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Thanks, TV Guide!
Greatest Game Shows Coming on DVD August 18
From TVShowsonDVD.com

On August 18 Mill Creek Entertainment is bringing their popular line back with 4 new entries in the TV Guide Spotlight series of DVD releases. Each of the following 2-disc sets will cost just $9.98 per title. Package art and an Amazon.com pre-order button link can be found on the link, but first here's the line-up:

TV Guide Spotlight: TV's Greatest Game Shows
26 Fun and Hilarious Episodes from the All-Time Greatest Game Shows: Merv Griffin, Groucho Marx, Bill Cullen, and Steve Allen. Enjoy over 12 hours of classic trivia, stunts, and challenges from America's iconic game shows including THE PRICE IS RIGHT, YOU BET YOUR LIFE, TWENTY-ONE, and WHAT'S MY LINE?
- The Price is Right has been on TV since 1972 and has aired over 8000 episodes. In 2007, TV Guide said it was the "greatest game show of all time."
- Beat the Clock ran for 8 years and 5 years in syndication
- You Bet Your Life aired on radio and TV. The original version was hosted by Groucho Marx. It was the first game show to have re-runs put into syndication
- Twenty-One was a popular contest in the 1950s, but then became known for potentially being a rigged quiz show
- What's My Line? was ranked #9 by TV Guide in the list of 60 greatest game shows ever. It won three Emmy's and a Golden Globe

TVShowsonDVD.com

posted 7/3/15

NBC's "Can Do" Attitude
"I Can Do That" Renewed
From the Hollywood Reporter

NBC is ready to do that again.

The network has renewed the freshmen variety show I Can Do That! for a second season, it announced Thursday.

The series, which features six entertainers training and competing to show off old and new talents, will return for eight episodes. The celebrity roster for season one included Cheryl Burke, Joe Jonas, Ciara, Jeff Dye, Alan Ritchson and Nicole Scherzinger, who won the first season of the competition. Marlon Wayans hosted.

I Can Do That!, which premiered in May, has been a steady performer for NBC, averaging a 1.7 live-plus-3 rating among adults 18-49.

“This series thrust our celebrities out of their comfort zones and into exciting, unpredictable situations, and they rose to the occasion each week,” said Paul Telegdy, NBC's president of late-night and alternative programming. “We are thrilled to bring new challenges and up the ante for season two.”

Based on an Israeli format, various versions of I Can Do That! are currently in production in 15 different countries. The stateside iteration is executive produced by The Voice's Audrey Morrissey, Matilda Zoltowski (Dancing With the Stars), Rick Alvarez, Avi Armoza, Nehama Cohen, Elwin De Groot, Steve Harris and Wayans. I Can Do That! hails from Universal Television.

The Hollywood Reporter
The Futon Critic

posted 7/2/15

Wednesday: 100 Masters
CBS Wins Night in Totals, Splits with Fox
From The Futon Critic

CBS (5.551 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday with a new "Big Brother 17" (5.836 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) followed by a repeat "Criminal Minds" (5.644 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and the return of "Extant" (5.173 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

NBC (4.680 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with encores of "America's Got Talent" (5.351 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4) and "American Ninja Warrior" (4.344 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3).

Next up was FOX (3.562 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T1) with originals from the 100th edition of "MasterChef" (4.301 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "Bullseye" (2.823 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.235 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up repeats of "The Middle" (3.832 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "The Goldbergs" (3.170 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9), "Modern Family" (3.682 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and "Black-ish" (2.890 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) plus a new "Celebrity Wife Swap" (2.919 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.094 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Supernatural" (1.090 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) on The CW (1.092 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV2): 814,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 487,000
- The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians (FS1): 433,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/2/15

CBS Daytime #1 Again!
New Ratings Highs for LMAD, TPIR
From Variety

CBS Daytime solidified its No. 1 standing in the ratings this spring, with all five of its programs — “The Young and the Restless,” “The Price Is Right,” “The Bold and the Beautiful,” “Let’s Make a Deal” and “The Talk” — hitting ratings milestones during the second quarter.

“Let’s Make a Deal” delivered its largest second-quarter audience (3.30 million) since its premiere in 2009, growing 10% year-over-year. The Wayne Brady-hosted gameshow was also up vs. last year by 5% in both women 25-54 (to 561,000) and women 18-49 (to 431,000).

“The Price is Right” averaged 5.06 million viewers, up 2% vs. last year and the gameshow’s largest second-quarter audience with Drew Carey as host. The show’s first half drew its largest second-quarter audience in 11 years (4.71 million) and its second half hit an eight-year high (5.41 million).

Variety
TV by the Numbers

posted 7/2/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "A Pointless Conference"

  • Richard Osman hosts keynote for book conference (The Bookseller)
     
  • DEFINING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Former "2 Minute Drill" contestant gets paid by ESPN... as an executive (SVG)
     
  • Nick Clooney to be named to Ohio Valley NATAS (Lexington Herald-Ledger)
     
  • Paul Sinha to play Derby Comedy Festival (Burton Mail)

posted 7/2/15

Tuesday: I Believe That We Will... Split!
NBC, Fox Split Night Thanks to Women's World Cup
From the Futon Critic

FOX (5.880 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) got a big boost on Tuesday with the primetime portion of its "FIFA Women's World Cup 2015" (9.038 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) followed by the special "Beat the Champions" (2.723 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5).

NBC (8.821 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then had to settle for second place with a new "America's Got Talent" (10.576 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) and the season finale of "I Can Do That!" (5.311 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3).

Next up was CBS (7.238 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with repeats of "NCIS" (7.480 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.168 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7) bookending the premiere of "Zoo" (8.065 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.399 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up repeats of "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.681 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) and "Black-ish" (2.274 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10) plus a new "Extreme Weight Loss" (2.360 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T7).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.027 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "iZombie" (0.677 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) on The CW (0.852 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.520 million
- Ink Master (Spike): 1.071 million
- WWE Tough Enough (USA): 1.047 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 460,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 7/1/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "War of Dogs"

  • Donald Trump gets dumped by Macy*s (CNN), and could be replaced on the Apprentice by Sir Alan Sugar (People), the guy he once had beef with on Twitter (The Guardian)
     
  • Marco Antonio Regil to partner his shingle RGL with FremantleMedia (TBI Vision)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: the new season of "Hollywood Game Night" (TV Insider)
     
  • Betty White has a pawfully busy Pawgust coming up (The Futon Critic)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: LeBron James' untitled project is going to Denver (Westword) and Tyler Perry presents a Tyler Perry production of a Tyler Perry horror show for $50,000... Tyler Perry (Dread Central)

posted 7/1/15


JACK CARTER: 1922-2015
Comedian a Game Show Mainstay
From USA Today

Jack Carter, a comedian and actor known for Broadway, television and film roles, died Sunday. He was 93.

Carter, whose entertainment career spanned more than seven decades, died of respiratory failure at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Born Jack Chakrin to Jewish immigrant parents from Russia, the Brooklyn, N.Y., native got an early career start, appearing as a mimic on radio's Major Bowes Amateur Hour as a teenager. He attended the Academy of Dramatic Art and, besides acting and comedy, he worked as an emcee, singer, dancer, director and nightclub entertainer. He made more than 50 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show.

After serving in the Army during World War II, Carter appeared on Broadway in Call Me Mister. On television, he worked on Milton Berle's Texaco Star Theatre before becoming host of Cavalcade of Stars. In the early 1950s, he hosted The Jack Carter Show as part of NBC's Saturday Night Revue.

He also appeared on The Colgate Comedy Hour with such talents as Ed Wynn, Jimmy Durante, Dean Martin, Jerry Lewis and Donald O'Connor.

Carter, whose Broadway credits also include Mr. Wonderful and Top Banana, hosted the first televised Tony Awards ceremony in 1956. His film resume includes roles in Viva Las Vegas with Elvis Presley and Mel Brooks' History of the World: Part I.

The Emmy-nominated actor could be seen in many TV comedies, including Caroline in the City and 3rd Rock from the Sun, and dramas, including Dr. Kildare, The Rockford Files and Diagnosis Murder. He made several appearances in Showtime's Shameless, including one as recently as 2014.

Carter was a frequent guest on such variety and comedy programs as The Dean Martin Show, The Andy Williams Show, The Jackie Gleason Show, Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In and numerous Bob Hope specials. During the 1970s and 1980s, he appeared as a celebrity panelist no such game shows as The Match Game and The $10,000 Pyramid.

Behind the camera, Carter directed Lucille Ball's CBS comedy, Here's Lucy, and such plays as A Thousand Clowns, Silver Anniversary and Mouth-Trap.

Carter is survived by his wife Roxanne, who he married in 1971; his son, Michael Carter, and Michael's wife, Victoria; his son, Chase Carter; his daughter, Wendy Carter; and his grandchildren, Jake and Ava.

USA Today
HNGN
Christian Science Monitor
Yahoo!

posted 6/30/15


Syndies: Week 39
Results for the Week Ending June 21
From B&C

A newsy week gave the entertainment news magazines a bump in the week ended June 21 while most of the rest of syndication lagged.

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud, which led all of syndication and games in the prior week for the first time ever, dipped 3% to a 5.9 to land in a three-way tie for first place in the category. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune faded 2% to a new season low, while CTD’s Jeopardy! was steady. Year to year, Feud climbed 23%, Jeopardy! added 2% and Wheel was flat.

Alone and far back in second place, Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire fell back to its all-time low 1.6 for the eighth time in nine week, losing 6% for the week and 20% for the year. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game slumped 8% to a 1.2.

TV by the Numbers
TV Media Insights
B&C

posted 6/30/15

Epic Game Show Time
Harley Morenstein Hosts "Win It for the Bar" on YouTube
From Tubefilter

Collective Digital Studio has a new series that will appeal to YouTube’s foodie crowd. The multi-channel network debuted the food game show series Win it for the Bar on the newly-launched Beer ‘N Stuff channel on June 29, 2015.

In Win it for the Bar, random bar and pub customers must correctly answer a set of food-inspired questions for a chance to win the entire establishment a round of free eats. The show host poses as the bartender, and then asks one bar patron, who unknowingly sat down in the hot seat, the culinary trivia questions. If the patron answers all questions correctly, everyone wins food; if the patron misses a question, he or she must buy someone a beer.

The first episode of Win it for the Bar features host and undercover bartender Harley Morenstein, a fitting role considering his food-focused job in Epic Meal Time.

You can catch all future episodes of Win it for the Bar on the Beer ‘N Stuff channel, which a CDS rep confirms will also serve up plenty of other food-based original series in the next few months.

Tubefilter

posted 6/30/15

Monday: Ninja Assassin
NBC Beats Competition with "ANW"
From The Futon Critic

NBC (5.593 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) claimed top honors on Monday with new episodes of "American Ninja Warrior" (6.678 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T1) and "The Island" (3.424 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

ABC (5.560 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was a close second with originals from "The Bachelorette" (6.628 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T1) and "The Whispers" (3.425 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9).

Next up was CBS (5.274 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "2 Broke Girls" (4.591 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Mike & Molly" (4.679 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Scorpion" (4.961 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.228 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.278 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) served up a new "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.278 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

And finally, repeats of "The Originals" (0.565 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.740 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) plus the return of "Cedric's Barber Battle" (0.531 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) on The CW (0.600 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- Cake Wars (Food/premiere) - 1.021 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy) - 461,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/30/15


Sunday: A Sure BET... Equals a Bit of Point Shaving
CBS, ABC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.163 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the demo champ on Sunday with a rebroadcast of "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.372 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) followed by week two of "Celebrity Family Feud" (8.143 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "BattleBots" (4.854 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) plus a repeat "Castle" (3.283 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

CBS (5.246 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then claimed the silver with its mix of "60 Minutes" (7.122 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "Big Brother 17" (5.707 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2), "Madam Secretary" (4.160 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (3.997 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12).

Next up was NBC (3.304 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its quartet of "Dateline NBC" (4.650 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8), "Dateline NBC: My Kid Would Never Do That" (3.809 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), a repeat "I Can Do That!" (2.543 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T10) and the season finale of "American Odyssey" (2.215 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16).

And finally, repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (0.870 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T17), another "Bob's Burgers" (0.730 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T17), "The Simpsons" (1.549 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" (1.229 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12), "Family Guy" (1.796 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and a new "Golan the Insatiable" (1.145 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T12) on FOX (1.220 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food): 2.120 million
- Flea Market Flip (HGTV, 12:30p): 1.688 million
- Flea Market Flip (HGTV, noon): 1.446 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.328 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.158 million

The Futon Critic
Yahoo!
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/30/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Song That Doesn't End..."

posted 6/30/15

Fireworks & Buzzrs
Digital Subchannel to Celebrate 4th
From TV by the Numbers

FremantleMedia North America’s new digital multicast network, BUZZR, is set to celebrate Independence Day with a lineup of some of America’s favorite game shows, but this time with a special twist! Airing in primetime at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT with a re-airing at 11:00 PM ET/8:00 PM PT, viewers will be pulled into the game show time capsule with 4th of July episodes from decades past. The patriotic celebration will kick off with the memorable July 4, 1985 episode of Body Language, featuring host, Tom Kennedy and some familiar celebrity faces, including Lisa Bonet and Jason Bateman. The festivities will continue with episodes of Match Game, Press Your Luck, Card Sharks, Super Password and Password Plus, making this special television event the perfect post-fireworks party!

Episode airtimes are as follows:
  • 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT BODY LANGUAGE (July 4, 1985)
  • 8:30 PM ET/5:30 PM PT MATCH GAME (July 4, 1974)
  • 9:00 PM ET/6:00 PM PT PRESS YOUR LUCK (July 4, 1985)
  • 9:30 PM ET/6:30 PM PT CARD SHARKS (July 4, 1980)
  • 10:00 PM ET/7:00 PM PT SUPER PASSWORD (July 4, 1985)
  • 10:30 PM ET/7:30 PM PT PASSWORD PLUS (July 4, 1980)

“Game shows consistently highlight some of the best aspects of the American culture,” said Mark Deetjen, Vice President of Programming, BUZZR. “What better way to celebrate that fun and excitement than with episodes unique to BUZZR that look at our nation through the lens of these wild vintage game shows originally broadcast on July 4th?”

TV by the Numbers

posted 6/29/15

More on the New Season of "Millionaire"
The Money Tree Returns, Among Other Things
From Buzzerblog

Everything old is new again.

Our friends at Buzzerblog are reporting that when "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" returns with Chris Harrison at the helm, it will return to using the classic format, albeit with 14 questions instead of 15.

The lower tier of questions will be worth $500, $1000, $2000, $3000, and $5000. The middle tier will be worth $7000, $10,000, $20,000, $30,000, and $50,000. The high end questions remain the same from the shuffle format.

A return to the basics necessitated a return to a classic lifeline, the 50:50, where the computer removes two incorrect answers. It joins Ask the Audience and Plus One.

"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" returns this fall. 

Buzzerblog

posted 6/29/15

More on "Geeks Who Drink"
Catch It On Syfy July 16!
From Broadway World

Syfy invites techies, trekkies and pop culture junkies to play along with Geeks Who Drink, a new weekly game show hosted and executive produced by Zachary Levi, star of NBC's Chuck and upcoming Heroes Reborn. Premiering Thursday, July 16 from 11-11:30PM ET/PT, the series kicks off the network's new weekly, 11PM late-night programming hour, which also includes the new original series, Reactor.

GEEKS WHO DRINK is based on the pub trivia CONTEST of the same name, which has become a nationwide phenomenon with people participating at bars all across the country. The 12-episode, half-hour series is produced by Levi's production arm, The Nerd Machine, along with Kinetic Content (Married at First Sight, Little Women, The Taste) and Condé Nast Entertainment.

In each episode of Geeks Who Drink, two teams of self-proclaimed "trivia geeks" go head-to-head and shot-for-shot as they battle it out in rapid-fire quizzes that cover topics ranging from pop culture to Science fiction. Each team consists of three players - a celebrity team captain and two trivia pros. After three rounds of raucous game-play, the team with the largest bar tab wins the game, along with bragging rights.

The rundown of geek-tastic celebrity team captains includes (Note: Air order TBD):

- John DiMaggio ("Adventure Time") vs. David Giuntoli ("Grimm")
- Alan Tudyk ("Firefly") vs. Justine Ezarik aka iJustine
- Matthew MacCaull ("iZombie") vs. Andrew Daly ("Review")
- Felicia Day (Geek & Sundry) vs. Dexter Darden (Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials)
- Dominic Monaghan (Lord of the Rings) vs. Rob Kazinsky (Hot Pursuit, upcoming Warcraft motion picture)
- Tricia Helfer (Battlestar Galactica, Ascension) vs. Kevin Weisman (Alias,Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
- Zachary Knighton (Happy Endings) vs. Harold Perrineau (Lost,Constantine)
- Robert Buckley (iZombie, One Tree Hill) vs. Retta (Parks and Recreation)
- Grey Damon (Aquarius) vs. Josh Brener (Silicon Valley)
- Brett Dalton (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) vs. Mark Pellegrino (The Returned,Being  Human, Supernatural)
- Jonathan Sadowski (Chernobyl Diaries, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) vs. Lenny Jacobson (Big Time in Hollywood, FL)
- Scott Porter (Hart of Dixie, Caprica) vs. Eric Christian Olsen (NCIS: Los Angeles)

In addition to Levi, executive producers for GEEKS WHO DRINK are Chris Coelen, Karrie Wolfe, Corin Nelson, Dawn Ostroff, Joe LaBracio and David Coleman.

Broadway World

posted 6/29/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Napalm: Part 3"

  • Donald Trump and NBC are calling it a day. He said... (TV Insider), SHE said... (Politico) Time said... (Time)
     
  • Like every good "Bachelorette", Amy Schumer has conditions (E!)
     
  • IN MEMORIAM: Jack Carter (1922-2015) (The Hollywood Reporter) on "Match Game" (YouTube)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: The five baddest women to run the American Ninja Warrior course (Reel Life with Jane)
     
  • Crystal Maze: more money equals more games (Digital Spy)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jonathan Bennett on "Cake Wars" (TV Insider) and Iddo Rosenblum, the creator of "BOOM!" (World Screen)

posted 6/29/15


Thursday: "Boom!" Goes Bust
CBS Wins on "Big Brother"
From the Futon Critic

CBS (6.260 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) claimed top honors on Thursday with a new "Big Brother 17" (6.409 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) followed by the return of "Under the Dome" (6.430 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2) and a second "Under the Dome" (5.942 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

FOX (2.933 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed the silver with the debut of "Boom!" (2.510 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6) and a new "Wayward Pines" (3.357 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T4).

Next up was NBC (3.888 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with fresh installments of "Dateline NBC" (6.851 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2), "Aquarius" (3.217 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "Hannibal" (1.595 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.843 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up originals from "The Astronaut Wives Club" (4.504 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7) and "Mistresses" (3.312 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #8) followed by the return of "Rookie Blue" (3.714 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, a new "Beauty and the Beast" (0.903 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and a repeat "The Vampire Diaries" (0.558 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) on The CW (0.731 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- Alone (History): 1.697 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.328 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 389,000

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Broadway World
NorthJersey.com
Hollywood Life
Variety
Virtual Strategy
New York Daily News
Hollywood Life
World Screen
Fox.com
Zap2it
Bustle
Philadelphia Inquirer
The Futon Critic
The Wrap
Variety
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/26/15

"Flip" Moving House
New Season to Play on GAC
From the Futon Critic

Great American Country will showcase a three-day marathon of Flea Market Flip, the Emmy-nominated series starring Good Morning America co-host and two-time The New York Times bestselling author, Lara Spencer. The Flea Market Flip marathon, which begins Friday, July 3, at 8 p.m. will set the stage for the series' fifth season premiere on Sunday, July 5, at 8 and 8:30 p.m. ET/PT with back-to-back episodes. The competition series, which just wrapped its highest-rated season yet, showcases duos who compete to repurpose flea market finds for a profit and a chance to win $5,000. Spencer, who is a designer and a longtime flea market enthusiast, continues to serves as the series host, creator and executive producer in the 14 new half-hour episodes.

The Flea Market Flip marathon airs on GAC as follows:

Friday, July 3, from 8 p.m. - 12 a.m. ET/PT

Saturday, July 4, from 1 p.m. - 12 a.m. ET/PT

Sunday, July 5, 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. ET/PT, with new episodes premiering at 8 and 8:30 p.m.

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 6/26/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Napalm: Part 2"

  • Donald Trump and his beef are funny... (Mashable) ... still funny... (Deadline) ... still fu-- AND NOW IT'S SAD. (Vox)
     
  • Wayne Brady's newest Big Deal: $1.95 million for his house (Los Angeles Times)
     
  • KTLA to TBS, Funny or Die: "We did it TWICE!" (TV Spy)

posted 6/26/15


PATRICK MACNEE: 1922-2015
"Avengers" Agent A Game Show Guest
From the Hollywood Reporter

Patrick Macnee, star of the 1960s TV series The Avengers, has died. He was 93.

His son, Rupert, said in a statement that Macnee, who was best known as dapper secret agent John Steed in the long-running television series, died Thursday of natural causes at his home in Rancho Mirage with his family at his bedside.

The Avengers, which began in 1961 in England, debuted in the United States in 1966. It ran for eight seasons and continued in syndication for decades afterward. Macnee reprised his role as Steed in The New Avengers, which aired from 1976 to 1977.

The British-born actor also appeared in such TV series as Tales of Adventure, Gavilan, Empire and Lime Street. Macnee starred in such films as This Is Spinal Tap (1984), A View to a Kill (1985) and Waxwork (1988).

He also was the voice of Invisible Jones in the 1998 film adaptation of The Avengers, which starred Ralph Fiennes as Steed. His other voice work includes 1970s Battlestar Galactica, in which he voiced the Imperious Leader.

Macnee was born in London on Feb. 6, 1922, to Daniel Macnee, a racehorse trainer, and Dorothea Henry, the niece of the Earl of Huntingdon. His parents divorced when his father left for India, and he was raised in Wiltshire by his mother and her lover, known as "Uncle" Evelyn.

He attended Eton College, where he had an active role in the school's dramatic society. However, Macnee was expelled for being a bookie and pornographer on campus.

Macnee then won a scholarship to Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art. His first role was in 1941 in a stage production of Little Women. He made his film debut as an extra in The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943).

In later years, he recorded books on tape, including the Bible, several of Jack Higgins' thrillers, Peter Mayle's Toujours Provence and his own autobiography, Blind in One Ear.

MacNee was also a guest on games on both side of the Atlantic, including "Thank Your Lucky Stars", "Hollywood Squares", "The Celebrity Game", "What's My Line?", "Definition", "Vintage Quiz", "Family Feud", "Ultra Quiz", and "Blankety Blank".

He is survived by son Rupert, daughter Jenny and a grandson.

Donations in Macnee's honor can be made to the Actors Fund.

GSNN's Jason Huhn contributed to this report.

The Hollywood Reporter

posted 6/25/15


Wednesday: The House Is Open
Poker Player, Poker Dealer Amongst New Houseguests; Deliver Win for CBS
From the Hollywood Reporter

BIG BROTHER announces this summer's exciting new twist, "BB Takeover," featuring weekly surprise guests who will unleash new twists into the game each and every week. The season's special two-night premiere airs Wednesday, June 24 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) and Thursday, June 25 (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. In addition, Houseguests this season will live in a modern steel beach house that features a towering Sky Bridge.

This summer's "BB Takeover" twist will feature a surprise guest each week who will appear on the show to announce a new twist into the game. Expecting the unexpected will be taken to new heights as Houseguests attempt to stay in the game amid the ever-changing twists that shake up life inside the house on a weekly basis. A special guest will appear on each night of the two-night premiere and reveal twists that could affect the cast and viewers.

The end result? CBS (5.601 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) was the most-watched network on Wednesday thanks to the return of "Big Brother 17" (6.829 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) followed by a new "The Briefcase" (4.666 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and a repeat "Criminal Minds" (5.309 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

NBC (4.847 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T1) however shared the silver with rebroadcasts of "America's Got Talent" (5.913 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and "American Ninja Warrior" (4.314 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

Next up was FOX (3.729 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with originals from "MasterChef" (4.642 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "Bullseye" (2.817 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.542 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up repeats of "The Middle" (4.235 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6), "The Goldbergs" (3.655 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12), "Modern Family" (3.779 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and "Black-ish" (3.299 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) plus a new "Celebrity Wife Swap" (3.143 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

And finally, second runs of "Arrow" (1.094 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Supernatural" (0.883 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) on The CW (0.989 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV2): 606,000
- Skin Wars (GSN): 595,000
- IdioTest (GSN, 10p): 545,000
- IdioTest (GSN, 10:30p): 485,000
- The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians (FS1): 450,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 448,000
- Fake Off (season finale) (truTV): 389,000

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posted 6/25/15

A Family "Runway"
Lifetime Renews, Spins Off "Runway" Franchise
From the Futon Critic

"Project Runway" is spinning off and getting renewed. Season 14 and Emmy(R) Award winners Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, round out the fashion dream team with judges Nina Garcia, Fashion Director at Marie Claire and designer Zac Posen, on the Emmy nominated show, Project Runway. Currently in production, the flagship series returns with all-new designers ready to sew up the competition on Thursdays, beginning on August 6, at 9pm ET/PT on Lifetime.

Project Runway is produced by The Weinstein Company, Bunim/Murray Productions and Full Picture Entertainment. Executive producers include Bob and Harvey Weinstein (Co-Chairmen of The Weinstein Company), Patrick Reardon and Barbara Schneeweiss of The Weinstein Company, Jonathan Murray and Sara Rea of Bunim/Murray Productions, Heidi Klum, and Jane Cha and Desiree Gruber of Full Picture Entertainment. Eli Lehrer, Mary Donahue and David Hillman of Lifetime also executive produce.

Joining Lifetime's fashion lineup is the new competition series, Project Runway Junior, showcasing the next generation of creativity with designers ages 14 to 17. Tim Gunn joins the show as the co-host and mentor to the new young talent alongside co-host and supermodel Hannah Davis. Esteemed judges include Christian Siriano and Aya Kanai, Executive Fashion Editor at Cosmopolitan and Seventeen Magazine. Production on Project Runway Junior will take place this summer in New York.

Project Runway Junior is produced by The Weinstein Company, Sara Rea Productions and Full Picture. Executive producers include Bob and Harvey Weinstein (Co-Chairmen of The Weinstein Company), Patrick Reardon and Barbara Schneeweiss of The Weinstein Company, Sara Rea, Tim Gunn and Jane Cha and Desiree Gruber of Full Picture. Eli Lehrer, Mary Donahue and David Hillman of Lifetime also executive produce.

Currently in production on its fifth season for 2016, Project Runway All Stars brings back some of the best of the best to compete once again for a chance at fashion glory. Host Alyssa Milano returns with judges Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman, and mentor, Marie Claire Senior Fashion Editor, Zanna Roberts Rassi.

Project Runway All Stars is produced by The Weinstein Company and Bunim/Murray Productions. Executive producers are Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein (Co-Chairmen of The Weinstein Company), Patrick Reardon and Barbara Schneeweiss of The Weinstein Company, Jonathan Murray, Gil Goldschein and Rob Bagshaw of Bunim/Murray Productions. Eli Lehrer, Mary Donahue and David Hillman of Lifetime also executive produce.

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posted 6/25/15

The Forecast? 100% Chance of WTFery
TBS, Funny or Die Greenlight "America's Next Weatherman"
From the Futon Critic

TBS is about to bring some stormy competition to late night with the brand new series Funny Or Die Presents America's Next Weatherman, produced by Funny Or Die, Mark Burnett and United Artists Media Group (UAMG). Funny Or Die Presents America's Next Weatherman features 12 competitors vying for a job as America's next great weathercaster. Matt Oberg (The Comedians) hosts the competition, which will be judged by longtime weather personalities Johnny Mountain (KABC, KCBS) and Jillian Barberie (Good Day LA). The series is set to premiere Saturday, Aug. 8, at 11 p.m. (ET/PT) on TBS, with availability across TBS's on-demand, digital and mobile platforms the following day.

