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Michael Strahan
The Summer Has Begun
"Pyramid" Among the Highlights
From various sources

Just when you thought it was safe to go back outside… a robust summer TV slate is ready to take a chomp out of your DVR.

What follows is a list of the 35 or so game show premieres this summer session culled by a jury of exactly four. If you know of one that we're missing, drop us a line at wlti@gameshownewsnet.com.

May
- 5/4 - The Challenge: Rivals 3 (MTV)
- 5/10 - First Impressions (USA)
- 5/17 - Coupled (Fox)
- 5/19 - The Dunk King (TNT)
- 5/19 - Match Made in Heaven: Season 2 (WE)
- 5/22 - Food Network Star: Season 22 (Food)
- 5/23 - The Price Is Right Primetime Specials: Reality Edition (CBS)
- 5/23 - Kids BBQ Championship (Food)
- 5/23 - Whose Line Is It Anyway? (2013): Season 4 (CW)
- 5/23 - The Bachelorette: Season 12 (ABC)
- 5/26 - 500 Questions: Season 2 (ABC)
- 5/29 - Celebrity Food Fight (Food)
- 5/30 - So You Think You Can Dance: Season 13 (Fox)
- 5/31 - America's Got Talent: Season 11 (NBC)

June
- 6/1 - American Ninja Warrior: Season 8 (NBC)
- 6/1 - MasterChef: Season 7 (Fox)
- 6/6 - Cake Wars: Season 4 (Food)
- 6/9 - Winsanity (GSN)
- 6/13 - Are You the One?: Season 4 (MTV)
- 6/13 - Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge (NBC)
- 6/14 - To Tell the Truth (2016) (ABC)
- 6/15 - Skin Wars: Fresh Paint (GSN)
- 6/16 - Home Free: Season 2 (Fox)
- 6/22 - Big Brother: Season 18 (CBS)
- 6/23 - Battlebots: Season 2 (ABC)
- 6/26 - Celebrity Family Feud: Season 2 (ABC)
- 6/26 - The $100,000 Pyramid (2016) (ABC)
- 6/26 - Match Game (2016) (ABC)

July
- 7/1 - The Runner (Go90)
- 7/3 - Flea Market Flip: Season 7 (GAC)
- 7/11 - Penn & Teller: Fool Us!: Season 3 (CW)

August
- 8/2 - Bachelor in Paradise: Season 3 (ABC)
- 8/6 - Sports Jeopardy!: Season 3? (Crackle/NBCSN)

Summer TBA
- Cooks vs. Cons: Season 2 (Food)
- QuizUp America (NBC)

TV Line
Los Angeles Times

posted 5/30/16

"Price Is Right" Arrives in Nigeria
Genesis Studio Teams with FremantleMedia for New Series
From the Union

Genesis Studios, creators of the award winning television drama, So Wrong, So Wright and Tales of Eve has partnered with London-based television content, production & distribution company, FremantleMedia, to bring the exciting game show- The Price is Right to Nigeria. The company is getting ready to produce five seasons of the show, making the total number of adaptations of the format to 43 versions worldwide. Set to premiere towards the end of the year, the show was unveiled to newsmen and other industry stakeholders.

The Price is Right is the longest running family game show in history and has won twenty daytime Emmys; it has also been tagged the number one daytime show in United States. The format has been sold to 42 territories worldwide with Nigeria being the first in sub-Sahara Africa.

It has a wide variety of games with a basic challenge of guessing the prices of everyday consumer commodities for a chance to win fantastic prizes. It features contestants, all of whom are picked from the audience, who come from different parts of the country and a fun host.

The game show offers Nigerian brands an exciting opportunity to introduce new and existing products as well as an avenue to showcase the Unique Selling Proposition (USP) of the brands, giving them an extensive reach while increasing top mind awareness.

For the Nigerian audience, The Price is Right is an added advantage because it promises to be entertaining, engaging, and interactive. With a charismatic host and an enthusiastic audience, the game plays out with life changing prizes to be won by participants.

During his presentation, Genesis Studios Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Olatubosun Olaegbe explained that there is an ardent need for Nigerian television screens to be graced with yet another world class game show that is engaging, entertaining and most importantly suitable for the whole family.

“We have been looking for a world class game show that would engage and entertain the entire family and The Price is Right is the perfect format for us and we know it will be a big success in Nigeria” Olaegbe said.

He added that it is long overdue for Nigerians to have a family oriented show like this. “I am grateful to Fremantle Media for a partnership that ensures that Nigerians will benefit from the wide acceptability of the show and most importantly the simplicity of its audience rating which means that even the very young can participate and smile home with mouthwatering prizes”.

The Union

posted 5/30/16


ABC
THURSDAY: 500 Questions.... Round 2
Season Opener Opens Fairly Well
From TV Line

NBC’s broadcast of the second Red Nose Day fundraising special drew 2.2 million total viewers and a 0.6 demo rating on Thursday night, down 31 and 25 percent from last year while soliciting 50 percent more donations (totaling $31.5 million).

Opening the Peacock’s night, Strong (2.6 mil/0.7) was up a tenth.

Over on ABC, 500 Questions opened Season 2 with 5.2 million viewers and a 0.8 rating, followed by 4.9 mil/0.9 — down in the demo from last year’s in-season debut (5.1 mil/1.2), but more on par with its year-ago, post-sweeps numbers (4.6 mil/1.0).

Fox’s Bones (4.5 mil/0.8) drew its largest audience since Dec. 10 while dipping a tenth in the demo with its first post-sweeps outing. American Grit (1.8 mil/0.5) also ticked down.

CBS’ Big Bang Theory rerun easily led Thursday with 7.2 million total viewers and a 1.4 demo rating.

Reruns of Legends of Tomorrow (861K/0.2) and The Flash (1.1 mil/0.3) rounded out the night for the CW.

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.229 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 803,000
- Match Made in Heaven (WE): 469,000
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 317,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 304,000

ABC News
2paragraphs
TV Line

Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/27/16

ITV Gets "Trapped"
Possessed to Produce New Series "Cash Trapped"
From World Screen

ITV Daytime has tapped Possessed to produce the new quiz show Cash Trapped, which is due to air later this year.

Cash Trapped is a new ten-episode quiz show based on an original idea from Bradley Walsh, who serves as host. On the show, six contestants face off in a series of faced-paced question rounds as they try to sabotage their opponents. At the end of each episode, the player who has earned the most cash takes on the other five contestants for the right to add more money to their winnings. If the player fails to win all of the money, everyone will remain “cash trapped” and will return to battle it out on another episode.

The show is produced by Possessed, the ITV Studios entertainment production label set up by Glenn Hugill. Cash Trapped was commissioned by ITV’s director of Daytime, Helen Warner, and is executive produced by Hugill and produced by Sarah Timbury. It will be distributed internationally by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

Hugill, the managing director of Possessed, said: “Cash Trapped is addictive play along; fast, tactical and laced with original, tense reality. Best of all, it is based on a game that Bradley came up with himself and has played with his friends and family for years.”

Helen Warner, ITV’s director of Daytime, added: “Glenn Hugill and the team at Possessed have taken Bradley’s brilliant idea and turned it into a really compelling TV game show. We all loved the pilot episode and are delighted to have it in our schedule.”

World Screen
TBI Vision
Digital Spy
Metro
Huffington Post

posted 5/27/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Shaky Ground"

  • LIST ABUSE: 8 ways to fix "The Voice" (TV Line)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation (TV Insider)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ken Jennings (TV Insider)

posted 5/27/16

Bravo Gets Back in the Game
On Tap: "I'd Kill for That"
From Variety

Bravo is beefing up their development slate with seven new unscripted series, including a new Andy Cohen celebrity-filled project, “Look Who’s Hosting Live.”

The new development slate also includes a show hosted by “Million Dollar Listing New York” star Ryan Serhant, a new real estate show and even a game show.

“With this development slate, we are building on Bravo’s robust and successful tradition of buzzy, unique format shows,” said Lara Spotts, Bravo’s SVP of Development.. “It’s a diverse collection of shows which all include the signature Bravo wink and delicious drama that our viewers love to unwind to.”

Bravo is home to mostly unscripted shows, including the popular “Real Housewives” franchise,” which recently expanded with installments in Potomac and Dallas. The NBCUniversal cabler broke into scripted programming with dramedy “Girlfriends Guide to Divorce,” which just landed a mega three-season renewal, then comedy “Odd Mom Out,” and a new scripted series “My So Called Wife” was recently greenlit. The cable net has been picking up ratings steam lately from “Real Housewives of New York City” and another reality series “Southern Charm.” With the slew of development projects announced today, Bravo is placing a continued effort on expanding the unscripted pop culture and lifestyle genre in which they’ve had much success.

“Real Estate Wars”

Two rival real estate agencies in Orange County, California will go head to head in the ultimate competition for pride and prize to see who can sell the most property in six months. Each agency will build an all-star team as they battle for listings and fight for sales of some of the country’s most enviable estates. With egos on the line, this showdown is less about winning and more about proving who runs this city.

Produced by World of Wonder. Exec producers are Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey, Tom Campbell and Elise Duran.

“I’d Kill for That”

“Double Dare” meets Dolce & Gabbana and “Wipeout” meets Wang in this physical game show that tests how far you would go to win a Birkin bag, Louboutins worn by a coveted Bravolebrity or the latest ‘it’ watch. Each week, friends, co-workers and family members will compete against each other in a series of trivia, brain teasers and hilarious physical obstacles in hopes of winning an enviable object of their desire.

Produced by Embassy Row. Exec producers are Michael Davies, plus Realizer Productions’ Matt Berkowitz and Shauna Minoprio.

Variety

posted 5/26/16

"Runway" Gets Longer
Lifetime Reups Mothership, "All Stars", "Junior"
From Deadline

Eight years ago, Project Runway made waves in the unscripted world, moving from its original home Bravo to Lifetime to put the female-focused cable network on the reality map. The show’s deal was coming up again this year, and I hear there was interest from other networks, but the reality staple is not going anywhere. In a big, multi-show deal between Lifetime and The Weinstein Company valued at about $50 million, including a TWC movie package, the network has renewed the mothership series Project Runway for three more seasons (Seasons 16 – 18), and its spinoffs Project Runway All Stars for two (6 and 7) and Project Runway: Junior for one (3). Additionally, Lifetime has picked up to series the latest fashion reality project from TWC, Fashion Inc.

Fourteen seasons in, Project Runway continues to be a potent ratings performer. The most recent Season 14 finale last fall drew 2.52 million viewers in Live+same day and delivered some of the show’s best numbers in target demos in two years. In adults 25-54 (0.99) and women 25-54, Project Runway had not fared better since the show’s Season 12 finale in 2013. Additionally, Project Runway has garnered a best reality competition series Emmy nomination every years since its launch, along with multiple noms for hosts Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn.

“Project Runway is a great franchise,” A+E president and CEO Nancy Dubuc said. “It’s got an incredibly loyal audience, it’s a brand unto itself, and it has all these Emmy nominations. We have a great relationship with Harvey, Heidi and Tim, and I’m glad its home will be here for many years to come.”

Deadline
TV Line

posted 5/26/16

WEDNESDAY: And That's the Season
NBC Wins the Night, but CBS Wins the Season
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.053 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the network to beat on the final night of the May sweeps period with the season finales of "Heartbeat" (4.220 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.085 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "Chicago PD" (6.856 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

CBS (5.825 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) then was the number two draw with its combination of a primetime "The Price Is Right" (6.681 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), a new "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (5.610 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and the season finale of "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (5.185 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Next up was ABC (4.219 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and the feature "Finding Nemo" (4.243 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) followed by the season finale of "Nashville" (4.172 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.275 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up the season finale of "Rosewood" (3.437 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and the return of "Wayward Pines" (3.113 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

And finally, the season finales of "Arrow" (2.207 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "Supernatural" (1.866 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) on The CW (2.036 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- The Challenge: Rivals III (MTV): 841,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 444,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 396,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/26/16

Stephen Mulhern Goes For It
ITV Greenlights New Series from Potato
From ITV Press Centre

This Autumn, ITV will showcase the weird and wonderful with the arrival of a brand new skill based game show called Go For It.

Made for the channel by Potato (Ninja Warrior, The Chase), the show will be hosted by Stephen Mulhern.

Go For It aims to discover the weirdest and most unique skills that our nation has to offer and then put them to the test.

For example, only in the UK could someone guess people’s weight just by lifting them, or name 20 breeds of goat just by milking them or even recognise 30 types of wood whilst blindfolded simply by smell alone.

Each show will put these unbelievable and quirky skills to the test, will they make the nation gasp, laugh or just shock them into silence?!

Each of the challengers will get the chance to show off to the nation and get £1000 in cash if they successfully complete their unusual skill on air.

Go For It is a Potato production based on Talpa’s Challenge Me! format, which has already been produced in USA, Netherlands and Ukraine. The Executive Producers are Michael Kelpie, Martin Scott and Rachael Parker. The show has been commissioned by ITV’s Head of Comedy Entertainment, Peter Davey and ITV’s Entertainment Commissioner Asif Zubairy.

ITV Press Centre
TV Wise
ATV Today

posted 5/26/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "De-Coupled for a Night"

  • Terence J trades in two women for 51, hosting Miss USA (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Artem Chingvintsev is dating a "Chicago Med" actress.... the doctor will see you now (People)
     

  • WHY THE (BLEEP!) IS THIS NEWS?!: Honestly, can we go one superchamp without calling him "controversial" or "polarizing"? It's ANNOYING. (JPUpdates)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jane Lynch (OregonLive)

posted 5/26/16


The Wrap
"Dating Naked" Gets A New Host
Rocsi Diaz to Helm the Series June 29
From the Futon Critic

VH1 turns up the heat as the network's provocative reality dating series "Dating Naked" returns for a third season on Wednesday June 29th at 9:00 PM ET/PT. Hosted by Rocsi Diaz, this season once again features two main daters, David and Natalie, as they search for love on a tropical island paradise. Shot on location in Bora Bora, the two explore the art of romance, free of preconceived notions, stereotypes - and clothes. Each week, two new men and women will strip down for a shot at igniting a spark with our primary daters - but in the end, only one can win their hearts. Over the course of 12 one-hour episodes the competition gets HOT as sexy new singles arrive on the island each week, vying for David and Natalie's affections. Produced by Lighthearted Entertainment and VH1, "Dating Naked" season 3 premieres Wednesday, June 29th at 9:00 PM ET/PT on VH1.

The Futon Critic
Entertainment Weekly
The Wrap
VH1

posted 5/25/16

Spike's Idea of a Family Game Show
Project from A. Smith & Co. Greenlit
From AV Club

Finally, there’s a game show that prizes skills we all have in ready abundance: awkwardly talking to our families, revealing long-kept, embarrassing secrets, and pissing each other off. Spike has announced that it’s taking a break from its busy work rescuing bars and getting celebrities to pretend to be other, more musical celebrities, in order to make its first foray into the world of game shows. According to Deadline, the network is fast-tracking an untitled series in which parents and their adult children can publicly destroy their relationships in exchange for cash.

Developed by the production company behind Hell’s Kitchen and American Ninja Warrior, the series will force people to navigate an obstacle course even more perilous than the latter show’s collection of giant foam pads, swimming pools, and surplus American Gladiator equipment: talking to their mom or dad. Parent-child teams will compete to see who can identify the real secrets or revelations from their loved ones from a list of fake ones, ensuring that, win or lose, something embarrassing will likely be revealed.

AV Club
Deadline
Uproxx

posted 5/25/16

Napa Gets Chopped
Grill Masters Tournament Set for July
From the Futon Critic

Chopped is heading outdoors to beautiful Beringer Vineyards, located in Napa Valley, California, as sixteen grilling experts compete in Chopped Grill Masters Napa, premiering Tuesday, July 5th at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. Hosted by Ted Allen, this special five-part themed tournament includes sixteen grilling professionals from around the country facing off for a chance at a $50,000 grand prize. Each episode includes four chefs competing over three rounds, with recurring Chopped and special guest judges deciding the fates for each pro. The winner from each heat wins $10,000 and a spot in the grand finale, to see who will walk away with $50,000 more.

"These talented Grill Masters are dropped into the beautiful wine country of Napa Valley, with their grills fired up to face some of the toughest mystery baskets yet," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel. "With world-class judges watching their every move in this intense outdoor competition, these pros have to prove they have what it takes for a chance at $50,000."

With access to an outdoor kitchen of ingredients and armed with charcoal and propane grills, as well as a smoker at each cooking station, the sixteen competitors must incorporate mandatory ingredients from the mystery baskets through three rounds - appetizer, entrée and dessert - showcasing their grilling skills to create unique and savory dishes. Over five episodes these grill pros must not only battle each other, but also take on the elements as they face the intensity of the heat from the grills and weather, along with some surprise appearances from bees that make cooking outside that much more challenging.

Get more from the Chopped Grill Masters Napa tournament at FoodNetwork.com/Chopped, where you'll uncover photo and video highlights and hear from the winners. Join in on all the fun at #Chopped.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/25/16

TUESDAY: Over in a Flash
"The Voice", NBC Dominate the Field
From TV Line

After settling for a tie with ABC’s Bachelorette on Monday, NBC’s The Voice easily topped Dancing With the Stars on Tuesday, in a battle of championship ceremonies.

The Voice led the night in both measures with 10.4 million total viewers and a 2.1 demo rating, though down 18 and 28 percent from its previous coronation ceremony. DWTS meanwhile drew 10.3 mil and a 1.6, hitting and tying season lows and dropping 24 and 33 percent from its previous Mirror Ball Trophy hand-off.

Opening ABC’s night, Fresh Off the Boat‘s season finale (4.9 mil/1.2) saw its best audience since Feb. 2 while rising a tenth in the demo. Real O’Neals (4.2 mil/1.0) also ticked up.

Elsewhere in the ratings….

THE CW | The Flash (3.3 mil/1.2) dipped a tenth week-to-week and was off 15 and 20 percent from its freshman finale. Containment (1.5 mil/0.5) was steady.

CBS | The Price Is Right (6.4 mil/1.1) slipped two tenths from Monday’s primetime edition. A double pump of Person of Interest did 5.3 mil/0.9 and 4.9 mil/0.9, both down from last Tuesday’s NCISes-assisted 7 mil/1.1.

FOX | Hotel Hell (2.5 mil/0.8) dropped hard from its previous, long-ago season premiere (4 mil/1.5). Coupled (1.3 mil/0.5) dropped some eyeballs vs. its debut but was steady in the demo.

On cable...
- The Dunk King (TNT/SF): 2.109 million
- Ink Master (Spike/SF): 1.161 million
- Chopped Junior (Food): 904,000
- Chopped (Food): 850,000
- First Impressions (USA): 454,000
- America's Greatest Makers (TBS/SF): 378,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 337,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 288,000
- Separation Anxiety (TBS): 263,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 243,000

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/25/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "And That's the Season"

  • ICYMI: a comedy legend plays @midnight (Nerdist)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Wheel ended somewhat unexpectedly tonight (Entertainment Weekly) (SPOILERS AHEAD!)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ken Jennings (TV Insider)

posted 5/25/16


CBS/Fremantle Media North America
MONDAY: When "Price" Gets Real
CBS Places On the Map, But Night Belonged to Finales
From Zap2it

ABC (8.536 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) pulled into the top spot among adults 18-49 with a new "Dancing with the Stars" (12.139 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T2) and the return of "The Bachelorette" (6.734 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1).

NBC (8.714 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then had to settle for second place with a new "The Voice" (10.056 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T2) and the season finale of "Blindspot" (6.031 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4).

Next up was CBS (5.400 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its combination of a primetime "The Price Is Right" (6.188 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), a new "The Odd Couple" (4.574 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7), the season finale of "The Odd Couple" (4.564 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and a new "Person of Interest" (5.443 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.105 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up the season finale of "Gotham" (3.611 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and an original "Houdini & Doyle" (2.598 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10).

And finally, a new "Reign" (0.986 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) led into the return of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.275 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and a second "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.462 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) on The CW (1.177 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Kids BBQ Championship (Food/P): 773,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 315,000

Zap2it
Channel Guide
The Hollywood Reporter
Yahoo
Albany Herald
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/24/16

SYNDIES: Week 35
Results for the Week Ending May 15
From TV News Check

As expected, ratings for Live with Kelly & Michael jumped in co-host Michael Strahan’s bittersweet final week. However, it was not enough to overtake talk show leader Dr. Phil.

In the second full session of the May sweep ending May 15, Phil, which has been the top talker for 18 of the past 19 weeks (with one tie), rolled to a first-place 3.4 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating , up 6% for both the week and the year, and its strongest showing since the February sweep. Phil was also No. 1 in talk among women 25-54, adding 7% to deliver a 1.6 in the key demo.

Family Feud was unchanged at a 7.0, but easily won the game show race for the third straight week.

GAME SHOWS

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.0 NC
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.3 NC
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.0 +2%
4. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.4 NC
5. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.3 NC

TV Newscheck

posted 5/24/16

WEEKEND: Superstar Friday
CBS, ABC Split Finale Friday
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.887 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) took home the demo honors on Friday with its mix of "Beyond the Tank" (3.910 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), the season finale of "Shark Tank" (5.458 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) and "20/20" (5.294 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1).

NBC (4.173 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the number two draw with a new "Grimm" (4.125 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) followed by the season finale of "Grimm" (4.148 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and "Dateline NBC" (4.247 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

Next up was CBS (5.016 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its combination of "New I Love Lucy Superstar Special" (5.430 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), a special "Undercover Boss" (4.030 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and a repeat "Blue Bloods" (5.587 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.944 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up the feature "Easy A" (1.944 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10).

And finally, the return of "Masters of Illusion" (1.492 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), a second "Masters of Illusion" (1.395 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and the season finale of "The Originals" (0.943 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) on The CW (1.193 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable Friday...
- Binge Thinking (MTV2): 124,000

On cable Sunday...
- The Dunk King (TNT): 1.777 million
- Food Network Star (Food/SP): 1.640 million
- Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen (Food/S): 1.448 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 894,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/24/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Light at the End of the Tunnel"

  • And for the second time in four years, America's Most Watched Network is... (Deadline)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Craig Ferguson wants to be King George (Broadway World)
     

  • Ashley Hebert, JP Rosenbaum got a blessing coming down (Instagram)
     

  • Prepare for The Most Dramatic Season of "The Bachelorette" Ever! Chris Harrison means it this time! (Yahoo!)
     

  • Blake Shelton calls dating Gwen Stefani "odd... but fun." (Reality TV World)
     

  • Vernon Kay recalls doing "Million Dollar Mindgame" in a London accent. No seriously. (Radio X)
     

  • Esquire Network to marathon "Ninja Warrior" all weekend (The Futon Critic)
     

  • IN MEMORIAM: Jeanne Parr (1924-2016) (Fox News) on "What's My Line" from 1966 (YouTube)

posted 5/24/16

Coren Gets "500 Questions".... No, Not That One
Giles Coren to Host UK Edition of ABC Series
From Digital Spy

Giles Coren is fronting ITV's brand new quiz show.

500 Questions is coming to the channel, following its successful launch in the US last year.

Giles Coren is presenting a UK adaptation of the reality competition produced by Celebrity Apprentice, The Voice US and Survivor heavy-hitter Mark Burnett.

The gruelling game tests contestants' trivia knowledge by relentlessly tossing tough questions at them - with no outside lifelines, hints or other helpful twists used on other game shows.

Each contestant is under constant threat of elimination if they ever get three questions in a row incorrect.

"500 Questions is a show that genuinely acknowledges intelligence and tactics," Coren has said.

"To win you have to be resilient and you have to be smart. It feels exciting and original… and the questions really are tough."

ITV will premiere the debut series of 500 Questions later this year.

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ITV
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posted 5/23/16

"Carpool Karaoke" Is Open
CBS Announces Format Rights
From The Futon Critic

CBS Studios International along with Fulwell 73, today announced that CARPOOL KARAOKE, the global viral video sensation broadcast on CBS's THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN, is now available as a format to international broadcasters.

The CARPOOL KARAOKE segment is the most social hit ever on U.S. late night television, with almost 600 million views on YouTube since its inception only a year ago. The show has quickly become known for attracting the world's biggest stars including Adele and Justin Bieber, whose CARPOOL KARAOKE segments are currently the #1 and #2 most watched Late Night clips on YouTube*, along with Jennifer Lopez, Stevie Wonder, Gwen Stefani, Elton John and One Direction.

In each 30 or 60 minute episode the host of the show picks up a singer or celebrity and drives them in a Carpool Karaoke car, specially fitted with state of the art cameras, ready to capture the fun.

For broadcasters, the CARPOOL KARAOKE format creates a more intimate environment for interviews and at the same time gives an audience their favorite music of all time. A combination of music, comedy and documentary makes CARPOOL KARAOKE one of the world's most talked about shows.

"Ever since CARPOOL KARAOKE has aired as part of THE LATE LATE SHOW with JAMES CORDEN, the requests for the format have been overwhelming," said Paul Gilbert, Senior Vice President of International Formats, CBS Studios International. "International broadcasters can now leverage CARPOOL KARAOKE's huge digital and broadcast success for their own local viewers."

"This is a very exciting format, one which gets the best interviews, and fun, out of every guest that appears, due to its most intimate setting," said Ben Winston, Executive Producer, THE LATE LATE with JAMES CORDEN, co-director of production company Fulwell 73.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/23/16

"Biggest Loser" Is in Big Trouble... Allegedly
Contestants Claim They Were Encouraged to Starve, Take Drugs
From Philly.com

Over the weekend, a New York Post report surfaced in which a former "The Biggest Loser" contestant claimed she was forced to use weight-loss drugs in order to shed pounds on the NBC reality show.

The producers of the show, however, have denied any such activity in a statement on Monday.

"The safety and well-being of our contestants is, and has always been, paramount," reads the statement from "The Biggest Loser" producers. "Contestants are told at the start of the show that there is zero tolerance for any weight loss drugs. We prohibit the use of any illegal substances, in addition to the many other rules and procedures of the show that are designed to ensure safety."

The Post report, which followed the release of a six-year study that found that most former contestants gain a significant amount of weight back after leaving the show, quotes former contestant Joelle Gwynn, who made explosive claims about the show and trainer Bob Harper in particular.

"Bob Harper was my trainer," she said in the report. "He goes away and his assistant comes in. He's got this brown paper bag that's bundled up. He says, 'Take this drug, it'll really help you.' It was yellow and black. I was like, 'What the f-k is this?'"

Gwynn went on to say that she felt "jittery and hyper." "I went and told the sports medicine guy," she continued. "The next day, Dr. H [the show's resident doctor, Dr. Rob Huizenga] gave us some lame explanation of why they got added to our regimen and that it was up to us to take them."

"People chastise Bill Cosby for allegedly offering meds to women, but it's acceptable to do to fat people to make them lose weight," Gwynn said. "I feel like we got raped, too"

Suzanne Mendonca, a contestant in season two, also said in the report that contestants would go to extremes to lose weight. She said they would utilize "amphetamines, water pills, diuretics, and throw up in the bathroom," and claimed that Harper in particular told people to vomit to lose weight. "I vomited every single day," she said.

Huizenga also denied these claims, telling the Post that contestants "rarely" get to the point of dizziness. "Furthermore, I educate contestants that proper caloric intake is essential to fat loss both over the short and long term," he added.

Several former "Biggest Loser" contestants also jumped to defend the show. Vencent Van-Zant Hickerson of season 12 posted on his Facebook page that "Biggest Loser" never asked him to use any drugs.

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Moviefone
Fortune

posted 5/23/16


Disney-ABC Domestic TV
Vega$
"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" Moves to Vegas for Season 15
From The Futon Critic

The long-running, popular game show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" is moving its production to the bright lights of Las Vegas, Nevada, beginning with the upcoming 2016-2017 season. Hosted by Chris Harrison, "Millionaire" will tape its shows at Bally's Las Vegas in front of a live studio audience. Entering its 15th season in national syndication, "Millionaire" will premiere on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2016.

