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Jeremy Clarkson to Return as Host of "Millionaire"
ITV Commissions New Series
From The Independent

Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? will return for a new series in 2019 with Jeremy Clarkson back in the hosting seat.

The game show was revived for a string of anniversary specials earlier this year, with Clarkson taking over the role previously filled by Chris Tarrant.

The seven-episode special, which aired over a week in May, celebrated the 20th anniversary of the show, which was presented by Tarrant from 1998 to 2014.

The new series of 10 episodes will air on ITV in 2019, when contestants will have the opportunity to answer 15 questions to win £1 million.

The Independent
Evening Standard
Telly Mix

posted 9/13/18

THURSDAY: Eye on Top
CBS Wins on "Big Brother"
From The Futon Critic

CBS (5.305 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) pulled into the top spot on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.768 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "Young Sheldon" (6.409 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "Big Brother 20" (5.988 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "SWAT" (3.338 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

ABC (4.162 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was the silver draw with a repeat "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.251 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) followed by the season finales of "Match Game" (4.296 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and "Take Two" (2.940 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Next up was NBC (2.238 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and its marathon lineup of "The Good Place" (2.635 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), another "The Good Place" (2.088 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), yet another "The Good Place" (2.226 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), even more "The Good Place" (2.006 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.235 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.683 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up encores of "MasterChef" (1.853 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "The Gifted" (1.513 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14).

And finally, The CW (0.634 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with repeats of "Supernatural" (0.808 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) and "The Originals" (0.460 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #16).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 722k
- Bite Club (Food): 701k


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/14/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "A Preview of Coming Attractions"

posted 9/14/18

WEDNESDAY: NBC Rules the World
"AGT", "WOD" Finale Helps Peacock to First
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.062 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) held onto the top spot on Wednesday with a new "America's Got Talent" (9.934 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) followed by the season finale of "World of Dance" (5.627 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3). FOX (3.655 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was the silver draw with a two-hour "MasterChef" (3.655 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3). Next up was CBS (3.811 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with a new "Big Brother 20" (5.570 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) alongside repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.924 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Criminal Minds" (2.938 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10). Meanwhile, ABC (2.514 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up repeats of "The Goldbergs" (3.458 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "American Housewife" (2.889 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Modern Family" (2.794 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Splitting Up Together" (2.228 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) plus a special "Castaways" (1.857 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10). And finally, a new "Burden of Truth" (0.779 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and a repeat "Supergirl" (0.586 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13) on The CW (0.682 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.181m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 827k
- ARe You The One (MTV): 472k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 183k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 148k


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/13/18

Belgium Sweeps Game Show Rose D'Ors
"Sorry About That", "Down the Road" Win Trophies
From The Futon Critic

The best in TV and online entertainment from around the world has been honoured at the 57th Rose d'Or Awards in Berlin (13 September). Programs from Belgium, Italy, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States were awarded trophies in 10 categories.

Among the winners were Netflix's royal saga "The Crown" which won Best Drama and Italy's "Roberto Bolle - Dance with Me" starring the eponymous dancer who was present to collect his award, which took home the prize for Best Entertainment.

Belgium triumphed in two categories for Reality and Factual (Down the Road) and Game Show (Sorry About That).

The ceremony, held at the Axica venue next to Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate, was attended by around 400 industry luminaries. The Director of Media at the European Broadcasting Union, which runs the awards, Jean Philip De Tender said that quality shone through the nominees in 2018: "As we near the Rose d'Or's 60th anniversary we have seen the very best in global entertainment content showcased here tonight.

"Nearly 500 programs from around 300 broadcasters and production companies were submitted for this year's Rose d'Or Awards. Our winners, and indeed all the nominees, tonight truly represent the gold standard of entertainment." Juries made up of industry professionals from 15 different countries shortlisted four nominees and then selected winners in each of the 10 categories competing for a Rose d'Or. Producers from nominated programmes were invited to a Market Forum on the afternoon of the event to network and discuss the making of their shows.

The Rose d'Or Awards, one of the world's most prestigious awards for entertainment programming, are given out by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).

European Broadcasting Union

posted 9/13/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Time Chase"

  • Bradley Walsh's work on "Doctor Who" is affecting "The Chase" taping (Metro)

  • Billy Eichner asks the hard questions... like "How come Emma Stone isn't on Instagram?" (NewNowNext)

  • Chris Hardwick heads back to "The Wall" (The Futon Critic)

  • LIST ABUSE: Millionaire's 20 most savage questions over its 20 years (iNews)

posted 9/13/18

Let's Do Some Dancing...
Meet the "Dancing with the Stars" Season 27 Cast
From TV Line

A Hogwarts alum, a Tanner family friend and a good ol' boy will compete for the Mirrorball Trophy when Dancing With the Stars returns this fall. Good Morning America on Wednesday revealed the full cast line-up for Season 27, which includes Harry Potter's Evanna Lynch (aka Luna Lovegood), Fuller House's Juan Pablo Di Pace and The Dukes of Hazzard's John Schneider.

Also competing this fall are comedian Nikki Glaser, radio personality-turned-American Idol mentor Bobby Bones, singer Tinashe and Instagram model Alexis Ren. Among the athletes taking part are Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton, Paralympian Danelle Umstead and Super Bowl champ DeMarcus Ware.

All of the above join previous confirmed contestants, including Facts of Life vet Nancy McKeon, Disney Channel star Milo "Son of Camryn" Manheim and Bachelorette Season 14 alum Joe Amabile, whose casting was first revealed during Tuesday's Bachelor in Paradise finale.

McKeon marks the third Facts of Life vet to participate in the ABC reality competition, following Kim Fields (who finished seventh in Season 22) and Cloris Leachman (who finished seventh in Season 7). Similarly, Di Pace is the third Fuller House cast member to compete, following Candace Cameron Bure (who finished third in Season 18) and Jodie Sweetin (who finished sixth in Season 22). DWTS Season 27 kicks off on Monday, Sept. 24, at 8/7c on ABC.

TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 9/12/18

TUESDAY: Baby Got Talent
NBC Wins on AGT
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.225 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday thanks to a new "America's Got Talent" (10.592 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and the special "Brooklyn 99 Presents NBC Fall 2018" (3.491 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

ABC (3.729 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then took home the silver with the season finale of "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.518 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) plus a new "Castaways" (2.151 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Next up was CBS (5.334 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (6.135 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Bull" (5.284 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.583 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.873 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up originals from "Beat Shazam" (2.201 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) and "Love Connection" (1.546 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.663 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and a new "The Outpost" (0.679 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) combined to round out the night on The CW (0.671 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 839k
- The Challenge: Final Reckoning (MTV): 719k
- Ink Master: Grudge Match (Paramount): 653k


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/12/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Bachelor! Bachelor! Bachelor!"

posted 9/12/18

Second Chance... Fifth Chair
"Voice" Gets Companion Show, Fifth Coach
From the Futon Critic

Four-time Emmy Award-winning hit musical competition series "The Voice" will debut its first-ever, 10-part "Comeback Stage" companion series in its upcoming 15th season, which premieres Monday, Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.

Chart-topping country music star and acclaimed singer, songwriter and performer Kelsea Ballerini will serve as the companion series' "fifth coach" and mentor six deserving comeback artists who auditioned for coaches Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton during the Blind Auditions but did not make a team. These six Comeback Artists will compete for a chance to re-enter "The Voice" competition and earn a spot in the Top 13 live shows in November.

During the series, Grammy Award nominee Kelsea Ballerini will pair the six Comeback Artists into three Battle Pairings, coaching each artist on an individual song. These artists will go head to head in a Battle Round, and Ballerini will determine the winner of each Battle Round.

Then, in the next phase of the series, the three Battle Round winners will move forward to the Comeback Stage Finals, each performing a final song in the series. Based on these performances, Ballerini will identify the final two artists who will move on to the final phase of the series and perform live for America's vote.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/11/18

This Is Not a Game... Except It Is... Except It Isn't...
Samantha Bee, TBS to Launch App Quiz/Vote Drive
From Mediapost

Wednesday evening, TBS will launch a new live mobile game from the team at the comedy show "Full Frontal With Samantha Bee." The game, called "This Is Not A Game, The Game," will look familiar to fans of HQ Trivia, the app that popularized the interactive mobile game show format.

Each day there will be 10 questions -- some easy, some hard, some just silly -- and at the end of the game, everyone who answered all of them correctly will split a cash prize.

Of course, coming from a comedy show, it also needs to be funny and fun.

"The humor is really similar to what you would get on the show. The tone is similar, but the execution is totally different, and that was a really interesting learning curve for us," Bee says, speaking to reporters at an app preview at the Helen Mills Theater.

But while it is a game, the idea came from a field piece that aired on the show last year. In the segment, the show tried to help a fledgling local newspaper by "gamifying" the subscription, offering scratch-off tickets to people who subscribed. It was a joke, but it stuck with the "Full Frontal" team.

"After the field piece it occurred to us, could we gamify the midterms?" Bee says. "Could we apply those principles, and incentivize people to do things they didn't want to do, like voting? Is it possible? Is it legal? Could it be fun?"

As a result, "This Is Not A Game, The Game" seeks to do just that, awarding extra live for registering to vote, or finding your polling place.

Bee says the game won't be making any endorsements or try to push viewers to any particular party or candidate, but rather will generally attempt to get people informed about the elections. The game will also adapt to current events and news, with new challenges or questions being added in to keep people engaged. On Thursdays, for example, it might call back to Wednesday evening's show, while Friday may be a current events day. They are already planning something for National Voter Registration Day on September 25.

Bee says: "Obviously, we will terrorize people with the game on Halloween."

Ultimately, if the game is deemed a success, Bee suggests that it could continue in some capacity beyond the midterms, but for now the focus remains on making people laugh, and keeping people engaged. "If you accidentally learn something, and we accidentally cause people to engage with something that is your technical civic duty, then good for us," she quips..

Mediapost

posted 9/11/18

WEEKEND: America Stands Up
Friday Belongs to NBC, Sunday too on NFL
From the Futon Critic

NBC (3.603 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) claimed top honors on Friday with its coverage of "Stand Up to Cancer" (2.066 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (4.371 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1).

ABC (2.633 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) then was a close second with its mix of "Stand Up to Cancer" (2.068 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), "What Would You Do?" (2.402 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and the season premiere of "20/20" (3.429 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2).

Next up was CBS (2.251 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #3) and its lineup of "Stand Up to Cancer" (2.025 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6), "TKO: Total Knock Out" (1.620 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and a repeat "Blue Bloods" (3.108 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, The CW (1.030 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T4) offered up a new "Masters of Illusion" (1.186 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) alongside repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (1.108 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.913 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

And finally, FOX (0.978 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T4) rounded out the night with "Stand Up to Cancer" (1.032 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T6) and a repeat "The Orville" (0.925 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

On cable...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 1.026m
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 10:30 (MTV): 502k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 10 (MTV): 462k
- Safeword (MTV): 415k

NBC (7:30-11pm) (17.778 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.9, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with the formal return of "Football Night in America #1" (6.240 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (9.164 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.9, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (17.279 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 5.6, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (19.600 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.6, #1).

FOX (7.085 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) then was a distant second with its own "NFL Overrun" (17.897 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.7, #2) followed by "The OT" (13.254 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.4, #4), a special preview of "Rel" (5.054 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7) plus repeats of "The Simpsons" (2.656 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9), "Bob's Burgers" (1.982 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Family Guy" (1.666 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

Next up was CBS (4.701 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its lineup of "60 Minutes" (7.087 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10), "Big Brother 20" (5.693 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8), "Hawaii Five-0" (2.942 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.084 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #17).

And finally, repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.010 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.124 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) alongside "The 2019 Miss America Competition" (4.307 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) on ABC (4.187 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America (SF/Food): 1.184m


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/11/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Burt and Marc"

  • Carrie Underwood to follow in the footsteps of Ryan Seacrest and Weird Al Yankovic ... (People)

  • INTERNATIONAL CASTING COUCH: Mastermind looking for more gay, black, and female player (The Times)

  • FIRST LOOK: Deal or No Deal (Newscast Studio)

  • Sandi Toksvig says women were marginalized on panel shows (The Independent)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Anne Hegerty (Starts at 60)

posted 9/11/18

Get on the Brain Wagon
India, Middle East Game for New Format
From Digital Studio ME

Color TV Middle East owned by IndiaCast is set to air family quiz show – Brain Wagon starting in September. Conceptualized and produced by The Magic Box FZ LLE, the show is all set to premiere on Colors TV ME on Sunday, 23rd September at 7:30 pm UAE Time.

Building on its experience of previous interactive game shows produced by IndiaCast for audiences in the Middle East, this show has been designed to engage the entire family- both for participation and viewership.

Sachin Gokhale, Business Head- Middle East & Africa and Head of Business Operations and Corporate Strategy for International Business at IndiaCast, said, "Over the past few years, we have seen our local content initiatives resonating well and proving to be extremely popular with our audiences in the Middle East. Brain Wagon is one more such fun and unique concept- which targets & aims to involve the entire family. Given the universal nature of the contest, the fun and informal setting, and the presence of a much-loved celebrity host like Cyrus Sahukar, we are sure this show will be much enjoyed by the entire base of our South Asian family audiences."

In a new format for a South Asian TV channel, families as participants will battle it out in a series of challenging mind games with each passing episode. The participants will consist of an adult and a child (8-12 years) making up a team to challenge another team over tasks revolving around General Knowledge, Science, Math, Bollywood, World Knowledge along with cognitive-based games. The 30 shortlisted teams will get on a 10-week knowledge battle challenging each other's prowess over various subjects and winning prizes every episode. For the viewers, there will be twists in each round and hook points to keep them glued to the show.

DigitalStudioME

posted 9/10/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Burt and Marc"

  • That time Burt Reynolds threw water at Marc Summers (PopCulture)

  • Scott Rogowsky plays Philly (Philadelphia Inquirer)

  • There's a new king of Food Network... (Washingtonian)

  • Julie Chen takes time off of "The Talk" to... say it with us now... Spend more time with her family (TV Line)

  • Kardashians: the feud behind the Feud (E! Online)

posted 9/10/18

Les Moonves to Depart CBS
Embattled Network Head the Subject of #MeToo Allegations
From the Huffington Post

Les Moonves, one of the most powerful men in media, is leaving his position as chairman and CEO of CBS amid multiple allegations of sexual misconduct against him, the company announced Sunday.

Moonves and CBS will donate $20 million to the Me Too movement that will be deducted from any severance benefits Moonves may be owed, the company said. The donation to charities promoting women's equality in the workplace will come upon the conclusion of an independent investigation into the allegations, according to the statement.

The move comes roughly a month after The New Yorker published an article alleging that Moonves harassed several women with unwanted kissing and touching and contributed to the network's overall toxic workplace culture.

CBS also announced the replacement of six board members with new independent directors.

CBS Chief Operating Officer Joseph Ianniello will replace Moonves and serve as the acting president and CEO while the board looks for a more permanent successor.

"Today's resolution will benefit all shareholders, allowing us to focus on the business of running CBS – and transforming it for the future," CBS Vice Chair Shari Redstone said in a statement. "We are confident in Joe's ability to serve as acting CEO and delighted to welcome our new directors, who bring valuable and diverse expertise and a strong commitment to corporate governance.".

The Huffington Post

TV Line
Financial Times

posted 9/9/18


Chicago Sun Times

BILL DAILY: 1929-2018
Actor a Semi-Reg on "Match Game"
From TV Line

Bill Daily, best known to TV audiences for his role as Major Roger Healey in I Dream of Jeannie, has died at the age of 91, Variety reports.

Daily passed away on Sept. 4 in Santa Fe, N.M. He is survived by his son, J. Patrick Daily. A cause of death has not been disclosed.

The actor, whose earliest credits include episodes of Bewitched and My Mother the Car, was cast as Jeannie's Major Healey in 1965 and appeared in all five seasons, as well as follow-up TV-movies I Dream of Jeannie… Fifteen Years Later (1985) and I Still Dream of Jeannie (1991).

Barbara Eden paid tribute to her former costar on Twitter. "Our favorite zany astronaut, Bill Daily has passed," Eden said. "Billy was wonderful to work with. He was a funny, sweet man that kept us all on our toes. I'm so thankful to have known and worked with that rascal. Until we meet again Billy, xo."

Following Jeannie, Daily was cast as a series regular on The Bob Newhart Show, playing Newhart's neighbor, Howard Borden, from 1972-1978. He later reunited with Newhart in select episodes of Newhart and Bob.

"Bill Daily and I go back to Chicago in the '50s," Newhart said on Twitter. "He and I were both trying to get into standup. Later, he joined The Bob Newhart Show. He was our bullpen guy — you could always go to him. He was one of the most positive people I've ever known. I will miss him dearly."

Additional TV credits included starring roles on the short-lived series Aloha Paradise, Starting From Scratch and Small & Frye. He also recurred as Dr. Larry Dykstra on ALF, and appeared in episodes of Caroline in the City, CHiPS, The Love Boat and Love, American Style.

On game shows, he played "Hollywood Squares", "Match Game", "The Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour", "Tattletales", "Card Sharks", "Celebrity Bowling", and "It's Your Bet"
.

TV Line
Extra
Us Magazine
Reuters

posted 9/9/18

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "Waterlogged"

  • FIRST LOOK: Ninja Warrior's first underwater obstacle (TV Line)

  • Victor & Nicole go from Big Brother to Amazing Race... to engaged (Monsters & Critics)

  • Sand Toksvig paid less than Stephen Fry to host QI... a LOT less (Independent)

posted 9/9/18

Exiting "Runway" for Amazon
Host Team to Develop a New Series
From TV Line

Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn are about to see if they can "make it work" at Amazon.

The Emmy Award-winning duo are departing the Project Runway franchise to develop a new reality series at Amazon, it was announced on Friday. While details about the new series remain, ahem, "close to the vest," the streamer notes that it will entail a "shoppable experience" for viewers, who will presumably be able to purchase select items of clothing as seen on the show.

"After 16 incredible seasons, I am saying 'Auf Wiedersehen' to Project Runway, a show that I was honored to host and help create," Klum said in a statement. "I am incredibly proud of the show, and it will always have a special place in my heart. I am so appreciative of the dedicated fans, and most of all, I am grateful that we could shine a light on creativity and help launch so many talented designers' careers. I'm most excited that my journey with my dear friend and colleague, Tim Gunn, is far from over."

Gunn added, "I am grateful to Project Runway for putting me on a path I never, in my wildest dreams, thought my career would take me. I am so proud to have been a part of the groundbreaking process that showcased talented young designers as never before. Most importantly, I am indebted to our incredible fans, they are the heart and soul of what we do, and continue to inspire us to raise the bar in this arena. I'm excited for them to see what's next, as I partner with Amazon and Heidi Klum on our next great 'fashion' adventure."

Shortly thereafter, series judge Zac Posen announced that he, too, would be leaving Project Runway after six seasons.

Runway first premiered on Bravo back in 2004, where it aired for five seasons before relocating to Lifetime for its next 11 seasons. There, it spawned a number of spinoffs, including Project Runway: Junior and Project Runway All-Stars. It was then announced back in May that Runway would return to Bravo.

"Bravo is proud to bring Project Runway back where it all began, and Heidi and Tim will always be a huge part of the legacy," Bravo said in a statement on Friday. "The series will continue its iconic impact with Bravo's reboot for the next generation of designers and fans. We are excited to announce our new host and mentor very soon."

TV Line

TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 9/7/18


AP

MAC MILLER: 1992-2018
Rapper Paneled on "Hip Hop Squares"
From the CBC

Mac Miller, the hip-hop star whose rhymes vacillated from party raps to lyrics about depression and drug use, and who earned kudos from the likes of Jay-Z and Chance the Rapper, has died at the age of 26.

His family said in a statement that Miller died Friday but gave no further details. "He was a bright light in this world for his family, friends and fans," the statement said.

Miller, who also drew headlines for his two-year relationship with singer Ariana Grande that ended earlier this year, apparently died in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles police said they responded to a report of a deceased person at a home on the same block where Miller is listed as a resident, and had turned the case over to the coroner's office. Los Angeles County coroner's spokesperson Sarah Ardalani says no cause of death has been determined and an autopsy is pending.

While Miller didn't have a hit on Top 40 radio, he had a strong following on streaming networks and even had an album debut at number one on the top 200 albums chart. He had collaborations with numerous performers, including Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne and Ty Dolla $ign.

He released his fifth, full-length album Swimming last month, with Variety calling it "a simple, stately, poetic autobiography." Rolling Stone called it "silky, deep vibe redolent of the L.A. alternative soul scene." New Musical Express said it was "his best work in years."

Miller's label, Warner Bros., released a statement calling him "a hugely gifted and inspiring artist, with a pioneering spirit and a sense of humour that touched everyone he met. Mac's death is a devastating loss and cuts short a life and a talent of huge potential, where the possibilities felt limitless."

The album included the song Come Back to Earth, with Miller trying to chart his way through tough times: "In my own way, I feel like living some alternate reality/And I was drowning, but now I'm swimming through stressful waters to relief."

Miller was also a semi-regular guest on the original run of "Hip Hop Squares" on MTV2.
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posted 9/7/18

THURSDAY: Grand Opening, Grand Closing
NFL Helps NBC to Win
From the Futon Critic

NBC (17.283 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.0, #1) claimed the top spot on Thursday thanks to its coverage of "NFL Kickoff 2018" (11.909 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.9, #3), "Sunday Night Football Pre-Kick" (15.957 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.5, #2) and "Sunday Night Football" (18.958 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.6, #1).

CBS (4.644 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a distant second with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.048 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Young Sheldon" (5.598 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5), "Big Brother 20" (5.187 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) and "SWAT" (2.923 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Next up was ABC (3.349 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and a repeat "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.368 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7) followed by the penultimate weeks of "Match Game" (3.273 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8) and "Take Two" (2.406 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.441 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up encores of "MasterChef" (1.720 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "The Gifted" (1.163 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12).

