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Chopped Goes Grudge Match
Event Begins on Food Network January 5
From THe Futon Critic

It is history in the making in the Chopped kitchen, as sixteen professional chefs made up of Chopped judges and former champions take their spots at the stoves in the five-episode stunt Chopped: Grudge Match, premiering Tuesday, January 5th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. Hosted by Ted Allen, each episode features some of the most brilliant stars in the game tasked with making unforgettable meals from a basket of mystery ingredients with a limited amount of time over three rounds - appetizer, entrée, and dessert - to prove they have what it takes to earn the largest cash prize awarded on Chopped - $100,000! But this tournament will be like no other, as it includes the cream of the crop going head-to-head as they are judged by a rotating panel at the Chopped judges' table, including Michelle Bernstein, Nilou Motamed, Christian Petroni, and Geoffrey Zakarian to determine which competitors move on to the grand finale to take on one last trio of mystery baskets for bragging rights and score the biggest prize in Chopped history.

"The plan is simple - defeat the giants of Chopped and win the biggest prize in the competition's history, but this tournament is anything but simple," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "With chefs with top-level skills returning to battle it out, including our very own judges playing for Discovery's Turn Up! Fight Hunger, a partnership with No Kid Hungry, settling grudges and showing viewers what it takes to prevail in the Chopped kitchen."

Through five episodes of grudge matches the competitors must showcase their culinary chops utilizing the mystery basket ingredients, including four defeated culinary heavyweights from the "Beat the Judge" series returning with a score to settle. One ambitious champion runs into two major problems toward the end of the first round, while something stinky in the entrée basket has the competitors nervous. Then, after both remaining champs cook their hearts out with the dessert basket, the judges have a gut-wrenching decision to make. In another episode, four Chopped deities - Tiffani Faison, Amanda Freitag, Marcus Samuelsson and Chris Santos - open the appetizer basket and find a strange fish dish and some tiny exotic fruits. A pizza topped with something wild is the star ingredient in the entrée basket, and a vegetable disguised as a meat is a treat in the dessert round. Other episodes include four Chopped champions who were previously defeated by the judges returning to the kitchen hungrier than ever to take down everyone in their paths; and see sparks fly when Chopped legends Maneet Chauhan, Scott Conant and Marc Murphy face off for a chance to represent the judges in the finale. But joining them is a contender who has earned the right to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the best. The winners from each heat meet in this historic Grudge Match finale, featuring judges vs. champions! With two separate knockout rounds to determine which genius judge and brilliant champ make it to the $100,000 title fight, the stakes have never been higher. Who will score the biggest prize in Chopped history, and who will be chopped?

THe Futon Critic

posted 12/11/2020

THURSDAY: Touchdown
Fox Wins on TNF
From THe Futon Critic

FOX (9.115 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) remained on top on Thursday with its presentations of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (8.419 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (9.255 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1).

ABC (4.813 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) took home the silver with its drama trio of "Station 19" (5.399 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4), "Grey's Anatomy" (5.502 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and "A Million Little Things" (3.540 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Next up was NBC (3.110 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) and its pair of specials "One Night Only: The Best of Broadway" (3.544 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "Time Person of the Year" (2.242 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.564 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) opted for repeats of "Young Sheldon" (4.142 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #7), "B Positive" (2.921 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8), "Mom" (2.682 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and another "Mom" (2.682 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) plus "Star Trek: Discovery" (1.583 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12).

And finally, The CW (0.643 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with its holiday offering "Silent Night - A Song for the World" (0.643 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13).

Thursday cable numbers...
- Battlebots (Disocery): 906k/0.24
- Master Minds (GSN): 565k/0.04
- Top Elf (Nick): 321k/0.08
- Unleashed (Nick): 258k/0.07

THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/9/2020

More on "The Bachelor"
Matt James Begins His Search This January
From THe Futon Critic

Matt James, the charismatic and engaging star of ABC's hit romance reality series "The Bachelor," will hand out the roses for its momentous 25th season. After meeting Matt as a prospective suitor for "The Bachelorette," Bachelor Nation swooned when they learned he would take on the role as the lead of his own love story. Matt is the total package with strong family values, a great career, and has used his growing platform for good. His emerging legion of fans can't wait to follow the 28-year-old real estate broker, entrepreneur and community organization founder on his journey to find love during this historic season. Although Matt hasn't been in love before, he feels he is ready now to welcome it into his life - no matter what challenges he will face - as he starts his search for his happily ever after on the season premiere of "The Bachelor," MONDAY, JAN. 4 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.

A record-breaking 32 exceptional, beautiful women have come from all over the country to leave their everyday lives behind for the opportunity to meet the accomplished, handsome heartthrob from North Carolina. The bachelorettes pull out all the stops to catch his eye. One woman causes a stir by arriving in nothing but black lingerie and asks Matt to help her pick out an outfit from a rack of clothes.

THe Futon Critic
Reality TV World

posted 12/11/2020


Digital Spy
Dame BARBARA WINDSOR: 1937-2020
"EastEnders" Actress a Journeywoman Panelist
From Deadline

Dame Barbara Windsor, best known for her roles in EastEnders and the Carry On films, died Thursday at age 83 in a London care home. Her husband, Scott Mitchell, confirmed the death and said she died from complications from Alzheimer's.

Mitchell said his wife would be remembered for the "love, fun, friendship and brightness she brought to all our lives."

Dame Barbara appeared in nine of the 31 films in the comedy series Carry On, and Sparrows Can't Sing, for which she was nominated for a BAFTA. She also had small parts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and On the Fiddle, the latter with Sir Sean Connery.

But her biggest role may have been her portrayal of landlady Peggy Mitchell in EastEnders, where she starred alongside Ross Kemp and Steve McFadden.

Her last appearance in the soap came in 2016, the same year she was made a dame for her services to charity and entertainment.

In the latter stages of her life, she became a prominent voice calling for more and better Alzheimer's patient care. She was diagnosed with the disease in 2014 and went public with the news in 2018.

In game shows, she has made appeareances on "Strictly Come Dancing", "Britain's Got More Talent", "Chris Moyles' Quiz Night", "It's Only TV... But I Like It!", "Blankety Blank", "Celebrity Ready Steady Cook", "Surprise Surprise", "Juke Box Jury", "Scruples", "Sky Star Search", "Arena", "3-2-1", "Give Us a Clue", "Whodunnit", and "The Golden shot",

Deadline

posted 12/11/2020

HAppy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Will Survivor Survive"

  • Jeff Probst hopeful "Survivor" can start shooting soon (Gold Derby)

  • Zach Rance comes out as bisexual, Frankie Grande's companion (Us Magazine)

  • What Alex Trebek can teach us about investing (Forbes)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jamie & Corinne Fox (Best Life)

posted 12/10/2020

Reracking For "High Stakes Poker"
PokerGo to Reboot GSN Classic
From THe Wrap

Streaming service PokerGO is pushing its chips to the middle of the table and reviving former GSN series "High Stakes Poker." Hosts AJ Benza and Gabe Kaplan are back for what will be Season 8, as is the show's original producer Mori Eskandani.

"High Stakes Poker," which ran for 98 episodes across seven seasons on cable channel GSN (Game Show Network), last aired an original episode in 2011. PokerGO gets that whole library too, which included a 14-and-a-half-month hiatus between Season 4 and Season 5.

The Season 8 premiere, which drops on Wednesday, Dec. 16, will seat poker star Tom Dwan, former Major League Baseball pitcher Michael Schwimer, Jean-Robert Bellande, Bryn Kenney, Rick Salomon and Nick Petrangelo for the high-stakes cash game.

Later in the season, all-timer Phil Ivey — who owns 10 World Series of Poker bracelets — will return to the series to play some cards.

"High Stakes Poker" Season 8 was filmed at the PokerGO Studio at ARIA Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The minimum buy-ins for the game will vary from $100,000 to $200,000.

THe Wrap
Card Player
Poker News

posted 12/10/2020


Lauren King/The Hollywood Reporter
RICHARD KING: 1941-2020
Executive's KingWorld Brought Wheel, Jeopardy! to Syndication
From The Hollywood Reporter

Richard King, a founding partner of King World Productions, the syndication powerhouse that was behind such programs as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, has died. He was 79.

King died Monday in Los Angeles after a long struggle with heart and lung disease, his family announced. He was the second-oldest of the six King children that received equal shares from their mother, Lucille, in the company founded by their father, Charles King, following his death in 1972.

He served for years on the King World board but primarily left his brothers, Robert, Roger and Michael, to build the business.

In 1983, King World, then known for syndicating the Little Rascals comedies but little else, acquired the syndication rights to Wheel of Fortune, and a year later it picked up another Merv Griffin-created game show, Jeopardy!.

The Hollywood Reporter
Variety
Poker News

posted 12/10/2020

WEDNESDAY: Speed Round
Fox, CBS Split Night, Solid Return for "Light Fight"
From THe Futon Critic

FOX (4.035 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) remain on top in demos on Wednesday thanks to a new "The Masked Singer" (4.711 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and the season finale of "I Can See Your Voice" (3.359 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2).

CBS (4.060 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) was the most-watched network with its trio of "The Amazing Race 32" (4.027 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "SEAL Team" (4.342 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "S.W.A.T." (3.809 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #7).

Next up was ABC (3.297 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with the return of "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (3.904 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) plus a new "For Life" (2.085 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #8).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.186 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up its "Dr. Seuss' The Grinch Musical!" (2.496 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and a rebroadcast of "Nurses" (1.568 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9).

And finally, a new "Devils" (0.434 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) and the special "Greatest Holiday Commercials Countdown" (0.518 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) rounded out the night on The CW (0.476 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Wednesday cable numbers...
- Forged in Fire (History): 915k/0.26
- The Challenge: Double Agents (SP/MTV) 900k/0.51
- Guy's Grocery Games Delivery (Food): 672k/0.20
- Master Minds (GSN): 559k/0.04

THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/9/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "A Pair of New Cases"

  • Ellen DeGeneres posts that she has COVID-19 (TV Line)

  • Carrie Ann Inaba also posts that she has COVID-19 (Deadline)

  • Dan + Shay, Jason Derulo, JP Saxe, Julia Michaels, Keith Urban, Lauren Daigle, Lewis Capaldi, Nelly ft. Florida Georgia Line's Tyler Hubbard and 24KGoldn ft. Iann Dior... oh yeah, and we also name "The Voice" (The Futon Critic)

  • Jameela JAmil talks cancel culture (The Wrap)

posted 12/10/2020

SYNDIES: Week 10
Results for the Week Ending November 29
From TV Newscheck

Ellen DeGeneres had plenty for which to be grateful in the Thanksgiving week session ending Nov. 29 as her show unveiled its annual "12 Days Of Giveaways" and saw rating spike 18% from the week before. That gave the program a new season high 1.3 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, although it was still down 35% from last year at this time.

Most of syndication declined in the frame due to massive holiday, football and political preemptions, but Ellen was one of several strips able to break out and avoid including the low-rated Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday in its average thanks to a coverage loss.

In access, both quiz shows and magazines found the going rough. For example, usual top game Family Feud slipped 12% to a 5.0, tying Jeopardy, which tumbled 15% to a 5.0, while Wheel of Fortune faded 13% to a 4.9. Also, newsmag leader Inside Edition eroded 15% to a 2.2.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.0 -15%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.0** -12%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.9 -13%
- 25 Words or Less (CTD) 0.8 -11%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 -20%


TV Newscheck

NextTV
The Wrap
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 12/8/2020

TUESDAY: ... Or Is It Thursday? .... No, It's Tuesday
Fox Wins on TNF... on Tuesday
From THe Futon Critic

FOX (10.062 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) got a NFL-sized jolt on Tuesday with a special edition of "Thursday Night Football" (10.062 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1).

ABC (3.900 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) had to settle for second with its duo of "The Bachelorette" (4.122 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and "Big Sky" (3.456 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Next up was CBS (6.558 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its fall finales of "NCIS" (8.276 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "FBI" (6.565 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (4.832 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.273 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up new episodes of "The Voice" (6.460 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "Transplant" (3.426 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and another "Transplant" (2.934 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

And finally, closing out the night were "Swamp Thing" (0.485 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) and "Tell Me a Story" (0.283 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) on The CW (0.384 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Tuesday cable numbers...
- Chopped (Food): 830k/0.19
- Supermarket Stakeout: What Would Alex Make? (Food) 641k/0.14
- Master Minds (GSN): 559k/0.04
- The Misery Index (TBS): 544k/0.20

THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/9/2020

The Jeopardy! Sweepstakes: A Prelude
A Look Inside the $1 Billion Machine
From THe Ringer

If the question is How do you replace the irreplaceable? the answer is obvious: You can't.

Alex Trebek was a singular presence—on Jeopardy!, on television, perhaps in your home. A month after his death, his passing after nearly 40 years of answers and questions still feels shocking. But Jeopardy! will go on, as Trebek himself often said that it would.

The show has announced that, after Trebek's final episodes air the week of January 4, it will turn to "a series of interim guest hosts from within the Jeopardy! family." Ken Jennings—the 74-time champion and recently named consulting producer—will be first up; last week was his first in the Jeopardy! studio as interim host.

"It's just so hard to imagine it without Alex," says Jon Cannon, who was a member of the Jeopardy! Clue Crew from 2005 to 2009. "The show has been reliably good for a generation. So to imagine it as being anything other than what it's been is difficult to do. But one of the things that Alex always said that I think is true is that the real stars of the show are the contestants and people who tune in to watch and to play along."

It would be difficult to overstate the importance of Jeopardy! and sister show Wheel of Fortune to Sony Pictures, which owns and produces both. The pair of game shows—which tape on adjacent soundstages on Sony's studio lot and share an executive producer and much of their respective crews—are consistently among the top-rated syndicated shows on TV, and together bring in a reported $125 million in profit each year. Sony's television business produces "substantially higher" profits than its movie arm, according to Ben Fritz's 2018 Sony deep dive, The Big Picture. Wheel and Jeopardy!, Fritz wrote, "have made total profits of $2 billion and $1 billion, respectively, over their decades on the air."

THe Ringer
Study Breaks

posted 12/9/2020

February Gets Tougher
Season 2 Bows on CBS February 10
From THe Futon Critic

Summer's #1 new reality series TOUGH AS NAILS, executive produced, created and hosted by Emmy Award-winner Phil Keoghan, returns for its second season, Wednesday, Feb. 10 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT).

"All eyes will be on CBS for three consecutive Sundays in early 2021 with the broadcasts of the AFC Championship Game, the GRAMMY Awards and Super Bowl LV," said Thom Sherman, Sr. Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Entertainment. "These powerhouse events provide us with the perfect platforms to promote the February debuts of our captivating new drama, CLARICE, and the return of the positive and heartfelt TOUGH AS NAILS, which had a very successful first season run that resonated with viewers over the summer."

TOUGH AS NAILS is a competition series that celebrates everyday Americans who consider the calluses on their hands a badge of honor. Competitors are tested for their strength, endurance, agility and mental toughness in challenges that take place in the real world. One by one, they are eliminated until the TOUGH AS NAILS winner is named, but nobody goes home. Even after they "punch out" of the individual competition, they have the opportunity to win additional prizes in the team competitions that continue throughout the season. The series redefines what it means to be tough, proving that it comes in all shapes and sizes.

THe FUton Critic
TV SEries Finale

posted 12/9/2020

MONDAY: Voices Carry... the Night
ABC, Fox, NBC in a Three-Way Split
From THe Futon Critic

ABC (5.288 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) and FOX (4.082 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) shared in the demo crown on Monday as the former offered up another simulcast of "Monday Night Football" (5.288 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) while the latter served up special editions of "NFL Overrun/I Can See Your Voice" (6.782 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Cosmos: Possible Worlds" (1.381 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

NBC (5.722 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) however remained the most-watched network with a new "The Voice" (6.760 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) alongside the debut of "Nurses" (3.647 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Next up was CBS (4.275 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) with originals from "The Neighborhood" (5.160 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (5.169 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) and "All Rise" (4.111 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) plus a repeat "Bull" (3.549 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9).

And finally, The CW (0.655 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.743 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.731 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.573 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11).

Monday cable numbers
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.595m/0.36
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (Food): 1.320m/0.25
- The Big Bake Holiday (Food): 694k/0.17
- Master Minds (SP/GSN): ...


THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/9/2020

Taskmaster Heads Abroad Again
SBS, TV4 to Adapt Format Locally
From C21 Media

Scandi broadcaster TV4 and SBS Viceland in Australia have picked up the original version of British comedy format Taskmaster.

TV4 has acquired the series for its channels in Sweden and Finland, which along with the SBS Viceland deal takes the total number of countries the series has reached to 106. TV4 has taken the first nine seasons of Taskmaster, which aired on UKTV's Dave channel, while SBS Viceland has picked up the full 10-season catalogue, which includes its debut run on new home Channel 4.

Of the 106 countries to have acquired Taskmaster, 94 air the original UK version while the remaining 12 have developed local adaptations. New Zealand's local version was the most recent to debut, launching on TVNZ last month.

Created by Alex Horne, who fronts the original show alongside comedian Greg Davies, Taskmaster first premiered on Dave in 2015, before moving to C4 earlier this year. The format features a group of comedians competing in a variety of bizarre and funny challenges set by the Taskmaster.

C21 Media
TBI

posted 12/9/2020

Five Senses, One Game
MGM Options Dutch Game for US, UK
From C21 Media

MGM Television is set to develop and produce US and UK versions of Danish quiz format The Five Senses, which was originally created and produced by Monday Media's Palle Strom.

The adaptation comes via a multi-year deal between MGM and Monday Media that will also see the US studio's global formats and unscripted content division distribute the Danish format exclusively worldwide.

The Five Senses, known in Denmark as Dine fulde fem, pits teams of celebrities against each other as they use each of their five senses to advance in the game and bring as many of their senses into the final round to raise money for charity. The show just finished its first season on TV2 in Denmark and has been renewed for a second season that will air in 2021.

The deal sees MGM's formats and unscripted content division, led by Scot Cru, executive VP of global formats and unscripted content, continue to expand its catalogue of IP via acquisitions. "Palle is one of the most prolific content creators in the business. When we came across this format, we knew it was a funny twist on a typical quizshow and are thrilled to be partnered with them to roll this out worldwide," said Cru.

C21 Media

posted 12/9/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Pride (In the Name of Quiz)"

  • ICYMI The Internet is loving a Jeopardy! player's pin (NBC NEws Today)

  • Bradley Walsh is not leaving "The Chase" any time soon (Stuff) PLUS joining this lineup (Radio Times)

  • If anyone asked Brooke Burns to guest host Jeopardy!... she wouldn't say no. (Business World)

  • Jeremy Clarkson needs to review 2020 (Grand Tour Nation)

posted 12/7/2020


Daily Mirror
CHUCK YEAGER: 1923-2020
American Aviator Played "What's My Line?"
From The Wrap

Chuck Yeager, perhaps the most well-known test pilot of all time who in 1947 became the first person ever to break the sound barrier, died Monday. He was 97.

The news was announced on Yeager's official Twitter account via a statement from his wife, Victoria, on Monday night.

"It is w/ profound sorrow, I must tell you that my life love General Chuck Yeager passed just before 9pm ET. An incredible life well lived, America's greatest Pilot, & a legacy of strength, adventure, & patriotism will be remembered forever," the statement said.

Yeager's achievements as a pilot were legendary even in his day. He entered the Army as an enlisted man in the summer of 1941 and first worked as a place mechanic. He was ineligible to become a pilot as he hadn't gone to college, the military relaxed recruitment requirements after the attack on Pearl Harbor and Yeager was accepted for training.

As far as game shows,Yeager's sole game show appearance came in the 1950s on an episode of "What's My Line?".

The Wrap
PBS Newshour
The Wall Street Journal

NPR
Gizmodo

posted 12/8/2020

SYNDIES: Week 9
Results for the Week Ending November 22
From TV Newscheck

CBS Television Distribution's Jeopardy! remained viewers' center of attention in the second week following the death of host Alex Trebek, dipping 2% from its season high in the week ended Nov. 22 to a 5.9 live plus same day national household rating according to Nielsen Media Research.

That placed Jeopardy! second among all syndicated shows behind CTD's Judge Judy. Judy, which has been the first-run season-to-date champion every year since 2009 and is now in its 25th and final season of first-run syndication, rose 3% to a new season-high 6.1 to lead all shows in households.

It was Judy's strongest showing since the week ended May 10.

Meanwhile, Jeopardy! led the games for a second week. Debmar-Mercury's usual top game, Family Feud, narrowed the gap, inching up 2% to a 5.7. CTD's Wheel of Fortune, which is paired with Jeopardy! in many markets, also added 2% to a new season-high 5.6.

Fox's 25 Words or Less logged a flat 0.9, while Entertainment Studios' Funny you Should Ask answered with a 25% jump to a 0.5.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.9 -2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.7 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.6* +2%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.9 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


TV Newscheck

NextTV
The Wrap
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 12/8/2020

Miranda Hart Spending Christmas At Home
"Games with Showbiz Names" to Premiere
From THe Futon Critic

Miranda Hart hopes her 'Games with Showbiz Names' show will provide some laughs amid the pandemic.

The 47-year-old actress believes it's important to find "a moment of fun" in these unprecedented times, suggesting that humour can help people through their troubles.

Miranda said: "It's absolutely vital. I believe you can hold the joy amongst the darkness and that's what keeps us going in our struggles.

"I try and find a moment of fun every day. And it's why I love my job – because if one viewer has had a jolly half hour with something I create, it's worthwhile and served a purpose. I think television is a wonderful friend to many."

The upcoming show will air on Christmas Eve and will see Robbie Williams, Jermaine Jenas and Shirley Ballas join Miranda as they compete in various Christmas games.

Miranda explained: "Well, what I love about the joyfully camp title is that is tells you exactly what to expect! I shall be playing very silly games with some famous faces, who you'll see in a new light from their own home, and are fully on board for the mayhem that I promise shall ensue.

"It's a format that was created for the current climate and I hope it provides some unique larks for whatever level of lockdown people are in."

THe List

posted 12/8/2020

Marble Madness
John De Mol's "Marble Mania" to Launch on RTL
From C21 Media

German broadcaster RTL has commissioned a local version of Marble Mania, the new format from prolific format creator John de Mol.

The gameshow, from De Mol's company Talpa Network, was commissioned by SBS6 in the Netherlands, with RTL's order coming before the original show has debuted.

Each episode sees three celebrities compete in a variety of races using marbles as they bid to win money for charity.

De Mol is known for creating global hit formats including Big Brother and The Voice. Talpa Network owns four free-to-air TV channels, a Dutch video platform and a number of social media channels and brands. It is also the market leader for radio in the Netherlands and is active in ecommerce and print.

C21 Media

posted 12/8/2020

WEEKEND: Packing It In
NBC Wins with SNF
From THe Futon Critic

NBC (12.215 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) cruised to another victory on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (5.809 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (9.611 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.6, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (12.213 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.3, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (14.017 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.8, #2).

CBS (7.960 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) took home the silver with its lineup of "NFL Overrun" (17.414 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1), "60 Minutes" (10.683 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5), "A Holly Dolly Christmas" (6.203 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (4.351 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and a second "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.798 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T16).

Next up was ABC (3.065 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and its quartet of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.710 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Supermarket Sweep" (2.830 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (2.874 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and "Card Sharks" (1.844 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #19).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.655 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up repeats of "The Simpsons" (3.363 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.341 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T16) plus originals of "The Simpsons" (1.598 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), "Bless the Harts" (1.053 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T16), "Bob's Burgers" (1.200 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and "Family Guy" (1.376 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

And finally, fresh installments of "Pandora" (0.364 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T20) and "The Outpost" (0.350 million viewers, #21; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T20) rounded out the night on The CW (0.357 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Sunday cable numbers...
- Holiday Wars (SF/Food): 1.127m/0.26
- Candy Land (Food): 707k/0.17
- Buddy vs. Christmas (Food): 677/0.15

CBS (5.464 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) was the most-watched network on Friday thanks to the return of "MacGyver" (4.765 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2), "Magnum P.I." (5.375 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and "Blue Bloods" (6.251 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

ABC (3.535 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) shared in the demo honors with originals from "Shark Tank" (3.876 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) and "20/20" (3.364 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

Next up was FOX (2.028 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) with its weekly "WWE SmackDown" (2.028 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.754 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up a repeat "The Voice" (2.315 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #8) and a new "Dateline NBC" (2.973 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #7).

And finally, The CW (0.588 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) wrapped the night with its two-hour special "The Hollywood Christmas Parade Greatest Moments" (0.588 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #9).

THe Futon Critic
THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/8/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Going Global"

  • John Legend to host "Global Citizen Prize Awards" (The Futon Critic)

  • Mark Labbett literally half the Beast he used to be. (The Birmingham Mail)

  • Nick Cannon gets animated for a Masked Singer promo and AAAAAAAAHHHHHH!!!!! (The WRap)

posted 12/8/2020

The Master Minds Are Back
Season 2 Begins on GSN Today
From THe Futon Critic

Season 2 of MASTER MINDS will premiere on Monday, December 7th at 4 p.m. ET on Game Show Network and air weekdays.

In MASTER MINDS, three contestants square off against three trivia Master Minds in multiple rounds of intense trivia competition. The lowest scoring player on each side is eliminated until the top competitor and top Master Mind are left standing and now must face off, head-to-head, in the Ultimate Trivia Challenge. If the contestant can get more questions correct than the Master Mind, they will win $10,000 and come back to challenge the Masters again. If they win three games in a row, they join the ranks of the Master Minds and will appear in future episodes.

Actress and Emmy(R)-nominated television host Brooke Burns began her career with breakout roles in "Ally McBeal," "Baywatch," and "Melrose Place." In 2002, she made her game show hosting debut on NBC's "Dog Eat Dog," and went on to host ABC's "You Deserve It" with Chris Harrison. From 2013-2015 Burns served as host of Game Show Network's Emmy(R)-nominated and wildly popular UK-adapted trivia show, "The Chase," where she was also nominated for an Emmy(R) as Outstanding Game Show Host.

THe Futon Critic
KTLA Los Angeles

posted 12/7/2020

Nick Hewer Counts Himself Out
"Countdown" Host to Retire
From Sky News

Countdown host Nick Hewer has announced he will leave the hit gameshow after 10 years at the helm.

The presenter, who took over from Sky Sports journalist Jeff Stelling in 2011 before his first episode was broadcast in 2012, said in a statement that the COVID-19 lockdown had made him think about what he wants to do in the future.

Posting on Twitter, Hewer said: "Delighted to be back in the Countdown studio after another enforced lockdown, BUT this latest lockdown has given me an opportunity to consider my future life and I've decided it's a good time to step down at the end of my contract in the New Year.

Hewer has presented alongside words whiz Susie Dent and numbers star Rachel Riley since 2011.

"As someone in his 77th year who will be in his 10th year hosting the great British institution that is Countdown, I think it's time to smell the flowers and get a dog."

Hewer said it had been "a privilege and a pleasure" hosting the Guinness world record-holding show and that he would still be on screen "well into 2021".

He continued: "Let me thank the broadcasters Channel 4, the truly dedicated and unwaveringly professional studio crew and production staff at ITV Studios who make the programmes, all 250 or so a year, my wonderfully talented co-hosts Susie Dent and Rachel Riley but above all, the quirky genius of producer Damian Eadie, who never ceases to amuse and who always demands the best of us.

"And a sincere thanks to our loyal viewers and of course the legions of contestants who battle their brains out for the chance of carrying off the Richard Whiteley Trophy or a priceless teapot."

