Thanks for Playing!

Facebookbird, new, square, twitter icon

   

NEWS ARCHIVE
90-DAY

MONDAY | TUESDAY | WEDNESDAY | THURSDAY | WEEKEND | PRIMETIME | SCHEDULE | ARCHIVES: 30 90 | WLTI | STATE OF PLAY | ABOUT

Copyright Statement
ALL ORIGINAL MATERIAL COPYRIGHT 1999-2014 GAMESHOWNEWSNET.COM. All rights reserved.

No infringement of copyright is intended by these fan pages; production companies of shows this site covers retain all rights to the sounds, images, and information contained herein. No challenge to copyright is implied. 

Web design by Jason Elliott. Logo by Chico Alexander. 
Full Copyright Statement
 

Powered by 1&1 Internet

Wednesday: It's a Tie Night, Charlie Brown!
CBS, ABC Split Night
From The Futon Critic
CBS (9.291 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" (9.315 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #4), "Criminal Minds" (10.753 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3) and "Stalker" (7.804 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T7).

Sharing the demo crown however was ABC (6.512 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T1) with its mix of "Toy Story of Terror!" (6.269 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6), "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" (6.281 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.1, #5), "Modern Family" (9.455 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1), "Black-ish" (6.916 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) and "Nashville" (5.076 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10).

Next up was NBC (7.500 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and originals from "The Mysteries of Laura" (8.517 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.270 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T7) and "Chicago PD" (6.714 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.385 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up fresh installments of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.660 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #12) and "Red Band Society" (3.112 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13).

And finally, a new "Arrow" (2.250 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #14) and a repeat "The Flash" (1.631 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) closed out the evening on The CW (1.941 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

On cable, the season premiere of "Top Chef" drew 1.091 million. Second on cable was Food's "Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage" with 1.069 million. "@midnight" had an audience of 633,000.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/16/14

Something's Working at TV City...
CBS Daytime Is Up, Up, Up
From TV by the Numbers
All CBS daytime programs posted year-to-year growth, with the Network's two daytime dramas up double-digits in key women demographics, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Oct. 12.

LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 was up +7% in viewers (3.00m from 2.80m), +13% in women 25-54 (0.9/07 from 0.8/06) and +17% in women 18-49 (0.7/05 from 0.6/04). LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 was up +10% in viewers (3.57m from 3.23m), +11% in women 25-54 (1.0/07 from 0.9/06) and +33% in women 18-49 (0.8/06 from 0.6/05).

THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 was up +5% in viewers (4.75m from 4.53m), +8% in women 25-54 (1.3/09 from 1.2/08) and +13% in women 18-49 (0.9/07 from 0.8/06). THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2 was up +4% in viewers (5.49m from 5.31m) and was even in both women 25-54 (1.4/10) and women 18-49 (1.0/08).

TV by the Numbers
Soap Opera Network

posted 10/16/14

The Only Way Is Elstree
"Keep It In The Family" Announces Studios
From Televisual
BBC Studios and Post Production is providing full studio facilities at BBC Elstree Studio D for Keep It In The Family, the new Saturday night family game show from ITV Studios and Simon Cowell's Over The Top Productions.

Presented by Bradley Walsh, each show sees two families of four – spanning three generations – aided by celebrities from hit shows including The X Factor, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here! and Emmerdale, battle it out over a series of rounds for the chance to win a wide array of prizes.

BBC Studios and Post Production’s 11,800 sq ft Studio D at BBC Elstree was large enough to meet the unusually large width and height requirements of the Keep It In The Family set, designed to accommodate the show’s tasks.

The show has an audience of over 400 and is utilising Studio D’s HD production galleries which have full connectivity to the studio floor.

Said Meryl McLaren, commercial manager at BBC Studios and Post Production: “Over the past year we’ve seen many large-scale variety productions in Studio D, such as Sky’s A League of Their Own and BBC Children in Need, and we’re delighted to add ITV’s Keep It In The Family to that roster.”

The 6x60 minute series will air on ITV in the coming months.

Televisual
Soap Opera Network

posted 10/16/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Sorry"

posted 10/16/14

Tuesday: Another Varied Night
CBS, NBC Split; More Eyes for "The Flash"
From The Futon Critic
NBC (8.677 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was the demo champ on Tuesday thanks to a new "The Voice" (11.892 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) followed by the premieres of "Marry Me" (7.764 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.3, #3) and "About a Boy" (6.162 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6) plus a new "Chicago Fire" (7.178 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #5).

CBS (14.239 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then claimed a silver medal with its mix of "NCIS" (17.086 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2), "NCIS: New Orleans" (15.902 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #4) and "Person of Interest" (9.731 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #9).

Next up was The CW (3.159 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with week two of "The Flash" (4.119 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7) and "Supernatural" (2.199 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12). In the netlet's target demo (women 18-34),

Meanwhile, ABC (4.179 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) served up originals from "Selfie" (3.515 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12), "Manhattan Love Story" (2.956 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #15), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (4.624 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T7) and "Forever" (4.678 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11).

And finally, repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.965 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #16) and "Bob's Burgers" (1.530 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.7, #17) led into new episodes of "New Girl" (2.262 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10) and "The Mindy Project" (2.212 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12) on FOX (1.992 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5).

On cable, "Ink Master" took the gold in the demo with 1.303 million viewers. "Chopped" one-upped with 1.353 million. "Face Off" had 1.202 million.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/15/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Jeopardese"

  • CBS Daytime... #1 for 28 years (Soap Opera Network)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: 11 things you need to know before your Jeopardy! audition... from a lady who went through hell and survived (The Week)
     
  • Leave Dan Tran alone! (Boston Magazine)
     
  • Australian "Family Feud" taken to task for male job/female job questions, completely discounting the 100 people surveyed (Sydney Morning Herald)

posted 10/15/14

Monday: NBC Squeaked Out a Win
And It's All Because of "The Voice", Which Will Get Christina Back in 2015
From The Futon Critic
Pharrell Williams, who is receiving sensational reviews in his inaugural season of "The Voice," will be returning to the eighth cycle of NBC's Emmy Award-winning series with fellow coaches Adam Levine, Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera, as previously announced. The eighth cycle will begin in early 2015.

Shelton and Levine have been with "The Voice" since the show began in 2011. Aguilera, who is also one of the original coaches, most recently appeared in cycle five.

"We are excited to welcome Christina back to her red chair and can't wait to see how she mixes things up among Adam, Blake and Pharrell, in what will be an incredibly competitive competition" said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. "These four talented artists are at the top of their game as musicians and as coaches. The mentoring is sure to be intense and the stakes will be high."

NBC (11.924 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1) was of course the network to beat on Monday with its duo of "The Voice" (12.974 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.9, #2) and "The Blacklist" (9.825 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.8, #4).

Second place then went to CBS (11.435 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) and its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (15.632 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.6, #1), a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (11.865 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.9, #3), "Scorpion" (11.467 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T5) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9.090 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #10).

Next up was FOX (5.540 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) with originals from "Gotham" (6.239 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.4, #T5) and "Sleepy Hollow" (4.842 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.7, #9).

Meanwhile, ABC (11.456 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4) served up fresh installments of "Dancing with the Stars" (12.534 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #8) and "Castle" (9.300 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.0, #7).

And finally, a new "The Originals" (1.337 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) and the premiere of "Jane the Virgin" (1.629 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) closed out the evening on The CW (1.483 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

Deadline

posted 10/14/14

Syndies: Week 2
Results of the Week Ending October 5
From B&C
CBS Television Distribution’s new court show, Hot Bench, remained the rookie household leader in the week ending Oct. 5, holding steady at a 1.4 live plus same day household ratings average, according to Nielsen Media Research. Hot Bench, which is double run in most markets and airs as part of afternoon court blocks, is mostly cleared on lower-rated independent and smaller network affiliates.

In access, Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game was unchanged from its 1.1 premiere in households, but improved 14% to a 0.8 among women 25-54.

CTD’s Wheel of Fortune led the game shows at a 6.5, up 3% from the prior week but down 3% from the same week last year. CTD’s Jeopardy! was right behind at a 6.4, up 5% for the week and 7% for the year. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud jumped 14% from the prior week to a 5.8 and 38% from last year at this time. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, with new host Terry Crews, was flat at a 2.0 in its fourth week and unchanged from last year at this time when the host was Cedric the Entertainer.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 10/14/14

Dutch Pictures
RTL4 Takes "The Big Picture"
From C21 Media
Holland’s RTL4 has become the first foreign channel to pick up Israeli gameshow The Big Picture from Talpa Global.

Talpa Global recently took worldwide distribution rights to the Israeli format, which claims to herald the next generation of connected gameshows. RTL4’s version will debut in early 2015.

“It isn’t a show with an app, it’s a show that is an app,” said Talpa Global’s MD Maarten Meijs.

The show involves giving studio contestants and viewers at home the chance to win US$1m by answering 12 picture-based questions. The studio players are able to seek help from connected viewers playing along in real time on an accompanying app.

The Big Picture was created by Israeli content creation and management company A Cappella and TV host and mentalist Nimrod Harel.

C21 Media

posted 10/14/14

The Mother of All Game Shows
ZDF, BBCWW Team for Event Quiz
From Broadcast
BBC Worldwide has teamed up with German public service broadcaster ZDF to develop an event gameshow in which 1,000 contestants compete in each episode.

The two organisations will work in association with Tower Productions - BBCW’s joint venture indie with All3Media Germany - to make the series, which will air on ZDF.

One in a Thousand will pit 1,000 contestants against each other over 10 knock-out rounds where they will have to prove their physical, mental and emotional abilities.

The format has been created by Phil Schmid, an executive producer at BBCW, and Markus Templin, head of show at Tower Productions.

It will air on ZDF next year and be made available to international buyers soon after. BBCW will hold the distribution rights.

“The first result will be a brand new entertainment show that has an international look and feel to it – but at the same time will be a close fit for our German audiences and ZDF’s needs in primetime entertainment,” Thorsten Haas, head of development for entertainment at ZDF.

Broadcast

posted 10/14/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Hell Is Other Contestants"

  • CASTING COUCH: Wheelmobile heads to Seattle (KOMO Seattle) PLUS Dating Naked (Reality Wanted)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: "Feud" upsets a man's manhood (9 Network Australia), Cool Story, Jeopardy! Guy!... not (Fox News), and the worst TPIR fails ever (Dose)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: IdioTest (GSN) (Hitfix)
     
  • Padma Lakshmi to Richard Gere: take your knives and leave my kitchen (Page Six)
     
  • And speaking of... what's up with Top Cheftestants nowadays? (New York Post)
     
  • Nick Cannon joins "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (The Futon Critic)

posted 10/13/14

Four-Day Weekend!
ABC, CBS Split Friday
From the Futon Critic
ABC (6.295 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the top draw on Friday thanks to week two of "Last Man Standing" (6.557 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), the premiere of "Cristela" (6.568 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) and originals from "Shark Tank" (7.226 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "20/20" (5.096 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

CBS (8.655 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then claimed the silver with its lineup of "The Amazing Race" (5.967 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.170 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) and "Blue Bloods" (10.828 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

Next up was NBC (4.368 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with encores of "Bad Judge" (3.579 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "A to Z" (2.235 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) followed by a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (5.098 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.715 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up a new "Utopia" (1.866 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and a repeat "Gotham" (1.564 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

And finally, The CW (1.277 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening with a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.539 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.496 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and a new "America's Next Top Model" (1.037 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

The Futon Critic
 

posted 10/13/14

"Sports Jeopardy!" Goes Global
Sony Sells It in Cannes
From TBI Vision
Sony Pictures Television is launching a sports-themed spin-off of classic gameshow Jeopardy! in Cannes.

Sony will give the Sports Jeopardy! its international launch at MIPCOM. The show uses the classic Jeopardy! format but has sport instead of general knowledge questions and answers.

Sony is launching format at the market and is also shopping the finished version.

In the US, the show goes out on Sony’s online channel Crackle. Fronted by sports presenter Dan Patrick, it launched in late September and has notched just under one million views online.

“Nothing is more universal than the love of sport,” says Keith Le Goy, president, international distribution, Sony Pictures Television. “Sports Jeopardy! is a highly adaptable format that broadcasters can easily customize around the most popular sports in any territory.”

TBI Vision
Boston Herald

posted 10/13/14

My Big Fat Greek Family Game Show
Keshet Sells French Format to Greece
From Multichannel News
Keshet International’s family sitcom Your Family or Mine is soon to launch in Greece following an adaptation deal with one of the country’s largest terrestrial broadcasters, Alpha TV. The local version of the show will be entitled Το Σόι σου (“Your Family” or “Your Kin”).

A minimum series run of 40 episodes is scheduled to launch on 23 October and will be produced locally by Plus Productions, a company affiliated to the broadcaster. The local version is being written by Apostolis Tsaousoglou and Nikos Zapatinas will direct. The cast features Vaso Laskaraki, Meletis Elias, Mirka Papakonstantinou, Pavlos Orkopoulos, Renia Louizidou and Yorgos Giannopoulos. Recent international scripted adaptations have garnered average shares of 36%+ for the channel.

Your Family or Mine, which was originally produced by Tedy productions for Keshet Broadcasting, was also picked up by US cable network TBS earlier this year and is being produced by Sony Pictures Television.

George Pofantis, Director of Programming, Alpha TV said, “Alpha returned to commissioning fiction programs last year and the response has been overwhelmingly positive. With Your Family or Mine we have assembled a brilliant cast who represent characters recognizable from our everyday lives. It centers around the Greek Sunday lunch or dinner - a loving gathering that sometimes erupts to raucous arguments. An intimate memory, from everyone’s childhood: dinner at Grandma’s.”

Multichannel News
 

posted 10/13/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Anatomy of a PR Disaster"

  • Billy on a Burger King ad (Buzzfeed), Billy on Twitter (Twitter @BillyEichner), Billy and his friends on Twitter (Variety), and finally... McDonalds on Billy (Twitter @McDonalds)
     
  • 55 years ago today... the Quiz Show Scandals came to a head (The Guardian)
     
  • The Beast wifes his beauty (Digital Spy)
     
  • Terry Crews on the cover of Men's Fitness (FansShare)
     
  • FTFA: David Flynn: "In the past few years there's been a trend to look to the past and there's a nostalgia for some of the shows from our childhood... The trick is how to keep that real warmth while making sure it's updated for new audiences." (Chicago Tribune)
     
  • The audience of Jeopardy! has spoken, and the fate of Alex Trebek's mustache is... (WJLA Washington)
     
  • Karina Smirnoff injured on the "Dancing" floor (TMZ)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Rachel Riley (The Guardian)

posted 10/13/14


Week of Whips
Check Out "Dream Car Week" on TPIR NEXT WEEK!
From Soap Opera Network
Ladies and gentlemen, start your engines and join CBS’ “The Price Is Right” as the game show gears up for its popular Dream Car Week!

Airing the week of Monday, October 13 through Friday, October 17, “TPIR” will be offering contestants the chance to win more than $550,000 worth of dream cars. The luxury automobiles up for grabs include a Porsche Cayenne, a Range Rover Sport SE, a Maserati Quattroporte S Q4, a Tesla Model S and an Aston Martin V8 Vantage Roadster.

But, as producers of “The Price Is Right” know, luxury vehicles are all the more wowing when being presented by soap stars — so “The Bold and the Beautiful’s” Karla Mosley (Maya Avant) and “The Young and the Restless’” Matthew Atkinson (Austin Travers) and Hunter King (Summer Newman) will be on hand as guest models for the special episodes.

Soap Opera Network
Cars.com

posted 10/10/14

Catch Phrase: Three-Peat
ITV Reups for New Season
From Digital Spy
ITV has commissioned a third series of the rebooted Catchphrase.

STV Productions will produce a new run of the game show, with filming beginning in November.

Stephen Mulhern will host ten regular episodes, as well as two celebrity specials.

The game show was revived in 2013 and regularly achieves over 5 million viewers.

Head of Entertainment at STV Productions Gary Chippington said: "We are thrilled to be working again with Stephen, Mr Chips and the team at ITV on another series of this iconic show.

"The audience reaction has been fantastic and we're pulling together some cracking new catchphrases and great contestants to make sure this series is another roaring success."

STV
Digital Spy

posted 10/10/14

Thursday: We Have A Game
CBS Wins Night
From Digital Spy
CBS (11.412 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1) was of course the network to beat on Thursday with its coverage of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (8.929 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.5, #4) and "Thursday Night Football" (11.908 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #1).

ABC (9.538 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2) then claimed the silver with week three of "Grey's Anatomy" (8.408 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5), "Scandal" (9.500 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.0, #3) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (10.707 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.1, #2).

Next up was FOX (5.090 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) with fresh installments of "Bones" (6.276 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6) and "Gracepoint" (3.905 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.428 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) served up originals from "The Biggest Loser" (4.607 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9), "Bad Judge" (5.200 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7), "A to Z" (3.638 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10) and "Parenthood" (4.260 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7).

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.651 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) and "Reign" (1.119 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) on The CW (1.385 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the evening.

"Project Runway" was the highest demo draw in cable, 2.329 million strong. Food's "Beat Bobby Flay" and "Food Truck Face Off" attracted 748,000 and 654,000 respectively. "@midnight" narrowly beats "Snack-Off", 472,000 to 468,000.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/10/14

Eccho Seeks "Hide"
Firm Acquires Japanese Formats, Gives It To France
From World Screen
Eccho Rights has landed two new adaptations for the Japanese game show format Hide & Seek, including a French deal.

In France, a 90-minute pilot, titled Cache-toi si tu peux, is set to air during prime time on Gulli this fall. A full series will follow. The local stars Willy Rovelli, Caroline Diament and Christophe Carrière are set to host the pilot. 2P2L and Talk To You are producing the French treatment.

The format was also licensed into Estonia, where an eight-part series aired this summer. The local version was produced by Paprika Latino Studios and broadcast on Kanal 2.

Christian Le Bozec, head of Talk To You, commented, “Hide & Seek is a genius format that will attract both kids and the entire family. It’s a real classic game wrapped in a brand-new fresh package.”

Nicola Söderlund, the managing partner at Eccho Rights, added, “It’s great to see another Japanese game show making it in the West. The figures from Estonia were outstanding and we are confident that the show will pull in good audiences in France and beyond. It really is great family viewing.”

World Screen

posted 10/10/14

TruTV Rebrands
"Hair Jacked" Gets a Date; "Motor City Masters", "Panic Button" Get the Hook
From B&C
TruTV says its recent rebranding was partly spurred by suggestions from media agencies and their clients.

Starting Oct. 27, the network’s slogan will be “Way More Fun” and its new programming will offer more of an advertiser-friendly environment for marketers.
Joe Hogan, executive VP, young adult ad sales for Turner Broadcasting, who oversees TruTV ad sales, says clients wanted shows that were “less loud, controversial and highlighted by conflict.”

The network has been discussing programming strategies with media agencies and marketers for about a year and Hogan says those conversations led to deeper discussions about expanded commercial time buys and also about programming sponsorships and other tie-ins.

Hogan says one category of advertisers that has responded strongly is automotive. “Many auto advertisers who were just dipping their toe into the network are now fully jumping in with larger ad schedules,” he says. Other categories where advertisers have bulked up their ad buys include movie studios, insurance, quick service restaurants, financial and packaged goods.

The target audience of the new programming, Hogan says, is both men and women with a median age in the mid-30s. That compares to a more male-skewing schedule with a median age in the early to mid-40s for the previous programming lineup.

“Our new programming is also multiplatform friendly and can live on linear TV, online, mobile and social,” Hogan says. “We are offering advertisers ways to participate in platforms.”

Brian Hughes, senior VP, audience analysis practice lead at Magna Global says TruTV has struggled in coming up with the right programming formula since it was converted from Court TV in 2008.

“I think it’s fair to say they had a bit of an identity issue, between the Court TV history and a wide range of unscripted genres,” Hughes says. “Since they will be focusing on comedy, it will be interesting to see how they distinguish themselves from (corporate cousin) TBS.”

To launch its new identity, TruTV will offer 60 new episodes of programming in a 65-day period.

“Our new programming is more positive and upbeat,” Hogan says. “Advertisers told us they wanted different content and this is our answer to their feedback. The bulk of our old schedule of programming is not coming back.”

Canceled shows include Container Wars, Storage Hunters, Panic Button, Caught Red Handed, Combat Pawn, Las Vegas Jailhouse, Police POV, Guinness World Records Unleashed, Upload with Shaq, Motor City Masters, Conspiracy Theory and Kentucky Bidders. Full Throttle will continue to air in repeats, but no new episodes have been ordered.

TruTV recently greenlit a back order of Hard Core Pawn for this season. That series is one of the network’s highest rated in C3 and while Hogan did not discuss programming moves, sources familiar with the situation say the series, which follows a family-run pawn shop in a tough neighborhood in the Detroit suburbs, will in future focus more on the pawn transactions and less on the behavior of unruly customers clashing with shop staff.

The first pair of new shows to air on the “new” TruTV will be on Monday, Oct. 27 when ambush game show Hair Jacked premieres at 8 p.m. with back-to-back episodes, leading into a special at 9, The New TruTV: First Look, that will provide viewers with a view of all the new shows coming to the network. That will be followed by performance competition series Fake Off.

B&C

posted 10/10/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Get Well Soon"

  • Drew Carey recovers from surgery, to miss a week of taping (USA Today)
     
  • Craig Ferguson spends $5.6 million of "Celebrity Game Night" money on a new house (Realty Today)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: how to get on a game show (Lifehacker)
     
  • Note to self... don't give Gail Simmons a cronut (The Braiser)
     
  • AMC's "Celebrity Bowling" dead before it was even born (Variety)
     
  • Nielsen made a bit of a cock-up since March (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • Top Chef comes home thanks to Blue Apron (The Futon Critic)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Simon Cowell (Financial Times)

posted 10/10/14

Wednesday: Rocked
ABC, CBS Split Night
From The Futon Critic
ABC (7.216 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) pulled into the top spot on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "The Middle" (7.347 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.0, #6), "The Goldbergs" (6.966 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5), "Modern Family" (10.072 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1), "Black-ish" (7.950 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2) and "Nashville" (5.482 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T9).

CBS (9.381 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then was a close second with originals from "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" (9.525 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3), "Criminal Minds" (10.492 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #4) and "Stalker" (8.128 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T7).

Next up was NBC (7.624 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) with fresh installments of "The Mysteries of Laura" (8.535 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.648 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T7) and "Chicago PD" (6.689 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.333 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up new episodes of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.774 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #11) and "Red Band Society" (2.893 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #14).

And finally, the return of "Arrow" (2.789 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #13) and a rebroadcast of "The Flash" (2.093 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) closed out the night on The CW (2.441 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

On cable, the premiere of "Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage" gave Food Network 1.418 million viewers out of a special "Chopped" (1.028 million). "@midnight" scored 620,000.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/9/14

Another Class of Nerds
Catch It On TBS January 23!
From The Futon Critic
Colby Burnett is returning to TV.

TBS has announced the 12 nerds who will take to the field of nerd battle in the third season of King of the Nerds. Hosts Robert Carradine and Curtis Armstrong, who also serve as executive producers, will once again supervise the proceedings as competitors from across the nerd spectrum vie for the ultimate nerd title. King of the Nerds is set to kick off its third season on Jan. 23, 2015 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

In King of the Nerds, competitors face challenges that test their intellect, ingenuity, skills and pop-culture prowess. The nerds live together in "Nerdvana," competing first as teams before moving on to individual challenges. In the end, only one competitor will be named the quintessential master of all things nerdy, winning the $100,000 prize. Despite the show's gender-specific title, women have sat atop the Throne of Games in the show's two prior seasons.

The following are the 12 competitors set to participate in Season 3 of King of the Nerds:

- Ori, 22 - "Larper" - Silver Springs, Md.
- Amanda, 24 - "Bookworm" - Gilbert, Ariz
- Colby, 30 - "Jeopardy! Champ" - Chicago
- Jonathan, 28 - "Mathematician" - Tempe, Ariz
- Jacob, 25 - "Quiz Master" - Oakland
- Kaitlin, 26 - "NASA Engineer" - Redwood City, Calif
- Heather, 24 - "Neuroscientist" - Denver
- Thomas, 21 - "Brony" - Huntington Beach, Calif.
- Raychelle, 27 - "Gamer" - Springfield, Mo.
- Ben, 29 - "Marine Biologist" - Los Angeles
- Lily, 22 - "Professional Cos-Player" - Denver
- Todd, 26 - "Comic Book Nerd" - Pittsburgh

The Futon Critic

posted 10/9/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The House That Sagal Built"

  • Peter Sagal to host game night to raise money for Chicago's House Theatre (DNAinfo)
     
  • Failtopia (BusinessWeek)
     
  • DEFINING MOMENT OF AWESOME: It happened in the USA... Now a contestant's fiancée opened the box live on stage in Britain (Chester Chronicle)
     
  • #CASTINGCOUCH: "Ask Me Another" is coming to Durham (WUNC-FM Chapel Hill)
     
  • Firm using Alex Trebek as a spokesman gets sued for fraud (The National Law Journal)
     
  • Jeff Probst REALLY should've seen that "ugly" confrontation coming (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • Morgan Moore, "Project Runway" model, lies about a mugging, will serve one day of community service (New York Daily News)
     
  • Nick Cannon brings back Nick's HALO Awards (The Futon Critic)

posted 10/9/14

Wednesday Lightspeed Round
... or "Speedy Delivery"

posted 10/8/14


Second-Hand Game Show
History Renews "Pawnography"; Season Premieres November 6
From the Futon Critic
Coming off its summer premiere as HISTORY'S number one new series of 2014, the Pawn Stars are back for another entertaining round of their hit game show PAWNOGRAPHY beginning Thursday, November 6 at 10 PM ET/PT.

Defending their wallets and valued possessions, Rick Harrison, Corey Harrison and Austin "Chumlee" Russell are back in the hot seat, going head-to-head with contestants in three fast paced rounds of trivia style questions. Hosted by comedian Christopher Titus, two contestants take on Corey and Chumlee in the first round, answering questions worth $100 each. In round two, they compete against Rick with $200 questions. The contestant with the most money then challenges all three Pawn Stars in a 10-question lightning round. The Pawn Stars are vigorously defending their treasured items from the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawnshop because these brainy contestants have one thing on their minds - win the expensive items from Rick's personal stash - and this season the items are bigger and more valuable than ever. Nothing irritates Rick more than losing his lucrative shop items - except getting beat in trivia by an enthusiastic contestant or having to depend on Corey and Chum to save his items and his bank account.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 10/7/14

Syndies: The First Week
Results for the Week Ending September 28
From various sources
Based on National ratings for the week of September 22, 2014, “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,” with new host Terry Crews, grew across the board week to week: Households (+5% - 2.0 rating vs. 1.9 rating), Total Viewers (+10% - 2.738 million vs. 2.484 million) and Adults 25-54 (+17% - 0.7 rating vs. 0.6 rating). In fact, “Millionaire” was the only syndicated game show up week to week in Households. That's the good news. The bad news... it's still 5 percent below the year-ago rating with former host Cedric the Entertainer.

As for the rest of the games, Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game, with access clearances in top markets, also made its national debut at a 1.1 in households and a 0.6 among adults 25-54.

Also in access, game shows were relatively stable with most in their second week of the new season. CTD’s leader Wheel of Fortune, CTD’s Jeopardy! and Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud all were steady with their season premieres at a 6.3, 6.1 and 5.1, respectively.

TV by the Numbers
TV by the Numbers
B&C

posted 10/7/14

Monday: Dead Heat
NBC Takes Monday Outright for the First Monday This Season... But Only Just
From the Futon Critic
NBC (11.538 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) was the top draw on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (12.283 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.6, #2) and "The Blacklist" (10.051 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.7, #4).

CBS (11.373 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (15.539 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1), a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (11.868 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.9, #3) and new episodes of "Scorpion" (11.816 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.5, #T5) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.599 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #10).

Next up was FOX (5.369 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) and its lineup of "Gotham" (6.280 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.5, #T5) and "Sleepy Hollow" (4.460 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.7, #9).

Meanwhile, ABC (11.319 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) offered up new episodes of "Dancing with the Stars" (12.151 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #8) and "Castle" (9.655 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #7).

And finally, The CW (1.209 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) served up the return of "The Originals" (1.350 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) plus a "Supernatural Special" (1.069 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

And Comedy Central's "@midnight" began the week with 489,000.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/7/14

Round 3... FIGHT!
Esquire Renews "Knife Fight"
From the Futon Critic
Esquire Network announced today that it has greenlit third seasons of two original series, KNIFE FIGHT and BREW DOGS. The new seasons are expected to premiere in 2015.

"In our first year, Esquire Network has rolled out a strong slate of original series, and the audience has responded enthusiastically," said Matt Hanna, Head of Original Programming for Esquire Network. "Both KNIFE FIGHT and BREW DOGS increased their audiences in their second seasons by tapping into topics we know our viewers are passionate about - food, drink and travel - in a fresh and distinctive way."

KNIFE FIGHT, hosted by Chef Ilan Hall and produced by Authentic Entertainment and Flower Films, more than doubled its performance with adults 18-49 in its second season, which ends tonight, October 7. For its third season, set to begin production this fall, the underground culinary competition series' 16 episodes will be set on a new coast (New York), in a new location (The Gorbals Brooklyn), and with a new tournament-style format. The new season will also feature judging by award-winning chefs Kris Morningstar and Naomi Pomeroy.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/7/14

Weekend: Racing Upwards
CBS, ABC Split
From the Futon Critic
ABC (6.154 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the top demo draw on Friday thanks to the return of "Last Man Standing" (6.585 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), a second "Last Man Standing" (6.699 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) and new episodes of "Shark Tank" (7.071 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "20/20" (4.749 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

The silver then went to CBS (8.850 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) with week two of "The Amazing Race" (6.157 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), "Hawaii Five-0" (9.711 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and "Blue Bloods" (10.682 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

Next up was NBC (4.789 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with encores of "Bad Judge" (4.030 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "A to Z" (3.033 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (5.418 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.763 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up a new "Utopia" (1.752 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and a rebroadcast of "Gotham" (1.775 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.159 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with its fall lineup of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.276 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.086 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) and "America's Next Top Model" (1.137 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

On Food Network, the following happened...

- 8p: Guy's Grocery Games - 1.323 million
- 9p: Halloween Wars (premiere) -1.840 million
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen - 1.697 million

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/7/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Not Unusual"

  • #ICYMI: Alfonso Ribiero did it last night... (YouTube) ... but he won't be doing it with the rest of the "Fresh Prince" cast. Sorry, folks (E!)
     
  • #ICYMI: And the final 48 on "The Voice" are... (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Alton Brown to perform in Birmingham (AL.com)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: "Baggage on the Road" (WFLA Tampa)

posted 10/7/14

RAGE OF INFERNO!!!!
Curtis Stone Hosts New Food Network Competition November 5
From the Futon Critic
Host Curtis Stone turns up the heat in new Food Network primetime culinary competition, Kitchen Inferno, premiering Wednesday, November 5th at 10pm ET/PT. The game is simple but the stakes are red hot. Each episode features talented chefs going head-to-head in culinary showdowns over four possible rounds. Each round will have a blind taste-test judged by the Inferno's panel of judges to determine which dish is best. If the competing chef is victorious, they have the chance to move up to the next level, with each round advancement growing in difficulty as they bring the skills of a new culinary talent to battle against. The contestants also face a pivotal choice: take the money and run, or risk it all for a chance to reach the final round and win up to $25,000, all in front of a studio audience. If they lose, they will watch their winnings go up in smoke and leave with nothing. Can these chefs cook their way through four rounds in this blazing competition for the ultimate prize?