And finally, The CW (0.622 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) likewise opted for second runs of "Supernatural" (0.774 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and "The Originals" (0.471 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 688k
- Bite Club (P/Food): 637k .


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posted 9/6/18


Reuters

BURT REYNOLDS: 1936-2018
Actor Created "Win Lose or Draw", Played Numerous Others
From TV Line

Burt Reynolds, a staple of machismo-fueled, good ol' boy movies from the 1970s and 1980s and an Emmy winner for his role on TV's Evening Shade, died of a heart attack on Thursday. He was 82.

Reynolds' long film resume includes free-wheeling larks such as Smokey and the Bandit and Stroker Ace, the comedies Semi-Tough and Cannonball Run, and more serious fare such as Deliverance (which earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture), Starting Over, Hustle and The Longest Yard.

In 1998, Reynolds received his first Academy Award nod, for a supporting role in Boogie Nights that also earned him a Golden Globe.

On TV, Reynolds received two Emmy nominations, grabbing gold once, for playing former football star Wood Newton in CBS' Evening Shade, which ran for four seasons in the early 1990s; he also earned a Golden Globe for the role. Very early in his TV career, he played Quint on Gunsmoke. He then went on to fill the title roles on ABC dramas Hawk (in 1966), Dan August (1970) and B.L. Stryker (1989). His TV work also included spots on Ed, Burn Notice and Archer.

In game shows, he was, with production partner & best friend Bert Convy, one of the creators & producers of "Win, Lose or Draw" during the 1980s. He was also featured on "Hollywood Squares", "Star Search", "Match Game", "It's Your Bet", "The Game Game", "You're Putting Me On", "The Contender", and "Dream Girl of '67".

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posted 9/6/18

WEDNESDAY: Got Talent Gets Got
"Big Brother" Top Demo Draw, NBC Still Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.701 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with a new "America's Got Talent" (9.732 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and the penultimate week of "World of Dance" (5.186 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3).

FOX (3.362 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the silver draw with a two-hour "MasterChef" (3.362 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4).

Next up was CBS (3.752 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with a new "Big Brother 20" (5.449 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) followed by repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.699 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Criminal Minds" (3.109 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.262 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (2.843 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5), "American Housewife" (2.323 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Modern Family" (2.471 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), another "American Housewife" (2.045 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Shark Tank" (1.946 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, a new "Burden of Truth" (0.663 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) and the special "Back to School Just for Laughs" (0.487 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) on The CW (0.575 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 786k
- Are You The One (MTV): 449k
- Comedy Knockout - 11p (truTV): 220k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 195k
- Robot Wars (Science): 175k
- Comedy Knockout - 11:30p (truTV): 173k


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posted 9/6/18

TUESDAY: You Made It!
"Making It" Finale, AGT Semi Fuel NBC To a Win
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.326 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday with a new "America's Got Talent" (10.611 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and the season finale of "Making It" (3.757 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

ABC (3.331 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the number two network with originals from "Bachelor in Paradise" (3.913 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and "Castaways" (2.166 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Next up was CBS (5.036 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with repeats of "NCIS" (5.937 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Bull" (4.765 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.408 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.823 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up fresh installments of "Beat Shazam" (2.148 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) and "Love Connection" (1.499 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9).

And finally, The CW (0.679 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night with second runs of "The Flash" (0.711 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "The Outpost" (0.648 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.143m
- The Challenge: Final Reckoning (MTV): 759k
- Chopped (Food): 674k
- Ink Master: Grudge Match (Paramount): 534k
- Paid Off with Michael Torpey (truTV): 135k

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posted 9/5/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Less Les?"

  • Les Moonves heading for the door? (TV Line)

  • Bridgette Dunning goes from Big Brother to small bride (Us Magazine)

  • Ellen DeGeneres going to Netflix (Dateline)

posted 9/6/18

It's a Real David vs. Goliath Match-Up!
Meet the New Survivors
From Broadway World

CBS announced today THE 20 CASTAWAYS who will compete against each other on SURVIVOR when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 37th season with a special 90-minute premiere, Wednesday, Sept. 26 (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.

This edition, themed "David vs. Goliath," features 20 new CASTAWAYS DIVIDED into two groups of 10 strangers. CASTAWAYS who make up the "David" tribe have overcome adversity in their lives, while the CASTAWAYS on the "Goliath" tribe tend to capitalize on their individual advantages and use it against their opponents. This extreme game of social politics will focus on the "underdogs" versus the "favorites" and reveal that every "Goliath" has an Achilles heel, while every "David" has a secret weapon.

"'Goliaths' often have visible advantages, and they capitalize on them to ensure success, whereas 'Davids' are often forced to rely on their secret weapons and use these advantages to overcome adversity," says executive producer and host Jeff Probst. "It's two very different approaches to life, but SURVIVOR is the great equalizer, because you never know which skill set will be most useful in this cunning game of social politics."

These new CASTAWAYS will be forced to compete against each other with the same ultimate goal: to outwit, outplay and outlast each other in an attempt to become the Sole Survivor. The show returns to the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji and is hosted by Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst.

This season's CASTAWAYS include a pro wrestler, a robotics scientist, an MMA fighter, a physician, and a S.W.A.T. officer. The following are THE 20 CASTAWAYS competing this spring.

"DAVID" TRIBE
- Christian Hubicki, 32 Hometown: Baltimore, Md. Current Residence: Tallahassee, Fla. Robotics scientist
- Nick Wilson, 27 Hometown: Williamsburg, Ky. Current Residence: London, Ky. Public defender
- Davie Rickenbacker, 30 Hometown: Orangeburg, S.C. Current Residence: Atlanta, Ga. Social media manager
- Pat Cusack, 40 Hometown: Cohoes, N.Y. Current Residence: Watervliet, N.Y. Maintenance manager
- Carl Boudreaux, 41 Hometown: Beaumont, Texas Current Residence: Houston, Texas Truck driver
- Jessica Peet, 19 Hometown: Lakeland, Fla. Current Residence: Lakeland, Fla. Waitress
- Elizabeth Olsen, 31 Hometown: Dallas, Ft. Worth, Texas Current Residence: Longview, Texas Kitchen staff
- Gabby Pascuzzi, 25 Hometown: St. Augustine, Fla. Current Residence: Denver, Colo. Technical writer
- Lyrsa Torres, 36 Hometown: Puerto Rico Current Residence: Boston, Mass. Airline agent
- Bi Nguyen, 28 Hometown: Houston, Texas Current Residence: Houston, Texas MMA fighter

"GOLIATH" TRIBE
- John Hennigan, 38 Hometown: Los Angeles Current Residence: Los Angeles Pro wrestler
- Alec Merlino, 24 Hometown: San Clemente, Calif. Current Residence: San Clemente, Calif. Bartender
- Jeremy Crawford, 40 Hometown: Clover, S.C. Current Residence: New York Attorney
- Dan Rengering, 27 Hometown: Lake Butler, Fla. Current Residence: Gainesville, Fla. S.W.A.T. officer
- Mike White, 47 Hometown: San Diego, Calif. Current Residence: Los Angeles Filmmaker
- Natalia Azoqa, 25 Hometown: Irvine, Calif. Current Residence: Irvine, Calif. Industrial engineer
- Angelina Keeley, 28 Hometown: Sparks, Nev. Current Residence: San Clemente, Calif. Financial consultant
- Kara Kay, 30 Hometown: San Diego, Calif. Current Residence: San Diego, Calif. Realtor
- Alison Raybould, 28 Hometown: Leawood, Kan. Current Residence: Chapel Hill, N.C. Physician
- Natalie Cole, 56 Hometown: Los Angeles Current Residence: Los Angeles CEO publishing.

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posted 9/5/18

Billy on the... Web?
"Billy on the Street" to Return as a Web Series
From Broadway World

Pedestrians beware: Billy Eichner — and, if we're lucky, Elena — will soon be back on the Street.

Billy on the Street, which ended its five-season TV run back in January 2017, is returning as an online-exclusive series, Deadline reports.

New episodes of Billy on the Street will be made available via Funny or Die's website as well as Eichner's various social media accounts.

The new season will consist of eight short-form episodes, and feature guests Emma Stone, Tiffany Haddish, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Kate McKinnon, among others.

A premiere date has not yet been announced.

Billy on the Street first debuted on the cable channel Fuse back in December 2011, where it ran for three seasons. Beginning with Season 4, the show made the leap to truTV, where it remained for two seasons. Last September, Eichner revealed that the series would not return to the Turner-owned network, but assured fans that it wasn't the end. "Yes, Billy on the Street will be back," he said. "But we're shifting gears a bit… exciting things ahead… more will be revealed soon!"
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posted 9/5/18

MONDAY: Labors of Love
"Bachelor" Helps ABC to the Top
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.181 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the Labor Day champ thanks to a special three-hour "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.181 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1).

NBC (4.038 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the silver draw with a new "American Ninja Warrior" (4.798 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and a repeat "America's Got Talent" (2.517 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

Next up was FOX (2.437 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with the penultimate week of "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.437 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.159 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up repeats of "Mom" (4.178 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and "Life in Pieces" (3.232 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) followed by originals from "Salvation" (2.436 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Elementary" (3.336 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.342 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.058 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.006 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) on The CW (1.187 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
-
Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.152m
- Caroline & Friends (GSN): 298k

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posted 9/5/18

WEEKEND: Holidazed and Confused
"Big Brother" Was The Only New Episode...
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.881 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the network to beat on Sunday with its telecast of "College Football: Miami vs. LSU" (6.328 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1). A repeat "The Goldbergs" (2.754 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) kicked off the night at 7:00/6:00c.

CBS (4.084 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "60 Minutes" (5.741 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Big Brother 20" (4.684 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2.974 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and a second "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2.939 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Next up was NBC (3.923 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with repeats of "Dateline NBC" (4.884 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "America's Got Talent" (2.962 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

And finally, FOX (1.053 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) rounded out the night with repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (0.768 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13), "The Simpsons" (0.893 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13), another "The Simpsons" (1.097 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), "Bob's Burgers" (1.009 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), "Family Guy" (1.240 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and another "Family Guy" (1.310 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.032m

On cable Friday...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 757k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 10p (MTV): 538k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 10:30p (MTV): 533k
- Safeword (MTV): 425k


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posted 9/5/18

BYUTV Loads Up on Games
"Dinner Takes All", Others Coming Spring 2019
From PR Newswire

BYUtv, a family entertainment network, today announced three original unscripted shows in production to air in early 2019 – the family cooking competition show "Dinner Takes All," the half-hour musical improv comedy show "Show Offs" and the multi-generational family game show "Battle of the Ages."

"We are thrilled to share these three new series that will bring families closer together through food, music and fun," said Michael Dunn, managing director of BYUtv. "Filmed in our BYUtv studios in association with our phenomenal production partners, they are all great examples of the engaging, family-focused content BYUtv offers." "Dinner Takes All" is a family cooking competition show hosted by celebrity chef Kelsey Nixon (Food Network, Cooking Channel) in which two teams of five family members go head-to-head to cook their "best Sunday dinner." Each team uses family recipes to create an entrée, three side dishes and a dessert while simultaneously playing interactive food-centric games for bonus points. Winning families receive a year's worth of groceries or a cash prize. "Food and family are at the heart of 'Dinner Takes All,'" said Nixon. "It is universal subject matter that nearly everyone can relate to and enjoy together. It's wildly entertaining, and aspects of the show will be perfect for bringing into your own home kitchen."

"Dinner Takes All," from Keller/Noll ("Chopped," "Chopped Junior") and BYUtv, will film beginning on Sept. 11, 2018 and will air in spring 2019.

The hilarious, interactive musical improv series "Show Offs" gives its cast, along with a special celebrity guest, the chance to "show off" by performing a spontaneous improvised play or musical, prompted by random ideas from the studio audience and accompanied by a live band. Hosted by comedian Casey Jost ("Late Night with Jimmy Fallon"), its cast features executive producers and co-creators Maclain Nelson ("The Saratov Approach") and Jake Van Wagoner ("Impractical Jokers"), as well as Lisa Valentine Clark ("Random Acts") and Hailey Smith ("Once I Was a Beehive"). "Show Offs," from Kaleidoscope Pictures ("Winter Thaw," "Instrument of War"), Good Guys Productions ("The Saratov Approach," "Once I Was a Beehive") and BYUtv, wrapped production in August and will premiere in January 2019.

The comedic game show "Battle of the Ages" pits two multi-generational family teams against each other in mental and physical challenges. With the opportunity to pick a competitor from the opposing team and test their knowledge on a specific era, this game show will get families talking and laughing while they learn more about each other. "Battle of the Ages," from Bill's Market & Television Productions ("Ellen's Game of Games," "Fear Factor") and BYUtv, is currently in pre-production and will premiere in spring 2019.

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posted 9/5/18

Millionaire: The $100 Million Season
A Preview of What's To Come Next Week!
From Broadway World

"Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" returns with all-new shows with the premiere of its 17th season in national Syndication on MONDAY, SEPT. 10.

"Millionaire" is one of the richest and longest-running game shows in television history, and this season the show will have given away more than $100 million in total winnings since its Syndicated debut. "Millionaire" will celebrate this remarkable milestone all season long with celebrity contestants, special appearances and viewer giveaways.

In addition, a $100 million commemorative show is slated to air in November, in which a favorite past contestant gets a second shot at winning $1 million.

Hosted by Chris Harrison, "Millionaire" features contestants from all over the country and from all walks of life. In the show's classic format, contestants must answer 14 trivia questions correctly with the aid of three lifelines - Ask the Audience, Plus One and 50/50 - to win $1 million. Contestants also can win big as they navigate their way up the ladder, and the tension and difficulty build with each question, along with the prize money.

Throughout the 2018-19 season, "Millionaire" will debut new specialty weeks, including "Shark Tank Week" (featuring "Shark Tank" judges Robert Herjavec, Lori Greiner, Rohan Oza and Matt Higgins) and "Celebrity Judge Week" (highlighting favorites from daytime court shows such as Judge Lynn Toler, Judge Marilyn Milian, and Judges Dana and Keith Cutler).

The show also will bring back some of its most popular specialty weeks such as "Celebrity Week: Las Vegas," which will feature celebrity contestants A.J. McLean and Howie Dorough from Backstreet Boys, bandleader and composer Paul Shaffer, comedian Tom Green, and Cheryl "Salt" James and Sandra "Pepa" Denton from the iconic hip-hop group Salt-N-Pepa. Also returning will be "Victories for Veterans," showcasing incredible service members from our armed forces.

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posted 9/5/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Grant's Game of Games"

  • FIRST LOOK: "Game of Games" (B&T)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Y'all ain't ready for... Steve Harvey... with a beard (Hot New Hip Hop)

  • Eastland invades "Dancing with the Stars" as Nancy McKeon joins the cast (TV Line)

  • CASTING COUCH: "Wheelmobile" rolls into Richmond (WRIC Richmond)

  • Shaun Wallace to release a legal thriller... his autobiography (ResponseSource)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Anne Hegerty (Now To Love)

posted 9/5/18


FremantleMedia

Feud to Celebrate Milestone
Season 20 Premieres MONDAY!
From TV Week

A long-running TV game show that has gone through a number of incarnations since it premiered in 1976 is ready to return this month for its milestone 20th season. FremantleMedia North America announced plans today for the new season of "Family Feud," which premieres Monday, Sept. 10.

"The milestone new season brings in all new surveys, hilarious contestants and families dressed in color coordinated outfits," the announcement notes. "Host Steve Harvey is better than ever with his quick wit and priceless facial expressions. Survey says… you won't want to miss out on Season 20!"

Harvey added: "Happy anniversary to one of the best gifts I've ever received, 'Family Feud.' I've been here 9 of the 20 seasons and it has been the most fun I've had throughout my career. I have to attribute that to the executive producer Gaby Johnston, who is the best I've ever seen as a showrunner. She makes me enjoy coming to work — she totally gets it. And I've laughed at this show and the contestants so much, I think I'm having a better time than the contestants and viewers! Twenty mo' let's go!"

The announcement adds: "'Family Feud' is poised to be the No. 1-rated game show (and second first-run series overall) in national syndication for the third consecutive year when this season ends in August. To date, 'Family Feud' stands at a 6.5 household rating, with the former longtime ratings champs, 'Wheel of Fortune' and 'Jeopardy!,' at 6.1."

"Family Feud" is produced by FremantleMedia North America and distributed by Debmar-Mercury..

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posted 9/4/18


ABC

Catching Colton
Former Raiders TE Is The New "Bachelor"
From Broadway World

Colton Underwood burst onto the scene during season 14 of "The Bachelorette." It was his good looks, love for dogs and vulnerability that charmed not only Bachelorette Becca Kufrin, but all of Bachelor Nation. This former NFL player made a play for Becca's heart but was sadly sent home after professing he had fallen in love. Now Colton is back and ready to capture hearts across America yet again when he returns for another shot at love, starring in the 23rd season of ABC's hit romance reality series "The Bachelor," when it premieres in January 2019.

The announcement and Colton's exclusive appearance were made on "Good Morning America" this morning.

Colton, 26, was best known for his candor when speaking about his virginity and had America standing by him when he discussed the sensitive topic during his emotional breakdown on "The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All" reunion.

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posted 9/4/18

Paddy at Home
"Take Me Out" Host Films Pilot for New Series... from the Players' Couches
From Female First

Paddy McGuinness is to front a new game show which people will take part in from their sofas.

The 45-year-old TV presenter has just filmed a pilot for the new ITV programme, 'Home Win', which will see the host appearing on the screens of four unsuspecting contestants as they settle down for the evening. Paddy will then announce they are on a Skype link to the studio, and the family will undertake a general knowledge quiz to earn a huge cash prize.

A source told The Sun's Bizarre TV column: "Paddy was thrilled to be handed another new pilot, it's been a great year for him career-wise and, being a comedian, the idea of surprising people by just appearing out of nowhere in their home really appealed to him. "The show has been a long time in the pipeline, but they've been waiting for the right host.

"The pilot show has been filmed and bosses are hoping it will get off the ground for a whole series."

Female First

posted 9/4/18


Underground Trivia

Trivia Goes Underground
Casting Begins on New Game Show Pilot
From Underground Trivia PR

The Underground Trivia Tournament wants YOU for their upcoming pilot and tournament series.

If you know this:
* What is the capital of Montana?

THEY DON'T CARE. HOWEVER, IF YOU KNOW THIS:
* Porn star Kiara Mia was seen on a date with what San Francisco 49er quarterback?
* Spice is a slang term for the synthetic version of what drug?
* Alpha Team created a techno song sampling simulated sex noises from a cartoon girl named Trixie and her boyfriend. What is the boyfriend's name?

THEY ARE INTERESTED.

If you're in the New York City area and want to audition, the casting call is at Pearl Studios on September 15.

There are three different audition squads: 10am, 12pm, and 2pm. Casting teams will be on site from 10am to 4pm, so if you want to be in a pilot and make some money doing so, go sign up on their website.

To register at their website, go here: http://undergroundtriviatournament.com

(FULL DISCLOSURE: Gordon Pepper, one of the minds behind this project, is a co-editor of GSNN)

Underground Trivia Tournament

posted 9/3/18

KBC: Return of the King
Amitabh Bachchan to Return for 10th Season of "Millionaire" Version
From Hindustan Times

No one can forget how megastar Amitabh Bachchan won over the Indian masses when he forayed into television in 2000 as the host of the iconic quiz show Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC).

The 75-year-old is all set to don the host's hat again for its 10th season.

On Tuesday he made "KBC official with the media" after which he penned a heartfelt note on his blog.

"It's been 18 years of KBC," wrote the veteran star while adding, "... and this be the 10th season .. barring a few interludes and it being hosted by Shah Rukh (Khan) and several stars for different regions of the nation, when it runs in their State, this programme has been the anchor that has provided life changing moments for the common man and woman ... and that really is the attraction ever ..."

Amitabh Bachchan further said that hosting the Indian version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" is not a cake walk for him as every episode comes with a challenge.

"Many assume that it would be a cake walk for me , but NO .. each episode has had its fair share of worry and nerves and anxiety ... but it must be said that without the support of the cast and crew of KBC this manner of efficiency and presentation would never have been followed," he added.

Hindustan Times
FilmiBeat
Pinkvilla
Times of India

posted 9/3/18


GAMES GONE BY: Scattergories
New Season... New Games!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Know six things men use to woo a woman that start with the letter "M"? How about six computer terms starting with "B"? More importantly, can you come up with words celebrities WON'T come up with with Dick Clark looming over you? That was the task for the contestants of Chris Wolvie's latest inception of "Games Gone By...": "Scattegories".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 9/3/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "And Now We Wait.... and 21 Other Words"

posted 9/3/18


Netflix

Netflix Greenlights Games, Adds "British Baking Show"
On Tap: "Flinch", "The Final Table"
From the Futon Critic

A Netflix Original recipe for freshly baked episodes of The Great British Baking Show.

Serves: 3 new seasons of The Great British Baking Show available in the US only on Netflix

Ingredients:
- 12 grams of amateur bakers
- 10 rounds of competition
- 2 presenters, Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig
- 2 judges, Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith
- 1 UK broadcaster, Channel 4
- Baked with love by Love Productions, with star bakers/executive producers Anna Beattie and Richard McKerrow
- A dash of Netflix

Method:
- Pre-heat Netflix with 4 previous seasons (Netflix collections 1-4, which are UK seasons 4-7)
- Mix equal measures bakers, presenters, judges, and British decorum in the Baking Show tent
- Repeat signature, technical, and showstopper challenges until a star baker emerges
- Let cool after airing on Channel 4 in the UK
- Serve 10 new episodes at once on
- Netflix in the US on August 31, 2018 (Netflix collection 5, which is UK season 8)
- Assemble 10 additional new episodes to be served later this year (Netflix collection 6, which is UK season 9) and in fall 2019 (Netflix collection 7, which is UK season 10)
- Drizzle remaining dough with cheer for 2-episode holiday specials set to debut on Netflix in the US each holiday season in 2018, 2019, and 2020
- Best enjoyed cozied up on the couch with butter, jam, and clotted cream
- Extra Helpings: An extra collection called "The Great British Baking Show: The Beginnings" will also come to Netflix in the US later this year (UK season 3, which originally baked in 2012)

This recipe comes on top of two game greenlights from Netflix earlier this week announced at the Edinburgh TV Festival by Brandon Riegg, VP of Unscripted Originals and Acquisitions for Netflix, where he outlined his vision for unscripted programming as his portfolio increases.

