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ABC
MONDAY: And Then There Were Two
ABC, NBC Split Night on Reality Heavies
From the Futon Critic

ABC (7.251 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) climbed into the top demo spot on Monday with the penultimate "Dancing with the Stars" (10.389 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) and the return of "The Bachelorette" (5.682 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2). The spin from ABC: "Cutting back to a shortened 1-hour format (8:00-9:00 p.m.) on its final Monday telecast, ABC's "DWTS" stood as Monday's most watched TV series on all 10 telecasts this season, outdrawing NBC's "The Voice" Monday finale (8:00-10:00 p.m.) by nearly 1.0 million viewers (10.4 million vs. 9.5 million). "Dancing" came within 1-tenth of "The Voice" in Adults 18-49, which was a season best."

NBC (7.561 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was the most-watched network with its penultimate "The Voice" (9.493 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and a special "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (3.699 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5).

Next up was FOX (2.969 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with originals from "Gotham" (2.889 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) and "Lucifer" (3.050 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.486 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up its specials "Princess Diana: Her Life-Her Death-The Truth" (6.112 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special 2017" (4.235 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

And finally, the season finales of "Supergirl" (2.130 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.017 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10) rounded out the night on The CW (1.573 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Reality TV World
The Futon Critic
TV Line
Broadway World

posted 5/23/17

SYNDIES: Week 35
Results for the Week Ending May 14
From TV Newscheck

Balmy spring weather sent viewing levels sharply lower and, as usually happens, almost all of the top-tier syndicated shows were down slightly in the session ending May 14, which included the midway point of the May sweep.

In access, almost everything lost ground. Family Feud dipped 2% to a 6.2, although it maintained its stranglehold on the game shows for a 55th straight session.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.2 -2%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.7 -3%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.6 -3%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 -6%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.2 NC

TV Newscheck

posted 5/23/17

WEEKEND: And Then There Were Three
Last Friday of the Season Goes to NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.505 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was the top draw on Friday with new episodes of "First Dates" (3.239 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) and "Dateline NBC" (5.138 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1).

The silver then went to CBS (4.423 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and its mix of "Undercover Boss" (4.908 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2), "The New I Love Lucy Superstar Special" (3.604 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and a repeat "Blue Bloods" (4.757 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Next up was ABC (2.529 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with a new "The Toy Box" (2.534 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), the season finale of "The Toy Box" (2.320 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "20/20" (2.735 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.926 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for the feature "Maid in Manhattan" (1.926 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9).

And finally, new episodes of "The Originals" (1.209 million viewers, 10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Reign" (1.067 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) rounded out the night for The CW (1.138 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable Friday...
- The Dunk King (TNT): 1.420m
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 636k

On cable Sunday...
- Iron Chef Gauntlet (SF/Food): 1.667m
- The Dunk King (TNT): 1.549m
- Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen (S/Food): 1.527m
- Flea Market Flip (GAC): 222k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/23/17


The Guide Liverpool
SIR ROGER MOORE: 1927-2017
"The Saint", James Bond Star Played Match Game, The Hollywood Squares
From TV Live

Roger Moore, whose 12-year run as James Bond in the ’70s/’80s turned him into a Hollywood icon, has died. He was 89.

Moore’s family confirmed on social media early Tuesday that the veteran actor died after a “short but brave battle with cancer.”

"With the heaviest of hearts, we must share the awful news that our father, Sir Roger Moore, passed away today. We are all devastated."

Moore — who remains the longest-serving Bond actor — succeeded Sean Connery as 007 No. 3 in the early ’70s. All told, he appeared in seven Bond pics: Live and Let Die (1973), The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979), For Your Eyes Only (1981), Octopussy (1983) and A View to a Kill (1985).

His pre-Bond work included the UK TV series Ivanhoe and (most memorably) The Saint (1962-69), as well as ABC’s Maverick, in which he played the English-accented cousin of James Garner’s titular card shark.

Moore also guest-starred in Season 1 of ABC’s Alias as SD-9 Director Edward Poole.

In the game show world, Moore played "The Match Game" and "The Hollywood Squares". His stint on "The Saint" was also the subject of a Film Dub parody on "Whose Line Is It Anyway?"

Jason Huhn and Gordon Pepper contributed to this report.

TV Line

posted 5/23/17


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

Ever wonder what "Remote Control" would be like if the questions were about music instead of primarily TV? Well, you get a rather odd show called "Turn It Up!" And, make no mistake, it IS "RC" with music. Three contestants, a struggling comedian host, live music, some guy named Jason Block...all that was missing were soon-to-be-GREAT comedians in skits. Chris Wolvie presents another "Games Gone By..." from the music video channels.

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 5/23/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Pray For Manchester"

posted 5/23/17

"Alone" Together
Show Returns with a Twist June 15 on History
From the Futon Critic

The adage goes, misery loves company and HISTORY is putting that to the test in a brand-new twist of its hit nonfiction survival series "Alone," premiering Thursday, June 15 at 10PM ET/PT. In season four, seven teams of two will be separated and dropped miles apart with two ultimate goals: navigate the brutal, unforgiving terrain of Vancouver Island in an attempt to locate their isolated partner and, once reunited, survive as long as they can. For these seven pairs of family members will having a partner help or hurt their chances of going the distance?

"'Alone' continues to captivate viewers with its raw, authentic storytelling and now, after three seasons, we're adding a new level of complexity to the show," said Zachary Behr, Senior Executive Producer, HISTORY. "At its core the show remains the same as our survivalists endure the challenges of being isolated in some of the most unstable terrain imaginable. However, this season, pairs are initially separated from one another and must navigate an impenetrable forest in an effort to find each other. Once reunited, they'll have to communicate, compromise and work together with their teammate if they want to endure the longest."

Similar to previous seasons, the survivalists must build their own shelters, forage their own food, and overcome numerous obstacles if they want to be the last people standing. With ten survival tools to share per team, enough camera gear to self-document their experiences and a cash prize of $500,000 on the line, season four will bring more sacrifices and higher stakes than ever before. No camera crew. No gimmicks. It is the ultimate test of human will.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/22/17

THURSDAY: And Then There Were Five
ABC Wins on Shondaland
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.096 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with the season finale of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.714 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1), a new "Scandal" (5.456 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and the season finale of "Scandal" (5.120 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4).

CBS (4.794 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then was the number two draw with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.388 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "The Great Indoors" (5.085 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) followed by a new "The Amazing Race" (4.343 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and a second "The Amazing Race" (3.803 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

Sharing the silver was FOX (3.433 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) with a new "MasterChef Junior" (3.246 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10) alongside the season finale of "MasterChef Junior" (3.620 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.367 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.352 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), a new "The Blacklist" (4.844 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and the season finale of "The Blacklist" (4.904 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

And finally, a new "Supernatural" (1.746 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and the season finale of "Supernatural" (1.652 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) rounded out the night on The CW (1.699 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 954k
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 745k
- Lip Sync Battle TMI (Spike): 373k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 299k
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 296k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 253k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 237k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/22/17

"Chase" Producers Try Physical Comedy
"CelebAbility" to Play on ITV2
From Digital Spy

ITV2 has unveiled a brand new entertainment show called CelebAbility from the makers of The Chase and Ninja Warrior.

The concept will see five friends go head-to-head with five celebrities in a series of rounds, based around an unusual skill or ability that the celebs believe they have.

It all builds up to a final round where remaining friends must answer questions about the remaining celebrities. The fewer celebs there are, the better chance the contestants have.

The show will be presented by stand-up comedian Iain Stirling – best known for his work on CBBC and as the narrator on Love Island – and the winners will bag a cash prize.

"I'm absolutely buzzing to start the show and find out how truly talented our British celebrities are," Iain said. "Are celebrities fundamentally better than members of the public? It's about time someone found out!"

Saskia Schuster, ITV's Comedy Commissioner, added: "CelebAbility is the game show for anyone with an unusual party trick and a competitive nature. Comedian Iain Stirling will host the showdown between panellists and celebrities, for some seriously silly fun."

Digital Spy
Chortle

posted 5/22/17

Zonk Redemption Coming Monday!
Let's Make a Deal Slots Special
From Broadway World

In one of the most anticipated events of the year, Traders who failed epically in previous episodes have been invited back to the set of LET'S MAKE A DEAL for a chance at redemption. Emotions will run high as Traders from around the country return in an attempt to win fabulous cash and prizes, all while avoiding the dreaded Zonk.

Will they finally walk away with their long dreamed about winnings? Or will they once again have their hopes crushed by Zonks lurking behind curtains and underneath boxes? Tune in Monday, May 22nd to find out!

Broadway World

posted 5/22/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "A Big Finish"

  • Miley Cyrus, Zedd, Alessia Cara, Chris Stapleton, and the winner of "The Voice" will take the stage tomorrow night! (The Futon Critic)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Get your cans of Ultra Clutch, Jennifer Hudson is doing Hairspray (Broadway World)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Richard Osman pokes the Beast re: the 2022 sequel to the 2017 election no one wanted in the first place (Heat World)
     

  • Steve Harvey's ex wants $60 million for "the murder of her soul" (TMZ)
     

  • Gordon Ramsay's life advice: skip the soup (The Irish Independent)

posted 5/22/17


HUH.
Snoop Dogg to Host "Joker's Wild" Reboot
Show to Air on TBS Later This Year
From Huffpost

Snoop Dogg got one taste of the TV spotlight thanks to his show with bestie Martha Stewart, and it looks like he’s hooked.

The rapper-turned-TV-personality has signed on to host a revival of the 1970s game show, “The Joker’s Wild” on TBS. Snoop will be executive producing the show with “Good Morning America” anchor Michael Strahan.

“I’m a huge fan of game shows and ‘The Joker’s Wild’ was my favorite show growing up,” Snoop Dogg said in a statement obtained by IndieWire. “It always matched the flavor and personality of Snoop Dogg! Me and the Snoopadelic team are excited to bring back the show and put my own personal touch on it. Get ready ya’ll, it’s gonna be a wild ride!”

Like the original version of the show, the updated “Joker’s Wild” will feature a large slot machine, though mini-games will replace the straight-up trivia questions. Oh, and the set will be designed to look like Snoop’s very own casino. It’s probably safe to assume the show will be highly entertaining.

Michael Bloom, senior vice president of unscripted series and specials for TNT and TBS, said in a statement that while Snoop may not seem like your typical game show host, he’s “a great fit that brings passion to this game show with a laid-back vibe to the casino-inspired craziness surrounding him.”

He added, “This is a labor of love for Snoop Dogg and Michael Strahan, and a perfect addition to TBS’s comedy lineup.”

This revival isn’t the first for “Joker’s Wild.” The show, which originally aired from 1972 to 1975 (then, thanks to syndication, through 1986), was brought back for a brief revival in the early ’90s.

TBS’ revival is set to air sometime later this year.

Huffpost
Reality TV World
HipHollywood
TV Guide
EURweb
Radio.com
The Comeback
The Futon Critic
Variety
Deadline
TV Insider
FanFest

posted 5/19/17

WEDNESDAY: And Then There Were Six
CBS, Fox Split
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.520 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was still the top demo draw on Wednesday with new episodes from "Shots Fired" (2.914 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "Empire" (6.128 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).

ABC (5.134 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then claimed the silver with the season finales of "The Goldbergs" (5.273 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Speechless" (4.499 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "Modern Family" (6.082 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), a preview of "Downward Dog" (4.700 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and the season finale of "Designated Survivor" (5.126 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

Next up was NBC (5.369 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its season finale for "Blindspot" (4.248 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), a new "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.438 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and the season finale of "Chicago PD" (6.420 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.707 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up new episodes of "Survivor: Game Changers" (8.157 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2), "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (4.860 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and the season finale of "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (4.104 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (1.445 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "The 100" (0.850 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) rounded out the night on The CW (1.147 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable..
- The Dunk King (SP/TNT): 1.460m
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 694k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 405k
- Are You The One: Second Chances (MTV): 325k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 301k
- Talk Show the Game Show (truTV): 145k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/19/17

J! Goes Mobile... for Free!
Sony Announces New App
From B&C

Sony Pictures Television Networks Games today announced their latest free-to-play mobile game, Jeopardy! World Tour, now available for download on iOS and Android. In this free-to-play mobile version of the Emmy®-winning quiz show developed by leading game studio Uken Games, players can immerse themselves in the ultimate game of smarts, test their knowledge with clues from the show, level up to play in some of the world's most exciting destinations, and ultimately earn bragging rights as a Jeopardy! World Tour champion!

In Jeopardy! World Tour, the game play and win streaks are exciting, with an opportunity to level up and unlock themed content in cities such as Paris, Rome, Beijing, London, Los Angeles and more! Players can compete with opponents around the world, or challenge their own friends in a heated head-to-head match.

Jeopardy! World Tour offers hundreds of thousands of clues in a wide range of categories and allows players to compete against other members of the global “Jeopardy!” community, boost their scores, and rise to the top of the leaderboards.

“’Jeopardy!’ fans are always looking for more ways to play our game,” said ‘Jeopardy!’ host Alex Trebek. “I know they will be very happy with this new mobile game that connects them with other ‘Jeopardy!’ fans everywhere.”

“The passionate and engaged ‘Jeopardy!’ audience will find so much to love in this new mobile edition of the show," noted Harry Friedman, executive producer of “Jeopardy!” “With essential elements like Double Jeopardy! and Final Jeopardy!, the mood and tone of the game will feel genuine, but completely reimagined for the mobile audience."

“Jeopardy! World Tour stands on the shoulders of a show that's been successful for 33 years,” said Geremie Camara, Vice President, Sony Pictures Television Networks Games. “We unpacked the essence of a timeless franchise and created a familiar surprise that will engage ‘Jeopardy!’ fans and mobile gamers alike.”

Jeopardy! World Tour was developed by Sony Pictures Television Networks Games, an award-winning, world-class mobile games publisher recognized for its premier games, including Jeopardy! Skill on Amazon Echo, Wheel of Fortune PUZZLE POP! with Vanna White and Smurfs Bubble Story, a bubble-popping mobile game inspired by the animated film from Sony Pictures Animation, Smurfs: The Lost Village.

Jeopardy! World Tour is now available for free download with in-app purchases on iOS and Android.

B&C
Venture Beat
Android Authority
Comicbook.com
Adweek
Touch Arcade

posted 5/19/17

Ladiators Ready?
ITV Readies "Combination of Love Island and Gladiators"
From Digital Spy

If you happen to fall in the middle of a Venn diagram for Love Island and Gladiators fans (and who doesn't?), then you're in for a right treat.

Because ITV is bringing back the spirit of Gladiators for the Love Island generation... and rumour has it it's going to be called Ladiators. Yep, you heard us.

According to The Sun, the channel's latest reality gameshow hybrid will combine the sweat, strength and speed of Gladiators with 'laddish' behavior, as a bunch of guys battle it out to be the 'ultimate lad'.

What could possibly go wrong, eh?

It's worth pointing out, though, that the show has no direct connection to the '90s telly classic.

Ladiators will instead be a tongue-in-cheek embrace of lad culture, as contestants – along with their girlfriends – compete in a series of challenges testing their stamina and fitness. Ahem.

Digital Spy

posted 5/19/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Big B's Big Shoes"

  • Amitabh Bachchan is getting ready to turn over the KBC hot seat to someone else... but who? (The Tribune Express)
     

  • Lip Sync Battle, Family Game Night come to Carnival Studios, the new brand of onboard entertainment on cruise ships (Seatrade Cruise News)
     

  • Former "Deal or No Deal" models remember working with some actress that's thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis close to being an American princess (KFMB San Diego)
     

  • Jane Lynch plays St. Louis (The Vital Voice)
     

  • Graham Kennedy hosts film festival in Australia (9News)
     

  • Wayne Brady plays the Horseshoe in Indiana (Portage Life)
     

  • Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith, husband Kenny "The Jet" team with ITV (C21 Media)
     

  • Becca Tilley, Robert Graham break it off, break it off (Reality TV World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Andy Cohen (Parade)

posted 5/19/17


CW
UPFRONTS: The CW
No Games in the Fall, but Purely for the Sake of Completeness
From the Futon Critic

The CW presents its 2017-18 primetime schedule to advertisers, affiliates, and national media today at the New York City Center in New York City, with the multi-platinum, multi-Grammy Award-winning rock band Muse opening the show with the worldwide debut performance of their new single, "Dig Down."

"The CW has transformed over the past few years, from a linear network into a true multi-platform success. Whether it's on broadcast, on VOD, OTT, digital, or mobile, we are reaching those viewers everywhere they are, with opportunities for our advertisers across every platform," said Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW.

"Next season we have four new scripted series, continuing our mission of adding more original programming to schedule all year long. In the fall, we have the action-packed new military drama VALOR, and a new version of the iconic soap DYNASTY, giving us two new female-focused series that add more balance to our primetime lineup. For midseason, we have the heartwarming comedy LIFE SENTENCE, starring Lucy Hale, a terrific actress; and we have the exciting new series BLACK LIGHTNING, based on the DC character. Next season, we will have our strongest schedule ever, with a broad range of series to appeal to both women and men, across a wide range of demographics. And we will continue to provide our advertisers new opportunities to reach our audience, the youngest of any broadcaster, on every platform."

The CW will launch its 2017-18 season in October, with premiere dates to be announced later. The season will once again kick off with the exclusive telecast of the IHEARTRADIO MUSIC FESTIVAL. The CW will also celebrate the holiday season with an exclusive telecast of the IHEARTRADIO JINGLE BALL; air dates will be announced at a later date.

Following is The CW's 2017-18 Primetime Schedule and accompanying details on all the programs. Artwork is available at www.cwtvpr.com.

THE CW's 2017-18 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE

MONDAY

8:00-9:00 PM SUPERGIRL
9:00-10:00 PM VALOR (New Series)

TUESDAY

8:00-9:00 PM THE FLASH
9:00-10:00 PM DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW

WEDNESDAY

8:00-9:00 PM RIVERDALE (New Night)
9:00-10:00 PM DYNASTY (New Series)

THURSDAY

8:00-9:00 PM SUPERNATURAL
9:00-10:00 PM ARROW (New Night)

FRIDAY

8:00-9:00 PM CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND (New Time)
9:00-10:00 PM JANE THE VIRGIN (New Night)

The Futon Critic

posted 5/18/17

A "Star" is Born... on Lifetime
Victoria's Secret Angel Adriana Lima to Host "American Beauty Star"
From Latina

Adriana Lima is following fellow Victoria Secret Angel Heidi Klum’s footsteps.

The 35-year-old is hanging her wings and hosting a new beauty competition series on Lifetime called American Beauty Star. The show will feature 12 celebrity stylists and salon professionals competing in a number of challenges, from creating high-end look to glamorous creations for red carpets and runway shows. Makeup artist Sir John will mentor the contestants, while former Vogue beauty director Sarah Brown will be a judge alongside celebrity guests and beauty industry influencers.

“We are thrilled to be in partnership with A+E on the series, as it’s the perfect home for our highly engaging and entertaining beauty competition series,” Executive Producer Norton Herrick of Herrick Entertainment said. “Global sensation Adriana Lima will host alongside a slate of the highest-caliber names in beauty and lifestyle. The collection of talent and creativity makes the series a must-watch for beauty enthusiasts of all ages and interests.”

However, this is not the first beauty series for the network. American Beauty Star will join Glam Masters, another beauty competition series on Lifetime, executive produced by Kim Kardashian West. The series that will follow beauty bloggers competing for a spot on the reality TV star's glam empire.

Production for American Beauty Star begins in L.A. this June.

Latina
Reality TV World

posted 5/18/17

North American Mayhem
Nick US, Family Canada to Air CG/Live Action Sci-Fi Kids Game
From World Screen

DHX Media’s Massive Monster Mayhem, a science-fiction competition series that combines live action and CGI animation, is slated to begin airing on Nickelodeon in the U.S. and Family Channel in Canada later this year.

Massive Monster Mayhem features live gameplay by kids in futuristic challenges against gigantic Monster Superstars for the chance to win prizes and save Earth from destruction. The 20×30-minute DHX Media production, which is meant for kids aged 6 to 11, is co-created by Artur Spigel and Michael Chaves. It is executive produced by Spigel with Steven DeNure, Anne Loi, Asaph Fipke, Ken Faier and Josh Scherba of DHX Media.

Global distribution for Massive Monster Mayhem will be handled by DHX Media, with consumer-products licensing managed by DHX Brands.

Scherba, the executive VP of distribution and content at DHX Media, said: “We are always on the lookout for fresh, bold, creative ideas, and this one from Artur and Michael had us hooked. Massive Monster Mayhem combines an original, highly entertaining universe and cast of characters with action, competition and laugh-out-loud gags, all within an exciting game-show format that is bang on target for 6- to 11-year-olds. With Nickelodeon in the U.S. and Family Channel already on board, we are very excited by the global potential of this series.”

Spigel, founder of 7ate9 Entertainment, added: “The show celebrates and empowers kids in a way that’s never been done before. We’ve created a hilarious world for kids to experience, with everything I loved as a kid: monsters, wrestling and game shows, all in one show…in outer space. DHX Media and Nickelodeon have been incredible creative collaborators in making this ambitious dream come true.”

World Screen
Business Insider
Broadway World

posted 5/18/17

5 Gold Rings... Times 2
Phillip Schofield-Hosted Show Renewed
From Telly Mix

Phillip Schofield is set to return for a second series of ITV game show 5 Gold Rings.

The new series aired on Sunday nights earlier this year and has done well enough for a recommission.

A second run will air on ITV in 2018 and Phillip will be back to host.

“It’s been one of this year’s biggest game show hits for the channel, after they axed Phillip’s other show You’re Back in the Room," a source told The Sun newspaper today. “It’s a win-win for everyone. Fans love it and Phillip’s had great fun hosting it and is eager to give it another run.”

5 Gold Rings sees two teams go head to head over five rounds. One team will be walking away with up to £25,000 (around $32,000) whilst the other will leave with nothing. Who wins and who loses is decided in a unique way… using five gold rings.

The teams will have to battle it out against the clock to answer questions by placing gold rings onto a supersized image displayed beneath their feet on a huge circular LED floor. For example, the picture might be a map of the world and teams will attempt the question, ‘Where is the highest mountain on earth?’ by placing a gold ring on the image where they think the answer is.

If the contestant correctly encircles the answer, they move onto the next round and more money but if they’re wrong they lose that ring forever.

For the contestants, every pixel really does count as state of the art software, specially crafted for this game detects – down to the pixel - exactly where each ring is placed on the floor.

Each round will get decidedly more difficult as after every correct answer is given all of their remaining gold rings will decrease in size – making it even tougher to find and encircle the next correct answer. If they lose all five of their rings, it’s game over.

Speaking about the show earlier this year, Phillip Schofield said: “I love the whole concept of this show. It’s such a simple idea. The longer you stay in the game, the smaller the rings get. It looks amazing and anyone of any age can play. I can’t wait to get started!”

Telly Mix

posted 5/18/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Moving On"

  • Lauren Bushnell is moving to Hollywood to pursue modeling (Reality TV World), while Ben Higgins is pursuing anyone who'll listen to his side of the story (Reality TV World)
     

  • Nick Carter & Aaron Carter mourn the loss of their father (Reality TV World)
     

  • CONTEST TIME! Want to eat at the F Word restaurant? (Broadway World)
     

  • Bindi Irwin denies her mom is dating Russell Crowe (Reality TV World)

posted 5/18/17


Billboard
Katy Perry Officially an "Idol" Judge
Pop Star to Serve as Head Panelist on ABC's Reboot
From Broadway World

At today's upfront presentation at David Geffen Hall in New York City, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey announced that Grammy- and Emmy-nominated music luminary Katy Perry is set to judge the next generation of artists on ABC's revival of the beloved music competition series "American Idol."

Perry, who rose to fame in 2008 with the release of singles "I Kissed a Girl" and "Hot n Cold," has garnered an impressive twelve Grammy nominations, five American Music Awards, 14 People's Choice Awards, four Guinness World Records, and an Emmy nomination for her SUPER BOWL XLIX Halftime Show, among others. Billboard Magazine's 2012 "Woman of the Year" has sold over 100 million records throughout her career, making her one of the bestselling musical artists of all time.

"I am honored and thrilled to be the first judge bringing back the AMERICAN IDOL tradition of making dreams come true for incredible talents with authentic personalities and real stories," said Perry. "I'm always listening to new music, and love discovering diamonds in the rough - from mentoring young artists on my label, or highlighting new artists on my tours, I want to bring it back to the music.

"We are thrilled to be ushering in this new era of 'American Idol' with Katy leading the charge," said Dungey. "Her incredible accolades speak for themselves. We are so lucky to have this strong and talented woman help inspire and guide the next crop of artists as they pursue their dreams."

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posted 5/17/17


Billboard
Rita Ora Goes from "Model" To "Boy Band"
Emma Bunton, Nick Carter to Serve as "Architects"
From the Futon Critic

At today's upfront presentation at David Geffen Hall in New York City, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey announced that singer Rita Ora will host this summer's music competition series "Boy Band," which premieres on THURSDAY, JUNE 22 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. Dungey also announced that Nick Carter (Backstreet Boys) and Emma Bunton (Spice Girls) will join the series as architects, experts who will guide contestants throughout their journey to stardom, before Carter took the stage with his bandmates for a live performance of their hit single "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)."

In "Boy Band," undiscovered young talent from around the country battle it out to become a member of the next great music sensation. From The Beatles to The Jackson 5 to Backstreet Boys and One Direction, generations around the world have always had an insatiable thirst for boy bands. The 10-episode series will chronicle the journey of young male vocalists who will compete for a chance to show the world that they have what it takes to win a coveted spot in America's next great boy band and receive a recording contract with Hollywood Records.

At the start of the season, thousands of talented singers audition for one of 18 spots in three bands that will need to impress the architects in hopes of evading elimination. Each episode will feature a different theme, and the architects will shuffle contestants to find the best combination of voices to perform, live, for America. Architects will critique each band's performance and collectively determine two contestants who are up for elimination. After performing solo "survival" songs, viewers at home will vote for their favorite to remain in the competition. In the finale, America's favorite five band members will be announced, and they will perform their brand-new single together for the first time.

"Boy Band" is produced by Matador Content. Todd Lubin, Jay Peterson, Jane Mun and Joel Relampagos serve as executive producers.

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posted 5/17/17


CBS
UPFRONTS: CBS
In: Survivor, The Amazing Race
From The Futon Critic

CBS today unveiled its 2017-2018 primetime lineup, featuring four new comedies, four new dramas and 23 returning series. The new series join a lineup that will finish the current season as America's most watched network in viewers for the 14th time in 15 years, including the last nine years straight.

The new fall dramas are: SEAL TEAM, a military drama that follows the professional and personal lives of the most elite unit of Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous missions, starring David Boreanaz; S.W.A.T., inspired by the television series and feature film, starring Shemar Moore as a S.W.A.T. sergeant in Los Angeles; and WISDOM OF THE CROWD, starring Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Jeremy Piven as a visionary tech innovator who creates a cutting-edge crowdsourcing app to solve his daughter's murder.

The new fall comedies are the highly anticipated YOUNG SHELDON, about 9-year-old genius Sheldon Cooper growing up in East Texas; 9JKL, starring Mark Feuerstein as an actor who's newly single and returns home to live in an apartment sandwiched between his doting parents and his competitive brother and family; and ME, MYSELF & I, starring Bobby Moynihan in a single-camera comedy about the defining moments in one man's life over three distinct periods - as a 14-year-old in 1991, at age 40 in present day and at age 65 in 2042. 9JKL and ME, MYSELF & I will both join the Monday night comedy block.

Providing CBS unparalleled stability, the Network will return 23 successful series to its 2017-2018 schedule. The 23 returning shows include the comedies THE BIG BANG THEORY, television's #1 scripted series and the #1 comedy for seven consecutive years; KEVIN CAN WAIT, this season's #1 new comedy; the critically acclaimed time period winner MOM; as well as LIFE IN PIECES, MAN WITH A PLAN and SUPERIOR DONUTS.

The returning dramas are NCIS, television's #1 drama for eight consecutive seasons; BULL, this season's #1 new drama in viewers; SCORPION, the most watched broadcast drama on Monday; BLUE BLOODS, a top 10 broadcast drama in viewers; NCIS: LOS ANGELES and MADAM SECRETARY, which are the #1 and #2 broadcast series on Sunday, respectively; time period winners NCIS: NEW ORLEANS, HAWAII FIVE-0 and MACGYVER; as well as CRIMINAL MINDS, ELEMENTARY and CODE BLACK.

The returning reality series are the Emmy Award-winning programs SURVIVOR, THE AMAZING RACE and UNDERCOVER BOSS.


The schedule...

MONDAY

8:00-8:30 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY
8:30-9:00 PM YOUNG SHELDON (N) (Special One Time Preview Sept. 25)
8:30-9:00 PM 9JKL (N) (Premieres Oct. 2)
9:00-9:30 PM KEVIN CAN WAIT
9:30-10:00 PM ME, MYSELF & I (N)
10:00-11:00 PM SCORPION

8:00-8:30 PM KEVIN CAN WAIT (RTP) (Starting Oct. 30)
8:30-9:00 PM 9JKL
9:00-9:30 PM ME, MYSELF & I (RTP) (Starting Oct. 30)
9:30-10:00 PM SUPERIOR DONUTS (Starting Oct. 30)
10:00-11:00 PM SCORPION

TUESDAY
8:00-9:00 PM NCIS
9:00-10:00 PM BULL
10:00-11:00 PM NCIS: NEW ORLEANS

WEDNESDAY
8:00-9:00 PM SURVIVOR
9:00-10:00 PM SEAL TEAM (N)
10:00-11:00 PM CRIMINAL MINDS (NTP)

THURSDAY
8:00-11:00 PM, ET/ 5:00-8:00 PM, PT NFL THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL (Premieres Sept. 28)

8:00-8:30 PM THE BIG BANG THEORY (RTP) (Starting Nov. 2)
8:30-9:00 PM YOUNG SHELDON (N) (RTP) (Starting Nov. 2)
9:00-9:30 PM MOM (Starting Nov. 2)
9:30-10:00 PM LIFE IN PIECES (Starting Nov. 2)
10:00-11:00 PM S.W.A.T. (N) (Starting Nov. 2)

FRIDAY
8:00-9:00 PM MACGYVER
9:00-10:00 PM HAWAII FIVE-0
10:00-11:00 PM BLUE BLOODS

SATURDAY
8:00-9:00 PM CRIMETIME SATURDAY
9:00-10:00 PM CRIMETIME SATURDAY
10:00-11:00 PM 48 HOURS

SUNDAY

7:00-8:00 PM 60 MINUTES
8:00-9:00 PM WISDOM OF THE CROWD (N)
9:00-10:00 PM NCIS: LOS ANGELES (NTP)
10:00-11:00 PM MADAM SECRETARY (NTP)

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posted 5/17/17

TUESDAY: And Then There Was One Week
CBS Wins a Snoozer of a Tuesday
From the Futon Critic

CBS (11.017 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) claimed top honors on Tuesday with the season finales of "NCIS" (13.066 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.103 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7) bookended a new "Bull" (10.882 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

NBC (5.916 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then had to settle for second place with its mix of "The Voice" (8.441 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1), "Great News" (3.507 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12), another "Great News" (2.675 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) and the season finale of "Chicago Fire" (6.218 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3).

Next up was ABC (3.409 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its concluding lineup of "The Middle" (5.353 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3), "American Housewife" (4.441 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.525 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8), "Imaginary Mary" (2.822 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) and "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.156 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.990 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up originals from "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.699 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12), another "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.418 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) and "Prison Break" (2.422 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (2.437 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and "iZombie" (0.910 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #17) rounded out the night on The CW (1.673 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.318m
- Team Ninja Warrior (USA): 848k
- Chopped (Food): 794k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 638k
- The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros (SP/MTV): 568k
- The Challenge: Invasion Reunion (MTV): 501k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 397k

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posted 5/17/17

MONDAY: Semifinal Week
"Dancing", "Voice" Penultimate Weeks Lead Respective Networks to a Split
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.616 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was still the network to beat on Monday with fresh installments of "The Voice" (8.954 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "The Wall" (4.942 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

ABC (7.639 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with a new "Dancing with the Stars" (9.958 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and the season finale of "Quantico" (3.002 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

Next up was CBS (6.226 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its mix of a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (5.976 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), the season finale of "Man with a Plan" (5.713 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), more repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.524 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "Kevin Can Wait" (4.660 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) as well as the season finale of "Scorpion" (7.742 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.977 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up new episodes of "Gotham" (2.891 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9) and "Lucifer" (3.064 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10).

