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Sony TV on the Block?
Reports: Company Looks to Spin Off TV/Film Unit
From Nasdaq

As Michael Lynton, the former head of Sony Entertainment, heads for greener pastures at Snap Inc., speculation has been bandied about what might happen to the fate of Sony's entertainment arm, especially Sony Pictures. While some have speculated CBS might be a natural buyer, perhaps the most obvious one of all isn't an old-world media conglomerate, but rather a new one -- YouTube.

The Google-owned video-sharing website and not CBS, Paramount, Fox or any other major conglomerate would make the most sense for Sony Pictures, should the Japanese-based conglomerate want to offload the unit.

Unlike the aforementioned companies, YouTube (via its parent company, Alphabet), has the balance sheet to do such a deal. At the end of the third-quarter, Alphabet had more than $83 billion in cash and cash equivalents, plenty enough to swallow a deal for Sony Pictures, which could go for as much as $20 or $30 billion, depending upon the math.

The Hollywood Reporter has mentioned CBS (as have others) as a potential buyer of Sony Pictures -- owner of the Merv Griffin, Barry-Enright, Stewart & Barris catalogues and majority owner of GSN -- it makes sense. Les Moonves has long wanted to own a movie studio and it's the only major U.S.-based media conglomerate without a significant movie studio (CBS Films is small in comparison to Warner Bros., Universal, 20th Century Fox, Walt Disney [DIS] and Paramount).

Nasdaq
Fortune

posted 1/23/17

Susan Calman Hosts Like a "Boss"
New Series to Premiere on BBC One
From Chortle

Susan Calman is to host a daytime quiz for BBC One, Chortle can reveal.

The Boss requires contestants to cooperate with and betray each other in knockout rounds of strategy and general knowledge.

Twenty 45-minute episodes have been ordered, and auditions are beginning for recordings at the BBC's studios at MediaCity in Salford. The comic has also postponed tour dates in Keswick, Leicester, Durham and Hove next month.

In each episode, one contestant becomes The Boss and must decide which of the other five is best suited to answer a mixture of questions, identifying each’s strengths and weaknesses.

To win the cash prize, The Boss must remain in power. At the end of every round, the other contestants can choose to challenge them in a head-to-head battle that will see one eliminated.

Dan McGolpin, the BBC’s Controller of Daytime, said: ‘It’s great news that Susan Calman is joining our line-up. She will bring her natural wit and charm to new quiz The Boss where she will put aspiring leaders through their paces and pull them up on any shortcomings.’

Calman previously hosted The Lie, a quiz on STV in 2014, and currently asks the questions on kid's show Top Class, which pits teams from UK primary schools against each other. It returns for a second series on CBBC on Wednesday.

Chortle
ATV Today

posted 1/23/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Saturday Night BLANK"

  • Alec Baldwin will play Trump... and others in his record 17th round of hosting SNL February 11 (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Gavin Rossdale says divorce from Gwen Stefani was "completely opposite to what I wanted" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Bob Eubanks to bring "Hollywood's Greatest Game Shows" to The Villages January 29 (Villages News)
     

  • So why did Mark Labbett storm off the "Chase" set that one time? "It's what I do" (The Daily Express)
     

  • Did Lara Spencer help a "Flea Market Flip" team cheat? (Fresno Bee)

posted 1/23/17


GSN
THURSDAY: Divided, It Falls
GSN Original Series Debuts
From Broadway World

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today it will pair the debut of its new original game show series, DIVIDED, with the season four premiere of returning favorite, IDIOTEST, beginning Thursday, January 19. The network will air back-to-back episodes of DIVIDED at 9 and 9:30pm, followed by two new episodes of IDIOTEST at 10 and 10:30pm.

Hosted by Emmy(R) Award winning executive producer Mike Richards ("The Price is Right," "Let's Make A Deal"), DIVIDED serves as part game show, part social experiment, asking whether a team of complete strangers can agree on the same answer in order to collectively win prize money. Each half-hour episode of DIVIDED features four contestants who must come to a consensus on the answers to each of the questions they are given, while a ticking clock reduces their potential bounty for every moment they spend debating. With more money available to win in each successive round, the intensity escalates - from collectively voting a teammate off, to the final twist, when the remaining prize money is divided into three drastically unequal parts and the contestants must agree on who should receive which share - or risk losing everything if the clock runs out. The more the players argue, disagree or dig in their heels, the less money becomes available to them.

"DIVIDED is the first game show of its kind, fusing together the exuberance of game shows with the cutthroat drama of reality TV," says Amy Introcaso-Davis, GSN's EVP Programming and Development. "Audiences will be shocked by the different group dynamics that happen when people are faced with opposing personalities, little time, high stress and so much money at stake."

IDIOTEST, hosted by comedian Ben Gleib ("Chelsea Lately," "Ben Gleib: Neurotic Gangster") and based on the highly popular app game, pits two pairs of contestants against each other in several rounds of visual brain teasers that look deceptively simple, but whose answers actually require a sharp eye, quick mind and heightened sense of logic. Every question involves a fun, colorful and often whimsical scene that tests observation and attention to detail. Contestants play the game on giant touch screens, trying to win money...or at least not look stupid. If they fail at both, Gleib is always ready with his irreverent wit and hilarious observational humor.

The new season of IDIOTEST will again feature a number of special episodes, including Hipsters vs. Fashionistas, TEACHERS vs. Students and Good Girls vs. Bad Boys, plus "rivalry" shows like Ohio State vs. Michigan and USC vs. UCLA, to special all-kids versions of the show. Celebrity comedians participating this season also include Amir K, Jo Koy, Sidney Castillo, Zainab Johnson, Brad Williams, Adam Ray, Ian Bagg, Lachlan Patterson and more.

The results for these and everything else on cable...
- Alone (History): 1.748m
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.526k
- Project Runway Junior (Lifetime): 1.102m
- Top Chef (Bravo): 1.007m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.004m
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 902k
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 643k
- Caraoke Showdown (Spike): 507k
- Divided (GSN/9:30p): 451k
- Divided (P/GSN/9p): 424k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 421k
- Idiotest (SP/GSN/10p): 411k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 387k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 342k
- That Awkward Game Show (Spike): 288k

On broadcast, CBS (8.198 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with new episodes from "The Big Bang Theory" (15.047 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1), "The Great Indoors" (8.103 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "Mom" (8.513 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "Life in Pieces" (6.910 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) and "Pure Genius" (5.308 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

NBC (5.043 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "The Good Place" (3.965 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), the seaosn finale of "The Good Place" (3.789 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) and new episodes from "Chicago Med" (6.303 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and "The Blacklist" (4.949 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9).

Sharing second place was FOX (3.188 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) with originals from "Hell's Kitchen" (3.911 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) and "My Kitchen Rules" (2.465 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.944 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) opted for repeats of "Grey's Anatomy" (3.977 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) and "Scandal" (2.985 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) plus a special "20/20" (4.871 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.976 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16) and "Supernatural" (0.857 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) closed out the night for The CW (0.916 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Broadway World
Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic

posted 1/20/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "America"

  • Arlene Phillips, who was in a scuttlebutt with the BBC about her age, is in a special about getting older (Gazette Series)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: "The $100,000 Pyramid" looking for players in NYC (Binghamton Homepage)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS: so there's a game show on Amazon Prime that features people taking their clothes off. And someone decided you should know this (Decider)

posted 1/20/17

WEDNESDAY: The People's Choice...
ABC, Fox Split Night with CBS
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.506 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) and FOX (5.125 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) shared in the demo honors as the former served up a special "Fresh Off the Boat" (5.480 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) followed by a new "Speechless" (5.361 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1), a repeat "Modern Family" (4.530 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7) and originals from "Black-ish" (4.620 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) and "Match Game" (3.524 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11).

The latter then offered up fresh installments of "Lethal Weapon" (6.249 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5) and "Star" (4.001 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8).

Next up was CBS (6.395 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) with a new "Undercover Boss" (5.862 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10) alongside "The 43rd Annual People's Choice Awards" (6.661 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.995 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) served up new episodes of "Blindspot" (4.666 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.380 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5) and "Chicago PD" (6.940 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2).

And finally, a repeat "Arrow" (0.870 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and the penultimate "Frequency" (0.783 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) closed out the night on The CW (0.826 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable..
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.529m
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.133m
- Are You The One? (MTV): 523k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 366k
- Are You The One? The Aftermatch (MTV): 247k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/19/17


NBC
TUESDAY: Good News for "The Wall"
New Hit Helps NBC to Win PLUS!!! MORE EPISODES!
From the Futon Critic

NBC has ordered 20 more episodes of its edge-of-your-seat new alternative hit "The Wall," executive produced by NBA superstar LeBron James and Maverick Carter and hosted by Chris Hardwick.

"When we started 'The Wall' we wanted to create something that would get families excited and change peoples' lives. Maverick and I couldn't be more proud of the show's early success and we want to keep building on that," said James. "I want to thank NBC for their partnership, Andrew Glassman for his vision, and all the fans for their support."

"We're thrilled that viewers have become as captivated by 'The Wall' as we are," said Meredith Ahr, President, Universal Television Alternative Studio, NBC Entertainment. "We have been in pursuit of a brand new high-stakes game show for a while and are so happy to have developed it with LeBron James. Every time a player releases a green or red ball, the tension is palpable because each drop can affect the contestants life in the most extraordinary way and that makes for great television."

"A big event, family-friendly game show that can open a night is a wonderful asset joining NBC's powerhouse reality brands such as 'The Voice,' 'America's Got Talent,' 'American Ninja Warrior' and 'Little Big Shots,'" said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. "Chris Hardwick is masterful as he conducts this high-stakes rollercoaster, and the dramatic ride of the contestants ends with a thrilling decision that pays off differently every time and increases viewership significantly across the hour."

Following "Better Late Than Never," "The Wall" marks the second show to launch under the newly formed Universal Television Alternative Studio, which was announced in June.

"The Wall" is also garnering exceptional interest across the globe with top French broadcaster TF1 being the first foreign territory to commission the show and gearing up to produce 40 episodes this spring.

NBC (7.740 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) was the demo king on Tuesday with its trio of "The Wall" (6.646 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3), "This Is Us" (9.531 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) and "Chicago Fire" (7.044 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5).

CBS (11.848 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then took home the silver with its dramas "NCIS" (15.421 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Bull" (10.966 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.157 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8).

Next up was ABC (3.779 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with originals from "The Middle" (6.596 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3), "American Housewife" (5.425 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T6), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.845 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9), "The Real O'Neals" (2.767 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) and "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.020 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.727 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up fresh installments of "New Girl" (2.351 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11), "The Mick" (2.727 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and "Bones" (2.915 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

And finally, a repeat of "The Flash" (1.008 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) and the season finale of "No Tomorrow" (0.604 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16) closed out the night for The CW (0.806 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.476m
- Chopped (Food): 967k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 902k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 397k
- Billy on the Street (truTV): 219k

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Hollywood Reporter
B&C
Deadline
Cleveland.com
Los Angeles Times
Screener
Access Hollywood
Niagara Frontier Publications
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/19/17

SYNDIES: Week 17
Results for Week Ending January 8
From the Futon Critic

Coverage of the star-studded memorial services and funerals for Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher ignited the news magazines in a generally very strong session for access shows in the week ending Jan. 8.

Family Feud edged up 3% to a new series high 7.6 and outperformed the game shows for the 37th consecutive week.

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

GAME SHOWS

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.6* +3%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 7.1* +15%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.7* +12%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.8* +6%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.4 +8%

TV Newscheck
Yahoo!
Broadway World
B&C
Screener

posted 1/19/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Washington Game Night"

  • Jane Lynch to play Janet Reno (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Corinne Olympios: "This isn't a joke anymore." Someone set up a GoFundMe to "free" her nanny (Reality TV World)
     

  • Blake Shelton calls Gwen Stefani a hot date (Reality TV World)
     

  • Jon "Bowzer" Bauman goes to bat against efforts to weaken safety net for seniors (CentralMaine.com)
     

  • Howie Mandel plays Spokane (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! Alexander Armstrong is an answer to a question on his own show (Digital Spy)

posted 1/19/17

MTV Gets "Stranded with a Million Dollars"
Catch It February 21
From the Futon Critic

MTV today announced, "Stranded with a Million Dollars," a thought-provoking new survivalist series, which will force a group of young adventurers to literally answer the question, "How much would you pay to survive?" The 10-episode season of "Stranded with a Million Dollars" premieres Tuesday, February 21 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on MTV.

The series drops 10 adventurers on an island with nothing but the clothes on their backs and $1 million in cash. Those who survive for 40 days filled with gut-wrenching journeys and demanding physical challenges will split the money as their prize. The catch? They can buy all of the survival supplies and creature comforts they desire, but everything is crazy expensive (think $30K for a tent), all decisions to make a purchase require a group majority and the cost comes out of their shared prize money.

The participants are free to leave the island at any point by shooting a flare gun indicating they're ready to throw in the towel and leave their pride and accumulated cash behind. Friends and foes are forced to work together in an intense group dynamic that tests psychological limits, pushes personalities to the brink and leaves everyone wondering who, if anyone, will make it to the end in this genre-busting series that would leave Katniss Everdeen breathless and the Lord of the Flies boys running for the hills.

Adding a modern spin to the survival show construct, "Stranded with a Million Dollars" relies on retrofitted drone cameras and robo-cam technology for principle photography. The unique fly-on-the wall result provides a rarely seen perspective for viewers, while truly adding a layer of isolation for the survivors as they fight brutal conditions... and each other.

"Stranded with a Million Dollars" is produced by Tollbooth TV - Concept By and Executive Produced by Kevin Lee. John Davis served as Executive-in-Charge.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/18/17

Judges Announced for "Roast Battle 2"
Elimination Rounds Begin January 26
From the Futon Critic

Comedy Central and Jeff Ross announced today that Whitney Cummings, Ken Jeong, Anthony Jeselnik, John Mayer, T.J. Miller, Patton Oswalt, Sarah Silverman, Jason Sudeikis and Snoop Dogg will serve as celebrity judges deciding the round-by-round fate of 16 comedian combatants during the four nights of "Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle II: War of the Words." The bracket-style insult-comedy tournament will be filmed in Los Angeles on the Sunset Strip, airing January 26-29 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central. The January 29 finale airs LIVE. Jeselnik and Snoop Dogg will appear on the January 26 episode; Cummings and Jeong, January 27; Mayer and Silverman, January 28; and Miller, Oswalt, and Sudeikis live on January 29.

Comedians doing battle include Zac Amico, Todd Barry, Matthew Broussard, Frank Castillo, Keith Carey, Scott Chaplain, Joe Dosch, Olivia Grace, Alex Hooper, Leah Kayajanian, Jessica Kirson, Jay Light, Kurt Metzger, Yamaneika Saunders, Evan Willams and Anna Valenzuela. Fans can visit RoastBattle.com to track the tournament bracket and watch highlight clips from each night's battles, and can join the social conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #RoastBattle.

First round matchups are:

Kurt Metzger vs Yamaneika Saunders
Todd Barry vs Jessica Kirson
Matthew Broussard vs Zac Amico
Joe Dosch vs Leah Kayajanian
Evan Williams vs Anna Valenzuela
Jay Light vs Frank Castillo
Keith Carey vs Olivia Grace
Scott Chaplain vs Alex Hooper

Inspired by the gritty, competitive proving grounds of the comedy-club circuit, "Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle II: War of the Words" is led by Roastmaster General Jeff Ross and referee/comedian Brian Moses. "Roast Battle" first debuted on Comedy Central last summer with comedian Mike Lawrence taking home the crown.

In a nod to "Roast Battle's" comedy-club roots, a four-city preliminary-competition tour was scheduled to seek out the top battlers across the nation, a selection of which will appear in the main event. The tour locations included Laughing Skull Lounge in Atlanta, Village Underground in New York City, Comedy Works in Denver, Colorado and Comedy Store Belly Room in Los Angeles.

Each of the ticketed live shows was filmed and all are airing weekly in January on Sundays leading up to the main-event premiere of "Roast Battle II." The first of the four preliminary rounds kicked off on Sunday, January 1 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT on Comedy Central.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/18/17

Head of "Eggheads" Cracked
Dermot Murnaghan Quietly Quits
From the Huffington Post

‘Pointless’ has garnered all the headlines this week with its change of roles for hosts Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman, but something equally dramatic appears to have happened on ‘Eggheads’, without anyone noticing.

If you’re wondering what’s happened to host Dermot Murnaghan, you’re not the only one… and now it’s been confirmed that the original presenter has quietly left the show, without any kind of farewell fanfare.

Dermot had fronted the demanding quiz show - inviting wannabe boffins to test their wits against some of the biggest brains in the country - since its inception since 2003, but had been sharing hosting duties with Jeremy Vine since 2008.

The pair have both been in the seat ever since, meaning viewers were slow to spot Dermot’s absence, but keen-eyed fans have noticed he’s been gone for more than a year, and now the Sun confirms his departure is permanent.

Jeremy Vine is now the full-time host of the show.

The newspaper quotes his agent confirming that Dermot has quit the show due to his busy schedule, including his news anchoring duties for Sky News. However, everyone seems happy enough with Jeremy, seen as more of a ‘BBC fit’, with his show on Radio 2, work on ‘Panorama’ and, of course, last year’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’.

Huffington Post
The List

posted 1/18/17

MONDAY: A Big Fan and a Sex Tape
ABC Splits with CBS DESPITE "Big Fan" Fadeout
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.641 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the demo champ for the fourth week in a row behind "The Bachelor" (7.108 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and week two of "Big Fan" (3.181 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10) and another "Big Fan" (2.234 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12).

CBS (7.301 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then snagged the silver with originals from "Kevin Can Wait" (8.640 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Man with a Plan" (7.673 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3), "2 Broke Girls" (6.461 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3), "The Odd Couple" (5.649 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and "Scorpion" (7.693 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

Next up was FOX (3.836 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with the return of "Gotham" (3.685 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and "Lucifer" (3.987 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.019 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) served up a new "The Celebrity Apprentice" (4.299 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5) and the return of "Timeless" (3.458 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

And finally, The CW (1.424 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night with its two-hour special "Howie Mandel All-Star Comedy Gala" (1.424 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.702m
- Cake Wars (Food): 1.145m
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 1.036m
- America's Next Top Model (MTV): 516k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 236k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/18/17

WEEKEND: CBS, ABC Split
"Shark Tank" Continues to Be ABC's Top Demo Draw
From the Futon Critic

CBS (9.200 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) was the top draw on Friday with new episodes from "MacGyver" (7.715 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.544 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "Blue Bloods" (10.340 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1).

ABC (5.893 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) however shared the demo crown with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (7.240 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1), "Dr. Ken" (4.913 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7), "Shark Tank" (5.794 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) and "20/20" (5.807 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Next up was NBC (3.682 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its trio of "Grimm" (4.302 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Emerald City" (3.294 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Dateline NBC" (3.451 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.501 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments from "Rosewood" (2.855 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Sleepy Hollow" (2.147 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

And finally, the return of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.001 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and a new "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.567 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) closed out the night on The CW (0.784 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable Saturday:
- Mythbusters: The Search (Science): 171k

On cable Sunday:
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.471m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 908k
- Roast Battle II (Comedy): 250k
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 227k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/18/17

"Shark Tank", "The Voice" Breakthrough
Reality Skeins Win Awards
From Yahoo!

 ABC’s “Shark Tank,” NBC’s “The Voice” and HBO’s “Hard Knocks” earned the top series prizes at the third annual Reality Breakthrough Awards.

The kudos were handed out Tuesday at a luncheon ceremony held as part of the NATPE conference in Miami. “Fuller House” star Bob Saget hosted at the Fontainebleau Hotel.

True to form, Saget left the off-color jokes fly. He likened the titles of the shows nominated in the unstructured reality category to his first marriage, noting that the relationship started began as “Deadliest Catch” and wound up leaving him “Naked and Afraid.”

“The Voice” earned the award for reality-competition series and “Voice” veteran Blake Shelton won for reality personality. “Voice” producer Mark Burnett also grabbed the win in the structured reality series category for ABC’s “Shark Tank.”

NBC’s “Hollywood Game Night” won the prize for game show.

Steve Harvey, host of his self-titled syndicated talk show and game show “Family Feud,” was recognized for reality host.

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posted 1/18/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Praise the Lord and Pass the Mallet"

  • CASTING COUCH: The Gong Show (Broadway World)
     

  • Kay Crewdson goes from "Finders Keepers" to BBC Radio York (York Mix)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! medical student misses question... on the Chase... against Paul Sinha... who's also a practicing doctor. And then things get weird (Huffington Post)

posted 1/18/17


National Association of Broadcasters
Happy Birthday, Betty!
First Lady of Game Shows Turns 95
From WDRB Louisville

Happy birthday, Betty White!

The actress turns 95 on January 17th. She was born in 1922 in Oak Park, Illinois.

She's best remembered for two iconic television rolls. She started as a devious Sue Ann Nivens on the classic 1970s "Mary Tyler Moore Show." But most remember her best as the ditzy Rose Nylund on the "Golden Girls."

White is the widow of TV game show host Allen Ludden. She still acts and is known for her tireless efforts on behalf of animals.

Her panel appearance run the gamut from "Match Game" to "Password" to appearances on "To Tell the Truth", spanning the original era to the current version with Anthony Anderson.

She was the first female to have won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host in 1983 for "Just Men!"

WDRB Louisville
uInterview
KIAH Houston
WGN-AM Chicago
Hidden Remote
ET Canada
Broadway World

posted 1/17/17

"Dancing": March 20
ABC to Announce Stars at a Later Date
From the Futon Critic

ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" will return for its 24th season on MONDAY, MARCH 20 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST). "Dancing with the Stars," produced by BBC Worldwide Productions, prepares for more glitz, glamour and sequins. With an all-new cast of celebrities ready to take on the competition and hit the ballroom floor, it will be another season full of surprises and unforgettable dances.

"Dancing with the Stars" is the hit reality series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines, which are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts and voted on by viewers.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/17/17

Speaking of the BBC...
"The Great British Baking Show" to Return to PBS
From the Futon Critic

PBS announced today at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour that THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW will return for a fourth season on June 16, 2017, airing Friday nights at 9:00 p.m. ET (check local listings). This upcoming season is the BBC's most recent season, which received the highest-ever viewership for the series. PBS also announced it has committed to a fifth season of the series that has previously aired on the BBC.

THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW follows amateur bakers from diverse backgrounds who tackle culinary trials that increase in difficulty as the competition unfolds. In each episode, challenges come in three categories: a Signature Bake, to test the contestants' creative flair and baking ability; a Technical Bake, in which challengers receive basic recipes with ingredient lists and minimal instruction; and the Showstopper Bake, designed to display depth of skill and talent.

As in past seasons, bakers will be judged by Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, two icons of British baking. With nearly 60 years of cooking experience, Berry established herself as a leading food writer and broadcaster. Over her career, she has published 70 cookbooks that have sold millions of copies around the world. She was also appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) during the Queen's 2012 Birthday Honors. The son of a baker, Paul Hollywood is one of the U.K.'s leading artisan bread makers. Though trained as a sculptor, he was persuaded by his father to join the family business and to combine both his artistic and culinary talents. Hollywood has worked in some of the world's most exclusive hotels, including London's Dorchester. He published the best-selling 100 Great Breads, which to date has been translated into seven languages. Comedy duo Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc are also back as the series hosts who keep the contestants and judges grounded, providing the right balance of humor, support and naughtiness.

"THE GREAT BRITISH BAKING SHOW has emerged as one of PBS' most popular programs, with the third season, debuting last July, ranking as the most-streamed program on PBS this past summer," said Beth Hoppe, PBS Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming. "We're thrilled to continue airing this warm and charming competition for at least two more seasons, and continuing to build its popularity on these shores."

The Futon Critic

posted 1/17/17

So You Think You Can Get Renewed?
Report: Renewal Likely for SYTYCD
From Deadline

Fox is yet to weigh in officially on the fate of summer reality staple So You Think You Can Dance, but things are looking up for the venerable dance competition. “We expect the show to return for a 14th season in the summer,” Fox chairman Gary Newman told Deadline during TCA last week. “We are having lengthy conversations with the producers about it.”

The extensive talks follow mixed reaction to last season’s 13th installment, which was branded SYTYCD: The Next Generation and featured child contestants. The core SYTYCD fan base did not embrace the format change, and now the network and producers are spending a lot of time figuring out Season 14. While talks are still going on, Newman indicated that next season will return to SYTYCD‘s roots and stick closer to its original premise.

SYTYCD would anchor an all-unscripted summer 2017 lineup. “We have no plans for a scripted series to air next summer,” Newman told Deadline. Mystery drama Wayward Pines, which ran the last two summers, may return for a third installment but it won’t be ready for this coming summer, Newman said during the Fox TCA executive panel.

Of Fox’s upcoming summer slate, Newman highlighted new game show Beat Shazam, executive produced by Mark Burnett and hosted by Jamie Foxx, for which the network has high hopes.

Deadline

posted 1/17/17

"Funny" They Should Ask...
Panelists Lined Up for Fall 2017 Syndie Offering
From TV Newscheck

Entertainment Studios Inc. has slotted a premiere week with comedians for its new comedy game show Funny You Should Ask. The series is a firm go for fall 2017 in broadcast strip syndication and cable.

Hosted by Jon Kelley (Extra, The Mole), Funny You Should Ask is a comedy game show featuring a panel of comedians who interact with contestants for cash. In each episode, the stakes increase as the contestants ask the comedians questions.

The comedians appearing in the premiere week episodes include: Howie Mandel, Anthony Anderson, Tom Arnold, Louie Anderson, Sheryl Underwood, Cedric the Entertainer, Jon Lovitz, Sherri Shepherd, Natasha Leggero, Bill Bellamy, Harland Williams, Jackee, Gary Owen, Maria Bamford, Dave Coulier, Pauly Shore, and Caroline Rhea.

In his pitch, Byron Allen is positioning Funny You Should Ask as a much-needed, fresh alternative to the long-running quiz shows and entertainment news magazines that have been staples of prime access for decades. The show uses 12 cameras and is filmed before a studio audience of 300, Allen said.

The show is being produced and distributed by Allen’s company, Entertainment Studios. He is chairman and CEO.

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The Interrobang
TV Newscheck

posted 1/17/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Remember the Dream"

  • VIDEO WALL: Michael Strahan talks NFL, the Playoffs... and his night gig... which he displays in full force (Broadway World)
     

  • Blake Shelton to play People's Choice Awards (Reality TV World)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Amber Rose catch on the kissing cam with Val Chmerkovskiy (Reality TV World)
     

  • Summer Zervos files a suit against the PEOTUS for allegedly grabbing her by the... well, you know (Reality TV World)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: back in the saddle looking for a little affection? Take a shot as a contestant on the Love Connection! (Reality Wanted)
     

  • Syndicated show idea? Good luck getting on the schedule (TV Newscheck)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! Kellie. Pickler. Talk show. (TV Newscheck)

posted 1/17/17


Speakerpedia
Richard Ayoade Named New Maze Master
"Crystal Maze" Heads to Series
From Campaign Live

Channel 4 is bringing back popular 90s game show The Crystal Maze for a full new series hosted by comedian Richard Ayoade.