The line up includes:
- The Final Table, coming later this year: The Final Table is a global culinary competition show featuring the world's most renowned chefs fighting for a spot at the elite, Final Table made up of the greatest chefs from around the world. The series features 12 teams of two chefs from around the world cooking the national dishes of Mexico, Spain, England, Brazil, France, Japan, the U.S., India and Italy. Each episode focuses on a different country and its cuisine, with celebrity ambassadors, food critics and that country's greatest chef eliminating teams until the finale. In that last episode, only one of our competing chefs will win a place at the Final Table amongst the world's best, joining the nine celebrity legendary culinary icons. These are Enrique Olvera (Mexico), Andoni Aduriz (Spain), Clare Smyth (UK), Helena Rizzo (Brazil), Vineet Bhatia (India), Grant Achatz (US), Carlo Cracco (Italy), Yoshihiro Narisawa (Japan) and Anne-Sophie Pic (France). The series will be presented by Andrew Knowlton, James Beard Award-winning Writer and Editor at Large, Bon Appétit. Created and exec produced by Robin Ashbrook (MasterChef, MasterChef Junior) & Yasmin Shackleton (MasterChef, MasterChef Junior). The production company is theoldschool.
- Flinch, later this year Flinch is a new all action comedy game show with one simple rule: do not flinch. The show is set on a remote farm in the hills of Ireland where brave and foolish contestants gather to test their nerve against three fiendish games. If they flinch, there are painful consequences both for them, and for our hosts, who have each chosen a player to represent them in the games. The series is hosted by comedians Desiree Burch, Lloyd Griffith and Seann Walsh. The series is produced by Stellify Media (Celebs in Solitary, Beauty Queen and Single)


The acquisitions join the new season of "Ultimate Beastmaster", now streaming.

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posted 8/31/18

THURSDAY: CBS Battles Back
"Big Brother" Gives the Eye the Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.750 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the top draw on an NFL inflated Thursday with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (6.449 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2), "Mom" (6.199 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2), "Big Brother 20" (6.861 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "SWAT" (4.066 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

FOX (4.177 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then took home second place with repeats of "MasterChef" (4.383 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and "The Gifted" (3.973 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5).

Next up was NBC (4.122 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its repeat lineup of "Ellen's Game of Games" (4.901 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Will & Grace" (4.341 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Superstore" (3.731 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.429 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.126 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up the season finale of "The Gong Show" (4.224 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), a new "Take Two" (4.502 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and a second "Take Two" (3.652 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

And finally, second runs of "Supernatural" (1.449 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and "The Originals" (1.152 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on The CW (1.300 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the evening.

Meanwhile...
- The Great Food Truck Race (SF/Food): 1.086m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 672k
- America Says (GSN): 384k
- Caroline & Friends (GSN): 280k
- Robot Wars (Science): 282k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/31/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Making Money Appear"

posted 8/31/18

WEDNESDAY: The Winning Results Tradition Continues
NBC Takes the Night on AGT... Again
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.644 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) took home top honors on Tuesday with originals from "America's Got Talent" (9.760 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) and "World of Dance" (5.087 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

FOX (3.362 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the silver draw with another two-hour "MasterChef" (3.362 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

Next up was CBS (3.806 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with a new "Big Brother 20" (5.714 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) followed by repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.740 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Criminal Minds" (2.965 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.291 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up its repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (3.129 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5), "American Housewife" (2.378 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Modern Family" (2.443 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), another "American Housewife" (2.046 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Shark Tank" (1.876 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, second runs of "Burden of Truth" (0.605 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) and "Supergirl" (0.488 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.546 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Meanwhile...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 816k
- Are You the One (MTV): 481k
- America Says (GSN): 373k
- Caroline & Friends (GSN): 291k
- Robot Wars (Science): 282k


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/30/18

TUESDAY: The Winning Tradition Continues
NBC Takes the Night on AGT
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.410 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) continued its win streak on Tuesday with originals from "America's Got Talent" (10.638 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Making It" (3.954 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

ABC (3.558 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the silver draw with fresh installments from "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.149 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and "Castaways" (2.376 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Next up was CBS (4.987 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (5.768 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "Bull" (4.664 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.529 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.516 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up second runs of "Beat Shazam" (1.740 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "Love Connection" (1.292 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.711 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and a new "The Outpost" (0.661 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) closed out the evening on The CW (0.686 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Meanwhile...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.046k
- Chopped Grill Masters (S/Food): 843k
- The Challenge: Final Reckoning (MTV): 748k
- Ink Master: Grudge Match (SP/Paramount): 747k
- America Says (GSN): 394k
- Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle (Comedy): 379k
- Caroline & Friends (GSN): 270k
- Paid Off with Michael Torpey (truTV): 142k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/29/18


truTV

Patience Pays Off
truTV Orders More "Paid Off"
From B&C

TruTV has ordered an additional 16 episodes of Paid Off with Michael Torpey, a comedic game show that helps contestants pay off their student debut. Torpey hosts and co-created the show, along with Cowboy Bear Ninja. The new 16 episodes will go into production in the fall.

Paid Off sees three college grads, saddled with student debt, competing to answer trivia. One winner gets the chance to win the exact amount of student debt on their tab. The show debuted July 10.

"Paid Off is a show that has clearly struck a cultural nerve and prompted much-needed conversation about an issue that affects millions of Americans," said Marissa Ronca, executive VP of original programming and development for truTV. "Michael's genuine passion for helping people and raising awareness for the crippling effects of student debt is undeniable and we're proud to do our small part, further this conversation and give away more money!"

B&C

Deadline
Uproxx

posted 8/28/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Here She Is..."

  • Carrie Ann Inaba to host Miss America 2019 (The Futon Critic)

  • LIST ABUSE: Nick end games... ranked (IO9)

  • TODAY I LEARNED: game shows get an extra boost by airing out of home (B&C)

  • Asia Argento X'ed from "X Factor Italy" (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • Les Moonves hit with a class action lawsuit (TV Week)

posted 8/29/18


Nickelodeon

NickSplat: 2010s Tech, 90s Shows
Old School Games Part of New Streamer Package
From TechCrunch

VRV, a fandom-focused digital streaming service, has signed a deal with Viacom and Nickelodeon to launch a new streaming channel dedicated to Nick's classic 90's shows and more.

The new channel, called NickSplat (yes really), will stream via VRV as an over-the-top service, and will offer fans access to nearly 30 classic series, the companies say. Its lineup includes series like "AAAHH!!! Real Monsters," "CatDog," "Doug," "Rocko's Modern Life," "All That," "Are You Afraid of the Dark?," "Clarissa Explains It All," "Kenan & Kel," "Legends of the Hidden Temple," "The Angry Beavers" "The Wild Thornberrys," and many others.

VRV says additional shows will be added at a later date. The channel will also be available both as a $5.99 per month a la carte subscription and it will be included in the VRV premium bundle, which is $9.99 per month. In a sense, the a la carte option is the equivalent of it being its own streaming service, but one without its own standalone platform, as with Viacom's Noggin, aimed at the preschool set.

TechCrunch

Polygon
AV Club

posted 8/29/18

That's Not Awkward At All!
Newlyweds Val Chmerkovskiy, Jenna Johnson to Compete on DWTS27
From UPI/Reality TV World

"Dancing with the Stars" Season 27 professional dancers have been announced and will include engaged couple Val Chmerkovskiy and Jenna Johnson.

Chmerkovskiy, 32, and Johnson, 24, will compete in Season 27 of the ABC reality competition, the network announced Tuesday.

Cheryl Burke, Sharna Burgess, Emma Slater, Lindsay Arnold, Witney Carson, Sasha Farber, Gleb Savchenko, Artem Chigvintsev, Keo Motsepe, Alan Bersten and Brandon Armstrong will also serve as pros in the new season.

"Pros @iamValC and the reigning champ, @Dance10Jenna, return this season! #DWTS," Dancing with the Stars confirmed on its official Twitter account.

Johnson came to fame on Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" and joined "Dancing with the Stars" as a pro in Season 23. She won Season 26 with her celebrity partner, Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon.

Chmerkovskiy, the brother of fellow "Dancing with the Stars" pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy, has competed in Seasons 13 through 25.

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posted 8/29/18

MONDAY: Ninjas and Bachelors... in a Tie
NBC Wins Overall, Ties ABC in the Demo
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.921 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) was the most-watched network on Monday thanks to a new "American Ninja Warrior" (5.809 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and a repeat "America's Got Talent" (3.144 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

ABC (3.867 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) then shared the demo crown with a new "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.590 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and the season finale of "The Proposal" (2.422 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Next up was FOX (2.665 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a fresh installment of "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.665 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.242 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up repeats of "Mom" (4.063 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "Life in Pieces" (3.115 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #8) alongside originals of "Salvation" (2.566 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "Elementary" (3.570 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.550 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.228 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.191 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) rounded out the night on The CW (1.380 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable Friday
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.110m


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posted 8/29/18

WEEKEND: One Truth Remains
ABC Puts Up a Fight Against Football
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.390 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the top draw on Sunday with its combination of a repeat "Dateline NBC" (5.770 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and coverage of "NFL Preseason: Cardinals at Cowboys" (6.596 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1).

ABC (5.019 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the number two network with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.742 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "Celebrity Family Feud" (6.333 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "$100,000 Pyramid" (5.133 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6) and the season finale of "To Tell the Truth" (3.869 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Next up was CBS (4.792 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and its lineup of "60 Minutes" (7.251 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Big Brother 20" (5.662 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "Bull" (3.146 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.109 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16).

And finally, "NFL Overrun" (3.183 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) alongside repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.566 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "The Simpsons" (1.712 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9), "Bob's Burgers" (1.465 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10), "Family Guy" (1.464 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and another "Family Guy" (1.573 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) rounded out the night on FOX (1.827 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.262m
- Ultimate Summer Cookoff (SF/Food): 808k

On cable Friday
- Battlebots (Discovery): 841k
-
Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 10:30 (MTV): 701k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 10p (MTV): 632k
- Safeword (SP/MTV): 459k
- Ultimate Ninja Challenge (Discovery) 396k
- Cash Cab (Discovery): 370k

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posted 8/29/18

Get Ready(er) to Confetti
Facebook Watch Preps for Global Rollout
From Adweek

Facebook announced Wednesday that its Facebook Watch video platform is now available globally and, in related moves on the publisher side, its Ad Breaks advertising options have been extended from U.S.-only to worldwide, and the desktop-based Creator Studio content-management hub it had been beta-testing in the U.S. is now available globally, as well.

Facebook Watch debuted in the U.S. last August, and it is available to iOS and Android users via the Watch icon in the shortcuts bar or the More menu. It can also be accessed via Apple TV, Samsung Smart TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Xbox One and Oculus.

Head of video Fidji Simo reveled in a Newsroom post that more than 50 million people in the U.S. have come to Facebook Watch and taken in at least one minute of videos on a monthly basis, adding that total time spent watching videos on the platform has soared by 14 times since the beginning of the year.

Adweek

posted 8/29/18

Speaking of Facebook Watch...
Buzzfeed to Return "RelationShipped"
From Tubefilter

BuzzFeed is bringing back its crowdsourced dating series RelationShipped — whose inaugural season nabbed a total of 15.8 million views and successfully yielded a happy couple — for a second season on Facebook Watch.

Many aspects of the show are determined by audience vote — including the protagonist single guy who viewers will follow on his quest for love. This year's three finalist bachelors include a southern businessman, a tech exec, and an NFL free agent. Voting on the three guys opens today (see below), and the series will officially premiere on Sept. 10, with new episodes rolling out every Monday and Thursday thereafter at 5:00 pm ET.

RelatonsShipped follows in the vein of other successful dating series, like The Bachelor. After the audience chooses its protagonist, he will be given the opportunity to date 10 women. His end goal is to invite one of them to his hometown to take their relationship to the next level. And given that Facebook Watch has sought programming that prizes interactivity and community, each episode will feature one fan-voted component — including who gets to move into the RelationShipped mansion, who gets to spend one-on-one time with the bachelor, and who gets saved from elimination.

In addition to its respectable viewership numbers, season one of RelationShipped — which debuted last November — found love for bachelor Jason and winner Alex, who are still dating and living together, according to BuzzFeed.

Tubefilter

posted 8/29/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "BLANK Man"

  • Alec Baldwin to play Bruce Wayne's father in the "Joker" movie. (Broadway World)

  • They tried to make Mel B go to rehab, and she said "okay" (TV Week)

  • Ben Higgins reuniting with his ex? You've got to talk to her (Reality TV World)

posted 8/29/18


Intermedia Labs

HQ Turns 1
Quiz App Celebrates Its First Anniversary
From MacRumors

This past Sunday, August 26, marked the one-year anniversary of HQ Trivia's launch on the App Store for iPhone.

HQ host Scott Rogowsky appeared on Yahoo Finance's "Midday Movers" show on Friday to discuss the future of the game, revealing that parent company Intermedia Labs has plans to expand the live, interactive concept to other games.

The plans go beyond HQ Sports, hosted in the main HQ app twice a week, and the separate UK edition of the game:

We already have a sports vertical. HQ Sports goes live Tuesday and Friday nights at 10 o'clock. We have a UK edition. HQ UK. They have a whole team out there in London, working on building it nationally. There are other games in the pipeline. I can't announce them, but I do know that we're close to launching things… this is just the first brick in the wall of potentially a whole network of live mobile gaming that I think is really the full potential here.

MacRumors

WARC
Yahoo!

posted 8/27/18


Page Six

NEIL SIMON: 1927-2018
Playwright Wrote for "Beat The Clock"
From TV Line

Legendary playwright Neil Simon has died of complications from pneumonia at the age of 91, the Associated Press reports.

During his storied career, Simon won four Tony Awards, the Pulitzer Prize, four Writers Guild of America Awards and a lifetime achievement honor from the American Comedy Awards. He was also the recipient of a Kennedy Center honor in 1995, and won the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in 2006.

Simon is perhaps best known to TV audiences for developing the Odd Couple franchise. What began as a 1965 Broadway play was eventually adapted into a 1968 feature film starring Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon. Two years later, Garry Marshall helped develop the property as a half-hour sitcom starring Tony Randall and Jack Klugman. Subsequent short-lived reboots included an animated series (1975's The Oddball Couple) and an African-American version (1982's The New Odd Couple). The concept was last rebooted by CBS in 2015 with Thomas Lennon and Matthew Perry playing Felix and Oscar; that incarnation ran for three seasons.

Many of Simon's plays and films were reimagined as TV-movies, including The Sunshine Boys and Broadway Bound. The latter, which was adapted in 1992 and starred Corey Parker and Jonathan Silverman, amassed five Emmy nods (including for best writing), with costar Hume Cronyn grabbing gold for supporting actor. A 2001 adaptation of the 1993 play Laughter on the 23rd Floor earned an Emmy nod for Outstanding TV-Movie. The Goodbye Girl, which was first adapted for the big screen in 1977, was eventually remade as a 2004 TV-movie for TNT starring Patricia Heaton and Jeff Daniels. Before writing for the stage, Simon worked in television.

His credits include 1950s classics Caesar's Hour (where he was part of two Emmy-nominated staffs), Your Show of Shows and The Phil Silvers Show. He also wrote stunts for "Beat the Clock".

TV Line

posted 8/27/18


Arizona Daily Star

JOHN McCAIN: 1936-2018
Politician a "Jeopardy!" Champion
From TV Line

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), a two-time presidential hopeful, has died of brain cancer at the age of 81, the New York Times reports.

McCain's cancer diagnosis was first announced back in July 2017. A glioblastoma was found after surgeons went in to remove a blood clot from above his left eye.

On Aug. 24, McCain's family announced that he was discontinuing his cancer treatment. The statement in part read, "Our family is immensely grateful for the support and kindness of all his caregivers over the last year, and for the continuing outpouring of concern and affection from John's many friends and associates, and the many thousands of people who are keeping him in their prayers. God bless and thank you all."

McCain was elected to the House of Representatives back in 1982, and was later elected senator in 1986. He first ran for president in 2000, but was defeated in the Republican primary by then-fellow candidate George W. Bush. He later secured his party's nomination in 2008, but lost to Democratic challenger Barack Obama in the general election.

Prior to his life in politics, McCain served as a pilot in the U.S. Navy. He was held as a prisoner of war for five-and-a-half years during the Vietnam War.

McCain was a one-day Jeopardy! champion in 1965. He still remembers the exact question: "Cathy loved him, but married Edgar Linton instead." Brontë buffs, of course, know that the answer is Heathcliff. But McCain could only recall the name of the book and answered as such: "What is Wuthering Heights?"

TV Line
Mental Floss

posted 8/27/18

We're Getting the Band Back Together
Spicks & Specks to Reunite for One-Off
From Media Week

The ABC has announced Australia's long-running music quiz show Spicks And Specks is coming back for a one-off, one-night, one-hour special.

Kicking off the ABC's Ausmusic Month in November, Adam Hills, Myf Warhurst and Alan Brough are gearing up to celebrate Australian music as only they know how– with returning old favourite games and some new surprises.

The team captains will be joined by award-winning rapper Adam Briggs, singer-songwriter Ricki-Lee Coulter and comedians Frank Woodley and Denise Scott. Dropping in on the night will be a lineup of Australia's music greats, both past and present. They'll all play along, put their music knowledge to the test, share their anecdotes and perform live.

The Spicks and Specks Reunion Special will screen as part of the ABC's annual Ausmusic Month in November. For the month of November, the ABC celebrates and embraces Australian music across all its platforms with special initiatives, live performances and programming, highlighting and paying tribute to the diverse depth and variety of Australian music.

Media Week

MammiaMia

posted 8/27/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Crap App"

  • Faysal Shafaat's app getting crappy reviews. In other news... Faysal Shafaat has an app (Inquisitor)

  • It's baby #2 for Desiree Hartsock (Reality TV World)

  • VIDEO WALL: Tyra gets pranked by the original pranksta... (Broadway World)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Miranda Lambert is single and happy (Broadway World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Susie Dent (Swindon Advertiser)

posted 8/24/18


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ROBIN LEACH: 1941-2018
Chronicle of "Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous" Hosted "The Surreal Life Fame Games"
From TV Line

Entertainment reporter Robin Leach, best known for hosting the docuseries Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, died Friday of a stroke. He was 76.

The TV personality had suffered a first stroke in November 2017, which kept him hospitalized until his death.

Leach's family issued the following statement via the Las Vegas Review-Journal, where he worked as a celebrity columnist:

Despite the past 10 months, what a beautiful life he had. Our dad, grandpa, brother, uncle and friend Robin Leach passed away peacefully last night at 1:50 a.m. Everyone's support and love over the past, almost one year, has been incredible and we are so grateful.

After getting his start in journalism by writing for several British and American publications, Leach broke into on-camera work in the 1970s with appearances on CNN, Entertainment Tonight and the local Los Angeles station KABC-TV, where he worked alongside Regis Philbin.

His most notable credit, though, was Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, the docuseries that ran in syndication from 1984 to 1995 and chronicled the lavish lives of wealthy celebrities, athletes and business moguls. Each episode of the series — which earned an Emmy nod in 1984 for Outstanding Informational Special — ended with Leach's signature catchphrase, "Champagne wishes and caviar dreams."

Leach went on to host Lifestyle's two spinoffs — Runaway with the Rich and Famous and Fame, Fortune and Romance — and in 2007 hosted the short-lived VH1 reality series The Surreal Life: Fame Games.

His career also included appearances on such unscripted series as America's Next Top Model, Celebrity Wife Swap and Shark Tank. Most recently, he played a version of himself on two episodes of NBC's now-defunct sitcom Great News..

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posted 8/24/18

THURSDAY: Fox Wins on Not-Football
CBS Comes in Second
From the Futon Critic

FOX (6.084 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) got a boost on Thursday with its primetime coverage of "NFL Preseason: Eagles at Browns" (6.084 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1).

CBS (4.634 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then had to settle for the silver with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.840 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "Mom" (4.900 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4), "Big Brother 20" (5.546 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) and "SWAT" (2.987 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #6).

Next up was ABC (3.768 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with a new "The Gong Show" (2.883 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and the conclusion to "The Story of the Royals, Part 2" (4.211 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.486 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up a repeat "Ellen's Game of Games" (3.377 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5), a new "Trial & Error" (2.008 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and the finale of "Trial & Error" (1.671 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) plus a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.242 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, second runs of "Supernatural" (0.941 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and "The Originals" (0.513 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13) on The CW (0.727 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) finished out the night.

On cable...
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 1.106m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 865k
- Alone (S/History): 858k


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posted 8/24/18

More on Food Network's Fall
Halloween Lineup Returns
From the Futon Critic

'Tis the season for frights and delights, as Food Network rolls out two returning series, one all-new competition, plus five sensational specials capturing the Halloween spirit for over 20 hours of thematic holiday programming. The lineup features new seasons of fan-favorites Halloween Baking Championship and Halloween Wars, along with new Halloween-themed specials featuring some of Food Network's biggest stars, including Duff Goldman and Trisha Yearwood. And don't miss new series Haunted Gingerbread Showdown, as Food Network celebrates the scariest, and the most wickedly-delicious holiday of the year.

