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Let's Do Some Dancin'
Catch the Season Premiere September 12!
From TV Line

The celebrity cast of "Dancing with the Stars" are slipping on their dancing shoes and getting ready for their first dance on the ballroom floor, as the 23rd season kicks off on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network. This season's lineup of celebrity dancers includes two Gold medal-winning U.S. Olympians, a multi Grammy award-winning musician, a star of one of the most iconic television programs ever, one of the greatest wide receivers of all time, and the former governor of Texas, to name just a few.

As announced this morning on ABC's "Good Morning America," the celebrities with their professional partners heading to the ballroom this season (in alphabetical order) are:

· Model Amber Rose ("The Amber Rose Show") with Maksim Chmerkovskiy
· NFL great Calvin Johnson Jr. with Lindsay Arnold
· Actor Jake T. Austin ("Wizards of Waverly Place") with Jenna Johnson
· IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe with Sharna Burgess
· Country artist Jana Kramer with Gleb Savchenko
· Singer/songwriter Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds with Allison Holker
· Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez with Valentin Chmerkovskiy
· Actress Marilu Henner ("Taxi") with Derek Hough
· Actress Maureen McCormick ("The Brady Bunch") with Artem Chigvintsev
· Former Governor Rick Perry (R-Texas) with Emma Slater
· Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte with Cheryl Burke
· Reality star Terra Jolé with Sasha Farber
· Rapper Vanilla Ice (Robert Van Winkle) with Witney Carson

Reality TV World
Reality TV World
TV Line
Us Weekly
The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 8/30/16

SYNDIES: Week 49
Results for the Week Ending August 21
From B&C

The Summer Olympics in Rio continued to be the dominant TV force in the week ended Aug. 21, forcing several syndies to break out their ratings altogether and not be counted for the week.

As was the case in the prior session, some shows were retitled by their syndicators as “Olympics specials” and broken out of the week’s averages. These included Disney-ABC’s Live With Kelly, Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneres, NBCUniversal’s Steve Harvey, Sony Pictures Television’s Dr. Oz and Warner Bros.’ Extra.

Coverage leverages dropped enough for several other strips to be broken out by Nielsen for the entire week. If a show loses 10% of more of its nationwide coverage, Nielsen will break the show’s rating for that week out of its season-to-date average. Several shows were preempted for the entire week, including CBS Television Distribution’s Rachael Ray and The Doctors, Disney-ABC’s FABLife and NBCU’s soon-to-end Meredith Vieira.

Many other shows chose to air mostly reruns during the week.

Among game shows, Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud was the only winner, inching up 2% to a 6.0, leading the category for the 17th straight week and taking second place on the overall chart behind only Judge Judy.

CTD’s Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game and Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire all were steady at a 5.2, 4.9, 1.1 and 1.1, respectively. Compared to last year when there were no Olympics, Family Feud was only off 3%, while every other game show declined by double-digits.

B&C

posted 8/30/16

MONDAY: Let's Ninja!
National Finals Propel NBC to First
From The Futon Critic

NBC (6.004 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was still the top draw on Monday with new episodes of "American Ninja Warrior" (6.872 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (4.268 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3).

ABC (4.559 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the number two draw with originals from "Bachelor in Paradise" (5.420 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) and "Mistresses" (2.838 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10).

Next up was CBS (4.077 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "Mom" (4.860 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "2 Broke Girls" (4.085 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), another "Mom" (4.205 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "The Odd Couple" (3.504 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Scorpion" (3.904 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.535 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) offered up an original "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.535 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

And finally, repeats of "Supergirl" (1.279 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and another "Supergirl" (1.228 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) on The CW (1.253 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cake Wars (Food/SF): 782K
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 154K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/30/16

SUNDAY: And So It Comes to This
SF&G Holds Its Own Against Football, Big Brother
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.020 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was back in front among adults 18-49 with its specials "The Timeline" (3.322 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "NFL Preseason: Cincinnati at Jacksonville" (5.586 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2).

FOX (2.764 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the number two draw with its mix of "NFL Overrun" (5.452 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "The Simpsons" (3.350 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), another "The Simpsons" (2.557 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.724 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "Family Guy" (2.034 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.464 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

Next up was CBS (5.040 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its quartet of "60 Minutes" (7.832 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Big Brother 18" (6.811 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1), "Madam Secretary" (3.249 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "BrainDead" (2.270 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15).

And finally, ABC (4.471 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) closed out the evening with its lineup of "We Day" (1.857 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15), "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.669 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "$100,000 Pyramid" (5.561 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "Match Game" (4.798 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.407M
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 1.363M
- Guy's Superstar Grocery Games (Food): 1.320M

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/30/16

Scary Good Times Coming
Catch the Season Premiere of "Halloween Wars" October 2
From the Futon Critic

Halloween Wars is back for a spooky sixth season filled with chilling new challenges, premiering on Sunday, October 2nd at 9pm ET/PT. Six teams composed of a pumpkin carving expert, cake artist and sugar artist will battle it out as they create Halloween-themed edible displays that are so ghostly good, it's frightening! In each episode, teams will face two grueling challenges. First, they'll face off in the Small Scare, where they must create a Halloween-themed design in just 45 minutes. One winning team gets an advantage in the big battle - the Spine Chiller. In the end, their creations will be judged by renowned cake decorator Shinmin Li and writer/director of the iconic Halloween horror film Child's Play, Don Mancini, and a rotating panel of celebrity guest judges who are legends in the horror genre, including Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, Sid Haig (Halloween), Greg Plotkin (Director of Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension), Bitsie Tulloch (Grimm), and Carlson Young (Scream). One team will be eliminated after each episode. In the end, only one team will be declared Halloween Wars Champion by host Jonathan Bennett, and walk away with a $50,000 grand prize.

Visit FoodNetwork.com/HalloweenWars for sweet and spooky highlights of the competition, and to look back on the series' haunting creations. Plus, fans can follow all the ghoulish creations on Twitter using #HalloweenWars.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/30/16

Jackpot!
"Hot Seat" Awards the Million
From Junkee

It may have taken seven years of the program being on the air, but someone has finally won a million bucks on Channel Nine’s Millionaire Hot Seat. Australia’s newest millionaire is Adelaide grandfather Edwin Daly, who provided ten right answers on his way to nabbing the largest ever payout in the history of the deceptively named game show.

Pretty impressive, especially since he had to do it while looking at Eddie McGuire the whole time.

From the sounds of things, all those schmackos couldn’t have gone to a nicer fellow. The 67-year-old Daly is a Vietnam war veteran, and told Nine News that “I gave my mind for this country but by the grace of God I’ve got most of it back.”

Of course the surprise of Daly’s big win was spoiled a little by the network’s decision to run promos that revealed the result before the show even went to air.

Junkee
Daily Mail
3AW

posted 8/29/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Regeneration"

  • David Tennant reportedly being eyed for a one-off of "The Crystal Maze" (Telly Mix)
     

  • JoJo Fletcher literally. Can't. Even. (Reality TV World)
     

  • Missed season 1 of "Hellevator"? Netflix: I got you. (Mic)
     

  • "Lip Sync Battle" heads to Carnival (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Making "The X Factor" great again (The Guardian)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Jessie Graff holds a clinic (Marie Claire)

posted 8/30/16

"Family Feud": September 12
#1 Syndicated Game Show Plans 40th Anniversary Celebration
From the Futon Critic

Bring out the birthday cake! The celebration kicks off on Monday, September 12, 2016 (check local listings) when Family Feud returns for its new season, forty years after the nationally syndicated game show first debuted in 1976! The upcoming season brings all new answers, laughs and hilarious reactions from host Steve Harvey.

"Can you believe Family Feud is 40 years old?" said Steve Harvey. "I'm thrilled to be part of this amazing milestone and wish it many more decades of success."

Family Feud is produced by FremantleMedia North America and distributed by Debmar-Mercury. The series will feature families from across the U.S. who will once again be joined by the hilarious Steve Harvey as they compete for the chance to win up to $20,000 by guessing the most popular answers to questions posed to 100 people surveyed. Auditions for the season were held in Atlanta, the Bay Area, Kansas City and Philadelphia.

In the 2015-16 season, Family Feud delivered a 6.6 household rating to rank second among all syndicated series and first among game shows - a major feat in a category that Wheel of Fortune had dominated for more than three decades since its 1983 debut in syndication.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/29/16

"Celebrity Name Game": September 19
New Players Include Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Debbie Gibson, Lance Bass, AJ MacLean, Adam Rodriguez, Daphne Oz
From the Futon Critic

Can you guess that TV show? It's funny. Unpredictable. Hosted by Craig Ferguson. It's garnered two consecutive Daytime Emmy(R) wins for Outstanding Game Show Host. That's right, it's Celebrity Name Game! This hilarious game show returns for its third season on Monday, September 19, 2016 (check local listings). The syndicated, half-hour weekday strip is executive produced by Courteney Cox and David Arquette.

Fast-paced and funny, Celebrity Name Game pairs celebrities with contestants as they improvise clues to identify as many correct answers as possible in a given time period. The answers aren't just celebrity names but range from actors, singers, athletes and pop culture figures to places, brands, books, TV shows, movies, food and even cartoon characters. Consisting of two competitive speed rounds, followed by a third round where Craig Ferguson provides the clues, teams must face a broad mix of clues and categories with the winning team earning a chance to win $20,000 in the final round!

"I love hosting Celebrity Name Game, not to mention a Daytime Emmy(R) for every season so far - although I guess I did just mention it. I'm genuinely thrilled that the show is back for a third season. I have so much fun playing the game and giving away other peoples' money," said Craig Ferguson.

In only its second season, Celebrity Name Game has now tied long-running game show Who Wants to be a Millionaire in households and has surpassed it in the coveted women 25-54 demo. The game show has been upgraded in New York on Tribune Media's flagship station, WPIX, from 4pm to 6:30pm. Plus, host Craig Ferguson is the only host to have won a Daytime Emmy(R) for "Outstanding Game Show Host" consecutively in its first two seasons!

Guest stars for the 2016/17 season include executive producers Courteney Cox and David Arquette, along with Lance Bass (NSYNC), Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Julie Chen (The Talk), Kevin Frazier (Entertainment Tonight), Billy Bush (Today Show), Taye Diggs (Rosewood), Debbie Gibson (pop icon), Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Franklin & Bash), Bryshere "Yazz" Gray (Empire), Kit Hoover (Access Hollywood), Lisa Kudrow (The Comeback), Ricki Lake (The Ricki Lake Show), Mario Lopez (Extra), Ross Mathews (Hollywood Today Live), AJ McLean (The Backstreet Boys), Breckin Meyer (Franklin & Bash), Daphne Oz (The Chew), Adam Rodriguez (Jane The Virgin), Aisha Tyler (The Talk), Sheryl Underwood (The Talk), Weird Al Yankovic (Comedy Bang! Bang!), and many more!

The Futon Critic

posted 8/29/16

"The New Celebrity Apprentice": January 2
Celebs Announced for Long-Awaited Season 8
From TV Line

The long-delayed eighth season of Celebrity Apprentice will finally see the light of day this January, NBC announced Monday. The Peacock has also set an early 2017 launch date for its Wizard of Oz drama Emerald City.

The New Celebrity Apprentice, as NBC is now branding it under new host Arnold Schwarzenegger, will air Mondays from 8-10 pm beginning Jan. 2. This season’s contestants include Laila Ali, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Eric Dickerson, Boy George, Matt Iseman, Carrie Keagan, Carson Kressley, Lisa Leslie, Jon Lovitz, Vince Neil, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Kyle Richards, Chael Sonnen, Porsha Williams, Ricky Williams and Carnie Wilson.

TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 8/29/16

"Big Music Quiz" Bows
New 7 Series Beats the Block
From AdNews

Seven’s new program The Big Music Quiz has beaten The Block and Australian Survivor to win Sundeay night ratings, with 1.21 million metro viewers tuning into the music quiz show based on a French format.

The family-friendly show, which begins at 7pm, is a less serious version of Spicks and Specks, featuring a host of Seven's own celebrities in a music trivia battle in between a whole load of dancing and shouting. It's hosted by former The Voice host Darren McMullen.

Its strong debut follows the successful launch episode of Zumbo’s Just Desserts, which also garnered an audience of more than a million, but has fallen away since.

The Block produced a strong audience of 1.15 million viewers for the first reveals in a derelict soap and candle factory in Melbourne.

Ten’s Survivor was the top trending TV show of the night on Twitter, with The Bachelor host Osher Gunsberg, comedian Joel Creasey and media personality Chrissie Swan tweeting about the program.

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Braidwood Times
The Music

posted 8/29/16

Bad Biscuits Make the Baker Broke, Bro
Food Network Orders "Worst Bakers in America"
From the Futon Critic

Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale have drafted twelve of the most disastrous bakers in the country for a grueling baking boot camp on Food Network's Worst Bakers in America. The two stars of sweets attempt to mold these masters of cake-wrecks and colossal cookie-fails until one vastly-improved wannabe baker rises to the level of pastry perfection. The talentless bakers will be split into two teams,and over six weeks, beginning on Sunday, October 2nd at 10pm ET/PT, Duff and Lorraine will attempt to transform their team of recruits into pastry experts. Based on their performances and progress in a series of sweet and savory baking challenges, the recruits will be narrowed down each week until only two are left standing to face off in an intense bakery battle for the chance to win the $25,000 grand prize and earn bragging rights for their team leader.

"Audiences have enjoyed the comical mishaps and heartwarming transformations of the recruits on Worst Cooks in America, so it was only natural for a fresh batch of baking disasters to be given the chance at baking bliss," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel. "Renowned bakers, Duff Goldman and Lorraine Pascale, are the perfect pair to lead the recruits through the entertaining boot camp on Worst Bakers in America."

The baking recruits quickly learn that boot camp is no cakewalk. On the premiere, Duff and Lorraine assess the contestants' skills by challenging them to create desserts inspired by pictures and recipes from FoodNetwork.com. After witnessing their baking blunders, Duff and Lorraine realize they must start with the baking basics, and begin with a classic sugar cookie. Upcoming episodes feature terrifying treats for Halloween, wedding cake decorating, pie contests, and animal-shaped sweets. The worst baker from each team that crumbles under the pressure will be eliminated. The season culminates when the two remaining recruits will face off in in the ultimate bakery battle. The one that has transformed the most will go home with the $25,000 grand prize and will make their leader proud!

Viewers craving more can go behind the scenes of the competition and relive the worst baking moments at FoodNetwork.com/WorstBakers. They can also join the baking banter on Twitter using #WorstBakers.

Duff Goldman graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with degrees in history and philosophy. He then went on to study at the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, and from there went on to work at several acclaimed culinary destinations, including French Laundry, Vail Cascade Hotel, and Todd English's Olives before returning to Baltimore in 2000 to become a personal chef. In March 2002, he opened Charm City Cakes, and it soon became a household name on the hit Food Network show Ace of Cakes, which aired for 10 seasons. Duff currently is the co-host of Kids Baking Championship, and serves as a judge on Food Network's Holiday Baking Championship and Spring Baking Championship. In 2011, Duff was nominated for two James Beard Foundation awards for Best TV Food Personality/Host and Best Television Program. He published his first cookbook book in 2015 entitled, Duff Bakes: Think and Bake Like a Pro at Home. In addition to owning and operating Charm City Cakes, Charm City Cakes West and Duff's Cake Mix, Duff is also a sculptor, artist, and musician, and has an affinity for wearing his signature hockey jerseys.

Lorraine Pascale is best known for her string of hit TV series, which include BBC 2's Baking Made Easy, Home Cooking Made Easy, and Cooking Channel's Fresh, Fast and Easy Food. She currently serves as a judge on Food Network's Holiday Baking Championship and Spring Baking Championship. In addition to her TV series, she has authored 6 best-selling books and made a documentary, Fostering & Me, in which she looked at her own experience of being fostered as a child and the experiences of foster children. Prior to her cooking career, Lorraine was a top model. After the birth of her daughter, she experimented with other careers, including becoming a trained hypnotherapist, interior designer and mechanic, before attending the Leith's School of Food and Wine.

