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GODFREY GAO: 1984-2019
Model/Actor from "The Mortal Instruments" Died on Chinese Reality Show
From WWD

Taiwanese-Canadian model and actor Godfrey Gao passed away in the early hours of Wednesday morning, his management Jetstar has confirmed, after falling while participating in a TV obstacle-course game show.

Gao, 35, was filming the show, Chase Me, which airs on the mainland Chinese channel Zhejiang Television, when he suddenly collapsed and died due to cardiac arrest. The show is an obstacle-course race similar to programs like American Ninja Warrior and involves a series of elaborate physical tasks for its contestants. For example, previous tasks have included jumping atop of rotating blocks positioned over a ball pit and scaling the sides of tall buildings while tethered by ropes.

A statement from Jetstar posted on Wednesday morning read:

"In the early hours of Nov. 27, our beloved Godfrey collapsed while filming on set. Unfortunately, following three hours of medical rescue efforts, he left us. We are very shocked and saddened and even until now find it impossible to accept. Thank you media friends and every fan of Godfrey's for their concern. His management and team were by his side and his family were urgently rushed to the location. Please respect Godfrey's family in this time of sorrow and refrain from disturbing them. We will accompany Godfrey's family to handle discreet funeral arrangements. Thank you, everyone."

Gao's body was to be transported back to Taipei from Ningbo in Zhejiang province where the show films.

A separate statement from the show, Chase Me, said Gao fell to the ground while running and that medical staff on site had attended to him immediately although he succumbed due to heart issues. The show expressed "incomparable pain and complete sorrow" over the incident.

Born Sept. 22, 1984, in Taiwan as Tsao Chih-Hsiang, Gao moved as a child to Vancouver and went on to study at Capilano University. He was known to be soft-spoken but athletic and with a big love of basketball. His big career break came when he became the first Asian model to be cast by Louis Vuitton, appearing in their 2011 advertisement campaign.

He later reached celebrity status in greater China and much of Asia thanks to his lead role in the television drama "Remembering Lichuan." His passing was the number-one trending topic on China's Sina Weibo on Wednesday and by the afternoon had also sparked a nationwide conversation under the hashtag #dontfilm, with many netizens questioning the difficulty of the physical challenges on the show.

Gao had also appeared in several movies including the 2013 Hollywood production The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and The Jade Pendant, as well as Chinese blockbusters like Shanghai Fortress..

WWD
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posted 11/27/19

SUNDAY: Stop the Damn Match!
The Ravens Win... So Does NBC
From The Futon Critic

NBC (15.034 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1) scored another victory on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (7.588 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #5), "Football Night in America #2" (11.357 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.2, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (16.441 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.6, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (16.978 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.8, #2).

FOX (8.749 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) then got a boost from an hour of "The OT" (19.885 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.4, #1) alongside originals from "The Simpsons" (5.449 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6), "Bless the Harts" (2.697 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8), "Bob's Burgers" (2.288 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and "Family Guy" (2.291 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

Next up was ABC (6.347 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) with a new "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.190 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) followed by the "2019 American Music Awards" (6.733 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.061 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its quartet of "60 Minutes" (7.682 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12), "God Friended Me" (5.929 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.294 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "Madam Secretary" (4.338 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15).

And finally, The CW (0.493 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) opted for repeats of "Batwoman" (0.574 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) and "Supergirl" (0.412 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) to round out the night.

On cable...
- Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge (SF/Food): 1.059m
- Blind Date (Bravo): 347k

THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/26/19

FOr the Children!
Catch "Kids Baking Championship's" New Season on Food Network January 6
From The Futon Critic

Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman return to test the skills of twelve new talented young bakers to see who will measure up on the new season of Kids Baking Championship, premiering on Monday, January 6th at 9pm ET/PT. Over the course of ten weeks, the kid bakers, ranging in age from 10 to 13, will whisk through new confectionery challenges. The one with the most delectable desserts will rise to the top and earn $25,000, a feature in Food Network Magazine, and the title of Kids Baking Champion!

"The return of Kids Baking Championship is the sweetest way to kick off the New Year, as viewers delight in watching the competition together as a family," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "The new season promises more laughter and fun with Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli, as well as impressive desserts from the kid bakers."

Throughout the season, the kid contestants show off their creativity and baking talents in tough challenges that even seasoned experts would find difficult. From 3D dinosaur cookies, to Neapolitans desserts, to ice cream cone cupcakes, and trifles, they will be tested on their baking and decorating abilities to impress Duff and Valerie with the taste and presentation of their sweet treats. The bakers will also have to tackle other delectable desserts including creative fruit cakes, potato print cookies, and the classic dessert imposter challenge returns as well, with a new surprising twist.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/26/19

SYNDIES: Week 20
Results for the Week Ending November 17
From TV Newscheck

Trivia titan James Holzhauer won Jeopardy's Tournament of Champions in the session ending Nov.17 and propelled the game show 7% to a new season-high 7.2 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, its highest rating since the week ending June 2.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 7.2* +7%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.2 -2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.9 -2%
- 25 Words or Less (CTD) 0.8 -11%
- America Says (Sony) 0.6 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck

B+C
Mediapost

posted 11/26/19

MONDAY: A Little Song, An Even Littler Dance
ABC Wins, "Dancing" Scores Lowest Finale Rating
From The Futon Critic

ABC (7.171 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) was the most-watched network on a competitive Monday with the season finale of "Dancing with the Stars" (7.698 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and a new "The Good Doctor" (6.118 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4).

Sharing the demo honors was NBC (6.352 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) with a new "The Voice" (7.651 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) and the season finale of "Bluff City Law" (3.754 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

FOX (4.614 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) likewise split the adults 18-49 crown with fresh installments of "9-1-1" (6.110 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) and "Prodigal Son" (3.119 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.639 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its mix of "The Neighborhood" (5.925 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (5.684 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "All Rise" (5.112 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "Bull" (6.002 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.690 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with originals from "All American" (0.720 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Black Lightning" (0.660 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

On cable...
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.356m
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (Food): 1.005m
- Wrap Battle (P/Freeform): 384k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 356k

THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/26/19

SUNDAY: Stop the Damn Match!
The Ravens Win... So Does NBC
From The Futon Critic

NBC (15.034 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1) scored another victory on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (7.588 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #5), "Football Night in America #2" (11.357 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.2, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (16.441 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.6, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (16.978 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.8, #2).

FOX (8.749 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) then got a boost from an hour of "The OT" (19.885 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.4, #1) alongside originals from "The Simpsons" (5.449 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6), "Bless the Harts" (2.697 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8), "Bob's Burgers" (2.288 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and "Family Guy" (2.291 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

Next up was ABC (6.347 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) with a new "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.190 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) followed by the "2019 American Music Awards" (6.733 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.061 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its quartet of "60 Minutes" (7.682 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12), "God Friended Me" (5.929 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.294 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "Madam Secretary" (4.338 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15).

And finally, The CW (0.493 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) opted for repeats of "Batwoman" (0.574 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) and "Supergirl" (0.412 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) to round out the night.

On cable...
- Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge (SF/Food): 1.059m
- Blind Date (Bravo): 347k

THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/26/19

Switch!
The Kumar's Sanjeev Bhaskar Plays Host
From Telly Mix

The Switch is ITV's brand new daytime quiz show - how does it all work?

Sanjeev Bhaskar turns quiz master for the new gameshow, which currently airs weekdays on ITV at 3PM. ITV describes The Switch as a "fast-paced, incredibly high-question-volume quiz that is full of variety, unexpected twists and a huge amount of play along for viewers."

Host Sanjeev Bhaskar said: "The Switch is the perfect quiz for viewers who want their general knowledge tested to the limits. I'm delighted to be hosting." Contestants are first given a chance to bank as much money as they can individually in the 'Easy Money' clue-based round. Each answer could rhyme with a word, start or perhaps end with the same letter. Every correct answer is worth cash (round 1 £100, round 2 £200, round 3 £300) and they each have just 45 seconds to add to their money pots.

The three 'Easy Money' rounds alternate with 'Switch' rounds.

And here's where the quizzers can get tactical, as they're given the chance to 'stick or switch' question categories. Will they switch out their competitors' favourite subjects? Or will they focus on sticking their favourites? Once the categories are locked in the quiz changes to multiple choice questions. But there's a twist - one of the answers is incorrect. Contestants race to secure a correct answer. Choose the wrong one and you're 'switched out' of the game.

The 'switched out' player can only hope that one of the other contestants picks an invalid answer and brings them back into play. On the third and final question, the quizzer 'switched out' is eliminated. By the end of the final 'Switch' round, only two contestants are left with questions offering only the one right and one wrong answer. The player 'switched out' in the deciding third category question loses out, leaving the victor to progress through to the final round. In the last round, the one remaining player gets a last chance to 'switch out' the final categories.

Once categories are complete, they need to answer one question right in each category to win half their pot. Then they can gamble to run the board again to win their full cash prize. And if they've got enough time left - and are feeling extra brave - they can try the board for a third and final time to double their winnings.

ITV tease: "It's easy to get rich… if you survive The Switch!"

The Switch airs weekdays 3PM on ITV from Monday 25 November 2019 for four weeks.

Telly Mix
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/26/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Final Answer?"

  • Regis Philbin's house is selling for... 5 million dollar questions. (LoHud.com)

  • Nick Cannon to play viral videos for the holidays (The Futon Critic)

  • Lucy Hale joins Seacrest for the new year (The Futon Critic)

  • Shark Tank contestant got baited (The Wrap)

  • VIDEO WALL: And the second chance at Hollywood goes to... (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ken Jennings (KING Seattle)

posted 11/25/19

Music's Biggest Night Invades Daytime's Biggest Game
Diplo, Anderson.paak, Fall Out Boy to Play Price Is Right Music Week 2020
From Billboard

Diplo, Anderson .Paak and Fall Out Boy, come on down, you're all the next musical guests on The Price Is Right!

When did America's favorite price-check-themed game show start hosting musical acts? Seemingly in early 2019, when it hosted Kiss during a Music Week of genre-themed episodes. The fun will continue the week of Jan. 20, in anticipation of the 62nd Grammy Awards on The Price Is Right's network CBS.

Rock, rap and electronic music will each get their own special episode. Fall Out Boy's Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump will represent for rock with a taping on Dec. 9. Anderson .Paak will come through for rap to tape on Dec. 9 as well, while Diplo will have his electronic taping on Dec. 10.

These tapings are public and fans of each act are encouraged to fill the stands, so register to attend your favorite of the shows (or all three) at priceisright.com.

Anderson .Paak is nominated for two Grammys at this year's show: best R&B album and best R&B performance. While Fall Out Boy and Diplo are sitting this awards show out, they've both enjoyed numerous nominations in years past. The producer even has three wins, including the award for best dance recording in 2019 for Silk City's "Electricity," featuring Dua Lipa. Watch out for the Grammys on Jan. 27, 2020, on CBS and watch each episode of The Price is Right Music Week, kicking off Jan. 20.

Billboard

posted 11/25/19

Alton Brown to Bring the Science to "Worst Cooks"
"Iron Chef" Host To Join Anne Burrell January 5
From the Futon Critic

For the first time, Alton Brown is joining Anne Burrell to transform a roster of terrible cooks into culinary shape with challenges bigger and crazier than ever in a brand-new season of Worst Cooks in America. The fan-favorite series pits two teams of atrocious cooks, one led by Alton and the other by Anne, against each other in a rigorous kitchen boot camp designed to transform their food skills. In the end, only the one recruit who makes the most impressive culinary improvement wins a $25,000 cash prize and bragging rights for their team leader. The ten-episode season premieres on Sunday, January 5th at 9pm (all times ET/PT) on Food Network.

"Our viewers know anything can, and does, happen on Worst Cooks and kicking off the New Year with a new season has become a tradition," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "Having Alton join Anne at boot camp delivers more unexpected moments than ever."

This season's recruits are: Shannon Akins (Tempe, Arizona); Lulu Boykin (Pittsboro, North Carolina); Monica Colwell (Hazard, Kentucky); Joe Deese (Fulton, Alabama); Jefferson Goldie (Chicago, Illinois); Ryan Grovey (Seattle, Washington); Michael Jones-Better (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania); Dakota Klaes (New York, New York); Leo Lech (Washington, West Virginia); Curtis Long (Seneca, South Carolina); Kelly Ngoc Mac (Pasadena, California); Bridget Praytor (Colorado Springs, Colorado); Leslie Rivera-Silva (Washington D.C.); Jolynn Singh (Allen, Texas); Kevin So (Brooklyn, New York) and Alexandra Tiso (Eastchester, New York). .

The Futon Critic

posted 11/25/19

AT&T Sells Its Stake in Game Show Network
Sony Regains Full Control
From Deadline

Sony has acquired AT&T's 42% stake in Game Show Network in a transaction with a total value of $500 million. After the deal, Sony will own 100% of the multimedia entertainment company, whose offerings are anchored by its namesake cable network, which airs original and classic game programming.

Game Show Network channel will continue to be carried on AT&T's DirecTV. Mark Feldman will continue as president and CEO of GSN.

Sony is positioning GSN's suite of game programming alongside its television unit's established game properties such as Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune.

For AT&T, the deal furthers the company's objective to pay down debt and generate cash from non-strategic assets. The telecom and media giant, still digesting its $81 billion acquisition of Time Warner, has sold off a range of assets from real estate to equipment while also completing a massive restructuring of Time Warner, now known as WarnerMedia.

AT&T will receive $380 million from the stake sale, before certain transaction-related adjustments, as well as dividends of about $130 million, making the total value of the deal roughly $500 million.

"We're excited to bring Game Show Network fully into the Sony Pictures Entertainment portfolio," SPT chairman Mike Hopkins said. "The acquisition allows us to work more closely with the company's talented team to deliver the best iconic game shows, develop and syndicate new game show IP for audiences across the nation, as well as to advance the fast-growing GSN Games business, all of which directly aligns with our strategy of developing targeted direct-to-consumer offerings."

Game Show Network TV programming includes originals such as America Says, The Chase, Common Knowledge and Catch 21, syndicated titles including Wheel of Fortune and Family Feud. It also airs classics like The $25,000 Pyramid and Card Sharks. GSN Games' mobile game portfolio includes GSN Casino, Bingo Bash, Solitaire TriPeaks, and WorldWinner.

Deadline

The Wrap
Variety
Nasdaq
The Hollywood Reporter
Marketwatch
Wall Street Journal
B+C
Realscreen
Bloomberg

posted 11/25/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Save the Date"

  • ViacomCBS cordially invite you to a wedding December 4.... tentatively (The Futon Critic)

  • Ghen Maynard launched Survivor, Big Brother... and a lawsuit against the network that airs both. (The Wrap)

  • ESPN designates December 4 Stuart Scott Day (The Wrap)

  • Jessica Garsed turns a $1600 S into a lot of good (WABI Bangor)

  • VIDEO WALL: Drew Carey & TPIR's ageless appeal (CBS News)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jenny Ryan (Manchester Evening News)

posted 11/25/19

The Price All Night
David Boreanaz, Seth Rogen to Visit December, More Specials Coming 2020
From TV Line

Bravo 1 will have Plinko! in his crosshairs when David Boreanaz and other SEAL Team cast members bid on utterly fabulous prizes in the first of two Price Is Right primetime holiday specials.

CBS has announced that The Price Is Right at Night: A Holiday Extravaganza With the Cast of SEAL Team will air Sunday, Dec. 22 at 8/7c. There, Boreanaz and a few SEAL Team costars will welcome an audience full of active-duty military and veterans, while playing for Headstrong Project, a charity which provides mental health treatment for post-9/11 veterans and their families.

"I grew up watching The Price Is Right with my grandma, so it was like a dream come true," SEAL Team's Neil Brown Jr., who plays Ray, tells TVLine. "Looking at it as a kid, you're like, 'I'm never gonna get there,' and then you're like, 'Oh, I'm here! How about that? Pretty cool.'"

On the following night, Monday, Dec. 23 at 8 pm, The Price Is Right at Night: A Holiday Extravaganza With Seth Rogen finds the gravelly voiced funnyman playing for Hilarity for Charity (HFC), the national Alzheimer's non-profit organization founded by him and his wife, Lauren Miller Rogen, and dedicated to raising awareness, inspiring change and accelerating progress in Alzheimer's care, research and support.

The SEAL Team and Seth Rogen specials are but the first two of other several Price Is Right primetime specials on tap for this TV season, with others to be announced at a later date and airing in 2020.

TV Line

The Futon Critic
TV Guide

posted 11/22/19

Beth Mowins to Make History... AGAIN!
Catch TPIR's Annual College Rivals Edition Wednesday!
From ESPN

On Wednesday, Nov. 27, Beth Mowins, the first female broadcaster to ever call a nationally televised NFL game (ESPN's season-opening Monday Night Football doubleheader in September 2017) will continue her pioneering ways when she becomes the first person to ever call play-by-play for The Price is Right and its Wheel, star of the showcase showdown.

The popular American gameshow (M-F at 11 a.m.- Noon ET/10-11 a.m. PT on CBS) hosted by Drew Carey invited Mowins to take part in its college rivals special taping, timed to air before college football's big rivalry weekend when conference or state foes square off for bragging rights.

For Mowins, the decision to expand her play-by-play dossier was an easy one. "As a kid, whenever you had a sick day or a snow day, this is what you watched in the morning. You'd have your grilled cheese, dip it in your tomato soup, and watch The Price is Right. It's a dream come true," she said..

ESPN

posted 11/22/19

THURSDAY: Colts Gallop to a Win
Fox Wins TNF
From The Futon Critic

FOX (9.405 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) was still the victor on Thursday with its presentations of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (8.511 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (9.584 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1).

ABC (4.400 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) took home the silver thanks to the fall finales of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.374 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "A Million Little Things" (4.607 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.218 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

Next up was CBS (5.308 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its mix of "Young Sheldon" (8.325 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "The Unicorn" (5.721 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Mom" (6.023 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Carol's Second Act" (4.887 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Evil" (3.446 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.723 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up originals from "Superstore" (2.660 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Perfect Harmony" (1.873 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14), "The Good Place" (2.032 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Will & Grace" (2.187 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.792 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.998 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night with new episodes from "Supernatural" (1.152 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) and "Legacies" (0.845 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16).

On cable...
- Temptation Island (USA): 696k
- America Says (GSN): 424k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 415k

THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/21/19

Taskmaster on the Move
Stunt Show Moves from Dave to C4
From Metro

Get ready for UK TV's biggest channel hop since The Great British Bake Off departed the BBC in 2017.

Taskmaster, the beloved and very silly Dave show where celebrities and comedians are set a series of increasingly bizarre tasks, has been bought by Channel 4.

The Avalon Television-produced series will be screened on 4 from 2020, with a six-series deal across the next three years having been confirmed. Repeats will air on E4.

Its ninth series aired on Dave back in September, with Greg Davies and Taskmaster creator Alex Horne serving as hosts.

Metro

Den of Geek

posted 11/22/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Vanna At Sea"

  • Vanna White named godmother of the new Carnival Panorama (Travel Pulse)

  • LIST ABUSE: Everything you need to know about Pointless. (Radio Times)

  • Padma Lakshmi posts "one hell of a selfie" (NSFW) (Yahoo!)

  • Ingrid Tarrant not a fan of JEremy Clarkson (Metro)

  • A contestant makes a mistake, and Wheel of Fortune Twitter goes OFF (Decider)

  • VIDEO WALL: Bob Eubanks gets swole.... ish (KEYT San Luis Obispo)

  • RuPaul's "AJ & the Queen" gets a trailer (Yahoo!)

posted 11/22/19

ABC Pencils in Every Game for 2020
Sunday Fun & Games to Return
From TV Line

There will be tons more "Summer Fun & Games" now that ABC has renewed Card Sharks, Press Your Luck, Match Game and the rest of its summertime game show slate.

Other renewed "Fun & Games" series include To Tell the Truth and $100,000 Pyramid (which like Match Game will enter Season 5), Celebrity Family Feud (for Season 6) and the previously announced second course of Holey Moley.

Of the above lot, Celeb Family Feud rated highest this summer (with a 0.84 demo rating in Live+Same Day numbers), followed by Press Your Luck, Pyramid, Holey Moley, Card Sharks, To Tell the Truth and then Match Game (which averaged a 0.56). "Summer has become synonymous with ABC's 'Fun & Games' brand," said ABC Entertainment's Rob Mills, SVP of Alternative Series, Specials and Late Night.

"To have these shows return is a testament to their strength, and the excitement and fun they bring each week. These are legit star-studded shows that celebrate everything we love about the spirit of competition. Thanks to them and The Bachelorette, we dominated summer and are doubling down on next year."

TV Line

Deadline
Broadway World
TV by the Numbers
Yahoo!
THe Hollywood Reporter
The Futon Critic
Reality Blurred
TBI Vision
B+C
WTAE Pittsburgh

posted 11/22/19

Can You "Beat The Chasers"?
ITV Plots Quiz Event for 2020
From AOL

The Chase is getting a spin-off that will see all five Chasers team up for the first time.

ITV has commissioned Beat The Chasers, which will be hosted by Bradley Walsh in a prime-time slot. It will be the first time Mark "The Beast" Labbett, Paul "The Sinnerman" Sinha, Anne "The Governess" Hegerty, Shaun "The Dark Destroyer" Wallace and Jenny "The Vixen" Ryan have worked together on screen.

Beat The Chasers has been developed by Potato, the team behind The Chase and a part of ITV Studios. The announcement comes after the show won the gong for best quiz at the National Television Awards 2019.

AOL

Good Housekeeping
London Evening Standard

posted 11/21/19

WEDNESDAY: One Chicago, Four Singers
NBC, Fox Split Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.886 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) was the top draw on Wednesday thanks to the fall finales of "Chicago Med" (8.393 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2), "Chicago Fire" (8.309 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and "Chicago PD" (6.956 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5).

FOX (4.277 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with its duo of "The Masked Singer" (6.670 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Almost Family" (1.883 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Next up was CBS (5.018 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its trio of "Survivor: Island of the Idols" (6.651 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2), "SEAL Team" (4.659 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "SWAT" (3.744 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.175 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up originals from "The Goldbergs" (4.117 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Schooled" (3.165 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Modern Family" (3.930 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Single Parents" (2.606 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10) and "Stumptown" (2.617 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "Riverdale" (0.762 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "Nancy Drew" (0.747 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) rounded out the night on The CW (0.755 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 986k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 774k
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 (MTV): 697k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 404k
- America Says (GSN): 409k
- Blind Date (P/Bravo): 261k

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posted 11/21/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "ABC2020"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTES: ABC announces its midseason schedule: The Bachlor (January 6), Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time (January 7), American Idol (February 16) (The Futon Critic)

  • "Strictly Come Dancing" received 189 complaints about a same-sex couple dancing... out of the 9.8 million people who watched. (Deadline)

  • Hannah Brown gives PEter Weber some much needed advice (Reality TV World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Brad Rutter (TMZ)

posted 11/21/19

Meet the Champions... Again
"AGT The Champions" Reveals Second Season Lineup
From TV Line

Giving new meaning to "all the world's a stage," NBC is bringing back 40 of the planet's most talented acts for a second round of America's Got Talent: The Champions, including several fan-favorite finalists from AGT's most recent season. The network on Tuesday announced that the following acts from Talent franchises worldwide will assemble on Monday, Jan. 6 (8/7c) for a shot at the Champions crown.