"Food Network kicks off the holiday season with the return of our Halloween programming lineup that features familiar faces and spine-tingling competitions that capture and exceed viewers' imagination," said Courtney White, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Programming, Food Network and HGTV. "From spell-binding edible sensations to colorful costumes and more, Food Network is the go-to destination for jaw-dropping Halloween creations that feature mind-blowing skill and artistry."

Halloween Baking Championship returns on Monday, September 24th at 9pm ET/PT and is filled with more hauntingly delicious treats. Comedian John Henson, along with judges Carla Hall, Lorraine Pascale, and Zac Young test the skills of eight talented bakers as they show off their creepiest, scariest skills over six episodes with bone-chilling challenges. From spider web desserts to towering confections of terror, only one will frighten the competition for a chance to be featured in Food Network Magazine as the winner of Halloween Baking Championship, along with the $25,000 grand prize! Take a look back at some of the most outrageous moments and disgustingly-decadent desserts from seasons past on Best of Halloween Baking Championship, premiering Monday, October 1st at 10pm ET/PT, with host John Henson counting down all the diabolical desserts and creepy ingredients that viewers have come to love.

On Sunday, September 30th at 8pm ET/PT, viewers get a behind the scenes look at the weeks and months leading up to the best pumpkin carvers, cake and sugar artists entering the Halloween Wars kitchen, on Road to Halloween Wars. Year round, these gleefully ghoulish geniuses work to hone their craft, with dreams of supreme victory. From points near and far around the globe, find out who has what it takes to be chosen to compete in the new season of Halloween Wars, which premieres on Sunday, September 30th at 9pm ET/PT. Jonathan Bennett returns to host as six teams each made up of an expert pumpkin carver, a cake artist, and a sugar master battle it out over five episodes to create Halloween-themed edible displays that are as scary as they are delicious. Each teams' creations are judged by award-winning cake decorator Shinmin Li, horror film special effects master Todd Tucker, and a rotating panel of celebrity guest judges, including movie director Mick Garris, Gaten Matarazzo (Stranger Things), and more, to determine which team takes home the grand prize of $50,000! And don't miss Halloween Wars: Even More Monstrous Scares, premiering Sunday, September 30th at 10pm ET/PT. Each Halloween for nearly a decade, the world's greatest pumpkin carvers, cake and sugar artists have joined forces to bring to life the most mind-blowing and terrifying Halloween creations imaginable, as they compete for the grand prize. It's time to dig up even more of the creepiest ghosts, scariest witches, werewolves, yummiest treats, and most mind-blowing displays in the history of Halloween Wars.

This Halloween, Food Network is putting the haunted back into haunted house with the thrilling competition Haunted Gingerbread Showdown, premiering Sunday, October 7th at 10pm ET/PT. Over four episodes, host Sandra Lee pits nine of the best gingerbread artists in the country against each other to create spooky gingerbread masterpieces that embody the season. Judges Jamika Pessoa and Jason Smith are joined by rotating judges, including the "Mistress of the Dark" herself, Elvira, to determine the winners of the first three heats, who will square off against each other in the finale for a chance to win the ultimate Halloween treat -- $25,000 and to be featured in Food Network Magazine. But beware, these aren't your grandma's cute gingerbread houses. With surprises lurking around every corner, these wildly haunted original creations tell a darker story.

There are even more outlandish and spooky cakes on the hour-long special Halloween Cake-Off, premiering on Monday, October 8th at 10pm ET/PT. Cake master Duff Goldman hosts this unconventional competition where four professional bakers must prove their expertise in the studio kitchen and within their own bakeries. For the first challenge in the studio, the bakers create cakes incorporating a surprise selection of candies and treats, but one will be ghosted from the competition. With three remaining bakers, they head back to their bakeries to design, bake, and construct an elaborate Halloween-themed showpiece cake that transforms from good to evil by either moving, bursting, shattering or even melting. The one that impresses judges Waylynn Lucas and Pichet Ong with presentation, transformation, and taste, will take home $10,000 and be crowned winner of the Halloween Cake-Off!

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posted 8/24/18

American Beauty Star to Return
Christie Brinkley, Ashley Graham Part of Overhaul
From the Futon Critic

Lifetime's hit beauty competition series, American Beauty Star began production on its second season this week in Atlanta. Created by Herrick Entertainment, Season 2 brings a whole new trio of judges including the world's original supermodel, Christie Brinkley; Hearst Magazines Chief Beauty Director, Leah Wyar; and world acclaimed, celebrity fashion and beauty photographer,Yu Tsai joining new host international superstar model Ashley Graham and mentor, world acclaimed celebrity makeup artist, Sir John. Each judge will use their unique experience to determine who stays in and who packs up their brushes in each episode.

This season will include an exclusive partnership with Hearst Magazines, spearheaded by Holly Whidden, head of Hearst Magazines entertainment division. The collaboration will include social and digital content across Hearst titles, unique challenges inspired by the high end magazines - including fan favorite COSMOPOLITAN - as well as the opportunity for the winner of season 2 to be featured in a top Hearst publication.

Iconic beauty brand Revlon joins the series as the exclusive beauty sponsor across all categories, providing Revlon color cosmetics, nail and beauty tools along with Revlon Professional hair products for contestants to use in challenges. There will also be two dedicated Revlon challenges this season which will push contestants to the limit to impress the judges and host Ashley Graham, Revlon's Global Brand Ambassador. Other sponsors include Disney, Microsoft, JTV, "Waitress" the Musical, Zenni Optical and She Wigs.

Debuting in 2019, American Beauty Star Season 2 will consist of 13 episodes, leading to an explosive LIVE season finale event. Viewers from across the country will be able to vote for their favorite artist to help determine who will be the next American Beauty Star.

American Beauty Star is created by and produced by Herrick Entertainment. Norton Herrick, Ross Elliot, Sue Kinkead, Ashley Graham and season one host, Adriana Lima, serve as executive producers. Gena McCarthy, Christian Murphy, James Bolosh and Jim Hoffman executive produce for Lifetime. Holly Whidden serves as an executive producer for Hearst.

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posted 8/24/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Ninja Road Trip"

  • FIRST LOOK: Mt. Midoriyama arrives in Vegas (Broadway World)

  • What is Stephen Mulhern doing at a Norwich Tesco, and why would an American type that sentence? (Evening News 24)

  • Tom Colicchio has a rude awakening (People)

  • Mario Batali in trouble. Again. (USA Today)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Susie Dent (Swindon Advertiser)

posted 8/24/18

WEDNESDAY: A Back to Back Jack
NBC Wins Wednesday
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.574 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) scored the top spot on Wednesday with fresh installments from "America's Got Talent" (9.526 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and "World of Dance" (5.098 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3).

FOX (3.280 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then snagged the silver with its expanded two-hour "MasterChef" (3.280 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

Next up was CBS (3.822 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with a new "Big Brother 20" (5.659 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) alongside repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.899 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Criminal Minds" (2.910 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.464 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up second runs of "The Goldbergs" (2.608 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "American Housewife" (2.180 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) plus "The Story of the Royals, Part 1" (4.000 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

And finally, a new "Burden of Truth" (0.860 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) and a repeat "Supergirl" (0.630 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #11) rounded out the night over on The CW (0.745 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 815k
- Are You The One (MTV): 538k
- Robot Wars (Science): 243k .


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posted 8/23/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Joker... Joker... Cooking"

  • Snoop Dogg to release a cizzookbizzook (The AV Club)

  • Dale Winton impersonator gets the gong. Three guesses as to why. (Metro)

  • TBT: The time Teddy Nadler made the $64,000 Question humble (STL Today)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Kim Kardashian lost some weight (Reality TV World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Susie Dent (Swindon Advertiser)

posted 8/23/18

"Drag" On a Star
VH1 Greenlights New Season of "Drag Race All-Stars"
From the Futon Critic

VH1 today revealed that "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" has been greenlit for a new season. Audiences will get to catch their favorite queens as they return for a second chance to earn the crown and a place in the "Drag Race Hall of Fame."

"RuPaul's Drag Race" season 10 and "RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked" earned a combined 12 Emmy(R) Award nominations this year - a record for VH1 - and both shows were greenlit for new seasons earlier this year. "This franchise is truly a force to be reckoned with," said Pamela Post, head of scripted for the MTV, VH1, and Logo. "Our passionate and talented Queens continue to speak to our diverse fans who are not only looking for entertainment, but also the encouragement and inspiration to be their unique selves."

For more information on "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" and up-to-date news, go to AllStars.VH1.com or the "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" Facebook page.

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posted 8/22/18

Something's Happening for Season 35
Jeopardy!'s New Season Has "Something Big"
From Newsweek

The new season of Jeopardy! will premiere September 10 and they are promising "something big," according to a statement on Twitter Monday. What this "something" is remains unclear.

In the replies to this statement, fans of the show speculate that this may be the last season for the host, Alex Trebek, and the show will introduce someone to take his place.

This Fall will mark the 35th season of the longstanding quiz show. It's no secret that host Trebek is up for retirement in 2020, so this season will be one of his last. Trebek offered some suggestions for his replacement in an interview with TMZ in July. He told the producers they should consider Alex Faust or Laura Coates.

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posted 8/22/18

THREE-t Shazam
Fox's "Beat Shazam" Gets Season 3 Order
From Showbiz Junkies

Jamie Foxx and his daughter Corinne will be returning to the interactive music game show Beat Shazam for a third season.

Fox has renewed Beat Shazam for season three, with both Jamie and Corinne committed to remaining with the series as host and deejay, respectively.

Jeff Apploff and Wes Kauble created the show and serve as executive producers with Jamie Foxx, Mark Burnett, Barry Poznick, Rich Riley and Lauren Zalaznick.

"I am beyond excited that Beat Shazam is getting picked up for a third season," stated Jamie Foxx. "Huge thank you's to our creator, Jeff Apploff, and to Mark Burnett and MGM, as well as the team at Fox for believing in us and giving us the opportunity to help change more peoples' lives through our shared love of music."

"Jamie Foxx is a one-of-a-kind entertainer who continues to bring his signature high energy and love of music to this show," said Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment and Specials, Fox Broadcasting Company. "It really is great fun for the whole family – including Jamie and his daughter, Corinne, our resident deejay. Together with the brilliant Mark Burnett and Jeff Apploff, they have inspired contestants, audience members and viewers at home to play along, and we can't wait to see the Beat Shazam band re-unite for Season Three.".

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posted 8/22/18

Re-Sync!
Paramount Renews "Lip Sync Battle"
From the Futon Critic

On the heels of its third-consecutive Emmy(R) nomination for Outstanding Structured Reality Program, the global multiplatform hit franchise, "Lip Sync Battle" is returning for a fifth season on Paramount Network. Twelve new half-hour episodes will premiere in 2019.

"Lip Sync Battle" has delivered over 1.5 billion cross-platform views since launch and boasts over two million YouTube Channel subscribers and over two million fans on Facebook.

The global multiplatform hit series, "Lip Sync Battle," is hosted by entertainment icon and two-time GRAMMY Award-winner LL COOL J and television personality, #1 NY Times Best Selling author, and model, Chrissy Teigen.

"Lip Sync Battle continues to grow rapidly across the globe and is now seen in more than 120 countries around the world due in large part to our incredible hosts LL Cool J and Chrissy Teigen, the dream team!," said executive producers Casey Patterson and Jay Peterson in a joint statement. "We feel we reached new heights with the Emmy-Nominated(R) Michael Jackson LIVE Episode in January and are excited to show the fans all of the big surprises we have in store for Season 5!"

The "Lip Sync Battle" franchise has expanded exponentially over the last year with a hit series on Nickelodeon, "Lip Sync Battle Shorties," featuring real-life kids lip-syncing pop songs in celebration of their favorite artists, along with a partnership with Carnival Cruise Lines. "Lip Sync Battle" can be seen in 120 countries with original format versions airing in 20 countries.

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posted 8/21/18

TUESDAY: Blah Blah Blah NBC Wins
Not Even Close
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.692 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) cruised to victory on Tuesday with originals from "America's Got Talent" (11.007 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Making It" (4.063 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3).

ABC (3.469 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a distant second with fresh installments of "Bachelor in Paradise" (3.972 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and "Castaways" (2.464 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Next up was CBS (4.675 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with repeats of "NCIS" (5.251 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Bull" (4.361 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.413 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Sharing the bronze was FOX (1.743 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with a new "Beat Shazam" (2.150 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and a repeat "Love Connection" (1.336 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.629 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) and a new "The Outpost" (0.562 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #11) rounded out the night on The CW (0.595 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.140m
- Chopped Grill Masters (Food): 805k
- The Challenge: Final Reckoning (MTV): 844k
- Celebrity Fear Factor (SF/MTV): 594k
- Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle (Comedy): 266k
- Paid Off with Michael Torpey (truTV): 142k


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posted 8/21/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Star Light"

  • Simon Cowell signs on for more AGT, gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (The Futon Critic)

  • LIST ABUSE: people you MUST WATCH on Jeopardy! on Hulu (Decider)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "The Contender" (Epix) (Sporting News)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Rick Edwards (Sunday Post)

posted 8/22/18

PBS Celebrates Betty White
"First Lady of Television" to Play August 21
From the Futon Critic

PBS announced BETTY WHITE: FIRST LADY OF TELEVISION will premiere this summer on Tuesday, August 21 (Times Vary by Location, Check Local Listings).

Filmed over the course of 10 years by the team behind the acclaimed PIONEERS OF TELEVISION series, BETTY WHITE: FIRST LADY OF TELEVISION is a warm look at the life and career of the beloved television and film legend who celebrates 80 years in show business this year — officially the longest career in the history of TV.

Lauded for her roles as the bawdy Sue Ann on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," the innocent Rose on "The Golden Girls" and her more recent role as the worldly Elka on "Hot in Cleveland," Betty White is also an industry pioneer. She was the first woman to produce a national TV show, the first woman to star in a sitcom, the first producer to hire a female director and the first woman to receive an Emmy nomination.

Granted exclusive access to Betty and her team, the producers were able to capture the magic of her performances at various venues, along with more personal moments at home and interacting with close friends — one of whom is a 900-pound grizzly bear. The film is packed with hilarious clips from her long career and comments from friends and co-stars, including Valerie Bertinelli, Georgia Engel, Tina Fey, Valerie Harper, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Gavin MacLeod, Carl Reiner, Ryan Reynolds, Tom Sullivan, Alex Trebek and many more.

"Betty White has created some of the most memorable characters in television history," said Jerry Liwanag, Vice President of Fundraising Programming, PBS. "This new special reveals that she's been a groundbreaking pioneer since her earliest days in the fledgling medium – both in front of and behind the camera. Her talent and creativity are timeless, transcending generations and cementing her legacy with each passing decade. She's truly one of a kind."

"The goal of the film from the beginning was to highlight the universal appeal that is Betty White...to showcase Betty's life in front of and behind the curtain," said co-director Steven J. Boettcher.

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posted 8/21/18

Making More
NBC Renews "Making It"
From the Futon Critic

NBC, in the midst of another summer where it's once again beading the competition handily, is ordering a second season of its newest hit series, "Making It," from Universal Television Alternative Studio.

Hosted by "Parks and Recreation" alums and best friends Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, "Making It" is a uniquely lighthearted competition series that celebrates the creativity and craftiness in all of us.

"Making It" airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. ET/PT. The six-episode first season, which premiered on July 31, concludes Sept. 4.

"Seeing firsthand the imagination of a true craftsman and, literally, watching them create something out of nothing is pure gold," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Reality Group, NBC Entertainment. "Amy and Nick's longtime friendship and affection for one another brings the show to a whole other level of fun and we look forward to seeing what season two will bring."

"We set out to make a boundlessly affirmative and inspiring show and we are thrilled with the way viewers and the press have embraced it," said Meredith Ahr, President, Universal Television Alternative Studio. "Amy and Nick bring creativity, leadership and comedic brilliance to everything they do and we can't wait to team up with them again and shine a light on a new group of talented makers."

"We're sew excited to be 'Making It' again," said Amy Poehler & Nick Offerman. "We promise season two will have you glued to your seat."

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posted 8/21/18

Double Dare Heads on the Road
Live Tour to Criss-Cross Nation This Fall
From /Film

Nickelodeon's popular game show Double Dare made a big comeback this past summer with all new episodes for grown up children of the '90s and a whole new generation of kids to enjoy.

Now Double Dare will give fans a whole new way to experience the trivia and physical challenge competition series with a live tour heading across the United States this fall, and original host Marc Summers and his beloved sidekick Robin Russo will be coming along with it. Find out everything you need to know about the Double Dare Live tour in the link below.

The Double Dare Live tour will kick off on October 30 this fall in Fayetteville, North Carolina and will jump across the country with 13 additional stops in the United States throughout the month of November.

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posted 8/21/18

MONDAY: Next Stop... Vegas
ABC, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (3.988 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) moved into the top demo spot on Monday with new episodes from "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.731 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "The Proposal" (2.501 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

NBC (4.479 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a close second with a new "American Ninja Warrior" (5.162 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and a repeat "America's Got Talent" (3.112 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

Next up was FOX (2.398 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with a two-hour "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.398 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #6).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.418 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) offered up its original lineup of "Carpool Karaoke: When Corden Met McCartney Live from Liverpool" (4.299 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Salvation" (2.566 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Elementary" (3.390 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

And finally, new episodes from "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.497 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.292 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.298 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) rounded out the night on The CW (1.396 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.212m
- America Says (GSN): 410k

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posted 8/21/18

Out of Tune Goes Live
New App Takes HQ Model, Adds Music
From the Daily Dot

If you love the idea of HQ Trivia but prefer music-related trivia over general knowledge questions, there's a new app that could be for you. The Out of Tune app is a new quiz-style app that tests your knowledge of pop music trends. The app features up-and-coming musicians, DJs, and comedians for a 24-minute entertainment experience each weekday, once in the afternoon and once in the evening. The app is quite new, having just launched a little over a week ago. Curious to test out your musical chops?

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posted 8/21/18

WEEKEND: New Hotness
CBS Wins Sunday Night; TKO a Top Draw Amongst Demo
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.559 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was the top draw on Sunday with its mix of "60 Minutes" (6.158 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Big Brother 20" (5.779 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1), "NCIS: New Orleans" (3.084 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.218 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

ABC (4.280 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a close second with repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.519 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.594 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) plus new episodes of "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.534 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.475 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Next up was NBC (3.361 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its lineup of "Dateline NBC" (4.070 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), "U.S. Gymnastics Championships" (3.095 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Shades of Blue" (3.186 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

And finally, "PGA Overrun" (0.570 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #17) and repeats of "The Simpsons" (0.831 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16), another "The Simpsons" (1.366 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Bob's Burgers" (1.239 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), "Family Guy" (1.514 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and another "Bob's Burgers" (1.385 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) rounded out the night on FOX (1.151 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.127m
- Ultimate Ninja Challenge (Discovery): 958k
- Ultimate Summer Cookoff (Food): 693k


NBC (3.252 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) was the most-watched network on Friday despite its repeat duo of "American Ninja Warrior" (3.172 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and "Dateline NBC" (3.412 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2).

Second place then went to ABC (3.087 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) with its special "WE Day" (2.813 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) followed by a new "What Would You Do?" (3.106 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and a repeat "20/20" (3.341 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2).

Next up was CBS (2.985 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) with originals from "TKO: Total Knock Out" (3.400 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1), "Whistleblower" (2.998 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and another "Whistleblower" (2.557 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.472 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up its coverage of "BIG3" (1.472 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, a new "Masters of Illusion" (1.596 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) along with repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (1.516 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.537 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) rounded out the night on The CW (1.547 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 826k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 617k
- Cash Cab (Discovery): 478k

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posted 8/21/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Family Business"

  • Kin Shriner (aka Wil's brother & Herb's son) to guest host "Fast Facts" on RipKord (Soaps.com)

  • Alex Trebek to moderate debate (York Dispatch)

  • Nick Viall as the Bachelor again? It would take ... umm... uhh... suffice it to say, he'll never be "The Bachelor" again (Us Weekly)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Jenna Johnson, Val Chmerkovskiy lose their dog (Reality TV World)

  • CASTING COUCH: Survivor seasons 39 & 40 (Reality Blurred) and Mental Samurai (Reality Wanted)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Sandi Toksvig (Irish Mirror)

posted 8/17/18

WEEKEND: New Hotness
CBS Wins Sunday Night; TKO a Top Draw Amongst Demo
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.559 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was the top draw on Sunday with its mix of "60 Minutes" (6.158 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Big Brother 20" (5.779 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1), "NCIS: New Orleans" (3.084 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.218 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

ABC (4.280 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a close second with repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.519 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.594 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) plus new episodes of "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.534 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.475 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Next up was NBC (3.361 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its lineup of "Dateline NBC" (4.070 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), "U.S. Gymnastics Championships" (3.095 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Shades of Blue" (3.186 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

And finally, "PGA Overrun" (0.570 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #17) and repeats of "The Simpsons" (0.831 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16), another "The Simpsons" (1.366 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Bob's Burgers" (1.239 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), "Family Guy" (1.514 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and another "Bob's Burgers" (1.385 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) rounded out the night on FOX (1.151 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4).

NBC (3.252 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) was the most-watched network on Friday despite its repeat duo of "American Ninja Warrior" (3.172 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and "Dateline NBC" (3.412 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2).

Second place then went to ABC (3.087 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) with its special "WE Day" (2.813 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) followed by a new "What Would You Do?" (3.106 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and a repeat "20/20" (3.341 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2).

