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Welcome to the Mayim & Ken Show... At Least for the Rest of the Season
Two Hosts to Share Podium While Search Continues Behind the Scenes
From TV Line

Jeopardy! has made a hosting update. Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings will continue to share hosting duties through the end of the venerable syndicated game show’s current Season 38. Additionally, Michael Davies will remain as executive producer.

Bialik, who previously was announced as host of the Jeopardy! primetime and spinoff series, and former Jeopardy! champion Jennings had been filling in as guest hosts of the mothership syndicated program following the abrupt exit of Mike Richards as host in August after one day of tapings. (He later also stepped down as an executive producer of the franchise, replaced by Davies.)

New episodes of Jeopardy! are scheduled to air until July 29, 2022.

Richards, who had been named permanent host, succeeding the late Alex Trebek, pulled out as host the syndicated Jeopardy! after multiple controversies from his past emerged that prompted Jeopardy! producer Sony Pictures Television to launch a probe and proved to be too serious for Richards to recover from without tarnishing the iconic Jeopardy! brand.

Bialik, who has a PhD in neuroscience, is best known for her award-winning role as Amy Farrah Fowler on the hit CBS comedy, The Big Bang Theory. Currently, Bialik is starring in Call Me Kat on Fox, which she also executive produces. She also is the host of the mental health podcast “Mayim Bialik’s Breakdown” and she recently wrote and directed her first feature, As Sick As They Made Us, starring Dustin Hoffman and Candice Bergen.

Davies issued a note to the audience on the Jeopardy! website:
"I have been so fortunate to have developed and produced several long-running and successful shows during my 30-plus-year career. But I have experienced nothing like “Jeopardy!”. It is built on the shoulders of giants like Merv and Julann Griffin, Alex Trebek, Harry Friedman and Johnny Gilbert. They are our Time Lords. And what they created and built will outlast all of us.

"I have absolutely loved my first few months on “Jeopardy!” I want to publicly acknowledge the superb staff and studio team who work so hard and with such passion. Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings are outstanding hosts, and above that, outstanding people. I appreciate all the support we receive from everyone at Sony Pictures Television (especially my partner, Suzanne Prete, who runs the entire “Jeopardy!” and “Wheel” empire), the team at CBS Media Ventures and all of the stations around the country who broadcast and promote our show."

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posted 12/9/2021


The Guardian

Aasif Mandvi Lies to America
CW Lines Up Captains, Guests for American Version of "Would I Lie to You?"
From The Futon Critic

Actor, writer, comedian Aasif Mandvi ("Evil") is set to host The CW's new alternative series, WOULD I LIE TO YOU? where he also serves as an executive producer, the network announced today. Joining Mandvi are Emmy(R) nominated actor and comedian Matt Walsh ("Veep") and actor and writer Sabrina Jalees ("Canada's Got Talent") who have been named team captains, leading opposing pairs of celebrity guests who must determine who is sharing facts and who is full of fiction in each episode on the comedy panel series produced by Truly Original executive producers Glenda Hersh and Steven Weinstock, and "Evil" executive producers Robert and Michelle King. The premiere of WOULD I LIE TO YOU? will be announced at a later date.

Based on the original, hit British series of the same name, WOULD I LIE TO YOU? is a hilarious comedy panel show that elevates the "art of lying," featuring lightning-quick team captains joined by a stellar cast of celebrity guests, including including Brooke Shields ("Jane the Virgin"), Emmy(R) nominated actor, writer and talk show host Amber Ruffin ("The Amber Ruffin Show"), Tony Award-winning actor and singer Laura Benanti ("Gossip Girl"), actor, writer, comedians Michael Ian Black ("Wet Hot American Summer"), Andrea Martin ("Evil"), Julie Klausner ("Difficult People"), Jordan Klepper ("The Daily Show with Trevor Noah"), Adam Pally ("Happy Endings"), Chris Gethard ("Space Force"), Dulcé Sloan ("The Daily Show with Trevor Noah"), as well as former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, who weave elaborate tales... that may or may not be the truth. Competing teams, one led by Walsh and the other by Jalees, then ask questions and watch body language to determine which are outrageous but true, and which are made-up stories.

"As a person of Indian descent, I couldn't be happier to finally steal something from the British," said Mandvi. "As a performer I couldn't be happier to partner with Robert and Michelle King, Truly Original and the whole creative team to every week host a half hour of pure silliness and joy."

Mandvi is a Peabody Award winning actor, writer, creator, comedian, author and producer. Mandvi is currently starring in two critically acclaimed television series, "Evil," and U.K. series "This Way Up." He is also widely known for his work as a correspondent on the multi-Emmy(R) Award winning "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." Additionally, he is currently shooting an untitled film from director Sammi Cohen with Megan Mullally. He also lends his voice to the character of Sahil on "Mira, Royal Detective" and hosts a podcast, "Lost at the Smithsonian."

The FUton Critic
Deadline

posted 12/9/2021

Pictionary Gets the Order
Fox Stations Sign on for Fall 2022
From TV Newscheck

Mattel’s Pictionary game will broadcast on the Fox Television Stations (FTS) as a first-run syndicated series in the fall of 2022, announced. Hosted by Jerry O’Connell, the 30-minute show, produced by Fox First Run along with Bill’s Market and Television Production and distributed by CBS Media Ventures (CMV), will broadcast across all of the Fox-owned stations.

