its full season run on truTV. Season five is currently in production and slated to debut on truTV this fall.

"As an incredibly popular and creatively-inventive show in truTV's portfolio, Billy on the Street has cultivated a passionate fan base that actively seeks out the show and embraces Billy's unique comedic talent and obsession with pop culture," said Chris Linn, president of truTV. "This partnership with Hulu gives us a great opportunity to both super-serve those existing fans and also introduce the show and our network to new audiences."

The Futon Critic

posted 7/8/16

Awkward...
Jeff Dye to Host "That Awkward Game Show" for Spike
From Realscreen

Viacom-owned cable network Spike TV has greenlit That Awkward Game Show, a game show set to expose uncomfortable truths between family members, from A. Smith & Co. Productions.

Hosted by actor, comedian and "Money from Strangers" host Jeff Dye, That Awkward Game Show (11 x 60 minutes) – which marks the network’s first foray into the in-studio game show genre – will feature parents and their adult children competing to win a cash prize while exposing “shocking truths” about their next of kin.

Each episode will see three teams of two – which are comprised of one parent and one adult child – as they attempt to determine which embarrassing facts are related to their teammate, from details about the night they were conceived to secretly marrying a boyfriend.

Participants will need to identify uncomfortable unknown truths about their family history in order to advance throughout the game. The team with the most questions answered correctly will take home a cash prize.

Arthur Smith, Kent Weed, Christmas Rini and Peter Herschko serve as executive producers for A. Smith & Co. Productions. Spike’s Hayley Lozitsky is listed as the executive in charge of production.

A. Smith & Co.’s unscripted production credits include Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen; NBC’s American Ninja Warrior, Team Ninja Warrior and Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge; FYI’s Teenage Newlyweds; and ABC’s I Survived A Japanese Game Show!.

That Awkward Game Show will tape this summer and is scheduled to air this fall.

Realscreen
Multichannel News
Deadline
The Futon Critic

posted 7/8/16

WEDNESDAY: "Talent" Recap Beats Down "Big Brother"
NBC Takes Gold in the Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.396 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was still the network to beat on Wednesday with a recap edition of "America's Got Talent" (8.247 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and a new "The Night Shift" (5.696 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4).

CBS (4.320 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then claimed the silver with its trio of "Big Brother 18" (6.099 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1), "Criminal Minds" (3.751 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "American Gothic" (3.110 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Next up was FOX (3.158 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with originals from "MasterChef" (3.959 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and "Wayward Pines" (2.358 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.907 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up its repeat lineup of "The Middle" (3.865 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "The Goldbergs" (3.078 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Modern Family" (3.215 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Black-ish" (2.934 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.368 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "The Real O'Neals" (1.982 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

And finally, second runs of "Arrow" (0.925 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "Supernatural" (0.811 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) on The CW (0.867 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- American Tarzan (Discovery/P): 972,000
- The Challenge: Rivals III (MTV): 923,000
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 757,000
- Dating Naked (VH1): 685,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 601,000
- Skin Wars: Fresh Paint (GSN): 413,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 400,000

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/8/16

Friday Lightning Round
... or "Better Gaming Through Technology"

  • Game shows endure through advancing technology (The Koalition)
     

  • John Barrowman to pressure the entire DC television universe (TV Line)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Shark Tank action figures (TV Insider)

posted 7/8/16

More on "Millionaire's" Move
Las Vegas Auditions Are Underway
From Las Vegas Review-Journal

It may be your easiest chance to leave the Strip with a cool million dollars since that whole Robert Redford, “Indecent Proposal,” seven-figures-to-spend-the-night-with-your-wife thing fizzled out.

For its 15th season, “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” is moving its production from Stamford, Conn., into the old Jubilee Theater at Bally’s. As a result, producers are looking for Las Vegas contestants. Lots of them.

“Vegas always offers us a real diverse pool of people,” executive producer James Rowley says, “and that’s what’s so much fun.”

Unlike previous seasons when casting directors would come to town for a day, there are four batches of auditions scheduled from 2 to 7 p.m.: this Thursday through Saturday, July 11-15, July 18-22 and July 25-29. They’re first-come, first-served, and applicants are asked to line up in front of the Indigo Lounge at Bally’s. (For an application and more information, see www.MillionaireTV.com.)


You don’t necessarily even need to bring your thinking caps.

“That’s one of the big misconceptions about ‘Millionaire,’ ” Rowley says. “It’s not necessarily a game of smarts. What it really is is a game of range. So if you know a little bit about a lot of things, you will do a lot better than someone who is an expert on ‘X’ or ‘Y.’ ”

But the smartest — sorry, range-iest — people in the world don’t necessarily make for good contestants. Unlike that weird, ticketed “Price Is Right Live” show that played the same theater, with much worse prizes, a decade ago, “Millionaire” isn’t just being seen inside Bally’s. This one’s being broadcast around the country.

“So we need people who are energetic, who are fun, who are able to tell a story on camera,” Rowley says. “Because part of the show is the story of the person. So we want people who have interesting stories to tell but also who can communicate those stories. … That’s where you get invested as a viewer. If you don’t care about the player, you don’t care about the game.”

For a game show to be successful, though, contestants are only half the equation. Audience members are nearly as crucial. And there are plenty of restrictions for getting into one of the sessions that begin July 15. According to the show’s website: “Our dress code is upscale casual. We ask the audience to refrain from wearing all white or all black colors. Bright solid colors work best. No logos/writing on any clothing will be permitted. No hats, sunglasses, flip-flops, tank tops, cut-offs, shorts, T-shirts, baggy clothing, coordinating outfits or dark colors will be allowed.” (For tickets, see www.MillionaireTV.com, as well.)

Once you pass those hurdles, though, Rowley says there are definite perks to attending the three-hour, three-episode taping sessions. Eligible audience members will be allowed to audition. When time permits, producers will pick an audience member to answer one question for a chance to win $1,000. Also, owing to the hot lights, the air-conditioning will be cranked up to 11.

“Our ideal audience member is someone who likes games and enjoys this kind of show. But it moves fast, and it is a fun thing to come and watch,” Rowley says. “We like people who are demonstrative. We want people who are gonna laugh when it’s funny and clap when they should. But, really, it’s a fun, family-friendly easy way to spend an afternoon.”

And there will be many, many afternoons spent that way. Between July 15 and Sept. 1, the game show will be cranking out 175 episodes.

Las Vegas Review-Journal

posted 7/7/16

TUESDAY: "America's Got" A Near Record
NBC Posts a Summer High
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.868 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was still the top draw on Tuesday with new episodes from "America's Got Talent" (12.573 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) and "Maya & Marty" (4.459 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2).

ABC (3.550 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then took home the silver with its mix of "The Middle" (3.420 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Black-ish" (2.624 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11), a new "Uncle Buck" (3.235 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5), the season finale of "Uncle Buck" (3.258 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and an original "To Tell the Truth" (4.381 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.659 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) offered up a repeat "NCIS" (6.749 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), week two of "Zoo" (4.991 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and a repeat "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.239 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Next up was FOX (1.555 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) with second runs of "Hotel Hell" (1.999 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "Coupled" (1.110 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.929 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and a new "Containment" (0.820 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) on The CW (0.874 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped Grill Masters (Food/SP): 1.333 million
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.229 million
- Chopped After Hours (Food/SP): 936,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 387,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 359,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 357,000
- Wild'n On Tour (MTV2): 222,000

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/7/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The _____ Is In"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Match Game" (AV Club)
     

  • Bully the Bull making the move from "Bullseye" to bags of biltong (Licensing.biz)
     

  • Gwen Stefani finds her "voice" in a new book (Harper's Bazaar)
     

  • Ali Fedotowsky births a baby "Bachelorette" (Us Magazine)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Michael Strahan (New York Post)

posted 7/6/16

SYNDIES: Week 41
Results for the Week Ending June 26
From TV NewsCheck

With many first-run syndicated shows in repeats and finishing flat or down in the session ending June 26, Family Feud, Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire all posted weekly gains.

In access, Entertainment Tonight extended its winning streak in the magazine race to 30 consecutive weeks with a steady 2.9, while Family Feud added 8% to a 7.1 and blew away its game show competition for the ninth week in a row.

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

GAME SHOWS

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.1 +8%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9 +7%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.7 +6%
4. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 NC
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.3 +8%

TV Newscheck

posted 7/6/16

WEEKEND: Week 2 of "Fun & Games" Holds On
ABC Wins Sunday Night on "Pyramid"
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.474 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) held onto the top spot on Sunday with a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.459 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) followed by week two of "Celebrity Family Feud" (6.238 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "$100,000 Pyramid" (6.545 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and "Match Game" (5.656 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

NBC (3.398 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the number two draw with its coverage of the "U.S. Olympic Trials: Track & Field/Swimming" (3.923 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and a repeat "American Ninja Warrior" (2.874 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6).

Next up was CBS (3.830 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its mix of "60 Minutes" (5.564 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Big Brother 18" (4.736 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1), "Madam Secretary" (2.614 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) and "Elementary" (2.406 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15).

And finally, FOX (1.026 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) closed out the night with repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.029 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "Bob's Burgers" (0.886 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), another "The Simpsons" (1.124 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (0.934 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "Family Guy" (1.265 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7) and "The Last Man on Earth" (0.916 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.657 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food/SP): 925,000
- Flea Market Flip (GAC/SP): 285,000
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 132,000

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/5/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "New Country for Old Geeks"

  • Geeks Who Drink is still on the air... in Australia (Sydney Morning Herald)
     

  • Adonis Lozada, who played "Doña Concha" on Sabado Gigante, is going to be someone else's doña. He's been sentenced to 153 years for child porn (AP)
     

  • Jordan Rodgers, who honestly wanted a life with JoJo and almost certainly wasn't on "The Bachelorette" to further his career, gets a rose from the SEC Network (Reality TV World)
     

  • Regis Philbin to join Don Rickles on stage in North Jersey September 20 (New Jersey Stage)
     

  • IN MEMORIAM: Noel Neill (1920-2016) (AZCentral.com) on "Couch Potatoes" (YouTube)

posted 7/6/16

Big Brother Battles Back
Details on the Next Twist This Year
From the Futon Critic

Big Brother is Battling Back.

Julie Chen announced the next big twist of the summer, in which the first five evicted Houseguests will have a shot at returning to the game by competing in the first-ever "Battle Back" competition.

There will be four battles in all, with the last Houseguest standing returning to the game for another shot at the $500,000 prize. Round one will feature a showdown between the first evicted Houseguest and week 1's evictee. The winner of Round One will advance and challenge next week's third evicted Houseguest, and so on. All four "Battle Back" competitions and the reveal of the winner, will air exclusively during a special episode of BIG BROTHER, Friday, July 22 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 7/5/16

"The Voice UK" Changes Networks, Coaches
will.i.am in, Boy George Out
From Reality TV World

will.i.am will return as a coach on "The Voice UK" when it moves to its new home on ITV early next year.

He will also serve as mentor on "The Voice Kids," which will premiere on ITV in 2017.

Both shows will be hosted by Emma Willis.

He is the first coach announced for the new season.

"I'm delighted to be continuing 'The Voice UK' on ITV and being a voice of direction and guidance for the usual suspects, and I'm thrilled to add 'The Voice Kids' to the mix... I know 'The Voice' switched to ITV, but I'm not going to BREXIT 'The Voice UK.' I'm happy to make ITV my home now. I love the UK," he said in a statement.

"Hosting 'The Voice Kids' will be like being at my house on a Saturday night; lots of kids singing, with me trying to keep some kind of order. Thankfully, the musical genius that is will.i.am is there to bring some expertise to the table. It's going to be pretty awesome," Willis added.

"We are thrilled to bits that will.i.am's signed up to ITV for 'The Voice UK' and 'The Voice Kids.' He's such an important part of the DNA of the show and that was one of the many reasons we had to have him in his chair. Will's eye for talent, and unique and creative flair for mentoring means we can't wait to see what happens next," remarked Siobhan Greene, ITV's head of entertainment.

Boy George, meanwhile, said Tuesday he will not return to "The Voice UK" when the singing competition series moves from the BBC to ITV.

"Not doing this season of 'The Voice on ITV but sending @iamwill my love. Watch this space for what I am up to!" he tweeted.

Boy George was on the mentors' panel for the show's most recent, fifth season on the BBC. He also will be seen early next year on NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice.

Reality TV World
Reality TV World

posted 7/5/16

CBeebies Goes Swashbuckling
New Kids Series Eyed for Middle East
From Digital Production Middle East

Pirates are set to take over CBeebies as Swashbuckle, a new themed game show, sails onto the channel across the Middle East and North Africa, airing daily from 6th July at 16.15 KSA.

In each of the 25 episodes of CBeebies’ first ever physical game show, Swashbuckle will see four young contestants, competing in a series of physical tasks against the ‘naughty pirates’ led by Captain Sinker and her hapless shipmates Cook and Line, under the watchful eye of Gem and her parrot Squawk. On board the ‘Scarlet Squid’ they work together to overcome challenges and to win back stolen jewels.

Presented by former CBBC presenter, Gemma Hunt, Swashbuckle incorporates the physical development goals into its games that children experience at school including co-ordination, speed, aim and balance.

Digital Production Middle East

posted 7/5/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Things Michael Strahan Can't Endorse"

  • Michael Strahan's deal with GMA will preclude him from endorsing anything... but his suits will still be at JCPenney, and his position at the Pyramid remains intact (PerezHilton.com)
     

  • Because deep down inside, you always wanted to know how much Ryan Seacrest makes (The Gazette Review)
     

  • Sean Lowe, Catherine Giudici welcome a "Bachelor" baby (Reality TV World)
     

  • "Superstore", "The Voice" originals to follow Olympic coverage (The Futon Critic)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with David Mitchell & Victoria Coren Mitchell (London Evening Standard)

posted 7/5/16

75 Years of the TV Game Show
Our Favorite Genre Hits a Milestone
From various sources

It began with an experimental broadcast over WNBT, an adaptation of an NBC radio program called "Truth or Consequences". The radio show was a success, and NBC was hoping for the same success in the new medium of television. It was a one-day experiment; the show would not make the permanent jump until 1950.

With that jump came innovations that have stood the test of time in the genre - multiple cameras, a live studio audience, and, of course, the element of risk. In 1966, it became the first game show to succeed in syndication without the help of a network.

From that one show came the genesis of a new type of television programming... the game show. Already a popular genre on radio, success would make the jump to television, and though there were multiple moments where it looked like that success would be threatened - from the scandals of the 1950s to a lack of creative energy in the 1990s - it continues to flourish to this day, elevating the likes of Wayne Brady, Alex Trebek, Pat Sajak, and Steve Harvey to superstardom and turning the names Bill Cullen, Allen Ludden, Bob Barker, and Jack Narz into legends.

