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More on "All-Star Academy"
Catch It on Food Network February 14
From The Futon Critic

The culinary classroom opens for nine talented home cooks with season two of primetime competition series All-Star Academy, where returning mentors Alex Guarnaschelli and Curtis Stone are joined by newcomers Robert Irvine and Andrew Zimmern to guide these competitors through intense kitchen challenges and teach them to cook like pros. During the eight-episode season, each star chef leads a team of students in amped up, school-themed food lessons to elevate their cooking skills. Dishes are judged by a rotating cast of expert "guest professors," including Richard Blais, Scott Conant, Haylie Duff, Duff Goldman, Carla Hall, Katie Lee, Jeff Mauro, Debi Mazar, Adam Richman, Aarón Sánchez and Geoffrey Zakarian. Each week a student is eliminated, leaving only the grand-prize winner standing with a $50,000 grand prize and bragging rights for their mentor. Following the season two premiere on Sunday, February 14th at 10pm (all times ET/PT), All-Star Academy will air in its regular timeslot on Sundays at 9pm.

"All-Star Academy takes accomplished home cooks out of their own kitchens and into a fierce culinary battle," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network. "With renowned chefs Robert and Andrew joining Alex and Curtis as mentors, the Academy contestants are in for a once-in-a-lifetime master class that takes their cooking skills to heights they never imagined."

The competitors are: Lee Abbott (Santa Barbara, California), Natasha Clement (La Place, Louisiana), Anna Cooper (Houston, Texas), Lynn Duffy (Cold Spring, New York), Monica Folken (Las Vegas, Nevada), Zoe Kelly (Miami, Florida), Dain Lee (New York, New York), Lisa Washington (Atlanta, Georgia) and Jermaine Wright (Queens, New York).

The Futon Critic

posted 1/8/16

More on "Project Runway All-Stars"
Catch It on Lifetime February 11
From The Futon Critic

Thirteen of television's most memorable and talented designers make their way back to the workroom to try to sew up a win on season five of Lifetime's hit series Project Runway All Stars (#PRAllStars), premiering Thursday, February 11 at 9pm ET/PT. The designers will have a new twist to contend with this season as Alyssa Milano, Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman will be judging an "anonymous runway" for the very first time and won't know which designer created each garment. Zanna Roberts Rassi returns as the designers' mentor.

Joining the judges to weigh in on who should win are musicians Ke$ha, Boy George, Little Big Town and actresses Debra Messing, Vanessa Hudgens, Megan Hilty and Debi Mazar. The designers will also face Project Runway's Nina Garcia and Zac Posen, supermodel Coco Rocha, celebrity stylist Johnny Wujek, and TV personalities Kristin Cavallari and Brad Goreski.

The designers competing for season five are:
Daniel Franco (43) Los Angeles, CA- Seasons 1 & 2
Stella Zotis (42) New York, NY - Season 5
Valerie Mayen (33) Cleveland, Ohio - Season 8
Layana Aguilar (30) New York, NY - Season 11
Dom Streater (26) Philadelphia, PA - Season 12
Alexander Pope (40) Ridgewood, NY - Season 12
Ken Laurence (26) Atlanta, GA - Season 12
Kini Zamora (31) Kapolei, HI - Season 13
Emily Payne (41) San Francisco, CA - Season 13
Fade Zu Grau (45) Coral Gables, FL - Season 13
Mitchell Perry (26) Fort Lauderdale, FL - Season 13
Asha Daniels (27) Cincinnati, OH - Under The Gunn
Sam Donovan (24) Astoria, NY - Under The Gunn

The winner of Project Runway All Stars Season five will receive the opportunity to design an exclusive line of jewelry for Baublebar.com as well as a capsule collection by Chinese Laundry. The winner also receives a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine and a position as contributing editor for a year, and a complete sewing studio from Brother Sewing and Embroidery. To top it off, the winner receives a $100,000 grand prize to elevate their business and brand.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/8/16

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "It's St. Louis' Loss"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: South of Wilshire (LA Weekly)
     

  • Jeopardy! coming to the Amazon Echo with the latest update (Geekwire)
     

  • #ICYMI: Beyonce helps Channing Tatum run the world (Mic)
     

  • Catherine Giudici has her Instagram hacked (E!)
     

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: "Wheel" helps a terminally-ill child live out her dream day (Inside Edition)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Michael Ian Black (MyCentralJersey.com) and Bob Harper (TV Insider)

posted 1/8/16


Kansas City Star

Pat Harrington, Jr.: 1929-2016
"One Day at a Time's" Dwayne Schneider a Frequent Gamer
From Newsday

Pat Harrington, Jr., star of long-ago Norman Lear hit, "One Day at a Time," has died. He was 86.

New York native Harrington — who won a Golden Globe and Emmy for "One Day," which also starred an equally formidable Bonnie Franklin — was a TV classic and journeyman par excellence who appeared in dozens of shows going back to "Make Room For Daddy." He was Dr. Milton Foster on "The Love Boat" and Peter Sweet in "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." He played a handful of different characters on "Murder She Wrote" — a neat trick indeed — and even picked up recent cameos in shows as profoundly rooted on opposite sides of the TV spectrum as "Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "Hot in Cleveland."

He was even a regular on Jack Paar's "Tonight." (Who among us remember Panzini? Anyone?) Have I yet mentioned his ubiquity on that durable pillar of '70s TV — the celebrity game show? ("Stump the Stars," "Password," the "New" AND old "Hollywood Squares" ....)

But it was his Schneider that made TV history. Of the wisecracking handyman who popped in unannounced whenever he darned well wanted to, creator Norman Lear called him the "comic strength" of the show.

In fact, he was also the comic relief. With its long beats and way-we-live-now preoccupations, "One Day at a Time" wasn't designed to be a laugh-a-minute sitcom, but more akin to "Soap." Schneider instantly gave viewers permission to laugh. He was a Kramer with a tool belt, and quip, which invariably was a sexist or at the very least obnoxious one. If he didn't quite steal the show, the memory of his character is more durable than that of the other characters. He was indispensable to its decade-long success ('75 to '84 ...).

Newsday
Washington Post

posted 1/7/16


Fox/FremantleMedia North America
WEDNESDAY: The Beginning of the End
Catch The Season Premiere Tonight on Fox!
From The Futon Critic

FOX (10.850 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) claimed the top spot on Wednesday with the return of "American Idol" (10.685 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2) and a second hour of "American Idol" (11.016 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1).

ABC (6.422 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then took home the silver with originals from "The Middle" (7.835 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T4), "The Goldbergs" (6.587 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T4), "Modern Family" (8.324 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3) and "Black-ish" (6.348 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T4) plus the season premiere of "American Crime" (4.718 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.2, #12).

Next up was NBC (7.800 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) with the winter bows of "The Mysteries of Laura" (6.901 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #13), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.840 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #8) and "Chicago PD" (8.659 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #7).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.142 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) offered up the relocated "2 Broke Girls" (6.294 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.7, #9), the season premiere of "Mike & Molly" (6.680 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #10) and "The 42nd Annual People's Choice Awards" (5.970 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #11).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.122 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "Supernatural" (0.936 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) on The CW (1.029 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- The Challenge: Bloodlines (MTV): 761,000
- The Challenge: Aftershow (MTV): 656,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 410,000
- Restaurant Startup (CNBC): 399,000
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV2): 340,000

E!
New York Times
Variety
Baltimore Sun
CNN
TV Insider

Page Six
Parade
New York Daily News
The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Entertainment Weekly
Showbuzz Daily
The Red & Black

posted 1/7/16

"Billy" to Hit the Street Again
truTV Renews "Billy on the Street" for Season 5
From The Futon Critic

Announced today by network President Chris Linn at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, truTV has renewed pop culture powerhouse Billy on the Street for a fifth season and has ordered additional episodes for season 1 of hit investigative comedy Adam Ruins Everything. Both series launched under truTV's recent brand refresh focusing on a comedic sensibility and earned top 10 rankings among all cable entertainment networks in their timeslots for Adults 18-34, with Billy on the Street season 4 garnering a median age of 31 and the first half of season 1 of Adam Ruins Everything garnering a median age of 29.

Billy on the Street will return for season 5 with Emmy(R)-nominated comedian Billy Eichner surprising more unsuspecting pedestrians with quick-witted, rapid-fire questions on pop-culture on the streets of New York City. In the show's recently wrapped fourth season, some of the biggest names in Hollywood hit the pavement with Billy including Chris Pratt, Will Ferrell, Anna Kendrick, Sarah Jessica Parker and Julianne Moore. Produced by Funny Or Die, the fifth season will premiere on truTV in late 2016 with 10 half-hour episodes.

The Futon Critic
TV Insider
Bustle
PerezHilton.com
The Hollywood Reporter
TV Series Finale
AV Club
Entertainment Weekly

posted 1/7/16

Syndies: Week 15
Results for the Week Ending December 27
From B&C

Christmas was good to Disney-ABC’s Live with Kelly and Michael, which was one of very few shows to grow during the slow week ended Dec. 27.

Warner Bros.’ South of Wilshire, from the producers of TMZ, began this week on several Fox stations. After two days, the test averaged a 0.3 rating/1 share in 11 metered markets, down 57% from its year-ago time period average (0.7/2) and down 50% among women 25-54, dropping to a 0.2/1 from a 0.4/2.
CTD’s Judge Judy, also in repeats, saw its ratings retreat 21% to a new season-low 5.8, still 4% ahead of last

CTD’s Hot Bench eased 9% to a 2.1, and was up 50% over its debut season last year. Warner Bros.’ People’s Court lost 11% to a 1.6. Warner Bros.’ Judge Mathis sagged 7% to a 1.4. MGM’s Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court and Twentieth’s Divorce Court each added 8% to a 1.3, while Trifecta’s Judge Faith was flat at a 0.8.

In access, game shows were soft with CTD’s Wheel of Fortune falling 11% to a 6.3. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud also faded 11% to a 5.8, tying CTD’s Jeopardy!, which was off 9%. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game backtracked 8% to a 1.2, tying Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, which was flat for the week and down 29% from last year at this time.

B&C

posted 1/7/16

500 Questions... in Half the Time?
Season 2 Reduces Time Between Questions to Five; Now Casting
From TV Series Finale

How fast can you answer a trivia question? According to BuzzerBlog, the time will be even shorter for season two of ABC’s trivia game show, 500 Questions.

Season one premiered on May 20th, 2015.

Hosted by Richard Quest, 500 Questions challenges contestants to answer 500 questions without getting three wrong in a row. The show is divided into rounds of 50 questions, with the winner earning cash prizes along the way.

In season one, challengers were allowed 10 seconds to respond to various trivia subjects. Now, it’s been reported that challengers will only be allowed 5 seconds to answer in season two. Yikes!

A premiere date for season two has yet to be announced. Casting continues by emailing your name, phone number, email, city, state, occupation, recent photo, and why you're one of the smartest people in America to 500questionscasting@gmail.com.

TV Series Finale

posted 1/7/16

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "It's St. Louis' Loss"

  • Todd Newton laid off from St. Louis radio. Thanks, Emmis (STLToday.com)
     

  • The BBC looks for a successor to "The Voice UK" (Broadcast)
     

  • Jane Lynch spoofs Steve Harvey's Miss Universe moment (Us Magazine)
     

  • Clay Aiken says what we're all thinking on Twitter (New York Daily News)

posted 1/7/16

TUESDAY: It's a Start...
"Game Night" Registers for 2nd Place NBC; CBS Wins
From Deadline

CBS (14.376 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday with new episodes of "NCIS" (18.723 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1), "NCIS: New Orleans" (17.003 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) and "Limitless" (7.402 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5).

NBC (6.730 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then claimed the silver with the return of "Hollywood Game Night" (4.387 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) followed by its crossover between "Chicago Fire" (7.422 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) and "Chicago Med" (8.382 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3).

Next up was FOX (2.806 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its new lineup of "New Girl" (3.348 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5), "Grandfathered" (3.018 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (2.720 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and "The Grinder" (2.140 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.683 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up repeats of "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.554 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12) and "The Muppets" (2.115 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) alongside special editions of "Shark Tank" (4.327 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and "Beyond the Tank" (3.888 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.215 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) and "iZombie" (0.694 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16) on The CW (0.954 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.340 million
- Chopped (Food): 1.212 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 351,000
- MasterChef Canada (Cooking): 181,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic
PerezHilton.com
Broadway World

posted 1/6/16

Make Me Laugh 2.0
ThinkFactory to Bring "Hide the Smile" to US
From Deadline

Hide The Smile is coming to the U.S. Thinkfactory Media has finalized a U.S. licensing deal for international game show format Hide The Smile with Larry the Cable Guy set as host. The program will be executive produced by Thinkfactory Media’s Adam Reed, Adam Freeman, Leslie Greif, Larry the Cable Guy and Maggie Houlehan.

Through a mashup of game show, stage entertainment and comedy sketches, Hide The Smile challenges contestants to keep a straight face and hold back laughter in an effort to win cash, as they are put in the midst of scripted sketches performed by a professional comedy troupe. Taped in front of a live studio audience, the show features bizarre scenarios, outlandish costumes and surprise celebrity guests, all designed to ratchet up the comedy pressure and make it harder for contestants not to crack a smile.

A long-running mainstream success on Finland’s main television channel, YLE, Hide The Smile has also been adapted for a tween audience in Canada for youth channel Vrak, and was licensed in Ukraine. Thinkfactory licensed Hide The Smile from London-based, Small World IFT Distribution and the format was created by Yellow Films/Story Of…out of Finland.

Deadline
The Futon Critic
PerezHilton.com
Broadway World

posted 1/6/16

MONDAY: New Year... New Bachelor
"Bachelor" Meets Its Kryptonite with CBS, "Supergirl"
From TV Insider

CBS (10.261 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) was the top draw on Monday with the return of "Supergirl" (8.779 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3), "Scorpion" (11.537 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (10.467 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5).

ABC (6.423 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then was a close second with the season premiere of "The Bachelor" (7.529 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and its post-show "The Bachelor Live" (4.213 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9).

Next up was NBC (4.325 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with the formal premieres of "Superstore" (6.028 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4) and "Telenovela" (4.540 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6) alongside the return of "The Biggest Loser" (3.846 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.550 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up its two-hour special "SuperHuman" (3.550 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

And finally, repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.618 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.502 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.317 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) on The CW (1.438 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 378,000

TV Insider
The Daily Beast
YouTube
New York Magazine
The Futon Critic
Washington Post
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/6/16

Weekend: Happy New Year!
Three Way Split
From The Futon Critic

NBC (4.473 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and ABC (4.390 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) were the demo champs on the opening night of 2016 as the former served up repeats of "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (3.842 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "Dateline NBC" (4.789 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2).

The Alphabet then offered up repeats of "Last Man Standing" (4.445 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "Dr. Ken" (3.487 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Shark Tank" (3.836 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and a new "20/20" (5.368 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1).

Next up was CBS (6.135 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (6.947 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Hawaii Five-0" (5.870 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "Blue Bloods" (5.590 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.299 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up second runs of "MasterChef Junior" (2.305 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and another "MasterChef Junior" (2.293 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.960 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with a rebroadcast of "iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 2" (0.960 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food/SP - Sunday): 1.696 million
- Ellen's Design Challenge (HGTV/P - Friday): 1.380 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food/SP - Sunday): 1.324 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food - Sunday): 1.024 million
- Chain Reaction (GSN/8p - Friday): 571,000
- Chain Reaction (GSN/8:30p - Friday): 527,000
- Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge (CMT/SP - Sunday): 502,000
- Top Chef: First Look (Bravo - Friday): 432,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/5/16

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Baby Bachelorette"

  • Ali Fedotowsky is pregnant with her fiancé (Us Magazine)
     

  • Apparently "The Bachelor" deserved a break on Monday (E!)
     

  • Iliza Shlesinger plays the Mohegan Sun February 5 (Casino City Times)
     

  • Craig Ferguson joins... or dies... February 18 on History (The Futon Critic)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: game show hosts share their first jobs (Reuters)
     

  • Robin Slonina opens her own Vegas art studios (Las Vegas Sun)
     

  • ICYMI: Phyllis from Mulga, line one... (Huffington Post)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Fern Britton (Premier) and Ted Allen (Nuvo)

posted 1/6/16

Primetime "Chase" Has Strong Showing... In Australia
Special Event to Continue on Seven
From mUmbrella

According to the Oztam preliminary metro numbers, Session 2 of the Big Bash drew 983,000 capital city viewers to Network Ten across the five cities, helping the station win the night again.

The match was the most watched non-news program of the night and outrated Session 1, which had 878,000 metro viewers but was beaten by a repeat of Seven’s Border Security program which drew 771,000 viewers.

Seven’s game show The Chase Australia at 5pm also performed very strongly last night, pulling 649,000 viewers, making it the 10th most watched show of the night and winning its 7:00pm time slot.

mUmbrella
News.com.au

posted 1/5/16

A Very Good Year for GSN
Highest. Primetime Viewership. Ever.
From The Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today that 2015 was the network's most-watched year ever in both cable primetime and total day among Total Viewers and the key demos, Adults 18-49, Women 18-49, Adults 25-54 and Women 25-54. This is also the fourth consecutive year of growth for the 21-year old cable network in cable primetime, bucking the current downward trend in viewership being experienced by other well-established cable channels.

Noteworthy end-of-year ratings highlights for the network include: 2015 outgaining 2014 as the most watched year ever (+19%) in total day among total viewers; growing its W18-49 (+35%) P25-54 (+22%) and W25-54 (+18%) year-over-year in cable primetime, and ending 2015 on a strong note by delivering its most watched fourth quarter ever in both total day and cable primetime among total viewers and across key demos. GSN was also one of the top ten fastest growing ad-supported cable entertainment networks in 4Q in cable primetime among P18-49 and P25-54.

GSN's continued success was bolstered by a network brand refresh, freshman series HELLEVATOR bringing in new younger viewers, and its two most popular series, SKIN WARS, hosted by actress Rebecca Romijn (which garnered a new spinoff, SKIN WARS: FRESH PAINT) and IDIOTEST, hosted by comedian Ben Gleib, which will each return in 2016 for a third season. In 2016, GSN will continue to produce new originals that target women, including 40 episodes of the recently announced WINSANITY, hosted by actor and comedian Donald Faison.

The Futon Critic

posted 1/5/16

2016: The First Few Weeks, Give or Take
A List of All the Premieres After the First of the Year
From The Futon Critic

The second leg of the 2015-16 TV season is just around the corner. Here’s a rundown of about 300 premiere dates for new series, new seasons of existing series and shows returning from hiatus. The list covers broadcast, cable and streaming services and includes some high-profile one-off programs. It runs through mid-May.

January 3:
- Worst Cooks in America (Food Network, Season 8 premiere)
- Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge (CMT, Season 3 premiere)

January 4:
- The Biggest Loser: Temptation Nation (NBC, Cycle 17 premiere)
- The Bachelor (ABC, Cycle 20 premiere)
- Bachelor Live (ABC, series premiere)
- Kids Baking Championship (Food Network, Season 2 premiere)

January 5:
- Hollywood Game Night (NBC, Season 4 premiere)

January 6:
- American Idol (Fox, Season 15 premiere; final season)
- Restaurant Startup (CNBC, Season 3 premiere)

January 7:
- My Diet Is Better Than Yours (ABC, series premiere)
- Beyond the Tank (ABC, Season 2 premiere)
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike, Season 2 premiere)
- Child Genius: Battle of the Brightest (Lifetime, Season 2 premiere)
- Project Runway Junior (Lifetime, Season 2 premiere)

January 8:
- MasterChef Junior (Fox, Season 4B premiere; two hours)

January 11:
- Cake Wars (Food Network, Season 4 premiere)

January 13:
- Face Off (Syfy, Cycle 10 premiere)

January 15:
- Hell’s Kitchen (Fox, Season 15 premiere)

January 18:
- Ellen’s Design Challenge (HGTV, Season 2 premiere)

January 19:
- Team Ninja Warrior (Esquire, series premiere)

January 22:
- Easiest Game Show Ever (Pop, series premiere)

February 12:
- The Amazing Race (CBS, Cycle 28 premiere)

February 14:
- All-Star Academy (Food Network, Season 2 premiere)

February 17:
- Survivor (CBS, Cycle 32 premiere)

February 29:
- The Voice (NBC, Cycle 10 premiere)

March 8
- Separation Anxiety (TBS, series premiere)

March 21:
- Dancing With the Stars (ABC, Cycle 21 premiere)

April 2016
- Skin Wars (GSN, Season 3 premiere)

Deadline
Cleveland.com
TV Insider

posted 1/5/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Let It Go"

  • FIRST LOOK: Channing Tatum lets it go for "Lip Sync Battle" (Buzzfeed)
     

  • Sharone Hackman from season 1 of "MasterChef" is serving "Kocktails with Khloe" (TV Insider)
     

  • Steve Harvey recalls... THAT mistake (E!)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: Tiffany Pollard among the media hoes taking squatters rights in the Celebrity Big Brother House (The Guardian)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Kaley Cuoco & her sister Briana (from "The Voice"? Remember?) tried to call into "Bachelor Live" last night (Fox News)

posted 1/5/16

Thursday: Game Night 2016
Happy New Year from ABC and Ryan Seacrest
From The Futon Critic

ABC (9.828 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) closed out 2015 on top with its presentation of "Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin Eve: Part 1" (8.207 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) and "Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin Eve: Part 2" (13.073 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1).

NBC (4.427 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed the silver with its specials "A Toast to 2015!" (4.764 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and "NBC's New Year's Eve Game Night with Andy Cohen" (3.754 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

Next up was FOX (2.601 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its airing of "Pitbull's New Year's Eve Revolution, Part One" (2.601 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.601 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.937 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3), "Life in Pieces" (3.847 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7), "Mom" (3.298 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "2 Broke Girls" (2.847 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Elementary" (2.839 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, an encore of "iHeartRadio Music Festival - Night 1" (0.847 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) on The CW (0.847 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Billy on the Street (truTV/10:30): 242,000
- Billy on the Street (truTV/11p/SF): 186,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/4/16

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Human Fund"

  • Ellen DeGeneres to get Humanitarian People's Choice Award (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Juan Pablo's ex is this guy's next. (E!)
     