Worst Bakers in America is produced by Optomen Productions LLC, an All3 Media Company.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/29/16

"Millionaire": September 12
On Tap: Vegas Week, Bachelor Favorites, Whiz Kids, Veterans, Hometown Heroes
From the Futon Critic

"Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" returns for an all-new season with host Chris Harrison from the bright lights of Las Vegas, Nevada, when it premieres its 15th season in national syndication on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2016. Las Vegas has become one of the premier entertainment capitals of the world, and beginning this fall, "Millionaire" will originate from its new production home at Bally's Las Vegas. "Millionaire" continues to be the only program to offer a $1 million prize to each and every contestant as America's richest game show.

"Millionaire" features contestants from all over the country and from all walks of life, and remains a game in which anyone can walk in and win big. In the show's classic format, contestants must answer 14 trivia questions correctly with the aid of three lifelines - Ask the Audience, Plus One and 50/50 - in order to win $1 million. Contestants also can win big as they navigate their way up the ladder, as the tension and difficulty build with each question, along with the prize money. Since the show debuted in syndication in 2002, contestants have won nearly $95 million.

Throughout the 2016-2017 season, "Millionaire" will be bringing back some of its most popular specialty weeks, such as "Bachelor Fan Favorites" (including "Bachelorette" Kaitlyn Bristowe and Shawn Booth, "Bachelors" Chris Soules and Ben Flajnik, "Bachelor in Paradise" couple Jade Roper and Tanner Tolbert) and "Whiz Kids" (some of the smartest eight to 15-year-old kids in the country). Also joining the line-up are exciting new specialty weeks such as "Celebrity Week: Las Vegas" (including Wayne Newton, Penn & Teller and Giada De Laurentiis), "Victory for Veterans" (in appreciation of the incredible service members from our armed forces) and "Hometown Heroes" (honoring men and women known in their communities for devoting their time to the greater good).

The Futon Critic
TV Series Finale

posted 8/29/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Yeah, ABOUT Those Rumors"

  • A load of "sources" could not wait until tomorrow morning for "Dancing with the Stars", so take these names with a grain of salt (Reality TV World)
     

  • The last great trip of Dick Enberg (Baseball Essential)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: The VH1 flavor of "America's Next Top Model", to bow this December (The Futon Critic)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Katie Cassidy plays "Whose Line" (TV Line)

posted 8/29/16

THURSDAY: Big Brother, Bigger Football
CBS Wins Total Absent Olympic Competition, NBC Takes Demo
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.663 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was still the demo champ on Thursday with its coverage of "NFL Preseason: Atlanta at Miami" (5.663 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2).

CBS (5.714 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) however snapped the Peacock's streak in total viewers with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.492 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3), "Life in Pieces" (5.625 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), "Big Brother 18" (6.098 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Code Black" (4.487 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5).

Next up was ABC (3.408 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) with a new "BattleBots" (3.464 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) followed by repeats of "$100,000 Pyramid" (3.458 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Match Game" (3.301 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.206 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up second runs of "Rosewood" (2.920 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Bones" (3.493 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

And finally, a repeat "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.805 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and a new "Beauty and the Beast" (0.707 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (0.756 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 837K
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 520K
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 398K
- Winsanity (GSN): 361K
- MTV's Joking Off (MTV): 356K
- RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race (VH1/SP): 301K
- RuPaul's All Stars Drag Race (Logo/SP): 283K
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 154K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/25/16

WEDNESDAY: No Olympics? No Problem!
AGT Takes NBC to ONE
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.748 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) continued its win streak on Wednesday with an "America's Got Talent" (7.180 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) recap followed by new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (10.476 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and "The Night Shift" (5.588 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5).

FOX (4.113 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the number two draw with the return of "MasterChef" (4.113 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4).

Next up was CBS (4.094 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its trio of "Big Brother 18" (6.396 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "Criminal Minds" (3.309 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "American Gothic" (2.577 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.813 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up a marathon of "The Goldbergs" (3.542 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), another "The Goldbergs" (3.136 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), yet another "The Goldbergs" (2.719 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), even more "The Goldbergs" (2.452 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Modern Family" (2.779 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and "Black-ish" (2.247 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.355 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night with new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.500 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.264 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.156 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

On cable...
- Camp Cutthroat 2: Alton's Revenge (Food/SP): 744K
- Dating Naked (VH1): 550K
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 394K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/25/16

Meet Logo's "Prince"... and His Suitors
Catch "Finding Prince Charming" on Logo September 8
From TV Line

TV’s gay bachelor has officially been outed.

As revealed in the exclusive introductory video below, the star of Logo’s upcoming dating series Finding Prince Charming is Robert Sepulveda Jr., a 33-year-old successful interior designer from Atlanta who is as strapping as he is busy.

“I travel a lot for work, I have my own non-profit, I’m starting a home collection line, I do a lot of things,” he explains in the clip. “So I need someone that has a similar schedule.” And, in a perfect world, that someone in question would be “sincere, honest, humble [and] loyal,” he admits, adding that while “good-looking is always great” it’s more important for his potential partner to be “sweet and loving” with “great family values.”

As previously announced, the Lance Bass-hosted program — set to debut sometime in September — “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.”

Sepulveda, who was born in Puerto Rico, confesses that he’s not looking forward to partaking in Finding Prince Charming‘s version of the rose ceremony. “I’m nervous about eliminating the guys,” he sighs, “because I know that everyone is trying to find love as well. And I’m very empathetic.”

The series (premiering Thursday, Sept. 8 at 9/8c) dropped its first trailer on Thursday.

TV Line
TV Line

posted 8/25/16

"A League of Their Own" Heads to the Away Side Again
"US Road Trip" Renewed Along with Mothership Series
From ATV Today

‘A League of Their Own: US Road Trip’ is to return to Sky 1 screens with a second series.

The spin-off production became the highest rating series of the ‘A League of Their Own’ brand with 1.39m viewers tuning in. The usual program takes the format of a studio based panel comedy-sport quiz show.

The second run is set to enter production this autumn and once again sees James Corden invite his pals Jack Whitehall (pictured top), Jamie Redknapp and Freddie Flintoff to America to get back on the road for another adventure they’ll never forget. James will take the boys across the States as he sets them challenges in locations including New York and Miami as well as returning to his adopted hometown of Los Angeles.

The second series of A League of Their Own: US Road Trip will combine stunning locations and exhilarating challenges with an insider’s look all the hilarious antics the boys get up to en route. It will also provide a chance for fans to see the gang they know and love in further unique situations outside of the studio.

In addition, Sky has ordered a further three series of BAFTA-winning, supersized, panel show A League of Their Own from CPL. The show which invented the ‘Mobot’, ‘tattooed’ One Direction’s Niall Horan and smashed multiple Guinness World Records is firmly established amongst the elite with its unique blend of sports, comedy and entertainment.

An eleventh series of ‘A League of Their Own’ will air on Sky 1 this Autumn, with James Corden back in the hosting seat alongside regular team captains Jamie Redknapp and Freddie Flintoff and permanent panelist Jack Whitehall.

ATV Today

posted 8/25/16

Freesat Goes for It
ITV's New Show Has a Sponsor
From Advanced Television

Freesat, the subscription free satellite TV service, will sponsor ITV’s new skill-based gameshow Go For It. The program premieres this Saturday, the 27th of August on ITV (Freesat Channel 103), and runs for seven weeks. Presented by Stephen Mulhern, Go For It aims to uncover the most unique skills of the nation and gives challengers the ultimate test, with the chance of winning £1,000.

Freesat developed the concept for the branded bumpers with newly appointed advertising agency Mr. President and production company, TellyJuice, created the idents. The sponsorship marks the beginning of Freesat’s national advertising campaign.

Commenting on the sponsorship, Jennifer Elworthy, Director of Marketing & Communications at Freesat, said: “We are thrilled to sponsor ITV’s Go For It. Freesat is committed to supporting subscription free TV and this is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of our brand and remind people of how unbelievably good subscription free TV can be.”

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posted 8/25/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Yeah, ABOUT Those Rumors"

  • One thing may be keeping Ryan Lochte from "Dancing with the Stars"... and it's a pretty daggone big one (CNN)
     

  • Speaking of... those rumors that Simone Biles was going "Dancing" are just that... but she'd LOVE to be asked next season (Extra)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: In honor of Monty Hall & Regis Philbin's birthdays, 15 memorable game show hosts (KRCR Redding)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "500 Questions UK"... from the boss who put it on air (Radio Times)
     

  • Reggie Yates is not a fan of the genre of his employment.... think about that. (Radio Times)
     

  • Endemol Shine sets up video game studio for its IP (Bitgamer)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: recalling the best routines from 250 episodes of "So You Think You Can Dance" (TV Line)
     

  • Anthony Anderson to return as host of the NAACP Image Awards (TV Line)

posted 8/25/16

Hell Rises Again
GSN's "Hellevator" Returns October 7
From the Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today its horror-themed game HELLEVATOR returns for season two with a special four-week network event, just in time for the Halloween season, with all-new spine-chilling weekly episodes, beginning Friday, October 7 at 9:00 PM ET/PT. HELLEVATOR is produced by Matador and Blumhouse Productions, in association with Lionsgate.

Jason Blum, executive producer and master of the horror genre, whose company, Blumhouse Productions brought the world the "The Purge," "Insidious," "Ouija" and "Paranormal Activity" franchises, now presents a terrifying, genre-bending series that dares a team of four friends to ride a haunted elevator into the depths of an abandoned slaughterhouse. With $50,000 at stake, contestants must conquer multiple floors of terrifying chaos and hair-raising challenges in order to move on to the final level - The Inferno.

Each specially-themed episode is inspired by a true crime story and will also emulate a grisly scene invoked by one of the "Seven Deadly Sins" (Pride, Envy, Gluttony, Lust, Wrath, Greed and Sloth). In addition to the psychological terror players will face during their quest, they must also endure the wrath of the show's masterminds, horror film icons Jen and Sylvia Soska, aka the "Twisted Twins," who work in tandem from their secret lair to torment and trip-up players as they struggle to remain sane and keep in mind, "it's just a game."

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posted 8/24/16

Lip Sync Battle Goes Live!
Catch the New Season on Spike September
From the Futon Critic

Spike's EMMY(R)-nominated "Lip Sync Battle" is going LIVE for the first time ever on Sunday, September 11 at 8:00pm with a must-see show featuring big-name celebrity Lip Sync Battle alums including John Legend, Olivia Munn, Terry Crews and more. "Lip Sync Battle: All-Stars LIVE" will be a one-hour special showcasing some of the show's most Popular and memorable past performers who will return for another chance at glory and the coveted Lip Sync Battle championship belt. The winners will be decided by fans voting at home.

"Our show is always wild, but for this show, the returning champs already know how to play and win and are focused on giving an over-the-top performance," said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer. "Being LIVE for first time ever means anything can happen and we are so excited that our fans at home will be voting LIVE for the winner."

The global multiplatform hit series, "Lip Sync Battle," is hosted by entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY Award-winner LL COOL J and television personality, #1 NY Times Best Selling author, and model, Chrissy Teigen.

The highly-anticipated season 3 of "Lip Sync Battle" premieres on Wednesday, October 12 at 9:00pm ET/PT (new day and timeslot). Details on the new season will be announced shortly.

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posted 8/24/16

TUESDAY: Got Talent? Got a Return
NBC Wins the Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.833 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with the post-Olympics return of "America's Got Talent" (11.075 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and the premiere of "Better Late Than Never" (7.351 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2).

CBS (5.683 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) then had to settle for second place with its trio of "NCIS" (7.299 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Zoo" (4.861 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.890 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Next up was ABC (3.452 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and its mix of "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.854 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3), "Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise" (2.820 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "The View: 20 Years in the Making" (2.682 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.274 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up repeats of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.354 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8), "New Girl" (1.061 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Lucifer" (1.340 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.884 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and a new "MADtv" (0.656 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) closed out the night on The CW (0.770 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.100M
- Ink Master (Spike/SP): 882K
- Chopped Junior (Food): 873K
- Ink Master: The Decision (Spike): 543K
- Idiotest (GSN): 281K
- One Shot (BET): 249K
- Wild'n On Tour (MTV2): 192K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/24/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Pre-Catching Kelce"

  • "Catching Kelce" offers a preview following "WAGS" August 28 (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Candace Cameron Bure promises a full house on "The Voice" next season (Reality TV World)
     

  • Bob Barker helps re-home Manitoba bear cubs (680news.com)
     

  • STOP ME IF YOU'VE HEARD THIS ONE: another "Dancing" name has crept up... (USA Today)

posted 8/24/16

Blankety Blank is Blank
UK "Match Game" Set to Return
From Metro

Funnyman David Walliams is to be unveiled as the new face of Blankety Blank.

The Britain's Got Talent star, 45, will front a Christmas Special of the cult game show, TV sources confirmed to the Mirror last night.

Presented by the late, great Sir Terry Wogan between 1979 and 1983, the show was last seen when hosted by Paul O’Grady’s alter-ego Lily Savage 14 years ago.

Now the rotating seating grid, catchy theme tune and awkward ‘chequebook and pen’ prize are apparently on their way back, thanks to the recent craze in reviving old TV formats and the recent craze in creating really bad new ones.

A source told the Sunday People: ‘Blankety Blank was such a huge hit in the 80s and ITV bosses want to replicate that success… UK audiences love a good game show.’

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posted 8/23/16

SYNDIES: Week 48
Results for the Week Ending August 14
From B&C

The first full week of the Rio Olympics caused massive preemptions for shows cleared on NBC affiliates and much stronger than usual competition for everything else in the session ending Aug. 14.

CBS Television Distribution's Judge Judy took the gold medal for being the highest rated strip in syndication with a 6.1 live plus same day national Nielsen rating despite going up against the games with five days of reruns. Judy was the only show on the entire chart to exceed a 6 rating and was the top legal program by more than four points even with a 6% decline from the prior week.

Among the game shows, Debmar-Mercury's Family Feud retreated 8% to a 5.9 but outperformed the category for the 16th straight week and landed in second place on the overall chart behind Judge Judy. CTD's Wheel of Fortune was off 4% to a 5.2. CTD's Jeopardy! sank 6% to a new season low 4.9. Debmar-Mercury's Celebrity Name Game gave back 15% to a 1.1, tying Disney-ABC's Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which devalued 8% to a 1.1 and slumped 35% from last year, the most of any game show.

B&C
TV NewsCheck

posted 8/23/16

MONDAY: Back to Work...
NBC Wins Return to Post-Olympic Schedule
From TV Line

NBC’s American Ninja Warrior returned from its Olympics hiatus to 7 million total viewers and a 1.9 demo rating, rising 19 percent from its most recent outing to hit and tie season highs and easily lead the night in both measures.

ANW in fact delivered its largest audience in almost a year, since Aug. 31, 2015.

Leading out of that, Running Wild (4.1 mil/1.3) returned up 30 and 18 percent.

Over on ABC, Bachelor in Paradise (5.2 mil/1.6) was up 10 percent and two tenths, while Mistresses (2.5 mil/0.6) grew 19 percent and a tenth.

Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance (2.6 mil/0.7) was flat.

On cable...
- Food Network Star Kids (Food/P): 921K
- Cake Wars (Food): 877K

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/23/16

WEEKEND: On to Tokyo
Olympics Go Out with a Bang, ABC Recovers
From the Futon Critic

NBC (14.526 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1) was the top draw on Sunday with its mix of its "Rio Gold" (10.782 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3) special, the conclusion to the "Olympic Games Rio 2016" (16.846 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.1, #1) and a special "The Voice" (10.411 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2).

ABC (4.553 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a distant second with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.636 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.549 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5), "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.821 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) and "Match Game" (4.210 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

Next up was CBS (4.278 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its quartet of "60 Minutes" (6.771 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8), "Big Brother 18" (5.923 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4), "Madam Secretary" (2.428 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "BrainDead" (1.992 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #17).

And finally, repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.193 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14), "Bob's Burgers" (1.165 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), another "The Simpsons" (1.456 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.209 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), "Family Guy" (1.418 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.043 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) closed out the night on FOX (1.247 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4).