Like any genre of television, privy to the whims of the cyclical nature of humanity's desires, the game show's capacity to entertain and empower the dreams of the many continue to drive its popularity. The pioneering shows of the 1940s and 1950s have become vintage. Select formats that have emerged from the golden age of the 1960s and 1970s have withstood the test of time and still exist today, from "Let's Make a Deal", "Jeopardy!", and "The Price Is Right" to the "Pyramid" and "Family Feud".

Even in the 21st century, with hits like "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" ushering in the age of drama, "Survivor" elevating story-telling into a game platform, and classics getting new life with the advent of ABC's hit Sunday night lineup, the game show, 75 years and still a work in progress, is ever changing, ever evolving to suit the tastes of the moment, and entertaining a new generation of people who desire escape, competition, or something as simple as seeing their friends in their moment of victory.

The game show belongs to everyone, and will continue to do so for generations to come.

TV NewsCheck

posted 7/1/16

Who Else Is Down to BLANK?
More Stars Lined Up for "Match Game"
From TV Series Finale

Game. Set. Match. ABC has announced new panelists for future episodes of "Match Game".

Hosted by Alec Baldwin, the game show premiered this past Sunday alongside the network’s revival of The $100,000 Pyramid.

The list includes:
- Jason Alexander (Seinfeld, Tony Award winner)
- Ike Barinholtz (The Mindy Project)
- Mario Cantone (Actor and comedian)
- Josh Charles (Inside Amy Schumer, The Good Wife)
- Kristin Chenoweth (Tony and Emmy winner)
- Sheryl Crow (Nine-time Grammy Award winner)
- David Alan Grier (The Carmichael Show, The Wiz Live!)
- Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Suburgatory)
- Leslie Jones (Ghostbusters, Saturday Night Live)
- Ellie Kemper (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
- Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the New Black)
- Joshua Malina (Scandal)
- Jack McBrayer (30 Rock, Wreck It Ralph)
- Niecy Nash (Scream Queens, The Soul Man, Getting On)
- Jerry O’Connell (Mistresses, People’s List)
- Randall Park (Fresh Off the Boat)
- Kal Penn (Designated Survivor)
- Leah Remini (The Exes, The King of Queens)
- Alexandra Wentworth (Nightcap, author, “Ali In Wonderland”)
- Governor Sarah Palin (2008 GOP Vice Presidential nominee)

TV Series Finale
New York Daily News

posted 7/1/16

THURSDAY: Big Win for CBS
ABC Comes in Second Thanks to "BattleBots", "Match Game" Encore
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.108 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was still the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.995 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "Life in Pieces" (5.222 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Big Brother 18" (5.773 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Code Black" (3.443 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).

ABC (4.035 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then was the number two draw with a new "BattleBots" (3.614 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), the premiere of "Greatest Hits" (4.804 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and an encore "Match Game" (3.687 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Next up was NBC (3.637 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and its trio of "U.S. Olympic Trials: Swimming" (5.247 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Spartan: Ultimate Team Competition" (3.709 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) and "Aquarius" (1.955 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.159 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up a second run "Bones" (2.408 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and an original "Home Free" (1.912 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

And finally, a repeat "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.828 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and a new "Beauty and the Beast" (0.760 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) on The CW (0.794 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.698 million
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 872,000
- Match Made in Heaven (We): 608,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 406,000
- Winsanity (GSN/9p): 368,000
- Winsanity (GSN/9:30p): 287,000
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 161,000

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/1/16

India Lines Up "News Wiz"
India Today to Air New Game
From Indian Television

Indian news is primarily consumed by older males 20 and above. Or at least that is the perception. And that has been a challenge for most news channel sales folks when they have reached out to media planners and buyers to get on brands targeting a younger demographic to advertise. The latter's rationale for their aversion has been that the generation is mostly getting its information through the web or on social media, computers, tablets, phones or watching anything but news on TV.

Now India Today is taking a stab at filling that perception gap by creating a TV show that hopefully will lure back the school going lot with a challenging and brand new television quiz show titled News Wiz. Slated to launch on 24 July, the thirteen episode long program will be hosted by senior journalist and an ardent quiz buff himself Rajdeep Sardesai. Something along the lines of The Bournvita Quiz Contest which in its early days aired on Sunday mornings on TV.

With a duration of an hour, News Wiz will air every Sunday at 11 am.

Indian Television
Indian Express
Hindustan Times

posted 7/1/16

WEDNESDAY: Close, but Still Big Brother
NBC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.584 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the demo champ last night thanks to a new "Big Brother 18" (6.020 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) followed by a repeat "Criminal Minds" (4.218 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and week two of "American Gothic" (3.516 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

NBC (4.863 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with its mix of "U.S. Olympic Trials: Swimming" (5.675 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "The Night Shift" (4.586 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and a second "The Night Shift" (4.328 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Next up was FOX (3.137 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) with originals from "MasterChef" (3.932 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "Wayward Pines" (2.343 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.126 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up its repeat lineup of "The Middle" (3.882 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "The Goldbergs" (3.319 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "Modern Family" (3.753 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Black-ish" (3.198 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.385 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "The Real O'Neals" (2.218 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14).

And finally, The CW (0.819 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) likewise offered up second runs of "Arrow" (0.890 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15) and "Supernatural" (0.749 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15).

On cable...
- Cutthroat Kitchen: Time Warp Tournament (Food/F): 882,000
- The Challenge: Rivals III (MTV): 839,000
- Dating Naked (VH1/SP): 619,000
- Skin Wars (GSN/SF): 584,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 447,000
- Skin Wars: Fresh Paint (GSN): 440,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 416,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/1/16

TUESDAY: Different Time, Same Result
NBC's "Got Talent" Propels to 1st
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.293 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with its coverage of the "U.S. Olympic Trials: Swimming" (5.783 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) followed by a new "America's Got Talent" (11.048 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1).

CBS (5.957 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then was the number two draw with a repeat "NCIS" (7.638 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) alongside the return of "Zoo" (5.453 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and a second "Zoo" (4.782 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Next up was ABC (3.628 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) with second runs of "The Middle" (3.571 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "Black-ish" (3.078 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) plus originals from "Uncle Buck" (3.663 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), another "Uncle Buck" (3.484 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.985 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.289 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Hotel Hell" (3.099 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "Coupled" (1.481 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And finally, The CW (0.875 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with a repeat "The Flash" (0.892 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and a new "Containment" (0.858 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14).

On cable...
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.220
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 366,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 336,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 330,000
- Wild'n On Tour (MTV2/P): 266,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/30/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Make America BLANK Again"

  • Sarah Palin to BLANK, baby, BLANK on a future episode of "Match Game" (New York Daily News)
     

  • "Coupled's" Michelle Tam, who uncoupled with the show to recouple with her ex, has uncoupled from said ex (Reality TV World)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Rachel Dratch lights up a jay this Sunday on Pyramid (TV Line)
     

  • Shaun Wallace has been named the first patron of the Miss Caribbean UK (The Voice)
     

  • John Stevens has his skull fractured, is on the mend (Us)

posted 6/30/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "You Get A Ring! You Get A Ring! You Get A Ring! Everybody Gets A Ring!"

  • Mike Fleiss teases that there will be multiple engagements in "Bachelor in Paradise" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Heavens to (Peta) Murgatroyd! A baby dancer is on its way (People)
     

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Meet the Legends. Aww... (UPI/Reality TV World)
     

  • Abby's ultimate plea deal (Us)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: this week's Top 10 shows on broadcast TV: nine game shows and a show about geeks (MLive)
     

  • ICYMI: a clip of Kellie Pickler being... Kellie Pickler. And that's why we love Kellie Pickler (Wide Open Country)
     

  • Dave Navarro inspires a difference as the recipient of Investigation Discovery's award (The Futon Critic)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Chris Hardwick (Entrepreneur)

posted 6/29/16

MONDAY: The Olympic Dream Begins Here
NBC Wins, "Bachelorette" Remains Solid
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.079 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was still the network to beat on Monday with its coverage of "U.S. Olympic Trials: Swimming" (5.230 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) followed by a new "American Ninja Warrior" (6.504 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T1).

ABC (5.523 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the number two draw with its duo of "The Bachelorette" (6.802 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T1) and "Mistresses" (2.965 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Next up was CBS (4.039 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with repeats of "Mom" (4.922 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "2 Broke Girls" (4.263 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "Scorpion" (4.227 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) alongside a new "BrainDead" (3.299 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.388 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up originals from "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.017 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "Houdini & Doyle" (1.759 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.720 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with a marathon of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.613 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.739 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), yet another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.749 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and even more "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.778 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

On cable:
- Cake Wars (Food): 1.046 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 445,000

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/28/16

SYNDIES: Week 40
Results for the Week Ending June 19
From TV News Check

Extended news coverage of the Orlando nightclub shooting partially or completely preempted numerous shows in the session ending June 19, causing many to decline.

Family Feud fell 3% to a 6.6, but still crushed the game shows for the eighth week in a row and remained in the overall lead.

Wheel of Fortune, the No. 2 game, skidded 5% to a new season low 5.5. Compared to last year, Feud improved 12%, while Wheel lost 7%.

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

GAME SHOWS

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.6 -3%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.5** -5%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.4 -2%
4. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 NC
5. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.2 NC

TV NewsCheck

posted 6/28/16

More on "Cooks vs. Cons"
Catch Season 2 on Food Network July 10
From The Futon Critic

Geoffrey Zakarian is back to host the deceptive and suspenseful series, Cooks vs. Cons, where amateur cooks go head-to-head against professional chefs while concealing their true identities, adding to the mystery of this culinary competition! Each episode the contestants battle it out in two rounds of timed challenges to create delicious restaurant quality dishes using a secret ingredient. The pressure is on as a rotating panel of judges, including Richard Blais, Anne Burrell, Josh Capon, Monti Carlo, Scott Conant, Alex Guarnaschelli, Katie Lee, Marc Murphy, Daphne Oz, Marcus Samuelsson, and more, decide who is a novice in the kitchen and whose cooking skills have been seasoned to perfection. Tune in to Food Network on Sunday, July 10th at 10pm to see if you can figure out who's who before the final reveal!

"Viewers were captivated as they played along with the judges to figure out who was the professional chef and who was the home cook," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel. "Now audiences will be on the edge of their seats as they share in even more of the fun and mystery with twice as many episodes this season."

The Futon Critic

posted 6/28/16


ABC
WEEKEND: All Fun and Games, Baby. All Fun and Games
ABC Dominates with Tripleheader of Classic Series
From various sources

ABC (6.602 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the top broadcast draw on Sunday with its "Fun and Games" lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.987 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Celebrity Family Feud" (7.789 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2), "$100,000 Pyramid" (7.975 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "Match Game" (6.657 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2).

NBC (4.640 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then claimed the silver with its coverage of "U.S. Olympic Trials: Diving" (3.546 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8), "U.S. Olympic Trials: Swimming" (4.389 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) and "U.S. Gymnastics Championship: Women's" (5.313 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5).

Next up was CBS (4.350 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.318 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7), "Big Brother 18" (5.394 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2), "Madam Secretary" (2.715 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) and "American Gothic" (1.973 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15).

And finally, FOX (1.264 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) closed out the evening with the departing "Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life" (0.977 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) followed by repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (1.051 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13), "The Simpsons" (1.558 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.186 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12), "Family Guy" (1.598 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.215 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

On cable
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.589 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.080 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 941,000

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posted 6/28/16

THURSDAY: Limited Power
BattleBots, ABC No Match for CBS, Big Brother
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.025 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) staked claim the top spot on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.192 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "Life in Pieces" (5.225 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Big Brother 18" (5.555 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "Code Black" (3.313 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

ABC (4.128 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a competitive second place with the return of "BattleBots" (3.859 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), a second "BattleBots" (3.868 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and a repeat "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.658 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

Next up was FOX (3.304 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its duo of "Bones" (4.415 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and "Home Free" (2.194 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.345 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up an encore of "Spartan: Ultimate Team Competition" (2.607 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) followed by the relocated "Spartan: Ultimate Team Competition" (2.663 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8) and a new "Aquarius" (1.766 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

And finally, The CW (0.808 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with a repeat "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.778 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and an original "Beauty and the Beast" (0.839 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14).

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.609 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike/SF): 1.122 million
- Match Made in Heaven (WE): 516,000
- Winsanity (GSN/9p): 420,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 371,000
- Winsanity (GSN/9:30p): 320,000
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 285,000

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posted 6/24/16

WEDNESDAY: "Big Brother" Reaches the Age of Majority
CBS Wins, but Season 18 Premieres Down
From the Futon Critic

On last night's premiere of BIG BROTHER, host Julie Chen revealed the first three twists of the season to the Houseguests. In the first twist, four fan favorites - Frank Eudy (BB14), Nicole Franzel (BB16), James Huling (BB17) and Da'Vonne Rogers (BB17) - surprised the Houseguests and returned to play the game this summer. In the second twist, all 16 Houseguests discovered that they would play this summer's game in teams of four, and for the first time ever, each would have a hand in picking their Teams.

The following are the Big Brother Teams:

- Category 4: Frank Eudy, Bridgette Dunning, Michelle Meyer, Paulie Calafiore
- The Freakazoids: Nicole Franzel, Glenn Garcia, Corey Brooks, Tiffany Rousso
- Team Unicorn: James Huling, Victor Arroyo, Bronte D'Acquisto, Natalie Negrotti
- Big Sister: Da'Vonne Rogers, Paul Abrahamian, Zakiyah Everette, Joeza Flores

In the third twist of the evening, Houseguests discovered that one of them would be evicted much sooner than expected, following the first series of competitions that spanned the two-night premiere event.

Next, the remaining three teams began the first and second phase of the competition, "Hit the Road."

A new weekly competition will be unveiled Sunday, June 26 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), in its regular time period. Then, BIG BROTHER will air Wednesdays (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), beginning June 29; and Thursdays (9:00-10:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) beginning June 30, featuring the live eviction show hosted by Julie Chen.

CBS (5.271 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) surged to the top spot on Wednesday with the two-hour season premiere of "Big Brother 18" (6.144 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) alongside the launch of "American Gothic" (3.527 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

NBC (3.795 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then had to settle for second place with an encore of "American Ninja Warrior" (3.562 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and a new "The Night Shift" (4.261 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

Next up was FOX (3.043 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with fresh installments from "MasterChef" (3.728 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and "Wayward Pines" (2.359 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.104 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) opted for its all-repeat lineup of "The Middle" (3.822 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "The Goldbergs" (3.339 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Modern Family" (3.442 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Black-ish" (3.088 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.731 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "The Real O'Neals" (2.198 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

And finally, second runs of "Arrow" (0.796 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "Supernatural" (0.941 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) on The CW (0.868 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- The Challenge: Rivals III (MTV): 858,000
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 795,000
- Skin Wars (GSN): 613,000
- Skin Wars: Fresh Paint (GSN): 452,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 348,000

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posted 6/23/16

Puzzle de Pop
New Wheel of Fortune App Features Vanna White
From the Futon Critic

Today, Sony Pictures Television announced that Vanna White's first-ever mobile game, Wheel of Fortune PUZZLE POP! is now available globally on iOS and Google Play for $2.99. To obtain a limited time free promo code, please visit www.wheelpop.com. Join Vanna White and some furry friends as they whisk players away to exotic, tropical getaways as you spin, pop, and solve word puzzles from the producers of Wheel of Fortune.