And finally, the penultimate weeks of "Supergirl" (1.934 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.797 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) rounded out the night on The CW (1.365 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

on cable...
- Kids BBQ Championship (Food): 593k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 410k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/16/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Will You Accept This Plea Bargain?"

  • Chris Soules pleads not guilty to felony hit-and-run (Reality TV World)
     

  • Normani Kordei wants to date with Bonner Bolton (Reality TV World)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: The Arrow takes on the Ninja Warrior. Your move, Grant Gustin (TV Line)
     

  • Miley Cyrus probably thinks the new "Idol" judge's "I Kissed a Girl" is about her (MTV)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jennifer Hudson (Broadway World)

posted 5/17/17


ABC
UPFRONTS: ABC
In: Dancing, Bachelor, Shark Tank, To Tell the Truth, and SPINOFFS!

From the Futon Critic

ABC continues its commitment to distinctive storytelling with the announcement of its 2017-18 slate of programming. Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment, will unveil the network's new lineup to the advertising and media communities this afternoon at Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall in New York City.

"I'm very proud of this year's slate of series at ABC. We've focused on some of the universal themes that unite us - exciting stories, relevant dramas, and of course, lots of laughs. Our goal is to focus on the unique points of view of our show creators, but make shows that have broad appeal," said Dungey.

Ranking No. 1 for the 2016-17 season in Nielsen's non-sports Adult 18-49 averages (tie), ABC claimed a network-leading 9 of the Top 20 entertainment series on broadcast TV, delivering 5 of the Top 10: "Grey's Anatomy" (3.3 rating) - No. 4, "The Bachelor" (3.1 rating) - No. 5, "Designated Survivor" (2.9 rating) and "Modern Family" (2.9 rating) tie at No. 7, "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.6 rating) - No. 10, "Scandal" (2.4 rating) - No. 13, while "The Goldbergs" (2.1 rating), "DWTS" (2.1 rating) and "black-ish" (2.1 rating) tie at No. 19. In addition, the Network delivered 6 of the Top 10 comedies for the season and 3 of the Top 5 dramas. ABC once again dominated among advertiser-coveted upscale viewers with 9 of the season's Top 15 highest-rated broadcast entertainment series among Adults 18-49 in Homes earning $100k+ Annual Income.

Fall premiere dates will be announced at a later time. Please note that shows picked up but not listed on the schedule below - the least of which will include "American Idol" - will debut later in the 2017-18 season.

ABC's fall primetime schedule is as follows (all times listed are Eastern/Pacific).

MONDAY:
8:00 p.m. "Dancing with the Stars"
10:00 p.m. "The Good Doctor"

TUESDAY:
8:00 p.m. "The Middle"
8:30 p.m. "Fresh Off the Boat" (new time period)
9:00 p.m. "black-ish" (new day and time period)
9:30 p.m. "The Mayor"
10:00 p.m."The Gospel of Kevin"

WEDNESDAY:
8:00 p.m. "The Goldbergs"
8:30 p.m. "Speechless"
9:00 p.m. "Modern Family"
9:30 p.m. "American Housewife" (new day and time period)
10:00 p.m. "Designated Survivor"

THURSDAY:
8:00 p.m. "Grey's Anatomy"
9:00 p.m. "Scandal"
10:00 p.m. "How to Get Away with Murder"

FRIDAY:
8:00 p.m. "Once Upon a Time" (new day and time period)
9:00 p.m. "Marvel's Inhumans"
10:00 p.m. "20/20"

SATURDAY:
8:00 p.m. "Saturday Night Football"

SUNDAY:
7:00 p.m. "America's Funniest Home Videos"
8:00 p.m. "To Tell the Truth"
9:00 p.m. "Shark Tank" (new day and time period)
10:00 p.m. "Ten Days in the Valley"

New games include...

AMERICAN IDOL

ABC is bringing back "American Idol." The network, along with producers FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group, will revive television's most successful and recognized music competition series for the 2017-2018 season, bringing back the fan-favorite and making more dreams come true. A host and judges will be announced at a later time.

"American Idol"'s profound effect on the music industry is far-reaching and continually growing, launching the careers of superstars Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Katharine McPhee, Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtry, among many others. "American Idol" contestants have sold more than 60 million albums, resulting in more than 80 Platinum records and 95 Gold records. Its participants have generated more than 450 Billboard No. 1 hits and sold more than 260 million digital downloads.

"American Idol" is produced by FremantleMedia North America and 19 Entertainment, a division of CORE Media Group. Executive producers include FremantleMedia North America's Trish Kinane and Jennifer Mullin. FremantleMedia International distributes the series worldwide.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AmericanIdol/ Instagram: @AmericanIdol Twitter: @AmericanIdol YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/americanidol Brand Website: americanidol.com

THE BACHELOR WINTER GAMES

America's favorite participants from past seasons of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette," from arch rivals to villains, will take competitive dating to a chilling new level. In an ode to the Winter Olympic Games and slated to premiere in February 2018, "The Bachelor Winter Games" will reunite the all-stars at a luxurious winter resort, where they will go head-to-head in winter-themed athletic challenges including the toughest sport of all, love.

"The Bachelor Winter Games" is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Unscripted Television. Mike Fleiss and Martin Hilton to executive produce.

DANCING WITH THE STARS JUNIOR

A fresh new take on an established favorite, "Dancing with the Stars Junior" will pair celebrity kids and kids of celebrities with professional junior ballroom dancers to perform choreographed routines which will be judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts, to be announced at a later date.

Slated to debut in Spring 2018, "Dancing with the Stars Junior" is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions

Returning games include...

THE BACHELOR (Season 22)

ABC's "The Bachelor," a pop-culture sensation, will celebrate its 22nd season with more fireworks, surprises and drama than ever. Just as Nick ended his journey to find love with a proposal, the series has encouraged millions of viewers for over two decades to find their own fairytale romances while the original hit primetime romance reality series continues to offer unpredictable, sexy, emotional, over-the-top fun. The relaxed format rules guarantee more "OMG," jaw-dropping moments. Bachelor Nation has made this romantic rollercoaster ride one of television's top social-media and water-cooler shows, as one lucky man and 30 lucky women have the unique opportunity to find true love.

Hosted by Chris Harrison, "The Bachelor" is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Unscripted Television. Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton, Elan Gale, Bennett Graebner and Nicole Woods are the executive producers.

Like and Follow: Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheBachelor Twitter: https://twitter.com/BachelorABC Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bachelorabc/ Hashtag: #TheBachelor

THE BACHELORETTE (Season 14)

The season 14 pick up of "The Bachelorette" comes in advance of the 13th season premiere, on MONDAY, MAY 22 (9:00-11:00 p.m. EST), where fan favorite Rachel Lindsay will continue her journey to find her happy ending. Editors' note: "The Bachelorette" will return to its regular time slot on Monday, May 29 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT).

Hosted by Chris Harrison, "The Bachelorette" is a production of Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Unscripted Television. Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton, Elan Gale, Bennett Graebner and Nicole Woods are the executive producers.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheBachelorette/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BacheloretteABC Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bacheloretteabc/ Hashtag: #TheBachelorette

DANCING WITH THE STARS (Season 25)

"Dancing with the Stars," which enters its landmark 25th season this fall, is the hit series in which celebrities perform choreographed dance routines that are judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts. "Dancing with the Stars" is produced by BBC Worldwide Productions. Ashley Edens-Shaffer and Joe Sungkur are executive producers. Phil Heyes directs.

Like and Follow: Facebook: www.facebook.com/dancingwiththestars Twitter: https://twitter.com/DancingABC Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dancingabc/ Hashtag: #DWTS

SHARK TANK (Season 9)

"Shark Tank," the critically-acclaimed and multi-Emmy award-winning reality show that has reinvigorated entrepreneurship in America and recently amassed an amazing $100M in deals in the Tank, will feature a blockbuster lineup of Guest Sharks when the business-themed show returns for its ninth season. The Guest Sharks are serial entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist Richard Branson, Spanx owner Sara Blakely, Skinnygirl founder Bethenny Frankel, iconic Smartwater and Vitaminwater brand-builder Rohan Oza, and legendary baseball player and businessman Alex Rodriguez. They will appear individually alongside four other Sharks in various episodes during the 2017-2018 season.

The Sharks are billionaire Mark Cuban; "Queen of QVC" Lori Greiner; technology innovator Robert Herjavec; fashion and branding expert Daymond John; and venture capitalist Kevin O'Leary.

Mark Burnett, Clay Newbill, Yun Lingner and Phil Gurin are the executive producers of "Shark Tank," which is based on the Japanese "Dragons' Den" format, created by Nippon Television Network Corporation. The series is produced by MGM Television in association with Sony Pictures Television.

Like and Follow: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SharkTank Twitter: https://twitter.com/ABCSharkTank Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sharktankabc/ Hashtag: #SharkTank

TO TELL THE TRUTH (Season 3)

Season 3 of "To Tell the Truth" returns this fall with more fun and laughs. Hosted by Anthony Anderson, the hit series is a funny re-imagination of the beloved game show of the same name. The all-new version takes the excitement to another level, featuring a new celebrity panel for each episode. Anderson's mother, fondly known as "Mama Doris," is also part of the fun, returning as a commentator and bringing their playful dynamic to the stage.

In each round, the celebrity panel is presented with three participants 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 have 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. Jennifer Mullin, Jeff Gaspin, George Moll, Alycia Rossiter and Anthony Anderson are executive producers.

Like and Follow: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ToTellTheTruthABC/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/TellTruthABC Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/totellthetruthtv/ Hashtag: #ToTellTheTruth

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posted 5/16/17

SYNDIES: Week 34
Results for the Week Ending May 7
From TV Newscheck

The newly renamed Live with Kelly and Ryan made a solid debut in the session ending May 7, which was the first full week of the May sweep. The long-running morning staple, which named Ryan Seacrest to cohost with Kelly Ripa, took over the No. 2 spot in talk behind leader Dr. Phil.

Elsewhere, none of the other game shows were able to approach the ratings for Steve Harvey-hosted Family Feud, which dipped 3% to a 6.3.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.3 -3%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9 NC
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.8 -2%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.2 NC

TV Newscheck

posted 5/16/17

"Funny" Hits 95%
Entertainment Studios' New Entry a Firm Go for Fall
From B&C

Entertainment Studios has cleared its new comedy game show, Funny You Should Ask, in 95% of the country for a fall 2017 launch, the studio said Monday.

The show, which features comedians riffing on questions asked by contestants, will air on CBS-owned WLNY New York and KCAL Los Angeles, Ellis Communications’ KDOC Los Angeles and Weigel’s WCIU Chicago. The show is cleared in two-year deals, equaling 260 episodes, covering both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons. The show will launch both on broadcast TV in syndication and on Entertainment Studios’ cable network Comedy.TV.

In addition to New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, Funny You Should Ask is cleared on stations owned by Sinclair, Scripps, Graham Media, Meredith, Mission, Londen, Sunbeam, Nexstar, Raycom and more.

Funny You Should Ask, which is produced and distributed by Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios, is hosted by Jon Kelley. Comedians appearing in the premiere week of episodes this September include Howie Mandel, Anthony Anderson, Tom Arnold, Louie Anderson, Sheryl Underwood, Cedric the Entertainer, Jon Lovitz, Maria Bamford and more.

“Funny You Should Ask is the perfect comedy game show for the entire family,” said Allen, founder, chairman and CEO of Entertainment Studios in a statement.

B&C
TV Newscheck

posted 5/16/17


NBCUniversal
UPFRONTS: NBC
In: AGT, ANW, The Voice, The Wall, Ellen's Game of Games, Genius Junior, The Handmade Project

From the Futon Critic

On the heels of a victorious 2016-17 season, NBC has announced a new season lineup that builds upon its remarkable stability while adding a rich variety of new series. The new schedule, which will add five first-year dramas and three new comedies over the course of the 2017-18 season, is anchored by a new powerhouse Thursday lineup that includes the return of one of the most successful comedies in TV history, "Will & Grace," the highly anticipated second season of the cultural phenomenon "This Is Us" and Dick Wolf's explosive new true crime event series "Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders."

NBC is poised to win the traditional September-to-May season in adults 18-49, adults 25-54 and most other key demographics. This is the third time in four years that NBC has won the coveted 18-49 demo and the first time in five years any network has finished #1 even without a boost from the Super Bowl or an in-season Olympics. NBC is also well positioned to win the full 52-week September-to-September season in 18-49 for a fourth year in a row.

NBC currently leads the season in averages that include all programs, as well as rankings that include entertainment programs only (no sports).

NBC's lineup during the successful 2016-17 season has included primetime's #1 and #2 broadcast series in 18-49, Sunday and Thursday NFL football; television's #1 first-year series and #1 broadcast drama, "This Is Us"; regular Monday and Tuesday wins keyed by "The Voice"; time-period improvements from four series that aired in new timeslots this season; and timeslot wins in 18-49 or total viewers for each of the "Chicago" dramas.

"We have very promising new series that will join one of our strongest returning lineups to date," said Jennifer Salke, President, NBC Entertainment. "We're proud of our roster of distinctive dramas that includes original concepts such as 'The Blacklist' or 'Blindspot,' not to mention the enduring legacy of Dick Wolf, who will also bring a new true crime series to the network next fall. 'This Is Us' has quickly become a defining moment for the NBC brand, and we look forward to launching bold new series such as 'The Brave,' 'Rise,' 'Reverie' and 'Good Girls.' Our comedy profile, too, is starting to hit its stride, and we're thrilled to welcome new comedies with sought-after producers such as Mindy Kaling, Lorne Michaels and Seth Meyers."

Rounding out NBC's robust schedule are alternative series that include "The Awesome Show," from executive producers Chris Hardwick ("The Wall"), Mark Burnett ("The Voice") and Silicon Valley's Singularity University, that will showcase the groundbreaking scientific and technological advances that are shaping the future; "Ellen's Game of Games," starring the one and only Ellen DeGeneres and featuring super-sized versions of some of the most beloved games from her daytime talk show; "Genius Junior," hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, celebrates the smartest kids in America with mind-blowing tests of logic, math, memory, spelling and more; and "The Handmade Project," from executive producers Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, a lighthearted competition celebrating the creativity and craftiness in all of us.

"With the #1 ratings of 'The Voice' plus consistent Sunday leadership of 'Little Big Shots' along with television's top-rated primetime game show 'The Wall,' NBC remains #1 in alternative programs for a fourth straight season," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. "We look forward to finishing out the broadcast year with the perennial #1 summer series 'America's Got Talent,' last summer's top new broadcast series 'Better Late Than Never' and 'American Ninja Warrior,' which delivered its most-watched season ever. And the alternative momentum continues next year with a slate of inventive new projects from some of the most desirable names in the industry - Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman, Ellen DeGeneres, Neil Patrick Harris, Chris Hardwick and Mark Burnett."

Returning shows for the 2017-18 schedule include "The Blacklist," "Blindspot," "Chicago Fire," "Chicago Med," "Chicago P.D.," "Dateline NBC," "The Good Place," "Great News," "Law & Order: SVU," "Little Big Shots," "Shades of Blue," "Superstore," "Taken," "This Is Us," "Timeless," "The Voice" and "The Wall."

"NBC's primetime schedule once again looks strong and affiliate friendly. We appreciate the consideration given to the late news lead-ins and look forward to another successful season," said Ralph Oakley, President and CEO of Quincy Media, Inc. and Chairperson of the NBC Affiliates Board.

NBC FALL 2017-18 SCHEDULE (New programs in UPPER CASE; all times ET)

MONDAY
8-10 P.M. - The Voice
10-11 P.M. - THE BRAVE

TUESDAY
8-9 P.M. - The Voice
9-9:30 P.M. - Superstore
9:30-10 P.M. - The Good Place
10-11 P.M. - Chicago Fire

WEDNESDAY
8-9 P.M. - The Blacklist
9-10 P.M. - Law & Order: SVU
10-11 P.M. - Chicago P.D.

THURSDAY
8-8:30 P.M. - WILL & GRACE
8:30-9 P.M. - Great News
9-10 P.M. - This Is Us
10-11 P.M. - LAW & ORDER TRUE CRIME: THE MENENDEZ MURDERS

FRIDAY
8-9 P.M. - Blindspot
9-10 P.M. - Taken
10-11 P.M - Dateline NBC

SATURDAY
8-10 P.M. - Dateline Saturday Night Mystery
10-11 P.M. - Saturday Night Live (encores)

SUNDAY
7-8:20 P.M. - Football Night in America
8:20-11 P.M. - NBC Sunday Night Football

New game show include...

"ELLEN'S GAME OF GAMES": The one and only Ellen DeGeneres returns to primetime to host an exciting new game show that's one big party! Featuring super-sized versions of some of the most beloved games from "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," as well as new ones, contestants will be pulled from the studio audience to maneuver massive obstacles while answering trivia questions, all under the pressure of Ellen's mischievous and hilarious antics. With DeGeneres' witty and comedic sensibility plus fun-filled games, each episode is sure to entertain the entire family and deliver lots of laughs. One lucky contestant will get the chance to win the grand prize, but everyone will have a blast! Ellen DeGeneres, Jeff Kleeman, Ed Glavin, Mary Connelly, Andy Lassner, Kevin Leman and David A. Hurwitz executive produce. Russell Norman directs. "Ellen's Game of Games" is produced by Warner Horizon Unscripted in association with A Very Good Production and Telepictures.

Please visit the official show site at http://www.nbc.com/ellens-game-of-games Facebook: Facebook.com/GameOfGames Twitter: @NBCGameOfGames Hashtag: #GameofGames

"GENIUS JUNIOR": No stranger to young geniuses, Neil Patrick Harris hosts an exciting new game show that celebrates the smartest kids in America. These talented "genius juniors" will team up to take on mind-blowing tests of logic, math, memory, spelling and more. Through escalating rounds, they will be tested in each area of the brain, culminating in an ultimate challenge to be crowned the smartest and brightest. The winning team will take home a life-changing prize - setting the stage for a big, bright future ahead. Neil Patrick Harris, Pam Healey, John Hesling, Phil Parsons and Ed Egan executive produce. "Genius Junior" is produced by Shed Media in association with Prediction Productions.

Please visit the official show site at http://www.nbc.com/genius-jr Facebook: Facebook.com/NBCGeniusJunior Twitter: @NBCGeniusJunior Hashtag: #GeniusJunior

"THE HANDMADE PROJECT": From executive producer and host Amy Poehler and co-host Nick Offerman comes a lighthearted competition celebrating the creativity and craftiness in all of us. Each week, eight amateur makers will take on a series of projects they must complete in their own unique way. As the competition escalates, the amateurs will be challenged to master progressively difficult skills, culminating in a final craft-off between the most creative and tenacious contestants. Shot in a serene outdoor setting, this friendly competition will focus on the character and camaraderie of DIY culture - and through it all, Poehler and Offerman will provide encouragement, guidance and plenty of laughs. Amy Poehler, Brooke Posch, Nicolle Yaron, Nick Offerman, Dave Becky and Anthony Dominici executive produce. "The Handmade Project" is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio in association with Paper Kite Productions.

Please visit the official show site at http://www.nbc.com/the-handmade-project Facebook: Facebook.com/NBCHandmadeProject Twitter: @NBCHandmade Hashtag: #HandmadeProject

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posted 5/16/17

WEEKEND: Not Playing Around
"Toy Box" Lukewarm Heading to Finale
From the Futon Critic

CBS (6.144 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) was the top overall draw on Friday as fresh installments of "Undercover Boss" (5.514 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and "48 Hours: NCIS" (5.028 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) bookended the season finale of "Hawaii Five-0" (7.891 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1).

NBC (3.842 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with new episodes from "First Dates" (3.333 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) and "Dateline NBC" (4.097 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

Next up was ABC (3.212 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and a new "The Toy Box" (2.432 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8), the season finale of "Shark Tank" (3.915 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and a new "20/20" (3.291 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.356 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) opted for repeats of "Lucifer" (1.348 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Lethal Weapon" (1.364 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

And finally, new episodes of "The Originals" (1.237 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9) and "Reign" (1.104 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) rounded out the night on The CW (1.170 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4).

VH1's "RuPaul's Drag Race" continues to impress, racing to a tally of 738,000.

On Sunday, NBC (5.295 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) took home the demo crown with its mix of a "Little Big Shots" (3.620 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) repeat, a new "Little Big Shots" (7.201 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1), the season finale of "Chicago Justice" (5.630 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and an original "Shades of Blue" (4.729 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

CBS (7.849 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a close second with "60 Minutes" (9.710 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), the season finale "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9.361 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) as well as fresh installments of "Madam Secretary" (7.808 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Elementary" (4.517 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

Next up was ABC (2.823 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its recap special "Once Upon a Time: The Final Battle Begins" (2.850 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) followed by a new "Once Upon a Time" (2.960 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), the season finale of "Once Upon a Time" (2.908 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and a new "Match Game" (2.574 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (0.895 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) and "The Simpsons" (1.137 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) led into "Miss USA 2017" (2.927 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) on FOX (2.290 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

On cable...
- Iron Chef Gauntlet (Food): 1.240m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 991k

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posted 5/16/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "And Another One Gone, And Another One Gone, Another One Bites the Dust"

  • Those of you that had "one year, two months" from the "Final Rose" episode to the eventual breakup... come up to the window and claim your prize; Ben Higgins & Lauren Bushnell are officially OVER (Reality TV World)
     

  • Noel Edmonds wants his money back. Lloyds of London apparently in no hurry to say "Deal" (Law360)
     

  • Tom Colicchio's favorite Top Chef meal... (Refinery29)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: The Wheelmobile heads to Seattle the weekend of July 12 (KOMO Seattle)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jimmy Carr (Evening Standard)

posted 5/16/17


Fox
UPFRONTS: Fox
In: Hell's Kitchen & the Summer Lineup

From the Futon Critic

Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group, today will unveil the FOX primetime slate for the 2017-2018 television season to the national advertising community during its annual Programming Presentation at the Beacon Theatre.

"This past season, we launched five of the top 15 new series - more than any other network - and next season, we're using our strongest series to launch new shows and grow returning series," said Newman and Walden. "We're strategically pairing shows that have greater compatibility to increase audience flow and create higher duplication on each night. We endeavored to develop a mix of provocative, compelling dramas; broad, funny comedies; and exciting, live events from the best creators in the business - and we're excited about these new shows."

FOX's full 2017-2018 programming slate is:

 - Dramas: 9-1-1, EMPIRE, THE EXORCIST, THE GIFTED, GOTHAM, LETHAL WEAPON, LUCIFER, THE ORVILLE, THE RESIDENT, STAR, THE X-FILES;
- Comedies: BOB'S BURGERS, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, FAMILY GUY, GHOSTED, LA TO VEGAS, THE LAST MAN ON EARTH; THE MICK, NEW GIRL, THE SIMPSONS;
- Live Events: A CHRISTMAS STORY, RENT;
- Unscripted: AMERICAN GRIT, BEAT SHAZAM, THE F WORD WITH GORDON RAMSAY, HELL'S KITCHEN, LOVE CONNECTION, MASTERCHEF, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, SHOWTIME AT THE APOLLO, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE, SUPERHUMAN.

Additional schedule information and specials to be announced.

Following is the FOX fall 2017 primetime schedule, as well as social media information for and synopses of the new series:

FOX FALL 2017 SCHEDULE (All Times ET/PT)

MONDAY
8:00-9:00 PM LUCIFER
9:00-10:00 PM THE GIFTED (new)

TUESDAY
8:00-9:00 PM LETHAL WEAPON
9:00-9:30 PM THE MICK
9:30-10:00 PM BROOKLYN NINE-NINE

WEDNESDAY
8:00-9:00 PM EMPIRE
9:00-10:00 PM STAR

THURSDAY
8:00-9:00 PM GOTHAM
9:00-10:00 PM THE ORVILLE (new)

FRIDAY
8:00-9:00 PM HELL'S KITCHEN
9:00-10:00 PM THE EXORCIST

SATURDAY
7:00-10:30 PM FOX SPORTS SATURDAY: FOX COLLEGE FOOTBALL

SUNDAY
7:00-7:30 PM NFL ON FOX
7:30-8:00 PM THE OT / BOB'S BURGERS
8:00-8:30 PM THE SIMPSONS
8:30-9:00 PM GHOSTED (new)
9:00-9:30 PM FAMILY GUY
9:30-10:00 PM THE LAST MAN ON EARTH

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posted 5/15/17

THURSDAY: Racing to Just Even
CBS Wins Night
From The Futon Critic

CBS (7.508 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) took home top honors on Thursday with the season finale of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.602 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) followed by a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (10.062 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) and the season finales of "Mom" (8.205 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) and "Life in Pieces" (6.015 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7) as well as a new "The Amazing Race" (4.083 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

ABC (5.042 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the silver draw with new episodes of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.907 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) and "Scandal" (5.242 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5) plus the departing "The Catch" (2.978 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

Next up was NBC (4.841 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its lineup of a "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.775 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) repeat, the season finale of "Chicago Med" (6.785 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and a new "The Blacklist" (4.963 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.083 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up a new "MasterChef Junior" (2.824 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10) alongside repeats of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.426 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and another "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.258 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

And finally, a new "Supernatural" (1.429 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and the season finale of "Riverdale" (0.951 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) rounded out the night on The CW (1.189 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 816k
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 663k
- Lip Sync Battle TMI (Spike): 551k
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 298k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30): 267k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 266k
- Farmers' Market Flip (Cooking): 106k

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posted 5/15/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Video Games"

  • VIDEO WALL: the Tamale Train moves back into SYTYCD (Broadway World)
     

  • "American Idol" reportedly THIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIS CLOSE to booking its first judge (TMZ)
     

  • VIDEO WALL #2: you've seen Melissa McCarthy the significant other. You've seen Melissa McCarthy the Ghostbuster. You've even seen Melissa McCarthy the Sean Spicer. But you've NEVER seen Melissa McCarthy the new member of the SNL Five-Timers Club! What's this got to do with game shows? Well... just watch (Slate)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Talk Show the Game Show" (Washington Post)
     

  • Do not. Mess. With Rachel Riley. (Metro)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST BRUTALLY EARLY REVIEW: Candy Crush (Fansided)
     

  • VIDEO WALL #3: Fox's two new game show entries (Hollywood.com)
     

  • ICYMI: the winner of Eurovision 2017 is... (Reality TV World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the Eggheads (BT)

posted 5/15/17



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UPFRONTS: The Calm Before The Storm
Key Pickups Ahead of Next Week

From Huffpost

It's the most wonderful time of the year....

As the 2016-2017 season wraps up with a slew of highly anticipated season (and series) finales before summer TV doldrums hit, the major networks are determining which shows will make the cut and which shows will go the way of “Blood & Oil.” See, you already forgot that existed.

Every year around May, TV essentially turns into the “Hunger Games” with ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW debuting their fall TV slates to advertisers at the upfronts. Enter the cancellation bear quietly claiming its victims to make room for the new kids on the block.

With an upcoming TV season full of reboots and revivals ― we’re looking at you “American Idol” and “Will & Grace” ― and a host of promising new shows that will seriously test your DVR storage capabilities, it’s time to pay our respects to the dearly departed and praise the TV gods for giving our faves another chance.

Here are notable series that have been either renewed, canceled, set to end after the current season or are still awaiting a pick up. We're concentrating purely on game show content. Full coverage will begin next week.

This is not a comprehensive list and we haven’t learned the fate of every single one of the HUNDREDS of shows that air each season. But as we learn more, we’ll be continually updating this list, so check back for the latest.

NBC:
- America's Got Talent - New season to air this summer
- American Ninja Warrior - New season to air this summer
- The Biggest Loser - Fate to be determined
- The Celebrity Apprentice - Fate to be determined, but if it does return, it will be without host Arnold Schwarzenegger
- Hollywood Game Night - New season to air this summer
- Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge - New season to air this summer
- The Wall - New season currently airing
- The Voice - Renewed 2 more cycles

ABC
- American Idol - Airdate to be determined
- The Bachelor - Renewed
- Bachelor in Paradise - New season to air this summer
- The Bachelorette - New season to air this summer
- Beyond the Tank - Fate to be determined
- Celebrity Family Feud - New season to air this summer
- Dancing with the Stars - Renewed 2 more cycles
- Match Game - Fate to be determined
- The $100,000 Pyramid - New season to air this summer
- Shark Tank - Renewed

CBS
- The Amazing Race - Renewed
- Big Brother - New season to air this summer
- Hunted - Fate to be determined
- Survivor - Renewed 2 more cycles

Fox
- American Grit - New season to air this summer
- Hell's Kitchen - Renewed
- Kicking & Screaming - Fate to be determined
- MasterChef - New season to air this summer
- MasterChef Junior - Renewed
- So You Think You Can Dance - New season to air this summer

The CW
- Penn & Teller: Fool Us - New season to air this summer
- Whose Line Is It Anyway? - New season to air this summer

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posted 5/14/17


Billboard
Kelly Clarkson ALSO to Take a Seat
Amid Rumors of a Return to "American Idol", 1st Champ to Join "The Voice" Season 14
From The Futon Critic

Global superstar and three-time Grammy Award winner Kelly Clarkson is set to join NBC's "The Voice" for the show's 14th season. She will be joined by fellow coaches Blake Shelton and Adam Levine on the network's three-time Emmy Award-winning series.

A fourth coach will be named at a later date.

"I'm so excited to join 'The Voice' at NBC," Clarkson said. "We've gone back and forth about a role as a coach for years, but the timing hasn't been right until now. I have always loved appearing on the show as an adviser or performer and established an amazing relationship with the network during my Christmas special. I can't wait to turn my chair and see the faces of up-and-coming artists and provide them with the help and support they've needed to break into the industry. Watch out Shelton, I'm comin' to win!!"

"Kelly has been a part of 'The Voice' family for many years as an adviser and performer. We are thrilled she has chosen to join us as a coach to mentor the next generation through our unique vocal boot camp," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. "Every time Kelly Clarkson sings you are reminded what an incredible voice really is. We are looking forward to the sound of Kelly Clarkson on 'The Voice.'"

On Wednesday multi-award winner Jennifer Hudson was named as a coach for the 13th season of "The Voice," which will air in the fall. She will be joined by Miley Cyrus, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine.

A longtime fan of "The Voice," Clarkson, who crosses many musical genres, including rock, pop and country, served as an adviser to Blake Shelton's artists during the show's second season. Clarkson and Shelton would go on to collaborate on the single "There's a New Kid in Town" on his "Cheers, It's Christmas" album.

Clarkson has released six studio albums, one greatest hits album, and one holiday album; has sold more than 21 million albums worldwide; and has placed 10 singles in the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. She is the recipient of three Grammy Awards, four American Music Awards, three MTV Video Music Awards, two Academy of Country Music Awards, and one CMA Award. Clarkson's sixth studio album, "Piece by Piece," debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top 200 chart, marking her third #1 debut. "Piece by Piece" garnered two 2016 Grammy nominations (Pop Vocal Album and Pop Solo Performance for her hit single "Heartbeat Song").

Clarkson's 2011 release, "Stronger," was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), won the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album, and produced the smash singles "Mr. Know It All" and "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)," which mark her ninth and 10th Top 10 hits. "Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" was #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart for two consecutive weeks (three weeks total), marking her third #1 on the Hot 100 chart. In 2013, she released her first holiday album, "Wrapped in Red," which debuted at #3, was the biggest holiday album debut for a female artist since 2010, and is certified Platinum.

Clarkson is currently in the studio working on her highly anticipated new album, her first for Atlantic Records, which will be released later this year. The album will draw from the inspiration of soul and R&B as the foundation to her endearing lyrics and powerhouse vocals. Clarkson also recently released her first children's picture book, "River Rose and the Magical Lullaby," which debuted at #7 on The New York Times Bestsellers list for children's picture books.

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posted 5/11/17

UPFRONTS: TruTV
In: "Paid Off with Michael Torpey", More "Comedy Knockout". Out: .... "Talk Show the Game Show"?