Las Vegas is one of the premier entertainment capitals of the world. Millions have been entertained over the years at Bally's Las Vegas, which now will become the new home of "Millionaire."

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

For the last two seasons, "Millionaire" has taped at the Connecticut Film Center in Stamford. Before that, and since its US premiere in 1999, the show has originated from New York City, first at ABC Television Center and then at Metropolis Studios at 106 & Park.

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Stamford Advocate
KTNV Las Vegas
TV Newscheck
Broadway World
TBI Vision

posted 5/23/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Jackpot Summer"

  • The primetime game show's relationship with the off-season (The Guardian)
     

  • Family Feud: 40 years with no sign of slowing (B&C)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 unforgettable performances from the last season of "The Voice" (TV Line)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Adam Levine (TV Insider)

posted 5/23/16

THURSDAY: The Beginning of the End
Final Thursday of the Season Goes to CBS, ABC
From the Futon Critic

CBS (6.339 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) was the most-watched network on Thursday with its mix of a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (8.445 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), followed by a new "The Odd Couple" (7.170 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), the season finale of "Mom" (7.997 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), a second "The Odd Couple" (6.059 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5) and "Rush Hour" (4.181 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

ABC (5.418 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with the season finale of "Grey's Anatomy" (8.122 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1), a new "The Catch" (4.129 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and the season finale of "The Catch" (4.003 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Next up was NBC (4.182 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with a new "STRONG" (2.507 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) alongside the season finale of "The Blacklist" (6.709 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6) and an original "Game of Silence" (3.330 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.091 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Bones" (4.189 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "American Grit" (1.994 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

And finally, the season finales of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.871 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "The 100" (1.311 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) on The CW (1.591 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.756 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 984,000
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 857,000
- Match Made in Heaven (WE/SP): 490,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 345,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/20/16

WEDNESDAY: Can't Survive an Empire?
Fox, CBS Split Night
From The Futon Critic

Survivor's upcoming 33rd edition will be titled Survivor: Millennials vs Gen X.

CBS made the announcement and introduced the new format during Wednesday night's live reunion show for Survivor: Kaoh Rong -- Brains vs Brawn vs Beauty. The new season will debut in Fall 2016 and continue to air on Wednesday nights from 8-9PM ET/PT.

"For its 33rd season, Survivor will put 20 new castaways to the ultimate test to prove which generation has what it takes to outwit, outplay and outlast. It's Survivor: Millennials vs Gen X," Probst said in the season's first promo video.

FOX (7.735 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) was the demo champ once again on Wednesday with a new "Rosewood" (4.692 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8) and the season finale of "Empire" (10.778 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1).

CBS (8.655 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then claimed the silver with the finale to "Survivor: Kaoh Rong" (9.566 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T2) alongside the "Survivor: Kaoh Rong Reunion" (6.835 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T6).

Next up was ABC (5.394 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with the season finales of "The Middle" (6.668 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5), "The Goldbergs" (6.322 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4), "Modern Family" (6.789 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T2) and "Black-ish" (5.090 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T6) plus a new "Nashville" (3.748 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.450 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up originals from "Heartbeat" (3.844 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.626 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10) and "Chicago PD" (6.882 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (2.152 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Supernatural" (1.917 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) on The CW (2.035 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- The Dunk King (TNT/P): 1.691 million
- The Challenge: Rivals III (MTV): 735,000
- Skin Wars (GSN): 392,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 361,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 354,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Reality TV World

posted 5/20/16


Fox
UPFRONTS: Fox
"Hell's Kitchen" Returns Fall; "Kitchen Rules", "MasterChef Jr.", "Kicking & Screaming" Held to Midseason
From TV Insider

Fox is going with the familiar in its fall schedule.

The network is opting to only schedule three new shows in 2016, with dramas Lethal Weapon, The Exorcist and comedy Son of Zorn getting the nod. They join returning shows Gotham, Lucifer, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, New Girl, Scream Queens, Empire, Rosewood, Bones, Hell's Kitchen, Bob's Burgers, The Simpsons, Family Guy and The Last Man on Earth on the fall schedule.

Dramas Pitch, Star, APB, Shots Fired and the Prison Break revival, as well as comedies The Mick and Making History are set to launch at midseason. Sleepy Hollow is also set to return in 2017.

24: Legacy is set to make a big splash, as it gets the coveted post-Super Bowl time slot.

As it stands, Fox is set to air nearly 90 percent original programming in the 2016-2017 season. “Next season on Fox, we’ll have more original programming across our schedule than ever before,” said Dana Walden and Gary Newman, chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group, in a statement. “We’ll use our strong established hits in the fall and Super Bowl LI in winter to launch a diverse slate of shows that are unmistakably Fox. We’re proud of our new series, directed and created by some of the most celebrated talent in the entertainment industry. And, we are pleased to be returning to our schedule many of our most beloved shows, including broadcast’s No. 1 series, Empire.”

"My Kitchen Rules", the celebrity dinner party competition, and "Kicking & Screaming", the endurance challenge that pairs pampered participants with seasoned survivalists, will join "MasterChef Junior" in midseason.

UPDATE: New drama PITCH will move up to air Thursdays in Fall 2016, the Farewell 12th season of BONES will air Thursdays in Winter 2017 and PRISON BREAK will air Tuesdays in Spring 2017.

The Futon Critic
TV Line
TV Insider
The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 5/20/16

Exit Mather, Enter Ormerod
Shakeup at Endemol Shine UK
From Realscreen

Changes are once again afoot at Endemol Shine UK’s central creative team.

Nick Mather, creative director of the team, is stepping down and will leave the company later this year. The exec, who first joined Endemol in 2000 as a creative intern, will be replaced by Jamie Ormerod, current head of entertainment and formats with the central creative team.

After joining Endemol in 2000, Mather went on to board the BBC’s development team before returning to Endemol UK in 2005. During his tenure at the company, he has held a number of senior creative roles, and served as joint MD of Remarkable Television from 2013 before assuming his current post as creative director of the central creative team – a unit of development executives that also houses the creative intern scheme – in 2015.

The exec’s credits at Endemol include co-creating BBC1 game show Pointless as well as ITV2′s The Almost Impossible Game Show. He also developed BBC1′s 101 Ways to Leave a Game Show and ITV’s The Whole 19 Yards and Golden Balls.

Mather said in a statement that “the time feels right to take on a new challenge.”

Ormerod, meanwhile, also began at Endemol as a creative intern, first joining in 2005. He held several creative roles at the BBC and RDF from 2010 onwards, with development credits including BBC2′s Class Dismissed with Frank Skinner, BBC3′s 24 Hour Panel People and BBC1′s Epic Win and That Puppet Game Show. He series produced the latter with The Jim Henson Company before becoming the executive producer for comedy entertainment at BBC Productions.

Ormerod returned to Endemol in 2014 as head of development at Remarkable Television and last year joined Mather when he moved to the central creative team.

“Nick’s always been hugely supportive of me and together we’ve built a brilliant department that houses some of the best young creatives in the industry,” said Ormerod. “Needless to say, I’m very excited to be stepping up to this new role and to lead the team I began my career with.”

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Worldscreen

posted 5/20/16


Sony Pictures TV
"Wheel", "Jeopardy!" Heading Back to Germany
"Glucksrad", "Riskant!" to Be Revived After a Decade
From Realscreen

American game show staples Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy are returning to German television after a 10-year hiatus.

Distributor Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has sold the formats to commercial television operator RTL to air on new channel RTL Plus, which launches June 1.

The network has ordered 60 episodes of each show. Both are scheduled to begin production over the summer and are to air in the fall.

“We absolutely love game shows and believe Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy fill a huge gap in the current market, and appeal to both those who fondly recall the original runs as well as viewers who’ve never seen the shows,” Astrid Quentell, SPT Germany MD, said in a statement.

Quentell will exec produce both shows alongside Henning Pelkmann.

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Worldscreen
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posted 5/20/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Hollow Performance"

  • What you won't see on "The Voice" finale: Christina Aguilera performing with Whitney Houston's ghost (People)
     

  • Ben Higgins & Lauren Bushnell want to get married "very soon".... on television (Us Magazine)
     

  • Melissa Rycroft's a mother (Twitter @MelissaRycroft)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: Survivor meets Price Is Right (Entertainment Weekly)
     

  • Adam Levine won't be playing North Carolina. North Carolina knows what it did. (CNN)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Blake Shelton (Reality TV World)

posted 5/20/16


CW
UPFRONTS: The CW
... No Games Yet, but for Sake of Completeness...
From TV Insider

The CW's comic book portfolio continues to grow with the addition of Supergirl this fall and Riverdale (based on Archie Comics characters) coming at midseason. The network will unveil its 2016-17 schedule Thursday morning at its upfront presentation in New York.

Also on the roster for this fall is the drama Frequency, an update on the 2000 feature film about daughter who can communicate with her deceased dad 20 years in the past; and No Tomorrow, a romantic comedy set against an impending apocalypse. Frequency will air Wednesdays at 9/8c (after Arrow), while No Tomorrow will follow The Flash on Tuesdays at 9/8c.

Supernatural, the last remaining series from The WB network, will move to Thursday nights at 9/8c for its 12th (!) season, following DC's Legends of Tomorrow.

Supergirl, which is jumping to The CW after its first season on sister-network CBS, will stay in the same Mondays-at-8/7c timeslot of its freshman year. The DC Comics hero will be paired with critical darling Jane the Virgin (9/8c). That means Crazy Ex-Girlfriend had to find a new home: Fridays at 9/8c, after The Vampire Diaries. The Originals’ fourth season will hold until midseason, along with returning series The 100, iZombie, Reign and the much-buzzed about new drama Riverdale, which reimagines the classic comic book world of Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and Co.

TV Insider
TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 5/19/16

TUESDAY: Exit DiNozzo
CBS Wins on Michael Weatherly's Final Episode
From The Futon Critic

CBS (12.634 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday with the season finales of "NCIS" (17.617 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (13.186 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) plus a new "Person of Interest" (7.100 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

The silver then went to NBC (8.176 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) with a new "The Voice" (8.900 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) followed by the season finales of "Chicago Med" (7.774 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4) and "Chicago Fire" (7.853 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4).

Next up was ABC (3.269 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its lineup of "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.210 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "The Real O'Neals" (3.266 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (3.049 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and the season finale of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (3.019 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.367 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up originals from "The Flash" (3.347 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6) and "Containment" (1.387 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13).

And finally, FOX (3.299 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the evening with "Megyn Kelly Presents" (4.694 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12) and the launch of "Coupled" (1.905 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13).

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.190 million
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.109 million
- Chopped (Food): 1.009 million
- First Impressions (USA): 677,000
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 627,000
- America's Greatest Makers (TBS): 619,000
- Chasing Destiny (BET): 402,000
- Separation Anxiety (TBS): 377,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 342,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 334,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 287,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/19/16

Meet Holly's "Parents"
ITV's New Dating Show Has an Awkward Twist
From Metro

If you ever thought your parents were embarrassing, they might be about to get a whole lot worse – courtesy of a new game show fronted by Holly Willoughby.

Meet The Parents (no relation to the Ben Stiller movie) is a new show on its way from ITV, which will put your folks in the hotseat when it comes to choosing a date.

Described as a ‘dating show with a twist’ it’ll see a ‘picker’ asking the parents of prospective dates anything they like about them – and we do mean anything.

Yup, that’s certainly got the potential to get awkward. Oh and to make matters worse the potential dates will get to hear every word

‘We all know how embarrassing parents can be and nobody knows you better than they do,’ Holly explained.

Metro
Daily Express

posted 5/19/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "A Grit-ty Host"

  • The ESPYS have a host... AND HIS NAME IS JOHN CENA! (The Futon Critic)
     

  • ACTUAL HEADLINE: Are Advertisers "Game" for Sponsorships Again? (Media Village)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: the surprise is not that it's a dirty word. It's that it's LEGAL (Australian Times)

posted 5/19/16


CBS
UPFRONTS: CBS
"Survivor" Renewed, "Amazing Race" Held for Midseason
From TV Insider

CBS released their fall schedule at the annual "Lox with Les" breakfast meeting with chairman Les Moonves, programming chief Glenn Geller and scheduling head Kelly Kahl.

They introduced two comedy blocks, one on Mondays joins the established block on Thursdays. As in the past couple of seasons, The Big Bang Theory kicks off the Monday block until the network's Thursday Night Football block is over, then it moves back to Thursday. Kevin James' return to TV, Kevin Can Wait, launches behind TBBT on Monday, then moves to 8/7c, followed by the new Matt LeBlanc sitcom Man With a Plan.

The NCIS block gets broken up a bit, with New Orleans moving to 10/9c on Tuesday to make room for the new Michael Weatherly drama Bull. And on Thursdays, Joel McHale's The Great Indoors gets the coveted post TBBT slot after football is over with medical drama Pure Genius sliding in at 10/9c. The addition of the MacGyver remake is the Friday highlight.

As you'd expect from CBS, though, there's a lot of stability in the schedule, and there are a few shows, like the Katherine Heigl/Laverne Cox drama Doubt that are in reserve for midseason.

"Survivor" keeps its Wednesday 8p slot, while "The Amazing Race", long a Friday mainstay, is on hold until later in the season.

TV Insider
TV Line
Reality TV World
The Futon Critic

posted 5/18/16

Casting a ______
"Match Game" Now Casting
From PR

ABC's "Match Game" hosted by Alec Baldwin is now looking for clever and charismatic personalities, mainly in the NY/Tri-state area, to join in some fun on the ultimate version of “fill-in-the-blank” where they can win up to $25,000 in cash.

If you weren't a fit for "Pyramid", you can try your hand at this classic reboot. Casting director Sami Blumenthal suggests people have fun, be enthusiastic, be creative, and have a great sense of humor.

Taping begins in June. Casting begins right now at the link below.

CastingMatchGame.com

posted 5/18/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Shots Fired"

  • Paul Sinha enters the Chase/Pointless feud (The Daily Express)
     

  • ACTUAL HEADLINE: Celebrities Should Not Play Jeopardy! (Jezebel) Here's why. (Sports Illustrated)
     

  • Miley Cyrus predicts that there'll be a "love fest" between her & Alicia Keys on "The Voice" next season (Reality TV World)
     

  • Chris Harrison on "The Bachelorette": there will be crying (Entertainment Tonight)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: Simon Cowell plays the boss on "America's Got Talent" (TV Insider)

posted 5/18/16


ABC
UPFRONTS: ABC
"DWTS", "Bachelor", "Shark Tank" All on Board for Fall
From TV Insider

ABC released their fall schedule and descriptions of their new shows for 2016-17 today, and there are a few interesting surprises on this schedule, the first under new entertainment president Channing Dungey.

The first one is that, after seven seasons, The Middle is being moved out of its Wednesday timeslot to kick off a new comedy block on Tuesdays, along with new series American Housewife and returning shows Fresh Off The Boat and The Real O'Neals. The Goldbergs moves up to the 8/7c spot on Wednesdays, and the new Minnie Driver comedy Speechless takes the open spot.

Also a surprise: The TGIT block, previously dominated by Shonda Rhimes dramas, will be broken up in the fall, with Notorious sliding into Scandal's 9/8c spot, presumably with the latter show coming back later in the season after Kerry Washington's maternity leave. This also means that returning Rhimes drama The Catch and her new post-Romeo-and-Juliet themed drama Still Star-Crossed are pegged to midseason.

Also pegged for midseason: Downward Dog, Imaginary Mary and Time After Time.

"Dancing With The Stars", entering its 23rd season, "The Bachelor", entering season 21, and "Shark Tank", going into year 8, are all going to be on the new season's schedule in their usual time frames, with "The Bachelor" being held for midseason.

TV Insider
The Futon Critic

posted 5/17/16

SYNDIES: Week 34
Results for the Week Ending May 8
From TV News Check

Following an atypical prior week, Dr. Phil battled back to its usual spot atop the talk shows, and Judge Judy jumped back on top of the overall syndication chart in the first full frame of the May sweep, the session ending May 8.

Family Feud fell 1% to a 7.0, but won the game show race for the second week in a row, and finished second overall behind only Judy.

GAME SHOWS

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.0 -1%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.3 -5%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.9 -3%
4. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.4 NC
5. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.3 NC

TV Newscheck

posted 5/17/16

MONDAY: Post-Script
NBC, ABC Split on Series Finale of "Castle"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.034 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) led the demo charge on Monday with new episodes of "The Voice" (9.356 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Blindspot" (5.390 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

ABC (10.277 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then claimed the silver with a new "Dancing with the Stars" (11.534 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and the de facto series finale of "Castle" (7.764 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

Next up was CBS (6.592 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with a new "Mike & Molly" (7.744 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5) followed by the final "Mike & Molly" (8.319 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3), a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (7.172 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) and new episodes of "The Odd Couple" (5.709 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Person of Interest" (5.304 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.120 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up originals from "Gotham" (3.783 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Houdini & Doyle" (2.458 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

And finally, a new "Reign" (0.819 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and the season finale of "Jane the Virgin" (0.946 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) on The CW (0.882 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/17/16

WEEKEND: The Finish Line
CBS Wins Thanks to "Amazing Race", "Hawaii Five-0"
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.645 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) took home the top spot on Friday with the season finale of "The Amazing Race" (5.935 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), a new "Hawaii Five-0" (8.304 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and the season finale of "Hawaii Five-0" (8.697 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1).

ABC (4.431 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the number two draw with its trio of "Beyond the Tank" (3.506 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Shark Tank" (5.215 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) and "20/20" (4.575 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

Next up was NBC (3.469 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its mix of "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (2.949 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9), "Grimm" (3.326 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Dateline NBC" (4.134 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.720 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for the feature "Jumping the Broom" (1.720 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

And finally, the season finale of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.080 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) plus a new "The Originals" (0.794 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) on The CW (0.937 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Binge Thinking (MTV2): 150,000

On Food Network Sunday...
- 8p: Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen: 1.569 million
- 9p: Spring Baking Championship (SF): 1.681 million
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen: 935,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/17/16

Winsanity Beckons June 9
Catch A First Glimpse of GSN's New Quiz Show
From the Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, will debut its innovative new game show series, WINSANITY, on Thursday, June 9 at 9:00 pm ET/PT. The series, hosted by actor Donald Faison ("Scrubs"), is unique in that the game play offers the opportunity for prizes to be won not only by the contestants but also by the studio audience. GSN has also partnered with participation TV technology company iPowow to allow viewers to play along at home in real-time for a chance to win prizes throughout the season.

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

"WINSANITY, hosted by the incredibly funny and energetic Donald Faison, is a high voltage viewer experience that has never been seen in cable television," said Amy Introcaso-Davis, EVP Programming and Development for GSN. "Everyone is a player and has an opportunity to win prizes, whether you're playing in the studio audience or at home on smartphone, tablet or laptop."

Faison, who will serve as host of the show, is best known to TV viewers for his long-running role on the hit TV series "Scrubs" and the classic teen film and TV series "Clueless." He also starred in the TV Land series "The Exes" and Pepsi's recent digital series, "Camp Halftime," part of their 2016 Super Bowl ad campaign and first-ever halftime show. A two-time winner of the BET Comedy Award, Faison has also been nominated multiple times for the NAACP Image Award and Teen Choice Awards.

Announcing will be Kira Soltanovich.

WINSANITY is produced by Electus for GSN. Executive producers are Chris Grant of Electus and Barry Poznick of Barracuda Television Productions, Inc.

The Futon Critic
TV Series Finale

posted 5/17/16

Canada's "Race" Returning
CTV to Air Season 4, Plus "Pyramid", "Ninja Warrior", "Match Game", "MasterChef", More
From Crave

CTV “is in it to win it” as the network unveiled its Summer 2016 schedule, including the announcement of four new programs and four returning hits.

Beginning June 26th, the competition ramps up on Sunday nights with the debut of the Emmy Award-winning race against the clock game show phenomenon $100,000 Pyramid, hosted by celebrated TV personality Michael Strahan (Live! With Kelly and Michael). Then, immediately after, contestants meet their match and attempt to fill-in the missing blanks in the premiere of Match Game, hosted by Golden Globe® and Emmy Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin (Still Alice).

The two new series join the previously announced pop culture juggernaut American Ninja Warrior (June 1st) and the timely docu-series O.J.: Made in America (June 11) on CTV’s leading summer schedule. Leading into the American Ninja Warrior season premiere, viewers can warm up with the series’ first-ever two-hour all-star special featuring two teams – selected by hosts Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila – that will go head-to-head for bragging rights and the championship trophy (May 29th).

With the starting line now within eye shot, Canada’s most-watched summer series for three years in a row hits the road for a brand new Season 4 of The Amazing Race Canada (June 28th). All-new seasons of summer favourites also make their triumphant return including the scandalous season premiere of Mistresses (May 30th); award-winning chefs Gordon Ramsay (Masterchef Junior) and Christina Tosi (Chopped) welcome 40 new home cooks into the Masterchef kitchen for Season 7 (June 1st).

Crave

posted 5/17/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Winners"

  • Burnie Burns liked Ashley Jenkins... so he put a ring on it (Reality TV World)
     

  • Divorce out of the question for the Osbournes (People)
     

  • Paul Sinha plays South Tyneside Comedy Festival (Sunderland Echo)
     

  • For Jamie Otis, third time's the charm, writing a book after being "Married at First Sight" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Ashley Spivey goes from "Bachelor" to "married" (Reality TV World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with reality TV's first alliance (AV Club)

posted 5/17/16


NBC
UPFRONTS: NBC
"Voice" Returns Fall; "Game Night", "Apprentice", "The Wall" Held to Midseason
From TV Insider

NBC unveiled its fall schedule on Sunday, and, given the network's overall good showing last season, it is fairly stable. With Sunday Night Football in place, though, it makes sense for the Peacock to keep things status quo; it's after football season when the network needs to add new programming. Because of this, only three new shows are debuting in the fall, with nine shows set to debut during midseason.

A few shows will be shifting around the schedule, though: Blindspot, the Monday freshman hit this past season, will move to Wednesdays at 8/7c, Superstore will kick off a new comedy hour on Thursdays at 8/7c, and Chicago Med moves to Thursdays at 9/8c (The Blacklist shifts to 10/9c to make room).

"The Voice" will take its usual spot on Mondays and Tuesdays in the fall, with new coaches Miley Cyrus and Alicia Keys in tow. "The New Celebrity Apprentice", with new host Arnold Schwarzenegger, new entry "The Wall" from LeBron James & Chris Hardwick, and season 5 of "Hollywood Game Night" will be riding pine until at least after football.

TV Insider
TV Series Finale
The Futon Critic

posted 5/16/16

Jeopardy! Takes on Washington Insiders, Elites, the Blogosphere, Other Political Clichés
Power Players Week Begins
From WJLA Washington

You'll notice, this week, Alex Trebek isn't the only big name on the Jeopardy! set.

"I could pretend to say it's all in good fun, it's for charity, but I do want to destroy my opponents," journalist Anderson Cooper said laughing.

Well-known journalists, commentators, newsmakers, a best-selling author, and a politician hit the D.C. stage for several days of Jeopardy! Power Players tapings.

"We don't even play Trivial Pursuit in my house," journalist Lara Logan said, smiling. "We play Uno Attack. We shoot cards at each other out of a machine and rely on dumb luck!"

The group came to the Nation's Capital to play for the charity of their choice.

Viewers can see the big names buzzing in and creating laughs on the popular game show this week.

WJLA Washington

posted 5/16/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Playtime"

  • Gordon Ramsay made a small announcement as Kelly Ripa began the post-Strahan era (The Daily Beast)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (Examiner) and the Wheelmobile rolls into Kansas (Wichita Eagle)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Steve Harvey (Adweek)

posted 5/16/16

THURSDAY: The Season Finale Conundrum
CBS Rules Supreme; "STRONG" Gets a Slight Edge
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.935 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was still the network to beat on Thursday with the season finale of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.454 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) followed by new episodes of "The Odd Couple" (8.559 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6) and "Mom" (8.436 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3), the season finale of "2 Broke Girls" (7.040 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5) and an original "Rush Hour" (4.560 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

ABC (6.181 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was a close second with a new "Grey's Anatomy" (7.674 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), the season finale of "Scandal" (6.647 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3) and a new "The Catch" (4.221 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Next up was NBC (4.145 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with fresh installments from "STRONG" (2.600 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11), "The Blacklist" (6.442 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7) and "Game of Silence" (3.393 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.030 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up originals from "Bones" (4.166 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10) and "American Grit" (1.894 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

And finally, the penultimate weeks of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.877 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "The 100" (1.179 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) on The CW (1.528 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.579 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.027 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 996,000
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 368,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 314,000
- Man vs. Child Chef Showdown (FYI): 154,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/13/16

WEDNESDAY: Coming Up Rosewood
CBS, Fox Split Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (6.987 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) claimed the demo crown on Wednesday with new episodes from "Rosewood" (4.262 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and "Empire" (9.713 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1).

ABC (5.561 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the number two draw with its mix of "The Middle" (6.634 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5), "The Goldbergs" (6.131 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4), "Modern Family" (7.118 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T2), "Black-ish" (5.419 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5) and "Nashville" (4.033 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12).

Next up was CBS (7.113 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and its combination of "Survivor: Kaoh Rong" (9.429 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T2), "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (6.023 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and a second "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (5.887 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.650 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up originals from "Heartbeat" (4.307 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.957 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T7) and "Chicago PD" (6.686 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T7).

And finally, fresh installments of "Arrow" (2.196 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13) and "Supernatural" (1.753 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) on The CW (1.974 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- The Challenge: Rivals III (MTV): 704,000
- Skin Wars (GSN): 451,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 343,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 336,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/13/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "In or Out?"

  • Upfronts start next week... but what's coming back? (TV Insider)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Genius Jr. & America's Greatest Makers (Venertainment)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Rove McManus (The Australian)

posted 5/13/16

The Cake Hits the Fan... Again.
Food Network Drops Cake Wars June 6
From the Futon Critic

Cake Wars returns to Food Network on Monday, June 6th at 9:00pm ET/PT with freshly baked new episodes, where four bakers vie for the opportunity to display their extraordinary cake creations at a big event, and for the grand prize of $10,000! In each of the 13 hour-long episodes, host Jonathan Bennett tests the talents and imagination of the contestants in two rounds of specially-themed challenges, where they must race against time to design mind-blowing cakes that will impress with their taste and presentation. Only one winner will take the cake in this sweet competition!

Themes include Captain America, Spongebob Squarepants, Peanuts, How To Train Your Dragon, emoji, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay's Cobra's Curse, Garfield, Beauty and the Beast, Halo, Madeline, Jelly Belly, Paddington, and Where's Waldo.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/12/16

Louis Walsh Signs Back on the X
Mentor Reportedly Signs Million Pound Deal
From Telly Mix

Louis Walsh has become the first rumored X Factor 2016 judge to officially sign up for the new series in a near-£1million deal, it is claimed.

According to The Mirror, the Irish music boss has agreed a fee worth "just shy of" seven figures for a comeback, one year after he was dumped from the ITV talent contest.

In a further bid to win Louis over, his pal Simon Cowell has promised to film a round of the upcoming televised auditions in Dublin for the first time in six years.

"The ink is just drying on Louis’ contract, as he put pen to paper this week," a source explained. "He’s really excited about returning, but one of his stipulations was that the X Factor returned to Ireland to scout talent because it was important to him.

"Simon knows he had to make amends for dropping him last series, which he has previously admitted was a mistake. So it was the least he could do to make Louis happy this season."

The X Factor hasn't held judge auditions in Ireland since its seventh series in 2010, which featured the likes of One Direction and Matt Cardle.

Earlier this week, Rita Ora confirmed her exit from the show, leaving Simon with three judging spots to fill. It was reported that Louis, Nicole Scherzinger and Sharon Osbourne would join him on this year's panel, but The Mirror adds that the latter two are still in negotiations.

"Louis is the first judge to officially sign up," the mole added. "He is expecting to return with Nicole and Sharon, but their contracts have not been signed yet."

An X Factor spokesperson said only that this year's line-up is "yet to be confirmed".