Players must beat each level by popping as few bubbles as possible to solve each puzzle. At every level, players spin the iconic Wheel to gain boosters that will power up their play. Each level rewards players' progression with regularly updated locations and puzzles. Multiple tropical locations host a variety of unique and exciting graphics and animation. Exclusive themed puzzles are available for a limited time through virtual cruise events and weekly challenges. Also, players can connect the app to Facebook and compare their progress with friends and challenge them for the highest score. Join the conversation using #WheelPop. The fun never ends because every player receives unlimited lives with Wheel of Fortune PUZZLE POP!

"I know I have the best job in the world, so I'm always looking for fun and different ways to connect with people," said Vanna White. "This is a fun new spin on Wheel of Fortune and I can't wait for everyone to play it!"

"Wheel of Fortune PUZZLE POP! with Vanna White at the helm, is the industry's first hybrid puzzle and bubble shooter game that delivers a new and innovative way for fans to interact with the iconic Wheel of Fortune brand," said Mark Jocson, Senior Vice President of Digital Media and Games, Networks at Sony Pictures Television.

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posted 6/23/16

TUESDAY: Super Talent
NBC Wins on "AGT", Week 2 of "Truth" Improves Year to Year
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.100 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) continued its reign on Tuesday with new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (11.475 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and "Maya & Marty" (4.351 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2).

ABC (3.784 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the number two draw with its mix of "The Middle" (3.472 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "Black-ish" (2.893 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10), "Uncle Buck" (3.669 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), another "Uncle Buck" (3.774 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and "To Tell the Truth" (4.447 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

Next up was CBS (6.330 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (6.543 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.987 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) followed by the series finale of "Person of Interest" (6.461 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.987 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up originals from "Hotel Hell" (2.625 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "Coupled" (1.350 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (1.114 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and a new "Containment" (1.156 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) closed out the evening on The CW (1.135 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable:
- Chopped (Food): 1.240 million
- Chopped Junior (Food): 942,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 406,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 369,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 344,000
- American Ninja Warrior (Esquire): 252,000

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posted 6/22/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Survivor Instinct"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Survivor returns September 21 (TV Insider)
     

  • Michael Strahan hasn't really missed "Live" (NJ.com)
     

  • Having solved an animal crisis in Minnesota, Bob Barker turns his attention to the hand that fed him and its second season of "Zoo" (Entertainment Weekly)
     

  • The Housebots are back. And they're pissed (Engadget)
     

  • The secret of Vicki Lawrence's humor? Hives (KTVI St. Louis)
     

  • "Gay for Play", "Drag Race" heading to Hulu in July... in case you missed anything (Mashable)
     

  • Apparently "Pointless" drives people to drink. (Daily Express)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alec Baldwin (Yahoo!)

posted 6/23/16


StarQuebec

PIERRE LALONDE: 1941-2016
French-Canadian Singer Hosted "The Mad Dash"
From Montreal Gazette

Quebec singer and host Pierre Lalonde died Tuesday at 75, according to his agent Ginette Achim. He suffered from Parkinson’s disease.

Lalonde was born on Jan. 20, 1941 and quickly followed his father comedian and host Jean Lalonde’s footsteps into showbusiness. By age four, he was singing on radio station CKAC for “Café-Concert Kraft.”

After studying theatre in the U.S., Lalonde came back to Quebec in the 60s to host “Jeunesse d’aujourd’hui” (Today's Youth), a popular television show. He then began releasing music in 1963 and won “discovery of the year” at the Gala des artistes.

He was also able to capture the attention of Americans over the border under the name Peter Martin with his album “Introducing Peter Martin” and a television show “The Peter Martin Show.” 

Despite continuing his music career, Lalonde turns primarily to television in the 70s and 80s. His English language shows included "Music Hop", "The Mad Dash", and "The Pierre Lalonde Show".

He was awarded a medal of honor at the Quebec National Assembly in 2011.

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posted 6/22/16

Millionaire Looking for Contestants in Vegas
Open Calls at Ballys in July
From VegasNews

The long-running, popular game show “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” with host Chris Harrison, has relocated to Bally’s Las Vegas and visitors and area residents have the chance to be a part of one of television’s most iconic game shows.

“Millionaire” currently is searching for outstanding contestants and enthusiastic audience members for the 2016-2017 season, which premieres in national syndication on September 12, 2016.
Open auditions will take place at Bally’s Las Vegas, located at 3645 S. Las Vegas Blvd., from 2PM to 7PM on the following dates:

July 7-9
July 11-15
July 18-22
July 25-29

Since the show debuted in syndication in 2002, contestants have won nearly $95 million and with the upcoming auditions, Las Vegas-area visitors and residents can take their shot at walking away with the $1 million prize. All potential contestants should line up outside of the Indigo Lounge in Bally’s, which is adjacent to the Tequila Taqueria restaurant. Audition space is limited. There are no sign-ups for the Las Vegas auditions, and admission to the audition sessions is granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Further information, complete eligibility requirements and the audition application can be found at www.MillionaireTV.com.

In addition, “Millionaire” is looking for energetic audience members for its live studio tapings from July 15 – September 1 at Bally’s Las Vegas. Members of the studio audience must be at least 18 years old and proof of age is required. Tickets are free and can be requested from the show’s website at www.MillionaireTV.com. Audience members also can throw their hats in the ring to appear as contestants at a future taping of the popular game show, with the opportunity to audition while they’re at the studio. And they are eligible for a 20% discount on hotel room rates at Bally’s Las Vegas, Flamingo Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino and Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino!

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posted 6/22/16


NBC/A.Smith & Co./TBS Television

MONDAY: Warriors Come to Play
NBC Wins on "Ninja Warrior", "Bachelorette" Keeps ABC Competitive
From The Futon Critic

NBC (5.759 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) pulled into the top spot on Monday thanks to new episodes of "American Ninja Warrior" (6.334 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" (4.610 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3).

ABC (5.683 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was a close second with originals from "The Bachelorette" (7.004 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Mistresses" (3.042 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

Next up was CBS (3.981 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with repeats of "Mom" (4.675 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "2 Broke Girls" (4.062 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "Scorpion" (4.156 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8) plus a new "BrainDead" (3.420 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.509 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments from "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.209 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "Houdini & Doyle" (1.809 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

And finally, The CW (1.023 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with the season finale of "Reign" (0.987 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) followed by a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.054 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.063 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

On cable...
- Cake Wars (Food): 1.434 million
- Kids BBQ Championship (Food): 988,000
- Are You The One? (MTV): 538,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 376,000
 

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posted 6/22/16

SYNDIES: Week 39
Results for the Week Ending June 12
From TV NewsCheck

The session ending June 12 was a good one for Kelly Ripa. Despite the recent departure of Michael Strahan, Live with Kelly extended its winning streak to two weeks in a row as the No. l talk show for the first time since Dec. 28, 2015. Although PUT levels declined sharply, Kelly had only a 4% dip to a 2.7 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating.

Family Feud, with host Steve Harvey, lost 6% to a 6.8, but for the seventh week in a row was the highest-rated game show. Well behind was former top game Wheel of Fortune, which slid 2% to a 5.8.

GAME SHOWS

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.8 -6%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.8 -2%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.5 NC
4. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 NC
5. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.2 NC

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posted 6/22/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Sanctuary"

  • Bob Barker donates $50,000 to Minnesota animal haven (KARE Minneapolis-St. Paul)
     

  • ICYMI: Mike Tyson had a question for his fellow panelist. Spoiler alert: they're real. And they're amazing. (People)
     

  • Dee Bradley Baker to reprise his role as Olmec in the upcoming "Legends" movie. Let's rock (The Futon Critic)
     

  • The Bachelor spins off "Ben & Lauren: Happily Ever After" ... Really? (The Futon Critic)
     

  • The Teen Choice Awards has a host... and his name is JOHN CENA! (The Futon Critic)
     

  • SUNDAY FUN & GAMES is FOUR DAYS AWAY! (TV Insider) PLUS a few good minutes with Mr. Harvey (TV Insider), Mr. Strahan (TV Insider), and Mr. Baldwin (TV Insider)

posted 6/22/16

"Fresh Paint" Opens Strong
GSN Series Breaks Record for Highest Network Ratings in Female Demos
From The Futon Critic

GSN's debut of SKIN WARS: FRESH PAINT last Wednesday (June 15), became the network's highest-rated competitive reality series premiere in the key demos W18-49 and W25-54 and was also the second-most watched original series premiere in the network's history, based on Live+3 ratings released Monday.

SKIN WARS: FRESH PAINT features three of SKIN WARS top former contestants who mentor six new, highly accomplished artists each week. These artists are at the top of their game in their own disciplines, but will leave their creative comfort zones to compete in body painting for the first time, attempting to win the $10,000 prize at the end of each show and become a Skin Wars: Fresh Paint Champion. The series is executive produced by Michael Levitt of Michael Levitt Productions ("Skin Wars," "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," "Ask Oprah's All Stars"), Jill Goularte, Kate Kenny and RuPaul Charles.

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posted 6/21/16

WEEKEND: Cleveland Rocks!
NBA Wins on Sunday... Talent Wins on Friday
From The Futon Critic

NBC (4.353 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the demo champ on Friday thanks to a repeat "America's Got Talent" (4.495 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and a new "Dateline NBC" (4.069 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

ABC (3.885 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with a repeat "Shark Tank" (3.840 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) followed by the return of "Primetime: What Would You Do?" (3.797 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and a new "20/20" (4.018 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

Next up was CBS (5.186 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its second run lineup of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (4.586 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Hawaii Five-0" (5.163 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Blue Bloods" (5.811 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.444 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) likewise offered up repeats of "Rosewood" (1.807 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9) and "MasterChef" (1.081 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

And finally, The CW (1.208 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with a new "Masters of Illusion" (1.205 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) followed by repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (1.168 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.230 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.842 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.046 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.024 million

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posted 6/21/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "How Cavalier"

  • LeBron James picked a really good time to win the O'Brien Trophy. Just saying. (New Haven Register)
     

  • On the heels of "Big Brother's" return, four Houseguests may be added (Morning Ledger)
     

  • "Sports Jeopardy!" heads to Boston looking for champs...  (Boston Globe)

posted 6/21/16

A New Date with Penn & Teller
Season 3 of CW Favorite Launches July 13
From The Futon Critic

The CW Network announced today a new premiere date for the return of PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, with new host Alyson Hannigan. The series will now premiere on Wednesday, July 13 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT).

PENN & TELLER: FOOL US is a one-hour competition series celebrating magic and featuring the legendary duo Penn & Teller. On each episode of PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, aspiring magicians are invited to perform their best trick to try and fool the world-famous team of Penn & Teller. Anyone who succeeds wins the right to perform with Penn & Teller in their celebrated show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The live studio audience and the TV audience watch along with Penn & Teller as they try to figure out the secrets. Penn & Teller see the trick only once and have to immediately try to work it out. The live studio audience knows there are no camera tricks, secret edits or helpful camera cuts. This is all real magic.

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posted 6/20/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Dumpster Fire"

  • 30 SECONDS OF "THE BACHELORETTE": This guy is dating that guy's girlfriend (Reality TV World) that apparently he's lying about dumping (Reality TV World) ... and then there's these guys heading to "Paradise" (Yahoo!). In short, you're all terrible people (Reality TV World)
     

  • Joan Rivers' jewelry collection is up for bids at Christie's (New York Daily News)
     

  • Nick Cannon addresses his divorce papers in a new song, "Divorce Papers" (People)
     

  • Christina Grimmie laid to rest (People)
     

  • What's in your wallet, Ross Mathews? Beef (Just Jared)
     

  • Xander Armstrong & Richard Osman are taking their pointless show on the road (Get Reading)
     

  • @midnight closes in on 300 episodes (Deadline)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Mike Darnell (Hollywood Reporter)

posted 6/20/16

More All-Star Drag Race!
Catch It on Logo August 25!
From Vulture

Fasten your tucks, because it's time for another season of RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars. That's right, hunty, ten of your favorite coulda-woulda-shoulda queens will be back to try to snatch the crown again. The roster is serving season-five realness with half of the queens coming from that cohort alone: We've got a reunion of Rolaskatox made up of Alaska, Detox, and Roxxxy Andrews, as well as serving a second round of the beef between Coco Montrese and Alyssa Edwards. Rounding out the ten are Adore Delano (season six), Ginger Minj (season seven), Katya (season seven), Phi Phi O'Hara (season four), and Tatianna (season two). Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley, and Todrick Hall join RuPaul at the judges' table. The second season of RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars airs Thursday, August 25, at 8 p.m.

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posted 6/17/16

THURSDAY: Game. Seven.
NBA, ABC, Big Win
From the Futon Critic

ABC (14.412 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1) was of course the top draw on Thursday with its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (9.013 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3), "NBA Countdown" (10.254 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.5, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 6" (16.802 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.3, #1).

CBS (4.934 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a distant second with its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.875 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Life in Pieces" (5.147 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5), "Mom" (5.101 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "The Odd Couple" (4.319 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8) and "Code Black" (4.082 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Next up was NBC (3.482 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with a special "Dateline NBC" (5.043 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) followed by the return of "Aquarius" (2.989 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and a second hour of "Aquarius" (2.414 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.107 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up a new "Bones" (3.878 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and the season premiere of "Home Free" (2.337 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

And finally, a repeat "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.787 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and a new "Beauty and the Beast" (0.807 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) on The CW (0.797 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.678 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 918,000
- Skin Wars: Fresh Paint (GSN/P): 619,000
- Match Made in Heaven (WE): 406,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 357,000
- Winsanity (GSN/9p): 351,000
- Winsanity (GSN/9:30p): 311,000
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 267,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/17/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "A Blanking Rerun"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Encore ____ of "Match Game" is planned for June 30 (Broadway World)
     

  • No idea how they got the Aggro Crag to New York City, but is it AWESOME (Uproxx)
     

  • Rachel Riley... STEM advocate (FoodManufacture.co.uk)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Kirk Fogg (Yahoo!)

posted 6/17/16

WEDNESDAY: Logjam
NBC Wins Repeat-Laden Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.286 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with an encore of "American Ninja Warrior" (4.202 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) and a new "The Night Shift" (4.454 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

FOX (3.370 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a close second with fresh installments from "MasterChef" (4.197 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) and "Wayward Pines" (2.543 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Next up was ABC (3.350 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its repeat lineup of "The Middle" (4.170 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "The Goldbergs" (3.409 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "Modern Family" (3.872 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "Black-ish" (3.467 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.866 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "The Real O'Neals" (2.315 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.191 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up its own second run mix of "Undercover Boss" (3.970 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "Criminal Minds" (4.325 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (4.277 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.132 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "Supernatural" (0.758 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) on The CW (0.945 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- The Challenge: Rivals III (MTV): 787,000
- Skin Wars (GSN): 658,000
- Skin Wars: Fresh Paint (GSN/P): 619,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 404,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 398,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/16/16

12 People... One House
Meet the New Big Brother Houseguests!
From the Futon Critic

CBS announced today 12 Houseguests who will embark on a new season of BIG BROTHER during a record 99 days inside the house. BIG BROTHER's three-hour premiere spans two nights, with two hours on Wednesday, June 22 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), and one hour on Thursday, June 23 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. Julie Chen returns as the host of the hit summer series.