  • And so is "The Voice" winner! (Entertainment Tonight)
     

  • Remember that time Chris Hardwick was on "Boy Meets World"? Chris Hardwick remembers (MTV)
     

  • Davina McCall is going to war against woo (Westfield Times)
     

  • Russell Davies (not the Doctor Who guy) has words for his fellow hosts (Telegraph)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 25 things that are guaranteed to happen with every airing of "The Chase UK" (Metro)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Reality Steve (New York Times), Adam Glyn (NJ.com) and Arthur Chu (Inverse)

posted 1/4/16

Wednesday: Bloodlines Leads the Pack
CBS Wins with Alex Trebek on "I Get That A Lot"
From The Futon Critic

CBS (4.679 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday with a new edition of "I Get That a Lot" (4.996 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) followed by repeats of "Code Black" (4.047 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Criminal Minds" (4.995 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

ABC (3.844 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) then shared in the demo crown with repeats of "The Middle" (5.173 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1), "The Goldbergs" (4.108 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Modern Family" (4.518 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1), "Black-ish" (3.720 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "The Goldbergs" (2.883 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Black-ish" (2.662 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Next up was NBC (4.574 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its own repeat lineup of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.444 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8), another "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.094 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "Chicago PD" (4.184 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.177 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up repeats of "Empire" (2.318 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and "Rosewood" (2.036 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14).

And finally, encores of "iHeartRadio Jingle Ball" (1.175 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.118 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16) on The CW (1.161 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- The Challenge: Bloodlines (MTV): 835,000
- The Challenge Aftershow (MTV): 787,000
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV2): 529,000
- Bet on Me (TLC/S): 454,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/2/16

Ninjas Attack the UK Again
Catch Ninja Warrior UK Series 2 on ITV This Weekend
From OneMK

A new series of Ninja Warrior UK returns to ITV this Saturday (January 2) and Sunday (January 3).

Do you remember who won the series last time? No? That's not surprising because none of the 14 finalists completed the extreme assault course to scale Mount Midoriyama.

Ninja Warrior is probably the only TV game show where there's rarely a winner – in Japan, where it originated, only four people have won during 31 series. But it doesn't matter because the fun is in seeing people try.

Competitors from across the nation will test their strength, speed and courage in this obstacle-course challenge, hosted by Ben Shephard, Rochelle Humes and Chris Kamara.

Those who make it to the end of the adrenaline-fuelled mission face one final task - scaling the heights of a tower named Mount Midoriyama - as they battle it out for the title of Ninja Warrior UK.

The program is on ITV from 7pm on Saturday and 6pm from Sunday.

OneMK

posted 1/2/16

Dermot O'Leary: "Getaway" Driver
BBC Films Pilot for "Top Gear" Spinoff
From BT

The first pictures of The Getaway Car – Dermot O’Leary’s new Saturday night entertainment show – have been revealed.

Co-starring Top Gear’s Stig, the new motoring series mixes Top Gear with a big cash gameshow format and is aiming to pull in big viewers on Saturday nights.

It is O’Leary’s first return to Saturday night TV since he quit X Factor in 2014.

The presenter was originally tipped as one of the new presenters for Top Gear when Jeremy Clarkson was axed, but O’Leary’s new project isn’t a million miles from the famous motoring show.

Featuring The Stig and his nephews – Blue Stig and Red Stig – the show will feature in high pressure motoring challenges, competing for a £10,000 prize.

In the show’s final round, the winning couple will go helmet-to-helment in a race with The Stig in the Getaway Car to claim the cash prize.

Speaking about the new series, O’Leary said: “This is a show that's really about relationships. We all think we are great drivers, but what tickled me most is seeing how people, who obviously love each other very much, speak to each other when they are behind the wheel of a car.

"It brings out the worst in all of us... but in a fun way. It's a warm show that will stretch a family’s patience with those they love most in the world. I had a whale of a time doing the pilot and now can't wait to make the series.”

BT

posted 1/2/16

New Year's Lightning Round
... or "A Question of OBEs"

posted 1/2/16



Saying Goodbye in 2015

Notable Hosts, Announcers, Producers Among Those We Lost This Year
From various sources

They were panelists, hosts, producers, and people of great importance in the game show world and in the entertainment realm. As we prepare to close the book on 2015 and begin anew in 2016, let us always remember... they too walked among us.

- Ralph Andrews, who built a silent empire of solid hits including "You Don't Say!", "Liars Club", and "Lingo", the latter of which puts GSN on the map creatively.

- Cilla Black, a British songstress who set ladies and gents up on a "Blind Date" like Jim Lang before her and became a legend in doing so.

- Marc Breslow, whose hand guided the likes of Gene Rayburn and Bob Barker as director of "The Price Is Right" and "Match Game"

- Jim Ed Brown, a country superstar who was recruited to host one of cable television's first talent competitions, TNN's "You Can Be A Star!" The show gave birth to some of the country greats of our era.

- Milton DeLugg, the comic and musician who brought the house down as the bandleader of the Gong Show's Band with the Thugg.

- Richard Glatzer, an independent film heavyweight who also dabbled in reality TV, namely "America's Next Top Model".

- Michael King, who, with brother Roger, created a syndicated legacy when they decided to distribute "Wheel of Fortune" and "Jeopardy!" in prime access. The two continue as some of the top game shows today.

- Jayne Meadows, another expert panelist of the early TV staples of Mark Goodson and Bill Todman.

- Van Miller, the longtime voice of the Buffalo Bills who also hosted the local version of "It's Academic".

- Gary Owens, who gave his baritone voice to "Laugh-In" and his dry wit to its game show spinoff "Letters to Laugh-In".

- Betsy Palmer, a longtime friend of many who write for the site - many of which remember her as Jason's mother in "Friday the 13th". She didn't want to do "I've Got A Secret", but she ended up excelling at it.

- Marty Pasetta, a TV producer and director who took on jobs as small as "Wheel of Fortune" & "Love Connection" and jobs as large as the Oscars, the Grammys, and the AFI Life Achievement Awards.

- Eugene Patton, aka Gene Gene the Dancing Machine, a stagehand who elevated to stardom as one of the regulars on "The Gong Show", who left us with this sage advice: "Never bet against the Minnesota Vikings at home in the wintertime."

- Jim Perry, who parlayed a career in two countries into a solid decade of game show success on NBC with "Card Sharks" and "Sale of the Century".

- Writer Merl Reagle, who parlayed a career writing quizzes for television into a career writing crosswords for the biggest newspapers in the world.

- Sam Sarpong, who helped Wilmer Valderrama in his first game show hosting try, MTV's "Yo Momma".

- Stuart Scott, who was as at home hosting four seasons of "Stump the Schwab" as he was covering the NFL, the NBA, and the college game for ESPN.

- Shaw Taylor, who hosted many early British versions of American favorites like "Password", "Tell the Truth", and "Dotto" before hosting the pilot of "Whodunnit" and, to greater acclaim, "Police 5".

- Celebrities Harve Bennett, Judy Carne, Joanne Carson, Jack Carter, Natalie Cole, Jackie Collins, Yvonne Craig, Donna Douglas, Frank Gifford, Marty Ingels, BB King, Asako Kishi, Meadowlark Lemon, Robert Loggia, Patrick Macnee, Anne Meara, Martin Milner, Taylor Negron, Leonard Nimoy, Maureen O'Hara, Melody Patterson, "Rowdy" Roddy Piper, Paul Prudhomme, Wayne Rogers, Stuart Wagstaff, and Dick Van Patten for lending their time, energy, and talents to help contestants to victory.

- Contestants Cristie Codd (Food Network Star), Ahmad "Real" Givens (I Love New York), Lil Chris (The X Factor), Marque Lynche (American Idol), Scott Marshall (Ink Master), Mirjana Puhar (America's Next Top Model), Anthony Riley (The Voice), and Kerry Simon (Iron Chef America) as we watched their dreams become reality.

May all rest in peace.

Salt Lake Tribune

posted 12/31/15

Tuesday: With Honors
CBS Wins with Kennedy Center Honors
From The Futon Critic

CBS (8.459 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday with a repeat "NCIS" (10.392 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) followed by "The 38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors" (7.493 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2).

NBC (4.146 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then took home the silver with repeats of "Hollywood Game Night" (3.555 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3), "Chicago Med" (4.560 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and "Chicago Fire" (4.324 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6).

Next up was ABC (2.471 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its second run lineup of "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.762 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3), "The Muppets" (1.918 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), "Beyond the Tank" (2.338 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and another "Beyond the Tank" (2.236 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.720 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up repeats of "New Girl" (1.960 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Grandfathered" (1.836 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), another "New Girl" (1.581 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and "The Grinder" (1.503 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.313 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and "iZombie" (0.822 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) on The CW (1.067 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.631 million
- MasterChef Canada (Cooking): 229,000
- Knife Fight (Esquire/SF): 110,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/31/15

Monday: "Fool Us!" Into Fourth
Jeopardy! Contestants, TPIR Models Entered Headlines
From Yahoo!

CBS (5.888 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the top draw on Monday with its repeat lineup of "Supergirl" (5.283 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "Scorpion" (6.400 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.983 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

ABC (3.570 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then claimed the silver with encores of "Happy New Year, Charlie Brown" (4.802 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1), "Rudolph's Shiny New Year" (3.053 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "Castle" (2.855 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Next up was NBC (2.741 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with repeats of "Superstore" (3.559 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and "Telenovela" (2.713 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) followed by broadcast originals from "Superstore" (3.048 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and "Telenovela" (2.634 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7) and a second run "Blindspot" (2.248 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10).

Meanwhile, The CW (1.848 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.866 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and a second "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.829 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "Gotham" (1.537 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) and "Bones" (1.960 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) on FOX (1.748 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Bible Bowl (TLC/S): 365,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/30/15

Weekend: Chains of Christmas
ABC, CBS Split Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.439 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the demo champ on Christmas evening with encores of "CMA Country Christmas" (4.834 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "20/20" (3.648 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2).

NBC (3.271 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then snagged the silver with a new "Truth Be Told" (2.011 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), a second "Truth Be Told" (1.669 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and a rebroadcast of "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" (3.987 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2).

Next up was CBS (4.808 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its trio of "The Andy Griffith Show Christmas Special" (5.189 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2), "Blue Bloods" (4.160 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and another "Blue Bloods" (5.077 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.537 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up second runs of "MasterChef Junior" (1.770 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "American Country Countdown's Top 10 Stories of 2015" (1.305 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12).

And finally, repeats of "iHeartRadio Jingle Ball" (0.969 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.002 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) closed out the night on The CW (0.977 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food/Sunday): 1.392 million
- Cupcake Wars Kids (Food/Sunday/S): 1.183 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food/Sunday): 1.088 million
- Chain Reaction (GSN/8p Friday): 426,000
- Chain Reaction (GSN/8:30 Friday): 399,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/30/15

2015: The Year in Game Shows
Jeopardy! Contestants, TPIR Models Entered Headlines
From Yahoo!

There exist all kinds of thrills in the wonderful world of game shows — both the excitement of victory coupled with the agony of defeat. And fortunately for us, a lot of crazy moments happened this year in the game show department. Whether it was Steve Harvey’s priceless reactions to questionable answers on Family Feud, a model’s costly snafu on The Price Is Right, a confusing round of Wheel of Fortune, or a handsome Jeopardy! contestant who wins our hearts, Yahoo! has taken the best moments of 2015 and packaged them all into one handy montage. Enjoy!

Yahoo!

posted 12/30/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Quite Interesting"

  • Stephen Fry's life on screen... reviewed (Independent)
     

  • Carol Vorderman to spend New Year's Eve in the Big Apple (Daily Express)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Billy Eichner (Vogue)

posted 12/30/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "48 More Hours"

  • Bob Eubanks preps to take the Rose Parade one more time (Southern California Public Radio)
     

  • Billy Eichner takes on Kris Jenner and Gepetto in Thursday's season finale on the street (Gossip Cop)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Drew Carey (Parade)

posted 12/29/15

Wednesday: Bloodlines Scores! It's a Festivus Miracle!
CBS, NBC Split Night
From The Futon Critic

CBS (5.764 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) was the most-watched network on a repeat Wednesday with its mix of "I Love Lucy Christmas Special" (7.399 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "Hawaii Five-0" (4.893 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Criminal Minds" (5.001 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

NBC (4.257 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with encores of "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (4.919 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1), "How Murray Saved Christmas" (3.562 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "Adele Live in New York City" (5.032 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and "Michael Bublé's Christmas in Hollywood" (3.499 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

Next up was ABC (3.328 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with repeats of "The Middle" (4.129 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "The Goldbergs" (3.419 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "Modern Family" (3.836 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "Black-ish" (3.269 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.735 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and another "Black-ish" (2.577 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.821 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up second runs of "Empire" (1.854 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "Rosewood" (1.787 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.161 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16) and "Supernatural" (0.874 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16) on The CW (1.017 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Celebrity Food Fight (Food/S): 927,000
- The Challenge: Bloodlines (MTV): 691,000
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV2): 504,000
- The Challenge Aftershow (MTV): 410,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/24/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "And To All A Good Night"

  • CASTING COUCH: Philly gon' play, Steve! (Philly Voice) ... and so is Phoenix (SanTanValley.com)
     

  • Stephen Fry is not a fan of pop music today (Broadway World)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: the fall and decline of reality TV is one of TV Insider's top 10 TV stories of 2015 (TV Insider)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Claudia Winkelman (Hello)

posted 12/23/15

New Year's Eve Is Game Night
The Stars Are Out for Thursday's Special
From The Futon Critic

John Stamos, Bob Saget, Bob Harper, Chris Parnell, Whitney Cummings, JB Smoove, Rob Riggle and Sasheer Zamata will bring the fun and participate in party games on a live telecast of "NBC's New Year's Eve Game Night With Andy Cohen," set for Thursday, Dec. 31 at 10 p.m.

Panic! at the Disco has been set as the house band for the hourlong special. With a fervent fanbase that has established the band as a social media powerhouse, Panic! at the Disco has stayed relevant through the past decade's ever-shifting music industry. The internationally acclaimed rock band has accumulated huge accolades over the past 10 years, including going double-platinum on 2005's "A Fever You Can't Sweat Out" and debuting at #2 on Billboard with both 2008's "Pretty. Odd." and 2013's "Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!" The band's single "Victorious" (DCD2/Fueled By Ramen) has accumulated over 15 million streams on Spotify and SoundCloud.

Cohen is the Emmy Award-winning host and executive producer of "Watch What Happens Live," Bravo's hit late night interactive talk show. Cohen is also the executive producer of the wildly popular "Real Housewives" franchise and continues to host the series' highly rated reunion specials.

Immediately following "Game Night," Cohen, Cummings and Riggle will head to Times Square to ring in the new year with "NBC's New Year's Eve With Carson Daly," which will air at 11:30 p.m.

The Futon Critic

posted 12/23/15

Casey Jost to Pilot "Bet On Me"
Catch It on TLC December 30
From SILive.com

Casey Jost loves to people watch.

So, like any good entertainer, the comedian and musician from Staten Island will host a show about that very beloved past-time.

Jost is the host of "Bet on Me," a people-watching game show with a pilot airing Dec. 30 at 10 p.m. on TLC.

It's a side project that could be a big deal for Jost, who is also a senior producer for the TruTV show "Impractical Jokers," another fine Staten Island export.

Jost also performs improv at Upright Citizens Brigade theater and appeared alongside his "Weekend Update"-famous brother Colin Jost in the elder Jost's first feature film, "Staten Island Summer."

Here's the synopsis from the network:

"On the subway with your friends, waiting for a flight at a crowded airport, or sitting with a date on a park bench -- there are few things more entertaining than watching strangers going about their daily lives and creating elaborate backstories for them. Now, for the first time ever, people-watching is transformed into a game show where real people make judgments on the people around them based solely on watching them. What's their situation or relationship? Where do they come from? Where are they going and what they will do next?"

If the contestant is right about the lives of the people they're watching, they win cash on the spot.

Though the network hasn't yet ordered more episodes than the pilot, Jost is hopeful that the show will catch on with audiences. (Hint hint, watch the show, people.)

"I wanted to do this show because I love 'man on the street' bits," Jost said. "I get to be off the cuff and interact with real people. And people-watching is something everyone does. As one contestant eloquently said, 'It is the only free entertainment in New York City.'"

SILive.com

posted 12/23/15

Melissa Rycroft Heads to the "Island"
Catch It on CMT January 28
From The Futon Critic

CMT's long-running competition series "Redneck Island" is set to return for a fifth season with a special "Battle At The Lake" edition, premiering Thursday, January 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. TV personality and CMT fan-favorite Melissa Rycroft will join wrestling icon Steve Austin to preside over 10 new episodes of the series, as 24 contestants compete for the $100,000 cash prize. Things heat up quickly on the lake, as 12 new contestants arrive to find they'll face off against 12 returning fan-favorites from the previous season.

Returning for another shot at the money are season three contestants Becky, Bradley, Cody, Heather, Hunter, Jorden, Josh, Lucas, Margaret, Nicole, Riley and Tessa. Alliances form early and relationships will be put to the test as the 12 seasoned veterans must face off against 12 eager new rookies for some of the most epic showdowns yet.

The Futon Critic

posted 12/23/15

Tuesday: Repeat Game Night
CBS Wins a Night of Reruns
From The Futon Critic

CBS (7.803 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday with its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (10.792 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1), "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.156 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and "Limitless" (4.462 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

ABC (3.717 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then claimed the silver with second runs of "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.409 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "The Muppets" (2.301 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) plus the two-hour special "The Year: 2015" (4.148 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3).

Next up was NBC (3.588 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its trio of "Hollywood Game Night" (3.579 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Chicago Med" (3.531 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Chicago Fire" (3.655 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.831 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up encores of "The Simpsons" (2.082 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas" (2.032 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Taraji and Terrence's White Hot Holidays" (1.605 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.411 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and "iZombie" (0.832 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) on The CW (1.121 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable:
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.457 million
- Chopped (Food): 1.123 million

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/23/15

Monday: Lights Out
CBS, ABC Split Night
From The Futon Critic

CBS (6.000 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) was the most-watched network on Monday with its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.443 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), another "The Big Bang Theory" (8.457 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), "Supergirl" (4.597 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and "Scorpion" (4.953 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

ABC (5.541 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) then shared in the demo crown with a new "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (5.867 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) and the season finales of "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (5.964 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) and "The Great Holiday Baking Show" (4.792 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6).

Next up was NBC (3.982 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with encores of "Superstore" (3.770 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Telenovela" (2.650 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and "A Saturday Night Live Christmas" (4.368 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3).

Meanwhile, The CW (1.613 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up second runs of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.659 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and another "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.566 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "Gotham" (1.572 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "Bones" (1.878 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) on FOX (1.725 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

The Futon Critic

posted 12/23/15

Syndies: Week 12
Results for the Week Ending December 13
From TV News Check

Syndicated strips declined in the week ending Dec. 13, as PUT levels plunged with many viewers out shopping for the holidays in unusually mild weather. In addition, some shows were preempted by news reports in the aftermath of the San Bernardino terror attack.

For example, only two of the 14 talk shows were able to move up from the week before: Steve Harvey — which grew 6% from the previous week to a 1.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, its second-biggest number of the season — and Jerry Springer, which jumped 8% to a 1.3, matching its season high. Harvey also surged 25% among women 25-54 to a 1.0, while Springer shot up 14% to a 0.8 in the key demo.

Topping the talkers were Dr. Phil and Live with Kelly & Michael, which tied for first place at a 2.9 with Phil dipping 6% and Live holding steady.

In game show news, Celebrity Name Game gained 8% to a 1.3 and pulled ahead of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire for the first time ever. Millionaire was flat at a 1.2.

Wheel of Fortune led the category with an unchanged 7.0. Family Feud advanced 8% to a 6.4 and took over second place, with Jeopardy dropping 2% to a third-place 6.3.

TV Newscheck
TV by the Numbers

posted 12/23/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Laughing to the Bank"

  • Steve Harvey inks deal to host more Miss Universe. So there, haters (Entertainment Tonight)
     

  • Craig Ferguson donates to Scottish children's hospital (Evening Express)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: the first five minutes of American Idol's final season (TV Insider)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: Nine tips to get on Jeopardy!... and win (Daily Report) PLUS Jeopardy! is looking for the next quiz star... or you know something like that (jeopardy.com)
     

  • Rachel Riley, Vernon Kay answer "A Question of Sport" (OneMK)

posted 12/23/15

Flipping "Tanks"
"Shark Tank" Returns January 5, Plus "Diet", "Beyond the Tank" Switch Places
From The Futon Critic

Watch as the Sharks roll up their sleeves to help their entrepreneurs make the tough decisions that hopefully lead to success, growth and profits in "Beyond the Tank," the companion series from the producers of the Emmy-award-winning reality series "Shark Tank." The one-hour episodes of "Beyond the Tank" will feature the captivating and surprising outcomes after the Sharks strike a deal with the Entrepreneurs on "Shark Tank." The season premiere, "Episode 202," airs THURSDAY, JANUARY 7 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST) on the ABC Television Network. This airing replaces "My Diet Is Better Than Yours", which will now premiere on January 5.

A father of three from Hastings, MN has created a heavy-equipment adventure company for anyone whose bucket list includes running a crane or crushing a car; a duo from Los Angeles pitch their fitness food product - a protein-filled pancake mix - but what will the Sharks think of the taste? A Secret Service agent from Woodbridge, VA has a solution for men who want to keep their ties looking sharp, and a follow-up on Jim Tselikis and Sabin Lomac of Cousins Maine Lobster, in which Barbara Corcoran invested in Season Four. They travel to Portland, ME with new franchisees on "Shark Tank," TUESDAY, JANUARY 5 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network, following the premiere of "My Diet Is Better Than Yours".

The Sharks in this episode of "Shark Tank" are Mark Cuban, Lori Greiner, Daymond John, Robert Herjavec and Kevin O'Leary.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 12/22/15

Weekend: A Home for the Holidays
Annual Special Gives CBS the Silver; NBC Wins Rerun-Packed Friday
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.899 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the top draw on Friday with its duo of "Caught on Camera with Nick Cannon" (3.406 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Dateline NBC" (5.646 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1).

