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"Weakest Link" Goes Hollywood
Jane Lynch to Host NBC's Quiz Reboot
From the Futon Critic

NBC is bringing back hit British import and international game show phenomenon "Weakest Link," co-produced by BBC Studios' Los Angeles production arm and Universal Television Alternative Studio. The network has greenlit 13 episodes of the rapid-fire quiz show with Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning host and actress Jane Lynch ("Hollywood Game Night," "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel") set to host and executive produce. "Weakest Link" will begin production later this year.

The new version of "Weakest Link" will deliver the fast-paced and quick-witted pillars of the original British format created by the BBC with a few modern twists. The hybrid game show sees contestants answer general knowledge questions to bank prize money across multiple rounds. At the end of each round, the contestants vote out who they perceive to be the "Weakest Link" remaining.

"I've been a longtime fan of this game-changing quiz show since it first debuted," said Lynch. "Each time the phrase 'You are the Weakest Link. Goodbye.' passes my lips, it will be with great reverence and delight."

"'Weakest Link' became an instant fan-favorite when it first aired on our network, and we are excited to bring a fresh, new take to the timeless format," said Meredith Ahr, President, Reality and Alternative Group, NBC Entertainment. "Jane Lynch has been a beloved staple in our NBC family for years, and her sharp wit and engaging personality will be the perfect match for this highly entertaining game show."

"'Weakest Link' is an iconic format that BBC Studios has distributed across the globe for the past two decades, capturing audiences and earning a place in pop culture history," said Matt Forde, Managing Director, International Production & Formats, BBC Studios. "Our Los Angeles production arm is proud to partner with NBC to bring the fastest and fiercest game show on TV back to America, and Jane Lynch is the ideal host to bring her own signature brand of fearless comedy to this fresh version of 'Weakest Link.'"

Casting is currently underway. Contact WeakestLinkCasting@gmail.com for more information.


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Deadline
The Wrap
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ReelChicago
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TV Insider

Screen Rant
C21Media

posted 7/10/2020

THURSDAY: Game Night Victory
ABC Trifecta Takes the Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (3.423 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) held onto the top spot on Thursday with originals from "Holey Moley" (3.744 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2), "Don't" (3.253 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.274 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2).

CBS (3.197 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) took home the silver with its repeat lineup of "Young Sheldon" (4.164 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4), "The Unicorn" (3.003 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7), "Mom" (3.275 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), another "Mom" (3.326 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2.709 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

Next up was NBC (2.018 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with a new "Blindspot" (2.429 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7), a second "Blindspot" (1.806 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1.819 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.202 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up new episodes of "Celebrity Watch Party" (1.444 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and "Labor of Love" (0.959 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

And finally, the season finales of "Burden of Truth" (0.481 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "In the Dark" (0.411 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.446 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Thursday...
- Alone: Million Dollar Challenge (History): 1.374/0.25
- Cannonball (P/USA): 771k/0.20
- The Misery Index (TBS): 742k/0.26

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/10/2020

Blockbusters
Tetris Gets the App Show Treatment
From Player.One

Tetris has been around for decades now, and over the past few years has really started to get experimental with its falling-block gameplay. Tetris 99 on the Nintendo Switch brought the classic game into the hot new battle royale genre, with 99 players competing to be the last person standing, and Tetris Effect brought the game into the world of VR.

However, developer N3TWORK is looking to push this concept even further, creating a daily game show for players to win real money. The concept is basically a mash-up of two already successful ideas. The Tetris side is an obvious one, as players all compete in the puzzle game. However, the other side is like the popular mobile trivia game HQ Trivia.

Like the trivia app, Tetris Primetime is a live show with a real-world host that players from around the world can sign on and join in. To keep fans coming back, Tetris Primetime has pledged more than $1 million annually in rewards for players to compete over.

"Tetris fans who have dreamed of clearing lines under the spotlight for a chance to win cash prizes can now rejoice with this remarkable opportunity," Maya Rogers, President and CEO of Blue Planet Software, the sole agent for the Tetris brand, said in a press statement.

"N3TWORK's Tetris app delivers just that and much more! Whether it's a relaxing match with several friends or an intense battle against thousands of other players, the mobile game now has something for everyone to enjoy."

Tetris Primetime will air every night at 7:30 PM, but time zones are a little odd here. Tetris Primetime uses what it calls "Anchor cities," or major hubs that players will revolve around. The anchor cities are currently Auckland, New Zealand; Perth, Australia; Moscow, Russia; Berlin, Germany; London, UK; New York City, and Los Angeles. That means if you want to play, you'll need to know when 7:30 PM will be for whichever city is closest to you.

Tetris Primetime is hosted by Millen Baird. Primetime's launch is also a little odd. The service is only available in a few countries right now, with more coming later. Those who want to play Primetime starting tonight need to live in the United States, Canada (but not Quebec), United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, South Africa, Russia, Chile, Australia (but not New South Wales or Victoria), or New Zealand.

Tetris Primetime kicks off starting tonight, and plans on running again every night moving forward. The Tetris app is a free download, and is available on both the iOS App Store and Google Play Store.

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Destructoid

posted 7/9/2020


Glasgow Live
JOHNNY BEATTIE: 1927-2020
Scottish Comedian Hosted "Now You See It" UK Version
From the BBC

Scottish actor and comedian Johnny Beattie has died at the age of 93.

The entertainer is said to have passed away peacefully after a short spell at St Margaret's Hospice near Glasgow. His showbusiness career spanned TV and film roles, variety theatre, stand-up, and pantomime. Many considered him to be a giant of Scotland's comedy scene, appearing in Scotch and Wry and Rab C Nesbitt.

His most recent role was as Malcolm Hamilton on BBC soap River City.

Beattie honed his entertainment skills while holding down a job in Govan's Fairfield shipyard. In 2012 - while celebrating 60 years in the industry - the Glaswegian told BBC Scotland: "They were tough places. None of the health and safety you'd get today," he recalls. "They were dangerous and that was an escape route."

Beattie "escaped" in the 1950s, touring with a theatre company in a bit part and, before long, writing and starring in the show.

The 1960s saw the broadcast of Johnny Beattie's Saturday Night Show which ran until 1970.

His screen roles have included the movie The Big Man with Billy Connolly and Liam Neeson, as well as Taggart, Rab C Nesbitt and Scotch and Wry.

His other TV roles saw him feature on quiz shows, such as Now You See It.

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posted 7/9/2020

MTV Reloads on "The Challenge"
Season 36 Is Coming
From the Futon Critic

On the heels of the highest rated season premiere in 14 years, MTV today announced that the ground-breaking competition series, "The Challenge," has been renewed for season 36.

The franchise continues to be a ratings phenomenon for MTV, with "Total Madness" averaging a 1.61 among P18-49 (L3) and pacing to be the highest rated season in the last eight years, with total viewers up 10% (1.51 mil vs. 1.39 mil) with P18-49. MTV continues to dominate as the #1 cable network among P18-34 with 2 of the top 3 cable series including The Challenge (#2) and Jersey Shore Family Vacation (#3).

Tune in for "The Challenge: Total Madness" season finale on Wednesday, July 15th at 8PM ET/PT. After a season of grueling challenges and brutal eliminations, nine finalists compete for their share of the $1,000,000 prize. Stamina will be tested in freezing cold temperatures and massive mountains as Challengers fight for the championship title.

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TV Line
Deadline

posted 7/9/2020

HBOMax to Get Legendary... Again
Streamer's First Renewal Is Dance Hall Competition
From the Futon Critic

The series hailed by Indiewire as "a mind-boggling fantasia of ingenuity" and whose TikTok challenge has over ONE BILLION views has been renewed by HBO Max for a second season. The streaming platform announced today that mc Dashaun Wesley along with judges Leiomy Maldonado, Jameela Jamil, Law Roach and Megan Thee Stallion will be returning to serve realness for another season. The final two episodes of season one are now available to stream on HBO Max. With performances Time Magazine deemed "SPECTACULAR" and backstories NPR found "insanely charismatic," season two moves to the west coast to SLAY in LA.

"Legendary was an HBO Max, day one premiere. We knew we had something special and are proud that critics and audiences alike have embraced the series. Bringing this incredible world back for a second season furthers our commitment to high quality, compelling storytelling, said Kevin Reilly, Chief Content Officer at HBO Max, President, TNT, TBS and truTV.

"Season one was an inspirational and educational journey into the exuberant world of ballroom. This series is truly sensational and we are humbled by the back stories of the contestants that make up the heart of the show, our illustrious MC Dashaun and judges panel, and the fantastic team at Scout," added Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max "

"Scout is thrilled and honored that our friends at HBO MAX have picked up Legendary for a second season. We're also excited to have our amazing judges and Legendary MC Dashaun Wesley returning to the stage for season 2. Our goal is to continue showcasing the exuberant and dynamic world of ballroom through the omnicultural stories of its most talented houses," Rob Eric, Scout Productions' Chief Creative Officer and executive producer.

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Deadline

posted 7/9/2020

WEDNESDAY: Tough Competition
NBC Splits CBS, "Tough as Nails" Sampled
From the Futon Critic

CBS (3.521 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday thanks to the premiere of "Tough as Nails" (4.196 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) followed by a second "Tough as Nails" (3.935 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) and a repeat "SEAL Team" (2.432 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

NBC (3.543 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) remained the most-watched network with its lineup of "Chicago Med" (3.576 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "Chicago Fire" (3.561 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Chicago PD" (3.493 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Next up was FOX (1.522 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with a repeat "MasterChef" (1.514 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and a new "Ultimate Tag" (1.529 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.775 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up its mix of "The Goldbergs" (2.660 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "Black-ish" (1.843 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "The Conners" (1.825 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "American Housewife" (1.505 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) plus a new "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (1.408 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

And finally, fresh installments from "The 100" (0.686 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "Bulletproof" (0.407 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) rounded out the night on The CW (0.546 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Wednesday...
- Guy's Grocery Games (SP/Food): 1.011m/0.35
- Guy's Grocery Games Reloaded (Food): 965k/0.34
- The Challenge: Total Madness (MTV): 937k/0.56
- Forged in Fire: Beat The Judges (SF/History): 711k/0.20
- Cash Cab - mid (Bravo): 229k/0.06
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 223k/0.12
- Cash Cab - 11:30p (Bravo): 212k/0.04

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/8/2020

Card Sharks Prepares to Deal
Season 2 to Roll with Distance Protocols
From Deadline

Card Sharks, ABC's reboot of the classic game show, is the latest broadcast network series to head back into production.

Deadline reports that the show, which is starting production on its second season and fronted by Community star Joel McHale, has returned to filming today. It shoots at CBS Studios Radford in Studio City.

The show is being shot with minimal crew and without an audience and producer Fremantle has put in rigorous health and safety protocols.

The production is adhering to all state and local requirements as well as union and industry guidelines for production.

There's no air date yet for the second season episodes as the show aired as part of ABC's summer 'Fun & Games' line-up.

Deadline
TV Series Finale

posted 7/9/2020

TUESDAY: Rerun City, Population Us...
NBC Splits CBS on All-Encore Lineup
From the Futon Critic

NBC (3.715 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) was the demo champ on a nearly all-repeat Tuesday thanks to "America's Got Talent" (4.366 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) and "World of Dance" (2.413 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2).

CBS (4.595 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) led among total viewers with "NCIS" (5.483 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2), "FBI" (4.635 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (3.668 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2).

Next up was ABC (2.489 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and its mix of "Live in Front of a Studio Audience: 'All in the Family' and 'Good Times'" (2.540 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2), "Black-ish" (1.534 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and the return of "What Would You Do?" (2.890 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.437 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up "Hell's Kitchen" (1.519 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (1.354 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.684 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "DC's Stargirl" (0.981 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "Tom Papa: Freaked Out" (0.388 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12).

Cable numbers for Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 864k/0.22
- Supermarket Stakeout: What Would Alex Make? (Food): 818k/0.23
- Celebrity Show-Off (TBS): 526k/0.16
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 297k/0.15.

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/9/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Waffles!"

posted 7/9/2020

TBS Reticulates Splines
"The Sims Spark'd" Premieres July 17
From the Futon Critic

Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA), in partnership with Turner Sports' esports and gaming entertainment brand ELEAGUE and Buzzfeed Multiplayer, today announced a first-of-its-kind reality competition series centered on EA's popular life simulation franchise, The Sims(TM). Since its release in 2000, The Sims has been redefining what it means to be a gamer, allowing players to create and control characters in a virtual world, where they can express themselves in a way that is most authentic and meaningful to them.

The Sims Spark'd is redefining reality competition by bringing creativity, storytelling and the community together in an entertaining new way. The contestants will be given creative challenges to build the most unique characters, worlds and stories, all told through the latest highly successful game in the franchise, The Sims 4.

"Since its inception, The Sims has been a groundbreaking experience, allowing players to create and virtually live out the stories they create in-game. That's what makes it so special," said Lyndsay Pearson, GM of The Sims franchise. "That's also why this show is so exciting. We're continuing that innovative spirit, bringing our community together to compete and showcase their in-game storytelling on a reality show in an entirely new way."

"ELEAGUE has become a destination for premium gaming content and The Sims Spark'd fits perfectly with our focus on gaming lifestyle and culture programming," said Craig Barry, Chief Content Officer, Turner Sports. "We look forward to this next phase of our partnership with EA as we showcase its popular Sims franchise on TBS."

The Sims Spark'd presented by ELEAGUE will debut Friday, July 17, at 11 p.m. ET/PT on TBS. Episodes will continue to premiere weekly on Fridays (July 17, 24, 31 and August 7) at 11 p.m. on TBS, with encore telecasts airing on Saturdays (July 18, 25 and Aug. 1, 8) at 8 a.m. on the network. BuzzFeed Multiplayer will be the premiere digital destination, streaming each The Sims Spark'd episode on the Monday after it is televised (July 20, 27 and Aug. 3, 10).

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Epicstream
Engadget

posted 7/8/2020

MONDAY: The Best of the West
NBC Wins on "Titan Games"; "Bachelor" Hits Series Low
From the Futon Critic

NBC (3.461 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) held onto the top spot with its mix of "The Titan Games" (3.832 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1), a repeat of "The Wall" (3.310 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) and "Dateline NBC" (3.241 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

CBS (3.430 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) took home the silver with its repeat lineup of "The Neighborhood" (4.203 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (3.738 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "All Rise" (2.961 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "Bull" (3.359 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Next up was FOX (2.402 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with rebroadcasts of "9-1-1" (2.310 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "9-1-1: Lone Star" (2.494 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.048 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up another installment of "The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons - Ever!" (2.048 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.960 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) completed the night with "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.090 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.924 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.914 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

Cable numbers for Monday...
- Big Time Bake (Food): 694k/0.15

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/8/2020

"Amazing Race" STILL on Hold
Keoghan Acknowledges That The Curve Has Yet to Flatten
From Reality TV World

The Amazing Race host Phil Keoghan has acknowledged fans probably shouldn't expect to see the show's 33rd season resume filming anytime soon amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Production of The Amazing Race's 33rd season was suspended in late February as a coronavirus precaution after filming through its third leg, or essentially the season's first three episodes.

The teams had reportedly already traveled to England and Scotland prior to the sudden suspension of the show's production.

"Yes, we were out, we were shooting Season 33, and then, look, all hell broke loose and we had to come home," Phil told Entertainment Weekly. "It's very frustrating."

Phil believes The Amazing Race will not pick up where it left off until the number of Covid-19 cases drops dramatically. "People have asked me when we're going to be back shooting Amazing Race," Phil said. "And all I can say is, 'As soon as that curve goes down.' That line that we see -- which is so depressing right now -- unfortunately, is an indication of not shooting/shooting. I mean, that's all there is to it."

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Entertainment Weekly

Gold Derby

posted 7/8/2020

SYNDIES: Week 42
Results for the Week Ending June 28
From TV Newscheck

Highly regarded rookie talker Tamron Hall had the hot hand in the otherwise quiet summer session ending June 28. Hall became the syndicated strip with the biggest upside move of the week by shrugging off drastic large-market preemptions for coverage of the coronavirus outbreak, and forging ahead 14% to a 0.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating. Already renewed for next year, the popular newcomer was the only talk show moving up despite being in repeats on three of the five days. The top talk show of the week was Dr. Phil, which slipped 5% to 1.8 with five days of reruns.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.8 -5%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.1 -4%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.0 -4%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.0 NC
- America Says (Sony) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


TV Newscheck

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The Hollywood Reporter

posted 7/8/2020

Netflix Hears the Beep
15 Episodes of "Supermarket Sweep" Available for Stream
From Women's Day

Back in the '60s, somewhere in a TV production office, a certifiable genius came up with the brilliant, if not slightly unusual, idea to combine game shows and grocery shopping. In that moment, Supermarket Sweep was born: a game where contestants had to answer trivia questions and run around a grocery store collecting high-priced items. And as the U.S. enters yet another month of uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, it's as if the Universe knew we needed a break. That's right: Supermarket Sweep is officially on Netflix.

The streaming giant has gifted viewers with one season of the show (15 episodes) from 1993. The episodes are only around 20 minutes long, so beware non-stop Netflix watchers: your supply of '90s nostalgia will run out faster than you can say "cleanup on aisle 12."

The show originally aired in 1965 for only two seasons before it was resurrected from 1990-1995 and then again from 2000-2003. A new, rebooted version, hosted by SNL's Leslie Jones, was set to begin filming in spring 2020, but has undoubtedly been delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. With the its longest stint in the '90s, the show's welcome to Netflix is stirring up some major nostalgia among millennial viewers

Woman's Day
International Business Times

Yahoo!

Today

posted 7/8/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Science for $200"

  • Royal Canadian Geographic Society, NatGeo name new fund for Alex Trebek (CTV)

  • Is The Bachelor elder spinoff stil a thing? (TV Line)

  • FilmLA starting to bounce back (Deadline)

  • Cody Rhodes plays Hot Ones: The Game Show At Home (eWrestling News)

  • Chris Sligh recovering from COVID-19 (CNN)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jenna Lewis (Entertainment Weekly)

posted 7/8/2020

Wheel Pays It Forward
Summer Giveaway to Pay $1000, Another to Food Banks
From WLS Chicago

"Wheel of Fortune" is giving back to viewers and their local communities this summer.

Each weeknight, America's favorite game show will give away $1,000 to a viewer and donate an additional $1,000 to a food bank in the viewer's hometown.

The game show's "1k A Day Summer Giveaway" will span from July 13 through August 14. Throughout the five-week period, the show will give away a total of $50,000.

Hey Wheel Watchers! �� How would you like to win $1,000 for yourself AND $1,000 for your community? You'll have a chance to pay it forward beginning Monday, July 13. Tune in every weeknight through August 14 for a chance to win! �� Learn more: https://t.co/54nf1NFJmi pic.twitter.com/WnHRS8IyYp — Wheel of Fortune (@WheelofFortune) July 6, 2020

How to enter the giveaway: Tune in to "Wheel of Fortune" each weeknight and take note of the bonus round puzzle solution. Then, enter the solution at Wheel of Fortune's website.

There is no limit to how many nights fans can enter and winners will be chosen at random. For more terms of the giveaway, see the Official Rules at wheeloffortune.com.

Due to a halt in production because of the coronavirus, "Wheel of Fortune" will be airing a mix of reruns and new episodes throughout the summer.

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WheelOfFortune.com

posted 7/7/2020

WEEKEND: Let Freedom Ring
NBC Wins Demo on NASCAR, No Matter Who Says What on Twitter
From the Futon Critic

NBC (3.069 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) was the demo champ on Sunday thanks to the primetime portion of the "NASCAR Cup Series" (4.038 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) and a rebroadcast of "America's Got Talent" (2.099 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

ABC (3.277 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) was a close second with its repeat lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.309 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2), "Celebrity Family Feud" (3.291 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "Press Your Luck" (2.833 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and "Match Game" (2.676 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

Next up was CBS (4.086 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.3, #3) and its mix of "60 Minutes" (6.054 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "60 Minutes Presents" (4.302 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.047 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (2.940 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.697 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) served up second runs of "Last Man Standing" (0.923 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12), "Duncanville" (0.507 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12), "The Simpsons" (0.723 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12), "Bless the Harts" (0.566 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12), "Bob's Burgers" (0.643 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Family Guy" (0.820 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, encores of "DC's Stargirl" (0.379 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.473 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) on The CW (0.426 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable Thursday...
- Alone: Million Dollar Challenge (History): 1.365m/0.22
- The Misery Index (TBS): 709k/0.22

On cable Friday...
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (VH1): 386k/0.22
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars Untucked (VH1): 298k/0.12

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.310m/0.34
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 945k/0.28
- Sunday Best (SP/BET): 521k/0.11
- Tournament of Laughs (TBS): 338k/0.10


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posted 7/7/2020

Sky Spreads the Love
Network Takes Control of "GBBO" Producer
From Deadline

Comcast's European broadcaster Sky has taken full control of Love Productions, the producer behind Channel 4 hit The Great British Bake Off.

Sky took a 70.41% stake in Love Productions in 2014, and now the pay-TV operator has acquired the remaining 29.59% of shares in the Richard McKerrow-founded outfit, as it continues to build its production empire.

Jane Millichip, Sky Studios' chief commercial officer, said: "Love Productions is a world-class production company that has continued to create popular, thought-provoking and award-winning factual and factual entertainment shows since Sky first invested in 2014.

"We are proud that Love Productions is now a wholly-owned Sky Studios company and we look forward to continuing to work with Richard and the team as we build on their continued success."

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posted 7/7/2020

I Can BBC Your Face
Beeb Follows Fox's Lead, Adapts Korean Format
From Deadline

BBC One has commissioned Fremantle labels Thames and Naked to adapt Korean music mystery game show I Can See Your Voice after Fox took the show to series in the U.S. in February.

The British broadcaster has ordered an eight-part series of the International Emmy-nominated format from CJ ENM. It has echoes of The Masked Singer, another Korean show, which has been a big hit in the UK for ITV.

Each episode, a team of two contestants will have the chance to win a cash prize if they can tell the difference between the good and bad singers, without ever hearing them sing a note. Helping the contestant navigate through rounds of lip sync challenges, comedic hidden clues, and true-or-false evidence will be a panel of celebrity comedians/experts and a musical superstar. In the end, the singer whom the contestants pick will reveal if they are good or bad in a duet performance with the musical superstar. If the chosen singer can hold a tune, the contestants can claim their prize, but if the singer is tone-deaf, they will pocket the cash.

BBC director of content Charlotte Moore described the format as "addictive," adding that the "jaw-dropping" reveals should provide entertainment for the whole family. Entertainment controller Kate Phillips added: "I Can See Your Voice is a riot, a funny and captivating show with so many incredible moments within a carousel of reveals."

The executive producers are Amelia Brown and Louise Hutchinson for Thames. Tom O'Brien is the consultant executive producer for Naked. Moore, Phillips and Rachel Ashdown commissioned the show, which will premiere next year..

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posted 7/7/2020

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posted 7/7/2020


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CHARLIE DANIELS: 1936-2020
Legendary Broadcaster Hosted "Concentration"
From Deadline

Charlie Daniels, the Grammy-winning country singer and fiddler who scored crossover pop hits with "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," "Uneasy Rider" and "In America," died today after a massive stroke. He was 83.

His publicist Don Murry Grubbs confirmed the news.

Daniels had a mild stroke in 2010 and was fitted with a pacemaker in 2013. He also beat prostate cancer in 2001.

Daniels, an iconic Country Music Hall of Famer who had nine gold or platinum albums, also played on Bob Dylan's 1969 classic Nashville Skyline, and his group the Charlie Daniels Band appeared in the 1980 movie Urban Cowboy.

In the game show realm, he was featured on the 80s era of "The Hollywood Squares" and was also the host of TNN's "Charlie Daniels' Talent Roundup", a reboot of sorts of early talent series "You Can Be a Star".

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posted 7/6/2020


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EDWIN T. VANE: 1927-2020
Longtime Executive Brought Games to ABC, NBC
From the Hollywood Reporter

Edwin T. Vane, a longtime television executive at NBC, ABC and Group W Productions, died June 26 in Los Angeles of natural causes, his family announced. He was 93.

In 1965, Vane became vice president of daytime programming at ABC where under his leadership the network introduced such programs as The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, Let's Make a Deal, One Life to Live and Good Morning America and developed a Saturday morning cartoon featuring The Beatles.

Then, as ABC's vice president of primetime programming, he helped create The American Music Awards and supervised hit series including Happy Days, Marcus Welby, M.D. and Soap and such critically acclaimed projects as the 1974 telefilm The Missiles of October and the 1976 miniseries Eleanor and Franklin.

In 1979, Vane was hired as president and CEO of Group W Productions, which produced and distributed such syndicated series as The Mike Douglas Show, Hour Magazine and PM Magazine. He retired in 1987.

A native of New York and graduate of Fordham University, Edwin Thomas Vane began his career as a page at NBC in 1945 before moving into advertising and promotions and then, in 1961, daytime television.

Pitched a game show by Merv Griffin, Vane "liked the premise but [said] it lacked enough 'jeopardies' — situations where the contestants were at risk of failing," Griffin wrote in his 2003 book, Merv: Making the Good Life Last. "Not only was he right — I decided to deduct money for a wrong answer; that had never been done before — but he'd also inadvertently given me a perfect name for the show." Jeopardy! debuted in March 1964.

A member of the board of governors of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Vane also co-wrote a college textbook on TV programming that was published in 1994.

Survivors include his four sons — Richard, a producer (Arachnophobia, Snow Falling on Cedars), Christopher, a writer and producer (Wings, Suddenly Susan), Timothy and Paul — six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. His wife of 48 years, Claire, died in 1998.

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posted 7/6/2020

Kevin Hart Gets Back in the Game... If Only for One Night
"Celebrity Game Face" to Bow as Special on E!
From various sources

E!, the global, multi-platform brand for all things pop culture, announced the greenlight of a new special, "Celebrity Game Face," executive produced and hosted by Kevin Hart premiering on Monday, July 6 from 10pm-11:15pm ET/PT.

The special features Hart and his wife Eniko along with couples Terry and Rebecca King Crews, Sarah Hyland and her fiancé Wells Adams, and Joel and Sarah McHale, marking Joel's first appearance back on the network since he hosted "The Soup."

The Harts lead the teams through a hilarious game night full of fun, fresh and wildly unexpected moments, as the celebrities engage in a range of ridiculous physical challenges that viewers can play along at home. The pairs will show off their teenage dance moves in a tik "talk" challenge, feed each other a messy meal with a twist, attempt to interpret what their partners are saying while their mouths are full and race through their homes to find unexpected items to solve riddles. At the end of the night, the couples are awarded money for their charity of choice, but only one team will win the coveted "Hart of a Champion" trophy, which is a gold statue of baby Kevin Hart.

"Celebrity Game Face" is produced by Critical Content and HartBeat Productions with Kevin Hart, Jenny Daly, Tom Forman, Jon Beyer, Bryan Smiley, Mike Stein and Michael Canter serving as Executive Producers.

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posted 7/6/2020

"Big Brother" Gets Ready to Watch
Pre-Production Begins
From Deadline

The Big Brother house is under construction, offering a greenshoot of hope to fans that the CBS reality series will air this summer.

Deadline reports that preliminary production prep has begun on the show's set at CBS' Radford lot in Los Angeles. The production team has received approval to start preparation, meaning that there's a chance that the 22nd season of the John De Mol creation will air this summer.

However, it is still early days for the show's return as producers still need to receive union and guild approval to sign off on principal photography and filming. There is also no word yet on casting.

The teams that have begun work are, as you'd expect, following strict health and safety protocols with crew being tested for COVID-19 and continuing to be tested regularly. They are wearing PPE equipment and observing social distancing as they go about construction.

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posted 7/6/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "On a Need to Know Basis"

  • Strahan, Sara & Keke "put on indefinite hiatus". If it were an app show, it would've closed its season. (PopCulture)

  • Becca Kufrin spends the 4th with a cuddly companion.. no, not that one. (Us)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Jeopardy! will pull the first two shows from the vault later this month (Cheatsheet)

  • Bradley Walsh cites a health "wakeup call" (Starts at 60)

  • Cast of "Are You the One: Come One Come All" reunite one year on (The Wrap)

posted 7/6/2020


Legacy
HUGH DOWNS: 1921-2020
Legendary Broadcaster Hosted "Concentration"
From TV Line

Hugh Downs, a veteran broadcaster who is perhaps best known for co-anchoring 20/20 with Barbara Walters during the ABC newsmagazine's heyday, died on July 1 at his Scottsdale, Ariz. home. He was 99.

According to the Washington Post, Downs' great-niece Molly Shaheen said that the cause of death was a heart ailment, and that Downs did not have COVID-19.

After starting out his broadcasting career on radio, Downs' first television gigs included serving as the announcer for Hawkins Falls, Population 6200, one of the medium's first soap operas, as well as the children's program Kukla, Fran and Ollie. Downs went on to be the announcer for Jack Parr's The Tonight Show in 1957, and stayed with the talker until 1962, when Ed Herlihy took over. In 1958, Downs began a decade-long run hosting TV's original incarnation of the game show Concentration. He then hosted NBC's Today from 1962 to 1971, where he first met Barbara Walters and helped usher along her about-to-explode career.

From 1978, starting with 20/20's second episode, he co-anchored that news program until his retirement in 1999.

Across his career, Downs was a seven-time Emmy nominee, grabbing gold twice. In 1985, Downs was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as holding the record for the greatest number of hours on network commercial television (with 15,188), until he ceded the title to Regis Philbin in 2004.".

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posted 7/3/2020

WEDNESDAY: Game Up
"Game On" Ticks Up, NBC Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (3.566 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) led a low key Wednesday with its repeat lineup of "Chicago Med" (3.700 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "Chicago Fire" (3.535 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (3.464 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

The silver went to CBS (2.751 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) with a new "Game On!" (3.269 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) alongside repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.535 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and "SWAT" (2.450 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

Next up was FOX (1.731 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) with encores of "MasterChef" (1.729 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and a second "MasterChef" (1.733 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.812 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up repeats of "The Goldbergs" (2.686 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2), "Black-ish" (1.930 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "The Conners" (1.949 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "American Housewife" (1.671 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) plus a new "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (1.318 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

And finally, originals from "The 100" (0.690 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "Bulletproof" (0.372 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15) rounded out the night on The CW (0.531 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Wednesday...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 991k/0.28
- The Challenge: Total Madness (MTV): 851k/0.47
- Forged in Fire: Beat the Judges (History): 825k/0.21
- Cash Cab - 10:30p (Bravo): 342k/0.08
- Cash Cab - 10p (Bravo): 292k/0.05
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 251k/0.12


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posted 7/2/2020

"Strictly" Comes Back
Production to Begin on Shortened Season
From Telly Mix

Strictly Come Dancing 2020 will begin in October, it's been reported. The BBC previously confirmed that this year's Strictly would have a shorter run due to the ongoing health crisis.