Funny Or Die Presents America's Next Weatherman marries the comedic and subversive voice of Funny Or Die with the production value and compelling storytelling of a show from Mark Burnett. Each classic reality show element - from the physical challenges to the dramatic vote-offs - will be tweaked through the Funny Or Die prism to create an original viewing experience. However, the stakes are 100% real as the contestants will be vying for $100,000 and an appearance on TBS's sister network CNN forecasting the national weather for the morning show New Day.

"Funny Or Die Presents America's Next Weatherman takes everything we know - or think we know - about weathercasters and then uses it to put 12 competitors through the wringer for a chance at the big time," said David Eilenberg, senior vice president of unscripted development, late night and specials for TBS and TNT. "The results are really something. This series is a fresh and extremely funny addition to TBS's late-night lineup. We're especially excited that it extends our relationships with both Funny Or Die and Mark Burnett."

TBS has ordered eight one-hour episodes of Funny Or Die Presents America's Next Weatherman, which is based on a concept and format by the creative teams at Funny Or Die and UAMG, including Seth Morris (Kroll Show), who will serve as a producer on the show. Funny Or Die's Mike Farah and Joe Farrell serve as executive producers, along with Mark Burnett and Dean Houser.

"It's been such a good time working with Funny Or Die," said Burnett. "This will be the first time I've poked a little fun - actually a lot of fun - at what I am best known for. It's a real wink to our audience as we look for the next great meteorologist. The funniest part is that it turns out that these are actually terrific weathercasters."

"Reading between the lines of what Mark just said, it's clear that this is the most important show he's ever made," said Farah. "We can't wait to make Saturday nights at 11 p.m. in August appointment viewing for fans of comedy and competition alike."

UAMG has retained all international rights, which will be distributed by MGM.

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posted 6/25/15

More on "Top Model"
New Prize Package for the New Season August 5
From The Futon Critic

Cycle 22 of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL, hosted by Tyra Banks, will premiere Wednesday, August 5 (8:00-9:00pm ET), featuring seven men and seven women, from regions all across the country, living together under one roof and battling it out to earn the prestigious title of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL.

The panel of judges will again include Banks, fashion public relations maven Kelly Cutrone, and beloved runway coach J. Alexander (a.k.a. "Miss J.") to determine who stays and who goes in the competition. Acclaimed photographer Yu Tsai also returns as a photo shoot creative consultant. This cycle will also feature special guests Jonathan and Drew Scott ("Property Brothers") who designed the cast house this cycle, Supermodel Chrissy Teigen and world-renowned fashion editor Joe Zee. This is the third "Guys and Girls" edition of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL, which debuted in 2003.

The model hopefuls will compete for a career-launching prize package that includes new luxury fashion partner Zappos Couture as well as Nylon and Next Management. The winner will receive prizes including: $100,000 from Zappos Couture as well as being the face of their national luxury brand re-launch in 2016, a fashion feature in Nylon, as well as being offered a modeling contract with Next Management.

Original episodes of TOP MODEL will air on Wednesdays until October 2, when original episodes will move to the Friday (9:00-10:00pm ET) timeslot.

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posted 6/25/15

The Man with Nine Faces
Syfy Slots New Season (and 100th Episode) July 28
From The Futon Critic

Fresh off of being named the Best Reality Competition Series by the Broadcast Television Journalists Association, Syfy's hit reality competition series Face Off - the network's most watched unscripted series - will return on Tuesday, July 28 at 9PM for an exciting ninth season consisting of fourteen all-new episodes.

Season 9 begins with a cosmic bang as sixteen new talented artists work in teams of two to construct original alien animals that incorporate two models into one massive creation. This difficult task of fashioning the largest creatures ever seen on Face Off proves to be eye opening and taxing for multiple contestants, and a surprise announcement from the judges keeps everyone on edge.

And on Tuesday, August 11 at 9PM, Face Off will celebrate its 100th episode in style, as the artists turn real-life engaged couples into whimsically undead duos. Following the challenge, host McKenzie Westmore, recently an ordained minister, will marry the couples as they say their vows in front of friends and family.

Face Off is a competition/elimination series exploring the world of special-effects make-up artists and the unlimited imagination that allows them to create amazing works of living art. As a member of the multi-generational family dynasty whose name is synonymous with the make-up effects field, actress McKenzie Westmore brings expertise to her role as host of the series. Some of SFX world's most celebrated figures judge the competition - multiple Academy Award-winner Ve Neill (The Hunger Games, Pirates of the Caribbean), industry veteran Glenn Hetrick (CSI: New York, Heroes, Legion), and creature designer Neville Page (Avatar, Prometheus). World-renowned Hollywood makeup artist Michael Westmore (Star Trek) serves as the contestant mentor.

The Face Off contestants will be whittled down week by week, until only three remain for a finale showdown. The winning artist will receive $100,000, a 2015 Fiat and a VIP trip courtesy of Kryolan Professional Make-Up to one of their 85 international locations. Kryolan Professional Make-Up continues as the official make-up sponsor of Face Off.

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posted 6/25/15

Is Howard Stern Leaving "Talent"?
That's What He Suggests on His Radio Show
From TV Guide

Could Howard Stern be leaving America's Got Talent? According to him, yes.

Stern revealed on his radio show Wednesday that he would be leaving the NBC competition show after the current season, which wraps at the end of the summer. "I told them, this is my last season," he said. "I am going through my own career evaluation right now. I'm just too f---ing busy."

Stern has been a judge on America's Got Talent for four seasons, and previously said that he "really did struggle" when deciding to return to the show in 2013.

Who could possibly replace him, you ask? Stern already has his own suggestion, and one who has some pretty well-known experience in judging talent: Simon Cowell.

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posted 6/25/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Napalm"

posted 6/25/15

Tuesday: Tough Enough Drops
Premiere Attracts 1.209 Million
From Showbuzz Daily

The highly-anticipated, hard-hitting reality series, WWE Tough Enough, premieres tonight at 8/7C on USA Network, immediately followed by Tough Talk, a live recap show hosted by WWE Superstar The Miz®, at 9/8C exclusively on WWE Network.

WWE Tough Enough is hosted by WWE Superstar Chris Jericho®, who will be joined by a panel of judges, including WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan®, WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan® and WWE Diva Paige™. Each week, one cast member will be eliminated until one man and one woman are considered “Tough Enough,” with each earning a one-year, $250,000 WWE contract. Throughout the competition, the contestants will be trained by WWE Legends Booker T™, Billy Gunn™ and Lita™.

High anticipation attracted 1.209 million to USA at 8p. The other games on cable:

- Chopped (Food): 1.454 million
- Ink Master (Spike, 8p): 1.046 million
- Ink Master (Spike, 9p): 789,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 486,000

On broadcast, NBC (8.942 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) was back in front on Tuesday with new episodes of "America's Got Talent" (10.866 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.5, #1) and "I Can Do That!" (5.095 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

CBS (7.315 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then claimed the silver with repeats of "NCIS" (8.758 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.360 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and "48 Hours" (5.827 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

Next up was ABC (2.472 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) with repeats of "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.159 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and "Black-ish" (2.409 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) plus an original "Extreme Weight Loss" (2.316 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.123 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up a new "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (2.586 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6) and a special edition of "World's Funniest Fails" (1.661 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.008 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "iZombie" (0.836 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) on The CW (0.922 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

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posted 6/24/15


Sunday Funday Is a Hit
Fox Wins Night, But ABC Keeps It Close
From Stitch Kingdom

FOX (7.857 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) staked its claim for the top spot on Sunday with the primetime portion of its "115th U.S. Open Championship" (7.857 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) coverage.

ABC (5.190 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then claimed the silver with a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.037 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) followed by the respective premieres of "Celebrity Family Feud" (8.530 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and "BattleBots" (5.387 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) plus a repeat "Castle" (2.804 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Next up was NBC (3.043 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its mix of "Dateline NBC" (3.150 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Dateline NBC: My Kid Would Never Do That" (3.300 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), the season finale of "AD: The Bible Continues" (3.493 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "American Odyssey" (2.230 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "60 Minutes" (5.912 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Madam Secretary" (3.745 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "The Good Wife" (2.960 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (4.208 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) on CBS (4.206 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Food Network Star (Food): 1.970 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.187 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.083 million

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posted 6/24/15


Syndies: Week 38 - Number One Answer
Results for the Week Ending June 14
From TV NewsCheck

There's a new #1 answer in town.

The session ending June 14 was an atypical one, with many shows bumped by, or trying to compete against, games 3 and 4 of the finals of both the NBA and the Stanley Cup. There were also preemptions for several hours of FIFA Women’s World Cup soccer coverage.

Still, it was a terrific week for Steve Harvey. For the first time ever the Harvey-hosted Family Feud was the highest rated show in syndication, knocking off usual leader Wheel of Fortune.

In addition, Harvey’s talk show hit a four-week high and clocked the largest the largest year-to-year increase of any talker, surging 20%.

Among the games, Feud actually fell 3% to a 6.1 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, but that was good enough to rate as the No. 1 strip in syndication overall.

Wheel became the second-place game show with a 6% decline to a 6.0, and Jeopardy faded 6% to a 5.9.

Year to year, Feud was up 33%, which was the most, by far, in the genre.

1. Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.1 -3%
2. Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.0 -6%
3. Jeopardy (CTD) 5.9 -6%
4. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.7 +6%
5. Celebrity Name Game (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 1.3 NC

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posted 6/24/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Best Talent Ever"

  • Tracie Fiss, Bob Read serve as talent producers for "Best Time Ever" (The Futon Critic)
     
  • So you leaving "America's Got Talent"... you're not leaving "America's Got Talent"... what are we doing here, Howard Stern? (Reality Blurred)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: ABC to rerun "Celebrity Family Feud" Sunday night before the scheduled new episode (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Mark Burnett would like to do a reality show with Vladimir Putin (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • Kaitlyn Bristowe .... are we still talking about this? Like, seriously?! (Slate)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Bill Kurtis (Houstonia)

posted 6/24/15

Mr. & Mrs. Smith... the Game Show?
3 Ball, New Regency Announce Team Up
From Entertainment Weekly

Mr. and Mrs. Smith, the 2005 action-packed feature film about a married couple who each find out the other is a deadly assassin, is now the inspiration for a potential reality game-competition from 3 Ball Entertainment and New Regency, the studios announced Tuesday.

Though the show’s details are top secret, the producers have confirmed that it will center around married couples competing in “a high-octane, high-stakes game that offers a twist on the TV competition format.”

And we think it’s safe to assume Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, the power couple who starred in the film, won’t have anything to do with the project.

Todd A. Nelson and Brant Pinvidic are executive producing for 3 Ball Entertainment.

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posted 6/23/15

Monday: New Heights
ABC's Sex Beats NBC's Ninjas
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.721 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) was the most-watched network on Monday with its duo of "The Bachelorette" (6.581 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "The Whispers" (4.002 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

NBC (5.220 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) however shared in the top demo honors with new episodes from "American Ninja Warrior" (6.054 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and "The Island" (3.552 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

Next up was FOX (3.303 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and an original "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.303 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.170 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (4.606 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "Mike & Molly" (4.813 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "Scorpion" (4.544 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (6.257 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

And finally, second runs of "The Originals" (1.077 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.082 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) on The CW (1.079 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 412,000

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posted 6/23/15

Aaaaaaand THEY'RE OFF!
Pair from TMZ one of 11 Teams Off on a Race Around the World
From the Wrap

Two of Harvey Levin’s most featured faces are going way beyond the “Thirty Mile Zone”.

Shevonne Sullivan and Kelly Berning, two personalities who dissect the day’s gossip on the syndicated “TMZ,” are running in the newest edition of “The Amazing Race,” debuting this fall.

The two front row talkers in Levin’s bullpen are part of a CBS cast that is very heavy on professional performers and media savvy duos. The cast includes dating news anchors (from an ABC affiliate), a team of paparazzi from South Beach, two street performers, and two former professional cheerleaders.

All eleven teams of two left on a race around the world for $1 million dollars from Venice Beach just after 9:00 a.m. this morning in a “start” that was open to the public. Yes, a TMZ camera man was there on the beach too.

Non professionals (read: fans) held signs with messages like “Read the Clue” and “The World is Waiting,” the first time the “Race” has had a publicly viewable start on the west coast.

The story below contains a spoiler for the first leg. If you wish not to be spoiled, don't click below!

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posted 6/23/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Got Your 6"

  • "Dancing with the Stars" earns the 6 Certification from Got Your 6 (Washington Post)
     
  • You know those things that "Bachelorette" contestants weren't supposed to do before the Final Rose? Kaitlyn Bristowe did (The Daily Beast)
     
  • ARE YOU SMARTER THAN... Erin Andrews' boyfriend, who is popped on possession (People)
     
  • Challenge commissions "Bullseye" documentary. Not the Jim Lange one. Not the Kellan Lutz either. (Broadcast)
     
  • Endemol Shine Netherlands and FremantleMedia North America Move to Box for Secure File-sharing and Collaboration... Whatever that means. (Business Wire)
     
  • IN MEMORIAM: Dick Van Patten (1928-2015) on Celebrity Family Feud (The Guardian)
     
  • FIRST LOOK: Hollywood Game Night season 3 (Deadline)

posted 6/23/15

We Got The Money, Let's Make the Maze!
Cult Game to Return as "Immersive Experience"
From NME

The Crystal Maze is set to return as a "live immersive experience" now that a crowdfunding campaign has hit its £500,000 target.

The Channel 4 game show originally ran for 83 episodes between 1990 and 1995, with the first four series hosted by Richard O'Brien, creator of The Rocky Horror Show, and the final two steered by Tenpole Tudor frontman Edward Tudor-Pole. Earlier this month (June) a website and social media accounts were launched teasing that the show would be returning as a "live immersive experience" in London.

A crowdfunding campaign was then launched on Indiegogo, revealing further details about what the "live immersive experience" will involve. The project's organisers explained that they are seeking £500,000 to recreate the classic game show at a secret location in central London, with Richard O'Brien returning to "welcome guests in time honoured fashion".

Now, eight days after launching, the crowdfunding campaign has met its £500,000 target. At the time of writing (June 22), some 3,897 donors have given just under £510,000 to help make the project a reality.

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posted 6/22/15

Who Will Be "Travel Channel Star"
Find Out in Special September 7!
From the Futon Critic

Travel Channel is getting closer to naming the next "Travel Channel Star." The next round of the competition posts online today and pits each of the top five contestants in all-new videos produced by the network. The winner will be revealed in a one-hour special hosted by "Trip Flip" host Bert Kreischer, recapping audition videos and the judges critiques, on Monday, September 7 at 8:00pm ET/PT.

In each of the top five contestants' webisodes, they must showcase their personality, expertise and unique perspective while their travel specialty is put to the test. Fans can vote for their favorite video on the "Travel Channel Star" webpage or by using #travelchannelstar on Twitter until Friday, June 26. But, before a winner can be crowned, only two can advance to the final round. The pair will be revealed on TravelChannel.com on Monday, July 6, and fans can watch the final two complete an identical challenge and receive special advice from a surprise mentor on Monday, August 3.

The remaining contestants competing for the "Travel Channel Star" title include (in alphabetical order by first name):

Blake Jeffers - Savannah, Ga.
Travel Specialty: Earthy Travel
Current Occupation: High school science teacher

Christie Rojo - Santa Barbara, Calif.
Travel Specialty: Spirituality
Current Occupation: Church Youth Ministry

Janel Koloski - Greensburg, Pa.
Travel Specialty: Fearless Traveler
Current Occupation: Nanny and personal assistant

Ricky Moreno - Las Vegas, Nev.
Travel Specialty: Fish Out of Water
Current Occupation: Tour manager

Saundra Dunson-Franks - Atlanta, Ga.
Travel Specialty: Baby Boomers' Bucket List
Current Occupation: Part-time poll worker

"Travel Channel Star" is produced by Scripps Productions for Travel Channel. For Scripps Productions, the executive producer is Rick Venable. For Travel Channel, the executive producer is James Morley.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/22/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "A Good Day in America"

  • Craig Ferguson returns to stand-up thanks to Epix (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Dean McDermott chops up a cookbook (ET Canada)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Best Time Ever" to be had September 15; "The Voice" September 21 (The Futon Critic), and "Lip Sync Battle" returns July 9 (The Futon Critic)
     
  • FRIDAY: "Whose Line" logs in 1.553 million; ABC wins night (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Aisha Tyler's line takes her to "Criminal Minds" (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • Ashton Kutcher to swim with the Sharks next season (TV Line)
     
  • "Prized Apart" now half a mill apart (Broadcast)

posted 6/22/15

GSN Raises Hell
"Hellevator" Greenlit
From the Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today that it has greenlit eight episodes of a new horror-themed game show, HELLEVATOR. The terrifying new show from Blumhouse, the team that brought the world the "Paranormal Activity", "Insidious", "Sinister", and "The Purge" franchises, dares contestants to survive a series of challenges from the depths of an abandoned warehouse. The new series is expected to premiere later this year, and continues GSN's growth into "gamifying" cultural trends, including the successful SKIN WARS and soon-to-debut STEAMPUNK'D.

In HELLEVATOR, a team of three friends rides a haunted elevator into various levels of an abandoned warehouse. One player must get out on each floor and conquer a frightening challenge in order to earn money for the team. But if they don't make it back in time, the elevator moves on without them. Horror film icons Jen and Sylvia Soska, aka the "Twisted Twins," pull the strings throughout the game - taking delight in the horror.

HELLEVATOR is produced by Matador and Blumhouse Productions in association with Lionsgate Television. Executive Producers are Jason Blum ("Paranormal Activity," "The Purge," "Sinister" and "Insidious"), who won a 2014 Emmy(R) Award for "The Normal Heart," and was nominated for an Academy Award(R) for "Whiplash," and Jay Peterson and Todd Lubin of Matador ("Lip Sync Battle").

"The teams from Blumhouse and Matador have created a frighteningly fun and spooky game environment," says Amy Introcaso-Davis, Executive Vice President of Programming and Development for GSN. "Horror and game enthusiasts alike will love HELLEVATOR's wild ride of fear, suspense, and unrelenting challenges."

"Our company has always wanted to create a horror-themed game show," says executive producer Jason Blum. "HELLEVATOR is a unique and new way to scare the living hell out of people and we are excited to be partners with GSN and Matador."

"You've never seen anything like this show," says executive producer Todd Lubin. "The contestants have almost no idea what they're in for and then find themselves immersed in a horror story where they have to move past their deepest fears, to both survive and win money."

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posted 6/19/15

More on "Race to Escape"
Catch It on Science July 25
From Entertainment Weekly

The Science Channel is in the midst of gently expanding the horizons of its programming, and while the network’s bread and butter is still deeply fascinating deep dive series like Through the Wormhole and Hacking the Universe, they’d like to remind the world that psychology is also an important branch of science worthy of all forms of exploration.

That’s the pitch behind Race to Escape, a new game show premiering July 25. Hosted by comedian and Never Not Funny mastermind Jimmy Pardo, Race to Escape pits two teams of three against one another in a series of tests and puzzles that will challenge their ability to reason, solve problems, and work together. They’ll have an hour to overcome all the trials in their identical rooms, and the more the time ticks away, the more the $25,000 grand prize decreases.

There will be a variety of rooms with all sorts of unique decorations, including an old-timey barbershop, a Chinese restaurant, and a 19th century study (which is the location of the premiere episode). Each room contains five locks, all which need to be unlocked using codes deciphered from the clues.

Entertainment Weekly
Broadway World
The Futon Critic

posted 6/18/15

Thursday: Nothing Can Stop the Eye
CBS Beats US Open, Debuts
From the Futon Critic

CBS (5.276 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday despite an all-repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.148 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1), "The Odd Couple" (5.101 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Mom" (5.463 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Mike & Molly" (5.453 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and "Elementary" (4.245 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

ABC (4.368 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then claimed the silver with the debut of "The Astronaut Wives Club" (5.545 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) followed by the return of "Mistresses" (3.749 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and a second "Mistresses" (3.809 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

Next up was NBC (3.798 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its trio of "Dateline NBC" (6.257 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2), "Aquarius" (3.363 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "Hannibal" (1.774 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #12).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.855 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up its primetime coverage of "115th U.S. Open Championship" (2.855 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

And finally, a new "Beauty and the Beast" (0.881 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and a repeat "The Vampire Diaries" (0.643 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) on The CW (0.762 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

The premiere of "Alone" scored 1.582 million for History. Elsewhere on cable...

- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.357 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 378,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/18/15

Wednesday: Showing Skin
"Skin Wars" Raises to Season High; Fox Takes Broadcast Demos
From the Futon Critic

FOX (3.837 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the top demo draw on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "MasterChef" (4.709 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "Bullseye" (2.964 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

NBC (3.563 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then claimed the silver with encores of "I Can Do That!" (2.833 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "American Ninja Warrior" (3.929 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2).

Next up was ABC (3.661 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and repeats of "The Middle" (4.525 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5), "The Goldbergs" (3.713 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Modern Family" (4.168 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and "Black-ish" (3.466 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) plus a new "Celebrity Wife Swap" (3.047 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.462 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up a new "The Briefcase" (5.203 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) alongside second runs of "Criminal Minds" (5.906 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T5) and "CSI: Cyber" (5.278 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.992 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13) and "Supernatural" (0.808 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) on The CW (0.900 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

The story, however, continues to be "Skin Wars's" dominance of GSN's schedule. Episode two of the second season of GSN's hit series SKIN WARS, hosted by actress Rebecca Romijn, delivered the show's highest ratings ever last night. Compared to last week's hotly-anticipated premiere, the series saw a 112% increase in W18-49, 82% growth in W25-54, and +44% in Total Viewers. Compared to all of last season, the show was up 68% in W25-54, 19% in W18-49 and 29% in Total Viewers. It was also the most-watched telecast for an original series this year among P18-49, W18-49, P25-54, W25-54 and Total Viewers.

Also benefitting from the large SKIN WARS tune-in was GSN's IDIOTEST, hosted by Ben Gleib. The 10pm episode of IDIOTEST was up 46% in W25-54, 66% in W18-49 and 32% in Total Viewers, compared to its season two average. It was also the show's highest-rated episode of the season.

Last night's primetime success for GSN only adds more fuel to its fire, as the network is on-track to have its best June ever in their 20-year history. Before adding in last night's numbers, GSN's 8-11pm primetime was already up 36% in W25-54, 70% in W18-49 and 28% in Total Viewers, compared to June 2014. GSN has also had its highest month ever in Total Viewers in four of the past five months.

- Skin Wars (GSN): 776,000
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out (MTV2): 717,000
- IdioTest (GSN, 10p): 510,000
- IdioTest (GSN, 10:30p): 435,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 434,000
- Fake Off (truTV): 419,000

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posted 6/18/15

More on "Food Fighters"
Catch It on NBC July 2
From The Futon Critic

Ten of the country's best home cooks will get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to compete against world-class chefs when NBC's high-stakes culinary game 'Food Fighters' returns for season two on Thursday, July 2 (8-9 p.m. ET). And for the first time ever on the show, kids as well as adult contestants will be putting their signatures dishes to the test in this fun, fast-paced competition series hosted by Adam Richman.

The "Food Fighters" season premiere on July 2 pits Jacky Herrara, a convention reporter from Orlando, Florida with a flair for modern Latin cuisine, against 5 chefs specializing in everything from barbeque to soul food to California cuisine. In the final round, she'll face off against celebrity chef Antonia Lofaso, executive chef and owner of two popular Los Angeles restaurants and well known for her appearances on "Restaurant Startup," "Top Chef Season 4," "Top Chef All Stars," "Top Chef Duels" and Food Network's "Cutthroat Kitchen."

This season's contestants include a former 49ers NFL cheerleader, a firefighter, a law student, stay-at-home mothers and two kid contestants - a 12-year-old female chef and a 14-year-old male chef who was previously a semi-finalist on 'Master Chef Junior.' In a series of compelling, tension-filled showdowns, each home cook will face off one by one against five professional chefs who won't know in advance what dish they'll have to cook, thereby leveling the playing field. Armed only with their treasured family recipes, the home cooks will compete and climb a money ladder with increasing cash prizes for every professional chef they knock out, with the chance to win as much as $100,000.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/18/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "An Amazing First"

  • The Amazing Race Canada's cast the show's first transgender contestant (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • Kim Kardashian's appearance on "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me" tests the resolve of NPR's loyal fanbase (USA Today)

posted 6/18/15

A Windfall for "Tipping Point"
ITV Renews Series for Two Seasons, 325 Episodes
From Digital Spy

ITV has commissioned a whopping 325 new episodes of Ben Shephard's Tipping Point - a record for the program.

The daytime quiz show has been renewed for a further two seaaons, which are due to take place across 2016 and 2017.

Shephard hosts the show which sees contestants go up against a machine, attempting to claim the golden jackpoint chip and take home a cash prize.

The presenter said: "I'm delighted that Tipping Point has been re-commissioned for an incredible 325 episodes.

"It's such a simple idea that is always so compelling to watch and play, which is handy as with hundreds of episodes to film it's going to be pretty full-on!!"

ITV director of daytime Helen Warner added: "Tipping Point is a firm favorite in the ITV daytime schedule. We know our viewers love it so I'm delighted to be able to take it into 2016 and beyond."

Digital Spy
ATV Today

posted 6/17/15

Tuesday: Golden State
ABC Wins The Night, But AGT Puts Up a Fight
From the Futon Critic

ABC (16.487 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.2, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with its coverage of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (10.419 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.6, #3), "NBA Countdown" (12.833 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 4.8, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 6" (18.918 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 7.2, #1).

NBC (8.163 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then was a distant second with originals from "America's Got Talent" (9.968 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #4) and "I Can Do That!" (4.554 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6).

Next up was FOX (4.642 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and its primetime portion of "FIFA Women's Wold Cup 2015" (4.642 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.097 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up repeats of "NCIS" (7.335 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #7), "NCIS: New Orleans" (5.975 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8) and "48 Hours" (4.983 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T8).

And finally, repeats of "The Flash" (1.132 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "iZombie" (0.941 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) on The CW (1.037 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) will close out the evening.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.382 milllion
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 442,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/17/15

Suzi Perry An "Airhead"
Formula One Host to Front New Robot Competition for BBC2
From the Futon Critic

Suzi Perry will host new robot show 'Airheads'.

The BBC's Formula 1 presenter has been signed by TV bosses to front the 'Robot Wars'-style program that will feature drones in battle and take over Top Gear's traditional slot in the BBC Two schedule on Sunday nights.

Suzi is joined by co-hosts Andrew Maxwell, a stand-up comedian and Ski Sunday commentator Ed Leigh on the show, which is reportedly hoping to appeal to 'Top Gear' fans and tech lovers alike.

The trio will present challenges that require three technical teams to build and show off their flying machine creations, before battling it out in a series of aerial challenges - one of which will be to blow up a building.

'Airheads' draws inspiration from the late 90s classic TV game show 'Robot Wars' which was hosted by axed 'Top Gear' host Jeremy Clarkson in 1998 and former 'Coronation Street' actor Craig Charles from 1998 to 2004. The new format will be shot on location as well as in the studio.

Graham Norton's company So Television is making the program which is just one of a number of new entertainment shows being commissioned by the broadcaster.

BBC Entertainment commissioning editor Alan Tyler told The Guardian newspaper: "We are delighted to be working with producers across the UK to bring such a terrific range of both new and much loved entertainment programmes to our audiences across all our channels. These commissions are another sign of the BBC's commitment to producing top quality programmes from around the country."

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posted 6/17/15

More Judge Turnover
Rita Ora, Nick Grimshaw Join "The X Factor UK"
From Indian Television

ITV, Syco and Thames announced that Nick Grimshaw and Rita Ora have signed as judges for the new series of The X Factor, as well as confirming that Cheryl Fernandez-Versini will return to the judging panel alongside show creator Simon Cowell.