* Alexa Lauenburger, dog act (Das Supertalent 2017 WINNER, Britain's Got Talent: The Champions 2019 FINALIST)
* Angelina Jordan, singer (Norway's Got Talent 2014 WINNER)
* Bars & Melody, singing duo (Britain's Got Talent 2014 FINALIST)
* Ben Blaque, danger act (Britain's Got Talent 2016 SEMI-FINALIST)
* Ben Hart, magician (Britain's Got Talent 2019 FINALIST)
* Boogie Storm, dance group (Britain's Got Talent 2016 FINALIST)
* Brian King Joseph, violinist (America's Got Talent 2018 FINALIST)
* Christian and Percy, hand balancer/dog act (America's Got Talent 2014 FINALIST)
* Collabro, singing group (Britain's Got Talent 2014 WINNER)
* Connie Talbot, singer (Britain's Got Talent 2007 FINALIST)
* Dan Naturman, comedian (America's Got Talent 2014 FINALIST)
* Dania Díaz, magician (Spain's Got Talent 2018 FINALIST)
* Duo Destiny, hand-to-hand duo (Poland's Got Talent 2018 WINNER)
* Duo Transcend, trapeze/rollerskating duo (America's Got Talent 2018 FINALIST)
* Eddie Williams, strongman (Australia's Got Talent 2019 SEMI-FINALIST)
* Emil Rengle, dancer (Romania's Got Talent 2018 WINNER)
* Freckled Sky, projection/dance group (America's Got Talent 2015 QUARTER-FINALIST)
* Hans, singer/dancer/musician (America's Got Talent 2018 QUARTER-FINALIST)
* Jack Vidgen, singer (Australia's Got Talent 2011 WINNER)
* JJ Pantano, comedian (Australia's Got Talent 2019 SEMI-FINALIST)
* Junior Creative, shadow dance group (Myanmar's Got Talent 2018 WINNER)
* Luke Islam, singer (America's Got Talent 2019 SEMI-FINALIST)
* Marcelito Pomoy, singer (Pilipinas Got Talent 2011 WINNER)
* Marc Spelmann and X, magician (Britain's Got Talent 2019 RUNNER-UP)
* Michael Grimm, singer (America's Got Talent 2010 WINNER)
* Mike Yung, singer (America's Got Talent 2017 SEMI-FINALIST)
* Miki Dark, danger act (Holland's Got Talent 2019 SEMI-FINALIST, Das Supertalent 2019 FINALIST)
* Moses Concas, harmonicist/beat boxer (Italia's Got Talent 2016 WINNER)
* Oz Pearlman, mentalist (America's Got Talent 2015 FINALIST)
* Paddy and Nicko, dance Duo (Britain's Got Talent: The Champions 2019 – FINALIST and France's Got Talent 2016 SEMI-FINALIST)
* Puddles Pity Party, singer (America's Got Talent" 2017 QUARTER-FINALIST)
* Quick Style, dance trio (Norway's Got Talent 2009 WINNER)
* Ryan Niemiller, comedian (America's Got Talent 2019 FINALIST)
* Sandou Trio Russian Bar, Russian bar (America's Got Talent 2011 SEMI-FINALIST)
* The Silhouettes, shadow dance group (America's Got Talent 2011 FINALIST)
* Spencer Horsman, danger act (America's Got Talent 2012 QUARTER-FINALIST)
* Strauss Serpent, contortionist (Africa's Got Talent 2018 WINNER)
* Tyler Butler-Figueroa, violinist (America's Got Talent 2019 FINALIST)
* Voices of Service, singing group (America's Got Talent 2019 FINALIST)
* V.Unbeatable, dance group (America's Got Talent 2019 FINALIST)

Terry Crews will return as host, but the judges' panel will look a little different this time around. Simon Cowell and Howie Mandel are (of course) returning, but they will be joined by Heidi Klum and Alesha Dixon.

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posted 11/20/19

TUESDAY: Stop Us If You've Heard This Before...
CBS Wins Total, NBC Wins Demo
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.008 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday with a new "The Voice" (8.245 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) followed by the fall finales to "This Is Us" (7.265 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "New Amsterdam" (5.512 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

CBS (8.897 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then claimed the silver with its trio of "NCIS" (11.012 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "FBI" (8.829 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.850 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Next up was FOX (3.279 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with fresh installments of "The Resident" (3.899 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "Empire" (2.660 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.117 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up originals from "The Conners" (5.645 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "Bless This Mess" (3.412 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Mixed-ish" (2.630 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Black-ish" (2.406 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Emergence" (2.303 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14).

And finally, The CW (1.019 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed the night with new episodes from "The Flash" (1.296 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and "Arrow" (0.742 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 806k
- The Misery Index (TBS): 745k
- Chopped Junior - 8p (Food): 669k
- Chopped Junior - 7p (Food): 589k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 441k
- America Says (GSN): 409k
- Ink Master Grudge Match (Paramount): 292k
- Blind Date (P/Bravo): 221k

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posted 11/20/19

Now That the TOC is Over... Who's the Greatest?
That Question Will Be Answered on ABC
From The Futon Critic

On the heels of the iconic Tournament of Champions, "JEOPARDY!" is coming to ABC in a multiple consecutive night event with "JEOPARDY! The Greatest of All Time," premiering TUESDAY, JAN. 7 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. Hosted by Alex Trebek, "JEOPARDY! The Greatest of All Time" is produced by Sony Pictures Television. Harry Friedman will executive produce.

This epic television event brings together the three highest money winners in the long-running game show's history: Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer. The "JEOPARDY!" fan favorites will compete in a series of matches; the first to win three receives $1 million and the title of "JEOPARDY! The Greatest of All Time." The two runners up will each receive $250,000.

"Based on their previous performances, these three are already the 'greatest,' but you can't help wondering: who is the best of the best?" Trebek said.

"I am always so blown away by the incredibly talented and legendary Alex Trebek who has entertained, rallied and championed the masses for generations - and the world class 'JEOPARDY!' team who truly are 'the greatest of all time,'" Said Karey Burke, President, ABC Entertainment. "This timeless and extraordinary format is the gift that keeps on giving and winning the hearts of America every week. We can't wait to deliver this epic and fiercely competitive showdown - with these unprecedented contestants - to ABC viewers and loyal fans everywhere."

"We're excited to bring 'JEOPARDY!' to primetime! It's been a long time in the making - we wanted to create a unique experience sure to wow not just our fans, but all audiences," said Mike Hopkins, Chairman, Sony Pictures Television. "We are thrilled to have James, Brad and Ken, three powerhouse players each worthy of the title 'The Greatest of All Time.' With Alex hosting this is truly going to be something special. I can't wait to see who comes out on top!" .

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posted 11/19/19

Poker Central on "The Big Blind"
Trivia Game to Be Streamed on PokerGo
From B+C

Poker Central said its first original game show will start streaming Nov. 25 on its over-the-top subscription service PokerGo.

The show, The Big Blind, quizzes contestants on their knowledge of poker, gambling, casinos and Las Vegas and requires the strategies used in poker to win $30,000 in prize money.

Hosted by PokerGo announcer Jeff Platt, guests on the show include the comedian Norm Macdonald, Barstool Sports personalities PFTCommenter, Smitty, and Nate, past Jeopardy champion Alex Jacob, music producer Scott Vener, poker YouTuber Joe Ingram and professional poker players Mike Matusow and Chris Moneymaker.

New episodes drop Mondays and Fridays until the finals on Jan 6.

"At Poker Central, we are always thinking outside the box of traditional poker content," said Sampson Simmons, president of Poker Central. The Big Blind and its blend of trivia with poker strategy allows us to bring a fresh form of entertainment to PokerGo subscribers, bringing both new and seasoned poker players to the table for this fun new format."

The Big Blind was created by Poker Central producer John Bovenizer.

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posted 11/19/19

Idol Second Chance: Here Are Your Three!
Cast Votes During the AMAs Sunday
From TV Newscheck

Study these three faces and remember their names — one of them could be your next American Idol.

ABC on Monday revealed that a trio of former Idol contestants will compete for immediate advancement to Hollywood in Season 18, and the viewers will get to decide which singer earns the coveted spot.

As unveiled during tonight's episode of Dancing With the Stars, the following three former Idol hopefuls will get a second shot at music superstardom: Logan Johnson (Season 17), Layla Spring (Season 16) and Shawn Robinson (Season 17).

Here's how it all works: Each singer will record an audition at West Hollywood nightclub Whisky a Go Go, and all three auditions will air during Sunday's American Music Awards (ABC, 8/7c). Viewers will then be able to pick for their favorite audition at http://www.AmericanIdol.com/vote, and the winner will be revealed during the season finale of Dancing With The Stars (Nov. 25, 8 pm).

Though an exact premiere date for American Idol's 18th season has yet to be revealed, it's expected to begin airing sometime in early 2020. Katy Perry, Lionel Richie and Luke Bryan will all return for their third season as judges, along with Ryan Seacrest, who has hosted every season of Idol since it premiered on Fox in 2002.

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posted 11/19/19

MONDAY: Dueling Talent Shows
NBC, ABC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.314 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was back on top in demos on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (7.651 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and "Bluff City Law" (3.641 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

ABC (6.752 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a close second with fresh installments from "Dancing with the Stars" (7.092 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and "The Good Doctor" (6.071 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

Next up was CBS (5.825 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and originals from "The Neighborhood" (6.551 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (6.086 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5), "All Rise" (5.344 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Bull" (5.812 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.294 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "9-1-1" (2.861 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Prodigal Son" (1.727 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

And finally, The CW (0.655 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with new episodes from "All American" (0.706 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Black Lightning" (0.604 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

On cable...
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.309m
- Catch 21 (GSN): 402k

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posted 11/18/19

WEEKEND: Sunday Fight
NBC Wins on SNF
From the Futon Critic

NBC (11.981 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1) continued its Sunday reign with its usual mix of "Football Night in America #1" (5.511 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (8.019 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.3, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (12.727 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.8, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (13.919 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.3, #2).

CBS (11.693 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then got a giant boost from "NFL Overrun" (24.878 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.9, #1) into new episodes of "60 Minutes" (17.039 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #4), "God Friended Me" (8.140 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.455 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) and "Madam Secretary" (5.394 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13).

Next up was FOX (1.774 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.788 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.371 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) alongside originals from "The Simpsons" (2.108 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Bless the Harts" (1.647 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "Bob's Burgers" (1.844 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Family Guy" (1.887 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.121 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up its quartet of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.484 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Kids Say the Darndest Things" (4.090 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13), "Shark Tank" (3.314 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "The Rookie" (3.595 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #19).

And finally, fresh installments from "Batwoman" (1.018 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.3, #20) and "Supergirl" (0.801 million viewers, #21; adults 18-49: 0.2, #21) on The CW (0.909 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night..

On cable Friday...
- America's Most Musical Family (Nick): 544k
- Nashville Squares - 8p (CMT): 241k
- Nashville Squares - 8:30 (CMT): 230k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 705k
- Temptation Island (USA): 602k
- Thanksgiving Pie Fight (S/Food): 377k

- Cash Cab (Bravo): 168k

On cable Sunday...
- Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge (Food): 848k

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posted 11/19/19

"The Wall" Will Be Back... in the UK
BBC1 Renews Game for Another Session
From Digital Spy

Good news you slags, the BBC has given Danny Dyer's game show The Wall a second series!

The EastEnders star was announced as host of the UK version of the hit American show at the start of the year, and series one kicked off in October to a positive (if slightly cringey) reception.

Speaking about the renewal, Danny himself said: "I can't believe we're doing another series of The Wall. I can't wait to get stuck back in and meet these new contestants and hopefully make them very rich. Drop 'em!"

As well as Danny, question master Angela Rippon will be back too, for what the Beeb's Controller of Entertainment Commissioning Kate Phillips called a "wildly unpredictable format".

"I am so looking forward to another series being 'the voice' of The Wall," Rippon added. "What a great opportunity for even more viewers to take on the challenge of The Wall and potentiality win life-changing sums of money.".

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posted 11/19/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "DAncing in Paradise"

  • "Dancing with the Stars" goes to Bahamas (Inquisitr)

  • Elizabeth Banks admits "Charlie's Angels" flopped... but it's why that got her headlines. (Screen Rant)

  • PlutoTV adds Nick Games (Cord Cutters News)

  • Old and busted: "Bachelor" couples breaking up. New hotness... Nikki Ferrell reconciling (Reality TV World)

  • Sharna Burgess wants to be the next Bachelorette (Reality TV World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the producers of "The Misery Index" (Hidden Remote) & Kellee Kim (Cinema Blend)

posted 11/18/19

THURSDAY: Cleveland Rocks!
Fox Wins on TNF
From the Futon Critic

FOX (11.650 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) was still the top draw on Thursday with its presentations of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (9.788 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (12.022 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1).

The silver then went to ABC (4.413 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.302 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "A Million Little Things" (4.606 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.330 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Next up was CBS (5.369 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its lineup of "Young Sheldon" (8.979 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), "The Unicorn" (5.666 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Mom" (6.255 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5), "Carol's Second Act" (4.754 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Evil" (3.280 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.721 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Superstore" (2.737 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Perfect Harmony" (1.859 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14), "The Good Place" (2.060 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Will & Grace" (2.144 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.764 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

And finally, The CW (1.103 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with originals from "Supernatural" (1.324 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16) and "Legacies" (0.882 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 705k
- Temptation Island (USA): 602k
- Thanksgiving Pie Fight (S/Food): 377k

- Cash Cab (Bravo): 168k .

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posted 11/13/19

More on "Top Elf"
Catch It November 29 on Nick
From the Futon Critic

Nickelodeon is celebrating the holidays with a new competition series, Top Elf, premiering Friday, Nov. 29, at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT).

Across five one-hour episodes, seven kid "Elf-testants" with extraordinary building and design skills compete in festive challenges to become Santa's 'Top Elf' and have their wish lists granted - not for themselves, but for good causes in their hometowns. Top Elf airs Fridays at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon, with the season finale airing Saturday, Dec. 21, at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT).

In Top Elf, Santa (Tommy Snider) and Ms. Jingles (Samantha Turret) invite seven civilian "Elf-testants" to the North Pole to test their skills in a series of holiday-themed challenges, from designing their own life-sized gingerbread clubhouses, to reimagining Santa's sleigh, to creating giant 3-D holiday cards. And of course, building new toys!

Each "Elf-testant" is paired with one of Santa's elves who help bring their visions to life. Meet the elves: Chip Snuggles (Rudy Martinez), Nog Shimmerhorn (David Magidoff), Ginger O'Tingleton (Jenna Wright), Merry Sparkleberry (Nataliz Jimenez), Tinsel Turtledove (Ashley August), Zippy Twinkles (Davied Morales) and Stretch McDancerpants (Eric Stretch).

The seven skillful "Elf-testants" competing this season are: Aiko from New York; Allison from Walnut, Calif.; Briana from Los Angeles; Cameron from Georgetown, Ky.; Hopper from Highland Park, Texas; Hud from Oxford, Miss.; and Justice from Jamaica, N.Y.

At the end of each episode, "Elf-testants" are judged by Santa, Ms. Jingles and a celebrity guest to decide who is on the "nice" or "naughty" list and one step closer to being named Top Elf. Celebrity guest judges helping Santa and Ms. Jingles find the Top Elf are: Frankie Grande, Amirah Kassem, Peyton List, Alex Wassabi and Pete Wentz.

Top Elf's original concept was created by Mike Duffy and Tim Duffy of Ugly Brother Studios, who executive produce the series along with Jimmy Fox of Main Event Media, an All3Media America company. Bob Schermerhorn (Project Runway All Stars, America's Next Top Model) and Lisa Fletcher (The Titan Games) are executive producers, with Fletcher also serving as the showrunner. Nickelodeon's Vice Presidents of Unscripted Content Paul J Medford and Mandel Ilagan also serve as executive producers. The series is directed by Michael Pearlman (Chopped, Project Runway All Stars). Production of Top Elf for Nickelodeon is overseen by Rob Bagshaw, Executive Vice President, Unscripted Content.

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posted 11/18/19

YouTube Gets Made Up
James Charles to Develop Beauty Competition
From the Futon Critic

Today, YouTube Originals and beauty mogul James Charles announced a new untitled beauty competition series to find the next budding industry influencer. With over 16 million subscribers to his channel, James Charles is best known for his creative makeup transformations which led to him being selected as the first male spokesperson for CoverGirl.

Inspired by his artistry in the space, this series marks the first YouTube Originals beauty competition and will premiere on YouTube next year.

In this four part competition series brought to life by Brian Graden Media, contestants will put their best makeup artistry on display for Charles and a mix of celebrity guest judges as well as seasoned beauty industry veterans. Their work will be judged to see who has what it takes to be a top beauty influencer.

"James Charles is a leader in the industry when it comes to pushing boundaries with creative content," said Susanne Daniels, Global Head of Original Content for YouTube. "We are thrilled that James is bringing his energy and talent to our YouTube Originals slate with our first beauty competition series."

"Reality competition shows have always been a guilty pleasure of mine, and ever since I became a content creator on YouTube, it's been one of my biggest dreams to create my own, said James Charles. "Beauty is such a major industry, and I've been lucky enough to grow a huge platform, but now I want to give back and share the knowledge I've gathered with others. Being a superstar influencer takes a whole lot more than just blending eyeshadow, and I can't wait to find out who has what it takes to make it to the top. Producing my own show for YouTube is going to be a crazy challenge but I'm so ready... and hopefully the beauty community is too."

Brian Graden, President of Brian Graden Media said, "BGM is thrilled to extend its partnership with YouTube Originals on yet another exciting project. We love helping content creators realize their longer form visions, and James Charles is truly a one-of-kind star."

Episodes of the new competition series will release weekly and be available for free on YouTube.com/JamesCharles. .

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posted 11/18/19

More on "Food Network Challenge"
Catch the Reboot December 23
From the Futon Critic

Fan-favorite competition series Food Network Challenge is back and better than ever with new host Ian Ziering and a fresh roster of the country's top cake makers, bakers and sugar artists going head-to-head in pop culture-themed battles to create mind-blowing works of delicious art.

The six-episode season kicks off on Monday, December 23rd at 10pm ET/PT with a celebration of the beloved holiday classic A Christmas Story, complete with over-the-top edible recreations of the iconic film's most memorable moments. Upcoming episode themes include Back to the Future, Pokémon, Monopoly and The Wizard of Oz.

"Every Food Network Challenge contestant has risen to the top of the competitive baking world by winning multiple awards, so these expert bakers are extremely competitive," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "The culinary action combined with pop culture nostalgia and host Ian Ziering's charm make for a fun and compelling show for the whole family."

In the season premiere, four top-notch cake artists compete in a celebration of one of the most beloved holiday films of all time: A Christmas Story. From edible pink bunny suits and leg lamps to a visit from Scott Schwartz, who played Flick, there are tons of "oh fudge" moments in this wild ride. Judges Matt Allard, Keegan Gerhard and Claudia Sandoval determine who wins $10,000 for their Christmas stocking, along with the title Food Network Challenge champion.

Viewers can learn more about Ian Ziering, meet the contestants and follow the competition at FoodNetwork.com/FNChallenge. Plus, follow on social channels using # FNChallenge for an exclusive Q&A with Ian and to see top moments from the competition.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/18/19

Somebody Say "New Chaser"?
Bradley Walsh Teases 2020 on "The Chase"
From New Zealand Herald

The Chase host Bradley Walsh has announced there will be a new Chaser joining the team of formidable quiz-masters on the show.

Walsh, who has presented the show since it began in 2009, has promised that the show is set to undergo a "shake-up" when it returns to air at the start of 2020, hinting that the current crop of quizzing experts – The Beast, The Vixen, The Sinnerman, The Governess and The Dark Destroyer – could be joined by not one, but multiple new chasers.

Speaking exclusively to RadioTimes.com, the charismatic host and Doctor Who star said: "We're making more and more shows all the time, so we need to recruit more people all the time. "So consequently, we have put our feelers out to find other people that will be suitable, and all will be revealed next year.".

New Zealand Herald

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posted 11/18/19

"Celebrity Catchphrase" to Return
Fourth Season Forthcoming
From C21Media

ITV has commissioned a fourth season of its revived quizshow Celebrity Catchphrase.

The new 8×60' season will see a number of celebrities participate in the popular game, in which contestants must identify well-known phrases with the help of visual clues, and will also include a Christmas Special.

The latest instalment of the series was commissioned by Gemma John-Lewis at ITV and will be produced by Glasgow-based STV Productions. Gary Chippington will serve as executive producer..

C21 MEdia

posted 11/18/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "More Kellyoke!"

  • Kelly Clarkson scores the syndie season's second renewal (THe Futon Critic)

  • ABC to bring back "Idol" second chance during DWTS, AMAs (THe Futon Critic)

  • Nick Cannon picks up his own talker (Deadline)

  • CASTING COUCH: Feud heads to New Orleans (The Advocate)

  • LIST ABUSE: The 10 richest game show hosts OF ALL TIME (THeRichest)

  • Elizabeth Beisel, Missy Byrd apologize for... yeah, THAT. (TV Line)

posted 11/18/19

More on "Making It" Season 2
Catch It on NBC December 2
From the Futon Critic

Get thread-y for it! NBC has announced the 10 makers vying for the title of "Master Maker" and a $100,000 grand prize on Season 2 of "Making It," returning Monday, Dec. 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Executive producers and Emmy Award-nominated hosts Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman return with judges Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy's trend expert, and Simon Doonan, Creative Ambassador for Barneys New York. In a binge-worthy holiday treat, "Making It" will air Dec. 2-5 (10-11 p.m.), Dec. 9 (10-11 p.m.) and Dec. 10 (10-11 p.m.) before concluding with a two-hour grand finale telecast on Wednesday, Dec. 11 (9-11 p.m.).

This season brings together a diverse group of makers from woodworkers to balloon artists and calligraphists to costume makers. These ultimate DIY-ers bring skill and heart as they create with mediums from food to felt, hoping to impress the judges and become "Master Maker."

- ASHLEY BASNIGHT (Norman, OK)
- ASPEN VO HASSE (Marina, CA / San Francisco, CA)
- EAGAN TILGHMAN (Meridian, MS)
- F
LOYD DAVIS (Chicago, IL / Los Angeles, CA)
- JAMIE HUDSON (Portland, OR)
- JESSIE BEARDEN (Austin, TX / New York, NY)
- JUSTINE SILVA (Andover, MA / Los Angeles, CA)
- LILLY JIMENEZ (Miami, FL)
- MATT KAWIKA ORTIZ (Honolulu, HI)
- REBECCA PROPES (Gilbert, AZ)

Each episode will revolve around a central theme with the Makers completing two crafts based on current trends in DIY and anchored in America's love for all things handmade. The first, a "faster-craft," gives the Makers a limited time to execute their personal take on each theme. Next is the more in-depth "master craft," challenging each Maker to display their respective expertise while combining originality, imagination, and quality finishing to move on to the next round of the competition. In the end, the winning contestant will be crowned "Master Maker."

The Futon Critic

posted 11/14/19

WEDNESDAY: And the Award Goes to...
ABC Wins Thanks to CMAs
From the Futon Critic

ABC (11.267 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was sparked into the top spot on Wednesday thanks to "The 53rd Annual CMA Awards" (11.267 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1).