"The Strictly Come Dancing team are doing everything they can to bring the nation plenty of Strictly magic later this year," they said. "The safety of our cast and crew is of the utmost importance to us and further updates will be made in due course."

According to The Sun newspaper, the series will launch on October 24 and run for nine weeks - four fewer than usual.

"BBC bosses are doing everything in their power to give the public as much Strictly as they possibly can and safely," a source told the tabloid. They explained: "A heavily reduced schedule gives them a lot longer to pre-record certain segments to minimise risk. "It does mean it will be starting much later in the year, and will finish very close to Christmas with the final currently scheduled for December 19." It's expected that the shorter run will mean fewer celebrities on the line up."

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posted 7/2/2020

Quarantine Hair: The Game Show
Micro-Series Planned for E4's Socials
From Telly Mix

Channel 4 has announced a new hair-based game show for its E4 social media channels.

Provisionally titled, Keep Your Hair On, the five-minute game show will see contestants go head to head to win the hairstyle of their dreams, but if they lose, they'll end up with the lockdown locks of nightmares.

The format comes from the co-creators of The Chase, Sharp Jack TV.

Those taking part will compete for the chance of getting the hairstyle they have always wanted, but there is twist. They must face a round of amusing general knowledge questions asked by The Mirror.

Elliot Johnson, Joint-MD of Sharp Jack TV, said: "With hair salons across the UK closed, the nation's locks have grown wild and unruly. So what better way to get the ultimate lockdown look than visiting the Keep Your Hair On (w/t), salon - there really is nothing to lose, except your hair, your credibility and that weekend Tinder date!"

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posted 7/2/2020

"America's" Getting Its Talent Back
"AGT" Returns to Production
From TV Line

For America's Got Talent, returning to production in the midst of a global pandemic means making some major changes — and some significant cuts.

The NBC reality competition series has resumed production on its 15th season, having only completed six audition episodes before temporarily shutting down over the threat of coronavirus in March.

The first thing viewers will notice is the dramatic change of venue. Whereas AGT is traditionally filmed in a lavish Hollywood auditorium, the show is now relocating to an outdoor setup in Simi Valley that's designed to resemble a drive-in movie theater. The judges — Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and newcomer Sofia Vergara — will also sit an appropriate distance from one another. ("Wait until you see the vehicles the judges arrive in," the show's executive producers tell Deadline.)

Another major change is that there will only be one Judge Cuts episode this season (July 28), as opposed to the usual four. NBC is also peppering its schedule with a best-of special (July 21) and an anniversary celebration (Aug. 4) to accommodate the shift in production.

This season's live shows — which will find 44 acts performing across four weeks — are scheduled to begin on Aug. 11. And while producers are hoping to return to the Dolby Theatre, nothing has been nailed down just yet. It's also being discussed how to potentially include a physical or virtual audience in the mix.

Cowell says he's excited about the changes, especially because he feels that the Judge Cuts kill the momentum built by the high-energy Auditions. "I personally now would stick to this new way we've done it not just for the present but for the future," he tells Deadline. "I think it is a better show this year than it has been on previous years."

Additional precautions include regular testing, everyone wearing masks (including all the judges and host Terry Crews) except for when they are talking on camera, contestants and judges handling their own microphones, and a new pod system that will separate different areas of production. People on set were asked to stick to their specific zones and to talk via phone or walkie talkie when communicating with someone in another pod.

Speaking about the new format, Simon explains, "I always felt [like we] dropped in energy on the middle rounds, so I was always keen to change those middle shows. They never quite felt right to me. I personally now would stick to this new way we've done it not just for the present but for the future. I think it is a better show this year than it has been on previous years." .


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posted 7/2/2020

Gino D'Acampo Plays the... Fortunes
Chef to Host British "Feud" Reboot
From Deadline

ITV has confirmed that it is dusting off Family Fortunes after the entertainment show was last on British television in 2015.

Deadline first reported in April that ITV was piloting the format in a lockdown environment with Fremantle label Thames, and now the game show, which is based on America's Family Feud, will return for a 10-part series.

UK chef Gino D'Acampo will host, presiding over two families competing to win cash prizes by second-guessing the responses to a survey of the British public.

Vernon Kay hosted the UK show's most recent iteration, All Star Family Fortunes, between 2006 and 2015, while Les Dennis and Bob Monkhouse were among the presenters of previous series.

Filming will take place on the new series later this summer. Family Fortunes was commissioned by Katie Rawcliffe, ITV's head of entertainment, and entertainment commissioner Joe Mace. Ash Whitehouse is the executive producer.

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posted 7/2/2020


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CARL REINER: 1922-2020
Comedy Legend Hosted "Keep Talking"
From NextTV

Comedy legend Carl Reiner died Monday night at his home in Beverly Hills.

Reiner worked with Sid Caesar on some of TV's earliest hits and later created The Dick Van Dyke Show, playing the egotistical host of the fictional TV show Van Dyke's character wrote jokes for.

He was also the father of Rob Reiner, who starred on All in the Family and became a decorated filmmaker.

During his long career, Carl Reiner won nine Emmys, one Grammy and the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

Born in The Bronx to immigrant parents, Reiner was drafted into the Army Air Forces during World War II. After the war, he appeared in Broadway musicals and then joined Sid Ceasar's Your Show of Shows, appearing in skits and writing with legends Mel Brooks and Neil Simon. Reiner and Brooks worked as a duo and created the 2000 Year Old Man. One of their albums doing the act won a Grammy. He later developed a television pilot that eventually became The Dick Van Dyke Show, starring Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore. Reiner appeared in the show as vain but good-hearted comedy show host Alan Brady. The series ran from 1961 to 1966.

Tributes have poured out onto social media, including from Dick Van Dyke, Alan Alda, Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Martin, Jamie Lee Curtis, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert ("The Greatest,") and, of course, Rob Reiner.

In the game show sphere, he hosted "Keep Talking" for CBS from 1958 to 1959. He also appeared on Hollywood Squares, PAssword, The Movie Game, Name Droppers, PErsonality, The Celebrity Game, Take a Good Look, I've Got a Secret, To Tell the Truth, The Name's the Same, and Jeopardy! - which Reiner made a habit of watching with Mel Brooks. He also hosted the 80s special, "Those Wonderful TV Game Shows".

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posted 7/1/2020

TUESDAY: Got Talent Wins
Because, You Know... Tuesday
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.957 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) coasted to another victory on Tuesday behind fresh installments of "America's Got Talent" (8.338 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and "World of Dance" (4.196 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2).

CBS (4.570 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) was a distant second with repeats of "NCIS" (5.203 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), "FBI" (4.584 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (3.922 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

Next up was FOX (1.339 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (1.336 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and a second hour of "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (1.343 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.944 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up repeats of "Modern Family" (2.397 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3), another "Modern Family" (1.816 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9), "Black-ish" (1.447 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "Mixed-ish" (1.316 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) plus the season finale of "The Genetic Detective" (2.346 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.689 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) wrapped the night with "DC's Stargirl" (1.011 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Barry Brewer: Chicago I'm Home" (0.367 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14).

On cable Tuesday...
- Supermarket Stakeout: What Would Alex Do? (Food): 758k/0.23
- Chopped (Food): 746k/0.24
- Celebrity Show-Off (TBS): 489k/0.18
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 390k/0.18


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posted 7/1/2020

AMPTP, WGA Make a Deal
Contract to Head to WGA for Vote
From the Wrap

The Writers Guild of America and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers have reached tentative deal on a new film and TV contract, with negotiations continuing hours after the contract expired at midnight Wednesday, as reported by both THR and Variety.

The contract will now go to the WGA board for ratification before being sent to members for a vote. Details on the contract will not be disclosed until and unless it is approved.

Representatives for both WGA and AMPTP did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

The eleventh-hour agreement comes after months of delays and tense exchanges between the WGA and AMPTP. Talks were initially set to take place in March but were forced to postpone due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The two sides agreed to extend the expiration of the existing contract from May 1 to June 30 while a new date for remote negotiations was discussed.

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posted 7/1/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Twice as Tough as Nails"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Tough as Nails" to air two-hour debut next week (The Futon Critic)

  • How an IKEA in Burbank was transformed into the summer's hottest (smirk) show (NEwsweek)

  • Shah Rukh Khan rejected the host role in "Slumdog Millionaire" (NDTV)

  • Clare Crawley inherits "The Bachelorette's Bible" from Rachel Lindsay & Becca Kufrin. In other news, there is a Bachelorette's Bible (GoldDerby)

posted 7/1/2020

SYNDIES: Week 41
Results for the Week Ending June 21
From TV Newscheck

Only a handful of syndicated strips generated meaningful ratings steam in the last week before summer as people using television (PUT) levels sank to their lowest of the year.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.1 NC
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.3 -7%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.2 -2%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.0 -9%
- America Says (Sony) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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posted 6/30/2020

"Catchphrase" Returns to the Studio
Quiz Show First ITV Production Post-COVID-19
From Deadline

ITV has announced that long-running game show Catchphrase will become its first entertainment brand to begin filming again following the coronavirus lockdown.

The STV Productions format will head back to the studio on July 6 to record 10 episodes, with a number of social distancing and safety protocols in place to protect the production team.

STV Productions has redesigned the set, crew will work in bubbles with staggered start times, people will have to sign health declaration forms, the studio will be cleaned on a daily basis, and there will be no audience.

Host Stephen Mulhern said: "It feels so good to be back in the studio and it's taken a huge amount of work from the crew and all at STV Productions who make the show and ITV who broadcast it to get us back up and running safely. We can't wait to start."

ITV head of entertainment Katie Rawcliffe added: "Catchphrase is the first of ITV's big entertainment shows to go back into the studio. All the teams have worked incredibly hard to get us back filming."

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posted 6/29/2020

MONDAY: Game Night (on Another Network) Wins
"The Wall" Hits a New High as NBC Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (3.549 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) claimed the top spot on Monday with its mix of "The Titan Games" (3.908 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1), "The Wall" (3.991 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) and a preview of "Cannonball" (2.748 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3).

CBS (3.432 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) was a close second with its repeat lineup of "The Neighborhood" (3.880 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (3.495 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "All Rise" (2.932 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "Bull" (3.676 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Next up was FOX (2.363 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with rebroadcasts of "9-1-1" (2.446 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "9-1-1: Lone Star" (2.280 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.095 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) offered up its latest installment of "The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons - Ever!" (2.095 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

And finally, The CW (1.003 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.065 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.964 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.991 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

On cable Monday...
- Big Time Bake (Food): 693k/0.20


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/30/2020

WEEKEND: Game Night Wins... Part 2
ABC Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.242 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) remained on top on Sunday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.207 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.499 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1), "Press Your Luck" (3.802 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and "Match Game" (3.461 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

CBS (3.396 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) was a close second with a new "60 Minutes" (7.706 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) followed by the "BET Awards 2020" (1.960 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Next up was NBC (1.923 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #3) with a new "Hollywood Game Night" (1.812 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) alongside encores of "The Titan Games" (1.286 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "America's Got Talent" (2.297 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.758 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) offered up repeats of "Last Man Standing" (0.886 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14), "Duncanville" (0.511 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14), "The Simpsons" (0.835 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10), "Bless the Harts" (0.631 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10), "Bob's Burgers" (0.750 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Family Guy" (0.936 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.424 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with repeats of "DC's Stargirl" (0.409 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.439 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14).

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.104m/0.26
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 751k/0.21

ABC (3.414 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) held onto the top spot on Friday with repeats of "Shark Tank" (3.238 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) and "20/20" (3.502 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1).

Sharing the demo honors was FOX (2.174 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) and its latest installment from "WWE SmackDown" (2.174 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1).

Next up was NBC (2.166 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with its mix of "World of Dance" (1.897 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), "The Wall" (2.022 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "Dateline NBC" (2.579 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.056 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up "The 47th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards" (3.047 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) alongside a repeat of "Blue Bloods" (3.074 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.2, #8).

And finally, a new "Masters of Illusion" (0.795 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) plus repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (0.664 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.615 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.652 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) rounded out the night on The CW (0.681 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Friday...
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (VH1): 541k/0.23
- Master Minds (SF/GSN): 537k/0.04

- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars: Untucked (VH1): 368k/0.15
- Fox Sports: The Home Game (FS1): 58k/0.03

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posted 6/30/2020

Different Runway
Cutforth & Lipsitz to Produce New Season from New Shingle
From the Futon Critic

"Project Runway" is switching production companies, with Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz's new venture, Alfred Street Industries, taking over for their former company, Magical Elves.

The fashion competition ended its 18th season in March and has not formally been renewed by Bravo for a 19th, though casting for the new season began in February and an individual with knowledge tells TheWrap the Season 19 is in the very early stages at the cable channel — having been stalled by the pandemic, like almost every other TV series — but that Alfred Street Industries will be producing the new episodes once they can begin production.

Cutforth and Lipsitz produced "Project Runway" through Magical Elves from 2004 to 2009 during its first turn on Bravo, with the duo and their production company leaving the fashion competition series when it relocated to Lifetime. During the Lifetime years, the show was produced by The Weinstein Company and Bunim/Murray. Cutforth, Lipsitz and Magical Elves returned to "Project Runway" when it came back to Bravo in 2019.

The Wrap

posted 6/30/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Bachelors, Bachelorettes, and Babies"

posted 6/30/2020

Critics Choice Awards: And the Winners Were...
"Jeopardy!" Sweeps The Games
From Deadline

Netflix has again led all networks at the second annual Critics Choice Real TV Awards, and its series Cheer and Queer Eye topped the winners, each taking home two awards.

The Culinary Show category resulted in a tie, with both Chopped and Top Chef honored.

Netflix won eight awards in all including Jeffrey Epstein: Filthy Rich (Crime/Justice Series), Somebody Feed Phil (Travel/Adventure Series), Love Is Blind (Relationship Show), as well as Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Programming by a Network or Streaming Platform.

ABC and Bravo followed Netflix with two awards each.

Survivor host and executive producer Jeff Probst received this year's Critics Choice Real TV Impact Award, for his ongoing contributions to the unscripted television.

Here is the full list of winners for the event, organized by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association and nonfiction producer trade organization NPACT:
- Competition Series: RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)
- Competition Series: Talent/Variety: The Voice (NBC)
- Business Show: Shark Tank (ABC)
- Culinary Show – TIE: Chopped (Food Network), Top Chef (Bravo)
- Game Show Jeopardy!: The Greatest of All Time (ABC)
- Relationship Show: Love Is Blind (Netflix)
- Show Host Alex Trebek – Jeopardy! (CBS Television Distribution)


Deadline

posted 6/26/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "How to Handle 80,000 Gallons of Slime"

  • BTS: Turning the floor into lava (Yahoo!)

  • "Wheel of Fortune" merch and you've already clicked the link, haven't you? (The Pop Insider)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Crazy Delicious (Netflix) (Newsweek)

  • Survivor alums demand more diversity in casting (People)

  • Gavin Newsom may have to dial back reopening LA (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Mary Murphy (Gold Derby)

posted 6/29/2020

Daytime Emmy Awards: And the Winners Were...
"Jeopardy!" Sweeps The Games
From Variety

The 47th Daytime Emmy Awards got underway on Friday night, after a particularly unusual path due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year's Daytime Emmys returned to TV for the first time in five years, and to broadcast TV (specifically, CBS) for the first time since 2011. Big winners included best daytime drama winner "The Young and the Restless," which dominated the tally with eight wins, the most for any show. Also experiencing a good night: "Jeopardy," which was named best game show and best game show host (for Alex Trebek).

Trebek said that this win "was a shock. Speaking as one nominated 32 times and has won 7 times, I can say with some degree of authority that winning is nicer."

CBS — which aired the Daytime Emmys for the 14th time on Friday night, more than any other network — won the most awards on Friday night, with 15 trophies combined from the broadcast and additional wins in categories announced on social media. Syndicated programs won 11 awards, with ABC taking home five trophies, NBC claiming four, HBO nabbing three and Amazon Prime Video winning two.

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Daytime Confidential
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The Wrap
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posted 6/26/2020

Game Face Goes "Unfiltered"
Catch Nick's Newest Game July 11
From the Futon Critic

Comedian and actor Jay Pharoah (Saturday Night Live, 2 Minutes of Fame), will host Nickelodeon's Unfiltered (previously Game Face). The remotely produced six-episode game show features panelists Darci Lynne and All That's Lex Lumpkin and Gabrielle Nevaeh Green, who must guess the identities of virtually disguised celebrity guests. Nickelodeon's Unfiltered premieres Saturday, July 11, at 8:30 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.

Said Pharoah, "As a person who likes to transform and play multiple characters, I always love a good disguise and I can't wait to see which panelist will be able to figure out our guests' identities. Nickelodeon's Unfiltered is going to be an outrageously good time, and we have some big names and surprises that you really won't want to miss!"

Each episode of Nickelodeon's Unfiltered will feature celebrity guests whose true identities are hidden behind an animated 3D filter and voice changer, while the panel deciphers the mystery through rounds of Q&A, wacky trivia and hilarious game competitions. The first panelist to guess the star hiding behind the filter wins the round. Viewers can get in on the fun by downloading the show's filters to transform into the same digital characters as their favorite celebrities. Nickelodeon's Unfiltered follows the success of the remotely produced series Group Chat with Annie and Jayden, hosted by Side Hustle co-stars Annie LeBlanc and Jayden Bartels.

Nickelodeon's Unfiltered is executive produced by Pharoah and Shaina Farrow (Special Skills). Ben Pluimer (Legendary Dudas) also serves as executive producer. Production for Nickelodeon is overseen by Ashley Kaplan, Senior Vice President, Digital Studios; Luke Wahl, Vice President, Digital Studios; and Paul J Medford, Vice President, Unscripted Current Series.

The Futon Critic
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 6/26/2020

THURSDAY: Game Night Wins
ABC Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (3.603 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) was once again Thursday's top draw with its trio of "Holey Moley" (3.929 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1), "Don't" (3.478 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.403 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

CBS (3.431 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) remained the silver draw with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (4.794 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "The Unicorn" (3.352 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), "Mom" (3.652 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5), the finale of "Broke" (3.560 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "SWAT" (2.613 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

Next up was NBC (2.306 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with originals from "Council of Dads" (2.967 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "Blindspot" (1.891 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) plus a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.059 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.171 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up new episodes of "Celebrity Watch Party" (1.403 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Labor of Love" (0.938 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13).

And finally, The CW (0.513 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with fresh installments from "Burden of Truth" (0.592 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "In the Dark" (0.434 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14).

On cable Thursday...
- Alone: Million Dollar Challenge (History): 1.251m/0.20
- The Misery Index (TBS): 748k/0.26
- Master Minds (GSN): 492k/0.04


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/26/2020

Reality TV Awards: And the Winners Were...
"5th Grader", Dwayne Johnson Among Winners
From PR Web

The winners were announced tonight in the 7th Annual Reality Television Awards (#RTVAs) at RTVAs.com.

Notable winners were Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson accepting for Outstanding Host (NBC's The Titan Games), Jennifer Lopez and Derek Hough for Reality Queen & Reality King (NBC's World of Dance), Amy Poehler was on hand to accept New Show (NBC's Making It), Simon Cowell representing its third win for Best Competition Show (NBC's America's Got Talent), Kodi Lee, winner of NBC's America's Got Talent was chosen for Outstanding Reality TV Moment, Jazz Jennings and the entire cast accepted Docu-Series (TLC's I Am Jazz), and the biggest award of the night, Overall Show was accepted by Arthur Smith of A. Smith & Co. Productions (with a little cameo by Gordon Ramsay) for FOX's Hell's Kitchen.

NBC's The Voice was awarded Best Judging Panel, MTV's Floribama Shore for Best Returning Cast, TLC's Drag Me Down The Aisle won for Lifestyle Show, NBC's Hollywood Game Night & World of Dance won Feel Good Show and Best Editing respectively, while Facebook Watch's I Want My Stuff Back won for Digital Reality Series. Discovery's Deadliest Catch took back its winning streak for Bad Ass Crew. TLC's Dr. Pimple Popper was voted as best Guilty Pleasure and Animal Planet's The Aquarium was rewarded Unique Concept, and both Creative Challenge and Best New Cast went to NBC's The Titan Games.

Young reality TV stars were represented too: Nickelodeon's Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader took Outstanding Game Show with newly-added category Kids Reality Series going to Universal Kids' American Ninja Warrior Junior.

PR Web

posted 6/25/2020

Alex Murphy Fired from "Dancing on Ice"
Pro Ice Dancer Shares News on Instagram
From MSN

Dancing On Ice star Alex Murphy has said she is feeling "lost and devastated" after being axed from the show.

The 31-year-old professional skater - who joined the ITV show when it returned in 2018 - has been dropped from the series just months after winning Dancing On Ice 2020 with TV host and actor Joe Swash.

Murphy made the announcement on her Instagram account saying: "It is with a heavy heart that I release the following statement. For the last three years, Dancing On Ice has not only been my job, but also what I considered to be my family.

"I am broken hearted to announced that I have recently been informed that I will not be re-contracted for Dancing On Ice 2021 series.

"This decision has come as a huge shock to me. I absolutely love the show and had hoped to go back for 2021. I have been left feeling bewildered, lost, and devastated."

She went on: "I am so grateful for the three years that I had on this incredible show and I will wholeheartedly miss everyone and everything about it.

"Though I am heartbroken, I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason, and although this hurts right now, I will pick myself up and look forward towards the future.

"Thank you so much to all my colleagues at DOI and most importantly the viewers for the constant support and love that you have shown me the last 3 years.

"It was an incredible part of my life and though it is ending sooner than I would have liked, I am so grateful for the memories."

The Futon Critic

posted 6/24/2020

WEDNESDAY: Minor League?
NBC Wins Night, Game On Drops to Season Low
From the Futon Critic

NBC (3.720 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) led a low key Wednesday with its repeat lineup of "Chicago Med" (3.855 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1), "Chicago Fire" (3.618 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) and "Chicago PD" (3.688 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1).

FOX (1.524 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) shared in the demo honors with a rebroadcast of "MasterChef" (1.484 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) followed by a new "Ultimate Tag" (1.565 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1).

Next up was ABC (2.636 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with its encore of "Taking the Stage: African American Music and Stories That Changed America" (3.159 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) alongside a new "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (1.590 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.567 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up a new "Game On!" (3.004 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) plus repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.283 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "SWAT" (2.414 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, originals from "The 100" (0.590 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) and "Bulletproof" (0.344 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) on The CW (0.467 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable Wednesday...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.022m/0.32
- The Challenge: Total Madness (MTV): 941k/0.55
- Forged in Fire: Beat the Judges (History): 804k/0.21
- Master Minds (GSN): 463k/0.05

- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 258k/0.13
- Cash Cab - 10:30p (Bravo): 237k/0.06
- Cash Cab - 11p (Bravo): 235k/0.06

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/24/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Alex Pays It Forward"

  • Alex Trebek donated $500K to homeless shelter (Fox News)

  • Elizabeth Banks makes "The Magic School Bus" work for her (Good Morning America)

  • LIST ABUSE: 31 hot Floor Is Lava memes (The Tab)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: someone calculated the best Chaser (Birmingham Live)

  • Anthony Dominici & Will Arnett on how they built LEGO Masters (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Michelle Khare (THe Futon Critic)

posted 6/25/2020

Steph Curry Looks for Champion
"Ultimate Home Championship" Fundraising Special Heads to YouTube
From the Futon Critic

YouTube Originals today announced "UHC: Ultimate Home Championship," a first-of-its-kind competition special premiering Friday, June 26 at 12:00pm ET / 9:00am PT on host Stephen Curry's YouTube channel, which since relaunching in 2018 has grown to more than 1.25m subscribers. The competition features some of the most exciting athletes and sports talent on YouTube, including The F2, Ryan García, DeAndre Jordan, Kristopher London, Von Miller, Ronda Rousey and Lindsey Vonn, and "sideline commentators" including gaming superstar Tyler "Ninja" Blevins, ESPN's Katie Nolan, and Saturday Night Live's Ego Nwodim.

"With 'Ultimate Home Championship,' we were able to create a fun and safe environment for entertaining competition," said Stephen Curry. "We invited the best athletes in the world to compete and raise money for a great cause."

The last several months have been an unprecedented time for professional sports, with every major league putting its operations on pause. But even with stadiums going dark, the spirit of competition is alive and well and videos of athletes training and competing in their own homes have exploded on social media. Enter the Ultimate Home Championships - a tournament where athletes and creators compete from their homes for the title of world's greatest at-home athlete.

The competition, which is built around four, high-octane rounds of at-home events from a laundry hamper basketball to a DIY high jump, will raise funds for the World Health Organization's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund with viewers encouraged to donate directly on the "Ultimate Home Championship" watch page.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/24/2020

Eco-Challenge Returns August 14
Bear Grylls to Host for Prime Video
From the Futon Critic

World's Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji will premiere on Prime Video on August 14th 2020 in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide. This 10-episode adventure series, hosted by Bear Grylls and executive produced by Mark Burnett, tells the story of the ultimate expedition race, in which 66 teams from 30 countries race non-stop for 11 days, 24 hours a day, across hundreds of miles of rugged Fijian terrain complete with mountains, jungles and oceans.

Filmed last fall in Fiji, World's Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji is a battle to the finish for 330 competitors (who form teams of five, including four racers and an assistant crew member); however, the greatest challenges are not the competing teams, but the unforgiving 671 kilometers of terrain which stands between all those competing and the finish line. Viewers worldwide will see the limits of human physical and mental endurance tested like never before.

At its core, World's Toughest Race: Eco-Challenge Fiji is about perseverance. People from all walks of life and every corner of the globe join together to overcome the most incredible obstacles. The challenges lie both within the course itself, and competitors' equally daunting personal struggles, which are only magnified by the demands of the expedition.

The series, produced by MGM Television in association with Amazon Studios, comes from an award-winning team in television including host and executive producer Bear Grylls (Man vs Wild, Running Wild), showrunner and executive producer Lisa Hennessy (Eco-Challenge, The Biggest Loser), and executive producers Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Voice), Eric Van Wagenen (Survivor, The Amazing Race), Barry Poznick for MGM Studios, and Delbert Shoopman, Grylls' producing partner.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/24/2020

Skinny Come Dancing
BBC Pares Down on Next Season
From Deadline

The BBC will reduce the number of Strictly Come Dancing episodes it broadcasts this year as part of its plans to get the show on air amid the coronavirus crisis.

The UK broadcaster has committed to Season 18 of the smash-hit dance competition this year, but producers at BBC Studios are working feverishly to make sure the show can shoot safely as COVID-19 continues to circulate.

A BBC spokesman said the series will be truncated to keep standards high. The show usually runs for around 14 weeks in the fall, but the BBC would not say how many episodes will be axed.

A reduction in season length may also mean that there will be fewer contestants than usual, given couples are eliminated on a weekly basis. Casting is still ongoing for the show, while the professional dancers are preparing for rehearsals next month.

Deadline

posted 6/24/2020

TUESDAY: Same Road, New Stonestreet
NBC Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.200 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) stayed on top last night with fresh installments of "America's Got Talent" (8.624 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "World of Dance" (4.353 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2).

The silver went to CBS (4.822 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with repeats of "NCIS" (5.643 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3), "FBI" (4.714 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (4.108 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Next up was ABC (2.056 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) with second runs of "The Conners" (2.769 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), another "The Conners" (2.309 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9), "Black-ish" (1.462 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9), "Mixed-ish" (1.320 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and a new "The Genetic Detective" (2.237 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.363 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) served up repeats of "Hell's Kitchen" (1.358 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (1.367 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

And finally, The CW (0.723 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "DC's Stargirl" (0.958 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and "Louie Anderson: Big Underwear" (0.488 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14).

On cable Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 870k/0.27
- Supermarket Stakeout: What Would Alex Do? (P/Food): 718k/0.21
- Celebrity Show-Off (P/TBS): 524k/0.16
- Master Minds (GSN): 552k/0.05

- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 286k/0.14

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/24/2020

ITVA Makes a Deal with Nobody's Hero
"Nailed It" Producers Sign Overall
From Deadline

Christopher Potts and Jonty Nash, two of the creative minds behind Netflix reality series Nailed It! and Sugar Rush, have signed an overall deal with ITV America. The pair, who also helped to develop NBCU's hit British reality series Made In Chelsea, will work with the Love Island producer via their recently established production label Nobody's Hero.

Nobody's Hero was established at the start of the year after the pair previously worked together at Project Runway producer Magical Elves. The company has already set unscripted projects with Netflix and Quibi as well as History and Nat Geo Wild.

Under the overall deal with ITV America, Potts and Nash will develop and produce "offbeat" reality shows and work alongside the ITV team. The deal was brokered by ITV America Executive Vice President of Business Development and Strategy Danielle Bibbo and by WME, which reps Nobody's Hero.

Deadline

posted 6/24/2020

"Apprentice UK" Fired... for 2020
BBC Calls Off Season
From Deadline

The UK version of The Apprentice has been postponed for a year by the BBC amid the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement on Wednesday, the show said: "Sadly we have decided to postpone The Apprentice for 2020. Production safety and the wellbeing of everyone involved in the show is our number one priority."

The UK version of The Apprentice has been postponed for a year by the BBC amid the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement on Wednesday, the show said: "Sadly we have decided to postpone The Apprentice for 2020. Production safety and the wellbeing of everyone involved in the show is our number one priority."

This year's season would have been its 16th on British television, with billionaire Lord Sugar presiding over the format, in which he decides to invest in an entrepreneur after a series of weekly challenges. The Apprentice is based on the original Mark Burnett format and is produced in the UK by Fremantle label Boundless. It has gone the way of other UK non-scripted shows, such as Love Island, in calling off production in 2020.