CBS (4.759 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) then claimed the silver with its holiday mix of "Frosty the Snowman" (4.641 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "Frosty Returns" (4.096 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4), "Home for the Holidays" (3.286 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and a repeat "Blue Bloods" (6.623 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Next up was FOX (2.871 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) with a new "MasterChef Junior" (3.941 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) and the season finale of "World's Funniest" (1.803 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.561 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up repeats of "Last Man Standing" (4.614 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Yes, Virginia" (2.627 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12), "Shark Tank" (3.738 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and a new "20/20" (3.326 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

And finally, encores of "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" (1.397 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.343 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) on The CW (1.369 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable Friday, there were three new editions of GSN's "Chain Reaction"...
- 8:30p: 337,000
- 8p: 326,000
- 3:30p: 288,000

On Sunday...
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food/SF): 2.116 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.327 million
- Cuttthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.180 million

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/22/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Will You Take This Rose"

  • Ben Higgins to ride in the Rose Parade (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Miss Universe owner WMG wants Steve Harvey back to announce the first runner up next year (JimRome.com)
     

  • "The Great British Baking Show" a window to modern-day Britain. It's more than "Downton" and "Doctor Who" (New York Times)
     

  • "Survivor" winner Jeremy Collins gets to see Tom Brady's bitter beer face (Patch)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Phoenix is gon' play, Steve! (KTAR-FM Phoenix) PLUS Jeopardy! is looking for the next quiz star... or you know something like that (jeopardy.com)
     

  • On your mark... get set... GO....ldbergs! (USA Today)
     

  • "Man flu" gets Jeremy Vine into trouble with the BBC (Telegraph)
     

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: "Guy's Grocery Games" winner to use winnings to help soup kitchen (Chicago Tribune)
     

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF FAIL: "Guy's Grocery Games" host decides to sing? Oh wait, it's just a parody. Thank goodness (Billboard)

posted 12/22/15

Face Off: January 13
Syfy Lines Up 10th Season
From the Futon Critic

Syfy's award-winning and most-watched unscripted series, FACE OFF, will return on Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 9PM ET/PT for its landmark 10th season. Over 14 episodes, talented artists will participate in elaborate challenges for a grand prize and the honor of being Hollywood's next great effects artist.

FACE OFF, the 2015 Critic's Choice Award winner and 2016 nominee for "Best Reality Show - Competition," explores the unlimited imagination that allows special-effects make-up artists to create amazing works of living art. Hailing from across the United States and Canada, the 14 Season 10 contestants are:

Anna Cali (31) Chicago, IL
Anthony Canonica Jr. (21), Jersey City, NJ
Gregory (Greg) Schrantz (21), Allentown, PA
Jennifer Bowden (36), Allegan, MI
John (Johnny) Leftwich (28), Los Angeles, CA
Kaleb Lewis (22), Los Angeles, CA
Katherine (Katie) Kinney (24), Litchfield, IL
Melanie (Mel) Licata (26), Jersey City, NJ
Melissa Ebbe (36), Milwaukee, WI
Njoroge (Samuel) Karumba (49), Atlanta, GA
Robert (Rob) Seal (20), Lake View, Terrance, CA
Robert Lindsay (45), Glendale, CA
Walter Welsh (26), Martinez, CA
Yvonne Cox (28), Alberta, Canada

Season 10 will also feature some of the entertainment industry's most talented and award-winning guest judges, including iconic actor, writer, producer Paul Reubens (Pee-wee's Playhouse, Gotham); executive producer Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead, Syfy's Hunters); Rob Kazinsky (Warcraft, Pacific Rim, True Blood); Oscar nominated and Emmy Award-winning producer Jason Blum (The Normal Heart, Whiplash); Lance Henriksen (The Terminator, Aliens); Academy Award-winning makeup artist Bill Corso (Star Wars: The Force Awakens); Academy Award-winning makeup artist Lois Burwell (Braveheart, Lincoln, War of the Worlds) and more.

McKenzie Westmore, a member of a multi-generational family dynasty whose name is synonymous with the make-up effects field, returns to host FACE OFF, as do the series' popular judges, multiple Academy Award-winner Ve Neill (The Hunger Games, Pirates of the Caribbean), industry veteran Glenn Hetrick (CSI: New York, Heroes, Legion), and creature designer Neville Page (Avatar, Prometheus). World-renowned Hollywood makeup artist Michael Westmore (Star Trek) continues as contestant mentor.

Season 10's two-part finale, premiering on April 6 and April 13, will have contestants competing to win $100,000, a 2016 Fiat 500 and a VIP trip courtesy of Kryolan Professional Make-Up to one of their 85 international locations. Kryolan Professional Make-Up continues as the official make-up sponsor of FACE OFF.

The Futon Critic

posted 12/21/15

Hell's Kitchen: January 15
Fox Lines Up 15th Season
From the Futon Critic

Host, executive producer and award-winning chef and Critics' Choice Awards nominee Gordon Ramsay fires up a brand-new season of HELL'S KITCHEN when Season 15 premieres Friday, Jan. 15 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. 18 new chefs from across the country will be tested and challenged as Chef Ramsay puts them through a series of grueling challenges and dinner services to prove they have what it takes to win the HELL'S KITCHEN title and a Head Chef position at BLT Steak at Bally's Las Vegas.

Throughout the season, the contestants will face challenging tasks, including a (rubber) duck hunting competition, preparing dishes for 100 high school students, a catered wedding reception for HELL'S KITCHEN sous chef Andi and the fan-favorite blind taste test challenge.

Celebrity diners at HELL'S KITCHEN this season include: TV personality Kris Jenner ("Keeping Up with the Kardashians" franchise), rapper Lil Jon, musician/producer Steve Aoki, rapper/actor The Game, musician Flo Rida, astronaut Buzz Aldrin, comedian Bill Engvall, Cesar Millan ("Cesar 911"), dancers from SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE and "Dancing with the Stars," comedian Terry Fator, burlesque entertainer Dita Von Teese, actor Omar Miller ("Ballers"), actor Sean Carrigan ("The Young and the Restless") and Olympian swimmers Jessica Hardy and Dominik Meichtry.

In the Season 15 premiere of HELL'S KITCHEN, Chef Gordon Ramsay welcomes the newest bunch of contestants into the kitchen. The steaks are high when the contestants travel to Las Vegas and see the kitchen where this season's winner will work as a Head Chef: BLT Steak at Bally's Las Vegas. And, for the first time in HELL'S KITCHEN history, they will compete in that kitchen for the signature dish team challenge. The winning team will earn a ride on the High Roller - the world's tallest Ferris wheel - and VIP service at Drai's Nightclub while the losing team prepares a Vegas buffet service, which includes peeling 50 lbs. of shrimp and 1,000 lbs. of potatoes. Later during their first dinner service, one of the teams will fail early on in the service, prompting Chef Ramsay to kick them out of the kitchen.

The Futon Critic

posted 12/21/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Story That Won't Die"

posted 12/21/15

"MasterChef" Expands, Contracts
"Celebrity Showdown" Coming, Graham Elliot Leaving
From the Futon Critic

Get ready for the ultimate snack-down when award-winning judge Gordon Ramsay and renowned pastry chef Christina Tosi invite celebrities into the MASTERCHEF kitchen to battle it out against each other for charity on the first-ever MASTERCHEF CELEBRITY SHOWDOWN, airing Monday, Jan. 18 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

The two-hour special tests the culinary skills of the celebrity competitors, and also pits previous MASTERCHEF winners against some of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR's Season Four contestants, as they compete in the following showdowns to win a cash prize for the charities of their choice.

Here are the four battles:

Gigi Hadid vs. Devon Windsor

International supermodels Gigi Hadid (@GigiHadid) and Devon Windsor (@devwindsor) walk from the runway to the kitchen while competing for charities close to their hearts, Global Lyme Alliance (www.globallymealliance.org/) and St. Louis Children's Hospital (www.stlouischildrens.org/), respectively.

Terry Crews and Rebecca Crews vs. Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker

Two cooks are better than one in the couples' battle. BROOKLYN NINE NINE star and WORLD'S FUNNIEST host Terry Crews (@terrycrews) and his wife, Rebecca Crews (@rebeccakcrews), represent Polaris Project (https://polarisproject.org/), while THE LAST MAN ON EARTH's Boris Kodjoe (@BorisKodjoe) and wife, Nicole Ari Parker's (@nicolearip) charity of choice is Sophie's Voice Foundation (www.sophiesvoicefoundation.org/).

Kaitlin Doubleday vs. Ta'Rhonda Jones

Find out who reigns in the kitchen when EMPIRE actresses Kaitlin Doubleday (@KaitlinDday) and Ta'Rhonda Jones (@TaRhondajay) compete for their charities, Best Friends Animal Society (http://bestfriends.org/) and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence (www.bradycampaign.org/), respectively.

MASTERCHEF Winners vs. MASTERCHEF JUNIOR Season Four Contestants

In their first head-to-head battle ever, it's MASTERCHEF vs. MASTERCHEF JUNIOR. MASTERCHEF (@MASTERCHEFonFOX) winners Luca Manfe, Christine Ha and Claudia Sandoval battle it out for Los Angeles Regional Food Bank (www.lafoodbank.org/), while Season Four MASTERCHEF JUNIOR (@MasterChefJrFOX) contestants Addison, Amaya and Zac compete for Food on Foot (www.foodonfoot.org/).

Meanwhile, longtime judge Graham Elliot will exit the reality competition series and its spinoff, MasterChef Junior, after the upcoming fourth season of the latter, Fox announced on Friday.

Elliot's exit comes after five years with the franchise. His replacement is expected to be announced in 2016.

“Graham has been an incredible judge and mentor both on MasterChef and MasterChef Junior," producers Endemol Shine North America, One Potato Two Potato and Fox said in a joint statement. "He’s provided insightful guidance and support to hundreds of participants who have entered the MasterChef kitchen, and he has played an integral role in discovering some of the country’s greatest home cooks. Graham will always be a part of our MasterChef family, and we wish him all the best in his next chapter.”

Added executive producer and host/judge Gordon Ramsay: “We’ve all loved having Graham as part of the MasterChef family, and the exciting and interesting part of reality television is that it’s always evolving and changing,"

Elliot is the second judge to exit MasterChef in as many years. Joe Bastianich, who also served as a judge on MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, announced his departure in late 2014. He was subsequently replaced by pastry chef Christina Tosi.

The Futon Critic
The Hollywood Reporter
Deadline

posted 12/20/15

Entertainment Studios Tries Being "Funny"
Panel Series Eyed for Fall
From Multichannel News

Entertainment Studios, Inc., (www.es.tv) one of the largest independent producers and distributors of first-run syndicated television programming for broadcast television stations, and owner of seven 24-hour HD television networks, announces the launch of its 39th and newest HD television series: FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK.

The show will be Executive Produced by veteran TV writer/producer Scott Satin (NBC’s MEET MY FOLKS, WHO WANTS TO MARRY MY DAD, MOST OUTRAGEOUS GAME SHOW MOMENTS, HOLLYWOOD SQUARES, and sitcoms THE FIRST FAMILY and MR. BOX OFFICE).

FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK is a comedy game show featuring a panel of professional standup comedians who interact with contestants for cash and prizes. In every episode, the laughs and the stakes increase as the game progresses to an exciting and hilarious conclusion.

“We are very pleased and excited to launch this new comedy game show for Fall 2016,” said Byron Allen, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Entertainment Studios. “FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK achieves the perfect balance of a thrilling competition matched with comedy for the whole family.”

“I am very excited to team up with Byron Allen and Entertainment Studios,” said Executive Producer Scott Satin. “FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK is a unique game show that is guaranteed to be absolutely hilarious.”

FUNNY YOU SHOULD ASK is produced and distributed by Entertainment Studios.

Multichannel News
Deadline

posted 12/20/15

Thursday: Bang Bang Bang Goes the Trolley
CBS Wins
From the Futon Critic

CBS (9.693 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was the top draw on Thursday with its original mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (17.379 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.1, #1), "Life in Pieces" (11.174 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2), "Mom" (9.550 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3), "2 Broke Girls" (7.336 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4) and "Elementary" (6.360 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5).

NBC (3.054 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then claimed the silver with encores of "How Murray Saved Christmas" (2.170 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and "Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale" (3.477 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) plus a special "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (3.517 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Next up was ABC (4.743 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with repeats of "Prep & Landing" (3.398 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10), "Prep & Landing: Naughty vs. Nice" (3.225 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "Modern Family" (3.215 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) alongside its annual "Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2015" (6.206 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.233 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up specials from "American Country Countdown's Top 10 Stories of 2015" (2.687 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and "World's Funniest" (1.779 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

And finally, The CW (1.118 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night with its special "iHeartRadio Jingle Ball" (1.200 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.873 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16).

On cable...
- Project Runway Junior (Lifetime): 1.254 million
- Chopped (Food): 1.135 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 887,000
- Top Chef (Bravo): 850,000
- Project Runway Junior: Designers Dish (Lifetime/S): 697,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 348,000
- Broke A$$ Game Show (MTV): 299,000
- Billy on the Street (truTV): 275,000
- Sugar Showdown (Cooking): 109,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/20/15

"Bachelor Live" to Return
ABC Orders Aftershow for January
From the Futon Critic

ABC announced today that "Bachelor Live," a live one-hour after-show, will debut on MONDAY, JANUARY 4 at 10:01 p.m. EST, immediately following the Season 20 premiere of "The Bachelor" with new bachelor Ben Higgins. New episodes of "The Bachelor" will continue to air on Mondays (8:00-10:01 p.m. EST), with "Bachelor Live" airing for four-consecutive weeks afterwards (10:01-11:00 p.m. EST). The after-show episodes are hosted by Chris Harrison and produced by Embassy Row, the company behind "Watch What Happens Live," Emmy-nominated "Talking Dead" and last summer's "After Paradise."

"Bachelor Live" will feature Harrison discussing and dissecting the most recent episodes of "The Bachelor," alongside cast members and celebrity fans. The man who has seen it all as the host of "The Bachelor" franchise since the first rose ceremony took place over 13 years ago, Harrison will present questions and comments from viewers, debut deleted scenes, outtakes and exclusive extra content, all the while allowing members of #BachelorNation to have their say.

"Bachelor Live" is executive-produced by Mike Fleiss for Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television, and Michael Davies, Jen Patton and Elan Gale for Embassy Row.

The Futon Critic
The Wrap

posted 12/20/15

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "A Betty Merry Christmas"

  • BUZZR to celebrate the holidays with Betty White (Newsday)
     

  • Dan Patrick developing NBC comedy with Adam Sandler (Variety)

posted 12/20/15

Next Stop: Kaoh Rong
Survivor Helps CBS Win Night
From the Futon Critic

Another season of Survivor is in the books, which means it’s already time to start looking ahead to next season. Jeff Probst presented a tease for season 32 at the end of tonight’s Survivor: Cambodia—Second Chance reunion show, and gave us our first look at Survivor: Kaoh Rong, which includes former NBA player Scot Pollard and former Big Brother contestant Caleb “Beast Mode Cowboy” Reynolds in the cast.

The twist on the upcoming season, which was taped well before "Second Chance", will be Brains vs. Brawn vs. Beauty II.

CBS (8.617 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was the top draw on Wednesday thanks to the season finale of "Survivor: Cambodia - Second Chance" (9.529 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and the "Survivor: Cambodia - Second Chance Reunion" (6.792 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2).

ABC (4.047 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed the silver with repeats of "The Middle" (5.725 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "The Goldbergs" (4.727 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "Modern Family" (4.808 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3), "Black-ish" (4.002 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and a new installment of "Nashville: On the Record 3" (2.510 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12).

Next up was FOX (2.765 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its repeat lineup of "Empire" (2.760 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Rosewood" (2.771 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.728 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up second runs of "Elf: Buddy's Musical Christmas" (3.085 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.512 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Chicago PD" (4.588 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.163 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Supernatural" (0.947 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) on The CW (1.055 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable..
- The Challenge: Bloodlines (Food): 679,000
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food/S): 678,000
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV2): 494,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 339,000
- Hellevator (GSN/SF): 239,000

Entertainment Weekly
The Futon Critic
Entertainment Weekly
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/17/15

Get Ready for a Change... on "Biggest Loser"
January 4: New Host, New Set, New Format, and... Richard Hatch
From The Futon Critic

On 'The Biggest Loser: Temptation Nation," season 17 of NBC's popular weight loss series, it's all about temptations and how to navigate around them in the real world. And the contestants' willpower is put to the test right from the start when host Bob Harper welcomes the new players with a money temptation before they even set foot in the gym on the season premiere airing Monday, January 4 (9-11 p.m. ET),.

'The Biggest Loser: Temptation Nation" kicks off with contestants arriving at the ranch and getting on treadmills lined up outside the gym. Once they're all moving, Bob has the eight contestant teams of two choose wealth - or their health, offering $25,000 to any team who wants to call it quits and go home. But if they resist the temptation, they'll be welcomed in to the gym, where trainers Dolvett Quince and Jen Widerstrom choose their own teams.

Later, after a grueling first workout, in which one contestant quickly butts heads with her new trainer, the contestants meet with Bob for a very raw and emotional 'rehab' session. One by one, they reveal what led to them coming to the ranch and to their health spiraling out of control.

Then it's time for the season's first challenge in which contestants race up a ladder to the top of a tall building in downtown Los Angeles. The first team to finish faces another money temptation - choosing between a cash prize of $40,000 or an 8 lb. advantage at the weigh-in. Then Dolvett's red team and Jen's black team weigh-in on side-by-side scales to see the results of their hard work before two players fall below the dreaded yellow line and one is sent home.

In addition to the new host, gym, theme and format changes, the new season of 'The Biggest Loser" will also feature season 16 "Biggest Loser" trainer Jessica Pavelka returning in a special online role. He will be sharing his fitness expertise exclusively across NBC digital platforms to help viewers at all stages of their fitness journeys. From effective exercises that target trouble areas to great 10-minute workouts easy to fit into a busy schedule, to advice on working around injuries or without the use of a gym, Jessie will motivate and energize viewers to get and stay in shape, with exclusive videos shared on nbc.com and other NBC digital platforms every week of the new season.

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posted 12/17/15


The End of the End-of-the-Show Show
NBC Cancels "Best Time Ever"
From Deadline

NBC has canceled live variety show Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris after one season.

The hourlong show, adapted from the British variety series Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, was hosted and executive produced by Harris and featured Nicole Scherzinger as co-host. It debuted on September 15 with big fanfare by the network and OK ratings. Best Time Ever, which featured a mix of stunts, taped segments, pranks by Harris and celebrity guest appearances, saw its ratings perk up behind The Voice, leading to the network delaying its move from 10 PM to 8 PM by two weeks.The show’s numbers slid in the 8 PM slot. While the finale posted a four-week high in adults 18-49, that proved not to be enough for a second cycle.

Best Time Ever was part of a recent push by NBC to make live programming a priority, particularly followed by the ratings success of The Sound Of Music Live! starring Carrie Underwood, Peter Pan Live! starring Allison Williams as Peter Pan and most recently The Wiz Live!

Variety was the first to report that the show was ending, quoting NBC alternative programming chief Paul Telegdy: "We are extremely proud of the work Neil and the producers did on Best Time Ever. People rewarded us for taking the risk of trying something different. It was an incredibly complicated and sophisticated form of television to put on a live show on a weekly basis. We’re proud of Neil for giving it his all and we have steely resolve to work together on something new.”

NBC plans to work on new projects with the multi-talented, Emmy- and Tony-winning Harris and his production company.

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The Wrap
Entertainment Weekly
TV Line
Variety
The Guardian

posted 12/17/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The End"

  • Trish Kinane hints that Idol will end a month sooner than usual (Billboard)
     

  • Sore ego suing Simon Cowell for loose wires at an AGT taping for... $5 million. Tell me how that works out for you (TMZ)
     

  • Jillian Michaels needs to be on TV. E! needs programming. Everyone loses. (The Futon Critic)

posted 12/17/15

Ninja Warrior: USA vs. the World 3
Catch It January 31!
From the Futon Critic

NBC will present its third annual high-stakes international competition "American Ninja Warrior: USA Vs. the World" on Sunday, Jan. 31 at 8-11 p.m. ET/PT. Three separate teams from America, Europe and Japan will compete in Las Vegas on the first three stages of Mt. Midoriyama, the famed four-stage finals course featured in "American Ninja Warrior."

Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila are set to host and Kristine Leahy will co-host.

This year Team USA features five new members hoping to bring home the winner's trophy. Leading the team is "American Ninja Warrior" champ and $1 million winner Isaac Caldiero and impressive runner-up, Geoff Britten. They made history on the seventh season of "American Ninja Warrior" as the first two competitors to scale stage four in Las Vegas in June. Rounding out the team are worthy veterans and top ninja warrior competitors Kevin Bull, Drew Drechsel, Ian Dory and Joe Moravsky. After last year's shocking loss to Team Europe, these ninjas are looking to reclaim the title that slipped away.

Team Japan is looking for redemption after last season's disappointing showdown. Their team features a mix of new and returning competitors led by Ryo Matachi and Yusuke Morimoto, both of whom competed in last year's special. Additional team members include Kenji Takahashi, Masashi Hioki and Tomohiro Kawaguchi. All of these worthy competitors are veterans of "Sasuke," the Japanese version of "American Ninja Warrior."

Team Europe features three returning competitors - France's Sean McColl and Italy's Stefano Ghisolfi, both of whom are world-class rock climbers, along with England's Tim Shieff, a world champion free runner and the top performer in the United Kingdom version of "Ninja Warrior." The two new team members include Tim Champion, a top gymnast from England, and Alexander Mars, the winner of the Swedish version of "Ninja Warrior."

Contestants will tackle "American Ninja Warrior's" punishing Las Vegas finals course in a head-to-head format that pits members from each team against one another.