Popstar Rita Ora is no stranger to The X Factor having first appeared on the show in 2012 as a guest judge. Ora burst on to the music scene in 2012, scoring a No.1 single with her collaboration with DJ Fresh on ‘Hot Right Now’. She went on to have a No. 1 debut album which produced two further No.1 singles. The first single from her second album, ‘I Will Never Let You Down’, became her fourth UK number one when it debuted at the top of the charts.

Speaking about joining the show, Ora said, “I am excited to be coming back to The X Factor – I had a ball here in 2012. This is a journey I can't wait to embark on to find some talented singers. It’s the new generation taking over. Booooom.”

As the host of BBC Radio 1’s Breakfast show since 2012, Grimshaw is one of the most respected Radio DJs in the business. A massive champion of music, he will bring a new and fresh perspective to the panel in the search for the next big singing sensation.

A well-known fan of The X Factor, Grimshaw said, “I love X Factor and have watched the series religiously since it started, so obviously I'm hugely excited to be joining the show. Music is my job and my passion and I'm really looking forward to seeing what talent we can find and nurture this year. I can't wait for Judges Houses in Oldham!"

Indian Television

posted 6/17/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Big Burglary"

  • Big Brother's Clay Honeycutt was robbed... of a LOT (TMZ)
     
  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: Scott MacIntyre's life saved by an anonymous donor's kidney (People)
     
  • Ali Fedotowsky breaks up with E! (Us)
     
  • Bob Barker to Foster Farms... the actual retail price ain't right (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: James Corden gives Donald Trump's Presidential announcement the respect it deserves (The Wrap)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Nicholas Parsons (Daily Express)

posted 6/17/15

Syndies: Week 37
Results for the Week Ending June 7
From B&C

Talk’s summer strategy to stay in originals is already paying off for the shows that do it, with Disney-ABC’s Live with Kelly and Michael, Warner Bros.’ Ellen DeGeneres and Debmar-Mercury’s Wendy Williams all seeing strong results in the week ended June 7.

The fight for command of the games is close, with CTD’s Wheel of Fortune just managing to hold off both its sister show, CTD’s Jeopardy!, and Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud as all three came within a tenth of each other. Wheel sped up 5% to a 6.4, while Feud was just a hair behind with a 5% advance to a 6.3, tying Jeopardy! for the first time since the week of October 19. Jeopardy! jumped 3%. Year to year, Feud was up the most of any game show, gaining 34%.

Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire remained stuck at its series-low 1.6 for the seventh straight week, declining 11% from last year at this time. Debmar-Mercury’s rookie Celebrity Name Game sagged 7% to a 1.3.

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posted 6/16/15

Monday: No Ninjas, No Problem
Blackhawks Win Stanley Cup Final... So Does NBC
From the Futon Criitc

NBC (7.592 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) was the network to beat on Monday with its last-minute lineup of "NHL Stanley Cup Finals Pre-Game" (6.044 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) and "NHL Stanley Cup Finals, Game 6" (7.902 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1).

ABC (5.501 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then had to settle for second place with new episodes of "The Bachelorette" (6.230 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2) and "The Whispers" (4.043 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Next up was FOX (4.234 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with an original "So You Think You Can Dance" (4.234 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.374 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (5.169 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Mike & Molly" (5.289 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Scorpion" (5.024 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.868 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

And finally, The CW (1.190 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) likewise went with second runs of "The Originals" (1.095 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.284 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Comedy Central's @midnight logged in 325,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/16/15

Weekend: BBC Gets Prized Apart
Beeb Launches New Game This Weekend
From Digital Spy

If your Saturday nights are looking a bit... quiet, well, fear not - because BBC One has a brand new game show it's hoping will suck you in! Prized Apart sees ten pairs competing for a huge £100,000 prize - one of them gets flown off to Morocco to take part in all sorts of death-defying challenges, while their partner back in the studio tries to keep them in the game with their general knowledge prowess. Something for everyone, in other words!

That was the logline on Friday. Meanwhile, the reality is that the show managed 3 million in its premiere on BBC1. The BBC One adventure game show drew 3.09m (18.8%) between 7pm and 8.05pm.

The National Lottery: Who Dares Wins followed with 3.93m (21.8%).

On the other side of the Atlantic, FOX (4.222 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) was the demo champ on Friday with its primetime coverage of the "FIFA Women's Wold Cup 2015" (4.222 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1).

ABC (4.816 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then claimed the silver with its trio of "Shark Tank" (4.655 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5), "Primetime: What Would You Do?" (4.641 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and "20/20" (5.151 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2).

Next up was NBC (4.374 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with an encore of "America's Got Talent" (4.001 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #6) and a new "Dateline NBC" (5.118 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.799 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up repeats of "Undercover Boss" (3.843 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Hawaii Five-0" (4.733 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9) and "Blue Bloods" (5.822 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

And finally, a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.488 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.367 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and a new "The Messengers" (0.828 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) on The CW (1.127 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On Food Network...
- 8p: Guy's Grocery Games - 1.382 million
- 9p: Food Network Star - 2.122 million
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen - 1.483 million

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posted 6/16/15

GSN Gets Steam Heat
"Steampunk'd" to Drop This Summer
From the Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today that it has started production on a new original skill-based competition series, STEAMPUNK'D. Hosted by Jeannie Mai ("The Real"), the show seeks to find the most talented and versatile Steampunk designers in the country. Inspired by the Victorian era, Steampunk is a retro-futuristic design movement seen in everything from fashion to technology to design.

In STEAMPUNK'D, 10 contestants (also known as "Makers") will be challenged to marry objects from the past and present in order to create impressive futuristic designs. Dramatic reveals each week will build to a grand finale of a fully realized Steampunk'd manor and the winner will take home a $100,000 grand prize. Currently shooting in Los Angeles, the eight-episode series is scheduled to air later this summer (exact date TBD.)

Jeannie Mai, who will serve as host, has been a Steampunk fan since her teenage years and knows the style very well. Best known as one of the five dynamic hosts of the popular daytime talk show "The Real," Mai continues to appear as a frequent fashion expert for "Today Show," "Wendy Williams" and "E! News." Before becoming a television personality, she began her career as a celebrity makeup artist and stylist from San Jose, California.

"Exemplified by the designs of films like 'Mad Max' and 'Sherlock Holmes,' the incredibly rich and creative subculture of Steampunk is increasingly filtering into pop culture," says Amy Introcaso-Davis, Executive Vice President of Programming and Development for GSN. "Like the amazing painters in 'Skin Wars,' these makers will astonish audiences with their talent and creativity and this show reinforces GSN's commitment to bringing cutting-edge skill-based competition to our air."

STEAMPUNK'D is executive produced by Kimberly and John Ehrhard ("Hogan Knows Best," "Miami Social") of Pink Sneakers Productions and Jennifer J. Duncan.

The Futon Critic
World Screen

posted 6/16/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Apprentice 2016"

  • Donald Trump officially throws his hat in the ring (Deadline), which presents a problem for "The Apprentice" (TMZ) ... and Jr. & Ivanka are not going to solve it (B&C)
     
  • Ken Jennings has a question: "Will knowledge become obsolete?" Answer: NEVER.... we hope (ITBusiness)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: it took 15 years, but a German has finally Roseman'ed "Millionaire" (The Local)
     
  • Chris Evans is trading in his "Toothbrush" for "Top Gear" (Wall Street Journal)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with "Knife Fight" EP JC Begley (TV Insider)

posted 6/16/15

Richard O'Brien to Return to "Maze"
Cult Game to Return as "Immersive Experience"
From London Evening Standard

Three Londoners are aiming to revive Nineties gameshow The Crystal Maze as an “immersive experience” everyone can compete in.

Ben Hodges, 29, Dean Rodgers, 25, and Tom Lionetti, 28, are launching a crowdfunding campaign so they can create a full-scale replica in a central London warehouse.

Teams of eight would be taken around the four “zones” of the maze — Aztec, Medieval, Industrial and Futuristic — by their own quizmaster, who was played by Richard O’Brien in the TV series.

As in the gameshow, competitors take part in tough challenges to test intelligence, skill and physical ability. Failure to complete a task in a set time means they will be locked in, and asked to solve a puzzle in order to return to their team.

Contestants eventually enter the Crystal Dome — and try to grab as much cash as possible.

Fans won’t be able to take home the money, but at the end of the experience will be awarded prizes for the amount of crystals they have collected in the maze.

The trio plan to charge £50 per person. Participants may either turn up in a team or join another on arrival. There will also be a bar and street food on a viewing platform, where people can watch the action below them.

The Crystal Maze ran on Channel 4 from 1990 to 1995. For the past year, the team have been working with O’Brien, the TV show’s creator Malcolm Hayworth, and rights holder Zodiak Rights.

Now they are urging Londoners to crowdfund the idea with £500,000. Investors — who will get tickets to the experience — pledged £176,166 in just under 24 hours.

CNBC
Her.ie
Yahoo!
The Week
The Mirror
London Evening Standard
The Telegraph
The Guardian
The Inquisitr

posted 6/15/15

Ellen to Challenge Again
"Design Challenge" Renewed by HGTV
From the Futon Critic

Ellen's Design Challenge, which ranked as one of the highest-rated series in HGTV history, returns to the network in January 2016 with several surprise guests joining the judging panel and more of HGTV's popular builders and carpenters stepping up to assist the contestants in their bid to win a $100,000 cash prize and the opportunity to see their work featured in HGTV Magazine. First conceptualized by television icon Ellen DeGeneres, one of the world's most popular and influential stars, the furniture design competition from Telepictures adds more competitors and jumps from six to nine episodes, including a fun, 60-minute special that captures humorous behind-the-scenes moments. During its first season run on HGTV, Ellen's Design Challenge delivered more than 12 million total viewers and consistently ranked as a top 10-rated cable program for the Monday 9p-10p time period among A25-54.

Produced by Ellen's production company, A Very Good Production, and A. Smith & Co. Productions in association with Telepictures, the sophomore season of Ellen's Design Challenge promises additional inventive challenges that allows competitors to showcase their ingenuity and creativity as they sketch, design and build extraordinary furniture to avoid elimination. Potential competitors can visit http://www.hgtv.com/shows/be-on-hgtv/ellens-design-challenge-is-looking-for-a-few-good-furniture-desi for details on how to be considered for season two of the competition.

"I'm so excited to be doing season two of Ellen's Design Challenge. We have a new motto this season: Watch Ellen's Design Challenge, where the furniture stays together longer than any couple from The Bachelor."

"Ellen has unparalleled star power and universal appeal, so it was a thrill for us welcome her to HGTV in 2015," said Kathleen Finch, president, HGTV, DIY Network and Great American Country. "With the resounding success of season one behind us, we are pleased to bring Ellen back to our air and our teams are completely focused on making season two even better. Additional episodes, big, fun surprises and the special look behind-the-curtain are only a few of the elements that will have America buzzing about season two of Ellen's Design Challenge."

The Futon Critic

posted 6/15/15

They're "Tough Enough"
Catch It on USA June 23
From the Futon Critic

USA Network and WWE(R) have announced the final 13 competitors for the high-octane reality series, WWE Tough Enough, premiering live, Tuesday, June 23 at 8/7C on USA Network and around the world.* The cast was chosen from more than 11,100 submissions from 113 countries. Forty finalists attended tryouts last week at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla., with only 13 making the final cut. Tough Enough Competition Special, an inside look at last week's tryouts, will premiere on WWE Network tomorrow, Tuesday, June 16 at 8/7C, and will also air on USANetwork.com on Thursday, June 18, at 10/9C.

The final 13 WWE Tough Enough competitors are:

Mada Abdelhamid, Los Angeles, California
Hank Avery Jr., Macon, Georgia
Daria Berenato, Los Angeles, California
Joshua Bredl, Thornton, Colorado
Gabi Castrovinci, Southington, Connecticut
Patrick Clark, Jr., Washington, D.C.
Dianna Dahlgren, Spokane, Washington
Alexander Frekey, Dallas, Texas
Sara Lee, Hope, Michigan
Zamariah "ZZ" Loupe, Bayou Boeuf, Louisiana
Giorgia Piscina, Brisbane, Australia
Amanda Saccomanno, Yorktown Heights, New York
Tanner Saraceno, Boiling Springs, South Carolina

WWE Tough Enough is hosted by WWE Superstar Chris Jericho(R), who will be joined by a panel of judges including WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan(R), WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan(R) and WWE Diva Paige(TM). This season will combine the can't-miss excitement of live television with reality-show drama, as WWE hopefuls vie for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become the next WWE Superstar or Diva. Unlike anything on television today, the lightning-fast hour of entertainment and competition will include live results every week, giving fans worldwide the power to decide who stays and who goes the very same night.

Every week, the three judges will each nominate one competitor they believe should be cut, and it will be up to the WWE Universe to vote and determine who they feel is "Tough Enough," to remain in the competition. The competitor with the least number of votes will be eliminated. Throughout the season, each judge will have the ability to save one competitor from being sent home. Ultimately, one man and one woman will be considered "Tough Enough," with each earning a one-year, $250,000 WWE contract.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/15/15

JACK CROSBY: 1927-2015
Art Director Worked on "Seven Keys"
From Variety

Jack Crosby, art director for CBS and then ABC, died of complications of Alzheimer’s disease Sunday in Henderson, Nevada. He was 88.

Crosby, who was the nephew of singer-actor Bing Crosby, became the first art director of ABC’s “General Hospital” in 1963, holding the title for 17 years.

Prior to “General Hospital,” Crosby was a draftsman and then assistant art director for CBS during early development of television in the 1950s. In 1961, he moved to ABC as an art director for game shows such as “Seven Keys.”

After retiring from ABC, Crosby taught art direction at Loyola U. and Pepperdine U.

Crosby is survived by his wife Barbara, his children Michael, Cynthia, and James and four grandchildren.

Variety

posted 6/15/15

Selling the Answer to India
British TV Series Exported
From Indian Television

Asianet is all set to launch a new quiz based show titled Sell Me The Answer, a first of its kind television game show format in Malayalam television.

The show, which will go on air from 22 June, is scheduled to air from Monday to Thursday from 8 - 9 pm.

Even though the quiz show concept is new to the Malayalam audience, it is inspired by the original British show with the same name.

Sell Me The Answer on Asianet will test the contestant’s knowledge more than their brain power. The quiz based show is quite entertaining and demands the contestant to utilize both their IQ and EQ. The show will give an opportunity to both contestants and traders to win the prize money, with their knowledge as well as confidence.

Prior to this, Sell Me The Answer has been adapted in Bengali called Jabab Kinte Chai on Sananda TV.

As per the format of the show, there will be 10 questions, 10 answers and one can answer these questions with or without the help of traders.

Indian Television
Exchange4Media

posted 6/15/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Hypocrite"

  • Chris Harrison wouldn't want his daughter to date Chris Soules. Yet he had no problem with Whitney's father's daughter... Things that make you go... hmmm... (Hollywood Life)
     
  • Jimmy Carr plays NYC, Cipha Sounds to produce "Joking Off" season 2, and "IdioTest" is getting a time slot upgrade... yes, this is all in the same article! (The Interrobang)
     
  • Hey, TCONA is coming up... here's a contest for you geeky dads to enter! (GeekDad)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Sandi Toksvig (The Guardian)

posted 6/15/15

Thursday: Even Money
ABC Overcomes All Comers
From the Futon Critic

ABC (14.030 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.3, #1) was once again the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (8.869 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.9, #3), "NBA Countdown" (9.986 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.6, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 4" (16.331 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.3, #1).

FOX (4.556 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a distant second place with the season finale of "Bones" (4.879 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7) alongside a new "Wayward Pines" (4.233 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

Next up was CBS (5.055 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (6.960 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "The Odd Couple" (5.402 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "Mom" (5.090 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10), "Mike & Molly" (4.978 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9) and "Elementary" (3.949 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.945 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up its trio of "Dateline NBC" (6.367 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "Aquarius" (3.729 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11) and "Hannibal" (1.740 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13).

And finally, The CW (0.889 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with the return of "Beauty and the Beast" (0.908 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and the "iHeartRadio Summer Pool Party" (0.870 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food) 1.097 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 299,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/12/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "The Internet"

  • Kaitlyn Bristowe learns the hard way that THE INTERNET IS FOREVER (USA Today)
     
  • Kevin O'Connell is not ready to "Go" just yet (Buffalo News)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Mark Cronin on "Singled Out" (AV Club)

posted 6/12/15


JIM ED BROWN: 1934-2015
Country Music Legend Hosted "You Can Be a Star" on TNN
From the Tennessean

The smooth-voiced singer Jim Ed Brown, a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1963 and a 2015 inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame, died Thursday. He was 81.

Last September, he revealed that he had been undergoing treatment for lung cancer. In early 2015, Mr. Brown announced that he was in remission, but on June 3 of this year, his daughter Kim posted on Facebook that her father's cancer had returned—although not in his lungs—and that he had resumed chemotherapy. One day later, when Mr. Brown's condition appeared unlikely to improve, his dear friend and country legend Bill Anderson visited Mr. Brown in his hospital room to present him with a Country Music Hall of Fame medallion, five months ahead of the official induction ceremony.

James Edward Brown was born on April 1, 1934 in Sparkman, Arkansas; later, his family of seven would move to Pine Bluff, Ark. Growing up, he'd listen to Opry stars like Roy Acuff and Bill Monroe, and sing with his older sister Maxine and younger sister Bonnie.

In 1954, Mr. Brown and Maxine, who had been singing on the radio and performing regionally as a duo, signed a deal with Fabor Records; their debut single, the lighthearted "Looking Back to See," peaked at No. 8 in June of that year. The young singers became regulars on The Louisiana Hayride and Ozark Jubilee. In 1955, their teenaged sister Bonnie joined the group; a year later, The Browns' recording of "I Take the Chance" for their label RCA Victor, hit No. 2 on the country charts. One of their best-known songs was "I Heard the Bluebirds Sing," a song that was released in 1957, the same year that Mr. Brown was drafted into military service. He continued to record with his sisters while on leave, and when the group toured, sister Norma would take his place.

After two years, Mr. Brown left the military and rejoined the family band. They would release their smash hit "The Three Bells" in August of 1959. It spent 10 weeks atop the country chart, four weeks atop the pop charts, and even cracked the Hot R&B Sides Top 10. The Browns' timeless version of this song would go on to sell more than one million records. Subsequent recordings "Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair)" and "The Old Lamplighter" were also crossover hits; however, the former would be the group's final Top 10 country single.

The Browns were inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1963. They would disband four years later when Maxine and Bonnie decided to retire from the trio.

In 1965, Mr. Brown began to make solo records for RCA Victor, where he'd remain for the next 16 years. In 1967, he'd release what would become his signature song: the Nat Stuckey-penned "Pop a Top," which spent 20 weeks on the charts. He'd go on to release several other successful singles, including "Morning" (#4, 1970) and "Southern Loving" (#6, 1973).

During the mid-1970s, Mr. Brown, in between hosting multiple seasons of the television program "Nashville on the Road," began to record duets with Helen Cornelius. The pair won the 1977 CMA Vocal Duo Award thanks to hits like the 1976 chart-topper "I Don't Want to Have to Marry You" and "Saying Hello, Saying I Love You, Saying Goodbye," which hit No. 2. They released their last charting single, "Don't Bother to Knock," in 1981.

Mr. Brown returned to television in the 1980s, hosting "You Can Be a Star" for six years and co-hosting a travel program, "Going Our Way," with his wife Becky. Though he did not release any studio albums during these years, he continued to tour and perform on the Opry.

In January of 2015, at the age of 80, Mr. Brown released his first album in 35 years, "In Style Again," for Plowboy Records. Despite his age and his health, Mr. Brown was in fine vocal form on this project, singing with Cornelius and his sisters in addition to Vince Gill and The Whites. At the end of the month, he returned to perform at the Grand Ole Opry.

In late March of 2015, it was announced that Mr. Brown, along with his two sisters, were going to be officially inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. At the podium, an emotional Mr. Brown began his remarks by telling the audience that he was cancer free. During an interview, he remarked that one of the most meaningful aspects of his induction was that "my family, friends and fans (will) always have a place to go and remember me. I'll be there forever."

Two weeks ago, "Whispering" Bill Anderson was told The Browns had asked that he be the Hall of Fame member to induct them into the Country Music Hall of Fame at the ceremony in the fall. Then he got a call on the morning of June 4 saying Mr. Brown's induction needed to happen that day. He canceled a doctor's appointment and joined a group of people, including the Country Music Association's chief executive officer Sarah Trahern, in Mr. Brown's hospital room to surprise him with his commemorative Hall of Fame medallion.

"Jim Ed was pretty emotional," Anderson recalled. "He was very lucid. He laughed and he cried and you could tell just how proud he was."

Mr. Brown took his ball cap off and Anderson slipped the medallion over his head, around his neck and laid it on his chest in the hospital room signifying that he was officially a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

"He was tearing up and so was I and so was everybody in the room," Anderson said. "He said, 'I had about convinced myself that even if I don't make the Hall of Fame, I've had a pretty good run. But to wear this medallion and know that I made it to the Hall of Fame makes it perfect.'"

Mr. Brown was short of breath and on oxygen. Anderson leaned over his hospital bed as his friend wondered if he would be able to sing when he got to heaven, because couldn't sing in his current condition.

"I said, 'Well, Jim Ed, if you get up there and find you can't sing, no worries,'" Anderson recalled. "I'll loan you my license to whisper. You can steal my act until I get there.' He started laughing and he laughed until tears were running down his face."

Then, just like The Country Music Hall of Fame ends each induction ceremony, Anderson started singing "Will the Circle Be Unbroken"—just the chorus, he said. Mr. Brown's other guests joined in.

"It was sad, but in a beautiful way because we were making him happy," Anderson said.

Mr. Brown leaves behind Becky, his wife of 52 years, and his son and daughter. Funeral arrangements are unknown at this time.

The Tennessean
Variety
USA Today

posted 6/11/15

Wednesday: Midweek Split
CBS Takes Totals, Fox Takes the Demo
From the Futon Critic

FOX (3.932 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "MasterChef" (4.626 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and "Bullseye" (3.237 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

ABC (4.047 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then claimed the silver with repeats of "The Middle" (4.993 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "The Goldbergs" (4.400 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "Modern Family" (4.460 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and "Black-ish" (3.756 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) plus a new "Celebrity Wife Swap" (3.337 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

Next up was CBS (5.262 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with an original "The Briefcase" (4.743 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10) followed by repeats of "Criminal Minds" (5.630 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "CSI: Cyber" (5.414 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.108 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up encores of "I Can Do That!" (2.507 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #12) and "American Ninja Warrior" (3.408 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (0.969 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Supernatural" (0.779 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) on The CW (0.874 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable, the season premiere of "Skin Wars" - one of GSN's highest-rated series on the schedule - kept the mojo up with 540,000 with a 0.13 rating for the demo. The night's other season premiere, "Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out", averaged 874,000 over the hour, with the 11:30 show raising from 835,000 to 913,000.  Elsewhere...

- The Ultimate Fighter (Fox Sports 1): 425,000
- IdioTest (GSN, 8p): 414,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 405,000
- IdioTest (GSN, 8:30p): 393,000
- Fake Off (truTV): 273,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/11/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Steve's World"

posted 6/11/15

Gwen Stefani Apparently a Hollaback Girl
"The Voice" Coach to Return for Second Season
From the Futon Critic

Adam Levine, Blake Shelton, Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Williams have been announced as the season nine coaches and Carson Daly as host for NBC's Emmy Award-winning musical competition series "The Voice."

The ninth season will begin in September.

"With such an astounding group of coaches at the peak of their musical ingenuity and Carson returning as our host, we are thrilled for what season nine will bring," said Paul Telegdy, President, Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. "The expertise and camaraderie of this panel will provide an immeasurable experience for the artists and must-see entertainment for all who are watching."

Levine and Shelton have been "Voice" coaches since the series inception in 2011. Season nine will mark the third season for Williams and the second for Stefani.

The Futon Critic
Buzzfeed

posted 6/10/15

A Mystery in "Paradise"
"Bachelor in Paradise" Logs in Every Reality TV Trope En Route to August 2 Premiere
From the Futon Critic

The long awaited second season of last summer's #1 new unscripted hit series, "Bachelor in Paradise," returns with a two-night premiere on SUNDAY, AUGUST 2 and MONDAY AUGUST 3 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET/PT) on the ABC Television Network. The cast comprised of former fan favorites and controversial characters from "The Bachelor" franchise are back looking for a second chance at love. They all left "The Bachelor" or "The Bachelorette" with broken hearts but now they'll travel to a romantic paradise hoping to turn a potential summer fling into the real thing.

Below is the "Bachelor in Paradise" cast list:

· Jillian Anderson, 25, News Producer, Washington DC - "The Bachelor," Season 19 (Chris)
· Ashley Salter, 25, Hair Stylist, Alpharetta, GA - "The Bachelor," Season 19 (Chris)
· Jade Roper, 28, Cosmetics Developer, Los Angeles, CA - "The Bachelor," Season 19 (Chris)
· Carly Waddell, 29, Cruise Ship Singer, Arlington, TX - "The Bachelor," Season 19 (Chris)
· Clare Crawley, 34, Hair Stylist, Sacramento, CA - "The Bachelor," Season 18 (Juan Pablo) and "Bachelor in Paradise," Season 1
· Ashley Iaconneti, 27, Freelance Journalist, Wayne, NJ - "The Bachelor," Season 19 (Chris)
· Tenley Mohlzan, 30, Nutritionist, Encinitas, CA - "The Bachelor," Season 14 (Jake) and "Bachelor Pad," Season 1
· Juelia Kinney, 30, Full-Time Mom, Portland, OR - "The Bachelor," Season 19 (Chris)
· Mystery Woman

This sexy mystery woman comes to Paradise this season with an attitude and connections that are sure to shock everyone. There's no telling what kind of drama could ensue as she joins the group on her own quest for true love.

· Dan Cox, 32, Small Business Owner, Las Vegas - "The Bachelorette," Season 9 (Desiree)
· Kirk Dewindt, 32, Personal Trainer, Minneapolis, MN - "The Bachelorette," Season 6 (Ali) and "Bachelor Pad," Season 2
· Mikey Tenerelli, 33, Business Owner, Winfield, IL - The Bachelorette, Season 9 (Desiree)

· Plus, four eliminated cast members from the current season of "The Bachelorette," who will be announced at a later date.

Over the course of six episodes we'll follow these former bachelors and bachelorettes as they explore new relationships while living together in Mexico, in a secluded and dreamy paradise. America will watch as they fall in love or go through renewed heartbreak. If last season was any indication, "Bachelor in Paradise" will feature shocking twists, surprises, unexpected guests and some of the most unlikely relationships in "Bachelor" history. It all comes together in the romantic television event of the summer, beginning Sunday, August 2 at 8:00 p.m.

The Futon Critic
TV Insider
TV Line

posted 6/10/15

Tuesday: America's Got... Basketball
The Finals Give ABC a Rare Tuesday Win
From the Futon Critic

ABC (12.624 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.9, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday thanks to its mix of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (8.143 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3), "NBA Countdown" (9.159 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.4, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 3" (14.611 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.8, #1).

NBC (8.789 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then had to settle for second place with originals from "America's Got Talent" (10.339 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #4) and "I Can Do That!" (5.688 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5).

Next up was FOX (3.167 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with a new "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (2.934 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and the season finale of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.400 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.474 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up repeats of "NCIS" (7.210 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "NCIS: New Orleans" (6.638 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "48 Hours" (5.573 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (1.219 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and the season finale of "iZombie" (1.395 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) on The CW (1.307 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.338 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 519,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers

posted 6/10/15

Oxygen Plans to Game Crowdfunding, Snapchatting
On Order: "Start Me Up", Two Relationship Games
From TV by the Numbers

Oxygen Media announced five new series in development that reinforce the network’s commitment to creating real lifestyle programming that speaks to the passions and interests of young multicultural women. The diverse projects include “Dead Clean” about a female clean-up crew handling messes no one else would dare tackle; “House of Black Diamond” following the lives of six members of the most decorated drill team in California; “Start Me Up,” a competition series focusing on raising money through online crowdfunding; “Swipe for Love” about using social media to match potential couples in front of a live studio audience; and “The Ultimate Relationship Test,” a competition series where couples wager money on each other’s abilities to win a variety of challenges.