From the Futon Critic

In case you haven't noticed, Turner's truTV is on a bit of a tear. The network enters the 2017-18 Upfront season with unmatched momentum, real ratings success, and a distinct brand identity centered around creator-driven comedic programming. With year-over-year growth in prime among both adults 18-34 (+5%) and adults 18-49 (+2%), and a median age of 36 that makes it the 8th youngest primetime network in the industry, truTV is bucking trends across the media landscape, and breaking through with a growing portfolio of fan-centric franchises.

Building on that solid position, the network today announced additions to its programming slate, including new seasons of well-established existing series, all-new series launching this year, and select pilots and projects in development. First up, truTV announced the greenlight of Laff Mobb's Laff Tracks, a new series launching later this year that will provide a refreshing new take on traditional stand-up comedy. This new series joins four others debuting on truTV over the next year, including At Home with Amy Sedaris from the comedy icon, the comedic anthology series Bobcat Goldthwait's Misfits & Monsters, the scripted comedy I'm Sorry from Andrea Savage, and the recently-announced live call-in talk show The Chris Gethard Show.

In addition to these new series, truTV also announced today new season orders for existing originals Impractical Jokers, The Carbonaro Effect, and Jon Glaser Loves Gear, along with additional episode orders for Hack My Life, Comedy Knockout, and You Can Do Better. These renewals join current series Adam Ruins Everything, which debuts its second season this summer, Those Who Can't, which returns for its third season this fall, and You Can Do Better to round out the network's current slate of original programming debuting new episodes this year.

truTV also has a portfolio of projects currently in development, announcing today four new projects, including two scripted series - the Untitled Liza Treyger Project (wt) and Untitled Austin Martinez Comedy (wt) - as well as End Times Girls Club (wt) from Rose Schlossberg, Paid Off with Michael Torpey (wt), and False Advertising (wt) from The Kloons.

"Three years ago, when we announced our plan to totally reinvent truTV as a comedy network, people thought we were nuts and it would never work - but at least they were nice about it," said Chris Linn, president of truTV. "Now, when we look at the quality and diversity in our programming slate and the talent we're bringing to our network - not to mention the strong momentum and high engagement we're building among our fans - we are incredibly proud of the work that's been done and how far we've come in a short time. Not only have we completely changed the programming slate, but truTV has evolved into a distinct brand that appeals not only to a higher level of talent, but also to more premium audiences and advertisers."

truTV underwent an extensive and well-documented rebrand that began in October 2014, and within the past year has solidified its position as the home for unique, creator-driven projects across a variety of scripted and unscripted formats. In late 2016, the network unveiled a new tag line - Funny because it's tru - which cemented its comedic identity and showcased the network's deep portfolio of talent and formats. In addition to consistent ratings growth in both prime and total day among adults 18-34 and adults 18-49, the network is delivering audiences that are younger (median age of 36) and more affluent than at any point in its history. The network's engagement with its fan base is also at an all-time high, delivering more than 3 billion social impressions in 2016, and recording its best month ever with more than 94 million total video views across its social and digital platforms in January 2017 alone.

truTV was also the first network to announce its commitment to more content and in Q4 2016, it drastically reduced its commercial load across its prime premiere schedule. The result was not only a surge in networks across the landscape adopting this new practice, but also a significant increase in recall of advertisers' messages and a meaningful sales lift that increased actual dollars spent by consumers. truTV remains committed to this initiative and in 2018 will substantially increase its limited-commercial load inventory to 15% across its total prime schedule.

Below is a complete rundown of truTV's latest programming moves.

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Returning truTV Series and Premiere Dates:

Comedy Knockout - 16 Episodes - Season Two Mid-Season Premiere on Thursday, May 18 at 11pm ET/PT

Comedy Knockout pits comedians against each other in a series of fast-paced challenges. In each episode, host Damien Lemon (Guy Code) sends three comics into a battle of high stakes comedic gameplay. The comedians throw roast-like, rapid-fire jabs at their opponents, and each show ends with one comedian crowned champion, one eliminated, and one forced to face the crowd to apologize for going down in shameful defeat. 16 new half-hour episodes of the series, which is produced by Embassy Row and 3 Arts Entertainment, will return to truTV with the series' season two mid-season premiere on Thursday, May 18 at 11pm ET/PT. Michael Davies, Amanda McPhillips, Julia Cassidy, Mo Mandel, Tim Fornara, Josh Lieberman, and Greg Walter serve as executive producers with the series concept by Mo Mandel.

New truTV Pilots & Projects in Development:

Paid Off with Michael Torpey (wt) - Presentation Tape

Student loan debt is out of control and Michael Torpey has the foolish idea he can do something about it. Paid Off with Michael Torpey is a comedic quiz show that will challenge contestants to prove they really earned their college degrees and have their student loan debt completely paid off. The series is co-created by Torpey (Orange is the New Black) and Cowboy Bear Ninja, who will also produce. Torpey, Michael Melamedoff and Adrian Selkowitz serve as executive producers.

The Futon Critic
Multichannel News

posted 5/12/17

Judges Named for Next Season of ANTM
Ashley Graham, Drew Elliott, Law Roach Join Tyra Banks on VH1
From The Futon Critic

VH1 today announced that Ashley Graham, Drew Elliott and Law Roach will return for the 24th cycle of "America's Next Top Model." As previously revealed, Tyra Banks will return to her roots as host when the new cycle begins production later this month. Banks and Ken Mok will continue to serve as executive producers.

"'America's Next Top Model' is my baby - I couldn't' stay behind the camera for too long. I'm excited to return to the new cycle as host and welcome back Ashley, Drew and Law to the panel," says Tyra Banks. "I trust their amazing talents and expertise will continue to bring a FIERCE edge to the competition, where for the first time ever we are doing away with age limits, and accepting prospective contestants from 18 to infinity!"

"America's Next Top Model" made the move to VH1 last December where it premiered to its highest ratings in five years.

The Futon Critic
Broadway World

posted 5/12/17

WEDNESDAY: A Game of Survival
CBS, Fox Split Midweek
From The Futon Critic

FOX (4.677 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) inched out the competition on Wednesday with new episodes of "Shots Fired" (3.087 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Empire" (6.267 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).

CBS (7.004 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was a close second with its mix of "Survivor: Game Changers" (8.158 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), the season finale of "Criminal Minds" (7.981 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3) and a new "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (4.873 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

Next up was ABC (4.957 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with originals from "The Goldbergs" (5.208 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5), "Speechless" (4.300 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Modern Family" (5.627 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3), the season finale of "Black-ish" (4.749 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and "Designated Survivor" (4.929 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.934 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up new episodes of "Blindspot" (3.868 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.839 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8) and "Chicago PD" (6.095 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7).

And finally, fresh installments of "Arrow" (1.643 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) and "The 100" (0.872 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) rounded out the night for The CW (1.257 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 732k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 348k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 333k
- Are You The One: Second Chances (MTV): 300k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/12/17

Talking About My G-G-G-G-Generation?
BBC Downplays Rumors about Mel & Sue Hosting "Generation Game" Reboot
From Digital Spy

After the news that The Great British Bake Off would be arriving on Channel 4 without hosts Mel and Sue, you'd be forgiven for wondering when you'd get your next fix of the presenting pair.

But if you thought that fix would come in the form of the BBC's reboot of iconic gameshow The Generation Game, then you'd be mistaken – for now, at least.

Following a report in The Sun claiming that the duo had been lined up to present the revamped show, a spokesperson for the BBC has since clarified the news as "speculation".

"This is speculation and we have nothing further to add," said a statement. So, there you have it: Mel and Sue aren't swapping the GBBO tent for the iconic conveyor belt just yet.

While neither Mel nor Sue are officially replacing the likes of Brucie and Jim Davidson, Sue Perkins has elsewhere been confirmed as a replacement for Graham Norton.

It was announced last month that Sue would be taking over the reins for the Virgin TV British Academy Television Awards (or, the BAFTA TV awards as you probably know it).

Digital Spy
British Comedy Guide
Metro

posted 5/12/17

More on "Your Face or Mine" Reboot
Jimmy Carr Returns to Host with Katherine Ryan on Comedy Central UK
From Digital Spy

Comedy Central announced last year that it was bringing back early-'00s game show Your Face or Mine.

Jimmy Carr is back for the updated version, along with new co-host Katherine Ryan.

Your Face or Mine originally ran on E4 between 2002 and 2003 and was hosted by Jimmy and June Sarpong. Katherine joins him this time around for a more comedic version of the show, which will also have a Tinder-style twist.

The original version of Your Face or Mine had contestants choosing who was the most attractive out of a group of random people, celebrities and eventually themselves, in the hope of winning money.

The show was commissioned for two new series by Comedy Central UK, with the first being filmed in early 2017.

An American version of the show aired on MTV in the early 2000s hosted by Dan Levy.

Speaking about the new series launch, Jimmy said: "I'm delighted to be bringing back Your Face or Mine to Comedy Central.

"In an age when people are forever judging individuals on how they look, placing attractiveness on a pedestal above intelligence, and forcing others to fit societal norms of beauty, why not make them do all of those things, to their loved ones, on national television and for money?"

Digital Spy

posted 5/12/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Happy Mother's Day!"

  • Bonner Bolton loves Normani Kordei. Bonner Bolton would date with Normani Kordei (Reality TV World)
     

  • Nick Viall, Vanessa Grimaldi looking for a SoCal apartment (Reality TV World)
     

  • Ryan Benson, the first "Biggest Loser" looking for the big fat truth (Toofab)
     

  • Beat Shazam: bringing the app to the screen (Vocativ)

posted 5/12/17


EURWeb
Jennifer Hudson to Take a Seat
"Idol" Favorite to Coach for Next Season of "The Voice"
From Broadway World

Oscar, Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild, BAFTA and Grammy Award winner Jennifer Hudson will join Miley Cyrus, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton as a coach on season 13 of NBC's three-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series THE VOICE. The 13th season will begin this fall.

"Jennifer is an extraordinary vocal talent and one of the premier voices of our time. She embodies the experience, expertise, positivity and sheer talent that "The Voice" stands for," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. "Her exceptional skills as a singer and actress have extended to film, television and Broadway, which makes her an incredible addition and a natural fit for our show."

Hudson recently released her new single, "Remember Me," which she co-wrote with Jamie Hartman.

Hudson is a passionate fan of "The Voice" having served as a coach on the U.K. version earlier this year and winning her first season on the series.

Last December Hudson starred as Motormouth Maybelle on NBC's "Hairspray Live!," where she gave a powerful rendition of "I Know Where I've Been," for which she received rave reviews.

In May 2016 Hudson completed her triumphant run in the acclaimed revival of "The Color Purple," performing the role of Shug Avery in her Broadway debut.

She won an Oscar, Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA Award, among other honors, in 2007 for her iconic performance as Effie White in the hit film "Dreamgirls." Her sensational rendition of the song "And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going" was greeted with instant acclaim by film critics and moviegoers alike and made Hudson the immediate frontrunner for Best Supporting Actress.

Following "Dreamgirls," Hudson has co-starred in such films as "Sex and the City," "The Secret Life of Bees" and Spike Lee's "Chi-Raq." Her TV credits include NBC's "Smash," Fox's "Empire" and HBO's "Confirmation."

Hudson's incredible vocal talents were first recognized with her appearance on the third season of "American Idol" in 2004, where she impressed both the show's judges and a national TV audience. Her first album, "Jennifer Hudson," debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 Chart and sold more than 500,000 copies in the U.S. through its first six weeks of release before being certified gold. The album was nominated for four Grammys and won for Best R&B Album.

Broadway World
TV Line
Reality TV World

posted 5/11/17

Champions of Chopped Junior Reunite
Tournament Event Begins May 30
From the Futon Critic

Sixteen former Chopped Junior winners return to prove that they have what it takes to beat the odds and be victorious in Chopped Junior: Champions, premiering Tuesday, May 30th at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network. Hosted by Ted Allen, this five-part tournament includes four former Chopped Junior hot shots returning each episode to take on the mystery basket of ingredients through three rounds - appetizer, entrée, dessert - and create dishes that impress a rotating panel of judges, including Maneet Chauhan, Alex Guarnaschelli, Kristen Kish, Marc Murphy, Marcus Samuelsson, and Dale Talde. The winners from the individual heats will meet to compete in the grand finale on Tuesday, June 27th to determine which junior chef walks away as the first Grand Champion with a cash prize of $25,000 to jump start their dreams!

To catch up on the action, browse photo galleries of the top moments and watch video highlights, visit FoodNetwork.com/ChoppedJunior. Who do you think should be the first Chopped Junior Grand Champion? Tell us using #ChoppedJunior.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/11/17

TUESDAY: NBC, CBS Butt Heads
"Voice" Results Tie Demos, CBS Wins Outright
From the Futon Critic

CBS (10.937 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) was the top draw on Tuesday with its trio of "NCIS" (13.037 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "Bull" (10.886 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.889 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

Sharing the demo crown however was NBC (5.822 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) and its lineup of "The Voice" (8.502 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1), "Great News" (3.547 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12), another "Great News" (2.756 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and "Chicago Fire" (5.812 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

Next up was ABC (3.312 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its mix of "The Middle" (4.955 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "American Housewife" (4.251 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.444 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "Imaginary Mary" (2.917 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.153 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.031 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) offered up new episodes of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.830 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15), another "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.476 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) and "Prison Break" (2.410 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

And finally, originals from "The Flash" (2.621 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "iZombie" (1.055 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #17) rounded out the night on The CW (1.838 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.223m
- Team Ninja Warrior (USA): 870k
- Chopped (Food): 842k
- The Challenge: Invasion (SF/MTV): 730k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 707k
- The Challenge (S/MTV): 372k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 342k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/11/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Drip Drip Drip"

  • Steve Harvey makes no apologies for a less-than-flattering letter that leaked yesterday (Entertainment Tonight)
     

  • Ryan Seacrest is a New Yorker now? (Reality TV World)
     

  • Artem Chigvintsev is dancing alone these days (Reality TV World)
     

  • Can't read Betty White's poker face (Broadway World)
     

  • Daymond John treated for thyroid cancer (Reality TV World)
     

  • Jeff Probst thinks Zeke would've lasted longer were it not for Varner (Reality TV World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with "Your Face or Mine" host Katherine Ryan. In other news, "Your Face or Mine" is being rebooted (BT)

posted 5/11/17


Fox/FremantleMedia North America
It's Happening!!!!!!... FOR REAL THIS TIME!
ABC Makes It Official, Slotting It for 2018
From the Hollywood Reporter

Less than a week after making an offer on American Idol, ABC has officially snapped up rights to the storied singing competition — putting an end to several months of speculation about if (and where) the former Fox phenomenon would return to TV for the coming season.

The network announced its formal acquisition of Idol early Tuesday morning, ahead of the coming days' renewals and series pick-ups and next week's 2017-18 season scheduling announcements.

It's great news for ABC, which takes Idol after interest from both Fox and NBC, but it's a coup for FremantleMedia. The Idol producers have been eager to place the show elsewhere after Fox decided to end its run after 15 seasons. But the months following its April 2016 ender saw little interest. Heat around a potential Idol revival only picked up this February.

“American Idol on ABC...that has a nice ring to it,” said Ben Sherwood, co-chairman of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney-ABC. “Idol is an entertainment icon, and now it will air where it belongs, in ABC’s lineup of addictive fan favorites alongside Dancing with the Stars and The Bachelor. America, get ready for the return of a bigger, bolder and better-than-ever Idol.”

Details on the what the ABC Idol will look like are relatively slim at this time. Its revival news comes with no on-camera talent attached, but that will likely change rather quickly. Idol questions will be the most pressing on May 16, when the network speaks with reporters and Madison Avenue buyers at its annual upfront presentation.

“American Idol is a pop-culture staple that left the air too soon,” said Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment. “ABC is the right home to reignite the fan base. We are thrilled viewers will once again share in these inspiring stories of people realizing their dreams.”

It's another aggressive move for ABC's alternative department. Topped by Rob Mills, the outfit has been snatching up projects — a boy band competition, the new Gong Show and several other nostalgic game show revivals among them. But most new efforts have been focused on the summer. Idol is expected to join such venerable reality properties as Dancing with the Stars and The Bachelor franchise in ABC's regular season.

The network spent years looking for its own answer to Idol, especially after NBC found singing competition success in The Voice. But both big swing efforts, Rising Star and Duets, fell flat with viewers.

Idol's value as a TV property cannot be understated. At its height, the competition averaged 31 million weekly viewers (for each of two telecasts!) on Fox. Idol ranked No. 1 in adults 18-49 for seven consecutive seasons, its season premieres regularly out-rating the Oscars as the biggest entertainment telecasts of the year. Even at its humbled end, when years of steep ratings deterioration prompted its cancellation, it was a ratings powerhouse. The final season of averaged a 3.0 rating among adults 18-49 and 11.5 million viewers viewers once Nielsen's live-plus-seven day ratings were tallied.

Those dependable numbers, without the skyrocketing price tag of talent like host Ryan Seacrest and Jennifer Lopez in Idol's later Fox years, are why ABC was eager to come on board. The network may be the home to some of TV's highest-rated entertainment properties, such as Modern Family and Grey's Anatomy, but its hits are aging. And its lack of most sports programming, including any NFL thanks to corporate cable sibling ESPN, has left it at No. 4 across the broadcast networks for the past year.

As for talent, it is not out of the question that some previous on-camera personalities could return. Seacrest, who just took a Disney gig as Kelly Ripa's new full-time Live! co-host, seemingly has a full plate. But the former host has been vocal about his affection for the show, and famously ended the 2016 Fox finale with a cryptic "goodbye for now."

As of Monday, Seacrest had joked about the potential of an Idol return during his new daytime show, though sources tell The Hollywood Reporter there have been no active talks just yet.

Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO of FremantleMedia Group, said, ”ABC’s passion and enthusiasm make them a perfect home for American Idol. We are excited to be partnering with them to discover the next generation of talented artists. It’s an irresistible combination that means now is the ideal time to welcome back one of the most successful shows in the history of contemporary television.” CORE Media Group CEO Peter Hurwitz added, “All of the intense ‎speculation surrounding the comeback of American Idol demonstrates just how popular and powerful this brand remains. ABC shares our belief in the enduring value of Idol and will provide us with the perfect new home to showcase the gold standard of singing competition shows.”

Idol will continue to be produced by FremantleMedia North America and CORE's 19 Entertainment. The only executive producers named at this time are FremantleMedia North America’s Trish Kinane and Jennifer Mullin.

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Reality Wanted

posted 5/10/17


King
More on "Candy Crush"
Catch It on CBS This July!
From Entertainment Weekly

A game show adaptation of Candy Crush, the smash hit mobile game, is coming to CBS this summer!

Hosted by Mario Lopez, the hour-long show will feature four teams competing against each other in a massive arena. In an attempt to win up to $100,000, contestants will swing, slide, and swipe to match candies and defeat obstacles, which includes scaling a giant virtual game board.

On average, the King mobile game and its sister title, Candy Crush Soda Saga, are played 18 billion rounds per month worldwide. The series is produced by Pulse Creative in association with Lionsgate, King Ltd., and CBS Television Studios.

Candy Crush premieres Sunday, July 9 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS.

Entertainment Weekly
Gameranx
Variety

posted 5/9/17

Power of 2018
Citing Filming Schedules, Salman Khan Can't Work "Dus Ka Dum" until NEXT Year
From India.com

Salman Khan is having a busy year ahead. He is tied up with humongous project right now. Right now, fans are also interested to know about his upcoming show 10 Ka Dum. Fans were elated as soon as they got to know that the 51-year-old superstar would be coming back with the third season as the host of the show. But there’s a bad news to all Salmaniacs because this popular reality game show which was expected to go on air this year will now hit the small screens in 2018, reports a leading daily. Which means fans will have to wait for another one year to watch 10 Ka Dum.

Now there are numerous reasons being cited behind the delay of 10 Ka Dum. In between there were talks going on that Salman Khan’s show would take the slot in which the comedy show The Kapil Sharma Show is been aired. However, a source confirmed the same to BollywoodLife that Salman has no plans to do 10 Ka Dum in the near future. Another website had mentioned earlier that 10 Ka Dum is expected to go on air from July 2017 onwards, however that turned out to be false.

A source has now revealed that Salman Khan’s show has been shifted to 2018. The source told DNA, “The channel was keen to air the show in June, even Salman was interested in it as it’s close to his heart. However, he is busy with his film commitments and does not have dates in the immediate future. Also, the makers were not ready with pre-production work, and the whole thing would have been rushed. So, after deliberating over it, they decided to move it to next year. In all probability, he will host the 11th season of Bigg Boss this year.”

India.com
inUth

posted 5/10/17

SYNDIES: Week 33
Results for the Week Ending April 30
From TV Newscheck

Talk shows were in the spotlight in the session ending April 30, which included the first two days of the key May sweep.

In access, Family Feud finished first among the quiz shows as usual, gaining 3% to a 6.5.

Wheel of Fortune fell 2% to a 5.9 and dropped into a tie with Jeopardy, which inched up 2% to a 5.9.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.5 +3%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9 -2%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.9 +2%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.2 NC

TV Newscheck
Screener

posted 5/10/17

MONDAY: "The Wall" Drops...Viewers, Not Balls
Peacock Still Takes First Thanks to "The Voice"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.701 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the network to beat on Monday with a new "The Voice" (9.141 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and a special edition of "The Wall" (4.822 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3). With an average 1.1 rating among adults 18-49, the game show dropped three-tenths of a point from its last Tuesday showing for a season low. The Voice, its lead-in, topped the night with the young demo thanks to its steady 1.9 rating among adults 18-49.

ABC (7.522 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with its duo of "Dancing with the Stars" (9.850 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and "Quantico" (2.867 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Next up was CBS (5.697 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its mix of the season finale of "Kevin Can Wait" (5.592 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), a new "Man with a Plan" (5.075 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), the season finales of "Superior Donuts" (4.882 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and "The Great Indoors" (3.957 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) plus a new "Scorpion" (7.337 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.108 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up originals from "Gotham" (2.931 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and "Lucifer" (3.285 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

And finally, The CW (1.423 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening with fresh installments from "Supergirl" (1.861 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.985 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

On cable...
- Kids BBQ Championship (Food): 523k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 357k

The Futon Critic
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Variety
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/10/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Shazaming Meghan Trainor"

  • Meghan Trainor rumored to be a cohost of "Beat Shazam" (Perez Hilton)
     

  • Vicki Lawrence appropriately bringing Mama to Branson this Mother's Day (Branson Tri-Lakes News)
     

  • Alton Brown eats Oklahoma City (NewsOK.com)
     

  • "Watch What Happens" when Andy Cohen takes his talker for a summer test run (B&C)
     

  • Daymond John treated for thyroid cancer (Reality TV World)
     

  • Jeff Probst thinks Zeke would've lasted longer were it not for Varner (Reality TV World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with "Your Face or Mine" host Katherine Ryan. In other news, "Your Face or Mine" is being rebooted (BT)

posted 5/10/17

Wait a Minute... a Wrestling Game Show?
WWE Network Picks Up R-Truth Hosted Project
From Pro Wrestling Insider

WWE has green-lit a new WWE Network series starring R-Truth, PWInsider.com has confirmed with multiple sources.

WWE secretly filmed a pilot for what would be the Network's first-ever game show with Truth as the host back in March and PWInsider.com is told the series has been picked up for a first season.

The plan is for the series to debut in late summer/early Fall.

Pro Wrestling Insider
24wrestling.com
Wrestlezone
Still Real to Us

posted 5/9/17

WEEKEND: CBS, NBC Tied in the Demo
CBS Wins Night in Total Viewers
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.325 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) was the most-watched broadcaster on Friday with its mix of "Undercover Boss" (5.079 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.850 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and the season finale of "Blue Bloods" (9.046 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2).

NBC (4.359 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) and ABC (3.651 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) however shared in the demo honors as the former served up new episodes of "First Dates" (3.512 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Dateline NBC" (4.782 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

Next up was the Alphabet and its trio of "The Toy Box" (2.818 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8), "Shark Tank" (4.290 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and "20/20" (3.846 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.397 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) opted for repeats of "Lucifer" (1.384 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Lethal Weapon" (1.410 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9).

And finally, new episodes of "The Originals" (0.946 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Reign" (0.699 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) rounded out the night for The CW (0.822 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable, "RuPaul's Drag Race" attracted 694,000 for VH1 at 8p.

On Sunday cable...
- Iron Chef Gauntlet (Food): 1.385m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 973k
- Lip Sync Battle (S/MTV): 687k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/9/17


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

For those who think "Name That Tune" is just too...old-fashioned to make it in the 21st century, Chris Wolvie presents "Name That Video", the update of a hit show that really didn't NEED to be updated! But it's another "Games Gone By..." on the music channels as they worked their way away from music.

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 5/9/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Abby's Going to Jail"

  • Abby Lee Miller has been booked, and not to star in another "Dance Moms" spin-off (TV Line)
     

  • Jennifer Lopez called Met Gala date with A-Rod "awesome" (Reality TV World)

posted 5/9/17

Getting Cash from an ATM in India
It Makes Sense in Context
From the Times of India

Mazhavil Manorama is all set to launch a new game show, 'Udan Panam'. As per the channel sources, the new show will involve public participation.

It will feature participants from public gatherings and crowds, who will enroll themselves by answering the questions asked randomly by the hosts. The selected contestants will have to answer a series of general knowledge questions which will be displayed in front of them in an ATM screen. The lucky ones will be awarded with cash prizes of about 5 lakhs, about $10,000.

Anchors Raj Kalesh and Mathukutty will host the show, which will go on air from May 11. The programme will be aired on the channel on Thursdays and Fridays at 9 pm.

The Times of India

posted 5/8/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "We Are Groot"

  • At MTV's Movie & TV Awards, Millie Bobby Brown cried, and we cried with her. Nick Viall & Vanessa Grimaldi smiled, and they smiled alone (Reality TV World)
     

  • Dean McDermott hasn't been chopped from Tori Spelling's life.... yay? (Reality TV World)
     

  • Ryan Clark-Neal's "Babushka" gained more viewers than "The Chase's" opening season (Telly Mix)... but he's about to lose a talk show (Digital Spy)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: the casting side sounds like that Wanda Sykes show from last week (Reality Wanted)
     

  • "The Price Is Right Live!" returns to the Sands Bethlehem (Lehigh Valley Live)

posted 5/8/17

More on "MasterChef" Season 8
Catch It On Fox May 31
From the Futon Critic

Host and award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, world-renowned pastry chef Christina Tosi and James Beard Award-winning chef and restaurateur Aarón Sánchez welcome 40 of the nation's best home cooks to the MASTERCHEF kitchen on the Season Eight premiere of MASTERCHEF, airing Wednesday, May 31 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

In the season premiere, the Top 40 travel to Los Angeles to compete in the Battle for a White Apron challenge, during which only 20 will move forward in the contest for the MASTERCHEF title, a cookbook deal and the $250,000 grand prize.

Hopefuls auditioned at MASTERCHEF's open casting calls in Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX; Los Angeles, CA; New Orleans, LA; New York, NY; Oklahoma City, OK; Orlando, FL; Portland, OR; San Diego, CA; San Francisco, CA; and Washington D.C. to prove they have the culinary skills to be the next MASTERCHEF. Only one talented home cook will join MASTERCHEF winners Shaun O'Neale (Season Seven), Claudia Sandoval (Season Six), Courtney Lapresi (Season Five); Luca Manfe (Season Four); Christine Ha (Season Three), the first-ever blind contestant; Jennifer Behm (Season Two); and Whitney Miller (Season One) in the elite group of MASTERCHEF titleholders.

This season features 40 contestants from all walks of life, representing 18 states - including a debt collector, dentist, PE teacher, Harvard student, swimsuit model and two ministers - all with the hopes of turning their culinary dreams into reality.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/5/17

New Bakers. New Fakers. New Host
Lorraine Pascale Graduates from Judge with Season 2 May 24
From the Futon Critic

Professional chefs and home bakers compete for bragging rights and a cash prize in a new season of Bakers vs. Fakers, premiering Wednesday, May 24th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network.

In each episode four competitors battle it out through two rounds of culinary challenges, as they are tasked with creating delectable desserts that need to impress new host Lorraine Pascale and a rotating panel of guest judges, including Sunny Anderson, Damiano Carrara, Amanda Freitag, Paulette Goto, Alex Guarnaschelli, Daphne Oz, Damaris Phillips, Aarti Sequeira, Sherry Yard, and Zac Young.

A blind taste test determines the best dessert in each round, and with no higher standards for the professionals and no sympathy for the amateurs, it is only after the final winner is selected that the true identities are revealed. Will the professional be victorious, or can an amateur beat the odds and take down the pros? Catch all the fun and surprises over 13 episodes to see if the pros or amateurs reign supreme and take home the $10,000 cash prize.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/5/17

THURSDAY: The Race Starts to Slow
CBS Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.112 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with a new "The Big Bang Theory" (11.880 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) followed by a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (8.833 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and originals from "Mom" (8.007 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "Life in Pieces" (5.973 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and "The Amazing Race" (3.989 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

ABC (5.028 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with its trio "Grey's Anatomy" (6.867 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Scandal" (5.247 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) and "The Catch" (2.970 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

Next up was NBC (4.560 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with a repeat "Superstore" (2.489 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) alongside the season finale of "Superstore" (2.946 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and new episodes of "Chicago Med" (6.148 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7) and "The Blacklist" (4.814 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.354 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up a new "MasterChef Junior" (3.206 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) as well as repeats of "The Mick" (1.530 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) and another "The Mick" (1.475 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14).

And finally, The CW (1.256 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night with fresh installments of "Supernatural" (1.517 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) and "Riverdale" (0.995 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #17).


On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 884k
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 641k
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Spike): 402k
- Divided (SF/GSN): 302k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 250k
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 221k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 189k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/5/17

WEDNESDAY: Survival of the Fittest
"Survivor" Still a Force for 1st Place CBS
From the Futon Critic

CBS (6.776 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) inched out the competition on Wednesday with new episode of "Survivor: Game Changers" (8.113 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T1), "Criminal Minds" (7.224 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) and "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (4.990 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

FOX (4.341 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a close second with fresh installments from "Shots Fired" (3.116 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13) and "Empire" (5.566 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T1).

Next up was ABC (4.749 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its lineup of "The Goldbergs" (5.150 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4), "Speechless" (4.407 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "Modern Family" (5.525 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3), "Black-ish" (4.152 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and "Designated Survivor" (4.629 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.041 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up originals from "Blindspot" (4.152 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.951 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9) and "Chicago PD" (6.022 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (1.590 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "The 100" (1.066 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) rounded out the night on The CW (1.327 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 648k
- Are You The One: Second Chances (MTV): 328k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 328k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 324k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/5/17

BBC One Invites You to a Murder
"Armchair Detectives" Slated
From Telly Mix

The BBC has today announced a brand new murder mystery based game show.

The "genre busting" new show is called called Armchair Detectives and will air on BBC One Daytime across twenty, 45 minute episodes.

The program, which combines a murder mystery drama with a gameshow, will transport three players and viewers at home to the fictional town of Mortcliff where a dastardly crime has been committed. Their task - to discover whodunnit?

The BBC say: "The show is a play along and immersive investigation that can be enjoyed every step of the way.

"Like any good quiz, crime is crammed with titillating reveals, but as the drama unfolds, more suspects and clues will come to light. With their critical thinking put to the test will players and viewers be able to identify the killer?"

Dan McGolpin, BBC Controller Daytime and Programming, said: "We all love to escape into a good murder mystery story and Armchair Detectives is an innovative new series that will allow us to play along like never before, testing our powers of deduction against three talented studio contestants.”

Jo Street, Commissioning Editor BBC Daytime and Early-Peak, added: "As soon as the team pitched Armchair Detectives to me I knew we had to have this show.

"It's an ambitious and innovative idea from an infectiously creative team - the clever mix of drama and quiz hits just the right tone for our audience."

Telly Mix

posted 5/5/17


Pinterest
ASHLEY McNEELY: c.1981-2017
"A Shot At Love with Tila Tequila" Contestant
From Reality TV World

Ashley McNeely, who competed on A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila, has died at age 35.

McNeely was found dead on Thursday, May 4, in his hometown of Beckley, West Virginia, TMZ reported.

