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TPIR's Golden Season
Premiere Week Begins September 13, Primetime Celebration September 30
From CBS PR

Daytime Emmy Award-winning The Price Is Right, network television’s #1-rated daytime series and the longest-running game show in television history, celebrates the start of its milestone 50th season on Monday, Sept. 13 at 11 AM ET / 10 AM PT on CBS.

The fun begins with a weeklong event featuring a game each day where contestants can win up to 1 million dollars. In addition, a special primetime celebration of The Price Is Right commemorating the historic milestone will feature a look back at the biggest winners, never before seen outtakes and a salute to Bob Barker airing Thursday, Sept. 30 at 9/8c on CBS.

This season, the show will welcome fans back to the studio audience for a chance to hear the famed words “come on down!” The episodes will also be available to stream live and on demand on the CBS app and Paramount+.

“First, I want to say congratulations and thank you to all the wonderful people responsible, past and present, on the 50th season of The Price is Right,” said Bob Barker, former legendary host of the show. “The show has the most enthusiastic and fun audience that one could ever ask for. They truly were and are the heart and soul of the show. I had the pleasure of working with a dedicated and talented cast and crew for 35 great years. Particularly close to my heart was the ability our vast popularity gave me to remind our entire audience daily about the importance of spaying and neutering your pets. It was an incredibly memorable ride! Once again, congratulations toThe Price is Right on 50 historic years!! Here’s to 50 more!!”

The Price is Right premiered Sept. 4, 1972 with famed host Bob Barker. Since then, there have been 108 pricing games played over the course of the show’s history, and the daytime premiere week will honor the lasting legacy with two new games, including a special limited edition game, “Back to ‘72,” that will only be played throughout the 50th season complete with a retro ‘70s look. In the game, contestants’ pricing skills will be tested on actual items that appeared on the show during the early years of its run on CBS.

“Hosting The Price is Right has been a dream job for me,” said Drew Carey, current host of The Price is Right since July of 2007. “And I can’t even call it a job with a straight face because I get such joy out of it. Imagine spending every workday surrounded by happy, positive strangers. It’s been amazing. I really never thought my safe space would be on a sound stage, wearing a mic, cameras on me constantly, and with millions of people watching. But that’s what The Price is Right is for me. I love it.”

If you are a huge fan of the The Price is Right and the show holds special meaning for you, fans are invited to submit videos of what The Price is Right means to them for a chance to see themselves on TV. More info in the links below. Videos can be submitted to PriceIsRightFans@gmail.com.

Tune in for the 50th season premiere of The Price is Right on Monday, Sept. 13 at 11 AM ET / 10 AM PT on CBS. And don't miss the 50th season primetime celebration of The Price is Right on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 9/8c on CBS.

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posted 8/19/2021

WEDNESDAY: Got Talent Gets Eyeballs
NBC Wins, PYL Hits a Whammy
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, ABC’s Press Your Luck this Wednesday drew 2.8 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating, hitting and matching series lows.

Leading out of that, $100,000 Pyramid (3.4 mil/0.5) was steady, while Superstar (1.7 mil/0.2) dropped sharply from last week’s debut.

CBS’ Big Brother (3.6 mil/0.9) led Wednesday in the demo, holding steady week-to-week. House Calls With Dr. Phil (1.8 mil/0.3) was down in the demo from Love Island‘s week-ago airing.

Elsewhere:
NBC | America’s Got Talent (5.5 mil/0.6) was steady week-to-week and led the night in total audience. Family Game Fight (2.2 mil/0.4) dipped some more.
THE CW | Pending adjustment due to sports preemptions, Riverdale (530K/0.1) and In the Dark (400K/0.1) are both currently up in one way or another.
FOX | MasterChef (2.3 mil/0.5) was steady
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posted 8/19/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Host No One Saw"

  • Alex Trebek comes back from the dead... in the form of recordings saying who'd he like to see host (Uproxx) and the internet is pissed (Nicki Swift)

  • Katie Thurston ran to a sister Bachelorette in times of need (Realiyt TV World)

  • The Cube arrives in Manchester (Mancheser Evening News)

  • Cheshire person of interest in Michael Barrymore case released (ITV News)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Clive Myrie, the new face of "Mastermind" (BBC News)

posted 8/19/2021

Back to The Kitchen
Fox Renews "MasterChef"
From the Futon Critic

FOX has renewed its powerhouse cooking competition series, MASTERCHEF, for a twelfth season, featuring award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay, acclaimed chef Aarón Sánchez and renowned restaurateur Joe Bastianich.

"Obviously, Gordon is a good friend and, given the recent launch of Studio Ramsay Global, an important part of FOX's programming and growth strategy," said Rob Wade, President of Alternative Entertainment and Specials, FOX Entertainment. "MASTERCHEF, Gordon, Aarón and Joe, and our fantastic partners at ESNA, have been vital to FOX's DNA. Even in its eleventh season, this show continues to impress by sustaining FOX's success on Wednesdays this Summer. We anticipate this momentum to continue next year when MASTERCHEF returns for a much deserved Season 12."

MASTERCHEF currently averages 5.0 million multi-platform viewers. Its telecasts this season, together with CRIME SCENE KITCHEN, have led FOX to rank as the #1 broadcast network on six of this Summer's eight Wednesdays that the pair aired together.

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Deadline


posted 8/18/2021

Back to The Island
HBO Max Renews "FBoy Island"
From the Futon Critic

HBO Max announced today that the breakout hit Max Original reality dating series FBOY ISLAND, hosted by comedian and actress Nikki Glaser, has been renewed for a second season. Produced by STXalternative, the series concept was created by Elan Gale ("The Bachelor" franchise) with Sam Dean (HBO Max's "12 Dates of Christmas," "Love is Blind") as showrunner.

The ten-episode first season of FBOY ISLAND filmed earlier this year in the Cayman Islands and followed three women, Nakia Renee, CJ Franco and Sarah Emig, who move to a tropical island where they're joined by 24 men - 12 self-proclaimed "Nice Guys" looking for love, and 12 self-proclaimed "FBoys," there to compete for cold, hard cash. The women navigate the dating pool together with the hope of finding a lasting love connection. By the finale, all is revealed - who is a Nice Guy, who is an FBoy, and who the women ultimately choose. FBOY ISLAND is a social experiment that asks an age-old question: can FBoys truly reform or do Nice Guys always finish last?

FBOY ISLAND had the biggest launch for a Max Original reality series since the platform launched last year, with viewership growth week over week. It was the first series to debut as part of the "Summer of Unscripted" line-up on HBO Max, which offers a diverse and entertaining slate of reality and competition series to celebrate the summer.

"With a title like FBOY ISLAND, we knew we would get the audience's attention and we're thrilled that they've responded to the self-aware, comedic nature of the format, proving that they are excited by this fresh approach that puts women in control," said Sarah Aubrey, Head of Original Content, HBO Max. "Season one undoubtedly kept the audience guessing but we have even more big twists in store for season two. To the next batch of Fboys, beware, we're coming for you!" added Jennifer O'Connell, Executive Vice President, Non-Fiction and Live-Action Family, HBO Max.

Nikki Glaser quote: "I couldn't be happier about returning to FBOY ISLAND for season two. The only downside is that it confirms my greatest fear: that there are more than 12 Fboys on planet earth."

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posted 8/18/2021


The Times
SEAN LOCK: 1963-2021
Panelist on "8 out of 10 Cats"
From the Wrap

Sean Lock, the English comedian known for “8 Out of 10 Cats” — a comedy panel show on which he was a team captain and participant in a spin-off — and “15 Storeys High,” has died at 58. Per Wednesday reports out of the U.K., he died of cancer.

He was a highly regarded comedian and his death triggered a series of tributes online.

“8 Out of 10 Cats” host Jimmy Carr led the way, writing, “Brutal news about Sean Lock today. I loved him. I’m watching clips of him right now – laughing & crying. I’ll miss him so much.”

Comedian Ricky Gervais also memorialized Lock, tweeting, “Such sad news. RIP the great Sean Lock. One of the funniest, most influential comedians of a generation. A lovely man.” “

I wish I had the words to describe the exceptional man that was Sean Lock. But today I don’t, and I think he might have liked it that way,” said Susie Dent, a lexicographer and media personality who worked with Lock on the spin-off "8 out of 10 Cats Does Countdown".

Lock wrote material for comedians like Bill Bailey and Mark Lamarr. He hosted his own entertainment show at one point, contributed voiceover work to the BBC and acted in scripted series, as well.

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Deadline
Digital Spy

posted 8/18/2021

This One's for the Chocoholics
Food Network Teams with Hershey's for "Chocolate Meltdown"
From the Wrap

Food Network has a new primetime competition series taped after hours in Hersheypark that’s about to give all chocoholics a nervous bakedown waiting for its arrival. The Sunny Anderson-hosted show is called “Chocolate Meltdown: Hershey’s After Dark” and it will make its sweet debut Monday, Sept. 27 at 10/9c on the cable channel.

The four-episode “Chocolate Meltdown: Hershey’s After Dark” will see three skilled pastry chefs locked inside the iconic 121-acre Pennsylvania amusement park “without a soul in sight” and tasked with creating “mind-bending” chocolate showpieces.

Per Food Network, “In each hour-long episode, they must solve clues and brave the thrilling rides to use Hershey’s sweets for their colorful and spectacular creations before the night is over. Working at breakneck speed with the help of just an assistant within Hershey’s largest candy store, Chocolate World, the competitors race against the clock as judges Ralph Attanasia (Food Network’s “Buddy vs. Duff”) and Maneet Chauhan (Winner, “Tournament of Champions”) keep a watchful eye to determine who was the most successful at molding chocolate and spinning sugar into works of art. The winner of each episode earns a year’s supply of Hershey’s candy, a Hersheypark vacation and a cash prize.”

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The Futon Critic


posted 8/18/2021

TUESDAY: Got Talent Gets Eyeballs
NBC Wins, LEGO Masters Hits a Low
From Deadline

America’s Got Talent was a winner for NBC as the live quarterfinals brought the network to ratings and viewership glory Tuesday in broadcast primetime. The two-hour episode of the talent competition was the highest-rated and most-watched program Tuesday, drawing in a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and 6.60 million viewers, per Nielsen Live+Same Day fast affiliates.

After AGT, NBC’s primetime saw the latest installment of College Bowl (0.4, 2.71), remaining steady with previous viewership and ratings.

Over at Fox, LEGO Masters (0.4, 1.39M) dropped from last week, and Fantasy Island fell from its debut by a tenth in the demo and 12% in viewers.

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TV Line
The Futon Critic

posted 8/18/2021

"Feud" Heads to Hong Kong
Chinese Version of Hit Format Coming
From TBI

Hong Kong broadcaster TVB has acquired Fremantle’s entertainment gameshow format Family Feud for its Jade channel.

The two-season order for the series will mark the first local version of the format, which will debut on 29 August, and will be hosted by actor, producer and comedian Johnson Lee.

The deal continues TVB’s long-standing relationship with Fremantle, with the broadcaster having already picked up finished versions of shows including America’s Got Talent, Britain’s Got Talent, Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals and Great Railway Journeys.

The TVB order comes just a day after the Chilean version of the format, titled ¡Qué Dice Chile!, debuted on Canal13.

Haryaty Rahman, SVP distribution Asia, international at Fremantle, said: “The Family Feud format has proved to be irresistible to over 70 international markets, and now audiences in Hong Kong can see what the survey says. There are endless possibilities for humorous and outrageous answers which make this classic gameshow a great watch.”.

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posted 8/18/2021

Joey Fatone, Nadine Coyle Join "Last Singer Standing"
Irish Karaoke Series to Play on RTE One
From the Irish News

Derry-born star Nadine Coyle is to be a panellist on a new RTÉ One gameshow along with "Common Knowledge" host NSYNC's Joey Fatone.

The singer, formerly a member of Girls Aloud, will help judge acts on karaoke show Last Singer Standing, hosted by Westlife's Nicky Byrne.

Dublin singer Samantha Mumba will be the third panellist on the show, announced as part of RTÉ's new season of programmes.

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posted 8/18/2021

Discovery Thinks Small
Mamrie Hart to Host "Tiny Food Fight" for Discovery+
From the Futon Critic

Comedian and social media star, Mamrie Hart, whose social media content has generated over 96 million views, will host the new discovery+ competition series Tiny Food Fight. Available to stream beginning on Thursday, September 16th, the series features Hart putting three talented cooks to the test in two rounds of tiny food-themed challenges -- from fair foods to birthday celebrations and bar foods to international dishes. Contestants must pack the most flavor into a single bite of food using miniature appliances and utensils. Darnell Ferguson, who first gained fans as a Chopped Champion, serves as the lead judge. Ferguson will review dishes based on creativity, taste, presentation, and how well the dish fits the theme. The contestant with the best small bites in both rounds will walk away with a tiny trophy and a tiny $5,000 check.

"I am completely obsessed with tiny food. You know that video of a hamster eating a burrito that went viral? I am responsible for two-thirds of those views," said Hart. "So, when I was given the opportunity to host Tiny Food Fight, I was all in! What amazes me is the accuracy and detail the chefs bring to the competition. Their scale of cooking might be miniature, but the level of cooking they bring is on par with any other food show you would see. I feel like people will be obsessed with it, cause I sure am!"

"Tiny food is having more than a moment, it's an undeniable trend that Food Network is raising to the next level," said Courtney White, President, Food Network and Cooking Channel. "Mamrie and Darnell add to the fun with their signature humor and expertise. Who knew the world's smallest meal could be cooked over a tealight candle?"

Over the course of the six half-hour episodes, the three contestants must create shrunken dishes and, making this feat even more difficult, they must use equally tiny kitchens and equipment. On the premiere, they must tackle classic sports bar starters in the first round with only 30 minutes on the clock. One miniature dish earns a special advantage in the next round where they must make the tiniest stacked burgers and the competition heats up as one of the tiny kitchens catches fire. The excitement continues all season long as the contestants must tackle tiny diner food from breakfast to late night munchies, as well as bold flavors from Thailand and Japan. No competition is complete, without some sweets, but making desserts the size of a quarter will prove to be difficult for these talented contestants.

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posted 8/18/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Behind the Werk"

posted 8/18/2021


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SYNDIES: Week 44
Results for the Week Ending August 8
From TV News Check

The retitled Live with Kelly and Ryan was the standout in the session ending Aug. 8. The morning favorite raced ahead 14% to a 1.6 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, shrugging off the second and final Olympics week and blowing away its talk show competition for the 13th week in a row.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud—OLYM (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.1 -2%
- Jeopardy—OLYM (CMV) 4.5 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune—OLYM (CMV) 3.9 NC
- 25 Words or Less—OLYM (Fox First Run) 0.7 +17%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC

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posted 8/17/2021

MONDAY: Paradise Regained
ABC Wins on "Bachelor in Paradise", "Ninja Warrior" Attracts for NBC
From Deadline

Bachelor In Paradise returned to ABC for the first time since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic and topped Monday night ratings. The series, which also saw David Spade take over for former host Chris Harrison, drew in a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and 3.06 million viewers upon its two-hour opening, per fast affiliates. While Bachelor In Paradise topped ratings for yet another night of pandemic-era television, the premiere fell from its 2019 debut by five tenths in its demo and nearly 30% in viewers.

NBC scored the most-watched program Monday with the two-hour semifinals of American Ninja Warrior (0.5, 3.33M). Up against both Bachelor In Paradise and American Ninja Warrior in the first hour of primetime were The Neighborhood on CBS, Rosewell, New Mexico on the CW and Hell’s Kitchen on Fox.

With more attention on the Bachelor In Paradise return and American Ninja Warrior, Bob Hearts Abishola, Young Sheldon, House Broken and The Republic of Sarah had quiet showings.

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posted 8/17/2021

PlutoTV Adds ANOTHER Game Show Network
PlutoTV Game Shows to Air "Sweep", "5th Grader"
From Cord Cutters News

Pluto TV is expanding its channel lineup again. With these new channels, Pluto TV users will have free, 24/7 access to happenings in the sleepy town of Mayberry, NC; the most mysterious crime cases from across the pond, threats of bank robberies and other happenings in the Wild West, and more.

Game shows never get old. From daytime classics to recent primetime hits, there’s always a fortune in fabulous prizes just waiting for someone to win on Pluto TV Game Shows.

So far the network airs "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" and the 1990 run of "Supermarket Sweep".

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posted 8/17/2021

More Coming from Discovery+
HGTV to Play More
From The Futon Critic

The biggest, buzziest, boldest, breakout show concepts are coming to HGTV and discovery+ Home in 2021/early 2022 and attendees at today's Television Critics Association (TCA) virtual tour will get a sneak peek at new celebrity-led series that focus on everything from blowing out walls for major renos to room designs for Gen Z'ers. The network and the streamer also will showcase series with fun twists on home renovations; dynamic new stars who break design boundaries with their non-traditional vision; follow-doc series that show the unvarnished journey of families' tackling their own home renos; and compelling real estate and renovation competitions that will keep fans glued to their screens.

Meet Your Makers Showdown, a crafty new competition series slated for discovery+, stars Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R) nominated actress, recording artist and crafting enthusiast Chrissy Metz. Best known from NBC's This Is Us, Chrissy will helm the action as the country's top artisans test their ingenious creativity, unique skills and passion for their craft in a variety of mediums, including paper art, fluid painting, stained glass and more. To win bragging rights and a $10,000 cash prize, the competitors' creations must impress the judging panel, including inspiration judge LeAnn Rimes, a multi-GRAMMY Awards(R) winning singer, songwriter, actress and author; Mark Montano, a craft expert, best-selling author, designer and TV host; as well as a weekly guest judge. Available to stream on discovery+ Saturday, November 27.

Martha Stewart returns to raise the stakes in Table Wars, a new extreme tabletop and special theme event competition on discovery+. During the series, lead judge Stewart, an Emmy(R) Award-winning television personality and The New York Times bestselling author, will be joined by actress, design enthusiast and Emmy(R) Award winner Tamera Mowry-Housley and luxury event planner and designer Chris Hessney to review the show-stopping, large-scale party environments created by the country's best event designers. The finalist whose breathtaking work wins over the judges will win the Table Wars title and a $50,000 cash prize. Premieres on HGTV Friday, November 12, at 10 p.m. ET/PT.

Rounding out the competition offerings is Flipping Showdown, starring fan favorite real estate experts Ken and Anita Corsini who first attracted the attention of renovation fans in their series Flip or Flop Atlanta. During the series, the Corsinis will put their own money on the line to purchase three investment properties for each of the three competing duos. They also will provide the funding for each team to design and renovate the homes in only six months. Ken and Anita will judge each team on three criteria: budget management, design talent and ability to successfully oversee the renovations. When the time is up, the flipping team that gets the highest score will win $100,000 and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join the Corsinis in their real estate firm. Premieres on HGTV Monday, November 15, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.


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posted 8/17/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "No, Matt. Thank You"

  • Matt Amodio thanks the plethora of guest hosts (Newsweek)

  • Katie Thurston makes a trip to Canada (People)

  • Roku adds Estrella Games (Gizmodo)

  • Today's Countdown bad word is... REALLY bad (B&T)


posted 8/16/2021

When You Wish Upon a Feud
"Family Feud" to Air Disney Episode Monday, August 16
From Broadway World

Survey Says...Disney Edition Takeover! Fremantle announced today that the hit syndicated game show, Family Feud, distributed by Lionsgate's Debmar-Mercury, will air a special Disney themed episode on August 16, 2021 (check local listings), in celebration of the release of the all-new "Family Feud: Disney Edition" board game found exclusively at Walmart.

Daytime Emmy Award®-winning host, Steve Harvey, is joined by a variety of beloved Disney characters as two families compete for the chance to win up to $100,000 and a new car. Plus, in honor of this special Disney-themed episode, the winning family will go home with a bonus surprise prize of a five-day, four-night vacation to the WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort in Florida during the 50th anniversary celebration and experience four one-of-a-kind theme parks at the most magical place on Earth.

Combining the hit syndicated television show with everyone's favorite Disney characters, movies, and memories, the new "Family Feud: Disney Edition" board game from global children's entertainment company Spin Master will include hundreds of new Disney and Pixar themed survey questions, as well as a FAST MONEY Bonus Round. Made for three or more players, ages 8+, the set includes 150 face-off question cards, 50 FAST MONEY cards, a dry erase scoreboard, a DISNEY MICKEY MOUSE card holder, a dry erase marker, and instructions. The game will be available for purchase exclusively at Walmart.

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posted 8/16/2021

WEEKEND: Love? Actually...
ABC Wins on "Feud", But Rest of the Games Preempted
From Deadline

CBS ruled Sunday ratings with the latest episode of Big Brother. The network kicked of its Sunday lineup in the 8-9 p.m. time slot with the Big Brother, which took home a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and aired to 3.71 million viewers, per fast affiliates.

The reality series, which returned from the weekend slightly lower from last Thursday (1.0, 4.58M), was the highest-rating program Sunday.

Competing with Big Brother in the same time slot was Celebrity Family Feud on ABC (0.5, 4.20M), which was the most-watched Sunday primetime.

NBC’s Sunday primetime programming consisted solely of America’s Got Talent (0.2, 1.94M)

Later in the evening, Love Island closed off its junior Season with a 0.4 rating and 1.61 million viewers. The season ender dipped 10% in viewers from the Love Island premiere in July, but matched its 2021 debut ratings-wise. For comparison, the 2020 Love Island finale drew in a 0.5 demo rating and 2.02 million viewers.

The rest of Fox’s Sunday consisted of other animated titles including Bob’s Burgers and The Great North, which all saw a quiet night. The CW also had a low-performing night with DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (0.1, .38M) – the network’s highest-rated and most-watched title of the evening.

The remainder of the programmed games will air August 29.

Deadline
TV Line
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posted 8/16/2021

Dara Ó Briain Has a 1 with Six 0's
£1M Jackpot in Play for Channel 4
From Telly Mix

Channel 4 has announced a brand new quiz show hosted by Dara Ó Briain.

One & Six Zeros will see a massive jackpot of £1 million up for grabs. The six-episode series will see teams of three players playing to take home the top prize with seven questions separating them from the money.

Channel 4 explains: "They start with £1,000,000 and must answer seven general knowledge questions correctly to keep the jackpot intact. Each right answer locks in a digit of the One & Six Zeros. If the teams answer any of the questions posed by presenter Dara Ó Briain incorrectly, they will lose a zero from the prize fund and it could very quickly go from £1,000,000 to £100!"But there is a lifeline. If the team doesn’t want to risk answering a particular question, they can swap it for a different one. However, swapping questions also comes at a cost to the team… And not only that, after three questions, the team is reduced from three players to two. Then after five questions, just one player is left to tackle the final two questions alone."

Dara Ó Briain said: “I’m delighted to host this new quiz show for Channel 4 and Mighty Productions. It should be funny and tense and you, at home, will definitely think you could have done better than the contestants. Plus, I get to keep any of the money they don’t win! I think that’s the deal, I didn’t read the small print.”

Jo Street, Channel 4’s head of Daytime and Features, added: “Having one million pounds up for grabs in a quiz is thrilling and it also makes me feel a bit sick. "One & Six Zeros is a really clever format which the audience will be able to play along with, and Dara is the perfect host to steer the contestants through the nerves, the laughs and the drama of potentially winning a life changing amount of cash.”.

Telly Mix
Entertainment Gazette


posted 8/16/2021

More on "The Masked Singer" Season 6
Catch a Special Preview September 13
From the Futon Critic

“The Masked Singer” revealed the costumes of three new contestants competing on the show’s upcoming sixth season in a fun new promo that Fox dropped Friday. In the clip, which you can view above, you’ll meet Cupcake and Banana Split (a two-person costume), with the reveal of Queen of Hearts coming video the newly released key art. The unveiling of that trio of contestants comes after the earlier first looks at Dalmatian, Mallard and Hamster, who are also featured in the new TV spot.

“The Masked Singer” will kick off Season 6 on Wednesday, Sept. 22 and air the second half of its supersized debut the following night, Thursday, Sept. 23. On both evenings, the smash-hit competition will be set in the 8 o’clock hour and followed by freshman singing contestant “Alter Ego,” which is also getting a two-night debut.

As of right now, we know very little about the upcoming season of “The Masked Singer,” including how many contestants will be competing and when the new episodes will debut (though right now the count is at six with Cupcake, Banana Split, Queen of Hearts, Dalmatian, Mallard and Hamster.)

What we can tell you is host Nick Cannon and judges Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Robin Thicke and Nicole Scherzinger will be returning when the show returns this fall on Fox. We also know the format will be shaken up a bit this time, with just two groups of contestants, Group A and Group B, who will compete within their respective groupings — which will include some wild-card contestants — until there is just one singer standing left on each side. Then those two finalists will go head to head in the season finale, according to EW.

In the special 30-minute sneak peek, catch an exclusive look at the new season of THE MASKED SINGER, with the final costume reveal and all-new characters... and start guessing WHO is competing for the Season Six trophy!

Additionally, Nick Lachey of ALTER EGO takes us behind the scenes to give an exclusive backstage tour of the impressive space to show the viewer how the motion capture technology works. Don't miss the first-of-its-kind avatar singing competition show, when singers from all walks of life perform as their dream avatar in ALTER EGO.

The special sneak peek airs Sunday, Sept. 12 LIVE across all time zones at 8:00 PM ET/ 5:00 PM PT, after the FOX NFL SUNDAY double-header, followed by an all-new episode of FANTASY ISLAND.

The Futon Critic
Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
The Wrap
Entertainment Weekly

posted 8/16/2021

Drag Race Heads to the Philippines
WOW Presents Plus to Air Series Stateside
From Deadline

World of Wonder expands its global reach, bringing the charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent of Drag Race over to the Philippines.

Drag Race Philippines is the latest addition to the Drag Race franchise, with other iterations having touched down in Thailand, the United Kingdom, Holland, Chile, Spain and Canada. The Drag Race production company, which is behind the Emmy-winning flagship RuPaul’s Drag Race series and Million Dollar Listing, will stream Drag Race Philippines exclusively on WOW Presents Plus globally.

“The Drag Race franchise has shined a spotlight on so many incredible queens from around the world and we are so excited to introduce audiences to the dazzling queens of the Philippines,” said World of Wonder co-founders Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey.

“WOW Presents Plus was created to serve as a springboard for underrepresented voices, so we are thrilled to exclusively premiere Drag Race Philippines on the platform for our global viewers.”

The latest installment fo Drag Race will reveal the cast, judges, and premiere date at a later date.

Deadline

posted 8/16/2021


Sony Pictures TV Studios

SYNDIES: Week 43
Results for the Week Ending August 1
From TV News Check

As expected, most syndicated shows took a dive in the first full week of the Tokyo Olympics, the session ending Aug.1, and many were retitled to avoid the having the lower ratings included in their regular full-season averages.

For example, the Olympic-renamed Jeopardy with fan favorite LeVar Burton at the podium was among the numerous programs penalized by the games and did well to slip only 6% from the week before to a 4.4 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating. That topped the retitled Wheel of Fortune, which skidded 13% to 3.9, but lost to the Olympic-monikered game show and chart leader Family Feud although that also faltered, losing 5% to a 5.2.

Future guest hosts as the show works out a permanent succession plan include journalists Robin Roberts & David Faber, actor LeVar Burton, and sportscaster Joe Buck. The show will make a donation to a charity of each host’s choosing in an amount equal to the contestants’ cumulative winnings during their respective week of episodes.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud—OLYM (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.2 -5%
- Jeopardy—OLYM (CMV) 4.4 -6%
- Wheel of Fortune—OLYM (CMV) 3.9 -13%
- 25 Words or Less—OLYM (Fox First Run) 0.6 -14%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 -20%

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posted 8/16/2021


7 Network
ERNIE SIGLEY: 1939-2021
Original Host of Australia's Game, "Wheel of Fortune"
From 7 Network

Popular Australian TV and radio personality Ernie Sigley has died aged 82. The sad news comes five years after the Gold Logie winner was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2016.

Sigley hosted Melbourne’s 3AW radio afternoon program from 1996 until his retirement on November 7, 2008.

The Gold Logie winner was known for his national variety show and was the original host of Wheel of Fortune.

He also hosted a national variety show, The Ernie Sigley Show, in 1975 and was the original host of game show Wheel of Fortune from 1981 to 1984.

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posted 8/16/2021

PBS Has a Recipe
Pubcaster Greenlights "The Great American Recipe" from VPM
From the Futon Critic

Today at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour, PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger announced THE GREAT AMERICAN RECIPE, an uplifting cooking competition that celebrates the multiculturalism that makes American food unique and iconic. Hosted by Alejandra Ramos, the new eight-part series will give talented home cooks from different regions of the country the opportunity to showcase their beloved signature dishes and compete to win the national search for "The Great American Recipe." Judges Leah Cohen, Tiffany Derry and Graham Elliot will bring their professional insights and deep culinary knowledge to encourage and support the contestants along the way.

The series premieres in summer 2022 on PBS, PBS.org and the PBS Video app.

"I am excited to be working alongside such great talent as Alejandra, Tiffany and Graham on THE GREAT AMERICAN RECIPE for PBS. As a chef with Filipino and Romanian-Jewish heritage, I have always loved to create dishes that blend cultural influences, and I am proud to be part of a unique series that will celebrate the wonderful diversity of our nation's cuisine," said Leah Cohen, chef and owner of New York's Pig & Khao Restaurant.

"Having dedicated my career to the pursuit of wider representation in the culinary world, I feel truly lucky to be taking part in THE GREAT AMERICAN RECIPE on PBS with Alejandra, Leah and Graham. The diversity of American cuisine perfectly reflects our country's many cultures, and I can't wait to experience an array of dishes from some of the nation's best home cooks," said Tiffany Derry, chef, television personality and founder of Tiffany Derry Concepts.

"I am enormously looking forward to working alongside the brilliantly talented Alejandra, Leah and Tiffany on THE GREAT AMERICAN RECIPE. We each have distinct backgrounds and experience that will bring different perspectives to cooking styles from across the nation in this exciting new series for PBS," said Graham Elliot, award-winning chef, restaurateur, television personality and author.

"I'm so thrilled to be hosting THE GREAT AMERICAN RECIPE on PBS! This is a joyful competition series that's all about celebrating the delicious and diverse stories, flavors and people who make up the rich culinary tale of our beautiful nation. As a Latina woman born and raised in New York and New Jersey, I have always understood American food to be an ever-evolving conversation between the flavors and recipes of our ancestors - wherever they may be from, the influence of our geography and neighbors, and the unique ideas and creativity each of us brings to the kitchen. I'm honored to join judges Leah, Tiffany and Graham, and all the talented contestants, as we come together to tell the story of the many delicious ways we, as Americans, eat and cook," said Alejandra Ramos, food writer, TV personality, and regular "TODAY" food and lifestyle contributor.

Presented by VPM, Virginia's home for public media, and produced by Objective Media Group America, THE GREAT AMERICAN RECIPE blends food, family and fun, highlighting the amazing variety of tastes and traditions found across the U.S., while capturing the diverse roots of America's culinary melting pot. From family favorites passed down through generations, to internationally influenced recipes that are quickly becoming mainstays of American cuisine, the series mixes camaraderie with competition, revealing rich personal stories and the inspiration behind the contestant's favorite recipes. THE GREAT AMERICAN RECIPE will culminate in a finale that features the finalists preparing an entire meal for the judges to make their ultimate decision. The winning dish will grace the cover of The Great American Cookbook, which will also feature recipes from all of the contestants and the show's host and judges.

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posted 8/16/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "More Answers Than Questions... or Is It More Questions Than Answers"

  • Jeopardy!'s host search leaves more answers than questions (GPB/NPR) PLUS Ava DuVernay volunteers to make a show that LeVar Burton can host (Rolling Out), and what Matt Amodio was doing BEFORE Jeopardy! (WEWS Cleveland)

  • Holly Allen addresses why she broke up with Jackson Michie (Realiyt TV World)

  • "We're back and the monster is hungry." How to make a "Survivor" promo without mentioning "Survivor" (Reality Blurred)

  • Jay Bienstock talks about being "Naked and Afraid in Love" (The Wrap)

  • John Oliver is not a fan... (Female First)

posted 8/16/2021


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Rappa Ternt Sanga Ternt Judge
T-Pain Joins "Go-Big Show", Replacing DJ Khaled
From the Wrap

T-Pain will join the upcoming season of “Go-Big Show” at TBS, replacing previously announced judge DJ Khaled, the network said Thursday.

T-Pain will serve as a judge alongside Rosario Dawson, Jennifer Nettles, Cody Rhodes and host Bert Kreischer, all of whom return from the show’s first season.

DJ Khaled was previously announced as the replacement for Season 1 judge Snoop Dogg. No reason was provided for his exit.

Production on the 10-episode second season is currently underway in Georgia.

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posted 8/12/2021

WEDNESDAY: Something for Everyone
NBC's Got Talent Wins
From the Programming Insider

In the latest TV show ratings, The CW’s already-renewed In the Dark drew 291,000 total viewers and a 0.0 demo rating, ticking down from its last fresh outing to hit and tie series lows.

Opening The CW’s night, Riverdale (450K/0.1) dropped some eyeballs and was steady in the demo after a five-month hiatus, matching series lows.

