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Hip Hop Squares Returns from Hiatus
New Episodes Resume September 25
From the Futon Critic

VH1's "Hip Hop Squares" returns from hiatus with THREE new back-to-back episodes on Monday, September 25th at 9PM, 9:30PM & 10PM ET/PT.

VH1, in conjunction with Cube Vision, Jesse Collins Entertainment and The Firm, will be premiering the second half of season one of "Hip Hop Squares" on Monday, September 25, 2017 at 9PM ET/PT. "Hip Hop Squares" features the biggest names in hip hop, comedy and entertainment as they come to play and stay to party, celebrity contestants will match wits and test their pop culture knowledge with the superstar squares.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/15/17

THURSDAY: Splitsville
CBS, ABC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.788 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) edged out the competition on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.393 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2), "Mom" (5.046 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Big Brother 19" (6.012 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Zoo" (2.632 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

ABC (4.947 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a close second with a repeat "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.041 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) followed by "Truth and Lies: The Murder of Laci Peterson " (4.901 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3).

Next up was NBC (3.972 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and encores of "American Ninja Warrior" (3.996 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "Chicago Fire" (3.924 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.285 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up the season finales of "Beat Shazam" (2.414 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8) and "Love Connection" (2.157 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9).

And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.518 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.231 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.022 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) rounded out the night on The CW (1.322 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.789m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 717k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 408k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/15/17

WEDNESDAY: America's Got Finalists
NBC, Fox Go 1-2 in Demos
From The Futon Critic

NBC (6.152 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) was the top draw on Wednesday with its mix of "America's Got Talent" (11.307 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1), "Marlon" (5.193 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), the season finale of "Marlon" (3.689 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and a special "Midnight, Texas" (2.709 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Sharing the demo crown however was FOX (4.028 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) with the penultimate week of "MasterChef" (4.028 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3).

Next up was CBS (4.372 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with originals from "Big Brother 19" (6.307 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Salvation" (3.558 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) plus a repeat "Criminal Minds" (3.253 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.904 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up repeats of "The Goldbergs" (2.993 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Speechless" (2.282 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Modern Family" (3.020 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and "American Housewife" (2.694 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) as well as the special "20/20: The Good Doctors: Brilliance & Bravery" (3.220 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.823 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "Supernatural" (0.760 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) on The CW (0.791 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the night.

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (Food): 1.268m
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 951k
- Comedy Knockout - 11p (truTV): 555k
- Are You the One (S/MTV): 268k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 220k
- Comedy Knockout - 11:30p (truTV): 166k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/15/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Q&A"

  • Arthur Chu's adventure becomes a movie (Chicago Tribune)
     

  • "Deal or No Deal" heads to casinos (Casinopedia)
     

  • "American Beauty Star" hasn't premiered yet, and already they're planning for season 2 (Broadway World)
     

  • Alec Baldwin to return to SNL (Broadway World)
     

  • Adam Levine about to be a father... again (Reality TV World)
     

  • Arie Luyendyk hits the reset on "The Bachelor"... according to Chris Harrison (Reality TV World)

posted 9/13/17

Idol Delayed?
Callbacks Forthcoming... Only One Judge... What's a Network to Do?
From Broadway World

The AMERICAN IDOL reboot continues to have problem after problem. After failing to score their own alum, Kelly Clarkson, as a judge after she signed with THE VOICE and after seeing a low turnout at their Oakland auditions, AMERICAN IDOL might have to delay taping, as reported by TMZ.

So far, the show has confirmed that Ryan Seacrest will be back to host and that Katy Perry will serve as a judge. However, they may not be able to secure Perry anymore, even when they've paid her $25 million, as they have failed to acquire 2 or 3 more judges for the panel. With Perry's Witness tour quickly approaching, the show looks like it will have to delay.

Sources say that producers are nowhere close to seating judges at the table. They wish to score country superstar Luke Bryan as the second judge, but the singer is looking for more money. The producers are not even thinking about judge #3 (and possibly a judge #4) as they work through negotiations.

Lionel Richie, Charlie Puth and Keith Urban were all names thrown into the ring to be possible judges, but none of them have come to fruition. According to a previous report from TMZ, Richie asked for $10 million, which was double what AMERICAN IDOL offered.

The producers will have to scramble to record taped auditions with a full panel of judges while working through their money problems. With Katy Perry's first tour date happening on September 19 in Montreal, it looks like we could be waiting a long time for the reboot to actually happen.

Broadway World

posted 9/14/17

Lorraine Kelly Went to a Wedding and a Game Show Broke Out
BBC Greenlights New Series
From Digital Spy

Lorraine Kelly will be hopping over to BBC One to present a new wedding day game show.

The popular TV personality will be hosting Wedding Day Winners alongside comedian Rob Beckett.

Each week, two engaged couples – accompanied by their friends and family – will go head to head to win prizes, a dream honeymoon, and a beautiful wedding ceremony which will be broadcast to viewers at home.

Although it's a competition, each couple are guaranteed to leave as winners, married to the love of their lives.

Wedding Day Winners will air in spring 2018.

Lorraine is more familiar to ITV viewers, having worked on GMTV and Daybreak and now has her own daytime show on the channel.

Digital Spy
Sunday World

posted 9/14/17

TUESDAY: America's Got $44 Million
Cross-Network Telethon Dominates
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.604 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) took home top honors on Tuesday with its presentation of "Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief" (6.092 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) followed by a two-hour "America's Got Talent" (11.360 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1).

CBS (4.577 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief" (4.082 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "NCIS" (5.178 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Bull" (4.473 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Next up was ABC (2.640 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and its lineup of "Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief" (3.951 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3), "Black-ish" (2.484 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), another "Black-ish" (2.160 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Somewhere Between" (1.647 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.586 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up "Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief" (1.594 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10) alongside a rebroadcast of "The Orville" (1.579 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.252 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.768 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (1.010 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (SF/History): 1.387m
- Ink Master: Shop Wars (Spike): 960k
- Chopped (Food): 901k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 884k
- Chopped After Hours (Food): 747k
- The Challenge: Dirty 30 (MTV): 650k
- Snap Decision (GSN): 221k

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/14/17

MONDAY: Ninja Vanish
NBC Wins on Irma-Delayed Rating Report
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.148 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was still the top draw on Monday thanks to originals from "American Ninja Warrior" (6.306 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "Midnight, Texas" (2.833 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Second place then went to ABC (4.227 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) with the season finale of "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.828 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) alongside a new "To Tell the Truth" (3.024 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Next up was CBS (4.667 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.350 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3), "Kevin Can Wait" (5.105 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "Mom" (5.027 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4), "Life in Pieces" (4.032 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and "Scorpion" (3.743 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.401 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.401 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, a repeat "Supergirl" (1.081 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and the season finale of "Hooten & The Lady" (0.937 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (1.009 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 9/14/17

Julianne Hough Leaves "Dancing"
Dancer Turned Judge to Sit Out Fall
From AOL

"Dancing with the Stars" will look a bit different next season over at the judges' table.

Julianne Hough will not be returning for season 25, ET confirmed on Wednesday. The news shocked fans, all of whom expected to see Hough alongside fellow judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba. Hough has been on the panel with them since 2014.

It's unknown why Hough will no longer be on the show or if she plans to return for future seasons.

It's possible that the many developments in Hough's life contribued to the decision: She recently tied the knot, marrying Brooks Laich in July, and she's been traveling and performing alongside brother Derek for their MOVE BEYOND Live on Tour.

AOL
Entertainment Tonight
Reality TV World

posted 9/13/17

Taskmaster Looks for "Champion of Champion"
Special to Air Later This Year
From Telly Mix

UKTV Original Taskmaster will bring together all five of the show’s series champions for the ultimate battle in a brand new two-part special, Taskmaster Champion of Champions.

The two part special will air on Dave later this year.

Produced by Avalon, the critically-acclaimed, multi-award nominated Taskmaster, will welcome back all five series champions: Josh Widdicombe, Katherine Ryan, Noel Fielding and Rob Beckett.

The fifth and final winner will be revealed in the current ongoing series, airing Wednesdays at 9pm on Dave with Aisling Bea, Bob Mortimer, Mark Watson, Nish Kumar and Sally Phillips competing.

Greg Davies will once again rule as the all-powerful Taskmaster with loyal assistant Alex Horne firmly by his side as they put the series victors through their paces with a collection of confounding new assignments in the fight to become the ultimate Taskmaster champion.

Taskmaster has received a 2017 BAFTA nomination for Best Comedy and Comedy Entertainment Programme alongside RTS, Broadcasting Press Guild and Broadcast Award nominations since its commission in 2014.

An American version has been commissioned by Comedy Central.

Telly Mix
Den of Geek!
Beyond the Joke

posted 9/13/17

Rylan Clark-Neal Goes Swimming
W Does "The Wave" November
From Telly Mix

Rylan Clark-Neal is to host a new swimming based game show called The Wave.

The series, which will air on UKTV's W channel later this year, will involve pairs of contestants.

One will stay on land with host Rylan while the other will head out into open water.

One contestant will have to swim out to pontoons in order to answer questions to win money but will find themselves weight down by rocks if they get an answer wrong.

They'll then have to return to the shore against the clock in order to win win the cash prize.

A source told The Sun: "Swimming out in open sea is tough enough as it is. But a bag full of rocks could really end in tears for those taking part.

"Show bosses will be watching nervously, hoping contestants don’t get in too much bother before the safety boat intervenes.”

Rylan said of the show: "It’s sunny, it’s sexy and it’s funny. What more could you want?

"I can’t wait to work with an amazing team, playing a really fun game and can’t wait to meet our brave contestants who are going to be taking on The Wave.”

The Wave is expected to air on W from November with 10 episodes lined up.

Telly Mix
Metro
Huffington Post
Digital Spy

posted 9/13/17

WEEKEND: Big Brother.... Bigger Football
With NBC's SNF Back in the Mix, CBS Will Have to Settle for ... Dead Last?
From the Futon Critic

NBC (19.265 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 7.1, #1) began its annual Sunday reign with the return of "Football Night in America #1" (6.988 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T6), "Football Night in America #2" (10.294 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.7, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (16.763 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 6.0, #2) and "Sunday Night Football" (21.559 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.0, #1).

FOX (8.161 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "NFL Overrun" (17.607 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.9, #3), "The OT" (11.771 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 4.2, #4), the premiere of "The Orville" (7.320 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.3, #T6) plus repeats from "The Simpsons" (2.677 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11) and "Family Guy" (2.274 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #14).

Next up was ABC (5.494 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its lineup of "20/20 - Hurricane Irma: Monster Storm" (5.692 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11), a repeat "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.080 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T11) and "The 2018 Miss America Competition" (5.603 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #9).

And finally, CBS (5.445 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) closed out the night with "60 Minutes" (8.161 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10), "Big Brother 19" (6.526 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.9, #8) and repeats of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.697 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) and "Hawaii Five-0" (3.397 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16).

On cable...
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 1.079m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 907k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/12/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Moving On"

posted 9/13/17

Food Network in October
"Halloween Wars" Returns
From Broadway World

Food Network celebrates Halloween all month-long this October with special series, new seasons, themed-episodes, seasonal recipes and more! First, Jonathan Bennett hosts special Road to Hallowee Wars on Sunday, October 1st at 8pm, giving a behind the scenes look at the journey of the talented artists vying for a spot on the all-new season of Halloween Wars, which premieres on Sunday, October 1st at 9pm. Six new teams get the chance to create the most frightening and elaborate cake displays and a shot at the $50,000 grand prize.

Then, on Monday, October 2nd at 10pm, it's the series premiere of Halloween Wars: Hayride of Horror when host Harley Morenstein takes the competition out of the kitchen and into the pumpkin patch when two teams face off in three nights of Halloween fright, creating delicious and scary treats and immersive worlds of Halloween horror. Next, Alton Brown is taking over the Chopped kitchen on the special tournament Chopped: Alton's Challenge premiering Tuesday, October 10th at 10pm with challenging baskets that tap into the physics and Science of food. Then, one formerly helpless celebrity will become the best of the worst on the season finale of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition on Wednesday, October 11th at 9pm. Don't miss the season finale of Halloween Baking Championship Monday, October 30th at 9pm when the ultimate creator of creepy treats will be crowned a winner.

Eight of America's most elite bakers compete in the all-new primetime competition Best Baker in America, premiering Wednesday, September 27th at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. Through six episodes, bakers from around the country must showcase their baking skills and creativity, as they are tasked with challenges that not only test their technical proficiency, but also their ability to execute under pressure, while under the watchful eyes of the judges: Food Network Star winner Jason Smith and Food Network's Marcela Valladolid. Each episode the competitors must compete in two difficult rounds, including a Skills Challenge that tests their mastery of the essential technical skills of baking, followed by a Master Challenge that tests their prowess in working with specific flavors and ingredients to create the most authentic and delicious versions of classic baked delights. In the end, the judges help determine which baker moves one step closer to winning $25,000 and earning the title of Best Baker in America!

"When it comes to baking, one must possess skill, discipline and patience, and not be afraid to fail," said Courtney White, SVP Programming, Scripps Networks Interactive. "These eight bakers will pull out all the stops to show why they have what it takes to be the Best Baker in America, and will inspire viewers at home with their astonishing creations and sheer mastery in the kitchen."

Also in primetime, catch Halloween-themed episodes and all-new premieres of Beat Bobby Flay, Chopped, and Guy's Grocery Games.

Broadway World
The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 9/8/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Closing Up Shop"

  • "Save to Win"... just checked out (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Evie Clair's father passes away a week before the America's Got Talent final (Reality TV World)
     

  • Jef Holm... he doesn't like Arie Luyendyk very much (Reality TV World)
     

  • BETTERIDGE'S LAW: Should "Strictly Come Dancing" have died with Bruce Forsyth? (Huffington Post)
     

  • Richard Osman snuck his "Pointless" catchphrase into his Spotify playlist (Digital Spy)

posted 9/12/17




ABC/BBC Worldwide
It's Time to Play
"Funny You Should Ask" Joins Big Four Season Premieres in Syndication
From The Futon Critic

Gird your loins, friends. The first day of a nine-month marathon called the 2017-2018 syndicated game show season has begun.

And it starts with a new entry: "Funny You Should Ask", a comedy game show from Entertainment Studios. "Funny You Should Ask", hosted by former newscaster & "The Mole" host Jon Kelley, features comedians riffing on questions asked by contestants. It's been sold to CBS-owned WLNY New York and KCAL Los Angeles, Ellis Communications’ KDOC Los Angeles and Weigel’s WCIU Chicago. The show is cleared in two-year deals, equaling 260 episodes, covering both the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons. The show will launch both on broadcast TV in syndication and on Entertainment Studios’ cable network Comedy.TV.

In addition to New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, Funny You Should Ask is cleared on stations owned by Sinclair, Scripps, Graham Media, Meredith, Mission, Londen, Sunbeam, Nexstar, Raycom and more.

Comedians appearing in the premiere week of episodes include Howie Mandel, Anthony Anderson, Tom Arnold, Louie Anderson, Sheryl Underwood, Cedric the Entertainer, Jon Lovitz, Maria Bamford and more.

“Funny You Should Ask is the perfect comedy game show for the entire family,” said Byron Allen, founder, chairman and CEO of Entertainment Studios in a statement.

In addition, "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" returns with all-new shows with the premiere of its 16th season in national syndication on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11. Originating from Caesars Entertainment Studios in Las Vegas, "Millionaire" continues to be the only program to offer a $1 million prize to each and every contestant as America's richest game show.

Hosted by Chris Harrison, "Millionaire" features contestants from all over the country and from all walks of life. In the show's classic format, contestants must answer 14 trivia questions correctly with the aid of three lifelines - Ask the Audience, Plus One and 50/50 - to win $1 million. Contestants also can win big as they navigate their way up the ladder, as the tension and difficulty build with each question, along with the prize money. Since the show debuted in syndication in 2002, contestants have won more than $95 million.

Throughout the 2017-2018 season, "Millionaire" will bring back some of its most popular specialty weeks, such as "Whiz Kids" (featuring some of the smartest 10 to 15-year-old kids in the country) and "Victories for Veterans" (in appreciation of the incredible service members from our armed forces). In addition, several celebrities will appear as contestants on "Millionaire" during the season, playing for their favorite charitable organizations. Among those confirmed are actress Sherri Shepherd, actor/comedian Rob Riggle, chef Curtis Stone, "The Bachelor" Ben Higgins, "General Hospital" stars Laura Wright and Donnell Turner, and actor/"Entertainment Tonight" correspondent Cameron Mathison, as well as Las Vegas staples Wayne Newton, Penn & Teller and Piff the Magic Dragon. Also joining the line-up this season are fun and exciting new specialty weeks including "Beginner's Luck" (featuring contestants that are experiencing Las Vegas for the first time) and "Happy Couples" (in which engaged duos team up to win money for their impending nuptials).

The long-running "Wheel of Fortune" spins into its landmark 35th year in syndication with “Teacher’s Week.” All the contestants on America’s Game this week will be teachers spinning the Wheel and solving puzzles for cash and prizes.

To add to the excitement of this anniversary season, contestants going to the Bonus Round will select the category of their puzzle from three options. The category options will vary from episode to episode. And to coincide with the 35th anniversary season, the minimum cash prize in the Bonus round has been raised to $35,000.

The show’s “$5K Every Day” Sweepstakes has been retired to make way for a bigger sweepstakes prize. In its place, Wheel Watchers Club members will want to pay specific attention to the Mystery Round. During Season 35, if the $10,000 Mystery Wedge is won by a contestant, then the SPIN ID of a loyal viewer will be revealed, giving them the chance to also win $10,000.

“Reaching our 35th anniversary season is a testament to the popularity of Pat Sajak, Vanna White and this simple, engaging game of hangman with prizes,” said Executive Producer Harry Friedman. “Instead of making this a season of self-congratulation, we’re giving our loyal viewers more game play, more fun, and more ways to win.”

Fans can once again look forward to the show’s annual “Secret Santa Holiday Giveaway.” This popular sweepstakes gives viewers the chance to win everything a contestant wins, up to the million-dollar grand prize. To date, Wheel of Fortune has awarded nearly $2 million in cash and prizes to viewers through the Secret Santa promotion.

Season 35 will also see the return of popular Wheel of Fortune partnerships with top brands including one of the world’s most iconic, Disney. Worldwide guided tour company, Collette, will also return as a partner this season. Both partnerships will give contestants and viewers the chance to win trips to desirable destinations around the world.

The winner of the 2017 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Game Show, "Jeopardy!" and its host, Alex Trebek, begins season 34 with more rapid-fire "answers and questions," challenging gameplay, and memorable contestant moments that are the hallmarks of "America's Favorite Quiz Show."

Season highlights include the latest editions of popular events, including the Tournament of Champions, College Championship and Teachers Tournament.

Also, throughout season 34, fans can look forward to the debut of new ways to play "Jeopardy!" at home or on the go. The "Jeopardy!" Skill for Amazon Alexa continues to grow in popularity, with more than a million players and counting, and "Teen Jeopardy!" and "Sports Jeopardy!" editions have recently been added to the platform. "Jeopardy! World Tour," the show's first-ever free-to-play mobile game (available on iOS and Android), invites players to test their knowledge with thousands of clues across a wide range of categories and compete against other members of the global "Jeopardy!" community and their friends.

Additionally, Mattel has debuted a "Jeopardy!" card game, now available for purchase, while a new console game from Ubisoft will launch in late 2017. Also, viewers can visit www.Jeopardy.com every weekday to play "J!6," the online game where users can play the sixth clue from each category in that day's show.

With 23 million viewers each week, "Jeopardy!" is the top-rated quiz show on television, and has won several awards and distinctions over the course of its 30-plus years on the air, including the 2017 Emmy for Outstanding Game Show. The show holds a Guinness World Records mark for the most Emmy Awards won by a TV game show (34); it is also the recipient of a 2011 Peabody Award.

Rounding out the premieres is season 19 of "Family Feud". Since its 1999 revival, the Feud has returned to the top of the ranks in all of syndicated game shows on the shoulders of Steve Harvey, which has reinvigorated the long-running franchise. The show will return to Los Angeles for the new season.

Harvey premiered on Feud in September 2010 and it’s been an upward climb ever since. In the week ended Aug. 20, Family Feud was the second highest-rated program in syndication, behind only CBS Television Distribution’s Judge Judy at a 6.2 live-plus-same-day rating in households. It’s been the top-rated game show for more than a year, overturning CTD’s long-running champ Wheel of Fortune. But more importantly, Family Feud is first-run syndication’s highest-rated show among daytime’s key demographic of women 25-54 — and second only to Warner Bros.’ The Big Bang Theory overall — averaging a 3.1 season to date.

The Futon Critic
Niagara Frontier
B&C
Time
Multichannel News

posted 9/11/17

Dunk Tank: The Game Show
"Cash or Splash" Shopped Worldwide
From Worldscreen

Global Agency is gearing up to launch the original prime-time quiz show Cash or Splash to the international television market.

Cash or Splash looks on as contestants compete to protect their $1 million cash prize and avoid getting dropped into freezing water during a seven-question game. The format is already airing successfully on TRT in Turkey. The four-season show has a total of 80 episodes.

Izzet Pinto, the CEO of Global Agency, remarked: “We’re thrilled to be bringing another exciting and funny competition to our market with Cash or Splash. The format has already proved itself in Turkey with its huge success both in television and also with the social media engagements. Cash or Splash is a very amusing and breathtaking format because the contestants are always at unease, not knowing when and if they will fall into the cold water. There is a lot of tension in it. We are eager to bring this show to audiences around the world.”

Worldscreen
C21 Media

posted 9/11/17

Celebrity Big Brother Coming to America
CBS Greenlights Spinoff
From The Futon Critic

CBS today announced it will broadcast its first celebrity edition of reality hit BIG BROTHER. The special winter edition will feature multiple episodes per week during a concentrated run and include the series' signature Head of Household and Power of Veto competitions and live evictions. Julie Chen will host.

CBS All Access, the CBS Television Network's subscription video on demand and live-streaming service, will again share all the action from inside the house with its 24/7 live feed. Also, Pop TV will provide fans the exclusive live television broadcast of BIG BROTHER AFTER DARK, an unfiltered late-night feed from inside the house. Additional details regarding scheduling and casting will be announced at a later date.

The celebrity edition of the series is in addition to BIG BROTHER's milestone 20th season that will be broadcast in summer 2018.

"BIG BROTHER has been dominating pop culture throughout its 19 seasons, and it is exciting to grow the franchise with the first-ever celebrity edition in the U.S.," said executive producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan. "Celebrities will be under the watchful eye of the Big Brother c

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Reality TV World

posted 9/8/17

THURSDAY: Finally... Football
NBC Beats All Comers
From The Futon Critic

NBC (19.625 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.7, #1) rocketed to the top spot on Thursday with its primetime coverage of "NFL Kickoff 2017" (13.700 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.4, #3), "Sunday Night Football Pre-Kick" (21.426 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 7.1, #2) and "Sunday Night Football" (20.657 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 7.2, #1).

A distant silver then went to CBS (4.918 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.566 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "Mom" (5.155 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6), "Big Brother 19" (6.133 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4) and "Zoo" (2.761 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

Next up was FOX (2.242 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with originals from "Beat Shazam" (2.481 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7) and "Love Connection" (2.003 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.514 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up a new "Battle of the Network Stars" (2.983 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) followed by the season finales of "Battle of the Network Stars" (2.440 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "The Gong Show" (2.120 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.294 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night with "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.431 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.193 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.122 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.546m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 826k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 418k
- Divided - 9p (GSN): 247k
- Divided - 9:30p (GSN): 240k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/8/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Angry Tom Brady's Angry Face Is Angry"

  • Kelly Clarkson, 15 years after winning "American Idol", reveals she would've rather not win (Reality TV World)
     

  • Turns out Peter Kraus was not ready for commitment, says Millsy (Reality TV World)
     

  • Julie Chen is shocked... SHOCKED... that people are just now thinking that Paul is running the show (Reality TV World)
     

  • Jeopardy!: a history (Cleveland.com)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: The Four (The Futon Critic)
     

  • MasterChef cruise announces "Premium Programming" (Broadway World)
     

  • Bruce Forsyth scores a goal in '74 (Chronicle Live)

posted 9/7/17

Arie Luyendyk Jr. Is Back, Ladies...
Season 8 Runner-Up is the New "Bachelor"
From TV Line

Emily Maynard’s ex is ready to wear his heart on his sleeve (again).

It what turned out to be the verbal equivalent of a shrug emoji, ABC on Thursday morning revealed that Bachelorette Season 8 runner-up Arie Luyendyk Jr. will be The Bachelor for Season 22, premiering at midseason. The announcement — which came on the heels of last week’s delayed reveal, and after a series of teasey tweets by series creator Mike Fleiss — was made on Good Morning America.

A 35-year-old auto racing driver, Luyendyk Jr. vied for Maynard’s hand in 2012, but she ultimately chose Jef Holm. At the time, Maynard opted to forgo her final date with Luyendyk Jr., instead telling him that her heart belonged to Holm. Three months later, Maynard and Holm called off their engagement.

Luyendyk Jr.’s casting comes nearly a week after the new Bachelor was first expected to be announced on the Sept. 1 GMA. At the time, Bachelorette Season 13 runner-up Peter Kraus was considered a shoo-in, but Fleiss took to social media earlier this week to reveal that Kraus would “probably not” get a second chance at finding small-screen love, after all.

Emily Maynard and Sean Lowe from The Bachelorette's eighth season are apparently thrilled about Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s new The Bachelor gig.

Shortly after ABC announced Arie, a professional auto racing driver turned real estate agent from Scottsdale, AZ, has been named The Bachelor star for Season 22 on Good Morning America, Emily and close pal Sean expressed their support.

"I can't think of a better person to be The Bachelor than Arie and I've been hoping this day would come since Season 8 ended!" Emily, 31, told Us Weekly. "He's a gentleman through and through and all the girls on his season are lucky to have him."

"I'll be wishing him nothing but the best because that's absolutely what he deserves!" Emily added of Arie.

Meanwhile, Sean -- who is currently married to his final The Bachelor pick, Catherine Giudici, with one child -- became friends with Arie on Season 8 of The Bachelorette and apparently believes the franchise's latest star is the perfect choice.

"It's about time! Couldn't have picked a better guy," Sean tweeted Thursday.

TV Line
Broadway World
Reality TV World
Reality TV World

posted 9/7/17

WEDNESDAY: No Contest... Well, TWO Contests...
NBC Wins, Fox Comes in a Close Second in the Demo
From The Futon Critic

NBC (6.351 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) held off the competition on Wednesday with its mix of "America's Got Talent" (11.682 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1), "Marlon" (5.475 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), another "Marlon" (3.686 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and the special season finale of "Hollywood Game Night" (2.791 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

FOX (3.799 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) was a close second with its mainstay "MasterChef" (3.799 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

Third then went to CBS (4.337 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with originals from "Big Brother 19" (6.323 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "Salvation" (3.482 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) plus a repeat "Criminal Minds" (3.207 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.517 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up repeats of "The Goldbergs" (3.037 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Speechless" (2.326 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Modern Family" (2.815 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "American Housewife" (2.634 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), another "Modern Family" (2.315 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and another "The Goldbergs" (1.977 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

And finally, The CW (0.774 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) likewise rounded out the night with "Arrow" (0.774 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15) and "Supernatural" (0.775 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T15).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (Food): 1.080m
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 757k
- Signed (VH1): 744k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Reality TV World
Reality TV World

posted 9/7/17

TUESDAY: Got Another Win
NBC Scores on Another "AGT" Stunner
From Deadline

There was a lot of singing last night as America’s Got Talent (2.5/10) kicked off its semifinals in the post-Labor Day broadcast. Of course, there was a bit of magic too courtesy of contestant Eric Jones, and those ratings that have seen NBC take the Tuesday summer top spot fifteen times in a row.