Law enforcement sources told the website that police responded to an incident, however, additional details have not been released.

The cause of death and circumstances surrounding McNeely's death remain unclear.

McNeely competed for Tila Tequila's heart in 2007 on the first season of A Shot at Love. The MTV reality series featured 16 heterosexual men and 16 lesbian women competing for Tequila, who is bisexual.

McNeely was eliminated in the fourth episode because Tequila thought he seemed to fall in love with her too quickly and so something just didn't feel right about him.

McNeely also appeared on six episodes of the MTV series That's Amore! in 2008. Serving as his right-hand man and adviser, McNeely helped the show's star Domenico Nesci find his true love in the Shot at Love spinoff.

Reality TV World
People

posted 5/5/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Strike Prevention: Exhibits A Through M"

  • LIST ABUSE: 13 competitions so bad we wish we could forget them (Toofab)
     

  • ICYMI: LMAD used its food episode to make the world's largest bowl of cereal. And Guinness was there to verify it. That's right, friends. The Marketplace of America is officially amazing (UPI)
     

  • Kaitlyn Bristowe celebrating the world's longest engagement (Reality TV World)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: "The Chase" host gets confused with "The Tipping Point" host (Huffpost)
     

  • "The Chase" had a high of 3.5 million last week. "Babushka" just dropped to below HALF of that (Telly Mix)

posted 5/5/17

Kim Kardashian Sets Up "Glam Masters"
Production Begins Summer for Lifetime
From the Futon Critic

Lifetime has greenlit the new competition series, Glam Masters, from style icon, Kim Kardashian West who will executive produce. The eight-episode show will pit some of the most creative and talented beauty bloggers against one another for an opportunity to be part of Kim Kardashian West's glam empire. Show creator and host of Style Lab, Diana Madison, also executive produces. Glam Masters is produced by Shed Media for Lifetime and will start production this summer.

"We are so excited to bring Kim's trend-setting vision of style and beauty to television's newest competition series. The stakes couldn't be higher with the chance to work with one of the most successful entrepreneurs and brands on the planet," said Liz Gateley, EVP and head of Lifetime programming.

"Kim Kardashian West is a social-media titan and a fashion icon. I'm thrilled she is on board to executive produce Glam Masters," said Mike Darnell, President of Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television.

"I'm such a beauty-junkie and am fascinated by how artists are able to transform someone's look with makeup and couldn't be more ecstatic for them to show what they can really do," said executive producer, Kim Kardashian West.

Each episode will feature four beauty bloggers who will go head-to-head to show they have the talent, charisma and vision it takes to be the next big name in the beauty world, all while facing expert judges who will critique every stroke of the contouring brush. The winner each week will qualify to advance to the semi-finals where the best will battle it out for one of three spots in the Tournament of Masters finale. In the end, only one of these beauty-obsessed bloggers will get to claim the title of Glam Master.

The Futon Critic
Realscreen
Insider

posted 5/4/17

TUESDAY: A Shared Demographic
CBS, NBC Split Youngsters, CBS Takes Everyone
From the Futon Critic

CBS (10.573 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) shared in the demo honors on Tuesday with new episodes of "NCIS" (12.455 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "Bull" (10.643 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.623 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

NBC (5.938 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) then offered up originals from "The Voice" (8.706 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1), "Great News" (3.697 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11), another "Great News" (2.634 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) and "Chicago Fire" (5.941 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

Next up was ABC (3.273 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its mix of "The Middle" (4.997 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6), "American Housewife" (4.355 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.294 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "Imaginary Mary" (2.686 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.153 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.099 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up a new "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.710 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15), the season finale of "The Mick" (1.860 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and a new "Prison Break" (2.414 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10).

And finally, fresh installments of "The Flash" (2.630 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "iZombie" (0.985 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #17) rounded out the night on The CW (1.807 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.046m
- Chopped (Food): 868k
- Team Ninja Warrior (USA): 862k
- The Challenge: Invasion (MTV): 781k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 714k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 400k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/4/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Dance with My Father"

  • Alec Baldwin dances with baby girl on "Ellen" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Chris Soules' attorneys object to tabloid reports, goes to tabloid reporter to say so (Reality TV World)
     

  • Rachel Riley's wardrobe malfunction... (Digital Spy)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: "The Chase" host gets confused with "The Tipping Point" host (Huffpost)
     

  • "The Chase" had a high of 3.5 million last week. "Babushka" just dropped to below HALF of that (Telly Mix)

posted 5/4/17


Sony Pictures TV
"Wheel", "Jeopardy!" Renewed to 2020
Run to Extend through 37th, 36th Seasons Respectively
From Deadline

“R_N_W_D.” I’d like to solve the puzzle, Pat: “Renewed?” Right you are!

Put another way, if you woke up this morning thinking, “Alex Trebek” then said to yourself, “Who just got a two-year contract extension?” you are today’s big winner as the longtime Jeopardy quizmaster has re-upped along with Wheel host Pat Sajak and letter-turner Vanna White. The trio now are locked in through the 2019-20 season.

All three already were signed for the next TV season, and this re-up will take Wheel through its 37th year and Jeopardy! through its 36th — all with the same on-air trio.

“Pat, Vanna and Alex are beloved by generations of TV viewers, and the enduring popularity of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! is a testament to their incredible talents,” said Harry Friedman, who executive produces both game shows. “All of us at Wheel of Fortune, Jeopardy! and Sony Pictures Television are thrilled that they will continue through the 2019-20 season.”

Friedman received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Daytime Emmys on Sunday, and Jeopardy! won again for Outstanding Game Show. For its part, Wheel of Fortune remains TV’s most-watched game show, averaging 27 million weekly viewers. Both shows are distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and internationally by CBS Television International.

Deadline
The Hollywood Reporter
Cinema Blend
The Wrap
Variety
Broadway World
Huffpost
uInterview

posted 5/3/17

Season 3, Ready for Action!
Celebrities Lined up for "Family Feud" Beginning on ABC June 11
From Broadway World

The primetime summer hit, CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD, a spin-off celebrity version of the iconic game show "Family Feud," returns for a third season on SUNDAY, JUNE 11 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. Produced by FremantleMedia North America, the 10-episode series will feature celebrity families, and their immediate family members or their extended TV families, competing against each other to have fun and win money for charity.

Hosted by Steve Harvey, the highly popular stand-up comedian, actor, author and Emmy Award-winning game show host, "Celebrity Family Feud" pits celebrities and their families against each other in a CONTEST to name the most popular responses to survey-type questions posed to 100 people.

In each episode of "Celebrity Family Feud," the celebrity teams will be made up of a celebrity captain with four relatives or friends playing along. The winning celebrity team will be given a chance to win up to $25,000 to donate to a charity of their choice.

- The Harvey Boys (Morehouse College) vs. The Harvey Girls (Spelman College)
- Amy Schumer (Everytown for Gun Safety) vs. Kelly Clarkson (The Dollywood Foundation)
- Dancing with the Stars (Children's Hospital Los Angeles) vs. Shark Tank (Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles)
- The Bachelor (CreatiVets) vs. The Bachelorette (FosterMore)
- Neil deGrasse Tyson (STRIVE International) vs. Rick Fox (together1heart)
- MLB (Major League Baseball Charities) vs. NBA (MENTOR)
- Eva Longoria (Padres Contra El Cancer) vs. George Lopez (George Lopez Foundation)
- Bindi Irwin (Wildlife Warriors USA) vs. Chrissy Metz (St. Jude Children's Research Hospital)
- Sandra Lee (UNICEF) vs. Lea Thompson (Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research)
- Ashley Graham (World Vision) vs. Yvette Nicole Brown (Motion Picture and Television Fund)
- NFLPA Legends (Active Minds) vs. All-Stars (Professional Athletes Association)
- Ralph Sampson (University of Virginia Health Foundation) vs. Kareem Abdul Jabbar (Skyhook Foundation)
- US Olympic Swim Team (USA Swimming Foundation) vs. US Gymnastics Team (Boys & Girls Clubs of America)
- Kandi Burruss (Kandi Cares) vs. Cynthia Bailey (Toys for Tots)
- Kyle Massey (Starkey Hearing Foundation) vs. Jennie Garth (American Heart Association)
- Boy Band (Prostate Cancer Foundation) vs. Girl Group (Girls Inc.)
- Louie Anderson (Stone Soup Thrift Shop) vs. Christina Milian (Hands4Hope LA)
- Lee Brice (The Folds of Honor) vs. Jerrod Neimann (USO)
- Faith Evans (Pacer) vs. Ross Mathews (Palm Springs Animal Shelter)
- Funny Guys (Bob Woodruff Foundation) vs. Funny Gals (Planned Parenthood)

Broadway World

posted 5/3/17

BBC Plays The Boss
Susan Calman to Host
From London Evening Standard

Many employees think they would be a good manager but what makes you an accomplished leader in the workplace? Is it charisma, intelligence, ruthlessness or communication or staff motivation? Or is it a mixture of all these things?

The new quiz show on BBC One puts that question to the test and sees if contestants can handle the responsibilities that being a manager entails.

In The Boss, hosted by Susan Calman, one contestant becomes The Boss and must decide which of the other players is best suited to answer a mixture of general knowledge and brainteaser puzzles by identifying their strengths and weaknesses.

The right decisions will ultimately decide how much money can be won at the end of the show and The Boss has to stay in power to win the cash.

London Evening Standard

posted 5/3/17

SYNDIES: Week 32
Results for the Week Ending April 23
From B&C

Led by CBS Television Distribution’s Dr. Phil, all 14 talk shows were up or even in the final week before the start of the May sweep, which runs April 27 through May 24.

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud dipped 2% to a 6.3, but made it one full year at number-one in the genre and was the runner up in overall syndication to CTD’s Judge Judy.

CTD’s Wheel of Fortune reversed course to add 5% to a 6.0. CTD’s Jeopardy!, named outstanding game show on Sunday, answered with a similar 5% gain to a 5.8. Harry Friedman, executive producer of both Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the Daytime Emmys.

Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire remained at a 1.6 for a third straight week. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game, which is ending its run after this season, stood pat at a 1.2.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 5/3/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Cheeky Monkeys"

  • FIRST LOOK: Mike My...errr, Tommy Maitland on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" with Will Arnett (Screen Rant)
     

  • Count Mark Labbett amongst those not a fan of Babushka (The Daily Star)
     

  • Alec Baldwin joins cast of Hulu's 9/11-based drama (The Futon Critic)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Wheelmobile spins into DFW (Ft Worth Star Telegram)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Louis Virtel (LA Weekly)

posted 5/2/17

Done Deal
WGA, AMPTP Strike Accord Before Striking
From Deadline

After a day of twists and turns, Hollywood has dodged a bullet. A threatened writers strike was averted early this morning when the WGA and management’s AMPTP reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year film and TV contract after the old contract had expired at midnight PT.

The deal now goes to the WGA West’s board and the WGA East’s council for approval, and then to the guilds’ members for ratification.

In a statement from the WGA negotiating committee (read it in full below), the guild said writers made gains “in minimums across the board — as well as contribution increases to our Health Plan that should ensure its solvency for years to come. And we further expanded our protections in Options and Exclusivity.

“We also made unprecedented gains on the issue of short seasons in television, winning a definition (which has never before existed in our MBA) of 2.4 weeks of work for each episodic fee. Any work beyond that span will now require additional payment for hundreds of writer-producers.

We won a 15% increase in Pay TV residuals, roughly $15 million in increases in High-Budget SVOD residuals, and, for the first time ever, residuals for comedy-variety writers in Pay TV.

And, also for the first time ever, job protection on Parental Leave.”

In all, the WGA said the deal will net the guild’s members “$130 million more over the life of the contract.”

A short email that was sent out to union captains after the deal was reached says “more details to follow,” and that there will be a May 4 meeting at WGA headquarters with the negotiating committee to go over the agreement.

The AMPTP was expected to release a statement shortly.

“It’s the art of the possible. We did the best we could,” said the WGA’s chief negotiator David Young, coming out of the AMPTP’s Sherman Oaks offices close to 1 AM Tuesday after an all-day and all-night bargaining session. “It’s got some important new things in it, and an important old thing: the health plan has been taken care of.”

Said Patric Verrone, former WGA president and member of the negotiation committee: “I think they made a very good deal. I think the membership is going to be very happy.”

The news comes after negotiations continued past the three-year film and TV contract’s midnight PT expiration. But sources on both sides said they were close on a new agreement, with the continuing talks proving “constructive.” By 12:45 AM, people inside and around the building were seen embracing and smiling.

“It was a hard night, but we knew it would be,” a source close to the studios told Deadline of the hours leading up to the early-morning deal.

It’s a major victory for the guilds, their leadership and their members, who made it abundantly clear over the last few months that they were ready and willing to strike if they didn’t get what they wanted – a fair deal.

It’s also a big win for late-night talk and comedy shows, which would have been the first to feel the brunt of a writers’ walkout. It’s also a big win for their viewers, who won’t be subjected to a steady diet of Trump jokes written by interns and production assistants.

It’s a win for the networks and advertisers, too, in advance of their upfronts, which get underway May 15 and deals can now be made without the uncertainties of a strike clouding the picture.

Hollywood can now breathe a collective sigh after holding its breath ever since contract talks began March 13 amid a flurry of strike threats. But it’s only a temporary breather. Negotiations for a new SAG-AFTRA contract will get underway later this month, and the industry could be in for another round of apnea.

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posted 5/2/17

Bob Boden Is a "Funny" Guy
EP Joins Entertainment Studios' Fall Project
From Variety

Bob Boden has been hired as the executive president of production and development at Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios. In his new position, Boden will be involved in all facets of the company’s television productions, focusing on Fall 2017’s new comedy game show, “Funny You Should Ask,” for which he was co-executive producer for the initial pilot episodes. Boden will also produce and develop new game and reality projects for Entertainment Studios’ television slate of existing and upcoming projects across multiple platforms – broadcast syndication, cable television, and digital. Boden has held numerous executive positions across multiple networks and is most recently coming from a tenure as executive producer of GSN’s “The Chase.”

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posted 5/2/17

MONDAY: Take This
NBC, ABC Split First Monday of the Sweep
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.408 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the demo victor on Monday with a new "The Voice" (8.844 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and the season finale of "Taken" (4.536 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

ABC (7.702 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with "Dancing with the Stars" (10.117 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) and "Quantico" (2.873 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

Next up was CBS (5.755 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and its lineup of "Kevin Can Wait" (6.223 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Man with a Plan" (5.297 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "Superior Donuts" (5.168 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), the relocated "The Great Indoors" (4.140 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "Scorpion" (6.850 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.174 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) offered up a new "Gotham" (2.920 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and the return of "Lucifer" (3.427 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

And finally, new episodes of "Supergirl" (1.734 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.806 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) rounded out the night on The CW (1.270 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Kids BBQ Championship (SP/Food): 671k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 315k

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posted 5/1/17

Alicia Keys Leaving "The Voice"
Current Season is Also The Last for Coach, Per Report
From Reality TV World

Alicia Keys will apparently be done with The Voice once the currently-airing season wraps on NBC.

The Season 12 The Voice coach dropped the news during a recent interview in TV Guide Magazine's May 1 issue in which she was joined by her fellow coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani.

When the coaches were asked by the magazine how long they see themselves continuing with the reality singing competition, Keys casually confessed she won't be returning for a future season.

"My job is highly contingent upon [Blake]," Levine joked. "But really, this is all I care about. Right here, right now, you know?"

"I won't ever take a break from the show; I'll either do it or I'm quitting -- or I'm going to get fired!" Shelton gushed.

"This is my last season," Keys noted to TV Guide Magazine.

Keys' disclosure seemingly shocked and blindsided her The Voice friends.

"You're not coming back?!" Shelton questioned.

"Who knows what the future holds, but I know this one is my final season," explained Keys, who also previously starred on The Voice's eleventh edition.

Levine apparently didn't like what he was hearing from Keys.

"I'll tell you what the future holds: you being on the f-cking show!" Levine joked.

"I am excited for this; it's like a finale for me. That's why I'm so passionate about my team," Keys said of her Season 12 team, which is currently comprised of Chris Blue, Stephanie Rice and Vanessa Ferguson.

"You know why she's not coming back? She sees us and she's like, 'I don't want to be like that,'" Levine suggested.

Stefani then revealed she's also not sure what the future holds, however, she has a blast filming the show -- not to mention she's able to spend time with her boyfriend, Shelton, on the set.

"I don't know anything yet," Stefani told TV Guide Magazine. "I would be open to continuing; I love it."

Shelton -- a five-time The Voice winner -- then asked Keys, "Don't you want to at least keep going a little bit longer to get better?"

"This is my season, Blake," a confident Keys stated. "This is it!"

NBC previously announced Miley Cyrus will be back as a coach for The Voice's thirteenth season in Fall 2017, however none of the other coaches have been confirmed yet. This will mark Cyrus' second stint on the show as a coach.

Reality TV World

posted 5/2/17

Driver vs. Driver Plays Second Round
Golf Renews Competition for 2018
From the Futon Critic

Coming off the inaugural season of Driver vs. Driver in 2016 - a new television series that offered golfers and golf enthusiasts a fresh, modern look at how golf equipment is designed, developed, and manufactured - Golf Channel has greenlit season two of this innovative series, scheduled to premiere in Fall 2018.

Driver vs. Driver 2 will give viewers an exclusive, inside look at the complex process of designing a driver - from creating a functional prototype, to testing clubs with PGA TOUR players, to showcasing head-to-head competitions in an effort to ultimately develop the next world-class driver from Wilson.

Today, Golf Channel and Wilson Golf issued a formal "Call for Entries," inviting inventors, golf enthusiasts, product designers, engineers, product developers, and creative, big thinkers to share their ideas for the world's next great golf driver concept at www.GolfChannel.com/DrivervsDriver.

To enter, individuals and/or teams need to submit a short video describing their concept, why they believe it will be the next great driver innovation and a brief synopsis of who they are. The deadline for entries is 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 4, 2017.

Driver vs. Driver 2 will follow the journey an idea takes - from a napkin sketch to prototype to a final, finished product. The winning individual or team of Driver vs. Driver 2 will receive a cash grand prize and serve as a Wilson Staff brand ambassador. As in season one of the show, the winning driver concept will be manufactured, marketed, and sold at golf retailers across the country as Wilson Golf's next premier driver, and could ultimately be played by some of the game's greatest players from around the globe. The winning driver from season one - the Wilson Triton DVD - is currently on-sale at more than 1,000 golf retail stores and pro shops worldwide.

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posted 5/2/17

Judge Judy Plays "iWitness"
Fox O&Os Play Limited Test Run of New Game This Summer
From the AV Club

She may have already locked down a contract renewal and her TV rights, but Judge Judy Sheindlin isn’t resting on her gavels. Deadline reports that the small-screen’s most famous adjudicator (sorry, Judge Mathis) has just scored a test deal with Fox for a new game show she created. Sheindlin’s Queen Bee Productions is developing iWitness along with FremantleMedia North America and Debmar-Mercury. The game show, which will be hosted by Wipeout’s John Henson, features three contestants who will be tested on “what they’ve just witnessed... through video clips and images spanning the media landscape,” and compete for a $20,000 grand prize.

Sheindlin will get some help executing all this memory testing from her showrunner and Scott St. John, a game show vet who previously worked on Match Game, Celebrity Name Game, and Deal or No Deal. iWitness (a working title), which is being tested this summer on “select Fox O&Os in top markets, including New York,” isn’t part of Sheindlin’s CBS production deal, which calls for more judge shows.

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posted 5/2/17

WEEKEND: Once Upon a BLANK
NBC, CBS Split Sunday
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.090 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the top demo draw on a modest Sunday with its mix of a "Little Big Shots" (5.042 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) repeat and originals from "Little Big Shots" (8.726 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1), "Chicago Justice" (6.036 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "Shades of Blue" (4.556 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

ABC (3.419 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) then was the silver draw with its quartet of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.381 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "Once Upon a Time" (3.033 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7), "Match Game" (3.301 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and the season finale of "American Crime" (1.962 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #18).

Next up was FOX (1.801 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and its lineup of a repeat "Bob's Burgers" (1.265 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T16) and new episodes of "Bob's Burgers" (1.612 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13), "The Simpsons" (2.259 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "Making History" (1.386 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15), "Family Guy" (2.397 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.886 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

And finally, CBS (7.603 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) rounded out the night with "60 Minutes" (8.805 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9.046 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "Madam Secretary" (7.730 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and "Elementary" (4.834 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T16).

On cable...
- Iron Chef Gauntlet (Food): 1.450m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 973k

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posted 5/2/17


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

A lot of shows let you WIN prizes...but only one (that I know of) puts your OWN treasured items on the line to be bent, torn, stained and mutilated! Oh, and that was hosted by "@midnight"'s Chris Hardwick, too. Chris Wolvie continues giving MTV and VH1 a ripping for ditching music videos with this week's "Games Gone By..." on "Trashed"!

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posted 5/2/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Clone? Robot? Instrumentality?"

posted 5/2/17


NATAS
Daytime's Biggest Night
Everything's Coming Up Steve Harvey
From Orlando Sentinel

The Daytime Emmys may be the Rodney Dangerfield of awards, because like the comedian, they get no respect.

This year, though, they’re getting a little. For that, daytime fans give thanks.

The 44th annual rite was live-streamed, starting at 8 p.m. EDT Sunday, via Facebook on the Daytime Emmys page and via Twitter. Mario Lopez (“Extra”) and Sheryl Underwood (“The Talk”) host the celebration of the hardworking people of daytime.

Steve Harvey completed the rare Daily Double, winning Daytime Emmys for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host for his eponymous talk show and Outstanding Game Show Host for "Family Feud".

"So amazing, thanks be to God and to all of you who watch and love #FamilyFeud" Harvey wrote in response, celebrating the wins.

After learning of his second award the 60 year old added,"Unbelievable, thanks for this honor, and thanks to the #SteveHarvey crew who helped make this possible! #blessed

In the game show category, "Jeopardy!", television's most honored game show, added a 16th trophy for Outstanding Game Show.

Executive producer Harry Friedman, who was honored with a Creative Arts Lifetime Achievement Award on Friday, dedicated the win to the late Cindy Stowell. Friedman took the stage and briefly explained how Stowell ended up on the show. Her dream was to appear on “Jeopardy!” When she aced the online “Jeopardy!” test and made it to the in-person auditions in Oklahoma City last year, she told the producers that if she was selected for the show, she would have to appear soon — because she only had a few months to live.

“She not only appeared, but she knocked it out of the park,” Friedman said, adding that Stowell won “in the face of overwhelming odds.” (She developed a high fever and blood infection during filming.) “In her condition and knowing the treatment she was going through, we learned a lesson in courage and determination from Cindy Stowell,” he added.

Friedman said that only a few people on staff knew about Stowell’s condition, including Trebek, “who handled it with his usual flair and class.”

“She won our hearts, she broke our hearts, she made us proud,” Friedman said, noting the money she raised for cancer research charities. “We were so pleased and proud to be part of Cindy’s effort.”

The game-show and host nominees almost line up: “Let’s Make a Deal” (host Wayne Brady), “Celebrity Name Game” (Craig Ferguson), “Family Feud” (Steve Harvey) and “Jeopardy!” (Alex Trebek). “The Price Is Right” and Pat Sajak of “Wheel of Fortune” round out the categories.

Also awarded in the Creative Arts ceremony, Adam Sandler for his directorial work on "The Price Is Right".

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posted 5/1/17

More on "The Bachelorette"
Catch It on ABC May 22!
From the Futon Critic

Accomplished Texas attorney Rachel Lindsay takes a recess from the courtroom to start her search for happily ever after in the 13th edition of ABC's hit series, "The Bachelorette," premiering at a special time, MONDAY, MAY 22 (9:01-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. After opening herself up to finding love with Nick Viall last season on "The Bachelor," this hopeful, down-to-earth woman will embark on her own journey to find her soul mate, meeting a record 31 bachelors who are all eager to win her heart and the final rose.

In "Episode 1301," Rachel turns to her close friends from last season on "The Bachelor" - Alexis, Astrid, Corinne, Jasmine, Kristina, Raven and Whitney - to discuss her hopes and dreams for her upcoming adventure. After her gal squad offers some good advice, she is ready to meet her men.

A dazzling Bachelorette greets her excited suitors and, of course, the nervous bachelors pull out all the stops to make a lasting impression on Rachel. One man brings out a sledgehammer to "break the ice." Another mild-mannered guy waddles in wearing a penguin costume. But when the four men who initially met the Bachelorette on the "After the Final Rose" show get a second chance to make a first impression, jealousy rears its ugly head among the rest of the bachelors. Nothing is too good for Rachel as a marching band accompanies one of the guys up the driveway.

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posted 5/1/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Taking a Shot"

  • FIRST LOOK: Fox's "Love Connection" reboot (The Futon Criitc)
     

  • Ryan Seacrest wins the "Live with Kelly &..." sweepstakes (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Dancing with the Stars heads on tour this Summer (The Futon Critic)
     

  • "Match Game": behind the blank (TV Line)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: season 3 of Paradise Run (Maui Now)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Vanna White (People)

posted 5/1/17


ABC
"The Gong Show" Finds Its Host with Tommy Maitland
... IF That's His REAL Name...
From Decider

This past October, ABC announced that it was reviving ’70s game show staple The Gong Show with Will Arnett named as a co-executive producer. Fans of the original will know the premise: a panel of celebrity guest judges give amateur talents the chance to showcase their craft. If they’re horrible, the judges strike a huge gong to symbolize their chance at fame is over. Best remembered for its absurdist humor and style, outlandish losing acts became more memorable than the winners. The Hollywood Reporter released the celebrity guest lineup today, including the likes of Zach Galifianakis, Alison Brie, Andy Samberg, Elizabeth Banks, Joel McHale, Dana Carvey, Will Forte, Jack Black and Anthony Anderson but what really has everyone buzzing is the new host, a seemingly unknown British standup by the name of Tommy Maitland.

The network has announced that game show revival will be emceed by what appears to be a wholly fictional character brought to life by who many believe to be Austin Powers star Mike Myers—though they'll probably never confirm those suspicions.

So elaborate is this rouse that ABC has created a lengthy biography for this supposed legendary comedian who turns up no results in a Google search, as well as a Twitter account that only began tweeting today.

Myers - if indeed that is him under all those prostheses - appears to be taking this new gig very seriously. His extensive career in playing eccentric characters has never pushed him to go as method as this. Maitland gave an interview in the same Hollywood Reporter article where his spoken demeanor seemed to closely resemble Meyer’s comedic style. He even stated one of his potential Gong Show catchphrases:

…“Who’s a cheeky monkey?” Then the audience goes, “You are.” And I go, “No, you’re a cheeky monkey, and that’s why I love you.”

Sound familiar? That’s the same catchphrase as Myers’ famous Saturday Night Live character Simon, a young British boy who broadcasts his own BBC program from his bathtub.

It would not be the first time a fictional character hosted a game show. GSN's original series "Burt Luddin's Love Buffet" was a legitimate game show that used a sitcom as a framing device. The titular host was played by "Love Connection" announcer Paul Cervenka. Afterwards on the same network came "Inquizition", a straight Q&A affair hosted by "The Inquizitor", a gray-haired emcee whose identity remains a secret to this day. ABC's "You Don't Know Jack" was hosted by Troy Stevens, credited to Paul Reubens. Even Anne Robinson and The Soska Sisters were hosting "The Weakest Link" and "Hellevator" respectively in character as dark-clad hostesses from hell.

GSNN's Chico Alexander contributed to this report.

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posted 4/28/17

Take BET's New Game Show at "Face Value"
New Series Comes From Wanda Sykes
From Mediapost

BET announced four new late-night shows and a new prime-time miniseries about the life of Bobby Brown, reemphasized its position at the center of African-American culture. The network revealed a number of new initiatives to kick off its upfront sales efforts Thursday night in New York.

“We are relevant, radically bold, dope and fun,” said BET Chairman and CEO Debra Lee (photo above) at BET’s annual upfront presentation, boasting the tagline: “Yes to BET. Now More Than Ever.”

“We support black dreams, we lift new and undiscovered talent, and we celebrate our icons,” Lee said. “Our position is clear. BET is the first and only network to always, and in every way, show the power of black culture.”

In the coming year, BET’s production plans will amount to “47% more original programming hours this year than last year,” she said.

For its new foray into late-night TV, BET has formed partnerships with a number of top talents, including Chris Rock, Wanda Sykes, Steve Harvey and 50 Cent. All four are credited as executive producers on new shows.

From Push It Productions and Executive Producer, Wanda Sykes, “FACE VALUE” is a groundbreaking new game show that will finally answer the age-old question, “Can you judge a book by its cover?” The veteran actress, comedienne and LGBT advocate knows what it’s like to be prejudged, so this series is flipping the script to award cash and prizes for correctly guessing facts about strangers from all walks of life – based solely on their appearance and a few personal details. Hosted by Deon Cole (“black- ish,”Barbershop), “FACE VALUE” will humorously break down stereotypes, expose prejudices, and celebrate the human spirit by highlighting the commonalities and differences among people of various backgrounds, races, religions, beliefs and life experiences. Push It Productions’ Wanda Sykes and Page Hurwitz serve as Executive Producers along with Lance Crouther.

FORMAT: 30-minute Late Night Comedy NUMBER OF EPISODES: 24

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posted 4/28/17

THURSDAY: The Home Stretch
ABC, CBS Split Last Pre-Sweep Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.081 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) edged out the competition on Thursday with originals from "Grey's Anatomy" (6.884 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Scandal" (5.294 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and "The Catch" (3.066 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

CBS (6.475 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.098 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1), the Monday-bound "The Great Indoors" (6.450 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "Mom" (7.075 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4), "Life in Pieces" (5.494 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6) and "The Amazing Race" (3.867 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Next up was NBC (4.400 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with a repeat "Superstore" (2.403 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) followed by new episodes of "Superstore" (2.740 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Chicago Med" (5.790 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and "The Blacklist" (4.841 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.073 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up a new "MasterChef Junior" (2.545 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and the season finale of "Kicking & Screaming" (1.602 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13).

And finally on The CW (1.124 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5), fresh installments of "Supernatural" (1.400 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) and "Riverdale" (0.849 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) rounded out the night.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/27/17

WEDNESDAY: Bye Felicia!
Fox, CBS Split Last Pre-Sweep Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.766 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) held off the competition on Wednesday with new episodes from "Shots Fired" (3.325 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) and "Empire" (6.207 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).

CBS (6.595 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) then claimed the total viewers crown with its trio of "Survivor: Game Changers" (8.394 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Criminal Minds" (6.798 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (4.592 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

Next up was ABC (4.750 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) with originals from "The Goldbergs" (5.244 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3), "Speechless" (4.482 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "Black-ish" (4.373 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), another "Black-ish" (4.203 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and "Designated Survivor" (5.099 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.326 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up new episodes from "Blindspot" (4.463 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.280 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and "Chicago PD" (6.235 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

And finally, the return of "Arrow" (1.506 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "The 100" (0.921 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) rounded out the night on The CW (1.213 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 811k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 402k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 372k
- Are You the One: Second Chances (MTV): 311k
- Talk Show The Game Show (truTV): 191k

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posted 4/27/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "It's Only For Now"

  • "The Chase's" spring finale posts a record number (Telly Mix)
     

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: two words... Snatch Game (Gold Derby) PLUS the BEST of Snatch Game (NewNowNext)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: the Wheelmobile rolls into Louisville (WLKY Louisville)
     

  • Chris Soules' legal team asks that the public not pre-judge him. For real. (Reality TV World)
     

  • Eden Gaha leaving Endemol Shine (The Hollywood Reporter)
     

  • Jenny Powell opens up about postnatal depression (Goodtoknow)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Guy Branum (Slate)

posted 4/28/17


Sony Pictures TV
David Goldhill Steps Down
After a Decade of Development, GSN Head Resigns
From Deadline

GSN CEO David Goldhill has announced he will be leaving the company after a 10-year stint as chief executive. A search is underway for a new CEO of the cable network, a joint venture between Sony Pictures Television, which has a majority interest, and AT&T Entertainment Group.

Goldhill, former president of the Universal Television Group and a former investment banker, took the helm of GSN in August 2007, succeeding Rich Cronin. Under Goldhill, GSN posted five years of ratings growth, culminating with scoring its most-watched and highest-rated year ever in 2015.