“Inspired by millenials who express themselves and their ideas in innovative and diverse ways, these five new projects reflect Oxygen Media’s commitment to sharing fun and meaningful stories that resonate with our audience,” said Cori Abraham, Senior Vice President of Development & International, Oxygen Media.

Oxygen Development Projects:

“Start Me Up” (working title)

Produced by Soshefeigh Media and Wilshire Studios with Matt O’Brien and René Brar serving as Executive Producers.

Bringing the online crowdfunding phenomenon to television for the first time, each episode follows three contestants determined to launch a new campaign, business or cause as they work with an expert team to create the ultimate 90-second pitch video. At the end, the three videos will go up on Oxygen.com where viewers will have the opportunity to donate money to the projects they love the most. On the following week’s show, the video which raised the most money will be revealed in real time, honoring the winning contestant with a $25,000 grand prize.

“Swipe for Love” (working title)

Produced by Wilshire Studios with David Friedman serving as Executive Producer.

In the hyper-connected, social media-savvy world of millenials, online dating has quickly become the norm. In “Swipe for Love,” a group of eager young singles will put their profile pictures to the test in front of a live studio audience in hopes of finding “the one.” Potential couples will be matched based on their “swipes” and social media “likes” to compete in a series of challenges designed to test and reveal chemistry and compatibility.

“The Ultimate Relationship Test” (working title)

Produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions with Arthur Smith, Kent Weed and Guy Hameiri serving as Executive Producers.

In this innovative new competition series, ten couples will compete in large-scale challenges – ranging from the physical to the mental – to win wagered money. While one person competes, their significant other bets a sum of cash based on how they think their partner will perform. These challenges will showcase how intimately each partner knows the other, while exposing the strengths and weaknesses of their relationship.

TV by the Numbers

posted 6/10/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "ABC's of Fall"

posted 6/10/15


Iliza Shlesinger Has "Separation Anxiety"
"Last Comic Standing" Hosts TBS' New Game Show
From TV by the Numbers

Comedian Iliza Shlesinger (Excused, Last Comic Standing) has been named the host of the upcoming TBS series Separation Anxiety, a comedic, relationship-based game show featuring a unique twist that isn't revealed to contestants until after they've played the game. TBS has ordered 14 one-hour episodes of Separation Anxiety, with plans to launch the show in late 2015. The series, which was announced in May during Turner's Upfront presentation in New York, is being produced by 5x5 Media and Electus.

"What makes Separation Anxiety such a fun, unique game show is the way it puts relationships to the test," said David Eilenberg, senior vice president of unscripted series, specials and late night for TBS. "On top of having a great premise, Separation Anxiety is hosted by Iliza Shlesinger, one of the hottest new comedians in the business. We're very excited to be adding Iliza's fresh and funny voice to TBS's growing roster of comedy superstars."

The Hollywood Reporter
TV by the Numbers
Splitsider
Realscreen
The Wrap

posted 6/9/15

Syndies: The Final Week of Regulation
Results for the Week Ending May 31
From B&C

In a slow post-sweeps, pre-summer week ending May 31, CBS Television Distribution’s Dr. Phil managed to stay atop the talkers, even though the show slipped 13% to a 2.8 live plus same day household rating average, according to Nielsen Media Research.
 
That was the 20th time that Phil led the category, including two ties with Disney-ABC’s Live with Kelly and Michael. Live was a close second, dropping 7% to a 2.7. Among daytime’s key demographic of women 25-54, however, Live led with a level 1.5, the first time Live has led the demo since April 12.

In access, the top game shows fought for pole position. CTD’s Jeopardy! tied CTD’s Wheel of Fortune for the lead at a 6.1, with Jeopardy! down 3% and Wheel down 5%, and Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud only one-tenth of a point behind at a steady 6.0. Year to year,however, Feud improved 28%, the biggest jump of any first-run strip, while Wheel was flat and Jeopardy! was off 5%.

Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire remained at its series-low 1.6 for the sixth straight week, depreciating 16% from last year. Debmar-Mercury’s newcomer Celebrity Name Game was steady at a 1.4 for the third week in a row.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 6/9/15

Monday: Number One Guns
"Ninja Warrior" Continues to Be NBC's Top Draw
From The Futon Critic

NBC (5.804 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) moved into the top spot on Monday with new episodes of "American Ninja Warrior" (6.830 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "The Island" (3.753 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3).

ABC (5.642 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then fell to second place with a new "The Bachelorette" (6.286 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2) and week two of "The Whispers" (4.355 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Next up was FOX (3.674 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and a fresh installment of "So You Think You Can Dance" (3.674 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.111 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up repeats of "2 Broke Girls" (4.973 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Mike & Molly" (5.165 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Scorpion" (4.801 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.462 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8).

And finally, second runs of "The Originals" (0.654 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #10) and "Jane the Virgin" (0.480 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #11) on The CW (0.567 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- The CNN Quiz Show: The 70s (CNN): 509,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 351,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/9/15

Weekend: Welcome Back...
"Jurassic Park" Gives NBC Demo Win; ABC Wins Total
From the Futon Critic

NBC (4.536 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the draw among adults 18-49 on Friday with its presentation of "Jurassic Park" (4.536 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2).

ABC (5.118 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was a close second with its trio of "Shark Tank" (4.344 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4), "Primetime: What Would You Do?" (4.596 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and "20/20" (6.414 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1).

Next up was CBS (4.691 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and repeats of "The Briefcase" (3.418 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Hawaii Five-0" (4.892 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Blue Bloods" (5.761 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.988 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up encores of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (2.322 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Bullseye" (1.653 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.511 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.356 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and a new "The Messengers" (0.917 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) on The CW (1.175 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

The finale of Telemundo's third season of “La Voz Kids” ranked #1 among all Spanish-language broadcast programs on Sunday night among key demos delivering 2,225,000 total viewers and 955,000 adults 18-49, according to Nielsen. Featuring Coaches Daddy Yankee, Natalia Jimenez and Pedro Fernandez, the popular singing competition was the #1 regularly scheduled Spanish-language Sunday primetime entertainment program among total viewers for eight consecutive weeks, during its 13-episode run. Additionally, the “La Voz Kids” finale was the #1 Spanish-language program, in its time period, among total viewers, in New York, Miami, Chicago, Dallas, San Francisco and Philadelphia, and among adults 18-49 in Houston and Phoenix.

Saturday's "Pontoon Payday", relocated from Thursday nights, didn't fare any better with 155,000 viewers. Meanwhile, on Food Network Sunday...

- 8p: Guy's Grocery Games - 1.180 million
- 9p: Food Network Star (season premiere) - 1.870 million
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen - 1.150 million

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/9/15

It's Almost Impossible
ITV Orders Physical Comedy Game from Initial
From TBI Vision

ITV has ordered The Almost Impossible Game Show, a new physical gameshow from Endemol Shine prodco Initial.

Billed as a comedy gameshow, the series will have ten contestants taking on hilarious challenges. The participants have 50 chances to complete five challenges.

The 6x60mins show will go out later this year on ITV2. Endemol Shine Group will sell the format internationally.

The Almost Impossible Game Show was commissioned by Angela Jain, ITV’s director of digital platforms. She said: “The show is silly, fun, never predictable and thoroughly entertaining. Perfect for ITV2.”

Initial managing director of Initial, Nick Samwell-Smith, added: “This utterly absurd and completely anarchic format which features some of the most ludicrous games that our evil, twisted creative team could come up with.”

TBI Vision
World Screen
Broadcast
Digital Spy

posted 6/9/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "I'M the Worst?!"

  • Simon Cowell has two words for LA Reid: Fifth. Harmony.  (Digital Spy)
     
  • Nigel Lythgoe is rebooting "Fame", learning how to fly, HIGH! (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • Jeff Dye goes from "Money from Strangers" to hanging... with strangers (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: when the new "Are You Smarter" premiered, we tweeted that the original 5th graders are in college now. Well... now there are pictures (Yahoo!)
     
  • Speaking of, Jeff Foxworthy is teaming up with Golden Corral (PR Newswire)
     
  • The Crystal Maze LIVES! (Metro)
     
  • Jim Ed Brown ("You Can Be A Star") is battling cancer... again (Antimusic)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "Dating Naked", "Twinning" move up to July 22 (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Rebecca Romijn (TV Insider)

posted 6/9/15

Standing on France
Canal+ Buys "Still Standing" From Armoza
From Realscreen

French free-to-air channel D8, owned by Canal+, has picked up the daily primetime game show Still Standing from Israeli-based Armoza Formats.

The July-August Productions-created series showcases a number of contestants battling the clock and each other to be the last one standing or risk being swallowed up by the studio floor with the opportunity to win $1 million.

The licensing agreement follows recent commissions by Mexico’s Azteca and Italy’s Canele 5, as well as a fourth season commissioned by Israel’s Channel 10. Still Standing has also been purchased by an undisclosed party in French-speaking Belgium.

“We’re proud to see Still Standing continue to gain momentum and are thrilled to be bringing this amazing game show to France and French-speaking Belgium,” said Avi Armoza, CEO of Armoza Formats, in a statement.

With more than 2,000 global episodes aired to date, the game show has been broadcast in the U.S., Israel, Spain, Germany, Hungary, Turkey, Brazil, China, Uruguay, Belgium, Italy and Mexico.

The French version of the series will be produced in partnership with Terminal E Studios, a joint venture between France’s Terminal 9 and Belgium’s Everlasting Group.

Realscreen
World Screen

posted 6/8/15

"Fifteen" to Five
ITV Quiz Show Renewed for Three More Seasons
From Digital Spy

Fifteen to One will return for at least three more seasons.

The Channel 4 general knowledge quiz show has been commissioned for a total of 100 more hour-long episodes for daytime.

Hosted by Sandi Toksvig, the third season will air this summer.

Channel 4 commissioning editor for entertainment Ed de Burgh said: "Sandi is undoubtedly one of Britain's toughest quiz mistresses, and we are delighted to welcome both her and the show back to the channel for three more series.

"We look forward to seeing Britain's smartest quiz minds take on the Fifteen to One challenge."

Remedy Productions' CCO Tom Blakeson added: "Fifteen to One is one of the UK's most-loved quiz shows so we're delighted that Channel 4 has commissioned three further series for the channel.

"We are absolutely thrilled to be able to confirm that the brilliant Sandi Toksvig will be back for another 100 episodes; her razor sharp wit makes her the perfect host for Britain's brainiest quiz."

The third and fourth seasons will be filmed in Glasgow, while season five is planned to shoot in Manchester.

Digital Spy
TV Wise
Worldscreen
Seenit
Coventry Telegraph

posted 6/8/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "You're the Worst"

  • LA Reid called "The X Factor" "the worst thing I've ever done". WAIT FOR IT...  (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • Craig Ferguson lists his home... and not the set of "Celebrity Name Game" (The Real Deal)
     
  • Monopoly Millionaires' Club: Great show + lottery tickets = PROFIT (2paragraphs)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: 7 "Bachelor" couples that were doomed from the Final Rose (Bustle)
     
  • Stephen Fry pens a memoir. The title is not "Blue Whale" (StarPulse)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: "Millionaire" heading to Boston Wednesday (Boston Globe)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Victoria Coren Mitchell (The Telegraph)

posted 6/8/15


ANTHONY RILEY: 1987-2015
"The Voice" Contestant Dies of Apparent Suicide
From Yahoo!

Vivacious street performer Anthony Riley, a frontrunner on this most recent season of The Voice who inspired the fastest four-chair turnaround in the series’ history, has died at age 28 of an apparent suicide. The news first broke Friday evening via the fan site Rickey.org, after several of Riley’s friends expressed their grief on social media. A man identifying himself as Riley’s best friend, fellow Philadelphia busker Robby Parsons, spoke exclusively to Yahoo Music’s Reality Rocks and confirmed the news.

“Anthony passed away Tuesday. He wasn’t found until yesterday [Friday],” said Parsons. “His sister called me at 7:30 yesterday to tell me… I called the friend he’d been living with, Bobby Iovine, and Bobby was in tears. And he said, ‘Robby, it’s true.‘”

Parsons added: “Anthony was a gentle soul. Just a loving, caring, gentle person, is what he was.” Parsons later corroborated Philly.com’s Saturday report that Riley took his own life.

"We are sad over the passing of Anthony Riley. We offer our deepest condolences to his friends and family during this very difficult time," a representative for The Voice said in a statement.

Riley mysteriously and abruptly left The Voice Season 8 before the Knockout Rounds, which aired this past March, with no explanation other than “personal reasons.” It was later revealed that he’d actually dropped out of The Voice in January to enter a two-week rehab program for substance abuse. Riley told Philly.com that he went to Voice producers, shortly after his successful Battle Round was taped in January, to discuss his ongoing addiction problems. That night, producers flew Riley back home, and he entered Clarity Way, a rehab facility in Hanover, Pennsylvania. According to Riley, NBC footed the bill, although reps for The Voice declined to comment.

“At the time, [The Voice] wasn’t working for me and I felt like I needed to go, instead of taking on more responsibility than I could handle,” Riley told Philly.com. While he stressed that The Voice was a "really great source of support” and “they [made] sure we understood we were getting ourselves into,” he said that the heavy workload and 16-hour days on the show were just too much for him to handle. “It’s stressful; there are a lot of days that can turn into lonely days,” he explained.

Riley also stated back in March that he had no plans to audition for The Voice again, despite a groundswell of fan support. “The Voice is over for me,” he said.

Yahoo!

posted 6/7/15

GSM4 Raises $5000
Annual Marathon Ends with a Bang
From WSET Lynchburg-Roanoke

For Bob Hagh, Cory Anotado, and Christian Carrion, Saturday night was a night of no sleep, and a lot of fun, all for a good cause.

The three friends are the organizers of the 24-Hour Game Show Marathon. The trio stay up for 24 straight hours, playing classic game shows with online viewers, who donate for the chance to play.

Now in its fourth year, this year's “Marathon” raised over five thousand dollars for Child's Play, a charity that helps provide hospitalized children with toys and games.

(Disclaimer #1: story written by friend of the site)

(Disclaimer #2: GSNN is a sponsor)

WSET Lynchburg

posted 6/7/15

Thursday: Warriors Lead, 1-0
The Finals Give ABC the Win
From the Futon Critic

ABC (12.499 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.8, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its coverage of "Jimmy Kimmel: Game Night" (7.898 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.7, #3), "NBA Countdown" (9.617 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.6, #2) and "NBA Finals, Game 1" (14.370 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.6, #1).

FOX (4.661 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then was a distant second place with new episodes of "Bones" (5.124 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Wayward Pines" (4.200 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

Next up was CBS (5.604 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.412 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "The Odd Couple" (5.787 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Mom" (5.842 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Mike & Molly" (5.487 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and "Elementary" (4.547 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #13).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.321 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up originals from "Dateline NBC" (6.419 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "Aquarius" (3.922 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11) plus the season premiere of "Hannibal" (2.621 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T11).

And finally, repeats of "iZombie" (0.757 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) and "The Vampire Diaries" (0.600 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) on The CW (0.678 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick: 420,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/5/15

That 70s Quiz
"The CNN Quiz Show" Returns Monday
From TV Newser

CNN is bringing back the CNN Quiz Show. Airing Monday, the second edition of the newsy game show focuses on the 1970’s.

Host Anderson Cooper is back, but the teams have changed. This time, John Berman–who rocked presidential trivia the first time out–is paired with Don Lemon, who did not.

New contestant Bill Weir teams up with returning player Alisyn Camerota. The third pair, Richard Quest and Brooke Baldwin are both new to the game show.

The timing of the 70’s-themed show is no accident, coinciding with CNN’s June 11 premiere of CNN’s original series The Seventies.

TV Newser

posted 6/5/15

The Cast Is Locked... The Lights Are On!
It's Robot Fighting Time June 21
From the Futon Critic

The robot shrapnel will fly in the BattleBox this summer, with expert play-by-play analysis from veteran sports broadcaster Chris Rose, and color commentary from former UFC fighter Kenny Florian. Hosted by celebrated sports anchor Molly McGrath, "BattleBots" premieres SUNDAY, JUNE 21 (9:00- 10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Covering every inch of the epic robot fighting competition are sideline reporters Allison Haislip and NASA engineer Bobak Ferdowsi. Judging each battle are former BattleBots competitor and special effects artist Fon Davis, NASA astronaut Leland Melvin and the face of Nerdist Jessica Chobot. Ring announcer Faruq Tauheed will preside as the bots go metal-a-metal.

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 6/5/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "New and Newer"

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?! No one on Jeopardy! knows who Loretta Lynch is (New York Daily News)
     
  • Vernon Kay takes over as AEO Excellent Awards host (Exhibition News)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! Czech reality show offers $40,000 to a family who can survive Nazi-era Europe (New York Times)

posted 6/5/15

Golf Sets a "Course"
Catch "Altered Course" June 15!
From the Futon Critic

The traditional golf course layout will not apply to the eight teams competing in Altered Course Montego Bay, Golf Channel's new reality competition series premiering Monday, June 15 at 9 p.m. ET. The series will require teams to navigate re-imagined golf holes in excess of 700 yards all the while traversing natural obstacles they encounter along the way.

Taking place in Montego Bay, Jamaica and presented by the all-new Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva Resort, this tournament-style competition series will feature eight two-person teams racing against the clock as they take on the twists and turns of these extreme golf holes. One Altered Course hole can incorporate upwards of three traditional golf holes, with the teams competing in a variety of formats, including alternate-shot and scramble. Teams will be scored on a combination of strokes and the time it takes them to complete the hole. Weekly eliminations will leave one team ultimately left standing as champion, pocketing a grand prize of more than $100,000 in cash and prizes.

Altered Course Montego Bay features a talented and diverse cast including professional and former collegiate golfers, siblings, best friends, sergeants in the United States Army and speed golf competitors.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/4/15

More on "Food Fighters"
Catch Season 2 on NBC July 2
From the Futon Critic

An incredible line-up of celebrity chefs and the introduction of kids as contestants for the first time ever spice up the second season of "Food Fighters," the high-stakes culinary game returning to NBC on Thursday, July 2 (8-9 p.m. ET). It's the perfect recipe for the ultimate food battle when the best amateur cooks in America put their signature dishes to the test against five professional chefs, with the chance to win as much as $100,000. Television personality, author and food enthusiast Adam Richman ("Man Finds Food," "Fandemonium") hosts the series that takes culinary sparring to an exciting new level.

"Food Fighters" has only featured adult contestants competing against the pro chefs, until now. This season, kid chefs are also added to the mix, showing off their incredible culinary skills while racing against the clock to try and beat some of the most formidable chefs in the country.

In a series of compelling, tension-filled showdowns, a top-notch amateur home cook will face off one by one against five professional chefs from every corner of the world. In the final round, they'll compete against a celebrity chef, and season two features high-profile chefs Rocco DiSpirito, Nadia G., Lorena Garcia, Duff Goldman, Eric Greenspan, Antonia Lofaso, Brian Malarkey, Aaron McCargo, Marcel Vigneron and Fabio Viviani.

Armed only with recipes for their best signature dishes, kid contestants and adult players will square off against an expert chef who will have to cook the same dish, but with no advance notice of what the dish will be. The completed dishes will then be sampled in a blind taste test by culinary judges known as "The Dinner Party." After the two competing dishes are tested, the verdict determining the winner is given to the host.

If the home cook wins, they earn a cash prize. Even if they don't win, they still get to face off again against another culinary expert, climbing a money ladder with increasing cash prizes for every professional chef they knock out. Any amateur cook who wins each of the five rounds will walk away with $100,000. It's the ultimate food fight, pitting amateur cooks against the most formidable culinary pros in America to see if they have what it takes to beat the very best.

Tim Puntillo, Ben Silverman, Chris Grant and Laura Caraccioli are the executive producers of the series from Electus and Universal Television.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/4/15

Summer Sync-ation
Lip Sync Battle to Return July 9
From the Futon Critic

"Lip Sync Battle" has been a ratings champion for Spike since launch on April 2, delivering record viewership for the network. Over the past 9 weeks, "Lip Sync Battle" is ranked #1 in its timeslot in all of cable TV with Adults 18-49 and Women 18-49 and among all cable entertainment series with Men 18-49. The original series averaged 2.9 million viewers and has improved the network's timeslot with the key demographic of Adults 18-49 by 161%.

"Lip Sync Battle" also delivered a staggering 177 million cross-platform streams across Spike's owned and operated properties as well as Facebook and YouTube, with Anne Hathaway's "wrecking ball" clip alone garnering 15 million.

The most recent episode, airing on Thursday, May 28 featuring Queen Latifah vs. Marlon Wayans, ranked #1 in all of television with Adults 18-49, Men 18-49, Women 18-49, and Adults 18-34.

Season 1 will take a brief hiatus in June and will continue with new episodes on Thursday, July 9 at 10:00pm ET/PT.

The broad reach of the "Lip Sync Battle" has played a key role in the network's successful shift in targeting a more general audience.

Lip Sync Battle returns Thursday, July 9.

The Futon Critic

posted 6/4/15

Wednesday: HAWKS!
Stanley Cup Final Gives NBC the Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.463 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the demo champ on Wednesday with its coverage of the "NHL Stanley Cup Finals, Game 1" (5.463 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1).

FOX (3.972 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then took home the silver with new episodes of "MasterChef" (4.602 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "Bullseye" (3.342 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Next up was ABC (3.941 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and repeats of "The Middle" (4.503 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "The Goldbergs" (3.884 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Modern Family" (4.439 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3), "Black-ish" (3.802 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) plus a new "Celebrity Wife Swap" (3.509 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.798 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up week two of "The Briefcase" (5.387 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) alongside repeats of "Criminal Minds" (6.134 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "CSI: Cyber" (5.873 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.007 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "Supernatural" (0.816 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.911 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 411,000
- IdioTest (GSN, 8): 384,000
- The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians (Fox Sports 1): 371,000
- IdioTest (GSN, 8:30): 370,000
- Fake Off (truTV): 369,000
- Joking Off (MTV2): 228,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/4/15

¡Mira Abajo!
Azteca Buys "Still Standing"
From Worldscreen

Mexican broadcaster Azteca is producing its own local version of the game show Still Standing, thanks to a deal with Armoza Formats.

The Mexican treatment will consist of 60 episodes. Production is slated to begin in September, with Azteca producing in-house for a tentative launch in early 2016. The new agreement marks the 14th territory to air Still Standing.

Avi Armoza, the CEO of Armoza Formats, said, “We’re thrilled to see our hit show Still Standing continue to grow internationally and to prove that this game show works across the globe. We’re very excited to be partnering with Azteca Mexico once again and to be opening a Still Standing hub for the region, as we look to further expand the reach of the show in this key region.”

Worldscreen

posted 6/4/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Hot Forever"

posted 6/4/15


Chain Joins The Chase
GSN Lines Up New Thursday Lineup July 16
From the Futon Critic

GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today it will air never-before-seen episodes of its Emmy(R)-nominated hit game show, THE CHASE followed by the debut of an all-new edition of the popular word association game show CHAIN REACTION, beginning Thursday, July 16th at 8PM ET/PT (7pm CT).

The popular quiz show, THE CHASE, now in its fourth season, will air Thursdays at 8pm ET/PT. The show is hosted by Brooke Burns and features the brilliant and intimidating Mark Labbett (aka "The Beast") facing down all challengers in the ultimate trivia challenge.

At 9pm, GSN will debut an all-new version of the popular word association game show CHAIN REACTION. The classic half-hour game show - which originally debuted in the 1980s - features two teams competing against one another to complete a chain of seven words, after the first and last words of the chain are revealed. Each word in the chain is related in some way to the word directly above and below it. By making inferences based on the revealed words and the revealed letters in incomplete words, contestants try to fill in the word chains to score points.

The newest iteration of CHAIN REACTION will be hosted by radio and television personality Mike Catherwood. He has appeared on Dancing with the Stars, Undateable and guest hosted on Live! With Regis and Kelly. Catherwood is also the co-host of the cult classic radio show, Loveline with Dr. Drew Pinsky, where he offers relationship advice to callers. Mike is also a regular on the new Dr. Drew show on HLN and he co-hosts a daily radio show on Los Angeles radio station KABC.

The new episodes will be produced by Sony Pictures Television. Vincent Rubino (The Newlywed Game, Million Dollar Password) serves as executive producer.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers

posted 6/3/15

Syndies: Week 35
Results for the Week Ending May 24
From B&C

In the last major ratings sweep of the 2014-15 season, which ran from April 23 - May 20, most syndicated shows were down from last year, but a few shows managed to stand out.

The game-show competition also ended in a photo finish with CTD’s Wheel of Fortune just edging out CTD’s Jeopardy! by a tenth of a point. Wheel slowed 3% to a 6.5, while Jeopardy! dipped 2% to a 6.4. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud, meanwhile, spiked 18%, the only annual increase in the genre, to a 6.0.

Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire dropped 24%, game’s biggest decline, to a 1.6. Debmar-Mercury’s newbie Celebrity Name Game tallied a 1.3 in its first May outing, up 18% from its September debut.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 6/3/15

Tuesday: It Must Be NBC
"Talent", "I Can Do That" Take Peacock to the Top
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.963 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with week two of "America's Got Talent" (10.698 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and "I Can Do That!" (5.491 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2).

CBS (7.579 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) then claimed the silver with its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (8.638 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4), "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.916 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4) and "48 Hours" (6.184 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T4).

Next up was FOX (3.093 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) with fresh installments from "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (2.902 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10) and "Hell's Kitchen" (3.284 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.559 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up repeats of "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.195 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "Black-ish" (2.570 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) plus a new "Extreme Weight Loss" (2.398 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (1.488 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and a new "iZombie" (1.746 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11) closed out the evening for The CW (1.617 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable:
- Chopped (Food): 1.284 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 417,000
- American Ninja Warrior (R/Esquire): 221,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/3/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "'Merica"

  • Canadian viewers laugh at our ignorance at our neighbors to the north. Because 'Merica. (CBC)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Pontoon Payday runs aground... on Saturdays at noon (The Futon Critic)

posted 6/3/15

The Benchmark of British Quiz
Catch It on 4!
From Carrick Gazette

This week has seen the arrival of another new afternoon game show to our screens. Its usual slot will be at 4pm on Channel 4 (although this week there is no show on Friday and one on Saturday at a later time).

Benchmark is hosted by Paddy McGuinness who interacts well with the contestants.

The show begins with a competition between two of the eleven contestants to see which one will play the ‘game’ that day.

The object of the game is to win as much money as possible up to £25,000.

The remaining ‘benchmarkers’ have to answer a question such has ‘How much does the average British man spend on Valentine’s Day?’ where the answer is always a number.

The three most widely out answers are discounted and it is the average of the remaining ones that is the ‘benchmark.’

The player has to decide whether the correct answer is higher or lower than the ‘benchmark’. If the player is correct, then the player moves forward along a grid which has a number of amounts of money on it. If the player is wrong, then the highest amount of money no longer becomes a possible win.

The final three questions require the player to provide the correct number to each question.

Depending on how far out the player is from the correct answer, will determine how much money (if any) is won.

The ‘benchmarker’ who overall is furthest out in their answers leaves the show to be replaced by a new contestant; while the two with the best set of answers take part in the opening contest the following day.

Carrick Gazette
Manchester Evening News
Televisual

posted 6/2/15

Monday: Ninja vs. Dancers
NBC Has Near-Record "ANW", ABC Wins Night
From TV Line

Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance opened its rejiggered Season 11 on Monday night with 3.9 million total viewers and a 1.2 demo rating.

That’s down 23 and 37 percent from its previous premiere and off 11 and 14 percent from the Season 10 finale.