Producers are already looking for teams of five contestants to take part in the show, in which crystals are earned by completing skill, mystery, physical or mental challenges.

The Crystal Maze, which originally aired from 1990 to 1995, returned to Channel 4 in October last year for a Stand Up to Cancer celebrity special hosted by Stephen Merchant.

The show became a 90s cult hit, partly do to the appeal of Rocky Horror creator and star Richard O’Brien who hosted the show until 1993.

The new series will air this year, hosted by Ayoade, the star of Channel 4 comedies The IT Crowd and Travel Man.

The Crystal Maze will be executive produced by Peter Usher and Neale Simpson for Fizz and has been commissioned by Tom Beck, commissioning editor for entertainment, and head of entertainment Ed Havard.

Beck said: "The Stand Up To Cancer special was so brilliant and so successful that commissioning a series of The Crystal Maze was almost a no-brainer.

"And I couldn’t be more pleased and excited that Richard has agreed to become the new Maze Master – he’s an inspired choice."

The new series of rebooted Channel 4 gameshow The Crystal Maze will be made at The Bottle Yard Studios.

A purpose-built maze covering 30,000 square feet is being created by the original Crystal Maze designer James Dillon in a previously unused area of the Bristol production facility.

RDF Television director of production Jane Wilson said: “I first visited The Bottle Yard years ago and I immediately knew it would be perfect for something and that ‘something’ has turned out to be The Crystal Maze.

“The scale, atmosphere and versatility of the space perfectly compliment the iconic status of the original show.

“The Bottle Yard’s unique features and the actual fabric of the building itself will be incorporated into a fantastic new set. Clearly we were made for each other.”

Applications are now open for teams of five with a sixth on stand-by. Prospective contestants must be 18 years old or over, a permanent legal resident of the UK (to include Isle of Man and the Channel Islands), and be able "to attend studio and willing to release yourself from family and/or work commitments on request. Casting ends March 1.

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Heart Radio
The Independent
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Radio Times
The List
Broadcast
Metro
GazetteLive
C21 Media
ITV
Telly Mix
Radio Times
The List
Broadcast

posted 1/16/17


Endemol Shine/BBC
Pointless at 1000
Xander Armstrong & Richard Osman Change Places for Historic Landmark
From the Guardian

For fans of the BBC tea-time quiz Pointless, today’s episode will look as odd as tuning in to find Jay Stewart hosting "Let's Make a Deal" with Monty Hall announcing.

Since 2009, as the series has been progressively promoted, up to seven million regular viewers have seen Alexander Armstrong stand at a lectern to introduce guests, while Richard Osman sits at a desk, offering glosses on right and wrong answers.

But – to celebrate the 1,000th episode – at 5.15pm, a standing Osman will reveal his legs for the first time, while the seated Armstrong conceals his. Characteristically of a show in which the appeal is the gently teasing banter between the two presenters, no direct mention is made of the job-swap, except for Osman wondering aloud whether they shouldn’t have done something special to mark the occasion.

At first, the reverse image is as disconcerting as seeing a ventriloquist’s dummy with its hand up the bum of a human operator. And, touchingly, despite having watched the other man do the reverse job 999 times, each requires occasional prompting over what comes next.

It’s appropriate that for the candle-blowing show, Pointless should offer a counter-intuitive image, as its format depends on flipping the logic that rules most quiz shows. Competitors must try and score as few points as possible by predicting the answer that the smallest number among 100 members of the public will give to a particular question.

Tonight’s rounds, fittingly, are all anniversary-themed. So, in one relating to the use of the word “thousand” in popular culture, contestants – all significant former winners – have to gamble whether fewer people will be familiar with a classic modern American novel than with a popular salad dressing, although, in order to make the bet, they would need to know the name of the book.

Armstrong and Osman have stressed, though, that their adoption of a new position in the Kama Sutra of TV quiz-show hosting will be a one-off. That seems sensible – because much of the pleasure of Pointless is in its repetition, with the co-hosts saying much the same things at much the same time every day.

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Radio Times
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Radio Times

posted 1/16/17

More on "Talk Show: The Game Show"
Catch It on truTV April 5
From the Futon Critic

New mashup comedy series Talk Show the Game Show from creator and host Guy Branum premieres Wednesday, April 5, at 10pm ET/PT. Celebrity guests in season one will include Chelsea Handler, Maria Bamford, John Sally and Wanda Sykes.

truTV announced today a series of premiere dates and new projects in development during its Television Critics Association Press Tour Panel. The news further bolsters the Turner-owned network's diverse slate of creator-driven programming that has evolved it into a premium comedic destination with significant ratings growth.

Comedian Guy Branum (The Mindy Project, Chelsea Lately) brings his distinct point of view to truTV with Talk Show the Game Show which premieres Wednesday, April 5, at 10pm ET/PT. Based on Branum's popular live comedy show, the 16-episode, half-hour series is a hilarious mashup of two beloved television formats that pits celebrities against each other for the title of "Best Guest of the Night." Each week, celebrity guests become contestants as they compete in various talk show-inspired challenges and are judged and awarded points for their performances. Those who will brave the scrutiny of the comedic panel of judges roasting them along the way - including Emmy(R)-winning writer Karen Kilgariff - are Chelsea Handler, Maria Bamford, John Sally and Wanda Sykes. The series begins production in Los Angeles in January and is produced by Push It Productions, with Wanda Sykes, Page Hurwitz and Branum serving as executive producers.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/16/17

A Question of Who's Coming and Going...
Reports: Sue Barker to Exit "A Question of Sport"
From the Telegraph

For twenty years Sue Barker has overseen proceedings on A Question of Sport, keeping unruly sportsmen in check with a raised eyebrow and a school-mistress glare.

But as the show approaches its 50th anniversary, the 60-year-old is said to be on the brink of exiting the host’s chair, as part of an overhaul that the BBC says will offer viewers “a fresh and new perspective”.

The corporation is understood to be in the final stages of awarding the contract for the historic quiz show to an independent production company, under an agreement with ministers to put the majority of its programs out to tender.

A tender document circulated to prospective bidders late last year said the broadcaster was looking to “refresh” A Question of Sport, bringing more ethnic minority, disabled, and LGBT performers to its line-up.

Barker currently features alongside established stars Matt Dawson, the former England scrum half, and spin bowler Phil Tufnell, but the document states: “Quiz shows such as these provide an opportunity to bring on newer faces as part of a wider talent strategy.”

It is not clear whether Dawson and Tufnell will also leave the show, but one source close the presenting team said: “We have been told that no one is safe.”

The Telegraph

posted 1/16/17


Games Gone By: Strike It Rich
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Remember when we all thought we were all going to live large? Yeah, how'd the 80s turn out for ya? Well, at least SOME couples got a taste of the high life when they played "Strike It Rich", the latest installment of Chris Wolvie's "Games Gone By..."

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 1/16/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Remember the Dream"

  • Mario Lopez's house in tatters after getting battered by storms (Reality TV World)
     

  • Jackie Evancho's trans sister supports her inauguration performance, but won't be there due to other commitments (Reality TV World)
     

  • Chase McNary was almost "The Bachelor". He even signed the contract. But he was apparently no Nick Viall (Us Magazine)
     

  • Steve Harvey got roasted online for visiting the PEOTUS. The wifey is standing by her man, though (BET)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 12 of the best University Challengers of all time (Metro)
     

  • Buzztime gets buzzed by Zacks Investment Research (Sports Perspectives)
     

  • Michael Larson's story is told on stage in Minneapolis (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)
     

  • Is Tom Hanks gunning for Peter Sagal's "Wait Wait!" slot? (AV Club)

posted 1/16/17


Fandom/Wikia
DICK GAUTIER: 1931-2017
Comedian/Actor Appeared on 70s, 80s Games
From Los Angeles Times

To some, he was the voice of Rodimus Prime on the mid-1980s animated TV show “The Transformers,” or Serpentor on the animated “G.I. Joe.” But for baby boomers, Dick Gautier was best known for his deadpan performance as Hymie the robot in the ’60s spy spoof “Get Smart.”

The actor died Friday, according to a Facebook post by Tess Hightower, his third wife. Gautier’s daughter Denise told the Hollywood Reporter that he passed away at an assisted living facility in Arcadia after a long illness. He was 85.

Gautier earned a Tony nomination for his performance as Conrad Birdie, an Elvis Presley-esque singer, in the original Broadway production of “Bye, Bye Birdie,” which also starred Dick Van Dyke.

Gautier began his show business career as a comedian and was spotted performing at a New York club by renowned dancer-choreographer Gower Champion, who urged him to audition for “Bye, Bye Birdie.”

Though he made only six appearances on “Get Smart,” his character, Hymie, a robot with superhuman strength and intelligence but a tendency to interpret commands in an overly literal fashion, became a fan favorite. He reprised the role in the 1989 made-for-TV movie “Get Smart, Again!”

Gautier also starred as Robin Hood in the Mel Brooks series "When Things Were Rotten" and on multiple episodes of the anthology comedy series "Love, American Style."

He was a fixture on the talk- and game-show circuit of the 1970s, appearing on “Password,” “Tattletales,” “Match Game,” “Dinah!” and “Hollywood Squares,” among others.

Gautier also published several books about caricature drawing, and a children’s book called “A Child’s Garden of Weirdness.”

Gautier became popular to a younger generation through his voiceover work. In addition to “G.I. Joe,” and “Transformers,” he voiced dozens of animated characters on “Duck Tales,” “Cow and Chicken” and many more. He also continued his guest star work through 2010 on dozens of television shows, including “Nip/Tuck,” “Matlock,” and “Knight Rider.”

He is survived by Hightower and his three children.

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posted 1/14/17


BBC
WILLIAM PETER BLATTY: 1927-2017
"The Exorcist" Author Appeared on "You Bet Your Life"
From AOL

William Peter Blatty, the novelist and Oscar-winning screenwriter most famous for landmark horror film "The Exorcist" as well as the director of two films, "The Ninth Configuration" and "The Exorcist III," has died. He was 89.

"Exorcist" director William Friedkin announced the news on Twitter Friday morning: "William Peter Blatty, dear friend and brother who created The Exorcist passed away yesterday," Friedkin wrote.

Blatty's 1970 novel "The Exorcist" remained on the New York Times bestseller list for 57 weeks, and he subsequently adapted it for the 1973 bigscreen version directed by William Friedkin. That film was not only an enormous box office success, playing in theaters for months, but was Oscar nominated for best picture (becoming the first horror film ever so nominated) and won for Blatty's adapted screenplay.

The film won several polls for scariest horror movie ever, and the Library of Congress designated "The Exorcist" for preservation as part of the National Film Registry in 2010.

Blatty's novel "Legion," a sequel to "The Exorcist," was published in 1983, and he adapted the book into the film "The Exorcist III," which he also directed and produced. "Exorcist III" drew fairly positive reviews, with Vincent Canby of the New York Times declaring, "This may sound like heresy, but 'The Exorcist III' is a better and funnier (intentionally) movie than either of its predecessors." It was also a modest box office success.

Blatty was uninvolved with the two subsequent "Exorcist" films: 2004 prequel "Exorcist: The Beginning," a reworking by director Renny Harlin of Paul Schrader's "Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist," made earlier but released in 2005. Blatty described "The Beginning" as his "most humiliating professional experience" but said that "Dominion" is "a handsome, classy, elegant piece of work."

Blatty was born in New York City to parents who had immigrated from Lebanon. After a stint in the Air Force, he entered the Foreign Service, serving as editor of News Review, a United States Information Agency publication, in Beirut. He graduated from Georgetown U. (whose environs later become the setting for "The Exorcist"), then received a master's in English literature from George Washington U. in 1954.

While nursing a nascent writing career, Blatty worked in PR, serving as public relations director at Loyola U. of Los Angeles and then at USC. To gather material for a humorous article to be published in the Saturday Evening Post, he went about meeting movie stars while masquerading as a Saudi Arabian prince, then appeared as a contestant on Groucho Marx quizshow "You Bet Your Life," winning $10,000 — money that allowed him to write full time.

AOL
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 1/14/17

Lifetime Orders "My Partner Knows Best"
Hollywood Couple Jason Biggs, Jenny Mollen to Host
From Deadline

Lifetime is expanding its unscripted programming, ordering two new series, The Pop Game, executive produced by Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere, and My Partner Knows Best, a relationship game show hosted by Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen.

Hollywood couple Jason Biggs and Jenny Mollen will host My Partner Knows Best, a new relationship comedy game show where married couples face off in a series of hilarious challenges based on real-life relationship obstacles. Four couples will compete each week, and one will walk away with the money and be able to say My Partner Knows Best! Ten one-hour episodes have been ordered from Propagate, working in association with Kanal D. Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens, Irfan Sahin, Jason Biggs, Jenny Mollen and Kevin Healey serve as executive producers. A premiere date has not yet been set.

Deadline

posted 1/14/17

THURSDAY: Tight Demo Race
CBS Wins on Comedy
From the Futon Critic

CBS (6.848 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (10.190 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) followed by new episodes of "The Great Indoors" (7.246 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "Mom" (7.334 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "Life in Pieces" (5.926 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and "Pure Genius" (5.196 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

NBC (5.335 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) then was a close second with its mix of "Superstore" (4.311 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "The Good Place" (3.629 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8), "Chicago Med" (6.752 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and "The Blacklist" (5.283 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

Sharing the silver was FOX (3.237 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) with a new "Hell's Kitchen" (3.902 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and the premiere of "My Kitchen Rules" (2.572 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

Next up was ABC (5.256 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) with the season finale of "The Great American Baking Show" (5.138 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) plus the special "Taking the Stage: Changing America" (5.315 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.115 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "Supernatural" (0.809 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) closed out the night for The CW (0.962 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.855m
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.577m
- Project Runway Junior (Lifetime): 1.089m
- Top Chef (Bravo): 1.063m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.014m
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 839k
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 600k
- Caraoke Showdown (P/Spike): 441k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 288k
- That Awkward Game Show (Spike): 279k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 253k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/14/17

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "The Lion(sgate) and the Appl(off)"

posted 1/14/17


Disney/ABC Television
Sweet 16
"Millionaire" Renewed for Next Season
From Deadline

Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution has announced that game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire has been renewed through the 2017-2018 season on ABC-owned stations that carry the the shows.

Hosted by Chris Harrison, Millionaire is currently in its 15th national syndication season. The quiz show enjoyed double digit year over year growth among adults 25-54, women 25-54, and households, the highest for any first-run half-hour strip in national syndication.

Millionaire weekdays in national syndication and is taped in front of a live studio audience at Bally’s Las Vegas. The Valleycrest Productions Ltd. show is distributed by Disney/ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution. James Rowley serves as executive producer.

Deadline

posted 1/13/17

MTV, Prepare to Be Invaded
Catch New Season of "The Challenge" February 7
From the Futon Critic

MTV today announced the return of its hit series "The Challenge" with "The Challenge: Invasion," a new twist on the cutthroat competition format in which eighteen series Underdogs seeking their first victory will be pitted against one another to crown a new champion... only to come under a surprise, season-long attack from eight of the most fearsome Challenge Champions in the show's history. Filmed entirely on location in Thailand, "The Challenge: Invasion" debuts Tuesday, February 7 with a two-hour premiere at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Before they get the news that they must face off against the Champions, The Underdogs first shock comes with the revelation that they must compete against one another to earn their way out of the desolate, barebones accommodations known as "The Shelter." Only after they battle their way out of The Shelter, will they be allowed to move into a posh estate called "The Oasis." As these Underdogs fight and claw their way through the game, the very best will rise to the top and only twelve worthy Underdogs will earn their spot in The Oasis, where they will live in the lap of luxury. Their relief is ultimately short-lived as past Challenge winners make their way to The Oasis to shake things up.

The most decorated champ in Challenge history and last season's winner, Johnny "Bananas," returns after executing one of the most cunning and controversial moves in Challenge history; reformed Boston bad boy CT makes a triumphant return after a three-year absence with a new outlook on life; rebel Cara Maria is back and more fired up than ever after taking a well-deserved break following her "Battle of the Bloodlines" win and despite this being his fifth time on The Challenge, Shane has yet to earn his stripes as a Champion. Now he's back and ready to fight for the ultimate prize as an Underdog.

With $350,000 on the line, only the very best players will survive a brutal and cutthroat game. Epic challenges and stunning eliminations will push players to their breaking points. Friendships will be tested and tense new rivalries will form. Off the playing field, love is in the air with shocking romances and scandalous hook-ups. Not everyone will make it to the end, but for those who do, they will fight to win in the very first three-day final challenge to see who is truly worthy of being called a Champion.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/12/17


JM Productions/G4
Jamie Foxx Signs On to "Beat Shazam"
Oscar Winner to Host Fox Summer Offering
From Billboard

Keshet International (KI) and Telefe Argentina are set to promote their new musical reality show, Heart Beats, to the global market at NATPE 2017.

Building on their long-standing partnership, which saw Rising Star and Boom! extending across Latin America, in this new show, KI and Telefe seek to pair aspiring singers to become the next hit music duo.

Through a dedicated social TV app, viewers will vote on live performances in real time as well as reshuffling the contestants into musical and romantic couples each week. Viewers can also increase their engagement with the show through instant messaging, photo and video sharing, as well as entering competitions to win prizes in each episode.

Set to premiere soon on Telefe in daily episodes followed by live weekly galas, the format is the result of the two companies’ co-development deal struck in 2015.

“Heart Beats is a format that is the result of hard work, two highly creative teams and a lot of love. The result of this co-development, working side by side with KI brings, the best of two great entertainment companies from halfway around the world, and the combination of our cultures has resulted in this extremely disruptive format,” said Mercedes Reincke, head of content development at Telefe.

“We are very excited about the opportunity that NATPE presents to us this year to showcase Heart Beats, a uniquely Israeli-Argentine format hybrid resulting from the co-development pact with our outstanding partners at Telefe,” added Kelly Wright, Keshet Internacional’s head of Latin America.

Keshet International’s catalogue for NATPE will also include Prisoners Of War India, Welcome to the Wild, Boxed, Checkout and Deal With It Spain, the latest spin on KI’s hidden camera game show.

Billboard
Fuse
TBI Vision
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Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

posted 1/12/17


Bravo
Andy Cohen Connects with Reboot
Mike Fleiss to Bring "Love Connection" to Fox This Summer
From the Futon Critic

Emmy Award winner Andy Cohen ("Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen") will host LOVE CONNECTION, a new one-hour series that amps up the original hit dating show for today's audiences. FOX has ordered 15 episodes of the new unscripted series, to be executive-produced by Mike Fleiss ("The Bachelor"). Additionally, Cohen will serve as a co-executive producer.

From Fleiss' NEXT Entertainment, Warner Horizon Television and Telepictures Productions, LOVE CONNECTION is set to premiere on FOX in Summer 2017.

Each hour of LOVE CONNECTION will feature single men and/or women in search of romance. After the singles are sent on three blind dates, they will dish the dirt in front of a live studio audience, as Cohen, the well-known provocateur, brings his personal brand of audacious fun to the series.

"I was a huge fan of the original 'Love Connection,' and hosting the new version allows me to do one of the things I love most: meddling in people's personal lives," said Cohen.

"We couldn't be more thrilled to bring this incredibly beloved and iconic show to primetime network television. The combination of the insanely talented Andy Cohen and the undisputed king of relationship shows Mike Fleiss is absolute magic...add in the perfect home of FOX...and I think we have a match made in heaven," said Mike Darnell, President, Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television.

"'Love Connection' was always one of my favorite programs," added Fleiss. "Show creator Eric Lieber was a close friend of mine. He taught me a lot about the relationship show format. The first rule - if the cast is good, just stay out of the way."

Created by Eric Lieber and originally hosted by Chuck Woolery, LOVE CONNECTION will be produced by NEXT Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television and Telepictures Productions. Mike Fleiss ("The Bachelor"), Martin Hilton ("The Bachelor"), James Breen (SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, "American Idol") and Jason Ehrlich ("The Bachelor") will serve as executive producers. Cohen will serve as a co-executive producer.

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posted 1/12/17

WEDNESDAY: How BLANK It Is
"Match Game" Helps ABC Split with CBS
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.766 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) led the demo charge on Wednesday with its mix of "The Goldbergs" (6.897 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Speechless" (5.902 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3), "Modern Family" (7.574 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1), "Black-ish" (5.750 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3) and "Match Game" (4.235 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10).

FOX (5.359 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then took home the silver with originals from "Lethal Weapon" (6.416 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6) and "Star" (4.303 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6).

Next up was NBC (5.914 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its trio of "Blindspot" (5.091 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.100 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6) and "Chicago PD" (6.552 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.646 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up originals from "Undercover Boss" (6.106 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10), "Criminal Minds" (7.531 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6) and "Code Black" (6.302 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13).

And finally, a repeat "Arrow" (0.806 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and a new "Frequency" (0.753 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) closed out the evening for The CW (0.779 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.534m
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.156m
- Are You the One (SP/MTV): 780k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 352k

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posted 1/12/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Calvin"

  • VIDEO WALL: Solving a bonus puzzle: $6600. Their reaction... Priceless (Daily Star)
     

  • Because deep down inside, you always wanted to know how much Betty White makes in a year (Bankrate)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: When in doubt... Henrik Larsson (Huffington Post)
     

  • Wayne Brady doesn't get no damn comps (Broadway World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Erin Andrews about her engagement (Reality TV World) and Billy Gardell (CLTampa.com)

posted 1/12/17

SYNDIES: Week 16
Results for the Week Ending January 1
From TV Newscheck

The traditionally low viewing week between Christmas and New Year’s Day was flooded with repeats in daytime, however, a couple of access mainstays ended 2016 on a high note.

Family Feud easily led the game shows for the 36th week in a row with a 6% advance to a new season high 7.4. Wheel of Fortune was a distant second, dropping 2% to a 6.2.

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

GAME SHOWS

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.4* +6%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.2 -2%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.0 -3%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 NC
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 NC

TV Newscheck

posted 1/11/17

TUESDAY: NBC's a Big Winner
"The Wall", "This Is Us" Help Peacock Take Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.351 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) took home top honors on Tuesday with its mix of "The Wall" (7.074 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T4), "NBC News Special" (8.568 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3), a repeat "The Wall" (9.259 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) and the return of "This Is Us" (9.067 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2).

ABC (4.996 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then had to settle for second place with its combination of "The Middle" (7.238 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T4), "American Housewife" (5.951 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6), "ABC News Special" (5.573 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8), a repeat "Fresh Off the Boat" (5.761 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7) and the winter premiere of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.728 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T15).

Next up was CBS (7.354 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) with a repeat "NCIS" (10.069 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10), "CBS News Special" (7.076 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9) and second runs of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.407 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.253 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #17).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.087 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) offered up originals from "New Girl" (2.572 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and "The Mick" (3.021 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) followed by "FOX News Special" (2.593 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T15) and a new "Bones" (3.435 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #14).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (1.126 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.3, #18) and the penultimate week of "No Tomorrow" (0.810 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.2, #19) closed out the night on The CW (0.968 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.352m
- Chopped (Food): 1.167m
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.021m
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 300k

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posted 1/10/17

Telefe, Keshet Sound "Heart Beats"
Singing Competition Goes to NATPE
From Rapid TV News

Keshet International (KI) and Telefe Argentina are set to promote their new musical reality show, Heart Beats, to the global market at NATPE 2017.

Building on their long-standing partnership, which saw Rising Star and Boom! extending across Latin America, in this new show, KI and Telefe seek to pair aspiring singers to become the next hit music duo.

Through a dedicated social TV app, viewers will vote on live performances in real time as well as reshuffling the contestants into musical and romantic couples each week. Viewers can also increase their engagement with the show through instant messaging, photo and video sharing, as well as entering competitions to win prizes in each episode.

Set to premiere soon on Telefe in daily episodes followed by live weekly galas, the format is the result of the two companies’ co-development deal struck in 2015.

“Heart Beats is a format that is the result of hard work, two highly creative teams and a lot of love. The result of this co-development, working side by side with KI brings, the best of two great entertainment companies from halfway around the world, and the combination of our cultures has resulted in this extremely disruptive format,” said Mercedes Reincke, head of content development at Telefe.

“We are very excited about the opportunity that NATPE presents to us this year to showcase Heart Beats, a uniquely Israeli-Argentine format hybrid resulting from the co-development pact with our outstanding partners at Telefe,” added Kelly Wright, Keshet Internacional’s head of Latin America.

Keshet International’s catalogue for NATPE will also include Prisoners Of War India, Welcome to the Wild, Boxed, Checkout and Deal With It Spain, the latest spin on KI’s hidden camera game show.

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posted 1/11/17


JM Productions/G4
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Shout Factory In Talks to Reboot "Starcade"
From Deadline

Classic TV game show Starcade is making a comeback. Shout! Factory has acquired worldwide television format and ancillary rights to Starcade from JM Production company, the original game show creators, and show creators James Caruso and Mavis E. Arthur. The agreement provides Shout! Factory the rights to develop and produce a reboot of the show for television, as well as production of additional projects for a global audience. Shout! Factory will executive produce with JM Production Company.

Created by Caruso and Arthur, Starcade first aired in 1982 during the dawn of the video game era and is widely recognized as the first-ever video arcade game show, featuring great gamers competing against rivals playing the most popular games of the day in front of a live studio audience in order to win huge prizes. Alex Trebek hosted one of the first pilots for the show which was later picked up by Ted Turner to air on his then-fledgling cable station, WTBS; Starcade went on to air more than 130 episodes over three seasons on Turner hosted by Mark Richards during season 1 and Geoff Edwards for the remainder of the run.

“Starcade is a classic game show from the ‘80s and is pure nostalgic fun. We couldn’t be more excited to work with the original show creators to ‘retro-boot’ Starcade for a new generation of fans,” said Shout! Factory’s founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos. “As we continue to actively expand our reach into production and development for new series, movies, unscripted shows and specials, this deal exemplifies the type of content we plan to pursue which taps into the interests and passions of our company’s loyal fanbase.”

“We’re thrilled to be part of this Starcade revival,” said Caruso and Arthur. “We look forward to bringing the show back for all those avid Starcaders who have been waiting for years, as well as a new class of gaming heroes. Game on!”

The deal was negotiated by Shout’s Jeremy Whitham and James Caruso, the creator and executive producer of the original Starcade.

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posted 1/11/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Doubly Ever After"

  • Emily & Haley Ferguson live "Happily Ever After" on Freeform (Reality TV World)
     

  • Ryan Seacrest joins Kelly Ripa after the Oscars (Broadway World)
     

  • Ariana Grande & John Legend to sing the tale as old as time for Disney (Broadway World)
     

  • Erin Andrews wants to party on Beyonce's boat (Broadway World)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Did Pointless give away £2500 on a wrong answer? (Daily Express)
     

  • Louis van Amstel marries longtime partner (People)
     

  • Alec Baldwin is open to playing Donald Trump outside of SNL (TV Line)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Emily Maynard, who wouldn't take her own love advice, being a train wreck and all (Reality TV World)

posted 1/11/17


AP/Yahoo!
Queen of the "World of Dance"
Jenna Dewan Tatum Named Host
From Yahoo!

Jenna Dewan Tatum has joined NBC’s upcoming competition series “World of Dance” as a host and mentor.