Next up was CBS (2.985 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) with originals from "TKO: Total Knock Out" (3.400 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1), "Whistleblower" (2.998 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and another "Whistleblower" (2.557 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.472 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up its coverage of "BIG3" (1.472 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, a new "Masters of Illusion" (1.596 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) along with repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (1.516 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.537 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) rounded out the night on The CW (1.547 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 826k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 617k
- Cash Cab (Discovery): 478k

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posted 8/20/18

THURSDAY: RIP Aretha
ABC Cedes Night to Coverage, CBS Wins
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.371 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) snagged the top spot on Thursday thanks to its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.506 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "Young Sheldon" (6.019 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Big Brother 20" (6.487 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "SWAT" (3.363 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

ABC (4.107 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) then was the number two draw with its special "20/20: Aretha: Soul, Song, R E S P E C T" (4.782 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) followed by new episodes of "Match Game" (4.041 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "Take Two" (3.498 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

Sharing the silver was NBC (3.777 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and its lineup of "Ellen's Game of Games" (4.839 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Trial & Error" (3.413 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5), another "Trial & Error" (2.815 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.379 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.365 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up primetime coverage of the "NASCAR Camping World Truck Series" (1.365 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12). And finally, repeats of "Supernatural" (0.853 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and "Black Lightning" (0.844 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) rounded out the night on The CW (0.848 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Alone (SF/History): 1.563m
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 1.090m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 901k
- America Says (GSN): 372k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/17/18

More on "Real Country"
Trace Adkins, Wynonna, Big & Rich Added
From Broadway World

USA Network announced today that its new music showcase series REAL COUNTRY has added country stars Trace Adkins, Wynonna Judd and Big & Rich as celebrity guests. The network also announced a special appearance by the beloved country icon Willie Nelson, and set Graham Bunn - most recently from Southern California's #1 country station, Go Country 105 - as host.

Each episode will feature one of the special celebrity guests alongside REAL COUNTRY's permanent panel of artists - five-time GRAMMY Award(R)-winning trailblazer Shania Twain, platinum-selling singer-songwriter Jake Owen and GRAMMY Award(R)-winning music legend Travis Tritt. From Wilshire Studios, the eight-part series will premiere Tuesday, November 13 at 10/9c, and has Twain, Nicolle Yaron, Stijn Bakkers and Leslie Garvin set to executive produce. Additional celebrity guests will be announced soon.

In each hour-long episode, Twain, Owen and Tritt will hand-select emerging solo artists, duos and groups to perform in showcases that spotlight the rich traditions, songs and themes of country music. The best artists from each showcase will perform in a two-hour grand finale, for the chance to be named one of country music's next breakout acts.

Broadway World

posted 8/17/18

Double Dare Gets Friended
Adaptation Arrives on Facebook Messenger
From Engadget

Nickelodeon's game show Double Dare is now a Facebook game. The classic show originally aired from 1986 to 1993 and recently just made its return to Nickelodeon. Now, fans will be able to play a version of Double Dare themselves through Facebook Messenger, challenging friends and keeping track of who's on top via the game's leaderboard.

To play, head to Facebook Messenger, tap "Games" and type in "Double Dare." From there, you can open the game and start a thread with a friend. The two of you will then answer Double Dare questions, compete in physical challenge mini games that are based on those from the show and the game will send each player notifications when it's their turn. Play is one-on-one but the game can be played within a group chat.

You can play the Double Dare game today anywhere Facebook Messenger is available..

Engadget

posted 8/17/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Physical Challenge"

posted 8/17/18


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ARETHA FRANKLIN: 1942-2018
"Queen of Soul" Played "What's My Line", "The Hollywood Squares"
From TV Line

Legendary singer-songwriter Aretha Franklin, long known as the Queen of Soul, died Thursday in Detroit. She was 76.

Franklin suffered from pancreatic cancer.

In a statement to our Variety, Franklin's publicist Gwendolyn Quinn said, "In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart… We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds."

Franklin started performing at a young age, when she would sing gospel music in the Detroit church where her father was a minister. Though she began singing professionally in the early 1960s, it was in 1967 that her musical career took off, after she signed with Atlantic Records. Before that decade was over, she had released such songs as "(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman," "Think" and "Respect," which went on to become classics. Her "Queen of Soul" moniker followed shortly after her initial commercial success.

The singer ultimately sold more than 75 million records worldwide, while becoming the most-charted female artist in Billboard's history, with a total of 112 charted singles. Her many accolades included 18 Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe win and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (the first female performer to receive such an honor). Though she battled numerous health issues throughout her career, many of which were illnesses undisclosed at the time, Franklin continued to record songs and perform live until very recently; her last public stage appearance was at an Elton John AIDS Foundation gala in November 2017.

Franklin made her fair share of TV appearances, too. In addition to performing on dozens of late-night programs and award shows, she popped up on such series as What's My Line, The Hollywood Squares, Deal or No Deal and Dancing With the Stars.

TV Line
Deadline
CNN

posted 8/16/18

WEDNESDAY: NBC Wins... Of Course: The Results Show
Got Talent Rises on Live Shows
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.680 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) got a boost on Wednesday thanks to the results premiere of "America's Got Talent" (9.631 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and a new two-hour "World of Dance" (5.205 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

FOX (3.262 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then took home the silver with a new "MasterChef" (3.336 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and the season finale of "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell & Back" (3.189 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

Next up was CBS (3.847 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with a new "Big Brother 20" (5.816 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) alongside repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.822 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Criminal Minds" (2.906 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.158 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up its repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (2.902 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "American Housewife" (2.196 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Modern Family" (2.301 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), another "American Housewife" (1.923 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Shark Tank" (1.813 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, a new "Burden of Truth" (0.864 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and a repeat "Supergirl" (0.683 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) rounded out the night on The CW (0.774 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Are You the One? - 10p (SP/MTV): 485k
- Are You the One? - 11p (MTV): 449k
- America Says (GSN): 346k
- Robot Wars (Science): 265k

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posted 8/15/18


GAMES GONE BY: Trivia Trap
New Season... New Games!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Ah, the 80s, when trivia was king and Mark Goodson had to make it without his partner. So why not combine the two and throw in a game show hosting deity to boot? Because it's too complex, that's why not! Chris Wolvie talks of a "Games Gone By..." that took a simple concept and messed it up: "Trivia Trap".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 8/16/18

TUESDAY: NBC Wins... Of Course
Got Talent Rises on Live Shows
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.636 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) cruised to another victory on Tuesday with originals from "America's Got Talent" (10.864 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Making It" (4.182 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2).

ABC (3.564 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a distant second with fresh installments from "Bachelor in Paradise" (3.966 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and "Castaways" (2.759 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Next up was CBS (4.796 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (5.366 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Bull" (4.243 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.780 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.781 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up new episodes of "Beat Shazam" (2.030 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Love Connection" (1.533 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9).

And finally, repeats "The Flash" (0.675 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) and "The Outpost" (0.431 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) rounded out the night on The CW (0.553 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.262m
- Chopped Grill Masters (Food): 818k
- The Challenge: Final Reckoning (MTV): 748k
- Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle (Comedy): 326k
- Fear Factor (MTV): 291k
- Paid Off with Michael Torpey (truTV): 138k

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posted 8/15/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Ready for Action!"

posted 8/15/18


GSN

America Has More to Say
GSN Renews Hit for 95-Episode Season 2
From the Futon Critic

Game Show Network, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today its original hit series AMERICA SAYS, hosted by John Michael Higgins, will return for a 95-episode second season.

The announcement comes on the heels of a successful premiere season, which has seen the show build over its lead-in by +26%, while also performing over +40% above YTD time period average among our core W25-54 demo.

"I can't wait to challenge a whole new season of contestants with fill-in-the-blank questions that I personally guess wrong every single time," said John Michael Higgins. "I have so much fun with 'America Says' and this season will be a blast!"

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Broadway World

posted 8/14/18

MONDAY: Paradise By the Buzzer
CBS, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.932 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) was the top draw on Monday thanks to new episodes of "American Ninja Warrior" (5.219 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and "Dateline NBC" (4.358 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

ABC (3.863 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with originals from "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.534 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and "The Proposal" (2.521 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Next up was FOX (2.548 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with a new two-hour "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.548 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.304 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) offered up repeats of "Mom" (4.197 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Life in Pieces" (3.281 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) alongside new episodes of "Salvation" (2.645 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "Elementary" (3.528 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, originals from "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.738 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.334 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.194 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) on The CW (1.501 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) rounded out the evening.

On cable...

- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.254m
- America Says (GSN): 379k

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posted 8/14/18


Intermedia Labs

HQ Moves to the Bigger Screen... Sort of
App Quiz Now Available on Apple TV
From Engadget

Game shows got their start on TV, so it would only make sense that a modern variant like HQ Trivia would be playable on a TV, right? Right. Accordingly, Intermedia Labs has released an Apple TV version of HQ Trivia that brings the live, win-real-money experience to a bigger screen.

It'll seem very familiar if you've played the mobile, but the game is unsurprisingly well-suited to TV -- Scott and other hosts don't have to be squished into the confines of a phone display.

There's no mention of corresponding versions for Android TV or smart TV interfaces. It seems like a natural fit with an Apple TV version available, though. The one drawback to this version is simply that it's tied to a single location. Just like old-school game shows, you'll have to be at home at the right time if you want to tune in to HQ Trivia in all its TV-quality glory.

Engadget

The Verge
9to5Mac

posted 8/14/18

WEEKEND: TKO Finds an Audience?!
CBS Splits Friday With NBC, Takes Sunday Outright
From the Futon Critic

NBC (2.645 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) was the network to beat on a low key Friday with an encore of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.615 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) and a new "Dateline NBC" (2.704 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

CBS (3.281 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with new episodes from "TKO: Total Knock Out" (3.164 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) and "Whistleblower" (2.763 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) plus a repeat "Blue Bloods" (3.917 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

Next up was ABC (2.602 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and its mix of "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.297 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7), "Speechless" (1.684 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11), "What Would You Do?" (2.699 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "20/20" (3.116 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.807 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) served up repeats of "The Resident" (2.093 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "The Orville" (1.522 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

And finally, a new "Masters of Illusion" (1.392 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) alongside repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (1.389 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.350 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) on The CW (1.370 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 741k
- Cash Cab (Discovery): 447k
- America Says (GSN): 280k

CBS (5.437 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) got a PGA boost on Sunday to its lineup of "60 Minutes" (8.761 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Big Brother 20" (6.518 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.481 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and a special "Elementary" (2.990 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

ABC (4.669 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then had to settle for second place with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.669 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.684 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.635 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.689 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Next up was NBC (3.469 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with encores of "Little Big Shots" (3.164 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "America's Got Talent" (3.744 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) plus a new "Shades of Blue" (3.222 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9).

And finally, repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (0.708 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "The Simpsons" (0.930 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) led into the "Teen Choice 2018" (1.011 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) on FOX (0.947 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) to round out the night.

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.287m
- Ultimate Summer Cook-Off (Food): 722k
- Ultimate Ninja Challenge (Discovery): 576k

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posted 8/14/18


Sony Pictures TV

Come TV with Jeopardy!
Tournaments to Stream on Hulu
From the Wrap

After 35 years in syndication, "Jeopardy!" made its streaming debut today on Hulu with the release of 60 episodes of the popular game show.

In a deal between Hulu and Sony Pictures Television, the subscription streaming service now hosts episodes from Seasons 29, 30 and 31, along with special episodes such as a "Tournament of Champions," "College Championship," "Battle of the Decades" and "Kids Week." The episodes feature fan-favorite contestants including Brad Rutter and long-running champion Ken Jennings.

Hulu will continuously add new episodes to its roster, so viewers won't run out of trivia fodder as they binge the show.

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posted 8/13/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "That Mistake Explained"

  • FOLLOW-UP: as it turns out, the stage and the lights can do things to your brain (TV Line)

  • Feud had low ratings and was canceled. Pointless... lower ratings than that? (Sydney Morning Herald)

  • Michael Canter, Jeff Krask sign with Pilgrim Films (Variety)

  • Betty White gets her just respect (Newsday)

posted 8/14/18

More on "The Masked Singer"
Nick Cannon to Host for Fox
From Reality TV World

Fox has ordered a singing competition series titled "The Masked Singer" that features disguised music stars performing onstage.

The series, hosted by Nick Cannon, is based on a hit show format from South Korea.

The program will task a celebrity panel -- featuring Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke -- to guess which music star is behind every elaborate costume that covers them from head to toe. A singer will be eliminated each week before they take off their costume to reveal their true identity.

Fox stated that the music performers have amassed collectively 65 Grammy nominations, 16 multi-Platinum albums, 16 Emmy nominations, nine Broadway shows, four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and four Super Bowl titles.

Fox released a trailer for "The Masked Singer" featuring Cannon and the celebrity panel continually guessing who they had just seen perform. "The Masked Singer" is set to debut on Fox in January 2019.

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posted 8/13/18

Simon Cowell Looks for "The Greatest Dancer"
Cheryl, Oti Mabuse, Matthew Morrison to Coach/Judge
From UPI

Singer Cheryl, Glee alum Matthew Morrison and Strictly Come Dancing pro Oti Mabuse were named the dance captains for the U.K. competition series The Greatest Dancer on Friday.

"This is such a powerful moment for me," Morrison said in a statement. "It's wonderful to continue bringing music and dance into peoples' lives like we did on Glee. Dance is a safe haven that allows us to communicate where words cannot. It's an expression of love and empowerment, driven by all the emotions that make us human. I love being exposed to people who are pursuing art, and expression, and I look forward to being a moving force for good on their journey. As a dance captain, my sincere hope is that I can uplift and encourage all the dancers here reach their greatness."

Alesha Dixon and Jordan Banjo are set to co-host the show, which is slated to premiere in 2019.

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posted 8/13/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Back from the Dead"

  • Chris Hardwick returns to "Talking Dead" (TV Line)

  • Pauley Perrette has a problem with "Family Feud" (PopCulture)

  • Snoop Dogg gets into flag football (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • ICYMI: no no no no no no nonononononononononono... (Mashable)

posted 8/13/18

THURSDAY: Repeat-a-Palooza
CBS Wins the Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (6.417 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) emerged as the top draw on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.290 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), "Young Sheldon" (7.073 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "Big Brother 20" (7.429 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "SWAT" (4.642 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

NBC (4.972 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) then took home the silver with its lineup of "America's Got Talent: Road to Lives" (6.789 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T3), "Trial & Error" (4.947 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), another "Trial & Error" (4.249 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.528 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

Next up was FOX (3.995 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) with encores of "MasterChef" (3.793 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and another "MasterChef" (4.198 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.120 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up originals from "The Gong Show" (4.209 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), "Match Game" (4.468 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and "Take Two" (3.683 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

And finally, second runs of "Supernatural" (1.121 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "Black Lightning" (1.034 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.077 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.429k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 838k
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 762k

- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 410k
- America Says (GSN): 351k

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posted 8/10/18

WEDNESDAY: Master of All Trades
Fox Wins Demo, ABC Wins Total
From the Futon Critic

FOX (3.336 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) edged out the demo competition on Wednesday with fresh installments from "MasterChef" (3.649 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell & Back" (3.023 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

ABC (4.724 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then was a close second with its annual "CMA Fest 2018" (4.724 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

Sharing the silver was NBC (3.815 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) with another two-hour "World of Dance" (4.709 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and the season finale of "Reverie" (2.028 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.671 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up a new "Big Brother 20" (5.603 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) alongside repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.639 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) and "Criminal Minds" (2.772 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #6).

And finally, week two of "Burden of Truth" (0.821 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) and a repeat "Supergirl" (0.567 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) rounded out the night on The CW (0.694 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 790k
- America Says (GSN): 349k
- Robot Wars (P/Science): 329k


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posted 8/9/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "No Excuse"

posted 8/10/18


CBS

CBS Daytime Returns September 17
Price Is Right Bows Season 47, Let's Make a Deal Season 10
From PopCulture

CBS announced the premiere dates for its daytime TV line-up, including The Talk, The Price Is Right and the soap operas The Young and The Restless and The Bold and The Beautiful.

Drew Carey is returning to host The Price Is Right on Monday, Sept. 17 at 11 a.m. ET. The longest-running game show in TV history will enter its 47th season. The most-watched daytime show averaged 4.73 million viewers last season.

Wayne Brady will be back for the 10th season of Let's Make A Deal, which averages 3.04 million viewers. The game show fun resumes on Monday, Sept. 17. Check local listings for times.

"CBS Daytime continues to deliver award-winning, fan favorite programming that has led the industry for more than 31 years. The lineup offers an unmatched blend of heart and humor in our talk and game shows and stunning storytelling in our daytime dramas, connecting our audience with compelling programming throughout the year," Angelica McDaniel, Executive Vice President, Daytime Programs and Syndicated Program Development, CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Distribution, said in a statement.

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Deadline
The Wrap

posted 8/9/18

First Rule of Bite Club...
Catch It on Food Network September 6
From the Futon Critic

This fall, Tyler Florence hits some of the country's top food cities and pits local chefs against each other in a fierce fight to become their hometown champ in the new competition series Bite Club. In each location, five chefs arrive prepared to cook in an unknown kitchen, and are greeted with a game of chance that results in two chefs becoming the competition's judges. The three remaining chefs then go head-to-head in two rounds of intense secret ingredient cooking battles, where their peers ultimately decide who becomes the city's Bite Club champ. The six-episode series premieres Thursday, September 6th at 9pm ET/PT with Chicago, followed by episodes in Savannah, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Charleston and Nashville.

"When five of the hottest chefs in the same city go up against each other, the energy is explosive - they are colleagues and rivals, friends and competitors," said Courtney White, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Food Network and HGTV. "Tyler is the perfect host to oversee the top-notch culinary action and rivalry in each town."

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posted 8/9/18

Fox Goes Live
FNGenius to Play During Teen Choice Awards
From Android Police

Quiz app HQ Trivia became immensely popular in a short space of time, capitalizing on users' fondness for being challenged as well as their thirst for winning (often tiny amounts of) cash. The app's success hasn't gone unnoticed by the Fox Broadcasting Company, which is about to debut a competitor called FNGenius: Live Game Show.

Taking the genre to the next level, FOX TV's FNGenius will be broadcast live on the channel during the 2018 Teen Choice Awards on August 12. So even if you're not playing along with the app, you can still watch it just like any regular TV game show.

Apart from that, the premise seems much the same as HQ Trivia, with a pot of cash ready to be shared between those who get a certain number of questions right.

One of the screenshots alludes to a prize fund of $25,000, but that may just be a placeholder and not representative of what we can expect.

While HQ Trivia took a while to figure out how it wanted to monetize its app, FOX's route appears clear from the outset. The "Powered By Twix" message at the bottom of some screens means we'll be getting in-game advertising from the start, and there will surely be commercial breaks either side to line up with the live TV show.

Details on the Play Store listing are scant, other than stating that the first FNGenius game will take place during the 2018 Teen Choice Awards, which runs from 8-10pm on August 12. Presumably, you'll be given some warning during the ceremony so those who've not yet downloaded the app can get involved.

Android Police

posted 8/9/18

Ant Taking a Break
"Sagturday Night Takeaway" Host to Go On Leave Until at Least 2020
From Deadline

British entertainment hit Saturday Night Takeaway will not return to screens until 2020 after host Ant McPartlin revealed that he is taking the rest of the year to deal with personal issues.

McPartlin will also step aside from hosting I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here this November, which means that co-host Declan Donnelly will present the jungle format without his presenting partner.

This comes after McPartlin was involved in a DUI and went to rehab earlier this year. Both shows are produced by ITV Studios, the commercial broadcaster's own in-house production arm, and are two of the network's biggest hits.

Both shows have been remade in the U.S., I'm A Celebrity was remade for NBC, while Neil Patrick Harris presented Best Time Ever, a remake of Saturday Night Takeaway, for the same network.

"Ant McPartlin today announces he will continue to take a break from all television presenting roles until 2019. Ant will not present I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! in November this year," the duo said. "In addition Ant and Dec have made the joint decision not to present a new series of Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway in Spring 2019."

"Production and filming for a Saturday Night Takeaway series in February would normally have already started, and continue throughout 2018 and early 2019. Neither Ant & Dec nor ITV wanted to compromise the quality of the show and therefore felt it was better to rest the series next year. They will instead bring the show back in 2020, bigger and better than ever.".

Deadline

posted 8/9/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Deal or No Deal?"

  • How Deal or No Deal can be a better fit for CNBC (Adweek)

  • Willis Reed wants to be the first African-American "Bachelor" (The Wrap)

  • Lauren Bushnell more concerned with Ben Whatshisface (Us)

posted 8/9/18


ABC

WEEKEND: Game Night Lives!
Sunday Fun & Games Block Renewed.. and Here's Why
From The Futon Critic

ABC has announced green lights for its "Sunday Fun & Games" programming block: "Celebrity Family Feud" for its fifth season, and "The $100,000 Pyramid" and "To Tell the Truth" for their fourth seasons. ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey made the announcement today at the network's Television Critics Association press tour. The programming block has fueled many ratings victories for the network, which has ranked as the No. 1 broadcaster on each week the block has aired this summer among Adults 18-49.

ABC (4.744 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) held off the competition on Sunday with its unscripted mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.513 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.817 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2), "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.860 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.785 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

CBS (4.710 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a close second with "60 Minutes" (7.405 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Big Brother 20" (5.548 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1), "Bull" (2.816 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.071 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Next up was NBC (2.822 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its lineup of "Making It" (1.766 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12), "America's Got Talent" (3.344 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7) and a new "Shades of Blue" (2.833 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

And finally, "One Strange Rock" (0.791 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and "2018 iHeartCountry Festival" (1.710 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) on FOX (1.403 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Food Network Star (SF/Food): 1.489m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 935k
- Ultimate Summer Cook-Off (Food): 928k

On cable Friday...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 716k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 441k

- Cash Cab (Discovery): 436k
- America Says (GSN): 397k
- Caroline & Friends (GSN): 279k

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posted 8/8/18

CBS Feels the Love.... Island
ITV Studios Sell Format
From The Futon Critic

CBS has secured the U.S. format rights for the smash U.K. and international reality series "Love Island" from ITV Studios and Motion Content Group, with the new series to be produced by ITV Entertainment, it was announced today by Sharon Vuong, Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming for the Network. The season four finale aired last week to a record overnight audience, ranking as the most-watched program ever on the U.K.'s ITV2 network, with almost half of all adult viewers under 34 tuning in throughout the series.