Overall, the Comcast-owned net saw the fast affiliates for AGT down a tenth from the final numbers of its August 29 show, which had been adjusted down from its early numbers. With 13.02 million sets of eyeballs last night, the competition show held on to 99% of its viewership from last week. As things stand, last night’s 18-49 results are a seven-week low for AGT, but with the show commonly adjusted in later numbers that could certainly change.

With Hollywood Game Night (1.1/5) up 10% among adults 18-49, NBC easily won both the demo and viewership top spots with a 2.1/8 rating and 10.23 million tuning in – the former is more than what ABC and encore filled CBS and FOX snagged all together among the 18-49s.

On the Disney-owned net, a one-hour Bachelor In Paradise (1.2/5) was down a tenth from last week’s two-hour show. Those demo numbers for BiP were still pretty good but in viewership the series hit a season high of 4.44 million. The audience uptick kept going for ABC as Somewhere Between (0.4/2) rose 12% in viewers to an all-time high of 1.9 million, following black-ish repeats. Among the 18-49s, Somewhere Between was the same as its August 29 show.

On cable...
- Ink Master: Shop Wars (Spike): 1.005m
- The Challenge: Dirty 30 (MTV): 828k
- Chopped (Food): 828k
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 496k
- Face Off: Game Face (Syfy): 462k

Deadline
The Wrap
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/6/17


ABC/BBC Worldwide
Let's Go Dancing!
Your Official Lineup PLUS a Fantasy League
From The Futon Critic

"Dancing with the Stars" is gearing up to celebrate its 25th season, and the new celebrity cast are sparkling up their wardrobe, breaking in their dancing shoes and readying themselves for their first dance on the ballroom floor, as the season kicks off on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. This season's lineup of celebrity dancers includes a "Shark," a married couple whose pro partners are also a married couple, a "Pretty Little Liar," a "Property Brother," an 80s pop icon, a WWE superstar and a NBA champion, among others.

Additionally, ABC is launching the first-ever official Dancing with the Stars Fantasy League on September 6 on abc.com/dfl. The game allows players to predict which couple will win the season and take home the coveted Mirrorball Trophy. Players earn points for correct predictions, and each point is an entry into the grand-prize drawing for a chance to win a trip for four to Disney's Aulani Resort in Hawaii and other exclusive prizes. Beginning September 19, fans can also play the weekly game to earn more points and chances to win. Each week, players choose three couples they predict will earn the highest scores in that week's episode(s). Each point the couples earn on the show is another entry towards the Grand Prize and First Prize sweepstakes.

As announced this morning on ABC's "Good Morning America," the celebrities with their professional dance partners heading to the ballroom this season (in alphabetical order) are:

· Barbara Corcoran ("Shark Tank") with Keo Motsepe
· singer Debbie Gibson with Alan Bersten
· NBA player/analyst Derek Fisher with Sharna Burgess
· Drew Scott ("Property Brothers") with Emma Slater
· Frankie Muniz ("Malcolm in the Middle") with Witney Carson
· Jordan Fisher (Broadway's "Hamilton") with Lindsay Arnold
· violinist Lindsey Stirling with Mark Ballas
· singer/TV host Nick Lachey with Peta Murgatroyd
· WWE Diva Nikki Bella with Artem Chigvintsev
· Sasha Pieterse ("Pretty Little Liars") with Gleb Savchenko
· NFL Pro Bowler Terrell Owens with Cheryl Burke
· actress Vanessa Lachey with Maks Chmerkovskiy
· Paralympian Victoria Arlen with Val Chmerkovskiy

Based on the popularity of its recently launched The Bachelor and The Bachelorette Fantasy Leagues, ABC is now launching the first-ever official Dancing with the Stars Fantasy League today at ABC.com/DFL. The game allows players to predict which couple will win the season and take home the coveted Mirrorball Trophy. Players earn points for a correct prediction, and each point is an entry into the grand prize drawing for a chance to win a trip for four to Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawai'I, and other exclusive prizes. Players can modify their Mirrorball picks until Monday, October 9, at 4:59 p.m. PDT/7:59 pm EDT.

Beginning September 19, fans can also play the weekly game to earn more points and chances to win. Each week, players choose three couples they predict will earn the highest scores in that week's episode(s). Each point the couples earn on the show is another entry towards the Grand Prize and First Prize sweepstakes. Weekly games lock Mondays at 4:59 p.m. PDT/7:59 p.m. EDT. The Dancing with the Stars Fantasy League sweepstakes is open to legal U.S. residents, 18 or older. No purchase is necessary to play. See Official Rules at ABC.com/DFL for full details.

The 25th season of "Dancing with the Stars" will have its season premiere on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT).

The Futon Critic
TV Line
Deadline

posted 9/6/17

"Jeopardy!" Returns MONDAY
More on Season 34
From The Niagara Frontier

For knowledge junkies around the country, there is only one fall television premiere that matters: "Jeopardy!" kicks off its 34th season in syndication Monday, Sept. 11.

For more information, visit www.Jeopardy.com.

Niagara Frontier

posted 9/6/17

SYNDIES: Week 50
Result for the Week Ending Augusts 27
From TV Newscheck

Judge Judy continued to show the rest of syndication no mercy, easily overruling all rivals in the session ending Aug. 27. Judy rose to a nosebleed-level 6.8 live-with-same-day national Nielsen rating, with more than 9.6 million daily viewers, its biggest rating since the May sweep, and was the No. 1 show in syndication for the 11th time in 12 weeks.

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
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.2 NC
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.3 NC
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.1 NC
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 NC
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 0.9** -10%

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 9/6/17

Playing the Percentages
Alex Horne, Tim Key Host Pilot for Avalon
From British Comedy Guide

Alex Horne and Tim Key have hosted the pilot episode of a new TV quiz show.

Producers explain: "The Percentage Game is a brand new light-hearted quiz and our panel of one hundred people will be on hand to help Alex and Tim demonstrate and explain various facts and statistics about the world."

The pilot is being overseen by Avalon, the production company that also makes Taskmaster, the hit format devised by Alex Horne on which Tim Key acts as a consultant.

In this new show, Horne acts as the host, with Key as his 'assistant'.

Horne previously ran The Percentage Game as a show at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014. The two performances were labelled "Part game, part social study, one hundred percent fun."

The pilot episode, recorded at Kings Place in London this afternoon (Wednesday 6th September), involves a panel of 100 vegetarians.

It is not currently known which channel the project is aimed at, but further information will be revealed if the programme is commissioned.

It is a busy year for Alex Horne. Taskmaster returns to TV next week, and he is also working on The Button - a family-friendly entertainment show for BBC One.

British Comedy Guide

posted 9/6/17

WEEKEND: Tackled
ABC, CBS Draw Sunday; "Candy Crush" Goes Out on a Whimper
From The Futon Critic

Sunday, ABC (4.238 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the demo champ with "The ABC Fall Preview Special" (2.802 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "College Football: West Virginia at Virginia Tech" (4.443 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2).

CBS (4.766 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the silver draw with its mix of "60 Minutes" (6.925 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3), "Big Brother 19" (5.600 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.076 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) and another "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.466 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

Next up was FOX (2.749 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its special coverage of "College Football: Texas A&M at UCLA" (2.749 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

And finally, NBC (2.060 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) rounded out the night with "Do Your Job Part 2: Bill Belichick and the 2016 Patriots" (1.489 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10) followed by encores of "America's Got Talent" (2.204 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) and "American Ninja Warrior" (2.274 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #6).

On cable...
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 1.110m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.099m

Saturday's two-hour finale of "Candy Crush" went out with a thud, averaging 1.309 million.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/6/17

Jonathan Ross Catches a "Star"
ITV Plots Pilot
From ATV Today

Jonathan Ross is to present a pilot game show for ITV.

Guess The Star combines celebrity performances with iconic disguises and a great ‘play along at home’ guessing game.

Joining Jonathan are three celebrity teams, Team Diversity, Jordan Banjo, Perri Kiely and Sam Craske, Team Coronation Street, Anthony Cotton, Catherine Tyldesley and Sally Dynevor and Team Daytime Eamonn Holmes, Stacey Solomon, Judge Rinder who will be competing against each other to try and guess the famous face hidden under the guises.

Well known stars will be transformed and perform as their favorite pop or music star as the three celebrity teams are challenged to Guess The Star behind the iconic disguise.

Each well-known personality will undergo a total makeover in order to flummox the competitors. They will mime to a pop classic in a bid to emulate their heroes. Meanwhile, the three teams, aided by a couple of helpful clues, compete against each other to work out who the performance is supposed to be.

ATV Today
Telly Mix

posted 9/6/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "For America"

  • Jerry Springer mulling a run for governor of Ohio (WOSU Columbus)
     

  • Chris Harrison lives the dream... as a Sportscenter anchor (Broadway World)
     

  • Peter Kraus "will probably not be the next Bachelor". Thanks for that, Mike (TV Line)
     

  • James Corden to be named the first winner of the Rose d'Or Entertainer of the Year (Irish News)
     

  • Anna Trebunskaya gives birth to a bouncing baby boy (Reality TV World)
     

  • MasterChef cruise announces "Premium Programming" (Broadway World)
     

  • Bruce Forsyth scores a goal in '74 (Chronicle Live)

posted 9/6/17

MONDAY: Warrior Mentality
NBC Wins Labor Day
From The Futon Critic

NBC (5.169 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) edged out the competition on Monday with new episodes from "American Ninja Warrior" (6.230 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "Midnight, Texas" (3.046 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

A close second then went to ABC (3.893 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) with a new "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.425 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) and a repeat "To Tell the Truth" (2.829 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Next up was CBS (4.260 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (5.905 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3), "CBS Fall Preview" (5.211 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4), "Mom" (3.919 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Life in Pieces" (3.423 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "Scorpion" (3.552 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.567 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) served up a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.567 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

And finally, The CW (0.887 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) opted for repeats of "Supergirl" (0.938 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Hooten & The Lady" (0.837 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

The Futon Critic

posted 9/5/17

(WHISTLE!)
Holly Willoughby's "Play to the Whistle" to Play Its Last
From Digital Spy

Play to the Whistle is facing the chop after three series on screen.

The sports-based game show, fronted by Holly Willoughby, Frank Lampard and Bradley Walsh, started on ITV back in 2015.

Actor and comedian Romesh Ranganathan also served as a long-running panellist on the game show, whose celebrity guests included sports stars such as Peter Crouch and Ashley Cole, as well as Take Me Out host Paddy McGuinness.

However, it was initially slated by some viewers for perceived similarities to James Corden's popular Sky One series A League of their Own, and ratings have fallen since its launch.

Play to the Whistle drew an audience of over 3.5 million viewers at its peak, but this fell by more than 2 million to just 1.43 million for an episode in the most recent series.

The Sun reports the regular series is getting the chop due to the busy schedules of its stars, and this is fairly plausible. However, the possibility of special episodes around big sporting events like the World Cup hasn't been ruled out.

Digital Spy has reached out to ITV, who declined to comment.

The Play to the Whistle regulars have a busy few months ahead. Yesterday, it was announced Dancing on Ice would be coming back to screens and Holly Willoughby would be returning as co-host in between her regular presenting job on ITV's This Morning.

Digital Spy
The List
Entertainment Daily

posted 9/5/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "You Can't Wait Until the Announcement, Can You?"

  • "Dancing with the Stars" has its official cast announcement tomorrow morning, but here's a leak (TV Line) and another (Reality TV World) and one more (Broadway World)
     

  • Jamie Foxx joins Harvey relief special September 12 (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Luke Bryan is THIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIS close to being the second "American Idol" reboot judge (Reality TV World)
     

  • DeMario Jackson not finished with his clap backs (Reality TV World)
     

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: "Cash Explosion" returns... and the Internet is not happy (WKYC Cleveland)
     

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Richard Osman's House of Games (Metro)
     

  • Chrissy Teigen, John Legend... nerd out on their vacation (KUSA Denver)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Steve Harvey (Parade)
     

  • Bruce Forsyth laid to rest (RTE)

posted 9/5/17

The Chase Is On... in a Family Way
Quiz Spinoff Premieres Tomorrow
From Good Housekeeping

This Saturday (September 2), The Chase is getting a makeover.

The Family Chase will feature the same host (Bradley Walsh), the same Chasers, and the same cheeky questions. But there’ll be one key difference: instead of strangers competing in a team to beat the Chasers, it will be groups of family members.

Speaking to Metro.co.uk, Bradley Walsh revealed how the new show differs from the original format of The Chase.

‘On the daytime show, everyone is very polite to one another, especially around the time of the offers: ‘just come back’, or ‘do what you feel is right’ they say.

‘But families have a sense of kinship that no four strangers would ever have as a team. They’re brutal with one another. There’s also much more banter, families have a history together, and they’re quite happy to dish the dirt about one another,’ Bradley added.

Chaser Jenny "The Vixen" Ryan has also been speaking about how the new show will be different from the version we’re used to.

‘It's a completely different atmosphere,’ she said on This Morning. ‘When contestants walk into the studios, there's so much more pressure because if you mess up, you have messed up for your entire family.’

Good Housekeeping
Metro

posted 9/1/17

More on "Cannonball"
"Most Pointless Competition on the Planet" Begins September 2 on ITV
From Metro

A gang of eager Brits will take on a colossal obstacle course in ITV’s brand new pumped up game show Cannonball.

You can watch the new show on Saturday, September 2 at 7pm, where 24 contestants will begin their fight for the Cannonball cup.

Legendary cricketer Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff will host the game show, joined poolside by singer Frankie Bridge, presenters Radzi Chinyanganya and Maya Jamaand and comedian Ryan Hand to help him narrate the action as the contestants take on the challenge in Malta.

Described as ‘the most pointless competition on the planet’ in the trailer, tune in to watch contestants of all ages facing supersized games in a custom-built water park.

We will see how high, far and fast they can fly before hilariously suffering a crash landing.

The new ITV show is guaranteed to be an adrenaline-fuelled and fun-packed, getting its name from its very silly grand finale.

In the final we will see contestants on a giant swing, launching themselves ‘cannonball-style’ at a enormous target.

Metro
Radio Times

posted 9/1/17

Fuse Blinks
Network to Import British Quiz Format as "Trivial Takedown"
From Variety

Fuse has ordered “Trivial Takedown,” a U.S. version of British pop culture gameshow “Blink” that the cable net promises will be “the fastest quiz on TV.”

The show pits two celebrity contestants against each other in a head-to-head competition to identify music and pop culture icons. The format comes from British producer and distributor Zig Zag, which did the Fuse deal and is making the U.S. version. Production is underway in L.A.

In Britain, two seasons of “Blink” have aired on free-to-air broadcaster Channel 4. Celebrities and social media influencers confirmed for Season 1 of “Trivial Takedown” include Flula Borg and Mamrie Hart, both of whom have deals with Lionsgate, Frankie Grande, GloZelle, Omarion, Brittany Furlan, Gina Brillon, and Chico Bean.

The U.S. show was ordered before Fuse inked a deal with Complex Networks that will include distributing Fuse-branded content on Complex Networks, but it will be part of that programming. TV airtime for “Trivial Takedown” is to be confirmed, but the expectation is late primetime, or late night.

On linear TV, “Trivial Takedown” will comprise 20 half-hour installments, while Complex Networks will air short-form versions and segments on its digital platforms. Fuse is also working on interactive extensions to the linear show, including a second screen game, with results displayed on an on-screen leaderboard.

The original British version of the show had a retro video-game vibe and was shot against a green screen, while the U.S. format has a dedicated set, which Fuse says help give it a millennial and social media flavor. “We’ll keep some of the look of the U.K. show and the video-game vibe, but created a set for ours; influencers are creating content out of their bedrooms on [their] phones and we wanted to capture that feel,” J-T Ladt, chief content officer for Fuse Media, told Variety.

Ladt, who joined Fuse from Red Bull TV earlier this year, says “Trivial Takedown” is indicative of his vision for attracting millennials to the cable channel. “The tone, pacing, and aesthetics of this show are right for that audience,” he said.

Fuse merged with English-language Latino-oriented channel NuvoTV in 2015. Zig Zag is the London-based indie producer behind Fox reality show “I Wanna Marry Harry.”

Variety
Multichannel News
C21 Media
TV Overmind

posted 9/1/17

THURSDAY: ... What Do You Mean a Tie?! Part 2
CBS, Fox Lead Quiet Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.369 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) was the most-watched network on Thursday with its mix of "Kevin Can Wait" (5.245 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), another "Kevin Can Wait" (5.332 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Big Brother 19" (6.967 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Zoo" (3.852 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

FOX (4.775 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) however shared the demo honors with a repeat "Beat Shazam" (4.860 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) and a new "Love Connection" (4.691 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2).

Next up was NBC (4.782 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with repeats of "The Wall" (5.055 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), another "The Wall" (4.914 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and the season finale of "The Night Shift" (4.379 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.279 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up second runs of "Battle of the Network Stars" (3.780 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), another "Battle of the Network Stars" (3.307 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) and "The Gong Show" (2.751 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (2.403 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (2.527 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (2.441 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T14) on The CW (2.444 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.637m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 800k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 510k
- SafeWord (SF/MTV): 352k
- Driven to Love (WE): 182k

Numbers for the relocated "Divided" are forthcoming.

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/31/17

WEDNESDAY: ... What Do You Mean a Tie?!
NBC, Fox Share Demo Crown
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.102 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) was the most-watched broadcaster on Wednesday with its mix of "America's Got Talent" (11.065 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1), "Marlon" (5.119 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3), another "Marlon" (3.841 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.761 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

FOX (3.679 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) however shared the demo crown with its mainstay "MasterChef" (3.679 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T3).

Next up was CBS (4.191 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its combination of "Big Brother 19" (6.178 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "Salvation" (3.479 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12) and a repeat "Criminal Minds" (2.917 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.022 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up repeats of "The Goldbergs" (3.045 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Speechless" (2.433 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Modern Family" (2.830 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "American Housewife" (2.592 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) plus "20/20: City Under Water - Catastrophe In Houston" (3.616 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

And finally, The CW (0.693 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night with the broadcast premiere of "Vixen: The Movie" (0.693 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14).

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (Food): 1.208m
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 912k
- Signed (VH1): 767k
- The Ultimate Fighter (SP/FS1): 308k
- Idiotest (SF/GSN): 240k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/31/17

LARRY SHERMAN: 1923-2017
Actor, Publicist Wrote for "The Joker's Wild"
From the Hollywood Reporter

Larry Sherman, a ubiquitous presence in New York-based films and TV shows like North by Northwest, Midnight Cowboy and Law & Order and the very first publicist Donald Trump ever hired, has died. He was 94.

Sherman died Saturday of natural causes in New York, his son, entertainment publicist Charles Sherman, told The Hollywood Reporter.

In North by Northwest (1959), Sherman drives the cab that rushes Cary Grant away from the United Nations, and in Midnight Cowboy (1969), he was the homeless person who screams outside Tiffany's and then drops dead in front of Jon Voight's character, Joe Buck.

Sherman also appeared over the course of two decades as Judge Colin Fraser on Dick Wolf's flagship Law & Order, often there only to deliver a "guilty" or "not guilty" verdict.

"My father was a glorified extra," his son said.

Sherman also served as head writer on the original version of the 1950s quiz show The Joker's Wild, walked on for comedy bits on Late Show With David Letterman and The Colbert Report and worked for years on the USA series Royal Pains, often as just a stand-in.

Sherman was an out-of-work sports journalist with no experience in publicity in 1982 when he applied for the job as head of PR for the New Jersey Generals of the upstart U.S. Football League. Trump, then a real-estate magnate, owned the franchise, and after just one interview, hired Sherman on the spot.

Sherman worked for Trump until the USFL went out of business after its 1985 season. The future president often called him "the best PR guy he ever had," Charles Sherman said.

A native of Syracuse, N.Y., Larry Sherman graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he received degrees in theater and journalism. In the 1940s, he appeared on Broadway in such shows as Maid in the Ozarks, The Traitor, Marriage Is for Single People and I Gotta Get Out.

Later, he worked with Humphrey Bogart in Deadline U.S.A. (1952), was a stunt driver on Butterfield 8 (1960) and served as Myron McCormick's stunt double in The Hustler (1961).

Sherman later could be spotted on The Sopranos and in the movies Manhattan (1979), When Harry Met Sally … (1989), Reversal of Fortune (1990), Paul Mazursky's Scenes From a Mall (1991), One Fine Day (1996), Catch Me If You Can (2002) and The Terminal (2004).

In his final film, Robert De Niro's The Comedian (2016), Sherman said one word: "Poopie."

As a journalist, Sherman worked for The Long Island Press (as sports editor), Newsday, The New York Herald Tribune (he covered the 1960 Summer Olympics) and The Rome Daily American. He also served as PR director of the New York Arrows of the Major Indoor Soccer League.

In addition to his son, Sherman's survivors include Marion, his wife of 60 years; daughter Flory and grandchildren Jonathan and Brett.

Funeral services will be private. Donations in his name can be made to the World Jewish Congress.

The Hollywood Reporter
New York Daily News
Deadline
Los Angeles Times

posted 8/31/17

"Millionaire" Returns to Nigeria
New Sponsor Returns Big Quizzer to Screen
From the Daily Trust

Barely two months after the telecom giant MTN halted sponsorship of the popular TV game show, Who Wants to be a Millionaire, the show is expected to come back on air by September 3.

This follows the partnership with another international company, Airopay which has agreed to sponsor the show produced by Ultima Studios Limited.

“Airopay is an international payment operator providing services in bill payments, money transfer and immediate loans,” says the managing director of Ultima Studios, Mr. Femi Adeniyi

Addressing a joint press conference in Lagos, the CEO of Airopay, Charles Oyakhilome John, said the show would start airing again from September 3rd, adding that it has also increased the winning sums for contestants from N10m to N15m (US$27,000 to $40,000).

He said: "Airopay is thrilled to partner with Ultima Studios Limited, whose passion and dedication to quality and world class productions are well known, by sponsoring the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire's Nigeria game show. Airopay is honoured by this partnership.

"Airopay and Ultima are convinced that the synergy between Airopay and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire's game show will be mutually beneficial.

"With this new sponsorship, Airopay is proud to say that the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire TV game show is much bigger, richer and better, as Airopay has increased the winnings sums of contestants who make it to the Who Wants To Be a Millionaire game show’s hot seat and participants who engage in the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire Homeplay."

Adeniyi however said the presenter will be changed to someone much younger, adding that the former presenter, Frank Edoho is still part of the team.

Daily Trust
Naija News
AllAfrica

posted 8/31/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Don't Mess with the Mrs."

  • Kevin Schlehuber's wife responds to Jason Dent's "joke" (Perez Hilton)
     

  • BBC Television Centre is reborn (Evening Standard)
     

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: the latest rumored "Dancing with the Stars" competitor (Broadway World)
     

  • Steve Harvey puts on a "MasterClass" on OWN (Broadway World)
     

  • Howie Mandel to join Puddles Pity Party at the Terry Fator Theatre November (Broadway World)

posted 8/31/17

Summoning the Heroes.... and the Healers... and the Hustlers
Contestants Announced for New Season of "Survivor"
From the Futon Critic

CBS announced today the 18 castaways who will compete against each other on SURVIVOR, when the Emmy Award-winning series premieres Wednesday, Sept. 27 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. This season returns to the Mamanuca Islands in Fiji and will celebrate the 35th edition of the series.

This edition, themed "Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers," will feature 18 castaways, divided into three groups of six based on how they are perceived by others. Heroes are used to being heralded for their achievements, healers receive gratitude for their work and hustlers must earn respect from others. These castaways will be forced to compete against each other with the same ultimate goal: to outwit, outplay and outlast each other in an attempt to become the Sole Survivor. The show is hosted by Emmy Award winner Jeff Probst. This season's castaways include an Olympian, an NFL player, a bellhop, a diversity advocate and a urologist.

The following are the 18 castaways competing this fall.

"LEVU"- HEROES TRIBE

Alan Ball, 31
Hometown: Houston, Texas via Detroit, Mich.
NFL Player

Ben Driebergen, 34
Hometown: Boise, Id.
Marine

John "JP" Hilsabeck, 28
Hometown: Los Angeles
Firefighter

Chrissy Hofbeck, 46
Hometown: Glen Gardner, N.J.
Financial Analyst

Ashley Nolan, 26
Hometown: Satellite Beach, Fla.
Lifeguard

Katrina Radke, 46
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minn.
Olympian

"SOKO"- HEALERS TRIBE

Jessica Johnston, 29
Hometown: Louisville, Ky.
Nurse Practitioner

Roark Luskin, 27
Hometown: Palo Alto, Calif.
Social Worker

Cole Medders, 24
Hometown: Little Rock, Ark.
Wilderness Therapy Guide

Joe Mena, 34
Hometown: Tolland, Conn. via Bronx, N.Y.
Probation Officer

Desiree "Desi" Williams, 27
Hometown: Peachtree City, Ga.
Physical Therapist

Mike Zahalsky, 43
Hometown: Parkland, Fla.
Urologist

"YAWA"- HUSTLERS TRIBE

Patrick Bolton, 24
Hometown: Lanett, Ala.
Small Business Owner

Alexandrea "Ali" Elliott, 24
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
Celebrity Assistant

Simone Nguyen, 25
Hometown: Worcester, Mass.
Diversity Advocate

Devon Pinto, 23
Hometown: Carlsbad, Calif.
Surf Instructor

Lauren Rimmer, 35
Hometown: Beaufort, N.C.
Fisherman

Ryan Ulrich, 23
Hometown: North Arlington, N.J.
Bellhop

The Futon Critic
Broadway World
Inside Survivor
Reality TV World

posted 8/30/17


Discovery Channel
Let's Ride!
More on "Cash Cab's" Return to Discovery This Fall
From the Futon Critic

Discovery Channel has a packed line-up for the fall with a variety of all-new unscripted series, documentaries and the highly-anticipated return of the network's most iconic game show.

The Emmy(R) winning series CASH CAB will return to Discovery in 2017, with a new spin as unsuspecting passengers will be ambushed by America's favorite celebrities and Host Ben Bailey in the driver's seat.

In a city with over 13,000 taxis, there's only one New Yorkers should keep their eyes peeled for... the CASH CAB! The Emmy(R) winning series will return to Discovery in 2017, with a new spin, as unsuspecting passengers will be ambushed by America's favorite celebrities! Revived and revved up, with Ben Bailey in the driver's seat, unwitting passengers enter the Cash Cab expecting a normal taxi journey, only to discover they're instant contestants in for a potentially lucrative ride. Dodging New York City traffic, these lucky passengers will take on classic CASH CAB trivia en route to their destination. If they get stumped, pedestrians and friends can help them out via phone, text or social media shout outs. If these riders get three questions wrong, though, they're out on the street. All new episodes will feature some of the top names in comedy, film and TV... who will even get behind the wheel of the cab itself, picking up lucky passengers.

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 8/30/17

TUESDAY: America's Got Semis
NBC Wins, ABC Competes
From the Futon Critic

NBC (10.471 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with originals from "America's Got Talent" (13.194 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) and "Hollywood Game Night" (5.026 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2).

ABC (3.490 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the silver draw with new episodes of "Bachelor in Paradise" (4.323 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and "Somewhere Between" (1.824 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

Next up was CBS (5.424 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (6.007 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4), "Bull" (5.141 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.123 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

FOX (1.647 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4), meanwhile, offered up second runs of "Lethal Weapon" (1.976 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7), "The Mick" (1.420 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.213 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (0.857 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.793 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) likewise rounded out the night on The CW (0.825 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.527m
- Ink Master: Shop Wars (Spike): 1.109m
- Chopped Grill Masters (Food): 845k
- Chopped Junior (Food): 796k
- Chopped After Hours (SP/Food): 648k
- Face Off: Game Face (Syfy): 518k
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 508k

The Futon Critic
Broadway World
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/30/17

Cutthroat Chopped Kitchen
Alton Brown Takes Over Kitchen for Tournament
From the Futon Critic

Alton Brown takes over the Chopped kitchen for this epic five-part tournament, Chopped: Alton's Challenge, premiering Tuesday, October 10th at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network. Four competitors face off each episode to create unique and delicious dishes over three rounds - appetizer, entrée, dessert - utilizing the mystery ingredients with a theme, as they must impress a rotating panel of Chopped and special guest judges, including Alton himself! Ted Allen hosts the edge-of-your-seat competition as Alton influences the mystery baskets and demonstrates the science of some of the ingredients throughout the tournament. Over the course of the tournament the chefs are put to the test with challenges that tap into the science of cooking and the physics of food, with each winner from the four preliminary heats competing in the finale airing Tuesday, November 7th, with a chance to impress Alton and the judges, and go home with a $50,000 grand prize.