The Futon Critic

posted 12/16/15

Tuesday: And Here's Your Winner...
NBC Splits Night with CBS on "The Voice" Finale
From the Futon Critic

NBC (11.220 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) was the network to beat among adults 18-49 on Tuesday with a "The Voice" (8.458 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) recap special alongside the two-hour season finale of "The Voice" (12.602 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1).

The silver then went to CBS (11.352 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) with the fall finales of "NCIS" (15.447 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), "NCIS: New Orleans" (11.975 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) and "Limitless" (6.634 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5).

Next up was ABC (3.081 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its mix of "Toy Story That Time Forgot" (3.631 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6), "Shrek the Halls" (3.336 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown" (3.278 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "Shark Tank" (2.483 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.539 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up its repeat lineup of "Grandfathered" (2.056 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10), "The Grinder" (1.603 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11), another "Grandfathered" (1.327 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and another "The Grinder" (1.169 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12).

And finally, second runs of "The Flash" (1.169 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "iZombie" (0.583 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) on The CW (0.875 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.228 million
- Chopped (Food): 1.004 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food/S): 857,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 259,000
- MasterChef Canada (Cooking): 180,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/16/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Music's Biggest Night"

posted 12/16/15

Syndies: Week 11
Results for the Week Ending December 6
From B&C

Magazines were the stars of the week ending Dec. 6, the first week following the November sweep. Heavy news coverage of the Dec. 2 San Bernardino shootings preempted the majority of daytime shows on one or more days, and as a result, most were flat to down.

CTD’s Wheel of Fortune accelerated 15% to lead the games with a 7.0. CTD’s Jeopardy! jumped back from its season low with a 21% bounce to a 6.4. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud perked up 5% to a 5.9, and was the only game show to gain ground compared to last year, adding 8%. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire was unchanged at a 1.2, and down 33% from last year, tying Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game, which picked up 9% to a 1.2.

B&C
TV NewsCheck

posted 12/15/15

Monday: 25 = 1
"The Voice", Adele Push NBC to #1
From the Futon Critic

NBC (13.020 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) rose in the latest victory on Monday with a new "The Voice" (13.907 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1) and its special "Adele Live in New York City" (11.246 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #2).

CBS (8.704 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then claimed the silver with its fall finales from "Supergirl" (7.395 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4), "Scorpion" (9.379 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9.339 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5).

Next up was ABC (4.702 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with a new "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (5.167 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6), a second "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (4.862 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and the penultimate "The Great Holiday Baking Show" (4.077 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.410 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) offered up second runs of "Gotham" (1.385 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Bones" (1.436 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, an encore of "The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" (1.231 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and the fall finale of "Jane the Virgin" (1.002 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) on The CW (1.116 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cake Wars Christmas (Food): 1.201 million
- @midnight (Comedy): 400,000
- Celebrity Name Game (Pop/R): 115,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/15/15

Weekend: It Was A Good Run
A Lot of Fall Finales Dominate the Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.450 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the network to beat among adults 18-49 on Friday with the fall finales of "Last Man Standing" (6.801 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Dr. Ken" (4.857 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Shark Tank" (5.981 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and a new "20/20" (4.542 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

The silver then went to CBS (8.040 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) with the season finale of "The Amazing Race" (6.174 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) plus the fall closers to "Hawaii Five-0" (8.076 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "Blue Bloods" (9.872 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Next up was FOX (2.869 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with fresh installments from "MasterChef Junior" (3.805 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and "World's Funniest" (1.935 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.377 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up its own fall finales of "Undateable" (2.738 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11), "Truth Be Told" (2.075 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13), "Grimm" (3.624 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and a new "Dateline NBC" (4.100 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

And finally, The CW (1.416 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with its coverage of "The 84th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade" (1.146 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14).

On cable...
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.945 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.374 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.014 million
- The Ultimate Fighter (SF/FS1): 883,000
- The Chase (SF/GSN): 602,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/15/15

More on "Ellen's Design Challenge" Season 2
Catch It on HGTV January 18
From The Futon Critic

Television icon and entertainment pioneer Ellen DeGeneres will return to HGTV with a second season of her top-rated furniture competition series, Ellen's Design Challenge. Premiering on Monday, January 18, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, the highly anticipated season will showcase ten competitors as they sketch, design and build innovative furniture to avoid elimination. The contestants, who will be introduced to viewers on New Year's Day in the one-hour special Ellen's Design Challenge: Meet the Cast, will be tasked with such challenges as designing furniture for the greenrooms at The Ellen DeGeneres Show. At the end of the season, the last competitor standing will receive a $100,000 cash prize courtesy of Wayfair.com and see their work featured in HGTV Magazine.

"I am so excited for season two of Ellen's Design Challenge," said Ellen. "I promise this season is going to be bigger, better and armoirier."

"Ellen's signature style and wit make her relatable and so much fun to watch on HGTV," laughed Kathleen Finch, Chief Programming Officer, HGTV, Food Network and Travel Channel. "Ellen's Design Challenge lets fans see her like they never have before - expressing a personal passion for home and furniture design."

During each episode, the competitors will face design challenges that inspire their creativity and, since the clock will be ticking, they will be paired with an expert HGTV or DIY Network carpenter to help them complete the task at hand. The experts include Chip Wade, Matt Blashaw, Jeff Devlin, Matt Muenster, Karl Champley, Brooks Utley, Stephen Zimpel and Ali Azhar. Each contestant also will have access to a "build team" and a large workshop.

The weekly challenges will be judged by Cliff Fong, a twenty-year veteran interior designer and owner of the interior design firm Matt Blacke Inc., and Christiane Lemieux, executive creative director of Wayfair.com. Special guest judges will join the panel each week. The guest judges include Sean Yashar, founder of the design talent management and brand discover firm, The Culture Creative; interior designer Peter Dunham; Wendy Goodman, design editor for New York Magazine; furniture and industrial designer Karim Rashid; Adam Blackman, owner of furniture gallery Blackman Cruz; Thomas Lavin, owner of Thomas Lavin home furnishings; Rodman Primack, Executive Director of Design Miami; and Mallery Roberts Morgan, Los Angeles correspondent for Architectural Digest France.

The contestants participating in season two of Ellen's Design Challenge are:

- Vivian Beer | Manchester, N.H.
- Bradley Bowers | Miami, Fla.
- Julie Browning Bova | Indianapolis, Ind.
- Miles Endo | Providence, R.I.
- McKenzie Gibson | Providence, R.I.
- Kyle Huntoon | Detroit, Mich.
- Alexis Moran | Orinda, Calif.
- Sef Pinney | Los Angeles, Calif.
- Melissa Rivera Torres | Pleasant Hill, Calif.
- Dave Yale | San Jose, Calif.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 12/15/15

More on "Cash Cab Philippines"
AXN Hits the Road December 22
From Asian Journal

AXN, the number one general entertainment channel in Asia, is delivering an awesome gift to viewers this festive season with the premiere of Cash Cab Philippines, the only gameshow on wheels.

The Emmy-award winning format, created especially for Filipino audiences, will premiere in a double episode on Tuesday, December 22, at 8.50pm with an encore on Thursday, December 24, at 9.15pm. During the show, a specially fitted out Cash Cab will navigate the busy streets of Manila while picking up unsuspecting passengers. The Cash Cab will appear as a regular taxi service however, upon entering the car passengers will find themselves as contestants on a truly mobile game show.

Ang Hui Keng, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Sony Pictures Television Networks, Asia said, “Cash Cab Philippines is a localized adaptation of AXN’s very successful Cash Cab Asia so the show will immediately resonate with our Filipino viewers. The show continues our commitment to high quality original productions and sustains the momentum gained from The Amazing Race Asia, The Apprentice Asia and the record-breaking Asia’s Got Talent. AXN’s proven track record of hit series demonstrates a strong demand amongst viewers for shows that are smart, intense, unexpected and locally relevant.”

In the 13 episode series, popular actor Ryan Agoncillo will assume the role of cab driver and show host, driving passengers to their destination while quizzing them on general knowledge. Questions asked during the ride will start easy and become trickier with contestants winning cash prizes for each correct answer. An incorrect answer means a strike, and contestants have up to three strikes before they are booted out of the cab and onto the street, no matter where they are. Contestants will have two “shout outs” for help if they are stumped on a question and can either call a friend or ask a random stranger for the answer.

Gidget Lao, Business Unit Head of AXN Networks Philippines, said, “Cash Cab Philippines is the first locally produced show for AXN in this market, and we are very excited for its debut just in time for Christmas. Ryan is an outstanding show host, and our contestants are great fun and really get into the spirit of the show. Our viewers are really going to love watching this show filmed against recognizable landmarks in Manila.”

B&C
Inquirer.net

posted 12/15/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Smart Is The New Sexy"

  • Richard Osman plus mistletoe plus "Loose Women" equals... (Daily Mirror) PLUS he & Alexander Armstrong are going to be busy for a while (STV)
     

  • Jerry Springer to host "Price Is Right Live!" in Reno (Reno Gazette-Journal)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: the weirdest game show moments of 2015... that the New York Daily News can find on YouTube (New York Daily News)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: That lady from "American Idol" is singing at a confab for her dad's buddies (Boston Globe)
     

  • Howard Stern inks mega deal, mega guests. All thanks to leaving AGT (Washington Post)

posted 12/15/15

"Restaurant" Starts Back Up January 6 on CNBC
Meet the Teams
From the Futon Critic

CNBC today announced the 18 culinary entrepreneurs striving to secure an investment on the new season of "Restaurant Startup," premiering Wednesday, January 6 at 10PM ET/PT. Produced by Endemol Shine North America, the nine one-hour episodes highlight the hunt for the next wave of food visionaries: would-be restaurateurs with big ideas but little capital.

"Restaurant Startup" features restaurateur and TV personality Joe Bastianich and chef and restaurateur Tim Love, who vie to invest their own money in restaurant concepts they believe could make them millions. Joining the deal table this season is Elizabeth Blau, a restaurateur and consultant who advises hospitality companies around the world.

The entrepreneurs bringing new culinary concepts to the table this season are:

· 55 Steak - Glendale, NY
· Bocadillo - Portland, OR
· Chas Germain - Los Angeles, CA
· Full Circle Tavern - Dallas, TX
· gastroPod - Miami, FL
· Gloria Jean's Fine Southern Provisions - Kingston, TN
· I Got Balls - Staten Island, NY
· Midgley's Public House -Stockton, CA
· Old New York - West Harlem, NY
· Peli Peli Kitchen - Houston, TX
· Rolz - Louisville, KY
· S&R Eatery - Miami, FL
· Shamone - Cape May, NJ
· Smoke - Harrisburg, PA
· Subdus - Chicago, IL
· Taste - Oklahoma City, OK
· The Chef and I - Nashville, TN
· The Copper Hen - Minneapolis, MN

The Futon Critic

posted 12/14/15

"Challenge" Helicopter Crashes
Pilot, Tech Killed
From the Wrap

Two people were killed Saturday when a helicopter connected to MTV reality show “The Challenge” went down in western Argentina, local authorities told the Associated Press.

Gianni Vernier, the security minister for Argentina’s Mendoza province, told state news agency Telam that the helicopter crashed into a reservoir at Potrerillos Dam about 600 miles from Buenos Aires.

The pilot and a technician were both killed, Vernier said, but it was unclear if other people were on board. Authorities were attempting to locate the underwater wreckage.

The cause of the crash has not yet been determined.

In a statement, MTV said that the helicopter was flying to a location for “The Challenge” and that neither of the fatalities was a member of the cast or crew.

The show is a co-production of MTV and Bunim/Murray Productions that pits teams of “Real World” alumni and other MTV reality veterans against each other in physical challenges.

The Wrap

posted 12/14/15

BBC Launches Think Tank
New Quiz from 12-Yard
From C21 Media

BBC1 in the UK has ordered a daytime quizshow.

Think Tank is being produced by 12 Yard Productions and features a regular cast of contributors who aim to help three contestants through a series of questions to win a cash prize.

It will be hosted by BBC journalist and newsreader Bill Turnbull and was commissioned by BBC Daytime controller Dan McGolpin and BBC1 Daytime commissioning editor Jo Street.

Andy Culpin, MD of 12 Yard, said Think Tank would be a “very different quizshow format where the questions have already been answered by our regular cast of contributors. With Bill Turnbull hosting, we get someone who is a consummate professional and will do a great job as a quizshow host.”

C21 Media

posted 12/14/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "With Six You Get Canceled"

  • Billy Gardell thanks everyone for their support the last 6 years of "Mike & Molly" (TV Line)
     

  • "Celebrity Family Feud" will return in 2016. Get your tickets here! (On Camera Audiences)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: American Idol: A Retrospective (Gossip Cop)
     

  • "The Voice"... from above? (Slate)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: "Lip Sync Battle" season 2 (Buzzfeed)
     

  • #ICYMI: Vanna White drags a piece of "Wheel" set with her (Huffington Post) PLUS more shady game show host moments (VH1)
     

  • GetTV gets Merv Griffin (PJMedia)
     

  • ACTUAL HEADLINE: Why Billy Eichner is the best host on TV today (Washington Post)
     

  • John Cochran goes from starring on "Survivor" to pitching a comedy for its network (Deadline)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with

posted 12/14/15

Thursday: To A Tie and Beyond
CBS, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.854 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was the demo champ on Thursday with its original mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (16.009 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1), "Life in Pieces" (9.643 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2), "Mom" (8.162 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3), "2 Broke Girls" (6.988 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4) and "Elementary" (6.161 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6).

NBC (10.952 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then was the most-watched network with its specials "Michael Buble's Christmas in Hollywood" (7.173 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7) and "Dolly Parton's Coat of Many Colors" (12.842 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5).

Next up was ABC (3.189 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its special "Toy Story at 20: To Infinity and Beyond" (3.315 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) followed by the feature itself "Toy Story" (3.126 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (4.494 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up a new "Bones" (4.599 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and the fall finale of "Bones" (4.391 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8).

And finally, The CW (1.073 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) likewise served up the fall finales of the Friday-bound "The Vampire Diaries" (1.166 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and "The Originals" (0.982 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

On cable:
- Chopped (Food): 1.184 million
- Project Runway Junior (Lifetime): 1.134 million
- Top Chef (Bravo): 889,000
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 868,000
- Broke A$$ Game Show (MTV): 384,000
- @midnight (Comedy): 321,000
- Broke A$$ Game Show (S/MTV): 250,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/11/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Pointless Politics"

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: An Australian senator has an issue with the ABC airing "Pointless". The question: why? (The Australian)
     

  • Leszek Pawlowicz plays "The Quiz Show" on... (KJZZ)
     

posted 12/11/15

Team Ninja Warrior: January 19
Catch It on Esquire!
From the Futon Critic

This January, Esquire Network takes the incredibly popular, physics-defying obstacle course competition series American Ninja Warrior to new heights with TEAM NINJA WARRIOR. The new spin-off series will feature the world's best ninja warrior competitors racing head-to head in teams of three in a newly designed, but equally punishing, dual running course that incorporates speed, superhuman agility, skill and - because the competitor's paths literally cross as they are racing through the obstacles - a whole new strategy to the game. Hosted by comedian Matt Iseman, former NFL player and sports analyst Akbar Gbajabiamila, and Fox Sports reporter Alex Curry, the eight action-packed episodes of TEAM NINJA WARRIOR, will premiere January 19 at 8/7c, exclusively on Esquire Network.

For the first time in ninja history, the mother of all obstacle courses is now built for two. In Esquire Network's TEAM NINJA WARRIOR, America's fittest athletes will form 24 squads of three, consisting of two males and one female, for an epic sprint against each other. In the first 6 one-hour episodes of TEAM NINJA WARRIOR, four different teams will see their teammates individually race directly against the opposing team's players through the brutal obstacle course.

Each individual win gives the team more points, and at the end of the episode, the two teams left standing will face-off, with the winner of that final relay showdown moving on to the TEAM NINJA WARRIOR finals.

All competitors will be running, jumping, vaulting and rolling through an amped-up version of the world's most intense obstacle course, vying for a cash prize and big bragging rights. From leaping off the "Sonic Swing," and hanging on for dear life on the "Log Grip," to crossing paths and out-maneuvering each other on the "Dancing Stones" to finally, racing up the redesigned "Warped Wall," every episode will feature formidable new obstacles, each harder than the last. And, in the end - only one team will be crowned TEAM NINJA WARRIOR champions.

The Futon Critic

posted 12/10/15

Wednesday: The Penultimate Episode
CBS Wins the Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (9.109 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) pulled into the top spot on Wednesday with a new "Survivor: Cambodia - Second Chance" (9.774 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) followed by the fall finales of "Criminal Minds" (9.215 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #5) and "Code Black" (8.339 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8).

ABC (6.250 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then took home the silver with its final 2015 originals from "The Middle" (8.035 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T3), "The Goldbergs" (7.000 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T3), "Modern Family" (8.178 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1), "Black-ish" (6.037 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6) and "Nashville" (4.126 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

Next up was FOX (4.250 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with a repeat "Empire" (3.417 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) followed by the special "Taraji and Terrence's White Hot Holidays" (5.082 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.998 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) offered up an encore of "Mat Franco's Got Magic" (4.257 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) alongside the new special "The Illusionists" (3.483 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12).

And finally, the fall finales of "Arrow" (2.783 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and "Supernatural" (1.904 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) on The CW (2.343 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 719,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 595,000
- The Challenge: Bloodlines (MTV): 556,000
- @midnight (Comedy): 456,000
- Hellevator (GSN): 201,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/10/15

Syndies: Week 10
Results for the Week Ending November 29
From B&C

The November sweeps wrapped on Wednesday, Nov. 25, and most shows were flat or down slightly compared to last year.

In access, all of the game shows were flat to down, with the exception of Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud, which advanced 3% to a 6.4 sweep average and was a close third in the category .CTD’s Wheel of Fortune fell 4% compared to last year to a 7.0, while CTD’s Jeopardy! sank 6% to a 6.5. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire tumbled 32% to a 1.3, while Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game lost 8% to a 1.2.

B&C
TV NewsCheck

posted 12/10/15

More on "The Bachelor"
Catch It on ABC January 4
From The Futon Critic

What do a soft-spoken single mom of two young daughters; bubbly, fun identical twins, who are best friends; a sexy free spirit whose recent breakup has left her wary of romance, a battle-tested war veteran, who is sassy, bold and gorgeous, but sensitive; and a beautiful television news anchor, all have in common? They all have their sights set on moving to Denver, Colorado, with the Bachelor, Ben Higgins, when the much-anticipated 20th edition of ABC's hit romance reality series, "The Bachelor," premieres, MONDAY, JANUARY 4 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

Ben Higgins, 26, a handsome and charming small town guy from Warsaw, Indiana meets 28 potential soul mates as he begins his exciting search for true love. In the premiere, "Episode 2001," Ben prepares for the night of his life as the 28 beautiful bachelorettes, all clamoring to meet him, begin to arrive. Jami reveals that she's friends with Kaitlyn Bristowe. Ben is left speechless when first a stunning Emily and then her identical twin sister, Haley, arrive and ask for a group hug. Lace has a few moves of her own and boldly and memorably kisses Ben. The fun continues as cowgirl Maegan arrives with a sidekick - a mini horse - and they both get invited inside. There is JoJo with her unicorn mask, and Lauren R. is so nervous, she forgets to tell Ben her name.

Mandi shows off her slick moves with patients when the demonstrative dentist grabs Ben for a private exam. But everyone is stunned as two late arrivals - Becca, runner-up on Chris Soules' season and Amber, also an alumna from Chris' season and "Bachelor in Paradise" - make a game changing entrance. A persistent Lace seizes the opportunity to attempt to give Ben the season's first real kiss with unexpected results. Ben makes his first difficult decision as he offers the much-sought-after first impression rose to an intimidatingly beautiful bachelorette.

The long, stressful evening ends on a high note for 21 lucky women, who will continue on the path to capture Ben's heart - except for one daring woman, who takes Ben aside to scold him for something he neglected to do.

The Futon Critic
TV Insider
E!

posted 12/10/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "We Gon' Play the Universe, Steve!"

posted 12/10/15

Play In the New Year
Live Game Night with Andy Cohen December 31
From The Futon Critic

NBC is ringing in the new year with a pair of live specials: "NBC's New Year's Eve Game Night With Andy Cohen" is set to air at 10 p.m. ET/PT Thursday, Dec. 31 from 30 Rock. Then, following local news, "NBC's New Year's Eve With Carson Daly" will air at 11:30 p.m. from Times Square with a performance by international recording superstar and "Voice" coach Gwen Stefani.

Immediately following "Game Night," Cohen will join Daly on the 11:30 p.m. telecast in Times Square.

"I love three things - a party, live TV and celebrities playing games - so combining all three on New Year's Eve is my idea of a perfect night," Cohen said.

Eight celebrities will participate in "NBC's New Year's Eve Game Night With Andy Cohen," where they will join in the fun as they face off in hilarious party games based on "Hollywood Game Night," in addition to newly created New Year's Eve-themed games created especially for this special.

The hourlong episode will be hosted by Cohen, the Emmy Award-winning host and executive producer of "Watch What Happens Live," Bravo's hit late night interactive talk show. Cohen is also the executive producer of the wildly popular "Real Housewives" franchise and continues to host the series' highly rated reunion specials. Next up, Cohen will host a new three-part limited series for Bravo, "Then & Now With Andy Cohen," which he also executive produced. The first part of the series will premiere on Sunday, Dec. 13. This fall, Cohen launched "Radio Andy," his own fully curated content channel for SiriusXM. Cohen has written two New York Times' bestsellers: "Most Talkative: Stories From the Frontlines of Pop Culture" and "The Andy Cohen Diaries: A Deep Look at a Shallow Year."

The upcoming fourth season of "Hollywood Game Night," hosted by two-time Emmy Award-winning host Jane Lynch, will premiere on Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 8 p.m.

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 12/9/15

Tuesday: Higher Voice
NBC Wins Rare Tuesday
From The Futon Critic

NBC (10.532 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with a new "The Voice" (12.935 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) alongside the fall finales of "Chicago Med" (9.602 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) and "Chicago Fire" (9.061 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4).

CBS (9.099 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then claimed the silver despite repeats of "NCIS" (11.377 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (9.330 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) plus its annual special "The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" (6.592 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2).