FOX (3.611 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then had to settle for second with originals from "The Masked Singer" (5.551 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) and "Almost Family" (1.671 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Next up was NBC (6.984 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its trio of "Chicago Med" (7.371 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Chicago Fire" (7.146 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (6.433 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.044 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up a special two-hour "Survivor: Island of the Idols" (6.044 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) alongside a new "SWAT" (3.045 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

And finally, originals from "Riverdale" (0.822 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9) and "Nancy Drew" (0.712 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.767 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 812k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 613k
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 (MTV): 575k

- Catch 21 (GSN): 407k
- America Says (GSN): 383k
- Cash Cab (Bravo): 278k .

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/13/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Play Along"

  • Jeopardy! alums (DISCLAIMER: of which two of the people who run this site are) play along for charity (USA Today)

  • #ICYMI: When a professional "Survivor" writer AND a former contestant decides that they're done with this season... (Boston.com)

  • Baby Bass in paradise (Reality TV World)

  • Hannah Brown was at the CMAs last night, and she did not. Play. (Reality TV World)

  • Temptation Island just taped the reunion show and... it gets ugly (Us)

  • FIRST LOOK: Sugar Rush Christmas (The Futon Critic)

  • Michael Sheen looks nothing like himself as he transforms into Chris Tarrant for AMC's "Quiz" (Deadline)

  • Aaron Sanchez picks up where Eddie Huang left off in the chef's-life-as-a-sitcom genre (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES WITH Dhruv Gaur (Deadline)

posted 11/14/19

25 Words.... Another Season
Game Show Among Fox Block Renewed for 2020-21
From Deadline

Fox Corp.'s station group has renewed 25 Words or Less, a new game show hosted and produced by Meredith Vieira, for a second season.

Fox's station unit has 28 full-power stations in markets including nine of the top 10 largest in the U.S. In addition to serving as key strategic platforms for promoting sports and primetime programming, the stations also are valuable real estate in syndication.

"Every day, America welcomes us into their homes to laugh, cry and play," said Stephen Brown, Fox Television Stations EVP Programming and Development. "We are part of their everyday ritual and we look forward to being there for a long time to come."

Deadline

posted 11/13/19

Here's a Picture of Peter Weber Being Pensive...
Must Be Time for "The Bachelor", ABC January
From the Futon Critic

ABC has made a date for the three-hour Season 24 premiere of The Bachelor. The scrum to land airline pilot Peter Weber will begin at 8 PM Monday, January 6.

Watch the new promo with the once-jilted but oh-so-eligible Weber below.

Here is the network's logline for the reality staple's latest cycle: Weber flew into the hearts of women everywhere and left all of America shocked and heartbroken when Hannah Brown decided to end their relationship. Now Peter is back and ready to once again capture hearts across the nation when he returns for another shot at love. Peter's search for his soul mate takes off to new heights on premiere day, when a few women earn their wings on a daring group date plus other romantic dates — a first for a Bachelor premiere — and will feature a special surprise visitor who has everyone talking.

During its Season 23 run this year, The Bachelor was Monday night's top-rated series among adults 18-49 on each of its 10 telecasts. It delivered a 4.3 rating in the demo across all platforms after 35 days of delayed viewing, marking an impressive 19% gain versus the prior year.

Season 24 endured some offscreen drama last month when Weber — who was announced as the Bachelor for the upcoming season shortly before taping began — reportedly received 22 stitches after slipping as he went to step onto a golf cart, hitting his head and reportedly cutting his face on a cocktail glass he was carrying that shattered. Production on the show was not interrupted..

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Deadline

posted 11/13/19

TUESDAY: The Usual Suspects
CBS Wins Total, NBC Wins Demo
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.867 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the network to beat in demos on Tuesday with its trio of "The Voice" (8.453 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1), "This Is Us" (7.042 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) and "New Amsterdam" (5.105 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

CBS (8.914 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the number two draw with its mix of "NCIS" (11.498 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "FBI" (8.847 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.397 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Next up was FOX (3.125 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with originals from "The Resident" (3.662 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Empire" (2.587 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.721 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its combination of "The Conners" (5.484 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "Bless This Mess" (3.507 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Mixed-ish" (2.785 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Black-ish" (2.633 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and "Dolly Parton: Here She Comes Again!" (3.958 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.629 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) opted for repeats of "The Flash" (0.778 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "Arrow" (0.481 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) to round out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 783k
-
The Misery Index (TBS): 647k
- Chopped Junior (SP/Food): 637k
- America Says (GSN): 492k
- Ink Master Grudge Match (Paramount): 345k
- Cash Cab (Bravo): 263k .

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/13/19

ABC Hangs Ten
"Ultimate Surfer" from Kelly Slater in Development
From The Wrap

Hang ten, dudes: ABC has ordered "Ultimate Surfer," a new surfing competition series from 11-time World Surf League champion Kelly Slater.

Slater will serve as on-air talent and special correspondent for the eight-episode reality show that "will gather some of the world's greatest up-and-coming surfers to train and live together as they battle it out at the World Surf League's (WSL) state-of-the-art Surf Ranch in Lemoore, California, powered by Kelly Slater's man-made wave technology, in the hope of competing amongst the best athletes in the world's fastest-growing sport."

Production on the series, which is produced by Craig Piligian's Pilgrim Media Group and WSL Studios, will begin in 2020 and a premiere will be announced at a later date.

Alliances and rivalries will be front and center in "Ultimate Surfer" as men and women compete in individual and team challenges focused on specific surfing disciplines. Weekly eliminations will leave two men and two women as finalists who will vie for the male and female titles of the Ultimate Surfer and the opportunity to compete on the WSL World Tour, the pinnacle of professional surfing. Slater's remarkable, one-of-a-kind, man-made wave – the most even playing field for measuring surf mastery – is at the heart of the series.

"In addition to being a globally recognized sport, surfing is also a lifestyle; and 'Ultimate Surfer' will give viewers a uniquely personal look at what goes into becoming a world-class champion," said Rob Mills, senior vice president of alternative series, specials and late night at ABC Entertainment. "We're ecstatic about the opportunity to utilize Kelly's world-class surf facility and his expertise in showcasing these incredibly talented on-the-rise athletes.".

The Wrap

Deadline

posted 11/13/19

CBS Midseason
Survivor 40 Begins February 12
From the Futon Critic

CBS today announced the series premieres of two new dramas, FBI: MOST WANTED and TOMMY; the debuts of the milestone 40th season of SURVIVOR and the 15th and final season of CRIMINAL MINDS; and the return of MACGYVER and UNDERCOVER BOSS.

The milestone 40th season and 20th year of the Emmy Award-winning, ground-breaking series SURVIVOR debuts with a special two-hour episode Wednesday, Feb. 12 (8:00-10:00 PM), hosted by Jeff Probst. It moves to its regular Wednesday (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) time period on Feb. 19.

Earlier this year, Inside Survivor reported the 40th Survivor season will be the show's first all-winners edition and feature a cast of 20 former Survivor champions competing to win an unprecedented $2 million grand prize.

The Futon Critic

Reality TV World

posted 11/13/19

Fox for the Holidays
"Beat Shazam", "Masked Singer" to Mount Specials
From various sources

Christmas is coming early! Fox is giving the gift of The Masked Singer two nights in a row for a holiday-themed event ahead of its December 18 season finale.

The reality singing competition with judges Nicole Scherzinger, Robin Thicke, Ken Jeong and Jenny McCarthy Wahlberg and host Nick Cannon will air on December 10 where six of the remaining masked contestants will compete. Fox will air a second episode on December 11 where not one, but two masked celebrity singers will be "unwrapped" in the holiday-themed semifinals episode. The grand finale will air on December 18 where three finalists will compete for the top prize and everyone will be unmasked. But before the holiday event, The Masked Singer will welcome Triumph the Insult Dog to the judges' panel on Wednesday November 13.

Grammy-, Golden Globe- and Academy Award-winning actor and musician Jamie Foxx returns as host and executive producer for a special holiday episode of BEAT SHAZAM. Actress, model and writer Corinne Foxx, daughter of Jamie Foxx, returns as deejay. Seasonal classics mix with music's biggest hit songs, as teams of cousins, military DJs and a father/daughter duo compete in the all-new "Santa Jamie" special holiday episode airing Monday, Dec. 9 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

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posted 11/12/19

MONDAY: Fingers Crossed
NBC Wins Demo, ABC Wins Total
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.928 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) took sole position of the demo crown on Monday thanks to new episodes of "9-1-1" (6.469 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "Prodigal Son" (3.387 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

ABC (6.776 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) then was a close second with fresh installments from "Dancing with the Stars" (7.176 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and "The Good Doctor" (5.975 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

NBC (6.264 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) likewise shared the silver with originals from "The Voice" (7.529 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and "Bluff City Law" (3.734 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.298 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for repeats of "The Neighborhood" (5.876 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (4.971 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Bull" (4.487 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8) and "All Rise" (2.984 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

And finally, new episodes of "All American" (0.760 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Black Lightning" (0.718 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) over on The CW (0.739 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable Friday...
- Rock the Block (SF/HGTV): 1.871m
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.369m
- Rock the Block: Winner's Choice (SF/HGTV): 1.243m
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (Food): 1.044m
- Catch 21 (GSN): 429k
- Cash CAb (Bravo): 223k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/18/19

WEEKEND: Skol!
NBC Wins with Football
From the Futon Critic

NBC (16.525 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.8, #1) dominated the competition on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (6.530 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (8.277 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T4), "Football Night in America #3" (17.801 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.9, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (19.918 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.9, #1).

FOX (8.585 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) then got a boost from a full hour of "The OT" (19.403 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.3, #2) followed by new episodes of "The Simpsons" (6.032 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T4), "Bless the Harts" (2.482 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "Bob's Burgers" (2.072 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "Family Guy" (2.119 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Next up was ABC (3.945 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its quartet of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.543 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12), "Kids Say the Darndest Things" (4.002 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12), "Shark Tank" (3.495 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "The Rookie" (3.740 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.032 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up fresh installments of "60 Minutes" (7.978 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "God Friended Me" (6.137 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.037 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14) and "Madam Secretary" (3.976 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T17).

And finally, originals from "Batwoman" (1.159 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T17) and "Supergirl" (0.861 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.2, #19) rounded out the night on The CW (1.010 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable Friday...
- America's Most Musical Family (Nick): 459k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 334k
- Nashville Squares - 8p (CMT): 314k.

On cable Sunday...
- Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge (Food): 1.108m
- Worst Cooks in America: Thanksgiving Redemption (S/Food): 913k
- Cash CAb (Bravo): 258k

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posted 11/19/19

A Question of Sport at 50
British Panel Quiz Celebrates Anniversary
From Glasgow Evening Times

HIT TV show A Question of Sport will celebrate its 50th anniversary with an all-new live tour which is coming to Glasgow. The TV quiz show will be at the SEC Armadillo on Friday, April 17 as part of the show's first UK tour in nine years.

The format will include host Sue Barker and resident team captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell. It will also feature big-name guests from across the sporting world.

Sue said: "2020 is a landmark year for A Question of Sport. It's the show's 50th anniversary and I can't think of a better way to celebrate this Golden Anniversary than to take the show around the country. We had such a brilliant time on the last tour so I can't wait to do it again!"

Glasgow Evening Times

posted 11/12/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Unmasked"

posted 11/12/19


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Pat Sajak Undergoes Emergency Surgery
Vanna White to Host "Wheel" While Host Recovers
From People

Pat Sajak is looking forward to getting back to work!

The longtime Wheel of Fortune host, 73, gave fans a health update on Monday, just three days after the show announced that he had to undergo emergency surgery for a blocked intestine.

"I'm so grateful for all the good wishes during my recent illness," he wrote on Twitter. "Happy to say that the worst has passed, and I'll be out of the hospital in a day [or] two, then back to work (unless @TheVannaWhite has completely taken over!)" he joked, referencing the fact that in his absence, White will be stepping in as host.

Sajak has hosted the syndicated version of Wheel of Fortune since it debuted in 1983, with White joining him as co-host and letter turner. Both Sajak and White recently renewed their contracts to remain on Wheel through the year 2022.

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posted 11/11/19

One "Quizmaster" to Rule Them All
ITV Picks Up New Format
From Realscreen

ITV has commissioned London-based indie Spun Gold TV to produce a shiny floor entertainment format that will pit previous contestants of various television game shows in head-to-head competition.

Quizmaster will serve as a 90-minute special that will feature 15 previous contestants of major quiz shows competing to become the ultimate Quizmaster.

Hosted by Jeremy Vine, the competitors will battle it out through 15 rounds, each designed to test their quiz knowledge, catch out other contestants or beat the clock. The least knowledgeable contestants will be eliminated each round, with the two left standing meeting in a climactic final.

Quizmaster will consist of past contestants of such programs as Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, Mastermind, The Chase, Fifteen to One and University Challenge.

The format is produced by Colin Farquhar, with Richard van't Riet as director and Sue Allison as executive producer. ITV's Sue Murphy and Kate Teckman commissioned the one-off, which is being distributed internationally by All3Media International.

"How clever do you have to be to win a million on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Cleverer than a Mastermind champion? Or are the students on University Challenge the brainiest?" Vine asked in a statement. "Well we decided to find out. And you could have cut the tension in the studio with a knife. This quiz is a Christmas monster."

"We Brits love a quiz show – from the intellectual rigours of Mastermind to the high drama and life-changing moments of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?, we are a nation of quiz addicts," Daniela Neumann, MD of Spun Gold added. "But we've never seen the contestants of these shows competing against each other. Quizmaster will answer the ultimate question all fans want to know — who is the cleverest of them all?"

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posted 11/11/19

CW Sees Holidays
Special Episodes & a New Series to Come
From the Futon Critic

The CW Network today announced its slate of upcoming holiday specials, including the holiday special PENN & TELLER: MERRY FOOL US airing Friday, November 29 (9:00-10:00pm ET) and new specials THE CHRISTMAS CAROLER CHALLENGE premiering Sunday, December 15 (8:00-9:00pm ET), GREATEST HOLIDAY COMMERCIALS COUNTDOWN 2019 airing Monday, December 16, DOGS OF THE YEAR airing Tuesday, December 17 (8:00-9:00pm ET) and POPSTAR'S BEST OF 2019 airing Friday, December 27 (9:00-10:00pm ET.

Airing on Friday, November 29 (9:00-10:00pm ET) is the very merry episode of PENN & TELLER: MERRY FOOL US. The magical duo of PENN & TELLER is joined by host Alyson Hannigan to help kick off the holiday season with this all-new special complete with magicians, costumes and a Christmas Trophy! PENN & TELLER: MERRY FOOL US stars Penn & Teller and host Alyson Hannigan ("How I Met Your Mother"). PENN & TELLER: FOOL US is created and produced by 1/17 PRODUCTIONS with executive producers Peter Adam Golden, Andrew Golder, Penn Jillette and Teller. An encore presentation of PENN & TELLER: MERRY FOOL US will air on Monday, December 16 (8:00-9:00pm ET).

The all-new special THE CHRISTMAS CAROLER CHALLENGE premieres Sunday, December 15 (8:00-9:00pm ET). Hosted by Dean Cain and Laura McKenzie, the six-episode hour-long Christmas caroling competition series featuring 12 extraordinary Christmas carol groups, each with their own stylized brand of performance, in celebrating the great Christmas music we have all come to love. We'll meet these groups from the most elaborate ultra-traditional virtuoso performances to those with the most unexpected twists on the classic Christmas carol. Each group which will be judged by three celebrity judges. This all-new special is produced by Associated Television International.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/11/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Bunch of Jerks"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: CBS to preempt daytime programming Wednesday and Friday. We all know why. (Deadline)

  • Joel McHale... NO SOUP FOR YOU! (TV Line)

  • Lindsay Arnold unavailable again this week (Reality TV World)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Dhruv uses his Final Jeopardy! to... I'm not crying, YOU'RE CRYING! (TV Line)

posted 11/11/19

NBC in Midseason
Second Season Begins with "AGT The Champions" January 6
From the Futon Critic

Following another winning fall, the network heads into the new year with a crop of prestige shows that combine top talent with creative storytelling. With more new shows launching in 2020 than the fall, NBC's robust winter and spring slate fuels a long-term strategy and features a completely reimagined "Little Big Shots" as well as three new dramas and one new multi-camera comedy.

"As we head into the new year, we're using six-weeks of jam-packed original holiday programming to build momentum towards our January and spring launches," said Paul Telegdy, Chairman, NBC Entertainment. "Success starts with our carefully curated linear schedule, and from there we harness the power of our growing digital audience. This multi-platform strategy is a driving force as we head into the next phase of the season with a crop of shows that are primed to continue in the great NBC tradition of capturing the heart of pop-culture."

NBC's unmatched lineup of alternative hits continue to help power midseason, led by last season's #1 most-watched alternative series, "America's Got Talent: The Champions," as well the breakout competition series "Ellen's Game of Games," both returning to their winning timeslots on Monday Jan. 6 at 8 p.m. and Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 8 p.m., respectively.

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posted 11/8/19

THURSDAY: Welcome to the Black Hole
Fox Takes Night With TNF
From the Futon Critic

FOX (9.424 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) was the top draw on Thursday thanks to the "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (9.539 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (9.401 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1).

ABC (4.296 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the number two network with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.134 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "A Million Little Things" (4.485 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.271 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15).

Next up was CBS (5.466 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its original mix of "Young Sheldon" (8.725 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "The Unicorn" (5.929 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Mom" (6.198 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Carol's Second Act" (4.994 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "Evil" (3.475 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.651 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Superstore" (2.609 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Perfect Harmony" (1.986 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), "The Good Place" (1.989 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Will & Grace" (2.175 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.572 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, new episodes of "Supernatural" (1.123 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) and "Legacies" (0.787 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #17) on The CW (0.955 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Temptation Island (USA): 603k
- America Says (GSN): 400k
- Cash Cab (Bravo): 228k

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posted 11/8/19


Joe

GAY BYRNE: 1934-2019
Irish Broadcasting Legend Hosted Irish Version of "Millionaire"
From the Irish Times

Gay Byrne, who has died at the age of 85, was the undisputed leading figure in the history of Irish broadcasting, and played a hugely influential role in the transformation of attitudes in the latter part of the 20th century.

In a career that spanned six decades, he was father figure, confessor, inquisitor and entertainer, all rolled into one. A natural showman, his seemingly effortless command of his medium in both television and radio belied a fierce perfectionism and unremitting work ethic. The Late Late Show, which he presented for many years, as well as his daily radio show, were both ground-breaking for their time.

The work ethic certainly did not desert him following what was supposed to be his retirement in 1999. He continued to appear on television, presenting the Irish version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, along with series such as The Gay Byrne Music Show and Make 'Em Laugh (about comedy in Ireland), Gaybo's Grumpy Men and Class Reunion.

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posted 11/8/19

Game On! James Corden to Bring "A League of Their Own" to America
Keegan-Michael Key to Host
From B+C

CBS has ordered the sports comedy game show Game On!, which is based on the U.K. series A League of Their Own. Keegan-Michael Key hosts and Venus Williams and Rob Gronkowski are team captains. Actor Bobby Lee and writer Ian Karmel are panelists.

Game On! pits two teams of three, captained by Williams and Gronkowski, with Lee and Karmel and a rotating mix of sports stars, comedians and celebrities, against one another. The teams go head to head in physical challenges, from seeing who can dunk the most basketballs over a tank of water while harnessed on a bungee cord, to taking on a sumo wrestler in the ring. They also answer sports trivia.

"We are so delighted to be making this show with CBS," said executive producer Ben Winston. "We couldn't have found a better host and partner in Keegan, and I can't wait to see Gronk and Venus as we've never seen them before, going head to head in some epic yet ridiculous battles."

Game On! is produced by Eye Productions Inc. and Fulwell 73 Productions with CPL Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company. Executive producers for Fulwell 73 are Ben Winston, James Corden and Emma Conway, with David Taylor, Murray Boland and Danielle Lux for CPL Productions. Rob Gronkowski, Elle Key, Keegan-Michael Key, Henry Penzi and Venus Williams are also exec producers.

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B+C
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WBZ-FM Boston
The Hollywood Reporter
Variety
The Wrap
Deadline
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TBI
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posted 11/7/19

WEDNESDAY: Back to the Mask
Fox Takes Demo, NBC Takes Total
From the Futon Critic

FOX (7.096 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) continued its Wednesday reign with the post-World Series return of "The Masked Singer" (6.970 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T1) followed by a second "The Masked Singer" (7.221 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T1).

NBC (7.371 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the silver draw with its trio of "Chicago Med" (8.034 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "Chicago Fire" (7.635 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "Chicago PD" (6.444 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Next up was CBS (5.054 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its original offerings "Survivor: Island of the Idols" (6.802 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "SEAL Team" (4.518 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "SWAT" (3.841 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.272 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up its lineup of "The Goldbergs" (4.223 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "Schooled" (3.187 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9), "Modern Family" (3.930 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "Single Parents" (2.642 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Stumptown" (2.825 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

And finally, fresh installments from "Riverdale" (0.800 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "Nancy Drew" (0.626 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) rounded out the night on The CW (0.713 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire - 9p (History): 958k
- Forged in Fire - 10p (History): 699k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 603k
- America Says (GSN): 408k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 386k
- Cash Cab (Bravo): 3683k

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posted 11/7/19

Taken to Task
Avalon Moves "Taskmaster" from Dave to Possibly C4
From TBI

Avalon Television is snatching its format Taskmaster from UKTV's Dave five years after the show debuted on the channel and grew to become its biggest hit.

TBI understands that the BAFTA-nominated comedy format will not be returning after the current season ends next week.

It is believed that Channel 4 is close to securing the hit format from the producers, whose five-year licence for the show with UKTV concludes at the end of this year.

The comedy panel game show – created by Alex Horne – debuted on Dave in 2015 and finds actor-comedian Greg Davies and Horne setting out weird and hilarious tasks to a roster of comedians that changes every season. The tasks are filmed in various locations in addition to the studio setting, where the comedians congregate with Davies and Horne.

This season's contestants include David Baddiel, Ed Gamble, Jo Brand, Katy Wix and Rose Matafeo.

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posted 11/7/19

Ile de Amour (Ed's Note: Forgive My Crappy French)
Amazon Picks Up French Version of "Love Island"
From Deadline

Amazon has unveiled a new slate of French originals including a local version of hit British format Love Island, a period drama from Borgia writer Marie Roussin and a spy drama from Narcos and Hannibal producer Gaumont.

The SVOD service is making a French version of ITV Studios entertainment series Love Island, which airs on CBS in the U.S., and has commissioned eight-part series Voltaire, Mixte and Operations Totems as well as a new adventure reality competition..

Deadline

posted 11/7/19

Chase Into a Trap
"Cash Trapped" Returns to "The Chase" Slot Monday
From Digital Spy

The Chase is leaving ITV next week – for a little while, anyway – but it will at least be replaced by another quiz show hosted by Bradley Walsh.

From next Monday, November 11 in the 5pm slot, Cash Trapped will be back for its third series.

It last aired in 2017, so in case you don't remember how it works, it sees six contestants battle it out across four rounds until one of them "escapes" during the final stage.