On Friday, CBS (4.810 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the number two draw with a special "Big Brother 18" (5.365 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and repeats of "Hawaii Five-0" (4.132 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "Blue Bloods" (4.934 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.110M
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.068M
- Chopped (Food): 1.012M

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Media Life
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/23/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Banker... Revealed"

  • Do not click this link if you wish not to know who Noel Edmonds' Banker is (Daily Star)
     

  • Mark Labbett helps other beasts in need (Bristol Post)
     

  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: Nick South Africa is looking for a "Genius" (Screen Africa)
     

  • STOP ME IF YOU'VE HEARD THIS ONE: New Zealand's "You're Back in the Room" is casting actors as contestants (everyone else: STOP!) (Stuff)
     

  • Desiree Hartsock's first kid is going to be... (Reality TV World)

posted 8/23/16


ABC/MGM Television
500 Questions... Another Country
ITV Launches UK Version of ABC Series
From the Evening Standard

The days of quiz shows making it to prime time TV seemed to be over – the era of Who Wants to be a Millionaire being king of the box now a chapter in history.

But it seems ITV are hoping to restore the general knowledge show to its former position of prominence with 500 Questions.

The first episode of this brand new show hosted by Giles Coren has been given the coveted 9pm slot – and it’s a must-watch for those who pride themselves on their Pointless knowledge, or who love the thrill of The Chase.

So, how does it work?

As the title suggests, there are 500 questions on offer, and they’re all pretty tricky – no easy introductions here.

Contestants are shown a selection of categories to choose from, and have just five seconds to answer a question correctly. They can throw out as many answers as they like, as long as one of them sticks.

There’s one simple main aim: don’t mess up three questions in a row. Get a trio of questions wrong, and you’re out – and the money you’ve built up will go to the next competitor.

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Daily Express
iNews

posted 8/22/16

This Is Snapchat
NBC Launches "The Voice on Snapchat"
From the Futon Critic

Utilizing the latest technologies to deliver its finest programming and original content across social, digital and mobile platforms, NBC announced today it has debuted the first-of-a-kind Snapchat television partnership with the five-episode series "The Voice on Snapchat."

The series will feature this season's coaches - Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys - reviewing the user-submitted videos. Each week, one coach will select an artist they want representing their team in the "Voice on Snapchat" finale Sept. 19.

The two-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series "The Voice" continues to be at the forefront of digital and mobile platforms. The show connects and interacts with fans via social media and "The Voice" app, offering engaging storytelling beyond the broadcast. "The Voice on Snapchat," opened the call for videos on Aug. 8 and received more than 20,000 submissions in less than 48 hours. The videos were evaluated by "The Voice" producers and coaches.

"NBC is thrilled to launch 'The Voice on Snapchat' utilizing their new content format that offers fresh and creative ways to let fans engage and ultimately decide who will be the first winner in this revolutionary series," said Rob Hayes, Executive Vice President, Digital, NBC Entertainment. "We were overwhelmed to receive so many submissions and appreciate the extraordinary amount of talent performers who participated. We encourage all fans to vote for their favorite artist on September 19."

"Our partnership with Snapchat represents inclusion, creativity and innovation, the key elements that have made 'The Voice' one of TV's most successful franchises," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group NBC Entertainment. "This interactive collaboration provides our passionate fan base a chance to directly participate and become a part of our Voice family."

A new installment of the five-episode series will be available every Monday, starting today, leading up to the climactic conclusion on Monday, Sept. 19 when the four participants submit their last performance video.

"The Voice on Snapchat" episode schedule:

Monday, Aug. 22 - Coach Alicia Keys

Monday, Aug. 29 - Coach Adam Levine

Monday, Sept. 5 - Coach Miley Cyrus

Monday, Sept. 12 - Coach Blake Shelton

Monday, Sept. 19 - Final episode

The Futon Critic

posted 8/22/16

Sharks and Questions
Nippon TV to Market "Dragons' Den", "Burning Questions" at MIPCOM
From B&C

With its popular format Dragons’ Den (Shark Tank in the US) currently available in 29 formats and airing in 184 countries across the globe, and the hit drama series The Last Cop beginning its second season, Nippon Television Network Corporation (Nippon TV), the leading commercial broadcaster and network in Japan offering entertainment, anime, documentaries and news, announced today that the company will be heading to MIPCOM 2016 with a new drama, Pretty Proofreader (10 x 60’), and two new formats Burning Questions! (60’ eps.) and The Character (60’ eps.). The announcement was made today by Mr. Atsushi Hatayama, recently appointed President of International Business Development for the company.

“We are extremely proud to be the top-rated broadcast network in Japan for the past two consecutive years and this is thanks in part to our highly successful formats, Burning Questions! and The Character, currently airing on Nippon TV. MIPCOM is the perfect platform for us to showcase these titles to the international buyers around the world,” commented Mr. Hatayama. “In addition, we are confident our new drama series, Pretty Proofreader, will resonate well in all territories, as has as our incredibly successful Dragons’ Den which is a phenomenal hit worldwide. We have much to be proud of.”

The first new format from Nippon TV is Burning Questions!, the ultimate true or false quiz show where there’s no shortage of intriguing, bizarre, and sometimes risqué questions to pique your interest. It’s all about good fun and new discoveries for players and viewers alike in this one-hour studio game show where celebrity contestants battle it out to see who can rack up the highest number of points. The player who does so gets a shot at winning a fabulous prize. But some unfortunate ones get their embarrassing secrets revealed. The questions alone are enough to leave the players wondering and debating. But two cunningly eloquent representatives, Mr. True and Mr. False, join in to sway their answers.

B&C

posted 8/22/16


C4/Endemol
No Deal
Final Season of "Deal or No Deal" to Air on C4 This Fall
From the Guardian

Noel Edmonds’ game show Deal Or No Deal has been axed after more than a decade.

Channel 4 announced the studio version of the game show will finish after a final series in the autumn, but the presenter is to take it on a tour of the UK’s famous landmarks later this year.

Edmonds denied that the show was ending and said the tour was “the beginning of an exciting new era for Deal”.

He told Press Association: “Jay Hunt [Channel 4’s chief creative officer] and I have been working on this for the last six months and now the logistics are virtually finalized we can start recording the shows in some extraordinary locations.”

The show has been filmed since 2005 in Bristol and Edmonds said he was excited about now “taking the show to the fans”.

He said: “We can go anywhere and this is something I’ve wanted to do for years. Twenty-two boxes, a phone and me. Where will we pop up next?”

Beginning in 2005, Edmonds has presented almost 3,000 episodes of the show and handed out £40m in prize money, although just eight people have walked away with the £250,000 (US$326,750) jackpot.

Ratings for the show have declined in recent years, with it attracting an audience of about 300,000 viewers compared with more than 4 million at its peak a decade ago.

Deal or No Deal was based on a Dutch format by Big Brother producer Endemol, which has been sold to more than 100 countries since its launch in 2000.

Edmonds will remain on Channel 4 screens with a new big-money studio game show in the pipeline and two pilots.

Cheap Cheap Cheap will see Edmonds challenge contestants to guess the lowest price of three items in his eclectic general store to win a huge pot of money.

The pilot for Noel Edmonds’ Sell Or Swap sees the presenter become auctioneer as contestants bid on items ranging from expensive antiques to a second-hand speed boat or a never-used wedding dress.

Edmonds will also host a pilot for a second studio-based Channel 4 game show.

Asked how he thinks viewers will react to his new ventures, he said: “Let’s wait and see. It’s early days and a lot of work has to take place before we go to air.

“Needless to say I’m hugely grateful to Jay Hunt and Channel 4 for this massive vote of confidence in my ability to create popular TV shows.”

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posted 8/22/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Choices Choices"

  • How ABC's game gamble paid off (MetroNews)
     

  • ICYMI: "The Voice" paid tribute to Christina Grimmie (Reality TV World)
     

  • Carlos PenaVega reveals baby's gender, name (Reality TV World)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Nick Cannon reveals that he & Mariah had... relations to a song off her "Music Box" album that ISN'T "Anytime You Need a Friend" (Reality TV World) PLUS a day in the life (TV Insider)
     

  • Tyra Banks to teach at Stanford. Fierce (Reality TV World)
     

  • Jared Halbon: I'm never doing another "Bachelor" show again. "Bachelor": we'll see about that (Glamour)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: Arnold's first "Celebrity Apprentice" shoot (TV Line)
     

  • Britain falls in love with the high brow quiz (Telegraph)

posted 8/22/16

THURSDAY: Day 14
NBC Remains the Network to Beat
From the Futon Critic

NBC (20.498 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.7, #1) continued its victory tour with another night of "Olympic Games Rio 2016" (20.498 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.7, #1).

CBS (5.158 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a distant second with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.678 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3), "Life in Pieces" (5.235 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), "Big Brother 18" (6.123 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) and "Code Black" (3.395 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Next up was FOX (3.286 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and repeats of "Rosewood" (3.310 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "Bones" (3.264 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.837 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up second runs of "BattleBots" (2.993 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "$100,000 Pyramid" (2.789 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Match Game" (2.731 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, a repeat "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.966 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and night two of "My Last Days" (0.766 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) on The CW (0.866 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 741K
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 474K
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 397K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 364K
- MTV's Joking Off (MTV): 289K
- Winsanity (GSN): 233K
- Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown (FYI): 169K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/19/16

WEDNESDAY: Day 13
Guess Who Won Last Night...No Seriously... Guess.
From the Futon Critic

NBC (20.538 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.8, #1) was the king once again on Wednesday with its coverage of the "Olympic Games Rio 2016" (20.538 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.8, #1).

CBS (3.728 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a distant silver with its mix of "Big Brother 18" (5.851 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "Criminal Minds" (2.964 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "American Gothic" (2.370 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

Next up was FOX (1.941 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a repeat "MasterChef" (1.941 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.004 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up a marathon of "The Real O'Neals" (2.470 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), another "The Real O'Neals" (1.983 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), even more "The Real O'Neals" (1.888 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), yet another "The Real O'Neals" (1.741 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Modern Family" (2.006 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "Black-ish" (1.938 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.490 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and the premiere of "My Last Days" (0.548 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) closed out the night for The CW (1.019 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 639K
- Dating Naked (VH1): 463K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 369K
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 170K
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 129K

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posted 8/19/16

"Project Runway" Returns September 15
Guest Judges Include Nina Dobrev, Emily Ratajkowski, Sutton Foster
From the Futon Critic

Over a decade after it gave fashion design a new look, Lifetime's Emmy(R)-nominated series Project Runway returns Thursday, September 15 at 9pm ET/PT for its milestone fifteenth season. Continuing to uphold the runway legacy, this celebratory season will take fashion to a whole new level. Get ready for a new wave of designers to be pushed to their creative limits as they attempt to "make it work" on the Project Runway catwalk. Determining whether they've created a fashion feat or faux pas will be returning host supermodel, fashion maven and Emmy(R) Award winner Heidi Klum, mentor and co-host Emmy(R) Award winner Tim Gunn, with judges Nina Garcia and Zac Posen. Guest judges will include actresses Nina Dobrev, Emily Ratajkowski, Sutton Foster, Shiri Appleby, Camilla Belle and designer Rebecca Minkoff. The season premiere features everyone's favorite - the unconventional challenge - with guest judge Savannah Guthrie of The Today Show.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/19/16

"Sugar Showdown" to Return September 14
Josh Elkin to Return as Host
From the Futon Critic

Josh Elkin returns to host a new, supersized, sweet season of Sugar Showdown, premiering Wednesday, September 14th at 10pm ET/7pm PT on Cooking Channel. In this decadent competition that celebrates all types of delicious desserts from cakes, to pies, to cupcakes and doughnuts, three expert bakers battle it out in two rounds of challenges that test their baking skills and creativity. First, the competitors must make their best dessert incorporating one mystery ingredient. After a panel of three distinguished judges eliminate one competitor, the finalists must make creations based on a theme. One baker will rise to the top to be crowned the champion, winning bragging rights and $10,000.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/19/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Choices Choices"

  • Another "insider" has a "list" of prospective people for "Dancing with the Stars" (E!)
     

  • Jordan Rodgers' ex... (Reality TV World) ... a pair (Reality TV World) ... and Fast Forward TV.
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Family Feud heads to Baltimore (Baltimore Sun)
     

  • Jeremy Vine can't wait for "Make Me an Egghead" (Daily Express)

posted 8/19/16


Spike
Spike Makes "Tracks" September 1
Shad "Bow Wow" Moss to Host
From the Futon Critic

Musical icon and superstar entertainer Christina Aguilera ("The Voice") takes over Spike on September 1st with the debut of "Tracks," a new music-based game show hosted by rapper, actor and television host Shad Moss a.k.a. Bow Wow. The two half-hour specials of "Tracks" premiere back-to-back on Thursday, September 1 starting at 10:30 PM, ET/PT following Spike's popular "Lip Sync Battle: TMI" featuring Aguilera's appearance during the epic Hayden Panettiere vs. Eva Longoria "Lip Sync Battle."

Produced by Mission Control Media and MX Productions in association with Lionsgate, "Tracks" is an innovative musical game show where teams of two must guess the name of a song title, with only the song's individual tracks (e.g. guitar, bass, drums, etc.) as a clue. The show will also feature surprise celebrity musical guests performances. One episode features Tommy Lee performing the drum track during game play. Special performances by Aguilera will be featured in both episodes.

Bow Wow brings his nearly 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry (Film, TV, and Music) to his hosting duties on "Tracks," having most recently starred as Brody Nelson in the hit CBS show "CSI: Cyber." Prior to that Moss co-hosted the iconic hip hop and R&B music video show "106 & Park" on BET. Originally discovered by hip-hop star Snoop Dogg, Moss's solo debut release "Beware of Dog" set off a string of platinum and gold albums that led to six No. 1 singles for the young entertainer. Moss has released five albums and has sold more than 10 million albums to date. His new album, "Underrated," is due out later this year. No stranger to film and television, Moss made his lead role feature film debut in "Like Mike" and has since added "Lottery Ticket," "Johnson Family Vacation," "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" and "Hurricane Season" to his list of film credits. Additionally, Moss starred as Charlie in "Entourage" for three seasons and held guest-starring roles in "Moesha," "The Steve Harvey Show," "Brothers Garcia," "Smallville" and "Ugly Betty."

Aguilera serves as executive producer along with MX Productions founder Matthew Rutler ("Chef Without Borders," "MasterClass"), Michael Agbabian and Dwight D. Smith ("Hollywood Game Night," "Face Off") and Jeff Boggs ("Can You Duet?," "Nashville Star"). "Tracks" is produced by Mission Control Media and MX Productions in association with Lionsgate. Neal Tabachnick and Michael Aubry are co-executive producers, and developed the series with Mission Control Media.

Sharon Levy is Spike's Executive Vice President, Original Series, Chachi Senior is Senior Vice President of Original Programming for Spike and Tori Socha is Vice President of Original Programming for Spike and will oversee "Tracks." Jennifer O'Connell, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, Lionsgate Television and Brian Tannenbaum, Vice President, Lionsgate Television will oversee on behalf of the studio.

The Futon Critic
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Deadline
The Hollywood Reporter
Global Grind
Latina

posted 8/18/16

TUESDAY: Day 12
NBC Wins Another Night of Rio Action
From the Futon Critic

NBC (23.817 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.8, #1) was of course the network to beat on Tuesday with its primetime portion of the "Olympic Games Rio 2016" (23.817 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.8, #1).

ABC (2.775 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a distant second with "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.324 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise" (2.582 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and repeats of "The Middle" (1.511 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) and "Fresh Off the Boat" (1.325 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Next up was CBS (4.833 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its trio of "NCIS" (6.524 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3), "Zoo" (4.094 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (3.883 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.197 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up repeats of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.282 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7), "New Girl" (0.921 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "Lucifer" (1.292 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, second runs of "The Flash" (0.915 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "MADtv" (0.640 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) on The CW (0.777 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 877K
- Chopped Junior (Food): 815K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 358K
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 110K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/17/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Choices Choices"

  • There is a perfectly reasonable reason why Chris Harrison isn't hosting "After Paradise" this year... He's in Vegas (E!)
     

