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UPFRONT: The Calm Before The Storm
Welcome to the Knockout Round of the Season
From various sources

It's that time of year again! As the broadcast networks consider new series for their fall slates ahead of their upfront presentations to advertisers next week, they've also begun to winnow down which current shows will return next season and which will come to an end.

We have some items of interest...

- Two of ABC's venerable reality franchises will be returning. Dancing With the Stars has been renewed for a 28th season and The Bachelor for Season 24.

Hosted by Erin Andrews and Tom Bergeron, along with judges Len Goodman and Carrie Ann Inaba, DWTS' Season 27 closer drew 7.90 million total viewers and a 1.1/4 rating in adults 18-49.

The 23rd season of The Bachelor featured 26-year-old Colton Underwood, a former professional football player and charity founder from Washington, IL. In the second part of the live finale on March 12, Underwood chose Cassie Randolph as the winner with no proposal, only accepting the final rose. The Bachelor has held its own ratings-wise, notching a 2.2 and 8 million viewers in its March season finale, a season high and besting 2018's finale in total viewers.

- Steve Harvey's talk show will stop airing this summer. Steve taped its final episode Thursday; the installment, which will serve as a series finale, will air in June. Kelly Clarkson's eponymous daytime chatfest will take Steve's place on NBC owned-and-operated affiliates in the fall, airing weekdays as the lead-in to Ellen in the following markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas/Fort Worth, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Miami, San Diego and Hartford. (In Boston, it will air in a different time slot.)

- Superstars Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton are all set to return as coaches for the upcoming 17th season of the four-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series "The Voice." Carson Daly also returns as host.

The current season continues with the Top 8 performance show on Monday, May 13 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT). The Top 8 artists perform in front of the coaches for America's vote, and in a "Voice" first, the Top 8 will pair up to perform duets on songs from the Beatles, history's most celebrated band. The Top 4 finalists will be revealed on the live show airing Tuesday, May 14 (9-10 p.m.).

Deadline

The Wrap
TV Line
TV Line
The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 5/10/19

THURSDAY: Paradise Lost
Fox Reboot Left at the Gate
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.775 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the top draw on Thursday thanks to the penultimate weeks of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.253 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Young Sheldon" (10.349 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) followed by the season finale of "Mom" (8.188 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and new episodes from "Life in Pieces" (5.710 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "SWAT" (5.076 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

ABC (4.563 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the number two network with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.286 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "Station 19" (5.061 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and "For the People" (2.341 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

Next up was NBC (2.670 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with its lineup of "Superstore" (2.997 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), another "Superstore" (2.523 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.867 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11), "Abby's" (1.425 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.602 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.435 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up the return of "Paradise Hotel" (1.452 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and a second hour of "Paradise Hotel" (1.419 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12). And finally, fresh installments of "iZombie" (1.002 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) and "In the Dark" (0.837 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) on The CW (0.919 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Project Runway (Bravo): 869k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 812k
- Double Shot at Love (MTV): 568k
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 555k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/10/19

Meet the New Batch of "Eggheads"
Season Premiere May 7 on BBC2
From Reality Titbit

Hosted by Jeremy Vine, long-running quiz show Eggheads is finally coming back to the BBC for a brand new series. The 21st season of the show will begin on Tuesday 7th May 2019.

The Eggheads team is comprised of nine of the most successful quiz competitors in the UK. Each week, five of the nine work alongside one another to battle it out against a team of quiz show amateurs.

The Egghead team for series 21 of the show is set to be made up of the following members…

- Kevin Ashman: Longtime panellist Kevin will likely be back for the brand new series, having started on the show 16 years ago in 2003. Kevin is as arguably the most impressive member of the cast, being ranked the number one quizzer in the world in 2009 and winning both Mastermind and Brain of Britain with the highest-ever scores.
- Chris Hughes: Former railway worker Chris is also likely to return to the Eggheads panel for the show's series 21. The 71-year-old has won both UK Mastermind and International Mastermind, as well as Brain of Britain, so he can certainly give the contestants a run for their money.
- Lisa Theil: Oxford graduate Lisa joined the team in 2014 after appearing on the show's spin-off Revenge of the Egghead. As a former Weakest Link and The Chase contestant, Lisa will likely return for the show's new series.
- Steve Cooke: Steve joined Eggheads in 2016 after winning the spin-off series Make Me An Egghead. In 2014 he won the Brain of Mensa contest and this year will return to join his fellow Eggheads in series 21.
- Beth Webster: Beth also joined the show is 2016 after winning the show's sister series Make Me An Egghead. Beth, who has appeared on more episodes of Mastermind than any other female contestant will return to the series in 2019.
- Barry Simmonds: Barry first joined the panel in 2008 after winning the series Are You An Egghead? It seems likely that the quizzer will return for the 2019 series, having won the Brain of Britain in 2012 and becoming number 3 quizzer in the world in 2013.
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David Rainford: 'Tremendous Knowledge Dave' first joined the show in 2012 replacing quizzer CJ de Mooi. It looks like Mancunian David will be returning to the show for the 21st series, having made a name for himself when he won £250,000 on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? in 2005.
- Judith Keppel Seventy-six-year-old Judith Keppel is also set to return for the program's 21st series, having been a cast member since the show began. Judith first rose to fame after becoming the first person to win £1 million Who Wants to be a Millionaire? in November 2000.
- Pat Gibson: Pat is a serious quizzer, having won £1 million on Who Wants to be a Millionaire? in 2004. As another former Mastermind and Brain of Britain winner, it seems likely that he will return to the show for the new series, having joined the panel in 2009 after winning the second series of Are You an Egghead?


Reality Titbit

posted 5/10/19

... These Guys...
Catch The Bachelorette Monday on ABC
From Reality TV World

The Bachelorette's 30 bachelors who will be competing for Hannah Brown's heart on Season 15 of the show have officially been announced by ABC.

Back in mid-March before The Bachelorette began filming Hannah's season, ABC surprised fans by announcing the 33 men who "may" be vying for the Alabama native's heart on Season 15 via Facebook. The inclusion of the word "may" suggested a few of the 33 men -- which would be a slightly larger group of suitors than the show typically starts with -- would possibly not actually end up being part of the cast when The Bachelorette premiered on ABC.

And that turned out to be the case, as the network has apparently cut three suitors from the list and just revealed the identities of the 30 men who will be fighting for Hannah's roses on The Bachelorette when it debuts Monday, May 13 at 8PM ET/PT.

"It's a tractor... It's a plane... It's the self-appointed king of the jungle! Hannah's search for fierce love is matched with fierce competition as one hopeful bachelor sets a high bar by jumping the fence, while another pops out from the limo, in true beast fashion," ABC teases. "At the end of the day, whether he is a golf pro looking to be Hannah's hole-in-one, a Box King seeking a woman who checks all his boxes, or a man with a custom-made pizza delivery, everyone wants a piece of Hannah's heart."

Reality TV World

posted 5/10/19

UPFRONT: Telemundo
Spanish Version of "The Wall" on the Way
From Deadline

Telemundo has unveiled its latest slate of 900 hours of original content including a new drug lord drama starring Majida Issa and Mark Tacher.

NBCUniversal's Hispanic network is launching a slew of new shows and renewals, including an update on its adaptation of gameshow The Wall, ahead of NBCU's Upfront presentation on Monday. This marks its first slate since the departure of president Luis Silberwasser.

Operación Pacífico is the broadcaster's latest Super Series, a slate of action-orientated telenovelas that have reinvented the genre with shorter runs. The show is inspired by the true story of federal agent Amalia Ortega.

Elsewhere, it has renewed El Señor de los Cielos for a seventh season and is launching limited series No Te Puedes Esconder. In reality, it is "recharging" shows including The Voice (La Voz) and Exatlon as well as premiering The Wall.

Deadline

The Drum

posted 5/10/19


Sony Pictures TV

Wheel 7000
Landmark Episode Airs Friday!
From New Hamburg Independent

Seven thousand episodes is quite good fortune.

Pat Sajak and Vanna White celebrate that milestone on "Wheel of Fortune" Friday, a feat they say they could never have predicted.

White, 62, admits she didn't foresee "doing the show for more than five years." "I thought, 'Well, this is gonna be fun, but I can't imagine it lasting that long,'" she says. "I remember sitting in the chair next to Pat saying, 'I wonder where we'll be in 10 years?' ... And here it's been 36."

"Wheel," which airs on local stations, often paired with "Jeopardy!", is still averaging nearly 10 million viewers this season, a close second to "Judge Judy" among all syndicated shows.

Sajak, 72, notes just how greatly television has changed over the years. When "we went on, there were only three networks," he says. Cable was in its early days and streaming networks didn't exist. "We're in such a different environment, and yet still succeeding. I think that's the biggest accomplishment of the show."

"Wheel" has also earned Sajak a Guinness World Records title for the longest career of a game-show host for the same show, which he received on Wednesday's "Wheel."

"It's our 7,000th show," Sajak says to applause at the start of Friday's milestone episode. "Could someone get me a chair?"

New Hamburg Independent

WFMY Greensboro
WILX Lansing

posted 5/10/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Oh Baby!"

  • Alison Holker, tWitch are having a baby! (Reality TV World)

  • ICYMI: "Alexa, play the Jeopardy! think music." BTW if you have an Alexa-enabled device, try it! (Newscast Studio)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: All Hoovers are vacuums, but are all vacuums Hoovers? (Digital Spy)

  • Tyra Banks sets a record. A very hot, awesome record (Yahoo!)

  • Bob Barker released from the hospital (Daily Mail)

posted 5/10/19


Fox

"Masked Singer" Hit With Changes
Season 2 to Be Produced In-House with Reduced Budget
From Deadline

Fox's breakout hit The Masked Singer will be produced within the newly streamlined Fox Corp., entertainment chief Charlie Collier confirmed during Fox's investor day.

Fox Alternative Entertainment will handle the show as Endemol Shine exits the North American production. The budget for Season 2 of the show, Collier said, will come in below that of the debut season as a result.

He didn't break out the numbers or fully unpack the claim, but said it fit with the company's overall mission to keep a lid on costs while taking advantage of its reach.

"The advantage of being a broadcast network is that we are home to programming for mass audiences," Collier said during his presentation to investors.

He saluted Masked Singer as the latest in a long line of risky Fox programming bets. "Technically, Masked Singer could have ended up on any platform but you have to note that it didn't," Collier said.

Deadline

The Wrap

posted 5/9/19

Universal Kids "Remixes" Top Chef Junior
Also on Deck: "Create the Escape"
From Deadline

Universal Kids is padding its unscripted slate with a pair of series in development: Top Chef Junior: Remix, a spinoff from Top Chef franchise producer Magical Elves, and escape-room construction competition Create the Escape.

"Universal Kids is incredibly excited to celebrate kids' endless imaginations and talents with these new projects that tap into today's biggest trends for families – cooking and game play," its SVP Content Karen Miller. "These shows will inspire families to share real life experiences together."

Said EP and Magical Elves COO Casey Kriley: "Top Chef Junior: Remix gives young people with a passion for cooking a fun chance to compete while learning from some of our amazingly talented Top Chef and Top Chef Junior mentors and judges. We are delighted to continue to create content that resonates with families across the country."

Here are details about the new shows:

- Top Chef Junior: Remix - Three kids who have a knack for cooking or baking square off in two rounds of competition in this Top Chef Junior spinoff. Special guests – including some fan favorites from Top Chef and Top Chef Junior – serve as mentors and judges and lend a helping hand to the competitors. Each episode features a unique theme like "Camping" and "Sports" with fun culinary challenges. The series is produced by Magical Elves (Top Chef, Top Chef Junior), with Casey Kriley and Jo Sharon serving as executive producers.

- Create the Escape -Escape rooms have surged in popularity in the U.S. and have dominated pop culture in recent years. They offer players of all ages the opportunity to work together as a team, each using their own skill set, to solve a series of puzzles with a little fun and adventure along the way. In the series created by Universal Kids, three kids design and build an escape room from scratch in each episode. A host and design experts will assist the kids in transforming their ideas into reality – the only limit is their imaginations. In a fun twist, their family members, teachers or guest celebrities will try to escape the room when it's finished. Create the Escape empowers kids to bring their ideas to life as creators and visionaries

Deadline

posted 5/9/19


The Irish Journal

FREDDIE STARR: 1943-2019
Comedian Hosted "Beat the Crusher"
From Digital Spy

Former I'm a Celebrity star and comedian Freddie Starr has died at the age of 76.

Starr was found dead of undisclosed causes in his Costa Del Sol flat in Spain, The Sun reported on Thursday (May 9).

Fellow comedian Bobby Davro paid tribute on Twitter, writing: "I've just heard that Freddie Starr has died. He was the funniest man I have ever seen. I'm so sad we have lost one of our greatest comedy talents. RIP Freddie. ��

Famed for his impressions, Starr became a television fixture in the 1970s from his appearances on the BBC's talent showcase Opportunity Knocks and later the Royal Variety Performance. Starr was always a controversial figure, having become infamous in the 1980s for a newspaper headline proclaiming 'Freddie Starr Ate My Hamster'. In reality, it was a publicity ploy organised by PR guru Max Clifford.

Later in his career, he would go on to host Sky game show Beat the Crusher and made appearances in reality shows Living with the Dead and Celebrity Fit Club.

Digital Spy
Sky News
Metro

posted 5/9/18

WEDNESDAY: Star Performance
NBC Takes Total, Fox Wins Demo
From the Futon Critic

FOX (3.778 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) pulled back in front among adults 18-49 on Wednesday thanks to the season finales of "Empire" (4.094 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and "Star" (3.462 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

NBC (7.265 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) then was a close second with originals from "Chicago Med" (7.746 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "Chicago Fire" (7.713 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "Chicago PD" (6.336 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Sharing the silver was CBS (5.283 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) with fresh installments of "Survivor: Edge of Extinction" (7.228 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1), "The Amazing Race 31" (4.504 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10) and "SEAL Team" (4.118 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

Next up was ABC (3.419 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) and the season finales of "The Goldbergs" (4.699 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "Schooled" (3.921 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Modern Family" (4.365 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "Single Parents" (2.630 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) plus a new "Whiskey Cavalier" (2.451 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

And finally, The CW (0.758 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with new episodes of "Riverdale" (0.811 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.705 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire - 9p (History): 967k
- Forged in Fire - 10p (History): 869k
-
The Challenge: War of the Worlds (MTV): 790k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 710k .

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/9/19

Alex Trebek to Talk Sunday Morning
Catch It on CBS Sunday Morning
From WBZ Boston

"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek is opening up about struggling to get through tapings of the show – and wondering if viewers will notice he's wearing a hairpiece – as he battles pancreatic cancer. In a sit-down with anchor Jane Pauley for CBS Sunday Morning, airing this Sunday, Trebek says he suffered from excruciating stomach cramps when he started treatment.

"This got really bad. I was on the floor writhing in pain. It – It went to – it went from a 3 to an 11. And I just couldn't believe. I didn't know what was happening," Trebek says, according to a preview from CBS. "And it happened three or four times a day while we were taping. So that was a little – little rough on me."

The 78-year-old said that on one occasion after taping the hugely popular quiz show, he just barely made it to his dressing room before crying in pain. He said he doesn't like taking pain pills but wanted to keep working.

"And the producers were very kind. They said, 'Look, if you – If you don't want to do the show – we'll just cancel taping.'" Trebek recalled. "I said, 'No. We're here. We're doing the shows.'"

Trebek revealed his Stage 4 pancreatic cancer diagnosis in March, saying he plans to beat the low survival rates for the disease. The host also talked about wearing a hairpiece for "Jeopardy!" as chemotherapy has caused him to lose his hair.

"And so what the challenge for JEOPARDY! viewers is right now is to figure out, 'Is that Alex's real hair, or is that a full hairpiece?'" Trebek said. "On air I'm told that there were times – when the hairpiece looked better than my real hair.".

CBS Boston

Orlando Sentinel
Decider

posted 5/9/19

Pat Sajak Is Officially Amazing
"Wheel of Fortune" Host Sets Record for Hosting for Single Show
From Guinness

Beloved television program Wheel of Fortune has been airing across American television screens since 1981, and now the game show's well-known host Pat Sajak is being celebrated for the length of his career.

After an exciting 35 years 198 days of seeing contestants take home grand prizes, Sajak officially holds the Guinness World Records title for having the longest career as a game show host for the same show.

For those who may not be familiar, Wheel of Fortune is based on the popular game "Hangman" - where compete by spinning the wheel and calling out consonants to solve the puzzle for cash or prizes. Contestants with enough money to do so can buy vowels for $250 each. The contestant who has won the most cash and prizes at the end of the main game goes on to play in the "Bonus Round" for additional prizes. He or she has the chance to choose the category of their bonus puzzle from three options.

Pat Sajak has witnessed an array of lucky contestants go on to take home prizes, since he first hosted the show in 1983.

"I was very lucky in that I always knew that I wanted to be in broadcasting," he said.

"My early heroes were people like Arthur Godfrey, Dave Garroway, Steve Allen and, especially, Jack Paar. They helped shape what a television personality was, paving the way for so many others."

Prior to hosting Wheel of Fortune, the Chicago-born presenter first broke in to broadcasting as a newscaster and announcer for a local radio station.

Guinness

Fox News
Decider

posted 5/9/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "A Salir"

  • Marco Antonio Regil exits Telemundo's "Un Nuevo Dia". In other news... Marco Antonio Regil was on "Un Nuevo Dia" (Media Moves)

  • Christmas Abbott gifted with 12 months probation, community service after plea deal reached (Reality TV World)

  • James Holzhauer: "There's definitely some people who don't like the product they're seeing on screen right now. But I don't think the producers are complaining." (Uproxx)

  • Ellen DeGeneres not going away any time soon (Deadline)

  • FIRST LOOK: Nailed It! Season 3 (The Futon Critic)

  • Alex Trebek jokes that Amazon's Alexa is "his own Vanna" (Newscast Studio)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Melanie & Martina Grant from Fun House UK (Radio X)

posted 5/8/19

Hungary for Catchpoint
ITV Format Heads to TV2
From ITV News

ITV Studios Global Entertainment has secured a second territory commission for its new physical gameshow Catchpoint with TV2 in Hungary.

TV2 has ordered a 25x60' series which is due to air in the territory later this year. Hungary is the first territory to commission the show after the UK.

A co-production by ITV Studios labels Possessed and 12 Yard, Catchpoint launched on BBC One in the UK in March with a peak of over 3.5m viewers and a 21% share.

Pascal Dalton, Vice President, Global Format Sales for ITV Studios Global Entertainment, said: "Catchpoint received a strong response when we introduced it to buyers at our annual formats festival in February and at MipTV last month, and so we are delighted by this second commission of the format – with other territory conversations ongoing. When it comes to balls dropping on gameshows, there is no better fun to be had on TV than Catchpoint."

ITV News

Rapid TV News

posted 5/8/19

TUESDAY: Tied for First
CBS, NBC Tied in Demo, While the Eye Takes the Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.969 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) was the top draw on Tuesday with its trio of "NCIS" (11.466 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1), "FBI" (8.684 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.757 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

NBC (5.039 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with its mix of "The Village" (3.897 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "The Voice" (6.084 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and "New Amsterdam" (5.137 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

Next up was FOX (2.267 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with fresh installments from "MasterChef Junior" (2.837 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Mental Samurai" (1.698 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.933 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up its lineup of "American Housewife" (3.964 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3), "The Kids Are Alright" (3.036 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Bless This Mess" (3.159 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), a repeat "Bless This Mess" (2.199 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "1969" (2.621 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

And finally, The CW (1.152 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night with new episodes of "The Flash" (1.482 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "The 100" (0.822 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 688k
- Bite Club (SP/Food): 549k


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/8/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Vegas Baby"

  • James Holzhauer gets an offer... not from baseball (KVVU Henderson/Las Vegas)

  • "Paid Off's" Michael Torpey sees humor as "helpful" (Newsweek)

  • Alexander Armstrong sings for his supper (Classic FM)

  • "The Crystal Maze Live" moves to the West End (Timeout)

  • FIRST LOOK: Nailed It! Season 3 (The Futon Critic)

  • Alex Trebek jokes that Amazon's Alexa is "his own Vanna" (Newscast Studio)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Melanie & Martina Grant from Fun House UK (Radio X)

posted 5/8/19


Sony Pictures TV

SYNDIES: Week 31
Holzhauer Surpasses $1.5 Million on "Jeopardy!" During the Week Ending April 28
From The Wrap

James Holzhauer is money — and "Jeopardy!" is (also) reaping the rewards.

"Jeopardy!" just hit a four-year high the week ending April 28, with a 7.5 rating, up 12% from the previous week. In terms of its fellow syndicated shows, only perpetual giant "Judge Judy" came close to that number, with a seven-week high of 7.0 (up 8% week over week).

The long-running game show can thank Holzhauer's huge winning streak for its ratings bump, as viewers tune in to see how far the "Jeopardy!" sensation can go. As of May 3, the professional sports gambler has won nearly $1.7 million over 22 games. Only "Jeopardy!" legend Ken Jennings — who won 74 games back in 2004 — has won more in regular play.

However, because "Jeopardy!" is airing a "Teachers Tournament" through May 17, Holzhauer is not set to compete again until May 20. In other words, he'll miss most of the rest of sweeps. The May sweep period runs from April 25 to May 22.

As for what he would spend the money on, Holzhauer said he's given to the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, the local Ronald McDonald House and the Las Vegas Natural History Museum.

Marilyn Gillespie, executive director of the museum north of downtown, said half of the $10,000 donation would be used to help fund admission costs for students in low-income areas and half would cover costs for animal care.

The museum is a favorite spot for Holzhauer, his wife and daughter and is home to a variety of animals, including bamboo sharks, lizards and exotic insects such as hissing cockroaches..

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
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Jeopardy (CTD) 7.5* +12%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.0 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.8 -2%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 +7%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

The Wrap

Yahoo!
TV Newscheck
Uproxx
TMZ

posted 5/7/19


Paramount Network

More Ink! (Master)
Two Seasons and a Spinoff!
From Deadline

Paramount Network is expanding its popular Ink Master franchise across platforms, ordering two more 16-episode seasons (13 and 14) of its hit original tattoo-competition series, and new spinoff series, Ink Master: Grudge Match. Season 13 of Ink Master is slated to premiere in 2020.

In addition, Paramount Network has launched a stand-alone Ink Master channel on YouTube, which will be the new home for all Ink Master video content. While Paramount Network had been designated as Viacom's leading scripted cable brand, Kent Alterman, President of Comedy Central, Paramount Network, and TV Land, indicated in an interview with Deadline last week that unscripted will remain an important part of the network's portfolio with the popular Ink Master, Bar Rescue and Lip Sync Battle franchises, leftovers from the network's former days as Spike, joined by new additions like Wife Swap.

Season 12 of Ink Master, titled Ink Master: Battle Of The Sexes, will premiere Tuesday, June 11 at 10 PM ET/PT (watch the trailer above). The new season feature teams of male and female artists competing against each other in the battle for a chance to win $100,000, an editorial feature in Inked and the coveted "Ink Master" title. Past contestants and fan favorites will return throughout the season to coach the teams in various challenges during the competition.

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posted 5/7/19

MONDAY: What If You Threw a Party and No One Came?
"Voice" Wins for NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.074 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) was the most-watched network on Monday thanks to originals from "The Voice" (7.215 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) and "The Enemy Within" (3.790 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

FOX (5.375 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with the season finale of "The Resident" (4.954 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and a new "9-1-1" (5.796 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1).

Next up was CBS (5.077 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its mix of a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (5.040 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3), the season finale of "Man with a Plan" (4.792 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) and new episodes from "The Code" (4.135 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9) and "Bull" (6.180 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.634 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up its special "The Bachelorette Reunion: The Biggest Bachelorette Reunion in Bachelor History Ever!" (2.854 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) plus a new "The Fix" (2.195 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

And finally on The CW (0.811 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5), fresh installments of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.980 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "Arrow" (0.643 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) rounded out the night.

On cable Sunday...
- Spring Baking Championship (SF/Food): 1.366m
- Bake You Rich (SF/Food): 484k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/7/19

Paradise Hotel: Meet the First Tenants
Catch the Return on Fox Thursday
From Reality TV World

Paradise Hotel's revival is premiering later this week, and the cast has officially been announced by Fox. The identities of the 11 individuals who will be starring on Paradise Hotel, which premieres with a two-hour episode on Thursday, May 9 at 8PM ET/PT, have been revealed.

The cast includes a medical student, a hairstylist, a stock broker, and a yoga instructor.

As previously announced, the reality dating competition series will air three nights per week over the course of five weeks.

Paradise Hotel will be hosted by Kristin Cavallari, who found fame on Laguna Beach followed by The Hills. Kristin also stars on Very Cavallari on E!.

Paradise Hotel originally aired on Fox in 2003 and featured contestants competing for an "Ultimate Reward" mystery prize which turned out to be $500,000. Paradise Hotel's new revival will reportedly follow a similar format as the original show, which featured singles of the opposite sex living, playing and hooking-up with one another in an exclusive resort in a tropical location (the original took place at a resort in Acapulco, Mexico).

Each week, the pairings changed and the housemates evicted one of their fellow contestants and a new person joined the cast as a replacement. In a new twist similar to Big Brother's format, Fox's new Paradise Hotel revival will allow viewers to play along at home and use social media to try and influence what happens on screen as well as who stays and who goes.