"'Love Island' has been a massive success overseas," said Vuong. "It's currently seen, or about to premiere in several European countries as well as Australia, and we're thrilled that ITV has partnered with us to bring their most successful show to American television. Having seen the reaction of audiences 'across the pond' and around the world to this most recent season, we expect American viewers will be captivated by this engaging format. Additionally, 'Love Island' is more than a pop sensation; this series has generated compelling 'sociological think pieces' in major publications here and abroad."

"As a format, 'Love Island' breaks the mold with high levels of viewer interactivity and participation that influence the content of the show in a way that's extremely addictive," said David George, CEO, ITV America. "It's a cultural phenomenon that builds anticipation with every episode and creates appointment viewing - a pretty hard thing to do in today's TV landscape. We're ecstatic the show has found a home at CBS and look forward to working collaboratively to engage its millions of viewers."

"Love Island" sees a group of single "Islanders" come together in a stunning villa in a beautiful tropical location. They are on the lookout for romance, but as always, the road to love never runs smoothly, as they must not only choose their partner wisely, but also win the hearts of the public. Challenges and dramatic twists abound as the Islanders form alliances, while relationships are made in an effort to win the ultimate prize. Viewers have the opportunity to shape events on screen as they watch the relationships develop, and ultimately crown one lucky couple as the winners who walk away with a cash prize.

"Love Island" is produced by ITV Entertainment, an ITV America company. Executive producers are David George, Adam Sher and David Eilenberg. The series is based on a format owned by ITV Studios and Motion Content Group, represented by Richard Foster and Chet Fenster, and distributed by ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

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TV Line
Deadline

posted 8/8/18

Dancing with the Hosts... Junior
Jordan Fisher, Frankie Muniz to Host in October
From Just Jared Jr.

The Dancing With The Stars: Juniors hosts stepped out for the TCA Summer Press Tour!

Jordan Fisher and Frankie Muniz supported the show at the Disney ABC Television event on Tuesday (August 7) at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

They were also joined by judges Adam Rippon, Val Chmerkovskiy and Mandy Moore.

So far, young celebs like Ariana Greenblatt, Sophia Pippen, Miles Brown and Honey Boo Boo have been rumored to join the cast.

Meanwhile, the junior pros and their mentors have all been revealed! Dancing With The Stars: Juniors will debut in October on ABC.

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posted 8/8/18

Alan Carr: Card Shark
"Play Your Cards Right" Eyed for a Reboot
From Deadline

British broadcaster ITV is bringing back Play Your Cards Right, the classic gameshow that was originally adapted from U.S. format Card Sharks.

The show, which was famously hosted by Bruce Forsyth, who died in August 2017, is being piloted with The Friday Night Project and Chatty Man star Alan Carr hosting the non-TX ep. This comes after Carr's golden handcuffs deal with rival Channel 4 ended earlier this year.

Play Your Cards Right, which started in 1980 and ran for 248 episodes across a number of iterations, follows two couples as they played a series of games. The host would begin with questions based on surveys of 100 people. The first couple would guess how many of the 100 answered the question a certain way and the other couple would have to guess whether the answer was higher or lower. Then the teams were handed a series of five cards and they had to guess whether the next card was higher or lower.

It was based on Card Sharks, which was created by Chester Feldman for Mark Goodson-Bill Todman Productions. The U.S. version ran on NBC from 1978 to 1981 with a revival on CBS in the late 80s. The rebooted pilot is thought to be produced by Talkback, which is part of FremantleMedia. ITV previously attempted to reboot the series five years ago, with Vernon Kay.

The news was first reported by British tabloid The Sun. It marks the latest attempt to bring back a classic gameshow in the UK. Last year, it emerged that FremantleMedia was looking to bring back Dale Winton's Supermarket Sweep and darts format Bullseye is also understood to be undergoing a revamp. .

Deadline.

Heart
Metro

posted 8/8/18

TUESDAY: ABC Gets Los...err, Cast Away
NBC Wins with AGT, Making It
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.716 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) had no trouble holding off the competition on Tuesday thanks to a new "America's Got Talent" (10.857 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and week two of "Making It" (4.434 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3).

ABC (3.582 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then claimed the silver with the return of "Bachelor in Paradise" (3.800 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) followed by the launch of "Castaways" (3.147 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4).

Next up was CBS (4.691 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and repeat lineup of "NCIS" (5.300 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Bull" (4.322 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.451 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.787 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up originals from "Beat Shazam" (2.150 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) and "Love Connection" (1.425 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

And finally, the season finale of "The 100" (0.940 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10) and a new "The Outpost" (0.630 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) rounded out the night on The CW (0.785 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 950k
- Chopped Grill Masters (Food): 890k
- The Challenge: Final Reckoning (MTV): 647k
- Face Off (F/Syfy): 597k
- Celebrity Fear Factor - 10p (MTV): 361k
- Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle (Comedy): 355k

- Celebrity Fear Factor - 11p (MTV): 297k
- Paid Off with Michael Torpey (truTV): 219k

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posted 8/8/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Don't Press Send!"

  • Queen Bayleigh. Pregnant? (Newsweek)

  • Rachel Lindsay is not exactly pleased with the "Bachelor" finale... and she has a point (Washington Post)

  • Carrie Underwood. Pregnant! (CNN)

posted 8/8/18

MONDAY: The Final Rose Rises
ABC Wins with "The Bachelorette"
From The Futon Critic

ABC (6.667 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the top draw on Monday thanks to its expanded season finale of "The Bachelorette" (6.667 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1).

NBC (4.670 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was a distant second with originals from "American Ninja Warrior" (5.013 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and "Dateline NBC" (3.985 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3).

Next up was FOX (2.461 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its two-hour edition of "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.461 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.220 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up repeats of "Mom" (4.198 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Life in Pieces" (3.324 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #6) alongside new episodes from "Salvation" (2.481 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Elementary" (3.420 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #7).

And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.313 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.915 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.856 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.099 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (SP/Food): 1.007m
- Food Network Star (SF/Food): 1.489m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 935k
- Ultimate Summer Cook-Off (Food): 928k


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posted 8/7/18

Justin Timberlake Spins the Wheel for Fox
Dax Shepard To Host
From Variety

Fox has given a series order to "Spin the Wheel," a new game show from executive producer Justin Timberlake. Dax Shepard will host the series, which will feature contestants competing for large cash prizes in a game built around a massive, unpredictable wheel.

The show is created by Timberlake and Andrew Glassman, who serve alongside Rick Yorn and Johnny Wright as executive producers. It is described as pitting contestants against a colossal, spinning 40-foot wheel that holds incredible sums of cash prizes in its rotation. Throughout the game, players will answer trivia questions – each correct answer adds more extreme amounts of cash in the wheel's wedges in a strategic location of their choice, while each incorrect answer adds more dangerous wedges that could instantly bring their total back to zero.

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posted 8/7/18

Seth Rogen to Revive "Gladiators"
Actor Shopping Reboot with Original Producer
From PopCulture

A reboot of the classic sports game show American Gladiators is currently in the works, with actor Seth Rogen executive producing.

According to Deadline, the reboot is currently being shopped to networks by MGM. In addition to Rogen, his producing partner Evan Goldberg — as well as original American Gladiators creator/producer John Ferraro — will also be producing.

The original series ran for nearly seven years, from 1989 until 1996. It was briefly revived in 2008 with sports icons Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali assuming hosting duties.

PopCulture
The Hollywood Reporter
Deadline
Broadway World

posted 8/7/18

Walk a Mile in LeBron's Shoes
CBS Orders "Million Dollar Mile"
From TV Line

CBS has ordered 10 episodes of the competition series Million Dollar Mile, which counts NBA player LeBron James among its executive producers.

According to the official logline, Million Dollar Mile is a "high-stakes competition series that challenges everyday athletes' physical and mental toughness like never before with an opportunity to change their lives forever."

In each episode, the streets of a major city will be shut down to make way for the Million Dollar Mile course. Contestants will have the chance to win $1,000,000 every time they run "the most challenging course ever designed" — but a group of elite athletes will be trying to stop the contestants from winning the money at all costs.

James and his business partner Maverick Carter — who have previously worked on the Starz sitcom Survivor's Remorse, among other projects — will serve as executive producers alongside longtime Big Brother EPs Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan.

"LeBron represents the epitome of strength, vision and determination — all skills one will need to complete this one-of-a-kind course where every runner has a chance to win $1,000,000," said Sharon Vuong, senior vice president of alternative programming at CBS Entertainment. "Couple that with Allison and Rich's unrivaled skill for storytelling and game, and we feel like we have a championship-caliber team.".

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And Then There's Rob Lowe
Actor to Host "Mental Samurai" for Fox
From UPI

The West Wing, Parks and Recreation and Code Black alum Rob Lowe is returning to television for the 2018-19 season.

"Producing and hosting a really cool new competition series, "Mental Samurai." If you like American Ninja Warrior AND mental challenges, you will love it! @FOXTV," Lowe tweeted Thursday.

Contestants will be challenged to answer questions and solve problems as they are transported around the set in a specially designed, speeding capsule capable of rotating 360 degrees, a press release said.

What the winner goes home with has not been announced yet.

"Rob Lowe is the real deal. We're incredibly lucky to have someone so committed to quality, and who brings an unparalleled zeal to each of his projects," said Mike Darnell, president of Warner Bros.' unscripted and alternative television division, which is producing the project. "He's the perfect partner for this new series that is a literal thrill ride for your brain.".

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posted 8/7/18

THURSDAY: Football Is Back... Kind of
NBC Wins with NFL Preseason Kickoff
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.502 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) rose to the top spot on Thursday with its coverage of "NFL Kickoff Pre-Game" (7.098 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "NFL Preseason: Hall of Fame Game - Baltimore vs. Chicago" (6.383 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2).

CBS (4.802 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) then had to settle for second with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.938 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5), "Young Sheldon" (5.698 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Big Brother 20" (5.512 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and "SWAT" (3.075 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Sharing the silver was FOX (3.372 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) with the penultimate "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (3.064 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and the season finale of "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (3.679 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.722 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up a new "The Gong Show" (3.021 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), a repeat "Match Game" (2.598 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and a new "Take Two" (2.548 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

And finally, repeats of "Supernatural" (0.690 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) and "Black Lightning" (0.493 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13) on The CW (0.591 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.350k
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 985k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 880k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 11p(MTV): 565k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 11:30 (MTV): 529k
- Ultimate Ninja Challenge (S/Discovery): 353k

- America Says (GSN): 318k

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WEDNESDAY: Back to the World
NBC Wins with World of Dance
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.234 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) inched past the competition on Wednesday with a new two-hour "World of Dance" (5.263 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) followed by "Reverie" (2.177 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

CBS (3.761 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) then was a close second with its mix of "Big Brother 20" (5.570 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1), "SEAL Team" (2.701 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Criminal Minds" (3.012 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Sharing the silver was FOX (2.894 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) with a new "MasterChef" (3.483 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and a repeat "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell & Back" (2.306 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

Next up was ABC (2.325 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) and its second run lineup of "The Goldbergs" (2.958 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), another "The Goldbergs" (2.374 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Modern Family" (2.318 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "American Housewife" (2.020 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Shark Tank" (2.141 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, week two of "Burden of Truth" (0.830 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and the series finale of "The Originals" (0.873 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) rounded out the night on The CW (0.851 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

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- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 846k
- America Says (GSN): 363k


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posted 8/7/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "All the $#*! We Missed While in Vegas"

  • Kelly Clarkson goes from "Idol" to superstar to... talk show host? (TV Line)

  • "So You Think You Can Dance" winner to get 525,600 minutes in "Rent" (Broadway World)

  • Drake has a game show in "God's Plan" (Vibe)

  • You wonder why HQ begins at 2:25 this week? You can look here, but... don't go into the water. (Ad Age)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: 25 Words or Less (Newcast Studio)

posted 8/7/18


NBC

NBC Concludes Investigation, Chris Hardwick to Return
"Talking Dead", "Wall" Host to Resume Hosting Duties
From TV Line

Chris Hardwick is holding onto another one of his many TV hosting gigs: He'll return as host of the NBC game show The Wall when it returns for Season 3, the network confirms.

Hardwick came under fire last month after accusations of emotional and sexual abuse from his ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra first came to light. After an investigation of the claims, though, AMC announced last week that Hardwick would return as host of the popular Walking Dead after-show Talking Dead, as well as Talking With Chris Hardwick. "We take these matters very seriously," AMC said in a statement, "and given the information available to us after a very careful review, including interviews with numerous individuals, we believe returning Chris to work is the appropriate step."

Debuting in December 2016, The Wall features contestants dropping balls down a massive, Plinko-like wall in hopes of winning a huge cash prize. Hardwick serves as the host, as well as an executive producer. When the allegations against Hardwick first surfaced, NBC announced they would "assess the situation and take appropriate action based on the outcome." Production on the 20-episode Season 3 is set to begin this fall.

Hardwick will appear on NBC even sooner, actually: He's set to serve as a guest judge on an episode of America's Got Talent airing next Tuesday, Aug. 7.

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posted 8/1/18

Discovery Family Bakes Like Buddy
New Competition Premieres September 8
From the Futon Critic

Buddy Valastro is back, and he's bringing his family along for a brand-new competition series featuring America's best baking families in Discovery Family's BAKE IT LIKE BUDDY, premiering Saturday, September 8 at 9/8c with two back-to-back episodes. New half-hour episodes of the series will stream live on Discovery Family GO and will also be available on demand the following day.

Each week on BAKE IT LIKE BUDDY, two extremely talented, passionate and creative baking family duos face-off against each other in a fun head-to-head bake off at Carlo's Bakery in Hoboken, New Jersey. The contestants, spanning from professionals to emerging chefs to passionate weekend bakers, will have every fiber of their baking abilities tested as Buddy sets a unique challenge in each episode. With help from his own family and Carlo's Bakery staff, Buddy and two members of his team mentor and judge the visiting family's delicious creations on design, flavor, technique, finish and how well the contestants followed a central theme -- ranging from unicorns, sci-fi, 3D, Halloween and much more! The two teams have only four hours to design, bake, and decorate a cake for the chance to win a $1,000 cash prize, professional baking supplies and most importantly, bragging rights!

Throughout the competition, Buddy and his family members inspire and help the bakers take their skills to the next level with tips, real-time feedback and design assistance. This season, teams from across the country including mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, cousins, sisters, twins, best friends and more will compete to have their cake and eat it too in an emotionally charged, all you can eat cake battle where family is just as important as the ingredients.

BAKE IT LIKE BUDDY is produced for Discovery Family Channel by Cakehouse Media. Art Edwards and Buddy Valastro are the executive producers for Cakehouse Media. Michela Giorelli is the executive producer for Discovery Family Channel.

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posted 8/1/18

TUESDAY: NBC Made It
AGT, Making It Help Network to First
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.523 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) continued its reign on Tuesday with a new "America's Got Talent" (11.620 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and the premiere of "Making It" (5.329 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2).

FOX (1.966 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) then was a distant second with fresh installments from "Beat Shazam" (2.329 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and "Love Connection" (1.604 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Next up was CBS (4.562 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (5.008 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "Bull" (4.292 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.388 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.912 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) opted for a marathon of "Splitting Up Together" (2.538 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), another "Splitting Up Together" (1.967 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), yet another "Splitting Up Together" (1.810 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), even more "Splitting Up Together" (1.723 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), yet even more "Splitting Up Together" (1.669 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and a final "Splitting Up Together" (1.762 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

And finally, the penultimate "The 100" (0.895 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and a new "The Outpost" (0.639 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) rounded out the night on The CW (0.767 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.074m
- Chopped Grill Masters (Food): 933k
- The Challenge: Final Reckoning (MTV): 732k
- Face Off (Syfy): 598k
- Celebrity Fear Factor - 10p (MTV): 412k
- Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle (Comedy): 393k
- Fear Factor - 11p (MTV): 320k
- Paid Off with Michael Torpey (truTV): 241k

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posted 8/1/18

More on "Shark Tank" Season 10
Entrepreneur to Play Shark Next Season
From the Futon Critic

"Shark Tank," the critically acclaimed and multi-Emmy(R) Award-winning entrepreneurial-themed reality show, today announced the addition of three brand-new guest Sharks including Charles Barkley, Matt Higgins and, for the first time, former "Shark Tank" entrepreneur-turned-Shark, Jamie Siminoff. After his debut in the tank in 2013, Siminoff went on to sell his invention, Ring, to Amazon for over a billion dollars. The show, produced by MGM Television and Sony Pictures Television, which has become a culturally defining series, returns for its 10th season, SUNDAY, OCT. 7 at 10 p.m. EDT, before moving to its regular timeslot the following SUNDAY, OCT. 14 at 9 p.m. EDT. It has been "A Decade of Dreams" for "Shark Tank," and this year will be no different. The 10th season will also bring back powerhouse fan favorites, including Sarah Blakely, Bethenny Frankel, Rohan Oza and Alex Rodriguez. The guest Sharks, who are icons and trailblazers in their respective business fields, will appear individually alongside Sharks Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O'Leary in various episodes during the 2018-2019 season.

The new guest Sharks are (alphabetically) as follows:
· Charles Barkley - Named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, Charles Barkley has followed up his Hall of Fame basketball career with an Emmy Award-winning television career. Barkley added "investor" to his already impressive resume, having committed to investing $1 million into female entrepreneurs in 2018.
· Matt Higgins - Matt Higgins is a proven operator, investor and business builder with a knack for helping founders at pivotal growth moments achieve breakout success. He serves as CEO of RSE Ventures, a private firm that incubates and invests in companies across sports and entertainment, food and lifestyle, media and marketing, and technology. Higgins co-founded RSE with Miami Dolphins owner, Stephen M. Ross, the most prominent private developer in the U.S. and a serial entrepreneur. Together Higgins and Ross have helped build enterprises from scratch, including the largest privately owned soccer tournament in the world (International Champions Cup) and leading brand strategy and communications agency Derris.
· Jamie Siminoff - A lifelong inventor and successful entrepreneur, Jamie Siminoff created the world's first Wi-Fi video doorbell while working in his garage in 2011. He pitched his doorbell, then called DoorBot as a "Shark Tank" entrepreneur in 2013, turned down the only offer he received from Shark Kevin O'Leary and left without a deal. He has since transformed his invention into what's now known as Ring, a security powerhouse that offers several DIY home security products and services, including the popular Ring Video Doorbell that's capable of preventing and solving neighborhood crime. Under his direction, Ring has seen incredible success and growth. In 2018, Amazon purchased Ring, the company's second-largest acquisition. With the support of Amazon, Ring and Siminoff continue to innovate and remain at the bleeding edge of home security.


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posted 8/1/18


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JESSICA VOGEL: 1984-2018
"Hell's Kitchen" Contestant
From Deadline

Hell's Kitchen contestant Jessica Vogel died Monday. She was 34.

Her fiance, John Michael Keyser, said that she was being treated for chronic inflammatory bowel disease and her heart gave out, according to NorthJersey.com. Additional details about her death have not been released.

Vogel was a contestant on season 12 of Fox's Gordon Ramsay-hosted reality cooking competition.

Out of 20 contestants, she was the ninth chef eliminated. She also appeared on the Food Network's Cutthroat Kitchen.

A self-proclaimed Jersey girl, Vogel attended culinary school at Johnson & Wales in Denver. She began her chef career at the New Jersey-based restaurant Kevin's Thyme in Ho-Ho-Kus. She also worked for chef Christine Nunn as a pastry chef at Grange in Westwood and then went on to Picnic on the Square. She went on to serve as executive chef of Black Rebel Burger in Hackensack.

She is survived by her mother Donna Bruchmann, her father Mark Vogel and her sister Caitlin Johnstone.

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posted 8/1/18


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HOWARD FELSHER: 1927-2018
Legendary "Family Feud" Co-Creator, Producer
From Los Angeles Times

Legendary producer Howard Felsher, whose legacy featured both timeless classic and unfortunate controversy, died July 23. He was 90 years old.

His credits include "Tic Tac Dough", "Password", "He Said, She Said", "Concentration", and most notably, "Family Feud", where he famously was known to clash with host Richard Dawson. During the run, Felsher was promoted to executive producer, which would allow him to pass the production duties to Cathy Hughart Dawson (Dawson's then-daughter-in-law).

Felsher noted in a special for E!, "He (Dawson) became an egomaniac. He became somebody who could do no wrong. And he let Goodson know that, too. You know, 'It's my show, I'm the boss! I know what's going on and I can make the decisions. 'And that's why Goodson wound up hating him."

On the series finale in 1985, Dawson publicly apologized to Felsher in his final address to the audience.

Before that, he was known as "a game show doctor", having a knack for fixing a format or production that wasn't working for one reason or another. He perhaps took it a step too far in his role in fixing "Tic Tac Dough", an episode that came to a head during the game show scandals of the 1950s. Estimating that three-quarters of the episodes that aired on NBC were rigged, Felsher was fired as a result.

"Howard had a lightening quick mind and an intuitive gift for reading people, as well as a track record for contributing to the repair of troubled game formats that eventually made it to air," posts legendary announcer Randy West on his Facebook. "He was a firm believer that the contestants were the stars, and the gameplay the most important element of any program. His insight into the genre brought Howard to Barry-Enright Productions prior to becoming a long-serving member on the Goodson-Todman team."

Felsher's interests also spanned outside of game shows. He ran for Congress and authored a book, "The Press in the Jury Box" before retiring from the industry in 1995.

"He loved family gatherings with his son, Andy, daughter-in-law, Sharon and his five precious grandchildren, Justin, Janae, Julianne, Cameron and Olivia," posts his LA Times obituary. "He was predeceased by his first wife, Elaine (Tex) in June 2009 and his brother, Joel in May 2013."