Next up was ABC (3.393 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its fall exits from "The Muppets" (3.828 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.931 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8) and "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (3.842 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) alongside a repeat "Shark Tank" (2.459 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.550 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) served up a new "Scream Queens" (2.619 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11) and the finale to "Scream Queens" (2.481 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12).

And finally, the fall finales from "The Flash" (3.411 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8) and "iZombie" (1.498 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) on The CW (2.454 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food/SF): 1.431 million
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.315 million
- MasterChef Canada (Cooking): 301,000
- @midnight (Comedy): 273,000

Asian Journal

posted 12/9/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "The King Stands Alone"

  • Robert Carradine files for divorce from his wife of 25 years (TMZ)
     

  • Wink Martindale rejoins Music of Your Life for a tribute to Frank Sinatra (Bay Street)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: The Great Holiday Baking Show (ABC, Mondays) (Slate)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Vernon Kay (Daily Star)

posted 12/9/15

TLC Tries a Bible Battle
Catch "Bible Bowl" December 28
From The Wrap

TLC is planning another Holy Night three days after Christmas.

The network is debuting competition “Bible Bowl” on Dec. 28, when hundreds of teams of children will battle it out in Cincinnati. TLC will follow seven of them, as millions of dollars in scholarships are on the line for the Old/New Testament trivia game.

Teams include defending champs The Johnsons, child genius Reagan Haise, and veterans The Wells Family, among others. TLC’s cast of competitors are listed below, along with descriptions of the players.

The Wrap
The Futon Critic
ET Canada

posted 12/8/15

CBS Daytime Posts a New High
TPIR, LMAD Post Best Sweep Since 2006
From The Futon Critic

Several CBS Daytime programs reached significant viewer milestones in the recently concluded November sweep, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for Oct. 29 - Nov. 25.

LET’S MAKE A DEAL 1 averaged 3.19m, up +6% from last November, while LET’S MAKE A DEAL 2 averaged 3.70m, also up +6%, marking the six-year-old game show’s largest-ever November sweep audience for both half-hours.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 averaged 4.96m, up +2% from last year and its biggest November audience since 2001, while THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2, daytime’s #1 program, averaged 5.69m, up +2% and its largest November audience since 2006.

CBS

posted 12/8/15

Monday: And Then There Were Four
"The Voice" Helps NBC to First
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.547 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) continued its reign on Monday with a new "The Voice" (12.149 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) followed by the premiere of "Telenovela" (5.353 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) and a second "Telenovela" (3.335 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9).

CBS (8.788 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then took home the silver with its trio of "Supergirl" (7.731 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "Scorpion" (9.227 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9.406 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4).

Next up was ABC (5.246 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with the return of "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (6.068 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4), a second "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (5.262 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7) and week two from "The Great Holiday Baking Show" (4.410 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.699 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its two-hour special "TV's Funniest Animated Stars: A Paley Center for Media Special" (1.699 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10).

And finally, encores of "The Flash" (1.071 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "Arrow" (0.950 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) on The CW (1.010 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable:
- Cake Wars Christmas (Food): 862,000
- @midnight (Comedy): 306,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/8/15

Fifteen to '16
Channel 4 Series Renewed
From Digital Spy

Fifteen to One will continue to test your general trivia knowledge in 2016.

Channel 4 has commissioned 40 more 60-minute episodes of TV's toughest quiz show for daytime, with Sandi Toksvig back as host.

In that run of episodes, Fifteen to One will celebrate its 200th daytime show produced under the banner of Remedy.

As usual, the15 highest scorers throughout this batch of episodes will compete in the grand finale for a £40,000 prize.

"Sandi's brilliant wit and exceptional general knowledge has breathed new life into a much-loved format and we're delighted to continue the brand on 4," the channel's entertainment editor Sarah Lazenby said.

Digital Spy
World Screen
C21 Media

posted 12/8/15

Weekend: Fierce and Love?
ANTM Goes Out... on Bottom
From The Futon Critic

After over a decade of diamonds in the rough, flame-outs and judges like Janice Dickinson, J. Alexander, Nigel Barker, Kimora Lee Simmons and Twiggy, the Tyra Banks led America’s Next Top Model (0.3/1) came to an end with a first last Friday.

While the end of ANTM saw that first and was even with its last original of November 20, it was a low ratingswise for a finale. Down 25% among adults 18-49 from the December 5, 2014 Cycle 21 ender, Top Model’s series finale was the worst the 12-year old show has ever done. Having said that, last night’s finale was not a season low among the demo – that goes to the 0.2 results of the October 23 and October 30 shows. Lead-in Reign (0.3/1) was even with its last original of 2-weeks ago.

ABC (5.690 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the demo champ on Friday with its mix of "Last Man Standing" (6.634 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Dr. Ken" (5.311 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Shark Tank" (6.147 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "20/20" (4.952 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

The silver then went to CBS (6.379 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) with a new "The Amazing Race" (5.707 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5) and repeats of "Hawaii Five-0" (5.917 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Blue Bloods" (7.514 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Next up was NBC (3.560 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) with originals from "Undateable" (2.918 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Truth Be Told" (2.309 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), "Grimm" (3.742 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Dateline NBC" (4.326 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.764 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) offered up new episodes of "MasterChef Junior" (3.509 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) and "World's Funniest" (2.019 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

On cable:
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food, Sunday): 1.795 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food, Sunday): 1.212 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food, Sunday): 858,000
- The Chase (GSN, Friday): 522,000

Deadline
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/8/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Brown Notes"

  • Drew Carey is just as annoyed with the state of the Cleveland Browns as Michael Symon (CleveScene.com)
     

  • Nick Clooney honored for preserving local TV, radio (WXVU Cincinnati)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Billy on the Street vs. Scientology (Slate)
     

  • Sean Lowe & Catherine Giudici bringing a baby into the deal (Us)
     

  • Bindi Irwin reportedly allowed to collect earnings from "Dancing with the Stars" (Fox News)
     

  • Phil Moore to visit Pennsylvania (FlipsidePA)
     

  • This is Cinderella, but Stephen Mulhern is no Prince Charming (Croydon Guardian)
     

  • Howie Mandel to appear in WWE's Tribute to the Troops (WrestleZone)
     

  • Nicholas Parsons to appear on Big Finish's "Terrahawks" audio adventures (Flickering Myth)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: BBC is looking for contestants (Blacknet)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? TPIR player can't pronounce "Canada" (Yahoo!)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Chris Hardwick (Variety)

posted 12/8/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Diversity Day"

  • Regis Philbin made an impassioned plea 15 years ago on a night where the game show that changed everything changed everything again (Hitfix)
     

  • Dancing the Chicken Dance, Maksim Chmerkovskiy and his soon-to-be-partner Peta Murgatroyd (New York Daily News)
     

  • A FEW AWKWARD MINUTES with Alexander Armstrong (STV)

posted 12/7/15

Thursday: NBC Eases on Down the Road
"The Wiz" Helps NBC Tie for 1st in Demo, CBS Takes Total
From The Futon Critic

CBS (12.495 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #T1) was the most-watched network on Thursday with special editions of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (10.300 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3) and "Thursday Night Football" (12.934 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1).

NBC (11.136 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with its presentation of "The Wiz Live!" (12.495 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #2).

Next up was ABC (5.202 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with repeats of "Toy Story That Time Forgot" (4.026 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "Shrek the Halls" (4.175 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) plus a new "CMA Country Christmas" (5.753 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.206 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up repeats of "Bones" (3.454 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and a second "Bones" (2.959 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.324 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "The Originals" (1.179 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) on The CW (1.251 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway Junior (Lifetime): 1.099 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 908,000
- Top Chef (Bravo): 841,000
- @midnight (Comedy): 324,000
- Broke A$$ Game Show (MTV): 292,000
- Sugar Showdown (Cooking): 208,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/4/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Who Is THAT Guy?"

  • Alex Trebek among celebrities in disguise on the latest "I Get That A Lot" December 30 (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Now that "Top Model" is over with, Tyra Banks can move on to more pressing matters, like "Life-Size 2" (Variety)
     

  • Julianne Hough in "Grease Live!" key art. She goes full-on Sandy (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Chris Hardwick hosts recap show for Jimmy Kimmel (Splitsider)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Wheelmobile rolls through central Florida (TCPalm)
     

  • Here come the not-quite-ready-for-divorce couples! And Bob Eubanks too. (TV Ruckus)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ryan Seacrest's wardrobe (New York Times)

posted 12/4/15

Available on the CBS App
Fox Goes "Back in the Room"
British Hypnosis Game Imported
From The Futon Critic

FOX has ordered YOU'RE BACK IN THE ROOM (working title), a new eight-episode one-hour comedy game show with a hypnotizing twist. Based on the smash-hit U.K. format of the same name, YOU'RE BACK IN THE ROOM (wt) features physical comedy and unpredictable situations as contestants are challenged to complete a variety of simple, everyday tasks, from frosting a cake to painting a picture... after being hypnotized.

The series is set to begin production in early 2016 with additional details, including the host, to be announced.

"You're Back In The Room," produced by Tuesday's Child, debuted in the U.K. as the No. 1 new unscripted entertainment series in 2015, ending its first season as a Top 10 series overall. The series will begin its second season in 2016 and the format has been produced in France, The Netherlands and Australia and optioned internationally in multiple territories, including Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Denmark, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, Portugal and Spain.

YOU'RE BACK IN THE ROOM (wt) is executive-produced by Tuesday's Child in association with BBC Worldwide Productions. Karen Smith serves as executive producer.

The Futon Critic
The Wrap
Showbiz Junkies
AV Club
The Hollywood Reporter
Deadline
World Screen
Realscreen
TBI Vision
C21 Media

posted 12/3/15


Hollywood Quadrilogy
Catch Season 4 on NBC January 5!
From The Futon Critic

NBC's popular party-time series "Hollywood Game Night" is set to return for its fourth season on Tuesday, Jan. 5 at 8 p.m.

In the WGA Award-winning series, two contestants are transported from their everyday lives into a magical once-in-a-lifetime night of fun and celebration as they step beyond the velvet rope and rub shoulders with some of their favorite celebrities and compete for the chance to win up to $25,000.

Jane Lynch, who has won the Emmy Award two years in a row as outstanding host for a reality or reality-competition program, will once again lead the on-screen festivities.

A slew of high-profile actors, athletes and recording stars will participate in the fun as they compete in hilarious party games. Celebrities include Oscar winners Geena Davis, Mira Sorvino and Helen Hunt; TV stars Eva Longoria, Kate Walsh, Taye Diggs, Tony Hale, Laverne Cox, Miranda Cosgrove, Ryan Eggold, Ta'Rhonda Jones, Bellamy Young, Ben Feldman, Lea Thompson, Marlon Wayans and Mario Lopez; recording stars Ciara, Hunter Hayes, Melissa Etheridge, Estelle, Kesha, Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line; and athletes/sports personalities Abby Wambach, Al Michaels, Chris Jericho, Tara Lipinski, Apolo Ohno, Nate Burleson, Maurice Jones Drew and Rich Eisen.

Last summer, originals of "Hollywood Game Night" averaged a 1.5 rating, 5 share in adults 18-49 and 5.3 million viewers overall, for gains of +25% in 18-49 and +20% in total viewers versus its averages for originals the prior summer (1.2 in 18-49, 4.4 million viewers overall), according to "live plus seven day" results from Nielsen Media Research. In its Tuesday 10-11 p.m. ET time period, "Hollywood Game Night" ran undefeated last summer versus regular ABC and CBS competition in adults 18-49.

The Futon Critic
The Wrap
TV Insider
Digital Spy

posted 12/3/15

Syndies: Week 9
Results for the Week Ending November 22
From B&C

CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Judy hit a big milestone in the week ended Nov. 22, notching its 1,000th week in a row as syndication’s top court show. Judy has been leading the courts for more than 19 years in a winning streak that started in September 1996.

The games, on the other hand, were mixed. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune recovered 9% to hit a new season-high 7.4. CTD’s Jeopardy! also buzzed to a new season-high 6.9, up 8%. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud faded 2% to a 6.5, however Feud added 2% for the year and was the only game ahead of last year at this time.

Further back, Debmar-Mercury’s sophomore Celebrity Name Game and Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire both were unchanged at a 1.3. However, Celebrity Name Game was steady compared to this time last year, while Millionaire was in the red by 35%.

It should be noted that Jeopardy! was on the back-five of its Tournament of Champions during this period.

B&C

posted 12/3/15

Superhuman: A First Look
Mary Lynn Rajskub, Mike Tyson Join the Panel January 4
From TV Line

Mere mortals need not apply for Fox’s upcoming Superhuman — but you can get a taste of the new game-show special via this exclusive first look.

The two-hour event (airing Jan. 4 at 8/7c) tests 12 people with “extraordinary” (think: highly impressive party-trick) skills. As these folks show off their talents, the audience — and a panel of personalities — decide who’s deserving of a $100,000 prize.

Kal Penn (House) hosts; Mary Lynn Rajskub (24), boxer Mike Tyson and brain surgeon Dr. Rahul Jandial make up the panel.

TV Line

posted 12/3/15

NATPE Award Nominations Named
Winners Announced January
From World Screen

NATPE Miami has revealed the finalists for the Reality Breakthrough Awards and is prepping to expand to the Eden Roc in 2016 to accommodate a growing number of attendees.

When the conference kicks off on January 19, there will be at least 29 new exhibitors from virtually every sector of the business attending the conference for the first time. Due to the increase in attendance, NATPE will expand to the Eden Roc Miami Beach Resort. Rod Perth, the president and CEO of NATPE, has confirmed that the Fontainebleau tower suites are sold out, though there are still booths and meeting tables available on the market floor and in the Fontaine Ballroom at the Fontainebleau.

"We are delighted that with all of our most important numbers tracking ahead of last year's capacity turnout, we have moved to substantially increase our physical space in 2016 by expanding to the Eden Roc next door to the Fontainebleau,” Perth said. “The increase in exhibition sales and expanded events reflects the tremendous growth we are seeing throughout the conference.”

Perth also revealed the finalists for the second annual Reality Breakthrough Awards and the return of host Howie Mandel. Nominees in the competition category include Alone, American Ninja Warrior, Lip Sync Battle, MasterChef Junior, Shark Tank and The Voice. Meanwhile, @Midnight, Billy on the Street, Celebrity Family Feud, Hellevator and Hollywood Game Night are in the running for the game show award.

World Screen
C21 Media

posted 12/3/15

Wednesday: Split Down the Middle
Fox Wins the Demo, CBS Wins Everywhere Else
From The Futon Critic

FOX (8.284 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday thanks to the fall finales of "Rosewood" (5.034 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T11) and "Empire" (11.536 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1).

CBS (8.855 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2) then was the most-watched network with originals from "Survivor: Cambodia - Second Chance" (9.388 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T3), "Criminal Minds" (8.680 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T7) and "Code Black" (8.499 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T7).

Next up was ABC (5.907 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T2) and its mix of "The Middle" (7.762 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T3), "The Goldbergs" (6.496 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.0, #5), "Modern Family" (7.368 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2), "Black-ish" (5.512 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6) and "Nashville" (4.152 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T14).

Meanwhile, NBC (5.789 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #4) offered up its holiday cominbination of "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" (7.982 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T7), "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" (5.567 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T7) and "Saturday Night Live Christmas" (4.401 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T11).

And finally, part two of "The Flash" crossover with "Arrow" (3.578 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.3, #13) and a new "Supernatural" (2.134 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T14) on The CW (2.856 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage (Food/SF): 968,000
- Top Chef (Bravo/SP): 795,000
- The Challenge: Bloodlines (MTV/SP): 548,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 528,000
- @midnight (Comedy): 381,000
- Idiotest (GSN): 276,000
- Hellevator (GSN): 207,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/3/15

Another Escape Show
Pop Greenlights "Celebrity Escape Room"
From The Futon Critic

Three original television projects featuring what's popping in fan culture have joined Pop's development slate for 2016, the CBS Corporation/Lionsgate-owned channel announced today. The new projects include: a comedy series starring television personality and New Kids on the Block bandmate Joey McIntyre; Celebrity Escape Room, a competition show set in the fully immersive environment of the hottest new craze in live action gaming; and I Watch it With My Girlfriend, a comedic talk show about fan favorite, female-skewing television hits viewed from the perspective of men.

"We are thrilled to be developing three new projects that feature remarkable talent, closely align with our brand and are inspired by fan-driven concepts," said Paul Adler, Senior Vice President, Original Programming and Development, Pop. "Our programming continues to celebrate the excitement of fandom by covering the next big thing in pop culture."

Pop's projects in development include:

CELEBRITY ESCAPE ROOM (WORKING TITLE)

Based on the hottest new craze in live-action gaming, CELEBRITY ESCAPE ROOM is a high-intensity, totally immersive pop culture challenge. Two celebrities and their friends compete by getting locked in identical rooms, and the only way out is to use their pop culture knowledge and work together to unlock the exit. With room themes ranging from zombie apocalypse to a totally tubular 80's teen dream, viewers play along as the two celeb teams hilariously stumble through a series of clues, puzzles and red herrings until they unlock the key to their freedom. The first team to escape wins. The series is executive produced by Neil Regan, Joel Karsberg and Cem Yeter of Zodiak USA.

The Futon Critic

posted 12/3/15

Child Genius 2: January 7
Meet the Players
From Starcasm

Lifetime’s competition series, Child Genius: Battle of the Brightest (#ChildGenius) returns for season two, featuring America’s most extraordinary and gifted children as they prep for the ultimate battle of the brains. Premiering Thursday, January 7, 2016, at 8pm ET/PT, the competition, created in cooperation with American Mensa, takes place over ten weeks and tests the nation’s brightest young minds on their knowledge in categories such as math, spelling, geography, and current events. With a $100,000 college fund and the title of Child Genius 2016 at stake, the kids – and their families – will stop at nothing to make it to the top of the class. Former NASA astronaut, Leland Melvin, returns as the host.

Lisa Van Gemert, American Mensa’s Youth and Education Ambassador and Child Genius guest commentator says, “While all non-scripted television is going to have its controversy or no one will watch it, what Child Genius did was to show that kids want time with parents, even if it’s time studying, and that learning how to handle disappointment is a universal development stage. Seeing the kids learn to comfort and encourage each other as the season progressed was rewarding and a lesson to adults.”

Starcasm

posted 12/3/15

The Korean Code
Jeong Jun-ha, Simon D to Join New Quiz Show
From Korea JoongAng Daily

Comedian Jeong Jun-ha and rapper Simon D will appear in a new reality TV show titled “Code.”

According to multiple industry insiders on Thursday, the show will air on JTBC and involves celebrities competing with each other to solve quizzes.

Although Jeong soared to stardom by playing a dumb character on a reality TV show, he is excellent in mental calculation, which made him decide to join the new show.

The same company that produced “The Genius,” another quiz show that aired on tvN, will produce the show.

The TV show is currently casting other celebrities.

Korea JoongAng Daily

posted 12/3/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Home Movies"

  • "Take a Good Look" among archives added to Ernie Kovacs & Edie Adams Collection at the Library of Congress (Variety)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: Every "Top Model" winner ranked from Naima to CariDee (E!)
     

  • Meet the next batch of "Ellen's Design Challenge" during HGTV's 2016 Rose Parade coverage (The Futon Critic)
     

  • #TBT: a young Marcus Strohman on "Figure It Out" (CBS Sports)

posted 12/3/15

MARC BRESLOW: 1925-2015
Goodson-Todman Director
From Buzzerblog

Longtime Goodson-Todman producer Marc Breslow died on Tuesday, December 1.

Breslow was the first director on "The Price Is Right" in 1972, being nominated Daytime Emmys for directing from 1983 to 1987, winning four out of the five years. He would serve as creative consultant from 1986 to 1996.

His other credits include "Match Game", "Family Feud", "Card Sharks", "Classic Concentration", "Blockbusters", "Trivia Trap", "Body Language", "Double Dare", "Now You See It", "The Movie Game", "I've Got a Secret", and "It Takes Two".

"He was quite instrumental in creating the look and feel of the show, most of which are still used to this day," said longtime producer Roger Dobkowitz. "He also was the creator of several pricing games. In addition to Price he was a creative force on Match Game, a show he also directed."

"Breslow was a tall, imposing figure who inspired, if not demanded, excellence from his control room and camera technicians," added game show veteran & historian Randy West. "He was a long-time personal friend with Mark Goodson, in addition to being among the coterie of professionals responsible for innovative and successful game show production."

According to a post from our friends at Buzzerblog, Breslow was 89.

Buzzerblog

posted 12/2/15

Tuesday: This Is the Holidays
NBC Notches A Rare Win
From The Futon Critic

NBC (10.075 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was still the top draw on Tuesday thanks to its trio of "The Voice" (11.988 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1), "Chicago Med" (9.765 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) and "Chicago Fire" (8.474 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4).

The silver then went to CBS (6.571 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and its repeat lineup of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (9.010 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2), "Limitless" (4.917 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) abd "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.787 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

Next up was ABC (3.409 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and originals from "The Muppets" (3.784 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.647 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (3.819 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6) plus a repeat "Shark Tank" (2.692 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

Meanwhile, The CW (2.721 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up part one of its "Arrow" crossover with "The Flash" (3.861 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5) and a new "iZombie" (1.581 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15).

And finally, fresh installments of "Grandfathered" (3.098 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "The Grinder" (2.406 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) and "Scream Queens" (2.404 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) on FOX (2.578 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1,202 million
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.122 million
- @midnight (Comedy): 306,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/2/15

Cake Wars Returns January 11
Jonathan Bennett Returns as Host
From The Futon Critic

The sweetest competition returns to Food Network on Monday, January 11th at 9:00pm ET/PT with even more fantastic cake creations. Four bakers battle it out on Cake Wars to create the most mind-blowing cake to star at a special event and, for the icing on the cake, a chance to take home the grand prize of $10,000! Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls) hosts this grueling competition, as the competing bakers' skills and imaginations are tested in two rounds of challenges, where they rush against the clock to design over-the-top cake confections.In each exhilarating episode, master pastry chefs Ron Ben-Israel (Halloween Baking Championship, Sweet Genius) and Waylynn Lucas (co-owner of Fonuts), as well as a special guest judge determine which contestant's extraordinary creation, based on taste and presentation, will take the cake to sweeten up a big soiree and be crowned the winner.