Sky News
Metro

posted 12/7/2020

Bounties on Battlebots?
Discovery+ Lines Up First Game
From THe Futon Critic

In the BattleBots universe, from the moment you start building a robot, everyone dreams of a chance to fight against the best in the world -- the legends that define the sport. Rarely does David get to face Goliath. Until now... BATTLEBOTS: BOUNTY HUNTERS, premiering Monday, January 4 on Discovery+, will bring the top robots from all over America to battle it out against a BattleBots legend in the ultimate robot combat.

In BATTLEBOTS: BOUNTY HUNTERS, the sport has some of the top robot legends including Tombstone, Bronco, Witch Doctor, Son of Whyachi, Beta and Icewave. Each of the them have many knockouts and have smashed countless competitors before them.

In each episode, challengers will compete for the right to become the Bounty Hunter and fight a Legend. The prize: a unique place in BattleBots history, and the major share of a $25,000 cash prize payout in every episode.

Like in the regular season of BattleBots, each episode highlights the design and build of the competing robots and profiles the teams behind them. Competitors come from all types of backgrounds - from families to university students and everything in between. Every machine is homemade and constructed from a variety of materials with custom-built weaponry to destroy the competition.

THe Futon Critic

posted 12/7/2020

Fooled Again!
CW Renews "Penn & Teller"
From Deadline

The CW has renewed two of its alternative series. Penn & Teller: Fool Us, which the network says is its highest-performing unscripted series, has been renewed for an eighth cycle. New clip show World's Funniest Animals, whose November 27 telecast logged the network's best series performance in the time slot in almost two years, will return for a second cycle.

Penn & Teller: Fool Us and World's Funnies Animals were among four alternative series on the CW's pandemic-proof fall 2020 schedule that fill five out of 12 hours weekly. There is no renewal decision yet on the other two, CW veterans Whose Line Is It Anyway? and Masters of Illusion.

Penn & Teller and Whose Line also are on the CW's January schedule; the second half of Penn & Teller's seventh cycle premieres January 8.

Deadline

posted 12/7/2020

THURSDAY: No Football? No Problem!
ABC Wins on TGIT
From THe Futon Critic

ABC (4.966 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) pulled in front on Thursday thanks to its trio of "Station 19" (5.382 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2), "Grey's Anatomy" (5.673 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and "A Million Little Things" (3.844 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

CBS (4.171 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) was the number two draw with its lineup of "Young Sheldon" (7.270 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2), "B Positive" (5.199 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Mom" (5.167 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "The Unicorn" (3.617 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9) and "Star Trek: Discovery" (1.887 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

Next up was NBC (4.070 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and its mix of "The Voice Holiday Celebration" (5.270 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.036 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Dateline NBC" (2.904 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.840 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) opted for coverage of the "MLS Playoffs 2020: Western Conference Semifinal" (0.840 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.591 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "iHeartRadio Jingle Ball Greatest Moments" (0.526 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13), a new "World's Funniest Animals" (0.615 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) and a repeat "World's Funniest Animals" (0.696 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13).

Cable numbers for Thursday...
- Battlebots (SP/Discovery): 991k/0.21
- Top Elf (Nick): 408k/0.10

THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/7/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Finger Lickin' Good?"

  • Mario Lopez to star as... we're not making this up, folks... Colonel Sanders (TV Line)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Misery Index" celebrates Christmas December 22 (The Futon Critic)

  • Aneesa says the new season of "The Challenge" is crazy. And that's different... how now? (TV Line)

  • Leslie Jones says "Death to 2020" for Netflix (Deadline)

  • Tom Bergeron's ship has sailed. His words. (Gold Derby)

  • Lauren Bushnell is with bachelor child (Reality TV World)

  • More on the Christmas/Memphis coupling (Us Magazine)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Leslie Uggams (WTOP WAshington)

posted 12/7/2020


Denver Post
DAVID L. LANDER: 1947-2020
"Laverne & Shirley's" Squiggy Played "Hollywood Squares"
From TV Line

David Lander, who is best known to TV audiences for playing the latter half of Laverne & Shirley's irrepressible Lenny and Squiggy, died on Friday after living for 37 years with multiple sclerosis. He was 73.

As reported by TMZ, Lander's wife of 41 years, Kathy, along with their daughter Natalie and her husband, were at his side when he passed.

Penny Marshall, who played the Happy Days spinoff's titular Laverne DeFazio, died almost exactly two years ago, from diabetes-related complications. Prior to his eight-season run as Laverne & Shirley's Andrew "Squiggy" Squiggman, which began in 1976, Lander guested on TV series such as Barney Miller, Rhoda and Love, American Style.

After the ABC comedy signed off in 1983 — two-and-a-half years after a soft "reboot" relocated the action (and characters) from Milwaukee to Hollywood — Lander enjoyed runs on myriad shows including The Love Boat, On the Air, Twin Peaks (as "dance choreographer, pine weasel expert and home care salesman" Tim Pinkle), the animated series Oswald (with Laverne & Shirley costar Michael McKean), The Bold and the Beautiful and Pacific Blue.

His assorted film roles over the years, meanwhile, included Who Framed Roger Rabbit, A League of Their Own, Steven Spielberg's 1941 and Used Cars — the latter two of which also featured McKean, the Lenny to his Squiggy.

McKean and Lander first met in 1965 during acting classes at Carnegie Mellon University, where they developed what would become their Lenny and Squiggy personae. McKean thus far has remembered his longtime costar with a simple photo, shared in Twitter.

Most recently, Lander costarred on the web series Break a Hip and did voice work for The Garfield Show and a 2016 episode of SpongeBob SquarePants.

As far as game shows, Lander appeared on "The Hollywood Squares", "The Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour", and "Shoot for the Stars".

TV Line
Deadline
The Wrap

TMZ
Variety
People

posted 12/5/2020

WEDNESDAY: The Big Tree
Fox, NBC Split Night
From THe Futon Critic

FOX (6.364 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday thanks to a new "The Masked Singer" (6.219 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and a second "The Masked Singer" (6.510 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1).

NBC (6.396 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the silver draw with its specials "88th Annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center" (7.112 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and "Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes - At Home Holiday Special" (4.964 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4).

Next up was CBS (4.119 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with a new "The Amazing Race 32" (4.155 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), the return of "SEAL Team" (4.072 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and a second "SEAL Team" (4.130 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.739 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) served up the fall finales to "The Goldbergs" (3.886 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "American Housewife" (3.132 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "The Conners" (3.532 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Black-ish" (2.164 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) plus a new "For Life" (1.861 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12).

And finally, a new "Devils" (0.380 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) and the season finale of "Coroner" (0.584 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) rounded out the night on The CW (0.482 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers Wednesday...
- Forged in Fire (History): 774k/0.24
- Guy's Grocery Games Delivery (Food): 724k/0.21

THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/4/2020

"Beat the Chasers" Heads to the Netherlands
Version to Be Titled "Beat the Champions"
From C21 Media

Dutch broadcaster RTL4 has commissioned a local version of ITV Studios (ITVS) format Beat The Chasers, a spin-off from gameshow The Chase.

The Netherlands follows Australia, Finland and the UK in ordering an adaptation of Beat The Chasers but is the first country to do so without already having The Chase on air.

Titled Beat The Champions, the new show will be produced by ITV Studios Netherlands and will premiere on January 3 in primetime on RTL4. That same month, Finnish broadcastet MTV3 will launch its own version and S2 will air on ITV in the UK, following a successful first run. In Australia, S1 wrapped recently on Seven.

Beat The Chasers was created by Potato, part of ITVS, and is distributed internationally by ITVS. The format gives quiz enthusiasts the chance to compete solo against a team of five super quizzers, each with a wealth of general knowledge.

C21 Media

posted 12/4/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Reformatting"

  • Byron Allen to rebrand MGM network he just bought (Deadline)

  • Becca Kufrin asked whether she'd return as "The Bachelorette" and MY GOD THE LEGAL (Reality TV World)

  • CASTING COUCH: Feud looking for contestants in San Antonio (KSAT San Antonio)

posted 12/4/2020

TUESDAY: Red Nosed Rein-deal
ABC, NBC Split Night
From THe Futon Critic

ABC (4.115 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) held onto the top demo spot with its duo of "The Bachelorette" (4.140 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and "Big Sky" (4.064 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

CBS (3.908 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) claimed the silver with its mix of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (5.664 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2), a new "Let's Make a Deal Primetime" (3.400 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and a repeat "FBI: Most Wanted" (2.659 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #8).

Next up was NBC (4.483 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and a new "The Voice" (6.975 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) alongside a repeat "Weakest Link" (3.448 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and a new "Transplant" (3.026 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.189 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) offered up its lineup of "Cosmos: Possible Worlds" (1.246 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) and "Next" (1.132 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.549 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "Swamp Thing" (0.634 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) and "Tell Me a Story" (0.463 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11).

Cable numbers....
- Chopped (Food): 900k/0.24
- The Misery Index (Food): 716k/0.26
- Supermarket Stakeout: What Would Alex Make? (Food):
565k/0.15

THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/3/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Dating with the Stars"

  • Chrishell Stause is dating a DWTS pro.... no not that one, the other one. (Reality TV World)

  • Daniel Radcliffe remembers Alex (ET Canada)

  • Christmas arrived early for Memphis Garrett (Us Magazine)

  • Garrett Yrigoyen celebrates Thanksgiving with his girlfriend (The Ringer)

posted 12/3/2020

Andy Lee Enters the Cube
10 Signs On for Australian Version
From 10 Play

It's the gameshow that proves it's hip to be square.

Based on the hit UK format, The Cube challenges players with what appear to be simple tasks all to be completed in — you guessed it — a 4m x 4m x 4m perspex cube. The games may sound simple, like bouncing a ball into a bucket within a timeframe, but once the clock starts counting down everything becomes a little bit more tense. Add to that the promise of $250,000 in prize money and you'll be setting up your own practice Cube at home.

Things got so hectic in the UK that — with £50,000 on the line — one player made the bold decision to take his pants off just in order to give himself the advantage over a game.

"Things get tense with me and my mates when we play skill games to determine who's going to get the next round of beers at the pub," The Cube Australia's host Andy Lee said. "Imagine doing it for a quarter of a million dollars. I can't wait!"

Andy's no stranger to doing deceptively simple tasks under pressure so who better to guide Aussies through a series of ridiculous but also edge-of-your-seat tense tasks.

"Andy Lee is one of the most popular and talented comedians in Australia, and we are thrilled he will host this brilliant series," 10 ViacomCBS' Head of Programming Daniel Monaghan said.

10Play
Mediaweek

Mumbrella

posted 12/3/2020

MONDAY: No Dancing? No Problem!
ABC, NBC Split Night
From THe Futon Critic

ABC (4.958 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) got a boost on Monday thanks to its special lineup of "The Disney Holiday Singalong" (5.728 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1), "CMA Country Christmas" (4.727 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) and the fall finale of "The Good Doctor" (4.419 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5).

NBC (5.757 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) was a close second with its duo of "The Voice" (6.993 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and "Weakest Link" (3.287 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Next up was CBS (4.811 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with week two of "The Neighborhood" (5.954 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (4.977 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "All Rise" (4.155 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Bull" (4.812 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.378 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up "LA's Finest" (1.520 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and the finale to "Filthy Rich" (1.237 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.749 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.866 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.856 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.638 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13).

On cable Monday...
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.467m/0.31
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (Food): 1.170m/0.24
- The Big Bake Holiday (Food): 631k/0.15


THe Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 12/3/2020

Turkey Day Weekend
All the Ratings
From THe Futon Critic

SUNDAY: NBC (12.059 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1) was still the network to beat on Sunday with its lineup of "Football Night in America #1" (5.007 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (9.115 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.6, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (12.730 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.7, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (13.923 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.1, #2).

CBS (8.144 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) claimed the silver with its mix of "NFL Overrun" (23.373 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.3, #1), "60 Minutes" (13.132 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #5), "The Neighborhood" (4.231 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7) and the feature "Coming to America" (2.822 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Next up was FOX (1.300 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.613 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.173 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) followed by a new "The Simpsons" (1.582 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8), a repeat "Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas" (1.160 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14), a new "Bob's Burgers" (1.209 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and a repeat "Family Guy" (1.062 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.358 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up its annual telecasts of "Disney Prep & Landing" (2.576 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "Disney Prep & Landing 2: Naughty vs. Nice" (2.325 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) alongside originals from "Supermarket Sweep" (2.458 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (2.706 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "Card Sharks" (1.817 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #19).

And finally, The CW (0.299 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.0, #5) closed out the night fresh installments of "Pandora" (0.332 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.1, #20) and "The Outpost" (0.266 million viewers, #21; adults 18-49: 0.0, #21).

Sunday cable numbers...
- Holiday Wars (Food): 1.075m/0.23
- Candy Land (Food): 842k/0.19
- Buddy vs. Christmas (P/Food): 692k/0.16

Despite the traditional procession not taking place, NBC's broadcast of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade still drew a big audience. A pair of NFL games also scored big — though not as big as last year.

In primetime, The Masked Singer and I Can See Your Voice hit season highs on Fox following the NFL lead-in. New York City did not hold its traditional parade this year, but NBC assembled a mix of live and pre-taped floats, giant balloons and performances for its broadcast.

The morning telecast drew 21.98 million viewers, virtually even with the 22.11 million for the 2019 parade, and it grew year to year among adults 18-49, nothing a 5.8 rating vs. 5.5 a year ago. It was the most watched entertainment telecast on any network since the Oscars in February. Following the parade, The National Dog Show brought in 12.27 million viewers and a 3.1 in the 18-49 demographic on NBC. A replay of the show in primetime drew an additional 3.2 million viewers and 0.7.

CBS (23.39 million) and and Fox (30.33 million) averaged 26.86 million viewers for their NFL games in the afternoon, down about 10 percent from 2019. NBC's planned primetime game between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers was postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak on the Ravens. Fox's telecast of the Dallas-Washington game ranks as the most watched NFL contest of the season, while CBS' Detroit-Houston game is fourth. The Masked Singer earned a 3.5 in the demo and 11.41 million viewers for its post-NFL airing on Fox; both figures are season highs by a wide margin. The 1.8 in adults 18-49 and 6.07 million viewers for I Can See Your Voice are also season highs.

Thursday's cable numbers...
- Top Elf (Nick): 196k/0.04
- Unleashed (Nick): 115/0.03 .


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posted 12/3/2020

One Mask for the Thumb
Fox Renews "Masked Singer" for Fifth Season
From THe Futon Critic

FOX has renewed the hit celebrity competition series THE MASKED SINGER for a fifth season, it was announced today by Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment & Specials, FOX Entertainment. THE MASKED SINGER Season Five will air on FOX in 2021.

On tonight's special two-hour Season Four semi-finals episode, airing from 8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT, the top two singers from each group are featured, as they battle for a spot in the season finale. "I'm so happy to announce a new season of THE MASKED SINGER," said Wade. "This show brings joy to so many families across the country, especially during these trying times, and we can't wait to get even more celebrities suited up in crazy costumes for an hour of pure fun every week."

Emmy Award nominee THE MASKED SINGER is the #1 entertainment show on television, averaging a 2.5 Most Current rating and 11.5 million multi-platform viewers this season. Last Thursday, THE MASKED SINGER delivered a 4.0/23 Live + 3 Day rating and 13.1 million viewers, marking television's #1 entertainment telecast to-date this season and driving FOX to win its first Thanksgiving night in 10 years. Earlier this year, its Season Three post-Super Bowl LIV premiere drew a massive audience of nearly 24 million viewers.

In tonight's all-new semi-finals episode, the top two celebrity contestants from each group come together for the first time as the "Super Six," competing for a coveted spot in the season finale. Craig Robinson (host of THE MASKED DANCER) joins the desk as a guest panelist. It's CROCODILE vs. SEAHORSE, MUSHROOM vs. JELLYFISH and SUN vs. POPCORN in the high-stakes two-hour episode that will leave three unmasked, and three moving on to the season finale airing Wednesday, Dec. 16 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

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posted 12/2/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Low Key F2020"

  • Ken Jeong & Joel McHale kicking Steve Harvey to the curb for New Years is peak 2020. (THe Futon Critic)

  • Rosie PErez remembers Alex (WSFX Wilmington)

  • Ken Jeong wouldn't be opposed to a "Masked Comedian" (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alfonso Ribeiro (The Ringer)

posted 12/2/2020


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ABBY DALTON: 1932-2020
"Falcon Crest" Actress Played... Wow, What HASN'T She Played?
From TV Line

Veteran TV actress Abby Dalton, who co-starred on the '80s primetime soap Falcon Crest, has died at the age of 88, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Dalton passed away on Nov. 23 in Los Angeles following a long illness, her family said in a statement.

Dalton was a television staple in the 1960s: She played nurse Martha Hale on CBS' Hennesey, starring opposite Jackie Cooper and earning an Emmy nomination for the role in 1961, and also played Rat Packer Joey Bishop's wife on his self-titled NBC sitcom. Plus, she made frequent appearances through the years on game shows like Hollywood Squares, Match Game, Super Password, and The $25,000 Pyramid.

In 1981, Dalton took the role of winemaker Julia Cumson, the daughter of matriarch Angela Channing, on the CBS drama Falcon Crest. The primetime soap became a ratings hit for the Eye network, and Dalton's character was put through the wringer: sentenced to a lengthy prison sentence for murder, institutionalized in a mental hospital and blinded by an earthquake before ending up in a convent. Dalton moved down to recurring status for Seasons 5 and 6 before leaving the show for good in 1986.

After Falcon Crest, she made appearances on Murder, She Wrote and Hotel. Her daughter Kathleen Kinmont later married actor Lorenzo Lamas, who played Dalton's son Lance on Falcon Crest..

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posted 12/1/2020


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THe Bob Barker Era Returns
PlutoTV to Launch Channel Devoted to TPIR: The Bob Barker Era
From ComicBook.com

Though you can still find new episodes of The Price is Right with host Drew Carey on television every day, Fremantle and Pluto TV have announced the start of a welcome (and free!) new channel for all Pluto TV users with The Price Is Right: The Barker Era. The channel will feature episodes of The Price is Right as hosted by Bob Barker airing 24 hours a day, seven days a week, all with episodes from the 1980s that haven't been on television since their original air date. Barker previously spent 35 years as the host of television's longest running game show, winning 19 Daytime Emmy Awards and also receiving an Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1999. He retired from the series in 2007.

"Bringing the most cherished era in The Price Is Right history back to television is sure to be a dream come true for all game show fans," said BUZZR General Manager, Mark Deetjen. "The golden age of game shows was a time when families would come together to watch this fun and engaging genre of television from the comfort of their living rooms. Pluto TV's mission to offer accessible entertainment to homes across America harnesses this very same spirit and we couldn't think of a more perfect partner to help us reintroduce this iconic content."

"The Price is Right is classic feel-good TV and a part of television history with beloved host Bob Barker at the helm," said Amy Kuessner, SVP of Content Strategy and Global Partnerships at Pluto TV.

"These iconic game shows have not been televised in 40 years, and Pluto TV is thrilled to be the exclusive home of these classics, as they bring our viewers back in time to a treasured era of television."

According to the official press release, "viewers will get to witness the first-ever unveiling of famous pricing games such as Plinko, and if lucky, may even catch a rare double Showcase winner." The Barker Era will also include games that are still played on the show like Hole In One, Cliff Hangers, and Range Game. Seasonally inspired episodes will begin airing on Christmas Eve as well.

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posted 12/1/2020

More on "The Voice" Departure
Contestant Reportedly Disqualified After Breaking COVID Guidelines
From THe Wrap

"The Voice" contestant Ryan Gallagher was disqualified from the competition on Monday night after violating the show's COVID-19 safety protocols.

The singer, who was selected to be on coach Kelly Clarkson's team earlier in the season, was one of four competitors vying for the last spot in the live rounds leading into Monday's episode, but was conspicuously absent when the winner was announced.

Host Carson Daly offered no explanation, simply saying that Gallagher "had to exit the competition."

According to a person close to production, Gallagher was removed from the show after violating the show's rules surrounding COVID-19 safety. The details of his violation remain unclear.

Representatives for NBC had no comment on the reasons for Gallagher's exit.

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posted 12/1/2020

Game? Show?
"Rival Peak" Premieres on Facebook Watch
From THe Washington Post

Just weeks into Facebook's debut into the cloud gaming market, it has its first "exclusive" title that's a perfect fit for Facebook users: a reality show that lives completely in the cloud.

Coming Wednesday, "Rival Peak" is a Facebook Watch program in which artificial intelligence-driven "contestants" will live, work and exist for every minute of the day within the fictional region of Rival Peak, a mountainous forest region that emulates the Pacific Northwest.

With a diverse cast of internationally-based characters, Facebook users will decide what each contestant of the show will do in the game, how they behave, and who will basically be "voted out" by the end of every week of its 12-week run.

The game/show is being developed by Pipeworks Studios and Genvid Technologies, including former staff of the beloved-but-shuttered Telltale Games, who created some of the strongest narrative adventure games of the century, including "The Walking Dead." So think of it like a mix of a Telltale adventure game with branching stories for each of its 12 characters, with reality shows like "Survivor" and "Big Brother."

"Rival Peak" also hides a mystery that's going to be revealed at the end of its run, but otherwise the audience determines the fate of the cast. "We are the creators of the show and we have no idea how it will end," Jacob Navok, cofounder and CEO of Genvid Technologies, tells The Washington Post. "And every single week, we have to change the dialogue, change the weekly wrap-up show. It's really being built week to week as the audience is collectively deciding what's going to happen. The storyline that the community decides on is the canonical storyline.".

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posted 12/1/2020

Home (Late) for the Holidays
LMAD, TPIR Go to Primetime December 22
From THe Futon Critic

CBS' top-rated daytime game shows, THE PRICE IS RIGHT hosted by Drew Carey and LET'S MAKE A DEAL hosted by Wayne Brady, celebrate the holidays with back-to-back themed primetime specials, Tuesday, Dec. 22 on the CBS Television Network.

First, get in the holiday spirit with THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) when families come on down to the iconic game show stage to play for festive prizes. Then, LET'S MAKE A DEAL PRIMETIME (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) will be decked out with holiday decorations, and festively themed games and deals. Plus, Christopher Jackson, star of CBS' BULL, makes a special guest appearance.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT, network television's #1-rated daytime series and the longest-running game show in television history, is produced by Fremantle and broadcast weekdays (11:00 AM-12:00 PM, ET/10:00-11:00 AM, PT). Drew Carey is the host. Evelyn Warfel serves as executive producer.

LET'S MAKE A DEAL is hosted by Daytime Emmy Award-winning game show host Wayne Brady. It is produced by Fremantle and broadcast weekdays (check local listings). John Quinn is the executive producer.

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posted 12/1/2020


Game Show Network

Ken Jennings Tapped to Be First of Many Guest Hosts of Jeopardy!
Also: Alex's Final Episode Will Broadcast in January, Two Weeks After Original Date
From Deadline

Former champion Ken Jennings will be the first of several guest hosts on Jeopardy! when it resumes production at the end of the month. It will be the first episodes shot on the game show since longtime host Alex Trebek died earlier this month at age 80 after a long fight against pancreatic cancer.

Jennings, who will begin season 2 of "Master Minds" in December and the reboot of "The Chase" in January, earlier this year claimed the title of Jeopardy!'s "Greatest of All Time" in a series of primetime matches. The record-holder for the most consecutive games won (74) and biggest winnings in regular-season play ($2,520,700) has been tipped as a front-runner to take over for Trebek, who had been the host since 1984.

Producer Sony Pictures Television said Monday that a permanent host has not been named; rather, a series of interim guest hosts "from within the Jeopardy! family" will take the podium, beginning with Jennings when shooting resumes November 30. Other hosts have not yet been announced.

Meanwhile, Jeopardy! will air 10 of Trebek's best episodes during the weeks of December 21 and December 28, with the last week of episodes that Trebek shot before his death (they were filmed in October) now set to air beginning January 4. They had been planned to air during the week of December but were shifted to avoid holiday-season pre-emptions.

The first week of guest-hosted shows featuring Jennings will air the week of January 11.

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posted 12/1/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Turn Out the Lights, the Party's Over"

  • This is Quibi ending its broadcast day. (Deadline)

  • Vanna White thought she wouldn't get the letter turner role (The Things)

posted 12/1/2020


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Alex Trebek's Final Thanksgiving Message: Keep The Faith
In Case You Missed It...
From TV Line

Late Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek lives on in a new clip from the show's Thanksgiving episode, in which Trebek shares a holiday message with viewers.

Jeopardy! tweeted the video on Thursday morning ahead of the episode's broadcast, writing, "High on our list of things to be thankful for this year: Alex's Thanksgiving message from today's show."

Trebek's words seemed to acknowledge the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, which has prompted many in the United States to celebrate Thanksgiving remotely instead of gathering with family.

"Happy Thanksgiving, ladies and gentlemen. You know, in spite of what America and the rest of the world is experiencing right now, there are many reasons to be thankful," Trebek said. "There are more and more people extending helpful hands to do a kindness to their neighbors, and that's a good thing. Keep the faith. We're going to get through all of this, and we will be a better society because of it."

Trebek passed away earlier this month after battling Stage 4 pancreatic cancer for nearly two years. But even after he announced his diagnosis in March 2019, Trebek remained behind the Jeopardy! podium until his death; his final Jeopardy! episode, originally set to air on Dec. 25, will now air Friday, Jan. 8. During the weeks of Dec. 21 and Dec. 28, the show will honor Trebek by rebroadcasting 10 of his best episodes."

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posted 11/30/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "How Could You Miss It?"

  • #ICYMI: David Chang takes on the big one. (The Wrap)

  • Ryan Gallagher drops out of "The Voice" at showtime (Gold Derby)

  • Bradley Walsh to have more time for chasing; "THe Chase" host to exit "Doctor Who" (TTheWrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with: Meredith Vieira (TV Insider)

posted 11/30/2020

Michael McIntyre Spins "The Wheel"
BBC One Launches New Series
From Radio Times

Michael McIntyre's new game show, The Wheel, is set to brighten up our Saturday evenings on BBC One this winter. Packed with huge stars, big laughs and a giant spinning winning, the show will see contestants guided by celebrity experts as they answer their way to a fortune – or not, if they get it wrong. So, when is it on? What can viewers expect? And how exactly does the game work? Here's everything you need to know.

The Wheel starts on BBC One on Saturday 28th November at 20:30pm. New episodes will air weekly, with repeats also showing on BBC One on Saturdays at midnight.

As you probably guessed from the name, the show involves a physical wheel which is 42ft wide, with seven celebrities sat upon it. But before we get to the celebrities, there is a smaller wheel with contestants which must be spun.

"We came up with the idea of having another wheel underneath the main wheel, of contestants, so there would be the three contestants on the contestant wheel under the main wheel," McIntyre explains. "And the contestant wheel is spun and whoever lands in the middle… is selected and they rise up. And the idea is for them to stay on the wheel, keep answering the questions until the end where they can win big money. But every time they get a question wrong, they slip back onto the contestant wheel which is spun again."

When the contestant is picked, they join Michael and the celebrities in the middle of the main wheel, where their game will begin. The contestant will select which category they want to take on and will answer it with the help of one of the celebrities – who all bring a different expertise to the game.

However, the contestant won't get to decide which celebrity helps them as it is up to the other wheel, which spins the famous faces. Whoever this lands on when it stops will have to help answer the question, regardless of whether they're an expert in that field. You can imagine the horror if it lands on a category that's out of their comfort zone!

McIntyre continued: "The game play is that the contestant has to pick a category, for example, television, we had Richard Madeley representing television. So he is the expert, he is lit up in gold and if you land on him, that's worth £10,000 to the prize pot. "The contestant then has to pick another person from the wheel which they feel don't watch television. If it lands on that person which is shut down in red, then you're immediately off the wheel."

The contestants have a one in seven chance of being thrown off as well as a one in seven chance of landing on the expert.