This season's new twists will be announced during the two-night premiere event. Details about the house will be announced shortly.

Following the two-night premiere, BIG BROTHER will air Sundays (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), beginning June 26; Wednesdays (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), beginning June 29; and Thursdays (9:00-10:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT), beginning June 30, featuring the live eviction show hosted by Julie Chen. Last summer all three editions of BIG BROTHER ranked among the top 10 summer series in adults 18-49, adults 18-34 and adults 25-54.

The following 12 new Houseguests will spend the summer competing for $500,000:

Paul Abrahamian (23) (pron Ab-ra-HAY-me-en)
Hometown: Tarzana, Calif.
Current City: Tarzana, Calif.
Occupation: Clothing Designer

Victor Arroyo (25) (pron Ah-ROY-yo)
Hometown: Slidell, La.
Current City: Slidell, La.
Occupation: Gym Manager

Corey Brooks (25)
Hometown: Dallas
Current City: Dallas
Occupation: Baseball Coach

Paulie Calafiore (27) (pron Cal-ah-FEE-or-EE)
Hometown: Howell, N.J.
Current City: Howell, N.J.
Occupation: DJ

Bronte D'Acquisto (26) (pron BRAWN-tay dah-QUIZ-toe)
Hometown: San Diego, Calif.
Current City: Denver, Colo.
Occupation: Student

Bridgette Dunning (24)
Hometown: Fresno, Calif.
Current City: Ventura, Calif.
Occupation: Traveling Nurse

Zakiyah Everette (24) (pron Zah-KEY-ah)
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
Current City: Charlotte, N.C.
Occupation: Preschool Teacher

Jozea Flores (25) (pron Joe-ZAY)
Hometown: Bridgeton, N.J.
Current City: Los Angeles
Occupation: Makeup Artist

Glenn Garcia (50)
Hometown: Bronx, N.Y.
Current City: Bronx, N.Y.
Occupation: Dog Groomer/Former Police Detective

Michelle Meyer (23)
Hometown: Washington Township, Mich.
Current City: Washington Township, Mich.
Occupation: Nutritionist

Natalie Negrotti (26) (pron Nah-GRAH-tee)
Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
Current City: Franklin Park, N.J.
Occupation: Event Coordinator

Tiffany Rousso (32) (pron ROO-so)
Hometown: West Palm Beach, Fla.
Current City: Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
Occupation: High School Teacher

BIG BROTHER today announced that the theme of this season's house is "summer vacation," showcasing design elements and decor that celebrate travel and the best summer vacation destinations. The house features exotically themed bedrooms, bathrooms and living areas, plus a completely redesigned backyard with a new pool, hot tub and gym equipment. BIG BROTHER debuts with a two-night premiere event, Wednesday, June 22 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), and Thursday, June 23 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), on the CBS Television Network. In addition to twists being revealed during the two-night premiere, a new weekly competition will be unveiled in the first Sunday episode, June 26 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT).

"We are loving how the house theme plays into the twists and turns that the BIG BROTHER Houseguests will face this summer," said Allison Grodner, Executive Producer, BIG BROTHER. "I don't want to give too much away, but there are quite a few things in the house that are more than just decorations."

"This season we're creating the craziest summer vacation ever inside the BIG BROTHER house," added Rich Meehan, Executive Producer. "It's going to be 99 days of twists and turns, with a few secrets along the way. But we're most looking forward to those moments that even surprise us...because it wouldn't be BIG BROTHER without unexpected 'showmances,' meltdowns and blindsides."

As with any great vacation, the Houseguests will start their summer of fun in an ultra-modern air terminal/living room where a "Departures" sign lists the exotic destinations featured throughout the house. The air travel theme continues in the kitchen, with an island built from the cowling of a 727 jet engine, and souvenir-themed plates, glasses and snow globes. In an African safari-themed room, Houseguests can lounge inside a "glamping tent," then "travel" to the bustling Shibuya section of Tokyo with its pop-art graphic mural and neon signs, and to London with its cobblestone floor and Union Jack fabric in the bedrooms. A bright yellow and red phone booth serves as a passageway between the Tokyo and London rooms and has a working phone that connects callers to the Head of Household suite. The patterned textures and bright colors of the Caribbean-inspired bathroom brings the beach indoors for the Houseguests.

The Futon Critic
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The Futon Critic

posted 6/16/16

The Chase Is In a Family Way
Casting Underway in the UK
From Metro

How many times have you been sitting in front of The Chase with the family insisting that you could do way better than the contestants failing miserably before the might of The Beast or the skills of The Governess? You’re about to get the chance to prove it!

ITV have announced a brand new version of The Chase called Family Edition which will allow four members of the same clan take on a quiz genius to take home some cash and the application process is now open.

Stipulating a preference for cross generation teams, you will need to team up with the likes of your mum, your grandad and that uncle who will have serious words if you take the lower offer for the brand new format which is expected to start filming later this year.

The announcement of The Chase’s spin-off comes as the quiz show goes from strength to strength with awards recognition and solid viewing figures. But which of the five Chasers will your family be able to take down?

Metro
The Huffington Post

Daily Express

posted 6/16/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "More... STUFF!"

  • Just in time for the 40th anniversary of "The Gong Show", "The Gong Show Movie" arrives on Blu-Ray (PopMatters)
     

  • Private funeral services for Christina Grimmie announced (Hollywood Reporter) PLUS more details about that fateful evening (TMZ)
     

  • That $@$%$#@%!!! from Big Brother 15 just gave birth. Hopefully she's smarter than her mother (Us Magazine)
     

  • Carlos PenaVega expecting a little Webhead of his own (Reality TV World)
     

  • Tana Ramsay's fifth sadly will not come to stay (Reality TV World)
     

  • Ben Higgins is apparently still the man for you, he's still the man who's true, he's still the man who's lucky, and he's still in love with you.. Jojo.. (OK!)
     

  • "Hell's Kitchen" to kick off Fox's fall season September 23 (The Futon Critic)
     

  • #TBT: 12 years later, what happened to the inaugural cast of "Dream Job"? (Awful Announcing)

posted 6/16/16

Get Ready to Match THESE Stars
Panelists Lined Up for "Match Game"
From Broadway World

It's bawdy, irreverent and a whole lot of fun. The iconic panel game show "Match Game" returns to primetime, beginning on SUNDAY, JUNE 26 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), hosted by Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin. Produced by FremantleMedia NORTH AMERICA (FMNA), "Match Game" will feature four contestants each week as they attempt to match the answers of six celebrities in a game of fill-in the missing blank. From quick-witted comedians to a multi-talented designer, to stars of stage and screen, the stellar lineup of panelists includes Golden Globe, Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award-winning entertainers, who are sure to make for an unpredictable_______.

Celebrity Panelists Include:
  • Adam Goldberg ("The Jim Gaffigan Show")
  • Ana Gasteyer ("Lady Dynamite," "Saturday Night Live" alum)
  • Bobby Moynihan ("Saturday Night Live')
  • D.L. Hughley (Comedian/Author)
  • Debra Messing (ABC's "Dirty Dancing," "Mysteries of Laura," "Will & Grace")
  • Edie Falco (Multi-Emmy Award Winner)
  • Horatio Sanz ("Great News," "Saturday Night Live" alum)
  • Isaac Mizrahi (Designer and Television Personality)
  • J.B. Smoove ("Barbershop: The Next Cut," "Curb Your Enthusiasm")
  • Jenna Fischer ("The Office")
  • Rosie O'Donnell (Multi Emmy Award-Winning Entertainer)
  • Sherri Shepherd (Actress, Emmy Award-Winning Talk Show Host, Host "Match made in
    Heaven")
  • Sutton Foster ("Younger"; Two-Time Tony Award-Winner)
  • Tituss Burgess ("Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt")

Additional names to be announced.

Broadway World

posted 6/15/16

TUESDAY: Better Than Average "Truth"
But the Night Belonged to NBC, AGT
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.221 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with its duo of "America's Got Talent" (11.189 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and "Maya & Marty" (5.286 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4).

ABC (5.291 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then claimed the silver with the premieres of "To Tell the Truth" (5.428 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "Uncle Buck" (5.280 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) followed by second episodes of "Uncle Buck" (5.204 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) and "To Tell the Truth" (5.203 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5).

Next up was CBS (6.549 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its lineup of "NCIS" (6.762 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10), "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.647 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9) and a new "Person of Interest" (6.238 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.976 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up originals from "Hotel Hell" (2.558 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8) and "Coupled" (1.394 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11).

And finally, a new "The Flash" (1.047 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and a repeat "Containment" (0.973 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) on The CW (1.010 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.221 million
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.132 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 348,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 333,000
- American Ninja Warrior (Esquire): 293,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 288,000

The Futon Critic
TV Line

Deadline
Hollywood Reporter

NPR
Yahoo!
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/15/16

Cupcake Stars
"Cupcake Wars" Returns July 11
From the Futon Critic

It's an all-star cupcake showdown as celebrity contestants battle to prove their baking skills on special new episodes of Cupcake Wars, beginning on Monday, July 11th at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network. In each of the six episodes, hosted by Jonathan Bennett, four famous faces will compete in three rounds of elimination challenges to impress judges Elizabeth Chambers, Florian Bellanger and a special guest judge, for the chance to debut their creation at a major event and to win a donation to their favorite charity.

The celebrity contestants competing for cupcake glory in the upcoming episodes include Adrienne Bailon, Drake Bell, Julissa Bermudez, Yvette Nicole Brown, Brooke Burke-Charvet,Charlie & Max Carver, Coolio, Ron Funches, Lori Greiner, Bob Harper, Hannah Hart, Perez Hilton, Grace Helbig, Shawn Johnson, Carson Kressley, NeNe Leakes, Vanessa Marano, Katherine McNamara, Heather Morris, Lamorne Morris, Audrina Patridge, Antonio Sabato Jr., Molly Sims, Lea Thompson, Emeraude Toubia, Nick Young, and Johnny Weir. Each will be challenged to design cupcakes that match a unique theme including everything from cheerleaders to the iconic Hello Kitty and Josie and the Pussycats, from Medieval Times to the classic game Twister, and to the popular children's character Matilda, tune in to see which stars will shine the brightest and crowned the winner.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/15/16

Me Tarzan?
Discovery Greenlights "American Tarzan", to Launch July 6
From the Futon Critic

On a remote Caribbean island, seven challengers will take on Mother Nature's most brutal obstacle course. Their goal: to not only survive the wild, but to master it. AMERICAN TARZAN, an all-new series premieres Wednesday, July 6, at 10 PM ET/PT on the Discovery Channel.

There was a time when man was truly wild. Survival meant silently stalking your prey, climbing high in trees to escape predators, and utilizing every resource within reach to stay alive. That era may be gone but there are still men and women who blaze though the forest, swim the raging rapids, and spend their days in the treetops.

In an epic journey through four distinct terrains; the jungle, coast, mountains and canyons, these men and women must live completely off the land, while tackling the most punishing obstacles on earth. They will face conditions that early inhabitants tackled hundreds of years ago, relying on nothing more than basic tools, mental toughness and brute strength.

After kayaking through open water to reach the inhospitable island, the first challenge will be to navigate an impenetrable jungle filled with vines, roots and steep cliffs, a harsh taste of the myriad obstacles the island will throw at them. Over the subsequent weeks, challengers will traverse dense jungles, raging rivers and towering mountains, all while foraging for food to keep them fueled for the long and strenuous journey.

Seven will attempt to conquer the island of Dominica, but only one will become American Tarzan.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/15/16

The Cube Lives!
British Stunt Game Renewed
From Metro

Fans of The Cube were left disappointed when it seemed like the tense game show had been dropped from ITV’s lineup – but the show is set to make a return next year after not appearing on our screens since 2015.

Philip Schofield hosts the big money contest which sees members of the public – and sometimes celebrities – enter a giant cube and take on tricky tasks which lose you lives every time you fail. Contestants are forced to take the plunge and decide whether each match is worth risking their prize fund on.

During its ninth series, it was shifted from its prestigious Saturday night slot into a midweek airing and new episodes haven’t been aired since, making many viewers believe that it had been dropped.

But ITV have confirmed to The Sun that the show is ‘in the mix for 2017 and hasn’t been axed’ meaning that new episodes are in the pipeline.

There has been no confirmation on whether there will be any changes to the format thus far.

Metro

posted 6/15/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Already?!"

  • Big Brother premieres in a week, and already we have a situation. Corey Brooks from five years ago, COME ON DOWN! (TV Line)
     

  • Remember that one contestant from "First Impressions" a couple weeks ago? And that one @midnight panelist? And Adam from "Separation Anxiety"? Guess who's joining the cast of "MadTV"! (The Futon Critic)
     

  • "American Ninja Warrior" salutes Dad this Sunday (The Futon Critic) PLUS #JurassicParkour (Thrillist)
     

  • Dan Patrick joins NBC's Olympics coverage team (Broadway World)
     

  • The Voice to kick off NBC's fall season September 19 (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Bruce Forsyth is on the mend after a pullout (Huffington Post)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with NeNe Leakes (Access Hollywood) & Regis Philbin (Wall Street Journal)

posted 6/15/16

SYNDIES: Week 38
Results for the Week Ending June 5
From B&C

The first week following the May sweep is usually a ratings downer and the session ending June 5 was no exception. Many shows were in repeats and on top of that it was the big Memorial Day holiday week.

One of the few shows to avoid the downdraft was Disney-ABC’s Live With Kelly, which took over first place among talkers despite having a full week of various guest cohosts subbing for the recently departed Michael Strahan.

In access, Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud with host Steve Harvey made it six weeks in a row as the top game show with a 6% advance to a 7.2. In addition, Feud moved past Judy reruns to the top of the overall chart.