In making the announcement, Frank Cicha, FTS EVP of programming, said: “Our partnership with CBS Media Ventures produced an entertaining program worthy of a national launch, but more importantly, we needed to bring Jerry O’Connell back to teach me the game because I still stink at it.”

“After a successful summer run on Fox stations, we’re excited to continue our relationship with Fox and roll out Pictionary to the rest of the country,” said Jonathan Bingaman, EVP sales, CMV. “Game shows have been delivering impressive ratings and growth regardless of daypart, so this is a great opportunity for stations to add another well-known franchise to their lineups.”

Jerry O’Connell will return as host of Pictionary, based on the game of quick sketches and hilarious guesses from Mattel. The broadcast version of the game will follow the rules of at-home play. Two teams of three will consist of two players led by a celebrity captain. One player from the team will draw images that depict a word or phrase found on a card chosen at random, in an effort to have their fellow teammates guess the correct word or phrase on the card. The grand prize winner will receive a trip to an exotic destination.

The program will be executive produced by David Hurwitz and Noah Bonnett. Fred Soulie, SVP-GM of Mattel Television and Phil Breman, VP live-action, serve as co-executive producers for Mattel.

TV Newscheck
Deadline
Daytime Confidential
Programming Insider

posted 12/9/2021


VH1

Meet the Season 14 Queens
"Drag Race" Returns 2022
From TV Line

For the first time in RuPaul’s Drag Race herstory, a heterosexual queen will sashay into the werkroom to compete for the crown.

VH1 on Thursday announced the full cast for the show’s upcoming season, and we already have our eye on several key contestants.

Among those competing are the first-ever Michigan queen, a UK-born spice girl, and the drag sister of Season 11 winner Yvie Oddly.

Of course, all eyes will be on Maddy Morphosis, the first-ever straight queen to compete on Drag Race — outside of the Secret Celebrity edition, of course.

The queens...
- ALYSSA HUNTER; Cataño, PR
- ANGERIA PARIS VANMICHAELS, Atlanta
- BOSCO, Seattle
- DAYA BETTY; Springfield, MO
- DEJA SKYE; Fresno, CA
- JASMINE KENNEDIE; New York City
- JORGEOUS; Nashville
- JUNE JAMBALAYA; Los Angeles
- KERRI COLBY; Los Angeles
- KORNBREAD "THE SNACK" JETE; Los Angeles
- LADY CAMDEN; Sacramento
- MADDY MORPHOSIS; Fayetteville, AR
- ORION STORY; Grand Rapids, MI
- WILLOW PILL; Denver

RuPaul’s Drag Race has unveiled its slate of guest judges with some new and returning faces set to help determine America’s Next Drag Superstar.

Set to join RuPaul, Mihcelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Matthews in Season 14, which will premiere on Friday, Jan. 7th, are Lizzo, Alicia Keys, Dove Cameron, Taraji P. Henson, Andra Day, Loni Love, Christine Chiu, Ava Max, Nicole Byer, Ts Madison, Alec Mapa and Dulce Sloan. Also set to make appearances throughout the season are Jennifer Lopez, Sarah McLachlan, Norvina and Leslie Jordan.

"RuPaul's Drag Race" returns to VH1 January 7.

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EW

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Deadline
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EW

TV Insider

posted 12/9/2021

WEDNESDAY: Altered? Ego.
Survivor, One Chicago Win Night for Respective Networks
From Deadline

Wednesday returned to semi-regular programming, after last week’s roster decorated with Christmas titles, with Survivor and Chicago Fire leading the charge in demo rating and viewers, respectively.

Survivor rose from last week to earn a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and the night’s third-highest viewership with 5.53 million viewers, per fast affiliates. In the first hour of primetime, the latest episode of Survivor bested The Masked Singer (0.8, 4.16M), which was pretty stable in demo but fell in viewers, Chicago Med (0.7, 6.40), which earned the night’s second-highest viewership and ABC’s and the CW’s holiday titles.

In the following hour, Chicago Fire (0.7, 6.58M) was Wednesday’s most-watched program. Last week the first responder drama took a break as the Rockefeller Christmas tree lighting took center stage. Chicago Fire outperformed Tough as Nails (0.4, 2.79M), The Conners (0.3, 1.69M) and Alter Ego (0.3, 1.96M).

The Fox A.I. singing competition brought its freshman season to a close earning its lowest demo rating yet. Alter Ego was down drastically from its premiere in September (0.6, 2.85M). On a slightly high note, the finale was up from viewership lows in November (0.4, 1.73M).

Speaking of season finales, CBS wound down its Wednesday primetime with the season ender of CSI: Vegas (0.4, 3.45M), which fell behind Chicago P.D. (0.7, 5.50). Vegas was pretty stable from its premiere back in October (0.4, 3.97M) just dropping slightly in viewers from its debut numbers.

Deadline
TV Line

posted 12/8/2021

CBS Plays Survivor... with Celebrities?
"Beyond the Edge" to Play in Panama
From TV Insider

CBS is gearing up for a new Survivor-like reality show as it prepares to send a group of celebrities into the wild for a brand new competition series.