Following the Thursday night premiere, the series will air one-hour episodes on Mondays beginning on May 13 at 9PM ET/PT and Wednesdays starting on May 15 at 9PM ET/PT. Each Thursday night broadcast will be two hours long from 8-10PM ET/PT.

Below is the list of 11 cast members who will be starring on Paradise Hotel:

- Bobby R., an entrepreneur from St. Louis, MO
- Brittany C., a hairstylist from Thousand Oaks, CA
- Carlos G., a trainer from Havana, Cuba
- David B., a medical student from Burbank, CA
- Deiondra S., a hairline company owner from Dallas, TX
- Hans W., a model from Salt Lake City, UT
- Kendall G., a yoga instructor from Redondo Beach, CA
- Mariaelena P., a bartender from Yonkers, NY
- Rosanna C., a student from Chicago, IL
- Tatum S., a bottle service girl from Phoenix, AZ
- Tyler B., a stock broker from Streator, IL

Reality TV World

posted 5/7/19

WEEKEND: Million Dollar Mile Returns
"Idol" Wins for ABC... But Only Just.
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.664 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) continued its demo reign on Sunday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.552 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2), "American Idol" (6.717 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "Shark Tank" (3.668 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

NBC (3.024 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then took home the silver with its combination of a repeat "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.675 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), the season finale of "World of Dance" (3.558 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and a new "Good Girls" (2.305 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

Next up was FOX (1.443 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its lineup of "The Simpsons" (1.021 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) and "Bob's Burgers" (0.999 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) repeats, followed by new episodes of "The Simpsons" (1.778 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Bob's Burgers" (1.582 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "Family Guy" (1.768 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) plus a repeat "Family Guy" (1.507 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.045 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up fresh installments of "60 Minutes" (6.855 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "The Red Line" (4.931 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13), a second "The Red Line" (3.592 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (4.801 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.825 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with new episodes of "Supergirl" (1.048 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) and "Charmed" (0.602 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #18).

On Saturday, CBS (2.276 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #3) placed third with the return of "Million Dollar Mile" (1.689 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T6) followed by new episodes of "Ransom" (2.139 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T6) and "48 Hours" (3.001 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.221m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 737k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/7/19

Want to Play a Spy Game?
Bravo Greenlights New Series
From the Futon Critic

Bravo Media is expanding its slate of originals with the new series, "Spy Games," following ten daring individuals who will battle it out in the ultimate game of espionage, it was announced today by Rachel Smith, Senior Vice President, Development, Bravo Media. The series will air later this year.

Hosted by model and martial artist Mia Kang, "Spy Games" is a sophisticated strategy-based series in a genre Bravo viewers know and love; competition reality. Inspired by a once secret World War II government program called "Station S," the show will follow ten competitors living together on a compound as they are challenged to figure out the secrets their fellow players are keeping. Training and judging them in the art of espionage are "The Assessors" - Douglas Laux, Evy Poumpouras and Erroll Southers - three former intelligence professionals from the CIA, Secret Service and FBI, respectively, who will create missions and tests designed to push contestants to their breaking points as well as determine who stays and who goes home. These bold contestants may think they have what it takes to live out their spy fantasies, but as they're eliminated one-by-one, they quickly realize this game may be more mentally and physically challenging than they bargained for. However, they all must keep their eyes on the prize since only one contestant can come out on top and walk away with a $100,000.

"Spy Games" is produced by Kinetic Content (part of Red Arrow Studios) with Chris Coelen, Karrie Wolfe, Eric Detwiler, John Saade, David Burris and Andrew Wallace serving as executive producers.

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Reality Blurred

posted 5/7/19


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

It's one smart person against a different smart person, one-on-one, in a battle of smarts AND wits...with the winner eventually getting a huge jackpot. At least, that's how it STARTED. It then turned into a show where you hope your foe hangs on so you can get more moolah. Chris Wolvie looks at a "Games Gone By..." that, like others before it, made the mistake of changing rules mid-stream. No "seconds", no negotiations, no letters to your next of kin. Let's "Duel"!

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 5/7/19


Sony Pictures TV

Alex Trebek Wins Daytime Emmy
"Family Feud" Wins First Daytime Emmy in 42 Years
From the Hollywood Reporter

Most Daytime Emmy nominees were probably hoping they'd win Sunday not, but Alex Trebek wasn't necessarily one of them.

The Jeopardy! host was named best game show host Sunday night, beating out the likes of John Michael Higgins (America Says), Wayne Brady (Let's Make a Deal), Pat Sajak (Wheel of Fortune) and Chris Harrison (Who Wants To Be a Millionaire).

But he said he was at first concerned about winning when he learned he'd been nominated.

"I was concerned that sympathy might play a big role," said Trebek, who in March revealed he'd been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. "I'm not a fan of sympathy votes, because I believe you should be judged on the merits of your work."

He continued: "However, I started thinking back to last year. I had just had major surgery to remove two life-threatening blood clots on my brain. I think that would have earned me a certain amount of sympathy, but I didn't win. So maybe I've been worrying about the wrong thing, and I'll do what Sally Field did when she won at a different venue many, many years ago, and [accept] this as a sign you like guys like me and value my work. I'll tell you, if that's the case, I can live with that. Thank you."

Trebek was referring to Field's iconic speech at the 1985 Oscars, when she won best actress for Places in the Heart, when she memorably declared: "I can't deny the fact that you like me. Right now, you like me!"

Backstage, Trebek said that winning was "special."

"The reception I got from the audience was extremely special, very touching. We all know what's going on in my life and I alluded to that in my remarks and I've been very blessed to discover how many people our show has influenced in their lives," he said, adding: "Jeopardy has become a special institution in Americana. And it has been a force for good, a force for knowledge, a force for the best kind of reality television if you think about it. Anybody can succeed, anybody can win a lot of money, Just ask James Holzhauer."

Of the contestant, who is on track to break Ken Jennings' winning streak, Trebek said: "He's been a lot of fun to watch, yes indeed. There are no areas in which he cannot do well. He has missed only one Final Jeopardy since he came on the program. And he's coming back in two weeks after the teacher's tournament. So you're gonna get to enjoy James and Alex for a while longer. How 'bout that folks. This has been a special year for Jeopardy and certainly a very special, and in many ways rewarding year for me, to discover how loved I am all across America."

Elsewhere, "Family Feud" won the trophy for Outstanding Game Show, the first time the show did so in 42 years.

Both game show awards were presented by living legend Wink Martindale and legendary panelist Anita Gillette.

In other awards...
- Valerie Bertinelli, host of "Family Food Showdown", pulled the Daily Double winning Outstanding Culinary Show and Outstanding Culinary Host.
- Ken Fuchs wins Outstanding Direction for a Game Show for "Family Feud".

- The technical team of "The Price Is Right" also collected an award.

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posted 5/6/19

Now, the REAL TV Awards
"Drag Race" Leads Critic's Choice
From the Hollywood Reporter

RuPaul's Drag Race leads the nominations for the inaugural Critics' Choice Real TV Awards, which "recognize excellence in nonfiction, unscripted and reality programming across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms."

The show — presented by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association and NPACT, the trade organization serving the producers of nonfiction entertainment content — will air Sunday, June 9, on VH1. The show itself will take place Sunday, June 2, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. VH1's RuPaul's Drag Race garnered a total of five noms, including for best competition series and best host. Netflix's Queer Eye follows with four noms, followed by two other Netflix programs, Our Planet and Tidying Up With Marie Kondo, with three awards each.

Overall, Netflix leads all networks and streaming services with 33 nominations. NBC came in a distant second with 10. Also up for best competition series are Making It (NBC), Project Runway (Bravo), Survivor: David vs. Goliath (CBS) and Top Chef (Bravo). Meanwhile, in the category of best show host, RuPaul Charles will compete with Stephen Colbert (The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, CBS), James Corden (The Late Late Show With James Corden, CBS), Busy Philipps (Busy Tonight, E!) and Jerry Seinfeld (Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Netflix).

The awards show is adapted from and replaces the NPACT Impact Awards held last year. In addition to the critics' choices, the show will feature two fan-voted awards and three peer-selected honors given to those who have made significant contributions to the industry.

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Out

posted 5/6/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Requisite James Coverage"

  • What's it like to lose to James Holzhauer? Anywhere from concerning (Deadspin) to inexorable (The Wrap)

  • SAVED YOU A CLICK: Why couldn't all of the "Bachelorettes" make the reunion? Scheduling conflicts (Reality TV World)

  • A former "Bachelorette" gives birth to a baby! (Reality TV World)

  • Kaitlin Bristowe rebounds nicely, thank you very much (Reality TV World)

  • "The Apprentice" winds up on Tubi (Deadline)

  • A former game show panelist (and friend of this site) gives birth to a baby! (People)

  • Phil Gurin deals with a Stampede (Deadline)

  • A former case model on "Deal or No Deal" gives birth to a baby! (BBC)

posted 5/6/19


Slate

ABC STOPS!!!... at Elizabeth Banks
Multihyphenate to Host "Press Your Luck"
From Vulture

ABC's found the pitch-perfect person to host its Press Your Luck reboot: Elizabeth Banks.

The actor, producer, and director has signed on to front the Alphabet's new version of the 1980s cult-classic game show, which is slated to begin production shortly ahead of its June 12 return.

Banks is the latest addition to ABC's collection of celebrity quiz hosts, joining Steve Harvey, Alec Baldwin, Anthony Anderson, Joel McHale, and Michael Strahan as emcees of the network's summer games. She's stepping into the shoes of the late Peter Tomarken, who hosted PYL during its original 758-episode run on CBS's daytime lineup from 1983 until 1986.

As with the original, ABC's Fremantle-produced revamp will feature three players duking it out in a trivia challenge, competing for spins on the show's "Big Board" and a shot at cash and prizes. The twist: Any spin of the board could prompt the appearance of the Whammy, an animated devil who delights in crushing players' dreams by grabbing all their winnings to date.

In addition to hosting, Banks will also serve as an exec producer of the new PYL.

She's also plenty busy with other gigs: She's currently finishing postproduction on the Charlie's Angels reboot that she directed, is a producer on Hulu's just-renewed Shrill, and has a comedy pilot (Patty's Auto) in contention for next season at Fox.

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Bleeding Cool
Moviehole

posted 5/3/19


Netflix

Netflix Flinches
Trailer for New Game Show Drops Before May 3 Release
From IGN

Netflix has a new game show that puts its contestants in some pretty wacky situations.

Premiering on May 3, Flinch "is a game show where contestants are put in situations where they are tempted to flinch. If they flinch, they are electrocuted and lose their chance at winning prize money," according to a synopsis from Netflix.

The streaming giant is comparing Flinch to similar reality shows like Impractical Jokers, Fear Factor, and Jackass. Hosted by Desiree Burch, Lloyd Griffith, and Seann Walsh, the 10-episode season will feature popping balloons, dangerous mousetraps, and many more frightening things that may cause the contestants to flinch.

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posted 5/3/19

THURSDAY: CBS Wins
Project Runway Just Under a Million
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.742 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.168 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), "Young Sheldon" (10.529 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2), "Mom" (7.961 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5), "Life in Pieces" (5.629 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "SWAT" (5.084 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

ABC (5.313 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a close second with fresh installments from "Grey's Anatomy" (6.900 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2), "Station 19" (6.379 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) and "For the People" (2.660 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Next up was FOX (2.964 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its presentation of "Miss USA 2019" (2.964 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.658 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up originals from "Superstore" (3.031 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6), "AP Bio" (1.872 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.723 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "Abby's" (1.492 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.915 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

And finally, the return of "iZombie" (0.752 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) and a new "In the Dark" (0.513 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #16) rounded out the night on The CW (0.632 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Project Runway (Bravo): 921k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 752k
- Double Shot at Love (MTV): 520k
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 498k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/3/19

More on "Red Nose Day"
Game Night to Feature
From the Futon Critic

A star-studded cast of Hollywood favorites is coming together to have fun, raise money and change lives for children in need in NBC's "Red Nose Day Special," airing Thursday, May 23 (8-10p.m. ET). The primetime event will feature music, comedy and heartfelt films shedding light on children in need.

Music superstars, including "The Voice" coaches Kelly Clarkson and Blake Shelton, will perform, and beloved comedic talent will join the fun with their own entertaining Red Nose Day spin. The special will also showcase a fun video reimagining of the classic Hall and Oates hit "You Make My Dreams" featuring talent including Julianne Hough, Rob Gronkowski and "This Is Us" star Chrissy Metz.

Following the two-hour special, Emmy winner Jane Lynch will host an all-star Red Nose Day edition of "Hollywood Game Night" at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Kelly Clarkson, Kenan Thompson, Kristen Bell, Jennifer Garner, Sean Hayes, Jeff Goldblum, Leslie Mann and Thandie Newton will compete in games to raise money to help children in need.

Mars Wrigley Confectionery and the M&M'S(R) brand are teaming up with Red Nose Day for the fifth year, donating $1 million to the cause as national partners of the campaign. As part of "Hollywood Game Night," the M&M'S(R) brand will contribute all money raised by the players over the course of the episode that evening.

Red Nose Day is an annual event that harnesses the power of entertainment to raise money and awareness for children living in poverty in America and around the world. NBC's night of star-studded Red Nose Day programming is a culmination of a five-week campaign that brings together millions of Americans around the country to have fun and make a difference. Five new Red Noses - the Everyday Heroes - are available exclusively at Walgreens stores nationwide, with 100% of all proceeds going to the Red Nose Day fund.

The Futon Critic

Broadway World

posted 5/2/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Free Liza"

  • Liza Koshy's sitcom, other shows to stream free on YouTube... with ads. CLick the link to skip. (The Futon Critic)

  • DAYTIME EMMYS: "Family Feud", "The Price Is Right" among early winners (GoldDerby)

  • Wayne Brady is up for three Daytime Emmys. His message to haters, "I don't see your butt on a soap opera" (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • James Holzhauer drawing interest from MLB (Fox Sports Radio)...and what does weather have to do with this? (The Weather Channel)

  • Kelly Clarkson undergoes emergency appendectomy after hosting Billboard Music Awards. (Reality TV World)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Why Dawn French turned down "Taskmaster" (Digital Spy)

  • LIST ABUSE: The 25 greatest game shows according to... (Yardbarker)

posted 5/3/19

WEDNESDAY: Billboard Plasters
NBC Wins Night over CBS
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.963 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with its presentation of the "2019 Billboard Music Awards" (7.963 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).

CBS (5.485 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) then was the number two draw with its trio of "Survivor: Edge of Extinction" (7.240 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "The Amazing Race 31" (4.570 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and "SEAL Team" (4.645 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Sharing the silver was FOX (3.368 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) with fresh installments of "Empire" (3.730 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and "Star" (3.007 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.452 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up originals from "The Goldbergs" (4.462 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "Schooled" (3.616 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8), "Modern Family" (4.212 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "Single Parents" (2.953 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Whiskey Cavalier" (2.735 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11).

And finally, new episodes of "Riverdale" (0.729 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.589 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) on The CW (0.659 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.009m
-
The Challenge: War of the Worlds (MTV): 809k
- Guy's Grocery Games (FOod): 671k
- Best Room Wins (P/Bravo): 387k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/2/19

Cowboy Up
INSP Greenlights "Ultimate Cowboy Showdown"
From Broadway World

General-entertainment network INSP, the leader in Western & Western adjacent-themed programming, today announced it has greenlit Ultimate Cowboy Showdown, a reality competition series designed to determine the ultimate modern day cowboy. The series, which will air as a 6-night event, will be hosted by country music icon, Trace Adkins. The announcement was made by Craig Miller, VP of Original Programming & Development for INSP.

"We believe Ultimate Cowboy Showdown will appeal to a wide variety of viewers, including those who enjoy classic Western programming, those who idolize the modern day cowboy way of life, and those who love high energy/action-based competition shows," said Miller. "To be the 'ultimate cowboy,' the winner will be required to pass a challenging array of tests, and display the highest level of grit, toughness, and courage demanded of cowboys in every era. We believe this will be highly entertaining, with edge-of-the-seat drama that will amaze audiences."

Broadway World

posted 5/2/19

Russian Game Night
NBC Exports Game Format
From Deadline

NBC entertainment format Hollywood Game Night is heading to Russia after broadcaster CTC Media ordered a local version of the show. M.I.R., the Russian production company run by The Eurovision Song Contest producer Andrei Boltenko, is to produce a 12-part run, known as Celebrity Game Night, to air this autumn.

The deal marks the 21st international version of the format, which was originally created by actor/producer Sean Hayes, producer Todd Milliner and Mission Control Media and is in its sixth season in the U.S. with host Jane Lynch.

The show was recently snapped up by Viacom's Channel 5 in the UK, which ordered a version from NBCU-backed Monkey and starring Liza Tarbuck, Danny Baker and Susan Calman. E! Entertainment makes a South African version, while other broadcasters include SVT in Sweden, Channel 3 in Thailand, RTL Klub in Hungary and Radio Canada Tele.

Deadline

posted 5/2/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "100 Enmascaradas Dijeron"

  • Rey Mysterio, Kalisto to feud on "100 Latinos Dijeron" (Lords of Pain)

  • Jane Lynch brings her cabaret to St. Paul (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)

  • Bob Eubanks recalls bringing the Beatles to America (Pasadena Weekly)

  • Chuck Woolery gets the business from Twitter. Again. (Yahoo!)

  • James Holzhauer Day declared in Clark County (WIVB Buffalo)

  • Carol Vorderman makes first appearance since having laser eye surgery. In other news, Carol Vorderman had laser eye surgery (North Wales Live) PLUS the evolution of the British game show as we know it (Den of Geek!)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Bradley Walsh gets kissed (Digital Spy)

posted 5/2/19

TUESDAY: Fox Is... in Fourth
CBS Wins
From the Wrap

CBS (9.210 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) pulled in front on Tuesday thanks to new episodes of "NCIS" (11.569 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1), "FBI" (8.832 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.228 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

NBC (5.263 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then got bumped to second with its mix of "The Village" (4.351 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "The Voice" (6.190 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and "New Amsterdam" (5.247 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

Next up was ABC (3.058 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) and its lineup of "American Housewife" (4.252 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2), "The Kids Are Alright" (3.250 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Black-ish" (2.908 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Bless This Mess" (3.187 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "1969" (2.375 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.319 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) offered up fresh installments of "MasterChef Junior" (2.840 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Mental Samurai" (1.797 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

And finally, a new "The Flash" (1.379 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and the return of "The 100" (0.901 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.140 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 743k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/1/19

Hot Seat at 20
Eddie McGuire Looks Back... and Looks Forward
From Nine Celebrity

It's rare these days for someone to hold a job for 20 years, but that's exactly what Eddie McGuire has done with Millionaire Hot Seat, a program that's still going strong and airs every weeknight. The Aussie TV game show celebrates 20 years on screens this year.

Over the past two decades the show has seen McGuire give away up to $80 million. The words "Lock it in, Eddie" have pretty much become a national catchphrase. To mark the show's milestone, A Current Affair's Reid Butler tracked down McGuire to ask him why Millionaire Hot Seat has remained so successful for so long, and to share some of his favourite moments over the years.

"Well the great highlights of course were Molly Meldrum when he won the five hundred thousand dollars, Shane Warne winning on five hundred dollars, five hundred thousand dollars worth," McGuire recalls.

"They were great times because on those occasions the money was going to charity, and to see the change in people's lives from those, you know, the fun that we had on those particular occasions."

"Kerry Packer did yell at me one time," McGuire continues. "He said, 'I'm giving all my money to all your mates', is what he said when Molly Meldrum won. But Molly won fair and square. He did say to me, 'Look after the battlers', and that was a very Kerry Packer thing to say."

In the history of the show there have been only three people who have correctly answered the million dollar question, including Edwin Daly in 2016.

Nine Celebrity

posted 5/1/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Cooking Stream"

posted 5/1/19


Fremantle/CBS

Play On!
CBS Renews Game Shows; TPIR To Hit 9000 in October
From the Wrap

CBS has renewed its entire daytime line-up for the 2019-20 season, including the long-running game show "The Price Is Right."

The Drew Carey-hosted classic game show, which stands as the most-watched show in daytime with an average of 5.2 million viewers an episode, has been picked up for a 48th season. The show is on pace to hit a total of 9,000 episodes in October.

CBS has also renewed "The Talk," which recently lost co-host Sara Gilbert and is heading into Season 10; the daytime soaps "The Young and the Restless" and "The Bold and the Beautiful," which are approaching their 47th and 33rd years, respectively; and the Wayne Brady-hosted "Let's Make a Deal."

"For almost a third of a century, CBS has demonstrated a remarkable legacy of success in Daytime," Angelica McDaniel, executive vice president, CBS daytime programs and syndicated programs development, said. "Our programming continues to maintain a level of achievement unheard of in today's television landscape, thanks to the passion and dedication of the extraordinary producers, casts, staff and crew on the shows, our studio partners, and most importantly, the fans. They have our deepest gratitude, and we look forward to entertaining them for many years to come."

Both "The Price Is Right" and "Let's Make a Deal" are produced by Fremantle, with Mike Richards as executive producer.

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posted 4/30/19


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SYNDIES: Week 30
Holzhauer Surpasses $1 Million on "Jeopardy!" During the Week Ending April 21
From TV Newscheck

Jeopardy ratings rose to a six-week high and topped all syndicated shows in the session ending April 21, the final frame before the May sweep as contestant James Holzhauer took home a $131,137 payday on April 17 and shattered the program's single-day winnings record, a mark also held by Holzhauer.

Jeopardy jumped 5% to a 6.7 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating beating frequent quiz show topper Family Feud's 6.1.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.7 +5%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.1 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9 NC
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 -6%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC
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posted 4/30/19

MONDAY: Going Live
"The Voice" Helps NBC to a Win
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.064 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) was the most-watched network on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (7.200 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and "The Enemy Within" (3.791 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

FOX (5.272 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with fresh installments of "The Resident" (5.118 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and "9-1-1" (5.426 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2).

Next up was ABC (4.687 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its special "The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story" (5.612 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) followed by a new "The Fix" (2.838 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.426 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (5.522 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) alongside new episodes of "Man with a Plan" (5.283 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "The Code" (4.454 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9) and "Bull" (6.423 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

And finally, The CW (0.796 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with originals from "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.939 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "Arrow" (0.654 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12).

On cable...
-
Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.262m

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/30/19

WEEKEND: A New High
"Idol" Helps ABC to a Win
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.383 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the top broadcast draw on Sunday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.680 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2), "American Idol" (7.877 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "Shark Tank" (4.096 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

NBC (2.872 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then claimed the silver with a repeat "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.369 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) followed by originals from "World of Dance" (3.362 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and "Good Girls" (2.396 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Next up was CBS (6.103 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with a new "60 Minutes" (9.057 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3), the debut of "The Red Line" (5.200 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), a second "The Red Line" (4.524 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and the relocated "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.628 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.592 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.087 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.144 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) followed by new episodes of "The Simpsons" (1.915 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8), "Bob's Burgers" (1.828 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and "Family Guy" (1.960 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) plus a repeat "Family Guy" (1.619 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, fresh installments from "Supergirl" (1.140 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #17) and "Charmed" (0.730 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #18) on The CW (0.935 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (Food): 1.251m
- Bake You Rich (Food): 707k


On cable Saturday...
- Family Food Showdown (Food): 608k

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posted 4/30/19

Lip Sync Battle Returns
Catch It on Paramount May 30
From the Futon Critc

New episodes of Paramount Network's three-time Emmy(R) nominated series, Lip Sync Battle, return on Thursday, May 30 at 10pm ET/PT with the biggest bird in entertainment hitting the stage, Big Bird, who shows up with some of his Sesame Street friends. The global multiplatform hit series, hosted by two-time Grammy(R) award winner LL COOL J and television personality, author, and model Chrissy Teigen, will include performances from Jason Schwartzman, Prince Royce, Nico Tortorella, Lele Pons, Molly Bernard, Rotimi and more!

The Futon Critic

posted 4/30/19

Spongebob to Get Game On
Game Show to Celebrate 20th Anniversary of Nick Favorite
From Hypable

Are you ready kids? Because its time to brush up on your trivia surrounding everyone's favorite pineapple living under the sea, SpongeBob SquarePants.

The show SpongeBob SquarePants has been a staple of pop culture for years. Many of us grew up watching SpongeBob and his undersea adventures, we've all amassed an impressive amount of knowledge surrounding daily life in Bikini Bottom and the citizens living there.

Viacom Digital Studios has decided to give fans a chance to show off that knowledge with a brand new game show, SpongeBob Smarty Pants Game Show. As the LA Times reports, the show is set to debut on Facebook and the official SpongeBob SquarePants YouTube page later this year.

Two SpongeBob superfans will come together and will fight for "The Golden Pineapple," which they will work to win by competing in some stunts (the messier the better) and correctly answering trivia questions about the show.

Hypable

Kidscreen

posted 4/30/19

Tenable Returnable
Celebrity Version on Tap
From Telly Mix

ITV daytime hit Tenable is becoming the latest gameshow to launch spin-off celebrity specials.

Hosted by Warwick Davis, Tenable sees teams of five compete to win a huge £125,000 jackpot by filling in top ten lists.

Each contestant plays their own round, providing answers they think will fit their particular category. They must get at least five answers correct to start earning cash - but if they get too many wrong, they're eliminated from the game.

During the team captain's turn, they can either bank more money, or choose to bring back teammates they've lost.