Former game show topper, CTD’s Wheel of Fortune slowed down 5% to a 5.9. CTD’s Jeopadry! softened 5% to a 5.5. Debmar-Mercury’s sophomore Celebrity Name Game shrank 7% to a 1.3, while Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire eroded 8% to a 1.2.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 6/14/16

MONDAY: Warriors 3, Cavs 2
ABC, NBA Win Monday
From the Futon Critic

ABC (14.131 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.1, #1) was the top draw on Monday with its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (9.965 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.0, #3), "NBA Countdown" (10.213 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.5, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 5" (16.152 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.0, #1).

NBC (6.181 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then was king of the leftovers with the relocated "American Ninja Warrior" (6.838 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4) and the launch of "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" (4.866 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5).

Next up was CBS (4.361 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with repeats of "Mom" (4.746 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "2 Broke Girls" (4.142 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "Scorpion" (4.155 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) followed by the premiere of "BrainDead" (4.483 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.630 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up originals from "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.453 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "Houdini & Doyle" (1.807 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "Reign" (0.957 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.120 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.195 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) closed out the night on The CW (1.057 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Kids BBQ Championship (Food): 945,000
- Cake Wars (Food): 904,000
- Are You The One (MTV/SP): 689,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 341,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/14/16

WEEKEND: Warriors 3, Cavs 1
ABC, NBA Win Friday
From the Futon Critic

ABC (11.325 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1) was of course the top draw on Friday with its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (8.128 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3), "NBA Countdown" (8.920 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 4" (12.726 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.7, #1).

NBC (4.965 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the number two broadcaster with an "America's Got Talent" (4.702 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and a new "Dateline NBC" (5.491 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

Next up was CBS (4.895 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (4.439 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Hawaii Five-0" (4.687 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "Blue Bloods" (5.561 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.186 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up its coverage of "2016 Copa America Centenario" (1.186 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, a new "Masters of Illusion" (1.442 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (1.502 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.532 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) on The CW (1.502 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

And on Sunday...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.139 million
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.682 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.098 million

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/13/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Will the Real 'To Tell the Truth' Please Stand Up?"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "To Tell the Truth" (USA Today)
     

  • SPOILER ALERT!: someone's brother is joining the "Big Brother" house, PLUS... (Design & Trend)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: a NASCAR racer goes from the track to the course (TV Insider)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with JoJo Fletcher, a person self-described as "strange" (TV Insider)

posted 6/13/16


ChristinaGrimmie.com
CHRISTINA GRIMMIE: 1994-2016
Singer Placed Third in Season 6 of "The Voice"
From TV Line

The Voice contestant Christina Grimmie, who finished third place in Season 6 and was subsequently signed to Adam Levine’s label, has died after being shot late Friday following a concert performance in Orlando. She was 22.

According to Orlando’s WKMG-TV, Grimmie was signing autographs near the venue’s merchandise booth when an unknown individual walked up and opened fire. The assailant was then tackled by Gimmie’s brother before turning the gun on himself. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Earlier that night, Grimmie performed at Orlando’s The Plaza Live theater. Following the shooting, she was rushed to a local hospital in critical condition, but died several hours later.

A motive is unknown at this time.

“It is with a heavy heart that we can confirm that Christina has passed and went home to be with the Lord,” her publicist said in a statement. “She was shot at her show in Orlando and, unfortunately, didn’t survive the gunshot wounds. We ask at this time that you respect the privacy of her family and friends in their time of mourning.”

The Voice released its own statement via Twitter early Saturday, saying, “There are no words. We lost a beautiful soul with an amazing voice. Our hearts go out to the friends, fans and family of Christina Grimmie.”

TV Line
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posted 6/10/16

THURSDAY: Happy Winsanity Day!
CBS, NBC Split
From the Futon Critic

GSN has partnered with participation TV technology company iPowow on the new game show series, WINSANITY, to allow viewers - for the first time ever in cable TV - to play along at home in real-time on their mobile devices against other viewers, see their results on-screen and also get a chance to win prizes throughout the season. The play along at home feature will be part of the show, beginning with the series debut on Thursday, June 9 at 9:00 pm ET/PT on GSN.

Hosted by actor Donald Faison ("Scrubs"), each half-hour episode of WINSANITY features a contestant attempting to rank ten compelling and surprising facts in numerical order, from lowest to highest (i.e.: Which is greater: the number of marriages each year in the US, or the number of President Barack Obama's Twitter followers?). Every time a contestant is correct and wins a prize, so does a randomly selected portion of the studio audience. However, if a contestant gives a wrong answer at any point, they, and the audience can lose some or all of their prizes, and a new contestant takes his or her place and continues the game, trying to win prizes that increase in value with each round.

The new iPowow play-at-home game at WinsanityLive.com, allows viewers watching the show in real-time to play along for free and stack the facts in the correct order, using their smartphone, tablet or laptop. Everyone playing along will be interconnected in real time and results can be viewed second by second. All eligible participants will also be entered into a sweepstakes where if chosen, they would win whatever prizes are won by the contestant(s) on that episode. One participant will be chosen for each new episode throughout the season. The play-at-home aspect is unique to the game show format in that no show has previously enabled viewers to see results second-by-second on their TV screen, allowing everyone to feel like a contestant on the show.

The first two episodes on GSN fared thusly...
- 9p: 507,000
- 9:30p: 416,000

Elsewhere on cable...
- Alone (History): 1.597 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 875,000
- Match Made in Heaven (WE): 555,000
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 237,000

NBC (4.562 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the demo champ on Thursday with its coverage of the "Stanley Cup Finals, Game 5" (4.562 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1).

CBS (4.801 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then took home the silver with its repeat mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.588 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "Life in Pieces" (4.646 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "Mom" (4.761 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "The Odd Couple" (4.353 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and "Code Black" (4.229 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.157 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with encores of "Modern Family" (3.493 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and the feature "War of the Worlds" (3.089 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.158 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up a new "American Grit" (2.110 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) followed by the season finale of "American Grit" (2.207 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

And finally, a repeat "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.909 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and a new "Beauty and the Beast" (0.760 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (0.835 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

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posted 6/9/16

Wild Homecoming
"Wild'n Out", "Joking Off" Jump to MTV for New Seasons
From the Futon Critic

MTV today announced the return of "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out" which will debut its eighth season on MTV Thursday, August 4 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. After three seasons of breaking records as the top rated show in the history of MTV2, "Wild 'N Out" heads back to MTV where it all began for its highly anticipated eighth season. This season's supersized roster of celebrity guest captains includes: Tyga, Iggy Azalea, Timbaland, Bella Thorne, Travis Scott, Keke Palmer, Chris Paul, Erykah Badu, Tip "T.I." Harris, 2 Chainz, Waka Flocka, Omarion, Stevie J & Joseline, Deontay Wilder, K. Michelle, Lil Dicky and more. Musical performers lighting up the season eight stage include: Flo Rida, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott, Kehlani, Yo Gotti, Trina, Jeremih, Migos, Dreezy, D.R.A.M, ILoveMemphis and many more.

"Wild 'N Out" has curated one of the most impressive arsenals of comedians and entertainers in the game. Comedy superstars Mike Epps, Kevin Hart, Kat Williams, DeRay Davis all started out as "Wild 'N Out" cast members. This year, the series welcomes ten new cast members including: special guest Michael Blackson, Charlie Clips, Justina Valentine, Tonio Skits, Becky "Pickles" Robinson, Billy Sorrells, Ross Bryant, Nate Jackson, Elgin "Davasito" David, Teddy Ray and Cynthia Luciette. Veteran cast members Chico Bean, Karlous Miller, Emmanuel Hudson, Timothy DeLaGhetto, DC Young Fly, Conceited, Hitman Holla and Matt Rife, are among the returning favorites.

After "Wild 'N Out," season two of "MTV's Joking Off" premieres at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT. Hosted by stand-up comedian and actor DeRay Davis, "MTV's Joking Off" is a hilarious, fast-paced, half-hour comedy competition where teams of jokesters tear into the best of social media and the internet. Three teams of comedians must roast ridiculous tweets, Instagram photos and viral videos in order to avoid getting joked off. At the end of each episode, only ONE jokester will reign supreme.

New jokesters this season will include: Vinny Guadagnino ("The Jersey Shore"), Derek Gaines ("Broke Ass Game Show"), David Magidoff ("Broke Ass Game Show"), Leonard Ouzts, J Snow, Casey Jost and Anna Lore. David Ebert, Desus, Mero, Matteo Lane, Matt Pavich, James Manzello, Kerry Coddett, Matt Richards, Mike Camerlengo, Julia Young, Kristen Acimovic and Craig "Lowie" Low are among the returning cast members.

Closing out the night at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT is the season two debut of "Kingin' with Tyga." Tyga is a rap superstar who knows what it means to be the master of your own destiny and to truly live like a King. He is a self-made millionaire who describes his lifestyle as 'Kingin.' Tyga only knows one way to do things - and that's to take everything to the next level. Season two of "Kingin' with Tyga" follows the hit recording artist as he continues to build his hip-hop empire. Tyga will travel the world, from Los Angeles to Australia to Dubai - recording music, performing live and flexing his spending power in the most lavish ways possible. From buying a mini monster truck course to installing a private fast food restaurant in his LA mansion to buying a guard jaguar for his estate, nothing is outside of Tyga's reach! But none of this would be possible without the support of his "Last Kings" crew. From start to finish, Tyga's entourage shines in their own unique light as they help him build his music and clothing empire, give back to his community, change diapers, and pull off some of the most Kingin' stunts known to man.

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posted 6/10/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "You Know You Want to Watch"

  • "Big Brother" plans roll out on CBS, CBS All Access, Pop (The Futon Critic)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: The Price Is Right looking for contestants in Baltimore (CBS Baltimore)
     

  • IN MEMORIAM:  Gordie Howe (1928-2016) on "To Tell the Truth" (Sports Illustrated)

posted 6/10/16

WEDNESDAY: Warriors 2, Cavaliers 1
NBA, ABC Take First
From the Futon Critic

ABC (11.525 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1) surged to the top spot on Wednesday with "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (7.647 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T2), "NBA Countdown" (6.914 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T2) and "NBA Finals, Game 3" (13.648 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1).

NBC (5.219 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was bumped to a distant second with new episodes of "American Ninja Warrior" (5.697 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) and "The Night Shift" (4.264 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6).

Next up was FOX (3.247 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with originals from "MasterChef" (4.055 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5) and "Wayward Pines" (2.439 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.752 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) and its repeat lineup of "Undercover Boss" (3.457 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Criminal Minds" (4.022 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (3.779 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.859 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Supernatural" (0.663 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (0.760 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cutthroat Kitchen: Time Warp Tournament (Food): 753,000
- The Challenge: Rivals III (MTV): 745,000
- Celebrity Food Fight (Food/11p): 540,000
- Skin Wars (GSN): 510,000
- Celebrity Food Fight (Food/11:30p): 455,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 376,000

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posted 6/8/16

SYNDIES: Week 37
Results for the Week Ending May 29 PLUS Sweeps
From B&C and TV News Check

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud, with host Steve Harvey, was the sweep's solo game leader for the first time in the just-concluded May sweep, which ran April 28 through May 25. Produced by FremantleMedia North America, Feud improved 18% from last May when it was the third-place game show to a 7.1 live plus same day national household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research, to take first place among the game shows and second place in overall syndication.

Among daytime's key demographic of women 25-54, Feud was the first-run syndication leader at a 3.5, followed by CBS Television Distribution's Judge Judy at a 3.0 and CTD's Wheel of Fortune at a 2.0.

In second place in households, Wheel of Fortune skidded 2% from last year to a 6.4, while CTD’s Jeopardy! slumped 6% to a 6.0. Debmar-Mercury’s sophomore Celebrity Name Game added 8% to a 1.4, while Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire lost 19% and dropped from fourth to fifth at a 1.3.

For the week ending May 29:
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury): 6.8 household / 3.4 women 25-54
- Wheel of Fortune (CBS Television Distribution): 6.2 / 1.8
- Jeopardy! (CTD): 5.8 / 1.7

Results for Celebrity Name Game and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire were unavailable at press time.

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posted 6/8/16

TUESDAY: Talent Owns Machismo
NBC Takes Win on "AGT" Over "The Bachelorette"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.731 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) held onto the top spot on Tuesday with new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (10.653 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and "Maya & Marty" (4.886 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

ABC (6.333 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then was a close second with special editions of "The Bachelorette" (6.700 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and "20/20 - The Bobby Brown Story: Every Little Step" (5.599 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3).

Next up was CBS (6.506 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (6.699 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.445 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) followed by a new "Person of Interest" (6.376 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.898 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up originals from "Hotel Hell" (2.389 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Coupled" (1.408 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.575 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Containment" (1.413 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) on The CW (1.493 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.161 million
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.119 million
- Separation Anxiety (TBS/SF): 749,000
- First Impressions (USA): 550,000
- Chasing Destiny (BET/SF): 363,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 357,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 318,000

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posted 6/8/16

The Bachelors Heading to Paradise
Catch the New Season on ABC August 2
From the Futon Critic

The long awaited third season of last summer's genre-defying breakout hit series "Bachelor in Paradise" returns on TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. Starting the following week, the show will air on Mondays and Tuesdays. The cast comprised of former fan favorites and controversial characters from "The Bachelor" franchise are back looking for a second chance at love. They all left "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette" with broken hearts, but now they'll travel to a romantic paradise, hoping to turn a potential summer fling into the real thing.

Below is the "Bachelor in Paradise" cast list:

· Jared Haibon, 27, Restaurant Manager, Warwick, RI - "The Bachelorette," season 11 (Kaitlyn)
· Emily and Haley Ferguson, 23, Twins, Las Vegas, NV - "The Bachelor," season 20 (Ben)
· Leah Block, 25, Event Planner, Denver, CO - "The Bachelor," season 20 (Ben)
· Lace Morris, 25, Real Estate Agent, Denver, CO - "The Bachelor," season 20 (Ben)
· Amanda Stanton, 26, Esthetician, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - "The Bachelor," season 20 (Ben)
· Jubilee Sharpe, 25, War Veteran, Ft. Lauderdale, FL - "The Bachelor," season 20 (Ben)
· Sarah Herron, 29, Advertising Executive, Los Angeles, CA - "The Bachelor," season 17 (Sean)
· Carly Waddell, 29, Singer/Songwriter, Arlington, TX - "The Bachelor," season 19 (Chris)
· Isabel "Izzy" Goodkind, 25, Graphic Designer, Branford, CT - "The Bachelor," season 20 (Ben)

Additional bachelors and bachelorettes from seasons past will be announced at a later date.