Here is Goldhill’s memo:

After 10 years as CEO of GSN, I have informed our Board that I will be stepping down this year. I am working with our shareholders to identify new leadership for both our television and games businesses, and will be fully engaged in managing both businesses until new executives are in place.

I am very proud of all that has been accomplished in the past ten years, and believe as strongly as ever in our extraordinary opportunity for growth and innovation in both television and games.

I thank our shareholders – SONY and AT&T – for their consistently strong support of both of our businesses. And I am especially grateful to all of my colleagues at GSN, whose dedication and talent have transformed this Company.

David Goldhill

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posted 4/27/17

Eurovision Comes to Logo
Annual Music Competition Broadcast Rights Snatched Up
From Broadway World

Logo today announced that for the second consecutive year, the network will be the exclusive U.S. broadcast home of the Eurovision Song CONTEST when it airs the 62nd annual Grand Final live and commercial free on Saturday, May 13 at 3PM ET / 12PM PT. Michelle Visage and Ross Mathews, judges on the Emmy® Award-winning "RuPaul's Drag Race," will serve as Logo's commentators. Throughout the three-hour live broadcast, the Logo hosts will offer background on the event and contextualize the competition for American audiences while introducing them to contestants from each of the competing countries. The 2017 Grand Final competition and winner's ceremony will also be streamed live exclusively for U.S. viewers at http://www.logotv.com/eurovision-song-contest, Logo's Youtube channel at youtube.com/logoTV and the LogoTV mobile app.

Broadway World

posted 4/27/17

TUESDAY: This Is A Result NBC Can Enjoy
Peacock Takes First on "The Voice"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.991 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday with its mix of "The Voice" (9.428 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), the premiere of "Great News" (5.218 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), a second "Great News" (4.257 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "Chicago Fire" (6.808 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2). The lineup claimed the top 4 shows in the demo.

FOX (2.408 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then took home the silver with its trio of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.903 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13), "The Mick" (2.209 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "Prison Break" (2.762 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6).

Next up was CBS (6.382 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) with repeats of "NCIS" (7.199 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and "Bull" (6.637 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) followed by the launch of "48 Hours: NCIS" (5.309 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.836 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) opted for second runs of "The Middle" (3.942 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "American Housewife" (3.098 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.784 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) alongside new episodes of "Imaginary Mary" (2.883 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.156 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #16).

And finally, the return of "The Flash" (2.645 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and a new "iZombie" (1.057 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #17) on The CW (1.851 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.243m
- Team Ninja Warrior (USA): 929k
- Face Off All-Stars (SF/Syfy): 906k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 887k
- Chopped Star Power (Food): 879k
- The Challenge: Invasion (MTV): 758k
- Stranded with a Million Dollars (F/MTV): 445k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 371k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/27/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Beginning Is The End Is The Beginning"

posted 4/27/17

"Spartan" Workers Walked Out, Walked Back In
IATSE-Allied Group Held One-Day Strike
From Atlanta Business Chronicle

Members of film union IATSE Local 479 held a one day strike this week over NBC's "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge."

The reality show was shooting its second season in Atlanta when several IATSE (International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees) organized a walkout, according to Deadline. More than 200 members did not show up for work, and a picket line formed around dawn.

The reality show was shooting its second season in Atlanta when several IATSE…

But the strike was short-lived. It ended yesterday after 12 hours when producers of the show came to terms for the contract after negotiating with IATSE's Cinematographers Guild Local 600 and Atlanta Local 479.

The contract includes an updated wages and benefits package effective from date-of-hire with a 10-hour daily minimum and triple-time after 15 hours.

Atlanta Business Chronicle
Deadline

posted 4/26/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "The Calm Before the End-of-Season Storm"

  • Chris Soules, fresh off of being busted for a lethal hit-and-run, deletes his Instagram (Reality TV World)
     

  • ICYMI: Last night's "Voice" featured Team Adam paying tribute to Christina Grimmie (Broadway World)
     

  • Maks Chmerkovskiy's "home intruder" was just a case of mistaken identity. If only the voting worked that way (Reality TV World)
     

  • In case nobody bothered to report it in the rags, Anne Hegerty (friend of the site & friend of ours) insists "The Chase" will be back on after "Babushka" has finished. Which everyone has said from the beginning, but who listens to the truth nowadays? (The Sun)
     

  • ESPN has begun the latest round of layoffs, and the names on this blacklist are recognizable (Business Insider)

posted 4/26/17


The Hollywood Reporter
ALBERT FREEDMAN: 1922-2017
Key Player in the Game Show Scandals of the 1950s
From TV Week

Albert Z. Freedman, the man who was at the center of the 1950s quiz show scandal that was made into a 1990s movie, has died, his family announced Thursday. He was 95.

Former producer of “Twenty-One,” Freedman was played by Hank Azaria in the 1994 Robert Redford film “Quiz Show.”

According to his obituary on the New York Times, Freedman died in Marin County, California, on Tuesday, April 11, where he resided with his wife Nancy Freedman. They were married for nearly 35 years.

Born in Taunton, Massachusetts, in 1922, Freedman joined the Marines and fought in the Pacific Campaign during World War II, before studying at Boston College, USC and Institut des hautes études cinématographiques in Paris.

He then moved to New York to work on the “Groucho Marx Show” and went on to produce the quiz show, “Twenty-One” in the mid 1950s.

That series was marred by scandal when claims were made that it was not just “fixed,” but was almost completely choreographed, with contestants cast as if they were actors.

Freedman, however, claimed the allegations were part of a witch-hunt against TV entertainment led by aspirational politicians and a failing newspaper industry.

In his personal life, Freedman married his wife, Esther, in 1953 and they had four children, Mara, Lisa, Tani and Derek.

However, Esther died in 1975 from breast cancer, and Mara and Lisa both succumbed to ovarian cancer. This sparked a drive for Freedman to pursue cancer research and treatment options, leading to him earning a PhD from the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality.

He is survived by his second wife, Nancy, two remaining children, Tani and Derek, three step-children — Lori, Todd and Garett Dworman — and 10 grandchildren.

The Wrap
The New York Times
The Hollywood Reporter
Forward

posted 4/25/17

SYNDIES: Week 31
Results for the Week Ending April 16
From TV Newscheck

Syndicated shows were generally lower across the board in the session ending April 16 thanks to sharply lower spring viewing levels and daytime preemptions from the big April 12 joint press conference held by President Trump and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

Among access game shows, while nothing went up, leader Family Feud remained at a 6.4 and finished second to overall syndication champ Judge Judy.

Wheel of Fortune fell 7% to a 5.7, while Jeopardy sagged 7% to a 5.5.

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

GAME SHOWS

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.4 NC
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.7 -7%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.5 -7%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.2 -8%

TV Newscheck

posted 4/25/17

MONDAY: This Is A Split
ABC, NBC Take Monday
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.719 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the demo champ on Monday with originals from "The Voice" (9.267 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Taken" (4.625 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

ABC (7.856 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the number two draw with new episodes from "Dancing with the Stars" (10.322 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) and "Quantico" (2.925 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

Next was up CBS (4.508 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.363 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "Superior Donuts" (4.836 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Kevin Can Wait" (4.341 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "2 Broke Girls" (3.385 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "Scorpion" (4.061 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.843 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up the return of "Gotham" (2.911 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and the season finale of "APB" (2.775 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

And finally, fresh installments from "Supergirl" (1.808 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.868 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (1.338 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 338k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/25/17

WEEKEND: An Upshot for BLANK!
CBS Draws Split with NBC Friday, Sunday
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.456 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the network to beat on a modest Sunday with its mix of a "Little Big Shots" (3.905 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15) repeat and originals from "Little Big Shots" (8.244 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1), "Chicago Justice" (5.586 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and "Shades of Blue" (4.089 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

CBS (7.831 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with its quartet of "60 Minutes" (9.599 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9.408 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), "Madam Secretary" (7.749 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Elementary" (4.571 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15).

Next up was ABC (3.127 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) with new episodes of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.835 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), "Once Upon a Time" (2.675 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Match Game" (3.155 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "American Crime" (1.843 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #18). "Match's" numbers grew over the week by 17% but dipped by that much over the year.

And finally, FOX (1.586 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) rounded out the evening with a repeat "The Simpsons" (1.328 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15), new episodes of "Bob's Burgers" (1.572 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), another "Bob's Burgers" (1.846 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and "Making History" (1.328 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) plus a repeat "Family Guy" (1.726 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and a new "The Last Man on Earth" (1.714 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

On cable...
- Iron Chef Gauntlet (Food): 1.333m
- Guy's Grocery Games (SP/Food): 995k

NBC (4.526 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) claimed the demo crown on Friday with new episodes of "First Dates" (3.524 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "Dateline NBC" (5.027 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1).

ABC (3.955 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with its mix of "The Toy Box" (3.140 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Shark Tank" (4.478 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) and "20/20" (4.248 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

Next up was CBS (5.845 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its repeat lineup of "MacGyver" (5.177 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Hawaii Five-0" (5.866 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Blue Bloods" (6.492 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.396 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up a new "Rosewood" (2.782 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and a repeat "Lethal Weapon" (2.011 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

And finally, second runs of "The Originals" (1.045 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "Reign" (0.907 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.976 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On VH1, the latest installment of "RuPaul's Drag Race" won over 693,000 viewers at 8p.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/25/17

Power Resurgence
Indian Version of "Power of 10" to Return
From India.com

Bollywood superstar Salman Khan, who has been hosting Bigg Boss on Colors for several years now, will be back to hosting game show 10 Ka Dum aka Dus Ka Dum soon! If our sources are to be believed, the Tiger Zinda Hai actor is all set to woo television audiences again with his charm and presence.

The game show 10 Ka Dum made Salman Khan very popular as a TV show host and he beat rival Shah Rukh Khan at it. 10 Ka Dum had its first season in India in 2008.

The show is a version of the international reality game show Power of 10. In the show, the contestants include celebrities as well as commoners and they have to take part in a fun quiz. Their answers are compared to mass surveys conducted in India and then adjudged right or wrong.

Salman Khan is now a very popular host and his fans eagerly wait for him to host Bigg Boss. With 10 Ka Dum now back, as per a report on TimesofIndia.com, Salman Khan might return to hosting the new season. A source close to Sony told TOI, “Salman has already made up his mind and in all likelihood is expected to host the third season of the show. A final meeting will take place between the channel and the star in couple of days. The show is expected to go on air in July.”

India.com

posted 4/25/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Un-Babushka-ed"

  • Rylan Clark-Neal just deleted his Twitter (Telly Mix)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: people you forgot had their own game show (Digital Spy)
     

  • Padma Lakshmi is fighting the war against the President's attitudes on women, minorities, the poor... basically everyone who isn't the President (Vogue)
     

  • Chris Soules arrested after leaving the scene of an accident. Will you accept these handcuffs? (Reality TV World)
     

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Dancing with the Stars" checks out May 23 (TV Line)
     

  • Billy on the Lion King (Broadway World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Nick Viall (Reality TV World) and Andy Cohen (Bravo)

posted 4/25/17


IMDB
CHRIS BEARDE: 1936-2017
Producer of "The Gong Show", "Puttin' on the Hits"
From The Hollywood Reporter

Chris Bearde, who wrote for Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, produced The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour and created The Gong Show, has died. He was 80.

Bearde died Sunday morning of a sudden heart attack at his home in Westlake, Calif., his son, Tyler Bearde, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Bearde collected nine Emmy Award nominations and won a writing trophy in 1968 for his work on Laugh-In.

Bearde also co-wrote Elvis Presley's comeback special for NBC in 1968 and was an executive producer on the 1974-75 ABC sitcom That's My Mama, one of the first network comedies to feature a predominately black cast

A native of Australia who created two shows for the Canadian network CTV before coming to Hollywood, Bearde also was a producer on other variety shows like The Andy Williams Show, The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show, The Ken Berry 'Wow' Show and The Bobby Vinton Show.

He partnered often with Canadian producer Allan Blye and late in his career created the Showtime comedy Sherman Oaks.

Bearde came up with the format for The Gong Show before selling his interest in the 1970s version of the program to producer (and later host of the show) Chuck Barris. He also produced lip-sync contest Puttin' on the Hits alongside Dick Clark in 1984.

Survivors also include his wife Carolyn and his other children Amanda, Samantha, Ema, Christopher and Sarra.

The Hollywood Reporter
NewsFromME.com

posted 4/24/17


IMDB
ERIN MORAN: 1960-2017
"Happy Days'" Joanie Cunningham Played "Squares", "Catch 21"
From Deadline

Erin Moran, the actress who played Joanie Cunningham on the sitcom Happy Days died from complications of Stage 4 cancer, coroner and sheriff’s officials said Monday. She was 56.

Moran was found unresponsive Saturday afternoon April 22 by authorities in Indiana after they got a call just after 4 PM ET. The cause of death was released Monday in a joint statement from the Harrison County coroner’s office and sheriff’s department.

“A joint investigation into Mrs. Moran’s death was conducted by the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department and the Harrison County Coroner’s office,” the statement reads. “A subsequent autopsy revealed that Mrs. Moran likely succumbed to complications of stage 4 cancer. Standard toxicology tests were performed and the results are pending however no illegal narcotics were found at the residence.”

The actress rose to fame in the ’70s after appearing as Ron Howard’s Richie Cunningham’s little sister on Happy Days. The show ran for 11 season, with Moran portraying Joanie from 1974 to 1984. She also reprised her role in the short-lived 1982 series Joanie Loves Chachi alongside Scott Baio, which lasted two seasons.

Her acting credits include Family Affair, The Smith Family, Gunsmoke, The Love Boat, Murder, She Wrote, Diagnosis Murder, Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star and The Bold and the Beautiful. Her last project was the 2010 film Not Another B Movie.

As far as game shows are concerned, the Internet Movie Database lists appearances on "The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour", "Hollywood Squares", and "Catch 21".

Deadline
Chicago Sun-Times
Variety
TV Line

posted 4/24/17

CM Punk Joins Up as "The Challenge" Goes Pro
Catch It on MTV May 16
From SB Nation

Former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) superstar Phil Brooks — operating under the handle of “CM Punk” — is now a bona fide Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) “pro” after compiling a healthy 0-1 record.

That’s according to MTV, for the purposes of its new reality game show.

Sure, Punk was asked to go fight somewhere else after Mickey Gall splattered him across the cage at UFC 203 last fall in Cleveland, Ohio, but his credentials were good enough to land him a spot alongside other pros in the network’s six-week gameshow titled The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros.

MTV.com explains how it works:

Each episode will focus on a different strength (agility, ingenuity, brawn, brains, endurance and guts). Every week, the winning team’s captain will choose one member of their team to go into the elimination round, and the rest of the team will vote in their opponent. The losing team’s captain is automatically sent into elimination, and their team will also nominate their opponent. The final male and female competitors of the season will endure the ultimate test, showcasing each strength in one heart-pounding race for the chance to win $50,000 for their favorite charity.
Punk will be competing for his local animal shelter.

The competition brings together 10 “champions” from a collection of its previous Challenge seasons to see if they have what it takes to beat hired guns. Joining Punk will be NFL linebacker Shawne Merriman, Olympian Lolo Jones, and former WNBA player Candice Wiggins, among others.

Hosted by NFL star Victor Cruz, The Challenge: Champs vs. Pros debuts May 16 on MTV.

SB Nation
The Futon Critic

posted 4/24/17

You Won't Believe What Fullscreen Just Picked Up!
"Clickbait with SSSniperWolf" Gets Greenlight
From Realscreen

Subscription service Fullscreen has green lit a new original game series, Clickbait with SSSniperWolf, hosted by YouTuber gamer SSSniperWolf.

Produced by Znak & Co, three social media influencers will be pitted against one another in challenges, with points awarded in each round. The player with the most points after three rounds picks which of the two losers becomes the ultimate clickbait themselves in ‘The Clickbait Chair.’

Three rounds will see contestants competing in games such as grabbing hanging hot dogs covered in wasabi using only their mouths, attempting to catch an uncontrollable fizzy soda and mint eruption without the use of their hands and pushing an electrified toy car with their bare fingers.

The series will feature guest digital influencers including Sean O’Donnell, MacDoesIT and Jordan Doww. It premieres May 11.

Clickbait with SSSniperWolf is produced by Znak&Co for Fullscreen — a division of Fullscreen Media.

Executive producers are Natalka Znak and Michael Dietz.

Realscreen
Deadline

posted 4/24/17


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

Chris Wolvie goes back to the shows on the music video channels...as they slowly crept away from BEING primarily music video channels. In the first of a "Games Gone by..." series, Wolvie will be talkin' bout "My Generation".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 4/24/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Final Feeding"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: ABC slots "Shark Tank" season finale for May 12 (Broadway World)
     

  • The guy who sang the theme to "The Fate of the Furious" to perform on "The Voice" results show tomorrow (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Mel B sued by her nanny for libel. Yep, it's another installment of As the Divorce Case Turns (Reality TV World)
     

  • Paddy McGuinness pays tribute to "Take Me Out" fan favorite who died after filming (Hello)
     

  • Larry Emdur pays tribute to Reg Grundy (News.com.au)
     

  • Eric Monkman has gone from answering questions to asking them! (Cambridge News)

posted 4/21/17


Fox/IGetty
PAUL "PAULIE G" GIGANTI: 1980-2017
Contestant on "Hell's Kitchen" Dies of Accidental Drug Overdose
From Extra

Paulie Giganti, a contestant on Season 16 of “Hell’s Kitchen,” was found dead in his Philadelphia home on Thursday. He was 36.

James Garrow, spokesman for the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's office, confirmed his cause of death, telling Philly.com, “It is an accidental death by drug intoxication.”

The ME’s office did not release the type of drug or drugs used.

The reality star and Brooklyn native was the former chef at Philadelphia’s Birra restaurant. The owner, Gordon Dinerman, told Philly.com that they mutually chose to part ways in November.

“I’ll miss him,” he said, while adding that Birra owed some of its success to Giganti’s cooking. "He brought a consistency to our product, which is why we are still around,” Dinerman said. He also acknowledged Giganti was “definitely a personality, which is how he got on TV.”

Birra posted on its Instagram account...

"It is with a heavy heart that we celebrate the life and mourn passing of Paulie Giganti. Paulie came to us as a line cook and eventually elevated to executive chef. His care for our kitchen was only exceeded by his personality and love of life. We would not be the restaurant we are today with Chef Paulie's efforts. Our heart and condolences go out to his family and friends here in Philly, Pittsburgh, and of course, Brooklyn."

Giganti never went to cooking school and told My Take on TV, “I was going to be an engineer. I just wanted to see how I stacked up against other guys, like 'school-y' guys and other people.”

He went on to say that being on the show and being “critiqued by world-renowned chefs" was “life-affirming.”

Extra
Instagram @birra_philly
The Hollywood Reporter
WGHP High Point
Comic Book Resources
Wet Paint

posted 4/21/17

THURSDAY: A Tight Demo Race
CBS Comes Out on Top
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.084 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) edged out the competition on Thursday with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.404 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) and "The Great Indoors" (5.595 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) followed by a new "The Amazing Race" (4.441 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and a second "The Amazing Race" (3.813 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

NBC (4.101 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) then was a close second with new episodes of "Superstore" (3.212 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "Powerless" (2.064 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) alongside the return of "The Blacklist" (4.809 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and another "The Blacklist" (4.857 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.800 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) with a repeat "Scandal" (3.333 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and originals from "Scandal" (5.048 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) and "The Catch" (3.021 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.702 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) offered up fresh installments of "MasterChef Junior" (3.495 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and "Kicking & Screaming" (1.910 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, a repeat "Supernatural" (0.849 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and the special "H1Z1: Fight for the Crown" (0.395 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) rounded out the night on The CW (0.622 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

The Futon Critic

posted 4/21/17

The Price Is Right... for Shoes?
Complex Greenlights "Price the Hype" for ShoeCollector.com
From Deadline

Complex Networks have greenlit "Price the Hype," a game show where contestants have to price ornate sneakers for prizes, for this summer.

Complex Networks is comprised of Complex, Rated Red, First We Feast and Sole Collector channels. They combined for 2 billion video views in the first quarter via YouTube and through output deals with premium distributors including Verizon’s go90.

The world’s first sneaker game show that asks contestants to make their best guesses on the resale values of streetwear’s most hyped items in order to win shoes or lose. Hosted by Complex’s Rich “MaZe” Lopez and Yaya in this fast paced show where contestants can win big or be sent home with their credibility in shreds. Sneaker resale culture is a billion dollar business with sneakerheads and die-hard collectors thinking nothing of dropping thousands of dollars on rare and limited editions of Nike or Adidas shoes. Price the Hype taps this passion and lets contestants show off their aftermarket skills.

Deadline
Variety

posted 4/21/17

ITV Makes Tenable Move
Warwick Davis-Hosted Quiz to Return for Second Season
From C21 Media

ITV in the UK has ordered a 60-episode second season of gameshow format Tenable from Endemol Shine-owned prodco Initial.

The show focuses on top-10 lists and is being hosted in the UK by Warwick Davis. The aim is for team captains to get as many teammates through to the final as possible by correctly guessing answers, before ultimately competing for a cash prize.

Tenable is being exec produced by Richard Greenwood, with series producers Sonal Patel and Sarah Timbury.

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

C21Media
Wirral Globe

posted 4/21/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Toy Story 2"

  • Tyra Banks to reprise her role in "Lifesize 2" (Deadline) plus why she returned to ANTM (Hollywood Life)
     

  • The winner of "America's Next Weatherman" has already moved on to her next job (TV Spy)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: Before they were stars, they were game show contestants (Digital Spy)

posted 4/21/17


Sony Pictures TV
"Pyramid" Season 2 Celebrities Announced
Hit Series Returns June 11
From the Futon Critic

The iconic Pyramid is back when it returns SUNDAY, JUNE 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. Hosted by "Good Morning America" co-anchor Michael Strahan, "The $100,000 Pyramid," a summer 2016 hit series that averaged seven million Total Viewers in its first season, features an all-star cast of celebrities who take center stage and partner with contestants from across the country to compete against each other with hopes of making it to the winners' circle and capturing the ultimate prize of $100,000.

Season Two Celebrity Guest Line-Up:
- Ken Jeong (ABC's "Dr. Ken") vs Dave Foley (ABC's "Dr. Ken")
- Cam Newton (The Carolina Panthers) vs Brandon Marshall (The New York Giants)
- Tom Bergeron (ABC's "Dancing with the Stars") vs Jennifer Nettles (Grammy(R)-Award winning singer)
- Margaret Cho (stand-up comedian/actress) vs Michael Rapaport (actor)
- Wendie Malick (actress) vs Jesse Palmer (ABC's "Good Morning America")
- Dr. Mehmet Oz ("The Dr. Oz Show") vs Retta ("Girlfriend's Guide To Divorce")
- Bobby Moynihan ("Saturday Night Live") vs Debi Mazar ("Younger")
- Bobby Moynihan ("Saturday Night Live") vs Sasheer Zamata ("Saturday Night Live")
- David Arquette (actor) vs RuPaul ("RuPaul's Drag Race")
- Justin Hartley ("This is Us") vs Chrissy Metz ("This is Us")
- Eric Decker (The New York Jets) vs Apolo Ohno (US Olympic Athlete)
- Rachael Ray ("The Rachael Ray Show") vs Curtis Stone (chef and restaurateur)
- Vanessa Williams (singer/actress) vs Gary Cole (actor)
- Lance Bass (N'Sync) vs Joey Fatone (N'Sync)
- Kyle Busch (professional NASCAR race driver) vs Lara Spencer (ABC's "Good Morning America")
- Usher (Grammy(R)-Award winning singer) vs Robin Thicke (singer/songwriter)
- Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers) vs Erin Andrews (ESPN / ABC's "Dancing with the Stars")
- Ali Wentworth (actress/comedian) vs Kathy Najimy (actress/comedian)
- Kathy Najimy (actress/comedian) vs Yvette Nicole Brown ("The Odd Couple")
- Leslie Jones ("Saturday Night Live") vs LL Cool J ("Lip Sync Battle")
- Leslie Jones ("Saturday Night Live") vs Willie Garson ("Sex and the City")
- Taye Diggs (actor/model) vs Jenna Fischer ("The Office")
- Cobie Smulders (Marvel's "The Avengers") vs Ryan Eggold ("The Blacklist: Redemption")
- Richard Kind (actor) vs Rachel Dratch (ABC's "Imaginary Mary")
- Kal Penn (ABC's "Designated Survivor") vs Abby Elliott ("Odd Mom Out")
- Billy Gardell ("Mike & Molly") vs Kate Flannery ("The Office")
- Von Miller (The Denver Broncos)

The Futon Critic

posted 4/20/17

WEDNESDAY: Game Changed
CBS Wins Mostly Rerun-Filled Wednesday
From the Futon Critic

CBS (6.821 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with new episodes of "Survivor: Game Changers" (8.232 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), a second "Survivor: Game Changers" (7.451 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) and "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (4.780 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Second place then went to ABC (4.170 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) with repeats of "The Goldbergs" (4.077 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "Speechless" (3.532 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "Modern Family" (3.850 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "Black-ish" (3.468 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) plus a new "Designated Survivor" (5.047 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

Next up was NBC (4.479 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and its second run lineup of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.353 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), another "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.785 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "Chicago PD" (4.301 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.122 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up a new "Shots Fired" (3.169 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and a repeat "Empire" (3.076 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.154 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.177 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and a second "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.096 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) rounded out the night for The CW (1.145 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 795k
- Are You The One: Second Chances (MTV): 324k
- The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption (SP/FS1): 288k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 269k
- Talk Show the Game Show (truTV): 205k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/20/17

More on "Ink Master" Season 9
Catch It on Spike June 6
From the Futon Critic

Spike TV's hit original reality-competition series "Ink Master" returns for a ninth season on Tuesday, June 6 at 10pm ET/PT, with the highest stakes yet and twice as much prize money on the line. This season, shops from all around the country are sending two of their strongest artists to compete for a $200,000 grand prize, an editorial feature in Inked and, for the first time in "Ink Master" history, the title of "Master Shop." The series is produced by Truly Original.

This season comes with a new twist, as artists will be competing in pairs and representing their hometown shops. Throughout the competition, the artists are not only tested on their technical skills, but also their on-the-spot creativity, as they must conceive and execute original tattoos on "human canvases." Each episode will focus on a different and distinct style of tattooing, and as always, while the artists' masterpieces will last a lifetime... so will their mistakes.

After every challenge, the contestants face a tough panel comprised of musician, filmmaker and artist Dave Navarro, as well as world-renowned tattoo artists Chris Nuñez ("Miami Ink") and Oliver Peck (Elm Street Tattoo).

The Futon Critic

posted 4/20/17

Mel Giedroyc Letterboxed
"Baking Show" Host to Front New BBC Quizzer
From Belfast Telegraph

Former The Great British Baking Show host Mel Giedroyc is set to deliver a new BBC game show, Letterbox.

The TV host often appears alongside comic partner Sue Perkins, but will be going it alone as the host of the forthcoming daytime series.

Created by David Young, who produces hit challenge shows The Weakest Link and Eggheads, it will see pairs of contestants go head-to-head to crack a series of passwords that could win them £2,000 (about $2500).

Mel said: “I played a version of this game and was a) extremely competitive at it, b) annoyingly bad at it, c) strangely addicted to it, d) needed to do more of it, e) asked the big cheeses if I could present it, f) was delighted when they said yes, g) can’t wait to start recording the shows and meeting the contestants, h) hoping to get seriously skilled at playing it so that i) I’ll be able to SMASH IT if the board game comes out.

“Now how many letters have I used up? (see what I did there).”

Letterbox is being touted as a simple yet addictive word game that is designed for audiences to be able to play along at home.

David said: “It’s a word game designed to appeal to a family audience because it doesn’t contain any general knowledge questions.

“On Letterbox you don’t need to be an Egghead to walk away a winner.”

The series has been commissioned for 15 30-minute episodes for BBC Two.

Belfast Telegraph
Shropshire Star
Metro

posted 4/20/17

"Countdown" Extended by 2 Years
Tea Time Classic Renewed
From the List

'Countdown' will remain on screens until at least the end of next year.

The popular game show, which sees contestants tackle tough word and number puzzles under a tight time schedule, doesn't look like it'll be leaving the small screen any time soon as Channel 4 boss Jay Hunt has called for more episodes per year.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror newspaper, host Nick Hewer said: "The show is doing great. I don't know about the opposition from other shows as scheduling is a mystery to me. All I know is that C4 want 260 shows a year which is more than last year so obviously they are happy. The show works like clockwork and they want more. The show is in the Guinness Book of Records for the longest running show."

'Countdown', which was originally hosted by Richard Whiteley with Carol Vorderman as his sidekick, first hit television screens when the network began in November 1982.

Since then, its screened more than 6,500 episodes and seen Richard replaced by Nick and his new sidekick Rachel Riley, who has proven a huge hit with male fans.

Asked if he'd ever take part in the competition, Nick said: "I would be terrible on the show. I used to be quite good on the letters but I am hopeless now. I am better on the numbers."

It looks like Channel 4's decision to pump more money in 'Countdown' comes just months after it was reported that the cash money game show 'Deal or No Deal' had been axed.

The List

posted 4/20/17

TUESDAY: Ninja (Clan) Warrior
New Season. New Teams. New Network. Same Broadcast Winner
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.018 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) kept its demo streak alive (16 weeks) with a special two-hour "The Voice" (8.710 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) followed by a new "Trial & Error" (4.103 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and the season finale of "Trial & Error" (3.167 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

CBS (11.126 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with originals from "NCIS" (13.070 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Bull" (10.269 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (10.039 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

Next up was ABC (3.580 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with fresh installments of "The Middle" (5.243 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "American Housewife" (4.439 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.672 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7), "Imaginary Mary" (3.189 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.469 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.067 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up a new "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.920 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12), a repeat "The Mick" (1.446 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and an original "Prison Break" (2.451 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.941 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) plus a new "iZombie" (0.930 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) rounded out the night for The CW (0.935 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.160m
- Team Ninja Warrior (SP/USA): 942k
- Chopped Star Power (Food): 874k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 805k
- Face Off (Syfy): 799k
- The Challenge: Invasion (MTV): 794k
- Stranded with a Million Dollars (MTV): 406k
- Cosplay Melee (Syfy): 401k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 305k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/20/17


2waytraffic/Disney-ABC Television
"Millionaire" Has Apples for Teachers
Teacher Appreciation Week Begins May 1
From Broadway World

Deserving educators from across the country will play "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," opposite host Chris Harrison, during the show's Teacher Appreciation Week, airing MONDAY, MAY 1 - FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017. "Millionaire"'s Teacher Appreciation Week celebrates those who devote their lives to inspiring, motivating and educating students, by giving them a chance to play the game and walk away with $1 million dollars!

Among the dedicated TEACHERS playing throughout the week are:

Elementary school teacher, speaker and author Kaitlyn Roig-Debellis (Greenwich, Connecticut), who saved the lives of all 15 of her first grade students during the Sandy Hook massacre in 2012.

Attorney-turned-high school social studies teacher Bob Scarpone (Flanders, New Jersey), who left the legal profession behind to follow his calling as a teacher.

Kindergarten teacher and humanitarian Sonya Romero (Albuquerque, New Mexico), a foster parent to two of her former students.

High school dean of students Jen Sculley (Denver, Colorado), who donated one of her kidneys to a student in need.

Broadway World

posted 4/19/17

Daytime Emmys Want to Be Your Friend. No, Really
44th Annual Awards to Be Streamed Via Facebook Live
From Broadway World

NATAS has announced that not only will the Daytime Emmy Awards be live-streamed on Facebook and Twitter, but also fans can experience the red carpet for themselves at both the Creative Arts (Friday, April 28th) and the broadcast (Sunday, April 30th) via Facebook Live with host and Emmy Nominee, Carolyn Hennesy.

In addition, Ms Hennesy will be hosting two Facebook Live appearances from the NATAS Gifting Suites for the nominees on Saturday, April 29th. They can also follow along on Twitter and Instagram @DaytimeEmmys.

"I am absolutely thrilled and so honored to be tapped to host FB Live's red carpet coverage for Daytime Emmy weekend," says Ms. Hennesy. Adding, "The glitz, the gowns, the stress, the nerves, the gossip...'She said WHAT?' I'll bring you just as much as they'll let me...and then some!"