As first reported by TMZ, the network is believed to have filmed the show in Bocas del Toro, Panama, this past September and October.

The celebrities rumored to be taking part in the series includes The Bachelor star Colton Underwood, NBA icon Metta World Peace, Full House actress Jodie Sweetin, former NFL star Ray Lewis, Real Housewives of New York alum Eboni K. Williams, and model Paulina Porizkova.

Variety reports that the name of the show is Beyond The Edge and will be produced by Renegade 83, the outfit behind Naked and Afraid. The company also produced past reality shows such as Blind Date and The Surreal Life, which also involved celebrities living together.

CBS has yet to confirm or deny the series and details remain slim on the exact format, though TMZ states it will be similar to Survivor.

Deadline also reports that Survivor host and showrunner Jeff Probst is potentially coming aboard the series as an executive producer.

TV Insider
Deadline

posted 12/8/2021

Repainted with Raven
World of Wonder Renews Body Paint Competition
From Deadline

World of Wonder’s Painted with Raven, just a two weeks after its Thanksgiving debut, has been picked up for Season 2.

Hailing from the team behind the Emmy-winning RuPaul’s Drag Race, Painted with Raven will see the eponymous Drag Race alum and Emmy-winning makeup artist back as host to continue the hunt for new make-up superstars. RuPaul return as executive producer alongside World of Wonder’s Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey, and Tom Campbell of World of Wonder.

In the competition series makeup artists from across the country compete virtually from the comfort of their own homes in a series of mini-challenges, main challenges, and weekly faceoffs. The artist that emerges on top at the end of the season will be crowned the winner and receive a cash prize of $25,000.

Deadline

posted 12/9/2021

Weakest Link Australia Gets Real
Catch It on Nine & 9Now December 14
From Media Week

The most competitive quiz show on television returns for a special episode when reality TV stars battle it out on Weakest Link next Tuesday, December 14, at 8.30pm on Channel Nine and 9Now. Comedian and actress Magda Szubanski is back and has the contestants firmly in her sights as they strive to win a huge cash jackpot of up to $250,000.

From the world of reality television, the following stars will put their knowledge to the test:
- Jules & Cam Merchant – Married At First Sight
- Mark & Victoria Fren – Travel Guides
- Zak Stolz – Australian Ninja Warrior
- Kale Frost – LEGO Masters
- Ali Oetjen – SAS Australia, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette
- Erin Barnett – Love Island Australia, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here!

The reality TV players must work together to bank the maximum amount of prize money available. They will take turns to answer general knowledge questions and build chains of correct answers. Consecutive correct answers greatly increase the value of the chain, while incorrect answers break the chain and force them to start over on the lowest rung, with the least amount of money. At the end of each round, contestants vote to eliminate the one they consider to be the weakest link in the chain. The one who receives the highest number of votes then leaves the game as Magda delivers the killer line: “You are the Weakest Link. Goodbye!”

Who’s in for one big reality check? Find out next Tuesday on Channel Nine and 9Now
.

Media Week

posted 12/9/2021

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

  • Joe Amabile sees himself going the distance with Serena Pitt (Reality TV World)

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 things you didn't know about Noel Fielding (Screen Rant)

  • Michael Strahan to speak in Miami (ETF Trends)

  • 2021 Year in Review: a show that usually has all the answers didn't have the most important one (Yahoo!)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Does this look like anything to you? (TV Insider)

posted 12/8/2021


Fremantle

SYNDIES: Week 11
Results for the Week Ending November 28
From TV Newscheck

Thanksgiving chewed up most of the syndicated ratings in the holiday session ending Nov. 28, however, Kelly Clarkson and Tamron Hall were two bright spots, bucking the downtrend.

Family Feud was the No. 1 game show even though it slipped 8% to a new season low 4.9 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating. That was just enough to edge daytime juggernaut Judge Judy’s steady 4.8 for the week’s overall ratings crown.

Jeopardy went into a 23% tailspin, sinking to a new season low 4.4 with guest host Ken Jennings at the podium for a third straight week, tying Wheel of Fortune, which faltered 15% to a new season low 4.4.

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

GAME SHOWS:
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 4.9 -8%**
- Jeopardy (CMV) 4.4 -23%**
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 4.4 -15%**
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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The Wrap
Daytime Confidential

posted 12/9/2021

TUESDAY: The 80s Were Awesome for TV
ABC Wins with "Live! In Front of a Studio Audience"
From Deadline

Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts of Life came back in a big way on ABC as the network’s latest iteration of Live in Front of a Studio Audience topped Tuesday ratings.

The ABC event earned a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and 4.62 million viewers, per fast affiliates. Live in Front of a Studio Audience best a big night for NBC, outperforming both the latest iteration of The Voice (0.7, 6.67M) and the 2021 People’s Choice Awards (0.5, 3.23M).

Taking home the most viewers of the evening was the latest installment of CBS’ FBI (0.6, 6.83M), which just slightly bested The Voice. The rest of the FBI spinoffs, International (0.5, 5.63M) and Most Wanted (0.5, 5.33M) went on to win top viewership for their respective hours.