Get more insight on the Chopped: Alton's Challenge tournament at FoodNetwork.com/Chopped, to find photo and video highlights, relive top moments, and hear from the winning contenders. Join in on the conversation using #Chopped.

The Futon Critic
Broadway World

posted 8/30/17

Back to the '90s
MTV Plots "The 90s House" September 26
From the Futon Critic

MTV today announced that singer and actress Christina Milian will join Lance Bass as host of the network's highly anticipated new series "90's HOUSE," premiering Tuesday, September 26th at 11 PM ET/PT. 90's fan-favorite guest stars include Mario Lopez, Tatyana Ali, Michelle Williams, Joey Fatone, Marques Houston, Tyson Beckford, Salt N' Pepa, Kid N' Play, Bill Bellamy, Joey Lawrence, Kel Mitchell, Lori Beth Denberg and more.

The competition show places 12 millennial housemates in a 90's inspired house that forces the young adults to officially unplug their modern-day devices and party like it's 1990. With only the technology, catch phrases and fashion from that decade, each episode opponents will face elimination by competing in various 90's themed challenges. The raddest contestant will win $90K, a Mazda Miata and two VIP tickets on a 90's cruise.

Milian is a multi-talented phenomenon whose career has spanned multiple, chart topping records including "Between Me and You, "AM to PM," and the two time Grammy-nominated "Dip It Low," from her second studio album, "It's About Time." Her co-songwriting credits include: "Play" (Jennifer Lopez), "Baby" (Justin Bieber), and "Walk Away" (Paula DeAnda). Milian's talents extend across all aspects of entertainment from "The Voice," "Dancing with the Stars," to starring as Magneta, in the remake of "Rocky Horror Picture Show." In addition, Milian has also starred in major films like "Baggage Claim," "Love Don't Cost a Thing," "Be Cool," and "Bring It On: Fight to the Finish." Currently, Milian stars in the unscripted series, "Superhuman."

Lance Bass is the quintessential illustration of a highly successful and driven jack-of-all-trades: singer, host, actor, producer, writer, entrepreneur, philanthropist and cosmonaut. Beyond his fame as a member of the phenomenally successful group *NSYNC, where the group sold an impressive 60 million plus records worldwide, Bass has made himself a household name throughout the globe. Most recently, Bass served as host of LOGO's "Finding Prince Charming," a daily panelist on "The Meredith Vieira Show" and hosted the daily SIRIUS XM pop culture talk show, "Dirty Pop Live."

Cast includes:
- CHASE, 24, (Lass Vegas, NV) - Small Town Boy. Dancer. Model. #Ultimate90sObsessions: Full House & Boy Bands
- DEVIN, 24 (Washington, DC) - Smooth Talker. BBall Player. Ladies' Man. #Ultimate90sObsessions: Power Rangers & LL Cool J
- JENIELLE, 27 (Bronx, NY) - Drama Free. Music Lover. Mama's Girl. #Ultimate90sObsessions: Family Matters & Janet Jackson
- LEXUS, 23 (Radford, VA) - Insta Addict. Fashionista. Southern Belle. #Ultimate90sObsessions: Buffy & the Bitchin clothes
- MARK, 29 (Astoria, NY) - Nerd. Tech Trainer. Strategist. #Ultimate90sObsessions: Nickelodeon & *NSYNC
- PATRICK, 21 (Las Vegas, NV) - Pretty Boy. Fitspo. Hopeless Romantic. #Ultimate90sObsessions: Tupac & Cartoons
- PRINCE, 26 (Atlanta, GA) - King Of Shade. Fashion Icon. Tough Competitor. #Ultimate90sObsessions: Home Alone & 90s Jams
- SIERRA, 23 (Akron, Oh) - Beauty. Brains. Boy Magnet. #Ultimate90sObsessions: Saved By The Bell & Spice Girls
- SHA-MONIQUE, 24 (Long Island, NY) - Fierce. Fun. Fearless. #Ultimate90sObsession: Destiny's Child & TLC
- SHANNON, 22 (Plymouth, MA) - Rapper. Feminist. Activist. #Ultimate90sObsession: Biggie Smalls & Grunge
- TRAVANA, 25 (Seattle, WA) - Mother. Sass Queen. Snake Hater. #Ultimate90sObsession: Dr. Dre & Nirvana
- WILLIAM, 27 (Long Island, NY) - 90's Shop Owner. New Yorker. Vintage Lover. #Ultimate90sObsessions: Fresh Prince & Throwback Tees

The Futon Critic

posted 8/30/17

MONDAY: One More, Then Vegas
NBC, ABC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.707 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) edged out the top spot on Monday with new episodes of "Bachelor in Paradise" (5.389 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.344 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

Second place then went to NBC (5.442 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) with originals from "American Ninja Warrior" (6.436 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and "Midnight, Texas" (3.454 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3).

Next up was FOX (2.914 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with its mainstay "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.914 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.600 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up repeats of "Kevin Can Wait" (4.306 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6), "Superior Donuts" (3.639 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Mom" (3.795 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Life in Pieces" (3.306 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "Scorpion" (3.276 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

And finally, a repeat "Supergirl" (1.125 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and a new "Hooten & The Lady" (0.999 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) on The CW (1.062 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Snap Decision (GSN): 295k

The Futon Critic

posted 8/30/17

"Guerre des Clans" Returns
France to Reboot "Family Feud"
From C21 Media

Canal+ channel C8 in France has picked up FremantleMedia’s classic gameshow format Family Feud, which will air in an access primetime slot on Fridays from next month.

The show, which previously ran in France for 10 years as Une Famille en Or on TF1, will arrive on C8 as Family Battle on September 22.

It will air as part of daily talkshow Touche Pas a Mon Poste (TPMP), whose presenter, Cyril Hanouna, will host.

Originally a feel-good format that commented on other TV shows, TPMP found itself at the centre of controversy last season when it was accused of playing homophobic and humiliating pranks. The channel was fined €3m (US$3.6m) by regulatory body CSA after it received 47,000 complaints about the show.

C8 is appealing against the decision, but has announced TPMP will revert back to its original, less risqué format in the autumn and will now also include gameshow segments.

The channel is looking to develop its schedule in order to grow its reach. It moved into gameshows last year, enjoying success with original format Guess My Age. It also launched original primetime adventure gameshow format Cash Island a week ago.

C21 Media

posted 8/30/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Mouse Trap"

posted 8/30/17

The New Look "GBBO" Finally Premieres
New Faces Join Paul Hollywood in a New Home
From Grub Street

We probably expect too much from our food shows. It’s not sufficient for a host to mug his way through the pancake palaces and greasy spoons of America — that person must be Guy Fieri, who represents the sentient id of a deep-fat fryer. A host can no longer teach viewers the perfect way to roast a chicken, they must do so while also soothing our various postmillennial neuroses. We aren’t satisfied watching the country’s best young chefs cook incredibly intricate restaurant dishes unless they do it with artificial time constraints against at least a dozen other young chefs.

That is to say, we need our food shows to be about more than food. The Great British Bake Off, which you may know as the Great British Baking Show (its title for American broadcasts on PBS), is the reigning champion of food TV that is about much more than its central, gently unfolding narrative. Look past its unending procession of custard tarts and Swiss rolls and you see that the show’s bucolic tent setting is nothing less than a “symbol of British society today.”

That quote is from Nadiya Hussain, who in addition to being a fantastic cook and the victor of the show’s sixth series — season three, Stateside — is a Muslim woman who sports fashionable hijabs and has become a star in her own right. The marrow of most GBBO assessments is that the show’s light drama functions as a sort of spiritual balm that transcends borders, most notably seen in its sensible approach to issues of diversity and representation.

It is also exceedingly popular: During the show’s previous season, which aired on BBC One, episodes garnered an average of 13.6 million viewers, and more than half the TV-viewing public throughout Britain watched its final episode live. Episodes can cause sheet-pan sales to spike by 800 percent, and one writer took an NSA-level look at social-media accounts to try to determine who would be a finalist in the upcoming season, which debuts in the U.K. this week. The Great British Bake Off, in other words, is required viewing.

So you probably heard, many times, that the show has been ruined by creator Love Productions’ cash-grab-motivated migration from (the relatively staid) BBC One to (the flashier) Channel 4. Only Paul Hollywood, one-fourth of the show’s original hosting team, made the jump to the new show. Beloved hosts Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc are headed into game-show territory, and the even-more-beloved Mary Berry diplomatically stayed behind at BBC to tour “stately” homes and help locate Britain’s Best Cook.

Grub Street
Radio Times
Digital Spy

posted 8/29/17

SYNDIES: Week 49
Recaps for the Week Ending August 20
From TV Newscheck

Dr. Phil reached a milestone in the session ending Aug. 20, winning the talk show race for the 50th week in a row. Despite being in reruns on all five days, Phil grew 4% for the week to a 2.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and jumped 33% from last year, which was the strongest annual increase of any talk show.

Live with Kelly and Ryan, which was on hiatus, was the only other talker hitting — or anywhere near the — 2 rating level, scoring a steady 2.0 and grabbing second place.

In access, Family Feud fell 2% to a 6.2 and finished second to overall champ Judy. However, Feud continued to lead the game shows, rolling over Wheel of Fortune, which faded 2 to a 5.3.

GAME SHOWS
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.2 -2%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.3 -2%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.1 -2%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 NC
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.0 NC

TV Newscheck

posted 8/29/17

WEEKEND: Football & VMAs & Game of Thrones
Summer Stalwarts Hold Their Own
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.238 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) took home top honors on Sunday with its coverage of "NFL Preseason: San Francisco 49ers at Minnesota Vikings" (6.416 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2). Leading off the night was a repeat of "Dateline NBC" (5.705 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5).

Second place then went to FOX (2.593 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) with its mix of "NFL Overrun" (5.166 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "Bob's Burgers" (2.526 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "The Simpsons" (2.231 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "Family Guy" (1.997 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), another "The Simpsons" (1.854 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and another "Family Guy" (1.781 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9).

Next up was ABC (5.134 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and its quartet of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.356 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6), "Celebrity Family Feud" (6.386 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4), "Steve Harvey's Funderdome" (4.318 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.477 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13).

And finally, CBS (4.653 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) rounded out the night with "60 Minutes" (7.089 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13), "Big Brother 19" (6.350 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), "Candy Crush" (2.261 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2.911 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16).

On cable...
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.099m
- The Great Food Truck Race (Food): 1.068m

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TV Line
Deadline
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/29/17


Games Gone By: The Cheap Show
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Ever wanted to win a spare sink or a hot plate? Ever wanted celebrities to (allegedly) no-show? Ever wanted to see your loved one get slimed like you were at Nickelodeon Studios? Ever wanted a rat to pick a bonus prize for you? Or, hell, ever just wanted to see Dick Martin act awkward? Well, then, have we got a "Games Gone By..." for YOU! Chris Wolvie presents a show that SO lived up to its name: "The Cheap Show"!

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 8/29/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Bad Housemate"

  • Jason Dent jokes about crossing the uncrossable line... With a houseguest's wife (TMZ)
     

  • Nick Viall still loves Vanessa Grimaldi very much (Reality TV World), but is NOT going back to the franchise any time soon (Reality TV World)
     

  • Back to the company for Sasha Farber & Jenna Johnson (Reality TV World)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: The Voice goes full-on Quinn Martin in this promo.... Google it. (TV Line)
     

  • Corinne Olympios, who engaged in a drunken come-on with another on "Bachelor in Paradise" while dating someone else and is no longer dating the person she left for her drunken come-on, but is now dating another someone else, says she's the victim of an overzealous media, not an overzealous castmate (Reality TV World)
     

  • "American Idol" to audition via... kiosk? (Broadway World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with "Starcade" creators Jim Caruso & Mavis Arthur (ComicBook.com)

posted 8/28/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Give Me Ten"

  • CBS buys Network Ten Australia (Surviving Tribal)
     

  • ABC games the escape we need for the third summer in a row (AV Club)
     

  • Shout Factory kicks off "Starcade" marathon (Finder)
     

  • The other Nick & Vanessa of ABC reality is heading to "Dancing", says a report (TV Line)
     

  • Corinne Olympios, who engaged in a drunken come-on with another on "Bachelor in Paradise" while dating someone else and is no longer dating the person she left for her drunken come-on, but is now dating another someone else, is ready to tell her side of the story (Reality TV Workd)
     

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: CBS moves Candy Crush to Saturday... and extends the finale to two hours... THIS Saturday, killing all chances for a season 2 (The Futon Critic)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Sandi Toksvig (The Guardian)

posted 8/25/17

THURSDAY: 14:59.59
"Boy Band" Upticks During Finale, Still Gets Walloped by "The Wall"
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.152 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was still the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.710 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Kevin Can Wait" (5.532 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "Big Brother 19" (6.443 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Zoo" (2.892 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

NBC (4.649 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then took home the silver with the summer finales to "The Wall" (5.364 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and "Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update" (5.757 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) followed by a repeat "Great News" (3.145 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and a new "The Night Shift" (4.133 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Next up was FOX (2.492 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with originals from "Beat Shazam" (2.605 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "Love Connection" (2.379 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.343 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up the season finale of "Boy Band" (2.729 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9), a new "Battle of the Network Stars" (2.312 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and a repeat "The Gong Show" (1.988 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.675 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.442 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.451 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) rounded out the night on The CW (1.561 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Project Runway (Lifetime): 1.572m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 963k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 738k
- SafeWord (MTV): 534k

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Deadline
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/25/17

"Scared Famous": Just in Time for Halloween
New Celebreality Competition Launches on VH1 October 23
From the Futon Critic

VH1 today announced the new spine-chilling competition series "Scared Famous" will premiere on Monday, October 23rd at 9PM ET/PT. Legendary rapper Redman is named the Master of Scare-a-Monies for 10 of the biggest reality stars as they try to endure gruesome challenges and terrifying scares that pay homage to recent horror hits. Over 2 weeks, these celebrities will move into an eerie estate in Savannah, Georgia, one of America's most haunted cities, and test their limits for a chance to donate $100,000 to his or her favorite charity. They must rely on alliances, strategy and friendships, but supernatural forces beyond their control may be their true undoing.

Celebrity contestants include:

· Alaska, "Rupaul's Drag Race"
· Don Benjamin, "America's Next Top Model"
· Drita D'Avanzo, "Mob Wives"
· Erica Mena, "Love & Hip Hop: New York"
· Eva Marcille, "America's Next Top Model"
· Miss Nikki Baby "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood"
· Safaree, "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood"
· Sky, "Black Ink Crew: New York"
· Tiffany "New York" Pollard, "I Love NY"
· Yung Joc, "Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta"

"Scared Famous" is executive produced by David Garfinkle, Jay Renfroe and Jason Carbone for Renegade, an Entertainment One Company. Jeff Gaspin is executive producing for GaspinMedia. Nina L. Diaz, Liz Fine, Lily Neumeyer, Elena Diaz and Jihoon Zun are executive producers for VH1.

Stay up-to-date on "Scared Famous" news and exclusives on Scared Famous' Facebook and @VH1's Twitter and Instagram. Use #ScaredFamous to join the conversation.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/25/17

ITV2 Plans "Survival of the Fittest"
Battle of the Sexes for a Big Cash Prize
From Telly Mix

New ITV2 reality show Survival of the Fittest will see 'the ultimate battle of the sexes'.

The new reality game show will see a group of young, hot singles living together under the searing South African savannah sun as they take part in the ultimate battle of the sexes, in order to win a big cash prize.

Launching in 2018, a team of girls and a team of boys will battle it out in a series of stunning physical and mental challenges to determine which sex has the upper hand, while romantic dates will test their loyalties to the limit.

Will the girls put sisters before misters and will the boys choose mates over dates? Or will the temptation be too much and they end up in bed with the enemy?

From the makers of Love Island, this brand new stripped entertainment series will give viewers the power to decide who stays in the competition, who goes home, and which sex ultimately comes out on top.

Head of Digital Channels and Acquisitions, Paul Mortimer said: “ITV2’s younger audience will no doubt relish the escapism this immersive physical game show from sunny South Africa will provide next winter.

"Like Love Island before it, this series’ nightly mixture of fun challenges and burgeoning relationships ought to be must see.”

Telly Mix
C21 Media

posted 8/25/17

WEDNESDAY: No Contest for This Talent...
NBC Soundly Beats Competition
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.002 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the top draw on Wednesday thanks to a new "America's Got Talent" (10.527 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) followed by "Marlon" (4.972 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), a second "Marlon" (3.819 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4) and a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.083 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6).

FOX (3.436 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed the silver with its expanded two-hour "MasterChef" (3.436 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T4).

Next up was CBS (4.085 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its mix of "Big Brother 19" (6.130 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Salvation" (3.142 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and a repeat "Criminal Minds" (2.983 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.205 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) resumed repeats of "The Goldbergs" (2.502 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "Speechless" (1.954 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11), "Modern Family" (2.447 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "American Housewife" (2.217 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), another "Modern Family" (2.186 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and another "The Goldbergs" (1.928 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.038 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "Supernatural" (1.150 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) on The CW (1.094 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition (SP/Food): 1.133m
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 855k
- Signed (VH1): 741k
- Idiotest - 10p (GSN): 272k
- Idiotest - 10:30p (GSN): 234k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/24/17

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

  • COMMENTARY: How "The Gong Show" can earn a season 2 (CarterMatt)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: 6 ridiculous Crystal Maze fails (Radio Times), plus a BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW (Den of Geek!)
     

  • If you had Nick Viall & Vanessa Grimaldi at five months, come up and claim your prize (Reality TV World)
     

  • Corinne Olympios, who engaged in a drunken come-on with another on "Bachelor in Paradise" while dating someone else, is no longer dating the person she left for her drunken come-on, but she is now dating another someone else. TL;DR, THE ARISTOCRATS! (Us)
     

  • ICYMI: Alec Baldwin rallies in Arizona (TV Line)

posted 8/25/17


IMDB
JAY THOMAS: 1948-2017
Actor/Comedian/Radio Host Hosted "Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire"
From CNN

Jay Thomas, a comic and character actor whose credits include roles on "Cheers" and "Murphy Brown," has died after a battle with cancer, according to his publicist Tom Estey. Thomas was 69.

"Jay Thomas was one of the funniest and kindest men I have had the honor to call both client and friend for 25 years plus. He will be dearly missed by so many," Estey said in a statement to CNN.

In addition to his work on TV, many know Thomas from his annual holiday season appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman," where he'd retell what Letterman once called "the greatest talk show story of all time."

The colorful anecdote involved Thomas giving a ride to a costumed Clayton Moore, star of TV's "The Lone Ranger," and getting involved in a minor car crash that escalated into more.

"I loved Jay," Letterman told CNN in a statement. "His Lone Ranger story was the best I heard in 30 years. Plus, nobody could throw a football like Jay. Maybe Tina Fey, maybe. My heart goes out to his family."

He first told the story in 1998 and returned almost every year to tell it again until Letterman retired. In 2013, John McEnroe filled in for Thomas, who was recovering from surgery.

Thomas' TV career started in the early '80s, and he quickly amassed a number of credits.

He recurred on "Mork & Mindy" as deli owner Remo DaVinci, played the love interest of Rhea Perlman's Carla Tortelli on "Cheers," and played tabloid talk show host Jerry Gold on "Murphy Brown."

Thomas won two Emmy awards for outstanding guest actor in a comedy series for his portrayal of Gold.
His most recent credits include appearances on "Bones," "NCIS: New Orleans," and "Ray Donovan."

He was also involved in many game shows as a guest on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire", "Pyramid" & "Hollywood Squares" as well as host of the unsold American version of the British quiz show "The Enemy Within". But perhaps his greatest notoriety came as host of the much-maligned one-off special, "Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire", where Rick Rockwell, an alleged multimillionaire, married Darva Conger.

In more recent years, Thomas had developed a large radio following after a long career as a DJ and talk show host. Since 2005, he had hosted The Jay Thomas Show on SiriusXM. He also hosted a Friday afternoon show on Sirius’ Howard 101 channel.

SiriusXM ran an encore episode of Thomas’ radio show today and announced that, in keeping with Thomas’ wishes, the company and his staff would not comment on his passing. The show will return with a live installment Monday.

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Deadline
TV Line

posted 8/24/17

Don't Call It A Comeback...
Mark Ballas Returning to "DWTS", New Cast to Be Announced September 6
From the Futon Critic

The exciting new cast of the 25th season of "Dancing with the Stars" will be revealed live, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, exclusively on "Good Morning America" (7:00-9:00 a.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. The competition begins with an all-new cast of celebrities who will be paired up with the show's pro dancers and brave the dance floor for the very first time. Each week these celebrities will leave their comfort zones and endure hours of grueling rehearsals to master new dance styles and technical choreography to perform a dance, which will be judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts as well as voted upon by viewers. In the end, only one star will rise above the rest to be crowned champion and win the coveted Mirrorball trophy.

"Good Morning America," along with pro dancer Mark Ballas - who is returning to "Dancing with the Stars" after being away for two seasons - announced the following season 25 professional dancers this morning (in alphabetical order):

· Alan Bersten
· Artem Chigvintsev
· Emma Slater
· Gleb Savchenko
· Keo Motsepe
· Lindsay Arnold
· Maks Chmerkovskiy
· Mark Ballas
· Peta Murgatroyd
· Sharna Burgess
· Val Chmerkovskiy
· Witney Carson

The 25th season of "Dancing with the Stars" will have its season premiere on MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18 (8:00-10:01 p.m. EDT).

The Futon Critic
Reality TV World

posted 8/24/17

ABC Can't Handle the Truth... Just Yet
Season 3 of "To Tell the Truth" to Air Midseason; Two Eps to Air As Part of Season 2
From the Futon Critic

"America's Funniest Home Videos," the show that invented the viral video and the longest-running primetime entertainment show in ABC history, returns for season 28 in a new time period, premiering SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network.

"America's Funniest Home Videos," will continue to be a Sunday-night tradition for millions of families from coast to coast, providing viewers with hysterical moments that fly by at a dizzying pace. These real-life blunders are fun for everyone from four to one hundred and four.

With returning host Alfonso Ribeiro, "America's Funniest Home Videos" has given away over $15 million in prize money and evaluated more than a million video clips from home viewers.

"America's Funniest Home Videos" is produced by Vin Di Bona Productions. Vin Di Bona and Michele Nasraway serve as executive producers.

"To Tell the Truth" will return midseason. All-new episodes in 2017 air as follows:

MONDAY, AUGUST 28:

10:00-11:00 p.m. "Episode 205"

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11:

10:00-11:00 p.m. "Episode 301"

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18:

10:00-11:00 p.m. "Episode 303" (Season Finale)

The Futon Critic
Orlando Sentinel

posted 8/24/17

Button Button Who's Got The Button
BBC Greenlights Family-Friendly Take on "Taskmaster"
From British Comedy Guide

Alex Horne and Andy Devonshire, creator and producer of the hit Dave series Taskmaster, have created a new format for BBC One.

The Button, an entertainment game show format due to launch later this year, sees five groups - families and friends - set a series of bizarre challenges in order to win cash prizes.

Also made by Taskmaster producer Avalon Television, the new show sees each groups with a box in their living room, including a screen on one side and large button on top. The button can, at any point and without notice, begin flashing, at which point the team's time begins. As soon as they notice the flashing, they must press the button in order to receive their task. Each group competes against each other, and the clock, in completing the challenges satisfactorily.

Amongst the challenges that will be seen in the series are completely wrapping up two people in toilet roll; and transferring a collection of large novelty inflatable objects into their living rooms as quickly as possible.

The BBC says: "The Button will visit five families or friends each week and place a talking button at the heart of their front room where the teams face spontaneous challenges against the clock to win a cash prize.

"The teams must keep a beady eye on the button which turns from green to red when it's time to play. They miss it at their peril as it's a race against the clock to hit the button and start the game. The Button delivers the task they must complete in the quickest time, interacts with them, and also reveals their rival teams on screen and the results."

Involving adults, teens and children, the 8-part family game show draws heavily from Dave's successful post-watershed challenge format, which sees 5 comedians in each series competing against each other in a series of similarly odd and thought-process-challenging tasks. Whilst Taskmaster is hosted in a TV studio by Greg Davies with Alex Horne as his assistant, The Button is filmed entirely in the families' homes, and features Horne as the voice of the Button itself.

Kate Phillips, Controller of BBC Entertainment said: "This new show absolutely pushes all the right buttons for us. It's a funny, frantic, competitive romp and a great snapshot of family life across the UK."

Jon Thoday, Executive Producer from Avalon says: "I am excited to be working with the BBC and the team behind Taskmaster on this exciting new project."

Whilst The Button is expected to debut in a prime-time BBC One slot later this year, Taskmaster returns for its fifth series on 13th September. An American version with Reggie Yates hosting for Comedy Central is forthcoming.

British Comedy Guide
Beyond the Joke
Chortle
Radio Times

posted 8/24/17

Russian Collusion and a Wall...Not a Political Story
"The Wall" Sold to CEE & Russia
From Realscreen

Global content producer and distributor Endemol Shine Group and Universal Television Alternative Studios have completed a series of new deals with broadcasters across Central Eastern Europe and Russia for The Wall.

Endemol Shine Poland has been commissioned by TVP 1 in Poland to produce 14 episodes of the original U.S. format from Glassman Media, SpringHill Entertainment and Universal Television Alternative Studio.

Elsewhere, Weit Media has been commissioned to produce eight episodes by Russian broadcaster, Rossya 1. Meanwhile, Antena in Romania has ordered a run of 45 episodes with RTL in Hungary commissioning 50 episodes.

Filming for both the Russian and Romanian productions will take place at the Polish hub.

This raft of commissions follows the news of a Channel Seven deal with Endemol Shine Australia and a French Canadian deal with Quebecor Content. The Wall continues to roll out globally with launches in France, Spain and Germany.

The quiz show requires teammates to work together to tackle an enormous interactive wall in order to win the cash prize.

Realscreen

posted 8/24/17

Building a Better Game Show... One Brick at a Time
"LEGO Masters" Premieres in the UK
From Telly Mix

Channel 4's new game show LEGO Masters begins tonight with contestants competing in rounds of difficult build challenges.

Eight competing pairs of all ages will have their design, originality and construction skills put to the test in a battle to be crowned LEGO MASTERS.

Hosted by DJ and TV presenter Melvin Odoom, each program tests a wide array of disciplines from the playful to the technical to the unexpected and judging is led by Matthew Ashton, Vice President of Design for the LEGO Group.

Joining Matthew in each round will be an array of expert judges from the fields of engineering, art and design and guest celebrity LEGO fans including Richard Osman, Bill Bailey and Dara O’Briain.

Telly Mix

posted 8/24/17

AXS Factor
UK Talent Show to Air Season 14 September 3
From Deadline

The X Factor UK will return to AXS TV in a two-day premiere on September 3 and 4 at 9PM. Episodes of the 14th season will then air 24 hours after their UK broadcasts, with encore airings every night. To set the stage, AXS will run an X Factor marathon this Sunday. This is the fourth year in a row the network is featuring the competition series.

Simon Cowell, Sharon Osbourne, Nicole Scherzinger and Louis Walsh are back as judges for Season 14 which debuts on ITV in the UK on September 2.