When: Friday, April 28th and Sunday, April 30th - 2:30pm to 4:30pm AND Saturday April 29th (Gifting Suite) at 1:00pm and again at 4:00pm. Fans can tune in and ask their own questions via Facebook at www.facebook.com/DaytimeEmmyAwards and Twitter at twitter.com/DaytimeEmmys or follow on Twitter/Instagram @DaytimeEmmys.

Broadway World

posted 4/18/17

Strike Watch: A Season in the Balance
Potential Strike Could Delay Fall Season
From TV Week

The Writers Guild of America is ratcheting up the pressure on studios as the threat of a writers strike continues to hang over Hollywood, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The WGA is “reaching out directly to advertisers, saying that a potential strike could lead to delays in the fall TV season and would likely harm ratings,” the report notes.

The article quotes a letter from David Young, executive director the Writers Guild of America West, sent Tuesday to media-buying agencies. In it Young warns of a possible domino effect should the writers go on strike.

“Any delay in the start of work has the potential to postpone fall season premieres and reduce the amount of new programming available to advertisers and audiences,” Young warns in the letter.

The deadline for a new contract is May 1, the report notes. Young points out in the letter that the last writers strike, which began in late 2007 and went on for 100 days, brought about a drop in ratings.

The Times adds: “Among the shows that will be hit almost immediately are the late-night talk programs that rely on writers to come up with jokes and witty banter on a nightly basis.”

TV Week

posted 4/19/17


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

World records get set and broken every day...though very few are ever televised these days. But when you have a show where records can be broken every week, THAT's something to watch. And if a game show is built around it? Talk about officially amazing. Chris Wolvie has a "Games Gone By..." of one of his fave short-lived shows, "The Guinness Game".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 4/19/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "In Before Cancellation Rumors"

  • Babushka will take "The Chase's" spot when it premieres. For 4 weeks. (Telly Mix)
     

  • Wayne Brady to host Golden Trailer Awards (Broadway World)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: The F Word (Fox, summer) (The FUton Critic)
     

  • The late great Paul Alter gets a memorial house in Chicago (Chicago Tribune)
     

  • Lesley Murphy reveals a post-op photo (NSFW) (Reality TV World)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: "Big Brother UK" to get a bigger house (Telly Mix) plus could Rylan Clark-Neal make an appearance? (Huffington Post)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 8 summer shows that could  become hits (Programming Insider)
     

  • Amanda Holden would like to see a "Got Talent" spinoff judged by kids (Telly Mix)
     

  • Steve Harvey said what now? (The Root)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: a contestant on "The Chase" may have been rewarded for an incorrect answer... (International Business Times) ... so they have to call in NASA to sort this out (Heart)
     

  • Grant Denyer cheats death, back on the Family Feud Australia set (Daily Telegraph)
     

  • Caleb Reynolds the Beast Mode Cowboy is expecting a little dogie (Reality TV World)
     

  • ICYMI: Ew? (Monsters & Critics)

posted 4/6/17


Fandom
Reggie Watts Is "Taskmaster"
Comedy Central Greenlights American Version of British Hit
From Beyond the Joke

Taskmaster has been commissioned for a series by Comedy Central.

The American version of the show will star stand-up comedian Reggie Watts in the role taken in the UK by Greg Davies. Alex Horne, who devised the show, will continue as assistant, judging five unwitting comedians as they compete against each other with creativity, cunning and genius in a series of tasks. Watts is best known to TV viewers as the leader of the house band on James Corden's talk show.

Taskmaster is already popular internationally with the format having been licensed into five territories – Belgium, Sweden, Germany, The Netherlands and Finland. A Belgian version has already aired on VTM and the Swedish version is currently on air on SVT 1. The original UK show has also been sold to BBC Worldwide Australia and TVNZ’s Duke.

The US show will be produced by Avalon Television and executive produced by Reggie Watts, Alex Horne, Richard Allen-Turner, Rob Aslett, Kara Baker, David Martin, James Taylor, Jon Thoday and Andy Devonshire (The Apprentice and The Great British Bake Off), who will also direct. Kellyn Parker, Adam Londy and Jordan Ellner are the Executives in Charge of Production for Comedy Central. Further details to be shared at a later date.

Beyond the Joke
Splitsider
Deadline
The Futon Critic

posted 4/18/17

MONDAY: A Voice for Live Television
ABC, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.855 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) kept the demo crown on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (9.449 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Taken" (4.667 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8).

ABC (8.362 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the silver draw with originals from "Dancing with the Stars" (11.005 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and "Quantico" (3.076 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Next up was CBS (5.684 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its lineup of "Kevin Can Wait" (5.880 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "Man with a Plan" (5.419 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "Superior Donuts" (5.140 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), the season finale of "2 Broke Girls" (4.580 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and a new "Scorpion" (6.543 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.047 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up its conclusion to "24: Legacy" (3.330 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9) and the penultimate week of "APB" (2.763 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "Supergirl" (0.946 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.831 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) once again rounded out the night The CW (0.888 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable, "@midnight with Chris Hardwick" returned after a 10-day hiatus to an audience of 304,000.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/18/17

SYNDIES: Week 30
Results for the Week Ending April 9
From TV Newscheck

The first full week of April was a strong one for Dr. Phil, which widened its lead in the talk show race after jumping to a four-week high, and was the sole syndie talker to outperform last year in the session ending April 9.

Phil extended its winning streak in the genre to 31 weeks with a 3.3 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, spiking 6% from the previous frame.

In access, the top game shows were soft except for Family Feud, which stayed at a 6.4, led the genre and finished second overall to syndication champ Judge Judy. Wheel of Fortune fell 3% to a 6.1; Jeopardy also sagged 3% to a 5.9; while Who Wants to Be a Millionaire devalued 6% to a 1.6.

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

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.4 NC
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.1 -3%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.9 -3%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 -6%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 +8%

TV Newscheck

posted 4/18/17


Food Network
WEEKEND: Allez Cuisine!
"Iron Chef" Returns Sunday
From AOL

CBS (8.256 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) rose to the top spot on Sunday with its mix of "60 Minutes" (8.024 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2), "Stayin' Alive: A Grammy Salute to the Music of the Bee Gees" (10.261 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and "Elementary" (4.477 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

NBC (4.453 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then had to settle for second place with repeats of "Little Big Shots" (3.711 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), another "Little Big Shots" (5.188 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) plus originals from "Chicago Justice" (4.877 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and "Shades of Blue" (4.037 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Next up was ABC (2.489 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its quartet of "Inside Disneynature: Wild Lives" (3.193 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Once Upon a Time" (2.508 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Match Game" (2.431 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "American Crime" (1.824 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

And finally, repeats of "Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade" (1.122 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16), "Bob's Burgers" (0.864 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16), "The Simpsons" (1.464 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Making History" (0.955 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13), "Family Guy" (1.401 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.045 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) rounded out the night on FOX (1.142 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4).

On cable...
- Iron Chef Gauntlet (P/Food): 1.934m

CBS (8.110 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) was the top draw on Friday with the season finale of "MacGyver" (6.644 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) followed by new episodes of "Hawaii Five-0" (8.401 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) and "Blue Bloods" (9.286 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1).

ABC (3.793 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with week two of "The Toy Box" (3.221 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Shark Tank" (4.286 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) and "20/20" (3.875 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4).

Next up was NBC (3.979 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with originals from "First Dates" (3.355 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Dateline NBC" (4.291 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.897 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up new episodes of "Rosewood" (2.497 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9) and "You the Jury" (1.297 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11).

And finally, The CW (0.883 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the evening with fresh installments of "The Originals" (1.006 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10) and "Reign" (0.760 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12).

On cable, it was another good night for "RuPaul's Drag Race", attracting 588,000 and placing in the top 10 in the demo with a 0.31 rating.

AOL
The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/18/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Art Imitates Life"

  • Ryan Seacrest reups with E! (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Maks Chmerkovskiy said that he wouldn't return to "Dancing" until he's good and ready. Well, after a month of being sidelined with injury... he's good and ready! (Entertainment Tonight)
     

  • In between game show gigs, Ali Sweeney will return to the role that made her famous (Instagram @alisweeney)
     

  • Ben & Lauren's wedding is back on? (Reality TV World)
     

  • Wait! Wait! Don't Tell Me heads to Philly June 29 (Patch)
     

  • Paul O'Grady reportedly took "Blind Date" to stop Vicky Pattison from taking it. Salty! (The List)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jamie Foxx (Extra) and Ben Gleib (Inquisitr)
     

  • Richard Simmons has been found. And hospitalized (E!)
     

  • Katt Williams gets probation for wild'n out (TV Week)
     

  • Zeke Smith turns last week's unpleasantness into a teachable moment (Upworthy)
     

  • AND FINALLY... five years ago today, we lost Dick Clark (KTVZ Bend)

posted 4/18/17


EndemolShine
"Fear" Is a Factor for MTV
Chris "Ludacris" Bridges to Host, EP Reboot May 30
From E!

Fear Factor lives again. E! News has confirmed MTV has revived the fan-favorite NBC reality show with a 12-episode reboot hosted and executive produced by Ludacris. However, this time don't expect as many insect challenges, the new series, which premieres Tuesday, May 30 at 10 p.m. on MTV, will have segments inspired by urban legends, scary movies and everyday anxiety-inducing happenings, like rescuing personal cell phones from extreme heights.

Each episode will feature eight contestants in four teams of two, like best friends, co-workers, exes, siblings, etc., according to a press release.

"MTV is about celebrating youth culture, and with the reinvented Fear Factor, we are putting the power in our audience's hands to face and overcome their biggest fears," Chris McCarthy , president of MTV, VH1 and Logo, said in a statement. "We are thrilled to partner with Ludacris, one of the biggest global stars who has a rich history with MTV, to energize this franchise for a whole new generation."

Original executive producers Anthony Carbone and Kevin Wehrenberg will return to the show alongside Charles Watcher, Rob Smith and Robin Feinberg.

Fear Factor premiered in 2001 and ran for six seasons on NBC. This isn't the first Fear Factor revival either; NBC brought it and original host Joe Rogan back in 2011 for a season of challenges.

MTV has also signed a development deal with the rapper-actor. "I am excited to kick off my partnership with MTV, starting with the relaunch of Fear Factor, which will be even more insane and ludicrous than what you remember," Ludacris (nee Chris Bridges) said in a statement. "This will be the first of many great projects together."

Fear Factor premieres Tuesday, May 30 at 10 p.m. on MTV.

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posted 4/17/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Art Imitates Life"

  • Terry Crews talks about those political ads that he never made (Vanity Fair)
     

  • Emma Slater's name just popped up on a list that NO ONE wants to be a part of (Reality TV World)
     

  • Being as civil as possible, Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon take these Easter pictures (Reality TV World)
     

  • Chrissy Teigen scores 1000 on the Fantasy Kardashian League (Reality TV World)
     

  • Ryan Lochte's protesters have settled; they'll avoid jail time, but the price is steep (Reality TV World)
     

  • Steve Harvey's schedule just got a whole lot busier: Fox moves "Showtime at the Apollo" to series (Broadway World)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: Kate Upton. Britney's "Baby One More Time". Lip Sync Battle. (Broadway World)

posted 4/17/17

THURSDAY: Scandal #100
CBS, ABC Tie in Demo, CBS Wins Overall
From The Futon Critic

CBS (6.433 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) was the most-watched network on Thursday with new episodes from "The Big Bang Theory" (11.554 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1), "The Great Indoors" (6.330 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "Mom" (6.932 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4), "Life in Pieces" (5.417 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6) and "The Amazing Race" (4.183 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Sharing in the demo honors was ABC (5.188 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) with fresh installments from "Grey's Anatomy" (7.059 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Scandal" (5.352 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and "The Catch" (3.155 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Next up was NBC (4.145 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and a special "Trial & Error" (2.674 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), followed by new episodes of "Powerless" (2.041 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), "Chicago Med" (6.164 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and "The Blacklist: Redemption" (3.915 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.597 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up originals from "MasterChef Junior" (3.276 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Kicking & Screaming" (1.919 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14).

And finally, new episodes of "Supernatural" (1.578 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) and "Riverdale" (0.874 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) on The CW (1.226 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.028m
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 388k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 244k
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 228k

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posted 4/14/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Real. World. Ramifications."

  • Jeff Varner learns that what you do on TV crosses over. The incredibly HARD way (Reality TV World)
     

  • Chrissy Teigen celebrates her daughter's first birthday (Reality TV World)
     

  • Dreaming of a Sharna Burgess/Bonner Bolton coupling? Wake up. Not gonna happen (Reality TV World)
     

  • Hannah Simone reportedly married... and has a little one kicking and screaming inside of her (Reality TV World)
     

  • Jenna Dewan Tatum wants another baby (Reality TV World)
     

  • DAYTIME EMMYS: And the presenters are... (special shoutout to our friends Caleb Nelson and the Remotes) (Broadway World)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: the new look of "The Great British Baking Show" (CBBC Newsround)

posted 4/14/17


ABC
ABC Gets Its Game On This Summer
Dates Announced for "Bachelorette", "Pyramid", "Feud", "Gong", "TTTT"
From The Futon Critic

The ABC Television Network has announced summer premiere dates for limited series "Somewhere Between," drama series "Still Star-Crossed," and documentary "The Story of Diana." Summer Fun & Games Return with new alternative series "The Gong Show," "Boy Band," "Steve Harvey's FUNDERDOME" and "Battle of the Network Stars."

Summer game-show nights return with "Celebrity Family Feud," "The $100,000 Pyramid" and "To Tell the Truth," as well as returning favorite "Bachelor in Paradise" and music specials "Billboard Music Awards," "CMA Fest 2017" and ESPN's "The 2017 ESPYS."

These shows join previously announced "The Bachelorette," premiering Monday, May 22, comedy series "Downward Dog," airing Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. beginning May 23 and movie event "Dirty Dancing," airing Wednesday, May 24.

Below are ABC's summer premiere dates (all times listed are EDT):

MONDAY, MAY 22
9:00-11:00 p.m. "The Bachelorette" (Season 13 Premiere)

SUNDAY, JUNE 11
8:00-9:00 p.m. "Celebrity Family Feud" (Season 3 Premiere)
9:00-10:00 p.m. "Steve Harvey's FUNDERDOME" (Series Premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. "$100,000 Pyramid" (Season 2 Premiere)

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14
10:00-11:00 p.m. "To Tell the Truth" (Season 2.5 Summer Premiere)

THURSDAY, JUNE 22
8:00-10:00 p.m. "Boy Band" (Two-Hour Series Premiere)
10:00-11:00 p.m. "The Gong Show" (Series Premiere)

THURSDAY, JUNE 29
8:00-9:00 p.m. "Boy Band"
9:00-10:00 p.m. "Battle of the Network Stars" (Series Premiere)

MONDAY, JULY 31
8:00-10:00 p.m. "The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All"

TUESDAY, AUGUST 8
8:00-10:00 p.m. "Bachelor in Paradise" (Season 4 Premiere)

MONDAY, AUGUST 14
8:00-10:01 p.m. "Bachelor in Paradise" (Time Period Premiere)

THE $100,000 PYRAMID (Season 2)

"The $100,000 Pyramid" returns for its second season on ABC. Hosted by "Good Morning America" co-anchor Michael Strahan, this iconic game show once again features an all-star cast of celebrities who take center stage and partner with contestants from across the country to compete against each other with hopes of making it to the winners circle and taking home the ultimate prize of $100,000.

"The $100,000 Pyramid" is produced by SMAC Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television and is taped in front of a live studio audience in New York. "The $100,000 Pyramid" is executive produced by Michael Strahan, Constance Schwartz and Vin Rubino.

BACHELOR IN PARADISE (Season 4)

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

"Bachelor in Paradise" is produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Fleiss, Elan Gale and Nicole Woods are executive producers.

BATTLE OF THE NETWORK STARS

The '70s and '80s television pop-culture classic, "Battle of the Network Stars," is revived when it returns to television this summer. "Battle of the Network Stars" is a nostalgic throwback to the original series where TV celebrities blended athleticism with hilarious antics. The 10-episode summer event will pit teams of current and classic TV stars from multiple eras and different genres against one another in a variety of athletic games. Viewers can look forward to seeing a fresh take at some of the classic show's sporting "events" like Tug o' War, the Obstacle Course and the Dunk Tank.

In the original "Battle of the Network Stars," TV stars representing the three major networks at that time - ABC, CBS and NBC - teamed up to compete in physical challenges that were originally broadcast on ABC starting in 1976 and continuing for 13 years. Legendary sports broadcaster Howard Cosell hosted all but one of those 19 episodes, commenting on the action with a semi-serious version of the style for which he was famous.

"Battle of the Network Stars" is produced by Glassman Media and IMG, who also owns the format. The show will film at the same venue as the original series, at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. The executive producers are Andrew Glassman, Will Staeger and Michael Antinoro.

BOY BAND

"Boy Band," is a new series where talented singers battle it out to become a member of the next great music sensation. And for the first time ever, viewers at home will vote for their favorite five band members, live, creating a group America can truly call its own.

The 10-episode series will capture the audition process and behind-the-scenes excitement where young vocal talents compete for a chance to show the world that they have what it takes to win a coveted spot in the band and receive a recording contract with Hollywood Records.

"Boy Band" is produced by Matador Content. Todd Lubin, Jay Peterson, Jane Mun and Joel Relampagos serve as executive producers.

CELEBRITY FAMILY FEUD (Season 3)

The primetime summer hit "Celebrity Family Feud," a celebrity version of "Family Feud," returns to ABC this summer for a third season. The 10-episode series will feature celebrity families, and their immediate family members or their extended TV families, competing against each other to have fun and win money for charity.

Hosted by Steve Harvey, the highly popular standup comedian, actor, author and Emmy(R) Award-winning game show host, "Celebrity Family Feud" pits celebrities and their families against each other in a contest to name the most popular responses to survey-type questions posed to 100 people.

The celebrity family teams that will be playing for charity include: actress/comedian/writer Amy Schumer, actor/comedian George Lopez, Grammy award-winning recording artist Kelly Clarkson, NBA basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, actress/director/producer Eva Longoria, actress Jennie Garth and astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. For the first time, members from host Steve Harvey's family will also join in the fun.

"Celebrity Family Feud" is produced by FremantleMedia North America and is taped in front of a live audience in Los Angeles, California. Gaby Johnston and Jennifer Mullin are executive producers.

STEVE HARVEY'S FUNDERDOME

"Steve Harvey's FUNDERDOME," from Mark Burnett, is a seed-funding competition reality series where two budding entrepreneurs go head-to-head to win over a live studio audience to fund their ideas, products or companies. In each of the 13 episodes, the audience will represent the "customer" and, as the customer is always right, they will be voting to determine the winner. But, in each round, following the pitches and before Steve Harvey reveals the results of the crowd's majority vote, the entrepreneurs will face a major dilemma: one of the entrepreneurs is allowed to cash out and walk away for a lesser amount. But if an entrepreneur cashes out, they forgo the opportunity to win the whole cash prize for that round - a good move if they lost the crowd vote, but a bad move if they would have won it.

Steve Harvey will host, infusing humor, passion and support for the American Dream. The series is produced by MGM Television and internationally distributed by MGM. The executive producers are Mark Burnett, Leslie Garvin and Barry Poznick.

THE GONG SHOW

Get ready for the return of television's most irreverent talent show competition, "The Gong Show," executive produced by actor/comedian Will Arnett. Every episode will celebrate unusually talented and unique performers on a primetime stage. A revolving panel of judges featuring Hollywood's hottest stars praise, critique and gong contestants in one of TV's all-time great variety shows.

"The Gong Show" will be produced by Den of Thieves, Electric Avenue Productions and Principato Young Entertainment in association with Sony Pictures Television and will be taped in front of a live audience. "The Gong Show" is executive produced by Will Arnett, Evan Prager, Jesse Ignjatovic, Conrad Green and Peter Principato. Jared Morell, Jordan Barrow and Marc Forman will co-executive produce.


TO TELL THE TRUTH (Season 2)

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

In each round the celebrity panel is presented with three participants 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 have 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.

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posted 4/13/17

Sashay... STAY!
VH1 Renews "RuPaul's Drag Race", "ANTM"
From TV Line

VH1 has set its programming slate for the coming year, and there’s no other word for it but loca.

The network unveiled a crowded lineup of new and returning shows on Thursday ahead of the fast-approaching upfronts, led by a Season 10 renewal for RuPaul’s Drag Race, which just moved to VH1 from Logo this season. (Drag Race‘s tenth season is slated to debut next March.) Plus, VH1 announced five new series, including an untitled reality show chronicling the life of pop star Ricky Martin, set to premiere this June and billed as “a revealing, never-been-seen account of one of the most private and guarded global superstars of our time.”

Along with Drag Race, VH1 has renewed America’s Next Top Model (Season 24, premiering in December), Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner (Season 2, October), Basketball Wives (Season 6, April 17), T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle (Season 6, April 17), Love & Hip Hop Hollywood (Season 4, July 17), Black Ink Crew: Chicago (Season 3, May 24), Hip Hop Squares (Season 2, fall 2017) and Shaunie’s Home Court (Season 2, fall 2017).

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posted 4/13/17

WEDNESDAY: ... So That Happened.
Explosive "Survivor" Catapults CBS to Split with Fox
From the Futon Critic

FOX (5.099 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the top adults 18-49 draw on Wednesday with new episodes from "Shots Fired" (3.603 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and "Empire" (6.596 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1).

CBS (6.352 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was the silver draw with new episodes of "Survivor: Game Changers" (8.214 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (5.849 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and a second "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (4.994 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Next up was ABC (4.345 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and repeats of "The Goldbergs" (4.138 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Speechless" (3.620 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Modern Family" (4.012 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "Black-ish" (3.639 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) followed by a new "Designated Survivor" (5.330 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.084 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) opted for repeats of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.152 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), another "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.148 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "Chicago PD" (3.952 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.814 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) likewise went with second runs of "Arrow" (0.890 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.694 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.785 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14).

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 725k
- Are You the One: Second Chances (MTV): 333k

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posted 4/13/17

TUESDAY: A Tight Demo Race
CBS Takes Total Views, NBC Takes the Youth
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.682 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the demo champ in a tight race on Tuesday with its mix of a "The Voice" (7.655 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) recap, a new "Trial & Error" (3.813 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), a second "Trial & Error" (2.945 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and a repeat "Chicago Fire" (3.011 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15).

ABC (3.483 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then was a close second with its lineup of "The Middle" (5.228 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "American Housewife" (4.216 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.693 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Imaginary Mary" (3.093 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.336 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

Sharing the silver was FOX (2.623 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and the return of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.927 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) alongside new episodes of "The Mick" (2.154 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Prison Break" (3.205 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

Meanwhile, CBS (7.668 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up repeats of "NCIS" (9.034 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Bull" (7.334 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.637 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.863 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #17) and a new "iZombie" (0.850 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) rounded out the night on The CW (0.856 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Forged In Fire (SP/History): 1.464k
- Forged In Fire (History/10p): 1.218k
- Face Off All Stars (Syfy): 860k
- Chopped: Star Power (Food): 850k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 830k
- The Challenge: Invasion (MTV): 784k

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posted 4/12/17

More Stars "Ask Britain"
Jonathan Ross, Frank Skinner Join Xander Armstrong for New Series
From Radio Times

The last time Britain was asked a question, Brexit happened. Which doesn’t entirely bode well for this new ITV game show.

The concept behind Don’t Ask Me Ask Britain revolves around people at home answering questions via an app.

Team captains Jonathan Ross and Frank Skinner will go head to head to try and second-guess what the viewers will answer as Alexander Armstrong hosts. It’s basically a bit like Family Fortunes – but in real time.

Jonathan Ross said: “I'm thrilled to be involved with the show - I love the idea of using the latest technology to get to the heart of the matter, and am nosey enough to want to know what the rest of the country think about things - from big political questions to those small challenges that we face every day. I can't wait”.

Frank Skinner added: “An hour of live prime time television completely led by an unpredictable public vote. What larks!”

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posted 4/13/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "So That Happened"

  • ICYMI: Why would Jeff even entertain what he did on Survivor? (TV Line)
     

  • Shania Twain to be a special advisor next week on "The Voice"  (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Sharna Burgess says of "dating" Bonner Bolton... if it's meant to be, it's meant to be! (Reality TV World)
     

  • Kelly Clarkson celebrates her son's 1st birthday (Reality TV World)
     

  • Bachelor alum Lesley Murphy undergoes double mastectomy (Reality TV World)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Any other Chaser reappears after a long time, no big deal. Jenny Ryan reappears and the internet goes nuts (Entertainment Daily)
     

  • Patrick Kielty broke the rules to date Cat Deeley... Whatever that means (Metro)
     

  • Alec Baldwin plays Chicago (Chicago Tribune)
     

  • Side effect of "peak TV": Chris Hardwick will always have work (Variety)
     

  • What happens to all of Vanna White's dresses after the show? Because you always wanted to know (Cinema Blend)

posted 4/13/17

Another Summer, Another "Star"
Food Network Looks for Star #13 This June
From the Futon Critic

Culinary icons Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis return as mentors and judges on Food Network's elite competition series Food Network Star, premiering Sunday, June 4th at 9pm ET/PT. Thirteen fresh competitors enter the kitchen to showcase their cooking and on-camera skills over 11 episodes, to prove to Giada and Bobby they have what it takes to join the Food Network family. Ramping up the stakes, co-hosts Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence return to co-host a second season of Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen on Sunday, May 21st at 8pm ET/PT, as seven former Food Network Star finalists battle it out against each other through three episodes to earn the thirteenth and final spot in the new season of Star. Exclusive web-series Star Salvation, hosted by Alex Guarnaschelli and Jeff Mauro, also returns to give one finalist eliminated during the season a second chance to rejoin the competition. The Food Network Star season thirteen winner will be crowned on Sunday, August 13th at 9pm ET/PT.

"To become a Food Network Star requires top-tier culinary skills, an impressive television presence and the utmost dedication," said Allison Page, General Manager, U.S. Programming and Development, Scripps Networks Interactive. "Each season our viewers are inspired by the journey these talented hopefuls take to go from novice to pro, and Bobby and Giada are the perfect pair to cultivate and determine the next 'Star.'"

On the May 21st premiere of Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen, seven former finalists return for a second shot at stardom. Co-hosts Valerie Bertinelli and Tyler Florence kick off the proceedings by identifying what kept each of the alumni from prevailing in their previous season. Then, the competitors must each take on a retro dessert in desperate need of a comeback and shoot an Instagram video about their updated version. Duff Goldman joins Valerie and Tyler to help judge the results and one contestant will be eliminated. Over three episodes Valerie and Tyler test the returning competitors' resolve to determine who will join the new batch of Food Network Star finalists.

In the season premiere on June 4th, 12 potential Food Network Stars arrive at the beautiful and historic Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles, hoping for their big break. Bobby and Giada greet the anxious competitors with some troubling news: they have to pass one more big audition before they will officially be considered finalists. But that's not all, there is one more person joining the competition, and that's the winner of Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen. Special guests Robert Irvine and Monti Carlo help Giada and Bobby decide who will be the first competitor sent home. Throughout the season Bobby and Giada are joined by a roster of top-notch special guests to present the finalists with challenges that test their culinary and on-camera prowess, including a special game day challenge featuring ESPN anchors Jemele Hill and Jaymee Sire. Additional special guests joining the action this season both in and out of the studio include: Sunny Anderson, Melissa d'Arabian, Anne Burrell, Josh Denny, Guy Fieri, Hannah Hart, Eddie Jackson, Sandra Lee, Sabin Lomac, Tiffani Thiessen, and Andrew Zimmern.

The finalists this season are: Blake Baldwin (Flemington, NJ); Trace Barnett (Brilliant, AL); Toya Boudy (New Orleans, LA); Addie Gundry (Lake Forrest, IL); Rusty Hamlin (Atlanta, GA); Suzanne Lossia (Detroit, MI); Nancy Manlove (Texas City, TX); Amy Pottinger (Honolulu, HI); David Rose (Atlanta, GA); Jason Smith (Grayson, KY); Caodan Tran (Dallas, TX), and the winner of Food Network Star: Comeback Kitchen. The returning Comeback Kitchen alumni battling it out to join the new season are: Rob Burmeister (season 12); Emilia Cirker (season 11); Matthew Grunwald (season 11); Josh Lyons (season 8); Danushka Lysek (season 9); Jamika Pessoa (season 5);and Joy Thompson (season 12).

Exclusive web series Star Salvation returns on Sunday, June 25th and goes live just after Star's east coast airing. Available on FoodNetwork.com/Salvation and hosted by Iron Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and Food Network Star season seven winner Jeff Mauro, the six-episode culinary contest gives one eliminated finalist a chance to re-enter the competition. The winner will re-enter Food Network Star on Sunday, August 6th.

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Broadway World

posted 4/12/17


Sony Pictures TV
"Wheel" Goes Around the World Next Week
Details on the 2017 Edition of a Fan Favorite
From Sony PR

During the week of April 17th, America’s Game®, Wheel of Fortune, will “go global” celebrating the show’s international formats. “Wheel Around the World” week will showcase versions of the show produced in other countries through video segments featuring sets and hosts from five of those productions.

“Everyone at Wheel of Fortune thoroughly enjoys seeing our format adapted for other cultures and we thought our viewers would enjoy it too,” said Executive Producer, Harry Friedman. “The response has been tremendous, so we’ve made ‘Wheel Around the World’ week an annual event."

This season, Wheel of Fortune worked with Spain’s “La Ruleta De La Suerte,” Slovakia’s “Koleso Stastia,” Germany’s “Glucksrad,” Netherlands’ “Rad Van Fortuin” and Romania’s “Roata Norocului” to secure video messages from the local hosts introducing Pat Sajak, Vanna White and the American viewing audience to their shows. Each country’s version centers on a Wheel, puzzleboard and puzzles in their own language, but from there each put their own cultural spin on the format.

“Wheel of Fortune licensees enjoy participating in ‘Wheel Around the World’ as it brings them much deserved attention and introduces their show to the U.S audience,” said Paul Gilbert, Senior Vice President, International Formats, CBS Studios International. “Additionally, the U.S contestants have the opportunity to win trips to the licensees’ countries.

posted 4/12/17


ITV
"Little Star" Finds Its Big Star
Cat Deeley to Host Quiz Show for USA
From the Hollywood Reporter

USA Network is firming up its summer schedule.

The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has handed out a series order to celebrity game show Big Star Little Star, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

So You Think You Can Dance Emmy winner Cat Deeley will host the series, from ITV Entertainment. Based on the format from 12 Yard Productions, the series pairs stars and their kids as they test their knowledge of one another in a bid to win money for charity. Each episode will feature three famous families as they reveal behind-the-scenes moments from their lives.

The series will launch May 31 at 9 p.m. and help kickoff USA Network's summer slate that includes the debut of Jessica Biel starrer The Sinner (Aug. 2 at 10 p.m.). Joining the lineup are returning series Queen of the South (June 8 at 10 p.m.), Playing House (June 23 at 11 p.m.), Suits (July 12 at 9 p.m.) and Shooter (July 18 at 10 p.m.).

THe Hollywood Reporter
Entertainment Weekly
Cinema Blend

posted 4/12/17

Daytime Emmys Have Hosts
Mario Lopez, Sheryl Underwood to Emcee Ceremony
From Extra

“The Talk” has just announced that “Extra’s” Mario Lopez and “The Talk’s” Sheryl Underwood will host the 44th Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards!

National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences President Bob Mauro, said of the news, “The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) is happy to announce that two of daytime television’s brightest stars, Mario Lopez and Sheryl Underwood, will lead the magnificent celebration planned for this year’s 44th Daytime Emmy Awards.”

NATAS SVP Daytime David Michaels added, “I am thrilled to have one of the most entertaining combinations in daytime television hosting our grand gala at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. With their combined wit and charm, plus the excitement of Mary Hart receiving this year’s lifetime achievement award not to mention the stars of the nominated drama, talk, culinary and game shows and a stellar list of presenters to be announced later this week, it promises to be a memorable night for the daytime community.”

The Daytime Emmys will take place Sunday, April 30, 2017, at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium. Television coverage has yet to be announced.