Elsewhere:
- CBS | Big Brother (3.8 mil/0.9) delivered a best-since-premiere audience and easily led Wednesday in the demo. Love Island (1.7 mil/0.4) was steady week-to-week.
- NBC | America’s Got Talent (5.4 mil/0.6) was down sharply from Tuesday’s outing, but easily scored the night’s biggest audience. Leading out of that, the Bell-Shepards’ Family Game Fight (2.6 mil/0.5) was down a tick from Sunday’s sneak preview.
- ABC | Leading out of Press Your Luck (3.2 mil/0.4) and $100,000 Pyramid (3.5 mil/0.5), Superstar debuted to 2.8 mil and a 0.3.
- FOX | MasterChef (2.2 mil/0.4) dipped after a multi-week break.

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posted 8/12/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Nightbirde Flies"

  • #ICYMI: Simon Cowell gets emotional fielding a call from Nightbirde (The Wrap)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Disney's Magic Bake-Off (TV Insider)

  • RuPaul finally ru-veals the "Game within a Game" SPOILERS AHEAD! (EW)

  • Alan CArr goes to bat for his husband (Female First)

posted 8/11/2021


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UNA STUBBS: 1937-2021
"Sherlock" Actress Played British Games
From Yahoo!

British TV legend Una Stubbs has died at the age of 84, her agent confirmed in a statement.

The star, known for her roles in Sherlock, Worzel Gummidge, Till Death Us Do Part and In Sickness And In Health, passed away at her home in Edinburgh surrounded by her family.

"We are desperately sad to have lost not only a wonderful actress, whose screen and stage career, spanning over 50 years, was so extraordinarily varied," her agent Rebecca Blond said. "But also a wickedly funny, elegant, stylish, graceful, gracious and kind and constant friend."

Her career also included memorable performances on stage in the West End, at the Old Vic, Donmar Warehouse, Sheffield Crucible and National Theatre.

Reports suggest the star had been ill for a few months.

Una's family also commented on their tragic loss, writing: "Mum passed away quietly today with her family around her, in Edinburgh. We ask for privacy and understanding at this most difficult and sad of times."

Una Stubbs was born in Hertfordshire in 1937 and first appeared on TV in the 50s. In recent years, Una was best known for playing Mrs. Hudson in the BBC reimagining of Sherlock. But she had enjoyed a long and varied career with roles in Sir Cliff Richard's movie Summer Holiday, which was her first big role in 1963, and as Rita, the exasperated daughter of Alf Garnett in Til Death Do us Part, the sitcom that became "All in the Family" in the US.

She went on to star in several television shows and was loved by a generation of children as Aunt Sally in Worzel Gummidge from 1979 to 1981.

She was also known for the game shows Don't Say A Word and Give Us A Clue.

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posted 8/12/2021


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Let's Make a Deal!
Marcus Lemonis, Nancy Glass Acquire IP of Hatos-Hall Productions
From Deadline

The Profit host and Camping World boss Marcus Lemonis and Glass Entertainment founder Nancy Glass have acquired the underlying IP to classic format Let’s Make a Deal. The pair have teamed to acquire all assets from Hatos-Hall Productions, which includes the daytime game show as well as other game shows such as 1970s ABC hit Split Second. It is a major move involving one of the best-known game shows.

The deal will not affect the show’s airing on CBS, where it has run since 2009, but will mean that producer Fremantle now licenses it from Lemonis and Glass.

Lemonis and Glass, who have worked together on the One Hundred Percent with Marcus Lemonis podcast and HGTV’s upcoming The Renovator, will exploit the format in a variety of ways including through partnerships as well as international format distribution for live and touring shows.

Former Sony Pictures Television drama chief and ex-Endemol Shine Studios President Sharon Hall, who has worked on shows including AMC’s Breaking Bad and Amazon’s Utopia and The Expanse, has been brought in as a consultant.

Sharon Hall is the daughter of Monty Hall, who along with his partner Stefan Hatos, created the show and launched it in 1963 on NBC. Hall also hosted.

The deal also includes the rights to other game formats that will be rebooted and relaunched including trivia game show Split Second.

Let’s Make a Deal, which CBS ordered a trio of primetime specials for the first time, is hosted by Wayne Brady with announcer Jonathan Mangum. John Quinn is exec producer.

The deal was negotiated by Qualia Legacy, Venable, CIBC and Eisner Law as well as Morris, Yorn and Isaacman Kaufman Painter.

“Let’s Make a Deal is so much more than a game show,” Lemonis said. “It is part of American history and our entertainment culture. I love that it gives people the opportunity to be creative, think strategically and make deals to win some really great prizes. I’m also very excited to be working alongside two powerful and successful women in entertainment. How could this not be a great deal for me?”

Added Glass: “We are very excited about the opportunity to expand this iconic brand and build on its popularity. We are also thrilled to be working with Sharon Hall, an outstanding television executive and a person who has known Let’s Make a Deal her entire life.”

“Fremantle has an exclusive license to all rights in the format in the U.S. and is entering its 13th season of production for CBS. Fremantle has had a long-standing successful relationship with Hatos Hall and looks forward to continuing this partnership with the new owners,” added a Fremantle spokeswoman.

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posted 8/11/2021

TUESDAY: AGT Takes the Gold
NBC's Got Talent Wins
From the Programming Insider

NBC, which steadily won primetime over the course of its 2020 Tokyo Olympics coverage, returned to top Tuesday viewership and ratings with America’s Got Talent. The competition show’s two-hour quarterfinals aired to 6.86 million viewers and earned a 0.9 rating int he 18-49 demo, per fast affiliates. America’s Got Talent was the highest-rated and most-watched program on Tuesday evening.

ABC won the first post-Olympics primetime on Monday with the Season 17 finale of The Bachelorette, but failed to take the throne on Tuesday. The network had a quieter night defined by family sitcoms including The Goldbergs, Home Economics, The Conners and black-ish – all of which competed against AGT in the 8-10 p.m. slot. For ABC, The Goldbergs (0.3, 2.06M) was the most-watched show and tied with To Tell The Truth in ratings (0.3, 1.85M)

Fox’s Tuesday primetime took a trip to the magical Fantasy Island for the reboot’s premiere. Fantasy Island, which is a reboot of the original 1977-84 series from Gene Levitt, stars Roselyn Sanches as resort boss Elana Roarke. The series premiere gained a 0.4 rating and aired to 1.97M viewers.

Over at CBS, NCIS at 8 p.m. was the highest rated and most-watched program of the network’s evening, eclipsing the latest Love Island (0.3, 1.65M) and FBI: Most Wanted (0.2, 1.83M)

The CW welcomed back Brec Bassinger with the Season 2 premiere of DC’s Stargirl. The Season 2 opener, which drew in a 0.1 rating and 0.75M viewers, was no match for the series’ CW debut in May 2020. DC’s Stargirl Season 2 saw a two tenths drop in ratings and a 38% fall in viewers from the 2020 premiere. The new episode of Superman & Lois matched the Stargirl premiere in both rating and viewership.

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posted 8/11/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Showmance"

  • Whitney Williams has a jones for some X (Us Magazine)

  • Bill Engvall heads on his farewell tour (Deadline)

  • Kathy Griffin joins "Search Party" (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with "A Question of Sport's" new captains (Radio Times)

posted 8/11/2021


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"Whew!" Coming to Buzzfeed
Cult Classic to Begin Run with Labor Day Weekend Marijuana
From Vulture

There’s some big news for game show nerds, and no, it has nothing to do with the next host of Jeopardy! A wacky yet woefully short-lived Carter-era quizzer called Whew! is headed back to TV next month, ending a more than 40-year absence from the airwaves. Vulture has learned that retro network Buzzr has struck a deal to air original episodes of the Tom Kennedy-hosted series, which is fondly—or at least vaguely— remembered by a sliver of Gen Xers drawn in by an animated opening credits sequence designed by Hanna-Barbera as well as a bizarro bonus round which featured a collection of cardboard cutout “villains” with names such as Count Nibbleneck and Kid Rotten. Yes, TV was weirder back then.

Despite some popularity among kids watching over summer vacation or while home sick from school, Whew! was likely doomed in part by a nearly unpronounceable title and a perhaps overly complicated format (more on that ahead). Producers tried to turn things around a few months into the run by adding celebrity players to the mix, but CBS canceled the show in May 1980, a little more than a year after it premiered. While nearly 250 episodes were taped, that wasn’t enough back then to earn Whew! reruns a syndication afterlife on local TV stations or cable, and so the series basically disappeared from public view for decades. A few episodes and clips have popped up on YouTube over the past ten years or so, but for the most part, Whew! has existed mostly in the memory of those who saw it when the episodes were first broadcast.

Thankfully for fans, some of the folks who still remember Whew! include Buzzr general manager Mark Deetjen, who has made unearthing “lost” game shows part of the mandate at the Fremantle-owned network. Over the years, staffers at Buzzr have also suggested Whew! to Deetjen as have some of the network’s viewers. “Every once in a while, we’d see fans on social media say, ‘Hey, have you guys ever thought about Whew!?’,” Deetjen says. (Full disclosure: Your correspondent is one such viewer.) But according to Deetjen, it was a “chance meeting” with gameshow producer and judge John Ricci Jr. (The $100,000 Pyramid) which helped turn those internal discussions into a concerted effort to get Whew! on Buzzr. Turns out Ricci Jr. and gameshow hosting legend Wink Martindale (Tic Tac Dough) had signed on to represent series creator Jay Wolpert and producer Burt Sugarman (The Midnight Special), who still control rights to the original episodes and were trying to get them back in front of viewers. “This is a show that had been sitting on the shelf, and it fit what we needed,” Deetjen says. “It was an opportunity for us to bring back a show that’s kind of a cult classic that really fits with kind of the Buzzr mantra of, “Hey, we’re not going to just give you everything that you think you’re going to get.’…We were able to strike a very good agreement."

Because there aren’t thousands of episodes of Whew!, Buzzr won’t be scheduling multiple half-hours throughout its schedule the way it does with many of its most popular shows. After a mini-marathon of six episodes on Sunday, Sept. 5 from 4 to 7 p.m., the network will air one “new” (i.e. previously unaired) episode of the series every weekday at 4:30 p.m. ET, with two half-hours also airing Sunday nights from 7 to 8 p.m. ET. Initial episodes will be from the original “civilian” version of Whew!, but there are plans to eventually begin airing the celebrity remix, which featured appearances by Marcia Wallace, Robert Vaughn, Gary Collins and other stars of the era. And if you’re wondering how to watch Buzzr, the live feed of the network is now on multiple free streaming platforms, including Pluto TV, The Roku Channel, IMDb TV, STIRR, Distro TV, Samsung TV+, Vizio WatchFree+. It can also be found via over-the-air broadcast TV in many cities, as well as on the Dish satellite service.


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posted 8/10/2021

MONDAY: The Games After the Games
ABC Wins with "Bachelorette" Finale
From the Programming Insider

The second-to-last episode of the season of “The Bachelorette” led this second Monday in August with 4.50 million viewers and a 1.2 rating/9 share in the 8-11 p.m. ET block. In today’s diluted broadcast platforms, where broadcasting in particular has taken a hit, a fast affiliate ratings performance of this magnitude is considered a success.

Comparably, “The Bachelorette” had a significant advantage over “American Ninja Warrior” on NBC (Viewers: #2, 3.29 million; A18-49: #2, 0.5/ 4 from 8-10 p.m.). Airing out of “American Ninja Warrior” was the time period premiere of game show “The Wall”, which paled in comparison to the last hour of “The Bachelorette” with 2.43 million viewers and a 0.5/ 4 in the demo in the Monday 10 p.m. hour.

Elsewhere, Fox’s animated “Housebroken” did not necessarily earn its renewal stripes with just 952,000 viewers (#4) and a 0.3/ 2 in adults 18-49 (#3t) in the Monday 9 p.m. time period. It led out of 2.36 million viewers (#4) and a 0.6/ 5 in adults 18-49 (#2) for “Hell’s Kitchen” from 8-9 p.m. The CW featured dramas “Roswell, New Mexico” (Viewers: 675,000; A18-49: 0.1/ 1 at 8 p.m.) and “The Republic of Sarah” (Viewers: 337,000; A18-49: 0.1/ 0). which each, of course, finished last in their time periods. And CBS was in all repeats.

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posted 8/10/2021

Sweden Takes On "One"
All Against One to Play for Banijay
From C21 Media

Swedish pubcaster SVT had commissioned a local version of Banijay gameshow format All Against 1. Banijay-owned prodco Mastiff Sweden is producing the adaptation, under the title 1 mot Sverige.

All Against 1 pits a contestant against the nation, with viewers simultaneously trying to predict the outcome of outlandish experiments via an app created and managed by Banijay Nordic Mobile. The contestant plays alone, while the nation’s collective answer is determined by the average of the viewer’s responses. C

o-created by Nordisk Film TV Denmark and Nordisk Film TV Norway, All Against 1 was first commissioned in Denmark for DR 1. The Swedish version will be the seventh international adaptation following France 2 and ProSiebenSat.1 in Germany among others.

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posted 8/10/2021


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Last In Line: Joe Buck
Fox Sports Broadcaster to Host Finale Week
From STL Today

Fox’s Joe Buck has done play-by-play at the highest level in sportscasting for more than a quarter century. And now he is about to call games of an entirely different kind, this time talking directly to the competitors as well as the audience. He will be the host next week on “Jeopardy!,” the venerable nationally syndicated TV quiz show that airs weekdays (check local listings).

The St. Louisan is the last of the 16 people to fill in this season for Alex Trebek, who died in November after anchoring the program for nearly four decades.

Buck’s five episodes were taped in May at the Sony Pictures compound in suburban Los Angeles, all in one day following orientation and rehearsal the day before.

“After a (sporting event), you know if it went well or not,” he said. But with “no point of reference” for hosting a game show, Buck said he did not know how his performance would be received. But from his standpoint, he was ecstatic. “I kind of skipped out of the building I felt so good,” he said. “They threw every curveball they could at me.”

His optimism was reinforced recently when he heard from Mike Richards, the show’s executive producer and one of the guest hosts, “who told me ‘You were really funny.’ That’s the best compliment I can have because it means I was being myself,” said Buck, who likes to inject humor into his sports broadcasts. “I never felt out of place, like I was scrambling.

“The executives really liked it, (audience) testing went well.”

“Jeopardy!” executives plan to have a full-time successor to Trebek next season, and Buck’s name for a time was mentioned as a possibility. But “Variety” reported this week that Richards is in “advanced negotiations” to take the job although “other candidates remain in the mix (but) Richards is clearly the front-runner.”

Buck is fine with that.

“I have no belief it will be anything other than crossing it off a fictitious bucket list,” he said. He said his brief stint was an enjoyable experience and that he developed a rooting interest in one contestant but could not divulge specifics about the tapings. “I was hoping he did well,” Buck said. “He had a lot of personality; he was very likeable.”

The fill-in hosts picked a charity to receive an amount equal to the winnings of all contestants on those shows. KidSmart, a St. Louis-area organization that provides basic school materials to children whose families have financial difficulties, was Buck’s choice. He was not allowed to say how much was raised but did say it was “a bunch of money.”

This isn’t Buck’s only upcoming foray into the TV game-show business. He and several family members will be on “Celebrity Family Feud” in an episode tentatively scheduled to air Sept. 12.

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Mike Richards Addresses.... Everything... in Letter to Staff
EP in "Advanced Negotiations" with Sony Pictures TV
From Variety

Jeopardy! executive producer Mike Richards, who recently emerged as the frontrunner to succeed Alex Trebek as host of the venerable game show, has made his first public comments about decade-old lawsuits that have been revisited in light of his pending Jeopardy! hosting deal.

“I want to address the complicated employment issues raised in the press during my time at The Price is Right ten years ago,” Richards wrote in a memo to the Jeopardy! staff today. “These were allegations made in employment disputes against the show. I want you all to know that the way in which my comments and actions have been characterized in these complaints does not reflect the reality of who I am or how we worked together on The Price is Right. I know firsthand how special it is to be a parent. It is the most important thing in the world to me. I would not say anything to disrespect anyone’s pregnancy and have always supported my colleagues on their parenting journeys.”

Richards, who was named an executive producer of Jeopardy! in 2020, served as co-executive producer/executive producer of The Price Is Right for more than a decade. During his tenure there, he was implicated in discrimination lawsuits by former models on the show, including in a 2010 complaint by Brandi Cochran who was awarded $8.5 million in damages; after an appeal, the case was ultimately settled. A later lawsuit with another model also was settled. (While featured in both complaints, Richards was only named as a defendant in the second lawsuit. He was later removed.)

One of the most damaging aspects of the story are insensitive comments about pregnant women attributed to him in Cochran’s suit.

In his memo (read it in full below), Richards also confirmed that he has been in negotiations to become Jeopardy‘s permanent host but cautioned that “no final decisions have been made and discussions with me and other potential hosts are still ongoing.”

Richards also served as executive producer of Let’s Make a Deal and is known for his work in front of the camera, having hosted five series including Beauty and the Geek, Game Show Network’s 2016–17 version of Divided and the 2012 revival of The Pyramid.

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MARKIE POST: 1950-2021
Actress Got Her Start in Games
From Deadline

Markie Post, the actress known for turns in Night Court, The Fall Guy, Hearts Afire and more, died on Saturday, following a three year, ten month battle with cancer. She was 70.

Post’s manager, Ellen Lubin Sanitsky, confirmed her passing.

Born on November 4, 1950 in Palo Alto, California, Post got her start in entertainment by working behind the scenes on game shows, including Split Second, earning an associate producer credit on Alex Trebek’s Double Dare, and appearing before the camera as a card dealer on NBC’s Card Sharks.

Her first acting credits came in 1979, with appearances on episodes of CHiPs, Barnaby Jones, The Incredible Hulk, The Lazarus Syndrome, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, and Hart to Hart.

She’d later appear in series such as The Love Boat, Cheers, Fantasy Island and The A-Team, before landing the role of bail bondswoman Terri Michaels in ABC’s The Fall Guy. She appeared in 65 episodes of that action drama between 1982 and 1985. Watch on Deadline Post was also a series regular on NBC’s Night Court, portraying public defender Christine Sullivan for 159 episodes between 1985 and 1992. She also drew notice with her turn as Georgie Anne Lahti Hartman in Hearts Afire, the CBS sitcom, in which she starred opposite John Ritter. Later in her career, Post recurred on Scrubs, as the mother of Dr. Elliot Reid (Sarah Chalke), in addition to Chicago P.D. and other series, portraying herself in a 2008 episode of 30 Rock.

In addition to Card Sharks, Post made the rounds on Hollywood Squares, The Pyramid, Blackout, Super PAssword, Body Language, The Match Game-Hollywood Squares Hour, and Go.

On the film side, Post was perhaps best known for playing the mother of Cameron Diaz’s Mary in Peter and Bobby Farrelly’s classic 1998 comedy, There’s Something About Mary. Post was determined to keep pursuing acting as “a side job”, even as she got sick. Between chemo treatments, she worked on projects such as Lifetime Christmas movie Four Christmases and a Wedding and ABC series The Kids Are Alright.

“But for us, our pride is in who she was in addition to acting; a person who made elaborate cakes for friends, sewed curtains for first apartments and showed us how to be kind, loving and forgiving in an often harsh world,” her family said in a statement.

Post is survived by her husband, writer Michael A. Ross; daughters, actress Kate Armstrong Ross and Daisy Schoenborn; son-in-law Bryce Schoenborn and her and Michael’s five-month-old granddaughter.

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posted 8/10/2021

Spade in Paradise
Catch It on ABC August 16
From The Futon Critic

It's time to return to Bachelor Nation's favorite beach as a new batch of sexy singles make their way to paradise in hopes for a second - or third - chance at love. With the resort officially open, former fan-favorite bachelors and bachelorettes are ready to find their match while living together in a tropical oasis in Mexico. Twenty-three hopefuls kick off their journeys on day one, but will additional arrivals get in the way of their search for love? "Bachelor in Paradise" premieres its seventh season, MONDAY, AUG. 16 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.

Returning to his post as everyone's favorite bartender, Wells Adams also adds master of rose ceremonies to his duties and will be joined throughout the season by a rotating roster of celebrity guest hosts including David Spade, Lance Bass, Lil Jon and Tituss Burgess.

Laugh-master David Spade is the first guest host of the season and welcomes 13 lovely ladies (Abigail, Deandra, Jessenia, Kelsey, Mari, Maurissa, Natasha, Serena C., Serena P., Tahzjuan, Tammy, Victoria L., Victoria P.) and 10 gorgeous guys (Aaron, Brendan, Connor, Ivan, James, Joe, Karl, Kenny, Noah, Tre) to Paradise.

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posted 8/10/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Home in Paradise

posted 8/10/2021

Circling Back
Netflix Renews "The Circle" for Seasons 4-5, Reportedly Invites UK Participants
From Cinema Blend

Netflix has handed out renewals for three of its most popular reality shows, so fans have a reason to celebrate. Netflix has renewed social media competition series The Circle, as well as Indian Matchmaking and The American Barbecue Showdown.

Just a few months following The Circle’s second season, Netflix has given the reality series a two-season renewal.

Since Season 3 was already in the works, The Circle is now guaranteed to last at least to Season 5, and the major vote of confidence isn't altogether shocking. Within a month of its premiere in April, Season 2 was watched by 14 million households.

The series, which has multiple versions pertaining to different countries, follows several contestants as they compete, form allies and rank each other to be the top influencer and win a cash prize. Competitors can either enter The Circle as themselves or as someone else.

The first season quickly became a must-watch and Season 2 was no different when it dropped.

According to a report from Telly Mix, Netflix will invite UK participants to play with Americans following the cancellation of Channel 4's version of the show.

Food competition series The American Barbecue Showdown has been renewed for a second season as well. With A.P. Bio’s Lyric Lewis and Floor Is Lava host Rutledge Wood hosting, the best backyard smokers and competitive barbecuers in the country face off for the title of American Barbecue Champion.

It’s been almost a year since Season 1 premiered, but since it is yet another food competition series, the odds for it to be renewed were good since people can’t get enough of that genre.

The Circle’s third season will likely premiere sometime next year, which means that Seasons 4 and 5 won’t be coming until later. However knowing that fans will be able to receive alerts from The Circle for at least a few more seasons should make it worthwhile. Fans can also likely expect Indian Matchmaking and The American Barbecue Show to premiere new seasons next year. For now, you can find all three shows' existing seasons streaming on Netflix.

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posted 8/9/2021

Slip Slidin' Away
NBC Will Not Air Series This Summer After All
From The Wrap

NBC has scrapped reality competition series Ultimate Slip N’ Slide. The show will not be returning to production after pausing on June 2 as a result of a crew member testing positive for giardia, the network said today.

Filming on Ultimate Slip N’ Slide had been almost completed when the shutdown happened.

According to sources, the logistics and costs of restarting production to complete the season proved prohibitive.

Additionally, the competition show had been designed as a lead-out program of the Tokyo Olympics. As a result of the production pause, NBC last month pulled The Ultimate Slip N’ Slide from its plum post-Olympics premiere slot on Aug. 8. Family Game Fight will now air in its place.

The series, adapted from the classic backyard waterslide by Wham-O, is hosted by Bobby Moynihan and Ron Funches, who did not contract giardia and according to NBC are healthy and fine.

Now, with the series no longer going forward, Funches has taken to social media to open up about the situation calling the gameshow "still the best summer job I ever had" despite the rather poopy situation.

In a series of tweets on Saturday, Funches shared his feelings about Ultimate Slip 'N Slide's cancellation and while it's clear he's sad about the situation, he is definitely finding the humor.

"I changed my diet around years ago and diarrhea still finding a way to mess my life up," Funches tweeted.

He continued with tweets asking people to "please introduce me on all upcoming stand-up shows as the guy who got his show canceled by diarrhea" and then called the show "the best summer job I ever had" as he professed how much enjoyed working with the cast and crew.

He also got a little serious, thanking his friends who reached out to him about the show's cancellation knowing how big the opportunity was for him.

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posted 8/9/2021

SUNDAY: NBC Reracks Post Olympics
"Family Game Fight" to Get Early Release After Closing Ceremonies
From The Futon Critic

NBC's highly anticipated new competition series "Family Game Fight!," hosted by Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, is set to debut with a special series premiere on Sunday, Aug. 8 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, immediately following the Closing Ceremony of the Summer Olympics.

The series makes its time-period premiere with an all-new episode on Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Hosted by Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard, "Family Game Fight!" pits America's funniest husband and wife against one another as they are "adopted" into a family of four competing for $100,000 in a series of fun-filled and larger-than-life games.

Marking the first time Bell and Shepard have paired up for a television project, "Family Game Fight!" is inspired by the couple's competitive antics on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show."

"Family Game Fight!" is executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres, Mary Connelly, Andy Lassner, Derek Westervelt, Noah Bonnett, Dan Norris, Joel Van Rysselberghe, Jeff Kleeman, Mike Darnell and Brooke Karzen, in addition to Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard.

In the initial run, "Family Game Fight!" attracted 2.96m viewers, with a 0.6 rating in the ad-friendly 18-49 demo.

The series is produced by A Very Good Production and Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon and Telepictures.

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posted 8/9/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Nailed It!"

  • Nicole Byer gets a special on Netflix (TV Insider)

  • Dan Harris sets out to make himself 10 Percent Happier full time (TV Line)

  • Leslie Jones' greatest Olympic hits (The Wrap)

  • Tyler Cameron calls it quits with his womanfriend (Us Magazine)

  • Ant McPartlin gets married (Chronicle Live)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Divij from "FBoy Island" (The Wrap)

posted 8/9/2021

"Wheel Slots" At 25
IGT Plays Celebrations
From Las Vegas Review-Journal

You hear it all the time across the casino, the siren’s call to come play. Wheel … of … Fortune!

The game’s sound effects, tones and melodies peeled from the popular television game show are just one of the reasons IGT’s most popular slot machine has endured for 25 years.

Since June 15 and over the next several months through Dec. 1, the company is observing “25 Weeks of Wheel of Fortune,” a silver anniversary tribute to the brand that includes special giveaways through the Wheel Facebook page.

IGT says Wheel of Fortune marked the first licensed slot machine brand and is a forerunner for many more themed games featuring prominent movies, television shows and celebrities.

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posted 8/6/2021

THURSDAY: Day 14
It Was NBC... and Everyone Else... and Fox
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, NBC’s primetime Thursday coverage of the Tokyo Olympics averaged 8.6 million total viewers and a 1.9 demo rating, marking the summer games’ smallest audience yet (per fast nationals) and matching their demo low (set last Saturday).

Over on Fox, an NFL preseason match-up between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers averaged 6.2 million viewers and a 1.7 demo rating.

Elsewhere, CBS’ Big Brother (3.6 mil/0.9) and Love Island (1.7 mil/0.4) each held steady in the demo week-to-week while dropping a handful of eyeballs… and The CW’s The Outpost (340K/0.0) dipped.

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posted 8/6/2021

TUESDAY: Day 12
It Was NBC... and Everyone Else
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, NBC’s primetime Tuesday coverage of the Tokyo Olympics averaged 14.6 million total viewers — the summer games’ best prelim audience since Sunday, July 25 — and with a 3.0 rating, which itself marks a five-night high.

The night’s only other original broadcast programming, CBS’ Love Island (1.8 mil/0.4), added a few eyeballs week-to-week while rock steady in the demo.

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posted 8/6/2021

Germany Brings "Chase" to the Switch
"Gefragt-Gejagt" to Be Produced by Bandai Namco
From Nintendo-Connect

"Gefragt - Gejagt: The Game" will be released on October 29, 2021 for PC, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4 from BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment and bitComposer Interactive. The official video game for the TV show of the same name. "Gefragt - Gejagt: The Game" is already the third game to be developed and published under license and in collaboration with Studio Hamburg Enterprises, a subsidiary of the public broadcasting company NDR.

The game's catalog of questions includes more than 4,500 questions from 25 different categories in which the players can put their knowledge to the test. Both the moderator Alexander Bommes and the three hunters Sebastian Klussmann, Sebastian Jacoby and Klaus Otto Nagorsnik are set to music with their original voices. This guarantees an authentic TV atmosphere on the home screen.

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posted 8/6/2021

Food Network Gets Its Costume Ready
Here's What Halloween Looks Like
From The Futon Critic

Food Network and discovery+ are the go-to destinations for out of this world Halloween-themed programming, getting viewers into the spirit of the holiday with edge-of-your-seat competitions and mind-blowing edible creations. This year's Halloween event features a new season like no other of Halloween Wars with paranormal investigator and Ghost Adventures star Zak Bagans lending inspiration to the challenges, Halloween Baking Championship with host comedian John Henson and Outrageous Pumpkins with host actress Alyson Hannigan, plus, new specials Road to Halloween Wars, Kids Baking Championship: Oh My Gourd! and Worst Cooks in America: Halloween Redemption 2, along with themed episodes of recurring series.

"Viewers love our Halloween lineup, an over-the-top, multi-week event full of frights, delights, thrilling competitions and spectacularly spooky edible themed creations," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "Each year we look to outdo ourselves and with Zak Bagans bringing inspiration to the scariest season of Halloween Wars yet, along with returning favorites Halloween Baking Championship and Outrageous Pumpkins, Food Network delivers all the Halloween tricks and treats and more."

A new batch of ten talented bakers from across the country compete to create terrifyingly tasty treats on the new season of Halloween Baking Championship, premiering Monday, September 13th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network and discovery+. This season pays tribute to 1980s classic slasher movies, kicking off with host John Henson welcoming the competitors to Camp Devil's Food Lake where only their baking skills will help them survive. Each week the bakers must create killer cakes, creepy cupcakes, and more, to showcase their skills in challenges that pay homage to quintessential horror films. Judges Stephanie Boswell, Carla Hall and Zac Young determine whose devilishly delicious desserts earn $25,000 and the title of Halloween Baking Champion!

Paranormal investigator Zak Bagans has spent the last fifteen years experiencing the scariest supernatural encounters ever recorded, and for the first time he shares those experiences with the eight Halloween Wars teams of expert cake and sugar artists in the new season, premiering Sunday, September 19h at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network and discovery+. Over the course of the season, Zak takes inspiration from his collection of dangerous and mysterious artifacts from his Haunted Museum in Las Vegas to challenge the teams to create frighteningly intricate cakes that are as spooky as they are tasty. One team will be eliminated in each episode by a panel of judges featuring award-winning cake decorator Shinmin Li, and chefs and cookbook authors Aarti Sequeira and Eddie Jackson, and the last team standing will earn $25,000. Before the Halloween Wars thrills kick off, see how the competitors were selected in a special Road to Halloween Wars on Sunday, September 19h at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network as 15 brave cake and sugar artists show off their skills to prove why they deserve to compete for the grand prize.

It's thrills, chills, and grills on a special episode of Worst Cooks in America: Halloween Redemption. Four ghoulishly disastrous Worst Cooks recruits return for another stab at boot camp on Sunday, September 26th at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network and they will once again face their fears in the kitchen and tackle terrifying ingredients. Under chefs Anne Burrell's and Michael Symon's coaching, the culinary hopefuls will create a Spooktacular feast for a panel of culinary experts. The recruits start by making a dish using a mystery ingredient they have been assigned; after Anne and Michael pick their teams, the chefs will teach them to make a buffet for a Halloween gathering in order to win a kitchen upgrade worth $5,000 and bragging rights.

Outrageous Pumpkins with host Alyson Hannigan returns on Sunday, October 3rd at 10pm ET/PT to Food Network with four episodes that take the traditional Halloween pastime to the next level. Seven extraordinarily talented pumpkin carvers duke it out in an outdoor pumpkin competition that defies imagination. Each week the carvers dive headfirst into the most-insane, eerie, and outrageous challenges, executing their intricate Halloween designs to impress judges Terri Hardin and Marc Evan. Only one will earn the coveted title of Outrageous Pumpkin Champion and take home a sweet $25,000 Halloween treat!

Four fan-favorite kid bakers return for a Halloween-themed confection competition on a special episode of Kids Baking Championship: Oh My Gourd! On Monday, October 18 at 8pm ET/PT on Food Network the young bakers must face the creepy pumpkin patch for this challenge and create 3D pumpkin patch pinata cakes. Only one baker will rise to the occasion and say "oh my gourd" when they take home a baker's dream package of baking goods and equipment worth $10,000! For more seasonal fun, viewers can also look forward to Halloween-themed episodes of The Big Bake, as well as special themed episodes of Delicious Miss Brown, Guy's Ranch Kitchen, Girl Meets Farm, The Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman and Trisha's Southern Kitchen in Food Network's weekend daytime lineup..

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posted 8/6/2021

WEDNESDAY: Day 13
It Was NBC... and Everyone Else
From Deadline

NBC’s coverage of the Tokyo Olympics saw its second lowest-rated night on Wednesday, bringing in a total of 11.0 million viewers and an average rating of 2.4 in the 18-49 demo, per overnight numbers.

Wednesday, which saw a six tenths drop in ratings and a 24% dip in viewer from Tuesday, remains only slightly above lowest-rated and least-watched night thus far Saturday, July 31 (2.3, 10.7M).

To put Wednesday evening’s plunge in perspective Olympics-wise, Day 12 of the Rio Games in 2016 earned a demo rating of 7.0 and the 2012 London Olympics brought in around 22.4M viewers for the corresponding day.