This season has held auditions across the UK. Once again hopefuls are tackling two audition rounds, starting with the closed rooms, in which they find themselves eyeball-to-eyeball in front of the judges.

Season 14 sees the return of the Six Chair Challenge, culminating in the live shows which will air later this year.

On AXS in the U.S, the series “has remained one of the most popular shows on our network,” said Evan Haiman, Vice President of Programming and Development. “The talent that the series attracts is truly some of the best in the world, as evidenced by the tremendous track record that The X Factor UK has built during its tenure. This upcoming season is poised to be one of the best in recent memory, giving viewers a unique chance to witness the superstars of the future as they put their powerful vocals on full display to earn the opportunity of a lifetime.”

The Syco Entertainment and Thames TV production aired in 165 territories in 2016. AXS is the first American network to broadcast it.

Deadline
Telly Mix

posted 8/23/17


BBC
SIR BRUCE FORSYTH: 1928-2017
From Deadline

Bruce Forsyth, the veteran British entertainer and game show host who BBC director general Tony Hall called “one of the greatest entertainers our country has ever known,” died today. He was 89. He had been unwell for some time and was in hospital earlier this year with a severe chest infection. His manager confirmed the news on Friday.

“It is with great sadness that the Forsyth family announce that Sir Bruce passed away this afternoon, peacefully at his home surrounded by his wife Wilnelia and all his children,” said his manager Ian Wilson in a statement to the BBC. “A couple of weeks ago, a friend visited him and asked him what he had been doing these last 18 months. With a twinkle in his eye, he responded ‘I’ve been very, very busy…being ill!”

Forsyth’s long career in show business began when he was just 14, onstage at his local theater. The multihyphenate, who sang, danced and coined the catchphrase “nice to see you, to see you nice,” became well known for hosting a raft of game shows in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s including The Generation Game, Play Your Cards Right and The Price Is Right. His sole US credit comes from the short-lived "Bruce Forsyth's Hot Streak" in 1986.

His prolific work saw him become, at one time, Britain’s best-paid TV star.

He also hosted BBC One’s biggest show Strictly Come Dancing with Tess Daly from 2004-14. In 2011, he was knighted after a huge campaign from friends.

“Sir Bruce was one of the greatest entertainers our country has ever known,” said BBC director general Tony Hall. “He has delighted millions of people and defined Saturday night television for decades with shows like The Generation Game and, most recently Strictly. His warmth and his wit were legendary.

“I’ve never seen anyone quite like him when it comes to performing in front of a crowd. He had a remarkable chemistry with his audience – that’s what made him such an amazing professional and why he was so loved. He has been part of all of our lives, and we’ll miss him dearly.”

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posted 8/24/17

TUESDAY: We're Out of Puns, Thanks, NBC!
Peacock Wins on "AGT", "HGN"
From The Futon Critic

NBC (10.121 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) ran away with another victory on Tuesday with new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (12.600 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) and "Hollywood Game Night" (5.163 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2).

ABC (3.117 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the silver draw with originals from "Bachelor in Paradise" (3.847 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) and "Somewhere Between" (1.657 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

Next up was CBS (5.071 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (5.634 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Bull" (4.556 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.024 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.497 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) likewised opted for second runs of "Lethal Weapon" (1.881 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7), "The Mick" (1.201 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.025 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (0.757 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.625 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.691 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.300m
- Ink Master: Shop Wars (Spike): 968k
- The Challenge: Dirty 30 (MTV): 831k
- Chopped Grill Masters (Food): 797k
- Face Off (SF/Syfy): 537k
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 524k
- Fear Factor (SF/MTV): 468k
- Face Off: Game Face (P/Syfy): 408k
- Snap Decision - 9p (GSN): 237k
- Divided - 10:30p (GSN): 208k
- Snap Decision - 9:30p (GSN): 191k
- Divided - 10p (GSN): 188k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/24/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Foreclosure?"

  • Big Brother UK may be in danger of shutting the doors. Again (Telly Mix)
     

  • It's the people vs. Shaun Wallace (Gazette Live)
     

  • The Smart Ass Trial continues... (Herald-Sun)

posted 8/24/17

SYNDIES: Week 48
Results for the Week Ending August 13
From TV Newscheck

Most daytime shows were relatively stable in the session ending Aug. 13, however, there were some radical shifts compared to last year when the heavily watched Rio Summer Olympics was a major factor.

For most, competing with the games was a big negative, although Rio gave a big boost to some shows on NBC stations that aired adjacent to the Olympics.

For example, Dr. Phil surged 35% compared to last year at this time, the largest annual increase of any talker. The category leader breezed to its 49th straight victory in the talk race with a 2.7 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating despite dipping 4% week to week with reruns on all five days.

Elsewhere in access, Family Feud continued to destroy its rivals in the game show category for a 68th straight session, inching up 2% to a 6.3 and, for the first time in 10 weeks, edging ahead of usual syndie champ Judge Judy, which was in repeats all week.

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
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.3 +2%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.4 NC
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.2 +2%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 -6%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.0 -9%

TV Newscheck
B&C
Screener

posted 8/23/17

Brace Yourself: Winter (Games) Is Coming
More Details on "The Bachelor: Winter Games"
From Reality TV World

The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss has revealed where the franchise's upcoming Winter Games spinoff will be filmed.

"After careful consideration of several countries around the globe, the 2018 Winter Games have been awarded to the great state of Vermont!!!" Mike tweeted.

Mike teased earlier that day on August 21 that he would be making a "historic announcement."

ABC announced in May it had ordered The Bachelor Winter Games to air as part of the network's 2017-2018 programming.

The Bachelor Winter Games will feature "America's favorite" The Bachelor and The Bachelorette participants from seasons past competing in winter-themed athletic challenges all the while looking for love at a luxurious winter resort.

The Bachelor Winter Games is slated to debut in February 2018 and serve as counter-programming to NBC's television coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

ABC revealed during a conference call with reporters in May that the former reality dating show contestants appearing on the new spinoff will include "arch rivals" and "villains," according to Entertainment Weekly.

The Winter Games spinoff is being produced by The Bachelor's Next Entertainment production company in association with Warner Horizon Unscripted Television. In addition to Mike, the spinoff's other executive producer is Martin Hilton.

Reality TV World

posted 8/23/17

More on KBC9
More Details on Indian "Millionaire"
From DNA

Amitabh Bachchan is all set to return to TV with one of the most popular reality shows, KBC. Kaun Banega Crorepati season 9 is going to get audience glued to their Television sets once again as contestants on the show turn millionaires overnight, depending upon their knowledge.

Until now their have been four lifelines for the contestants on the quiz show, 50:50, phone a friend, audience poll, expert advice and a new lifeline called 'code red' which was introduced in season 8 of KBC. The show's season 9 will now see more changes in the lifelines. A new lifeline called 'Jodidaar' has been introduced, in which the contestant can bring along a partner who can advise him on the show, similar to the American Plus One.

Our sources also informed, “The channel has many reality shows lined up. Soon after KBC, they want to bring the second season of Super Dancer, then there is Entertainment Ke Liye Kuch Bhi Karega, which is returning after two years. Even the comedy show with Sunil Grover is being worked upon. Hence, KBC will have a short season this time.”

Interestingly, there will be no film promotions on the show as well. Stars are welcome on KBC 9 only when they are accompanied by a contestant or when they are raising money for a social cause.

Amitabh Bachchan, who began hosting the show in 2000, has hosted all its previous seasons, barring one in 2007, when Shah Rukh Khan took over the hot seat. Since then the Shehanshah of Bollywood has been an integral part of KBC and cherishes the experience of meeting his fans and contestants whose life struggles have been inspirational.

DNA India
Times of India
Financial Express

posted 8/23/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "She Don't Lie, She Don't Lie, She Don't Lie..."

  • Gordon Ramsay readies a documentary on... cocaine (Deadline)
     

  • DeMario Jackson was on "The Bachelor in Paradise" yesterday...and admits that maybe it's time to get his (BLEEP) together (The Wrap)
     

  • Chris Harrison wouldn't rule out Peter Kraus as "The Bachelor" as God says "please don't" (Reality TV World)
     

  • ICYMI: there are just some jokes you don't make on a live TV broadcast... Simon (Reality TV World)

posted 8/23/17


MTV/Endemol Shine North America
Fear More
MTV Ups the Episodes, Ante for Season 2
From Deadline

Ahead of tonight’s season 1 finale, MTV has given the green light to a 20-episode second season of the hit reality series from Endemol Shine North America, for premiere in 2018. Ludacris is set to return as host and executive producer of the series in which contestants confront their fears, push beyond their comfort zones and take action against some of their biggest stressors.

Fear Factor delivered MTV’s highest-rated series premiere in two years in P18-34 and is the No. 1 cable reality series on Tuesdays in that key demo.

Anthony Carbone, Kevin Wehrenberg, Rob Smith and Robin Feinberg serve as Executive Producers for Endemol Shine North America, along with Christopher “Ludacris” Bridges.

Deadline
Broadway World
The Futon Critic

posted 8/22/17

All Henson's Eve
"Wipeout" Host Named New "Halloween Baking Championship" Host
From the Futon Critic

A new batch of eight terrifyingly-talented bakers from across the country compete to create haunting and spooky sweets on the new season of Halloween Baking Championship, premiering Monday, September 25th at 9:00pm ET/PT. Comedian John Henson hosts, as the contestants' baking abilities and imaginations are put to the test in two rounds of difficult confectionary challenges, from trick-or-treat candy-filled cookies to scream puffs (a scary take on the traditional cream puff), and from glow-in-the-dark desserts to Jack-O-Lantern Cakes. The one who survives the twists of the competition and whose sweets put a spell on judges Carla Hall, Lorraine Pascale, and Zac Young, will take home the grand prize of $25,000 and the title of Halloween Baking Champion!

"Audiences can expect dreadfully delicious new challenges that make the spine-chilling spirit of the holiday come to life on the return of Halloween Baking Championship," said Courtney White, SVP Programming, Scripps Networks Interactive. "Adding to the enchantment is the wicked wit of host John Henson and the contestants' chilling confectionary creations as the competition unfolds."

Halloween Baking Championship contestants include: Jasmin Bell (Seattle, WA), Cliff Butler (Austin, TX), Tyler Davis (St. Louis, MO), Jonathan Elias (Birmingham, MI), Andrea Kratville (Sonora, CA), Dina Melendez-Bonnet (Brooklyn, NY), Jessica Scott (San Diego, CA), Ray Vizcaino (San Diego, CA).

The Futon Critic

posted 8/22/17

Just Like Mom.... and Dad
Canadian Favorite to Return to YES TV, Will Air Stateside on BYU TV
From the Toronto Star

The 1980s Canadian game show Just Like Mom is coming back in a new format that will also include dads.

Bell Media has announced a deal to license the series format rights to Canadian production company Marblemedia.

The company plans to relaunch the show under the name Just Like Mom and Dad on Yes TV in Canada and BYU TV in the U.S. in 2018.

Marblemedia launched an online casting call Monday and plans to start production on the 20-episode prime-time show this fall.

The original Just Like Mom aired on CTV’s flagship station, CFTO-TV in Toronto, between 1980 and 1985 before going into syndication.

It saw children and their mothers being tested on how well they knew each other and also competing in a bake-off challenge.

The Toronto Star
Global News
C21 Media

posted 8/22/17

MONDAY: Well This Is Awkward
NBC Wins on a Presidential Address-Divided Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.231 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was still the top draw on a news disrupted Monday with its mix of "American Ninja Warrior" (6.108 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1), "NBC News Special" (6.184 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1), the second half of "American Ninja Warrior" (5.094 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and "Midnight, Texas" (2.797 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

The silver then went to ABC (4.172 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and its lineup of "Bachelor in Paradise" (5.116 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T1), "ABC News Special" (4.719 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4), the second half of "Bachelor in Paradise" (3.954 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4) and a repeat "Black-ish" (2.174 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Next up was FOX (2.782 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.905 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), its "FOX News Special" (2.456 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and the conclusion to "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.823 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.485 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up "Kevin Can Wait" (4.347 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Superior Donuts" (3.766 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11), "CBS News Special" (4.142 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7), "Mom" (3.177 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) and the season finale of "CBSN: On Assignment" (2.739 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16).

And finally, a repeat "Supergirl" (1.127 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T17) and a new "Hooten & The Lady" (0.810 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T17) on The CW (0.968 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/22/17

WEEKEND: Double the Big Brother, Double the Win
CBS Owns the Weekend
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.485 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was the top draw on a tight Friday with its mix of "Big Brother 19" (5.083 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1), "Hawaii Five-0" (3.772 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "Blue Bloods" (4.599 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

NBC (3.810 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) then was a close second despite repeats of "America's Got Talent" (3.800 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and "Dateline NBC" (3.832 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2).

Next up was ABC (3.381 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) and its trio of "Shark Tank" (3.548 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "Primetime: What Would You Do?" (3.194 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and "20/20" (3.403 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.492 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) served up encores of "MasterChef" (2.608 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and "Beat Shazam" (2.375 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

And finally, a new "Masters of Illusion" (1.063 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (0.967 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.918 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.966 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

CBS (4.897 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the network to beat on another modest Sunday with its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.760 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Big Brother 19" (6.422 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), "Candy Crush" (2.385 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.021 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14).

ABC (4.503 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.718 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.071 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) followed by "Steve Harvey's Funderdome" (4.198 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.024 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Next up was NBC (2.716 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with its coverage of the "U.S. Gymnastics Championships" (2.939 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and a repeat "American Ninja Warrior" (2.493 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, FOX (1.463 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) closed out the night with a full hour of "Golf Overrun" (0.987 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) followed by repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.570 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), "Family Guy" (1.587 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), another "The Simpsons" (1.793 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and another "Family Guy" (1.854 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

On cable...
- The Great Food Truck Race (SP/Food): 1.207m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.021m

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/22/17


Games Gone By: Bruce Forsyth's Hot Streak
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

By a bizarre coincidence (no, seriously; he didn't see this coming), Chris Wolvie has lined up a "Games Gone By..." for Bruce Forsyth's only US game show hosting job...at the same time the legend passed away at the age of 89. Well, while he wasn't at the PINNACLE of his career during this 1986 show, at least we got to see the man that the UK was gaga over in "Bruce Forsyth's Hot Streak".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 8/22/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Immortalizing a Legend?"

  • Bruce Forsyth may be immortalized by the BBC (Star UK)
     

  • Bradley Walsh isn't going to walk from "The Chase" and "Cash Trapped" if he takes on the companion role (Radio Times)
     

  • DeMario Jackson says something REALLY dumb (Reality TV World)
     

  • Chris Hardwick to pay tribute to Stan Lee (Broadway World)
     

  • DWTS: Are you ready for Drew Scott, at least one Bella Twin? (TV Line)
     

  • Steve Austin's good with anyone using "The Stone Cold Stunner" (The Wrap)
     

  • Chrissy Teigen opens up about her alcohol issues (The Wrap)
     

  • Sharon Levy heads to Endemol Shine North America (The Wrap)
     

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: John Cena meets with fans he helped inspire (Reality TV World)

posted 8/22/17


Wikipedia
JERRY LEWIS: 1926-2017
From the Hollywood Reporter

Jerry Lewis, whose irrepressible zaniness and frantic creativity vaulted him to stardom as a comic movie star who wielded unparalleled green-light power at Paramount in the 1960s, died Sunday. He was 91.

Lewis, who teamed with Dean Martin in the 1950s as one of the most successful tandems in the history of show business, died at 9:15 a.m. at his home in Las Vegas, John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported, citing a statement from Lewis' family. Publicist Candi Cazau confirmed the news.

Lewis’ health ailments over the years included open-heart surgery in 1983, surgery for prostate cancer in 1992, treatment for his dependence on prescription drugs in 2003, a heart attack in 2006 and a long bout with pulmonary fibrosis, a chronic lung disease for which he took Prednisone, causing his face and body to balloon.

At the peak of their popularity, Martin & Lewis ruled nightclubs, radio and then the box office with their breezy yet physical comedy act, reigning as the top draw at theaters from 1950-56.

After an especially acrimonious break-up with his partner, Lewis remained as the No. 1 movie draw through the mid-1960s on the strength of such classics as The Bellboy (1960) and The Nutty Professor (1963). As Paramount’s biggest star, he had the creative freedom to make the moves he wanted to make.

During his heyday, he frequented game shows like "Stump the Stars", "Talent Scouts", and "What's My Line".

Lewis also was known for his efforts as national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Assn. He devoted more than a half-century to fighting the neuromuscular disease, hosting an annual Labor Day telethon — and raising nearly $2.5 billion — from 1955 until he was ousted before the 2011 telecast. Lewis was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1977 for his efforts.

Extremely popular throughout Europe, especially in France, Lewis won “best director” awards eight times in Europe, including three in France and one each in Belgium, Italy, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain. New Wave critics and filmmakers Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard spurred his popularity in France, where he became known as “Le Roi du Crazy.”

In 1984, Lewis was presented with the French Legion of Honor and in 2009 was honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award; he kept the trophy from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences on a platform above a TV in his Las Vegas home, where it would rotate at the push of a button.

The son of a professional entertainers, Lewis was born Joseph Levitch on March 16, 1926, in Newark, N.J. His mother played the piano, and his father was a musical arranger. Lewis made his debut at age 5 at a hotel in the Borscht Belt, the legendary upstate New York show-business breeding ground, by singing “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” He dropped out of high school, working as a soda jerk and theater usher, all the while cultivating a comedy routine, in which he mimed phonograph records.

It was not until he hooked up with young Italian-American crooner Martin that his career took off. In July 1946, while performing at the 500 Club in Atlantic City, one of the entertainers working with Lewis abruptly quit, and Lewis suggested Martin, who was nine years older, as a replacement. Their ad libs, including insults and off-the-wall jokes, were a sensation, and their salaries skyrocketed from $250 a week to $5,000. When they appeared on the balcony of the Paramount Theater in Times Square, Broadway became so crowded that traffic backed up to 59th Street.

When Lewis was 18, he met singer Patti Palmer, and they wed 10 days later. During their marriage, which lasted from 1944-82, they had five sons and adopted another child. His youngest, Joseph, became a drug addict and committed suicide in 2009 at age 45.

Lewis married his second wife, SanDee Pitnick, in 1983. They adopted a daughter, Danielle.

The Hollywood Reporter
CNN
Variety
The New York Times
Los Angeles Times
TV Line

posted 8/21/17

Are You the New One?
Terrence J to Host New Season September 13
From the Futon Critic

MTV today announced actor Terrence J. will host the new season of the popular matchmaking series, "Are You The One?" premiering Wednesday, September 20th at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. This season will take the contestants to New Orleans, LA, where they will strive to find their "perfect match" for a share in a million dollar prize. Before the premiere, audiences can get a sneak peek at the new cast in an audition tape casting special, airing Wednesday, September 13th at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT, where each one will reveal his or her personal struggle to find true love.

New host Terrence J., a well-established actor, host, producer, author, philanthropist and mega-fan of "Are You The One?," is widely recognized as one of Hollywood's most skilled multi-hyphenates. The three-time Emmy(R) nominee and seven year host on BET's "106 & Park," Terrence J. has now added executive producer and host of MTV's "SafeWord" and host of MTV's "Are You The One?" to his purview. Bringing a new twist to this popular dating competition, Terrence J. tests couples to follow their hearts if they want to walk away with love and their share of one million dollars. The rules may be simple, but the game of love is never easy, and this season of "Are You The One?" is sure to have audiences love shook.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/21/17

More "All Star Drag Race"
Vh1 Also Greenlights "Untucked" Aftershow
From the Futon Critic

Responding to fan demand, and following a head-spinning seven Emmy(R) Award nominations for "RuPaul's Drag Race" season nine, VH1 today announced "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" will return for a third season, serving viewers another taste of some of the series' fiercest queens. The returning court will battle it out on the runway in all new and unforgettable challenges as they compete for the crown and position in the "Drag Race Hall of Fame" alongside past "All Stars" winners Chad Michaels and Alaska. The network also greenlit the popular behind-the-scenes after show, "RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked," which is also nominated this year for an Emmy(R) Award in the Unstructured Reality Program category.

"The world is calling out to see more of these beautiful queens and I am going to give them every bit of it they can handle," said executive producer and host RuPaul. "These All Stars represent the best of the breasts, legs and thighs. They are giving everything and you're not going to want to miss it!"

"The massive swell of new and longtime fans of 'RuPaul's Drag Race' is nothing short of incredible," said Pamela Post, SVP Original Programming & Development at VH1. "We are motivated now more than ever to ensure 'Drag Race' remains a shining example of inclusion and community, as well as fierce fashions and legendary lip-syncs."

"RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" follows a jaw-dropping season nine of "RuPaul's Drag Race," which was the most-watched in series history. The finale trended across Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and was the #1 most social program the day of broadcast as viewers watched Sasha Velour crowned America's Next Drag Superstar.

"RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked" provides viewers a raw, behind-the-scenes look as the competing queens as they await to find out who will lip sync for their life. The companion series will return just in time for the milestone 10th season of "RuPaul's Drag Race," debuting in spring 2018.

Fans craving more RuPaul this summer can catch "RuPaul's Drag Race: Season 9 RuVealed," currently airing every Thursday at 8:00 PM ET/PT on Logo. The never-before-seen look into the historic season that crowned Sasha Velour as America's Next Drag Superstar is packed with shocking moments and killer reads from the queens and Mama Ru herself.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/21/17

THURSDAY: Doubled Over
CBS, NBC Battle to a Dead Heat
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.968 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) held onto the top spot on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.326 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4), "Kevin Can Wait" (4.829 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5), "Big Brother 19" (6.560 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Zoo" (2.768 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

NBC (4.762 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the silver draw with its lineup of "The Wall" (5.840 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update" (5.836 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "Great News" (3.135 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "The Night Shift" (3.960 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Next up was FOX (2.425 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with originals from "Beat Shazam" (2.517 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "Love Connection" (2.333 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.617 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up new episodes from "Boy Band" (2.660 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9), "Battle of the Network Stars" (2.711 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "The Gong Show" (2.481 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, fresh installments of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.896 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.586 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.580 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T14) on The CW (1.739 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Project Runway (SP/Lifetime): 1.603m
- Alone (SF/History): 1.378m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 914k
- Alone Special (S/History): 787k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 690k
- SafeWord (MTV): 416k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/21/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Chase Master Becomes the Runner"

posted 8/21/17

Brace Yourself: Season 2 Is Coming
Discovery Family to Air Second Season of "Game of Homes" September 4
From the Futon Critic

The competition renovation series GAME OF HOMES returns to Discovery Family on Monday, September 4 at 10p/9c for an eight-episode second season featuring new homes, new contestants and a brand-new host. This season, Dave Salmoni (Pet Nation Renovation) guides four teams of amateur home renovators as they attempt to save dilapidated houses that are destined for the wrecking ball and revive them room by room into their dream homes. But before the competition even begins, the houses are ripped from their foundations and ceremoniously transferred to the epic 70,000-square-foot GAME OF HOMES arena. Here, the teams will completely renovate the run-down structures while living inside their slowly improving homes for eight weeks where they must cope with small budgets, tight deadlines and even tighter living spaces!

In each hour-long episode, two expert judges along with celebrity guest judges including Cheryl Torrenueva (Discovery Family's Reno, Set, Go!) and Jillian Harris (The Bachelor, The Bachelorette), vote for their favorite room renovations based on design and workmanship. At the end of the series, the winning couple is awarded with the house they have painstakingly renovated with all the furniture inside and a plot of land to put it on!

This season, the competitors must deal with hidden surprises, lack of sleep and mounting frustrations as they tirelessly renovate every room in the house -- from kitchens to bathrooms and even exteriors. With action-packed design challenges, amidst timelines spanning from just 24 to 72 hours to complete, GAME OF HOMES pits each team's skills, ingenuity and teamwork against each other in the name of crafty design.

GAME OF HOMES is produced by Great Pacific Media and distributed exclusively worldwide by Beyond Distribution. For Great Pacific Media, Blair Reekie is the series producer. To learn more, go to http://www.discoveryfamilychannel.com, on Facebook at Facebook.com/DiscFamily and on Twitter @DiscoveryFamily.

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Broadway World

posted 8/18/17

WEDNESDAY: The Next Stage
NBC Wins Against Fierce CBS Competition
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.090 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) held off the competitive on Wednesday with a new "America's Got Talent" (10.710 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1), the premiere of "Marlon" (5.415 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3), a second "Marlon" (4.144 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.781 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

ABC (5.712 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with its annual "CMA Fest 2017" (5.712 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

Next up was CBS (4.054 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with new episodes of "Big Brother 19" (6.256 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Salvation" (3.116 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9) and another "Salvation" (2.791 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.404 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up a new "MasterChef" (3.045 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6) alongside the season finale of "The F Word with Gordon Ramsay" (1.764 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.703 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Supernatural" (0.647 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) rounded out the night for The CW (0.675 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 785k
- Signed (VH1): 658k
- Idiotest - 10:30p (GSN): 275k
- Emogenius - 9p (GSN): 263k
- Idiotest - 10p (GSN): 236k
- Emogenius - 9:30p (SF/GSN): 180k
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 162k

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posted 8/18/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Who is Jeffrey Glaser?"

  • Jeffrey Glaser elevated at Sony Pictures TV (Deadline)
     

  • Peter Kraus probably isn't going to be "The Bachelor" any time soon (The Wrap)
     

  • Val Chmerkovskiy, "SYTYCD" contestant's on-again, off-again relationship... on again (Reality TV World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Anthony Anderson (The Hollywood Reporter)

posted 8/18/17

TUESDAY: 13 in a Row
NBC Wins with "Talent", "Game Night"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (10.564 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) was the top draw for the 13th consecutive week thanks to a new "America's Got Talent" (13.159 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) and the relocated "Hollywood Game Night" (5.375 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2).

ABC (3.128 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was the silver draw with night two of "Bachelor in Paradise" (3.846 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and a new "Somewhere Between" (1.692 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

Next up was CBS (5.346 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (5.817 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Bull" (4.906 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.316 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.444 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up second runs of "Lethal Weapon" (1.737 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7), "The Mick" (1.256 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.045 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, The CW (1.080 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) likewise closed out the night with repeats of "The Flash" (1.152 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.009 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

On cable...
- Ink Master: Shop Wars (Spike): 1.027m
- Chopped Grill Masters (Food): 839k
- The Challenge: Dirty 30 (MTV): 877k
- Face Off (Syfy): 701k
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 521k
- Fear Factor (MTV): 472k
- Snap Decision - 9p (GSN): 307k
- Divided - 10p (SP/GSN): 265k
- Divided - 10:30p (GSN): 226k
- Snap Decision - 9:30p (GSN): 201k
- 100 Mexicanos Dijieron (Galavision): 191k

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posted 8/17/17

MTV Crashes Karaoke
Network Orders Pop-Up Music Show
From the Hollywood Reporter

MTV International has ordered 10 episodes of a pop-up music game show called Crash Karaoke.

The Viacom network has given the green light for the show that will see hosts Hannah Rad and Dylan Landon “crash" what a series description calls "unsuspecting locations and challenge people to karaoke battles for cash."

They will disrupt "business as usual" at such locations as fast-food restaurants and "attempt to charm two volunteers into a head-to-head karaoke showdown for a cash prize," MTV said. "Contestants will be asked to spin the Crash Wheel to randomly select a style of music to perform. A mix of hit songs serve as the soundtrack for the series, from current tracks and global anthems to the most iconic karaoke throwbacks from the '80s."

There are no judges on the 30-minute show as the crowd ultimately decides who wins.

"Crash Karaoke is an innovative twist on the traditional game show that’s anchored in music and embodies MTV’s bold, unpredictable personality," said Bruce Gillmer, head of music and music talent, Global Entertainment Group, Viacom. “We’re excited to disrupt everyday life in some of the most unlikely locations and pass the mic to the most fearless performers — from the great, to the outrageous, and cringe-worthy — and bring our audience along for the ride.”