Deadline

posted 6/24/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Master Salesman"

  • Ken Jennings pitches Carmax (MediaPost)

  • Chris Coelen on the nuts and bolts of Love Is Blind (Deadline)

  • Martha Stewart re-ups with Food Network, "Chopped" (The Wrap)

  • Jeff Probst is ready for more Survivor, but is Fiji? (GoldDerby)

  • John Henson should've not pressed send (Hollywood Life)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! .... so the floor ISN'T lava, then? (Screen Rant)

  • Michael, Alec, Steve, Tessitore, Riggle, and Anthony talk games from home (Laughing Place)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Tom Collicchio (GoldDerby)

posted 6/24/2020


PopHuff

Lil Rel Gets Small
Actor/Comedian to Host "Small Fortune" for NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC has named dynamic comedian, actor, writer and producer Lil Rel Howery as host of the new game show, "Small Fortune." Howery, who will also serve as executive producer, joins the pint-sized series that will offer contestants the opportunity to amass large sums of money on the smallest of scales.

"I'm really excited to host this very fun and exciting game show," said Howery. "I've played the games and they're not as easy as they look, which is why this show will be so fun to watch. You will want to try some of these creative games at home."

"Lil Rel's energy, wit and comedic timing are sure to make 'Small Fortune' feel larger than life," said Meredith Ahr, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. "As he guides contestants through nail-biting challenges, audiences will be on the edge of their seats and laughing all at once."

"Small Fortune" will see teams of three friends compete in the tiniest of challenges for a chance to win big money. In order to win, players must face heart-pounding tasks set in real-world destinations that test their precision and technique. From a shrunken sushi conveyor belt with tiny chopsticks ("Shrunken Sushi") to a mini Ellis Island ("Statue of Liberteeny"), each team must prove their skills on miniature playing fields. Challenges will require considerable dexterity and intense focus because with games this small, there's no room for error as the slightest miscalculation or tremble may result in elimination. To take home the ultimate Small Fortune, teams that make it to the end must tackle one last teeny-tiny but epic game. If players can control their nerves and avoid the slightest mistake, they will walk away with a big cash prize.

"Small Fortune" is set to go into production later this year. .

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posted 6/18/2020

Jimmy Kimmel Apologizes
Statement Comes After Old Material Resurfaces
From TV Line

Jimmy Kimmel has issued an apology for a recurring Man Show sketch in which he used blackface to impersonate NBA player Karl Malone.

"I have long been reluctant to address this, as I knew doing so would be celebrated as a victory by those who equate apologies with weakness and cheer for leaders who use prejudice to divide us," Kimmel said in a statement. "That delay was a mistake. There is nothing more important to me than your respect, and I apologize to those who were genuinely hurt or offended by the makeup I wore or the words I spoke."

Kimmel says he began impersonating Malone on KROQ radio in the mid-90s, a bit that eventually made its way to The Man Show, which Kimmel co-hosted with Adam Carolla on Comedy Central from 1999 to 2003. "We hired makeup artists to make me look as much like Karl Malone as possible," he explains. "I never considered that this might be seen as anything other than an imitation of a fellow human being, one that had no more to do with Karl's skin color than it did his bulging muscles and bald head. I've done dozens of impressions of famous people, including Snoop Dogg, Oprah, Eminem, Dick Vitale, Rosie, and many others. In each case, I thought of them as impersonations of celebrities and nothing more. Looking back, many of these sketches are embarrassing, and it is frustrating that these thoughtless moments have become a weapon used by some to diminish my criticisms of social and other injustices."

He continues, "I believe that I have evolved and matured over the last twenty-plus years, and I hope that is evident to anyone who watches my show. I know that this will not be the last I hear of this and that it will be used again to try to quiet me. I love this country too much to allow that. I won't be bullied into silence by those who feign outrage to advance their oppressive and genuinely racist agendas."

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posted 6/23/2020

SYNDIES: Week 40
Results for the Week Ending June 14
From TV Newscheck

Some of the closely watched daytime shows saw a rebound in the session ending June 14, most notably Kelly Carkson, which surged 25% from the prior frame — the most of any program in syndication — to a 1.0 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating. The climb was even more impressive, since Clarkson, the season's rookie leader by a large margin, was in reruns on four of the five days.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.1 +5%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.7 -3%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.3 -4%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.0 -9%
- America Says (Sony) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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posted 6/23/2020

Back to Church
Sunday Best Returns to BET for Season 10
From Deadline

BET has set a July premiere date for the Season 10 premiere of its popular gospel singing competition series Sunday Best. The new season will kick off Sunday, July 5 at 8 p.m. on BET.

Grammy-winning music artist Kirk Franklin returns as host for Season 10, along with judges Erica Campbell, Grammy-winning songstress and host of Get Up Mornings; Kelly Price, Grammy-nominated artist & star of BET's American Soul; and Grammy-nominated & multiple Stellar award-winning artist Jonathan McReynolds.

The first three episodes of season 10 were filmed in-studio with a live audience and band from Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta. Production then halted due to the coronavirus pandemic and resumed a few weeks back.

"In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and in an effort to keep the shows judges, contestants and crew safe – new and innovative technology, techniques and artist-generated content were used to complete production of episodes four through eight of season 10 – allowing the audience to join in on weekly praise & worship during the time when America needs it most," the network said in a statement.

The anticipated tenth season will feature exclusive performances from artists including Yolanda Adams, Marvin Sapp, Mali Music, season 9's winner, Melvin Crispell, III with additional performers set to be announced in the forthcoming weeks.

Jesse Collins, CEO of Jesse Collins Entertainment (BET Awards, The New Edition Story), and Dionne Harmon (The Bobby Brown Story, Hip Hop Squares) serve as executive producers of season ten, along with executive producer and showrunner Jeannae Rouzan-Clay (Dear Mama, Black Girls Rock!), and Torrence Glenn (Celebration Of Gospel, Trumpet Awards) is co-executive producer.

Season 10 auditions were previously held earlier this year in Atlanta, GA at The House of Hope. The season 10 winner will receive a recording contract with RCA Inspiration, a cash prize of $50,000 and the title "Sunday Best."

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posted 6/23/2020

Doubled Out
Singled Out Renewed by Quibi
From Deadline

Quibi has picked up a second season of the popular MTV franchise Singled Out, hosted by Keke Palmer and co-host Joel Kim Booster, for premiere on the shortform video platform later this year.

In Season 2 of dating game show Singled Out, from MTV Studios, hosts Palmer and Booster will continue to make love connections for a new generation of daters of all genders and sexual preferences.

Singled Out is produced by MTV Studios. The original Punk'd, created by Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg, with Kutcher serving as producer and host, first aired on MTV in 2003. Singled Out originally aired from 1995-98 on MTV, first hosted by Chris Hardwick and Jenny McCarthy. Carmen Electra took over for then-sitcom-bound McCarthy about halfway through the show's run.

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posted 6/23/2020

MONDAY: Titanic Wall
NBC Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (3.765 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) was still the network to beat on Monday with originals from "The Titan Games" (3.892 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1), "The Wall" (3.849 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) and "Dateline NBC" (3.553 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

Second place went to CBS (3.425 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and its repeat lineup of "The Neighborhood" (4.213 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (3.531 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5), "All Rise" (2.900 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Bull" (3.503 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Next up was FOX (2.243 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with encores of "9-1-1" (2.297 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "9-1-1: Lone Star" (2.188 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.140 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) offered up another installment of "The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons - Ever!" (2.140 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6). And finally,

The CW (1.103 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with the return of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.114 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.049 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and the season premiere to "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.124 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

On cable Friday...
- Big Time Bake (Food): 718k/0.17
- Master Minds (GSN): 504k/0.04


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posted 6/22/2020

WEEKEND: ... Light Sunday
ABC Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (3.999 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with its mix of "Celebrity Family Feud" (3.474 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3), "John Legend and Family: A Bigger Love Father's Day" (3.302 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), "The Room Where It Happened: ABC News Exclusive Interview with John Bolton" (6.144 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) and "Match Game" (3.075 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

CBS (3.751 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) took home the silver with its lineup of "60 Minutes" (6.975 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2), "United We Sing: A Grammy Tribute to the Unsung Heroes" (2.811 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (2.405 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

Next up was NBC (1.811 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T2) with a new "Hollywood Game Night" (1.697 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) alongside repeats of "The Titan Games" (1.445 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and "America's Got Talent" (2.051 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.751 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) offered up repeats of "Last Man Standing" (0.919 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10), "Duncanville" (0.534 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16), "The Simpsons" (0.788 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10), "Bless the Harts" (0.656 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10), "Bob's Burgers" (0.725 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "Family Guy" (0.886 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

And finally, encores of "DC's Stargirl" (0.375 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) and "Supergirl" (0.301 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) rounded out the night on The CW (0.338 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Friday...
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (VH1) 507k/0.22
- Master Minds (GSN): 507k/0.04

- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars Untucked (VH1): 362k/0.16

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (SP/Food): 1.165m/0.32
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 791k/0.21

- Tournament of Laughs (P/TBS): 409k/0.13
- Disney Fam Jam (SP/Disney): 249k/0.05

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posted 6/23/2020

More on "Floor Is Lava"
"Hyperdrive's" Rutledge Wood to Host
From Nerdist

Every kid knows "the floor is lava." The ground is molten rock and if you step in it you "die" (a.k.a. lose). The game's simplicity is why it's so appealing. All you need is a room full of objects to climb over. Then mix in your own craftiness and imagination and you're ready to go. And the best part? No actual magma or money necessary. But now Netflix is turning that childhood staple into a new game show for adults, with the Floor is Lava.

It's a premise that seems silly, absurd, and totally overdue.

With a title like Floor is Lava there's not much mystery about what contestants will have to do on Netflix's new series. On it "teams compete to navigate rooms flooded with lava by leaping from chairs, hanging from curtains, and swinging from chandeliers. Yes, really." And the first trailer for the show reveals that while players won't burn when they fall, they will get wet.

Hosted by Top Gear's Rutledge Wood, the first look at the show is everything we'd want from an oversized version of the kid's game. Players have to crawl, maneuver, and swing across the watery pit on ridiculous items built to handle adults. It's like Legends of the Hidden Temple for grownups, minus those Temple guards we're still afraid of.

But getting to play an all-time classic kid's game isn't even the best part. We're excited we can finally play "the floor is lava" without getting yelled at by our parents. The game might be simple, but it's not actually free to play. At least not for the grownups who have to replace the items destroyed when we climbed over them.

Netflix can afford it.

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posted 6/23/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Ring's the Thing"

  • Dean, Caelyn may have already gotten married (Reality TV World)

  • Bekah Martinez welcomes another baby (Reality TV World)

  • TODAY IN GAME SHOW HISTORY: 1980: David Letterman gets a talk show, replacing three bigs - Hollywood Squares, High Rollers, and Chain Reaction (Ultimate Classic Rock)

  • Shea Coulee reveals one of the most hurtful jobs she ever took (Dazed)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Audrey Morrissey (Deadline)

posted 6/23/2020

NBC Plays in USA's Pool
"Cannonball" to Play June 29 Ahead of Premiere on USA
From the Futon Critic

NBC will air a special telecast of "Cannonball" on Monday, June 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. As previously announced, the show will premiere Thursday, July 9 at 8 p.m. on USA Network.

The series, previously announced by USA, features contestants from all across America as they face-off in a variety of water obstacles in one of the biggest, wettest, slippery-est water sports competition ever created. From sliding off a 100-foot waterslide to rocketing off one of the world's fastest drop towers, "Cannonball" contestants will battle a variety of water obstacles to win a $10,000 cash prize.

WWE Superstar Mike "The Miz" Mizanin and Rocsi Diaz will serve as hosts. Simon Gibson will be the sideline reporter.

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posted 6/22/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Internet Is Forever..."

  • Jimmy Kimmel is reliving some off-color jokes about Megan Fox. Among other things (Newsweek)... while Kat Timpf is reliving some off-color jokes about Jimmy Kimmel. (ET Canada)

  • DL Hughley hospitalized after passing out, diagnosed with COVID-19 (The Wrap)

  • "LEGO Masters" gets a replay on Tubi (Deadline)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Virtual pub quiz features a Chaser's "Pointless" friend (Essex Magazine)

  • Robert Mills plans to roll on "The Bachelorette" in a month (On Air with Ryan Seacrest)

  • Rachel Lindsay wants increased vetting on "The Bachelor" for Matt James (Gold Derby)

  • Bill Shatner hosted "Show Me The Money", but did you know he was also in line to host the Feud? (Ultimate Classic Rock)

  • LIST ABUSE: 11 shows to fill the void left by "Big Brother's" abscence (REality Blurred)

  • Courtney Robertson's fiancee just celebrated his first Father's Day (Reality TV World)

  • Remembering Stuart Scott (Sportscasting)

posted 6/22/2020

"Dance" Is Off...
COVID-19 Sidelines Season 17 of "SYTYCD"
From Deadline

So You Think You Can Dance will not be waltzing on to screens this summer due to the COVID-19 production shutdown.

Production on the dance reality competition was shut down earlier this year as the global pandemic started and Fox has now revealed that the 17th season of the show will not be moving forward due to "health and governmental restrictions".

"As a result, while we were looking forward to its return this summer, we cannot meet the standards we've set for viewers and contestants in light of the show's unique format, intricate production schedule and limited time," the network noted.

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posted 6/19/2020

THURSDAY: The Game Is To Be Sold
ABC Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (3.554 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday thanks to originals from "Holey Moley" (4.145 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1), "Don't" (3.386 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.132 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

The silver went to CBS (3.481 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (4.879 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "The Unicorn" (3.406 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), "Mom" (3.685 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), a new "Broke" (3.563 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and "SWAT" (2.676 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Next up was NBC (2.131 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with originals from "Council of Dads" (2.789 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Blindspot" (1.841 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) alongside a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1.763 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.303 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up new episodes of "Celebrity Watch Party" (1.499 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "Labor of Love" (1.108 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

And The CW (0.476 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) likewise closed out the night with fresh installments of "Burden of Truth" (0.514 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "In the Dark" (0.437 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14).

On cable Thursday...
- Alone: Million Dollar Challenge (History): 1.285m/0.21
- Top Chef All-Stars LA (SF/Bravo): 1.044m/0.30
- The Misery Index (TBS): 804k/0.29
- Master Minds (GSN): 512k/0.05

- Syfy Wire's The Great Debate (P/Syfy): 306k/0.09
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 241k/0.09
- Cash CAb - 10:30p (Bravo): 240k/0.05

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posted 6/17/2020

Happy Juneteenth Lightning Round
... or "Freedom for All... or No One Is Free"

posted 6/19/2020


ABC

Upfronts 2020: ABC
Five Alive for Fall, "Idol" & "The Bachelor" to Return Midseason
From various sources

UPDATE: Today, ABC announced the Emmy(R) Award-nominated comedy series "black-ish" will join the network's Wednesday night lineup when the 2020-2021 prime-time schedule premieres. The previously announced new comedy "Call Your Mother" will debut later in the season.

Having just solidified its position as the No. 1 network in entertainment among Adults 18-49 for the first time in four years, ABC is announcing its 2020 premiere schedule. The network's previously announced programming slate includes renewals for 20 series and two straight-to-series orders from its current crop of pilots - David E. Kelley's thriller "Big Sky" and the comedy "Call Your Mother" (formerly "My Village") from Kari Lizer ("The New Adventures of Old Christine") - as well as the revival of alternative series "Supermarket Sweep" with Leslie Jones.

Note: New seasons of "American Idol," "The Bachelor," "black-ish," "For Life" and "mixed-ish" will be premiering later in the season.

ABC is bringing back the classic TV game show "Supermarket Sweep," hosted and executive produced by Emmy(R) Award-nominated comedienne and actress Leslie Jones. The fast-paced and energetic series follows three teams of two as they battle it out using their grocery shopping skills and knowledge of merchandise to win big cash prizes. The original format aired on ABC from 1965-1967 and went on to become a global sensation. It was adapted in 13 international territories and, most recently, relaunched in the UK. "Supermarket Sweep" is produced by Fremantle. Executive producers include Leslie Jones, Hunter Seidman and Jennifer Mullin, Alycia Rossiter and Wes Kauble. Follow "Supermarket Sweep" (#SupermarketSweep) on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

Also returning in game shows: "Dancing with the Stars", "Shark Tank", "The Bachelorette", and "Who Wants to Be A Millionaire".

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posted 6/18/2020

Welcome to Treasure Island
Discovery Imports Bear Grylls Series
From The Futon Critic

What happens when 12 strangers are marooned on a tropical island with a hidden cash prize up for grabs? Will they work together to increase their chances? Or go at it alone, ditching those perceived as the weakest? TREASURE ISLAND WITH BEAR GRYLLS, airing Thursdays at 8 PM ET/PT on Discovery, follows a group of strangers battling for a hidden treasure under the watchful eye of global adventurer Bear Grylls.

"This radical new twist on the island experience will test whether human nature really is ruled by the quest for financial gain, or whether co-operation and altruism in the face of adversity can bring their own reward," Grylls said.

But just finding the treasure isn't the only challenge. If a competitor taps out early, they will leave completely empty-handed. They must survive the elements that Mother Nature throws at them - including scorching temperatures and tropical storms. Each person's physical and mental conditions will be pushed to their limits, as they leave behind all the modern-day comforts at home. But what will happen in the end? Will greed corrupt the group? Or will they figure out a way to work as a team?

Tune in at 8 PM ET/PT this Thursday, June 18, on Discovery to check out the 2nd episode of this exciting 6-part series where anything can happen.

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posted 6/18/2020

WEDNESDAY: Everyone Gets a Trophy
Four-Way Tie for Demo Lead, NBC Wins Total
From the Futon Critic

NBC (3.622 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) was the top draw on Wednesday with its repeat mix of "Chicago Med" (3.815 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2), "Chicago Fire" (3.631 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (3.420 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

CBS (2.719 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with a new "Game On!" (3.353 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) alognside repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.369 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and "SWAT" (2.436 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

Next up was ABC (1.950 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) with its presentation of "The Wonderful World of Disney: Toy Story 3" (2.222 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and a new "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (1.406 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.489 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T1) offered up a repeat "MasterChef" (1.399 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and a new "Ultimate Tag" (1.579 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

And finally, new episodes of "The 100" (0.719 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and "Bulletproof" (0.358 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12) closed out the night on The CW (0.539 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Wednesday...
- The Challenge: Total Madness (MTV): 901k/0.52
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 861k/0.24
- Forged in Fire: Beat the Judges (History): 798k/0.20
- Master Minds (GSN): 516k/0.04

- Cash Cab - 11p (Bravo): 280k/0.05
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 241k/0.09
- Cash CAb - 10:30p (Bravo): 240k/0.05

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posted 6/17/2020

More on "Cannonball"
Catch It on USA July 9
From EWrestlingNews

Thursday, July 9 is officially must-see on the USA Network as The Miz makes his debut as the host of "CANNONBALL" for the show's premiere.

The new 10-episode series is set to re-design summer fun as contestants from all across America face off in of the biggest, wettest, slipperiest water sports competitions ever created. From sliding off a 100-foot waterslide to rocketing off one of the world's fastest drop towers, "CANNONBALL" and its Awesome host will have audiences on the edge of their seats throughout.

Catch the premiere on July 9 at 8/7 C and tune in Thursdays to see The Miz hosting the new series.

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posted 6/18/2020

More on "Tournament of Laughs"
Catch It on TBS June 21
From The Futon Critic

TBS' upcoming comedy competition series Tournament of Laughs has set its bracket and released the final match-ups in the battle for laughs. Featuring 32 comedians, the series turns comedy into sport, with the comics facing off each week in a single-elimination tournament. The contest kicks off this Sunday, June 21 at 10:00pm ET/PT, with viewers deciding who goes all the way.

Chaunté Wayans and Marina Franklin join previously announced comedians Jeff Ross, Margaret Cho, Gilbert Gottfried, Judah Friedlander, Michael Rapaport, Jim Norton, Fortune Feimster, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Natasha Leggero, Cameron Esposito, Godfrey, The Sklar Brothers, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Josh Wolf, Clayton English, Yamaneika Saunders, Gina Yashere, Tim Dillon, Moshe Kasher, Jessica Kirson, Paul Rodriguez, Sarah Tiana, Matteo Lane, Beth Stelling, Vladimir Caamano, Ian Edwards, Aida Rodriguez, Megan Gailey, Preacher Lawson, Piff The Magic Dragon.

Each comic has been split into four regions and will face-off each week until two are left to compete in front of an expert comedy panel charged with crowning a winner. The comedians have been sorted into "The South," "The East," "The West," and "Unknown, Probably Canada" brackets. Find the full list of match-ups below and click here to download a bracket.

UNKNOWN, PROBABLY CANADA
- Jeff Ross vs Beth Stelling
- Moshe Kasher vs Aida Rodriguez
- Mary Lynn Rajskub vs Preacher Lawson
- Natasha Leggero vs Cameron Esposito

THE WEST
- Triumph the Insult Comic Dog vs Chaunté Wayans
- Clayton English vs Matteo Lane
- The Sklar Brothers vs Yamaneika Saunders
- Judah Friedlander vs Piff the Magic Dragon

THE SOUTH
- Jim Norton as "Chip Chipperson" vs Megan Gailey
- Gina Yashere vs Paul Rodriguez
- Josh Wolf vs Vladmir Caamano
- Gilbert Gottfried vs Sarah Tiana

THE EAST
- Margaret Cho vs Ian Edwards
- Michael Rapapport vs Jessica Kirson
- Godrey vs Tim Dillon
- Fortune Feimster vs Marina Franklin

Each week the comics will create, produce, self-film, and star in their own videos - from stand-up sets to song parodies and everything in-between. After the episode has aired, the home audience will decide who moves forward, via online voting at www.tournamentoflaughs.com, with the winning comics returning for the next round.

Bud Light, the beer brand which is traditionally synonymous with the biggest stages of competition, is the series-long partner for Tournament of Laughs. Spanning every aspect of the show, Bud Light's multi-platform partnership will include Limited Commercial Interruption delivered by Bud Light for the premiere telecast, as well as in-show integrations, comedic branded content, custom commercial assets and other key elements across digital and social media.


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posted 6/18/2020

Are You Smarter Than a Podcast
Jeff Foxworthy to Host, Produce "5th Grader" Podcast
From Deadline

MGM and Audio Up, the new podcast content production studio, platform and network, are teaming to launch an Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader podcast, hosted by original series host and executive producer Jeff Foxworthy.

The Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader podcast is a curated selection of the series' best and most popular episodes culled from its library of more than 500 shows. The podcast will launch 20 episodes on June 25 across all podcast streaming platforms, with each featuring a celebrity contestant visiting the "classroom" to challenge the 5th graders in a game of grade school smarts. Celebrity guests will include Bethenny Frankel, Adam Corolla, Holly Robinson Peete, Brad Garrett, Chris Harrison, Dr. Drew, and more.

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posted 6/18/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Father's Day Pregame"

  • Alex Trebek's kids talk about their dad (USA TOday)

  • Andi Dorfman trades coasts (Reality TV World)

  • Chad Barrett fired from Food Network for domestic abuse (DEadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn (Deadline)

posted 6/18/2020

TUESDAY: You Know the Story By Now...
"Got Talent" Wins for NBC
From Deadline

m Facebook Twitter Print Email Show more sharing options ABC NBC's summer duo of America's Got Talent and World of Dance teamed to top Wednesday's broadcast primetime, a night that included ABC's re-airing of John Ridley's seminal L.A. riots documentary Let It Fall.

AGT scored a night-leading 1.3 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and 8.44 million viewers, both on par with a week ago. World of Dance (0.9, 4.41M) ticked up in the demo week-over-week. NBC was the No. 1 network overall for the night in both metrics.

ABC was second in the demo thanks to Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992 (0.5, 2.64M), Ridley's 2017 documentary about the racial tensions in the city that led to the 1992 riots sparked by the acquittal of four LAPD officers who had beaten Rodney King. The network followed that two-hour broadcast with a fresh episode of The Genetic Detective (0.4, 2.73M), which was even with last week.

The CW was the only other broadcaster to air original programming last night, with DC's Stargirl (0.2, 930,000), which was even, followed by The CW Happy Hour (0.0, 310K).

On cable Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 875k/0.25
- Supermarket Stakeout (SF/Food): 758k/0.22
- Master Minds (GSN): 552k/0.05

- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 242k/0.11

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posted 6/17/2020

To Tell R-Truth
WWE to Air Game Show July 14
From F4W Online

A game show hosted by R-Truth is coming to the WWE Network next month.

During his appearance on WWE's The Bump this morning, it was announced that "The R-Truth Game Show" will premiere on the WWE Network on Tuesday, July 14. A brief preview revealed that the game show was done remotely over video. Alexa Bliss, Natalya, Sheamus, and The Miz were shown during the preview.

R-Truth said a lot of his ingenuity went into the game show, he keeps account of the points, there are a lot of prizes, and there are trivia games, scavenger hunts, and other kinds of games.

The concept of an R-Truth game show on the WWE Network was first planned years ago. A pilot was filmed in 2017, but the series ended up never airing.

R-Truth is the current WWE 24/7 Champion. He won the title from Rob Gronkowski on Raw earlier this month. With Gronkowski returning to the NFL, he's no longer under contract with WWE.

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posted 6/17/2020


Dawn
TARIQ AZIZ: 1936-2020
Pakistani Game Show Host Rose to Politics
From The National

Renowned Pakistani television and radio presenter Tariq Aziz has died at the age of 84.

The TV veteran was admitted to hospital in Lahore with a critical illness on Tuesday night and died on Wednesday, his family have confirmed. The cause of death has not been revealed.

Born in Jalandhar in 1936, his family migrated to Pakistan and settled in Sahiwal. His career began in the 1960s with a slot on Radio Pakistan, before he went on to become the country's first major television host, appearing on PTV's first transmission in November 1964.

His popular game show Neelam Ghar started in 1974 and ran for four decades. It was later renamed the Tariq Aziz Show.

As well as his work in presenting, Aziz was an actor and keen poet, performing on many radio shows and starring in television programs throughout his career. In 1992, he was awarded the Pride of Performance Award by the Pakistani government for his services to the entertainment industry.

In the late 1990s, Aziz also took a step into politics, becoming a member of the National Assembly.

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posted 6/17/2020

While We're On These Shapes
C4 Plans for More "Circle"
From Deadline

Channel 4 has confirmed one of the worst-kept secrets in British TV — that The Circle is going to be renewed for a third season. It has also revealed there will be a celebrity version for charity Stand Up To Cancer, and the show will be tweaked because of the coronavirus crisis.

The Studio Lambert and Motion Content Group format will return to Channel 4 in early 2021, opening with a week-long celebrity edition, before everyday contestants enter the reality show, in which they catfish their way to a cash prize. It follows Netflix renewing The Circle for a second and third season in the U.S.

Production on Season 3 will begin in Salford, Greater Manchester, later this year, but it will all be pre-recorded as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, meaning there will be no studio audience or live shows. Emma Willis and comedian Sophie Willan will reprise their roles as host and voiceover respectively.

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posted 6/17/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Adaptation"

  • Millionaire may have to make new lifelines for a post-COVID world (London Evening STandard)

  • Mykel Hawke turns survival into trivia for Clickstream (Stockhouse)

  • Alan Carr quit Twitter due to ... well, Twitter (Female First)

  • Paul Sinha on recovering from COVID-19 (New Zealand Herald)

  • Heidi Klum talks about missing a day of work (GoldDerby)

  • Barbara Weber went straight mom on "The Bachelor" (REality TV World)

  • Colton & Cassie are never ever ever getting back together. Like... EVER. (People)

posted 6/17/2020


NBC

Upfronts 2020: NBC
Two Games on the Schedule
From various sources

Heading into the 2020-21 season, NBC unveils a fall lineup capitalizing on strong incumbency and momentum following a number of multi-year pickups for stalwart shows, including "New Amsterdam," "Chicago Fire," "Chicago Med," "Chicago P.D." "Law & Order: SVU" and "This Is Us." Featuring gripping dramas that include "Manifest," fan-favorite comedies "Superstore" and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and unrivaled alternative programming, including the return of coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani and host Carson Daly on "The Voice," the network's fall schedule sees 16 returning shows, and one new drama with "Law & Order: Organized Crime."

"Thanks to the ingenuity of our creative teams and our partner studios, NBC has assembled a remarkably stable schedule at a time when stability is called for," said Paul Telegdy, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. "With the reopening of the Universal lot for select productions this week, we are confident that our schedule will premiere intact later this fall. We design shows for longevity and this schedule remains a powerful propulsive force for shows to start here and carry on entertaining across generations." Telegdy continued, "Our brand has always championed positive programming, and the events of this year have allowed us the time to take pause, examine our business with a new lens and take some immediate action. Since many of our writers' rooms have not yet opened, we are taking this opportunity to offer all of this season's showrunners the chance to enrich their team with an additional diverse writer at any level. It is not the solution by any means, but it is something we can do right now to take a positive step."

The network will continue to work with NBCUniversal and studio partners on a long-term plan to increase diversity and inclusion in all aspects of our business. In the meantime, NBC will work to increase the overall percentage of diverse talent in this year's writers' rooms by funding an additional writer for every scripted show in the 20/21 season. For the third consecutive year, each returning show will also participate in the network's Female Forward, Emerging Director Program or Alternative Directors Program, all of which provide opportunities for women and ethnically diverse directors in the scripted and unscripted space. While production guidelines due to COVID-19 may impact the programs slightly, the intent of all the above programs remains to provide participants with an in-season episode to direct.

Both returning alternative hits and new series will also arrive to conquer midseason, led by the fourth season of the Ellen DeGeneres smash "Ellen's Game of Games." Joining Ellen in primetime as a master of ceremonies is Jimmy Fallon, who will executive produce and host "That's My Jam," a new comedy variety event series inspired by the wildly popular, celebrity-fueled musical segments made famous on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."

In the case of "Small Fortune," big series can certainly come in small packages, especially in this game show where teams of friends and family take on tiny games to win huge money.

NBC tied for #1 for the 2019-20 September-to-May primetime season in the key adult 18-49 demographic excluding sports, and is #1 outright in scripted programming. The network's schedule is led by television's #1 series, "NBC Sunday Night Football"; the #1 scripted series in 18-49, "This Is Us"; television's perennial #1 most-watched summer series, "America's Got Talent"; and Wednesday's "Chicago" dramas, all three of which rank among the top 10 dramas on television in 18-49 and total viewers. Returning shows for the 2020-21 schedule include "The Blacklist," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Chicago Fire," "Chicago Med," "Chicago P.D.," "Dateline NBC," "Ellen's Game of Games," "Good Girls," "Law & Order: SVU," "Making It," "Manifest," "NBC Sunday Night Football," "New Amsterdam," "Superstore," "This Is Us," "The Voice" and "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist." Additional previously announced new series include "Kenan," "Mr. Mayor," "Small Fortune," "That's My Jam" "Transplant," "True Story," "Who Do You Think You Are?," and "Young Rock." .