  • Chrissy Teigen posts a new picture of her stretch marks (Reality TV World)
     

  • Christina Grimmie's family begins releasing videos of her singles (Reality TV World)
     

  • The front runner for the new Bachelor is ... (Us Weekly)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Let's Make a Deal headed to Chicagoland (Chicago Tribune)
     

  • BETTERIDGE'S LAW: is Michael Strahan banning Kelly Ripa from competing on "The $100,000 Pyramid"? (Gossip Cop)

posted 8/18/16

Millennials, Gen Xers Lined Up for "Survivor"
Catch the Season Premiere September 21
From the Futon Critic

CBS announced today the 20 castaways who will compete against each other on SURVIVOR, when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 33rd season with a special 90-minute premiere, Wednesday, Sept. 21 (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

The fall edition of SURVIVOR, filmed in Fiji, is themed "Millennials vs. Gen. X" and will feature 20 castaways who will be separated by generation and forced to compete against each other with the same ultimate goal: to outwit, outplay and outlast each other. Which generation has what it takes to win the game, be crowned the Sole Survivor and win the one million dollar prize? The show is hosted by Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst.

Each group of 10 castaways possesses similar characteristics that represent their generation and help unify their tribe. Millennials, the largest living generational group and most diverse in U.S. history (source: PewResearch.org and U.S. Census Bureau), grew up in a time of rapid change and are often described as having priorities that are vastly different from previous generations. How will this group fare without technology on the island? Will they opt for shortcuts in challenges or go the distance? Generation X forms the bridge between the Baby Boomers and the Millennials and has been collectively labeled as hard-working and independent people. Will they be able to find some commonalities with the younger castaways or stick to their own group? Will their differences and preconceived beliefs be too much to overcome?

This season's cast includes an assistant district attorney, a youth pastor, a police sergeant, a television writer, a professional gamer and the youngest player to ever compete in the game, a high school student.

The battle unfolds between generations when the two tribes compete on SURVIVOR:

Millennials - "Vanua" Tribe

Michaela Bradshaw
Age: 25
Fort Worth, Texas
Vacation Club Sales

Michelle Schubert
Age: 28
Yakima, Wash.
Missionary Recruiter

Jessica "Figgy" Figueroa
Age: 23
Nashville, Tenn.
Bartender

Adam Klein
Age: 25
San Francisco, Calif.
Homeless Shelter Manager

Hannah Shapiro
Age: 24
West Hollywood, Calif.
Barista

Zeke Smith
Age: 28
Brooklyn, N.Y.
Asset Manager

Justin "Jay" Starrett
Age: 27
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Real Estate Agent

Taylor Stocker
Age: 24
Post Falls, Idaho
Ski Instructor

Mari Takahashi
Age: 31
Los Angeles, Calif.
Professional Gamer

Will Wahl
Age: 18
Long Valley, N.J.
High School Student

Gen X - "Takali" Tribe

Rachel Ako
Age: 37
Los Angeles, Calif.
Recruiting Director

Sunday Burquest
Age: 45
Ostego, Minn.
Youth Pastor

Chris Hammons
Age: 38
Moore, Okla.
Trial Lawyer

Lucy Huang
Age: 42
Diamond Bar, Calif.
Dietitian

Bret LaBelle
Age: 42
Dedham, Mass.
Police Sergeant

Jessica Lewis
Age: 37
Voorheesville, N.Y.
Asst. District Attorney

Ken McNickle
Age: 33
Denver, Colo.
Model

Ciandre "CeCe" Taylor
Age: 39
Granada Hills, Calif.
Insurance Adjuster

Paul Wachter
Age: 52
Sugarloaf Key, Fla.
Boat Mechanic

David Wright
Age: 42
Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Television Writer

The Futon Critic
TV Line
E!

posted 8/17/16

SYNDIES: Week 47
Results for the Week Ending August 7
From B&C

Entertainment magazines got a brief break from being preempted in the week ended Aug. 7, which fell between the end of the Democratic National Convention and the start of the Summer Olympic Games in Rio on Aug. 5.
 
CTD’s Judge Judy added 2% to lead the courts and all of syndication with a four-week high 6.5, even though the show was in repeats for the week. CTD’s Hot Bench, also in reruns, gained 5% to a 2.2 and ranked fourth among daytime strips, behind Judy, Phil and Live for the 14th straight week.

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud slipped 3% to a 6.4, putting it in second place in all of syndication behind Judge Judy but in the game lead for the 15th week in a row.

CTD’s Wheel of Fortune added 4% to a 5.4, after dropping to nearly a four-year low in the prior week. CTD’s Jeopardy! inched up 2% to a 5.2. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game held steady at a 1.3. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire remained at a 1.2 for the fifth week in a row.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 8/17/16

MONDAY: Day 11
Another Night, Another Gold Medal for NBC
From the Futon Critic

It was another NBC (23.941 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.9, #1) victory on Monday with its coverage of the "Olympic Games Rio 2016" (23.941 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.9, #1).

Second place then went to ABC (3.875 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) with originals from "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.732 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "Mistresses" (2.161 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8).

Next up was CBS (3.383 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its repeat lineup of "Mom" (4.087 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3), "2 Broke Girls" (3.607 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3), another "Mom" (3.715 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3), "The Odd Couple" (2.950 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6) and "Scorpion" (2.971 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.392 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for a repeat "So You Think You Can Dance" (1.392 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9).

And The CW (1.061 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) likewise went with second runs of "Supergirl" (1.119 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and another "Supergirl" (1.003 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

On cable...
- Cupcake Wars (Food): 789K
- Are You The One? (MTV): 736K
- Are You The One? (MTV/SF): 674K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 393K
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 212K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/17/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Fight Club"

posted 8/17/16

"Millionaire" Turns 17
Quiz Show that Jump-Started the Revolution Began on This Date in 1999
From Decider

There were surely summer TV sensations before Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, and there definitely were summer TV sensations after it (just the next year, Survivor debuted and created the reality television genre as we know it). The revolution that Millionaire kicked off was more short-lived and cyclical. Game show trends come and go — just this summer, ABC experienced success (though on a much, much more modest scale) with the revivals of Match Game and The $100,000 Pyramid — and the massive success of Millionaire only spiked the primetime game show trend for a few years. Long enough to make room for The Weakest Link, but still only a few years.

But what a summer that was! Regis Philbin, at just shy of age 68, was suddenly the hottest star on all of TV, all because ABC promised to pay out a million bucks to anyone who could successfully answer a succession of increasingly difficult multiple choice questions. It’s hard to understate just how pervasive things like “Is that your final answer?” and “I’d like to phone a friend” became, almost immediately. But beyond the buzzwords, Millionaire set the template for how game shows would look (dark studios, glowing blue color schemes) and feel (high drama; personal stories from the contestants) for years to come.

Here’s what’s crazy: the original run of the series on ABC primetime only lasted three years. The network rode the success of the show hard, airing it on multiple nights and throughout the year. Odds are the show’s popularity wouldn’t have lasted much longer if they’d have slow-played it either, but it’s notable that less than three years after the show debuted, it was downsized to daytime syndication.

Of course, the most famous moment in the history of the show was in November of 1999, when John Carpenter became the show’s first ever million-dollar winner. Was the question dumbed down because producers were impatient at not having a million-dollar winner yet? No one can say. But knowing that Richard Nixon appeared on Laugh-In is pretty easy for a million-dollar question. Compare that to the second million-dollar question (“How many million miles is it from the Earth to the sun?”) and it becomes a little glaring.

But we remember Millionaire fondly. Without it, the term “lifeline” wouldn’t have as many meanings. And The Curious Case of Benjamin Button would have won the 2008 Oscar for Best Picture. And Regis Philbin wouldn’t have … nah, Regis always finds something.

Decider
KTNV Las Vegas

posted 8/16/16

Warwick Davis "Towers" Over ITV
Endemol to Produce New Quiz
From C21 Media

ITV in the UK has commissioned a daytime quizshow based on an Endemol Shine format and has tapped actor and comedian Warwick Davis to present it.

Tower of Ten (20×60′) will be produced by UK prodco Initial, part of Endemol Shine Group, and sees teams of five people answer questions relating to top-10 lists, with the potential jackpot being £100,000 (US$129,030).

It will be presented by Davis, who has appeared in TV series such as Life’s Too Short as well as feature films including Willow, Harry Potter and Star Wars.

Mirella Breda, MD of Initial, said: “Tower of Ten takes our obsession with top-10 lists and turns it into a new, highly addictive play-along quiz for the whole family to enjoy.”

The program was commissioned by ITV director of daytime Helen Warner and daytime commissioning editors Clare Ely and Jane Beacon.

C21 Media

posted 8/16/16

SUNDAY: Day 10
Sunday Fun & Games Takes a Big Hit Thanks to the Olympics
From the Futon Critic

NBC (26.500 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 7.8, #1) was still the network to beat on Sunday with its primetime portion of the "Olympic Games Rio 2016" (26.500 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 7.8, #1).

ABC (4.392 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was king of the leftover audience with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.021 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.483 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.486 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and "Match Game" (3.580 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Next up was CBS (4.016 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its lineup of "60 Minutes" (6.133 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7), "Big Brother 18" (5.713 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "Madam Secretary" (2.390 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "BrainDead" (1.828 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

And finally, repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.092 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "Bob's Burgers" (1.107 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), another "The Simpsons" (1.345 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.034 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "Family Guy" (1.304 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.031 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) on FOX (1.152 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 987K
- Chopped (Food): 972K
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 912K
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 143K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/16/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Wherewithal the Hosts"

  • BETTERIDGE'S LAW: are game show hosts going extinct? (Deadspin)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: "The Wall" is heading to Philly (Philly Voice)
     

  • Where in time is Carmen Sandiego? Right here (The Mary Sue)

posted 8/16/16

Good Nightly, Larry Wilmore
"@midnight" to Move to 11:30 in the Interim
From ABC News

Larry Wilmore's "The Nightly Show" has been axed by Comedy Central, ABC News has confirmed.

In a statement, Comedy Central said, "We thank Larry and The Nightly Show staff for their tireless efforts across the past two years and the conversations the show generated by addressing social issues of great importance to the country, always challenging people’s attitudes, perceptions and bias."

In the end, however, it came down to the show's poor ratings.

Despite much media coverage, and Wilmore's hosting the White House Correspondents Dinner in April, the show "hasn’t been translating to our audience," Comedy Central's president Kent Alterman told The Wrap. "It is really sad for us because we not only respect and value Larry, we really have such affection for him and what he’s been doing."

"When we took a hard look -- especially after the conventions, where we also didn't see any traction we were hoping for -- we didn't have enough evidence to justify committing to another year," the executive said in the statement.

Wilmore released a statement in response to the news, expressing gratitude to the network, Jon Stewart, and fans of "The Nightly Show," but added he was, "...saddened and surprised we won't be covering this crazy election or 'The Unblackening' as we’ve coined it. And keeping it 100, I guess I hadn’t counted on 'The Unblackening' happening to my time slot as well."

The last episode of "The Nightly Show," which debuted in the time slot formerly held by "The Colbert Report," will air Thursday night.

The Chris Hardwick-hosted comedy game show "@Midnight" will be bumped to an earlier 11:30 p.m. time slot until a replacement nightly show is up and running.

ABC News
Vulture
Billboard
B&C

posted 8/15/16

Too Many Worst Cooks
"Worst Cooks: Celebrity Edition" to Return September
From the Futon Critic

Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition is back for a second helping with food masters Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray each leading a team of celebrity cooking disasters through an intense culinary boot camp where the most improved cook wins $50,000 for their charity, as well as bragging rights for their team leader. The celebrity recruits are: Mindy Cohn, Matt Dallas, Tommy Davidson, Barbara Eden, John Henson, Loni Love, Kenya Moore, Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino and Nicole Sullivan. Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition premieres Wednesday, September 14th at 9pm (all times ET/PT) and the winner is named during the season finale on Wednesday, November 2nd at 9pm.

"With Anne and Rachael at the helm of this star-studded cooking boot camp, the competition is fierce and the laughs are non-stop," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President, Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel. "The celebrities enter as comical kitchen disasters, and watching them gain culinary confidence is entertaining and ultimately inspiring."

In the first episode, Anne and Rachael assess the skill of the recruits by having each celebrity cook a dish using some unique ingredients from Hollywood gift swag bags. Then, the recruits are taught to prepare a post-party simple steak and eggs dish, which proves to be much harder than expected for these clueless cooks. After Anne and Rachael pick teams, one celebrity is sent back to Tinsel Town and the recruits learn that boot camp is no walk down the red carpet. Upcoming episodes feature Oktoberfest-themed beer and sausage challenges, a Halloween Bloody Mary battle and the return of trivia game Family Food. Guests include last season's Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition winner Jenni "Jwoww" Farley and runner-up Kendra Wilkinson, television personality Sara Gore and Cooking Channel's Laura Vitale.

Viewers can watch highlights, get culinary tips and find out more about their favorite recruits at FoodNetwork.com/WorstCooks. Join the star-studded conversation on Twitter using #WorstCooks.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/15/16

THURSDAY: Day 7
NBC Gets the Gold Again
From the Futon Critic

NBC (31.345 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 9.0, #1) was the top draw on night seven of the "Olympic Games Rio 2016" (31.345 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 9.0, #1).

CBS (4.813 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the silver medalist with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.318 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3), "Life in Pieces" (4.817 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), "Big Brother 18" (5.862 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Code Black" (3.009 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Next up was ABC (2.571 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and repeats of "BattleBots" (2.884 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "$100,000 Pyramid" (2.554 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Match Game" (2.275 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.320 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) likewise served second runs of "Rosewood" (2.392 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Bones" (2.250 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

And finally, a repeat "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.294 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and a new "Beauty and the Beast" (1.084 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) closed out the night on The CW (1.189 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 622K
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 504K
- MTV's Joking Off (MTV): 369K
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 323K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 309K
- Winsanity (GSN/9p): 207K
- Winsanity (GSN/9:30p): 194K
- Man vs Child: Chef Showdown (FYI): 176K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/15/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Worldwide Leader..."

posted 8/15/16

TBS Drops the Mic
Rap Battle from James Corden Ordered to Series
From the Futon Critic

TBS, a division of Turner, is injecting a little groove into its original series lineup. The network has greenlit Drop the Mic, a new mixture of comedy and music from executive producers James Corden and Ben Winston. Joining them as executive producer is Jensen Karp, former battle rapper Hot Karl. Drop the Mic is already a huge viral and digital success as an ongoing popular segment on The Late Late Show with James Corden. The new series will be produced by CBS Television Studios and Fulwell 73 and is slated to join the TBS lineup in 2017.

Drop the Mic will pit four celebrities against each other in a rap battle royale packed with "I can't believe they just said that" moments. Each week's winner will be chosen by the studio audience. TBS has ordered 16 episodes of Drop the Mic, with a host to be announced later. The show is TBS's first new unscripted series since the arrival of Michael Bloom, who joined TBS & TNT in June as senior vice president of unscripted & special event programming.

"James Corden and Ben Winston have struck a nerve with their celebrity-driven, music-infused, incredibly fun content," said Bloom. "This series embodies the kind of unique and surprising programming we are looking for as we reinvent our approach to this genre within the new TBS brand."

"Drop the Mic is such an exciting show, and we can't wait to begin making it," said Winston. "Every time we have done this segment on The Late Late Show, it has become a massive viral moment. Now with TBS as our perfect partner, we hope to create some really memorable television."

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/11/16

Superstars in Flavortown
Food Network Slots Guy's Grocery Games Event
From the Futon Critic

Eight top celebrity chefs battle it out in an epic five-week competition of the most intense challenges the Triple-G aisles have ever seen on Guy's Superstar Grocery Games, premiering Sunday, August 28th at 8pm on Food Network. Guy Fieri tests contestants Richard Blais, Maneet Chauhan, Eric Greenspan, Alex Guarnaschelli, Marc Murphy, Damaris Phillips, Jet Tila and Justin Warner in a series of off-the-hook market challenges to prove their innovative culinary abilities, with shocking twists and turns along the way. Each week judges Troy Johnson, Carl Ruiz and Aarti Sequeira will decide who has the culinary creativity to advance and who is in the express checkout lane of the competition. The one chef who can survive all the grueling challenges Guy throws down will be crowned the first Superstar Champion ever, and will bag a $40,000 grand prize for the charity of their choice!