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posted 11/7/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Tiny DAncer"

  • Alison Holker, tWitch welcome new baby (Reality TV World)

  • Stuart Krasnow exits Warner's (The Wrap)

  • Mark Burnett wants to reboot "The Apprentice" with a political bent. Three guesses who he wants to host... (The Wrap)

  • CASTING COUCH: Family Feud heads to MEmphis (Local Memphis)

  • #TBT: Alex Trebek revisits "Music Hop" (Nicki Swift)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Gravedigger (TV Insider)

posted 11/7/19

It's a Lie, Lie, You're Telling a Lie
Yvette Nicole Brown to Host "The Big Fib" for Disney+
From Deadline

Disney+'s original unscripted slate is expanding into game shows with The Big Fib, hosted by Community alumna Yvette Nicole Brown.

The streamer has ordered 30 episodes of the half-hour game show for kids, based on the popular Gen-Z Media podcast Pants on Fire.

Brown, one of the stars of Lady and the Tramp, Disney+'s upcoming live-action adaptation of the 1955 animated classic, which will be available at launch on Nov. 12, will be joined by co-host Rhys Darby (Jumanji: Welcome To the Jungle).

In The Big Fib, two grown-ups claim to be experts on a topic and one of them is lying. It'll be up to our kid contestant to try and figure out which one is telling "the big fib". Described as "big fun with a mission," the series, from Haymaker Prods. (Southern Charm), features fascinating facts, tricky fibs, a supportive host and a lovably goofy robot.

The Big Fib is executive produced by Aaron Rothman, Josh Halpert, and Irad Eyal of Haymaker Prods. along with Ben Strouse of Gen-Z Media..

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posted 11/6/19

TUESDAY: Part of ABC's World
ABC Wins Demo with Odd Mashup of Musical, Animated Movie
From the Futon Critic

ABC (7.142 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) got a big demo boost on Tuesday thanks to "The Wonderful World of Disney Presents The Little Mermaid Live!" (8.978 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) followed by a new "Emergence" (3.471 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

NBC (6.605 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then had to settle for second with its trio of "The Voice" (8.112 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2), "This Is Us" (6.694 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) and "New Amsterdam" (5.007 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Next up was CBS (8.629 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with originals from "NCIS" (10.741 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "FBI" (8.539 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.606 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.956 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up the post-MLB return of "The Resident" (3.418 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Empire" (2.494 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (1.202 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and "Arrow" (0.621 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.912 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 672k
- The Misery Index (TBS): 623k
- America Says (GSN): 412k
- Ink Master Grudge Match (Paramount): 312k
- Cash Cab (Bravo): 273k

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posted 11/5/19

Sashay, UK!
Drag Race UK Renewed for Season 2
From Deadline

The BBC's online youth channel BBC Three has commissioned a second series of RuPaul's Drag Race UK before the first season has even finished screening.

The drag queen battle will sashay its way back to Britain next year after whipping up more than 6.5M views for its first season on BBC streaming service iPlayer.

The first series has seen the queens face challenges designed to test their drag ability. Along the way, they've showed off their runway skills, formed two girl bands and performed "Downton Draggy."

RuPaul said: "I want to thank the BBC and all our fans for their overwhelming support of RuPaul's Drag Race UK. This season's queens proved that Britain's Got Charisma Uniqueness Nerve and Talent and I want to see more! Here's to another season of love, laughter and light!"

"Drag Race UK" airs in the US on Logo.

Deadline

posted 11/6/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Beast vs. Beast"

  • Piers Morgan relives his stint on "The Chase" (Digital Spy)

  • Larry Martin honored on Jeopardy! (Newsday)

  • Chris Evans & Paul Rudd reunite with Billy on the Street (Nerdist)

  • Analyse Tavera, Jack Matthews self-evict each other (Reality TV World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ruta Lee (The Edge)

posted 11/6/19

SYNDIES: Week 7
Results for the Week Ending October 27
From TV Newscheck

Ratings for the big off-net sitcoms were no laughing matter in the session ending Oct. 27. All of the top three were down, with two of them slipping to their lowest numbers ever.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.0* +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.8* +2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.7 -2%
- 25 Words or Less (CTD) 0.9 NC
- America Says (Sony) 0.6 -14%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

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posted 11/5/19

MONDAY: Somebody Call 9-1-1
Fox, NBC Tied for Demo; NBC Wins Outright
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.335 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) and FOX (4.590 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) shared the demo crown on Monday as the latter offered up new episodes of "9-1-1" (5.988 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) and "Prodigal Son" (3.192 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

The Peacock then served up fresh installments of "The Voice" (7.825 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) and "Bluff City Law" (3.356 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

Next up was ABC (6.540 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its mainstays "Dancing with the Stars" (6.854 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and "The Good Doctor" (5.911 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.538 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) had originals from "The Neighborhood" (5.953 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (5.646 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "All Rise" (5.101 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "Bull" (5.713 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.754 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) opted for repeats of "All American" (0.774 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Black Lightning" (0.733 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) to round out the night.

On cable...
- Holiday Baking Championship (SP/Food): 1.161m
- Rock the Block (HGTV): 1.085m
- Holiday Baking Championship (SP/Food): 1.014m
- Rock the Block Winner's Show (HGTV): 902k
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (SP/Food): 686k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 420k
- America Says (GSN): 265k

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posted 11/5/19

It's the Most Wonderful Baking Show of the Year
ABC Sets Returns
From the Futon Critic

ABC is the home for unforgettable holiday programming as the network celebrates the joy of the season. In November, the network serves up a bounty of Thanksgiving-themed episodes and the classic animated special "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving." In December, ABC decks the halls with special Christmas and Hanukkah-themed episodes - the return of fan-favorite series "The Great Christmas Light Fight" and "The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition"; and an all-new holiday movie, "Same Time, Next Christmas," starring Lea Michele. Timeless cartoons and beloved holiday films will also return. The fun continues after Christmas with New Year's-themed programming ringing in 2020.

MONDAY, DEC. 2 THE GREAT CHRISTMAS LIGHT FIGHT - Season Premiere - "701/704" - 'Tis the season for ABC's immensely popular decorating competition series, "The Great Christmas Light Fight," which continues to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with celebrity judges - lifestyle expert Carter Oosterhouse and famed interior designer Taniya Nayak. Season seven of the holiday hit will once again showcase the most extravagant and utterly spectacular Christmas displays America has to offer! In each one-hour episode, four families with dazzling household displays will compete to win $50,000 and the coveted Light Fight trophy. (8:00-10:00 p.m.)

THE GREAT AMERICAN BAKING SHOW: HOLIDAY EDITION - Season Premiere - "Cake and Bread Week" - On your marks, get set, bake! The most festive and friendliest competition on television returns with hosts Emma Bunton (Spice Girls) and Anthony "Spice" Adams, and judges Paul Hollywood ("The Great British Baking Show") and three-time James Beard Award-winning pastry chef Sherry Yard. The heat is on when 10 bakers enter the tent in the two-hour season five premiere of "The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition." Based on the hit U.K. series "The Great British Baking Show," "The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition" features bakers from across the country battling through 24 total challenges with six challenges throughout each two-hour themed episode, all in the hopes of being crowned "America's Best Amateur Baker." (9:00-11:00 p.m.)

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posted 11/5/19

WEEKEND: A Lot of Beginnings
Friday Sees Premieres, Sunday Sees an Upset
From the Futon Critic

NBC (16.425 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.0, #1) as usual was the network to beat on Sunday with its weekly mix of "Football Night in America #1" (6.599 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (11.470 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.4, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (17.047 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 5.1, #2) and "Sunday Night Football" (19.257 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.9, #1).

CBS (8.882 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) was the silver draw with its combination of "NFL Overrun" (19.413 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.7, #3), "60 Minutes" (11.519 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #5), "God Friended Me" (6.642 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.548 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "Madam Secretary" (4.228 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #19).

Next up was ABC (4.119 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and its quartet of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.451 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8), "Kids Say the Darndest Things" (4.126 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), "Shark Tank" (3.422 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "The Rookie" (3.476 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T17).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.965 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) offered up repeats of "The Simpsons" (3.335 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.984 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) followed by originals from "The Simpsons" (2.027 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "Bless the Harts" (1.335 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T17), "Bob's Burgers" (1.508 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "Family Guy" (1.597 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, The CW (0.986 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with fresh installments of "Batwoman" (1.161 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.3, #20) and "Supergirl" (0.811 million viewers, #21; adults 18-49: 0.2, #21).

On cable Friday...
- America's Most Musical Family (P/Nick): 542k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 428k
- America Says (GSN): 450k
- Nashville Squares - 8:30p (CMT): 251k
- America's Most Musical Family (SC/BET): 191k
- America's Most Musical Family (SC/Nick Jr): 178k
- America's Most Musical Family (SC/MTV): 117k
- America's Most Musical Family (SC/VH1): 109k
- America's Most Musical Family (SC/TeenNick): 92k
- America's Most Musical Family (SC/Nicktoons): 63k

ON cable Sunday...
- Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge (SP/Food): 913k
- Cash Cab (Bravo): 305k
- Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader (SF/Nick): 300k

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posted 11/5/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "She Came, She Played, She Slayed"

  • #ICYMI: Denise Richards visited TPIR and ... wow. (Bravo) PLUS Are people getting worse at this show? History says no, but this article says yes (Yahoo!)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: This is what happens when no one watches your crappy show. The full season of "Battle of the Fittest Couples" has been released on ParamountNetwork.com (The Futon Critic)

  • Alec Baldwin sues the (BLANK) off of a guy who punched him in the face. (The Wrap)

  • How do you solve a problem like Sean Spicer? (Reality TV World)

  • Mike Fleiss reconciles with his wife. He's a Bachelor no more (Reality TV World)

  • John Legend, CHrissy Teigen have fun with polygraphs (The Wrap)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: J! Teen champion Avi Gupta donates part of his winnings to cancer research (The Hill)

posted 11/5/19

"Hot Ones" Jumps to TruTV
Network Greenlights Game Show Based on Sean Evans' Hit YouTube Series
From The Futon Critic

truTV is bringing the heat with its fiery new series, Hot Ones: The Game Show, based on the wildly successful web talk series created and produced by Complex Networks' brand, First We Feast. Host Sean Evans will dare contestants to put their money where their mouth is and enter the "Pepperdome," to compete for $25,000 in a battle of wits and gastro-intestinal fortitude.

Hot Ones: The Game Show will air on truTV as part of a Hot Ones hour each week, with one episode of the game show followed by one episode of the original First We Feast digital talk show, also hosted by Evans. truTV has licensed episodes of the massively popular series featuring A-list celebrities that became a phenomenon with more than a billion views over its 10 seasons.

In each episode of Hot Ones: The Game Show, two teams of two face three rounds, banking as much cash as they can to compete for the grand prize. Contestants will be quizzed on pop-culture trivia while chowing down on wings slathered in sauces meant to bring on the sweat. The teams will have their mental and visual skills tested through all three rounds as the burn sets in and the contestants become completely disoriented. The team with the most cash at the end of all three rounds moves on to the finale, The Ring of Fire. Five flaming rings stand between the teammates and the cash, and they must work together to solve a password game, with each successful clue extinguishing another ring of flames as they get closer and closer to the money - and the antidote for their burning mouths. If the teammates fight through the pain and guess five correct passwords in 90 seconds, they'll win $25,000 in cash and claim their places as Hot Ones legends!

"Fans around the world have tried creating their own versions of the Hot Ones challenge for years, but there's nothing better than the real thing," said Brett Weitz, general manager TBS, TNT, and truTV. "We're going to up the stakes, and take this show to a whole new level of heat."

"Our Hot Ones interview show is all about deconstructing celebrities and making them seem like normal people," said Sean Evans, Host of Hot Ones and Hot Ones: The Game Show. "With Hot Ones: The Game Show, we're excited to flip the script and give everyday people the chance to achieve hot sauce glory."

"With Hot Ones, we were able to redefine the celebrity interview with the addition of violently hot chicken wings," said Chris Schonberger, General Manager of First We Feast. "Now, we're excited to team up with the pros at truTV and DIGA to create a great game show format, supercharged with the spice and offbeat sensibility of the original series."

"As a longtime fan of Hot Ones, I was thrilled to get to work with Complex and the great team at Warner Media, including my friend and colleague Michael Bloom, to bring this next evolution of the concept to truTV," said Tony DiSanto, Executive Producer and President of DIGA Studios. "It combines raucous and hilarious gameplay with the core DNA of over-the-top spectacle that made the original Hot Ones such a cultural phenomenon. We love to adapt unique IP across a variety of genres including Game, which is a rapidly growing part of our slate, so this is right on target for us... yet sadly, I wouldn't last three seconds in this game!"

truTV has ordered 20 episodes of the half-hour series, which goes into production later this fall with a premiere date planned for early next year. Hot Ones: The Game Show is produced by DIGA Studios.

Scott St. John is the showrunner and executive producer, with DIGA's Tony DiSanto, Tommy Coriale and Nick Rigg executive producing as well. Michael Bloom also serves as executive producer for Bongo Productions while Chris Schonberger and Justin Killion serve as executive producers for Complex Networks. .

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posted 11/4/19


Legacy

RUDY BOESCH: 1938-2019
Navy SEAL Legendary "Survivor" Contestant
From Deadline

Rudy Boesch, a retired U.S. Navy SEAL who was one of the first contestants to appear on Survivor, has died after battling Alzheimer's disease, People reported Saturday. He was 91.

Boesch was 72 when he competed on the long-running CBS reality series in 2000. He joined the show's first alliance, creating lasting friendships. Despite being significantly older than the other contestants, he finished in third place behind Kelly Wiglesworth and Richard Hatch.

Boesch became close to Hatch, who paid tribute to him Saturday on Twitter.

"Ours was an interesting bond, Dear Rudy! You and I helped open minds and undermine prejudices. While your time here has passed, you will remain loved and iconic, dear friend!" Hatch wrote.

Survivor host Jeff Probst paid his respects over Twitter: "The Survivor family has lost a legend. Rudy Boesch passed at the age of 91. He played in the first season of Survivor at the age of 72. He is one is the most iconic and adored players of all time. And he served our country as a 45-year Navy SEAL. Rudy is a true American hero.".

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posted 11/4/19


People en Espanol

WALTER MERCADO: 1941-2019
Famous Astrologist Featured on "Viva Hollywood"
From the Wrap

Walter Mercado, famed Puerto Rican TV astrologer, died Saturday night at Auxilio Mutuo Hospital in San Juan, according to the hospital's spokesperson, Sofia Luquis. He was 87. According to Telemundo PR, the cause of death was "apparent renal failure."

Mercado was born on a ship traveling from Spain to Puerto Rico, according to a biography published by Puerto Rico's Foundation for Popular Culture. He believed at an early age that he had spiritual abilities, including the powers of astrology.

Although he began his career as a telenovela actor, he took on his most famous job in 1969 when a guest did not show up for a Telemundo program. Mercado was asked to fill in by reading the horoscope, and his passionate delivery won over viewers so much that he was asked to return.

Over the next 50 years, Mercado's astrological advice would be broadcast to hundreds of millions of homes in the U.S. and Latin America, first on Telemundo Puerto Rico and later on Univision from Miami.

During his career, he was featured on VH1's "Viva Hollywood" as an advisor to Latino actors competing to become the greatest telenovela actor.

He became known for his embellished accent and extravagant wardrobe, and his sign off catchphrase of "mucho, mucho amor" ("lots and lots of love") became the name of an exhibit at the HistoryMiami museum paying tribute to his five decades of work.

In the final years of his life, he moved his broadcasts to his personal website where his fans could ask him questions.

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posted 11/4/19

Simon Cowell Spins off "X Factor"
On Deck: "The X Factor: The Band"
From Deadline

Simon Cowell is preparing a new version of The X Factor featuring bands to rival a BBC format starring British pop stars Little Mix.

The music impresario is set to launch The X Factor: The Band, a spin-off of the long-running ITV series that will aim to search for all-male and all-female groups. The series will be produced by Fremantle's Talkback and will air later this year, replacing a proposed "all-star" spin-off of The X Factor that was set to feature previous winners.

The series, which launches in December, comes ahead of the BBC's Little Mix: The Search, which is set to air early next year. The seven-part series will star Little Mix, which includes Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Jade Thirlwall and Leigh-Anne Pinnock, to create bands and becoming mentors to a new wave of talent. Little Mix: The Search is produced by ModestTV, the nascent production company set up by Little Mix's management company.

Cowell previously worked with Little Mix, who won The X Factor. Cowell told British tabloid The Sun that he had been approached to co-produce Little Mix: The Search but had "fallen out" with the group and their management.

"I told them the problem was we have a conflict of interest because we are launching The X Factor: The Band in 2020. We were told their show was going to launch in 2021," he said. "Regardless, it was too much fun not to do this year. I would rather it was us doing it first. It 100% makes it more exciting there being a battle."

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posted 11/4/19

More on "Family Feud Canada"
CBC to Premiere Adaptation in December
From TBI Vision

Canada's CBC is preparing to launch a local version of classic gameshow format Family Feud after striking a deal with distributor Fremantle.

Family Feud Canada (60 x 30 minutes) will mark the first English-language version of the format to air in the country and will be hosted by actor and comedian Gerry Dee. Zone3 is attached to produce, with Isabelle Roy and Jeffrey Wraight onboard as executive producers.

The show is set to launch on CBC and sibling streamer CBC Gem from December, airing four evenings a week. Fremantle will hold distribution rights to the Canuck version, with the deal struck by the company's SVP of Canada and international Michela Di Mondo.

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posted 11/4/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "LAndmarks"

  • Quiz Show at 25: the 50s on trial (Ricochet)

  • A quiz show at 20: do you still feel the need? (Forbes)

  • Daytime Emmys make a radical change (TV Line)

  • Ellen DeGeneres to receive a special major award at the Golden Globes (Vanity Fair)

posted 11/4/19

Harry Friedman Immortalized on Hollywood Walk of Fame
A Game Show Titan's Career Honored
From Variety

One day, a Midwestern kid set his sights on Hollywood and headed West. He gave himself six months to make it or return to Nebraska. The day before his self-imposed deadline, he landed a job writing for television.

It sounds too corny for an inspirational movie, yet this is Harry Friedman's life.

Now, after decades of running "Jeopardy!" and "Wheel of Fortune," Friedman is receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Nov. 1, just months ahead of his planned May 2020 retirement. He'll be 73, and although it's been "a hell of a lot of fun," it was time, he says, to step down from his executive producer role on the syndicated hits.

"When we went on the air in '83, there were three networks, and that was it. No Fox, no streaming, no cell phones, no nothing," says "Wheel of Fortune" host Pat Sajak. "It is as different as night and day now, but we continue to succeed, and we have continued to prevail. If we had kept on the same trajectory, I have no doubt we would be talking about 'Wheel' in the past tense. But Harry has a way of keeping the thing fresh.".

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posted 11/1/19

THURSDAY: Trap Game? What Trap Game?
Fox Wins on TNF
From the Futon Critic

FOX (10.193 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) coasted to another victory on Thursday with its presentations of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (9.750 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (10.282 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1).

ABC (4.020 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a distant second with originals from "Grey's Anatomy" (5.691 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "A Million Little Things" (4.138 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.232 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

Next up was NBC (3.043 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its mix of "Superstore" (3.138 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Perfect Harmony" (2.449 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "The Good Place" (2.275 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Will & Grace" (2.621 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.887 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.611 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "Young Sheldon" (5.764 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "The Unicorn" (3.786 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), another "Young Sheldon" (4.544 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), another "The Unicorn" (3.269 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "Evil" (2.150 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

And finally, The CW (0.788 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with specials from "The 13 Scariest Movies of All Time" (0.973 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16) and "Mysteries Decoded" (0.603 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #17).

On cable...
- Temptation Island (USA): 570k
- America Says (GSN): 452k
- Cash Cab (Bravo): 205k .

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posted 11/1/19

We Need a Little Christmas? Right This Very Minute?
ABC Renews "Great Christmas Light Fight" Ahead of Season 7 Premiere December
From the Futon Critic

We wish you a merry Great Christmas Light Fight — this year and next. ABC has handed a Season 8 renewal to its yule-duel series and set a premiere date for the 2019 edition; watch the promo above.

Season 7 will light up with back-to-back hourlong episodes starting at 8 p.m. Monday, December 2. Two more installments will air in the same time slots for the following three consecutive weeks. Season 8 will air in 2020.

Each episode pits four families with dazzling household displays against one another to win $50,000 and the Light Fight trophy. This season, viewers also will get a second round of the special Heavyweights episode, featuring light shows so massive that they extend well beyond household frames. Also, peek inside featured family homes for an impressive batch of unique interior Christmas displays as the returning judges — lifestyle expert Carter Oosterhouse and famed interior designer Taniya Nayak –lead another year of over-the-top holiday cheer.

The Great Christmas Light Fight comes from American Idol and America's Got Talent producer Fremantle. Brady Connell, Max Swedlow, Felicia Aaron White and Jennifer Mullin are the executive producers.

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posted 11/1/19

TAKEALOOKATDIS!
Discovery Greenlights "Man vs. Bear"
From Deadline

In a throwback to the 2003 Mike Darnell boundary-pushing reality TV staple Man vs. Beast, Discovery Channel is doing Man vs. Bear, a competition series pitting humans against Grizzlies. The reality show, from Kinetic Content (Married At First Sight), a Red Arrow Studios company, has been filmed and premieres December 4.

It features three Grizzlies – Bart, Honey Bump and Tank – all free-range captive bears, some of them entertainment experience. They take on human competitors at a Utah sanctuary in challenges designed around the exercise routines the animals regularly follow, including a game of "tug of war" or rolling giant logs.

Each episode includes five distinct challenges inspired by what bears do naturally in the wild. In the final round, the top two competitors come face-to-face with Bart, who stands 8 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 1,400 pounds. The human competitor who earns the most points of the day is named champion.

The season concludes with the top three competitors with the most points returning one more time for the super-human showdown against the bears. Anticipating potential backlash from animal rights activists, Discovery has posted s detailed account of how the bears were treated during filming.

Man vs. Bear features blow-by-blow commentary from CBS Sports Radio personality Brandon Tierney and wildlife expert Casey Anderson, the founder of the Montana Grizzly Encounter and has rescued seven bears from inhumane captivity situations.

Bart and Honey Bump were orphaned as cubs and discovered by an Alaska State Trooper. They were adopted by caretakers Doug and Lynne Seus. Along with Tank, the Seus' have raised and cared for all three bears for two decades on a sprawling section of protected land.

Executive producing Man vs. Bear are Chris Coelen, Eric Detwiler, Vincent Cariati, Steve Kaufman, Paul Lima and Karrie Wolfe for Kinetic Content.

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posted 10/31/19

WEDNESDAY: No Tomorrow
World Series Finale Lifts Fox
From The Futon Critic

FOX (21.187 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.6, #1) got another boost on Wednesday with its presentation of the concluding "World Series, Game 7" (21.187 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.6, #1).

NBC (7.135 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was king of the leftover audience with its trio of "Chicago Med" (7.764 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "Chicago Fire" (7.307 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (6.334 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

Next up was CBS (4.692 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and originals from "Survivor: Island of the Idols" (6.266 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "SEAL Team" (4.422 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "SWAT" (3.388 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.195 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up new episodes of "The Goldbergs" (4.051 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7), "Schooled" (3.158 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Modern Family" (3.920 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6), "Single Parents" (2.708 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "Stumptown" (2.665 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, fresh installments of "Riverdale" (0.783 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and "Nancy Drew" (0.686 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) closed out the evening on The CW (0.735 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 910k
- THe Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 (MTV): 653k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 625k
- Cash Cab (Bravo): 254k .