Despite, the lower numbers on Wednesday, NBC continues its primetime domination streak, earning more viewers than ABC, Fox, CBS and the CW combined. On Thursday NBC claimed that the Tokyo Olympics is the most streamed iteration of the global sporting event ever, recording 3.52 million minutes of coverage streamed across multiple platforms including NBCOlympics.com, Peacock and the NBC Sports app.

For ABC, Fox and the CW, Wednesday primetime was defined by reruns. The same was partially the case for CBS, which saw its night end with a rerun of S.W.A.T. after new episodes of Big Brother (0.9, 3.64M) and Love Island (0.4, 1.72M).

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posted 8/6/2021

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Uncoupling"

posted 8/6/2021

Meet the AGT Class of 2021
Live Shows Begin Next Week
From The Futon Critic

Summer's most-watched show, "America's Got Talent," heads to the Dolby Theatre for six weeks of live shows beginning Tuesday, Aug. 10 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT) on NBC. Results shows will air Wednesday nights (8-9 p.m. ET/PT).

There will be 36 acts in total that will perform live for "America's Got Talent" judges Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Sofia Vergara and host Terry Crews as they compete for America's vote and the chance to win a $1 million prize. The winner will also perform at "America's Got Talent Las Vegas LIVE" debuting at Luxor Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Nov. 4, 2021.

The acts moving on to the live shows include an impressive array of singers, dancers, comedians, magicians and hopeful stars all vying to win America's hearts. The full lineup is enclosed below.

In a series first, viewers will have the opportunity to decide which act will fill the final slot in this year's live shows with "AGT: America's Wildcard," a one-hour special available exclusively on Peacock beginning Tuesday, Aug. 10. Hosted by Terry Crews, five acts who the judges could not decide on will take the stage and perform one more time. Viewers can choose their favorite via Twitter vote, from Tuesday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. ET until Friday Aug. 13 at 7 a.m. ET. The winning act will perform on the live show on Tuesday, Aug. 24 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT).

Tuesday, Aug. 10: * 1aChord (vocal group) * Beyond Belief Dance Co. (dance team) * Dustin Tavella (magician) * Gangstagrass (band) * Gina Brillon (comedian) * Jimmie Herrod (singer) * Kabir Singh (comedian) * Madilyn Bailey (singer) * Matt Johnson (escape artist) * Peter Rosalita (singer) * Sethward (physical comedy) * The Canine Stars (animal act)

Tuesday, Aug. 17: * Aidan Bryant (aerial act) * Dokteuk Crew (dance team) * Johnny Showcase (singer) * Josh Blue (comedian) * Korean Soul (vocal group) * Northwell Nurse Choir (choir) * Peter Antoniou (mentalist) * Positive Impact (acrobatic group) * Shuffolution (dance group) * T.3 (vocal group) * Tory Vagasy (singer) * Victory Brinker (singer)

Tuesday, Aug. 24: * ANICA (singer) * Brooke Simpson (singer) * ChapKidz (dance group) * Keith Apicary (dancer) * Klek Entos (magician) * Léa Kyle (quick change artist) * Michael Winslow (sound effects) * Rialcris (hand balancing) * The Curtis Family C-Notes (band) * UniCircle Flow (unicycle group) * World Taekwondo Demo. Team (martial arts)
* America's Wildcard Winner

In addition, the following acts will compete for "America's Wildcard" on Peacock: singer Dylan Zangwill, singer Matt Mauser, comedian Mike Goodwin, magician Patrick Kun and singer Storm Large.

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posted 8/5/2021

Nightbirde Bows Out
"AGT" Golden Buzzer Recipient to Concentrate on Cancer Battle
From TV Line

Jane Marczewski, better known by the stage name Nightbirde, announced on Monday that she is pulling out of America’s Got Talent Season 16 to focus on her battle with cancer.

The inspirational singer-songwriter, who earned Simon Cowell’s Golden Buzzer in June after performing an original song titled “It’s OK,” told the judges that she had cancer in her lung, spine and liver, but clarified, “I’m so much more than the bad things that happen to me.”

Now, unfortunately, those bad things are preventing her from remaining in the competition.

“Sharing my heart with the world on AGT has been an honor and a dream come true,” the singer wrote in an Instagram post on Monday. “My point of view this summer has been astounding. What a miracle that the pain I’ve walked through can be reworked into beauty that makes people all over the world open their eyes wider.”

She continued, “Since my audition, my health has taken a turn for the worse and the fight with cancer is demanding all of my energy and attention. I am so sad to announce that I won’t be able to continue forward on this season of AGT. Life doesn’t always give breaks to those that deserve it—but we knew that already.”

Nightbirde’s message concluded with a message of gratitude to everyone who has supported her journey thus far. “Thank you for all your support, it means the world to me,” she wrote. “Stay with me, I’ll be better soon. I’m planning my future, not my legacy. Pretty beat up, but I’ve still got dreams."

On Wednesday night, Nightbirde appeared on CNN with Chris Cuomo, revealing a bit more specifics regarding her condition. But she also doubled down on her message of optimism.

“I got shocking news less than a week ago about cancer regrowth that has taken over my lungs and liver. So my liver right now is mostly cancer. More cancer than liver in there right now,” Marczewski said. “But like I said, I’m planning my future, not my legacy. Some people would call that blind denial. I prefer to call it rebellious hope. And I’m not stopping anytime soon.”

When asked how exactly she maintains that positivity, given the fact that she has just a two percent chance of survival, Marczewski noted that it was definitely a conscious choice, rather than a natural instinct.

“When you go through something that is so devastating, makes no sense, there are no answers, you kind of have the choice, like, am I going to become bitter, or am I not?” the singer said. “You do have a choice, you know. You do get to decide what becomes of you in a sense and, you know, I’ve decided in my most painful moments to keep my eyes open because it’s easier. It’s easier to close your eyes and to give up and forget it but there is so much beauty and poetry to be seen in the world if you’re willing to sign off on the pain that it takes to stay awake in the middle of something that hurts so bad, that’s all this is. Anybody can do it.”


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posted 8/2/2021

Josh Groban Takes a Bite Out of "Eye Candy"
Singer to Host Roku Channel Series
From Deadline

Josh Groban is taking up hosting duties of the new competition series Eye Candy, based on Nippon TV’s popular game show Sokkuri Sweets set for premiere in August on the Roku Channel. Executive produced by Chrissy Teigen, the title was part of now-defunct Quibi’s portfolio acquired by Roku earlier this year.

“I first saw this show in Japan when it was called Sokkuri Sweets and was obsessed with how fun and silly it was,” the Emmy and Grammy Award winner said in a statement. “To be the ringmaster of such insanity is a dream. Bon Appetit.”

The series is centered around teams of celebrities and civilians who will attempt to identify outrageous edible creations designed to look like everyday ordinary objects. The timing of the new series couldn’t be any better as viral videos of cakes disguised as everyday items have been circulating around the internet as of late.

Celebrity guests of the series include Jamie Chung, Bryan Greenberg, Michelle Buteau, Rachel Dratch, Ana Gasteyer, Tiki Barber, Melissa Gorga, Caroline Manzo, Jeremy Jordan, Bridget Everett, Nico Tortorella, Aparna Nancherla, Nina Agdal, and Michael Ian Black.

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posted 8/5/2021

Kathy Griffin: "I Have Cancer"
Former "Average Joe" Host Has Surgery on Lung
From EW

Kathy Griffin is recovering from surgery after revealing her stage 1 lung cancer diagnosis.

The two-time Emmy Award winner, 60, revealed Monday morning that she was having part of her left lung removed.

"She is now out of surgery and everything went well, per her doctor," a rep for Griffin tells PEOPLE.

Griffin had previously taken to social media to share a statement about her diagnosis and the road to recovery.

"Yes, I have lung cancer even though I've never smoked!" Griffin wrote.

"The doctors are very optimistic as it is stage one and contained to my left lung," she continued. "Hopefully no chemo or radiation after this and I should have normal function with my breathing. I should be up and running as usual in a month or less."

Griffin assured her followers that she will be "just fine" and urged them to stay current with their medical checkups, in addition to getting vaccinated against COVID-19, which could have made her diagnosis "even more serious."

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posted 8/5/2021


Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay Going Global... Thanks, Fox
First Item for New Studio Brand: "Next Level Chef"
From The Futon Critic

Award-winning chef, restaurateur and presenter Gordon Ramsay and FOX Entertainment are jointly forming STUDIO RAMSAY GLOBAL, a new production entity co-owned between the two that will develop, produce and distribute culinary and lifestyle programming for FOX, its ad-supported streaming platform, Tubi, and platforms worldwide. In doing so, STUDIO RAMSAY GLOBAL will acquire 100% of Ramsay's current television business, Studio Ramsay, with FOX funding the purchase. The announcement was made today by Gordon Ramsay and Charlie Collier, CEO, FOX Entertainment.

STUDIO RAMSAY GLOBAL presents the unique opportunity for FOX and Ramsay to contribute their respective iconic brands, intellectual property rights and resources to a company that will be at the forefront of the global cooking and lifestyle program space.

With offices in both London and Los Angeles, the new company will own and serve as the exclusive production home for all new series featuring and/or produced by Ramsay. FOX Entertainment's in-house unscripted studio, FOX Alternative Entertainment, run by Rob Wade, FOX Entertainment's President of Alternative Entertainment and Specials, will oversee the production of all new programs produced by STUDIO RAMSAY GLOBAL, including his upcoming cooking competition, NEXT LEVEL CHEF. Ramsay's existing series include FOX's MASTERCHEF, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR and HELL'S KITCHEN.

Content for other platforms both internationally and in the U.S. will continue to be produced by their respective production companies, with highly regarded Studio Ramsay Chief Creative Officer Lisa Edwards broadening her responsibilities with the newly formed company.

"This is an incredibly exciting opportunity, not just for me, but for the team at Studio Ramsay. We'll be creating food and lifestyle ideas, but also developing an incredible new talent pool of food, drink and industry leaders to create our own culinary talent branch," said Ramsay. "I couldn't be more excited about this new global partnership with FOX. After 16 incredible years working together, this takes Studio Ramsay to the next level!"

"Gordon Ramsay is the definition of partner and friend. He's also the genius behind a global brand that represents integrity and excellence in food, lifestyle and so much more. FOX Entertainment is honored to build upon its long-term relationship with Gordon as, together, we introduce STUDIO RAMSAY GLOBAL," added Collier. "Gordon has been an important part of the FOX experience for years, bringing an energy, entrepreneurial spirit and attitude that fits beautifully at FOX. Though you never left, Gordon, welcome back you (brilliant) donut!"

STUDIO RAMSAY GLOBAL's inaugural Board of Directors will be comprised of Gordon Ramsay, Charlie Collier and Rob Wade.

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posted 8/4/2021

The BattleBox Is Coming to Vegas
Discovery Renews "Battlebots" for Two More Seasons
From TV Insider

Get ready for more of your favorite robot combat competition, as Discovery has announced that it has picked up BattleBots for another two seasons (and that means 80 hours of action).

The 2021 World Championships will also begin in September in Las Vegas, with the iconic BattleBox fight arena reimagined for the new seasons. Expect extra hazards for the robots, meaning more tension and excitement for viewers.

More than 65 teams will battle it out in Vegas to take home the grand prize, The Giant Nut. The new season will air later this year on Discovery.

“Standby Vegas! — the bots are on their way from all over the world,” BattleBots creator Trey Roski said in a statement. “This is the most exciting development for the sport; to have a multi-year commitment from a broadcaster is what we’ve always wanted to enable our talented builders to have time to plan and design even more ferocious and imaginative robots for the future. It’s a great day for BattleBots, and we’re delighted to have such a supportive partner as Discovery. Since BattleBots started 21 years ago, I’ve always dreamed that Vegas would be the ideal permanent home for the sport. Now thanks to Discovery and Caesars we’re achieving that goal.”

“I can’t wait to once again hear the iconic opening words, ‘It’s robot fighting time!’ as announced by Faruq across Discovery platforms,” Scott Lewers, EVP Multiplatform Programming Discovery Factual & Head of Content, Science, added. “Vegas is one of the few places in the entire world that can match the adrenaline and fun of this competition and I’m thrilled it will be the backdrop to host these incredibly talented robot designers, builders, and fighters.”

Sportscaster Chris Rose and UFC fighter Kenny Florian will once again serve as commentators, with Pete Abrahamson, a.k.a. The Bot Whisperer, providing expert contributions. Faruq Tauheed returns as Ring Announcer.

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posted 8/4/2021

Netflix Puts More Baking in the Oven
Streamer Picks Up "British Baking Show", "Nailed It"!
From The Wrap

Netflix will be breaking your “The Great British Baking Show” fast this fall with the Season 9 premiere of the competition, the streaming service said Wednesday.

Along with the announcement that the “Great British Baking Show” (known as “The Great British Bake Off” on its home network, the U.K.’s Channel 4”) hit will be returning this fall, Netflix revealed it has ordered three new sweets-centric unscripted series — “Baking Impossible” and “School of Chocolate” — and will also be debuting the sixth season of “Nailed It!” in September.

As previously announced, baking contest “Bake Squad,” from Milk Bar founder Christina Tosi, will debut next week on Netflix.

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posted 8/4/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "No Streamer Is an FBoy Island"

  • "FBoy Island" becomes HBO Max's most watched reality show ever (TV Insider)

  • #ICYMI a big money moment (TV Insider) PLUS defending the current champ (Newsweek), clairfying the rules (Entertainment Weekly), and how you know that the search for the next host is just ridiculous at this point (Newsweek)

  • "Dancing with the Stars Juniors" champ just struck bronze in Tokyo (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Kaitlyn Bristowe FINALLY has a wedding date (Reality TV World)

  • Stephen Fry's "Liar" gets optioned (BBC America)

  • #TIL Survivor has more people applying for the show than ANY reality show ever (Heavy)

  • FIRST LOOK: The set of "You Bet Your Life" (TV Newscheck)

  • Big Brother was called into the FCC 20 times? (Reality Blurred) PLUS why exactly is it called "Big Brother" in the first place? Because someone needs to know... (Gold Derby)

posted 8/4/2021


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Next In Line: David Faber
"Squawk on the Street" Host to Take the Reigns
From Newsweek

Burton's final show is set to air on Friday, July 30, the last of five shows by the Grammy, Peabody and 12-time Emmy winner. After that, the next guest host will begin on Monday, August 2.

He will be David Faber, the financial journalist and host of the CNBC morning show Squawk on the Street. He will host from August 2 to Friday, August 6.

As for all guests hosts before him, Jeopardy! is making a contribution to a charity of Faber's choice. The financial journalist will be supporting the Robin Hood Foundation, a New York City-based charity that tackles poverty in the city.

Like other guest hosts Aaron Rodgers, Ken Jennings, Anderson Cooper and Robin Roberts before him, Faber is a former contestant on Jeopardy! In 2012, he took part in the show's Jeopardy! Power Players tournament, where he beat basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Fox News' Dana Perino and won $50,000.

After news that he was set to host the show came out, Faber celebrated with a self-deprecating tweet. He said: "He is the least well known out of an incredible group of guest hosts, but promises not to disappoint Jeopardy's many fans. Correct response: This guy!"

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posted 8/3/2021


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SYNDIES: Week 42
Results for the Week Ending July 25
From TV News Check

Entertainment Tonight took gold as the Tokyo Olympics began in the session ending July 25. Although the vast majority of syndicated shows were no match for the quadrennial games, which began July 23, the one magazine able to score an increase was ET. The entertainment industry bellwether vaulted 5% to a 2.0 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating with approximately 3 million viewers each day.

In access time periods, Jeopardy, with guest host Robin Roberts, receded 2% to a 4.7. That trailed category and overall leader Family Feud, which was flat at a 5.5.

Future guest hosts as the show works out a permanent succession plan include journalists Robin Roberts & David Faber, actor LeVar Burton, and sportscaster Joe Buck. The show will make a donation to a charity of each host’s choosing in an amount equal to the contestants’ cumulative winnings during their respective week of episodes.

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

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- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.5 NC
- Jeopardy (CMV) 4.7 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.5 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

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posted 8/3/2021

Idol Gets Its Awesome Foursome Back
Ryan & the Gang Will Be Back in 2022
From The Futon Critic

The iconic star-maker competition series "American Idol" welcomes back music industry legends, judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie, and veteran host Ryan Seacrest to help discover America's next singing sensation for a fifth season on ABC, while celebrating the franchise's historic 20th season overall, when it returns spring 2022. Last season, ABC's "American Idol" ranked as the No. 1 series in its two-hour time period for the second year in a row among Adults 18-49. In addition, "American Idol" finished among the Top 5 unscripted series last season with Total Viewers (No. 4).

"Luke, Katy, Lionel and Ryan are music and industry icons that have become synonymous with 'Idol' on ABC," said Rob Mills, executive vice president, Unscripted and Alternative Entertainment, Walt Disney Television. "Their star power is unmatched, and their support is a gift to our contestants that have deeply benefited from their wisdom over the past four seasons - and they're ready to do it again. As we begin a momentous season, I think it's safe to say this dream team has officially cemented their legacy on 'Idol.'"

"'American Idol' is still the original music show that genuinely creates superstars and continues to evolve to allow true artists to succeed in this unique business," said executive producer and showrunner Megan Wolflick. "The chemistry and passion Katy, Luke, Lionel and Ryan bring is second to none. We couldn't be more ecstatic that they are returning for this iconic 20th season in search of the freshest new talent that this nation has to offer."

"We are thrilled that Katy, Lionel, Luke and Ryan will be back to help discover our next American Idol," said executive producer Eli Holzman, CEO of Industrial Media. "This dream team has selected and guided some of the most talented 'Idol' contestants in the history of the series, and we can't wait to see who they'll find next."

Season five auditions will kick off Friday, Aug. 6, with the return of "Idol Across America," the live virtual nationwide search for the next superstar, taking place across all 50 states plus Washington, D.C. For the second year in a row, "Idol Across America" offers hopefuls the opportunity to showcase their talents face-to-face with an "American Idol" producer, from anywhere in America, across any official audition date for a chance to proceed to the judge audition round of the competition. Last season's first-ever "Idol Across America" virtual auditions successfully kicked off many hopeful's "American Idol" journeys, including ABC's season-four winner, Chayce Beckham.

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posted 8/3/2021

Kaitlyn & Tayshia Will Return
"Bachelorette" Hosts Get Another Season
From TV Line

The Bachelorette is handing out more roses to its dynamic hosting duo: Kaitlyn Bristowe and Tayshia Adams will return to host the ABC reality hit next season, Variety reports.

Bristowe and Adams, both former Bachelorettes themselves, took over hosting duties this season from ousted host Chris Harrison; he left the franchise in June after he sparked controversy by defending Bachelor contestant Rachael Kirkconnell after photos surfaced of her attending an Antebellum party.

Bristowe and Adams made their hosting debut in June and have helped guide current Bachelorette Katie Thurston through her journey, which wraps up next week.

Michelle Young, who also vied for Matt James’ heart along with Katie in the most recent season of The Bachelor, will star in the next season of The Bachelorette, which recently started production, according to Variety. Her season is slated to debut on ABC this fall.


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posted 8/3/2021

MONDAY: Day 11
It was NBC and Everyone Else
From Deadline

In the latest TV ratings, NBC’s primetime Monday coverage of the Tokyo Olympics averaged 12.8 million total viewers (per fast nationals), marking the summer games’ best preliminary numbers since Thursday and their fifth-best tallies out of the first 11 nights (including the Opening Ceremony rebroadcast). Opposite the Olympics on Monday…

ABC | The Bachelorette (3.5 mil/0.9) and The Celebrity Dating Game (1.7 mil/0.4) both ticked up.

THE CW | Roswell, New Mexico (640K/0.1) and The Republic of Sarah (350K/0/0) were both steady.


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posted 7/29/2021

"Masked Singer" Unmasks COVID Positives
Production Not Halted
From Deadline

The Masked Singer is the latest TV series to find itself recording positive Covid tests.

Los Angeles County on Monday revealed that the Fox singing competition series has recorded 12 positive tests during its production at Red Studios in Hollywood, where the format is currently filming.

However, production has not been impacted and has not been halted, as Deadline reports the cases have mostly been related to community exposure rather than at the workplace.

Production, which kicked off in June, runs through the middle of next week. “The safety of the entire cast and crew has been and will continue to be our number one priority. We work closely with local and state officials and the unions to ensure we have the safest environment possible,” a Fox spokeswoman told Deadline.

Fox is filming Season 6 of the show, which will air as part of its fall schedule, running on Wednesday nights at 8 p.m., with new series Alter Ego coming in after at 9 p.m.

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posted 8/2/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "This Is Why We Love Wayne Brady"

  • Wayne Brady gets a nine-second voicemail from a racist wag, is not bothered by it (TMZ)

  • Terry Crews gets a golden ... Star (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Ariana Grande brings her "Voice" to Fortnite (Kotaku)

  • Zooey Deschanel's a new girl on TikTok (Entertainment Weekly)

  • #ICYMI "(SPOILER) has left the villa." UPDATE: "What I did was a little illegal.” (TV Line)

  • Snoop Dogg and Kevin Hart cold call Olympic equestrian and it. Is. EVERYTHING. (The Wrap)

  • Hayes Grier charged with robbery, assault (The Wrap)

  • Michael Che returns to Instagram (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Matt Amodio (Daytime Confidential)

posted 8/2/2021

BEtty White's Life in Photos
New Book to Be Released in October
From Cision

Betty White: 100 Remarkable Moments in an Extraordinary Life (becker&mayer! October 26, 2021, $35.00 US, $46.00 CAN) is a visual salute to the First Lady of Television, spanning her more than 80 years as a performer and star of such legendary series as The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Golden Girls.

Packed with photographs from her decades in comedy as well as a contestant on game shows including What’s My Line?, Password, To Tell the Truth, and Match Game, interviews with friends and colleagues, such as Carol Burnett and Candice Bergen, and a foreword by Gavin MacLeod, the book chronicles 100 highlights from the acting life and passions that have defined an entertainment career like no other.

White’s pioneering legacy extends back to the earliest days of TV in the 1950s, when she served as both producer and star of the sitcom Life with Elizabeth during an era that predated glass ceilings. The volume also vividly illustrates the beloved White’s lifelong advocacy for animals as well as the masterful comic versatility she displayed even as she closed in on the century mark.

Revel in Betty White’s talent, elegance, fortitude, and humor with this photographic retrospective of her life told through 100 moments that have defined an entertainment career like no other.

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posted 7/30/2021

ABC TV Questions Everything
New Quiz Launches Down Under August 18
From IF

Wil Anderson and Jan Fran will front a new ABC quiz show set to air on Wednesdays.

Created by Anderson, Question Everything is set to provide audiences with the tools to understand everything they see, read or sometimes share without reading.

Helping the hosts ‘question everything’ each week will be a revolving panel of up-and-coming comedians with the occasional big name thrown in too.

The series is produced by CJZ, with Jess Cohen Cornelius as the series producer. Wil Anderson, Polly Connolly, and Nick Murray are executive producing alongside ABC executive producer Rachel Millar and head of entertainment Nick Hayden.

Fran said she couldn’t wait to get started. “Question Everything is our chance to take a microscope to all the misinformation that we are bombarded with every day to see where it starts and how it spreads,” she said. “At least, that’s a rumour someone sent to me on WhatsApp.”

Anderson is also keen to get to the bottom of different subjects.

“I’m excited by the chance to showcase Australia’s best new comedy talent, and also make history as the first comedy news panel show on the ABC,” he said. “Please don’t fact-check that.”

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posted 7/30/2021


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Axed Factor
ITV Closes Up Shop After 15 Seasons
From Variety

Simon Cowell’s popular talent show “The X Factor” has been canceled after 17 years, U.K. broadcaster ITV has confirmed.

“There are no current plans for the next series of ‘The X Factor’ at this stage,” an ITV spokesperson said in a statement.

Created by Cowell, “The X Factor” began airing in 2004 and 445 episodes have aired over 15 series, with the last one being in 2018. The show was produced by Fremantle’s Thames and Cowell’s production company Syco Entertainment. Episodes aired stateside on AXS.tv.

Cowell’s next venture will be musical quiz show “Walk The Line” for ITV and VOD platform ITV Hub. The format sees musical acts take to the stage to perform, as well as a panel of judges headed up by Cowell. The top two performers of the evening then face a decision in their bid to be crowned champion — to either go home with a cash prize, or walk the line and play on. Should they stay in and top the leaderboard, they will then progress to the next show, facing a different cast of performers. The longer the performers can stay in the contest, the bigger the prize pot, with a high stake ‘stay or play’ moment at the end of each show. Each night, the reigning champion will be offered an even higher cash-out prize.

The format is co-produced and co-developed by Syco Entertainment and Lifted Entertainment, part of ITV Studios, and the team behind ITV hits including “I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!” and “Love Island.”

Last February (before the pandemic led to nationwide lockdowns in the U.K.), it was announced the show would be taking a break for 2020 but was slated to return for 2021. However, just months later, ITV plc managing director Kevin Lygo told the virtual Edinburgh TV Festival there was no guarantee “The X Factor” would ever return to the small screen. “It’s not definitely returning, it might return, and if it does the format will tweak,” he said. “Simon controls it more than we do. When does he want it to come back, how does he want to come back? Hopefully we can be part of it.”

The talent show has been the crown jewel in Cowell’s entertainment empire for decades. As well as selling the format around the world, it has broken the careers of dozens of artists including One Direction, Little Mix, Leona Lewis and Olly Murs.


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posted 7/30/2021

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "The Men Scrub All"

  • Andrew Spencer apologizes for past tweets (Reality TV World)

  • BET+ orders revival of "Real Househusbands of Hollywood" with Kevin Hart, Nick Cannon, Robin Thicke, and some other people (The Wrap)

  • Marking one year with Clare Crawley, Dale Moss (Reality TV World)

  • Gary Lineker joins La Liga TV (Football Espana)

  • Mike Malin owes Will Kirby $23,000 and still can't contact his former bro (TMZ)

  • RuPaul takes another stab at Netflix (EW)

  • Netflix quietly removes episodes of Jeopardy!, plans to scrub Wheel in August (PopCulture.com)

  • Michael Che invites us to be the bully. The Internet says... "You know what, no." (NBC News)

posted 7/30/2021

Spade in Paradise
Catch It on ABC August 16
From The Futon Critic

It's time to return to Bachelor Nation's favorite beach as a new batch of sexy singles make their way to paradise in hopes for a second - or third - chance at love. With the resort officially open, former fan-favorite bachelors and bachelorettes are ready to find their match while living together in a tropical oasis in Mexico. Twenty-three hopefuls kick off their journeys on day one, but will additional arrivals get in the way of their search for love? "Bachelor in Paradise" premieres its seventh season, MONDAY, AUG. 16 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu.

Returning to his post as everyone's favorite bartender, Wells Adams also adds master of rose ceremonies to his duties and will be joined throughout the season by a rotating roster of celebrity guest hosts including David Spade, Lance Bass, Lil Jon and Tituss Burgess.

Laugh-master David Spade is the first guest host of the season and welcomes 13 lovely ladies (Abigail, Deandra, Jessenia, Kelsey, Mari, Maurissa, Natasha, Serena C., Serena P., Tahzjuan, Tammy, Victoria L., Victoria P.) and 10 gorgeous guys (Aaron, Brendan, Connor, Ivan, James, Joe, Karl, Kenny, Noah, Tre) to Paradise.

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posted 7/29/2021

WEDNESDAY: Day 6
It was NBC and Everyone Else
From Deadline

All that shines eventually loses its luster over time and viewership for NBC’s coverage of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is no exception. Wednesday evening continued a downward trend in primetime ratings for the global sporting event on NBC, airing to 12.5 million viewers and earning a 2.9 rating in the 18-49 demo, per overnight numbers. Viewership fell 16% in viewers and six tenths in rating from Tuesday (3.5, 14.9M).

NBC’s Olympics coverage has dominated primetime since the opening ceremony on Friday, but this year’s games are no match for the viewership of the Rio Olympics, which drew in more than 26 million viewers for the corresponding night in 2016 for more than a 50% decline.

Primetime for other networks consisted of reruns, or new episodes of game shows or reality programs. ABC’s night peaked ratings-wise with a rerun of Press Your Luck (0.5, 3.05M), and viewers-wise with The $100,000 Pyramid (0.4, 3.19M). Its night closed off with a Match Game special, which earned a 0.3 rating and 2.46M viewers.

CBS’s Big Brother followed Olympics coverage as the second highest-rated and most-watched program for Wednesday primetime (1.0, 3.79M). Love Island trailed behind (0.5, 1.89M).

Fox showed reruns of MasterChef, while the CW featured repeats of World’s Funniest Animals and Whose Line Is It Anyway?

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posted 7/29/2021


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RON POPEIL: 1935-2021
Inventor, Pitchman Judged "Iron Chef USA"
From Deadline

Ron Popeil, the Ronco founder who all but created the late-night infomercial and pitched such durable — in memory if not quality — items as the Pocket Fisherman, the Veg-O-Matic, the Bedazzler and Mr. Microphone, died today at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles following a stroke. He was 86.

His death was confirmed in a press release approved by his family. According to the statement, Popeil “suddenly and peacefully passed away” surrounded by family.

Beginning in 1959 with a low-budget, minute-long black-and-white commercial for the Ronco Chop-o-Matic, Popeil (with then-partner Mel Korey) devised the rapid-fire pitches — consisting of a string of amazing! unbelievable! claims — that would make household names (literally) of items such as Hair in a Can Spray, the Popeil Pocket Fisherman, the Kitchen Magician, Mr. Dentist, the Smokeless Ashtray, the Inside-the-Egg Scrambler, a rhinestone stud setter popularized as a Bedazzler, the Cap Snaffler and the Buttoneer.

Remembered as much for their oddly charming unabashed hucksterism as for any actual product utility, the commercials often went viral before viral was a thing, turning advertising boasts into kitschy catchphrases. “Hey good lookin’, we’ll be back to pick you up later!” said a curly-haired teen cruising in the back of a convertible to promote the pre-karaoke machine known as Mr. Microphone.

"But wait, there’s more!” and “As seen on TV” became Popeil mainstays, and “Set it, and forget it!” was remembered by viewers long after their Showtime Rotisserie & Barbeque ended up in the trash.

Popeil was one of the four judges on "Iron Chef USA: Showdown in Las Vegas", a special for UPN in 2001.

Popeil is survived by wife Robin, daughters Kathryn, Shannon, Lauren, Contessa, and Valentina, and grandchildren Rachel, Isabella, Nicole, and Asher.

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posted 7/29/2021


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Next In Line: LeVar Burton
Award-Winning "Star Trek" Actor, "Reading Rainbow" Host to Guest Host Jeopardy!
From TV News Check

LeVar Burton’s quest to become the new host of “Jeopardy!” has been a confident, upbeat effort by the actor and those who rooted him on with a petition drive.

But when the day came to tape the first of his week’s share of episodes as one of a succession of guest hosts, the show’s pace and the challenge of following in Alex Trebek’s much-admired footsteps threw Burton off stride.

It made for a rough start to the five back-to-back tapings that begin airing Monday, said the veteran actor known for “Roots,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and ”Reading Rainbow.” He turned for advice to wife Stephanie Cozart Burton, who as his makeup artist was on hand to play coach during a production break.

“Being at home, it feels like a really relaxed half-hour, but it’s not relaxed at all,” he said. “You can’t let your focus drop for a nanosecond.”

Burton has been watching and assessing the other guest hosts — in other words, his competition for the position that the Canadian-born Trebek held from 1984 to shortly before his November 2020 death from cancer at age 80. Art Fleming was the quiz’s show’s original and only other host, in the 1960s and ’70s.

Although Burton had made the show’s producers aware of his interest in being considered, his addition to the roster came after a petition backing him as the new “Jeopardy!” host caught fire (with more than 250,000 signatures to date).

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posted 7/29/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Let's Make a Deal... Finally"

  • Wayne Brady endorses LeVar (AV Club) in a search that has gone on long enough (Forbes)

  • Melissa King signs with M88 (Deadline)

  • Kelly Clarkson ordered to pay child support (EW)

posted 7/29/2021

TUESDAY: Day 5
It was NBC and Everyone Else
From Deadline

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS’ Love Island drew 1.63 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating, ticking up on both counts week-to-week and hitting a Tuesday high for this season in the demo.

Over on NBC, coverage of the Tokyo Olympics drew 13.6 million total viewers and a 3.2 demo rating, right on par with Monday night’s preliminary numbers (which marked the summer games’ first decline).

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posted 7/28/2021


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Ahmad Rashad Gets Into a "Tug of Words"
Game Show Network Greenlights Project from "Millionaire" Producers
From the Futon Critic

Game Show Network, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, has announced Emmy(R) award-winning television and sports personality Ahmad Rashad as host of a new quick-moving wordplay game show, TUG OF WORDS. The half-hour original series is anticipated to premiere fall 2021.

From the producing team behind "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire," TUG OF WORDS is a fast-paced game where two teams compete to answer word clue questions correctly and pull the flag on the "tug of war rope" to their side. In round one, each answer involves changing a single letter in the word that appears on the board. For example, with 'TUG' on the board, the answer to the clue 'a label inside a garment' is 'TAG,' and with 'TAG' then on the board, the answer to the clue 'hopefully the upstairs neighbors aren't learning this dance' is 'TAP.' With each round, an additional letter is added creating four and five letter words to solve. The team with the flag on their side after three rounds wins the game, qualifying them for the bonus round where they have opportunity to compete for $10,000.