ABC followed the excitement of Live in Front of a Studio Audience with the series premiere of Abbott Elementary (0.6, 2.79M) starring Quinta Brunson. The workplace comedy that centers on a group of highly dedicated educators topped the demo rating in the 9 p.m. hour.

TV Line
Deadline

posted 12/8/2021

Game Show Network to Air on YouTube TV
Deal Inked Between Alphabet, Sony TV
From Media Play News

YouTube TV and Sony Pictures Television’s Game Show Network Dec. 8 announced a distribution agreement to bring TV game shows and Sony’s classic television shows (via getTV) to YouTube TV’s base subscription package.

Sony Cine, which offers Spanish-language Hollywood movies, will be offered as a premium add-on package.

Game Show Network is a Top 20 cable network, while getTV is currently delivering its biggest prime audience in eight months, according Nielsen Media Research. “We are thrilled YouTube TV is now providing the Game Show Network, getTV and Sony Cine to all of it customers,” Tim Carry, EVP distribution for Game Show Network, getTV and Sony Cine, said in a statement.

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posted 12/8/2021


NBC/Fremantle
SKILYR HICKS: 1998-2021
AGT Alumnus
From Deadline

Skilyr Hicks, who at age 14 impressed the judges of America’s Got Talent with her performance of an original song and poignant story of losing her father, died Monday in Liberty, South Carolina. She was 23.

Her death was confirmed by her younger sister Breelyn Hicks in a Facebook post this morning. Earlier, TMZ reported that the sisters’ mother, Jodi Hicks, told the news outlet that Skiler was found lifeless at the home of a friend.

“My super beautiful, extremely talented, hilarious, free spirit of a sister left this world to be with Jesus,” writes Breelyn Hicks. “I can’t possibly put into words how broken-hearted I am. I will miss her like crazy. I’ll miss her voice, her long warm hugs, her constantly making jokes using puns. Her ability to create music that inspired thousands of people. She had so much life left to live…”

According to TMZ, Jodi Hicks said Skilyr battled mental health issues including depression and substance abuse. Skilyr Hicks was arrested in 2017 and 2018 for assaulting family members while drunk and underage drinking.

On America’s Got Talent, Hicks auditioned with an original song, performing for Howard Stern, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel. During her audition, Hicks told the judges about the loss of her father a few years prior. “He made some bad decisions and I hadn’t seen him in a few years…After his funeral I wrote my first song.”

After her performance, in which she accompanied herself on guitar, Hicks was told by Mandel that she was “inspiring the nation right now,” and all four judges voted to keep the contestant in the competition. She was later eliminated during the season’s live rounds.

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posted 12/8/2021


Sony Pictures

John Zaccario Named Head of Game Show Network
Former Ad Sales Head Succeeds Mark Feldman
From the Futon Critic

John Zaccario has been appointed President of GSN, effective immediately. Zaccario, who was previously GSN's Executive Vice President, Ad Sales, succeeds Mark Feldman, who has left the company to join Scopely upon the sale of the GSN Games business, which was completed this week. Zaccario's responsibilities include the running of Game Show Network, a top 20* cable network of nearly 70-million subscribers, its production arm, Game Show Enterprises, gameshownetwork.com, getTV, Sony Movies, Sony Cine and the distribution of the Game Show Network and Sony libraries via FAST Channels. GSN is owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sony Group Corporation.

"GSN is in the advantageous position of being able to access Sony Pictures Television's vast resources and leadership in game shows. We will continue to demonstrate our commitment to our core audience on Game Show Network and other platforms by producing and distributing exciting game shows that families can enjoy together," said Zaccario. "I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to lead this high performing team as we navigate the exciting opportunities provided by the dynamic media landscape."

"As a longtime member of GSN's management team, John has demonstrated terrific leadership and delivered strong ad sales results for the organization over the years. We are delighted to have him step into the position of President, leading GSN and our digital and FAST channels business in the U.S.," said Ravi Ahuja, Chairman, Global Television Studios and Sony Pictures Entertainment Corporate Development. "Our game show businesses are incredibly important areas of focus for us and we will continue to invest and expand them into the future."

Zaccario joined Game Show Network in 2008 as Executive Vice President of Game Show Network Advertising Sales. In this capacity, he was responsible for overseeing sales efforts for Game Show Network's media properties, including the cable television network, the GSN Games Network online and GSN's social and mobile applications. As a result of his leadership, Game Show Network experienced unprecedented revenue growth year after year. During his tenure, Zaccario additionally served as the Chief Marketing Officer in 2017.

Prior to joining Game Show Network, Zaccario served as Vice President, ESPN Digital Media Sales and Marketing, where he oversaw the sales and marketing efforts for ESPN.com, ESPN 360, Mobile and ITV. Additional responsibilities also included emerging media sales and efforts associated with the launch of ESPN HD and ESPN's video game division. Before joining ESPN, Zaccario held advertising sales posts at ABC Entertainment, ABC News, Raycom Sports and Katz Television.

The Futon Critic
Deadline

Adweek

C21 Media

posted 12/8/2021

Amazon Web Services Back Online
Streaming Services Affected
From TV Newscheck

Green lights are flashing again for Amazon Web Services, the backbone of many major websites and apps, as the company indicated a major outage affecting parts of the U.S. has been resolved.