"Then we spin all the experts quite fast and then hopefully you land on gold, you don't want to land on red," McIntyre added. "Or you land on Kate Humble who represents farm animals but she has to help you with television or the Reverend Richard Coles who is there because of religion who has to help you with tennis because Judy Murray is the expert."

In order to build their prize packet, the contestants must keep answering questions correctly. However, as soon as they get a question wrong they are lowered down and the contestant wheel is spun again. Once all seven categories are completed, whichever contestant is in control of the wheel at the end has to answer one last question in order for them to take home the prize money.

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posted 11/29/2020

LOL Heads to France
Amazon Prime to Produce Another "Documental" Adaptation
From the Hollywood Reporter

Amazon has greenlit a French version of their hit Japanese format Hitoshi Matsumoto Presents Documental, in which comedians compete to try and get each other to laugh while keeping a straight face themselves.

French actor and comedian Philippe Lacheau (Alibi.com) will present the French version, LOL: Tu ris, Tu perds (LOL: Last One Laughing), pitting 10 famous French comedians against one in a competition for a €100,000 ($119,000) donation to their favorite charity.

The competing comedians include Tarek Boudali, Inès Reg, Julien Arruti, Reem Kherici, Alexandra Lamy, Gérard Jugnot, Kyan Khojandi, Bérengère Krief, Hakim Jemily, and Fadily Camara.

Endemol Shine France will produce LOL for Amazon, which will launch the six-part series exclusively on its Prime Video service in France and across 240 countries and territories next year.

This is the third local-language adaptation of the original Japanese format. Amazon has already launched versions in Mexico (hosted by Eugenio Derbez) and Australia (hosted by Rebel Wilson).

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posted 11/29/2020

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "Moving Games"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTES: The Voice gets moved to Thursday because of viral football (The Futon Critic)

  • Arie Luyendyk opens up about being diagnosed with COVID (Deadline)

  • Joe Anglim, Sierra Dawn Thomas have a baby Survivor on the way (Reality TV World)

  • VIDEO WALL: "SLEAZYNOB" (New Zealand Herald)

  • Pat Sajak appears to lose it, because of his dry sense of humor (MovieWeb)

  • Because of the new Chaser, existing Chasers will be paid less. Understandably, Anne Hegerty has a problem with this (Extra.ie)

posted 11/29/2020


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Peyton Manning Signs On For "College Bowl" Reboot
NBC Orders 10 Episodes
From the Futon Critic

Some of the greatest rivalries among the nation's universities are being moved from the playing field to the quiz show space as NBC has given a series order to the iconic program "College Bowl," hosted by two-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Peyton Manning, with his brother Cooper Manning as sideline reporter.

From Universal Television Alternative Studio and Village Roadshow Television, the 10-episode series is a reboot of the classic "College Bowl" that previously aired successfully on NBC in the U.S, internationally and on college campuses for many decades.

All in the spirit of fun, "College Bowl" has been a beloved competition where universities get to see who comes out on top in a battle of the brains. Participating teams will be selected from schools of all sizes with the individuals receiving a significant scholarship for participating in "College Bowl." The winning team members will have a chance to take home even bigger scholarships, in addition to bragging rights as the "College Bowl" champions.

"We're excited to bring this beloved college game show back to primetime with a fresh new spin that is sure to not only entertain but also inspire," said Jenny Groom, Executive Vice President, Unscripted Content. "Peyton's love for competition, sport and education makes him the perfect host and partner. It will be so much fun to showcase these college rivalries and, more importantly, the incredibly smart and talented students behind them."

Added Peyton Manning, "I've always loved intense college competition, so I'm thrilled to be part of the team bringing back 'College Bowl.' Having personally seen the profound impact scholarships can make on deserving students, I can't wait for the moment when we get to award life-changing scholarships to the winning team."

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posted 11/25/2020

Survivor's Plan B
Options for Future Seasons Include Caribbean Bubbles
From Fansided

Normally we'd be enjoying a season of Survivor right now, but the COVID-19 pandemic changed life as we all knew it.

While everyone's lives were turned upside down with the novel virus, it was also difficult for television shows to continue filming as normal. Survivor fell into that category, as they normally shoot their upcoming seasons in the spring and then spend the summer editing both seasons. Season 41 should have been airing right now while season 42 would be our spring season. Instead, the show won't be filming until the spring, at least that's the plan.

Martin Holmes of Inside Survivor reported that while Fiji is still the plan as far as the location goes for the next two seasons, the show is looking into a backup plan of the Caribbean.

The Dominican Republic was recently used as the location for Survivor Mexico, which was filmed throughout July and August. The country has also been used as the location for various other international Survivor seasons in the past. Even though there is a Level 3 Travel Advisory recommending U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to the Dominican Republic, the country is open to international visitors with no negative COVID-19 test required to enter.

Meanwhile, there remains a ban on international visitors in Fiji, with possible exceptions for those arriving by sea. Survivor has filmed in Fiji since season 33, but it looks like they're willing to do whatever it takes to get filming underway this spring, even if that means changing locations.

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posted 11/25/2020

TUESDAY: Big Sky Country
ABC, CBS Split
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.289 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) led the demo race on Tuesday thanks to new episodes of "The Bachelorette" (4.252 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and "Big Sky" (4.363 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

CBS (7.831 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) was the most-watched network with its trio of "NCIS" (9.766 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2), "FBI" (8.200 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (5.526 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Next up was NBC (4.309 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its lineup of "The Voice" (6.813 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2), a repeat "Weakest Link" (3.279 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7) and "Transplant" (2.835 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.040 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) offered up its duo of "Cosmos: Possible Worlds" (1.164 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9) and "Next" (0.917 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10).

And finally, night two of "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" (0.530 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #11) on The CW (0.530 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 937k/0.21
- The Misery Index (TBS): 705k/0.29
- Supermarket Stakeout: What Would Alex Make (Food): 527k/0.10

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posted 11/24/2020

Arkadium, Fremantle Join Forces
First Casual Game to Be Released: Family Feud
From the Futon Critic

Online gaming company Arkadium (www.arkadium.com), whose titles can be found on its top-ranked game site Arkadium.com, and Fremantle, one of the largest and most successful creators, producers and distributors of scripted and unscripted television content in the world, today announced a partnership to bring popular game shows to millions of online players.

The first casual web game to be developed and released on Arkadium.com, the #1 online game site designed for grownup players, is Family Feud: Online Game (https://www.arkadium.com/games/family-feud). Like the popular game show, this special edition web game features hundreds of fun and challenging survey questions where players answer 'survey says!' to gain points. After the first three rounds, if the player has enough total points, they move to the iconic "Fast Money" round, an exciting and fan-favorite of Family Feud™.

Arkadium and Fremantle Announce Partnership to Bring Popular Game Shows to Millions of Online Players Arkadium will also develop other web games from Fremantle's classic game show library, including The Price is Right™, Card Sharks™, and Press Your Luck™ as well as represented brand Loteria, all of which will be released on Arkadium.com.

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posted 11/24/2020

GBBO Breaks a Record!
View The Finale on Netflix Friday
From Deadline

The Great British Bake Off rose like a magnificent soufflé for UK broadcaster Channel 4, as the Love Productions show's Season 11 finale was watched by a record audience on Tuesday night.

The episode is yet to stream on Netflix in the U.S. (where it is known as The Great British Baking Show), but a winner was crowned in front of a crowd of 9.2M viewers here in Britain. That made it the highest-rated episode on Channel 4 following The Great British Bake Off's move from the BBC in 2017 — a worthy way to mark a testing Covid-era shoot, in which contestants and presenters lived in a hotel for weeks.

It was also Channel 4's best overnight audience since modern records began in 2002.

Once catch-up viewing is factored in, the finale could go on to beat the consolidated audience of 10.8M for the Season 11 premiere in September.

This was Channel 4's biggest audience since 1985. Tuesday's episode is not, however, The Great British Bake Off's best performance ever in the UK. That came in 2016 when the final was seen by 14M people on BBC One, which is the dominant channel in Britain.

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posted 11/24/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Alex Is The Real MVP"

  • Ken Jennings gives all praise to Alex, as we all should (Deadline)

  • VIDEO WALL: Tipping Point pays tribute to a contestant who died after filming (Deadline)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: ITV imports insects for its upcoming season of "I'm a Celebrity"... Naturally, North Wales Police have a problem with this. (Deadline)

posted 11/25/2020

Carla Hall Joins "Worst Cooks"
Catch Her on Food Network January
From THe Futon Critic

Food Network kicks off the New Year with a brand-new season of fan-favorite series Worst Cooks in America and this time, Chef Carla Hall is facing off against Chef Anne Burrell to see who can transform their team of kitchen disasters into culinary masters. They have their work cut out for them as two teams of terrible cooks, one lead by Carla and the other by Anne, battle their way through a rigorous kitchen boot camp. From a farm-themed showdown to a "Meal or No Meal" game show and lumberjack pancake stack race, the challenges are tougher and more outrageous than ever. In the end, only the recruit who makes the most impressive culinary transformation wins the $25,000 grand prize and bragging rights for their team mentor.

The season premieres with a 90-minute episode on Sunday, January 3rd at 9pm (all times ET/PT) on Food Network.

Immediately following at 10:30pm, companion series Worst Cooks in America: Dirty Dishes begins its first-ever run. Each week, memorable boot camp alumni, celebrity recruits including Carson Kressley and Sonja Morgan, and comedians watch along and dish the dirt on the funniest episodes of Worst Cooks in America. "

Carla is the perfect addition as a Worst Cooks mentor - watching her and Anne tackle the almost insurmountable task of whipping these kitchen disasters into shape makes for a very entertaining season," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "On Dirty Dishes, the laughs are constant while watching the most outrageous show moments alongside celebrities, comedians and the recruits who lived them."

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posted 11/24/2020

SYNDIES: Week 8
Results for the Week Ending November 15
From TV Newscheck

"Jeopardy" ratings were up 22% in the week following the death of Alex Trebek. According to Nielsen, "Jeopardy" posted a 6.0 rating for the week ended Nov. 15, moving past "Judge Judy," which drew a 5.9 rating. It was the first time "Jeopardy" led the syndicated ratings race since June.

"Jeopardy!" is set to return to production next week with former champion and current consulting producer Ken Jennings serving as the first in a series of "interim guest hosts," the Sony TV game show said on Monday. The first week of guest-hosted episodes will air the week of Jan. 11, 2021.

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

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- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.0* +22%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.6 +6%
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posted 11/24/2020

MONDAY: The Last Dance
ABC, NBC Split with DWTS Final, The Voice
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.518 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) slipped into the top demo spot on Monday thanks to the season finale of "Dancing with the Stars" (6.076 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and a new "The Good Doctor" (4.401 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

NBC (5.596 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) was a close second with fresh installments from "The Voice" (6.824 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and "Weakest Link" (3.139 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Next up was CBS (4.520 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its lineup of "The Neighborhood" (5.279 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (4.742 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "All Rise" (3.971 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Bull" (4.580 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.378 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up its duo of "LA's Finest" (1.597 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "Filthy Rich" (1.158 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.478 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with the linear premiere of "Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life" (0.478 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #11).

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- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.416m/0.30
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (Food): 1.062m/0.22
- The Big Bake Holiday (Food): 639k/0.13

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posted 11/24/2020

WEEKEND: Sharks Beats Smackdown
ABC, Fox Tie Demo
From the Futon Critic

ABC (3.288 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) and FOX (2.215 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) shared the demo crown on Friday as the former served up new episodes of "Shark Tank" (4.080 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) and "20/20" (2.892 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) while the latter offered up a new installment of "WWE SmackDown" (2.215 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2).

Next up was NBC (3.615 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with its duo of "The Blacklist" (3.424 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and "Dateline NBC" (3.710 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.897 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) opted for repeats of "MacGyver" (2.803 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), "Magnum P.I." (2.720 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "Blue Bloods" (3.167 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

And finally, The CW (0.584 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with its mix of "Masters of Illusion" (0.603 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9), "Masters of Illusion" (0.503 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9), a new "World's Funniest Animals" (0.613 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) and "World's Funniest Animals" (0.617 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9).

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- Holiday Wars (Food): 1.038m/0.21
- Candy Land (Food): 905k/0.23
- Buddy vs. Christmas (P/Food): 842k/0.20

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posted 11/24/2020

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

  • Ken Jennings earns Grammy nomination (The Wrap), learns that the Internet is forever (Us Magazine)

  • LIST ABUSE: 9 things we'll miss about Alex Trebek. Really? Only nine? (The Wrap)

  • Matt James is "a different man" since entering Bachelor Nation (US Magazine)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: This guy? (MSN)

  • Before they were Chasers (The Mirror)

posted 11/24/2020

ITV Teams with NTV
UK to Import Japan's "Red Carpet Survival"
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Global producer-distributor ITV Studios has struck a co-development deal with Japanese multi-platform entertainment company Nippon TV to create a new international format, expected to launch in 2021.

The two companies will work together on a number of development ideas before deciding which to produce in their respective territories and take to the global market. Nippon TV will subsequently manage the distribution of the new format across Asia, with ITV Studios representing the show globally.

The agreement follows an announcement earlier this year that ITV Studios had acquired the international production rights for Nippon TV's gameshow format Red Carpet Survival in territories where it had an unscripted production base.

Mike Beale, MD, Global Creative Network at ITV Studios, said in a statement: "With this deal, our relationship with Nippon TV goes from strength to strength. It combines both the creative and distribution resources from each of our businesses, allowing us to make the very best of our respective expertise. We are confident this will produce a number of exciting ideas and look forward to launching the brand new format in 2021."

Mikiko Nishiyama, MD, international business development, Nippon TV added: "Our paths crossed with Mike and his team through our format, Red Carpet Survival, at MIPTV 2019. Since then, our partnership has evolved into this co-development partnership, and we are now on the same boat, creating new ideas to ride the next wave of international formats together."

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posted 11/23/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Holding Out for Hope"

  • Melissa Rycroft doesn't think Clare, Dale will last. (Us Magazine)

  • Nikki Bella will claim "Dancing" is rigged if Artem (her fiance) doesn't win... (Us Magazine)

  • LIST ABUSE: 11 careers saved by "Dancing" (The Wrap)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: "GBBO" finalist doesn't have to answer for your BS, Twitter. (The Wrap)

  • Don't call it a comeback: John Barrowman to return for "Doctor Who" Christmas episode (TV Line)

posted 11/23/2020

Wipeout Contestant Dies
Player Suffers Cardiac Arrest After Completing the Course
From ComicBook

A contestant on the TBS reboot of gameshow Wipeout passed away after completing the obstacle course, according to a report from TMZ.

The male contestant was hospitalized after participating on the show, receiving medical attention once completing the elaborate obstacle course.

The Wipeout reboot was announced earlier this year, hosted by WWE Superstar John Cena and comedian Nicole Byer. Reports state that the contestant later passed away after police received a call to respond to an incident of cardiac arrest.

The contestant has not been identified, but TBS confirmed the news. According to sources close to the production, the contestant completed the course but shortly after required medical attention, then they were later admitted into a nearby hospital where they passed.

Production company Endemol Shine North America issued a statement in response to the news: "We offer our heartfelt condolences to the family and our thoughts are with them at this time."

TBS also issued a statement in response to the news: "We are devastated to have learned of his passing and our deepest sympathy goes out to the family."

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ALEX TREBEK: 1940-2020
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Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek's final resting place was revealed in his death certificate. The beloved game show host's body was cremated and his wife, Jean Trebek, kept his ashes. Trebek died on Nov. 8 following a long battle with prostate cancer. He was 80.

The death certificate, obtained by The Blast, shows Trebek's occupation as "quiz show host" and said he worked in the entertainment business for 60 years. It also confirmed Jean asked for his remains to be cremated and his ashes are kept in their Studio City, California home. Pancreatic cancer was listed as the cause of death. It also lists Trebek's full name, George Alexander Trebek.

Following Trebek's death, Jean shared a wedding photo on Instagram and thanked Trebek's millions of fans for their support and condolences. "My family and I sincerely thank you all for your compassionate messages and generosity. Your expressions have truly touched our hearts. Thank you so very, very much," she wrote. "Many Blessings to all, Jean Trebek."

Trebek is survived by his two children with Jean, Matthew, and Emily. He also adopted first wife Elaine Callie's daughter, Nicky.

A lifetime as a quiet conservationist has come to light in the days after Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek's death. Trebek donated 62 acres of land in the Hollywood Hills to the city of Los Angeles in 1998.

The Trebek Open Space runs into Runyon Canyon Park. The Mountains Recreation & Conservation authority describes the land as "a sunny, well-established network of fire roads" that "provide trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians."

The Laurel Canyon Land Trust remembered Trebek's donation with a Facebook post on the day of his death.

"Today Alex Trebek passed away. Did you know that he was generous conservationist in addition to being a famous game show host? He donated 62 acres of land in the Santa Monica Mountains in Nichols Canyon to create the Trebek Open Space," the Facebook post stated. "This was not only a gift to urban Angelinos who thirst for open space and outdoor activity, but a gift to native animals such as our local Mountain Lions that require large amounts of open space in order to survive, and a gift to future generations who will have to reckon with climate change in the years to come," the statement said. "Thank you Alex Trebek and may you Rest in Peace."

Elsewhere, Thursday marks World Pancreatic Cancer Day, the same disease Trebek passed away from at the age of 80, with the host offering a special message before the show. While Trebek never mentioned his own plight with pancreatic cancer in the message, he urged all of his fans to heed the warning signs.

Trebek-hosted episodes will air through December 25th. His last day taping in studio was October 29.

Born in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada in 1940 (he became an American citizen in 1998), Trebek also hosted such shows as The Wizard of Odds, Double Dare, High Rollers, Battlestars, Classic Concentration and To Tell The Truth. He also was an actor, frequently appearing as himself in many TV and film spots.

Trebek hosted more than 8,200 Jeopardy! episodes, setting a Guinness World Record for hosting the most episodes of a single game show. He won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host seven times, and was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He received the Order of Canada honor from his native land in 2017.

"This is an enormous loss for the Jeopardy! staff, crew and all of Alex's millions of fans," said Mike Richards, the Jeopardy! executive producer. "He was a legend of the industry that we were all lucky to watch night after night for 37 years. Working beside him for the past year and a half as he heroically continued to host Jeopardy! was an incredible honor. His belief in the importance of the show and his willingness to push himself to perform at the highest level was the most inspiring demonstration of courage I have ever seen. His constant desire to learn, his kindness, and his professionalism will be with all of us forever."

"Today we lost a legend and a beloved member of the Sony Pictures family," said Tony Vinciquerra, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment. "For 37 amazing years, Alex was that comforting voice, that moment of escape and entertainment at the end of a long, hard day for millions of people around the world. He was the heart and soul of Jeopardy! and he will be deeply missed by everyone who made him part of their lives. Our hearts go out to Jean, Matthew, Emily, and Nicky."

"We join our colleagues at Sony Pictures in mourning the passing of Alex Trebek," said Kenichiro Yoshida, Chairman, President and CEO, Sony Corporation. "Alex was an extraordinary talent whose intelligence, wit and comforting presence appealed to millions of people around the world and made Jeopardy! the outstanding show it is today."

Steve LoCascio, President of CBS Television Distribution, called Trebek's death "a tremendous loss" for the Jeopardy! family. "Not only was Alex a television icon, but he was one of the most genuine, kind, caring people you could ever know," LoCascio said. "The way he openly and bravely battled cancer, while continuing to host the show, was a true inspiration. He has brought joy to the millions of fans – including generations of families — who have welcomed Alex into their living room each night. Our hearts go out to Alex's wife and children. We have truly lost a legend."

Shortly after the news broke, American Idol's Ryan Seacrest paid tribute via Twitter, writing, "Alex Trebek was like a family member who I watched every night. I remember going to the set to watch him tape a show before I started my TV career. He was a big influence and one of a kind. Rest In Peace, Alex."

"Couldn't we have one nice weekend?" tweeted Jimmy Kimmel, host of Jimmy Kimmel Live! "A kind gentleman whose excellence was so consistent, it was easy to take for granted. Rest well, Mr. Trebek."

"Alex Trebek hosted Jeopardy for 36 years. What an incredible career and remarkable life," commented Ellen DeGeneres. "I'm sending love to his family and fans."

Jeopardy's GOATs were also quick to share thoughts, starting with Ken Jennings. "Alex wasn't just the best ever at what he did. He was also a lovely and deeply decent man, and I'm grateful for every minute I got to spend with him," Jennings wrote on Twitter, alongside a photo of the two men taking a selfie. And in a follow-up tweet: "Thinking today about his family and his Jeopardy! family — which, in a way, included millions of us." Alex wasn't just the best ever at what he did. He was also a lovely and deeply decent man, and I'm grateful for every minute I got to spend with him"

"It was one of the great privileges of my life to spend time with this courageous man while he fought the battle of his life," James Holzhauer, another of the show's GOATs tweeted. "You will never be replaced in our hearts, Alex. "Alex was so much more than a host. He was an impartial arbiter of truth and facts in a world that needs exactly that. He was someone you could count on to entertain you every weekday, even when his health barely allowed it. And he was an underrated rapper," Holzhauer wrote.

The last of Jeopardy's greatest, Brad Rutter, shared: "Just gutted. There will never be another. RIP, Alex, and thank you so much for everything."

"My heart is so sad over the passing of the classiest game show host of all time!!!" tweeted Family Feud host Steve Harvey. "His style was real to me … condolences to his entire family and fans #AlexTrebek."

The Bachelor's Chris Harrison added: "We lost a hosting legend today and a real gentleman Alex Trebek. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and his Jeopardy family."

Access Hollywood anchor and Saved by the Bell actor Mario Lopez shared, "An inspiring, strong, distinguished legend of a man. What is Alex Trebek? #RIP."

THe Television Critics Association has released the Jeopardy! host's acceptance speech from earlier this year, when he received the group's Career Achievement Award for 2020. According to a new post on the TCA website, the association "voted overwhelmingly" to honor Trebek with this year's award, citing "his unparalleled legacy as one of television's most enduring and best-loved personalities."

In his acceptance speech at the September ceremony, which was held virtually, Trebek named several previous recipients of the award, which dates back to 1985: "People like Walter Cronkite, David Brinkley, my good friends Lucille Ball and Betty White, Johnny Carson, Bob Hope, Fred Rogers, Sid Caesar, Carol Burnett, Oprah Winfrey — and now, Alex Trebek," he said. "I am truly humbled and most appreciative. Thank you so very much."

Trebek is survived by his wife of 30 years, Jean, and children Matthew, Emily, and Nicky. The family has announced no plans for a service, but gifts in his memory can go to World Vision, a humanitarian charity focused on aiding those in poverty.

The hometown of Alex Trebek is planning on celebrating the gameshow's life in a big way. Greater Sudbury Mayor Brian Bigger says the city is asking its residents for ideas on how to adequately pay tribute to the late Jeopardy! host, and the city is willing to shell out some serious cash for it. As the mayor told TMZ, the city is willing to erect a statue or craft a massive mural linking to the city's library should Trebek's family approve. Bigger expects to "get the ball rolling" on an idea at the city's next city council meeting.

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posted 11/22/2020

THURSDAY: Twas the Week Before Thanksgiving
Fox Wins Night on NFL
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FOX (9.639 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) continued its Thursday reign thanks to its latest installments of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (9.750 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (9.616 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1).

ABC (5.069 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) was the number two draw with new episodes of "Station 19" (5.485 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and "Grey's Anatomy" (5.747 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) plus the return of "A Million Little Things" (3.975 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6).

Next up was CBS (4.104 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with its lineup of "Young Sheldon" (7.077 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5), "B Positive" (5.138 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Mom" (4.935 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "The Unicorn" (3.822 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "Star Trek: Discovery" (1.825 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.321 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up its mix of "Superstore" (2.216 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), a repeat "Superstore" (1.198 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.877 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "Dateline NBC" (2.380 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

And finally, The CW (1.297 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with its special "Supernatural: The Long Road Home" (1.201 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and the finale of "Supernatural" (1.393 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12)

On cable...
- Unleashed (P/Nick): 325k/0.09
- Top Elf (SP/Nick): 225k/0.05
- Guy's Grocery Games Delivery (Food): 824k/0.28

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posted 11/22/2020

NBC 2021
Fan Favorite Games Return for Mondays
From the Futon Critic

NBC is starting the new year on a high note with the launch of the new Robert Carlock and Tina Fey-created and produced comedy "Mr. Mayor," the time period premiere of new medical series "Nurses" and the highly anticipated season two return of critically acclaimed "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist."

In addition, just when we need it most, a new season of frivolity is in the air with the return of "Ellen's Game of Games." And when it comes to making its players happy, no show can turn anyone's financial fortunes around faster than "The Wall," back for more of its anxiety-inducing ball drops.

"This schedule represents the best of what broadcast has to offer in any season - high quality new and returning dramas, ground-breaking comedy, and family-friendly gameshows," said Frances Berwick, Chairman, Entertainment Networks. "We know how much our viewers are looking forward to devouring new episodes and new shows, and we are particularly proud, along with all our production partners, to bring these to life in the current environment."

Starting Jan. 4, Mondays will be a night of fun and games with the season premieres of hit gameshows "Ellen's Game of Games," which reached more than 57 million viewers last season, and "The Wall," which was undefeated in its timeslot last summer. A week later on Jan. 11, "Weakest Link" and host Jane Lynch join the party. "The Weakest Link" has been the most-watched series premiere on the Big 4 networks through the season's opening eight weeks.

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posted 11/22/2020

How to "Stakeout" During a Pandemic
Food Network Show Returns for Season 3 December
From the Futon Critic

Food Network's hit primetime series Supermarket Stakeout, where the action starts as customers exit the aisles, is back with a brand-new season of fresh fast-paced outdoor cooking battles on Tuesday, December 29th at 10pm ET/PT.

Hosted by Iron Chef and Chopped judge Alex Guarnaschelli, each episode features four talented chefs who must be strategic and persuasive in negotiating items out of exiting customers' carts with a budget of only $500 and then turn those ingredients into culinary magic in a pop-up kitchen setup. A rotating panel of judges, including Eddie Jackson, Antonia LoFaso and Aarti Sequeira, determine each week which chef made the most successful menu and is awarded enough cash for a year's worth of groceries.

"Our viewers have been craving more Supermarket Stakeout and this new season delivers all the fun game play and culinary action the show is known for," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "With Alex at the helm, there are laugh-out-loud moments and unexpected results in each episode."

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posted 11/22/2020

Jeannie Mai to Return for the Finale
Catch It on ABC Tomorrow Night!
From the Wrap

Jeannie Mai will return for Monday's "Dancing With the Stars" finale after being forced to withdraw from the show in early November after being hospitalized and diagnosed with epiglottitis, her reps confirm to TheWrap exclusively.

Epiglottitis is a potentially life-threatening condition where the tissue protecting the windpipe becomes inflamed. Mai learned that 60% of her airway had closed and she had developed a dangerous throat abscess. "It saddens me that I will not be able to continue with the competition on DWTS. My doctors discovered a health concern with my throat which requires immediate attention and surgery," Mai wrote in a statement at the time. She successfully underwent emergency surgery for her condition and has been resting at home for the last two weeks — including no talking.

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Buzzr Enters the Cloud
Amagi Transfers Broadcasts to the Cloud
From TV Technology

SaaS provider Amagi recently concluded a project with the Freemantle-owned Buzzr, a vintage game show network, to transition its broadcast operations to a fully cloud-managed setup. Using Amagi's cloud platform, Buzzr integrated its broadcast workflows across over-the-air, cable and digital OTT operations to a single unified platform.

This was done with Amagi's cloud playout SaaS platform CLOUDPORT. With Buzzr moving its content library of old game shows to the AWS cloud, CLOUDPORT helped the network create, deliver and manage the channel for both OTT and broadcast.