Telly Mix

posted 5/12/16

Rebound Rebounds
ITV Quiz to Return for Second Season
From Telly Mix

ITV Daytime has re-commissioned a second series of Rebound, hosted by Good Morning Britain’s Sean Fletcher.

A fast paced, quick-fire game where speed and knowledge equal money, Season 1 of Rebound made its debut in August 2015.

Inspired by the bleep test, each episode sees six players challenged to think fast in order to defeat their rival opponents during a variety of Q&A battles, all before the feared ‘Rebound Bar’ flies across the studio floor and eliminates them from the game. The faster the players correctly answer, the more money they will earn.

Season 2 will air later this year and consist of 20 new episodes.

Host Sean Fletcher commented: “As soon as I heard the concept behind Rebound, I knew we were onto a winner, and my initial feelings were completely confirmed when we started recording the first series. So to be rebounding back with a second series is fantastic. I'm incredibly excited to be quiz master as a new set of contestants attempt to beat each other and the bar. There's something mesmeric about the game’s giant bar which piles the pressure on the competitors. It's going to be gripping, dramatic, and fun.”

“The bar is back and it’s a more formidable opponent than ever! We are so pleased that Rebound is ricocheting back to ITV for a second series of more tense and challenging gameplay,” added Suzy Lamb, Head of Entertainment, Thames and Executive Producer, Rebound.

Telly Mix

posted 5/12/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "See You On Another Network, Supergirl"

  • FIRST LOOK: "The Runner" (Go90, July 1) (Slate)
     

  • Bob Eubanks brings "Hollywood's Greatest Game Shows" to Deadwood (Black Hills to Go)
     

  • Even Bradley Walsh has bad days (Daily Star)
     

  • Big Brother UK promises that it will be "a different show" (Telly Mix)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with RuPaul (ABC News)

posted 5/12/16

TUESDAY: First Impressions First
Catch New Series on USA Tonight!
From Zap2it

CBS (12.007 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) was the top draw on Tuesday with its mix of "NCIS" (15.657 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1), "NCIS: New Orleans" (12.954 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3) and "Person of Interest" (7.412 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

NBC (8.273 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with fresh installments from "The Voice" (8.906 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "Chicago Med" (7.997 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3) and "Chicago Fire" (7.917 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3).

Next up was The CW (2.442 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with originals from "The Flash" (3.482 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6) and "Containment" (1.401 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.827 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) offered up new episodes from "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.920 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "The Real O'Neals" (3.173 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.928 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and its special "BattleBots: The Gears Awaken" (2.009 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

And finally, FOX (1.945 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) closed out the evening with a new "New Girl" (2.356 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) alongside the season finales of "Grandfathered" (1.644 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "New Girl" (2.172 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9) and "The Grinder" (1.606 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.153 million
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.103 million
- Chopped (Food): 1.040 million
- First Impressions (USA/P): 753,000
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 694,000
- America's Greatest Makers (TBS): 678,000
- Separation Anxiety (TBS): 421,000
- Chasing Destiny (BET): 390,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 346,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 333,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 322,000

Zap2it
TV Ruckus
New York Times
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/11/16

SYNDIES: Week 33
Results for the Week Ending May 1
From TV NewsCheck

Talk shows, led by Live with Kelly & Michael, were the strongest performers in the week ending May 1, which included the first two days of the important May sweep survey period (April 28-May 25).

Live’s ratings rocketed 20% from the prior session to the top of the talk show ranks, and surged 24% from last year, the greatest annual improvement of any daytime strip, scoring a new season-high 3.6 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating. The show was also No. 1 among women 25-54, climbing 21% to a 1.7 in the key demo.

GAME SHOWS

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.1 +16%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.6 +5%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.1 +3%
4. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.4 +8%
5. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.3 NC

TV Newscheck
TV by the Numbers

posted 5/11/16

MONDAY: A Winning Combination... of Sorts
"Voice" Helps NBC, "Dancing" Helps ABC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.325 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) was still the demo champ on Monday with originals from "The Voice" (9.627 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and "Blindspot" (5.721 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6).

ABC (9.739 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the number two draw with its duo of "Dancing with the Stars" (11.180 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2) and "Castle" (6.858 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9).

Next up was CBS (6.725 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its mix of "Mike & Molly" (7.791 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4), another "Mike & Molly" (7.940 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (7.424 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5), "The Odd Couple" (5.828 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7) and "Person of Interest" (5.685 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.042 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Gotham" (3.677 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8) and "Houdini & Doyle" (2.408 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

And finally, new episodes of "Reign" (0.809 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.899 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) on The CW (0.853 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cupcake Wars (Food/SF): 598,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 247,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/10/16

More "Knockout", "Billy on the Street"
truTV Adds More Episodes
From the Futon Critic

As one of Turner's youngest, most socially-engaged networks, truTV enters the 2016-17 Upfront season with news of a robust slate that builds on its roster of original programming from some of the industry's freshest new comedic talent. First up, the network has greenlit three all-new series: Jon Glaser Loves Gear, Greatest Ever and Lifescaping (working title). truTV has also given the go-ahead to two new specials: The Problem with Apu (working title), a feature-length documentary from comedian Hari Kondabolu, and an-all new Impractical Jokers live special that will follow on the heels of last year's juggernaut live punishment event.

On the development front, the network has ordered a total of six new pilots, including two scripted offerings - Small Victories (working title), a comedy series about confronting everyday injustices written by and starring Melissa Hunter, and I'm Sorry (working title), a comedic look at confronting one's inner immaturity and neuroses written by and starring Andrea Savage. New unscripted pilots include untitled projects from Hari Kondabolu, Kevin Pereira and Olivia Lee, which all join an untitled project for a comedic news show created by Jena Friedman in development.

On the renewals side, truTV has ordered new seasons of Fameless and Hack My Life, as well as the previously-announced scripted comedy Those Who Can't, which recently completed its first season and will return later this year for season two. Additional episodes have also been ordered for two first-season series, Comedy Knockout and Rachel Dratch's Late Night Snack. These renewals join current series Adam Ruins Everything, Billy on the Street, Impractical Jokers and The Carbonaro Effect to round out the network's current slate of original programming.

"Having successfully re-launched truTV in 2014, we have now turned a corner when it comes to premium content," said network president Chris Linn. "The new truTV is built around compelling, creator-driven shows featuring clear points of view and unique takes on different topics and formats, all told through a strong comedic lens. Armed with this momentum and a fresh slate of programming from a diverse group of talent, we are building on a solid foundation and brand promise that is breaking through and clearly resonating with a growing audience of highly-coveted fans."

The Futon Critic

posted 5/10/16

WEEKEND: Eye Yi Yi
CBS Wins, and It's Not Even Close
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.856 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the top draw on Friday with its mix of "The Amazing Race" (5.272 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.419 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and the season finale of "Blue Bloods" (9.878 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2).

ABC (4.697 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a close second place with the relocated "Beyond the Tank" (3.561 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8), "Shark Tank" (5.301 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and "20/20" (5.230 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

Next up was NBC (4.510 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with its 90-minute editions of "Adele Live in New York City" (4.356 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7) and "Dateline NBC" (4.663 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.563 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for the feature "Think Like a Man" (1.563 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.904 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "The Originals" (0.815 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) on The CW (0.860 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable Friday...
- Binge Thinking (MTV2): 72,000

On cable Sunday...
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.359 million
- Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen (Food): 1.335 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 836,000

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Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/10/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "On the Run"

  • "The Price Is Right Live!" heads to Sudbury (Sudbury.com)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Craig Ferguson "Talks" "Celebrity Name Game" (Broadway World)
     

  • A runner on "The Chase" gets a badly worded question.... and then the Internet happens (Daily Express)
     

  • Corey Taylor makes QI hardcore (Metro)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jenny Ryan (Metro)

posted 5/10/16


Australian Broadcasting Corporation
REG GRUNDY: 1923-2016
Legendary Australian Television Pioneer Behind "Sale of the Century", "Scrabble"
From Zap2it

In the end, Reg Grundy’s timing was as impeccable in death as it was in his extraordinary life - giving a new generation of stars at last night’s Logie awards their moment to shine before news of his passing cast a shadow over post-party celebrations today.

The self-made Australian media mogul, whose legacy of TV credits included global hits Neighbours, Prisoner and Wheel Of Fortune, was confirmed dead at the age of 92 in Bermuda, where he had lived with actress wife Joy Chambers.

Awarded an OBE for his contribution to TV and media in 1983, Grundy became synonymous for producing local Australian drama and game shows, the formats for which he first tested on Sydney radio station 2CH.

Broadcaster Alan Jones confirmed Grundy’s death on his 2GB program, telling listeners he had “passed away in the arms of his beloved wife Joy on their Bermuda estate.”

Such was the impact his programs had on shaping the portrait of Australian society and culture, his name also became part of the colloquial lexicon, with Reg Grundys becoming slang for underwear.

In 1995, he sold the Grundy Organisation to what is now, FremantleMedia Australia.

Grundy - widely known as RG to his friends - is mourned by his wife Joy Chambers. The couple were married in 1972.

Born on August 4, 1923, in NSW, Reginald Roy Grundy was the only child of working-class parents Roy Grundy and Lillian Lees, who met in a chocolate factory on the cusp of the Depression.

He left school at 15, served in the army during World War II and worked as a ladies sportswear buyer for department store David Jones.

He started working in radio as a sports commentator, specializing in boxing, for 2SM Sydney. He also did voice-over work for cinema advertiser Chas E Blanks.

While working at 2CH Sydney in 1957 Grundy developed and hosted the radio show Wheel Of Fortune, which debuted on the Nine Network in 1959.

His career was an intrinsic part of the golden years of Australian TV. His name was attached to many game shows throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, including Celebrity Squares, Blanketty Blanks, Beat the Odds and Great Temptation. He also produced game shows in America, with long-running "Sale of the Century" and "Scrabble" the anchors of the NBC morning lineup. His catalogue also includes "Time Machine" with John Davidson, "Scattergories" with Dick Clark, and "Bruce Forsyth's Hot Streak".

The company later branched out into dramas, producing an astonishing line-up of shows which were embraced by the Australian viewing public. In addition to the ‘big hits’ such as Neighbours (now in its 31st year), Grundy helped develop Chopper Squad, Glenview High, Sons and Daughters and the New Zealand TV hit, Shortland Street.

He also produced the fondly-remembered ABBA vehicle ABBA: The Movie, in 1978.

Although he was phenomenally successful as a producer, Grundy did not always have the Midas Touch, as a string of failed soap operas for the Nine Network in the mid 1980s (including Taurus Rising and Possession) testified.

But other hits were to come in the early 21st century - including a new range of reality TV contests such as Australian Idol (2003).

Grundy sold his company, the Reg Grundy Organisation, to Pearson Television in the mid 1990s.

His personal wealth was estimated at $805 million as far back as 2007.

He and Joy spent many years sailing between Bermuda, Los Angeles and London aboard his 25-staff super yacht, Boadicea, before settling in Bermuda.

An auction of his art collection back in 2013 was billed as the most valuable art auction ever staged in Australia, with over 90 works valued at around $20 million.

He was made a companion of the Order of Australia in 2008.

As tributes yesterday poured in, Ian Hogg, head of FremantleMedia Australia, said: "His legacy to Australian entertainment is insurmountable.

“His visionary ability to know how to connect Australian families through some of this country’s most-loved programming has stood the test of time.

“Generations have grown up with and been touched by a Grundy production, be it Sons and Daughters, Sale of the Century, Prisoner, The Price Is Right or one of hundreds of other programs.

"His innate understanding of great storytelling and entertainment lives on today through programs such as Family Feud, Wentworth and Neighbours. Reg is an icon and he will be sorely missed.”

GSNN's Chico Alexander contributed to this report.

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posted 5/9/16

Win Or Go Home
Jeopardy! Teachers Tournament Enters Semifinal Stage... on a Bigger Stage
From WJLA Washington

Teachers from Michigan, Connecticut and Virginia are preparing to compete in the D.C. Jeopardy! Teachers tournament airing this week.

After taping episodes, teachers competing on the popular game show will have an opportunity to see how they performed.

Competing this week...

MONDAY:
- Peter Buchholz - Minneapolis
- Kaberi Chakrabarty - Joliet, IL
- Nicole Throckmorton - Williamsburg, VA

TUESDAY:
- Chris Tempro - Allentown, PA
- Jill Gilbert - Des Moines, IA
- Bill Knuth - East Lansing, MI

WEDNESDAY:
- Jason Sterlacci - Somerset, NJ
- Cory Harris - Mystic, CT
- Lauren Gilmore - Lake Wales, FL

WJLA Washington

posted 5/9/16

Netflix and Thrill
"Ultimate Beastmaster", Unique Reality Competition, Greenlit from Sylvester Stallone, Dave Broome
From the Futon Critic

Netflix, the world's leading internet TV network, is bringing together top tier competitors and athletes from several countries around the world to compete in a new action-packed global competition series, featuring and produced by Sylvester Stallone (Creed, Grudge Match) and producer Dave Broome (The Biggest Loser, Strong).

Ultimate Beastmaster is the first international competition series of its kind with six customized local versions featuring local languages, competitors and hosts from each competing country. Those countries are: U.S., Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, Germany and Japan. All ten episodes of the series will be made available at the same moment globally on Netflix.

The 10-episode event series will feature 108 competitors, 18 from each country, in total. Each hour-long episode will feature 12 competitors, two from each country, who will take their shot at running one of the most physically demanding obstacle courses ever devised, "The Beast." At the end of each episode, a 'Beastmaster' will be crowned and in the final episode of the season, the nine individual winners from each episode will compete against each other for the chance for one contestant to become the Ultimate Beastmaster.

For each localized version in the U.S., Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, Germany and Japan, local celebrity hosts and popular athletes will provide commentary throughout the competition. The hosts for each country include the following:

- U.S.: Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Ridiculous Six), Charissa Thompson (Extra TV, Fox Sports)
- Brazil: Anderson Silva (UFC Middleweight Champion), Rafinha Bastos (Comedian, Journalist and TV Personality)
- South Korea: Seo Kyung Suk (Actor, Comedian and TV Host), Park Kyeong Rim (Actress, Comedian and TV Host)
- Mexico: Ines Sainz (Journalist, Sportscaster & TV Host), Luis Ernesto Franco (Actor and Producer)
- Germany: Hans Sarpei (Former Soccer Player, TV Personality), Luke Mockridge (Comedian)
- Japan: Sayaka Akimoto (Actress), Yuji Kondo (Sports Anchor)

"I'm thrilled and honored to partner with Netflix. Their trailblazing network is the perfect home for this ground-breaking global series," said creator and executive producer Dave Broome. "I'm excited for viewers to see extraordinary men and women from around the world try and tackle this amazing physical course in the guise of a jaw-dropping modern monster - The Beast."

"The invitation to partner with Netflix and mega-producer Dave Broome on this revolutionary concept was an opportunity I couldn't resist," says producer Sylvester Stallone. "The world will watch in awe as amazing competitors from around the globe overcome grueling physical challenges - and in the process become champions and heroes. The course is unequaled in its daring creation and I am excited to be a part of it."

"As a global internet TV network, Netflix can uniquely create a compelling event that pits great competitors from six countries against one another, with commentators that audiences from these countries love and then unleash all of the episodes, at once, in multiple languages for our members to enjoy no matter where they are," said Erik Barmack, Vice President, International Originals. "With Sylvester Stallone and Dave Broome at the helm, it's going to be outrageously fun."

Stallone and Broome both serve as executive producers on the series. Ultimate Beastmaster is produced by 25/7 Productions and Dave Broome for Netflix.

The Futon Critic
Entertainment Weekly
Hollywood Reporter

posted 5/9/16

Hannah Simone Goes "Kicking and Screaming"
"New Girl" Bestie to Host Fox Summer Series
From the Futon Critic

Hannah Simone (NEW GIRL) will host KICKING & SCREAMING, the new eight-episode FOX competition series that teams 10 expert survivalists with pampered partners to face the toughest challenges of their lives. From executive producer Matt Kunitz ("Wipeout," "Fear Factor"), and in association with Lionsgate, the series drops these unlikely duos into a tropical jungle in Fiji, where they must overcome dangerous animals, raging rivers, hunger and extreme weather.

While these no-nonsense survivalists are accustomed to fending for themselves, there's one thing for which none of their previous expeditions have prepared them: their nature-phobic partners, who think "glamping" is roughing it. To win the competition, and a cash prize of $500,000, the experts will have to drag their partners, KICKING & SCREAMING, to the finish line. Production is currently underway in Fiji.

For her role as "Cece" on NEW GIRL, Hannah Simone won the TEEN CHOICE 2012 Award for Choice TV Breakout Star: Female. She recently starred in and executive-produced the feature film "Miss India America," which was released earlier this year. The film won the Comcast Narrative Award at the Center for Asian American Media Festival. Simone also filmed a role in the independent feature "Folk Hero & Funny Guy," opposite Alex Karpovsky and Melanie Lynskey, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. Her other film credits include "Flock of Dudes," starring opposite Chris D'Elia and Skylar Astin; and Spike Lee's "Oldboy," opposite Josh Brolin and Samuel L. Jackson. She also starred in "H+," a digital series produced by Bryan Singer. Born in London, Simone grew up living abroad and participating in local theater productions in Saudi Arabia, India, Greece and Canada. She received her bachelor's degree from the University of British Columbia, where she majored in international relations and political science, before going on to work as a human rights and refugee officer with the United Nations in London. She also has a master's degree from Ryerson University in radio, film and television.

Produced by Pulse Creative's Matt Kunitz, in association with Lionsgate, KICKING & SCREAMING is created by Matt Kunitz, David Shumsky and Mark Harris, and executive-produced by Kunitz and Anthony Dominici. Rebecca Shumsky Quinn developed the project and is a co-executive producer, along with Shumsky and Harris. "Like" KICKING & SCREAMING on Facebook at facebook.com/KickingAndScreamingFOX. Follow the series on Twitter @KickScreamFOX and join the conversation using #KickingScreaming. See photos and videos on Instagram by following @KickingScreamingFOX/.

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Bustle
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posted 5/9/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Just Like Fire"

  • P!nk to mentor the top 8 next time on "The Voice" (The Futon Critic)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: trailer for "Are You The One" (MTV, June 13) (The Futon Critic)
     

  • A runner on "The Chase" takes the minus and then the Internet happens (Daily Express)
     

  • Mike Fleiss accepts an $11.4 million rose for his Hawaii villa (Los Angeles Times)

posted 5/9/16


Variety
RICKEY SMITH: 1979-2016
"American Idol" Season 2 Finalist
From Zap2it

Former “American Idol” finalist Rickey E. Smith Jr. was killed Friday (May 6) in a car crash in Oklahoma, the Associated Press reports. Smith was 36.

Smith was involved in a multi-car, wrong-way collision on I-240 just outside Oklahoma City at 3 a.m. According to reports from local news outlets, 27-year-old Gerardo Cerda Jr. was driving a pickup truck traveling westbound in the eastbound lanes and slammed head-on into Smith’s vehicle.

Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. Cerda was hospitalized and arrested for a DUI. The eastbound interstate was shut down for more than three hours after the accident, but has since been opened.

“OKC: I-240 east bound at Penn is still closed due to an injury collision,” the Oklahoma Highway Patrol tweeted early this morning.

Smith appeared on Ruben Studdard’s season of “American Idol” (Season 2), finishing in eighth place.

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posted 5/6/16

THURSDAY: WEAK
CBS Wins, New Entries Barely Register a Blip
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.498 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) held onto the top spot on Thursday with its original mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.874 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1), "The Odd Couple" (8.241 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), "Mom" (8.054 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), "2 Broke Girls" (6.672 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3) and "Rush Hour" (4.574 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

ABC (6.021 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was a close second with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.599 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "Scandal" (6.115 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6) and "The Catch" (4.349 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Next up was NBC (4.142 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with new episodes of "STRONG" (2.596 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), "The Blacklist" (6.464 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Game of Silence" (3.365 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.026 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Bones" (4.176 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "American Grit" (1.878 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, new episodes of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.653 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "The 100" (1.136 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) on The CW (1.394 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.637 million
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime/SF): 1.488 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.104 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 1.042 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 305,000
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 286,000
- Man vs. Child Chef Showdown (FYI): 130,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/6/16

WEDNESDAY: Split Down the Middle
Fox, CBS Split Hump Day
From the Futon Critic

FOX (6.804 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was once again the demo champ on Wednesday with its duo of "Rosewood" (4.263 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8) and "Empire" (9.346 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1).

CBS (8.342 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then snagged the number two spot with a new "Survivor: Kaoh Rong" (9.387 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3), the season finale of "Criminal Minds" (8.825 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5) and an original "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (6.814 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8).

Next up was ABC (5.718 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and its mix of "The Middle" (6.903 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6), "The Goldbergs" (6.584 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4), "Modern Family" (7.383 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), "Black-ish" (5.601 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7) and "Nashville" (3.918 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.197 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up its trio of "Heartbeat" (4.141 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.211 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11) and "Chicago PD" (6.240 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8).

And finally, fresh installments of "Arrow" (2.077 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and "Supernatural" (1.535 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) on The CW (1.805 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- The Challenge: Rivals III (MTV/SP): 656,000
- Skin Wars (GSN): 447,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 414,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 404,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/6/16

Canada... Get Ready... The Test Is Coming Back
"Jeopardy!" in Process of Complying with Canadian Standard
From the Province

What is online privacy for $1000, Alex?

Earlier this year, Canadians were told they could no longer apply to be contestants on America’s most famous quiz show.

It wasn’t clear why. The show’s organizers alluded to Canadian digital privacy laws, but didn’t go into specifics.

The show’s host, Alex Trebek, hails from Canada. In February, he told the Ottawa Citizen, “it is true that for the most recent Jeopardy contestant tryouts, Canadians were precluded from taking the online test, since the show must now comply with new rules set down by the Canadian government.”

“We look forward to having more try out as soon as we are sure we can comply with all Canadian online privacy laws.”

What those issues were has never been explained, but most speculation centers around anti-spam and digital privacy laws, both of which have been updated in the past two years.

On Tuesday morning, an update: The doors are going to swing back open from Trebek.

"To all our fans in Canada,

We are actively in the process of bringing our online test site into compliance with all Canadian online privacy laws and as soon as all issues have been addressed – later this year – we plan to host an online test and follow-up auditions with a focus on Canada.

You’ll hear more about this, and I hope that when the time comes, you’ll try out. Stay tuned."

Though he did not give an exact timetable for when Canadians might be able to go online for a chance to show off their knowledge, he said he expects "we will be in full compliance by the time we start shooting our 33rd season of programs this July."

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posted 5/5/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Blake & Gwen Singing on a Stage"

  • Blake Shelton to premiere his new single on "The Voice"... with Gwen Stefani (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Simon Cowell ranks "Got Talent" judges as he takes America... again (Telly Mix)
     

  • THE AND 1: that time Burt Reynolds almost had it out with Marc Summers on The Tonight Show (AV Club)

posted 5/6/16

They're Playing the Feud
Meet the Celebrity Families for This Year's Edition of "Celebrity Family Feud"
From Reality TV World

Michael Strahan, Alec Baldwin, Kellie Pickler, Paula Deen and Lance Bass are among the contestants booked for Season 2 of Celebrity Family Feud, ABC confirmed.

The 10-episode, sophomore season will kick off June 26, with Steve Harvey returning as host. The object of the game is to "pit celebrities and their families against each other in a contest to name the most popular responses to a survey-type question posed to 100 people," the network said in a press release.

"In each episode of Celebrity Family Feud, celebrity families, and their immediate family members or their extended TV families, will compete against each other to win money for charity. Each team will be made up of a celebrity captain, with four relatives or friends playing along. The winning celebrity team will be given a chance to win up to $25,000 to donate to a charity of their choice."

Melissa Joan Hart, Sugar Ray Leonard, NeNe Leakes, Paul Sorvino, Snoop Dogg, Ernie Hudson, Alfonso Ribeiro, Garrett Morris, Carson Kressley, Dave Foley, and NFL stars will also appear on the game show.

Reality TV World

posted 5/5/16

Meet the Bots That Are Set to "Awaken" Next Week
"Battlebots" Returns with a Preview on ABC
From the Futon Critic

"BattleBots: The Gears Awaken" - The epic robot-fighting tournament "BattleBots" is back for season two this summer on Thursday, June 23, and kicks off with a preview special entitled "BattleBots: The Gears Awaken" on TUESDAY, MAY 10 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT) on the ABC Television Network.

"BattleBots: The Gears Awaken" will feature twelve robots fighting it out in a series of rumble matches for the final four spots in the field of forty-eight who will ultimately vie for the championship trophy. Each rumble match will consist of three robots competing in a single three-minute bout in which the goal is to completely destroy or disable the opponents. If there is no knockout during the three-minute battle, the panel of judges will declare a victor to move onto the competition.

Competitors range from NASA engineers and teenage students to international teams and everyone in between - each with one goal: to claim the ultimate title. Judging the rumble matches are former "BattleBots" competitor and special effects artist Fon Davis, the face of "Nerdist" Jessica Chobot and special guest judge Clark Gregg ("Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D"). ESPN's Samantha Ponder hosts season two, with expert play-by-play analysis from veteran sports broadcaster Chris Rose and color commentary from former UFC fighter Kenny Florian. Sideline reporter Alison Haislip covers every inch of the robot fighting mayhem, and ring announcer Faruq Tauheed presides as the bots go metal-a-metal.

The 12 teams slated to compete are listed in alphabetical order below:

1. Bad Kitty: Team Captain - Bradley Hanstad (Hometown: Brea, CA)

2. Basilisk: Team Captain - Lucas Sloan (Hometown: Edmonton, Canada)

3. Black Ice: Team Captain - Dan Barry (Hometown: South Hadley, MA)

4. Blacksmith: Team Captain - Al Kindle (Hometown: Edison, NJ)

5. Creepy Crawlies: Team Captain - Kelly Smith (Hometown: Brighton East Sussex, UK)

6. Gemini: Team Captain - Agustus "Ace" Sherlander (Hometown: San Francisco, CA)

7. Invader: Team Captain - John Mladenik (Hometown: Escondido, CA)

8. Lycan: Team Captain - Ravi Baboolal (Hometown: Ontario, Canada)

9. Mohawk: Team Captain - Micah Leibowitz (Hometown: Berkeley, CA)

10. Skorpios: Team Captain - Orion Beach (Hometown: Santa Rosa, CA)

11. SOW: Team Captain - Terry Ewert (Hometown: Wisconsin)

12. Ultraviolent: Team Captain - Andrew Peterson (Hometown: Blacksburg, VA)

The Futon Critic

posted 5/5/16

TUESDAY: Gaining Interest
CBS Wins on Drama, Beyond the Tank to Move to Friday
From the Futon Critic

CBS (11.421 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) was the most-watched network on Tuesday with new episodes of "NCIS" (14.564 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1), "NCIS: New Orleans" (12.351 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and the return of "Person of Interest" (7.350 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6).

NBC (7.917 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with its trio of "The Voice" (8.418 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), "Chicago Med" (7.569 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5) and "Chicago Fire" (7.765 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3).

Next up was The CW (2.380 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with originals from "The Flash" (3.283 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and "Containment" (1.477 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.862 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) offered up its mix of "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.247 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8), "The Real O'Neals" (3.288 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.887 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11) and the Friday-bound "Beyond the Tank" (1.934 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14).

And finally, new episodes of "New Girl" (2.274 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Grandfathered" (1.877 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13), another "New Girl" (1.908 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11) and "The Grinder" (1.567 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) on FOX (1.907 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.312 million
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.070 million
- Chopped (Food): 1.050 million
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 748,000
- America's Greatest Makers (TBS): 661,000
- Separation Anxiety (TBS): 448,000
- Chasing Destiny (BET): 439,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 381,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 378,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 348,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/5/16

Eggheads Wanted
Two Positions Needed for "Eggheads"
From London Evening Standard

When it comes to fiendishly difficult quiz shows, Eggheads ranks up there as one of the trickiest.

While those with an encyclopedic brain might have thought about entering a team into the show, now there’s an even better opportunity.