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posted 4/12/17

MONDAY: Knock'em Out
"The Voice" Continues to Dominate for NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.965 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was back on top on Monday with new episodes of "The Voice" (9.751 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Taken" (4.393 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

ABC (7.718 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with originals from "Dancing with the Stars" (10.138 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and "Quantico" (2.877 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Next up was CBS (5.626 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its mix of "Kevin Can Wait" (6.066 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "Man with a Plan" (5.361 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "Superior Donuts" (5.113 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "2 Broke Girls" (4.668 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and "Scorpion" (6.274 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.014 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up fresh installments of "24: Legacy" (3.182 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "APB" (2.847 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "Supergirl" (0.905 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.863 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) on The CW (0.884 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Hip Hop Squares (VH1/9p): 1.817m
- Hip Hop Squares (VH1/SF): 1.540m

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posted 4/12/17

Freddie Flintoff to Host "Cannonball"
Cricketer to Be Joined by Presenting Crew
From Belfast Telegraph

Former England cricketer Freddie Flintoff has been named host of new water-based obstacle game show, Cannonball.

The A League Of Their Own captain will be joined by a team of poolside reporters including pop star Frankie Bridge, presenters Radzi Chinyanganya and Maya Jama, and comedian Ryan Hand.

Each week the ITV show will see 24 contestants face water-based challenges focused on speed, accuracy, height and distance.

Finalists will attempt to launch themselves cannonball-style at a huge moving target covering the surface of a deep-water tank in a bid to claim the Cannonball Cup.

Freddie said: “What’s not to love about this show: Gallons of water and giant great inflatable slides are the perfect recipe for some spectacular comedy moments but also throw into the mix some truly incredible feats from the contestants.

“I can’t wait to get started.”

Produced by Potato, the series will start filming in Valletta, Malta, in late April.

Belfast Telegraph
The List

posted 4/12/17


Comedy Zone Worldwide
CHARLIE MURPHY: 1959-2017
Comedian Guested on "Wild'n Out"
From TV Line

Charlie Murphy, a stand-up comedian and older brother of actor Eddie Murphy, passed away Wednesday morning in New York City, following a battle with leukemia, his manager confirms to TMZ. Murphy was 57.

Though Murphy had an extensive list of small-screen credits — including roles on Power, Black Jesus, The Boondocks, and Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out — the comedian is arguably best known for his work on Chappelle’s Show, where he also served as a writer.

TV Line

posted 4/12/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Broken Spell"

  • Sue Perkins' "The Big Spell" just got reportedly broken by Sky1 (The Sun)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: The newest Dutch game show to court controversy: Pregnant or Fat?  (Bustle)
     

  • John Davidson to perform in the Catskills (Catskill Daily Mail)
     

  • Inside the mind of a quiz writer (iNews)
     

  • IN MEMORIAM: David Letterman's mom (TV Line)
     

  • Gordon Ramsay is worth $140 million. Here's why his kids won't see a penny of it (TV Week)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: Derek Hough and Jennifer Lopez in "World of Dance" (Broadway World)

posted 4/12/17


NBC
"Game Night" Is Every Night Next Week
GSN to Air All Four Seasons (So Far) of NBC Hit
From the Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today it will begin airing the first four seasons of the hit game show, HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT, beginning with a special five-night event, with the show airing Monday through Friday at 9:00pm ET (8pm CT) beginning Monday, April 17. The show will then move into its regular Tuesdays at 9:00pm and 10:00pm timeslots beginning April 25.

Jane Lynch, multiple Emmy and Golden Globe award winner, including two Emmys for HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT, serves as host of the show, which features two contestants who are transported from their everyday lives into a night of fun and celebration with two teams of celebrities. At the end, one of the two contestants will walk away with a cash prize and a night of stories and memories. Part Hollywood club and part casual game night, the series features well-known names from the world of television, film, sports, politics and more. Celebrities featured during the first week of shows includes Jason Alexander, Anthony Anderson, Kristen Bell, Allison Hannigan, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Martin Short and many more.

HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studios, in association with Hazy Mills Productions and Mission Control Media. Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner, Michael Agbabian, Dwight D. Smith and Michael Binkow are executive producers. The show is licensed by Universal City Studios Productions, LLP and distributed by NBCUniversal Television and New Media Distribution.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/11/17

SYNDIES: Week 29
Results for the Week Ending April 2
From B&C

CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Judy reclaimed the syndication lead in the week ended April 2, in which most shows remained in repeats after two weeks of March Madness.

In repeats on all five days, Judy delivered the largest increase among daytime’s top eight, growing 8% to a 6.7 live plus same day rating. That put the courtroom leader in first place in syndication for the 25th time in the past 35 weeks, alternating slots with Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud.

In access, Family Feud dropped back 2% to a 6.4, that show’s lowest level since the week of Thanksgiving, but remained in second place in overall syndication. Feud also made it 49 weeks in a row at the top of the game shows.

CTD’s Wheel of Fortune came back 13% from a season low to a 6.3 to get within striking distance of Feud. CTD’s Jeopardy! jumped 9% to a 6.1 to make it a close three-way race at the top of the games chart.

Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire rose 13% to a 1.7, while Debmar-Mercury’s soon-to-end Celebrity Name Game remained at its season-low 1.2.

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posted 4/11/17

WEEKEND: Toys in the Attic
CBS Wins, ABC Modest 2nd
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.351 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) edged out the competition on Friday with new episodes from "MacGyver" (6.669 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.731 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and "Blue Bloods" (9.654 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2).

ABC (4.338 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a close second with the launch of "The Toy Box" (4.080 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) followed by new episodes of "Shark Tank" (4.764 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "20/20" (4.170 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Next up was NBC (3.946 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and the debut of "First Dates" (3.770 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) alongside a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (4.035 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.009 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up a new "Rosewood" (2.395 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9) and the premiere of "You the Jury" (1.623 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

And finally, fresh installments of "The Originals" (1.117 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Reign" (0.734 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.925 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable, VH1's "RuPaul's Drag Race" continues to impress with a total of 673,000 viewers, with a 0.31 rating in the A18-49 demo, putting it in the top 20 for the night.

On Sunday, CBS (10.466 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) took home top honors on Sunday with a full hour of "PGA Overrun" (15.033 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) followed by new episodes of "60 Minutes" (11.059 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9.237 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and "Madam Secretary" (6.537 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

NBC (5.550 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of a "Little Big Shots" (4.131 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) repeat and originals from "Little Big Shots" (8.629 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "Chicago Justice" (5.452 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and "Shades of Blue" (3.989 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Next up was ABC (2.973 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and its quartet of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.584 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Once Upon a Time" (2.605 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Match Game" (2.970 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "American Crime" (1.733 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T17). "Match" rose 17% over last week.

And finally, FOX (1.491 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) rounded out the night with repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.335 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T17), "Bob's Burgers" (1.311 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15), another "The Simpsons" (1.849 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Making History" (1.325 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "Family Guy" (1.765 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "The Last Man on Earth" (1.362 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15).

On cable...
- Spring Baking Championship (Food/9p): 1.443m
- Spring Baking Championship (Food/SF): 1.420m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.127m

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posted 4/11/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Mr. Monkman and the End"

  • Eric Monkman may have taken a dive, but Monkmania will live FOREVER (Toronto Globe and Mail)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: The world's weirdest game shows according to... (Broadway World)
     

  • Guys, guys, guys... GUYS! A picture of a young Ant & Dec and Cat Deeley... oh yeah, and a 20th anniversary of the show they hosted (Entertainment.ie)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Snap! It's hosted by a comedy icon and looking for players in Los Angeles! (Reality Wanted)
     

  • Bradley Walsh opens up about his blepharitis (Entertainment Daily)
     

  • STRIKE WATCH: upfront season could be scaled back HEAVILY (Deadline)

posted 4/11/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Monk Worship"

  • Who is Eric Monkman, why was he rejected for "Jeopardy!", and how is this Canadian lighting up the British quiz show circuit? (Independent)
     

  • Fifth Harmony (well, what's left of it) to perform tonight on "Dancing with the Stars" (Reality TV World)
     

  • John de Mol's Talpa doesn't divide; he unites SBS, Talpa under one voice (Deadline)
     

  • Bob Eubanks plays FireLake Arena April 29 (Fox, May 25) (Shawnee News-Star)
     

  • BETTERIDGE'S LAW: is Australia getting tired of Eddie McGuire? (Warwick Daily News)
     

  • STRIKE WATCH: negotiations continue, a timeline of how we got from here to there (Deadline)
     

  • Mel B's husband files a response to her filing for divorce (Reality TV World)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: The Toy Box (ABC) (LAughing Place)

posted 4/10/17

THURSDAY: Race to the Top... with a But
CBS Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (6.878 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) edged out the top spot on Thursday with originals from "The Big Bang Theory" (12.330 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1), "The Great Indoors" (7.141 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), "Mom" (7.559 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), "Life in Pieces" (5.642 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and "The Amazing Race" (4.299 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8). "Race" placed first in the time period in both viewers and the demo, but dipped by 70,000 viewers over last week.

ABC (5.467 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a tight second with fresh installments of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.200 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Scandal" (5.529 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) and "The Catch" (3.671 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

Next up was NBC (4.042 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and its mix of "Superstore" (3.094 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10), "Powerless" (2.089 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), "Chicago Med" (5.811 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and "The Blacklist: Redemption" (3.723 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.617 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up new episodes of "MasterChef Junior" (3.224 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Kicking & Screaming" (2.011 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, The CW (1.247 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night with "Supernatural" (1.584 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) and "Riverdale" (0.911 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 829k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 444k
- Divided (GSN/9p): 325k
- Divided (GSN/9:30p): 310k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 288k
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 282k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/7/17

Syfy's Summer: Face Off Returns
Season 12 Drops June 12
From the Futon Critic

Syfy announced its spring/summer schedule today, which includes the new unapologetic orgy-of-action grindhouse series, BLOOD DRIVE, from Universal Cable Productions. Additionally, the summer staple SHARKNADO will return for its 5th installment, and Syfy will once again feature live coverage from the summer's biggest genre event, San Diego Comic-Con.

The award-winning competition series FACE OFF features innovative artists competing for a grand prize and top honor of being Hollywood's next great special effects make-up artist. McKenzie Westmore, a member of a multigenerational family dynasty whose name is synonymous with the make-up effects field, returns to host.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/6/17

"Spartan" Announces Announcers
NBC's Race Game Returns This Summer
From the Futon Critic

NBC's "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" set its announcing crew for its upcoming eight-episode second season. Hailing from the producers of the Emmy Award-nominated competition series "American Ninja Warrior," the series raises the bar on obstacle course racing and ups the ante for teams whose will and determination will be pushed to the limits as they strive to come out on top. The second season begins Monday, June 12 at 10 p.m., following a two-hour edition of "American Ninja Warrior."

Decorated U.S. Winter Olympian Apolo Ohno and ESPN and radio personality Kelvin Washington will deliver the play by play action to audiences as the teams race through the demanding course. MJ Acosta returns as a sideline reporter alongside Major League Baseball all-star Nick Swisher, who joins "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" following a 12-season career that included a World Series championship with the New York Yankees.

"Apolo, Kelvin, MJ and Nick bring a firsthand understanding of the rigors these teams endure as they work together to take on this intense and grueling new course," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. "With these four experts at the helm, viewers will get an up close look at the adrenaline, teamwork and sheer excitement of every episode."

Inspired by Spartan Race - the creators of the world's most demanding obstacle course races - "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" takes team competitions to a new level. Groups of friends, families and co-workers are put to the ultimate test as they attempt to complete a grueling half-mile Spartan course packed with never-before-seen obstacles designed to challenge the will and endurance of all who attempt it. Shot at night with an industrial backdrop, each team will compete on one of the most punishing courses ever devised and must push through the pain to win $250,000.

In each episode, six teams of five - four athletes alongside the support of a team captain - will compete. No team can get through the course and reach the finish line without working together. From rope-burning climbs to crawls through cold, wet mud, the competition culminates with some of the most back-breaking obstacles ever built. Along the course teams will encounter the relentless tire swing and the dreaded slip wall, plus the debut of rigorous new obstacles that have never been seen before in any competition.

Last summer, "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" averaged a 1.3 rating, 5 share in adults 18-49 and 4.2 million viewers overall, according to "live plus seven day" averages from Nielsen Media Research. "Spartan" ranked #1 or #2 in the time period with each of its three special Monday telecasts in adults 18-49 versus ABC and CBS competition. It was a strong upscale show, indexing at a 118 among adults 18-49 living in homes with $100K+ incomes (with 100 representing an average concentration of those homes).

NBCUniversal International Formats is the global distributor of the "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" format.

"Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" is executive produced by the "American Ninja Warrior" team of A. Smith & Co. Productions' founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed. Brady Connell also serves as executive producer alongside Joe DeSena and Jeffrey Connor from Spartan Race Inc.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/6/17


DonRickles.com
DON RICKLES: 1926-2017
Legendary Comedian Played "Hollywood Squares"
From Legacy

Legendary comedian and actor Don Rickles died Thursday, April 6, 2017, of kidney failure, according to multiple news sources. He was 90.

Rickles was widely known for his "insult comic" style, a trademark that grew out of his responses to hecklers in the early days of his stand-up act. He began calling those hecklers "hockey pucks," and the shtick that would earn Rickles the nickname Mr. Warmth was born.

Rickles won the admiration of many fellow stars, including an early stamp of approval from Frank Sinatra, who found his insults hilarious. Other fans included Johnny Carson, whose "Tonight Show" saw Rickles as a guest more than 100 times, and Ed McMahon, who endured the on-screen ribbing from his friend with a smile.

As Rickles' stand-up career took off, he made the jump to movies, beginning with a serious role in "Run Silent, Run Deep." But plenty of laughs were to come in his movie career, with some favorite films including the "Beach Party" series and "Kelly's Heroes." Rickles also became a fixture of TV: hosting his own program, "The Don Rickles Show," contributing regularly to "The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast" specials, stopping by game shows and series for guest spots, and starring on the sitcom "C.P.O. Sharkey."

Rickles' career didn't slow down much as the millennium dawned. He took a high-profile voice-acting gig when he became the voice of Mr. Potato Head in "Toy Story" and its two sequels, had roles in movies including "Dirty Work" and "Quest for Camelot," and won an Emmy for a guest performance on "The Unit." He made a memorable appearance on "Hot in Cleveland" as the late husband of Betty White's character, and he continued making the rounds of talk shows, from "Late Show With David Letterman" to "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" to "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson." He continued to work well into his 80s, preferring the energy of regular work to settling down in retirement.

Rickles, who was featured on "Hollywood Squares" in the 1970s and the 2000s, was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as well as a TV Land Legend Award and a Johnny Carson Award for Comedic Excellence from the Comedy Awards. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Sklar, his daughter, Mindy, and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Larry Rickles.

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posted 4/6/17


VH1
Party Not Over
VH1 Renews "Hip Hop Squares" For Season 2
From Variety

“Hip Hop Squares” has been renewed for second season at VH1. The show from Ice Cube’s production banner delivered VH1’s highest-rated premiere in more than a year in its March 13 bow.

“ ‘Hip Hop Squares’ smashed ratings records as one of the most watched new series of the year,” said Chris McCarthy, president of VH1, MTV and Logo. “We couldn’t ask for a better creative force to steer the show than Ice Cube or a better partner than CBS Distribution, and we are thrilled to keep this party going.”

The series is hosted by DeRay Davis and exec produced by Cube and his Cube Vision production company in conjunction with Jesse Collins Entertainment, Scott St. John and Jeff Kwatinetz’s The Firm. “Hip Hop Squares” revisits the classic game show format with celebrity players drawn from the world of hip hop, comedy and entertainment.

“The positive response to ‘Hip Hop Squares’ has been an incredible experience,” said Cube. “Viewers can look forward to a louder, crazier party with the next season.”

“Hip Hop Squares” was one of a number of new and returning premieres that boosted VH1’s fortunes in the first quarter. The show bowed to 3.2 million viewers in aggregate and a 1.6 in adults 18-49, making it a slam dunk for a renewal.

While VH1’s sibling network MTV is in the midst of a remodeling of its lineup, VH1 has been plugging along with solid returns from its core schedule. The channel has logged seven consecutive quarters of year-over-year ratings growth on a total day measure, with this past quarter marking 2% gain in total viewers and a 2% gain in adults 18-49 over Q1 2016. That modest increase was notable given that VH1 logged a 29% year-over-year gain in adults 18-49 in Q1 2016.

The backbone of VH1’s schedule remains the “Love and Hip Hop” franchise. The Atlanta edition of the show logged its highest-rated premiere to date, delivering a 3.0 rating in adults 18-49 with its sixth season opener on March 6.

Season five of “Black Ink Crew” and the move of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” from Logo to VH1 also performed for the channel during the quarter.

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posted 4/6/17

WEDNESDAY: Let's Play... a Talk Show?
CBS, Fox Split Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.977 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday with new episodes from "Shots Fired" (3.645 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11) and "Empire" (6.309 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1).

The silver then went to ABC (5.247 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) with new episodes of "The Goldbergs" (5.603 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "Speechless" (4.750 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5), "Modern Family" (6.163 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "Black-ish" (4.569 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5) and "Designated Survivor" (5.199 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9).

Next up was CBS (6.653 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with originals from "Survivor: Game Changers" (8.289 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "Criminal Minds" (6.965 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8) and "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (4.706 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.206 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Blindspot" (4.306 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.928 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and "Chicago PD" (6.386 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

And finally, The CW (0.962 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night with repeats of "Arrow" (1.035 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.887 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.891 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

On cable:
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 800k
- Are You The One: Second Chances (MTV): 348k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 318k
- Talk Show the Game Show (P/truTV): 147k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/6/17


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

Nipsey Russell has been on COUNTLESS shows...but what happens when he tries to actually HOST one? Well, while it's unique, it's nothing to rhyme home about. Chris Wolvie shows you in his latest "Games Gone By...", "Your Number's Up"!

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 4/6/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "PE!oplE!'s ChoicE! Awards"

  • E! snatches up the People's Choice Awards (The Futon Critic)
     

  • "Tipping Point" canceled for a horse race. Internet internets. (Daily Express)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: Beat Shazam (Fox, May 25) (Eurweb) and Love Connection (Fox, May 25) (TV Line)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Shark Tank looking to Charlotte (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Mel B's money is locked away by the worst possible person... no, not him. (Reality TV World)

posted 4/6/17

Red Nose Day Goes All Out in Year 3
On Deck: Celebrity Ninja Warrior
From The Futon Critic

Celebrating Red Nose Day for the third year in a row, NBC has anchored a special night of programming on Thursday, May 25 with Chris Hardwick set to host the "The Red Nose Day Special" at 10 p.m. In addition, Academy Award winner Julia Roberts and other stars will partake in Red Nose Day-themed programming throughout the night that will both entertain viewers and give them an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of kids in need.

Red Nose Day is an annual campaign that uses the power of entertainment to raise money and awareness for children living in poverty.

"Red Nose Day's effort to lift children out of poverty is centered around heart and humanity, and we're excited to create a night of programming that reflects this. From Julia Roberts and Bear Grylls showing viewers the impact of their donations, to celebrities challenging themselves on "American Ninja Warrior" to raise funds and awareness, this will be an incredible night," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. "We are thrilled to have Chris' wit and compassion championing the evening as our host for 'The Red Nose Day Special.'"

"Celebrity Ninja Warrior for Red Nose Day" at 8 p.m. ET/PT will be followed by a very special 9 p.m. episode of "Running Wild with Bear Grylls for Red Nose Day" with Roberts venturing to Kenya, leading up to NBC's third annual "The Red Nose Day Special" hosted by Hardwick at 10 p.m. The three shows will be seamlessly tied together in celebration of Red Nose Day, with calls to action to donate through each of the three programs.

In the first celebrity edition of "American Ninja Warrior," nine brave stars will tackle the course, all in the name of charity.

Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila serve as hosts, along with Kristine Leahy who co-hosts. The intrepid celebrity ninjas include Stephen Amell ("Arrow"), Erika Christensen ("Parenthood"), Jeff Dye ("Better Late Than Never"), two-time Olympic gold medalist Ashton Eaton, Nikki Glaser ( "Not Safe with Nikki Glaser"), Derek Hough ("World of Dance"), Natalie Morales ("TODAY" and "Access Hollywood") former New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher ("Spartan Ultimate Team Challenge") and Mena Suvari ("American Woman").

Each of the celebrities will be paired with an elite ninja who serves as both coach and cheerleader - helping them prepare mentally and physically for their run.

From the Floating Steps to the Warped Wall, each of the celebs will have to face up to six challenging obstacles that call upon their upper body strength, agility and stamina.

The elite ninja advisers include fan favorites and National "finalists" Kevin Bull (coaching Ashton Eaton); Kacy Catanzaro (coaching Stephen Amell), Drew Drechsel (coaching Nick Swisher), Natalie Duran (coaching Mena Suvari), Daniel Gil (coaching Derek Hough), Jessie Graff (coaching Nikki Glaser), Grant McCartney (coaching Natalie Morales), Meagan Martin (coaching Jeff Dye) and Flip Rodriguez (coaching Erika Christensen).

Throughout the night viewers will be entertained, learn about the programs supported by Red Nose Day that are helping to change the lives of children and have the opportunity to support the charity through calls to donate, making a real difference for kids in need here in the U.S. and around the world. This is the first time the night of programming for Red Nose Day has included special editions of existing NBC shows, which is evidence of the network's deep partnership and commitment to this important initiative.

Red Nose Day is a fundraising campaign run by the non-profit organization Comic Relief Inc., a registered U.S. 501(c)(3) public charity.

Money raised supports programs that ensure children in need are safe, healthy and educated, both in the United States and in some of the poorest communities around the world.

Beneficiaries of Red Nose Day grants include charity organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs of America; charity:water; Children's Health Fund, Feeding America; Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance; National Council of La Raza; Save the Children; and the Global Fund.

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Reality TV World

posted 4/5/17

TUESDAY: Knockouts Stalemate
CBS, NBC Fight to a Demo Draw
From The Futon Critic

CBS (11.108 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) was the most-watched network on Tuesday with fresh installments of "NCIS" (13.451 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2), "Bull" (10.984 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.889 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9).

NBC (6.375 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) however shared in the top demo honors with its mix of "The Voice" (9.339 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1), "Trial & Error" (4.142 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), another "Trial & Error" (3.189 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) and "Chicago Fire" (6.121 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4).

Next up was FOX (2.924 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with the season finale of "New Girl" (2.010 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), a new "The Mick" (2.108 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13) and the return of "Prison Break" (3.789 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.562 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up its new lineup of "The Middle" (5.336 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "American Housewife" (4.353 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.833 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8), "Imaginary Mary" (3.455 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (2.199 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

And finally, the season finale of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.529 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #16) led into the season opener of "iZombie" (0.980 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #17) on The CW (1.254 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped: Star Power (Food): 885k
- Face Off All Stars (Syfy): 806k
- The Challenge: Invasion (MTV): 758k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 660k
- Cosplay Melee (Syfy): 495k
- Stranded with a Million Dollars (MTV): 395k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 312k
- Battle of the Ex-Besties (F/Oxygen): 145k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/5/17

RTL Signs on For "The Wall"
NBC Format to Arrive in Germany
From C21Media

RTL in Germany has commissioned a local version of Endemol Shine gameshow format The Wall.

The format, which originally aired on NBC in the US, was created by Glassman Media and SpringHIll Entertainment in association with Universal Television Alternative Studios.

Now Endemol Shine Germany will work on a local version, initially comprising seven episodes, for the commercial broadcaster to premiere later this year.

The show sees pairs of teammates working together to answer quiz questions to conquer a giant wall in the studio, with both knowledge and luck required to win.

The French adaptation was the highest-rated gameshow this year so far on local commercial broadcaster TF1.

Earlier this week Spanish channel Telecinco picked up the format and is now working on its own version.

C21 Media

posted 4/5/17

Rylan Clark-Neal Opens "Babushka"
Catch It on ITV May!
From Telly Mix

Rylan Clark-Neal has revealed all on his new game show, Babushka.

The former X Factor singer turned TV host will front the new ITV show in May, describing it as 'Deal Or No Deal with Russian Dolls'.

"That’s the easiest way to explain it," he told BBC's The One show. “The difference with Babushka is you have to play the eight dolls, there is no stopping at any point.

“Once you’re in the game, you’re in the game.”

Rylan revealed it was a game of high stakes and there had been tears on set during filming.

"You get a question wrong, open an empty doll or push a doll too far you lose absolutely everything," Rylan explained. “So you could play the worst game, and go home with 10 grand.

"Or you could play the best game and have £20,000 in your account and on your last go, push a doll too far or open an empty doll and you go home with nothing."

It was previously reported that ITV had ordered 20 episodes for a first series.

"From his showbiz segment on This Morning to presenting Xtra Factor – Rylan has been a huge hit with ITV viewers," an insider told The Sun newspaper back in January. "Given his energetic and bubbly personality, ITV chiefs think Rylan will be the perfect presenter for this fun new game show."

Babushka will start on ITV in May.

Telly Mix
Digital Spy

posted 4/5/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Extra Servings"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: The first "Masterchef Junior" retrospective airs April 27 (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Patrick Stewart: thespian. Starship Captain. Professor of Gifted Children... Host of "Have I Got News For You" (Trek Today)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: from the people who brought you "A Streetcar Naked Desire" comes... "Popsicle Bike"? (UPI)
     

  • #ICYMI: and the winner of "The Partner" is... (The Futon Critic)

posted 4/4/17

More on "Farmers' Market Flip"
Catch It on Cooking Channel April 20
From the Futon Critic

The cream of the crop of the culinary world go head-to-head as they are put to the test to produce the most crowd-pleasing dishes in local farmers' markets on Cooking Channel's newest action-packed, half-hour cooking competition, Farmers' Market Flip. Host Jeff Mahin presides over the competition beginning on Thursday, April 20th at 10pmET/7pmPT, as two teams of talented chefs shop for the freshest, seasonal ingredients the farmers' market has to offer. Then, they must cook up the most delicious gourmet meal for the toughest judges around - hungry market-goers. When time is up, the team that wins over the most palates will take home the $5,000 prize and bragging rights!

"Farmers' Market Flip combines the hottest food trend of farm-to-table fare, with fast-paced challenges that push the teams' cooking skills and culinary creativity to their limit," said Allison Page, General Manager, U.S. Programming and Development, Scripps Networks Interactive. "Viewers, and market-goers, are in for a treat as these talented competitors whip up on-the-fly, fresh gourmet bites."

In each episode, the contestants' cooking abilities are put to the test as they face off in two rounds of challenges. First, in the Flavor of the Market challenge the teams must create a dish that highlights a vendor's star ingredient, such as a naval orange, bok choy or cauliflower to make it shine on the plate. The team with the most flavorful and creative dish, with the best presentation, will earn a special advantage in the Feed the Market challenge. In the second round, the teams will have 20 minutes to race through the farmers' market to buy ultra-fresh ingredients for their final plates. With only one hour to prepare their gourmet plates, the competition heats up with surprising twists, such as incorporating secret ingredients or using a specific kitchen tool to make their meal. The team that impresses the hungry customers at the market and earns the most votes will be crowned the winner.

Fans can get tips for prepping and cooking with farmers' market produce on CookingChannelTV.com/FarmersMarketFlip. They can also join the conversation online using #FarmersMarketFlip.

The Futon Critic

posted 4/4/17

SYNDIES: Week 28
Results for the Week Ending March 26
From B&C

The start of spring, daylight saving time and warmer weather resulted in less people watching television in the week ending March 26, and many of those that were watching were tuned into the annual NCAA basketball tournament. Basketball preemptions also were acute for shows heavily cleared on CBS affiliates and all of the above depressed ratings across the board for syndicated shows.

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud made it 48 weeks at the top of the game shows, and, although it slipped 6% for the week to a 6.5, it also lead all of syndication. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune fell 3% to a 5.6, matching its season low and remaining tied with Jeopardy!, which also softened 3%. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, in repeats, depreciated 17% to a 1.5, equaling its season low. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game, which will end after this season, deteriorated 8% to a 1.2, matching its season low.

B&C

posted 4/4/17

MONDAY: One Shining Moment
CBS Wins on Gonzaga/UNC Title Fight
From the Futon Critic

CBS (15.404 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.6, #1) was of course the network to beat on Monday with its coverage of the "NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament: National Championship Game" (17.942 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.6, #1). Leading off the night were a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (11.406 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #T2) and the pre-game special "Capital One Championship Central" (9.247 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.6, #T2).

NBC (8.169 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then was a distant second with fresh installments of "The Voice" (9.812 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4) and "Taken" (4.883 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6).

Next up was ABC (7.950 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and originals from "Dancing with the Stars" (10.314 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5) and "Quantico" (3.222 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.874 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) likewise served up new episodes of "24: Legacy" (3.102 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7) and "APB" (2.646 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

And finally, repeats of "Supergirl" (1.082 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.968 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) on The CW (1.025 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Hip Hop Squares (VH1/9p): 1.659m
- Hip Hop Squares (VH1/9:30p): 1.462m
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 255k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/4/17

More on "The Toy Box"
Catch It on ABC April 7
From Broadway World

The premiere of the ultimate toy-competition series, "The Toy Box," airing on FRIDAY, APRIL 7 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, features five passionate amateur inventors who have put their hearts, souls and a lot of money into their unique toy concepts with hopes of impressing the mentors and making it to The Toy Box where young, no-nonsense judges determine if they will earn the chance to compete for the grand prize.

This week's toy inventions include:

Arya Ball - a reimagining of the soccer ball with special surprises inside
Inventor: Babak from Carlsbad, California

Wacky Worm Racing Game - a racing game where players dressed in a worm costume race to cross the finish line
Inventor: Cedric from Orlando, Florida

Niya Doll - a multicultural doll collection who sings and speaks in multiple languages
Inventor: Darla from Columbia, South Carolina

Swurfer - a backyard swing inspired by a surfboard
Inventor: Rob from Charleston, South Carolina

Party Cannon - a party game that launches toys, prizes and candy
Inventor: Rick from Miami Springs, Florida

In each episode of "The Toy Box," 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. That winning toy will be sold exclusively at Toys"R"Us® after the series finale.

Broadway World

posted 4/4/17

Philippines Goes BOOM!
The Bomb Drops from Keshet
From C21 Media

Filipino prodco Television and Production Exponents (TAPE) has picked up format rights to Keshet International (KI) gameshow Boom!.

TAPE is making a daily stripped-back version (78×20’) to air as a segment within GMA Networks’ hit lunchtime TV variety show Eat Bulaga!. The latter has been on air since 1979, making it the country’s longest-running lunchtime variety show.

Boom!, which was created by Keshet, Ido Rosenblum and July August Productions, has sold to 13 countries, led by Antena 3 in Spain, where it has aired more than 500 episodes so far.

Boom! is also currently on air on MCOT in Thailand, Nove in Italy, Azteca in Mexico and SBT in Brazil, where it forms part of popular local variety show Programa Silvio Santos.

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

C21 Media

posted 4/4/17


ABC/FremantleMedia North America
WEEKEND: Better Time BLANKING
"Match Game" Pulls Better Numbers, CBS Wins Sunday
From the Futon Critic

CBS (10.472 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) claimed top honors on Sunday with its duo of "60 Minutes" (9.328 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and "The 52nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards" (10.853 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).

NBC (5.732 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of a repeat "Little Big Shots" (4.397 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and originals from "Little Big Shots" (8.492 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "Chicago Justice" (5.824 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "Shades of Blue" (4.215 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Next up was FOX (1.558 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its lineup of "Bob's Burgers" (1.127 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15), new episodes of "Bob's Burgers" (1.517 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "The Simpsons" (2.077 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "Making History" (1.292 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) alongside a repeat "Family Guy" (1.589 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and a new "The Last Man on Earth" (1.747 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

And finally, ABC (2.938 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) closed out the evening with a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.710 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), a new "Once Upon a Time" (2.811 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), the return of "Match Game" (2.488 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and an original "American Crime" (1.744 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T15).

Match Game resumed Season 2 on Sunday night improving upon time slot predecessor Time After Time‘s final numbers by 32 and 50 percent.