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posted 10/31/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Fall Back!"

posted 11/1/19

Food Network Re-Up to the Challenge
Classic Competition Series Gets New Life
From Deadline

Food Network is bringing back "Food Network Challenge." The cable channel has begun production on a six-episode reboot of the hit series, with "Beverly Hills, 90210" alum (and "BH90210" star) Ian Ziering set as its host, Food Network president Courtney White said Thursday.

The updated series, which premieres Dec. 23, "pits the country's top cake makers, bakers and sugar artists against each other in two rounds of themed battles to create mind-blowing edible works of art for a special event and $10,000 grand prize," according to its description. "The season premiere celebrates the classic holiday film 'A Christmas Story' and upcoming episode themes include 'Back to the Future,' 'Pokémon,' 'Monopoly' and 'The Wizard of Oz.'"

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posted 10/31/19

The Next Big Thing Is.... Minesweeper?
Classic Video Game to Get Game Show Twist
From Deadline

Microsoft's classic computer game Minesweeper is being reimagined as a TV competition series.

The project is in the works via a deal with OBB Pictures, which is now developing a take that like the original will feature strategy but add in teamwork and athleticism on a grand scale.

OBB is fast-tracking the project and has begun talks for a host.

Created in 1990, the objective of the single-player game is to clear a rectangular board containing hidden mines without detonating them. The series will raise the stakes as contestants compete against each other and the clock to clear interactive mine boards.

OBB president and CEO Michael D. Ratner will executive produce with OBB's Scott Ratner and Kfir Goldberg. Executive producers for Microsoft include Paul Jensen, Derek Dutilly and Will Frost..

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posted 10/31/19


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Alex Trebek Films PSA About Pancreatic Cancer
"Jeopardy!" Host Opens Up About Second Round of Treatment
From Salon

"Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek says that he wishes he "had known sooner" about the symptoms of pancreatic cancer so that he could have started combating his ailment at an earlier time.

In an international public service announcement (PSA) for World Pancreatic Cancer Day on Oct. 30, Trebek says that pancreatic cancer is "the only major cancer with a five-year survival rate in the single digits." At another point in the video, he shows vulnerability when explaining how he failed to realize the seriousness of some of the early symptoms that he experienced.

"I wish I had known sooner that the persistent stomach pain I experienced before my diagnosis was a symptom of pancreatic cancer," Trebek says. "Other common symptoms can include mid-back pain, unexplained weight loss, new onset diabetes, and the yellowing of the skin or eyes."

Back in March, Trebek posted a video announcing that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

Trebek said he had already begun his latest round of chemotherapy in the hope that his numbers will decrease and that he's noticed some hair loss as part of the new treatment.

Trebek had previously said in May that he was in remission and returned to work on "Jeopardy!" in August to film the game show's 36th season.

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posted 10/30/19


TV Line

Will Arnett to Host Lego Masters
Catch It on Fox in February 5
From Deadline

Will Arnett has been tapped to host Lego Masters, Fox's new Lego-building competition series.

Based on the hit British reality-competition series of the same name, Lego Masters, from Endemol Shine North America, Tuesday's Child and Brad Pitt's Plan B, will feature pairs of Lego enthusiasts facing off in brick-building challenges. Throughout the competition, Arnett, alongside expert judges, will encourage the builders, introduce challenges and put the creations to the test until one duo is crowned Lego Masters.

No stranger to Lego, Arnett, who voices Lego Batman in The Lego Movie franchise, will also serve as an executive producer on the series. It's set to premiere Wednesday, February 5 at 9 PM on Fox.

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posted 10/30/19

TUESDAY: One More Game
World Series Game 6 Lifts Fox
From The Futon Critic

FOX (15.310 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #1) pulled in front on Tuesday thanks to its primetime coverage of the "World Series, Game 6" (15.310 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #1).

NBC (6.579 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then had to settle for second with its trio of "The Voice" (7.839 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "This Is Us" (6.723 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "New Amsterdam" (5.175 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Next up was ABC (3.516 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its lineup of "The Conners" (5.992 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Bless This Mess" (3.809 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Mixed-ish" (3.122 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9), "Black-ish" (2.966 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "Emergence" (2.604 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.369 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for repeats of "NCIS" (8.067 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "FBI" (6.292 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.748 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, originals from "The Flash" (1.444 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "Arrow" (0.809 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) on The CW (1.126 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 812k
- The Misery Index (TBS): 496k
- America Says (GSN): 408k
- Ink Master Grudge Match (Paramount): 365k
- Cash Cab (Bravo): 307k

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posted 10/30/19


Metro

JOHN WITHERSPOON: 1942-2019
Legendary Comedian
From TV Line

Comedian John Witherspoon, best known to TV audiences for his role as John "Pops" Williams on The WB's 1990s sitcom The Wayans Bros., has died at the age of 77.

Witherspoon's family confirmed his passing on Tuesday, but did not disclose a cause of death.

"It is with deep sadness we have to tweet this, but our husband and father John Witherspoon has passed away," they said in a statement. "He was a legend in the entertainment industry, and a father figure to all who watched him over the years. We love you 'POPS' always and forever."

Soon after, TV sons Marlon and Shawn Wayans paid tribute to Witherspoon on Instagram, referring to their former co-star as a "mentor" and a "friend."

Survivors include JD Witherspoon, host of Facebook Watch's live quiz show Confetti.

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posted 10/30/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "To the Max"

  • LIST ABUSE: Everything available on HBO Max on day 1. (THe Futon Critic)

  • MASKED PROGRAMMING NOTE: "The Masked Singer" will return with two episodes next week. (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alexander Armstrong (Warrington Guardian)

posted 10/30/19

SYNDIES: Week 6
Results for the Week Ending October 20
From TV Newscheck

Boasting blockbuster numbers yet again in Season 24, Judge Judy achieved an even dozen weeks in a row at the top of the entire syndication household ratings chart with a dominant 6.3 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen in the session ending Oct. 20.

The new game show competition completed its fifth frame with 25 Words or Less flat at a 0.9, while America Says slipped 14% to a 0.6.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.9 NC
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.8 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.7 +2%
- 25 Words or Less (CTD) 0.9 NC
- America Says (Sony) 0.6 -14%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

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posted 10/29/19

House Party
"Wheel of Fortune" Kicks Off "Home Sweet Home" Sweepstakes
From CNN

Do your dreams of retirement include wasting away in Margaritaville? Well, you're in luck this week.

The "Wheel of Fortune" is giving one lucky viewer a brand-new house.

The TV game show is teaming up with Minto Communities and Latitude Margaritaville, the Jimmy Buffett-branded communities for people "55 and better," in a home giveaway for the second year in a row.

If you're cool with changing your latitude and changing your attitude, you'll have to watch "Wheel of Fortune" each day this week and enter in the Bonus Round Puzzle Solution.

The winner will choose between the Latitude Margaritaville communities in Daytona Beach, Florida, and Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Fret not, millennial Parrot Heads. If the winner is younger than 55, they'll receive a home in Westlake, Florida, or get $150,000 cash.

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posted 10/29/19

MONDAY: Steeling a Night
NBC, Fox Draw to a Dead Heat
From The Futon Critic

NBC (6.631 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) was the most-watched network on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (8.040 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) and "Bluff City Law" (3.813 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

FOX (4.749 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with its duo of "9-1-1" (6.050 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) and "Prodigal Son" (3.448 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Next up was ABC (5.788 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with a new "Dancing with the Stars" (6.859 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and a repeat "The Good Doctor" (3.645 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.898 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up fresh installments of "The Neighborhood" (5.796 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (5.664 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5), "All Rise" (5.449 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Bull" (6.515 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

And finally, The CW (0.634 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with originals from "All American" (0.745 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Black Lightning" (0.523 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

On cable...
- Halloween Baking Championship - 9p (SF/Food): 1.239m
- Rock the Block (HGTV): 1.238m
- Catch 21 (GSN): 408k
- America Says (GSN): 356k
- Cash Cab (Bravo): 214k

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posted 10/29/19

WEEKEND: Sports Equinox
NBC Wins Sunday on NFL
From The Futon Critic

NBC (13.820 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1) held onto the top spot on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (5.925 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7), "Football Night in America #2" (9.542 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.8, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (14.168 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.3, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (16.185 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.1, #1).

FOX (8.955 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then was the silver draw despite its coverage of the "World Series, Game 5 Pre-Game" (5.161 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8) and "World Series, Game 5" (10.219 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5).

Next up was CBS (9.278 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and its lineup of "NFL Overrun" (19.774 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.0, #2), "60 Minutes" (12.199 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #6), "God Friended Me" (6.735 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.982 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Madam Secretary" (4.615 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.222 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up an encore of "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" (3.614 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) followed by originals from "Kids Say the Darndest Things" (3.244 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), "Shark Tank" (2.841 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) and "The Rookie" (3.190 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, The CW (1.122 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with fresh installments of "Batwoman" (1.260 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) and "Supergirl" (9.840 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.2, #17).

On cable Friday...
- Common Knowledge (SF/GSN): 459k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 390k

On cable Sunday...
- Halloween Wars (SF/Food): 1.249m
- Haunted Gingerbread Showdown (SF/Food): 881k
- Cash Cab (Bravo): 241k

The Futon Critic

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/29/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "LEt's Make a Show"

  • Wayne Brady to play the Morongo CAsino (Press Enterprise)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Celebrity Game Night South Africa (City Buzz)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ken Jennings (AV Club)

posted 10/29/19

Survivor, Big Brother Now One Big Happy...
EndemolShine to Merge with Banijay
From The WRap

Banijay Group, the French production group behind "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" and "Survivor," announced its acquisition of Endemol Shine on Saturday, the company that produces "Black Mirror," "Peaky Blinders" and "MasterChef."

The deal is valued at $2.2 billion, a person with knowledge of the terms told TheWrap.

This acquisition was expected to come to fruition any day.

Now official, Banijay and Endemol are only awaiting regulatory and customary approvals.

"Endemol Shine brings an incredible array of industry-leading talent, globally-renowned brands and high-quality creative content," Banijay CEO Marco Bassetti said in a statement. "Combining the resources of these two companies will instantly strengthen our position in the global market, and our capabilities across genres will further define us as a go-to provider of first class IP worldwide."

The combination of France-based Banijay and Netherlands-based Endemol Shine will create a global powerhouse, with the new firm enjoying a larger content catalog than international giants like BBC Studios. Endemol Shine's 120 production labels, which includes more than 60,000 hours of scripted and unscripted shows, will now belong to Banijay, according to a joint press release from the companies.

Endemol Shine has been owned by Apollo Global Management and Disney, which took a 50% cut in the company after its $71.3 billion acquisition of Fox's film and TV assets closed earlier this year.

The Wrap

THe Hollywood Reporter
The Independent

posted 10/28/19

HBO Max In Full Bloom
New Streamer Greenlights New Floral Arrangement Competition
From Seat42F

HBO Max continues to blossom ordering Full Bloom, an eight-episode, hour long competition series featuring 10 of America's budding florists vying to be crowned America's best.

With incredible artistic creations and floristry face-offs, Full Bloom will allow audiences to escape into a surreal world as contestants will design and execute some of the most wondrous, Wonka-esq floral creations ever seen. Each episode features themed challenges centered around a unique stem of the floristry world including fashion, art, events and weddings. Contestant's designs and creations will be mentored and judged by legendary floristry artists Maurice Harris, Elizabeth Cronin with celebrity florist Simon Lycett serving as host.

"Full Bloom will transport viewers into the intricate and fantastically colorful word of competitive floristry," said Jennifer O'Connell, executive vice president, original content, HBO Max. "HBO Max is the trellis for this series to bloom and shine the light on this incredibly beautiful art form."

"We are thrilled to be working with HBO Max and some of the best floristry artists in the world in this celebration of creativity, color and competition" said Chris Culvenor, CO-CEO of Eureka productions. "It's a series that lets imagination blossom."

HBO Max along with the cast and crew of Full Bloom are committed to using all the fantastic creations from this series to brighten someone's day. At the end of each episode, unsuspecting people will be surprised with a floral extravaganza that we hope inspires everyone to always find time to stop and smell the roses.

Full Bloom is created and produced by Eureka Productions with Chris Culvenor, Paul Franklin and Wes Dening serving as executive producers.

Seat42F

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The Slanted

posted 10/28/19

Bunches of Funches on Quibi
Comedian to Host "Nice One" for Streaming Network
From Deadline

Quibi has greenlighted Nice One! a new comedy game show hosted by stand-up comedian, actor and writer Ron Funches.

The competition features comedians attempting to cleverly out-compliment one another in a showdown of sweetness and consideration.

"I'm excited to bring the type of positive, optimistic and sharp humor I enjoy to Quibi," said Funches. "In today's world I think it's important that we choose to look at the positives in life. That's what I'm about and that's what Nice One! is about."

The series is executive produced by Tom Brunelle and Brad Wollack of Free 90 Media, Evi Regev, Melanie Truhett and Funches. Nice One! is in production.

Funches has lent his voice to a variety of animated series and films including Bob's Burgers, Adventure Time and Trolls. His acting credits include The Goldbergs, Black-ish, New Girl, Transparent, Powerless, Undateable and the feature Get Hard, in which he appeared alongside Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart. He has written for TV for numerous series including The Eric Andre Show and Kroll Show and also has appeared on Conan, The Tonight Show, Match Game, To Tell The Truth, Chopped, Cupcake Wars and other shows..

Deadline

Broadway World

posted 10/28/19

The Wall Beats X Factor
GAme Clocks in at 3.8 Million
From Telly Mix

Simon Cowell had hoped revamping the talent competition with celebrity contestants would boost its viewing figures.

Judging by last night's numbers, it seems his latest shake-up isn't having the desired effect.

Last night, X Factor Celebrity went live for the first time, ending with a controversial result that saw Olivia Olson sent home in floods of tears. Only 3.5million viewers tuned in for the two-hour broadcast, making it the least-watched live show ever in overnight ratings. It was down on the audition episodes, which faced criticism after they ended with the judges eliminating only two contestants.

However, the ITV staple is performing well in the key 16-34 demographic.

Bosses are also pleased with the consolidated ratings, which include catch-up and online viewing. A source said: "We are thrilled with the audience reaction to our first live show last night, with The X Factor: Celebrity winning its slot among 16 to 34s by 137 per cent.

"The X Factor: Celebrity is currently consolidating overall at 7.5 million."

Needless to say, The X Factor faced a drubbing from its long-term Saturday night rival Strictly Come Dancing. The juggernaut pulled in a whopping 9million people for its Halloween week performances.

The singing contest also failed to topple BBC One's The Wall. The new gameshow, hosted by Danny Dyer, averaged 3.8million viewers thanks to its colossal lead-in from Strictly.

Telly Mix

Digital Spy

posted 10/28/19

ViacomCBS One Step Closer...
National Amusements Gives Green Light for Merger
From the Wrap

CBS Corp. and Viacom announced on Monday that Shari Redstone's family-owned holding company National Amusements formally approved of the merger between the two companies. The new target for the deal closing is early December, the two companies said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Redstone is the president of National Amusements, which is the controlling stakeholder for both companies, and she will serve as chairman of the board of the combined ViacomCBS.

Redstone had been pushing for the two companies to merger for roughly three years. In August, CBS and Viacom announced the long-awaited merger of the companies, which split back in 2005.

CBS and Viacom agreed to an all-stock deal that valued Viacom at roughly $12 billion. CBS shareholders will own approximately 61% and Viacom shareholders will own approximately 39% of the new company, ViacomCBS. The company has touted an annual revenue of $28 billion.

Viacom CEO Bob Bakish is set to lead the newly combined company as president and CEO, with Joe Ianniello serving as chairman and CEO of CBS, which puts him in charge of all CBS-branded assets. Ianniello has been serving as acting president and CEO since last September, following the resignation of Leslie Moonves.

The Wrap

Deadline

posted 10/28/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Chase-Stravaganza"

  • Mark Labbett is a fraction of the Beast he used to be (Teesside Live), Jenny Ryan gets made over (Buzz.ie)... and people want her to sing the next Bond theme (Metro), and viewers will complain about anything on Twitter (Planet Radio)

  • Lauren Bushnell makes it official with someone outside of Bachelor Nation (Reality TV World)

  • Alex Trebek kicks ass because... he called up an autistic man & his mother, a lung cancer survivor (CNN)

  • Family Feud Live comes to Wilmington (WECT Wilmington)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Meredith Vieira (B+C)

posted 10/28/19

Third Night
2020 Daytime Emmys to Expand to Three Nights in June
From Deadline

Facebook Twitter Print Email Show more sharing options NATAS The Daytime Emmy Awards is adding another night for 2020. The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said today that next year's celebration of all things daytime TV will be divided into three soirees: Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 12-14, all at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

"We are thrilled to add a third night of celebrating the diversity and talents of our Daytime community," NATAS President and CEO Adam Sharp said in a statement. "We have seen how the Television Academy's expansion of the Primetime Creative Arts ceremonies has made room for more honorees to have their well-earned moment in the sun, and we hope to replicate their success."

The Creative Arts Emmys are handed out two nights in September, the weekend before the Primetime Emmys.

Deadline

posted 10/25/19

Ex on the Mountain
MTV Spins Off "Ex on the Beach"
From The Futon Critic

MTV is taking dating to new heights this winter with "Ex on the Beach: Peak of Love."

Premiering on Thursday, December 5th at 9PM ET/PT with host Romeo Miller, "Ex on the Beach: Peak of Love" brings 10 international celeb-reality singles to the mountains of Queenstown, New Zealand as they search for their true love, only to be unexpectedly confronted by their past relationships.

Since its launch in 2014, "Ex on the Beach" has become MTV's most widely traveled and locally adapted show, with 15 versions and over 580 episodes created around the world.

Following the U.S. premiere, "Ex on the Beach: Peak of Love" will roll out across MTV's international channels beginning in January 2020.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/25/19

THURSDAY: Skol!
More Sports, More Wins for Fox
From The Futon Critic

FOX (9.922 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) was still the network to beat on Thursday with its weekly telecasts of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (8.027 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (10.301 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1).

ABC (4.285 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then remained the silver draw with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.053 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "A Million Little Things" (4.387 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.415 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Next up was CBS (5.502 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with originals from "Young Sheldon" (8.497 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "The Unicorn" (5.875 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Mom" (6.354 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Carol's Second Act" (5.114 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Evil" (3.588 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.747 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up new episodes of "Superstore" (2.932 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Perfect Harmony" (2.067 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15), "The Good Place" (1.943 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11), the return of "Will & Grace" (2.276 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.631 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

And finally, fresh installments from "Supernatural" (1.246 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) and "Legacies" (0.883 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #17) rounded out the evening over on The CW (1.064 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Temptation Island (USA): 587k
- America Says (GSN): 486k
- Cash Cab (Bravo): 468k
- Double Dare (Nick): 446k
- Ex on the Beach (S/MTV): 439k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 429k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/25/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Jackson Michie Should Not Be Allowed on Television"

  • Five more days 'til Halloween, Halloween, Halloween, five more days 'til Halloween, The Masked Singer (The Wrap) PLUS catch up before the show returns (GoldDerby)

  • Jackson Michie is one to call someone sketchy... (Reality TV World)

  • So Hannah Brown is NOT dating Alan Bersten. Buried lede: Justin Hartley guest hosting Ellen (GoldDerby)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Andrew O'Keeffe (7News)

posted 10/25/19

Fox Midseason
Second Season Begins December 29 with "Flirty Dancing"
From The Futon Critic

FOX is announcing premiere dates for FLIRTY DANCING (Dec. 29), LAST MAN STANDING (Jan. 2), DEPUTY (Jan. 2), GORDON RAMSAY'S 24 HOURS TO HELL AND BACK (Jan. 7), 9-1-1: LONE STAR (Jan. 19, following the NFC Championship Game, and Jan. 20), OUTMATCHED (Jan. 23), THE MASKED SINGER (Feb. 2, following Super Bowl LIV), LEGO MASTERS (Feb. 5) and DUNCANVILLE (Feb. 16). Additionally, 9-1-1 and EMPIRE will return in the spring, when new dramas FILTHY RICH and neXt also will premiere.

FLIRTY DANCING, the innovative new series that is part performance, part blind date, and all about romantic chemistry, previews Sunday, Dec. 29 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/5:00-6:00 PT live to all time zones), following the NFL ON FOX doubleheader. The series then makes its time period premiere Wednesday, Jan. 1 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). In the show, hosted by actress, producer and dancer Jenna Dewan, complete strangers are taught a dance routine, then meet for the first time on a blind date at a breathtaking location, as they dance together without saying a word. Singles will perform a different choreographed dance with each of two potential love interests, before choosing the one with whom he/she has the strongest connection. Will it be love at first dance?

TV's #1 entertainment program, THE MASKED SINGER, returns for its third season on Sunday, Feb. 2 (10:30-11:40 PM ET/7:30-8:40 PM PT live to all time zones), following SUPER BOWL LIV. The series then makes its time period premiere Wednesday, Feb. 5 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). The singing competition series features celebrities facing off against one another with one major twist: each singer is shrouded from head to toe in an elaborate costume, complete with full face mask to conceal his or her identity. With each performance, the host, panelists, audience, viewers and even the other contestants are left guessing who is singing behind the mask. Ranging from Grammy Award winners to legendary athletes, and everything in between, the singers may attempt to throw the crowd off of their scent, while keen observers might pick up on tiny clues buried throughout the show. One singer will be eliminated each week, ultimately revealing his or her true identity.

Following THE MASKED SINGER's time period premiere on Wednesday, Feb. 5, is new competition series LEGO MASTERS (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). Based on the hit British reality-competition series of the same name, LEGO MASTERS brings imagination, design and creativity to life when teams of LEGO enthusiasts go head-to-head, with infinite possibilities and an unlimited supply of LEGO bricks. Teams of two will compete against each other in ambitious brick-building challenges to be crowned the country's most talented amateur LEGO builders. In each episode, the competing pairs who most impress the judges will progress to the next round, until the finale, during which the top teams will face off for a cash prize, the ultimate LEGO trophy and the grand title of LEGO MASTERS.

The Futon Critic

TV Line
The Wrap
Deadline

posted 10/24/19

WEDNESDAY: Nationals 2, Astros 0
World Series Game 2 Gives Fox the Night
From The Futon Critic

FOX (11.776 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) was still the network to beat on Wednesday with its telecast of the "World Series, Game 2" (11.776 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1).

Second place then went to NBC (7.392 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and its trio of "Chicago Med" (7.671 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Chicago Fire" (7.813 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (6.690 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5).

Next up was CBS (5.079 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with originals from "Survivor: Island of the Idols" (6.766 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "SEAL Team" (4.639 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "SWAT" (3.832 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.111 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for its mix of "The Goldbergs" (3.918 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6), "Schooled" (3.170 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), a repeat "Modern Family" (2.418 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "Single Parents" (2.481 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and the special "Harry & Meghan: An African Journey" (3.340 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.858 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with fresh installments from "Riverdale" (0.908 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and "Nancy Drew" (0.807 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire - 9p (History): 835k
- Forged in Fire - 10p (History): 755k
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 (MTV): 727k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 647k
- Double Dare (Nick): 406k
- Cash Cab (Bravo): 247k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/24/19

Landmark "Rules" Come Down
Seven Network Show to Appeal Compensation Case
From the BBC

An Australian reality TV star who says she was unfairly portrayed as a bully has won a landmark compensation case.