Tatum joins judges Derek Hough, NE-YO and Jennifer Lopez on the 10-episode series, which features dancers competing for a $1 million grand prize. Lopez serves as executive producer on the series, which is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio and Nuyorican Productions.

“World of Dance” is not Tatum’s only dance show at NBC. Aside from hosting this competition series, the dancer and actress will serve as a judge and mentor on an untitled, unscripted dance show that hails from her and her husband Channing Tatum. The project, which is described as a fresh take on the unscripted dance competition genre, has landed a six-episode order, though no premiere date has been set.

“Jenna’s background as a dancer, entertainer and actress make her the perfect choice to host and work alongside our three incredibly talented judges,” said Meredith Ahr, president, Universal Television Alternative Studio, NBC Entertainment. “We can’t wait to get started and give these four superstars a chance to both articulate and demonstrate how transformational dance can be.”

“World of Dance” will also feature choreographers Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo, best known as Nappytabs, as well as director Alex Rudzinksi.

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posted 1/10/17

MONDAY: Big Monday, Small "Fan"
ABC, CBS Split Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.381 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) staked claim to the top spot on Monday with a new "The Bachelor" (6.493 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) followed by the premiere of "Big Fan" (3.570 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and a second "Big Fan" (2.741 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

CBS (5.715 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.540 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2), "Kevin Can Wait" (5.910 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Man with a Plan" (5.076 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), a new "The Odd Couple" (5.021 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "Scorpion" (4.872 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Next up was NBC (3.540 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) with week two of "The Celebrity Apprentice" (3.919 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and a repeat of "The Wall" (2.784 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.329 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up an encore of "Showtime at the Apollo" (2.329 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

And finally, repeats of "Supergirl" (1.216 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.154 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) closed out the night for The CW (1.185 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.357m
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.300m
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 1.125m
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 352k
- America's Next Top Model (MTV): 284k

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posted 1/10/17

WEEKEND: No Football, No Problem!
ABC's "TTTT" Boosts Sunday Night against Golden Globes
From Broadway World

OX (15.670 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.3, #1) got a huge boost on Sunday with its playoff driven "NFL Overrun" (36.491 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 11.4, #1) and "The OT" (32.061 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 10.1, #2) followed by new episodes of "The Simpsons" (12.707 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.9, #3), "Son of Zorn" (5.290 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.3, #5), "Family Guy" (4.069 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.8, #7) and "Bob's Burgers" (3.401 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8).

NBC (14.987 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.1, #2) then was the silver draw with its annual "Golden Globes Red Carpet" (9.760 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #6) and "The 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards" (16.730 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.8, #4).

Next up was CBS (8.155 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its quartet of "60 Minutes" (8.214 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (10.354 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9), "Madam Secretary" (8.900 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13) and "Elementary" (5.154 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #15).

And finally, ABC (4.047 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) closed out the evening with "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.598 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #14), "To Tell the Truth" (4.623 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), another "To Tell the Truth" (4.281 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) and "Conviction" (2.684 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16). "Truth"'s second week rose 42 percent in the demo over the week and over 233 percent for the year.

On Friday, ABC (6.291 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) edged out the competition among adults 18-49 with new episodes of "Last Man Standing" (7.709 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1), "Dr. Ken" (5.534 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "Shark Tank" (5.879 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) and "20/20" (6.372 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2).

On cable Saturday...
- Mythbusters: The Search (P/Science): 318k

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.703m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.285m
- Roast Battle 2 (Comedy): 530k
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 215k

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posted 1/10/17

THURSDAY: Moving "Hell"
CBS Wins Night, Fox Gets Sampled from "Hell's Kitchen" Move
From The Futon Critic

CBS (8.689 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was the top draw on the first Thursday of 2017 with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (16.663 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1), "The Great Outdoors" (9.674 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Mom" (8.459 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "Life in Pieces" (6.707 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5) and "Pure Genius" (5.317 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

ABC (6.348 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was the silver draw with the penultimate week of "The Great Holiday Baking Show" (5.015 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) and the two-hour special "Truth and Lies: The Menendez Brothers" (7.015 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4).

Next up was FOX (3.572 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with its relocated "Hell's Kitchen" (3.680 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) followed by a second "Hell's Kitchen" (3.464 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.135 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up the return of "Superstore" (4.455 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "The Good Place" (3.554 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), "Chicago Med" (6.219 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and "The Blacklist" (5.183 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.027 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "Supernatural" (0.802 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) on The CW (0.915 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.790m
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.481m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.203m
- Top Chef (Bravo): 1.055m
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 342k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 328k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/9/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "A Rare Link About Politics"

  • Chuck Woolery, a celebrity with a political opinion, slams celebrities with political opinions over their political opinion about an elected celebrity with a political opinion. But we'd wager he would totes be cool if the celebrities with political opinions shared in his celebrity political opinion (ET Canada)
     

  • Wayne Brady not throwin' away his... SHOT... at Aaron Burr in the Chicago production of "Hamilton" (Entertainment Weekly)
     

  • Alexander Armstrong reveals the Queen's love for all things "Pointless" (Daily Express), and Richard Osman says it's never leaving the BBC (Radio Times)
     

  • Steve Harvey returns to the Apollo February 1 (Broadway World)
     

  • GLOBAL CASTING COUCH: "Cash Trapped" heads to Glasgow (Glasgow Live)
     

  • Parvati Shallow, John Fincher get engaged! (People)
     

  • Some lady from "American Idol" just got married to a backup dancer and why the hell is this news? (Entertainment Tonight)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Craig Robinson (AM New York)

posted 1/9/17

The Profit Needs a "Partner"
CNBC Greenlights Spinoff from Marcus Lemonis February 28
From Broadway World

CNBC today announced the ten finalists participating in THE PARTNER, the all-new series featuring Marcus Lemonis -the renowned investor, entrepreneur, and host of CNBC's hit show "The Profit." Premiering Tuesday, February 28 at 10pm ET/PT, the five episode series follows Lemonis as he searches for the perfect partner to help him manage the fast-growing portfolio of businesses he's acquired. In the end, one candidate will receive the opportunity of a lifetime: a half-million dollar contract, an equity stake, and the chance to help Lemonis manage his empire.

Watch trailer: http://bit.ly/2hSdBLO

After investing more than $40 million of his own money in companies featured on "The Profit," Lemonis is now ready to invest in "The Partner." Thousands of people hailing from all corners of the country applied for the opportunity to participate, but only ten were invited to Chicago to take part in the final interview process. They are:

- Chuck Brewer from Indianapolis, IN
- Billy Canu from San Diego, CA
- Carrie Chitsey from Cedar Park, TX
- Erin Cobb from Kirkland, WA
- Michael Graves from New Rochelle, NY
- Ricardo Martinez from Atlanta, GA
- Peilin Pratt from Manhattan Beach, CA
- Buffie Purselle from Atlanta, GA
- Julianna Reed from Santa Monica, CA
- Stephanie Sievers from Shreveport, LA

"It has been a privilege to work so closely with some of the most hard-working entrepreneurs in the country, all of whom have shown me the heart and desire to turn their businesses around," Lemonis said. "In this new adventure, I am looking for someone with that same drive and passion to help inspire these up and coming business leaders, sustain their growth and their enthusiasm, and ensure that the sound investments we made today, are even more sound in the decades ahead."

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posted 1/6/17

"Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader"... "1 vs. 100"... "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire"... "Only Connect"
(These are "Quiz Shows That Moved to Friday")
From Radio Times

Fiendishly difficult BBC2 quiz Only Connect is swapping its traditional post-University Challenge slot on Monday nights for a glitzy Friday night berth.

Starting tonight, the show hosted by Victoria Coren Mitchell will help kick off the weekend for quizzers with a mid-series move to 8:30pm on Fridays that RadioTimes.com is told is for the foreseeable future. An Island Parish replaces Only Connect at 8:30pm on Mondays, leaving University Challenge as a lone beacon of quizzing excellence at the start of the week.

Nevertheless, Only Connect retains its status as the second half of a quizzing double bill, slotting in after Mastermind on Fridays and, together with QI at 10pm, making it a big night for BBC2 viewers with a penchant for puzzles and trivia.

Coren Mitchell told RadioTimes.com that the world of Only Connect is “strange and wonderful. We are celebrating an interest in knowledge for its own sake; there are millions of people who relate to that who aren’t necessarily catered for by a lot of mainstream TV.”

On Monday nights it regularly pulled in audiences of over two million. Can it beat that on Fridays? That's one question BBC2 bosses will be eager to answer.

Radio Times

posted 1/6/17


ABC
WEDNESDAY: Second BLANK
"Match Game" Helps ABC to Demo Win, Split with CBS
From Broadway World

The year 2017 is getting started with a BLANK!

With Fox's Empire off the dial for the rest of the winter, ABC stepped in to win the first Wednesday of 2017.

The network also found another good match for the 10 p.m. hour with this past summer's Match Game. The game show revival, hosted by Alec Baldwin, nabbed a steady 1.3 rating among adults 18-49 and 4.9 million viewers in its in-season launch. That was after improved showings for all four comedies: The Goldbergs (1.7 adults), Speechless (1.7 adults), Modern Family (2.3 adults) and Black-ish (1.7 adults). The number represents a 44 percent increase from the season 1 finale back in September.

Without the mighty Empire, Fox still managed to pull a solid No. 2 for the night with Lethal Weapon and the official premiere of Lee Daniels drama Star. The sister series to Empire was down 25 percent from its post-Empire sampling three weeks ago, averaging a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49 with its smaller lead-in. Still, it grew on that lead-in. Star was up slightly from Lethal Weapon, which returned to an even 1.4 rating in the key demo.

NBC kicked off the night with an even Blindspot (1.1 adults), followed by a boosted Law & Order: SVU (1.5 adults) and a slightly dampened Chicago P.D. (1.5 adults). On CBS, Undercover Boss nabbed an even 1.2 rating among adults 18-49 before new outings of Criminal Minds (1.3 adults) and Code Black (1.0 adults).

Frequency was the only new entry for The CW. It took a 0.2 rating among adults 18-49.

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.575m
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.150m
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 337k

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posted 1/6/17


Games Gone By: Whew!
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Are you a Charger or a Blocker? Do you call them Bloopers or just "questions"? Or are you just wondering why we game-show fans tear up when hearing "Randy Amasia"? Whatever the reason, Chris Wolvie has a "Games Gone By..." guaranteed to make you say, "WHEW!"

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 1/6/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "What It Takes to Get to the Truth"

  • VIDEO WALL: a look inside "To Tell the Truth" (this weekend's panels includes Lara Spencer, Tom Bergeron, David Arquette, Sherri Shepherd, Kal Penn, Justin Long, Nikki Glaser & Adam Rodriguez) (ABC News)
     

  • Is Wayne Brady not throwin' away his... SHOT... at Aaron Burr in the Chicago production of "Hamilton"? (Chicago Tribune)
     

  • PEOTUS slams Arnold Schwarzenegger on "The Celebrity Apprentice". Arnold slams back.. classy-like, even. (TV Line)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: the worst answers ever given on "Pointless" (BT)
     

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Save to Win" reopens the store January 21 (Broadway World)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Big Fan is "offbeat" and "fun" (Fort Worth Star-Telegram) and "a pathetic enterprise" (Middletown Times Herald-Record)

posted 1/6/17

Who Plays in the "Toy Box"?
Judges Join Eric Stonestreet in April on ABC
From the Futon Critic

ABC's "The Toy Box" announced the mentors and judges who will select the winning toy to be made by Mattel and sold exclusively at Toys "R" Us after the series finale. In each episode, inventors present their toy concepts to a group of mentors that include Dylan's Candy Bar owner Dylan Lauren, toy guru Jim Silver and Pixar Creative Director of Consumer Products Jen Tan. If the toy maker gets past the mentors, they will move on to The Toy Box where a panel of young, no-holds-barred judges that include Sophia Grace Brownlee ("The Ellen Degeneres Show"), Aalyrah Caldwell ("Uncle Buck"), Toby Grey ("The Unexpected John Cena Prank") and Noah Ritter ("The Ellen Degeneres Show") decide which toy moves on to the finals and eventually crowned the winner. The eight-episode series hosted by Eric Stonestreet ("Modern Family") premieres on FRIDAY, APRIL 7 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/5/17

SYNDIES: Week 15
Results for the Week Ending December 25
From TV Newscheck

The session ending on Christmas Day was marked by numerous repeats while many viewers were out doing last-minute shopping. Still, several daytime strips had reasons to celebrate in the traditional low-viewing period.

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

GAME SHOWS

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.0 -3%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.3 -5%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.2 -3%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 NC
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 -7%

TV NewsCheck

posted 1/5/17

Five Reality Skeins Up for PGAs
Producers Guild of America Releases Nominees
From Deadline

The Producers Guild of America has unveiled PGA Awards nominations in its TV categories, ahead of the winners being revealed January 28 at the Beverly Hilton.

Among the nine TV categories announced this morning covering series/specials, children’s programs, long-form television, sports programs and digital series are last year’s winners Game Of Thrones, Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver and Sesame Street (all from HBO). NBC’s The Voice and Crackle’s Comedians In Cars also return as defending champs.

Outstanding Producer of Competition Television
- The Amazing Race (Season 27, Season 28)
Producers: Jerry Bruckheimer, Bertram van Munster, Jonathan Littman, Elise Doganieri, Mark Vertullo
- American Ninja Warrior (Season 7, Season 8)
This show is in the process of being vetted for individual producer eligibility
- Lip Sync Battle (Season 1, Season 2)
This show is in the process of being vetted for individual producer eligibility
- Top Chef (Season 13)
Producers: Daniel Cutforth, Tom Colicchio, Casey Kriley, Padma Lakshmi, Jane Lipsitz, Doneen Arquines, Erica Ross, Patrick Schmedeman, Ellie Carbajal
- The Voice (Season 9-11)
Producers: Audrey Morrissey, Jay Bienstock, Mark Burnett, John de Mol, Chad Hines, Lee Metzger, Kyra Thompson, Mike Yurchuk, Amanda Zucker, Carson Daly

Deadline

posted 1/5/17


NBC
TUESDAY: Raising the Wall
"Wall" Builds in Time Slot Debut, Helps NBC Split Night with CBS
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.374 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) took home the demo crown on Tuesday with its mix of "The Wall" (6.768 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "Chicago Fire" (7.569 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5) and "Chicago PD" (7.785 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2).

CBS (12.127 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was a close second with its trio of "NCIS" (15.591 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), "Bull" (11.253 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.537 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10).

Next up was ABC (4.050 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its quartet of "The Middle" (6.555 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "American Housewife" (5.582 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5), "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.383 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8) and "The Real O'Neals" (3.321 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12) plus a repeat of "David Blaine: Beyond Magic (Repeat)" (2.229 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.170 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up its new Tuesday lineup of "New Girl" (2.495 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11), "The Mick" (3.331 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9) and "Bones" (3.427 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.997 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) and a new "No Tomorrow" (0.529 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16) closed out the night for The CW (0.763 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Paradise Run (Nick): 1.489m
- Chopped (SP/Food): 1.206m
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.124m
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 330k
- MasterChef Canada (SF/Cooking): 307k
- Billy on the Street (truTV): 194k

The Futon Critic
Yahoo! Sports
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/5/17


CBS/MGM Television

DAN KAY: 1976-2016
"Survivor" Gabon Contestant Dies Unexpectedly
From Reality TV World

Dan Kay, a former Survivor: Gabon castaway, has sadly passed away.

Kay died unexpectedly at age 40 on Saturday, December 31.

Kay was dubbed a 32-year-old lawyer from Walpole, MA when he competed on Survivor in Fall 2008. He was eliminated from the game on Day 21 after a tribal shuffle because he struggled to bond with his new Kota tribemates, who also feared he had a hidden Immunity Idol. Kay was the eighth castaway voted out overall.

"I just heard the very sad news about the sudden loss of Dan Kay of Survivor: Gabon. The Survivor family sends our love to Dan's family," show host Jeff Probst tweeted Tuesday after the news broke of Kay's death.

According to his obituary from the Lambert Funeral Home & Crematory, Kay was born in Norwood, MA, in 1976 and worked as an attorney in New Hampshire prior to his passing. He served as a Supervisory Contracting Officer as a civilian for the U.S. Air Force at Hanscom Air Force Base.

Kay had earned a bachelor's degree from UMass-Amherst and eventually a law degree from Syracuse University.

Kay practiced law in Boston for five years and invested in multiple properties prior to his time on Survivor. He left his daytime job before going on the show, saying he needed a change from the long hours and stressful environment.

"I had my midlife crisis early," Kay told People at the time of his Survivor participation. "It was a big decision to change things up, but I think it'll be better for my life."

Reality TV World
Just Jared
WBTS Boston
Boston Globe
WCVB Boston
Syracuse.com

posted 1/5/17

MONDAY: New Year, New Games
"Wall", "Apprentice", "Paradise Run", "Bachelor" Among Premieres
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.574 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) staked its claim to the demo crown on Monday with the return of "The Bachelor" (6.562 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) plus its themed-special "Jimmy Kimmel Live: Here for the Right Reasons" (3.599 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8).

NBC (4.800 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the silver draw with the season premiere of "The Celebrity Apprentice" (4.931 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) and a second preview of "The Wall" (4.538 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

Next up was CBS (6.570 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with originals from "Kevin Can Wait" (7.333 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "Man with a Plan" (6.529 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "2 Broke Girls" (5.844 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3), "The Odd Couple" (5.304 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9) and "Scorpion" (7.206 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.915 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up its "MasterChef Celebrity Showdown" (2.915 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10) special.

And finally, an encore of "iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 2" (0.923 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) on The CW (0.923 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (SP/Food): 1.503m
- Paradise Run (SP/Nick): 1.408m
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 1.174m
- Cake Wars (Food): 1.004m
- America's Next Top Model (MTV): 479k

TV Line
Broadway World
Broadway World
Broadway World
Broadway World
The Futon Critic
Vulture
Sports Grid
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/5/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "But Who'll Get The Dog?"

  • Josh Murray calls his relationship with his ex (Reality TV World)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: An "X Factor UK" contestant will perform at Trump's inauguration... on ONE condition (Broadway World)
     

  • Not satisfied with his lot in life as the World's Busiest Geek, Chris Hardwick says he'd consider joining "Live with Kelly" (Bravo)
     

  • Anthony Anderson & Alvina Stewart: reunited and it feels so good (Heavy)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: we really hate to do this to a friend of the site, but when said friend is The Governess, and she meets a guy everyone knows as "The Telminator"... (Key 103)
     

  • Alyson Hannigan uses $7.95 million of that Penn & Teller paper money to buy a house in Encino (The Salinas Californian)
     

  • #TBT: Before he was the Beast, Mark Labbett wanted to be a millionaire (The LAD Bible)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Carnie Wilson (TV Line)

posted 1/5/17

WEEKEND: No Lie... An Improvement?
NBC Wins on Football, "Truth"-Fueled ABC Falls Short
From The Futon Critic

NBC (18.915 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.9, #1) kicked off 2017 on top with the season finales of "Football Night in America #1" (6.089 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.8, #8), "Football Night in America #2" (9.600 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.9, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (16.155 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.9, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (21.330 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.7, #1).

FOX (7.604 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) then was a distant second place with its mix of "NFL Overrun" (18.166 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.2, #2), "The OT" (11.085 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.5, #4), the launch of "The Mick" (7.283 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.4, #6), a special "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (3.806 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.4, #10), a second "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (3.076 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.2, #11) and a repeat "Family Guy" (2.206 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13).

Next up was CBS (7.756 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its lineup of "NFL Overrun" (10.218 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #7), "60 Minutes" (11.004 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #9), the debut of "Ransom" (7.051 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13), a special "Pure Genius" (5.490 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T15) and a repeat "NCIS: Los Angeles" (4.741 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #18).

And finally, ABC (3.644 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) closed out the evening with a new "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.783 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12), the special "The Bachelor: Countdown to Nick" (3.047 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T15), the return of "To Tell the Truth" (3.694 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #17) and the Sunday bow of "Conviction" (2.053 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.4, #19).

As low as "Truth" posted, it was still a yearly improvement over a rerun of "Quantico". With the NFL heading into the postseason, we will have to wait until next week to see if it holds.

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America (SP/Food): 1.630m
- Guy's Grocery Games (SP/Food): 1.142m

The Futon Critic
Yahoo!
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/4/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Brad Gets Paid"

posted 1/4/17

More on the "Voice UK" Change
Joining will.i.am, Sir Tom Jones on ITV: Gavin Rossdale & Jennifer Hudson
From Digital Spy

The Voice UK will have a lot more "sparkle" and "razzle dazzle" when it finally arrives on ITV – at least according to presenter Emma Willis.

After five series as BBC One's flagship music competition, The Voice UK makes its big leap to ITV this weekend with a revamped coaching panel and exciting new twists.

Ahead of the show's ITV launch, presenter Emma Willis has been chatting about the big differences between the The Voice's BBC years and its new home.

"[The move] will give me some breathing room on the live shows in the ad breaks," she joked. "It also will bring some Saturday night sparkle and some extra razzle dazzle. They are good at razzle dazzle at ITV. The logo itself is full of sparkle!"

Part of that added "sparkle" is a new look for the coaching panel, as veterans will.i.am and Sir Tom Jones are joined by Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson and alternative rocker Gavin Rossdale.

"It wouldn't be The Voice without Will. Will seems really eager and excited and really up for it," Emma explained. "With Tom, I am just happy to see him back, he is just a legend and a really nice bloke. He is passionate about the show and genuinely believes in the people he puts forward.

"And Jennifer, she is just sensational, she walks into a room and it's just 'wow.' She is a beautiful goddess and she is really nice too!

"Because she comes from a show like this, she seems really eager and she knows what they are going through and how to achieve something from it too. She loves mentoring and finding talent.

Digital Spy

posted 1/3/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Live Team Coverage of a Man in Need of Attention"

  • Nick Viall gets fan-slated (Screener), Amanda Stanton confirms her breakup (People), and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar could not care less ()CBS News
     

  • LIST ABUSE: this COULD be the list for tonight's premiere of "Celebrity Big Brother". At the same time, this could probably be more meat for the Beast... except the Beast is among those listed (Digital Spy)
     

  • Josie Gibson injures herself prepping for a game show about ski-jumping. In other news, there is a game show about ski-jumping (Bristol Post)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: when your local quizmaster says "Next time, bring smarter friends", this clip from "Pointless" proves why (Mashable)
     

  • Maks & Peta are ready for their baby to make his way to the dance floor (Reality TV World)

posted 1/3/17

Blankety Re-Blank
Report: ITV Wants to Commission a Full Series
From Digital Spy

If you watched any TV over the Christmas period with your grandparents, you might have heard them complain that "they don't make TV like they used to", whatever that means.

One thing that could have been dug up in a time capsule was the Blankety Blank celebrity Christmas special, hosted by Little Britain and Britain's Got Talent star David Walliams.

The Sun reports that ITV were very happy with the special - which featured Anne Robinson, Lesley Joseph, Louis Walsh and the Chuckle Brothers - and have got Walliams in to talk about a full series.

An ITV insider allegedly told the publication: "David was a huge hit as he hosted Blankety Blank for the first time this month and managed to draw in an audience of nearly four million.

"The revival clicked with a brand new generation and David instantly got the comedic charm and effortless jokes that previous hosts used to bring to the program.

"ITV bosses think it would be the perfect show to bring back to our screens for the new year after canceling some of their other quiz shows.

"And although they haven't quite signed a whole new series on the dotted line, they've been in discussions with David for a while now to host a full season of it.

"David loved presenting the program as it's right up his street so it's all looking pretty hopeful right now and chiefs think David could replicate the show's success from the 80s."

Digital Spy
Telly Mix

posted 1/2/17

Deal or No Deal.... Back from the Dead?
Report: "On Tour" Stunt Sparks Interest
From Telly Mix

The original version of Deal Or No Deal may have been axed - but it seems the show may be kept alive by its new 'On Tour' twist.

The Channel 4 gameshow will no longer be a daytime staple after bosses decided against ordering more studio-based episodes.

Its final run ended earlier this month with farewell specials named 'Deal Or No Deal On Tour', which saw host Noel Edmonds take the game to locations including Blackpool Tower, Longleat Safari Park - and even a Boeing 737.

But there's some good news for Deal fans: it turns out the On Tour version could return for further series.

Executive producer Richard Hague recently told the Radio Times: "Things have gone really well. Who knows if we’re going to do some more?

"The reality is you could say we’ve done the studio, we want to do something else. People weren’t sure what we were going to do with the format, and then this came along and we did ten great shows.

"So next year we’ll see if we want to do some more. I know Noel’s up for it so let’s see what they do."

Telly Mix

posted 1/2/17

THURSDAY: Three More Days Until 2017
CBS Wins Quiet Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.583 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was king of the repeat race with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (9.211 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1), "The Great Outdoors" (6.122 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "Mom" (5.513 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "Life in Pieces" (4.622 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "Scorpion" (4.017 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

The silver then went to NBC (3.300 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) with encores of "Superstore" (3.102 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "The Good Place" (2.439 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "America's Got Talent: Holiday Spectacular" (3.565 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Next up was ABC (2.764 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) and second runs of "The Great Holiday Baking Show" (3.651 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "American Housewife" (2.505 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Speechless" (2.209 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Modern Family" (2.463 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.104 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.025 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) offered up repeats of "Hell's Kitchen" (2.042 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Hell's Kitchen" (2.009 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

And finally, repeats of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.038 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) and "Supernatural" (0.724 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #17) rounded out the night on The CW (0.881 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.732m
- Chopped (Food): 1.295m
- Project Runway Reunion (Lifetime): 993k
- Project Runway Junior (Lifetime): 985k
- Top Chef (Bravo): 968k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/2/17


Behind the Voice Actors

WILLIAM CHRISTOPHER: 1932-2016
Actor Frequented "Super Password", "
From TV Line

William Christopher, best known for his role as Father Mulcahy on M*A*S*H, has died. He was 84 years old.

Per ABC, the actor passed away on Saturday from lung cancer at his home in Pasadena, Calif.

In addition to his 11-season run on M*A*S*H (and later, the short-lived After M*A*S*H), Christopher’s TV credits included roles on Hogan’s Heroes, Gomer Pyle: USMC and The Love Boat. He also lent his voice to the 1980s Smurfs. He most recently guest-starred on 11 episodes of Days of Our Lives in 2012.

In the game show realm, he played "Super Password", "The Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour", and "Hollywood Squares".

Christopher leaves behind a wife, Barbara, and two sons, John and Ned.

TV Line

posted 1/2/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Good, The Bad, and the Bachelor"

  • The good: Anthony Anderson's mum is the best thing about "To Tell the Truth"  (Yahoo!)
     

  • The bad: Another "Celebrity Big Brother" caught in a don't-press-send moment (Telly Mix)
     

  • The Bachelor: Nick Viall is ready to shed his "image"  (Reality TV World)

posted 1/2/17

Various sources
Saying Goodbye in 2016
Numerous Luminaries, Contestants Lost This Year
From GSNN Staff

They were a part of our little world - actors, artists, and fans alike. They made life in front of the game show cameras and behind the scenes possible. As we close the book of life on this year and prepare to begin a new chapter in the next, let us always remember those we lost in 2016, those who walked among us.

- Joe Alaskey, an established voice actor who played the neighbor/announcer to Marc Summers on 1989's "Couch Potatoes".