In lieu of flowers contributions in memory of Howard Felsher would be gratefully accepted at UCLA Stein Eye Institute, 100 Stein Plaza, Suite 1-124, For the Research of Dr. Joseph Caprioli, #41571. Los Angeles, CA 90095

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posted 8/1/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Who Is Laura Coates?"

  • A little more about Laura Coates, one of the people Alex likes to replace her (Washington Post)

  • Jennifer Lopez to receive Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award (The Futon Critic)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Howie Mandel (Orlando Sentinel)

posted 8/1/18


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Alex Trebek Calling It in 2020?
"Jeopardy!" Host Featured in "Objectified", Suggests Hosts
From the Hollywood Reporter

Alex Trebek may currently be the long-running host of Jeopardy!, but he already has a replacement in mind should his retirement come: sportscaster Alex Faust.

During a sit down with TMZ's Harvey Levin for the latest episode of OBJECTified on Sunday night, Trebek says his chances of leaving the show are more than "50/50" once his contract expires in 2020. When asked who would be an ideal replacement, Trebek said that Faust, who is an LA Kings hockey announcer, should take over.

"I mentioned to our producer, not so long ago, that the fellow who does play-by-play for the Los Angeles Kings — they should consider him," the 78-year-old host coyly said. Though Faust, who is just 28, may seem like a newcomer to some, the sportscaster was chosen to replace Hall of Fame broadcaster Bob Miller after 44 seasons to do play-by-play for the Kings.

Despite Faust being an ideal candidate to replace him, Trebek revealed that he's also open to the idea of a female replacement, in particular CNN legal analyst Laura Coates.

"There is an attorney, Laura Coates," Trebek told Levin. "She's African-American and she appears on some of the cable news shows from time to time."

Though Trebek has a couple more years left in his contract to helm the game show, the host was forced to take a brief break last winter, in between his filming schedule, to recuperate from brain surgery related to a fall he suffered months earlier. The game show host returned to the series in January. "

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posted 7/31/18

MONDAY: Bachelorette Fends Off Ninja
ABC Wins Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.666 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) held off the competition on Monday with fresh installments of "The Bachelorette" (5.444 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "The Proposal" (3.110 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4).

NBC (5.051 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a close second with originals from "American Ninja Warrior" (5.270 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and "Dateline NBC" (4.613 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

Next up was FOX (2.271 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.597 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and a repeat "9-1-1" (1.946 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.284 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up repeats of "Mom" (4.252 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Life in Pieces" (3.474 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #7) followed by new episodes of "Salvation" (2.614 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Elementary" (3.375 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.406 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.063 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) alongside a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.983 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) rounded out the night on The CW (1.214 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped Sweets (Food): 825k

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posted 7/31/18

WEEKEND: Cab Sharks
Catch the New Season on Discovery Tonight!
From Channel Guide

If you've ever been in a New York City cab, you'd be shocked to know how difficult the actual test is to get your license. It's no easy task. Just talk to comedian Ben Bailey, the Emmy-winning host of Discovery Channel's popular Cash Cab, who not only shuttles unsuspecting riders to their destination but also hosts a game show inside his cab while doing it. Cash Cab returns with new episodes on Fridays at 7pmET, beginning with a special shark themed episode on Friday, July 27.

"While I was taking [the exam], I was thinking of all the cab drivers I've had over the years and wondering how they possibly were able to pass the test," Bailey admits. "You have to know the city really, really well to pass that test."

How did it do on Friday?
- Double Dare (Nick): 959k
- Cash Cab (SP/Discovery): 918k
- Nick Cannon's Wild'n Out - 11p (MTV): 448k
- America Says (GSN): 311k
- Caroline & Friends (GSN): 240k

Meanwhile, ABC scored highest in Sunday ratings, as its game shows led to a 0.8 in viewers 18-49, per the Nielsen overnights, and a 4 share. That beat the 0.7/4 that CBS posted.

ABC had repeats of America's Funniest Home Videos and Celebrity Family Feud, then a new $100,000 Pyramid at 0.8 and To Tell the Truth at 0.7, both down a tenth of a point from last week.

CBS had a 60 Minutes repeat, then Big Brother at a flat 1.4 and reruns of NCIS: New Orleans and NCIS: Los Angeles.

NBC did a 0.5/4. Repeats of Little Big Shots and America's Got Talent led into Shades of Blue at a level 0.5.

Fox scored a 0.4/2. One Strange Rock was a repeat, and comedy reruns followed.

Univision rated a 0.3/2 and Telemundo a 0.3/1.

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.551m
- Food Network Star: Star Salvation (S/Food): 1.282m
- Objectified: Alex Trebek (S/FNC): 1.142m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1m
- Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle (SP/Comedy): 810k


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... or "Hamster Party 2"

posted 7/30/18

"Nailed It" Coming Home for the Holidays
7 Holiday Episodes Coming to Netflix
From Refinery29

Usually you have to wait until winter to find out whether or not you've been good enough to deserve holiday presents. This year, however, we found out early, and apparently, we've been really good. Today, Netflix announced that Nailed It! will return for a seven-episode special this December. We're not sure what we did to deserve so much of this hilarious baking competition show full of seriously epic fails in a single year, but we'll gladly accept the gift.

According to Netflix's announcement, Nailed It! Holiday is similar to the past two seasons of Nailed It! except for one key difference. This time around, all the challenges will be a holiday-themed. Last season, Nailed It! gave us a taste of that with one holiday baking episode — remember the one with the ginger bread houses and the revelation that French people dip their shortbread cookies in red wine? — but in this special, there will be even more of those festive tests.

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posted 7/30/18

Dancing with the Judges.... Junior
Adam Rippon, Mandy Moore, Val Chmerkovskiy Named to the Panel
From TV Line

Dancing With the Stars has found its judges for this fall's Juniors edition — and they're no strangers to the ABC ballroom.

Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon, Emmy-winning choreographer Mandy Moore and longtime DWTS pro Val Chmerkovskiy will be sitting at the judges' dais this October. The announcement was made on Monday's Good Morning America broadcast.

Rippon, who won a bronze medal at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, is also the reigning DWTS champ after he and pro Jenna Johnson triumphed in last May's abbreviated all-athletes edition.

Moore, who famously choreographed the Oscar-winning 2016 film La La Land, has also produced dozens of routines for both DWTS and So You Think You Can Dance. She has multiple Emmy nominations under her belt and, in 2017, snagged the Outstanding Choreography trophy for a pair of DWTS Season 23 numbers.

Chmerkovskiy, of course, has served as a professional partner on 13 seasons of DWTS. He has won the Mirrorball trophy twice thus far: in Season 20 with actress Rumer Willis, and in Season 23 with Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez.

Contestants for Dancing With the Stars: Juniors have yet to be announced. The series debuts with a two-hour premiere on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 8/7c on ABC.

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posted 7/30/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Pinfall"

  • John Cena, Nikki Bella officially over (TMZ)

  • Guy Fieri feeding firefighters in California amidst blaze (US)

  • The biggest Mets fan in all of game shows, Scott Rogowsky is heading to the National Sports Collectors Convention in Cleveland August 2 (Twitter @nsccshow)

  • The Celebrity Big Brother house is getting a little... Stormy? (Daily Mail)

  • Gordon Ramsay is no Anthony Bourdain, says... (Washington Post)

posted 7/30/18

Les Moonves Accused of Sexual Misconduct
Julie Chen Issues Statement Supporting Husband
From TV Line

New details have emerged about CBS Corporation president Leslie Moonves' alleged sexual misconduct, after six women spoke out against him in a New Yorker expose published Friday.

Reported by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow, the investigation details incidents of unwanted kissing and touching by Moonves, as well as intimidation, across multiple decades. An excerpt from the article reads:

"Six women who had professional dealings with him told me that, between the nineteen-eighties and the late aughts, Moonves sexually harassed them. Four described forcible touching or kissing during business meetings, in what they said appeared to be a practiced routine. Two told me that Moonves physically intimidated them or threatened to derail their careers. All said that he became cold or hostile after they rejected his advances, and that they believed their careers suffered as a result."

Four women — Illeana Douglas, Janet Jones, Christine Peters and Dinah Kirgo — spoke on the record with Farrow. Moonves responded to their allegations with the following statement, in which he admits he "may have made some women uncomfortable" throughout his career, but "never misused [his] position" to stop any woman's career in its tracks:

"Throughout my time at CBS, we have promoted a culture of respect and opportunity for all employees, and have consistently found success elevating women to top executive positions across our company. I recognize that there were times decades ago when I may have made some women uncomfortable by making advances. Those were mistakes, and I regret them immensely. But I always understood and respected — and abided by the principle — that 'no' means 'no,' and I have never misused my position to harm or hinder anyone's career. This is a time when we all are appropriately focused on how we help improve our society, and we at CBS are committed to being part of the solution."

Big Brother host/The Talk panelist Julie Chen, who has been married to Moonves since 2004, issued a statement of her own on Friday, saying, "Leslie is a good man and a loving father, devoted husband and inspiring corporate leader… I fully support my husband and stand behind him and his statement."

Farrow's investigation into CBS and Moonves had been rumored for several months. Ahead of the article's publication, it was reported Friday morning that the expose would include allegations against Moonves, which prompted the Independent Directors of CBS' Board to issue the following statement:

All allegations of personal misconduct are to be taken seriously. The Independent Directors of CBS have committed to investigating claims that violate the Company's clear policies in that regard. Upon the conclusion of that investigation, which involved recently reported allegations that go back several decades, the Board will promptly review the findings and take appropriate action.

Moonves, who also serves as CBS Corporation's CEO and Chairman of the Board, is not the first CBS staple to be accused of sexual harassment. In November 2017, journalist Charlie Rose was accused by multiple women of making inappropriate phone calls, exposing himself and groping them without their consent over a 20-year period. Both CBS and PBS quickly severed ties with him.


TV Line
TV Line

posted 7/27/18

THURSDAY: The Ghosts of Season's Past
Fox, CBS Tie the Demo
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.651 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) was the most-watched network on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.749 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Young Sheldon" (5.402 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3), "Big Brother 20" (5.385 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "SWAT" (2.992 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

FOX (3.109 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with a new "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (2.867 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and a second "The Four: Battle for Stardom" (3.352 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2).

Next up was ABC (2.871 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and its trio of "The Gong Show" (2.749 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Match Game" (3.325 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Take Two" (2.540 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.604 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up a repeat "Ellen's Game of Games" (3.479 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), week two of "Trial & Error" (2.165 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), a second "Trial & Error" (1.786 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.356 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, encores of "Burden of Truth" (1.225 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "Black Lightning" (0.937 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) on The CW (1.081 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.661m
- Double Dare (Nick): 1.018m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 948k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 11p (MTV): 611k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 11:30p (MTV): 578k
- Lip Sync Battle (Paramount): 330k
- Lip Sync Battle: TMI (Paramount): 327k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/27/18


GAMES GONE BY: Trivial Pursuit: America Plays
New Season... New Games!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

"Trivial Pursuit" was America's game in the 80s. But, when they revived it in the late 20-aughts, it TRULY became "America's game" since all of America could play and WIN. Chris Wolvie gets off his hiat-ass and returns with a "Games Gone By..." hosted by the middle of the Brady boys, "Trivial Pursuit: America Plays"!

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 7/27/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Bueller?"

posted 7/26/18

Teenage Mutant Ninja Warrior
Laurie Hernandez to Co-Host "American Ninja Warrior Junior" on Universal Kids
From Broadway World

Gold Medal Winning Olympic Gymnast Laurie Hernandez will co-host AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR Junior with Matt Iseman and Akbar Gbajabiamila on Universal Kids, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment's network for kids 2-12.

This next generation of AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR marks the first time some of the show's biggest fans can become part of this five-time Emmy nominated worldwide phenomenon. AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR Junior will premiere on October 13 at 7:00pm.

American Ninja Warrior Junior celebrates real kids taking on the iconic course with dedication and skill. Nearly 200 boy and girl Junior Ninjas from across the U.S. will face off on the same Head to Head courses in three age brackets: 9 & 10, 11 & 12, and 13 & 14 year olds. The courses will feature iconic Ninja Warrior obstacles, including Sonic Swing, Tic Toc, Spin Cycle, and the Warped Wall. Each age bracket will be mentored by All Star Ninja Mentors - Kevin Bull, Drew Drechsel, Natalie Duran, Meagan Martin, Najee Richardson, and Barclay Stockett. Three final winners (one per age bracket) will be crowned the first ever AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR Junior Champions.

"At Universal Kids, we see kids as they see themselves and want to share their stories," said Deirdre Brennan, General Manager Universal Kids. "American Ninja Warrior Junior celebrates a kid-centric movement that everyone can be a part of and enjoy together. It will encourage and inspire all kids to push their limits and not shy away from challenges."

"Over the last number of years, we have received an outpouring of letters and videos asking when is there going to be a Ninja show for kids? Well, the time is now! People are going to be amazed at how talented and dedicated these young ninjas are," said Arthur Smith, CEO of A. Smith & Co. Productions and Executive Producer of the 'American Ninja Warrior' franchise. "They're remarkable, and to know that they've been inspired by our show is immensely gratifying."

Broadway World

ANW Nation

posted 7/26/18

Australian for "Genius"
Susan Carland to Host "Child Genius"
From News.com.au

SUSAN Carland has landed her own TV show.

The academic, who is married to The Project's Waleed Aly, was yesterday announced as the host of an SBS quiz show called Child Genius which will air later in the year.

"Presided over by quizmaster, Dr Susan Carland, this brand new six-part series to find Australia's brightest child in a unique competition documentary format, follows the lives of some of Australia's brightest children and their families," an SBS statement said. "These gifted children all have very high IQs and showcase phenomenal cognitive abilities in maths, general knowledge, memory and language.

"Presented in association with Australian Mensa, the series features participants and their families from all over Australia, and provides unique insight into the joys — and challenges — of parenting a gifted child."

NEws.com.au

Sydney Morning Herald

posted 7/26/18

WEDNESDAY: Midweek Tie
CBS, Fox Split Demo Win
From the Futon Critic

CBS (3.719 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and FOX (3.391 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) shared the demo crown on Wednesday as the latter offered up new episodes of "MasterChef" (3.647 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell & Back" (3.136 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4).

The Eye then served up fresh installments of "Big Brother 20" (5.643 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1), "TKO: Total Knock Out" (2.729 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and a repeat "SEAL Team" (2.786 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11).

Next up was NBC (3.972 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with the Wednesday premiere of "World of Dance" (4.876 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) alongside a new "Reverie" (2.164 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.458 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up repeats of "The Goldbergs" (3.105 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), another "The Goldbergs" (2.445 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Modern Family" (2.433 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "American Housewife" (2.147 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Shark Tank" (2.311 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

And finally, the premiere of "Burden of Truth" (0.931 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and the penultimate "The Originals" (0.891 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) rounded out the night on The CW (0.911 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Double Dare (Nick): 1.040m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 826k
- Hip Hop Squares - 9p (VH1): 758k
- America Says (GSN): 366k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/26/18

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

posted 7/26/18


Netflix

Ultimate Beastmaster Returns August 31
SEason 3 Titled "Survival of the Fittest"
From the Futon Critic

The stakes are raised in the third season as over 100 competitors from nine countries compete for more than just a title...

For each localized version in the U.S., Italy, France, Brazil, South Korea, Mexico, as well as new U.K., Australia and Germany territories, local celebrity hosts and popular athletes will provide commentary throughout the competition.

The hosts for each country include the following: Hosts:
- U.S.: Tiki Barber (Former NFL Player and Sports Commentator) and CM Punk (Mixed Martial Arts Fighter and WWE Champion)
- U.K.: Stu Bennett (Professional Wrestler and Actor) and Kate Abdo (Sports Journalist)
- Australia: Dannii Minogue (Singer, Actress & TV Personality) and Nick Cummins (Former Rugby International now Media Personality)
- Brazil: Anderson Silva (Mixed Martial Arts Fighter) and Rafinha Bastos (Comedian) Germany: Micky Beisenherz (Radio and Television Host) and Jeannine Michaelsen (Actress)
- France: Gilles Marini (Actor) and Sandy Heribert (Sports Journalist)
- Italy: Francesco Facchinetti aka DJ Francesco (Italian DJ, Producer, Singer and TV Presenter) and Bianca Balti (Supermodel)
- Mexico: Inés Sainz (Sports Journalist) and Luis Ernesto Franco (Actor)
- South Korea: Kyung Suk Su (Actor, Comedian and TV host) and Katy Park (Kyeong Rim Park) (Actress, Comedian and TV host).


The Futon Critic

posted 7/25/18

SYNDIES: Week 43
Results for the Week Ending July 15
From B&C

Syndies rallied as the 2018 FIFA World Cup receded as the global soccer tourney went into semi-final and final matches in the week ended July 15.

That said, some shows still were hurt by preemptions as a result of coverage of President Donald J. Trump's July 13 press conference with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Twentieth's fellow newcomer, Page Six TV, revealed its fifth straight season-low 0.6 and was unchanged at a 0.3 in the demo. Entertainment Studios' Funny You Should Ask climbed 25% to a 0.5 and remained at a 0.2 among women 25-54.

All of the game shows were up by single digits after they all declined in the prior round. Leader Family Feud inched up 2% to a Judge Judy-tying 6.2. CTD's Jeopardy! jumped 6% to a 5.6. CTD's Wheel of Fortune edged ahead 2% to a 5.4. Disney-ABC's Who Wants to be a Millionaire picked up 7% to a 1.6. .

B&C

posted 7/25/18

TUESDAY: No Contest
NBC Wins on AGT
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.610 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was of course the network to beat on Tuesday with new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (11.515 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and the Wednesday-bound "World of Dance" (5.799 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2).

FOX (2.052 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) then was a distant second with fresh installments from "Beat Shazam" (2.282 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and "Love Connection" (1.822 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Next up was CBS (4.321 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with repeats of "NCIS" (5.312 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), a special "SEAL Team" (3.502 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.148 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.955 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up second runs of "The Middle" (2.568 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), another "The Middle" (2.283 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "Black-ish" (1.932 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), another "Black-ish" (1.688 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and the season finale of "The Last Defense" (1.630 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.751 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night with originals from "The 100" (0.864 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and "The Outpost" (0.638 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.020k
- Chopped (Food): 924k
- The Challenge: Final Reckoning (MTV): 848k
- Double Dare (Nick): 780k
- Celebrity Fear Factor - 10p (MTV): 584k
- Celebrity Fear Factor - 11p (MTV): 569k
- Face Off (Syfy): 495k
- America Says (GSN): 314k
- Caroline & Friends (GSN): 295k
- Paid Off with Michael Torpey (truTV): 148k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/25/18


Intermedia Labs

HQ: Australian For Quiz
Third Version of App Quiz Launches
From Press Start

HQ Trivia (the extremely successful live game show) had its first local Australian game tonight with a $600 prize pool. Australia is only the third country in the world (outside of America) to get our own local version of the game and it'll be happening at 9pm AEST every week day.

It turns out that only a few questions were Australia related, including this absolute banger question about John Farnham (that a surprising amount of people didn't know the answer to). There were only about 8,000 people playing by the looks of things which means that there's probably likely to be less winners at the end (and probably the reason for the smaller prize pool).

Press Start

posted 7/25/18

Double the Wheels, Double the Fun
Two Wheel Wheel of Fortune LAunches
From Intergame

Europe's first two-player Wheel of Fortune game with "mega-deluxe marquee" from Sega Amusements has gone live at the Fantasy Island arcade in Skegness, UK.

Said Sega's Justin Burke: "Wheel of Fortune has got off to a great start, with some operators quickly purchasing a second or third unit where they have multiple locations; it was only a matter of time before someone went for the big display of two games side by side with the mega marquee! The venue at Fantasy Island is the perfect spot for it."

The game is built by ICE and distributed by Sega Amusements International. It is a direct take-off of the famous TV quiz show but pays off in tickets. Burke concluded that "there are two marquee options for two-player Wheel of Fortune. Aside from this side-by-side Mega Marquee there is also the Spinning Marquee, one of which will be revealed very soon at another popular destination."

Intergame

posted 7/25/18

"Beat Shazam" Episode Pulled
Demi Lovato Had a Cameo Before Alleged Heroin Overdose
From TV Line

Tuesday's episode of Beat Shazam featuring a guest appearance by Demi Lovato has been pulled from Fox's schedule in the wake of the singer's hospitalization for an apparent drug overdose.

In a statement, the network said, "Tonight's previously scheduled episode of Beat Shazam featured a guest appearance by Demi Lovato. In light of recent reports, we have decided to replace the episode of Beat Shazam with another all-new episode. Our thoughts go out to Demi and her family."

Lovato's appearance was taped last December.

Lovato is awake and with her family after being hospitalized earlier Tuesday, according to a statement from the singer's representative. A source close to Lovato's family previously told CNN the singer's hospitalization was the result of an apparent drug overdose. "Demi is awake and with her family, who want to express thanks to everyone for the love, prayers and support," said the statement from Lovato's representative. "Some of the information being reported is incorrect and they respectfully ask for privacy and not speculation as her health and recovery is the most important thing right now." .

TV Line
Yahoo!
Digital Spy
Billboard
Entertainment Weekly
CNN

posted 7/25/18


Fred Wostbrock Collection

ANN MACOMBER CULLEN: 1928-2018
Wife of Legend Bill Cullen
From Orange County Register

Ann Cullen passed away peacefully on July 21, 2018.

She was born on June 6, 1928 in Washington, D.C. Her father was Heinz Roemheld, a composer, pianist and conductor who in 1942 won an Oscar for scoring Yankee Doodle Dandy. Heinz met his future wife and Ann's mother, Emeline Defnet, at a theatre in Milwaukee where Heinz was conducting while Emeline, on a dare, entered and won the beauty pageant.