Host Jeremy Vine is looking for two new Eggheads to join the resident team of experts who face off against contestants each episode – and applications are open now.

The process will take place in its own show, Make Me An Egghead, with applicants having to prove themselves worthy of joining the brainy team.

“I am proud to present one of the UK's most successful quizzes of all time and hugely excited that we are in the hunt for two more Eggheads,” Vine said.

“Whoever wins a place on the distinguished panel will, I guarantee, have the time of their life - sitting between Kevin Ashman and Judith Keppel and getting more questions thrown at them than they ever dreamed of.

“But I know this will be a hot contest - superbrain versus superbrain in that famous studio. So if you want to be an Egghead, roll up now!”

Egghead CJ de Mooi tweeted on Thursday that he was leaving the show to focus on his acting career.

London Evening Standard
Huffington Post
The Sun

posted 5/5/16

Brazil Goes "Boom!"
Keshet, July August Deal in New Territory with SBT
From C21 Media

Brazilian channel SBT has become the latest international broadcaster to greenlight a local version of Keshet International format Boom!.

The network has commissioned a 13×30′ series of the gameshow as part of its long-running Sunday primetime variety show Programa Silvio Santos.

The format sees contestants completing intellectual and physical challenges against a clock displayed on a ‘bomb’ in the middle of the studio.

Other broadcasters with their own version include Antena 3 in Spain, Fox in the US and TF1 in France.

Boom! was originally created by Keshet, Ido Rosenblum and July August Productions in Israel.

C21 Media

posted 5/5/16

How Many Can Ken Jennings Answer?
Find Out When "500 Questions" Returns May 26
From TV Line

“Game Show History” for $500, Alex.

This Jeopardy wunderkind will attempt to make lightning strike twice as a contestant on ABC’s 500 Questions.

Who is… Ken Jennings?

Correct! Congratulations! Well done! Now, keep reading for the full story behind that painfully cheesy lede (C-Note: from TV Line, not from us).

TVLine has confirmed that Jennings — whose 74-game winning streak remains a Jeopardy record — will appear as a contestant in 500 Questions‘ two-hour Season 2 premiere on Thursday, May 26. (Season 2 will air as a five-night event, beginning May 26 and concluding Wednesday, June 1.)

Nightline‘s Dan Harris will serve as the show’s new host, replacing CNN’s Richard Quest.

Quick 500 Q refresher: The show tasks contestants with answering 500 general knowledge questions. The catch? If said player answers three questions incorrectly in a row he/she is eliminated. New to Season 2: a bonus two-minute lightning round.

During his 74-episode Jeopardy rout in 2004, Jennings pocketed a then-record $2,520,700.

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posted 5/5/16

Top Model to Head to Scandinavia
Discovery Networks Pick Up New Version
From C21Media

Broadcasters across Scandinavia have ordered a regional version of CBS Studios International reality format Next Top Model.

Scandinavia’s Next Top Model will air on Discovery Networks’ linear channels in Norway, Denmark and Sweden later his year and will also be available on streaming service Dplay.

The original show, America’s Next Top Model, premiered in 2003 and has since been sold in more than 100 markets.

More than 20 local versions have also been produced in countries including Denmark, Poland, Germany and Vietnam.

Last month a Mongolian version was commissioned by local broadcaster EduTV.

C21 Media

posted 5/5/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Mother of All Marathons"

  • GSN to celebrate Mother's Day by doing what it does four out of every seven days of the week - running the Feud in a marathon (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Alex Trebek gets Ottawa's Key to the City (CFRA Ottawa)
     

  • Wayne Brady accidentally gives Jonathan Mangum a lower body concern (New York Daily News)
     

  • What one "Biggest Loser Australia" trainer had to say about being obese, and what the Internet had to say about her (Redbook)
     

  • A FEW GOOD ______S with Alec Baldwin (Extra)

posted 5/5/16

"Fresh Paint": June 15
GSN Turns Special Into Series
From The Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today the debut of the new one-hour skill-based competition series SKIN WARS: FRESH PAINT, the first-ever spinoff from the network's hit series SKIN WARS. Hosted by master of transformation, RuPaul Charles, the new series will debut Wednesday, June 15 at 10pm ET/PT, immediately following a new episode of SKIN WARS.

SKIN WARS: FRESH PAINT features three of SKIN WARS top former contestants who mentor six new, highly accomplished artists each week. These artists are at the top of their game in their own disciplines, but will leave their creative comfort zones to compete in body painting for the first time, attempting to win the $10,000 prize at the end of each show and become a Skin Wars: Fresh Paint Champion.

In each self-contained episode, the three Skin Wars All-Stars will work with artists from a variety of backgrounds and skillsets and give them a crash course in body painting. They'll help their mentees navigate through several rounds of intense competition, pushing them to apply their talents to the human canvas in innovative ways. It all culminates in a final challenge where the remaining two artists must put all they've learned to the test, completing a full body masterpiece on their own. In the end they'll be judged by international master body painter Emma Cammack and art critic Mat Gleason, founder of the renowned Coagula Art Journal and contributor to The Huffington Post.

"We are so excited to bring our Skin Wars fans a new skill-based competition with vibrant, talented contestants who span across a myriad of artistic disciplines," explains Amy Introcaso-Davis, Executive Vice President, Programming at GSN. "And RuPaul is the perfect host for this show, since there's no better example of someone pushing their creative boundaries to the limit."

"Our ability to do SKIN WARS: FRESH PAINT is a direct result of the ongoing success of 'Skin Wars,'" says executive producer Michael Levitt. "Fans of the show will be treated to some incredible art by some of the most creative talents in the country and we're thrilled to provide this platform for them."

The six artists participating in week one include fine artists Emily Moore of Orange, CA and Andi Goud of San Clemente, CA, automotive airbrush artist Cory Saint Clair of Roanoke Rapids, NC, food artist Vivian Pham of San Jose, CA, professional illustrator Michael Phillips of Laguna Beach, CA and artist/designer D. Hodges of Atlanta, GA. Additional artists to be featured later in the season include graffiti artists, cartoonists, tattoo artists, and street artists, among others.

SKIN WARS: FRESH PAINT is executive produced by Michael Levitt of Michael Levitt Productions ("Skin Wars," "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," "Ask Oprah's All Stars"), Jill Goularte, Kate Kenny and RuPaul Charles.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/4/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "The Trebeks Save Harlem"

  • Craig Ferguson hosts NBC's second annual Red Nose Day. He's three gigs sort of Steve Harvey (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Jerry Springer to bring TPIR Live to Stockton (Stockton Record)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Wheelmobile rolls into Kansas (KSNW Wichita)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Alex Trebek... 50 years ago in Canada (CBC)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: some of the worst words that got past Countdown's Dictionary Corner (Huffington Post)
     

  • Chopped creators get first-look at eOne (C21 Media)
     

  • How Alex Trebek's son is saving Harlem (New York Post)

posted 5/4/16

SYNDIES: Week 32
Results for the Week Ending April 24
From B&C

Headed into the TV season’s final ratings period, the May sweeps, many shows turned to repeats and were flat to down, with only a few exceptions in the week ending April 24.

One notable exception was Disney-ABC’s Live with Kelly and Michael, which has been steadily in the news since Disney announced on April 19 that co-host Michael Strahan would be decamping for ABC’s Good Morning America come fall.

The games were all down. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune skidded 5% to a 6.3. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud fell 6% to a 6.1. CTD’s Jeopardy! slumped 2% to a 5.9. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game softened 7% to a 1.3, tying Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which was unchanged for the week but down 24% from last year.

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TV Newscheck

posted 5/3/16

MONDAY: When 10 and 6 Equals a Tie
NBC, ABC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.412 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was still the demo champ on Monday with its pairing of "The Voice" (9.846 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and "Blindspot" (5.545 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

ABC (9.841 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then took home the silver with its duo of "Dancing with the Stars" (11.645 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Castle" (6.232 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

Next up was CBS (7.161 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and its lineup of "Mike & Molly" (6.966 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5), another "Mike & Molly" (7.203 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (6.995 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "The Odd Couple" (5.976 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and the season finale of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.913 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.114 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up a new "Gotham" (3.612 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9) and the debut of "Houdini & Doyle" (2.617 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

And finally, originals from "Reign" (1.001 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.903 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) on The CW (0.951 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cupcake Wars (Food): 718,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 454,000
- RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo): 358,000
- Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul (Logo): 115,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/3/16

WEEKEND: Dead Heat Scramble
"Race", "Shark Tank" Help CBS, ABC Tie in the Demo
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.928 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) was the most-watched network on Friday with its usual mix of "The Amazing Race" (5.551 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.292 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and "Blue Bloods" (9.944 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2).

ABC (5.089 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with a repeat "Shark Tank" (4.075 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9) followed by originals from "Shark Tank" (5.636 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "20/20" (5.558 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2).

Next up was NBC (3.967 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its trio of "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (3.687 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10), "Grimm" (4.007 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "Dateline NBC" (4.207 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.453 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up an encore "Hell's Kitchen" (1.832 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) alongside the season finale of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.074 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.055 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and "The Originals" (0.932 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) on The CW (0.993 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable Sunday...
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.494 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.259 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 899,000
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT/8p): 370,000
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT/SP): 367,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/3/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Round One! Ready! GO!"

  • Batman vs. Superman. Captain America vs. Iron Man... Bobby Flay vs. Gordon Ramsay (Refinery29)
     

  • Mo Rocca to host National Geography Bee (Broadway World)
     

  • The Biggest Loser: why the weight keeps coming back. Short answer: metabolism (New York Times)
     

  • Alex Trebek named honorary head of Royal Canadian Geographic Society (The Hollywood Reporter)

posted 5/3/16

Daytime Emmys: Winning Apparently Takes Care of Everything
"The Price Is Right", Craig Ferguson, "Jeopardy!", Michael Strahan Among Winners
From CBS News

Soap stars and talk show hosts gathered for the Daytime Emmys on Saturday and Sunday.

"General Hospital" won big at the Daytime Emmys with Outstanding Drama Series, while Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan won Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show host amidst a tumultuous time for their show. Both CBS and ABC took home the most awards, with six Emmys each.

On the game show front, Craig Ferguson repeated as Outstanding Game Show Host for "Celebrity Name Game", while "The Price Is Right" won its seventh trophy as Outstanding Game Show, the second since Drew Carey inherited the mic from Bob Barker in 2007.

The most honored game show in Emmy history collected another trophy, as "Jeopardy!" won for Outstanding Direction in a Game Show for Kevin McCarthy.

CBS News
Los Angeles Times

posted 5/2/16

On Second Thought...
"Think Tank" to Return
From Malton & Pickering Mercury

Bill Turnbull's quiz show, Think Tank, will be returning for a second series.

The BBC One show will be back later this year with the former BBC breakfast host as its presenter.

The new series will consist of thirty episodes, which is an increase from the twenty episodes featured in the first series.

Turnbull said: "I'm very happy to be going back to the studio for another series of Think Tank. We had a lot of fun first time round, and I'm sure the next series will be even better."

Commissioning editor, Jo Street, said: " Bill and his highly entertaining colleagues in the Think Tank kept our audiences entertained in the afternoon and we are very pleased to bring the team back together from all across the UK to help even more contestants in the next series."

The quiz show sees a group of regular contributors from across the nation answering general knowledge questions.

Their answers aim to help contestants through a series of questions, with the final aim of getting to the final round to tackle the 'Question: Impossible' - the question the Think Tank hasn't been able to answer.

Malton & Pickering Mercury

posted 5/2/16

So This Weekend Was A Bank Holiday...
"Britain's Got Talent" Drops to 9.3 Million
From Telly Mix

Ratings for Britain's Got Talent 2016 took a dip last night but the show was still the most watched of the day.

The Bank Holiday weekend may have had an impact on figures but none the less a strong audience of 9.3 million viewers tuned in.

It's well down on last weekend's number of 10.1 million, the same figure that 2015's equivalent show had.

The episode peaked with 10.3 million viewers as the latest auditions took place with acts ranging from the usual singers and dancers to a cross bow performer and a dodgy pole dancing duo.

Once again the shows either side of ITV didn't do much: Gameshow Bang On The Money was down 200,000 viewers week on week to 2.3 million while Play To The Whistle sunk to 2.5 million, down from last week's 3.1 million viewers.

On BBC One, Michael McIntyre's Big Show recorded a series low as 4.5 million viewers watched before BGT, down 600,000 viewers on last Saturday.

Pointless Celebrities returned with 3 million viewers while Casualty had 3.9 million.

Telly Mix

posted 5/2/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Past Becomes the Future"

  • ICYMI the winner of "Hell's Kitchen" is... (The Futon Critic) PLUS a preview of Masterchef (June 1) (The Futon Critic)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Mastermind New Zealand (New Zealand Herald)
     

  • Keith Chegwin & Iain Lee give an incorrect answer to a Pointless (Celebrities) question... and then the Internet happened (The Sun)

posted 5/2/16


Fremantle Media North America/Net-Biographies.com
The BLANK Is Coming Back
"Match Game" Launches on ABC June 26; Alec Baldwin to Host
From the Futon Critic

"Match Game," produced by FremantleMedia North America (FMNA), returns to primetime and will be hosted by Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor Alec Baldwin. "Match Game" is a panel game show that features two contestants as they attempt to match the answers of six celebrities in a game of fill-in the missing blank. Executive producers include Alec Baldwin and FMNA's Jennifer Mullin. The 10-episode series will air 10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT as part of ABC's Sunday Fun & Games block, alongside "Celebrity Family Feud," with Steve Harvey, and "The 100,000 Pyramid," with Michael Strahan, beginning on SUNDAY, JUNE 26 (8:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on the ABC Television Network.

"I am beyond grateful to ABC and FremantleMedia for the chance to host a summer series of the legendary 'Match Game,'" said Baldwin. "Hilaria and I are thrilled to donate this fee to arts related charities. And we look forward to having a lot of fun."

Jennifer Mullin, co-CEO, FremantleMedia North America said, "'Match Game' is one of the crown jewels in our portfolio, and we're thrilled to be bringing it to viewers in primetime. The team at ABC continue to be a terrific partner for us as we expand our game show slate, and with the charismatic and quick-witted Alec Baldwin as our host, 'Match Game' has all the right elements to be a fun and entertaining summer staple."

Since 1980, Baldwin has appeared in numerous productions on stage, in films and on television. He has received a Tony nomination ("A Streetcar Named Desire," 1992) an Oscar(R) nomination ("The Cooler," 2004) and has won two Emmy Awards, three Golden Globes and seven consecutive Screen Actors Guild Awards as Best Actor in a Comedy Series for his role on NBC-TV's "30 Rock." His films include "The Hunt For Red October," "Glengarry Glen Ross," "Malice," "The Edge," "It's Complicated," "Blue Jasmine," "Still Alice," and "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation," among many others.

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posted 4/29/16

THURSDAY: Not Getting Any STRONG-er
CBS Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.668 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) claimed top honors on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (13.859 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1), "The Odd Couple" (8.401 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3), "Mom" (8.410 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3), "2 Broke Girls" (6.618 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5) and "Rush Hour" (4.360 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9).

ABC (6.238 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then took home the silver with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.798 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Scandal" (6.312 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5) and "The Catch" (4.604 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8).

Next up was NBC (4.147 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its mix of "STRONG" (2.688 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11), "The Blacklist" (6.561 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Game of Silence" (3.193 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.248 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up originals from "Bones" (4.313 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10) and "American Grit" (2.185 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.563 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the evening with fresh installments of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.849 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "The 100" (1.277 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15).

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.507 million
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 1.463 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.004 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 811,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 347,000
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 330,000
- Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown (FYI): 179,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/29/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "The Train Is Leaving the Station"

  • Billy Gardell, Todd Newton, Korinna Rico, Paige Collings, everyone at MMC thank everyone for the ride. Let's hope they find another horse (Facebook)
     

  • Gordon Ramsay to check back into "Hotel Hell" May 24 (TV Insider)

posted 4/29/16

Core Media Files for Bankruptcy
"American Idol" Cited As a Money Pit
From Realscreen

Core Media Group, parent company of American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance producer 19 Entertainment among other prodcos, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in New York.

In a court filing, the company blamed its deteriorating financial performance on the decline in ratings for, and ultimate cancellation of, Fox reality singing competition American Idol as well as declining revenues from Idol-related broadcast fees, merchandise, tape sales and touring fees.

The last episode of Idol aired on Fox earlier this month after 15 seasons.

According to documents supporting the filing, “[T]he Company’s unsustainable capital structure, inability thus far to replace the American Idol revenue streams and inability to consummate an out-of-court restructuring with its primary creditor constituencies ultimately gave rise to the Debtors’ decision to commence these Chapter 11 cases.”

Nearly 50 affiliated debtors are registered in the filing, according to BankruptcyData.com. The Chapter 11 petition lists total assets of $100 to $500 million.

Core Media was part of the joint venture between 21st Century Fox and Apollo Global Management that merged Apollo’s Endemol and Core with Fox’s Shine Group. However, Core continued operating separately and did not become part of Endemol Shine Group.

In addition to 19 Entertainment, Core’s roster of prodcos also includes the unscripted companies Sharp Entertainment and B-17, which are not part of the bankruptcy filing.

In a statement, the company said it will undergo a restructuring under CEO Peter Hurwitz, though management changes or lay-offs are not expected. Core has 22 full-time employees, not including production staff and freelancers.

“In June 2015, with the changing landscape and one of our flagship shows in transition, we proactively engaged in discussions with our lenders regarding balance sheet optimization alternatives and a strategic restructuring,” the statement reads. “The actions we are announcing today will help best position the company for the future, allowing for more flexibility and a platform for growth.

“We expect to move through Chapter 11 expeditiously and have secured the support of our first and second lien lenders,” it continued.

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posted 4/28/16

WEDNESDAY: Empire Strikes Back
Fox Wins Middle of the Week Over Survivor
From the Futon Critic

FOX (7.312 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) held onto the top spot on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "Rosewood" (4.780 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Empire" (9.845 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1).

CBS (7.108 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was the number two draw with a new "Survivor: Kaoh Rong" (9.328 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) followed by a repeat "Criminal Minds" (5.508 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9) and an original "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (6.490 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8).

Next up was ABC (5.016 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its lineup of "The Middle" (6.657 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), "The Goldbergs" (5.809 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), a repeat "Modern Family" (4.947 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6), "Black-ish" (4.998 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5) and "Nashville" (3.841 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.093 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) offered up a new "Heartbeat" (4.690 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) alongside second runs of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.826 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) and "Chicago PD" (3.765 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (2.284 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "Supernatural" (1.671 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) on The CW (1.977 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Skin Wars (GSN): 566,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 387,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 335,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/28/16

Are You the One Goes for Love at First Sight
Catch the New Season on MTV June 13
From the Futon Critic

MTV's hit matchmaking experiment, "Are You The One?" (AYTO), returns on an all-new night, Monday, June 13 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. Meet the cast now on the new, official "Are You The One?" Snapchat account: AREYOUTHE1.

Building on AYTO's successful formula, season four will feature a game-changing twist that for the first time will truly test the theory, "If your perfect match was standing right in front of you, would you even know it?" On day one, immediately after meeting in a house in Hawaii, 10 single women will line up across from 10 single men and the group will be asked who believes in "love at first sight." The first three people to raise their hands and acknowledge their belief in the notion will be asked to walk over to their potential perfect match. The three couples will then go on dates as the rest of the cast deliberates which couple to send to the first truth booth of the season. If the couple is determined to be a match, not only will they prove that love at first sight is possible but, $250,000 will also be added to the million-dollar jackpot. The first perfect match will then set off to spend the rest of their time in the remote honey moon suite.

Throughout the season, the couples will be forced to rule with both their heads and their hearts if they hope to succeed in love and money. If at any point during the weekly matchup ceremonies the singles fail to make at least one perfect match (known in the game as a "blackout"), the group will be penalized with the loss of $250,000. What does that mean? Four blackouts means no jackpot. If all 10 couples successfully find each other, they'll walk away not only with love, but their share of one million dollars.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/28/16

Andy Richter Calls Food Fight
Catch the New Series on Food May 29 at 10 & 10:30!
From the Futon Critic

The best dinner parties are filled with good food, great company, and lots of laughs. That holds especially true when Andy Richter is the host, famous foodies and chefs are on the guest list, and crazy culinary games are on the menu. At this ultimate dinner party, as each course is served, so is a new round of the competition where stars are paired up to compete in fast-paced trivia games and food-themed challenges. The team that earns the most points will win the coveted Golden Dinner Plate, while the losing team will have to wash the dishes. Catch all the action unfold on Celebrity Food Fight, with double episodes premiering on Sunday, May 29th at 10pm & 10:30pm ET/PT on Food Network.

"Celebrity Food Fight is a high-energy, hilarious culinary game show unlike any other. Funnyman Andy Richter is the perfect leader of the shenanigans, as celebrities and chefs wine and dine their way through classic trivia and outrageous guessing games with a culinary spin," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel.

Joining the fun in the 10 half-hour episode season are Tom Arnold, Jonathan Bennett, Richard Blais, Anne Burrell, Kim Coles, Scott Conant, Coolio, Andy Dick, Graham Elliot, Bill Engvall, Jennie Garth, Duff Goldman, Greg Grunberg, Alex Guarnaschelli, Penn Jillette, Kristen Johnston, Kevin Jonas, Christopher Knight, Katie Lee, Tara Lipinksi, Antonia Lofaso, Carlos Mencia, Damaris Phillips, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Caroline Rhea, Melissa Rivers, Aar�n S�nchez, Jean Smart, Ruben Studdard, and Kendra Wilkinson. Two teams of two, each consisting of a chef and a celebrity, will compete in a variety of unique food-related games designed to test their culinary knowledge. From Cooking The Books, where the teams must find the fake cookbook title, to Talking With Your Mouth Full, where contestants read the names of entrées with their mouths full, while their teammates must correctly guess what they said, to Finger Foods, where the contestants must put their hands in a box and use their fingers to correctly identify each edible item, playing with food has never ever been this fun!

After the celebrities and chefs face off, fans can catch highlights at FoodNetwork.com/CelebrityFoodFight, and they can join the conversation on Twitter using #CelebrityFoodFight.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/28/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "New Year's Seacrest"

posted 4/28/16


CBS/Fremantle Media North America
CBS Daytime Brings Back Every. Single. Show.
"Let's Make a Deal" Renewed Through 2018
From the Futon Critic

CBS, the #1 rated network in daytime for 29 years, has renewed its entire Daytime schedule for the 2016-2017 season. The lineup, nominated for an industry-leading 60 Daytime Emmy Awards collectively, includes LET'S MAKE A DEAL; THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, which received a two-year pickup; THE TALK; and THE PRICE IS RIGHT and THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, which both previously received multi-year pickups through the 2017 season. This season, CBS Daytime saw its viewers increase +2% over a year ago.

"Each year, CBS Daytime produces more than 1,000 episodes of programming - the most for any broadcast network - which is only possible due to the incredible passion of the industry's best creative talent, both in front of and behind the camera," said Angelica McDaniel, Executive Vice President, Daytime Programs and Syndicated Program Development, CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Distribution. "Our loyal audience has made CBS Daytime the #1 daily destination for millions of viewers and we thank them for contributing to this phenomenal success. Next year will be even bigger and bolder!"

LET'S MAKE A DEAL, with Daytime Emmy Award-nominated host Wayne Brady, will return for its eighth season. LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 is averaging 3.33 million viewers, up +3% from last season while LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 is averaging 3.72 million viewers, up +2%. Produced by FremantleMedia North America, the show is broadcast weekdays (check local listings) on the CBS Television Network. Mike Richards, Dan Funk and Jennifer Mullin are executive producers. LET'S MAKE A DEAL is currently nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Game Show and Outstanding Game Show Host.

The 44th season of THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 is up +4% from a year ago with an average of 5.13 million viewers while THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 is up +3% with an average of 5.88 million viewers. Daytime television's most watched daytime program, hosted by Drew Carey and produced by FremantleMedia North America, the program is broadcast weekdays (11:00 AM-12:00 PM, ET/10:00-11:00 AM, PT) on the CBS Television Network. Mike Richards and Jennifer Mullin are executive producers. THE PRICE IS RIGHT is currently nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Game Show.

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Broadway World
B&C
Hidden Remote

posted 4/27/16

MasterChef Returns June 1
Gordon Ramsay, Christina Tosi Return to Host, Judge
From the Futon Critic

Award-winning chefs Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi welcome 40 new home cooks into the MASTERCHEF kitchen for Season Seven, premiering Wednesday, June 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), on FOX. The contestants will not only have to impress Chefs Ramsay and Tosi, but throughout the season, will compete for the approval of culinary greats and special culinary guest judges, including Wolfgang Puck, Aarón Sánchez, Edward Lee, Kevin Sbraga and Richard Blais.

Thousands of hopefuls auditioned at MASTERCHEF's open casting calls in Austin, TX; Chicago, IL; Detroit, MI; Jackson, MS; Las Vegas, NV; Los Angeles, CA; Louisville, KY; Minneapolis, MN; New York, NY; San Diego, CA; and San Francisco, CA. However, only one talented home cook will join MASTERCHEF winners Claudia Sandoval (Season Six), Courtney Lapresi (Season Five); Luca Manfe (Season Four); Christine Ha (Season Three), the first-ever blind contestant; Jennifer Behm (Season Two); and Whitney Miller (Season One) in the elite group of MASTERCHEF titleholders.

Representing 15 states across the country, this season's 40 contestants - including a professional poker player, DJ, web designer, yoga instructor, pool lifeguard, investigator, three firefighters and more - take time away from their busy day jobs in hopes of turning their culinary dreams into reality.

In the season premiere episode, 40 of the best home cooks in America travel to Los Angeles to compete in the MASTERCHEF Battle of the Apron challenge, during which they will attempt the to earn a coveted white apron and move forward to compete for the MASTERCHEF title, a cookbook deal and the $250,000 grand prize. Judging the battle rounds will be Ramsay and Tosi, who will taste for flavor, creativity and presentation. In order to move to the next round of the competition, the home cooks must display culinary skills, as well as an immense passion for food, and be determined to out-cook their rivals.

Once the MASTERCHEF Battle for the Apron concludes, the top home cooks will be put through their paces in a series of challenges designed to test their palates, food knowledge, passion and culinary skills. Later in the season, the hopefuls set out to cook appetizers and entrees for a very special wedding of a previous MASTERCHEF contestant, steak dishes for over 100 veterans and a group of sweet 16-ers. They also will face the infamous MASTERCHEF tag team and restaurant takeover challenges. With each new challenge, the pressure will mount as the home cooks compete for the coveted MASTERCHEF title.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/27/16

TUESDAY: A Flash in the Pan
NBC Wins the Night, "The Flash" Puts CW in Third
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.050 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) staked claim the top spot on Tuesday with originals from "The Voice" (9.929 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1), "Chicago Med" (8.962 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Chicago Fire" (8.260 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3).

CBS (8.128 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the number two draw with repeats of "NCIS" (10.089 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.589 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) followed by the season finale of "Limitless" (5.706 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

Next up was ABC (3.134 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and its quartet of "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.674 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "The Real O'Neals" (3.483 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (3.252 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and "Beyond the Tank" (2.072 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.509 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up originals from "The Flash" (3.365 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4) and "Containment" (1.653 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14).

And finally, new episodes of "New Girl" (2.467 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Grandfathered" (1.854 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14), another "New Girl" (1.965 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12) and a repeat "New Girl" (1.784 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13) on FOX (2.017 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.271 million
- Chopped Junior (Food/SP): 1.194 million
- Chopped Champions (Food): 1.111 million
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 729,000
- America's Greatest Makers (TBS): 688,000
- Separation Anxiety (TBS): 516,000
- Chasing Destiny (BET): 452,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 343,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 329,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 326,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/27/16

More on "ANTM's" Return
Logo Released.... It Looks Just Like The Old One!
From Variety

“America’s Next Top Model” will be returning on a new network, and Variety has the first look at the modeling competition’s VH1 reboot.