Now opening the night on ABC, The Bachelorette (6.5 mil/1.9) surged 20 percent. The Whispers’ debut retained 5.7 mil and a 1.5, up 30 and 25 percent from Mistresses‘ year-ago premiere and giving ABC its top-rated scripted summer launch in nearly five years (since Rookie Blue circa June 2010).

NBC’s Ninja Warrior (6.8 mil/2.0) rose 16 percent and two tenths, flirting with an all-time high audience, while The Island (3.8 mil/1.2) was flat.

On cable:
- RuPaul's Drag Race (season finale, Logo): 387,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 367,000

TV Line
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/2/15

Another Run at "Drag Race"
Logo Renews Flagship Series
From The Futon Critic

Fox’s So You Think You Can Dance opened its rejiggered Season 11 on Monday night with 3.9 million total viewers and a 1.2 demo rating.

That’s down 23 and 37 percent from its previous premiere and off 11 and 14 percent from the Season 10 finale.

Now opening the night on ABC, The Bachelorette (6.5 mil/1.9) surged 20 percent. The Whispers’ debut retained 5.7 mil and a 1.5, up 30 and 25 percent from Mistresses‘ year-ago premiere and giving ABC its top-rated scripted summer launch in nearly five years (since Rookie Blue circa June 2010).

NBC’s Ninja Warrior (6.8 mil/2.0) rose 16 percent and two tenths, flirting with an all-time high audience, while The Island (3.8 mil/1.2) was flat.

On cable:
- RuPaul's Drag Race (season finale, Logo): 387,000
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 367,000

TV Line
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/2/15

Weekend: Replay
Game Reruns Dominate Schedule
From The Futon Critic

NBC (4.826 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) and ABC (4.441 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) shared in the demo honors with the latter serving up a repeat "Shark Tank" (4.358 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) followed by the return of "Primetime: What Would You Do?" (4.562 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) and a new "20/20" (4.402 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3).

The Peacock then served up a rebroadcast of "America's Got Talent" (4.601 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) and a new "Dateline NBC" (5.275 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2).

Next up was CBS (5.207 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and its repeat lineup of "Undercover Boss" (4.113 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Hawaii Five-0" (5.186 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7) and "Blue Bloods" (6.323 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.644 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up encores of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (2.013 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "Bullseye" (1.274 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

And finally, a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.504 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.207 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and a new "The Messengers" (0.862 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) closed out the evening on The CW (1.109 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable:
- Spring Baking Championship (season finale, Food): 1.658 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen (Food): 1.388 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.157 million

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 6/2/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "You Can't Fire Me"

  • Nigel Lythgoe swears he didn't fire Mary Murphy (Twitter @dizzyfeet)
     
  • Britain's Got Talent's latest fracas is going to the dogs (Telegraph)
     
  • The absolute last word that we will have on "Brokeback Bachelor" (Washington Post)
     
  • The Gronkowskis are gon' play, Steve! (CBS Sports)
     
  • Rumer Willis to join "Dancing" top 10 on tour (The Futon Critic)
     
  • RuPaul Ru-veals season 4 starting Sunday July 26 (The Futon Critic)
     
  • DRG (producers of Catchphrase) move house to LA (Variety)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Mark Burnett (Realscreen)

posted 6/2/15


BETSY PALMER: 1926-2015
"I've Got a Secret" Regular; Jason's Mom from "Friday the 13th"
From the Hollywood Reporter

Betsy Palmer, the veteran character actress who achieved lasting, though not necessarily sought-after, fame as the murderous camp cook in the cheesy horror film Friday the 13th, has died. She was 88.

Palmer died Friday of natural causes at a hospice care center in Connecticut, her longtime manager, Brad Lemack, told The Associated Press on Sunday.

Palmer also was known for her work as a regular panelist on the CBS game show I’ve Got a Secret for about a decade starting in 1958.

The wholesome Indiana native had appeared in films, on Broadway and in TV shows for years before she took the role of Mrs. Voorhees in the 1980 movie in which young camp counselors suddenly begin meeting their bloody ends. The back story was that she was the mother of Jason Voorhees, who had died at the camp years before. He would come to life in several sequels, and she is seen oh so briefly in the 1981 Friday the 13th follow-up.

Palmer said that she only took the role in that first film because she wanted the money to buy a new car, a Volkswagen Scirocco that cost $9,999. Her old Mercedes had just broken down on the road days earlier.

"My agent called and said, 'How would you like to be in a movie?'" she recalled. "I said, 'Great, I haven't done a movie since the 1960s.' He said, 'It’s 10 days’ work, they’ll pay you $1,000 a day.' I said, 'Great, I want to buy a car. It’ll just cover the car, perfect.' He said, 'There’s a drawback … it’s a horror film.' I said, Oh, no.’

But Palmer did want to pay for that car, so she asked to see the script. "I said, 'What a piece of junk,'" she said. "Nobody is ever going to see this. This will come and go."

Her game show credits also include "Family Feud", "$25,000 Pyramid", "To Tell the Truth", "Password All-Stars", the original "The Price Is Right", and "What's My Line?".

She also starred in numerous TV shows from the early 1950s, among them Kraft Theatre, Playhouse 90 and Studio One.

The Hollywood Reporter
Entertainment Weekly
WNBC New York
Variety
AV Club
CNN
New York Times
IGN

posted 6/1/15

BuzzrTV Is On The Air!
Diginet Kicks Off with "LMAD" Pilot
From The Washington Post

FremantleMedia North America has unlocked the vault on six decades of the most exciting vintage game shows, which will air on the new digital multicast network, BUZZR. For the first time since 1963, the original pilot episode of Let’s Make A Deal hosted by the legendary Monty Hall will be appearing in primetime on June 1, 2015 at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT with a re-airing at 11:00 PM ET/8:00 PM PT, only on BUZZR. Serving as a historic cache of the era, viewers will watch as contestants win and lose prizes for the first time on the Let’s Make A Deal stage, including a “luxurious” raccoon coat, a 1963 Pontiac Tempest convertible, a toaster oven worth a whopping $29.95, and four live lambs! This epic episode will also be paired with a monumental moment in game show history as Monty Hall sits down with current Let’s Make A Deal host, Wayne Brady, for an intimate look back at the show, including hilarious stories about crazy contestants, some of their all-time favorite moments, and even being punched in the eye by a monkey!

As a countdown to the launch of the network, beginning at noon ET/9:00 AM PT, BUZZR will light up with footage that will provide a sneak peek into the programming, featured episodes of Super Password and Card Sharks, and all of the crazy game show antics that will grace the network. The footage will continue to loop throughout the day until the curtain officially rises on BUZZR at 8:00 PM ET/5:00 PM PT with the 1963 pilot episode of Let’s Make A Deal.

BUZZR is set to launch in 35% of the country, across FOX O&O markets including 9 out of the top 10 DMAs. The complete list of markets at launch includes:

· WWOR/New York
· KCOP/Los Angeles
· WPWR/Chicago
· WTXF/Philadelphia
· KDFI/Dallas-Ft. Worth
· KTVU/San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose
· WTTG/Washington DC
· WAGA/Atlanta
· KTXH/Houston
· WJBK/Detroit
· WTVT/Tampa-St. Petersburg
· WRBW/Orlando-Daytona Beach
· WMYT/Charlotte
· KTBC/Austin
· KVBC/Fresno-Visalia

**More Markets to Follow**

TV by the Numbers
Broadway World
USA Today
TV Week

posted 6/1/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Doubling Down on Bachelors"

  • The Bachelor to figure into a very old joke (Time) and a very new episode of "Celebrity Wife Swap" (Us Magazine)
     
  • Shark Tank, Face Off, and Cat Deeley score at the Critics Choice Awards (TV Insider)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Vacation Chasers heads to HLN June 5, followed by Twinning (VH1, July 15), Geeks Who Drink (Syfy, July 16), She's Got Game (VH1, August 10) (PopMatters)
     
  • Endemol Shine recruits from BBC, AGT, and Whammy! (Realscreen)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with RuPaul on the Vanity Fair cover (Access Hollywood)

posted 6/1/15

Survivor at 15
Granddaddy of Reality Franchises Debuted in 2000
From The Washington Post

Television producer Mark Burnett remembers the first time he got in trouble with CBS, the network that has aired his reality show “Survivor,” for the past 15 years. While overseeing filming during the first season in early 2000, Burnett excitedly showed members of the press some rough footage – he didn’t realize CBS frowned upon early sneak peeks. Network executives yelled at him: “You can’t do that!”

That is, until they saw the stunned reaction from reporters. Burnett remembers them staring at the movielike footage, which followed contestants living on a deserted island as they competed to win a $1 million prize. It was unlike anything that had ever been on broadcast TV before. And it was then that Burnett realized he had something special.

“At that moment, I was just excited,” Burnett says almost 15 years later. “Little did I realize it truly [would become] a game-changer.”

Jeff Probst and executive producer Mark Burnett (Sonja Flemming/CBS) Jeff Probst and executive producer Mark Burnett (Sonja Flemming/CBS)
“Survivor” premiered on May 31, 2000 – as illustrated, the extreme success of the show officially led to an explosion in the reality TV genre as networks realized the potential gold mine of a programming that was cheaper to produce than scripted shows. Even more amazingly, “Survivor” endures 15 years – and 30 seasons – later. It’s part of the “old guard” of reality television, including shows such as “American Idol,” “Dancing With the Stars,” “The Amazing Race” and “The Bachelor,” which have been on the air for at least a decade.

So, what’s the super-producer’s secret? Burnett has two primary rules. The first is the main thinking behind “Survivor,” which rings very old school: He compares it to the days of letter-writing.

“When you got regular messages from people you love, you recognize the stationery, the postmark, the handwriting. . . . What was exciting was you opened it each week and what was written inside on the stationery was a fresh message,” Burnett said. “That’s the philosophy of ‘Survivor': We’re not sending unusual stationery or unusual handwriting, but we are sending exciting, fresh news each week.”

Burnett credits this combination – a viewer’s need for familiar, comfortable programming while still injecting twists – for keeping “Survivor” a fan favorite for so long. The format rarely changes – host Jeff Probst is always there – but producers can throw in a gimmick each season. For some, it’s a soothing routine. While ratings have dropped, it’s still a steady performer for CBS.

Burnett emphasizes the importance, especially in competition shows, of keeping the format steady without adding too many crazy twists or confusing rules. He uses the same underlying idea for shows such as ABC’s “Shark Tank” and NBC’s “The Voice,” other hit shows that he produces. “[Reality show] formats are like a board game,” he said. “Certain games just work.”

Burnett’s other key point for enduring reality show success: Be nice and don’t forget to feature likable people. It may seem counterintuitive when craziness brings the ratings. But it’s no secret that viewers tired of “American Idol” making fun of terrible contestants. And mean-spirited shows over the years such as “Are You Hot?” or “I Wanna Marry Harry” drew early headlines for judging and pranking people, but were quickly canceled.

“I remember when we did ‘The Voice’ for the first time, people asked me, ‘How’s it going to make it?'” Burnett recalls, specifically because the show didn’t have any William Hung-esque terrible contestants (as seen on “Idol”) that would attract attention. “I remember saying it was funny temporarily – but then after a while, it becomes sad.”

In the end, if viewers associate you with a feel-good premise (again: back to the theme of comfort), they’re more likely to watch.

“We’re trying to propagate positivity while still having drama. And the two aren’t mutually exclusive. You don’t need to be mean to create drama,” Burnett said. “There’s a lot of negative stuff out there. And it’s great to not be contributing to that.”

Washington Post

posted 5/29/15

Here Comes the Boom!
First Look at Fox's New Series
From The Wrap

Fox’s explosive new competition premieres Thursday June 25

In a first look at FOX’s new game show “Boom!” contestants are soaked with pizza sauce, beef stroganoff and cheddar cheese for every incorrect answer.

The objective of the competition is simple: answer a question correctly by cutting the corresponding wire, thereby defusing that round’s bomb. Cut the wrong wire and everyone in the room risks getting doused with any one of a variety of foodstuffs.

Winners stand to gain up to $500,000 in prize money and/or dry cleaning bills.

Following the success of “Boom!” in Israel, Fox is banking on its potential to become one of this summer’s most popular new shows.

Tom Papa hosts (and gets spattered with sauce).

The Wrap
The Futon Critic

posted 5/29/15

Thursday: A Wayward Win
Fox, NBC Split Night
From The Futon Critic

FOX (4.665 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the demo champ on a competitive Thursday with new episodes of "Bones" (5.374 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and "Wayward Pines" (3.956 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2).

NBC (5.922 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then claimed the silver with a new "Dateline NBC" (6.390 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and the launch of "Aquarius" (5.688 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

Next up was CBS (5.097 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its repeat lineup of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.514 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1), "The Odd Couple" (5.437 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Mom" (4.883 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "Mike & Molly" (4.750 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) and "Elementary" (4.000 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.272 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up the season finale of "500 Questions" (5.038 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and a special "Jimmy Kimmel Live" (2.740 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #11).

And finally, repeats of "iZombie" (0.780 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and "The Vampire Diaries" (0.470 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.625 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 1.913 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.146 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 377,000
- Pontoon Payday (CMT, 10p): 212,000
- Pontoon Payday (CMT, 10:30p): 164,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
B&C

posted 5/29/15

So You Think You Can Change
Catch the Season Premiere Monday on Fox
From TV Insider

Nigel Lythgoe is determined to get the bloom back on his prize summer rose: the Fox competition series So You Think You Can Dance. Ratings for the show have faded in recent years, so the executive producer and top judge has ordered a major shake-up for Season 12, which premieres Monday. Here's what to expect.

No more boys vs. girls. Now it's stage dancers (contemporary, jazz, ballet, tap) against street (hip-hop, breaking, animation). Two teams of 10 will be picked in the Las Vegas auditions, with Season 2 grad Travis Wall coaching the stage gang and Season 4's Stephen "tWitch" Boss in charge of the streeters. One dancer from each team will be eliminated every week until only two remain. "Street dancers have brought so much charisma and creativity to the show, but many get cut in the early stages because they can't do jazz or contemporary," Lythgoe says. "Now, they have a greater shot at the big prize. This will also inspire the stage kids to become more athletic and gymnastic."

Jason Derulo and Paula Abdul get judgy. Those yammering, self-reverential guest judges are gone, with pop sensation Derulo and reality star/choreographer Abdul signing on for a full season at the judges' table. "Jason is ideal, because he studied stage dance as a kid and now he's doing street with his own dancers," notes Lythgoe. "And Paula doesn't just look at how a kid is dancing right now. She knows what that kid can do in the future, and such foresight is important. This show has sent home too many dancers way too early."

The Hot Tamale Train has left the station. Mary Murphy, the popular, heart-on-her-sleeve judge who specialized in ballroom dance, won't return this season, and it wasn't her choice. "I have never liked having four judges on the panel because it takes too much time away from the contestants–and I didn't want to lose myself," Lythgoe says. "I was upset to lose Mary, but we're no longer focusing on ballroom. It seemed the right thing to do."

So You Think You Can Dance, Season premiere, 8/7c, Fox

TV Insider

posted 5/29/15

Buzzcocks Minded
BBC Cancels Music Panel Show
From the Drum

The BBC has called time on comedy quiz show Never Mind The Buzzcocks after an impressive run spanning 18 years and 28 series.

Following a 2014 revamp with comedian Rhod Gilbert as presenter, the show failed to pick up on slumping figures.

A BBC spokesperson said: "After 28 series we've decided not to bring Never Mind the Buzzcocks back to the BBC, this will create space for new entertainment formats in the future.

"We'd like to thank the team at Talkback, Rhod Gilbert, all the brilliant hosts over the years and of course Noel and Phill for the years of enjoyment they've given BBC Two viewers."

Comedian Phill Jupitis featured in almost every one of the show’s 270 episodes as a team captain.

The Drum
Telegraph
Stuff
ATV Today
The Journal

posted 5/29/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Quest-ions"

  • Richard Quest was almost not the host of "500 Questions" (The Wrap)
     
  • Buzzr launches Monday. Here's what you need to know. (Sitcoms Online)
     
  • BBC catches fire over "Hunger Games" type reality show (Daily Express)
     
  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: "Child Genius" winner is now a spelling ace (Entertainment Tonight)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Frank Nicotero (TV Grapevine) and RuPaul (Telegraph)

posted 5/29/15


MICHAEL KING: 1958-2015
Syndication Giant Brought Back "Wheel", "Jeopardy!"
From Deadline

Michael King, who with his brother Roger was behind the syndication of the mega-successful Oprah, Dr. Phil and Rachael Ray shows, died Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 67.

King had been in intensive care at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and was taken off life support after being admitted with pneumonia nearly three weeks ago, according to media reports.

“Michael King is a friend that will be sorely missed,” Dr. Phil McGraw said today. “Anyone that knew Michael knows what a passion he brought to everything he touched. He and Roger certainly had a profound impact on my life personally and professionally. Robin and I are praying for the entire King family in this time of loss.”

Michael and Roger King were among six siblings who inherited King World Productions from their father, Charles King. They were responsible for bringing The Oprah Winfrey Show to syndication, launching Winfrey into worldwide stardom and forever changing the daytime TV landscape in the 1980s.

King World, along with Harpo Productions, followed that success with Dr. Phil and Rachael Ray. Michael and Roger King also syndicated successful game shows Wheel Of Fortune and Jeopardy.

CBS acquired King World in 2000. Roger King died in 2007.

Born in New Jersey, Michael King was a one-time part-owner of the New York Yankees, New Jersey Nets and New Jersey Devils, according to the New York Daily News.

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Variety
The Hollywood Reporter
AV Club
B&C
Entertainment Tonight

posted 5/28/15


Wednesday: A Swing and a Miss
"MasterChef" Improves, "Bullseye" Falters; CBS, Fox Split Night
From The Futon Critic

FOX (3.983 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) was the top draw in a tight demo race on Wednesday thanks to a new "MasterChef" (4.593 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) and the debut of "Bullseye" (3.372 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

CBS (6.343 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then claimed the silver with the launch of "The Briefcase" (6.777 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) followed by repeats of "Criminal Minds" (6.581 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and "CSI: Cyber" (5.671 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

Next up was ABC (4.027 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with a new "500 Questions" (4.860 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) alongside repeats of "Modern Family" (4.192 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) and "Black-ish" (3.510 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7) plus a new "Celebrity Wife Swap" (3.369 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.785 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up an encore of "I Can Do That!" (3.061 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) and the two-hour special "iHeartRadio Country Festival" (4.147 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7).

And finally, repeats of "Arrow" (1.042 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Supernatural" (0.728 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) on The CW (0.885 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 479,000
- IdioTest (GSN, 8p): 478,000
- IdioTest (GSN, 8:30p): 431,000
- The Ultimate Fighter: American Top Team vs. Blackzilians (Fox Sports 1): 353,000
- Fake Off (truTV): 275,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/28/15

More on "Cake Wars"
Jonathan Bennett Hosts; Food Launches June 29
From The Futon Critic

Cake is the centerpiece of every perfect celebration. On Food Network's Cake Wars, premiering on Monday, June 29th at 8:00pm ET/PT, four expert bakers compete for the opportunity to have their jaw-dropping cake creations star at a major party or special event. Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls) hosts this grueling competition, as the decorated bakers aim to impress master pastry chefs Ron Ben-Israel (Sweet Genius) and Waylynn Lucas (co-owner of Fonuts), as well as episodic guest judges. Each week, only one contestant will take the cake to headline the main event, and take home the sweet grand prize of $10,000!

"Viewers had a sweet spot for Cupcake Wars, and now everything gets bigger and better on Cake Wars. It takes confectionary competition to the next level, filled with over-the-top creations and edge-of-your-seat competition," said Bob Tuschman, General Manager and Senior Vice President of Food Network.

This sugar-packed competition is anything but sweet as the bakers battle against one another to create an extraordinary cake to sweeten up a big soiree. The competitors' skills and imaginations will be tested in two rounds of challenges, where they rush against the clock to design mind-blowing cake confections. In the first round, they must incorporate a surprise ingredient into the recipe. Then, in round two, the cakes must contain three special features that match the event theme. Based on taste and presentation, only one will have their cake and eat it too as the winner!

Over the course of the eight exhilarating episodes, the bakers vie for the chance to showcase their eye-popping cakes at big events, with special themed episodes for The Simpsons, DC Comics, Nintendo's Mario Maker, Hello Kitty, LEGO(R), Girl Scouts, The Knot Dream Wedding, and the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music. Who will collapse under the pressure and get sent home, and who will win the chance of a lifetime? Don't miss as all of the delicious action unfolds. Let the Cake Wars begin!

Fans can visit FoodNetwork.com/CakeWars for photo galleries and show highlights, as well as join the conversation on Twitter using #CakeWars.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/28/15


Tuesday: Not A Good Idea to Take on the King Of Summer
"Talent", "I Can Do That" Gives NBC The Win
From The Wrap

NBC (9.455 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) was the top draw on Tuesday with the return of "America's Got Talent" (10.928 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) and the premiere of "I Can Do That!" (6.511 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2).

FOX (3.301 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a distant second with the season premiere of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (3.311 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9) and the relocated "Hell's Kitchen" (3.292 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3). Both shows outperformed last year's duds "Riot" & "I Want to Marry 'Harry'".

Next up was CBS (7.219 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and its repeat lineup of "NCIS" (8.459 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5), "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.583 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6) and "48 Hours" (5.617 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.501 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) served up a new "500 Questions" (4.731 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and the return of "Extreme Weight Loss" (2.887 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T6).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (1.669 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and a new "iZombie" (1.848 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #10) closed out the evening on The CW (1.758 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped All Stars (Food): 1.617 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 321,000
- American Ninja Warrior (Esquire/R): 306,000

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posted 5/28/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Another One Bites the Dust"

  • Chris Soules & Whitney Bischoff.... if you had 2 months, 19 days, come up and claim your prize! (Us Magazine) Clint & JJ, on the other hand... (TMZ)*
     
  • Mariah Carey called "American Idol" the "worst experience of my life". Next to being married to Tommy Mottola? (3News)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Bullseye may be "the stupidest show ever put on television". ... Which is saying a LOT. (Mic) PLUS a few good minutes with Kellan Lutz (Unreality TV)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: You really want to go there, Jeff? Really? (Us)

    *not that there's anything wrong with that.

posted 5/28/15

Syndies: Week 34
Results for Week Ending May 17
From The Futon Critic

CBS Television Distribution’s aptly named Hot Bench hit a new series high in the week ended May 17, which included the third week of the May sweep, running April 23 through May 20.

CTD’s Judge Judy rose 3% to a 6.7, tying CTD’s Wheel of Fortune for the overall syndication lead.

In access, most game shows played well. Wheel led the pack, accelerating 5% to a 6.7. CTD’s Jeopardy! gained 7% to a 6.5. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud was flat at a 5.9 but up 13% from last year at this time, making it the category’s only game to show an annual increase. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire remained at its all-time low 1.6 for the fourth time in five weeks and lost 27% from last year at this time. Debmar-Mercury’s rookie Celebrity Name Game picked up 8% to a 1.4.

B&C
TV by the Numbers

posted 5/27/15

Guest Judges? Iiiiiiiiiiit's TRUE!
They Begin Judging July 14
From TV by the Numbers

Stage and screen star Neil Patrick Harris, Grammy Award winner Michael Bublé, former “America’s Got Talent” star Piers Morgan and actor, comedian and producer Marlon Wayans will serve as guest judges on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” joining judges Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Mel B and Howie Mandel to determine which 36 acts will move on to the live performance shows at Radio City Music Hall. The four week long Judge Cuts will premiere Tuesday, July 14 (8-10 p.m. ET) and will lead into the live performance shows beginning Tuesday, Aug. 11 (8-10 p.m.).

A Critics’ Choice Television Awards nominee for Best Reality Competition Series, the 10th anniversary season of “America’s Got Talent” airs Tuesdays (8-10 p.m.).

Each week beginning Tuesday, July 14, a guest judge will join the regular panel to help decide which acts have what it takes to perform live for America’s vote. Howard Stern will invite Neil Patrick Harris, Heidi Klum will bring Michael Bublé, Mel B will work with Piers Morgan, and Howie Mandel will call on Marlon Wayans to serve as the fifth judge on the panel. The guest judges will also have an additional advantage: they can use the Golden Buzzer for their favorite act, sending them to Radio City Music Hall without any consultation from the “AGT” judges.

Tickets are available to be part of the Judge Cuts tapings in Bethpage, N.Y. on May 27 and May 29. Visit www.nbc.com/tickets for tickets and more information.

TV by the Numbers

posted 5/27/15

Seventh Scar
"Ink Master" Renewed for 2016
From The Futon Critic

Coming off its most-watched season to date, Spike TV has picked up a seventh season of "Ink Master," the network's hit, original tattoo-competition series. Season seven will feature 16 one-hour episodes, slated to debut in spring 2016. In addition, the network has announced a spin-off series, "Ink Master: Redemption," which offers disgruntled former human canvases of "Ink Master" a chance to receive a new tattoo that leaves them happier than their last. The announcement was made by Chachi Senior, Senior Vice President, Original Programming, Spike TV.

The network will launch the newest installment of "Ink Master" - season six - on Tuesday, June 23 at 10pm ET/PT.

In "Ink Master: Redemption," human canvases from previous "Ink Master" seasons, who left unhappy with their tattoos, return to the shop for a chance at new ink. The spinoff series, featuring six half-hour episodes, goes into production this summer and will debut in September.

Season 5 of "Ink Master," which delivered an average 2.2 million viewers, was the show's highest-rated season among Adults and Women 18-49. In its Tuesday 10-11 PM ET/PT slot, the series ranked in the top five among Persons 18-49, Men 18-49 and Men 18-34, and is currently one of Spike's most gender-balanced programs. "Ink Master" generated 11.8 million total cross platform video views during the season, and the LIVE finale was ranked #1 on cable based on twitter activity.

The Futon Critic
The Wrap

posted 5/27/15

More on Wild'n Out Season 7
Catch It on MTV2 June 10!
From The Futon Critic

Bringing fresh energy to the monumental tenth anniversary of "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out," are six new cast members: DC Young Fly, Matt Rife, Darren Brand, Aarona Lopez, TattooManPaige and Hunter Stiebel. Fans can get a taste of what the new cast members bring to the stage in this special trailer of the new season of "Wild 'N Out." Perennial favorites Conceited, Emmanuel Hudson, Chico Bean, Karlous Miller, King Bach, Lauren Flans, Tim Delaghetto, Blair Christian, Corey Holcomb, Doboy, Hitman Holla, Jon Gabrus, DeRay Davis, Jacob Williams, B Daht, Shak Standley, Rip Michaels, Akaash Singh, Shawty, Jack Thriller, and Kojo are all returning for more lightning fast comedic improv, head-to head competition and cutting edge entertainment where only the funniest survive. MTV2 previously announced that "Nick Cannon Presents: Wild 'N Out," will return to the network for a seventh season summer run with 12 all-new episodes beginning Wednesday, June 10 at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT.

"'Wild 'N Out' has helped launch some of the biggest names in stand-up - everyone from Katt Williams to Affion Crockett to Mike Epps, and Kevin Hart," said Nick Cannon. "You can be sure that with the tremendous talent of this new cast you'll be witnessing the making of the next big names in comedy."

"With the returning stars and new cast members that Nick and his team have assembled, this is hands down the most talented and hilarious cast yet," said Paul Ricci, Senior Vice President of Programming and Head of Development for MTV2. "After eight consecutive quarters of year-over-year growth on MTV2, we're aiming even higher as 'Wild 'N Out' kicks off our 'Non Stop Summer.'"

Newbies like supreme social media standout DC Young Fly, who has over 4 million followers across his social media and young, rising stand-up star, Matt Rife, who has opened for such comedy luminaries as Mike Epps, will take the stage with the previously announced roster of incredible celebrity guests and performers that includes Kevin Hart, Jordin Sparks, Shaquille O'Neal, Snoop Dogg, Ne-Yo, Zendaya, Fabolous, Pete Wentz, Fetty Wap, T-Pain, A$AP Ferg, Nick Young, French Montana, Fat Joe, Rae Sremmurd, Ty Dolla $ign, Migos, Mack Wilds, DJ Drama, Ray J, Lil Duval, O.T. Genasis, Tommy "Tiny" Lister, Dej Loaf, K Camp and the hosts of Power 105's The Breakfast Club.