"The challengers not only have to go against some of the best chefs in the world, but must also make the high pressure and high stakes decision of moving forward or walking away with any money they have won, all as an audience is watching their every move and decision each step of the way," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network. "Curtis Stone is perfect at pushing all the right buttons, to bring out the competitive fires in each chef."

In the sizzling premiere, James Beard nominated chef Duane Nutter, and the pride of New Orleans' chef Tory McPhail take on Kitchen Inferno's culinary gladiators. One challenger is playing for charity, the other playing for an entire city. With the Inferno's panel of judges, including chef Daniel Green, chef Judy Joo, and chef Michael Ruhlman, determining which dish is best, who will reign supreme battling it out over ultimate hot dogs and stuffed burgers? Will one lucky winner be able to move up the levels for a chance to win $25,000? Don't miss all the action over eight episodes, as these talented chefs from across the country battle it out in the kitchen for bragging rights and the grand prize, against some of the most elite chefs around - including amongst others - Michael Chiarello, Madison Cowan, Elizabeth Falkner, Jet Tila, Geoffrey Zakarian, and possibly even Curtis Stone himself.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/6/14

MIPCOM Roundup
A Glimpse of What's on Offer
From various sources
Here's a brief look at the game shows on offer at MIPCOM in Istanbul, Turkey.

GLOBAL AGENCY: Stand by Me is a duet project where the celebrity judges are also contestants, similar to Duets from two summers ago. The company will also offer the game show format TUG, which is a twist on the game of tug-of-war, and the dating show Love Is Calling. The game show My Style Rocks is a prime-time fashion title, while Share or Dare has two players who’ve never met before compete together to win a grand prize.

ZODIAK: One of the company’s highlights is Trash or Treasure, a prime-time game show that challenges participants to pick out the most expensive antiques to win their value in cash. Another new prime-time game show is Sitting on a Fortune, where three couples must perform studio challenges while sitting on over-sized seats.

World Screen
World Screen

posted 10/6/14

Hollywood Three-quel
NBC Renews "Hollywood Game Night"
From the Futon Critic
NBC has renewed its popular alternative series "Hollywood Game Night" for a 10-episode third season with Emmy Award-winning host Jane Lynch, it was announced by Paul Telegdy, President of Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment.

In August, Lynch won the Emmy for outstanding host for a reality or reality-series competition. It is Lynch's second Emmy after having won in 2010 for outstanding supporting actress in a comedy series for her role as Sue Sylvester in "Glee." She is also a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild winner for "Glee."

Lynch said, "I am so excited to get back to the gaming and to more crazy antics from America's favorite celebrated persons!"

"We're thrilled to be making more 'Hollywood Game Night,'" said Telegdy. "Jane is an amazing host and ringmaster. Let the games begin!"

The Futon Critic
Hollywood Reporter
TV Week

posted 10/6/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Pressing Matters"

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 biggest game show cheats ever. Or 9 biggest game show cheats... and Michael Larsen. Because he was legal (What Culture)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Family quiz show. New York City. The producers of Cash Cab. Are you game? (Reality Wanted)
     
  • Steve Harvey to tape five shows from Universal Orlando. This is not a repeat from 2010 (Orlando Sentinel)
     
  • The next "Bachelor" harem MAY contain a Fox News writer and a cheerleader from the Washingtonprofessionalfootballorganization (Washington Post)
     
  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?!: Bruce Forsyth is literally older than sliced bread. By 5 months. (Mirror)
     
  • NO SERIOUSLY... WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?!: "Not one mention of 'Celebrity Apprentice' where Clay did so well." (New York Times)

posted 10/6/14

Taylor Swift Joins "The Voice"
"Shake It Off" Singer to Function as In-House Mentor
From the Futon Critic
NBC's Emmy Award-winning musical-competition series "The Voice" has confirmed seven-time Grammy Award winner Taylor Swift as the key adviser for the current season. Swift will serve as the sole mentor for all of the artists on each of the four teams.

The multiple platinum-selling Swift is the youngest recipient of the Grammys album of the year and is the best-selling digital music artist of all time. She is also the only female artist in music history (and the fourth artist ever) to twice have an album hit the 1 million first-week sales figure.

Swift's upcoming, fifth album, "1989," which is scheduled for release Oct. 27, has already produced a No. 1 single, "Shake It Off."

Swift advised each of the performers during the upcoming Knockout Rounds (airing Oct., 27, 28 and Nov. 3) on vocal technique, stage presence and the importance of tailoring songs to fit their personalities and strengths. These artists will continue to try and earn the support of their respective coaches, who will be forced to decide who will move on to the live Playoff Round. Each coach will have the opportunity to strategically steal one more artist in the Knockout Round.

The Futon Critic
Hollywood Reporter

posted 10/3/14

Thursday: Another Blowout
TNF Helps CBS to ONE
From the Futon Critic
CBS (12.399 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its presentation of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (10.024 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.8, #4) and "Thursday Night Football" (12.874 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.4, #1).

ABC (10.415 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #2) then claimed the silver with week two of "Grey's Anatomy" (9.073 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.6, #5), "Scandal" (10.411 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.3, #2) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (11.759 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.2, #3).

Next up was FOX (5.569 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) with a new "Bones" (6.304 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #6) and the premiere of "Gracepoint" (4.833 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.808 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) served up a new "The Biggest Loser" (4.721 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7), the premieres of "Bad Judge" (5.862 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7) and "A to Z" (4.814 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T10) plus a new "Parenthood" (4.364 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7).

And finally, the season premieres of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.784 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12) and "Reign" (1.054 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) closed out the evening on The CW (1.419 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

"Project Runway" led the way in cable with 2.184 million. "Beat Bobby Flay" had 934,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/3/14

It's Game Over for "Lingo", Unless...
Dutch Version Premiered After Original American in 1989
From NL News
Dutch television game show Lingo is on for the last time tonight, unless AVROTROS can find a way to bring it back in the summer months, the NOS reports.

The game, a combination between Mastermind and Bingo, has suffered from bad viewing figures. The spokesperson for AVROTROS says that the show is still getting “piles of letters” from people who are sad about the show’s cancellation.

According to the spokesperson, Lingo’s biggest audience are those who watch every day, residents of retirement homes that watch together and students. “We also get a lot of handwritten letters from people who have come to live in The Netherlands and who learned the language through Lingo.”

Since 1989, the show has been through different presenters. The current presenter, Lucille Werner, will also be with the show if it comes back for the summer months.

"Lingo" originally aired in American & Canadian syndication in 1987 before being exported worldwide. GSN produced two versions of the game between 2002 and 2011.

NL Times

posted 10/3/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Super Game"

  • Super Deal Week returns next week with a new game. Here's a preview (CBS)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: what do Sally Field, Joey Fatone, Cynthia Nixon, Jon Hamm, and Oscar Nunez have in common? (Madame Noire)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: America's Got Talent (Reality Wanted)

posted 10/3/14


One Foot in a Utopian Grave
"MasterChef Junior" to Return November 4, Cutting "Utopia" to Once a Week
From the Futon Critic
Their signature dishes include Beet Carpaccio with a M?che Salad, Coffee-Crusted Filet Mignon and Pan-Seared Scottish Salmon - and they're just kids! MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, last season's No. 1 new unscripted series, is back, and the kids are more skilled than ever. Season Two of the hit cooking competition series returns on Tuesday, Nov. 4 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. Host and award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay and fellow judges restaurateur Joe Bastianich and acclaimed chef Graham Elliot welcome 16 of the best junior home cooks in the country between the ages of eight and 13 - including one eight-year-old; two nine-year-olds; four 10-year-olds; two 11-year-olds and seven 12-year-olds - to the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR kitchen, where they will compete for the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR trophy and the $100,000 grand prize.

Also in the premiere episode, America's first-ever MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, Alexander Weiss, returns to the kitchen as a special guest. Alexander presents the mystery box challenge, and the 16 junior home cooks will be tasked with preparing impressive dishes using the special guest's favorite ingredients, including pork chop, pork tenderloin, green apples, hazelnuts, Brussel sprouts, filo dough, fingerling potatoes, wild rice, whole grain mustard and artichoke. The winner of the challenge will have a significant advantage and select which of the judges' favorite proteins the remaining contestants will prepare in the elimination round. Later, the 12 junior home cooks with the best dishes will advance in the competition.

This season, the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR finalists will compete in a series of delicious challenges and cook-offs, including a sticky pancake challenge, a three-legged race featuring cupcakes and MASTERCHEF JUNIOR's first-ever pop-up restaurant. Also this season, the kids will cook for some very special guest judges. Along the way, the judges will coach and encourage the budding cooks until one talented kid is named America's next MASTERCHEF JUNIOR.

Meet the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR Top 16 and find out their signature dishes:

Abby Age: 8 Hometown: Winchester, VA Signature Dish: Southwest Chicken Lettuce Wraps Favorite Dish to Eat: "Steamed clams!"

Adaiah Age: 12 Hometown: Danbury, CT Signature Dish: Salmon with Lemon Butter on a Bed of Kale and Lemon Stir Fry Favorite Dish to Eat: "Pan-Seared Grouper with Bahamian Peas and Rice!"

Berry Age: 11 Hometown: Beverly Hills, CA Signature Dish: Moroccan Chicken Favorite Dish to Eat: "Cheung Fun, a Hong Kong dish. It is a thin roll made from a wide strip of rice noodles, filled with shrimp, pork, beef, vegetables and other ingredients."

Coco Age: 10 Hometown: Aquilla, TX Signature Dish: Chicken-Fried Deer Steak Favorite Dish to Eat: "Probably fish tacos made from freshly caught bass from one of the ponds on our ranch. We make the tacos with fried fish, topped with jalapeno cilantro slaw and remoulade. Makes me hungry just thinking about it!"

Isabella Age: 12 Hometown: New York, NY Signature Dish: Spaghetti Carbonara with Bacon Favorite Dish to Eat: "My favorite meal to eat is probably octopus salad. I just love cilantro and tomato together. It is one of my favorite combos."

Jessica Age: 10 Hometown: Grand Prairie, TX Signature Dish: Ground Beef Tacos with Pico de Gallo Favorite Dish to Eat: "Meatloaf with mashed potatoes, brown gravy and steamed vegetables!"

Josh Age: 10 Hometown: Forest Hills, NY Signature Dish: Sliders with Chipotle Aioli Sauce Favorite Dish to Eat: "Nothing can beat a great sushi selection. I have been eating all sorts of sushi ever since I was about six months old. My other favorite meal is a good plate of oysters."

Levi Age: 12 Hometown: Highland Park, IL Signature Dish: Pan-Seared Scottish Salmon with Maple Glaze and Arugula, Apple and Fennel Salad Favorite Dish to Eat: "Whole steamed Maryland Chesapeake Bay Crabs covered in Old Bay Seasoning."

Logan Age: 11 Hometown: Memphis, TN Signature Dish: Marinated Flat Iron Steak with Green Grapes Favorite Dish to Eat: "Sushi! I love Japanese food - it is so clean and well-prepared. I am lucky we have good sushi in the middle of the country, being so far from the ocean."

Mitchell Age: 12 Hometown: Paso Robles, CA Signature Dish: Seared Scallops Over Mashed Potatoes with a Tomato and Green Bean Salad Favorite Dish to Eat: "My favorite meal really depends on the time of year, the weather, lots of things. Sometimes I love sushi, sometimes I like soup. I love a great burger and the perfect pasta dish."

Nasir Age: 10 Hometown: Chicago, IL Signature Dish: Blue Cheese Stuffed Burger with Soy Ginger Pineapple and Bacon Favorite Dish to Eat: "I love a wonderful medium rare burger with cheese, bacon, lettuce and tomatoes."

Natalie Age: 12 Hometown: Stevenson Ranch, CA Signature Dish: Salmon with Vegetables Favorite Dish to Eat: "Steak. Steakhouses are my favorite restaurants!"

Oona Age: 9 Hometown: New Haven, CT Signature Dish: Creamy Tomato Soup with Homemade Croutons and Smoked Paprika. Favorite Dish to Eat: "One of the best meals I've had was a Scallop Crudo Taco where the shell of the taco was a shiso leaf."

Sam Age: 9 Hometown: Reseda, CA Signature Dish: Omelet with Guacamole and a Strawberry Rose Garnish Favorite Dish to Eat: "My favorite meal to eat is a rainbow roll, because I love the taste of all of the different fish, and I like the look of the different colors on the roll."

Samuel Age: 12 Hometown: Greenbrae, CA Signature Dish: Beet Carpaccio with a M?che Salad and Walnut Oil Vinaigrette and Crumbled Goat Cheese Favorite Dish to Eat: "I love Thyme Chicken Cacciatore over Whole Wheat Pappardelle with a Crispy Skin Chip. The flavors remind me of home and the dish is very comforting on a cold winter night."

Sean Age: 12 Hometown: Santa Ana, CA Signature Dish: Coffee-Crusted Filet Mignon, Creamed Spinach and Ancho Mushroom Sauce Favorite Dish to Eat: "My favorite thing to eat is prime rib at a Vegas buffet."

On Tuesdays, prior to MASTERCHEF JUNIOR's Season Premiere, an encore of the highly acclaimed one-hour Season Premiere of FAMILY GUY, in which the Griffins travel to Springfield and meet the Simpsons, will air Tuesday, Oct. 7 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). The following week, on Tuesday, Oct. 14, encores of the Season Premieres of THE SIMPSONS (8:00-8:30 PM ET/PT) and BOB'S BURGERS (8:30-9:00 PM ET/PT) kick off the night.

On Tuesday, Oct. 21, beginning at 7:30 PM ET live/4:30 PM PT live, FOX Sports presents Game #1 of Major League Baseball's World Series, and on Tuesday, Oct. 28, beginning at 7:30 PM ET live/4:30 PM PT live, FOX Sports presents Game #6 of Major League Baseball's World Series.

The Futon Critic
Entertainment Weekly
The Futon Critic
Entertainment Weekly

posted 10/2/14

CBS Goes Pink
Catch "TPIR's" Annual Special Tomorrow, Then "LMAD" October 14
From TV by the Numbers
CBS Daytime’s THE PRICE IS RIGHT and LET’S MAKE A DEAL will go pink to recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month with themed shows on Friday, Oct. 3 and Tuesday, Oct. 14 respectively, on the CBS Television Network.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT, network television’s #1-rated daytime series and the longest-running game show, will raise awareness for Breast Cancer on Friday, Oct. 3 (11:00-12:00 Noon, ET; 10:00-11:00 AM, PT) when it welcomes a studio audience full of courageous fighters, survivors and their supporters. Contestants will have the chance to win luxurious prizes, including designer jewelry, handbags and apparel; trips to Aruba, Hawaii and Sonoma; brand new cars; and a $5,000 shopping spree in Beverly Hills.

On Oct. 14, LET’S MAKE A DEAL will honor an audience filled with cancer survivors, family and friends when host Wayne Brady presents themed prizes as part of various deals, including pink jewelry, pink workout gear and a bright pink scooter. In addition to pink-themed prizes, multiple cars and trips to Hawaii and Jamaica are available for lucky Traders who make the right deals.

CBS daytime game shows, dramas and The Talk all notched viewer increases compared to the same week last year, according to Nielsen live plus same day ratings for the week ending Sept. 29.

LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 was up +8% (2.88m from 2.65m), LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 gained +6% (3.43m from 3.22m), THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 was up +3% (4.65m from 4.52m), The Bold AND THE BEAUTIFUL gained +2% (3.64m from 3.57m) and The Talk grew +3% (2.70m from 2.62m).

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
TV by the Numbers
Broadway World
Soap Opera Network
WUSA Washington

posted 10/2/14

Wednesday: Some Life in "Red Band"
The Home of Survivor Still the Network To Beat
From the Futon Critic
CBS (10.026 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) claimed top honors on Wednesday thanks to a new "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" (9.472 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #4) followed by the return of "Criminal Minds" (11.541 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #2) and the premiere of "Stalker" (9.066 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #6).

ABC (6.995 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then claimed the silver with its week two lineup of "The Middle" (7.046 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.9, #7), "The Goldbergs" (6.666 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5), "Modern Family" (9.995 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1), "Black-ish" (7.960 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.5, #3) and "Nashville" (5.151 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #10).

Next up was NBC (7.794 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) with originals from "The Mysteries of Laura" (8.894 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T11), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.813 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #8) and "Chicago PD" (6.676 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.587 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up new episodes of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.840 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T11) and "Red Band Society" (3.334 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #13).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.698 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and another "Arrow" (0.674 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) on The CW (0.686 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

"@midnight" perked to 717,000 on the midweek show to "Top Chef Duels'" 751,000. "The Ultimate Fighter" bulked up to 577,000.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/2/14

Meet the Fakes
Catch "Fake Off" October 27 on truTV
From the Futon Critic
This fall, 10 teams of talented performers will set out to wow viewers like never before in truTV's amazing new competition series Fake Off. Set to premiere Monday, Oct. 27, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) as part of truTV's extensive new slate of shows, Fake Off will take viewers into the visually stunning world of faking, a mix of theater, acrobatics, black light and illusion. In an elimination competition unlike anything American audiences have seen, teams will be challenged to reimagine iconic moments in pop culture to see who's got the creativity and skills to be named Fake Off Champions and take home a prize of $100,000.

Fake Off is hosted by actor and dancer Rob Hoffman (Step Up 2: The Streets, 90210). Each week's competition challenge will be judged by an impressive panel that includes actor-dancer-choreographer Harry Shum Jr. (Glee, The LXD); music superstar and five-time Grammy winner Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas of the mega-group TLC; and world renowned visual & concept designer Michael Curry (Broadway's The Lion King, Cirque du Soleil's Love).

Fake Off is produced by Shine America, with Eden Gaha, Paul Franklin and James Sunderland serving as executive producers.

The teams competing this fall on Fake Off come from a wide range of performance disciplines. Some specialize in complex body movement like street dancing, shadow dancing or acrobatics, while others create spectacular illusions through the use of technology like UV lights, video projection or electroluminescent wire.

Here are the 10 teams vying to be the very first Fake Off Champions.

- ArcheDream, a black light theater troupe from Philadelphia, Penn.
- The Body Poets, a street dance crew from San Diego, Calif.
- Freelusion U.S.A., a video projection mapping dance group from Los Angeles by way of Budapest, Hungary.
- Inspirati, a shadow dance company from Denver, Colo.
- Kristef Strikes Back, a comedy acrobatics team from Las Vegas, Nev.
- Lightwire Theater, a luminous puppet theater from New Orleans, La.
- PUSH Physical Theatre, an extreme body-movement theater troupe from Rochester, N.Y.
- Verses, a silhouette dance group from Los Angeles, Calif.
- Wilderbe, an interactive video projection mapping dance company from Los Angeles, Calif.
- YFX, a theatrical mime and illusion group from Detroit, Mich.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/2/14

On the Menu.... Pancakes. Lots. And Lots. Of Pancakes.
Catch It Tomorrow on TNT!
From the Futon Critic
In celebration of the upcoming premiere of the new cooking competition series On the Menu, TNT has broken a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS(R) record for the World's Tallest Pancake Stack. Today in New York City's Times Square, TNT hosted a one-of-a-kind breakfast demo with On the Menu's Chef Emeril Lagasse and host Ty Pennington. The epic pancake stack reached 87.4 cm (approximately 34.4 inches), surpassing the previous record of 87 cm. On the Menu is slated to premiere tomorrow night, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT), only on TNT.

TNT's On the Menu is the first cooking competition show ever to give viewers the chance to taste the winning dish after every episode. Each weekly competition will challenge a group of passionate home cooks to create a new signature dish for that week's featured restaurant. Eateries participating in On the Menu cover a wide range of cuisines, from traditional barbecue to modern fusion.

TNT's Times Square event kicked off with Chef Emeril Lagasse leading 300+ home cooks as they created their own On the Menu-worthy pancake breakfast featuring Lagasse's new seasonal pancake recipe. The home cooks also enjoyed some of Emeril's tips and tricks for preparing a hearty fall breakfast this harvest season.

While Emeril was working with the home cooks, Ty Pennington oversaw a team building the pancake tower for the attempt to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS(R) record for the World's Tallest Pancake Stack. An official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS adjudicator was on-site to measure and certified the record upon completion.

Emeril Lagasse said this morning, "I've done a lot of things in my life, but I've never been part of breaking a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS record. It was an awesome moment to share with my fans in Times Square. Thanks to TNT, to my On the Menu co-host Ty Pennington and to the folks at GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS for giving us the opportunity to make it into the record books."

"I've been blessed in my life to be on the right side of crazy for a lot of things, and today 's breaking of the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS record with my pal Emeril Lagasse definitely ranks up there," said Ty Pennington. "One of the really great things about food and our new TNT series On the Menu is how the show brings people together, and that was evident in Times Square today when we got to cook with hundreds of food lovers from around the globe."

The Futon Critic

posted 10/2/14

Oxygen Takes It To The Streets
"Street Art Throwdown" to Bow February 3
From TV by the Numbers
Oxygen Media dares to be different as it brings art to life with its groundbreaking, adrenaline-charged competition series “Street Art Throwdown,” premiering Tuesday, February 3 at 9 PM ET/PT. World-renowned street artist Justin BUA serves as host, co-judge and executive producer on the show, which pits 10 of the country’s most promising artists against one another. The series tests not only their physical stamina, but also pushes their artistic skills to the limit in hopes of jumpstarting their career with a $100,000 grand prize. “Street Art Throwdown” is shot at some of the most iconic Los Angeles locations as young, passionate hopefuls strive to bring their vision to life and showcase their work to the world. Furiously scaling walls, climbing fences and navigating underground tunnels, these artists must have the talent, style and hustle to battle it out to the end. “Street Art Throwdown” is part of Oxygen’s rebrand, launching on Tuesday, October 7th with the network’s new look and tagline, very real, targeting young, modern women.

"Street Art is the most accessible art form there is— it takes art out of the galleries and into our everyday surroundings with themes reflecting our social and political climate as well as fun, vibrant, and bold forms of self-expression from those who create it," said Rod Aissa, Executive Vice President of Original Programming and Development, Oxygen Media. “The artists on ‘Street Art Throwdown’ are competing in a physical, emotional and creative journey to not only discover themselves as artists, but also catapult their careers with a life-changing grand prize.”

The contestants are given opportunities to create vibrant art in never-before-seen ways, with challenges ranging from murals to installations and 3D paintings to guerilla art. Real-life brands participating in the series include Polaroid and D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education). Each episode will feature two challenges testing the artists’ abilities and drive, beginning with a mini art-stunt dubbed “The Hustle,” where the contestants must create a quick piece while confronted by environmental obstacles. The winner is given an advantage in the next challenge, “The Throwdown.” In this elimination round, the competing artists will be tested on their stamina, strength and efficiency as they create a large-form piece or mural in hard to reach locations and under harsh conditions. Joining BUA on the judges’ panel is the Director of Pop International Galleries, Lauren Wagner, who brings a fresh perspective to the competition and demonstrates that there is an ability to merge the gallery and street art worlds together.

TV by the Numbers

posted 10/2/14

Taking the Ride
Studio Glam Takes 300 Second Game to MIPCOM
From C21 Media
Israel’s Studio Glam is heading to Mipcom with two new formats, a gameshow in which contestants have 300 seconds to win US$1m and a factual entertainment series revolving around Facebook.

300 Sec Ride is a primetime studio-based show where contestants must answer eight questions in 300 seconds, during which time a specially built mechanism moves them from one side of the studio to the other. Tel Aviv-based Studio Glam said it has pre-sold the format to international broadcasters.

C21 Media

posted 10/2/14

Sky1 Gets Fanaticized
Baz Ashmawy to Front New Game for Fans
From Digital Spy
50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy star Baz Ashmawy has landed a new game show on Sky1.

Ashmawy - who recently took his mother on an adventure around the world - will host the new quiz The Fanatics.

Baz Ashmawy at the Irish premiere of 'Seven Psychopaths' at The Savoy Cinema
© WENN

The show will pit three superfans against each other to find out who is the most devoted to their chosen subject.

Further details of the program have not yet been revealed, although Sky1 promised that the contestants will have to demonstrate "incredible powers of recall, observation, dexterity and an unprecedented level of knowledge".

Only one person will be crowned The Fanatic by the end of the quiz.

The Fanatics will air on Sky1 early next year.

Digital Spy
Televisual

posted 10/2/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Scratch That"

  • "Wheel", "Jeopardy!" to get lottery tickets (Providence Journal)
     
  • Evel Dick Donato says he got HIV from a stripper... "I think" (TMZ)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Amazing Race is making a pit stop at Chinook Winds on Saturday (Wheel will be next week) (The News Guard)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: David Letterman proves exactly how long-reaching (and utterly pointless) "What Women Want" has become (YouTube)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: the new season of "Project Runway All-Stars" (Lifetime, October 30) (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • Survivors ready.... GO!.... to couples therapy (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Mario Lopez admits to doing... a lot of things... that he's ashamed of (Us Magazine)
     
  • Alfonso Ribeiro is bringing back the Carlton (Huffington Post)

posted 10/2/14

Fifth Harmony
NBC Renews "The Sing-Off" for Another Holiday Season
From The Hollywood Reporter
NBC is bringing back The Sing-Off.

The singing competition series will return for a fifth cycle.

The a cappella competition show from Sony Pictures Television and Mark Burnett's One Three Media will return as a holiday event. It's unclear how many episodes will be produced or what the airdate pattern will be. Casting for season five is currently underway.

NBC renewed The Sing-Off for a fourth season in 2013 — after the show had been off the air for nearly a year and a half. The network broadcast the series last year as a seven-night event, similar to its original broadcast pattern before the series briefly switched to a weekly series in 2011. Season four ended with a record low for the franchise, with 5.2 million total viewers and a 1.3 among adults 18-49 when it aired on the day before Christmas Eve last year.

It's unclear which, if any, of season four's judges and hosts will be back. Season four featured the returns of Nick Lachey, Shawn Stockman and Ben Folds with Jewel replacing Sara Bareilles.

The return of The Sing-Off comes as NBC also has high-profile live musical Peter Pan in the works for a Dec. 4 broadcast.

The Hollywood Reporter
TV by the Numbers

posted 10/1/14

Tuesday: Second Verse, Same as the First
NBC, CBS Split the Night
From The Futon Critic
NBC (12.017 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with a two-hour "The Voice" (13.535 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1) and "Chicago Fire" (8.983 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.4, #3).

The silver then went to CBS (15.280 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) with week two of its "NCIS" (18.645 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2), "NCIS: New Orleans" (16.444 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #4) and "Person of Interest" (10.752 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5) lineup.

Next up was ABC (4.907 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and the premieres of "Selfie" (4.885 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7) and "Manhattan Love Story" (4.275 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8) plus originals from "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (4.543 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6) and "Forever" (5.599 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T8).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.177 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up new episodes of "Utopia" (2.016 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12), "New Girl" (2.352 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #10) and "The Mindy Project" (2.325 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #11).

And finally, The CW (0.995 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with its annual special "iHeartRadio Music Festival, Night 2" (0.995 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

On cable, "Ink Master" was the top demo draw with 1.167 million viewers. "Face Off" and "Chopped" had more total viewers with 1.298 million and 1.296 million respectively. "@midnight" held firm with 556,000.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/1/14

Not My Mama's Holiday Bake Off
Bobby Deen Hosts Food's "Holiday Baking Championship" November 9
From The Futon Critic
From cookie exchanges, to holiday pies, to fruitcakes and gingerbread houses, eight bakers show off their holiday dessert traditions, and superb baking skills as they compete on Food Network's Holiday Baking Championship, premiering Sunday, November 9th at 9:00pm ET/PT. In order to survive this festive competition, hosted by Bobby Deen, contestants must prove their abilities to win a sweet spot in the hearts of judges Duff Goldman (Ace of Cakes), Nancy Fuller (Farmhouse Rules), and Lorraine Pascale (Lorraine's Fast, Fresh and Easy Food). Only one winner will take home the grand prize of $50,000 and the title of Holiday Baking Champion.

"Holiday Baking Championship celebrates the delicious desserts, classic flavors and ingredients of the season that are sure to get viewers in the holiday spirit," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network. "Bakers will have their skills tested along with their ability to improvise on their family recipes to design the most scrumptious sweets and holiday treats."

In each of the six hour-long episodes, competitors tackle traditional holiday desserts in challenges that are not as easy as a piece of pie. Will the bakers be able to makeover the much-maligned fruitcake? Can they create anything but a pie with a store-bought pie crust? Will they be able to translate their favorite holiday memory into a delectable dessert? On the first episode, the bakers' talents are tested with a cookie challenge. In the pre-heat round, the competitors must open their presents to reveal baking tools that must be used to create the best holiday cookies. One contestant will win a special advantage in the main heat challenge, where they need to make a dozen of three different types of cookies using the classic holiday ingredients - bittersweet chocolate, fresh oranges and toffee bits. They must not let the cookie crumble when curveballs are thrown their way.

Fans can also access all-new recipes, see behind-the-scenes photos and join judge Duff Goldman each week at FoodNetwork.com/BakingChampionship for a special web-exclusive video series featuring fantasy creations based on each episode's theme. Plus, join the baking banter on Twitter using #BakingChampionship.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/1/14

Electus' MIPCOM List
On Offer: Bet on Your Baby, Food Fighters, Moment of Truth
From The Futon Critic
Multimedia entertainment studio Electus, an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI), today unveiled highlights of its television programming slate from its global distribution arm, Electus International. This new block of television programming includes original series concepts developed by Electus and its creative partners, as well as successful third party series that Electus has acquired for international distribution. These will be brought to market at MIPCOM in Cannes, France, which begins on October 13, 2014.

"Our goal of consistently bringing our clients the most diverse programming available stems from Electus International's deep commitment to provide the best content in the distribution business," said John Pollak, President of Electus International. "The titles we bring to the market have proven global appeal and this couldn't be more true than with our new lineup."

Dating Naked: From Lighthearted Entertainment, a new social experiment provides daters with a radical dating experience where they bare everything - before they bare their souls. Each week on a primitive island resort, far from the masks of modern society, daters will go on exotic dates and be naked every step of the way. (S1 11x60 for VH1, S2: 10x60)

Food Fighters: Food Fighters is a high-stakes culinary game show that takes the best amateur home cooks in America out of their kitchens and puts their cooking skills and best recipes to the test. In this epic kitchen battle, the home cooks go head-to-head with the most formidable professional chefs in America! Fighting their way to the grand prize with access to only three culinary lifelines, our home cooks climb the money ladder as the winnings increase with every chef they knock out. (8x60 for NBC)

Canada's Smartest Person: Canada's Smartest Person is a new interactive television series that redefines what it means to be smart. The show challenges the myth that to be smart you need to have a high IQ, be a math whiz or trivia buff. Every week four new hopefuls battle it out in front of a live studio audience in six categories of smarts: musical, physical, social, logical, visual and linguistic. In the series finale eight finalists will go head-to-head to earn the title of Canada's Smartest Person. It's a whole new way of looking at smarts! (2x120, 7x60 for CBC)

King of the Nerds: King of the Nerds takes the glory of geekdom to a whole new level as 11 competitors live together in "Nerdvana." Each week, they must face challenges that test their intellect, ingenuity, skills and pop culture prowess. In each episode, the nerds first compete as teams and then as individuals, facing challenges that range from live gaming to a dance-off to life-sized chess. (S1: 8x60; S2: 8x60, S3: 8x60 for TBS)

The Moment of Truth: In The Moment of Truth, game show contestants are given a polygraph test and asked 21 hard-hitting, personal and sometimes embarrassing questions in front of a live audience in order to win a cash prize. (S1: 25x60, S2: 13x60 for Fox)

Tahiti Quest: In this French format, five families travel to the ultimate island paradise: Tahiti. For five incredible weeks families compete twice a day in competitions rooted in Polynesian culture. The winner gets to help another family of their choice and each day each family accumulates tokens that signify their success. After the first week, the lowest-scoring family per episode is eliminated. In the finale, the two remaining families face off in the ultimate contest of family teamwork, endurance, and determination. The winning family walks away with a life-changing amount of cash and a one month vacation in a dream paradise of their very own. (5x90 for Gulli)

Bet on Your Baby: Bet on Your Baby is a prime-time game show where families compete to see which parents can predict their child's next move. During each episode, five families with children between the ages of 2 and 3 � play a self-contained challenge, i.e. against themselves, rather than against other families. The parents play the game in front of a live studio audience, whilst the babies play in the "Baby Dome"; a playful fun room, where they have NO idea that they are on TV or that any bet is being made. Those that advance compete for the chance to win $50,000 toward their toddler's college fund. (S1: 8x60, S2: 8x60 ABC)

The Futon Critic

posted 10/1/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Things That Matter"

  • Jim Ed Brown host of one of TNN's first talent shows, "You Can Be A Star", has lung cancer (Hollywood.com)
     
  • Evel Dick Donato: I have HIV (People)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Think you're funny? Jimmy Fallon wants a word (Reality Wanted)
     
  • Gilbert Gottfried's "You Fool!" episode... 15 years later (Decider)
     
  • Donald Trump just wants to remind fans of "Black-Ish" that he has a Twitter account (USA Today)

posted 10/1/14

Skin Is In
GSN Renews "Skin Wars" for Season 2
From the Hollywood Reporter
GSN is betting on more Skin Wars.