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posted 6/16/2020


CW

CW Borrows Summer Series
"Taskmaster", "Killer Camp", "Fridge Wars" On the Docket
From various sources

The CW Network announced today that it is adding a quartet of alternative acquisitions to its summer line-up and has set its remaining summer 2020 premiere dates. Making their U.S. debuts on The CW's already loaded summer schedule of acquired and original programming are the horror whodunnit competition KILLER CAMP on Thursday, July 16 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT), the docu-series BEING REUBEN on Friday, August 7 (9:00-9:30pm ET/PT) and the comedy panel game show TASKMASTER on Sunday, August 2 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT) followed that night by the family-centric cooking competition FRIDGE WARS (9:00-10:00pm ET/PT).

Top chefs compete to make an amazing feast using leftovers and ingredients found in your fridge in the culinary competition FRIDGE WARS. Each episode, two top chefs are pitted against one another with a challenge to create extraordinary meals using only the ingredients taken from the fridges of ordinary families. We learn why dinnertime is a source of stress and panic when host Emma Hunter visits a family's home and conducts a surprise fridge raid - taking everything from last week's leftover lasagna to the condiment collection, and even snatching that questionable bag of frozen vegetables from 2016. The competition commences back at the FRIDGE WARS studio where the family's fridge is recreated for both chefs. Once the clock starts, the chefs have 45 minutes to get dinner on the table - cooking with ingredients they've never seen for people they've never met! Inside their fridges, the chefs scour through the ingredients imagining what they can possibly pull together. But it's the outside of the fridge that holds clues that guide the chefs to create a winning meal strategy. The family calendar, take-out menus, photos and maybe a gluten-free recipe are all potential clues to influence what meal will be a hit with these total strangers. When time's up, the family takes their place at the dining room table and tastes each meal, scoring them on look, taste and originality - without knowing who cooked what. Those results go in the FRIDGE WARS vault and we do it all again with a new family and a new fridge full of challenges, this time upping the ante with a "What the Fridge (WTF) Challenge" that forces both chefs to adapt to a totally unique culinary crisis. With both families' scores tabulated, the final scene reveals which chef successfully created a mouth-watering masterpiece to win the "Fridge Wars" battle. Hosted by comedian Emma Hunter, FRIDGE WARS is co-produced and co-created by The Gurin Company and the CBC. The show is executive produced by Tracie Tighe (CBC) and Emmy(R) and Rose d'Or winner Phil Gurin (The Gurin Company).

In The CW's new satirical horror whodunit reality competition KILLER CAMP, 11 British strangers are shocked to discover they are not going on a fun new reality show called "Summer Camp" but actually participating in an over-the-top "murder" mystery series called "Killer Camp." Camp Counselor Bobby will be the first to tell you that everything at Camp Pleasant is picturesque and perfect... except the minor problem of the brutal murders. In typical reality show fashion, there will be camaraderie, sex appeal, and lots of backstabbing... only this time, literally. As the campers play games to earn cash during the day, each night one of them will meet their untimely demise in ever more extreme, hilarious and inventive ways. Nobody can be trusted, as one of the campers among them is actually the secret murderer controlling the evil camp handyman "Bruce," who executes the bloody hilarious death scenes. It's up to the campers to determine who is pulling the strings, cast out the murderer and save themselves before it's too late. Comedian Bobby Mair takes on presenting duties as Camp Counselor Bobby. Executive produced by Steph Harris, KILLER CAMP is from Tuesday's Child and originally aired on ITV2.

TASKMASTER is an International Emmy and triple BAFTA nominated comedy game show starring comedian and actor Greg Davies in the title role of the all-powerful Taskmaster, who issues simple comedic and bizarre tasks to five regular contestants - usually comedians - with Alex Horne (the show creator) acting as the Taskmaster's assistant. The tasks - usually performed in isolation, but occasionally in teams - are designed to encourage the players to think laterally and creatively. TASKMASTER is from Avalon ("Breeders," "Everything's Gonna Be Okay," "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver," "Catastrophe") with executive producers Alex Horne, Richard Allen-Turner, Rob Aslett, James Taylor, Jon Thoday and Andy Devonshire (who also serves as the series' director) with Hilary Rosen for UKTV. .

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posted 6/16/2020

Musical Chairs: 2020 Edition
Gwen Stefani Returns to "The Voice" in Place of Nick Jonas
From TV Line

The Voice's game of musical chairs continues, with former coach Gwen Stefani set to fill in for Nick Jonas during Season 19. She will be joined by returning coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Blake Shelton during the upcoming cycle, which is currently on track to premiere this fall.

Stefani's return was confirmed on Wednesday when the Peacock network unveiled its fall schedule, which also includes fellow returning series The Blacklist, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Manifest, New Amsterdam, Superstore, This Is Us and the entire #OneChicago slate, as well as Law & Order: SVU and the Christopher Meloni-fronted, Stabler-centric spinoff Law & Order: Organized Crime.

The No Doubt frontwoman first joined the NBC singing competition as a full-time coach in Season 7, then returned for Seasons 9, 12 and 17. She also served as a part-time advisor to Pharrell Williams and Shelton during Seasons 8 and 10, respectively.

Meanwhile, Jonas was recruited to fill Stefani's seat in Season 18 when she departed the show for a Las Vegas residency. His first (and, for now, only) season proved to be an irregular one, with the series forced to complete its spring cycle virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic. His finalist, Thunderstorm Artis, ultimately placed third, while Team Blake scored yet another win with artist Todd Tilghman.

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posted 6/16/2020

3-2-1, Let's Jam... Again
Disney Fam Jam to Return June 21
From The Futon Critic

Just in time for summer, Disney Channel's family dance competition series, "Disney Fam Jam," returns with all-new episodes on SUNDAY, JUNE 21 (8:20 p.m. EST/PST), on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW.

"Disney Fam Jam" choreographer Phil Wright, known for his online dance class series "The Parent Jam," along with co-hosts Ariel Martin ("ZOMBIES 2") and Trevor Tordjman ("ZOMBIES," "ZOMBIES 2") are back to take families off their couches and onto the dance floor.

Families will learn choreography from Wright and master their special moves during the rehearsal of their big stage performance. Martin and Tordjman will join Wright on the electrifying "Disney Fam Jam" stage, where the families come together to compete in front of the studio audience.

Each episode of the competition series will feature two families, with kids, hitting the floor to see which will be crowned "Disney Fam Jam" champions. At the end of each episode, the studio audience will vote for their favorite family, and the winners will take home a $10,000 prize along with a "Disney Fam Jam" trophy.

"Disney Fam Jam" is a production of Matador Content. The series is executive produced by Jay Peterson, Todd Lubin and James Sunderland ("Lip Sync Battle"), Irene Dreayer ("The Suite Life of Zack & Cody") and Phil Wright.

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posted 6/16/2020

SYNDIES: Week 39
Results for the Week Ending June 7
From TV Newscheck

While many shows were dragged to new lows in the session ending June 7 by massive preemption for coverage of the George Floyd memorial in Minneapolis, a tense day of passionate protests around the country and the ongoing pandemic, magazines as a group refused to decline. In fact, the high-flying mags were the only sector in first-run syndication in which everything was steady to higher amid severe losses elsewhere.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.9 +2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.8 -6%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.5 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.0 -9%
- America Says (Sony) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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posted 6/16/2020

Will You Accept These Dancing Shoes?
Kaitlyn Bristowe First to Be Cast on "Dancing with the Stars"
From TV Line

Dancing With the Stars has found its first Season 29 cast member in Kaitlyn Bristowe, who led Season 11 of ABC's reality dating series.

Her casting was announced on Monday's episode of The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons — Ever!, which looked back on clips from Bristowe's cycle of the show.

In 2017, Bristowe claimed she had been offered a spot on Dancing's roster back in 2015, just after her Bachelorette season had ended. But Bachelor franchise boss Mike Fleiss had allegedly stopped her from going on the show because "he said he didn't want people wanting fame after his show," Bristowe shared in a tweet at the time. (One day later, Fleiss said Bristowe would have his "total support" if she wanted to join DWTS, to which she responded, "Thanks I'll get right on that opportunity two years ago. I wonder what changed your mind?")

Bristowe will be the second Bachelorette star in a row to appear on DWTS, following Hannah Brown, who emerged victorious from Season 28 with partner Alan Bersten.

Though DWTS typically kicks off in September, it's still unclear how the coronavirus pandemic might impact the upcoming season.

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posted 6/16/2020

MONDAY: Heartbreak Hotel
NBC Wins on Game Night
From The Wrap

"The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons – Ever!" drew even less grand a crowd last night than it did in the prior Monday's debut. The latest "Bachelor" spinoff stayed steady in ratings among adults 18-49, but that 0.4 demo number is nothing to celebrate in the Fantasy Suite.

Also of note last night, Univision finished second in ratings in the key demo. Two season finales aired on the English-language broadcast channels: "Songland" on NBC and "Roswell, New Mexico" on The CW.

NBC was first in ratings with a 0.6 rating/4 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and second in total viewers with an average of 3.3 million, according to preliminary numbers. "The Titan Games" at 8 p.m. had a 0.7/4 and 3.8 million viewers. At 9, "The Wall" got a 0.6/4 and 3.8 million viewers. The "Songland" season finale at 10 received a 0.5/3 and 2.5 million viewers.

Univision was second in ratings with a 0.5/3 and fourth in viewers with 1.5 million. ABC was third in ratings with a 0.4/3 and fourth in viewers with 2.2 million. Those were the averages of the three-hour "Bachelor: Greatest Seasons" episode.

CBS, Fox and Telemundo tied for fourth in ratings, each with a 0.3/2. CBS was first in total viewers with 3.4 million, Fox was third with 2.4 million and Telemundo was sixth with 880,000.

CBS and Fox aired all reruns in primetime.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.1/1 and in viewers with 791,000. Following reruns, the "Roswell, New Mexico" season finale managed a 0.1/1 and 791,000 viewers.

On cable Monday...
- Big Time Bake (Food): 704k/0.16
- Master Minds (GSN): 510k/0.03


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posted 6/16/2020

Watching in Germany
ProSieben Picks Up Canadian Format
From C21 Media

German broadcaster ProSieben has picked up Talpa Germany's production of gameshow format Watch!.

Created by Canada's Media Ranch and producers Dan Munday and John Kirhoffer, Watch! pits two teams against each other in a game of memory, challenging them to recall details of an extravagant variety show played out before them.

Talpa Germany acquired the format for local adaptation last year and has now attached ProSieben to broadcast it in July. The 3×105′ German version, which features celebrity players, is hosted by Germany's Got Talent and The Masked Singer Germany judge Ruth Moschner, and is employing Covid-19 safety precautions during filming this month.

The deal marks the first international adaptation of the format to be aired, after prodcos WeMake in France, NBCUniversal-owned Matchbox Pictures in Australia, Endemol Shine Group in Spain, Portugal and Italy, ITV Studios in Sweden, Banijay Group's Bunim/Murray Productions in the US, RDF/Fizz in the UK, Warner in Denmark, Finland's Rabbit Films and Poland's TVP also picked up the rights.

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posted 6/16/2020

WEEKEND: Games People Play
CBS, ABC Split Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.333 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) led the demo race on Sunday with the season finale of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.620 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) followed by new episodes of "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.249 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1), "Press Your Luck" (3.916 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) and "Match Game" (3.549 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

CBS (5.059 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) was the silver draw with its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.796 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2), "60 Minutes Presents" (5.692 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.532 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (3.214 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

Next up was FOX (2.484 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with its primetime coverage of "NASCAR Cup Series - Dixie Vodka 400" (2.484 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

Meanwhile, NBC (1.730 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up a new "Hollywood Game Night" (1.582 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) alongside repeats of "The Titan Games" (1.075 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "America's Got Talent" (2.132 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

And finally, second runs of "DC's Stargirl" (0.400 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) and "Supergirl" (0.326 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) rounded out the night on The CW (0.363 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Friday...
- Master Minds - 4p (GSN): 582k/0.04
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars (VH1): 567k/0.25
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars Untucked (VH1): 434k/0.19
- Master Minds - 8:30 (GSN): 419k/0.03

On cable Sunday...
- Worlst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (SF/Food): 1.133m/0.27
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 704k/0.20
- Quiz (F/AMC): 261k/0.05


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posted 6/16/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Here's to the Heroes"

  • Hannah Brown is a hero (REality TV World)

  • Becca Kufrin is having second thoughts... over social media (Us Magazine)

  • Michael Strahan admits to fear over his skin (The Wrap)

  • Jimmy Kimmel returns to the Emmys (The Wrap)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Millionaire lifeline turns out to be a case of mistaken identity (Liverpool Echo)

posted 6/16/2020

Same Time Next Year?
Love Island UK to Postpone Production Until 2021
From Deadline

Weeks after canceling Love Island this summer, ITV has also pulled the plug on the 2021 winter edition of the show amid ongoing uncertainty over the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead, ITV plans to supersize the summer version of Love Island next year, with an extended number of episodes being filmed at the show's home in Mallorca.

The decision has been made as ITV Studios was about to begin production work on the winter show, with filming due to take place at a villa in South Africa next year.

An ITV spokesman said: "Love Island UK will return bigger and better than ever with an extended run in summer 2021."

Winter Love Island was only created this year and was presented by Laura Whitmore following the assault charge against host Caroline Flack and her subsequent death mid-way through the season.

The Sun first reported on ITV's decision to pull the 2021 winter Love Island.

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posted 6/15/2020

A+E Gets Chopped
Britain Looks for "Top Woodworker"
From Deadline

A+E Networks UK has commissioned a nine-part competition series for Sky History in which carpenters compete to be crowned Britain's Top Woodworker.

The Chop: Britain's Top Woodworker is produced by Big Wheel Film & Television and Motion Content Group, and will be hosted by comedian Lee Mack, presenter Rick Edwards, and carpenter William Hardie.

In a Great British Bake Off-style format, 10 contestants will gather in Epping Forest and aim to whittle, carve and chop their way to success, with their creations furnishing a lavish cabin in the woods.

The series premieres in October. The executive producer for Big Wheel Film & Television is James Quinn and Melanie Darlaston for Motion Content Group. The Chop was commissioned by Dan Korn, VP of programming at A+E Networks UK, and commissioning editor Diana Carter.

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posted 6/15/2020

Meet Matt James
Former "Bachelorette" Prospect Named Next "Bachelor"
From the Futon Critic

After meeting Matt James as a prospective suitor for "The Bachelorette," thousands of fans swooned over the would-be cast member. He is the total package. He has strong family values, a great career, and over the past few months, he has used his growing platform for good. Today, Matt announced on "Good Morning America" that he will take on the role as the lead of his own love story as the star of the momentous 25th season of ABC's hit romance reality series, "The Bachelor."

While much of Bachelor Nation has fallen in love with him already, many will meet the 28-year-old real estate broker, entrepreneur and community organization founder on his journey to find love for the first time. The North Carolina native went to Wake Forest University, where he majored in economics and played wide receiver for the football team. He went on to play professional football, before moving to New York City, where he now resides. His love of food and passion for giving back led to his creation of an organization that is designed to find creative ways to engage kids from underserved communities in New York City, encouraging physical and mental wellness, while also giving them opportunities for new experiences throughout the city.

Season 25 of "The Bachelor" is scheduled to premiere in 2021.

Rachel Lindsay, who in an interview recently called The Bachelor franchise's lack of diversity "embarrassing", took to social media today to weigh in on this morning's announcement that Matt James has been cast as the franchise's first black Bachelor.

Lindsay appeared on season 21 of The Bachelor and was the first African American lead on its spinoff, The Bachelorette. "Congrats to Matt James," Lindsay tweeted Friday following the announcement." I am happy to see that a black man was cast after 18 years and 40 seasons. I believe it is a step in the right direction."

But Lindsay did question the timing of the casting. "I would be remiss to not point out that based on the current climate, it feels like a knee-jerk reaction and a result of societal pressure," she wrote. "This announcement, without any further commitments regarding diversity, sweepingly brushes deeper issues under the rug."

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posted 6/15/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Father's Day with John Legend"

  • John Legend takes Father's Day for his favorite fathers (The Wrap)

  • Kelly Clarkson files for divorce (Reality TV World)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: The Great Debate (Syfy, June 18) (FlickDirect)

  • Len Goodman may have trouble getting back to "Dancing" (The Scottish Sun)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTES: "Tough As Nails" moves premiere up to 8p July 8 (THe Futon Critic)

  • A FEW SOCIALLY RELEVANT MINUTES with Misha B (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Adam Scott (Sioux City Journal)

  • Ever wonder why Steph Curry is animated this season? Take a wild guess.... (TV Insider)

posted 6/15/2020

Final-ish Jeopardy!
Season 36 to Sign Off June 12
From TV Line

This Friday, Jeopardy! will air its final original, pre-COVID-19 episode before entering into an indeterminate, potentially months-long period of reruns.

That uncertainty surrounding the duration of the iconic game show's hiatus is causing worry among fans that the June 12 outing could be the last for host Alex Trebek, who is in the midst of battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

However, a Jeopardy! rep assures TVLine, "Alex is looking forward to resuming production as soon as we are able to do so. He's told us he wants to be one of the first shows back in production."

It was back in March that Jeopardy! confirmed it was suspending production (along with the rest of Hollywood) due to the coronavirus pandemic. Luckily, the syndicated phenom had pre-taped enough episodes to last well into spring. (Rebroadcasting the primetime Greatest of All Time tournament during the first two weeks of May helped postpone an all-encore slate.)

Just prior to the COVID shutdown, Trebek told reporters at the Television Critics Association winter press tour that he had no plans to sign off of the long-running quiz show "in the near future." And in early March, he announced that he had beaten the one-year survival rate for the disease. "The one-year survival rate for Stage 4 pancreatic cancer patients is 18 percent," he said. "I'm very happy to report that I have just reached that marker."


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posted 6/12/2020

THURSDAY: Doing "Don't"
Premiere Wins Night for ABC
From KABC Los Angeles

Actors Adam Scott and Ryan Reynolds have been friends for 20 years. They met back in 1999, when they were shooting different TV shows on the same lot.

Both stars bring their wry senses of humor to ABC and the game show world with the new series "Don't". The premise of the new show is simple: you will be rewarded for tasks you DON'T do. Scott does get to try out his hosting skills with this new type of game show.

"When they first approached me, I never thought of hosting a game show, I wondered why they'd think of me to host a game show?" said Scott.

He almost said no. But when he learned more about how "Don't" upends traditional game shows, he put this on his "to do" list.

"It had this sort of meta tone to it," said Scott. "It was self-aware, making fun of game shows while legitimately being a game show. Ryan was this overlord, narrator... so that was super interesting."

Scott says television has been a big part of his own family's life these past few months during isolation. He's been using the time to introduce his kids to films that encourage conversation.

"You know we watched 'Do the right thing', 'Malcom x, just to show our kids important films that parallel what's going on in our country right now," said Scott. "So we've been spending time around the TV as a family. I think a lot of people are."

Scott said he thinks "Don't" is perfect escapist fare for the whole family. You can see it Thursday nights on ABC.

ABC (3.987 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) led the demo race on Thursday thanks to a new "Holey Moley" (4.127 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2), the premiere of "Don't" (4.205 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) and a new "To Tell the Truth" (3.627 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2).

CBS (4.071 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) was the silver draw with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (5.199 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), the finale to "Man with a Plan" (4.951 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4), "Mom" (4.549 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), a new "Broke" (4.043 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "SWAT" (2.841 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Next up was NBC (2.181 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with fresh installments of "Council of Dads" (2.770 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Blindspot" (1.824 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) plus a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1.948 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.272 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) served up new episodes of "Celebrity Watch Party" (1.568 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "Labor of Love" (0.976 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.487 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) offered up originals from "Burden of Truth" (0.536 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "In the Dark" (0.438 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14).

On cable...
- Alone (SP/History): 1.127m/0.21
- Top Chef All-Stars LA (Bravo): 998k/0.33
- The Misery Index (TBS): 790k/0.28
- Master Minds - 8:30p (GSN): 552k/0.05
- Master Minds - 4p (GSN): 525k/0.03 .


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posted 6/12/2020

Netflix Brings Brazil to the World
First Up, "Dating Around Brazil"
From the Futon Critic

Which of the following pick up lines is the best: "You look like a prince" or "What a beautiful accent"? Don't worry, you don't really have to choose. It will be more interesting to see how the six participants of the newest Netflix reality show, Dating Around Brazil, react to them. The show premieres on July 10th, only on Netflix.

Since finding one's soulmate is not an easy task, two other reality shows are coming up in 2021 to put Brazilian relationships and flirting to the test. In addition to Dating Around Brazil which premieres next month, Netflix announces the production of Love is Blind Brazil and Too Hot To Handle Brazil, both set to premiere next year. With six episodes produced by Endemol Shine Brasil for Netflix, Dating Around Brazil is a local version of the acclaimed American reality show Dating Around, a Netflix Original. People from different genders and sexual orientations leave dating apps in order to seek a new love in São Paulo, face to face. Each single goes to five blind dates to meet different people and try to establish real connections with them. If one of the crushes seems to be the perfect match, then a second date can happen in some iconic place of the city. In order to make the right decision, there are those who prefer to kiss all the candidates; but there are also those who, after a few encounters, choose to be alone.

For 2021, Netflix prepares the Brazilian versions of two reality shows that have generated a lot of buzz among the single community in the United States. Love is Blind Brazil will uncover whether looks or age do matter, or if love really is blind. In the show, singles who want to be loved for who they are, rather than what they look like, choose who they want to marry without ever having seen the other person. With no distractions from the outside world, such as social media, the singles talk to a stream of potential love interests, each one sitting in an individual pod. Only after the proposal they are allowed to lay eyes on their fiancé for the first time.

In Too Hot To Handle Brazil, men and women come together in a tropical paradise for an unforgettable vacation. But there's a twist. These commitment-phobes who love a casual hook-up will have to give up all hanky panky for the entire retreat if they want to win the grand prize. No kissing, no heavy petting, and no physical contact of any kind. With every slip, the prize money goes down. It remains to be seen if the serial singletons will be able to form deeper emotional connections.

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posted 6/12/2020

COVID-19 Updates...
Summer Schedules Shuffle Due to Ongoing Pandemic
From USA Today

As the COVID-19 TV production shutdown continues, TV program lineups are increasingly works in progress. While broadcast networks look forward to the fall – or perhaps more realistically, the winter – to launch their full 2020-21 schedules, viewers already are feeling the effects of programming shifts, most notably the absence of familiar summer friends.

You won't see a number of last summer's fan favorites in the coming months due to the coronavirus shutdown, either because they couldn't film or because they were moved to bolster fall and winter schedules. Hollywood must reach certain health benchmarks and institute substantial protective measures before production can resume, so it's not clear when sidelined shows will start filming again.

For now, however, viewers will have to adjust to a summer without some staples, in some cases having nothing to do with COVID-19.

So, what's going to be missing or altered this summer due to the pandemic? Let's take a look at some significant shows:
- "The Bachelorette" (ABC): The pandemic indefinitely delayed the May debut of Clare Crawley in the title role, but ABC alternative programming chief Rob Mills still hopes to film Season 16 this summer. He's even talked about the possibility of testing and quarantining Crawley, her suitors and crew for on-set production. When the show's next season airs depends on when it is filmed. In the meantime, ABC is offering "The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons Ever," with clips from some of the most dramatic moments from the series. Clare Crawley is scheduled to be the Bachelorette for the 16th season of the ABC dating show, but its traditional summer launch has been delayed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 production shutdown.
- Bachelor in Paradise (ABC): With producers focused on the franchise's tentpoles, "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette," this offshoot, an August perennial where previous contestants get a second shot at love in an idyllic tropical setting, is a lesser priority and likely won't air this summer.
- The Amazing Race (CBS): Season 32 of the Emmy-winning popular travel competition was ready for a summer launch, but CBS pushed it to an undetermined date this fall. In late February, CBS halted production of Season 33 after filming three episodes and making stops in England and Scotland, due to coronavirus concerns. (Starting July 8, fans can get a Phil Keoghan fix with CBS' "Tough as Nails," a strength and endurance competition involving firefighters, welders and others with physically demanding jobs and featuring the "Race" host as host and executive producer.)
- Big Brother (CBS): Fans will surely miss this summer staple when its traditional late June premiere rolls around, but the network is still planning for Season 22. It's just not clear when that will happen.
- Love Island (CBS): Summer seems like the perfect time for a dating show featuring beautiful young people at a sun-splashed island villa, but this U.K. adaptation, originally scheduled to return in May, might not arrive during swimsuit season. CBS plans to make it at some point, perhaps filming at a different location from Season 1, which took place in Fiji.
- America's Got Talent (NBC): Summer's top-rated show is airing now, but viewers will see coronavirus-influenced modifications as the season goes on. The talent competition had to shift gears in March, moving from auditions filmed in front of large crowds to those conducted without a studio audience, with Simon Cowell and his fellow judges evaluating remotely. Taped audition episodes are running now and the show plans to complete Season 15, although it remains to be seen how the series will be produced when live shows are scheduled to begin in August.
- American Ninja Warrior (NBC): More than 100 contestants and family members gathered in Los Angeles in March to start the obstacle-course competition, but the shutdown forced them to return home before filming began. Production remains dormant and a summer edition seems unlikely.
- So You Think You Can Dance (Fox): Production was suspended just as filming was beginning for this popular dance competition. "We're scheduled to start shooting live tapings of Season 17 of 'SYTYCD' in August," EP Nigel Lythgoe said, while adding, "We don't know how many people will be allowed in the studio, and how many live shows we can do, if any at all. It's difficult to project what's going to happen in August, but we keep preparing for it now." Other Fox summer offerings, including "MasterChef" and "Mental Samurai," met a similar fate.
- Beat Shazam (Fox): Jamie Foxx's interactive music game show had completed filming its season, but it's been pushed from summer to a later date. The latest edition of "Cosmos," hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and "Flirty Dancing," a new dating/dance show hosted by Jenna Dewan, also were recorded and scheduled for summer before being pulled back for later broadcast.
- Jeopardy! (syndication): Alex Trebek's venerable game show wraps up a four-week package of new episodes Friday, but more Season 36 originals, traditionally interspersed with reruns during the dog days, aren't available because of the production stoppage.
- Wheel of Fortune (syndication): The "Jeopardy!" tag-team mate, hosted by Pat Sajak, wasn't able to complete filming its 37th season, but it has some unaired original episodes that will be mixed in with reruns over the summer.


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WEDNESDAY: Chicago, Tag Dominate
Fox, NBC Split Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (3.955 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday despite its all-repeat lineup of "Chicago Med" (3.953 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1), "Chicago Fire" (4.128 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) and "Chicago PD" (3.784 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1).

FOX (1.718 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with a repeat "MasterChef" (1.574 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) and a new "Ultimate Tag" (1.861 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1).

Next up was CBS (2.890 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) with a new "Game On!" (3.583 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) alongside repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.542 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "SWAT" (2.545 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.196 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) offered up the feature "The Wonderful World of Disney: Big Hero 6" (2.495 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) and a new "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (1.599 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, a new "The 100" (0.678 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and the returun of "Bulletproof" (0.386 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.532 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Wednesday...
- Forged in Fire: Beat the Judges (History): 1.001m/0.27
- The Challenge: Total Madness (MTV): 878k/0.51
- Master Minds - 8:30 (GSN): 640k/0.06
- Master Minds - 4p (GSN): 584k/0.04

- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 313k/0.16
- Cash Cab - 11p (Bravo): 313k/0.07
- Cash Cab - 10:30p (Bravo): 256k/0.05

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posted 6/11/2020

SAG-AFTRA, AMPTP Come to Terms
Unions Agree on New Contract
From The Wrap

SAG-AFTRA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers announced in a joint statement on Thursday that it has reached a tentative agreement on a new contract.

The contract will now go to SAG-AFTRA's national board of directors for approval and then to the guild's membership for ratification. The existing contract is set to expire on June 30.

This agreement ends six weeks of videoconferencing negotiations between the actors guild and Hollywood's producers led by AMPTP president Carol Lombardini, SAG-AFTRA Gabrielle Carteris and SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director and chief negotiator David White. The talks had already been expected to have major implications for Hollywood's future as they were expected to discuss residuals and other compensation for streaming TV shows and films at a time when multiple legacy studios are launching their own streaming services like HBO Max and Peacock.

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posted 6/11/2020

Settling for More
Byron Allen, Comcast Settle Case with Agreement for Xfinity
From Deadline

Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios Networks and Comcast have reached a settlement and carriage agreement for a series of channels.

Allen's racial bias case against Comcast went all the way to the Supreme Court, but in March, the justices ruled unanimously that he had to meet a higher threshold for his case to proceed in the lower court.

The new agreement extends terms for the The Weather Channel and 14 broadcast television stations. Also included in the deal are distribution agreements for Entertainment Studios' Comedy.TV, Recipe.TV and JusticeCentral.TV on Comcast's X1 platform, including video-on-demand and TV everywhere rights.

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posted 6/11/2020

"Hot Ones" Comes Back for Seconds
Season 1B Airs July 14
From the Futon Critic

The mid-season premieres are making for a scorching summer on truTV with your favorite hot-sauce fanatics and firefighters.

First, on Tuesday, July 14, tune in to Hot Ones: The Game Show to see host Sean Evans set eager contestants' mouths on fire with the spiciest hot sauces around for a chance to win $25,000.

Chaos breaks out when two teams of best friends enter the Pepperdome. Sweat will drip, dance moves will bust out, and one shirt will desperately need dry cleaning, all for the chance to win $25,000.


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posted 6/11/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Don't Leave Your Plants Behind"

  • Len Goodman has an idea about license fees and pensioners (Female First)

  • Dating Around fans are worried about season 3 before season 2 launches (Bustle)

  • Anne Hegerty can't get to Australia (Starts at 60)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge (Laughing Place)

posted 6/11/2020

Bachelor Alums Address the Elephant in the Room
Rachel Lindsay Stars Conversation
From the Wrap

Rachel Lindsay says she's heard from a "Bachelor" executive producer since she's renewed her plea for the franchise to fix its race problem the past few weeks, but she's taking it with a grain of salt until she sees actual changes.