The official key art for “America’s Next Top Model” features the same logo as the original series, which ran 12 years and 22 cycles on the CW and its predecessor UPN. “This fall the runway gets a revamp” is the tagline for the show’s new iteration, though details on what exactly that revamp will entail are scarce.

What we do know is that Tyra Banks — who created, hosted and exec produced the original series — will be back on board as an exec producer, though she is not expected to return on camera in any major capacity. A new host has not been announced yet, nor has the panel of judges, which is believed to be re-worked from the latest grouping. The reinvented competition will be set in New York City, rather than Los Angeles where most of the original seasons took place. The new season will consist of 14 episodes.

The new “America’s Next Top Model” poster features blue and pink coloring, which could signify another co-ed season. The final three seasons of CW’s “Top Model” featured both male and female contestants. (Other themed seasons were “British Invasion” and “All Stars.”)

No premiere date has been set for “Top Model” on VH1. Banks will serve as an exec producer, along with “ANTM” alum Ken Mok, who originally developed the show with Kenya Barris, plus Dana Gabrion, Paul Buscemi and Jaimie Glasson Pargament. CBS Television Distribution is behind the series that hails from 10 by 10 Entertainment and The Tyra Banks Company.

The new season is being described as a reinvention for a new generation. At the time VH1 announced they’d be the new home to “ANTM,” Banks stated that she was excited to find a new host herself. She spoke to Variety about the show’s future here.

CW cancelled “Top Model” in October 2015 with the final episode airing in December. Around that time, Banks departed her syndicated daytime show “FabLife,” which has since been cancelled. “Top Model” has 20 international versions in production and is under license in over 100 markets globally.

Variety

posted 4/27/16

Bradley Walsh Finally Addresses "The Chase" Fixing Charges
Host Talks to Radio Times
From Huffington Post

Bradley Walsh has spoken out against accusations ‘The Chase’ is fixed.

The host of the ITV daytime quiz show defended himself from fans’ suggestions he asks the Chasers’ questions quicker than he does the contestants’, giving them an unfair advantage.

Speaking to Radio Times, Bradley said: “We have lawyers on the floor to watch all of this. I read them at exactly the same speed for both.”

He continued: “Don’t forget, if I’ve got Mark Labbett [aka ‘The Beast’] answering questions for two minutes and I’ve got a team answering for two minutes, the team aren’t going to be quicker.

“Simple as that, because they have to press the button [before answering], which is why they get a head start based on how many people are in the final.”

The show was recently embroiled in a scandal when viewers noticed that a countdown clock appeared to freeze during the final Chase.

The Chaser looked to have been given an advantage in the final round of the quiz when the clock got stuck and he was given an extra second’s time.

However, bosses later insisted that this was due to an editing error that took place in post-production.

A spokesperson for ITV said: “There was an error on the clock on [Wednesday’s] episode of ‘The Chase’.

“This error happened during the editing process and not in the studio when the show was being recorded so could not have affected the outcome in any way.”

Huffington Post

posted 4/27/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Wheel Into OKC"

  • CASTING COUCH: "Wheelmobile" rolls into Oklahoma City (KOCO Oklahoma City)
     

  • Kelly Rowland talked about allergies and "Chasing Destiny" camp up (TV Spy)
     

  • Derek Hough joins "Hairspray Live!" (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Gordon Ramsay cooks up a new studio for his project (World Screen)
     

  • Desiree Hartsock is about to have a future media ho (Us)
     

  • ICYMI: A special shoutout on TPIR (Cinema Blend) and a NSFW moment on "Celebrity Name Game" (Perez Hilton)

posted 4/27/16

SYNDIES: Week 31
Results for the Week Ending April 17
From B&C

CBS Television Distribution’s Dr. Phil led the talkers in the mostly steady week ended April 17 with an unchanged 3.1 live plus same day average in households and a 1.4 among daytime’s key demographic of women 25-54, according to Nielsen Media Research. This week, Dr. Phil will air an exclusive two-part interview with Bobbi Kristina Brown's boyfriend, Nick Gordon, as May sweeps gets underway on April 28.

The only game show to improve for the week was Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud, which finished 2% higher at a 6.5, nipping at CTD’s Wheel of Fortune’s heels at a flat 6.6. The only game to decline for the week was CTD’s Jeopardy!, which softened 2% to a 6.0.

Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game and Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire both were unchanged at a 1.4 and 1.3, respectively.

B&C

posted 4/26/16

MONDAY: Dancing with the Voice
CBS, NBC Go Neck-and-Neck
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.287 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) was the top draw on Monday with its duo of "The Voice" (9.561 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and "Blindspot" (5.740 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4).

ABC (9.892 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then took home the silver medal with originals from "Dancing with the Stars" (11.661 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Castle" (6.354 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9).

Next up was CBS (7.713 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with the return of "Mike & Molly" (6.944 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) followed by a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (6.192 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7), the season finale of "Scorpion" (8.798 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and a new "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.776 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.935 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up a repeat "Gotham" (2.008 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10) alongside the season finale of "Lucifer" (3.862 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

And finally, the return of "Reign" (0.956 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and a new "Jane the Virgin" (0.828 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) on The CW (0.891 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cupcake Wars (Food): 785,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 318,000
- RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo): 315,000
- Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul (Logo): 166,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/26/16

WEEKEND: ABC NARROWLY Beats CBS in the Demo
CBS' Viewers Lift the Eye
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.449 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the adults 18-49 champ on Friday thanks to the season finales of "Last Man Standing" (5.907 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "Dr. Ken" (4.638 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) plus originals from "Shark Tank" (5.339 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and "20/20" (5.735 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1).

CBS (6.987 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a close second with new episodes of "The Amazing Race" (5.458 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "Hawaii Five-0" (7.861 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) alongside a repeat "Blue Bloods" (7.642 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Next up was NBC (3.819 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its trio of "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (3.418 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11), "Grimm" (4.006 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and "Dateline NBC" (4.032 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.385 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up a repeat "Hell's Kitchen" (1.771 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and an original "Hell's Kitchen" (2.999 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

And finally, a new "The Vampire Diaries" (1.417 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and an encore "Containment" (1.167 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) on The CW (1.291 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On Sunday...
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.462 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.142 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 863,000
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT/8p): 340,000
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT/9p): 310,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/26/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Steve Is The New Oprah"

  • Steve Harvey is the new Oprah (Jet)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: Simon Cowell on "America's Got Talent" (People)
     

  • "The Bachelorette" promo you didn't know you needed to see (E!)

posted 4/26/16


"Price Is Right" Goes Reality Crazy
Catch the Primetime Special May 23-25
From The Futon Critic

CBS announces the reality stars who will "come on down" to play THE PRICE IS RIGHT alongside super fans of their respective shows, during the reality-show themed primetime specials, Monday, May 2-Wednesday, May 25 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Each special will be hosted by Drew Carey and celebrate one of the Network's reality series: SURVIVOR, BIG BROTHER and THE AMAZING RACE, featuring special appearances by each show's hosts, Jeff Probst, Julie Chen and Phil Keoghan.

Fan favorite Castaways competing on THE PRICE IS RIGHT PRIMETIME SPECIAL: SURVIVOR EDITION, Monday, May 23:

Natalie Anderson, Season 29 (winner)
Joe Anglim, Seasons 30 and 31
Rupert Boneham, Seasons 7, 8, 20 and 27
Jeremy Collins, Seasons 29 and 31 (winner)
Cirie Fields, Seasons 12, 16 and 20
Woo Hwang, Seasons 28 and 31
Rob Mariano, Seasons 4, 8, 20 and 22 (winner)
Kelley Wentworth, Seasons 29 and 31
Tina Wesson, Seasons 2 (winner), 8 and 27

Fan favorite Houseguests competing on THE PRICE IS RIGHT PRIMETIME SPECIAL: BIG BROTHER EDITION, Tuesday, May 24:

Frankie Grande, Season 16
Britney Godwin, Seasons 12 and 14
James Huling , Season 17
Will Kirby, Seasons 2 (winner) and 7
Janelle Pierzina, Seasons 6, 7 and 14
Rachel Reilly, Seasons 12 and 13 (winner)
Da'Vonne Rogers, Season 17
Jeffrey Schroeder, Seasons 11 and 13
Ian Terry, Season 14 (winner)

Fan favorite Racers competing on THE PRICE IS RIGHT PRIMETIME SPECIAL: AMAZING RACE EDITION, Wednesday, May 25:

Leo Temory and Jamal Zadaran, Seasons 23 and 24
Tyler Oakley and Korey Kuhl, Season 28
Erin Robinson and Joslyn Davis, Season 28
Joey Buttitta and Kelsey Gerckens, Season 27 (winners)
Natalie "Nat" Strand and Katherine "Kat" Chang, Season 17 (winners)
William "Bopper" Minton and Mark Jackson, Season 20
**Mark competed on Season 24 with Mallory Ervin
Tiffany Chantell Torres and Krista DeBono, Season 27
Brook Roberts and Claire Champlin, Season 17
Nathaniel "Big Easy" Lofton and Herbert "Flight Time" Lang, Seasons 15, 18 and 24

The Futon Critic
TV Insider
Broadway World
Parade
Yahoo!

posted 4/25/16

Take Me Away, I Don't Mind...
"Doc" Brown Sends "Cutthroat Kitchen" Back in Time Starting June 1
From The Futon Critic

Food Network takes a nostalgic trip through decades of food trends this summer in the five-episode primetime competition Cutthroat Kitchen: Time Warp Tournament, with host Alton Brown leading sixteen talented, sabotage-hungry chefs through the culinary mayhem and a chance to win up to $50,000. Starting with the 1950s and ending in the 1990s, each heat is all about the iconic dishes and cultural touchstones of one decade. From 1950s diners and protest signs of the 1960s to 1970s disco, the video game mania of the 1980s and the boy band explosion of the 1990s, each battle reflects the food, clothes and crazes of years gone by. Cutthroat Kitchen: Time Warp Tournament premieres Wednesday, June 1st at 9pm (all times ET/PT), leading up to a final showdown between the four heat winners on Wednesday, June 29th at 9pm.

"Taking Cutthroat Kitchen and Alton back in time adds a whole new level of intensity and humor to the competition," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President, Programming, Food Network. "Viewers will love revisiting the trends of each decade - from quintessential dishes to Alton's amazing wardrobe, each episode is a time capsule of retro food, fashion and fun."

The Futon Critic

posted 4/25/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "I Mean No Place, Child"

posted 4/25/16

THURSDAY: Still Trying to Survive
CBS Wins on Comedy
From The Futon Critic

CBS (7.852 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) pulled into the top spot on Thursday with its original lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (13.834 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1), "The Odd Couple" (8.639 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5), "Mom" (8.405 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3), "2 Broke Girls" (6.934 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3) and "Rush Hour" (4.650 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8).

ABC (6.079 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then claimed the silver with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.618 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "Scandal" (6.000 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6) and "The Catch" (4.619 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9).

Next up was NBC (4.458 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its combination of "STRONG" (3.027 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "The Blacklist" (6.847 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7) and "Game of Silence" (3.501 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.267 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Bones" (4.276 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "American Grit" (2.259 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

And finally, new episodes of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.849 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "The 100" (1.184 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) on The CW (1.516 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Alone (History/SP): 1.520 million
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 1.482 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.079 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 1.071 million
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food/SF): 893,000
- Comedy Knockout (truTV/P): 339,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 327,000

Flavorwire
AV Club
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Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/22/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "The Case of the Misleading Headline"

  • "TV Game Shows Are Dying And I'll Miss Their Shiny Pointlessness"... says this writer, citing only Deal or No Deal and Million Dollar Drop. Apparently the only game shows she's watched or even heard of (VICE UK)
     

  • Gwen Stefani dons a red nose (TV Insider)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Alone (History, Thursday) (AV Club)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: Match Made in Heaven... season 2 (WE, May 19) (The Futon Critic)

posted 4/22/16


Rolling Stone
PRINCE: 1958-2016
Legendary Musician Performed "American Idol" Finale
From
Reuters

Prince, the innovative pop superstar whose songwriting and eccentric stage presence electrified fans around the world with hits including "Purple Rain" and "When Doves Cry," died on Thursday in Minnesota. He was 57.

His influential, genre-defying music blended jazz, funk, R&B, disco and rock, winning seven Grammy Awards and an Oscar.

Prince was found unresponsive in an elevator at his Paisley Park Studios compound, which included his home, in the Minneapolis suburb of Chanhassen, according to the Carver County Sheriff's Office.

In a transcript of a 911 call made from the complex and released by the sheriff's office, an unidentified male initially reported that someone was dead at the home, later identifying that victim as Prince.

The sheriff's office said it was investigating the circumstances. The local medical examiner's office said in a tweet that an autopsy had been scheduled for Friday.

In 2007, he performed the "American Idol" finale when Taylor Hicks was crowned the winner.

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posted 4/21/16


CBS
JOANIE "CHYNA" LAURER: 1970-2016
Wrestling Pioneer Also Dabbled in Game Shows
From KTLA Los Angeles

WWE legend Chyna, whose real name was Joanie Laurer, was found dead Wednesday afternoon in her Redondo Beach apartment, police said. She was 45.

“It is with deep sadness to inform you today that we lost a true icon, a real life superhero. Joanie Laurer aka Chyna, the 9th wonder of the world has passed away. She will live forever in the memories of her millions of fans and all of us that loved her,” a post on her Facebook page stated.

Officers were called to Laurer’s apartment in the 900 block of Esplanade around 3:35 p.m. after receiving a 911 call from a friend who said the former star wrestler was not breathing, according to Sgt. Shawn Freeman with the Redondo Beach Police Department.

The friend had dropped by to check on Laurer after not hearing from her in several days, Freeman stated in a news release.

There were no indications or signs that her death was a result of foul play, according to the release.

Investigators said it appeared Laurer had died prior to being discovered by her friend.

The exact nature, cause and time of death were still being investigated by the Los Angeles County Coroner.

Laurer’s manager Anthony Anzaldo confirmed to KTLA that she was found dead Wednesday afternoon at her home in Redondo Beach.

In the game show world, Laurer competed against Diamond Dallas Page on "Street Smarts" and hosted Spike's run of "Robot Wars: Grand Champions", a repurposing of original UK episodes.

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NBC Sports

posted 4/21/16

Almost Impossible MTV
MTV's Upfront Reveals American Version of UK Series
From the Futon Critic

MTV, a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA) today revealed a programming slate of fourteen new series and specials, including "Wonderland," the network's first weekly live music performance series in nearly twenty years debuting this fall. The network will provide a first look at the new series - along with projects with partners Mark Burnett, Zac Efron, Drew Barrymore, Pitbull, John Legend, Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia, and more - at the 2016 MTV Upfront at Skylight at Moynihan Station tonight in New York, NY.

"We're on a mission to reignite MTV with everything that makes it one of the world's most iconic brands - its soul of music, its love of pop culture, and its unexpected, groundbreaking creative," said Sean Atkins, President of MTV. "What we share today is just the beginning, but it's a strong first step in the journey and shows how aggressively we are moving to energize the extraordinary promise of this great brand."

MTV committed to bringing more live music and music-inspired programming to the network, announcing greenlights for "Wonderland," a new L.A.-based weekly music series featuring live performances from three different acts; a yet-untitled music competition series from Executive Producer Mark Burnett; and a newly reimagined version of the beloved "MTV Unplugged."

MTV announced greenlights for  "Stranded with a Million Bucks," a reality competition that employs drone camera technology to follow contestants fighting brutal conditions on a remote island with only one possession: a suitcase full of a million dollars; and "The Almost Impossible Game Show," an absurd new competition format adopted from the hit UK version.

The 2016 MTV Upfront will be hosted by Nicole Byer and feature a performance by multiplatinum Top Dawg Entertainment recording artist and seven-time Grammy Award-winner Kendrick Lamar. The presentation will eschew the traditional theater format and instead take shape as a pop art tradeshow called "Buy MTV," complete with interactive booths of upcoming series and initiatives, a faux retail storefront featuring limited-edition MTV collectibles, and surprise stage moments.

NEW SERIES AND SPECIALS

"The Almost Impossible Game Show"

A hilarious half-hour comedic game show in which contestants complete physical challenges ranging from the absurd to the outlandish to beat the game and win cash prizes. Riding tiny bikes over a mud pit, putting on oversized pants while running full-speed on a giant treadmill and grating a heaping block of cheese onto a plate of nachos by using a grater attached to their derrières are just a few of the outrageous challenges the contestants will face. "The Almost Impossible Game Show" is based on a popular UK format by the same name, produced by Endemol Shine UK company Initial for ITV2. MTV is producing with Endemol Shine. Executive producers include Rob Smith and Georgie Hurford-Jones for Endemol Shine North America; Matt Odgers and Scott Teti for Left Hook Media.

"Stranded with a Million Bucks"

Ten cast members are stranded on an island with nothing but the clothes on their back and a million dollars in cash! Those who survive for 40 days will split that money as their prize. The catch? They can buy any supplies they want, but everything is crazy expensive - and comes out of their prize money. Tollbooth TV is producing. Kevin Lee is Executive Producer.

"Mark Burnett Music Competition"

Welcome to the recording studio, where talent is transformed and legends are discovered. At the intersection of music and business, this show gives hip hop's freshest talent a chance at every musician's dream: getting signed. Mark Burnett, the Executive Producer of SHARK TANK and THE VOICE, brings us the best of both worlds, with undiscovered artists performing in front of music's biggest moguls, each eager to sign the next breakout star. But forget the shiny floor stage - it's all happening in the recording studio in the first of its kind, organic music competition series that breaks all the rules. The yet-untitled series from executive producer Mark Burnett will be executive produced by Burnett and MGM Television with MGM also serving as international distributor.

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posted 4/21/16

Centric Looks for A "Queen Bee"
BET Sister Network Reveals Upfront Slate
From Shadow & Act

BET Networks announced today its upcoming programming schedule for BET and Centric at its annual Upfront presentation, including new original scripted series, movies, as well as reality series, and the network's returning hits.

"We have developed a deep and authentic relationship with our audience over the last 36 years, and it is that genuine connection that has allowed BET to expand into a global multiplatform brand. This year, we are committed to reaching far beyond the television screen and continuing to deliver more of the premium content that our audiences have come to expect," said Debra Lee, Chairman and CEO, BET Networks. "With BET being more accessible across more platforms, we are creating a powerful 360 degree experience for our audience to interact with the BET brand like never before."

The full lineup and breakdown of each series follows below, via press release.

COMPELLING NEW UNSCRIPTED PROGRAMMING ON BET:

ONE SHOT - "ONE SHOT" is a high-octane hip hop lyrical competition series hosted by Sway Calloway, iconic hip hop personality and radio host. Sway leads a panel of hip hop legends in a nationwide quest for the next explosive hip hop star with mass appeal, on-the-fly musicianship and command of the stage. Neither battle show nor glossy newcomer search, "ONE SHOT" provides the first and only dynamic platform for America's best rising hip hop talent. Each contestant's main competition can be found in the mirror. Sway serves as Executive Producer along with Mike Smith, Dominick Wickliffe p/k/a "Kxng Crooked", Rod Sepand p/k/a "King Tech", Nancy Nayor and Dean Hadaegh. Zach Hermann and Erika Smith serve as Co-Executive Producers. Julie Insogna Jarrett and Seth Jarrett will also serve as Executive Producers for production company, Jarrett Creative.

EMPOWERING NEW PROGRAMMING ON CENTRIC:

QUEEN BEE - Entrepreneurs are an enormous force in American business and culture, and African American women are among the fastest growing segment of entrepreneurs in the nation. They have the ideas, the creativity, and the drive, but too often they fly under the radar and don't get the mentoring and capital they need to launch their product or take their company to the next level. Developed by Jon Housman, Ora TV, and SWSI, this ground-breaking reality competition series discovers amazing entrepreneurs building real-life companies, and then challenges them to take their skills to the next level. Mentored - and put to the test - by a panel of celebrities and successful entrepreneurs, our contestants will go through a series of intense challenges in an effort to win the competition - and a potentially life-changing opportunity to become Queen Bee. Jon Housman and Jamie Schutz serve as Executive Producers.

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posted 4/21/16

WEDNESDAY: Split Down the Middle
CBS, Fox Split Night on "Survivor", "Empire"
From the Futon Critic

FOX (7.005 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was the demo champ for the fourth consecutive week thanks to new episodes of "Rosewood" (4.593 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and "Empire" (9.418 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1).

CBS (8.559 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then took home the silver with its mix of "Survivor: Kaoh Rong" (9.187 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "Criminal Minds" (9.010 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (7.480 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4).

Next up was ABC (3.964 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its repeat lineup of "The Middle" (4.529 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "The Goldbergs" (4.118 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "Modern Family" (4.172 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "Black-ish" (3.566 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) and a new "Nashville" (3.699 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.946 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up a new "Heartbeat" (4.042 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) alongside repeats of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.747 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "Chicago PD" (4.051 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

And finally, second runs of "Arrow" (1.166 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "Supernatural" (0.893 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) on The CW (1.029 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1/SP): 479,000
- Skin Wars (GSN/SP): 428,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 397,000
- Idiotest (GSN/11:30p): 228,000
- Political Idiotest (GSN/S): 176,000
- TUF Talk (FS1/P): 173,000

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posted 4/21/16

Lying in Welsh... Again
S4C Renews Irish Format
From C21 Media

Welsh-language public broadcaster S4C has renewed its quizshow Celwydd Noeth, its local version of producer STV and Irish channel TV3’s The Lie.

S4C bought the format in 2014. Welsh indie Cwmni Da worked on the local version, which premiered last year. The format, which sees pairs pick out lies from a list of facts against the clock, is distributed by Red Arrow International.

C21 Media

posted 4/21/16


Sony Pictures TV
"Sports Jeopardy!" Called Up to Bigs
Season 3 to Air on NBCSN, Stream on Crackle Starting August 6
From the Futon Critic

NBC Sports Group and Crackle will present "Sports Jeopardy!" on NBCSN following the network's nightly coverage of the Rio Olympics. NBCSN has acquired the exclusive television rights to the series hosted by Emmy Award-winning sportscaster Dan Patrick, which airs originally on Crackle. The 30-minute sports quiz show will air on NBCSN on Saturday, August 6, and will then air nightly for two consecutive weeks until the conclusion of the Games. Following a brief hiatus, "Sports Jeopardy!" will return in the fall of 2016 to air weekly on NBCSN immediately following the network's coverage of the NHL hockey game on 'Wednesday Night Rivalry.' NBC Sports commentators and highlights of NBC Sports live events will be incorporated into the show.

The multi-year agreement between NBC Sports Group and Crackle will include over 100 existing episodes plus any additional episodes of "Sports Jeopardy!" produced for Crackle. NBC Sports Live Extra, NBC Sports Group's live streaming product, will also stream episodes that are televised on NBCSN.

Sports Jeopardy! is executive produced by Harry Friedman and the multiple-Emmy Award winning team behind Jeopardy! Sports Jeopardy! is produced by Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.

“We’re excited to work with Crackle to bring Sports Jeopardy! to NBCSN’s television audience of more than 82 million homes,” said Jon Miller, President of Programming, NBC Sports and NBCSN. “Dan Patrick, Sony Pictures Television and the team at Crackle have created a great show that we know our viewers will enjoy.”

“Sports Jeopardy! has been a critically-acclaimed weekly series on Crackle for the past year and a half and we can’t wait to bring episodes of the series to NBCSN,” said Eric Berger, EVP Sony Pictures Television Digital Networks and GM, Crackle. “Making the series available on both TV and streaming on demand during the most important athletic event of the year is a win for everyone.”

“For us…the special few who ignored the so-called important news growing up and spent our days reading box scores, watching random sports and getting C’s in our classes, we finally have a show,” said Patrick. “If you know…off the top of your head…Joaquin Andujar’s career ERA…or Warren Moon’s CFL stats…this is the show for you.”

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posted 4/21/16

TUESDAY: CW Moves to Third!
NBC, CBS Split Weak Pre-Sweep Field
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.655 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) led the demo race on Tuesday with its trio of "The Voice" (9.681 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T1), "Chicago Med" (8.120 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4) and "Chicago Fire" (8.164 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3).

CBS (10.794 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then took home the silver with its mix of "NCIS" (14.572 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T1), "NCIS: New Orleans" (12.016 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T4) and "Limitless" (5.796 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6).

Next up was The CW (2.376 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with a new "The Flash" (3.029 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6) and the launch of "Containment" (1.725 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.839 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up fresh installments of "New Girl" (2.055 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), another "New Girl" (1.725 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), the season finale of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.032 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and a new "The Grinder" (1.545 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14).

And finally, ABC (2.649 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the evening with a repeat "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.141 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13) alongside originals from "The Real O'Neals" (2.985 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.832 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Beyond the Tank" (2.054 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16).

On cable...
- Chopped Champions (Food): 1.283 million
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.134 million
- America's Greatest Makers (TBS): 786,000
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 575,000
- Separation Anxiety (TBS): 533,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 360,000
- Chasing Destiny (BET): 349,000
- Idiotest (GSN/SP): 304,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 290,000

Showbuzz Daily
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posted 4/21/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Doves Are Crying"

  • "Loveline", the show that launched the careers of Dr. Drew and Mike Catherwood, is signing off (The Wrap)
     

  • Jodie Sweetin rushed to hospital after injury (E!)
     

  • Worst. Beast performance. Ever? (News.com.au)
     

  • Paul Sinha to play Morley (Morley Observer)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jimmy Carr (San Francisco Examiner)

posted 4/21/16


ABC
ABC: Hot Fun in the Summertime
Dates Announced for "Battlebots", "Feud", "Pyramid", "500 Questions", "Truth"
From the Futon Critic

ABC's summer premiere dates are chronologically listed as follows (all times are EDT/PDT):

Thursday, May 26
- 8:00-10:00 p.m. "500 Questions"

Tuesday, June 14
- 8:00-9:00pm "To Tell the Truth" (Sneak Peak)
- 10:00-11:00 p.m. "To Tell the Truth" (New Series Premiere)

Thursday, June 23
- 8:00-10:00 p.m. "BattleBots"

Sunday, June 26
- 8:00-9:00 p.m. "Celebrity Family Feud"
- 9:00-10:00 p.m. "The $100,000 Pyramid" (New Series Premiere)

Tuesday, August 2
- 8:00-10:00 p.m. "Bachelor in Paradise"

Monday, August 8
- 8:00-10:00 p.m. "Bachelor in Paradise" (Time Period Premiere)

Tuesday, August 9
- 8:00-9:00 p.m. "Bachelor in Paradise"
- 9:00-10:00 p.m. "Bachelor in Paradise: After Paradise"

Following are upcoming summer series descriptions in chronological order (all times EDT/PDT):

"500 QUESTIONS" - RETURNS THURSDAY, MAY 26 (Season 2)

Hosted by Dan Harris (ABC's "Nightline" and weekend edition of "Good Morning America"), "500 Questions" challenges the smartest people in the country to achieve the seemingly impossible task of answering 500 of the most difficult general knowledge questions ever devised. There's only one simple rule: never get three wrong in a row - or you're gone. No saves, no helps, no multiple choice, "500 Questions" keeps you on the edge of your seat to see if any of these geniuses can do it. It is the ultimate test, where intellect, strategy and stamina are all equally essential in order to win. Mark Burnett and Phil Parsons are the executive producers. Ed Egan is the co-executive producer. The show was created by Mike Darnell and Mark Burnett and produced by MGM Television in association with Warner Horizon Television.

"TO TELL THE TRUTH" - PREMIERES TUESDAY, JUNE 14

Hosted by Anthony Anderson, "To Tell the Truth" is an anarchic and funny re-imagination of the beloved, game show of the same name. The all-new version takes the excitement to another level, featuring fun characters from pop culture over the six-episode series. Anderson presides over four famous faces, including legend Betty White (who has appeared on previous versions of the show), actress NeNe Leakes, NBA star Jalen Rose and a special guest for each episode. In each round they are 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 others are not. 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 FremantleMedia North America. Barry Poznick, Toby Gorman, Jeff Gaspin, George Moll and Anthony Anderson are executive producers.