CLOUDPORT gave Buzzr real-time access to all parts of its broadcast workflow, as well as provider greater transparency and flexibility to check for potential issues and to fix them, said Mark Deetjen, general manager for Buzzr.

Buzzr has a portfolio of more than 40,000 episodes of iconic game shows. It is broadcast in 67 broadcast markets, and is available on Dish and OTT platforms, as well as for streaming over its own website.

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posted 11/22/2020

Ennis the Menace
New Chaser Darragh Ennis Premieres
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ITV has unveiled a brand new Chaser on quiz show The Chase, having debuted newcomer Darragh Ennis on today's show. Ennis joins fellow Chasers Mark 'The Beast' Labbett, Anne 'The Governess' Hegerty, Jenny 'The Vixen' Ryan, Shaun 'The Dark Destroyer' Wallace and Paul 'The Sinnerman' Sinha on the game show.

Fans of the show may recognize him from another episode from 2017, in which Ennis featured as a contestant.

According to The Express, he won £9,000 in total during the money building round, but his fellow contestants decided to accept lower offers from The Chaser, taking home £1,575 each. As Ennis walked out to make his first appearance as a Chaser, host Bradley Walsh said: "Ooh, no, no, no! Not Shaun, not The Sinnerman, not The Vixen, not The Beast or The Governess - it's our brand new Chaser.

"Ah, the Dublin Dynamo all the way from the Emerald Isle, it's Darragh Ennis. D-Ennis the menace!"

Addressing his contestant, Ennis said: "Welcome Clint! Very nice to see you. I'll always remember you as the first contestant I ever faced - and the first one I ever caught, as well."

Speaking about his previous stint on the show, he continued: "I'm the only one who knows what it's like to be down there, and how intimidating it really is.".

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Wayne Brady Plays "Game of Talents"
Fox Orders Adaptation of Spanish Series
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FOX has ordered GAME OF TALENTS, an all-new unscripted variety show in which contestants must guess the performers' hidden talent, based only on their first impressions and a few wily clues. Emmy Award winner Wayne Brady ("Let's Make A Deal," "Whose Line Is It Anyway?") is set to host and executive-produce the program.

Produced by Fremantle and based on its hit international format, GAME OF TALENTS will premiere on FOX in 2021. The series is currently in production in Los Angeles.

"GAME OF TALENTS represents everything we here at FOX endeavor to bring to viewers," said Rob Wade, President of Alternative Entertainment and Specials, FOX Entertainment. "It's a chance for families to gather for magnetic gameplay, a fun peek into extraordinary skills of ordinary people and a friendly, spirited variety competition."

"GAME OF TALENTS is a dynamic combination of talent and game shows, and is destined to be the country's next big family entertainment format," said Jayson Dinsmore, President of Alternative Programming and Development, Fremantle. "Fremantle is home to the most renowned competition formats from across the globe and we can't wait to, with the help of our partners at FOX and the extraordinarily talented Wayne Brady, bring our latest international hit to America."

"What excites me about this series and this concept is every week we get to show off talents that will amaze, inspire and, in some cases, make your jaw-drop," said Brady. "As someone who loves games and loves all types of talent, this was a perfect fit for me and I'm thrilled to be a part of the creative team bringing it to life. I also get to give away someone else's money, which I always enjoy doing!"

From the producers of "America's Got Talent," comes the international hit variety show GAME OF TALENTS. Taking the awe, wonder and spectacle of a large-scale variety show and infusing it with a clue centered, high-intensity investigative game, GAME OF TALENTS is a new hybrid series like you've never seen before. The series pits two teams of contestants against each other as they attempt to figure out the surprising - and sometimes bizarre - hidden talents of the mystery performers. With more than $200,000 on the line, can the contestants spot the fire dancer from the spider wrangler or the chainsaw juggler from the contortionist? Can you?? This is GAME OF TALENTS!

GAME OF TALENTS is a rapidly expanding global success that originated from Fremantle's team in Spain in conjunction with Mediaset España and is now entering into its third season there. In addition to the upcoming U.S. production for FOX, the format is also set to launch in the U.K. on ITV, Sweden on SVT, and Holland and Belgium on RTL4 and VTM in 2021.

GAME OF TALENTS is produced by Fremantle. Executive producers include Jeff Apploff (BEAT SHAZAM, MENTAL SAMURAI) and Wayne Brady ("Let's Make A Deal," "Whose "Line Is It Anyway?").

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posted 11/19/2020

"Name That Tune": Fox January
Jane Krakowski, Randy Jackson Sign On
From TV Tonight

Fox is adding another music-centric game show to its lineup, and this one is a revival of a classic. The broadcast network has ordered an updated version of "Name That Tune," which will be hosted by Tony-winning actress Jane Krakowski with Grammy Award winner and former "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson serving as band leader.

Based on the original series created by Harry Salter, the "Name That Tune" revival will test contestants' music knowledge as they battle it out in an assortment of challenging games for cash and prizes.

The new series will premiere Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 9/8c, immediately after the time-period premiere of "The Masked Singer" spinoff series "The Masked Dancer."

Each one-hour episode of "Name That Tune" is comprised of two stand-alone half-hour contests, each pitting two players against each other as they race against the clock to test their knowledge of songs, performed by the live band. Each contest features a rotating variety of games from the original format, before the iconic Bid-a-Note round. The player with the most money at the end of Bid-a-Note wins the game and takes his or her bank into the Golden Medley bonus round, for a chance to win additional cash and potentially the $100,000 grand prize.

"We're thrilled to bring the iconic musical game show 'Name That Tune' back to television with this updated revival. It's been beloved the world over for decades and we can't wait for a new generation of families to get to play along with the classic series at home," Rob Wade, president of alternative entertainment & specials at Fox Entertainment, said. "With the captivating Jane Krakowski as host alongside band leader Randy Jackson the Big Dawg himself, this surely will be a harmonious pairing."

"Name That Tune" hails from Fox Alternative Entertainment, Prestige Entertainment and Eureka Productions ("Holey Moley," "Dating Around," "Full Bloom"). Chris Culvenor and Paul Franklin will serve as executive producers for Eureka Productions. Ralph Rubenstein and Noah Rubenstein are also executive producers, along with Janine Cooper, who also serves as showrunner.

The original "Name That Tune," created by orchestra conductor Salter, premiered on NBC Radio in 1952 and was adapted for the NBC broadcast network in 1953. "Name That Tune" later moved to CBS and eventually aired as a syndicated series.

Filming begins on Friday on at the Aware Theatre, Sydney International Convention Centre, with US expats as contestants.

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posted 11/19/2020

WEDNESDAY: Pilot Light
Fox, NBC Split Midweek
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.924 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was still the demo champ on Wednesday thanks to fresh installments of "The Masked Singer" (6.162 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "I Can See Your Voice" (3.685 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2).

NBC (7.122 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) took home the silver with week two of "Chicago Med" (7.623 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2), "Chicago Fire" (7.550 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and "Chicago PD" (6.194 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

Next up was CBS (2.996 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and its mix of "The Amazing Race 32" (3.729 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), another "The Amazing Race 32" (3.065 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) and "S.W.A.T." (2.193 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.697 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up originals from "The Goldbergs" (3.597 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "American Housewife" (2.854 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "The Conners" (3.581 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Black-ish" (2.333 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) plus the return of "For Life" (1.909 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.430 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the evening with its duo of "Devils" (0.319 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "Coroner" (0.541 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (SP/History): 986k/0.32
- Guy's Grocery Games Delivery (Food): 824k/0.28

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posted 11/19/2020

More on "Kids Baking Championship"
Food Network REturns Competition DEcember 28
From the Futon Critic

On Monday, December 28th at 9pm ET/PT Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman welcome a dozen new talented young bakers into the Kids Baking Championship to see whose skills will measure up in difficult baking challenges, including rainbow cupcakes, dessert imposters, and more! For the first time, the bakers' parents are backstage watching and reacting to the ups and downs of the ten-week competition. Only one will take the cake and the sweet grand prize of $25,000, a spot in Food Network Magazine, and the title of Kids Baking Champion!

All the flavor and fun kicks-off on Monday, December 28th at 9pm ET/PT with an added new element to the series as the bakers' parents are there reacting to every twist and turn of the competition. On the premiere, the bakers show off their brushstroke decorating skills with colorful and delicious mini cheesecakes. One baker will surpass the rest with flying colors. Then, at 10pm ET/PT it's another new episode as the young competitors must create garden cakes decorated with actual fruits, herbs, and other ingredients from the garden.

The ten-episode season is filled with exciting new challenges, the latest dessert trends, and lots of irresistible sweets. One challenge, celebrating Animal Planet's Puppy Bowl, has each baker paired up with an adorable, adoptable puppy and they must create a birthday cake that envisions their four-legged friend's life after adoption. In another challenge the kid competitors must make a giant cookie face with 3D features that communicate an assigned expression. Each week one baker will be surprised to land at the bottom of the bunch. On Monday, February 15th it's the final two episodes of the competition. At 9pm ET/PT, Valerie and Duff task the bakers with creating a sheet pan pie, with two delicious pie fillings, a tasty crust, and great decorations. Three bakers earn spots in the grand finale at 10pm ET/PT and must bake their most impressive desserts yet in order to rise to the top and be crowned the winner.

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posted 11/19/2020

MotorTrend Greenlights "Hooptie Challenge"
Catch It November 27
From the Futon Critic

MotorTrend's talented personalities are celebrating the holiday season the only way they know how in the all-new special HOLIDAY HOOPTIE CHALLENGE streaming Friday, November 27 only on the MotorTrend App.

One part white elephant gift exchange, one part driving competition, one part chaos and all parts merriment, HOLIDAY HOOPTIE CHALLENGE is like your typical holiday celebration but with burnouts and drag racing.

In HOLIDAY HOOPTIE CHALLENGE hosts David Freiburger and Brian Lohnes trade in the classic winter wonderland for a vehicular paradise where they invite Faye Hadley (ALL GIRLS GARAGE), Fred Williams (DIRT EVERY DAY), Steve Dulcich (ROADKILL GARAGE), Eric Malone (FASTEST CARS IN THE DIRTY SOUTH), Lucky Costa (HOT ROD GARAGE) and Tony Angelo (HOT ROD GARAGE) to the party. Freiburger and Lohnes challenge their counterparts to drive, or shall we say thrash, some low-buck junk from MotorTrend shows in several holiday inspired racing competitions.

Over the course of multiple events Hadley, Williams, Dulcich, Malone, Costa and Angelo will push themselves and their hoopties to the brink. The drivers will test their handling skills, speed and lack of self-preservation. In the spirit of the season Freiburger and Lohnes have surprises to bestow upon the unsuspecting competitors who will be forced to drive different vehicles for each challenge. Once they get used to one vehicular gift they'll have to "white elephant" swap their ride and will truly learn if it is better to give than to receive.

HOLIDAY HOOPTIE CHALLENGE premieres Friday, November 27 on the MotorTrend App, the leading subscription streaming service dedicated entirely to the motoring world.

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posted 11/19/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Apology Not Excepted"

  • Dani Briones apologizes for her actions inside the BB House (Reality Blurred) and the Internet is not having any of her War & Peace-sized missive (Cheat Sheet)

  • Nina West channels her inner John Waters (The Wrap)

  • Cris Abrego to head up Banijay Americas (Deadline)

  • Will Buddy Valastro ever bake again? (Deadline)

posted 11/19/2020

John Quinn Says "Uno!"
Mattel Teams with "LMAD" Producer
From Deadline

Card game Uno is set to be adapted as a television game show after toy company Mattel teamed with Propagate Content and Let's Make a Deal showrunner John Quinn.

The Uno Game Show is part of a new slate of unscripted shows being developed by Mattel Television, the production arm of the toy manufacturer.

Mattel Television is best known for producing series such as Thomas & Friends and Netflix's Barbie Princess Adventure as well as Masters of the Universe series.

It is the latest attempt to turn the card game into a television series after Mattel had previously partnered with the Gurin Company in 2013.

The series will turn the card game into a larger-than-life competition of four teams vying to become the ultimate Uno champion. It will feature audience participation, over-the-top physical challenges and trivia.

The card game, developed in 1971 by Merle Robbins, sees players compete to become the first to score 500 points, achieved over several rounds by being the first to play all of one's own cards and scoring points from those of your rivals. Each deck of cards consists of red, yellow, green and blue cards as well as Wild and Wild Draw Four cards.

The game is celebrating its 50th anniversary next year.

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posted 11/18/2020

25 Words... to 2023!
Fox TV Stations Renew Puzzle for Two More Seasons
From Deadline

Fox Television Stations has renewed syndicated mainstays 25 Words or Less, Divorce Court and Dish Nation through the 2022-2023 season.

In announcing the two-year renewals, Fox stations programming chief Stephen Brown said the company sees "nothing but growth ahead" for the slate of what he called "reliably strong, feel good programming."

In addition to the three shows being re-upped, Fox's portfolio also includes the forthcoming new version of You Bet Your Life hosted by Jay Leno.

Hosted and executive produced by Meredith Vieira, 25 Words or Less had a successful test in summer 2018 before entering syndication in fall 2019. The half-hour game show is cleared in 98% of the U.S. and its ​executive producers include Lisa Kudrow, Dan Bucatinsky, Mary McCormack, Michael Morris, showrunner Michael Canter and Bruce Sterten, creator of the 25 Words or Less and Taboo board games. The show is produced by Dino Bones Productions and distributed by Fox First Run.

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posted 11/18/2020

Of Two "Minds"
Game Show Network Drops New Season December 7
From the Futon Critic

Season 2 of MASTER MINDS will premiere on Monday, December 7th at 4 p.m. ET on Game Show Network and air weekdays.

In MASTER MINDS, three contestants square off against three trivia Master Minds - including "Jeopardy!" GOAT Ken Jennings - in multiple rounds of intense trivia competition. The lowest scoring player on each side is eliminated until the top competitor and top Master Mind are left standing and now must face off, head-to-head, in the Ultimate Trivia Challenge. If the contestant can get more questions correct than the Master Mind, they will win $10,000 and come back to challenge the Masters again. If they win three games in a row, they join the ranks of the Master Minds and will appear in future episodes.

Joining Jennings as Master Minds are quiz experts Ryan Chafee, Jonathan Corbblah, Arianna Haut, Muffy Maracco, and LaKedra Pam.

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posted 11/18/2020

TUESDAY: The Returns Are Returning
CBS Splits with ABC
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.274 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the network to beat among adults 18-49 thanks to a new "The Bachelorette" (4.394 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and the launch of "Big Sky" (4.033 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

NBC (5.725 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) had to settle for second with its trio of "The Voice" (7.345 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "This Is Us" (6.382 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and "Transplant" (3.446 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #8).

Next up was CBS (7.803 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with the season premieres of "NCIS" (10.062 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4), "FBI" (8.047 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (5.301 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.201 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up its duo of "Cosmos: Possible Worlds" (1.400 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9) and "Next" (1.001 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10).

And finally, The CW (0.540 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "Swamp Thing" (0.673 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) and "Tell Me a Story" (0.406 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 988k/0.25
- The Misery Index (TBS): 752k/0.24
- Supermarket Stakeout: What Would Alex Make (Food): 621k/0.16

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posted 11/18/2020

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... or "Recovery"

posted 11/18/2020

2021 Is Going to Be Miserable
Season 3 of "Misery Index" Premieres January 26 PLUS...
From Seat42F

Ringing in the new year with outrageous talents, delicious eats, extreme temperatures and more, TNT, TBS and truTV unveil premiere dates for new and returning shows in January and February. The programming slate includes TNT's top-rated drama series "Snowpiercer" (January 25); TBS' new extreme talent competition series "Go-Big Show" (January 7) and comedic game show "The Misery Index" (January 26); and truTV's tentpole franchise "Impractical Jokers" (February 4), "Impractical Jokers: After Party" (February 4) and new cooking competition series "Fast Foodies" (February 4).

"At a time when we're all craving shared experiences and connecting with friends, our shows in January and February help fulfill that need. Our diverse lineup leans into the comradery of friendship, fun escapism, and critically acclaimed dramas that bring people together," said Brett Weitz, General Manager for TNT, TBS and truTV. "Across all three networks, we continue to push the boundaries of storytelling to entertain audiences around the country with compelling characters and outstanding series from the industry's best creators."

GO-BIG SHOW – Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT beginning January 7 "Go-Big Show" showcases supersized talents on a scale never before seen on television. Featuring monster trucks, alligator and snake trainers, stunt archery, world record holders and other radical feats, the program celebrates daring acts alongside personal, behind-the-scenes stories from the challengers as they battle head-to-head to impress the judges and advance toward the finale's ultimate $100,000 prize. Bert Kreischer hosts "Go-Big Show" with celebrity judges Snoop Dogg, Rosario Dawson, Jennifer Nettles and AEW's Cody Rhodes.

THE MISERY INDEX (SEASON 3) – Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT beginning January 26 Inspired by the card game Sh*t Happens, "The Misery Index" features teams competing against each other by attempting to rate hilarious and miserable real-life events based on the "misery index," a ranking system created by a team of therapists. Jameela Jamil stars as the show's host with The Tenderloins comedy troupe and stars of truTV's "Impractical Jokers" – Brian "Q" Quinn, James "Murr" Murray, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano – starring as recurring panelists. This season will feature special appearances from celebrity guests including Travis Kelce, Joel McHale and All Elite Wrestling's Jon Moxley.

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posted 11/17/2020

SYNDIES: Week 8
Results for the Week Ending November 8
From TV Newscheck

Ratings for most syndicated shows slipped as the attention of many viewers was riveted on election results in the session ending Nov. 8. For example, all of the most popular games lost ground, with Family Feud falling 9% from the previous frame to a 5.3 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating; Wheel of Fortune fading 6% to a 5.0, and Jeopardy sliding 9% to a 4.9.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.3 -9%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.0 -6%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 4.9 -9%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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posted 11/17/2020

Nick Jonas Returns to The Voice 2021
Gwen Stefani Gets the Annual Cycle-Out Treatment
From the Futon Critic

Multi-award-winning singer, songwriter, actor and producer Nick Jonas will be returning to "The Voice" for the show's 20th season, which will begin in spring 2021.

He will be joined by John Legend, Blake Shelton and Kelly Clarkson, who are the current season 19 coaches along with Gwen Stefani.

Jonas first joined "The Voice" as a coach in season 18 (spring 2020). During that season, he brought Thunderstorm Artis to the show's finale.

The series has won four Emmy Awards for Outstanding Reality Competition Program.

So far season this season, "The Voice" is averaging a 1.4 rating in adults 18-49 and 9.5 million viewers in "live plus seven day" Nielsens, making it television's #1 most-watched alternative series. Counting all digital and linear delayed viewing, this season's Oct. 19 "Voice" premiere has grown to a 2.4 rating in 18-49 and 11.8 million viewers overall.

"The Voice" is a presentation of MGM Television, Warner Horizon Unscripted Television and ITV Studios The Voice USA, Inc. The series was created by John de Mol, who serves as an executive producer along with Mark Burnett, Audrey Morrissey, Amanda Zucker, Kyra Thompson and Adam H. Sher.

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posted 11/17/2020

MONDAY: Draw Game
Tie Ball Game Between ABC, NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.516 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) and ABC (5.117 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) shared the top honors on Monday as the former served up originals from "The Voice" (6.775 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "Weakest Link" (2.999 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) while the latter presented fresh installments from "Dancing with the Stars" (5.577 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "The Good Doctor" (4.197 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

CBS (5.111 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) was the bronze draw with the season premieres of "The Neighborhood" (6.018 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (5.595 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4), "All Rise" (4.621 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) and "Bull" (4.906 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.312 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up its duo of "LA's Finest" (1.523 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "Filthy Rich" (1.100 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.233 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) wrapped the night with a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.184 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.250 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and the season finale of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.248 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

On cable...
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.296m/0.25
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (Food): 1.009m/0.16
- The Big Bake Holiday (Food): 534k/0.12
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posted 11/17/2020

WEEKEND: Shopping
ABC's GamesTick Up
From the Futon Critic

NBC (10.863 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) was still the network to beat on Sunday with its mainstays "Football Night in America #1" (4.682 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7), "Football Night in America #2" (6.805 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T4), "Football Night in America #3" (11.139 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.2, #2) and "Sunday Night Football" (12.856 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1).

FOX (4.488 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) got a boost from a full hour of "NFL Overrun" (9.188 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.6, #3) followed by originals from "The Simpsons" (3.390 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6), "Bless the Harts" (1.756 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13), "Bob's Burgers" (1.713 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Family Guy" (1.691 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Next up was CBS (7.336 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with fresh installments of "60 Minutes" (12.380 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T4), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.451 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.050 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) plus a repeat "NCIS" (3.461 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.302 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.029 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10), "Supermarket Sweep" (3.264 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9), "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (2.945 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) and "Card Sharks" (1.969 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T16).

And finally, a rebroadcast of "iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 2 2020" (0.438 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #18) on The CW (0.438 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

ABC (3.735 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) scored top honors on Friday thanks to fresh installments of "Shark Tank" (4.322 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) and "20/20" (3.441 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3).

Sharing in demo crown was FOX (2.141 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) with its latest edition of "WWE SmackDown" (2.141 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2).

Next up was NBC (3.323 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with the return of "The Blacklist" (3.599 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) and a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (3.186 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.642 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up its mix of "MacGyver" (2.570 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), a new "Undercover Boss" (2.398 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "Blue Bloods" (2.956 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

And finally, a rebroadcast of "iHeartRadio Music Festival Night 1 2020" (0.508 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #9) on The CW (0.508 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

On Sunday...
- Holiday Wars (Food): 1.146m/0.32
- Candy Land (P/Food): 1.125m/0.32
- Candy Land (S/Food): 746k/0.24 .

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posted 11/17/2020


New York Daily News
BEN WATKINS: 2006-2020
"MasterChef Junior" Alum Succumbs to Rare Form of Cancer
From TV Line

Fox and the producers of MasterChef Junior are paying tribute to former contestant Ben Watkins, who died Monday after battling a rare cancer. He was 14.

In a joint statement, Fox and EndemolShine North America said, "It is with great sadness that we mourn the passing of Ben Watkins, a beloved member of the MasterChef Junior family. Ben overcame so much in his life with a remarkably positive attitude. He was a tremendous role model for chefs of all ages and will be dearly missed by everyone at EndemolShine North America and Fox Entertainment."

In 2019, Watkins — who appeared in MasterChef Junior's sixth season — was diagnosed with Angiomatoid Fibrous Histiocytoma, an extremely rare soft tissue tumor. His death comes three years after his parents were killed in a domestic violence incident.

"Despite all the pain and sickness Ben went through, he never complained, not once," Watkins uncle/guardian Anthony Edwards told the Chicago Tribune. "We were praying for a different outcome. But Ben's lungs could no longer give him the air he needed to breathe. It's been devastating.".

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posted 11/17/2020

"Millionaire" UK Remembers the Big Winners
ITV to Broadcast Special November 22
From Telly Mix

ITV will revisit some of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire's iconic wins in a brand new series.

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire: The Million Pound Question is a new six-part series starting on Sunday, 22 November.

The first episode revisits the iconic win of Judith Keppel, the first UK millionaire from the world-famous gameshow. Judith looks back at her memorable time in the hotseat with Chris Tarrant, taking us step by step through her jaw-dropping journey up the question ladder.

She is joined by celebrities who have also sat in the famous hotseat, such as Naga Munchetty and Catherine Tyldesley, while the archives deliver some gold from former contestants including Jonathan Ross and wife Jane..

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posted 11/17/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Recovery"

  • Al Roker heads home to recover post-op (Deadline)

  • Witney Carson, Lindsay Arnold host baby showers for each other (Reality TV World)

  • "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" now available on consoles (Gamasutra)

  • Ryan Reynolds recalls his final conversation with Alex (USA Today)

  • LIST ABUSE: The many openings of Alex Trebek (Primetimer)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Supermarket Sweep. (NPR)

posted 11/17/2020

Drag Me to Spain
World of Wonder Greenlights "Drag Race Espana
From Deadline

Drag Race has brought its fabulous brand of charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent to different parts of the world including Thailand, the United Kingdom, Holland, Chile and Canada. Now, World of Wonder is looking to further the global reach of the reality drag queen competition with Drag Race Spain.

World of Wonder, the production company behind the Emmy-winning RuPaul's Drag Race and Million Dollar Listing, has set Drag Race Spain which will stream exclusively on WOW Presents Plus in the US and other international markets, day-and-date with the Spanish airing on ATRESplayer Premium.

"It is such an honor to welcome Spain to the Drag Race family, partner with Atres, and bring the fierce fabulous glamour of Spanish queens to new audiences around the world on WOW Presents Plus," said World of Wonder co-founders Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey. "In these dark and challenging times we believe people need Drag Race's joy, laughter, and heart now more than ever."

The host, judges, cast, and premiere date of Drag Race Spain will be "Ru-vealed" in the months to come.

Drag Race Spain is produced by Atresmedia TV in collaboration with Buendía Estudios and executive produced by World of Wonder. Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey, and Tom Campbell are executive producers.

The deal with ATRESplayer PREMIUM was brokered by Nick Tanner, Director of Sales and Co-Productions and Eliana Barbosa, Senior Sales Manager for Passion Distribution. Passion Distribution will distribute the series globally in line with Passion Distribution and WOW's distribution strategy..

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posted 11/16/2020

Sinbad Suffers Stroke
Comedian, Star Search Alum in Recovery
From Deadline

Sinbad, the comedian and actor who is known for his stand-up and his role in the Cosby Show spin-off A Different World, has suffered from a stroke and is currently recovering. In a statement submitted to the Associated Press, his family said "It is out of sincere love that we share Sinbad, our beloved husband and father, is recovering from a recent stroke. Sinbad is a light source of love and joy for many generations. While he is beginning his road to recovery, we are faithful and optimistic that he will bring laughter into our hearts soon." His family continued, "Our family thanks you in advance for your love and support and ask for continued prayers for his healing. We also ask that you please respect our privacy during this time."

Born DAvid Adkins, Sinbad first came into prominence as a grand champion on "Star Search" in 1985. He has since been on numerous game shows including Jeopardy!, THe Hollywood Squares, Chopped, and The Celebrity Apprentice.


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posted 11/16/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "What Tom Bergeron Does with His Newfound Time Off"

  • Tom Bergeron endorses "Dancing with the Stars" drinking game (PopCulture), finds himself on somebody's short-list for the next Jeopardy! host (HEavy)

  • Alec Baldwin stays with ABC, goes to war with Kelsey Grammer (TV Line)

  • CASTING COUCH: Feud heads to Buffalo for families (WYRK Buffalo)

  • Claudia Jordan spilt tea about a guest banker who would ultimate become... well... yeah. Oh, and by the way... Ew? (Page Six)

  • Gleb Savchenko has been having issues for a while. (Reality TV World) Chrishell being around didn't help. (Us Weekly)

  • Jade Roper, Tanner Tolbert welcome their third child (Reality TV World)

  • Adam Thielen honors Alex Trebek with his cleats (TMZ Sports)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Byron Allen & Wayne Brady (Black Enterprise)

posted 11/16/2020


Radio Times
DES O'CONNOR: 1932-2020
"Ultimate Entertainer" Hosted Countdown, Take Your Pick
From Sky News

TV star Des O'Connor has died at the age of 88 following a fall at his home.

The all-round entertainer achieved a rare feat in the often fickle world of showbiz, heading up his own prime time TV shows for over 45 years and forging a successful musical career to boot.

O'Connor had been isolating during the COVID-19 pandemic, but had received visits, albeit from outside a window, from some of his children.