- Ronnie Corbett, one of "The Two Ronnies" who got kids to say even more darneder things as the host of the original British version of "Small Talk".

- Paul Daniels, who made magic on the live stage and as the host of the British versions of "Odd One Out", "Every Second Counts", and "Wipeout".

- Bob Elliott, one of the funniest men in the business who gave birth to a dynasty in comedy and, along with his partner Ray, hosted "The Name's The Same" in 1955.

- Carrie Fisher, whose "On The Lot" talents and gravitas extend further beyond the stars than anyone even thought possible... and to her mother Debbie Reynolds, an excellent gamer in her own right.

- Joe Garagiola, a larger-than-life Hall of Fame-caliber baseball player, a Hall of Fame-caliber broadcaster, and a Hall of Fame-caliber host of "To Tell the Truth" and "Strike It Rich".

- John Glenn, the American hero and icon of interstellar aeronautics who had quite a run for himself on the original "Name That Tune".

- Christina Grimmie, the favorite on "The Voice" whose career was over before it ever began, cut short by a madman's bullet.

- Reg Grundy, who turned Australian adaptations of American game shows into a worldwide media empire.

- Pierre Lalonde, the charismatic Canadian crooner who traded a big mic for a smaller one to host "The Mad Dash".

- Joanie Laurer, the powerful Chyna of WWE legend who lent her skills to metal-on-metal combat on the American adaptation of "Robot Wars".

- Dave Mirra, who parlayed his extreme biking skills into a stint hosting two seasons of MTV's "The Challenge".

- Jean-Jacques Perrey, the EDM pioneer who, alongside his partner Gershon Kingsley, provided the psychedelic soundtrack to the venerable quiz show, "The Joker's Wild".

- Lee Reherman, who, as strong as he was in body as "Hawk" on "American Gladiators", was just as strong in other ways as host of "Arena" and "Cannonball Run: The Race Across America".

- Alan Rickman, an already established thespian who lent his voice to one of the first competitions of the reality show age, "Eco-Challenge".

- John Saunders, the sports journalist who lent his gravitas to the short-lived competitive revival of "The Superstars".

- Ed Stewart, who was a "Crackerjack" radio host before making the jump to the BBC with "Crackerjack".

- Alan Thicke, who was just as "versed" as a game show composer as he was as a host.

- Grant Tinker, the television wunderkind who convinced a network to take a chance on a quiz that gave the answers and asked "What's the Question?" That quiz still offers many a "Jeopardy!" to this day.

- Charlie Tuna, the voice of Los Angeles radio who became the voice of "Scrabble" in the 1980s

- Sir Terry Wogan, the seminal British broadcaster who could be playing for class in "Come Dancing" or playing the foil in "Blankety Blank".

- Fred Wostbrock, the game show talent superagent who, besides from representing the best in the business and offered encyclopedic knowledge of the genre, encouraged fan and friend alike to dare to dream.

- Contestants Tim "The Kinetic King" Fort ("America's Got Talent"), Alexis "Lex" McAllister ("The Bachelor"), Lisa Marie Naegle ("Bridalplasty"), Rickey Smith ("American Idol"), and Erin Storm ("The Bachelor"), all of whom turned a dream into a dare, and a dare into an adventure.

- Actors Sylvia Anderson, William Christopher, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Ron Glass, Tammy Grimes, Dan Haggerty, Pat Harrington Jr., Florence Henderson, Steven Hill, Barry Jenner, George Kennedy, Ron Lester, Kevin Meaney, James Noble, Patty Duke, Doris Roberts, Andrew Sachs, Garry Shandling, Robert Vaughn, Abe Vigoda; music-makers David Bowie, George Michael, Prince, Frank Sinatra Jr. & Kay Starr; producer David Gest, athletes Muhammad Ali & Kimbo Slice, playwright Edward Albee ...all took time from their busy schedules to have a little fun on the game show stage.

- And we can never forget the bravery and talents of those like Joey Martin Feek ("Can You Duet"), Lucy Booth ("Pointless"), and Cindy Stowell ("Jeopardy!"), whose poise and grace on the game stage gave hope to fans and fighters alike.

May they all rest in peace.

posted 1/1/17

SYNDIES: Week 14
Results for the Week Ending December 18
From TV Newscheck

Several of the top-tier entertainment magazines made significant gains in the session ending Dec. 18, with extensive reports on the life of Growing Pains star Alan Thicke who died suddenly on Dec. 13.

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

GAME SHOWS

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.2 NC
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.6* +2%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.4* +2%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 +6%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.4 +8%

TV Newscheck

posted 12/30/16

More on "The Celebrity Apprentice"
Catch It Monday on NBC!
From Reality Wanted

"The New Celebrity Apprentice" kicks off with a new boss Arnold Schwarzenegger (because the old boss will become POTUS in a few weeks) on January 2. The show has also switched coasts and will be in Los Angeles rather than New York City.

NBC announced the six new boardroom advisors for the former Governator and they are: Rocco DiDpirito, a healthy lifestyle crusader, Tracey Edmonds, TV/film producer, Justine Ezarik, known as iJustine, Leeza Gibbons, TV host and former winner of "The Celebrity Apprentice," Gemma Godfrey, UK's leading FinTech influencer, and Bob Harper, health and fitness expert and trainer on "The Biggest Loser."

The six new boardroom advisors will be joined by previously announced advisors Warren Buffett, Steve Ballmer, Tyra Banks, Jessica Alba and Schwarzenegger's Nephew, Entertainment Attorney Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger Banks.

The 16 Celebrities competing on "The Celebrity Apprentice" include:

Laila Ali: author and daughter of boxing legend Muhammad Ali
Brooke Burke-Charvet: former "Dancing with the Stars" host
Eric Dickerson: Hall of Fame Football player
Boy George: Grammy winning artist
Matt Iseman: "American Ninja Warrior" host
Carrie Keagan: actress and Emmy-winning talk show host
Carson Kressley: Emmy-award winning TV star
Lisa Leslie: Olympic gold medalist and WNBA champion
Jon Lovitz: comedian, "Saturday Night Live" cast member
Vince Neil: Lead vocalist of Mötley Crüe
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi: Reality TV star and bestselling author
Kyle Richards: Actress and housewife on "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"
Chael Sonnen: former UFC fighter
Porsha Williams: Housewife from "the Real Housewives of Atlanta"
Ricky Williams: ESPN sports analyst and former Pro Football player
Carnie Wilson: Singer from pop group Wilson Philip

The celebrity contestants s are divided into two teams, Men vs. Women and will begin their first task from their new boss.

"The New Celebrity Apprentice" kicks off with back-to-back premiere episodes on Monday, January 2 at 8 pm ET.

Reality Wanted

posted 12/30/16

More on "Big Fan"
Catch It January 9 on ABC!
From Broadway World

The celebrity cast of ABC’s new comedic game show “Big Fan” features a spectacular line up of stars, including actress Kristen Bell (“Veronica Mars,” “Frozen”); reality television personality, actress, socialite and model Kim Kardashian West (“Keeping Up with the Kardashians”); Academy Award®-winning actor Matthew McConaughey (“True Detective,” “Dallas Buyers Club”) and NFL football quarterback Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers). Jimmy Kimmel, host of the 89th Oscars®, teams with Banijay Studios North America to produce. Big Fan is based on the hilarious “Who Knows…?” the celebrity vs. super-fan game segment that originally aired on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.” The segment became a viral video success when pop star Katy Perry went up against one of her biggest fans and lost. “Big Fan” premieres MONDAY, JANUARY 9 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), immediately following “The Bachelor.”

Hosted by Andy Richter, each episode of the half-hour, studio-based game show will feature one celebrity and three of his or her fans battling it out to prove who is the ultimate super fan. Contestants will go head-to-head to see who knows more about the episode’s featured celebrity. The winner will move on to the final round in an ultimate showdown, celebrity vs. super fan, to see who knows most about the celebrity. If the super fan wins, they will be awarded a priceless experience with the celebrity.

“Big Fan Matthew McConaughey” MONDAY, JANUARY 9 (10:00-10:30 p.m. EST) – Academy Award®-winning actor Matthew McConaughey goes up against a few of his biggest fans to see who knows more about Matthew McConaughey – him or them.

“Big Fan Aaron Rodgers” MONDAY, JANUARY 9 (10:30-11:00 p.m. EST) – Three football buffs step up to challenge Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers, and special guest Alex Trebek stops by to give host Andy Richter a few pointers.

“Big Fan Kim Kardashian West” MONDAY, JANUARY 16 (10:00-10:30 p.m. EST) – Among Kim Kardashian West’s millions of followers around the world, three are chosen to battle it out to be crowned her #1 super fan.

“Big Fan Kristen Bell” MONDAY, JANUARY 16 (10:30-11:00 p.m. EST) – Actress Kristen Bell meets some of her biggest fans, but only one will win a “Frozen” experience of a lifetime.

Jimmy Kimmel; David Goldberg, Banijay Group President and Banijay Studios North America CEO; and Caroline Baumgard, chief creative officer, Banijay Studios North America, serve as executive producers.

Broadway World

posted 12/30/16

WEDNESDAY: Four More Days Until 2017
ABC Wins With Comedies, "Match Game"; CBS Wins With Reruns
From the Futon Critic

ABC (3.792 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday with its repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (4.330 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1), "Speechless" (3.591 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Modern Family" (4.151 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1), "Black-ish" (3.709 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "Match Game" (3.486 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

CBS (4.739 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then was a close second with a new "Undercover Boss" (6.256 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) and repeats of "MacGyver" (4.237 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Criminal Minds" (3.724 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Next up was NBC (4.614 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and its mix of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.487 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), another "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.755 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "Chicago PD" (4.601 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.629 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up its special the "Foster Farms Bowl" (2.629 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.907 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Supergirl" (0.836 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) closed out the evening on The CW (0.871 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.066m
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 897k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/30/16

New Year's Lightning Round
... or "Kiss Me At Midnight"

  • Anderson Cooper, Chris Hardwick & Mark Cuban among Kelly's new co-hosts in the new year (Broadway World)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! Ryan Seacrest caught in elevator on the way to his annual perch (Broadway World)
     

  • Stop us if you've heard this one: a "Bachelor" contestant may have dumped her boyfriend to be on the show (Wetpaint)
     

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Miley Cyrus spends New Year's at a children's hospital (Reality TV World)

posted 12/30/16


Vanity Fair

DEBBIE REYNOLDS: 1932-2016
Actress Frequented Game Greats
From WLS Chicago/ABC

Debbie Reynolds, the legendary Hollywood entertainer and mother of Carrie Fisher, has died at age 84, Debbie Reynolds' son Todd Fisher has confirmed to ABC News.

Reynolds was rushed to a Los Angeles-area hospital on Wednesday, a source close to the actress confirmed to ABC News.

A representative for the Los Angeles Fire Department said earlier Wednesday that authorities responded at 1:02 p.m. PT to a medical aid request on the block where Reynolds, 84, has a home. LAFD transported an adult female in "fair to serious" condition to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, according to the LAFD rep.

On Tuesday, Reynolds addressed on Facebook the death of her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher, thanking friends and fans for their continued support. Earlier that day, Fisher died at the age of 60, four days after she suffered cardiac arrest while aboard a transatlantic flight.

"Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter," she wrote. "I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop. Love Carries Mother."

Reynolds' son, Todd Fisher, told ABC affiliate KABC Tuesday that the family was coming together to grieve their recent loss.

"My mother [Reynolds] is very strong right now and Billie, Carrie's daughter, is very strong ... we are all together now at this point," he said.

Reynolds has coped with her own health issues in the past, including what her son described as "a small stroke" last year.

Todd Fisher explained to ABC News this past summer that "when she was in the hospital and barely recovering from an operation, she had a small stroke."

In May, Carrie Fisher spoke to Entertainment Weekly and People magazine about her mother's health, calling her "frail."

"It's a lot of times terrifying watching my mother, who's incredibly resilient, coping with certain health issues that she's had," Fisher said at the time. "It's the thing that gives her life, but it was also pulling it out of her, because she'd perform and then she'd have to recover. But this is someone who wants to go back and do it now. She became very ill and now she's bouncing back."

In the game show world, Reynolds served as judge on the short-lived "Secret Talents of the Stars" and a guest stint on "RuPaul's Drag Race". She was also a player on "Hollywood Squares", "What's My Line?", "I've Got a Secret", "Win, Lose or Draw", and "Battlestars" to name a few.

Logo is devoting portions of its Friday and Saturday programming to the late Hollywood icon, beginning with a 12-episode Will & Grace marathon featuring all of Reynolds’ guest appearances as the mother of Debra Messing’s Grace (commencing Friday at 5 pm/ET).

Early Saturday morning, Logo will air the episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race in which Reynolds appeared as a guest judge (midnight/ET), as well as her episodes of Roseanne (1 am/ET) and Golden Girls (2 am/ET).

WLS Chicago
TMZ
Variety
TV Line
TV Line

posted 12/29/16

TUESDAY: CBS Gets "Honors"
Eye Wins with Annual Arts Special
From The Futon Critic

CBS (8.926 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) took home top honors on Tuesday with a repeat "NCIS" (9.584 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) and "The 39th Annual Kennedy Center Honors" (8.598 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3).

Second place then went to NBC (3.747 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) with repeats of "The Wall" (4.793 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1), "This Is Us" (3.589 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "Chicago Fire" (2.861 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10).

Next up was ABC (3.388 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and its second run lineup of "The Middle" (4.574 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "American Housewife" (3.731 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.020 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "The Real O'Neals" (2.426 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9) plus a last-minute "20/20" (3.288 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.532 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for repeats of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.546 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11), "New Girl" (1.120 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and "Bones" (1.731 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.913 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and a new "No Tomorrow" (0.601 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) closed out the evening for The CW (0.756 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.180m
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.176m
- MasterChef Canada (Cooking): 278k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/29/16


Games Gone By: Wipeout (1988)
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

It may not have had Rod Roddy and it may have had a shoddy set for a show backed by Paramount, but "Wipeout" was a good way for Peter Tomarken to go into retirement until "Paranoia" came along. And it's the subject of Chris Wolvie's latest "Games Gone By..."

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 12/29/16

"Deal or No Deal" Returns to India
Surya TV To Launch Malayam Second Season
From Times of India

Surya TV has re-launched its popular game show, 'Deal or No Deal,' which had given financial support to many of its viewers. The show made a comeback as season 2 and is anchored by actor Suraj Venjaramood. The game revolves around the opening of a set of numbered briefcases, which contains certain sums of money. The player chooses a case or a box to knock an amount of money off the board. The program will be aired on the channel at 9 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

Times of India

posted 12/29/16

MONDAY: Five Days to 2017, Folks...
ABC Wins with All Reruns
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.651 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the network to beat on an all-repeat Monday with its mix of "Happy New Year, Charlie Brown" (5.061 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "Rudolph's Shiny New Year" (4.772 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "The Great Holiday Baking Show" (4.119 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

CBS (3.909 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) then claimed the silver with its lineup of "Kevin Can Wait" (4.855 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4), "Man with a Plan" (4.049 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), another "Kevin Can Wait" (3.822 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), another "Man with a Plan" (3.632 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7) and "Scorpion" (3.548 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Next up was NBC (2.454 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with a rebroadcast of "Hairspray Live!" (2.454 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.447 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up second runs of "Gotham" (1.337 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "Lucifer" (1.557 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

And finally, encores of "iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2016" (0.859 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.593 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.792 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 1.148
- Cake Wars (Food): 863k
- America's Next Top Model (MTV): 305k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/29/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Returning for New Year's"

  • The Joey+Rory Show returns to RFD-TV New Year's Eve (Broadway World)
     

  • Jimmy Kimmel is "Here For The Right Reasons" in a Bachelor edition of his show January 2 (The Futon Critic)
     

  • 2.527 million: The number of people who turned into "Millionaire" on December 15: the largest single-day audience this season (Broadway World)
     

  • Rob Kardashian rushed to hospital with diabetic episode (Broadway World)
     

  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: "Debatable" looking for players for season 2 (Belfast Live)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEWS: Big Fan (ABC, January 9) (Valley Town Crier) and Pop Quiz: The Comeback (BBC) (The Telegraph)
     

  • Warn the Big Brother House, The Beast is loose? (Reality Box)

posted 12/29/16

Bob Barker Celebrates 60 Years in Television!
From "Truth or Consequences" to "Price Is Right", Radio DJ to Television Icon
From Washington Observer-Reporter

The problem for Bob Barker wasn’t getting up early every day for his new TV gig.

On the morning of Dec. 31, 1956, he had bowed as host of NBC’s weekday game show, “Truth or Consequences.” And he was thrilled.

But here was the hitch: Viewers in the Eastern United States tuned in for his show at 11:30 a.m. It aired live – which meant each zany, stunts-filled 30-minute telecast had to originate from its studio in Hollywood at what, for Barker and his fellow Californians, was a not-so-chipper three hours earlier than that.

“I liked live television,” says Barker. What he didn’t like was trying to rouse sleepy-eyed contestants who were still digesting breakfast.

“Can YOU imagine doing an audience-participation show at 8:30 in the morning?” Barker, 93, laughs, speaking by phone from his home just a few blocks from the theater that, 60 years ago, summoned early passers-by with the lure of free coffee and seeing a TV host in the flesh. (After a couple of weeks, Barker recalls, he persuaded his bosses to give him billing above “FREE COFFEE” on the marquee, which, he jokes, “was my first step to stardom.”)

Then a high-tech breakthrough came to his aid. The 33-year-old Barker, launching what would be a half-century run as a beloved star first on “Truth,” and through 2007 as host of “The Price Is Right,” would notch a huge TV milestone after only three weeks: On Jan. 22, 1957, “Truth or Consequences,” with Barker presiding, became the first program to be prerecorded on videotape for subsequent airing in all time zones.

As of that show, each “Truth” half-hour not only could be produced a day or more before its intended airdate, but, more importantly to Barker, could be staged at a more agreeable hour of the day.

“We all rejoiced,” says Barker. “The bigger the studio audience and the wider-awake it was, the better for me!”

“No longer will Hollywood tourists be importuned to face a custard pie routine at 8:30 a.m.,” echoed The New York Times in explaining how Barker’s show would introduce a prototype of Ampex’s amazing new quadruplex videotape machine.

This year, the television industry is observing the 60th anniversary of that radical breakthrough, which spared television shows from either going live, with resulting inconvenience and potential screw-ups, or resorting to a fuzzy kinescope (a film copy of a broadcast captured directly off the TV screen) if re-airings were required.

Washington Observer-Reporter

posted 12/28/16


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CARRIE FISHER: 1956-2016
Actress/Writer/Star Wars Legend Featured on "Deal or No Deal", "On the Lot"
From TV Line

Carrie Fisher, best known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, has died four days after suffering a sudden heart attack; she was 60 years old.

Fisher was felled by a massive heart attack on Friday during a flight from London to Los Angeles. “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” read a statement from family spokesperson Simon Halls. “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”

Actress Anna Akana, who was also on the flight, noted that Fisher wasn’t breathing for “10 minutes or so” after the attack. Once the plane landed in Los Angeles, paramedics performed CPR on Fisher for 15 minutes before getting a pulse. They then rushed her to nearby UCLA Medical Center, where she was placed on a ventilator. Hours later, Fisher was moved from the emergency room to the Intensive Care Unit, her brother, Todd Fisher, told Variety.

Fisher shot to international fame as Princess Leia in the 1977 blockbuster Star Wars and reprised the role in 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back and 1983’s Return of the Jedi. She returned to the franchise as Leia in last year’s The Force Awakens. She also had memorable film roles in When Harry Met Sally… (as Sally’s friend Marie) and The Blues Brothers (as Jake’s gun-toting ex-girlfriend).

She had an extensive career on TV as well, with appearances as herself on Sex and the City and The Big Bang Theory, along with roles on Entourage, 30 Rock and Smallville. In recent years, she voiced Peter’s boss Angela on Fox’s Family Guy and played Rob’s mother Mia on Amazon’s UK comedy Catastrophe. (Fisher was reportedly shooting an episode of Catastrophe in London before Friday’s flight back to L.A.)

In the realm of game, she was featured on a Star Wars edition of "Deal or No Deal" and also in "Celebrity Poker Showdown", "QI", and "On the Lot", where she was a featured judge.

Fisher was also an accomplished writer, penning the semi-autobiographical novel Postcards From the Edge, based on her relationship with her mother, movie star Debbie Reynolds. She also wrote the screenplay for the Postcards film, starring Meryl Streep, and worked for years as a highly paid script doctor in Hollywood, doing uncredited polishes on everything from Lethal Weapon 3 to The Wedding Singer.

TV Line
Broadway World
TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 12/28/16

QuizUp Gets BoughtUp
Meanwhile, NBC Project Is Officially Dead
From TechCrunch

The developers of popular celeb-themed games including Kim Kardashian: Hollywood and Nicki Minaj: The Empire, Glu Mobile, acquired Plain Vanilla Corp., and its mobile social trivia game QuizUp this week, according to an SEC filing.

The deal was valued at $7.5 million, including forgiven debt, according to sources familiar with the deal.

This is undoubtedly a disappointing fate for the investors who backed QuizUp, and kind of a steal for Glu Mobile.

The Iceland-based startup raised a hefty $22 million Series B round of venture funding led by Sequoia and Tencent in 2013. Altogether, the company had raised about $40 million in outside funding, according to Crunchbase, and had attracted tens of millions of users.

QuizUp, which is equal parts social network and mobile game, allows users to play trivia against friends, or to be matched in real time against an equally skilled and knowledgeable players, for a given subject.

QuizUp also let users create their own question and answer sets, which made it appealing to educators, fan communities, and brands looking for creative ways to promote their products.

Last year, the startup launched software that allowed corporations to use QuizUp to deliver corporate training to their employees. And it inked a deal with NBC for a 10-episode show based on and using QuizUp for audience-interactive elements of the show.

All that product development and maintenance costs money, of course. In January this year, publicly traded Glu Mobile backed Plain Vanilla with a promissory note that gave them the option to later purchase the startup and its QuizUp-related assets.

When NBC scuttled the QuizUp show in August, as Iceland-based Northstack reported at the time, it was expected that Glu would eventually buy QuizUp, provided the startup didn’t find other funds to keep its lights on, from profits or new backers.

Plain Vanilla CEO Thor Fridriksson declined to comment on terms of the deal with Glu Mobile, today. He only said, “I hope that Glu will take good care of my baby.”

Investors in QuizUp could not be immediately reached for comment.

TechCrunch

posted 12/28/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "QuizDown"

  • WEEKEND on cable...
    - Holiday Baking Championship (S/Food): 1.288m
    - Guy's Grocery Games: Impossible (SF/Food): 917k (Showbuzz Daily)
     

  • Just because "To Tell the Truth" is switching to a rotating panel doesn't mean Nene Leakes is fired, MediaFakeout (Gossip Cop)

posted 12/28/16

More on "The Game of Dating"
Tony Rock Hosts for TV One January 31
From Eurweb

TV One redefines the dating and game show genres this January with the debut of The Game of Dating. Hosted by popular comedian Tony Rock, the network’s prime time game show will offer viewers provocative, sexy and hysterical new takes on classic dating show scenarios.

The one-hour series ‘The Game of Dating’ premieres on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.
“The Game of Dating is a hilarious, jam-packed series filled with comedy, huge reveals and excellent play along,” said Brad Siegel, President of TV One.

“With expert comic timing, Tony Rock entertainingly navigates the audience and our contestants through two dates – each one as unpredictable and funny as the last. It’s the only game show where dating pays off!”

The Game of Dating begins each hour-long episode with three teams of friends and/or family who watch real dates in a “hidden camera” style from the comfort of their homes. Throughout the show, the teams, as well as Rock, will offer their funny and uncensored commentary.

The couples could be on an awkward first date, enjoying a new relationship, or they could be an existing couple with history just trying to keep the magic going. The competing teams watch the dates and do their best to figure out the daters’ stories and next moves in order to score cash.

As the two different dates progress, the teams – who are as diverse as the daters, including sorority sisters, bakers, barbers, hair stylists, multi-generational families, comedians, basketball moms and even a group of seniors – will participate in game play with multiple questions about the dates like:

“How long has this couple been dating?”; “Who will pay the check?”; or “Will she ask him up to her apartment when he drops her off after a dinner date?” Each correct answer earns the teams increasing amounts of cash and the team with the most money at the end of the episode wins the $10,000 grand prize.

Eurweb

posted 12/27/16

More on "Bakers vs. Fakers"
Catch "Cooks vs. Cons" Spinoff on Food Network January 25!
From Broadway World

Four competitors battle it out each episode for ultimate bragging rights and a cash prize, as Buddy Valastro hosts new culinary competition series BAKERS VS. FAKERS, premiering Wednesday, January 25th at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. Over two rounds of culinary challenges, a mix of home bakers and professional chefs must come up with delectable desserts that need to impress a rotating panel of guest judges, including Damiano Carrara, Nancy Fuller, Paulette Goto, Alex Guarnaschelli, Daphne Oz, Damaris Phillips, Lorraine Pascale, Natalie Sideserf, and Zac Young. With no higher standards for the professionals and no sympathy for the amateurs, a blind taste test will determine the best dessert. Only after THE WINNER IS selected will the true identities be revealed. If a professional is victorious, they take home $10,000, but if an amateur can beat the odds and take down the pros, they walk away with $15,000!

"As we have seen with the success of Cooks vs. Cons, not knowing who is the professional and who is the amateur makes the suspense that much greater for viewers at home, as they try to figure out, along with the host and judges, which competitors are bakers and which are fakers," said Didi O'Hearn, Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network & Cooking Channel.

In each one-hour episode the four competitors are put to the test, showcasing they have what it takes to beat their fellow opponents, while proving to the judges why they should be victorious. During one episode things ignite as the four bakers are confronted with using hot peppers to create spicy cupcakes. Judges Lorraine Pascale and Damaris Phillips join Buddy Valastro, in sifting out the bakers from the fakers. After one baker is eliminated, the remaining three move on to round two, where they must use school snacks in their winning dish, with the winner walking away with a cash prize. In another episode, judges Alex Guarnaschelli and Paulette Goto challenge the professional and amateur bakers to cobble together a gooey treat by using cheese in fruit cobblers. The bakers who move on to round two find the challenge twice as nice when rice must be used to find the sweet spot in the winning dish. And see what happens when the bakers square off in an attempt to win over host Buddy Valastro and judges Lorraine Pascale and Zac Young, as classic brownies must be combined with aromatic ginger to determine which competitors move one to round two. Catch all the fun and surprises to see if the pros or amateurs reign supreme!

Can you tell a professional baker from an amateur? Visit Food Network.com to relive the baking fails, see epic reveals and get tips to up your baking game. Join the conversation using #BakersvsFakers.

Bakers vs. Fakers is produced by Cakehouse Media.