On the heels of a strong summer ratings performance, the cable network has renewed the body-painting competition series for a 10-episode second season.

Rebecca Romijn returns as host, along with judges RuPaul Charles, Craig Tracy and Robin Slonina.

Skin Wars, which wrapped its freshman run Sept. 24, delivered the highest-rated finale for GSN to date. And over the course of the season, the series boosted the network’s performance among female demos by double digits and nearly doubled viewership in its Wednesday time period. It also had a weekly digital after-show, Skin Wars: The Naked Truth, hosted by YouTube star and makeup expert Kandee Johnson.

“We are thrilled that young audiences tuned in to witness the astonishing work of these contestants,” said Amy Introcaso-Davis, executive vp programming at GSN. “Skin Wars represents GSN’s commitment to celebrate artistry through skill-based competition and we cannot wait for viewers to see what we have in store for them with season two.”

Skin Wars is executive produced by Michael Levitt, Jill Goularte and Romijn. Tracy and Slonina are producers.

GSN’s original programming portfolio includes Idiotest, The American Bible Challenge, the Jerry Springer-hosted Baggage on the Road and the recently renewed It Takes a Church and The Chase.

The Hollywood Reporter
Broadway World

posted 9/30/14

Syndies: Back in Business
Results for the Week Ending September 21
From TV by the Numbers
Judge Judy was the top regular weekday syndicated program in Household ratings for the 26th consecutive week and also won with total viewers for the week ending September 21, 2014.

Most of the veteran game shows made their season bows. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune opened with a 6.3, up 9% for the week and down 2% from last year at this time. CTD’s Jeopardy! buzzed in with a 6.1, up 7% from the previous week and 5% from last year. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud posted a 5.1, picking up 2% for the week and 11% from one year ago. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire, with new host Terry Crews, dropped 5% from premiere and 14% from last year to a 1.9.

TV by the Numbers
B&C

posted 9/30/14

Monday: NBC Back in Demo Front
CBS Takes Total Viewers
From the Futon Critic
Week two of the 2014-15 season kicked off with NBC (12.045 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1) still on top thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (12.740 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.9, #2) and "The Blacklist" (10.655 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.8, #T5).

CBS (12.304 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2) then claimed the silver with a new "The Big Bang Theory" (16.177 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.7, #1) followed by a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (12.317 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.1, #3), a new "Scorpion" (13.229 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.0, #4) and the return of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9.435 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T8).

Next up was FOX (6.216 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #3) with originals from "Gotham" (7.330 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.8, #T5) and "Sleepy Hollow" (5.102 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.7, #10).

Meanwhile, ABC (12.214 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #4) served up a new "Dancing with the Stars" (12.690 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T8) and the season premiere of "Castle" (11.263 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.4, #7).

And finally, The CW (0.914 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) offered up its annual presentation of "iHeartRadio Music Festival, Night 1" (0.914 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11).

At midnight, Comedy Central's "@midnight" attracted 585,000.

On Sunday, Food Network rated thusly...

- 8p: Guy's Grocery Games - 1.078 million
- 9p: The Great Food Truck Race (finale) - 1.391 million
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen - 1.194 million

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/30/14

Elisabeth Murdoch to Step Down
"MasterChef" Producer Will Not Oversee Three-Way Merger
From Sydney Morning Herald
Elisabeth Murdoch will walk away from the TV production empire she built when the planned merger between her Shine Group and two other companies, Endemol and Core Media, is finalized.

The 46-year-old daughter of media titan Rupert Murdoch launched Shine in 2001 and has remained in charge of it for the last two years since its acquisition by 21st Century Fox - then News Corp - in 2011 for $US675 million ($772 million).

Once the merger is finalized, the younger Murdoch will step down and former BSkyB content executive Sophie Turner Laing will assume the title of chief executive officer.

The merged entity will be the biggest production company in the world.

It will also control some of the most successful television programming in the world, including Shine's formats MasterChef, The Biggest Loser and The Face.

Endemol's program library includes the Big Brother format at the game show Deal or No Deal. Core owns the reality formats American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance.

The content controlled by the Shine-Endemol-Core merged entity is, however, top heavy with reality formats. The companies are less productive in the realm of scripted programming.

Sydney Morning Herald
Deadline

posted 9/30/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "A Model's Life"

  • Gwendolyn Osborne-Smith moves to TBS for "The Smiths" (... featuringhernbastarandbasketballanalysthusbandkenny) (Deadline)
     
  • Ashley Hebert gives birth to Bachelorette baby (Us Magazine)
     
  • "Billy the Board" goes to Cannes (World Screen)
     
  • Craig Ferguson plays Wichita November 14 (The Wichita Eagle)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Alex Trebek... has a brainfart (YouTube)

posted 9/30/14

The Biggest Loser Turns 10
NBC Plans Month-Long Celebration
From the Futon Critic
October will mark the 10-year anniversary month of NBC's popular series "The Biggest Loser," celebrating over 33,000 pounds lost in the first 15 seasons of the show. Including the season 16 contestants on the current edition, "The Biggest Loser: Glory Days" (airing Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET on NBC), the series has helped 310 contestants dramatically transform their health and their lives. The series moves to one-hour episodes starting October 2.

From the heaviest contestant (Michael Ventrella, season 9) weighing 526 pounds, who lost the highest percentage of weight his season to win the grand prize of $250,000, to the oldest player (Jerry Hayes, season 7) who at age 63, won the at-home, eliminated contestant prize of $100,000, the contestants have proven that no obstacle is too great in learning how to live a healthy lifestyle. Since the series premiere in October of 2004, "The Biggest Loser" has also sparked four marriages and two engagements among contestants who fell in love while going through their weight loss journeys.

As part of the anniversary celebration during the month of October, host Alison Sweeney and trainers Bob Harper, Dolvett Quince, Jessie Pavelka and Jennifer Widerstrom will be live tweeting along with fan favorite, past season contestants during episodes of "The Biggest Loser: Glory Days." Viewers can join the social conversation and follow along using #BL10years. The current season features all former athletes, ranging from former NFL players to Olympic gold medalists to athletes who were standouts in high school and college.

PEOPLE will also be hosting a "where are they now" photo gallery on their website, www.People.com, featuring current photos and updates from popular past season contestants.

The Futon Critic


"The Biggest Loser" celebrates its 10th anniversary

photo courtesy NBCUniversal

po
sted 9/29/14

Friday: Sharks vs. Race
ABC, CBS Split Night
From the Futon Critic
ABC (6.903 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was the demo champ on Friday thanks to the return of "Shark Tank" (6.884 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2), a second hour of "Shark Tank" (7.387 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "20/20" (6.439 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T2).

CBS (8.363 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) then was the most-watched network with the respective premieres of "The Amazing Race" (5.519 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7), "Hawaii Five-0" (8.930 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) and "Blue Bloods" (10.639 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6).

Next up was NBC (6.166 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) with a rebroadcast of "The Mysteries of Laura" (4.768 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and a new two-hour "Dateline NBC" (6.865 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.178 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up a new "Utopia" (1.859 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and an "Gotham" (2.497 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) encore.

And finally, a new "Masters of Illusion" (1.102 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) led into repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.902 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "America's Next Top Model" (0.594 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.798 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Hollywood Reporter
The Futon Critic
Entertainment Weekly

posted 9/29/14

More on "Food Truck Face Off"
Catch It on Food Thursday!
From New York Post
One-time “The Bachelor” star Jesse Palmer says his new hosting gig on Food Network’s “Food Truck Face Off” is a far cry from his experience on the dating show a decade ago.

“This is obviously a completely different genre versus what I did in 2004,” says Palmer, laughing. “There’s a lot of heat in this show — but it’s confined to the kitchen.”

That said, the current ESPN college football analyst thinks there’s plenty of drama and heartache on “Face Off,” which premieres at 8 p.m. Thursday.

“There’s a lot of emotion,” he says. “It’s the ultimate reality television — there’s no doubt about it.”

On “Face Off,” two-person teams create and sell street-friendly fare in a competition to win a customized food truck for one year. A panel of judges rates the taste, service and presentation of the teams’ cuisines, which range from Southern-fried to vegetarian Indian.

In a final showdown, competitors face off to raise the most money — and thereby win their coveted vehicle — alongside other already-established food trucks in cities including Miami, LA, Austin, Texas, and Palmer’s hometown of Toronto, Canada.

“I think people think it’s an easy thing — just no stress, that you’re laughing, having a good time in the kitchen with your buddy,” says Palmer, a 2001-04 quarterback for the New York Giants. “It could not have been more the opposite.”

Contestants come from a variety of backgrounds and levels of expertise. Whether they’re seasoned restaurant chefs or amateur cooks armed with family recipes, they must juggle an intense mix of challenges, including long lines of impatient customers, supply shortages, technical issues (like suddenly non-functioning propane stoves) and flavor-starved recipes that turn off the judges’ palates.

“It becomes pretty obvious how important winning this thing is to them and how it can change their lives. But the challenges they had to go through were very physically, very emotionally taxing,” he says. “It sounds cliché, but blood, sweat and tears — all of those things were shed on this show.”

New York Post

posted 9/29/14

More on "Canada's Smartest Person"
Catch It on CBC Sundays!
From CBC News
Intelligence is about more than IQ tests and final exams—at least that’s what Jessi Cruickshank is out to prove as the host of CBC’s new series, Canada’s Smartest Person.

The 9-part season will see 32 of Canada’s brightest minds go head-to-head in a series of challenging tests until only one person remains.

"The challenges we're making these people do are kind of out of control," said Cruickshank. "We're taking it all over the map and that's what makes it so fun."

Unlike average quiz shows, Cruickshank says Canada’s Smartest Person throws out old theories of determining intelligence. Instead, the competition breaks things down into six major facets: linguistic, visual, musical, social, logical and physical.

To truly be 'smart', contestants must be well-rounded and have a little bit of intelligence in each category.

"It's a whole new way of measuring intelligence. And for us, it's a really fun way of measuring it," said Cruickshank.

The challenges will cover everything from a lie detector test to an electronic dance challenge to a motivational speech, where contestants must convince a peewee hockey team to get up and get inspired to win.

CBC News

posted 9/29/14

DEAL! for 10th Season
Noel Edmonds' Version of the World-Famous Game Renewed
From Bristol Post
Hit Bristol TV show Deal Or No Deal has been commissioned for a 10th series.

The Noel Edmonds-fronted game show where contestants pit their wits against the mysterious banker has been a mainstay of Channel 4’s daytime offering for nearly a decade.

Last year it moved from the Paintworks to the Bottle Yard in Hengrove, the former bottling plant which has been turned into a film studios.

The show’s latest commission will run through to the end of 2015, marking its 10th anniversary on UK television.

The deal will see Remarkable Television, part of Endemol, produce 288 new episodes for Channel 4, bringing the total number to nearly 3,000.

BBC Studios and Post Production transformed a 3,000-square metre section of the Bottle Yard site into a permanent home for the show in 2013.

Fiona Francombe, site director of The Bottle Yard Studios said: “We are delighted to have confirmation of Deal or No Deal’s recommission.

“The flexibility of the space we have here meant that BBC Studios and Post Production were able to build an entirely bespoke studio, which has proven to be a huge success, meeting all of the production’s needs.

“We love having the show on-site and its fantastic news that it will now run into its tenth year on our TV screens.”

David Conway, acting CEO of BBC Studios and Post Production, added: “We are excited to be supporting another series of Deal or No Deal from The Bottle Yard Studios and providing fully managed studio services once more.

“Being able to design and build the production facilities from scratch last year, meant we could work with Remarkable Television to create facilities that were tailored to their production needs.

“For us as a media company, Bristol continues to be a fantastic city to work in. We have an excellent partnership with the Bottle Yard Studios and are very much open to offering bespoke, studio services to other clients from this location.”

Deal or No Deal first launched on Channel 4 in the UK in 2005. Since the show began over £39 million has been paid out in prize money to over 2,650 contestants.

Bristol Post

posted 9/29/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Not My Circus"

  • Craig Ferguson never wanted David Letterman's chair (People)
     
  • Chris Soules begins filming his "Bachelor" season (Christian Today)
     
  • Jeff Probst is asking for one-liners. Time to play "What's My Zinger!" (Twitter @JeffProbst)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: 100 people surveyed, top 14 answers on the board. Name a "Family Feud" question that has given Steve Harvey conniptions (Hitfix)
     
  • Sophia Bush in regards to a "Jeopardy!" clue... socially just or just "social justice warrior"? (Empty Lighthouse)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! not a fan of Donald Trump? Sick of him pretending to run for president? Congratulations! You were born (screwed) up! (Mediaite - NSFW for language)
     
  • Wolfgang Puck not a big fan of the "Top Chef" (The Braiser)

posted 9/29/14

The Second Wizard War
Syfy Picks Up Freshman Summer Hit
From the Futon Critic
Syfy has ordered six additional one-hour episodes of its exciting competition series, Wizard Wars. The series challenges bright and innovative young magicians to impress judges Penn & Teller with mind-blowing, original magic using only a random assortment of everyday objects. The series is expected to return in January 2015, showcasing magicians from Chicago, Philadelphia, Las Vegas and more.

Wizard Wars debuted August 19 to over one million Live +SD total viewers tuning in, growing substantially in the timeslot from previous weeks and year-to-year. In Live +7, the premiere grew to 1.3 million total viewers. Wizard Wars' first season so far ranks as Syfy's #1 new unscripted series this year among males. The series has also demonstrated success on Friday nights with its most recent encore showing at 10 p.m. ET/PT (Sept. 5) earning 1.1 million total viewers and growing from that week's new episode.

The Futon Critic
Hollywood Reporter

posted 9/26/14

Thursday: How To Get Away With Thursday
All-Shonda Rhimes Lineup Wins Night for ABC by Less Than 1M
From the Futon Critic
CBS (11.859 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1) held onto the demo crown on Thursday with its presentation of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (8.450 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.7, #5) and "Thursday Night Football" (12.541 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.5, #1).

ABC (11.900 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #2) then was the most-watched network with the return of "Grey's Anatomy" (9.776 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.0, #4) and "Scandal" (11.916 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.8, #T2) followed by the launch of "How to Get Away with Murder" (14.007 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #T2).

Next up was NBC (4.399 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with a new "The Biggest Loser" (4.467 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8) and the season premiere of "Parenthood" (4.262 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (4.342 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up the season opener to "Bones" (6.218 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6) alongside a rebroadcast of "Sleepy Hollow" (2.466 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.641 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "The Originals" (0.568 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) on The CW (0.604 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable, "Project Runway" was the top game with 2.238 million. "@midnight" ended the week with 635,000. "Beat Bobby Flay" garnered 761,000. "Snack-Off" is ready for the check with 410,000.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/26/14

Tug Is War
Israeli Format Heads to Global Agency
From World Screen
Global Agency and Israel's TV Format Fund are bringing the new game-show format TUG out to the worldwide market.

The format was created by July August Productions together with Michael Rothschild. Global Agency has the exclusive distribution rights. TUG features a game of tug-of-war. In this game, however, it takes brains instead of muscle. Two teams of three will go head to head in a tug-of-war of knowledge. They stand on moving platforms on top of a money tree on the stage. The members will then take turns in a trivia-based tug-of-war.

Izzet Pinto, the CEO of Global Agency, said: “We are delighted to partner with TV Format Fund on TUG. They made a big impression to enter the market last year to bridge the gap between the television industry and the world of business finance by producing and re-casting export-worthy television formats. Israel is one of the world’s most innovative and creative markets; we are happy that TV Format Fund has been one of our strong partners in this region."

"I believe they have all made the right choice by working with Global Agency," said Rothschild. "As a worldwide distributor, we offer an outstanding opportunity to spread the project to many territories. In addition, the show's authenticity makes it a perfect acquisition opportunity for us. We can’t wait to present it to our customers at MIPCOM.”

Nir Shichvager, executive associate and project manager of TV Format Fund, said: “TV Format Fund is a financial body that invests in television formats. At the Fund we welcome and encourage international cooperation, as we believe that through joining forces internationally we can leverage each format we invest in, and help it to reach new and diverse territories and markets. The Fund strives to maximize the potential of each and every format."

World Screen

posted 9/26/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "America"

  • "Shark Tank", now in its sixth season, becomes the most American Japanese import since the Camry (Grantland)
     
  • Randy Jackson's been voted out of his wife's life.... dawg (TMZ)
     
  • An "American Ninja Warrior" (the second-most American Japanese import since the Camry) speaks to a class (WAFF Huntsville)
     
  • Okay, Gwen Stefani... what is the name of Miranda Lambert's husband AND your fellow coach? (Reality TV Magazine)
     
  • Ben Gleib is a longtime game show fan. The words "Press Your Luck" come up a lot during this interview (The Interrobang)
     
  • Todd Newton returns to KC to host the Mid-America Emmys (Kansas City Live)
     
  • Alexander Armstrong & Richard Osman make a pointless trip to a bookstore next month (Watford Observer)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: 8 game shows that were really. REALLY. Bad. #3 is a long-runner. (HLN)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Terry Crews (Rolling Stone), who says that he could've been in Ray Rice's shoes if not for a twist of fate (The Grio)

posted 9/26/14

Number 1... for 28 Years Running!
CBS Daytime Breaks Its Own Record
From TV by the Numbers
CBS Daytime ended the 2013-2014 broadcast year #1 for the 28th consecutive year with LET'S MAKE A DEAL and The Talk both finishing with their largest audiences ever, while THE PRICE IS RIGHT, The Bold AND THE BEAUTIFUL and THE YOUNG AND The Restless delivered their largest audiences in years, according to Nielsen most current ratings for the 2013-2014 television year.

· LET'S MAKE A DEAL 1 averaged 2.93 million viewers and LET'S MAKE A DEAL 2 averaged 3.39m viewers, both up +9% from a year ago to series bests.

· THE PRICE IS RIGHT 1 averaged 4.83m viewers, increasing +8% and delivering its largest audience since 2004-2005. Meanwhile, THE PRICE IS RIGHT 2, daytime's #1 program, averaged 5.60m viewers, was up +5%, marking its largest audience since 2006-2007.

TV by the Numbers

posted 9/25/14

Wednesday: The End and the Beginning
CBS, NBC Split Night. Again
From the Futon Critic
CBS (8.316 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday thanks to the 90-minute premiere of "Survivor: San Juan del Sur" (9.648 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3) followed by the 90-minute finale of "Big Brother 16" (6.983 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.6, #4).

ABC (7.897 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) then claimed the silver with its premiere mix of "The Middle" (7.392 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T6), "The Goldbergs" (6.969 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 2.3, #5), "Modern Family" (10.935 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1), "Black-ish" (10.794 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #2) and "Nashville" (5.647 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T9).

Next up was NBC (9.475 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) with week two of "The Mysteries of Laura" (9.874 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T9) followed by the return of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (10.098 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T6) and "Chicago PD" (8.454 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #8).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.525 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) served up originals from "Hell's Kitchen" (3.665 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #11) and "Red Band Society" (3.385 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #12).

And finally, the season finale of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.510 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and a repeat "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.382 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) closed out the evening on The CW (1.446 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable, "@midnight" logged in 658,000. "The Ultimate Fighter" brought in 433,000.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Vulture
Washington Post

posted 9/25/14

The Hub: 2010-2014
Discovery Takes Majority Stake, Will Rebrand "Family Game Night" Network
From TV by the Numbers
Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK) and Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS) today announced The Hub Network will become Discovery Family Channel effective October 13, 2014. The network will broaden its programming focus to serve families in primetime and continue to showcase Hasbro Studios award-winning children’s content in daytime.

During the daytime, Discovery Family Channel will offer a robust line up of brand new Hasbro Studios’ series as well as beloved library programming, including MY LITTLE PONY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS, while during primetime, the network will serve a growing family audience that began to develop under The Hub Network. Primetime programming will draw from Discovery’s three decades of leadership in creating the highest-quality, real-world content that appeals to the entire family in the Natural History, Adventure, Animals and Science genres. Initial series will include SUPERHUMAN, TIME WARP, Flying Wild Alaska, AFRICA and EXTREME ENGINEERING: BIGGEST REVEALS.

“The next chapter of our collaboration will harness the incredible content strengths of both Discovery and Hasbro to program Discovery Family Channel with highly-rated award-winning storytelling around Hasbro’s brands and Discovery’s most popular non-fiction shows that appeal to both children and families alike,” said Hasbro President & CEO Brian Goldner. “Discovery Communications has a nearly 30-year track record of building television brands that create maximum value for advertisers and distributors through their world-class raft of programming and we look forward to evolving this network together.”

Under the executive management of Group President Henry Schleiff, Tom Cosgrove will assume the role of general manager of Discovery Family Channel and will manage all network operations and programming, working closely with the Hasbro Studios team as the new channel will prominently feature Hasbro Studios-produced content in daytime. Schleiff has overseen the successful turnaround and growth of several networks within the Discovery portfolio. Previously, Cosgrove served as executive vice president and chief operating officer of Discovery Channel and Science Channel and has held senior leadership positions at ABC Family, Fox Family, Fox Kids and TV Guide Channel prior to his time at Discovery. Most recently, he led 3net and 3net Studios.

“Hasbro is a world-class company with franchises and characters that appeal to kids and families around the world. They have been terrific partners over the past several years as we developed our kids television audience in the U.S., and we look forward to a continued strong collaboration as we evolve to the Discovery Family Channel together,” said Discovery Communications President & CEO, David Zaslav. “Henry’s proficiency in developing and growing strong brands combined with Tom’s experience on Discovery’s flagship brand and deep background in family programming make for a perfect leadership team to drive the network toward future growth.”

The repositioning to Discovery Family Channel builds upon Discovery’s ongoing strategy to maximize its portfolio of channels to satisfy viewers and drive value for distributors and advertisers, while working alongside quality content partners to create long-term value. The Hub Network has grown from nearly 56 million homes in 2010 to approximately 70 million U.S. homes today. Since launch, the strong performance of Hasbro children’s content helped lift the network’s total day P2-11 delivery by +89% and for the past three years, The Hub Network has consistently been the most co-viewed children’s cable network among kids 2-11 watching with adults 18-49--a trend the partners plan to continue with Discovery Family.

“Brian and I want to thank the entire team at The Hub Network for their passion and dedication in building this brand over the past five years,” added Zaslav. “They are a fantastic group of executives, guided by a tremendously creative and inspiring leader in Margaret Loesch. We are grateful for their work in creating a channel of which Discovery and Hasbro have been incredibly proud.”

Discovery Family Channel will continue as a joint venture of Discovery Communications and Hasbro, with Discovery Communications taking a 60% ownership position in the new channel and Hasbro’s stake decreasing to 40%. The network will be consolidated and managed under the Discovery portfolio of networks.

TV by the Numbers

posted 9/25/14

Big Picture Show
Armoza Format Heads to MIPCOM
From World Screen
Talpa Global and Israel's A Cappella have entered into a partnership regarding the representation of the game show The Big Picture in the global market.

The show is created by TV host and renowned mentalist Nimrod Harel and A Cappella. It sees studio players get the chance to win big money by correctly answering 12 picture-based questions. If a player is unsure of the answer, he can enlist help from a connected player selected from among those viewers playing along at home in real time via The Big Picture App. The technology will enable the connected player to have their image show on the TV screen in studio, and they too will get a shot at winning an amount of the total prize money.

“Although we rarely enter into partnerships on third-party formats, we made an exception with A Cappella as we believe The Big Picture is such a unique connected format that’s going to change the perception of the game show," said Maarten Meijs, the managing director of Talpa Global.

Meijs added: "It isn’t a show with an app, it’s a show that is an app. We have a lot of experience with digital extensions, such as the multiplatform project Utopia, and What Do I Know?!, which is offered with an integrated live play-along app. So we’re technically ready to launch the first game show in which the viewer, by using the special Big Picture app, is actually able to participate on the TV program on-screen in real time and win big money.”

Einat Shamir, the CEO of A Cappella, commented: “Talpa is highly experienced in successfully rolling out formats internationally, and is focused on connected formats and extending brands to other platforms. The Big Picture is a game changer and we believe this format will become the benchmark to how game shows will interact with their audiences wherever they might be. After all, the audience at home wants to be an active participant and influence what they watch on the screen in real time, and The Big Picture enhances the viewing habits of our audience, allowing its viewers to take home the cash prize from the comfort of their couch. We’re convinced our partnership aimed at taking The Big Picture all over the world will be a successful one. "

Worldscreen
Realscreen
Broadcast

posted 9/25/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Perform"

posted 9/25/14


... This Is Jeopardy!?
Sports Jeopardy! Premieres Today on Crackle!
From HNGN
“Sports Jeopardy!” executive producer Harry Friedman gave a straightforward pitch for his new quiz show: “It’s sports and ‘Jeopardy!’ End of pitch,” he told The New York Times.

The sports-themed “Jeopardy!” will premiere on Crackle, a video-streaming website owned by Sony, on Sept. 24 and it’s one of the first digital game shows. The 30-minute show will debut a new episode weekly, and viewers can play along on the “Sports Jeopardy!” mobile app, released earlier this year.

“It just seemed like a natural extension of the ‘Jeopardy!’ format, and the growth of sports just simply can’t be denied,” said Friedman, who also produces “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel of Fortune.”

Veteran sportscaster Dan Patrick will host the program, which filmed on the actual “Jeopardy!” set in front of a live audience. Patrick even used the dressing room for “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek, who gave the new host some advice.

“He said ‘Have fun.’ That’s the one mistake he made early that he’s almost trying to make up for,” Patrick told The Hollywood Reporter.

Friedman and the “Jeopardy!” team pitched the sports-themed game show to ESPN almost 20 years ago, according to The New York Times. The network couldn’t find a place on its schedule where it didn’t compete with the original. The team pitched it again last fall as a digital entity.

“It’s where we’re headed with Millennials,” Patrick told USA Today about the online video consumption of the younger generation. “To be part of this process is exciting. It’s cutting edge.”

HNGN
Tubefilter
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The Wrap
Broadway World
New York Times
BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: The Daily Dot

photo courtesy Sony Pictures TV

posted 9/24/14

Tuesday: Big Easy Win
CBS, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic
NBC (11.807 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.6, #1) was the demo champ on night two of the 2014-15 season thanks to a two-hour "The Voice" (13.010 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.0, #1) and the return of "Chicago Fire" (9.403 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3).

CBS (15.252 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) then claimed the silver with its premiere lineup of "NCIS" (17.993 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.9, #2), "NCIS: New Orleans" (17.093 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #4) and "Person of Interest" (10.669 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6).

Next up was ABC (7.221 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) with a special "Dancing with the Stars" (9.603 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #8) results show followed by the season premiere of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (5.574 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.9, #5) and the time period launch of "Forever" (6.486 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.072 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up its trio of "Utopia" (1.936 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11), "New Girl" (2.320 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9) and "The Mindy Project" (2.099 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.697 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Supernatural" (0.655 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) on The CW (0.676 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

On cable, "Ink Master" drew with "Chopped", 1.261 million to 1.302 million. "@midnight" stayed up to 716,000. "Wizard Wars" signed off with 521,000. "IdioTest" averaged 306,000.

The Futon Critic
Entertainment Weekly
Showbuzz Daily
TV Media Insights

posted 9/24/14

You'll Like to Watch for Two More Years
CBS Renews Big Brother
From the Futon Critic
CBS has renewed the summer reality hit BIG BROTHER for its 17th and 18th editions for broadcast in summer 2015 and 2016. The series is hosted by Julie Chen.

Since premiering on CBS in the summer of 2000, BIG BROTHER has consistently finished among the summer's top-rated series in young demographics. This summer's edition is up +2% in viewers (7.56m from 7.39m) and +4% in adults 18-49 (2.7/09 from 2.6/08), while averaging 3.1/09 in adults 25-54 and 1.9/08 in adults 18-34. All three weekly broadcasts of BIG BROTHER rank among the top 10 programs of the summer in adults 18-49.

"BIG BROTHER continues to be the one of the summer's most dominant programs, and with each season, Allison and Rich produce the most twisted ways to evolve the series creatively," said Chris Castallo, CBS Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming. "With its one-of-a-kind format, coupled with its passionate, socially engaged fan base, no other show comes close to duplicating it."

"Big Brother After Dark," the ultimate fan after-show for BIG BROTHER with a live late-night look inside the House, has also been renewed for next summer. "Big Brother After Dark" will air exclusively on POP, a new cable network (currently known as TVGN) launching in 2015.

In addition to its popularity on broadcast and cable, BIG BROTHER is one of television's most socially engaged series. According to Nielsen's SocialGuide, BIG BROTHER is the #1 social broadcast reality show of the summer.

The Futon Critic
Entertainment Weekly
Variety
TV Media Insights

posted 9/24/14

Quiz Clash Goes from App to Screen
ITVS Options Format
From TBI Vision
ITV Studios has taken rights to the TV format based on the Quiz Clash mobile app.

Quiz Clash was created by FEO Media and claims to be the most popular mobile trivia game in the world with 37 million users across 14 territories. ITV Studios Germany has adapted it for TV with Quizduell launching on ARD channel Das Erste.

Viewers could play along with the show via a Quizduell app and it delivered solid ratings for Das Erste, averaging 1.3 million viewers.

ITV Studios Global Entertainment will now launch the format internationally.

Mike Beale, director of international formats, ITV Studios, said: “Quiz Duel is a tense, exciting quiz show with huge international potential and interest from broadcasters across the world is already high.”

FEO’s CEO Robert Willstedt said: “We are thrilled that the TV show has worked so well in Germany and look forward to working closely with ITVSGE to bring Quiz Duel to millions more viewers across the world.”

TBI Vision
Worldscreen
Worldscreen

posted 9/24/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Sports"

  • John Rocker calls "Survivor" the worst thing he's ever done. Even worse than, say, badmouthing every one and everything that isn't like you? (The Big Lead)
     
  • Tommy Chong wants Erin Andrews to touch his boob. Dave's still not here, man (The Big Lead)
     
  • Jeff Probst has a code with his wife on Survivor. The takeaway: Probst is married (People)
     
  • Is "What's My Line?" poised for a comeback? (Facebook - courtesy Randy West)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Terry Crews (Broadway World)

posted 9/24/14


Syndies: So Here's the Score So Far...
Celebrity Name Game... Night 1. PLUS Results for Week Ending September 14
From the Futon Critic & TV News Check
Season premieres for several high-profile shows highlighted the week ending Sept. 14.