"After the sugar rush from the jaw-dropping creations on season one of Cake Wars and Cake Wars: Christmas, viewers wanted even more confectionary competition and eye-popping cake designs - and that's exactly what's in store this season!" said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President of Food Network.

Over the course of the 13 thrilling episodes, bakers vie for the chance to display their cake creations at big events, navigating big challenges and special themed episodes such as Star Wars, Dr. Seuss, Kung Fu Panda 3, Minecraft, Shrek, Sesame Street, Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory, Archie, Alice in Wonderland, and many more!

Fans can visit FoodNetwork.com/CakeWars for show highlights, and check out the recipes of the winning cakes. They can also join the cake conversation on Twitter using #CakeWars.

The Futon Critic

posted 12/2/15

Weekend: Black Friday
CBS, ABC Split Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.496 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the top draw among adults 18-49 on Friday with its mix of "Santa Claus is Comin' to Town" (4.457 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1), "Shark Tank" (4.312 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and "20/20" (4.721 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1).

The silver then went to CBS (6.193 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) with a new "The Amazing Race" (5.509 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) followed by repeats of "Hawaii Five-0" (5.595 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8) and "Blue Bloods" (7.476 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7).

Next up was NBC (3.940 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) with a primetime rebroadcast of "National Dog Show Presented by Purina" (3.791 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and a repeat "Dateline NBC" (4.237 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.519 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) offered up new episodes of "MasterChef Junior" (3.203 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "World's Funniest" (1.835 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, encores of "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer" (1.572 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13), "Kung Fu Panda Holiday" (1.545 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "Merry Madagascar" (1.675 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) on The CW (1.591 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food, Sunday): 1.818 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food, Sunday): 1.308 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food, Sunday): 986,000
- Chopped (Food, Thursday): 872,000
- Billy on the Street (truTV, Thursday): 162,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/2/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Nice Legs"

  • Wayne Brady's first night in "Kinky Boots" (Playbill)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES WITH Alex Jacob (Yahoo! Sports)

posted 12/2/15

Ken Jennings Leads Team USA
Quiz Olympiad to Be Held in Greece in 2016
From IQA

Author and game show champion Ken Jennings has been named captain of the American team by the USA Chapter of the International Quizzing Association (IQA). He will lead a group of trivia players, academics, and other know-it-alls to take on adversaries from across the globe at the Quiz Olympiad in Athens, Greece during November 3-6, 2016. The tournament will see individuals, pairs, and squads representing each nation answering questions from categories including culture, entertainment, history, lifestyle, media, science, sport, and technology. Ken has previously competed in the Trivia Championships of North America, the European Quizzing Championships, the World Quizzing Championships, and will lead Team USA in this inaugural Quiz Olympiad.

"I always have a great time when I get to attend one of these international quizzing events, mostly because I love the idea that trivia is a noble, global pursuit. Quizzing should absolutely have its own Olympiad, with all the attendant pomp and prestige and geopolitical pressure and wild shenanigans in the 'Olympic Village.' I wouldn't miss this for the world." said Jennings.

The Quiz Olympiad will be the largest and most diverse competition of its kind ever, with players from all over the world contesting titles and participating head-to-head for the first time. Since 2003, the International Quizzing Association has organized a variety of events worldwide to stimulate mental competition at the local, regional, national and international level.

posted 12/1/15

Monday: NBC's Night to Lose
No "Dancing" Gives "The Voice" the Win
From The Futon Critic

NBC (11.079 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) was still the network to beat on Monday with a new "The Voice" (13.089 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) followed by the launch of "Superstore" (7.974 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) and a second "Superstore" (6.145 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4).

ABC (6.291 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown" (7.183 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5), "A Charlie Brown Christmas" (7.329 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) and the premiere of "The Great Holiday Baking Show" (4.362 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8).

Next up was CBS (7.386 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with a new "Supergirl" (8.028 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6) alongside repeats of "Scorpion" (6.591 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.541 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.378 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up the fall finales of "Gotham" (4.515 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6) and "Minority Report" (2.241 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

And finally, a new "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (1.061 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and the special "Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown" (0.768 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.914 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

The Futon Critic

posted 12/1/15

America's Got YouNow
Livestreamed Auditions!
From Variety

NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and video streaming service YouNow are partnering up to host live open auditions for the top-rated talent competition series’ eleventh season.

The partnership will offer “America’s Got Talent” contestant hopefuls the opportunity to pitch their talents to show producers through YouNow’s interactive network during hour-long open casting auditions, which will be held select Wednesdays at 3 p.m. PT and continue for nine weeks beginning Dec. 2. Impressive acts will earn auditioners the chance to perform in front of “America’s Got Talent” judges.

The auditions’ YouNow platform will allow performers to communicate with producers in real time, as well as showcase acts to the show’s viewers who will be able to follow along from home. With over 100 million monthly user sessions and 50,000 hours of daily streamed video content, the virtual YouNow auditions will greatly broaden the show’s search for the country’s budding talent.

“With millions of viewers in our audience, talent regularly gets discovered on YouNow. Having ‘America’s Got Talent’ producers officially review acts on YouNow every week will make the opportunity to be part of the most popular talent show on TV within anyone’s reach,” said YouNow founder and CEO Adi Sideman.

Aspiring contestants can sign up at the link below.

Variety

posted 12/1/15

French Ninja
TF1 Picks Up Its Own Version of "Ninja Warrior"
From TBI Vision

TF1 has ordered a local version of the popular physical gameshow format Sasuke/Ninja Warrior.

The show, which was created by Japanese free-to-air broadcaster Tokyo Broadcasting System, has been remade around the world, including in the US where American Ninja Warrior is on NBC.

In France, TF1’s in-house programming department TF1 Production, which also makes the local adaptation of Dancing with the Stars, will make the French Ninja Warrior.

The format challenges ordinary people to complete a huge and increasingly challenging assault course. TF1 acquired local rights to the show from Story Lab and Dentsu.

Fabrice Bailly, head of programming at the French commercial broadcaster said: “TF1 aims to enhance its range of headlining program brands with broad appeal that can be rolled out across all screens through innovative digital proposals. Ninja Warrior fully ties in with that approach.”

TBI Vision

posted 12/1/15

Are You Normal, Vietnam?
All3Media Sends OWN Game Overseas
From Realscreen

Distributor All3Media International has sold the game show format Are You Normal? (pictured) into Vietnam ahead of the Asia TV Forum in Singapore this week.

Vietnam’s VTV9 has ordered a 52 x 60-minute season of Are You Normal? that will premiere in January. Blue Ocean Communication Advertising Corporation is producing. The game show was originally produced by Zoo Productions for U.S. cable network OWN. It also airs in China on the VOD platform TenCent.

The deal comes after AXN in the Philippines ordered a 26 x 30-minute season of the game show Cash Cab. Produced by Active TV, the local version will premiere next year. The original was produced by Lion Television for ITV and sees members of the public climbing into a cab only to realize they have entered into a game show.

Realscreen
C21 Media

posted 12/1/15

Insert Sue Perkins Here
"Great British Bake-Off" Host Flies Solo
From Daily Express

Sue Perkins is set to front new BBC Two quiz show, Insert Name Here.

The 46-year-old will swap baking for buzzers for the show, where comedians and historians will battle it out to argue they have found the greatest owner of a particular name.

The Great British Bake Off star will go it alone this time, without her comedy partner Mel Giedroyc.

However, she will have some handy helpers in the form of Pointless star Richard Osman and comedian Josh Widdicombe, who are the team leaders on the program.

Speaking of the show, Sue said: "In Hebrew, the name Susan means 'graceful lily', in Khmer it means 'girl with the bad puns' and in ancient Aztec it translates as 'she with the cockerel hair and dirty glasses'.

"This particular Susan can't wait to get stuck into a whole host of Davids, Peters, Jonathans and Gertrudes - with the help of a magnificent Richard and a wonderful Joshua."

Insert Name Here aims to follow in the footsteps of the BBC's tradition of "clever quizzes" like QI, Only Connect and Mock The Week.

BBC Entertainment's acting controller Alan Tyler said: "The pilot brilliantly combined humor and history to somehow move from St George to George Clooney via George Michael and George Bernard Shaw.

"I still don't know how it did that but I do know that I'm looking forward to seeing grown-up, intelligent, funny people hurling names at each other."

Insert Name Here will hit screens at some point next year.

Daily Express
Daily Telegraph

posted 12/1/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Wink And The Beach Boys"

  • Wink Martindale and his role in the Beach Boys' success (Los Angeles)
     

  • "The Crystal Maze" Live is a reality, and for £50, you can conquer it in London! (Digital Spy)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: This guy's name, tho... (Yahoo!)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES WITH Grant Denyer (The Age)

posted 12/1/15


More on CBS Midseason
Return Dates for "Race", "Survivor"
From the Futon Critic

CBS today announced several winter and spring scheduling moves, including the series premieres of ANGEL FROM HELL and CRIMINAL MINDS: BEYOND BORDERS.

Also, in the second half of the year:

· The seventh season of two-time Emmy Award-winning alternative series UNDERCOVER BOSS will premiere with three special Sunday broadcasts and then move to Friday (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) until the return of the spring edition of THE AMAZING RACE February 12.

· The sixth season premiere of MIKE & MOLLY will join together with 2 BROKE GIRLS to form a new Wednesday comedy block (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) as a bridge to the next edition of SURVIVOR February 17.

The Futon Critic
TV Insider

posted 11/30/15

Available on the CBS App
ITV Asks "500 Questions"
Deal Made for Burnett-Darnell Creation
From TBI Vision

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has commissioned a local version of Mike Darnell and Mark Burnett’s big-ticket gameshow 500 Questions.

ITV plans to launch its version in a primetime slot next year, with Warner Bros. Television Production UK-owned Wall to Wall producing a four-episode season.

Wall to Wall stablemate Warner Bros. International Television Distribution sells the format globally, with Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution selling the original ABC series, which launched in May last year to decent ratings and has a second run coming.

The show sees ulta-smart contestants attempting to answer tough questions to win money, with anyone answering three wrong in a row failing.

ITV’s commissioning editor, entertainment, Asif Zubairy called the format “edge-of-the-seat” viewing that would be “an exciting addition to the ITV entertainment slate”.

Wall to Wall’s head of entertainment, Moira Ross, will executive produce the show, with Laura Turner series producing.

Germany’s RTL ordered its own version earlier this year.

TBI Vision
Broadcast

posted 11/30/15

One More Time for Old Time's Sake, Nigel
Lythgoe to Return for "Idol" Series Finale
From Variety

Longtime “American Idol” producer Nigel Lythgoe is returning to the show’s farewell season to exec produce the final episode, Variety has learned exclusively.

The finale will mark Lythgoe’s return to “American Idol,” since he departed after Season 13 to focus on “So You Think You Can Dance,” which kept him in the Fox family as a judge on the dance competition show.

The deal to return was made by Fremantle Media, as the production company invited Lythgoe to produce the finale, as his final bow. Fremantle’s president of entertainment Trish Kinane, who will serve as showrunner on “American Idol” Season 15, will also serve as an exec producer on the final episode.

Though he was not involved with the long-running reality singing competition for its most recent 14th season, Lythgoe helped develop and was an original exec producer on “Pop Idol,” the British series, created by Simon Fuller, on which “American Idol” and the entire “Idol” franchise is based. Stateside, Lythgoe exec produced “American Idol” the from the debut season in 2002 through its seventh season in 2008, then returning for Season 10 through the thirteenth.

“I doubt we will ever see another television show with the same cultural and social impact as ‘American Idol.’ It has also given such incredible opportunities to so many young, talented performers and changed so many lives, including my own,” Lythgoe says in a statement to Variety. “Consequently, I am delighted and proud to rejoin the ‘Idol’ team in order to create what is sure to be one of the most memorable and spectacular finales in all of television history.”

Kinane commented, “Nigel is an incredibly talented producer who helped make ‘Idol’ an iconic television show. He was part of our ‘Idol’ family for many years and I’m delighted that he is joining our team for the final episode of the farewell season on Fox. It’s going to be an amazing finale to celebrate ‘Idol’s’ rich and ongoing legacy.”

Variety
Billboard

posted 11/30/15

Wednesday: Appetizer to the Weekend
ABC Overcomes CBS for the Crown
From the Futon Critic

FOX (6.872 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was still the demo champ on Wednesday with new episodes of "Rosewood" (4.633 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6) and "Empire" (9.111 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1).

The silver then went to CBS (7.982 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) with new episodes of "Survivor: Cambodia - Second Chance" (8.328 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2), a second "Survivor: Cambodia - Second Chance" (8.038 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) and "Code Black" (7.582 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4).

Next up was ABC (4.141 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its all-repeat lineup of "The Middle" (5.898 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5), "The Goldbergs" (5.154 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "Modern Family" (4.679 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "Black-ish" (4.091 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (2.511 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.446 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up its special "Making of The Wiz Live!" (2.800 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) and a rebroadcast of "Saturday Night Live Thanksgiving" (3.769 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9).

And finally, The CW (1.731 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with the feature "Planes, Trains & Automobiles" (1.731 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

On cable...
- Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage (Food): 916,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 499,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/30/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Somebody's Watching Me"

  • Tony Dovolani swears somebody was watching him because of Leah Remini (TMZ)
     

  • Jerry Springer goes from mayor of Cincinnati to host of "Price Is Right Live!" in Cincinnati (Cincinnati.com)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES WITH Padma Lakshmi (Top Chef returns Wednesday) (TV Insider)

posted 11/30/15


JIM PERRY: 1933-2015
Host of "Card Sharks", "Definition", "$ale of the Century"
From the
Hollywood Reporter

Jim Perry, who hosted the popular NBC game shows Card Sharks and Sale of the Century in the 1970s and ’80s, has died. He was 82.

Perry died Friday in Oregon after a five-year battle with cancer, WME announced.

In 1978, the dapper Perry started as host of Card Sharks, beginning his long-standing relationship with NBC. He hosted a version of the game show and the two pilots that preceded it from April 24, 1978, until Oct. 23, 1981.

NBC then named the Perry as the host of revamped edition of Sale of the Century in 1982. That show aired for six years and spun off into a nightly syndicated version, which saw Perry doing double duty as the host of both shows.

Card Sharks, from Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions, was based on the card game Acey Deucey and featured huge, oversized playing cards handled by attractive female assistants. The new version of Sale of the Century, from Reg Grundy Productions, had contestants participating in a shopping game. Both games are presently distributed by FremantleMedia.

Born in Camden, N.J., Perry was a star basketball player who went on to attend the University of Pennsylvania. After graduation, he joined the Special Services, where he worked on Armed Forces Radio during the Korean War.

After the war, the 6-foot-4 Perry teamed with legendary comedian Sid Caesar, and they toured together for several years, including a three-year stint in Las Vegas.

He went on to serve as host of the Miss Canada Pageant, which he emceed from 1967-90, and served as the announcer on 1969’s syndicated program That Show, starring Joan Rivers. From 1969-72, he did the weekend overnight shift as a DJ at WABC Radio in New York.

In 1974, Perry became the host of the CTV game show Headline Hunters, which aired from 1972-83. In the midst of his duties there, Perry began hosting the Canadian network’s Definition, which ran until 1989 as the longest-running game show in Canadian TV history.

Perry’s first major American network hosting job came in 1967 with It’s Your Move, which was produced in Canada for syndication in the U.S.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, June, a former model; their children Sean and Erin; and three grandchildren.

“Today we lost the greatest father, friend and husband anybody could ever wish for,” the family said in a statement. “While he provided decades of entertainment to millions of people, his greatest victory was his growth as a human being — rising from a childhood filled with challenges including great poverty to provide an amazing life for his family. The world is a better place for his having been here.”

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in his name to a local hospice provider or cancer charity.

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posted 11/25/15

Tuesday: The Final Dance-Off
ABC Overcomes CBS for the Crown
From the Futon Critic

Following a successful run on "Dancing with the Stars," placing in the top three for the Mirrorball trophy, Army National Guard Specialist and American hero Alek Skarlatos is joining "Dancing with the Stars: Live! - Dance All Night Tour" this winter. Skarlatos made headlines around the world in August 2015 when he and his friends heroically overpowered a man that opened fire on a train from Amsterdam to Paris. He has been awarded the United States Army Soldier's Medal from U.S. President Barack Obama and has received France's highest decoration, the Legion of Honour, from French president Francois Hollande.

Skarlatos will be joining his season 21 partner, Lindsay Arnold, on tour, as well as Alan Bersten, Sharna Burgess, Brittany Cherry, Artem Chigvintsev, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Jenna Johnson, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd and Emma Slater with more casting to be announced.

ABC (11.451 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) pulled into the top spot on Tuesday with its annual telecast of "A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving" (7.502 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) followed by the season finale of "Dancing with the Stars" (13.425 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1).

NBC (8.258 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then had to settle for second place with week two of its trio of "The Voice" (9.897 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T3), "Chicago Med" (7.567 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T5) and "Chicago Fire" (7.311 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T5).

Next up was CBS (11.418 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and originals from "NCIS" (16.028 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T3), "NCIS: New Orleans" (11.693 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7) and "Limitless" (6.534 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.273 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up new episodes from "Grandfathered" (2.781 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9), "The Grinder" (2.316 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) and "Scream Queens" (1.998 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10).

And finally, the special "Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown" (1.497 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and a repeat "The Flash" (0.941 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) on The CW (1.219 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable:
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.181 million
- Chopped (Food): 1.021 million

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posted 11/25/15

Syndies: Week 8
Results for the Week Ending November 15
From the Futon Critic

The week ended Nov. 15 was marked by the terrorist attacks on Paris on Friday, Nov. 13, preempting many syndicated shows in the middle of the November sweep with news coverage.

In daytime, which wasn’t affected by the news coverage, most shows were steady or slightly up after almost unilaterally hitting season highs in the prior week.

The news magazines were largely in competition with or preempted by coverage of the terrorists attacks in Paris. As a result, none grew for the week.

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud moved into second place in the close race at the top of the games, climbing 5% to a new season-high 6.6, while CTD’s Jeopardy! declined 3% to a 6.4. Meanwhile, CTD’s Wheel of Fortune remained in the lead even though it fell 6% to a 6.8.

Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game grew 8% to a new season-high 1.3, tying Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire, which was flat and down 32% from last year at this time.

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posted 11/24/15

Monday: The Last Dance
ABC, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.121 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) held off the competitive on Monday with a new "The Voice" (10.197 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and the fall finale of "Blindspot" (6.968 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3).

ABC (12.195 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then was a close second with a new "Dancing with the Stars" (14.280 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) and its fall finale of "Castle" (8.025 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5).

Next up was CBS (7.914 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and its trio of "Supergirl" (7.191 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5), "Scorpion" (8.869 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.682 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.801 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up originals from "Gotham" (4.019 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7) and "Minority Report" (1.584 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9).

And finally, new episodes of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.914 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.954 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10) on The CW (0.934 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.060 million
- Cake Wars (Food): 1.023 million

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posted 11/24/15

Weekend: Fight to the Finish
CBS, ABC Split Friday
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.887 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the network to beat among adults 18-49 on Friday with new episodes of "Last Man Standing" (7.243 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Dr. Ken" (6.105 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Shark Tank" (6.940 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "20/20" (7.047 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

The silver then went to CBS (8.722 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and its mainstays "The Amazing Race" (6.108 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.060 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6) and "Blue Bloods" (11.000 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6).

Next up was NBC (3.557 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and its mix of "Undateable" (2.761 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11), "Truth Be Told" (2.135 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13), "Grimm" (3.581 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10) and "Dateline NBC" (4.643 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.027 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) served up originals from "MasterChef Junior" (3.813 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T6) and "World's Funniest" (2.241 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12).

And finally, fresh installments of "Reign" (1.131 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "America's Next Top Model" (0.952 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) on The CW (1.041 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.704 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.462 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 998,000
- The Chase (GSN): 555,000

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posted 11/24/15

"Dancing": It'll Be Back
Catch It on ABC March 2016!
From the Futon Critic

ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" will return for its 22nd season in 2016 on MONDAY, MARCH 21 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET). "Dancing with the Stars," produced by BBC Worldwide Productions, prepares for more glitz, glamour and sequins in 2016. With an all-new cast of celebrities ready to take on the competition and hit the ballroom floor, it will be another season full of surprises and unforgettable dances.

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

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posted 11/24/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "I Really Can't Stay"

  • Tyra Banks doesn't blame Chrissy Teigen for being pushed out of "The FABLife" (Huffington Post)
     

  • Mike Fleiss is calling it: next season is going to be the Best. Bachelor season. Ever. (Twitter @Fleissmeister)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Wheelmobile is coming to South Florida (WPBF West Palm Beach)
     

  • Jeopardy! offers a VR tour of its set (VR Focus)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?!: "fans" of Jeopardy! have found a new thing to bitch about (Cinema Blend)

posted 11/24/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Baby It's Cold Outside"

  • "Trivia Lift" looking for backers on Kickstarter. It's literally "Cash Cab" on a ski lift. Someone want to call Adam Wood real quick? (Gear Junkie)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jeopardy!'s newest grand champion (CardsChat)

posted 11/23/15

Kids Baking Returns January 4
Catch It on Food Network
From the Futon Critic

Ten miniature bakers with major talent will be put to the test to see whose skills measure up on Kids Baking Championship, premiering on Monday, January 4th at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network. Over the course of eight episodes, Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman lead the kid contestants (ranging in age from 10 to 13) through tasty challenges designed to find the most impressive and creative young baker in the country. Their baking skills and originality must rise to the top, as they whip up delectable desserts including perfect pies, elegant eclairs, mouthwatering macarons, creative cakes, and crispy cookies. Only one will take the cake and the sweet grand prize of $25,000 to become the Kids Baking Champion!

"The bakers might be small, but Kids Baking Championship is bigger than ever with more episodes, tougher challenges, and a greater grand prize. Duff and Valerie add even more flavor and fun, making this competition just as delectable as the amazing treats the kid bakers create," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network.