"In the past week, yes. I have heard from an executive producer just saying that they hear me and they want to make changes," the Season 13 Bachelorette told "Entertainment Tonight". "This isn't my first rodeo with hearing an executive producer say, 'We want to make some changes.' I believe you want to, or I used to believe you want to. But I'm not seeing anything. I've been affiliated with this franchise for almost four years and I hear you. But I'm not seeing any action behind those words."

Lindsay is speaking directly to the "Bachelor" franchise about "acknowledging their systemic racism" in a heartfelt essay posted to her blog Monday.

The message, which was published to her website RachelLindsayOfficial.com under the blog section "Honestly Rach," elaborates on statements Lindsay made last week during a virtual interview for "AfterBuzz" in which she vowed to quit the "Bachelor" franchise if real efforts to solve its diversity problems are not made soon.

"Black people know historically and presently that the show is not formatted for their success," Lindsay wrote Monday, explaining that she had applied to be on her first season of "The Bachelor" on a whim and later accepted the role of "Bachelorette" — making her the first and only person of color to hold a lead role on the long-running franchise — in order to be a "trailblazer" who might steer the future of the show in a more diverse direction.

"The Bachelorette" alum Marquel Martin is calling out the producers' silence amid the growing demands for the franchise to address its diversity issues. In a lengthy Instagram post on Monday, Martin referenced an open letter he wrote in August 2014 after Chris Soules was named the star of the 19th season of "The Bachelor." Martin and Soules competed on Andi Dorfman's season of "The Bachelorette," and the former was rumored to have been in the running for "The Bachelor," which would've made him the first black Bachelor. "It's necessary to take action and it's necessary to hold ourselves accountable. And that's what I'm trying to do (peacefully and respectfully) with this post because I would be remiss if I didn't do my part in calling out the silence of THE BACHELOR/BACHELORETTE FRANCHISE @bachelorabc @bacheloretteabc (Elan [Gale], Bennett [Graebner], I love y'all, you know what it is this way)," Martin wrote.

Catherine Giudici is reflecting on her time on Season 17 in 2013, revealing that she thought she was only cast to fill a POC quota. "When I was originally cast, I was very flattered but somewhat grounded by the fact that I would be one of the faces that represented people of color. I knew that one of the reasons I was probably chosen was because I was Filipino," Giudici wrote on Instagram on Sunday.


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posted 6/10/2020

TUESDAY: Three Guesses Who Won.... Go on...
Fine, It Was NBC. Happy?
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.249 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was still the top draw on Tuesday thanks to new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (8.612 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "World of Dance" (4.521 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2).

The silver then went to CBS (4.832 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with its mix of "NCIS" (5.902 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and "FBI" (5.360 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) plus "CBS News Special: Justice for All" (3.234 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Next up was ABC (2.466 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with repeats of "The Conners" (3.024 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), another "The Conners" (2.519 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), "Modern Family" (2.006 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and another "Modern Family" (1.836 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) alongside a new "The Genetic Detective" (2.705 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.475 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) served up repeats of "Hell's Kitchen" (1.426 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (1.524 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

And finally, The CW (0.911 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with "DC's Stargirl" (1.111 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and "Jim Gaffigan: Noble Ape" (0.712 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14).

On cable Tuesday...
- Master Minds - 4p (GSN): 551k/0.05
- Master Minds - 8:30 (GSN): 537k/0.06


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posted 6/10/2020

Can We Have "Big Brother" This Season After All?
CBS Looks for All-Stars
From TV Line

Big Brother's long-awaited second All-Stars edition might finally be in the works and hit TV screens this summer.

CBS is rumored to be in talks with former players for a new all-star season to commemorate the series' 20th anniversary, according to Us Weekly.

Negotiations are said to be underway with several past winners and other fan-favorite houseguests.

While the series has brought back former houseguests many times before, this would be the first fully fledged all-star season since Mike "Boogie" Malin's Season 7 victory in 2006.

If all goes according to plan, Season 22 would bow later this summer due to production delays stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. (Previous seasons have premiered in late June or early July.) Players would also be sequestered longer than usual (a full 14-day quarantine) prior to the season's start date to ensure that all participants are healthy and COVID-free.

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posted 6/10/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Coming Back ARound"

  • FIRST LOOK: Karma (HBO Max) (THe Futon Critic)

  • Television City to pledge $2 million to unity causes (Deadline)

  • Derek Peth playing "Words with Friends"... with benefits with this British model (Us Magazine)

  • CASTING COUCH: Get a Clue season 2 (Las Vegas Review Journal)

  • BTS: Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge (StarWars.com)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Don't (Wall Street Journal)

  • Cari Champion to host a new show for Vice with Jemele Hill (PopCulture)

  • God save the Queen.... and Alexander Armstrong (Hello)

  • "3-2-1" proves too epic for Alan Carr's Epic Gameshow (Daily Star)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the host of LA's longest-running radio quiz show (LA Daily News)

posted 6/10/2020

SYNDIES: Week 38
Results for the Week Ending May 31
From TV Newscheck

Not surprisingly, ratings largely declined as syndicated shows were stalled by a torrent of preemptions for coverage of the George Floyd protests and the coronavirus pandemic in the traditionally lightly viewed Memorial Day holiday week ending May 31.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.2 NC
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.8 -3%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.5 -5%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.1 +10%
- America Says (Sony) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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posted 6/9/2020

"The Challenge" Severs Ties with Dee Nguyen
MTV to Air Remainder of Season
From TV Line

MTV has "severed ties" with The Challenge star Dee Nguyen over a pair of since-deleted tweets in which she made light of the Black Lives Matter movement and the death of George Floyd. (Ed: Links below contain the posts - content warning).

In response to these posts, MTV on Monday took to social media with an announcement of its own: "As a result of Dee Nguyen's offensive comments on the Black Lives Matter movement, we have severed ties with her," the MTV reality competition series announced via Twitter on Monday, June 8. "Out of respect for our Challengers, we'll air our season as planned. We strongly condemn systemic racism and stand with those raising their voices against injustice."

Nguyen reacted to her firing Tuesday morning on Instagram: "The last 24hrs have made me realised what is important and that is forgiveness. I would like to offer my sincerest apology to my colleagues to whom I have hurt directly and indirectly due to my insensitive remarks. Let me be clear I am a POC that cares about BLM. I believe in this movement and I'm stepping away from social media to focus on my wellbeing and mental health. This is not a goodbye, it's a I will see you again."

First introduced to TV audiences via the British reality hit Geordie Shore, Nguyen joined The Challenge franchise in 2019, competing in War of the Worlds and War of the Worlds 2.

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posted 6/9/2020

MONDAY: So Much for Greatness...
Titan Games Wins Demo for NBC, "Bachelor" Misfires
From The Futon Critic

NBC (3.346 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) was still the network to beat among adults 18-49 with its original mix of "The Titan Games" (3.894 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1), "The Wall" (3.738 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) and "Songland" (2.406 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

CBS (3.592 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) remained the most-watched network despite its all-repeat lineup of "The Neighborhood" (4.060 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (3.559 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "All Rise" (3.061 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10) and "Bull" (3.906 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Next up was ABC (2.428 million viewers, #T3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with the launch of "The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons - Ever!" (2.428 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.428 million viewers, #T3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) offered up second runs of "9-1-1" (2.573 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "9-1-1: Lone Star" (2.283 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

And finally, repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.903 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.944 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) plus a new "Roswell, New Mexico" (0.665 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.794 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable Monday...
- Big Time Bake (P/Food): 752k/0.20
- Master Minds - 4p (GSN): 539k/0.05
- Master Minds - 8:30 (GSN): 453k/0.05


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posted 6/9/2020

WEEKEND: Untucked: All-Stars
New Season Begins on VH1 Tonight
From The Futon Critic

VH1 today announced the return of the Emmy(R) nominated aftershow "Untucked" to follow "RuPaul's Drag All Stars" for the first time since season one. The series gives viewers an all-access pass to the competition where legendary queens are back to compete for a spot in the "Drag Race Hall of Fame," including behind-the-scenes drama and shade, unseen judge moments and secret vote reveals. Viewers get a front row seat as their favorite "All Stars" spill the tea when "Untucked" premieres Friday, June 5th at 9:30PM ET/PT following the premiere of "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" on VH1.

In the new season of "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars," returning queens sing, dance, sew, and lip sync for their legacy. The last queen standing will waltz away with the "All Stars" crown, a spot in the "Drag Race Hall of Fame" and a cash prize of $100,000.

So what did it and all shows on cable do over the weekend?
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-STars (SP/VH1): 615k/0.28
- RuPaul's Drag Race All-Stars Untucked (SP/VH1): 503k/0.23
- Master Minds (GSN): 434k/0.04

ABC (4.354 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) took home the demo honors on Sunday thanks to its all-original lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.516 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2), "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.743 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1), "Press Your Luck" (3.899 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and "Match Game" (3.255 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

CBS (5.019 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) was a close second with its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.636 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2), "60 Minutes Presents" (5.352 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "Grease Sing-A-Long" (3.905 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Next up was NBC (1.997 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with the return of "Hollywood Game Night" (1.874 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) alongside encores of "The Titan Games" (1.445 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "America's Got Talent" (2.335 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.197 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up repeats of "Last Man Standing" (2.714 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Duncanville" (0.994 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10), "The Simpsons" (0.988 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10), "Bless the Harts" (0.734 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16), "Bob's Burgers" (0.820 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Family Guy" (0.931 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

And finally, second runs of "DC's Stargirl" (0.398 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) and "Supergirl" (0.324 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T17) closed out the night on The CW (0.361 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (Food): 1.177m/0.30
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 823k/0.22
- Quiz (AMC): 352k/0.07


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posted 6/9/2020

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posted 6/9/2020

Showoffs!
Mayim Bialik to Host Talent Showdown for TBS
From The Futon Critic

TBS has announced Celebrity Show-Off, a unique talent competition series hosted by Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory), premiering on Tuesday, June 23 at 10:00pm ET/PT.

Based on the popular Korean show My Little Television, and from the executive producer of The Masked Singer, the 10-episode remote series will turn TV and social media on their heads by transforming the variety format into an innovative experiment. Each week celebrities will be given the opportunity to see who can produce the most compelling content from the comfort of their own homes. Talent confirmed for the showcase include: Diplo, Ja Rule, Action Bronson, Gabi Butler, Dwight Howard, Travis Kelce, Nene Leakes, Jason Mraz, Kevin Smith, Tori Spelling, Bella Thorne, Rumer, Scout, and Tallulah Willis and others from every area of entertainment, sports and beyond.

"Wait until you see what this cast has pulled off," said Corie Henson EVP and head of unscripted programming for TBS, TNT and truTV. "From sharing never-before-seen talents, to performing crazy stunts or even bringing on special guests, the celebs' shows are creatively ambitious with DIY charm - since our cast are all working with the limitations of what they've got available at home."

"After discovering The Masked Singer and bringing it to American audiences, I have been on the lookout for interesting and innovative Korean formats. Celebrity Show-Off is exactly that - a fresh, fun series unlike anything else on television," said executive producer Craig Plestis. "It's a cutting edge take on celebrity competition that will allow viewers to see their favorite stars in completely new ways, and put a smile on their faces in these trying times."

"We've all seen shows where stars are produced to dance, or sing, or compete. This isn't that. These celebrities are raw and unfiltered and no one knows what they'll do next," said executive producer Tom Forman. "That means making the show is the most challenging thing ever, and watching it is pure joy." In every episode of this of-the-moment variety show, five celebrities from the worlds of sports, music, comedy, TV, and film will face-off by creating quirky self-shot content that premieres online. The celebrity's goal is to attract and engage the most online viewers to keep their digital shows "on the air" - and avoid being the channel that "goes dark".

Digital shows will debut on TBS's YouTube channel on June 24, the day after the premiere episode, and will be scored by total views, view duration and engagement. Each week, the stars will come together in an inventive high-tech virtual studio where they will screen and react to each other's content and find out who will remain in the competition. And in an innovative "twist," the lowest-performing celebrity will be replaced with a brand new surprise celebrity newcomer, adding a new layer of thrills as everyone vies for the largest internet following. The longer a celebrity stays in the competition, the more money they raise for their charity, with the last star on air earning an extra donation for their cause.

The star-studded cast of Celebrity Show-Off has a combined total of 5 Grammys, plus 14 nominations; 1 Diamond record, 16 Platinum records, and 17 Gold records; They have appeared in over 150 TV Shows, starred in 130 films; They have received more than 30 awards that range from People's Choice and Teen Choice to American Music Awards, BET and NAACP Awards, Young Hollywood and Young Artists Awards; They have collectively written over 33 books and 1 of them is a New York Times Bestseller; Between them they have 1 Super Bowl Championship, 4 honorary degrees, 1 street named after them, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and 46 pets (including 20 snakes!).

Celebrity Show-Off is based on the Korean format from Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation and executive produced by Craig Plestis for Smart Dog Media. The series is produced by Critical Content with Emmy(R) Award winner Tom Forman executive producing alongside Jenny Daly and Jon Beyer; and Emmy(R) Award nominee Aliyah Silverstein serving as executive producer and showrunner.

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posted 6/8/2020

"Drag Race" Leads Real TV Awards
Critics Choice Nominations Announced
From Deadline

Netflix's Cheer and VH1's RuPaul's Drag Race lead nominations with five apiece for the second annual Critics Choice Real TV Awards, which recognize excellence in nonfiction, unscripted and reality programming across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms.

Organized by the Critics' Choice Association and nonfiction producers' body NPACT, winners will be announced on June 29.

Survivor host and executive producer Jeff Probst will receive this year's Critics Choice Real TV Impact Award, for his ongoing contributions to the unscripted industry.

Cheer, which follows the cheerleaders of Navarro College as they prepare for the biggest moment of their lives, is nominated for Unstructured Series, Sports Show, Limited Documentary Series, Male Star of the Year and Female Star of the Year. Emmy winner RuPaul's Drag Race is vying for Competition Series, Ensemble Cast in an Unscripted Series, Female Star of The Year, Male Star of The Year and Show Host.

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posted 6/8/2020

Back to Hollywood
Gavin Newsom Releases Guidelines... After Consult with Guilds & Producers
From Deadline

California Governor Gavin Newsom released on Friday his long-awaited guidelines for restarting film and TV production in the state amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. Oddly, they were not presented at Newsom's noon press conference, but later in the day.

The California Department of Public Health released guidance as follows:

Music, TV and film production may resume in California, recommended no sooner than June 12, 2020 and subject to approval by county public health officers within the jurisdictions of operations following their review of local epidemiological data including cases per 100,000 population, rate of test positivity, and local preparedness to support a health care surge, vulnerable populations, contact tracing and testing. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, cast, crew and other industry workers should abide by safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers. Back office staff and management should adhere to Office Workspace guidelines published by the California Department of Public Health and the California Department of Industrial Relations, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission.

The reopening for production may not include L.A. County, however. Newsom has said modifications to regional guidance would be allowed so long as there are attestations at the county level that there are adequate plans in place should a rise in COVID cases be seen again. As of late May, 47 of the 58 counties had made such attestations.

Most notably, L.A. county was not among them which, of course, has a huge impact on production. The governor said in May his health director has been working with L.A. County Health Director Barbara Ferrer and may consider opening some parts of the county sooner than others. Whether or not that would include reopening for production remains to be seen.

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posted 6/8/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "A Time to Talk"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Don't (ABC) (CentralJersey.com)

  • LIST ABUSE: eight things you didn't know about Jeopardy! (TV Insider)

  • Rachel Lindsay threatens to quit Bachelor Nation until and unless.... (TV Line)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! Canadian man makes $15,000 hosting Facebook quarantine game show (CBC)

  • A FEW (SORELY NEEDED) GOOD MINUTES with Byron Allen (Deadline)

posted 6/8/2020

Abby Lee Miller's Dance Off Canceled
A&E Pulls Project After Racist Posts Come to Light
From TV Line

Abby Lee Miller's relationship with Lifetime has come to an abrupt end. The network cancelled its upcoming Abby's Virtual Dance-Off series Friday after the mother of a Dance Moms dancer posted on social media that Miller, who stars in that series as well, had made racist remarks to her daughter during the filming of Season 8.

EW.com first reported the cancellation.

Adriana Smith, whose daughter Kamryn took part in the reality series' most recent season, mocked Miller for posting a Blackout Tuesday square on Instagram to support the Black Lives Matter movement. "I couldn't think of a more perfect day to address my experience with Abby Lee Miller," Smith wrote in a lengthy Instagram post. "A statement from her that sticks in my mind to this day… is 'I know you grew up in the HOOD with only a box of 8 crayons, but I grew up in the Country Club with a box of 64.'"

Smith also says that Kamryn once overheard someone affiliated with the show saying she was included because "they need a sprinkle of color."

On Thursday, Miller posted on her Instagram account that "I genuinely understand and deeply regret how my words have effected [sic] and hurt those around me in the past, particularly those in the Black community."

In a response on her own account, Smith wrote, "At this time, I do not accept Abby's apology because her apology was not sincere. My daughter and I have yet to hear directly from Abby Lee Miller. Moreover, she didn't even bother to tag me or Kamryn in her post. How else would we know she apologized?"

Abby's Virtual Dance-Off was slated to premiere in June but will not air at all. In addition, per EW, Miller will not return to Dance Moms if it is renewed for Season 9.

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posted 6/5/2020

One Laughing Moment
Jason Sudeikis to Host "Tournament of Laughs" for TBS
From The Futon Critic

TBS is serving up the ultimate comedic match with a seven-episode greenlight for Tournament of Laughs, set to premiere on Sunday, June 21 at 10:00pm ET/PT. Hosted by Jason Sudeikis (We're The Millers, Saturday Night Live), the series will present 32 comedians facing off in a hilarious, single-elimination bracket-style tournament, with each episode featuring multiple match-ups. The comics will go head-to-head virtually to out-funny one another with Sudeikis acting as the master of ceremonies and providing color commentary.

"We may be without some of our favorite sports right now but we can still partake in some fierce rivalries" said Brett Weitz, General Manager of TNT, TBS, and truTV. "These comics promise to bring the funny each week, but the audience will get to decide who gets the last laugh."

Featured comedians include Jeff Ross, Margaret Cho, Gilbert Gottfried, Judah Friedlander, Michael Rapaport, Jim Norton, Fortune Feimster, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, Natasha Leggero, Cameron Esposito, Godfrey, The Sklar Brothers, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Josh Wolf, Clayton English, Yamaneika Saunders, Gina Yashere, Tim Dillon, Moshe Kasher, Jessica Kirson, Paul Rodriguez, Sarah Tiana, Matteo Lane, Beth Stelling, Vladimir Caamano, Ian Edwards, Aida Rodriguez, Megan Gailey, Preacher Lawson, Piff The Magic Dragon and an additional two performers to come.

Each week the comics will create, produce, self-film, and star in their own videos - from stand-up sets to song parodies and everything in-between. After the episode has aired, the home audience will decide who moves forward, via phone and online voting, with the winning comics returning for the next round. The final episode will feature an expert comedy panel charged with crowning a winner in the championship match-up for the last laugh and bragging rights as tournament champion.

In addition, a charitable donation will be made to the United Nations Foundation's COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund and Black Lives Matter.

Tournament of Laughs is produced by The Jay & Tony Show with Jay Blumenfield, Tony Marsh and Pip Wells serving as executive producers. Wells will also serve as showrunner.

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posted 6/5/2020

THURSDAY: Going Out on Top
Game Night Gives ABC the Win
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.688 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) was still the network to beat on Thursday with the season finale of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" (6.555 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) followed by fresh installments of "Holey Moley" (3.940 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.568 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

The silver went to CBS (4.022 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (5.061 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), a new "Man with a Plan" (4.753 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Mom" (4.596 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), a new "Broke" (4.039 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #7) and "SWAT" (2.841 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

Next up was NBC (2.239 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with its lineup of "Council of Dads" (2.821 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "Blindspot" (1.982 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "NBC News Special: America in Crisis" (1.913 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.222 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up "Celebrity Watch Party" (1.503 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "Labor of Love" (0.941 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13).

And finally, closing out the evening were originals from "Burden of Truth" (0.532 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "In the Dark" (0.425 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) on The CW (0.479 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Thursday's cable numbers....
- Top Chef All Stars LA (Bravo): 845k/0.28
- Master Minds (GSN): 480k/0.03

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posted 6/5/2020

WEDNESDAY: The Wonderful World of Wednesday
ABC, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (2.751 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) was the adults 18-49 champ on Wednesday with its presentation of "The Wonderful World of Disney: Up" (3.355 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) and a new "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (1.545 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

A close second was FOX (1.790 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) with a repeat "MasterChef" (1.724 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and a new "Ultimate Tag" (1.857 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2).

Next up was NBC (3.800 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) with its trio of "Chicago Med" (3.900 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), "Chicago Fire" (3.785 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "Chicago PD" (3.716 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.000 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) offered up a new "Game On!" (3.804 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) alongside repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.636 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "SWAT" (2.560 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, an original "The 100" (0.728 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and a repeat "Bulletproof" (0.348 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.538 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Wednesday's cable numbers....
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 937k/0.29
- The Challenge: Total Madness (MTV): 909k/0.50
- Master Minds (GSN): 416k/0.04
- Cash Cab - 11:30p (Bravo): 227k/0.05
- Cash Cab - 11p (Bravo): 206k/0.04

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posted 6/5/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Accepted"

  • Rachel Lindsay finds Hannah Brown's latest apology "genuine" (Genuine)

  • Colton Underwood tried to get out of the zone before ending it with Cassie before (Reality TV World)

  • HQ investor takes Intermedia Labs to court for the sale documents (Law360)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jimmy Kimmel (Deadline)

posted 6/5/2020

"Got Talent": Gabrielle Union Files Complaint
Gabrielle Union's Firing Not a Result of "Race or Gender"
From TV Line

A few weeks after an internal NBC investigation found no wrongdoing on the part of America's Got Talent regarding Gabrielle Union's allegations of racism, the former judge is laying the ground for suing the show's network, production companies and Simon Cowell.

Union filed a complaint with California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing against Cowell, NBC Universal, Fremantle Productions and Syco, New York magazine's Yashar Ali tweeted Thursday. The document concerns Union's allegations of racial insensitivity and sexism on set, with which she went public in 2019 after news broke that she and Julianne Hough — who'd both joined AGT as judges in Season 14 — would not be returning for Season 15.

Variety reported at the time that the pair had been subject to a "toxic culture" at the show, including excessive notes on their appearance (including a specific critique that Union's hairstyles were "too black"). Union also reportedly clashed with producers about a contestant whose material she found racially insensitive. (Said performer ultimately was allowed to try out, though his audition was later cut from the final broadcast.)

NBC announced in December that it had commissioned a third-party investigation in response to Union's claims. In May, the network, along with Fremantle and Syco, put out the following statement based on the findings of the independent investigation, which concluded that "no one associated with the show made any insensitive or derogatory remarks about Ms. Union's appearance, and that neither race nor gender was a contributing factor in the advancement or elimination of contestants at any time." That said, the investigation "highlighted some areas in which reporting processes could be improved."

UPDATE: In a statement, a rep for NBC says, "The allegation that anyone involved in this process threatened Ms. Union is categorically untrue. We took Ms. Union's concerns seriously, and engaged an outside investigator who found an overarching culture of diversity on the show. NBCUniversal remains committed to creating an inclusive and supportive working environment where people of all backgrounds are treated with respect."

TVLine has reached out to representatives for Union, Cowell, Fremantle and Syco for comment.

The complaint also alleges that NBC Entertainment chairman Paul Telegdy "threatened Union through her agent and warned Union's agent that Union had better cease from pursuing her claims of racism while filming AGT."

In a follow-up statement Thursday, Union's lawyer Bryan Freedman stated that NBC "did not care enough to either promptly investigate Ms. Union's complaints or even ask HR to get involved. Rather, NBC stood against her and directed its 'outrage' at Ms. Union for whistleblowing about the racially offensive conduct she experienced while working for NBC on America's Got Talent."

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posted 5/27/2020

Out of "Fashion"
Netflix Cancels Fashion Competition
From TV Line

Netflix will be moving a whole lotta sewing machines into storage: The streamer has cancelled its competition series Next in Fashion after just one season.

Queer Eye's fashion expert Tan France, who co-hosted the show, first broke the news to our sister publication Variety. "This is a one-season show, we don't know what will happen in the future," he said. "But it was honestly one of the proudest things I've ever worked on. I love the show and [co-host] Alexa [Chung] so much. My focus is definitely on Queer Eye and moving forward with that." (Queer Eye returns to Netflix for Season 5 on June 5.)

Next in Fashion, which dropped on Netflix back in January, featured 18 innovative designers who competed for a $250,000 prize and the chance to launch a clothing line with luxury fashion retailer Net-a-Porter. South Korean designer Minju Kim was crowned the first — and now only — winner in the series finale.

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posted 6/4/2020

"Jedi Temple Challenge" Delayed
Star Wars/YouTube Series to Launch June 10 in Wake of Protest
From iO9

The first Star Wars game show, Jedi Temple Challenge, was originally scheduled to debut today. However, due to the ongoing protests against police brutality supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, the show's host and producer, Ahmed Best, revealed the release has been delayed slightly.

"As a black man, a black father, a black producer and black artist I have to consider all that is happening in the world right now," Best wrote on his Instagram. "Our team has decided to push the premiere of Jedi Temple Challenge until next Wednesday, June 10th. Hopefully, we can be in a better headspace next week to enjoy this game show. I've been a part of this family for twenty years and I've felt your support."

On the show, which is kind of like the Star Wars spin on Guts, Double Dare, or Legend of the Hidden Temple, Best plays Kelleran Beq, a Jedi Knight Best described as "the first Black number one lead of anything Star Wars." That's in our world. In the Star Wars world, Best confirmed that Beq is related to Achk Med-Beq, the character he played briefly in Attack of the Clones. That was the first time we saw Best, the actor, on-screen.

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posted 6/4/2020

"Love Island" Replaced With... "Love Island"?
Australian Version to Air in UK
From Deadline

ITV's youth channel ITV2 is going to fill the huge Love Island-shaped gap in its schedule by showing the Australian version of the reality show.

Love Island: Australia will premiere later this month after the ITV Studios format aired on Nine Network in Oz last year. It follows ITV having to cancel the summer season of Love Island due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Australian version is filmed at Love Island's villa in Mallorca and is hosted by Sophie Monk and narrated by Eoghan McDermott. It features singletons trying to secure a love match to win a $50,000 AUS ($34,000) cash prize.

The 2019 summer season of Love Island premiered on ITV2 on June 3, meaning that the 2020 version would likely have launched this week had it gone ahead. In the end, filming during the COVID-19 outbreak proved too complicated.

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posted 6/4/2020

Survey Says... Gino D'Acampo?
Plans to BRing "Family Fortunes" Back
From Deadline

The iconic quiz show Family Fortunes could be getting a major makeover, with television chef Gino D'Acampo set to host, Radio Times reports.

Based on "Family Feud", the beloved show focuses on two sets of families that must go head to head to win the grand prize, and had been a long-running favorite since the 1980s, with Les Dennis presenting the last classic iteration of the show.

Vernon Kay was the most recent presenter to take the reigns, hosting the celebrity version of the show, All Star Family Fortunes, which ran from 2006 to 2015.

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posted 6/4/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Fight For Your Rights"

  • RuPaul's Drag Race alums "protect freedom" in Philippines (Rappler)

  • Diane Youdale (aka Jet) hints that "Gladiators" may be coming back (Bristol Live)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Vanna White (NBC Palm Springs)

posted 6/4/2020

SYNDIES: Week 47
Results for the Week Ending May 24
From TV Newscheck

Dr. Phil continued to be syndication's healthiest show in the session ending May 24, improving its ratings for the fourth week in a row and topping the talkers for a second straight stanza with a nine-week high in the Nielsens.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.2 -5%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.0 +3%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.8 -3%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.0 NC
- America Says (Sony) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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posted 6/3/2020

TUESDAY: "Got Talent" Got Ratings
NBC Wins Night with Talent Tandem
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.297 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) held onto the top spot on Tuesday with fresh installments from "America's Got Talent" (8.696 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "World of Dance" (4.498 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2).

CBS (5.199 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) shared the silver with its mix of "NCIS" (6.500 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "FBI" (4.917 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (4.180 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

ABC (2.986 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) was likewise the number two draw with its lineup of "Black-ish" (3.219 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), another "Black-ish" (2.351 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "America in Pain: What Comes Next?" (3.117 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "The Genetic Detective" (3.056 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.725 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) offered up repeats of "Hell's Kitchen" (1.801 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (1.649 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, a new "DC's Stargirl" (0.983 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and the season finale of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.729 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) rounded out the night The CW (0.856 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Sunday's cable numbers....
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 685k/0.21
- Chopped (Food): 672k/0.19
- Master Minds (GSN): 519k/0.05
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 245k/0.13

THe Futon Critic
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THe Wrap

posted 6/2/2020

Happy Birthday Mr. Chasemaster
ITV to Celebrate Bradley Walsh's 60th June 4
From Entertainment Daily

Bradley Walsh will have his 60th birthday celebrated with a special ITV show looking back over the entertainer's long TV career.

Bradley Walsh: Happy 60th Birthday will take us back to his first TV appearance in the 80s to today. The one-off hour long special will be narrated by Jason Manford and takes a look a Bradley's varied career spanning four decades.

Bradley has done everything from stand up comedy and presenting, to quiz shows and acting.

Bradley Walsh: Happy 60th Birthday will take us back through the telly archives, showing us some of Bradley's best moments, which have made him one of the country's most loved stars."