Rookie access show Celebrity Name Game got a 0.8/2 primary run average for its premiere on Sept. 22. This was down 27% from its lead-in and down 33% from its year-ago time period average.

At the very top of the syndication chart, Judge Judy ruled for the 25th consecutive week, launching its 19th season with a 7.1, which was 22% higher than its closest competitor, Wheel of Fortune, at a 5.8.

Meanwhile, ABC is touting performances on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" with new host Terry Crews. "Millionaire" equaled its highest Household rating (2.0 rating) since May and top Women 25-54 rating since early March - since w/o 5/12/14 and w/o 3/3/14.

· "Millionaire" retained 100% of its year-ago premiere week Total Viewer count (2.8 million) and 95% in Homes (2.0 rating vs. 2.1 rating on w/o 9/2/13)

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

- 1. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.8 +5%
- 2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.7 +12%
- 3. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) 5.0 +6%
- 4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 2.0 +18%

The Futon Critic
CBS
TV Grapevine
Pop Matters
Zap2it
Daily Herald
TV News Check
TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic

photo courtesy CBS/Debmar Mercury

posted 9/23/14

Monday: And They're Off!
CBS Wins First Night of the New Season
From the Futon Critic
NBC (12.642 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.7, #1) opened the 2014-15 season on top with the season premieres of "The Voice" (12.736 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.9, #3) and "The Blacklist" (12.453 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.4, #4).

CBS (13.146 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #2) then was a close second place with the return of "The Big Bang Theory" (17.752 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.3, #2), a second "The Big Bang Theory" (17.985 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.4, #1), the premiere of "Scorpion" (14.008 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.3, #5) and the season finale of "Under the Dome" (7.561 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.8, #9).

Next up was FOX (6.767 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.6, #3) with the launch of "Gotham" (7.988 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 3.2, #6) followed by the season premiere of "Sleepy Hollow" (5.546 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (10.734 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) served up week two of "Dancing with the Stars" (11.970 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T7) alongside the special premiere of "Forever" (8.261 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #10).

And finally, repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.924 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.074 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and a new "America's Next Top Model" (1.166 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) closed out the evening for The CW (1.083 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

And at midnight, 554,000 tuned into... well, "@midnight".

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily
Pop Matters
Zap2it
Daily Herald
TV News Check
TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic

posted 9/23/14

Greece Steps Into "Hot Seat"
"Millionaire" Spinoff Heads to Skai TV
From C21 Media
A Greek broadcaster has become the latest to order a local version of Sony Pictures Television’s quizshow format Hot Seat.

Skai TV has commissioned a 180-episode run, that will be made by its in-house production team.

The show, which sees six contestants play against each other with the only lifeline being an opportunity to pass the question to the next competitor in line, has already been sold to TV2 in Denmark and Network Nine in Australia.

Meanwhile classic format Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? has reached Kyrgyzstan, where Magic Studio is making a 42×60′ first season for the Public Broadcasting Company of the Kyrgyz Republic.

In Turkey, broadcaster and producer ATV has renewed its version of the show, which first aired on ITV in the UK back in 1998, after ordering another 114 episodes. Meanwhile Prima in Romania has commissioned a third run of 36 episodes from local producer Zucchero.

C21 Media

posted 9/23/14

Sunday: The Weekend Before
NBC, CBS Split the Night Before the Start of the 2014 Season
From the Futon Critic
NBC (14.310 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.6, #1) was the demo champ on Sunday with its usual lineup of "Football Night in America #1" (5.264 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7), "Football Night in America #2" (5.970 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.2, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (13.083 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 5.0, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (18.032 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 7.2, #2).

CBS (17.439 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.8, #2) however was the most-watched network thanks to a full hour of "NFL Overrun" (27.347 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.3, #1) followed by "60 Minutes" (18.174 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.6, #4), the premiere of "Madam Secretary" (14.284 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #6) and the return of "The Good Wife" (9.951 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10).

Next up was FOX (2.729 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (2.240 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13), "The Simpsons" (2.190 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T13), another "The Simpsons" (3.068 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10), "Family Guy" (2.846 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T10), another "Family Guy" (3.062 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8) and the TBS-bound "American Dad" (2.967 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T8).

And finally, ABC (3.064 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) closed out the evening with its all-repeat lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.845 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #15), "Once Upon a Time" (2.672 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #16), "Resurrection" (2.511 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T17) and "Revenge" (2.230 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T17).

On cable, Food ranked thusly...

- 8p: Rachael vs. Guy: Kids Cook-Off (season finale): 1.973 million
- 9p: The Great Food Truck Race: 1.677 million
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen (season premiere): 1.330 million

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/23/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Hart Break on the Dance Floor"

  • Kevin Hart to guest judge for "Dancing with the Stars" (Us Magazine)
     
  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Ken Jennings tweets. The Internet tweets back. And they're not happy (E!)
     
  • Alfonso Ribeiro gets jiggy with it (Us Magazine)
     
  • Rita Ora in a chair turnover on "The Voice UK" (Deadline) PLUS stateside longevity (New York Times) and a Few Good Minutes with Gwen Stefani (Us Magazine)
     
  • We've had a game return, but we were also promised a refit on TPIR's Premiere Week.... Well, it's "time" for a change (Yahoo!)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the Ben Gleib (Jewish Daily Forward)

posted 9/23/14

MGM Buys In
Mark Burnett's One Three Media Sold for 55% Share
From Realscreen
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) has acquired a 55% stake in Mark Burnett, Roma Downey and Hearst Entertainment’s production companies One Three Media and Lightworks Entertainment.

The deal covers all of their interests in Survivor, The Voice, Shark Tank, The Apprentice and The Bible, which the U.S. media giant will consolidate into the new venture United Artists Media Group (UAMG), which will develop, produce and finance scripted and unscripted TV shows, movies and digital content.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Burnett will serve as CEO of UAMG and Downey will serve as president of LightWorkers Media, UAMG’s faith and family division. One Three Media COO Brian Edwards will now serve as the COO of UAMG.

In their new roles, Burnett and Downey will develop all UAMG projects and work with MGM’s distribution and marketing divisions to create a seamless business structure.

“Mark and Roma are without a doubt the most successful and dominant players in unscripted television and faith-based content, and we are excited to be distributing UAMG content worldwide,” said MGM chairman and CEO Gary Barber (pictured, center with Burnett and Downey) in a statement. “Together with Hearst Entertainment’s vast array of media assets and knowledge, MGM could not have wished for better partners to continue to grow the MGM business of creating premium content for distribution across multiple platforms.”

Realscreen

posted 9/22/14

GMA Loses the Money
Filipino Version of German Game Coming
From Tempo
Continuing to offer all-out entertainment, GMA Network brings to viewers the newest gameshow “Don’t Lose The Money”, hosted by Kapuso Prime leading man Tom Rodriguez.

A successful franchise from Germany, “Don’t Lose the Money” features two teams, with three members each, competing with each other. The team, who keeps the biggest amount of money at the end of the program, after going through grueling physical challenges, wins and gets to take home the money.

Viewers will definitely be thrilled and inspired as the players combine strength, courage, tactics, and strategic timing to win and fulfill their life goal.

Directed by Mark Reyes, “Don’t Lose The Money” airs from Monday to Friday after “Basta Every Day Happy”­ in GMA.

Tempo

posted 9/22/14


POLLY BERGEN: 1930-2014
Actress... Singer.... Gamer...
From Yahoo!/AP
Emmy-winning actress and singer Polly Bergen, who in a long career played the terrorized wife in the original Cape Fear and the first woman president in Kisses for My President, died Saturday, according to her publicist. She was 84.

Bergen died at her home in Southbury, Connecticut, from natural causes, said publicist Judy Katz, surrounded by family and close friends.

A brunette beauty with a warm, sultry singing voice, Bergen was a household name from her 20s onward. She made albums and played leading roles in films, stage musicals, and TV dramas. She also hosted her own variety series, was a popular game show panelist, and founded a thriving beauty products company that bore her name.

In recent years, she played Felicity Huffman’s mother on Desperate Housewives and the past mistress of Tony Soprano’s late father on The Sopranos.

Bergen won an Emmy in 1958 portraying the tragic singer Helen Morgan on the famed anthology series Playhouse 90. She was nominated for another Emmy in 1989 for best supporting actress in a miniseries or special for War and Remembrance.

Talking to women in a business group in 1968, she said her definition of success was “when you feel what you’ve done fulfills yourself, makes you happy and makes people around you happy.”

Born Nellie Paulina Burgin in Knoxville, TN, Bergen was 20 and already an established singer when she starred with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis in her first movie, At War With the Army. She joined them in two more comedies, That’s My Boy and The Stooge.

In 1953, she made her Broadway debut with Harry Belafonte in the revue John Murray Anderson’s Almanac. In 1957-58 she starred on the musical-variety The Polly Bergen Show on NBC, closing every broadcast with her theme song, The Party’s Over.

Also during the 1950s, she became a regular on the popular game show To Tell the Truth. She would later appear in the 1980 version with Robin Ward. She also played on Password All-Stars in 1962 & 1963; What's My Line? from 1958 to 1966 as a Mystery Guest on three occasions and one time panelist; The Game Game in 1970; Hollywood Sqauresin 1968 & 1971; Celebrity Sweepstakes in 1974.

Bergen published the first of her three advice books, The Polly Bergen Book of Beauty, Fashion and Charm, in 1962. That led to her own cosmetics company, which earned her millions.

Bergen became a regular in TV movies and miniseries, most importantly in the 1983 epic The Winds of War and its 1988 sequel, War and Remembrance. She appeared as the troubled wife of high-ranking Navy officer Pug Henry, played by Robert Mitchum.

Mitchum also had the key role in the landmark 1962 suspense film Cape Fear, as the sadistic ex-convict who terrorizes a lawyer (Gregory Peck) and his wife (Bergen) and daughter because he blames Peck for sending him to prison. The film was remade in 1991 by Martin Scorsese.

GSNN's Jason Huhn contributed to this report.

Yahoo!/AP
Wall Street Journal
Deadline
New York Times
ABC News
TV Week

photo courtesy Blogspot

posted 9/22/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "DWI"

  • Chris Nunez gets popped for DUI (TMZ)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: "Sports Jeopardy!" (Crackle, Wednesday) (Broadway World)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: 14 things we learned from "The Price Is Right" (Rotten Tomatoes)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the QI Elves (Radio Times)

posted 9/22/14

"Pointless" Goes Gold
Survey Quiz Wins Prestigious Rose d'Or
From Realscreen
Channel 4′s reality series Gogglebox (pictured) and BBC1 gameshow Pointless picked up top honors at the 53rd annual Rose d’Or Awards.

Organized by Eurovision, the awards – which recognize “the best and most creative TV, online and radio formats worldwide” – were handed out on September 17 at a ceremony in Berlin.

Gogglebox picked up the award for best reality and factual entertainment, beating out Married at First Sight (Snowman Productions) and The Kamaras Love You (Eyeworks).

Meanwhile, topping the arts category was Peter & The Wolf/Pierre et le Loup (Camera Lucida Productions), which won over Inside the Mind of Leonardo (BSkyB) and Music, Maestro (RTP).

Finally, Pointless picked up the game show prize, besting contenders Extraordinary Masters (Brainpool TV GmbH) and The Common Denominator (Armoza Formats).

Realscreen

posted 9/19/14

Thursday: Falcon PUNCH!
CBS Wins and Wins Big
From The Futon Critic
CBS (9.017 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1) was the top draw on Thursday thanks to week two of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (7.887 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (9.243 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1).

The silver then went to NBC (4.384 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) with a special two-hour "The Biggest Loser" (4.575 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) alongside a repeat of "The Mysteries of Laura" (4.001 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4).

Next up was ABC (3.591 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its repeat lineup of "Grey's Anatomy" (3.615 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Scandal" (3.350 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7) and another "Scandal" (3.809 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.089 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up rebroadcasts of "Sleepy Hollow" (2.056 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and another "Sleepy Hollow" (2.122 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.598 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "The Originals" (0.603 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) on The CW (0.600 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable, "Project Runway" scored 2.430 million, leading the charge. Food's "Beat Bobby Flay" cooked up 797,000.  Comedy Central's "@Midnight" finished the week with 614,000.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/19/14

ABC's Got 500 Questions
Network Orders Quiz Show from Mark Burnett, Mike Darnell
From TV by the Numbers
ABC has made a direct-to-series order for a new event game show, “500 Questions” (working title), from Emmy®-winning blockbuster executive producer Mark Burnett and his One Three Media (“Shark Tank,” “Survivor,” “The Voice”) and Warner Horizon Television (“The Voice,” “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette,” “Bachelor in Paradise”). The innovative “genius game show” is the brainchild of Burnett and Warner Bros. Unscripted and Alternative Television President Mike Darnell. It is scheduled to air in 2015, with the program testing the smarts — and nerve — of contestants in a pressure-packed, incredibly intense environment.

The series order for “500 Questions” continues ABC’s long and successful relationship with Burnett, who executive produces the network’s Emmy®-winning hit reality program “Shark Tank,” which returns for a sixth season this fall. “500 Questions” also reunites Burnett with Warner Bros.’ Darnell on a new project for the first time since the Burnett-produced game show “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?,” which Darnell put on the air during his tenure at FOX.

“I love this show. It (‘500 Questions’) is the first network game show to combine what audiences love about serialized unscripted hits with a huge game show event. It has ongoing characters and huge stakes,” said executive producer Mark Burnett.

Mike Darnell said, “I couldn’t be more excited to be back in business with my close friend and colleague Mark Burnett. We have done many shows together over the years, but one of our best experiences (both professionally and personally) was ‘Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?,’ and ever since, we have been trying to come up with another game show that would break new ground. I think we have finally cracked it with ‘500 Questions,’ and with Mark and his team on board, I have no doubt this is going to be the next international game show hit.”

Burnett is one the most successful producers in the history of television, with more than 2,900 hours of programming regularly airing in more than 70 countries around the world. Recent series produced by Burnett and One Three Media include “Shark Tank” on ABC, “The Voice” (in association with Warner Horizon Television) and “Celebrity Apprentice” on NBC, and “Survivor” on CBS. He also produced the MTV Movie Awards from 2007–2011 and the Primetime Emmy® Awards in 2011, and has produced the People’s Choice Awards since 2010.

Burnett and wife, Roma Downey, also produced the hit 10-hour miniseries “The Bible,” which set ratings records for History Channel in the U.S. and became a worldwide phenomenon, also ranking as the best-selling miniseries of all time on DVD. On the heels of its success, NBC commissioned the follow-up miniseries “A.D.: Beyond the Bible,” which will debut in 2015.

TV by the Numbers
Sydney Morning Herald
Realscreen
Entertainment Weekly
Los Angeles Times
Variety
B&C
Hollywood Reporter
The Wrap
TV Line
World Screen

posted 9/19/14

Million Dollar Math
Sarah Manchester Becomes "Wheel's" Third Millionaire
From Sony PR
On Wednesday night, Sarah Manchester, a math teacher from Silver Spring, Md., became the third contestant to win the $1 million dollar grand prize on Wheel of Fortune.

“This is a once in a lifetime event,” said an excited Manchester following her win. “I’m just soaking in every minute of it!”

Manchester’s $1,017,490 win did not come easy. The game was close with only $6,000 separating the first and third place finishes. Manchester solved the Prize Puzzle, winning a trip to the Dominican Republic and then brilliantly solved the third Toss Up Puzzle, “The Pacific Ocean,” with just a few letters revealed.

Going into the Bonus Round Manchester was so caught up in the moment she forgot she was going to be playing for the chance at $1 million dollars. “Oh, I forgot!” she said when host Pat Sajak reviewed her winnings with her. However, there were no problems when the bonus round puzzle “Loud Laughter” was revealed. “I saw it right away, so I called the letters and was able to solve pretty easily,” said Manchester of her winning solve.

The big win came during Wheel of Fortune’s “Teacher’s Week,” which kicked off the 32nd season of America’s Game®.

The $1 million dollar grand prize wedge was added to the Wheel in 2008, at the beginning of the show’s 26th season. If a contestant collects the wedge, solves the puzzle and makes it to the Bonus Round without hitting bankrupt, the top $100,000 cash prize is replaced by $1 million dollars on the Bonus Round Wheel. The first $1 million dollar grand prize was won by Michelle Lowenstein in October of 2008 and the second by Autumn Erhard in May of 2013.

Manchester is a middle school math teacher and coach of the math team at Tacoma Park Middle School, the same middle school she attended as a child. She has had a lot of practice solving Wheel of Fortune puzzles, having watched with her parents growing up and now challenging her own kids with cash prizes for each puzzle they solve before she does. Manchester was joined at the show’s taping by her father, Paul; husband, Dan; and children Alden and Raina.

“What a way to start the season,” said Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak following the win.

During the show’s closing segment, Sajak asked the newly minted millionaire if being a math teacher she had calculated the probability of winning the million dollars to which she gushed, “I assessed that the probability was low, but even unlikely events sometimes happen!”

Wednesday Replay
Uproxx
Calgary Herald
Cinema Blend
Washington Post
WLTI Live Extra - Interview with Sarah Manchester

posted 9/19/14

Tuesday: Talented? Yep.
"Dancing" #1 Show, NBC's the #1 Network
From The Futon Critic
NBC (9.352 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with an "America's Got Talent" (5.305 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) recap followed by a new two-hour "America's Got Talent" (11.375 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1).

CBS (5.652 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then claimed the silver with a special "Big Brother 16" (6.872 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) alongside repeats of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.395 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8) and "Person of Interest" (4.688 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9).

Next up was FOX (2.701 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with a new "Utopia" (2.496 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) followed by the season premiere of "New Girl" (3.061 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) and "The Mindy Project" (2.753 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5).

Meanwhile, ABC (6.181 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up its "Dancing with the Stars" (12.281 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) results show, a repeat "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (3.016 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and "20/20: From Hell" (3.244 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.115 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "Supernatural" (0.960 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) closed out the evening over on The CW (1.037 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable, "Ink Master" was the top demo draw, but had an audience of 1.372 million to 1.321 for "Face Off". "Chopped" won over 1.163 million to 877,000 for "Wizard Wars". "@midnight" stayed up to 652,000. Two episodes of "IdioTest" averaged 345,500.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV Media Insights

posted 9/17/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Torn Apart"

  • BBC1 gets complaint on "Prized Apart" (Broadcast)
     
  • Nissan drives into partnership with "The Voice" (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Julia Volkova (one-half of faux lesbian pop duo t.A.T.u) was on the Ukrainian version of "The Moment of Truth", and all the things she said all the things she said running through her head running through her head running through her head about gay men didn't go over well (Holy Moly)
     
  • Marco Antonio Regil putting his Santa Monica home up for $2.2 million (Los Angeles Times)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Let's Ask America heads to Bakersfield (KERO Bakersfield)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: 10 answers that game show hosts had that matter (Huffington Post)

posted 9/19/14

Wednesday: It's Magic! It's Mystery! It's NBC!
"AGT" Final, "Mysteries of Laura" Take Peacock to #1
From The Futon Critic
NBC (11.463 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday with the two-hour season finale of "America's Got Talent" (11.980 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) followed by the premiere of "The Mysteries of Laura" (10.428 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3).

CBS (5.616 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) then snagged the silver with its mix of "Big Brother 16" (6.648 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), "Criminal Minds" (4.748 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) and "Extant" (5.453 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

Next up was FOX (3.960 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) with a new "Hell's Kitchen" (3.889 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) alongside the launch of "Red Band Society" (4.030 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.212 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up repeats of "The Middle" (3.964 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "The Goldbergs" (3.476 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), "Modern Family" (3.598 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7), another "Modern Family" (3.964 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4) and "Nashville" (2.137 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.597 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and a repeat "The 100" (0.662 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) closed out the evening over on The CW (1.130 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/18/14

@Midnight @NewYorkCity
Catch Special NY Comedy Festival Shows in November!
From The Futon Critic
For the first time since its wildly successful launch, Comedy Central's newest late night hit "@midnight," produced by Funny Or Die, will hit the road this fall, trading Silicon Beach for Silicon Alley. The social media sensation joins the stellar lineup of the 2014 New York Comedy Festival to tape a week of shows which will air Monday, November 3 through Thursday, November 6 at Midnight ET/PT.

Hosted by Chris Hardwick (@nerdist), the special NYCF week of episodes will include visual and textual nods to New York and feature a coterie of comedians playing fan favorites such as #HashtagWars, Rapid Refresh and Sweet Emoji. The "@midnight" tapings will be filmed at ABC Television Center on Manhattan's Upper West Side and fans may request free tickets at www.nycomedyfestival.com.

"Sure, we get a lot of comedians to come onto our show in Los Angeles, but we felt in order to get the choicest, juiciest comedy specimens we needed to go straight to the nest where they live and breed-The New York Comedy Festival," said Hardwick.

"@midnight" leads viewers down the ultimate internet wormhole with a rotating lineup of today's top comedians battling nightly to determine who has the funniest take on the day's social media and pop culture. Using social media as the catalyst and a fake game show as the setting, "@midnight" challenges comedians to win the Internet by slashing the craziest, most absurd news and posts that social media has to offer: from the latest celebrity Instagram shots to the creepiest Craigslist posting to Buzzspeed lists and infamous #HashtagWars.

On-air the series is averaging 775,000 total viewers each night and ranks #3 in all of late night with Men 18-34, Men 18-24 and People 18-24. "@midnight" also reaches the youngest (median age: 32 years) and most male (69%) audience of any late night talk show. (source: Nielsen via MultiTrak, 6/30/14-9/07/14; most current Data, premieres only median age based on P2+).

The Futon Critic

posted 9/17/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Games Are ALWAYS Better Together"

  • Craig Ferguson used to jam with Peter Capaldi. On acid. Talk about a trip through time and space (Unreality TV) PLUS a Brutally Honest Review of "Celebrity Name Game" (AZ Central)
     
  • Michael Vine growing out of All3Media (TBI Vision)
     
  • Celebrity Squares takes 20 percent of its audience to block (Broadcast)
     
  • "Danger Mouse" just got a little "Pointless"; Alexander Armstrong voices the superspy in the reboot (Animation Magazine)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Let's Make a Deal (Broadway World) & The Price Is Right (Broadway World)
     
  • TVGN gets Popped (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Live from New York... It's Darrell Hammond! (The Futon Critic)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Blake Shelton & Gwen Stefani in an epic lip sync battle (YouTube)
     
  • Josh Kaufman becomes The Voice... of Pippin on Broadway (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • Everything you know about Michael Johns' death is wrong. Allegedly (TMZ)

posted 9/18/14

Wednesday: Unleash Hell
POTUS Can't Stop Fox from Taking Demo from NBC, NBC Wins Night
From the Futon Critic
FOX (4.247 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) slipped into the top spot on Wednesday with the return of "Hell's Kitchen" (4.209 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4) followed by "FOX News Special" (3.857 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8), "Hell's Kitchen" (4.033 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4) and another "Hell's Kitchen" (4.926 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4).

NBC (7.986 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then had to settle for second place with a recap of "America's Got Talent" (6.848 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9) alongside its "NBC News Special" (10.671 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "America's Got Talent" (10.452 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3), "Taxi Brooklyn" (4.680 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #17) and "America's Got Talent/Taxi Brooklyn" (8.415 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7).

Next up was CBS (4.565 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its lineup of "Big Brother 16" (6.944 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1), "CBS News Special" (3.811 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T15), "Under the Lights" (2.014 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T20), "Under the Lights/Extant" (3.438 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.6, #19) and "Extant" (4.241 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #18).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.838 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up its repeat-driven mix of "The Middle" (4.309 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T13), "The Goldbergs" (3.886 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T13), "ABC News Special" (4.385 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9), "Modern Family" (3.866 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9), "Modern Family/Shark Tank" (3.498 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12) and "Shark Tank" (3.084 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T15).

And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.761 million viewers, #21; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T20) and a repeat "The 100" (0.642 million viewers, #22; adults 18-49: 0.2, #22) closed out the night over on The CW (1.201 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable, "@midnight" attracted 708,000. "Top Chef Duels" barely edged it out with 719,000. The star of the night: Fox Sports 1's "The Ulttimate Fighter" with 2.54 million.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic

posted 9/17/14

The Moustache Is Back!
Catch Season 31 of "Jeopardy!" September 15
From People
Get ready, America. Jeopardy!‘s long-lost star is making a triumphant return.

When Alex Trebek shaved off his distinctive mustache in 2001 after more than 30 years of his signature look, the country mourned the loss of an icon.

But it’s time to put champagne on ice and get your noisemakers ready, because when the long-running game show (now in its 31st season) returns next week, viewers can toast to the return of the TV host’s famous facial hair.

“In 2001, I shaved my mustache on a whim,” he tells PEOPLE exclusively. “This year I had a two-and-a-half-month period where we were not taping a show, so I grew it back on another whim. I like to keep my life simple.”

But will it stay? Trebek is putting his facial hair future in the hands of fans. He's asking viewers to weigh in on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtags #KeepItTrebek or #ShaveItTrebek.

No word on how long you have to persuade the game show host. So if you have a strong opinion either way, get online and weigh in!

Among the highlights:
- Arthur Chu and Julia Collins return to take on 13 other champions in the $100,000 Tournament of Champions
- The annual event weeks with the Teen Tournament, College Championship, Teacher's Tournament, and Kids' Week.

People
Esquire
WTMA-AM Charleston
USA Today
KFSN Fresno

posted 9/17/14

"Game Plane" Cleared for Takeoff
Catch It This Weekend, Check Local Listings
From MarketWatch
Allegiant ALGT, -1.40% announced today, in partnership with Alpine Labs, the premiere of THE GAME PLANE, the world's first game show to be filmed entirely in-flight with real passengers competing in real time to win prizes on the spot.

Part quiz show, part game of chance, THE GAME PLANE features Allegiant passengers on their way to vacation, competing for thousands of dollars in prizes, including all expenses-paid vacations at Las Vegas' most popular luxury resort properties, airfare to Honolulu on Allegiant, Las Vegas show tickets and more. THE GAME PLANE is produced by Alpine Labs and filmed in-flight on Allegiant scheduled service.

"Allegiant prides itself on being an innovator in the airline industry, so the opportunity to be a part of the first-ever in-flight game show is a perfect fit," said Brian Davis, Allegiant Travel Company Vice President of Business Development. "The energetic, fun atmosphere of the show is an extension of our vacation-focused brand, and the amazing prizes won by the contestants -- our passengers -- highlight all of the amazing things our destinations have to offer."

"We are thrilled to partner with Allegiant on this amazing opportunity to showcase a whole new setting for the game show," said Alpine's Kevin Abrams. "Our goal is to remind viewers how much fun going on vacation is and that there are still exciting new ways to visit the game show format. THE GAME PLANE is an example of how we are introducing an original take on production."

The show will premiere on September 20, 2014 and will air in over 75 percent of U.S. television markets on a syndicated network of stations led by the CBS Television Stations group. To view a video preview of the show and a full list of scheduled airings please visit http://gameplane.herokuapp.com.

MarketWatch
Orlando Sentinel
Las Vegas Review Journal
The Game Plane Official Site
USA Today

posted 9/17/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Two Bald Blokes"

  • Michael Davies' "Men In Blazers" jumps to NBCSN September 22 (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Joan Rivers' doctor ... (TMZ)... and the doctor that took a selfie with her as she laid dying (CNN)
     
  • You would have to win AGT TWICE in order to afford Nick Cannon's finale shoes (Entertainment Tonight)
     
  • Frankie Grande says... way... too much (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • "The Price Is Right" Live! heads to Iowa State (Iowa State Daily)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Canada's Smartest Person (SheKnows)
     
  • Is Discovery set to buy out the Hub? (Deadline)

posted 9/17/14

Baggage Road Show
GSN Revives Dating Franchise for 20 Shows; Jerry Springer to Return
From the Futon Critic
GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today a 20-episode order of BAGGAGE ON THE ROAD, a new traveling version of the network's hit series "Baggage." Jerry Springer, host of "Baggage," will host the new iteration, which will travel to four US cities, beginning with Austin, Texas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana in October. The series is set to premiere on GSN in 2015. Additional locations to be announced.

BAGGAGE ON THE ROAD is a half-hour comedic dating game show where one contestant chooses from three potential partners, all of whom come with their own quirky, annoying and sometimes truly shocking physical and emotional "baggage" that could eliminate them from the competition. With Springer guiding the fun, contestants will be required to reveal the various intimate secrets and hidden flaws - housed inside literal suitcases - that typically aren't revealed on a first date. Eventually, only one suitor will win a date with the contestant... as long as that person can also accept the contestant's baggage in a final role-reversal round.

"It's hard to be shocked in my line of work, but I'm continually amazed at how revealing the contestants on the show have been," says Springer. "I'm looking forward to taking this show on the road and seeing how many fun but cringeworthy moments we get from people looking to find love."

"With BAGGAGE ON THE ROAD, GSN is taking production out of the big studio environment and bringing it directly to towns and cities across the US," said GSN's Executive Vice President, Programming, Amy Introcaso-Davis. "Our original 'Baggage' series remains extremely popular and we are thrilled that the one and only Jerry Springer is back to guide us on this unpredictable tour as we uncover who has the most unexpected 'baggage' in your town."

BAGGAGE ON THE ROAD is produced for GSN by Wilshire Studios. Lisa Tucker (Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D List) serves as executive producer.

The Futon Critic
Variety
Chicago Tribune
The Hollywood Reporter


"Baggage" will hit the road for GSN
photo courtesy GSN

po
sted 9/16/14

Double the Runway
Catch "All-Stars" October 30, "Threads" October 23
From the Futon Critic
Fourteen of the most talented Project Runway designers return to compete in the biggest and most competitive Project Runway All Stars season ever! In this cutthroat season, former standout designers come back to New York to compete for runway gold in the fourth season of Lifetime(R)'s Project Runway All Stars (#PRAllStars), premiering Thursday, October 30, at 9pm ET/PT.

As the returning designers know, nothing is as it seems on Project Runway All Stars. Before revealing the first challenge, host Alyssa Milano reveals that two former Project Runway winners, Dmitry Sholokhov and Michelle Lesniak, are back, making the competition tougher than ever! TV fashion correspondent and Marie Claire's Senior Fashion Editor Zanna Roberts Rassi returns to mentor the designers as they are judged each week by Isaac Mizrahi and Marchesa's Georgina Chapman.

Some of the biggest names in fashion and entertainment make up this year's A-list celebrity guest judges including Emmy(R) Award nominee Laverne Cox of Orange Is the New Black, Emmy winner Debra Messing, Modern Family's Ariel Winter, Academy Award(R) winner Mira Sorvino, singer Nicole Scherzinger, Emmy-nominated host Cat Deeley, reality stars Snooki and JWoww, celebrity photographer Nigel Barker, QVC(R) program host Lisa Robertson and many others. Designers appearing this season include Betsey Johnson, Michael Bastian, Elie Tahari and Ivanka Trump, and special appearances by Project Runway judges Nina Garcia and Zac Posen.

This season's highlights include a surprise visit to London for a challenge featuring British royalty, a collaboration with Broadway's Wicked: The Musical and the first-ever wedding ceremony live on the runway.