Emmy(R) award-winning television personality Ahmad Rashad is perhaps known just as much for his engaging commentary and interviews with some of the best-known figures in sports as he is for his football career. Over the past two decades, Rashad covered NFL and NBA televised contests both as a studio anchor and as a game reporter for NBC and ABC as well as hosted and executive produced "NBA Inside Stuff." In 2010 he began hosting "One on One with Ahmad Rashad," an NBA TV series which features Rashad's candid and in-depth interviews with the NBA's biggest stars including Lebron James, Michael Jordan, and Shaquille O'Neal.

Rashad also served as a studio host for NBC's coverage of three Olympic Games: 1988 in Seoul (for which he received an Emmy(R) award in the category of writing), 1992 in Barcelona and 1996 in Atlanta, as well as the World Championships of Track and Field. A charming and skilled host, Rashad has long worked in the reality entertainment world, hosting the video-clip show "Real TV" in 2000, the reality show "Celebrity Mole," and the game show "Caesars Challenge" along with co-host Dan Doherty. He has also guest starred on several films and TV shows, including "Space Jam," "Monsters," and "Like Mike."

Rashad graduated from the University of Oregon, where he played as an All-American and was later named to the College Football Hall of Fame. Rashad played for ten years in the NFL and was an All Pro for the Minnesota Vikings and remains a member of the Vikings "Ring of Honor."

TUG OF WORDS is produced by Embassy Row, LLC for Game Show Network. Michael Davies serves as executive producer. Susan Warner also serves as executive producer.

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posted 7/27/2021


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SYNDIES: Week 41
Results for the Week Ending July 18
From TV News Check

Jeopardy with guest host George Stephanopoulos inched up 2% from the week before to a 4.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating in the session ending July 18, but failed to threaten Family Feud, which fell 2% to a 5.5 but outplayed the game shows for the 13th week in a row and led all of syndication.

Future guest hosts as the show works out a permanent succession plan include journalists Robin Roberts & David Faber, actor LeVar Burton, and sportscaster Joe Buck. The show will make a donation to a charity of each host’s choosing in an amount equal to the contestants’ cumulative winnings during their respective week of episodes.

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

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- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.5 -2%
- Jeopardy (CMV) 4.8 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.5 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 -13%
- Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 +25%

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posted 7/27/2021

MONDAY: Day 4
It was NBC and Everyone Else
From Deadline

NBC’s clutch on primetime remains steady with the coverage of the 2020 Olympics, but the network took its first, though minor, hit in viewers Monday night.

Monday’s primetime sporting events, which the the U.S vs. China Women’s Volleyball match, the finals for Men’s 200 meter Freestyle and Women’s 100 meter backstroke, aired to an average of 14.9 million viewers and gained a 3.5 in the 18-49 demo in overnight ratings. Monday’s overnight numbers saw a 12% drop in viewers from Sunday (4.1, 17.0M).

Despite the dip, the 2020 Olympics continues to prove successful for NBC, which revealed that viewers have already streamed more than one billion minutes of Olympics content across NBCOlympics.com, NBC Sports app & Peacock. NBC said it this year marked the quickest accomplishment of the viewing milestone.

Behind NBC’s Tokyo Olympics coverage, the latest episode of ABC’s The Bachelorette returned to 3.59M viewers and a 0.8 rating in its two-hour time slot. Celebrity Dating Game (0.3, 1.60M) closed off ABC’s night.

FOX and CBS’ Monday evening consisted of reruns. The CW saw the Season 3 premiere of Roswell New Mexico, which took in a 0.1 rating and aired to .613M viewers. Republic of Sarah (0.0, .285M) followed.

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posted 7/27/2021

More on "FBoy Island"
Catch It on HBO Max
From Telly Mix

HBO Max’s new reality series FBOY Island is taking a familiar format and flipping it on its head as three women looking for love must weed out the nice guys from the fakes. The 10-episode season sees 24 men (12 “nice guys” and 12 “fboys”) vying for the affection of bachelorettes Nakia Renee, Sarah Emig, and CJ Franco with varying motivations. While the nice guys are supposedly there for romance, the fboys are more focused on securing the cash prize that awaits the season’s winner.

Renee, a 28-year-old singer/songwriter hails from Los Angeles, is looking for love in the tropical setting that FBOY Island has to offer. Along with performing and writing music, Nakia is also a hair and makeup stylist who shares tips on her YouTube channel.

At 25, Emig, a Chicago-based social media manager, is looking to settle down and hopes that her future love resides on FBOY Island. Despite not being labeled as such, Emig’s Instagram profile definitely gives off influencer and model vibes with plenty of photos featuring herself in exciting locales.

A content creator and model, Franco, a 30-year-old participant from Los Angeles, has a strong social media presence with 514K followers on Instagram. Along with her modeling and content-creating, CJ is also a comedian who has taken improv and writing classes at Upright Citizens Brigade.

FBoy Island premiere July 29 on HBO Max.

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posted 7/27/2021

Ant & Dec Working on Big Money Show
Hosting Team to Develop "Fortune Favors the Brave"
From Telly Mix

Ant and Dec are reportedly working on a brand new big-money game show. The pair are said to be developing the new project through their production company, which also makes Saturday Night Takeaway, Our DNA Journey and In For A Penny.

The Sun reports that the series is set to be titled Fortune Favors The Brave and will air on ITV. There's no word on whether Ant & Dec will appear on screen as presenters or just remain as part of the production team.

"Ant, Dec and the team behind this new show are keeping all the details under wraps for now," a source explained. "But it promises to be another sure-fire hit for the lads. Whether they host it or not remains to be seen.

"But either way, it’s very much the lads’ baby and they’ll put their all into making it a success."

The insider added that the format would offer a "unique twist" with teams of two contestants set to compete for a huge cash prize.

Filming is slated to begin in the autumn with the show planning to debut in 2022.

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posted 7/27/2021

Survivor Returns to India
Zee5 to Air Production
From Deadline

Banijay’s reality show Survivor is to return to Indian screens after a 10-year hiatus.

The super-producer has signed a deal with Tamil entertainment network Zee Tam to produce a version of the adventure show for its streamer ZEE5. Banijay Asia will produce the series.

Survivor previously screened on Disney’s StarPlus in 2012.

Survivor tests the spirit of a group of ordinary people who are marooned with little more than the clothes on their backs. As they catch their own food, build their own shelter, and order their own society, castaways must compete in increasingly difficult tests of strategy and guile.

Survivor India is the 48th iteration of the format since its launch in 1997, with the show being produced in a record 22 territories this year. It remains a stalwart for CBS in America, where 40 seasons have been made, with the most recent drawing an audience of 10 million and the 41st is due to bow this fall.

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posted 7/27/2021

"Drag Race Holland" to Bow Second Season
Catch It on WOW Presents Plus August 6
From EW

The RuPaul's Drag Race family has rekindled its Dutch oven of excellence with another fiery batch of red-hot queens set to join Drag Race Holland season 2.

World of Wonder announced Tuesday the batch of 10 new queens who will compete for the second Drag Race Holland crown when season 2 premieres Friday, Aug. 6 on the WOW Presents Plus subscription streaming service in the United States and on Videoland in the Netherlands.

Among those vying for the global franchise's second Dutch title are Vanessa Van Cartier, a trans trailblazer who broke barriers for representation at the Miss Continental pageant in Chicago and was drag mother to Drag Race Holland season 1 winner Envy Peru; Vivaldi, who provided wigs for returning host Fred van Leer last year; Love Masisi, a Haitian goddess who claims to have won an award "for best butt in the world" at one point in her career, and Ivy-Elyse, billed as "one of the few Asian queens in the Dutch drag scene" who wants to be an example for her community in the Netherlands.

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posted 7/27/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Men Told All"

  • Tyler Cameron tells all in a tell-all (Us Magazine)

  • Bachelor (baby) in Paradise for Josiah Graham (EW)

  • Katie Thurston's men played the parts they were hired to play... err, told all (The Wrap)

  • VIDEO WALL: Your first look at Ariana Grande on "The Voice" (TV Line)

  • Ninja Warrior UK Adventure Park to open in Leeds (Yorkshire Evening Post)

  • #ICYMI: The lowest. Score. EVER. (TV Line)

posted 7/27/2021


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Fox Lines Up Fall
"The Masked Singer", "Alter Ego" Bow September 22
From The Futon Critic

FOX has set fall premiere dates for its new and returning series.

In a special two-night premiere event on Wednesday, Sept. 22 and Thursday, Sept. 23, television's #1 series, THE MASKED SINGER, returns for its sixth season (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), followed by the debut of first-of-its-kind avatar singing competition series ALTER EGO (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT).

From FOX Alternative Entertainment and executive-produced by Matilda Zoltowski ("Dancing with the Stars," "World of Dance"), ALTER EGO is a first-of-its-kind avatar singing competition series and the next iteration of the musical competition show. Lost dreams and second chances are reignited when singers from all walks of life become the stars they've always wanted to be. However, these contestants won't perform as themselves. Rather, they'll be given the chance to show how they've always wanted to be seen, creating their dream avatar ALTER EGO to reinvent themselves, while showcasing their unique performance styles via motion capture technology. In ALTER EGO, talent and technology come together to create a singing competition unlike anything the world has ever seen. Some of the biggest names in music are set to join the judges table, including iconic singer/songwriter and seven-time Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette; actor, singer and television personality Nick Lachey; acclaimed Canadian producer, songwriter, singer and visual artist Grimes; and multi-Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, producer, entrepreneur and actor will.i.am. Emmy Award-winning personality Rocsi Diaz will host the musical spectacle.

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posted 7/26/2021


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JACKIE MASON: 1928-2021
Borscht Belt Comedian Played "Hollywood Squares", "What's My Line?"
From Deadline

Jackie Mason, the rabbi who later cultivated careers as a comedian, actor and author, died in a Manhattan hospital on Saturday, according to the New York Times. He was 93.

Mason’s longtime friend, attorney Raoul Felder, confirmed his passing to the Times. A cause of death was not disclosed.

Mason was born Yacov Moshe Maza in Sheboygan, Wisconsin on June 9, 1928. While the son of Belarusian immigrants would ultimately earn fame and accolades for his work on stage, he initially looked to pursue the path of a rabbi, at the behest of his family. He was ordained after completing his rabbinical studies at Yeshiva University, working as a rabbi in both North Carolina and Pennsylvania.

He decided to pursue a career as a writer and performer following the death of his father in 1959.

Mason began his career in comedy as a regular performer in the Catskills. He later became a fixture on such popular variety shows as The Ed Sullivan Show, releasing comedy albums including I Am the Greatest Comedian in the World, Only Nobody Knows It Yet! and I Want to Leave You With the Words of a Great Comedian. Watch on Deadline Mason was also well known his work on Broadway. He wrote and starred in a number of plays and one-man shows including The World According to Me, which earned him a Special Tony Award, as well as an Outer Critics Circle Award, an ACE Award, an Emmy and a Grammy nomination.

Mason featured on the film side in titles such as The Stoolie (1972), Steve Martin’s The Jerk (1979) and Mel Brooks’ History of the World, Part I, also appearing in TV series including his own 1992 talk show, The Jackie Mason Show, 30 Rock and The Simpsons. On Fox’s long-running animated series, he voiced Rabbi Hyman Krustofsky, the father of Krusty the Clown. The role brought him his second Emmy in 1992, for Outstanding Voice-Over Performance.

Over the course of his career, Mason also penned a number of books including 1999 autobiography Jackie, Oy!, on which he collaborated with Ken Gross.

Mason is survived by his wife Jyll Rosenfeld, as well as his daughter, the comedian Sheba Mason. Plans for a memorial have not yet been revealed.

Mason appeared on "What's My Line" and "The Hollywood Squares".

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posted 7/19/2021

SUNDAY: Day 3
It was NBC and Everyone Else
From Deadline

Olympic athletes weren’t the only ones with a strong showing in Sunday as NBC’s coverage of the global sporting event keep its momentum going. NBC’s 2020 Olympics coverage was the highest rated and most-watched program Sunday, per Nielsen Live + Same Day Day fast affiliates.

Sunday’s Olympics programming drew in 15.5 million viewers and a 3.7 rating in the 18-49 demographic throughout Primetime.

Highlights from Sunday evening include the 4x100M Freestyle Relay, which saw U.S. Men’s swim team taking home the gold, and the Women’s Street Finale Skateboarding final, with Japan’s 13 year-old Momji Nishya taking the top prize.

Per NBC, the growth in viewership from Friday to Sunday marked the largest increase ever in the first three nights of a Summer Olympics. NBC added that last evening’s viewer count marked the largest viewership for any primetime show since Super Bowl Sunday on February 7, 2021.

Women’s beach volleyball, women’s gymnastics and men’s volleyball were among the other sporting events on Sunday.

Sunday’s Olympics coverage on NBC more than doubled the primetime viewership of ABC, CBS, FOX and CW combined (6.32M), drawing in 15.5M viewers.

Elsewhere Sunday evening, CBS’s Big Brother returned for a new episode (0.8, 3.21M) and so did Love Island (0.3, 1.26M). ABC had a quiet night with new episodes of Celebrity Family Feud (0.4, 3.36M) and The Chase (0.3, 2.77M).

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posted 7/22/2021

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posted 7/26/2021


Peacock

Damon Wayans Jr. Chosen as Frogger's Player 1
"New Girl" Actor to Host Peacock's Video Game Adaptation
From Deadline

Damon Wayans Jr. (Happy Endings, New Girl) will hop over to Peacock to host the streamer’s Frogger, a competition series based on the Konami arcade game from the ’80s.

The competition series will feature a variety of obstacle courses or “crossings.” The physically demanding challenges will see contestants dodge treacherous traffic, leap over snapping gators and hop over hungry hippos to conquer the course. Contestants from across the country will test their talent in a competition requiring skill, strength, strategy and problem-solving smarts. The contestant who proves to be “America’s finest Frogger” will win the grand prize of $100,000.

Also joining Wayans Jr. in hosting duties is Kyle Brandt (NFL’s Good Morning Football), who will serve as co-host.

In February, Peacock ordered 13 hour-long episodes of the competition series. Konami introduced Frogger in 1981 and the arcade title has remained one of the most classic and beloved video game franchises of all time with a library spanning more than 30 titles across various platforms.

Frogger, based on the Konami-owned IP, is produced by Eureka Productions in partnership with Konami Cross Media NY, Inc. Chris Culvenor and Paul Franklin will executive produce for Eureka Productions, and Eden Gaha and Fred Birckhead. The Frogger competition show is an original format created by Chris Culvenor of Eureka Productions.

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posted 7/23/2021

US, Canadian Geography Societies Honor Alex Trebek
Trebek Initiative Launched
From the CBC

The Royal Canadian Geographical Society in Canada and the National Geographic Society in the U.S. are honoring the late Alex Trebek with a special grant program named after the longtime Jeopardy host.

Trebek, who grew up in Sudbury, Ont., began his TV career at the CBC in 1961 and hosted several game shows before becoming joining Jeopardy nearly four decades before his November 2020 death. He would have turned 81 on Thursday.

During his lifetime, Trebek had been involved with both geographical societies, so in honor of his birthday, The Trebek Initiative was launched.

The grant program aims to promote emerging Canadian explorers, scientists, educators and photographers, said David Court, chair of The Trebek Initiative, "to help them to tell their story with a goal of igniting what we call a 'passion to preserve' in all Canadians."

Jean Trebek said she's heartened to see her husband's memory and philanthropic legacy honored.

"Alex was incredibly passionate about geographic education and exploration, believing it to be critical to understanding our planet and the impact of a changing environment," she said. "As such, lending his name to this initiative to help support the work of emerging Canadian explorers was a natural extension of his belief in the power of lifelong learning."

The program will provide $400,000 to $500,000 a year in grants to support expeditionary work. Between 10 and 12 grants will be handed out each year. Court said there are similar grant programs in other parts of the world, including the U.S., "just not in Canada."

He said the funding — at least for the first three years of The Trebek Initiative — is from 18 families from across Canada.

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posted 7/23/2021

Gary Lineker's Sitting on a Fortune
"Match of the Day" Host to Front New Format for ITV
From the BBC

Match of the Day host Gary Lineker is to front a new ITV cash giveaway gameshow entitled Sitting on a Fortune, it was confirmed on Thursday. The show will involve six players choosing where to position themselves in a row of seats in order to answer questions worth up to £100,000 (roughly $137,700).

"Really looking forward to this," he tweeted. "Think you'll love it."

Earlier this month it was revealed that Lineker remains the BBC's top earner despite agreeing to a pay cut.

In a statement, the former England footballer said: "I am absolutely delighted to be hosting what I think and hope will be a show that people love.

"It's going to be full of tension with high stakes and bags of drama from start to finish - everything a great game show should be. I can't wait for the viewers at home to experience the fun and the excitement of Sitting On A Fortune."

The gameshow will find contestants positioning themselves in a row of seats, one behind another. But only the player in the chair at the head of the line will gets the chance to answer questions and remain in play for the jackpot. Wrong answers will see them relegated to the back of the line.

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WEDNESDAY: Big Brother, Pyramid Lead Us to a Split
ABC, CBS Split Night
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Unscripted programs ruled Wednesday evening as CBS’ Big Brother and ABC’s The $100,000 Pyramid marked the evening’s highest-rated and most-watched titles, respectively.

The latest installment of Big Brother was the most-watched program in the 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. timeslot, airing to 3.33 million viewers and gaining a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic, per Nielsen Live + Same Day Day fast affiliates. Big Brother bested NBC’s Olympic Dreams Featuring Jonas Brothers special (0.3, 2.49M). ABC’s Press Your Luck was the second most-watched title of the hour (0.5, 3.29M).

Also in the same hour was the Kung Fu season one finale. The season ender, which saw a major showdown between Olivia Liang’s Nicky Shen and Yvonne Chapman’s Zhilan, aired to approximately 832,000 viewers and drew in a 0.1 rating. The finale fell from the series’ debut in April (0.2, 1.4M) by a tenth in ratings and about 40% viewers.

Later in the evening, The $100,000 Pyramid ruled the 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. slot taking in a 0.5 rating and 3.60 million viewers. Following behind were Chicago Fire (0.2, 1.83M) and Love Island (0.3, 1.62M). Crime Scene Kitchen closed off its first season, but the season ender (0.3, 1.55M) failed to be the cherry on top viewers and ratings-wise.

ABC’s Match Game closed out Primetime winning the 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. time slot (0.4, 2.80M).

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posted 7/22/2021


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Fox Builds a Better "Mouse Trap"
eOne to Produce Competition Based on Board Game
From Deadline

Fox is heading down the mouse trap for its latest reality competition series.

The network is developing a physical non-scripted format based on Hasbro’s classic board game Mouse Trap with eOne. It is the latest competition format in the works from Rob Wade’s unscripted division, which is behind series including Lego Masters and Mental Samurai.

The series will pit contestants against one another as they navigate larger-than-life obstacles re-created from the game. Through a series of demanding challenges requiring the utmost physical and mental endurance, each episode will culminate with its final round, with the last players standing working together to steal as much cheese as possible while risking capture by the iconic Mouse Trap. The more they steal, the more money they’ll win.

Tara Long, Matt Walton, Matt Prichard and Mark Herwick of eOne are exec producing the project, which comes as the Hasbro-owned TV and film producer steps up its development of IP based on its parent company.

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posted 7/22/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "This One's for Alex"

  • Alex Trebek would have been 81 today (WPVI Philadelphia)

  • What life was like for Patrick Kielty before the pilot of Deal or No Deal was posted (Heat World)

  • LeVar Burton is REALLY ready... (TV Insider)

  • Anthony Anderson spent $1200 to find out if anyone ... anyone... can spell "Giannis Antetokounmpo" (C-Note: didn't even look that up) (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alfonso Ribeiro (Uproxx)

posted 7/22/2021


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Dee Bradley Baker to Return to the Hidden Temple
Voice Actor, Veteran Announcer to Reprise Role as Olmec
From Deadline

Dee Bradley Baker will make his return to Legends of The Hidden Temple, more than 20 years since the original series’ first run. Baker is set to reprise his role as the voice of Olmec in the upcoming reboot for The CW. The reimagining of the popular ’90s show hails from Stone & Company, which produced the original series that ran on Nickelodeon for three seasons between 1993-1995.

Set to debut October 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, the adult version will preserve many of the original show elements including Moat Crossings, The Steps of Knowledge and the Temple Run as well as the team names such as Purple Parrots, Blue Barracudas, Orange Iguanas, Red Jaguars, Silver Snakes and Green Monkeys. Every episode is a hero’s journey through a mysterious jungle. Four teams begin the journey, but only one is “strong enough and smart enough” to enter the ominous Olmec’s Temple, avoid the “dreaded” Temple Guards, retrieve a lost treasure, and return it to its rightful owner.

Baker’s Olmec was a giant talking Mayan head that served as the series’ most recognizable symbol. Olmec made announcements, explained various challenges and asked tiebreaker questions in various episodes of the original series. Baker joins Cristela Alonzo, who will host the reboot.

“When we asked Dee Bradley Baker to return as the one and only Olmec – our giant talking stone head, and he said, ‘Let’s Rock,’ that was all I had to hear…Olmec lives,” said executive producer Scott Stone.

Based on the original game show created by David G. Stanley, Scott A. Stone and Stephen R. Brown, Legends of the Hidden Temple is produced by Stone & Company Entertainment and Nickelodeon. The series is executive produced by Scott A. Stone and Marcus Fox.

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posted 7/21/2021

TUESDAY: Big Bucks
ABC Wins on Game 6 of the Finals
From TV Wrap

In the latest TV ratings, ABC’s coverage of the sixth and deciding NBA Finals match-up drew nearly 9 million viewers along with a 2.8 demo rating (per Nielsen fast affiliates), easily marking the series’ best numbers. That’s up sharply from last year’s Game 6 clincher (which aired in October), but on pace to be a far cry from 2019’s numbers.

On the pre-game front, Jimmy Kimmel did 5.2 mil/1.4, followed by NBA Countdown‘s 5.9 mil/1.8.

Elsewhere:
- THE CW | The Flash (720K/0.2) and Superman & Lois (820K/0.1, read post mortem) both dipped to their third-smallest audiences, with the latter also down a tenth in the demo.
- NBC | America’s Got Talent (6.6 mil/0.8) dipped, while College Bowl (2.1 mil/0.4) held steady.
- FOX | LEGO Masters (1.5 mil/0.4) and the Mental Samurai Season 2 finale (950K/0.2) both hit series lows all around.
- CBS | Love Island (1.6 mil/0.3) was steady week-to-week.


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Banijay

LEGO Masters to New Zealand
Screentime NZ to Produce for TVNZ
From Deadline

Banijay has put in place the building blocks for its latest adaptation of Lego Masters, inking a deal with Kiwi broadcaster TVNZ to make a local version of the show. The deal comes as Lucas Green, Banijay’s global head of content operations, talked up a “perfect storm” for unscripted shows globally.

Lego Masters started life on Channel 4 in the UK and has since journeyed to 14 territories, including Australia, Spain, and the U.S., where Will Arnett hosts for Fox.

Screentime New Zealand will produce the show for state-owned TVNZ having previously made local versions of shows including Popstars and Eat Well For Less.

Green, who acts as the guardian for Banijay’s super brands around the world, said Lego Masters is a “playful, joyful, positive” format that appeals to different generations because it is tied to an iconic product. These are useful ingredients, he added, when families have been stuck at home fighting for the TV remote.

Other shows under Green’s watch include Big Brother, Masterchef, Temptation Island, and Survivor, some of which have enjoyed a purple patch over the past couple of years. Survivor, for example, will be in a record 22 territories this year, with three more likely. Big Brother, meanwhile, is in 23 countries.

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posted 7/21/2021

BBC Takes Off on Return Flight
Holly Willoughby, Bradley Walsh to Host July 24
From Radio Times

It’s been a long while since we’ve been able to board a plane and jet off on holiday and with COVID-related travel restrictions beginning to ease, there couldn’t be a better time for Take Off with Bradley and Holly to return to our screens.

This Morning’s Holly Willoughby and The Chase’s Bradley Walsh will be hosting BBC One’s upcoming game show Take Off, giving the handful of audience members the chance to win a trip to a number of dream holiday destination.

While the show originally premiered back in 2019 with a festive special, Take Off is back with four brand new episodes and a range of different airports on the series’ departure list.

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posted 7/21/2021

"5 Gold Rings" Taken Off
Reports: Executives Cite Pandemic for Cancellation
From Entertainment Daily

Phillip Schofield will reportedly no longer appear on 5 Gold Rings as the show has been axed.

According to reports, the popular ITV game show has been ditched after four series due to the pandemic.

Fronted by Phillip, the series sees its contestants go head to head over five rounds for a huge cash prize.

Despite being a ratings winner for ITV since 2017, the show will no longer air on the channel. A TV insider told the Daily Star: “Execs have decided not to commission another series of 5 Gold Rings.

“It won’t be back on TV this autumn like it normally would and there are currently no plans to bring it back in the future.”

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Channel 4 Celebrates Black to Front Day
Sir Trevor McDonald to Host "Countdown" for the Day
From Telly Mix

Sir Trevor McDonald is to host a special version of Countdown for Channel 4's Black To Front day.

Black to Front is part of Channel 4’s on-going commitment to improve Black representation on and off screen.

Taking place in September, from breakfast right through to late night, some of Channel 4’s most iconic shows will have Black talent at the forefront offering viewers a new perspective of much-loved programs. As part of the day's programming, journalist and broadcaster Sir Trevor McDonald will host a special version of Countdown.

Joining Sir Trevor in the Salford studio will be acclaimed poet and playwright Lemn Sissay OBE who will adjudicate the words from Dictionary Corner and maths prodigy Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE who will bring her arithmetical expertise to the numbers round. Lemn will be joined in Dictionary Corner by special guest, award-winning journalist & beer sommelier, Marverine Cole.

Sir Trevor McDonald said: "I am proud and delighted to be presenting Countdown on this special day; I have always enjoyed watching Countdown, a show that has been around for almost as long as I have!"

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posted 7/21/2021


Fox

Get the Door, It's Jason Biggs
"Cash At Your Door" to Join "Celebrity Game Face" on E!
From E! Online

Knock, knock! The series premiere of Jason Biggs' hilarious game show Jason Biggs' Cash at Your Door officially kicks off on Tuesday, Aug. 31 at 11 p.m., right after the season two return of Celebrity Game Face hosted by Kevin Hart, and E! News can exclusively reveal the first look promo in the link below.

Biggs teamed up with the producers behind Cash Cab to host and executive produce Cash At Your Door, surprising unsuspecting families with a chance to win major cash prizes from the comfort of their homes. Over the course of three trivia rounds, families will have to work together to answer diverse trivia questions for a shot at $25,000. Even a few celebrity guests like former MLB All-Star CC Sabathia, THe Real Housewives of New Jersey's Dolores Catania and Million Dollar Listing New York's Ryan Serhant will swing by to help out contestants.

"You might want to answer to the door," a money bag-wielding Biggs jokes in the teaser trailer.

The Cash At Your Door host exclusively told E! News in Feb. 2021 that he has adored game shows for years. "I grew up watching game shows, and I feel like game shows are having a wonderful moment right now," the former Cherries Wild star explained. "And so much of the television that I watched currently, when I'm able to get away from my kids, is game shows."

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posted 7/21/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "See You Space Cowboy"

  • Anthony Anderson roasts billionaire space race (The Wrap)

  • One thing you'll never see on "Dancing": Bradley Walsh (Radio Times)

  • Jeopardy! has another rare miss (TV Insider)

  • VIDEO WALL: Jeff Probst teases Survivor 41. (Gold Derby)

  • "Celebrity Dating Game" gives people a mad case of cringe (The Things)

posted 7/21/2021


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Next In Line: Robin Roberts
This Week, "GMA" Host to Guest Host Jeopardy!
From Spectrum News 1

Episodes of "Jeopardy!" hosted by "Good Morning America" anchor Robin Roberts begin airing Monday night, with contestant winnings during her weeklong tenure matched by the game show and donated to the bone marrow registry Be The Match.

“A stem cell transplant saved my life in 2012,'' Roberts said in an interview posted on the “Jeopardy” website. She was diagnosed with the bone marrow disease myelodysplastic syndrome. “(I'm) grateful my sister was the donor. So many times that is not the case. People think a family member is automatic. It doesn't happen but 30% of the time so 70% of the time you need someone off a registry like Be The Match.”

A contribution of $147,396 was made to No Kid Hungry, a campaign of the nonprofit organization Share Our Strength committed to ending childhood hunger in the United States, for the one-week stint of Roberts' fellow “Good Morning America” anchor George Stephanopoulos as guest host, which ended Friday.

“Jeopardy!” has donated $2,041,416 to its guest hosts' charities of choice. The amount is determined by the cumulative winnings of the contestants during their weeks as host.

The show also matched the $250,000 grand prize for the 2021 “Jeopardy!” Tournament of Champions and donated that amount to the Hope of the Valley Trebek Center for the Homeless at the former site of the Skateland roller rink in Northridge.

The purchase of the rink was financed in part by a $500,000 donation from the late “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek and his wife Jean.

Roberts said that as guest host she hoped to bring “a little of the spirit that (Trebek) brought each and every time he was here in the studio.”

“Our goal has been to present a wide variety of guest hosts with different skill sets and backgrounds on our path to finding a permanent host,'' executive producer Mike Richards said. “Our passionate fans are telling us what they like and we are listening. All of the guest hosts have brought individualism, energy and an authentic love of our show to each of their episodes."

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posted 7/20/2021


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SYNDIES: Week 40
Results for the Week Ending July 11
From TV News Check

Some of syndication’s biggest talkers sparkled in the Independence Day holiday week session ending July 11, with all of the top three shooting up. Live with Kelly and Ryan ballooned its lead in the talk show race by winning for the ninth week in a row with a 6% surge from the prior fame to a 1.7 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating.

In access, Family Feud continued to crush the game shows, cleaning up in the category for the 12th week in a row and topping all of syndication with a 4% advance to a 5.6. Jeopardy, with a second weekly operation for guest host Dr. Sanjay Gupta, sank 4% to a 4.7, but still rolled over Wheel of Fortune, which was flat at a 4.5.

Future guest hosts as the show works out a permanent succession plan include journalists Robin Roberts & David Faber, actor LeVar Burton, and sportscaster Joe Buck. The show will make a donation to a charity of each host’s choosing in an amount equal to the contestants’ cumulative winnings during their respective week of episodes.

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

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- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.6 +4%
- Jeopardy (CMV) 4.7 -4
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.5 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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posted 7/20/2021


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HBO Max Is Climbing...
Streamer Orders Competition with Jason Momoa, Chris Sharma
From The Wrap

HBO Max has ordered eight episodes of Jason Momoa’s rock-climbing competition series, “The Climb.”

The streaming service describes “The Climb” as “a visually-arresting and life-changing adventure that represents the foundations of rock climbing and the exploration of the human spirit.”

It continues: “In this all-encompassing competition, amateur climbers are put through a rigorous series of mental and physical challenges, utilizing the most intimidating ascents in the world to crown the world’s best amateur climber.”

Momoa will appear on-camera during episodes, an HBO Max spokesperson reports, as will his partner in this thing, professional rock climber Chris Sharma. Both are executives producers on the series.

“We are thrilled to be working with Jason Momoa and IPC on this cinematic approach to a physical competition show with Mother Nature providing the most beautiful and challenging of obstacle courses,” Jennifer O’Connell, executive vice president of HBO Max’s non-fiction and live-action family programming, said in a statement on Tuesday.

IPC, which is an Industrial Media company, created the show. “The Climb” is executive produced by IPC’s Eli Holzman, Aaron Saidman, and Matt Shanfield. Momoa, Brian Mendoza and James Mendoza executive produce for On the Roam, Momoa’s production company. Jonathon Resteck also executive produces the series.

“It’s a dream come true to create a show with one of my idols, my good friend, and legendary climber Chris Sharma,” Momoa added. “I’m thrilled to be partnering with HBO Max and to produce alongside IPC to bring you this incredible show about my favorite sport, rock climbing.”

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posted 7/20/2021

MONDAY: Steady As She Goes
ABC Wins on "Bachelorette"
From TV Wrap

In the latest TV show ratings, The CW‘s The Republic of Sarah this Monday drew 330,000 total viewers and a 0.1 demo rating, improving on last week’s series lows. Opening The CW’s night, All American with its season finale equaled its best audience since March 8 (740K) while steady in the demo (with a 0.2).

Elsewhere:
- ABC | The Bachelorette (3.7 mil/0.9) and The Celebrity Dating Game (2.3 mil/0.4) were steady, with the former leading Monday in both measures.
- NBC | American Ninja Warrior (3.2 mil/0.5) and Small Fortune (1.5 mil/0.3) were steady heading into the Tokyo Olympics break.
- FOX | Hell’s Kitchen (2.5 mil/0.6), Housebroken (1 mil/0.3) and Duncanville (740K/0.2) all added a few eyeballs while steady in the demo.