Broadway World
The Futon Critic
Broadway World

posted 12/27/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "May the Force Be With Us All"

  • "Blankety Blank" replaced something important... the checkbook & pen is now a card swipe (Metro)
     

  • Jillian Harris gets engaged on Christmas (Reality TV World)
     

  • Miley Cyrus got cozy with Liam Hemsworth (Reality TV World)
     

  • "Deal or No Deal" ends its run with this big win (Telly Mix)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: LeBron James personally delivers "The Wall" contestants their money (CBS Sports)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: some of the biggest game show gaffes in 2016 (Entertainment Weekly)

posted 12/27/16


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GEORGE MICHAEL: 1963-2016
Singer-Songwriter A Secret Game Show Story
From TV Line

Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter George Michael “passed away peacefully at home” in Goring in Oxfordshire on Sunday, his publicist told the BBC. He was 53.

Michael’s manager told the AP the cause of death was heart failure. A statement from his publicist said, “There will be no further comment at this stage.”

Born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in East Finchley, London, Michael rose to fame at age 18 as half of the singing duo Wham!, partnering with longtime friend Andrew Ridgeley to sell more than 25 million albums worldwide from 1982 to 1986. Their first single to to top the charts was “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” followed soon after by “Careless Whisper.”

Following the break-up of Wham! in spring of 1986, Michael’s debut solo album, 1987’s Faith, sold more than 20 million copies.

Michael’s two Grammy wins came via his duet with Aretha Franklin, “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” (named Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance, Duo or Group), and Faith, which won Album of the Year in 1989.

Michael’s music has been part of several TV series, including Eli Stone (where his songs served as the title character’s “inner soundtrack” during Season 1) and most recently Scream Queens and the British Strictly Come Dancing. He played himself in a 2007 episode of HBO’s Extras, and appeared in The Catherine Tate Show‘s Christmas special in England that same year.

On the game show front, he was a featured mentor and performer during the course of "American Idol's" run, but that isn't where his game show ties end.

The Sun reports the singer gave money to a game show contestant. "Pointless" co-host Richard Osman tweeted, "A woman on 'Deal Or No Deal' told us she needed £15k for IVF treatment. George Michael secretly phoned the next day and gave her the £15k."

Osman says George Michael called a woman who competed on the UK version of “Deal or No Deal.” He gave her money she needed for IVF treatment.

The Independent reports that when she fell short of the sum, George Michael, apparently watching a bit of daytime TV at home, phoned in the next day and gave her the full amount.

He didn’t shout about the altruistic act, which remained a secret until his death.

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posted 12/26/16

THURSDAY: Project Runway Night
Catch the Finale, Then Project Runway Junior!
From Broadway World

NBC (12.555 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) was the network to beat once again on Thursday with its coverage of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (9.347 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (13.196 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1).

ABC (4.437 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the silver draw with a repeat "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (5.483 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) followed by a new "The Great Holiday Baking Show" (4.053 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and a second "The Great Holiday Baking Show" (3.775 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Next up was CBS (4.839 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its repeat mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.869 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "The Great Outdoors" (4.890 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Mom" (4.998 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Life in Pieces" (4.418 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), another "Life in Pieces" (3.593 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and yet another "Life in Pieces" (3.267 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.898 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) likewise opted for second runs of "Hell's Kitchen" (1.931 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and another "Hell's Kitchen" (1.866 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

And finally, night three of "Terry Crews Saves Christmas" (0.822 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and a repeat "Supernatural" (0.664 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) closed out the night on The CW (0.743 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Project Runway (SF/Lifetime): 1.785m
- Alone (History): 1.543m
- Chopped (SF/Food): 1.294m
- Beat Bobby Flay (SF/Food): 1.229m
- Project Runway Junior (SP/Food): 905k
- Top Chef (Bravo): 785k
- Comedy Knockout (11:30/truTV): 174k
- Comedy Knockout (11/truTV): 158k

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posted 12/26/16


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CINDY STOWELL: 1975-2016
Run Ends for Cancer-Stricken Champion
From
ABC News

"Jeopardy!" contestant Cindy Stowell's final episode aired Wednesday, marking the end of a six-game winning streak that culminated in winnings of more than $100,000. But she died from colon cancer at age 41 on Dec. 5, eight days before her first episode aired.

A message posted Wednesday on the game show's website read, "Six-time champion Cindy Stowell competed on Jeopardy! with a singular goal in mind: to donate her prize money to cancer-related organizations. When she taped her episodes in August and September of this year, she had Stage 4 cancer ... When Cindy was in the hospital, Jeopardy! sent her advance copies of her first three episodes, so she and her family were able to watch her realize a lifelong dream of competing on the show. Jeopardy! also expedited Cindy’s prize money, and she received and acknowledged it before she passed."

"Jeopardy!" tweeted a video Wednesday, writing, "'Jeopardy!' contestant Cindy Stowell passed away prior to her shows’ airings. Here is her 'Jeopardy!' story, in her own words." Its includes clips of Stowell auditioning and revealing her cancer diagnosis.

"I wanted to donate the money to cancer research, partly because ... I'm dying of cancer, and I really would like the money I win to be used to help others, and this seems like a good opportunity," she says in the video, adding she'd been a fan of "Jeopardy!" since she was nine years old.

The family has asked that people who are touched by Stowell’s story to consider a donation to the Cancer Research Institute in her name.

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posted 12/23/16


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ZSA ZSA GABOR: 1917-2016
Legendary Hollywood Bombshell A Frequent Game Player
From WXIN Indianapolis

Zsa Zsa Gabor, the curvy blonde actress known for her intriguing personal life, including nine marriages, her breathy accent and her habit of calling everyone “darling,” died Sunday after reportedly suffering a heart attack. She was 99.

Gabor is survived by her ninth husband, Prince Frederic von Anhalt.

The actress was born Sari Gabor in Budapest on Feb. 6, 1917. Her two sisters, Magda and Eva, also became actresses and she followed Eva to America, where she became a popular celebrity — famous for being famous.

Her lengthy film career began with 1952’s “Lovely to Look At,” and included spots in a dozen films and television series, including John Huston’s “Moulin Rouge” (1952) and the 1958 film noir “Touch of Evil” by Orson Welles.

Gabor’s marriages were the makings of endless headlines and among her husbands were actor George Sanders and hotel magnate Conrad Hilton.

“I am a marvelous housekeeper,” she once said. “Every time I leave a man I keep his house.”

She also noted, “Husbands are like fires. They go out when unattended.”

Her game show resume was equally vast, with appearances on "Animal Crack-Ups", "Break the Bank", "The Generation Game", "The Dating Game", "Funny You Should Ask", "Hollywood Squares", "I've Got a Secret", "Pantomime Quiz", "Tattletales", "Truth or Consequences", and "What's My Line?" to name a few.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Dec. 30 at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 504 N. Roxbury Drive, followed by interment at Westwood Village Memorial Park, 1218 Glendon Ave.

GSNN's Chris Tufts contributed to this story.

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posted 12/23/16

WEDNESDAY: Undercover Overachiever
No Survivor, No Problem for CBS
From The Futon Critic

CBS (5.719 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with the return of "Undercover Boss" (5.880 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) followed by a second "Undercover Boss" (5.339 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and a new "Code Black" (5.938 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

ABC (3.328 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then took home the silver with its special repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (4.180 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), "American Housewife" (3.431 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Modern Family" (3.947 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "The Real O'Neals" (2.980 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) plus the special "Game Changers with Robin Roberts" (2.716 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

Next up was NBC (3.265 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and its trio of "Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas" (3.022 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.322 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Chicago PD" (3.452 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.212 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) likewise offered up repeats of "Lethal Weapon" (3.783 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "Star" (2.642 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

And finally, night two of "Terry Crews Saves Christmas" (0.828 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and a repeat "Arrow" (0.636 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) closed out the night on The CW (0.732 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 1.169m
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (S/Spike): 857k
- Lip Sync Battle (S/Spike): 838k
- That Awkward Game Show (S/Spike): 354k
- Lip Sync Battle (S/CMT): 197k

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posted 12/23/16


Games Gone By: Hit Man
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

You don't need to be a Jeopardy!-level genius to win at "Hit Man". All you need is Sheldon Cooper's eidetic memory. OK, maybe not THAT much, but good retention skills are key in Chris Wolvie's latest dive into "Games Gone By...", a game that promised to make you an instant expert on two things every day!

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 12/23/16

Happy Holiday Lightning Round
... or "Let the Feats of Strength Begin!"

  • Nick Cannon is spending Christmas in hospital for lupus complications (Reality TV World)
     

  • 2 Broke Girls and RuPaul coming January 2 (TV Line)
     

  • Mel B maybe reuniting with the Spice Girls, but not before playing Chicago on Broadway (Broadway World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Arnold Schwarzenegger (Hollywood Reporter)

posted 12/23/16

SYNDIES: Week 13
Results for the Week Ending December 11
From TV Newscheck

Syndicated shows held on to most of their recent sharp gains in the session ending Dec. 11, even though some were in repeats for part of the week.

Dr. Phil dwarfed the talk shows for the 14 straight frame with a 3.5 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, dipping 3% for the week, but shooting up 21% from last year at this time.

Second-place Ellen DeGeneres was unchanged at a 2.6 while slipping 4% from last year.

Sophomore true crime series Crime Watch Daily notched the largest annual increase in the category, improving 25% from last year to a 1.0, despite easing 9% from its prior week’s season high.

On the rookie front, Harry, the season’s sole new first-run strip, maintained its previous session’s 1.2 and scored its highest weekly ratings yet in Boston, Tampa, San Diego, Las Vegas and Oklahoma City and in its 13th outing.

Elsewhere, courtroom queen Judge Judy was partially in repeats and gave back 1% to a still-potent 7.2. That put it in a dead heat for the No. 1 spot among all syndicated shows with Family Feud, which edged up 1% to a new season high 7.2. However, season to date, Judy topped all shows with a 7.0 average.

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 7.2* +1%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.5 NC
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 6.3* +2%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 NC
*season high

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posted 12/22/16

More on "Queen Boss"
Catch It on Centric January 14
From The Futon Critic

Over 500,000 new businesses start up each month in the United States, and African-American women represent the fasting-growing group of entrepreneurs. But how do these women know if they have a great concept for a business, and if they have the skills to be a C.E.O.? CENTRIC answers this question on Saturday, January14 at 10:00 PM ET, in its first business competition-reality series "Queen Boss."

Hosted by television personality and business woman Tracey Edmonds, "Queen Boss" is a new 8-episode series that strives to find the best and brightest African-American female entrepreneurs and have them compete for the business opportunity of a lifetime. Each week, 3 new female entrepreneurs will step into the "Queen Boss Conference Room" where they'll pitch their products to a panel of esteemed celebrity judges including Vanessa Simmons, Lauren Lake, Kandi Burruss, Carla Hall, Mikki Taylor, Lisa Price, Rakia Reynolds, Angela Benton and Robin Wilson. The entrepreneurs are all impressive women, but the judges put them to the test to see who has the Product, Passion, and Potential to win the competition.

Here's how it works. Each episode of "Queen Boss" features two distinct rounds of competition. In the first round, three of the competing entrepreneurs pitch their individual products to the judges who then deliberate with the host and eliminate one of the three entrepreneurs from the competition. In round two, the remaining two entrepreneurs are put to the ultimate test by competing against each other in a business challenge. The business challenges - which range from executing the perfect elevator pitch, out-trading the local professionals in the SoHo flea market scene, and creating a viral marketing on social media, -- take the ladies out of the boardroom and into the streets of New York City to see if they can show the judges they have the passion, creativity, and brains to win. The 6 winners return for a semi-final and final round episodes, as the judges narrow the field and ultimately select one woman to win the grand prize $25,000 "Queen Boss Start-Up Fund" to get her business off the ground and the title of "Queen Boss!"

"Queen Boss" is produced by Ora TV, with Jon Housman the Executive Producer and Blake Levin the Showrunner and Executive Producer of the series. SWSI Media co-produced, with Heidi Lehmann, Marci Weisler, and Suzette Cabildo serving as Co-Executive Producers. Leonard Burnett, Jamie Schutz, and Lindsay Roth also produced.

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posted 12/22/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Locked"

  • Rebecca Romijn, Jerry O'Connell to star in Hallmark movie of the week (The Futon Critic)
     

  • The family of Christina Grimmie is suing the promoter of the concert that led to her death (Reality TV World)
     

  • Alan Thicke died from a ruptured aorta (Detroit Free Press)
     

  • Howie Mandel to play Morristown (Advertiser News South)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: must resist urge to make a joke about Richard Osman's "Pointless" laptop... and there it goes (Evening Standard)
     

  • Paul Sinha gets grilled... in a panto (The York Press)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: "The Gong Show" (Reality Wanted)

posted 12/21/16

TUESDAY: The Night Terry Crews Saved Christmas
CBS Wins Minus "Voice" Competition
From TV Line

The Season 2 finale of Fox’s Scream Queens drew 1.38 million total viewers and a 0.5 rating on Tuesday night, ticking up to a 5-week audience high while again clutching onto its series low in the demo.

Over on NBC, Michael Bublé Sings and Swings did 5.3 mil/0.8, dropping 27 and 33 percent from last year (where it aired earlier in the month) to mark lows for the annual special. Leading out of that, Tony Bennett’s 90th-birthday special did 6.7 mil and a 0.8.

ABC’s The Year review (3.8 mil/1.1) led the night in the demo, while CBS’ NCIS rerun (9.8 mil/1.0) drew Tuesday’s largest audience.

The CW’s Terry Crews Saves Christmas special did 1 mil and a 0.3.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.189m
- Chopped Junior (SF/Food): 934k
- Window Warriors (SF/GSN): 303k
- Billy on the Street (truTV): 268k
- MasterChef Canada (Cooking): 197k
- Last Squad Standing (Oxygen): 143k

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posted 12/22/16

Doug Herzog Out at Viacom
"Remote Control" Producer Departs With CBS-Viacom Merger All But Abandoned
From Deadline

With the CBS-Viacom merger abandoned and President and CEO of Viacom International Media Networks Robert Bakish named CEO of Viacom, there is the first major executive shakeup at the Viacom TV networks. One of the company’s highest-ranked executives, veteran Doug Herzog, president of the Music and Entertainment Group, is leaving, sources confirm to Deadline.

Herzog, whose departure was first reported by Reuters, has a decades-long association with Viacom, first as president of MTV Productions in the 1980s and of Comedy Central in the 1990s and more recently as head of the entertainment group since 2004. The move comes after Herzog added more oversight, including over the MTV Networks, in a string of corporate restructurings at Viacom’s faltering cable networks over the past few years and after he installed new leadership at virtually all networks under his purview.

After a decade of Herzog rising within the Viacom cable networks hierarchy, Bakish three months ago was named President and Chief Executive Officer of a new TV unit, Viacom Global Entertainment Group, which combined VIMN division, which he ran, with the Herzog’s Music and Entertainment Group, which includes MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, Spike and Logo.

At the time of the reorganization, Bakish stressed in an internal memo that Herzog, as well as Nickelodeon Networks president Cyma Zarghami and BET Network president Debra Lee, were all going to stay put.

During his first tenure with MTV, in which he rose to become President of MTV Prods, Herzog developed and supervised MTV News and popular shows such as Remote Control, The Real World, Unplugged and Road Rules, as well as the network’s signature MTV Movie Awards and MTV Video Music Awards.

He then moved to the position of President of Comedy Central in 1995 where, in addition to spearheading several current signature standouts, he launched cult hits such as Win Ben Stein’s Money, Strangers with Candy and the network’s Roast franchise.

Herzog left for stints as President of Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company (1998-2000) and President of USA Network (2001-2004) before rejoining Viacom as president of the entertainment division.

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posted 12/21/16

It's a New Day on "LMAD"
WWE Superstars to Guest on Friday's Episode
From Broadway World

This year, LET'S MAKE A DEAL's holiday celebration is SO BIG, it takes two episodes to hold all the cash, prizes, and surprises. On Thursday, December 22nd, it's the adults' turn to get in the holiday spirit, with gifts, elves, and even a festive Jonathan Bighead.

Then, Santa won't be the only one stopping by for Let's Make a Deal's holiday family celebration on Friday, December 23rd, featuring some very special guests. WWE's longest-reigning tag team champions, The New Day, will join host Wayne Brady to create joyous festivities as they play a holiday Smash for Cash and a Christmas SFX game.

Watch as families play together to win prizes including American Girl Dolls, a visit to Santa in Finland, and of course, a few cars. It's a super-sized party to celebrate the season! Be sure to tune-in as WWE SUPERSTARS Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods and Big E join host Wayne Brady to help him attempt to give away more than $110,000 in cash and prizes.

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posted 12/21/16


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MONDAY: "The Wall" of Stuff
NBC's New Game Couples with AGT to Give Peacock the Night.
From Business Journal

NBA superstar LeBron James is making moves in the entertainment business, and his latest is a game show for NBC called "The Wall."

James' and Maverick Carter’s SpringHill Entertainment and Glassman Media are behind the series, hosted by comedian Chris Hardwick, which will premiere Tuesday, January 3 at 8p ET.

"What’s so great about ‘The Wall’ is that it’s giving these everyday, hard-working people the opportunity to change their lives in an hour," Carter, who's serving as an executive producer, recently told Business Insider of the show. "Over the course of one episode, you get to know these people and you hear their amazing stories, so you find yourself really pulling for them. It’s emotional, it’s intense, it’s exciting, and we can’t wait for people to experience it."

NBC’s America’s Got Talent holiday special on Monday drew 9.5 million total viewers and a 1.8 demo rating, leading the night in both measures.

Leading out of that, The Wall‘s sneak preview retained 6.5 mil and a 1.6, placing second for the night in the demo.

Over on CBS, Oprah Winfrey’s sitdown with exiting First Lady Michelle Obama drew 9.4 mil and a 1.3. Man With a Plan (6.2 mil/1.1) dipped, 2 Broke Girls (5.1 mil/1.2) was flat and Scorpion (7.5 mil/1.2) ticked up.

Pending adjustment due to NFL bumps in Washington, D.C. and Charlotte, ABC’s Great Christmas Light Fight (5.1 mil/1.2) is currently up a tenth, while The Great American Baking Show (3.6 mil/0.9) is showing significant gains. But again, football.

On cable:
- America's Next Top Model (VH1): 1.185m
- Cake Wars: Christmas (Food): 1.178m

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posted 12/21/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "But Does It Have a Waterslide?"

  • $3.6 million: how much it costs to buy JD Roth's Fun House (Los Angeles Times)
     

  • $3.1 million: how much Michael Barrymore is asking in a lawsuit against the police. $1.23: how much they're offering (ITV)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! a contestant on "The Chase" wants to use his winnings to meet David Bowie. Who died this year. (NME)
     

  • One person's happy Amanda Stanton split from her "Bachelor" other (Us)
     

  • Emily & Haley Ferguson are thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis close to getting some of that Ben & Lauren paper money (Us)
     

  • The GOOD news: Dean McDermott & Tori Spelling are expecting a FIFTH child (Reality TV World). The BAD news: they're also expecting a lawsuit (E! Online)
     

  • Reports: Fox pondering bringing back "SYTYCD" for one last dance (TV Line)
     

  • ABC holding a Bachelor watch party on Snapchat (Broadway World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Vanna White (Yahoo!)

posted 12/21/16

ANW Starting Blocks Set
Qualifying Begins March in Los Angeles
From Broadway World

NBC and Esquire Network's cultural sensation and ratings standout AMERICA NINJA WARRIOR has announced the cities across the United States that will be home to the action for the summer 2017 season.

"American Ninja Warrior" is hosted by Matt Iseman, along with former NFL player Akbar Gbajabiamila and co-host Kristine Leahy and will begin its sixth season on NBC. Original episodes air exclusively on NBC with encore presentations on Esquire Network, on which the series enters its ninth season.

The series will make stops in Los Angeles, Calif. (March 7-8); San Antonio, Texas (March 26-27); Daytona, Fla. (April 7-8); Kansas City, Mo. (April 24-25); Cleveland, Ohio, (May 8-9); and Denver, Colo. (May 23-24) with the finals taking place in Las Vegas, Nev. (June 19-24).

Last summer "American Ninja Warrior" averaged a 2.1 rating in adults 18-49 and 7.2 million viewer overall, according to "live plus seven day" averages from Nielsen Media Research, making it the show's most-watched season ever.

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posted 12/20/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Now You're Cooking!"

  • WEEKEND CABLE NUMBERS:
    - Holiday Baking Championship
    (SF/Food): 1.861m
    - Clash of the Grandmas
    (SF/Food): 1.263m
    - Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.154m
    - Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 167k
     (Showbuzz Daily)
     

  • Adam Growe brings "Cash Cab" to his stage show (The Gate)
     

  • Bob Eubanks brings "Hollywood's Greatest Game Shows" to the Space Coast (Space Coast Daily)
     

  • Giuliana Rancic celebrates five years cancer free (Reality TV World)
     

  • How Noel Edmonds turned "Deal or No Deal" into "The Game Plane" (Radio Times)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Fannie Flagg (Wall Street Journal)

posted 12/19/16

More on "Ultimate Beastmaster"
Season 1 of Global Game Show Begins Streaming on Netflix February 24
From Broadway World

From six regions across the world, Netflix brings together the athletic elite in a competition series that will exhaust their physical and mental stamina and push them to their breaking points. With global bragging rights at stake, these contestants must leave it all on the course in order to prove victorious.

All ten episodes of Netflix's first global competition series ULTIMATE BEASTMASTER will launch on Friday, February 24 at 12:01am PST. Get a first look below!

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: Brazil, Germany, Japan, Mexico, South Korea and the U.S, The series is produced by Sylvester Stallone (Creed, Grudge Match) and Dave Broome (The Biggest Loser, Strong).

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.

As previously announced, the hosts for each country are:

- U.S.: Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Ridiculous Six), Charissa Thompson (Extra TV, FOX Sports)
- Brazil: Anderson Silva (former 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)

For more on Ultimate Beastmaster, follow:
Beastmaster Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UltimateBeastmaster/
Beastmaster Twitter: https://twitter.com/Beastmaster

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posted 12/19/16

Junior Masters in the House
New Season of "MasterChef Junior" Premieres February
From Broadway World

The kids are back for Season Five of the hit culinary competition series MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, premiering Thursday, Feb. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Judges Chef Gordon Ramsay and Chef Christina Tosi welcome the latest crop of junior home cooks to the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR kitchen, where they will compete for the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR trophy and the $100,000 grand prize.

After a nationwide search, 40 of the best junior home cooks between the ages of eight and thirteen have been chosen for their final test - a culinary battle in the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR kitchen in front of Chefs Gordon Ramsay and Christina Tosi. Only THE 20 best chef-testants who prove they have the chops to take home the trophy will move forward and earn a MASTERCHEF JUNIOR white apron.

This season, the kids will face exciting challenges, including completing a challenge from First Lady Michelle Obama; cooking a meal for more than 50 first responders; MASTERCHEF JUNIOR's first-ever vegan challenge, from guest judge Mayim Bialik ("The Big Bang Theory"); and cooking for other VIPs, including Julie Bowen ("Modern Family") and Muppets "Miss Piggy" and "Swedish Chef," until one talented kid is named America's next MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, taking home the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR trophy and $100,000 grand prize.

In the season premiere episode, "The Quest for an Apron Part 1," 40 junior home cooks come to Los Angeles ready to compete for a MASTERCHEF JUNIOR apron. In each culinary showdown, four chefs receive a unique challenge - from steak, to scallops to cupcakes. Two lucky winners from each group earn an apron and a chance to move on, while two head back home. The competition is tougher than ever as Gordon and Christina separate the best junior chefs from all the rest. All Top 20 contestants will be revealed in the following episode, "The Quest for an Apron Part 2," airing Thursday, Feb. 16 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

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posted 12/19/16


Games Gone By: Just Men!
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

It's Ladies Night on "Games Gone By...", which is ironic as the name of the show Chris Wolvie presents this time is "Just Men!" But, hey, who says game shows have to be logical?

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 12/19/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Fourth Harmony"

  • Fifth Harmony looks like it's heading the way of another "X Factor" product, OneDirection, as Camila Cabello quits (Cosmopolitan)
     

  • BETTERIDGE'S LAW: "Could Deal or No Deal Survive?" (CelebMix)
     

  • The Bachelor: .... and another one gone, and another one gone, another one bites the dust (Reality TV World)
     

  • Two Dancing pros go gaga over baby during shower (Reality TV World)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Nick Cannon's kids have a candy room (Reality TV World)
     

  • ABC, ESPN try desperately to hold onto the latter's dwindling base by improving the coverage quality of all major & minor sports leagues in the world... Just kidding, they're launching a Bachelor Fantasy League. (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Esquire decks the halls with "Ninja Warrior", fa la la la la, la la, la, l-OUCH! (The Futon Critic)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Nick Viall (Reality TV World)

posted 12/19/16


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ALAN THICKE: 1947-2016
"Growing Pains" Dad Also a Prolific Game Show Composer, Host
From the Hollywood Reporter

Alan Thicke has died at the age of 69, according to TMZ.

The actor reportedly had a heart attack while playing hockey with his son. He was transported to the hospital on Tuesday afternoon where he was pronounced dead.

Thicke was best known for his role on the sitcom Growing Pains, and most recently appeared on Netflix's Fuller House.

After hosting a successful daytime talk show in Canada, the Ontario native launched the syndicated Thicke of the Night in September 1983 for an American audience. However, it proved to be no match for The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson and lasted just nine months.

In the world of game shows, he is known for hosting "Pictionary", "All-New 3's a Crowd" & "Animal Crack-Ups" in the US, and "First Impressions" & "Face the Music" in his native Canada. He also composed the original theme music to "Whew!", "The Wizard of Odds", "The Diamond Head Game", "Celebrity Sweepstakes", "Blank Check", "Stumpers!" and "Wheel of Fortune".

He's survived by his sons Brennan, Carter and Blurred Lines singer Robin, as well as his wife, Tanya.

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posted 12/16/16

Station Swap
Alexander Armstrong, Richard Osman to Trade Jobs for 1000th Pointless
From Digital Spy

In the biggest news of today – Alexander Armstrong and Richard Osman will swap roles on Pointless in the New Year.

Yep, to celebrate the 1,000th episode of the quiz show, main host Alexander will be stepping out from behind the podium for the first time ever and switching with his "Pointless friend" behind the desk.

Speaking about the one-off change, Richard said: "I'm so delighted that the ridiculous rise and rise of Pointless continues and have loved spending 1,000 episodes alongside my TV husband Xander.

"Swapping roles was a real treat but let's just say I'm not in a hurry to do it again – Xander's job is much harder than it looks."

Alexander added: "I can't tell you how exciting this is for Richard and me. I imagine it's probably fairly obvious how much we love making Pointless – but to pass the 1,000th episode mark is a great tribute to a show that so many people work so hard on."

To mark the occasion, previous contestants will return to the studio, including the winners of the first ever Pointless jackpot in 2009, while a bigger charity jackpot (£2,500) will be up for grabs.

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posted 12/16/16

New Year, New "Truth"
More on the January 1 Season Premiere
From Broadway World

The season premiere of TO TELL THE TRUTH, SUNDAY, JANUARY 1 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EST), features Ashley Graham, Jalen Rose, Angela Kinsey and Donald Faison on the celebrity panel. In this episode the panel is faced with finding the national champion Sumo wrestler, the inventor of the hashtag, the creator of the language Dothraki used on "Game of Thrones," an original dancer from "Soul Train" and someone who has survived a bear attack.