"BATTLEBOTS" - RETURNS THURSDAY, JUNE 23 (Season 2)

"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. The homemade robots are back for season two, where they will battle against each other in a single elimination tournament until there is one champion. The ten episode series will feature next generation robots - bigger, faster and stronger than ever before. The show will continue to emphasize the design and build elements of each robot, the bot builder backstories, their intense pursuit of the championship and the spectacle of the event. While there's only one weight class, there are a huge variety of deadly weapons. Forty-eight robots will enter, but in the end, only one will win the final trophy. Executive producers are Lloyd Braun, Chris Cowan, Edward P. Roski (Trey), Greg Munson and Aaron Catling.

"CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD" - RETURNS SUNDAY, JUNE 26 (Season 2)

The primetime summer hit "Celebrity Family Feud," a celebrity version of "Family Feud," returns for a second season. The 10-episode series will feature celebrity families and their immediate family members or their extended TV families, competing against each other to win money for charity. Hosted by Steve Harvey, the highly popular multi-hyphenate standup comedian, actor, author, deejay and Emmy(R) Award-winning game show host, "Celebrity Family Feud" pits celebrities and their families against each other in a contest to name the most popular responses to a survey-type question posed to 100 people. "Celebrity Family Feud" is produced by FremantleMedia North America and is taped in front of a live audience in Los Angeles, California. Gaby Johnston and Jennifer Mullin are executive producers.

"THE $100,000 PYRAMID" - PREMIERES SUNDAY, JUNE 26

The Pyramid is back! Hosted by Pro Football Hall of Famer and celebrated TV personality Michael Strahan, "The $100,000 Pyramid" features 10 episodes with 100 grand up for grabs each week when some of today's hottest stars team-up with players from across the country to take on the timeless war of words, racing against the clock to give and guess clues in one of TV's all-time great word-association games. "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. Michael Strahan, Constance Schwartz and Vin Rubino are the executive producers.

"BACHELOR IN PARADISE" - RETURNS TUESDAY, AUGUST 2 (Season 3)

The much anticipated third season of the hit series "Bachelor in Paradise" returns with all the shocking twists, surprises, unexpected guests and some of the most unlikely relationships in "Bachelor" history that viewers have come to expect. The cast, comprised of former fan favorites and controversial characters from "The Bachelor" franchise, is back looking for a second chance at love. They all left "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette" with broken hearts, but now they'll travel to a romantic paradise, hoping to turn a potential summer fling into the real thing. We'll follow these former bachelors and bachelorettes as they explore new relationships while living together in a secluded and dreamy paradise. America will watch as they fall in love or go through renewed heartbreak. Chris Harrison hosts. "Bachelor in Paradise" is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss, Elan Gale, Peter J. Scalettar and Nicole Woods are executive producers.

"BACHELOR IN PARADISE: AFTER PARADISE" - RETURNS TUESDAY, AUGUST 9

"After Paradise" features host Chris Harrison discussing and dissecting the most recent episodes of "Bachelor in Paradise," alongside cast members and celebrity fans. The man who has seen it all as the host of "The Bachelor" franchise since the first rose ceremony took place over 13 years ago, Harrison presents questions and comments from viewers, debuts deleted scenes, outtakes and exclusive extra content, all the while allowing members of #BachelorNation to have their say. "Bachelor Live" is executive produced by Mike Fleiss for Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television, and Michael Davies, Jen Patton and Elan Gale for Embassy Row.

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posted 4/20/16

"Alone" Again... for the Third Time
History to Bow Season 2, Renew for Season 3
From Deadline

Ahead of its Season 2 premiere tomorrow night, History has ordered a third season of its hit survival series Alone.

Related
'Vikings' Casts Alex Andersen As New Regular & Part Of Plot Twist

Additionally, the series will move from Vancouver Island to South America.

Alone places ten hardcore survivalists alone in the wilderness and the contestants have one mission: to stay alive. There are no camera crews, no teams, and no gimmicks. At stake is a $500,000 cash prize awarded to the person who can last the longest. Filming begins in Patagonia, South America next month.

The Season 1 finale of Alone pulled in 2.4 million total viewers, up 50% from its series premiere and becoming History’s No.1 new non-fiction series of 2015 among all key demos.

“The success of ‘Alone’ truly speaks to the fact that there is simply nothing else like it on television.” said Paul Cabana, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming of Histroy. “Season two truly takes the series to the next level and gives us the confidence to trigger season three immediately.”

Equipped only with limited gear, their wilderness experience, and cameras to self-document their journeys, these brave men and women are completely separated from one another in harsh, unforgiving terrain. To survive, they must find food and water, build shelters and fend off predators. They will face extreme isolation, psychological distress, and treacherous environmental conditions as they descend into the unknown.

Alone is produced for History by Leftfield Pictures. David George, Brent Montgomery, Shawn Witt, Zachary Green and Gretchen Palek serve as executive producers for Leftfield Pictures. Russ McCarroll and Zachary Behr serve as executive producers for History.

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posted 4/20/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Fallout"

posted 4/19/16

SYNDIES: Week 30
Results for the Week Ending April 10
From B&C

The NCAA's nail-biting men's basketball final aired across TNT, TBS and truTV in the week ending April 10, presenting stronger than usual competition for shows in access time periods on Monday, April 4.

All of the top-three game shows fell slightly compared to the prior week. CBS Television Distribution’s Wheel of Fortune dipped 1% to a 6.6 live plus same day household ratings average, according to Nielsen Media Research. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud, which had been first or tied for first for the past three weeks, was off 4% to a second-place 6.4. CTD’s Jeopardy! weakened 3% to a 6.1.

Further back, Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game and Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire both were unchanged at a 1.4 and 1.3, respectively. However, year to year, Name Game gained 8% while Millionaire lost 24%. Wheel dipped 3% compared to last year, Feud added 7% and Jeopardy! declined 9%. Feud also led all of syndication among women 25-54 at a 3.1.

B&C

posted 4/19/16

MONDAY: More Talent
NBC, ABC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.513 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) led the demo charge on Monday with new episodes of "The Voice" (9.949 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and "Blindspot" (5.642 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4).

ABC (9.313 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was the most-watched network overall with originals from "Dancing with the Stars" (10.957 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) and "Castle" (6.026 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9).

Next up was CBS (7.384 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and the season finale of "Supergirl" (6.170 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) followed by new episodes of "Scorpion" (8.241 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.742 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.772 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Gotham" (3.684 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and "Lucifer" (3.861 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4).

And finally, the season finale of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.841 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and a new "Jane the Virgin" (0.943 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10) on The CW (0.892 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable....
- Cupcake Wars (Food): 708,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 372,000
- RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo): 320,000
- Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul (Logo): 170,000

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posted 4/19/16

WEEKEND: Typical Friday
CBS, ABC Split The Audience
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.006 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) was the most-watched network on Friday with its trio of "The Amazing Race" (5.536 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.324 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "Blue Bloods" (10.159 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1).

ABC (5.404 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) however shared in the top demo honors with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (6.351 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Dr. Ken" (4.783 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Shark Tank" (5.595 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) and "20/20" (5.051 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Next up was NBC (3.885 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its combination of "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (3.403 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11), "Grimm" (3.863 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10) and "Dateline NBC" (4.390 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.428 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up an encore "Hell's Kitchen" (1.864 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and a new "Hell's Kitchen" (2.992 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

And finally, fresh installments from "The Vampire Diaries" (1.165 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and "The Originals" (0.954 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) on The CW (1.059 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable Friday...
- Binge Thinking (MTV2): 104,000

On cable Sunday....
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.582 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.246 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.056 million
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 391,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
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posted 4/19/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "End Run"

  • Michael Strahan exits "Live!" for "GMA" (TV Insider)
     

  • Bradley Walsh to Richard Osman: Oh yeah? (Huffington Post)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: you saw this clip from Thursday's "Lip Sync Battle". You can't un-see it (TV Insider)

posted 4/19/16


Hallmark Channel
DORIS ROBERTS: 1925-2016
Raymond's Mom Was Everyone's Game Show Mom
From
USA Today

Doris Roberts, celebrated for her portrayal of a loving but meddling mom on Everybody Loves Raymond, died Sunday.

Roberts' son, Michael Cannata, confirmed the news of his mother's death in a statement issued Monday.

The 90-year-old actress, whose celebrated career spanned six decades, won four Emmys for her portrayal of Marie Barone on the top-rated, long-running CBS comedy series (1996-2005). She won an Emmy earlier in her career for supporting actress for her role on NBC's medical drama St. Elsewhere.

Raymond star Ray Romano remembered the actress who played his title character's mother in a statement: "Doris Roberts had an energy and a spirit that amazed me. She never stopped. Whether working professionally or with her many charities, or just nurturing and mentoring a young, green comic trying to make it as an actor, she did it all with such a grand love for life and people and I will miss her dearly."

On Raymond, Roberts' Marie was a loving, sometimes smothering and often all-knowing (at least in her own mind) presence in the home of son Raymond and his wife, Debra (Patricia Heaton), who did not always appreciate Marie's interference. The late Peter Boyle played Marie's husband, Frank, and Brad Garrett played Raymond's brother, Robert, who always felt that he played second fiddle to the coddled Raymond.

Roberts, who was born in St. Louis and grew up in New York, was a veteran of Broadway before starring in various films and TV series during an illustrious acting career that began in the 1950s. Her stage credits include The Desk Set, The Last of the Red Hot Lovers and Bad Habits, for which she won an Outer Critics Circle Award.

Besides Raymond, Roberts had memorable roles in other TV series, including Remington Steele and Angie. Early in her career, she appeared on such classic shows as The Naked City and Ben Casey and more recently she was featured in ABC's Desperate Housewives, Grey's Anatomy and The Middle, which stars Heaton.

In the game show world, she had notable stints on "Hollywood Squares", "All-Star Blitz", "Hot Potato", and "Celebrity Family Feud".

Roberts' feature film roles include Barefoot in the Park (1967), The Heartbreak Kid (1972) and The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974), National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation (1989) and Madea's Witness Protection (2012).

Roberts' passion for cooking was reflected in her 2005 book, Are You Hungry, Dear? Life, Laughs and Lasagna, which she co-wrote with Danielle Morton.

In addition to son Michael, Roberts is survived by her daughter-in-law, Jane, and three grandchildren: Kelsey, Andrew and Devon Cannata.

USA Today
Moviefone
TV Insider

posted 4/18/16

Talking "TUF"
FS1 to Launch Aftershow for Wednesday's "Ultimate Fighter" Premiere
From the Futon Critic

FOX Sports announces the premiere of TUF TALK, a half-hour late-night companion show to THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER, Wednesday, April 20 (12:00 AM ET), immediately following the special two-hour premiere of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER: TEAM JOANNA VS. TEAM CLAUDIA (10:00 PM ET). TUF TALK originally debuted on FS1 as a segment of FOX SPORTS LIVE and has been expanded this year into its own show. Co-hosted by veteran combat sports journalist Karyn Bryant and retired UFC fighter and TUF Season 1 cast member Kenny Florian, each episode of TUF TALK recaps the latest episode of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER, features cast interviews and provides exclusive show outtakes. After the premiere week, TUF TALK moves to 11:00 PM ET for the remainder of the season.

"I'm fired up for the new season of TUF Talk," says Bryant. "Not only because this season of TUF has two very talented, very competitive and very outspoken coaches in Joanna [Jedrzejczyk] and Claudia [Gadelha], but also because our newly expanded show gives us even more time to get to know the latest pool of up-and-coming talent. We'll deliver in-depth fight analysis and technical breakdowns of the action in the Octagon, giving UFC fans more of what they love."

"I'm excited to follow along once again for this season of THE UTLTIMATE FIGHTER," says Florian. "As a TUF alum, I'm looking forward to seeing how it all unfolds and what the experiences were like for the coaches and competitors involved."

The TUF TALK premiere features interviews with THE UTLIMATE FIGHTER coaches strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and No. 1-ranked Claudia Gadelha, who discuss the upcoming season, their teams and more. For Wednesday's premiere episode, light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier fills in as co-host for Florian.

The exciting season premiere of THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER kicks off Wednesday with 32 competitors in the light heavyweight and strawweight divisions battling for one of 16 spots available in the competition. Once the final cast is set, coaches Jedrzejczyk and Gadelha pick their teams and then lead the fighters through the toughest reality show on television. There will be no love lost between the two as their epic feud plays out every Wednesday night leading up to their highly anticipated rematch.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/18/16

BattleBots Round 2 Begins with Preview
Samantha Ponder, Clark Gregg Join Crew May 10
From the Futon Critic

The epic robot-fighting tournament "BattleBots" is back for season two this summer and kicks off with a preview special entitled "BattleBots: The Gears Awaken," on TUESDAY, MAY 10 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. The robot shrapnel will fly in the BattleBox once again, with expert play-by-play analysis from veteran sports broadcaster Chris Rose, and color commentary from former UFC fighter Kenny Florian. This season will be hosted by ESPN's Samantha Ponder. "BattleBots: The Gears Awaken" will feature twelve robots fighting it out in a series of rumble matches for the final four spots in the field of forty-eight, who will ultimately vie for the championship trophy. Covering every inch of the robot fighting mayhem is sideline reporter Alison Haislip. Judging the battles are former BattleBots competitor & special effects artist Fon Davis, the face of "Nerdist" Jessica Chobot and a special guest judge for each round of the competition. For "BattleBots: The Gears Awaken," Clark Gregg ("Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D") will be the first guest judge. Ring announcer Faruq Tauheed will preside as the bots go metal-a-metal.

"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. The homemade robots will battle against each other in a single elimination tournament until there is one champion. The ten episode series will feature next generation robots - bigger, faster and stronger than ever before. The show will continue to emphasize the design and build elements of each robot, the bot builder backstories, their intense pursuit of the championship and the spectacle of the event. While there's only one weight-class, there are a huge variety of deadly weapons. Forty-eight robots will enter, but, in the end, only one will win the final trophy. Executive producers are Lloyd Braun, Chris Cowan, Edward P. Roski (Trey), Greg Munson and Aaron Catling.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/18/16

Mastermind Returns to NZ
Peter Williams to Host New Series
From Stuff

Mastermind is returning to Kiwi TVs after being taken off the air in the early 90s.

New Mastermind host Peter Williams has revealed the 2016 version of the popular quiz show will feature a major format change.

Back on TV One shortly after a 25-year absence, the show will now feature three rounds, instead of the traditional two.

"It used to be contestants got two minutes on their specialist subject and 90 seconds of general knowledge questions, but we've reduced the first round time to 90 seconds and added an extra round on a New Zealand subject area," says Williams.

"Contenders get to select from one of five topics beforehand – history, art and literature, popular culture, science and nature – including geography – or sport. It just adds a little extra piece of intrigue into each of the heats because people can come from behind or fall off the pace if they don't do so well in the second and third rounds."

That also has the effect of mitigating somewhat one of the old bugbears of the show – that someone choosing a very narrow specialist subject (say the novel Lorna Doone) would have a huge advantage over someone selecting something more ambitious (The History of Newspapers in New Zealand).

Williams admits that there are some quite narrow topics this time around, especially sports ones like the Rugby World Cups of 1987 and 2011 and the Cricket World Cups from 1992 onwards.

"Interestingly the life and music of David Bowie [the topic that helped celebrity "quiz kid" Hamish McDouall win the title in 1990] has come up again, although the questions are quite different now because of the 25 years of music and work Bowie did in the interim."

Kiwi audiences will soon be able to see 32 contestants will take the Mastermind challenge.

Stuff

posted 4/18/16

A Make or Break Pilot for Alan Carr
Comic Lined Up for C4 Game
From Chortle

Alan Carr is set to host a new comedy game show for Channel 4.

The Chatty Man star will be recording an initial episode of Make Or Break next month.

It is part of the £5million ‘golden handcuffs’ deal Carr signed with the broadcaster to keep his chat show on air until the end of 2017.

At the time, a source said: ‘Alan is so popular he will be doing way more than just Chatty Man over the next two years.’

Nothing is known about the new show, but fans have been invited to apply for free tickets to the recording of the pilot episode at the London Studios on May 1, with the promise of ‘an amazing night of fun and laughter’.

Carr previously hosted the gameshow Celebrity Ding Dong, which ran for two series in 2008, where famous people took on members of the public, and in 2014 he hosted the talent show The Singer Takes It All – although neither format took off.

Channel 4 moved Chatty Man to Thursday nights for this series to avoid a clash with Graham Norton on BBC One – but at a cost to ratings; with overnight audiences of around 700,000 – half a million down on the last run.

Chortle

posted 4/18/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Losing It"

  • Would you take weight loss advice from JD Roth? (TV Insider)
     

  • ICYMI: Vin Scully reading a grocery list (CBS Sports)
     

  • Cheryl Burke said that Ian Ziering made her want to slit her wrists... (TMZ).... right before apologizing for making light of suicide (E!)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $@&! UP: busted dealer claims he won his money from "Deal or No Deal" (BBC News)
     

  • Ronnie Corbett: a final farewell (Telegraph)
     

  • It's taking a lot to keep Daryl Somers "back in the room" (News.com.au)
     

  • CBS Daytime launches "Not Safe for Daytime" (Broadway World)
     

  • Holly Willoughby hosts Bradley Walsh vs. Richard Osman (Daily Express)
     

  • Eamonn Holmes on life after double hip replacement (Daily Record)
     

  • "University Challenge": not the show your parents watched, apparently (Daily Telegraph)
     

  • Michael Barrymore calls gimmick infringement on Bradley Walsh (The Sun)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alex Trebek... on his 50th year of game show hosting (MPR News)

posted 4/18/16

Fast Food Competition: Part 2
Food Network Fast-Tracks "Cooks vs. Cons" for Season 2 This Summer
From Variety

Food Network has put its reality-competition series “Cooks vs. Cons” back into production for a second season that will debut this summer.

The Scripps Networks-owned outlet said the series, currently in the midst of a six-episode debut run, has notched double-digit increases in viewers between 25 and 54 and in viewers between 25 and 34.

In the series, home cooks battle with trained professionals, whose true identities are concealed, for a panel of judges. Only after the panel’s decision is revealed do the contestants reveal who they really are. Chef Geoffrey Zakarian hosts the hour-long episodes. Judges have included Kardea Brown, Josh Elkin, Graham Elliot and Daphne Oz. They make decisions based on taste and presentation.

“It’s not as easy as one might think and it absolutely proved to be engaging,” said Didi O’Hearn, senior vice president of programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel, in a prepared statement. “We are thrilled with how the series launched ” The series is produced by Cakehouse Media.

Under the aegis of Kathleen Finch, Scripps Networks’ chief programming, brand and content officer, Food Network has pursued more competition programming, particularly ideas aimed at luring families to the cable network’s 8 p.m. hour. Zakarian, a popular restaurateur, has been featured in such Food Network series as “Chopped” and “Iron Chef.”

Variety

posted 4/15/16

THURSDAY: Rocky Start for "Grit"
ABC Wins on TGIT
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.916 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) staked claim to the top spot on Thursday with a new "Grey's Anatomy" (8.103 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T1), a second "Grey's Anatomy" (7.838 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T1) and "The Catch" (4.808 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8).

CBS (6.341 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then had to settle for second place with a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (8.540 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3) followed by originals from "The Odd Couple" (7.204 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3), "Mom" (7.512 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3), "2 Broke Girls" (6.280 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3) and "Rush Hour" (4.256 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

Next up was NBC (4.592 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its new lineup of "STRONG" (3.240 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), "The Blacklist" (6.561 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7) and "Game of Silence" (3.975 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.395 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up the return of "Bones" (4.357 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and the launch of "American Grit" (2.434 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (2.026 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) and "The 100" (1.130 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) on The CW (1.578 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 1.376 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Syfy): 1.207 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.128 million
- Alone (History/S): 1.096 million
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.069 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 374,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/15/16

More on "Coupled"
Catch It May 17 on Fox
From TV Insider

Fox and Mark Burnett (the über-producer behind reality franchises Survivor, The Voice, The Apprentice) are teaming up to showcase dating in the modern era with the new series Coupled. Terrence J is set to host the new unscripted series.

Coupled brings modern dating techniques to the reality show stage: every contestant is equipped with a cell phone, so texts, videos and photos are part of how the potential romances unfold. (And naturally, the conversations and content won't stay private.)

Additionally, with groups of men and women in the mix, neither gender holds the power over how the relationships evolve.

Intrigued? Fox will air its first promo for Coupled during the American Idol series finale. And in the meantime, check out the exclusive key art (above) for the new reality series.

Coupled premieres Tuesday, May 17 at 9/8c on Fox.

TV Insider
The Futon Critic

posted 4/15/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Big Shots... or Wannabes?"

  • NBC, Fox learn, it's hard out here for a reality show pimp (Deadline)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 9 things you didn't know about "The Chase" (BT)

posted 4/15/16

WEDNESDAY: "STRONG" Is Anything But
Fox, CBS Split Night; NBC's New Entry DOA
From Men's Fitness

FOX (7.234 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday with its original duo of "Rosewood" (4.421 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10) and "Empire" (10.047 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #1).

CBS (8.488 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "Survivor: Kaoh Rong" (8.516 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3), "Criminal Minds" (8.900 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T5) and "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (8.048 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #9).

Next up was ABC (5.758 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and its quintet of "The Middle" (6.840 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T5), "The Goldbergs" (6.200 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4), "Modern Family" (7.410 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), "Black-ish" (5.708 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8) and "Nashville" (4.196 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.205 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up a special "The Voice" (8.819 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T5) followed by the premiere of "STRONG" (3.723 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11) and a second "STRONG" (3.072 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.068 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "Supernatural" (0.931 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) on The CW (0.999 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Face Off (Syfy/SF): 1.023 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 339,000

Men's Fitness
TV Insider
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/14/16

TV One Plays "Dating Games"
Upfront for African-American Network Held
From Mediapost

TV One intends to continue growing its slate of originals in both scripted and non-scripted categories, including its first original scripted drama. The network is also continuing and strengthening its commitment to TV-movie production, vowing to premiere 26 original movies in the 2016-17 season, according to D’Angela Proctor, senior vice president of original programming and production.

No details about TV One’s new drama series were forthcoming, however. In her portion of Thursday morning’s presentation, Proctor indicated that the project has not reached the announcement stage in its development. But she promised that the show-runner would be someone with a track record that would impress. Expect an announcement in the next few weeks.

TV One was able to announce two new reality shows, plus a game show. One of the reality shows is “Sneaker Pawn,” about a 16 year-old African-American entrepreneur in New York who has become a dealer in high-end, collectible sneakers -- a business in which he employs his own father. The other reality show is “Family Bond” about another family business -- a North Carolina bail bonds firm.

TV One’s new game show is called “The Dating Games.” It will have teams of contestants watching video of two people on a date, and then hazarding guesses about the the couple’s status, their relationship and their prospects for more dates. The winning team is the one that makes the most correct guesses.

Mediapost

posted 4/14/16

Keshet, Talpa Deal
Formats Sold Abroad
From Realscreen

Israeli producer-distributor Keshet International has finalized a format deal with Vietnam’s TTN Media Corporation for the youth-focused musical talent show Master Class (pictured).

The weekly talent format features 16 children – aged eight to 14 – performing popular songs to only positive reviews at a music school and its auditorium. The children, who do not face elimination challenges, are mentored by four of the country’s top music artists in a nurturing environment in order to make the most of their potential.

The localized version of the format will air on the HTV3 channel in Vietnam.

Originally created in Israel by Yoav Tzafir, Tmira Yardeni and Zvika Hadar, the format has previously been adapted by TV2 in Hungary, MegaTV Channel in Greece, and China’s Yunnan TV and Beijing Satellite TV.

Armoza’s “Marry Me Now” walks the aisle in two territories

Talpa Media’s game show format Battle of the Sexes has been acquired by Lithuania’s LNK TV. The format, which first aired on RTL4 in the Netherlands, pits four male and female celebrities against one another in a series of challenges and question rounds revolving around perceived differences in how each gender thinks, feels and acts.

The Northern European country is the seventh territory to acquire the gender competition format following acquisitions by China, Germany, Russia, Czech Republic, Ukraine and the Netherlands.

Realscreen

posted 4/14/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Beginning of the End"

  • CBS' finales get dates:

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "American Grit" (Fox) (Time)
     

  • "The Voice UK" has a new problem... where does it go on ITV's schedule (Radio Times)
     

  • Dermot O'Leary may have gotten his "X Factor" job back, but at the cost of... well, dinner (Telly Mix)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: a precision F-bomb during "The Chase" (OK!) PLUS taking a low offer will open you up to being called a wuss (Mirror)
     

  • Tony Barber recalls the time a champion died on set (News.com.au)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with @midnight champ Ron Funches (Leafly) and "Modd Couples" host David Millbern (Outtake)

posted 4/14/16

TUESDAY: This Is ... Weird
NBC Squeaks By CBS for the Win
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.315 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with an expanded two-hour "The Voice" (10.707 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) followed by a new "Game of Silence" (6.531 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2).

CBS (9.306 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then claimed the silver with its repeat lineup of "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.002 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "NCIS" (9.925 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and another "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.994 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

Next up was ABC (2.740 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and second runs of "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.509 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9) and "The Real O'Neals" (2.727 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) followed by originals from "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (3.011 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and "Beyond the Tank" (2.092 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.013 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up its quartet of "New Girl" (2.631 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6), a repeat "Grandfathered" (1.651 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.136 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8) and "The Grinder" (1.634 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

And finally, a new "iZombie" (1.403 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) and the season finale of "iZombie" (1.228 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) on The CW (1.316 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night.

On cable:
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.214 million
- Chopped Champions (Food): 1.086 million
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 759,000
- America's Greatest Makers (TBS): 522,000
- Idiotest (GSN/SP): 397,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 358,000
- Separation Anxiety (TBS): 333,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 330,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/13/16

A Jugar Para Azteca
"La Hora Ganadora", "Ahora Caigo" Lined Up
From Multichannel News

Azteca America, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mexican broadcaster TV Azteca, S.A.B de Cv., one of the two largest producers of Spanish-language content in the world, kicked off the New York leg of its “Game On!” 2016-2017 Upfront tour tonight by announcing a roster of entertaining family game shows, adventure reality programming, thrilling dramas and spectacular sporting events as well as innovative ways to reach consumers through a new advertising production arm. The announcements were made by Azteca America executives Manuel Abud, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Craig Geller, Executive Vice President, Network Sales and Digital. They were joined by popular network talent Verónica del Castillo (co-host of “Al Extremo”), Rafael Mercadante (co-host of “Escape Perfecto”), network sports journalist Inéz Sainz, and the voice of Liga MX on Azteca, Christian Martinoli (co-host of “Primetime Fútbol”), at the Gramercy Hotel.

The network, which ended 2015 as the fastest-growing Spanish-language network in primetime with 41 percent growth among adults 18-49 and 44 percent growth among adults 18-34, is showcasing its new programming and digital offerings to advertisers in four key markets – Los Angeles, Chicago, New York and Dallas – via customized, solutions-based presentations emphasizing Azteca’s reach as a multiplatform, data-driven media company.

“Azteca America enters this upfront season on the heels of delivering its best March ratings in five years across all key demos in primetime,” said Abud. “We have made good on all of last year’s promises and our ‘Game On!’ theme underscores our proven counter-programming strategy, further solidifying our position as an entertainment leader in the U.S.”

This year welcomes the return of the incredibly successful 7PM family hour, La Hora Ganadora (The Winning Hour) with the debut of “Ahora Caigo” (pictured). The 8PM adventure reality block features the new international adventure reality show “Desafío” followed later in the evening at the 10PM hour by the riveting drama series “Rabia.” They join “Al Extremo” and “Primetime Futbol” two of the network’s most successful franchises, to round out a compelling programming slate that appeals to U.S. Hispanic audiences of all ages and programming tastes.

- On the heels of a successful debut year, La Hora Ganadora (The Winning Hour) returns to the 7PM hour, or “win-o’clock” hour, with a 60-minute block of interactive programming for the entire family to enjoy.