Telly Mix

posted 4/30/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Emmys Going OTT... AGAIN"

  • DAYTIME EMMYS: here's how to watch (TV Line)

  • What's the endgame of "Edge of Extinction"? Ask Jeff Probst (Reality Blurred)

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 things to learn from "Family Food Showdown". List fails without "moving it without advance notice leads to a drop in viewership" (TV Overmind)

  • Nick Viall has shade for Kaitlyn Bristowe (Us Magazine)

  • Altice buys Cheddar... Hopefully it means more "Out of Tune" replays (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES With Tony Slattery (The Irish Times)

posted 4/30/19

Meanwhile... No More Creative Bets
Holzhauer Side Effect: No One Can Bet $69 Again
From AltPress

Jeopardy! contestants are dropping some knowledge about what is and is not allowed on the show as far as wager amounts, and it's pretty interesting.

It all started with Jeopardy!'s current big winner, James Holzhauer, who broke the $1 million earned mark on the show on Tuesday.

Holzhauer has got a lot of attention for his huge streak and his betting knowledge that allows him to make sensible wagers.

Former contestant Ken Jennings commented on this on Twitter, saying he also made "small, sensible Jeopardy wagers."

Someone responded, saying they liked how he "wagered $69 on every final jeopardy."

Then, Jennings revealed that wagering $69 is forbidden on the show. "As of last year. not even joking."

Holzhauer also tweeted on the comment, saying: there are five banned wagers from the show.

Actually, there are five banned wagers. This is probably the most innocuous one. https://t.co/5Yt0Y9JbKX — James Holzhauer (@James_Holzhauer)

Those other wagers include $666, $14, $88 and $1488. The first is due to the relation on Satan, which is well known in the punk/metal scene. The other three are associated with white supremacy, which is why they're banned.

Even though Jeopardy! isn't in to 69 jokes or Satanic rituals, you can still bet $420 on the show if you're into betting funny numbers.

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posted 4/29/19

RU ITK?
The Q's New Game Goes Live
From Charleston (SC) Post & Courier

As publishers struggle with short attention spans, a local trivia startup has found a way to help companies engage their audiences through games.

A new competition called ITK — short for "in the know" — launched Tuesday from Charleston-based Stream.

The new game was designed in the style of "Family Feud," where players answer a simple question by trying to guess what the majority of people will say.

Anyone can play the game on "The Q" app, but Stream's main goal is to sell the games to publishers, who could customize them for their brands.

Will Jamieson, CEO of Stream, first released The Q trivia game at the end of 2017 as a competitor to HQ Trivia, another popular game where users can tune in daily for scheduled competitions. Stream's key capability is in streaming video to large, live audiences.

But Jamieson shifted his strategy last year when he realized he could sell access to the gaming platform to publishers and other companies trying to keep audiences' attention. With the trivia game, users keep their eyes on the screen for 15 minutes, on average. Stream's customers can now build their own interactive game shows, with content specific to their brands. .

Charleston Post & Courier

posted 4/29/19

Joker... Joker... No, Not That One...
Turkish Quiz Format Heads to France
From World Screen

The quiz show Joker features reversals of fortune from start to finish, as contestants win and lose money at breakneck speeds right up until the end.

The series has been licensed into a handful of countries by Global Agency, which has seen the format picking up steam as of late after being in the catalog for six years.

Joker was created by Erdi Yapim, one of the co-creators of Global Agency's hit daily strip Shopping Monsters. The series debuted in 2013 on TRT in Turkey, garnering strong ratings for the channel across more than 50 episodes.

The company's long-time client Hervé Hubert then came to Turkey to shoot a French pilot, which caught the interest of France 2. The channel aired 300-plus episodes to much success about four years ago, but gave the show time to rest two years back. Joker has since returned on France 2, now airing weekly instead of daily.

Izzet Pinto, founder and CEO of Global Agency, says that after its solid performances in Turkey and France, the format "was on pause" for a little while, since quiz shows were proving a tougher sell in the marketplace. Much like the changing fates of the players in the series itself, the format has now seen a resurgence in interest.

Poland's Super Polsat licensed the show and has aired 80 episodes across two seasons, with a third in consideration. Having its sights set on breaking into Western Europe, Global Agency sold the format in Portugal last year, with 200 episodes commissioned. Joker has since been airing every day on RTP. Slovenia is the most recent country to come on board, with public broadcaster TV SLO 1 having launched the show in February for 25 weekly episodes in prime time.

"The channel is super happy with the viewing figures," says Pinto. "Some episodes have reached over a 40 percent share; so almost half of the country watched the show. It's the highest rated program on the channel."

With the momentum continuing like a domino effect, in the last six months, Global Agency has secured a slew of option deals. This includes across Europe such as in Italy, Spain and Germany, as well as in countries across the Middle East.

In the format, players are asked ten questions and have seven "jokers" to help them eliminate wrong answers from the multiple choices offered. For each correct response, the player moves up the money tree. A wrong answer means they lose three jokers, and when the jokers have run out, contestants drop down three pegs on the money tree. Whatever their position is when the last question is answered determines their winnings.

World Screen

posted 4/29/19

Iran's "Millionaire" Knockoff Shut Down
Government: Quiz Shows Gambling
From CAlvinAyre.com

Iran's religious authorities are cracking down on TV game shows, apparently because their games too closely resemble gambling products. Iranian state television recently debuted a new program called Barande Bash (Be The Winner), a shameless knockoff of the UK's global hit Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

The show, hosted by local singer/actor Mohammed Reza Golzar, has proven a ratings winner for the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) company. But the show's arrival was met almost immediately by criticism from conservative cleric Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem-Shirazi, who published a fatwa (a nonbinding legal opinion) in a local newspaper declaring that such quiz shows offered "games of chance" and thus were effectively gambling, which is haram (forbidden) under Islamic law.

CalvinAyre.com

Asharq Al-Awsat

posted 4/29/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "And the Presenters Are..."

  • DAYTIME EMMYS: presenters names (Broadway World)

  • This week's Carriage Battle brought to you by A+E Networks & AT&T's DirecTV (Deadline)

  • Pat Sajak goes to college (MLive)

posted 4/29/19

THURSDAY: Draft Day
ABC Wins with NFL Coverage on Day 1 of Sweeps
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.876 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the demo champ on Thursday thanks to its primetime coverage of the "2019 NFL Draft - Round 1" (4.876 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3).

CBS (7.652 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was a close second with its lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (11.549 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1), "Young Sheldon" (10.272 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "Mom" (8.005 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "Life in Pieces" (5.807 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and "SWAT" (5.139 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Next up was FOX (2.562 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with the series finale of "Gotham" (2.210 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and the season finale of "The Orville" (2.915 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.504 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up its mix of "Superstore" (2.949 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "AP Bio" (1.683 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.733 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), "Abby's" (1.470 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.594 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

And finally, The CW (1.040 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night with the season finale of "Supernatural" (1.311 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and a new "In the Dark" (0.769 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).

On cable...
- Project Runway (Bravo): 977k
- Double Dare (Nick): 715k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 677k
- Double Shot at Love with DJ Pauly D & Vinny (MTV): 637k
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 534k .

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posted 4/26/19

Wedding Blues Are Back
Johnny Weir, Tara Lipinski Return to Host "Wedding Cake Competition"
From The Futon Critic

Wedding Cake Championship, the top-tier cake competition hosted by Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir returns on Monday, June 3rd at 10pm ET/PT with new engaged couples looking for their dream wedding cake and a new batch of elite bakers who hope their talents will deliver.

The baking duos will be challenged as they whisk through difficult cake challenges and face extreme requests from real-life couples that test the limits of their skill and creativity. Judging the action week-to-week are baking extraordinaire Kimberly Bailey, Chopped's Maneet Chauhan, and Say Yes to the Dress host Randy Fenoli. The team to rise above will earn a $25,000 grand prize and the title of Wedding Cake Champion!

"Tara Lipinski and Johnny Weir are the ultimate hosting couple for this celebratory competition with their easy rapport and play-by-play commentary on all the baking action," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "These two cake enthusiasts are pulling out all the stops this season as the bakers craft incredible custom wedding cakes in this edge-of-your-seat wedding cake extravaganza."

In each of the four hour-long episodes, the teams will face two rounds of challenges. First, they must tackle wedding cake toppers, where one team will earn a special advantage in the next round when the bakers must design a personalized wedding cake for a real-life couple's big day! The pressure is on for the three remaining teams in the grand finale on Monday, June 24th at 10pm ET/PT, when they are challenged to create the most over-the-top, impressive cake for Bachelor in Paradise's Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon. Only one team will cream the competition to take home the grand $25,000 prize and the title of Wedding Cake Champion!

Catch competition highlights, meet the competitors, and watch exclusive videos with the hosts and judges at FoodNetwork.com/WeddingCakeChampionship, and weigh in on your favorites using #WeddingCakeChampionship. .

The Futon Critic

posted 4/26/19

More on "The Bachelorette"
Catch It on ABC May 13
From Broadway World

From Miss Alabama USA to Hannah B. and Hannah Beast, every journey has prepared Bachelorette Hannah Brown for her pursuit of the fierce love she so deserves. With a newfound sense of self and her southern charm, Hannah is ready to shed her perfect pageant persona and keep it real as she begins her new quest to find her forever love on the momentous 15th season of "The Bachelorette," premiering MONDAY, MAY 13 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

Broadway World

posted 4/26/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "What Happens Next"

  • Victoria Coren Mitchell: an underappreciation (Radio Times)

  • Katy Perry, Orlando Bloom seen cuddling. Because that's what couples do. (Gold Derby)

  • Lauren Bushnell had a case of the ex (Reality TV World)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Hey, that new executive at PAramount looks AWFULLY familiar (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with James Holzhauer's wife (Heavy)

posted 4/26/19

WEDNESDAY: Hold Onto Something
"Survivor", "Race" Lose Night BARELY to NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.591 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) was the top draw on Wednesday with its original lineup of "Chicago Med" (7.714 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "Chicago Fire" (8.012 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and "Chicago PD" (7.047 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

CBS (5.347 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) then was the number two network with its trio of "Survivor: Edge of Extinction" (7.358 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1), "The Amazing Race 31" (4.753 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "SEAL Team" (3.929 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8).

Next up was FOX (3.435 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) with fresh installments from "Empire" (3.800 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and "Star" (3.071 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.614 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "The Goldbergs" (3.302 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9), "Schooled" (2.730 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), "Modern Family" (2.576 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and "Single Parents" (2.006 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) plus a new "Whiskey Cavalier" (2.534 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12).

And finally, closing out the night on The CW (0.651 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) were new episodes of "Riverdale" (0.756 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.545 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.184m
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds (MTV): 883k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 691k
- Double Dare (Nick): 679k

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posted 4/25/19

Billionaires Play Millionaire
"Shark Tank Week" Coming May 6
From Broadway World

Four Sharks from ABC's hit entrepreneurial-themed reality show "Shark Tank" will play "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," opposite host Chris Harrison, during "Shark Tank Week," airing MONDAY, MAY 6 - FRIDAY, MAY 10.

The four uber-successful entrepreneurs - LORI GREINER, ROHAN OZA, ROBERT HERJAVEC AND MATT HIGGINS - will leave the comfortable confines of the SHARK TANK for the "Millionaire" set, taking on the show's 14 questions with the goal of bringing home big money for their chosen charities.

Monday, May 6 - Shark Lori Greiner will play to benefit Junior Achievement of Southern California.

Tuesday, May 7 - Guest Shark Rohan Oza will play for Charity: Water.

Wednesday, May 8 - Rohan Oza will continue his gameplay to benefit Charity: Water, followed by Shark Robert Herjavec, who will play for Seattle's Union Gospel Mission.

Thursday, May 9 - Robert Herjavec will continue his gameplay to benefit Seattle's Union Gospel Mission.

Friday, May 10 - Guest Shark Matt Higgins will round out the week, playing for Autism Speaks.


Broadway World

posted 4/25/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Nice?"

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: an unwritten rule on "Jeopardy!" is now written (Cinema Blend)

  • Kelly Clarkson, Meredith Vieira among those highlighted this coming syndicated season (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Flinch (Netflix) (Broadcast)

  • Richard Hammond gets "Big" for Discovery (Yahoo!)

posted 4/25/19


Yahoo!

KEN KERCHEVAL: 1935-2019
"Dallas" Actor a Frequent Game Show Panelist
From Yahoo!

Ken Kercheval, who played oil tycoon Cliff Barnes, the rival of Larry Hagman's J.R. Ewing on "Dallas," has died. He was 83.

A spokeswoman at Frist Funeral Home in Kercheval's hometown of Clinton, Ind., confirmed his death on Wednesday to Variety, but did not provide additional information.

Kercheval and Hagman were the only two stars who appeared on CBS' soap opera "Dallas" for its entire 14-season run between 1978 to 1991. Kercheval was a recurring character for the first two seasons, but was then upped to a regular in the 1979-1980 season. He reprised his role in the 1996 "Dallas" reunion, the 2004 CBS reunion special and the 2012-2014 TNT revival. He was among five series stars who directed episodes, taking the helm for two episodes for Seasons 13-14.

When "Dallas" viewers asked him when Cliff was "finally going to get J.R.," Kercheval always answered: "This Friday night!"

In the 1960s, Kercheval appeared on Broadway in Mike Nichols' "The Apple Tree" and Harold Prince's "Cabaret." He also had roles in films like "Pretty Poison," "Rabbit Run" and Sidney Lumet's "Network" and "F.I.S.T." Kercheval's small-screen career was prolific, with appearances on "Search for Tomorrow" in the '60s and early '70s, "CHiPs," "The Love Boat," "Murder, She Wrote," "ER" and more.

In game shows, Kercheval spent a great deal of his time on "Super Password", "Hollywood Squares", "Pyramid", "Chain Reaction", and "Tattletales".

Kercheval was born on July 15, 1935, in Wolcottville, Ind., and raised nearby in Clinton. He attended the Indiana University to major in music and drama, and later studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York with Sanford Meisner. A heavy smoker, Kercheval had part of his lung removed in 1994 after he was diagnosed with lung cancer.

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Deadline
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TV Line

posted 4/24/18

TUESDAY: A Change for the Better
NBC Wins Demo Post Switch
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.169 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was back on top in demos last night with its revised lineup of "The Village" (4.112 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "The Voice" (6.184 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) and "New Amsterdam" (5.210 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2).

CBS (6.789 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with repeats of "NCIS" (7.463 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), another "NCIS" (6.480 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and a new "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.426 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.318 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with its mix of "American Housewife" (4.007 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2), a repeat "Bless This Mess" (3.199 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Black-ish" (3.209 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Bless This Mess" (3.575 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and the debut of "1969" (2.959 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.388 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) offered up originals from "MasterChef Junior" (2.946 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "Mental Samurai" (1.830 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

And finally, The CW (1.335 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night with a new "The Flash" (1.622 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and the season finale of "Roswell, New Mexico" (1.048 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15).

On cable...
- CHopped (Food): 753k
- Double Dare (Nick): 588k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/24/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "#DontSpoilTheEndgame"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Survivor season finale: May 15 (The Futon Critic)

  • Card Sharks rolls FRIDAY! (On Camera Audiences)

  • #ObAvengers: Before he was Captain America, Chris Evans was screaming at his TV set for GSN (YouTube)

posted 4/23/19

Netflix Nails a Date for Season 3
Catch the Full Season May 17
From the Wrap

"Nailed It!" is coming back for a third season at Netflix, with hosts Nicole Byer and pastry chef Jacques Torres once again at the helm of this hot mess of a baking competition. Six new episodes will launch on Netflix May 17.

The series follows contestants with questionable baking skills trying to recreate culinary masterpieces for the chance to win a $10,000 prize. The crazy challenges the bakers will be tasked with this season include a "Black Panther" cake, a cotton-candy flavored clown cake, a cake-replica of Michelangelo's statue of David, a T. rex cake, a fondant-covered doll cake, and a layered bust of Napoleon Bonaparte.

In each episode, contestants compete in two challenges. In the first, called "Baker's Choice," they choose a cake to recreate. The winner of round one gets a special prize and a golden chef's hat. In the second challenge, "Nail It or Fail It," they have two hours to recreate a complicated cake from scratch, with the option of pressing the "Panic Button" for three minutes of assistance from a judge should they need it.

The Wrap
The Futon Critic

posted 4/23/19

SYNDIES: Week 29
Results for the Week Ending April 13
From B&C

The session ending April 14 was one for the record books. Jeopardy rose 5% from the week before and took over sole possession of first place in the game show race as contestant James Holzhauer set a single-day record for the program, earning $110,914 on April 9.

However, Jeopardy's 6.4 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating was no match for even a mostly-rerun week of overall leader Judge Judy, which answered with a 6.7 and ruled the syndication chart for a 40th consecutive week. That marked the longest streak of any show at the top of the syndication ratings in 15 years.

Next in line behind Judy, which aired repeats on four of the five days, and Jeopardy were Family Feud at a 6.0 and Wheel of Fortune at a 5.9.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.4 +5%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.0 NC
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9 -3%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC
.

TV Newscheck
B+C

posted 4/23/19

MONDAY: Never Put an "Idol" Clip Show on Opposite "The Voice"
NBC Smashes the Competition
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.338 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) was the top draw on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (7.488 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) and "The Enemy Within" (4.037 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

FOX (5.358 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with fresh installments from "The Resident" (4.739 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and "9-1-1" (5.977 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1).

Next up was ABC (4.689 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its recap special "American Idol: Meet Your Finalists" (5.418 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) plus a new "The Fix" (3.231 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.027 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up the season finale of "The Neighborhood" (6.267 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) followed by new episodes of "Man with a Plan" (5.012 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6) and "The Code" (4.611 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) plus a repeat "Bull" (4.831 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.799 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with new episodes of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.899 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "Arrow" (0.699 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12).

On cable...
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.226m
- Double Dare (Nick): 644k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Deadline

posted 4/23/19

SUNDAY: A Vote Is a Wish Your Phone Makes
"Idol" Leads ABC to Demo Win
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.339 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) scored the demo crown on Sunday with its mix of a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.652 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) followed by originals from "American Idol" (6.421 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and "Shark Tank" (3.864 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2).

CBS (6.717 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with its lineup of "60 Minutes" (8.308 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Motown 60: A Grammy Celebration" (6.866 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and the season finale of "Madam Secretary" (4.830 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12).

Next up was NBC (2.575 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and its combination of "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.331 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) alongside fresh installments of "World of Dance" (2.905 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "Good Girls" (2.160 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.134 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up its all-repeat lineup of "The Simpsons" (0.783 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15), "Bob's Burgers" (0.916 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12), another "The Simpsons" (1.237 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), another "Bob's Burgers" (1.166 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Family Guy" (1.297 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and another "Family Guy" (1.403 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

And finally, The CW (0.809 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night with the return of "Supergirl" (0.949 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) and "Charmed" (0.669 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #17).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (SP/Food): 1.370m
- Bake You Rich (Food): 638k

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Deadline
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/22/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Separate Lives"

  • Colton Underwood met the love of his life on "The Bachelor"... so why are they living separately? (Extra)

  • Bob Boden: "Jeopardy!" will survive James Holzhauer (and be better for it!) (Cheddar)

  • SPOILER ALERT!: If you click this link before watching J! tonight... it's on you. YOU'VE BEEN WARNED! (ESPN)

posted 4/23/19

MasterChef Latino to Return
Catch It May 19 on Telemundo
From Broadway World

Renowned actress, TV host and influencer, Gaby Espino, will spice up the Telemundo screen this summer with the grand premiere of the second season of "MasterChef Latino," the number one reality cooking competition in the world which premieres Sunday, May 19 at 7pm/6c. Celebrity chefs Claudia Sandoval, Ennio Carota and Benito Molina return as judges of an innovative format produced by Endemol Shine Boomdog that brings together a great diversity of cultures, food and flavors from all over Latin America, where the best amateur/non-professional cooks from around the United States will do everything possible to become a culinary master and compete for a $100,000 cash prize and the coveted title of MasterChef Latino.

Throughout the culinary competition, fans of "MasterChef Latino" can join Telemundo's renowned Chef James Tahhan, who will serve as digital host to bring all the inside scoop and backstage access to Telemundo.com and the network's social media platforms.

Broadway World

posted 4/22/19

Speaking of Disney...
"Disney Quizney" to Return for Season 3 April 29... on the DisneyNow App
From Laughing Place

Disney Channel tweeted that popular live trivia show Disney QUIZney is returning this spring and summer. Season 3 of the show will start Monday, April 29 and will run through Friday, July 19.

Disney QUIZney will be broadcast Monday-Friday at 7pm ET / 4pm PT exclusively in DisneyNOW.

This year over a dozen Disney Channel stars will be featured as hosts of DisneyQUIZney.

Fans will have an opportunity to play the live trivia game show every weekday – for 12 weeks.

Additionally, DisneyQUIZney will be featured during the Disney Channel Fan Fest at the Disneyland Resort.

With the Fan Fest taking place on April 27th at Disney California Adventure park, guests attending will be the first to play DisneyQUIZney ahead of its third season premiere! Fans can participate in DisneyQUIZney and create their own DisneyChannel Wand ID on April 27 at Disney Channel Fan Fest.

Laughing Place

posted 4/22/19


GAMES GONE BY: 500 Questions
Season 3 is a Magic Number
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

"500 Questions" is about exactly that; answering five hundred fairly tough questions. Good thing they have so-called "geniuses" answering them because, "Three Wrong and you're gone!" They have what it takes to answer all of them, but the show didn't have what it took to ASK all of them. Chris Wolvie investigates in his latest installment of "Games Gone By..."

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 4/22/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "More Jeopardy! Than You Can Shake a Stick At"

  • Is James Holzhauer doing damage to the J! prize budget? No! We mean yes. We mean no. (The Atlantic)

  • If the Jeopardy! alum scene in LA is a secret society, it's the worst-kept secret ever. With the best hangout ever. (Los Angeles Magazine)

  • Buzzr has no more need for Twitch. Not with PlutoTV, Stirr and its own site around (Twitter @BuzzrTV)

  • DOUBLE LIST ABUSE: 15 game show players we'll never forget... (Redbook) ... and 15 game shows we wish would get a reboot (Redbook)

  • Bachelor in Paradise alums call it quits. We don't remember them either (Us Magazine)

  • Chrissy Teigen spends her Easter on Twitter (The Wrap)

  • VIDEO WALL: WWE Superstars Week on Double Dare (The Wrap)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: History made on University Challenge (BBC News)

  • Sad news for Egghead CJ de Mooi (PinkNews)

posted 4/22/19

THURSDAY: Eye on Top
"Survivor", "Amazing Race" Goes One-Two for CBS
From the Futon Critic

CBS (6.651 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (11.172 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), the return of "Life in Pieces" (6.843 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "Mom" (6.623 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), a second "Life in Pieces" (5.058 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "SWAT" (5.104 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

ABC (4.611 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then captured the silver with fresh installments of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.099 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "Station 19" (4.960 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "For the People" (2.773 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Next up was FOX (2.375 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with the penultimate weeks of "Gotham" (2.068 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "The Orville" (2.683 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.247 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up new episodes of "Superstore" (3.036 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "AP Bio" (1.835 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.790 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "Abby's" (1.535 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15) plus a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.643 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "Supernatural" (1.301 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15) and "In the Dark" (0.670 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #17) on The CW (0.986 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway (Bravo): 859k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 814k
- A Double Shot at Love (MTV): 606k
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 534k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/19/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Hot Take-a-Palooza"

  • Howie Mandel to play Caesars Windsor (Blackburn News)

  • James Holzhauer: "The Serena Williams of Jeopardy!" (Slate) who Ken Jennings calls "absolutely insane" (Uproxx)

  • Lionel Richie remembers when he was pranked by Stevie Wonder (UPI/Reality TV World)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Bachelor babymoon (Reality TV World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the secret sauce of James Holzhauer (The Ringer)... and his wife (Fansided)

posted 4/18/19

WEDNESDAY: Another Strong Start.... ing Line
"Survivor", "Amazing Race" Goes One-Two for CBS
From the Futon Critic

CBS (6.063 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) scored the top spot on Wednesday thanks to its mix of "Survivor: Edge of Extinction" (7.833 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1), the launch of "The Amazing Race 31" (5.801 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and "SEAL Team" (4.554 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

FOX (3.532 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the silver draw with fresh installments from "Empire" (3.788 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and "Star" (3.276 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4).

Next up was NBC (3.862 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with repeats of "Chicago Med" (4.305 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Chicago Fire" (3.855 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Chicago PD" (3.426 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.775 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) likewise opted for second runs of "The Goldbergs" (3.284 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Schooled" (2.687 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Modern Family" (2.765 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Single Parents" (2.236 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) plus a new "Whiskey Cavalier" (2.840 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.759 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with originals from "Riverdale" (0.829 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.689 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14).

On cable...
- Forged In Fire (History): 1.086m
- Guy's Grocery Games (MTV): 791k
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds (MTV): 763k

The Futon Critic
The Wrap
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/18/19

Sunday Best Starts Later
BET Gospel Competition To Return
From the Futon Critic

After a four-year hiatus, America's most inspirational singing competition, "Sunday Best," makes its triumphant return to BET, as a new and improved Season 9 takes over Sunday nights beginning in June. The well-established gospel show welcomes back Grammy Award(R)-winning music legend Kirk Franklin as host, gospel songstress and host of "Get Up Mornings," Erica Campbell as a judge; and adds two Grammy-Award(R) nominated artists Kelly Price and Jonathan McReynolds as new additions to the panel.