Over the course of six weeks, we'll follow these former bachelors and bachelorettes as they explore new relationships while living together in Mexico, in a secluded and dreamy paradise. America will watch as they fall in love or go through renewed heartbreak. "Bachelor in Paradise" will feature shocking twists, surprises, unexpected guests and some of the most unlikely relationships in "Bachelor" history. There's no telling who will find love this season, just like Jade and Tanner last year with their engagement and subsequent wedding.

Hosted by Chris Harrison, "Bachelor in Paradise" is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton, Nicole Woods, Peter J. Scalettar and Elan Gale are executive producers. "Bachelor in Paradise" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format.

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posted 6/8/16

Singing on the Sidewalk
FremantleMedia Procures Worldwide Format Rights
From Worldscreen

FremantleMedia has secured worldwide TV rights for the music-entertainment format Sidewalk Karaoke from Pango Productions.

The all-new interactive game show takes to the streets to give unsuspecting contestants the chance to sing impromptu karaoke in order to win cash prizes. Contestants must make sure their rendition of a song scores high with the judging app, otherwise they could walk away with no money. Audiences can play along in real time using technology provided by GRAPP.

The original series launched on Maori Television in New Zealand last month. The show tripled the broadcaster’s prime-time average across all key demographics. Maori Television has commissioned a second season of the show.

Vasha Wallace, the executive VP of global acquisitions and development at FremantleMedia, said: “Sidewalk Karaoke is exactly what we know broadcasters are looking for: it’s high volume, cost effective and has been amazingly successful with phenomenal ratings, tripling the broadcaster’s prime-time average. It’s wonderfully warm, a lot of fun to watch and suitable for the whole family. We are thrilled to be working with a producer of Bailey’s caliber and New Zealand has a well-deserved reputation as being a highly creative market.”

Bailey Mackey, the CEO of Pango Productions, remarked: “Sidewalk Karaoke might not change your life but it will certainly change your night! It’s the little show with a big heart and received awesome ratings and reviews when it launched in New Zealand. We’re confident FremantleMedia is the right strategic partner to help grow our brand. Their track record in talent shows is the best in the world, but mostly they are incredibly passionate about what they do.”

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posted 6/8/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Want to Take a Swim"

posted 6/8/16

MONDAY: The One Time The Sharks Didn't Win
ABC Wins on "The Bachelorette"
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.687 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) held off the competition on Monday with its mix of "The Bachelorette" (6.802 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Mistresses" (3.457 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

NBC (3.973 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the number two draw despite its coverage of the "Stanley Cup Finals, Game 4" (3.973 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2).

Next up was CBS (4.626 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "Mom" (5.020 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "2 Broke Girls" (4.456 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Scorpion" (4.556 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and another "Scorpion" (4.584 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.293 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up originals from "So You Think You Can Dance" (4.020 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and "Houdini & Doyle" (2.566 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9).

And finally, new episodes of "Reign" (1.002 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.257 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.177 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) on The CW (1.109 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cake Wars (Food/SP): 1.144 million
- Kids BBQ Championship (Food): 1.134 million

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posted 6/7/16

WEEKEND: Warriors 2, Cavaliers 0
ABC Wins on "Shark Tank" Reruns
From the Futon Critic

ABC (11.879 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.5, #1) was not surprisingly the network to beat on Sunday with its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (7.699 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3), "NBA Countdown" (6.867 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 2" (13.411 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.1, #1).

FOX (4.036 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then staked claim to the silver with its presentation of "Miss USA 2016" (4.036 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4).

Next up was NBC (3.028 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its combination of "Dateline NBC: On Assignment" (4.033 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8), a repeat "American Ninja Warrior" (2.814 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6) and the departing "Game of Silence" (2.453 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7).

And finally, CBS (4.689 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) closed out the evening with its repeat lineup of "60 Minutes" (7.987 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5), "Madam Secretary" (4.002 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), another "Madam Secretary" (3.790 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "Elementary" (2.977 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.676 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.256 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.081 million

Friday ALSO belonged to the Alphabet, at least in part.

NBC (4.855 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the adults 18-49 champ on Friday with an encore "America's Got Talent" (4.826 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and a new "Dateline NBC" (4.913 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1).

ABC (3.922 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "Beyond the Tank" (3.569 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), a repeat "Shark Tank" (3.849 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and "20/20" (4.347 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

Next up was CBS (5.368 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with repeats of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (4.977 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8), "Hawaii Five-0" (5.486 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and "Blue Bloods" (5.641 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.385 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up second runs of "The Simpsons" (1.475 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), another "The Simpsons" (1.326 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "MasterChef" (1.369 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

And finally, a new "Masters of Illusion" (1.176 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (1.070 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.173 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) on The CW (1.148 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable:
- Binge Thinking (MTV2): 128,000

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posted 6/6/16


Daily Times Gazette
KIMBO SLICE: 1974-2016
MMA Fighter an "Ultimate Fighter" Alum
From Fox Sports

Former UFC and "Ultimate Fighter" competitor Kevin "Kimbo Slice" Ferguson died on Monday after complications from heart failure.

TMZ first reported the news that Ferguson -- best known by his in-ring persona as Kimbo Slice -- had been taken to the hospital near his home in Coral Springs, Fla. in critical condition. Ferguson's promoters at Bellator Fighting Championships confirmed his death on Monday.

"We are all shocked and saddened by the devastating and untimely loss of Kimbo Slice, a beloved member of the Bellator family. One of the most popular MMA fighters ever, Kimbo was a charismatic, larger-than-life personality that transcended the sport," Bellator president Scott Coker said in a statement.

"Outside of the cage he was a friendly, gentle giant and a devoted family man. His loss leaves us all with extremely heavy hearts, and our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Ferguson family and all of Kimbo's friends, fans, and teammates.

According to multiple sources, Ferguson died at the hospital despite doctors working to revive the 42-year old fighter after he arrived.

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posted 6/7/16


Villages News
MUHAMMAD ALI: 1942-2016
"The Greatest" Featured on "What's My Line"
From Billboard

Muhammad Ali, the three-time heavyweight champion of the world and global icon whose magnetic charm and anti-establishment ethos made him someone Hollywood found impossible to resist, has died. He was 74.

Ali, named Sportsman of the Century by Sports Illustrated in 1999, died Friday at a Phoenix hospital. In 1984, the boxer was diagnosed with Parkinson’s syndrome -- a disease thought to be brought on by head trauma -- and spent his last years increasingly shaky, immobile and quiet.

Will Smith received an Oscar nomination for portraying the champ in Michael Mann’s Ali (2001), and the fighter played himself in The Greatest, a 1977 Columbia film adapted from his autobiography. Ali starred as a slave turned U.S. senator opposite Kris Kristofferson in the 1979 NBC telefilm Freedom Road, based on a true story, and he lit the torch to kick off the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta.

And in the late 1970s, he even voiced his own Saturday morning cartoon, I Am the Greatest!: The Adventures of Muhammad Ali, which saw his character jetting around the world fighting evil.

However seen or characterized onscreen, Ali was never more vital than in When We Were Kings (1996), the Oscar-winning feature documentary that immortalized “The Rumble in the Jungle,” his Oct. 30, 1974, bout with heavyweight champion George Foreman in Kinshasa, Zaire.

“I live in America,” Ali says in the film, “but Africa is the home of the black man. I was a slave 400 years ago, and now I’m going home to fight among my brothers.”

Born in Louisville, Ky., on Jan. 17, 1942, Ali first entered the world spotlight when he captured a gold medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome. He composed one of his first poems:

“To make America the greatest is my goal,
So I beat the Russians, and I beat the Pole,
And for the USA won the medal of gold.
Italians said, ‘You’re greater than the Cassius of old.’ ”

Unlike most heavyweight boxers of his day, he had uncommon quickness and elusiveness, describing his style as “float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.”

Outside the ropes, he showed a witty, intelligent side (even though he suffered from dyslexia and had trouble reading while growing up) and learned from pro wrestler Gorgeous George how to spewed braggadocio. He took verbal assaults to a level never before reached in the annals of sport -- then backed up pretty much every boast or prediction he made.

At age 22 in February 1964, he surprised the surly 7-to-1 favorite Sonny Liston in Miami (he clowned around with The Beatles on their first trip to the States before the fight, and George Harrison would later call him “quite cute”) to take the heavyweight title for the first time. “I shook up the world! I shook up the world,” he shouted in the ring.

He beat Liston again 15 months later in Lewiston, Maine; Neil Leifer’s shot of Ali hovering over his fallen competitor is one of the most memorable sports photographs ever taken.

In April 1967, Ali was arrested in Houston after he refused induction into the U.S. Armed Forces. The New York State Athletic Commission quickly suspended his boxing license and stripped him of his title, and other state commissions followed suit.

On June 28, 1971, the Supreme Court overturned Ali’s conviction. (His legal battle was the subject of two projects in 2013: the HBO telefilm Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight and the documentary The Trials of Muhammad Ali).

“When I look back, I see only what I have accomplished,” he wrote in his 2004 autobiography, The Soul of a Butterfly: Reflections on Life’s Journey. “The price I paid was nothing compared to what I gained. I lost the championship title. I lost three and a half of my prime fighting years. I lost financial security and public acclaim, but I gained something greater by giving it all up — a title no man or government could ever take away: I was the People’s Champion.”

In his third fight since returning from suspension, he lost to Frazier in a 15-round unanimous decision in March 1971 in New York’s Madison Square Garden in “The Fight of the Century.” Frank Sinatra was ringside to photograph the bout for Life magazine.

After avenging that defeat in a non-title bout back at the Garden in January 1974, Ali met his rival again in October 1975 in the Philippines for “The Thrilla in Manila,” with Ali prevailing when Frazier could not come off his stool for the 14th round. Both fighters were exhausted and struggling to survive.

“I remember telling [trainer] Angelo [Dundee] after I won that it was the closest I’d ever come to dying,” he wrote in his book.

In September 1976, Ali beat Ken Norton in Yankee Stadium in New York in their third meeting, And seven months after a shocking loss to Leon Spinks, he avenged that defeat in New Orleans in September 1978 to become heavyweight champ for an unprecedented third time.

Ali’s other brushes with the world of entertainment included a cameo in the 1962 film version of Requiem for a Heavyweight; appearing as a mystery guest (can you imagine?) on a 1965 episode of What’s My Line?; starring on Broadway during his exile in the 1969 short-lived musical Buck White; as the subject of a Dean Martin Celebrity Roast in 1976; making sportscaster Howard Cosell a frequent foil on Saturday afternoons on ABC’s Wide World of Sports; sparring with Rocky star Sylvester Stallone on stage at the 1977 Oscars; showing up on episodes of Diff’rent Strokes, Vegas and Touched by an Angel; and refereeing Hulk Hogan’s WrestleMania I bout in 1985.

Ali was married four times, the last to the former Lonnie Williams, who survives him, as does his nine children: Maryum, Rasheda, Jamillah, Hana, Laila (a former boxer herself and reality TV star), Khaliah, Miya, Muhammad and Asaad.

In his autobiography, Ali reflected on his legacy and how he would be judged. “When I’m gone, they’ll just have to look at the records and look at my actions. Then it is up to the people to rank me where they want,” he wrote.

“They’ll have to say I was the fastest heavyweight that ever lived. They’ll have to say that I was the best looking — my face was unscratched and unmarked. They’ll have to say that I was the most entertaining and the most clever. They’ll say that even without a college education, I was smart enough to lecture at colleges and debate the best minds on television. They’ll have to say that I was the only real world champion. I fought in such diverse places as Zaire, England, Indonesia, Switzerland, Japan and the Philippines.

“They’ll have to say that I was the most famous man in the world, the most famous fighter in history. They’ll have to say that I invented the rope-a-dope and the Ali Shuffle. They’ll have to say that I was the boxer who could predict the winning rounds of my fights. They’ll have to say that I was the People’s Champion. They’ll have to say that after I stopped boxing, the sport lost its zest and wide appeal. They’ll have to say that I loved the people as much as they loved me.

“And after they review all the facts, they’ll have no choice but to conclude that I AM the Greatest of All Time!”

Billboard
The Hollywood Reporter
YouTube

posted 6/7/16

Merv Griffin's Crosswords 2.0
Wheel Experiments with New Category Tonight
From GSNN's Chico Alexander & the Wrap

Fans of Wheel of Fortune got an unexpected surprise on the final week of its season today: a new category.

The category "Crossword" premiered on tonight's episode and featured three words intersecting with each other & sharing a common bond. In tonight's example, it was "Seeing Red". In order to win the round, a contestant must solve all three words.

The new category is similar to something done in the Spanish version of the show, "La Ruleta de la Suerte". The category was added in April of 2013, but discontinued the following January.

“Last year in Madrid I observed the production of ‘Wheel of Fortune’ in Spain," says "Wheel" executive producer Harry Friedman. "Seeing their success with the crossword round encouraged us to try it here. I know our viewers will also find it fun and engaging, and a welcome new twist on playing ‘Wheel of Fortune’ without changing the basic game.”

Friend of the site Jessica Brand and GSNN's Jason Huhn contributed to this report.

GSNN Monday Replay
The Wrap

posted 6/7/16

Can They Handle the "Truth"?
ABC Announces Celebrity Panelists for "To Tell the Truth"
From the Inquisitr

Fans of ABC’s newest version of the popular game show To Tell The Truth will be treated to an extra sneak peek episode when the show premieres on Tuesday, June 14. Hosted by Black-ish’s Anthony Anderson, To Tell The Truth is being described as a re-imagination of the old-time show, which first appeared on the airwaves in 1956. The show has been revived numerous times but hasn’t aired since 2001. What makes this version different than years past remains unclear, but the press release for the show states that the “all-new version takes the excitement to another level, featuring fun characters from pop culture.”

To Tell The Truth features three contestants all claiming to be the same person with some incredible talent, job, or achievement while a panel of four celebrities grill the three to find out which one is actually telling the truth. This season’s celebrities include actress and reality TV star NeNe Leakes, NBA star and ESPN/ABC analyst Jalen Rose, and the legendary Betty White, who has appeared in many of the show’s earlier versions. Anthony Anderson’s own mother, Doris, will also be on hand to help keep score.

For To Tell The Truth’s sneak peak, which airs at 8 p.m., Tracee Ellis Ross, also from Black-ish, will join the panel. During the 10 p.m. premiere show, comedian Iliza Shlesinger will join the panel. Guests for the two episodes include America’s fastest texter, Taylor Swift’s high school sweetheart, a contortionist, the highest grossing Tupperware sales person who is also a drag queen, a shark attack survivor, and somebody who jumps off buildings while on fire.

The Inquisitr

posted 6/6/16

Here's a Conundrum For You: TOOT A CONGENIAL FILE
The Answer is What Ofcom Just Gave "Countdown"
From Prolific North

Long-running Channel 4 quiz show Countdown has been warned by Ofcom after it was found to be in breach of rules about giving undue prominence to products and services.

Host Nick Hewer, who took over fronting Countdown in 2012, began an episode by plugging the Ideal Home Show.