Designers for Project Runway All Stars Season 4 include:

- Samantha Black (Brooklyn, NY) - Season 11, 7th place
- Helen Castillo (Union City, NJ) - Season 12, 5th place
- Fabio Costa (New York, NY) - Season 10, Runner-up
- Gunnar Deatherage (Louisville, KY) - Season 10, 8th place
- Justin LeBlanc (Raleigh, NC) - Season 12, 3rd place
- Michelle Lesniak (Portland, OR) - Season 11, Winner
- Benjamin Mach (New York, NY/Sydney Australia) - Season 11, 11th place
- Chris March (New York, NY) - Season 4, 4th place
- Patricia Michaels (Albuquerque, NM) - Season 11, Runner-up
- Kate Pankoke (Chicago, IL) - Season 11, 9th Place/Season 12, 6th place
- Jay Sario (New York, NY) - Season 7, 4th place
- Dmitry Sholokhov (New York, NY) - Season 10, Winner
- Alexandria von Bromssen (San Mateo, CA) - Season 12, Runner-up
- Sonjia Williams (Woodside, NY) - Season 10, 5th place

The winner of Project Runway All Stars will be given the ultimate in prize packaging, which includes the chance to create their own capsule collection with QVC and appear during QVC's Spring Fashion Week programming; a fashion spread in Marie Claire and a position at the magazine as Contributing Editor for one year; CHI Haircare will send the winner to stay in a luxury spa resort as a special guest at their International conference in Cancun, Mexico, plus product and staff for entire year of runway shows; from Mary Kay, an entire year's worth of beauty products for their fashion shows and professional makeup artist services for their debut show; a cash prize of $150,000 and a complete custom sewing studio to launch the winning line from Brother Sewing and Embroidery.

Last season, Project Runway All Stars posted significant jumps among the key demographics versus season two, including a +13% increase in Total Viewers and Woman 18-49, +9% with Woman 25-54 and +3% in both Adults 25-54 and Adults 18-49. Season three also the number unscripted series in its Thursday 9-10p time period among Woman 25-54.

One week earlier, from the producers of Project Runway, skilled teen and tween fashion designers will showcase their gift for style in the new competition series Project Runway: Threads on Lifetime(R), premiering Thursday, October 23, at 10:30pm ET/PT. Beginning the following week, Thursday, October 30, Project Runway: Threads moves to its regular time slot of 10 pm ET/PT. Hosted by Vanessa Simmons (Run's House), Project Runway: Threads will feature judges designer and CFDA member Christian Siriano (Project Runway Season 4 winner), Seventeen Fashion Director Gina Kelly and Accessories Editor Jasmine Snow, and YouTube style guru Ingrid Nilsen (2.5 million YouTube subscribers). The premiere episode features special guests television personality Kelly Osbourne and actress and model Jaime King. Actress, singer and dancer Zendaya will also make a guest appearance this season. The eight-episode series was filmed in Los Angeles at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM).

Project Runway: Threads is a competition series showcasing America's most talented young fashion designers. Each week, three new contestants pull out their scissors, sketchbooks and skills to see who can out-design the competition and set the new standard for the future of fashion. Challenges will be fast-paced, unpredictable and far from child's play as these nascent fashion powerhouses compete for $10,000 to be used at any Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts Store or Joann.com, a prestigious scholarship to the summer program at FIDM including travel expenses and a top-of-the-line sewing and embroidery studio courtesy of Brother International Corporation.

Project Runway: Threads hails from The Weinstein Company, Full Picture and Sara Rea Productions. Executive producers include Bob and Harvey Weinstein (co-chairmen of The Weinstein Company), Meryl Poster, Patrick Reardon and Barbara Schneeweiss of The Weinstein Company, Jane Cha and Desiree Gruber of Full Picture and Sara Rea. Eli Lehrer, Mary Donahue and David Hillman of Lifetime also executive produce.

The Futon Critic
Entertainment Weekly

posted 9/16/14

Syndies: The First Week
Results for the Week Ending September 7
From B&C
Disney-ABC’s Live with Kelly and Michael premiered its season at a 2.7 live plus same day household average in the week ended Sept. 7. That’s the show’s second-highest rated season premiere in households since 2007, marking a 4% gain from the previous week and a 17% increase from the same week last year.

The week included Labor Day on Sept. 1, as well as widespread preemptions for coverage of the men’s US Open Tennis finals, Deusche Bank golf, and President Obama’s press conference following the NATO Summit. The week also kicked off Nielsen’s official 2014-15 television season, although most shows premiere later in the month.

Most game shows declined for the week. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune slid 2% to a 5.5, matching its lowest rating of last season. CTD’s Jeopardy! dipped 4% to a 5.1, its lowest rating in a year. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud was flat at a 4.7. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire, in its last week with Cedric the Entertainer as host, eroded 11% to a new series low 1.7, down 26% from last year at this time.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 9/16/14

Monday: The Calm Before the Storm
"Dancing" Helps ABC to 1st
From The Futon Critic
ABC (11.367 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T1) was the most-watched network on Monday thanks to the return of "Dancing with the Stars" (13.548 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) followed by a repeat of "Castle" (7.007 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8).

FOX (5.484 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #T1) however split the demo crown with a new "MasterChef" (5.340 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) followed by the season finale of "MasterChef" (5.628 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2).

Next up was NBC (5.160 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #3) with its three-hour special "American Ninja Warrior: USA vs. the World" (5.160 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.841 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) offered up repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.287 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7), "Mom" (4.867 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Two and a Half Men" (4.568 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), another "The Big Bang Theory" (5.391 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6) and a new "Under the Dome" (6.967 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5).

And finally, repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.135 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.950 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and a new "America's Next Top Model" (0.993 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) on The CW (1.018 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) finished out the evening.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/16/14

Electus Has a Moment
"Moment of Truth" Format Sold
From The Futon Critic
Multimedia entertainment studio Electus, an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI) today announces that Electus International has acquired Lighthearted Entertainment's The Moment of Truth. Since acquiring the title, Electus International has sold the format to Ukraine's STB for 36 primetime episodes.

"Howard Schultz and Lighthearted Entertainment are great producers, and I'm thrilled to be partnering with them again on the distribution of The Moment of Truth," said John Pollak, President of Electus International. "At Reveille, our partnership resulted in selling The Moment of Truth format to more than 50 countries, and the Electus team is ready to continue the success of the format."

The Moment of Truth premiered on STB on August 25.

"We're thrilled to have partnered with leading network STB to bring a television's classic to the Ukraine. The Moment Of Truth seamlessly merges the world's fascination with lies and polygraphs, and we are delighted to see the positive response from STB's audiences thus far," said Diego Piasek, Executive Director, International Distribution and Production at Electus International.

In The Moment of Truth, game show contestants are given a polygraph test and asked 21 hard-hitting, personal and sometimes embarrassing questions in front of a live audience in order to win a cash prize.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/16/14

Sunday: There She Is...
Winners: Football, Miss America... Oh, and Big Brother
From the Futon Critic
NBC (16.495 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.3, #1) was of course the network to beat on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (7.497 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T6), "Football Night in America #2" (10.321 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.5, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (16.989 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 6.3, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (19.431 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 7.6, #1).

CBS (11.475 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.2, #2) then claimed the silver with a full hour of "NFL Overrun" (21.445 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.7, #2) followed by "60 Minutes" (10.830 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.8, #5), "Big Brother 16" (7.312 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T6) and "Unforgettable" (6.314 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T13).

Next up was FOX (2.685 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (3.025 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T13), another "Bob's Burgers" (2.379 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 1.0, #15), "The Simpsons" (2.653 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.2, #12), another "The Simpsons" (2.795 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9), the return of "American Dad" (2.621 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9) and another "American Dad" (2.634 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T9).

And finally, a repeat of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.558 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #16) led into "Countdown to Miss America" (3.337 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #17) and "The 2015 Miss America Competition" (6.744 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8) on ABC (5.346 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4).

The premiere of Telemundo’s new mega-reality competition, “Yo Soy El Artista” (I Am the Artist) reached a cumulative U.S. audience of 3,325,000 total viewers and 1,715,000 adults 18-49 this past Sunday night, according to Nielsen. "Rachael vs. Guy" was the top performer with 1.723 million for Food. Meanwhile, "Cutthroat Kitchen" ended its season to 1.133 million, down from "The Great Food Truck Race's" 1.398 million. 

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers

posted 9/15/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Burn the Floor"

  • As a reminder that this story is presented for entertainment purposes only, and gambling laws should be strictly adhered where such laws exist. THAT SAID... "Dancing with the Stars" handicapped (Washington Post) PLUS Cheech & Chong together again for the first time (Jezebel)
     
  • Philippines version of "The Singing Bee" offers talent not seen since Atlantic City last Sunday (ABS-CBN News)
     
  • Adam Lambert to guest judge "Idol" auditions while Keith Urban is on bereavement (Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Ellen DeGeneres: the Ninja Warrior (YouTube)
     
  • Cheryl Burke ready to hang up her dancing shoes and call it a career (Page Six)
     
  • PHUN WITH PHOTOS: Jeopardy! in reverse (Buzzfeed)
     
  • Julie Chen comes from a line of polygamists... which is more than what we needed to know about Julie Chen (People)
     
  • Two more for the "Got Talent" finale, anyone? (The Futon Critic)

posted 9/16/14

"The People's Choice" Awarded
Armoza, TF1 to Launch New Interactive Series at MIPCOM
From Realscreen
Israeli formats developer Armoza Formats and French broadcaster TF1 are set to launch a social media-inspired primetime format called The People’s Choice (pictured) at MIPCOM next month.

The show – which originated from a development partnership between the two groups – asks viewers to choose between situations such as “a week without showering or a week without your smartphone.” Once viewers have voted, an in-studio audience is tasked with guessing the most popular response for a chance to win cash prizes.

The idea behind the format, according to a statement, is to “translate the essential experience of social media to a TV show.”

“We’re very proud to be partnering with Armoza Formats on the development of this amazing primetime game show,” said Philippe Balland, deputy director of TF1 and president of TF1 Production, in a statement. “The People’s Choice has a simple, fun and truly innovative premise that will bring together the whole family and engage them as never before.”

Avi Armoza, CEO of Armoza Formats, added: “With The People’s Choice format, we have taken audience engagement one step further – to that of content generation. Everyone, everywhere is now a content generator, and we wanted to reflect this by letting viewers influence the content of the show in a revolutionary, yet simple, quick and fun way.”

Realscreen

posted 9/15/14


Syndies: ... and a Little More.
Millionaire Numbers... PLUS Results for the Week Ending August 31
From various sources
Apparently, Who Wants to be a Millionaire just needed more muscle.

The syndicated game show is off to a strong start with new host Terry Crews. The one-time Eagles’ linebacker has vaulted the show to #1 in its new time period among ABC O&Os.

It opened with a 3.4 household rating in Philadelphia on Monday. That means over 100,000 homes in this market tuned in to see the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star make his debut.

Millionaire began its first season with new host Terry Crews with solid ratings in a few top markets while generating a national 1.0 household rating and 3 share in metered markets for its first two days. That was down 23% from its time slots last September, based on Nielsen metered-market ratings.

In New York, Millionaire ranked No. 1 in its 2 p.m. time slot on ABC-owned WABC with a two-day average 2.3/8, down 30% from ABC soap opera General Hospital last year and down a modest 8% from its lead-in rating. GH moved back to 3 p.m., where it had been replaced by Disney-ABC syndicated talk show Katie.

On ABC’s KABC Los Angeles, Millionaire had a 0.7/2 at 3 p.m., down 41% from Katie one year ago and down 56% from its lead-in.

On Fox TV Station’s MNT affiliate WPWR Chicago, Millionaire had a 0.3/1 at 4 p.m., flat to its time slots last September and its lead-in. At 4:30 p.m., the show’s 0.4/1 was flat but up 33% from its lead-in.

On ABC’s WPVI Philadelphia, Millionaire ranked No. 1 at 2 p.m. with a 3.2/11, down 9% from General Hospital last September. It was flat to its lead-in, ABC’s The Chew.

With Crews at the helm, Millionaire also topped its time period in New York and Miami.

Meanwhile, next-day coverage of the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards gave a boost to the four top entertainment news magazines in an otherwise quiet pre-holiday week ending Aug. 31.

"Wheel of Fortune" led the games, but dropped 5 percent to 5.6. "Jeopardy!" was hot on its heels, dropping 4 percent to 5.3. Hot on ITS heels was "Family Feud", even though it dropped 2 percent to 4.7. And all by its lonesome in the basement, the penultimate week of Cedric the Entertainer on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" with a 1.9, no change from last week.

Philadelphia Inquirer
Bustle
People
The Futon Critic
Inquisitr
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
2paragraphs
WEWS Cleveland
Zap2it
TV NewsCheck
TV by the Numbers
TV NewsCheck

photo courtesy Disney/ABC Domestic TV/Warner Bros. TV/Scripps Networks

posted 9/15/14

VH1 Goes on a Second Date... Naked
Dating Hit Renewed
From the Futon Critic
VH1 continues the quest for true love as TV's most daring reality dating show, "Dating Naked," gets picked up for a second season. Fans who are ready to bare it all to find true love can apply for season two here.

The first season of "Dating Naked" has been averaging a .6 among Adults 18-49 and averaging 1 million total viewers (P 2+) each week, based on Live +3 ratings. "Dating Naked" has amassed 500,000 online weekly streams and generated a season high of over 750,000 streams the week of episode six.

"Dating Naked has been a ratings success for us and a viewer favorite," said Susan Levison, Executive Vice President, Original Programming & Production for VH1. "VH1 has always been about shaping the cultural conversation and we're so glad to have created another pop culture lightning rod. The show is funny, engaging, and it actually works - we've helped 6 couples find love this season. You're welcome, America."

"We couldn't be happier to be producing a second season of Dating Naked," said Howard Schultz, President of Lighthearted Entertainment. "The show has turned out to be everything we had hoped for: inspiring, funny and illuminating, and we are thrilled that viewers have embraced it. VH1 has been incredibly supportive throughout development, production and promotion and we thank them for this vote of confidence."

This season after embarking on a series of blind dates, 12 people currently consider themselves "in a relationship" with someone they met on the show. Now Ashley, an artist from Colorado and Alika, a yoga instructor from California, are ready to take their relationship to the next level by exchanging vows of love and commitment in front of their family, friends and some of their fellow "Dating Naked" couples. Oh yes, and they and their guests will all be naked! Tune in to the "Dating Naked: The Wedding" premiering Thursday, September 18th at 9PM ET/PT.

The Futon Critic
Entertainment Weekly

posted 9/15/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Blip"

  • Padma Lakshmi calls a group of union picketers "a blip"  (Page Six)
     
  • Family Feud is headed to Centric, another hour of WE GON' PLAY STEVE! (Sitcoms Online)
     
  • "Who is Arthur Chu?" He's the Jeopardy! champ who's a subject of a new documentary (Glenview Announcement)
     
  • Remember Angelea Preston, the "Top Model" winner who was stripped of the title because she was an escort back in 2011? Well.... lawyer up! (TMZ)
     
  • ICYMI: Last night on "Yo Soy El Artista"... (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Pat Sajak (Daily Caller) and Avi Armoza (Worldscreen)

posted 9/15/14

Thursday: Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don't
CBS Wins Night on Its First TNF Game
From The Futon Critic
CBS (15.239 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.2, #1) surged to the top spot on Thursday with the network premiere of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (11.899 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.5, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (15.908 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.5, #1).

NBC (4.972 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then led the leftovers with the season premiere of "The Biggest Loser" (5.374 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3) followed by an "NBC News Special" (4.168 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

Next up was FOX (2.510 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with encores of "Hell's Kitchen" (2.537 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) and "Bones" (2.484 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.085 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up a new "The Quest" (2.082 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8), the series finale of "The Quest" (1.576 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9) and a repeat of "Shark Tank" (2.598 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.735 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10) and "The Originals" (0.583 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) on The CW (0.659 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

"Project Runway" led the cable troops with 2.459 million on Lifetime. Eight hundred ninety-eight thousand turned into a new "Beat Bobby Flay" for Food Network. An anemic (for VH1) 527,000 watched "Dating Naked".

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/12/14

Link's Reawakening
BBC Quizzer Renewed
From World Screen
BBC has ordered 40 additional episodes of the quiz show The Link from STV Productions and LTV Productions for broadcast during BBC One's daytime lineup.

Hosted by actor Mark Williams (Father Brown, Blandings), The Link watches as three teams scramble to find the link between questions for a cash prize. The first season, which debuted in May 2014, ranked as the number one program daily in the BBC One time slot. The format is being sold globally by Warner Bros. International Television Distribution.

Gary Chippington, the head of entertainment for STV Productions, said: "The first series of The Link proved to be a ratings hit and we are thrilled to secure a commission for another 40 episodes. We look forward to bringing the BBC One daytime audience new episodes of this engaging quiz show later this year."

PJ Johnson, executive producer for LTV Productions, added: "We hope the second series for The Link will build and further expand our loyal BBC One audience in the U.K.; while further creating more excitement with all our Warner Bros. International TV Distribution broadcast partners as well."

World Screen
Gloucestershire Echo

posted 9/12/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Stars in Their Eyes"

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: The biggest stars to ever emerge from "The Voice"? ... the coaches (Billboard)
     
  • ABC to spin off "Shark Tank" with "Beyond the Tank" (New York Times)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Dan Patrick's first Sports Jeopardy! promo. (YouTube)
     
  • And the winner of "Celebrity Big Brother" is... (YouTube)

posted 9/12/14

@MidnightSnack
"Midnight Feast" Heads to FYI October 16
From TV by the Numbers
In FYI’s new series, "Midnight Feast,” New York’s Chelsea Market sets the stage for a late-night culinary showdown between some of the hottest chefs in the country. Six one-hour episodes will premiere on Thursday, October 16 at 10pm ET.

In each episode of “Midnight Feast,” three professional chefs are given exclusive, after-hours access to Chelsea Market, and will have free rein to use any ingredient found in the famous food hall. From creating the ultimate feast they would want to consume on their last night on earth to whipping up a dish they think will guarantee a “successful” evening of romance to creating inventive meals that are meant to be eaten without silverware – viewers will see the chefs execute a range of creative dishes.

By the end of the night, the winner walks away with a cash prize, ten times the total value of their ingredients used – while the losers walk away paying their own tabs. With access to some of the finest food items in the world, each chef must weigh their desire to use the most expensive and exotic ingredients against the risk of picking up an outlandish bill.

Chef and restaurateur, Spike Mendelsohn, serves as host and head judge. Kat Odell, editorial producer of eater.com, and John DeLucie, chef and restaurateur, also serve as judges.

“Midnight Feast” is produced for FYI by Nerd TV. Jago Lee, John Farrar and Bob Kirsh are Executive Producers for Nerd TV. Executive Producers for FYI are Gena McCarthy and Lauren Wohl.

TV by the Numbers

posted 9/11/14

More on "The Voice: I Want You"
Game to Be Released on All Platforms in Time for Battle Rounds
From Game Revolution
Activision has announced that it is transforming The Voice, a music competition reality TV show that has lasted on NBC for six seasons so far, into a rhythm-based video game.

The game will test your singing ability as you progress from the Blind Auditions to the Battle Rounds, and then ultimately the Finale. A Party Mode will allow up to eight players to compete against each other, while Voice Coach Mode will let you practice harmonization and singing runs. There's no word on whether a microphone will be bundled

Rated E10+, The Voice will arrive for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U, and Wii on October 21, 2014. Season 7 of The Voice begins September 22 and will star Gwen Stefani, Pharrell Williams, Blake Shelton, and Adam Levine as judges.

Game Revolution

posted 9/11/14

"Squares" Gets Baked
3.2 Million Can't Beat Series High for "British Bake-Off"
From Digital Spy
The Great British Bake Off climbed in the ratings for a fourth consecutive week on Wednesday, overnight figures reveal.

The BBC One show was up by around 30,000 viewers from last week to 8.32 million on average (38.5%) at 8pm.

Later, Our Zoo dipped by around 700k from last week's opener to 4.30m (20.8%) at 9pm.

On BBC Two, Hotel India appealed to 1.25m (5.8%) at 8pm, followed by Horizon with 882k (4.3%) at 9pm.

ITV's Celebrity Squares launched with 3.24m (14.9%) at 8pm (167k/0.8% on +1), while Scott & Bailey also returned with 3.98m (19.3%) at 9pm (465k/3.2%).

On Channel 4, Double Your House for Half the Money interested 941k (4.4%) at 8pm (160k/0.8%), followed by Grand Designs with 1.93m (9.3%) at 9pm (284k/1.9%).

Channel 5's Celebrity Big Brother live eviction entertained 1.78m (8.6%) at 9pm (145k/1.0%). Wentworth continued with 795k (5.4%) at 10pm.

Digital Spy
Digital Spy

posted 9/11/14

The Great Wall of China
"Rising Star" Sold to CCTV3
From Variety
Interactive talent show “Rising Star” is to be broadcast in China on state-controlled China Central Television.

The move follows a deal between Israel’s Keshet International and Enlight Media, one of the largest private-sector film and TV conglomerates in China.

The companies closed a two season deal and Enlight will produce 30 episodes that will air on CCTV-3.

“We are excited about this format because of its cross-platform and interactive features, which are things that have never been seen before in Chinese television,” said Wen Ha, program director at CCTV-3.

The show, which encourages audience feedback through an app that can be downloaded on tablets or smart phones and displays the feedback live on TV, originated in Israel in 2013 and has been sold as a format to over 30 territories.

Often within the past two years Chinese regulators have sought to limit the number of light-weight game shows and copies of western formats. TV talent shows, however, have remained hugely popular with audiences and have discovered significant talents.

China has an estimated population of 521 million smart phone users, according to research firm eMarketer.

Variety

posted 9/11/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Never Forget"

  • Ed Sheeran, Jennifer Hudson, Lenny Kravitz, Pitbull and Train ... oh yeah, and a winner. America's Got the Finale, September 17 (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Tyra Sanchez (aka "RuPaul's Drag Race" season 2 winner James Ross) is assaulted & arrested (TMZ)
     
  • Marco Antonio Regil named Grand Marshal of Chicago's Little Village Chamber of Commerce 26th Street Mexican Independence Day Parade. (WLS Chicago)
     
  • Arthur Chu says he's still a loser after winning "Jeopardy!" (NineMSN)
     
  • Howie Mandel plays St. Joseph/Benton Harbor, MI (Herald Palladium)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: "The Price Is Right" (Broadway World), "Celebrity Name Game" (KESQ Palm Springs), and "Baggage: On the Road" (Culture Map Austin)

posted 9/11/14

Tuesday: ... Paradise Lost
Tuesday, Got Talent, NBC. You Know How It Goes Now
From the Futon Critic
NBC (7.959 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with its duo of "Food Fighters" (4.455 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and "America's Got Talent" (9.712 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2).

CBS (3.844 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then took home the silver with a special "Big Brother 16" (6.789 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) followed by its annual presentation of "Fashion Rocks" (2.372 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8).

Next up was ABC (3.643 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with the season finale of "Extreme Weight Loss" (3.824 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and a repeat of "Shark Tank" (3.283 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.461 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up the time period premiere of "Utopia" (2.500 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) followed by the season finale of "Hotel Hell" (2.423 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.918 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) and "Supernatural" (0.704 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) on The CW (0.811 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable, "Ink Master" led the troops in the demo, but crept just under the million with 977,000. "Face Off" had 1.246 million.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/10/14

ITV Believes
ITV Invests in Digital Outlet
From B&C
U.K. network ITV has signed a deal to invest in the Believe Entertainment Group, the digital entertainment company announced Wednesday. As such, ITV will join Believe Entertainment’s board of directors.

ITV, the largest independent producer of unscripted content in the U.S., will look to help strengthen Believe Entertainment’s existing projects by sharing its own expertise in international distribution, U.S. production and relationships with talent.
 
“[T]his partnership offers both companies a distinct competitive advantage,” said Dan Goodman and William H. Masterson III, cofounders of Believe Entertainment Group. “ITV will offer numerous opportunities for us to grow our efforts in multiple formats, channels and globally to the benefit of both our talent and brand partners.”

Believe Entertainment’s short-form producing credits include the LeBron James Xbox animated series The LeBrons, the behind-the-scenes with DJ/producer Tiësto YouTube series In the Booth and the Jay Mohr-hosted Hulu game show Money Where Your Mouth Is. The company focuses on matching developed talent with global brands, and distributing that produced content onto a multitude of digital platforms with native advertising supporting those brands.

B&C
Chicago Tribune

posted 9/10/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Game Change"

  • Craig Ferguson wants to change the game with "Celebrity Name Game" (Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • This is "The Voice"... the video game (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Celebrity Squares (ITV, Saturdays) (Independent) PLUS a few good minutes with Warwick Davis (U.TV)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: board game shows. Yes, Scrabble made the list (AV Club)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: the new season of "Family Feud" (TV Guide) PLUS a few good minutes with Steve Harvey (Stars & Stripes)
     
  • A FEW MINUTES WITH Ben Gleib (UT San Diego)

posted 9/10/14

Superstar Sabotage
Get Ready for a Special Series of Cutthroat Kitchen October 8
From The Futon Critic
Food Network hit Cutthroat Kitchen goes all-star this fall, with sixteen elite chefs competing in the five-episode mayhem-filled Cutthroat Kitchen: Superstar Sabotage tournament under the watchful eye of host Alton Brown. Only the craftiest and most cunning chefs survive in this battle of cooking chops and sabotage skills, and just one wins ultimate bragging rights and up to $75,000 for the charity of their choice. The primetime event kicks off Wednesday, October 8th at 9pm ET/PT with the first all-star match-up, leading up to a final showdown between the four heat winners on Wednesday, November 5th at 9pm ET/PT, where the grand prize is awarded.

"Cutthroat Kitchen is equal parts culinary contest and battle of wits and with these food masters competing under the leadership of the one-and-only Alton Brown, the inaugural Superstar Sabotage tournament is certain to be fierce and funny," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President, Food Network.

Episodes are:

"Superstar Sabotage, Heat One" Premieres Wednesday, October 8th at 9pm ET/PT Chefs Susan Feniger, Jeff Mauro, Michael Psilakis and Aarti Sequeira face off in the first battle, where their sabotages involve a treadmill station, carnival hammer game and conveyor toaster. Judge: Antonio Lofaso.

"Superstar Sabotage, Heat Two" Premieres Wednesday, October 15th at 9pm ET/PT In round two, Nadia G, Brian Malarkey, Marcel Vigneron and Justin Warner go head-to-head in sabotages including an unusually high prep table, cooking in a popcorn machine and getting a hand stuck in a cookie jar. Judge: Jet Tila.

"Superstar Sabotage, Heat Three" Premieres Wednesday, October 22nd at 9pm ET/PT Chefs Anne Burrell, Eric Greenspan, Johnny Iuzzini and Damaris Phillips compete in the third tournament episode with sabotages such as a floating prep station, holding hands with another chef and replacing their mixing and cooking vessels with lemons and banana leaves. Judge: Simon Majumdar.

"Superstar Sabotage, Heat Four" Premieres Wednesday, October 29th at 9pm ET/PT There's only one more spot in the finale, and Melissa d'Arabian, Elizabeth Falkner, Alex Guarnaschelli and Fabio Viviani each think they have what it takes to get there. They are faced with sabotages including gambling for ingredients and swapping utensils and knives for tools made of cheese and banana leaves. Judge: Antonia Lofaso.

"Superstar Sabotage, Finale" Premieres Wednesday, November 5th at 9pm ET/PT Winners from prior heats compete to win up to $75,000 for the charity of their choice. Judge: Simon Majumdar.

After each episode, viewers can visit FoodNetwork.com/Cutthroat for Alton's insider take on the week's sabotages in Alton's After-Show, along with exclusive behind-the-scenes photos from the competition.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/9/14

New Deal, New Rules...
Noel Edmonds Signs on for New Season
From Yahoo!
Noel Edmonds has signed a new deal to present 288 more episodes of Deal Or No Deal - which is getting a change in the rules.

The Channel 4 game show is introducing a new twist - an Offer Button for contestants to contact the banker directly, Broadcast magazine reported.

The button will give Deal Or No Deal players a bit more control over the game - as it will allow them to demand an offer from the banker at any point in the game - as long as they can predict his opening offer.

The new contract will take the game show into its 10th year - running until the end of 2015 with Noel Edmonds remaining as the host.

The game show - which has already paid out £39m to 2,650 contestants - features 22 players who each have a sealed box containing different prizes ranging from 1p and £250,000. The main player chooses to open boxes in turn, eliminating the prize contained inside.

The banker then bids to buy their box, with no one knowing what amount of money it contains. The contestant can choose to accept or refuse an offer from the banker - taking their gamble that their box contains more or less money.

In 2014 a 23rd box was introduced to the game which players can choose to open at the end of the game - it could double their money (making the maximum prize on offer £500,000), make them more or less money or even mean they lose everything.

Yahoo!
C21Media
Broadcast

posted 9/9/14

Skin Wars Declares Ceasefire September 24
Two-Hour Event Includes Reunion Show
From The Futon Critic
GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today a special SKIN WARS REUNION SHOW to air immediately following the series' season one finale on Wednesday, September 24.

SKIN WARS' season one finale airs at 9:00pm ET/PT, followed by the SKIN WARS REUNION SHOW at 10:00pm ET/PT.

The SKIN WARS REUNION SHOW will be hosted by series judge - and legendary entertainer - RuPaul Charles, and will welcome back all of the talented and colorful season one contestants, as well as SKIN WARS judges and body-painting icons, Craig Tracy and Robin Slonina. The reunion will highlight the series' most memorable moments, go behind the scenes to delve into the relationships that evolved, and explore the truth behind some of the season's biggest showdowns.

Additionally, fans will get a "sneak peek" at the world premiere of RuPaul's original song, "Color Me Love (featuring Rebecca Romijn)." Written and produced by RuPaul, Rebecca Romijn and Lucian Piane, the single makes its debut in the SKIN WARS REUNION SHOW.

As part of the reunion, viewers will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance via Facebook (facebook.com/SkinWarsShow) and Twitter (@SkinWarsShow) about their favorite episode, challenge, contestant, model and more, with questions to be answered on-air.

Still airing season one, SKIN WARS has already been seen by more than 9 million total viewers (unduplicated) and has nearly doubled the time period average (+95%) among total viewers, versus the year-to-date time period average. The series' debut on August 6 was the second most-watched original premiere in GSN history.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/9/14

Virtual Voice
NBC Offers VR Experience on Tour
From The Futon Critic
To promote the return of "The Voice," NBC has created "The Voice 360: Be the Coach" fan experience.

Fans will get to sit in the famous coaches' chair and via Oculus Rift virtual-reality - a complete 360° immersion - will allow them to physically and virtually experience an entire "blind audition." Fans will sit next to and interact with new season seven coaches Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams, as well as returning coaches Adam Levine and Blake Shelton.

With the public encouraged to participate, "The Voice 360" will tour the nation with four real-life coaches' chairs starting in New York on Tuesday, Sept. 9, and will end in Los Angeles on Monday, Sept. 22, the day the new season of "The Voice" premieres.

In "The Voice 360," a high-impact, real-world stage is the doorway into virtual reality. While seated in an actual coaches' chair, the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset takes fans on a four-minute journey inside "The Voice" studio in live-action, 3D imagery. Oculus Rift allows fans to physically motion their heads up, down and side to side to see the entirety of the studio and reach out to the coaches sitting virtually next to them. During the audition, the chair will actually turn 180 degrees, revealing the performer. The experience concludes with audition comments from each coach and the musician choosing his mentor.

The traveling coaches' chair began touring in 2012 to promote the second season of "The Voice" and gave fans a chance to sit in the chairs made famous by the show's success. With the new season approaching, NBC's use of cutting-edge technology with A-list celebrity talent in "The Voice 360: Be the Coach" gives fans an entirely new and intimate way to experience "The Voice."