The show's international rollout is set to begin later this year. Executive producers are Adam Dolgins, Brian Flanagan, Anthony Amoia, Mike Amoia and Sean Lee of Switchblade Entertainment, and Gillmer, Jennifer Demme Harris and Adriana Cornejo for MTV International.

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posted 8/17/17

Cheating On "Genius"?
Channel 4 Addresses Scandal
From Digital Spy

Channel 4 has hit back at cheating claims circling the new series of Child Genius.

During the first episode, on Tuesday (August 15), 12-year-old contestant Olivia hesitated after she was asked to complete the station name that began with "Kensal" – she then seemed to look towards her mum who appeared to make an 'up' hand gesture.

Olivia then correctly answered "Kensal Rise" and viewers accused Olivia's mum Susan of cheating by raising her hand.

But Channel 4 has denied that any cheating took place during the episode. "The independent adjudicator is satisfied there was no cheating taking place," a spokesperson for the channel told Digital Spy.

The story doesn't end there though, with last night's (August 16) episode showing Susan airing her own accusations of cheating.

"There were a few family members who were mouthing the answers. I'm saying to you with two eyes, two glasses, that's what I saw," she was seen telling adjudicator Olivia van der Werff.

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posted 8/17/17

Technical Difficulties in "Paradise"
Last Night's Episode Addressed the Controversy
From Reality TV World

Bachelor in Paradise's two-night premiere continued with the events that transpired after production's temporary shutdown -- including a candid conversation among the returning cast members in Mexico -- due to the DeMario Jackson and Corinne Olympios scandal.

After airing Season 3 Bachelor in Paradise couple Carly Waddell and Evan Bass' spectacular wedding that was filmed in Mexico this past June, the entire cast was shown returning to Paradise after a halt in production for a Warner Bros. investigation into allegations of misconduct. (No evidence of sexual assault or wrongdoing on the cast and staff was discovered).

The entire original Season 4 cast was present, except for DeMario and Corinne. Bachelor in Paradise host Chris Harrison thought it was necessary to have a group discussion before filming resumed about how everyone was feeling as well as the incident itself and what allegedly did or did not happen.

Chris explained Warner Bros. had hired an outside firm to look into Bachelor in Paradise footage as well as conduct interviews with witnesses. Since the show, its staff and cast were all cleared of misconduct allegations, everyone agreed they were happy with the results of the investigation.

The cast seemed to agree that nothing serious even happened between DeMario and Corinne, suggesting the Bachelor in Paradise producer who initially filed the complaint had blown the situation out of proportion.

ABC has opted not to air footage of the incident in question, and no specifics were shared about what actually happened between the two cast members, who did not return.

Instead, the episode featured Harrison asking the cast if they agreed with Warner Bros.’ call to resume production, and everyone did. Raven Gates said that nothing “bad” happened between Olympios and Jackson, and that she hopes the scandal doesn’t deter “actual victims” from speaking out.

The conversation also included a debate on whether race was a factor and whether those who supported Jackson were implicitly “slut-shaming” Olympios.

As might be expected, plenty of fans took to Twitter to weigh in about the episode.

“You can practically see the cast reading the ‘ABC isn’t liable’ cue cards the lawyers are holding up behind the cameras,” one user wrote.

“They literally discussed everything BUT what happened between Corinne and DeMario,” another viewer tweeted.

Chris Harrison appeared on “Good Morning America” on Tuesday, where he was asked about the much-debated sexual encounter between contestants Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson.

“You will see that Corinne and DeMario, other than the fact that they were very involved in this, had very little to do with the entire incident as far as filing a complaint or allegations against one another,” Harrison said. “And that’s what created this frustrating situation.”

“It was someone who really wasn’t there and didn’t see or hear anything that kind of got this ball rolling, and so it was kind of this domino effect that I guess led to us having to finally say, ‘Look, we need to take everybody’s safety, and that is the utmost importance,'” the franchise mainstay continued.

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posted 8/17/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Wedding Yet?"

  • JoJo & Jordan... still together (Reality TV World)
     

  • Alton Brown eats his science in Boston (Eater)
     

  • Philip Schofield admits to drinking and Snapping (Digital Spy)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Anne Hegerty (BT)

posted 8/17/17

"In It to Win It" Out
BBC Cancels National Lottery Game Show
From the List

Dale Winton's 'In It To Win It' has been dropped.

Fans were hoping the well-loved game show would survive the axe after the BBC decided to pull the plug on the 'National Lottery Live' draw at the beginning of the year, but bosses have decided have decided to scrap the series for good.

A spokesperson told The Sun newspaper: "With the Saturday 'National Lottery' draws no longer broadcasting on BBC1, there are no plans for 'In It To Win It to return'. We would like to thank Dale and 12 Yard Productions for all their hard work over the years."

The show ran for 172 episodes over 14 years and saw five contestants compete in a general knowledge quiz for a chance to win up to £100,000.

The broadcaster decided to drop the National Lottery, which they've aired on the small screen since 1994, after it struck up a new three-year deal with Lotto operator Camelot, which allows viewers to see if their numbers come up on a digital platform.

The big move means players, who take part in the game from next year, will need to check iPlayer or the bulletins, which will air after the news on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, to find out whether they have become millionaires.

'The National Lottery Live' - which included the Lotto and Thunderball draws - was hosted by Gaby Roslin, while Nick Knowles presented the show's spin-offs 'Who Dares Wins', 'Break the Safe' and '5-Star Family Reunion'.

Camelot's digital director Tim Copper said: "We're delighted to have signed this contract extension, maintaining the strong relationship that has flourished between 'The National Lottery' and the BBC since 'The National Lottery's launch 22 years ago."

The List

posted 8/16/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Sashaying to an Emmy?"

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with RuPaul (The Wrap)
     

  • Gordon Ramsay's secret to scoring an Emmy nom: watching the language (The Wrap)
     

  • Anne Robinson links up with Tinder (The List)
     

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Crystal Maze opens to civilians August 25 (Telly Mix)
     

  • Bill Engvall plays Zanesville (Zanesville Times Recorder)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with RuPaul (Deadline)

posted 8/16/17

Charges Dropped
Verdict In for Top Chef/Teamsters Trial
From Deadline

After deliberating for more than 19 hours, a jury has acquitted all four Boston Teamsters who were accused of attempting to extort driving jobs from the producers of Top Chef three years ago. The not-guilty verdicts come a day after the jury forewoman sent a note to U.S. District Court Judge Douglas Woodlock that one of the jurors “is assuming guilt over innocence” and that the jurors “are not sure how to proceed from here.”

The jury of nine women and three men were deciding the fate of Local 25 Teamsters John Fidler, Daniel Redmond, Robert Cafarelli and Michael Ross, who were charged with attempting to shake down the show for unwanted, unneeded and superfluous services under the threat of violence and the fear of economic harm. Defense attorneys counter that the men’s actions on the picket line that day in June 2014 were part of a legitimate labor dispute.

As first reported by Deadline, the Teamsters had set up a picket line on June 10, 2014, outside the Steel & Rye restaurant in Milton, a suburb of Boston, where the show was filming. When Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi tried to cross their picket line, several Teamsters rushed her minivan, and according to testimony during the trial, one of the Teamsters leaned into her passenger-side window “so close she could smell him” and threatened to “smash her pretty face in.” Lakshmi testified that she was terrified and thought he was going to punch her. The Teamsters kept at it for hours, showering cast and crew with racist, sexist and homophobic slurs, and slashing the tires on nine production vehicles.

Even so, police were present and made no arrests, and the jury decided that no federal crimes had been committed either.

“We are disappointed in today’s verdict,” said acting U.S. Attorney William Weinreb. “The government believed, and continues to believe, that the conduct in this case crossed the line and constituted a violation of federal law. The defendants’ conduct was an affront to all of the hard-working and law-abiding members of organized labor. We will continue to aggressively prosecute extortion in all its forms to ensure that Boston remains a safe and welcoming place to do business.”

The defense team didn’t put on a single witness, but in closing arguments, their lawyers told the jury there was no evidence that the accused had knowingly tried to extort the show for no-show jobs and that their actions that day on the picket line were part of a legitimate labor dispute. The proof of that, they argued, came from one of the prosecution’s own witnesses, Bravo executive David O’Connell, who offered to pay them just to go away. “I didn’t want them on the set,” he testified. “I offered to pay them double to go away.” The Teamsters, however, “rejected” that offer, he testified. “They wanted to be paid under a legitimate collective bargaining agreement. … I knew they wanted to get into reality television.”

In the end, that might have won the case for the defendants. “If the Teamsters had this bad purpose — to extort in order to get no-show jobs — that would have been the place for it to happen,” defense attorney Kevin Barron said in his closing argument. “But it didn’t. It was money offered, money refused.” And that, he said, is “the gaping hole in the government’s case.”

O’Connell’s testimony about offering to pay the Teamsters double to go away “was one of a handful of surprises that came out in our favor,” Carmine Lepore, attorney for Cafarelli, told Deadline after the verdict. “That’s traditional extortion, but it couldn’t have been more clear that what they were seeking by refusing that offer were legitimate jobs.”

And that clearly undercut the prosecution’s theory that the defendants had been trying to force the production company, Magical Elves, to hire Teamsters to perform superfluous services – a key element to the attempted extortion charge.

Lepore said the jury “got it right. The government didn’t have anything to support their theory of extortion. The linchpin was whether they were seeking additional services or replacement services” by pressuring the company to replace nonunion drivers with union drivers, which is perfectly legal.

“From the onset,” he said of the defense team, “we were scratching our heads, wondering, ‘Why are we here? How is this a federal crime? What do they have besides some name calling and bad behavior?’”

The four men had been charged with attempted extortion and conspiracy to extort. If convicted, each had faced a maximum of 20 years in prison. A fifth Teamster, Mark Harrington, the local’s former secretary-treasurer, pleaded guilty to the same charges in December and was sentenced to six months of home confinement.

Deadline

posted 8/15/17

SYNDIES: Week 47
Results for the Week Ending August 6
From TV Newscheck

As the dog days of August began in the sluggish session ending Aug. 6, leader Entertainment Tonight was the only one of the eight magazine shows moving up.

Back in access, Family Feud added 2% to a 6.2 and blew away the game shows for the 67th straight week. Wheel of Fortune fell 2% to a 5.4 and Jeopardy sank 7% to a 5.1, matching its season low.

At the top of the overall chart, Judge Judy eased 3% to a 6.2 with a week of repeats and finished in a dead heat with Family Feud. This marks the ninth week in a row in which Judy was No. 1 or tied for No. 1 in syndication.

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
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.2 +2%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.4 -2%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.1 -7%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 +7%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.1 NC

TV Newscheck

posted 8/15/17

MONDAY: Paradise Restored
"Bachelor in Paradise" Propels ABC to First
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.319 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the top demo draw on Monday with the return of "Bachelor in Paradise" (5.018 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and a special "The Gong Show" (2.920 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

NBC (4.977 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with originals from "American Ninja Warrior" (5.859 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "Midnight, Texas" (3.214 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

Next up was FOX (2.813 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with another two-hour "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.813 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.470 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up repeats of "Kevin Can Wait" (4.156 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Superior Donuts" (3.721 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "Mom" (3.963 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Life in Pieces" (3.293 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) plus a new "CBSN: On Assignment" (2.843 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

And finally, a repeat "Supergirl" (1.161 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and a new "Hooten & The Lady" (0.953 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) on The CW (1.057 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the evening.

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posted 8/15/17

"Project Runway" Spins Off Accessories
Four Digital Series to Play on MyLifetime.com
From The Futon Critic

With the season 16th premiere of Project Runway this Thursday, August 17 at 8pm ET/PT, A+E Networks' in-house digital agency, 45th & Dean, launches three new digital series, Behind The Seams, The Project Runway Make Up Challenge - sponsored by Avon, and Project Rewind, as the perfect accessories for the Emmy(R)-nominated show. Fan favorite digital series Project Sammy's Way, which debuted with season 15, also returns this year. New episodes of each series are available on Lifetime's YouTube channel, MyLifetime.com and the official Lifetime Facebook page.

The Project Runway Makeup Challenge (New Series - 13 episodes)

Premieres: August 18

Posts: Fridays at 1pm ET

With help from Avon, the official makeup sponsor for season 16 of Project Runway, makeup maven Christen Dominique takes on makeup challenges inspired by the design challenge in each episode of Project Runway. Viewers will see the befores and afters and learn to do it themselves at home. At the end of each video, audiences can weigh in on Christen's work and submit videos of themselves taking on the Runway Beauty Challenge.

Behind The Seams (New Series - 14 episodes)

Premieres: August 19

Posts: Saturdays at 1pm ET

Fashionista Katie Sturino of 12ish Style, got a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to go behind-the-scenes of season 16. Katie recaps each episode of Project Runway, and shares her first hand experience from the set. Special guests will appear each week!

Project Sammy's Way (Season 2 - 14 episodes)

Premieres: August 20

Posts: Sundays at 1pm ET

The always hilarious scripted/comedy recap show, Project Sammy's Way, returns for a second season following the clueless Sammy Samantha as she attempts the weekly Project Runway challenges. Using footage from each episode, Sammy intercuts her own design attempts and commentary to create her version of the episode. Sammy's Way is written by and stars Lily Sullivan as Sammy.

Project Rewind (New Series - 13 episodes)

Premieres: August 24

Airs: Thursdays on Lifetime before new episodes of Project Runway

Posts: Wednesdays at 12pm ET

Project Rewind counts down the best moments in Project Runway history for the ultimate trip down fashion memory lane.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/15/17

Lifetime Gets Beautiful
"American Beauty Star" Plays September 21
From The Futon Critic

Glam reaches a whole new level in Lifetime's new competition series, American Beauty Star, hosted and executive produced by international icon Adriana Lima. Premiering Thursday, September 21 at 10:30pm ET/PT following new episodes of Project Runway, twelve hair or make up mavens must become 'beauty directors,' responsible for creating the overall look of their models. Paired with a teammate who is a master of the opposite craft, together they will compete in a series of beauty challenges each week, from creating high-end editorial looks to the most current glam creations for red carpets and runway shows. At the end of the season, only the contestant who proves they have what it takes to revolutionize what's to come in beauty will be named American Beauty Star. The series comes from executive producer Norton Herrick and Herrick Entertainment and marks their first venture into reality TV.

Celebrity makeup artist Sir John serves as the contestant mentor and award-winning writer and Vogue's former Beauty Director Sarah Brown and world renowned photographer Russell James serve as the judges. Special beauty industry influencers and celebrity guests join the panel of judges each week including YouTube beauty sensation Michelle Phan; models Behati Prinsloo, Christie Brinkley and Camilla Alves; make-up bloggers and beauty influencers The Kattan Sisters Huda and Mona; singer Michelle Williams, Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue Elaine Welteroth and Empire actress Ta'Rhonda Jones.

The American Beauty Star contestants are:
- Amanda Terry, Special EFX and Beauty Makeup Artist- Los Angeles, California
- Andrew Velazquez, Makeup Artist - Los Angeles, California
- Catherine Shim, Social Media Makeup Influencer - New York, New York
- Corey Ford, Hair Stylist - Houston, Texas
- Danny Jelaca, Hair Stylist - Miami, Florida
- Jenny Strebe, Social Media Hair Influencer, Educator, Author - Scottsdale, Arizona
- John Blaine, Hair Stylist - Los Angeles, California
- Kym Nicole Oubre, Makeup Artist - Los Angeles, California
- Mitchell Halliday, Social Media Makeup Influencer - Manchester, U.K.
- Sandy Poirier, Hair Stylist - Boston, Massachusetts
- Silvia Reis, Social Media Hair Influencer - San Francisco, California
- Tyme The Infamous, YouTube Beauty Guru - Las Vegas, Nevada

The winner of American Beauty Star will receive a $50,000 cash prize, and coveted spot on the beauty team for a Teen Vogue editorial spread. The prize package also includes $10,000 worth of product from Glamcor Mirrors and Jewelry TV, a year supply of Ardell Lashes, and $2,500 worth of FHI Tools. Individual episode prizes include opportunities creating an American Beauty Star branded capsule collection for Orly Nail polish, collaborating on a Color Wow photo shoot, $10,000 worth of jewelry from Jewelry TV and $5,000 worth of product from Huda Beauty.

American Beauty Star is created by and produced by Herrick Entertainment with Norton Herrick and Ross Elliott executive producing. Adriana Lima also executive produces along with Christian Murphy and Colleen Conway Grogan of A+E Networks.

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posted 8/15/17

"Cheap Cheap Cheap" Is A Flop Flop Flop
New Noel Edmonds Series Attracts 270K
From the Mirror

Noel Edmonds' new quiz show Cheap Cheap Cheap is a flop flop flop – just 270,000 viewers tuned in to watch the opener.

And worse still, some switched off before the end of the hour-long Channel 4 show. It had just over 4% of the available TV audience watching at tea time.

Noel did his best to explain the premise last week, describing it as “a gameshow that thinks it’s a sitcom”.

The gameshow was created by Noel and will also be fronted by him. It takes place inside "Noel's Store", "an eccentric general store filled with weird and wonderful items, and even quirkier staff".

Contestants on the show will try to win up to £25,000 while a variety of colorful store employees, including store manager Barry and a health and happiness guru called Marijana (YES, REALLY), try to sabotage their every move.

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posted 8/15/17

SUNDAY: Dead Heat Scramble
"Big Brother", "Pyramid" Power Respective Schedules
From The Futon Critic

CBS (4.881 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) continued its seven-week demo win streak on Sunday with its mix of "PGA Overrun" (6.615 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3), "60 Minutes" (6.890 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Big Brother 19" (5.368 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1), "Candy Crush" (2.491 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (2.931 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14).

ABC (4.346 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then claimed the silver with repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.654 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.608 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) alongside new episodes of "Steve Harvey's Funderdome" (3.941 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.182 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Next up was NBC (3.108 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with two-hour repeats of "Dateline NBC" (3.631 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "American Ninja Warrior" (2.584 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "The Simpsons" (2.200 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "Bob's Burgers" (2.151 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) led into "Teen Choice 2017" (1.936 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) on FOX (2.016 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

On cable...
- Food Network Star (SF/Food): 1.994m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.100m

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/15/17


Games Gone By: Grand Slam
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Ever wondered what would happen if a "Jeopardy!" champion faced a "Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?" winner in a more unique trivia contest? Well, that's what GSN gave to us ten years ago in the form of "Grand Slam", a tournament to see who truly IS the greatest game show champ of all time! Chris Wolvie looks into this battle of the titans in this "Games Gone By..."

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 8/15/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Truth"

  • Everybody is thinking it... but DeMario Jackson comes out and calls the media "piss poor"... He's not wrong. (Reality TV World)
     

  • Susan Calman fixing to be the boss of the dance floor (Good Housekeeping)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Len Goodman (BT)

posted 8/15/17


NBC/Universal Television
Australia Builds "The Wall"
EndemolShine, Universal Television Export LeBron James/Maverick Carter/Andrew Glassman Creation for 2018
From World Screen

Endemol Shine Group and Universal Television Alternative Studio (UTAS) have inked their first series deal for the game show format The Wall in Australia.

In each episode of The Wall, questions must be answered correctly and balls must bounce in the correct order for contestants to win a cash prize. Endemol Shine Australia has been commissioned by Seven to produce a local version of the hit format, which was originally made for NBC in the U.S. by Glassman Media and SpringHill Entertainment in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio.

Meredith Ahr, the president of Universal Television Alternative Studio, said: “When we were envisioning the type of show we would want to develop with the launch of UTAS, we sought a dynamic, engaging and universally appealing format that could resonate across the world. The Wall has proven to be just that and we are thrilled that Australian audiences will get to experience this high-energy and completely original game show.”

Endemol Shine Australia CEO Mark Fennessy noted: “The Wall is a wildly unpredictable, fast and simple game show where fortunes are won and lost on the bounce of a ball. At four stories high, it’s big-time event television at its finest. We’re delighted to partner with Seven in bringing this huge international hit to life.”

Lisa Perrin, the CEO of creative networks, commented: “The Wall represents Endemol Shine Group at its best, working with creative teams around the world in bringing high-quality entertainment to global audiences. I’m thrilled to see this incredible format has now moved into Australia.”

Maverick Carter, the CEO of SpringHill Entertainment and creator/executive producer of The Wall, stated: “We’re proud to see our original format for The Wall making its way around the globe and being embraced by families in every corner of the world. For us it’s about creating a life-changing experience that can keep every member of the family on the edge of their seats, rooting together for good people with incredible stories.”

Glassman Media’s Andrew Glassman, creator/executive producer of The Wall, added: “When we created The Wall, it was always our dream to see it played and enjoyed by people all over the world. At the core of the series is a life-changing opportunity and the story of good things happening to good people. We are thrilled to be working with Brad and the team at Channel Seven in Australia.”

World Screen
Reelscreen
TBI Vision
B&T
Sydney Morning herald
Deadline

posted 8/14/17

THURSDAY: The Night Belongs to Big Brother
CBS Wins on Eviction Night
From The Futon Critic

CBS (5.729 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was still the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.055 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3), "Kevin Can Wait" (5.772 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3), "Big Brother 19" (7.298 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) and "Zoo" (3.476 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11).

Silver then went to NBC (5.297 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) with its lineup of "The Wall" (6.170 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "Saturday Night Live: Weekend Update" (6.531 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), a repeat "Great News" (3.865 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "The Night Shift" (4.523 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10).

Next up was FOX (3.629 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and fresh installments from "Beat Shazam" (3.739 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6) and "Love Connection" (3.520 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (5.130 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up a new "Boy Band" (3.435 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12) and the conclusion to "The Story of Diana - Part 2" (5.978 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (2.079 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.737 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.635 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13) rounded out the night on The CW (1.883 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 922k
- Project Runway: Road to the Runway (S/Lifetime): 876k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 724k
- SafeWord (MTV): 524k
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 162k

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posted 8/14/17

Nippon TV Preps for MIP
Two Games on the Docket
From C21 Media

Japan’s Nippon TV has added six shows to headline its slate for the Mipcom market in October, including a scripted format and two dramas.

Nippon’s unscripted formats include studio-based gameshow Witness the Fitness, which sees people from different professions battling each other to test the skills of various body parts, and social experiment show Impress Us.

The latter requires participants to answer questions and create original performances that often lead to shocking revelations and embarrassing moments. Finally, reality format Yes Man requires participants to travel around the world only answering yes to any questions asked.

Nippon TV has been expanding its international operations over recent years, including launching GEM with Sony Pictures Television Networks in South-East Asia.

C21 Media

posted 8/14/17

ITV Divorces "Mr & Mrs"
All Star Version Pulled: Report
From Metro

ITV have reportedly cut their long running quiz show All Star Mr and Mrs from their 2017 schedule.

The long-running game show sees married celebrity couples pitted against each other in order to win £30,000 for charity.

A source revealed to The Sun that the show was taking a break, but admitted that there was a possibility that it will be axed from our screens entirely.

‘All Star Mr & Mrs has aired every year for almost a decade. So the fact that it is now taking a break doesn’t look good for the future,’ the source said.

‘Officially this is “a rest” and the bosses are adamant that the axe has not fallen. ‘But there are plenty of people who are convinced it won’t be back.’

Metro
Her.ie

posted 8/14/17


NBC
It's Almost Time to Shuffle the (BLEEP) Up... Again
Poker After Dark Returns August 14 to PokerGO
From PokerNews

One of poker's treasured television programs returns next week, and with it returns one of its most celebrated high-stakes players.

Tom Dwan will take a seat with Daniel Negreanu, Doyle Brunson and many others in the revival of Poker After Dark starting Monday, Aug. 14. Dwan, who mostly vanished from the poker spotlight outside of the occasional controversy, has been spending much of the last several years playing nosebleed games in Asia. Now he returns to Poker After Dark for the first time since the show was removed from NBC's programming in 2011.

"I travel around a lot to play poker, and in Manila and Macau people ask me about those shows," Dwan told PokerCentral on Thursday. "All over the world people liked watching those, and every time I get asked 'When will they be back?' I'm excited that now, after six years, they will be back."

Dwan was a regular in the cash game episodes of Poker After Dark, appearing in each of the four most recent seasons. His unpredictable style produced several of the most memorable clashes ever seen on the show, including one hand against Antonio Esfandiari that left 'The Magician' speechless and staring at nothing but empty felt in front of him. Esfandiari will go to battle with Dwan again when the show returns next week.

Where and When to Watch

The first new episode of Poker After Dark will air on Monday, Aug. 14 at 8 p.m. exclusively on PokerGo, with following episodes at the same time airing Tuesday and Wednesday. The show will continue to stream throughout the year on PokerGo, featuring the cash game and sit-and-go formats that fans will remember from years past.

Monday's premiere episode will feature Dwan, Negreanu and Esfandiari, along with Jean-Robert Bellande, Lauren Roberts and Bill Klein. All six players will sit down with a minimum of $100,000 with the blinds at $200/$400 plus a $400 button ante.

Poker News
Online Poker

posted 8/14/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Surf's Up"

  • Vanessa Hudgens gets Teen Choice #SeeHer surfboard. We see her. (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Sad news for Vienna Girardi, as she miscarries twins (Reality TV World)
     

  • One really dumb decision that set the Corinne Olympios episode into motion (Reality TV World)
     

  • Jesse Palmer to host DailyMailTV (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Top Chef/Teamsters trial: no verdict as of yet (Deadline)
     

  • Ben Higgins is... (checks watch) ... still not over his ex (Reality TV World)
     

  • Daphne Oz leaving "The Chew" (Deadline)
     

  • ABCDiscovers a winner (Deadline)
     

  • Anthony Anderson just lost $2000 to President Obama in a golf game (Washington Post)
     

  • VERSUS MODE: Love Connection original vs. reboot (TV Overmind)

posted 8/11/17


Fox
Fox Is Spreading the "Love"
Andy Cohen to Return for Season 2
From Deadline

Fox has ordered a second season of Love Connection, its dating show revival, with Andy Cohen set to return as host.

This is the second new Fox reality series which premiered this summer to get a renewal following Beat Shazam, its musical game show hosted by EP Jamie Foxx. Still pending are The F Word with Gordon Ramsay and American Grit, hosted by John Cena.

In addition to his hosting duty, Cohen will return for Seaosn 2 as co-executive producer along with executive producer Mike Fleiss (The Bachelor).

Love Connection revival sends hopeful singles on three dates in order to ditch the apps and find true love. Each hour of the show features single men and/or women in search of romance. They tell Cohen exactly what they’re looking for in a partner and why they’ve found it so hard to meet Mr. or Mrs. Right.

Love Connection is produced by Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television and NEXT Entertainment in association with Telepictures Productions. In addition to Cohen and Fleiss, Martin Hilton, James Breen and Jason Ehrlich also serve as executive producers.

“Andy Cohen is a phenomenal host, not only because he has brought so much fun to the show but also because he truly wants these participants to find love, and that genuine level of interest enables him to elicit both touching and hilariously awkward dating moments from them,” said Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment and Specials. “I’d also like to thank Mike Darnell and Mike Fleiss, who, along with Andy, have helped redefine this show.”

“We are excited for a second season of Love Connection,” said Mike Darnell President, Warner Bros. Unscripted & Alternative Television. “Andy Cohen is a natural provocateur and is beloved by so many for his uncanny ability to bring out the most revealing details about the couples and their dates.”

“This show fits like a glove and I can’t wait to make more love connections,” said Cohen.

Deadline
Broadway World
The Futon Critic

posted 8/11/17

WEDNESDAY: America's Got Clips
NBC Wins on "Got Talent" Recap
From The Futon Critic

NBC (5.769 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the top draw on Wednesday thanks to a two-hour "America's Got Talent" (7.236 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) recap followed by a new "The Carmichael Show" (3.128 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and the finale to "The Carmichael Show" (2.540 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8).