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posted 7/20/2021

Naked...
Discovery+ to Spinoff Franchise with "Naked & Afraid of Love"
From The Futon Critic

Today's dating world has become filtered -- through the clothes we wear, personas we share online, and the preferences we set before we even begin swiping. But what if the filters, pressures, and often unrealistic standards of modern dating were completely stripped away and we were left only with our most primal wants and needs? What would that expose about who we really are? What kind of partner would we attract? Would we be distracted by all the beautiful naked bodies or go deeper and forge stronger connections?

In an all-new discovery+ series, NAKED AND AFRAID OF LOVE, 16 naked strangers ready to find love will strip down and bare it all to answer these questions and more in the ultimate challenge that blends survival, romance and everything in between. The all-new series, NAKED AND AFRAID OF LOVE, launches Sunday, August 22 on discovery+.

Viewers can join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #NakedandAfraid and follow NAKED AND AFRAID on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest updates.

On an unforgettable island paradise in the Philippines, things get wild when 8 single men and 8 single women come together to embark on the most extreme dating experience of all time as they attempt to find true love while working together to survive the elements and each other. While endless miles of white sandy beaches and clear turquoise water may seem like the perfect setting to fall in love, don't let this Garden of Eden fool you.

With no food, water or clothes readily available, these singles will be both physically and emotionally vulnerable and forced to depend on each other. What will happen when the comforts of modern dating are stripped away - starting with the clothes - and they're forced to resort to their most primal instincts to see if their love can survive?

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posted 7/20/2021

DGA: Take the Shot
Vaccines Part of Return-to-Work Plan
From Deadline

Mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations on film and TV productions now will be allowed, on a restricted basis, under a new agreement reached tonight between Hollywood’s unions and the major companies. The new protocols, they said in a joint statement, will give producers “the option to implement mandatory vaccination policies for casts and crew in Zone A on a production-by-production basis.” Zone A, where unmasked actors work, is the most restrictive of the safe work zones on sets.

Last month, SAG-AFTRA adopted strict new guidelines for employers who may make Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory as a condition of employment. Additional modifications to the protocols include testing frequency for certain areas in the United States and Canada where Covid-19 incidence is, and remains, very low, as well as changes to outdoor masking requirements and updated mealtime protocols.


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posted 7/20/2021

Sue Perkins Gets Just a Minute
"GBBO" Host to Host Radio 4 Quiz
From BBC News

Broadcaster and writer Sue Perkins is the next host of Radio 4's long-running quiz show Just a Minute.

Her appointment follows the death of Nicholas Parsons, who hosted the program for more than five decades.

Radio 4 has been using a rotating series of guest presenters since Parsons died in January of last year. But Perkins, who is a regular Just A Minute contestant, will step into the role full-time when the comedy show begins its forthcoming 87th series.

The quiz asks panellists to speak for 60 seconds about a particular subject without hesitation, repetition or deviation.

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posted 7/20/2021

Fortnite Falls Into the Void
ITV Recreates Series Online
From the Drum

ITV has taken novel steps to market its latest Saturday night gameshow format to new audiences by dovetailing the broadcast launch with a custom in-game version within the hit videogame Fortnite.

In doing so ITV has become the first UK broadcaster to harness Fortnite Creative, a version of the wildly popular game that enables players to create, design and publish customized environments.

Reaching out beyond its broadcast confines, the action-packed format challenges contestants to perform a variety of gruelling mental and physical challenges, with the added twist of a fall into ‘The Void’ if they fail – a 520,000-liter basin of water lying in wait on the arena floor below. As well as being able to view hapless contestants receive a dunking on the small screen, audiences will be able to experience the set and challenges for themselves in-game, adding an extra layer of interactivity to the passive gameshow format.

Working in partnership with 3D Lab, the digital counterpart of The Void is the first of many such game worlds that will be created by the broadcaster as it seeks to build a network of creators on different platforms around its programming.

Dan Colton, ITV group strategy and transformation director, said: “The Void is a really innovative new Saturday night show that fits perfectly with this style of gameplay. The metaverse is a huge opportunity for ITV both from a consumer and advertiser perspective, and this is the first step of how we can best make use of our IP in these spaces.”

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posted 7/20/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "How to Build a Jeopardy! Host"

  • Shailene Woodley details Aaron Rodgers' prep (Huffpost)

  • The Internet happens to Kaitlyn Bristowe (Reality TV World)

  • Nick Cannon will launch his talker September 27 (NextTV)

  • VIDEO WALL: Olmec's back, people. (YouTube)

  • Peyton Manning is prepping for his Hall of Fame speech. (NOLA.com)

  • So Caitlyn Jenner is suspending her campaign for governor because... of Big Brother? (The Wrap)

  • Sandi Toksvig would rather quit showbiz and teach, but... bills (The List)

  • Bradley Walsh: “You know what, in a couple of years time I won’t have to do any of it, I’ll be retired and that’ll be it.” The Internet: OMG Bradley Walsh is retiring from the Chase! (Planet Radio)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alfonso Ribeiro (Atlanta Black Star)

posted 7/20/2021


Scotsman
TOM O'CONNOR: 1939-2021
"Clown Prince of Hip-Hop" Featured on "Wild'n Out" Among Others
From Variety

Tom O’Connor, the comedian and host of game shows like the British versions of “Crosswits,” “Password” and “Name That Tune,” has died. He was 81.

O’Connor’s family told the BBC that the comedian, who had Parkinson’s disease for over a decade, died in a hospital in Buckinghamshire on Sunday.

O’Connor began his career in show business on the talent show “Opportunity Knocks,” which he won three times. His television breakthrough was on the show “The Comedians,” where he performed stand-up sets.

But O’Connor was best known as the host of several classic game shows, including “Crosswits,” “Password,” “Name That Tune,” “The Zodiac Game” and “Gambit.”

Born on Oct. 31, 1939 in Bootle, Merseyside in England, O’Connor originally became a math and music teacher at a school in Bootle, performing at night in the working men’s clubs of the time. After appearing on “Opportunity Knocks” and “The Comedians,” O’Connor quickly became one of the most recognizable faces on British TV in the ’70s and ’80s as a game show host.

Beyond hosting, O’Connor soon added acting to his resume, making his stage acting debut in 1991 as Pike in “The Perils of the Pond.” He also had a recurring role on the BBC series “Doctors” from 2000 to 2004, playing a Catholic priest named Father Tom.

Toward the end of his career, O’Connor began appearing on game shows himself, and was even given an award for having been on the show “Countdown” 100 times. In 2010, O’Connor won the Channel 4 show “Celebrity Come Dine With Me,” and in 2011 he appeared on BBC One’s “Pointless Celebrities” with his daughter-in-law, Denise Lewis.

Speaking to the BBC, O’Connor’s son, Steve Finan O’Connor, said his father was a “unique comedian who was light years ahead of political correctness.”

Survivors include O’Connor’s wife and four children, as well as 16 grandchildren and a great-granddaughter, according to the BBC.

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posted 7/19/2021


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DAYTIME EMMYS: A Night for Alex
Trebek Wins One More Award, "Jeopardy!" Named Outstanding Game Show
From Huffpost

Legendary “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek posthumously won the Daytime Emmy award for outstanding game show host on Friday night.

Two of Trebek’s adult children, Matthew Trebek and Emily Trebek, accepted the award on the host’s behalf at the 48th annual award ceremony.

Trebek died in November at age 80 after being diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.

“We are so honored to accept this award on behalf of our dad,” Matthew Trebek said on stage. “For as long as we can remember, he was always so proud to be a part of ‘Jeopardy!’ To work on a show that was based on knowledge, risk and [to] challenge people how to think. He loved every bit of it.”

“Over the past 37 years the show became his second family,” Emily Trebek added. “He was always excited to go to work, even during his battle with cancer. He was so fortunate that he was able to do what he loved and we know he not once took it for granted. So on behalf of our family, we thank you so much.”

“Jeopardy!” also won the Daytime Emmy for outstanding game show.

Mike Richards, the show’s executive producer, dedicated the award to Trebek in a video acceptance speech.

“We’ve heard from so many of you since he’s passed and we know how much he meant to you; he meant the world to us as well,” he said.

“He was more than just a game show host, he was a legend — a towering figure,” Richards continued. “And he believed that ‘Jeopardy!’ was more than just a game show. He loved it because it stood for facts, competition and a celebration of intelligence."

Tonight’s posthumous win for Outstanding Host was Trebek’s eighth, concluding a run that began with his first nomination for the award in 1987, his first win in 1989, and several more across the course of his long career. Most recently, he won in both 2019 and 2020; he also has the second-most number of wins in the category, total, coming in only behind Bob Barker of The Price Is Right fame. Jeopardy!, meanwhile, has been at the top of the pack for some time now, with tonight’s victory scoring the show its 17th win in the category overall.

Matthew Trebek and Emily Trebek are the late trivia show host’s children with his second wife, Jean Trebek. The host was also parent to Nicky Trebek with his first wife, Elaine Callei. Nicky Trebek posted a photo of her with her father and siblings in honor of Father’s Day last weekend. “Seems like a minute ago,” she captioned the post.

The Daytime Emmys’ In Memoriam section touched on Trebek’s life and career—as well as those of fellow TV legends Regis Philbin and Larry King, who died in 2020 and early 2021, respectively. Philbin was remembered by his long-time collaborator Kathie Lee Gifford, while King also received a posthumous award, winning for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host for Larry King Now.

Among those honoring Trebek in taped comments were US First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, "Masked Singer" judge Ken Jeong, "GMA" anchor Robin Roberts, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. “I got to talk with him a few years ago and he expressed to me how proud he was to be a Canadian,” Trudeau said. “I had to tell him that all Canadians are incredibly proud that he’s one of us as well.”

Trudeau also praised his social consciousness — recalling the 62 acres of land he donated between Nichols and Runyon canyons in LA, a public area called the Trebek Open Space — — and his “legacy of giving.”

Dr. Biden called him “warn and funny” and said she loved how “he brought our families together every evening, racking our brains to keep up with the smartest contestants. Thank you Alex. We miss you.”

Meanwhile, "Jeopardy!: The Greatest of All Time" tied for Outstanding Writing Team for a Daytime Non-Fiction Special with the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards.

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posted 7/19/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "You Won't Have Frenchie To Kick Around Anymore?"

  • SPOILER ALERT: Frenchie continues to play a really bad Big Brother game (The Wrap)

  • ESPN going into more business with Peyton Manning (The Futon Critic)

  • Guy Fieri goes Hawaiian (The Futon Critic)

  • Why Arsenio Hall left behind his career (Amomama)

  • TODAY I LEARNED "The Celebrity Dating Game" winners are not legally beholden to their dates (The Guardian)

posted 7/14/2021


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BIZ MARKIE: 1964-2021
"Clown Prince of Hip-Hop" Featured on "Wild'n Out" Among Others
From Rolling Stone

Biz Markie, the pioneering rapper, producer, and beatboxer whose jovial goofiness, boundless, off-kilter creativity and innovative music made him a singular presence in both hip-hop and pop culture at large, died Friday at the age of 57.

“It is with profound sadness that we announce, this evening, with his wife Tara by his side, hip hop pioneer Biz Markie peacefully passed away,” his rep Jenni Izumi said in a statement. “We are grateful for the many calls and prayers of support that we have received during this difficult time.

“Biz created a legacy of artistry that will forever be celebrated by his industry peers and his beloved fans whose lives he was able to touch through music, spanning over 35 years,” Izumi added. “He leaves behind a wife, many family members and close friends who will miss his vibrant personality, constant jokes and frequent banter. We respectfully request privacy for his family as they mourn their loved one.”

While a cause of death was not revealed, the rapper had struggled in recent years with health issues related to his decade-long battle with Type 2 diabetes. In April 2020, he was hospitalized due to complications related to the disease, and later that year suffered a stroke. Although the rapper was rehabilitating, his condition continued to decline, leading to premature reports of Markie’s death in late June.

“Biz is still under medical care, surrounded by professionals who are working hard to provide the best health care possible,” Izumi wrote in a statement to Rolling Stone at the time.

Over the course of five albums — most notably 1988’s Goin’ Off and 1989’s The Biz Never Sleeps — the producer-MC, whose real name was Marcel Hall, developed his own style unlike any other rapper at the time: a mix of half-sung (and intentionally off-key) choruses, riveting beatboxing, and silly humor that would earn him the nickname the “Clown Prince of Hip-Hop” and pave the way for gloriously bizarre rappers like Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Although deemed one of hip-hop’s biggest one-hit wonders — VH1 placed his 1989 classic “Just a Friend” at Number 81 on its 2000 list of the greatest one-hit wonders of all time — the rapper’s impact extended far beyond hip-hop’s greatest friend-zone lament.

The Harlem-born, Long Island–raised MC was a member of the legendary Juice Crew, the Queensbridge collective assembled by DJ Magic Mike and Marley Marl, and featuring fellow rappers like Big Daddy Kane, Masta Ace, Roxanne Shante, and Kool G Rap.

Markie’s debut single, the Marl-produced “Make the Music With Your Mouth, Biz” in 1986, showcased the “human beatbox” skills that would become a trademark throughout Markie’s career; his beatboxing skills were so otherworldly, he was cast in a cameo role as a beatboxing, mail-sorting alien in 2002’s Men in Black II.

Markie appeared on "Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild", "Hip Hop Squares", "Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out", and "Celebrity Fit Club".

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posted 7/19/2021

More on "Alter Ego"
Host, Judges Named for Fox's Talent Contest
From The Futon Critic

First-of-its-kind avatar singing competition series ALTER EGO will debut Wednesdays this Fall following the Season Six premiere of THE MASKED SINGER. Some of the biggest names in music are set to join the judges table, including iconic singer/songwriter and seven-time Grammy Award winner Alanis Morissette; actor, singer and television personality Nick Lachey; acclaimed Canadian producer, songwriter, singer and visual artist Grimes; and multi-Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, producer, entrepreneur and actor will.i.am. Emmy Award-winning personality Rocsi Diaz will host the musical spectacle.

ALTER EGO is the world's first avatar singing competition series and the next iteration of the musical competition show. On ALTER EGO, lost dreams and second chances are reignited when singers from all walks of life become the stars they've always wanted to be. However, these contestants won't perform as themselves. Rather, they'll be given the chance to show how they've always wanted to be seen, creating their dream avatar ALTER EGO to reinvent themselves while showcasing their unique performance style via motion capture technology. In ALTER EGO, talent and technology come together to create a singing competition unlike anything the world has ever seen.

"ALTER EGO merges talent and technology to revolutionize the singing competition show in only a way FOX can do," said Rob Wade, FOX Entertainment's President of Alternative Entertainment and Specials. "We are so excited to bring the fantastic will.i.am, Alanis, Grimes, Nick and Rocsi together as they search for the next big singing star, allowing incredible vocalists a chance to realize their dreams and perform like never before."

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posted 7/162021

ABC Lines Up Fall
New Season Begins with "Dancing with the Stars" September 20
From The Futon Critic

ABC has made its plans for the fall. The Disney-owned network today revealed fall premiere dates for its new series The Wonder Years and Queens, along with new seasons of returning favorites Grey’s Anatomy, The Good Doctor, The Bachelorette, The Goldbergs and several others.

Also getting their slots today are comedies The Conners and Home Economics; dramas A Million Little Things, The Rookie, Station 19 and Big Sky; reality/competition series Shark Tank, Dancing with the Stars, America’s Funniest Home Videos, Celebrity Wheel of Fortune and Supermarket Sweep; and stalwart newsmag 20/20.

Queens will bow after the Cycle 17 debut of The Bachelorette.

ABC’s Premiere Week kicks off with the 30th cycle of Dancing with the Stars on Monday, September 20. The Good Doctor returns for Season 5 the following Monday in the 10-11 p.m. slot.

A pair of second-year reality-competition hours will begin the net’s Sunday lineup on September 26, with Celebrity Wheel of Fortune and Supermarket Sweep leading into the fourth-season bow of Nathan Fillion cop drama The Rookie.

The 32nd season of clips series America’s Funniest Home Videos unspools at 7 p.m. Sunday, October 3, and two other reality veterans return on Friday, October 8: Shark Tank (Season 13) and 20/20 (Season 44)

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posted 7/15/2021

NBC Lines Up Fall
New Season Begins with "The Wall" August 9
From The Futon Critic

NBC has set fall premiere dates for its new drama series Ordinary Joe and La Brea, along with its returning Chicago trio, Law & Order: SVU and Law & Order: Organized Crime and others.

The Blacklist moves to a new night on Thursdays from its previous Friday slot, taking the place of previously announced Law & Order: For the Defense, which is not moving forward. The James Spader-fronted drama premieres its ninth season at 8 p.m. Thursday, October 21.

Newbie Ordinary Joe premieres at 10 p.m. Monday, September 20, preceded by the two-hour season premiere of The Voice at 8 p.m.. New Amsterdam launches its fourth season at 10 p.m. Tuesday, September 21.

An all-Chicago Wednesday returns on September 22. It kicks off at 8 p.m. with Chicago Med, followed by Chicago Fire at 9 and Chicago P.D. at 10. Law & Order: SVU launches with a two-hour season premiere at 8 p.m. Thursday, September 23, followed by L&O: Organized Crime at 10.

Prior to the fall, The Wall‘s fourth season also set to debut in a new time slot, at 10 p.m. Monday, August 9.

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posted 7/15/2021

WEDNESDAY: Passing the Buck
ABC Wins with the Finals
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, ABC’s Wednesday-night coverage of the NBA Finals Game 4 easily hit an audience high for this year’s championship series, drawing 7.4 million total viewers (per fast affiliate numbers).

That total will of course swell once the Nielsen finals trickle in.

CBS’ Big Brother (3.5 mil/0.8) took a hit week-to-week opposite ABC’s pre-game programming and was down a tick from Sunday, while Love Island (1.7 mil/0.3) was steady for a fourth straight outing.

Over on The CW, Kung Fu (780K/0.1) and In the Dark (410K/0.1) each dropped a handful of eyeballs while steady in the demo.

Fox’s MasterChef (2.5 mil/0.6) and Crime Scene Kitchen (1.8 mil/0.4) were both steady.

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posted 7/15/2021

Food Network Finally Gets Taste
Kal Penn to Host "Money Hungry" August 8
From The Futon Critic

In the ultimate test of their taste buds, talented chefs, restaurant critics, cookbook authors and accomplished home cooks are competitors vying to win $50,000 in the new high-stakes primetime Food Network show Money Hungry, which airs a sneak peek on Sunday, August 8th at 10pm (all times ET/PT) before moving to its regular timeslot on Tuesday, August 10th at 10pm.

In the five-episode series hosted by Kal Penn, competitors showcase their impressive palates in a series of increasingly complex tasting challenges that push their senses and culinary knowledge to the limits. With each dish dramatically revealed under a cloche, the action begins with sixty seconds of rapid-fire tastings where the competitors must identify specific ingredients, then proceeds to the main course round where the challenges become more difficult with every reveal. Each episode has two guest panelists, who are available to provide limited use "flavor favors" lifelines to competitors. In the end, only those that survive through the final tasting are awarded $50,000.

"Kal's charm, smarts and enthusiasm about food make him the perfect host for Money Hungry," said Courtney White, President, Food Network and Cooking Channel. "We know our viewers will love him in this unexpected role."

"I am obsessed with the ways in which food tells stories, so hosting Money Hungry is a lot of fun," said Penn. "The culinary knowledge and amazing palates of the competitors was so impressive - I learned a lot and am excited for viewers to see all the action."

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posted 7/15/2021

More on "Buddy vs. Duff"
Catch the New Season on Food This Sunday
From Deadline

The upcoming premiere of Buddy vs. Duff on the Food Network will feature a competition between Cake Boss reality star Buddy Valastro and his fellow baker, Duff Goldman of Cake Masters.

But no matter who wins, Valastro will come out ahead.

That’s because he thought at one time he’d never bake again after a gruesome injury to his hand.

The two-hour premiere of Buddy vs. Duff arrives this Sunday, and will kick off with Valastro sharing updates on his recovery.

The freak accident that damaged his wrist happened at his home bowling alley last September, with a metal rod impaling him as he tried to fix a jam. That resulted in multiple surgeries and having to learn to decorate using his non-dominant hand at times.

Even so, the loss of strength in his main arm made it difficult to do the many tasks required to bake elaborate cakes, leaving him wondering whether he could continue.

The good news is, he’s back.

The show will feature two teams led by Valastro and Goldman, who will present their results to a panel of cake artist judges.

Season three of Buddy vs. Duff will premiere on Sunday, July 18 at 9p.m. EST on Food Network and discovery+ with the finale airing on September 5.

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posted 7/15/2021

South Africa Gets "Millionaire"
Afrikaans Version to Air Reboot Series
From News24

You'll want to phone a friend: South Africa is getting a 5th season of the game show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

After 17 years, M-Net is warming up the once-hot international game show format now licensed by Sony Pictures Television. Red Pepper Pictures is taking over from Rapid Blue to produce an Afrikaans version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?, entitled Wie Word 'n Miljoenêr? for kykNET.

The South African version ran for four seasons between 1999 and 2005, first on M-Net and later jumping to SABC3, with Jeremy Maggs as the quiz host. A possible Afrikaans version that was eventually planned and then scuppered is now finally going into production, similar to the single Afrikaans season of Idols that kykNET did in 2006.

People who want to enter Wie Word 'n Miljoenêr? can do so on kykNET's website, with a second round of multiple-choice test auditions that will be done over Zoom.

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posted 7/15/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Selling Bondi"

  • Andrew O'Keefe lists his North Bondi spot (Domain)

  • #ICYMI: the voice of "The Cube" was the voice in the UK as well (Distractify)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Bob Boden (KTLA Los Angeles)

posted 7/15/2021


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"Hidden Temple" Has a New Guide
Cristela Alonzo to Host CW Reversion of Nick Hit
From The Futon Critic

Writer, producer, actor and comedian Cristela Alonzo ("Cristela," "Cars 3") is set to host The CW's new fall series LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE, slated to debut on Sunday, October 10 (8:00-9:00pm ET/PT).

"Having grown up on 90's pop culture and actually being a fan of the original LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE, I am thrilled to be hosting the new updated version of the show," said Alonzo. "The biggest challenge for me on this show will be trying to simultaneously host it and contain my geeked-out excitement at the same time."

"When we decided to revisit LEGENDS OF THE HIDDEN TEMPLE, we wanted a host with stature who also had the humor of a stand-up and the energy of a camp counselor," said Scott A. Stone, Creator and Executive Producer. "That's Cristela Alonzo, she's perfect!"

Alonzo made history in 2014 when she became the first Latina to create, produce and star in her own network sitcom, "Cristela," for ABC. During that same year, she split her time between Los Angeles and New York City to serve as one of ABC's favorite guest hosts on their hit daytime talk show, "The View." In 2017, Alonzo made history again when she became the first Latina lead in a Disney Pixar film when she voiced the part of Cruz Ramirez in "Cars 3." Her first stand-up special, "Lower Classy," is currently streaming on Netflix. Alonzo's memoir, "Music to My Years," was released in October of 2019 by Atria Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

Additionally, Alonzo focuses on advocacy work, fighting for issues such as immigration, universal healthcare and lower income communities. She works with numerous organizations including Special Olympics Texas and Planned Parenthood, and is also board member of LUPE (La Union del Pueblo Entero) and an advisory board member for Define American. Alonzo is repped by WME, Artists First and Jackoway Austen Tyerman Wertheimer Mandelbaum Morris Bernstein Trattner & Klein.

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posted 7/14/2021

"Go-Big Show" Gets Another One
DJ Khaled to Join as Judge
From The Futon Critic

TBS has greenlit a second season of its extreme talent competition series, "Go-Big Show," which begins production this August in Georgia. Grammy Award-winning producer and artist, DJ Khaled has been confirmed to join the celebrity judging panel for season two alongside Rosario Dawson, Jennifer Nettles, Cody Rhodes and host Bert Kreischer. "Go-Big Show" is produced by Propagate and Boat Rocker Studios, through Matador Content.

The 10-episode, hour-long series will go bigger next season and feature some of the most extreme and death defying acts from around the country. "Go-Big Show" currently ranks as the #3 Cable Comedy, reaching more than 34 million viewers.

"Go-Big Show" showcases supersized talents on a scale never before seen on television. The debut season featured monster trucks, alligator trainers, stunt archery and other radical feats; the program celebrates daring acts alongside personal, behind-the-scenes stories from the challengers as they battle head-to-head to impress the judges and advance toward the finale's ultimate $100,000 prize.

"When you find a show and personalities that come together so authentically and bring joy and wow to an audience, you go big with your commitment to it," said Brett Weitz, General Manager, TBS, TNT and truTV. "Viewers turned in week after week to see both what amazing acts our contestants could perform and what our judges reactions would be. We are committed to bringing this type of television to our fans for years to come."

"DJ Khaled is a larger than life personality, so of course Khaled was our only option to go even bigger this season," said Corie Henson, EVP and head of unscripted programming for TBS, TNT and truTV. "His energy is absolutely infectious and authentic. These contestants are the very best at what they do, and no one understands that kind of passion better than Khaled."

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posted 7/14/2021

"The Challenge" Gets Spies, Lies, Allies
Catch the New Season MTV Fall
From The Futon Critic

MTV today announced the highly anticipated new season of The Challenge: Spies, Lies and Allies will premiere on Wednesday, August 11th at 8:00 pm ET/PT. For the first time ever, the critically-acclaimed competition franchise will feature 17 international players alongside US players and is set to roll out globally across MTV's international networks in over 190 countries in the coming months.

The franchise that invented the reality competition genre continues to be a ratings juggernaut for MTV with a .94 full season average, making last season, Double Agents, one of the highest rated seasons in 8 years. On the heels of MTV finishing 2Q as the #1 cable network with P18-34, a new era of The Challenge kicks off with 19 action-packed episodes featuring 34 challengers from around the world.

Set in the picturesque Mediterranean coast of Croatia, elite U.S. Agents join forces with an assortment of International Operatives, all armed with killer competitive instincts. With the assignment constantly evolving, these agents will be tested both mentally and physically to win their share of one million dollars in this epic new chapter of The Challenge spy games.

Leading up to premiere, fans will get an exclusive sneak peek and meet the cast during The Challenge Spies, Lies and Allies: Global Activation launch special airing on Monday, August 9th at 8:00pm ET/PT. Additionally, viewers can catch up on old seasons of The Challenge and the wildly popular spin off The Challenge: All Stars currently streaming on Paramount +.

Coinciding with Spies, Lies and Allies, MTV's Official Challenge Podcast will kick off with its new season on Thursday, August 12th through the iHeartPodcast Network. Hosted by fan favorite vets Tori Deal and Aneesa Ferreira, the audio show will recap each episode of the current season, reliving the drama of the series' biggest alliances, frenemies and feuds. New podcast episodes drop the day after and are available on the iHeartRadio app and everywhere podcasts are heard.

Meet the cast:
VETERANS
- Tori Deal - 6th Challenge Instagram: @tori_deal Twitter: @tori_deal
- Nany Gonzalez - 11th Challenge Instagram: @nanycarmen
- Aneesa Ferreira - 15th Challenge Instagram: @aneesamtv Twitter: @AneesaMTV
- Ashley Mitchell - 9th Challenge Instagram: @mtvashleybrooke Twitter: @MTVASHLEYBROOKE
- Kaycee Clark - 3rd Challenge Instagram: @kcsince1987 Twitter: @ThatStudMuffin
- Amanda Garcia - 6th Challenge Instagram: @mtv_amanda Twitter: @MTV_AMANDAG
- Big T - 4th Challenge Instagram: @bigtfaz Twitter: @theogbig_t
- Nelson Thomas - 8th Challenge Instagram: @_nelsonthomas Twitter: @_nelsonthomas
- Cory Wharton - 9th Challenge Instagram: @corywharton_ig Twitter: @CoryWharton
- Josh Martinez - 5th Challenge Instagram: @josh_martinez_ Twitter: @JOSHMBB19
- Kyle Christie - 7th Challenge Instagram: @kylecgshore Twitter: @KyleCGShore
- Fessy Shafaat - 3rd Challenge Instagram: @fessyfitness Twitter: @fessyfitness
- CT Tamburello - 19th Challenge Instagram: @_famous4nothing Twitter: @TheOfficial_CT
- Devin Walker - 6th Challenge Instagram: @mtv_devin Twitter: @MTVDevinWalker
- Nam Vo - 2nd Challenge Instagram: @nam.vo.official Twitter: @NamVoOfficial1

ROOKIES
- Michela Bradshaw - Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X + Survivor: Game Changers Instagram: @themichaelab Twitter: @themichaelab
- Michele Fitzgerald - Survivor: Kaôh Rōng + Survivor: Winners at War Instagram: @mich_fitz Twitter: @meeshfitz
- Tacha Akide - Big Brother Nigeria Instagram: @symply_tacha Twitter: @Symply_Tacha
- Emy Alupei - Survivor: Romania Instagram: @emyalupei
- Berna Canbeldek - Survivor: Turkey Instagram: @bernacanbeldekofficial
- Priscilla Anyabu - Love Island US Instagram: @priscillaanyabu_ Twitter: @PriscillaAnyabu
- Tracy Candela - Love Island Germany Instagram: @tracycandela_official
- Bettina Buchanan - Paradise Hotel Sweden Instagram: @bettinabuchanan
- Esther Agunbiade - Big Brother Nigeria Instagram: @esther_biade Twitter: @esther_biade
- Lauren Coogan - Love Island US Instagram: @laurencoogan Twitter: @LaurenCoogan
- Corey Lay - 12 Dates of Christmas Instagram: @coreylay Twitter: @CoreyLay
- Jeremiah White - Love Island US Instagram: @cortezwhite_
- Tommy Sheenan - Survivor: Island of the Idols Instagram: @thomasthetrain227 Twitter: @tommysheehan22
- Gabo Szabo - Warsaw Shore + Celeb Get Me Out of Here Hungary Instagram: @pumped_gabo
- Hughie Maughan - Big Bro UK + Dancing with the Stars UK Instagram: @hughiemaughanofficial Twitter: @hughie_maughan
- Emmanuel Neagu - Survivor Romania Instagram: @emanuel.neagu
- Logan Sampedro - Survivor Spain Instagram: @logansampedro
- Kelz Dyke - Too Hot to Handle UK Instagram: @kelechidyke Twitter: @kelechidyke
- Renan Hellemans - EXOTB Double Dutch Belgium Instagram: @renan.hellemans


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SYNDIES: Week 39
Results for the Week Ending July 4
From TV News Check

Few syndicated shows celebrated the week leading into the July 4 holiday as most lost ground or, at best, went sideways. Making the going especially rough were post-pandemic summer vacations, preemptions for reports on Bill Cosby’s conviction being overturned and charges brought against the Trump organization. Drew Barrymore and Dr. Oz were the only first-run daytime strips of any type bucking the downtrend and breaking into positive territory.

In time periods sporting higher PUT levels, none of the big game shows advanced. Family Feud fell 8% to a 5.4, but still topped the overall syndie chart. Jeopardy was in stable condition at a 4.9, with Dr. Sanjay Gupta at the podium. Wheel of Fortune skidded 4% to a 4.5.

Future guest hosts as the show works out a permanent succession plan include journalists Robin Roberts & David Faber, actor LeVar Burton, and sportscaster Joe Buck. The show will make a donation to a charity of each host’s choosing in an amount equal to the contestants’ cumulative winnings during their respective week of episodes.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.4 -8%
- Jeopardy (CMV) 4.9 NC
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.5 -4%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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posted 7/14/2021

TUESDAY: All-Star Blitz
Fox Wins on MLB Slugfest
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, Fox’s coverage of the MLB All-Star Game averaged 6.76 million total viewers (per fast affiliates), down just a tick from the prelim numbers for the 2019 contest (7.1 mil), which went on to report an all-time low audience of 8.1 million in Nielsen finals.

NBC’s America’s Got Talent (6.77 mil/0.9 demo rating) was steady week-to-week, as was College Bowl (2.4 mil/0.4).

Over on The CW, The Flash (750K/0.2) dropped a handful of eyeballs, while Superman & Lois (850K/0.2) returned rock steady after a three-week break.

CBS’ Love Island (1.7 mil/0.3) equaled its second-best audience of the season while steady in the demo.


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posted 7/14/2021

Getting Buzzcocked Again
Noel Fielding to Captain Reboot of Music Panel Quiz
From Huffpost

Never Mind The Buzzcocks is set to return to screens, with Noel Fielding back as a team captain.

Sky is reviving the popular musical quiz show, which originally aired on BBC Two from 1996 to 2015.

Taskmaster’s Greg Davies is set to take the helm as presenter, with This Is England star Daisy May Cooper joining Noel as a team captain. It has been confirmed comedian Jamali Maddix will also be a regular guest.

Sky announced the news on Twitter on Wednesday, saying: “In light of the many, many years of Twitter petitions, management has decided it’s probably a good idea to bring back #NeverMindTheBuzzcocks.”

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posted 7/14/2021

Jimmy Carr Just Told You
C4 Greenlights Quiz Show That Gives You All of the Answers
From Televisual

Channel 4 has commissioned a new primetime comedy gameshow, I Literally Just Told You created by Richard Bacon and produced by Expectation.

“It’s the only gameshow in history where the contestants are given every answer with the questions written, literally, as the show is happening. You just need to pay attention to everything that’s going on.

“With each correct answer adding more cash to their prize pot, can the competitors keep their focus and remember the things they’ve seen and heard just minutes before?