Fans can head to FoodNetwork.com/GroceryGames to relive the top moments with the Superstars from the competition, test their supermarket trivia smarts, collect shopping and cooking tips from the judges, and much more. They can also join the conversation on Twitter using #GroceryGames.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/11/16

WEDNESDAY: Day 6
NBC Wins on Olympics... Again
From the Futon Critic

NBC (26.118 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 7.6, #1) held onto the top spot with its "Olympic Games Rio 2016" (26.118 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 7.6, #1) coverage.

CBS (3.739 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then took home a distant second with its mix of "Big Brother 18" (5.896 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "Criminal Minds" (2.946 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "American Gothic" (2.377 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Next up was ABC (2.003 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and its marathon of "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.574 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), another "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.280 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), more "Fresh Off the Boat" (1.951 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), yet another "Fresh Off the Boat" (1.669 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Modern Family" (1.821 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Black-ish" (1.724 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.775 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) opted for a repeat "MasterChef" (1.775 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

And finally, The CW (1.263 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.410 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.164 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.070 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14).

On cable...
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 589K
- Dating Naked (VH1): 509K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 346K
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 256K

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posted 8/11/16

Fresher Paint
ITV Greenlights "Spotless"
From Realscreen

ITV has set a late August premiere date for its forthcoming game show Spotless from ITV Studios-owned entertainment label Possessed.

The game show, which is slated to air on August 20 at 7:15 p.m. BST, will feature two couples competing in wet paint-covered games where they must remain “absolutely spotless” to win a cash prize.

High-tech, super-slow motion cameras will follow the action to allow viewers to spot every drop of paint.

After every game, the “Spotless Scanner” will determine the cleanliness of each competitor by using never-before-seen 3D scanning technology capable of detecting a dot of paint less than one millimeter in circumference.

Spotless was created by Simon Crossley and commissioned by ITV head of comedy entertainment Peter Davey. Possessed MD Glenn Hugill will executive produce the series alongside series producer Anna Dunkley.

ITV Studios Global Entertainment will distribute the format internationally.

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posted 8/11/16


TrekCore
BARRY JENNER: 1941-2016
Actor Helped Contestant Scaled "The $100,000 Pyramid"... TWICE
From various sources

Barry Jenner, an actor who was known best for playing Admiral William Ross on “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” died Aug. 9, 2016, according to multiple news sources. He was 75.

Jenner, who was born Jan. 14, 1941, in Philadelphia, took up acting at West Chester University in Pennsylvania. He moved to New York City, where he landed onstage roles including “Club Champion’s Widow,” which starred Maureen Stapleton, and “Put Them All Together,” which starred Mariette Hartley.

Soap opera viewers may also remember Jenner on “Another World” during the 1976-1977 season. Jenner played Evan Webster. During the 1980s, he appeared on “Knots Landing” and “Dallas.” Sitcom fans recognize him as Lt. Murtaugh, Carl's glory-seeking boss on "Family Matters".

Actor Armin Shimerman, who played Quark, the Ferengi bartender on “Deep Space Nine,” tweeted, “My heart is broken.My thoughts are in grief&incomprehension.My good friend Barry Jenner has passed.Condolences to Suzanne&all who loved him.”

Movie reviewer Rhett Bartlett tweeted, “You’d want him in your corner for ‘$100,000 Pyramid,” a reference to Jenner’s many appearances on the 1980s incarnation of the classic game show. He helped a contestant win $100,000 when Dick Clark was the show’s host. Jenner also helped another contestant win the top prize when John Davidson hosted the show.

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posted 8/11/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Worldwide Leader..."

posted 8/11/16


ESPN/Variety
JOHN SAUNDERS: 1955-2016
ESPN Personality Hosted "The Superstars"
From ESPN

John Saunders, one of the familiar on-air faces of ESPN for nearly 30 years, has died. He was 61.

Saunders hosted studio and play-by-play programming. He covered college football, basketball and the NHL for the network, in addition to anchoring SportsCenter. He was also host of The Sports Reporters.

Born in Ajax, Ontario, Canada, Saunders was an all-star defenseman in the junior hockey leagues of Montreal. He played at Western Michigan and Ryerson Polytechnical in Toronto before becoming one of the most prominent broadcasters of his time.

Saunders was a founding member of The V Foundation for Cancer Research and served on the board of directors.

"John was an extraordinary talent and his friendly, informative style has been a warm welcome to sports fans for decades," said John Skipper, president of ESPN and co-chairman of Disney Media Networks, in a statement. "His wide range of accomplishments across numerous sports and championship events is among the most impressive this industry has ever seen. More importantly, John was a beloved and devoted family man who cared deeply about people and causes, as evidenced by his long-standing efforts as a passionate board member for The V Foundation for Cancer Research.

"He was one of the most significant and influential members of the ESPN family, as a colleague and mentor, and he will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this extremely difficult time."

John Saunders led the hosting team of ABC's brief revival of "The Superstars" in 2009.

GSNN's Doug Morris, Jason Huhn & Chico Alexander contributed to this report.

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posted 8/10/16


CBS
Big Renewal
Big Brother Renewed Through 2018
From the Futon Critic

CBS has renewed the summer reality hit BIG BROTHER for its 19th and milestone 20th seasons for broadcast in summer 2017 and 2018. The series is hosted by Julie Chen.

Since it premiered on CBS in the summer of 2000, BIG BROTHER has consistently finished among the summer's top-rated series in young demographics. Summer-to-date, all three weekly broadcasts rank among the top five programs in A18-34, and the top 10 programs in A18-49 and A25-54.

In addition, since its premiere to date, this summer's BIG BROTHER is the most social series on TV, according to Nielsen Social, and total streams across digital platforms are up 33% over last year.

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posted 8/10/16

TUESDAY: Day 5
NBC Wins on Olympics
From the Futon Critic

NBC (33.625 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 9.9, #1) once again was the big winner on Tuesday with its coverage of the "Olympic Games Rio 2016" (33.625 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 9.9, #1).

ABC (2.521 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a very distant second with its mix of "Bachelor in Paradise" (3.885 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2), "Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise" (2.427 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "The Middle" (1.284 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Fresh Off the Boat" (1.216 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Next up was CBS (4.281 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its trio of "NCIS" (5.709 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3), "Zoo" (3.606 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (3.530 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.993 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) opted for repeats of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.092 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #7), "New Girl" (0.782 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Lucifer" (1.050 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.931 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) closed out the evening with a repeat "The Flash" (1.002 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and a new "MADtv" (0.861 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 910K
- Chopped Junior (Food): 759K
- Chopped After Hours (Food): 719K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 316K
- Wild'n On Tour (MTV2): 141K

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posted 8/10/16

Descubra Abaixo!
"Still Standing" Drops in Portugal
From C21 Media

Warner Bros International Television Production has acquired the local remake rights to an Armoza Formats gameshow in Portugal.

The company will work on a Portuguese version of Still Standing following the deal.

The show was recently commissioned for new seasons in Italy, Thailand, Vietnam, Mongolia and Mexico alongside long-running versions in Spain (currently on the air stateside on Azteca), Israel, Hungary and China.

The French version launched this week on D8 in access primetime, achieving 523,000 viewers for a 3.7% audience share making D8 the leading DTT channel in that timeslot.

The format was originally created by Channel 10 in Israel and July-August Productions. It sees 10 contestants compete in fast-paced trivia battles, with unsuccessful candidates dropping through the floor as they are eliminated from the quest to win US$1m.

C21 Media

posted 8/10/16

Can You "Beat Shazam"?
Fox Orders Game Show from Mark Burnett, Jeff Apploff
From the Hollywood Reporter

In the wake of American Idol's end, Fox is adding a new musical entry to its unscripted slate.

The network has picked up an interactive musical game show based on the Shazam app from Mark Burnett, Fox Television Group chairman and CEO Dana Walden announced Monday at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

Beat Shazam centers on individuals competing to identify a particular song, much the way the Shazam app helps users find out the title and artist behind a track. Those who are successful will then have to go up against the app for the top prize. Burnett will exec produce with Jeff Apploff (Don't Forget the Lyrics) and Shazam Entertainment Limited will be a partner on the series. No premiere date has yet been announced.

Founded in 1999, Shazam has reached more than 12 billion tags and has more than 500 million users on its app.

Burnett also has the reality dating show, Coupled, on Fox that launched earlier this summer in addition to his long-running series on CBS (Survivor) and NBC (The Voice, Celebrity Apprentice).

Since American Idol wrapped its 15-season run in April, Fox has been aggressive in building out its unscripted slate with younger projects American Grit and Home Free joining more veteran programs like MasterChef and So You Think You Can Dance.

Beat Shazam is one of two new game shows coming to Fox, the other being an adaptation of the U.K. hit You're Back in the Room, which will be hosted by Taye Diggs. Fox's other upcoming unscripted series include the cooking show My Kitchen Rules and survival competition series Kicking and Screaming.

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posted 8/10/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "HER Line, Apparently"

  • Aisha Tyler's criminal mind gets her promoted to series regular (TV Line)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Let's Make a Deal heads to Chi-town (CBS Chicago)
     

  • Because you always wanted to know, how Pointless collects its surveys (Den of Geek!)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: The most random answer in "Family Feud" history... apparently (News.com.au)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST (and frankly NSFW) REVIEW: Naked Attraction (Huffington Post)
     

  • Chad Johnson apologizes to Sarah Herron for being a right Richard (Reality TV World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Rove McManus (Stuff)

posted 8/10/16

De-Coupled
Fox Cancels Dating Series
From C21 Media

Fox has cancelled one Mark Burnett-produced series but added another in the form of a gameshow based on the music recognition app Shazam.

The US network will not be making a second season of Burnett’s dating series Coupled, the first season of which came to an end on Fox on last week.

The format was among 19 brought by distributor MGM International Television Distribution to MipFormats and MipTV earlier this year.

Fox has quickly got back into business with Burnett however by ordering Beat Shazam from the The Voice and Survivor executive producer.

The interactive musical gameshow challenges contestants to see if they can recognize popular tracks and is based on a feature in the app, which claims to have 120 million active users.

Shazam Entertainment is producing the series alongside Burnett and Don’t Forget the Lyrics creator Jeff Apploff. A launch date for the series has not yet been set.

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posted 8/9/16

SYNDIES: Week 46
Results for Week Ending July 31
From TV Newscheck

Dr. Phil in reruns and Live with Kelly fought off the summer doldrums plaguing most of syndication in the session ending July 31 and battled to a first-place tie atop the talk shows.

Both strips grew 4% to a 2.4 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and were the only talkers among the top nine moving up in a difficult week, which was further complicated by preemptions and time period shifts due to coverage of the Democratic National Convention.

For Kelly, this marks the eighth time in nine weeks that the show has been first or tied for first in households. In addition, it was also tops in talk among women 25-54 with a 1.2 demo rating.

Further back, third-place Ellen DeGeneres slipped 6% to a new season low 1.6.

Judge Judy, while in repeats on four days, was the only one of the six court shows on the chart getting a favorable Nielsen verdict, improving 2% to a 6.4 and coming within two-tenths of a point of overall syndication leader Family Feud.

Back in the national ratings, Family Feud declined 6% to a6.6, but continued to top the syndication leader board while trouncing all game show competitors for the 14th consecutive week.

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

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.6 -6%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.2** -2%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.1 +2%
4. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 +8%
5. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.2 NC

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posted 8/9/16

MONDAY: Day 4
NBC Wins with Rio Coverage
From the Futon Critic

NBC (28.760 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.6, #1) continued its win streak on Monday with its primetime coverage of the "Olympic Games Rio 2016" (28.760 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.6, #1).

ABC (3.709 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was the distant silver with new episodes of "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.514 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "Mistresses" (2.099 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Next up was CBS (3.225 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with repeats of "Mom" (3.813 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "2 Broke Girls" (3.074 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), another "Mom" (3.415 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3), "The Odd Couple" (3.021 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Scorpion" (3.013 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.302 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up a repeat "So You Think You Can Dance" (1.302 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9).

And finally, second runs of "Supergirl" (1.075 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and another "Supergirl" (1.040 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) on The CW (1.058 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cake Wars (Food): 650K
- Cupcake Wars Celebrity (Food): 596K
- Are You The One (MTV): 536K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 424K
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 164K
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 111K

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posted 8/9/16

Jeff Stelling Hopes for the Best... Alphabetical-ly
Catch It on ITV
From Hartlepool Mail

Jeff Stelling is set to host a new quiz show coming to our screens next week.

The Sky Sports presenter, who previously led Channel 4’s Countdown, is heading up ITV’s new daytime quiz Alphabetical.

Despite the number of quizzing rivals, he thinks Alphabetical has “every chance” of success. The 61-year-old dad-of-three said: “It has a lot of competition out there, so I’m well aware of what the standard is like.

“The Chase, Pointless and Tipping Point have all done fantastically well in recent years, and before that you look back to Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and Million Pound Drop.

“Of course, there are a lot that haven’t flown at all, so we just hope that Alphabetical is one of the former and not one of the latter.”

The show sees three contestants pitted against a returning champion in a series of games based around the alphabet. Over four rounds, the aim is to bank as much time as possible in preparation for the final, whittling the contestants down to one who’ll face the reigning champ in a bid to win the jackpot.

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posted 8/9/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Sunday"

  • SUNDAY:
    - Chopped (Food): 924K
    - Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 847K
    - Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 729K (Showbuzz Daily)
     

  • Mariah Carey called "American Idol" the most abusive thing she's ever done. Cue the "American Idol" alums (Billboard)
     

  • Jackie "Jax" Cole fighting thyroid cancer (MyCentralJersey.com)
     

  • Kym Johnson, Robert Herjavec post their honeymoon photos (Reality TV World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with JoJo Fletcher & Jordan Rodgers (Reality TV World)

posted 8/9/16

Ten Years, 15 Seasons, and Two Networks Later...
Catch the New Season of "Project Runway" September 15
From the Hollywood Reporter

More than a decade after Project Runway rocked the fashion world, Lifetime's Emmy(R)-nominated series returns Thursday, September 15 at 9pm ET/PT for its milestone fifteenth season. Year after year, Project Runway hopefuls have competed stitch by stitch for the chance to make their mark on the world of fashion. Having propelled aspiring designers into the style spotlight, Project Runway has left no sequin un-sewn. Continuing to uphold the runway legacy, this celebratory season will take fashion to a whole other level with 16 new designers. Determining whether they've created a fashion feat or faux pas are returning judges Heidi Klum, Marie Claire's creative director Nina Garcia, creative director for Brooks Brother Women, fashion designer Zac Posen and mentor Tim Gunn, who once again will have the power to "save" one designer from elimination.

To help decide which designer will be crowned fashion royalty and who will be "cut" from the competition are guest judges, actresses Priyanka Chopra (Quantico), Emily Ratajkowski (Gone Girl), Nina Dobrev (The Vampire Diaries), Camilla Belle (When a Stranger Calls), Jaime King (Hart of Dixie), Shiri Appleby (UnREAL), Sabrina Carpenter (Girl Meets World) and Carly Chaiken (Mr. Robot). Additional influencers joining the judges panel are The Today Show anchor Savannah Guthrie, fashion designer Rebecca Minkoff, Project Runway Junior judge Kelly Osbourne, model Lucky Blue Smith and Editor in Chief of Marie Claire, Anne Fulenwider.