Hosted by Anthony Anderson, "To Tell the Truth" is a funny re-imagination of the beloved game show by the same name. The all-new version takes the excitement to another level, featuring fun characters from pop culture. Anderson's mother, Doris, is also part of the fun as commentator.

In each round the panel is presented with three people who all claim to be the same person with the same incredible talent, job or achievement. One is sworn to tell the truth while the 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. David Friedman, Jennifer Mullin, Jeff Gaspin, George Moll and Anthony Anderson are executive producers.

Broadway World

posted 12/16/16

THURSDAY: Week 15 Begins
NBC Wins on MNF
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.869 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) once again rode to victory behind its "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (9.027 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3) and "Thursday Night Football" (10.037 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2).

CBS (8.365 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (15.771 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1), "The Great Outdoors" (8.327 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4), "Mom" (8.177 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5), "Life in Pieces" (6.889 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6) and "Pure Genius" (5.515 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

Next up was ABC (3.378 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its holiday lineup of "Disney Prep & Landing" (3.791 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice" (3.263 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "The Great Holiday Baking Show" (3.635 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and a special "Primetime: What Would You Do?" (2.972 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.929 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "Hell's Kitchen" (2.105 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) and another "Hell's Kitchen" (1.754 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

And finally, the annual "iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2016" (1.147 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.965 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) closed out the evening for The CW (1.102 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.733m
- Alone (History): 1.499m
- Chopped (Food): 1.091m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 980k
- Project Runway: Project Rewind (Lifetime): 966k
- Top Chef (Bravo): 820k
- Project Runway: Fashion Startup (SF/Lifetime): 533k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 408k
- Comedy Knockout (11p/truTV): 260k
- Comedy Knockout (11:30p/truTV): 244k

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posted 12/16/16

What's "Babushka" en Español?
Spain Picks Up Armoza Format
From C21 Media

A broadcaster in Spain has picked up the rights to Israeli gameshow format Babushka from Armoza Formats.

TVG will air the primetime studio-based format, which features contestants opening giant versions of Russian babushka dolls as they attempt to win cash.

If the babushka is empty, the competitor loses any money accumulated to that point, whereas if there is a smaller doll inside they continue to win, with a top prize of US$500,000.

The first season, locally produced by Productora Faro, will comprise 65 episodes and will begin airing daily this month. Elsewhere, French production company CBecauseTV has acquired the local rights to the show.

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posted 12/16/16

"Are You The One" (Eleven)?
MTV Launches Season 5 January 11
From the Futon Critic

MTV today announced 22 love hopefuls who'll be joining the fifth season of hit matchmaking series, "Are You The One?" Heating up airwaves as the perfect cure to the winter blues, these adventurous singles are ready to turn their backs on dysfunctional relationship habits and surrender to the series' signature matchmaking process. "Are You The One?" returns for a new season of perfect matches and passionate possibilities on Wednesday, January 11 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT.

"Are You The One?" is MTV's wildly-popular dating competition spectacle that strives to answer the question, "If your perfect match was standing right in front of you, would you even know it?" The rules may be simple, but the game of love is never easy as 11 couples, with the help of host, Ryan Devlin, try to pair up with their pre-selected ideal partner as determined by a rigorous, pre-season matchmaking process carried out by a team of professional relationship gurus and psychologists. With only 10 tries to find the winning combination the love seekers will have to follow their hearts if they want to walk away with love and their share of one million dollars.

Joining the eclectic cast this season is Tyler, whose upbringing on the mean streets of South Boston has led to a "fake it 'til you make it" attitude that causes him to lead girls on. Alicia, who's headstrong in life and love and can never loose an argument. Derrick, the star college athlete who can grab attention quickly, but finds himself alone when he continually fails to commit. And Carolina who's fatal flaw lies in her deep commitments to relationships - even when they're dysfunctional.

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posted 12/16/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Let's Play Two"

  • Survivor looks to play two more seasons in Fiji (Inside Survivor)
     

  • CJ de Mooi claims a false Wikipedia entry led to his arrest (Pink News)
     

  • Howie Mandel to host all star comedy jam for CW (The Futon Critic)

posted 12/16/16

Meet the Hunted
Catch It on CBS January 22
From the Futon Critic

CBS today announced the 18 everyday people who will go on the run as fugitives trying to evade capture in HUNTED. The new high-stakes competition series premieres immediately following the NFL's AFC Championship game, on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/7:00-8:00 PM, PT - time is approximate after post-game coverage). The series moves to Wednesdays on Jan. 25, 2017, with a special two-hour episode, 8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT. In subsequent weeks, HUNTED will air 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT.

HUNTED follows nine teams of two in a real-life manhunt as they attempt the nearly impossible task of disappearing in today's vast digital world, as highly skilled investigators combine state-of-the-art tracking methods with traditional tactics to pursue and catch them. From searching their targets' homes and scouring their internet and cell phone histories, to identifying behavioral patterns, Command Center investigators and Hunters in the field work together to identify clues to potential hiding places and collaborators that can ultimately lead to capture. Will the anxiety of being fugitives on the run cause teams to make a critical error, or will they be able to stay off the grid long enough to avoid being found within 100,000 square miles of the southeastern United States? A grand prize of $250,000 will be awarded to each team that successfully evades being caught for up to 28 days.

The fugitives come from diverse backgrounds, including a former gang member-turned criminal defense attorney and his girlfriend, a pastor's daughter; a former Miss South Carolina USA and her real estate agent fiancée; a pair of moms hoping to use the prize money to make life better for each of their family's children; and an escape room business owner and his best friend, among others.

Video bios are in the link below.

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posted 12/15/16

WEDNESDAY: A Game Changer
A Preview of Where Survivor is Headed Next, Plus a Win for Fox, CBS
From various sources

Survivor: Game Changers' format and returnees cast have been partially revealed by CBS.

CBS has confirmed Survivor's upcoming 34th edition will be titled Survivor: Game Changers and feature a cast of prior castaways returning for another shot to win a million dollars.

According to the season's theme, the veteran castaways made memorable moves, played with impressive strategies, and some of them have even won the game before -- in some cases, multiple times.

In a preview video that played during Wednesday night's live reunion special for Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X, some of the cast was announced.

The video also showed the following Survivor: Game Changers castaways in action: Aubry Bracco, Caleb Reynolds, Michaela Bradshaw, Cirie Fields, James "J.T." Thomas, Tony Vlachos, Malcolm Freberg, Ciera Eastin, Tai Trang, and Sandra Diaz-Twine.

In addition, Survivor host Jeff Probst introduced some of the returning players in the CBS studio. Michaela was sitting with the Millennials vs. Gen X cast, and then Jeff invited Tony, Tai, Caleb, Ciera, Cirie, Sandra and Ozzy Lusth to join him on the stage.

"The players have evolved the game by pushing the boundaries with risky, game-changing moves; brilliant psychological manipulation; innovating methods for gathering information; and all-in, million-dollar moves at Tribal Council," Jeff said in the preview video of next season.

"The gameplay has become so unpredictable that getting to the end now demands risking it all. Next season, we are bringing together the most competitive players ever assembled to battle it out in Fiji... launching the game into its next evolution."


FOX (7.149 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) led the demo race on Wednesday with the fall finale of "Empire" (7.573 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) followed by the launch of "Star" (6.726 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2).

CBS (8.317 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then was the silver draw with the season finale of "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X" (9.136 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T3) alongside the "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X Reunion" (6.677 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9).

Next up was NBC (6.328 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3) and its holiday offerings "A Pentatonix Christmas Special" (7.490 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T9) and "A Saturday Night Live Christmas Special" (5.748 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8).

Meanwhile, ABC (6.036 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3) offered up its 2016 closers to "The Goldbergs" (6.130 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5), "Speechless" (5.408 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6), "Modern Family" (6.827 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T3), "Black-ish" (5.514 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6) and "Designated Survivor" (6.167 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #11).

And finally, "The Top 12 Greatest Christmas Movies of All Time" (1.274 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and an encore of "The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" (1.026 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) closed out the evening on The CW (1.150 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

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posted 12/15/16

So That Would Be 16 Bits?
Go 8 Bit Gets Renewed
From Kotaku

Dave (the television channel, not some random person) has commissioned two more series of Go 8 Bit, the programme game show all about video games. Headed up by Dara O'Briain and Ellie Gibson, each episode had celebrities competing in mini challenges across five different games, including things like Tetris, Tekken, and Chuckie Egg.

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posted 12/15/16

TUESDAY: There's A New Voice in Town
NBC Wins on Season Finale Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (10.980 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) took home the demo crown on Tuesday with a "The Voice Recap" (8.850 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) followed by the season finale of "The Voice" (12.045 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1).

CBS (12.072 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with its trio of "NCIS" (14.701 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "Bull" (11.558 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.958 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

Next up was ABC (3.875 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its mix of "The Middle" (6.637 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4), "American Housewife" (5.569 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5), "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.050 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and "The Real O'Neals" (3.304 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) followed by an encore of "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" (1.844 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.564 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up originals from "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.187 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9), "New Girl" (1.708 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) and "Scream Queens" (1.182 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (0.969 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.792 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) on The CW (0.880 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) wrapped up the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.042m
- Chopped Junior (Food): 819k
- Last Squad Standing (Oxygen): 307k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 277k
- Billy on the Street (truTV): 219k
- Window Warriors (GSN): 171k

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posted 12/15/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "If They Could See Me Now"

  • Carrie Ann Inaba gets a ring on it (Reality TV World)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Ruben Studdard & Clay Aiken... together again for the first time (TV Line)
     

  • Steve Harvey hosts Miss Universe again. Hopefully they'll give him the right card this time (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Howie Mandel to host the Canadian Screen Awards (CBC)
     

  • "The Apprentice" wants to send you on a cruise (Broadway World)
     

  • Jackie Evancho chosen to sing the National Anthem on Inauguration Day (Huffington Post)

posted 12/15/16

More on the Return of "Top Model"
Catch It on VH1 Tonight!
From Reality TV World

America's Next Top Model has revealed the celebrity guests who will appear on VH1's revamped season.

The celebrity guests will help America's Next Top Model judges Ashley Graham, Drew Elliott and Law Roach decide which of the 14 female contestants has what it takes to win it all.

Celebrity guests will include actress and fashion icon Zendaya Coleman, social-media star and record producer DJ Khaled, recording artist Tinashe, singer and So You Think You Can Dance judge Jason Derulo, and talk show host and former Dancing with the Stars contestant Amber Rose.

Additional celebrities who will appear on Season 23 are hip-hop artist French Montana, supermodel and Victoria Secret Angel Chanel Iman, model and social-media sensation Jasmine "Golden Barbie" Sanders, music video director Director X, and runway coach and international model Stacey McKenzie.

In seasons past, celebrity guests kick off challenges, inspire the contestants and occasionally serve as judges at panel.

As previously revealed, singer and actress Rita Ora will serve as the host of the show.

The winner of America's Next Top Model will receive $100,000, a commercial feature on behalf of Rimmel London, a fashion spread in Paper magazine, and an exclusive one-year talent deal with VH1.

The reboot (and everything else on cable) placed thusly...
- America's Next Top Model (P/VH1): 1.283m
- Cake Wars: Christmas (Food): 807k
- Guy's Grocery Games (S/Food): 636k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 396k

Meanwhile...

NBC (9.368 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) scored the top spot on Monday with part one of the "The Voice" (11.403 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) finale followed by a new "Timeless" (5.299 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

CBS (6.495 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with new episodes from "Kevin Can Wait" (7.331 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "Man with a Plan" (6.633 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "2 Broke Girls" (5.821 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "The Odd Couple" (5.272 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9) and "Scorpion" (6.955 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8).

Next up was ABC (4.874 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with week two of "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (5.706 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), another "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (5.256 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and a repeat "The Great Holiday Baking Show" (3.662 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.739 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "Gotham" (1.676 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "Lucifer" (1.802 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, the specials "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" (1.188 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and "Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown 2016" (0.895 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) closed out the evening for The CW (1.041 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

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posted 12/14/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "British Tabloids Can't Tell When Brad Is Joking"

  • Bradley Walsh catches the Governess breaking the rules on "The Chase". British tabloids have a field day, because of course they would (Key 103 Manchester)
     

  • Nick Cannon caught in baby mama drama (Reality TV World)
     

  • Facebook wants to play (Engadget)
     

  • Jackie Evancho chosen to sing the National Anthem on Inauguration Day (Huffington Post)

posted 12/14/16

"Divided" Gets a Drop Date
GSN Sets Premiere for January 19, Followed by Season Premiere of "Idiotest"
From GSN PR

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today it will pair the debut of its new original game show series, DIVIDED, with the season four premiere of returning favorite, IDIOTEST, beginning Thursday, January 19. The network will air back-to-back episodes of DIVIDED at 9 and 9:30pm, followed by two new episodes of IDIOTEST at 10 and 10:30pm.

Hosted by Emmy® Award winning executive producer Mike Richards (“The Price is Right,” “Let’s Make A Deal”), DIVIDED serves as part game show, part social experiment, asking whether a team of complete strangers can agree on the same answer in order to collectively win prize money. Each half-hour episode of DIVIDED features four contestants who must come to a consensus on the answers to each of the questions they are given, while a ticking clock reduces their potential bounty for every moment they spend debating. With more money available to win in each successive round, the intensity escalates – from collectively voting a teammate off, to the final twist, when the remaining prize money is divided into three drastically unequal parts and the contestants must agree on who should receive which share – or risk losing everything if the clock runs out. The more the players argue, disagree or dig in their heels, the less money becomes available to them.

“DIVIDED is the first game show of its kind, fusing together the exuberance of game shows with the cutthroat drama of reality TV,” says Amy Introcaso-Davis, GSN’s EVP Programming and Development. “Audiences will be shocked by the different group dynamics that happen when people are faced with opposing personalities, little time, high stress and so much money at stake.”

IDIOTEST, hosted by comedian Ben Gleib (“Chelsea Lately,” “Ben Gleib: Neurotic Gangster”) and based on the highly popular app game, pits two pairs of contestants against each other in several rounds of visual brain teasers that look deceptively simple, but whose answers actually require a sharp eye, quick mind and heightened sense of logic. Every question involves a fun, colorful and often whimsical scene that tests observation and attention to detail. Contestants play the game on giant touch screens, trying to win money...or at least not look stupid. If they fail at both, Gleib is always ready with his irreverent wit and hilarious observational humor.

The new season of IDIOTEST will again feature a number of special episodes, including Hipsters vs. Fashionistas, Teachers vs. Students and Good Girls vs. Bad Boys, plus “rivalry” shows like Ohio State vs. Michigan and USC vs. UCLA, to special all-kids versions of the show. Celebrity comedians participating this season also include Amir K, Jo Koy, Sidney Castillo, Zainab Johnson, Brad Williams, Adam Ray, Ian Bagg, Lachlan Patterson and more.

DIVIDED is produced by Talpa Media USA, Inc. for GSN. Executive producers are John de Mol and Jay Bienstock of Talpa and Michael Canter. IDIOTEST is produced by Little Wooden Boat Productions, Inc. Executive Producers are Mark Cronin of Little Wooden Boat Productions, Adam Rosenblatt, Jamie Rosenblatt and Christian Horner of H2R Productions; Ryan Devlin and Shawn Greenson of He Shoots, He Scores Productions, and Larry Barron, Ryan Curtis and Craig Brooks. Ben Gleib also serves as an executive producer on the series.

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posted 12/13/16

SYNDIES: Week 12
Reesults for the Week Ending December 4
From B&C

Syndies came bouncing back in the week ended Dec. 4, the first full week after the November sweep and the week after the long Thanksgiving weekend when viewers spend more time watching football and parades than syndication staples.

Many shows retitled themselves on Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, so those low-rated episodes were not included in shows’ weekly ratings averages. Other shows allows those low-rated days to be included, so some shows had an advantage when comparing performances over the two weeks.

On balance, shows airing in access, which see the direct benefit of shorter days and colder nights, were the week’s winners.

The top-three game shows all ricocheted from season lows in the prior week to new season highs.

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud advanced 18% to a 7.1, up 20% from last year at this time. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune gained 16% to a 6.5 but was still down 7% compared to last year. CTD’s Jeopardy! grew 17% to a 6.2, down 3% compared to last year.

Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire declined 6% to a 1.6, but with better clearances was up 33% from the same week last year. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game, which will end its run after this season, was unchanged at a 1.3.

B&c
TV Newscheck

posted 12/13/16

WEEKEND: Eye Think Not, NBC!
CBS Breaks NBC's Demo Streak
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.955 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) claimed the top spot on Friday with its mix of "MacGyver" (7.463 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.325 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) and "Blue Bloods" (10.079 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1).

NBC (4.796 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a close second with originals from "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (3.227 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Dateline NBC" (5.581 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

Next up was ABC (4.764 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with its combination of "Last Man Standing" (6.505 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Dr. Ken" (4.476 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Shark Tank" (4.872 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "20/20" (3.931 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.495 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up new episodes from "Hell's Kitchen" (3.273 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "The Exorcist" (1.717 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, the fall finales of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.050 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.585 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) closed out the night on The CW (0.817 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable Sunday...
- Holiday Bakuing Championship (Food): 1.974m
- Lip Sync Battle Shorties (S/Nick): 1.782m
- Guy's Grocery Games: Impossible (Food): 1.344m
- Clash of the Grandmas (Food): 1.329m

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/13/16

"Redemption" Song
Ink Master Spinoff Renewed for Season 4
From the Futon Critic

Tuesday night has become "Ladies Night" on Spike as a record number of women tuned-in to the most recent season of the network's hit series, "Ink Master." Season 8, which concluded on December 6, delivered a 57% female audience, the highest in franchise history. The season, which featured its first female winner, was also the second-most watched in franchise history, demonstrating the ever-increasing popularity of one of the network's signature shows.

"Ink Master" Season 8 ranked #1 in its timeslot in all of cable (10:00 -11:00 PM, ET/PT) with Adults 18-49, Women 18-49 and Women 18-34.

The "Ink Master" LIVE Finale delivered big numbers for the network as well. The nail-biting culmination to the dramatic Season 8 netted 2.1 million viewers last Tuesday night, December 6.

This season of "Ink Master" was all about the females, as four of the top 18 contestants teamed up to form an alliance which helped propel two female artists to the finale. Ryan Ashley, owner and artist at The Strange & Unusual Oddities Parlor in Kingston, PA was victorious and has become the first ever female winner of "Ink Master."

"I'm so proud that after eight seasons' we finally have our first female winner of Ink Master," said Sharon Levy, Executive Vice President, Original Series, Spike. "The show continues to keep fans on the edge of their seats and remains a major ratings driver for the network, especially with women. I can't wait to see what twists the series brings next season."

The "Ink Master" finale was the #1 social show in all of cable TV on Tuesday and #2 in all of TV (excluding sports), generating almost a quarter million total social interactions. On Twitter, both #InkMaster and #InkRyan led the trending topics and over 100k votes via tweet were submitted to help choose the finalists.

As the "Ink Master" franchise continues to thrive, the network has greenlit a new season of its spin-off series "Ink Master: Redemption," with 10 additional episodes.

Season 4 of the spin-off series, which offers unsatisfied former "human canvases" of "Ink Master" a chance to receive a new tattoo that leaves them happier than their last, will debut in 2017 in conjunction with "Ink Master" Season 9.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/13/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "You Got the Curse"

posted 12/13/16

Don Francisco Returns
"Siempre Niños" Launches January 8 on Telemundo
From Broadway World

Hosted by the beloved Mario Kreutzberger, better known as Don Francisco, Telemundo introduces the new entertainment show SIEMPRE NINOS, premiering Sunday, January 8th at 8pm/7c. In this new format designed for the entire family, viewers will enjoy, as never before, how kids take control of the screen and adults relive memories from their childhood. The show will feature entertaining segments, games and challenges, hilarious debates as young participants put their minds to solving adult problems, in addition to the presentation of kids with extraordinary talent, as well as guest artists sharing stories and antics of when they were little.

Mario Kreutzberger, better known as "Don Francisco," is an international media icon and the creator and host of "Sábado Gigante" (Giant Saturday), the longest running TV variety show in the world according to Guinness World Records, who has interviewed numerous world leaders during his more than 53-year long career. Currently, he is the host of TELEMUNDO's "Don Francisco Te Invita," which airs Sundays at 10pm/9c.

Broadway World

posted 12/12/16

No Puppet, You're a Puppet
NBC, Craig Ferguson Bring Talpa's "Puppet Show" Stateside
From Deadline

Puppet acts have been a staple on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, including ventriloquists Terry Fator, who won Season 2 and has gone on to be a very successful headliner in Las Vegas, and Season 10 winner Paul Zerdin. The network now is putting puppets in the spotlight, teaming with The Voice producer Talpa Media, Muppet creators The Jim Henson Company, comedian and Celebrity Name Game host Craig Ferguson and Universal Television Alternative Studios for Top Puppet, a new competition special set out to discover the next great puppet act. Casting is underway for the special, which will premiere next summer. It is designed as a one-off, but success could lead to more. Ferguson is executive producing and not expected to host.

In Top Puppet, competitors will battle it out in front of a live studio audience and three judges who will seek originality. The goal is to feature the full spectrum of puppeteering on the show — from hand puppets to giant walkers, marionettes to humanettes, ventriloquists to singing hand puppets — with acts as grand as the spectacle of The Lion King or realistic as War Horse or simple as sock puppets.

Puppeteers and ventriloquists have had a long and illustrious history on television, beginning with Edgar Bergen and his puppet, Charlie McCarthy, in the 1950s. More recently, popular puppeteer and comedian Jeff Dunham has had a slew of highly rated TV specials and performed worldwide.

Jay Bienstock, Charles Boyd, Phil Cottone, John de Mol, Ferguson, Brian Henson and Vince Raisa will executive produce. Top Puppet will be produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio in association with Talpa Media and The Jim Henson Company.

Deadline

posted 12/12/16

Coupling (Not the US Version)
Vivendi Takes "Couple or Not" to Market
From TBI Vision

Vivendi’s formats and entertainment division has shopped a couple format to C8, the free-to-air DTT channel also part of the Vivendi group.

Couple or Not is a gameshow format in which contestants have to correctly identify couples from a group of strangers – and the more they successfully pick out, the more cash they can win.

Vivendi Entertainment’s Flab Prod. will make the show, which will run to 40x40mins in its first run. C8, which was previously called D8, will launch the show next spring.

Arnaud Renard, Vivendi Entertainment’s executive VP Creative Affairs: “I strongly believe in Couple or Not’s global appeal. The promise is simple to understand, the game fun to play, the show entertaining to watch.”

The new show is being billed as a complement to Guess My Age, another gameshow out of the same stable and produced by Flab for the DTT channel. It is sold by Vivendi and is faring well internationally.

Vivendi Entertainment was created last year with the acquisition of Flab, Matthieu Porte’s Can’t Stop Media and La Parisienne d’Images.

Speaking about Couple or Not, Matthieu Porte, Vivendi Entertainment’s EVP international & development, said “Here is another fun and suspenseful non-quiz game show with universal appeal which greatly complements Guess My Age, the game show we released earlier this year which is probably 2016’ fastest-selling format”.

TBI Vision

posted 12/12/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Happy Birthday Bob!"

  • Bob Barker, 93 years young, would like to be remembered as " the man who said, ‘Have your pets spayed or neutered.’" (Parade)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Did someone put a ring on Erin Andrews? (Yahoo!)
     

  • Someone DID put a ring on Janice Dickinson (Yahoo!)
     

  • First ever "X Factor" winner spits fire (Daily Star)

posted 12/12/16

Hour Power?
"Hot Seat" Expands to Save Lagging Ratings
From Sydney Morning Herald

Eddie McGuire's Hot Seat will be extended to an hour in 2017 as the Nine Network tries to boost the show's slipping ratings.

The long-running game show has taking a battering since Seven pitted The Chase Australia against Hot Seat in the 5.30pm time-slot last September.

"Hot Seat will be bigger than ever in 2017. While we've refreshed the show, we haven't strayed too far from its origins."

Eddie McGuire's Hot Seat, also known as Millionaire Hot Seat has been on air on Nine since 2009. The original format began in 1999.

"There'll be more questions, lifelines, a new level of strategy that will test the players and more ways to win money."

Hot Seat regularly drew as many as 699,000 viewers in the capital cities just days before The Chase Australia premiered in September 2015.

But within a few days of the rival program's launch, ratings for Hot Seat were down to 520,000 while Andrew O'Keefe's The Chase Australia was sitting on 613,000.

A cat-and-mouse ratings game has ensured ever since. As of Thursday night, O'Keefe's program had 474,000 to McGuire's 389,000.

Sydney Morning Herald

posted 12/11/16

THURSDAY: Football Night in America
Make It Four in a Row for NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (11.853 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1) was of course the network to beat on Thursday with its "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (10.347 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (12.153 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1).

CBS (7.021 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a distant second with a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (9.682 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) alongside originals from "The Great Outdoors" (7.333 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "Mom" (7.470 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5), "Life in Pieces" (6.371 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and "Pure Genius" (5.636 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7).

Next up was ABC (3.524 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and encore of "Toy Story That Time Forgot" (3.766 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Shrek the Halls" (3.771 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) plus a new "The Great Holiday Baking Show" (4.216 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and the season finale of "Notorious" (2.590 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.172 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up its special "Taraji's White Hot Holidays" (3.461 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and the season finale of "Pitch" (2.884 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.852 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the evening with the Tuesday-bound "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.966 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13) and the fall finale of "Supernatural" (1.738 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14).

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.960m
- Alone (SP/History): 1.245m
- Chopped (Food): 1.106m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.029m
- Alone Casting Special (S/History): 997k
- Project Runway: Project Rewind (Lifetime): 847k
- Top Chef (Bravo): 825k
- Project Runway: Fashion Startup (Lifetime): 500k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 339k

Numbers for "Winsanity" were not available at presstime.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/11/16

Singapore Gets "Cash Struck!"
New Format Comes from Mediacorp, Endemol Shine
From C21 Media

Singapore-based entertainment channel Mediacorp Channel 5 is launching a 26-episode gameshow coproduced by Endemol Shine Asia.

Cash Struck!, which will debut in February, sees contestants in teams of two pit their skills to guess a word that links two pictures, earning tokens on a digital screen.

The deal for the mobile app game marks the first coproduction between Mediacorp and Endemol Shine Asia, which are jointly developing and producing Cash Struck! in Singapore.

The format was originally devised by Endemol Shine Israel and Create It Studio.

Endemol Shine Asia has previously licensed global formats The Money Drop, Deal or No Deal and Minute to Win It to Mediacorp and has also successfully rolled out formats such as Big Brother, Your Face Sound Familiar, Fear Factor and The Brain across the region.

“We are very keen to increase our local partnerships here in Singapore to create and commercialise content that can be viewed locally, regionally and internationally on any platform. We see strong synergies with Mediacorp and look forward to doing more great shows together,” said Fotini Paraskakis, MD of Endemol Shine Asia.

C21 Media

posted 12/11/16


Games Gone By: Caesars Challenge
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Render onto Caesar that which is "Caesars Challenge"...and he'll be GRATEFUL he didn't beware the Ides of March! Chris Wolvie talks about a weird show with a terrible host, a male model/gladiator and a booming voice near the end.

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 12/11/16

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "And His Name Is...."