His agent Pat Lake-Smith said in a statement: "It is with great sorrow that I confirm that Des O'Connor passed away yesterday. "He had been admitted to hospital just over a week ago, following a fall at his home in Buckinghamshire.

"He was recovering well and had been in great spirits, visited by his family - in accordance with hospital lockdown regulations - and looking forward to going home.

"Unfortunately, yesterday evening his condition suddenly deteriorated and he drifted peacefully away in his sleep.

"Des, who was 88, was so well loved by absolutely everyone. He was a joy to work with - he was talented, fun, positive, enthusiastic, kind and a total professional. He loved life, and considered enthusiasm almost as important as oxygen.

"He adored his family - they were everything to him. He is survived by his wife Jodie, their son Adam and his four daughters, Karin, TJ, Samantha and Kristina.

"Jodie's world is shattered, she and Adam and Des's daughters are hurting more than you could possibly imagine.

"Des was the ultimate entertainer. He loved being on stage - entertaining a live audience. He always said the sound of laughter was like the sound of heavenly music.

"He had a fabulous international TV career, presenting his own prime time TV shows for over 45 years. On stage he starred at almost every leading venue throughout the world."

Born in Stepney, east London, on 12 January 1932 to a Jewish mother and Irish father, the comedian joked that he was the only O'Connor who ever had a bar mitzvah. As a young man, O'Connor briefly flirted with football as a career, playing professionally with Northampton Town, before serving his national service in the Royal Air Force, and then joining Butlin's holiday camp as a redcoat. He went on to perform in theatre variety shows in the mid 1950s, before getting his big screen break in 1963, when The Des O'Connor Show was commissioned on ITV.

Other bespoke shows followed, including Des O'Connor Tonight, An Audience With Des O'Connor and Today With Des And Mel. He also fronted several well-known game shows including Take Your Pick and Countdown.

Aside from his TV career, O'Connor regularly returned to his variety theatre roots, performing live in international venues including the Sydney Opera House, MGM Grand and over a thousand solo appearances at the London Palladium.

In 1969, he was surprised live on the Palladium stage by This Is Your Life, which paid tribute to his successful career. A regular guest on the Morecambe and Wise Show in the 1970s, he showcased his ability to laugh at himself as the fall guy to many of Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise's disparaging jokes. Little did the audience suspect that O'Connor wrote many of the insulting gags himself. In 1970, a TV deal brought The Des O'Connor Show to the US, winning him an international audience, and live appearances in Las Vegas.

O'Connor also had a successful musical career, recording 36 albums and achieving four top 10 singles, including number one hit I Pretend. He toured with Buddy Holly when the rock and roll star came to the UK in 1958, and showcased his musical talents on Top Of The Pops in 1967. In later life, O'Connor also performed in musical theatre roles in the West End including the wizard in The Wizard Of Oz and multiple roles in Dreamboats And Petticoats.

O'Connor toured venues around the UK with his one-man show until 2019. In 2008, O'Connor was made a CBE for his services to entertainment and broadcasting in the Queen's birthday honours.

Married four times, O'Connor leaves behind his wife Jodie, one son and four daughters.

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posted 11/15/2020

Elf-Starters
Nick Slots SEason 2 of "Top Elf"
From the Futon Critic

It's beginning to look a lot like "Nickmas"! Nickelodeon is welcoming in the holiday with over 100 hours of seasonal content, featuring 21 holly jolly premieres of its live-action, animation and preschool series beginning Thursday, Nov. 19. Viewers will be treated to a joyous lineup including the season two premiere of original festive competition series, Top Elf.

In the second season of Top Elf, premiering on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT), Santa (Tommy Snider) and Ms. Jingles (Samantha Turret) invite seven talented "Elf-testants" to the North Pole to compete in a series of holiday-themed challenges for the title of "Top Elf" and $25,000 to a charity on their Wish List. Each "Elf-testant" is paired with one of Santa's elves who are excited to help bring their holiday vision to life. The season will feature even bigger and messier challenges, including building a life size countdown calendar, designing sweet treat carts for the North Pole street fair, reimagining Santa's style for a high-tech makeover, creating a scenic 3D pop-up experience and producing and starring in their very own holiday-themed music video.

Each episode of Top Elf features a celebrity guest judge to help decide who will make it on to Santa's list and continue on in the competition. Joining as judges for season two are social media star Addison Rae, Nickelodeon's Unfiltered host Jay Pharoah, singer-songwriter Tori Kelly, social media sensation Guava Juice and global superstar JoJo Siwa. Top Elf will air regularly Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT) through Dec. 17 on Nickelodeon.

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posted 11/13/2020

Raising Your "Voice" for the Holidays
NBC Plots Holiday Special
From the Futon Critic

NBC is sledding into the holiday season with a lineup full of extraordinary perennial and annual specials that only a broadcast network, with its ability and breadth to reach such a wide audience, can bring into the most festive months of the year.

The Voice Holiday Celebration · Thursday, Dec. 3, 8-9 p.m. (repeat Dec. 16 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 22 at 8 p.m.) · An array of "Voice" coaches past and present, some music superstars and many beloved artists from the "Voice" family perform holiday classics and popular modern favorites. Plus, Season 19 coaches, Blake, Kelly, John and Gwen share some of their favorite holiday traditions and memories.

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posted 11/13/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Holiday Rush"

  • VIDEO WALL: Sugar Rush Christmas (Netflix, November 27) (THe Futon Critic)

  • Al Roker home from the hospital (Deadline)

  • Bradley WAlsh wants to tell you how to win a game show (Telly Mix)

posted 11/13/2020

WEDNESDAY: A New Challenger Enters the Arena!
Fox Takes on PRemieres, Awards... Splits Night with NBC.
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.604 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) held off the demo competition on Wednesday thanks to fresh installments of "The Masked Singer" (5.823 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "I Can See Your Voice" (3.385 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

ABC (6.823 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) was a close second with its coverage of "The 54th Annual CMA Awards" (6.823 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2).

Next up was NBC (6.966 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and the return of "Chicago Med" (7.605 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "Chicago Fire" (7.020 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) and "Chicago PD" (6.272 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.918 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up a new "The Amazing Race 32" (3.594 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7) followed by the season premiere of "S.W.A.T." (2.669 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and a second "S.W.A.T." (2.492 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.503 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) offered up its duo of "Devils" (0.452 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) and "Coroner" (0.554 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10).

Cable numbers for Wednesday...
- Guy's Grocery Games Delivery (Food): 823k/0.24


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posted 11/12/2020

It's Robot Fighting Time!
Battlebots Returns to Discovery December
From the Futon Critic

After production was halted due to COVID-19 earlier this year, BATTLEBOTS is back for a brand-new season of epic robotic combat. Sixty teams from across the globe have converged for the hardest hitting, unremitting, steel splitting tournament in combat robotics. Unproven rookies, up-and-coming stars and legends in the game will throw their fearsome fighting machines into the BattleBox for a chance to walk away with the preeminent prize in robotic sport: The Giant Nut.

The ultimate robot-fighting series, BATTLEBOTS returns for an all-new metal crunching season, premiering Thursday, December 3 at 8PM ET/PT on Discovery Channel.

The action-packed metal madness kicks off with an epic main clash - former world champion Ray Billings with his lethal bot Tombstone faces Jack Barker's End Game from New Zealand. Other stars include Whiplash and SawBlaze, both with championship aspirations. Captain Shrederator, hoping to spin its way to a win against Lock-Jaw, and Bloodsport, who will be out for blood against Skorpios. This year's builders have put their robots to the ultimate test and will stop at nothing to take down the competition.

Sportscaster Chris Rose and UFC fighter Kenny Florian return once again to provide play-by-play commentary, while Jenny Taft reports from the builder pits and Faruq Tauheed is the ring announcer. Also, a new expert will be joining the commentary team: the Bot Whisperer, aka BATTLEBOTS veteran and robot guru Peter Abrahamson.

Filming with cast, crew and bot builders was carried out under the strictest health and safety protocols, with constant supervision and regular testing, and without a live audience. Instead, the spectators were the teams themselves, watching all the action (and their competitors) from specially constructed "opera boxes" placed around the giant BattleBox arena.

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posted 11/12/2020

Double Dare
"The Challenge: Double Agents" Returns to MTV December
From the Futon Critic

MTV today announced that the highly-anticipated new season of The Challenge: Double Agents will premiere on Wednesday, December 9th at 8:00pm ET/PT. Following The Challenge: Total Madness, which scored the highest-rated season in eight years, The Challenge: Double Agents returns to a partner format with 19 action-packed episodes.

Filmed entirely in Iceland, the frigid Arctic Island sets the scene for this espionage thriller featuring 30 of the strongest reality titans from around the globe, who are forced to outsmart each other in a game of secrets, spies and lies for their share of one million dollars.

Leading up to premiere, fans will get an exclusive sneak peek and meet the cast during MTV's The Challenge: Double Agents Declassified launch special airing on Monday, December 7th at 8:00pm ET/PT. Coinciding with the new season, MTV's Official Challenge Podcast will kick off on Thursday, December 10 through the iHeartPodcast Network. Hosted by fan favorite vets Tori Deal and Aneesa Ferreira, the audio show will recap each episode of the current season, reliving the drama of the series' biggest alliances, frenemies and feuds. New podcast episodes drop the day after and are available on the iHeartRadio app and everywhere podcasts are heard, offering The Challenge fanatics exclusive behind-the-scenes scoop, from how stunts are created to the food the cast eats and more. .

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posted 11/12/2020

Lee Mack Is The 1%
"The Chop" Host Bounces Back with New Quiz Show
From British Comedy Guide

Lee Mack has been announced as the host of new ITV game show The 1% Club. The comedian has filmed eight hour-long episodes of the new format, which "invites viewers to discover if they are in The 1% Club."

Producers Magnum Media explain the format "is the quiz show that everyone of all ages and backgrounds can take part in, because, unlike most quizzes, you don't need to swot up on general knowledge to do well. All you need is logic and common sense.

"In The 1% Club, 100 contestants begin every show - but to make it to the end and win the top prize of up to £100,000, contestants must correctly answer a question only 1% of the country would get right.

"Each contestant starts with £1000 and one free pass, but if they answer incorrectly, they are out and their grand goes into the prize pot. Beginning with questions that 90% of the country got right, based on a sample of answers given by 1000 people across Britain, and building up step by step to puzzlers smaller and smaller percentages answered correctly, each time contestants flunk their answers, the prize money swells.

"As the questions get harder and the contestants numbers dwindle, host Lee breaks the tension with his quick-fire wit, teasing the contestants as their brains do somersaults in the battle to make it to the end of the show and a shot at the prize pot."

Mack recently co-hosted woodworking show The Chop. However the series was taken off air when viewers pointed out the tattoos of one of the contestants appeared to be linked to far right ideologies.

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posted 11/12/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Putting the Rumors to Rest"

  • Alton Brown apologizes for flippant Holocaust remark (Deadline)

  • Jameela Jamil joins Power Women Summit (The Wrap)

  • Victor Arroyo, Nicole Franzel put off their wedding (Us Weekly)

  • Artem Chigvintsev calls Carrie Ann Ex Scoring Theory "hysterical" (Us Weekly)

  • Brenchel welcome their second child (Reality TV World)

  • Derek Peth puts a ring on a model (People)

posted 11/12/2020

"Wheel" Spins Into Primetime 2021... and That's Only the Beginnning!
ABC Greenlights Celebrity Edition PLUS Dates for Chase, IDol, Bachelor, Hustler
From Deadline

ABC has set early-2021 premiere dates for new seasons of its reality hits The Bachelor and American Idol, along with the return of To Tell the Truth and the debuts of three new game shows: Celebrity Wheel of Fortune, The Chase and The Hustler.

Matt James is the new Bachelor in Season 25 of the franchise-launching juggernaut, which returns on Monday, January 4. The fourth season of the ABC version of American Idol will tune up on Valentine's Day Sunday, February 14, with Luke Bryan, Katy Perry, Lionel Richie, Ryan Seacrest and Bobby Bones.

The sixth primetime season of the game show stalwart To Tell the Truth, with Anthony Anderson and Mama Doris, kicks off on Tuesday, January 26. Three weeks before that, ABC will introduce three new hourlong game shows on Thursday, January 9. Celebrity Wheel of Fortune, hosted by Pat Sajak and Vanna White, is a spinoff that marks the longtime syndie sensation's primetime debut. It'll be followed at 9 p.m. by The Chase, which has Jeopardy! GOATs James Holzhauer, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter taking turns competing against regular contestants in the U.S. version of the British format. The night will wrap with The Hustler at 10 p.m., hosted by former Late Late Show frontman Craig Ferguson.

Here are details about the three new series, followed a rundown of ABC's unscripted lineup for the winter:

CELEBRITY WHEEL OF FORTUNE Celebrity Wheel of Fortune takes a new spin on the iconic game show Wheel of Fortune with the primetime debut of America's Game. Hosted by Pat Sajak and Vanna White, Celebrity Wheel of Fortune welcomes celebrity contestants to come spin the world's most famous wheel and solve word puzzles for a chance to win up to one million dollars. All of the money won by the celebrity contestants will go to a charity of their choice.

THE CHASE The Chase is a heart-racing quiz show where three competitors must pit their wits and face off against the Chaser, a ruthless quiz genius determined to stop them from winning cash prizes. Each hourlong episode is a fast-paced battle of brainpower, where contestants are challenged to think faster than they ever thought possible to answer up to 166 questions across all topics.

THE HUSTLER Hosted by Emmy-winning host, actor, writer and comedian Craig Ferguson, The Hustler breaks the game show mold by featuring one player who secretly already knows the answers. Don't be fooled. Just because they have a leg up doesn't mean they'll be taking home the prize. Each episode of The Hustler follows five contestants as they collaborate to answer a series of trivia questions worth $10,000 each, with the goal of building a collective prize pot that increases with each correct answer. The catch? One of the five contestants, the Hustler, already knows the answers but must keep their identity a secret in order to have a shot at winning the grand prize. Throughout each episode, two contestants are anonymously eliminated by the Hustler, leaving three remaining contestants — the Hustler and two others, who must collectively decide who they think the Hustler is. If they are right, they share the prize pot that could be worth over $100,000. If the two contestants are wrong, the Hustler goes home with the full cash reward.
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posted 11/11/2020

Building a Second Season
Fox Greenlights New Batch of "LEGO Masters"
From Deadline

Fox has confirmed that it has renewed reality competition format Lego Masters – six months after Fox CEO Lachlan Murdoch revealed that it had begun preparing for a second season.

The network has ordered a second run of the 10-part series with host and exec producer Will Arnett returning. It will air in 2021.

The show sees pairs of Lego enthusiasts facing off in brick-building challenges. It launched on Fox in February.

Murdoch revealed the second season preparations during the network's investor call in May, but it took a while for the deal to close. He said at the time that it was planning for another midseason launch..

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posted 11/11/2020

TUESDAY: New Bachelorette, Who Dis?
NBC, ABC's Reality Stalwarts in a Dead Heat
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.098 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) scored a rare demo victory on Tuesday thanks to a new "The Bachelorette" (5.056 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and the special "Country Strong 2020: Countdown to the CMA Awards" (2.183 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

NBC (5.988 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) had to settle for second despite its trio of "The Voice" (7.427 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "This Is Us" (6.669 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and "Transplant" (3.867 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Next up was CBS (3.972 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (4.813 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "FBI" (4.332 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) alongside a new "The FBI Declassified" (2.771 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.163 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up its duo of "Cosmos: Possible Worlds" (1.300 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Next" (1.027 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10).

And finally, The CW (0.561 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "Swamp Thing" (0.752 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11) and "Tell Me a Story" (0.369 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T11).

Cable numbers for Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 925k/0.21
- Supermarket Stakeout: What Would Alex Do? (SP/Food): 723k/0.18
- The Misery Index (TBS): 610k/0.22


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posted 11/11/2020

DAncing with More Stars
Craig Robinson to Host "The Masked Dancer" for Fox PLUS More Winter Dates
From the Futon Critic

This December, FOX takes TV's #1 show and adds a little twist. Based on the smash hit FOX series THE MASKED SINGER and inspired by a popular segment featured on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," all-new celebrity competition series THE MASKED DANCER will be hosted by comedian Craig Robinson. Joining the show as panelists are THE MASKED SINGER and I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE'S Ken Jeong, world-famous choreographer and singer Paula Abdul, actor and the former "Giraffe" Mask on THE MASKED SINGER Brian Austin Green and actress and singer Ashley Tisdale. THE MASKED DANCER will have a special premiere Sunday, Dec. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/5:00-6:00 PM PT, Live to all Time Zones), before having its time period premiere Wednesday, Jan. 6 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT)..

THE MASKED DANCER will feature celebrity contestants shaking their tail feathers, while covered from head-to-toe in elaborate costumes and face masks, leaving audiences to guess their identities. Costumed celebrities will be joined on stage by masked partners and back-up dancers, as they perform a series of dances together; spanning from hip-hop to salsa, jazz to tap dancing and more. When it comes to dance styles, the sky is the limit.

Each week, a series of clues will be sprinkled throughout packages, costumes and routines, leading the panelists one step closer to figuring out which famous faces are freestyling behind the masks. Between all of the celebrity competitors on the show, they've amassed more than 38 million albums sold worldwide, 20 Emmy(R) Award wins, 20 Grammy(R) Award nominations, 10 World Dancing titles, five New York Times Best-Selling Author titles, four Olympic gold medals and three Broadway show appearances. Guest judges and premiere date to be announced soon.

"We've begun filming THE MASKED DANCER with incredible new talent on both sides of the mask, and can't wait to share the series with viewers," said Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment & Specials, FOX Entertainment. "Craig Robinson is hilarious as always in his role as host, and Ken, Brian, Ashley and Paula are the perfect blend of personalities to lead our awesomely weird world of masks into a whole new genre!"

THE MASKED DANCER is produced by Fox Alternative Entertainment and Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television and is based on the South Korean format, THE MASKED SINGER, created by Mun Hwa Broadcasting Corp. James Breen, Craig Plestis, Dan Martin and Ellen DeGeneres are executive producers of the series. Breen will serve as showrunner. "Like" THE MASKED DANCER on Facebook at facebook.com/maskeddancerfox. Follow the series on Twitter @maskeddancerfox and join the conversation using #TheMaskedDancer. Check out photos and videos on Instagram @maskeddancerfox.

Elsewhere, on Thursday, Jan. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), hit culinary competition series HELL'S KITCHEN returns for its 19th season in a flashy new setting, as Chef Gordon Ramsay takes the show to Las Vegas, the city that's home to the world's first Gordon Ramsay HELL'S KITCHEN restaurant at Caesars Palace. For the first time ever, 16 aspiring chefs from around the country will roll the dice and head to Sin City in the hopes of winning big. Each week, the competition will get hotter as the chefs are put through rigorous culinary challenges - reaping high stakes rewards and punishments, all with a Sin City flare. But only those who possess the right combination of ingredients will continue in the competition, until one is named winner. At stake is a life-changing grand prize, including a Head Chef position at Gordon Ramsay HELL'S KITCHEN Lake Tahoe at Harvey's Hotel and Casino, and the title of HELL'S KITCHEN winner. HELL'S KITCHEN is produced by ITV Entertainment in association with A. Smith & Co. Productions, Inc. Gordon Ramsay, Arthur Smith, Kent Weed, Kenny Rosen and Bernie Schaeffer serve as executive producers. .


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posted 11/11/2020

Catch This Spinoff
"Catchphrase" Spawns Clip Show
From Realscreen

British commercial broadcaster ITV has commissioned STV Studios, part of the STV Group, to produce a three-part compilation spin-off of hit game show Catchphrase.

Catchphrase: Catchiest Moments (3 x 60 minutes) will feature regular host Stephen Mulhern looking back at some of the game show's best highlights from both the regular series and its celebrity counterpart, while also revealing "hilarious never-before-seen moments" that initially didn't make it to air.

Featured throughout will be celebrity contestants including Gemma Collins, Tim Vine, Ashley Banjo, David Walliams, Ruth Jones, Oti Mabuse, Jonathan Ross, Davina McCall, Alison Hammond and Jimmy Carr. Catchphrase: Catchiest Moments will premiere Saturday evenings across ITV and STV beginning Nov. 21.

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posted 11/11/2020

MONDAY: All Singing, All Dancing
NBC, ABC's Reality Stalwarts in a Dead Heat
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.920 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) pulled into the top spot on Monday thanks to new episodes of "Dancing with the Stars" (6.300 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) and "The Good Doctor" (5.159 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

NBC (5.863 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) was a tight second with fresh installments from "The Voice" (7.097 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) and "Weakest Link" (3.394 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4).

Next up was CBS (2.461 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "The Neighborhood" (3.180 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (2.792 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), "All Rise" (2.134 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "Bull" (2.262 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.387 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up its duo of "LA's Finest" (1.639 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "Filthy Rich" (1.135 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.956 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.993 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.809 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) on The CW (0.892 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

Cable numbers for Monday...
- Holiday Baking Championship (Food): 1.476m/0.35
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (Food): 1.046m/0.21
- The Big Bake Holiday (P/Food): 646k/0.13


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posted 11/10/2020

SYNDIES: Week 7
Results for the Week Ending October 25
From TV Newscheck

Court shows, led by Judge Judy, got the most favorable ratings verdicts in the Halloween week session ending Nov. 1 with all of the top four gavelers scaring up significantly higher numbers.

In access, game shows were lively with Family Feud, Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune all winning new season highs. Feud led the quiz and giveaways with a 5.8, followed by Jeopardy, hosted by the late Alex Trebek, at a 5.4 and Wheel right behind at a 5.3..

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.8* +9%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.4* +8%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.3* +6%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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posted 11/10/2020

WEEKEND: Runs
NBC Wins on SNF
From the Futon Critic

NBC (11.469 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) scored another victory on Sunday with its usual mix of "Football Night in America #1" (4.240 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (7.001 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (11.624 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.3, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (13.778 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.1, #2).

CBS (10.183 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) was the silver draw with its "NFL Overrun" (22.864 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1) followed by "60 Minutes" (15.759 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #4), the season premieres of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.037 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.786 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) plus a repeat "NCIS" (3.440 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

Next up was ABC (3.693 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with originals from "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.969 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Supermarket Sweep" (3.264 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (3.024 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) alongside the last minute special "Alex Trebek, Remembered: A '20/20' Special" (3.513 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.342 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.351 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.088 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) followed by new episodes of "The Simpsons" (1.663 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Bless the Harts" (1.180 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14), "Bob's Burgers" (1.333 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "Family Guy" (1.438 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, a new "Pandora" (0.294 million viewers, #21; adults 18-49: 0.0, #T21) and repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.283 million viewers, #22; adults 18-49: 0.0, #T21) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.330 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.1, #20) rounded out the night on The CW (0.300 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.0, #5).

Cable numbers for SUnday...
- Holiday Wars (Food): 1.099m/0.27

FOX (2.209 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) held onto the demo honors on Friday with its weekly telecast of "WWE SmackDown" (2.209 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1).

NBC (2.552 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) was a close second with the season finale of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.820 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) followed by "NBC News: Decision 2020: Election Special" (2.016 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Next up was ABC (2.764 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with a two-hour special "Your Voice/Your Vote: Election 2020" (3.045 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) alongside a new "Shark Tank" (2.202 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.591 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up its mix of "The Greatest #AtHome Videos" (3.113 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), a repeat "Magnum P.I." (2.475 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and "CBS News 2020: America Decides" (2.184 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #8).

And finally, The CW (0.559 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (0.565 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9), another "Masters of Illusion" (0.425 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9), a new "World's Funniest Animals" (0.624 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) and a repeat "World's Funniest Animals" (0.621 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9)..

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posted 11/10/2020

CBS Pledges ITself to 50/50
Network to Cast 50% POC on "Survivor", "Amazing Race"
From the Futon Critic

CBS announced today a target for all future unscripted programs to have casts with at least 50% of the contestants being Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), beginning in the 2021-2022 broadcast season.

The Network will also allocate at least a quarter of its annual unscripted development budget to projects created or co-created by BIPOC producers, also starting in the 2021-2022 season. In addition, the Network will develop future initiatives with its production partners to expand diversity in all of the creative and production teams involved in making an unscripted series.

"The reality TV genre is an area that's especially underrepresented, and needs to be more inclusive across development, casting, production and all phases of storytelling," said George Cheeks, President and Chief Executive Officer for the CBS Entertainment Group. "As we strive to improve all of these creative aspects, the commitments announced today are important first steps in sourcing new voices to create content and further expanding the diversity in our unscripted programming, as well as on our Network."

The initiatives announced today build on the targets and commitments CBS unveiled in July for scripted programming. The Network announced it will allocate a minimum of 25% of its future script development budgets to projects created or co-created by Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC). CBS also set a target for its writers' rooms to be staffed with a minimum of 40% BIPOC representation beginning with the 2021-2022 broadcast television season, and a goal to increase that number to 50% the following season (2022-2023) .

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posted 11/9/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Loading Taskmaster"

  • Chrishell Stause denies affair with her partner after his divorce (People)

  • ABC had zero plans ahead of replacing "THe Bachelorette" (Variety)

  • Pat Sharp surprised by the Fun House twins (ITV)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Vernon Kay (Wales Online)

posted 11/9/2020


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DON MORROW: 1926-2020
Voiceover Artist Announced Game Shows
From Legacy

Don Morrow, best known as a television game show host, announcer and voiceover actor passed away peacefully in his sleep with members of his family at his side on October 27, 2020 just shy of his 94th birthday.

Don will be greatly missed by many and he is survived by his loving wife, Ursula, of over 50 years (Ulla) and his cherished children Donna (Jim) in Montana, Lisa Kate (Ken) in Montana, Holly (Jim) in Massachusetts, Jessica in California, Mark (Dunja) in Danbury and Scott (Kathy) in Texas, along with eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and his nieces and nephews.

Donald Gordon Morrow was born in Stamford Hospital on January 29, 1927, son of Rosebud (Johnston) Morrow and James Alexander Morrow, predeceased by his brother James Morrow also a longtime resident of Danbury.

In 1944, he graduated from Danbury High School before enlisting in the U.S. Navy at age seventeen. He went to serve overseas in Morocco from 1944-1946 where he was awarded the American, European, and Victory Medals. He attended Danbury State Teachers College, then Syracuse University, before finishing at Southern Methodist University of Dallas, Texas in 1950 with a BBA in Business Administration Don began broadcasting on the radio in 1951.

He was best known for his life long career in the television industry which included announcing the news with Walter Cronkite, emceeing the game shows Camouflage and Let Play Post Office in the late 50s and 60s, and announcing for Allen Ludden's game shows Password and GE College Bowl. His career spanned into the 80s and 90s with jobs on The Challengers, Now You See It, Wheel of Fortune, and Sale of the Century.

As the years passed he became a world class voiceover talent highly sought after as he became the Shell Answer Man in the 70s and 80s and often recognized for his voice in trailers for the hit movies Titanic and Saving Private Ryan among many others.

During this time he also added three more accomplishments of which he was most proud...he became a pilot at age 69, self published 2 books with his dear friend and co-author, Kevin Moore, Forsaken Heroes of the Pacific War: One Mans True Story and his autobiography "How About a Martini?"

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family would prefer a donation be made to one of Don's favorite charities: GarySiniseFoundation.org Tunnel2Towers.org DanburyHospital.org/support to the Palliative Care Program for the generous care provided by the staff in his last hours.

The family would welcome you to share memories, stories, and photos through GatheringUs at Gatheringus.com/memorial/donald-gordon-morrow/5635 Due to COVID considerations, a memorial celebration will be held at a later date.

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posted 11/5/2020

Golic Gets Into Radio Game
The Fan Exam Premieres Next Week
From the Wrap

College sports fans across the U.S. can gear up to play "The Fan Exam," a live trivia game hosted by sports media personality and ESPN college football analyst Mike Golic.