A status webpage is now marked “RESOLVED” and tinted green, indicating a normal flow of activity.

AWS powers a large swath of the internet, including major streaming outlets like Netflix and Disney+. Deadline sister publication Billboard also reported that ticketing for Adele’s upcoming residency in Las Vegas was disrupted by the glitch.

Amazon Web Services suffered a major outage Tuesday, the company said, limiting service at many key and popular sites.

The company provides cloud computing services to many governments, universities and companies.

TV Newscheck

Deadline

posted 12/8/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "This Is THe Choice"

posted 12/7/2021

Romesh Ranganathan Preps for "Weakest Link" Relaunch
Catch It On BBC This Month
From Radio Times

After nine years, The Weakest Link will return to our screens this December with a new host in the form of comedian Romesh Ranganathan and some celebrity contestants.

But that’s not the only thing which will change, with Romesh revealing he’ll be using his own catchphrase instead of Anne Robinson’s iconic, “You are the weakest link – goodbye,” which she’d say to contestants before booting them off.

Speaking to press including RadioTimes.com ahead of the launch, Romesh said: “There’s a new thing that I say, but I don’t want to reveal it. I want everyone to see it on the show. I think it’s pretty good.” He added jokingly: “It’s a 16-bar rap. It takes up quite a lot of time in the show, so we had to lose a lot to fit it in, but I think it’s worth it.”

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posted 12/7/2021

Korea Offers Three Shows
Something Special Teams with My Entertainment
From Deadline

A trio of Korean unscripted formats are heading to the U.S. and international marketplace after Korean company Something Special struck a deal with Breaking Borders producer My Entertainment. The two companies are co-developing The Quizzy Horror Show, Smashed Hits and Inseparables as part of the partnership.

It comes after the Korean Creative Content Agency (KOCCA) funded a scheme to help local producers bring their formats to U.S. networks and streaming platforms.

Smashed Hits is a gameshow that sees contestants trying to guess popular songs that have been mixed together and reinvented so they are barely recognizable. Each episode will feature guest appearances from pop stars and musicians by performing other artists’ hits in very surprising ways. It comes from Eunseol Mo, who has produced series including Fantastic Duo and Qualification of Men.

Inseparables is a competition show that will test the patience of participating couples, spending more time together due to the pandemic, as they attempt to overcome the issues presented by smaller and smaller quarters to win the ultimate dream house. It comes from Sehwa Kim, who is creative director of quiz show Scholarship Quiz.

The Quizzy Horror Show follows contestants that are accused of being scaredy cats to try and turn their fear into money. Contestants who don’t blink their eyes at any heart-beating moment and can say what they saw will be winners in this spooky competition show. It comes from Jiyoon Kim, who is behind series such as My Little Television, which is the original version of TBS’ Celebrity Show Off.

“We are thrilled to bring Something Special together with My Entertainment. Our talented Korean producers -Enseol Mo, Sehwa Kim, and Jiyoon Kim – look forward to collaborating with Michael and his extraordinary team at My Entertainment. They have long been a prominent industry player with their eyes on the Korean market and it is the perfect time for us to finally walk down the aisle especially when Korean creativity is being recognized more than ever,” said Jin Woo Hwang, President & Executive Director, and InSoon Kim, EVP and Head of Content.

My Entertainment President and Founder Michael Yudin added, “We’re equally excited to begin working with Jin Woo and InSoon and Something Special’s great team of highly-creative producers while leveraging our personal industry relationships in the U.S. and across the globe to find homes for these shows. Coming on the heels of our successful international market collaboration with Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) and MTV for the ultimate reality competition show, The Power, our new partnership with Something Special marks another benchmark for MY Entertainment’s strategy of expanding its activities with leaders in the Korean creative production community.”.

Deadline

posted 12/7/2021

Scary Movie Five
"Boulet Brothers' Dragula" Renewed
From the Futon Critic

Shudder, AMC Networks' premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural, announced today the renewal of the hit drag competition series The Boulet Brothers' Dragula for a fifth season. The renewal comes ahead of the final two episodes of season four, with the finale, which will crown the world's next drag supermonster and award the season's $100,000 grand prize, debuting Tuesday, December 21.

In the seven weeks since it premiered, The Boulet Brothers' Dragula season 4 has been the most watched program on Shudder.

"We are so thrilled to be celebrating the monumental success of season 4 with our new partners at Shudder. It has been a roller coaster ride of a season, and we're still overwhelmed with how engaged and passionate fans and critics have been all season long," said The Boulet Brothers. "Season 4 is a real triumph for our team, but it's only the beginning, and we can't wait to share what we have planned next. We have such sights to show you!"

"We believed this new season would be something special, and The Boulet Brothers did not disappoint, delivering a wildly entertaining show that solidifies its hit status among a passionate and growing global fanbase," said Craig Engler, Shudder's General Manager. "We look forward to sharing these final season four episodes with audiences, as we crown a winner from a diverse roster of talented contestants and are delighted to continue our collaboration with The Boulet Brothers on a fifth season next year."

Created, written and produced by series' hosts the Boulet Brothers, the fourth season featured drag artists from around the world for the first time competing in challenges ranging from costume creation and makeup artistry to live performance and acting with the winner taking home a $100,000 grand prize, the largest in the show's history.