On cable Friday:
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 754k

On cable Sunday:
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.319m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.033m

MXDWN
UPROXX
AV Club
The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 4/4/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Back to Midnight"

  • Jordan Klepper named as Larry Wilmore's permanent replacement, sending @midnight back @midnight @the fall (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Maks Chmerkovskiy on his leg: "Soon" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Mel B's got a restraining order (Reality TV World)
     

  • Chris Castallo went from "Hunted" to "Crushed" to gone at CBS (TBI Vision)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: everything you need to know about auditioning for "The Chase" UK (but were afraid to ask) (Telly Mix)
     

  • Chris Hardwick teams with Mark Burnett for SCIENCE! (Deadline)
     

  • CROWNING MOMENTS OF AWESOME: The "Naked Desire" Wheel player gets a second chance on "Ellen" (Cleveland Scene) and a terminally-ill patient meets Vanna (KPNX Phoenix)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Bob Harper (Reality TV World)

posted 4/4/17

The Price Is Socially Awesome!
Social Media the Focus This Week!
From Tubefilter

It’s the longest-running game show in TV history and remains No. 1 in daytime ratings, but the venerable The Price Is Right is kicking up its heels this week with a variety of social-media stars, games, prizes and other gambits.

“We used to have to come out and ask the audience what prizes and games they liked,” said Executive Producer Mike Richards of show producer Fremantle Media. “What social media does is allow us to do that across the country. We love it. We get such interaction.”

The CBS show’s “Socially Awesome Week” opened with today’s episode featuring influencer Jake Paul (who catapulted form Vine fame to more than 3.6 million YouTube subscribers, 5.4 million Instagram followers, and a venture-backed startup with high-profile investors) taking over the Price Instagram account and also performing as a guest model on set during presentations of prizes.

The social-media feedback has helped keep the show from getting outdated, Richards said. He and other show executives joked about the old days, when prizes invariably included a grandfather clock in most episodes. Among the cars, vacations, appliances and furniture given away this week are tech-related options such as a PlayStation 4 with a PS VR virtual-reality headset and accessories, as well as high-end smartphones.

“We give away more prizes than anyone,” said Supervising Prize Producer Eric Mills, between $90 million and $100 million a year, to about 1,900 winners who manage to at least “come on down” to the front. And to find all the cutting-edge gear, Mills and others haunt the aisles of the Consumer Electronics Show, to see what’s going to be hot for the year.

And because “Millennials don’t want stuff, they want experiences,” the show’s prizes now include many more overseas trips to countries such as China, Mills said.

Other events during Socially Awesome Week include live tweeting during the airing of all episodes:
- Two “Tweet for a Seat” winners, each of whom created and successfully submitted their best personal “Come On Down” videos on Twitter, were flown to Los Angeles for an episode taping and put up in a hotel.
- Wednesday will include a win-at-home opportunity for people using the #SociallyAwesomeTPIR hashtag, awarding $1,000 to a home audience member every time someone wins a pricing game.
- Throwback Thursday will include a recreation of a 1983 episode, down to updated versions of all the prizes awarded.
- Friday will feature one of the show’s models, James O’Halloran, as a Facebook Live correspondent giving a behind-the-scenes look at show preparations.

Richards said the Facebook Live initiative is “hard for us” to pull together amid the hubbub of pre-show production, but the producers will test it as an opportunity to further harness audience engagement.

“It’s more of our initiative of touching fans and getting them to be a part of the show,” Richards said.

Tubefilter

posted 4/3/17

Top Model: Age Ain't Nothing But a Number
Tyra Banks Removes Cap on 27-and-Older
From Entertainment Weekly

It’s been just over two weeks since Tyra Banks reclaimed her position at the head of America’s Next Top Model‘s judging panel, but the 43-year-old is already stirring the pot.

The supermodel, television producer, and makeup mogul has announced she is removing the age limit from the ANTM contestant application, opening the modeling competition up to contenders of all ages.

“There have been 23 cycles of America’s Next Top Model, and every single cycle we say you have to be 27 years old or younger,” Banks said in a video message she tweeted Saturday. “You know what I hear all the time? ‘Tyra, come on! Why have an age limit?’ So, you know what? I’m taking that age limit off. You want to audition for America’s Next Top Model? I don’t care how old you are, honey.”

While the age limit is a thing of the past, Banks asks that potential contestants come prepared to do two things: “You just need to know how to smize and be open to learning how to work the runway like a supermodel,” she says.

Banks, who was also recently hired as the new host of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, confirmed she would return to the show she launched back in 2003 after taking a short hiatus from the judges’ panel throughout cycle 23 — the show’s first to air on VH1. Pop star Rita Ora replaced Banks in the interim.

Entertainment Weekly
Los Angeles Times
USA Today

posted 4/3/17


Fox/FremantleMedia North America
"Idol" Reboot Not Moving Forward
Fox, NBC Decline Option
From TV Line

According to TMZ, the proposed American Idol revival has been shelved amid a dispute between producers Fremantle Media and Core Media Group.

It was first reported back in February that Fremantle pitched NBC execs a revival of the long-running singing competition. NBC was said to be seriously considering the idea, giving them the leeway to cut The Voice down to once a year while still maintaining a year-round reality line-up, where The Voice would air in the fall, followed by Idol in spring and America’s Got Talent in summer.

On March 28, TMZ reported that the Peacock network and Fox, Idol‘s former network, had both made pitches to Fremantle with an interest in bringing the show back. Fremantle, which also produces AGT, was said to be pushing Core to agree to NBC’s offer, which Core construed as a potential conflict of interest, with Fremantle hoping Idol would help make AGT “the cornerstone of a year-round” reality-TV cycle on NBC. Core feared this would diminish Idol‘s value as a brand.

TV Line

posted 4/3/17

The Wall Coming to Spain
Telecinco Options for Spanish Version
From C21Media

Spanish broadcaster Telecinco has commissioned a local version of NBC’s hit US quizshow The Wall.

The show, produced by Gestmusic, part of Endemol Shine Group, is due to air in an as-yet undisclosed primetime slot.

The original US version, produced by Glassman Media, Spring Hill Entertainment and Core Media Group, was piloted on NBC last December. It went on to pick up an average 6.6 million viewers during its first season run and has since been recommissioned for a second to launch in June.

A French version premiered on TF1 at the end of February as a daily weekday show, picking up a 21.3% share and four million-plus viewers.

Russia’s NTV is due to launch a version in May, and options have been sold to Germany, Belgium, Italy, Portugal and Turkey.

C21Media

posted 4/3/17

A (44) Blue Pie in the Face
Firm Wants to Put Board Game on TV
From Deadline

Unscripted production company 44 Blue has acquired the U.S. television rights to the popular game Pie Face to develop as an hourlong game show, with UK-based CPL Productions.

Created by Rocket Games, Pie Face is one of the fastest-selling games of all time.

“With well over 10 million sold worldwide, Pie Face took the Internet by storm and quickly became a household name,” said Stephanie Drachkovitch, president and co-founder of 44 Blue Productions. “This project will take the ultimate party game and turn it into funny, fast-paced television game show experience for all generations.”

In Pie Face, players load a movable arm with whipped cream and take turns sliding their head through the mask and spinning the spinner. Players turn the handle the number of times indicated on the spinner and the tension on the arm builds, until suddenly someone is slapped with a face full of whipped cream.

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posted 4/3/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Heir to the Live Throne"

posted 4/3/17


CBS/Jerry Bruckheimer TV
THURSDAY: Welcome to Race Day
Nine Countries, 17 Cities, 36,000 Miles Begins Tonight!
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.784 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) edged out the competition on Thursday with new episodes of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.890 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), "Scandal" (5.995 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and "The Catch" (3.467 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

CBS (6.859 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was a close second with the post-NCAA return of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.603 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1), "The Great Indoors" (7.145 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Mom" (7.093 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) and "Life in Pieces" (5.585 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6) plus the season premiere of "The Amazing Race" (4.363 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Next up was NBC (4.084 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) with a repeat "Superstore" (2.715 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) followed by originals from "Powerless" (1.960 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "Chicago Med" (5.850 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "The Blacklist: Redemption" (4.064 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.669 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up fresh installments of "MasterChef Junior" (3.523 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and "Kicking & Screaming" (1.815 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

And finally, new episodes of "Supernatural" (1.733 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "Riverdale" (0.977 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) rounded out the night on The CW (1.355 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 892k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 398k
- Divided (GSN/9p): 377k
- Divided (GSN/9:30p): 341k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 335k
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 317k
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 265k

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posted 3/31/17


NBC
NPH Plays "Genius"
Neil Patrick Harris to Host, Executive Produce Quiz for NBC
From the Futon Critic

No stranger to young geniuses, Neil Patrick Harris hosts NBC's exciting new game show "Genius Junior," which celebrates the brightest children in America.

The average adult relies on Google maps to get them to their destination, their calculator for simple math problems and auto-correct for spelling errors. However, what if they had to memorize the entire U.S. highway system, do mind-bending math equations or spell incredibly complex words - backwards - all on their own? What if they had to do this against the clock? And what if they were all 12 years old and under?

"Genius Junior" is the ultimate test of smarts. Twelve teams of the most incredible children in the country will compete to be crowned Genius Junior. Over five grueling rounds, with each round tougher than the last, teams of three children will have to work together to beat the competition. It's not enough to win a spelling bee, be a mathlete or even a memory champion - to win "Genius Junior" you have to be brilliant at everything.

The winning team will take home the Genius Junior Grant that will set the stage for a big and bright future ahead.

"I'm thrilled to be part of a project that shines a light on extraordinary children and challenges viewers to exercise their own minds," Harris said. "NBC is a great home for 'Genius Junior.' Plus, the contestants are kids, so they're destined to be hilarious or, you know, snap. Win/win. I kid. #pun."

"Tackling incredibly tough and fast-paced challenges, these amazing child prodigies will leave us entertained and awestruck," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. "We are thrilled to have Neil as our host. His quick wit and charm are perfectly suited to keep up with the unpredictability that is sure to ensue."

"Watching these amazing genius children solve problems that most adults would find impossible is absolutely riveting," said Mike Darnell, President of Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television. "Add in the super smart and multi-talented Neil Patrick Harris...and it's a no-brainer that this show is going to work."

"Genius Junior" host Neil Patrick Harris currently stars as Count Olaf in Netflix's series adaptation of "A Series of Unfortunate Events."

Harris is a five-time Emmy Award winner for hosting four Tony Awards telecasts and his guest-starring role on "Glee." He also served as host and producer of two Emmy Award telecasts. Additionally, Harris served as the host of the 87th Oscars in 2015.

Harris appeared as the beloved character Barney Stinson in the hit CBS comedy series "How I Met Your Mother," a role which garnered him multiple Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations, as well as two People's Choice Awards and a Critics' Choice Award. Other TV credits include "Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris," "Stark Raving Mad," "American Horror Story," "Glee" and, famously, "Doogie Howser, M.D."

Under the direction of two-time Oscar nominee David Fincher, Harris starred in the 2014 film "Gone Girl." His other movie credits include "A Million Ways to Die in the West," "The Smurfs" franchise, and "Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle."

A veteran of the theater, Harris originated the role of Hedwig in the Tony-winning Broadway production of "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," which earned him Tony, Drama League and Drama Desk awards. He made his musical directorial debut with the Hollywood Bowl's staging of Jonathan Larson's "Rent."

He will soon be releasing a new middle grade fiction series, "The Magic Misfits," in 2017.

"Genius Junior" is produced by Shed Media. The series is executive produced by Neil Patrick Harris, Pam Healey, John Hesling, Phil Parsons and Ed Egan.

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posted 3/31/17


The CW
CWhat's Happening This Summer
Returning: "Whose Line", "Fool Us!"
From the Futon Critic

The CW Network has set its summer premiere dates for its returning reality series WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY?, PENN AND TELLER: FOOL US and MASTERS OF ILLUSION, as well as the new action-adventure series HOOTEN & THE LADY, which The CW acquired from Sky Vision.

The CW's hit improv comedy series WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? returns beginning Monday, May 29, with all new episodes at 9:00-9:30p.m. ET, followed by an encore episode of WHOSE LINE at9:30-10:00p.m. ET. WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? features host Aisha Tyler and cast members Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie. Along with a special guest comedian in each episode, the cast members must put their comedic skills to the test through a series of spontaneous improv games. Prompted only by random ideas supplied by the studio audience and host Aisha Tyler, our four performers must use their wild imaginations to conjure up hilarious characters, scenes and songs out of thin air. So, as everyone knows, on Whose Line, "Everything is made up and the points don't matter." Based on the wildly successful U.K. format, which also spawned a previous incarnation in the US that ran for eight seasons on ABC, WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? is executive produced by Dan Patterson, Mark Leveson, Jimmy Mulville, Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie. Created by Dan Patterson and Mark Leveson, WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? is from Angst Productions and Hat Trick Productions.

The hit magic competition series PENN & TELLER: FOOL US returns with all new episodes Monday, July 10 (8:00-9:00p.m. ET). PENN & TELLER: FOOL US is a one-hour competition series celebrating magic and featuring the legendary duo Penn & Teller. On each episode of PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, aspiring magicians are invited to perform their best trick to try and fool the world-famous team of Penn & Teller. Anyone who succeeds wins the right to perform with Penn & Teller in their celebrated show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The live studio audience and the TV audience watch along with Penn & Teller as they try to figure out the secrets. Penn & Teller see the trick only once and have to immediately try to work it out. The live studio audience knows there are no camera tricks, secret edits or helpful camera cuts. This is all real magic. Hosted by actress Alyson Hannigan ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "How I Met Your Mother"), PENN & TELLER: FOOL US is created and produced by 117 PRODUCTIONS and September Films (part of DCD Media), with executive producers Penn Jillette, Teller, Peter Adam Golden, Andrew Golder and Lincoln Hiatt.

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posted 3/31/17

Kids Week 3: The Third One
Catch WWTBAM the Week of April 10!
From Broadway World

Six talented youngsters from across the country will play "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," opposite host Chris Harrison, during this season's third installment of Whiz Kids Week, airing MONDAY, APRIL 10 - FRIDAY, APRIL 14, 2017.

Whiz Kids Week has proved to be one of "Millionaire"'s most popular theme weeks, and when the 2016-17 season has wrapped, the brilliant young participants will have taken home a total of more than half a million dollars. The week of April 10-14, these six smart kids will take on the classic 14-question game for the chance to win $1 million: Sarah Schwartz of Miromar Lakes, Florida; Preston Helfand of Tucson, Arizona; Brooke Elliott of Little Rock, Arkansas; Connor Higgins, of Athens, Alabama; Laila Robinson of Charlotte, North Carolina; and Akerth Jain, of Olathe, Kansas.

Emmy-nominated "Millionaire" originates from Bally's Las Vegas and airs across the country weekdays in national syndication. Go to MillionaireTV.com for time and channel. "Millionaire" is produced by Valleycrest Productions Ltd. and is distributed by Disney|ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution. James Rowley serves as executive producer.

Broadway World

posted 3/31/17

WEDNESDAY: Fox Fire
"Empire" Helps Fox Split Night with CBS
From the Futon Critic

FOX (5.245 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) held onto the top demo spot on Wednesday with fresh installments of "Shots Fired" (3.693 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11) and "Empire" (6.797 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1).

ABC (5.538 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "The Goldbergs" (6.007 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3), the premiere of "Imaginary Mary" (5.367 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6), "Modern Family" (6.675 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "Black-ish" (4.950 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5) and "Designated Survivor" (5.115 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

Next up was CBS (6.699 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its trio of "Survivor: Game Changers" (8.129 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3), "Criminal Minds" (6.903 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders" (5.067 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.047 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up new episodes from "Blindspot" (4.299 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.876 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and "Chicago PD" (5.967 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

And finally on The CW (1.279 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5), originals from "Arrow" (1.588 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "The 100" (0.969 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.077m
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 842k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 279k

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posted 3/30/17

ABC Tries Singing One More Time
Network Greenlights "Boy Band"
From Variety

ABC is jumping back into the reality singing-competition genre and adding a twist. The network has given a 10-episode series order to “Boy Band,” a show that will pit singers against one another in a battle to join the next music-group sensation, Variety has learned exclusively. Produced by Matador Content (“Lip Sync Battle”), the series is set to debut this summer on the Alphabet.

No host or judges have been selected yet, but insiders say that ABC is out to a number of boy-band and girl-band members past and present for the role of host and for the judges panel. The judges will be called “architects,” and will serve as mentors.

Performers will compete for spots in a band with a recording contract at Hollywood Records, with viewers voting live at home for their five favorite potential members. “Boy Band” will be executive produced by Todd Lubin, Jay Peterson, Jane Mun, and Joel Relampagos.

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posted 3/30/17

Say Hello to The Paramount Network!
"Lip Sync Battle" Renewed
From The Futon Critic

The worldwide hit franchise, "Lip Sync Battle" is returning for a fourth season consisting of 18 half-hour episodes, it was announced today by Kevin Kay, President, Spike (soon to be the Paramount Network), TV Land, CMT. The new season will launch on Paramount Network in January 2018 with a special star-studded LIVE episode emanating from the Paramount lot.

The Emmy(R)-nominated, critically-acclaimed, multiplatform megastar for the network has delivered close to one billion cross-platform views since launch, over two million YouTube Channel subscribers, over two million fans on Facebook, and is the most watched original series in network history.

Season three of "Lip Sync Battle" is in production now with new episodes debuting on Spike Thursday, April 20 at 10:00pm ET/PT.

"Lip Sync Battle has evolved into a premium global franchise with a nearly a billion platforms views in less than two years," said Kay. "With our amazing hosts, incredible participating talent, and creative and forward-thinking producers, Lip Sync Battle will be a cornerstone franchise for the rebranded Paramount Network launching next January."

"The entire Lip Sync Battle family is so honored and over the moon to have a home on the new Paramount Network! We're already planning our LIVE Season 4 Synctacular Event on the fabled Paramount backlot. They may never be the same!" said Casey Patterson, Executive Producer.

The "Lip Sync Battle" brand grew exponentially over the past year. Spike's sister network Nickelodeon recently greenlit the new original series, "Lip Sync Battle Shorties" featuring real-life kids lip-syncing pop songs in celebration of their favorite artists. Also this year, a groundbreaking new "Lip Sync Battle" app was launched to rave reviews and a partnership with Carnival Cruise Lines was created for an on-board experiential experience.

In addition, the "Lip Sync Battle" franchise is taking over the world airing in 110 territories spread out over six continents and original format versions in in 14 countries as wide ranging as Israel, Poland, Vietnam, South Africa and Indonesia and Viacom's Channel 5 in the UK where it has been a huge ratings success.

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posted 3/30/17


NBC/MGM Television
TUESDAY: Battles Are Done
NBC, CBS Split; "The Voice" Tops Demo Draw
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.849 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with new episodes of "The Voice" (9.975 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1), "Trial & Error" (4.559 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), a second "Trial & Error" (3.373 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "Chicago Fire" (6.606 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3).

The silver then went to CBS (11.355 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) with originals from "NCIS" (14.043 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2), "Bull" (10.841 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.182 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5).

Next up was FOX (3.231 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with fresh installments from "New Girl" (2.192 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "The Mick" (2.350 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) followed by the series finale of "Bones" (4.191 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.811 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) opted for repeats of "The Middle" (3.913 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "American Housewife" (3.071 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14), another "American Housewife" (2.955 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.584 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) plus the finale of "People Icons" (2.171 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #17).

And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (2.357 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.640 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #16) closed out the night on The CW (1.998 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

On cable...
- Face Off (Syfy): 918k
- Chopped: Star Power (Food): 901k
- The Challenge: Invasion (MTV): 823k
- Cosplay Melee (Syfy): 532k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 379k

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posted 3/29/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "It's Just a Game... Right?"

  • Nick Viall "Dancing with the Stars" has gotten Vanessa Grimaldi upset (Reality TV World)
     

  • Cheryl Burke reportedly replacing departing Abby Lee Miller on "Dance Moms" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Vanna White on her (letter) turn in Playboy... 30 years later (Cleveland.com)
     

  • Are Survivor castaways heading for "Candy Crush"? (Inside Survivor)
     

  • Sue Perkins to host British Comedy Awards (Beyond the Joke)
     

  • WatchMojo trades video listicles for a hockey game show (Montreal Gazette)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Jeopardy! at 53 (Entertainment Weekly)
     

  • "The Fresh Prince" cast reunited and Alfonso Ribeiro couldn't have been happier... ABOUT THAT (TV Line)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Shark Tank (The Futon Critic)

posted 3/29/17

Jason Manford Has a Big Head
ITV Greenlights Celebrity Game
From Telly Mix

Jason Manford is to host a wacky new game show on ITV called Bigheads.

Due to air on prime time later this Spring Bigheads will pit some of the worlds most recognisable faces head to head in this is a unique, fast paced and high-energy show.

Every week eight members of the public are transformed into the world’s most famous celebrities by donning giant heads.

The Bigheads compete against each other in a series of massive celebrity-inspired challenges in this new physical game show which frankly sounds totally ridiculous.

The celebrity Bigheads featured in the series range from politicians and celebrities through to historical figures and royalty.

They include the likes of Simon Cowell, Mo Farah, Adele, Benedict Cumberbatch and Victoria Beckham plus William Shakespeare, Boris Johnson, Prince Charles, Queen Victoria and Donald Trump.

The series will be formed of six episodes, filmed in front of live arena audience, ending with a grand final.

Jason Manford said: "I'm really looking forward to you all seeing Big Heads. It's the daftest show I've ever been involved in and I've done a lot of daft shows!

"It's the show where people in massive celebrity heads get hit in the face and fall over. If you don't like that you need to have a long hard look at yourself."

Joining Jason each week to commentate on proceedings will be TV personality Jenny Powell and Olympic athlete Kriss Akabusi MBE.

Jenny Powell said: "I'm so excited to be involved in a show like Bigheads for ITV. It's so different from anything I've done before and I'm delighted to be working with the hilarious Jason Manford and sporting legend Kriss Akabusi. Viewers can expect a lot of fun and high energy - it's a real treat for all the family."

Kriss Akabusi added: "I’m very excited to be involved with ITV’s new series Bigheads! It has everything one could want and more for evening family entertainment; drama, excitement, spectacular costumes and set, all this fused with real athletic endeavour."

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posted 3/29/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Talk Talk"

  • FIRST LOOK: "Talk Show the Game Show" (truTV, next Wednesday) (Paste)
     

  • Billy on "American Horror Story" (WKOW Madison).... and Billy on Sesame Street (TV Line)
     

  • Nick Viall says it's "too early" to tie the knot with Vanessa Grimaldi. Tick tock, Nick. Tick. Tock. (Reality TV World)
     

  • Bonner Bolton & Sharna Burgess are getting hot and heavy. And they're also heating up the dance floor as well (E!)
     

  • Happily ever after is coming for Ben Higgins & Lauren Bushnell after all... well, kinda (The Futon Critic)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ben Bailey (PressConnects.com)

posted 3/29/17


NBC
NBC Gets Crafty
Amy Poehler, Nick Offerman Offer "The Handmade Project"
From IGN

Comedians Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman are teaming up for a new game show about craftsmanship.

NBC has ordered 6 episodes of 'The Handmade Project,' which will pit contestants' skills in the art of, well, making things.

Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, who starred in NBC's hit comedy series Parks and Recreation together, are going to be reunited to work on the project. Poehler is looking forward to conquering her fear of paper mache, while Offerman boasts a wealth of knowledge in the woodworking world, owning his own woodshop and holding a spot in the New York Times best-selling list in his field.

The Handmade Project invites participants of all ages and creative specialties to apply on their website, which also states the need for availability from August 2017 to December 2017 as a loose production date.

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posted 3/28/17

Strike?
WGA East Votes to Authorize Work Stoppage
From Deadline

In the second of a one-two punch that puts the WGA further along the road to a threatened strike against the film and TV industry, the WGA East’s council voted tonight in New York to seek strike authorization from the guild’s members. The vote comes a day after the WGA West’s board voted in Los Angeles to seek the same authorization from its members.

The back-to-back votes were recommended unanimously by the WGA negotiating committee, which broke off contract talks with management’s AMPTP on Friday.

The WGA West said last night that the guild’s members will begin voting in April – online and at special membership meetings – to authorize the board and council to call a strike if future talks fail to produce a fair contract. That voting will be concluded by April 24 or 25 – a week before the May 1 expiration of the current film and TV contract.

Both labor and management have said they intend to return to the bargaining table after the strike-authorization vote is conducted. “Keeping the industry working is in everyone’s best interests, and we are ready to return to negotiations when they are,” management’s AMPTP said after talks broke off Friday.

“We are committed to continue negotiating with the companies in good faith to get you the deal we all deserve,” WGA leaders told their members Friday night.

“The WGA broke off negotiations at an early stage in the process in order to secure a strike vote rather than directing its efforts at reaching an agreement at the bargaining table,” the Alliance of Motion Picture & Television said after talks collapsed Friday.

The WGA blamed the companies for rejecting virtually every one of their proposals to improve the lot of film and TV writers and to rescue the guilds’ failing health plan, which is facing insolvency at current levels of income and expenditures. After two weeks of bargaining, the WGA said, “The companies’ proposal has barely a single hard-dollar gain for writers.”

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posted 3/28/17

SYNDIES: Week 27
Results for the Week Ending March 19
From TV Newscheck

Two magazines made strong moves in the session ending March 19, with Extra scoring the category’s largest increase, jumping 20% to a 1.2 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating despite the double negatives of Daylight Saving Time draining viewers and preemptions for March Madness, the annual NCAA men’s basketball tournament on CBS affiliates.

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

GAME SHOWS

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.9 +3%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.8 -11%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.8 -9%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.8 +6%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 NC

TV Newscheck

posted 3/28/17


Discovery/All3Media
Back on Duty
Discovery to Resurrect "Cash Cab"
From the Futon Critic

In a city with over 13,000 taxis, there's only one New Yorkers should keep their eyes peeled for... the CASH CAB! The Emmy(R) winning series will return to Discovery in 2017, with a new spin, as unsuspecting passengers will be ambushed by America's favorite celebrities! Comedian David Steinberg (CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, INSIDE COMEDY, SEINFELD, and MAD ABOUT YOU) comes to the project and with All3Media's Lion USA will revamp the series as executive producers, with Robyn Todd as co-executive producer.

Revived and revved up, unwitting passengers enter the Cash Cab expecting a normal taxi journey, only to discover they're instant contestants in for a potentially lucrative ride. Dodging New York City traffic, these lucky passengers will take on classic CASH CAB trivia en route to their destination. If they get stumped, pedestrians and friends can help them out via phone, text or social media shout outs. If these riders get three questions wrong, though, they're out on the street. All new episodes will feature some of the top names in comedy, film and TV... who will even get behind the wheel of the cab itself, picking up lucky passengers.

All3 Media's Lion USA returns to produce CASH CAB, following 10 successful seasons and winning 3 consecutive Emmy Awards(R).

CASH CAB is produced for Discovery Channel by Lion USA and Norton Productions. For All3 Media's USA, Tony Tackaberry and Allison Corn are executive producers. For Norton Productions, Robyn Todd is co-executive producer. For Discovery, John Slaughter is executive producer.

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posted 3/28/17

MONDAY: Battle On
"The Voice" Helps NBC to First, "Dancing" Tops Viewers
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.636 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) was back in the top spot on Monday with new episodes from "The Voice" (10.330 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and "Taken" (5.249 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

ABC (8.467 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then claimed the silver with new episodes of "Dancing with the Stars" (10.976 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) and "Quantico" (3.450 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Next up was CBS (5.026 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.673 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and "Kevin Can Wait" (5.233 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) followed by a new "Superior Donuts" (5.276 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), a special "The Great Indoors" (4.075 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and a repeat "Scorpion" (4.449 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.009 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up fresh installments of "24: Legacy" (3.188 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "APB" (2.831 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

And finally, The CW (1.568 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) likewise served up originals from "Supergirl" (2.198 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.939 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

On cable...
- Hip Hop Squares (VH1/9p): 1.880m
- Hip Hop Squares (VH1/9:30p): 1.675m
- Cake Wars (Food): 602k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 300k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/28/17

WEEKEND: Off to a Flying Start
"RuPaul's Drag Race" Off and Running on Its New Home
From the Futon Critic

"RuPaul's Drag Race" shattered records on Friday night with its most watched episode ever. Nearly one million viewers tuned in for the season nine premiere which tripled the time slot on VH1 while more than doubling last season's debut.

Additionally, the pop culture phenomenon broke the internet becoming the #1 most social show on television. Friday's telecast scored the series its highest twitter volume ever, and trended worldwide during the broadcast.

For a preview of this Friday's second episode airing at 8:00 PM ET/PT on VH1, please visit http://www.logotv.com/video-clips/18dsyr. Viewers will not want to miss the conclusion to the shocking premiere cliffhanger to find out which queen will return to the competition and who will be the first to sashay away. Special guests include Lisa Kudrow and the B-52s.

On cable...
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.484m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.152m
- Cake Wars Champs (Food): 1.002m
- Flea Market Flip (GAC): 223k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/28/17

Alexander Armstrong Asks Britain
Interactive Quiz Show in the Works on ITV
From ATV Today

The live, interactive series asks viewers to vote along on opinion-based topics, whilst a celebrity panel go head to head to try and second-guess the audience at home’s choices. Audiences will be asked to download a free app in order to play along.

Filmed in front of a live studio audience, the series will be hosted by Alexander Armstrong with celebrity team captains to be announced shortly.

“Following hot on the heels of Brexit and the US election the show and app allows us to effectively hold 10 entertainment referendums per night! The viewers can tell us how they feel live, unfiltered and as one voice. The show will cut through the rhetoric to reveal the viewers opinions on some important topics – should Beckham get that knighthood and what’s the morally right thing to do after blocking the toilet at a dinner party?” – Executive Producer, Mike Benson

Alexander will have a ‘direct line’ to the viewers at home, ITV note, which he will use to put questions to present them with questions on everything from “How many affairs are acceptable in a marriage?” to moral dilemmas; “If you saw someone leave £50 in a cash point, what would you do?” and more topical subjects like “Do you think we should have another Scottish Referendum?”

“This is going to be a totally unique broadcasting experience – one where the outcomes of every round rest entirely in the hands of our audience who participate in real time. We’re effectively harnessing the voting public like never before to get instant referendums on the questions that really count: what is the sexiest regional accent, and what to do when you block the toilet at a dinner party: the big stuff”. – Alexander Armstrong

The 6 x 60 series will be produced by indie Chalkboard for transmission on ITV this spring.

ATV Today
ITV News
Telly Mix

posted 3/28/17

Insight Plots "Living Stone"
Couples Play Survival Game
From Realscreen

Factual entertainment channel Insight TV has completed production of its new 4K UHD adventure game show, Living Stone.

Produced in partnership with Dutch prodco Strix Television, Living Stone takes five couples on an adventure through Botswana. Contestants hike challenging terrains as they come face-to-face with the forces of nature: heavy thunderstorms, extreme heat and daily encounters with wild animals.

Throughout the show, they take part in games to compete to stay together as a couple. If they lose a game, it could mean they lose their partner, end up in a remote camp in exile or the competition. After eight treks, two couples’ face-off in a thrilling grand finale.

“Living Stone combines the format engine of the adventure reality genre with the breath-taking landscapes you would normally only see in wildlife documentaries,” said Roy Aalderink, CEO of Strix Television, in a statement.

Then new series will be shown in 4K UHD on Insight TV’s SVOD service from April 2 and on the platforms Vodafone Portugal, Vodafone Spain, Swisscom and Tricolor all in UHD. Insight TV is showcasing Living Stone at MIPTV in Cannes, April 3 – 6.

Realscreen
Rapid TV News

posted 3/28/17


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

Whereas "The Chair" was all sunshine and rainbows, the OTHER show from the Not-So-Great Game-Show Rivalry of 2002 was Guantanamo Bay televised! Chris Wolvie and "Games Gone By..." takes a look at the show that probably shouldn't've even BEEN: "The Chamber".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 3/28/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Don't Call It A Comeback"

  • Brian & Jonathan Louden, winners of "Mythbusters: The Search", will get their shot (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Peta Murgatroyd admits to putting her wedding on hold (Reality TV World)
     

  • Armoza has a new friend on Formatzone (C21 Media)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Mike Darnell (Deadline)

posted 3/28/17

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