In collaboration with its parent company Learfield IMG College, SIDEARM Sports tapped Golic to host the inaugural, six-week interactive college sports trivia game to be played simultaneously on a network of official athletics websites and apps powered by SIDEARM. Golic will be a familiar voice for college sports fans playing "The Fan Exam." The live game show is free to play and will begin at 8pm ET every Tuesday and Thursday, from November 10 through December 17. The only date variation is during Thanksgiving week, with a move to Wednesday.

Fans will access the game via TheFanExam.com or through a dedicated entry point on the official athletics website, or mobile app, of their school of choice.

Each game will feature 12 college sports trivia questions, with varying degrees of difficulty, in a non-elimination format. Players accumulate points for correct answers, with prizes awarded to top finishers after each week of play and at the end of the six-week period.

"There's no denying the passion and loyalty of college sports fans, and The Fan Exam is designed to capture that insatiable appetite for college sports through a national, live game show hosted by the one and only Mike Golic," said SIDEARM Sports President and CEO, and chief digital officer for Learfield IMG College's media group Jeff Rubin. "We're excited about getting this under way and pleased to bring this to our school partners and their fans as a complement to the fall and winter sports seasons."

"It's no secret my allegiance to sports, both personally and professionally, and I'm excited to be the one introducing The Fan Exam to diehard college sports fans across the country starting November 10," added Golic. "After a 25-year career with ESPN, it feels good to refocus on new projects that still center around what I'm most passionate about, and doing it with Learfield IMG College and SIDEARM - reputable companies doing great work in the college space. I'm looking forward to this and more to come." .

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posted 11/5/2020

WEDNESDAY: Unmasked
Fox Wins with "Masked Singer", "I Can See Your Voice"
From the Futon Critic

FOX (5.271 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) held onto the top spot on Wednesday thanks to originals from "The Masked Singer" (6.275 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "I Can See Your Voice" (4.267 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2).

NBC (3.409 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) took home the silver with its full night coverage of "NBC News: Decision 2020: Election Special" (3.409 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

Next up was ABC (2.979 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its lineup of "The Goldbergs" (3.663 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "American Housewife" (3.055 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7), "The Conners" (3.928 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Black-ish" (2.311 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9) and the special "Your Voice/Your Vote: Election 2020" (2.458 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.399 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up its late-minute mix of "The Amazing Race 32" (3.923 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), a repeat "SWAT" (1.689 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "CBS News 2020: America Decides - Still Counting" (1.585 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.576 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the evening with "Devils" (0.466 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) and "Coroner" (0.686 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery GAmes: Guy Cooks the Games (P/Food): 828k/0.29


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posted 11/5/2020

Inside Jeopardy!...
Ringer Writer Pens "Answers in the Form of Questions"
From Newsday

Answer: This writer who covers sports and culture for The Ringer is a major "Jeopardy!" fan with a new book called "Answers in the Form of Questions" (Twelve Books, $28).

The response: Who is Claire McNear?

The journalist, who pens a column on "Jeopardy!" for the pop culture website, shares her passion for the game in her book that's equal parts history, insider's guide and love letter. "It's the ultimate contact sport," she said in a phone interview from her home in Washington, D.C.

The book opens with her visit to the set during the "Greatest of All Time" tournament earlier this year involving the show's holy trinity of champions — Ken Jennings, James Holzhauer and Brad Rutter.

In addition to speaking with them, "Answers in the Form of Questions" is chock full of interviews with host Alex Trebek; colorful contestants from long ago (remember New York City Transit cop Frank Spangenberg?) and the recent past (quirky bartender Austin Rogers); Celebrity Tournament superstars (Sea Cliff native Michael McKean); a glimpse of the original version hosted by Art Fleming; Trebek's choice for his replacement ("Why, Betty White, of course") and more.

McNear writes that the show might have never come back if it wasn't for the popularity of "Weird" Al Yankovic's 1984 music video "I Lost on 'Jeopardy!' " She also notes that "Weird" Al was considered to host the show. "Can you imagine what that would have been like?" she said. "I don't know how seriously they considered him, but it would have been a very different show."


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posted 11/5/2020

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... or "Loading Taskmaster"

posted 11/5/2020


ABC/ITV

"The Chase" Is On... ABC
Sara Haines to Host, "Jeopardy!" GOATs to Chase
From the Futon Critic

The Chase is very much on for ABC, now that the network has officially ordered to series an adaptation of the popular UK quiz show.

In The Chase, which originated across the pond on ITV in 2009, four contestants work for the benefit of the team as they face "The Chaser," a "ruthless quiz genius who is determined to stop them winning at all costs".

As previously rumored, Jeopardy! GOATs James Holzhauer, Ken Jennings and Brad Rutter are now double-secret confirmed to take turns as The Chaser, who challenges the players to think faster than they ever thought possible. (The trio's head-to-head-to-head battle in ABC's multi-night Jeopardy! The Greatest of All Time tournament way, way, wayyyyy back in January scored huge numbers for the broadcast network, delivering north of 15 million total viewers at one point and above a 2.0 demo rating.)

The View's Sara Haines, meanwhile, has been tapped to serve as host. A premiere date will be announced at a later date.

With some slight gameplay tweaks, The Chase was first adapted for U.S. audiences in 2013 by Game Show Network. Brooke Burns hosted and English quizzer Mark Labbett served as "The Chaser," who was also nicknamed "The Beast." Holzhauer appeared on that version, setting records for both the early Cash Builder round and the Final Chase (in which he contributed 19 of his team's 26 correct answers, compared to The Beast's six).

ABC's The Chase is produced by ITV America's ITV Entertainment, with Adam Sher, Bernie Schaeffer and Vin Rubino serving as executive producers.

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posted 11/4/2020

American Ninja Warrior Takes a Backseat to America
Extended Election Coverage Changes Schedule Tonight
From the Wrap

NBC is shifting its Wednesday night schedule, including the season finale of "American Ninja Warrior" as the 2020 presidential election drags on into a second night.

The network was initially scheduled to air the season finale tonight, but NBC will instead broadcast a continuation of Tuesday's "Decision 2020" election special as results continue to trickle in. The special will run on NBC from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET.

"American Ninja Warrior" will now wrap its season on Friday, Nov. 6, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. On the west coast, NBC's primetime lineup will consist of local news coverage at 8 p.m. PT, "The Wall" at 9 p.m. and "Dateline NBC" at 10 p.m.

No winner has been declared in the 2020 presidential election as of Wednesday evening, with the race tightening in battleground states including Georgia, North Carolina, Nevada and Pennsylvania as mail-in votes continue to be processed.

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posted 11/4/2020

Paul Sinha Goes on TV
Not Many Details for "TV Showdown"
From Radio Times

The Chase star Paul Sinha is set to front a brand new ITV game show, which will see celebrities answer questions all about the world of television.

Paul Sinha's TV Showdown has reportedly already had a successful test run, with a full series now in the works, according to The Sun.

The report suggests that ITV hopes the series will be on the air before long, with the show set to broadcast in a primetime slot on the main ITV channel.

ITV declined to comment.

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posted 11/4/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Another Blanking Preemption"

  • PROGRAMMING ALERT: "Match Game" season finale to get bumped for (The Futon Critic)

  • Darragh Ennis' answer to the question of when he's going chasing? "I could tell you but then I'd have to kill you" (Irish Mirror)

  • #ICYMI A new challenger enters the arena! (Gold Derby)

  • Carrie Ann Inaba still getting the business over her critiques (GoldDerby)

posted 11/4/2020

ESPN+ to Reboot "Ultimate Fighter"
Look for It March 2021
From the Futon Critic

UFC(R) and ESPN+ announced today that The Ultimate Fighter, the longstanding reality television series will return in March 2021, exclusively on ESPN+.

The Ultimate Fighter 29 (TUF 29) will feature athletes from the men's bantamweight (135 lbs.) and middleweight (185 lbs.) divisions. Casting is open through Friday, Nov. 13 with applications available for download at ufc.com/TUF.

Team coaches for TUF 29 will be announced at a later date. The iconic reality series has introduced a wide array of fans - from die-hard to brand new - to UFC and served as a springboard for the career of numerous fighters who went on to be UFC champions, contenders and stars, including: Kamaru Usman, Tony Ferguson, T.J. Dillashaw, Rose Namajunas, Michael Bisping, Nate Diaz, Michael Chiesa, Al Iaquinta, Kelvin Gastelum, Forrest Griffin, Rashad Evans, Uriah Hall and Conor McGregor, who was a coach in TUF 22.

In addition to TUF 29, ESPN+ will also be a new destination for fans to re-watch all 28 previous seasons of TUF, available on a date to be announced soon. Casting for TUF 29 will be remote for the first time with no physical tryouts. Finalists will be selected by late November 2020. .

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posted 11/3/2020


Game Show Network/Sony Pictures TV Studios

"Chain Reaction" Returns to GSN...
... as Does Dylan Lane
From the Futon Critic

Game Show Network, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, has greenlit an all-new edition of the popular word association game show CHAIN REACTION.

Actor and TV personality Dylan Lane, who originally hosted the show's network premiere 14 years ago, returns to host the new half-hour series, which is slated to premiere in early 2021 and air Monday through Friday.

Based on the Sony Pictures Television format created by Bob Stewart, the classic game show - which originally debuted in the 1980s - features two teams competing against one another to complete chains of words, after the first and last words of the chain are revealed. Each word in the chain is related in some way to the word directly above and below it. By making inferences based on the revealed words and the revealed letters in incomplete words, contestants try to fill in the word chains to win money.

Dylan Lane is best known to viewers for hosting Game Show Network's first iteration of CHAIN REACTION from 2006-2007. He also hosted the "National Vocabulary Championship," the first-ever nation-wide vocabulary competition for high school students, for the network in 2007 and 2008. Previously, Lane served as a VJ and host on music-centric channel Fuse TV's "The F-List" and "Daily Download." The native Pennsylvanian also worked in scripted television with a recurring role as Justin Carter in the TV show "What Goes On," which aired on The N. Presently, Lane is a married father of two and works as a fleet engineer for GE in New York.

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posted 11/3/2020

SYNDIES: Week 7
Results for the Week Ending October 25
From TV Newscheck

Talkers were syndication's biggest winners in the session ending Oct. 25 with sophomore hit Tamron Hall showing the way. Most of the top tier in the category moved up and several staged double-digit surges.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.3 -4%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.0 NC
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.0 +4%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 -20%


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posted 11/3/2020

MONDAY: Blinds Finish
NBC Wins with "The Voice", "Price" Shows Up
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.051 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the network to beat on Monday with a new "The Voice" (7.446 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and "The 2020 SNL Election Special" (3.260 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

ABC (5.097 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) claimed the silver with a new "Dancing with the Stars" (5.305 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) followed by the return of "The Good Doctor" (4.681 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

Next up was CBS (2.721 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with "The Price Is Right at Night" (4.051 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) alongside repeats of "All Rise" (1.849 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T7) and "Bull" (2.263 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.279 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up "LA's Finest" (1.504 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #6) and "Filthy Rich" (1.055 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T7).

And finally, The CW (0.960 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) opted for repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.911 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T7), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.986 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T7) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.971 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T7) to round out the night.

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posted 11/3/2020

WEEKEND: Shark Tank Takes a Bite
ABC Wins Total, Fox Wins Demo
From the Futon Critic

FOX (2.133 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) was the demo victor on Friday with its presentation of "WWE SmackDown" (2.133 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1).

A close second was ABC (3.676 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) with its duo of "Shark Tank" (4.218 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) and "20/20" (3.404 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3).

Next up was NBC (2.130 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with an encore of "American Ninja Warrior" (1.901 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #6) followed by "Dateline NBC" (2.587 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.511 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up its mix of "The Greatest #AtHome Videos" (3.075 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), "The Deciders: A CBS News Special" (1.855 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T7) and a repeat "Blue Bloods" (2.603 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T7).

And finally, a rebroadcast of "The 13 Scariest Movies of All Time" (0.765 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T7) led into a new "World's Funniest Animals" (0.782 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) and a repeat "World's Funniest Animals" (0.726 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) on The CW (0.759 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) to round out the night.

Meanwhile, NBC (11.631 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1) continued its Sunday reign with its usual mix of "Football Night in America #1" (4.995 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (5.652 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (12.880 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.5, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (13.904 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.9, #2).

FOX (7.553 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) was the silver draw with a full hour of "NFL Overrun" (16.360 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.5, #1) followed by "The Simpsons" (6.484 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #4), "Bless the Harts" (2.552 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7), "Bob's Burgers" (1.863 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Family Guy" (1.697 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

Next up was CBS (4.160 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with "60 Minutes" (8.421 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8) and the feature "Star Trek Beyond" (2.739 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.261 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up its quartet of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.367 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "Supermarket Sweep" (3.408 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (3.185 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and "Card Sharks" (2.084 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15).

And finally, The CW (0.325 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with a new "Pandora" (0.270 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.0, #18) alongside repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.334 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.424 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T16).

On cable Saturday...
- Nickelodeon's Unfiltered (SF/Nick): 471k/0.12

On cable Sunday...
- Holiday Wars (SP/Food): 1.069m/0.27
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 737k/0.17 .


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posted 11/3/2020


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JOHN SESSIONS: 1953-2020
British Comedian Featured on "Whose Line" UK
From Deadline

John Sessions, the Scottish actor and comedian famous for shows including Whose Line Is It Anyway?, has died at the age of 67.

Alex Irwin, his agent at Markham, Froggatt & Irwin, said Sessions died at his home in London from a heart condition after a career that spanned film roles including The Iron Lady and The Merchant of Venice.

Born in Ayrshire, Scotland, Sessions made his name on shows including the UK version of Whose Line Is It Anyway? and the original Spitting Image, on which he honed his impression skills.

He was a regular on the British comedy panel show circuit, popping up on Have I Got News for You and QI, as well as starring in comedies such as the cult hit Stella Street, in which he impersonated Keith Richards and Joe Pesci.

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posted 11/3/2020


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LUIS TROYANO: 1972-2020
Baker Featured on "Great British BAking SHow"
From Deadline

Luis Troyano, a finalist and audience favorite on Season Five of The Great British Bake Off, has died from esophageal cancer. He was 48.

His death was announced today by his agent Anne Kibel, who tweeted, "Sadly, my lovely client lost his brave fight against Oesophageal cancer last week. A fantastic man with a love of baking that saw him get to the finals of GBBO, write a wonderful book, Bake It Great and do so much more. Always in our thoughts."

Broadcast in the U.K. on Channel 4, the retitled The Great British Baking Show also is available on Netflix. Season 5 aired in the U.K. in 2014, and is included in Netflix's Collection 1.

Troyano, a marketing manager with the city council of Salford, U.K., tweeted about his cancer last April, writing, "A year ago today I had my cancer surgery and an awful tumour removed that would have killed me." Thanking his medical team, Troyano noted, "I'm in your debt."

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posted 11/3/2020

UK Lockdown 2.0
"Strictly" to Move to Audience-Less
From Deadline

As the UK braces for lockdown 2.0 on Thursday, TV production will continue, but there will be inevitable side effects for studio comedy and entertainment shows, which are having to shut out audiences once again.

Live studio audiences had only just started to trickle back in August, but fans will no longer be able to attend their favorite shows as new four-week stay-at-home orders come into force on November 5 amid a second wave of coronavirus.

Among the shows impacted will be Strictly Come Dancing, the BBC One's blockbuster dance competition, which provided an antidote to the COVID gloom for 10.3M viewers on Saturday — one of the show's best audiences in two years.

But in a notice on the BBC studio audience website, producers said: "We're sad to announce that we won't be able to have a live studio audience for Strictly Come Dancing during November."

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posted 11/3/2020

Jeannie Mai Exits "Dancing"
"Holey Moley" Co-Host Faces Medical Concern
From TV Line

Jeannie Mai's hopes of winning the Mirrorball have been unexpectedly dashed: The Dancing With the Stars contestant is leaving Season 29 due to an urgent health concern.

As Mai revealed to Good Morning America on Monday, she has been diagnosed with epiglottitis, an inflammatory and potentially life-threatening condition of the throat that can cause swelling and block air to the lungs. She has since been hospitalized to address the diagnosis.

"My doctors discovered a health concern with my throat which requires immediate attention and surgery," Mai said in a statement. "I am heartbroken that my DWTS journey has to end here. I have pushed myself to new limits, physically and mentally, and I am so proud of how far we've come." (Mai was paired with pro dancer Brandon Armstrong, who added that he is "devastated" over their early exit, "but Jeannie's health does come first.")

Dancing With the Stars also confirmed Mai's departure in a tweet on Monday, which read, "Jeannie has inspired us, along with millions of fans, with her energy and dedication. We wish her a full and speedy recovery."

Mai's friends and "DWTS" competitors have not forgotten about her.

"My sweet @jeanniemai," wrote "Cheer" star Monica Aldama, who was eliminated from "DWTS" last week. "Praying for a speedy recovery and complete restoration of health. You were such a light in my DWTS journey…my friend, my show & tell partner and the sunshine that made me smile. Looking forward to reuniting and giving you the biggest hug!"

Mai's dance partner, Brandon Armstrong, said in a video message on "GMA": "We are devastated by the news that we're gonna have to cut this season short, but Jeannie's health does come first. Thank you to all the fans that have helped to get us this far and we are praying for a speedy recovery for Jeannie."

Cheryl Burke and her partner AJ McLean made a video wishing Mai well. "You have been such a light on his show and I will miss having your energy on set," Burke wrote in the caption. "You are in our hearts as you go through this. We love you so much!"

Though tonight's Dancing broadcast (ABC, 8/7c) was slated to end with a double elimination, only one couple will now be sent home due to Mai's premature exit.

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posted 11/2/2020

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... or "Another Chaser's Game"

posted 11/3/2020

"Design Star" to Be Rebooted
Allison Holker Boss to Host
From the Futon Critic

HGTV is on the lookout for America's next home renovation superstar with the production of Design Star: Next Gen, a new high-stakes competition series inspired by HGTV Design Star - the most successful and highest-rated franchise in the network's history.

Set to premiere in 2021, the six-episode series will be hosted by Allison Holker Boss and will feature eight finalists who are talented designers, renovators and social media brand-builders as they compete in intense weekly challenges. The distinguished judging panel will include head judge Jonathan Adler, designer Lauren Makk and a rotating cast of celebrity experts. In the end, only one competitor will win the once-in-a-lifetime prize of $50,000 and their very own HGTV show.

"We've assembled an amazing cast of competitors for Design Star: Next Gen who will unleash their creativity to showcase distinctive styles and innovative approaches to renovation," said Loren Ruch, group senior vice president, programming and development, HGTV. "HGTV Design Star, the original series in the franchise, was an epic success, so fans have a pent-up desire for us to bring the concept back with a fresh spin."

In a new twist, the series will be shot in an isolated "design hub" community away from typical production locations. Each competitor will be given a design lab - a house-like space that must be reimagined for each challenge. The community also will provide everything the competitors need, including a design center for sketching, a construction workshop to build their creations, as well as a fully stocked furniture and styling warehouse so they can focus on making gorgeous spaces.

"This series will be fun, fast and energetic," said Ruch. "The design labs will really force the designers out of their comfort zones and demand truly innovative and creative transformations. Every designer in America wants to win a show on HGTV, so let the games begin!"

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posted 11/2/2020


GGB Series 4: Friend or Foe?
Games of Knowledge... and of Trust
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Can you trust someone you've just met with money they helped you earn? More to the point, can THEY trust YOU? A game of general knowledge and QUITE specific trust graces "Games Gone By..." as Chris Wolvie talks about the GSN game, "Friend or Foe?".

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posted 11/2/2020


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NIKKI McKIBBIN: 1978-2020
"American Idol" Season 1 Third Place Finisher
From TV Line

Nikki McKibbin, the second runner-up from American Idol's first season, has died, according to a Facebook post by her husband, Craig Sadler. The singer was 42.

"The love of my life Nikki Sadler suffered an aneurysm on Wednesday," wrote Sadler. "She was so loved that I know thousands of you will be grieving with us."

McKibbin placed third on her Idol season, behind winner Kelly Clarkson and runner-up Justin Guarini. She famously sang Whitney Houston's "One Moment in Time" for her audition, which immediately advanced her to the next round of the competition.

Idol released the following statement via Twitter: "Nikki McKibbin was an incredible talent and we are deeply saddened by the news of her passing. She was part of our American Idol family and will be truly missed. Our hearts and prayers go out to her family and friends during this difficult time."

Prior to her time spent with Idol judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson, McKibbin appeared on the first season of another singing competition, Popstars, which aired on the WB in 2001. There, she competed with hopes of joining the girl group Eden's Crush, but ultimately was not chosen as part of the group's final lineup.

McKibbin released her debut album, Unleashed, on May 22, 2007 and toured throughout the year with Texas metal band Rivethead. In 2012, she released the EP Psychotrip with the band Love Stricken Demise. The singer returned to television in 2008 as part of the second season of VH1's Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew. Fellow cast members included Guns N' Roses drummer Steven Adler, actors Jeff Conaway and Gary Busey and civil rights figure Rodney King. When the season wrapped, she appeared on its spinoff series, Sober House.

McKibbin briefly re-appeared on Season 13 of Idol, when she accompanied her son Tristan to his audition; he made it through to the Hollywood round, but was cut prior to the live shows.

Shortly after news broke of her tragic death, Idol host Ryan Seacrest took time out to share his thoughts on the late singer. "Nikki was a superstar the moment she walked into auditions," he tweeted. "She set the bar high with her talent and memorable stage presence. It was an honor to watch her grow and inspire millions of people. Our hearts go out to her family, friends, and fans who are grieving this tragic loss."

Paula Abdul, who served as a judge during the series' first nine seasons, tweeted: "Nikki McKibbin was a strong & spirited woman who always stayed true to who she was. She could bring the house down with her powerful voice and captivating stage presence. Our first season of Idol would not have been what it was without her. My love & prayers go out to her family."

McKibbin made the Top 3 on her season, losing only to winner Kelly Clarkson and runner-up Justin Guarini. Guarini eulogized McKibbin on Instagram, calling McKibbin a "fiery, funny lady who could sing the Hell out of a rock song with the same kind of ease and command she lovingly used to cut you with her twangy Southern wit."

Ryan Starr, who made it to the Top 7 in Idol's inaugural season, shared photos and memories of McKibbin in her Instagram stories. "So young. So sad. Feels so strange to have shared such a special moment in history with these other 9 people and to know that now one of them is no longer with us. R.I.P. NIKKI."

Season 1's Jim Verraros also took to Instagram writing, "@realnikkimckibbin, I can't believe you're gone. You were such a light for so many of us. You were unapologetically yourself and I loved that the most about you. You will be missed but I will always hold you close to my heart. Rest In Peace, beautiful soul.".

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posted 11/2/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "It IS... TIME TO VOTE"

  • PROGRAMMING ALERT: Tomorrow night is Election Night (The Ringer) and Jeopardy! & Wheel are on preemption alert (Jeopardy!)

  • Garrett Yrigoyen never heard the end of "I Hope", did he? (Reality TV World)

  • PROGRAMMING ALERT: You know the when (GoldDerby) ... but do you know the how? (Gold Derby)

  • Tom Bergeron surprisingly cool with not hosting "Dancing" anymore (GoldDerby)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jane Lynch (Slate)

posted 11/2/2020


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SEAN CONNERY: 1930-2020
James Bond Actor Played "What's My Line?"
From TV Line

International film star Sean Connery, who portrayed James Bond in seven different films, has died at the age of 90. His death was confirmed by his family, as reported by the BBC.

Known for his good looks and heaps of charisma, Connery spent more than 40 years on screen as one of the world's most renowned leading men. He was known as one of the best actors to portray Ian Fleming's superspy, Agent 007, but the actor also served up starring performances in films like The Wind and the Lion, The Man Who Would Be King, Murder on the Orient Express, The Hunt for Red October, The Rock, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.

In 1987, he took on the role of tough Irish cop Jim Malone in Depression-era Chicago in Brian De Palma's 1987 movie The Untouchables. The role earned Connery his one and only Oscar, for Best Supporting Actor.

The Scot spent plenty of time on the small screen earlier in his career, starring in televised versions of plays and assorted TV-movies. His TV credits include An Age of Kings in 1960, Macbeth and Anna Karenina in 1961, and assorted Plays of the Week for ITV and BBC. He also was a mystery guest on an episode of "What's My Line?".

Connery is survived by his second wife, Micheline Roquebrune, whom he married in 1975; his son, actor Jason Connery; and a grandson.

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posted 11/1/2020

ABC Ready to Get Its Jollies On
"Great Christmas Light Fight" To Return
From the Futon Critic

ABC today announced its slate of holiday programming, inviting families everywhere to cozy up on the couch under a warm blanket and get into the yuletide spirit with beloved classics and new favorites.

The network is celebrating the most wonderful time of the year with its holiday slate including a new iteration of the ratings superstar "The Disney Family Singalong" franchise featuring a festive new special, "The Disney Holiday Singalong," on MONDAY, NOV. 30 (8:00-9:00 p.m.). Earlier this year, ABC's "The Disney Family Singalong" and "The Disney Family Singalong: Volume II" drew in a combined 22.3 million Total Viewers after 35 days of delayed viewing on linear and digital platforms.

Additional highlights include a special fifth anniversary of the Thanksgiving evening staple "The Wonderful World of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration"; a reimagined "Disney Parks Magical Christmas Day Celebration"; "CMA Country Christmas" from Nashville; a bright new season of "The Great Christmas Light Fight," which received a new season order as well; new holiday-themed episodes of ABC comedies and "General Hospital"; and the network broadcast premiere of "The Greatest Showman." Top it all off with a sprinkling of classic holiday favorites and settle in, ABC is about to get fa-la-la-mazing.

"The Great Christmas Light Fight" premieres its new season December 9.

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posted 10/30/2020

THURSDAY: Game Recognizes Game
"Feud", "PYL" Perform Admirably in Face of Football
From the Futon Critic

FOX (7.927 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was back on top last night thanks to its weekly presentations of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (6.927 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (8.127 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1).

The silver went to ABC (3.818 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) with the season finales of "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.148 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and "Press Your Luck" (3.494 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) alongside a new "Match Game" (2.813 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Next up was NBC (2.691 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with the return of "Superstore" (2.769 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) alongside new episodes of "Connecting..." (1.160 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "Dateline NBC" (3.055 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.026 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up repeats of "Young Sheldon" (3.776 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "Mom" (2.927 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) plus the special "Every Vote Counts: A Celebration of Democracy" (1.375 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "Star Trek: Discovery" (1.352 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

And finally, originals from "Supernatural" (0.918 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "The Outpost" (0.477 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) on The CW (0.697 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

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posted 10/30/2020

"The Chop" Chopped
Investigation Begins Into Contestant's Tattoos
From Deadline

Sky History, the joint-venture UK television channel run by A+E Networks UK and Comcast-owned Sky, has canceled its reality competition series The Chop: Britain's Top Woodworker after questions arose over whether a contestant had Nazi tattoos emblazoned on his face.

A+E Networks UK took The Chop off-air last week pending an investigation into Darren Lumsden's ink. That investigation has concluded that the series cannot return to screens because the symbols on Lumsden's face "could be connected to far-right ideologies and could cause offence."

Prominent among Lumsden's markings is the number 88, which is white supremacist numerical code for Heil Hitler. The carpenter has denied any association with far-right groups and said the 88 symbolizes the year of his father's death. Doubt has been cast over this claim, however, after the MailOnline discovered that Lumsden's father is alive and well.

An A+E Networks UK spokesman said: "Following an independent investigation, AETN UK has made the decision not to broadcast any further episodes of The Chop on Sky History. A contestant's tattoos included symbols that could be connected to far-right ideologies and could cause offence; we sincerely apologise for that and we are sorry that our processes did not prompt further investigation at an earlier stage.