Season four followed a successful launch for the Shudder Original The Boulet Brothers' Dragula: Resurrection, the innovative, two-hour film - part horror movie, part documentary and part reality competition - which was one of the service's most watched premieres of 2020.

The Boulet Brothers' Dragula is written, produced and co-directed by the Boulet Brothers, directed by Nathan Noyes and executive produced by David Sigurani. On behalf of Shudder, Executive Producers Craig Engler and Emily Gotto; Executive in Charge Nick Lazo and Producer Samuel Zimmerman. Season 4 is produced in association with OUTtv.

The Futon Critic

Deadline

posted 12/7/2021

Giada De Laurentiis Joins Other Food Re-Signers
"Food Network Star" Judge Reups
From the Futon Critic

Emmy(R) Award-winning chef and New York Times Best-Selling Author, Giada De Laurentiis, has signed a new exclusive deal with Food Network, it was announced today by Courtney White, President, Food Network and Streaming Food Content, Discovery Inc. Under the new deal, Giada will continue to produce and front content for both the linear network and the discovery+ streaming service, including the all-new series Simply Giada, premiering Sunday, January 9th at 11:30am ET/PT on Food Network. As a long-standing Food Network star, Giada has engaged fans with her dynamic presence and color commentary while also providing sought-after entertainment and recipe inspiration.

"Giada De Laurentiis is a culinary icon, who has taught audiences how to prepare as well as properly pronounce every classic pasta dish as no one else could, and we are so excited that this creative star, both in front of the camera and behind the scenes, wants to continue to call Food Network her home," said White. "Simply Giada is the perfect jump start to the new year, with accessible and easy-to-do dishes that feature all the quintessential Giada trademarks - delicious recipes mixed with personable charm."

Giada is an accomplished chef, best-selling author, and restaurateur, but after years of struggling with a hectic schedule and balancing her eating habits, Giada discovered her path to wellness and is now sharing her journey with recipes and ideas that will help viewers feel good inside and out on the new daytime series, Simply Giada. Inspired by Giada's recent cookbook, in each episode De Laurentiis shares tried and true recipes for eating better every day, without skimping on flavor. Whether it is offering up expert advice to keep the pantry stocked for smart menu planning that stretches ingredients into the week or showcasing simple and delicious dishes perfect for entertaining friends, Simply Giada has everything to feel healthy and live your best life.

Giada De Laurentiis is the award-winning television personality of Food Network's Everyday Italian, Giada at Home, Giada's Weekend Getaways, Giada In Paradise, Giada In Italy, Giada's Holiday Handbook, Giada Entertains, Giada On The Beach, a judge on Food Network Star and Winner Cake All, and most recently co-starring in the discovery+ food-travel series Bobby and Giada in Italy, which made its debut when the streaming service launched this past January. De Laurentiis is also a successful restaurateur with restaurants GIADA and Pronto by Giada in Las Vegas. She is the author of ten New York Times best-selling cookbooks, including her most recent, "Eat Better, Feel Better: My Recipes for Wellness and Healing, Inside and Out," in addition to her children's book series, "Recipe for Adventure." She is also the founder of the lifestyle and e-commerce platform, Giadzy.com, which features Italian lifestyle content spanning recipes, travel, entertaining and Italian Pantry products. With an impressive background of culinary training from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, Giada is a globally revered celebrity chef who continues to prove her skill and accessibility.

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posted 12/7/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "In Memoriam"

posted 12/7/2021


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The Most Watched TV Series of 2021... What is "Jeopardy!"?
Quiz Show Averages 9.2 Million Viewers a Night in the Year Following Alex's Death
From TV Newscheck

Media buying executives say there are no longer any daily broadcast primetime shows, other than the NFL, that can be considered appointment viewing or must-buy for their advertiser clients.

With viewership seriously diluted by the growing oversaturation of programming brought about by the rapid and steady growth of streaming TV services, very little programming stands out among the masses anymore.

“There is no appointment viewing on television anymore,” says one media agency executive, who did not want to speak for attribution. “There is just massive fragmentation and diluted audiences of what people are watching each day.”

However, there still is a crown jewel in linear broadcast TV, and one that advertisers on TV stations can take advantage of: The Big 3 syndicated game shows — Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune and Family Feud — that primarily air nightly in primetime access. More than two months into the new TV season, all three of those shows are drawing more viewers nightly than the top broadcast entertainment shows.

Jeopardy, the most-watched non-sports programming on television, is averaging 9.2 million viewers per night, while Wheel of Fortune and Family Feud, tied for second, are drawing 8.4 million viewers per night, according to Nielsen data. The most watched broadcast entertainment show is NCIS on CBS, which is averaging 7.9 million viewers.

TV Newscheck

posted 12/6/2021

Re-Dishmantled
Roku Slots Season 2 of Former Quibi Cookoff
From Deadline

Punk’d and Dishmantled were two of the unscripted Quibi originals that were renewed for a second season while the short-form service still existed. Roku, which took ownership of Quibi’s programming slate, has now set premiere dates for their return.