Nicole Prince said she suffered psychological injury following her experience on Channel Seven's House Rules program in 2017.

She argued that she and her team-mate, Fiona Taylor, were harassed by other contestants and that both experienced public abuse after the show aired. A tribunal rejected Seven's case that Ms Prince was not an employee.

The New South Wales Compensation Commission ruled the network had owed her a duty of care. The amount of compensation is yet to be determined.

"There is little doubt the applicant was placed in a hostile and adversarial environment," the tribunal said in its ruling.

The decision establishes for the first time in Australia an employment relationship between reality contestants and television networks. In this case the production was produced internally by Seven, but while other productions operate with independent producers the case could be a precedent in subsequent claims.

With much at stake, Seven has lodged an appeal against the decision which is now likely to be determined in early 2020.

Due to ongoing legal proceedings Seven declined to comment.

BBC News

TV Tonight
AdNews
NewstalkZB

posted 10/24/19

MasterChef Heads Back to India
EndemolShine Exports Format
From TBI

MasterChef is returning to Indian screens for a sixth season.

Star India-owned pay-TV channel Star Plus has ordered a 26 x 60-minute run of the popular cooking format, in addition to 12 masterclass episodes, from Endemol Shine India.

The judging line-up for MasterChef India – which previously aired for five seasons on Star Plus – features award-winning chefs such as Vikas Khanna, Ranveer Brar and India's first Michelin star winner Vineet Bhatia.

Around 53 productions of MasterChef are in the works across 35 markets, while the show recently marked its 10th anniversary and 200th episode in the US.

TBI

posted 10/24/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Halloween Masks Preferably Not Involving Stonehenge"

  • Six more days 'til Halloween, Halloween, Halloween, six more days 'til Halloween, The Masked Singer (The Wrap)

  • Think "The X Factor Celebrity" will have a results show? Think again (CapitalFM)

  • Because when you're a suspect in a reverse mortgage scam, you go on "Deal or No Deal" (Palo Alto Daily Post)

  • Tyler Cameron wishes Hannah Brown a happy birthday. And Bachelor Nation loses its collective mind (Us Magazine)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Dancing with the Stars finale airs November 28th... err, 25th. (Goldderby)

  • Paul Hollywood's "diabetes" joke is soggy bottomed out of repeats, Netflix (Deadline)

posted 10/24/19

TUESDAY: Nationals 1, Astros 0
World Series Game 1 Gives Fox the Night
From The Futon Critic

FOX (11.583 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) rocketed to the top spot on Tuesday with the coverage of the "World Series, Game 1" (11.583 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1).

NBC (6.720 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then got bumped to second with its usual mix of "The Voice" (7.954 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "This Is Us" (7.028 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) and "New Amsterdam" (5.179 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

Next up was CBS (8.858 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its trio of "NCIS" (11.031 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5), "FBI" (8.819 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.723 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.417 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) opted for repeats of "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" (4.964 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) and "Toy Story of Terror!" (3.703 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) followed by new episodes of "Mixed-ish" (3.086 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Black-ish" (2.730 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) plus the special "The Douglas Dynasty: Fame, Addiction and Finding Home" (3.010 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

And finally, The CW (1.090 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with fresh installments of "The Flash" (1.404 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and "Arrow" (0.776 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 749k
- Double Dare (Nick): 563k
- The Misery Index - 10:30p (TBS): 499k
- Ink Master Grudge Match (Paramount): 323k
- Cash Cab (Bravo): 277k
- The Misery Index - 10:30p (TruTV): 219k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/23/19


Discogs

AL BURTON: 1928-2019
Legendary Producer Had His Hand in Games
From The Hollywood Reporter

Al Burton, who developed and or produced such comedies as One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman for Norman Lear and created other shows including Charles in Charge and Win Ben Stein's Money, has died. He was 91.

Burton died Tuesday at his home in San Mateo, California, according to family friend Damon M. Schwartz.

Burton was also a force in baby boomer entertainment and marketing who forged a career that spanned the first six decades of television and included concerts, beauty pageants and other live events.

Lured by Lear to Tandem Productions/T.A.T. Communications (later Embassy Television) in 1972 to serve as its director of development, Burton worked on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman (and its spinoffs Fernwood 2Night and America 2Night), One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons, Diff'rent Strokes, The Facts of Life, Silver Spoons and Square Pegs.

After leaving Lear in 1983, he continued to develop and produce shows independently and for Universal Television, most notably Charles in Charge. And with a longtime friend, he produced Win Ben Stein's Money — winning a Daytime Emmy in the process — and Turn Ben Stein On for Comedy Central.

Burton's gift for spotting talent helped ignite the careers of Stein, Leonardo DiCaprio, Michael J. Fox, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jimmy Kimmel, Ricky Schroder, Pamela Anderson, George Clooney, Valerie Bertinelli, Nicole Eggert, MacKenzie Phillips and others.

"His 5-foot-5 stature, whimsical smile and unflappable demeanor helped manage eccentric talent of any age," his family noted in a statement. "When Mary Hartman's turbulent Louise Lasser refused to emerge from her dressing room, or when a teenage sitcom star was acting out, freaking out or walking out, Burton's amiable engagement addressed and calmed the crisis-du-jour, reassured the asset, got him or her back on the set, and, importantly, kept cameras and dollars rolling."

A veteran TV director by 1957, Burton was tapped to work with the young host Johnny Carson for the game show Do You Trust Your Wife? (retitled Who Do You Trust?).

The Hollywood Reporter
Variety
USA Today

posted 10/22/19

Queens of Celebrity
VH1 Greenlights "Celebrity Drag Race"
From Deadline

Just when you thought RuPaul's Drag Race couldn't serve more fierce and fabulousness, VH1 Ru-veals the news that it is expanding the Emmy-winning franchise with RuPaul's Celebrity Drag Race. The new event series has been greenlighted for 2020.

The four-episode series will feature 12 sickening celebrities as they sashay into the "werk" room to get gag-worthy makeovers and spill all the tea as they compete for the first-ever title of "America's Next Celebrity Drag Superstar." Stay tuned for the premiere date and the roster of guests to strut their stuff down the runway.

In each episode, three celebrities will undergo a complete drag transformation with the help of some of the most iconic queens from previous seasons including Alyssa Edwards, Asia O'Hara, Bob the Drag Queen, Kim Chi, Monét X Change, Monique Heart, Nina West, Trinity the Tuck, Trixie Mattel and Vanessa Vanjie Mateo. The celebrity cast will compete for the title and win prize money for the charity of their choice.

Deadline

TV Line
The Wrap

posted 10/22/19

SYNDIES: Week 5
Results for the Week Ending October 13
From TV Newscheck

The Kelly Clarkson Show and Tamron Hall continued to outperform all of the season's rookies, widening their lead over the pack in the session ending Oct. 13.

Impressively, they did it despite an intentional power cut to nearly 1 million households in Northern California as well as preemptions for breaking news coverage of the West Coast wildfires in markets including Los Angeles on Oct. 10 and 11.

Clarkson remained the one to beat, improving 8% from the previous stanza to a three-week high 1.4 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen, and was syndication's No. 1 new show by a wide margin, grabbing more than 1.8 million daily viewers. Also scoring well, Hall held on to its season-high 1.0 and packed in more than 1.2 million viewers each day.

The race among new game shows was close in its fourth frame, with 25 Words or Less remaining at a 0.9, while America Says spurted 17% to a new season-high 0.7.

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 NC
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.7 -5%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.6 -2%
- 25 Words or Less (CTD) 0.8 NC
- America Says (Sony) 0.7 17%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck

B+C
Mediapost

posted 10/16/19

Disney Fans Wanted
Disney+ to Play Games
From Inside the Magic

Do you have what it takes to be named the biggest Disney fan of all time? Do you know everything and anything about Star Wars, The Marvel Cinematic Universe, Moana and other Disney animated movies? Do you know every little thing about the main mouse himself and the gang? Have you visited the Disney theme parks on a regular basis and know the theme parks like the back of your hand?

Then, you have to sign up for the newest Disney Quiz Show, which is a new game show coming to Disney's new streaming service, Disney+, and compete as you answer trivia questions and put your Disney knowledge to the test. And, since the show is currently casting now, unfortunately this Disney Quiz Show won't be on Disney+ when the streaming service debuts next month, but it is still something we can look forward to in the future!

The Old School TV is now looking for a family of four, who will be testing their Disney knowledge like never before — whether that be siblings, cousins, newlyweds, in-laws, spouses, or aunts and uncles, if you are a family of four who are obsessed with everything Disney, then you have to sign up for the casting call.

This could be a once in a lifetime opportunity for you and you family to finally show off and put that Disney knowledge to the test as you answer trivia questions and compete in a unique and exhilarating Disney gameshow to become Disney's first Disney Quiz Champions and take home a one-of-a-kind prize!

Inside the Magic

Yahoo!
KGO-TV San Francisco

posted 10/22/19

MONDAY: Somebody Call 911!
Fox Takes the Demo, ABC Takes the Total
From the Futon Critic

FOX (9.745 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) cruised to another victory on Thursday with its weekly presentations of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (8.427 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (10.009 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1).

ABC (3.988 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) remained a distant second with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (5.725 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "A Million Little Things" (4.043 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.196 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

Next up was CBS (5.222 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its lineup of "Young Sheldon" (7.751 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4), "The Unicorn" (5.278 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Mom" (5.764 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Carol's Second Act" (4.972 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Evil" (3.784 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.510 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up new episodes of "Superstore" (2.993 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Perfect Harmony" (2.091 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14), "The Good Place" (2.019 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11), the departing "Sunnyside" (1.222 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.369 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

And finally, fresh installments of "Supernatural" (1.156 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) and "Legacies" (0.846 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #17) on The CW (1.001 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable Sunday...
- Halloween Baking Championship (Food): 1.193m
- Rock the Block (P/HGTV): 1.077m
- Rock the Block: Winners (P/HGTV): 1.057m
- Halloween Cake-Off (Food): 842k
- Double Dare (Nick): 625k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 554k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 451k
- America Says (GSN): 376k
- Cash Cab (Bravo): 205k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/22/19

WEEKEND: Bless The Fox
NBC's SNF Takes the Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (9.745 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) cruised to another victory on Thursday with its weekly presentations of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (8.427 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (10.009 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1).

ABC (3.988 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) remained a distant second with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (5.725 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "A Million Little Things" (4.043 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.196 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

Next up was CBS (5.222 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its lineup of "Young Sheldon" (7.751 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4), "The Unicorn" (5.278 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Mom" (5.764 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Carol's Second Act" (4.972 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Evil" (3.784 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.510 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up new episodes of "Superstore" (2.993 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Perfect Harmony" (2.091 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14), "The Good Place" (2.019 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11), the departing "Sunnyside" (1.222 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.369 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

And finally, fresh installments of "Supernatural" (1.156 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) and "Legacies" (0.846 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #17) on The CW (1.001 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable Sunday...
- Halloween Wars (Food): 978k
- Haunted Gingerbread Showdown (Food): 772k
- Cash Cab (Bravo): 161k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/22/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Misery Loves Company"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: The Misery Index (Decider)

  • Howie Mandel gets cameras following him (CBC News)

  • Holly Durst, Blake Julian go from "Bachelor Pad" to Parents (Us Magazine)

  • Vanessa Grimaldi really didn't want to say yes. (Reality TV World)

  • #ICYMI: And the winner of the Masked Singer Australia is... (Sydney Morning Herald)

posted 10/22/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Block Busters"

posted 10/21/19

Food Network Orders a Tournament
"Tournament of Champions" Pits 16 Chefs Against Each Other
From Realscreen

Discovery-owned Food Network is teaming with Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives host Guy Fieri on the bracket-style cooking competition series Tournament of Champions.

The five-episode series, hosted by the restaurateur and television personality, will see 16 chefs go head-to-head in a series of challenges that become more difficult with each round until just two chefs remain for the final face-off.

A call for challenger nominations was issued last week to fans. Viewers will also have the chance to influence the bracket lineups once the final competitors are announced by voting on social media for which chef they think should be ranked number one.

Timed to the series premiere, fans will be able to fill out their own brackets as they track the series to see how their picks stand up.

Production on the series will begin in December with a launch slated for March 2020.

"Guy's call to action for fans to nominate the chefs that they think are the best of the best and should earn one of the coveted tournament spots instantly became the most viewed videos on Food Network's social platforms within the past 90 days, with over a million views and counting," said Courtney White, president of Food Network, in a statement.

Realscreen

Broadway World

posted 10/18/19

Making It Again
NBC Slots Season 2 to December
From the Futon Critic

Grab your glue guns and get ready to laugh as NBC's "Making It," from executive producers and hosts Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, returns with a multi-night crafting event beginning Monday, Dec. 2 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

In a binge-worthy holiday treat, "Making It" premieres Monday, Dec. 2 and continues Dec. 3-5 (10-11 p.m.), Dec. 9 (10-11 p.m.) and Dec. 10 (10-11 p.m.) before concluding with a two-hour grand finale telecast on Wednesday, Dec. 11 (9-11 p.m.).

"I'm so happy to be back in the barn for season two of 'Making It' with my pal Nick, where the Makers create masterpieces and everyone continues to aggressively like each other," Poehler said. "I'm so excited for America to see our new crop of crafting champs," Offerman said. "Their creativity and pluck make my job feel like I'm getting paid to cheer at the Olympics."

The wow factor is raised in season two as the country's most imaginative Makers from Miami to Portland take fans on a journey through everything from office makeovers to three-dimensional holiday creations. Working with mediums from food to felt, and no shortage of electricity, this season's Makers vie to impress returning judges Dayna Isom Johnson, Etsy trend expert and Simon Doonan, Creative Ambassador for Barneys New York.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/18/19

THURSDAY: Clash at Arrowhead
Fox Wins with TNF
From the Futon Critic

FOX (9.745 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) cruised to another victory on Thursday with its weekly presentations of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (8.427 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (10.009 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.0, #1).

ABC (3.988 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) remained a distant second with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (5.725 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "A Million Little Things" (4.043 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.196 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

Next up was CBS (5.222 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its lineup of "Young Sheldon" (7.751 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4), "The Unicorn" (5.278 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Mom" (5.764 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Carol's Second Act" (4.972 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Evil" (3.784 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.510 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up new episodes of "Superstore" (2.993 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Perfect Harmony" (2.091 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14), "The Good Place" (2.019 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11), the departing "Sunnyside" (1.222 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.369 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

And finally, fresh installments of "Supernatural" (1.156 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) and "Legacies" (0.846 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #17) on The CW (1.001 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 536k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 488k
- Catch 21 (GSN): 471k
- Temptation Island (USA): 452k
- America Says (GSN): 446k
-
Ex on the Beach (MTV): 442k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/18/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "On Tour"

posted 10/18/19

Food Network for the Holidays
New Entries Highlight Seasons Eatings 2019
From the Futon Critic

Food Network and Cooking Channel deck the halls for the holidays with 70% more hours of premiere holiday programming than last year including two new series, eight specials, several returning fan-favorites and seasonal stunts, as well as recipe inspiration on the new Food Network Kitchen app. The seasonal lineup kicks off with the return of Holiday Baking Championship with host Jesse Palmer and tough love judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman, and Lorraine Pascale premiering on Monday, November 4th at 9pm ET/PT, followed by a special episode of Holiday Baking Championship: Sweet Revenge at 10pm ET/PT where runners up from past seasons get a second chance to prove their holiday baking abilities. Then, at 11pm ET/PT it's the icing on top, with a new season of Christmas Cookie Challenge with host Eddie Jackson and lead judge Ree Drummond. The holiday action continues on Wednesday, November 27th at 10pm ET/PT as Tyler Florence hosts The Great Food Truck Race: Holiday Hustle as food trucks hit the snowy roads of New England in the series' first-ever holiday-themed season. Next, Casey Webb heads to the North Pole on the new series Santa's Baking Blizzard, where ice sculptors and cake masters are challenged to defy the laws of ice and cake and bring the holidays alive, premiering on Thursday, November 28th at 9pm ET/PT. When the weather outside is frightful, the competition heats up on the return of Holiday Wars with host Jonathan Bennett on Sunday, December 1st at 9pm ET/PT as cake masters and sugar artists face-off to create mind-blowing holiday displays, followed by a new season of Holiday Gingerbread Showdown with host Paige Davis at 10pm ET/PT as gingerbread artists create edible gingerbread masterpieces. Kids Baking Championship: North Pole Edition premieres on Sunday, December 8th at 8pm ET/PT as Duff Goldman and Valerie Bertinelli challenge four beloved kid bakers from previous seasons to create the most spectacular treats for Santa. Alton Brown is having a "latke" fun on Good Eats with back-to-back episodes exploring latkes and libations on Sunday, December 15th at 8pm and 8:30pm ET/PT. Molly Yeh continues the Hanukkah celebration on Ultimate Hanukkah Challenge as four chefs are tested to put their creative spin on some of the holiday's classic dishes premiering Saturday, December 21st at 9pm ET/PT.Then, Duff Goldman rings in the New Year with the most spectacular cakes that transform from one decade to another new special Cake-Off: New Year's Eve, premiering Sunday, December 29th at 9pm.

"The holiday season with all the festive gatherings puts food in an even bigger spotlight as viewers get together with friends and family to celebrate," said Courtney White, President, Food Network and Cooking Channel. "Fans looking for entertainment and inspiration have even more to look forward to this year as we have packed the scheduled from Christmas to New Years with holiday programming and festive content across all platforms, including inspired recipes from seasonal competitions on the new Food Network Kitchen app. There is truly something for everyone this holiday season!"

The Futon Critic

posted 10/17/19

WEDNESDAY: #OneChicago
NBC Wins with Annual Crossover
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.508 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) was the top draw on Wednesday thanks to its crossover editions of "Chicago Fire" (8.065 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5), "Chicago Med" (8.832 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) and "Chicago PD" (8.628 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2).

FOX (4.848 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) however still shared in the demo honors with fresh installments from "The Masked Singer" (7.215 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and "Almost Family" (2.480 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Next up was CBS (4.975 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with originals from "Survivor: Island of the Idols" (6.837 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2), "SEAL Team" (4.490 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "SWAT" (3.597 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.366 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up new episodes of "The Goldbergs" (4.152 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Schooled" (3.425 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8), "Modern Family" (4.189 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Single Parents" (2.807 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Stumptown" (2.812 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

And finally, The CW (0.823 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with new installments of "Riverdale" (0.832 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "Nancy Drew" (0.814 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14).

On cable.. .
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 818k
- The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 (MTV): 654k
- America Says (GSN): 541k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 459k
- Cash Cab (Bravo): 195k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/17/19

Gayme Show Coming to Quibi
Culturistas Bring Stage Show to Streaming
From Deadline

Gayme Show is coming to Quibi, honey! The comedy competition series hosted by Las Culturistas podcast co-host Matt Rogers and stand-up comedian Dave Mizzoni has been greenlit by the mobile platform and will be produced by Jax media.

Gayme Show, which has existed as live comedy show, uplifts and celebrates the LGBTQ+ community and its allies. Each episode features two straight contestants paired with a celebrity "life partner" as they battle head to head in physical, mental and even emotional challenges for the title of "Queen of the Straights."

"Dave and I are thrilled to bring Gayme Show to Quibi after performing it as a live show for the past couple years," said Rogers. Mizzoni adds, "We're thrilled to showcase how the energy and comedy of our live show is translated to and even enhanced by this new format."

Genevieve Aniello will serve as showrunner and will executive produce alongside Rogers and Mizzoni as well as Brooke Posch, Séamus Murphy-Mitchell and Tony Hernandez.

Deadline

posted 10/17/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "On Tour"

posted 10/17/19

More on "Rock the Block"
Catch It on October 21
From the Futon Critic

HGTV has raised the stakes for its female-led, super-charged home reno competition series Rock the Block, premiering Monday, Oct. 21, at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The grand prize winner of the competition still gets bragging rights and a street named after her, but now each weekly challenge winner will score a showcase episode of her own HGTV series immediately following the one hour airing of Rock the Block. Home renovation/design experts Leanne Ford (Restored by the Fords), Mina Starsiak Hawk (Good Bones), Jasmine Roth (Hidden Potential) and Alison Victoria (Windy City Rehab) will go head-to-head in an explosive showdown to max-out four identical properties and add the most property value to each home. With just four weeks and an individual budget of $175,000, the competitors must renovate and design such spaces as a master suite, kitchen, great room and outdoor living space.

"Rock the Block is an 'on-the-edge-of-your-seat' competition event," said Jane Latman, president, HGTV. "Each week is full of surprises as these renovation and design powerhouse women battle it out to see who will ultimately get the crown."

At the end of each weekly Rock the Block challenge, a special guest star from HGTV will judge the rooms and crown the winner. Tarek El Moussa (Flip or Flop) will judge the reveals of the master suites, Mike Holmes (Holmes & Holmes) will review the kitchens, and Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt (100 Day Dream Home w.t.) will evaluate the great rooms and outdoor living spaces. In addition, Nicole Curtis (Rehab Addict) and Tiffany Brooks (HGTV Smart Home 2019) will make special guest appearances during the series. Once the homes are completely overhauled, Rock the Block host Drew Scott, star of Property Brothers: Forever Home and real estate expert, will do a full top-to-bottom inspection of the newly renovated homes. He will determine which designer added the most overall value to her home to become the ultimate winner of the competition. .

The Futon Critic

Deadline

posted 10/16/19

SYNDIES: Week 4
Results for the Week Ending October 6
From TV Newscheck

The Kelly Clarkson Show and Tamron Hall, the biggest newcomers to syndication this year, both moved up in the session ending Oct.6 and cemented their standing as the season's highest rated new strips along with Judge Jerry.

The new game show competition completed its third round with 25 Words or Less perking up 13% to a 0.9, while America Says stayed at a 0.6.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.0 +9%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.9 +4%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.7 +2%
- 25 Words or Less (CTD) 0.8 NC
- America Says (Sony) 0.6 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck

B+C
Mediapost

posted 10/16/19

TUESDAY: There's a New King in Town
NBC Wins Demo with "This Is Us", "The Voice"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.424 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday thanks to its trio of "The Voice" (7.587 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "This Is Us" (6.706 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "New Amsterdam" (4.979 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

The silver then went to CBS (8.647 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) with its drama lineup of "NCIS" (10.606 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "FBI" (8.714 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.620 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8). Next up was

FOX (3.244 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with fresh installments from "The Resident" (3.696 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "Empire" (2.792 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.276 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up originals from "The Conners" (5.439 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Bless This Mess" (3.410 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Mixed-ish" (2.804 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Black-ish" (2.607 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) and "Emergence" (2.696 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13).

And finally, a new "The Flash" (1.281 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) and the return of "Arrow" (0.869 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) rounded out the night on The CW (1.075 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 666k
- Ink Master Grudge Match (Paramount): 418k
- America Says (GSN): 439k
- Cash Cab (Bravo): 220k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/16/19

Block Party
Japanese Format Heads to Vietnam, Indonesia
From B+C

Having previously announced a deal with Zense Entertainment in Thailand for its action-packed new gameshow format BLOCK OUT, Nippon TV announced today that the format they developed with Red Arrow Studios will be created by QV Media and air on VTV in Vietnam, and also has been licensed to PT Cakrawala Andalas Televisi and air on ANTV in Indonesia. Both versions are slated to start airing this November.