Kids Baking Championship contestants include: Alex Alcorta (Austin, TX: age 10), Rebecca Beale (Graham, TX: age 13), Peggy Fischer (St. Johnsbury, VT; age 10), Jane Haviland (Ann Arbor, MI; age 11), Colby Lacasse (Blue Hill, ME; age 11), Matthew Merril (Great Falls, VA; age 11), Alex Portis (Monroeville, PA; age 12), Yahshimabet Sellassie-Hall (Oakland, CA; age 12), Emma Wensing (Austin, TX; age 11), Ryan Wilson (Danville, CA; age 11).

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posted 11/20/15

Thursday: The Beginning of the End... of Sweeps
CBS, ABC Split
From the Futon Critic

ABC (7.885 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was the top demo draw on Thursday with the fall finales of "Grey's Anatomy" (8.463 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2), "Scandal" (8.061 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (7.132 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.3, #4).

CBS (8.525 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then claimed the silver with originals from "The Big Bang Theory" (15.243 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #1), "Life in Pieces" (8.967 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #5), "Mom" (8.025 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #7), "2 Broke Girls" (6.849 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #6) and "Elementary" (6.034 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10).

Next up was NBC (4.647 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with its own fall finales from "Heroes Reborn" (3.707 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9), "The Blacklist" (6.834 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8) and "The Player" (3.399 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

Meanwhile, FOX (4.001 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up a new "Bones" (5.201 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) alongside the fall finale of "Sleepy Hollow" (2.800 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.162 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and "The Originals" (0.824 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) on The CW (0.993 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway Junior (Lifetime): 1.157 million
- Lip Sync Battle Holiday Special (Spike): 1.132 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 998,000
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 846,000
- Billy on the Street (truTV): 409,000
- Broke A$$ Game Show (MTV): 399,000
- @midnight (Comedy): 288,000
- Sugar Showdown (Cooking): 241,000
- Man vs. Child: Chef Showdown (FYI/SF): 196,000

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posted 11/20/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "To Tell the View"

posted 11/20/15


Win or Go Home
Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions Semifinals Begin Today!
From GSNN's Chico Alexander

Their occupations range from stay-at-home parents to ace attorneys.

They span both coasts of two countries.

They are young and young-at-heart alike.

And they have one thing in common: over the last calendar year, they've shown America that they all know how to play "Jeopardy!" very, very well and have earned a ticket to the most prestigious of all game show tournaments.

On November 9 through November 20, though, the 15 players - nine men, four women - will compete against each other to see who will be the best of the best in this year's Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions. The winner will receive $250,000 and join the ranks of previous ToC winners in quiz immortality.

The tournament schedule for week 2 is as follows:

Monday, November 16
- Kerry Greene (Manchester, NH; Game 4 Winner)
- John Schultz (Ann Arbor, MI; Wild Card)
- Dan Feitel (orig. Gillette, NJ; Wild Card)

Tuesday, November 17
- Alex Jacob (Chicago; Game 5 Winner)
- Brennan Bushee (Malden, MA; Game 2 Winner)
- Vaughn Winchell (Columbia, MD; Wild Card)

Wednesday, November 18
- Matt Jackson (Washington, DC; Game 3 Winner)
- Andrew Haringer (Squamish, BC; Wild Card)
- Catherine Hardee (Kinston, NC; Game 1 Winner)

Thursday, November 19
- FINALS Part 1

Friday, November 20
- FINALS Part 2

First runner-up will win an additional $100,000, while second runner-up will pocket $50,000. All semifinalists - the five preliminary match winners and four wild-card qualifiers who scored the highest amongst non-winners - will get $10,000, while everyone is guaranteed $5000 for their participation.

The first Tournament of Champions was held in 1964 during the Art Fleming run, with Terry Thompson outlasting the field to claim the inaugural Griffin Award. Since then, grand champions have included prolific producer Jay Wolpert, game show legend Leszek Pawlowicz, college champion Tom Cubbage, Teachers Champion & eventual "King of the Nerds" contestant Colby Burnett, and quiz king Brad Rutter - who has YET to lose a tournament in which he was involved.

Fans are encourage to follow the action on this page, on Jeopardy.com, and via social media using the hashtag #ToC2015.

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posted 11/19/15

Worst Cooks In America: Real Folk Blues
Anne Burrell, Tyler Florence Return January 3
From the Futon Critic

Food Network kicks off the New Year with a new season of Worst Cooks in America, the hit competition series that transforms kitchen disasters into skilled cooks, and five-time winner Chef Anne Burrell returning for a rematch against Chef Tyler Florence. Premiering on Sunday, January 3rd at 9pm ET/PT, the seven-episode series pits Anne against Tyler, each leading a team of disastrous cooks in an intense kitchen boot camp designed to vastly improve the food skills of their recruits. The contestant who makes the most impressive culinary transformation is awarded a $25,000 grand prize, in addition to delivering victory and bragging rights for their team leader.

"Worst Cooks is comical, competitive and ultimately, inspiring," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network. "Under Anne and Tyler's guidance, these cooking-challenged contenders transform their hilarious kitchen blunders to refined culinary techniques - and the journey is truly entertaining to watch."

In the season premiere, Anne and Tyler are confronted with some of the worst cooks they've ever seen during an open casting call. They then chose fourteen recruits including a lunch lady, truck driver, Army veteran and special education teacher to send to boot camp, and each contestant whips up the "offending dish" that landed them in hot water. After a stomach-wrenching tasting, Anne and Tyler pick their teams and attempt to teach them to make a well-balanced meal. Two recruits are not up to the task, and are sent home. Upcoming episodes feature a game show- style battle called "Family Food," internationally-flavored empanada and Asian street food challenges and a visit from the competitors' loved ones. The season culminates in a finale on Sunday, February 14th at 9pm ET/PT where the most improved recruit is awarded $25,000 and bragging rights for their mentor.

Viewers wanting more can visit FoodNetwork.com/WorstCooks to take a quiz to find out if they could survive boot camp, catch photo and video highlights, get culinary tips, vote on their favorite Worst Cooks and much more. Join the conversation on twitter using #WorstCooks.

Worst Cooks in America is produced by Optomen Productions LLC, an All3 Media Company.

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posted 11/18/15

Wednesday: Free-Falling
Fox Wins Another Wednesday; GSN's Originals Adjust
From the Futon Critic

FOX (7.957 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) was still the network to beat on Wednesday with new episodes of "Rosewood" (4.757 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8) and "Empire" (11.156 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1).

ABC (6.380 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then took home the silver with originals from "The Middle" (7.853 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T4), "The Goldbergs" (7.066 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3), "Modern Family" (8.351 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2), "Black-ish" (6.151 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.9, #6) and "Nashville" (4.430 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T13).

Next up was CBS (7.810 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and its trio of "Survivor: Cambodia - Second Chance" (8.867 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T4), "Criminal Minds" (8.029 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7) and "Code Black" (6.533 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #11).

Meanwhile, NBC (6.698 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) offered up new episodes from "The Mysteries of Laura" (7.374 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.264 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8) and "Chicago PD" (6.456 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (2.574 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T13) and "Supernatural" (1.751 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #15) on The CW (2.163 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage (Food): 1.095 million
- Are You the One? (MTV/SF): 921,000
- Are You the One? (MTV): 887,000
- The Challenge: Casting Special (MTV): 538,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 459,000
- @midnight (Comedy): 371,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10p): 240,000
- Idiotest (GSN/10:30p): 221,000
- Hellevator (GSN): 215,000 (after premiering with a total of 503,000)

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posted 11/18/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "To Tell the View"

  • NeNe Leakes didn't enjoy the view... tweeted about it... then deleted it (Us Magazine)
     

  • "American Idol" will have all its judges return for the final season (Access Hollywood)... but will Phillip Phillips? (Hollywood Reporter)
     

  • Want to live in the palatial Chris Hardwick estate? (Los Angeles Times)
     

  • Guy Fieri. Autographing Lean Cuisines. Living the dream (The Frisky)
     

  • #TBT: Speaking of groceries, here's David Ruprecht (Hitfix)
     

  • Howie Mandel plays Coral Springs. Say hi to Chico's aunt for him (Boca News Now)
     

  • How "Lip Sync Battle" became a hit (The Wrap)
     

  • Stephen Fry to be honored by the Rose d'Or (Star UK)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Billy Eichner (Playboy)

posted 11/19/15


GSN Pleads Winsanity
Donald Faison Tapped to Host New Show in 2016
From the Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today it has greenlit 40 episodes of a new original game show series, WINSANITY, to behosted by actor and comedian Donald Faison ("Scrubs"). The show will begin shooting in early 2016.

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

Donald Faison, best known to TV viewers for his long-running role on the hit TV series "Scrubs" and the classic teen film and TV series "Clueless," will serve as host of the show. Faison is a two-time winner of the BET Comedy Award and has been nominated multiple times for the NAACP Image Award and Teen Choice Awards.

"Winsanity is a fun, raucous game where contestants play for prizes for themselves as well as members of the audience," said Amy Introcaso-Davis, EVP Programming and Development for GSN. "Donald Faison's sharp comedic timing makes him the perfect host for this fast-paced game that is filled with terrific play-along."

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

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posted 11/18/15


Fox Has a New Show... and Its Host Is JOHN CENA!
WWE Superstar to Host "American Grit" for 2016
From the Futon Critic

FOX has ordered AMERICAN GRIT, a new, 10-episode competition series starring WWE Superstar John Cena. Sixteen of the country's toughest men and women will be split into four teams as they work together to face a variety of military-grade and survival-themed challenges. Cena and an elite group of mentors from the nation's most exclusive military units will push these civilians beyond their limits. The mentors, known as "The Cadre," include Rorke Denver, Noah Galloway, Tawanda "Tee" Hanible and Nick "The Reaper" Irving. These real-life heroes, who represent diverse backgrounds and top branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, will impart their first-hand knowledge and experience to help the competitors work together as teams to surmount near-impossible mental and physical challenges. AMERICAN GRIT embodies the military ethos "no man left behind," because only the first team to complete the challenges together is safe from elimination. Each episode will culminate in "The Circus," a punishing, endurance-based obstacle course designed to break the weakest competitors. With up to a million dollars of prize money at stake, this is the ultimate test of strength, grit, the human spirit and, most importantly, teamwork. The series is produced by Leftfield Pictures.

"The U.S Military is the epitome of resolve and dedication, which is why I am so excited to be a part of AMERICAN GRIT," said Cena. "This show will not only be a challenging and fierce competition, but it will give viewers a glimpse into the perseverance and training of the men and women of the Armed Forces."

"AMERICAN GRIT is a bold, aspirational competition series that aligns with the spirit of the FOX unscripted brand," said David Madden, President, Entertainment, FOX Broadcasting Company. "The team at Leftfield and the incredible John Cena have created a series built on the pillars of determination, dedication and strength that we know will resonate with our audience. John is not only a phenomenal athlete but a motivational force, who inspires fans around the world, and we are thrilled he is leading the charge."

"We are excited to be working with FOX and John Cena on a show that highlights the American spirit of competition, which is epitomized by Cena," said executive producer and CEO, Leftfield Entertainment, Brent Montgomery. "With John as their inspiration, our contestants will show viewers what happens when you swing for the fences with focus, commitment and teamwork."

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posted 11/18/15

Tuesday: Split Decision
The Voice Gives NBC the Demo, CBS Gets the Total Win
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.217 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday thanks to a new "The Voice" (11.110 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1), the launch of "Chicago Med" (8.593 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) and an original "Chicago Fire" (7.948 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4).

CBS (12.296 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then was the number two draw with its trio of "NCIS" (16.471 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3), "NCIS: New Orleans" (12.866 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5) and "Limitless" (7.552 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6).

Next up was ABC (3.331 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with originals from "The Muppets" (3.901 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.843 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6) and "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (3.572 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8) plus a repeat "Shark Tank" (2.549 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.521 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) offered up new episodes of "Grandfathered" (2.985 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11), "The Grinder" (2.376 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12) and "Scream Queens" (2.362 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12).

And finally, originals from "The Flash" (3.338 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8) and "iZombie" (1.260 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) on The CW (2.299 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.364 million
- @midnight (Comedy): 348,000
- Sweat Inc. (Spike): 192,000
- MasterChef Canada (Cooking): 113,000

The Futon Critic

posted 11/18/15

Nigel Looks for a Choreographer Online
"Every Single Step" To Bow on Go90
From Variety

Nigel Lythgoe is making his dance floor digital.

The “So You Think You Can Dance” co-creator is producing “Every Single Step,” a competition series for choreographers that will premiere on Nov. 19 on Verizon’s Go90 channel.

With acclaimed music video choreographer — and “SYTYCD” alum — Brian Friedman as its mentor and Vine star Liza Koshy as its host, the series pits 10 choreographers against each other in themed challenges and hopes to do for that industry what “Project Runway” did for fashion designers.

“It’s been over 10 years since I started ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ and during that time I’ve seen how dancers techniques have improved exponentially,” Lythgoe told Variety. “I think the street dancers have inspired and excited the formally trained with their fearless attitude to music and movement. And the trained dancers have shown the street kids how important technique is. This has led to a thriving, creative cauldron of dance talent waiting to be led and challenged by new bright demanding choreographers with a vision. We have created ‘Every Single Step’ to help, guide and find this new layer of talent. With the standard of mentors and judges we have employed I feel confident that we will do just that.”

Launched by dance-music digital network DanceOn, the 10-episode series is produced by Nigel Lythgoe Productions and INE/Trium Entertainment. New celebrity guest judges appear in each 22-minute episode. The finale culminates with dance industry stars Tricia Miranda and Kenny Ortega coming on to help decide which of the two remaining contestants will take home the grand prize of $25,000.

“‘Every Single Step’ shines a new perspective on dance competitions. For the first time, audiences get to root for the choreographers rather than the dancers and go deeper into the creation of their show stopping performances,” said DanceOn CEO Amanda Taylor. “We are thrilled to be working with Nigel Lythgoe and Go90 to bring this new series to life.”

This is one of several new projects to hit Go90. Vice Media recently announced it would air a daily lifestyle and culture series on the free mobile-video service. Lythgoe added that he thinks a digital platform is a good fit for his new product.

“I think the word ‘choreographer’ frightened many television executives,” he said. “To be honest it was only a few years ago that people found out how to pronounce the word ‘choreographer.’ Unless they were crazy dance fans I don’t believe they realized how creative, entertaining and artistic the world of choreography could be. Times are changing rapidly and dance and the creation of dance is becoming so successful in this new digital era. I believe Go90 to be a very exciting platform for the DanceOn channel and ‘Every Single Step.'”

Variety

posted 11/18/15

Malaysian Family Feud
"Fastest Family First" to Bow on Asianet
From Television Post

Malayalam general entertainment channel Asianet has launched a non-fiction game show titled ‘Fastest Family First’ that tests not just the participant’s knowledge but their partners’ as well.

Produced by Big Synergy, the game show is played in three teams of a parent–child combination, with only one team reaching the jackpot round.


‘Fastest Family First’ airs on the channel from 8 to 9 pm every Monday to Thursday.

As per the format, a team member presses the buzzer for their partner to answer a question. The twist in the game is that they cannot see or hear each other when playing the game. Divided by a ‘shield’ in the studio, the team members buzz in on questions assuming their partner knows the answer. The game show comprises four rounds. The first round is ‘Top Ten’, followed by ‘Match it Right’, ‘Knock-Out’ and ‘Winner Take All’. The fourth round is a jackpot round with a prize amount of Rs 100,000.

The show is hosted by Govind Padmasoorya, who liaises between the teams and acts as a mentor to the participants coming from different districts in Kerala.

Television Post

posted 11/18/15

Syndies: Week 7
Results for the Week Ending November 8
From B&C

Most syndies soared to season highs in the first full week of the November sweep, which ended Nov. 8. The key sweeps period runs Oct. 29 through Nov. 25.

CTD’s Wheel of Fortune accelerated 9% to lead the games by a good margin with a new season-high 7.2. CTD’s Jeopardy! answered with a 6% gain to a new season-high 6.6. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud was flat at a 6.3, but up 7% from last year at this time.

Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire was unchanged at a 1.3, a 32% decline from last year. Debmar-Mercury’s sophomore Celebrity Name Game stood pat a 1.2.

B&C

posted 11/17/15

Monday: It's Getting Hot In Here
ABC, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (10.418 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) was the demo champ for the 16th consecutive Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (11.533 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) and "Blindspot" (8.188 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2).

ABC (10.455 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2) then was the most-watched network with originals from "Dancing with the Stars" (12.284 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3) and "Castle" (6.797 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8).

Next up was CBS (8.246 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2) and its trio of "Supergirl" (7.874 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T3), "Scorpion" (9.079 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.784 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.061 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Gotham" (4.367 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T5) and "Minority Report" (1.756 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).

And finally, new episodes of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (1.172 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.451 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10) on The CW (1.311 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Cake Wars (Food): 833,000
- @midnight (Comedy): 257,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/17/15

Philippines Hails "Cash Cab"
Sony Pictures Asia Commissions Local Version
From TBI Vision

Sony Pictures Television Networks Asia has commissioned a local version of Cash Cab, the profitable All3Media International format.

SPT’s show will air on its AXN pay TV channel from December, going into production this week.

Australia-headquartered ActiveTV, which was behind Cash Cab Asia and The Amazing Race Asia, will produce Cash Cab Philippines.

Starcom Mediavest Group is supporting the show, in which unsuspecting cab passengers become contestants in an impromptu gameshow, where the driver is the presenter. Popular local actor Ryan Agoncillo assumes the role of the quizmaster-cum-cab driver.

All3Media sells the show internationally, and counts the format as a key revenue-driver.

“Cash Cab Philippines is a localised adaptation of AXN’s very successful Cash Cab Asia, so the show will immediately resonate with our Filipino viewers,” said Ang Hui Keng, senior VP and general manager, SPT Networks Asia.

“The show continues our commitment to high quality original productions and sustains the momentum gained from The Amazing Race Asia, The Apprentice Asia and the record-breaking Asia’s Got Talent.

TBI Vision
C21 Media

posted 11/17/15

"Still Standing" Is, Well....
New Renewals for Italy, Thailand, Belgium
From World Screen

Armoza Formats’ game show Still Standing has been recommissioned worldwide in countries such as Italy, Thailand and Belgium.

A second season of the local version in Italy, produced by Endemol Italy, has been commissioned for Canale 5. Titled Caduta Libera, it will begin production in December and is slated to air in January. A second season of Still Standing is also in the works for Channel 7 in Thailand via Armoza’s representation deal with NBCUniversal International Formats. The 52-episode second season will be produced by Zense Entertainment.

VTM in Belgium is also set to begin airing a sophomore season of the format, and a seventh season will air on JSBC in China this month. Meanwhile, Canal 10 in Uruguay has acquired a 40-episode 13th season of the ready-made Spanish version, locally known as Ahora Caigo.

A fourth season of Still Standing, created by July-August Productions, is currently airing on Channel 10 in Israel. Still Standing gives contestants the chance to win $1 million if they can out-guess their opponents in fast-paced trivia battles. If they don’t answer fast enough, they are dropped through the studio floor.

Avi Armoza, the CEO of Armoza Formats, said: “The simple and unique structure of Still Standing makes it a winning formula for television audiences everywhere, and we’re thrilled to see its continued growth internationally.”

World Screen

posted 11/17/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The B In Business"

posted 11/17/15

ABC's Midseason Begins January 3...
On Deck: "The Bachelor", "My Diet", "Beyond the Tank"
From TV Insider

ABC will make room for Shonda Rhimes' next series, The Catch, in March, while new drama The Family will also get a TGIT preview before moving to Sunday nights.

Those are just two of the network's midseason moves, announced today. The Catch lands Thursdays at 10/9c on March 24, after How to Get Away with Murder's finale airs the previous week. The Family gets a sneak preview on Thursday, March 3, before heading to Sundays at 9/8c (in the slot currently held by Blood & Oil.)

Also, The Real O'Neals will get a Wednesday showcase on March 2, with two episodes at 8:30/7:30c and 9:30/8:30c before settling in on Tuesdays behind Fresh off the Boat.

Also: Returning to the lineup: Marvel's Agent Carter, which takes the Tuesdays at 9/8c slot starting Jan. 5 as Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. takes a break. Meanwhile, Galavant is back on Sundays at 8/7c starting January 3 as Once Upon a Time goes on hiatus.

The Bachelor returns for its 20th edition on Monday, Jan. 4 at 8/7c between seasons of Dancing with the Stars. And while Rhimes' TGIT lineup takes a winter break, ABC will go all-reality on Thursday nights with the two-hour My Diet is Better Than Yours paired with Beyond the Tank starting Jan. 7.

TV Insider
The Futon Critic

posted 11/16/15

TMZ - YES TMZ - Gets Its Game On
Harvey Levin Teams with Fox TV Stations for Test Run Game Show January
From Deadline

The Fox stations will try out another syndicated TV show from TMZ Studios and Telepictures. The station group has set an 8-week preview of TMZ Studios and Telepictures’ celebrity-themed game show South of Wilshire, executive produced by Harvey Levin. It will begin Jan. 4 on selected Fox O&Os, including the top two markets New York and Los Angeles. The Fox stations, which already carry two TMZ-branded syndicated celebrity-driven shows, TMZ on TV (aka TMZ) and TMZ Live, usually test run prospective new syndicated shows in the summer. They are now opening a new test window in January.

Set in the Crenshaw District of L.A. with Dulan’s soul food restaurant is home base, in South of Wilshire contestants watch videos shot in Compton, Inglewood, Baldwin Hills and other areas where celebs hang out … restaurants, bars, churches, tattoo parlors, gyms, basketball courts and other venues. Three contestants at Dulan’s guess the identity of the celebs from clues provided by owners and customers at the locations and play for money as the audience dines on soul food. In the final round, a celebrity, whose identity is disguised, gives the clues about him/herself.

Frank Cicha, SVP, Programming, Fox TV Stations called South of Wilshire “interesting and different, within a sustainable economic model.” Outside of the traditional summer testing period, the station group previously tried out a new syndicated show in November. This marks its first January test. “Extending the original series strategy beyond summer is also a plus,” he said. “And, it will give us something to talk about at NATPE.”