With a brand new stage and exciting themed challenges, this season will be the toughest one yet. The new season kicks off with in-person auditions in front of the judges as they narrow the field from 20 to the top 10.

For the first time the contestants were able to use an online submissions process, after which the team lead a global search for this year's contestants, leading up to the much-anticipated live auditions in Dallas, TX, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, GA, and Detroit, MI, Lagos, Nigeria and for the first time-ever London, England and Johannesburg, South Africa, which were open to select international contestants.

Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment (BET Awards, The New Edition Story), will serve as executive producer of season nine of Sunday Best along with showrunner Josh Greenberg (The Sing-Off, Lip Sync Battle). Dionne Harmon (The Bobby Brown Story, Hip Hop Squares) and Jeannae Rouzan-Clay (Dear Mama, Black Girls Rock!) and are co-executive producers.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/18/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Jealous Much?"

  • Remember when we posted that Chrissy Teigen was on the Time 100? Everyone was happy... except Piers Morgan, for reasons unknown (The Wrap)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: The Village Voice... err, the Village is trading slots with The Voice (Deadline)

  • American Idol releases Disney Night set list #DisneyIsTheParentCompanyOfABC (TV Line)

  • Alex Trebek lists his lake house for $1.4 million (Architectural Digest)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the secret sauce of James Holzhauer (The Ringer)... and his wife (Fansided)

posted 4/18/19


The CW

Fox's Loss is CW's Gain
"Hypnotize Me" Picked Up for the Summer
From TV Guide

Most broadcast networks wrap up their ratings heavy hitters in late April or May and leave their summer for game shows and event programming.

Well, The CW is changing things up this year by packing their summer schedule with six new series along with some returning summer favorites. The new summer lineup was announced on Wednesday and includes some interesting titles.

The CW will have its own summer talent show, The Big Stage, along with a Taye Diggs game show, Hypnotize Me, anthology docu-series Mysteries Decoded, and an extreme sports show entitled, Red Bull Peaking.

Premiere dates for the new shows are coming soon.

TV Guide

The Hollywood Reporter
The Wrap

posted 4/17/19

TUESDAY: Sliced and Diced
CBS Wins
From the Futon Critic

CBS (9.014 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) pulled into the top spot on Tuesday thanks to new episodes of "NCIS" (11.683 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1), "FBI" (8.733 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.626 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

ABC (3.860 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then snagged the silver with originals from "American Housewife" (3.898 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "The Kids Are Alright" (3.123 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Black-ish" (3.516 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) plus the premiere of "Bless This Mess" (4.638 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and the season finale of "The Rookie" (3.993 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Next up was NBC (5.141 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its mix of "The Voice" (7.094 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2), "The Village" (3.877 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "New Amsterdam" (4.450 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.107 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments of "MasterChef Junior" (2.506 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Mental Samurai" (1.708 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14).

And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (1.830 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "Roswell, New Mexico" (1.074 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on The CW (1.452 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 842k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/17/19


BYUTV

Two to Renew for BYU
Family Network Orders Sophomore Seasons
From PR Newswire

Family entertainment television network BYUtv today announced it has ordered second seasons of the family cooking competition show "Dinner Takes All" and the multi-generational family game show "Battle of the Ages" to air this fall. Both series premiered in March 2019 and are currently airing their first seasons.

"In partnership with the seasoned creators of such favorites as 'Chopped' and 'Fear Factor,' BYUtv will bring back two reality series that are truly unique in the television landscape," said Michael Dunn, managing director of BYUtv. "'Dinner Takes All' is both a cooking show and a family game show, and the goal of 'Battle of the Ages' is to bring every generation of a family together. Both series have been audience favorites since their premieres, and we're pleased to produce more episodes for our viewers in the fall."

PR Newswire

The Futon Critic

posted 4/17/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Legendary Pictures"

posted 4/17/19

"Best Ever Trivia Show" Enlists Trivia Experts
Ken Jennings Leads All-Star Team for GSN Series
From Broadway World

Game Show Network, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, has announced today that BEST EVER TRIVIA SHOW, hosted by Sherri Shepherd ("The View") will debut on June 10 at 4:00 p.m. ET.

In BEST EVER TRIVIA SHOW, three contestants face off against three Trivia Experts. The winning player then goes head-to-head in the final round against the Expert who performed the best over the course of the show - the Ultimate Trivia Challenge. If THE PLAYER gets more correct answers than the Expert, THE PLAYER wins $10,000 along with the opportunity to come back and win up to a grand total of $30,000 and take his or her spot in trivia history.

The Experts the contestants will be facing are:
- KEN JENNINGS (Edmonds, WA) - One of the best-known quiz show contestants of all time, Ken Jennings set records in 2004 as THE PLAYER with the longest winning streak (74 consecutive games) and most regular-season winnings ($2.52 million) in Jeopardy! history. Once a computer programmer, today Jennings is the author of twelve books and the co-host of the podcast Omnibus. His favorite trivia categories are literature and movies, and his hobbies include hiking and painting. He lives in Seattle with his wife Mindy, two kids, and two dogs.
- SUSANNAH BROOKS (Madison, WI) - Winner of the inaugural Americas Quizzing Championships and the top AMERICAN WOMAN in the World Quizzing Championships, Susannah Brooks has put her vast trivia skills to use in her successes on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and Jeopardy!. This Midwestern trivia all-star and University of Wisconsin graduate considers classical music (and Elizabeth Taylor's husbands) among her favorite trivia categories. She enjoys movies, watching hockey, singing, and teaching big words to her small daughter.
- RYAN CHAFFEE (Andover, MN) - An extremely experienced game show trivia expert, Ryan Chaffee has taken home money on four separate game shows: Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, 500 Questions, Who's Still Standing?, and Jeopardy!. Chaffee is a Yale graduate and his favorite trivia categories are Sigmund Freud, early-90's heavy metal, and the life and work of Hunter S. Thompson.
- JONATHAN CORBBLAH (Brooklyn, NY) - As a world class chess master, Jonathan Corbblah brings a unique strategy to his trivia exploits. Corbblah, whose favorite trivia category is geography, has won on Wheel of Fortune, The Chase, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and Jeopardy!. When not playing chess or on a game show, this quiz bowl coach & Mensa member enjoys playing Scrabble, basketball, and poker.
- RAJ DHUWALIA (Fort Lauderdale, FL) - First competing in quiz bowl matches at 15 years old, Raj Dhuwalia is truly a veteran trivia expert. This juggling and unicycling trivia master has been extremely successful on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, The Chase, and Jeopardy!. Dhuwalia, whose favorite category is science, has both a Master of Arts in English from Florida Atlantic University and a Master of Science in Physics from University of Florida.
- ARIANNA HAUT (Topanga, CA) - As an educator who founded a charter school in Los Angeles, Arianna Haut continues her passion for knowledge through trivia game shows. With successful runs on The Chase, Jeopardy!, and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Haut, who counts literature and food as her favorite quizzing categories, is an experienced trivia master who loves to be constantly learning. When not immersed in trivia, she can be found at Disneyland, supporting the Dodgers, or working on crossword puzzles.
- MUFFY MARRACCO (Swarthmore, PA) - A tutor and writer of an original Lifetime movie, Muffy Marracco solidified her place in trivia history after winning on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire and The Chase. Marracco, whose favorite trivia category is American history, is ranked in the top 20% of players in the World Quizzing Championships. She is a graduate of Brown University and holds a Master of Swedish Social Studies from Stockholm University. Marracco has two rescue dogs and enjoys volunteering with a dog rescue group when not playing trivia or helping her students.
- DAVID SCHUCHINSKI (Montclair, NJ) - As black belt in taekwando, David Schuchinski brings discipline and efficiency to his trivia strategy. A writer and King Trivia Master who won on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, Schuchinski, a cum laude Yale graduate, most enjoys answering questions about art history and business. He also enjoys cooking, playing basketball, and spending time with his wife.
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Broadway World

posted 4/16/19

"Deal" Returns This Summer
New Episodes Play June
From The Wrap

Forget all that "Winter is coming" stuff — CNBC is ready for summer. TheWrap can exclusively reveal the cable channel's Summer 2019 slate, and we've also got your first look at JoJo Fletcher's and Jordan Rodgers' house-flipping series "Cash Pad," among other shows. This summer season, CNBC will air its biggest primetime slate yet, with more than 50 new hours of premieres. Included among them are three new original series: the aforementioned "Cash Pad," as well as "Listing Impossible" and "Five Day Biz Fix" (working title).

Returning are new installments of CNBC's popular franchise series, "Deal or No Deal" with Howie Mandel, "The Profit: An Inside Look" with Marcus Lemonis, Season 3 of "Jay Leno's Garage," Season 13 of "American Greed" and Season 2 of "The Deed: Chicago."

"Deal or No Deal" Premieres Wednesday, June 12 at 9 p.m. ET/PT The new "Deal or No Deal" with host and executive producer Howie Mandel returns with 10 all-new episodes and continues to offer up a high-pressure, high-stakes game of risk and reward, in which contestants face a series of potentially life-altering decisions. With 26 sealed briefcases full of varying amounts of cash – ranging from a penny to $1 million — contestants have to decide whether to accept an offer of cash from the mysterious entity known only as "the Banker," in exchange for what might be contained in the contestant's chosen briefcase. The new "Deal or No Deal" is produced by Truly Original, a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America, with Steven Weinstock, Glenda Hersh and Scott St. John as executive producers. Jim Ackerman and Christian Barcellos are the executive producers for CNBC.

The Wrap

The Futon Critic

posted 4/16/19

MONDAY: This Is... a Song Battle to the Death!
Idol Closes Gap on The Voice
From The Futon Critic

NBC (6.382 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) held off the competition on Monday with new episodes of "The Voice" (7.589 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "The Enemy Within" (3.970 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

ABC (5.747 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then was the number two draw with fresh installments from "American Idol" (7.054 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and "The Fix" (3.134 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

Next up was FOX (5.073 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and originals from "The Resident" (4.471 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6) and "9-1-1" (5.675 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.466 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up new episodes of "The Neighborhood" (5.747 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "Man with a Plan" (5.015 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5), "The Code" (4.424 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Bull" (6.591 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

And finally, a new "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.016 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and the relocated "Arrow" (0.731 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) on The CW (0.874 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.223m

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/16/19

Mario Lopez & Sheryl Underwood... Together Again for the First Time
Daytime Emmys on Tap May 5
From Deadline

Mario Lopez and Sheryl Underwood have been named hosts for the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards on May 5 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Organizer the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences unveiled the news today when it also revealed that David Osmond will host the Daytime Emmy Creative Arts ceremony May 3.

"I am thrilled to have one of the most entertaining combinations in daytime television hosting our grand gala at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium," said David Michaels, SVP Daytime at NATAS. "With their combined wit and charm, plus America's favorite arbiter, Judge Judy, receiving this year's lifetime achievement award as well as the best of daytime nominated in all genres and a stellar list of presenters yet to be announced, it promises to be a memorable night for the daytime community."

NATAS also said Carolyn Hennessy will return as host of the Daytime Emmys' livestream from the red carpet and backstage post-show interviews with the winners May 5.

Deadline

Broadway World

posted 4/16/19

SYNDIES: Week 28
Results for the Week Ending April 7
From TV Newscheck

Ratings for syndicated shows bloomed as April got underway in the session ending April 7.

Seeing sharply higher numbers were game show leaders Jeopardy, which climbed 9% to a 6.1, and Wheel of Fortune, which accelerated 11% to a 6.1. Family fell 2% to a 6.0 and was a close third in the quiz 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.

GAME SHOWS
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.1 +11%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.1 +9%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.0 -2%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


TV Newscheck

B+C

posted 4/16/19

Netflix Nails It to More Countries
German, French, Spanish Versions of "Nailed It!" Coming
From Deadline

Nailed It!, Netflix's home baking competition, is getting local versions in France, Spain and Germany following the launch of a remake in Mexico.

The series, which sees home bakers with a terrible track record take a shot at re-creating edible masterpieces for a cash prize, originally launched in the U.S. hosted by Nicole Byer and Jacques Torres in March 2018. The Magical Elves-produced show was followed by a second season in June and a holiday special in December.

The SVOD service then launched a remake in Mexico in February that was hosted by comedian Omar Chaparro and chef Anna Ruiz with a series of guest judges including Sylvia Weinstock.

Following its first quarter financial results, Netflix revealed that the Mexican version had been a hit locally. In a letter to investors, it noted, "¡Nailed It!: México [achieved] three times more first-month watchers in Mexico than the dubbed US version."

It revealed that it will follow this up with local adaptations in Europe, however, it did not give details on dates or judges.

The move comes as it bulks up its international non-scripted efforts. Last year, it acquired the remake rights to British entertainment format The Circle, which debuted on Channel 4, and is producing versions of the Studio Lambert and Motion Content Group-produced show in the U.S. as well as in France and Brazil.

Deadline

posted 4/16/19


Page Six

Scott Rogowsky Signing Off...
HQ Trivia Loses Its Premiere Host (UPDATED)
From ComicBook.com

Last week, Scott Rogowsky, was leaving behind the mobile show and company that helped him make a name for himself to host a new MLB show, dubbed "ChangeUp." At the time of the announcement, details on the departure were scarce, and that hasn't really changed. What we do know is that CEO of HQ, Rus Yusupov, was unwilling to compromise, and refused to let Rogowsky hold another hosting job while he acted as a host for HQ Trivia. And as a result, Rogowsky had to choose one, and he chose his new MLB gig.

That all said, Rogowsky has since taken to Twitter to comment on the matter and give fans an update, revealing that as a lifelong baseball fan, the opportunity to host his own MLB show was too good to pass up. However, he will always be thankful for his co-workers at HQ, and of course, the fans that made the game as popular as it is.

"Sadly, it won't be possible for me to continue hosting HQ concurrently as I had hoped, and because I wasn't given the courtesy of a farewell show, please allow me to use this thread to say all the things I would have said on my final broadcast.

"I will forever be indebted to my former colleagues who created and supported this innovative platform that allowed my face and voice to reach millions of people around the world, and there will always be a special place in my heart for my HQties all across the HQniverse.

"Thank you for the outpouring of kind tweets and messages. I shall humbly remain your Quiz Daddy Emeritus, and I look forward to gettin down to the nitty-gritty and gettin this new show 'Change Up' on the road M-F, 7-10p ET alongside all-star Adnan Virk. Stay savage, and Let's Go Mets!"

HQ creators Intermedia Labs have also provided a statement...

"We continue to build an incredible company at HQ Trivia, from drawing hundreds of thousands of players to the platform daily, to increasing the size of the prize, to attracting strong talent. We've come a long way since Scott Rogowsky's first trivia game and we're grateful for everything he's done for the platform. This is a team that creates products for talent to really shine—we're just getting started at HQ Trivia, and as he makes his next move, wanted to take a minute to thank him for being part of our journey."

Meanwhile, the company has named a new permanent primetime host in former substitute host Matt Richards.

HQ co-creator and CEO Rus Yusupov confirms to TechCrunch that the company ran a SurveyMonkey survey of its top players and they voted that Richards, a comedian who has appeared on CBS' 2 Broke Girls, Nickelodeon's School of Rock and was a voice-over host for game show Trivial Takedown on FUSE, rated higher than Rogowsky. Yusupov says HQ is excited to have Richards as its new prime time host. It's also putting out offers to more celebrity guests to host for a few shows, a few weeks or even a whole season of one of its time slots.

According to multiple sources, more than half of the startup's staff signed an internal petition to depose CEO Rus Yusupov, whom they saw as mismanaging the company. But Yusupov then fired some core supporters of the mutiny, leading to a downward spiral of morale that mirrors HQ's plummeting App Store rank. HQ Trivia, is reportedly looking for a new CEO following half of the startup's staff signed an internal petition to depose CEO Yusupov who they saw as mismanaging the company.

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TMZ
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Business Insider

posted 4/16/19

WEEKEND: Winter Is Here
"Idol" Rises, ABC Splits with CBS
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.886 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) pulled into the top broadcast spot on Sunday with its mix of a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.223 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) alongside new episodes of "American Idol" (7.184 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "Shark Tank" (3.953 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4).

CBS (6.821 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) then was the number two draw with its quartet of "60 Minutes" (8.537 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2), "God Friended Me" (7.007 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.762 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Madam Secretary" (4.978 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

NBC (2.977 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) shared in the silver honors with a repeat "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.951 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) plus originals from "World of Dance" (3.267 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Good Girls" (2.423 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.290 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.096 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14), "Bob's Burgers" (1.004 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14), another "The Simpsons" (1.370 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), another "Bob's Burgers" (1.288 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), "Family Guy" (1.456 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and another "Family Guy" (1.528 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

And finally, second runs of "Supergirl" (0.458 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) and "Charmed" (0.264 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) on The CW (0.361 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable Friday....
- Common Knowledge (SF/GSN): 538k


On cable Sunday...
- Buddy vs. Duff (SF/Food): 1.857m
- Bake You Rich (P/Food): 878k

The Futon Critic

Showubzz Daily
Showubzz Daily

posted 4/16/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "J-Rocket"

  • James Holzhauer sets a new record... almost (Cinema Blend)

  • MTV to hold "RealityCon" (Deadline)

  • Luke Bryan, Bobby Bones voted into.... ABC's coverage of the NFL Draft (The Futon Critic)

  • Anne Hegerty ALMOST got in trouble with ITV over a tweet. What did it say? The world will never know. (New Zealand Herald)

  • Val Chmerkovskiy, Jenna Johnson make it official (People)

posted 4/16/19

THURSDAY: A Double Shot Indeed
MTV Debut Sets New Mark
From Deadline

Likely helped by ratings halo effect from its association with MTV's flagship Jersey Shore: Family Vacation, the network's newest reality series, Double Shot at Love With DJ Pauly D and Vinny, premiered to big adult demo numbers last night.

The show, starring Jersey Shore vets Paul Delvecchio and Vinny Guadagnino, scored a 0.82 adults 18-49 rating (Live+same day) and nearly one-million total viewers across the commercial-free premiere.

This marks the #1 unscripted cable series debut year-to-date in 2019 in 18-49. Double Shot also was MTV's second highest-rated series premiere among 18-49 in over 5 years, only behind Jersey Shore: Family Vacation.

Total cable numbers....
- Project Runway (Bravo): 1.030m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 943k
- Double Shot at Love with DJ Pauly D & Vinny - 8p (P/MTV): 924k
- Double Shot at Love with DJ Pauly D & Vinny - 8:45p (MTV): 914k
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 529k

ABC (5.083 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) pulled into the top demo spot on Thursday thanks to originals from "Grey's Anatomy" (6.741 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1), "Station 19" (5.388 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "For the People" (3.121 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

CBS (5.430 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then had to settle for second with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.995 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), "Young Sheldon" (6.761 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), another "The Big Bang Theory" (6.131 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), the season finale of "Fam" (4.941 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7) and a repeat "SWAT" (3.875 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Next up was NBC (2.812 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its new lineup of "Superstore" (3.391 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "AP Bio" (2.097 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.923 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Abby's" (1.650 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.904 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.897 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up a repeat "Gotham" (1.229 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and a new "The Orville" (2.565 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, fresh installments from "Supernatural" (1.498 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "In the Dark" (0.776 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #17) rounded out the night on The CW (1.137 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

Deadline

Showubzz Daily
The Futon Critic

posted 4/12/19

Family Feud at Sea
Fremantle Teams with Carnival to Bring Game Show to Its Newest Ship Starting 2020
From Travel Weekly

Carnival Cruise Line will bring the popular "Family Feud" TV game show aboard the 5,200-passenger Mardi Gras, a ship entering service Aug. 31, 2020.

A partnership with the distributor of the long-running game show was announced here at the Seatrade Cruise Global conference.

Family Feud Live will feature the same format and signature set as the TV show. Two five-person teams will battle it out by naming the most popular answers to survey questions such as "Name something that might get rained out."

Carnival president Christine Duffy said the show is a great fit for Carnival passengers. "Carnival Cruise Line is all about fun, family and friends, just like Family Feud," she said.

Travel Weekly

posted 4/12/19

Alan Carr Talks About Movies
New Series from "A League of Their Own" Producers Coming in May
From Den of Geek!

Film quiz shows! There's been surprisingly few of them over the years, a problem that the production team behind A League Of Their Own is about to try and rectify.

May will bring us There's Something About Movies, a new panel series hosted by Alan Carr that features fellow actors and comedians facing off over some tricky celluloid trivia.

Six episodes of There's Something About Movies are in the works at Sky One, and they'll be available on NOW TV as well, so as long as you've got one of those, you can give the new comedy series a try.

Den of Geek!

posted 4/12/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Just Give It A Chance"

  • Phil Keoghan wants "Race" fans to give the Reality Clash a chance (Parade)

  • Marc Summers' wild ride back takes him to Dallas (Dallas Observer)

  • CASTING COUCH: Wheelmobile heads to Detroit (WDIV Detroit)

  • Wendy Williams' divorce filing is on fire (Yahoo!)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Stephen Mulhern (ATV Today)

posted 4/12/19

The Voice Pulls a Double Cross
Catch It Monday!
From Reality TV World

The Voice will be debuting a brand-new round called Live Cross Battles next week, and NBC has revealed exactly how it will work and what the new round will entail.

The Voice briefly introduced the show's new Live Cross Battles round during Tuesday night's episode without going into much detail. NBC has announced this game-changing live round will feature artists from opposing teams competing head-to-head live for America's vote.

For the first time in The Voice history, coaches Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, and John Legend will each select an artist from their team in real time to compete live against an artist from a different team in a series of faceoffs.

The Live Cross Battles round will begin with 32 artists remaining in the competition. Over the course of two weeks, eight pairs of 16 artists will perform each Monday night. "The Voice will unveil a brand new Cross Battles set design, in which the artists will be seated by team on dramatically lit benches around each side of the stage," according to NBC.

"In every Cross Battle, two coaches will go head-to-head in a 'live school yard pick,' each selecting one artist from their team to go up against another team's artist."

The two selected artists will each perform an individual song, and their fate will be in America's hands to decide the winner.

Reality TV World

posted 4/11/19

Celebrities Down Under
Grant Denyer to Play Celebrity Name Game for Ten
From TV Black Box

The king of gameshows and guardian of the buzzer, Grant Denyer, returns to host a half hour of side-splitting, eye-popping and name-dropping fun.

Packed with famous faces, Celebrity Name Game is a fast-paced game show that sees every day Aussies paired with real-life celebrities in a race against the clock to identify famous names and faces from across pop culture.

Created by Courtney Cox and David Arquette, the game involves two teams of two contestants - think friends, family or co-workers that can mildly tolerate each other – who together with a guest celebrity, must try and identify the name of popular culture subjects like politicians, sport stars, movies and fictional characters.

Airing 6.00pm weeknights, Celebrity Name Game is a sure fire way to snap you out of that post-work coma and into a night of laughter and scream-at-the-tv fun.

Celebrity Name Game is produced by FremantleMedia Australia for Network 10.

TV Blackbox

posted 4/11/19

WEDNESDAY: Longest Tribal EVER.
Fox, CBS Split the Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (3.464 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the demo champ on a competitive Wednesday thanks to fresh installments from "Empire" (3.774 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "Star" (3.155 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

CBS (5.416 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then was a close second with its mix of "Survivor: Edge of Extinction" (7.567 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1), a repeat "NCIS" (4.200 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "SEAL Team" (4.482 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.775 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) with originals from "The Goldbergs" (4.595 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Schooled" (3.793 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "Modern Family" (4.768 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "Single Parents" (3.205 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7) and "Whiskey Cavalier" (3.143 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.909 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "Chicago Med" (4.160 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Chicago Fire" (4.063 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "Chicago PD" (3.505 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

And finally, a rebroadcast of "In the Dark" (0.681 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and a new "Jane the Virgin" (0.604 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) on The CW (0.642 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On Sunday...
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds
(MTV): 932k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 881k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/11/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Shoot Your Shot"

posted 4/11/19


Philadelphia Inquirer

CHARLES VAN DOREN: 1926-2019
Key Figure in Game Show Scandals of the 1950s
From the Wrap

Charles Van Doren, the disgraced '50s-era quiz show contestant who was found to have received the answers in advance, has died. He was 93.

His son John told the New York Times that Van Doren died at a retirement community in Geer Village, Connecticut, where he had lived for several years.

Van Doren was an English instructor at Columbia University and the son of Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and critic Mark Van Doren and novelist and writer Dorothy Van Doren.

Van Doren was involved in a quiz show scandal in which he testified before Congress that he had been given the answers in advance to "Twenty-One" and that it was rigged. Van Doren's story was the subject of Robert Redford's film "Quiz Show," in which he was portrayed by Ralph Fiennes.

Van Doren rose to fame during the TV game show craze in the mid-to-late 1950s. As a handsome, well-spoken and well-educated individual with natural screen presence, he was approached by the producers of "Twenty-One" to defeat a long-running champion of the show, Herb Stempel, as the show's ratings began to slump.

For 14 weeks, Van Doren appeared on the show and won $129,000, or over $1 million in today's dollars, and became a celebrity. He appeared on the cover of Time Magazine and after his loss on "Twenty-One," signed a contract to appear on NBC shows for three years.

On the show, Van Doren would appear in a supposedly soundproof booth and would answer incredibly difficult trivia questions on everything from countries that border the Black Sea to Henry VIII's wives.