The Thai version of BLOCK OUT started airing on Channel 7 from July and immediately rose to the top position in ratings.

Atsushi Sogo, President, International Business Development, Nippon TV said: "We are delighted to announce the Vietnamese and Indonesian adaptations of BLOCK OUT, just a few months after its smashing success in Thailand. Proving that this hilarious yet thrilling studio game show format can grab the hearts of viewers across the globe in this multi-platform era, BLOCK OUT is sure to become a hit in Vietnam and Indonesia."

In each episode of BLOCK OUT, 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. Each team plays on a separate identical wall comprised of more than 100 giant blocks. Across several nail-biting games, wrong answers, and bad judgments, "blocks" will be pushed out in a variety of combinations and speeds, forcing contestants into crazy positions to try and avoid being knocked down into the pit below. The team who keeps the most players on the ledge for the longest wins the game.

Red Arrow Studios International has worldwide rights, excluding Asia, to BLOCK OUT, and is launching the format at MIPCOM 2019. Nippon TV distributes BLOCK OUT in Asia..

B+C

posted 10/16/19

BritBox Is Pointless
Quiz Shows Heading to Stream Network
From Variety

BritBox has acquired a raft of hit U.K. shows, such as thriller "Line of Duty" and gameshow "Pointless," to bolster its lineup of British programs on its North American streaming service.

BritBox, a joint venture between BBC Studios and ITV, closed new deals at Mipcom on Wednesday with Kew Media Distribution and Endemol Shine International to bring more than 250 hours of content to its U.S. and Canada platform.

Jed Mercurio-scripted police thriller "Line of Duty," starring Martin Compston, Adrian Dunbar, Vicky Mclure, Keeley Hawes, and Thandie Newton, has been a huge hit for the BBC over its five series. BritBox has acquired the first four seasons of the show. Acorn TV has the US window on season five and the future season six.

Other shows included in the deal include Sky crime dramas "Thorne: Sleepyhead" and "Thorne: Scaredy Cat," starring David Morrissey and Aidan Gillen, and "Pointless," a popular BBC One game show.

Also included is long-running panel show "8 Out of 10 Cats" hosted by Jimmy Carr and the mystery-spy series "MI5," starring Peter Firth, Matthew Macfayden and Hawes.

Soumya Sriraman, president of BritBox, said: "This new deal is just another instance that BritBox is committed to bringing the best of British content to our communities all on one service."

BritBox is available for $6.99 per month in the U.S. and Canada, offering a range of British shows. ITV and the BBC are set to launch a similar service in the U.K. this quarter.

Variety

posted 10/16/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Oh Baby! Part 3"

  • Jenna Johnson & Peta Murgatroyd make a baby deal (Us Magazine)

  • Kat Dunn updates her relationship with Nick Maccarone (Us Magazine)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: The Misery Index (Meaww)

  • Ron Ely's wife stabbed to death allegedly by her son (Deadline)

posted 10/16/19

Netflix Nails the Holiday
"Nailed It!" Holiday to Return
From Deadline

Netflix announced this year's holiday line-up today, a roster of original programming of Christmas-themed series, films, special episodes and children's programming, two of which are game favorites.

- The Great British Baking Show: Holidays: Season 2 Available 11/8/19
- Nailed It! Holiday!: Season 2 Available 11/22/19: Guest judges include Maya Rudolph, Jillian Bell, David Burkta, Bridget Everett, Jason Mantzoukas and Ron Ben Israel.


Deadline

The Futon Critic

posted 10/15/19

MONDAY: Battle On
Dancing, Voice Draw, Fox, NBC Lead Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.997 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) and NBC (6.465 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) shared the demo crown on Monday as the former served up new episodes of "9-1-1" (6.380 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) and "Prodigal Son" (3.614 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

The Peacock then offered up originals from "The Voice" (7.890 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1) and "Bluff City Law" (3.617 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

Next up was ABC (7.043 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with fresh installments of "Dancing with the Stars" (7.289 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and "The Good Doctor" (6.552 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.282 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) aired originals of "The Neighborhood" (5.341 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (4.860 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7), "All Rise" (5.015 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "Bull" (5.731 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

And finally, new episodes of "All American" (0.730 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Black Lightning" (0.634 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) rounded out the night on The CW (0.682 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Halloween Baking Championship (Food): 1.123m
- Halloween Cake-Off (Food): 730k
- Catch 21 (P/GSN): 459k
- Cash Cab (Bravo): 334k
- America Says (GSN): 321k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/15/19

We'll Take Slots for $200, Alex
New Jeopardy! Slots Launch... with James Holzhauer
From KLAS Las Vegas

"Jeopardy!" champ James Holzhauer was back in the spotlight at the Global Gaming Expo Tuesday. Holzhauer, who was lovingly named Jeopardy James during his amazing 32-game winning streak on the show, was at the IGT booth promoting the new "Jeopardy!" slots.

He also played speed rounds of "Jeopardy!," three questions at a time with G2E attendees. But the winners didn't get a chunk of the $2.4 million Holzhauer won during his time on "Jeopardy!"; but they did get bragging rights. Everyone who tried the machine were also able to take a photo with Holzhauer. G2E was the global trade show debut for "Jeopardy!" slots from IGT.

Housed in both the CrystalDual + Stepper cabinet or the towering MegaTower™ Universal cabinet that stands 11-feet tall, the games capture the most iconic elements of the gamed TV game show. Both games include Single, Double, and Final "Jeopardy!" bonus experiences, and the popular Jeopardy board, including Daily Doubles.

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posted 10/15/19

The Bold & the Beautiful Invasion
Guest Models Lined Up for TPIR, LMAD
From Soaps

On the heels of The Bold and the Beautiful's Courtney Hope's (Sally Spectra) October stint as a guest model, Soaps.com can share that castmate Denise Richards (Shauna Fulton) is also set for an appearance on The Price is Right on Monday November 4. Richards shared a sneak peek in a shimmery dress beside a huge dollar sign on her Instagram account. The game show is taped in the same studio along with the CBS soaps, making it an easy transition for the daytime stars and a nice cross-promotion for the network. Hope and Richard's appearances will be followed by the cast member who plays Bold and Beautiful's Zoe Buckingham, as Kiara Barnes joins The Price Is Right to model, with actor Matthew Atkinson (Thomas Forrester) taking a turn after that. Having taped three episodes of The Price is Right, watch for Atkinson to pop up on Halloween, Thursday October 31, as well as Friday November 8, and then again just a week before Christmas on Tuesday December 17. In related news, Bold and Beautiful stars Annika Noelle (Hope Logan) and Scott Clifton (Liam Spencer) will be making their CBS game show appearance together on Let's Make a Deal, where they will join former Bold and Beautiful guest star and Let's Make a Deal host, Wayne Brady, who played Dr. Reese Buckingham, the notorious character who told Hope and Liam their baby girl had died while passing her off to Steffy Forrester (Jacqueline MacInnes Wood) in a fake adoption plot to pay off his gambling debts. This fun onscreen reunion is set to happen on Wednesday November 13.

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posted 10/15/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Game of Game of Games"

posted 10/15/19

Craig Ferguson's A "Hustler", Baby
ABC Just Wants You To Know
From the Wrap

ABC has tapped former "Late Late Show" host Craig Ferguson to host a new game show called "The Hustler."

A trivia-based competition, each episode of "The Hustler" will see five contestants work together to answer a series of questions. One of the five contestants, "the Hustler," will already know all the answers but must keep their identity a secret from the others in order to win the grand prize.Throughout the episode, the Hustler will secretly eliminate other contestants one by one. If the remaining contestants can correctly guess who among them is the Hustler by the end of the episode, they will split the money. If not, the Hustler will take home the full prize themselves.

The show is set to begin production this fall with an air date to be announced later.

"The Hustler" hails from the All3Media-backed production company Studio Lambert. British TV and radio host Richard Bacon created the format and will serve as an executive producer alongside Stephen Lambert, Jack Burgess, Tim Harcourt and Susan House.

"It's rare and exciting to have a mystery-based game show that employs viewers and contestants to tap into their sleuth skills," said ABC's senior vice president of alternative and late night, Rob Mills. "This fun, new format is the perfect addition to our dynamic game show lineup, and Craig's unmatched wit and humor make him the ideal host. We couldn't be more excited to welcome him back to ABC."

"Studio Lambert and format creator Richard Bacon are incredibly excited to partner with ABC on 'The Hustler,'" Lambert added. "With Craig in the driver's seat, the comedic beats of this game are very much to the fore. We think ABC viewers will laugh a lot but also be shocked and surprised by the twists of this game, which invites contestants and viewers to play detective, solving a whodunit or, in this case, a whoisit.".

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posted 10/14/19

Actual Title: "Trust Me, I'm a Six-Year-Old"
ITV, Atresmedia Format Is Child's Play
From TBI Vision

ITV Studios and Spain's Atresmedia Studios have struck a co-development deal for gameshow format Trust Me I'm A Six-Year-Old.

ITV Studios-backed Possessed worked with the Spanish firm to create the format, which sees celebrities going head-to-head across four competitive rounds, where their only guidance comes from a group of rowdy kids calling the shots with their own instructions. From undercover pranks to physical challenges, the celebrity who can best get into the minds of the children will win a 'Big Kid Cup'.

Mike Beale, MD of ITV Studios Creative Network, said: "We are looking to partner and work with broadcasters across the world, be it on co-developments or co-productions, and we are excited about our alliance with Atresmedia Studios to bring Trust Me I'm A Six-Year-Old to the market. We are already registering a high level of interest in the format and eager to explore it's global potential."

Ignacio Corrales, CEO of Atresmedia Studios, added: "We are delighted to creatively collaborate with a partner in the international market such as ITV Studios. This agreement exemplifies the essence of Atresmedia Studios, whose aim is to satisfy the demand of content for a global market.".

TBI Vision

posted 10/14/19

Turn Out the Lights, the Party's Over...
Facebook Officially Cancels All Versions of "Confetti"
From TBI Vision

Facebook has pulled the plug on interactive quiz show format Confetti.

TBI has confirmed that the social media platform has no plans to return the format in the UK and US, and it is believed that other international versions of the program have also been cancelled.

Matthew Henick, global head of content planning and strategy, tells TBI that Confetti was a "really important test for us to figure out how to build interactive environments for video".

However, the format – which launched in the US in July 2018, with each of its total 132 episodes running up to 33 minutes – will not be returning to the platform.

Facebook rolled out Confetti Stateside shortly after the launch of hit quiz app HQ Trivia, as part of a major push to "game-ify" content. In particular, the platform emphasized gameplay with friends, in a bid to grow the community aspect of Watch.

Former director of media partnerships for EMEA Patrick Walker told TBI last year that the platform was "interested in seeing what sort of formats may work [in Europe] around the gamification of content, and what would lend itself on a country-by-country basis to new types of partnerships and relationships".

TBI Vision

posted 10/14/19

"Don't" Go to Cannes
Banijay to Handle Global Editions
From Deadline

Adam Scott has gone from sardonic sitcom star in Parks and Recreation to broken-hearted husband in Big Little Lies but his latest challenge is hosting ABC gameshow Don't – a world that includes eating ghost peppers on a treadmill under a blazing heat lamp.

Scott has lifted the lid on the format, which is exec produced by Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds, ahead of Mipcom, where Banijay Rights, the international arm of producer Banijay Studios North America is looking to close international format deals.

In the show, contestants have the opportunity to team with their family and friends for the chance to win a cash prize of up to $100,000 by tackling tasks each with the simple rule of "Don't."

In each episode of the comedic physical game show, members of the four-person team will strive to accomplish various challenges — such as "Don't laugh," "Don't blink" or "Don't look back" — as they work together to build their bank.

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posted 10/14/19

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Oh Baby! Book 2"

  • Witney Carson also thinking about babies. (Us Magazine)

  • Holly Allen, Jackson Michie think about the Race... No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no... (GoldDerby)

  • Tatianna sashays to the pokey (TMZ)

  • Sharna Burgess: dancers on DWTS no longer have creative control (GoldDerby)

posted 10/14/19

Dancing with Disney
"Fam Jam" on the Way
From Deadline

Disney Fam Jam, a family dance competition series, has been given a straight-to-order series at Disney Channel, with each episode to feature two families competing in three rounds of dance battles for the "Disney Fam Jam" Champs crown.

The series was inspired by choreographer Phil Wright's popular online The Parent Jam dance classes.

Production on the TV series will begin in November. The TV series was announced today on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

"Disney Channel's core audience is extremely passionate about dance and music as we have seen with the global success of Disney Channel musicals, special episodes and short-form programming," reads a statement by Nancy Kanter, executive vice president, Content and Creative Strategy, Original Programming, Disney Channels Worldwide. "Disney Fam Jam will take diverse, awe-inspiring families out of their living rooms and into the spotlight for a celebration of dance, family and fun." The multicam series, performed in from of a studio audience of families, will include mentors overseeing each dance round.

Wright, a teacher and choreographer who has worked with Lil Nas X, Nicki Minaj, Will Smith and G-Eazy feat. Cardi B., among others, created and founded The Parent Jam, bringing families and students together to provide encouragement and positivity in each dance class.

Disney Fam Jam is a production of Matador Content. The series is executive produced by Jay Peterson and Todd Lubin, Irene Dreayer and Phil Wright. James Sunderland will serve as showrunner.

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posted 10/11/19

More on Drag Race UK
Catch the Stateside Premiere Tonight on Logo
From Vulture

Americans often think that British people are just like them — after all, Brits speak the same language, used to be our colonial overlords, and also have a divisive leader with an awful blond haircut. As such, U.S. viewers may think that they'll be able to just tune into RuPaul's Drag Race U.K. and totally understand what's going on — and they would be as wrong as if they dared to show their index and middle fingers to say "two, please." (Oh, you silly American, that is the British equivalent of flipping the bird.)

So in order to help Stateside viewers navigate Drag Race's trip across the Atlantic, here's what you need to know about the U.K. and its drag scene, so that you'll know what the bloody hell you're talking about when the show premieres on Logo tonight.

Vulture

posted 10/11/19

THURSDAY: Patriot Games
Football Fuels Fox to Finish
From The Futon Critic

FOX (11.969 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1) continued its reign on Thursday with its weekly offerings of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (9.565 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (12.449 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1).

ABC (4.203 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then remained a distant second with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.018 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "A Million Little Things" (4.263 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.327 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Next up was CBS (5.151 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its mix of "Young Sheldon" (7.497 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "The Unicorn" (5.216 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8), "Mom" (5.817 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Carol's Second Act" (4.943 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Evil" (3.716 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.469 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up originals from "Superstore" (2.846 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Perfect Harmony" (2.138 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14), "The Good Place" (1.956 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Sunnyside" (1.221 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.326 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, the return of "Supernatural" (1.261 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "Legacies" (0.824 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16) rounded out the night on The CW (1.042 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 563k
- Temptation Island (SP/USA): 508k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 431k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 427k
- Cash Cab (Bravo): 229k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/11/19

"Can't Touch This" Too Legit to Quit for Sony
Sony Pictures to Revive British Game... in Mexico... for MIPCOM
From Deadline

Sony is bringing back British gameshow Can't Touch This – two years after the original series was cancelled by the BBC.

The Hollywood studio has piloted a new version of the show, which was originally created by Sony's Northern Irish indie Stellify Media and is taking it out to international broadcasters at Mipcom.

The show is a comedic, interactive gameshow in which contestants have to overcome hilarious obstacles and challenges including bungee ropes, bubble wrap and slippery slopes, all guaranteed to make things difficult until finally they must take a huge leap of faith and touch the star prize – a brand new car.

It originally aired on BBC in a primetime Saturday night slot in March 2016 with Zoe Ball and Ashley Banjo hosting. However, it failed to rate and was not renewed after its first season.

Deadline

posted 10/11/19

More on Catch 21
Catch the Premiere Monday on GSN!
From Las Vegas Review-Journal

The big tent near Caesars Palace just off the strip just found a new tenant - and you'll see what they did come Monday at 6pm ET on Game Show Network.

The new game show "Catch 21" - with host Alfonso Ribeiro & dealer Witney Carson - was a natural fit to film in Las Vegas.

Not because of its blackjack tie-in — contestants answer trivia questions in exchange for playing cards they hope will add up to 21 — but because Game Show Network executives found so much of what they needed here, the city was able to overcome the more generous tax credits available in other states.

Georgia, one of the locations that had been in consideration to host "Catch 21," offers a production credit of up to 30 percent, while Nevada's program is capped at 20 percent. Producers could hire more of the specialized crew members they needed in Las Vegas, though, and the city's proximity to Los Angeles meant lower travel costs for those workers who were brought in.

"Getting Los Angeles people to go out of town, if you say, 'Yeah, we're going to send you to Georgia for a month,' it's different than, 'You're going to go to Las Vegas for a month,' because they can go home on the weekends," says Jean Wiegman, GSN's senior vice president of programming and production.

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posted 10/11/19

Project Runway Comes Home for the Holidays
Catch It On Bravo December 5
From The Futon Critic

Bravo's Emmy-winning competition series "Project Runway" returns for another season of high stakes and fierce fashions on Thursday, December 5 at 9:30pm ET/PT. Sixteen new hopefuls are ready to take the runway by storm and make fashion history. Host Karlie Kloss is back, along with Christian Siriano as the mentor and returning judges Nina Garcia, Brandon Maxwell, and Elaine Welteroth, to decide who has what it takes to make it in this industry. Each 90-minute episode will feature the return of some fan-favorite elements, including the "Siriano Save," in which Christian has the opportunity to bring one eliminated designer back into the competition, and the pièce de résistance, a chance to present a final collection at New York Fashion Week. Gotham remains a main character for this fashion adventure for challenge reveals and runway shows with iconic locations such as the famous TWA Hotel at JFK, The Vessel at Hudson Yards, and Bergdorf Goodman. In addition, the groundbreaking series continues to shine a light on the evolution of fashion and inclusion by featuring a variety of sexual preferences, racial backgrounds and ages including a nonbinary model and a trans model, a "Dreamer," and the oldest designer ever to compete on "Project Runway." Challenging fashion norms, the designers are tasked with creating functional outfits for Olympians and Paralympians, as well as turning donated garments from Goodwill of NY into high fashion wear. For a sneak peek, please visit: https://www.bravotv.com/project-runway/season-18/videos/your-first-look-at-project-runway-season-18

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GoldDerby

posted 10/11/19

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

posted 10/10/19


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It's... Exactly 9000!
Price Is Right Celebrates Milestone Episode
From Cadillac News

Come on down! TV's longest-running game show, The Price Is Right — with more than 65,000 contestants and $250 million–plus awarded in cash and prizes since Bob Barker debuted as host in 1972 — airs its 9,000th episode on Thursday, October 10!

Current host Drew Carey celebrates by bestowing a bonus $9,000 on every player who wins a pricing game; anyone who spins $1 on the Big Wheel pockets $9,000 too.

Here are more interesting numbers.
- $210,000: The largest cash prize ever won, during a game of Cliff Hangers.
- $157,300: The cost of the most valuable item ever won: an Audi R8.
- $23,743: The perfect Showcase Round bid by Terry Kniess in 2008.
- $132: The amount Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul (Price's most famous contestant, next to Wheel of Fortune's Vanna White) overbid on his Showcase in 2000.
- 99: The age of the oldest winner. (There have been two almost-centenarians!) And the youngest? A 4-year-old betting prodigy.
- 77: Different games currently in rotation.
- 10: Plinko chips now in existence: five for game play and five backups.
- 3: Warehouses needed to store the show's prizes, including the cars.


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posted 10/10/19


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A Nice In!
ABC Renews "Holey Moley"
From the Futon Critic

ABC today announced the new season pickup of "Holey Moley," following its successful "Summer Fun & Games" debut on the network earlier this year. In the show's second season, set to air in summer 2020, the world's most extreme mini-golf obstacle course will return as all-new competitors take on daring new challenges in an attempt to win a cash prize. The season two course will be bigger and better than ever, featuring all-new holes, and bringing more drama, trick shots and hysterically impressive wipeouts. Rob Riggle and Joe Tessitore will return as color and play-by-play commentators, respectively, while Jeannie Mai will resume her role as sideline correspondent. NBA superstar Stephen Curry serves as an executive producer as well as the "Holey Moley" resident golf pro.

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posted 10/10/19

WEDNESDAY: Jam at the Top
NBC Wins Total, Fox Wins Demo
From The Futon Critic

FOX (4.759 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) held onto the demo crown on Wednesday with originals from "The Masked Singer" (6.923 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Almost Family" (2.595 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8).

NBC (7.131 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then remained in second with its trio of "Chicago Med" (7.353 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Chicago Fire" (7.628 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and "Chicago PD" (6.412 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Next up was CBS (4.992 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) with fresh installments of "Survivor: Island of the Idols" (6.470 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "SEAL Team" (4.781 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "SWAT" (3.724 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.558 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up new episodes of "The Goldbergs" (4.508 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Schooled" (3.352 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "Modern Family" (3.967 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7), "Single Parents" (2.721 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Stumptown" (3.400 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

And finally, The CW (1.177 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with the return of "Riverdale" (1.179 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and the debut of "Nancy Drew" (1.174 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 821k
- Forged in Fire (History): 812k
- THe Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 (MTV): 792k
- America Says (GSN): 495k
- Cash Cab (Bravo): 301k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/10/19

Guess Who's Coming to Game Shows
Endemol Shine, Allspark Pictures Team to Develop Board Game Adaptation
From Deadline

Classic board game Guess Who? is being adapted into a television series after Endemol Shine North America teamed with Hasbro's Allspark Pictures.

The two companies have partnered to turn it into a non-scripted format for U.S. broadcasters and international networks.

In each episode, contestants make snap judgements based on intuition and clues in an effort to win cash prizes. In the original guessing game, each Guess Who? player chooses a mystery character and then using yes or no questions, they try to figure out the other player's mystery character. When they think they know who their opponent's mystery character is, players make a guess. If the guess is wrong, that player loses the game. Players can also challenge opponents to a series of games in the Championship Series, where the first player to win 5 games is the Guess Who? champion.

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posted 10/10/19

Saving "Million Dollar Mile"
CBS Obstacle Course Race Goes to MIPCOM
From Deadline

The team behind CBS format Million Dollar Mile hope that tweaks and international ratings success for the LeBron James-exec produced competition challenge can help give the show another life in the U.S.

The ten-episode series, which is produced by James and Maverick Carter's Springhill Entertainment, Big Brother producer Fly on the Wall Entertainment and Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television, has been adapted in France and Germany with a number of small changes designed to give a local flavor. In Germany, the series has aired as a four-part run of 120-minute episodes on Pro7, while the format, set in the famous Stade De France, airs later this month on France 2.

Deadline

posted 10/10/19

America Says is #1... in Ad Viewerability
GSN Original Leads in Survey According to Study
From B+C

The Game Show Network's America Says was the top show in ad viewability during September, according to a new report from TVision.

CBS's new series Bob (Hearts) Abishola was among the highest scoring shows during the month, as was HGTV's A Very Brady Renovation.

Ad viewability means that someone was in the room with the opportunity to see the commercials during the program.

The top cable shows were America Says, followed by Million Dollar Listing New York on Bravo, BattleBots on Discovery Channel, Ink Master on Paramount Network and A Very Brady Renovation on HGTV.