The Project Runway Season 15 designers are:
- Alex Snyder (30) San Francisco, CA
- Brik Allen (26) Baton Rouge, LA
- Cornelius Ortiz (24) Boston, MA; hometown: Worcester, MA
- Dexter Simmons (32) Oakland, CA
- Erin Robertson (29) Cambridge, MA; hometown: Provo, UT
- Ian Hargrove (30) Chicago, IL
- Jenni Ricetti (22) San Francisco, CA
- Kimber Richardson (42) New York, NY; hometown: Houston, TX
- Tasha Henderson (33) Shreveport, LA
- Laurence Basse (41) Los Angeles, CA; hometown: Paris, France
- Linda Marcus (55) Milwaukee, WI; hometown: LaCanada Flintridge, CA
- Nathalia JMag (23) Framingham, MA
- Rik Villa (31) Los Angeles, CA
- Roberi Parra (32) Miami, FL; hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
- Sarah Donofrio (34) Portland, OR; hometown: Toronto, Canada
- Mah-Jing Wong (28) Philadelphia, PA

The winner of Project Runway will receive $100,000 to launch his or her business. Sally Beauty will supply a year's worth of products along with a $25,000 cash prize. Travel and hotel accommodations to inspiring destinations around the world from Best Western Hotels and Resorts will also be provided, and from Mary Kay, the winner will receive an entire year's worth of beauty products for their fashion shows and professional makeup artist services for their debut show. The winner will also receive a new Lexus IS sedan and a complete sewing and crafting studio from Brother Sewing and Embroidery. The winning designer and model will receive a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine.

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posted 8/8/16


CBS
THURSDAY: You, Me and the End
Big Brother Helps CBS to First
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.028 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.788 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Life in Pieces" (5.022 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "Big Brother 18" (5.858 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Code Black" (3.322 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

NBC (4.086 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then took home the silver with its "Olympic Preview Special" (5.022 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and a repeat of "American Ninja Warrior" (3.618 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

Next up was ABC (3.488 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with new episodes of "BattleBots" (3.265 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8), "Greatest Hits" (3.650 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and the season finale of "Greatest Hits" (3.549 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.011 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up a new "Home Free" (1.976 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and the season finale of "Home Free" (2.046 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, repeats of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.201 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Beauty and the Beast" (1.106 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) on The CW (1.153 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 949K
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV/SP): 694K
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 580K
- MTV's Joking Off (MTV/SP): 501K
- Winsanity (GSN/9p): 344K
- Winsanity (GSN/9:30p): 339K

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posted 8/8/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Cue the Outrage"

  • Want to stream last night's "Match Game" on Hulu? That'll be $8, please (TV Line)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: the best... and worst... panelists on Match Game 16 (Decider)
     

  • Jeff Stelling & Rachel Riley... together again for the first time, it's Friday Night Football (JOE)
     

  • Snoop & Martha Stewart met on "Pyramid"... now they're cooking dinner together. That's gangsta (Stereogum)
     

  • Mark Labbett is a Beast in the ring. Trust me, this makes sense (Hull Daily Mail)
     

  • Ophira Eisenberg plays Williamstown (WAMC Albany)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: celebs that appear on game shows make more than they win for charity. Like this is somehow a new thing (Daily Express)

posted 8/8/16



ABC
ABC Bringing Back ALL Of Its Throwbacks
"Feud", "Pyramid", "Match Game", "Truth" Renewed
From the Futon Critic

The ABC Television Network announced pick-up orders for summer sensations "Celebrity Family Feud," "The $100,000 Pyramid," "Match Game" and "To Tell the Truth."

"We're thrilled by the performance of each of our game shows and the reception they received from the fans," said Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment. She added, "The success of these shows is due in large part to the strength of our hosts, Steve Harvey, Michael Strahan, Alec Baldwin and Anthony Anderson."

"Celebrity Family Feud", which will enter its fourth season, averages 8.2 million Total Viewers and a 1.7/7 in Adults 18-49 so far this summer. With more than 8.0 million Total Viewers, ABC's "Celebrity Family Feud" is Sunday's most watched broadcast series this summer and also ranks among the Top 5 most watched shows overall on the broadcast networks this summer (No. 5). "Celebrity Family Feud" dominates its 8:00 p.m. time slot in Total Viewers, outdrawing runner-up CBS' "Big Brother 18" by 14%. In fact, ABC's "Celebrity Family Feud" has drawn a larger overall audience than "Big Brother" on each of their 6 head-to-head match-ups.

"The $100,000 Pyramid", renewed for season 2, averages 7.7 million Total Viewers and a 1.6/6 in Adults 18-49 so far this summer. ABC's "The $100,000 Pyramid" is the summer's No. 1 new show and leads its Sunday 9:00 p.m. time period in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49. "The $100,000 Pyramid" is ABC's most watched summertime program in the Sunday 9:00 p.m. hour in 15 years - since "Millionaire" during the summer of 2001.

"Match Game", returning for its second go-round, averages 6.5 million Total Viewers and a 1.4/5 in Adults 18-49 so far this summer. "Match Game" ranks No. 1 in Sunday's 10:00 p.m. hour in Total Viewers and Adults 18-49. ABC's broad-appealing game show also wins its time slot with Women 18-49 and Men 18-49. "Match Game" is ABC's highest-rated summertime program in the Sunday 10 o'clock hour among Adults 18-49 in 10 years and most watched in 15 years - since the summers of 2006 and 2001, respectively. "Match Game" debuted with ABC's largest summer audience in the time slot with regular programming in nearly 10 years and tied the Net's highest young adult number in 4 years - since 8/20/06 and 7/15/12, respectively.

"To Tell the Truth", whose first episodes were on hold since last year, averaged 5.2 million Total Viewers and a 1.2/4 in Adults 18-49 during its run, improving its hour for ABC over "Extreme Weight Loss" during the comparable weeks last summer by 86% in Total Viewers and by 50% in Adults 18-49. On its series premiere, "To Tell the Truth" delivered ABC's best summertime numbers with series programming in the hour in 3 years with Total Viewers and in 2 years with Adults 18-49 - since 5/28/13 and 6/24/14, respectively.

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posted 8/5/16


Keshet-DCP/TBS
Spain Makes a Deal
"Deal With It" Greenlit to TEN
From C21 Media

Spain’s DTT channel TEN has licensed the format rights to a hidden-camera prank gameshow from Israel’s Keshet International.

A Spanish version of Deal With It! Is being developed for the network’s autumn schedules.

Keshet holds the global distribution rights to the format, as well as two finished seasons of the US version produced by Howie Mandel’s Alevy Productions, Banca Studio and Keshet Broadcasting in association with Lionsgate Television for TBS.

Record in Brazil, W Network in Canada, RCN in Colombia, Viasat in Denmark and Antenna in Greece are among the broadcasters to have already aired versions of the show.

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posted 8/5/16

"Fifteen to" ... 7? 8?
Sandi Toksvig Quizzer Renewed
From Chortle

Talk about a Great Dane.

Sandi Toksvig will return to Fifteen To One, as Channel 4 has ordered the seventh and eighth seasons of the revived daytime quiz show, comprising a total of 100 episodes.

The comedian also takes over from Stephen Fry as the host of the new series of the BBC's QI when it returns later this year.

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posted 8/5/16

WEDNESDAY: Big Brother Takes The Kids, Talent Takes Everyone Else
NBC Wins Night Overall
From TV Line

CBS’ Big Brother this Wednesday drew 5.8 million total viewers and a 1.8 rating, ticking up week-to-week to edge out America’s Got Talent for the nightly win.

Closing the Eye’s night, American Gothic (2.5 mil/0.5) was steady.

Over on NBC, AGT (9.1 mil/1.7) ticked down week-to-week. The Night Shift‘s double-pump did 5.2 mil/0.9 and then 4.7 mil/0.8, both down from last week and with the second hour tying a season low in the demo.

ABC’s coverage of the CMA Music Festival (5.5 mil/1.1) added a few eyeballs versus last year while matching the demo rating…. Fox’s MasterChef (3.7 mil/1.1) ticked up… The CW’s Penn & Teller (1.4 mil/0.4) was up a tenth, while Whose Line (1.4 mil/0.4) was flat.

On cable...
- The Challenge: Rivals III (MTV): 718K
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 605K
- Dating Naked (VH1): 489K
- Skin Wars: Fresh Paint (GSN/SF): 260K
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 259K

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/5/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Kiss With Your Fist"

  • The case of "The Block NZ" infiltrates (NZ Herald)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: teams wanted for "FUN NEW GAME SHOW" (Reality Wanted) and players wanted for "Intelligence Test" (Reality Wanted)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: "Cash Trapped" ends its first week on a high note... so naturally Twitter decides to blur the line between newsworthy and news (Daily Star)
     

  • Channing Dungey would like to see a more diverse "Bachelor" cast, forgetting that JoJo ultimately sent the diverse cast home in favor of... well, what we got (TV Line)

posted 8/5/16


CBS
"Big Brother" to Play Fall... on CBS All Access
Casting Underway for SVOD Season
From the Hollywood Reporter

CBS has not one but two big twists in store for the next season of Big Brother.

The upcoming cycle of the long-running reality series will move to the fall and air exclusively on CBS All Access, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Season 19 will run 10 weeks, slightly shorter than a normal season. The new season will come not long after the season-18 finale, which is slated for Sept. 21. It will be an expansion of the franchise and will not replace the annual summer season of Big Brother, which will continue to air on the flagship CBS network, according to a knowledgeable source.

The news comes a week ahead of CBS' presentation at the Television Critics Association summer press tour.

The move is a first for the Julie Chen-hosted competition series. CBS has traditionally aired Big Brother during the summer for 17 of its 18 seasons. The only exception, season nine, premiered in February 2008 during the writer's strike. The season finale suffered the show's lowest ratings and has been reserved for the network's summer schedule ever since. Having the next season, for which casting is already underway, premiere so soon after the September finale of Big Brother 18 risks the possibility of viewer fatigue for even the show's most loyal fans.

The decision to move Big Brother to its streaming counterpart could also potentially hurt the network. Despite its age, the series continues to play an important role on the network's schedule, airing three times a week during the summer and consistently ranking No. 1 with adults 18-49.

The switch comes as CBS All Access prepares to launch two highly anticipated original scripted series in 2017: Bryan Fuller's Star Trek: Discovery and The Good Wife spinoff headlined by Christine Baranski. In June, CBS tapped drama head Julie McNamara to head All Access.

CBS All Access' foray into unscripted is also ambitious given its streaming competitors' lack of unscripted originals. Hulu has one docu comedy, RocketJump: The Show, and Amazon has two with the recently renewed The New Yorker Presents and All or Nothing: A Season With the Arizona Cardinals. Netflix has the largest unscripted slate with Chef's Table, Making a Murderer, Chelsea Does, Cooked and Last Chance U.

However, none of these are competition series in the same vein as Big Brother, which puts a group of individuals in a house together to fight it out for the $500,000 prize.

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posted 8/4/16

"Sports Jeopardy!" Replays Begin Saturday Night
Same-Day Episodes to Air Wednesdays on NBCSN in the Fall
From Broadway World

SPORTS JEOPARDY!, the critically acclaimed 30-minute sports quiz show hosted by Emmy Award-winning sportscaster Dan Patrick, will debut on NBCSN this Saturday, August 6 at midnight ET, following the network's nightly coverage of the Rio Olympics. Sports JEOPARDY! will air each evening on NBCSN, for two consecutive weeks, until the conclusion of the Rio Games. As was announced in April, NBC Sports Group has acquired the exclusive television rights to the series, which airs originally on Crackle, Sony's streaming network.

Following a brief hiatus, Sports JEOPARDY! will return to NBCSN in the fall of 2016 and air weekly on Wednesday nights, immediately following the network's coverage of NHL Wednesday Night Rivalry. Sports JEOPARDY! episodes airing on NBCSN in the fall will include categories and clues featuring NBC Sports commentators, as well as highlights of NBC Sports Group's live events.

The multi-year agreement between NBC Sports Group and Crackle includes more than 100 existing episodes of Sports Jeopardy!. The NBC Sports App, NBC Sports Group's live streaming product, will also stream episodes that are televised on NBCSN.

Broadway World

posted 8/4/16

Mentors Announced for "Planet of the Apps"
Gwyneth Paltrow, Gary Vaynerchuk Join will.i.am
From the Futon Critic

Entertainment and tech superstars Gwyneth Paltrow, Gary Vaynerchuk and will.i.am have joined Planet of the Apps, a new unscripted series co-produced by Propagate and Apple. The three will serve as mentors and advisors to the app developers selected for the series. Paltrow and will.i.am will also executive produce the project. The announcement was made by executive producers Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens of Propagate.

"We are thrilled to collaborate with Gwyneth, Gary and will.i.am on Planet of the Apps," said Silverman and Owens. "Starting a new business is not easy. Our team of advisors are entrepreneurs who have each launched and built successful brands and can tap into their personal experience to offer advice to the app developers selected for the series."

"Developing and launching a business based on your own original idea can be exhilarating, but intimidating," said Paltrow. "This is a great opportunity to be part of a series that lets us use our experiences to help app developers break through and create viable businesses that will impact peoples' lives."

"Being an entrepreneur and supporting entrepreneurs is basically all I've ever known. The opportunity to team up with Apple and Propagate for Planet of the Apps to produce, what I think is potentially the most innovative show for entrepreneurs in the business sphere, excites me to no end. I'm looking forward to teaming up with the other experts and trying to help some of today's great app entrepreneurs," said Vaynerchuk.

"As tech drives modern pop culture now more than ever, we are giving a platform for the next generation of culture makers to shine," said will.i.am. "We are searching for entrepreneurs with the vision to shape the future, solve real problems and inspire change within our daily lives."

A casting call is currently underway for Planet of the Apps, which delves into the world of apps and the developers who create them. Those interested in applying can visit the series website, https://planetoftheapps.com. Online applications are being accepted through Friday, August 26.

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 8/4/16

TUESDAY: De-Coupled
"Got Talent" Wins One for NBC, "Coupled" Earns Its Walking Papers
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.306 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) took home top honors on Tuesday with a new "America's Got Talent" (11.306 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and night two of the "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (5.306 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) premiere.

ABC (3.882 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then claimed the silver with night two of its "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.590 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) launch and a special "Mistresses" (2.465 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7).

Next up was CBS (5.378 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its trio of "NCIS" (6.580 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Zoo" (4.446 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.110 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6).

Meanwhile, The CW (1.369 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) served up originals from "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.580 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.600 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "MADtv" (1.149 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, FOX (1.158 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) closed out the night with a new "Coupled" (1.220 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) followed by the finale of "Coupled" (1.096 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

On cable...
- Chopped Grill Masters Napa (Food/SF): 1.103M
- Chopped Junior (Food): 876K
- Chopped After Hours (Food): 767K
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 449K
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 444K

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/4/16

10 Years of "Ninja Warrior" in the USA
Esquire to Play Marathon, Including New to the States Sasuke Tournaments
From the Futon Critic

"Ninja Warrior," the original, fan-favorite obstacle course competition series from Japan, will return to the US with the announcement of a multi-year licensing deal between Esquire Network and producers TBS (Tokyo Broadcasting System Television), 10 years after the series originally premiered on G4. "Ninja Warrior" captures the devotion, creativity and strength of everyday competitors from around the world as they compete against insane obstacles in an effort to defeat the infamous Mt. Midoriyama. The heart-racing marathon will begin Saturday, September 3 at 7am ET/PT and run through Tuesday, September 6 at 4am ET/PT, featuring 26 "Sasuke" tournaments and 7 "Women of Ninja Warrior" (Kunoichi) tournaments. Additionally all-new "Sasuke" tournaments will air for the first time in the United States on Esquire Network in 2017.

"Esquire Network is thrilled to be airing the original 'Ninja Warrior' episodes that launched a cultural phenomenon in the United States and was a precursor to the mega-hit, 'American Ninja Warrior' and subsequent spin-off 'Team Ninja Warrior'," said Matt Monos, SVP of Programming & Acquisitions, Esquire Network. "Drawn to the extraordinary strength and talent of these fierce competitors, the series quickly developed a strong fan-base when it began on G4. Esquire Network is excited to serve this loyal audience with the high impact, addictive television they crave."

"As there have been so many requests to bring 'Ninja Warrior' back in the US, we are very happy and excited that Esquire is bringing back 'Ninja Warrior' and 'Women of Ninja Warrior' along with the brand new episodes based on 'Sasuke #28' and beyond which were never broadcast in the US," said Makito Sugiyama, Chief of TBS Global Business.