Later in the same episode, a contestant who was also a P&O Cruises ambassador, extolled the virtues of traveling with the company.

Channel 4 said it had no association with the Ideal Home Show (IHS) or P&O Cruises through Countdown – which is recorded at MediaCityUK – and the plug for the exhibition was “purely topical to inform viewers what was happening around the country”.

It did admit however that the references could be construed as promotional in tone and “strayed into being unduly prominent”.

The episode was removed from the All4 catch-up TV service, and will not be repeated.

A spokesman for Ofcom said: “Commercial references by the host Nick Hewer, and guest Mark Foster, were promotional and went beyond what could be justified editorially.

“We found this program broke broadcasting rules by promoting and giving undue prominence to products and services.”

Prolific North
BBC News
The Drum

posted 6/6/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "No Deal"

  • Noel Edmonds gets in a Twitter beef (The Week)
     

  • "American Ninja Warrior" to replay on My Network TV (TV NewsCheck)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: "Millionaire" heads to Parx Casino in Bensalem June 15 (Allentown Morning Call)
     

  • Challenge TV scraps video game show to concentrate on game shows full time (MCV)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Billy Eichner (The Guardian) and Iliza Shlesinger (Parade)

posted 6/7/16

THURSDAY: Warriors 1, Cavs 0
ABC, NBA Take a Bite Out of Season Finales
From the Futon Critic

ABC (13.397 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.0, #1) overshadowed the competition on Thursday with its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (9.171 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #3), "NBA Countdown" (8.898 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.1, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 1" (15.579 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.0, #1).

CBS (5.046 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was king of the leftovers with its repeat mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.688 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "Life in Pieces" (5.637 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "Mom" (5.242 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6), "The Odd Couple" (4.248 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8) and "Code Black" (3.729 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Next up was FOX (3.286 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with its duo of "Bones" (4.491 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7) and "American Grit" (2.082 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.369 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up the season finale of "STRONG" (2.647 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) alongside a new "Game of Silence" (2.243 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and a second "Game of Silence" (2.219 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And finally, a repeat "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.810 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and the return of "Beauty and the Beast" (0.832 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) on The CW (0.821 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable:
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.206 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 940,000
- Match Made in Heaven (WE): 449,000
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 315,000
- American Ninja Warrior (Esquire): 270,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/3/16

DRG Brings "The Dark" to the Light
Company Teams with Pop Monkey to Distribute Format Globally
From Rapid TV News

DRG has acquired the international format rights to a rebooted version of hit comedy gameshow format, In the Dark.

In a deal with US-based boutique TV format producer Pop Monkey Productions and UK indie FUNdamental Television, DRG has secured the international format rights to the show, which sees teams of contestants perform everyday challenges in complete darkness whilst in front of a live audience.

The format continues to be fronted by a comedic host but has been updated for a younger demographic using fresh filming and lighting technology. It also introduces an array of comedic challenges for the unsuspecting contestants.

“We are thrilled to be bringing In The Dark back to audiences around the world,” said Jeremy Fox, CEO, DRG. “It is a fantastic format that transcends all age groups and nationalities, and we are confident that the renewed format will prove popular in a variety of territories. This latest acquisition is a strong addition to our growing slate of diverse formats.”

The original finished programme aired in the UK on Channel 5 and has been distributed to over 20 countries worldwide, including Sweden, Germany, Italy and NRK1 in Norway, in the latter of which it reached a 47% share of prime time audiences.

The indie content producer is in expansion mode. It recently enhanced senior vice president Scott Kirkpatrick’s role to include business development throughout Latin America.

Rapid TV News

posted 6/3/16

A Return Engagement
Nicole Scherzinger, Sharon Osbourne to Return to "The X Factor"
From Music Times

Nicole Scherzinger, former lead singer of The Pussycat Dolls, and Sharon Osbourne will return to X-Factor U.K. this year in what is shaping up to be a ratings-boosting 2016. The two, along with manager Louis Walsh, will replace Rita Ora, Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Nick Grimshaw for the show’s 13th season, which had a ratings nosedive in last season’s finale although Adele, One Direction and Coldplay performed.

The show, created by infamous music industry figure Simon Cowell, has spawned the likes of One Direction, Leona Lewis and Olly Murs. Dermot O’Leary will also return as an X-Factor host this upcoming season, after the show employed two hosts last year.

“I’m overjoyed about going back to the X-Factor, sitting with Lou, Lou, gorgeous Nicole and naughty Simon,” Osbourne said to Billboard. “But most of all, I can’t wait to meet [Cowell’s] baby Eric.” Osbourne was an original judge on X-Factor for three years running, from 2004 to 2007.

Scherzinger had been a judge on the show previously in 2012 and 2013 (and also in the first season of the American version), and said, “I can’t wait to be back in the U.K. and on the show with the best judges sitting alongside me on the panel. I’m excited about discovering, mentoring and winning with an exciting new act this year. And having winning contestants in the past, Simon knows I will do it.”

Auditions for the X-Factor will commence this month (June 10) at King Power Stadium in Great Britain.

Music Times
Reality TV World

posted 6/2/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Spin the Wheel"

  • CASTING COUCH: Discovery's "The Wheel" (Reality Wanted)
     

  • Super Minute 2 is about to tick to its final second (Times of India)
     

  • AND ONE FOR THE WEEKEND: meet the most handsome "Chase" runner ever. Apparently. (The Mirror)

posted 6/3/16

WEDNESDAY: Ninjas Attack!
"ANW" Returns B-I-G for NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.809 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) climbed into the top spot on Wednesday with the return of "American Ninja Warrior" (6.268 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "The Night Shift" (4.893 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2).

FOX (3.225 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then took home the silver with the season premiere of "MasterChef" (3.763 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) followed by a new "Wayward Pines" (2.687 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

Next up was CBS (4.448 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its repeat lineup of "Undercover Boss" (4.476 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Criminal Minds" (4.757 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (4.110 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.863 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up the two-hour season finale of "500 Questions" (4.484 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) alongside repeats of "Modern Family" (3.021 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "The Goldbergs" (2.220 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10).

And finally, The CW (0.753 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with its special "iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party" (0.745 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and a repeat "Supernatural" (0.760 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Deadline

posted 6/2/16

More on the Mosko Exit
Sony Pictures TV Head Out
From the Wrap

Sony Pictures has restructured its TV unit now that Steve Mosko is gone. Top responsibilities going forward will be split among the presidents of different departments, Zack Van Amburg, Jamie Erlicht, Andy Kaplan, Keith Le Goy, and Amy Carney.

Van Amburg and Erlicht lead Programming and Production, Kaplan leads Worldwide Networks, Le Goy has the top title in Distribution, and Carney runs Advertiser Sales & Research.

The prolific Sony Pictures Television produces "Jeopardy!", "Wheel of Fortune", "Shark Tank" and the upcoming "The $100,000 Pyramid", among others.

“I want to thank Steve for his many years of service at Sony Pictures and for helping to build SPT into the one of the strongest television studios in the business,” said Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton, tho whom each of the five will directly report. “Steve has overseen some of SPT’s greatest triumphs and I wish him the very best in the next chapter of his career. We have incredibly strong leadership within our TV divisions. Zack and Jamie, Andy, Keith and Amy have contributed immeasurably to SPT’s success over the years, and bring the right energy, skill and sophistication to navigate a rapidly changing environment and lead our TV business to even greater heights.”

The Wrap
B&C

posted 6/2/16

TUESDAY: America's Got Simon
NBC's Big Money Entry Makes a Big Return
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.822 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was of course the network to beat on Tuesday with the return of "America's Got Talent" (11.547 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and the premiere of "Maya & Marty" (6.373 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2).

CBS (6.987 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the number two draw with its mix of "NCIS" (7.404 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.956 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and a new "Person of Interest" (6.601 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

Next up was ABC (3.571 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with another two-hour "500 Questions" (4.207 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) followed by a repeat "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.364 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and a second "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.232 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.933 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up originals from "Hotel Hell" (2.408 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7) and "Coupled" (1.458 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (1.107 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and a new "Containment" (1.114 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) on The CW (1.110 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.131 million
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.086 million
- Separation Anxiety (TBS): 730,000
- Chasing Destiny (BET): 409,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 374,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 370,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/2/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "W_NDY C_TY"

  • CASTING COUCH: "Wheel" rolling into Chicago this weekend! (WLS Chicago)
     

  • Simon Cowell: The "Got Talent" judge we need? Or the one we deserve? (BuddyTV)
     

  • #TBT: Johnny Carson as host of Miss Universe (Ocean Drive)
     

  • Ray Combs died 20 years ago today. (WVXU Cincinnati)
     

  • Tamar Braxton can thank Steve Harvey for getting back on her feet (International Business Times)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: Star Trek Lip Sync Battle! (TV Line)

posted 6/2/16

Let's Play the Pyramid!
ABC Releases The Celebrities for This Run of The Pyramid
From the Futon Critic

The Pyramid is back! The Emmy Award(R)-winning pop-culture phenomenon is reimagined and better than ever when a cast of all-star celebrities take center stage and partner with contestants from across the country to compete against each other with hopes of making it to the winners circle and the ultimate prize of $100,000 on "The $100,000 Pyramid," premiering SUNDAY, JUNE 26 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network.

Celebrity Guest Line-Up:
Sherri Shepherd vs Anthony Anderson
Rosie O'Donnell vs Kathy Najimy
Ana Gasteyer vs Rachel Dratch
Robin Roberts vs Mario Cantone
Martha Stewart vs Snoop Dogg
Ken Jeong vs Tisha Campbell-Martin
Bellamy Young vs Weird Al Yankovic
Tony Hale vs Justin Long
Randall Park vs Anna Camp
Terry Crews vs Natasha Lyonne
Alfonso Ribeiro vs Mario Batali
Barbara Corcoran vs Daymond John
Steve Schirripa vs Melissa Peterman
Teri Polo vs Zachary Levi
Yvette Nicole Brown vs Fred Willard
Joy Behar vs John Michael Higgins
Kevin Pollak vs Niecy Nash
Bridget Moynahan vs Rex Lee
Jon Lovitz vs Deion Sanders

"The $100,000 Pyramid" is the timeless word-association game in which two celebrities and their partners face off in a race against the clock to make it to the winners circle and take home $100,000. "Good Morning America"'s Michael Strahan hosts "The $100,000 Pyramid."

The Futon Critic
TV Line
AV Club

posted 6/1/16

SYNDIES: Week 36
Results for the Week Ending May 22
From B&C

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud was the syndie star in the week ended May 22, leading all of syndication and the games by a ratings point with a 7.4 live plus same day household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research.

The game show, hosted by Steve Harvey and produced by Fremantle Media North America, was up 6% for the week and 23% since last year at this time, while no other game improved year to year.

By contrast, CBS Television Distribution’s long-running Wheel of Fortune inched ahead 2% for the week to a 6.4, unchanged from last year. CTD’s Jeopardy! was flat at a 6.0 and down 5% for year.

Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game was down 7% for the week and the year to a 1.3, tying Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which was unchanged for the 11th week in a row and down 19% from last year.

B&C
TV NewsCheck

posted 6/1/16

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND: A Lot of Ratings... Hope You're Paying Attention
ABC Remains the Lone Standout with "Bachelorette", "Questions"
From the Futon Critic

MONDAY: ABC (4.923 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the top broadcast network on Memorial Day with a new "The Bachelorette" (5.858 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) followed by the return of "Mistresses" (3.054 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5).

NBC (3.805 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with its coverage of the "Stanley Cup Finals, Game 1" (3.805 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2).

Next up was CBS (4.700 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and an expanded two-hour "Scorpion" (4.373 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #6) repeat plus a new "Person of Interest" (5.355 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.909 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) served up the return of "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.718 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and an original "Houdini & Doyle" (2.100 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #7).

And finally, the feature "Memorial Day" (1.216 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #8) on The CW (1.216 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Kids BBQ Championship (Food/P): 1.062 million

SUNDAY: NBC (2.915 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) then was the number two draw with its mix of "Dateline NBC: On Assignment" (3.208 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7), the season finale of "The Carmichael Show" (2.262 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7), a repeat "The Carmichael Show" (1.799 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and the two-hour "American Ninja Warrior: All Stars" (3.212 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2).

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.533 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.042 million
- Celebrity Food Fight (Food/P): 985,000
- Celebrity Food Fight (Food/10:30p): 801,000

SATURDAY: ABC (1.862 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) closed out the evening with night three of "500 Questions" (2.693 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) and a rebroadcast of "Madoff, Part 1" (1.446 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #7).

FRIDAY: ABC (4.006 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with night two of "500 Questions" (4.427 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) followed by a repeat "Shark Tank" (3.762 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and a new "20/20" (3.830 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/1/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Executive Shuffle"

  • Red Planet shuffles its creative forces (Realscreen)
     

  • Ninja Warrior's biggest obstacle? Compensating their athletes (International Business Times)
     

  • Steve Mosko exits Sony (Deadline)
     

  • Lara Spencer enters into partnership with Leftfield Entertainment (Deadline)
     

  • Simon Cowell is a bit nervous about judging AGT (Reality TV World)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: The preview of "American Ninja Warrior" that you didn't know you needed to see (TV Insider)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the Governess (Daily Star) and Gordon Ramsay (TV Insider)

posted 6/1/16


Sony Pictures TV
Harry Friedman Is Officially Amazing
"Wheel", "Jeopardy!" Sets Producing Record
From Guinness World Records

Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune producer Harry Friedman, has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the new title holder for Most game show episodes produced.

One of television’s most prolific producers, Friedman claimed the record for having overseen 11,128 game show episodes at the time of adjudication.

“I’m incredibly honored to have set a new world record certified by Guinness World Records,” said Friedman.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity to take a moment to reflect on how fortunate I’ve been to have enjoyed such a rewarding career in television.”

Friedman joined Wheel of Fortune, the number one syndicated game show in the US, as a producer in 1995 and added producer duties for Jeopardy!, now in its 32nd season in syndication, in 1997.

His record also encompasses his work on Jeopardy! spinoffs “Rock & Roll Jeopardy!”(VH1, 1998-2001), and “Jep!” (Game Show Network,1998-2000).

His achievement also recognizes episodes he produced prior to joining Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, for shows including “Hollywood Squares,” “The New Hollywood Squares,” “Personals,” and “Caesar’s Challenge.”

This record marks the third time Friedman has set a record certified by Guinness World Records; he also holds the records for Most Emmy® Award nominations for a game show producer with 42 and Most Emmy® Award wins by a game show producer with 13.