But the show was a hoax, and after skepticism grew, Van Doren testified before Congress on Nov. 2, 1959 that he had been given the answers in advance and was coached on how to build drama or even learn to mop up sweat.

The ordeal left Van Doren disgraced and caused him to lose his job at Columbia. He took on a pseudonym as a writer and editor for Encyclopedia Brittanica and wrote several other books.

In a 2008 tell-all New Yorker article, Van Doren revealed that when he was approached to compete on the game show "Tic Tac Dough," he did not even own a television set.

Van Doren is survived by his wife, two children and three grandchildren.

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posted 4/10/18


ABC

ABC Rolls Out Summer Fun 4
It Begins June 9 with "Celebrity Family Feud
From the Futon Critic

Building on the previous success of the "Summer Fun & Games" brand, The ABC Television Network is expanding its slate of game shows to three nights, adding four new exciting series to the upcoming schedule. In addition to bringing back the iconic "Press Your Luck" and "Card Sharks" to TV, ABC will launch two new alternative shows - "Holey Moley," an epic mini-golf competition featuring NBA superstar Stephen Curry as resident golf pro; and "Family Food Fight," hosted by renowned restaurateur and New York Times best-selling cookbook author Ayesha Curry. All of these shows are part of the summer premiere dates schedule announced today by the network.

Fans of "The Bachelor" franchise will have a date every Monday night this summer, starting with the previously announced "Bachelorette Reunion: The Biggest Bachelorette Reunion in Bachelor History Ever!," airing Monday, May 6 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), and "The Bachelorette," premiering the following week, Monday, May 13 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT). Once Hannah Brown's journey ends, another one begins on the beaches of Mexico when the highly anticipated "Bachelor in Paradise" debuts Monday, July 29 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT).

"Celebrity Family Feud," "The $100,000 Pyramid" and "To Tell the Truth" return Sunday, June 9 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT); and "Match Game" returns, following the premieres of "Press Your Luck" and "Card Sharks" on Wednesday, June 12 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT).

Following is a chronological listing of ABC's summer premiere dates (all times Eastern):
MONDAY, MAY 6
8:00-10:01 p.m. "Bachelorette Reunion: The Biggest Bachelorette Reunion in Bachelor History Ever!"

MONDAY, MAY 13
8:00-10:01 p.m. "The Bachelorette"

SUNDAY, JUNE 9
8:00-9:00 p.m. "Celebrity Family Feud"
9:00-10:00 p.m. "The $100,000 Pyramid"
10:00-11:00 p.m. "To Tell the Truth"

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12
8:00-9:00 p.m. "Press Your Luck"
9:00-10:00 p.m. "Card Sharks"
10:00-11:00 p.m. "Match Game"

THURSDAY, JUNE 20
8:00-9:00 p.m. "Holey Moley"
9:00-10:00 p.m. "Family Food Fight"

MONDAY, JULY 29
8:00-10:01 p.m. "Bachelor in Paradise"

THE $100,000 PYRAMID (Season 4 premiere) "The $100,000 Pyramid" is a timeless word-association game in which two celebrities partner with contestants from across the country in a race against the clock, all hoping to make it to the winner's circle and take home the ultimate prize of $100,000. "Good Morning America"'s Michael Strahan hosts "The $100,000 Pyramid." "The $100,000 Pyramid" is produced by SMAC Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television and is taped in front of a live studio audience in New York. "The $100,000 Pyramid" is executive produced by Michael Strahan, Constance Schwartz-Morini and Vin Rubino.

BACHELOR IN PARADISE (Season 6 premiere) Breakout fan favorites from "The Bachelor" franchise are back and ready for a second (or third) chance at finding love. They may have left their respective seasons brokenhearted, but now they have the opportunity to travel to a romantic paradise in hopes of turning a potential summer fling into the real thing. Hosted by Chris Harrison, "Bachelor in Paradise" is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Unscripted Television. Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton and Nicole Woods are the executive producers.

BACHELORETTE REUNION: THE BIGGEST BACHELORETTE REUNION IN BACHELOR HISTORY EVER! (special) In anticipation of Hannah Brown's journey, viewers will celebrate 15 seasons of romance with Chris Harrison as he hits the road with Bachelor Nation super fans, revisiting some of the most memorable dates and unforgettable moments from "The Bachelorette" and "The Bachelor" history, leading to a Bachelorette reunion like no other with special surprises along the way. Hosted by Chris Harrison, "Bachelorette Reunion: The Biggest Bachelorette Reunion in Bachelor History Ever!" is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Unscripted Television. Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton, Nicole Woods, Bennett Graebner and Susan House are the executive producers.

THE BACHELORETTE (Season 15 premiere) Hannah Brown caught the eye of Colton Underwood early on during the 23rd season of "The Bachelor," showing him, and all of America, what Alabama Hannah is made of - a fun country girl who is unapologetically herself. After being sent home unexpectedly, Hannah took the time to reflect on her breakup, gaining a powerful understanding of her desire to be deeply and fiercely loved. Now, with a newfound sense of self and a little southern charm, she is more ready than ever to find her true love on the milestone 15th season of "The Bachelorette." Hosted by Chris Harrison, "The Bachelorette" is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Unscripted Television. Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton, Nicole Woods and Bennett Graebner are the executive producers.

CARD SHARKS (series premiere) "Card Sharks" is a suspenseful game where a fortune can be won on the turn of a single playing card! The road to glory and riches begins with two players facing off in a head-to-head elimination race where the winning player claims a $10,000 cash prize and a chance to turn that amount into a life-changing payday. The anticipation builds as the winning contestant risks their prize on predicting seven final cards. The player leaves the game with whatever amount of money they have in their bank after their prediction and results are revealed with the flip of their seventh and final card. Hosted by comedian and actor Joel McHale, "Card Sharks" is produced by Fremantle. Scott St. John is showrunner and executive producer, and Jack Martin and Jennifer Mullin are also executive producers.

CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD (Season 5 premiere) Hosted by the highly popular stand-up comedian, actor, author and Emmy(R) Award winner Steve Harvey, "Celebrity Family Feud" returns for its fifth season, kicking off ABC's popular "Sunday Fun & Games." Once again, celebrities, along with their families, go head-to-head in a contest to name the most popular responses to survey-type questions posed to 100 people for a chance to win money for a charity of their choice. "Celebrity Family Feud" is produced by Fremantle and is taped in front of a live audience in Los Angeles, California. Gaby Johnston and Jennifer Mullin are executive producers.

FAMILY FOOD FIGHT (series premiere) Hosted by Ayesha Curry, a renowned restaurateur, founder of Homemade and a New York Times best-selling cookbook author, "Family Food Fight" will feature family teams dishing out their best culinary skills. Tapping into each family's uniquely diverse cultural heritage, "Family Food Fight" takes homestyle cooking to a new level as teams square off with their most prized family recipes. With a mix of fast-paced cooking fun, good humor and healthy rivalries, everyone will cook their hearts out as they strive to impress a panel of culinary experts including host and judge, Curry, and world-renowned chefs, authors, restaurateurs and television personalities Cat Cora and Graham Elliot. Despite the many delectable dishes, only one family will claim the coveted title of America's No. 1 Food Family and take home the $100,000 prize. Produced by Endemol Shine North America, "Family Food Fight" was created by Endemol Shine Australia with Nine in Australia. Curry, Robert Flutie and Shab Azma are serving as executive producers through Yardie Girl Productions; and Sharon Levy, DJ Nurre, Georgie Hurford-Jones and Faye Stapleton are serving as executive producers for Endemol Shine North America.

HOLEY MOLEY (series premiere) "Holey Moley," a 10-episode mini-golf competition series, will showcase self-proclaimed mini-golf lovers from around the country as they compete head-to-head through an epic obstacle golf course. In each episode, 12 contestants will put their miniature golf - and physical - skills to the test and face off in never-before-seen challenges on a supersized miniature golf course. "Holey Moley" is produced by Eureka Productions and Unanimous Media. Chris Culvenor, Paul Franklin, Wes Dening, Charles Wachter, Michael O'Sullivan, Jeron Smith, Erick Peyton and Stephen Curry serve as executive producers. Rob Riggle, Joe Tessitore and Jeannie Mai are featured as on-camera commentators and sideline correspondent, respectively. "Holey Moley" is an original format created by Chris Culvenor of Eureka Productions.

MATCH GAME (Season 4 return) It's time to roll out the shag carpet! "Match Game," now in Season 4, returns for a summer run with Golden Globe(R) and Emmy Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin. Produced by Fremantle, the bawdy panel game features four contestants each week vying for the chance to win $25,000, as they attempt to match the answers of six celebrities in a game of fill-in-the-blank. "Match Game" is executive produced by Alec Baldwin, Fremantle's Jennifer Mullin, Scott St. John and Mallory Schwartz.

PRESS YOUR LUCK (series premiere) "Press Your Luck" is a game of wits, strategy and even higher stakes as contestants try to avoid the iconic and devilish WHAMMY for a chance at life-changing cash and prizes. During each game, three contestants compete against each other answering questions to earn spins on the Big Board. Contestants then use their spins to win cash and prizes while trying to avoid the WHAMMY, who could take all of their winnings and leave them with nothing. The winning contestant moves on to the All-New Bonus Round to face the WHAMMY in a final battle for the chance to win a fortune. Produced by Fremantle, "Press Your Luck" is executive produced by Jennifer Mullin and John Quinn, who also serves as showrunner.

TO TELL THE TRUTH (Season 4 premiere) Hosted by "black-ish" star Anthony Anderson, "To Tell the Truth" is a funny reimagination of the beloved game show that first aired in 1956. This version takes the excitement to another level, featuring prominent pop-culture icons. Anderson's mother, Mama Doris, is also part of the fun, offering her unique commentary, wit and banter. In each round, the panel is presented with three people who all claim to be the same person with the same incredible talent, job or achievement. One is sworn to tell the truth while the other two use every trick they can to deceive the panel. The panel of celebrities has a chance to grill each participant before taking turns deciding who they think is telling the truth. "To Tell the Truth" is produced by Fremantle. Alycia Rossiter, Jennifer Mullin, Jeff Gaspin, George Moll and Anthony Anderson are executive producers. .

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TUESDAY: NBC, CBS Split
NBC Takes the Demo, CBS Wins the Total
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.335 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) inched past the demo competition on Tuesday with its mix of "The Voice" (7.197 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1), "The Village" (4.177 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and "New Amsterdam" (4.631 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

CBS (8.829 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with a new "NCIS" (11.587 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2), the premiere of "The Code" (8.167 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and an original "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.735 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Next up was ABC (3.174 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and its lineup of "American Housewife" (3.607 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "The Kids Are Alright" (2.907 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Black-ish" (2.853 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), the season finale of "Splitting Up Together" (2.485 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and the penultimate week of "The Rookie" (3.598 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.290 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) served up fresh installments of "MasterChef Junior" (2.663 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and "Mental Samurai" (1.917 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.599 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and a new "Roswell, New Mexico" (0.817 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) closed out the night on The CW (0.708 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On Sunday...
- Chopped
(Food): 875k

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posted 4/9/19


Banijay

Maze in America?
Talks Ongoing for American Version of UK Hit
From C21 Media

The Crystal Maze could be set for a US remake after the producer behind Facebook's reboot of The Real World started developing a version of the hit UK gameshow, C21 reports.

The format, sold globally by Banijay Rights, first aired almost 30 years ago in the UK and was relaunched in 2017 for Channel 4 by Fizz, part of Banijay Group's RDF Television.

It became a ratings hit that was subsequently extended and C21 reports Banijay's Bunim Murray Productions (BMP), which is behind Keeping Up With the Kardashians for E! and Lifetime doc Surviving R Kelly, is now in discussions for a US version now in development.

The show retains a cult following among fans and requires five contestants, led by an eccentric 'maze master,' to journey through a giant set made up of four time zones: Medieval, Aztec, Industrial and Futuristic. In each zone, contestants must tackle a variety of physical, mystery, mental and skill games in a bid to win elusive crystals, which are worth time in the Crystal Dome. At the end of the show, the team use this time to collect gold tickets in a bid to secure a grand prize.

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posted 4/9/19

Red Nose Game Night Returns
Celebs to Play for Charity
From The Futon Critic

For NBC's Red Nose Day primetime programming lineup, Hollywood's biggest stars will unite for a cause, testing their pop culture prowess and raising money for children in need on a special episode of "Hollywood Game Night." Hosted by Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch, the special Red Nose Day edition of "HGN" will air Thursday, May 23 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Joining the fun will be Kelly Clarkson, Kenan Thompson, Kristen Bell, Jennifer Garner, Sean Hayes, Jeff Goldblum, Leslie Mann and Thandie Newton. The roster of celebrities are split into two teams and will go head-to-head in Red Nose Day-themed versions of "HGN" classics, including "How Do You Doo-et?," "Popped Quiz," "Hold My Balls" and a brand new game, "Jane's Pool Jamz."

In this special edition of "HGN," the gameplay works a bit differently. The team that gets the most points in each game earns money to be donated to Red Nose Day. At the end of five rounds, the team that's earned the most money will go on to play a special "Celebrity Name Game" for the chance to raise even more funds to keep children in need safe, healthy and educated.

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posted 4/9/19

SYNDIES: Week 27
Results for the Week Ending March 31
From TV News Check

Three of the top first-run strips were able to rally in the session ending March 31 despite being hit with numerous preemptions from a second week of March Madness basketball.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.1 +3%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.6 NC
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.5 NC
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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posted 4/9/19

MONDAY: One Shining Moment
Virginia Wins, So Does CBS
From the Futon Critic

CBS (13.606 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1) eclipsed the competition on Monday thanks to its primetime coverage of the "NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship Game" (16.236 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1). Leading off the night were a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (8.485 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) and the pre-game special "Capital One Championship Central" (8.206 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2).

NBC (6.423 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a distant second with new episodes of "The Voice" (7.523 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) and "The Enemy Within" (4.222 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #6).

Next up was ABC (5.370 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with fresh installments from "American Idol" (6.403 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and "The Fix" (3.304 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.539 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "The Resident" (2.512 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "9-1-1" (2.565 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, a new "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.985 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10) and a repeat "Arrow" (0.428 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #11) rounded out the night on The CW (0.706 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On Sunday...
- Spring Baking Championship
(Food): 1.299m
- Family Food Showdown - 10p (Food): 712k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 587
- Family Food Showdown - 11p (Food): 518k
- America Says (SF/GSN): 404k

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posted 4/9/19

Thailand Blocks Out
Nippon TV Format Sells Overseas
From B+C

Having recently announced the action-packed new gameshow format, Beat the Rooms, Nippon TV announced today that the format they developed together entitled Block Out has been licensed to Zense Entertainment, a leading Thailand-based production company. Block Out, a comical physical game show, will start airing this July on Thailand's Channel 7on their 17:15-18:00 slot (Monday to Friday, everyday)with more than 100 episodes currently planned.

Atsushi Sogo, President, International Business Development, Nippon TV said:

"My formats team and I are delighted to have Zense Entertainment, a young and very promising production company, produce the Thai version of our super exciting game show, Block Out. This format was born from a segment of our popular show Pharaoh!; it is developed and distributed by Nippon TV, in association with Red Arrow Studios, who we co-developed our latest format Beat the Rooms. Pharaoh!is enjoying its 5season on Hunan TV, China, and had also been adapted in other countries as well. Block Outtakes the best laughter and action essence from Pharaoh!and is sure to make Thai audience laugh every night of the week. We will provide our best services in making sure Zense Entertainment creates a hit show for Channel 7."

Mr. Varavuth Jentanakul, Chairman & CEO, from Zense Entertainment said:

"It is such an honor for us to have a chance collaborating with Nippon TV, Japan's giant television company, in bringing itsBlock OutTV format alive. This is an exciting moment for us as this is such a fun filled quiz show format incorporating an innovative physical game structure with high tension and entertainment at its core. Zense Entertainment, with our top class creative team, will make it a big hit show here in Thailand."

In each episode of Block Out, two teams of four players are battling each other in a variety of amusing physical games, combining trivia, strategy, chance and mostly- countless epic falls. Each team plays on a separate wall which ends in a dark, endless pit. There are five rounds in this game, each round will reward the winning team with points which will be converted into centimeters. The teams' goal is to reach the final with the most centimeters. The five rounds include "Pop-Ups," "Peek-A-Boo," "Russian Roulette," "Crossover," and "The Drop Out."

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posted 4/9/19

WEEKEND: Meanwhile, Last Night...
Idol Sinks to Series Low, CMA Help CBS to Win
From the Futon Critic

CBS (9.764 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) notched another victory on Sunday thanks to a new "60 Minutes" (9.347 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and "The 54th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards" (9.903 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1).

ABC (5.270 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the silver draw with originals from "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.125 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "American Idol" (6.092 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and "Shark Tank" (3.769 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

Next up was NBC (2.922 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with a repeat "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.899 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) followed by new episodes of "World of Dance" (3.186 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Good Girls" (2.417 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.455 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.031 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.118 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13), new episodes of "The Simpsons" (1.593 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.748 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) plus a repeat "Family Guy" (1.667 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and a second "Family Guy" (1.572 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, second runs of "Supergirl" (0.481 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) and "Charmed" (0.328 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) on The CW (0.404 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

On Sunday...
-
Buddy vs. Duff (Food): 1.452m

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posted 4/9/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "You've Been Warned"

  • VIDEO WALL: Tomorrow on "The Goldbergs", an episode that HAD to be timed to coincide with the Online Test (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Joe Anglim goes from the "Edge of Extinction" to the edge of matrimony (Reality TV World)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: On April 15, Buzzr will air on Facebook THAT episode of "Press Your Luck"... uncut. Uncensored. And unafraid. (Facebook)

  • AND FINALLY... if you click this link before watching tonight's "Jeopardy!"... it's on you. (TV Line)

posted 4/8/19


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Joel McHale to Be "Card Sharks'" Regular Joker
"Community" Star to Host Game Show Reboot
From TV Line

ABC has enlisted a well-known joker to host its updated take on Card Sharks: Community grad Joel McHale has been tapped to emcee the forthcoming revival.

"I'm very excited to be hosting Card Sharks," McHale said. "Game winners can win tens of thousands of dollars and in an updated twist, losers will be fed to a pen of adult tiger sharks."

McHale is no stranger to hosting, of course. He presided over E!'s pop culture clip show The Soup for 11 years, then did the same on Netflix's short-lived continuation The Joel McHale Show With Joel McHale. His recent TV credits include guest spots on The Rookie and Santa Clarita Diet.

The Alphabet Net's new version of Card Sharks will begin with two players facing off in a head-to-head "elimination race," where the winning player claims a $10,000 cash prize. That contestant will then get a chance to turn his or her money into an even bigger payday by trying to predict seven final cards.

As previously reported, ABC is resurrecting both Card Sharks and Press Your Luck, which will join the network's lineup of other game show revivals, including Match Game, $100,000 Pyramid, Celebrity Family Feud and To Tell the Truth.

Card Sharks is slated to premiere this summer..

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posted 4/8/19


Time
ABC to Do "Don't"
New Family Format from Banijay North America, Ryan Reynolds
From Realscreen

ABC has said "We do" to a game show format from Banijay Studios North America and executive producer Ryan Reynolds.

"Don't" is billed as a "comedic physical game" that tasks a family of four to complete five mental and physical challenges that have only one rule — don't. Challenges could include such commands as "Don't slip," "don't laugh," or "don't scream," for example.

In each episode, the participating family will have a set amount of time to succeed in the challenge and win a cash prize. When they don't complete the task, they don't earn the money and one family member is eliminated from the game. As the game continues, the last remaining relative can win money for the family by completing all the challenges on their own.

"All my life, the word 'don't' has tortured me. From 'don't curse' to 'don't play ball in the house' to 'don't eat the crab salad you left in the sun for three days,'" quipped Deadpool star Reynolds in a statement. "I cannot wait for my personal trauma to become the next great ABC family show.".

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posted 4/8/19

... Well, First Time for Everything.
Bobby Bones to Sub for Ryan Seacrest on Tonight's "American Idol"
From the Wrap

For one night only, Ryan Seacrest is abdicating his "American Idol" throne.

On Monday night's episode, radio host Bobby Bones fills in for Seacrest, who is out sick.

This is the first time Seacrest has missed a taping in the history of the show, a spokesperson for ABC, which airs "American Idol," confirmed.

"Welcome to 'American Idol.' Now, I am not Ryan Seacrest — I am Bobby Bones," Bones said in a preview. "Sadly, Ryan is sick, and I look most like him, so they asked me to fill his shoes tonight. Ryan, love you, buddy. Hope you get better."

The episode was taped weeks ago, so it's unclear what Seacrest was sick with at the time.

In exchange for the favor, Seacrest sent Bones a pair of sneakers for "filling his shoes" on "American Idol." In a clip from Bones' radio show posted to his Twitter account, Bones opened the gift and joked, "That's like saying, 'Hey, backup quarterback, we need you to jump in for Tom Brady real quick.'"

Seacrest has been the host of "American Idol" since it debuted in 2002, though for the singing competition's first season he shared hosting duties with Brian Dunkleman .He is also the host of morning radio show "On Air With Ryan Seacrest," and co-hosts "Live with Kelly and Ryan."

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posted 4/8/19

More on "Paid Off" Season 2
Class In Session on TruTV May 13
From the Futon Critic

truTV today announced the return of Paid Off with Michael Torpey, the original comedic game show in which contestants compete to win money to pay off their student debt. The series, which sparked intense conversation around the national student debt crisis when it premiered in 2018, will return for 16 all-new episodes starting Monday, May 13 at 10:00pm ET/PT. truTV will premiere four new episodes that first week - each night at 10:00pm ET/PT through Thursday - before moving into its regular timeslot on Tuesday, May 21 at 10:00pm ET/PT.

With these new episodes, the series co-creator (with Cowboy Bear Ninja) and host Michael Torpey once again endeavors to raise awareness of a massive issue, while simultaneously providing life-changing opportunities one contestant at a time. Contestants win bigger sums of money throughout the run, with more than $1 million in prize money being awarded throughout the season. Also, for the first time, Paid Off with Michael Torpey viewers will be able to get in on the action as truTV introduces a Live Lightning Round call-in element into the premiere telecast of each new episode. At the end of each new episode, viewers will be prompted to call in for a chance to win up to $3,000 each in cash to put towards their student debt by answering three trivia questions with Torpey broadcasting live from a studio in New York City.

"I am so excited for people to see this hilarious new season. These episodes are bigger, more absurd, and more emotional than before. Unfortunately, so is our nation's student debt crisis," said Torpey. "I'm incredibly grateful to our contestants for sharing their stories and helping us destigmatize student debt. And I'm thrilled to introduce another way to help even more people with our new live segment, where people at home can play to win cash to put towards their debt."

In addition to the new Live Lightning Round, this latest batch of episodes of Paid Off with Michael Torpey will include five themed-episodes that highlight the different ways student debt impacts people's lives. These include: "It Started with a Tweet" for fans with student loan debt who asked to be on the show via social media; "Do Gooders" which features contestants working in the non-profit arena; "Too Broke To Wed" which highlights contestants whose debt is preventing them from marriage; "Back in the Nest" for those who were forced to move home because of their crushing student debt payments; and "Made in America" for first-generation Americans who are saddled with this debt.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/8/19

MasterChef Showdown Set
Celebrities Cook for Charity This May
From the Futon Critic

It's a family affair when stars cook for a cause on the all-new MASTERCHEF CELEBRITY FAMILY SHOWDOWN, airing in a two-night special, Wednesday, May 15 and Wednesday, May 22 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), on FOX.

Multi-Michelin star Chef Gordon Ramsay, award-winning chef Aarón Sánchez and restaurateur Joe Bastianich invite celebrities and their family members into the MASTERCHEF kitchen, where they'll show off their culinary skills in exciting challenges for charity.

The two-night special features four unique challenges, putting each celebrity duo through a culinary test - with more than bragging rights at stake - the winners earn donations to the charities of their choice. Additionally, the contestants will face their challenges with a sous chef by their sides, whether it be one of their own children or another member of their family.

Here are the MASTERCHEF match-ups:
- Tori Spelling and her Daughter, Stella, vs. Jennie Garth and her Daughter, Fiona: In a home fridge swap challenge, these two "Beverly Hills, 90210" stars will battle it out with help from their young daughters to create a dish using ingredients found in each of their assigned refrigerators. Tori Spelling (@Tori_Spelling) and her ten-year-old daughter, Stella, are playing for Girls Inc., and Jennie Garth (@jenniegarth), and her 12-year-old daughter, Fiona, battle it out for Feeding America.
- Johnny Weir and his Brother, Boz, vs. Tara Lipinsky and her Husband, Todd: This Olympic figure skating broadcast team will go head-to-head in a fish dish showdown! Two-time figure skating Olympian Johnny Weir (@JohnnyGWeir) cooks with his brother, Boz, for Alzout, while his fellow commentator and Olympic Gold Medalist, Tara Lipinsky (@TaraLipinsky), partners up with her husband, Todd, to compete for the Boys & Girls Club.
- Lisa Vanderpump and her Daughter, Pandora, vs. Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and JWoww. In a reality TV Blind Taste Test, four epic personalities duke it out to replicate one of Joe Bastianich's dishes from taste alone. The reality television personality stars Lisa Vanderpump (@LisaVanderpump), and her daughter, Pandora, compete for their very own Vanderpump Dogs, while "Jersey Shore's" Snooki (@snooki) cooks with her co-star, JWoww (@JENNIWOWW), for Kulture City.
- 5x Heavyweight Champion of the World Evander Holyfield and his Daughter, Ebonne, vs. Multi-World Title-Winning Boxer. Oscar De La Hoya and his Daughter, Atiana From the ring to the kitchen, two boxing legends come out swinging in a Keeping up with Gordon Match, as they will be tasked to replicate his dish. Evander Holyfield (@holyfield) brings his daughter to the challenge, 28-year-old Ebonne, to fight for the Holyfield Foundation. Oscar De La Hoya (@OscarDeLaHoya) will vie for the title with his 19-year-old daughter, Atiana, for the Oscar De La Hoya Foundation.