Bringing back the triumph, tragedy and shocking twists, the Labor Day marathon will feature 26 original "Sasuke" tournaments, where viewers get to relive those epic "Warrior Wipeouts" and "Ninja Killers." Thousands have come to the mountain to compete for the elusive Total Victory, pushing their bodies to the ultimate physical limits. Relive the runs of past amazing competitors from all walks of life including legendary Makoto Nagano, a fisherman and fishing boat captain who reached the final stage more often than anyone else and was the second person to complete the course, Toshihiro Takeda, the firefighter who reached stage three more than any competitor, Yuuji Urushihara, the shoe salesman who achieved Total Victory not just once, but twice and Kazuhiko Akiyama, a crab fisherman who was the first to ever achieve Total Victory. The action packed "Ninja Warrior" marathon kicks off Saturday, September 3 at 7am ET/PT only on Esquire Network.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/4/16

Discovery Family Gets Back in the Game with "Homes", "Food"
Catch Them September 6 & 7!
From the Futon Critic

This September, Discovery Family Channel is proving that food and home design can be fun for the entire family with the premieres of two new reality series that promise to deliver a night of fun competition and inspire DIY ideas for your own home and kitchen.

In the eight-episode series GAME OF HOMES, premiering Tuesday, September 6 at 9p/8c, host Cameron Mathison (Entertainment Tonight, All My Children) guides four teams of amateur home renovators as they attempt to save dilapidated houses that are marked to be torn down and revive them room by room into their dream homes. Prior to the competition, the houses were picked up off their foundation and ceremoniously transferred to massive barges located in the GAME OF HOMES arena. Here, the teams will completely renovate the run down structures while living inside their slowly improving homes where they must cope with small budgets, tight deadlines and even tighter living spaces! In each episode, two expert judges (Cheryl Torrenueva and Jeremy MacPherson) along with celebrity guest judges vote for their favorite room renovations based on design and workmanship. At the end of the series, the winners will be awarded with the house they have painstakingly renovated. Energetic, suspenseful and inspirational, GAME OF HOMES pits each team's skills, ingenuity and teamwork against each other in the name of crafty design.

Premiering Wednesday, September 7 at 9p/8c, Discovery Family Channel takes the idea of a "game show" to a new level with a competition that awards the winner with free groceries for an entire year in the six-part series THE INCREDIBLE FOOD RACE. In each episode, two different families battle it out in a super-charged race full of fun food challenges and a main event: a family vs. family cook-off in the ultimate outdoor stadium. One ticking clock, two eager families and a kid-approved meal prepared in front of a live and hungry audience all culminate in the ultimate prize for the entire family!

THE INCREDIBLE FOOD RACE is produced by Tricon Films & Television. For Tricon Films & Television, Andrea Gorfolova, Jameel Bharmal and Marc Kell Whitehead are the executive producers.

The Futon Critic
Broadway World

posted 8/4/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "24-Hour Pretty People"

  • Now that the "Coupled" finale is in the books, who stayed together? (Reality TV World)
     

  • Craig Robinson apologizes to James Corden.. sort of (Jalopnik)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Al Roker takes on Fast Money with Steve Harvey. Did we mention Al Roker used to host this show, too? That's not awkward (Today)
     

  • Bob Eubanks named honorary chair of Thousand Oaks Arts Festival (The Acorn)
     

  • Bruno Tonioli dances in a speedo (Daily Express)
     

  • Kelly Osbourne sued by her father's mistress... in what can only be described as a frat move (Reality TV World)
     

  • Lip Sync Battle rolls this weekend (On Set Productions) as does an obstacle course project featuring Shaquille O'Neill (On Set Productions)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Penn Jilette (Forbes)

posted 8/4/16

Seeso Launches "Debate Wars"
Michael Ian Black to Host September 22
From Splitsider

There’s no doubt, people love to argue. Trump vs Hillary, NYC vs LA, cats vs dogs — everyone’s got an opinion. So who better to settle such long-running debates than Michael Ian Black, beloved comedian and general expert of things? That’s the idea behind Debate Wars, a game show that pits two teams of comedians and improvisers against each other to help solve some of the world’s greatest arguments.

Debate Wars, filmed in front of a live audience, features some pretty amazing guests, from standups including Janeane Garofalo, Judah Friedlander, Gilbert Gottfriend, Eugene Mirman, Todd Barry, Guy Branum, Andy Dick, Phoebe Robinson, Dave Hill, and Aparna Nancherla (who also serves as the show’s supervising producer) to acclaimed performers like Connor Ratliff and Jo Firestone. Brandon Scott Jones and Morgan Grace Jarrett, both top improvisers at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York, will act as Black’s sidekicks, providing color commentary throughout the heated matches.

Splitsider

posted 8/3/16

MONDAY: The Rose Bride
"The Bachelorette" Finale Catapults ABC to First
From The Futon Critic

ABC (8.311 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) got a big boost on Monday with the season finale of "The Bachelorette" (8.432 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) followed by "The Bachelorette: After the Final Rose" (8.069 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2).

NBC (4.922 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was a distant second with a new "American Ninja Warrior" (5.762 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and the return of "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (3.243 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4).

Next up was CBS (3.897 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and its revised repeat lineup of "Mom" (4.653 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5), "2 Broke Girls" (3.803 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), another "Mom" (3.929 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "The Odd Couple" (3.243 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Scorpion" (3.877 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.665 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) offered up a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.665 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

And finally, The CW (1.566 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) kicked off its repeat run of "Supergirl" (1.568 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and another "Supergirl" (1.565 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11).

On cable...
- Cake Wars (Food): 718K
- Are You the One (MTV): 654K
- Cupcake Wars Celebrity (Food): 645K
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 256K

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TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/3/16

"All-Star Drag Race 2": New Race... New Rules?
Logo Drops a Trailer
From TV Line

You can hardly blame RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars competitor Ginger Minj for asking, “Bitch, what show did I sign up for?” As the RPDR spinoff’s just (death)-dropped trailer for Season 2 reveals, there are big changes afoot!

This time around, instead of each week’s bottom two performers lip-synching for their lives, the top two will now “lip-synch for their legacy.” Then, the victor in that battle will get to decide which rival contestant she wants to sashay away. (Hmm… so maybe this will turn out to be RuPaul’s Best Friend Race after all, eh, Rolaskatox?)

When Season 2 airs its 90-minute premiere on its new night, Thursday, Aug. 25 (8/7c), the series will be broadcast for the first time on not only Logo but VH1 as well.

TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 8/2/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "You're a Louse, Jojo Fletcher"

  • JoJo Fletcher's friends pretty much insinuate that no one's hands are clean of all this (Us Magazine)
     

  • "Child Genius" Rhea's mum = why we can't have nice things (ITV News)
     

  • Challenge a time capsule for British games gone by (Vice)
     

  • If you can read in German, here's a look at their version of "500 Questions" (T-Mobile)
     

  • Chad Johnson apologizes to Sarah Herron for calling her "a one-armed (ahem)" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Don't expect an "Apprentice"/Donald Trump reunion any time soon... or ever, for that matter. Hell, we'd expect the Twitter lash out first (Entertainment Weekly)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Penn Jilette (Forbes)

posted 8/3/16


NBC
AGT Will Be Back in '17... and So Will Everyone Else
NBC Reups Its Summer Staple
From the Futon Critic

Continuing its momentum of being the #1 broadcast series this summer, as well as drawing more viewers this season than over the last five, NBC's "America's Got Talent" is renewing all four of its judges for season 12 - Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel - as well as host Nick Cannon.

Cowell, who created the "Got Talent" format in the U.K., will be returning for his second season. Mel B and Klum will each return for their fifth season, with Mandel back for his eighth. It will be the ninth season for Cannon.

"With the addition of Simon, the chemistry between our judges has grown even stronger and it's easy to see how much enthusiasm they bring to the show night after night," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. "Nick adds a boundless energy as host that ties everything together. We're thrilled to have such a strong team returning for season 12."

Summer to date, "America's Got Talent" is averaging a 3.0 rating, 12 share in adults 18-49 and 13.6 million viewers overall with its Tuesday edition. The Tuesday "Talent" is maintaining 100% of its year-ago rating in 18-49 and is up +9% in total viewers, making this its most-watched season in five years. "Talent" has ranked #1 among entertainment shows on the broadcast networks every week so far this summer in both 18-49 and total viewers.

The "Got Talent" format, co-owned by Syco Entertainment and FremantleMedia globally, holds the Guinness World Record as the most successful reality TV format. The show can be seen in 190 markets worldwide with more than 500 million global viewers since it began airing in 2006. "Britain's Got Talent" is the U.K.'s highest rated entertainment show of the century and in 2009, discovered the global singing sensation, Susan Boyle, who has sold 19 million records to date.

The Futon Critic
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NBC Bay Area

posted 8/2/16

SYNDIES: Week 45
Results for the Week Ending July 24
From TV Newscheck

By a substantial margin, Page Six TV has emerged as the top-rated strip among this season’s five big first-run syndication tests, the majority of which concluded their trials July 29, and the highly anticipated newcomer may be the most likely of the summer tryouts to go national next year.

After two full weeks, Page Six, which began July 18 in seven major cities, scored a first-place 1.0 household rating, 25% above the comparable average for the next-highest trial. Among women 25-54, Page Six averaged a 0.7 demo rating, 75% ahead of its nearest test-run competitor.

The show’s best market was Atlanta, where it grew 23% in its second week to a 2.7 rating/5 share in households on WAGA, beating syndication veterans Family Feud and Big Bang Theory by 59% and 69% head-to-head.

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 NC
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.3 -9%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.0** -11%
4. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.2 -8%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.2 NC

TV Newscheck

posted 8/2/16

WEEKEND: The Golf Runs Long
CBS Boosted by PGA Overrun, Night Still Belongs to "Sunday Fun & Games"
From the Hollywood Reporter

Sunday Night saw a strong showing from both ABC and CBS, the latter propelled by overrun of the PGA Championship.

ABC's trio of game shows bested the competition, with all but $100,000 Pyramid steady with last week. Celebrity Family Feud led with a 1.4 rating among adults 18-49. Pyramid and Match Game followed with a respective 1.2 and 1.1 rating among adults 18-49.

With the PGA shifting Big Brother to 8:30, early scores for the CBS reality show have it down to a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 — though that's still the top showing of any broadcast series for the night. BrainDead took a 0.5 rating in the key demo.

The Teen Choice Awards remain a draw for, well, teens. Though the telecast skewed well with the younger set, it only pulled a 0.6 rating among adults 18-49 and 1.8 million viewers.

Total viewers:
- Celebrity Family Feud: 7.2 million
- The $100,000 Pyramid: 6.5 million
- Big Brother: 5.9 million
- Match Game: 5.4 million

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food/SF): 1.972M
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.345M
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.159M
- Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle (Comedy/SF): 586K

The Hollywood Reporter
Media Life
Entertainment Weekly
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/2/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "After the After the Final Rose Special"

  • Aaron Rodgers breaks his silence (WISN Milwaukee)
     

  • Three people in the running for the next "Bachelor" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Robby Hayes sets the record straight (Reality TV World)
     

  • But ultimately none of this may matter in the long run because... (RealitySteve.com)
     

  • Adam Levine: I'm going to be a blippity-bloo father! (Reality TV World)
     

  • Don't expect an "Apprentice"/Donald Trump reunion any time soon... or ever, for that matter. Hell, we'd expect the Twitter lash out first (Entertainment Weekly)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Penn Jilette (Forbes)

posted 8/2/16

"Billy on the Street" Season 5 Has Everything... Except a Drop Date
Guest Stars Lined Up
From the Futon Critic

Billy on the Street’s Billy Eichner is returning for a fifth season of fun and games at a very high volume, and he’s bringing along some very high-profile guests.

Aziz Ansari, Jon Hamm, Seth Rogen, Lupita Nyong’o, and John Oliver will hit the streets of New York City with the Difficult People star on the upcoming season of the excitable-man-on-the-street pop-culture game show/sketch series, truTV announced on Sunday during the TCA Summer Press Tour.

Billy on the Street, which featured guests in season 4 ranging from Tina Fey to Chris Pratt to Julianne Moore to Will Ferrell, is slated to return with new episodes sometime this fall. A preview reel for the new season was also released today — click on it below if you want to be transported to Eichner’s vision of Shondaland.

The Futon Critic
Entertainment Weekly
TV Line

posted 8/1/16

They're Rolling Without A Clue
Catch "The Great Food Truck Race" Season Premiere August 28
From Broadway World

THE GREAT FOOD TRUCK RACE and host Tyler Florence are back this August for a fierce food battle on wheels with a relative twist - this time, the six teams fighting for the $50,000 grand prize are family and have never operated a food truck before. From a Chicago police officer and her sister to cheese expert identical twins to reality star Vinny Guadagnino (Jersey Shore), his mother and uncle, the competitors are all passionate about food and ready to hit the road cooking! THE GREAT FOOD TRUCK RACE: FAMILY FACE-OFF premieres Sunday, August 28th at 9pm ET/PT and follows a scenic route from Los Angeles through the Southern California Sun Belt, leading up to the finale in Catalina Island on Sunday, September 25th at 9pm ET/PT where $50,000 is awarded to the last truck standing.

"Adding a family dynamic to THE GREAT FOOD TRUCK RACE takes this adventure to a whole new level of entertainment," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President, Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel. "Watching these families test their culinary chops and navigate their personal relationships on the road really amps up the excitement and laughter."

This season's competitors are: Bigmista's Fatty Wagon - Long Beach, California (Neil Strawder, Phillis Strawder, Eric Lara); Carretto Siciliano - Staten Island, New York (Vinny Guadagnino, Paola Guadagnino, Angelo Giaimo); Fortune Cooking - Milford, Michigan & Denver, Colorado (Tom Lin, Julie Hill-Lin, Tiffany Webster); Grilled Cheese All-Stars - San Francisco & San Diego, California (Michael Kalish, Charlie Kalish, Bryce Adams); Lei-Away Leidies - Provo, Utah & Laie, Hawaii (Carey Ofahengaue, Summer Prescott, Autumn Prescott) and Sweet Southern Soul - Chicago, Illinois & Atlanta, Georgia (Tiffany Ermon, Tikia Travis, Kizzma Snoddy).

Broadway World

posted 8/1/16

"Dragons' Den" Returns to BBCA
"Shark Tank" Precursor to Air Stateside After 7-Year Break
From the Futon Critic

BBC AMERICA announced today that hit UK series Dragons' Den will air on the network beginning August 3rd at 9/8c. The seminal Japanese format is a worldwide sensation, inspiring hit series in the UK, US and several other countries around the globe. In Dragons' Den, entrepreneurs pitch for investment from the Dragons, five venture capitalists willing to invest their own money in exchange for equity. Across fifteen hour-long episodes this season, three new multi-millionaires are ready to breathe fire into the Den. Fashion tycoon Touker Suleyman, serial restauranteur Sarah Willingham and online pioneer Nick Jenkins take their seats alongside formidable business giants Deborah Meaden and Peter Jones.

Sarah Barnett, BBC AMERICA President, commented, "There's a great reason why this franchise is such a global phenomenon: the show has excitement, fun, and a high degree of competitiveness along with the universally shared emotion of cheering for the underdog. We think Dragons' Den will be a terrific addition to our line-up at BBCA."

Seasons 11, 12 and 13 will now be available on BBC AMERICA beginning with the premiere of Season 13 on August 3rd.

"Dragons' Den" last aired on BBC America in 2009.

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posted 8/1/16

THURSDAY: "Game Night" Goes Out with a Burp
"Big Brother" Leads CBS Charge
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.991 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) took home another victory on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.739 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Life in Pieces" (5.013 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "Big Brother 18" (5.812 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "CBS News Special" (3.286 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

NBC (3.153 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the number two draw with its special editions of "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (2.955 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Hollywood Game Night" (2.779 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "NBC News Special" (3.727 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4).