Levin executive produces with Ryan Regan. “The show is super fun,” Levin said. “It’s impossible not to play along, and just watching the people at Dulan’s and the videos are entertaining as hell.”

Deadline
Indiewire
Eurweb
Adweek
Variety
B&C
TV Week

posted 11/16/15

Weekend: Racing Sharks
CBS, ABC Split Another Friday Night
From The Futon Critic

Note: Friday was atypical on TV as everyone was covering the Paris attacks.

ABC (5.898 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the demo champ on Friday with originals from "Last Man Standing" (7.471 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Dr. Ken" (5.308 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Shark Tank" (6.192 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "20/20" (5.113 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

The silver then went to CBS (8.160 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) with its trio of "The Amazing Race" (5.819 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.363 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) and "Blue Bloods" (10.298 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

Next up was FOX (2.991 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its duo of "MasterChef Junior" (3.749 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) and "World's Funniest" (2.234 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.152 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up a last-minute "Undateable" (2.503 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) repeat followed by new episodes of "Truth Be Told" (2.060 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12), "Grimm" (3.621 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9) and "Dateline NBC" (3.552 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

And finally, new episodes of "Reign" (1.083 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and "America's Next Top Model" (1.032 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on The CW (1.057 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night.

On cable:
- BBQ Blitz (Friday - Food/SF): 759,000
- The Chase (Friday - GSN): 688,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/16/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "I'm Just Disappointing Everyone Today, Aren't I?"

  • "Only Connect" moves an hour up. Why? (Radio Times)
     

  • NEWS: Models sue nudist resort for unauthorized use of intellectual property. ObGameShows: three of them were on "Race", "Price", and "DOND" (Tampa Bay Online)
     

  • Guy Fieri thinks if Anthony Bourdain doesn't have an issue, he ought to have one. Let that sink in (People)
     

  • Bindi Irwin's touching salute to her father, who, LA judges, is still dead. (Us)
     

  • Jeff Foxworthy to git-r-done with a fake redneck in Oklahoma City (NewsOK)
     

  • Steve Harvey is sued for 10 Fast Money rounds due to alterations on a private jet (New York Daily News)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Chris Hardwick (Splitsider)

posted 11/16/15

Thursday: Tie Ball Game
CBS Wins Totals, Ties with ABC for Demo
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.986 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T1) was the most-watched network on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (15.286 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #1), "Life in Pieces" (9.500 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2), "Mom" (8.571 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T5), the return of "2 Broke Girls" (7.681 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T5) and "Elementary" (6.440 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9).

ABC (7.457 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.988 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T3), "Scandal" (7.697 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T3) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (6.687 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #7).

Next up was NBC (4.612 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and new episodes from "Heroes Reborn" (3.753 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10), "The Blacklist" (6.674 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8) and "The Player" (3.409 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13).

Meanwhile, FOX (4.083 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Bones" (5.139 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and "Sleepy Hollow" (3.026 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.317 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #14) and "The Originals" (0.996 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) on The CW (1.157 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped Impossible (Food): 1.422 million
- Project Runway (Lifetime/S): 1.276 million
- Project Runway Junior (Lifetime/P): 1.189 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.038 million
- @midnight (Comedy): 365,000
- Broke A$$ Game Show (MTV): 353,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/13/15

No Room for "Squares"
ITV Cancels "Hollywood" Redux After 2 Series
From Stock Market Wire

DCD Media, the independent TV distribution and production company, has reported that following two successive commissions for the prime time comedy game show, Celebrity Squares, it has been informed by ITV that a third series will not be commissioned for next year.

While the show may be re-commissioned in the future the loss of the revenue will impact performance for the Group in 2016. The Board stresses, however, that the Group is encouraged by its strong pipeline of opportunities in the production division.

Stock Market Wire

posted 11/13/15

Wheel, Jeopardy! Salute the Veterans
Sony Teams with Got Your 6
From the Statesman

"Jeopardy!" and "Wheel of Fortune" aren't playing around when it comes to marking Veterans Day.

The game shows, in cooperation with the veterans' support campaign Got Your 6, are using this week's episodes to spotlight those who have served.

On "Wheel of Fortune," all of the contestants have been in a branch of the U.S. military. And host Pat Sajak, an Army veteran, joined with other vets and show presenter Vanna White to tape a series of public service announcements.

The PSAs that will air during "Wheel of Fortune" aim to counter stereotypes and myths about veterans, said Army vet and Got Your 6 spokeswoman Kate Hoit.

Sajak said he was thrilled to "honor others who have served their country."

"Particularly in this all-volunteer era, it's easy to forget about the sacrifices made by them and their families," he said.

Sajak joined the Army in 1968 and served for three years. That included an 18-month stint in Saigon that he said was largely spent as a U.S. Armed Forces radio DJ.

On the "Jeopardy!" episode airing Wednesday, Veterans Day, "Modern Family" star Eric Stonestreet will present a veterans-related category for the quiz show's contestants.

Sajak and "Jeopardy!" host Alex Trebek, who has participated in more than a dozen USO trips over the years, also taped a PSA for Got Your 6 "Storytellers" events, one held in New York last week and one set for Tuesday in Los Angeles.

Held in partnership with the TV academy, "Storytellers" provides a showcase for the talents and ideas of those who served, according to Got Your 6, which derives its name from the military phrase, "Got your back."

Statesman
Tech Times
KSDK St. Louis
PerezHilton.com

posted 11/13/15

Tamar Braxton Drops Out of "DWTS"
Medical Emergency Could Mean the Return Of Eliminated Contestant
From the Futon Critic

Tamar Braxton has been forced to quit Dancing with the Stars and cancel her concert tour amidst continuing health problems.

The singer was rushed to the hospital with pneumonia earlier this week, only arriving in time for Monday's Dancing episode with minutes to spare.

Braxton continued treatment in recent days, and has learned that she has an additional medical issue that will prevent her from dancing for the time being.

She wrote on Instagram: "With a Heavy heart I regret to inform you that my season of #dwts has to come to an end along with the rest of my tour dates with @musicbykem.

"After yesterday's final #dwts performance I went back to the hospital (after the doctors didn't want me to leave in the first place) only to find out that I don't have pneumonia but something way more serious and that is having several P.E.'s (blood clots in both sides of my lungs).

"As you all know I will be the first to always encourage anyone to push through any obstacle that comes along one's way. But in this case, my health is my current obstacle."

Braxton further stressed that she will not become disheartened by her health struggles, writing: "I woke up to a mirror and saw myself this morning and that makes me the winner because that almost wasn't the case."

This is the second medical emergency to take place this season, after Real Housewives of Atlanta star Kim Zolciak-Biermann was forced to leave the show after suffering a mini stroke.

Braxton and her professional partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy consistently earned high marks throughout the season – even as the singer battled pneumonia.

Digital Spy
People
Gold Derby
Starpulse

posted 11/12/15

Wednesday: Eke-ock
NBC NARROWLY Takes Totals, While Fox Retains Demos
From the Futon Critic

FOX (8.177 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) took home the top demo honors on Wednesday with new episodes of "Rosewood" (5.208 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #11) and "Empire" (11.146 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1).

Second place then went to NBC (8.287 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) with a special "The Voice" (10.202 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3) followed by new episodes of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.853 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T6) and "Chicago PD" (6.805 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T9).

Next up was ABC (6.299 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) and its original lineup of "The Middle" (7.573 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T6), "The Goldbergs" (6.988 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T4), "Modern Family" (8.119 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2), "Black-ish" (6.002 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.9, #8) and "Nashville" (4.556 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #13).

Meanwhile, CBS (8.064 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) offered up new episodes from "Survivor: Cambodia - Second Chance" (8.937 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T4), "Criminal Minds" (8.392 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T9) and "Code Black" (6.863 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #12).

And finally, fresh installments of "Arrow" (2.275 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #14) and "Supernatural" (1.714 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #15) on The CW (1.995 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the night.

On cable:
- Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage (Food): 899,000
- Are You The One (MTV): 728,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 539,000
- @midnight (Comedy): 361,000
- Idiotest (GSN): 256,000
- Hellevator (GSN): 215,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/12/15

ABC Goes on a Diet
Shaun T to Host "My Diet Is Better Than Yours" January 7
From TV Insider

ABC is adding a twist to the TV weight-loss format.

The network has ordered the series My Diet is Better Than Yours, which premieres Thursday, Jan. 7 at 8/7c. The show follows a roster of celebrity trainers as they coach overweight Americans looking to drop some pounds.

Here’s the twist: Each trainer will employ their own diet and exercise plan to help their assigned contestant lose the weight. (Call it Losing Weight with the Diet Stars.)

ABC has ordered eight one-hour episodes, and will air two back-to-back in a two-hour block for four weeks.

Fitness expert Shaun T, who created the popular workout regimen “Insanity,” will host. Star trainers who will be paired with regular contestants include Carolyn James, Jovanka Ciares, Jay Cardiello, Dawn Jackson and Abel James.

Competitors may also choose to eliminate trainers from the show if they don’t feel like they’re hitting their fitness goals.

TV Insider

posted 11/12/15

Amazing Race Shares Its Social-Friendly Cast
28th Running to Begin on Phil's Facebook
From TV Guide

The Amazing Race is going social next season.

Season 28 of the Emmy-winning series will feature 11 teams of what CBS dubs "social media influencers," the network announced Tuesday. In keeping with the theme, host Phil Keoghan will live-stream the first leg on his Facebook page on Sunday at approximately 10:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. PT.

The teams include YouTube stars Tyler Oakley and Korey Kuhl, lifestyle vlogger Blair Fowler and her father Scott Fowler, and a handful of Vine stars.

Keoghan previously told TVGuide.com that the show had "something interesting" in store for next season. " "Season 28 might surprise you," he said.

Season 28 will premiere in February.

TV Guide
E!
TV Insider

posted 11/12/15

My British "Voice" Is Changing
Report: ITV Snatches UK Version from BBC
From C21 Media

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has taken singing competition format The Voice from the BBC, with the pubcaster saying it did not want to get into a bidding war for the show.

The fifth season of the Saturday night show, which debuts early 2016, will be the last on BBC1, ending months of speculation that ITV would step in to take the rights.

Mark Linsey, BBC’s acting director of television, said: “We always said we wouldn’t get into a bidding war or pay inflated prices to keep the show and it’s testament to how the BBC has built the program up – and established it into a mainstay of the Saturday night schedule – that another broadcaster has poached it.”

ITV already offers Simon Cowell’s Britain’s Got Talent and singing show The X Factor although the latter has struggled for ratings recently, prompting speculation over its future.

The Voice creator John de Mol has been trying to get the BBC to run a junior version of the show over the last few years but to no avail, however it is understood ITV is now also lining up that project.

It’s likely that ITV Studios’s £355m (US$531.7m) acquisition of Del Mol’s production firm, Talpa Media, earlier in the year played a part in the broadcaster’s decision to go for the show.

ITV missed out on The Voice in 2011 after the BBC won rights for £20m – but the deal has since been criticized by the likes of UK culture secretary John Whittingdale, who questioned whether it was the right way to spend license fee payers’ money,

Last month, ITV called for the BBC to be banned from remaking international formats such as The Voice.

The new deal with ITV has not been finalized, but an announcement is expected imminently. It is expected to air The Voice in 2017.

Wall to Wall, part of the Warner Bros-owned Shed Media group, produces the UK version of The Voice with Talpa and has a contract for at least the next two seasons.

C21 Media
Realscreen
Daily Mirror
Irish Independent
Broadcast

posted 11/12/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Blue Whale"

  • Alan Davies heads to Weston (Bristol Post)
     

  • Vanna White heads to Beaufort (Island Packet)
     

  • A guy-on-guy dance on "Dancing" heads nowhere (TMZ)

posted 11/12/15

Tuesday: NBCBS
#1-#2 Split
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.929 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday with an expanded two-hour "The Voice" (10.791 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) and a new "Chicago Fire" (8.205 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3).

CBS (11.938 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) then took home the silver with its trio of "NCIS" (16.433 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), "NCIS: New Orleans" (12.282 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4) and "Limitless" (7.101 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5).

Next up was The CW (2.513 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with originals from "The Flash" (3.609 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5) and "iZombie" (1.417 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.002 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up fresh installments of "The Muppets" (3.879 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9), "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.712 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (3.520 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7) and "Wicked City" (1.692 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14).

And finally, new episodes of "Grandfathered" (3.075 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10), "The Grinder" (2.611 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12) and "Scream Queens" (2.498 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11) on FOX (2.670 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Chopped Junior (Food): 1.419 million
- Chopped (Food): 1.105 million
- @midnight (Comedy): 357,000
- Sweat Inc. (Spike): 183,000
- Knife Fight (Esquire/SP): 40,000
- Knife Fight (Esquire/9:30p): 28,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/11/15

Third Season of "Broken Skull"? Hell Yeah!
CMT Renews Obstacle Course Series
From the Futon Critic

In honor of Veteran's Day, CMT announced today that for the first time America's greatest heroes - our military - will be first to tackle the formidable Skullbuster when the hit series "Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge" returns Sunday, January 3 at 8:00-9:00 p.m. ET/PT. Television's most physically demanding competition series is back with 18 all-new episodes featuring world-renowned athletic contenders from across the obstacle course racing world including Spartan and CrossFit, power lifters, professional athletes, MMA fighters and everyday heroes.

The new season kicks off with a special military-themed episode as brothers in arms face off in a series of intense challenges. In the end, only one Veteran will make it to the final challenge designed by Steve Austin himself, the Skullbuster. The half-mile obstacle course is the most grueling one yet, and only the toughest of the tough will make it to the end for a shot at winning $10,000. The military Veterans will also compete for a chance to win an additional $10,000 for the charity of his choice.

"Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge" is one of CMT's highest-rated series, reaching more than 4 million weekly viewers across all platforms in season two.

For more on "Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge" or to catch up on previous seasons, visit CMT.com and download the CMT App. Fans can also join the conversation on the series official Facebook page, and follow @CMT on Twitter and Instagram using #BrokenSkullChallenge.

Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge is produced by 51 Minds Entertainment with executive producers Christian Sarabia, Steve Austin, Vincent Cariati and co-executive producer Steve Kaufman. Julia Silverton and Jayson Dinsmore executive produce for CMT.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/11/15

Are You the Four?
MTV Renews Dating Series
From the Futon Critic

MTV today announced a season four renewal for its hit matchmaking experiment "Are You The One?". The series is coming off the highest-rated episode of its current season with a 1.42 P12-34 L+3 rating - representing a 78% lift versus live + same day - and currently pacing up 8 percent over its prior season. Last week's airing was also the highest-rated episode since the first season finale in March of 2014. Socially, "Are You The One?" is logging significant gains versus last season on Instagram (+136%), Twitter (+15%) and Facebook (+12%). In addition, MTV's been engaging fans throughout the season with more than half a million votes being cast during #PlayAYTO, an interactive TV experience that allows fans to play along with the show and compete to win a trip to Hawaii. The penultimate episode of season three airs Wednesday, November 11 on MTV, setting the stage for a special two-hour finale episode on Wednesday, November 18 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT.

"'Are You The One?' is an irresistibly juicy and fun exploration of the thin line between love, infatuation and social experiment, and we're thrilled to see the audience responding to this season's dialed up romance and drama," said Lauren Dolgen, EVP of Reality Series Development. "AYTO fans are gonna flip when they see what goes down in the final two episodes of this season, and we can't wait to bring it back with a new crew of love-seeking singles in season four."

Season three of "Are You The One?" introduced a hard-hitting twist. If at any point during the weekly matchup ceremonies the singles fail to make at least one true match (known in the game as a "Blackout"), the group is penalized with the loss of $250,000 from the starting million-dollar prize pot. In the second episode, viewers watched as the singles confidently sat next to their perfect matches, yet failed to send a single beam of light into the sky bringing the jackpot down to $750,000.

With only one confirmed perfect match thus far, emotions run at a dizzying high in the intense, two-hour season finale, which features a fallout between Amanda and Mike winds up much bigger than the house could have ever anticipated. The couples are torn between playing for love and strategizing to win and they choose to let a coin toss decide their fate. Love and $750,000 are on the line.

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 11/11/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Big Money"

posted 11/11/15

Monday: Spot Me
NBC Wins Thanks to "Voice", Just Renewed "Blindspot"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (10.530 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) was still the network to beat on Monday with new episodes of "The Voice" (11.974 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1) and "Blindspot" (7.641 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2).

ABC (10.448 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then took home the silver with originals from "Dancing with the Stars" (12.554 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) and "Castle" (6.237 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8).

Next up was CBS (8.441 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) and its trio of "Supergirl" (8.170 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5), "Scorpion" (9.315 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.837 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.867 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Gotham" (4.140 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6) and "Bones" (1.594 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9).

And finally, new episodes of "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.979 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.076 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10) on The CW (1.027 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food/S): 1.094 million
- Cake Wars (Food/SP): 1.050 million
- @midnight (Comedy): 268,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/10/15

Syndies: Week 6
Results for the Week Ending November 1
From B&C

CBS Television Distribution’s Hot Bench climbed to another series high in the week ending Nov. 1, adding two-tenths of a ratings point to a 2.4, up 9% for the week and 50% over last year at this time. That’s by far the largest annual increase of any show in syndication.

CTD’s Wheel of Fortune held steady to lead the game shows at a 6.6. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud dipped 2% to a 6.3, but was the only game to improve year to year with a 2% increase. CTD’s Jeopardy! was unchanged at a 6.2 for the third week in a row.

Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire climbed 8% to a new season-high 1.3, although the show was down 28% from last year at this time. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game remained at a 1.2.

B&C

posted 11/10/15

Weekend: The Chase Is Back
ABC, CBS Split Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (6.014 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the network to beat among adults 18-49 on Friday with originals from "Last Man Standing" (6.840 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "Dr. Ken" (5.415 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "Shark Tank" (6.693 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "20/20" (5.222 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2).

CBS (8.453 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with its trio of "The Amazing Race" (5.859 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.749 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) and "Blue Bloods" (10.752 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

Next up was FOX (3.176 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) with the return of "MasterChef Junior" (4.123 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) and "World's Funniest" (2.228 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.457 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up new episodes from "Undateable" (2.698 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12), "Truth Be Told" (2.141 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13), "Grimm" (3.754 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and "Dateline NBC" (4.197 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

And finally, new episodes of "Reign" (0.992 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "America's Next Top Model" (0.932 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) on The CW (0.962 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.734 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.586 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.152 million
- The Chase (GSN): 695,000
- BBQ Blitz (Food): 675,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/10/15

Winter on Fox
On Deck, "Hell's Kitchen", "American Idol"
From The Futon Critic

FOX is announcing premiere dates for new series COOPER BARRETT'S GUIDE TO SURVIVING LIFE (Jan. 3), BORDERTOWN (Jan. 3), SECOND CHANCE (Jan. 13) and LUCIFER (Jan. 25); and returning series NEW GIRL (Jan. 5), AMERICAN IDOL (Jan. 6 and Jan. 7) and HELL'S KITCHEN (Jan. 15). In addition, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE will move to Tuesdays (9:00-9:30 PM ET/PT) on Jan. 5, joining GRANDFATHERED (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) and THE GRINDER (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT), each in new time periods.

As previously announced, SUPERHUMAN airs Jan. 4; THE X-FILES returns Jan. 24 and Jan. 25; and three-hour LIVE musical event GREASE: LIVE will air Jan. 31.

AMERICAN IDOL will begin its 15th - and farewell - season with a special two-night, four-hour premiere event Wednesday, Jan. 6 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) and Thursday, Jan. 7 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. A season-long celebratory event, AMERICAN IDOL will feature host Ryan Seacrest and judges Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick, Jr., as they discover an IDOL one last time, and pay tribute to the past 14 seasons of amazingly talented contestants and the millions of fans who phoned, tweeted, texted and championed their favorites.

MASTERCHEF JUNIOR continues on Fridays returning with a special two-hour episode on Friday, Jan. 8 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT). HELL'S KITCHEN, starring fiery chef Gordon Ramsay, cooks up its 15th season beginning Friday, Jan. 15 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), following an all-new episode of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR in its regular time period (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT).

As previously announced, SUPERHUMAN, a new two-hour special hosted by actor Kal Penn that tests the extraordinary skills of 12 contestants, premieres Monday, Jan. 4 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

The Futon Critic
TV Insider

posted 11/10/15

Jeopardy!'s Not The Only Game with a Tournament
Food Launches "Guy's Grocery Games" Tournament of Champions November 29
From The Futon Critic

Guy Fieri welcomes back past GGG champions in Guy's Grocery Games Tournament of Champions, premiering Sunday, November 29th at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network. In this special five-part stunt, four of the most unforgettable previous winners battle it out each episode, competing in a number of culinary challenges testing each champions' culinary prowess and innovation, earning a spot in the grand finale to claim ultimate bragging rights as a two-time winner and an extra run at the Shopping Spree for a chance to become the biggest prizewinner in Guy's Grocery Games history! In each episode, the contestants who are not up to the task will one-by-one check out, determined by a rotating panel of judges that includes Melissa d'Arabian, Richard Blais, Madison Cowan, Duskie Estes, Troy Johnson, Brian Malarkey, Catherine McCord and Aarti Sequeira. The winners from each heat meet in the grand finale for one last battle and title of GGG Grand Champion.

Fans can head to FoodNetwork.com/GroceryGames to relive video and photo highlights, take quizzes, collect grocery shopping and cooking tips from the judges and much more. Join the conversation on Twitter using #GroceryGames.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/10/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Tournament of Chumpion"

  • Ken Jennings gets Twitter-blasted twice in a week. TWO TIMES (Huffington Post)
     

  • ICYMI: a nun gives thanks for a Thanksgiving "Chopped" (Slate).
     

  • The Game has kids. Wondering when the new reality show-made girlfriend will find out (Design & Trend)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! A "Countdown" champ takes criticism WAY TOO SERIOUSLY. And does the one thing an author, or anyone else for that matter, should NEVER do (The Times)

posted 11/10/15


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