Dishmantled, which is hosted by Tituss Burgess, was renewed for a second season in May 2020 and comes from Linda Lea, the creator and executive producer of Chopped. The cooking competition series sees a cannon-blasting of a mystery food dish into the faces of two blindfolded chefs. They’ll use their culinary prowess to identify the exploded dish and then race against the clock to recreate it. Whichever chef comes closest to the original dish wins a cash prize.

Its second season premieres on Friday December 31.

Linda Lea, executive producer of Dishmantled, added, “Dishmantled is back and we’re serving up a big plate of competition only on The Roku Channel. This new season is full of energy, fun and will quite literally blow audiences away.”

Deadline

posted 12/6/2021

Valerie Bertinelli Reups with Food NEtwork
"Kids Baking Championship" Host to Develop New Projects for Discovery+
From Deadline

Valerie Bertinelli will remain in the Food Network kitchen after closing a new deal with the Discovery-owned network.

Bertinelli, who stars in series including Kids Baking Championship and Valerie’s Home Cooking, has extended her long-term relationship with the network as well as streaming service Discovery+.

In addition to starring in both primetime and daytime series for the cabler, the former One Day at a Time star will bring new projects to the company.

It comes as Bertinelli is gearing up to release her latest book – Enough Already: Learning to Love the Way I Am Today – in January.

She is the latest Food Network to re-up with the broadcaster after Bobby Flay struck a new three-year deal with the network, after it initially appeared he would be leaving. Anne Burrell closed a new deal with the network soon after.

Deadline

posted 12/6/2021

Big Brother to Return to South Africa
Format Sees COVID Boom
From Deadline

Big Brother is returning to South Africa 20 years after it debuted in the nation on M-Net channel Mzansi Magic. Banijay Rights’ smash format has experienced a Covid-induced sales boost and is currently airing 31 productions in 21 markets, with MultiChoice-owned network Mzansi taking the South African version for the first time since 2015.

Produced by local indie Red Pepper Pictures, casting for what will be the fifth South African series has already commenced for the new season, which will air next year and was described as “the revival of a global phenomenon that continues to have an enduring appeal worldwide” by Robin Pollok, Banijay Rights’ VP Sales, Africa, Middle East, Greece & Israel.

Banijay took control of the format when it acquired Endemol Shine Group last year.

Deadline

posted 12/6/2021

Up Up Down Down... into Your Driveway
Xavier Woods to Host "Treasure Truck" Special
From the Futon Critic

Nickelodeon delivers a gift-winning competition in Nickelodeon's Treasure Truck, a holiday competition special hosted by WWE Superstar Xavier Woods. The hour-long special features four families as they compete in slime-filled challenges for the chance to win amazing gifts found inside the Nickelodeon Treasure Truck. Nickelodeon's Treasure Truck airs Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 7:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

Nickelodeon's Treasure Truck brings the competition to the front yard of four families, who must compete against each other when the Nickelodeon Treasure Truck drives up with a truck-load full of amazing holiday gifts. The families put their friendships to the test as they take on three rounds of messy, holiday-themed challenges, such as the Ornament Plow, The Claw and the Snowman Shuffle, among others. After each round, one family is eliminated until only one is declared the winner and gets to take home all the gifts inside the truck.

Nickelodeon's Treasure Truck is executive produced by Moira Noriega (The Voice Kids, Nailed It! Mexico). Production of the special for Nickelodeon is overseen by Ashley Kaplan, Executive Vice President, Nickelodeon & Awesomeness Unscripted & Digital Franchise Studio; Paul J Medford, Vice President, Unscripted Current Series; and Luke Wahl, Vice President, Creative Unscripted.

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Ringside News

posted 12/6/2021


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ABC Slots Jeopardy!, Idol
National College Tournament, New Seasons to Air February
From the Wrap

Mayim Bialik will begin her job as host of “Jeopardy!” primetime specials in the new year with the premiere of “Jeopardy! National College Championship” on ABC, the broadcast network said Thursday.

“Jeopardy! National College Championship” is a “multiconsecutive-night event that features 36 students from 36 colleges and universities from across the country, battling head-to-head for nine days of intense competition,” per its official description.

Executive produced by Michael Davies and produced by “Jeopardy!” studio Sony Pictures Television, the event will kick off Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 8/7c on ABC.
- TUESDAY, FEB. 8 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST)
- WEDNESDAY, FEB. 9 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST)
- THURSDAY, FEB. 10 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST)
- FRIDAY, FEB. 11 (8:00-9:01 p.m. EST)
- TUESDAY, FEB. 15 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST)
- WEDNESDAY, FEB. 16 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST)
- THURSDAY, FEB. 17 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST)
- FRIDAY, FEB. 18 (8:00-9:01 p.m. EST)
- TUESDAY, FEB. 22 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EST)

Bialik has recently been splitting temporary hosting duties on “Jeopardy!” with Ken Jennings while the game show searches for a full-time replacement for the late Alex Trebek, following the quick ousting of Mike Richards — the syndicated series’ first choice after a rotating stable of guest hosts (including Bialik and Jennings) tried out for the role.

The “Jeopardy! National College Championship” tournament marks Bialik’s first turn at the job she was initially hired to do in August, which is permanent host of “Jeopardy!” specials and spinoffs. Bialik was given that position at the same time as Richards was named the new permanent host of the OG “Jeopardy!,” but he exited just over a week later, one day after the show returned to production for its 38th season.