Next up was ABC (3.011 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with originals from "BattleBots" (3.392 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Greatest Hits" (2.413 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "ABC News Special" (3.228 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.922 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up a new "Home Free" (1.970 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and a second "Home Free" (1.875 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And finally, a repeat "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.881 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and a new "Beauty and the Beast" (0.930 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) closed out the evening on The CW (0.906 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.121M
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 718K
- Winsanity (GSN/9p): 336K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 280K
- Winsanity (GSN/9:30p): 268K

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posted 8/1/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "From Dancing to Wedding"

  • Kym Johnson lands her a shark.... Robert Herjavec (People)
     

  • "The Price Is Right Live!" coming to Ohio (The 419)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: MTV turns 35... here's 35 things the network gave us (Rolling Stone)
     

  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: Looking for more "Wild Things" (Bromsgrove Standard)
     

  • Jane Lynch, RuPaul, and Lance Bass to visit "The Real O'Neals" (TV Insider)
     

  • That's not Hillary Clinton... IT'S JOHN CENA!!!!! (TV Line)
     

  • Mark Cuban to help judge Miss America (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Blake Shelton to perform on social media (AntiMusic)
     

  • Marc Summers to bring one-man show based on his book to Central NY (Broadway World)
     

  • Now that "The Runner" has decided to cool off, here's how it was all done (Reality Blurred)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Cash Strapped (BT)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with our own TV's Ryan Vickers (Nugget.ca) and Sandi Toksvig (Telegraph)

posted 8/1/16


WWE
No Quit in "Grit"
Fox Orders Season 2 of John Cena Opus
From TV Line

Fox won’t quit American Grit: The outdoor competition series will be back for a second season, the network announced Friday.

The military-inspired series, hosted by WWE Superstar John Cena (who also is an executive producer), puts contestants through obstacles that challenge their limits in what the official description says is “the ultimate test of strength, human spirit and most importantly, teamwork.” The winner takes home up to $1 million.

Casting for Season 2 is already underway; to nominate someone, visit FindYourStrengthCasting.com.

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Entertainment Weekly

posted 7/29/16


MTV
VH1 Gets "Squares"
Ice Cube, Jesse Collins Team on New Version for Fall
From the Futon Critic

VH1 is giving the classic game show "HOLLYWOOD SQUARES" a Hip Hop makeover with the help of Ice Cube and his Cube Vision production company in conjunction with Jesse Collins Entertainment and Jeff Kwatinetz's The Firm.

Slated for a Fall 2016 premiere, celebrity contestants will match wits and test their pop culture knowledge with the superstar squares, featuring the biggest names in hip hop, comedy and entertainment.

O'Shea Jackson aka "Ice Cube" is an iconic member of N.W.A., as well as a prominent producer, actor and filmmaker. Most recently, he starred in and produced BARBERSHOP: THE NEXT CUT and produced the Oscar nominated STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON. Entertainment industry veteran Jesse Collins ("BET Awards," "VH1's Dear Mama," "Real Husbands of Hollywood") will also executive produce the series.

According to Ice Cube: "'Hip Hop Squares' is going to be fun and spontaneous; unlike typical game shows, viewers should never know what's going to happen next. When VH1 asked us to join the producing team, we jumped aboard as we have had success with VH1, and we love their team, excitement and commitment to the show."

VH1 and Logo President Chris McCarthy goes on to say: "Ice Cube is one of the most prolific figures in Hip Hop history and American culture at large. We are thrilled to partner with him and CBS Distribution to reinvent one of America's most iconic game shows with 'Hip Hop Squares.'"

Scott Koondel, Executive Vice President and Chief Corporate Content Licensing Officer, CBS Corporation echoed: "We cannot imagine a more ideal talent than Ice Cube to take our great comedy format to new heights. Ice Cube's phenomenal personality and popularity are vital keys to making 'Hip Hop Squares' VH1's next big hit."

"Hip Hop Squares" was last seen on sister network MTV2 in 2012, where it ran for two seasons and 20 episodes.

GSNN's Doug Morris contributed to this report.

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posted 7/29/16

WEDNESDAY: By a Hair
NBC Wins the Demo over CBS
From TV Line

Wayward Pines wrapped Season 2 on Wednesday night with 2.3 million total viewers and a 0.7 rating, adding a handful of eyeballs but flat in the demo week-to-week.

As a whole, the show’s unexpected sophomore run averaged 2.4 mil/0.7, down 36 percent from its freshman season. Readers gave the finale an average grade of “B,” with 84 percent voting for renewal.

Opening Fox’s night, MasterChef (3.3 mil/1.0) slipped two tenths.

Elsewhere on the night….

NBC | America’s Got Talent (9.2 mil/1.7) slipped to a Wednesday low for the season, yet still edged out Big Brother for the demo win. The Night Shift (6 mil/1.1) ticked down but marked its second-largest audience of the season.

CBS | Big Brother (5.6 mil/1.6) dipped, American Gothic (2.5 mil/0.6) was flat.

THE CW | Penn & Teller (3.3 mil/1.0) slipped two tenths, while Whose Line (1.7 mil/0.5) rose to season highs.

On cable:
- American Tarzan (Discovery/SF): 878K
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 767K
- The Challenge: Rivals III (MTV): 679K
- Dating Naked (VH1): 636K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 365K
- Skin Wars: Fresh Paint (GSN): 328K

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posted 7/29/16

PLAYER 1 READY!
Celebs Announced for "Go 8 Bit"
From Eurogamer

A video game show on the box, eh? Not had one of those in a while. But come 5th September on Dave we will - Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit.

O Brian will host two rival teams of celebs who will battle against each other in various video games.

We now know those celebs will include include Bob Mortimer, Russell Howard, Rachel Riley, David James, Jason Manford, Dave Gorman, Marcus Brigstocke, Gina Yashere, Ed Byrne, Josie Long and Holly Walsh.

That's in addition to the two team captains Steve McNeil and Sam Pamphilion and gaming expert and Eurogamer alumni Ellie Gibson!

Show kicks off 5th September, as mentioned, and there are six, weekly episodes.

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posted 7/29/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Sacked for a Loss?"

  • Reality Steve is back... and you know what that means (WARNING: THAR BE SPOILERS!) (Inquisitr)
     

  • NOT SO FULLY LOADED: Deal or No Deal is back (wait for it....) in casino game form (wait for it... ) in New Jersey (Sys-Con/PR Newswire)
     

  • Chris Hardwick's Pokemon Go game is strong (Comic Book Resources)
     

  • Frankie Grande is heading back to the Big Brother House... not that one. The OTHER one. (Northbridge Times)
     

  • Sharon Osbourne wants to reconcile with Ozzy... BUT... (Reality TV World)

posted 7/29/16

Mentors Announced for "The Voice" Season 11
Bette Midler Among the Singers Assisting the Coaches
From TV Line

Contestants on The Voice‘s upcoming Season 11 will have a little extra wind beneath their wings, thanks to the addition of several recently announced mentors.

Bette Midler, Charlie Puth, Sammy Hagar and Joan Jett will give contestants of the NBC reality music competition their sage counsel, Voice host/Today anchor Carson Daly announced Thursday on NBC’s morning talk show.

Midler will assist Voice coach Blake Shelton and Hagar will join Adam Levine; Puth and Jett will advise contestants coached by Season 11 additions Alicia Keys and Miley Cyrus, respectively.

NBC will air a special half-hour episode of The Voice on Sunday, Aug. 21, at 10:30/9:30c, following the closing ceremony of the Summer Olympics. The episode, which will consist entirely of blind auditions, will also mark Cyrus and Keys’ debut.

TV Line

posted 7/28/16

TUESDAY: America's Got Tell All
NBC Demolishes "The Men Tell All"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.581 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) claimed the top spot on Tuesday with a new "America's Got Talent" (10.142 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and its "NBC News Special" (5.458 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3).

ABC (4.469 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with a special "The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All" (4.987 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "ABC News Special" (3.434 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Next up was FOX (1.809 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its duo of "Hotel Hell" (2.480 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and "Coupled" (1.139 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.964 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its mix of "NCIS" (5.321 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Zoo" (4.068 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and "CBS News Special" (2.505 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, The CW (1.146 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with its new lineup of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.226 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.268 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and the premiere of "MADtv" (1.045 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12).

On cable...
- Chopped Grill Masters (Food): 1.090M
- Chopped After Hours (Food): 857K
- Chopped Junior (Food/SP): 788K
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 424K
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 355K
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 299K
- Wild'n On Tour (MTV2): 203K

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posted 7/28/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "What Is 108?"

  • VIDEO WALL: Alex Trebek turns 76, Jeopardy! turns 32 (NBC News Today)
     

  • Hollywood Game Night's Ladies Night episode FINALLY airs tonight (Raleigh News & Observer)
     

  • GSN Games lays off undisclosed amount of non-Family-Feud-related entities (Games Industry)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: America's Next Top Trucker (Reality Wanted)
     

  • Bradley Walsh may have a butt to "Chase" after, but he's no Tom Hiddleston, apparently (Channel24)
     

  • AUDIO WALL: When a contestant nearly breaks a game show (NPR)
     

  • IN MEMORIAM: VH1 Classic (2000-2016) (TV Line)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Wayne Brady (playing Tempe, July 30) (AZCentral.com) and Chris Harrison (Yahoo!)

posted 7/28/16

A Brand New Car!....aoke
Spike Greenlights 10 Episodes for 2017
From the Futon Critic

Spike TV has ordered 10 episodes of the Craig Robinson-hosted game show “Caraoke Showdown.”

The Viacom cable channel describes its new half-hour unscripted show as “‘Cash Cab’ meets karaoke.” No mention of James Corden‘s “Carpool Karaoke” anywhere, however.

Robinson also executive produces the new series along with Howie Mandel, Alice Dickens-Koblin, Peter Herschko, and Brian Veskosky. Core Media Group serves as the production company.

“Caraoke Showdown” features Robinson posing as a driver, picking up unsuspecting contestants who are along for a very unique ride upon realizing they are on a karaoke-inspired game show. During various rounds of game play, contestants must belt out their favorite tunes, finish the lyrics or act out songs for cash.

The game show — Spike’s second one of 2016 — will tape in Los Angeles and New York this summer and debut in 2017.

Sharon Levy is Spike’s executive vice president, Original Series, Chachi Senior is senior vice president of Original Programming for Spike and will oversee “Caraoke Showdown” and Tori Socha serves as the network’s executive in charge of Production.

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posted 7/27/16

Meet the Roast Battle Judges
Seth Rogen, Whoopi Goldberg, Kevin Hart to Judge New Series Tomorrow
From Reality TV World

Judd Apatow, Whoopi Goldberg, Kevin Hart and Seth Rogen have joined the judges' panel for Comedy Central's four-night, insult-comedy tournament "Roast Battle."

They join previous announced panelists Anthony Jeselnik, Jimmy Kimmel, Sarah Silverman and David Spade.

The judges will be overseen by the network's roastmaster general Jeff Ross, with Brian Moses officiating.

The series will be taped at L'Astral Theatre during the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal.

It will air in four, one-hour episodes Thursday through Sunday.

The comedians scheduled to do 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.

Reality TV World

posted 7/27/16

That's "Debatable"
Patrick Kielty to Host New Show for BBC2
From ATV Today

Patrick Kielty is to present a brand new daily quiz show for BBC Two with Debatable.

“I laughed a lot making this show – at the random stuff our famous debaters know. And the stuff that they really don’t. It’s been great fun watching our players work out the answers with the help of our debaters. And pretending that I knew the right answers all along…” says Kielty.

Every day a panel of three well-known personalities must use their knowledge and debating skills to try and help a contestant win money.

Contestants are given a tricky question, but before they answer they get to hear the panel debate the facts. Will their answers be insightful or ridiculous? That’s Debatable. The debaters come from varied backgrounds and they’ve all got something different to say. They will all want to entertain, but in the end they need to help the contestant win.

Will the debates be useful? Will the debaters agree with each other? Will they argue over the answer? Will they surprise everyone with their extensive wit and wisdom? Well, that’s Debatable. This is the quiz show where debates can win or lose you money. The contestant does not have to stick with the debaters’ answer, they may choose to ignore them completely and dismiss what they say, but they must try and get the question right to win.

Some celebs signed up to appear on the series include Christopher Biggins (Surprise Surprise), Jennie Bond (BBC News), Michael Buerk (999), Nigel Havers (Coronation Street), Konnie Huq (Blue Peter), Peter Jones (Dragon’s Den), Angela Rippon (Rip Off Britain) and Carol Kirkwood (BBC Breakfast) to name only a few.

“They will face questions that will test their knowledge of the world…and each other. Will Ann Widdecombe see eye-to-eye with Russell Kane? Will Carol Kirkwood and Rick Edwards weather a stormy debate? Who is cleverer – Nigel Havers or June Sarpong? Debatable is the only place you’ll find out," says a release from BBC Two.

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posted 7/27/16

MONDAY: Countdown to Tell All
"The Bachelorette" Gives ABC the Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.821 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the top draw on Monday with a new "The Bachelorette" (6.647 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "ABC News Special" (4.169 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

The silver then went to NBC (5.121 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) with an original "American Ninja Warrior" (5.793 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) and "NBC News Special" (3.778 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

Next up was FOX (2.624 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.624 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.339 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up repeats of "Mom" (4.439 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "2 Broke Girls" (3.695 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Scorpion" (3.363 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8) and "CBS News Special" (2.587 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9).

And finally, encores of "MADtv 20th Anniversary Reunion" (1.312 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.323 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10) on The CW (1.318 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cake Wars (Food): 839K
- Cupcake Wars: Celebrity (Food): 800K
- Are You The One? (MTV): 683K

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posted 7/27/16

Rule Time. Again.
BBC Brings Back "Time Commanders"
From IGN

Calling all amateur warlords. The BBC is bringing back Time Commanders for a third season.

For those who’ve not heard of it, Time Commanders was a British TV game show/historical wargame presented by Top Gear's Richard Hammond and played out in the engine used for Creative Assembly's Total War series.

Originally broadcast between 2003 and 2005, it used modified versions of the Rome: Total War's battles to allow for teams of players to stand around a table with an overview of the battlefield built into it, and shout out commands to their virtual troops. Developers then, essentially, play a game of Total War.

Now it's back (although it's not clear if Creative Assembly will be involved once more).

From the BBC website: “In each show, two teams of three friends, family, or colleagues will take control of opposing ancient forces, facing our computer, pre-programmed by our historical experts, before they face off against each other in one of history’s biggest battles.”

Fancy giving it a go? The BBC is currently looking for contestants aged 18 and over. Full details can be found over on the show's BBC page.

The BBC has been on something of a roll when it comes to giving British kids-turned-adults what they want. In January, the show's BBC revealed it was bringing back Robot Wars. Now all we need is for Knightmare to return properly and everything in the world will be fine again.

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posted 7/27/16

SYNDIES: Week 44
Results from the Week Ending July 17
From TV Newscheck

Top talker Dr. Phil was the standout in the frame ending July 17, soaring 18% — the most of any strip in syndication — to a six-week high 2.6 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and pulling ahead of the red-hot Live with Kelly. Among women 25-54, Phil surged 30% and led the talkers with a 1.3 in the key demo.

Kelly, which had led or tied for the lead among talk shows for six weeks in a row, dipped 4% to a 2.5 in what was a down week for many syndicated shows due to declining summer PUT levels and preemptions for news of the July 14 Nice, France, terror attack.

In access, Entertainment Tonight grew 8% to a three-week high 2.8 and finished first among magazines in a tie with sister show Inside Edition, which also picked up 8%.

Family Feud continued to lead syndication, adding 3% to a 7.0 and burying all game show competition for the 12th week in a row. Feud's 6.6 season-to-date household rating now tops Wheel of Fortune's 6.5 for first place in the genre.

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.

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.0 +3%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.8 +9%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.6 +6%
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 7/27/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "The Men Tell Too Much"

  • ICYMI: The Bachelor: The Men Tell All: taking the combination of a beautiful woman, a lot of alcohol, and a televised pissing contest to its logical limit (TV Line)
     

  • "The Price Is Right Live!" coming on down to Grand Island (Lincoln Journal Star)
     

  • IN MEMORIAM: FremantleMedia ECP Tzvi Small (Montreal Gazette)

posted 7/27/16


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.

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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.”

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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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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

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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

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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

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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.”

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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.

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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%.

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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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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.

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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.

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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."

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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

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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

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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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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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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

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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


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