“In the dramatic finale, the remaining two contestants set each other questions. It’s a chaotic battle of wits.”

This is the latest format from creator Richard Bacon, who executive produces the series alongside Adam Hutchinson for Expectation. It’s Bacon’s third format to go to series this year following This is MY House (BBC One) and The Hustler (ABC).

Commenting on the show, Richard Bacon said: “I Literally Just Told You just feels like a natural Channel 4 show, who are a perfect fit for this, and it’s irreverent nature takes me back to my Big Breakfast days. I had this hunch that most people’s short-term memory is so bad you could just give contestants AND the audience all the answers in a game show, and they’d still get most of them wrong. It’s great to have Jimmy Carr as the host, who will bring his trademark wit and flair to the show and I can’t wait for audiences to see it.”

Jimmy Carr added: “I Literally Just Told You is the best pitch for a TV show I’ve ever heard. All the best ideas sound crazy when you first hear them, but I genuinely believe this idea will stay crazy for years. And most importantly, I like the title, which makes it sound like I’m properly annoyed with you just for asking me what it’s called.“

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Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Hamster Party"

  • VIDEO WALL: "The Masked Singer" season 6 trailer introduces Hamster, Magician, and Banana Split. Still no Monsters or Whatsits (The Wrap)

  • It's official: Jerry O'Connell joining "The Talk" (Deadline)

  • LeVar Burton just got a captain's endorsement (Newsweek)

  • Was JD Witherspoon's video game category on Jeopardy! a giant ad for the Playstation 5? (SVG)

  • Peyton Manning threw out the first pitch last night. Then he threw it to Cooper (PopCulture)

posted 7/14/2021


ATAS

And the Nominees Are...
Emmy Noms Are Out
From TV Line

Nominations for the 73nd Primetime Emmy Awards were announced on Tuesday by Emmy winners Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us) and his daughter Jasmine Cephas Jones (#FreeRayshawn).

The Crown and The Mandalorian this year tied for the most nominations, with 24 each, followed by WandaVision (23), The Handmaid’s Tale (21), Saturday Night Live (21), Ted Lasso (20), Lovecraft Country (18), The Queen’s Gambit (18) and Mare of Easttown (16).

By outlet, HBO/HBO Max amassed 130 total nods to edge out 2020 champ Netflix’s 129; rounding out the Top 5 are Disney+ (with 71), NBC (46) and Apple TV+ (34).

Broadcast-TV, which increasingly struggles to garner awards-show kudos, collected its fewest nominations in… well, a while, totalling 96 versus last year’s 121.

This year’s ceremony will be held on Sunday, Sept. 19 at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, and hosted for CBS by The Neighborhood‘s Cedric the Entertainer. Unlike 2020’s largely virtual, mid-pandemic event (which is perhaps best/only remembered for Jennifer Aniston putting out a wastebasket fire), this year’s will feature a limited audience of nominees and their guests.

Nominees of note in our favorite genre...

REALITY SHOW HOST
- Nicole Byer, Nailed It! (Netflix)
- Bobby Berk, Karamo Brown, Tan France, Antoni Porowski and Jonathan Van Ness, Queer Eye (Netflix)
- RuPaul, RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
- Mark Cuban, Barbara Corcoran, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Daymond John and Kevin O’Leary, Shark Tank (ABC)
- Padma Lakshmi, Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons, Top Chef (Bravo)


COMPETITION PROGRAM
- The Amazing Race (CBS)
- Nailed It! (Netflix)
- RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
- Top Chef (Bravo)
- The Voice (NBC)

CASTING FOR A REALITY PROGRAM
- Queer Eye (Netflix)
- RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
- Shark Tank (ABC)
- Top Chef (Bravo)
- The Voice (NBC)

DIRECTING FOR A REALITY PROGRAM
- The Amazing Race (CBS)
- Queer Eye (Netflix)
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1)
- Top Chef (Bravo)
- The Voice (NBC)

In addition, "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen" was nominated for Outstanding Short Form Reality Series.

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posted 7/13/2021


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Next In Line: George Stephanopoulos
"This Week", "GMA" Host to Guest Host Jeopardy!
From Spectrum News 1

Episodes of "Jeopardy!'' hosted by George Stephanopoulos will begin airing tonight, a job he said was "very different'' than anchoring "Good Morning America."

“Jeopardy!” has turned to guest hosts to fill the role held by Trebek since its syndicated revival began in 1984. Trebek died Nov. 8 from pancreatic cancer at the age of 80.

Stephanopoulos' fellow “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts will follow him as guest host, with her episodes airing July 19-23.

“On ‘Good Morning America’ it's two hours of live TV every day. You're going to make mistakes,'' Stephanopoulos said in an interview posted on the “Jeopardy” website. “Part of the job is making that into an opportunity, recovering from it.

“Here on ‘Jeopardy!’ (there's) no margin for error. You have to be perfect. That's what the viewers expect. That's what they deserve.”

Stephanopoulos called hosting the legendary quiz show “a stressful job but an incredible amount of fun.”

Contestant winnings during his weeklong tenure will be matched by the game show and donated to No Kid Hungry, a campaign of the nonprofit organization Share Our Strength.

“They have a very simple goal — they want to make sure every kid in America doesn't go to bed hungry, doesn't wake up hungry,” Stephanopoulos said. “It's not only a simple goal, it's a goal that can be met.”

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MONDAY: It Is High... It Is Far... It Is... ABC
ABC Wins on "Bachelorette", "Dating Game"; NBC a Close Second
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, The Republic of Sarah with its fifth episode drew 220,000 total viewers and a 0.0 demo rating, marking series lows. Opening The CW’s night, All American (650K/0.2) was steady.

ABC’s The Bachelorette (3.6 mil/0.9) led Monday in both measures, rising from last week to hit and match its second best numbers of the season. Celebrity Dating Game (2.2 mil/0.4) was steady.

Over on Fox, Hell’s Kitchen (2.4 mil/0.6) was up a tenth, while Housebroken (940K/0.3) and Duncanville (770K/0.2) were both steady.

NBC’s American Ninja Warrior (3.2 mil/0.5) and Small Fortune (1.5 mil/0.3) were steady.

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posted 7/13/2021

Running Wild
C4 Greenlights "The Great Nature Run"
From Deadline

In a format that sounds like a cross between Naked Attraction and The Amazing Race, UK broadcaster Channel 4 is to send Brits on a scantily clad dash across the English countryside.

Youth channel E4 is piloting competition show The Great Nature Run (working title) from Spitting Image, Taskmaster, and Last Week Tonight With John Oliver producer Avalon. Producers are currently casting for brave contestants to take part.

The show will involve two pairs of strangers being plonked in the great outdoors, where they will be stripped of all their possessions and clothes. Their mission is to race to a finish line for a charity cash prize, all while covering their modesty with objects they find on their journey. The contestants will declare themselves at a number of checkpoints along the way, where they take part in basic subsistence challenges.

Deadline reports that specific health and safety protocols have been developed to protect the participants and those they come into contact with.

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posted 7/13/2021

Survivors READY!
Catch It on CBS & Paramount+ September 22
From TV Line

CBS is the second broadcast network (following The CW) to reveal exact premiere dates for the fall. Its slate unspools in late September/early October, and features an unexpected November “vanishing act” for one drama series.

First, to recap: Because it can never be noted enough, NCIS is moving to Mondays this fall, marking the well-watched, long-running drama series’ first time slot change ever. Also, Tuesday will now feature a trifecta of FBI series, and SEAL Team is moving to Sundays for four episodes, prior to finishing out its season on Paramount+. S.W.A.T. is moving to Fridays and was slated to promptly take over SEAL Team‘s Sunday slot. Instead, the cop drama will remain on Friday nights upon its return from a November-long hiatus, and not re-relocate to Sundays until midseason.

All told, CBS’ premiere date plan looks like this.
- SUNDAY, SEPT. 12
7:30 pm 60 Minutes Season 54
- SATURDAY, SEPT. 18
10 pm 48 Hours Season 35
- SUNDAY, SEPT. 19
8 pm Emmys
- MONDAY, SEPT. 20
8 pm The Neighborhood Season 4
8:30 pm Bob Hearts Abishola Season 3
9 pm NCIS Season 19 (new time slot!)
10 pm NCIS: HAWAI’I series premiere
- TUESDAY, SEPT. 21
8 pm FBI Season 4
9 pm FBI: Most Wanted Season 3 (special time)
10 pm FBI: INTERNATIONAL series premiere (special time)
- WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 22
8 pm Survivor Season 41 (two hours)
- SUNDAY, SEPT. 26
7 pm 60 Minutes (regular time slot premiere)
- TUESDAY, SEPT. 28
9 pm FBI: INTERNATIONAL (regular time slot premiere)
10 pm: FBI: Most Wanted (regular time slot premiere)
- WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 29
9 pm Big Brother (live season finale)
FRIDAY, OCT. 1 8 pm S.W.A.T.
- Season 5 premiere
9 pm Magnum P.I. Season 4 premiere
10 pm Blue Bloods Season 12 premiere
- WEDNESDAY, OCT. 6
9 pm Tough as Nails Season 3 premiere
10 pm CSI: VEGAS series premiere
- THURSDAY, OCT. 7
8 pm Young Sheldon Season 5
8:30 pm United States of Al Season 2
9 pm GHOSTS series premiere
9:30 pm B Positive Season 2
10 pm Bull Season 6 (new time slot)
- SUNDAY, OCT. 10
8 pm The Equalizer Season 2
9 pm NCIS: Los Angeles Season 13
10 pm SEAL Team Season 5 (new time slot)
- FRIDAY, OCT. 22
8 pm THE ACTIVIST series premiere (S.W.A.T. returns Dec. 3)
- MIDSEASON
The Amazing Race, Blood & Treasure, COME DANCE WITH ME, GOOD SAM, SMALLWOOD, Undercover Boss


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"Chase Australia" Sets Return Date
New Season to Bow July 26
From 7news

The wait is almost over game show fans - the date for the new series of The Chase Australia has finally been revealed.

Speaking with Kylie Gillies and Larry Emdur on The Morning Show, entertainment reporter Peter Ford revealed when the new series will hit our screens, hosted of course, by Larry himself.

He made the exciting announcement that the Larry Emdur-hosted series of The Chase will debut during the Olympics, on Monday July 26 at 5.30pm on Channel 7.

Larry wondered if he may have to wear some Speedos to try and fit in with the Olympic coverage, before giving an insight as to what viewers can expect when the show returns.

“We’re so excited to launch this series seriously, the contestants are fantastic, the Chasers are in such good form, and we’re really excited to have that release date,” he said.

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posted 7/13/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Cory In Trouble"

  • Kyle Massey gets a warrant for failure to show (Deadline)

  • "You Bet Your Life" to shoot with an audience. "25 Words"... won't (Daytime Confidential)

  • Paul Sinha worries that his Parkinson's is getting worse (Entertainment Daily)

  • Matt James, Rachel Kirkconnell on the red carpet of the ESPYS and why the bleep is this even news? (Reality TV World)

posted 7/13/2021

SUNDAY: Welcome to the Series, Bucks
ABC Wins, Big Brother Holds On
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, ABC’s coverage of the NBA Finals dominated Sunday, though Game 3 — with 6.4 million total viewers with a 1.8 demo rating, per preliminary numbers — looks to be down a bit from Thursday’s match-up.

Leading into the hoops contest, Jimmy Kimmel Live did 3.8 mil/0.9, followed by NBA Countdown‘s 3.5 mil/1.0.

Trailing almost all of the above was this season’s first Sunday installment of Big Brother, which did 3.7 mil — up 23 percent from last summer’s Sunday opener — and a 0.8. Leading out of that, Love Island (1.33 mil/0.3) was steady in the demo yet posted its smallest audience of the season.

Over on The CW, Legends of Tomorrow (420K/0.1) dropped a handful of eyeballs while steady in the demo. The first two episodes of the New Zealand import Wellington Paranormal did 250K/0.0 and 180K/0.0.


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posted 7/12/2021

More on "FBoy Island"
Catch It on HBO Max Later This Month
From Entertainment Weekly

Love Island too tame for you? Fans of reality dating shows who think the recent attempts to surpass The Bachelor franchise in seediness haven't gone far enough can feast on the new trailer for HBO Max's FBoy Island before it premieres later this month.

Hosted by comedian Nikki Glaser, FBoy Island places three women contestants — Nakia Renee, CJ Franco, and Sarah Emig — on a tropical island with 24 men. Half of these men are self-described "nice guys," and half of them are self-proclaimed "fboys," but no one (not even Glaser) knows which is which. So the goal is to find love, and also figure out which men are which, and also maybe win $100,000? Neither the trailer nor HBO's press materials explain how that cash prize is supposed to be won.

As you can see, in its trashy concept FBoy Island feels closer to the 30 Rock joke about "MILF Island" than any other modern dating competition (and that's saying a lot). The show's insistence on making its title a swear but then refusing to ever say that swear, even on HBO, also recalls the 2010s zeitgeist of doing that with TV shows like Don't Trust the B--- in Apartment 23 or Cee Lo Green's pop hit "F--- You."

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posted 7/12/2021

ITV Falls Into "The Void"
Obstacle Course Series Premieres
From MSN

There is something compelling about watching other people, from Joe Bloggs to a world-famous celebrity, clambering and scrambling over obstacles, risking if not life and limb, then certainly their pride, all in the name of glory. It’s a formula that has since been copied again and again and travelled around the world, from the often wince-inducing Takeshi’s Castle to the brawny American Ninja Warrior, with global franchise Wipeout bringing up the rear.

Then there are the wild cards, like Floor Is Lava and The Cube. They’re all opportunities for us to watch people performing under pressure. Whether they do well or badly is almost irrelevant – we just want to be there to see it.

The latest entry in the long-running canon is this thrilling seven-part series that looks set to inject a hefty dose of adrenaline into the Saturday night schedules. The premise is easy: contestants have to get from one side of Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena to the other. In between, they must put themselves to the test by taking on a wide range of demanding mental and physical challenges, all while navigating the terrifying prospect of falling into The Void – a daunting and unforgiving chasm of 520,000 litres of water stretching across the arena floor.

Unsurprisingly, it is one of the biggest bespoke water tanks ever constructed for a game show, and host Ashley Banjo is clearly eager to see how the contestants get on.

“I cannot wait to get started on this one!” the Britain’s Got Talent and Dancing on Ice judge said. “The concept is so simple… Can you cross ‘The Void’ and reach the prize on the other side? But if the brains behind ‘The Cube‘ have anything to do with it (which of course they do) it will be anything but simple!”

Banjo goes on: “It’s also the first game show I’ve been lucky enough to host and all alongside the amazing Fleur East, which is another thing I’m buzzing about. So all in all, there’s no doubt in my mind this is going to be immense.”

His co-host East is equally enthusiastic, and said: “I am really excited about hosting this show, the concept is epic! Getting to work alongside Ashley is amazing, he’s so talented and it’s gonna be a lot of fun.”.

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Money Drop Goes Live
Playtech Develops Live Casino Version of Banijay Format
From Gaming Intelligence

Playtech has expanded its gameshow series of live dealer titles with the launch of The Money Drop Live in partnership with Banijay Brands.

Based on the iconic Banijay-owned brand, The Money Drop Live brings all the appeal of the popular TV series, which was shown in the UK as The Million Pound Drop and later The £100k Drop and hosted by Davina McCall.

The main game sees a live dealer spin a wheel of chance featuring various multipliers up to a maximum of 5000x. Any multiplier other than 8x triggers the Drop Zones game, which follows the wider brand’s original format, with players choosing how to split their money in the hope of a big win. One of the four Drop Zones is always safe, guaranteeing winnings for a player. If the wheel lands on 8x, the Quick Drop game is triggered, where players must place everything in one Zone for an exciting ‘all or nothing’ gamble.

Additionally, the Card Clash bonus game gives players the chance to earn multiplier-boosted wins, based on a simple ‘higher or lower?’ format.

“The Money Drop Live has everything - an exciting, engaging format, a brand with international appeal, and the kind of experience-led gameplay that typifies Playtech Live Casino,” said Playtech Live head of innovation Kevin Kilminster. “We’ve seen a major increase in the popularity of game show style formats and presentation in recent years, and our collaboration with Banijay Brands - a global leader in this field - creates a fantastic opportunity to bring the excitement of some of the world’s best-loved brands to live gaming.”

The launch of The Money Drop Live follows last year's release of Deal or No Deal - The Big Draw.

“We are delighted to further our partnership with Playtech to deliver more great gaming from Banijay’s extensive catalogue of acclaimed formats,” said Banijay Brands commercial director of gaming & gambling Lex Scott. “The Money Drop is a globally recognised brand and by combining the iconic gameplay with Playtech’s innovative live series, we are delivering players a world-class live gaming experience.”.

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posted 7/12/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "One Job, CBS... "

  • Frenchie's first week blew up his game... and maybe CBS' (in more ways than one) (TV Insider)

  • Cedric the Entertainer to host Emmys (Deadline)

  • Heidi Klum cancels Halloween (MSN)

  • Justin Glaze apologizes for pre-Bachelor Nation tweets (People)

  • Jerry O'Connell may have a backup plan if Pictionary fails to take off (Deadline)

posted 7/12/2021


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WEDNESDAY: Team Ball
"Big Brother" Launches the New Season July 7
From Gold Derby

Big Brother Season 23 handed CBS the keys to an impressive Wednesday night. The long-running reality series returned to CBS scoring a 1.0 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and 4.01 million viewers, becoming both the highest-rated and most-watched program of the evening.

The latest season premiere of Big Brother, which came after a bit of a casting shuffle, surpassed the 2020 premiere.

Wednesday’s opener saw minor gains in viewership but steady ratings from the Season 22 Premiere in August 2020 (3.66M, 1.0).

Later in the evening CBS welcomed back Love Island for junior season. Love Island drew in a 1.80 million viewers and a 0.43 rating in the 18-49 demo. While ratings remained stable from the 2020 season, viewership dropped 7% from the Season 2 premiere.

Despite impressive showings, both Big Brother and Love Island have some catching up to do to match their pre-pandemic season openers.

Elsewhere in Wednesday Primetime, the Stanley Cup Final on NBC – which saw the Tampa Bay Lightning walking away victorious – ushered the network into a quiet evening of local programming.

The $100,000 Pyramid was a winner for ABC, with the latest episode raking in 3.78 million viewers and a 0.5 rating. The Michael Strahan-hosted game show followed Press Your Luck and came before the Card Sharks finale (2.6 mil/0.4).

The newest Master Chef was Fox’s highest-rating and most-watched program on its Wednesday slate, bringing in 2.43 million viewers and a 0.6 rating.

Kung Fu was the most-watched program for the CW on Wednesday, drawing in 0.83 million viewers and keeping steady with a 0.1 rating. The latest In The Dark installment also drew in a 0.1 rating and aired to 0.43 million viewers.

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posted 7/8/2021

Back to Paradise
Catch It on ABC August 16
From The Futon Critic

Nearly two years since the last tropical romance, 19 sexy singles join the cast for the highly anticipated return of "Bachelor in Paradise," with fan favorites and standout sweethearts from past seasons of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette." With the beach officially open, it's time for a new group of former bachelors and bachelorettes to take another shot at love while living together in a romantic resort in Mexico. "Bachelor in Paradise" returns for its seventh season, MONDAY, AUG. 16 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on ABC. Episodes can also be viewed the next day on demand and on Hulu. Additional cast will be announced throughout the season.

The "Bachelor in Paradise" cast includes the following:
- Abigail Heringer of "The Bachelor" 25 (Matt)
- Brendan Morais of "The Bachelorette" 16 (Clare and Tayshia)
- Deandra Kanu of "The Bachelor" 24 (Peter)
- Ivan Hall of "The Bachelorette" 16 (Clare and Tayshia)
- Jessenia Cruz of "The Bachelor" 25 (Matt)
- Joe Amabile of "The Bachelorette" 14 (Becca)
- Karl Smith of "The Bachelorette" 17 (Katie)
- Kelsey Weir of "The Bachelor" 24 (Peter)
- Kenny Braasch of "The Bachelorette" 16 (Clare and Tayshia)
- Mari Pepin-Solis of "The Bachelor" 25 (Matt)
- Maurissa Gunn of "The Bachelor" 24 (Peter)
- Natasha Parker of "The Bachelor" 24 (Peter)
- Noah Erb of "The Bachelorette" 16 (Tayshia)
- Serena Chew of "The Bachelor" 25 (Matt)
- Serena Pitt of "The Bachelor" 25 (Matt)
- Tahzjuan Hawkins of "The Bachelor" 23 (Colton)
- Tammy Ly of "The Bachelor" 24 (Peter)
- Victoria Larson of "The Bachelor" 25 (Matt)
- Victoria Paul of "The Bachelor" 24 (Peter)

"Bachelor in Paradise" is a production of Next Entertainment and Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Warner Horizon. Mike Fleiss, Martin Hilton, Nicole Woods, Tim Warner, Peter Geist and Louis Caric are the executive producers.

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posted 7/8/2021

A New Question of Sport
Paddy McGuinness Lined Up to Host New Season
From Huffpost

Paddy McGuinness is to take over from Sue Barker as the host of A Question Of Sport.

The BBC has also announced that Olympic hockey player Sam Quek and England and Lions rugby star Ugo Monye will join him has team captains.

Former captains Matt Dawson and Phil Tufnell left the BBC quiz show along with Sue in May.

The new trio will begin filming for the new series during the summer and the show will return later in the year.

Top Gear presenter Paddy said: “I love the fiercely competitive nature of sports stars coupled with having a laugh.

“That’s why A Question Of Sport has always been one of my favourite shows and having been weaned on it from an early age, this is an honour and opportunity I’m certainly not taking lightly.”

Paddy said he grew up watching the show when it was hosted by David Vine and later by David Coleman, but it was Sue who “made this show her own”.

She had fronted the long-running quiz show for 24 years before her final episode was broadcast.

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Cream of the Crop
Molly Yeh to Host Ben & Jerry Competition August 16
From The Futon Critic

Six ice cream masters from across the country have been hand-picked for a once in a lifetime opportunity: to create an original Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavor of their own. Ben & Jerry's: Clash of the Cones, a new primetime competition, premieres with a special 90-minute episode on Monday, August 16th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network and discovery+.

Over four episodes, host Molly Yeh challenges the ice cream makers to capture the essence of a celebrity or pop culture icon in a new and innovative ice cream flavor, inspired by the direction given from the celebrity themselves. In each episode, the competitors use a specially constructed ice cream lab on the Ben & Jerry's factory grounds in Waterbury, Vermont. After concocting their creations, the competitors hit the streets to have the public vote their favorite flavor, with the winner earning immunity from elimination. Judges Jet and Ali Tila and Ben & Jerry's Flavor Guru Chris Rivard determine which competitor was the least successful, sending that ice cream maker home and that flavor to the infamous Ben & Jerry's Flavor Graveyard.

"Viewers are in for an imaginative and entertaining ride, watching along as these gifted ice cream makers create original Ben & Jerry's flavors, based on inspiration from some of the biggest stars on the planet in food, music, and film. This is the perfect show for the entire family to gather around and watch this summer," said Courtney White, President, Food Network and Cooking Channel.

Celebrity inspirations include hip-hop icon and actor Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Food Network's Duff Goldman and Buddy Valastro, and actor Kevin Bacon. The ice cream makers compete for a chance to impress Ben & Jerry's co-founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield for the grand prize of $20,000 - the exact amount Ben and Jerry hoped to make in their first year of business. The winner will also have the opportunity to have their flavor sampled by fans at an event in their hometown. Fans can view the series on Food Network and stream on discovery+ with new episodes available weekly, beginning August 16th.

"We've made a few pints over the last 40 years," said Ben & Jerry's co-founder Ben Cohen. "We're excited to see what these talented competitors come up with, keeping true to the euphoric chunks and swirls Ben & Jerry's is known for," added co-founder Jerry Greenfield. "It's going to be great!"

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posted 7/8/2021

Is Love Still Blind?
Netflix Sets Up "After the Altar" Postmortem July 28
From The Wrap

Netflix has lined up a three-episode “Love Is Blind” reunion to give an update on the couples and singles from Season 1, the streamer announced Thursday. Titled “Love Is Blind: After the Altar,” the three new episodes will see (almost) the entire Season 1 cast reconvene for an anniversary party to celebrate Amber and Barnett and Lauren and Cameron.

Per Netflix, “For three episodes, catch up with your favorite couples and singles as they settle back into their daily lives in Atlanta. How will Amber and Barnett feel about seeing Jessica? Will Diamond and Carlton ever make amends? Who might make a surprise appearance? And who won’t even show up for the party because of all the drama that’s happened in the past two years? Ultimately, when it comes to love, the experiment never ends.”

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posted 7/8/2021

Chopped Is Lit for the Summer
Food Network's Newest Challenge Begins August 10
From The Futon Critic

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the Chopped kitchen. Ted Allen hosts the new five-part tournament Chopped: Playing with Fire, premiering Tuesday, August 10th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. Set at the new tournament kitchen, each episode features four talented chefs showcasing their live-fire techniques and skills over three rounds - appetizer, entrée, and dessert - while using the mandatory basket of mystery ingredients to create delicious meals corresponding with the episodic-themed challenges of wild game, steak, surf and turf, and pork. The competitors must impress a rotating panel of judges with their dishes, including Eric Adjepong, Tiffani Faison, Eduardo Garcia, Alex Guarnaschelli and Chris Santos, to earn a spot in the grand finale for the title of Chopped Grand Champion and win $25,000. Who will come out on top of this fired-up tournament, and who will go down in flames?

Fans can also catch up on all the action-packed episodes on discovery+ with new episodes available weekly, plus, re-watch every episode of Chopped to date on its new streaming home. "There is nothing more delectable and entertaining than cooking over a grill during the summer. And these talented chefs are taking it to the next level - Chopped style - working with some of the most primal ingredients over a live flame in the Chopped kitchen. The stage couldn't be bigger to deliver all the action and emotion in this summertime treat," said Courtney White, President, Food Network and Cooking Channel.

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posted 7/8/2021

Also Premiering Tonight: Love Island
Paramount+ to Offer Access to Premium Content
From the Futon Critic

Paramount+, the streaming service from ViacomCBS, will bring LOVE ISLAND fans access to even more of the action this season with 15 hours of exclusive and uncensored content in addition to the ability to watch LOVE ISLAND live and on-demand through the service. Each week, Paramount+'s LOVE ISLAND coverage will include an additional too hot for broadcast episode on Mondays, "LOVE ISLAND: The Drop," featuring an unfiltered look at the intimate goings-on straight from the Villa and on Fridays "LOVE ISLAND: Laid Bare," an exclusive look at previously un-aired moments.

Paramount+'s exclusive coverage of LOVE ISLAND begins this week with the following:
- LOVE ISLAND: The Drop (Sunday; Additional Dates to Be Announced): Each week, Paramount+ will feature a deeper, unfiltered look at special events in the Villa ranging from surprise new arrivals to challenges, dates and more. The first edition of "LOVE ISLAND: The Drop" will be available to stream on demand on Sunday, July 11, with additional dates and times to be announced.
- LOVE ISLAND Paramount+ Exclusive Episode (Mondays): Fans missing their dose of LOVE ISLAND on Mondays, can turn to Paramount+ to stream a new episode too spicy to air on television. Beginning Monday, July 12, exclusive and uncensored episodes will be available to stream weekly on Mondays at 9:00 PM, ET/6:00 PM, PT, and will also be available to watch on demand later that same evening.
- LOVE ISLAND: Laid Bare (Fridays): Every Friday beginning July 16 at 1:00 PM, ET/10:00 AM, PT, stream a one-hour intimate look at moments from the show only a streaming service could air.

In addition to the exclusive episodes, fans can stream every episode of LOVE ISLAND live and on demand on Paramount+.

LOVE ISLAND's third season, with host Arielle Vandenberg and narrator Matthew Hoffman, will take place in the sundrenched Hawaiian Islands with an all-new cast of Islanders looking for love. The ultimate temptation, Casa Amor, will be back as well as new games and challenges that test and strengthen the couples' relationships.

LOVE ISLAND's special 90-minute season premiere on the CBS Television Network airs Wednesday, July 7 (9:30-11:00 PM, ET/PT). Following its season premiere, LOVE ISLAND will air Thursday and Friday (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) and Sunday (9:00-11:00PM, ET/PT) during its first week. Then, the series will air Tuesdays through Fridays (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), and Sundays (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) for the remainder of the season.

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posted 7/7/2021

Love... Old-School Style
Peacock Greenlights "Pride & Prejudice: An Experiment in Romance"
From The Futon Critic

Peacock announced the series order of PRIDE & PREJUDICE: AN EXPERIMENT IN ROMANCE, an all-new Regency-style dating series that will require hopeful suitors to bring the ultimate romance back to dating.

A heroine looking for her duke will sign up for the ultimate social experiment in romance. Transported to a Regency-style England, a group of eligible hopeful suitors will have to win the heart of our heroine, and her court. Housed in a castle on the countryside, set on a beautiful backdrop of rolling hills, the heroine and suitors will experience that with which dreams are made of. From carriage rides and boat rides on the lake to archery and handwritten letters to communicate, they will be immersed in a time-traveling quest for love. In the end, our heroine and her suitors will discover if the ultimate romantic experience will find them true love.

PRIDE & PREJUDICE: AN EXPERIMENT IN ROMANCE is an original format developed and produced by Endemol Shine North America in association with Shine TV. Anthony Dominici serves as Executive Producer with Sharon Levy, DJ Nurre, Michael Heyerman for Endemol Shine North America and Susy Price for Shine TV.

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posted 7/7/2021


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SYNDIES: Week 38
Results for the Week Ending June 27
From TV News Check

Entertainment magazines were the hottest shows in the first week of summer — the session ending June 27 — with all of the top four scoring double-digit increases. Entertainment Tonight led the charge, climbing 11% to a 2.0 live-plus-same-day national rating, and leaping 33% among women 25-54, according to Nielsen.

Access Hollywood also surged 33% in the advertiser-coveted demo and racked up a 14% improvement to a 0.8 in households, tying TMZ, which added 14%. Extra had the biggest percentage increase in ratings, surging 17% to a four-week high 0.7.

Closely watched Jeopardy recovered 4% to a 4.9 with Savannah Guthrie guest hosting for a second go-round. That beat Wheel of Fortune, which faded 2% to a 4.7, but did not threaten syndication leader Family Feud, which picked up 4% to a 5.9.

Future guest hosts as the show works out a permanent succession plan include journalist David Faber, actor LeVar Burton, and sportscaster Joe Buck. The show will make a donation to a charity of each host’s choosing in an amount equal to the contestants’ cumulative winnings during their respective week of episodes.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.9 +4%
- Jeopardy (CMV) 4.9 +4%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.7 -2%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.4 -20%


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posted 7/7/2021

ABC Declares Rap Battle
Network to Develop Celebrity Showdown with 50 Cent
From Deadline

Curtis Jackson, otherwise known as rapper 50 Cent, is getting back into the non-scripted business with hip-hop competition format Unrapped.

The series is in development at ABC from Jackson’s G-Unit Film & Television.

The show is hip-hop talent format where celebrity contestants, coached by iconic hip-hop mentors, go head-to-head in rap battles until a king or queen is crowned. Casting is underway.

G-Unit Film & Television is producing with SFO Entertainment and Jackson will exec produce with Antonio Collier, Jon Sheinberg, Susie Ursitti Sheinberg, Gwen Osborne and Matt Feige.

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posted 7/7/2021

TUESDAY: Suns Rise, 1-0
NBA Finals Drive Win for ABC, AGT Slips a Bit
From TV Line

In the latest TV ratings, ABC’s coverage of the NBA Finals opener averaged 6.4 million total viewers and a 2.1 rating, down 13 and 18 percent from the preliminary numbers for last year’s Game 1 (which was pandemic-delayed until August) yet still easily topping Tuesday in the demo and expected to report the night’s largest audience once the final numbers trickle in.

Opening ABC’s night, the Jimmy Kimmel special did 4.6 mil/1,2, followed by NBA Countdown‘s 3.8 mil/1.1.

NBC’s America’s Got Talent (6.9 mil/0.8) slipped two tenths in the demo. College Bowl (2.7 mil/0.4) was steady.

Elsewhere: THE CW | The Flash (770K/0.2) dropped a handful of eyeballs while steady in the demo.

FOX | LEGO Masters (1.6 mil/0.5) and Mental Samurai (1.1 mil/0.3) were steady..

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posted 7/7/2021

Security Breach!
YouTube Prankster Invades "Love Island"
From Deadline

The UK version of Love Island suffered a security breach on Tuesday night after YouTube prankster Omer Majid broke into the villa complex in Mallorca, Spain.

Producers said the trespasser was removed immediately after he managed to find a way past Love Island’s tight security protocols.

The intrusion is particularly unfortunate this year, given the islanders are in a closely controlled Covid-secure bubble.

Deadline reports that Majid did not come into contact with any of the contestants.

ITV Studios-owned producer Lifted Entertainment has now beefed up security on the show to prevent future break-ins. A Love Island spokeswoman said: “Last night a security breach was identified and an intruder was removed from the villa with immediate effect. The safety of both our islanders and our production crew remains our primary concern.

“As part of our stringent COVID safety measures, the Villa area that was trespassed has been fully deep cleaned before being made accessible again to the islanders and crew.”