Also returning to complete out the "Wild 'N Out" party are the "Wild 'N Out Girls" Lauren Wood, Brittney Duet, Rosa Acosta, Jacky Oh, Amber Diamond and Vivian Kindle.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/27/15

Monday: Ikimashou!
"Ninja Warrior" Helps NBC to First Summer Win
From Deadline

Summer started with a lot going on this Memorial Day on television, both on broadcast and cable with a lot of drama. The 10-hour Texas Rising debuted on History, while the NBA Playoffs provided even more court action drama on ESPN — on a number of levels. The CW showed a movie last night, and CBS and Fox were all encores, but taking the top spot among adults 18-49 with a 1.6/5 was NBC, which was all about the unscripted debuts on the holiday Monday.

There were new obstacles on the Season 7 debut of American Ninja Warrior (1.8/6) last night, but the ratings didn’t seem to be one of them. Starting off with Venice qualifiers, the competition show saw a rise of 13% over its Season 6 premiere back on May 26 last year. With 5.9 million watching, ANW was also up 27% viewership-wise from its 2014 debut. That, however, did not translate into a strong start for The Island (1.2/4). The 10 PM Bear Grylls survivalist series slid 14% among the key demo from what the 8 PM debut of Running Wild With Bear Grylls drew on July 28, 2014.

Meanwhile, it also was an all unscripted start to summer on ABC last night, with 500 Questions (1.1/4) kicking off the night and The Bachelorette (1.6/5) seeing it to its end. Show 4 of the seven-night game show saw 500 Questions rise 38% among the demo from its previous original on May 22. However, even with Amy Schumer showing up and sending Twitter wild, The Bachelorette did not have a good night at all with a 24% drop from its Season 11 debut last week, which had Dancing With The Stars as a lead-in.

On cable:
- RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo): 229,000

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Variety
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/27/15

Weekend: Shark Jumps
ABC, CBS Splits Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.592 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was the demo champ on Friday thanks to night three of "500 Questions" (4.019 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3), a repeat "Shark Tank" (4.974 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and a new "20/20" (4.783 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2).

CBS (5.089 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) then was the most-watched network with its all-repeat trio of "Undercover Boss" (4.717 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5), "Hawaii Five-0" (4.710 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6) and "Blue Bloods" (5.841 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Next up was NBC (4.026 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2) with repeats of "The Blacklist" (2.862 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Dateline NBC" (4.608 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.682 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up encores of "Hell's Kitchen" (1.693 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8) and "Bones" (1.670 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, repeats of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.041 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11), another "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.112 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and a new "The Messengers" (0.816 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) on The CW (0.946 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening.

On Food...
- 8p: Guy's Grocery Games: 1.173 million
- 9p: Spring Baking Championship: 1.474 million
- 10p: Cutthroat Kitchen: 1.159 million

The Futon Critic

posted 5/27/15

Knock Knock! Who's There? Ryan. Ryan Who?
Ryan Seacrest, That's Who.
From The Futon Critic

From acclaimed live television producers, Simon Fuller's (AMERICAN IDOL, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE) XIX Entertainment and dick clark productions (SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE), comes new unscripted series KNOCK KNOCK LIVE, a can't-miss, life-changing weekly television event packed with unpredictable and thrilling surprises that enlists friends, families, neighbors and celebrities to help grant wishes with one simple knock on the door. Hosted by iconic TV and radio personality Ryan Seacrest, who also will serve as an executive producer, KNOCK KNOCK LIVE premieres Tuesday, July 21 (9:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

KNOCK KNOCK LIVE features Seacrest in a Los Angeles-based studio, while the KNOCK KNOCK LIVE team travels across the country, to any city at any time, surprising unsuspecting people at their front doors with a chance to win big cash prizes, meet their favorite celebrities and turn their wildest dreams into reality. What if someone knocked on your door and offered you thousands of dollars for naming nine kids who live on your block? Could you do it? A knock at someone else's door and it could be their favorite professional basketball player who challenges them to a game of H-O-R-S-E, with a chance to win courtside seats. KNOCK KNOCK! Who's there? It could be the biggest pop star in the world performing a concert on your front lawn! This series will take an ordinary day and make it unforgettable.

If you would like to nominate a special person or a family deserving of an unforgettable moment, or you yourself want to be a part of KNOCK KNOCK LIVE, visit for an opportunity www.knockknocklive.com to receive the "knock" of a lifetime.

The Futon Critic
Digital Spy
Unreality TV

posted 5/27/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Hear My Voice!"

  • Ben Taub is a singer. As of this coming edition of The New Yorker, he's also a published journalist (New York Magazine)
     
  • Jeff & Jordan are going to Marriage Boot Camp... You know, Jeff, if you wanted to be on TV, you could just get a hosting gig... (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Bullseye (TV Insider)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Bachelorette, shmachelorette (Daily Mail)
     
  • Miranda Hart is downplaying "Generation Game" rumors FOR NOW (Digital Spy)
     
  • Networks are gambling on game shows again (The Guardian)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Christina Tosi (TV Insider), Dick DeBartolo (WGN-AM Chicago), and a former Acme Crimenet Agent (AV Club)

posted 5/27/15


ANNE MEARA: 1929-2015
Wife, Mother of Comedy Royalty; Game Show Regular
From eCanada Now

Comedy legend Anne Meara, one half of the comedy team “Stiller & Meara,” died at 85 on Saturday.

Meara and her husband, Jerry Stiller, were married for 61 years and worked together almost as long, the family said in a statement. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, comic actor Ben Stiller, daughter Amy Stiller and grandchildren.

“Anne’s memory lives on in the hearts of daughter Amy, son Ben, her grandchildren, her extended family and friends, and the millions she entertained as an actress, writer and comedienne,” the family statement said.

Meara was born in 1929 in Brooklyn, New York. In his autobiography, “Married to Laughter: A Love Story Featuring Anne Meara,” Jerry Stiller describes meeting his future wife at a casting call in 1953.

“She looked sort of puritanical and smelled nice,” he said of the “angel-faced” aspiring actress.

They eventually teamed up for a comedy act in New York’s Greenwich Village coffeehouses, playing exaggerated versions of themselves: self-deprecating, kvetching New Yorkers. Before long, they were performing as comedy team “Stiller & Meara” on popular TV shows of the 1960s including “The Ed Sullivan Show” and “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.”

They became become regulars on the game show circuit appearing on shows such as every version of “Hollywood Squares” and “$25,000 Pyramid” before Meara landed the role of Sally Gallagher on the TV series “Rhoda.”

Notable game show appearances also include "Match Game", "Celebrity Sweepstakes", "Shoot for the Stars", "Jeopardy!" in 1973; "Password Plus"; and "Super Password".

Tributes poured in from fans and celebrities spanning generations, from Patty Duke to Sandra Bernhard.

“My heart and prayers go out to Jerry and Ben for the loss of their beloved Anne Meara,” Duke said.

GSNN's Jason Huhn contributed to this report.

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Washington Post

posted 5/26/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Tonight Tonight"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEWS of the new series of "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" (tonight) (TV Insider) and "I Can Do That" (tonight) (TV Insider)
     
  • Another "X Factor" reject blames the editing, sues everyone involved. And their mother. (The Hollywood Reporter)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Ninja Warrior issues a challenge to Tom Cruise (TV Insider)
     
  • Cat Deeley returns to not-talk to the dead in season 3 of "Deadbeat" (The Wrap)
     
  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! ABC's reality head is making the offer to Amy Schumer to be the next "Bachelorette" (Twitter: @Millsy11374)... and Amy has a response (Twitter: @amyschumer)
     
  • Piers Morgan says he's returning to the AGT panel... if you can squeeze the original four PLUS him and that ego of his. (RadioTimes)
     
  • VIDEO WALL BONUS: A pair of so-bad-they're-brilliant answers on "Jeopardy!" (KSWB San Diego) and "Pointless" (Digital Spy)
     
  • Trista & Ryan Sutter move into HGTV (US Magazine)
     
  • Marc Summers goes back to his roots (Philly.com)
     
  • WWE releases "Tough Enough" app (TV by the Numbers)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Andrew Haringer (Squamish Chief), Loni Love (Atlantic City Weekly), and Billy Gardell (Beliefnet)

posted 5/26/15

Thursday: Summer Summer Summer Time
CBS Wins the Night, While "500 Questions" Remains Constant in Total Viewers
From Deadline

The first night after the 2014-15 season, which of course ended Wednesday, was packed with encores, but there was also some very good intentions and a couple of second chances as well. The first of those second chances was the second week of Wayward Pines (1.2/4), which had a double-digit good night.

Without the dramatic competition of the Scandal and The Blacklist season finales its premiere faced, the second episode of Fox’s 10-episode limited series saw a rise of 20% among adults 18-49 compared with last week. The Matt Dillon-led ensemble series based on Blake Crouch’s novels and adapted for TV by Chad Hodge also saw a viewership jump of 21% over its admittedly soft premiere to 4.6 million.

Even though they played nothing but repeats last night, CBS won Thursday’s primetime with a 1.1/4 rating and 5.73 million viewers. Didn’t hurt that the highest-rated and most-watched show of the night was a The Big Bang Theory encore that drew a 1.5/6 among the 18-49s and 8 million viewers.
 
For NBC it was all laughs and doing the right thing last night as the network gave over its whole primetime to the first Stateside Red Nose Day (0.8/3) benefit to help children living in poverty. Imported from the UK, NBC’s Red Nose Day had a superstar cast of Julia Roberts, Ed Sheeran dueting with Kermit The Frog, this year’s Best Actor Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne, the cast of Game of Thrones, Gwyneth Paltrow, a tea lady Helen Mirren, Billy Eichner and Martin Short taking to the streets, Anna Kendrick as Indiana Jones, Simon Cowell showing he has a heart, and the dancing Nick Cannon to name but a few highlights.

With about 3.2 million watching the live broadcast, Red Nose Day raised more than $21 million for a number of children’s charities internationally, with donations still open for the next 30 days.

Going head-to-head with Wayward Pines in the 8 PM slot and with Red Nose Day for two hours, ABC’s 500 Questions (1.0/4) took a hit on its second night. The game show was down 17% among adults 18-49 from its one-hour debut May 20.

On cable, ESPN saw a big NBA Playoffs ratings surge as the Golden State Warriors eked out a 99-98 victory over the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. The sports giant dunked a 5.6 overnight rating from the matchup, a 47% rise over the last time ESPN had the Western Conference finals back in 2013, when Game 2 between the San Antonio Spurs and Memphis Grizzlies drew a 3.8 rating. Last night’s game was also up 27% from Game 2 of the 2014 NBA Western Conference finals when the Spurs played the Oklahoma City Thunder on TNT.

CMT's "Pontoon Payday" remained a dud with 164,000.

Deadline
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/22/15


Wednesday: Question #501: How Did It Do?
CBS Takes the Final Night of the Season
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.987 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) was the network to beat on the final night of May sweeps with the season finale of "Survivor: Worlds Apart" (9.406 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T1) followed by the "Survivor: Worlds Apart Reunion" (6.890 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3).

ABC (4.871 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then fell to second place despite the premiere of "500 Questions" (5.031 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7), the season finales of "Modern Family" (7.114 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T1) and "Black-ish" (5.392 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) plus the return of "Celebrity Wife Swap" (3.329 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10).

Next up was NBC (7.227 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with the season finales of "The Mysteries of Laura" (7.256 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (7.235 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5) and "Chicago PD" (7.192 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.335 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) served up the season premiere of "MasterChef" (3.335 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

And finally, a repeat "Supernatural" (1.074 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and the season finale of "Supernatural" (1.782 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) on The CW (1.428 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- The Ultimate Fighter (Fox Sports 1): 340,000

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Us Weekly
Bustle
Entertainment Weekly
Broadway World
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
New York Times
The Hollywood Reporter
Hitfix
Deadline
The Wrap

posted 5/21/15

House of DVF to Reopen
CBS Takes the Final Night of the Season
From the Futon Critic

Pop culture powerhouse E! today unveiled its "E! Summer Here" programming line-up, including a dynamic slate of new series premieres and popular returning franchises that will continue to sizzle all summer along. Kicking off Memorial Day Weekend is the return of fan favorite "#RichKids of Beverly Hills" on Sunday, May 24 at 10pm, following a new episode of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" at 9pm, which will air its mid-season finale on Sunday, May 31. The WWE Divas are back for a new season of "Total Divas" beginning Tuesday, July 7 at 9pm, followed by new series "Hollywood Cycle" airing at 10pm. Then reality TV star Brody Jenner will make summer nights even hotter when "Sex With Brody" debuts Friday, July 10 at 10:30pm. Later in July, Bruce Jenner's new documentary series following his life as a transgender woman will premiere on Sunday, July 26 at 9pm, along with new series "Stewarts & Hamiltons," featuring a complicated family tree that only Hollywood could produce at 10:00pm.

On the stiletto heels of the "House of DVF" first season finale, E! announced the original series will return for its second season with eight new episodes, which will also premiere on E! in 100 countries. In addition to Diane von Furstenberg, iconic designer and champion of women's rights, familiar faces Jessica Joffe (DVF's Style Editor) and Stefani Greenfield (DVF's Creative Brand Director) return to dole out professional guidance and insight to the new crop of contenders eager to earn the job of a lifetime. While working in different areas of Diane's empire, the new group of fashionistas will be tasked with various challenges that organically play into DVF's business affairs and busy schedule, and may include PR, marketing, sales and events. The candidates will get a taste of the position through current DVF Global Brand Ambassador Brittany Hamtpon, as she trots around the globe for Paris Fashion Week, styles celebrities for awards shows, and makes store appearances. With a high-profile mentor like Diane, the girls can only hope for an invite that will either make or break their chances to advance towards the series finale and the start of an amazing career.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/21/15

Back to the Island... or to Cambodia... or Something
Survivor Reveals Results of Fan Voting
From The Futon Critic

The new cast of the fall edition of SURVIVOR CAMBODIA: SECOND CHANCE was revealed last night during the SURVIVOR: WORLDS APART live reunion show. In a SURVIVOR first, fans of the popular reality series chose the 20 castaways who will compete on the next season. Voting opened May 6 for the new "Second Chance" cast, and the results were revealed live by host and executive producer Jeff Probst.

Fans cast their votes over the two-week period, and the castaways who received the most now comprise the cast of SURVIVOR CAMBODIA: SECOND CHANCE. The newly announced contestants, 10 male and 10 female, immediately boarded a bus following the reunion show and began their journey to Cambodia, where the next season will film for 39 days. The original pool of 32 former players, ranging from Season 1 to Season 30, have never won the game and felt they deserved a second chance to compete for the $1 million prize and the title of Sole Survivor.

The cast:
- Joe Anglim (Worlds Apart)
- Vytas Baskauskas (Blood vs. Water)
- Spencer Bledsoe (Cagayan)
- Jeremy Collins (San Juan del Sur)
- Terry Deitz (Panama)
- Ciera Eastin (Blood vs. Water)
- Stephen Fishbach (Tocantins)
- Tasha Fox (Cagayan)
- Abi-Maria Gomes (Philippines)
- Woo Hwang (Cagayan)
- Kimmi Kappenberg (Australian Outback)
- Peih-Gee Law (China)
- Kass McQuillen (Cagayan)
- Keith Nale (San Juan del Sur)
- Shirin Oskooi (Worlds Apart)
- Monica Padilla (Samoa)
- Andrew Savage (Pearl Islands)
- Jeff Varner (Australian Outback)
- Kelley Wentworth (San Juan del Sur)
- Kelly Wiglesworth (Borneo)

The Futon Critic

posted 5/21/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Strip Search"

  • Today's installment of "I Was Only Doing What The Producers Told Me To Do!" comes courtesy of this "Bachelorette" castoff (TMZ)
     
  • Alex Trebek is also a noted conservationist, and he's taking a trip to the Arctic in August to prove as such. Is there anything he CAN'T do? (Jaunted)
     
  • Jeff Foxworthy plays "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" with Jimmy Fallon, Pitbull (KSDK St. Louis)
     
  • Don Lemon apparently lets slip the next CNN Quiz Show: the 70s (TV Newser)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with John de Mol (The Hollywood Reporter)

posted 5/21/15

America's Most Watched Network Is....
CBS Takes Totals for the 7th Consective Year; NBC Wins the Demo Back-to-Back
From Deadline

The season is not officially over for another night but Comcast-owned NBC looks to have clinched the top spot among adults 18-49 for the second year in a row – by a Super Bowl XLIX hair. With the big NFL game on their schedule this year, NBC drew a 2.4/8 rating among adults 18-49 for the 2014-15 TV season compared to CBS’ 2.3/7 result as the latter network took the viewership championship again. It should be noted that without the Super Bowl this year, NBC would have gotten a 2.25 rating compared to CBS’ 2.34 result – so perhaps a flower basket is due to the now suspended Tom Brady, Mr. Greenblatt. With all the ratings and viewership numbers, it should also be noted that CBS will be broadcasting Super Bowl 50 on February 7 next year.

This year’s demo result is an 11% drop for NBC from last year’s season winning rating with a 4% dip for CBS as it moved up from third place to second among the 18-49s. Despite a blockbuster freshman run from Empire and good debuts for Gotham and The Last Man On Earth, Fox fell from second place to fourth, crashing 24% downward from last year. Looking to win its second May sweep in a row, ABC inched up 5% from the 2013-14 season and into third place. In fact, remove sports from the equation and ABC is top among the Big 4 demowise with a 2.2/7 to CBS’ 2.1/7, NBC’s 1.9/6 and Fox’s 1.8/6.

Here are the 2014-15 TV Season 18-49 results for all of the Big 4 plus The CW:

NBC: 2.4/8
CBS: 2.3/7
ABC: 2.2/7
Fox: 1.9/6
CW: 0.8/3

In terms of total viewers, Les Moonves and crew took the top spot for the seventh consecutive year with an average audience of 11.3 million. That’s actually a rise of 5% over what the network average last year. Of the Big 4, only ABC saw a viewership rise also with a move up of just under 500,000 watching over the 2013-14 season. In total average audience, NBC dipped 7% and Fox fell 21%.

Here are the average network viewership numbers for the 2014-15 season:

CBS: 11.3 million
NBC: 8.6 million
ABC: 8.0 million
Fox: 5.8 million
CW: 2.1 million

Deadline

posted 5/20/15

Italy Trades Up
Discovery Italia Orders Keshet Format
From Variety

Discovery Italia has acquired Keshet International’s “Trade Up,” a trivia game show, in which families sit inside a series of cars and must answer trivia questions in order to find the keys and drive away with the prize.

The deal marks Discovery Italia’s first-ever collaboration with Keshet International, the global distribution and production arm of Israeli media company Keshet.

Keshet shopped “Trade Up” at last month’s Mip TV, promoting it as a family-friendly program that also offers a number of branding partnership opportunities.

“‘Trade Up’ was one of the most brilliant and original formats at the most recent MIP, and this is our first deal with Keshet, one of the most interesting creative houses,” said Laura Carafoli, SVP of content and programming for Discovery Italia.

Each episode of the show sees families arriving at a hangar filled with a number of different new cars. After selecting a car to sit in, the families must answer a trivia questions to get the car to start. Each time they manage to turn the key in the car’s ignition, though, they have a choice — do they drive away with the car, or do they hedge their bets and trade up?

The deal is exclusive to Discovery Italy and not connected to other Discovery channels across the globe. Keshet execs say they are currently developing and packaging a U.S. version of the program that they hope to shop soon.

“Trade Up” will begin airing in Italy in the fall.

Variety
Realscreen
C21 Media

posted 5/20/15

Tuesday: The Next to the Last Night
ABC, NBC Split Penultimate Night of 2014-2015 Season
From The Futon Critic

The winner’s circle was looking pretty packed on primetime last night as both The Voice (2.8/9) and Dancing With The Stars (2.3/7) crowned victors.

NBC (10.149 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday with its "The Voice Recap" (7.733 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) followed by the season finale of "The Voice" (11.357 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1).

The silver then went to ABC (11.220 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) with night two of "The Bachelorette" (7.046 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3) alongside the season finale of "Dancing with the Stars" (13.307 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2).

Next up was FOX (3.422 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with a new "Hell's Kitchen" (3.503 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) plus a second "Hell's Kitchen" (3.341 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6).

Meanwhile, CBS (7.590 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) served up its all-repeat lineup of "NCIS" (9.075 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8), "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.260 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and another "NCIS" (6.434 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

And finally, the season finale of "The Flash" (3.706 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5) and a new "iZombie" (1.762 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #11) on The CW (2.734 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Chopped All-Stars (Food): 1.166 million

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Deadline

posted 5/20/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "You Got The Curse!"

  • Alton Brown's long-time marriage to his wife... done, meaning all three Food Network Star hosts are now exes (E!)
     
  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Hell's Kitchen moves to Tuesdays @ 9 beginning THIS Tuesday (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Maks Chmerkovskiy quotes Taylor Swift to "Dancing": we are never ever ever getting back together. Like ever. (Entertainment Weekly)
     
  • Kaitlyn's relations (The Daily Beast), and the double standard of game playing and slut shaming (Huffington Post)
     
  • Christina Aguilera impersonates Britney, Cher, Miley (New York Daily News)
     
  • Bob Barker wants Marineland orca included in whale ban (Toronto Star)
     
  • Alfonso Ribeiro catches 26... the 26th season of "America's Funniest Home Videos", that is. (The Futon Critic)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Millionaire heads to Louisville (WDRB Louisville)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with RocKwiz host/creator Brian Nankervis (Sydney Morning Herald) and Wayne Brady (Press of Atlantic City)

posted 5/20/15

Syndies: Week 33
Results for the Week Ending May 10
From B&C

At the May sweep’s halfway mark (ending May 10), most syndicated shows were steady as they go.

In access, game shows were steady. CTD’s Wheel of Fortune regained a slight advantage, adding 2% to a 6.4, after tying CTD’s Jeopardy! in the previous stanza. Jeopardy! sagged 3% to a 6.1. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud was flat at a 5.9, but was up 20% from last year at this time and was the genre’s only show to notch an annual gain.

Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire remained at its series-low 1.6 for the third time in four weeks and lost 24% from last year at this time. Debmar-Mercury’s Celebrity Name Game was unchanged at 1.3 for the sixth time in seven weeks.

B&C
TV by the Numbers
TV NewsCheck

posted 5/19/15

Monday: We Have a New Champion
ABC Sweeps the Night Thanks to "Dancing", "Bachelorette"
From the Futon Critic

ABC (9.529 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) pulled into the top spot on Monday with a new "Dancing with the Stars" (14.108 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) and the return of "The Bachelorette" (7.239 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.1, #T).

NBC (9.174 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) then had to settle for second place with a new "The Voice" (11.054 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.6, #1) followed by the season finale of "The Night Shift" (5.416 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

Next up was CBS (7.896 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) with the respective finales for "2 Broke Girls" (7.615 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4), "Mike & Molly" (7.750 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5), "Stalker" (6.823 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (9.182 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.096 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up a new "The Following" (3.104 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9) and the concluding installment of "The Following" (3.089 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10).

And finally, the feature "Celeste and Jesse Forever" (0.514 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #11) on The CW (0.514 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the evening.

RuPaul's Drag Race was the sole cable game with 310,000.

The Futon Critic
TV by the Numbers
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/19/15

Weekend: Penning the Sharks
ABC Closes on a High
From The Futon Critic

ABC (6.225 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the top draw on Friday thanks to the season finales of "Shark Tank" (6.927 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) and "Beyond the Tank" (6.251 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) plus a new "20/20" (5.497 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

The silver then went to NBC (5.180 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) with the season finale of "Grimm" (4.740 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) and a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (5.400 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #6).

Next up was CBS (5.201 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with the season finale of "The Amazing Race" (5.665 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) and a two-hour "ACM Presents: Superstar Duets" (4.970 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7).

Next up was FOX (1.476 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) with the feature "Scream 2" (1.476 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8).

And finally, a new "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.405 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.450 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and a new "The Messengers" (1.026 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) on The CW (1.227 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.527 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen: Evilicious (final, Food): 1.272 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.221 million

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers

posted 5/19/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Not Exactly The Most Shocking Lightning Round Ever"

  • What you need to know about last night's "Bachelorette": it's totally sexist and degrading (Salon), one of the men is a former "Bachelor" ex (Gawker), entertaining with rape jokes (Jezebel), and there was a triceratops (E!)
     
  • Speaking of... Jesse Palmer is now working for ABC News (TV Newser)
     
  • ICYMI: this is how you lose by a dollar on Jeopardy! (Mediaite)
     
  • ANOTHER BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW of "500 Questions" (TV Insider), plus a video preview (Extra)
     
  • Ant & Dec will have the "Best Time Ever" with NPH (BBC News)
     
  • Jimmy Fallon plays "Password" (Hypable)
     
  • "Mastermind" celebrates IBIIIIIIIZAAAAAAAA! (NME)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Teams of two wanted (Reality Wanted)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Bradley Walsh (Digital Spy) and the sadists in charge of "American Ninja Warrior" (Men's Journal) PLUS Pom Wonderful is getting on the course (The Futon Critic)

posted 5/19/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "500 Problems, But a Quiz Ain't One"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEWS: 500 Questions (ABC, Wednesday) is "a good game wrapped in poor, confusing production decisions" (Buzzerblog), "awash in way too many rules" (Media Life), "a grand spectacle" (USA Today), and "a pressure cooker of a quiz show" (Fort Worth Star-Telegram)
     
  • Class action suit against GSN filed by former intern who filed a class action suit against MGM for the same thing. We're not lawyers, but this doesn't pass the sniff test (Law360)
     
  • "Amazing Race" producers make the case for an Emmy... using this past season. You see the problem here? (The Wrap)
     
  • "The Bachelorette" promises the best season yet... (Us Magazine) ... or at least better than last season (Twitter @fleissmeister)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: Six reason why Survivor will outlast American Idol (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
     
  • VIDEO WALL: Imagine for a moment Peter Tomarken returned to host "Whammy!". Now watch the unaired pilot #1 (YouTube @WinkMartindale)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Teams of two wanted (Reality Wanted)
     
  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Bradley Walsh (Digital Spy) and the sadists in charge of "American Ninja Warrior" (Men's Journal) PLUS Pom Wonderful is getting on the course (The Futon Critic)

posted 5/18/15

Thursday: A Titanic Opening Night
ABC, CBS Split Night
From The Futon Critic

It was anything but smooth sailing for CMT's new quiz show "Pontoon Payday".

The Frank Nicotero-hosted game show - which takes place largely on a the deck of a party boat - attracted 198,000 viewers and rated 0.08 in the ad-friendly adults 18-49 demographic, holding onto only 46 percent of the audience for the season 2 opener of "Party Down South".

On broadcast, on a night packed with finales, ABC (6.893 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the network to beat among adults 18-49 with "Grey's Anatomy" (8.252 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2), "Scandal" (8.120 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and "American Crime" (4.308 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

CBS (7.926 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then claimed the silver with a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (9.568 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) followed by the season finale of "The Odd Couple" (8.220 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T5), repeats of "Mom" (8.046 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4) and "The Big Bang Theory" (7.861 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T5) plus the season finale of "Elementary" (6.929 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8).

Next up was NBC (5.367 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.795 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13) alongside the season finale of "The Blacklist" (7.262 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7) and a new "Dateline NBC" (5.045 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

Meanwhile, FOX (4.231 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up a new "Bones" (4.647 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and the premiere of "Wayward Pines" (3.815 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9).

And finally, the season finales of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.450 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) and "Reign" (0.866 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #15) on The CW (1.158 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening.