- New to La Hora Ganadora, “Ahora Caigo” is a crossword-style game show where a single contestant (the “Hero”) tries to beat 10 other individuals (the “Strangers”) for a chance to win a grand prize. Watch as they try to solve the puzzle and beat the 20 second clock!

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posted 4/13/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Nice To See You"

  • Bruce Forsyth gets his kudos on "The Interviews" (BT)
     

  • John Barrowman to resurrect "Torchwood"... in comics form (Bleeding Cool)
     

  • Nigel Barker reveals he was sexually assaulted as a child (People)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: "Paradise Run" casting on Kauai (The Garden Island)
     

  • "Game ng Bayan" is one month and goodnight (Inquirer.net)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Robin Slonina (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

posted 4/13/16

SYNDIES: Week 29
Results for the Week Ending April 3
From B&C

Syndies were mostly back to regular scheduling in the week ended April 3 with March Madness near its end and news preemptions at a minimum, but weeks of repeats, spring sunshine and daylight saving time kept ratings for most shows down or flat.

In access, nearly all of the game shows improved from the prior week when they faced preemptions and competition from NCAA basketball.

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud and CTD’s Wheel of Fortune tied for the lead at a 6.7, with Feud up 5% for the week and Wheel up 18%. CTD’s Jeopardy! had 15% more buzz at a 6.3 for second place.

Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game improved 8% to a 1.4. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire was unchanged for the week at a 1.3.

B&C
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posted 4/12/16

BuzzerFeed
BuzzFeed to Develop Game Show on Facebook Live
From Variety

BuzzFeed is working on a game show concept for Facebook Live, founder and CEO Jonah Peretti revealed on stage at Facebook’s f8 developer conference in San Francisco on Tuesday. Peretti said during a fireside chat with Facebook’s chief product officer that BuzzFeed is thinking about a number of additional uses for live video streaming, including the possibility to broadcast more content directly from BuzzFeed’s offices around the world.

Peretti said that one option could be to turn live feeds from BuzzFeed’s offices into a kind of worldwide reality show, constantly giving readers a view at what’s going on within the company. This could include live sets from artists visiting BuzzFeed offices, but also company parties and even mishaps like employees getting stuck in elevators. “It can have a really cool effect on the company culture too,” Peretti said.

BuzzFeed pushed the envelope of Facebook Live a few days ago when a live stream of an exploding watermelon attracted an audience of up to 800,000 concurrent live viewers. Peretti said that this was the first time that he had seen live audiences similar to the ones tuning into TV shows for online content since he he began working in media.

Variety

posted 4/12/16

MONDAY: New Week, Same Result
ABC, CBS Split The Week Opener
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.661 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was still the demo champ on Monday with new episodes of "The Voice" (10.151 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and "Blindspot" (5.683 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4).

ABC (10.420 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then was the number two draw with its duo of "Dancing with the Stars" (12.358 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and "Castle" (6.545 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

Next up was CBS (7.594 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and its trio of "Supergirl" (6.204 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5), "Scorpion" (8.494 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.085 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.574 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up originals from "Gotham" (3.680 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Lucifer" (3.469 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

And finally, new episodes of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (1.318 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.411 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) on The CW (1.364 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cupcake Wars (Food/SP): 796,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 327,000
- RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo): 326,000
- Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul (Logo/P): 183,000
- Gay for Play Game Show Starring RuPaul (Logo/10:30p): 137,000

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posted 4/12/16

WEEKEND: Big Eyes
Mainstays Help CBS Win
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.062 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) was the most-watched network on Friday with its mainstays "The Amazing Race" (5.595 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.471 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "Blue Bloods" (10.121 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1).

Sharing the demo crown was ABC (5.293 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) with originals from "Last Man Standing" (6.360 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Dr. Ken" (4.706 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Shark Tank" (5.342 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) and "20/20" (5.005 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

Next up was NBC (4.060 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with a repeat "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (3.232 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) alongside new episodes of "Grimm" (4.494 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "Dateline NBC" (4.455 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.812 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up the season finale of "Sleepy Hollow" (2.913 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and a new "Hell's Kitchen" (2.711 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10).

And finally, fresh installments of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.170 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "The Originals" (1.138 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) on The CW (1.154 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Celebrity Name Game (Pop/R): 133,000
- Binge Thinking (MTV2): 106,000

On Sunday...
- Spring Baking Championship (Food/SP): 1.527 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.137 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.096 million

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posted 4/12/16


Blogpreston.org.uk
DAVID GEST: 1953-2016
Former Husband of Liza Minnelli A Star of "Celebrity Big Brother"
From AP/Salt Lake Tribune

David Gest, a music producer, reality TV star and former husband of Liza Minnelli, was found dead Tuesday at a London hotel. He was 62.

Gest's friend Imad Handi confirmed his death, remembering Gest as "a natural star and a genuine celebrity."

"David was truly larger than life. He was not just a huge talent and a dear friend but a showbiz icon," Handi said.

The Metropolitan Police force said officers were called to "reports of an unexplained death of a man in his 60s" at the Four Seasons Hotel in London's Canary Wharf on Tuesday morning.

The force said an autopsy would take place "in due course" to determine the cause of death, but it was not being treated as suspicious.

Born in 1953, Gest was raised in southern California, where he became friends with Michael Jackson and his family. He worked as a music promoter and television producer, and was introduced to Minnelli by Jackson when Gest produced the King of Pop's 30th anniversary tribute concert for television in 2001.

The couple married in 2002, at a celebrity-studded ceremony with Jackson as best man and Elizabeth Taylor as maid of honor.

They separated in a burst of headline-grabbing acrimony in 2003. Gest sued Minnelli for $10 million, alleging that she beat him so badly during alcoholic rages that he suffered permanent injuries. Minnelli struck back with a $2 million suit claiming Gest had stolen money from her.

The pair ended their dispute in 2007 when their lawyers filed court papers saying they had settled their differences and agreed to divorce without fault.

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posted 4/12/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Fantasy Suite"

  • Mike Fleiss is looking for love... or rather, someone to love his Hawaiian villa (Los Angeles Times)
     

  • Howie Mandel checks out "Deal or No Deal" the slot in Foxwoods (Norwich Bulletin)
     

  • Paul Daniels joking to the bitter end (RTE)
     

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Australian policeman sets a new "Hot Seat" record (9News)

posted 4/12/16

A Big Day For Gay-me Shows
"Gay For Play Game Show Starring RuPaul" Premieres Tonight on Logo!
From AV Club

The eighth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race has brought with it a few milestones, including the series’ 100th episode and 100th queen. Drag Race will soon be joined by another RuPaul creation that, while not exactly a spin-off of the show, is still part of the Drag Universe (not to be confused with the Drag U-verse). With the “Snatch Game” now established as one of the most anticipated parts of any Drag Race competition, creator RuPaul is launching the Gay For Play Game Show Starring RuPaul, a half-hour trivia game show that borrows more than just set design from its predecessors.

Gay For Play’s trivia showdown takes place in front of a live studio audience, and not just a rotating lineup of judges led by RuPaul. But the mononymous ringleader still deftly trades quips with the panelists, including Drag Race fixture Michelle Visage (taking the Charles Nelson Reilly seat on the upper right hand side of the panel) and frequent guest judges Carson Kressley and Ross Matthews, as well as viral sensation Todrick Hall. Fans of the Drag Race panel’s dynamic and asides will get a kick out of the Gay For Play interactions, which include plenty of wisecracking from Drag Race season seven runner-up and Miss Congeniality Katya who, if there’s any justice in the world, will get her own spin-off soon enough.

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posted 4/11/16

Kids Play With Fire for Fun and Profit
Food Network Greenlights "Kids BBQ Championship"
From the Futon Critic

Eight of the country's finest young BBQers cook it out in the first-ever battle to find the best kid grill master in the new primetime series Kids BBQ Championship, premiering Monday May 23rd at 8pm ET/PT. During the six-episode season, hosts Camila Alves and Eddie Jackson lead the young chefs through a series of red-hot challenges testing their BBQ skills and creativity on the grill - and only one competitor takes home the grand prize: $20,000 and a feature in Food Network Magazine. With themes ranging from a Hawaiian luau competition to a cowboy campfire challenge, each episode also features some of the biggest names in BBQ as guest judges.

"The competitors may be under the age of thirteen, but their BBQ skills are over the top," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network. "Camila and Eddie are the perfect duo to lead the culinary action in this fun, fiery and family-friendly addition to the primetime lineup."

Kids BBQ Championship competitors are: Josie Burkhardt (Medford, New Jersey; age 11), Sydney Groves (Euharlee, Georgia; age 10), Paris Hale (Johns Creek, Georgia; age 11), Tyler Zager (Weston, Florida; age 11), Carter Hull (Austin, Texas; age 12), Ty Machado (Seguin, Texas; age 13), L.J. Ruth (Tampa, Florida; age 11) and Jacob Scott (Yahoo City, Mississippi; age 12).

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posted 4/11/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "You Better Check Yourself..."

  • Alex Trebek thinks he can play Turd Ferguson (USA Today) plus there's only one Power Player in DC... (Daily Gazette/Washington Post)
     

  • Maks Chmerkovskiy to judge DWTS, or, as the Eagles once sang, "You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave" (ABC News)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: American Grit (Fox, Thursday) PLUS a few good minutes with John Cena (TV Insider)
     

  • Simon Cowell is going to shove Ant & Dec down our American gullets if it's the last thing he does (Mirror)
     

  • Tiffany Bolton, the announcer/sidekick on "Beat the Geeks", has resurfaced as a "Real Housewife" (Bustle)

posted 4/11/16


FremantleMedia North America
THURSDAY: The Final Curtain Call
Idol's Long Day's Journey Into Night Gives Fox the Win
From various sources

 American Idol finished its15th and "farewell" (not "final") season on Thursday (April 7) with a little something for everybody.

There were dozens of performances, from Idol veterans both recognizable and confusing, categorized in ways that made a lot of sense, a little sense and no sense at all.

There were cameos from people both extremely memorable and not the least bit memorable in American Idol lore.

There was a result which must've made collective "America" pleased, but ticked off my Twitter feed and was certainly the wrong choice in my opinion.

And we got a twist. Kinda. Ryan Seacrest finished things up with an initially heartfelt, "And one more time... This is so tough... We say to you from Hollywood... Good night, America..." Then, after a cutaway, Seacrest added (possibly pre-recorded), "For now."

FOX (12.937 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) was the top draw on Thursday with a new "American Idol" (11.738 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.6, #3) followed by the series finale of "American Idol" (14.137 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1).

CBS (7.316 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2) then was the number two network with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (13.240 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #2), the season premiere of "The Odd Couple" (7.816 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6), "Mom" (7.296 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7), "2 Broke Girls" (5.889 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8) and "Rush Hour" (4.827 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

Next up was ABC (6.028 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2) and its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.295 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4), "Scandal" (5.900 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5) and "The Catch" (4.889 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.881 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up repeats of "Little Big Shots" (4.545 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.855 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) bookended around a new "The Blacklist" (6.244 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9).

And finally, The CW (1.645 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the night with originals from "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (2.026 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) and "The 100" (1.265 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15).

On cable...
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 1.342 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.125 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 1.096 million
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 979,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 371,000

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posted 4/8/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "For Now"

  • The BBC looks to the US for its next Saturday night hit (The Guardian)
     

  • Brendon Villegas & Rachel Reilly welcome new baby (Us Magazine)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ray J (All Hip-Hop)

posted 4/8/16


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WEDNESDAY: And Then There Was One
Idol's Long Day's Journey Into Night Gives Fox the Win
From various sources

Although ratings and interest have waned in recent seasons, “American Idol” had been a cultural juggernaut for many years, crowning superstar musicians and bringing in over 30 million viewers at its peak.

After 15 seasons, the Fox singing competition will end its run in a three-part finale, with a retrospective episode Tuesday night and the crowning of a winner on Thursday.

That “American Idol” actually accomplished one of the things it set out to do—find and celebrate new talent—remains an integral part of its legacy. The track record of other U.S. singing competition shows is hit-or-miss: “The Voice” hasn’t been as strong, despite drawing from a deep talent pool, although current pop darlings Fifth Harmony are alums of “The X Factor.” (Internationally, things are much different, as both One Direction and Little Mix are reality music show alums.) Pre-fab pop music, whether formed by a TV show or a label, has always been stigmatized as being somehow less authentic or even fake. Although “American Idol” didn’t completely erase this perception, it did wonders to underscore that it doesn’t matter how or where a musician was discovered, as long as the talent is there.

As a Stereogum post on the show points out, “American Idol” also revolutionized TV, in that it “hybridized two primetime mainstays, the game show and the reality show, creating a genre that has flourished to the point that we now accept it as one of the foundational pillars of primetime programming.” Early in its tenure, this combination also produced big ratings for Fox, a sign that the show’s underlying, addictive conceit—watching regular people possibly be plucked from obscurity and elevated to stardom—had vast mass appeal. It’s easy to see why: “American Idol” first and foremost appealed to the collective, enduring affection people have for fairy tales. The show craftily let viewers learn about the personal lives of the contestants (albeit in a shiny, packaged way), which made for good TV and made them relatable. As a result, people were invested enough to pick up a phone (and, later, text) in support of a favorite singer. No wonder so many contestants developed loyal fanbases who, even to this day, follow and support their own idols.

Although that same Stereogum article criticizes the show because it didn’t change music, “American Idol” reflected tastes more than it refracted them. That often led to unpopular winners and early exits for favorites, of course, as well as accusations of voter racism and criticism when the show was suspected of trying to steer the results by employing ringers. But the ideals held up by “American Idol,” that people have the ability to choose and support favorites, are influential. Sure, things could get dicey in terms of post-show success, but because the initial boost comes from popular support, not beancounters or Svengalis, there’s at least the illusion of power in play. This idea would soon saturate the way we consume media, and it explains why the show became an online phenomenon, with writers and fans dissecting the show’s every move on message boards and blogs. Indeed, it’s important to remember the time period in which “American Idol” started was very different: Napster was kaput, Friendster was the charming online network of choice and MySpace was still several years away from widespread popularity. In other words, the show was pre-everything social and viral—e.g., Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, Vine.

FOX (10.454 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1) was the top draw on Wednesday thanks to the penultimate "American Idol" (9.580 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T2) and a new "Empire" (11.329 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1).

ABC (5.711 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then achieved the silver with its mix of "The Middle" (6.905 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6), "The Goldbergs" (6.138 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5), "Modern Family" (7.413 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T2), "Black-ish" (5.510 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7) and "Nashville" (4.151 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

Next up was CBS (7.761 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with originals from "Survivor: Kaoh Rong" (9.016 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4), "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (7.327 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8) and another "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (6.940 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.916 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up a new "Heartbeat" (3.983 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) alongside repeats of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.850 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Chicago PD" (3.916 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (2.242 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Supernatural" (1.763 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) on The CW (2.003 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Face Off (Syfy/SF): 817,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 347,000

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Salon
Vocativ
Vulture
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posted 4/7/16

Italy Bursts for "Bubble"
Israeli Series Heads to Europe
From C21 Media

Italian production outfit Pesci Combattenti has acquired its first international format, an Israeli gameshow.

The Bubble, developed by Armoza Formats in cooperation with Avri Gilad, isolates contestants for a week before bringing them to the studio and presenting them with the week’s current affairs to decide fact from fiction.

The show has already been adapted in countries including Denmark, Sweden, the Netherlands and on the UK’s BBC, while a 30-episode season is also airing on Croatian pubcaster HRT. No broadcaster has yet been named for the Italian version.

Riccardo Mastropietro, CEO of Pesci Combattenti, said: “Having developed our own original formats in the last years, and as a well-known creative production company in Italy, we are thrilled to be taking this new step forward in bringing this successful format to Italy.

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“We believe that The Bubble will be a perfect fit for the Italian audiences that we know so well, and look forward to adapting it in partnership with Armoza Formats.”

C21 Media

posted 4/7/16

Resell Me The Answer
Asianet Picks Up Season 2 of "Sell Me The Answer"
From Indian Television

On 4 April, the Star Networks Malayalam general entertainment channel Asianet launched the second season of quiz based show Sell Me The Answer . The show airs every Monday to Thursday between 9.00 and 10.00pm. The show tests the knowledge of the contestant more than her or his brain power claims the channel.

Like the previous season, Sell Me The Answer will run through 80 episodes. Participants have been selected through an audition process, a written exam, interview and a phone in.

The show has popular Malayalam actor Mukesh as the celebrity quiz master to conduct the show. Mukesh was also the quiz master for season one. Mukesh is already hosting a comedy show on Asianet titled Badhai Bunglow.

The quiz based show demands that the contestant to utilize both their IQ and EQ. Asianet says that the format of Sell me the Answer on Asianet is unique and different from the previous quiz shows as the show gives opportunity for both the contestants and the traders to win the prize money, with their knowledge as well as confidence. As per the format, there are 10 questions, 10 answers and one can answer these questions with or without the help of traders.

Indian Television

posted 4/7/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "One Man, One Stage"

  • Marc Summers takes the stage... and the slime (Playbill)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Amanda Holden waxes someone's chest (Digital Spy) plus more "Got More Talent" mayhem this weekend (Telly Mix)
     

  • It's a fact of life: the sky is blue, water is wet, bears do their business in the woods, and Twitter has a problem with "The Chase" (Metro)
     

  • Tom Cohen goes from "Cash Cab" to fighting against leaf blowers (DCist)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: the 14 gayest moments in all of game shows (NewNowNext)
     

  • Simon Cowell named in the Panama Papers... In a near-miss (Newsweek)
     

  • Jeff Schroeder & Jordan Lloyd finally get married... and got busy (Entertainment Tonight)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Chasing Destiny (BET) (New York Post)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Chris Hardwick (New York Times)

posted 4/7/16

SYNDIES: Week 28
Results for the Week Ending March 27
From B&C

CBS (11.237 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) pulled into the top spot on Tuesday with new episodes of "NCIS" (15.362 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1), "NCIS: New Orleans" (12.162 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and "Limitless" (6.190 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

NBC (7.185 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was a close second with a "The Voice" (6.707 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6) recap, followed by new episodes of "Chicago Med" (7.145 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) and "Chicago Fire" (7.703 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3).

Next up was FOX (5.144 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with a special edition of "American Idol" (5.917 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5) and a new "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.824 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.917 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up originals from "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.196 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "The Real O'Neals" (3.657 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.869 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "Beyond the Tank" (1.957 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And finally, a repeat of "The Flash" (1.370 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and a new "iZombie" (1.077 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) on The CW (1.223 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped Champions (Food): 1.165 million
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.115 million
- Chasing Destiny (BET/P): 720,000
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 675,000
- Separation Anxiety (TBS): 341,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 334,000

The Futon Critic
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posted 4/6/16


TV Guide
"Room" For Taye Diggs
Fox Names Host for "You're Back in the Room"
From the Futon Critic

Taye Diggs ("The Best Man Holiday") will host YOU'RE BACK IN THE ROOM (working title), the new eight-episode one-hour hypnotic comedy game show. Additionally, award-winning hypnotist Keith Barry, who stars in the original U.K. show, will join as resident hypnotist.

"The second I saw this show I knew I needed to be a part of it. It's the most unique blend of comedy and competition I've seen in years," said Diggs. "I'm also quite excited as this is a program I can watch and laugh at with my six-year-old son."

Based on the smash-hit U.K. format of the same name, YOU'RE BACK IN THE ROOM (wt) features physical comedy and unpredictable situations, as contestants work together in teams and are challenged to complete a variety of simple, everyday tasks, from frosting a cake to blowing up balloons... after being hypnotized. With big money at stake, these contestants need to work together as a team, but their entranced state causes hysterical hurdles that unwittingly sabotage their progress.

The series will begin production in July.

Taye Diggs currently stars as "Detective Terry English" in the drama series "Murder in the First," currently in its third season. Diggs recently concluded a multi-episode arc on FOX's hit drama series, ROSEWOOD, before ending his run in the title role of Broadway's "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," historically marking the first time an African-American took on the title role. He recently wrapped production on the upcoming feature film "One Shot," opposite Topher Grace. Other TV credits include "Private Practice," "Daybreak," "Will & Grace," "Ally McBeal" and "Kevin Hill." In 2013, Diggs appeared in "The Best Man Holiday," the sequel to the hit feature comedy "The Best Man," in which he also was featured. Additional film credits include "Baggage Claim," "The House on Haunted Hill" and "Go." He also is the author of two children's books.

Keith Barry is the world's leading TV hypnotist, mentalist and brain hacker. He has toured for many years showcasing his skills across the globe and has starred in over 40 international TV shows, his most recent being the U.K. version of "You're Back in the Room." Barry also starred in cable's "Deception with Keith Barry" and the Irish TV Studio series "Brain Hacker." He also has appeared many times on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" and "Conan," among others. Barry has been awarded both the prestigious Merlin Award for "Mentalist of the Year 2009," and "Best Magician in Las Vegas 2009," as voted for by the Las Vegas Review Journal. His TED talk has been in the Top 20 TED Talks since 2008 and it currently has over 10 million views on the TED Talks website and over 30 million views in total. Barry is the Chief Magic and Mentalist Consultant on the upcoming feature film "Now You See Me: The Second Act," slated to premiere in June.

"You're Back In The Room," produced by Tuesday's Child, debuted in the U.K. as the No. 1 new unscripted entertainment series in 2015, ending its first season as a Top 10 series overall. The series is currently airing its second season and the format has been produced in France, The Netherlands and Australia and optioned internationally in multiple territories, including Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Denmark, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Portugal and Spain.

YOU'RE BACK IN THE ROOM (wt) is executive-produced by Tuesday's Child in association with BBC Worldwide Productions. Karen Smith and Joe Sungkur serve as executive producers.

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posted 4/5/16


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Mark Burnett, Steve Harvey Team Up to Take on Small Business
ABC Greenlights 13 Episodes
From the Hollywood Reporter

Two of reality's biggest names are joining forces.

Mark Burnett and Steve Harvey are teaming up for a new business competition series at ABC, it was announced Tuesday.

The untitled series brings together rival entrepreneurs who competitively pitch their ideas head to head in front of a live studio audience. The audience then votes on which entrepreneur will receive funding for his or her idea. Harvey, who will serve as host, will become the “funder of dreams,” as he brings his personal business experience and encouragement.

ABC has ordered 13 episodes of the series to debut later this year. MGM Television will produce and distribute the series. Burnett will exec produce.

This will be Burnett's fourth series on ABC, joining fellow business unscripted series Shark Tank and spinoff Beyond the Tank as well as game show 500 Questions. His many other credits include Survivor and The Voice.

For Harvey, this comes off the success of Little Big Shots, which ranks as the biggest reality broadcast launch in nearly five years. He also hosts Celebrity Family Feud, which was a surprise hit for ABC last summer and was renewed for a second season. Harvey is repped by WME.

“My dream has been to work with Steve, and this is the perfect project for us to do together,” Burnett said in a statement. “He is an amazing talent and has an enormous heart for entrepreneurs, some of whom will get their business jump-started because of him.”

Added Harvey: “I’m thrilled to have another passion project on the ABC schedule. This is just the type of show that gives folks a vehicle to breathe life into their dreams.”

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posted 4/5/16

MONDAY: Talent Showdown
Dancing, Voice Go 1-2 in Both Audiences
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.748 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was the network to beat on a repeat heavy Monday with new episodes of "The Voice" (10.270 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and "Blindspot" (5.704 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5).

ABC (10.016 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the number two draw with its duo of "Dancing with the Stars" (11.586 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and "Castle" (6.878 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6).

Next up was CBS (5.923 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.805 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), another "The Big Bang Theory" (7.135 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3), "Scorpion" (5.419 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.381 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.981 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up second runs of "Gotham" (1.855 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Lucifer" (2.108 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, encores of "iZombie" (0.761 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.471 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (0.616 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cake Wars (Food/SP): 796,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 352,000
- RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo): 327,000

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posted 4/5/16

Italy Goes "Boom"
Discovery Italy Greenlights Their Own Version
From Variety

Discovery Group Italy has licensed hit game show format “Boom!” from Keshet International in a move indicative of its expansionist ambitions in Italy’s generalist TV landscape.

Endemol Shine Italy will produce “Boom!” for Discovery’s recently rebranded and relaunched channel Nove. The format combines mind and body challenges in a high octane show that sees contestants race against a clock displayed on a replica bomb in the middle of the studio. Plan is for “Boom!” to air in a daily access prime-time slot on Nove starting this fall.

Discovery Italy Svp of programming Laura Carafoli called “Boom!” a great opportunity for new soul of channel Nove.

“We want to bring Discovery’s DNA and creativity into Italian general entertainment TV,” she added in a statement.

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posted 4/5/16


Deadline
New Season... New Host... New Fools
Alyson Hannigan to Host Season 3 of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us!"
From Entertainment Weekly

The CW Network has set its summer premiere dates, including a new cycle of PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, with new host Alyson Hannigan, the return of WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?, and Cycle Three of magic series MASTERS OF ILLUSION.

Returning Monday, July 11 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), PENN & TELLER: FOOL US is a one-hour competition series celebrating magic and featuring the legendary duo Penn & Teller. On each episode of PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, aspiring magicians are invited to perform their best trick to try and fool the world-famous team of Penn & Teller. Anyone who succeeds wins the right to perform with Penn & Teller in their celebrated show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The live studio audience and the TV audience watch along with Penn & Teller as they try to figure out the secrets. Penn & Teller see the trick only once and have to immediately try to work it out. The live studio audience knows there are no camera tricks, secret edits or helpful camera cuts. This is all real magic. Hosted by actress Alyson Hannigan ("How I Met Your Mother," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), PENN & TELLER: FOOL US is created and produced by 117 PRODUCTIONS and September Films (part of DCD Media), with executive producers Penn Jillette, Teller, Peter Adam Golden and Andrew Golder.

WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? is back with all new episodes Monday, May 23 (9-9:30pm ET/PT and 9:30-10:00pm ET/PT). Hosted by comedian Aisha Tyler, WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? features cast members Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie, who helped make the original U.S. version of this comedy improv series such a hit. Along with a special guest comedian in each episode, the cast members must put their comedic skills to the test through a series of spontaneous improv games. Prompted only by random ideas supplied by the studio audience and host Aisha Tyler, our four performers must use the little information they have and their wild imaginations to depict different characters and an array of scenes, as well as perform songs. After each round of improvisation, Aisha will dole out points to our four performers and declare a winner at the end of every episode.

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posted 4/5/16

WEEKEND: Amazing Return
CBS Wins with Return of Regular Lineup
From The Futon Critic

CBS (8.162 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was no April Fool on Friday with the post-NCAA return of "The Amazing Race" (5.909 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.320 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and "Blue Bloods" (10.257 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1).

ABC (4.499 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the number two draw with repeats of "Last Man Standing" (4.722 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Dr. Ken" (3.799 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Shark Tank" (4.500 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) plus a new "20/20" (4.737 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

Next up was NBC (3.900 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and a repeat of "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (3.544 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) followed by originals from "Grimm" (4.094 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and "Dateline NBC" (4.062 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.642 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up a new "Sleepy Hollow" (2.627 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and the relocated "Hell's Kitchen" (2.657 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

And finally, the return of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.169 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and "The Originals" (0.958 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) on The CW (1.063 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable Friday:
- Binge Thinking (MTV2/P): 70,000

On cable Sunday:
- All-Star Academy (Food/SF): 1.399 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.031 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 842,000
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 250,000

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posted 4/5/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Return of Deez Nuts"

  • LIST ABUSE: once Bradley comes to, here's a collection of the worst "Weakest Link" answers ever (Mirror)
     

  • Simon Cowell: "Idol" failed not because I left... but because Paula left (New York Daily News)
     

  • Brian Dunkleman is returning to say goodbye, according to... (TMZ)

posted 4/5/16

Rivals III: May 4
MTV Lines Up New Season of "The Challenge"
From The Futon Critic

MTV announced today that the new season of fan favorite "The Challenge: Rivals III," will return with a 90-minute premiere on Wednesday, May 4 at 10:00 PM ET/PT.