CBS (4.367 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then took home the silver with originals from "Big Brother 19" (6.588 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Salvation" (3.441 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) plus a repeat "Criminal Minds" (3.074 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

Next up was ABC (5.215 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with repeats of "The Goldbergs" (3.553 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "Speechless" (3.238 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) alongside the special "The Story of Diana - Part 1" (6.125 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.549 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up fresh installments of "MasterChef" (3.410 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) and "The F Word with Gordon Ramsay" (1.688 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.963 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and "Supernatural" (0.885 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.924 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 767k
- Idiotest - 10:30p (GSN): 313k
- Idiotest - 10p (GSN): 272k
- Emogenius - 9p (GSN): 199k
- Emogenius - 9:30p (GSN): 192k

The Futon Critic
The Wrap
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/11/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Seacrest... IN"

  • Ryan Seacrest inks deal with ABC Studios (Deadline)
     

  • Anneka Rice awaits the challenge.... again (Entertainment Daily)
     

  • BETTERIDGE'S LAW: Is it the end of "The Great British Baking Show" as we know it? (New York Times)

posted 8/11/17

Back Into "Hell"
New Season of "Hell's Kitchen" to Be an All-Star Edition
From Broadway World

After 16 seasons, Gordon Ramsay calls back HELL'S KITCHEN All Star Chefs, beginning September 29 on Fox.

Season 16 of HELL'S KITCHEN welcomes a new batch of ambitious chefs who will brave Chef Gordon Ramsay and his fiery command of THE KITCHEN as he puts them through an intense culinary academy.

The chefs will leave the pleasantries at the door as the pressure to impress Chef Ramsay will reach a boiling point. The contestants must prove their ability to work in teams before Chef Ramsay determines which chefs are worthy of a black jacket. The rewards for winners of upcoming challenges will be luxurious and extravagant, while the punishments will be strenuous, dull and repetitive.

Meet the 16 ALL-STARS who will go head-to-head for the chance to win a Head Chef position at the world's first Gordon Ramsay Hell's Kitchen Restaurant at Caesars Palace Las Vegas.

The Red Team (Women) includes:
- ROBYN ALMODOVAR Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL Previous Season: 10 (6th Place)
- DANA COHEN Hometown: Emerson, NJ Previous Season: 10 (3rd Place)
- ELISE HARRIS Hometown: Newburyport, MA Previous Season: 9 (3rd Place)
- BARBIE MARSHALL Hometown: Strasburg, PA Previous Season: 10 (4th Place)
- ASHLEY NICKELL Hometown: Orlando, FL Previous Season: 15 (3rd Place)
- JENNIFER NORMANT Hometown: Burlington, MA Previous Season: 9 (5th Place)
- AMANDA PALOMINO Hometown: Atlantic City, NJ Previous Season: 15 (5th Place)
- MICHELLE TRIBBLE Hometown: New York, NY Previous Season: 14 (3rd Place)

The Blue Team (Men) includes:
- JARED BOBKIN Hometown: Troy, MI Previous Season: 15 (4th Place)
- NICK PETERS BOND Hometown: Newburyport, MA Previous Season: 14 (5th Place)
- GIOVANNI FILIPPONE Hometown: Santa Rosa Beach, FL Previous Season: 5 (6th Place)
- VAN HURD Hometown: South Glastonbury, CT Previous Season: 6 (6th Place)
- BENJAMIN KNACK Hometown: San Antonio, TX Previous Season: 7 (3rd Place)
- MILLY MEDLEY Hometown: Philadelphia, PA Previous Season: 14 (4th Place)
- JOSH TROVATO Hometown: Los Angeles, CA Previous Season: 14 (6th Place)
- BEN WALANKA Hometown: Overland Park, KS Previous Season: 5 (4th Place)

HELL'S KITCHEN is produced by ITV Entertainment in association with A. Smith & Co. Productions, Inc. Arthur Smith, Kent Weed, Gordon Ramsay, Kenny Rosen and David Eilenberg serve as executive producers.

Broadway World
The Futon Critic

posted 8/10/17

See Ya, Seeso
Comedy Streamer to Shutter
From the Wrap

Seeso, the comedy-centric streaming service that served as the home for original shows from comedians such as Dan Harmon and Jonah Ray announced Wednesday that it’ll be shutting its virtual doors.

The company made the announcement on its Facebook page, adding that its shows will be moving to a new home over at VRV, which also houses Crunchyroll, Funimation, Machinima and other online streaming channels.

“You can now find ‘HarmonQuest,’ ‘My Brother, My Brother and Me,’ ‘Hidden America with Jonah Ray’ and ‘The Cyanide and Happiness Show’ on VRV,” the company wrote.

It’s unclear what the status is of other Seeso shows like “Bajillion Dollar Propertie$.”

Seeso had one show in the pipeline waiting to air. “There’s…Johnny!” is a show starring Tony Danza, Ian Nelson and Jane Levy about a man from Nebraska and a talent coordinator as they work behind the scenes at “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.” The show was created by Paul Reiser and David Steven Simon, who conceived of the show 17 years ago.

“There’s…Johnny!” was supposed to premiere in August, but now it’ll air at a later date, Seeso said. “We love this show and can’t wait for everyone to see it.” the statement said.

Seeso has been in trouble for a while, with chief Evan Shapiro parting ways with parent company NBCUniversal in May. NBCU digital enterprises president Maggie Suniewick took over his responsibilities.

Later in June, the company was hit with layoffs, with multiple employees getting reassigned to other departments at NBCUniversal.

Shows that were set to premiere or air new seasons on Seeso since the shakeups have been postponed. The second season of Dan Harmon’s animated “Dungeons & Dragons” comedy “HarmonQuest,” for example, was delayed the day before its scheduled July 27 premiere. It’s now premiering on Sept. 15 over on the VRV Select channel.

Though NBCUniversal does not release subscriber numbers, TheWrap was told in May that the paid-customer total for the still relatively young platform was in the low hundreds of thousands.

Before the announcement Wednesday, Decider reported that Seeso sold “HarmonQuest” and “My Brother, My Brother, and Me” to Otter Media, which operates VRV streaming services.

The Wrap

posted 8/10/17

TUESDAY: The One To Rule the "World"
NBC Wins on "World of Dance" Finale
From The Futon Critic

NBC (11.492 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) dominated the competition on Tuesday with a new "America's Got Talent" (13.097 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) and the season finale of "World of Dance" (8.282 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2).

CBS (5.457 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) then took home the silver with its trio of "NCIS" (6.018 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Bull" (5.022 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.333 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

Next up was ABC (1.945 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) with repeats of "The Middle" (2.871 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.091 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Black-ish" (1.845 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and another "Black-ish" (1.817 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) plus a new "Somewhere Between" (1.524 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.512 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up repeats of "Lethal Weapon" (1.772 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "The Mick" (1.335 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.167 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

And finally, second runs of "The Flash" (0.806 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.664 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) on The CW (0.734 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.288m
- Ink Master: Shop Wars (Spike):1.003m
- The Challenge: Dirty 30 (MTV): 932k
- Chopped Grill Masters (Food): 835k
- Face Off (Syfy): 630k
- Fear Factor (MTV): 570k
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 521k
- Snap Decision - 9:30p (GSN): 233k
- Snap Decision - 9p (GSN): 230k

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TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/10/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Drag Me to Hulu"

  • RuPaul teams with JJ Abrams for Hulu pilot (TV Line)
     

  • Ben Higgins is still fixated on his ex (Reality TV World)
     

  • Tori & Dean: "Never say never" to a sixth child. The rest of us.... (Reality TV World)
     

  • The Chmerkovskiy honeymoon: A Russian & an Australian in Italy (Reality TV World)
     

  • The Top Chef/Teamsters trial goes to the jury (Deadline)
     

  • Richard Osman talks up the renewal of "Child Genius" (Buzz.ie)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with David Alan Grier (Page Six)

posted 8/10/17

Back to the Ranch for "Broken Skull"
CMT's Crash Course Returns September 26
From The Futon Critic

CMT today announced fan-favorite and award-winning series, "Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge," the toughest competition series on television, returns for a punishing new season on Tuesday, September 26 at 10pm ET/PT. "Broken Skull Challenge" reached an average of two million weekly viewers during season four.

The return comes on the heels of strong growth for CMT, which just notched its highest-rated fiscal 3rd quarter since 2014 with 14% year-over-year growth among Adults 18-49.Furthermore, CMT has posted 35 consecutive weeks of year-over-year growth with Adults 18-49.Competitively for fiscal 3rd quarter, CMT ranks as the fastest growing Top 50 (non-news) channel with Women 18-49.

"Every season we've raised the bar and set new standards here at the 'Broken Skull Challenge.' And every season we've watched the finest athletes in America meet those challenges," said Steve Austin. "But I guarantee you haven't seen anything like the intensity of season five of 'Broken Skull Challenge.' And that's the bottom line".

"CMT is having a tremendous year and Steve Austin is an invaluable part of our continued growth and success," said Frank Tanki, General Manager of CMT and TV Land. " Broken Skull Challenge is a fan-favorite powerhouse and a principal component of our hit unscripted slate. This is the most hard-hitting season yet and I admire the grit and resolve of our competitors to take on Steve and his Skullbuster obstacle course."

This season, a new set of America's toughest individuals tackle the one and only Steve Austin's Broken Skull Ranch. Each week, "Steve Austin's Broken Skull Challenge" will feature world-renowned athletes and everyday heroes facing off against each other - and the desert heat -in a series of intense challenges with only one advancing to the dreaded "Skullbuster," personally designed by Austin.

The Futon Critic
The Wrap

posted 8/9/17

SYNDIES Week 46
Results for the Week Ending July 30
From TV Newscheck

Dr. Phil was the only talk show in the top seven moving up week to week in the sleepy summer session ending July 30. Phil convincingly led the talkers, first-run syndication’s largest category, for the 47th consecutive frame even though it aired only repeat episodes on all five days.

Phil jumped 4% from the week before and surged 17% from last year to a 2.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, its strongest numbers in nearly two months.

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
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.1 -6%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.5 NC
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.5 -2%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 NC
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.1 NC

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 8/9/17


CNN
GLEN CAMPBELL: 1936-2017
Country Crossover Frequented "The Hollywood Squares"
From TV Newscheck

Glen Campbell, the grinning, high-pitched entertainer whose dozens of hit singles included "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Wichita Lineman" and whose appeal spanned country, pop, television and movies, died Tuesday, his family said. He was 81.

Campbell's family said the singer died Tuesday morning in Nashville and publicist Sandy Brokaw confirmed the news. No cause was immediately given. Campbell announced in June 2011 that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and that it was in its early stages at that time.

"Glen is one of the greatest voices there ever was in the business and he was one of the greatest musicians," said Dolly Parton in a video statement. "He was a wonderful session musician as well. A lot of people don't realize that. But he could play anything and he could play it really well."

Tributes poured in on social media. "Thank you Glen Campbell for sharing your talent with us for so many years May you rest in peace my friend You will never be forgotten," wrote Charlie Daniels. One of Campbell's daughters, Ashley, said she was heartbroken. "I owe him everything I am, and everything I ever will be. He will be remembered so well and with so much love," she wrote on Twitter.

In the late 1960s and well into the '70s, the Arkansas native seemed to be everywhere, known by his boyish face, wavy hair and friendly tenor. He won five Grammys, sold more than 45 million records, had 12 gold albums and 75 chart hits, including No. 1 songs with "Rhinestone Cowboy" and "Southern Nights."

His performance of the title song from "True Grit," a 1969 release in which he played a Texas Ranger alongside Oscar winner John Wayne, received an Academy Award nomination. He twice won album of the year awards from the Academy of Country Music and was voted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. Seven years later, he received a Grammy for lifetime achievement.

His last record was "Adios," which came out in June and features songs that Campbell loved to sing but never recorded, including tunes made famous by Bob Dylan, Linda Ronstadt and Johnny Cash. Ashley Campbell, also a musician, made a quest appearance and said making the album was "therapeutic."

Campbell was among a wave of country crossover stars that included Johnny Cash, Roy Clark and Kenny Rogers, and like many of his contemporaries, he enjoyed success on television. Campbell had a weekly audience of some 50 million people for the "Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour," on CBS from 1969 to 1972. He gained new fans decades later when the show, featuring his cheerful greeting "Hi I'm Glen Campbell," was rerun on cable channel CMT.

"I did what my Dad told me to do - 'Be nice, son, and don't cuss. And be nice to people.' And that's the way I handled myself, and people were very, very nice to me," Campbell told The Telegraph in 2011.

He released more than 70 of his own albums, and in the 1990s recorded a series of gospel CDs. A 2011 farewell album, "Ghost On the Canvas," included contributions from Jacob Dylan, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick and Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins.

The documentary "Glen Campbell ... I'll Be Me" came out in 2014. The film about Campbell's 2011-12 farewell tour offers a poignant look at his decline from Alzheimer's while showcasing his virtuoso guitar chops that somehow continued to shine as his mind unraveled. The song "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" won a Grammy for best country song in 2015 and was nominated for an Oscar for best original song.

Campbell was a fixture on the game show scene in the 60s and 70s, playing "The Hollywood Squares". He was also a guest on the 2006 edition of "I've Got a Secret".

GSNN's Chico Alexander and Doug Morris contributed to this report.

TV Newscheck
The Wrap

posted 8/9/17

MONDAY: The Final Rose
"Bachelorette" Finale Gives Night to ABC
From The Futon Critic

ABC (7.467 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was of course the network to beat on Monday with its full night "The Bachelorette" (7.467 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) season finale.

NBC (5.233 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the silver draw with originals from "American Ninja Warrior" (6.285 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and "Midnight, Texas" (3.131 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

Next up was FOX (2.659 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its expanded two-hour "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.659 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.238 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up repeats of "Kevin Can Wait" (4.110 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "Superior Donuts" (3.484 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Mom" (3.724 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Life in Pieces" (3.179 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8) plus a new "CBSN: On Assignment" (2.464 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9).

And finally, a repeat "Supergirl" (1.201 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and a new "Hooten & The Lady" (1.100 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.150 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Snap Decision - 9p (P/GSN): 380k
- Snap Decision - 9:30p (GSN): 280k
- Snap Decision - 10:30p (GSN): 252k
- Snap Decision - 10p (GSN): 245k
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 147k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/9/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Marry the Schwab"

posted 8/9/17

"Snap Decision" Premieres
GSN Launches New Original on Regular Night after Monday Preview
From The Shadow League

David Alan Grier has been one of the funniest people in America for the better part of the last three decades. Now the comedian and improv specialist will be harnessing his talents and teaming up with GSN and Sinclair Broadcasting Group for the half-hour game show "Snap Decision."

"Snap Decision" debuted Monday with four back-to-back half-hour episodes. It will move into its regular Tuesday slot at 9 PM tonight, August 8. The show will air weekdays on 20 Sinclair stations nationwide beginning August 7. (C-Note: our recaps will only cover the GSN airing).

"Snap Decision" is from the mind of veteran game show producer Scott St. John ("Match Game", "Deal or No Deal") and will give studio contestants the chance to win a grand prize of $10,000 by making snap judgments about three strangers interviewed on the street.

The Shadow League

posted 8/8/17

More on "The Four"
Fox Details Plans on Singing Competition
From The Futon Critic

THE FOUR begins where most competitions end: with the four finalists. Four super-talented and fiercely competitive singers, chosen from their auditions by the show's panel of music industry experts, will try to defend their coveted spots on the stage, as they are challenged individually by new singers determined to replace them. Each week, if any of the four are outperformed, they'll go home and their challengers will take their place.

And those challengers could be fans who had been sitting on a couch one week, and singing onstage the next. Viewers who think they've got the talent to compete and unseat the four singers onstage will have the opportunity to submit an audition video. America will have the chance to decide who is brought onto the show by voting on the available streamed auditions and influencing which challengers will take on THE FOUR and shake up the competition.

If the existing four singers outperform their challengers, then they survive to sing another week, until the end of the season, when the singers have safely secured their spots on stage and face off against each other, resulting in one being named the winner. At stake is the ultimate prize: the panel of industry experts becomes key players on the winner's team. This elite group of star-makers will help shepherd the winner's career and be fully invested in making him or her a breakout star.

Expert panelists and additional information regarding THE FOUR will be announced soon.

THE FOUR was created by Armoza Formats and is produced by ITV Entertainment in association with Armoza Formats. David George, Adam Sher, David Eilenberg, Jessica Sebastian-Dayeh, Simon Thomas, Becca Walker, David Friedman, Avi Armoza and Nehama Cohen will serve as executive producers.

The Futon Critic
Broadway World
TV Line
Deadline
The Wrap

posted 8/8/17

WEEKEND: Offline
CBS Wins on Big Brother, @midnight Wraps Its Run
From The Futon Critic

CBS (4.580 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the demo champ on Sunday with its mix of "60 Minutes" (6.484 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "Big Brother 19" (6.567 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1), "Candy Crush" (2.194 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.078 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

ABC (4.762 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with its quartet of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.403 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.910 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2), "Steve Harvey's Funderdome" (4.303 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.434 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

Next up was NBC (3.137 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its repeat lineup of "Dateline NBC" (3.958 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8), "The Wall" (2.813 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "American Ninja Warrior" (2.889 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

And finally, repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (0.837 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and another "Bob's Burgers" (0.872 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) led into a new "American Grit" (0.916 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and the season finale of "American Grit" (1.133 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) on FOX (0.968 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4).

On cable Friday:
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (F/Comedy): 249k

On cable Sunday:
- Food Network Star - 9p (Food): 1.854m
- Food Network Star - 8p (Food): 1.564m

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 8/8/17

WEDNESDAY: Big Brother, Small Comet
CBS Wins Despite Summer Drama
From TV Line

CBS’ Big Brother this Wednesday delivered 6.53 million total viewers — an audience high for Season 19 — and a 1.9 rating, rising a tenth in the demo week-to-week to match the season high.

Leading out of that, Salvation did 3.8 mil/0.5 and then 3.5 mil/0.4, both episodes down from Week 2.

Over on NBC, the penultimate night of The Carmichael Show led out of an AGT clip show with 3 mil/0.7, up a tenth week-to-week.

Fox’s MasterChef (3.7 mil/1.0) and F Word (2 mil/0.6) each added some eyeballs whole steady in the demo.

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 746k
- Signed (VH1): 668k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 328k
- Emogenius - 9p (GSN): 313k
- Idiotest - 10:30 (GSN): 309k
- Idiotest - 10p (GSN): 289k
- Emogenius - 9:30 (GSN): 230k
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 192k

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Deadline

posted 8/8/17

KBC to Return
Amitabh Bachchan to Host a New Format of "Millionaire" Version
From IBT

After a gap of three years, Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) is gearing up for its ninth season. KBC 9 will see Amitabh Bachchan reprising his role as the host.

The registration for the game show began in June and contestants have already been shortlisted. Senior Bachchan recently took to Twitter to announce that he has started with the shoot rehearsals.

The new season of the popular show that gives contestants a chance to win huge prize money, will go on air from September in the 9 pm slot on Sony TV.

While the news has already raised curiosity among fans, it has been revealed that KBC 9 will be bigger and better than its previous seasons with a revised format.

Below is the new format of KBC 9, although no official confirmation has been made on the same.

According to Bollywood Life report, unlike previous seasons, no celebrities will appear on the show. Rather real life heroes, who have made a change towards society, will be invited.

Contestants will be allowed to use "video a friend" lifeline rather than "phone a friend".

They will have the option to get a partner on the sets instead of using the lifeline "audience poll".

Rumour also has it that the prize money will also be higher than last season's Rs 7 crore.

The delay in airing the ninth season was apparently because of Big B, who couldn't dedicate time for the shooting of the game show as he was busy with his back-to-back Bollywood projects.

International Business Times

posted 8/8/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Closing Arguments"

  • "Top Chef" Trial: the defense rests (Deadline)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Mike Richards (Slate)
     

  • Paddy McGuinness to host "Even Better Than the Real Thing", or as fans of "Stars in Their Eyes" call it, "Irony: The Series" (Digital Spy)

posted 8/7/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Calling Out"

  • Aaron Rodgers wants to play Cheech Marin in a game of Jeopardy! (Green Bay Press Gazette)
     

  • Chris Hardwick adjusts to life after @midnight (Mashable)
     

  • FIRST LOOK: season 46 of "The Price Is Right" (TV Ruckus)

posted 8/7/17

Game Night Returns in 2018
ABC Renews "Fun and Games" Trio of Feud, Pyramid, Match Game
From TV Line

Survey says… ABC’s game-show revival lineup is a big winner.

Appearing at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Sunday, ABC entertainment president Channing Dungey announced that Celebrity Family Feud has been renewed for a fourth season, while $100,000 Pyramid and Match Game have each been picked up for Season 3.

Of ABC’s other “Fun & Games” entries, To Tell the Truth was previously renewed for Season 3 (to air this fall on Sundays at 8/7c, where it will lead into Shark Tank and then the Kyra Sedgwick-starring drama Ten Days in the Valley), while Steve Harvey’s Funderdome is currently unspooling its freshman run on Sunday nights,
Match Game host Alec Baldwin also has signed a two-year first-look deal with ABC Studios.

“Alec’s quick wit, charm and star power set the stage for an unadulterated and can’t-miss hour of television each week on Match Game,” Dungey said in a statement. “The series is an integral part of ABC ‘Fun & Games,’ and I’m glad to have it and Alec back.”

“Returning for Season 3 definitely goes under the category ‘Things that are Awesome,’” said Pyramid host Michael Strahan. “It has been such an honor continuing the legacy of the legendary Dick Clark …. Looking forward to another season of giving away ABC’s money.”

Steve Harvey said the “politically correct” reason that Feud “struck a chord is because it’s a great show where people can play along at home and everyone can join in on the fun. The true reason it’s a success is because they went and got me to host. It’s been a blessing to host this show, I’m one of those people who loves what they’re doing.”

TV Line
The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic
Deadline
Broadway World
The Slanted
Deadline

posted 8/6/17

THURSDAY: Hall of Fame-Worthy
Return of NFL Win Night for NBC
From The Futon Critic

NBC (7.785 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) surged to the top spot on Thursday with its presentation of "NFL Kickoff Pre-Game" (7.818 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) and "NFL Preseason: Hall of Fame Game - Arizona vs3 Dallas" (7.778 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1).

CBS (4.802 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then had to settle for second place with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.203 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "Kevin Can Wait" (4.688 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5), "Big Brother 19" (6.269 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) and "Zoo" (2.691 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10).

Next up was FOX (2.456 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with fresh installments of "Beat Shazam" (2.671 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and "Love Connection" (2.242 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.392 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up originals from "Boy Band" (2.380 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10), "Battle of the Network Stars" (2.487 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "The Gong Show" (2.309 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.641 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12), the relocated "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.334 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.242 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) rounded out the night on The CW (1.464 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.459m
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.124m
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 719k
- SafeWord (MTV): 497k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 258k
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 196k

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Showbuzz Daily
TV Line

posted 8/6/17

And So It Begins.... Again
"American Idol" Auditions Officially Kick Off in Disney World August 17
From Broadway World

ABC's AMERICAN IDOL launches the start of its highly anticipated open auditions at Disney Springs at WALT DISNEY WORLD Resort in Florida. The iconic "American Idol" bus will roll into Disney Springs for auditions taking place on THURSDAY, AUGUST 17. "Idol"-winners Jordin Sparks, Kris Allen and Ruben Studdard will make a special appearance and greet lucky audition participants during the kickoff celebration of the search for America's next superstar.

When the bus rolls away at the end of the day, Central Florida hopefuls will still have the chance to become a part of "Idol" history by auditioning via the "American Idol" pop-up audition kiosk, which will be at Disney Springs on FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, through FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15. During regular Disney Springs operating hours, visitors can create and submit their very own audition video at the kiosk.

Auditions will simultaneously kick off on the West Coast in Portland, Oregon. Please visit www.americanidol.com for more information and specific audition details, locations, full eligibility requirements, submission forms, terms and conditions.

Broadway World
WLS Chicago

posted 8/3/17

GSN Ups Mark Feldman
New CEO Joined Network in 2008
From Venture Beat

Game Show Network (GSN) announced it has appointed Mark Feldman as its president and CEO.

In picking Feldman, the developer of the Wheel of Fortune slots and Bingo Bash games has chosen an insider to succeed David Goldhill, who is stepping down after a decade running the company, which is co-owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and AT&T Entertainment Group.

Feldman was previously GSN’s executive vice president and general counsel. GSN consists of GSNTV, a top-40 cable entertainment network distributed to nearly 80 million subscribers, and GSN Games, one of the world’s leading social, mobile, and online games companies.

“GSN TV is unique in the entertainment television landscape in our persistent commitment to our core audience through game show programming in all its forms, including classic, contemporary, and increasingly, interactive shows,” said Feldman in a statement. “GSN Games has become a world leader by providing our players compelling opportunities to play anytime, anywhere, whether on their own or in a huge variety of always available competitions.”

He added, “I am grateful to Sony and AT&T to be entrusted with the challenge of continuing our growth in a rapidly changing media landscape, and I look forward to working closely with them in the days ahead. I could not be more excited to team with GSN’s many outstanding professionals throughout the globe in crafting the next chapter of our development.”

Sony Pictures Television Networks president Andy Kaplan said in a statement, “Mark is a talented leader with a history of success at GSN, and I believe he has the right vision and strategy to achieve future growth in the company’s television and digital games businesses.”

Feldman joined GSN in 2008 and has been responsible for legal and business affairs, business development, and GSN’s innovation lab, 1-800-Nothing.

Venture Beat

posted 8/3/17

Spain Gets Crushed
Mediapro Format Involves Safes
From C21 Media

Spanish broadcaster TVE has greenlit two dramas and an array of entertainment shows for its networks, including the first format co-developed between Barcelona-based Mediapro and Madrid’s Phileas Productions.

Crush is a gameshow in which teams of four people must answer questions by standing on the answers they think are correct, or else they will be ‘crushed’ by locked safes.

The format is distributed by Imagina International Sales, part of the Mediapro Group that appointed long-serving Keshet executive Ran Tellem to its content team last year.

Producers in the US, France and Benelux have already picked up Crush for local adaptation after it debuted at Mipcom last October.

TVE has also ordered another season of Danish format comedy On the Edge, which was first produced by DR for its TV3 network. Known locally as El Forastero, the show sees comedians visiting local communities and is being produced with Barcelona-based prodco Brutal Media.

C21 Media

posted 8/3/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The $100,000 Pinky-Mid"

  • Michael Strahan misses GMA because he lost "a little bit of his pinky" (The Wrap)
     

  • Top Chef Teamsters trial: double pay to go away? (Deadline)
     

  • Vienna Girardi proves how stupid gender reveal parties are. Spoiler alert: girls (Reality TV World)
     

  • Mark Labbett to go clubbing in Bolton (The Bolton News)

posted 8/3/17

TUESDAY: "Talent" Reigns Supreme
New High for NBC's Mainstay
From The Futon Critic

NBC (11.201 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was still the network to beat on Tuesday with new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (13.122 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) and "World of Dance" (7.359 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2).

A distant second place then went to CBS (5.402 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and its trio of "NCIS" (5.660 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "Bull" (5.162 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.385 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Sharing the silver was ABC (2.092 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) with repeats of "The Middle" (2.887 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.140 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Black-ish" (2.037 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), another "Black-ish" (2.044 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and a new "Somewhere Between" (1.723 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.425 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up second runs of "Lethal Weapon" (1.721 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "The Mick" (1.258 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (0.998 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

And finally, The CW (0.691 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) likewise rounded out the night with repeats of "The Flash" (0.769 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.614 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.304m
- Ink Master: Shop Wars (Spike): 1.084m
- Chopped Grill Masters (Food): 912k
- The Challenge: Dirty 30 (MTV): 838k
- Face Off (Syfy): 621k
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 541k
- Fear Factor (MTV): 538k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 307k
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 145k

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posted 8/2/17

It's All Greek for "Still Standing"
Armoza Exports Long.... erm, Standing Game Format
From Realscreen

Armoza Formats has been commissioned by Greek Broadcaster Antenna TV (ANT1 TV) for the first season of the primetime game show Still Standing.