"The contestant continues to strenuously deny that he has, or ever had, far-right leanings. We are thoroughly reviewing our internal processes following the investigation. AETN UK and Sky History stand against racism and hate speech of all kinds."

The Chop producer Big Wheel Film & Television also issued a statement saying that it acted in good faith throughout the making of the Sky History show and cooperated fully with the investigation. "Big Wheel Film & Television acted professionally, appropriately and in good faith throughout the making of The Chop, following robust due diligence and duty of care processes from casting through to delivery," a spokesman said. "All issues, problems and concerns identified in relation to Darren Lumsden's tattoos during production were fully reported up to AETN UK, and the broadcaster's directives and instructions in response were closely followed. Big Wheel Film & Television co-operated fully with the independent investigation put in place by AETN UK, and shared details of relevant processes, discussions and exchanges, along with supporting evidence and documentation.

"Big Wheel Film & Television stands against all forms of hatred and intolerance, is committed to the highest professional standards, and strives at all times to treat people fairly."

Only one episode in the nine-part series aired. The Chop was hosted by comedian Lee Mack, presenter Rick Edwards, and carpenter William Hardie. In a Great British Bake Off-style format, 10 contestants gathered in Epping Forest and aim to whittle, carve and chop their way to success, with their creations furnishing a lavish cabin in the woods.

TRIGGER WARNING: Links below contain white supremacist imagery.

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posted 10/20/2020

More on "Rock the Block"
Season Premieres March
From the Futon Critic

It's not too early for renovation competition superfans to set their DVRs because HGTV has announced the cavalry of design and renovation experts who will scrutinize finished spaces in the second season of Rock the Block, premiering March 2021. The rotating judges panel will include house-flipping phenom Tarek El Moussa and his real estate agent fiancée, Heather Rae Young, who together will decide which competitive duo creates the ideal kitchen for a potential buyer. Real estate broker extraordinaire Page Turner will judge the living room and foyer transformations. Powerhouse real estate broker Egypt Sherrod and her husband, builder Mike Jackson, will deliberate the main bedroom suite. Designer and restoration specialist Tamara Day will take on the basement renovations, and two fresh faces, interior designer Carmine Sabatella and landscape designer Mike Pyle, stars of the upcoming HGTV series Inside Out, will evaluate the outdoor spaces. The competition culminates with Ken and Anita Corsini as they join incumbent Rock the Block champion, Jasmine Roth, for a final home walk-through before announcing the winning team.

"Every competitor in Rock the Block is in it to win it," said Betsy Ayala, senior vice president, programming and development, HGTV. "And, of course, the judges know well what's at stake when reputations and bragging rights are on the line. No matter what happens in this fierce competition, the audience wins because they get to see the best experts in the home renovation business reimagine and transform perfectly fine spaces into showstoppers."

Season two of Rock the Block, hosted by highly skilled carpenter, craftsman and designer, Ty Pennington, will feature double the star power with eight of the network's brightest home renovation and design experts pairing up to completely transform identical three-story suburban properties in just one month. Rounding out the 2021 Rock the Block partner teams are: home renovator and contractor Mike Holmes (Holmes On Homes) and Chicago's fearless home reno and design expert Alison Victoria (Windy City Rehab); designing dads Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent (Nate and Jeremiah: Save My House); HGTV's first Design Star winner David Bromstad (My Lottery Dream Home) with the eighth Design Star winner Tiffany Brooks (50K Three Ways); and the couple who can build and design an entire home in 100 days, Brian and Mika Kleinschmidt (100 Day Dream Home.) With a $225,000 budget and a whole lot of teamwork, the dueling duos hope to win major bragging rights and their names on a street sign.

Fans can access fun content from the first season of Rock the Block on HGTV.com/RocktheBlock including before and after photos and videos, as well as find loads of behind-the-scenes extras. Viewers also can interact via social media using #RocktheBlock and will be able to follow along on the @HGTV stars' reno journeys on Instagram at @make_it_right, @thealisonvictoria, @nateberkus, @jeremiahbrent, @tiffanybrooksinteriors, @bromco, @mikamakesmoves, and @mrbreakinground.

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posted 10/30/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Run and Grab"

  • Leslie Jones constantly amused by Sweep strategies (Hollywood Outbreak)

  • "Deal or No Deal": an oral history (Vice)

  • Fox deletes "I Can See You Voice" tweet because... well... language was botched. (Entertainment Weekly)

  • "Filthy Rich", "NEXT" win the 2020-2021 door prize (TV Line)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Joel McHale (PopCulture)

posted 10/30/2020


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LEANZA CORNETT: 1971-2020
Former Miss America Hosted "Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire"
From Deadline

Leanza Cornett, the American TV personality and former Miss America winner, has died at the age of 49 after suffering a head injury earlier this month. The Miss America Organization and her former husband Mark Steines both confirmed the death in separate social media posts.

Reports said she suffered the head injury on October 12 and had been in hospital in Jacksonville since.

Cornett won the Miss America pageant in 1993 after winning the Florida title the year before. She was the first beauty queen in the role to adopt AIDS awareness and prevention as her platform for her year of service.

Her varied acting roles included hosting television shows such as Entertainment Tonight and Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?, while she appeared in episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Weeds. She also served as a reporter for Animal Planet's coverage of the Eukanuba AKC National Dog Show programs and hosted On The Block on DIY Network.

On stage, her credits included Barefoot In The Park, Godspell, and The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, while she also had been the first actress to play a live-action version of Ariel, the title character from The Little Mermaid, at Walt Disney World Resort in 1991.

Cornett and Steines were divorced in 2013 after 17 years of marriage, they had two sons, Kai Harper and Avery James.

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posted 10/29/2020

WEDNESDAY: Back to the House
CBS Renews Big Brother for Season 23
From the Futon Critic

CBS has renewed the summer reality hit BIG BROTHER for its 23rd season to be broadcast in summer 2021. Julie Chen Moonves will return as host. But first, BIG BROTHER: ALL STARS' two-hour live season finale event airs tonight (9:00-11:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT) on the CBS Television Network.

Since its premiere on CBS in the summer of 2000, BIG BROTHER continues to be one of television's top-rated summer series in young demographics.

Summer-to-date, the Wednesday and Thursday episodes are tops in key demos among all broadcasts. On digital platforms, the BIG BROTHER Live Feeds are up double-digit percentage points over last season in both total streams and time spent. Across social, season-to-date, BIG BROTHER: ALL STARS is experiencing a +75% increase in linear social interactions compared to last season (episode 1 through episode 36) (according to Nielsen Social).

"At BIG BROTHER, we always say 'expect the unexpected,' but 2020 gave us our biggest challenge to date! We could not be prouder of the entire team who delivered a fantastic season under such extreme circumstances," said Mitch Graham, Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming, CBS Entertainment. "It feels fitting for this unprecedented season to conclude with an announcement of the show's return next summer."

FOX (4.791 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was still the network to beat with the post-World Series return of "The Masked Singer" (5.885 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "I Can See Your Voice" (3.698 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2).

CBS (3.857 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) was the number two draw with the relocated "The Amazing Race 32" (4.026 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and the two-hour season finale of "Big Brother 22" (3.773 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2).

Next up was ABC (3.197 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its lineup of "The Goldbergs" (3.665 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), the season premiere of "American Housewife" (3.386 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "The Conners" (4.178 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Black-ish" (2.929 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "The Con" (2.512 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.118 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up the season finale of "The Wall" (3.677 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) alongside the penultimate week of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.838 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

And finally, The CW (0.667 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) wrapped the night with "Devils" (0.509 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) and "Coroner" (0.825 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12).

On cable WEdnesday...
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posted 10/29/2020

Back to the Kitchen
"MasterChef" Resumes Production
From Deadline

MasterChef is back in production on Season 11. Filming on the popular Fox food competition series resumed in Los Angeles on Monday, October 26, following a seven-month COVID-19-related shutdown.

MasterChef had shot 10 of its 18 Season 11 episodes when production came to a halt in mid-March due to the corovavirus pandemic.

The show, which is produced by Endemol Shine North America and One Potato Two Potato, is following guidelines set by local and state officials, as well as the CDC, in its return to production. "The safety of the entire cast and crew has and is the number one priority," producers said in a statement.

"Given the COVID-19 restrictions placed on production, we are creating new and innovative ways to produce the series, while honoring its creative spirit. The behind-the-scenes culinary team, which has always followed all health department guidelines, is now taking additional precautions including wearing gloves, masks and face shields/goggles. While the pressures associated with the pandemic are immense, we are choosing to embrace these challenges as we start production," the statement said.

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posted 10/29/2020

"Millionaire" Drops on Consoles
New Edition Available for the Majors in Europe; US Gets It November
From Gamasutra

Based on the world-famous TV show, the game Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? is now available in Europe on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. It will release on November 17th, 2020 in North America.

Put your knowledge and your mind to the test by sitting comfortably in the contestant's chair from the famous TV set! The game features 6 iconic TV sets, as seen in the British, American, French, Spanish, Italian and German version of the show.

An adapted translation is available for each of these countries as well as exclusive questions per territory: enough to dive into the show as if you were there in person!

Will you be capable of winning the million-dollar question? In order to achieve that, you'll have to reach the top of the well-known and intimidating moneytree by answering – without fail! – a series of 15 increasingly harder questions. Your general knowledge will be put to the test with more than 3,000 questions – including 2,000+ being territory exclusives – split into 8 diverse categories such as History, Sport, Science, Art & Literature…

You can also choose to play without certain categories in order to focus on your preferred topics. You'll even unlock more questions as you play!

Of course, the game features the famous lifelines such as Phone a Friend, 50-50, Switch the Question and more to help you in your quest!.

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posted 10/29/2020

THursday Lightning Round
... or "THey Did Her Dirty!"

  • Michelle Money thinks "The Bachelorette" editing Clare to be the bad guy (Reality TV World)

  • Taskmaster, House of Games head to tabletop (SeenIT)

  • EPIC MOMENT OF AWESOME: child dresses as Alex Trebek for Halloween, gets a response from the man himself. (Deseret News)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: "Wheel" winner gets $21,500... and here comes everyone wanting their cut (CBC)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Elizabeth Banks (MyCentralOregon)

posted 10/29/2020

TUESDAY: TPIR@Night: The Return
World Series Wins for Fox
From CBS News

With unbridled enthusiasm and unchecked affection, contestants have always been the stars of "The Price is Right." More than 2 million exuberant fans have taken part in the show.

But those fans will be mostly missing when the show returns with new episodes this week, after going on hiatus in March due to the pandemic.

For the first time, "The Price is Right" will be without an audience. And that's not the only big change. Host Drew Carey is debuting a new look, sporting a beard.

"To be honest, a lot of this stuff about COVID, if you haven't been sick, it's kind of been a little bit of a blessing in disguise to be shut down so much," Carey told "CBS This Morning: Saturday" co-host Dana Jacobson. "Because I had a lot of time for introspection. A lot of spiritual growth this summer. Part of me wanted to reflect it with a different look. So let me just grow a beard and see what it looks like. And then I liked it when it came out and I kept it."

Restarting production took months of planning. The set was reconfigured to add social distance, crew members wearing masks work in zones. Safety protocols include cleaning and testing. But executive producer and showrunner Evelyn Warfel, says one thing was not-negotiable.

"If you don't hear George [Gray, the show's announcer] say 'Come on down!' at the top of the show, it's not 'The Price Is Right,'" Warfel said. "So I think for us the biggest challenge was how are we going to do a 'Come On Down' without an audience. And we struggled with that."

"You have the signature line. There still is the 'Come On Down,'" Jacobson said to Carey. "Yeah, yeah. I haven't been backstage to look but I've been told about it," Carey said. "They unhook their ears and they hold their mask over their face. And if they hear their name, they throw the mask down and run out. So they're just as surprised.".

FOX (10.255 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) took home top honors on Tuesday with its concluding coverage of the "World Series, Game 6" (10.255 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1).

NBC (7.191 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) scored the silver with a new "The Voice" (7.440 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) followed by the return of "This Is Us" (7.449 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and a second "This Is Us" (6.685 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3).

Next up was ABC (3.397 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with a new "The Bachelorette" (4.345 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) alongside repeats of "The Conners" (1.802 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8) and "Black-ish" (1.201 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.801 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up its special trio of "The Price Is Right at Night" (4.928 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6), "Let's Make a Deal Primetime" (3.952 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7) and "The FBI Declassified" (2.522 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.699 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "Swamp Thing" (0.916 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and "Tell Me a Story" (0.482 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 798k/0.19
- The Misery Index (TBS): 490k/0.15

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posted 10/28/2020

It's About to Go Down...
Report: Changing f the "Bachelorette" Guard Next Week
From the WRap

ABC dropped a promo for next week's episode of "The Bachelorette" Season 16 after Tuesday's installment, promising "Bachelor" Nation will finally get answers about the rumored exit of Clare Crawley and entrance of Tayshia Adams, which would mark the first time in franchise history that a leading lady was replaced in the middle of a season.

In the clip, which you can view below, host Chris Harrison says to a crying Crawley, "The path we're on right now, it doesn't end well, for anybody." She responds that she's "waited so long for this" and he says, "OK, you've just blown up 'The Bachelorette.'"

The video then cuts to the men freaking out about Clare is "gone" and they don't know what's going on and begin taking it out on each other.

"I'll apologize if I wasted your time. I'll apologize if I hurt you," Clare says, standing before her suitors as they question why they are there.

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posted 10/28/2020

Order Up!
truTV GReenlights "Fast Foodies"
From Deadline

TruTV has ordered 10 episodes of Fast Foodies, a cooking competition series with Top Chef winners Kristen Kish and Jeremy Ford and Iron Chef winner Justin Sutherland who attempt to recreate a celebrity guest's favorite fast food item.

Celebrity guests including Joel McHale, James Van Der Beek, Andy Richter and Amanda Seales challenge the chefs with double burgers, Hawaiian pizza, sausage muffins and other fast food favorites, all to win the "Chompionship Trophy." Also guesting will be Ron Funches, Charlotte McKinney, Kevin Heffernan & Steve Lemme, Fortune Feimster, GaTa and Bobby Lee.

"This show is equal parts food, comedy and raucous debauchery," said Corie Henson, executive vice president, head of unscripted programming for TBS, TNT, and truTV. "The stakes have never been lower, but it's a blast to spend the night with Kristen, Jeremy and Justin, and you'll never look at your favorite fast food the same way again after seeing the works of art these three culinary geniuses are creating every week."

Executive producer Michael Rucker called the series "a cooking show where the food is relatable and inspirational while also being hilarious and not full of itself."

Fast Foodies is produced by Shed Media, with Dan Peirson and Lisa Shannon serving as executive producers, along with Michael Rucker and Julie Golden. Rucker also serves as showrunner.

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posted 10/28/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "They Played"

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 celebrities who appeared on game shows before their big break (THe Things)

  • "Survivor" heads to Netflix... well, two season of it. (Gold Derby)

  • TVS acquires Super Pay Cards! (PR.com)

  • Terry Crews salutes American Valor (Deadline)

  • Ryan Phillippe has some words for Ellen (NZ Herald)

posted 10/28/2020

SYNDIES: Week 6
Results for the Week Ending October 18
From TV Newscheck

Shrugging off a bevy of large-market preemptions that stymied much of daytime, popular sophomore Kelly Clarkson was the only talk show in the plus column for the session ending Oct. 18, surging 13% from the week before to a 0.9 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating.

In prime access time periods, Family Feud added 4% to a 5.5 to lead the game shows and all of syndication. Jeopardy recovered 9% to a 5.0, and Wheel of Fortune accelerated 7% to a 4.8.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.5 +4%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.0 +9%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.8 +7%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 +20%


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posted 10/27/2020

MONDAY: Three-Way!
Audience Splits Among Three Reality Franchises
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.140 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) was still the most-watched network on Monday thanks to "The Voice" (7.348 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) and "Weakest Link" (3.725 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

ABC (5.264 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) shared in the demo honrs with fresh installments of "Dancing with the Stars" (6.080 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) and "Emergency Call" (3.631 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Next up was CBS (1.852 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with a new "Big Brother 22" (3.761 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) alongside the special "Essential Heroes: A Momento Latino Event" (0.819 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T8), "One Day at a Time" (0.967 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T8) and another "One Day at a Time" (0.984 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.527 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up originals from "LA's Finest" (1.673 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #6) and "Filthy Rich" (1.381 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #7).

And finally, The CW (0.937 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.110 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T8), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.960 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T8) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.838 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T8).

On Monday cable....
- Halloween Baking Championship (SF/Food): 1.307m/0.30

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posted 10/27/2020

WEEKEND: ... Okay, So That Happened.
Drivers of Sunday Traffic: Baseball, Football, 60 Minutes
From the Futon Critic

NBC (10.436 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1) held off the competition on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (5.494 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8), "Football Night in America #2" (7.683 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (10.248 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.0, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (12.012 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.6, #T1).

FOX (7.159 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) took home the silver with its telecast of the "World Series, Game 5 Pre-Game" (6.400 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6) and the primetime portion of "World Series, Game 5" (7.411 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7).

Next up was CBS (7.876 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and its lineup of "NFL Overrun" (16.726 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #T1), "60 Minutes" (15.629 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #4), a repeat "The Neighborhood" (7.362 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9) and the feature "Scream" (1.916 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.474 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its quartet of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.665 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11), "Supermarket Sweep" (3.553 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10), "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (3.438 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and "Card Sharks" (2.241 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14).

And finally, a new "Pandora" (0.344 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) and repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.446 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.577 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) on The CW (0.428 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night.

FOX (5.848 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was still the network to beat on Friday with its telecast of the "World Series, Game 3" (5.848 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1).

ABC (3.180 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) took home the silver with its duo of "Shark Tank" (3.755 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and "20/20" (2.893 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Next up was CBS (2.630 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with a special "Big Brother 22" (2.995 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2), a new "Undercover Boss" (2.208 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and a repeat "Blue Bloods" (2.686 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #8).

Meanwhile, NBC (1.953 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up an encore of "American Ninja Warrior" (1.635 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) plus "Dateline NBC" (2.589 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

And finally, "Masters of Illusion" (0.704 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9), a repeat "Masters of Illusion" (0.590 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9), "World's Funniest Animals" (0.703 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) and a repeat "World's Funniest Animals" (0.738 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) on The CW (0.684 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

On Saturday cable....
- Nickelodeon's Unfiltered (Nick): 488k/0.14


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posted 10/27/2020

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Holy Opening Number!"

  • VIDEO WALL: LMAD begins its primetime show with a bang (Us Weekly)

  • Blake Shelton FINALLY puts a ring on Gwen Stefani (Reality TV World), Miranda Lambert unavailable for comment (Talent Recap)

  • Kaitlyn Bristowe crushed by Carrie Ann Inaba's critiques. (The Wrap)

  • Tyra Banks has something for her haters... (Extra)

  • Pat Sajak just wants to be the Sexiest Man Alive (Yahoo!)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ken JEnnings (Cheddar)

posted 10/27/2020

Buddy Valastro to Return to Discovery Networks
Catch "Buddy vs. Christmas", Which Was Filmed Before His Accident
From The Futon Critic

Buddy Valastro embarks on an extraordinary new Christmas-themed competition on Food Network as he goes head-to-head with the greatest non-cake artists on Buddy vs. Christmas, premiering on Sunday, November 22nd at 10pm ET/PT. It's bakers vs. makers as their skills are tested in each of the four episodes, as Buddy and his team of bakers goes up against an award-winning scenic designer, a glassblower, an animatronics expert, and a Lego builder. With only 24 hours to capture the spirit of the holidays with their creations, the one that rises to the top with their elaborate design will be crowned winner. From life-size gingerbread houses and snow globes, to incredible toys including drivable sleigh cakes and action figures, and to Santa's workshop complete with talking reindeer, each creation brings holiday enchantment to life! "

As the Cake Boss, Buddy has mastered the creation of gigantic, life-sized, and incredibly realistic cakes. Now, viewers will be captivated as he takes on his most difficult challenge yet by competing against master builders and expert crafters - it's cake creations vs. real build designs on Buddy vs. Christmas," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "Audiences will be stunned by the remarkable Christmas designs in each episode, with all their spectacular details and special effects, making each one more impressive than the last."

The cake designs on Buddy vs. Christmas were some of the last cake's Buddy constructed, as the series was filmed prior to a recent accident at his home, where his right hand was impaled, and he was rushed into emergency surgery. TLC's two-hour special following Buddy's road to recovery premiering on Wednesday, December 23rd at 9pm ET/PT, follows the dramatic events as they transpired in real time with footage captured immediately after the incident. It's a long, emotional journey, from Buddy's multiple surgeries, to his family anxiously waiting at the hospital, to grueling physical therapy, and to his first days back at the job. As business deadlines loom, commitments for over-the-top cakes stack up, and the holiday season around the corner, the stakes couldn't be higher. But above all, Buddy faces the ultimate question: Can you still be the Cake Boss if you can't make cakes?

"Buddy is like family to all of us at TLC, so we are thrilled and relieved for him that he is on the road to recovery following his accident," said Howard Lee, President and General Manager, TLC. "Knowing Buddy's determination and spirit, it's no surprise that he would give it his all in the hopes of returning back to normal. We are proud to document his journey as part of this special."

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posted 10/26/2020

Chasers to Be Beat Down Under
"Beat the Chasers Australia" Begins November 1 on 7
From TV Blackbox

The greatest quiz brains will take on Australia's most formidable brainiacs … all at once!

To be hosted by Andrew O'Keefe, Beat The Chasers is hoping to build on the dominance of evening gameshow, The Chase. Uniting their quiz superpowers – THE SHARK, THE SUPERNERD, THE TIGER MUM and GOLIATH – should be unbeatable. But can they defeat the best of Australia's esteemed quiz royalty?

The contestants will face former champions from popular game shows including; The Chase Australia Winner, a Who wants to be a Millionaire Champion, a Sale of the Century World Record Winner, and a Temptation Winner.

Beat The Chasers was a huge hit when it aired on the UK's largest commercial broadcaster ITV. Angus Ross, Seven's Network Programming Director, said: "The Chase has proven unbeatable at 5.00pm, so we can't wait to supersize it with Beat The Chasers. The prize money is bigger than ever before in each round, and it builds to a thrilling, high-stakes finale."

"We're excited to see some of the country's best brains test themselves against a formidable line-up of Chasers, with all the fun, tension and play-along we love – but dialled up to eleven."

BEAT THE CHASERS premieres this Sunday November 1 at 7pm on Channel 7

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posted 10/26/2020

Holey Moley! Crikey!
Australian Version to Bow February
From TV Blackbox

It's mini-golf, but not as you know it!

Teeing off early in 2021, mini-golf lovers from around Australia will compete head-to-head on an unparalleled, larger-than-life obstacle mini-golf course (aka a mini golfer's wonderland). They'll face out- of-this-world make or break putts, insane physical challenges and unimaginable distractions while they attempt to complete the course to reach the daunting final hole.

Seven has indicated Holey Moley will premiere early in 2021 with the network's director of programming, Angus Ross recently telling TV Blackbox; "It feels like its the right sort of counter-programming against MAFS, and I'm guessing The Amazing Race on 10, really, really family-friendly, big-scale entertainment."

Seven's Director of Production, Andrew Backwell adding the network is unashamedly targeting kids with the new format; "Kids are not watching Married At First Sight, well they shouldn't be."

"If you can get kids, you get family viewing and suddenly you have that broad family audience. I personally think it's (Holey Moley) a really good alternative."

Aussie golfing legend Greg Norman will serve as the Resident Golf Pro of the epic Holey Moley course with American actor/comedian Rob Riggle (Saturday Night Live, The Hangover, Step Brothers, The Other Guy) sharing commentating honours with 7NEWS sports anchor Matt Shirvington.

In between ducking golf balls, host Sonia Kruger will attempt to keep everyone on course. Who will take home the $100,000, and the coveted Holey Moley plaid jacket?

Holey Moley is expected to premiere early February on Seven.

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posted 10/26/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Dancing Wounded"

  • Cheryl Burke wangs her head in practice, to dance tonight (Deadline)

  • RuPaul lands Cosmo, Christmas (Out)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! You ever wonder how Xbox fans get from online quiz to "OMG 1 VS 100 REBOOT"? Here's the science. (Metro)

  • VIDEO WALL: It wouldn't be a proper Family Fortunes without a WHAT KIND OF EFFERY IS THIS? moment. Well, here you go, Gino. Welcome to the family. (Birmingham Mail)

  • Jamie Foxx loses his sister (Yahoo!)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with a woman who says she's The Body (Extra.ie)

posted 10/26/2020

Quibi to Shutter December 1
Productions Remain in Limbo
From TV Line

A day after Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman announced their "clear-eyed" decision to shutter the six-month-old star-studded mobile subscription-video platform, Quibi has declared that December 1 will be its "last day of service."

"Quibi has made the difficult decision to wind down," said a self-described "end of service announcement" today on the FAQ section of the platform. "We anticipate that the service will end streaming on or about December 1, 2020. We appreciate the support we have received from our customers and want to thank you for giving us an opportunity to entertain you. If you have any questions or need assistance in any way, please contact us at help@quibi.com."

The decision comes after months of struggles for the platform, including download viewership numbers that were lower than expected. The service was also facing a lawsuit from media company Eko, which claimed Quibi was violating patents.

Katzenberg and Quibi CEO Meg Whitman posted an open letter confirming that "we are winding down the business and looking to sell its content and technology assets" and explaining that the streamer ultimately failed either "because the idea itself wasn't strong enough to justify a standalone streaming service or because of our timing."

Quibi — short for "quick bites" — debuted in April and offered original programming in the form of five-to-10-minute chapters. Free 90-day trials were offered for a limited time at launch, while monthly subscriptions cost $4.99 (with ads) and $7.99 (without ads). One of Quibi's immediate obstacles, though, was the coronavirus pandemic, which kept millions of viewers home from their daily commutes, thus reducing the amount of time spent watching TV on their mobile devices. Quibi eventually allowed users to watch content on their TVs via Chromecast and Apple TV.

There's currently no word on what will become of Quibi's original series. Several projects — including the Liam Hemsworth drama Most Dangerous Game and a revival of Reno 911! — already had been renewed, but it's unclear if any projects will move to another platform, or perhaps get turned into full-length series at another streamer.

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posted 10/23/2020

THURSDAY: Moderate Success
Fox Splits Networks on Debate Coverage
From the Futon Critic

FOX (7.006 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) led the demo race on Thursday with telecasts of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (7.351 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T1) and "Thursday Night Football" (6.937 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T1).

ABC (7.612 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2) then was the most-watched network with its duo of "Trump vs Biden: The Final Presidential Debate - A Special Edition of 20/20" (5.180 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "The Final Presidential Debate - Your Voice Your Vote 2020" (8.827 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T3).

Next up was NBC (6.773 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2) with its own "Decision 2020: Pre-Debate Special" (4.219 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "NBC News: Presidential Debate #2" (8.050 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T3).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.472 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up "Big Brother 22" (4.340 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) alongside "CBS News: The Second Presidential Debate" (4.538 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

And finally, originals from "Supernatural" (0.925 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9) and "The Outpost" (0.464 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #10) rounded out the night on The CW (0.694 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

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posted 10/23/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Laughing Matter"

  • BBC comics take on their ITV counterparts for Children in Need (Beyond The Joke)

  • Grant Imahara to be honored with STEM foundation in his name (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with a woman who says she's The Body (Extra.ie)

posted 10/23/2020

WEDNESDAY: Tied at 1
Fox Wins on World Series
From the Futon Critic

FOX (7.221 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) remained on top on Wednesday with its coverage of the "World Series, Game 2" (7.221 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1).