The Futon Critic

posted 4/8/19

Jeff Apploff Going Digital
Fuego.TV Currently in Beta
From TBI Vision

Jeff Apploff, creator of music competition format Beat Shazam and exec producer on Fox's most recent gameshow offering Mental Samurai, is launching a digital games platform.

The interactive venture, Fuego.tv, will be free to use and is to launch in the US in the coming weeks.

"We shoot Beat Shazam about seven days in a row and once we're done, we're done. But [with Fuego], we're interacting with an audience every day so if there's something they want to change or something your audience sees that they want to make better we can literally make it better the next day. It's a cool way to operate," Apploff told TBI during a MIPFormats keynote on Saturday (6 April).

The exec, who is currently in production on season three of the Jamie Foxx-hosted Beat Shazam, has a long history with US broadcaster Fox, which aired his formats Don't Forget The Lyrics, Million Dollar Money Drop and Mental Samurai. More recently, however, he scored a 10-part episode order with NBC for the Jimmy Fallon-inspired That's My Jam.

With Fuego, however, Apploff is democratizing his gameshow prowess with an accessible platform.

"People have the chance to play and win money from wherever they are as long as they have a digital device."

The platform is brand-oriented, says Apploff, noting that "a lot of advertisers" are so far lined up to work with Fuego. "We're going to aggregate for them, do marketing campaigns and do really cool branding things," he says.

TBI Vision

posted 4/8/19

Spain's Got... Talent?
Mediaset Greenlights "Game of Talents" from Fremantle
From C21 Media

Mediaset Spain has ordered an adaptation of new Fremantle entertainment format Game of Talents, which claims to combine gameshow and talent show elements.

The format follows a contestant who is paired with a celebrity as they work together to discover the specific and sometimes hidden talents of 10 mystery performers.

Contestants must guess the performers' talent from a list of 11 possible answers, based only on their appearance, personality and a few clues, in order to win a cash prize.

Nathalie Garcia, CEO at Fremantle Spain, said the format was "a unique concept with huge family appeal that audiences at home will love playing along to. "We've had a lot of fun producing the show in Spain, which has created some hilarious and surprising moments, all whilst showcasing some fantastically talented people."

C21 Media

posted 4/8/19

Reality Resurgence
Formats Thrive at MIP
From Variety

The big money going into drama means scripted grabs all the headlines in TV these days, but under the radar there's a surprising amount of innovation going on within unscripted entertainment, too.

At first glance, it seems like little has changed in that genre, as the list of top formats is familiar. Franchises such as "Dancing With the Stars," "Survivor," "American Idol" and "Got Talent" still draw in millions of live viewers around the world, despite each being well over a decade old. In the U.K., the latest installment of the country's most-popular format, "I'm a Celebrity … Get Me Out of Here," was its most-watched ever — in its 18th season — and will debut in France later this year.

For many broadcasters, these tentpole shows remain reassuringly popular at a time when their business is being disrupted by the streamers. "The big brands are still attracting big audiences," says Vasha Wallace, Fremantle's executive vice president of global acquisitions and development. Y

et traditional broadcasters are still backing lots of new shows, aware that they can attract big live audiences. "The SVODs have forced everyone to up their game," says Wallace, arguing that "more innovation and risks" are being taken.

Variety

posted 4/8/19


GAMES GONE BY: The Million Second Quiz
Season 3 is a Magic Number
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

The average lifespan is 2,366 million seconds...and a million seconds is a LONG time. And this outdoor game show made it feel even LONGER. Chris Wolvie talks of one of "Games Gone By..." that went by MUCH to slowly: "The Million Second Quiz".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 4/8/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "After Mania"

  • Brie Bella was against Nikki Bella dating Artem Chigvintsev because of John Cena. And if that doesn't make sense to you... it doesn't make sense to us either. (Us)

  • Ben Higgins about Hannah Brown for "The Bachelorette": she ain't ready (Us)

  • Alec Baldwin's simple question: "If I ran for president, would you vote for me?" (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Valerie Bertinelli (Gold Derby)

posted 4/8/19

Trading Races
"The Amazing Race" Moved Up, "Million Dollar Mile" Moves Out
From The Futon Critic

The Emmy Award-winning THE AMAZING RACE returns with the first reality showdown among some of the most memorable and competitive players from THE AMAZING RACE, SURVIVOR and BIG BROTHER, now premiering on a new date and time, Wednesday, April 17 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

The 11 teams will compete on the 25,000+ mile journey around the world to be crowned winners of the $1 million prize. Phil Keoghan returns to host. Racers, Castaways and Houseguests will not only compete for the cash prize but for bragging rights for their respective shows. Will the former Racers' travel experience be the most helpful? Will the former Survivors' outwit, outplay and outlast the competition? Or, will the Big Brother players' abilities to adapt and expect the unexpected make the difference?

This premiere date for THE AMAZING RACE replaces the previously announced date of Wednesday, May, 22. Effective Saturday, May 4, MILLION DOLLAR MILE moves to Saturdays (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), with RANSOM moving to 9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT. A rebroadcast of NCIS will air Wednesday, April 10 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT).

Following are the teams competing on the upcoming season of THE AMAZING RACE:

- Art Velez (49) and John James "JJ" Carrell (49)
Friends from Temecula and San Marcos, Calif.
Previous season: The Amazing Race 20

- Colin Guinn (38) and Christie Woods (40)
Life Partners from Austin, Texas
Previous season: The Amazing Race 5

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Becca Droz (28) and Floyd Pierce (23)
Friends from Boulder and Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Previous season: The Amazing Race 29

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Leo Temory (31) and Jamal Zadran (30)
Cousins from Pasadena, Calif. and Houston, Texas
Previous seasons: The Amazing Race 23 and The Amazing Race: All-Stars

- Tyler Oakley (31) and Korey Kuhl (33)
Friends from Los Angeles and San Francisco
Previous season: The Amazing Race 28

- Chris Hammons (40) and Bret Labelle (44)
Friends from Moore, Okla. and Dedham, Mass.
Previous season: Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X

- Corinne Kaplan (39) and Eliza Orlins (35)
Friends from Denver, Colo. and New York
Previous seasons: Survivor: Gabon and Survivor: Caramoan (Corinne); Survivor: Vanuatu and Survivor: Micronesia (Eliza)

- Rupert (54) and Laura (49) Boneham
Married from Indianapolis, Ind.
Previous seasons: Survivor: Pearl Islands, Survivor: All-Stars, Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, and Survivor: Blood vs. Water (Rupert); Survivor: Blood vs. Water (Laura)

- Janelle Pierzina (38) and Britney Haynes (30)
Friends from Lakeville, Minn. and Tulsa, Okla.
Previous seasons: Big Brother 6, Big Brother All-Stars and Big Brother 14 (Janelle); Big Brother 12 and Big Brother 14 (Britney)

- Rachel Reilly (34) and Elissa Slater (32)
Sisters from Van Nuys, Calif. and Las Vegas, Nev.
Previous Seasons: Big Brother 12, winner Big Brother 13, The Amazing Race 20 and The Amazing Race: All-Stars (Rachel); Big Brother 15 (Elissa)

Nicole Franzel (26) and Victor Arroyo (28)
Dating from Ubly, Mich.
Previous seasons: Big Brother 16, winner of Big Brother 18 (Nicole); Big Brother 18 (Victor)


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TV Line
The Wrap
Deadline

posted 4/5/19

"Best Ever Trivia Show" Has Its Best Ever Trivia Host
Sherri Shepherd to Front Summer Entry for GSN
From Broadway World

Game Show Network, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, has announced Sherri Shepherd ("The View") as host of its new expert-trivia game show, BEST EVER TRIVIA SHOW. The half-hour series is anticipated to premiere in Summer 2019.

In BEST EVER TRIVIA SHOW, three contestants face off against three Trivia Experts. The winning player then goes head-to-head against the Expert with the highest score in the final round - the ultimate trivia challenge. The Expert is asked five multiple choice questions and if THE PLAYER gets one or more correct answers than the Expert, THE PLAYER wins $10,000 along with the opportunity to come back and win up to a grand total of $30,000 and take his or her spot in trivia history. Trivia Experts to be announced at a later date.

Comedian, actress, and television personality Sherri Shepherd is best known to viewers as the Daytime Emmy® Award-winning former co-host on daytime talk show, "The View." Most recently seen in the Netflix original movie "Walk. Ride. Rodeo.," Shepherd also CHARMED audiences on "30 Rock," "Dancing with The Stars," "Less Than Perfect," and "Everybody Loves Raymond." From 2010-2013 the Chicago native served as host of "The Newlywed Game" on Game Show Network and, in 2012, she produced her standup special, "Sherri Shepherd: It's My Time to Talk." Shepherd will co-star in the upcoming Netflix comedy series "Mr. Iglesias" and in the film, "Brian Banks," in theaters August 9.

BEST EVER TRIVIA SHOW is produced by Game Show Enterprises, LLC for Game Show Network. Brennan Huntington serves as executive producer.

"Best Ever Trivia Show" joins returning shows "America Says" and "Common Knowledge" as well as the reboot of "Catch 21".

Broadway World

Multichannel News

posted 4/5/19

THURSDAY: Eye Guess
CBS Wins Again
From The Futon Critic

CBS (7.415 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was still the network to beat on Thursday thanks to originals from "The Big Bang Theory" (11.932 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1), "Young Sheldon" (10.315 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3), "Mom" (7.782 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "Fam" (4.983 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "SWAT" (4.741 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

The silver then went to ABC (5.037 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.770 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "Station 19" (5.258 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and "For the People" (3.081 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

Next up was NBC (2.991 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its mix of "Superstore" (3.108 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "AP Bio" (1.990 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), the season finale of "Will & Grace" (3.011 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Abby's" (2.058 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.889 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.278 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) opted for repeats of "Gotham" (1.221 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "The Orville" (1.334 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

And finally, The CW (1.082 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) rounded out the evening with a new "Supernatural" (1.270 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and the launch of "In the Dark" (0.894 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #17).

On cable...
- Project Runway (Bravo): 941k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 891k
- Ex on the Beach - Reunion Part 2 (S/MTV): 672k
- America Says (GSN): 517k

- Game of Clones - 9p (MTV): 330k
- Game of Clones - 10p (SF/MTV): 242k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/4/19

"Best Baker in America" Goes for Thirds
Scott Conant Returns to Host
From The Futon Critic

Nine professional bakers battle it out on the new season of Best Baker in America, premiering Monday, May 13th at 9pm ET/PT. Food Network's Scott Conant returns to host, tasking the bakers over seven episodes with challenges designed to put their baking skills and technical proficiency to the test for a chance to walk away with $25,000 and the coveted title.

During each episode the bakers must create elegant and delicious baked goods through two rounds - a Skills Challenge that tests their mastery of the essential technical skills of baking, followed by a Master Challenge that tests the bakers' prowess working with specific flavors and ingredients. Returning judges, Jason Smith and Marcela Valladolid, are joined by special guest pastry experts each episode, including Florian Bellanger, Elizabeth Chambers, Valerie Gordon, Shinmin Li, Nancy Silverton, Sherry Yard and Zac Young, to determine which baker possesses the artistry and creativity needed to earn the grand prize and be crowned Best Baker in America!

"Proving to be the Best Baker in America takes a mixture of skill, imagination and determination," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "These tremendously talented bakers have their work cut out for them, as they are pushed outside their comfort zone to whip up beautiful and delicious baked goods to impress an all-star lineup of prestigious bakers for the $25,000 prize."

The nine bakers gather in the season premiere to begin their first challenge, having to create perfect mini-Princess Cakes. For the second challenge, the bakers must produce a spectacular Royal Baby Celebration cake for 100 people, using elderflower and lemon as the featured flavors. After the judges deliberate, one baker will be eliminated.

Other episodes during the season feature the bakers making miniature versions of pastry classics, presenting the judges with smashable desserts using coconut as the featured flavor, and creating a flaming Bombe Alaska.

Don't miss all the fun throughout the season, culminating in a 4th of July-themed baking challenge to crown the newest winner of Best Baker in America! Meet the newest batch of bakers and see photos of their creations at Food Network.com/BestBakerinAmerica.

Plus, get Jason Smith's best baking tips, along with exclusive content from Scott Conant, Marcela Valladolid, Jason Smith and the guest judges. Follow the baking action using #BestBakerinAmerica.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/4/19

WEDNESDAY: How About a $50 Fun Run Instead?
NBC, Fox Tie Demo, NBC Wins Total
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.618 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday thanks to its trio of "Chicago Med" (7.845 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Chicago Fire" (8.103 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (6.905 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

FOX (3.794 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with fresh installments from "Empire" (4.126 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and "Star" (3.463 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Next up was CBS (4.805 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its lineup of "Survivor: Edge of Extinction" (7.305 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1), "Million Dollar Mile" (3.438 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "SEAL Team" (3.671 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.589 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up its mix of "The Goldbergs" (4.379 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Schooled" (3.407 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "Modern Family" (4.340 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Single Parents" (3.135 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "Whiskey Cavalier" (3.137 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, a repeat "Jane the Virgin" (0.465 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15) and a new "Jane the Virgin" (0.595 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.530 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds (MTV): 840k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 663k
- Forged in Fire (History): 561k
- America Says (GSN): 524k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 492k
.

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/4/19

How to Win a Small Fortune
NBC Buys Into UK Stunt Show
From The Futon Critic

The stakes are big, but the games ... not so much.

NBC is offering contestants the opportunity to amass a "Small Fortune" as the network has nabbed a six-episode order of Youngest Media's unscripted competition series. The U.S. series will be based on the popular U.K. format that launched on ITV in February.

"Small Fortune" will see teams of three friends compete in the tiniest of challenges for a chance to win big money. From a shrunk down Oval Office ("The Waste Wing") to a mini Arc de Triomphe ("Arc de Wee-Omph") each team must prove their skills on playing fields that have been squeezed down to the size of a dollhouse. Challenges will require considerable dexterity and intense focus because with games this small, there's no room for error as the slightest miscalculation or tremble may result in elimination.

"'Small Fortune' is a quirky, clever and hilarious concept with a surprising level of intensity that will keep viewers in suspense," said Meredith Ahr, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. "As soon as we saw the format in action, we knew we wanted to bring it to NBC. It proves that the simplest format can often pack the biggest punch."

"NBC have been big fans of our little show from day one and their enthusiasm makes them the perfect partner in the U.S.," said David Flynn and Lucas Church, co-founders of Youngest Media. "We can't wait to bring the world's smallest gameshow to the biggest market in television."

To take home the ultimate Small Fortune, teams that make it to the end must tackle one last teeny-tiny but epic game. If players can control their nerves and avoid the slightest mistake they will walk away with a big cash prize.

As the saying goes, good things come in small packages.

"Small Fortune" will be co-produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio and entertainment studio Youngest Media, which created and produced the U.K. format. Lucas Church and David Flynn will serve as executive producers for Youngest Media alongside Michael Binkow, who will serve as executive producer and showrunner for the series.

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Broadway World
Deadline
Variety
TBI Vision

posted 4/4/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "And Oscar Makes Five"

  • RuPaul's Snatch Game comes back... with a twist? (Gay Times)

  • Michael "Cobra" Willson, former UK "Gladiator" is battling pneumonia (Smooth Radio)

  • Colton Underwood bites the hand that feeds him (Reality TV World)

  • Alex Guarnaschelli signs a long-term deal with Food Network (The Wrap)

  • Gordon Ramsay had an unexpected lunch visitor. Welcome Oscar James Ramsay! (Today)

posted 4/4/19

Holey Moley, Is That... Steph Curry?
Warrior to Produce Extreme Mini Golf Game
From The Futon Critic

ABC announced today the network pickup of new extreme miniature golf competition series, "Holey Moley." The first-of-its-kind, 10-episode mini-golf competition will showcase self-proclaimed mini-golf lovers from around the country as they compete head-to-head through an unparalleled, epic obstacle golf course. NBA superstar Stephen Curry will serve as executive producer, resident golf pro of the "Holey Moley" course and appear in every episode. Rounding out the on-camera talent is color commentator Rob Riggle, play-by-play commentator Joe Tessitore and sideline correspondent Jeanie Mai.

"Holey Moley" will focus on the family-favorite game of mini-golf with a twist. In each episode, 12 contestants will put their miniature golf - and physical - skills to the test and face off in never-before-seen challenges on a larger-than-life course. Mini-golf experts of all ages and backgrounds will try their luck on "Holey Moley"'s supersized holes. Every episode will consist of three rounds of golf, culminating with three finalists taking on the daunting "Mt. Holey Moley" in a three-way contest. Ultimately, one winner per episode will take home the $25,000 prize, along with "The Golden Putter" trophy and coveted "Holey Moley" plaid jacket.

Uniquely themed holes will be featured every week, along with special celebrity guest appearances and other surprises along the way. "Everyone has a favorite memory of playing miniature golf, whether it was as a child with your family, with a group of friends as a teenager, or on an awkward first date. Take that feeling, add high stakes competition and out-of-this-world challenges, and we have no doubt 'Holey Moley' will stand alongside other golf classics like 'Caddyshack,' 'Happy Gilmore' and 'The Legend of Bagger Vance,'" said Rob Mills, senior vice president, Alternative Series, Specials and Late Night, ABC Entertainment.

"Unanimous is incredibly excited to partner with ABC on 'Holey Moley,'" said Jeron Smith, co-founder and CEO of Unanimous Media. "We aim to use entertainment as a vehicle to bring families together, and this show will surely bring laughter and enjoyment to households around the country. Miniature golf is a staple pastime and the show will be fun, intense and unpredictable. Our collective love of sports and family-centric entertainment made this a perfect project for our first television series. We're excited to see what the competition brings."

"Eureka is thrilled to be working with ABC to take America's love of miniature golf to the next level. It's extreme and perfect family-fun. We can't wait to unveil the most spectacular mini-golf course ever created" said Chris Culvenor, co-founder and co-CEO of Eureka. "Teaming up with Stephen Curry and Unanimous Media makes it even more special. Stephen has changed the game of basketball forever, so we are beyond excited to join forces with him to transform miniature golf into an epic event."

Stephen Curry is a three-time NBA Champion, two-time NBA MVP and six-time NBA All-Star. He has revolutionized the way basketball is played and has established himself as one of the most respected and beloved players to have ever played the game. Curry co-founded Unanimous Media in 2018, which develops and produces inspiring television, film and digital content with an emphasis on family, faith and sports themes.

Actor/comedian/writer/producer/director Rob Riggle has been a staple in comedic films and television for more than 15 years, and is best known for his memorable characters in comedy hits like "The Hangover" and "Step Brothers," as well as his stints on "Saturday Night Live," and as a correspondent on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." Most recently Riggle appeared in Universal's "Night School" with Kevin Hart, Warner Brothers' war drama "12 Strong" and Open Road Films' "Midnight Sun." On the small screen, he currently created and stars in Sony Crackle's "Rob Riggle's Ski Master Academy."

Joe Tessitore is best known for his prime-time NFL duties as the play-by-play commentator for ESPN's "Monday Night Football." Tessitore has long been considered among the top live event broadcasters in sports, having spent many years leading ESPN and ABC's coverage of championship boxing and college football. Widely praised for his versatility, his distinctive voice and joyful enthusiasm, Tessitore brings an unmistakable passion to his calls.

Jeannie Mai is a style advocate, television personality, and Emmy(R) award-winning co-host of "The Real," a critically acclaimed live talk show on Fox Television Stations and in national syndication. Additionally, Jeannie is an executive producer of "Stopping Traffic: The Movement to End Sex Trafficking," a documentary that investigates the international crisis of human sex trafficking. Jeannie has been a recurring fashion correspondent for E!'s "Live From The Red Carpet" and recently launched her new web series "Hello Hunnay," taking fans on her journey through fashion, fitness, finances and relationships.

"Holey Moley" is created by Eureka Productions and produced by Eureka Productions and Unanimous Media. Chris Culvenor, Paul Franklin, Wes Dening, Charles Wachter, Michael O'Sullivan, Jeron Smith, Erick Peyton and Stephen Curry serve as executive producers. Production begins this month in California. Airdate will be announced at a later date. "Holey Moley" is an original format created by Chris Culvenor of Eureka Productions. .

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posted 4/3/19

TUESDAY: Not Getting Any Better for "Mental Samurai"
NBC, CBS Split Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (5.878 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday with the season finales of "Ellen's Game of Games" (5.249 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and "This Is Us" (8.053 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) plus a new "The Village" (4.332 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

CBS (9.319 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with originals from "NCIS" (11.633 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "FBI" (9.062 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.263 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Next up was ABC (3.091 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) with repeats of "The Goldbergs" (3.152 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Modern Family" (2.713 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) followed by new episodes of "Black-ish" (2.727 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Splitting Up Together" (2.283 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "The Rookie" (3.835 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.296 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) offered up fresh installments of "MasterChef Junior" (2.738 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Mental Samurai" (1.853 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.796 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night with repeats of "The Flash" (0.882 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "Roswell, New Mexico" (0.710 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 829k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 477k
- America Says (GSN): 474k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/3/19

Side Effect of Disney/Fox? Feud Has New Ad Buyers
CBS Television Distribution to Take Over
From B&C

With Twentieth Television being absorbed by Disney, Lionsgate-owned Debmar-Mercury is moving its national barter advertising sales operation to CBS Television Distribution, led by Scott Trupchak.

Under terms of a new multi-year deal, CTD will take the reins on selling national advertising in Debmar-Mercury's syndicated series: talk strip Wendy Williams, court show Caught in Providence and game show Family Feud, starring Steve Harvey and produced by Fremantle.

B&C

Deadline

posted 4/3/19

SYNDIES: Week 26
Results for the Week Ending March 24
From TV Newscheck

The onset of March Madness basketball caused massive upheaval and numerous preemptions of shows cleared on CBS affiliates in the session ending March 24. Making matters worse, some shows did not air due to coverage of the Mueller Report's completion on March 22.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.9 NC
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.6 -11%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.5 -11%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 -6%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC
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TV Newscheck

B&C

posted 4/2/19

Love Is Blind... Again
Bravo Reboots "Blind Date"
From The Wrap

Bravo has ordered a reboot of early 2000s dating game show "Blind Date," but without Roger Lodge, it was announced Tuesday.

Promising a modern day take on the original series, each half-hour episode will feature two strangers paired up and sent on a blind date.

Like the original, graphics including animations and speech bubbles will appear on screen as the narrator weaves in commentary and cameras follow the couple's every move.

The original series, hosted by Lodge and distributed by NBC Universal Television, premiered in 1999 and ran for 10 seasons with a total of 1,440 episodes. Lodge will not be involved in the reboot; a new host has not yet been announced.

Modernized to work in the social media-saturated, dating apps world of 2019, the show's original concept will be updated to include internet trends and diverse couples of all ethnicities, ages and sexual orientations.

"Blind Date" is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio, with Billy Taylor serving as executive producer. Casting will begin immediately, and prospective blind-daters can apply to be on the show here.

The Wrap

Deadline

posted 4/2/19

MONDAY: Voice Wins... Again
"Idol" Sinks to Series Low
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.097 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) kicked off April on top thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (8.416 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "The Enemy Within" (4.460 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

FOX (5.609 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then claimed the silver with fresh installments from "The Resident" (5.135 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and "9-1-1" (6.082 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2).

Next up was ABC (5.149 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with originals from "American Idol" (6.207 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and "The Fix" (3.034 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.981 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up its mix of "The Neighborhood" (6.159 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "Man with a Plan" (5.339 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), the season finale of "Magnum P.I." (5.449 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8) and "Bull" (6.744 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9).

And finally, The CW (0.851 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with the return of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.957 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us - April Fool Us Day 2019" (0.745 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12).

On cable Sunday...
- Spring Baking Championship - 9p (Food): 1.274m
- Family Food Showdown (Food): 757k
- Spring Baking Championship - 8p (Food): 755k
- America Says (GSN): 347k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/2/19

WEEKEND: And Then There Were Four
CBS Wins from Basketball
From the Futon Critic

CBS (9.356 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) got another boost on Sunday thanks to its "NCAA Overrun" (18.165 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1) followed by new episodes of "60 Minutes" (11.141 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2), "God Friended Me" (8.007 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.778 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "Madam Secretary" (4.830 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

ABC (6.821 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then claimed the silver with a new "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.737 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and an expanded three-hour "American Idol" (7.182 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3).