The tour dates for "The Voice 360: Be the Coach" are as follows:

NEW YORK Sept. 9 45 Rockefeller Plaza - "Today" Show Plaza: 6:30 am - 9 am Sept. 10 1271 Avenue of the Americas - Plaza across from Radio City Music Hall:11am - 7pm

CHICAGO Sept. 15 401 N. Michigan Avenue - Pioneer Plaza:10am - 6pm

LOS ANGELES Sept. 21 & 22 The Grove: 11am - 7pm

The Futon Critic

posted 9/9/14

Monday: Sunset in Paradise
ABC, Fox Split The Night
From The Futon Critic
FOX (5.421 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the demo champ on Monday thanks to a new "MasterChef" (5.314 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) followed by a second "MasterChef" (5.528 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1).

ABC (5.669 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) then was the most-watched network with the season finale of "Bachelor in Paradise" (6.682 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) and a repeat of "Shark Tank" (3.644 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10).

Next up was NBC (4.767 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2) with the season finale of "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (3.832 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8) alongside a new "American Ninja Warrior" (5.235 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.568 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) served up repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.776 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "Mom" (5.190 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T6), "Two and a Half Men" (4.821 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9), another "Two and a Half Men" (4.529 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and a new "Under the Dome" (6.546 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5).

And finally, repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.422 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.413 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) and a new "America's Next Top Model" (1.083 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) closed out the night over on The CW (1.250 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/9/14

Fremantle Going to Market
On Offer: Heaven or Hell, Celebrity Name Game
From World Screen
FremantleMedia is slated to showcase a number of new formats at the market in Cannes next month, including the prime-time reality competition Master Athletes.

Master Athletes looks on as two dozen individuals train for and complete a 10-week sporting challenge. The Swedish version of the entertainment format was produced by FremantleMedia Sweden for SVT, where it launched last month.

FremantleMedia is also presenting Heaven or Hell, which premiered this summer on ProSieben's Pro.7 in Germany. The quiz show sees contestants answer a series of questions for the chance to win a cash prize.

Other MIPCOM highlights from the company will include Celebrity Name Game, a game show co-produced by FremantleMedia North America and Debmar-Mercury; My Mom Cooks Better Than Yours, a culinary competition from Mandarina in Spain; and Virtually Famous, a panel program that was originally produced for E4 in the U.K.

Rob Clark, the director of global entertainment at FremantleMedia, said: "Our MIPCOM 2014 slate is incredibly strong and really delivers creative, original formats that have a proven ratings track record. I believe that we've got something for every broadcaster for both their prime-time and access schedules, l am very excited by the caliber of shows we have to offer and can't wait for the market...bring it on."

World Screen
IndianTelevision

posted 9/9/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Feud"

  • VIDEO WALL: Jimmy Fallon plays the Feud with Jason Segel and WE'RE GONNA PLAY STEVE! (YouTube)
     
  • Bob Barker vs. pigeon shoots (PennLive)
     
  • Joan Rivers to appear in the next Celebrity Apprentice (Mediaite)
     
  • "Jeopardy!" heads to My City to push NFLNTNFoCBS (Variety)
     
  • 50 chefs. 50 states. One Masterchef finale (The Futon Critic)
     
  • CBS improves its Eye-Lerts (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Marc Summers wants to reboot Double Dare (Huffington Post)

posted 9/9/14

More on "Wheel" Season 32
Catch It September 15
From Sony PR
On September 15th, America’s Game®, Wheel of Fortune kicks off its 32nd season with “Teacher’s Week.” All the contestants will be teachers spinning the Wheel for the new higher dollar amounts and ultimately hoping to play for the $1 Million grand prize.

Minimums have been increased on both the Wheel and bonus round wheel for the new season. The new minimum on the Wheel is $500, up from $350, and the new bonus round wheel now gives contestants a chance at a minimum of $32,000 in cash or a new car.

Also, during a puzzle with the “Same Letter” category, when a contestant calls the “same letter” in the puzzle, they will have an additional $1000 added to their total.

Season 32 will also see the return of popular Wheel of Fortune partnerships with top brands including Walmart, Disney, Hilton and others.

posted 9/8/14

Sunday: A World Without Football
Three Guesses What Network Won Sunday...
From The Futon Critic
NBC (18.030 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.7, #1) was of course the network to beat on Sunday with the return of "Football Night in America #1" (7.569 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.5, #6), "Football Night in America #2" (11.946 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.3, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (18.604 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 6.4, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (21.224 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.0, #1).

FOX (7.983 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.2, #2) then was a distant second place with its combination of "NFL Overrun" (19.095 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 7.1, #2), "The OT" (10.372 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 4.1, #5) and the two-hour premiere of "Utopia" (4.609 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.9, #8).

Next up was CBS (6.692 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its lineup of "60 Minutes" (7.913 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), "Big Brother 16" (7.134 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.3, #7), "Unforgettable" (6.993 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9) and "Reckless" (4.728 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

And finally, ABC (2.515 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) closed out the evening with the special "The ABC's of Schoolhouse Rock" (2.122 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15), a new "Wipeout" (2.345 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13), the season finale of "Wipeout" (2.541 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #12) and a repeat of "Shark Tank" (3.053 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10).

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/8/14

Return to Paradise
ABC Renews "Bachelor" Spinoff
From Entertainment Weekly
Viewers enjoyed their summer romance with ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise so much that the network is renewing the reality TV spin-off for another season, which will premiere in summer 2015. The show, which follows former Bachelor and Bachelorette cast-offs as they look for “love” in a tropical setting, premiered August 4 and currently ranks as the No. 1 new summer series in the adults 18-49 demo. Bachelor in Paradise replaced Bachelor Pad, which ran for three debaucherous seasons on ABC before getting canceled.

The BiP season 1 finale airs tonight at 8 p.m. on ABC, unless you live in the Detroit and New York markets. ABC is syndicating the NFL Monday Night Football game in those markets.

Entertainment Weekly
Twitter @ChrisBHarrison

posted 9/8/14


SIMONE BATTLE: 1989-2014
GRL Singer Finalist on Season 1 of US "The X Factor"
From Billboard
Simone Battle of girlband GRL has died at the age of 25.

The singer's death was confirmed in a joint statement by Reign Deer Entertainment, Robin Antin, Kemosabe Records, and RCA Records.

The statement reads: "We are deeply saddened by the tragic news of the loss of Simone Battle of G.R.L.

"Simone was an exceptional young talent and human being, and we are all devastated to learn of her passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones at this time."

Everyone from her fellow G.R.L. members to music producers to fellow performers have taken to social media to react to her death. Two of the group's members, Natasha Slayton and Lauren Bennett, posted heartfelt messages in the wake of her death.

G.R.L. founder, Robin Antin, posted a lengthy message to her Instagram account on Saturday, Sept. 6, one day after Battle was found in her Los Angeles home on Sept. 5 of an apparent suicide.

"I'm so beyond devastated by the loss of our beautiful Simone ... Simone I will miss your smile, Your adorable laugh, Your loving spirit that you brought to all of us, The joy that you felt when you were singing, dancing, performing, laughing, and goofing around with your GRLs, and most of all the beautiful friendship and bond that tied us all together, that will forever be in my heart..." she wrote. "How lucky we are to have had You in our lives Simone, you inspired us all, and touched fans all around the world with your sweet sweet voice and talent.... We will NEVER forget... I Love you sweet Simone Rest in Peace...@grl."

Pitbull also reacted to the news on Saturday. He appeared on G.R.L.'s single, "Wild Wild Love," off the group's debut self-titled EP, released on July 29. "My heart and prayers go out to @GRLSimone: @grl and her family. RIP Dios la bendiga ," he wrote.

Producer Dr. Luke, who worked with the girl group on their single, "Ugly Heart," tweeted, "My thoughts are with GRL and Simone's family during this difficult time. The world has lost a true talent. She will be greatly missed."

The track's co-producer, Cirkut, added, "Had the pleasure of knowing and working with Simone Battle. A talented and beautiful person. My thoughts are with her family and friends."

Prior to joining G.R.L., Battle appeared on "The X Factor" in 2011, where she was mentored by Simon Cowell before being eliminated the first week. He tweeted, "I am so sad to hear about the news Simone Battle has passed away. She was such a fun nice person. It's such a loss. Rest in peace Simone."

Nicole Scherzinger, who was a judge that same season and previously worked with Antin during her Pussycat Dolls days, tweeted, "Devastated & upset to hear about the passing of @GRLSimone.My prayers go out to her family @robinantinpcd @GRL & my ReignDeer family."

Billboard
BET
Digital Spy
BBC News
Music Times
Zap2it
TMZ
Us Magazine

photo courtesy Fox

posted 9/8/14


JOAN RIVERS: 1933-2014
Comic Legend Played "Squares", "Apprentice", "Family Feud"
From
Deadline
After being taken to a hospital in cardiac arrest last week, Emmy-winning comedian Joan Rivers died today in New York. She was 81. “It is with great sadness that I announce the death of my mother, Joan Rivers,” Melissa Rivers said in a statement. “She passed peacefully at 1:17 PM surrounded by family and close friends.”

Rivers logged a half-century in show business and gave rise to red carpet commentary — and the snarky criticism that often accompanies it. Her signature query was, “Who are you wearing?” During the latter part of her career, she provided red carpet coverage for awards show on E! and also was the host of E!’s Fashion Police. Recently, she hosted the online talk show In Bed With Joan and co-starred with her daughter on the WE tv reality show Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best.

E! released a statement: "E! and NBCUniversal send our deepest condolences to Melissa, Cooper and her entire extended family on this incredibly sad day. For decades Joan has made people laugh, shattered glass ceilings and revolutionized comedy. She was unapologetic and fiercely dedicated to entertaining all of us and has left an indelible mark on the people that worked with her and on her legions of fans. She's been a much beloved member of the E! family for over 20 years and the world is less funny without her in it. Today our hearts are heavy knowing Joan will not be bounding through the doors."

Rivers had been scheduled to perform August 29 at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, NJ, which last week postponed the performance, telling fans to hang on to their tickets. According to Ticketmaster, she had seven shows scheduled for November. On August 27, Rivers promoted her new book, Diary Of A Mad Diva, at the Time & Life Building in Manhattan. Her employer E! reported she was “lively” and “sharp as she’s ever been” at that event. That night, she performed at New York’s Beechman Theatre, at which she joked about death, according to an attendee interviewed by CNN.

“She said, ‘You know I’m 81 years old, and I could drop dead at any moment — and you would be so lucky because you will have a story to tell your friends for the rest of your life,'” the audience member told CNN.

“My mother’s greatest joy in life was to make people laugh,” Melissa Rivers said today. “Although that is difficult to do right now, I know her final wish would be that we return to laughing soon.”

Born Joan Alexandra Molinksy in Brookyn to Russian Jewish immigrants, Beatrice and Meyer C. Molinsky, she changed her name early on during her showbiz career to Rivers per the suggestion of then-agent Tony Rivers. Prior to establishing herself with a quick-witted, fiercely pungent stand-up, Rivers worked as Rockefeller Center tour guide, an ad agency writer-proofreader and a fashion consultant at Bond Clothing Stores. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Barnard College in 1954 with a bachelor’s in English literature and anthropology.

The New York native originally entered show business with the intention of pursuing a theatrical career. During the late 1950s, Rivers played a lesbian in the short play Driftwood — opposite Barbra Streisand, before she hit her stride — which ran for six weeks. But, she told the Associated Press in 2013, “Somebody said, ‘You can make $6 standing up in a club,’ … I said, ‘Here I go!’ It was better than typing all day.” She cut her teeth as a stand-up during the 1960s Greenwich Village scene, and was a 1961 Second City stage alumni in Chicago, where she was known for her shy and insecure characters, i.e. the dental assistant who shares an after-hours drink out of rinse cups with her married boss. She also starred in the popular Second City repertoire blackout sketch “Our Children” and starred in the company’s show My Friend Art Is Dead opposite the late improv-guru Del Close.

In 2009, Rivers won NBC’s The Celebrity Apprentice. A documentary, Joan Rivers: A Piece Of Work, premiered in theaters in 2010. Diary Of A Mad Diva was released in July. She also competed as a player or a panelist on "What's My Line?", "Pyramid", "Celebrity Family Feud", and on at least two different runs of "Hollywood Squares". In the 1980s run, she took a star turn as the Center Square for much of the three seasons.

Rivers took pleasure in mocking herself, as evident when she played herself in the Season 2 episode of FX’s Louie titled “Joan,” which caps off with Louis C.K. making a pass at her. After he bombs onstage during a casino performance and is fired for his jokes about the Trump establishment, Rivers parlays the following advice to him about show business: “I wish I could tell you it gets better, it doesn’t get better. You get better. You think it’s been easy? I’ve gone up, I’ve gone down, I’ve been bankrupt, I’ve been broke, but you do it. And you do it because … because we love it more than anything else, that’s why you do it. You want a real job, honey? There’s millions of things you can do. But what we do is not a job. It’s sounds so stupid: What we do is a calling. We make people happy. It’s a calling.”

Her final sendoff was less extravagant than what she described in her book. Rivers’ funeral will be private at New York City's Temple Emanu-El on Sunday, according to her publicist. Also, in keeping with Jewish tradition, the Upper East Side temple does not hold open-casket services, according to the synagogue.

"America's Got Talent" judge Howard Stern eulogized longtime friend Joan Rivers at her funeral Sunday, and shared some of those comments on his SiriusXM radio show Monday.

Stern recalled meeting Rivers in 1983 when he was working at NBC Radio, noting it was a big deal to have the permanent guest host of The Tonight Show as a guest back when he was a "pariah" of the entertainment industry.

"She was very, very embracing of the show and what I was doing," Stern said. "She was a fan of the show and she was a great cheerleader "

At the funeral, Stern said he teared up when Hugh Jackman sang one of Rivers' favorite songs, "Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage" by Peter Allen.

"I was so f—ing moved by this guy's performance that I had tears. You know me, I'm a big scumbag. I don't get moved. I appreciated this guy so much," said Stern.

Then the New York Police Department brought out a bagpipe procession to play "Amazing Grace."

"I was crying like a baby. I was thinking about Joan, all the appearances she made on the show, being invited to her home," Stern said.

Deadline
New York Times
Hollywood Reporter
The Futon Critic
CNN
Fox News
Us Magazine
AV Club
The Futon Critic
Fox News
Hollywood Reporter
Washington Post
ABC News
Hollywood Reporter

photo courtesy HitFix

posted 9/8/14

"Countdown" is Officially Amazing
70 Seasons Equals a Guinness Record
From ITV Press Centre
TV brainteaser show Countdown has made it into the Guinness World Record books after clocking up 6,000 episodes over 32 years.

The Channel 4 afternoon show has been running since the station launched in 1982 is now into its 70th series.

It's original host Richard Whiteley fronted the show for more than 20 years until his death in 2005. His sidekick Carol Vorderman left in 2008 after 26 years.

The award will be presented to current presenters Nick Hewer, math whiz Rachel Riley and dictionary guru Susie Dent on air for attaining the title of "most series broadcast for a TV game show".

Hewer said: "It is a huge honor to front Countdown, now recognized by Guinness World Records for its longevity.

"Having 32 years under its belt, I am only a novice, coming up to three years on the show.

"But I and the whole team are incredibly proud to be part of such a durable and intelligent format that relies on intellect rather than prize money."

Craig Glenday, editor-in-chief at Guinness World Records, said: "The show - the first ever shown on Channel 4 - has long been a cornerstone of British popular culture, and its 70 series attest to its class, quality and pure entertainment value.

"It's every bit a part of TV time as the cuppa itself, and I'm looking forward to its next 6,000 episodes."

ITV Press Center
Digital Spy
Irish Independent
Hollywood Reporter

posted 9/8/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Dancing with Numbers"

  • Rachel Riley plays the numbers round with Strictly Come Dancing pro Pasha Kovalev (Yahoo!)
     
  • Big Brother Africa to continue after fire in the South African house (AllAfrica.com)
     
  • Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka make it official (E!)
     
  • Quizbusters celebrates 25 seasons by playing with celebrities (Lansing State Journal)
     
  • James Corden makes it official (Deadline)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES WITH Darrin Rose (Halifax Chronicle Herald) and Steve Harvey (Washington Post)

posted 9/8/14

Speaking of Football...
NFL Affects Big Brother Season
From the Futon Critic
BIG BROTHER's Wednesday broadcast, featuring the Power of Veto, moves to Tuesday (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) beginning Sept. 9, while the Thursday live eviction show, hosted by Julie Chen, shifts to Wednesday (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) effective Sept. 10, due to the premiere of NFL THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL on Sept. 11.

BIG BROTHER will continue to air on Sunday, Sept. 7 and Sunday, Sept. 14 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT). A Friday edition will be broadcast on Sept. 19 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT).

As previously announced, the special 90-minute BIG BROTHER season finale will be broadcast Wednesday, Sept. 24 (9:30-11:00 PM, ET/PT).

Updated Tuesday, Sept. 9
8:00-9:00 PM BIG BROTHER (ntp)
9:00-11:00 PM FASHION ROCKS (S)

Updated Wednesday, Sept. 10
8:00-9:00 PM BIG BROTHER (ntp)
9:00-10:00 PM UNDER THE LIGHTS (S)
10:00-11:00 PM EXTANT

Updated Tuesday, Sept. 16
8:00-9:00 PM BIG BROTHER
9:00-10:00 PM NCIS: LOS ANGELES
10:00-11:00 PM PERSON OF INTEREST

Updated Wednesday, Sept. 17
8:00-9:00 PM BIG BROTHER
9:00-10:00 PM CRIMINAL MINDS
10:00-11:00 PM EXTANT (Season Finale)

Updated Friday, Sept. 19
8:00-9:00 PM BIG BROTHER
9:00-10:00 PM HAWAII FIVE-0
10:00-11:00 PM BLUE BLOODS

Wednesday, Sept. 24
8:00-9:30 PM SURVIVOR (Season premiere)
9:30-11:00 PM BIG BROTHER (Season finale)

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Deadline

posted 9/6/14

More on "Celebrity Squares"
Catch It On ITV Saturday!
From the Futon Critic
In a long, varied and extremely successful showbiz career, Warwick Davis has played a Star Wars Ewok, a Hogwarts charms master in the Harry Potter films and somehow put up with Karl Pilkington’s constant grumbling in An Idiot Abroad.

But the actor admits that his new role as a TV quiz master in the re-booted version of this classic comedy game show is one of his most challenging yet.

“It makes learning a script for a big Hollywood film seem easy,” laughs Warwick, 44.

“Hosting a quiz show is an entirely new thing for me and I found it very hard.

“The gameplay can be complicated and I can’t afford to make any mistakes when contestants are playing for a £20,000 jackpot.

"It’s daunting and I put a lot of pressure on myself.”

Mirror

posted 9/6/14

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "Don't Mess with the Drew"

  • Drew Carey offers $10,000 for information leading to the slimeball behind a sick ALS ice bucket prank (Contra Costa Times)
     
  • Alex Trebek: the ideal Jeopardy! host. Ideal Jeopardy! player... not so much (Inquisitr)
     
  • Taken out of context, Ben Stein's comments can be pretty bad nowadays. Put in their proper context, though... they're a lot worse (The Raw Story)
     
  • John Rocker revisits SI article (Entertainment Weekly)

posted 9/6/14

Thursday: The 12th Man
NFL Wins Night Handily
From the Futon Critic
NBC (22.505 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.4, #1) was of course the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "NFL Kickoff 2014" (16.758 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 5.7, #3), "Sunday Night Football Pre-Kick" (24.672 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.8, #2) and "Sunday Night Football" (23.400 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 9.0, #1).

CBS (5.664 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was a distant second place with repeats of "The Big Bang Theory" (8.202 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5) and "The Millers" (5.861 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6) followed by a new "Big Brother 16" (6.358 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #4) and a repeat "Elementary" (3.602 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7).

Next up was FOX (2.160 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with repeats of "Sleepy Hollow" (1.635 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) and "Bones" (2.686 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.891 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up a new "The Quest" (1.877 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11), a second "The Quest" (1.239 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and a repeat "Shark Tank" (2.558 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.522 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and "The Originals" (0.490 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) closed out the evening over on The CW (0.506 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable, "Project Runway" led the troops with 1.969 million viewers. The Tag Team Thursday episode of "@midnight" drew 871,000.

The Futon Critic
Deadline
TV by the Numbers

posted 9/5/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Under the Gunn"

posted 9/5/14

Catch a Copycat Dancing
Alfonso Ribeiro, Jonathan Bennett Amongst Season 19 "DWTS" Cast
From the Futon Critic
This season's cast of celebrity dancers includes a fashion icon, a YouTube sensation, a NASCAR legend, and a movie star, to name a few. The stars will grace the ballroom floor for the first time on live national television with their professional partners during the two-hour season premiere of "Dancing with the Stars," which airs MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. One couple will be eliminated on the "Dancing with the Stars" results show the following day, on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET).

The thirteen professional dancers teaching the celebrity cast how to bring heat to the dance floor are Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Sharna Burgess, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Allison Holker, Derek Hough, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd, Emma Slater and Karina Smirnoff. Two-time Mirrorball champion and movie star Julianne Hough joins Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba at the judges' desk.

As announced this morning on ABC's "Good Morning America" by "Dancing with the Stars" hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews, the 13 celebrities with their professional partners heading to the dance floor this season (in alphabetical order) are:

- Jonathan Bennett (actor/host, MTV's "Copycat") / Allison Holker
- Tommy Chong (comedian/activist) / Peta Murgatroyd
- Randy Couture (MMA fighter/actor) / Karina Smirnoff
- Betsey Johnson (fashion designer) / Tony Dovolani
- Lolo Jones (Olympic sprinter/bobsledder) / Keo Motsepe
- Bethany Mota (YouTube host) / Derek Hough
- Janel Parrish ("Pretty Little Liars") / Valentin Chmerkovskiy
- Alfonso Ribeiro (actor/host, GSN's "Catch 21") / Witney Carson
- Sadie Robertson (reality TV star/model) / Mark Ballas
- Antonio Sabato Jr. (actor/host, "Fix It & Finish It") / Cheryl Burke
- Tavis Smiley (talk show host, "The Tavis Smiley Show") / Sharna Burgess
- Lea Thompson (actress) / Artem Chigvintsev
- Michael Waltrip (NASCAR driver) / Emma Slater

For the first two weeks viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the "Dancing with the Stars" broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 15 hours, beginning from the start of the episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 11:00 a.m., ET/8:00 a.m., PT the next day. From week three until the finale, viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the "Dancing with the Stars" broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT on Tuesday evenings.

For the final week, on Monday, November 24th, online voting will open for 15 hours, beginning from the start of the episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 11:00 a.m., ET/8:00 a.m., PT the next day. A custom Facebook app lets fans vote, share whom they voted for and say why, as well as see whom friends voted for.

"Good Morning America" host and "Dancing with the Stars" alum Cameron Mathison will be traveling with the "Dancing with the Stars" Mirrorball Trophy across the country as it makes its way from Times Square to the "DWTS" Ballroom in Los Angeles. The tour starts in Times Square in New York City on September 4th when the new celebrity cast is revealed live on "GMA." The trophy will then travel across America making stops in several cities. Fans are invited to visit the Mirrorball Trophy along the tour where they can see a past "Dancing with the Stars" contestant.

Additionally, "GMA's Shake It and Dance Mirror Ball Tour Contest" kicks off next week and lucky viewers can enter to win a trip for two to attend the "Dancing With the Stars" premiere in Los Angeles on September 15. The contest begins in Boston (Monday, Sept. 8), then Chicago (Tuesday, Sept. 9) and finally Houston (Wednesday, Sept. 10). In each city, there will be a ballroom-themed dance party for 300 people. Students and instructors from Arthur Murray will teach the audience a 30 to 45 second routine using various ballroom techniques. Three audience members at each venue will be randomly selected from the audience to compete--recreating the dance routine they were taught live on the air. A former "DWTS" celebrity contestant will judge their dance moves and pick a winner in each city. Celebrity guests include Gold-medal Olympic winner Aly Raisman, reigning "Dancing with the Stars" champion Meryl Davis and Mirrorball holder J.R. Martinez.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Us Magazine

posted 9/4/14

Tuesday: Finally Letting Go
"Frozen" Loses to "Got Talent", "NCIS"
From the Futon Critic
NBC (7.408 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was still the top demo draw on Tuesday thanks to new episodes of "Food Fighters" (4.460 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "America's Got Talent" (8.882 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1).

CBS (9.419 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the most-watched network with its special repeat lineup of "NCIS" (10.328 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), another "NCIS" (10.549 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.382 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Next up was ABC (3.460 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with its special "The Story of Frozen: Making a Disney Animated Classic" (4.744 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) followed by a new "Extreme Weight Loss" (2.818 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.618 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up encores of "MasterChef" (2.080 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "New Girl" (1.108 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) and "The Mindy Project" (1.203 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.701 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Supernatural" (0.582 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (0.641 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable, the top draw - narrowly - was Food's "Chopped Ultimate Champions" with 1.257 million to 1.218 million for Syfy's "Face Off" & 1.168 million for Spike's "Ink Master". "The Chase" ended its third season by breaking its own record with 665,000, leading into 340,500 for a sliding "IdioTest". And "@midnight" scored a 753,000.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV Media Insights
TV by the Numbers

posted 9/4/14

Wednesday: Younger Brother
CBS Wins Demo Thanks to "Big Brother", NBC Wins Night
From the Futon Critic
CBS (5.728 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday with its mix of "Big Brother 16" (6.509 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1), "Criminal Minds" (4.923 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Extant" (5.752 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10).

NBC (7.334 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) then was a close second place with its lineup of an "America's Got Talent" (6.364 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) recap, a new "America's Got Talent" (10.111 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) and the penultimate week of "Taxi Brooklyn" (5.528 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12).

Next up was FOX (4.083 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) with the season finale of "So You Think You Can Dance" (4.083 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.575 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) offered up its marathon lineup of "The Goldbergs" (4.143 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12), another "The Goldbergs" (3.908 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), more "The Goldbergs" (3.393 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), even more "The Goldbergs" (3.380 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), "Modern Family" (3.229 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and another "Modern Family" (3.395 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (2.067 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) and a repeat "The 100" (0.787 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on The CW (1.427 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening. This represents a new high for the UK import.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/4/14

Quiz Nights: The Game Show
Firecracker Sells 8 Episodes
From Televisual
Sky 1 has commissioned a new gameshow, Quiz Nights, an 8x60 fixed rig entertainment series from Firecracker Films based on pub quizzes.

Each show will follow four different teams, each one in a different pub across the country, as they battle it out against each other, answering identical quiz questions, in the contest to be crowned that week’s pub quiz champion.

The show is billed as a combination of a TV quiz show and an observational documentary, featured teams will be seen deliberating, squabbling and laughing as they search for the right and wrong answers. As the series continues, new pubs and teams will be introduced while a regular quiz teams will be seen returning throughout.

Participating pubs include: The Queens Arms, Birmingham; The Old Nuns Head, London; Peter Kavanagh's, Liverpool; The Rose and Crown, Chelmsford; Kelly's Dispensary, Liverpool; Stanley Working Men's Club, Blackpool; The Royal Blenheim, Oxford and The Lyceum Tavern, Newport.
Adam McDonald, Director of Sky 1, comments: “Quiz Nights is a celebration of a quintessentially British night and we are very excited for it to be coming to Sky 1. We wanted a show that is not only a piece of fascinating people watching TV but that also allows Sky customers to play along from home and really get involved.”

Sky Commissioning Editor Entertainment, Chris Brogden adds: “Whether just for fun or for the highly competitive, Quiz Nights will be a true celebration of one of Britain’s great institutions.”

Morgan Roberts, Firecracker Films added: "Firecracker Films are delighted to be working with Sky on such a unique idea - a show with heart, humour, rivalry, intrigue and a brilliant cast of characters. We want to make a series that captures the imagination and takes the idea of a traditional quiz show into a completely new space”.

The series has been commissioned by Adam MacDonald and Chris Brogden and will be executive produced by Jes Wilkins and Morgan Roberts for Firecracker Films. The Series Producer is Ollie Manley for Firecracker Films.

Production starts immediately for transmission on Sky 1 next year.

Televisual
C21Media

posted 9/4/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Can We Talk?"

  • Carrie Underwood gets a miniseries based on a song, "Two Black Cadillacs" (Deadline)
     
  • Jackie Evancho returns to AGT September 10 (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • Cosplay plus game shows equals... (Huntington News)
     
  • "The Price Is Right" premiered on this date in 1972 (WTVY Dothan)

posted 9/4/14

Syndies: Five More Days...
Results for the 2013-2014 Season
From B&C
The syndication season ended Aug. 31, and two shows were clear winners. CBS Television Distribution's Judge Judy led all of syndication for the third consecutive year, with a season-to-date average of 7.2 household rating, up 7% from last year. And CTD's Dr. Phil led the talk field for the third consecutive year with a 3.0 household average, up 3% from last year.

Among the games, CTD’s Wheel of Fortune, which retook sole possession of first place in the previous frame, widened the gap to a 5.9, up 4%. CTD’s Jeopardy! remained at a 5.5 for the third week in a row. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud picked up 4% to a 4.8, while Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire, preparing for the arrival of new host Terry Crews, trailed at an unchanged 1.9.

B&C
TV by the Number

posted 9/3/14

Fake Out
Reports: ITV Axes Panel Game
From Digital Spy
Matt Edmondson has revealed to Digital Spy that Fake Reaction will not return for a third series.

The presenter said that ITV2 have not renewed the comedy panel game show, and he doesn't expect it to return for a third run.

"I don't think it's going to be returning sadly, no," said Edmondson. "We've done two series of it and I think it sort of did OK. But I think they want to try other things. So no.

"But it's always being repeated, so I don't think anyone's going to miss it because it's still on all the time."

When asked if he was disappointed about not doing more episodes, Edmondson said: "Not really, no.

"I sort of think I got what I wanted out of it and it was a really fun show to make, but I think it's probably time to move on and do other stuff. So I don't feel too heartbroken by it."

Fake Reaction launched in January 2013, while its second series aired a year later. The show featured contestants attempting to keep a straight face while fooling the other team. Joe Swash and Ellie Taylor appeared as regular captains.

Digital Spy

posted 9/3/14

Brazilian Ding Dong
Irish Game Heads to South America
From TBI Vision
Brazil’s Globo TV has acquired local rights to Banijay International format Super Star Ding Dong.

Originally from Irish prodco Vision Independent Productions for TV3, the musical game show will be remade in-house at Globo as a 13x40mins series that will launch later this year.

The Brazilian version will feature as a segment on entertainment variety show Domingão do Faustão, which has been on air since 1989.

We are continuously launching new segments, and it is always good to find creative and interesting content for Domingão, a variety show that pursues the delight of the viewer,” said Domingão do Faustão producer Jayme Praça.

Super Star Ding Dong was also commissioned in China for state broadcaster CCTV, which has recommissioned the show.

TBI Vision

posted 9/3/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "A New Start"

  • Chris Daughtry kicks off with the theme of "Utopia" (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • "Yo Soy El Artista" launches special September 7 (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • Kevin Pereira heads to Nerdist. Points! (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: a game show in India is being probed for money laundering (Times of India)
     
  • A former Jeopardy! five-time champ is accused of sexual assault and is struck from the ToC roster because of it (AOL)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Warwick Davis (What's on TV) and Jeff Probst re: Exile Island (Entertainment Weekly)

posted 9/3/14

On the Menu: October 3
Hungry for a Lineup?
From the Futon Critic
TNT has unveiled the 10 restaurant chains that have signed on for the first season of On the Menu, the network's revolutionary new cooking competition show. Host Ty Pennington (Trading Spaces, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition) and legendary Chef Emeril Lagasse (Emeril Live, Top Chef, Emeril's Florida) headline the series in which everyday cooks will vie for the chance to have their own dishes served in major restaurant chains across the country. On the Menu is set to premiere on TNT Friday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).