  • John Cena hosts SNL: here are the highlights (Maxim)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Blake Shelton may receive the calling (TV Line)
     

  • Drew Carey adds "owner of an MLS Cup-winning team" to his many accolades. On PKs no less! (KIRO Seattle)

posted 12/11/16


USA Today
JOHN GLENN: 1921-2016
Astronaut, American Hero Played "Name That Tune"
From Yahoo!

John Glenn, whose 1962 flight as the first U.S. astronaut to orbit the Earth made him an all-American hero and propelled him to a long career in the U.S. Senate, died Thursday. The last survivor of the original Mercury 7 astronauts was 95.

Glenn died at the James Cancer Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where he was hospitalized for more than a week, said Hank Wilson, communications director for the John Glenn School of Public Affairs.

John Herschel Glenn Jr. had two major career paths that often intersected: flying and politics, and he soared in both of them.

Before he gained fame orbiting the world, he was a fighter pilot in two wars, and as a test pilot, he set a transcontinental speed record. He later served 24 years in the Senate from Ohio. A rare setback was a failed 1984 run for the Democratic presidential nomination.

His long political career enabled him to return to space in the shuttle Discovery at age 77 in 1998, a cosmic victory lap that he relished and turned into a teachable moment about growing old. He holds the record for the oldest person in space.

More than anything, Glenn was the ultimate and uniquely American space hero: a combat veteran with an easy smile, a strong marriage of 70 years and nerves of steel. Schools, a space center and the Columbus airport were named after him. So were children.

The Soviet Union leaped ahead in space exploration by putting the Sputnik 1 satellite in orbit in 1957, and then launched the first man in space, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, in a 108-minute orbital flight on April 12, 1961. After two suborbital flights by Alan Shepard Jr. and Gus Grissom, it was up to Glenn to be the first American to orbit the Earth.

"Godspeed, John Glenn," fellow astronaut Scott Carpenter radioed just before Glenn thundered off a Cape Canaveral launch pad, now a National Historic Landmark, to a place America had never been. At the time of that Feb. 20, 1962, flight, Glenn was 40 years old.

With the all-business phrase, "Roger, the clock is operating, we're underway," Glenn radioed to Earth as he started his 4 hours, 55 minutes and 23 seconds in space. Years later, he explained he said that because he didn't feel like he had lifted off and it was the only way he knew he had launched.

During the flight, Glenn uttered a phrase that he would repeat frequently throughout life: "Zero G, and I feel fine."

"It still seems so vivid to me," Glenn said in a 2012 interview with The Associated Press on the 50th anniversary of the flight. "I still can sort of pseudo feel some of those same sensations I had back in those days during launch and all."

Glenn said he was often asked if he was afraid, and he replied, "If you are talking about fear that overcomes what you are supposed to do, no. You've trained very hard for those flights."

Glenn's ride in the cramped Friendship 7 capsule had its scary moments, however. Sensors showed his heat shield was loose after three orbits, and Mission Control worried he might burn up during re-entry when temperatures reached 3,000 degrees. But the heat shield held.

Even before then, Glenn flew in dangerous skies. He was a fighter pilot in World War II and Korea who flew low, got his plane riddled with bullets, flew with baseball great Ted Williams and earned macho nicknames during 149 combat missions. And as a test pilot he broke aviation records.

The green-eyed, telegenic Marine even won $25,000 on the game show "Name That Tune" with a 10-year-old partner. And that was before April 6, 1959, when his life changed by being selected as one of the Mercury 7 astronauts and instantly started attracting more than his share of the spotlight.

Glenn in later years regaled crowds with stories of NASA's testing of would-be astronauts, from psychological tests — come with 20 answers to the open-ended question "I am" — to surviving spinning that pushed 16 times normal gravity against his body, popping blood vessels.

But it wasn't nearly as bad as coming to Cape Canaveral to see the first unmanned rocket test.

"We're watching this thing go up and up and up ... and all at once it blew up right over us, and that was our introduction to the Atlas," Glenn said in 2011. "We looked at each other and wanted to have a meeting with the engineers in the morning."

In 1959, Glenn wrote in Life magazine: "Space travel is at the frontier of my profession. It is going to be accomplished, and I want to be in on it. There is also an element of simple duty involved. I am convinced that I have something to give this project."

Yahoo!
The Atlantic
Washington Post
KFMB San Diego
PerezHilton.com
Austin American-Statesman
WPRI Providence
National Post
Minnesota Public Radio

posted 12/8/16

Caraoke Showdown Hits the Road January 12
Craig Robinson Drives for Spike
From USA Today

When Spike's Caraoke Showdownwas first announced, the show's conceit sounded a whole lot like a celebrity-less version of James Corden's wildly popular Carpool Karaoke, down to the similar name.

But Caraoke Showdown's teaser trailer, starring comedian Craig Robinson in the driver's seat, reveals a show that's more like Cash Cab, the genius game show inside a taxi where unwitting passengers answered trivia questions for cash prizes.

In the trailer, Robinson subjects participants to unexpected games and Ludacris-singing barbershop quartets. Naturally, he also forces them to sing. Which they do, sometimes terribly.

Caraoke Showdown premieres Jan. 12 on Spike.

USA Today
The Futon Critic

posted 12/8/16

Tony Rock Plays Matchmaker
Catch "The Game of Dating" on TV One January 31
From Multichannel News

TV One redefines the dating and game show genres this January with the debut of The Game of Dating. Hosted by popular comedian Tony Rock, the network's primetime game show will offer viewers provocative, sexy and hysterical new takes on classic dating show scenarios. The one-hour series premieres on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.

"The Game of Dating is a hilarious, jam-packed series filled with comedy, huge reveals and excellent play along," said Brad Siegel, President of TV One. "With expert comic timing, Tony Rock entertainingly navigates the audience and our contestants through two dates - each one as unpredictable and funny as the last. It's the only game show where dating pays off!"

The Game of Dating begins each hour-long episode with three teams of friends and/or family who watch real dates in a "hidden camera" style from the comfort of their homes. Throughout the show, the teams, as well as Rock, will offer their funny and uncensored commentary. The couples could be on an awkward first date, enjoying a new relationship, or they could be an existing couple with history just trying to keep the magic going. The competing teams watch the dates and do their best to figure out the daters' stories and next moves in order to score cash.

As the two different dates progress, the teams - who are as diverse as the daters, including sorority sisters, bakers, barbers, hair stylists, multi-generational families, comedians, basketball moms and even a group of seniors - will participate in gameplay with multiple questions about the dates like: "How long has this couple been dating?"; "Who will pay the check?"; or "Will she ask him up to her apartment when he drops her off after a dinner date?" Each correct answer earns the teams increasing amounts of cash and the team with the most money at the end of the episode wins the $10,000 grand prize.

The Game of Dating's first season debuts with nine episodes premiering every Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.

Multichannel News
Deadline
Broadway World
The Futon Critic

posted 12/8/16

ABC's "Big Fan" Gets a Big Date
Catch the Show January 9
From Broadway World

The celebrity cast of ABC's new comedic game show "Big Fan" features a spectacular line up of stars, including actress Kristen Bell ("Veronica Mars," "Frozen"); reality television personality, actress, socialite and model Kim Kardashian West ("Keeping Up with the Kardashians"); Academy Award®-winning actor Matthew McConaughey ("True Detective," "Dallas Buyers Club") and NFL football quarterback Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers). Jimmy Kimmel, host of the 89th Oscars®, teams with Banijay Studios NORTH AMERICA to produce. Big Fan is based on the hilarious "Who Knows...?" the celebrity vs. super-fan game segment that originally aired on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." The segment became a viral video success when pop star Katy Perry went up against one of her biggest fans and lost. "Big Fan" premieres MONDAY, JANUARY 9 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), immediately following "The Bachelor."

Hosted by Andy Richter, each episode of the half-hour, studio-based game show will feature one celebrity and three of his or her fans battling it out to prove who is the ultimate super fan. Contestants will go head-to-head to see who knows more about the episode's featured celebrity. The winner will move on to the final round in an ultimate showdown, celebrity vs. super fan, to see who knows most about the celebrity. If the super fan wins, they will be awarded a priceless experience with the celebrity.

Broadway World

posted 12/8/16

WEDNESDAY: Hair-Raising
"Hairspray Live" Launches NBC to Third Win in a Row
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.918 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) jumped to the top spot on Wednesday with its telecast of "Hairspray Live!" (8.918 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2).

FOX (6.621 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then was the silver draw with new episodes of "Lethal Weapon" (6.245 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5) and "Empire" (6.997 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1).

Next up was CBS (7.613 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and its trio of "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X" (8.389 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "Criminal Minds" (7.728 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "Code Black" (6.723 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.786 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up originals from "The Goldbergs" (5.395 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "Speechless" (4.553 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6), a repeat "Modern Family" (4.229 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and new episodes of "Black-ish" (4.187 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8) and "Designated Survivor" (5.178 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9).

And finally, the fall finale of "Arrow" (1.936 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) and a new "Frequency" (0.874 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) closed out the night on The CW (1.405 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 848k
- Kids Sweets Showdown (Food): 760k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 330k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/8/16

More on "Blankety Blank" Christmas
Catch It on ITV Christmas Eve
From Digital Spy

ITV is bringing us some Christmas cheer with a brand new special edition of classic gameshow Blankety Blank, with host David Walliams bringing the required amount of festive camp.

But, like any family over Christmas, there may be some falling out.

That's because sassy The X Factor judge Louis Walsh and fiery Strictly Come Dancing contestant Lesley Joseph are taking part, and we bet our stocking's worth of Lynx Africa that there will be a few cheeky swipes shared between the two.

Also taking part in the special are comedian Joe Lycett, Coronation Street actress Brooke Vincent, The Weakest Link icon Anne Robinson and Tinchy Stryder collaborators The Chuckle Brothers.

Digital Spy
Reveal
BT

posted 12/8/16

Thailand Gets "Top Chef"
NBCU Brokers Deal
From World Screen

NBCUniversal International Formats has inked two separate deals in Thailand for local versions of the popular Top Chef and The Real Housewives franchises.

GMM ONE TV commissioned a 13×90-minute local version of Top Chef, which will be produced by The One Enterprise Company. Now approaching its 14th season in the U.S., the series has been produced in 21 territories around the world, including Vietnam, France, Spain, Italy, Mexico and Canada.

Yvonne Pilkington, the senior VP of format sales and production at NBCUniversal International Formats, said: “Top Chef combines a dramatic and gripping reality competition with a fascinating insight into the hidden world of world-class cookery. Having proven successful in Indonesia and Vietnam, we are glad to have GMM ONE TV on board to extend the format to the Thai population.”

World Screen

posted 12/8/16

Denmark Gets "Spartan"
NBCU Brokers Deal #2
From Variety

NBCUniversal International Formats has sold “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” to Denmark’s Kanal 5 after launching sales at Mipcom.

Commissioned by Kanal 5, the Danish adaptation will be produced by Nordisk Denmark and will mark the first international adaptation of the NBC game show.

Based on the Spartan Race brand, “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” features elite athletes, teams of friends, families and co-workers who work together as they race across Spartan obstacle courses to test their endurance and ultimately win a cash prize.

The game show premiered on NBC in June and rated as the second most popular program on its timeslot and as one of this season’s top three new unscripted series.

Yvonne Pilkington, SVP of format sales and production for NBCUniversal International Formats said “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” combined “the scale of an epic sporting spectacle with entertaining and inspirational reality story-telling.”

Pilkington pointed the program has “attracted a substantial US audience but has garnered interest from buyers across the globe.”

Anne Garlichs, head of local programming at Discovery Networks Denmark, called the program “America’s most hardcore TV shows.”

“On Kanal 5, we have a clear ambition to have the best TV programs in action-packed entertainment, factual and crime. With a combination of physical strength, teamwork and obstacles, the show is a perfect fit for Kanal 5’s brand and DNA,” said Garlichs.

The Danish adaptation will bow on Kanal 5 next Spring.

Variety

posted 12/8/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Wall City"

  • FIRST LOOK: The Wall (NBC) (Hollywood.com)
     

  • Peta Murgatroyd & Maksim Chmerkovskiy celebrate their anniversary (Reality TV World)
     

  • We rarely talk about politics on this page, but... Donald Trump is still going to be EP of "The Celebrity Apprentice" when it returns. Take that for what you will, but don't send us any angry mail. We're only the messengers (TV Line)
     

  • Bruno Mars, The Weeknd, Sting to help crown "The Voice" (The Futon Critic)
     

  • "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me!" heads to Cleveland (Cleveland.com)
     

  • Buddy Valastro takes over as host as Food Network picks up "Bakers vs. Fakers" to series (Instagram)
     

  • Bob Eubanks brings Hollywood's Greatest Game Shows to King Center February 1 (Broadway World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Sandi Toksvig (Varsity)

posted 12/8/16

"Alone" Again... Naturally
History Reups for Season 4 A Day Before Season 3 Premieres
From the Futon Critic

HISTORY(R) orders a fourth season of its hit survival series "Alone" in advance of the season three premiere, it was announced today by Paul Cabana, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming, HISTORY. With higher stakes and greater challenges than ever before, "Alone" season three premieres Thursday, December 8 at 9PM ET/PT, placing ten survivalists alone in the cold, isolated region of Patagonia, Argentina with one mission: to stay alive.

"Since season one, we knew we had a groundbreaking show. Raw, authentic and entertaining, there truly is nothing else like it on television," said Cabana. "In season three, viewers will experience how our survivalists endure the challenges faced in a new, remote location at the bottom of the globe. In season four we are elevating the show to even greater heights and hope the evolution of the series will continue to captivate viewers and keep them on their toes."

In "Alone" there are no camera crews and no gimmicks. Equipped only with limited gear, their wilderness experience and cameras to self-document their journeys, these brave men and women are left alone to completely fend for themselves in harsh, unforgiving terrain. To survive, they must find food and water, build shelters and fend off predators. They will face bouts of extreme isolation, psychological distress, and treacherous environmental conditions as they descend into the unknown.

The Futon Critic

posted 12/7/16

It's a Game Show! It's a Talk Show! It's.... Both?
Stage Show Greenlit from truTV
From the Futon Critic

truTV announced today a series of greenlights that proved the Turner-owned network is really going all in on comedic programming and breaking into new formats. It has ordered additional seasons of two breakout original programs Adam Ruins Everything and The Carbonaro Effect, as well as two of its freshman series - Greatest Ever and You Can Do Better. truTV has also picked up first seasons of two new series, Talk Show the Game Show and Chris Webber's Full Court Pranks.

Talk Show the Game Show: Comedian Guy Branum (The Mindy Project, Chelsea Lately) brings his distinct point of view to truTV with the new series greenlight of Talk Show the Game Show, a hilarious mashup of two beloved television formats that pits comedians and celebrities against each other for the title of "Best Guest of the Night." Based off of Branum's popular live comedy show, in each episode, celebrity guests become contestants as they compete in various talk show-inspired challenges and are judged by a comedic panel who awards points and roasts their performances. truTV has ordered 16 half-hour episodes of the series, which is produced by Push It Productions with Wanda Sykes, Page Hurwitz and Branum serving as executive producers. It will be filmed in Los Angeles and premiere on the network in spring 2017.

The Futon Critic
Instinct

posted 12/7/16

SYNDIES: Sweeps Plus Week 11
Results for the Week Ending November 27
From B&C

November was marked by one of the most contentious elections in American history as well as a historic World Series, and preemptions and coverage related to both events made it challenging for syndicated series to improve their performances compared to last year.

Still, some shows managed to show gains in the November 2016 sweeps.

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud, starring Harvey, led the games, growing 5% compared to last year to a 6.7 and coming in second in households in overall syndication to only Judge Judy.

CTD’s Wheel of Fortune skidded 11% to a 6.6 and fell into second place among the games after leading them in last year’s November sweep. CTD’s Jeopardy!, which last year was second among the games, sagged 9% to a third-place 5.9.

Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire leaped 23% to a 1.6, while Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game added 8% to a 1.3, but will still end its run after this season, the show’s third.

This week...
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury): 6.0
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD): 5.6
- Jeopardy! (CTD): 5.3
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC): 1.6
- Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury): 1.3

B&C
Screener
TV Newscheck

posted 12/7/16

TUESDAY: And Then There Were Four
NBC's "The Voice" Helps Demo Numbers, CBS Takes Total
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.579 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) took home the adults 18-49 honors on Tuesday with a new "The Voice" (10.099 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) followed by the fall finales of "This Is Us" (10.926 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) and "Chicago Fire" (7.713 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3).

CBS (11.788 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the silver draw with originals from "NCIS" (14.493 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3), "Bull" (11.572 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.300 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.815 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its comedy lineup of "The Middle" (6.047 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6), "American Housewife" (5.005 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.839 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10) and "The Real O'Neals" (3.048 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) plus the fall finale to "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.476 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

Meanwhile, The CW (1.982 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) offered up said fall finales to "The Flash" (3.104 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8) and "No Tomorrow" (0.861 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16).

And finally, FOX (1.624 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) closed out the evening with new episodes of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.307 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11), "New Girl" (1.770 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) and "Scream Queens" (1.209 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15).

On cable...
- Ink Master (SF/Spike): 1.269m
- Chopped Junior (Food): 821k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 398k
- Last Squad Standing (Oxygen): 265k
- Billy on the Street (truTV): 226k

Numbers for "Window Warriors" were not available at press time.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/7/16

Celebrity Poker... It's a Thing Again
CBS Sports Network to Air Special Tournament
From Broadway World

Poker Central today announced its new celebrity poker event. The "Poker Central Charity Shootout" features Hollywood celebrities battling it out on the felt for their favorite charities, and later against poker professionals. Jackie Cruz, Tony Hawk, Jennie Garth, Chuck Liddell and Tyler Posey play for a chance to win money for their favorite charity, with the chance to win as much as $40,000!

CBS Sports Network will air two two-hour specials featuring highlights from the event on December 13th (10:00 PM, ET/7:00 PM, PT) and December 14th (10:00 PM, ET/7:00 PM PT).

"Poker Central is excited to offer this new televised poker event," said Joe Kakaty, president of Poker Central. "Tune in to see your favorite celebrities as they battle it out at the poker table!"

The event is hosted by famed poker player Maria Ho and TV personality Ali Nejad, and is filmed live in Las Vegas.

Broadway World

posted 12/7/16

More on "The Bachelor" New Season
Catch It on ABC January 2
From the Futon Critic

How could one man endure so much heartache? Ask controversial fan favorite Nick Viall, who has had his heart broken by Bachelorettes Andi Dorfman and Kaitlyn Bristowe, and failed to find his soul mate on "Bachelor in Paradise." Now Nick is the one giving out the roses and ready for his happily ever after - but will he find the love of his life? Nick begins his pursuit of his soul mate, as 30 beautiful, accomplished women join him on the highly anticipated 21st season premiere of "The Bachelor," MONDAY, JANUARY 2 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.

In "Episode 2101," a trio of popular former Bachelors - Sean Lowe, Chris Soules and Ben Higgins -offer their support and encouragement to Nick, who will face all-new pressures and responsibilities. Their words of wisdom calm him as limos start to arrive with women all eager to make a lasting first impression. One confident woman is way ahead of the field - she steps out of the limo with none other than famed jeweler Neil Lane and points out the engagement ring she prefers. Another woman reveals her linguistic skills and still another exposes a quirky obsession. A number of the ladies decide to wear red to stand out - but now, it backfires, as those in other colors are more prominent. Nick is blindsided by the arrival of a mysterious woman from his past. The secret they share threatens to derail his search for love. What are her intentions?

The Futon Critic
Reality TV World

posted 12/7/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "This Just In, the BBC Is Broke"

  • Stephen Fry quit QI over... money? (Sydney Morning Herald)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? contractual thinkpiece connecting NBC's new quiz show to a campaign promise fulfilled (The Frisky)
     

  • Steve Harvey on overcoming obstacles (Forbes)
     

  • Bachelor in Paradise couple has "issues". This is not a repeat from any time ever. (Us)
     

  • Kaitlyn Bristowe wants some of that Ben & Lauren paper money (Reality TV World)
     

  • Anthony Anderson among Critic's Choice Awards presenters. And that's the truth (The Futon Critic)
     

  • The Vixen wants Xander's Pointless friend (Radio Times)
     

  • The Sinnerman blasts everyone who made Bradley Walsh's album #10 and created a supposed singing game show host rivalry (The Sun)
     

  • "The Bachelor" launches fine wine. Will you accept this rosé? (Self)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Chris Hardwick (Deadline) and a few more (Rolling Stone)

posted 12/7/16

New Year, New "Baking Championship"
Duff Goldman, Valerie Bertinelli Return to Host January 2
From the Futon Critic

Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman welcome a new batch of 12 impressive bite-sized bakers with tons of talent on Monday, January 2nd at 8pm ET/PT for a new season of Kids Baking Championship on Food Network. During the ten-week competition, the kid contestants (ranging in age from 9 to 12) must show off their baking skills and creativity as they whip up delectable desserts despite difficult, themed challenges such as carnival cupcakes, erupting volcano cakes, throwback treats, and the always popular challenge, dessert imposters. Only one will rise to the top to win the sweet grand prize of $25,000 to become the Kids Baking Champion!

Kids Baking Championship contestants include: Aidan Berry (Shalimar, FL: age 12), Kaniyah Cary (Portsmouth, VA: age 10), Brooke Cumberland (Greenwich, CT: age 9), Charlotte d'Arabian (Coronado, CA: Age 10), Justice Faustina (Napa, CA: age 12), Cole Frederickson (Thousand Oaks, CA: age 12), Keili Gorczyca (San Francisco, CA: age 10), Jason Intravartolo (Seattle, WA: age 11), Maya Jindal (Great Falls, VA: age 9), Dylin Musgrove (Grovetown, GA: age 12), Reese Smith (Bloomfield Hills, MI: age 10), and Audra Tow (Aurora, CO: age 10).

The Futon Critic

posted 12/6/16

MONDAY: This Is The Semis!
The Voice Propels NBC to First
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.394 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) held onto the top spot on Monday with new episodes from "The Voice" (9.992 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and "Timeless" (5.198 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6).

CBS (6.443 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was a close second with its mix of "Kevin Can Wait" (7.165 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "Man with a Plan" (6.200 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "2 Broke Girls" (5.636 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (6.368 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) and the annual "The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" (6.646 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).

Next up was ABC (5.374 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) with the return of "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (6.447 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5), a second "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (5.710 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and the Sunday-bound "Conviction" (3.966 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.811 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) offered up its special "Showtime at the Apollo" (3.811 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10).

And finally, a repeat "Supergirl" (1.425 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and another "Supergirl" (1.293 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) closed out the night on The CW (1.359 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (S/Food): 1.074m
- Cake Wars Christmas (Food): 954k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 339k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/6/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Steve Harvey, Not Kenan Thompson"

  • VIDEO WALL: Steve Harvey plays with the Roots on "The Tonight Show" (Uproxx)
     

  • Lauren Bushnell answers the question of when or even if she's marrying Ben Higgins by... not answering the question of when or even if she's marrying Ben Higgins (Extra)
     

  • Phil Gurin promoted to IM Global Television (Hollywood Reporter)
     

  • The Price Is Right Live! heads to Enid (Enid Buzz), Chattanooga (Chattanooga Times Free Press)

posted 12/6/16

WEDNESDAY: Hump Day Split
Fox, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (7.120 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday with fresh installments from "Lethal Weapon" (6.425 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8) and "Empire" (7.817 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1).

NBC (11.192 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then was the number two draw with its specials "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" (10.512 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T5) and "Dolly Parton's Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love" (11.532 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T5).

Next up was ABC (5.668 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and its original lineup of "The Goldbergs" (5.896 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T5), "Speechless" (4.931 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.5, #9), "Modern Family" (6.786 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), "Black-ish" (5.430 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) and "Designated Survivor" (5.483 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T11).

Meanwhile, CBS (7.360 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) offered up new episodes of "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X" (8.765 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3), "Criminal Minds" (7.388 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #10) and "Code Black" (5.929 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #13).

And finally, The CW (2.301 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) got a big boost from its crossover powered "Arrow" (3.520 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T11) and a new "Frequency" (1.082 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14).

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 855k
- Kids Sweets Showdown (Food): 754k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 425k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 386k

Numbers for "Window Warriors" were not available at press time.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/6/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Once Upon a Time, There Was a Guy Named Ken..."

  • Ken Jennings, having conquered computer programming, quizzing, and authoring, decides to write a children's book (PJ Media)
     

  • VERSUS MODE: Great British Bake-Off vs. Great American Baking Show (Thrillist)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Family Feud heads to Utah in January (Deseret News)

posted 12/6/16


Debmar-Mercury/FremantleMedia

Get Ready, Get Set, Get Gone
"Celebrity Name Game" To End Production After 3 Seasons
From Deadline

Syndicated game show Celebrity Name Game will not continue beyond its current third season. The program, hosted by Craig Ferguson, is co-produced by Debmar-Mercury, which distributes it domestically, and FremantleMedia North America, which distributes internationally. Tribune Broadcasting and the Sinclair Broadcast Group are the core station groups for the show, executive produced by Courteney Cox and David Arquette of Coquette Prods.

“We’ve had a wonderful time producing Celebrity Name Game and we are exceptionally proud of its three seasons in syndication,” said Jennifer Mullin, Co-CEO of FremantleMedia North America. “While we are not renewing in syndication at this time, it is a format we believe in. We are thankful to our loyal audience, our celebrity guests, the incredibly talented Craig Ferguson, our partners at Debmar–Mercury and Coquette, and our crew — whose passion for this series has been unparalleled.”

Celebrity Name Game, which will complete its third season, is not doing too bad in the ratings; it is in the middle of the first-run syndication pack, most recently posting a weekly 1.4 household rating, up 8% and 0.7 in the key women 25-54 demographic. But the numbers were not strong enough to justify another year, which is the case for high-end strips. The first two seasons earned Ferguson two consecutive Daytime Emmy Awards for best game show host.

“We’re incredibly proud of Celebrity Name Game and grateful to the terrific fan base that has supported the show for three seasons,” said Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein, co-presidents of Debmar-Mercury. “We thank everyone who has contributed to its run, including Craig Ferguson, the show’s extraordinary host who received two Daytime Emmy Awards in recognition of his talent, our amazing partners at FremantleMedia North America, Courteney Cox, David Arquette, their creative collaborators and the outstanding production team.”

Deadline
Broadway World
TV Newscheck
The Hollywood Reporter
TV Series Finale
The Interrobang
Realscreen

posted 12/5/16

WEEKEND: America Still Loves Lucy
CBS, Fox Split Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.901 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) got a demo boost on Friday with its special presentation of "CFB on FOX" (4.901 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1).

ABC (5.663 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (6.319 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Dr. Ken" (4.541 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Shark Tank" (5.177 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and "20/20" (6.383 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Next up was NBC (5.296 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its duo of "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (3.698 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "Dateline NBC" (6.095 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.264 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) opted for repeats of "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" (6.697 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Hawaii Five-0" (5.785 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10) and "Blue Bloods" (6.309 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

And finally on The CW (0.877 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5), new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.109 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.646 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) closed out the night.

The Futon Critic

posted 12/5/16


Games Gone By: Trump Card
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

It's "Win, Lose or Draw" on a truly technological scale. Chris Wolvie talks about "Catch Phrase", a show that choked in America but, in the UK and elsewhere, is hardly a "Game Gone By..." at all!