Next up was FOX (1.701 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.227 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.296 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) followed by a new "The Simpsons" (2.059 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), another repeat "Bob's Burgers" (1.657 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), a new "Family Guy" (2.160 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and a second run "Family Guy" (1.806 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.586 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up a repeat "Ellen's Game of Games" (1.748 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16) alongside originals from "World of Dance" (3.213 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Good Girls" (2.169 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

And finally, new episodes of "Supergirl" (1.067 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16) and "Charmed" (0.738 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #18) closed out the night on The CW (0.902 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable Sunday...
-
Buddy vs. Duff (Food): 1.449m

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/2/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Ru-Vealing Talk"

  • RuPaul gets a test run this summer (Broadway World)

  • Josh Silberman deals with Fremantle thanks to Double Dare (Realscreen)

  • Alec Baldwin, Jane Lynch set up battle of the primetime game show hosts in "Inside the Actors' Studio" reboot (/FILM)

  • Kelly Clarkson's talker is a go (The Futon Critic)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Rob Lowe (Parade)

posted 4/2/19


NBC

NBC Summer
"The Wall", "Game Night" Rejoin "Got Talent", "Ninja Warrior"
From the Futon Critic

NBC continues to lock in its summer schedule with the series premiere of new drama "The InBetween" as well as the return of top-rated newsmagazine "Dateline NBC" on its new night and popular alternatives series "The Wall" and "Hollywood Game Night."

"THE WALL"
· Premiere: Thursday, June 20 at 8-9 p.m. ET/PT (one-time episode at 9-10 p.m. on June 20 as well)
· Last season "The Wall" averaged a 1.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 6.0 million viewers overall in L+7 Nielsens, including season highs with the show's Feb. 5 season finale. That telecast rose in L+7 Nielsens to a 1.6 in 18-49 and 7.2 million viewers overall to match the highest "Wall" rating in 18-49 since Feb. 21, 2017 and generate the show's most-watched episode since Jan. 24, 2017.
· "The Wall" is the fastest and simplest game with more than $12 million on the line every night - and up to $3 million on a single heart-stopping drop. At four-stories high, "The Wall" was built for one purpose - to change peoples' lives in an instant.
· LeBron James, Chris Hardwick, Maverick Carter and Andrew Glassman executive produce.
· "The Wall" is a collaboration between Glassman Media and SpringHill. "The Wall" was developed by Glassman Media in conjunction with CORE Media and produced in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio.

"HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT"
· Premiere: Thursday, July 11 at 9-10 p.m. ET/PT
· "Hollywood Game Night" most recently aired the night of NBC's 2018 "Red Nose Day" special and captured a 0.9 rating and 3.8 million viewers overall in "live plus seven day" Nielsens. During the show's most recent full season during summer 2017, "Hollywood Game Night" averaged a 1.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 4.7 million viewers overall in L+7, for a jump of +38% in 18-49 and +1.6 million persons or +50% versus the show's spring-summer averages for the prior year (0.8 in 18-49, 3.2 million viewers overall).
· "Hollywood Game Night," hosted by Emmy Award and Golden Globe winner Jane Lynch, returns for a sixth season with a variety of actors, performers and familiar faces, including "The Good Place's" Jameela Jamil, D'Arcy Carden and Marc Evan Jackson; "World of Dance's" Derek Hough and NE-YO; "This Is Us" stars Chris Sullivan, Jon Huertas and Susan Kelechi Watson; "Superstore's" Ben Feldman, Colton Dunn, Lauren Ash and Nico Santos; "American Ninja Warrior" hosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila; and "NBC Nightly News" anchor Lester Holt as well as Amanda Seales, Joel McHale, Kal Penn, Laverne Cox, Rob Riggle and Sasheer Zamata, among many others.


The Futon Critic

TV Line

posted 4/1/19

Wheel Celebrates 7000
Catch the Celebration May 10!
From KABC Los Angeles

It was one giant celebration on the set of America's Game, "Wheel of Fortune." Pat Sajak has been spinning the wheel, and Vanna White turning letters for 7000 episodes!

To mark the occasion, the staff all joined together for a big thank you, and a great big cake.

Sajak says a big thank you also goes to the show's loyal fans. "We've got people watching us with their kids, who used to watch with their grandparents," said Sajak. "We're into our third generation of viewers! They do treat us like we're part of the family, and that's a great spot to be in."

"Every day, you don't know what to expect," said White. "There's always something good and happy going on around here!"

The 7000th episode of "Wheel of Fortune" will air on May 10th.

KABC Los Angeles

posted 4/1/19


Sony Pictures TV

Jeopardy! at 55
Answer-Question Quiz Celebrates Milestone Anniversary This Weekend
From History

A 55-year-old show that commands 23 million viewers and is the top-rated game show in history. The answer is: "What is Jeopardy!?"

In 1964, the answers-first show made its debut. But if not for a group of popular—and fraudulent—quiz shows, it may never have existed in the first place.

Throughout the late 1950s, viewers were riveted by a series of scandals related to TV quiz shows. The high-stakes games were extremely popular…and extremely rigged. Once the nation realized they were rooting for contestants in televised frauds, a grand jury, a congressional investigation, and even a change in communications law followed. But though the shows were short-lived, their format lives on in Jeopardy!.

History

WWOR Secaucus

posted 3/29/19

Winter Is Coming
Sky Greenlights "Gameshow of Thrones"
From Realscreen

European satcaster Sky has commissioned a new game show special centered on HBO's megahit fantasy series Game of Thrones from Los Angeles- and London-based entertainment prodco Znak & Co.

Gameshow of Thrones comes ahead of the eighth and final season of the Emmy Award-winning scripted series in April.

In the 90-minute special, Sue Perkins hosts a panel game show with celebrity fans and cast members competing to answer Thrones-specific trivia while representing their "houses." Gameshow of Thrones premieres on today (March 29) on Sky One.

Sky has also renewed Znak & Co's Thronecast, in which Perkins dissects episodes of Game of Thrones with celebrity guests and cast members, as well as the one-off Thronecast: War Room, in which she and her guests deconstruct the events of season seven in preparation for the final season.

Realscreen

Entertainment.ie
Winter Is Coming

posted 3/29/19

THURSDAY: How Sweet It Is
CBS Wins with Basketball
From the Futon Critic

CBS (6.249 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) once again took home top honors with its primetime coverage of the "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament" (6.718 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) followed by a second game from the "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament" (5.780 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2).

ABC (5.263 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the silver draw with fresh installments of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.296 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2), "Station 19" (5.473 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) and "For the People" (3.020 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7).

Next up was NBC (2.941 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its lineup of "Superstore" (3.443 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5), "AP Bio" (2.361 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Will & Grace" (3.275 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6), the premiere of "Abby's" (2.618 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) plus a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.974 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.299 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) opted for repeats of "Gotham" (1.290 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "The Orville" (1.307 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

And finally, a repeat "Supernatural" (0.929 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and the season finale of "Legacies" (0.937 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) closed out the night on The CW (0.933 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4).

On cable...
- Project Runway (Bravo): 950k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 852k
- Ex on the Beach: Reunion Part 1 (MTV): 569k
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 542k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 513k
- America Says (GSN): 484k
- RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked (VH1): 361k
- Game of CLones (MTV): 215k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/28/19

The Fort Goes Worldwide
"Fort Boyard" Coming to Nintendo Switch
From Nintendo Insider

Microïds and Appeal Studios have announced that Fort Boyard will release on Nintendo Switch, a party game based on the adventure game show.

Alone or with up to four players, you must participate in challenges that will test your endurance, dexterity, and perseverance to earn as many Boyard coins as you can. With these, you can gather the keys that are needed to access the treasure that the stone vessel hides.

Fort Boyard will release for Nintendo Switch worldwide in June 2019.

Nintendo Insider

posted 3/29/19

WEDNESDAY: Stumble
"Chicago" Trilogy Wins for NBC, "Million Dollar Mile" Left at the Starting Block
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.743 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) held off the competition on Wednesday with its lineup of "Chicago Med" (7.986 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2), "Chicago Fire" (8.183 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and "Chicago PD" (7.061 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

CBS (5.183 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) then was a close second with its mix of "Survivor: Edge of Extinction" (7.599 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1), the premiere of "Million Dollar Mile" (4.074 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) and "SEAL Team" (3.876 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Next up was FOX (3.568 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) with fresh installments from "Empire" (3.968 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "Star" (3.167 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.770 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "The Goldbergs" (3.447 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8), "Schooled" (2.612 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Modern Family" (2.596 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Single Parents" (2.069 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) plus a new "Whiskey Cavalier" (2.949 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And finally, a new "Riverdale" (0.853 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and the return of "Jane the Virgin" (0.795 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) closed out the night on The CW (0.824 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds (MTV): 1.077m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 861k
- Project Runway All-Stars (F/Lifetime): 756k
- Forged in Fire (History): 619k
- Deal or No Deal (CNBC): 491k
- America Says (GSN): 481k
- The Challenge: WOW Aftershow (MTV): 372k
- Drop the Mic (SF/TNT): 326k

- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (SF/TNT): 193k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/28/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Quiz Daddy's Side Gig"

  • Scott Rogowsky to host a new show for DAZN... from an article writer who never heard of side gigs. (MySan Antonio)

  • Eddie McGuire forced to apologize to... of all people... a coin tosser (Gold Coast Bulletin)

  • Nikki Bella's relationship with Artem Chigvintsev can be best described with one word... complicated. (Reality TV World)

  • Nick, Vanessa Lachey to host Miss USA (The Futon Critic)

posted 3/29/19

Fox Summer
On Deck: New Seasons Plus "Spin The Wheel"
From the Futon Critic

FOX is announcing summer premiere dates for returning series BEAT SHAZAM, MASTERCHEF and SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, as well as for new series SPIN THE WHEEL. Air dates for PARADISE HOTEL and MISS USA(R) were previously announced.

PARADISE HOTEL, the innovative unscripted dating competition series in which sexy singles try to remain in paradise for as long as possible, will debut with a special, two-hour premiere Thursday, May 9 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Television personality and reality star Kristin Cavallari is tapped to host the new series, which will air three nights per week in an "as it happens" format during a five-week run. Following the Thursday night premiere, the series will air on Mondays (starting May 13 at 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), Wednesdays (starting May 15 at 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursdays (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

BEAT SHAZAM keeps the jams coming with the Season Three premiere Monday, May 20 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). Hosted by Grammy-, Golden Globe- and Academy Award-winning actor and musician Jamie Foxx ("Ray," "Django Unchained"), BEAT SHAZAM is an interactive game show that pits teams of two against the clock and each other as they attempt to identify the biggest hit songs of all time. In the end, the team with the most money banked will outlast the competition and go against Shazam, the world's most popular song identification app, for the chance to win up to $1 million dollars. Actress, model and writer Corinne Foxx, daughter of Jamie Foxx, will return as deejay. Celebrity guests who have appeared in the series include Mariah Carey, Snoop Dogg, Shaquille O'Neal, Michael Bolton, Smokey Robinson, TLC and Lance Bass.

Celebrating its milestone 10th season, MASTERCHEF will air two nights per week, kicking off Wednesday, May 29 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) and joining the Thursday lineup on Thursday, June 20 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). On MASTERCHEF, award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, acclaimed chef Aarón Sánchez and renowned restaurateur Joe Bastianich will put a new batch of talented home cooks through a series of challenges and elimination rounds, with one home cook ultimately claiming the title of MASTERCHEF and the $250,000 grand prize.

Hosted by Cat Deeley, the Emmy Award-winning SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE returns with an all-new season on Monday, June 10 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). Joining fan favorites Nigel Lythgoe and Mary Murphy at the judging table for auditions and the Academy rounds are Emmy Award nominee Laurieann Gibson, Lady Gaga's longtime choreographer and creative director, and Emmy Award winner and SYTYCD alum Dominic "D-Trix" Sandoval. The dance competition series spotlights highly skilled dancers between the ages of 18 and 30 who compete in contemporary, tap, hip-hop, ballroom, animation, breaking and more to secure their place in the SYTYCD studio, competing each week for America's votes. Contestants will be eliminated weekly until a winner is named on the season finale.

Brand-new high-stakes game show SPIN THE WHEEL will debut Thursday, June 20 (9:00-10:00 PMET/PT), following MASTERCHEF's time-period premiere on the night. Executive-produced by four-time Emmy Award-winning actor and 10-time Grammy Award-winning musician Justin Timberlake, and hosted by actor, director, writer and comedian Dax Shepard ("Hit and Run"), the show offers life-changing opportunities to win fortunes each episode with the spin of a massive, unpredictable wheel. The show, created by Timberlake and Andrew Glassman ("The Wall"), is a suspenseful, high-energy mix of pop culture trivia, strategy and simple whirling luck, with the possibility of winning incredible sums of cash prizes upwards of $20 million. With massive prize money on the line, contestants must make sweat-inducing, gut-wrenching decisions: whether to walk away, or risk it all to SPIN THE WHEEL one last time.

FOX finales include: MENTAL SAMURAI (Tuesday, May 21, 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT); and MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, in a special two-hour episode (Tuesday, June 4, 8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

The Futon Critic

TV Line
Deadline
Entertainment Weekly

posted 3/27/19

"Love at First Song" Warms Up
John Legend to Adapt Asian Hit
From the Wrap

John Legend and "American Idol" producer Simon Lythgoe will produce "Love at First Song," which combines the two popular mainstays of reality TV: music and dating.

The "All of Me" singer's Get Lifted Film Co. is partnering with Critical Content and Lythgoe's Legacy Productions to develop the show's format for American audiences. The format originated from South Korean entertainment company CJ ENM, who first aired the show in Vietnam in 2018, where it was a huge hit.

"Love at First Song" pairs couples through emotional performances in which single singers blindly rehearse a romantic duet, then reveal themselves and their potential chemistry during a performance. The couples live together, practice together, perform and compete together, but may swap partners in every episode — for love or music.

"Love at First Song is really the best of two great genres: performance and dating, as contestants literally fall in love and make heartbreaking decisions during their duets," said Critical Content's Tom Forman and Jenny Daly. "It's the perfect format to come from a love song legend like John, plus a producer like Simon with a proven record of launching both hit shows and huge acts."

The Wrap

Deadline

posted 3/27/19

TUESDAY: NBC But CBS But NBC
Another Night for Splits
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.696 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the adults 18-49 champ on Tuesday with its mix of "Ellen's Game of Games" (5.400 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "This Is Us" (7.526 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "The Village" (4.162 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

The silver then went to CBS (9.433 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) with its trio of "NCIS" (12.011 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "FBI" (9.054 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.233 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Next up was ABC (3.392 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and its lineup of "American Housewife" (3.858 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5), "The Kids Are Alright" (3.015 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Black-ish" (2.803 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Splitting Up Together" (2.429 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "The Rookie" (4.123 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.367 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) served up fresh installments of "MasterChef Junior" (2.721 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Mental Samurai" (2.012 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.645 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and a new "Roswell, New Mexico" (0.888 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) closed out the night on The CW (0.766 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Temptation Island (SF/USA): 1.179m
- Chopped (Food): 877k
- America Says (GSN): 472k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 419k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/27/19

KBC The Best In Indian TV
"Millionaire" Version Wins Top TV Prize
From Glamsham

Anil D. Ambani led Reliance Entertainment's Big Synergy production Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) won the "Editorial Choice Award for the Best Game Show" at the Indian Telly Awards 2019 underlining the company's distinct strength and wide experience to create and execute the most entertaining and high rating non-fiction shows.

Big Synergy produced the past seasons of KBC, based on the "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" format, hosted by the iconic and India's biggest superstar Amitabh Bachchan, in Hindi for Sony Entertainment. Airing on Sony, KBC is one of the most watched television shows on the Indian television and is loved by the viewers across Indian urban and rural markets for almost two decades. With its superlative presentation and exceptional execution, KBC is amongst the most awarded long-running television franchises in India.

Rajiv Bakshi, CEO of Reliance Entertainment's Big Synergy said, "It's a proud honour for the entire team to win the Editorial Choice Award for the Best Game Show for Kaun Banega Crorepati. KBC is a landmark show for the entire industry and demonstrates Big Synergy's inimitable competence for produce top rating, digitally empowered and endearing content for audiences across all markets and target groups."

Glamsham

posted 3/27/19

Deal or No Deal Goes Live
App Adds Chips, Cases
From Cision

Endemol Shine Gaming, part of Endemol Shine Group, today announced the latest social gaming activity for global gameshow phenomenon Deal or No Deal.

Gaming technology company iPro, Inc. and Endemol Shine Gaming developed and released the Deal or No Deal Live app at the end of last year alongside the U.S. relaunch of Deal or No Deal on CNBC Wednesdays at 9pm ET/PT.

Deal or No Deal Live users can now go backstage to the Green Room to play social games while they wait for the next episode to air. Players get chips for their play along episode and season scores to play social games in the DOND Green Room. By playing in the DOND Green Room, users can win virtual money and a secondary currency which is in the form of DOND cases.

These DOND cases will be used to create an advantage in the play along game as well as in prize drawings such as in the current drawing for an official DOND case signed by U.S. host Howie Mandel.

PR Newswire

posted 3/27/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Get Ready to Run!"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Million Dollar Mile" (CBS) (NJ.com)... and a video preview (Realscreen)

  • Meredith Vieira didn't know Elisabeth Hasselbeck was fired from "The View". In other news... WHAT YEAR IS IT?! (Cinema Blend)

  • Rob Lowe posted something about the college scandal online. Then he deleted it. (Yahoo!)

  • Rachel Lindsey, Bryan Abbasolo taking their talents to South Beach (Reality TV World)

posted 3/27/19

90. More. Episodes.
MTV Renews "Wild'n Out" to Season 16
From Deadline

Ahead of Wild 'N Out's 13th-season premiere this summer, MTV has ordered 90 additional episodes of the Nick Cannon-hosted comedy improv competition series to take it through Season 16.

The multi-season pickup is a recognition of Wild 'N Out's role in MTV's continuing ratings upswing as the Viacom cable network is pacing for its record seventh consecutive quarter of growth in adults 18-34 and adults 18-49 (Live+3) after launching 5 of the top 10 highest-rated new unscripted cable series of 2018.

When in cycle, Wild 'N Out contributed to 10% of MTV's schedule as well as 10% of the net's total ratings. The most recent full season of Wild 'N Out in summer 2018 was the No. 1 cable series on Friday nights with men 12-24 and men 18-24.

Deadline

posted 3/26/19

SYNDIES: Week 25
Results for the Week Ending March 17
From TV Newscheck

As usual, the first week of Daylight Saving Time signaled a ratings downturn for most syndicated shows in the session ending March 17.

Some programs were also forced to deal with preemptions for coverage of the administration's first presidential veto on March 15.

For example, ratings for Jeopardy, whose longtime Alex Trebek revealed on March 6 that he had stage four pancreatic cancer, dropped 9% from the prior round to a 6.3 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating. However, the show continued to rule the games for a third week, albeit narrowly. Jeopardy's sister show Wheel of Fortune fell 6% to a second-place 6.2, while Family Feud faded 9% to a 5.9.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.3 -9%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.2 -6%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.9 -9%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 -6%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 -17%


TV Newscheck

B+C

posted 3/26/19

MONDAY: Make It Two for "The Voice"
Battle Round Premiere Wins for NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.696 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was back in front on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (8.932 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "The Enemy Within" (5.224 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

ABC (5.542 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) then was the silver draw with a new "American Idol" (6.354 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and week two of "The Fix" (3.917 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9).

Next up was FOX (5.262 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) with fresh installments from "The Resident" (4.867 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and "9-1-1" (5.656 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.863 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up its mix of "The Neighborhood" (6.315 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "Man with a Plan" (5.340 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Magnum P.I." (5.634 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8) and "The Mueller Report: A Turning Point" (3.126 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

And finally, a new "Arrow" (1.050 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.637 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) closed out the night on The CW (0.843 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Spring Baking Championship - 9p (Food): 1.328m
- Spring Baking Championship - 8p (Food): 907k
- Family Food Showdown (Food): 830k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 449k

On cable Sunday..
- Buddy vs. Duff (Food): 1.492m


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/26/19

Songland Goes to England
C4 Makes A Play for NBC Format
From Deadline

Channel 4 is developing a UK version of NBC's songwriting competition reality series Songland.

The British broadcaster is remaking the unscripted format with NBC-backed producer Monkey Kingdom, the company behind hits including Made In Chelsea, producing.

The move is C4's first entry into the talent contest genre in a number of years, having previously dipped its toe in the area with 2014's The Singer Takes It All.

The show, which debuts at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28 in the U.S., originally hails from The Voice executive producer Audrey Morrissey, Eurythmics co-founder and producer Dave Stewart, Maroon 5's Adam Levine and his 222 Productions and OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder.

Deadline

posted 3/26/19

WEEKEND: How Sweet It Is
CBS Wins on Basketball
From the Futon Critic

CBS (9.263 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) claimed top honors on Sunday thanks to a half hour of "NCAA Overrun" (16.184 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1) followed by new episodes of "60 Minutes" (11.210 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), "God Friended Me" (7.786 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.032 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "Madam Secretary" (5.867 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

ABC (5.680 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then had to settle for second with a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.882 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) alongside originals from "American Idol" (6.989 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and "Shark Tank" (3.859 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Next up was FOX (1.669 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.112 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T17) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.274 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15), originals from "The Simpsons" (1.963 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "Bob's Burgers" (2.017 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "Family Guy" (2.038 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) plus a repeat "Family Guy" (1.609 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.791 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up a repeat "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.223 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) alongside new episodes of "World of Dance" (3.279 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "Good Girls" (2.385 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

And finally, The CW (0.870 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with new episodes of "Supergirl" (1.141 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T17) and "Charmed" (0.599 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.2, #19).

On cable...
- America Says (GSN): 498k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/26/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Happy Anniversary, I Guess"

  • Chris Harrison celebrates the 17th anniversary of "The Bachelor" (Reality TV World)... on the same day Jade Roper posts pictures of herself on Instagram. Her expectant self, but still herself (Reality TV World)

  • LIST ABUSE: 5 of the greatest moments in Jeopardy! history. Three involve the Brad & Ken show (The Brag)

  • EVERYONE'S GOT ONE: The age of Idol is gone. The age of the Masked Singer is upon us. (The Muse)

  • CASTING COUCH: ABC is prepping... mini golf. (On Camera Audience)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Arthur Smith (Realscreen)

posted 3/25/19

Outage Averted
AT&T, Viacom Reach New Deal
From the Hollywood Reporter

"We are pleased to announce a renewed Viacom-AT&T contract that includes continued carriage of Viacom services across multiple AT&T platforms and products," the companies said in a joint statement.

Viacom and AT&T early Monday said they have reached a new carriage deal after their negotiations had led to a war of words late last week.

The agreement will keep such flagship Viacom networks as MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central on AT&T's DirecTV and U-Verse pay TV services. While the companies didn't disclose much detail on the new deal's terms, Viacom's stock was up 5.5 percent in pre-market trading as investors took the agreement as a sign that the company's young-skewing networks are worth carrying for pay TV giants. AT&T's stock was up 0.3 percent before the market open.

"We are pleased to announce a renewed Viacom-AT&T contract that includes continued carriage of Viacom services across multiple AT&T platforms and products," the companies said in a joint statement. "The deal also brings AT&T customers more choice and improved value for Viacom content." The companies added: "We expect to announce additional details in the near future."

The Hollywood Reporter

posted 3/25/19

Kids Choice Awards Handed Out
Among the Winners:
From the Hollywood Reporter

DJ Khaled hosted the 2019 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday evening, broadcasted live from USC's Galen Center in Los Angeles. The awards, which are voted on by fans, span a range of categories, from favorite movie to favorite butt-kicker to favorite social media star.

Although away on tour, Ariana Grande shared a video to thank her fans as she took home the awards for best song ("thank u, next") and favorite female artist.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Chris Pratt was slimed as he took home the award for favorite butt-kicker.

A list of winners follows.

- Favorite Reality Show: America's Got Talent (NBC)
- Favorite TV Host: Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen's Game of Games)
- Favorite TV Judges: Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel (America's Got Talent)


The Hollywood Reporter

posted 3/25/19


SBS

MASAHIKO KOBE: 1969-2019
Italian "Iron Chef"
From Yahoo!

Masahiko Kobe, the "Prince of Pasta" on the original "Iron Chef", died on March 14.

Kobe, the Iron Chef Italian, started on the show in 1997 and stayed on until the end, amassing a record of 16 wins, 7 losses, 1 tie.

After the series ended, he opened his own restaurant, Massa, in the Ebisu district of Tokyo.

Miku Kikuchi, the owner and chef of Tokyo's popular Roppongi French "Le Bourguinion", posted on his Facebook, "I am sad. He died, and in the morning, it seemed that he was preparing from Heaven, trying to take something while the staff came, and he was taken to the hospital. He didn't seem to have returned consciousness."

Kobe was 49 years old.

Yahoo!
Nikkan Sports

posted 3/25/18


GAMES GONE BY: Who's Still Standing?
Season 3 is a Magic Number
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Put ten people on trap doors, put another on a trap door between them, have the one pick one of the others and have them fight it out to see who gets dropped. Sounds a little familiar, right? Well, you don't have to be Russian to play this and there's no "Roulette" involved. Just Chris Wolvie talking about "Who's Still Standing?", another of the "Games Gone By..."

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 3/25/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Oh, And One More Thing..."

  • Apple announces Apple TV+. No game shows. Yet. (TV Line)

  • FIRST LOOK: The McKinley High School class of... some year... reunite to Drop the Mic (TV Line)

  • LAuren Bushnell has moved on from "The Bachelor" and moved into Nashville (Reality TV World)

  • VIDEO (GAME) WALL: "The Super Mario Challenge". This happened... and we allowed it to happen (Nintendo Life)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Dara O Briain (Female First)

posted 3/25/19


The Wrap

Kristin Cavallari Heading to "Paradise"
Reality TV Star to Host Reboot
From the Futon Critic

Television personality and reality star Kristin Cavallari is tapped to host the brand-new PARADISE HOTEL, the innovative unscripted dating competition series in which sexy singles try to remain in paradise for as long as possible by pairing up. In the reinvention of the hit series, viewers will play along at home using social media to try and influence the action on the show.