Filmed in stunning Hautulco Mexico, "The Challenge: Rivals III" brings 13 teams from "Real World," "Challenge," and "Are You the One," for a return to one of the games' most popular formats. Like every challenge, "Rivals III" requires strength, stamina, and perseverance. For the first time, each pair of bitter rivals are co-ed teams and more than ever, it's going to require mental toughness to succeed. While some rivals are able to overcome their difficulties, other pairs' animosity deepens amidst the intense competition. And this time, with $350,000 at stake, the pressure is even greater. TJ Lavin returns as the host for a season full of some of the series' craziest hook-ups, fights and the most jaw dropping twist in Challenge history.

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posted 4/4/16

tWitch & Allison Go Digital with Ellen
"Kids Dance Challenge" to Launch on EllenTube
From the Hollywood Reporter

Ellen DeGeneres is going digital.

The talk-show host announced on Monday the launch of tWitch & Allison’s Dance Challenge, a new online competition series featuring dancing kids.

Hosted and judged by choreographer and Ellen DJ Stephen ‘tWitch’ Boss and his wife, Allison Holker, of Dancing With the Stars, the eight-episode digital show will follow six contestants between the ages of 10 and 14, as they perform various dance styles, including contemporary, hip-hop and pop animation. The two professionals will mentor them in teams and offer them the opportunity to work with Emmy-winning choreographer Travis Wall.

tWitch & Allison’s Dance Challenge is the first original digital series created exclusively for DeGeneres' video website, EllenTube, and produced by Ellen Digital Ventures, a partnership created by DeGeneres and the Warner Bros. Television Group. It continues the talk show's tradition of showcasing talented kids on the dance floor, and ultimately one finalist will perform on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in May.

The first episode is online right now.

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posted 4/4/16

Aussies Head Back to "The Room"
Local Version Attracts 1.16M Viewers
From Australia Network News

Nine’s latest installment “You’re Back in the Room” debuted on television to 878,000 viewers across Australia, many of whom actually hated the show. The high metro ratings though do not stop it from being one of the most criticised shows on Aussie TV screens.

“You’re Back in the Room” had a phenomenal Sunday debut, informs Adnews. The show secured 1.16 million metro viewers, putting it in second place behind “My Kitchen Rules.” Daily Mail reveals that across the 25-54 age group alone it had attracted 878,000 viewers. The show marks the return of Daryl Somers of the “Hey Hey It’s Saturday” fame.

However, the legend could not prevent the show from getting bad reviews. Nine reveals that “You’re Back in the Room” is a hilarious game show comprising of four contestants. They have to finish a couple of tasks to win a pot of cash but there is the catch. The challenge is not a straight forward one. The contestants will be hypnotized by world-renowned Keith Barry and they will have to finish the tasks in this hypnotic state.

The show is an Aussie version of a British television game show by the same title and it also follows the footsteps of its British counterpart in getting mixed reviews. There were very few who thought yesterday’s episode was a funny one but there were many others who were angry that they had to watch the show as against the cricket finals.

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posted 4/4/16

1000 Heartbeats to Play in the Philippines
TV5 to Air Local Adaptation
From Worldscreen

The family game show 1000 Heartbeats has landed in the Philippines following a deal between distributor Bomanbridge Media and TV5 Network.

The local adaptation of the Hungry Bear Productions format is due out on TV5 in July. Viva Communications will produce the 60 hour-long episodes. The show, which first aired on the U.K.’s ITV, sees contestants complete challenges and climb a money ladder before an allotted 1,000 heartbeats run out. Bomanbridge Media serves as an Asian consultant for Sky Vision, the international production and distribution arm of Sky, which represents the format worldwide.

“Bomanbridge is known increasingly for presenting the best formats to Asia from all parts of the world,” said Sonia Fleck, the CEO of Bomanbridge Media. “1000 Heartbeats, created by Hungry Bear Productions, brings heart-pounding excitement to the forefront. This exhilarating format is sure to become addictive for TV5’s audience and we look forward to its success.”

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posted 4/4/16

MGM Sells Coupled
Fox to Air in May
From C21 Media

MGM International Television Distribution is bringing 19 formats to MipFormats and MipTV, including new dating show Coupled.

The expanded format catalogue follows US-based MGM’s acquisition of United Artists Media Group, now under the MGM Television umbrella.

Coupled, from Mark Burnett, debuts on US network Fox in May. The show follows 12 single women looking for love on a Caribbean island where they have to text other participants their conversations.

Other shows on MGM’s slate include Greatest Makers, The Apprentice and Celebrity Apprentice franchises and gameshow Generation Gap.

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posted 4/4/16

Russia in the Hunt
Shine Format Goes to NTV
From C21 Media

A Russian broadcaster has become the latest to pick up Endemol Shine Group’s hit factual format Hunted for a local remake.

NTV Channel has commissioned the show, in which groups of ordinary people go on the run while a team of investigators tries to track them down.

It will be produced by Weit Media, ESG’s production company in Russia, and air during primetime.

The original format was created by Shine TV in the UK, debuting on Channel 4. It has since sold around the world, including to CBS in the US, and is on sale at MipTV in Cannes.

Lisa Perrin, CEO of Creative Networks at ESG, said the show “really represents Endemol Shine Group at its best, with successful new formats quickly adapted by our local production companies for broadcasters around the world to suit their own culture and budgets.”

Yulia Sumacheva, CEO of Weit Media, added: “Hunted is a fascinating and bold social experiment and we have no doubt the audience in Russia will be completely gripped with this authentic real-life thriller.”

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posted 4/4/16

TF1's on Fire
Pilot Rolls on Newen Format
From C21 Media

French commercial broadcaster TF1 has commissioned a pilot of the latest gameshow from Newen, following its purchase of the production group at the turn of the year.

Bibiane Godfroid, who joined the production powerhouse as CEO of content in December, announced the TF1 pilot of On Fire at MipFormats here in Cannes last night. The format has contestants competing for cash but the money they don’t win gets burned in front of them.

A former Canal+, France Télévisions and Fremantlemedia France executive, Godfroid was also M6 programmes director for the past eight years. She joined Newen in the wake of the group’s acquisition by TF1

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posted 4/4/16

Train of Thought to Return to UK
Nippon TV Format Last Broadcast in 2011
From B&C

Nippon Television Network Corporation (Nippon TV) today announced that it has agreed to a renewal of its UK deal for the format Train of Thought, an original family game show. Known by the title Copycats in the UK market, the format makes a comeback since it was last produced in 2011. Nippon TV has previously licensed the format to CBBC, which produced the Copycats series in-house which aired on one of the BBC’s children’s channel, CBBC.

The original game show format Train of Thought, also known as Magical Brain Power, was launched more than 25 years ago and is a proven ratings winner with over 270 episodes produced in Japan. The format has been adapted and aired in many countries, including Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand and Italy. Train of Thought is a format that has been hugely successful for the BBC network, with a total of more than 150 episodes produced in the UK since it first aired in 2009.

Yukiko Kimishima, Divisional President of International Business Development at Nippon TV commented, “We’re thrilled to be working again with the CBBC and delighted to see the show returning to the UK once again.”

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posted 4/4/16

Keshet Trades Up to China
CCTV2 Gets Popular Series Format
From Realscreen

Israeli producer-distributor Keshet International has sent its branded automotive game show Trade Up to Chinese state television channel CCTV-2.

Beijing Tong Chang Tong Ying will helm the localized adaptation of the series, with production to commence in the near future. A scheduled broadcast date has been set for September.

The series, which is originally produced by Keshet Broadcasting, features two families as they compete to answer various trivia questions in an elimination competition. Working together, families select a key that potentially unlocks a brand new car. Winning families can choose to keep the car should the key start the ignition, or trade up to the next car.

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posted 4/4/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Music of the Heart"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTES: ABC in May:

    • Shark Tank season finale: May 20
    • Dancing with the Stars season finale: May 23-24
    • The Bachelorette season premiere May 23 (The Futon Critic)
       
  • Simon Fuller: "Idol" will be back (Hollywood Reporter)
     

  • Billy Eichner signs with UTA (Deadline)
     

  • Kaye Ballard to get a statue (CBS Miami)
     

  • ICYMI: We don't know what's funnier, this "Chase" answer or Brad's reaction to it (OK) plus meet the worst. Team. Ever (Metro)
     

  • Simon Cowell takes shots at "The Voice" (TellyMix)

posted 4/4/16

THURSDAY: And Then There Were Three
The Countdown to the Final "American Idol" Begins
From The Winnipeg Free Press

When American Idol crowns its 15th and final winner this Thursday night, the reaction of many TV-watchers will be something like this:

"Who cares?"

But it’s important to remember that the answer to that question, not that many seasons ago, was "Almost everybody."

For most of its prime-time life, American Idol was the 900-pound gorilla of TV shows, dominating the January-to-May ratings so completely that it was a foregone conclusion Fox would win the overall fall-to-spring ratings race based solely on the audience Idol attracted in the second half of the TV season.

By conventional standards, a TV show is considered a success if it stays on the air for five seasons — long enough to reach the 100-episode mark that makes it marketable and profitable as a second-run syndication offering. American Idol has lasted 15 seasons, and for nine of those, it was the most-watched program on U.S. television.

Not bad for a series that was viewed as a format-import throwaway by the network it basically ended up saving. American Idol’s debut aired on June 11, 2002 (with the soon-to-be-shortened title American Idol: The Search for a Superstar), a clear indication that Fox’s schedule-makers had so little confidence in this reworked version of Britain’s Pop Idol that their first inclination was to burn it off during TV’s off-season summer months.

But within weeks, Idol was a pop-culture sensation, thanks in large part to the caustic contributions of judge Simon Cowell, who had been imported from Pop Idol and quickly established Idol’s identity, while at the same time setting the template for a generation of rude-Brit commentators that would invade popular American TV in the decade that followed.

By the time Kelly Clarkson was crowned the first season’s winner (over runner-up Justin Guarini), Idol had attracted a U.S. audience of nearly 12 million, an impressive feat for a summer fill-in series. Because of its early success, Fox moved Idol’s second-season première up to January 2003, and its audience ballooned to more than 20 million.

Last night, FOX (9.061 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) claimed top honors with the penultimate week of "American Idol" (8.844 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4) and a second hour of "American Idol" (9.278 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3).

CBS (7.464 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then took the number two spot with new episodes of "The Big Bang Theory" (13.966 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1) and "Life in Pieces" (8.071 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #5) followed by the season finale of "Life in Pieces" (6.812 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7), a new "2 Broke Girls" (5.737 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8) and the premiere of "Rush Hour" (5.098 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9).

Next up was ABC (6.437 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.801 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), "Scandal" (6.485 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6) and "The Catch" (5.026 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.672 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up the season finales of "You, Me and the Apocalypse" (2.793 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and "Shades of Blue" (5.357 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) around a repeat of "The Blacklist" (2.868 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14).

And finally, fresh installments of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (2.064 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) and "The 100" (1.279 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) on The CW (1.672 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway All-Stars (Lifetime): 1.423 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.132 million
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.071 million
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 1.045 million
- Redneck Island (CMT/SF): 279,000
- Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown (FYI): 127,000

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posted 4/1/16

More on "First Impressions"
Freddie Prinze Jr. to Host for USA May 10
From The Futon Critic

USA Network's unscripted competition series, FIRST IMPRESSIONS, featuring Emmy Award-Winner and "SNL" Alum Dana Carvey, has locked in Freddie Prinze Jr. ("Star Wars Rebels") to host the weekly half-hour battle. The series is set to premiere on Tuesday, May 10 at 10:30/9:30 c. In addition to Carvey and Prinze Jr., FIRST IMPRESSIONS will also welcome an all-star celebrity line-up to cheer-on the contestants; Steve Carell ("The Big Short"), Jay Leno ("The Tonight Show"), Kevin Nealon ("SNL"), Yvette Nicole Brown ("Community"), Tom Arnold ("Sons of Anarchy"), Jon Lovitz ("Saturday Night Live") and Kate Flannery ("Inside Out") will coach the aspiring impressionists through a variety of challenges, helping them to hone their skills.

"FIRST IMPRESSIONS gives up-and-coming impressionists a unique opportunity to share their skills with the master," said Prinze Jr., "I've always been a huge fan of Dana and watching him in action, working with our talented competitors, is incredible."

Carvey is the "expert-in-residence" in this comedic series that pits America's best amateur impressionists against each other in a battle of celebrity impression. Each week the studio audience will crown a winner. From Renegade 83 and Gaspin Media, Carvey, Jeff Gaspin, David Garfinkle and Jay Renfroe will executive produce.

Prinze Jr., is best known for starring in movies such as "She's All That," "I Know What You Did Last Summer," the "Scooby-Doo" franchise and "Summer Catch." Additionally, he is the voice of several characters on animated series and video games including "Robot Chicken" and "Star Wars Rebels." Prinze Jr. was also a part of the cast of the hit series "24" for its final season. This summer, he is exploring another one of his passions with the release of his first cook book, Back to the Kitchen, out June 7, 2016. The book is filled with recipes that pay homage to his New Mexican Roots, his Puerto Rican heritage and his travels as an actor. Prinze Jr. is represented by The Gersh Agency, Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Morris Yorn Barnes Levine.

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posted 4/1/16

NBC Slots "Spartan"
Catch The Preview After "ANW" June 13
From The Futon Critic

NBC has set Monday, June 13 (10-11 p.m.) as the preview of the highly anticipated new alternative competition series "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge."

Following previews on June 13 and June 20 with "American Ninja Warrior" as its lead-in, "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" will shift to its regular 9 p.m. timeslot on Thursday, June 23.

Inspired by Spartan Race - the creators of the world's most demanding obstacle course races - "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" raises the bar on team competitions. Groups of friends, families, co-workers and more must work together as they race across specially designed Spartan courses engineered to test their determination, endurance and will. Teams of five will compete on one the most demanding courses ever devised and will have to push through the pain to win $250,000.

"Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" is executive produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions' founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed ("Hell's Kitchen," "Unsung," "Ellen's Design Challenge"), along with Anthony Storm ("American Ninja Warrior").

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TV Line

posted 4/1/16


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RONNIE CORBETT: 1931-2016
One of "The Two Ronnies" Hosted "Small Talk"
From Variety

Scottish comedian Ronnie Corbett, best known as one-half of British comedy television staple “The Two Ronnies,” died on Thursday at age 85.

“Ronnie Corbett CBE, one of the nation’s best-loved entertainers, passed away this morning, surrounded by his loving family,” his publicist said in a statement to the BBC.

His partner on “Two Ronnies,” which aired for 16 years, was Ronnie Barker, who died in 2005. They were two of the U.K.’s most beloved comedians. Their signature sign-off, “Now it’s goodnight from me,” “and it’s goodnight from him” became known to a wide audience even after their show ended in 1987.

Many comedians took to Twitter to remember the late comedy star. British actor John Cleese, who worked with Corbett on “The Frost Report” in the 1960s, tweeted, “He had the best timing I’ve ever watched. He was a great, kind mentor and a wonderfully witty companion.”

“House” alum and star of the “The Night Manager” Hugh Laurie also expressed his sadness over Corbett, describing him as “a beautiful, brilliant man.”

English comedian Miranda Hart wrote, “Having a little weep at the death of one of my heroes Ronnie Corbett. As he would say, ‘Miranda, you can’t look up to me.’ Goodbye from me.”

“Monty Python” comedian Michael Palin told the BBC that Corbett had “a great sense of silliness.”

“He could do the serious stuff as well, but there was a lovely sort of mischief, his eyes twinkled,” Palin said. “He was absolutely delightful to play with and against, and do material with and, also, just a good friend, too.

“Thanks for all the laughs, mate,” Russell Crowe tweeted, quoting his catchphrase.

Corbett was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He knew he wanted to be an actor at an early age, so he moved to London to forge an acting career after he finished his obligatory time in the National Service.

He performed in cabarets, onstage and films, including “Rockets Galore,” before he landed on David Frost’s “The Frost Report,” which made him a household name. One famous sketch from the show, which included Corbett, Barker and Cleese, was about British social classes, using the different heights of the three comedians to represent the lower, middle and upper class.

In 1971, Barker and Corbett teamed up for the successful BBC sketch comedy show “Two Ronnies.” The difference in their sizes difference lent itself to many comedic acts that included spoofs and musical numbers. At one point, the show had 17 million viewers.

After the show’s end, Corbett starred in the British sitcom “Sorry!” in the ’80s and hosted a game show called “Small Talk” in the ’90s.

In 2005, he reunited with Barker for “The Two Ronnies Sketchbook,” although Barker died later that year. He influenced many comedians, including Ricky Gervais, who tweeted, “It was an absolute honor and joy to have known him.”

Former British prime minister John Prescott tweeted a mash-up photo that referenced one of Corbett’s most popular sketches on “Two Ronnies,” where as a shopkeeper he hands Barker’s character four candles instead of what he had asked for — “fork handles.”

Tonight’s edition of BBC’s “The One Show” will pay tribute to the late Corbett.

Corbett is survived by his wife and two daughters.

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posted 3/31/16

Science Looking for New "Mythbusters".... CONFIRMED
Reality Competition Greenlit to Search for New Hosts
From The Hollywood Reporter

Science Channel is reviving MythBusters.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively that the Discovery-owned cable network has greenlighted a reality competition series titled Search for the Next MythBusters, which comes on the heels of the series finale for the original show in early March. MythBusters, which ran for 14 seasons, featured Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman using science to put various myths and rumors to the test.

Search will focus on finding an "all-new generation of myth-busting science superstars with mind-blowing build skills and nerves of steel." It will involve both social media and stunts as it tests a cast of hopefuls on their skills as they compete in various challenges.

"When I got to the network, and we clearly identified MythBusters as a franchise and something that was important to Science Channel and Discovery, and it was such a beloved show, I didn't want to let it go," says Marc Etkind, who became general manager of Science Channel in September after serving in the same role at sibling network Destination America. "So we looked really closely at what would be the best way to keep it going and invigorate it and thought, 'Let's host a worldwide search for the next MythBusters.'"

To that end, Science Channel is inviting viewers to submit videos. Ideal candidates are "people who have building skills and are naturally inquisitive," Etkind says. "People who don't mind getting embarrassed a little bit, who ask lots of questions and have the skills and knowledge to put those to the test." (Science Channel's website has further details.)

The competition will start with 15 participants who look to solve challenges that include classic myths from the show as well as new myths. Hopefuls will be eliminated on each episode by a panel of judges — consisting of those who have been involved with MythBusters at some point over the years — until the final picks are made. Etkind says it could be one person or several people, depending on what happens.

Asked if the next incarnation of MythBusters will have the same format or be something entirely new, Etkind says that remains to be seen. "We'll see who emerges victorious and from those folks determine what the best format is," he explains. "It's a long-running goal for Science Channel to have MythBusters on the air."

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posted 3/31/16

Don't Call It a "Comeback"... New Season of "Food Network Star" Comes with a Twist
Catch It May 22!
From The Futon Critic

Food Network's competition series Food Network Star returns for a twelfth season on Sunday, May 22nd at 9pm ET/PT, with culinary icons Giada De Laurentiis and Bobby Flay looking to discover the next promising food television star. Thirteen talented culinary hopefuls are put through the ringer this season, battling it out in challenges that not only test their kitchen skills but also their on-camera chops, to find out who has the talent and charisma to follow in Giada and Bobby's footsteps and win the ultimate prize: their own Food Network show. New this year, Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen, co-hosted by Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence, premieres on Sunday, May 8th at 8pm ET/PT, with seven former Food Network Star finalists returning to compete over three episodes for a coveted spot as the thirteenth finalist within season twelve's premiere. Web-series Star Salvation, hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli and last season's Food Network Star winner Eddie Jackson, returns again to give one eliminated finalist the opportunity to rejoin the competition during the season. The Food Network Star season twelve winner will be crowned on Sunday, July 31st at 9pm ET/PT.

Starting May 8th on Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen, seven unforgettable former finalists enter the Star kitchen for another shot at stardom. When co-hosts Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence introduce the first challenge, the competitors are forced to face their pasts by attempting to redeem the dish that was the downfall in their respective season. The alumni must then shoot a one minute "Where Are They Now?" video, updating viewers on what they've been up to and how they've improved since their Food Network Star appearance. Through three episodes, Valerie and Tyler determine who has earned a spot on the new season of Food Network Star.

In the May 22nd season premiere of Food Network Star, the finalists must shoot a 30-second screen test to give viewers a quick culinary preview of what they are all about. The videos debut during a VIP event at a luxury theater in Los Angeles in front of an audience; but when Bobby and Giada surprise the finalists with news that the Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen winner will also join the competition, how will they handle this twist? Comeback Kitchen hosts Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence help Giada and Bobby decide who will be the first to be sent home. During the season the finalists encounter challenges that not only test their culinary skills, but also their on-camera presence, from trying their hand at delivering food reports for Entertainment Tonight co-hosts Nancy O'Dell and Kevin Frazier, to shooting a promo for their own show, the finalists are challenged to not only create great food but great TV.

"Viewers will be inspired watching these competitors pull out all the stops as they follow their dreams of becoming a Food Network Star," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel. "With Bobby and Giada leading the action, joined by an amazing group of world-class guest judges, the suspense of the season will be rivaled only by the big personalities and talent these finalists display."

The Futon Critic

posted 3/31/16

WEDNESDAY: "Empire" Holds Court
Fox Splits Night with CBS
From The Futon Critic

FOX (8.686 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1) surged to the top spot on Wednesday with a new "Rosewood" (5.135 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5) and the return of "Empire" (12.239 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.7, #1).

CBS (8.693 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then was the number two demo draw with its mix of "Survivor: Kaoh Rong" (9.426 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), "Criminal Minds" (9.338 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) and "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (7.317 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5).

Next up was NBC (5.845 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with originals from "Heartbeat" (4.810 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.032 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5) and "Chicago PD" (6.693 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.412 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) opted for repeats of "The Middle" (5.441 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9), "The Goldbergs" (4.606 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9), "Modern Family" (4.735 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8) and "Black-ish" (3.943 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11) plus a new "Nashville" (3.873 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12).

And finally, fresh installments of "Arrow" (2.436 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12) and "Supernatural" (1.563 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) on The CW (1.999 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the night.

On cable:
- Face Off (Syfy): 965,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/31/16

"Wheel" House
Discovery Greenlights "The Wheel" Survival Series
From The Futon Critic

Discovery is taking the survivalist genre to the next level with THE WHEEL, the network's newest series from Pilgrim Media Group.

While most survival shows feature just one or two extreme environments, THE WHEEL demands that participants conquer eight distinctly grueling landscapes across the world, each requiring a completely different set of survival skills. With each turn of the Wheel, survivalists must tackle the planet's most unforgiving terrains - including freezing tundra, parched deserts, rugged mountains and steamy jungles - one immediately after another, with little time to prepare what few tools and materials they have.

The participants are completely at the Wheel's mercy, as its every rotation thrusts them into a new harrowing domain without warning. When and how quickly will the Wheel turn? That's for the viewers to know... and for the survivalists to agonize and obsess over.

When a survivalist breaks down and taps out, the Wheel keeps on turning until only one is left standing. But can anyone survive THE WHEEL?

THE WHEEL is produced for Discovery Channel by Pilgrim Media Group. For Pilgrim Media Group, Executive Producers are Craig Piligian and Sam Korkis. For Discovery Channel, Executive Producers are Joseph Boyle and Kyle Wheeler and Coordinating Producer Brian Peterson. To learn more, go to www.discovery.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/discovery and on Twitter @Discovery.

The Futon Critic

posted 3/31/16

Upfront: Food Network
On Deck: Tournaments, "Food Network Star Kids"
From Media Life

Food Network is coming off a solid first quarter in ratings, but it won’t be relying on those same shows for the remainder of the year.

At the Scripps Networks upfront presentation this week the cable network revealed a list of 15 new shows to premiere between April and the end of the year, in addition to a slew of returning series.

Below are some of Food Network’s programming highlights for the coming year.

– “Celebrity Food Fight” (May): Half dinner party, half food competition, featuring celebrities, chefs and host Andy Richter.

– “Cutthroat Kitchen: Time Warp Tournament” (June): A new version of the series featuring dishes of different decades from the 1950s to the ’90s.

– “Clash of the Grandmas” (November): Reality competition featuring four contestants a la “Chopped,” only this show features grandmothers.

Other new series this year include: three new editions of “Guy’s Grocery Games,” “Buddy’s Family Vacation,” “Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen,” “Kids BBQ Championship,” “Food Network Star Kids,” a “Cutthroat Kitchen” Halloween tournament, “Copped + Beat Bobby Flay” and “Worst Bakers in America.”

The cable network’s list of new shows is lengthy, but its collection of returning shows is even longer.

Shows returning this year include: “Beat Bobby Flay,” “Chopped,” “Chopped: Champions,” “Cutthroat Kitchen,” “Restaurant: Impossible,” “Chopped Junior,” “Guy’s Grocery Games,” “Spring Baking Championship,” “Food Network Star,” “Cake Wars,” “Chopped: After Hours, “Chopped Grill Masters,” “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” “Camp Cutthroat,” “Chopped Teen Tournament,” “The Great Food Truck Race,” “Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition,” “Halloween Baking Championship,” “Halloween Wars,” “Cake Wars: Christmas,” “Holiday Baking Championship,” “Kids Baking Championship,” “Worst Cooks in America” and “Guys Grocery Games: Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Tournament.”

Whew.

Media Life

posted 3/31/16

MIPTV: Passion
On Offer: "Gay for Play", "Fresh Paint", "Robot Wars"
From Worldscreen

At MIPTV 2016 Passion Distribution is presenting a lineup of new and returning entertainment and lifestyle series.

The competition series Robot Wars, meanwhile, had nine seasons air between 1998 and 2004, and the show has been rebooted with an emphasis on updated robotic technologies. Passion Distribution is selling the 6×1-hour BBC Two version, as well as the format rights for the series.

There is also the new game show Gay for Play, hosted by RuPaul. The trivia game show sees a panel of six celebrities help two contestants answer questions about pop culture in hopes of winning prizes and more than $5,000 in cash. Gay for Play is a World of Wonder production for Logo.

Another highlight on Passion’s slate is Skin Wars: Fresh Paint, also hosted by RuPaul. The show sees three artists leave their comfort zones to compete in body painting for the first time. The company is also offering the third season of the competition series Skin Wars, which sees contestants go head-to-head in body-painting challenges.

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posted 3/31/16

CBS Daytime: The Best Keeps Getting Better
"Deal" Hits a New High
From Soap Opera Network

Citing newly released Nielsen Media Research ratings data, CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” is up during first quarter 2016 over first quarter 2015 in Total Viewers. The daytime drama series averaged 5.38 million viewers during the quarter, which is a gain of 11,000 viewers over the comparable quarter a year ago.

Outside of “Y&R,” both CBS game shows “The Price is Right” and “Let’s Make a Deal,” along with the network’s “The Talk,” continue to show ratings growth.

Broken down into two separate programs, “Deal 1” hit all-time first quarter highs in Total Viewers and matched its best performance in Women 18-49 ratings. The program averaged 3.34 million viewers (+2% over last year) and a 0.7/5 in Women 18-49 (+17%). “Deal 2” averaged 3.85 million viewers (+1% over last year) and a 0.8/6 in Women 18-49 (+14%).

Also broken into two separate programs, “Price 1” averaged 5.37 million viewers during first quarter 2016 (+5% over first quarter 2015) and “Price 2” averaged 6.16 million viewers (+4%).

Soap Opera Network

posted 3/31/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Music of the Heart"

  • "American Idol" supports music programs in our schools (The Futon Critic)
     

  • ... meanwhile: the Idol tour of finalists? Yeah, that's canceled (Hollywood Reporter)
     

  • ICYMI: Mastermind came down to triple overtime (Metro)
     

  • Paul Daniels laid to rest (A-List)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Vernon Kay (TellyMix) and Johnny Vegas (TellyMix)

posted 3/31/16


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