Entertainment Daily

Entertainment.IE
Metro

posted 6/3/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "A Time to Talk"

  • Jimmy Kimmel talks about his own white privilege (Deadline)

  • Ellen DeGeneres also talks about her own privilege (The Wrap)

  • Becca Kufrin insists she & Garret Yrigoryen still together (Gold Derby)

  • Bruno Tonioli wants Meghan Markle to suit up (Gold Derby)

  • The evolution of game shows (Programming Insider)

  • The Daily Mail went full Daily Mail on Alex Trebek and the Internet is not here for it. (Cinema Blend)

  • Amanda Seales brings the funny away from "The Real" (Yahoo!)

posted 6/2/2020

MONDAY: A Titanic Rise
NBC Wins Night with "The Wall", "Titan Games"
From The Futon Critic

NBC (3.630 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) edged out the competition on Monday with week two of "The Titan Games" (4.178 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) followed by the relocated "The Wall" (4.028 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) and a new "Songland" (2.683 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

ABC (3.584 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) was the number two draw with its mix of "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.123 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1), a new "The Baker and the Beauty" (3.008 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and the season finale of "The Baker and the Beauty" (2.621 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Next up was FOX (2.898 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with repeats of "9-1-1" (3.015 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "9-1-1: Lone Star" (2.782 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.605 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) likewise served up second runs of "The Neighborhood" (4.009 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (3.564 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "All Rise" (3.060 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Bull" (3.969 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, the special "Iconic: TLC" (1.050 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and a new "Roswell, New Mexico" (0.858 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) rounded out the night on The CW (0.954 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

Sunday's cable numbers....
- Bakeaway Camp with Martha Stewart (SF/Food): 825k/0.19
- Master Minds (GSN): 519k/0.05

THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

THe Wrap

posted 6/2/2020

WEEKEND: Welcome Back to Game Night
ABC, CBS Split Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.291 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) led the demo race on Sunday with a new "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.628 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) followed by the return of "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.994 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1), "Press Your Luck" (5.130 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) and "Match Game" (4.413 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

CBS (5.885 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) was the most-watched broadcaster with "60 Minutes" (8.283 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and the feature "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" (5.085 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Next up was NBC (3.046 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with encores of "The Titan Games" (2.865 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "America's Got Talent" (3.228 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.185 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up second runs of "Last Man Standing" (1.435 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13), "Duncanville" (1.034 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13), "The Simpsons" (1.106 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "Bless the Harts" (1.015 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "Bob's Burgers" (1.151 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Family Guy" (1.370 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9).

And finally, repeats of "DC's Stargirl" (0.818 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) and "Supergirl" (0.551 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #16) closed out the night on The CW (0.684 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Sunday's cable numbers....
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (Food): 1.144m/0.27
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 706/0.16
- Quiz (AMC): 244k/0.04

As for Friday's...
- RuPaul's Drag Race (SF/VH1): 658k/0.34
- Master Minds (GSN): 529k/0.06

THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

Deadline
THe Wrap

Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/2/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "#TuesdayBlackOut"

  • Ken Jennings began his reign of terror on this day in 2004 (CheatSheet)

  • Tyler Perry presents Tyler Perry's House of Tyler Perry... starring Steve Harvey (Atlanta Business Journal)

  • Jaida Essence Hall gets a parade in her honor (Reality TV World)

  • Sonja Christopher remembers being the first person EVER voted out of Survivor this day 20 years ago (Gold Derby)

posted 6/2/2020


Newsweek

HERB STEMPEL: 1926-2020
"Twenty One" Contestant Who Blew the Whistle on Rigged Game Shows
From Vulture

Herb Stempel, the Queens-born contestant who played a role in exposing American game shows as rigged in the 1950s, died April 7 at the age of 93. His stepdaughter Bobra Fyne confirmed his death to Deadline on Sunday.

A spiritual predecessor to Ken Jennings, Stempel was an avid quiz show player since childhood. In 1956, he was a successful contestant on the show Twenty-One, though he eventually lost to opponent Charles Van Doren. In 1957, Stempel told New York Journal-American reporter Jack O'Brian the truth: He had been coached to give audiences a more exciting face-off and paid by Twenty-One producer Dan Enright to throw his final match against Van Doren, who the show (correctly) felt would be more popular with the audience.

Unable to corroborate his story, O'Brian couldn't print Stempel's account at the time. After another game show, Dotto, was revealed to be fixing matches in 1958, however, a New York grand jury convened, then a congressional investigation. Stempel and other former contestants testified about game show rigging, leading Congress eventually to ban the fixing of game shows in 1960 via an amendment to the Communications Act of 1934.

After his brief bout of TV fame, Stempel returned to New York, where he taught high school social studies and worked for the Department of Transportation.

In the 1994 film Quiz Show, based on Richard Goodwin's 1988 book Remember America: A Voice From the Sixties, John Turturro plays Stempel to Ralph Fiennes's Charles Van Doren. The historical drama, directed by Robert Redford and written by Paul Attanasio, received four Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay, while Turturro himself received a Golden Globe nomination for the role."

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THe Hollywood Reporter
Boston Globe

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Las Vegas Review Journal

Deadline
Legacy

NEwsweek

posted 6/1/2020

Back to Hollywood... Part 2
"Game Night" Resumes June 7
From The Futon Critic

"Hollywood Game Night" returns to NBC on Sunday, June 7 at 7 p.m. ET/PT with five new episodes. · Five-time Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch will welcome some of her favorite celebrity friends at her summer beach house for more fun challenges and games.

In the series, two contestants take a break from their everyday lives to join a lively night of frivolity and celebration as they compete in two teams alongside some of their favorite celebrities for the chance to win up to $25,000.

Special guests this season include Twitch ("Ellen's Game of Games"), Carson Kressley, Amber Riley, Kal Penn, Miranda Cosgrove, Bill Nye, Yvette Nicole Brown, D'Arcy Carden ("The Good Place"), and "This Is Us" stars Susan Kelechi Watson, Jon Huertas and many more. They go head to head to win big for their favorite charities.

The series is enjoyed around the world with versions in 21 global territories.

"Hollywood Game Night" is produced by Hazy Mills Productions, Mission Control Media and Universal Television Alternative Studio. Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner, Michael Agbabian, Dwight D. Smith and Michael Binkow are executive producers.

THe Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 6/1/2020

Back to Television Centre
UK TV Shows Prep for Return
From Deadline

After TV production went dark at the height of the coronavirus pandemic, the lights are slowly being switched back on for studio shows in the UK, with the BBC and Channel 5 among those restarting entertainment shoots.

Deadline reports that Have I Got News For You is planning for a late October return to its Riverside set after Hat Trick Productions gamely experimented with video technology housed in a CGI studio to keep the show on TV during the pandemic.

Syco and Fremantle still hope to stage the Britain's Got Talent finals for ITV in the autumn, while ITV will also be hopeful it can return to The Voice, which was halted mid-season, but has resumed production in other territories, including Australia. The BBC's Strictly Come Dancing is another show targeting autumn.

Deadline reports producers have considered quarantining cast and crew on the show so they can work in a bubble, while other ideas that have been floated in various press reports include theatrical masks for performers and sitting audience members around tables to help with social distancing.

Deadline

posted 6/1/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Change Begins with All of Us"

  • Rachel Lindsay talks about the non-pology on her new podcast. In other news... Rachel Lindsay has a podcast. (The Ringer)

  • FIRST LOOK: Don't (ET Canada)

  • LIST ABUSE: Ryan Seacrest's hosting gig. From worst to best (ScreenRant)

  • HQ host emeritus Scott Rogowsky hosts NewFronts (Deadline)

  • Tom Bergeron still hopeful "Dancing" will return in the fall... Still... .Hopeful (Gold Derby)

  • Meanwhile, Carrie Ann Inaba has some apologizing to do... (Reality TV World)

  • Jenna Cooper a new mom (Reality TV World)

  • Alan Carr... he made a mistake (Entertainment Daily)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alec Baldwin (Lethbridge Herald)

posted 6/1/2020

AMC Gets Ready to "Quiz"
Catch It Sunday Night
From Den of Geek

Some ideas are so simplistically brilliant there's no way they can fail. Such is the case with the now classic quiz show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? When the game show first premiered on British television on ITV in 1998, it quickly became a big hit. Big enough to launch a franchise of similar shows across the world, including the Regis Philbin-hosted American version that launched in 1999.

The very premise of the contest is cooked into the show's name. Like a benevolent bridge troll, the show asks the viewer, "would thee like to be a millionaire? Then answer these questions 15." Simple enough. After all, who doesn't think they can correctly answer 15 consecutive multiple choice questions. If not, then what was the whole point of school? Still, some contestants may not have wanted to take that chance. And that's how just a few years into its existence, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? was rocked by a cheating scandal.

This is the story that AMC's excellent miniseries Quiz sets out to tell. The show first aired on ITV (hey that network sounds familiar!) in the United Kingdom in April. You can check out our reviews here. Now Quiz's three episodes are set to premiere for American audiences on AMC Premiere on May 31 (AMC will broadcast the three episodes weekly as well, beginning on May 31 at 10 p.m. ET). As crafted by British playwright James Graham, Quiz tells the story of Charles and Diana Ingram (played by Matthew Macfadyen and Sian Clifford), two middle class Britons who found themselves at the center of a media firestorm and high profile court case when it was discovered they may have cheated on the game show with a rudimentary coughing system.

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USA Today

posted 5/29/2020

Nice One!
Quibi Sets Premiere Dates
From Realscreen

Short-form mobile streamer Quibi has set June premieres for the Blumhouse Television- and The Mighty Networks-produced documentary Ten Weeks and comedy game show Nice One! from Free 90 Media.

Nice One!, hosted by comedian Ron Funches, sees comedians compete to cleverly "out-compliment" one another in a showdown of "sweetness and consideration."

The eight-episode game show is executive produced by Tom Brunelle and Brad Wollack of Free 90 Media, as well as Evi Regev, Melanie Truhett and Funches. It premieres June 8..

Realscreen

posted 5/29/2020

THURSDAY: Three Games... One Wild Night.
ABC Wins with Game Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.584 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) held onto the top spot on Thursday with its trio of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" (6.065 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1), "Holey Moley" (4.029 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.657 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

CBS (4.210 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) was the silver draw with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (5.258 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), a new "Man with a Plan" (5.005 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Mom" (4.643 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), a new "Broke" (4.467 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "SWAT" (2.944 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Next up was NBC (2.122 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with fresh installments of "Council of Dads" (2.744 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "Blindspot" (1.820 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) plus a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1.802 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.355 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) served up originals of "Celebrity Watch Party" (1.582 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Labor of Love" (1.129 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10). And finally, The CW (0.496 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "Burden of Truth" (0.545 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "In the Dark" (0.448 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14).

Cable numbers for THursday...
- Top Chef: All-Stars LA (Bravo) 901k/0.29
- The Misery Index (TBS) 865k/0.28
- Master Minds (GSN): 476k/0.05


THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/29/2020

Spain Gets Blocked
"Block Out" Goes to Spain, Holland
From C21 Media

Spanish pubcaster RTVE and Dutch broadcaster AVROTROS have both commissioned local adaptations of gameshow format Block Out.

Originally created by Nippon TV in Japan and Germany's Red Arrow Studios, Block Out sees two teams of four players, each with their backs literally against a wall, battle it out in a variety of physical games, combining trivia, strategy and chance. The walls behind the teams are built of blocks that fall out each time a wrong answer is given, forcing contestants into crazy positions to try to avoid being knocked into the pit below.

RTVE has commissioned a domestic adaptation of the show which will be produced by Endemol Shine Iberia-owned Gestmusic and is scheduled to air on its La 1 channel later this year.

AVROTROS has commissioned the format for the Netherlands, to be produced by Tin Can. Red Arrow Studios International holds the format's worldwide rights, excluding Asia, and secured the two deals.

C21 Media
TBI

posted 5/29/2020

Re-Dishmantled
Quibi Renews Its First Series
From Deadline

Quibi has made its first series-renewal announcement. The weeks-old shortform digital outlet has ordered up a second season of Dishmantled, its Tituss Burgess-hosted cooking-competition show from Chopped creator Linda Lea, Good Egg Entertainment and Propagate-owned Electus.

Each episode of Dishmantled starts with the cannon-blasting of a mystery food dish into the faces of two blindfolded chefs. They use their culinary prowess to identify the exploded dish and then race against the clock to re-create it to pocket a cash prize. A panel of celebrity judges determines the winner.

"The first season of Dishmantled was ludicrous,' Lea said. 'We had so much fun making this crazy show and can't wait to get back in the studio with Tituss for another season. It's going to be a blast."

Drew Buckley serves as exec producer for Electus.


Deadline

THe Futon Critic

posted 5/29/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Did You See That?"

  • VIDEO WALL: Last night's To Tell the Truth was one for the history books (TV Line)

  • Stop us if you've heard this one... Colton Underwood, Cassie Randolph broken up. (Gold Derby)

  • Bryton Coverdale (The Chase Australia's Shark) sells up (NEws.com.au)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alec Baldwin (Lethbridge Herald)

posted 5/28/2020

More on "Tough As Nails"
Meet the Challenges for CBS' New Series
From the Futon Critic

Meet the 12 TOUGH AS NAILS challengers competing on the new reality series that celebrates everyday Americans who get their hands dirty while working long, hard hours to keep the country running. The cast includes a welder, firefighter, farmer, roofer and a Marine Corps veteran, among others. The series premieres Wednesday, July 8 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Phil Keoghan is the host and executive producer.

These competitors, who get their workout on the job rather than the gym, wear work boots instead of workout shoes and consider the calluses on their hands a badge of honor, will be tested for their strength, endurance, life skills and, most importantly, mental toughness in challenges that take place at real-world job sites. One competitor will be crowned the TOUGH AS NAILS champion, but nobody will go home. Even after they "punch out" of the individual competition, they will have the opportunity to win additional prizes in the team competitions that continue throughout the season.

"I was inspired to create TOUGH AS NAILS almost a decade ago because of my working-class family of farmers, gold miners, builders and coal miners," said host and executive producer Phil Keoghan. "I'm proud of my family and wanted to shine a light on people who are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and get their hands dirty to do a hard day's work. Now, more than ever, it is important for all of us to recognize this country's 'essential workers,' real people in real life who are real tough."

The TOUGH AS NAILS competitors are:

- Name: Linnett Key Job: Welder Age: 34 Hometown: Lecanto, Fla. Instagram: @LKeyFit and @LoveLinnett
- Name: Danny Moody Job: Drywaller Age: 33 Hometown: Spokane, Wash. Instagram: @drmoody22
- Name: Melissa Burns Job: Farmer Age: 27 Hometown: Milford Center, Ohio Instagram: @farm_fit_wife
- Name: Lee Marshall Job: Roofer Age: 61 Hometown: St. Louis, Mo.
- Name: Kelly "Murph" Murphy Job: Marine Corps Veteran Age: 47 Hometown: Paragon, Ind. Instagram: @kwmurph72
- Name: Linda Goodridge Job: Deputy Sheriff Age: 29 Hometown: Marion, N.Y.
- Name: Luis Yuli Job: Scaffolder Age: 35 Hometown: The Bronx, N.Y. Instagram: @luispyuli
- Name: Michelle S. Kiddy Job: Gate Agent Age: 62 Hometown: Alexandria, Ky. Name: Callie Cattell Job: Fisherman Age: 28 Hometown: Bend, Ore. Instagram: @calliecattell
- Name: Young An Job: Firefighter Age: 36 Hometown: Alexandria, Va. Instagram: @boomer.3000
- Name: Tara Davis Job: Ironworker Age: 30 Hometown: Elk Plain, Wash. Instagram: @thatonebatmom
- Name: Myles V. Polk Job: Forestry Tech Age: 28 Hometown: Tuskegee, Ala. Instagram: @priimal

TOUGH AS NAILS is produced by Raquel Productions Inc. in association with Tough House Productions Inc. Phil Keoghan, Louise Keoghan and Anthony Carbone are executive producers.

THe Futon critic

posted 5/28/2020

UPFRONT: CBC
"Family Feud Canada" to Return
From Realscreen

CBC's 2020 Virtual Upfront saw the public broadcaster program 3,600 new hours of TV for its 2020/21 slate – greenlighting new seasons of Family Feud Canada and Battle of the Blades.

Battle of the Blades (Insight Productions) and format adaptation Family Feud Canada (Zone 3/Fremantle) hosted by Gerry Dee are also set to return. According to a press release, the re-emergence of Battle of the Blades saw the competition show reach over 1.5 million Canadians each episode last year, while the inaugural season of Family Feud Canada reached 2.6 million viewers each week. Family Feud Canada will return for four nights per week this fall with 104 new episodes. A nationwide virtual search for new families is now underway.

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TV, eh?

posted 5/28/2020

Total Wipeout Totally Rebooted
BBC To Bring Back Big Balls
From What's on TV

Total Wipeout is reportedly set to return to BBC1 with some famous faces taking the reigns.

Total Wipeout, which was axed back in 2012, used to be a regular on TV screens for its out-there tasks that made the daredevil in all of us crave to appear on the show. And now, to try and raise all of our spirits during the coronavirus-imposed lockdown and get us all in the mood for adventure, the action-packed series is coming back to screens.

However, the show will not be returning with the former hosts Amanda Byram and Richard Hammond, who fronted the original series.

The presenting duo will be replaced by Top Gear hosts former cricket player Freddie Flintoff and gameshow host Paddy McGuinness.

As they host the show, Freddie and Paddy will be displaying some of the most-loved video clips that aired during the three years that the show was running.

Officially named Total Wipeout: Freddie and Paddy Takeover, the show will last for six episodes, and will hopefully hit screens later in the summer.

"Now more than ever we need to laugh at people bouncing off those big red balls," presenter Paddy recently said to The Sun. "I'm so happy to be involved in bringing this classic show back."

Freddie also seemed keen for the show to go ahead, adding "I can't wait to be involved with this brilliant show and to have a laugh watching people fumble with those balls."

What's on TV

C21 Media

posted 5/28/2020

TUESDAY: Talent on Top
NBC Wins Night on 1-2 Talent
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.254 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) cruised to victory on Tuesday with the return of "America's Got Talent" (9.808 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "World of Dance" (5.146 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2).

CBS (4.868 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) was a distant second with its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (5.659 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "FBI" (4.974 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (3.970 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

Next up was ABC (2.868 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with repeats of "The Conners" (2.993 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and another "The Conners" (2.607 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) followed by the special "Our New Reality: A Diane Sawyer Special" (2.589 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) plus the debut of "The Genetic Detective" (3.214 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.394 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up repeats of "Hell's Kitchen" (1.447 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (1.342 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.975 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with week two of "DC's Stargirl" (1.180 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and the penultimate "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.770 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13).

Cable numbers for Tuesday...
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 914k/0.26
- Chopped (Food): 857k/0.24
- Master Minds (GSN): 530k/0.06
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 365k/0.18

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/28/2020

THursday Lightning Round
... or "A-Maze-Ing"

  • Richard Ayoade to host the BAFTAs (Deadline)

  • Going from Shop 'til You Drop to "Survivor" (Parade)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Don't (TV Insider)

  • Caelynn disappointed she was passed up for "The Bachelor" (Reality TV World)

posted 5/28/2020

HBOMax Invades Bachelor Nation
Streamer to Broadcast International Versions
From Deadline

HBO Max is to air a slew of international adaptations of The Bachelor and its spin-off for the first time in the U.S. as the digital platform unveils which seasons of the dating franchise will debut at launch.

The WarnerMedia-backed service, which launches May 27, will launch with over 20 seasons of The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Bachelor Pad and Bachelor in Paradise. This includes seasons 20 through 23 of The Bachelor featuring Ben Higgins, Nick Viall and Colton Underwood, seasons 11 through 14 of The Bachelorette featuring Kaitlyn Bristowe, JoJo Fletcher and Becca Kufrin, three seasons of Bachelor Pad and seasons 4 through 6 of Bachelor in Paradise.

It will also air international remakes from the UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

For The Bachelor, it will air seasons 1 and 2 from the UK, season 2 and season 5 of The Bachelor Australia, season 3 in Canada and the first season of The Bachelor New Zealand. The first season of the Canadian version of The Bachelorette and the third season of The Bachelorette Australia will air alongside the first season of the Australian remake of Bachelor in Paradise.

Elsewhere on this All HBO Max's Eve...

- Craftopia is an epic kids crafting competition show hosted and executive produced by YouTube influencer Lauren Riihimaki aka (LaurDIY). Creating and demonstrating crafts to over 8.9 million subscribers on her YouTube channel, LaurDIY has been deemed the "millennial Martha Stewart" by Forbes. On Craftopia, 9 to 15-year old contestants put their imaginations to the test and make their crafting dreams come true in a magical studio. After racing to fill up their carts with inspiring materials from the studio "store," crafters meet larger-than-life challenges, making truly inventive and amazing creations in order to take home the 'Craftrophia.' Craftopia is executive produced by Rhett Bachner and Brien Meagher for B17 Entertainment.
- Pulling directly from the underground ballroom community, voguing teams (aka "houses") must compete in unbelievable balls and showcase sickening fashion in order to achieve "Legendary" status. The cast includes MC Dashaun Wesley and DJ MikeQ as well as celebrity judges Law Roach, Jameela Jamil, Leiomy Maldonado, and Megan Thee Stallion. From Scout Productions, Emmy Award ® winners David Collins (Queer Eye), Rob Eric (Queer Eye) and Michael Williams (Queer Eye) serve as executive producers. Jane Mun (People's Choice Awards, MTV Music Awards, America's Best Dance Crew) and Josh Greenberg (Lip Sync Battle, Sunday Best, America's Best Dance Crew) serve as executive producers and showrunners.


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posted 5/27/2020

SYNDIES: Week 46
Results for the Week Ending May 17
From TV Newscheck

CBS Television Distribution's Dr. Phil finally found the cure for its ratings ills, improving 10% to an eight-week high 2.2 live plus same day national household rating in the week ended May 17, according to Nielsen Media Research. That gave Phil the talk lead for the time since the week ended March 22, which included the first week of stay-at-home orders in most states.

All of the games lost ground. Debmar-Mercury's Family Feud fell 3% to a 6.5. CTD's Wheel of Fortune slowed 3% to a 6.0. CTD's Jeopardy! downticked 2% to a 5.8.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.5 -3%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.0 -3%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.8 -2%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.0 -9%
- America Says (Sony) 0.8 -11%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 -17%


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posted 5/27/2020

MONDAY: If You Smell What Season 2 Is Cooking
"Titan Games" Kicks Off Summer Season on Demo Top
From the Wrap

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's "The Titan Games" debuted its second season Monday, an installment that features former New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz among the six pro-athlete competitors that the show's "everyday" contestants go head-to-head with in hopes of winning the "Titan Champion" title and a $100,000 prize.

Fans could smell the new level of intensity The Rock was cooking up for Season 2 of his NBC competition series when he announced the addition of elite athletes — including Cruz, Claressa Shields, Joe Thomas, Cruz, Hannah Teter, Jessie Graff and Tyron Woodley — as an obstacle for "The Titan Games'" amateur contestants. And if the everyday people vs. pros aspect, a pro-wrestling legend as host, and a humongous set piece for the final challenge made you draw a comparison between The Rock's series and the network's short-lived Hulk Hogan-hosted "American Gladiators" reboot, Cruz is here to vouch for how different the two are. "

I remember [the 'Gladiators' reboot] being awful. I remember that. I remember not having the same feeling that I had as a kid watching 'American Gladiators,'" Cruz told TheWrap. "I think the difference in this is that The Rock has a certain brand about him. His brand is always about toughness, hard work, blood, sweat and tears. Those are all the things that he embodies. And I think when you put a show together like "Titan Games"…it has no choice but to be top-notch and above and beyond."

NBC (3.061 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) was the demo champ on Memorial Day thanks to the two-hour season premiere of "The Titan Games" (3.422 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) plus a new "Songland" (2.337 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

ABC (3.092 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) claimed the silver with repeats of "Celebrity Family Feud" (3.554 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and another "Celebrity Family Feud" (3.462 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) alongside a new "The Baker and the Beauty" (2.261 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Next up was FOX (2.303 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with repeats of "9-1-1" (2.409 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "9-1-1: Lone Star" (2.197 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

CBS (3.239 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) likewise served up second runs of "The Neighborhood" (3.638 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (3.187 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8), "All Rise" (2.696 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Bull" (3.607 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, rebroadcasts of "Howie Mandel's 5th Annual All-Star Comedy Gala" (0.766 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.558 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.714 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Monday...
- Bakeaway Camp with Martha Stewart (Food): 793k/0.18
- Master Minds (GSN): 491k/0.07

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posted 5/27/2020

WEEKEND: Game Night Prelude
Fox Wins with NASCAR Return
From the Futon Critic

FOX (3.734 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) was the top draw on Sunday with its primetime coverage of the "NASCAR Cup Series Racing: Charlotte" (3.734 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1).

A close second was ABC (3.098 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) with its repeat lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.941 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2), "Celebrity Family Feud" (3.431 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2), "Press Your Luck" (2.526 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "Match Game" (2.496 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Next up was CBS (3.661 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with the feature "Titanic" (3.661 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Meanwhile, NBC (1.935 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) offered up a new "Little Big Shots" (2.014 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9), the season finale of "Little Big Shots" (1.686 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9), a new "The Wall" (2.007 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and another new "The Wall" (2.033 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

And finally, second runs of "DC's Stargirl" (0.595 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) and "Supergirl" (0.345 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) on The CW (0.470 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable Friday...
- RuPaul's Drag Race: Alone Together (S/VH1): 597k/0.25
- Master Minds (GSN): 513k/0.03

Cable numbers for Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (Food): 1.181m/0.30
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 789k/0.19

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posted 5/27/2020

MEanwhile in Australia... MasterChef Returns With Social Distancing
Production Offers Hints on How to Proceed During Pandemic
From Deadline

MasterChef Australia, one of the biggest non-scripted formats down under, aired its first episode produced under COVID-19 safety protocols last night. The show, which airs on ViacomCBS-owned Network Ten, offered a glimpse of how reality producers in the U.S. may be able to get their unscripted projects back up and running under social distancing-friendly circumstances.

The show, which is now in its 12th season and features a number of former winners of previous seasons, came back with social distancing measures across every facet of production, including the judges, contestants and crew.

This comes as the U.S. version of the show, which airs on Fox, had production suspended earlier this year due to the COVID-19 shutdown.

In the Australian version, additional hand sanitizing stations were put in across the set, while the cooking benches were spaced out further to keep contestants further away from each other and gloves were provided for team challenges where equipment was shared as well as when contestants went to get food from the store cupboards. Extra sinks were also added as well as dedicated hand washing stations.

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posted 5/26/2020

Jeopardy! Teachers Becomes a Tribute
Catch It on Monday!
From Business Insider

Every year, "Jeopardy!" celebrates America's educators with its Teachers Tournament.

In the two-week event, 15 teachers from schools across the US compete for $100,000 and a spot in the Tournament of Champions.

This year's Teachers Tournament was taped back in February, weeks before the coronavirus pandemic closed schools and moved classroom learning onto Zoom. In light of the pandemic, this year's competition has taken on a new significance.

In the lead-up to the premiere, "Jeopardy!" followed up with the teachers who competed on the show to recognise their important work with the hashtag #AppreciateTeachers.

"You have to throw out the playbook when you have to shift to an online method of teaching," said Sam Matson, a high school English teacher from Cookeville, Tennessee.

"I miss my students. I don't get to see their faces as much," said Katie LeBarge, a high school science teacher from Cambridge, Massachusetts.

"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek also praised the contestants' endeavors. "That's why we have the Teacher's Tournament – to honor the men and women who spend so much quality time with us and with our children," he said in the clip.

The "Jeopardy!" Teachers Tournament airs May 25 through June 5. You can watch the full promotional video below.

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posted 5/26/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Sure... Blame the Lead-In"

  • Richard Osman says that the ratings for "Pointless" depend on who did the COVID briefing before (Huffpost)

  • Watch the first 11 minutes of "World of Dance" (Gold Derby) PLUS a few good minutes with Derek Hough (Gold Derby)

  • Phyllis George remembered (WAVE Louisville)

  • Rachel Lindsay is disappointed in Hannah Brown (Gold Derby)

posted 5/26/2020

Netflix Plays with Lava
"Floor Is Lava" Plays in June
From the Tab

Netflix has just announced it is releasing a new competition show called "Floor Is Lava" which is based on the game you used to play as a child.

Netflix revealed the show on Twitter today, saying: "We just announced a new competition series called Floor Is Lava (inspired by the game where kids jump from furniture to furniture) and this picture from the show is SENDING ME."

Not much is known about the show, other than that it will see teams play the game we all used to, and navigate the floor as if it were lava. Assumably there will be some sort of way to "win" at the end and there will be a prize for the winning team members. The show is being released next month, on June 19th.

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posted 5/25/2020

"Feud" to Return to Australia
All-Star Edition on Tap This July
From the Daily Telegraph

One of Australia's most beloved gameshows Family Feud is coming back to TV, with some big changes for a very good cause.

Channel 10 has announced Family Feud will be back on our screens later this year, with Grant Denyer again in the hosting role. The network said the show has been enjoying "a rest" as the country battles the coronavirus.

However from July, Channel 10 and Fremantle will begin production of the show for "a special prime-time television event".

It's the first time the show will return to screens since it was axed by 10 in 2018. "The Feud's back baby!" Denyer exclaimed. "I can't wait to run amok with more nervous and excited Australian families, to have lots of laughs, forget our troubles and have a damn good time giving away record amounts of cash."

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posted 5/25/2020

Memorial Day Lightning Round
... or "Some Gave All..."

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Hollywood Game Night" returns June 7 (The Futon Critic)

  • When did "Drag Race" reunions become shade fests? Oh... since ever (TV Line)

  • J-Lo vs. J-Fall in the ultimate World of Dance-Off.... (The Wrap)

  • Arie Luyendyk argues "Bachelors" are set up to fail (Gold Derby)

  • Betty White ain't afraid of staying home, and neither should you be. (Meaww)

  • Alex Trebek has two rules when it comes to who replaces him (Cheat Sheet)

posted 5/25/2020

Daytime's Biggest Night Goes Virtual
Awards to Air on CBS, Nominees Announced
From TV Line

The Daytime Emmy Awards are making their triumphant return to broadcast television. The 47th annual salute to pre-dusk programming — which was originally expected to be canceled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic — will air Friday, June 26 at 8/7c on CBS.

According to CBS, the broadcast will only include leading categories, with recipients and special guests appearing virtually from home. Additional categories will be announced on Twitter (@DaytimeEmmys) during the broadcast, while others are being held for a separate ceremony happening in July.

This announcement marks a major win for the Daytime Emmys, which have been relegated to an online live stream for the past four years. The ceremony last aired on television in 2015 via Pop TV.

Nominations for the 47th annual Daytime Emmy Awards were announced on Thursday and ABC's General Hospital led the soapy pack with 23 total nods, edging out Days of Our Lives' 22. The Young and the Restless followed with 21, while CBS sister series The Bold and the Beautiful netted 13.