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posted 7/7/2021

Channel 4 Looking for Moneybags
Million Pound Conveyor Belt Game in the Works
From MSN

Craig Charles will host a new Channel 4 game show called Moneybags.

Moneybags is described as a "brand new fast-paced, high stakes quiz" with thousands of pounds on offer for winners.

From the makers of The Million Pound Drop, the show sees individual players face off against each other where the key to success is quick thinking, sound judgement and a little knowledge.

Craig Charles said: "I'm over the moon to announce that I'm hosting Moneybags, a new big money quiz show for Channel 4 and we're looking for contestants to take part. If you want to have a go at grabbing thousands of pounds apply now..."

The broadcaster is said to be making the game show, which will see contestants answering questions with the chance to grab bags off a conveyor belt, with each containing between £1,000 and £100,000 - or even getting the player disqualified.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "A seven-figure jackpot is still the holy grail for gameshows, so this is a bold move by Channel 4. "After all there's still only one show on TV which has that prize and it's ITV's 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?'

"But when those bags start moving along the conveyer belt that's exactly how much money is contained inside."

The series is due to start filming in Manchester imminently, and it could launch on C4 by the end of the year with a star host at the helm.

For the contestants, the program will test their knowledge - but they'll also need to rely on some good fortune.

The insider added: "The contestants just have to be very smart and more than a little lucky."

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posted 7/7/2021

Channel 4 Falls in Love, Gets Into a Trap
Joel Dommett to Host a Dating Game with a Twist
From Telly Mix

Joel Dommett will present a brand new reality dating game show on Channel 4.

The Love Trap will see a group of single women trying to win the hearts of one man. However not all of the women are in it for love, with some after a cash prize instead. The man will have to try and correctly eliminate those in it for the money if they want to stand a chance of finding true love. At the end of each episode one suspected love trap will be dumped, quite literally, through the trap door.

Channel 4 tease: "In the modern world of dating, it's harder than ever before to know who to trust. Now this brand-new reality-gameshow hybrid ingeniously subverts familiar dating show tropes in order to explore just how good we all are at spotting a genuine connection."

Joel Dommett said: “Super proud to announce I’ll be presenting the new series, Love Trap on Channel 4! I love lying, love, and trap doors so it’s all I’ve ever wanted. It’s genuinely a huge idea and I’m excited that they have trusted me at the helm.”

The series is being made by producers Leon Wilson and Ed Sleeman, the same makers behind Netflix's hit reality dating show Too Hot To Handle.

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posted 7/7/2021

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... or "History in the Making"

posted 7/7/2021

EWWWWWWWW!!!! (Updated)
NBC Removes "Ultimate Slip 'N Slide" from Release Calendar
From TV Line

The games will not continue on NBC after the Summer Olympics: The network has pulled the new reality competition Ultimate Slip ‘N Slide from its post-Olympics premiere date, weeks after a diarrhea outbreak shut down production.

Deadline reports that the series has been removed from NBC’s summer schedule for now and “there are no plans for a new premiere date at this point,” with production remaining on hold.

Ultimate Slip ‘N Slide, which would see players competing in a series of mini games while atop a giant version of the classic kids’ water slide, was set to premiere Sunday, Aug. 8 at 10:30 pm ET on NBC, immediately following the Closing Ceremonies of the Summer Olympics. The two-part premiere would then continue on Monday, Aug. 9 at 8/7c. Bobby Moynihan (SNL, Mr. Mayor) and Ron Funches (Undateable, black-ish) were slated to host.

There was one week of scheduled production left when filming was halted on June 2 after it was learned that a crew member had tested positive for giardia. Additional testing results received on June 10 revealed giardia in the surrounding area, and the studio announced that they would not be shooting the series at the current site moving forward.

“The health and safety of everyone on our set is our number one priority, so out of an abundance of caution, we have made the decision to stop production of Ultimate Slip ‘N Slide at the current location,” producers Universal Television Alternative Studios said in a statement. “We are in the process of determining next steps in order to complete production.”

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posted 7/5/2021

Wild'n Out Returns
Catch It on VH1 August 10
From The Futon Critic

VH1 today announced that the blockbuster franchise Wild 'N Out will make its epic return - commercial free - on Tuesday, August 10 at 8PM ET/PT. Following the premiere, viewers can catch all new episodes every Tuesday and Wednesday night. Featuring a post-apocalyptic set design, 10 new games and more exclusive performances, the series is bigger and better than ever.

Leading up to the highly-anticipated premiere, Wild 'N Out is partnering with technology platform, Stage TEN, for an hour-long live interactive digital special that puts the audience in full control - for the first time ever. Through the special, fans will be able to connect with the cast via real-time comments and directly impact gameplay through live voting, ultimately crowning the winning team at playwildnoutlive.com.

Hosted by Nick Cannon, this season's guest stars and performances include Latto, Rick Ross, Trina, Freddie Gibbs, Coi Leray, Too $hort, Fat Joe, Loni Love, 24KGoldn, Big Freedia, Karlie Redd (VH1's Love Hip Hop Atlanta), Kirk & Rashida (VH1's Love Hip Hop Atlanta), Malaysia (VH1's Basketball Wives), Jucee Froot, Foushee, Morray, Gary Owen, Zaytoven, BRS Kash, Erika Banks, HotBoii, Mooski, 42 Dugg and more.

Each episode will put Team Revolution against Team Evolution in some of the most hilarious and outrageous battles yet. Cannon will lead Team Revolution while the special guest each episode will head up Team Evolution virtually as a hologram. The battles will bring both groups head-to-head in comic throwdowns where the games escalate with each act, all building up towards the "Wildstyle battle" to decide who takes home the coveted WnO chain (Million Dollar Comedy Chain). All episodes will end with an exclusive Wild 'N Out: In The Dark Performance.


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posted 7/5/2021

The Big Picture Comes to India
Ranveer Singh to Host ITV Format
From ITV PRess Centre

ITV Studios’ interactive game show format The Big Picture covers exciting new ground with a commission by Viacom18 Media Pvt. Ltd. in India. The debut season, to be locally produced by Banijay Asia, will be broadcast on Colors TV; the #2 channel in India. With none other than Bollywood star Ranveer Singh as host of the show, this first series is more than promising.

India will be the fifth country to pick up the format, following in the footsteps of the Netherlands, Turkey, Portugal and Thailand.

Nina Elavia Jaipuria, Head, Hindi Mass Entertainment and Kids TV Network, Viacom18, said, “At COLORS, it has been our constant endeavour to tread beyond the conventional to provide premium variety content. With a view of bringing new and enhanced entertainment experience for our viewers, we have over the years pioneered diverse genres that include dance reality shows, talent-based shows, stunt-based shows and voyeuristic content. Breaking new boundaries of entertainment, we are extremely excited to announce one of the biggest and differentiated quiz shows - ‘The Big Picture’. We look forward to presenting this extremely unique proposition to our viewers which will be helmed by superstar Ranveer Singh.”

Ayesha Surty, SVP licensing at Global Entertainment, ITV Studios says, “We’re thrilled to have this exciting format in India following other ITV Studios formats like The Voice and I’m A Celebrity.. Get Me Out Of Here. The Big Picture brings in viewers from home as active participants and sees a return to ‘feel good television’, enhancing family viewing. We couldn’t have asked for a better platform than Colors TV or a more captivating host than Ranveer Singh, to bring alive this highly energetic and enthralling show.”

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posted 7/5/2021

Ciao, Drag Race
"Drag Race Italia" to Premiere on Discovery+ Italy, WOW Presents Plus
From EW

Italy wants a pizza the RuPaul's Drag Race pie.

The world will soon be saying "ciao" to a new crop of royal chicas, as production company World of Wonder is set to produce Drag Race Italia season 1 this year on Discovery+ Italia and WOW Presents Plus.

Though details are slim, WOW shared a single image from the series that teases the title next to a shot of a Roman coliseum.

Drag Race Italia joins the ever-growing list of the Emmy-winning reality competition series' international editions, including Drag Race Thailand, Chile's The Switch Drag Race, RuPaul's Drag Race UK, Canada's Drag Race, Drag Race Holland, Drag Race Down Under, Drag Race España, and the American original (currently premiering new All Stars 6 episodes Thursdays on Paramount+).

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posted 7/5/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Wedding Nightmares"

  • Gordon Ramsay accused of wrecking a wedding to the tune of $1800. (Page Six)

  • Steve & Marjorie Harvey celebrate 14 years (AmoMama)

  • VIDEO WALL: Julie Chen through the years (Nicki Swift)

posted 7/5/2021

THURSDAY: Beat Shazam Beats the Demo
CBS, Fox Split Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, Fox’s Beat Shazam this week scored a 0.4 rating while drawing 1.8 million total viewers, holding steady and topping Thursday in the demo.

Over on CBS, a Young Sheldon rerun delivered the night’s biggest audience: 3.4 million viewers.

Elsewhere…. NBC | Making It (1.9 mil/0.3) dipped, while Good Girls (1.4 mil/0.3) was pretty steady.

ABC | When Nature Calls With Helen Mirren (2.6 mil/0.3) and Holey Moley (2.4 mil/0.3) both dropped two tenths in the demo, while The Hustler (1.9 mil/0.3) dipped one tenth.

TV Line

posted 7/2/2021

A New Thrilla in Manila
Manila Luzon to Host "Drag Den" in Philippines
From EW

There's a new thrilla in Manila on deck.

RuPaul's Drag Race queen Manila Luzon is set to host the first Filipino drag queen competition series Drag Den, the superstar announced Thursday on social media.

"It's time to lace up, Pilipinas! You wanted a drag cartel? We heard you, and we're making it MAJOR!" the two-time RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars competitor tweeted. "The first ever drag reality show in the Philippines is finally here, and I'm running the show!"

Luzon didn't reveal details regarding the show's format, though an official profile for the project teases a "fierce and fabulous" journey with the drag superstar at the head.

After rising to prominence on season 3 of RuPaul's Drag Race back in 2011, Luzon returned to compete on RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 1 and RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 4, where she quickly became a fan-favorite competitor for her ace acting skills and jaw-dropping fashions.

Though Luzon is hosting, Drag Den is not affiliated with the main RuPaul's Drag Race franchise or its production company, World of Wonder. Season 1 of Drag Den joins Canada's recently announced Call Me Mother — presented by season 9 queen Peppermint and RuPaul's Drag Race UK season 1 competitor Crystal — as the latest non-Drag Race pageant set to launch in the near future.

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posted 7/2/2021


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Next In Line: Dr. Sanjay Gupta
Neurosurgeon, CNN Medical Correspondent to Guest Host Jeopardy!
From PopCulture

Dr. Sanjay Gupta is taking to the podium as Jeopardy!'s next celebrity guest host, taking over for Savannah Guthrie for another two-week stint as the beloved game show searches for a permanent replacement for the late Alex Trebek.

The neurosurgeon and Emmy-winning journalist has long been CNN's chief medical correspondent, also serving as the associate chief of the neurosurgery service at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.

During the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Gupta was a frequent contributor to CNN shows, even hosting a weekly town hall with Anderson Cooper, who previously served as a Jeopardy! guest host.

In an essay for CNN, Gupta recounted his experience stepping into Trebek's shoes, opening up about the special place Jeopardy! has had in his life since he was a child. Gupta recalled watching the game show with his parents as a kid, showing off his knowledge of pop culture, sports and emerging trends while his parents, both newly-immigrated engineers, excelled at categories involving math, science and world history.

"Jeopardy! was the great equalizer in our family. We all had our strengths and our weaknesses. Any of us could emerge a champion," he wrote. "Decades later, I can still recall the look of pride my dad had when he came up with the correct response. I later realized he was even more proud when his young son did the same."

Remembering the "immaculately organized" VHS tapes of Jeopardy! shows in his childhood home, Gupta shared just how important it was for him to do Trebek justice as a guest host. Spending hours reviewing the clues, repeating and memorizing them, Gupta called being on set a "sentimental experience," in which he was thinking of his parents "while standing on the set I had spent so much time watching with them in my early years."

Despite all his early practice, Gupta was feeling his nerves during rehearsals, joking that while the crew would never say it, he thinks they "would all agree I was pretty terrible." After a pep talk from executive producer Mike Richards, in which he impressed on Gupta how appearing on Jeopardy! was the "biggest day" in many of these contestants' lives, the doctor was renewed with a passion to get things right during the filming, which he said ended up showing him just how groundbreaking of a show Jeopardy! truly is.

"It made me realize that just because a show is full of facts and knowledge doesn't mean it has been stripped of intensity and humanity. Jeopardy! is all those things," he wrote, calling the hosting experience "the honor of a lifetime."

Winnings from the two weeks of shows hosted by Gupta will be matched in donations to Odyssey Atlanta, a summer camp for kids from underserved communities.

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posted 7/2/2021

Happy Fourth Lightning Round
... or "Let's Hope They Fixed The Door"

  • #FBF: Remember night 1 in 2020 when they couldn't get the doors to the Have-Nots room open? (Gold Derby)

  • "Love Island UK" contestant receives death threats after the last elimination (BBC)

  • Nick Offerman is making it as a coach in "A League of Their Own" (TV Line)

  • #ICYMI: Sgt. Drew Carey, USMCR (Ret.) awarded United States Navy Memorial's 2021 Lone Sailor Award (ViacomCBS)

  • Bradley Walsh "the richest man" on UK daytime TV, worth an estimated $27 million (Heart)

  • VIDEO WALL: Larry Emdur relives THAT moment on "Price Is Right Australia" (7News)

  • #ICYMI: "Too Hot To Handle" ended its second season... with a twist (TV Line)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Arielle Vandenberg (TV Insider)

posted 7/2/2021

WEDNESDAY: Joel vs. Joel
Fox, ABC Split Night
From TV Line

n the latest TV show ratings, Fox’s MasterChef was steady with 2.7 million total viewers and a 0.6 rating, topping Wednesday in the demo. Leading out of that, Crime Scene Kitchen (1.8 mil/0.4) was also steady.

Over on ABC, Press Your Luck (3 mil/0.4), $100,000 Pyramid (3.4 mil/0.4) and Card Sharks (2.2 mil/0.3) were all steady in the demo, with Pyramid delivering the night’s biggest audience.

Elsewhere, The CW’s Kung Fu (830K/0.1) and In the Dark (410K/0.1) were both steady.

TV Line

posted 7/1/2021

Wipeout Squad
Catch Special "Suicide Squad" Edition of "Wipeout" August 1
From the Futon Critic

On August 1st, watch The Suicide Squad and your favorite big balls in TBS' one-hour cross-over episode, "Wipeout: The Suicide Squad Special," featuring writer/director of the upcoming superhero action adventure film James Gunn with cameos from stars Nathan Fillion, Joel Kinnaman, David Dastmalchian and Daniela Melchior, along with "Wipeout" hosts John Cena ("The Suicide Squad," "F9" "Peacemaker"), Nicole Byer ("Nailed It!," "Girl Code") and Camille Kostek (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Model 2019).

Additionally, in support of the premiere of "The Suicide Squad" on August 6 in theaters and on the HBO Max Ad-Free plan, The TNets (TBS, TNT, truTV) will air a weekend cross-network event kicking off July 30th through August 1st and featuring programming of fan-favorite squads from iconic films and TNets' franchises.

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posted 7/1/2021

RTE Looking for Singers
Nicky Byrne to Host "Take on Me"
From Goss.ie

Nicky Byrne has landed a new hosting role with RTÉ. The Westlife singer will present a brand new singing show called Take On Me later this year, and they’re looking for contestants to take part.

The 42-year-old issued a call out for people to sign up for the show on Instagram this week.

In the video, Nicky said: “Hey all, it’s Nicky Byrne. Have you heard of take on me? No? Well it’s RTE brand new singing game show and we’re looking for singers from right across the country who think they have what it takes to not only outsmart but out-sing their competition. So if you love a challenge and you want to be in with a chance to win a cool cash prize of €25,000 then apply now.”

The Saturday night gameshow, called Take On Me, requires its contestants to have tactics as well as talent. This brand new original series will pit singers from around the country against each other for the chance to take home a massive cash prize of €25,000. However, this show definitely isn’t your typical singing competition… Players will need to play the game, spot their competition and have killer karaoke skills if they’re going to take out their rivals and win Take On Me.

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posted 7/1/2021

TUESDAY: If No One Watches, Is It Really Out There?
NBC Takes Night Opposite TMZ UFOs
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC’s America’s Got Talent this Tuesday drew 6.8 million total viewers and a 1.0 rating, ticking up in the demo week-to-week and again dominating the night in both measures.

Leading out of that, College Bowl (2.5 mil/0.4) ticked down from its debut.

Over on The CW, The Flash (790K/0.2) was steady with that suuuper-awkward pregnancy tease.

Fox’s TMZ/UFO’s thing (1.7 mil/0.4) was shy of LEGO Masters‘ most recent tallies, but Mental Samurai (1.1 mil/0.3) held steady.

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posted 6/30/2021

Meet the Season 3 Islanders
Season Premiere of "Love Island" is July 7
From TV Insider

It’s time to meet the new singles looking for romance this summer on Love Island when it premieres on Wednesday, July 7 at 9:30/8:30c.

CBS has released photos and details about the first 12 Islanders, with additional cast members set to be introduced and announced during Season 3. The first group includes a COVID relief worker, psychiatric nurse, personal trainer, and coffee company owner. Arielle Vandenberg is back as host, and Matthew Hoffman returns as narrator.

Following the premiere, Love Island will air one hour on Tuesdays-Fridays and two hours on Sundays (at 9/8c) on CBS. Paramount+ will not only have those episodes available to stream but 15 additional hours of exclusive content, including unfiltered glimpses into the villa and fiery episodes featuring content too hot for broadcast, as well.

Season 3 takes the Islanders to sundrenched Hawaii for love and romance, texts, fireside ceremonies, challenges, and friendships. The ultimate temptation of Casa Amor is also back. Viewers will be able to vote on the Love Island app to give input on who goes on dates, who’s at risk from being dumped from the Island, and who are fan favorites. In the end, one couple will be crowned the winners.

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posted 6/30/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "How to Succeed at Relationships"

  • Dax Shepard, Kristen Bell reveal the secret of their relationship: therapy (Scary Mommy)

  • Dwayne Johnson to star in holiday movie for Amazon, "Red One" (Bleeding Cool)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with "The real Magic Mike" (The AV Club)

posted 6/30/2021


Soap Opera Spy
STUART DAMON: 1937-2021
"General Hospital" Actor Made the Rounds
From TV Line

Soap vet Stuart Damon, best known as General Hospital‘s Alan Quartermaine, has died. He was 84.

ABC7 Eyewitness News reporter George Pennacchio broke the news Tuesday in a tweet, noting that the legendary actor had been struggling with renal failure. Damon first appeared as General Hospital‘s steadfast Chief of Staff Alan Quartermaine on May 13, 1977, and remained in the role as a series regular until his character’s death in February 2007. Damon continued to appear sporadically as Alan’s ghost until December 23, 2008. He returned for a dream sequence in 2011 and made his final appearance for the series in 2013 to commemorate the show’s 50th anniversary.

Highly regarded as the Quartermaine family patriarch, he won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in 1999 for his portrayal.

Damon’s 50-year career, which spans television, film and Broadway, includes a starring role opposite Lesley Anne Warren in the 1965 television production of Rogers’ and Hammerstein’s Cinderella as the Prince. He also played Eddie Yaeger in the original Broadway production of the Richard Rodgers and Stephen Sondheim’s musical Do I Hear a Waltz.

In addition to General Hospital, Damon appeared on As the World Turns in 2009 as Janet and Terri Ciccone’s shady businessman “uncle” Ralph Manzo. He also portrayed Governor Jim Ford in Days of Our Lives in 2010. Additional TV credits include Fantasy Island, The New Avengers and the sci-fi thriller The Champions.

Damon was a frequent face on game shows, appearing on Family Feud, Hollywood Squares, Pyramid, Match Game, Double Talk, All-Star Blitz, Trivia Trap, Battlestars, The Golden Shot, and Talent Scouts.

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posted 6/29/2021


Sony Pictures TV Studios

SYNDIES: Week 37
Results for the Week Ending June 20
From TV News Check

Several of the most closely followed talk show generated plenty of ratings steam in an otherwise slow session ending June 20. Despite declining PUT levels, the top two talkers were among the few shows to leap into positive territory.

On the game show playing field, Family Feud fell 3% to a 5.7 but continued to lead the games and all of syndication once again. Jeopardy, which was the category winner at the recent Daytime Emmys along with its late host Alex Trebek, slipped 8% to a 4.7 with Savannah Guthrie at the podium.

Future guest hosts as the show works out a permanent succession plan include journalist David Faber, actor LeVar Burton, and sportscaster Joe Buck. The show will make a donation to a charity of each host’s choosing in an amount equal to the contestants’ cumulative winnings during their respective week of episodes.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.7 -3%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.8 NC
- Jeopardy (CMV) 4.7 -8%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.4 -20%


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posted 6/29/2021

More on "Harry Potter" Game Show
Contestants Wanted
From Inside the Magic

Universal Studios Hollywood took to their Twitter to announce that they would be hosting a Harry Potter game show. Here is how to apply to be a contestant in this magical new quiz show coming to Universal Studios Hollywood.

Universal has taken to Twitter to find a few magical contestants for a brand-new quiz show they will be hosting in the future.

Calling all Harry Potter fans! Think you know the most about the Wizarding World? Prove it by competing in the first ever Harry Potter quiz show. Remember to study up in the Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom on your next trip to Hogwarts. Apply now: http://spr.ly/6017yrtu3

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posted 6/29/2021

MONDAY: The Most Shocking Ratings Ever
ABC Wins Night, NBC Shows Up
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, ABC’s The Celebrity Dating Game in Week 3 drew 2 million total viewers and a 0.4 rating, down a tenth in the demo week-to-week.

Opening ABC’s night, The Bachelorette (3.1 mil/0.7) slipped but still led Monday in the demo. CBS’ The Neighborhood rerun delivered the night’s largest audience, with 3.5 million viewers.

Elsewhere:

FOX | Hell’s Kitchen (2.3 mil/0.6), Housebroken (900K/0.3) and Duncanville (650K/0.2) all dropped a few eyeballs while steady in the demo.

THE CW | All American (670K/0.2) and The Republic of Sarah (320K/0.1) each lost some viewers.

NBC | Ninja Warrior (3.2 mil/0.5) and Small Fortune (1.5 mil/0.3) were steady.

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posted 6/29/2021

Love (Tennis Score) Beats Love (Island UK)
Over 3 Million Britons Catch New Season, a 4-Year Low
From Deadline

Love Island failed to sizzle on its return to British television on Monday night, as gripping sporting action from Euro 2020 and Wimbledon provided fierce competition in the battle for ratings.

After a Covid-enforced absence, ITV2’s reality show was watched by 2.47M viewers in a 90-minute slot from 9PM, according to BARB figures supplied by overnights.tv, as a new set of singletons entered the Mallorca villa in the hope of finding love.

Love Island’s Season 7 launch rating was well below 2019’s premiere, which was watched by 3.3M. It was also down on last year’s winter edition, which drew 2.5M for its first episode. Indeed, it was the show’s lowest-rated premiere since 2017, when 1.3M tuned in.

ITV said an average of 1M people streamed the full Love Island episode on ITV Hub.

Love Island was not helped by a festival of sport on ITV’s main channel and BBC One. On ITV, France was knocked out of Euro 2020 by Switzerland in a thrilling encounter in Bucharest, Romania. The action scored an average audience of 7.5M for ITV, peaking with 10.5M for the tense penalty shootout. Over on BBC One, Andy Murray returned to Wimbledon, beating Nikoloz Basilashvili in four sets. It netted 3.4M viewers from 7PM to 10PM.

Deadline

posted 6/29/2021

Canada's Drag Race Shakes Up Casting
TWO Season 1 Judges Are OUT!
From TV Line

Canada’s Drag Race will be serving some very different looks when it returns for Season 2 later this year.

Following the news that neither Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman nor Stacey McKenzie will be returning as judges, we can officially welcome their replacements to the panel: Handmaid’s Tale actress Amanda Brugel and celebrity stylist Brad Goreski. Additionally, Season 1 correspondent Traci Melchor is being bumped up to full-time judge. That trio joins Brooke Lynn Hytes, the only returning judge from Season 1.

“The secret’s out! We are so excited about our judging panel this season,” says showrunner Trevor Boris. “They make a fabulous team, and the fans are going to love what each brings to the table. Brooke Lynn Hytes is drag royalty and brings so much experience from season one, while Brad is a style icon, who is as funny as he is fashionable. We’re also thrilled that Amanda and Traci are joining the team. Amanda was such a hit on the panel last season, and is of course an award-winning actress who will share her talents with our queens. And Traci is a legend of the Canadian entertainment industry and a huge supporter of Canada’s 2SLGBTQ+ and drag communities.”

So, what will the judges be up to in Season 2? According to the announcement, “the resident judges helm every episode, visit the Werk Room, judge the challenges, reveal competition twists, and decide who stays and who ‘Sash-ehs Away’ after the epic Lip Sync For Your Life performance. Hytes and Goreski anchor the judges panel in every episode, with Brugel and Melchor joining regularly throughout the season. In addition to RuPaul’s Drag Race fan-favorites like Snatch Game, Rumails, and Untucked, Season 2 is also set to bring audiences a few surprises and ‘RU-veals’ that have never been done before, while also celebrating the uniqueness of Canada’s drag scene and queer community.”

“I am incredibly honoured to be joining the Drag Race family,” Brugel says. “Now that the world has been introduced to the exceptional talent of our northern queens, I feel so fortunate to be able to champion the next class of drag royalty!”

Adds Goreski, “I’m a huge fan of Canada’s Drag Race and am absolutely thrilled to be joining the show. The drag in Canada is incredible, so I can’t wait to see the amazing looks and artistry that the season two queens are going to bring to the runway.”

Season 2 of Canada’s Drag Race is expected to premiere later this year, available to U.S. viewers via WOW Presents Plus.

TV Line

posted 6/29/2021

WEEKEND: Friday Night is Daytime's Biggest Night
Awards to Honor, Celebrate Regis Philbin, Alex Trebek, Larry King
From DEadline

The 48th annual Daytime Emmy Awards will include tributes to TV icons Regis Philbin, Alex Trebek and Larry King, with Kathy Lee Gifford, Ken Jeong, Martha Stewart and Robin Roberts making special appearances to honor their late colleagues.

Presenters for this year’s awards — hosted by The Talk’s Sheryl Underwood and set to air Friday, June 25, on CBS — were announced today, along with the special tribute appearances. Among the presenters: Al Roker, Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest, Drew Barrymore, Tamron Hall and The Young and the Restless actors Bryton James and Brytni Sarpi, among others.

The awards ceremony will feature talent appearing from the Emmy stage in Los Angeles, individual show studios and homes to accept their awards. Diamond White from The Bold and the Beautiful will score and sing the song for an “In Memoriam” segment.

So how did the coverage fare? The 48th Daytime Emmy Awards live broadcast slipped a bit from last year’s viewership, and was soundly beaten in the Friday demo ratings by wrestling, the US Olympic trials, two newsmagazines and even reality TV.

Early returns show the CBS Daytime Emmys at an 0.2 in the night’s demo wars, down slightly from last year’s 0.3, when the awards show returned to prime time for the first time since 2011. The drama of the US Olympic Trials, which will determine who will be part of the team to head to the Tokyo games next month, topped the night in a runaway. The NBC broadcast came in at a solid 0.8 and drew the night’s largest audience at 4.36 million, winning the evening for the Peacock network. World and Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles was the big attraction, dazzling the live crowd and TV audience with her all-around excellence.

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC’s coverage of the latest U.S. Olympics trials averaged a 1.0 rating on Sunday night — peaking with a 1.3 in the 9 o’clock hour, and leading all Sunday fare in the demo. Over on CBS, 60 Minutes delivered the night’s biggest audience, with 6.4 million viewers. ABC’s Celebrity Family Feud (4.2 mil/0.5), The Chase (3.2 mil/0.4) and To Tell the Truth (2.7 mil/0.3) each slipped two tenths in the demo opposite family-friendly Olympics fare. The CW’s Legends of Tomorrow (460K/0.1) added a few eyeballs, while Batwoman‘s Season 2 finale (400K/0.1) matched its second smallest audience to date..


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posted 6/28/2021

Romesh Ranganathan Is The "Weakest Link"
BBC Bringing Back Original Version... with Celebrities?
From Variety

BBC is rebooting its famed quiz show “The Weakest Link” with host Romesh Ranganathan and a line-up of celebrity contestants.

The show, a BBC Studios Entertainment production, will return to BBC One with 12 episodes of 45 minutes each, filmed in Glasgow, Scotland. Celebrities will need to answer a variety of general knowledge questions in the quick-fire quiz before two are left to go head to head — all in aid of their chosen charity.

“The Weakest Link” first aired in 2000 with acerbic host Anne Robinson (who has recently been appointed the first female presenter of Channel 4’s “Countdown”) and members of the general public as contestants. Robinson gained a reputation for her vitriolic put-downs. The show became one of the BBC’s most successful formats, eventually airing in over 100 countries worldwide, including the U.S. In the U.S., “Glee” alum Jane Lynch is currently hosting a revival version.

The last time “The Weakest Link” aired in the U.K. was in 2017, which was a charity version for Children in Need.

Ranganathan is one of the U.K.’s most sought-after presenters. After the success of his comedy travelogue series “Asian Provocateur” in 2015, the comedian and actor has gone on to star in series such as “The Reluctant Landlord” and host shows such as the BBC’s “The Ranganation” and Showtime’s “Just Another Immigrant.”

Ranganathan said: “It’s an honor to be asked to bring what is basically a TV institution back to our screens. Anne was an amazing host and to step into her shoes is an anxiety-inducing privilege. I’m hoping we’ve found a way to make both the fans of the show happy as well as bringing a new audience to it. If not, accept this as my apology.”

“’Weakest Link’ has always been a firm favorite with audiences and Anne Robinson was a terrific and formidable host. I can’t wait to see Romesh bring his own unique style of presenting to one of TV’s most memorable roles,” added Kate Phillips, BBC’s director of entertainment.

“It’s hugely exciting to be bringing back one of the world’s most successful quiz shows to BBC One,” said Suzy Lamb, managing director of entertainment and music at BBC Studios Productions. “Anne was a brilliant host for many years and with Romesh taking the reins it’s going to be incredibly funny and as fiery as ever. The team can’t wait to get started.”

Phillips commissioned the show while BBC Studios’ Pete Ogden will executive produce. Neil McCallum is the commissioning editor for the BBC. Celebrity contestants and broadcast details are yet to be announced.

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posted 6/28/2021

More on "Magic Bake-Off"
Catch It Friday, August 13 on Disney!
From BSC Kids

Premiering on the infamous Friday the 13th, we will get the first episode of Disney’s Magic Bake-Off where we see some young chefs create the magic of Disney in cake form in front of co-hosts Dara Reneé and Issac Ryan Brown, as well as Disneyland resort pastry chef Graciela Gomez. The show will consist of three teams of two in a timed challenge to design a Disney-inspired cake where the winning recipe will be a Tastemade video that you will be able to find on both Disney Channel and Tastemade social media. The contestants will become inspired by movies like The Lion King as well as the Star Wars, Toy Story, Descendants and Zombies franchises.

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posted 6/28/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Thank Goodness for Mini-Golf"

posted 6/28/2021


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More on "Drag Race All STars"
Catch It on Paramount+ June 24
From TV Line

Today, Paramount+ announced the lineup of guest judges joining RuPaul Charles, Michelle Visage, Ross Mathews, and Carson Kressley on the sixth season of RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARS. The new season will premiere on Thursday, June 24, with two episodes exclusively available on the service with subsequent episodes dropping every Thursday.

Viewers will get a chance to see franchise favorites return for a spot in the "Drag Race Hall of Fame" and a cash prize of $100,000.

The lineup of guest judges includes: Aisha Tyler, Big Freedia, Charli XCX, Emma Roberts, Jamal Sims, Justin Simien, Tia Mowry, Tina Knowles-Lawson, Emmy(R)-award winning fashion designer Zaldy, plus special appearances by Alec Mapa, Angela Bassett, Cheyenne Jackson, Fortune Feimster, Jermaine Fowler, Miss Piggy and Tanya Tucker.

Plus, this season, fans of the show will have to forget everything they know about ALL STARS, because a new twist has the queens playing a game within the game. Ahead of the highly anticipated launch of ALL STARS 6, a full season five marathon of RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE ALL STARS will air on Logo, Monday, June 21 at 6 PM, ET/PT. Viewers can also watch VH1's "The Queens of The Screen" movie marathon hosted by Shea Coulee (ALL STARS 5 winner) and Symone (Season 13 winner), on Thursday, June 24 starting at 12 PM, ET/PT - featured titles include: "Just Go With It," "Mean Girls" and "Legally Blonde."

All Stars‘ move from VH1 to sister streaming outlet Paramount+ was announced back in February.