TNT's On the Menu is the first cooking competition show ever to give viewers the chance to taste the winning dish after every episode. Each weekly competition will challenge a group of passionate home cooks to create a new signature dish for that week's featured restaurant. Eateries participating in On the Menu cover a wide range of cuisines, from traditional barbecue to modern fusion. Here's the lineup for season one:

· Chili's - Friday, Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· Denny's - Friday, Oct. 10, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· California Pizza Kitchen - Friday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· Planet Hollywood - Friday, Oct. 24, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· Emeril's Restaurant - Friday, Oct. 31, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· The Cheesecake Factory - Friday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· Cabo Wabo/Sammy's Beach Bar & Grill - Friday, Nov. 14, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· Outback Steakhouse - Friday, Nov. 21, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· Buca di Beppo - Friday, Nov. 28, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
· Dickey's Barbecue Pit - Friday, Dec. 5, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)

Each episode of On the Menu opens with four cooks who must face a series of elimination challenges in order to make it to the final round. First up, they must demonstrate their understanding of that week's featured restaurant through an intense preliminary challenge. In the second round, the three remaining cooks must each create their own new dish for the restaurant and serve it to a room full of hungry diners and super fans of the featured eatery, whose votes will determine who moves on to the final round. After refining and perfecting their dishes based on the comments they receive from the diners in round two, the last two cooks serve their creations to Ty, Emeril and representatives from the featured restaurant, in whose hands the final decision rests. In a first for television cooking competitions, the winning contestant's dish will then appear on the restaurant's menu the very next day.

As host of On the Menu, Ty Pennington leads competitors through each of the elimination challenges, while Emeril Lagasse provides his expertise as a seasoned chef and industry insider, using his vast knowledge of cooking, branding and sales to help the contestants shape their culinary creations.

On the Menu comes to TNT from One Three Media. Emmy(R) winner Mark Burnett (The Bible, The Voice, Survivor) and Dean Houser (The Sing-Off, Stars Earn Stripes, Rock 'N' Roll Fantasy Camp) serve as executive producers on the series.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/2/14

Poker Night Is Back.... For One Night Only
Discovery Lines Up Gaming Lineup
From the Futon Critic
Shark Week may be over, but several more (card) sharks are making their way onto Discovery. On September 10th, Discovery will up the ante with three brand new specials as a part of poker themed "All-In, All-Night." HUSTLING THE HOUSE premieres at 8pm ET/PT. CASINO SECRETS premieres at 9pm ET/PT. UNDERGROUND POKER premieres at 10pm ET/PT.

Casinos, lotteries and bookies all use math and science to stack the deck against you. Now you can fight back. In HUSTLING THE HOUSE, airing at 8pm ET/PT, get the scoop that the House does not want you to have.

Next up is CASINO SECRETS at 9pm ET/PT. Every single detail in a casino is designed to keep the gambler from leaving. The longer than gambler stays, the more likely that gambler is to lose money. In CASINO SECRETS, insiders reveal the hidden world of high rollers. From the true odds of roulette, to the inner workings of a slot machine, the truth is about to come out.

Finally, UNDERGROUND POKER premieres at 10pm ET/PT. Phil Laak and Antonio Esfandiari are two of the most feared and successful players on the poker circuit today. Phil holds a World Poker title, a World Series of Poker bracelet, and owns the world record for the longest time spent playing poker in a single session, lasting 115 hours at the Vegas Bellagio in 2010. Antonio's won two World Poker Tour championships and three World Series of Poker bracelets, including the "Big One for One Drop" in 2012, where he took home the largest cash prize ever awarded at a single poker event - in excess of eighteen million dollars!

But though it's the tournament circuit that made them famous, their bread-and-butter venues are the ones that average Joes never see - ultra-exclusive and closely guarded underground games where fortunes are won and lost and won again, all in the course of a single night. Just to sit at these tables takes a lot of nerve, and a LOT of cash, but first you have to get in the door, and that means knowing the right people.

Luckily that's not a problem for Phil and Antonio - they know everybody who knows anybody in the poker world. In this special, they head to New Orleans, home to some of the most coveted underground games in the nation, and use their connections to hone in on the action, whether it's at a luxurious loft on Bourbon Street or in the back room of seedy, swamp-side dive. Down in the Big Easy, high stakes and danger preside with every raise and every call, and that's why it's exactly where Phil and Antonio want to be.

HUSTLING THE HOUSE is produced for Discovery Channel by MY Entertainment, where Michael Yudin, Joe Townley, Matt Maranz and Dave Swartz serve as Executive Producers.

CASINO SECRETS is produced for Discovery Channel by Peacock Productions, where Colleen Halpin serves as Executive Producer.

UNDERGROUND POKER is produced for Discovery Channel by Matador, where Jay Peterson, Todd Lubin and Jon Bulette serve as Executive Producers and by Appian Way, where Jennifer Killoran serves as Executive Producer.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/2/14

Monday: A Night for Ninjas
NBC, Fox Split Night for Demo, CBS Wins Night
From the Futon Critic
NBC (5.138 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) and FOX (4.667 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) shared the demo crown on Labor Day as the latter served up new episodes of "MasterChef" (5.443 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T1) and "Hotel Hell" (3.891 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3).

The Peacock then offered up originals from "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (3.894 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7) and "American Ninja Warrior" (5.760 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T1).

Next up was ABC (4.284 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with a new "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.655 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and the season finale of "Mistresses" (3.541 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.369 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) went with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.973 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), "CBS Fall Preview" (4.688 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Mike & Molly" (4.693 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Two and a Half Men" (4.287 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) and "Under the Dome" (6.286 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

And finally, repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.429 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.464 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and a new "America's Next Top Model" (1.275 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) on The CW (1.361 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/2/14

TV3 Finds Algorithm
All3Media Sells Game to Ireland
From TBI Vision
All3Media International is set to launch new gameshow Algorithm internationally after its commission by Ireland’s TV3.

The free-to-air broadcaster has said it will launch the new 10x60mins show next spring, and All3 will handle sales of the format and finished series.

Billed as a man versus machine contest as players take on a computer – The Algorithm – over rounds of questions, the gameshow is produced by TV3’s in-house 3Studios and fledgling North American indie Soshefeigh. Radio and TV presenter Ray Foley will host the Irish show.

All3Media part-funded the show and will now launch it internationally.

Nick Smith, VP format sales at All3Media International said: “We have already grabbed the interest of several leading broadcasters from Europe and Australia – all of whom visited the shoot in August and have expressed keen interest.”

He added: “All3Media International is confident that the show will be very well received at MIPCOM and ATF this year at its launch.”

TBI Vision

posted 9/2/14

Will The Real Tenant Please Move In?
Red Arrow Options Israeli Show "Are You For Real"
From Broadcast
Israeli gameshow Are You For Real? is set to be remade in the UK after Red Arrow International optioned the format.

The global arm of the German broadcaster and production group struck the deal with Israeli indie Gil Productions to license the format for the UK, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Belgium and Holland.

Are You For Real? challenges contestants to meet the occupants of three flats before guessing who is the actual owner and who is is posing under a fake identity.

The deal was struck between Tim Gerhartz, senior acquisitions and sales manager at Red Arrow International and Gil Productions chief executive Assaf Gil.

Red Arrow operates a number of UK production companies including A League of their Own producer CPL Productions, Nazi Quest for the Holy Grail producer Nerd and Hilar Bevan Jones’ drama indie Endor Productions.

It is thought that Red Arrow-indies CPL or Nerd will adapt the show in the UK.

Broadcast
C21 Media

posted 9/2/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "3 Million Drop"

posted 9/2/14

Thursday: Falsely NFL-evated
CBS Wins Night
From the Futon Critic
CBS (6.125 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) claimed the top spot on Thursday with its mix of "Two and a Half Men" (6.489 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "The Millers" (6.308 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2), "Big Brother 16" (7.496 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and "Elementary" (4.480 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

FOX (4.728 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then took home the silver with repeats of "Sleepy Hollow" (4.462 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Bones" (4.993 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5).

Next up was NBC (4.874 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its combination of "Hollywood Game Night" (5.860 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "Welcome to Sweden" (4.895 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T5), another "Welcome to Sweden" (4.399 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and "America's Got Talent" (4.115 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.997 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up a new "The Quest" (4.108 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11), a second "The Quest" (3.715 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11) and its special "World's Wildest Commercials" (4.169 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8).

And finally, The CW (1.327 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening with repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.375 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14) and "The Originals" (1.279 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T14).

Due to significant NFL preemptions, results are inflated, as every team was in action last night.

Speaking of football, ESPN's broadcast of Texas A&M vs. South Carolina topped the charts in cable. Second: "Project Runway" with 2.237 million. "Snack-Off" dropped to 584,000, but continued to register in adults 18-34.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/29/14

Not-So-Sweet 16
Catch All-Female "TUF" September 10 on FS1
From the Futon Critic
The 16 women who comprise the first all-female cast of The Ultimate Fighter(R): A Champion Will Be Crowned train, kick and punch harder than most men their size. But several of these 115-pound ladies, whose fierce battle for the first-ever UFC women's strawweight championship belt premieres on Wednesday, Sept. 10 on FOX Sports 1 (10:00 PM ET), possess a softer side many would have thought impossible a few years ago given their backgrounds.

Several have overcome unthinkable tragedies and struggles, but strip away the gloves and game faces, and standing at the center of the Octagon are tenderhearted individuals using their experiences and their love of mixed martial arts (MMA) to help others, guiding troubled youth through some of their darkest moments. Among the cast is a therapeutic wilderness guide for teens; a childhood bullying victim who now works with troubled youth; a former Russian orphan whose adopted father died one year after bringing her to America; and a fighter born addicted to heroin, who later shattered her spine, skull and shoulder after falling down three stories, prompting doctors to predict she'd never walk again.

While their life stories vary greatly in origin and specific challenges, each woman emerged triumphant and stronger than ever, able to transform the negative hand life had dealt into a helping hand for others.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/29/14

BBC Links for Two
45-Episode Order Comes Down, Players Wanted
From Televisual
STV Productions and LTV have been commissioned to make another 40 episodes of quiz show The Link for BBC One daytime.

The show is presented by actor Mark Williams (Father Brown, Blandings and the Harry Potter franchise) and over the course of 45 minutes, The Link sees three teams race against time to find the link between questions.

Andrew Robertson is executive producer for STV Productions and Jo Street is executive producer for BBC.

Gary Chippington, head of entertainment for STV Productions, said: “We’re thrilled that the addictive gameplay of The Link, combined with Mark’s fantastic stewardship, proved such a hit with the daytime audience, and are thrilled to be making another series for BBC One.”

PJ Johnson, executive producer for LTV Productions, said: “We hope the second series for The Link will build and further expand our loyal BBC One audience in the UK; while further creating more excitement with all our Warner Bros International TV Distribution broadcast partners as well.”

Warner Bros. International Television Production is the global distributor of The Link format.

STV Productions developed the format in partnership with LTV. LTV was created by PJ Johnson and Angela Johnson from Tuvalu Entertainment Ltd and game developers Tristan Hyatt-Williams, Ben Drummond and Dean Tempest – the team behind board game, Linkee.

Televisual

posted 8/29/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Back September 2!"

  • First comes love: did the three-way really happen in paradise? Short answer: no. (New York Observer)
     
  • Then comes marriage: "Dating Naked" couple gets married (People)
     
  • Then come two babies and a baby carriage: In case you missed Family Feud Australia this week...  (Camden-Narellan Advertiser)

posted 8/29/14

Live at 25
Meet the New Breed of Amazing Racers!
From the Futon Critic
CBS announced today the 11 teams racing around the globe for the opportunity to win the $1 million dollar prize, on the new season of THE AMAZING RACE. The show premieres on its new day and time, Friday, Sept. 26 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Phil Keoghan (@philkeoghan) is the host.

This season of THE AMAZING RACE, which marks the 25th edition of the 10 time Emmy Award-winning series, will feature 11 new teams, including professional surfer Bethany Hamilton and her husband Adam Dirks, Boston firefighters Michael Ward and Scott Strazzullo and professional wrestlers Robbie E. Strauss and Brooke Adams.

The Race kicked off in May with the first-ever public start from Times Square in New York City where Phil Keoghan introduced a new game-changing element, "The Save." The team that finishes first in the premiere episode will be awarded "The Save," which they can use to rescue themselves if they come in last on a leg and face elimination.

Teams this season will be put to the test as they travel through eight countries and 20 cities, spanning more than 26,000 miles. For the first time in the show's history, the Race will visit St. Thomas, Virgin Islands, where teams will fly high in the sky; Valletta, Malta, where they'll rappel 200 feet into a breathtaking Blue Grotto sea cave; and the Shetland Islands, Scotland, to test their sheep-herding skills.

Following are the 11 teams, listed in no particular order:

- Adam Dirks & Bethany Hamilton (26/24; Princeville, HI; married)
- Maya Warren & Amy DeJong (29/24; Madison, WI; food scientists/friends)
- Dennis Hour & Isabelle Du (30/28; Tustin, CA; dating)
- Brooke Adams & Robbie Strauss (29/30; Houston/Woodbridge, NJ; dating/Impact wrestlers)
- Whitney Duncan & Keith Tollefson (29; Nashville; engaged country singers)
- Kym Perfetto & Alli Forsythe (30/26; Brooklyn; friends)
- Lisa & Michelle Thomson (28/22; Miami; sisters)
- Michael Ward & Scott Strazzullo (40/39; Boston; firefighters)
- Misti Raman (36/37; Columbia, SC; married)
- Shelley & Nici Porter (42/24; Detroit; mother & daughter)
- Timothy Tsao & Te Jay McGrath (23/24; Pasadena, CA; dating)

The Futon Critic
Hitfix


"The Amazing Race" returns September 26
Photo courtesy CBS

posted 8/28/14

We're Gonna Play Again, Steve!
Catch Season 16 of the Feud September 15!
From the Futon Critic
It's time to play the Family Feud! Producer FremantleMedia North America and distributor Debmar-Mercury today announced the hit nationally syndicated game show "Family Feud" - coming off its fourth straight year of growth since the arrival of Steve Harvey as host in September 2010 - will return for a new, side-splitting season on Monday, September 15, 2014 (check local listings).

During the nearly concluded 2013-14 season, "Family Feud" is averaging a 5.0 household rating to date nationally, putting it 9% over a year ago and making it the fourth highest-rated first-run strip. It scored an all-time high mark of 6.3 in late January.

In the key demos of women (2.5) and adults (2.1) ages 25-54, the game show - which tied top-rated "Wheel of Fortune" last season - is up year-to-year by 4% and 5% respectively, and is poised to finish this season as the No. 1 game show and No. 2 first-run daily series in syndication.

In the upcoming season, families from across the U.S. will be joined by Steve Harvey as they compete for the chance to win up to $20,000 by guessing the most popular answers to questions posed to 100 people surveyed. Auditions for the season were held in Chicago, Atlantic City, Tampa, San Diego, Minneapolis, Atlanta, Charleston and Nashville.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers


"Family Feud" returns September 15
Photo courtesy FremantleMedia

posted 8/28/14

Wednesday: America's Got A Split
CBS, NBC Split Night
From The Futon Critic
CBS (6.074 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the network to beat on Wednesday thanks to a new "Big Brother 16" (6.782 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) alongside a new "Extant" (5.830 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and a second "Extant" (5.609 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

NBC (6.487 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then took home the silver with its mix of a "America's Got Talent" (5.508 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) recap followed by new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (9.260 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Taxi Brooklyn" (4.694 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12).

Next up was ABC (4.043 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) with repeats of "The Middle" (4.125 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "The Goldbergs" (3.804 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "Modern Family" (4.482 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), another "Modern Family" (4.436 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and the season finale of "Motive" (3.704 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.582 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) offered up the penultimate week of "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.582 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.719 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and a repeat "The 100" (0.618 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) on The CW (1.168 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers

posted 8/28/14

Meal of Fortune
Sony Teams with Banquet for Giveaway
From EIN Presswire
Banquet®, a brand of ConAgra Foods (NYSE:CAG) and Wheel of Fortune, America’s most-watched game show*, announced a nationwide watch, match and win sweepstakes today that will award cash and other prizes to lucky winners. Consumers can enter online/mail-in or by collecting game pieces found in specially-marked packages of Banquet meals, pot pies and desserts.

“Since 1953, we’ve strived to deliver meals that provide value to our consumers,” said John Plaso, vice president and general manager, ConAgra Foods. “Our partnership with Wheel of Fortune helps us further deliver on that promise in a fun, engaging way.”

“This is a natural marriage of two of America’s biggest brands, coming together for maximum impact,” said Harry Friedman, executive producer of Wheel of Fortune. “With our nationwide audience and Banquet’s tremendous consumer base, people all over the country will have a chance to win.”

The promotion features nearly 48 million specially-marked Banquet frozen dinners, each with a game piece and an online entry code. Consumers can visit https://www.wheeloffortune.com/banquet to try and solve a puzzle to win instant prizes such as free Banquet foods or cash prizes. During ‘Meal of Fortune’ week, September 29 through October 3, players will have the chance to match their game pieces to one of the special puzzles each night to win cash prizes. Official rules, including how to enter and collect game pieces without purchase, can be found here: https://banquet.promo.eprize.com/mealoffortune/public/fulfillment/rules.pdf

EIN Presswire
Consumerist

posted 8/28/14

Blind Second Date
Sony Teams with Stellify for New Version for TV3
From Televisual
Stellify Media, the Belfast-based joint venture with Sony Pictures Television (SPT), has picked up its first major commission producing Blind Date (w/t) for national Irish broadcaster TV3.

Presented by Lucy Kennedy (The Ex Files, The Podge & Rodge Show), the new 8x60 series will be a “fresh, bold and contemporary” adaptation of SPT’s dating format The Dating Game. It will be produced by Stellify Media and 3Studios and air on TV3 later this year.

Executive producer and Stellify joint managing director, Kieran Doherty, said: “Securing our first commission just five months after launching Stellify Media is fantastic. Blind Date (w/t) is exactly the type of entertainment programming we want to produce - a compelling mix of humor, love and jeopardy - making it unmissable viewing for the whole family.”

Head of Development & Formats and Executive Producer for TV3 / 3studios, Andrew Byrne, said: "We are delighted to team up with Stellify Media on this exciting new production. We have been working on a number of new dating formats as part of our continued development of 3studios and when we were approached with The Dating Game format, it was simply too hard to resist! For us this is the ultimate global dating show and one that we can bring a unique Irish flavor to.”

Based in Northern Ireland, Stellify Media was launched earlier this year by Kieran Doherty and Matt Worthy as a joint venture with Sony Pictures Television. Kieran Doherty and Matt Worthy’s previous credits include the international quiz format Secret Fortune (BBC One) and the reality game show format Take the Money and Run (ABC US). They also developed series and game shows including Dara O Briain's School of Hard Sums (DAVE) and the magic and mentalism series David Meade: Make Believe (BBC One NI). Most recently, they developed quiz pilots You Against The Nation for BBC One and Divide & Conquer for Channel 4.

Televisual

posted 8/28/14

Tuesday: Semifinal Answer
If It's Tuesday, It's NBC
From various sources
NBC (7.843 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with new episodes of "Food Fighters" (4.679 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and "America's Got Talent" (9.425 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).

ABC (4.476 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then claimed the silver with originals from "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.807 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and "20/20: From Hell" (3.814 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6).

Next up was CBS (6.771 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (8.902 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.693 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and "Person of Interest" (4.719 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.402 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up second runs of "Family Guy" (1.600 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.370 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "New Girl" (1.252 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "The Mindy Project" (1.385 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

And finally, The CW (0.641 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with its special "The iHeartRadio Album Release Party with Maroon 5" (0.734 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) plus a repeat of "Supernatural" (0.549 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

On cable, "Face Off" won over 1.236 million viewers for Syfy, but it couldn't match the 1.453 million earned by "Chopped: Ultimate Champions". "The Chase" reached a series high with 651,000 viewers, followed by "IdioTest" at 467,500 for the hour.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily
Twitter: @SonOfTheBronx

posted 8/27/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Apptastic"

  • CASTING COUCH: "App Wars" (Reality Wanted)
     
  • Joan Rivers admitted to hospital after respiratory arrest (E!)
     
  • Enrique Iglesias, Sean Paul to perform on "SYTYCD" finale (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: "Dancing with the Stars'" wish list (TMZ)
     
  • "Ink Master" gives you the power of choice for season 5's opener (The Futon Critic)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Countdown "orgasms". This is not a repeat from earlier this week (Independent)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Julia Collins (Kiplinger) and Rick Harrison (Las Vegas Sun)

posted 8/28/14

A Rocker, Two Racers & A Spider Walk Onto an Island...
"Survivor San Juan del Sur" Cast Revealed
From the Futon Critic
CBS announced today the 18 castaways who will compete against each other on SURVIVOR, when the Emmy Award-winning series returns for its 29th season with a special 90-minute premiere, Wednesday, Sept. 24 (8:00-9:30 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst is host.

This fall on SURVIVOR, the "Blood vs. Water" theme returns as all-new castaways compete with - and ultimately against - their loved ones who share the same goal: to outwit, outplay, outlast and ultimately be crowned Sole Survivor and winner of the $1 million dollar prize. Alliances and relationships will be tested and bonds will be broken when mothers, daughters, brothers, spouses and partners vie against each other in the ultimate competition, raising the question of which is thicker: Blood or Water?

This season marks the return of Exile Island, where each week two loved ones square off against one another in a battle that will send the loser to isolation on Exile Island, while the winner receives reward for his/her Tribe. However, the winner will also have to choose a tribemate to accompany their loved one to Exile Island.

The battle unfolds when these 18 castaways compete on SURVIVOR:

- Drew Christy
Age: 25 Winter Park, Fla. Traveling Sales Rep
- Alec Christy
Age: 22 Winter Park, Fla. Student

- Jeremy Collins
Age: 36 Foxboro, Mass. Firefighter
- Val Collins
Age: 35 Foxboro, Mass. Police Officer

- Reed Kelly
Age: 31 New York, N.Y. Broadway Performer/Model/Aerialist
- Josh Canfield
Age: 32 New York, N.Y. Singer, Actor, Writer

- Jon Misch
Age: 26 Waterford, Mich. Financial Assistant
- Jaclyn Schultz
Age: 25 Las Vegas, Nev. Media Buyer

- John Rocker
Age: 39 Atlanta, Ga. Former MLB Player (Played for the Atlanta Braves, the Cleveland Indians, the Texas Rangers and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays)
- Julie McGee
Age: 34 Atlanta, Ga. Model/Owner of Spray Tan Business

- Natalie Anderson
Age: 28 Edgewater, N.J. Crossfit Coach and Student
- Nadiya Anderson
Age: 28 Edgewater, N.J. Crossfit Coach, Project Coordinator at Bridge2Peace **Competed on seasons 21 and 24 of THE AMAZING RACE

- Keith Nale
Age: 53 Shreveport, La. Fire Captain
- Wes Nale
Age: 23 Shreveport, La. Firefighter

- Missy Payne
Age: 47 Dallas, Texas Owner of a Competitive Cheerleading Gym
- Baylor Wilson
Age: 20 Nashville, Tenn. Student

- Dale Wentworth
Age: 55 Ephrata, Wash. Farmer
- Kelley Wentworth
Age: 28 Seattle, Wash. Marketing Manager

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

posted 8/27/14

The Farmer Wants a Wife
Chris Soules Named New "Bachelor"
From ABC News
After months of anticipation and speculation, ABC announced today that Chris Soules will star in the next edition of its hit reality series, “The Bachelor.”

Soules, who made it to the final three men vying for the affections of Andi Dorfman on “The Bachelorette,” before being sent home before the final rose ceremony, says he "absolutely" believes he can find love again on TV.

"That's why I'm doing it," Soules, 32, said today on "Good Morning America." "I believe in the process. I believe in what I went through on the previous show and that's why I'm doing it."

"I wouldn't do it if I didn't feel like that was a potential," he said.

Since his appearance on "The Bachelorette," Soules, a farmer from Arlington, Iowa, has apparently been besieged by female admirers, one of whom was so ardent that she drove hundreds of miles just to knock on his door. Another professed her love for him by taking out an ad in Soules' local paper.

ABC News
TV Guide
The Futon Critic

posted 8/27/14

Halloween Wars Returns to Town
Catch It on Food Network October 5
From the Futon Critic
Halloween Wars returns to Food Network for its fourth season, premiering Sunday, October 5th at 9pm ET/PT. Witness five teams, consisting of a pumpkin carving expert, a cake decorator, and sugar artist, as they battle it out over four episodes to create heart-stopping Halloween-themed displays, guaranteed to scare the daylights out of viewers. Hosted by Justin Willman (Cupcake Wars), each week the teams go head-to-head to create different themed pumpkin displays. One team is eliminated each episode by the judging panel, made up of renowned cake decorator Shinmin Li and Emmy(R)-nominated make-up artist Brian Kinney, and a rotating panel of celebrity guest judges, including Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story: Asylum), Francia Raisa (The Secret Life of the American Teenager), Adi Shankar (film producer of The Grey and Dredd), and Lew Temple (The Walking Dead and The Devil's Rejects).The last team standing wins the title of Halloween Wars champion and a $50,000 grand prize.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/27/14

Big Break Heads to Myrtle Beach
Catch It on Golf Channel October 7
From the Futon Critic
The cast for Golf Channel's 22nd season of its popular Big Break reality competition series - Big Break Myrtle Beach - was revealed today, featuring six men and six women hoping to take that next step in their professional golf careers. They will compete for a grand prize of more than $100,000 in cash and prizes, including an exemption to either the 2015 Valspar Championship on the PGA TOUR or the 2015 Portland Classic on the LPGA Tour. Big Break Myrtle Beach premieres Tuesday, Oct. 7 at 9 p.m. ET on Golf Channel.

Produced in partnership with Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday and South Carolina Tourism and filmed at Barefoot Resort and Golf in Myrtle Beach, S.C., Big Break Myrtle Beach features a cast of 12 who are at different stages in their professional golf careers. Several are playing full time on the Symetra Tour and various mini tours throughout North America, while others turned professional solely to qualify for Big Break Myrtle Beach. All 12 will compete against each other in hopes of making their lifelong dream of walking the fairways on the PGA TOUR or LPGA Tour a reality.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/27/14

Emmys: Race to the Top
An "Amazing" Record for Outstanding Reality
From the Wrap
The big winners at the Primetime Emmys? Amazing Race, and NBC.

"Race", CBS' long-running (C-Note: pun intended) reality game won its 10th trophy for Outstanding Reality Competition Series out of 12 nominations, the most of any reality show on television.

Monday's awards show on NBC was the most-watched night on any network since this year's Oscars.

Monday's Emmy Awards earned a 4.2 demo rating and 15.6 million total viewers, according to final Nielsen numbers.

It was the second-biggest audience for the Emmys in eight years, and it tied for the second-highest rating in the key 18-49 demographic in seven years.

The NBC telecast, hosted by Seth Meyers, was the most-watched night on any TV network since March's Academy Awards.

Those numbers come despite the obstacles of being on a Monday evening (for the first time since 1976) and taking place in August. Last year's September telecast earned 17.8 million viewers, and also had the advantage of a Sunday NFL lead-in on CBS.

In 2013, the Emmys scored a 4.9 in the key demo.

Here's a fun fact: Monday's Emmys topped the rest of the combined so-called “Big 4” competition in primetime, with a 4.2 rating edging the combined 4.1 of Fox (1.8), ABC (1.2) and CBS (1.1).

The 15.6 million in total viewers beat the combined total of 13.8 million for CBS (5.0 million), Fox (4.6 million) and ABC (4.2 million).

The Wrap
The Hollywood Reporter
TV by the Numbers
The Futon Critic

posted 8/26/14

Syndies: Wake Me Up When September Begins
Results for the Week Ending August 17
From Eater
Magazines saw dramatic increases in the week ending Aug. 17, fueled by extensive coverage of the life and tragic death of Robin Williams.

The game shows bounced back, with CTD’s Wheel of Fortune regaining leadership over the genre with a 4% gain to a 5.7, edging ahead of CTD’s Jeopardy!, which was unchanged at a 5.5. Debmar-Mercury’s Steve Harvey-led Family Feud perked up 5% to a 4.6. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire was flat at a 1.9.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 8/26/14

Restaurant Restart
CNBC Renews "Restaurant Startup"
From Eater
Restaurateur Joe Bastianich and Texas-based chef Tim Love's CNBC show Restaurant Startup has been renewed for a second season. According to a press release, the show will return in January 2015 with ten episodes — each one hour long — which is two episodes more than the first seasons' eight episode run. Love initially confirmed that the show had been picked up for two seasons back in June.

Restaurant Startup pits Bastianich and Love against each other as they "vie to invest their own money" in restaurant concepts they believe could be successful. There is no word on if consultant Waylynn Lucas (of Bravo's Eat, Drink, Love) — who worked with contestants on the show — will return. The final episode of season one airs tonight on CNBC.

Eater
The Futon Critic

posted 8/26/14

"Yo Soy El Artista": September 14
Lucero to Host
From TV by the Numbers
Telemundo announced that the much anticipated mega-reality show "Yo Soy El Artista" (I Am the Artist), will premiere on Sunday, September 14th at 8pm/7c. Hosted by international star Lucero, the reality show will air simultaneously in the U.S. on Telemundo and throughout Latin America on the cable networks E! and Telemundo Internacional. A select panel of celebrity judges, including Luis Fonsi, Olga Tañon, Mario Quintero Lara, Stephanie Himonidis ‘La Chiquibaby’ and Boris Izaguirre, along with 100 international social media influencers, will vote on contestants from around the country, who will have to sing, dance and demonstrate star quality and showmanship, in an intense 13-week competition, where the winner will be named the ultimate true "Artist."

International Latin music idol Juan Luis Guerra, winner of top industry awards, will be the special guest star during premiere night, bringing his music and unique flair to the stage of this innovative competition.

From the more than 4,000 people that participated in auditions in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Houston, Chicago, Orlando and Puerto Rico, only 120 contestants were preselected to travel to Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida to take part in the competition, which will include three phases: Auditions, Selection and Galas.

TV by the Numbers

posted 8/26/14

Fashion Star Shoots to China
Dragon TV to Air "The Goddesses' New Clothes"
From The Futon Critic
Multimedia entertainment studio Electus, an operating business of IAC (Nasdaq: IACI), today announced that it is co-producing 10 episodes of The Goddesses' New Clothes with Dragon TV, Hitao and Blue Flame. The show, based on the U.S. show Fashion Star, premiered on Dragon TV on Saturday, August 23.

In The Goddesses' New Clothes six female celebrities will design and model "themed" clothes with the help of professional designers to win orders from shop owners at tmall.com--one of China's largest e-commerce sites. The show will continue in its current slot, airing on Saturday nights at 9:15pm.

"Fashion Star attracted audiences and advertisers in a never before seen way," said Cyrus Farrokh, VP of Distribution at Electus. "By co-producing The Goddesses' New Clothes we were able to localize the Fashion Star format with much more success than we could have done with only a format deal."