Guinness World Records
The Wrap
Entertainment Weekly
Uproxx
Astro Awani
Today Singapore
Variety

posted 5/31/16

Team Ninja... II
Esquire Reups for Second Season of "Team Ninja Warrior"
From the Futon Critic

Esquire Network continues to expand on one if its most popular franchises, "American Ninja Warrior," with a second season of the hit competition reality series "Team Ninja Warrior." This season will feature an expanded 16 episodes which will include the debut of a five-part special event, "Team Ninja Warrior: College Edition" (wt), featuring top college competitors going head-to-head against rival universities.

"Our success last season made it clear that viewers love watching these amazing competitors battle against each other on the course, and as we move into season two, we will continue to raise the bar on the competition as teams are even more driven to conquer not only the course, but each other," said Matt Hanna, Executive Vice President Development & Production, Esquire Network. "Now with the introduction of our college edition episodes, we are bringing some of the most famous college rivalries to life as only Esquire Network can as these schools go head-to-head for the ultimate Ninja bragging rights."

Hosted by comedian Matt Iseman and former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila, the upcoming season of "Team Ninja Warrior" will once again feature some of the biggest names from the "American Ninja Warrior" franchise, while "Team Ninja Warrior: College Edition" will consist of teams pulled from some of the most historical and deep-seeded collegiate rivalries. The dual running course, which will be highlighted by even more challenging obstacles this season, incorporates speed, human agility, skill and a whole new strategy of racing. Both sets of teams will be comprised of three people - two men and one woman - who will battle it out on this amped-up version of the world's most intense obstacle course.

The debut episode of "Team Ninja Warrior" set records as the most watched series premiere with A18-49 in Esquire Network history, as fans tuned in to see their favorite top contenders join forces to take on the mother of all obstacle courses as a team. Throughout the season, the series continued to captivate audiences, peaking at the finale which ranked as the 2nd most-watched original telecast in network history with Total Viewers as team "Party Time" - featuring rock-climbing legend Brian Arnold; Jake Murray, a young protégé of Brian's who trains extensively with his group; and stay-at-home-mom Jennifer Tavernier who became a break-out star on "American Ninja Warrior" - took home the trophy and title of the first winners of "Team Ninja Warrior." Currently the season overall ranks as Esquire Network's most watched original series in network history with Total Viewers and most-watched debut season with A18-49.

"Team Ninja Warrior" is executive-produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions' founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed (Hell's Kitchen, The Dunk King, Ellen's Design Challenge), along with Brian Richardson as executive producer. The series is a spin-off of "American Ninja Warrior" which is based on the "Ninja Warrior" format from Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, Inc., and is a co-production between Esquire Network and NBC.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/31/16

Robot Wars: What to Expect
On Deck: A Bulletproof Arena and Descendants of the Original Housebots
From the Futon Critic

Thirteen years after it was part of Channel 5's schedules, Robot Wars is back – and returning home to the BBC.

The technological game show's heyday saw first Jeremy Clarkson then Craig Charles preside over both amateur and professionally built machines battling it out in the arena while avoiding hazards and the more powerful house robots.

So what's in store for viewers in 2016?

A lot - but also, not very much at all. The six-part series promises a "raft of technological advances", says the Daily Telegraph, as well as a new purpose-built fighting arena in Glasgow.

State-of-the-art cameras capable of capturing every "saw, claw and flame-thrower will allow viewers to feel even closer to the action than before", says The Guardian.

Alan Tyler, BBC acting controller of entertainment commissioning, said: "It is remarkable to see how much more powerful these robots have become since the series last aired, with battles now staged in an arena that is literally bulletproof, and yet, the show is still fundamentally driven by the eccentricity of the brilliant brains behind the machines."

Gone, unfortunately, is the irrepressible Charles, replaced by an all-Irish duo of Dara O'Briain and Angela Scanlon.

O'Briain said he was looking forward to the new gig, telling the BBC: "For too long, the schedules have cried out for a show in which dedicated amateurs, toiling day and night, handcraft sophisticated automatons built on the delicate interplay of hand-wired servo motors with custom-built circuit boards and fingertip motion control, just to see them get smashed to pieces by a dustbin carrying a massive hammer.

"It's war - and how I love it so."

As for stepping into the hefty shoes of the show's past hosts, O'Briain said he had approached presenting the show in a new way.

"Well, the Craig Charles thing, that was 12 years ago," he told the Daily Mirror. "He did a big acting job. You know how Richard O'Brien did the Crystal Maze. It was all swooping of fans and the big leather jacket.

"I did it in a much more sports-event kind of way. There was more investment in the teams."

Scanlon, meanwhile, said: "I'm so excited to be joining such a legendary show that, after all this time, still manages to make people squeal with joy. I cannot wait to see the robots in all their metallic glory playfully destroying each other."

There's also a new selection of judges who will pick a winner if the battle ends in a disappointing draw. Noel Sharkey, Professor Sethu Vijayakumar and Lucy Rogers all have vast levels of robotics experience and, we hope, the ability to not make it sound too boring for TV.

The BBC has also announced that deadly knight Sir Killalot is returning to join fellow house robots Matilda, Shunt and Dead Metal. The robots are "descendants of the original show" who have been "evolved and upgraded to modern-day standards to be even more impressive and even more menacing", said the broadcaster.

What "modern-day standards" could quite mean is anybody's guess - "maybe Killalot has USB plugs and can shut down WiFi at will now," says the Radio Times. Regardless, new and improved house robots will be sure to pique the interest of fans.

The Week

posted 5/31/16

Sqrambling to Another Scuare
Buzz Berry's Local "Sqrambled Scuares" Heads to A New Taping Location
From Myrtle Beach Online

After more than three years at the Myrtle Beach Mall, local television game show Sqrambled Scuares has moved to an expanded location at Barefoot Landing, bringing with it a shiny new digital set.

Having originally aired on WBFX in the Greensboro/Winston Salem, NC, market in 1999, Sqrambled Scuares is arguably the longest-running local American television game show. It taped on the Grand Strand for the first time in December 2012.

Show creator, producer and host Buzz Berry told The Surge that new location is in the waterway strip area of Barefoot Landing.

“We are just to the left of the Alabama Theatre, right there on the [Intracoastal] Waterway,” he said, adding that folks can pull right up in front of the location and that it is much more accessible.

Considering the fact that he had a full production studio to move, we asked Berry to elaborate on the process.

“It was quite an undertaking,” he said. “There are a lot of wires – a lot of cabling – and equipment that had to be taken apart, loaded up and moved – so it was quite a challenge.”

He says the move was a good one, and that all of the hard work has paid off.

“We are in a much better location. We have a much better set, and it’s much more accessible for folks to come and be a part of the game show experience.”

For those audience members with a technical curiosity, they can now look into the control room via a window and watch the director and audio technician at work.

Sqrambled Scuares tapes Thursday nights at 7 p.m. with the doors opening at 6:30 p.m. The show airs locally Monday through Friday on HTC digital channel 4 at 7 p.m. and Time Warner channel 47 at 6:30 p.m. Alternatively, episodes can be viewed on demand at www.sqrambledscuares.biz or on the show’s Facebook page.

Myrtle Beach Online

posted 5/31/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Behind the Climb"

  • "Ninja Warrior" to offer two digital spinoffs, "Crashing the Course" and "24/B4" (The Futon Critic) PLUS five reasons why this season is the best ever (TV Insider)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: To Tell the Truth (ABC, June 14) (TV Series Finale)
     

  • Noel Fielding takes a look in the life of a Japanese game show for ITV (BCG)
     

  • Blake Shelton reportedly asked to make an honest woman out of Gwen Stefani. Gwen Stefani reportedly said no. Things got reportedly AWKWARD (Reality TV World)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: This runner on "The Chase" got talent (Huffington Post)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the Governess (Glass of Bubbly)

posted 5/31/16


Michael Strahan
The Summer Has Begun
"Pyramid" Among the Highlights
From various sources

Just when you thought it was safe to go back outside… a robust summer TV slate is ready to take a chomp out of your DVR.

What follows is a list of the 35 or so game show premieres this summer session culled by a jury of exactly four. If you know of one that we're missing, drop us a line at wlti@gameshownewsnet.com.

May
- 5/4 - The Challenge: Rivals 3 (MTV)
- 5/10 - First Impressions (USA)
- 5/17 - Coupled (Fox)
- 5/19 - The Dunk King (TNT)
- 5/19 - Match Made in Heaven: Season 2 (WE)
- 5/22 - Food Network Star: Season 22 (Food)
- 5/23 - The Price Is Right Primetime Specials: Reality Edition (CBS)
- 5/23 - Kids BBQ Championship (Food)
- 5/23 - Whose Line Is It Anyway? (2013): Season 4 (CW)
- 5/23 - The Bachelorette: Season 12 (ABC)
- 5/26 - 500 Questions: Season 2 (ABC)
- 5/29 - Celebrity Food Fight (Food)
- 5/30 - So You Think You Can Dance: Season 13 (Fox)
- 5/31 - America's Got Talent: Season 11 (NBC)

June
- 6/1 - American Ninja Warrior: Season 8 (NBC)
- 6/1 - MasterChef: Season 7 (Fox)
- 6/6 - Cake Wars: Season 4 (Food)
- 6/9 - Winsanity (GSN)
- 6/13 - Are You the One?: Season 4 (MTV)
- 6/13 - Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge (NBC)
- 6/14 - To Tell the Truth (2016) (ABC)
- 6/15 - Skin Wars: Fresh Paint (GSN)
- 6/16 - Home Free: Season 2 (Fox)
- 6/22 - Big Brother: Season 18 (CBS)
- 6/23 - Battlebots: Season 2 (ABC)
- 6/26 - Celebrity Family Feud: Season 2 (ABC)
- 6/26 - The $100,000 Pyramid (2016) (ABC)
- 6/26 - Match Game (2016) (ABC)

July
- 7/1 - The Runner (Go90)
- 7/3 - Flea Market Flip: Season 7 (GAC)
- 7/11 - Penn & Teller: Fool Us!: Season 3 (CW)

August
- 8/2 - Bachelor in Paradise: Season 3 (ABC)
- 8/6 - Sports Jeopardy!: Season 3? (Crackle/NBCSN)

Summer TBA
- Cooks vs. Cons: Season 2 (Food)
- QuizUp America (NBC)

TV Line
Los Angeles Times

posted 5/30/16

"Price Is Right" Arrives in Nigeria
Genesis Studio Teams with FremantleMedia for New Series
From the Union

Genesis Studios, creators of the award winning television drama, So Wrong, So Wright and Tales of Eve has partnered with London-based television content, production & distribution company, FremantleMedia, to bring the exciting game show- The Price is Right to Nigeria. The company is getting ready to produce five seasons of the show, making the total number of adaptations of the format to 43 versions worldwide. Set to premiere towards the end of the year, the show was unveiled to newsmen and other industry stakeholders.

The Price is Right is the longest running family game show in history and has won twenty daytime Emmys; it has also been tagged the number one daytime show in United States. The format has been sold to 42 territories worldwide with Nigeria being the first in sub-Sahara Africa.

It has a wide variety of games with a basic challenge of guessing the prices of everyday consumer commodities for a chance to win fantastic prizes. It features contestants, all of whom are picked from the audience, who come from different parts of the country and a fun host.

The game show offers Nigerian brands an exciting opportunity to introduce new and existing products as well as an avenue to showcase the Unique Selling Proposition (USP) of the brands, giving them an extensive reach while increasing top mind awareness.

For the Nigerian audience, The Price is Right is an added advantage because it promises to be entertaining, engaging, and interactive. With a charismatic host and an enthusiastic audience, the game plays out with life changing prizes to be won by participants.

During his presentation, Genesis Studios Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Olatubosun Olaegbe explained that there is an ardent need for Nigerian television screens to be graced with yet another world class game show that is engaging, entertaining and most importantly suitable for the whole family.

“We have been looking for a world class game show that would engage and entertain the entire family and The Price is Right is the perfect format for us and we know it will be a big success in Nigeria” Olaegbe said.

He added that it is long overdue for Nigerians to have a family oriented show like this. “I am grateful to Fremantle Media for a partnership that ensures that Nigerians will benefit from the wide acceptability of the show and most importantly the simplicity of its audience rating which means that even the very young can participate and smile home with mouthwatering prizes”.

The Union

posted 5/30/16


ABC
THURSDAY: 500 Questions.... Round 2
Season Opener Opens Fairly Well
From TV Line

NBC’s broadcast of the second Red Nose Day fundraising special drew 2.2 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating on Thursday night, down 31 and 25 percent from last year while soliciting 50 percent more donations (totaling $31.5 million).

Opening the Peacock’s night, Strong (2.6 mil/0.7) was up a tenth.

Over on ABC, 500 Questions opened Season 2 with 5.2 million viewers and a 0.8 rating, followed by 4.9 mil/0.9 — down in the demo from last year’s in-season debut (5.1 mil/1.2), but more on par with its year-ago, post-sweeps numbers (4.6 mil/1.0).

Fox’s Bones (4.5 mil/0.8) drew its largest audience since Dec. 10 while dipping a tenth in the demo with its first post-sweeps outing. American Grit (1.8 mil/0.5) also ticked down.

CBS’ Big Bang Theory rerun easily led Thursday with 7.2 million total viewers and a 1.4 demo rating.

Reruns of Legends of Tomorrow (861K/0.2) and The Flash (1.1 mil/0.3) rounded out the night for the CW.

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.229 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 803,000
- Match Made in Heaven (WE): 469,000
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 317,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 304,000

ABC News
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TV Line

Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/27/16

ITV Gets "Trapped"
Possessed to Produce New Series "Cash Trapped"
From World Screen

ITV Daytime has tapped Possessed to produce the new quiz show Cash Trapped, which is due to air later this year.

Cash Trapped is a new ten-episode quiz show based on an original idea from Bradley Walsh, who serves as host. On the show, six contestants face off in a series of faced-paced question rounds as they try to sabotage their opponents. At the end of each episode, the player who has earned the most cash takes on the other five contestants for the right to add more money to their winnings. If the player fails to win all of the money, everyone will remain “cash trapped” and will return to battle it out on another episode.

The show is produced by Possessed, the ITV Studios entertainment production label set up by Glenn Hugill. Cash Trapped was commissioned by ITV’s director of Daytime, Helen Warner, and is executive produced by Hugill and produced by Sarah Timbury. It will be distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

Hugill, the managing director of Possessed, said: “Cash Trapped is addictive play along; fast, tactical and laced with original, tense reality. Best of all, it is based on a game that Bradley came up with himself and has played with his friends and family for years.”

Helen Warner, ITV’s director of Daytime, added: “Glenn Hugill and the team at Possessed have taken Bradley’s brilliant idea and turned it into a really compelling TV game show. We all loved the pilot episode and are delighted to have it in our schedule.”

World Screen
TBI Vision
Digital Spy
Metro
Huffington Post

posted 5/27/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Shaky Ground"

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  • FIRST LOOK: So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation (TV Insider)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ken Jennings (TV Insider)

posted 5/27/16


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