Created by Israel’s Channel 10 and July-August Productions, Still Standing (60′) offers contestants the chance to win $1-million by out-guessing 10 opponents in 10 fast-paced trivia battles. As time runs out, contestants are dropped from the game, straight through the studio floor.

The studio-based format will make its debut in Greece in September.

Most recently, Still Standing was commissioned in India, while Italy extended its third season.

Realscreen

posted 8/2/17

MONDAY: "The Bachelorette" Gets Ug-Lee
ABC, NBC Split Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.049 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) was the most-watched broadcaster on Monday with a new "The Bachelorette" (5.682 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and the relocated "To Tell the Truth" (3.784 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

NBC (5.011 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with a new "American Ninja Warrior" (5.851 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and week two of "Midnight, Texas" (3.329 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

Next up was FOX (2.226 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.639 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5) followed by the season finale of "Superhuman" (1.814 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.108 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up repeats of "Kevin Can Wait" (3.806 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #6), "Superior Donuts" (3.121 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Mom" (3.223 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "Life in Pieces" (2.936 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) plus the premiere of "CBSN: On Assignment" (2.782 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

And finally, a repeat "Supergirl" (1.048 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and the relocated "Hooten & The Lady" (0.919 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.983 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Dessert Games (SF/Food): 766k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 332k
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 179k

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posted 8/2/17

SYNDIES: Week 45
Results for the Week Ending July 23
From TV Newscheck

In-depth of coverage of the O.J. Simpson parole hearing drove the top entertainment magazines to a second-straight week of strong performances in the session ending July 23.

Reruns of Judge Judy, which have been the sole No. 1 shows in syndication for the past six weeks, hit a 6.5 and were joined at the top of the overall chart by Family Feud. Judy improved 2% for the week and rose 3% from last year, while Feud was up 3% for the week, but down 7% from last year.

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
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.5 +3%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.6 NC
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.5 +2%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 NC
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.1 +10%

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 8/2/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Evacuate the Dancehall"

  • Nick Cannon's "King of the Dancehall" heading to YouTube Red (Broadway World)
     

  • Padma Lakshmi expected to testify in "Top Chef"/Teamsters trial (Deadline)
     

  • Carrie Ann Inaba asks her mother to be her matron of honor (Reality TV World)
     

  • Gleb Savchenko, wife welcome future "Dancing" pro Zlata (Reality TV World)
     

  • Rachel Lindsey will die and go to heaven if she never saw DeMario, Lee, or Whaboom ever again (Reality TV World)
     

  • Bradley Walsh finally apologizes for the "Fanny Chmelar" moment (TVNZ)
     

  • "Randling" host Andrew Denton diagnosed with advanced heart disease (The Guardian)
     

  • Eric Monkman & Bobby Seagull go from "University Challenge" to Radio 4 (Radio Times)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Gordon Ramsay gets his just desserts thanks to James Corden (Broadway World)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Christina Milian (Vibe)

posted 8/2/17


IMDb
Nick Cannon Joins "Shorties"
"Lip Sync Battle" Spinoff to Premiere in 2018
From The Futon Critic

Nickelodeon announced today that multi-faceted entertainer Nick Cannon will take the mic as host of Lip Sync Battle Shorties, a spinoff of Spike's Emmy-nominated global phenomenon, Lip Sync Battle. Joining him to provide commentary on each performance is breakout star and social media sensation JoJo Siwa, who will serve as Cannon's sidekick. The 10-episode series, which features real-life kids lip-syncing pop songs in celebration of their favorite artists, will premiere in early 2018, with Halloween and holiday specials set to air later this year.

"I'm excited to host the first season of Lip Sync Battle Shorties. It's always a pleasure to work with my family at Nickelodeon. It's going to be a lot of fun watching the kids lip-sync their favorite songs and perform like their favorites artists," said host Nick Cannon.

"Nick Cannon grew up on Nickelodeon and into one of the best hosts and comedic actors on TV. Along with his passion for music, he brings with him such an amazing understanding and enthusiasm for kid performers. We feel very lucky to have Nick at the helm of Shorties, we're ready to rock!," said executive producers Casey Patterson and Jay Peterson.

"With Nick Cannon at the helm, every episode of Lip Sync Battle Shorties will be an over-the-top Nickelodeon event, with real kids in the driver's seat, battling head-to-head in the ultimate competition show," said Bronwen O'Keefe, Senior Vice President, Nickelodeon Live Action and Movies.

Nickelodeon premiered an hour-long Lip Sync Battle Shorties special in December 2016, which posted double-and triple digit gains with kids and drew more than two million total viewers (Live+7). Content from the special has garnered over 20 million views on Nickelodeon's YouTube channel to date.

Created and executive produced by Casey Patterson Entertainment and Matador Content, Lip Sync Battle Shorties lets three talented real-life kid participants personalize their performances, allowing them to make decisions on all creative elements, from song and costume selection, to choreography and staging. Each episode will also feature the Shorties Dance Crew, a 10-person, in-house backup crew who has mastered all styles of dance from breakdancing to ballroom, and conclude with a special celebrity appearance and final performance from all the kids.

The Futon Critic
The Wrap
Deadline

posted 8/1/17

Making a Discovery Out of Scripps
Cable Giants to Merge
From The Wrap

Discovery Communications has agreed to shell out $14.6 billion in both cash and stock for Scripps Networks Interactive, creating a cable channel powerhouse that could be better equipped to thrive in a rapidly changing pay-TV world, the two companies announced on Monday.

The combination joins some of cable television’s most popular channels, including Discovery’s namesake network, Science, OWN and TLC with Scripps’ HGTV, Travel Channel and Food Network, among others. And it’s another big deal in a string of major transactions, headlined by AT&T’s $85 billion purchase of Time Warner, as companies stake claims on premium content in a shifting and increasingly competitive distribution landscape.

“This is an exciting new chapter for Discovery. Scripps is one of the best run media companies in the world with terrific assets, strong brands and popular talent and formats. Our business is about great storytelling, authentic characters and passionate super fans. We believe that by coming together with Scripps, we will create a stronger, more flexible and more dynamic media company with a global content engine that can be fully optimized and monetized across our combined networks, products and services in every country around the world,” Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav said.

The Wrap
The Wrap

posted 8/1/17

WEEKEND: Big Brother Continues Dominance
CBS Wins All Fronts on "Big Brother"
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.565 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was once again the demo champ on Sunday with its mix "60 Minutes" (6.039 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Big Brother 19" (6.367 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), "Candy Crush" (2.614 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.242 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13).

ABC (4.256 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was the silver draw with repeats of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.259 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.792 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) followed by new episodes of "Steve Harvey's Funderdome" (3.947 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.029 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

Next up was NBC (2.642 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its lineup of "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" (3.511 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "The Wall" (2.311 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "American Ninja Warrior" (2.374 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

And finally, repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (0.850 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15), another "Bob's Burgers" (0.900 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15), "The Simpsons" (1.363 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "Family Guy" (1.374 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) plus a new "American Grit" (1.211 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) rounded out the night on FOX (1.152 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4).

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.821m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.009m
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 174k

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posted 8/1/17

Supermarket Superstars
Food Plots "Grocery Games" Tournament August 20
From the Futon Critic

You have followed their careers, read their cookbooks, and watched them on TV, and beginning on Sunday, August 20th at 8pm ET/PT, you will watch these celebrity chefs compete against each other in a no-holds-barred tournament on Guy's Grocery Games: Superstars. In this thrilling five-week tournament, Guy Fieri will give eight of America's superstar chefs the chance to win $40,000 for their favorite charity. But first, they must battle each other in some of the most twisted games the Flavortown Market has ever seen!

Rocco DiSpirito, Elizabeth Faulkner, Tregaye Fraser, Alex Guarnaschelli, Antonia Lofaso, Brian Malarkey, Marcel Vigneron and Justin Warner go head-to-head in this tournament to see whose skills have game. Each week the chefs will be put to the test in the grocery store aisles, and the top chefs will automatically move on in the competition, while the bottom contestants will face off in a redemption round. Each week, one chef will check out of the competition, while the others stay for the chance to earn big money for charity.

Fans can head to FoodNetwork.com/GroceryGames to relive the top moments of the tournament, test their supermarket trivia smarts, and collect shopping and cooking tips from the judges. Plus, they can also join the conversation using #GroceryGames.

The Futon Critic

posted 8/1/17

Mary Berry Looks for "Britain's Best Cook"
Post "Baking Show" Gig Lined Up for Judge
From Deadline

Mary Berry will pop on her judging hat once again as she returns to the kitchen for BBC One. The former Great British Bake Off judge is set to lead the charge to find Britain’s Best Cook in a new series hosted by Strictly Come Dancing‘s Claudia Winkleman. The order for the eight-part competition show comes a little less than a year after Channel 4 poached The Great British Bake Off (C-Note: or "The Great British Baking Show" as it's called here in America) which had been an unrivaled ratings winner and cultural phenomenon for the BBC.

Berry has remained loyal to the broadcaster, saying she “avoided being asked” to move to Channel 4 with GBBO. Her former co-judge, Paul Hollywood, will be part of the C4 program’s team when it launches in the fall.

Produced by Keo Films, Britain’s Best Cook (working title) is due to air next year on BBC One. It’s designed to “test the real-life expertise of truly great home cooks and will celebrate the food people make for their loved ones every single day,” the BBC said today.

Over the eight episodes, 10 contestants will need to demonstrate skill under pressure and individual flair, as they’re asked to serve the most perfect version of dishes that define modern British home cooking as well as create their special take on well-loved classics.

Berry said, “I am never more at home than when I have my judging hat on. This series is going to encourage proper home cooking which I have always championed and I cannot wait to start.” A search for a second judge is underway.

The hourlong primetime series was commissioned by BBC Director of Content, Charlotte Moore, and David Brindley, Head of Commissioning, Popular Factual and Factual Entertainment. Exec producers are Keo’s Andrew Palmer, Matt Cole and Claire Nosworthy.

Berry, who has over 75 cooking books to her name, earlier this year hosted recipe show Mary Berry Everyday for BBC Two, and is also signed to host Mary Berry’s Secrets From Britain’s Great Houses for BBC One.

BBC Two also has a new competitive food show on deck. The Big Family Cooking Showdown will look for Britain’s best family of cooks. The series is to be hosted by TV and radio personality Zoe Ball and former GBBO winner, Nadiya Hussain.

Deadline

posted 8/1/17


Games Gone By: Smush
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

From (one of the) makers of "You Don't Know Jack" comes "Smush", a show which looks like it takes place at a party in a basement. So who better to host it that the ORIGINAL "basement show" host, Ken Ober? Chris Wolvie presents a "Games Gone By..." that was "Before & After" BEFORE it was a "Wheel of Fortune" category!

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 8/1/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Don't. Mess. With Rachel"

  • ICYMI: every comment Lee made over the last Bachelorette season on and off camera comes back to bite him (The Wrap), and SYTYCD reveals the top 20 (Reality TV World)
     

  • Speaking of "Bachelor": the contestants are calling the new consent rules... "awkward" (The Wrap)
     

  • DeMario Jackson ready to graduate to "Dancing with the Stars" (Reality TV World)... but Peta Murgatroyd may not be ready to partner up yet (Reality TV World)
     

  • Bradley Walsh finally apologizes for the "Fanny Chmelar" moment (TVNZ)
     

  • "Hollywood's Greatest Game Shows" a no-show in Montgomery; show is canceled due to poor ticket sales (Montgomery Advertiser)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Survivor heads to Rochester August 10 (Rochester Democrat & Chronicle)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Bob Barker is still not dead (Snopes)

posted 8/1/17


Behind the Voice Actors
PATTI DEUTSCH: 1943-2017
Comedian Was Regular on "Match Game"
From Billboard

Patti Deutsch, the witty comedian and voiceover artist with the nasally delivery who was a regular on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and on game shows like Match Game and Tattletales, has died. She was 73.

Deutsch died Wednesday after a long battle with cancer, her family announced.

Deutsch came to fame as a member of the 1960s-'70s improvisational comedy group Ace Trucking Company, which also featured Fred Willard, Bill "You Can Call Me Ray" Saluga, Michael Mislove and George Memmoli.

She and the troupe appeared dozens of times on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson, on other talk shows and on ABC's This Is Tom Jones, and they recorded an album of improvised sketches for RCA.

Deutsch joined NBC's Laugh-In for its sixth and final season (1972-73) and had a regular role on the short-lived NBC comedy Grandpa Goes to Washington, starring Jack Albertson.

Her whiny tone was instantly recognizable on such animated TV shows as The Angry Beavers, Steven Bochco's Capitol Critters, The Wild Thornberrys and The Smurfs and on the films Jetsons: The Movie (1990), Tarzan (1999), The Emperor's New Groove (2000) and Monsters, Inc. (2001).

Deutsch also appeared on hundreds of commercials in which she squeezed the Charmin with Mr. Whipple or shared a cup of Folgers coffee with Mrs. Olson.

Born in Pittsburgh on Dec. 16, 1943, Deutsch attended Bennington College, Carnegie Mellon, the University of Texas at Austin and USC, all in four years, her family noted.

Early in her career, she starred on stage in local productions of Neil Simon's California Suite and worked alongside Sid Caesar during an engagement at the Rainbow Grill in New York.

Deutsch was often on Match Game — usually in the seat on the right in the bottom row — and, with her husband, screenwriter Donald Ross, on Tattletales, the Bert Convy-hosted game that featured married couples.

"Deutsch was certainly the weirdest of the weird. She was also awesome," Chris Morgan wrote of her work on the show. (He ranks her No. 3 on his list of the "Ten Best '70s Match Game Celebrity Panelists," trailing only Charles Nelson Reilly and Richard Dawson).

"She had a wonderful way with words and made good use of it. … She coined the euphemism 'upper frontals' for breasts, which is more than most can say."

Her credits also include Mr. Mom (1983) and the TV shows She's the Sheriff and Don't Trust the B— in Apartment 23.

In addition to her husband, survivors include children Max, Lee and Alexis, daughters-in-law Daphne, Jennifer and Linda, grandchildren Violet, Xander and Sam and cousin Joshua.

The Hollywood Reporter
Extra
Inquisitr
Deadline

posted 7/31/17

"Cash Trapped" Returns
Bradley Walsh Takes a Break from the Chase
From Digital Spy

Bradley Walsh is launching a new quiz show.

While The Chase is off air, Cash Trapped will be taking its place on ITV at 5pm every weekday.

Speaking on ITV's Lorraine this morning (July 31), the host opened up about what fans can expect from the series.

"It's all about escaping the show with the most money," he said. "But you can end up staying on it for weeks as the money accrues.

"Basically, you have to win the show on that day to escape with the money – and you're playing against five other people. If you lose, they retain their money and it rolls over, but you then go back to zero."

While filming the program, Bradley revealed that some of the contestants struggled with being away from their families for so long.

He added: "This one woman – I can't remember her name now – she missed her children so much that she started to get upset.

"We had to say to her, 'Do you want to go?' but she stayed for her kids as she really needed the money. It was extraordinary.

"She was great in the end though. She was terrific. It's a good little show actually."

Bradley also shared some good news for fans of The Chase; he will be filming the new season in September and the show will return to our screens later this year.

Opening up about the hit show, he said: "I honestly don't know anything when I walk out. What you see is what you get.

"I don't know who's coming across the bridge, I don't know which chaser is coming out or what the questions are. I'm an idiot basically. I'm an anchorman that just reads out whatever is written down."

Cash Trapped launches on ITV tonight at 5pm local time.

Digital Spy
Digital Spy

posted 7/31/17

THURSDAY: ... Three Guesses Who Won Last Night
... and the First Two Don't Count
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.865 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was still the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.301 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2), "Kevin Can Wait" (4.789 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5), "Big Brother 19" (6.302 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Zoo" (2.749 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

NBC (4.376 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the silver draw with the Tuesday-bound "Hollywood Game Night" (3.872 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) followed by new episodes of "The Wall" (4.803 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and "The Night Shift" (4.453 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5).

Next up was FOX (2.411 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and its summer entries "Beat Shazam" (2.796 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T5) and "Love Connection" (2.026 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.422 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up originals from "Boy Band" (2.418 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12), "Battle of the Network Stars" (2.522 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8) and "The Gong Show" (2.325 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T8).

And finally, a new "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.551 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and the Monday-bound "Hooten & The Lady" (0.949 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.250 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.638m
- Beat Bobby Flay (SP/Food): 898k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 810k
- SafeWord (MTV): 681k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 303k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 233k
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 146k

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The Wrap
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/31/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Teamsters on Trial"

posted 7/28/17


Billboard
More on TBS' "Drop the Mic", "Joker's Wild"
... Ahem, Sorry, We Meant "Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild"
From the Futon Critic

This fall, TBS will enter the next phase of its ongoing brand evolution with a slate of three new original series, plus the eagerly anticipated second season of a returning favorite. TBS will add (mostly) friendly competition to the mix with the new head-to-head celebrity rap battle competition Drop the Mic, hosted by Method Man and Hailey Baldwin and based on the popular segment from The Late Late Show with James Corden, premiering Thursday, Oct. 26. Fans can also expect a comedy-driven reboot of a classic game show with Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild, coming this fall.

TBS's rap battle series Drop the Mic is putting together a packed lineup of celebrity matchups for its first season, including: Mayim Bialik vs. Kunal Nayyar, Chris Jericho vs. Laila Ali, Michael Bennett vs. Vanessa Hudgens, James Corden vs. Nicole Richie, David Arquette vs. Brian Tyree Henry, Jesse Tyler Ferguson vs. Chrissy Metz, Nicole Scherzinger vs. Lil' Rel Howery, Anthony Anderson vs. Usher, James Van Der Beek vs. Randall Park, Gina Rodriguez vs. Rob Gronkowski, Tony Hale vs. Timothy Simons, Rascal Flatts vs. Boyz II Men, and more.

Celebrities are getting ready to put their battle rapping skills to the test in TBS's new series Drop the Mic. The comedic music competition, hosted by Method Man and Hailey Baldwin, is based on the enormously popular segment from the Emmy-winning series The Late Late Show. James Corden, Ben Winston and Jensen Karp serve as executive producers, with Joanna Gallagher as co-executive producer.

Drop the Mic will premiere on Thursday, Oct. 26, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT).

Also, TBS is teaming up with entertainment icon and actor Snoop Dogg to refresh and update a classic game show with Snoop Dogg Presents The Jokers Wild. Snoop Dogg, who counted The Joker's Wild as his favorite game show growing up, will host TBS's new version, which is set in his very own casino, complete with a gigantic slot machine, as well as giant dice and playing cards. Streetwise questions and problem solving, not just book smarts, will rule the floor, with all the action controlled by the one and only Snoop D-O Double G.

Slated to premiere this fall, Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild is produced by Sony Pictures Television, in association with Turner's Studio T. Snoop Dogg serves as executive producer, along with two-time Emmy winner, Super Bowl Champion and Good Morning, America co-host Michael Strahan. Also executive-producing are Vincent Rubino and Constance Schwartz-Morini for SMAC, and Ted Chung for Snoopadelic Films.

The Futon Critic
Broadway World
The Wrap
Deadline
TV Line
Deadline
The Wrap

posted 7/27/17

WEDNESDAY: Big Brother... Of Course
CBS Wins, Fox Competitive in Demos
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.459 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) held onto the top spot on Wednesday with new episodes of "Big Brother 19" (6.291 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1), "Salvation" (3.809 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and a repeat "Criminal Minds" (3.277 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13).

FOX (2.703 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with fresh installments of "MasterChef" (3.447 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and "The F Word with Gordon Ramsay" (1.958 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Next up was NBC (3.763 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with the season finale of "Little Big Shots: Forever Young" (5.692 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) followed by a new "The Carmichael Show" (3.335 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) and repeats of "The Carmichael Show" (2.845 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.507 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.587 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) offered up repeats of "The Goldbergs" (2.889 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Speechless" (2.432 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13), "Modern Family" (2.845 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "American Housewife" (2.613 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), another "Modern Family" (2.506 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and another "The Goldbergs" (2.240 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.744 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) and "Supernatural" (0.636 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) rounded out the night on The CW (0.690 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 881k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 773k
- Signed (P/VH1): 721k
- Idiotest - 10:30p (GSN): 303k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 292k
- Emogenius - 9p (GSN): 291k
- Idiotest - 10p (GSN): 243k
- Emogenius - 9:30p (GSN): 226k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/28/17

Chris Harrison Weighs In
"Bachelor in Paradise" Scheduled to Begin August 14
From Reality TV World

Bachelor in Paradise host Chris Harrison is setting the record straight on how this summer's edition will differ from seasons past in light of the controversy that briefly shut production down.

"I think publicly everyone is going to want us to come out and say, 'We've changed everything!' and that it will be earth-shattering. We've really learned from our mistakes, but there really weren't any major mistakes made," Chris told The Hollywood Reporter at The Bachelorette: The Men Tell All taping.

ABC announced earlier this month Season 4 of Bachelor in Paradise will debut on Monday, August 14.

The show was initially scheduled to premiere on August 8, but filming was suspended in June after a producer filed a complaint alleging misconduct in regards to a public hookup between franchise villains Corinne Olympios and DeMario Jackson.

Since both cast members had been drinking heavily that day, consent to the sexual encounter was in question, especially when Corinne released a statement calling herself "a victim" as news of the incident circulated.

DeMario, however, insisted at the time his character was being "assassinated with false claims and malicious allegations" in light of accusations he had taken advantage of Corinne in Paradise.

Warner Bros. therefore launched an investigation when production halted for a couple of weeks and found no evidence of misconduct or sexual assault. As a result, ABC resumed taping the fourth season, with Warner Bros. revealing certain changes would be implemented to ensure the cast's safety and well-being.

"Yes, we've made some changes, but if you talk to the cast, they've always been the most important thing to us -- taking care of them and their safety," Chris told The Reporter, adding that most of the tweaks were behind-the-scenes.

"So while we're going to talk about rules and talk about certain things and have a dialogue, you're not going to notice major changes."

Reality TV World

posted 7/28/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Final Jeopardy! (of the Season)"

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 facts about "Jeopardy!" (WPXI Pittsburgh)
     

  • The Gong Show hosts: profiles in personality (Bustle)
     

  • Sean Spicer being floated for "Dancing with the Stars" gets a GLOMAR from the Press Secretary (Deadline)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Bobby, Ronnie, Ricky, Michael Strahan? (Broadway World)
     

  • CASTING COUCH: Family Feud looking for players in St. Louis (KMOV St. Louis)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Sandi Toksvig (Radio Times) and Howie Mandel (Las Vegas Magazine)

posted 7/28/17

BBC One Is "Ready... Or Not"
The Beeb Orders Quiz Show for Saturday Night from Remedy
From C21 Media

BBC1 in the UK has commissioned a Saturday primetime gameshow from Argonon-owned Remedy Productions.

Ready or Not will see unsuspecting members of the public quizzed with a series of quick-fire questions to win money or prizes. In a twist on the traditional gameshow, the presenters will travel to public areas across Britain to surprise participants.

Kate Phillips, controller of entertainment at the BBC, commissioned the show, while Kalpna Patel-Knight is the commissioning editor.

The 6×30’ first season will be executive produced by Jim Reagan, head of Remedy Scotland, and Matt Tiffin, the company’s head of entertainment.

Remedy Productions, based in London, was founded in 2003 and has since produced more than 10,000 hours of programming, including content for BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5 and MTV.

The firm became part of super-indie production group Argonon in 2011, being one of the first to join the group. The show and its format will be distributed globally by Argonon International.

C21Media
Broadcast

posted 7/27/17

TUESDAY: Another One
NBC Goes to New Heights with "Talent", "World of Dance"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (10.987 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) coasted to another victory on Tuesday with new episodes from "America's Got Talent" (12.880 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) and "World of Dance" (7.203 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2).

CBS (5.532 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) then was a distant silver with its trio of "NCIS" (6.340 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Bull" (4.950 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.308 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

Next up was ABC (2.091 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with repeats of "The Middle" (3.050 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.128 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Black-ish" (1.852 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), another "Black-ish" (1.959 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and a new "Somewhere Between" (1.780 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.356 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) offered up second runs of "Lethal Weapon" (1.688 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "The Mick" (1.103 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (0.946 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.286 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.203 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) on The CW (1.244 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) rounded out the night.

On cable..
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.311m
- Ink Master: Shop Wars (Spike): 985k
- Chopped (Food): 831k
- The Challenge: Dirty 30 (MTV): 818k
- Face Off (Syfy): 657k
- Fear Factor (MTV): 605k
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 585k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 286k

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posted 7/27/17

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Confirmed"

  • "Mythbusters" starring "The Search" winners Brian Louden & Jon Lung, drops November 15 (The Futon Critic)
     

  • Charlie Puth, Luke Bryan among the latest names being floated for "American Idol" (Reality TV World)
     

  • Sean Spicer being floated for "Dancing with the Stars". Mic and bush unavailable for comment (The Wrap)
     

  • Alison Sweeney has restraining order from a fan extended (The Wrap)
     

  • Two "ANW" all-stars - Jessie Graff & Drew Drechsel - are heading to Japan for the 20th anniversary Sasuke (SB Nation)

posted 7/27/17


Food Network
Iron Chef to Return... Again
Food to Revive Competition with Mark Dacascos, Alton Brown, New Floor Reporter
From Eater

ron Chef continues to be one of the most popular cooking shows on TV thanks, in part, to the fact that its producers keep rebooting the program and sprouting spinoffs — it’s kind of like Law & Order or Air Bud in that regard. After a three-year hiatus, the Food Network brought back the hit competition show this spring with Alton Brown serving as both host and chairman. And now, the network announces that the program is getting a new counterpart series called Iron Chef Showdown, which will feature victorious Iron Chefs cooking against each other in Kitchen Stadium.

Michael Symon, Bobby Flay, Alex Guarnaschelli, Jose Garces, and newly-minted Iron Chef Stefanie Izard are all on board. Alton will be back as a host, but this time around, series veteran Mark Dacascos will be returning as the Chairman, and ESPN veteran Jaymee Sire will be joining the team as a reporter.

As Alton explains in the Twitter video in the link below, production just wrapped on the show, and it should hit the airwaves early next year.

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Grub Street

posted 7/26/17

VH1 Signs On
"Signed" to Premiere July 26
From the Futon Critic

VH1 today announced that the new music competition show "SIGNED" will premiere on Wednesday, July 26th at 9PM ET/PT. The eight, hour-long episodes follow three moguls - rapper, entrepreneur and hip-hop artist Rick Ross, recording artist and Grammy award-winning songwriter The-Dream and Roc Nation's SVP of A&R / Artist Management Lenny S - as they work to develop unsigned hip-hop and R&B artists in Atlanta.

"SIGNED" features aspiring musicians who will undergo auditions and workshops to hone their craft and determine if they really have what it takes to get signed to a deal. Through personal sessions with the music moguls and surprise visits from superstars like DJ Khaled, Meek Mill and Bangladesh, these young artists will face challenges and eliminations as they work their way toward a finale performance showcase. The artists who most impress the moguls have an opportunity to be signed to Maybach Music, Radio Killa Records or Roc Nation.

"Three of the biggest bosses in music coupled with the raw talent of the contestants makes for a fresh new take on a competition series" says Nina L. Diaz, EVP, Head of Unscripted, MTV, VH1 and Logo. "We're thrilled to partner with MGM, Mark Burnett, Rick Ross, The-Dream and Lenny S and can't wait for fans to experience this authentic and compelling journey."

"What an incredible opportunity it has been to bring together these cutting edge, one of a kind music moguls who are at the top their games. Watching them discover and mentor the next greatest talents in hip hop and R&B is a new type of gritty music competition," said executive producer Mark Burnett, President, MGM Television Group and Digital. "Summertime on VH1 is perfect for this show."