The top broadcast shows were American Housewife on ABC, Bob (Hearts) Abishola, God Friended Me and Young Sheldon, all on CBS, and ABC's The Conners.

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posted 10/10/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Super Deal"

  • Wayne Brady joins "Black Lightning" as Gravedigger (The Futon Critic)

  • Endeavor Content buys Glassman Media (Deadline)

  • "Temptation Island" couple still together... after the dude broke up with his longtime girlfriend (People)

  • Gwen Stefani to receive E! Fashion Icon Award (Reality TV World)

  • James Holzhauer can't picture Jeopardy! without Alex (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Liza Koshy and a plate of hot wings (Mashable)

posted 10/10/19


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Jenna Dewan Gets Flirty
Fox Signs "World of Dance" Host for "Flirty Dancing"
From TV Line

It certainly takes two to tango — and Jenna Dewan will help them get acquainted.

Dewan has been tapped to host Flirty Dancing, an upcoming dating series at Fox.

Based on the U.K. series of the same name, Flirty Dancing will mash up blind dates with dance performances. In each episode, complete strangers will learn half of a dance routine, then will meet for the first time on a blind date, where they will dance together without saying a word. But there's a twist: These single men and women will perform a different choreographed dance with each of two potential love interests, before choosing the one with whom he or she has the strongest connection.

"Flirty Dancing is a truly unique format – it's unlike anything we've ever seen before. It's fun, fresh and romantic, and broadens the dating format far beyond its traditional boundaries," said Rob Wade, Fox's president of alternative entertainment and specials.

"Jenna is our dream host. She knows all about how powerful connection and chemistry can be on the dance floor. So there really is no one better to help guide these singles in their search for love."

This won't be Dewan's first hosting rodeo, either: She previously emceed NBC's competition series World of Dance. Her other TV work includes roles on The Resident, Supergirl and Witches of East End, and she'll soon co-star in Netflix's upcoming musical drama Soundtrack (fka Mixtape).

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posted 10/9/19

TUESDAY: This Is a Split
NBC Wins Demo, CBS Wins
From The Futon Critic

NBC (6.991 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) once again took home the demo crown on Tuesday with its mix of "The Voice" (8.421 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "This Is Us" (7.237 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "New Amsterdam" (5.315 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

CBS (8.782 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) likewise continued its total viewers reign with its trio of "NCIS" (10.979 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "FBI" (8.629 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.739 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Next up was FOX (3.239 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with fresh installments from "The Resident" (3.605 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Empire" (2.872 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.697 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up originals from "The Conners" (5.651 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Bless This Mess" (3.865 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Mixed-ish" (3.436 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "Black-ish" (3.040 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Emergence" (3.094 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14).

And finally, the return of "The Flash" (1.627 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and an encore of "Batwoman" (1.105 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) rounded out the night on The CW (1.366 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 698k
- Ink Master Grudge Match (Paramount): 323k
- Cash Cab (Bravo): 313k


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posted 10/8/19

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Misery Loves Company"

  • FIRST LOOK: "The Misery Index" (TV Insider)

  • FIRST LOOK #2: "The Wall UK" (Herald Publicist)

  • ARE YOU SMARTER THAN...: the writing team at Jeopardy! need to take the L... and the I, the J, the T, the S, the Z, and the O (Polygon)

posted 10/9/19


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Nick Jonas Joins "The Voice" in 2020
Jonas Brother to Replace Gwen Stefani
From The Futon Critic

Multi-platinum Grammy and Golden Globe Award-nominated recording artist, actor and award-winning songwriter Nick Jonas will join the upcoming spring cycle of "The Voice" as a coach.

Jonas, who has had a successful career in film, television and music - both solo and with Grammy-nominated multi-platinum powerhouse trio Jonas Brothers - will be joined by returning music superstar coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend and Blake Shelton and host Carson Daly on the four-time Emmy Award winning hit musical competition series.

Jonas announced the big news today on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" while promoting Jonas Brothers' platinum album and current single, "Only Human." See the clip here: https://www.ellentube.com/video/nick-jonas-gets-a-scare-from-his-new-the-voice-co-star-blake-shelton.html.

"As a member of one of the hottest pop groups, Nick's success in navigating all aspects of the music industry is exceptional," said Meredith Ahr, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. "We were so impressed by his innate musicality, technical aptitude and passion that he brought to 'Songland' earlier this year and know he will be an incredible fit as a coach on 'The Voice.' We are excited to see Nick lend his mentorship, relatability and breadth of knowledge to a new crop of artists."

"I'm so excited to be a part of 'The Voice' family," said Jonas. "It's such an awesome group of individuals, and I can't wait to help these artists really build and hone in to find their unique voices."

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posted 10/8/19

SYNDIES: Week 3
Results for the Week Ending September 29
From TV Newscheck

Several big daytime shows were dinged by stronger-than-usual competition from — and numerous for — breaking news coverage of President Trump and the Ukraine as well as House impeachment inquiry hearings in the session ending Sept. 29.

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 +4%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.6 +4%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.5 -2%
- 25 Words or Less (CTD) 0.8 NC
- America Says (Sony) 0.6 +20%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 +25%

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posted 10/8/19

MONDAY: 9-1-1 Is No Joke
Fox Wins Demo, NBC Wins
From The Futon Critic

FOX (5.456 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) claimed solo demo honors on Monday thanks to fresh installments from "9-1-1" (7.113 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "Prodigal Son" (3.799 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

NBC (7.137 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with originals from "The Voice" (8.664 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and "Bluff City Law" (4.084 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Next up was ABC (6.139 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its new episodes from "Dancing with the Stars" (6.400 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "The Good Doctor" (5.615 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.550 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up new episodes of "The Neighborhood" (5.612 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (5.329 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "All Rise" (5.230 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Bull" (5.950 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.913 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with the return of "All American" (0.926 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "Black Lightning" (0.900 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

On cable...
- Halloween Baking Championship (Food): 1.204m
- Halloween Cake-Off (Food): 832k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 365k
- America Says (GSN): 358k
- Cash Cab (P/Bravo): 279k


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posted 10/8/19

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Ouch"

  • Peter Weber suffers the most shocking "Bachelor"-related injury ever (Deadline)

  • Cameron Mathison near remission in cancer battle (The Wrap)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS: Holly Allen celebrates take your boyfriend to work day (Reality TV World)

  • For the last time, Ben Bailey is a real-life hack. He had to become one to drive Cash Cab (CheatSheet)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Wayne Brady (Orlando Magazine)

posted 10/8/19


TV Line

RIP TAYLOR: 1931-2019
"King of Confetti" Hosted "$1.98 Beauty Show", Played Almost Everything Else
From The Wrap

Rip Taylor, the flamboyant confetti-throwing comedian who was the host of "The $1.98 Beauty Show," died at his Beverly Hills home on Sunday at the age of 84, according to his publicist.

Taylor was known for his over-the-top comic delivery and his penchant for excitedly throwing confetti to celebrate a game show contestant's victory, something he regularly did during his appearances on "Match Game," "Hollywood Squares," "Super Password" and "The Gong Show."

Prior to his appearances on game shows and late night shows like "The Tonight Show," Taylor served as an opening act for stars like Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Judy Garland.

But it was his appearance "The Gong Show" that earned him his biggest claim to fame. Impressed by his jokes as a judge, the show's host and creator Chuck Barris offered Taylor a job as host of "The $1.98 Beauty Show." Running from 1978-1980, the comedy show was a "Gong Show"-esque sendup of beauty contests that would end with Taylor bestowing the winner a bouquet of rotten vegetables and just under two dollars in coins, all while proclaiming, "You win the prize. You take the cake. You get the crown and a $1.98."

In the '90s, Taylor took roles in "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" and "Indecent Proposal," as well as a voice role as Uncle Fester in an animated TV adaptation of "The Addams Family." In the 2000s, he had a cameo appearance at the end of each of the three "Jackass" films, celebrating the film's conclusion with a confetti shower.

Taylor is survived by his longtime partner, Robert Fortney..

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posted 10/7/19


CBS

CASSANDRA WALDON: 1963-2019
"Big Brother" Season 1 Contestant
From Deadline

Cassandra Waldon, the first US resident of the Big Brother house, died Sept. 25 from injuries sustained in a car accident. She was 56.

Waldon worked for the United Nations in Rome, Italy, and was struck by a car there two months ago. She never regained consciousness from the head injury she sustained.

Big Brother host Julie Chen Moonves remembered Waldon warmly in an Instagram post.

"Rest In Peace Cassandra. Your light will continue to shine in this world because of the way you lived your life: with class and grace," Chen Moonves wrote. "May your family and loved ones find solace and peace. Thank you for bringing your intelligence, warmth and wisdom to the 'Big Brother' house Season 1. You are in my thoughts and in my prayers. May God Bless your soul."

Waldon finished 6th out of 10 house guests in the series.

She worked at the UN as its director of communications for the International Fund for Agricultural Development, and was living and working in Rome at the time of death.

A memorial service is planned in her home state of Maryland for next weekend..

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posted 10/7/19

Pasapalabra to Pass On
ITV Wins Game Show Court Case
From Euro Weekly News

PASAPALABRA, based on the original British format "The Alphabet Game", after 19 years as one of the most popular game shows in Spain, but a court ruling has ordered the program to cease airing.

Pasapalabra first aired on Antena 3 in 2000. In 2006, a Pasapalabra jackpot of 2.190.000 € became the largest prize ever awarded on a game show in Spain, and the third largest prize ever awarded on a game show in Europe.

In 2007, Pasapalabra moved to Telecinco with Christian Gálvez as host. Pasapalabra aired evenings on Telecinco, Monday through Friday.

What happened?

It seems the conflict lies in that Telecinco decided to stop paying what was stipulated in the contract for the rights of the adaptation of this format. Not only that, but Mediaset, a Spanish communications group created in March 1989 by the Italian company Mediaset., revoked the original contract and even sued ITV to return the amounts already paid previously, insisting that the program was one they created, while ITV assured that the rights belonged to them.

As expected, the British broadcaster responded by demanding the cessation of broadcasting of the program and the amount of 14.9 million euros, which is the sum of compensation that the Spanish broadcaster had failed to pay for the broadcasting rights.

The judicial process has been extensive and yesterday (Tuesday) October 1 the final ruling was given. Concluding that ITV would receive compensation and condemned Telecinco to "cease immediately, being also prohibited to resume in the future, broadcasting, editing, production, reproduction, public communication, distribution, transformation and any and all other forms of exploitation, by itself or through third parties, of the program 'Pasapalabra'."

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posted 10/7/19

All Eyes on Cannes
Industry Bigs Release MIPCOM Slates
From various sources

Many international producers are bringing their wares to market next month.

MIPCOM, the International Market of Communications PRograms, is an annual trade show held in Cannes for four days in October.

Fremantle, ITV, A+E, and JTBC are the first to come out with their plans...

- FREMANTLE: Fremantle's reality-dating series Five Guys a Week follows one woman on a quest for a new romance. In the format, the lady invites five potential suitors to move into her house with her for a week, all at the same time, all under one roof. "Five Guys a Week is the simplest new format of 2019," says Rob Clark, director of global entertainment. Another highlight is Epic Gameshow. "Fremantle, as the home of game shows, has created a huge weekly event-viewing format for ITV in the U.K., made up of our incredible game-show catalog," explains Clark. "We've taken some of our biggest game shows such as The Price Is Right, Strike It Rich and Card Sharks, added in a marquee talent presenter in Alan Carr and given each show an epic new ending." Another gameshow Fremantle will be shopping in Cannes is Rolling In It, which comes from Over The Top Productions and has been commissioned by ITV in the UK. It sees three contestants play alongside some of their favourite celebrities in a bid to go home with a big cash prize. Elsewhere, it has The Family Brain Games, a quiz show which sets out to find the nation's smartest family. Created by Label1 for BBC2 in the UK, it sees eight smart families go head-to-head in quizzes, plus footage of them backstage. Fremantle also has the reboot of Supermarket Sweep, the Thames gameshow recently brought back by ITV2 in the UK and shopped by Leslie Jones for an American release.
- ITV: A number of ITV's formats will also be on show at the French coast, with award-winning Love Island heading the slate of new and returning formats. Among the new formats are Comedians Giving Lectures with comedians providing their own take on academics, Old Wife, New Life which sees ex-wives move in with newly-weds to help resolve old issues, and new quiz show The Switch. The new kids show Project Z, part structured reality and part gameshow set in an imaginary zombie world, and Embarrassing pets complete the line up of new formats. Capping off ITV's slate for the year are returning formats such as the physical gameshow Catchpoint and In For A Penny. Finally, famous TV duo Ant and Dec will also be travelling to Cannes with ITV to share the story of their 29 years in the entertainment industry.
- A+E/JTBC: Solo Wars is a dating gameshow that unfolds between 100 singles, evenly split between male and female, who compete for love and/or a cash prize. A game of strategy; participants must form romantic allegiances to progress to the next round. Each round ends with one, or multiple, eliminations, culminating in one couple proving their love for each other, and winning the prize money. Participants use psychological tactics as they battle their rivals and appeal to the opposite sex.

- NBCUNIVERSAL: Bring the Funny, which was originally produced by UTAS, pays homage to every style of comedy performance and encapsulates a night out at a world-class comedy club. The format has already been picked up in France by prodco WeMake and in French Canada by ComediHa!. Another format headliner on NBCUI's slate is Britain's Best Parent?, produced by Monkey. It features unorthodox parenting styles and questions whether a perfect parenting philosophy really exists. A studio audience votes on which parenting style is best after parents compete. NBCUIF has also acquired a new third-party format from Israel. Quizshow You Should Know presents contestants with photos from their social media feeds and tasks them with answering general knowledge questions related to the places, food, activities, hobbies and events depicted in them.

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posted 10/7/19

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... or "Rolling"

posted 10/7/19


CMT

Squares Go Country
"Nashville Squares" Premieres with Bob Saget Hosting November 1
From The Futon Critic

CMT today announced that its new gameshow series, "CMT's Nashville Squares," will kick off with a two-episode premiere on Friday, November 1st at 8p/7c. Hosted by comedian Bob Saget, the all-new series puts a country music twist on the classic game show "Hollywood Squares," following in the footsteps of hit series "VH1's Hip Hop Squares," by staying true to the beloved tic-tac-toe format and infusing it with some of the most influential and charismatic personalities in country music, pop culture, entertainment, sports, fashion, comedy and more.

Celebrity contestants and squares include Bill Engvall, Caroline Rhea, Carson Cressley, Chris Sullivan, Deana Carter, Devin Dawson, Fortune Feimster, Gary Busey, Jana Kramer & Mike Caussin, Jimmie Allen, Kenya Moore, Kyle Busch, Mark Ballas & BC Jean, Marie Osmond, Melissa Peterman, Mickey Guyton, Mitchell Tenpenny, Sara Evans, Tanya Tucker, and Ty Pennington.

"CMT Nashville Squares" will feature exciting musical moments, fun and unpredictable competition, dance choreography from the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: All Stars, and much more.

Additional celebrity guests this season include:
· Adam Richman
· Catherine Bach
· Cheslie Kryst
· Curtis Rempel & Brad Rempel
· Dusty Slay
· Hayley Orrantia
· High Valley
· Jon Reep
· Josef Newgarden
· Keifer Thompson & Shawna Thompson
· Leah Turner
· Lindsay Czarniak
· Loni Love
· Presley Tucker
· Sara Tiana
· Tom Wopat
· WWE professional wrestler, Mickie James

"CMT's Nashville Squares" is executive produced by Jesse Collins and Dionne Harmon from Jesse Collins Entertainment (also "VH1's Hip Hop Squares"). Neal Konstantini serves as executive producer/show runner. The series is directed by Ivan Dudynsky. Candida Boyette-Clemons and Trevor Rose are executive producers for CMT with Leslie Fram as executive-in-charge of music. The format is licensed from CBS Television Distribution.

Follow Nashville Squares on social and use #NashvilleSquares to join the conversation! Instagram: @cmtnashvillesquares Twitter: @CMTSquares Facebook: @CMTNashvilleSquares.

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posted 10/4/19


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DIAHANN CARROLL: 1935-2019
"Julia", "Dynasty" Actress Played Games During the 60s & 70s
From TV Line

Diahann Carroll, who as Dynasty's Dominique Deveraux played one of the first major black characters on a primetime soap, died Friday. She was 84.

Carroll passed at home after a long illness with cancer, per The Hollywood Reporter. She was featured prominently on the original Dynasty and its offshoot The Colbys in the 1980s, playing the deliciously wicked half-sister of John Forsythe's Blake Carrington. The role allowed Carroll to fulfill a dream she voiced to People in 1984: "I want to be the first black bitch on television."

Another signature part for the Tony-winning actress was the title role in Julia, a 1970s comedy about a widowed nurse raising her young son. The show ran three seasons on NBC and was groundbreaking in that its protagonist was a black character whose profession was not that of maid, butler or servant.

In game shows, Carroll was featured on Hollywood Squares, Jukebox Jury, Password, What's My Line, Talent Scouts, and Chance of a Lifetime
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posted 10/4/19

Mamma Mia! Here He Goes Again!
Omid Djalili to Host "Winning Combination" for ITV
From Deadline

Omid Djalili, the comedian and actor known for roles in films including Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again!, is set to host an ITV gameshow from the makers of the longrunning hit series The Chase.

Djalili will front Winning Combination, which will be the first new quiz format from ITV Studios production outfit Potato since The Chase was born in 2009.

Winning Combination was piloted earlier this year and ITV is in the final stages of signing off a full series commission for its daytime schedule in autumn 2020.

The Potato format starts with nine contestants, who are assigned a number between one and nine. They are whittled down to a final four, and the combination of numbers they have been assigned represents the size of the jackpot they will play to win in a final round. It means the prize money could be as high as £9,876 ($12,176) or as low as £4,321.

It will be the first time Djalili has hosted a quiz and was approached after impressing on a celebrity edition of The Chase. ITV has been on the hunt for some time for a fresh face for its daytime entertainment lineup, according to sources.

The Chase, hosted by Bradley Walsh, is something of a phenomenon for ITV, running for a decade on the channel in daytime and giving rise to primetime celebrity specials. It was remade for GSN in the U.S. in 2013 and ran for five seasons. Potato's other shows include the UK version of Ninja Warrior.
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posted 10/4/19

THURSDAY: Ramshackled
Fox Wins with NFL
From The Futon Critic

FOX (12.054 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1) was still the network to beat on Thursday with its telecasts of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (10.571 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (12.351 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1).

ABC (4.485 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a distant second with its mix of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.006 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), "A Million Little Things" (4.791 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.658 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13).

Next up was CBS (5.788 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its lineup of "Young Sheldon" (8.133 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "The Unicorn" (6.012 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Mom" (6.402 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Carol's Second Act" (5.684 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Evil" (4.248 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.516 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up originals from "Superstore" (2.841 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Perfect Harmony" (2.141 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13), "The Good Place" (2.147 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11), "Sunnyside" (1.278 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.343 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.760 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with the conclusion of "iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 2" (0.760 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 689k
- America Says (GSN): 485k
- Common Knowledge (GSN): 478k
- Ex on the Beach (MTV): 472k
- TEmptation ISland (S/USA): 246k .


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posted 10/3/19

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Final Answer?"

  • Jeremy Clarkson to go farming for Amazon (iNews)

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 richest game show hosts (THe Richest)

  • Rachel Lindsay doesn't think there'll be another African American "Bachelorette" (Reality TV World)

posted 10/4/19

Phil Keoghan Gets Tough
"Tough As Nails" Greenlit by CBS
From TV Line

CBS is extending its relationship with Phil Keoghan: The network has handed a 10-episode order to Tough as Nails, a new competition series hosted by the Amazing Race vet.

Tough as Nails will shine a spotlight on "real people who are real tough in real life as a result of their physically demanding, everyday jobs," according to the official logline. Competitors will face "challenges that take place in the real world" that test their "strength, endurance, agility and mental toughness" and "redefine what it means to be tough, proving that it comes in all shapes and sizes." Keoghan will serve as an executive producer alongside his wife/longtime producing partner Louise.

"Tough as Nails was inspired by my proud, working class family of farmers, gold miners, builders and coalminers," Keoghan said in a statement. "I was lucky enough to spend my school holidays working alongside my grandfather, an A-grade mechanic, World War II aero mechanic, gunsmith and inventor. I'm excited to celebrate the skills of those who sweat on factory floors instead of gym floors, and those who wear work boots instead of workout shoes."

A nationwide casting search will commence in November; additional details can be found in the links below.

In addition to Tough as Nails, Keoghan continues to serve as host of The Amazing Race, which was quietly renewed for Season 32 back in May; a return date has not yet been announced..

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posted 10/3/19

WEDNESDAY: "Masked Singer" Wins, But...
Fox, NBC Split Night
From TV Line

FOX (4.852 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was still the network to beat among adults 18-49 on Wednesday with week two of "The Masked Singer" (6.753 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and the premiere of "Almost Family" (2.951 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

"Singer" was up on the year by 26.67%, while it was down from its season premiere last week by 24% in the demo.

NBC (7.040 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the silver draw with its trio of "Chicago Med" (7.553 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Chicago Fire" (7.570 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (5.996 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Next up was CBS (5.267 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) with a new "Survivor: Island of the Idols" (6.503 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) followed by the season premieres of "SEAL Team" (5.227 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and "SWAT" (4.071 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.803 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up originals from "The Goldbergs" (4.305 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Schooled" (3.385 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Modern Family" (4.301 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Single Parents" (2.922 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Stumptown" (3.954 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.886 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with its annual special "iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 1" (0.886 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 681k
- America Says (GSN): 439k

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posted 10/3/19

Arrests, Indictments for Colin Kroll Case
Drug Traffickers Charged in Death of "HQ Trivia" Creator
From the Wall Street Journal

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan have charged six people with drug crimes who were allegedly linked to the overdose death of Colin Kroll, the co-founder of the HQ Trivia game app.

The six men, charged in an indictment unsealed Wednesday, were members of a drug-trafficking organization that called itself Mike's Candyshop, prosecutors said.

"This illicit enterprise allegedly allowed people to order heroin and cocaine to their doorstep simply by calling the business phone number with the same convenience as if they were ordering a pizza," said Peter Fitzhugh, special agent in charge of the New York field office of Homeland Security Investigations.

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posted 10/3/19

Ever See Celebs Race Around the World?
Studio Lambert Format Moves To BBC One
From Deadline

Studio Lambert's high-octane reality format Race Across The World is moving to BBC One for a celebrity special.

The show started life on BBC Two, where the series finale became the highest-rated episode of a new factual entertainment title since 2016 when it aired to 3.4M viewers earlier this year.

BBC Two swiftly doubled down with a two series, 16-episode recommission. Now, the BBC is going one further, with six-part Celebrity Race Across The World for BBC One, in which four famous faces and a partner have to get from one side of the planet to the other without the luxuries of air travel, credit cards, smartphones or access to the internet.

Armed with some cash, the equivalent of a one-way airfare to their final destination, they have to earn extra money along the way and rely on the kindness of strangers to help them win the race.

Deadline

posted 10/3/19

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Karen Bags a Shark"

  • Joel McHale to guest star on "Will & Grace" (TV Line)

  • FIRST LOOK: Cash Cab, Bravo flavor (Decider)

  • Byron Allen's SCOTUS battle gets political (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Chris Hardwick (WCBS-FM New York)

posted 10/3/19


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