Elsewhere on cable...
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 1.545 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.091 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick: 370,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers

posted 5/15/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "The Axe Begins"

  • Per Blankens was brought to rebuild Idol... Now that that's a total failure, Fremantle's giving him the axe (The Hollywood Reporter) and in the end... these guys may be to blame (The Concourse)
     
  • Rove McManus brings "Lie Detectors" to... (Access Hollywood)
     
  • A bunch of big-time musical acts followed by a five-minute announcement of who will be forgotten in about a month. Don't you do this to me too, "Voice" (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Harry Shum Jr. goes from "Fake Off" judge to "Shadowhunter" alongside the Old Spice Guy (The Futon Critic)
     
  • Alex Trebek used to party (Uproxx)

posted 5/15/15


CW Sends "Top Model" to the Fall
Network Releases Upfront Presentation
From the Futon Critic

Wrapping up its most watched season in seven years, The CW Network presented its 2015-16 broadcast schedule today to advertisers, affiliates and national media at New York City Center in New York City. The indie-pop band Of Monsters and Men kicked off the presentation with a live performance of their latest single "Crystals," and their international hit song "Little Talks."

"This has been a terrific season for The CW, and is a result of a strategy we set in motion a few years ago to broaden out and grow our audience," said Pedowitz. "We had our most watched season, and our highest-rated season among men, in seven years. We launched The CW's most watched series ever with THE FLASH, and with THE FLASH and JANE THE VIRGIN, we received more critical acclaim than ever before.

"The CW is heading into next season with incredible stability and strength, and continuing its strategy of adding more original programming all year long. Our new fall series CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND is original and hilarious, and will work as a perfect companion for JANE on Monday nights, while at midseason we have the much-anticipated DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW, and the tense action of CONTAINMENT. These three new series are a terrific complement to our already strong schedule, and allow us to keep building on our momentum in 2015-16."

The CW will launch its 2015-16 broadcast season in October, with premiere dates to be announced later.

Monday night is back-to-back comedy night with CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND at 8:00-9:00 p.m., starring Rachel Bloom as an unhappy lawyer who quits her job and moves across the country in search of love, with her inner monologue providing irreverent musical interludes, followed by Golden Globe-winner Gina Rodriguez starring in JANE THE VIRGIN returning at 9:00-10:00 p.m.

Tuesdays, Grant Gustin returns as the Fastest Man Alive in The CW's smash hit THE FLASH at 8:00-9:00 p.m., followed by the brainy zom-com iZOMBIE, starring Rose McIver at 9:00-10:00 p.m.

ARROW, starring Stephen Amell as Starling City's masked hero, is back on Wednesday in the 8:00-9:00 p.m. time slot, followed by the monster-hunting Winchester brothers in SUPERNATURAL at 9:00-10:00 p.m.

Thursdays will be fang-tastic, with Damon and Stefan returning in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, 8:00-9:00 p.m., followed by the first family of vampires, THE ORIGINALS at 9:00-10:00 p.m.

Mary, Queen of Scots will face off with Queen Elizabeth this season on REIGN, moving to Fridays at 8:00-9:00 p.m., followed by Cycle 22 of AMERICA'S NEXT TOP MODEL, which will move from Wednesdays in the Summer to Fridays in the Fall.

The new series DC'S LEGENDS OF TOMORROW and CONTAINMENT will premiere in midseason, and THE 100 and BEAUTY AND THE BEAST will return with new seasons in 2016.

The Futon Critic
TV Insider

posted 5/14/15

Wednesday: Squeaker of a Split
ABC Splits Night with "Idol"-Fueled Fox... but Only Just
From the Futon Critic

ABC (6.226 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was the network to beat among adults 18-49 on Wednesday with the season finales of "The Middle" (6.987 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5) and "The Goldbergs" (6.712 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 2.0, #4) followed by new episodes of "Modern Family" (8.096 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #1) and "Black-ish" (6.170 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3) and the season closer to "Nashville" (4.695 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9).

FOX (7.739 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2) then claimed the silver with the season finale of "American Idol" (7.739 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6). The 8-10:06 PM American Idol last night hit a new finale low for the Ryan Seacrest-hosted series. Last night’s Season 14 ender fell a harsh 38% among adults 18-49 from what its Season 13 finale drew on May 21 last year.

Next up was CBS (7.666 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) with new episodes of "Survivor: Worlds Apart" (9.434 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) and "CSI: Cyber" (6.878 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T10) alongside the season finale of "CSI: Cyber" (6.688 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (6.580 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) served up the penultimate weeks of "The Mysteries of Laura" (6.141 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.762 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #8) and "Chicago PD" (6.837 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T6).

And finally, the season finale of "Arrow" (2.798 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T12) and a new "Supernatural" (2.142 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #14) on The CW (2.470 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 349,000
- Fake Off (truTV): 300,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (Fox Sports 1): 286,000

The Futon Critic
Deadline
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers

posted 5/14/15

What's French for "Boom"?
TF1 Takes Foreign Format
From C21 Media

French commercial broadcaster TF1 will test two gameshow formats this summer as it fights back against pubcaster France 2 in access primetime.

The French version of Keshet International’s Boom! will be produced by TF1 Productions, while the distributor’s format Win Your Wishlist will be made by Sony Pictures Television’s prodco Starling.

The shows will each be hosted by popular TF1 hosts, Boom! by Vincent Lagaff (The Price is Right) and Win Your Wishlist by Christophe Dechavanne.

The news was confirmed by TF1 programs director Fabrice Bailly on radio station France Inter yesterday.

C21 Media

posted 5/14/15

GSN Plays Against Cablevision
On the Table: Channel Position
From Hollywood Reporter

Is a television network that's best known for game shows being hampered by a cable ecosystem that's been rigged against fair competitions?

The question is now being addressed in a proceeding before the Federal Communications Commission, which is examining the plight of the Game Show Network, which offers such fare as Deal or No Deal and Family Feud as well as original programming like Idotest, Skin Wars and Lie Detectors. The media regulatory agency is examining whether Cablevision's repositioning of GSN from a wide tier to a premium sports tier amounted to program carriage discrimination in violation of Section 616 of the Communications Act of 1934.

This contest has been a long one.

GSN filed its complaint against Cablevision in 2011, when the FCC got tired of the often contentious negotiations between programmers and distributors on the tube and aimed to do something about it. Now, the latest buzz in television has advanced towards talking about the opportunities and tensions inherent in the unbundling of television content, but GSN and Cablevision continue to fight the good fight over how decisions to put networks into certain tiers on the cable dial can have big consequences to ratings, ad dollars and licensing revenue. In the past couple of weeks, the two sides have delivered arguments in advance of a summary decision. The FCC's coming ruling may be quite impactful in an industry where vertical consolidation always causes a big headache.

GSN argues that it was taken out of a more widely distributed tier that included WE tv and Wedding Central — two networks that feature "female-oriented" reality and competition-based programming. That's how GSN sees itself. By being placed into a premium sports tier that included "male-oriented" ESPN Classic, ESPN-U, MLB Network and the NHL Network, GSN says that many of its viewers didn't want to pay the extra fee and its ratings began to crater.

Cablevision allegedly had an ulterior motive in doing this because it wanted to benefit its own affiliated WE tv and Wedding Central networks.

The FCC ruled early on in the dispute that it wouldn't force Cablevision to immediately put GSN back into the basic tier while the dispute played out, but the agency did in 2012 find that GSN had established a prima facie case of program discrimination.

The Hollywood Reporter

posted 5/14/15

TNT, TBS Rebrand. Again.
Turner Plans New Games in Upfront
From the Futon Critic

Turner Broadcasting System Inc. brought its entire portfolio of leading entertainment, kids, news and sports brands to The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City this morning for one powerful Upfront presentation. The strength of Turner's diverse portfolio of brands - including Adult Swim, Boomerang, Cartoon Network, CNN, HLN, TBS, TNT, truTV and Turner Sports - was highlighted throughout the presentation, which showcased content and offerings from the networks and brought Turner's "Turn It Up" message to life.

Turner is a global content leader across all screens and platforms, reaching more than 230 million Americans in a given month through its top-rated entertainment networks, leading digital brands, the only kids network with a growing audience, premier championship sports and the global leader in news. Collectively, the company creates 15,000 hours of premium original content each year that reaches and engages with the entire range of adult and kid viewers.

"Turner's portfolio consists of leading multiplatform brands, each with a unique voice and identity that is unmatched in the marketplace," said David Levy, president of Turner Broadcasting. "Our brands deliver content that resonates with socially connected audiences across a wide range of demos, from kids to Generation Next to Millennials to Generation X and beyond. We also have data and partnership opportunities that give advertisers the insight and tools to engage our viewers in exciting new ways. Turner's collective strength and reach across all platforms and demographics, combined with our ability to connect advertisers with viewers, firmly positions us for success today and well into the future."

The Turner Upfront 2015 presentation tipped off with Turner Sports' award-winning Inside the NBA team - Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, and Shaquille O'Neal - followed by the introduction of Turner's all-star ad sales team, led by Donna Speciale, president of Turner Broadcasting Ad Sales.

"Today is a historic day," Speciale told the audience. "For the first time, all of Turner is together on one stage. We're focusing all our assets on your business needs, to help drive your results. To do that, all of our divisions are working together, re-inventing what it means to be a content company. To us, change means opportunity, and we are disrupting our own business model to grab hold of all the incredible opportunities ahead. That's what we mean when we say, 'TURN IT UP!'"

Below are details on each portion of Turner Upfront 2015, including links to news announcements and some of the video pieces included in today's presentation. Turner Upfront news and photos are being posted on social media using #TurnerUpfront.

There's a revolution coming to TBS and an evolution coming to TNT, announced Kevin Reilly, president of TBS and TNT and chief content officer for Turner Entertainment, during this morning's Turner Upfront 2015. Reilly revealed his initial strategy for the two networks, including plans for a major TBS rebrand, a shift in focus for the TNT slate of original dramas and an increase in the development and production of original content for both networks.

"We're on the move in a big way at TNT and TBS," Reilly said. "We're doing a proactive makeover of these networks. We'll double the number of our original series on TBS and TNT over the next three years. And we'll sharpen the point of view and be even more adventurous in our programming choices."

Reilly emphasized that both networks are currently very strong. TBS tops the charts as basic cable's #1 network in primetime delivery of adults 18-49, adults 18-34 and total viewers. And TNT is home to more hit series than any other cable network. On a monthly basis, TNT and TBS collectively reach nearly half of all adults 18-49.

Reilly's plans for TNT call for a shift in the focus and tone of its original programming. Today, the network announced an eight-part drama and two pilot orders:

· The Alienist, an atmospheric, eight-part psychological thriller based on Caleb Carr's bestseller and set in the fascinating and gritty world of Gilded Age New York City, from Emmy(R) winner Cary Fukunaga, Oscar(R) winner Eric Roth and Oscar nominee Hossein Amini.

· Will, a series about a young William Shakespeare told in raucous style by Craig Pearce, the long-time writing partner of auteur filmmaker Baz Lurhmann.

· Animal Kingdom, a family crime drama set in a gritty surf community from executive producers John Wells and Jonathan Lisco.

For TBS, Reilly's strategy calls for a major reposition of the network's brand and programming, all of which is set to begin by the end of 2015, as well as an expansion of the network's original programming slate to more than 15 scripted and unscripted series over the next two years.

TBS will launch Separation Anxiety, a relationship-based game show with a unique twist.

HLN's 2016 programming slate will feature the highly-anticipated premiere of Heads Up!, the TV series based on the mega-popular game and best-selling smartphone app from The Ellen DeGeneres Show. This 65-episode half-hour game show strip, produced by DeGeneres' A Very Good Production in association with Telepictures, will be hosted by Loni Love, comedian, actress and co-host of syndicated talk show The Real. From famous names, to song titles, to animals - players must guess the word before them from their teammate's clues before time runs out. Each team is made up of one celebrity and one civilian. In the first few rounds, two teams go head-to-head, but only one team will make it to the final round and play for the jackpot prize. And heads up: There are a lot of laughs along the way.

In October 2014, truTV flipped the switch on an extensive brand makeover. Since then the network has been on a roll, rapidly expanding its lineup of original programming and scoring across-the-board ratings growth and chart-climbing competitive rankings.

"We have turned over a whole new network, building momentum with a premium lineup of new series that will keep viewers coming back for more," said Chris Linn, president, head of programming for truTV. "We now have 17 new shows, with a slate that represents nearly 200 hours of original programming. These new shows, specials and pilots are the kind of fresh and innovative programming that will help us build on the success our 'Way More Fun' brand is generating."

Over the past six months, the truTV audience has been getting younger, and the network has been climbing the charts as a result of its brand and programming refresh. Since the rebrand, truTV has garnered a median age of only 38, and its median age for the first quarter of 2015 was four years younger than first quarter last year. Primetime deliveries were up across the board compared to the first two months of the network's brand and programming update, including adults 18-49 (+36%), adults 18-34 (+35%), men 18-49 (+45%), men 18-34 (+54%) and total viewers (+35%).

truTV also finished the first quarter as one of basic cable's Top 20 networks with men 18-49 and men 18-34, climbing 13 and nine spaces, respectively, among the two demos compared to the opening months of the rebrand. Among total viewers, truTV has risen 10 spots, while its rankings among adults 18-49 and adults 18-34 have improved six and four spots, respectively.

truTV's current hits include Impractical Jokers, The Carbonaro Effect, Fake Off, Friends of the People, Hack My Life, How to Be a Grownup and Barmageddon. The network's extensive lineup of upcoming series include the scripted comedy Those Who Can't, the genre-busting half-prank/half-sketch show Fameless and the unscripted series The Hustlers, Santas in the Barn and Six Degrees of Everything. In addition, the streetwise game show Funny Or Die's Billy on the Street with Billy Eichner is set to become a truTV original series, starting with its fourth season in October.

Other pilots include Smartface (working title), produced by Howie Mandel’s Alevy Productions and Core Media Group. The show is based on a format distributed by Tel Aviv-based Dori Media Group.

The series, which has been sold to broadcasters around the world by Dori, is a trivia gameshow in which contestants have to find a random member of the public to answer questions on their behalf.

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posted 5/14/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "It's All Fun & Games"

  • Steven Tyler would return to the final season of "Idol"... if they paid him enough (Entertainment Tonight)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: 10 cringe-worthy game show moments (HLN)
     
  • Britt & Kaitlyn's response doesn't sound at all like it was prepared for a conference call (E!)
     
  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: "Pontoon Payday" (CMT, tonight) (Channel Guide)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: 10 reasons why we still watch "Hell's Kitchen" (Hidden Remote)
     
  • #TBT: Pat Sharp, twin cheerleaders return "Fun House" to Evesham (Hereford Times)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: the 7 worst "Pointless" answers. EVER. (BT)
     
  • BBC buys into a Mighty "Tipping Point" indie (TBI Vision)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Worst Cooks in America (Reality Wanted)
     
  • ICYMI: Oh yeah, and America has a new "Idol" (TV Insider)

posted 5/14/15


CBS Renews "Survivor", "Race"
Network Releases Upfront Presentation
From the Futon Critic

CBS has renewed 10 of its 11 remaining scripted series, leaving "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" as the sole question mark at the network.

Per multiple reports, earning 2015-16 season stripes are: "Blue Bloods," "Criminal Minds," "CSI: Cyber," "Elementary," "The Good Wife," "Hawaii Five-0," "NCIS," "NCIS: Los Angeles," "The Odd Couple" and "Person of Interest."

Also returning next season will be its newsmagazine ("48 Hours," "60 Minutes") and reality ("The Amazing Race, "Survivor" and "Undercover Boss") mainstays.

SURVIVOR once again opens the night at 8:00 PM, where it continues to win in viewers and demos. CBS's highest-rated 18-49 drama, CRIMINAL MINDS, which grew its audience this year, delivers the perfect lead-in at 9:00 PM for the fast-paced new medical drama CODE BLACK at 10:00 PM.

CBS's winning Friday night returns intact with the Emmy Award-winning reality series THE AMAZING RACE at 8:00 PM, followed by the two-hour crime-solving block of HAWAII FIVE-0 at 9:00 PM and BLUE BLOODS, Friday's most-watched show, at 10:00 PM.

As for "CSI," the network is working on a finale plan to wrap up the series, whether it be a TV movie or short run 16th season. The two-hour series swan song will air September 27.

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posted 5/13/15

Tuesday: Well That Was a Whole Heap of Nothing
NBC, CBS Split Night. Idol... Non-Event.
From the Futon Critic

CBS (12.321 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) was the most-watched network on Tuesday with the season finales of "NCIS" (14.745 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (13.518 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) plus a special "CSI: Cyber" (8.702 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T11).

NBC (6.578 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) then shared in the demo crown with its mix of "The Voice" (8.976 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1), a new "Undateable" (4.316 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7) and the season finales of "Undateable" (3.945 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7) and "Chicago Fire" (6.628 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4).

Next up was ABC (5.953 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) and a special "Dancing with the Stars" (9.955 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T4) followed by a new "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (4.219 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7) and the season finale of "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (3.685 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (4.359 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) served up fresh installments of "Hell's Kitchen" (3.228 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T11) and "American Idol" (5.491 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (3.506 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6) and "iZombie" (1.760 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) on The CW (2.633 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Chopped All-Stars (Food): 1.346 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 406,000

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/13/15

"Travel Channel Star" Has Its Final 15
Stream Entire Season on TravelChannel.com
From the Futon Critic

Who will be the next Travel Channel Star? After reviewing over 1,000 entries from travel enthusiasts across the country, Travel Channel has narrowed the search to the top 15 contestants. Each with their own take on travel, these wanna-be hosts bring many areas of expertise and perspective on how they would explore the world. The professions they are willing to leave behind include part-time poll worker, personal trainer and high school science teacher.

In the 15 five-minute webisodes, three judges and host Bert Kreischer, professional fun-seeker and host of "Trip Flip," provide colorful commentary and feedback about each audition.

Did the judges get it right? Fans can vote for their favorite contender on TravelChannel.com's "Travel Channel Star" page and on Twitter using #travelchannelstar until Friday, May 15. The top five will be revealed on Travel Channel's website on Monday, May 25 with additional commentary from Kreischer and the judges.

The winner of 2015's "Travel Channel Star" will host their own five-part series on TravelChannel.com and will be named in a one-hour special, hosted by Kreischer, on Travel Channel later this year.

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posted 5/13/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Cat on a Hot Gold Derby"

  • Cat Deeley to host Critic's Choice Awards on A&E (The Futon Critic)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: Five reasons why Idol failed (TV Line) plus a few good minutes with William Hung (People)
     
  • How did Aaron Rodgers get to be in "Jeopardy!" His girlfriend Olivia Munn said no. Simple (ESPN Wisconsin)

posted 5/13/15


ABC Upfront: ... Nope. No Big Changes
All of ABC's Primetime Games Will Continue On
From The Futon Critic

ABC continues its commitment to great storytelling with the announcement of its 2015-16 slate of programming, including the addition of 10 new series. Paul Lee, president, ABC Entertainment Group, will unveil the network's new lineup to the advertising and media communities this afternoon at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall.

"Our new slate of shows continues the momentum from last year. ABC was the most buzzed about network, and the only major network to hold on to its audience and to grow in the target demo. Our 2015-16 schedule, with new shows and returning favorites that reflect our commitment to world-class storytelling, will solidify ABC's place as the network that raises the bar for what viewers expect from broadcast television," said Lee.

ABC is the only major network to increase its Adult 18-49 audience during the 2014-15 season. ABC delivered 7 of the Top 20 entertainment series on broadcast TV this season in Adults 18-49, placing 4 of the Top 10 and claiming 3 of the Top 5 dramas: "Modern Family" and "Scandal" tie at No. 4, "How to Get Away with Murder" - No. 9, "Grey's Anatomy" - No. 10, "Once Upon a Time" - No. 12, while "black-ish" and "The Bachelor" tie at No. 18.

New series "The Catch," "Dr. Ken," "The Family," "The Muppets," "Of Kings and Prophets," "OIL," "Quantico," "The Real O'Neals," "Uncle Buck" and "Wicked City" will join the lineup.

Returning this season are "America's Funniest Home Videos," "American Crime," "The Bachelor," "Beyond The Tank," "black-ish," "Castle," "Dancing with the Stars," "Fresh Off the Boat," "Galavant," "The Goldbergs," "Grey's Anatomy," "How to Get Away With Murder," "Last Man Standing," "Marvel's Agent Carter," "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.," "The Middle," "Modern Family," "Nashville," "Once Upon a Time," "Scandal," "Secrets and Lies," "Shark Tank" and "20/20."

Fall premiere dates will be announced at a later time. Please note that shows picked up but not listed on the schedule below will debut later in the 2015-16 season.

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posted 5/12/15

Syndies: Week 32
Results for the Week Ending May 3
From B&C

CBS Television Distribution’s rookie court show Hot Bench hit the 2.0 household ratings barrier in the week ending May 3, climbing 11% for the week to a new series high, according to Nielsen Media Research.

The Judge Judy Sheindlin-created court panel had the largest weekly increase of any daytime show in the top 15. Hot Bench also was syndication’s only strip to hit a new high and was easily court’s second-highest rated show after Judy, of course.
The week marked the first full week of the May sweep, which started April 23 and runs through May 20. Warmer weather and lower levels of people using television made it a difficult week for most shows.

In access, game shows weren’t having much fun. Both Wheel and Jeopardy! sank, with Wheel sliding 7% to a 6.3, tying Jeopardy!, which stumbled 6%.

Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud faded 5% to a 5.9, but was up 13% compared to last year at this time and was the only show in the category with an annual increase. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to be a Millionaire matched its series-low 1.6, with a 6% drop for the week and a 27% drop for the year. Debmar Mercury’s rookie Celebrity Name Game sagged 7% for the week to a 1.3.

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posted 5/12/15

Monday: Business As Usual
ABC, NBC Split Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.254 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was once again the demo champ on Monday with its duo of "The Voice" (9.844 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1) and "The Night Shift" (5.075 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8).

ABC (11.768 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) then was a close second with a new "Dancing with the Stars" (13.314 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) and the season finale of "Castle" (8.677 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #5).

Next up was CBS (7.278 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3) with the penultimate weeks of "2 Broke Girls" (7.076 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4), "Mike & Molly" (7.747 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), canceled "Stalker" (6.351 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6) and "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.071 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (3.130 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up a new "The Following" (3.210 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #9) and a second "The Following" (3.050 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10).

And finally, the season finales of "The Originals" (1.106 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.265 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) on The CW (1.185 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 367,000
- RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo): 266,000

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posted 5/12/15

Ink Master: Rivals
Catch It on Spike June 23!
From The Futon Critic

Spike TV's hit original series "Ink Master" returns for a sixth season starting Tuesday, June 23 at 10 pm ET/PT, and this time it's best to 'know your enemy.' Eighteen tattoo artists from around the country will battle it out in permanent ink and sometimes with each other for a $100,000 grand prize, an editorial feature in Inked and, of course, the bragging rights title of 'Ink Master.' This season it's not just about the rivalries the artists create during the competition, each contestant comes with their own personal tattoo rival - their master or apprentice.

The Futon Critic

posted 5/12/15

La Banda Comes Back for Season 2
Univision Renews Simon Cowell Series
From TV by the Numbers

Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America, today hosted its annual Upfront presentation to unveil its 2015-16 programming line-up and to highlight how targeting U.S. Hispanics through Univision’s multiplatform portfolio is the way forward for marketers to fuel growth. At the UCI Upfront event, Univision announced that “La Banda,” the music-based, multi-media competition show developed by Simon Cowell’s SYCO Entertainment and Haim Saban’s Saban Brands and co-produced with FremantleMedia Latin America is back for a second season. Simon Cowell as executive producer brings SYCO Entertainment’s trademark talent for finding stars and creating great entertainment to Spanish-language television for the first time this fall. For the second season, “La Banda 2” will scour the U.S. for the ultimate Latina girl super group.

With its signature new take on the singing competition show format, “La Banda 2” will search the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Representing Mexico, Central America, South America, the Caribbean and Puerto Rico, female contestants will compete for their place in “La Banda 2.”

“Music plays a central role in the lives of Hispanics and we are pleased to continue to bring new musical projects to our audience via this exciting new platform,” said Alberto Ciurana, president, Programming and Content, Univision Communications Inc. “We’re thrilled to collaborate once again with Simon Cowell’s SYCO Entertainment as part of our commitment to entertain and empower Hispanic Americans through the programming they crave.”

“I am absolutely delighted to be announcing Season 2 of ‘La Banda’,” said Simon Cowell. “The enthusiasm for this format is already very exciting and most importantly we are seeing some incredibly promising talent. Univision and Saban Brands are brilliant, music-focused, passionate partners and we are all looking forward to next year’s search for a Latina girl group.”

“La Banda 2” will continue in its Sunday night primetime position on the Univision Network in 2016.

Simon Cowell, Kelly Belldegrun and Nigel Hall will executive produce “La Banda 2” for SYCO Entertainment and Cisco Suarez will executive produce for Univision.

TV by the Numbers

posted 5/12/15

Weekend: Many Tanks
ABC Takes Friday
From TV by the Numbers

ABC (5.731 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the demo champ on Friday with its mix of "Shark Tank" (6.580 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1), "Beyond the Tank" (5.566 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) and "20/20" (5.047 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3).

NBC (5.227 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then took home the silver with new episodes of "Grimm" (4.284 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "Dateline NBC" (5.699 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Next up was CBS (7.317 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with new episodes of "The Amazing Race" (5.468 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "Hawaii Five-0" (8.367 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) plus the season finale of "Hawaii Five-0" (8.118 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.297 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up the feature "Scream" (1.297 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

And finally, The CW (0.991 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) served up its revised Friday lineup of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.380 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.229 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "The Messengers" (0.679 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12).

On Food Network...
- Spring Baking Championship: 1.363 million
- Guy's Grocery Games: 1.240 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen: Evilicious: 1.189 million

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posted 5/12/15

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Sharks"

  • Daymond John swims with Washington sharks as White House entrepreneurship ambassador (Variety)
     
  • Sometimes Erin Andrews' "I'm gonna bawl" face (Twitter @ErinAndrews) is just that. An "I'm gonna bawl" face (Twitter @Tom_Bergeron)
     
  • Paula Abdul, Nigel Lythgoe react (Billboard) to "Idol" cancellation (Extra) PLUS a LIST ABUSE of 9 of American Idol's greatest success stories (TV Insider)

posted 5/12/15


Curtain Call
Season 15 to Be "Idol's" Last, Plus Other Upfront Details
From Variety

“American Idol” is finally coming to a close. The fifteenth and final season will premiere January 2016.

Jennifer Lopez, Harry Connick Jr. and Keith Urban will return as Season 15 judges, along with host Ryan Seacrest.

While searching for the final “Idol” superstar, the last season will also serve as a “celebratory event,” paying tribute to fourteen seasons of contestants, winners and fans.

“American Idol,” created by Simon Fuller, first debuted in 2002 with original judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson. Throughout its fourteen seasons, other A-list judges have included Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Steven Tyler, Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres.

The reality competition made a star of Seacrest who has served as emcee since Season 1 when he shared hosting duties with Brian Dunkleman, who exited after the first round.

Based off Fuller’s hit British series “Pop Idol,” on which Cowell was a judge, the duo brought “Idol” to America, and is credited with launching the genre craze stateside, leading to other singing competitions including “The Voice,” “The Sing Off,” the short-lived “Rising Star,” plus “The X Factor” and “America’s Got Talent,” both created by Cowell and inspired by the British versions.

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posted 5/11/15


Get Ready to Have "Best Time Ever"
NPH's "SNTA" Take Has a Name, Date
From Broadway World

NBC has revealed the name of its upcoming variety show to be hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. The weekly extravaganza will be called BEST TIME EVER WITH NEIL PATRICK HARRIS.

The one-hour series, which will debut this fall on the Peacock Network, will be based on the long-running, successful British series Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway. The show will feature a combination of comedy, music, and game-show elements.