In 1946 Ann graduated from North Hollywood High School. She attended USC, where she majored in art. In 1949, she married fellow USC graduate, John Burns Macomber. They were divorced in 1953.

Runway modeling was one of Ann's first jobs. She was discovered and hired by designer DeDe Johnson, who is credited with several fashion firsts including pedal pushers and clam diggers. Ann quickly became one of DeDe's favorite models showcasing the latest styles at Robinson's famous 'Tea Room.'

Ann appeared in several feature films in mostly bit parts and various television commercials earning her SEG/SAG card, while continuing her steady work as a model.

Her life changed in October of 1954 when she met game show icon Bill Cullen at her sister's home. Bill was working with Mary Lou's husband, television host Jack Narz. Ann and Bill were married in New York on December 24th, 1955. Ann appeared on several of Bill's top-rated game shows over the years. She occasionally surprised her husband by showing up as a model on episodes of Bill's "Price Is Right" in the mid-fifties. She also appeared with Bill on many husband and wife game shows such as "Tattletales," "He Said, She Said," along with other shows including "Person to Person" with CBS newscaster, Edward R. Morrow.

Ann and Bill shared 23 wonderful years in New York City, where they had a beautiful home overlooking Central Park. Some of her fondest memories were of planning trips and traveling with Bill and friends on their 40 foot cabin cruiser. They sailed extensively up and down the Eastern Seaboard calling at ports like Nantucket, Fishers Island and Martha's Vineyard. A favorite voyage of Ann's took them up the Hudson River through the locks to St. Jean Quebec. As First Mate her many responsibilities included chef, bartender, fender and mooring line handler, you name it she did it and enjoyed every minute.

In 1978, Ann and Bill moved from their beloved Manhattan to sunny Southern California. Their first home was in Casiano Estates at the top of Sepulveda Pass. Ann and Bill lived a magical life in California, where Bill continued to host numerous network and syndicated game shows until his death in 1990.

In 1998, Ann moved to Orange County, California bringing her closer to her sister and other family. In 2004, Ann moved to her home in Corona Del Mar, overlooking Balboa Island with a wonderful view of the ocean and Catalina. Highlights of these years would include Ann's planning and hosting of the monthly poker game with a group of old pals which included her dear friend and notorious card shark actress Betty White.

Ann's interest in art, nurtured in college, grew into a lifelong passion. She furthered her studies at the Chouinard Art Institute in California then later at the Art Students League in New York. This led to a lifetime of hours in the studio where Ann produced hundreds of paintings, drawings and water colors primarily of landscapes and flowers; although she was also quite proud of her charcoal sketches stored in her 'drawer-full of naked people.' Her passion also steered her to become a collector of fine art and sculptures. Ann's home was filled with paintings with an emphasis on the 'California Regionalist Artist.'

Her collection will be donated to the Bowers Museum which will allow everyone to enjoy these impressive pieces. Ann is also bestowing a pair of Tom Van Sant bronze owl sculptures to Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach which will join the artist's current Dolphin and Sandpiper wall sculptures. Vern Monroe, a long time friend and traveling companion predceased Ann.

She is survived by her sister, Mary Lou Narz; nephew, John Narz; niece, Karen Ferretti and husband Randy; nephew, David Narz and wife Debbie; along with several grand and great-grand nephews and nieces. There will be a private celebration of life.

Orange County Register

posted 7/25/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Alphabet Net"

  • ABC's season begins with Dancing with the Stars (September 24), then Child Support (October 5), then Dancing with the Stars Juniors & Shark Tank (OCtober 7) (The Futon Critic)

  • HQ dropping you? It might be your bandwidth (Forbes)

  • Gordon Ramsay teams with NatGeo for a new series (The Futon Critic)

  • Taylor Hicks hosts Season 3 of "State Plate" (Broadway World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Rus Yusupov (USA Today)

posted 7/25/18


NBC/EndemolShine North America

"Deal"-cember!
Catch CNBC's Reboot December 5!
From the Futon Critic

From the set of CNBC's all-new 'Deal or No Deal' at Universal Orlando Resort, host and Executive Producer Howie Mandel today took to social media to announce the highly anticipated game show will join the network's primetime lineup beginning Wednesday, December 5th. The announcement comes as production commences on 30 one-hour episodes that will tape in front of a live studio audience this summer.

Premiering almost 10 years after the hit show was last in production, the new series will continue to offer up a high-pressure, high-stakes game of risk and reward, in which contestants face a series of potentially life-altering decisions. With 26 sealed briefcases full of varying amounts of cash - ranging from a penny to $1 million - contestants have to decide whether to accept an offer of cash from the mysterious entity known only as "the Banker," in exchange for what might be contained in the contestant's chosen briefcase.

By day, CNBC is the recognized world leader in business news. By night, CNBC is an entertainment network with a programming slate that is an extension of CNBC's distinct brand. Primetime series include "The Profit," "Shark Tank," "Jay Leno's Garage," "Billion Dollar Buyer," "The Deed," "American Greed," "Deadly Rich," and "Secret Lives of the Super Rich," among others.

The new "Deal or No Deal" is produced by Truly Original, a subsidiary of Endemol Shine North America, with Steven Weinstock, Glenda Hersh and Scott St. John as executive producers. Jim Ackerman and Christian Barcellos are the executive producers for CNBC.

The Futon Critic
TV Week
Radio.com
PopCulture.com
Entertainment Weekly
Orlando Sentinel

posted 7/24/18

MONDAY: Bachelorette Party
ABC Wins to Start the Week
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.940 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the network to beat on Monday with originals from "The Bachelorette" (5.879 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and "The Proposal" (3.064 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4).

The silver then went to NBC (4.852 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) with its duo of "American Ninja Warrior" (5.038 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and "Dateline NBC" (4.481 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

Next up was CBS (3.193 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) with repeats of "Mom" (3.934 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #6) and "Life in Pieces" (3.090 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) followed by new episodes of "Salvation" (2.578 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "Elementary" (3.489 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.170 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) offered up a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.556 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) and a repeat "9-1-1" (1.786 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.463 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.255 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) alongside a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.065 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) on The CW (1.312 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Double Dare (Nick): 896k
- Chopped: Sweets (Food): 870k
- America Says (GSN): 348k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/24/18

WEEKEND: Big Brother? Bigger Game Shows.
ABC Beats CBS on the Demo
From Deadline

ABC's Fun & Games won Sunday for an eighth consecutive week in the demo, and third in total viewers. Related 'Dateline' & '20/20' Lead Ratings On Newsmag Friday, CBS Tops Viewers Network's 8 PM Celebrity Family Feud (1.1 demo rating, 5.99 million viewers) was Sunday's most watched entertainment program for a 6th consecutive first-run at bat.

But CBS's 7 PM 60 Minutes repeat (0.7, 7.48M) was the night's most watched program, logging 1.49M more viewers than ABC's game show original in early data. The newsmag tied for top spot in the demo in its 7 PM hour, with ABC's America's Funniest Home Videos repeat (0.7, 4.31M). CBS's Big Brother (1.4, 5.44M) topped the night in the key demo, beating closest competitor Celeb Family Feud by 27%.

At 9pm, ABC's The $100,000 Pyramid (0.9, 5.08M) won its hour for the 2nd week in a row with both metrics. Network's To Tell the Truth (0.8, 3.89M) did same at 10 PM, besting CBS's NCIS: Los Angeles rerun (0.3, 2.59M) as well as NBC's original episode of Shade of Blue (0.5, 3.11M) that followed NBC's best performer on the night: an 8-10 PM America's Got Talent encore (0.6, 4.11M) which climbed by 200K viewers compared to previous week's Sunday repeat.

ABC (0.9, 4.84M) edged out CBS (0.7, 4.36M), NBC (0.5, 3.61M) and Fox (0.4, 1.18M) for the night.

On cable Sunday...
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.373m
- Iron Chef America (SF/Food): 758k

On cable Friday....
- Nick Cannon Presents Wildn' Out - 11:30 (MTV): 559k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 11p (MTV): 527k
- America Says (GSN): 354k

Deadline
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/24/18

Pointless Arrives to Australia
The Premiere Attracts 493,000
From Mumbrella

Network Ten has used its multi-channels Eleven and One to give its new nightly game show Pointless as much exposure as possible, screening the program across all its channels at 6pm last night.

A similar strategy was employed for Family Feud throughout its run, with the Grant Denyer fronted show bringing in 690,000 metro viewers across the three channels for its first episode four years ago.

Ten's replacement offering, Pointless, had 493,000 using the same approach last night. The number, however, was significantly up on Family Feud's conclusion, which wrapped up on Sunday night with a metro audience of just 213,000 metro viewers.

Beverley McGarvey, chief content officer for Ten, said the network was pleased with the performance of Pointless.

"We know it is early days, but we are very happy with last night's Pointless ratings and are delighted audiences have welcomed the show into our line-up," she said. "We look forward to building the show further in the coming weeks and months and appreciate the great job that Mark and Andrew are doing."

Ten, however, did have the most-watched entertainment program of the night, with Masterchef (918,000, up from last week's 815,000) significantly ahead of Australian Ninja Warrior on Nine (888,000, up from last week's 838,000).

Mumbrella

posted 7/24/18

World of Guest Judges
Meet This Season's Guest Judges
From the Futon Critic

The hit summer series "World of Dance," starring Jennifer Lopez, Derek Hough, NE-YO and Jenna Dewan, will bring aboard several of the most accomplished and celebrated dancers in the world as guest mentors and guest judges during its highly successful second season.

As the season moves along, six extraordinary dancers/choreographers will share their insight with aspiring dancers looking to change their lives.

During the two episodes of "The Cut" round of the competition (airing Wednesday, Aug. 22 and Wednesday, Aug. 29 at 9 p.m. ET/PT), guest mentors will include:
· Tony Award winner Savion Glover will collaborate with judge Jennifer Lopez with the Junior Team division;
· Actress, dancer, singer and Emmy Award-winning choreographer Julianne Hough, who will be working with her brother, judge Derek Hough, in the Upper division;
· "America's Got Talent" judge Mel B will join forces with judge NE-YO in mentoring the Junior division;
· World-renowned dancer/choreographer Paula Abdul will team with host/mentor Jenna Dewan in the Upper Team division.

Misty Copeland, principal dancer of the American Ballet Theatre, will serve as a guest judge during the Divisional Final, with Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling artist Ciara joining as guest mentor during the Divisional Final as well (airing Wednesday, Sept. 5 at 9 p.m. ET/PT).

The Futon Critic

posted 7/23/18

Get Roasted. Again. For the Third Time
Jeff Ross Returns "Roast Battle" July 30
From the Futon Critic

Love a little summer slander this time of year! Comedy Central, the #1 brand in comedy, announced today that Nikki Glaser, Anthony Jeselnik and Roastmaster General Jeff Ross will serve as judges for the third season of Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle, premiering on Tuesday, July 31 at 10:00 P.M.

A sneak peek of the third season premiere of #RoastBattle will debut immediately following the Comedy Central Roast of Bruce Willis on Sunday, July 29 at midnight. The series will also launch its official Roast Battle podcast on Comedy Central's Global Podcast Network beginning on Monday, July 30.

This season of Roast Battle will introduce a new format - tossing out the bracket-style tournament to focus more on the head to head insult battles between some of today's top comedians. Each episode will feature two battles per show. Additionally, this season the Roastmaster General is stepping on stage to go to battle with a giant among men, NBA All-Star Blake Griffin.

Comedians doing battle include Todd Barry, Pat Barker, Nicole Becannon, Matthew Broussard, Keith Carey, Kim Congdon, Alex Duong, Joe Eurell, Olivia Grace, Tony Hinchcliffe, Jerron Horton, Mike Lawrence, Joe List, Joe Machi, Connor McSpadden, Sam Morril, Jamar Neighbors, Mark Normand, Eli Sairs, Yamaneika Saunders, Jason Sklar, Randy Sklar, Sarah Tiana, Sarah Tollemache, Robin Tran, Brendon Walsh, and WWE wrestler Dolph Ziggler.

Beginning on Monday, July 30, fans of Roast Battle will also be able to listen as comedians battle it out with the most brutal jokes imaginable with the launch of the official Roast Battle podcast on Comedy Central's Global Podcast Network. Hosted by Roast Battle referee/comedian Brian Moses and DJ Coach T, the Roast Battle podcast will give an in-depth look at the hit international TV series as well as weekly live shows from the world-famous Comedy Store in Hollywood, CA. .

The Futon Critic

posted 7/23/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Happy Belated!"

  • Alex Trebek at 78: a celebration of his life at the... (CBC)

  • HQ dropping you? It might be your bandwidth (Forbes)

  • Pointless drops in Australia... and Aussies are not fans (News.com.au). Meanwhile, Feud ends with 213k (Mumbrella)

  • LIST ABUSE: celebs you didn't know hosted game shows (The Celebrity Cafe)

  • And speaking of... Chris Knight named honorary UCP chairman (Del Mar Times)

  • CORRECTION: IQTV arrives on Virgin (ATV Today)

  • Michael Strahan to join 3rd hour of GMA (TV Line)

posted 7/23/18

THURSDAY: Big Night for Big Brother
CBS Wins The Night
From B&C

CBS won the Thursday ratings race, as a strong Big Brother led to a 1.0 in viewers 18-49, according to Nielsen's overnights, and a 5 share. That beat the 0.9/4 that Fox put up.

CBS had repeats of The Big Bang Theory and Young Sheldon, then Big Brother went up 7% to 1.6. A SWAT repeat finished up prime. Fox had The Four: Battle For Stardom at a flat 0.8.

NBC did a 0.6/3 with a rerun of Ellen's Game of Games and the season premiere of Trial & Error at 0.6 and 0.5 in a double run. Last year's double run premiere did a 1.6 and 1.1 leading out of the season finale of This Is Us. A Law & Order: SVU repeat closed out prime.

Telemundo was also at 0.6/3.

ABC did a 0.5/2 with Take Two down 20% at 0.4 and Match Game at 0.6, then The Gong Show rated a 0.5, both game shows flat.

Univision was good for a 0.4/2.

The CW scored a 0.1/1 with repeats.

On cable
- Alone (History): 1.657m
- Double Dare (Nick): 1.077k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 961k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 11:30p (MTV): 622k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 11p (MTV): 591k
- Lip Sync Battle (PAramount): 321k
- Lip Sync Battle TMI (Paramount): 290k

B&C
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/20/18

Desperado Offers Defenses
Science to Play Knockout of Battlebots
From the Futon Critic

The epic robot-fighting series BattleBots returns with even higher stakes for the second half of its 2018 season as momentum builds towards the 2018 World Championship and the awarding of the Giant Nut to the ultimate BattleBots Champion.

As part two of the season commences, some bots are already on the brink of elimination, including several fan favorites. In order to give them a last chance at qualifying for the championship, BattleBots is staging its first ever 'Desperado' Tournament, where 8 teams will be given the chance to win one guaranteed place in the final 16 qualifiers. It's a fight to the death, and only one robot can win. The Desperado Tournament is the first of 10 new episodes in the second half of the season, and is set to premiere Friday, August 4 at 8 PM ET/PT on Discovery Channel and Wednesday, August 8th at 9 PM on Science Channel.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/20/18

Dus Ka Dum to Revamp
Only Celebrities to Take Part
From India Today

Salman Khan's Dus Dum Season 3 was one of the most anticipated shows of this year. The show made a comeback after eight years on June 4. However, much to everyone's dismay, the show failed to garner good numbers on the ratings chart.

Earlier, there were plans to extend the show but following the lukewarm response, it will be wrapped up soon. According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, the reality game show's has been shifted to weekend slot and has also been altered a bit.

The show will now be known as Dus Ka Dumdaar Weekend and will only feature celebrities. A source close to the show spoke to the daily and revealed, "The first to shoot for the celebrity episodes were Salman's longtime friend, (composer-actor) Himesh Reshammiya and singer Guru Randhawa, who was also a part of his tour. Followed by TV actress and Bigg Boss 11 winner Shilpa Shinde, who was up against Yeh Hai Mohabbatein actor Karan Patel.".

India Today

posted 7/20/18

WEDNESDAY: Mastering a Tie
CBS, Fox Tie the Demo Race, while CBS Wins Total
From B&C

CBS (4.654 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) was the top overall draw on Wednesday thanks to a new "Big Brother 20" (5.205 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1), week two of "TKO: Total Knock Out" (3.429 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and the series finale of "Code Black" (5.328 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Sharing the demo crown was FOX (3.394 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) with originals from "MasterChef" (3.537 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2) and "Gordon Ramsay's 24 Hours to Hell & Back" (3.250 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T2).

Next up was ABC (3.939 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its telecast of "The 2018 ESPY Awards" (3.939 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.701 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "Ellen's Game of Games" (4.029 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "World of Dance" (2.398 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8) plus a new "Reverie" (1.678 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9).

And finally, the special "Girl Got Game" (0.474 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #11) and a new "The Originals" (0.677 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.575 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable
- Double Dare (Nick): 842k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 803k
- Hip Hop Squares - 9p (VH1): 641k
- Hip Hop Squares - 9:30p (VH1): 619k
- America Says (GSN): 396k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/20/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Trouble"

posted 7/20/18

Time for America?
ABC, Craig Ferguson in Talks to Bring New Format Stateside
From Chortle

The Time It Takes could be heading to ABC Joe Lycett's new gameshow is being piloted for American TV, with Craig Ferguson hosting.

The Time It Takes will launch on a BBC One in a Saturday night slot later this year, with members of the public racing to answer as many questions as possible within the time it takes competitors to complete specific tasks. So they could, for example, choose between sucking up 5,000 frozen peas using a vacuum cleaner, removing the plastic wrapping from 10 CDs or getting an inflated airbed back in its box to see what gives them the longest chance to answer questions.

When the show was announced last month, Lycett said: 'Never before has so much relied on someone knowing how long a kettle takes to boil. The Time It Takes is one of the most brilliantly daft shows I've ever been involved in — and that's saying something.'

Now a US version is to be shot for the ABC network with former late-night chat show host Ferguson overseeing events.

The pilot is being recorded at the BBC studios in Pacific Quay, Glasgow, on August 4 with Scotland-born comedian Ferguson, who previously hosted Celebrity Name Game, taking over the role of Taskmaster's Joe Lycett. It has been casting for UK-based American contestants to take part.

The show will see members of the public race to answer as many questions as possible within a specific time limit. However, instead of it being a pre-determined amount of time, the limits will be set with a difference. For instance, viewers could choose to answer questions in the time that it takes for Tower Bridge to come all the way down or to solve a Rubik's cube underwater or unwrap an entire family pack of toffees. Other silly challenges include figuring out whether it would take longer to pack an air bed back into a box or fill a welly boot with custard using a turkey baster.

Chortle
Deadline

posted 7/17/18

MONDAY: Back to Form for "The Bachelorette"
ABC Wins the Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.329 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) held onto the top spot on Monday with fresh installments from "The Bachelorette" (6.265 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "The Proposal" (3.456 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4).

NBC (5.072 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then took home the silver with originals from "American Ninja Warrior" (5.176 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and "Dateline NBC" (4.866 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3).

Next up was FOX (2.128 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.414 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) and a repeat "9-1-1" (1.842 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.821 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up a rebroadcast of "TKO: Total Knock Out" (2.614 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #6) followed by new episodes of "Salvation" (2.479 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "Elementary" (3.371 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

And finally, originals from "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.400 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.990 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.932 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) rounded out the night on The CW (1.180 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Wedding Cake Championship (SF/Food): 1.001m
- Double Dare (Nick): 831k
- Caroline & Friends (P/GSN): 416k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/17/18

Science Picks Up "Robot Wars"
Reboot to Air Stateside
From the Futon Critic

More metal munching madness is headed to Science Channel as the network has picked up rights to air the robot fighting series ROBOT WARS.

Filmed in an enormous bulletproof fighting arena that contains dangerous hazards such as fire, spikes, the flipper and the iconic pit, 40 of the top robot combat teams from all over the world compete for Robot Wars supremacy. ROBOT WARS is set for its U.S. premiere on Wednesday, August 8 at 10pm ET/PT.

Not only do the robot teams battle it out against each other, they also must avoid the intimidating House Robots, which are three times heavier than the competition's robots. Aiming to terminate anything that strays into their Corner Patrol Zone - Sir Killalot, Matilda, Shunt and Dead Metal show no mercy as they menacingly patrol the arena ready to destroy.

"The mind-blowing metallic mayhem of ROBOT WARS stretches the laws of physics and engineering to their limits," said Marc Etkind, General Manager, Science Channel. "This incredibly fun take on robot fighting showcases some of the world's brightest and most innovative bot-builders." ROBOT WARS aired for nine seasons from 1998-2004 before returning to BBC2 in 2016. It is produced by Mentorn Scotland and SJP Media. Christine Nussbaum serves as producer for Science Channel.

The Futon Critic

posted 7/17/18

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

ABC (5.050 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) edged out the competition on Sunday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.620 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Celebrity Family Feud" (6.304 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2), "$100,000 Pyramid" (5.168 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and "To Tell the Truth" (4.110 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4).

CBS (4.627 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was a close second with "60 Minutes" (7.049 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Big Brother 20" (5.237 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.156 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and another "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.067 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

Next up was NBC (3.257 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with the season finale of "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (2.043 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16), a repeat "America's Got Talent" (3.864 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and a new "Shades of Blue" (3.259 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "One Strange Rock" (1.314 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13), "The Simpsons" (1.527 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Bob's Burgers" (1.445 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Family Guy" (1.647 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and a new "Ghosted" (1.325 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) rounded out the night on FOX (1.428 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.497m
- Iron Chef America (Food): 764k

On cable Friday...
- Double Dare (Nick): 966k
- Battlebots (Discovery): 903k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 11:30p (MTV): 526k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 11p (MTV): 500k
- America Says (GSN): 278k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
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posted 7/17/18


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