"For 'SIGNED' we didn't build a shiny floor set in Hollywood, instead we took our cameras to the real, raw streets and recording studios of Atlanta. It is gritty, intense and life changing for the aspiring artists who ultimately get signed. They are given the once in a lifetime opportunity to collaborate with the biggest moguls in music today," said Barry Poznick, President, Unscripted Television, MGM.

For more information be sure to 'LIKE' "Signed" on Facebook and follow @VH1 on Twitter and Instagram. Use #Signed to join the conversation.

"SIGNED" is executive produced by Mark Burnett, Jason Sands and Barry Poznick for MGM Television. Tiffany Lea Williams and Dan Caster are executive producing for VH1. The series is produced by MGM Television and distributed by MGM.

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posted 7/10/17

MONDAY: The S Word
ABC NARROWLY Beats NBC, Both Drama Premieres Soft
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.238 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) edged out the competition on Monday thanks to a new "The Bachelorette" (6.325 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) followed by the premiere of "Somewhere Between" (3.065 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

NBC (4.986 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a tight second with a new "American Ninja Warrior" (5.677 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and the launch of "Midnight, Texas" (3.605 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3).

Next up was FOX (2.262 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with originals from "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.758 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) and "Superhuman" (1.768 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.563 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) opted for repeats of "Kevin Can Wait" (3.986 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Man with a Plan" (3.611 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Mom" (3.774 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Life in Pieces" (3.288 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Scorpion" (3.361 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

And finally, a repeat "Supergirl" (1.072 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14), a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.009 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.050 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) on The CW (1.050 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Dessert Games (Food): 648k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 332k

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posted 7/26/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Ninja World"

  • "Australian Ninja Warrior" sets a new record (News.com.au)
     

  • Mark Labbett hosts a pub quiz (The Lincolnite)
     

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: they were just two teachers looking for $100,000. Instead... they found each other (Global News)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with John Henson (WGN-AM Chicago) and Aaron Sanchez (TV Insider)

posted 7/26/17


Women's Weekly
Life Is The Name Of the Game, And We Want to Play with Mel and Sue...
BBC to Revive "The Generation Game"
From Realscreen

Former The Great British Baking Show hosts Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins will be returning to the small screen as hosts of the classic series The Generation Game.

BBC has commissioned a four-episode run of the long-running game show, which first premiered on BBC One in 1971.

The series sees pairs of family members across different generations battle it out in a series of performance and task-based games. All of the family pairs will begin in the studio audience and only find out which game they’re playing when Giedroyc and Perkins get them from their seats.

“When asked, this is the TV show that viewers most wanted to see back on their screens and so we are thrilled to be able to make that happen with Mel and Sue, who I know will have just as much fun hosting it as contestants will playing it,” said Guy Freeman, editor, special events and formats for BBC Studios, in a statement.

Giedroyc and Perkins will be joined by a panel of star judges and celebrity guests, although details including scheduling are yet to be announced.

The Generation Game was co-commissioned by Charlotte Moore, director of content, and Kate Phillips, controller, entertainment commissioning. Nic McNeilis will serve as executive producer for BBC Studios.

Giedroyc and Perkins were perhaps best known for their roles as hosts of The Great British Bake Off. After Love Productions sold the rights to the show to Channel 4, the two hosts announced their resignations.

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Sunderland Echo

posted 7/25/17

SYNDIES: Week 44
Results for the Week Ending July 16
From TV Newscheck

Magazines were the major movers in the session ending July 16, with all of the top six breaking into positive territory, and Extra, Access Hollywood and The Insider all scoring double-digit increases.

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
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.3 +5%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.6 +10%
3. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.4 +6%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5 -6%**
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.0 -9%

In its second week of a six-week trial, game show iWitness, created by Judge Judy Sheindlin, scored a 0.7/2 in seven markets with a double run in New York. That was down 13% from week one and 36% from both its 1.1/2 lead-in and year-ago time-period average. Among women 25-54, iWitness identified a 0.5/2.

In the second week of a four-week trial, Fox Television Stations’ Punchline drew a 0.3/1 in nine markets, down 50% from its lead-in and down 40% from its year-ago time-period averages. Among women 25-54, the show remained at a 0.2/1.

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B&C

posted 7/25/17

WEEKEND: Big Brother Battles Back
CBS Wins Friday, Splits Sunday with ABC
From Realscreen

CBS (4.640 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) pulled in front on Friday thanks to a special "Big Brother 19" (5.420 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) followed by repeats of "Hawaii Five-0" (3.826 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "Blue Bloods" (4.676 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

NBC (4.516 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) however shared in the demo honors with an encore "America's Got Talent" (4.451 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and a new "Dateline NBC" (4.645 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2).

Next up was ABC (1.619 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and its telecast of "Descendants 2" (1.719 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) followed by "Descendants 2: ABC After-Party" (1.116 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #9).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.407 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) offered up encores of "MasterChef" (1.521 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6) and "Beat Shazam" (1.294 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

And finally, The CW (1.126 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night with a new "Masters of Illusion" (1.271 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) plus repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (1.145 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.044 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10).

On Sunday, CBS (4.753 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) held off the competition with its summer mix of "60 Minutes" (7.315 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Big Brother 19" (6.052 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), "Candy Crush" (2.387 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.259 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13). Numbers for "Candy Crush" continued to slide down 17 and 37 percent from Week 2, and now off more than 50 percent from its premiere rating.

ABC (4.796 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) then was a close second with its quartet of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.525 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Celebrity Family Feud" (6.087 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "Steve Harvey's Funderdome" (4.291 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4) and "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.280 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

Next up was NBC (4.117 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) with a full two hours of "NASCAR Overrun" (5.922 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) followed by "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly" (2.711 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and the season finale of "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" (1.914 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

And finally, repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (0.825 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #16), another "Bob's Burgers" (0.918 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13), "The Simpsons" (1.241 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Family Guy" (1.355 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #8) and a new "American Grit" (1.128 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T13) on FOX (1.099 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.722m
- Guy's Grocery Games (SP/Food): 927k
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 157k

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posted 7/24/17

Starcade: The Extended Play
Entire Series to Stream on Twitch
From Slash Gear

In addition to being the home of video game live streams (and the occasional food channel), Twitch has been gaining a reputation for hosting a number of marathon streams of aging TV shows. There’s been one for Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, the Pokemon cartoon, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and even anime. Now the next one has been announced: the ’80s arcade game TV show called Starcade.

If you were a gaming fan in the early ’80s, you might remember Starcade. The program aired on TBS between 1982 and 1984, and featured contestants answering game-related trivia questions and facing off in rounds of hit arcade games of the time, including Pac-Man, Centipede, and Galaga. There were 123 episodes in total, and soon you’ll be able to stream them all from Twitch.

Shout Factory, the production company responsible for the Mystery Science Theater 3000 revival (as well as its Twitch stream), recently purchased the rights to reboot Starcade as a modern show. They’ll be hosting this Twitch marathon as well, likely as promotion for the new version.

There’s no set date yet for when the Starcade marathon will begin, so keep an eye on Shout Factory’s Twitch channel if you’re interested. They add that all the episodes have been digitized from the original master tapes, allowing the stream to broadcast them in the “best quality possible,” without the fuzzy blur that’s usually seen on shows from the era.

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PC Gamer

posted 7/25/17


Games Gone By: You Don't Know Jack
Take a Look at Our Newest Column!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

A game show...that's based on a computer game...that's, essentially, a PARODY of game shows. This idea should either be really good...or really insulting. But when you put "Pee Wee Herman" in it on a comeback and you don't think it'll at least turn some heads,...well, then, "You Don't Know Jack"! Chris Wolvie presents a summer-one-timer in his latest "Games Gone By..."

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 7/25/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Almost Fall"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTES: ABC sets fall dates for "Dancing with the Stars" (September 18), "The Toy Box" (October 1), and "To Tell the Truth" (October 8) (The Futon Critic)
     

  • ICYMI: SYTYCD announces its top 30 (Reality TV World)
     

  • Mel & Sue also planning on writing... and starring... in a new comedy from the BBC (Huffington Post)
     

  • Noel Edmonds to Lloyds' fraud unit: $392 million... Deal or no deal? (Reuters)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: _ _ A S I M O D _ (Digital Spy)
     

  • Trisha Paytas: from "Who Wants to Be A Superhero"... to "The Price Is Right"... to "Celebrity Big Brother?" (We The Unicorns)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Peter Sagal taking credit for Chance the Rapper (DNAInfo)

posted 7/25/17


Birmingham Post
PUDSEY THE DOG: 2005-2017
One-Half of Season 6 "Britain's Got Talent" Winners
From Billboard

The 2012 winner of Britain's Got Talent, Ashleigh Butler, recently opened up about the death of her beloved dance partner, Pudsey the dog.

On Monday (July 24) Butler appeared on the U.K.’s This Morning and broke down in tears as she opened up about her relationship with Pudsey, who died at 11-years-old from acute leukemia on Friday (July 21).

In the sixth season of Britain’s Got Talent, Butler and her furry friend rose to fame with their choreographed dance routines, winning the hearts of millions of viewers and claiming the title at the series finale.

“I took him on Britain’s Got Talent to show how incredible he was. He gave me opportunities that I never thought I would ever have,” Butler said of her “best friend."

Butler explained that Pudsey “wasn't himself” last week and her family had to put him down. She said, “We took him to the vet on Tuesday and from the Tuesday to the Thursday he went downhill so quickly … the vet told us he had acute leukemia and on Thursday it got to the point where he couldn't lift his head.”

Butler said she will continue performing with her dog Sully, who has been consoling her in the wake of Pudsey's death. She said, “There was always going to be a point when Sully would take over from Pudsey. I didn't expect it to happen like this but just carrying on from what Pudsey started will help me.”

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posted 7/24/17

"Candy Crush" Sweetens MENA
Series Format to Be Exported to Dubai
From World Screen

Lionsgate has licensed the game show Candy Crush to Dubai-based Eagle Films for an Arabic-language version.

The new game-show format will be adapted for the Middle East and North Africa region and produced by Beelink Productions. The 13×60-minute Arabic-language treatment of Candy Crush is slated to go into production later this year.

Peter Iacono, Lionsgate’s president of international television and digital distribution, commented, “With over one trillion game rounds played since launch, Candy Crush is one of the world’s most iconic mobile games. Fans are avid players and are extremely excited to have a live-action TV game show to watch as they play at home. We are proud to announce Eagle Films and Beelink as our first international partners and expect to announce many international adaptations to be produced in the coming months.”

Jamal Sannan, CEO of Eagle Films, said, “Following 15 years of successful collaboration with Lionsgate, we are looking forward to working together again to bring a brand-new TV gaming experience to our viewers, which we are confident will set a new standard in game-show production values.”

Safa Aburizik, the managing director of Beelink Productions, added, “We are very pleased to be the first international licensees of the Candy Crush format after CBS. Content is always king; we believe in premium content and we strive to deliver high production standards that can succeed in our region and travel worldwide.”

World Screen

posted 7/24/17

THURSDAY: Another Big Night for Big Brother
Everything Else... Not So Much.
From The Futon Critic

CBS (4.766 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.467 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2), "Life in Pieces" (4.594 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4), "Big Brother 19" (5.877 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Zoo" (2.892 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

NBC (4.349 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the silver draw with its trio of "Hollywood Game Night" (3.876 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5), "The Wall" (5.024 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and "The Night Shift" (4.147 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Next up was FOX (2.583 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with originals from "Beat Shazam" (2.835 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and "Love Connection" (2.332 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.489 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up new episodes of "Boy Band" (2.267 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12), "Battle of the Network Stars" (2.542 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) and "The Gong Show" (2.659 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10).

And finally, week two of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.778 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #13) and "Hooten & The Lady" (0.997 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) rounded out the night on The CW (1.388 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Alone (History): 1.539m
- Beat Bobby Flay (SP/Food): 842k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV): 810k
- SafeWord (MTV): 649k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 325k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 236k

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posted 7/24/17

Monday Lightning Round
... or "What Is 77?"

  • LIST ABUSE: 7 for 77: Alex Trebek's best NOT including Jeopardy! (Parade)
     

  • J-Lo, A-Rod celebrate B-Day (Reality TV World)
     

  • Scotty McCreery detained at RDU for carrying his 9. In other news, Scotty McCreery owns a 9 (Reality TV World)
     

  • Chris Harrison to host Miss America (The Futon Critic)

posted 7/24/17

Another Round of "Worst Cooks: Celebrity"
Catch It on Food Network August 23!
From The Futon Critic

Food icons Anne Burrell and Rachael Ray return to lead a star-studded culinary boot camp for cooking-challenged celebrities this summer with a brand-new season of Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, premiering Wednesday, August 23rd at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. Anne and Rachael each lead a team of recruits through the intense kitchen challenges, but only the most improved star wins a $25,000 grand prize for the charity of their choice and bragging rights for their team master. The new celebrity recruits are: Nora Dunn, Carmen Electra, Erik Estrada, Vivica A. Fox, Perez Hilton, Carson Kressley, Sean Lowe and Melissa Peterman.

"Anne and Rachael have their culinary work cut out for them with this batch of celebrity recruits - and the results are high-energy and hilarious," said Courtney White, Senior Vice President, Programming Scripps Networks Interactive. "These stars enter boot camp with less-than-impressive cooking skills and watching them gain confidence in the kitchen is remarkable."

In the first episode, Anne and Rachael kick things off with a social media-inspired challenge. The celebrities must make a dish inspired by their tastiest food snaps on social media and judging from their pages online, these stars love a good meal but clearly do not know how to cook one. The mentors follow with a lobster lesson, which proves to be a disaster for some of these clueless cooks. Anne and Rachael then choose their teams, and the culinary training begins. Upcoming episodes feature international flavors, dessert-themed milkshake and cupcake challenges and the return of trivia game Family Food, this time with a "freaky food" twist. The most-improved celebrity cook is awarded a $25,000 grand prize for the charity of their choice in the season finale on Wednesday, October 11th at 9pm ET/PT.

Viewers can learn more about the famous faces competing for kitchen glory at FoodNetwork.com/WorstCooks and watch video highlights, see photos from the challenges and take quizzes to improve their own cooking. Tell us who your favorite celeb is on social media using the hashtag #WorstCooks.

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posted 7/21/17

Syfy Puts on "Game Face"
"Face Off" Spins Off August 22
From The Futon Critic

Syfy is about to get its Game Face on.

The network has announced a spinoff of their award-winning Face Off reality competition, in which four all-stars race against the clock to complete three challenges, with eliminations after every round, until one of ’em walks away with the $10,000 prize.

Face Off‘s McKenzie Westmore will reprise her role as host, alongside renowned judges (and multiple Academy Award winners) Ve Neill (Beetlejuice) and Rick Baker (The Wolfman).

Game Face premieres on Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 10/9c.

TV Line

posted 7/21/17

WEDNESDAY: Big Night for Big Brother
CBS Wins Overnights
From the Futon Critic

CBS (4.877 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) edged out the competition on Wednesday with new episodes of "Big Brother 19" (6.152 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Salvation" (4.289 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) plus a repeat "Criminal Minds" (4.192 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

The silver then went to FOX (2.760 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) with fresh installments of "MasterChef" (3.419 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and "The F Word with Gordon Ramsay" (2.101 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

Next up was NBC (3.581 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with originals from "Little Big Shots: Forever Young" (5.781 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and "The Carmichael Show" (3.267 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) followed by repeats of "The Carmichael Show" (2.641 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "This Is Us" (2.009 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.383 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) resumed repeats of "The Goldbergs" (3.006 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Speechless" (2.177 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13), "Modern Family" (2.524 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "American Housewife" (2.243 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), another "Modern Family" (2.365 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and another "The Goldbergs" (1.983 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T13).

And finally, second runs of "Arrow" (0.863 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.747 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) rounded out the night for The CW (0.805 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Lip Sync Battle (SF/SPike): 768k
- Cooks vs. Cons (Food): 715k
- Cutthroat Kitchen - 9p (Food): 519k
- Cutthroat Kitchen - 8p (Food): 489k
- Lip Sync Battle TMI (Spike): 387k
- Idiotest - 9:30p (GSN): 319k
- Emogenius - 9p (GSN): 315k
- Idiotest - 10p (GSN): 280k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 278k
- Emogenius - 9:30p (GSN): 254k

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posted 7/19/17

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Can You Say Backdoor Pilot?"

  • Jackie Evancho's got a TLC special... with her family (Variety)
     

  • Akbar Gbaja-Biamila heads to "The Night Shift" (TV Line)
     

  • Eddie McGuire returns to "The Footy Show" (Mediaweek)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: Billy Eichner's Emmy episode (Gold Derby)

posted 7/21/17


iHeart Media
He's Back!
Ryan Seacrest Signs on to Host "Idol" Reboot
From TV Line

ABC is now confirming what has been speculated about for months: Ryan Seacrest will reprise his signature role as host of American Idol for the network’s spring 2018 revival. Seacrest made the announcement on Thursday’s edition of Live With Kelly and Ryan.

“It’s genuinely hard to put into words what American Idol means to me,” Seacrest said in a statement. “I’m so grateful for the show and all the career and life opportunities it’s allowed me to experience. It’s been an incredible journey from day one. To be asked to return this year, at my new home at ABC, is an honor, if not a bit surreal. I believe ABC is the perfect home for Idol, and I’ve every confidence the show’s legions of fans will love it – especially Idol‘s best traditions of showcasing heartwarming stories, remarkable talent discovery, and, best of all, making dreams come true.”

“So much of American Idol‘s overwhelming success can be attributed to Ryan, whose larger-than-life personality and laudable dedication to creating quality entertainment has made him a true master of his craft,” ABC Entertainment president Channing Dungey said in a statement. “His talent is limitless, and I can’t think of a more appropriate person to honor the Idol legacy as it takes on new life than the man who has been there through it all.”

New Idol judge Katy Perry immediately responded to the news on social media, saying that “all the right ingredients are coming together” ahead of the singing competition’s return.

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Deadline
The Wrap
The Wrap

posted 7/20/17


Zynga
MGM to Download "Words with Friends"
Zynga to Help Adapt Hit Mobile Game
From Variety

MGM Television and Zynga are partnering to develop a new television game show based on “Words With Friends,” the companies announced Wednesday.

Since launching in 2009, “Words With Friends” has been installed more than 200 million times and is one of the App Store’s Top 10 free games of all time. An estimated 55 million Words With Friends matches are played around the world at any given moment and more than 75 million words are played every day.

“The interactive social experience of ‘Words With Friends’ makes it the perfect mobile game for us to bring to primetime, following our success with Beat Shazam on Fox,” said Barry Poznick, president of unscripted television for MGM. “Playing ‘Words’ is a daily ritual for some of the biggest names in Hollywood and we’ve created the perfect format to capture their competitiveness and creative wordplay.”

MGM Television, which is headed by Mark Burnett, currently has unscripted series on all four major TV networks, including “Survivor” for CBS, “The Voice” for NBC, “Shark Tank” on ABC, “Beat Shazam” on Fox, and “Steve Harvey’s Funderdome” on ABC.

“Over the past eight years, ‘Words With Friends’ has proven to be a place where millions of people connect with their friends and family from around the world every day,” said Bernard Kim, president of publishing for Zynga. “We’re proud to partner with MGM, an industry leader in creating innovative and engaging programming, to extend the iconic gameplay and rich social experience of Words With Friends, and our broader collection of With Friends games, to new mainstream entertainment mediums.”

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posted 7/20/17

TUESDAY: NBC Cuts the Competition
Elimination Rounds Dominate
From the Futon Critic

NBC (10.637 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) cruised to victory on Tuesday with new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (12.395 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and "World of Dance" (7.120 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2).

CBS (5.671 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) then was a distant second with its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (6.405 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Bull" (5.284 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.324 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Next up was ABC (1.983 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and its mix of "The Middle" (2.880 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Fresh Off the Boat" (1.974 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Black-ish" (1.769 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), another "Black-ish" (1.699 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "American Housewife" (1.808 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and another "The Middle" (1.766 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.030 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for repeats of "The Simpsons" (1.287 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "The Mick" (0.963 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14), "Family Guy" (0.979 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and another "The Mick" (0.890 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

And finally, second runs of "The Flash" (1.146 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "Hooten & The Lady" (1.070 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) rounded out the night on The CW (1.108 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.307m
- Chopped (SP/Food): 903k
- Ink Master: Shop WArs (Spike): 859k
- The Challenge: Dirty 30 (MTV): 837k
- Face Off (Syfy): 639k
- Fear FActor (MTV): 631k
- Ink Master: Redemption (Spike): 483k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 302k
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 166k

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posted 7/19/17


Comedy Central
Ctrl-Alt-Del for @Midnight
Comedy Central Late-Night Panel Show to End August 4
From Screener

By the early part of August, it will no longer be time for “@midnight.”

Comedy Central, host/executive producer Chris Hardwick and production company Funny or Die have decided to bring the comedy game show to an end. The final week for the show will begin July 31, with the show’s 600th episode serving as the last one.

“We took a big macro look and we started having conversations with Chris,” Comedy Central president Kent Alterman tells Deadline, which first reported the news. “… It was a little bit of the audience telling us over time, and we mutually thought, ‘You know what, maybe we should walk away holding our heads high and proud, full of appreciation and gratitude.'”

Adds Hardwick, “It has been a dream to come to work 600 times to make inappropriate jokes about the Internet with my fellow comedian friends. I could not be more proud of this show, staff and crew and at the end of the day, I think we accomplished everything we wanted to accomplish.”

“@midnight” has averaged about 315,000 viewers in its initial airings over its past several weeks; it has drawn fairly consistent audiences over the past couple years, typically bringing in numbers in the mid-400,000s (including delayed viewing). More than half of those viewers are in the 18-49 demographic, and the show has one of the youngest median viewer ages in all of late night.

Hardwick has a whole lot of other TV work to occupy his time. He fronts the “Talking” franchise on AMC, hosts NBC’s game show “The Wall” and is developing another series there called “The Awesome Show.”

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posted 7/19/17

MONDAY: A Pair of Qualifiers
CBS, ABC Split Night on "Bachelorette", "Ninja Warrior"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.098 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) was the top overall draw on Monday with new episodes of "American Ninja Warrior" (5.754 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge" (3.787 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3).

ABC (4.898 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) however shared in the demo victory with a new "The Bachelorette" (6.136 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and a rebroadcast of "Battle of the Network Stars" (2.423 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Next up was CBS (3.574 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "Kevin Can Wait" (3.844 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Man with a Plan" (3.497 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Mom" (3.709 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Life in Pieces" (3.251 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Scorpion" (3.572 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.336 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) served up new episodes from "So You Think You Can Dance" (2.859 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) and "Superhuman" (1.812 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11).

And finally, a repeat "Supergirl" (1.003 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12), a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.945 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.893 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) on The CW (0.961 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Dessert Games (Food): 617k
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 261k
- Big Brother After Dark (Pop): 166k

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posted 7/19/17

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "A Link to the Past?"

  • BBC looking to revive "The Weakest Link"? (Digital Spy)
     

  • LIST ABUSE: Salaries of your favorite (and apparently vastly underpaid) BBC hosts (Bloomberg)
     

  • Chris Hardwick celebrates 25 years in the game (Variety)
     

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Ben Higgins is "very single" according to a friend of his ex (Reality TV World)

posted 7/17/17

Samantha Harris Is a Genius
"Culinary Genius" from Studio Ramsay Gets Test Run
From Yahoo!

Samantha Harris is the host of a Fox TV cooking contest show airing next month.

Fox said Monday that Harris will host "Culinary Genius," a half-hour show produced by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.

Harris is a former co-host of "Dancing with the Stars" and "Entertainment Tonight."

"Culinary Genius" will air for three weeks on Fox owned- and operated-stations in certain TV markets. One is Los Angeles, with others to be announced.

It's getting a summer tryout with viewers, following the pattern of Fox programs such as "The Wendy Williams Show" and "TMZ Live."

"Culinary Genius," adapted from an English show of the same name, opens with lead chef Edward Lee giving contestants a cooking demonstration. Then the competition begins.

Ramsay will appear on "Culinary Genius," which debuts Aug. 7.

Yahoo!
TV Newscheck

posted 7/18/17

SYNDIES: Week 43
Results for the Week Ending July 9
From TV Newscheck

The majority of talk shows held even with the week before in the July 4 holiday session ending July 9, but there were some huge changes compared to last year at this time.

In access, among game shows Wheel of Fortune skidded 4% to a new season-low 5.1, but wound up tying sister show Jeopardy, which sank 7% to a 5.1. Of course, neither could match game champ Family Feud, which slipped 3% to a 6.0.

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
1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.0 -3%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.1** -4%
2. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.1 -7%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.1 NC

TV Newscheck

posted 7/18/17

Nigeria Enters the Cube
All3Media Format Plays Overseas
From C21 Media

All3Media International has sealed a pair of format deals and other program sales in Africa, bringing hits Undercover Boss and The Cube to Nigeria.

Gameshow format The Cube, meanwhile, has also been optioned for local production in Nigeria, by FanFaceOff Global Entertainment. The prodco is looking to produce a minimum of 15 episodes to air in the territory, according to All3. The UK version of The Cube, produced by Objective for ITV, currently airs across Africa on BBC Worldwide.

“Leading on the adaptation of two of our strongest brands in the entertainment and factual entertainment genre in Nigeria, a key territory in the region, represents a fine start to our local production activities in Africa,” said Kelly Shek, sales manager for EMEA South at All3Media International.

C21 Media

posted 7/18/17

Thailand Pulls It Over
Armoza Format Plays Overseas
From C21 Media

Channel 3 in Thailand has commissioned a local version of Pull Over, comprising 26 episodes that will be produced by Createit Studio.

In the show, launched by Armoza at MipTV in 2014, drivers of worn-out cars are stopped and, rather than being handed the expected ticket, are given the chance to win a new vehicle by answering a series of questions.

Other broadcasters to have acquired the format, which was developed by Shy Barmeli (Raid the Cage) and Ori Dror, include La Radio y Televisión de Andalucía in Spain.

C21 Media

posted 7/18/17


CBS
WEEKEND: "Candy" Crushed
CBS, ABC Split Night Dominated by the Return of "Game of Thrones"
From Variety

CBS’ “Candy Crush” game show saw large declines in both the key demo and total viewers in its second week, while “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” hit a new low in total viewers, according to Nielsen overnight data.

Airing at 9 p.m., “Candy Crush” averaged a 0.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 2.9 million viewers this week, down nearly 30% in both key measures compared to the premiere last week (1.1, 4.1 million). It is worth pointing out that “Game of Thrones” returned for its seventh season on HBO in the same timeslot.

Earlier in the night at 7 p.m. on NBC, “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly” drew a 0.4 rating and 3.1 million viewers, the newsmagazine’s lowest total viewer number since it debuted at the beginning of June. Kelly also matched a series low in the key demo.

For CBS, a new episode of “Big Brother” (1.8, 6 million) was even with last week’s Sunday airing. “Candy Crush” aired at 9 p.m., followed by a repeat of “NCIS: Los Angeles.”

NBC aired only repeats with the exception of “Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly.”

On ABC, “Celebrity Family Feud” (1.1, 6.1 million) took a hit in both key measures at 8, while “Steve Harvey’s Funderdome” (0.8, 4.4 million) was down in the demo at 9. “The $100,000 Pyramid” (0.8, 4.5 million) was also down in the demo at 10.

Fox aired repeats with the exception of “American Grit” (0.4, 990,000) at 9, which was even with last week.

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.805m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.068m

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posted 7/18/17

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "You Can't Handle the BLANK!"

  • Alec Baldwin signs on for live production of "A Few Good Men" (The Futon Critic)
     

  • VIDEO WALL: The most awkward reveal in game shows last week (Decider) PLUS Shazam is only getting started (Forbes)
     

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with John Henson (B&C)

posted 7/17/17


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