And now for the news you’re really interested in; scroll down to see which 13 Drag Race MVPs will be vying for a spot in the Drag Race Hall of Fame:
- A’Keria C. Davenport (Season 11)
- Eureka! (Season 9, 10)
- Ginger Minj (Season 7, All Stars 2)
- Jan (Season 12)
- Jiggly Caliente (Season 4)
- Pandora Boxx. (Season 2, All Stars 1)
- Ra’Jah O’Hara (Season 11)
- Scarlet Envy (Season 11)
- Serena ChaCha (Season 5)
- Silky Nutmeg Ganache (Season 11)
- Kylie Sonique Love (Season 2)
- Trinity K. Bonet (Season 6)
- Yara Sofia (Season 3, All Stars 1)

But only one of these queens — or possibly two, depending on RuPaul’s mood — will earn a spot in the coveted Drag Race Hall of Fame alongside the franchise’s previous winners: Chad Michaels (All Stars 1), Alaska (All Stars 2), Trixie Mattel (All Stars 3), Trinity the Tuck and Monet X Change (All Stars 4), and Shea Coulee (All Stars 5).


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posted 6/24/2021

Making It Work Again
"Making It" Returns Tonight on NBC
From WAVY-TV Norfolk

NBC’s craft competition show, “Making It,” is returning for its third season Thursday, June 23, on NBC with hosts Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman.

Eight new contestants — or “makers,” as they are known on the show — will be competing for the prestige of being named “Master Maker” and $100,000 in prize money.

Emmy-nominated hosts Poehler and Offerman will dole out the crafty challenges that will ultimately narrow the competition down to a single winner. In past seasons, crafters were assigned two projects in every episode: a “Faster Craft” and a “Master Craft.” This season will usher in the addition of a “Mega Craft,” which will, according to the network, “span an entire episode and allow the makers to better showcase their skills on a larger and more challenging project.”

In a release, NBC states Season 3 will “celebrate how making brings together friends, neighbors, and families with a new group of the country’s most talented makers.”


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posted 6/24/2021

WEDNESDAY: A Razor-Thin Margin
Fox, ABC Split Night
From DEadline

The entertaining moments of Kids Say The Darndest Things‘ season finale was no match for the sharp chefs of MasterChef Wednesday evening.

The Tiffany Haddish-hosted CBS variety show drew in a 0.3 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 2.98 million viewers, according to Nielsen Live + Same Day fast affiliates. Kids Say The Darndest Things, upon its season finale, remained consistent in ratings from its CBS premiere in May (0.3, 3.56M) but dropped %16 in viewers.

Elsewhere in the 8-9 p.m. time slot the latest installment of MasterChef Season 11 on Fox eclipsed KSTDT to become the highest-rated program of the evening (0.6, 2.64M) in the demographic.

Also in the same time slot was The CW’s Kung Fu, which drew in a 0.1 rating and 0.85M viewers.

Later in the evening ABC’s The $100,000 Pyramid premiere, hosted by Michael Strahan, became the most-viewed title of the evening (0.4, 3.43M) . The episode featured Ali Wentworth, Sara Haines, Kal Penn and Michelle Buteau in the hot seat.

The $100,000 Pyramid was among three game shows for ABC on Wednesday. ABC started its night with Press Your Luck (0.4, 3.04M) and ended with Card Sharks (0.3, 2.32M)

NBC had a slower night on Wednesday with viewership ranging anywhere from 1.47M to 1.97M viewers from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Things picked up a bit at from the 10-11 p.m. time slot with the hour-long The Blacklist Season 8 finale (0.2, 2.14M). The season closer saw Megan Boone’s journey with the series come to a close as Elizabeth “Liz” Keen dies at the hands of one of Neville’s henchmen. Despite its emotional farewell to one of its original characters, The Blacklist slipped from its Season 8 premiere (04, 3.6M) and last year’s finale (0.5, 4.1M).

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posted 6/24/2021

Get In the Car, We're Going on a Game Show
Discovery to Launch "Getaway Driver"
From the Futon Critic

Motor programming has been a staple in Discovery Channel's lineup and the new series, GETAWAY DRIVER will bring audiences new voices, new speeds, and new cars. Discovery's motor programming is a subculture with a passionate following and this brand-new series with engaging characters will push the boundaries like never before.

Hosted by actress Michelle Rodriguez who will be joined by rally champion Wyatt Knox, GETAWAY DRIVER, is the real life Fast & Furious, premiering Monday July 19th at 9PM ET/PT on Discovery and streaming on discovery+. In addition, viewers can get exclusive access to the series premiere July 12th on discovery+.

An event like no other, Michelle Rodriguez brings the ultimate driving fantasy to life in GETAWAY DRIVER. This 8-episode competition series features 24 elite drivers from drift champions to street racers to hotshot YouTubers who compete to prove they have the skill behind the wheel and the mental toughness to outrun and out-drive the competition in a massive nearly 60-acre compound filled with obstacles. Part Baby Driver, part Grand Theft Auto, the Getaway Drivers will put it all on the line - sacrificing their own cars for the opportunity to be the wheelman in a real-life car chase. The rules are simple... evade the pursuers and escape the compound to score some cold hard cash. These drivers already have the loot- but can they get away to keep it?

Viewers can join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #GetawayDriver and follow Discovery on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates.

GETAWAY DRIVER is produced for Discovery by October Films. For October Films, Chris Muckle, Adam Vetri, Tom Fullford, and Jos Cushing are executive producers. For Discovery, Kyle Wheeler is executive producer and Paola Espinosa is associate producer.

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posted 6/24/2021

Master of the Maze
Blumhouse Teams with ITV America for New Series
From DEadline

Blumhouse Television is scaring up even more moves into the world of unscripted.

The company has struck an overall deal with ITV America that covers non-fiction programming. It comes four years after ITV took a minority stake in the television arm of the horror hit factory.

The two companies are already preparing their first project together, horror competition format Escape The Maze (w/t). The series will follow individual competitors who have been locked inside a dark and mind-scrambling labyrinth, designed by maze architect, Adrian Fisher and The Premier Mission Group, encountering a range of physical and psychological challenges devised to make the experience both frightening and frustratingly difficult.

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posted 6/24/2021


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"Attack 25" to End
TV Asahi Cancels Quiz Show After 46 Years
From Yahoo! Japan

"Panel Quiz Attack 25", one of the longest-running game shows in the world, will air its final episodes this fall after 46 years on the air on Japan's TV Asahi.

The series, which began as a weekly in 1975, features four players competing to capture spaces on a five-by-five grid. Originally hosted by Kiyoshi Kodama until his death in 2011 - and successively hosted by Yasuyuki Urakawa and Shosuke Tanihara - it featured an Othello-like mechanic in which players can capture opposing players' spaces by answering a question that linked their spaces across, up-and-down, or diagonally. The player with the most squares at the end of play wins a cash prize with a perfect game being awarded ¥1,000,000 (around $9000 in 2021 USD).

The show, which added "Attack CHANCE!" to the international game show lexicon, has seen its audience share erode from 20% in its heyday to around 5 to 6%.

The show set to replace "Attack 25" is being described as a show that is targeted to a younger demographic.

A representative for TV Asahi said, "The achievements of this show are immeasurable. It is very disappointing that the show has to end."

The cancellation leaves Fuji's "Super Adversity Quiz Battle: Wall of 99 People" as the only quiz show airing on Japanese TV right now.

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posted 6/24/2021

Who's Asking in Arabic?
Armoza to Launch Format in Arabic in Israel
From C21 Media

Arabic-language public broadcaster Makan in Israel has ordered a local version of ITV Studios-backed Armoza Formats’ gameshow Who’s Asking?

United Studios of Israel will produce the show, the format to which was previously adapted by Channel 10 in Israel and broadcast in Hebrew.

The Makan show will be the 10th adaptation of the format worldwide, after it was produced in countries including Hungary, by Viasat3, and Switzerland, on public broadcaster RTS.

The format, which can air as either a 30- or 60-minute show, sees the contestant choose their questioner from a screen of faces they see in their everyday lives.

Amos Neumann, chief operating officer at Armoza Formats, said: “Who’s Asking is the ultimate gameshow that has the winning combination of thrill, knowledge and wide range of viewers. After more than 1,500 episodes worldwide, we are thrilled to kick off the 10th version of the format in Arabic, which shows how well this format can travel.”.

C21 Media

posted 6/24/2021


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MELISSA COATES: 1971-2021
"Super Genie" Played "Extreme Dodgeball"
From ComicBook.com

"Super Genie" Melissa Coates, who previously made appearances in WWE and Impact Wrestling and wrestled in Ohio Valley Wrestling and Deep South Wrestling, died on Wednesday at the age of 50.

Coates had been managing former ECW star Sabu since 2014 but had not wrestled since October of that year. Coates had been dealing with health issues due to severe blood clots in her left leg that required life-saving amputation from above the knee down in 2020, but it's unknown what caused her passing.

The Cauliflower Alley Club broke the news of her passing, writing, "Everyone here at the CAC is deeply saddened to hear the news that Super Genie Melissa Coates has passed away. We send out our sincerest condolences to her family, friends and fans. May they find comfort in the memories left behind during this most difficult time. R.I.P. Melissa."

Coates' lone WWE appearance came back in 2005 when she took part in Chris Masters' Master Lock Challenge during the Backlash pay-per-view. Numerous wrestlers and promoters quickly took to social media to offer their condolences.

Coates appeared on Game Show Network's "Extreme Dodgeball" during seasons 1 and 2.

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posted 6/24/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Coming On Down for 50"

  • CASTING COUCH: "The Price Is Right" is looking for players (PriceIsRightCasting.com)

  • Katie Thurston opens up about a dark time in her life (Glamour)

  • Ninja Warrior: from G4 reruns to NBC success (Gamespot)

posted 6/24/2021


Pro Football Talk

TUESDAY: Bowl Season
College Bowl Returns Out of AGT
From Variety

Reimagining a classic TV format is difficult under any circumstances. But the creative team behind NBC’s new primetime take on “College Bowl” had to do it in the middle of a pandemic. Premiering June 22 at 10 p.m. ET, the new “College Bowl” is hosted by Peyton Manning, along with brother Cooper serving as sidekick.

Based on an idea by Don Reid, the original “College Bowl” first aired on radio, then moved to CBS in 1959 and later ran on NBC from 1963 to 1970. The student quiz show continued as a non-televised national competition, under the oversight of College Bowl president Richard Reid, and also spawned several international editions, as well as a championship devoted to Historically Black Colleges (HBCUs).

The NBC revival, which includes a title sponsorship from Capital One (which is why the full title is “Capital One College Bowl”), comes from Village Roadshow Television and Universal Television Alternative Studio. The 10-episode series features college students competing for a share of $1 million in scholarship money, with participating schools including University of Alabama, Auburn University, Columbia University, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, Ole Miss, Morehouse College, University of Tennessee, University of Southern California, UCLA, University of Virginia and Xavier of Louisiana.

“’College Bowl’ is meant to engage these incredible kids that are brilliant around the country, and they’re out there getting their education,” said Shannon Perry, senior VP of reality and production services at Village Roadshow Television. “In this situation, they were out there getting their education in the worst possible time. They lost everything that’s great about college. It was kind of diminished at the point of filming ‘College Bowl’ for the first season, and we wanted to reinvigorate that feeling for them.”

In shooting the game show, including a bracket and winner ladder during the pandemic, producers had to safely travel and quarantine 15 teams of four college students each to the Los Angeles “College Bowl” studios. (While 12 teams competed on the show, three more teams were on standby in Los Angeles and also under quarantine, while an additional two teams were in their home cities, also under quarantine, as additional standbys.) While under quarantine, the students were stationed in hotel rooms, with under-the-door meal service, but otherwise were not allowed any human contact until they made it to the stage. Perry saluted the fortitude of the students, who “had to quarantine in their hometowns, or wherever they were, before we traveled them.”

She added: “They had to do remote COVID testing and send in tests for us, multiple times. And then they had to travel from everywhere around the country that was snowed in and miserable, to L.A., where it was sunny and gorgeous and amazing — but they had to stay locked up in their hotel rooms because we couldn’t allow them to break quarantine.

“It was absolutely inspiring and incredible and we just couldn’t be prouder of the students that came out to do it, who came out to participate in College Bowl,” she said. “I think that’s really important for anybody that watches the show to understand what these students were going through in order to participate in the show.”

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC’s America’s Got Talent this week drew 6.6 million total viewers and a 0.8 demo rating, down a tick from its last regularly scheduled episode but still dominating Tuesday in both measures.

Leading out of that, NBC’s College Bowl revival debuted to 2.8 mil and a 0.5, tying for second in the demo for the night.

Over on Fox, LEGO Masters (1.6 mil/0.5) was steady, while Mental Samurai (1.1 mil/0.2) dipped.

The CW’s The Flash (810K/0.2) and Superman & Lois (830K/0.2) were both steady in the demo; the former gained some viewers while the latter lost a few.

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posted 6/23/2021

You Bet 98% of Your Life
New Fall Offering Almost Clears Entire Country
From TV Newscheck

You Bet Your Life, hosted by Jay Leno, is sold in 98% of the country in advance of its debut on Sept. 13. Launching on the Fox Television Stations, the return of the classic game show is sold in 190 U.S. markets from various station groups, including Sinclair, Nexstar, Scripps, Tegna, Meredith, Gray, Hearst, McKinnon, Standard Media, Block, Lockwood, Mission and Sun Broadcasting.

In making the announcement, Stephen Brown, executive vice president of programming and development, Fox Television Stations and Fox First Run, said: “Our broadcast and advertising partners recognize what we do: America needs to laugh again. And there’s no one better to do that than Jay Leno.”

Hosted by Jay Leno, this new incarnation of the legendary game show will preserve the show’s trademark humorous interviews and unpredictable banter with each contestant, famously originated by Groucho Marx. For this reboot, the game will couple two strangers together for the opportunity to win prize money by correctly answering questions about pre-determined categories. Each episode will present two pairs of contestants.

Tonight Show band leader, Kevin Eubanks, will share hosting duties. Tom Werner (The Conners, That ’70s Show) will serve as the executive producer, along with showrunner and executive producer, David Hurwitz (Ellen’s Game of Games and Fear Factor).

You Bet Your Life is cleared in all of the top 100 markets, as well as in Canada; 80% of the 190 cleared markets have double runs and the program is primarily running in key early fringe and access time periods between 5 and 8 p.m.

One hundred eighty episodes of You Bet Your Life will be distributed by Fox First Run. The international format rights for You Bet Your Life are represented by NBCUniversal Formats, a division of Universal Studio Group. Tapes of the produced shows will be available for international distribution through Propagate Content.

Tom Werner added, “We are thrilled that the reaction from the stations has been so positive. We can’t wait till the launch in September!

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posted 6/23/2021

Simon Cowell Walks a Line
"AGT" Judge Returns to ITV with New Series
From World Screen

Syco Entertainment and Lifted Entertainment are co-producing and co-developing Walk the Line, a new musical game-show format for ITV.

The six-part series will give musical variety acts a chance to win a life-changing prize pot. In addition to talent, contestants will need nerves of steel to determine whether to cash out or physically “walk the line” and risk it all to stay in the competition.

Walk the Line will debut on ITV and ITV Hub later in the year, with Simon Cowell heading up the panel of judges.

The TV event format sees musical acts (soloists, duos, bands or choirs) take to the stage to perform for the viewers and the panel of judges. The top two performers of the evening then face a decision in their bid to be crowned champion—to either cash out with a tempting cash prize or walk the line and play on. If they stay in and top the leaderboard, they will then progress to the next show, facing a different cast of performers. The longer the performers can stay in the contest, the bigger the prize pot, with a stay-or-play moment at the end of each show. Each night, the reigning champion will be offered an even higher cash-out prize.

Cowell said: “I am thrilled to be working with Lifted Entertainment and ITV on this new project. We wanted to develop a show that will give the contestants a life-changing cash prize if they win. Each show, there will be a champion who must make a vital decision: either cash out then and there or stay in the contest to compete again the following night and have a chance to claim the huge prize. It’s the kind of decision that will have viewers on the edge of their seats—real event TV. I’m very excited at giving musical talent the opportunity to transform their lives like never before.”

Katie Rawcliffe, ITV’s head of entertainment, said: “The format Syco and Lifted Entertainment have created has all the makings of quintessential game-show entertainment, but with a compelling twist thrown in each show. It’s great to be continuing our working relationship with Simon and I look forward to introducing this edge-of-your-seat musical game show to viewers later in the year.”

Angela Jain, managing director of Lifted Entertainment, said: “It’s hugely exciting to be partnering with Syco on this terrific yet simple to understand and dramatic idea. We have spent some months developing the idea with them and have had a blast. We want to produce a show that looks and feels different and cannot wait for viewers to see it.”

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posted 6/23/2021

The Masked Daters
Netflix Greenlights "Sexy Beasts", a Dating Series with a Twist
From Screen Crush

Netflix has revealed the first trailer for its bizarre new dating show, Sexy Beasts. The series is a remake of the high concept BBC reality show of the same name. Narrated by Catastrophe star Rob Delaney, Sexy Beasts puts blind date chemistry to the test by having contestants sport elaborate makeup prosthetics upon meeting.

At first glance, Sexy Beasts appears to be a cross between The Masked Singer and Love Is Blind. Each participant is given a serious makeover that transforms them into a panda, dolphin, scarecrow, alien, or another anthropomorphized creature. The looks range from well-made Halloween costume to frightening nightmare fuel. While these costumes are supposed to level the dating playing field, some contestants get the upper hand. It’s easier to be sexy dressed as a gray fox than as a grasshopper.

Once contestants choose one "sexy beast" to continue dating, they’re allowed to see their true faces underneath their costumes. And of course, because this is a reality dating show, they’re all hot. Despite the show’s aim to have players focus on each other’s personality, they’ll also be able to make judgements off of their date’s overall physique. As the beaver-man not-so-subtly puts it, “Ass first, personality second.”

Sexy Beasts made its debut back in 2014 on the BBC, but Netflix is revamping the show for a new audience. It was filmed last year amidst the Covid-19 pandemic in between the U.K. and the U.S. If you're wondering why none of them are wearing masks, keep in mind that many of these prosthetic looks are full-on facial coverings — especially that dolphin snout.

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The Wrap
TV Line

posted 6/23/2021

"Wheel Slots": 26 Letters, 25 Years
Slot Machine Celebrates Silver Anniversary
From PR Newswire

International Game Technology PLC and Sony Pictures Television proudly announce the 25th anniversary of the high-performing and player-favorite Wheel of Fortune® Slots game. Originally launched by IGT in Reno, Nev. in 1996, Wheel of Fortune Slots has become synonymous with jackpots, winning and fun in the minds of casino and online slots players around the world.

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posted 6/23/2021

Crossing a Bridge
STV to Produce New Series for BBC One
From MSN

STV Studios has been commissioned to produce an “innovative” new quiz show The Bridge of Lies for BBC One.

The show, which will be broadcast on weekday afternoons, promises “both high drama and high stakes that will keep the contestants on their toes and their eyes on the prize as they risk losing it all with each step they take”.

It will see teams compete for cash by crossing a bridge made up of stepping stones across the studio floor. Each stepping stone has a different option, and the players must try to get from A to B by stepping on the truths and avoiding the lies in order to cross the floor safely, or risk falling off the bridge and out of the game.

The Bridge of Lies was commissioned by BBC Daytime & Early Peak as part of a competitive initiative to find new quiz formats made in Scotland. It was ordered by Carla-Maria Lawson, head of daytime and early peak, and the commissioning editors are Alex McLeod and Neil McCallum, based in Glasgow, for BBC Daytime.

The series will be produced by STV Studios, makers of BBC Daytime’s Antiques Road Trip and ITV’s Catchphrase, and will be filmed and produced in Glasgow.

Gary Chippington, STV Studios’ creative director of entertainment, will serve as executive producer. He said: “We’ve worked hard to develop an innovative format which will stand out in such a popular genre and it’s great that the BBC has as much confidence in it as we do. “We can’t wait to get into the studio to make what we’re confident will become a new daytime favorite.”

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posted 6/23/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Here's the Story of a Lovely Lady"

  • "The Brady Bunch" gets dragged. In a good way (TV Line)

  • John de Mol's Talpa merges with RTL Group (Deadline)

  • Luke Bryan brings his "Dirt-Road Diary" to IMDB TV (Deadline)

  • "Too Hot to Handle" season 1: where are they now? (The Wrap) PLUS what is Jeff Dye doing there? (Radio Times)

  • #ICYMI: Simon Cowell pulls one on Sofia... (WLS-TV Chicago)

posted 6/23/2021


Sony Pictures TV Studios

SYNDIES: Week 36
Results for the Week Ending June 13
From TV News Check

Judge Judy, which is preparing to recuse itself from first-run syndication after 25 years on the bench, is going out with a flourish. In the face of daytime preemptions for nearly four hours of French Open tennis on June 10 and more than six hours of match coverage on June 11, Judy jumped 6% to a 5.2 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating in the session ending June 13.

The winning score sent the judicial juggernaut to a record 1,290 straight weeks at the very top of the syndicated court shows while demolishing everything else in the daypart. Season-to-date in the most current live-plus-7 household ratings, the iconic courtroom strip is the No. 1 program in all of syndication and has led all of first run every year since 2009.

For the frame ending June 13, Judy finished second on the chart behind only the access game Family Feud. Feud added 9% to a live-plus-same-day 5.9, outplaying all rival quiz and giveaway strips.

Jeopardy was next in the category, growing 4% to a 5.1 with a second stint for guest host Mayim Bialik.

Future guest hosts as the show works out a permanent succession plan include "Today Show" anchor Savannah Guthrie, journalist David Faber, actor LeVar Burton, and sportscaster Joe Buck. The show will make a donation to a charity of each host’s choosing in an amount equal to the contestants’ cumulative winnings during their respective week of episodes.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.9 +9%
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.1 +4%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.8 +2%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox) 0.8 +14%
- Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 +25%


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posted 6/22/2021

MONDAY: A Better Second Date?
NBC Wins with Olympics, ANW
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, ABC’s The Bachelorette drew 3.3 million total viewers and a 0.9 rating, ticking up in the demo week-to-week and dominating Monday in that measure.

A far better, second installment of The Celebrity Dating Game (2.2 mil/0.5) rose a tenth in the demo.

Over on NBC, the latest coverage of the U.S. Olympic trials delivered Monday’s biggest audience (3.8 mil) along with a 0.6 rating. Airing an hour later, American Ninja Warrior (2.8 mil/0.5) was steady.

Elsewhere: FOX | Hell’s Kitchen 2.5 mil/0.6) dipped in the demo, while Housebroken (1.1 mil/0.3) and Duncanville (760K/0.2) were steady.

TV Line

posted 6/22/2021


Broadway Shows

Fox, CBS Hopes to Draw Interest in "Pictionary"
Jerry O'Connell to Host Test Run
From Deadline

Fox is going back to the drawing board.

Jerry O’Connell is set to host Pictionary, a new game show based on the popular Mattel game that will get a four-week tryout on select Fox stations next month.

The broadcast version of Pictionary will follow the rules of at-home play of the game launched in 1985. Two teams of three will consist of two players led by a celebrity captain. One player from the team will draw images that depict a word or phrase found on a card chosen at random, in an effort to have their fellow teammates guess the correct word or phrase on the card. The grand prize winner will receive a trip to an exotic destination.

Distributed by CBS Media Ventures, the half-hour show will air weekdays starting July 12 on Fox outlets including KTTV Los Angeles and WNYW New York. It’s a rollout strategy Fox has used many times before, recently with Ice-T’s The Mediator and GSN’s Common Knowledge and dating back to The Wendy Williams Show in 2008.

“Ever since my failed drawing of a koala bear, lost my mom and me our household Pictionary crown, I’ve wanted to prove myself on the Pictionary stage,” O’Connell said. “I’m so happy to be working with this team from Fox and CBS. Sharpen your pencils, it’s going to be a fun summer.”

Veteran actor O’Connell has a regular voice role on Star Trek: Below Decks and stars in WGN America’s Canadian comedy Carter. The Stand by Me and Jerry Maguire actor also hosted Jerry O, a daytime talk show that aired on the Fox Television Stations in 2019. He is repped by ICM Partners, 3 Arts and Ziffren Brittenham.

“We’re sure a lot of families got much better at Pictionary over the last 15 months, so we think the timing is perfect for a fun, innovative TV version, and to have Jerry O’Connell as host is a real bonus,” said Frank Cicha, EVP Programming at Fox Television Stations. “We’ve loved working with him in the past, and are fortunate he chose to do this with us.”

Pictionary has been made for TV twice before, with a kid-centric 1989 syndicated series and a 1997 syndie version with adults hosted by Alan Thicke. Fox’s Pictionary will be executive produced by David Hurwitz, Noah Bonnett and Richard Brown. Fred Soulie, SVP & GM of Mattel Television and Adam Bonnett, serve as co-EPs for Mattel..

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posted 6/22/2021

Germany Names That Tune
"Let the Music Play" to Return After 20 Years
From World Screen

Banijay Productions Germany will produce Let the Music Play—Das Hit Quiz (Name That Tune) for SAT.1.

Making a comeback after 20 years, the German adaptation will be hosted by Amiaz Habtu, and Wolf & The Gang will perform the music.

Songs from any genre and any decade are played live in the studio on this musical game show.

Let the Music Play—Das Hit Quiz sees three contestants battle it out across five rounds to see who can correctly name the song the quickest. Only one contestant will go through to the final and be in with the chance of walking away with €10,000.

The Name That Tune format has already traveled to 26 markets to date. Banijay Rights distributes the format outside of the U.S., Canada, Australia, Russia and Poland, where rights are held currently by Prestige Entertainment Group.

Carlotta Rossi Spencer, head of format acquisitions at Banijay, commented: “Having recently added this format to our catalog, it is great to secure another commission. The format taps into what audiences love about gameshows, whilst the live music brings a celebratory, fun atmosphere, both for the contestants and those playing along at home.”

World Screen

posted 6/22/2021

"Hot" (and Bothered) In Brazil
Netflix to Air Brazilian Version of "Too Hot to Handle"
From the Futon Critic

What's going to be: a money prize or a new crush? Find out in Too Hot To Handle. The Brazilian version of one of the most successful reality shows on Netflix, produced by Fremantle, premieres on July 21st!

Five men and five women with too much beauty and too little responsibility together on a paradisiacal beach share the chance to take a prize even more attractive than them, in what may be the biggest challenge of their lives: half million reais, but only if they manage to control their desires.

The rules are set by the bossy virtual assistant Lana: for each infraction (even a little kiss) an amount of money is deducted from the total prize. With sex out of the game, will they be able to create deeper connections?

In addition to Lana's tight pressure, the comedian Bruna Louise comments the show with a mocking analysis of our guests.

THe Futon Critic

posted 6/22/2021

HQ Seeds Into Pakistan
"Jeeto Naye Andaz Say" Raises $400,000
From EIN Newswire

HQ Trivia is an extremely popular live interactive mobile game show in the United States. The app has become a cultural sensation in the past few years of its presence allowing the entire nation to participate in the game. In Pakistan, HQ Trivia’s local variant, Jeeto Naye Andaz Say is now gaining speed and is set to become “the disrupter” of Pakistan’s game show industry as it has raised $400,000 in its seed round lead by 47 Ventures Investment.

Holding a strategic geographical region in South Asia, Pakistan is a massive emerging market with an estimated population of 225 million as of 2021. The country’s demographic is dominated by youth making around 63% of the country’s overall population. Internet users in the country are growing at a mammoth 17% each year adding around 11 million to the market. These conditions made it inevitable for an application like Jeeto Naye Andaz Say to step in and dominate the mobile game show industry, which is still in its early growth phase.

Jeeto Naye Andaz Say follows the same format as HQ Trivia airing at the specified time of 10 PM PKT every night through its dedicated smartphone application. Every citizen from across the country can participate in the game. The entire show comprises of 10 questions that can be answered through the application’s interface. There is a timeframe of 10 seconds to answer each question correctly. The cash pool decided for the day gets evenly split between all the winners at the end of the day. Adding a cherry on top of this, people who stick till the end of the show become eligible for a lucky draw and win additional prizes. The entire experience gets wrapped up in a mere half an hour. The cash transfer takes place through local e-wallets provided by several telecommunication giants in the country.

EIN Newswire

posted 6/22/2021


Time Out
MARK PEEL: 1954-2021
LA Chef Judged "Top Chef"
From Deadline

Mark Peel, the influential Los Angeles chef who founded Campanile with his ex-wife Nancy Silverton, died Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 66.

Peel died on Sunday at a Los Angeles hospital, nine days after he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer, his daughter Vanessa Silverton-Peel, told the Los Angeles Times.

Peel appeared on Top Chef Masters and as a judge on Top Chef in 2009 and 2010. Peel also made appearances on Hell’s Kitchen, Knife Fight and Kitchen Nightmares.

Peel is also survived by four other children, Benjamin and Oliver Silverton-Peel, and Vivien and Rex Peel.

Regarding his passing, Peel’s family offered the following statement: “He was a husband, partner, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle with so much joy and aplomb. We will miss him and his cooking with all our hearts (and stomachs).”

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posted 6/22/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "A FAmous Hollywood Sidewalk... The Night Sky.... A Movie... The US Flag..."

  • Michael Strahan among notables getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of fame (Giants Now) as is Byron Allen (Hollywood Walk of Fame)

  • Ciera Eastin reveals tick bite from her Survivor caused Bell's palsy (The Wrap)

  • Jeopardy! given the business (And rightly so) about a clue from last night (Decider) The show has since apologized. (TV Line)

posted 6/22/2021


Soaps in Depth
JOHN GABRIEL: 1931-2021
"Ryan's Hope" Actor Played "Pyramid"
From EW

John Gabriel, the actor and singer known for his long-running role as Dr. Seneca Beaulac on the ABC soap opera Ryan's Hope, has died at 90.

His daughter Andrea Gabriel, a fellow actor whose credits include Lost and The Twilight Saga, announced Gabriel's death Sunday on Instagram.

"It is with an unspeakably heavy heart that I share the news of my father's passing," she wrote. "John Gabriel was my hero, my role model, and my champion, but above all, my daddy. I will love you forever."

Born Jack Monkarsh in New York, Gabriel enjoyed a long career of film, TV, and stage roles, but he was best known for his work on Ryan's Hope. He appeared on the show from 1975 to 1985, and returned from 1988 to 1989. Gabriel was nominated for a Daytime Emmy for the role in 1980.

In the game show realm, he was a player on two runs of "The Pyramid" franchise.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy Gabriel, and daughters Andrea and Melissa.

EW
Deadline
TV Overmind


posted 6/21/2021

RuPaul's Drag Race Sweeps the CCAs
Jeopardy! Also WIns Award for Best Game Show
From Deadline

VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race took home multiple awards and Netflix was the winningest network at the Critics Choice Real TV Awards, which unveiled winners Monday for its third annual edition.

The competition featured ties in three of the marquee categories: Best Competition Series (RuPaul’s Drag Race and Netflix’s The Great British Baking Show), Best Competition Series: Talent/Variety (Fox’s The Masked Singer and NBC’s The Voice) and Best Structured Series (Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and Apple TV+’s The Oprah Conversation).

Netflix’s Deaf U alone took the other top category, Best Unstructured Series. The streamer, which led all platforms coming in with 22 nominations, finished with a leading six wins overall. It was HBO Max, however, that won for overall Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Programming By a Network or Streaming Platform.

Drag Race was the only show to take more than one award in the online presentation today, also winning for Best Ensemble Cast in an Unscripted Series.

Other notable awards included Jeopardy! taking the Best Game Show prize, while Alex Trebek was posthumously given the Impact Award, recognizing career excellence and the positive impact made on the world of nonfiction content. His kids Matthew and Emily Trebek accepted on behalf of the longtime host, who died in November after battling pancreatic cancer.

The Critics Choice Association and nonfiction producers’ organization NPACT team to present the Critics Choice Real TV Awards, which recognize excellence in nonfiction, unscripted and reality programming. Winners were chosen by a vote of the TV branch of the CCA membership.

Deadline
Critics Choice Association
The Wrap

posted 6/21/2021

WEEKEND: The Golfers Are Golfing
NBC Wins with Olympics, Golf
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, Fox’s Bless the Harts ended its two-and-done run with 380,000 total viewers and a 0.1 demo rating, hitting and tying series lows. Elsewhere on Fox, the recently cancelled The Moodys (560K/0.2) ticked up with its own series finale.

Elsewhere: NBC | U.S. Open golf championship coverage led primetime with 7.4 million viewers and a 1.3 demo rating in the 7 o’clock hour. Leading out of that, the latest U.S. Olympic trials did 4.9 mil/1.0 (at 8 pm) and then 3 mil/0.6 (in the 9 pm hour).

ABC | Celebrity Family Feud (5.1 mil/0.7) was steady, The Chase (4 mil/0.6) ticked up and To Tell the Truth (3.1 mil/0.4) dipped.

THE CW | Legends of Tomorrow (470K/0.1) and Batwoman (450K/0.1) each added a few eyeballs.

TV Line

posted 6/21/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Happy Late Father's Day?"

  • Nick Cannon going to be a dad... again (People)

  • Jamie Foxx no longer to embarrass his kid on Netflix (Deadline)

  • Rachel Lindsey writes an op-ed for New York Magazine (Deadline) ... and the copy writer gets the business for it. (The Wrap)

  • "Gladiators UK" to reunite (Metro)

  • Nicky Trebek's Father's Day tribute (WMAZ Macon)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the Chasers (WLS-TV Chicago)

posted 6/21/2021


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