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 12/5/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "When Jimmy Met Oscar"

  • Win Jimmy Kimmel's Oscar hosting gig (TV Line)
     

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Jeff Foxworthy pays it forward at the grocery store (Newsmax)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Hell hath no fury like "The Chase" fans on Twitter when someone takes the low offer (Metro)
     

  • Victoria Coren Mitchell embraces her nerd niche. DEAL (Radio Times)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Fannie Flagg (Smashing Interviews) and Ben Bailey (The Interrobang)

posted 12/5/16

THURSDAY: ... and Then Football Happened
NBC Wins Night, Top Chef Returns
From the Futon critic

NBC (15.278 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1) kicked off December on top with new episodes of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (11.148 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.9, #3) and "Thursday Night Football" (16.104 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.7, #1).

CBS (7.388 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was a distant second with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.386 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.1, #2), "The Great Outdoors" (7.086 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5), "Mom" (6.979 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6), "Life in Pieces" (6.302 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Pure Genius" (4.787 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11).

Next up was ABC (5.198 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with a repeat "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (6.379 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) followed by the return of "The Great Holiday Baking Show" (4.841 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and a second "The Great Holiday Baking Show" (4.376 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.594 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) got another crossover boost from "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (3.330 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) plus a new "Supernatural" (1.859 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

And finally, the fall finale of "Rosewood" (3.133 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and a new "Pitch" (2.371 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) closed out the night on FOX (2.751 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5).

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.792m
- Project Runway: Project Rewind (Lifetime): 988k
- Chopped (Food): 913k
- Top Chef (SP/Bravo): 796k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 343k
- Comedy Knockout (11:30p/truTV): 155k
- Comedy Knockout (SP/truTV): 139k

Numbers for "Winsanity" were unavailable at press time.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV Insider

posted 12/2/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Young (At Heart) and Hungry"

  • Betty White gets "Young and Hungry" for Freeform (The Futon Critic)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: The Wall (NBC, January 3) (TV Insider)
     

  • Sal Valentinetti, Professor Splash helps AGT celebrate the holidays (TV Insider)
     

  • Alexander Armstrong had to choose between music and comedy. That's pointless (The Evening Standard)
     

  • The Price Is Right Live! heads to Florence (SCNow)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Want to make $500 from your cell phone? (Reality Wanted)
     

  • ICYMI: The winner of "Big Brother Over The Top" is... (Reality TV World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ken Jennings (KOMO Seattle)

posted 12/2/16

Available on the CBS App
Reuters
Arnold Hires Six Assistants
That And More as NBC Plans Winter
From Broadway World

Six additional boardroom advisors will join THE NEW CELEBRITY APPRENTICE boss Arnold Schwarzenegger for the new Los Angeles-based season kicking off on Monday, Jan. 2 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT) on NBC. They are:

Rocco DiSpirito - A healthy lifestyle crusader, James Beard award-winning chef, creator of Rocco's Organic Protein Powder Plus and author of the New York Times bestseller "The Negative Calorie Diet"

Tracey Edmonds - TV/film producer and "Extra" co-host

Justine Ezarik - Digital influencer best known as iJustine

Leeza Gibbons - Emmy Award-winning TV host and previous winner of "The Celebrity Apprentice"

Gemma Godfrey - U.K.'s leading FinTech influencer and founder/CEO of online personal finance firm Moola.

Bob Harper - Health and fitness expert, television star and three-time New York Times bestselling author

They will join previously announced boardroom advisors Warren Buffett, Steve Ballmer, Tyra Banks, Jessica Alba and Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger in advising the twice-elected California governor, successful businessman and international movie superstar as he oversees 16 celebrity contestants competing for their favorite charities in challenging business-driven tasks.

Competing in the eighth season of the celebrity version of the popular show and the 15th season of "The Apprentice" are Laila Ali, Brooke Burke-Charvet, Eric Dickerson, Boy George, Matt Iseman, Carrie Keagan, Carson Kressley, Lisa Leslie, Jon Lovitz, Vince Neil, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, Kyle Richards, Chael Sonnen, Porsha Williams, Ricky Williams and Carnie Wilson.

After being divided into two teams, men vs. women, the celebrity contestants get their first task from their new boss and his business advisors, Tyra Banks - supermodel, producer, accomplished businesswoman and CEO of the Tyra Banks Company - and Knapp Schwarzenegger, who will serve as a boardroom advisor in every episode.

Their task in the first episode creating a 10-minute TYRA Beauty experience seems like a natural fit for the women, but the men rise to the occasion in unexpected ways as they hilariously try to master THE ART OF makeup application. Then each team tries to wow Arnold and the advisors showing how fun, fast and fierce TYRA Beauty products are before heading to the boardroom to hear which team won, which team lost and who from the losing team will be the first one headed home.

Broadway World
TV Line

posted 12/1/16

Return to Wonderama
New York Staple Goes National
From Huffington Post

If you happen to be of a certain age, you are familiar with former Sunday morning staple “Wonderama,” an unprecedented weekly interactive game show extravaganza where kids and tweens gathered en masse, often with their parents, for just plain fun and entertainment. No childhood at the time was complete without “Wonderama.”

Now, almost 40 years later, this slice of television history is back in a new one-hour syndicated version of “Wonderama” produced by Chuck Armstrong (“Community Auditions - Star of the Day”) and anchored by the Tribune Broadcast Station Network.

Hosted by David Osmond of the beloved Osmond clan, “Wonderama” debuts with a kickoff special exclusive to New York’s PIX11 on Christmas Day, Dec. 25th. This new version will feature a new look; an emphasis on art, music, dance, television, film, sports, cooking and politics; celebrity guests like Tony Dovolani from “Dancing With the Stars,” boxing champion Evander Holyfield and country music star Michael Ray; and a clearance list in primetime fringe blocks in 13 initial U.S. markets effective on Jan. 7, 2017 (with multiple brand extensions on key digital platforms).

“Today’s families are hungry for entertainment they can enjoy together, making now the perfect time for Wonderama’s return,” said Chuck Armstrong. “Wonderama provides a one-of-a-kind co-viewing experience that every member of the family can connect and relate to. Our goal is to inspire our audience with content that speaks “to” them in order to convey the message: ‘Hey, I can do that too!’”

Stations, at present, will air “Wonderama” in a two-hour weekend window, either Saturday from 7-9 p.m. ET or Sunday from 6-8 p.m. ET.

Huffington Post

posted 12/1/16

SYNDIES: Week 10
Results for the Week Ending November 20
From TV Newscheck

The often hotly contested talk show race turned into a runaway as Dr. Phil opened up a huge advantage in the session ending Nov. 20, which included the third full week of the sweep.

Phil rolled to its 11th straight weekly victory and matched its second-highest rating of the season with a 3.6 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, which was 44% ahead of second-place Ellen DeGeneres’ 2.5. Phil widened its lead with a 3% advance, while Ellen was unchanged.

Live with Kelly, which tied Ellen in the prior frame, finished right behind it with a 2.4, dipping 4%.

Sophomore Crime Watch Daily continued to be the only show in the category besides Phil to outperform its year-ago stats, growing 11% to a 1.0.

In access, every game show scored a new season high, with leader Family Feud climbing 3% to a 7.0; runner-up Wheel of Fortune adding 5% to a 6.4; Jeopardy inching up 3% to a 6.0; Who Wants to Be a Millionaire perking up 6% to a 1.7; and Celebrity Name Game gaining 8% to a 1.4.

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posted 12/1/16

CBS Midseason: Survivor, Race to Return
Here Are the Deets
From The Futon Critic

CBS today announced several winter and spring scheduling moves, including the series premieres of RANSOM, TRAINING DAY and DOUBT.

As previously announced, the new competition series HUNTED premieres Sunday, Jan. 22, immediately following one of television's biggest events, the NFL's AFC Championship game (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/7:00-8:00 PM, PT - time is approximate after post-game coverage). The series moves to Wednesdays on Jan. 25 with a special two-hour episode, 8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT, and then air 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT in subsequent weeks.

Also, in the second half of the year:

· The next season of SURVIVOR debuts with a two-hour premiere on Wednesday, March 8 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), one week after the conclusion of HUNTED. SURVIVOR moves to its regular Wednesday (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) time period on March 15.

· The multi-Emmy Award-winning reality series THE AMAZING RACE returns on Friday, April 21 (8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), with a two-hour premiere one week after the season finale of MACGYVER, then moving to its regular Friday (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) time period on April 28.

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posted 11/30/16


NATAS
GRANT TINKER: 1925-2016
NBC Head Instrumental in Game Show History
From TV Line

Another TV legend has passed on: Grant Tinker, former chairman of NBC, died on Monday at his California estate. He was 90.

Tinker served as CEO of the Peacock Network from 1981 through 1986, helping NBC escape last place by developing classics such as Cheers, Family Ties and The Cosby Show. With onetime wife Mary Tyler Moore, he also formed production shingle MTM Enterprises, which produced the likes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show (and its spinoff Rhoda), The Bob Newhart Show, WKRP in Cincinnati, St. Elsewhere and Hill Street Blues. He would eventually be inducted into the Television Hall of Fame in 1997.

Tinker joined up with personal manager/promoter John Moses at General Artists Corp. Moses' claim to fame was ushering the comic team Bob & Ray into the New York radio market. While there, Tinker became friendly with an up-and-coming personality named Allen Ludden and became part of the team that created College Quiz Bowl, a game show hosted by Ludden that pitted students against each other in a test of knowledge.

Tinker also suggested to NBC that they buy "Jeopardy!" in the 1960s.

“Grant Tinker was a great man who made an indelible mark on NBC and the history of television that continues to this day,” CEO of NBCUniversal Steve Burke said in a statement. “He loved creative people and protected them, while still expertly managing the business. Very few people have been able to achieve such a balance. We try to live up to the standards he set each and every day. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.”

A cause of death has not been reported.

TV Line
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 11/30/16

TUESDAY: Rudolph Goes Down in History, but He's No "This Is Us"
NBC Takes the Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.727 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was the winning broadcaster on Tuesday with its mix of "The Voice" (10.604 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3), "This Is Us" (10.562 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) and "Chicago Fire" (8.016 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4).

CBS (8.528 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then took home the silver despite a repeat lineup of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (9.452 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2), "NCIS" (9.273 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8) and "Bull" (6.861 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12).

Next up was ABC (4.118 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with originals from "The Middle" (6.602 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5), "American Housewife" (5.570 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7), "Fresh Off the Boat" (4.192 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9), "The Real O'Neals" (3.332 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) and "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.506 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.576 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up originals from "The Flash" (4.087 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6) and "No Tomorrow" (1.066 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16).

And finally, FOX (1.725 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) closed out the evening with "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.356 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), "New Girl" (1.861 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T13) and "Scream Queens" (1.341 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15).

On cable...
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.104m
- Chopped (Food): 988k
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 587k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 378k
- Last Squad Standing (Oxygen): 243k
- Window Warriors (GSN): 219k

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posted 11/30/16

MONDAY: No Competition for "The Voice"
Free from "Dancing", NBC Takes Gold
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.088 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) held onto the top spot on Monday with new episodes from "The Voice" (9.700 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Timeless" (4.864 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

ABC (6.763 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with its special "CMA Country Christmas" (7.817 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and a new "Conviction" (4.656 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9).

Next up was FOX (4.026 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with originals from "Gotham" (3.653 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Lucifer" (4.399 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.740 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) opted for repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.469 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "Kevin Can Wait" (5.832 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Man with a Plan" (4.666 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) plus a new "The Odd Couple" (4.620 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and a repeat "Scorpion" (5.426 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12).

And finally, fresh installments from "Supergirl" (3.506 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.239 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) closed out the night on The CW (2.372 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

On cable...
- Cake Wars Christmas (Food): 964k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 381k

As for the holiday weekend on cable...

THURSDAY
- Chopped (Food): 765k
FRIDAY
- Divided (P/GSN): 275k
SATURDAY
- Legends of the Hidden Temple: The Movie (S/Nick): 1.598m
SUNDAY
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.553m
- Clash of the Grandmas (Food): 1.217m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.181m
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT): 169k

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posted 11/30/16

All I Want for Christmas Is a Pop Quiz
BBC Four to Revive Musical Game Show
From Music Week

BBC Four is set to revive the classic TV show Pop Quiz for two Christmas specials in celebration of '80s pop music.

Original presenter Mike Read is set to host alongside teams of competing '80s pop stars.

Guests will include Toyah Willcox, Nick Heyward (Haircut 100), Carol Decker (T’Pau), Tom Bailey (Thompson Twins), Andy McCluskey (OMD), Steve Norman (Spandau Ballet), David Grant (Linx), Cheryl Baker and Jay Aston (Bucks Fizz), Ranking Roger (The Beat), Mari Wilson and Lee John (Imagination).

"I'm delighted to be working with a great BBC team to bring back the classic TV series Pop Quiz," said Read. "Once again the brows of the famous will be furrowed, lips pursed and eyes narrowed as we test their music knowledge, watch some great classic footage and have some fun along the way."

Originally broadcast from July 1981 to Jan 1984, the show has been revived a number of times for short periods on a variety of networks. These two specials are set for broadcast in late December, and early January after recording in mid-Decmeber at MediaCityUK in Salford.

Cassian Harrison, channel editor, BBC Four, said: “BBC Four is the home of popular music on BBC television and it's fabulous to bring back one of our greatest and most popular music quiz shows for a very special Christmas treat.”

“Pop Quiz was a musical highlight for viewers every week," said Sohail Shah, commissioner, BBC entertainment. "It's great to bring it back for a new generation, and with its original host, the brilliant Mike Read.”

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posted 11/30/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Come on Down!"

  • The Price Is Right Live heads to Fayetteville (Fayetteville Observer)
     

  • Jenny Ryan wants to chase down the Pointless crew (Radio Times)
     

  • Mastermind was inspired by the Gestapo apparently (Radio Times)
     

  • "How Quizzing Was Cool?" Quizzing was ALWAYS cool! (The Guardian)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Wheel is a family show!. (UPROXX)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 5 things you didn't know about Chrissy Teigen (Us Magazine)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alan Thicke (Vancouver Sun)

posted 11/28/16

Derek Hough Heads Back to the "World"
Dancing Veteran to Judge "World of Dance"
From The Futon Critic

World renown dancer and two-time Emmy Award winner Derek Hough, who is set to co-star in the Dec. 7 production of "Hairspray Live!," and NE-YO, an incredibly accomplished dancer, Grammy Award-winning singer, composer, producer and actor who drew raves as the Tin Man in last year's "The Wiz Live!," have been added as judges on NBC's new dance competition series "World of Dance."

Hough and NE-YO join Jennifer Lopez at the judges' table for upcoming the 10-episode series from Universal Television Alternative Studio and Nuyorican Productions that will give dancers the platform to showcase their talents and the opportunity to receive a life-altering grand prize of $1 million.

"Jennifer, Derek and NE-YO are three of the most accomplished dancers of their generation, and their incredible insight from the judges' table will be both inspiring and wholly constructive to the world-class level of dancers who are competing on the show," said Meredith Ahr, President, Universal Television Alternative Studio. "We feel so very honored that the three of them are giving back to the dance community in this way."

In partnership with preeminent global dance brand World of Dance, the series brings the world's elite dancers together to compete in epic battles of artistry, precision and athleticism. Solo dancers will compete against duos and crews in an unlimited range of dance, including hip-hop, krumping, popping, locking, tap, ballet, break dancing, ballroom, stomping and more.

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

For dancers interested in competing on "World of Dance," please register at www.worldofdancecasting.com and for more information on the show, go to https://youtu.be/16Qb-49ssCY andhttps://youtu.be/OFbzsz4j88k.

Derek Hough, who is set to co-star in NBC's Dec. 7production of "Hairspray Live!," is a two-time Emmy Award winner, eight-time nominee for best choreography and New York Times bestselling author in addition to being the only six-time champion in franchise history of the hit ABC show "Dancing With the Stars."

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posted 11/29/16

Meanwhile on Christmas BLANK
David Walliams to Host "Blankety Blank" Special on ITV
From Radio Times

There won't be a blank spot in the TV schedule this Christmas – as classic game show Blankety Blank is making its latest comeback.

This time, David Walliams will be the host asking celebrities to help contestants fill in the missing words in a one-off special on ITV this Christmas, following in the footsteps of previous hosts Terry Wogan, Les Dawson and Paul O'Grady.

The show launched in 1979, but was revived by O'Grady's alter ego Lilly Savage in 1997. It moved to ITV for its final year in 2001. It's based on the "Match Game" format, which has aired in the US from the 1960s to as late as this summer, when Alec Baldwin took the skinny mic from Gene Rayburn.

Blankety Blank will be on ITV at 6.30pm on Christmas Eve.

How will Walliams handle his hosting duties? The actor and talent show judge already has some experience of the show: he appeared on a charity version of the quiz for Comic Relief in 2011.

"I have some very big shoes to fill as presenter of Blankety Blank," Walliams has said.

"I loved Terry Wogan and Les Dawson as a child, and Paul O’Grady was absolutely hilarious. I hope I can bring this much loved show to life for a new generation."

Radio Times

posted 11/29/16


Games Gone By: Catch Phrase
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

It's "Win, Lose or Draw" on a truly technological scale. Chris Wolvie talks about "Catch Phrase", a show that choked in America but, in the UK and elsewhere, is hardly a "Game Gone By..." at all!

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 11/29/16

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Choices Are Yours and Yours Alone... Part 2"

  • Forget whether it could work or should work, Kirk Fogg is BEGGING to go back into the Hidden Temple (TV Series Finale)
     

  • MTV future-endeavors Michael Klein, aka the man responsible for "Binge Thinking", "The Almost Impossible Game Show", and a host of other forgettable MTV game shows (The Hollywood Reporter)
     

  • Carnival Cruise Lines wraps its 20th anniversary celebration of "Wheel of Fortune Slots" (Travel Agent Central)
     

  • Darren McMullen, host of "The Voice Australia", is selling his LA house. In other news, Darren McMullen lived in LA. (Los Angeles Times)
     

  • Mark Ballas is off the market part 2: making love out of (doing) nothing at all (Broadway World)

posted 11/28/16


Food Network
The Secret Ingredient Is... a Reboot!
Food Network Looks to Bring Back "Iron Chef"
From TV Week

Plans were announced today for a reboot of a long-running cooking show that has an avid following. Food Network announced plans for the new show “Iron Chef Gauntlet,” a reimagined take on “Iron Chef America.”

“Iron Chef America,” which continues to air on Food Network after premiering in 2005, is an adaptation of the Japanese show “Iron Chef.”

“The inimitable Alton Brown, ‘Iron Chef America’s’ iconic commentator, is set to return as host and master of ceremonies and also confirmed the news today on his social media platforms,” Food Network notes in today’s announcement. “Pre-production is currently under way for the new series, which will take its cues from the original along with some new twists and turns. Production is scheduled for early 2017 with a target series launch date in Q2 2017.”

The new program is being produced by Triage Entertainment in conjunction with Food Network.

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posted 11/28/16

Apparently the Maze Isn't Meant for Stephen Merchant
ITV Inches Closer to Full Series Despite Departure
From Digital Spy

In case you've been living in a, erm, maze, the classic '90s show The Crystal Maze returned in October for a one-off episode to raise money for Stand Up To Cancer.

Following in the footsteps of Richard O'Brien and Ed Tudor-Pole, Stephen Merchant presented the charity special, but ruled out a full series.

Speaking on The Crystal Maze TV's Facebook page in October, he said: "We haven't discussed it being a series, but for me personally that would be tough.

"Because then I'd have to do it all the time, and I'm not sure I'm equipped to be a game show host. I don't think I have that skill set.

"This was really fun to do, I think I've done quite a good job, you can be the judge of that, but for now this is a one-off edition."

And now, according to The Sun, it has been confirmed that Stephen will not return for the full series.

A spokesperson for Channel 4 said: "Due to the overwhelming popularity of the Stand Up To Cancer special, early conversations are being had about The Crystal Maze.

"And whilst Stephen was an electrifying host, he was always very clear that work commitments meant he would only be able to do the celebrity special."

But despite the game show looking like it could be a significant part of Channel 4's 2017 schedule , they're looking for a new host...

The Crystal Maze originally aired between 1990 and 1995 and featured four different zones set in various periods of time and space.

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Metro
Telly Mix

posted 11/28/16

Available on the CBS App
CBS
Hunted Season: January
Show to Premiere After AFC Championship
From The Futon Critic

CBS today announced the new prime time competition series HUNTED will premiere immediately following one of television's biggest events, the NFL's AFC Championship game, on Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/7:00-8:00 PM, PT - time is approximate after post-game coverage). HUNTED challenges ordinary people to go on the run as fugitives and evade capture by an elite team of investigators pursuing them. The series moves to Wednesdays on Jan. 25, 2017, with a special two-hour episode, 8:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT. In subsequent weeks, it will air 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT.

HUNTED follows nine teams of two in a real-life manhunt as they attempt the nearly impossible task of disappearing in today's vast digital world, as highly skilled investigators combine state-of-the-art tracking methods with traditional tactics to pursue and catch them. From searching their targets' homes and scouring their internet and cell phone histories, to identifying behavioral patterns, Hunters in the field and Command Center investigators work together to identify clues to potential hiding places and collaborators that can ultimately lead to capture. Will the anxiety of being fugitives on the run cause teams to make a critical error, or will they be able to stay off the grid long enough to avoid being found within 100,000 square miles of the southeastern United States? A grand prize of $250,000 will be awarded to each team that successfully evades being caught for up to 28 days.

Information about the Fugitive teams and Command Center personnel will be announced shortly.

HUNTED is produced by Endemol Shine North America. Laura Fuest Silva, Brian Catalina, Eden Gaha, Rob Smith and Robin Feinberg are executive producers. The series is based on the format of the UK show, now in its second season, which was created and produced by Shine TV Ltd.

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posted 11/28/16


Nickelodeon
WEDNESDAY: Double Dare: A Reunion 30 Years In the Making
Nick to Celebrate with Special
From The Futon Critic

On your mark, get set, go! In celebration of the 30th anniversary year of Double Dare, which originally launched this day, Oct. 6, 1986, Nickelodeon will reunite original host Marc Summers with his beloved announcer Harvey and right-hand woman Robin, for a brand-new commemorative special premiering Wednesday, Nov. 23, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nick at Nite. Featuring vintage footage, behind-the-scenes content and messy new games taped this year, the half-hour special will let fans revisit their favorite game show from their childhood. The special will encore at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon's The Splat, the network's programming block dedicated to Nick's legendary library of hits from the '90s and 2000s.

"Double Dare was the show for a particular generation," said Summers. "For the kids of the '80s and '90s, they laughed and learned, and got messy in the process. Thirty years later, I believe it's still the gold standard."

The special attracted 1.126 million viewers on the initial 9p airing, with a 0.30 share in the adults 18-49 demo. Elsewhere on cable...

- Cooks vs. Cons (SP/Food): 878k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 304k
- Double Dare Reunion Special (TeenNick): 146k

Over on broadcast, NBC (5.135 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) led the demo race on Wednesday with its specials "Macy's 90th Thanksgiving Day Parade Special" (4.654 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "A Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving Special" (5.375 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2).

CBS (7.179 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) then was a close second with its mix of "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X" (8.048 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2), another "Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X" (7.335 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) and "Code Black" (6.155 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Next up was ABC (5.243 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) with encores of "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" (7.148 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1), "Modern Family" (4.642 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) and "Black-ish" (3.930 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6) plus a special "20/20: The Real Designated Survivor" (4.296 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.277 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up repeats of "Lethal Weapon" (3.759 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10) and "Empire" (2.796 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

And finally, "The Hollywood Walk of Fame Honors" (0.825 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) closed out the evening on The CW (0.825 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

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posted 11/28/16

Score One for GSN
Network Wins Discrimination Hearing Against Cablevision
From Bloomberg

A federal official ruled Cablevision Systems Corp., now owned by Altice USA, unfairly treated Game Show Network by moving it to a less-watched channel package in 2011.

Cablevision, which was purchased earlier this year, was ordered to pay a maximum forfeiture of $400,000 by Federal Communications Commission Chief Administrative Law Judge Richard Sippel. He called it a small portion of what Cablevision has “reaped thus far from its discriminatory conduct.”

Cablevision, then controlled by the Dolan family, gave more favorable treatment to We TV, a channel with a similar audience that is separately run by the Dolans’ AMC Networks Inc., Sippel concluded. His order was issued on Tuesday and was made public on Wednesday.

The ruling could have implications for other companies that are tying together video programming ownership and distribution, such as pay-TV giant AT&T Inc., which is acquiring HBO owner Time Warner Inc.

“This could put some muscle behind the Davids of the world and make the Goliaths offer them some access,” Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog, a Santa Monica, California-based consumer advocacy group.

Disputes between TV networks and the companies that distribute them could increase as the number of pay-TV subscribers falls and distributors roll out more so-called “skinny bundles” that offer consumers fewer channels for reduced monthly rates.

Cablevision in 2011 moved the network to a channel package that was more expensive than the widely subscribed expanded basic program package, Sippel wrote. As a result, Game Show Network lost 60 percent in household viewership in the New York market, Sippel wrote.

Altice disagrees and plans to appeal the decision, said Lisa Anselmo, a spokeswoman.

“We are pleased with the decision and what it says about the value of GSN to viewers and the loyalty of our audience,” the Game Show Network said in a statement Wednesday. The network is owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and AT&T Entertainment Group, according to its website.

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posted 11/28/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Choices Are Yours and Yours Alone"

  • "The Price Is Right Live!" heading to Soaring Rock (WOOD Grand Rapids)
     

  • ICYMI: all the "I See What You Did There" moments from Saturday's "Legends of the Hidden Temple" movie (Nerdist)
     

  • Heidi Klum has a new man on her arm... 13 years her junior (Reality TV World)
     

  • Mel B offers $5000 for any information leading to the arrest of whoever broke into her car. (Reality TV World)
     

  • Mark Ballas is off the market (Broadway World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Stephen Dubner (Slate)

posted 11/28/16


ABC News
FLORENCE HENDERSON: 1934-2016
"The Brady Bunch" Matriarch a Frequent Gamer
From TV Line

Florence Henderson, best known for her iconic role as matriarch Carol Brady on The Brady Bunch, has died. She was 82.

The actress died surrounded by family and friends, her manager, Kayla Pressman, said in a statement to the AP late Thursday. The cause of death was heart failure.

In addition to The Brady Bunch, which ran from 1969 to 1974, Henderson appeared in offshoots The Brady Bunch Hour (1977), The Brady Brides (1981), The Bradys (1990) and the TV movie A Very Brady Christmas (1988). She also made a cameo in 1995’s The Brady Bunch Movie as the mother of Shelley Long’s Carol.

Henderson gained renewed fame in 2010 when she joined the Season 11 cast of Dancing with the Stars. She even appeared at Monday’s taping to support TV daughter Maureen McCormick, who was a contestant on the show’s current 23rd season.

Besides "Dancing", she was also a player on "To Tell the Truth", "The Match Game", "Hollywood Squares", and the "Pyramid" metaseries.

GSNN's Jason Huhn contributed to this report.

TV Line

posted 11/27/16


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