The trailblazing series will debut with a special, two-hour premiere Thursday, May 9 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, and will air three nights a week in an "as it happens" format during its five-week run. Following the Thursday night premiere, the series will air on Mondays (starting May 13 at 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), Wednesdays (starting May 15 at 9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and, with LIVE elements, on Thursdays (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

"Kristin grew up on the frontlines of reality television and is the perfect host to introduce PARADISE HOTEL to a new generation of viewers," said Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment and Specials, FOX Entertainment. "The show is a fun balance of romantic love, cutthroat competition and humor, and Kristin's unique experience, especially with live television, makes her the best person to navigate the wild, unpredictable moments."

"I'm so excited to be hosting PARADISE HOTEL this summer!" said Cavallari. "This show literally has everything - dating, love triangles, alliances, competition - and I can't wait to stir the pot and have a front-row seat to all the drama!"

The modernized version of the international hit is executive-produced by SallyAnn Salsano (495 Productions, "Jersey Shore Family Vacation," "Jersey Shore," "The Bachelor"); Becca Walker ("Love Island," "I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here!"); James Sunderland ("America's Got Talent," "SafeWord," "Lip Sync Battle Shorties"); Paul Osborne ("Big Brother," "Celebrity Wife Swap," "Secret Millionaire"); and Celia Taylor ("50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy," "A League of Your Own, with James Corden," "An Idiot Abroad") of Mentorn Media, the original creators of the groundbreaking "Paradise Hotel" format.

The Futon Critic

posted 3/21/19

THURSDAY: Come On and Watch Some... Shondaland?
CBS, ABC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (3.851 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the adults 18-49 champ on Thursday thanks to its first round coverage of "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament" (3.904 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and another "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament" (3.798 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2).

ABC (5.216 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a close second with originals from "Grey's Anatomy" (6.891 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1), "Station 19" (5.600 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "For the People" (3.156 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Next up was NBC (3.322 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with new episodes of "Superstore" (3.887 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "AP Bio" (2.329 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.230 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Will & Grace" (2.955 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.265 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.589 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up new episodes of "Gotham" (2.231 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "The Orville" (2.947 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

And finally, The CW (1.240 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with new episodes of "Supernatural" (1.467 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and "Legacies" (1.013 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14).

On cable...
- Project Runway (Bravo): 1.026m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 823k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 706k
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 598k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 528k
- America Says (GSN): 524k
- Game of Clones (MTV): 262k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/22/19

Live Dealer... or No Dealer
Casino Game Version of "Deal or No Deal" Coming
From the Futon Critic

Most of us are familiar with the highly popular television game show Deal or No Deal. But many of us realise that we have not the chance of a snowflake's survival in Hades to ever make it onto prime-time TV, let alone leave with millions in the bank; or rather, millions in the briefcase thanks to the bank.

Well, that is all about to change thanks to the brilliant team of developers at Evolution Gaming. The live casino specialists recently announced that they will be launching a live casino Deal or No Deal game soon. Much like the contestants on the popular television show, players will have the opportunity to work their way through a selection of levels in the hopes of sticking it out until the very last and making it all the way to the final briefcase.

The Gaming Post

posted 3/22/19

Brazil Keeps It... or Loses It
SBT Greenlights 4th Season
From the Futon Critic

Brazilian broadcaster SBT has commissioned fourth and fifth seasons of the Global Agency-distributed format Keep It or Lose It, totalling 26 new episodes.

Created by Turkish company Karga, the gameshow is played in a giant shopping mall and offers cash prizes to contestants. It has also been produced in Kazakhstan and Turkey.

C21 Media

posted 3/22/19

Paddy McGuinness Catches "Catchpoint"
Catch It on BBC March 23!
From Broadway World

Paddy McGuinness presents Catchpoint - BBC One's gameshow with difference. This is the very first physical game show where contestants need quick reflexes and brains in order to win the cash prize.

Ten giant screens have balls hidden above them which drop from the correct answer. Contestants must think fast because if they choose the wrong screen and miss the ball falling they risk losing their place in the game. The series begins on Saturday 23 March.

The premise of the game is simple - don't drop the ball! In the studio, ten large rectangular LED screens are positioned along the back wall of the Catch Zone. These screens will display the answers to each question that the players will face. Suspended above the Catch Zone are ten trapdoors - each containing a ball. Only the trapdoor that is located directly above the correct answer screen will open and send a ball plummeting to the ground.

All the players must do is stand in front of the screen that they think is displaying the correct answer, press the button to release the ball and then catch the ball when it drops from the correct answer trapdoor. If the player is standing in the right place, it should be a piece of cake but get it wrong and they'll have to rely on fast moves and quick reflexes not to drop that ball!

With a variety of rounds, all leading up to an exciting finale where a cash prize is at stake, Catchpoint is a brand new family-friendly game show, combining physical fun with general knowledge questions, in the ultimate battle of brains and balls.

Broadway World

Cornwall Live
BT

posted 3/22/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "The Desert's No Place for a Geek"

posted 3/22/19


GSN

Catch 21 to Return
GSN Renews 3 Originals, Greenlights Reboot & New Original
From Adweek

Some networks continually reinvent themselves in an attempt to keep audiences interested. But over the past year, Game Show Network discovered that the best way to retain and build viewers is to stop trying to reinvent the wheel when it came to programming—and the network's own name.

So as the network—which has ditched its GSN moniker and is known once again by its previous name—heads into this year's upfront agency meetings, it's doing so by emphasizing the ratings growth that has resulted from its return to "fun, simple games," said John Zaccario, evp, ad sales. It's a continuation of the strategy that the network first unveiled during last year's upfront talks.

When Fran Shea, evp, programming and marketing, joined Game Show Network in late 2017, she helped it pivot back to traditional game show formats and scheduling. Its series are now "stripped" across all five weeknights, just as syndicated game shows are, and reflect the method that its audience prefers to watch them. That includes a trio of new game shows introduced in the last year—Caroline and Friends, America Says and Common Knowledge—all of which the network has renewed.

The shows had been introduced in the fringe daypart and improved their respective time periods between 10-15 percent in total audience and adults 25-54 demos, before being moved to prime time. They helped spark a ratings resurgence at the network: In total day and adults 25-54, the network's ratings are up between high-single and double digits year over year, said Zaccario.

And the network welcomed 14 million new viewers last year.

Game Show Network's number of original hours has tripled since Shea's arrival, from 93 in 2019 to almost 350 hours slated for next year. As part of its strategy shift, the network also gave its own name a retro spin last July, reverting back to Game Show Network from GSN to further emphasize what it does best. "We heard from the core audience that they want more traditional game shows and less of the kinds of things that we were feeding them two and three years ago. It made sense to use that as the brand," said Zaccario. "It speaks to exactly who we are."

The trio of new shows quickly connected with viewers. Quiz show Common Knowledge, which debuted in January and is hosted by *Nsync's Joey Fatone, became Game Show Network's most-watched show in total viewers. America Says, which is hosted by actor John Michael Higgins and features two teams of friends and family competing to answer fill-in-the-blank survey responses, is its No. 1 show in women 25-54. Caroline & Friends, in which comedian Caroline Rhea picks her favorite funny and cute viral videos with help from celeb pals, also has ratings momentum.

Joining those returning shows are a pair of new series, both of which will also be stripped. Best Ever Trivia Show pits three contestants against three trivia experts, while Catch 21—which combines the classic card game 21 with pop culture trivia—is a reboot of a show that aired on the network a decade ago.

In this upfront, Zaccario will seek more brand partnerships for Game Show Network Daily Draw, a short-form sweepstakes in which a $500 winner is announced each night. The show yielded more than 2 million entries last year. "It was a way to make our viewers feel as if they were contestants, and because they shoot that frequently, we're able to integrate brands into that environment," Zaccario said. "Now that we've had some success there, we'll be more aggressive [this year]."

In addition to its new and returning series, Game Show Network is developing several new shows, including Mannerz (from former Fox late night host Spike Feresten, a survey-based show about proper behavior in modern social situations), Crazy Awkward Love Game (a blind date-type show executive produced by Howie Mandel in which the potential suitors' family members are interviewed) and People Puzzler (inspired by People Magazine's pop culture crossword puzzle).

Adweek

posted 3/21/19

WEDNESDAY: Double the Survivor
CBS Wins on 2-Hour Episode
From the Futon Critic

CBS (6.333 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) was the top draw on Wednesday thanks to a new "Survivor: Edge of Extinction" (7.317 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1), another "Survivor: Edge of Extinction" (6.750 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and the return of "SEAL Team" (4.933 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

FOX (3.596 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) however shared the demo crown with fresh installments of "Empire" (3.952 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "Star" (3.239 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Next up was ABC (3.790 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with originals from "The Goldbergs" (4.479 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Schooled" (3.591 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8), "Modern Family" (4.254 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Single Parents" (3.086 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Whiskey Cavalier" (3.666 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.104 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) opted for the recap "The Voice: The Best of the Blinds" (5.984 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and the special "buble!" (3.342 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And finally, a new "Riverdale" (0.832 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and the season finale of "All American" (0.552 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) rounded out the night on The CW (0.692 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds (MTV): 947k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 683k
- Deal or No Deal (CNBC): 498k
- America Says (GSN): 455k
- Drop the Mic (TNT): 255k
- Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild (TNT): 222k


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posted 3/21/19


ATAS

And the Nominees Are...
Daytime Emmys Handed Out May 5
From the Hollywood Reporter

The nominations for the 46th annual Daytime Emmy Awards were announced Wednesday during CBS' The Talk. CBS scored a leading 61 noms, followed by syndicated programs with 55 nods and Amazon Prime Video and Netflix, who tied with 49 mentions each.

Among other outlets with double-digit noms, NBC received 38, followed by ABC with 35, PBS with 31, YouTube.com with 20, Disney Jr. and Nickelodeon (tied with 16 each), HBO with 12 and Disney Channel with 10. In terms of individual programs, Days of Our Lives scored a leading 27 noms, followed by General Hospital with 25 and The Young and the Restless with 20.

Best game show nominees include Family Feud, Jeopardy!, Let's Make a Deal, The Price Is Right and Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.

As for nominees for Outstanding Game Show Host, newcomer Michael Higgins ("America Says", GSN) joins veterans Chris Harrison ("Who Wants to Be a Millionaire", syndication), Wayne Brady ("Let's Make a Deal", CBS), Pat Sajak ("Wheel of Fortune", syndication), and Alex Trebek ("Jeopardy!", syndication).

On the roster for Outstanding Direction for a Game Show are Family Feud, Jeopardy!, Let's Make a Deal, The Price Is Right, and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.

Other nominations...
- Outstanding Children's or Family Viewing Series: American Ninja Warrior, Universal Kids; Top Chef Junior, Universal Kids
- Outstanading Daytime Promotional Announcement: American Ninja Warrior - Premiere, Universal Kids
- Outstanding Guest Performer in a Daytime Series: Wayne Brady, The Bold & the Beautiful (CBS)
- Outstanding Culinary Host: Valerie Bertinelli, Valerie's Home Kitchen (Food)
- Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host: Steve Harvey, Steve; Rachael Ray, Rachael; Kellie Pickler & Ben Aaron, Pickler & Ben
- Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host: Kelly Ripa & Ryan Seacrest, Live with Kelly & Ryan (Syndication); Adrienne Houghton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai, Tamera Mowry-Housley, The Real (syndication); Sara Gilbert, Sharon Osbourne, Sheryl Underwood, Eve, Carrie Ann Inaba, Julie Chen Moonves, The Talk (CBS); Wendy Williams, Wendy Williams (syndication)
- Outstanding Technical Team: American Ninja Warrior, Universal Kids; Jeopardy!, syndication; The Price Is Right, CBS
- Outstanding Multiple Camera Editing: Let's Make a Deal, CBS; The Price Is Right, CBS, Top Chef Junior, Universal Kids
- Outstanding Live And Direct To Tape Sound Mixing: Family Feud, syndicaion; Let's Make a Deal, CBS; The Price Is Right, CBS
- Outstanding Makeup: The Price Is Right, CBS

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posted 3/20/19

TUESDAY: Fox, Rob Lowe, and a Robotic Spheroid Thingie
CBS Wins, "Mental Samurai" Stalled
From Vulture

Take a moment to imagine Fox's Mental Samurai, a new game show hosted by Rob Lowe in which contestants are hurtled around in a metal basket attached to a giant robot arm and then forced to answer trivia questions.

The giant robot arm is named Ava, and although host Rob Lowe says things like, "Meet Ava," as though we're all being introduced to a giant robotic personality, it's just a huge robot arm thing with a bucket on the end. Contestants are strapped inside of the bucket, and then Ava propels them high and low to various towers called the Towers of Samurai. The contestants have five minutes to answer questions from each one: the Tower of Memory, the Tower of Sequence, the Tower of Puzzles, and the Tower of Knowledge.

If contestants manage to successfully answer the questions of all four towers, they proceed to the Circle of Samurai, where they are still strapped in a robot bucket and given even more trivia to answer.

So how did it do? NBC (6.048 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) pulled in front on Tuesday thanks to its mix of "Ellen's Game of Games" (5.734 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "This Is Us" (7.506 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and the launch of "The Village" (4.906 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3).

ABC (3.406 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) then was the number two draw among adults 18-49 with originals from "American Housewife" (3.935 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "The Kids Are Alright" (3.030 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Black-ish" (2.720 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Splitting Up Together" (2.377 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "The Rookie" (4.188 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Sharing the silver was FOX (2.540 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) with a new "MasterChef Junior" (2.800 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and the debut of "Mental Samurai" (2.280 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.410 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for repeats of "NCIS" (8.376 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "FBI" (6.193 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.662 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13).

And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (1.640 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) and "Roswell, New Mexico" (1.027 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) closed out the night on The CW (1.333 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Temptation Island (USA): 1.069m
- Chopped (Food): 1.017m
- America Says (GSN): 453k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 453k


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posted 3/20/19

SYNDIES: Week 24
Results for the Week Ending March 10
From TV Newscheck

Viewer support for long-time host Alex Trebek, who on March 6 revealed that had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, helped make Jeopardy the top-rated game show in the session ending March 10.

Although the veteran quiz show scored a five-week high 6.9 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen, it still had no answer for February sweep champ — and usual ratings leader — Judge Judy, which jumped to a 7.5 and continued to outperform all syndicated shows for the 35th 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
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.9 +1%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.6 NC
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.5 +2%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.8 +20%
- Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.6 +20%


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posted 3/20/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Dancing With Myself"

  • Alan Bersten... he's done "Dancing" with the ladies after "the Stars" (GoldDerby)

  • Andy Cohen to receive GLAAD honor (Deadline)

  • Cody & Jessica have a baby brother... baby racer? (Reality TV World)

  • Elena Davies breaks down on her podcast post-breakup (Entertainment Tonight)

  • Rachel Lindsay is not a fan of Hannah Brown (Us)

  • Why Alex Trebek matters... according to a former contestant (Vox)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the newest Top Chef. (GoldDerby)

posted 3/19/19

MONDAY: Come At the Queen, You Best Not Miss
"The Voice" Beats "Idol", NBC Beats Everyone
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.999 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) pulled in front on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (9.734 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "The Enemy Within" (4.529 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

FOX (5.510 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then claimed the silver with a new "The Resident" (5.075 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and the return of "9-1-1" (5.945 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2).

Next up was ABC (5.486 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with the Monday premiere of "American Idol" (6.047 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) followed by the launch of "The Fix" (4.366 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.294 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up its combination of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.777 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), a new "Man with a Plan" (5.077 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), another "The Big Bang Theory" (4.578 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "The Neighborhood" (3.672 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) and a new "Bull" (6.330 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9). And finally,

The CW (0.937 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with a new "Arrow" (1.025 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and the season finale of "Black Lightning" (0.849 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13).

On cable...
- Spring Baking Championship (SP/Food): 1.285m
- Family Food Showdown (Food): 685k
- America Says (GSN): 401k

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posted 3/19/19

Baking It... WITH Buddy
Food Network to Launch New Series, "Bake You Rich"
From Broadway World

In Food Network's newest bake-off, winners get to have their cake and eat it, too. Or perhaps more accurately, viewers will be able to eat it.

Hosted by "Cake Boss" Buddy Valastro, the newly ordered baking competition series will test not only contestants' oven skills, but their business savvy as well. "Bake You Rich" lets four entrepreneurial pastry chefs face off for the chance to have one of their custom-made creations sold to the public on the Carlo's Bakery website, per the popular cable channel.

The four-episode series features new obstacles that go beyond tasting good and looking pretty. Each episode involves three challenges, with the final two competitors going head-to-head to mass-produce their confections at Carlo's, all the while dealing with machinery malfunctions and last-minute recipe changes. The rotating panel of judges includes Valastro, Chad Durkin, Erin McGinn, Vincent Tubito, and Valastro's wife Lisa, who must decide which tasty treat is best poised to sell big in Carlo's online marketplace.

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posted 3/19/19

WEEKEND: The Night Belongs to "Idol" ... Sort of.
ABC Wins the Demo, CBS Wins Total
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.702 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the demo champ on Sunday with its reality lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.761 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "American Idol" (7.076 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "Shark Tank" (3.896 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

CBS (7.889 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then claimed the silver with its quartet of "60 Minutes" (9.929 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2), "God Friended Me" (7.812 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.334 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and "Madam Secretary" (5.481 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Next up was FOX (1.827 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with a repeat "MasterChef Junior" (1.522 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) followed by new episodes of "The Simpsons" (2.044 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "Bob's Burgers" (2.114 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) plus repeats of "Family Guy" (2.004 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and a second "Family Guy" (1.758 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.152 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up a repeat "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.813 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) followed by originals from "World of Dance" (3.705 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "Good Girls" (2.385 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

And finally, The CW (0.865 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with fresh installments from "Supergirl" (1.065 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) and "Charmed" (0.665 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #17).

On cable Friday...
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 385k
- America Says (GSN): 322k

On cable Sunday...
-
Buddy vs. Duff (Food): 1.582m

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posted 3/19/19

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

  • Kelly Clarkson to perform at ACMs April 7 (The Futon Critic)

  • James Corden to host the Tonys (The Futon Critic)

  • Wendy Williams treated for addiction at halfway house (TV Line)

  • Hannah Brown gets the business on the Internet for being a 24-year-old "Bachelorette" (Reality TV World)

  • LIST ABUSE: 33 game shows of the 90s that you totally just remembered just now (Bustle

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Blockbusters UK (BT)

  • And finally.... Fox is dead. Long live Fox. (Broadway World)

posted 3/19/19

Idol to Introduce Live Voting Coast to Coast for the Finale
Hollywood Week Begins Sunday
From Deadline

Season 2 of ABC's American Idol will end with a new twist. The network said today it is extending its coast-to-coast simultaneous voting to the season finale on May 19.

Last season, the revived show became the first U.S. reality-competition series in which viewers could watch and vote from both coasts simultaneously as it was simulcast in all time zones across the country over a three-week span.

This year, Idol will switch to the "simul-vote" on Sunday, April 21 — a week after the live performances start.

It's been nearly five years since ABC tried the concept of allowing viewers in across the U.S. to vote in real time with its ballyhooed Rising Star, the U.S. version of the Israeli format that took Mipcom by storm in 2013, with local versions licensed in some 25 territories. That series lasted only one season, however, with the curtain falling in August 2014.

Meanwhile, Season 2 of American Idol, which premiered March 3, cruises into Hollywood Week this Sunday. Judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie are back for their second go-round, along with host Ryan Seacrest and Bobby Bones taking on the role of in-house mentor.

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posted 3/18/19

Celebrity Name Game Goes Down Under
Grant Denyer to Host Australian Version
From Mumbrella

Ten's troubled 6pm timeslot has a new occupant, with Grant Denyer set to host Celebrity Name Game.

Denyer previously fronted Family Feud in the competitive timeslot, however it was axed last year due to declining ratings and audience fatigue with the format.

Family Feud went out with 213,000 metro viewers last year, with Denyer admitting Ten had accelerated the program's decline by running it too frequently. "It did good things, but we are probably guilty of driving it into the ground a bit too early," he said on his Sydney 2Day FM Breakfast show. "We gave it a bit too much. It's six days a week, twice a day, plus All Star Episodes."

Family Feud was replaced by quiz show Pointless, hosted by Dr Andrew Rochford and Mark Humphries, however this format also struggled to secure solid ratings. It premiered with 493,000 metro viewers, across Ten's main channel, as well as multi-channels Eleven and One (now known as 10 Peach and 10 Bold), however the numbers steadily declined from there.

"Celebrity Name Game is a new, fast-paced game show that will leave you on the edge of your seat, with the biggest names on pop culture on the tip of your tongue," a statement from Ten said. "True to Family Feud form, you'll be left screaming the answers at the television and playing along from the comfort of your couch."

Ten called the program the "most unpredictable game show on television", with a $10,000 prize up for grabs. Other Ten personalities will also assist with the competition, including former Goggleboxers and recent jungle participants Yvie Jones and Angie Kent, Beau Ryan from Chris and Julia's Sunday Night Takeaway, and Dancing With The Stars' Courtney Act.

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posted 3/18/19

Twofour Two for Russia
Formats Head Overseas
From C21 Media

A Russian broadcaster is set to remake two entertainment formats distributed by UK-based Twofour Rights, marking the company's first deals in the territory.

Free-to-air net Channel One will make its own local versions of Twofour Group's What Would Your Kid Do? and Change Your Tune. What Would Your Kid Do? was originally produced for ITV in the UK by Boomerang Productions, which is part of ITV Studios-owned Twofour Group. The format challenges parents to guess how their children will behave in a variety of situations, merging child-development psychology with a gameshow element. Children are filmed in a real-world setting as they go through a number of tasks that will explore everything from curiosity to lateral thinking and risk-taking to rule-breaking.

Change Your Tune, also originally commissioned by ITV, sees terrible singers transformed into accomplished performers over the course of a year.

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posted 3/18/19


BBC

MIKE THALASSITIS: 1993-2019
Competed on "Love Island"
From USA Today

Former "Love Island" contestant Mike Thalassitis has died at 26.

Thalassitis, who was dubbed "Muggy Mike" while appearing on the British dating series in 2017, was found dead Saturday in North London, according to Metropolitan Police.

Police spokeswoman Chioma Dijeh told USA TODAY that officers responded to a park near Latymer Way on Saturday morning after receiving reports of "a man found hanged." He was pronounced dead at the scene.

"At this early stage, the death is not being treated as suspicious," Dijeh added.

"Love Island" also confirmed Thalassitis' death on Twitter: "Everyone at ITV2 and Love Island are shocked and saddened by the terrible news about Mike. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends," the statement reads.

Thalassitis, a professional soccer player turned reality star, rose to fame on Season 3 of "Love Island." He later appeared on Season 4 of the British series "Celebs Go Dating" in 2018.

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posted 3/18/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Class Battle Hits Home"

  • Apparently Olivia Jade (Lori Loughlin's daughter of the USC scandal)'s test scores weren't the only things she faked (UPROXX)

  • RuPaul's Drag Race invades Paleyfest (Deadline)

  • JD Witherspoon getting ready to... Lazor Wulf? (The Futon Critic)

  • "Britain's Got Talent" judges invade "Blockbusters" (Digital Spy)

posted 3/18/19


CBS

JIM RAMAN: 1976-2019
Competed with Wife on "The Amazing Race"
From The Wrap

Dr. James "Jim" Raman, an orthodontist who competed on Season 25 contestant of CBS' "The Amazing Race," has died. He was 42. Raman — who competed with his wife, Misti, on the reality show in 2014 — died in South Carolina on Monday, according to an obituary posted on the Caughman-Harman Funeral Home website.

Lexington County Sheriff's Department Capt. Adam Myrick gave TheWrap this statement regarding Raman's death on Friday: "Deputies started a death investigation after responding to a Lakefront Court home about 4:30 Tuesday morning. No one has been arrested or detained in connection with this investigation. We aren't seeking any suspects or persons of interest as our work on the case continues."

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posted 3/15/18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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posted 3/15/19

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

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

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

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Reality TV World

posted 3/15/19

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

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

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

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

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

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posted 3/15/19


Fremantle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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posted 3/14/19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/13/19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/14/19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Deadline

The Futon Critic

posted 3/14/19

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

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

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

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

Deadline

posted 3/14/19

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

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

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

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

The Futon Critic

posted 3/14/19

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

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

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

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

The Wrap

PopCulture

posted 3/14/19

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

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

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

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

posted 3/14/19

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

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

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

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

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

Broadway World

Variety
TV Line
People
Deadline

posted 3/13/19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/13/19

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

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

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

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

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

posted 3/13/19

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

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

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

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

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

TV Newscheck

posted 3/12/19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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posted 3/12/19

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Verge

Adweek

posted 3/12/19

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

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

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

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

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

posted 3/12/19


TV Line

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Wrap
Deadline
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 3/11/18

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Futon Critic
The Wrap

posted 3/11/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Moving On"

  • Bill Bellamy cast in ABC pilot (Deadline)

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

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

posted 3/11/19


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