Airing on NBC from 2012-2013, the original format gave 12 eager young designers the chance to win a multi-million dollar prize of launching their original collections in three of the nation's largest fashion retailers. Fashion Star is currently airing on Vietnam's VTV3.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/26/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Emmy Comes A-Calling II"

  • Billy on the Street... on the Emmys (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • "Bachelor" contestant denied a third leave of absence, goes from media ho to nobody (Wilkes-Barre Citizen's Voice)
     
  • Former "Card Sharks" dealer Markie Post (yeah, the Night Court lady) returns to NBC on "Chicago PD" (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • FIRST LOOKS: Hell's Kitchen (Fox, September 10) (WRAZ Raleigh) and Celebrity Squares (ITV, September 10) (ITV)
     
  • Jon Bauman does what he does best... and it's not host "Hollywood Squares" (Syracuse.com)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS S#*! UP!: Countdown has orgasmed. Again (Daily Mirror)

posted 8/25/14

TPIR Wants More Men
Second Male Model Search Is On!
From Zap2it
On the heels of Rob Wilson becoming "The Price Is Right's" first male model, the CBS daytime staple has decided to hold a national competition for another handsome lad to join the usual bevvy of beauties showing off the fancy cars and exotic trips.

The search will begin Sept 6. in Spartanburg, S.C., followed by open calls in cities, including Los Angeles, Boston and Dallas, to find a male model who can do it all. Hopefuls will be judged on their sense of humor, red carpet skills and, of course, their ability to show off a car, all in the hopes of earning a modeling gig on the show, hosted by Drew Carey.

The search will air as a six-episode web series competition and fans will be able to cast their vote for the winner. At the conclusion of the web series, the final three contestants will be revealed on "The Talk," with fans being able to vote online for their favorite. The grand prize winner will be announced on Monday, Dec. 8 and begin his week-long modeling gig on Monday, Dec. 15 in Los Angeles.

If you can't make it to an open casting call, never fear -- there are online auditions as well. For audition dates and locations as well as additional contest info, go to Priceisright.com.

Zap2it
Los Angeles Times
People
Broadway World
TV by the Numbers

posted 8/25/14

Sunday: Falling Star
ABC's Talent Show Ends, But Football Wins
From Deadline
One night before the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards and with the MTV VMAs on plus some finales on cable, it was still a pretty packed house on the Big 4 on Sunday. With only Fox in full repeats after some football overruns, there was the NFL preseason game on NBC that pushed the Emmys to a Monday for the first time since 1976 and there was some reality taking a bow and some more unscripted heading towards its final month of this season. Though West Coast votes didn’t really count, they declared a winner last night on the freshman season of Rising Star (0.9/3). With judge Brad Paisley performing with the final four contestants, fellow judge Kesha bringing rainbow hair to the screen and judge Ludacris doing his thing, the live 1-hour broadcast was up 13% among adults 18-49 from its August 17 show. While that’s the second double digit growth in as many weeks for the highly hyped competition show, it is down 40% from RS’s June 22 2-hour debut in what has been a very unsteady first season for the as of yet not renewed show. While Rising Star was up on the competitive night, its lead-in Wipeout (0.7/3) fell a hard 22% from the week before to hit a series low according to preliminary numbers.

Heading into the beginning of the football season next week, last night’s game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the Arizona Cardinals saw the former winning their first preseason after there previous losses. Scoring a touchdown for NBC, last night’s 8:15 – 11 PM ET game got a 4.8/8 rating in meter markets. That’s up 17% from last week’s Carolina Panthers vs. Kansas City Chiefs game. However, the preliminary rating of 1.9/6 that the Bengals and Cardinals game pulled in last night was a dip of 9% from the 2.1/7 that last week’s game got in final numbers among the 18-49s. Last night’s game was also down the same from the 2.1/6 that the comparable Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49s last August 25 received. That game last year went up to a 2.7/6 in final numbers. As always with live events like football games, expect an adjustment in today’s final numbers. With a Dateline special at 7 PM getting a 1.2/5, NBC’s total winning rating for the night was a 1.8/6. The network topped viewership as well with 6.54 million watching.

They might not want to see any adjustments over on CBS. With a 14% rising over its August 17 show, Big Brother (2.5/8) hit a season high last night. That’s a high among not just 18-49s but also viewers with an audience of 7.26 million and adults 25-54 with a 2.9 for the 1-hour show. The rest of CBS’s night wasn’t half bad either with Unforgettable (0.9/3) rising 13% over last week and Reckless (0.5/2) remaining even with its August 17 show. Unfortunately for the latter, that preliminary rating means it tied a low.

Deadline
Billboard
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers

posted 8/25/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Emmy Comes A-Calling"

posted 8/25/14

"Food Truck Face Off": October 2
Jesse Palmer to Host
From The Futon Critic
Four talented teams compete to make their culinary dreams come true by winning their very own customized food truck for a year on new series Food Truck Face Off, premiering Thursday, October 2nd at 8:00pm ET/PT on Food Network. On each of the 13 episodes, hosted by Jesse Palmer,four teams present their unique food truck concepts to an expert panel of judges. Based on the viability and quality of their ideas, two teams will be selected to face off in an intense two-day showdown. The team that earns the most will drive away with the grand prize!

"With the popularity of food truck fare, and after five successful seasons of The Great Food Truck Race, the food truck industry continues to draw passionate food entrepreneurs," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President Programming, Food Network. "Food Truck Face Off provides the opportunity for aspiring food truck owners to realize their dreams in a heart-pounding culinary competition that tests every skill needed to succeed, including creativity, business savvy and, of course, culinary skills."

Throughout the season, the four teams must impress radio and television personality Steak Shapiro and restaurateur Alpana Singh (The Boarding House), as well as a rotating panel of guest judges including, Andrew Gruel (Slapfish Restaurant), Robyn Almodovar (Palate Party) and Zane Caplansky (Caplansky's Deli and Thunderin' Thelma), with their food truck concepts. Then, the two remaining teams must put their ideas to the test on the streets of North America. On the first day, it is truck-against-truck. The team with the tastiest food, best service and most pleasing presentation is awarded a critical special advantage during the final round. On the last day, the competition fuels up as the trucks must face off not only against each other, but against other local food trucks. The team with the highest profits at the end of the two days will be crowned winner, and will drive away with their own food truck for one full year!

Don't miss as all the delicious action unfolds! Fans can visit FoodNetwork.com/FaceOff all season long for behind-the-scenes photos and more from the competition, as well as connect on Twitter with the hashtag #FoodTruckFaceOff.

After five seasons as a quarterback in the National Football League for the New York Giants and the San Francisco 49ers, Jesse Palmer's broadcast career began as a studio analyst for CSTV, and later for Fox Sports Net and Fox Sports, providing commentary for college football and NFL games. Outside the sports arena, Jesse has co-hosted ABC's Live with Kelly, The View, contributed on The Chew, and hosted Food Network Canada's Recipe to Riches. In 2008, Palmer became an analyst for ESPN College Football Primetime, joining announcer Chris Fowler and analyst Craig James in the booth. In addition to the Thursday night games, he served as a studio analyst on College Football Live. A few years later, Palmer added ABC Studio analyst to his duties, joining longtime analyst John Saunders in providing pregame, halftime and postgame analysis for every ABC telecast college football game. Jesse currently appears on ESPN's Thursday Night College Football and will be appearing on the new SEC Network.

Food Truck Face Off is produced by Peace Point Entertainment Group.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/22/14

Thursday: Julie Challenges Every Big Brother Player Ever
And CBS Challenges for the Night
From The Futon Critic
CBS (5.926 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.997 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Mom" (6.384 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "Big Brother 16" (6.968 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and "Elementary" (3.619 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

ABC (4.683 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then took home the silver with new episodes of "The Quest" (2.704 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Rookie Blue" (5.202 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and the season finale of "Rookie Blue" (6.144 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

Next up was FOX (2.822 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) with repeats of "Bones" (2.447 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and another "Bones" (3.198 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.767 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) served up its combination of "Hollywood Game Night" (3.686 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Welcome to Sweden" (2.431 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), another "Welcome to Sweden" (2.082 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "America's Got Talent" (2.359 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, repeats of "The Vampire Diaries" (0.631 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "The Originals" (0.540 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) on The CW (0.585 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable, Lifetime's "Project Runway" led the troops with 2.366 million viewers. "Beat Bobby Flay" gave Food 1.159 million viewers. MTV's "Snack-Off" had 689,000 at 10:30, while the recent controversy behind "Dating Naked" did little for its rating, 535,000 total.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily
And since we promised you a challenge... YouTube

posted 8/22/14

Sky Gets Wild
"Wild Things" Blends Cosplay with Obstacle Course
From Broadcast
Sky has ordered a cosplay gameshow and a Christmas drama alongside a trio of acquisitions, including The Flash.

The pay-TV broadcaster has commissioned Wild Things, a 6 x 60-minute format that features couples undertaking a range of challenges dressed as squirrels on a woodland obstacle course.

The show is produced by Zodiak-owned IWC and Mad Monk, which is Banzai creator Gary Monaghan’s indie, in association with GroupM Entertainment. Wild Things is planned to air on Sundays following The Simpsons in a teatime slot.

Speaking at the Edinburgh International TV Festival, Sky 1 director Adam MacDonald said that the show was the “silliest” thing it was doing and was a “daft slice of genius”.

Broadcast
TBI Vision
The Guardian
Digital Spy
TV Wise

posted 8/22/14

Happy Friday! Lightning Round
... or "Slimed"

  • CASTING COUCH: "The Chase" season 4 (ChaseCasting.com)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: "The Voice" season 7 (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • Billy on "The Millers" (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: former "Jeopardy!", "Millionaire" contestant arrested for breaking into lawmaker's home and beating on his wife (WCVB Boston)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Two Tribes"... by a woman who hates quiz shows. (The Independent)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: It's The 90s Are All That! Night with the Brooklyn Cyclones (BrooklynCyclones.com) plus Tom Bergeron (Twitter: @Tom_Bergeron) and a Top Chef (People) get wet
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: ABC O&Os shuffle "Millionaire", "Daytime Jeopardy!" for the afternoon (Soap Opera Network)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: MasterChef (The Futon Critic)
     
  • If you're a fan of Bob Barker... Watch "The Bold & the Beautiful" next Thursday! (TV Guide)
     
  • "Only Connect" connects from BBC4 to BBC2 starting September 1 (Wales Online)
     
  • Paul Sinha: "The Chase" can't survive without Bradley Walsh. Brooke Burns begs to differ (Radio Times)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Craig Tracy (Channel Guide)

posted 8/22/14

GSN's Double Play
"The Chase", "It Takes a Church" Renewed for 2015
From The Futon Critic
GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today it has picked up additional seasons of two original series: Emmy(R)-nominated THE CHASE (season four, 20 episodes) and matchmaking competition show IT TAKES A CHURCH (season two, eight episodes). Both seasons will air in 2015.

THE CHASE, hosted by Brooke Burns, features the brilliant and intimidating Mark Labbett (aka "The Beast") who faces down contestants in the ultimate trivia challenge. One of GSN's most popular original series, THE CHASE has attracted more than 18 million total viewers since its premiere in August 2013. Throughout its season three run, the series has posted impressive ratings growth among P18-49 (+52%), P25-54 (+56%), W25-54 (+36%), W18-49 (+30%), with total viewership up 37%, vs. GSN's year-to-date time period average.

Dating series IT TAKES A CHURCH, which premiered in June, features Christian congregations across the U.S. in a matchmaking competition to help one unattached fellow congregant find his or her partner. Hosted by Grammy(R) nominated Curb recording artist Natalie Grant, each one-hour episode features a church from a different region of the country. In its inaugural season, more than seven million viewers tuned into IT TAKES A CHURCH. The show delivered triple-digit growth among W18-34 (+100%) and W18-49 (+117%), and double-digit growth among W25-54 (+94%), P18-49 (+92%) and P25-54 (+72%), vs. GSN's year-to-date time period average.

"'The Chase' and 'It Takes a Church' reflect GSN's commitment to programming all types of game, from shiny floor to competition elimination," said Amy Introcaso-Davis, executive vice president, programming, at GSN. "We're delighted with the quality, reach and growth of these two original series."

The Futon Critic
Deadline
The Hollywood Reporter


GSN has renewed "The Chase" & "It Takes a Church"
photo courtesy GSN

posted 8/21/14

It's Official: Julianne Hough Heading BACK to "Dancing"
This Time, She's a Judge
From The Futon Critic
Two-time "Dancing" champion, actress, musician and Emmy(R)-nominated choreographer Julianne Hough returns to the ballroom as a fourth judge on this season of "Dancing with the Stars," premiering MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET/PT) on ABC. Hough will judge alongside resident judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli.

As previously announced, the twelve professional dancers competing this season for the Mirrorball Trophy are Mark Ballas, Cheryl Burke, Witney Carson, Artem Chigvintsev, Valentin Chmerkovskiy, Tony Dovolani, Allison Holker, Derek Hough, Keo Motsepe, Peta Murgatroyd, Emma Slater and Karina Smirnoff. The professional dancers will be paired with a brand new cast of celebrities, announced live on "Good Morning America" on THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 (7:00-9:00 a.m., ET).

Julianne Hough said today, "I'm so excited to be back with my "Dancing with the Stars" family again on a regular basis. I've always aspired to be an all-around entertainer, whether I'm acting, dancing or singing, and I'm thrilled for this opportunity that will allow me to continue all of those pursuits. Derek and I just finished our Move Live on Tour, which reminded me how much I miss the interaction with the dance fans that have been so supportive of me in my career. I am warming up the paddles and the sass, and I'm ready to have fun in this new role."

Executive Producer, Rob Wade stated, "We are delighted to welcome Julianne back to the DWTS family. Her blend of ballroom dancing experience and unique judging ability make her the ideal choice for the show, and we are very excited to have her, Carrie Ann, Bruno and Len on board."

The Futon Critic
People

posted 8/21/14

Wednesday: Big Eyes
CBS, NBC Split Night
From The Futon Critic
CBS (5.913 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the top demo draw on Wednesday with its mix of "Big Brother 16" (6.582 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1), "Extant" (5.505 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) and a second "Extant" (5.652 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

NBC (6.572 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then claimed the silver with its combination of "America's Got Talent" (5.599 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5) recap, "America's Got Talent" (9.188 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Taxi Brooklyn" (4.928 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

Next up was ABC (3.554 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) with repeats of "The Middle" (3.265 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "The Goldbergs" (3.079 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "Modern Family" (3.549 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), another "Modern Family" (3.836 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3) and a new "Motive" (3.798 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.363 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.363 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7).

And finally, The CW (1.094 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.720 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13) and a repeat "The 100" (0.467 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14).

"Top Chef: Duels" had a tasty 762,000 to "Skin Wars'" 725,000, a series high on cable.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers

posted 8/21/14

... Oh, HI, ITV!
ITV Greenlights "You're Back in the Room"
From TV Wise
ITV has given the greenlight to You’re Back In The Room, a four-part game show which sees contestants hypnotised before they attempt seemingly simple tasks.

You’re Back In The Room is being hosted by Phlilip Schofield and sees five contestants hypnotised by mentalist Keith Barry. The seeming straight-forward tasks they need to complete only become harder as their hypnotic triggers cause them to inadvertently sabotage their chances of winning.

The four-part series was commissioned by ITV’s Director of Entertainment & Comedy Elaine Bedell and ITV’s Comedy Commissioning Editor Claire Zolkwer and is being produced by Tuesday’s Child. The series producers are Chris Lore and Marc Bassett, while Karen Smith is set to executive produce.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be launching a completely fresh, brand new format. This series is totally original and unlike anything I’ve ever hosted before”, said Phillip Schofield. “From making the pilot, the contestants are undoubtedly the stars of the show; their reactions are bizarre, hilarious, completely unpredictable and always thoroughly entertaining.”

While ITV’s Comedy Commissioning Editor Claire Zolkwer added: “We are thrilled to have Phillip on board for this unique and exciting new show. It’s entertainment the whole family can enjoy and I’m looking forward to seeing the contestants in action.”

TV Wise
The List
Digital Spy
ITV

posted 8/21/14

Top Chef Returns to the Heat October 15
Former Champ Richard Blais to Recur as Judge
From TV by the Numbers
Bravo Media’s Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series “Top Chef” will premiere its 12th season in Boston on Wednesday, October 15th at 10PM ET/PT. Returning to the judges table for the new season in New England are head judge Tom Colicchio, judges Gail Simmons, Hugh Acheson and host Padma Lakshmi. For the first time ever, a “Top Chef” winner is joining the judging panel. Richard Blais will make his debut as a recurring judge offering the chef’testants guidance from a chef and a former competitor’s point of view. For a sneak peak at season 12, visit http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/season-12/videos/top-chef-goes-to-boston.

This season features some of the franchise’s “hungriest” chefs battling it out against the backdrop of Bean Town’s flourishing culinary scene. The chefs will go knife-to-knife at iconic Boston locales including Fenway Park, Plimoth Plantation and The Bull and Finch Pub, which served as the inspiration for “Cheers” and where exterior shots for the show were filmed. Mirroring Boston’s own rich history, Season 12 is full of firsts, including the first meal ever served on the field underneath the Green Monster, a challenge using only ingredients that would have been on hand at the first Thanksgiving meal, the first “Top Chef” food festival and the first fan appreciation challenge where fans of the show were invited to dine inside the “Top Chef” kitchen. The show will also feature a challenge highlighting Boston’s finest from the police and fire departments.

The stakes are higher than ever as “Top Chef” introduces sudden death Quickfire challenges that occur without warning throughout the season and a fiery judges table that puts every chef on the spot. The chefs will be tasked with serving up food for top entertainers, culinary stars and celebrity guest judges including: actress Emmy Rossum, Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski of the New England Patriots, MLB Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley, actor George Wendt (Norm from “Cheers”), “Watch What Happens Live” host Andy Cohen, Todd English, Barbara Lynch, Jasper White, Ming Tsai, Jacques Pépin, Ken Oringer and Jamie Bissonette.

The chef’testants will bring out their knives as they battle it out for $125,000 furnished by Healthy Choice, a feature in FOOD & WINE magazine, a showcase at the annual FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen and the title of “Top Chef.”

TV by the Numbers
Boston Globe
Atlanta Journal Constitution

posted 8/21/14

Sports Jeopardy!: September 24
Catch It on Crackle!
From The Futon Critic
Crackle announced today that the first season of new television quiz show Sports Jeopardy! with Dan Patrick will premiere on Wednesday, September 24 on Crackle and all Crackle platforms. Hosted by Emmy(R)-Award winning sportscaster Dan Patrick (The Dan Patrick Show), Sports Jeopardy! is a weekly 30-minute program that combines the excitement and prestige of Emmy Award(R) winning quiz show JEOPARDY! with the rich and diverse world of sports. New episodes will be available to stream on demand year round every Wednesday for a total of 52 episodes each year.

"We've got a great starting lineup for the debut of Sports Jeopardy! on September 24," said Sports Jeopardy! host Dan Patrick. "It's the only game show that rewards you for the hours you spend on your couch watching sports and being anti-social, so reward yourself, tune in, and play along."

More than 30,000 contestants registered online for auditions held this past summer in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Dallas, Chicago and New York. Each contestant was then presented with a qualifying test of 30 clues in 30 sports-related categories for the first phase of the audition process. For those who passed that initial test, the second phase of auditions featured mock game play and a short interview. Qualified contestants who passed the test and interview and met all eligibility requirements went on to appear on the show.

Sports Jeopardy! is produced by Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment company.

For more information about Sports Jeopardy! with Dan Patrick, please visit sportsjeopardy.com

The Futon Critic
The Hollywood Reporter
TubeFilter
B&C
Sports Illustrated
Awful Announcing


Dan Patrick hosts "Sports Jeopardy!" for Crackle September 24
photo courtesy Premiered Radio Networks

posted 8/21/14

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Undressed"

  • ICYMI: "Dating Naked" gets even more naked, and the even-more-naked woman in question is filing suit (New York Post)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Les Moonves challenges Julie Chen (YouTube) and Craig Ferguson challenges Dave Attell & Bob Saget (Mobypicture)
     
  • Pharrell Williams getting sued for bolting YouTube for "The Voice".... Really? (TMZ)
     
  • Padma Lakshmi gets roasted by Teamsters (Deadline)
     
  • Carson Daly welcomes a third child (People)
     
  • ZOMBIES IN LOVE... Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon (People)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: MasterChef (The Futon Critic)
     
  • If you're a fan of Bob Barker... Watch "The Bold & the Beautiful" next Thursday! (TV Guide)
     
  • "Only Connect" connects from BBC4 to BBC2 starting September 1 (Wales Online)
     
  • Paul Sinha: "The Chase" can't survive without Bradley Walsh. Brooke Burns begs to differ (Radio Times)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Craig Tracy (Channel Guide)

posted 8/21/14

Tuesday: Consistency Is Key
NBC Wins Night, Week 2 of "IdioTest"
From various sources
NBC (7.803 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with new episodes of "Food Fighters" (4.635 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and "America's Got Talent" (9.388 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1).

CBS (7.096 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then claimed the silver with repeats of "NCIS" (9.028 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.027 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "Person of Interest" (5.235 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Next up was ABC (3.490 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) with originals from "Extreme Weight Loss" (3.372 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and "20/20: From Hell" (3.727 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.338 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up second runs of "Family Guy" (1.899 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.404 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9), "New Girl" (1.060 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) and "The Mindy Project" (0.989 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.772 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "Supernatural" (0.637 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.704 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

In series premiere news, Syfy's Wizard Wars proved magical in its premiere, conjuring up 1.015 million total viewers on Tuesday, August 19 from 10-11PM (ET/PT). The series also averaged 573K Adults 25-54, 552K Adults 18-49 and 240K Adults 18-34. This led out of 1.221 million for Face Off. Over on Food, Chopped competed with 1.45 million.

Elsewhere, Restaurant Startup catered to 324,000. The Chase on GSN rose to a season high with 596,000. Week 2 of IdioTest held steady at 429,000. 

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily
TV Media Insights

posted 8/20/14


DON PARDO: 1918-2014
Legendary Voice of "Jeopardy!", "SNL"
From Los Angeles Times
Don Pardo, the legendary NBC announcer whose deep, resonant voice was heard for more than three decades on "Saturday Night Live," has died. He was 96.

Pardo died Monday evening, according to NBC spokesman Rich Licata. The cause was not given, but Pardo reportedly broke a hip last year.

After launching his broadcasting career at a small radio station in Providence, R.I., Pardo began his six-decade tenure as a staff announcer at NBC in New York City in 1944.

He was an announcer for radio shows such as "Front Page Farrell" and "Pepper Young's Family" before moving into the new medium of television, where he was an announcer for shows ranging from "Caesar's Hour" and "The Kate Smith Evening Hour" to the original versions of "The Price is Right" and "Jeopardy!"

On Nov. 22, 1963, it was Pardo who delivered the audio news bulletin to NBC TV viewers, first locally in New York and then nationally, that President Kennedy had been shot in downtown Dallas.

His longest-running announcing gig began Oct. 11, 1975, when NBC launched what it originally called "NBC's Saturday Night," with George Carlin as the first guest host: a live, 90-minute mix of youthfully irreverent comedy and music that became a TV institution that continues to this day.

On that first show — after cast member Chevy Chase uttered the now-famous "Live from New York. It's Saturday Night!" at the end of the opening skit — the jazzy musical theme and opening credits began as veteran announcer Pardo intoned in his authoritative yet friendly voice:

" 'NBC's Saturday Night.' Starring George Carlin. With Janis Ian and Billy Preston. A film by Albert Brooks. Jim Henson's Muppets. The Not for Ready Prime Time Players. And comedians Valri Bromfield, Andy Kaufman. Ladies and gentleman, George Carlin!"

Illustrating the unpredictability of live television, Pardo had made one flub in his intro.

As he recalled in a 2006 videotaped interview for the Archive of American Television: "[Writer] Herb Sargent, I'll never forget, came to me after the show. He says, `Do you know what you said? You said 'Not for Ready.' I says, "I did?"

Noting in the interview that he had said "Not Ready for Prime Time Players" correctly in the dress rehearsal, he recalled: "In the early days [of the show], I was like in a little hallway; it wasn't a studio per se. I was there with a clipboard, and that was it. Maybe I got distracted by something. Whatever it was, I don't know."

The show, which was renamed "Saturday Night Live" in 1977, became a star-making success. And, with the exception of the seventh season when changes were made and he was replaced, Pardo continued to be the show's announcer.

In the process, the already well-known announcer became something of a celebrity himself, appearing occasionally on screen, including joining musical guest Frank Zappa on the song "I'm the Slime" in 1976.

Pardo, whose career included countless commercial voiceovers, also made a cameo appearance in the Weird Al Yankovic music video for his 1984 song "I Lost on Jeopardy," and he had a bit part as the "Guess That Tune" host in Woody Allen's 1987 movie comedy "Radio Days."

Even after retiring as an NBC staff announcer in 2004 and moving to Tucson, he continued to fly to New York to announce "Saturday Night Live" at the request of "SNL" creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels, who has said he couldn't imagine the show without Pardo.

Joining the cast on stage at the end of a "Saturday Night Live" show in 2008, the day after he turned 90, Pardo received a kiss from former SNL head writer and performer Tina Fey and managed to summon the breath to blow out all 90 candles on a birthday cake.

Michaels said that he originally chose Pardo to announce the youthfully irreverent comedy show because he "was very much an announcer" and he wanted "that authority voice."

In 2010, Pardo was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame.

He was born Dominick George Pardo on Feb. 22, 1918, in Westfield, Mass., and primarily grew up in Norwich, Conn.

Los Angeles Times
The Hollywood Reporter
USA Today
EntertainmentWise
AV Club
Mashable
Wall Street Journal
Geeks of Doom
Kelowna Daily Courier
MediaBistro

photo courtesy Splitsider

posted 8/20/14

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "All-In"

  • LIST ABUSE: every moment Alex Trebek rapped (Music Times)
     
  • Boris Izaguirre joins "Yo Soy el Artista" as a judge (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • DEFINING MOMENT OF AWESOME: first person to go all the way on "Let's Ask America" ... goes all the way (Instagram @letsaskamerica)

posted 8/20/14

Monday: Ninjas vs. Chefs. Winner: EVERYONE.
NBC, Fox Tie in the Demo
From the Futon Critic
NBC (5.490 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1) and FOX (4.874 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1) shared top demo honors on Monday as the former served up new episodes of "MasterChef" (5.703 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Hotel Hell" (4.046 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3).

The Peacock then served up originals from "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" (4.258 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6) and "American Ninja Warrior" (6.106 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2).

Next up was CBS (5.503 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) with repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (4.495 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Mom" (4.266 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Mike & Molly" (4.916 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and "Two and a Half Men" (4.884 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) plus a new "Under the Dome" (7.229 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T3).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.356 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) offered up fresh installments of "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.886 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) and "Mistresses" (3.297 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

And finally, a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.676 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.932 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) and the return of "America's Next Top Model" (1.182 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) on The CW (1.493 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) closed out the night.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/19/14

Syndies: While We Were in Vegas...
Results for the Week Ending August 10
From TV News Check
The game show race continued to be a nail biter in the week ending Aug. 10, as Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune both declined and fell into a dead heat. A week ago, Jeopardy upset the usually dominant Wheel for only the second time in 10 years.

At the top of the overall ratings chart, however, Judge Judy forged ahead and was syndication’s runaway No. 1, winning by the widest margin in the show’s 18-year history. Judy, which was entirely in reruns, has now been the highest-rated syndicated show for 20 consecutive weeks.

GAME SHOWS
1. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.5 -5%
1. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.5 -4%
3. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury) 4.4 -2%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.9 -5%

TV News Check
B&C
TV by the Number

posted 8/19/14

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Wizarding World"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Wizard Wars" (Syfy, tonight) (New York Times)
     
  • Simon Cowell takes the ALS ice bucket challenge. In typical. Simon Cowell. Fashion. (Twitter @SimonCowell)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: all 20 seasons of America's Next Top Model... annotated and ranked (The Wire)
     
  • The votes are in... and "Big Brother" is getting sued (TMZ)
     
  • Is Julianne Hough headed to the judge's table? After "Rock of Ages", I'd seriously consider it (TMZ)
     
  • LEAVE GUY FIERI ALONE! The real problem with Food Network? Talk to Bob Tuschman. (Salon)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Erin Andrews, "the new Ryan Seacrest" (Fox News)

posted 8/19/14

"Shark Tank", Jane Lynch Win Emmys
Creative Arts Emmys Awarded Sunday Night
From Frontiers LA
There’s still a week to go before the Primetime Emmy Awards, but this weekend saw the Creative Arts Emmys, which focus on behind-the-scenes accomplishments and smaller roles, and Orange is the New Black put in a very strong appearance.

Jane Lynch took home her second Emmy, for hosting celebrity gameshow Hollywood Game Night. She previously won a supporting actress award for her work on Glee in 2010.

ABC's "Shark Tank" won the trophy for outstanding structured reality show.

The rest of the awards will be handed out at the Primetime Emmy ceremony on Monday August 25th.

Frontiers LA
Twitter: @TelevisionAcad
Twitter: @TelevisionAcad

posted 8/18/14

Sunday: Great Googly Moogly
NFL Wins Over All
From the Futon Critic
FOX (5.132 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) pulled into the top demo spot on Sunday with its mix of "American Dad" (2.310 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "The Simpsons" (2.909 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "NFL Pregame" (5.325 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and "NFL Preseason: Chiefs at Panthers" (6.102 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T1).

CBS (6.318 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was the most-watched network with its lineup of "60 Minutes" (7.763 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "Big Brother 16" (6.852 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T1), "Unforgettable" (6.244 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Reckless" (4.412 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14).

Next up was ABC (3.658 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its combination of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.730 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5), "Wipeout" (3.001 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Rising Star" (3.138 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Castle" (3.762 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

And finally, NBC (3.063 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) closed out the evening with encores of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.884 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) and "America's Got Talent" (3.242 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

The Futon Critic

posted 8/18/14

Re-Generation
Miranda Hart Downplays Rumors That She's Hosting
From Digital Spy
Miranda Hart has downplayed rumors that she will host a rebooted version of The Generation Game for the BBC.

The classic game show, which has previously been presented by the likes of Sir Bruce Forsyth, Larry Grayson and Jim Davidson, was reported earlier today to be returning next year for the first time since 2002.

The Miranda star was rumored to be in talks for the role earlier this year, and appeared on a one-off special of the show for Comic Relief in 2011.

BBC One controller Charlotte Moore told The Guardian: "It will be a modern reinvention of The Generation Game. Miranda will bring a very different flavor to it.

"Her wit and spirit behind it will naturally move it into the modern era. Miranda is brilliant at engaging with people, she loves that interaction. She'll be brilliant."

Moore added of the new Generation Game: "I promise you it won't be predictable.

"It will feel absolutely rooted in the present day. Television is always reinventing things, every show has a great-grandparent that existed once. We all swim in the same pond."

However, Hart downplayed the suggestions later on Twitter, writing: "Apparently it's 100 per cent cert I am doing Gen Game. First I've heard of it. Mulling some ideas about it might be more accurate."

Digital Spy
ATV Today
Guardian

posted 8/18/14

Argentina Calls In a "Favour"
"Do Me A Favour" Comes from Armoza Formats
From C21 Media
Argentinian broadcast giant Telefe has launched its local version of gameshow format Do Me a Favour, co-developed with Israel’s Armoza Formats.

The show has been coproduced by Telefe and Armoza and started airing last Sunday. The street-set series is hosted by local sports presenter Juan Marconi and sees two contestants trying to persuade strangers to do them a favour in the shortest time possible.

Do Me a Favour was created by Itay Herman and Oded Kramer (Catch, Still Standing) and jointly developed by Telefe and Armoza.

The format has already sold into Asia, where Thai production company Zense Entertainment picked up rights in April.

C21 Media

posted 8/18/14

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Shark Week"

posted 8/18/14