In preparation for his upcoming hosting gig, Harris recently served as guest announcer on Takeaway. He is expected to make an appearance at NBC's upfront presentation to advertisers, taking place on Monday at New York's Radio City Music Hall. NBC has ordered 10 episodes from ITV Studios America, all of which will be filmed in front of a live audience.

Meanwhile, NBC has renewed "The Voice" for another season to air Mondays & Tuesdays, while "Best Time Ever" will air the first 10 Tuesdays of the new season.

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posted 5/11/15

More on "The Bachelorette"
Catch It on ABC May 18
From TV by the Numbers

What do a buff fitness coach, whose mother’s untimely death left him with painful scars; a dashing executive recruiter, who is a Princeton graduate; a cocky and confident architectural engineer with movie star good looks; an insurance agent, who is the total package, and a charming dentist, who has a million dollar smile, all have in common? They’re all on the hunt for the new Bachelorette – whether that is Britt or Kaitlyn -- when the 11th edition of the female version of ABC’s popular romance reality series, “The Bachelorette,” premieres with a two-night special, MONDAY, MAY 18 at a special time (9:01-11:00 p.m., ET), and TUESDAY, MAY 19 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

TV by the Numbers

posted 5/11/15


JOANNE CARSON: 1931-2015
Johnny Carson's Second Wife Co-Hosted "Video Village"
From CBS News

Joanne Carson, the second wife of "Tonight Show" host Johnny Carson, has died in Southern California. She was 83.

Ed Rada, the executor of her estate, says Carson died Friday at her longtime home in Los Angeles. Rada says she had been in declining health and was in hospice care.

Born Joanne Copeland in Los Angeles, she married Johnny Carson in 1963, a year after he began hosting "The Tonight Show."

After their divorce in 1972, she became close to writer Truman Capote. He kept a writing room at her house, where he died in 1984.

Joanne had her own career as a talk show host, appearing on early 1960s gameshow Video Village and health and fitness show Joanne Carson's VIPs.

Rada says she will be interred next to Capote at Westwood Cemetery in Los Angeles.

Joanne Carson had a second marriage late in her life to Richard Rever that also ended in divorce.

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posted 5/11/15

The Points Don't Matter... on Stage
Clive Anderson to Return to "Whose Line" Live Show
From the Guardian

Channel 4 hit Whose Line Is it Anyway? is set to be revived as a live show featuring regulars from the original series including host Clive Anderson.

Comics from the original show including Colin Mochrie, Josie Lawrence, Greg Proops and Brad Sherwood will reunite 16 years after the TV comedy show was cancelled in the UK.

The live show will premiere at the Adelphi Theatre in London’s West End on Saturday June 20 for a limited two-week run.

“It’s great to be back in charge of the iconic Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” said Anderson, who hosted the Channel 4 show in its 10 series run 1988 to 1999. “Joining up with some of the show’s most impressive improvisers to play many of its best loved games, together with some exciting new features – expect all the fun of the television program only this time live on stage.”

The stage show has been devised by the co-creators of the original TV show Dan Patterson, who also created BBC2’s Mock The Week, and Mark Leveson.

“I’m extremely excited to be bringing the official worldwide premiere to London’s West End,” said Patterson.

Just as Channel 4 cancelled the show US network ABC opted to remake it, with Drew Carey as host and featuring a number of the regulars from the British version, which ran from 1998 to 2007.

It was revived again in 2013, this time by The CW with Aisha Tyler hosting, and continues to air.

“Since it was last aired on Channel 4 in 1999 the show has really evolved and with the US TV show running for so long we’ve seen some incredible performances,” said Patterson. “The level of talent involved in the show on both sides of the Atlantic has been phenomenal and we’ve been very lucky to work with all of them. Expect the best of both versions.”

Last year, a version of the live show appeared at the Edinburgh Fringe festival.

Anderson hosted an adaptation of the TV comedy, featuring regulars including Stephen Frost, retitled as Whose Live Show Is It Anyway? because the producers of the show didn’t hold the rights to the original name.

Whose Line Is It Anyway? began life as a short-lived six-part series on BBC Radio 4 in 1988 with Stephen Fry and John Sessions as regulars.

The Guardian
CultHub

posted 5/11/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Derek The Red Nosed Host"

  • Derek Gaines gets his nose on for Red Nose Day (The Interrobang)
     
  • Simon's talking like he's losing an X Factor coach... oh wait... (Digital Spy)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: Game show looking for superfans (Reality Wanted)
     
  • Ant & Dec pick up a couple more BAFTAs (CBBC Newsround)

posted 5/11/15

More on "WWE Tough Enough"
Catch It on USA June 23!
From the Futon Critic

USA Network and WWE announced today that WWE Superstar Chris Jericho will be the host of the highly-anticipated series, WWE TOUGH ENOUGH, and will be joined by a panel of experts comprised of WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan(R), WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan(R) and WWE Diva Paige(TM). The high-octane reality series premieres LIVE Tuesday, June 23 at 8pm ET/5pm PT on USA Network and around the world.*

This season of WWE TOUGH ENOUGH will combine the can't-miss excitement of live television with reality-show drama, as WWE hopefuls vie for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to become the next WWE Superstar or Diva. Unlike anything on television today, the lightning-fast hour of entertainment and competition will include live results every week, giving fans worldwide the power to decide who stays and who goes the very same night. Each week, one cast member will be eliminated until one man and one woman are considered "Tough Enough," with each earning a one-year, $250,000 WWE contract.

Throughout the competition, the contestants will be trained by WWE Legends Booker T(TM), Billy Gunn(TM) and Lita(TM). Contestants will also come face-to-face with WWE icons including WWE Chairman & Chief Executive Officer Vince McMahon; Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative, Paul "Triple H(R)" Levesque; Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon; and WWE Superstar John Cena(R), among others.

"These athletes, each with varying skill sets, will be put through a grueling boot camp that will test their physical, mental and emotional limits in a way that the series hasn't done before," said Jessica Sebastian, Vice President of Unscripted Series, USA Network. "Each week, their training and experience culminates in a spectacular live event where they will be put in front of their WWE heroes and an audience of fans. In this reimagined version of WWE TOUGH ENOUGH only the best will survive."

"This season of WWE TOUGH ENOUGH will be the most innovative, unique and engaging series on television," said Kevin Dunn, WWE Executive Producer. "A live global telecast, real-time voting with immediate results, and unprecedented use of digital and social media during and between telecasts will all lead to a groundbreaking viewing experience."

To date, entrants from 113 countries have submitted videos, which have been viewed more than two million times on YouTube. To view play lists of entrants' videos or to submit a new audition video, go to WWEToughEnough.com. For a compilation of entrants' video submissions, click here.

On Monday, May 25, the WWE TOUGH ENOUGH App will be available for free download, giving fans even more opportunity to engage with this cutting-edge reality competition series. Through the App, viewers will receive access to exclusive content, learn more about the contestants, take part in social conversation between live telecasts and vote in real time. Fans around the world can also vote live each week for who stays and who goes via text (U.S. only), on Twitter @WWEToughEnough as well as on the WWE App, WWEToughEnough.com and USANetwork.com.

WWE TOUGH ENOUGH will emanate live from both the state-of-the-art WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Fla., home to WWE's developmental division NXT, and the innovative professional production studios at Full Sail University located in Winter Park, Fla. This launch will mark the inaugural use of the University's latest high-caliber, on-campus production facility. In 2012, WWE and Full Sail announced an innovative partnership, which created a student scholarship fund, and also allows students of the university's entertainment-focused degree programs, including Film, Show Production, Digital Arts and Design, Internet Marketing and Entertainment Business, to gain real-world experience alongside WWE's professional production staff during WWE NXT tapings.

The Futon Critic
Entertainment Weekly

posted 5/8/15

A Second Chance at Survivor Glory
UPDATE: CBS Takes Itself Out of the Running
From the Futon Critic

Don’t worry Survivor fans, you really are the ones—and the only ones—voting for the next cast of the CBS reality show. Host Jeff Probst got viewers all atwitter on Twitter on Wednesday when he announced at the end of that night’s World Apart episode that fans would be able to vote in the next cast of 20 from a pool of 32 former players. And not just part of the cast—like on the network’s Big Brother: All-Stars back in 2006, when viewers picked eight contestants and producers picked six others—but the entire cast.

However, a few-eagle eyed fans and former contestants noticed something that seemed to contradict that in the fine print found in the Terms and Conditions page that accompanied the online voting—a section that read: “A combination of votes from CBS & the public will decide who from amongst the nominees presented will become the Fall 2015 Survivor cast.”

A combination of votes from CBS & the public? That’s not what Jeff Probst told Entertainment Weekly in our exclusive interview about the twist, nor how the voting was being promoted anywhere else on the Survivor website or in a press release about the twist. Naturally, it was time to investigate. A source close to the show informs me that the language in the terms and conditions was mistakenly added in by someone on the network’s legal team. The good news? It’s now gone. The text now reads, “The public will decide who from amongst the nominees presented will become the Fall 2015 Survivor cast.”

CBS also released a statement to EW on the matter, and managed to have a bit of fun with it in the process: “We voted the lawyers off of the island. The language has been corrected. It’s only the fans’ vote that counts. Always has been.”

The Futon Critic
TV Insider
Entertainment Weekly

posted 5/8/15

Dancing 10th Anniversary: One More Thing...
The Judges Are Hitting the Floor!
From E!

Dancing With the Stars? More like Dancing With the Judges!

For the first time in the ABC reality hit's 10-year history, the judges will be entering the competition.

Each judge—Len Goodman, Julianne Hough, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli—is set to coach one of the four remaining couples leading up to Monday night's performance show. They'll have final say over their song, dance style and creative. The judges' choice dances will be scored by the three remaining judges.

The couples:
- Len Goodman will be with Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough
- Julianne Hough will be with Riker Lynch and Allison Holker
- Carrie Ann Inaba will be with Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess
- Bruno Tonioli will be with Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy

E!

posted 5/8/15

Thursday: Early Locks
CBS, ABC Take Penultimate Thursday of Season
From the Futon Critic

CBS (8.420 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T1) was the most-watched network thanks to the season finale of "The Big Bang Theory" (14.315 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1) followed by a new "The Odd Couple" (8.509 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4), a second "The Odd Couple" (7.026 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5), a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (6.911 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6) and a new "Elementary" (6.879 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8). CBS is expected to announce their lineup next week.

ABC (6.528 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with its penultimate weeks of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.880 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T2), "Scandal" (7.447 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #T2) and "American Crime" (4.259 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #11). ABC has already renewed all three shows.

Next up was FOX (4.522 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with a new "Bones" (4.684 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and an additional "Bones" (4.361 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8). Friday, Fox announced that "Bones" would return.

Meanwhile, NBC (4.990 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.306 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) alongside new episodes of "The Blacklist" (6.746 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6) and "Dateline NBC" (4.917 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12). NBC has slotted "The Blacklist" for season 3.

And finally, new episodes of "The Vampire Diaries" (1.311 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "Reign" (0.964 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on The CW (1.138 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable...
- Lip Sync Battle (Spike): 1.300 million
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 1.139 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 420,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/8/15

Back to the Arcade
"Nick Arcade" Creators, Host Hope to Kickstart Update
From Entertainment Weekly

The virtual reality game show Nick Arcade is an indisputable classic of Nickelodeon’s golden age—a time capsule of the early 1990s and the gaming craze that accompanied the era. Contestants on the 1992-1993 game show competed in video game trivia before moving on to the Video Zone, the show’s primary setpiece—wherein kids bluescreened their way into an actual virtual reality challenge, one of the first of its kind on television.

Now, Nick Arcade creators James Bethea and Karim Miteff, along with the show’s original host Phil Moore, have re-teamed for what they’re calling a “spiritual successor” to Arcade. After reuniting at a 2014 event celebrating ‘90s Nick, the trio is taking the Kickstarter approach to funding Enthlevel, a new elimination competition series that the guys hope oozes the DNA of the 1992 show.

“In the last three or four years, I was finding myself stopped by a lot of grown fans who constantly kept saying, ‘Can you imagine doing a show like Nick Arcade now with today’s technology?’” Moore tells EW about the reunion of the creative team. “The timing just felt right the more I heard it.”

“One of the biggest pushes was what happened with the Oculus Rift and the era that ushered in,” says Bethea. “There was a point where almost every week, there was a new announcement of another large hardware manufacturer—Sony or Panasonic or HTC or Samsung—getting into the space, and every time we’d feel a bit of a pang, but a joyful one, because all of these stories were framed in the same context, which was, ‘Imagine if you could be inside these environments and experience these games in a new way.’ And that’s exactly what we were trying to say with Arcade.”

Bethea continues, “Just like with Arcade, it was about what was the state of the art in gaming, and if today’s state of the art is Destiny and Forza and The Witcher, and things executed at that level in terms of story and cinema and how they’re done, then that’s our jumping off point for this show.”

Enthlevel, if funded, would boast more contestants and more games overall, replacing Arcade’s avatar Mikey with a new cast of CG characters and swapping out the trivia round with other non-gaming challenges that involve “fun games you wouldn’t normally think to do with your devices,” adds Miteff. The show’s cornerstone would still involve virtual reality challenges that progressively become more immersive and difficult as they cut down the number of teams in each round. Miteff explains, “In this next generation, it’s still a sincere take on games and technology. We have such a span of time and technology that I’m hoping people will be similarly impressed by the stuff we’ll be able to do.”

Enthlevel is hoping for a $350,000 goal to fund a presentation reel, with $1,250,000 funding a pilot and $2,750,000 needed for a fully produced series.

If you want to be a player should this show get funded, your best chance is to donate now at the contestant level to get access to the pool they will be picking from.

Entertainment Weekly
AV Club
Geek

posted 5/8/15

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Four Defining Moments of Awesome"

  • #ICYMI: "Monopoly Millionaires' Club" has a new member (TV Insider) PLUS a few good minutes with Billy Gardell (Uproxx)
     
  • Pointless fact: Alexander Armstrong is a baritone. He'll bring said voice onto a new album (Broadway World)
     
  • Bill Engvall to play "Millionaire" for Children's Miracle Network today! (Broadway World)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: 17 UK game shows from the 1990s that deserve another go (one of them is still on the air stateside) (Good To Know)
     
  • Want to say at Merv Griffin's desert hideaway? Got $6000? A NIGHT?! (Los Angeles Times)
     
  • UPDATE: double amputee from TPIR gets something better from Jimmy Kimmel (YouTube)

posted 5/7/15

Wednesday: "Labor Games" Is Born
TLC Debut Attracts on Average 535,500 Over Hour
From the New York Times

This would have been an interesting moment in television game-show evolution even without the show that is having its premiere Wednesday night on TLC. But that debut elevates it to near historic status. “Labor Games” may be simultaneously the most brilliant and the most head-shaking game-show idea ever.

The concept: Expectant parents try to win prizes by answering trivia questions in a delivery room while the woman is in labor. While the woman is in labor. Presumably “Cash Cavity,” in which root-canal patients answer questions while being operated on by a dentist, was rejected because potential contestants couldn’t make themselves heard.

The show, which offers two sneak-peek episodes in advance of Mother’s Day, with the full series to begin later this year, debuted to 572,000 at 10p, dropping to 489,000 at 10:30p. It attracted an above-average 0.46 and 0.39 for the two respective shows in the target demo of females aged 12-34.

Elsewhere on cable...
- IdioTest (GSN, 8p): 482,000
- IdioTest (GSN, 8:30p): 478,000
- Fake Off (season premiere/truTV): 381,000
- The Ultimate Fighter (Fox Sports 1): 364,000
- MTV2's Joking Off (MTV2): 211,000

On broadcast, ABC (6.503 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) was the network to beat among adults 18-49 on Wednesday with its mix of "The Middle" (6.923 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6), "The Goldbergs" (6.772 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4), "Modern Family" (8.481 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1), "Black-ish" (6.918 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.3, #2) and "Nashville" (4.964 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9).

The silver then belonged to CBS (8.805 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) with its trio of "Survivor: Worlds Apart" (9.328 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3), the season finale of "Criminal Minds" (9.633 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #T4) and "CSI: Cyber" (7.453 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9).

Next up was FOX (6.875 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) and a two-hour installment of "American Idol" (6.875 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #7).

Meanwhile, NBC (6.369 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) served up originals from "The Mysteries of Laura" (6.171 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (6.224 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9) and "Chicago PD" (6.711 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (2.347 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T12) and "Supernatural" (1.576 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) on The CW (1.961 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5) closed out the evening.

The New York Times
TV by the Numbers
ABC News
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/7/15

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Four Defining Moments of Awesome"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Brian Cox's new series "Six Degrees" (The Boar)
     
  • She lost on Jeopardy!, but she's no loser (Bustle) (disclaimer: writer is a former GSNN correspondent)
     
  • Want to say at Merv Griffin's desert hideaway? Got $6000? A NIGHT?! (Los Angeles Times)
     
  • UPDATE: double amputee from TPIR gets something better from Jimmy Kimmel (YouTube)

posted 5/7/15

The Philippines Can Do That
Armoza Formats Bows Version for ABS-CBN
From the New York Times

ABS-CBN, the largest broadcaster in the Philippines, has commissioned a local version of an Israeli gameshow format from Armoza Formats.

I Can Do That! will be produced in-house at ABS-CBN and marks the first time the broadcaster has acquired an Israeli format.

The show takes groups of celebrities and challenges them to perform live acts that prove there’s nothing they can’t do. It is currently in production in 15 countries, including the US, Mexico and, most recently, Norway, Sweden and Denmark.

It will be the first Philippine version of an Armoza format but follows other recent Asian commissions including gameshow Who’s Asking?, which recently launched in Thailand and India, and The Gran Plan, which got a multi-territory deal in Australia, Singapore, India and the Philippines.

C21 Media

posted 5/6/15

Tuesday: Flashed
CBS Wins Totals, Shares Demo with NBC
From the Futon Critic

CBS (11.896 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) was the most-watched network on Tuesday with its mix of "NCIS" (14.235 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1), "NCIS: New Orleans" (13.248 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3) and "Person of Interest" (8.206 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T11).

NBC (6.591 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T1) then shared in the demo honors with its lineup of "The Voice" (8.753 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2), "Undateable" (4.771 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6), a second "Undateable" (3.791 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9) and "Chicago Fire" (6.739 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3).

Next up was ABC (6.238 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with originals from "Dancing with the Stars" (10.128 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6), "Marvel's Agents of SHIELD" (4.482 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5) and the season finale of "Forever" (4.103 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T11).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.668 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #5) served up a new "Hell's Kitchen" (3.423 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T9) followed by the season finales of "New Girl" (2.239 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T11) and "Weird Loners" (1.586 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15).

And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (3.643 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T6) and "iZombie" (1.933 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14) closed out the evening on The CW (2.788 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #4).

On cable...
- Chopped All-Stars (Food): 1.305 million
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick: 466,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
TV by the Numbers

posted 5/6/15

Syndies: Week 31
Results for the Week Ending April 26
From B&C

Nearly all of the entertainment magazines climbed higher in a week that included coverage of Diane Sawyer’s high-profile interview with Bruce Jenner, the Olympic champion turned reality star who is now turning female.

The week ending April 26 included the first two week days of the May sweep, and new episodes and higher-profile marketing saw many shows hit five- or six-week highs.

CBS Television Distribution’s number-one and two games broke out of a tie, with Wheel of Fortune inching ahead with a 3% rise to a 6.8, while Jeopardy! upticked 2% to a 6.7. Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud also nudged ahead 2% to a 6.2, up 27% from last year at this time. Disney-ABC’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire grew 6% to a 1.7, but was down 19% from last year at this time. Debmar-Mercury’s newcomer Celebrity Name Game advanced 8% to a 1.4, after four straight weeks at a 1.3.

B&C
TV by the Numbers
Mediapost

posted 5/6/15

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Because The Internet"

  • "Knife Fight" partners with Buick (The Futon Critic)
     
  • CW clips "Cedric's Barber Battle"; show to return Monday, June 29 (The Futon Critic)
     
  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: In what has to be the most unfortunate of coincidences overblown by people with ZERO knowledge of what goes into a daily production of "The Price Is Right" (you know who you are), a contestant with no legs wins a treadmill... but this contestant may end up having the last laugh. LITERALLY (People)
     
  • Tom Bergeron makes 60 look sexy (Instagram @tombergeron)
     
  • Marc Summers hosts game show at Parx Casino in Pennsylvania (PR Newswire)
     
  • Why there will never be another Ken Jennings (FiveThirtyEight)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: ... sounds like "Who Knows You Best" (Reality Wanted)
     
  • Chris Soules denies he & Whitney are broken off... I mean just because your woman isn't at Dancing with the Stars doesn't mean anything, right? (Us Magazine)
     
  • Alex Trebek honored by his alma mater (Ottawa Sun)

posted 5/6/15


Turning It Up to 1001
Let's Make a Deal Celebrates Milestone!
From New York Post

On May 4, the venerable gameshow threw an on-air party when its latest iteration, which premiered in the fall of 2009, hit 1,001 episodes, and handed out over $370,000 worth of cash and prizes.

The 1,001st episode — aired Monday — layered in a story line of Brady presenting his fellow cast members with gag gifts: a Segway for assistant Tiffany Coyne, a group hug for germaphobic announcer Jonathan Mangum and backup dancers for musician Cat Gray.

“Deal” also upped its game by giving a contestant the chance to win $50,000 (instead of the usual $20,000) in its “Smash for Cash” game, as well as sending every studio audience member home with a surprise gift worth $1,001 — the largest audience giveaway in the show’s history.

“It was [hard to find gifts at that exact value], but our prize department is just that good,” executive producer Mike Richards says of the episode, which was filmed last fall. “Everything’s elevated because we’re having fun and showing off.”

Created by Stefan Hatos and host Monty Hall, “Deal” has aired in daytime and primetime and the classic episodes will soon encore on upstart digital net Buzzr. The skein originally premiered on NBC in 1963, before moving to ABC, into syndication, back to NBC, and eventually landing at CBS, where it now airs every weekday.

New York Post
Variety
Cinema Blend
Variety

posted 5/5/15

Monday: Four in a Row for "The Voice"
NBC, ABC Split Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (8.375 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was once again the demo champ on Monday with its duo of "The Voice" (9.746 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and "The Night Shift" (5.632 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #9).

ABC (10.958 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then claimed the silver with originals from "Dancing with the Stars" (12.245 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #2) and "Castle" (8.384 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #8).

Next up was CBS (7.428 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3) with new episodes of "2 Broke Girls" (6.449 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4) and "Mike & Molly" (6.722 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5) followed by a repeat "The Big Bang Theory" (7.147 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5) and the special "David Letterman: A Life on Television" (8.084 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (4.055 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4) served up the season finale of "Gotham" (4.857 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3) and a new "The Following" (3.253 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #10).

And finally, fresh installments of "The Originals" (1.138 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) and "Jane the Virgin" (1.034 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T11) on The CW (1.086 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) closed out the evening.

On cable:
- @midnight with Chris Hardwick (Comedy): 405,000
- RuPaul's Drag Race (Logo): 263,000

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/5/15

Weekend: Tanks for Everything
ABC Wins Demo Friday Night Thanks to Double Dose of "Tank"
From the Futon Critic

ABC (5.890 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the demo champ on Friday with a new "Shark Tank" (6.921 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1), the premiere of "Beyond the Tank" (6.305 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and "20/20" (4.446 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

CBS (8.344 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then took home the silver with new episodes of "The Amazing Race" (5.535 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5) and "Hawaii Five-0" (8.481 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) followed by the season finale of "Blue Bloods" (11.016 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3).

Next up was NBC (4.990 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with originals from "Grimm" (4.222 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8) and "Dateline NBC" (5.373 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.557 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up the feature "Taken" (2.557 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).

And finally, The CW (0.696 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the evening with its lineup of "Cedric's Barber Battle" (0.747 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10), "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.742 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "The Messengers" (0.647 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12).

On cable:
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.549 million
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 1.245 million
- Cutthroat Kitchen: Evilicious (Food): 1.238 million

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 5/5/15

Meet the Celebrity Jeopardy 15 One More Time
Catch Special Week May 11!
From About.com Game Shows

Celebrity Jeopardy is back with a new slate of stars for the 2015 tournament. The roster is the usual mix of actors, reporters, comedians, writers, and other celebs who will play Jeopardy! to win money ($50,000 to be exact) for their chosen charities. Here are the stars who will be competing in this year's Celebrity Jeopardy tourney (and their charities).

MONDAY:
- Neil Flynn - Neil Flynn is an actor, who has appeared on Scrubs and is currently one of the stars in the sitcom The Middle on ABC (Children's Miracle Network Hospital).
- Vince Gilligan - Vince Gilligan is a television writer, director, and producer. He's the creator of the hit series' Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul (Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond).
- Debra Messing - You likely know Debra Messing from the popular sitcom Will and Grace. She currently stars in the NBC show The Mysteries of Laura (PSI/Youth AIDS).

TUESDAY:
- Captain Mark Kelly - Kelly is a retired astronaut, whose final mission was also the last one for Space Shuttle Endeavor. He's also an engineer and former Navy Captain. He is married to former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords (Memorial Hermann Foundation).
- Kevin O'Leary - Financial guru, entrepreneur, investor, and writer who currently appears on the ABC reality show Shark Tank, as one of the sharks (Martin P. Solomon Medical Scholars Foundation).
- Aaron Rodgers - Aaron Rodgers is the quarterback for the Green Bay Packers NFL football team (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer).

WEDNESDAY:
- John Berman - John Berman is an anchor on CNN. He recently competed on the CNN President's Day Quiz show with fellow anchor Erin Burnett (Friends of Karen).
- Wendi McLendon-Covey - McLendon-Covey is an actor, comedian, producer, and director. Her best-known roles have been in the film Bridesmaids and on the sitcom The Goldbergs (Women Shelter of Long Beach).
- Mo Rocca - Mo Rocca is a humorist and television personality who works as a CBS news correspondent, among other things. He's the host of My Grandmother's Ravioli (a cooking show), and has worked as a correspondent for The Daily Show With Jon Stewart (Inner-City Scholarship Fund).

THURSDAY:
- Josh Gad - Josh Gad is an actor who has played numerous parts on many television shows and starred in several films. He's also a Broadway actor and is best known as the voice of Olaf in Frozen (Children's Hospital Los Angeles).
- Bellamy Young - Bellamy Young is an actor who plays Mellie Grant on ABC's Scandal. She has also had roles on numerous other shows including Scrubs, CSI: Miami, and Dirty Sexy Money. Young has also had several supporting roles in films (Operation Blankets of Love).
- Ginger Zee - Ginger Zee is a meteorologist and works as the weather anchor for both Good Morning America and ABC World News (Susan G. Komen of Western Michigan).

FRIDAY:
- Penn Jillette - Penn Jillette is a magician, comedian, and entertainer, and half of the team of Penn & Teller (Opportunity Village Las Vegas).
- Zachary Quinto - Zachary Quinto is a television and film actor. His best-known roles include Sylar on the NBC drama Heroes, and the "new" Spock in the Star Trek reboot films, as well as American Horror Story: Asylum (Direct Relief).
- Cynthia Rowley - Cynthia Rowley is a well-known, award-winning fashion designer. She's designed the uniforms for United Airlines flight attendants and pilots, created exclusive lines for Target, Band-Aid, and Roxy, and created several of her own collections (FEED/Public Art Fund).

The 2015 Celebrity Jeopardy! tournament is a bit abbreviated from some of the past star-studded tourneys, and will air from May 11th through the 15th - check your local listings for show times and channels.

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posted 4/30/15

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The 4th Is Strong With This One"

  • "Jeopardy!" College Championship begins this July. Here's one of the players (WLFI Kokomo)
     
  • LIST ABUSE: 12 things that weren't far off the mark from the Jeopardy! pilot... we dare these people to compare the 1983 pilot (Bustle)
     
  • Why "Lip Sync Battle" is a hit for Spike... and not NBC (TV Week)
     
  • CASTING COUCH: "Sports Jeopardy!" season 2... The Test is Coming (Jeopardy.com)

posted 5/4/15