Game show nominations follow...

OUTSTANDING GAME SHOW HOST
- Wayne Brady, Let's Make a Deal (CBS)
- Steve Harvey, Family Feud (Syndication)
- Alfonso Ribeiro, Catch 21 (Game Show Network)
- Pat Sajak, Wheel of Fortune (Syndication)
- Alex Trebek, Jeopardy! (Syndication)

OUTSTANDING GAME SHOW
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? (Nickelodeon)
- Double Dare (Nickelodeon)
- Family Feud (Syndication)
- Jeopardy! (Syndication)
- The Price Is Right
(CBS)

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posted 5/22/2020

THURSDAY: Game Night Rules
ABC Game Shows Win the Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.729 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with a new "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" (5.979 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) alongside the returns of "Holey Moley" (4.439 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.769 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4).

The silver went to CBS (4.385 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (5.460 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), a new "Man with a Plan" (5.350 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Mom" (4.832 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), a new "Broke" (4.317 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8) and "SWAT" (3.175 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Next up was NBC (2.561 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) with its specials "Celebrity Escape Room" (3.803 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) and "Red Nose Day" (1.940 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.159 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up a new "Celebrity Watch Party" (1.409 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and the debut of "Labor of Love" (0.909 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12).

And finally, closing out the night were the season premiere of "Burden of Truth" (0.619 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) and a new "In the Dark" (0.535 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) on The CW (0.577 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable THursday (total numbers/A18-49)
- Top Chef All-Stars LA (Bravo): 842k/0.27
- The Misery Index (TBS): 791k/0.29
- Master Minds (GSN): 486k/0.05

- Ultimate Tag (R/FS1): 110k/0.04

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posted 5/22/2020

"The Wall UK" Is Moving
Production to Head to Britain from Poland
From Deadline

BBC One's Danny Dyer-fronted game show The Wall is set to be filmed in the UK instead of Poland, as a growing number of British producers look to switch to domestic production to keep shows on track during the coronavirus crisis.

Deadline reports that Endemol Shine Group producer Remarkable Television is drawing up plans to shoot Season 2 of The Wall at a studio in the UK, rather than at the group's production hub in Warsaw where the first series was made. I

t comes as the UK government is warning against "all but essential international travel," while Poland is restricting the number of people allowed to enter the country and new arrivals are expected to quarantine for two weeks.

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posted 5/22/2020

3 Ball Containerizes
Americans Pick Up Belgian Format
From TBI

3 Ball Productions has secured the US format rights to Belgian outfit Woestijnvis' 'Covid-19-safe' competition series The Container Cup.

The original version of the show, which premiered on Belgium's Vier network last month, puts athletic celebrities to the test against professional athletes in a variety of physical challenges – with all the action taking place inside two massive shipping containers.

The format is sold by Benelux distributors Primitives and was put together by Woestijnvis – which originated the reality-game show The Mole in 1998 – in six weeks specifically as an "exciting" and "noisy" offering that could be produced safely under Covid-19 restrictions. During the run of the series,

Vier's average market share improved by 230% and within the first week, the format was optioned to Germany, France and the Netherlands, with further deals currently pending in Spain, Italy, UK and other territories. The series was also designed to help support first responders and others during the pandemic, with athletes competing for the charity of their choice.

3 Ball Media Group's Reinout Oerlemans said: "So much of regular life has been upended during this crisis and so to be able to find and act on the bright spots, as creatives, is extremely gratifying. "We know athletes live to compete and that they haven't been able to during the Covid lockdowns. We also know that audiences are clamouring for fun and exciting content that can feel inspirational.

"This show can rally the whole family around a unique and positive entertainment experience that blends serious athleticism with fun and feel-good humour – all done in a way that is safe and COVID-compliant for all involved, and culminates with a significant donation on behalf of the winning athlete."

TBI

posted 5/22/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Small Guitars"

  • Sofia Vergara is not a fan of ukuleles (The Wrap)

  • Lindsay Arnold announced that she was taking season 29 of "Dancing" off... here's why (Gold Derby)

  • Tom Bergeron is HOPING that "Dancing" returns in the fall (Gold Derby)

  • Hell's Kitchen serving up leftovers (Gold Derby)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Todd Tilghman (Gold Derby)

posted 5/22/2020


ABC

Upfronts 2020: ABC
"Dancing", "Millionaire", "Bachelor" Expected to Return
From various sources

ABC has renewed 13 more series for 2020-21, eight of them scripted, including freshmen Stumptown and mixed-ish.

The broadcast network has picked up American Housewife, black-ish, The Conners, The Goldbergs, A Million Little Things, mixed-ish, The Rookie, Stumptown; reality stalwarts The Bachelor, Dancing with the Stars and Shark Tank; as well as the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire revival and newsmagazine 20/20.

They join previously renewed flagship Grey's Anatomy, which is in the middle of a two-season pickup, spinoff Station 19, The Good Doctor, American Idol, America's Funniest Home Videos, as well as newly picked up scripted series Big Sky, from David E. Kelley, and Kari Lizer's Call Your Mother and the recently ordered Supermarket Sweep reboot. This takes it to a total of 22 shows confirmed for the upcoming season.

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posted 5/21/2020

WEDNESDAY: You're It, Fox
"Ultimate Tag", "Masked Singer" Puts Fox at First
From Deadline

The team behind Fox's Ultimate Tag hope that NFL stars JJ Watt and his brothers TJ and Derek fronting a physical competition format will sate viewers missing out on live sports.

FOX (6.643 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) closed the May sweeps period on top with the season finale of "The Masked Singer" (8.721 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and the launch of "Ultimate Tag" (4.565 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2).

NBC (3.262 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) was a distant second with its repeat lineup of "Chicago Med" (3.316 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "Chicago Fire" (3.083 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "Chicago PD" (3.386 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.045 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with "The Wonderful World of Disney: Moana" (3.436 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) plus a repeat "Holey Moley" (2.264 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.705 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "NCIS" (4.883 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "FBI" (4.453 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) alongside the season finale of "SWAT" (4.777 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

And finally, the return of "The 100" (0.835 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and a repeat "Bulletproof" (0.297 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.566 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Wednesday (total numbers/A18-49)
- The Challenge: Total Madness (MTV): 1.015m/0.60
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 916k/0.26
- Master Minds (GSN): 463k/0.04
- Cash Cab - 12:30a (Bravo): 202k/0.06

- Cash Cab - mid (Bravo): 195k/0.06
- Cash Cab - 1a (Bravo): 177k/0.04
- Cash Cab - 11:30p (Bravo): 168k/0.06

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posted 5/20/2020

More on "Drag Race All-Stars"
Guest Judges Announced
From Deadline

The fifth season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars is about to serve some "La Vida Loca" realness with its slate of guest judges. Ricky Martin will kick things off as a guest judge for the premiere episode of the reality drag race competition which will premiere on June 5 at 8pm ET/PT on VH1.

The star-studded lineup of guest judges does not stop with the "She Bangs" singer. Joining RuPaul on the mainstage are Tessa Thompson, Jane Krakowski, Nicole Byer, Bebe Rexha, Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman, Sam Richardson, Madison Beer, Sarah Hyland, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, Tommy Dorfman and Drag Race regular Todrick Hall.

In the premiere, Martin will help judge the all-star queens for seasons past as they partake in a reading mini-challenge and hit the runway for a "Werq the World" variety extravaganza.

On top of that, the fifth season has thrown traditional elimination rules out the window.

Mama Ru has shaken things up and has "Ru-vealed" that each week she will name a top all-star and that queen will lip sync for her legacy against a mysterious lip sync assassin, chosen from the most iconic performers in Drag Race "herstory". If the top all-star of the week wins the lip sync, she wins a $10,000 tip and the power to eliminate the bottom queen of her choice. If the lip sync assassin wins, a bottom queen selected from a secret group vote gets the chop, and the money rolls over until a top all-star wins — now that is a gag!

Deadline

posted 5/20/2020

More on "The Big Fib"
Catch It on Disney+ May 22
From WDW News Today

Ever thought you could spot a fib better than a kid? Find out on The Big Fib.

A new Disney+ game show, hosted by Yvette Nicole Brown and featuring Rhys Darby as her robot sidekick, C.L.I.V.E. In each episode of this comedy game show, a kid starts by playing a warm up round where a silly liar and an authentic expert share fabulous fibs and fun facts.

Starring up and coming comedic talent, this round is played for laughs as well as always having a nugget of real information about the topic be it ice cream, tree climbing or toy design. Next our kid contestant plays the main round where they question an expert who's paired with a really good liar on the same topic. It's up to our kid to find the fibber.

There are visual clues, fascinating props, a hot seat round of rapid fire questions and various topics, including jellyfish, venom and killer plants. The show culminates with the expert and liar standing under the Fib Foam machine to await their fate. If our kid chooses correctly, the liar gets foamed. The Big Fib is full of outrageous truths that sound like lies and audacious lies that sound like the truth.

Season 1 is available May 22..

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posted 5/21/2020

Chase at Home
A New Twist on an Old Favorite
From Irish Mirror

The Chase fans have been given a gift to lift the lockdown blues.

For the next couple of weeks, the hit quiz show will be airing an online lockdown edition, in which fans are asked 10 questions by the Chasers themselves. That means fans can head to YouTube, Instagram or Facebook, and have questions put to them by Jenny "The Vixen" Ryan, Paul "The Sinnerman" Sinha, Shaun "The Dark Destroyer" Wallace, Mark "The Beast" Labbett, or Anne "The Governess" Hegerty.

Released at 6pm local time, the episodes last 15 minutes, with Jenny currently on question-posing duty. Next week, Shaun will be the one to beat.

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posted 5/21/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Forgiving and Forgetting"

  • Chrissy Teigen wants the Old Grey Lady to reinstate a young not-so-grey lady (Deadline)

  • Lindsay Arnold taking season 29 of "Dancing" off (Gold Derby)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Labor of Love (TV Line)

  • Nick Viall not here for Hannah Brown's mediapology (Gold Derby)

  • VIDEO WALL: Venus and Gronk on "Game On!" (Baseline)

  • VIDEO WALL #2: The stuff they should have shown on "Ultimate Tag" (247 Sports)

  • Tony Slattery's documentary released today (iNews)

posted 5/21/2020

Anne's Latest Challenger Is a Woman of Iron
Alex Guarnaschelli Joins "Worst Cooks" June 21
From The Futon Critic

Iron Chef and Supermarket Stakeout host Alex Guarnaschelli enters Worst Cooks in America boot camp as a mentor for the first time this summer, joining Anne Burrell to whip a cast of cooking-challenged recruits into culinary shape during a new season of the fan-favorite series.

The two teams of atrocious cooks, one mentored by Alex and the other by Anne, need all the help they can get as they stumble their way through outrageous challenges designed to improve their kitchen skills. In the end, the one recruit who makes the biggest culinary transformation wins a $25,000 cash prize and bragging rights for their team leader.

The seven-episode season premieres on Sunday, June 21st at 9pm (all times ET/PT) on Food Network.

"Worst Cooks is always filled with unexpected hilarious and inspirational moments, and Alex joining Anne as a mentor really brings the humor and expertise to the next level," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "Viewers are in for a fun ride with these two chefs in charge at boot camp."

This season's recruits are: Dolores Aguilar-Fernandez (Cypress, Texas); Evan Baker (Bismarck, North Dakota); Darian Barnes (Rahway, New Jersey); Holly Brooks (Lancaster, Pennsylvania); Zack Ignoffo (Chicago, Illinois); Domaine Javier (San Gabriel, California); Jewels McIlroy (Syracuse, New York); Johannes "Yo" Phelps (Davenport, Iowa); Ari Robinson (Simpsonville, South Carolina); Denise Schroder (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma); Louisa Sharamatyan (Glendale, California); Eric Smart (Los Angeles, California); Erin Sullivan (Mayfield, Kentucky) and Brianna Weidenbach (Martin, Tennessee).

THe Futon Critic

posted 5/20/2020

TUESDAY: "Voices" Carry
NBC Wins on "The Voice" Finale
From The Futon Critic

NBC (6.665 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) held off the competition on Tuesday thanks to its "The Voice: Live Cutdown Show" (5.134 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and the two-hour season finale of "The Voice" (7.431 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1).

FOX (3.067 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) was a close second with a special "The Masked Singer" (4.165 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) followed by a repeat "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (1.968 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Next up was CBS (5.607 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its repeat trio of "NCIS" (6.715 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "FBI" (5.623 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (4.482 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.231 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) offered up its specials "After the Dance with Stephen A. Smith: A SportsCenter Special" (2.633 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #8) and "The Story of Soaps" (2.030 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, the linear debut of "DC's Stargirl" (1.207 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and a new "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.803 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) rounded out the night on The CW (1.005 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4).

On cable Tuesday (total numbers/A18-49)
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 922k/0.27
- Chopped (Food): 850k/0.21
- Master Minds (GSN): 496k/0.05

- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 407k/0.19

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/20/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Laugh Riot"

  • VIDEO WALL: First look at "LOL: Last One Laughing" (Prime Video; June 19) (The Futon Critic)

  • Kristin Cavallari "Very" canceled (The Wrap)

  • Rob Riggle channels Walt Disney previewing "Holey Moley II" (Paste Magazine)

  • HQ Trivia's rise/fall chronicled on "Boom/Bust". Rebirth suspiciously absent (The Ringer)

  • Howie Schwab signs with Clickstream (TV Insider)

posted 5/20/2020


CW

Upfronts 2020: CBS
"Amazing Race" on the Fall Schedule
From various sources

CBS today unveiled its new 2020-2021 primetime programming lineup featuring one new comedy, two new dramas and 23 returning series. Additional new series will be announced at a later date.

For 2019-2020, the Network finished #1 for the 12th straight season, winning 17 of the past 18 seasons. The two new shows for fall include the comedy B POSITIVE, from award-winning executive producer, writer and creator Chuck Lorre and Marco Pennette, starring Emmy Award nominee Thomas Middleditch and Tony Award winner Annaleigh Ashford, and the drama THE EQUALIZER, starring Academy Award nominee and multi-hyphenate Queen Latifah.

The shows debuting later in the season include the new drama CLARICE from acclaimed executive producers Alex Kurtzman and Jenny Lumet, starring Rebecca Breeds in the title role, and returning favorites S.W.A.T. and UNDERCOVER BOSS.

In addition, CBS will broadcast SUPER BOWL LV on Feb. 7, 2021.

"We're excited to come off another season as America's Most Watched Network and, despite the obvious challenges around us, put together another winning lineup," said Kelly Kahl, President, CBS Entertainment. "Next season, we'll have five breakout returning freshman series and three compelling new shows placed into a schedule with the incredible stability for which CBS is so well known. Couple that with our broadcast of SUPER BOWL LV next February, and CBS is simply loaded with a lineup that will clearly appeal to both our advertising partners and our loyal viewers."

Wednesday's solid schedule adds more reality and adventure. SURVIVOR hosted by Jeff Probst, again starts off the night at 8:00 PM, where it was watched this season by nearly 10 million viewers and is CBS' #1 broadcast in key demos. At 9:00 PM, a fall edition of the multiple Emmy Award-winning THE AMAZING RACE hosted by Phil Keoghan begins another trek around the world. Then at 10:00 PM, the fourth season of military drama SEAL TEAM, starring David Boreanaz, returns to close out the night.


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The Wrap

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posted 5/19/2020

Speaking of CBS in the Summer...
NEtwork Hopeful for "Love Island", "Big Brother"
From TV Line

CBS is hoping to have one of the most socially un-distanced reality-TV shows back on the air as soon as this summer.

The Eye network on Tuesday unveiled a fall schedule that was indeed labeled "fall" and features 17 returning scripted series, in the event that production in Hollywood and elsewhere resumes by as late as late August.

"We're excited to come off another season as America's Most Watched Network and, despite the obvious challenges around us, put together another winning lineup," CBS Entertainment chief Kelly Kahl said in a statement.

CBS' bullish attitude extends even to this summer, where it hopes to air new seasons of both Big Brother (which usually premieres in late June or early July) and Love Island (which airs episodes practically live, with a lightning-fast turnaround time).

"It could be a little later than usual but we're still optimistic about getting those on. Those shows turn around pretty quickly," Kahl told Deadline. "Big Brother has live shows every week, and Love Island literally airs the night after it shoots. Those shows do not have long post processes."

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posted 5/19/2020

SYNDIES: Week 45
Results for the Week Ending May 10
From TV Newscheck

Two of the top three magazines made significant ratings moves in an otherwise sluggish session ending May 10, which was marked by declining PUT levels and day-after-day preemptions for news coverage of the coronavirus pandemic.

Entertainment Tonight grew 4% for the week and 8% for the past two weeks to a three-week high 2.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, tying sister show Inside Edition for the category lead. Next in line, Access Hollywood, was also a force, surging 8% for the week and 18% for the past two weeks to an eight-week high 1.3.

On the other hand, the top three game shows in access all lost ground.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.7 -3%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.2 -5%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.9 -16%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 1.1 NC
- America Says (Sony) 0.9 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.6 NC


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posted 5/19/2020

MONDAY: Going Out on a HIgh
NBC Wins on "The Voice"
From The Futon Critic

NBC (6.369 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the network to beat on Monday with fresh installments of "The Voice" (7.553 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and "Songland" (3.999 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2).

Second place went to ABC (2.760 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) with the season finale of "The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart" (2.996 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and a new "The Baker and the Beauty" (2.289 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Next up was CBS (4.043 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with its repeat lineup of "The Neighborhood" (4.871 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (4.230 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5), "All Rise" (3.361 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "Bull" (4.216 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.796 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up encores of "The Masked Singer" (1.918 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and a second "The Masked Singer" (1.674 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

And finally, The CW (0.731 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with the special "Penn & Teller: Try This at Home" (0.841 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and a new "Roswell, New Mexico" (0.622 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12).

On cable Monday (total numbers/A18-49)
- Bakeaway Camp with Martha Stewart (Food): 852k/0.20
- Master Minds (GSN): 506k/0.04


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/19/2020

More on "Hosts at Home"
More Hosts Coming to YouTube
From C2 Media Relations

Brand new YouTube series, Hosts At Home, announces star-studded lineup for debut season. Hosted by national television personality Adam Wurtzel, Hosts At Home takes viewers up close and personal with iconic hosts who made cult classic television shows famous. Season 1 guests include Bob Eubanks, David Ruprecht, Chuck Woolery, Kirk Fogg, and more. The season will conclude with a very special guest who continues to grace your screens on one of the most successful shows in television history.

Episodes debut every Friday where these famed personalities share an intimate look into their personal lives and never before heard encounters while on the sets of beloved shows.

Adam Wurtzel is a CMA Media Achievement nominated host and reporter, who's love for television started earlier than most. Before he could talk, he became infatuated with classics like "Card Sharks" and "Wheel of Fortune," and even taught himself how to timer record on a VCR at the age of 3! (He recorded his favorite shows while in preschool!).

After hosting a game show in college, Wurtzel's dream came true in 2009, when he won a national competition to host "GSN Live" for Game Show Network alongside TV veteran/host Fred Roggin. Shortly after that, he was named the backstage correspondent for CBS's "The Early Show," where his "full circle moment" occurred backstage at "The Price is Right."

You can currently watch Adam Wurtzel on the Nationally Syndicated TV series, "Nashville Insider," on Sir Elton John's "CountryLine" app and LIVE on stage on "Hollywood's Greatest Game Shows," hosting with game show legend Bob Eubanks.

YouTube

posted 5/19/2020

Taking Over the World... One Queen at a Time
"Canada's Drag Race" Coming
From Entertainment Weekly

In fitting Canadian fashion, Brooke Lynn Hytes kicks off her latest interview by apologizing. "Oh, I'm soar-y," the (super polite) queen of the north tells EW with regards to an adorably inconsequential matter, in advance of spilling exclusive details about her upcoming stint as a permanent judge on Canada's Drag Race.

"I don't even know I do it. I apologize for everything, all of the time. It's in my blood."

One thing the Toronto native doesn't have to apologize for, however, is mercilessly gagging us with her history-making gig presiding over the RuPaul's Drag Race spin-off's panel alongside equally powerful co-judges Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman (UnREAL actor) and Stacey McKenzie (international supermodel).

After finishing in second place on the American version's 11th season last year, Brooke holds the distinction of being the first Drag Race alum to hold down a fixed gig as a panelist on any of the series' four international editions, which McKenzie says, at long last gives Canada a major voice in the ever-expanding mainstream drag industry.

"Canada's got it going on. We're a sleeping beauty, and we're waking up. Everybody is going to be like 'Oh s—, you're here!' We're the quiet storm," McKenzie says of the show's soon-to-be-revealed cast of competing queens, who will receive further tips and guidance from resident "Squirrel Friend" and TV personality Traci Melchor. "I can't wait for the world to see the next Drag Race. It's unapologetically Canadian!"

Canada's Drag Race will exclusively make its U.S. debut on July 2. It will air day-and-date with its international airings on World of Wonder's SVOD Service WOW Presents Plus.


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Deadline

posted 5/19/2020

The Math Behind Game Shows
Virtual Talk Coming
From Patch

Many game shows have a rich mathematical foundation, drawing on topics in probability, game theory, and decision theory. Join Paul Dreyer, President of the American Regions Mathematics League, in an exploration of the mathematics behind a number of shows on which he worked, including The Wall, Million Second Quiz, and Spin the Wheel. Some participants will also have opportunities to win prizes, because what good is a game show without prizes?

Special introduction by George Reuter, President of the NY State Math League, lecturer at SUNY Geneseo, and Regional Co-Director of the NYS Master Teacher Program.

Patch

posted 5/19/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Another Modern Family"

posted 5/19/2020


Madison Courier

INDIA COOPER: c.1953-2020
Jeopardy! All-Star
From Louisville Courier Journal

India Cooper, one of "Jeopardy!'s" earliest female five-time champions and a fixture on the quizzing circuit, has died after a brief illness. She was 67 years old.

An freelance copy editor and actress with credits in the movie "Above the Law" and an episode of "Law & Order", Cooper went five-and-out in 1991 with a total of $68,400, which include a one-day total of $24,001 - a total that stood at 13th all time before the board values doubled. Her performance earned her a berth in the 1992 Tournament of Champions, where she was a semifinalist.

Cooper would ultimately be invited to participate in the 2002 Million Dollar Masters - pocketing $25,000 - the 2005 Ultimate Tournament of Champions - winning $26,000 - and the 2014 Battle of the Decades - earning $5000.

After her appearances, she involved herself with the national trivia community both online and off, making rounds at Trivia Nationals in 2019.

On a personal note, many of us here at the site have had the pleasure of getting to know her. As personable and witty as she was on the show, she was even more of a bon vivant face to face. She was one of the best humans we have ever met, and she will be missed terribly.

Louisville Courier Journal

posted 5/18/2020


The Hollywood Reporter

KEN OSMOND: 1943-2020
"Beaver's" Eddie Haskell Played "Match Game Hollywood Squares Hour"
From TV Line

Ken Osmond, best known to TV viewers as Leave It to Beaver suck-up Eddie Haskell, has died, Osmond's manager reports. He was 76.

"He was an incredibly kind and wonderful father. He had his family gathered around him when he passed," his son, Eric, said in a statement. "He was loved and will be very missed."

Osmond originated the role of smart-aleck-next-door Eddie on the CBS sitcom and played him for the show's entire, six-season run. He later reprised the character in a TV movie (Still the Beaver), a sequel series (The New Leave It to Beaver) and a theatrical film (1997's Leave It to Beaver), as well as on the short-lived TV shows Parker Lewis Can't Lose and Hi Honey, I'm Home!.

In addition to playing Wally's slick scamp of a friend, Osmond held several other TV roles throughout his career. He started his Hollywood run as a child actor in films, eventually going on to have guest parts in Petticoat Junction, Lassie, The Munsters, Happy Days and Rags to Riches, among other series.

Osmond joined the Los Angeles Police Department in 1970. He was shot multiple times during a foot chase in 1980 but was saved by both a protective vest and his belt buckle, off which the final bullet ricocheted. He retired in 1988.

In game shows, he spent two weeks combined on "Family Feud" and "The Match Game Hollywood Squares Hour".

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posted 5/18/2020

Dealing with It Again
Israel's Keshet 12 to Reboot Hidden Camera Game
From C21 Media

Production on Israeli broadcaster Keshet 12's reboot of hidden-camera format Deal With It! will commence this week as lockdown restrictions in the territory ease.

Deal With It! is a prank show in which unsuspecting members of the public are secretly recruited to prank their unwitting companions for cash.

The show was first commissioned by Keshet 12 in 2010, following which it ran for two seasons. After a six-year hiatus, the channel recommissioned Deal With It! in January this year, but production was put on hold when Israel went into lockdown in March. United Studios is producing the 10×60′ series, which will feature some additional adaptations in order to ensure the safety of the contributors and crew. It is expected to premiere on Keshet 12 in the late summer.

Deal With It! has been distributed by Keshet International into 22 territories, most recently into Italy on Nove, Mexico on Televisa and Slovenia on Planet TV.

C21 Media

posted 5/18/2020

La Tribu Ha Hablado
"Survivor" Lands in Mexico
From C21 Media

Mexican broadcaster Azteca Uno has become the latest international channel to commission a local version of classic reality format Survivor.

Local prodco Acun Medya is working on the Mexican version, filming in the Dominican Republic, with the aim to launch the series later this summer. Banijay Rights, the distribution arm of European giant Banijay Group, holds the rights to the format and did the deal with Azteca Uno.

Acun Medya has already successfully produced 15 season of Survivor for broadcasters in Greece, Turkey and Romania. Since its launch in 1997 overseason before being acquired by US broadcast network CBS in 2000, the Survivor franchise has had multiple long-running series airing in Spain, Australia, Israel, Italy, South Africa, Benelux, Denmark and Hungary.

Elliott Chalkley, VP of sales at Banijay Rights, said: "Survivor is the original adventure reality gameshow and continues to be a big hit for international broadcasters. "Set in a beautiful and exotic location with an intriguing mix of contestants, the constantly changing, layered and complex challenges have strong appeal especially among the younger audience demographic."

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posted 5/18/2020


USA Today

PHYLLIS GEORGE: 1949-2020
Miss America, Trailblazing Broadcaster Played Games
From CBS Sports

Phyllis George, a pioneer in the sports broadcasting industry, died this week due to complications from a blood disorder. George first made her mark on the national stage by winning the Miss America pageant in 1971, which launched her into a broadcasting career with CBS in 1974, when she became the first female sportscaster to work at a major TV network. George worked on the prominent CBS pregame show "The NFL Today," appearing on-air alongside the likes of Brent Musburger, Irv Cross and Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder.

CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus praised George's contributions to the industry in the following statement:

"The CBS Sports family is deeply saddened by the passing of Phyllis George, an icon in the sports broadcasting industry who contributed greatly to the rich history and tradition of CBS Sports. Phyllis was not only a key member of a show that remains the gold standard of NFL pregame shows, THE NFL TODAY with Brent, Irv and 'The Greek,' but also a pioneer for all women in broadcasting."


Musburger also released a statement on social media, saying, "Phyllis didn't receive nearly enough credit for opening the sports broadcasting door for the dozens of talented women who took her lead and soared."

Along with her position at "The NFL Today," George appeared as a co-host on "CBS Morning News" and also provided coverage of the Preakness Stakes and the Belmont Stakes over the course of her career.

Her ex-husband and former Kentucky Gov. John Brown Jr. confirmed the news to the Louisville Courier-Journal on Saturday, saying, "Phyllis was a great asset to Kentucky. We had a great partnership. I think we enjoyed every single day."

The Texas native is survived by her two children with the former governor, including CNN reporter Pamela Brown.

In game shows, she made stops at "Pyramid", "Hollywood Squares", and "I've Got a Secret".

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posted 5/18/2020


Indian Express

FRED WILLARD: 1939-2020
Comedy Actor Did the Rounds, Hosted "Trust Us With Your Life"
From TV Line

Fred Willard, the Second City alum who delivered Emmy-nominated performances in Modern Family and Everybody Loves Raymond, has died of natural causes, reports THR. The actor was 86.

"My father passed away very peacefully last night at the fantastic age of 86 years old," his daughter, Hope, said in a statement. "He kept moving, working and making us happy until the very end. We loved him so very much! We will miss him forever."

Willard's recurring guest performances became some of his most acclaimed and celebrated television work. On Everybody Loves Raymond, he portrayed Hank MacDougall, Robert's conservative father-in-law, earning himself Emmy nominations for three consecutive years. He received another nomination in 2010 for his role in Modern Family as Frank Dunphy, Phil's dad.

The actor was also renowned for his many zany roles in Christopher Guest's films, alongside Michael McKean, Catherine O'Hara, Harry Shearer and Eugene Levy, putting his quick-witted improv skills to the test. He played an Air Force colonel in This Is Spinal Tap, travel agent/amateur actor Ron Albertson in Waiting for Guffman, announcer Buck Laughlin in Best in Show, and the dyed-blonde music manager Mike LaFontaine in A Mighty Wind.

Other notable TV credits of Willard's include Back to You, The Bold and the Beautiful, Mad About You, Roseanne and Fernwood 2 Night. This month, he can be seen in a recurring role as Steve Carell's dad on the Netflix series Space Force. "How lucky that we all got to enjoy Fred Willard's gifts. He is with his missed Mary now. Thanks for the deep belly laughs Mr. Willard," actress Jamie Lee Curtis, Guest's wife, tweeted.

In game shows, He hosted the short-lived CW improv game show "Trust Us With Your Life" and announced "The Bachelorette". He was also a guest on "The $100,000 Pyramid", "Celebrity Food Fight", "Celebrity Family Feud", "Hell's Kitchen", "Hollywood Game Night", "Last Comic Standing", The 2009 Game Show Awards, "Dinner For Five", "Pet Star", "Hollywood Squares", "Win Ben Stein's Money", and "Battle of the Network Stars". .