ABC (3.550 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) was the silver draw thanks to the return of "The Goldbergs" (4.363 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), another "The Goldbergs" (3.770 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "The Conners" (4.763 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and "Black-ish" (3.039 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) plus a new "The Con" (2.681 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9).

Next up was CBS (3.030 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with fresh installments of "Big Brother 22" (4.127 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) adn "The Amazing Race 32" (3.229 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) alongside a repeat "SWAT" (1.735 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.843 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up the relocated "The Wall" (3.520 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "American Ninja Warrior" (2.505 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

And finally, The CW (0.732 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) wrapped the night with its duo of "Devils" (0.699 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) and "Coroner" (0.765 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12).

On cable Wednesday...
- Guy's Grocery Games Delivery (Food): 944k/0.20 850k/0.26


The Futon Critic

SHowbuzz Daily

posted 10/22/2020

The Cube Rolls in Atlanta
WarnerMedia Begins Production on D-Wade Version
From Atlanta Journal Constitution

WarnerMedia is shooting a new game show "The Cube" in Atlanta hosted by NBA Legend Dwyane Wade.

"The press release did not identify where the game show will actually land, though it could potentially air on HBO Max, TNT, truTV and/or TBS," reports AJC writer Rodney Ho.

The original British version featured individuals. This revamp will highlight pairs of contestants who must demonstrate skill, nerve and determination inside a glass box ("The Cube") as they attempt seemingly simple physical tasks. Many of the challenges in Britain featured balls. Working against the clock, each pair has nine lives to complete seven games, each worth an increasing amount of money, as they move closer to the jackpot.

The ten-episode, 60-minute series is slated to premiere next year.

The updated series will introduce a "helping-hand" component, a call-to-action for Wade to enter "The Cube" and compete on behalf of the contestant.

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Newsbreak

posted 10/22/2020

New York Reunited
Stunt Part of "Throwback Thanksgiving"
From the Futon Critic

VH1 today announced reunion specials of its hit series I Love New York airing on Monday, November 23rd at 8:00pm ET/PT, followed by Hollywood Exes on Tuesday, November 24th at 8:00 pm ET/PT.

Reality TV queen Tiffany "New York" Pollard is returning to the small screen to look back on her wild journey finding love on the iconic reality hit I Love New York. In this one-hour special of I Love New York: Reunited, Pollard and some of her most memorable flings will revisit the show's greatest moments, break down the biggest heartbreaks, and dive into how the cast members' lives have evolved through the years.

As part of VH1's "Throwback Thanksgiving" marathon, fans can catch up on previous seasons of I Love New York and Hollywood Exes leading up to premiere, starting Monday, November 23rd at 9:00am ET/PT.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/22/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Real Reality?"

  • Tyra Banks blasts claims that "Real Housewives" were banned from "Dancing with the Stars" (The Wrap)

  • Speaking of "Dancing", Sean Spicer hasn't learned his lesson about pushing send on Twitter (The Wrap)

  • "The Chase" Celebrity gets hammered by Ofcom complaints (MSN)

  • Michael Strahan's rocky road from football to GMA, Pyramid (Metro)

posted 10/22/2020

TUESDAY: Dodgers, 1-0
Fox Wins on World Series
From the Futon Critic

FOX (7.223 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) pulled in front on Tuesday thanks to its coverage of the "World Series, Game 1" (7.223 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1).

NBC (6.404 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) was the silver draw with night two of "The Voice" (7.454 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and a new "Transplant" (4.304 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

Next up was ABC (3.323 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) with a new "The Bachelorette" (4.091 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) alongside an encore of "Supermarket Sweep" (1.788 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.558 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up repeats of "NCIS" (4.358 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "FBI" (3.456 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) plus a new "The FBI Declassified" (2.859 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

And finally, The CW (0.551 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "Swamp Thing" (0.723 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) and "Tell Me a Story" (0.379 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9).

On cable Monday...
- Chopped (Food): 944k/0.20
- The Misery Index (TBS): 653k/0.22


The Futon Critic

SHowbuzz Daily

posted 10/21/2020

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or ".. or Forever Hold Your Peace"

  • #ICYMI: Clare Crawley's awkward silence (The Wrap)

  • Ann Widdecombe commented on "Strictly's" first same-sex couple, and then Twitter happened (AOL UK)

  • Lil Rel Howery named head of comedy of Kweli TV (Black Girl Nerds)

  • Peter Dickison watches something he shouldn't have (Metro)

posted 10/21/2020


CBS/Fremantle

Back to the Marketplace
"Let's Make a Deal" Begins Production; Nighttime Specials Coming
From the Futon Critic

CBS' top-rated daytime game shows, THE PRICE IS RIGHT hosted by Drew Carey and LET'S MAKE A DEAL hosted by Wayne Brady, will each have three new themed primetime specials to be broadcast in October, November and December 2020. THE PRICE IS RIGHT primetime specials will air on Tuesday, Oct. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT), Monday, Nov. 2 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and another date to be announced. LET'S MAKE A DEAL makes its primetime debut Tuesday, Oct. 27 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), followed by an episode on Monday, Dec. 21 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and the third special to be announced at a later date.

In addition to both shows revealing newly redesigned, socially distanced sets, LET'S MAKE A DEAL will feature a virtual wall with contestants from across the country and prizing that's bigger than anything the show has seen in its 57-year run. Also, traders will have a shot at winning $100K hidden in golden envelopes throughout each special.

On Tuesday, Oct. 27, THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and LET'S MAKE A DEAL PRIMETIME (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) air back to back, as they both salute front-line and essential workers by welcoming them to play on the iconic game shows. THE PRICE IS RIGHT host Drew Carey thanks the front-line workers for their dedicated service to communities while contestants have the opportunity to play favorite games, including "Cliff Hangers," and win amazing prizes, such as luxury cars, a travel trailer and cash. On LET'S MAKE A DEAL, host Wayne Brady will perform an opening number, and the contestants will be comprised of essential workers. Traders will play "Smash for Cash" and "Car Pong," and have a chance to win luxury cars, a recreational vehicle and up to $100K.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT welcomes the cast of the hit CBS comedy THE NEIGHBORHOOD to "come on down" on Monday, Nov. 2 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT). For the first time ever, stars play all six games as individual contestants when Cedric the Entertainer, Max Greenfield, Beth Behrs, Tichina Arnold, Sheaun McKinney, Marcel Spears and Hank Greenspan test their knowledge of prices for The Boys and Girls Club of America. In addition, fans at home will have the chance to win fabulous prizes, including a showcase, by entering at www.priceisright.com.

Additional details for the final THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT special of 2020 will be announced at a later date.

On Monday, Dec. 21, LET'S MAKE A DEAL PRIMETIME (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) will be decked out for the holiday with Christmas decorations, and festively themed games and deals. On the third primetime episode, special guest Phil Keoghan, host of CBS' THE AMAZING RACE and TOUGH AS NAILS, joins LET'S MAKE A DEAL PRIMETIME to present one lucky trader with an outdoor adventure-themed trip of a lifetime. The airdate for this episode will be announced at a later date.

In daytime, THE PRICE IS RIGHT and LET'S MAKE A DEAL premiere their 49th and 12th daytime seasons, respectively, on Monday, Nov. 16.

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TV Line
Deadline

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posted 10/20/2020

Pfft... Amateurs.
Bravo Spins Off "Top Chef" for Home Cooks
From the Futon Critic

Bravo expands the James Beard and Emmy Award-Winning franchise with the greenlight of "Top Chef Amateurs." Hosted by Gail Simmons and produced by Magical Elves, Bravo's newest culinary competition series gives talented home cooks the opportunity of lifetime to test their skills in the illustrious "Top Chef" kitchen. Each amateur chef will compete in some of the most iconic challenges from the "Top Chef" archives. Unpacking their knives to step in alongside Simmons are "Top Chef" finalists, frontrunners and fan favorites Eric Adjepong, Richard Blais, Jennifer Carroll, Shirley Chung, Stephanie Cmar, Tiffany Derry, Joe Flamm, Gregory Gourdet, Melissa King, Kwame Onwuachi, Dale Talde and Isaac Toups.

From Tuesday, October 20 - Friday, October 23, Bravo is calling on dedicated fans to cast their vote via Twitter @BravoTopChef to help choose between two iconic "Top Chef" challenges from seasons past to be featured on "Top Chef Amateurs." The challenges in contention are the classic Seven Deadly Sins Challenge where the chefs prepare a stunning seven-course meal reflecting the order of the seven deadly sins, and the memorable Aphrodisiac Challenge where our chefs will create tempting menus out of indulgent ingredients considered to be aphrodisiacs. Fans can vote for their favorite challenge by using the hashtag #TopChefSeven or #TopChefAphrodisiac. The winning challenge will be announced on October 26.

"Top Chef Amateurs" is produced by the Emmy Award-winning production company Magical Elves with Casey Kriley, Jo Sharon, Doneen Arquines, Hillary Olsen, Zoe Jackson and Gayle Gawlowski serving as executive producers.

The Futon Critic

The Wrap

posted 10/20/2020

MONDAY: It's On Again!
A Low Premiere for "The Voice" Beats "Dancing"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.743 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the network to beat on Monday thanks to the return of "The Voice" (7.961 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and the relocated "Weakest Link" (4.308 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

ABC (5.081 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) had to settle for second with fresh installments from "Dancing with the Stars" (6.101 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and "Emergency Call" (3.041 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Next up was FOX (2.565 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with its "NFL Overrun" (4.399 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) followed by "LA's Finest" (2.025 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Filthy Rich" (2.188 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #8).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.107 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up "Big Brother 22" (3.665 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) alongside "One Day at a Time" (1.333 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9), another "One Day at a Time" (1.149 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) and the Saturday-bound "Manhunt: Deadly Games" (1.415 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.839 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening with "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.882 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.801 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.836 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9).

On cable Monday...
- Halloween Baking Championship (Food): 1.130m/0.25
- The Big Bake (Food): 642k/0.15.


The Futon Critic

SHowbuzz Daily

posted 10/20/2020

SYNDIES: Week 5
Results for the Week Ending October 11
From TV Newscheck

In the week ended Oct. 11, which continued to be marked by preemptions, CBS Television Distribution's rookie talker Drew Barrymore was one of the few shows to see improvement, climbing 20% to a 0.6 live plus same day household ratings average, according to Nielsen Media Research, in its fourth week on the air.

Debmar-Mercury's Family Feud recovered 4% to a 5.3 for second place overall and first in syndication in the key demo. CTD's Jeopardy! slipped 4% to a third-place 4.6 and CTD's Wheel of Fortune faded 10% to a 4.5. Fox's 25 Words or Less and Entertainment Studios' Funny You Should Ask stayed put at a 0.8 and 0.4, respectively.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.3 +4%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 4.7 -4%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 4.6 -10%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


TV Newscheck

NextTV
The Wrap

posted 10/20/2020

Welcome to MY House!
STacey Dooley to Host for BBC
From C21 Media

BBC1 has commissioned a primetime guessing game entertainment format created by Richard Bacon and Nick Weidenfeld.

Produced by Tim Hincks and Peter Fincham's London-based Expectation, This is MY House sees four people walk into a home and try to convince a panel of celebrity judges that the home is theirs. Only one of the people is telling the truth and it is up to the judges to decide who is the honest homeowner and who are the imposters.

TV personality and journalist Stacey Dooley will host the 6×60' series, which will debut on BBC1 in 2021.

Bacon said: "This Is MY House is a gameshow with only one contestant – the homeowner. To win all they have to do is prove 'This is MY House' but it's not that simple. Three actors will turn up, steal the contestant's name and claim that the house and everything in it belongs to them. They all have competing stories. Our judges have one job – to uncover the truth. It couldn't be easier. Right?"

C21 Media

Telly Mix
Metro

posted 10/20/2020


ABC/Fremantle

WEEKEND: You Hear the Beep?
"Supermarket Sweep" Premieres Sunday
From Entertainment Weekly

There was a time in 2020 when grocery stores temporarily closed, and when they reopened, masked customers waited in long lines — separated by six feet — some waiting hours to finally get in. Once inside, many shelves were (and still are in some places) bare, especially those aisles with paper towels, toilet paper, and cleaning supplies.

So a game show set in a grocery store — a fully stocked one at that — to actually be debuting on TV seems like a miracle of sorts. But that's what ABC and production company Fremantle (American Idol, The Price Is Right, Match Game) have done with the new Supermarket Sweep, a reboot of the popular series of the 1980s and '90s hosted by David Ruprecht. Filmed over the summer, after Hollywood productions were allowed to resume work under new pandemic-related health and safety protocols, the game show now has a superfan as host in the form of Saturday Night Live alum Leslie Jones.

"The nurses that [oversaw compliance and testing]... yo, they were not f—ing around," Jones says of the production, which filmed at Barker Hangar (often used for award shows and other productions) at the Santa Monica Airport in Santa Monica, Calif. "We were getting tested three times a week. No one could come near me without a mask and a shield on their face. I had to wash my hands every time I touched anything. They were sanitizing me."

As the one asking the questions and sending contestants into the aisles on a mad dash to fill their carts, Jones brings her trademark exuberance to the proceedings, where one of the three competing teams of two could go home with as much as $100,000 — a hefty improvement over the old show's $5,000 grand prize.

NBC (8.641 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) held onto top honors on Sunday with its usual quartet of "Football Night in America #1" (4.759 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (7.030 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (10.187 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #T2) and "Sunday Night Football" (9.430 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.8, #T2).

FOX (8.203 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) was a close second with a full hour of "NFL Overrun" (13.607 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.9, #1) followed by the "NLCS, Game 7" (6.401 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5).

Next up was ABC (3.873 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and the season premieres of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.269 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), "Supermarket Sweep" (4.781 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7), "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (3.838 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and "Card Sharks" (2.603 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.036 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up its lineup of "60 Minutes" (8.569 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8), "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (2.741 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and "Mom" (1.448 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

And finally, a new "Pandora" (0.407 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) alongside repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.295 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.0, #T15) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.378 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.0, #T15) on The CW (0.372 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the evening.

On Friday:
- Shark Tank (SP/ABC): 4.030m/0.6

On Saturday:
- Nickelodeon's Unfiltered (Nick): 490k/0.13

On Sunday:
- Worst Cooks in America: Halloween Redemption (S/Food): 827k/0.19
- Halloween Freakshow Cakes (P/Food):
534k/0.12
- Halloween Freakshow Cakes - 11p (Food): 413k/0.10

Entertainment Weekly

Mediapost
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Black Girl Nerds
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THe Ringer

posted 10/20/2020

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Rest of the Weekend Pile"

  • John Leslie cleared of sexual assault (Deadline)

  • THe night the lights (and sound) went out on The Cube (My London)

  • Emily Maynard welcomes another baby (Reality TV World)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Nice ring there, Clare... (Reality TV World)

posted 10/19/2020

THURSDAY: Big Brother Wins Non-Election Fare
Night Belongs to ABC
From the Futon Critic

ABC (9.201 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) claimed the top spot on Thursday thanks to "The Vice President and the People – A Special Edition of 20/20" (12.229 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) alongside a repeat "Emergency Call" (3.145 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

NBC (4.914 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) was the number two draw with its mix of "Decision 2020: Trump Town Hall" (10.386 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Connecting..." (2.449 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #6), a second "Connecting..." (1.239 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and "Dateline NBC" (2.511 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #7).

Next up was CBS (2.538 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) with a new "Big Brother 22" (3.885 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) followed by a repeat "The Neighborhood" (1.921 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8), another "The Neighborhood" (1.837 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Star Trek: Discovery" (1.850 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.514 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) offered up its primetime coverage of "NLCS, Game 4" (2.514 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4).

And finally, The CW (0.831 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with "Supernatural" (1.028 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "The Outpost" (0.633 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (S/Food): 841k/0.24
- Guy's Grocery Games Deliver (Food): 806k/0.25


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/14/2020

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Will You Accept This Client?"

  • Chris Harrison signs with Gersh (Deadline)

  • After 8 years, Ashley Hebert, JP Rosenbaum break up (Reality TV World)

  • Philip Schofield wants to bury the hatchet with Noel Edmonds (Bristol Post)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Russell Hantz, who wants to get season 41 of "Survivor" off the ground. Don't we all. (Gold Derby)

posted 10/16/2020

Feud Returns to Consoles
Ubisoft Announces Games for November
From Bleeding Cool News

Ubisoft announced a brand new version of the game show Family Feud will be released in November for all three major consoles and Stadia. Ubisoft last released a version of the famous game show was the 2012 Edition, which was one of their last titles to head to the Xbox 360 and PS3. Since then they've focused on other titles of the same genre and left the Fued more in the hands of mobile developers. It should be noted that while the game is currently slated to be released on November 12th, 2020, the only confirmed consoles are the current-gen editions of the PS4, Switch, and Xbox One. No word out about PS5 or Xbox Series X, which is rather interesting considering the date and the fact we're one month out.

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WorthPlaying

posted 10/15/2020

WEDNESDAY: Stumble at the Gate
Fox Wins with Masked Singer, Amazing Race Hit Hard
From the Futon Critic

FOX (5.099 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) pulled back in front on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "The Masked Singer" (6.141 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "I Can See Your Voice" (4.057 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2).

NBC (3.570 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) took home the silver with its presentation of the "2020 Billboard Music Awards" (3.570 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4).

Next up was CBS (3.115 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with a new "Big Brother 22" (4.106 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) followed by the debut of "The Amazing Race 32" (3.429 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) and a repeat "SWAT" (1.809 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.213 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up the feature "The Wonderful World of Disney: Coco" (2.178 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #6) alongside the premiere of "The Con" (2.282 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

And finally, The CW (0.671 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "Devils" (0.554 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) and "Coroner" (0.788 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (S/Food): 841k/0.24
- Guy's Grocery Games Deliver (Food): 806k/0.25


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/14/2020

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Soft Opening"

posted 10/14/2020

Back to "Craftopia"
HBOMax Renews Competition, Adds Adults
From the Futon Critic

HBO Max has renewed the popular competition series "Craftopia." Hosted and executive produced by crafting expert and YouTube sensation Lauren Riihimaki, aka LaurDIY, the 8-episode new season titled "Craftopia: Holiday Showdown" will feature adult contestants, surprise expert guests from around the country and a new crop of wildly inventive and inspiring creations and will premiere in 2021.

Additionally, HBO Max will launch four festive holiday-themed special episodes featuring the most impressive kid crafters in the country. Two Halloween episodes will drop this upcoming October 22 followed by two winter spectaculars on November 16. Each one will be sure to inspire and excite through crafting challenges, super special guests, and a mind-blowing holiday-themed studio set where "Craftestants" fill up their carts with an endless supply of the best materials to compete for a cash prize.

"We're looking forward to keeping our audience's creative juices flowing with the return of this imaginative, family-friendly show," said Jennifer O'Connell, executive vice president original non-fiction and kids programming, HBO Max. "We are thrilled to work with Lauren and the B17 team on sparking craft ideas in homes everywhere with our upcoming specials and season two."

"The upcoming holiday episodes are cute beyond words with talented kids that will melt your hearts," said Riihimaki. "For season two, not only are the contestants literally bigger, so are the challenges and we're taking everything to the next level. It's going to be an epic ride and I'm so grateful to be part of a show that embodies everything I love about being creative."

"Craftopia: Holiday Showdown" is executive produced by Rhett Bachner and Brien Meagher for B17 Entertainment with Claire Kosloff signed on as showrunner.

THe Futon Critic
Deadline

THe Wrap

posted 10/14/2020

TUESDAY: Tuesday Night Football
CBS Rides Rescheduled Game to First
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.930 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) got another primetime boost on Tuesday thanks to "NFL Football: Buffalo at Tennessee" (9.941 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) followed by week two of "The FBI Declassified" (3.910 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3).

ABC (4.222 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) was the silver draw with the return of "The Bachelorette" (4.757 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) plus a special "Celebrity Family Feud" (3.150 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Next up was NBC (3.183 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with the Monday-bound "Weakest Link" (4.032 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) alongside fresh installments of "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.765 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #6) and "Transplant" (2.751 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.339 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up its duo of "Cosmos: Possible Worlds" (1.197 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and "Next" (1.482 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

And finally, The CW (0.641 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "Swamp Thing" (0.805 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) and "Tell Me a Story" (0.477 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #11).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 860k/0.20


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/14/2020

More on "Candy Land"
Catch It on Food Network November 15
From the Futon Critic

Food Network brings out the childhood imagination of five teams made up of professional cake and sugar artists on the new primetime competition series Candy Land, inspired by the classic Hasbro children's game. Through six episodes, Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Kristin Chenoweth hosts and guides the teams through the fantastical world of Candy Land, challenging them to create heavenly confectionary showpieces, all the while being thrown curveballs every step of the way by Lord Licorice that puts the teams' skills to the ultimate test. Premiering Sunday, November 15th at 9pm ET/PT, each episode features the teams stepping into one of the eye-popping lands come to life, including giant candy canes in the Peppermint Forest, life-size gumdrops at the Gumdrop Mountains, a real life gingerbread house at Chocolate Mountain, enormous and luscious lollipops in the Lollipop Woods, and lemons growing right off the vines in the Lemon Lime Springs. The players must forage for flavors and unique ingredients within each land to use for their sugar masterpieces before presenting to judges Nacho Aguirre and Aarti Sequeira who determine which teams advance down the board game path based on creativity, technical execution, and how well the candies of the land were incorporated. The first team to make it to King Kandy's Castle wins the game and earns the grand prize of $25,000.

"For almost three-quarters of a century and with over 50 million games sold, Candy Land is one of the most beloved childhood memories for generations of families everywhere, and we are thrilled to be able to collaborate with Hasbro to bring viewers on this immersive journey with such an iconic property," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "And with Kristin Chenoweth's charismatic presence, she is the perfect guide in capturing the imagination of audiences, making the world of Candy Land truly come alive."

"Candy Land is what the world needs right now - oh, and also sugar," said Chenoweth.

Elsewhere for the holidays...
- Raven-Symoné hosts the return of Holiday Wars on Sunday, November 1st at 8pm ET/PT as five teams of cake masters and sugar artists face-off to create mind-blowing holiday displays that are as festive as they are delicious. Award-winning cake decorator Shinmin Li and cake artist Erin McGinn judge, as the teams must compete to create eye-popping edible Christmas displays. In each episode the teams are tested in two rounds, and the top four teams will move on to round two for the chance to win a fabulous gift from Santa Claus. The team that jingles all the way to the grand finale will take home Santa's biggest prize: $25,000. Join the conversation using #HolidayWars to share your favorite holiday creations and check out the competitors' amazing wintry confections.
- The biggest season of Holiday Baking Championship kicks off with a supersized two-hour premiere on Monday, November 2nd at 9pm ET/PT as a dozen of the best holiday bakers whisk, fold, and frost their way through new decadent dessert challenges. Host Jesse Palmer along with judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman, and Carla Hall bring the holiday spice throughout the eight episodes. From holiday wreath cakes to Hanukkah jelly doughnuts, only one baker will 'sleigh' the competition for a chance to win the $25,000 grand prize and be featured on the new Food Network Kitchen app. But before the Holiday Baking Champion is crowned in the two-hour grand finale on Monday, December 21st 9pm ET/PT, the judges look back at the competition in a special episode Holiday Baking Championship: Secret Sweets on Sunday, December 20th at 10pm ET/PT. Duff, Nancy and Carla will review how the final four bakers made it to the finale, how they came to some of their toughest decisions, and will feature behind-the-scenes looks at how the show is made. For more baking fun, head online to meet the newest batch of contestants and find everything you need to bake all season long by following #HolidayBakingChampionship. Plus, don't miss Zac Young in a weekly digital series, Holiday Baking Championship: Extra Sweet, as he joins in on the holiday baking magic whipping up recipes inspired by the challenges and the competitors' creations.
- Four beloved kid bakers are back to compete on Kids Baking Championship: Season's Sweetings on Sunday, November 8th at 9pm ET/PT. The bakers must think on their feet, as Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman challenge them to create holiday gingerbread houses with a cake twist. Their skills are tested with a surprising curveball of making reindeer treats as well. One winner will rise to the top to take home a baker's dream prize package of top-of-the-line baking equipment worth over $10,000.
- The festive competition continues as co-hosts Eddie Jackson and Ree Drummond challenge cookie makers on the new season of Christmas Cookie Challenge, premiering Monday, November 9th at 10pm ET/PT. Five daring cookie makers must prove their holiday skills through two rounds, as Eddie and Ree are joined each episode by judges Gesine Prado and Jason Smith to determine which bakers will have the best Christmas of all, walking away with a $10,000 prize. Head online to see the most creative holiday cookies ever, and on social go behind the scenes to watch Eddie and Ree take on culinary challenges and weigh in on your favorite cookies and moments using #ChristmasCookieChallenge.
- The holiday action continues at 11pm ET/PT on Monday, November 9th with The Big Bake: Holiday and host Brad Smith, as three professional baking teams have five hours to design, bake and decorate grand-scale holiday-themed cakes. The bakers need to go big and bold, blowing up their designs to gigantic proportions and thinking outside the bakery box to impress judges Eddie Jackson, Harry Eastwood and a third rotating judge. From frosty friends, to Santa's workshop, and to giant ginger cake houses, the most ambitious, eye-popping and delicious creations will earn a $10,000 prize. Online, meet the host and judges and browse the best cake creations. Follow #TheBigBake on social to share your favorite moments of the competition and to watch incredible baking highlights.
- On Sunday, November 22nd at 10pm Buddy Valastro goes head-to-head with the greatest non-cake artists in the new elaborate Christmas-themed competition series, Buddy vs. Christmas. Buddy's skills will be tested as he goes up against an award-winning scenic designer, a glassblower, an animatronics expert and more. The one that conquers Christmas with their design will be crowned winner by cartoonist and comedian Jason Chatfield and lifestyle blogger Courtney Quin. For tips from Buddy on how to make baking a sweet success as well as exclusive behind-the-scenes games follow #BuddyVsChristmas. .


THe Futon Critic
THe Futon Critic

posted 10/14/2020

Making It in Australia
NBC Favorite Heads Down Under
From Deadline

NBCUniversal International Studios' Matchbox Pictures and The Voice Australia producer Eureka Productions are to co-produce an Australian version of Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman's NBC competition series Making It.

Network 10 has picked up the format, in which Australia's most talented craftspeople will showcase their skills as they take on a variety of design and creation challenges in the hope of winning an AU $100,000 ($72,000) cash prize.

Making It Australia premieres next year and is executive produced by Dan Munday for Matchbox, and Chris Culvenor and Paul Franklin for Eureka. It will be distributed internationally by NBCUniversal Global Distribution.

Deadline

posted 10/14/2020

"I Can See Your Voice" Heads to UK
Amanda Holden, Jimmy Carr & Alison Hammond to Play Detective
From Radio Times

Amanda Holden, Alison Hammond and Jimmy Carr are the celebrity panellists for BBC One's new addition to the singing game show format, I Can See Your Voice, on which competitors have to guess who can or can't sing from a group of random warblers.

An eight-part series, I Can See Your Voice will be hosted by Paddy McGuinness and the panel will be helped out by a different pop star each week.

The basic set-up of I Can See Your Voice sees two members of the public try to guess which of a group of mystery singers can or can't sing. But the singers themselves could win the loot: they have to navigate their way through lip sync challenges with hidden clues and the help of the celebrity panel, who will help the duo narrow down the choices until there's just one singer left. The final singer will then perform a duet with the pop star to reveal whether they can or can't sing. If the players have picked a great singer they will get to pocket the cash, but if a bad singer is revealed, the imposter will win the money.

Carr said: "I think a silly, crazy, fun hour of telly is just what we all need. And it doesn't come any more silly, crazy or fun than this.".

Radio Times

posted 10/14/2020

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