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posted 5/18/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "THe Most Shocking Greens... EVER"

  • Chris Harrison, Greg Louganis to take a stop at the Holey Moley course (Reality TV World)

  • Hannah Brown says the you-know-what word. (The Wrap)

  • So either Pat Sajak is decrying celebrities during COVID-19 or he's decrying himself. Either way... not a good look (Heavy)

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 shows to watch if you're a fan of Jeopardy! (Cinema Blend)

  • Ryan Seacrest denies having a stroke during last night's "Idol" finale (Reality TV World)

  • VIDEO WALL: A preview of "Legendary" (THe Wrap)

  • ICYMI: A contestant wanted Sinnerman to be funny, but the Governess had the last laugh. (Inside Survivor)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the Watt Brothers (Wausau Daily Herald)

posted 5/18/2020


New York Times/University of Connecticut

JOEL KUPPERMAN: 1936-2020
Radio & TV "Quiz Kid"
From VOA

A retired university philosophy professor who was, at one time, one of the most famous children in the United States but was frustrated and torn by his fame, has died of the coronavirus.

The family of Joel Kupperman said Wednesday he died last month at a nursing home in Brooklyn at 83. He had been suffering from dementia for several years.

From age 6 to 16, Chicago-born Kupperman was a regular panelist on "The Quiz Kids," a radio game show in which a team of extraordinarily bright youngsters answered complex questions sent in by listeners. The audience won a prize if they stumped the panel and the kids were awarded savings bonds if they answered the difficult questions. The kids were dressed in robes and mortar boards. Kupperman spoke with a lisp and smiled brightly when reciting obscure facts and complicated mathematical equations, endearing him to the audience.

He and the rest of the kids became major radio personalities, hobnobbing with movie stars and politicians and appearing in films and on radio comedy shows. Kupperman was even invited to address the United Nations.

But when the show moved to television, Kupperman was no longer a cute little boy but a gangly and somewhat annoying teenager who was overshadowed by the younger panelists. He left the show when he was 16, entered the University of Chicago and was the target of bullies.

Feeling as if he had been exploited, he refused to ever talk about "The Quiz Kids" and warned his family against ever asking him about it.

Kupperman later earned a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Cambridge in England and taught at the University of Connecticut for 50 years. He wrote several books.

In one of the rare moments when he did talk about his past, Kupperman told The New York Times that "being a bright child among your peers was not the best way to grow up in America."

"There's this weird notion that intelligence is a single thing, but people can be smart in some ways and stupid in others," he once told his son.

The New York Times reported that he is survived by his wife, Karen; son Michael; daughter Charlie; his sister, Harriet Moss, and a grandson.

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New Hampshire Union Leader

posted 5/16/2020


Deadline

JERRY STILLER: 1928-2020
Comedy Legend Made the Rounds with Anne Meara
From TV Line

Actor-comedian Jerry Stiller, arguably best known as the irritable Frank Costanza, father of Jason Alexander's George Costanza, on Seinfeld, has died. He was 92.

His actor-son Ben Stiller confirmed the news on social media early Monday, writing, "I'm sad to say that my father, Jerry Stiller, passed away from natural causes. He was a great dad and grandfather, and the most dedicated husband to Anne for about 62 years. He will be greatly missed. Love you Dad."

Stiller famously served as one half of the comedy duo Stiller and Meara opposite his wife, Anne Meara, who died in 2015. The pair were among the first graduates of the Second City comedy troupe.

In addition to his recurring gig on Seinfeld (in which he made 26 total appearances over the series' nine-season run), Stiller's other major TV credit was the series-regular role as Arthur Spooner — widowed dad of Leah Remini's Carrie — on CBS' The King of Queens. He also lent his voice to the Disney Channel animated series Fish Hooks.

Like his wife Anne, Jerry was no stranger to game shows, appearing on "Hollywood Squares", "The $10,000 Pyramid", "Tattletales", "Celebrity Sweepstakes", "I've Got A Secret", "He Said She Said", "You're Putting Me On", and "What's My Line?".

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posted 5/16/2020

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "Pushing Daisies"

posted 5/16/2020

THURSDAY: Misery Loves Company
"Millionaire" Fuels Win for ABC
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.203 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was the top draw on Thursday thanks to a new "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" (6.484 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) followed by the season finale of "Station 19" (5.883 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and the final episode of "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.241 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

CBS (4.632 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) took home the silver with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (5.852 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), a new "Man with a Plan" (5.512 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "Mom" (5.071 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), a new "Broke" (4.639 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "SWAT" (3.360 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Next up was NBC (2.359 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with originals from "Council of Dads" (2.842 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "Blindspot" (1.879 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) plus a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.357 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.573 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up a new "Celebrity Watch Party" (1.602 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) alongside a repeat "Mental Samurai" (1.543 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.403 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night with the season finale of "Katy Keene" (0.464 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and a new "In the Dark" (0.341 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14).

On cable THursday (total numbers/A18-49)
- Top Chef All Stars LA (Bravo): 899k/0.29
- The Misery Index (SP/TBS): 805k/0.29
- Master Minds (GSN): 458k/0.03


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posted 5/15/2020

Drag Race Virtual Finale... Here's the Tea
Catch It on VH1 May 22
From Deadline

The queens of RuPaul's Drag Race season 12 are ready to slay the stage and runway… virtually. The season finale of World of Wonder's Emmy-winning reality drag queen competition on VH1 will spill all the tea in a virtual reunion slumber party on May 22 at 8pm ET/PT.

The following week on May 29 at 8pm ET/PT VH1 will air the virtual grand finale where America's Next Drag Superstar will be crowned.

The virtual shows are the result of the current lockdown — but that won't stop the show from death dropping its way into your homes.

RuPaul will host the virtual slumber party and the queens will have the opportunity to "kiki" about everything and anything that has happened this season. This includes all the shade thrown in the "werkroom" and some of the most shocking eliminations (there are many). They will also answer questions from fans.

Last year, the finale was held at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles but now the Drag Race Gods will work their magic to bring a finale that is just as fierce and fabulous. RuPaul and the cast shot the finale virtually using innovative technology that highlights the creativity of the queens.

Deadline

Entertainment Weekly

posted 5/15/2020

And America's Most Watched Network is....
CBS Wins the Totals 12 Years Running, Fox Takes the Demo
From TV Line

With its lean and mean — and meaningfully unscripted — slate, Fox is on track to win the 2019-2020 TV season, topping the broadcast-TV pack for the first time in eight years.

All told, Fox is averaging a 1.8 demo rating in the coveted 18-49 demo (per "most current"/DVR-inclusive numbers), up 13 percent from last year. NBC places second with a 1.4 rating (down 18% YOY), followed by ABC (1.1, down 15%) and CBS (1.1, down 31%), and then The CW (0.3, down 25%).

If you exclude Fox's hosting of this year's Super Bowl as well as the well-watched NFC Championship game, it still retains its No. 1 spot. But if you subtract out all sports programming, ABC caught up to Fox for the top spot.

(Here is where it must be noted that sports occupies a lot of Fox's slate, including but not limited to Thursday Night Football, the WWE's Friday Night SmackDown and college football on Saturdays, whereas ABC, CBS and NBC schedule around 20 hours of in-season entertainment programming per week.)

Among Fox's superlatives, it boasted the season's No. 1 entertainment series (The Masked Singer) and the top four new series: LEGO Masters (aka the No. 1-rated new reality series), 9-1-1: Lone Star (the No. 1 new scripted show), The Masked Singer: After the Mask and Prodigal Son.

In Total Viewers, Fox is also the only network to be up year-over-year, but CBS still leads all in that measure. In fact, CBS was "America's Most Watched Network" for the 12th year in a row (and 17th out of the last 18) with an average audience of 7.7 million (down 13% YOY). NBC places second with 6.6 million (down 8%), followed by Fox (6.4 mil, up 19%), ABC (virtually steady with 5.5 mil) and The CW (1.1 mil, down 15 percent).

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Deadline

posted 5/15/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Not Ready to Make Nice"

  • Tyler Cameron still not ready for love, but hopes Clare & Matt are (E!)

  • The secret to Ken Jennings' success (CheatSheet)

  • Jeff Probst touts teenagers for some reason (Gold Derby)

  • Alex Trebek offers career tips from quarantine (SurvivorNet)

  • Amanza Smith goes from opening cases to closing houses (Distractify)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alex Horne (iNews)

posted 5/15/2020

WEDNESDAY: Next Stop... Who Knows?
"Survivor" Finale Wins Night for CBS
From The Wrap

CBS (7.947 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) pulled in front on Wednesday thanks to the full night season finale of "Survivor: Winners at War" (7.947 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2).

FOX (5.428 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) had to settle for second for the first time in 14 weeks with "The Masked Singer" (6.970 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "The Masked Singer: After the Mask" (3.886 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3).

Next up was ABC (2.905 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with the season finales of "The Goldbergs" (4.185 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4), "Schooled" (3.283 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5), "American Housewife" (3.092 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #6) and "Single Parents" (2.289 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) plus a special "Shark Tank" (2.291 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.045 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up repeats of "Chicago Med" (3.988 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Chicago Fire" (4.116 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "Chicago PD" (4.031 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, second runs of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.732 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) and "Bulletproof" (0.343 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.538 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Wednesday (total numbers/A18-49)
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 926k/0.29
- The Challenge: Total Madness (MTV): 847k/0.49
- Master Minds (GSN): 583k/0.05
- Cash Cab - 11:30p (Bravo): 210k/0.06
- Cash Cab - mid (Bravo): 195k/0.05
- Cash Cab - 12:30a (Bravo): 185k/0.05
- Cash Cab - 1a (Bravo): 173k/0.04


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posted 5/14/2020


CW

Upfronts 2020: CW
New Season on Hold Until 2021
From TV Line

The CW Network will officially launch its new season in January 2021 with its regularly scheduled series line-up, while loading up Fall 2020 with fresh original and acquired scripted series and alternative programming, it was announced today by Mark Pedowitz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The CW Network.

"This year, The CW has made the proactive strategic decision to launch its new season in January 2021, rolling out a line-up of our signature returning series which will be joined next year by our four new series, including the return of the DC's most iconic superhero in SUPERMAN & LOIS, the return of the Texas Rangers in WALKER, the reimagined KUNG FU and the rebellious drama THE REPUBLIC OF SARAH. And by moving our new season to January, we are stocking our fall with a balance of original and acquired scripted series and alternative programming that fits The CW brand and provides fresh programming through the fourth quarter," said Mark Pedowitz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The CW. "In 2021, The CW will have more original scripted programming throughout the year, week in and week out, than we have ever had, fueling our multiplatform ecosystem, which combines linear TV, our best in class AVOD services and unparalleled reach on social media. Additionally, next year, The CW will have full stacking rights to eight series to stream on our free, ad-supported digital platforms." "As we manage the current crisis, we've developed a methodical programming strategy for this year and well in to next that we believe works for The CW, our advertisers, affiliates and audience, while keeping the health and safety of our productions and creative partners front of mind," Pedowitz added.

The magic is back with a new season of PENN & TELLER: FOOL US on Fridays (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT) followed by the hit improv series WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? (9:00-9:30pm ET/PT and 9:30-10:00pm ET/PT).


With The CW's new season set for January 2021, The CW has crafted a line-up of fresh programming for the Fourth Quarter 2020, featuring a balanced mix of original and acquired scripted series and alternative programming, including SWAMP THING, TELL ME A STORY, CORONER, DEAD PIXELS, PANDORA, THE OUTPOST, TWO SENTENCE HORROR STORIES, WORLD'S FUNNIEST ANIMALS, MASTERS OF ILLUSION, WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? and PENN & TELLER: FOOL US.

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posted 5/14/2020

Food Network Hits the "Big Time"
Buddy Valastro to Host "Big Time Bake" June 8
From the Futon Critic

After winning the most recent season of ultimate baking brawl Buddy vs. Duff, Buddy Valastro is now judging some of the best bakers from across the country to the test in a nonstop dessert competition on Big Time Bake, premiering on Monday June 8th at 9pm ET/PT.

With only six hours, the competitors must bake creative cookies, decadent cupcakes and a showpiece cake all inspired by a surprise theme. The clock never stops, even during the judging, as Buddy and the guest judges visit each baker's station every two hours to taste and critique their sweets. Buddy and two rotating expert judges, including Nacho Aguirre, Ralph Attanasia, Zoe Francois, Tregaye Frasier, Dan Langan, Lorraine Pascale, Aarti Sequeira, Thiago Silva,and Kristen Tomlan will determine the baker's item on the bottom of the batch and will send them home without finishing their remaining items. It's a battle against the clock!

"The competitors must bake the best cookies, cupcakes, and cakes that not only taste delicious, but also impress Buddy Valastro with the technique and presentation," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "On top of preparing the desserts, the bakers must strategize to use their time wisely, making Big Time Bake one of the most difficult competitions."

In each of the six hour-long episodes, four bakers along with their assistants must complete cookies, cupcakes and an outstanding cake from scratch in only six hours. The baked goods must fit a special theme, from spellbinding magical confections, to tasty treats that transport the judges to another realm, and to desserts that dive deep into the blue seas. After two hours of the competition, Buddy and the guest judges visit each baker's station to taste the cookies, but time will still be running out so the bakers must continue working during the judging. One baker's cookies will leave them crumbled in the competition and will be eliminated without finishing their other items. At the fourth hour of the competition the cupcakes are due, and time in the competition will run out for the bottom baker. With two bakers remaining and two hours left until the six hours are up, they must rush to finish their masterpiece cakes.

Fans can head to FoodNetwork.com/BigTimeBake for a closer look at the over-the-top cakes, cookies and cupcake creations, as well as learn some of Buddy's best baking tips. Follow the competition and join in on the conversation on social media using #BigTimeBake.

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posted 5/14/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Game Night"

  • Ken Jennings' Half Truth now available at Target, Walmart, Amazon (CheatSheet)

  • Jonas Brothers, KAROL G, Bon Jovi, Lady Antebellum to perform on "The Voice" finale (THe Futon Critic)

  • Lindsay Arnold dancing for two (Reality TV World)

posted 5/14/2020

Big Brother Heads Back to 4, But....
10-Part Best-Of Series to Air
From Deadline

Channel 4 will relive some of Big Brother's greatest ever episodes in a 10-part celebration of the reality show's 20th anniversary in the UK.

The broadcaster's youth network E4 has commissioned Endemol Shine Group company Initial to make Big Brother: Best Shows Ever Show, in which original host Davina McCall and Rylan Clark-Neal will reflect on their favorite moments from the entertainment juggernaut.

Channel 4 premiered the British version of Big Brother in 2000, creating a cultural phenomenon, launching the careers of a new breed of celebrity and providing a training ground for some top UK television executives.

The show was axed by Channel 4 in 2010 and a year later it moved to ViacomCBS-owned Channel 5, where it ran until 2018, with Clark-Neal being part of the presenting line-up.

Deadline

posted 5/13/2020

Go To Sleep
YouTube Orders Sleeping Competition
From the Futon Critic

Today, YouTube Originals announced and debuted the trailer for "Sleeping with Friends," an all-new reality competition series about sleep hosted by BrainCraft's Vanessa Hill, which will be available to stream for free beginning May 20 only on YouTube.

The series arrives for Mental Health Awareness Month, which coincides with one of the most challenging periods our world has ever faced with the current pandemic. There is no health without mental health, and it's important to take notice and care of our emotional, psychological and social well-being. One major factor that contributes to mental health? SLEEP.

In this three part special, EduTubers will go head to head to see who can improve their own sleep using the latest techniques and products. Featuring Mitch and Greg from ASAPScience, Donna Yatz of PsychIRL, Melissa Maribel, judges and mental health professional Kati Morton, Dr. Ali Mattu, Trace Dominguez, and hosted by Vanessa Hill.

The series is produced by 96 Next.

Sleep is the ultimate performance enhancer and best preventative medicine. Yet, a 2018 CDC study revealed that every night, 35% of Americans don't get enough. We're in a cultural shift where more people are trying to reclaim sleep - and using YouTube for on-demand sleep aids and information. BrainCraft presents the world's first sleep competition series with "Sleeping with Friends!"

This month, YouTube will also be highlighting Well Being and Mindfulness content on the platform's Spotlight channel. Playlists on the channel will feature content from creators like Kati Morton who can speak to why getting support can help, and Jay Shetty on meditation.

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THe Wrap

posted 5/13/2020

Countdown to July?
Rachel Riley, Nick Hewer Gearing for a Return Sans Audience
From Digital Spy

Countdown star Rachel Riley has confirmed that the gameshow will 'provisionally' return to filming in July.

Like virtually every other TV show and movie, Countdown halted production in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

But the math expert has now revealed that she and host Nick Hewer are gearing up for a return, minus a live studio audience.

"There is a provisional date for July," Riley told The Mirror. "When we go back we won't have any audience unfortunately. But like the rest of the country we are just going to play it by ear.

"When we are in the studio, we should be able to socially distance as there is the space. The space in the studio is okay, we can mic ourselves up."

She added: "Nick is 76 so he has got to be a little bit careful."

Digital Spy

Yahoo!

posted 5/13/2020

TUESDAY: "Hollywood" Comes Home
Socially Distant Episode to Benefit Red Nose Day
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.585 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) held onto the demo crown on Tuesday thanks to a new "The Voice" (6.972 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) followed by the season finale of "Ellen's Game of Games" (4.085 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and a special "Hollywood Game Night" (2.698 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

CBS (5.765 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) was the most-watched network despite its all-repeat lineup of "NCIS" (6.765 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "FBI" (5.736 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (4.794 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

Next up was ABC (4.719 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with its special "The Happy Days of Garry Marshall" (5.617 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) alongside the season finale of "For Life" (2.923 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.317 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) offered up part one of its "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (2.403 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) special and part two of "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell and Back" (2.231 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

And finally, closing out the evening on The CW (0.872 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) was the season finale of "The Flash" (1.079 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) plus a new "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.665 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12).

On cable Tuesday (total numbers/A18-49)
- Chopped (Food): 893k/0.25
- Supermarket Stakeout: 793k/0.21
- Master Minds (GSN): 530k/0.03

- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (VH1): 336k/0.15

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posted 5/13/2020

Karma Comes Back Around
"Endurance" Reboot to HBO Max
From the Futon Critic

HBO Max has revealed the second slate of premium Max Originals available to viewers after the streamer's May 27th launch. The next wave of titles coming to the platform begins Thursday, June 18th with the debut of the entire first season of the unscripted kids adventure competition series Karma, led by YouTube host Michelle Khare.

Karma takes sixteen contestants, ranging in age from 12 to 15, completely off the grid, away from parents and the normal comforts of home, to solve puzzles and overcome physical challenges, with the laws of karma setting the rules. This adventure competition series, led by YouTube host Michelle Khare, will test the mental and physical stamina of its young contestants as they unravel how their social actions impact their success in the game. Focus, giving, humility, growth, connection, change, and patience are the path to becoming the "Karma Champion." But more importantly, the players learn one of life's most profound lessons: "What you give out, you get back." Karma is executive produced by JD Roth, Adam Greener, and Sara Hansemenn for GoodStory Entertainment with Fred Pichel serving as showrunner and executive producer.

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The Hollywood Reporter
Deadline

posted 5/13/2020

LA County May Be Staying Home Longer
Order Could Throttle Production
From Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles County's stay-at-home orders will "with all certainty" be extended for the next three months, county Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer acknowledged during a Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday.

Although county health officer Dr. Muntu Davis has not issued an official extension, Ferrer said that timeline would shorten only if there was a "dramatic change to the virus and tools at hand."

"Our hope is that by using the data, we'd be able to slowly lift restrictions over the next three months," she said. But without widely available testing for the coronavirus or rapid home kits that would allow people to test themselves daily, it seems unlikely that the social distancing directives and stay-at-home orders would be completely eased.

Neither Ferrer nor county health officials were immediately available to directly offer additional details.

However, the county has already started to ease some restrictions and reopen the local economy under a five-step plan.

"Additional restrictions may be lifted later this week to allow for reopening additional retailers for curbside pickup, select manufacturers, and additional recreational facilities," the county said in a statement Tuesday. "Until the final stage five is reached, Health Officer Orders and directives will continue to ensure the slow of spread of COVID-19 to prevent an overwhelming surge of COVID-19 cases at healthcare facilities."

Beaches are set to reopen Wednesday, just days after officials also lifted restrictions on hiking trails, parks and golf courses and allowed curbside pickup at nonessential businesses. Ferrer's comments came shortly before Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that he was modifying the state's stay-at-home orders to allow individual counties to approve the reopening of malls for curbside pickup service only. The order also allows for the reopening of some offices if teleworking is not feasible.

"We aren't out of the woods yet," Newsom reminded residents.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti had to jump into damage control mode over confusing comments the top Public Health official in the county made about stay-at-home restriction going deep into the summer.

"I want to reassure people because I think there was a lot of panic suddenly the headlines said we're all going to stay exactly as we are for three more months when that is not the case," Garcetti told CNN's Jake Tapper. "I think quite simply she's saying that we're not going to fully reopen Los Angeles and probably anywhere in America without any protections or any health orders in the next three months," the Mayor told the anchor via phone, stressing he had spoken to L.A. County Public Health director Dr. Barbara Ferrer just before calling into the cable newser.

Los Angeles Times
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posted 5/13/2020

Jeopardy! Will Be Back...
New Episodes Return May 18
From WWNY-TV Watertown

JEOPARDY!'s 36th season isn't over yet: after the conclusion of the "JEOPARDY! The Greatest of All Time" encore event, America's Favorite Quiz Show™ will return with new episodes on Monday, May 18.

The updated programming schedule is as follows:
- May 18-22: New regular JEOPARDY! episodes
- May 25-29: Teachers Tournament quarterfinals
- June 1-5: Teachers Tournament semifinals and finals
- June 8-12: New regular JEOPARDY! episodes

The rest of JEOPARDY!'s summer schedule will be announced in the coming weeks. Follow JEOPARDY! on social media or visit Jeopardy.com for updates as they become available
.

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posted 5/13/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Deal... or No Deal"

  • Meghan Markle is urged to take up her old role for charity (New Idea)

  • Sony TV to reair best of KBC (BizAsia)

  • Dick DeBartolo plays with trains (WGN-AM Chicago)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Bobby Bones (247 Sports)

posted 5/13/2020

MONDAY: Logjam at the Top
Fox, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (5.237 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the network to beat among adults 18-49 on Monday thanks to the season finale of "9-1-1" (7.084 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and a repeat "9-1-1: Lone Star" (3.390 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

NBC (6.045 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) was a close second with its duo of "The Voice" (7.228 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and "Songland" (3.679 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4).

Next up was CBS (4.611 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with "The Price Is Right at Night with RuPaul" (6.008 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) followed by repeats of "The Neighborhood" (4.178 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (3.535 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Bull" (3.970 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.711 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up fresh installments of "The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart" (2.885 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "The Baker and the Beauty" (2.363 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, The CW (0.867 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.073 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.996 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Roswell, New Mexico" (0.700 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13).

On cable Monday (total numbers/A18-49)
- Bakeaway Camp with Martha Stewart (P/Food): 783k/0.16
- Master Minds (GSN): 589k/0.07


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posted 5/12/2020

WEEKEND: Happy Mother's Day!
ABC, CBS Split Sunday
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.654 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) held onto the demo crown on Sunday with its mix of "The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II" (5.741 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1), "American Idol" (6.103 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and the season finale of "The Rookie" (4.667 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

CBS (6.562 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) took home the silver with "60 Minutes" (9.333 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and the feature "Forrest Gump" (5.639 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

Next up was NBC (2.300 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with its presentations of "Feeding America Comedy Festival" (2.060 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "A Saturday Night Live Mother's Day" (2.540 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.067 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up repeats of "The Simpsons" (0.922 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Bob's Burgers" (0.866 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) alongside originals of "The Simpsons" (1.394 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Duncanville" (0.863 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10), "Bob's Burgers" (1.065 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9) and "Family Guy" (1.294 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

And finally, The CW (0.656 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed the night with fresh installments of "Batwoman" (0.711 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "Supergirl" (0.600 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15).

On cable Sunday (total numbers/A18-49)
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (SP/Food): 1.356m/0.35

CBS (6.184 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) was the network to beat on Friday with the season finale of "MacGyver" (5.775 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) followed by a new "Magnum P.I." (6.685 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) and the season finale of "Magnum P.I." (6.091 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

ABC (4.093 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) and NBC (4.083 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) shared in the demo honors with the former offered up new episodes of "Shark Tank" (4.557 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) and "20/20" (3.860 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and the latter with originals from "The Blacklist" (4.483 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Dateline NBC" (3.882 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.040 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up its weekly "WWE SmackDown" (2.040 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

And finally, closing out the evening were the special "Masters of Illusion: Impossible Escapes" (0.692 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) and the season finale of "Dynasty" (0.383 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) on The CW (0.537 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable Friday (total numbers/A18-49)
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 607k/0.25
- Master Minds (GSN): 589k/0.04

- RuPaul's Secret Celebrity Drag Race (VH1): 426k/0.16
- American Ninja Warrior Junior (Universal Kids): 63k/0.02

THe Futon Critic

THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/11/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Shots Fired"

  • Hannah Brown's mum vs. Jed Wyatt (Us Weekly)

  • Elon Musk vs. Ken Jennings (The Wrap)

  • The Internet vs. RuPaul and The Price Is Right (The Hill)

  • The people vs. Daniel Silva... on the charge of murder (Deadline)

  • "The Bachelor" undergoes a title change (The Futon Critic)

  • Rachel Reilly, Brendon Villegas expecting Big Brother Baby #2 (People)

  • Wayne Brady, Adrienne Bailon, Gavin deGraw visit "After the Mask" (The Wrap)

  • ICYMI: The Million Pound Question... (What's on TV)

posted 5/12/2020


Fox

Upfronts 2020: Fox
"Masked Singer" Lined Up for the Fall
From TV Line

Responding to real-time shifts in the marketplace, FOX, this season's #1 network among Adults 18-49, and the only network to experience year-to-year growth in the demo and Total Viewers, is announcing its Fall 2020 schedule. The programming slate includes Season Four of television's #1 series, THE MASKED SINGER, new drama series NEXT and FILTHY RICH, as well as all-new seasons of returning animated series THE SIMPSONS, BLESS THE HARTS, BOB'S BURGERS and FAMILY GUY, along with Gordon Ramsay's hit cooking competition series, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR.

Also part of FOX's 2020-2021 programming slate are all-new seasons of animated comedy DUNCANVILLE, starring and executive-produced by Amy Poehler; and Ramsay's HELL'S KITCHEN.

"The effects of this global health crisis leave no business unaffected. As a media company that prides itself on an entrepreneurial spirit and the focus that comes with doing fewer things better, we mobilized, swiftly creating an entirely new, original-programming lineup for the fall to share with our partners this upfront," said Charlie Collier, CEO, FOX Entertainment "In remote meetings with advertising and marketing partners over recent weeks, we sought to listen first and understand each partner's unique concerns. Our primary goal is to help them back to business, so in turn, the message we've shared is one of relative stability on FOX, combining the best of primetime sports and entertainment with which to help our partners and their customers back to market."

"Now, more than ever, consistency, results and stability take on an all new emphasis," said Marianne Gambelli, President, FOX Ad Sales. "FOX is primed and ready for the fall with a great deal of stability across our entire programming lineup, featuring premium content that continually resonates with viewers, and the necessary scale that builds demand and produces results. During these uncertain times, we remain focused on the individual business needs of our partners and will continue to work with them to develop custom solutions with our unmatched offerings of assets to help drive their businesses forward."

Fox is also building a second season of Lego Masters.

The series, which sees pairs of Lego enthusiasts facing off in brick-building challenges, premiered on Fox on February 5 and the 10-part series ran through April 15.

Murdoch revealed on the company's investor earnings call that it had begun preparing a second series for another midseason launch.

TV Line

Deadline
TV Line

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TV Line

B&C

posted 5/11/2020

More on "Jeff's Homemade Game Show"
Catch It on BYUTV Tuesday!
From the Albany Times Union

Comedian Jeff Rogers' new TV series 'Jeff's Homemade Game Show' debuts on BYU-TV on Tuesday, May 12th at 9pm.

Created and hosted by Second Cit Rogers, this 10-episode series turns a visit to a family's home into an instant game show using common on-site household objects, locations and activities. Family members can win cash and prizes by participating in homegrown challenges such as stacking cans from their kitchen into a pyramid, returning items that have been removed from their living room to their correct locations, catapulting cereal into a milk-filled bowl, collecting as much loose change as possible, and guessing the expiration date of a condiment in their refrigerator.

Albany Times Union

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Chicago Tribune

posted 5/11/20


Rolling Stone

LITTLE RICHARD: 1932-2020
Seminal Rocker Played "Family Feud", "Wheel" Among Others
From TV Line

Little Richard, the legendary rock, soul and funk artist and singer of hits like "Tutti Frutti" and "Good Golly Miss Molly," died Saturday. He was 87. The singer's son confirmed his death to Rolling Stone, but the cause of death is unknown.

One of the founding fathers of rock 'n' roll, Richard (neé Richard Wayne Penniman) produced heaps of hits starting with "Tutti Frutti" in 1956 and continuing with tracks like "Long Tall Sally," "Rip It Up," "Lucille" and more.

He was a renowned inspiration to many who came after him, including Elton John, The Rolling Stones and David Bowie, who were drawn to Richard for his thumping piano style, sexually charged lyrics and gospel-tinged vocals that spiked with energy. His songs changed music history, and have been covered by The Beatles, The Kings and Elvis Costello, among others.

Richard turned his back on music in 1957, attending the Alabama Bible school Oakwood College, where he became an ordained minister. In 1959, he released a gospel album called God Is Real before returning to secular rock in 1964.

He was one of the 10 original inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, and was also awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys in 1993.

Early in his career, Richard was cast in films including Don't Knock the Rock (1956) and The Girl Can't Help It (1957). On the TV side of things, Richard guest-starred on shows like Miami Vice, Martin and Baywatch. One of his best known appearances was a 1994 episode of Full House where he appeared as himself, the uncle to Jurnee Smollet-Bell's Denise. In 2006, he served as a judge on the short-lived reality game show Celebrity Duets, alongside David Foster and Marie Osmond.

Elsehwere in the game show realm, he also appeared on "Hollywood Squares", "Celebrity Family Feud", "Wheel of Fortune", "To Tell the Truth", and "The Next Best Thing".

TV Line
Deadline

posted 5/10/2020

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "Happy Mother's Day"

  • Tyra Banks responds to found footage, saying "I agree with you". (The Wrap)

  • Alec Baldwin's SNL commencement speech is very... SNL. (The Wrap)

  • LIST ABUSE: You tried to get these reality competitions out of your head. Well... (The Wrap)

  • Mark Labbett is apparently a beast of a dancer (Digital Spy)

  • Guy Fieri raises $20 million to COVID-19 relief. (CNN)

posted 5/10/2020


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