His departure followed the resurfacing of a gender discrimination lawsuit from his time with “The Price is Right” and multiple misogynistic comments he made on a podcast he co-hosted in the last decade.

In other premiere dates news, ABC said Thursday that the fifth season of “American Idol” will debut Sunday, Feb. 27 at 8/7c.

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posted 12/3/2021


Fox/Banijay

Building Back Better
Fox Renews "LEGO Masters" for Season 3
From The Futon Critic

Hit competition series LEGO(R) MASTERS has been renewed for a third season, it was announced today by Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment & Specials, FOX Entertainment. Season Three of LEGO MASTERS will premiere in 2022 on FOX and Will Arnett will return as host and executive producer.

"LEGO MASTERS is more than just a fun, family-friendly show, it builds bridges between the generations," said Wade. "Thanks to our amazing and hilarious host, Will Arnett; our immensely talented crew; and our fantastic producing partners, the love of the LEGO brand keeps growing. Last summer's creations were even more spectacular than those in our debut season, and we will continue to raise the bar of creativity with Season Three."

"I'm excited to be a part of TV's longest running, unscripted, Danish toy building show," added Arnett.

Season Three will feature even more talented contestants and even crazier LEGO challenges than before, producing LEGO builds that take it to the next level. Last season, the LEGO MASTERS trophy was awarded to brothers Mark and Steven Erickson of Atlanta, GA, in an incredibly competitive season finale episode this past September.

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posted 12/3/2021


NBC/Fremantle
JAY JAY PHILLIPS: 1991-2021
AGT's Heavy Metal Keyboardist Succumbs to COVID
From Deadline

Jay Jay Phillips, the heavy-metal keyboardist who rocked the America’s Got Talent judges like a hurricane in 2017, has died, his band announced on its Instagram page. He was 30, and reportedly succumbed, unvaccinated, from Covid.

“It is with great sadness we inform you all of the loss of our bandmate/brother/and friend @jayjayrocks,” read the band’s statement. “It still doesn’t feel real and we would give anything to change it. Please respect the family, as well as our wishes as we take our time to grieve and process this detrimental loss.”

Phillips’ death was first reported by TMZ, which cited family sources saying the unvaccinated 30-year-old rocker died while suffering from Covid. Phillips was eliminated early on 2009’s Season 4 of AGT. He came back to the show for Season 12 in 2017, but was eliminated prior to the quarterfinals.

In his last post to his own Instagram page, the keyboardist expressed enthusiasm about the progress his band was making. “My band METTAL MAFFIA is making huge moves and anyone that’s a fan of me IT’S A MUST you check us out, i’m 50 million more times exited [sic] about this than the whole AGT thing and i’m so grateful to rock out with my brothers and sister and dude I love this band and them so much it’s rediculous [sic],” he wrote.

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posted 12/3/2021


WNBC New York
MIKE GARGIULO: 1926-2021
Legendary Game Show Director
From WNBC New York

Mike Gargiulo, the nine-time Emmy winner who directed some of TV's best-loved game shows for a half-century and started his illustrious broadcast career at WNBC, where his son Michael co-anchors "Today in New York," has died.

Gargiulo passed away Tuesday. He was 95 years old.

He kicked off his TV career at WNBC, working as a staff director in the early 1950s, and did most all of the local shows in New York until 1959 when NBC selected him to join the State Department project to build a television studio in Moscow and introduce color TV to the Russian people during the exchange.

For 50 years, Gargiulo directed some of TV's favorite game shows, including "Password," "The Price Is Right" and "$10,000 Pyramid." He also produced more than 30 years of variety specials for CBS, covering the Thanksgiving Day Parade, for which he earned an Emmy nomination in 1974, New Year's Eve and other events.

Gargiulo was born and raised on Coney Island and lived above his father's restaurant, where bands and variety talent appeared regularly. He had a flair for those shows, which became the vogue in the early 1960s, throughout his career.

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posted 12/3/2021

More on "Finding Magic Mike"
Catch It on HBO Max December 16
From EW

Channing Tatum and Steven Soderbergh want to help men rediscover their "magic."

The star and director of the original Magic Mike film are producers on a new HBO Max competition series, Finding Magic Mike, which assembles 10 men from across the country who feel like they've lost their, well, magic. The show puts these men through the wringer of a Magic Mike-style boot camp, where they learn sexy and daring dance routines in search of being crowned "the real Magic Mike." The winner receives a cash prize.

Tatum may have made those kinds of dances look easy in the two Magic Mike movies, but clearly there are growing pains involved.

The new trailer for Finding Magic Mike finds one guy getting his shirt stuck on his head in the middle of a strip tease, and others learning how to pull off dance moves. The most outrageous bit comes at the end, when one contestant starts unleashing his moves on an older woman on stage.

"Yo, that's somebody's grandma, bro!" Someone shouts at them.

All seven episodes of Finding Magic Mike land on HBO Max Dec. 16.

EW
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posted 12/3/2021


Everett Collection
EDDIE MEKKA: 1952-2021
Laverne & Shirley's "Big Ragu" Played Games
From TV Insider

Eddie Mekka, best known for his role as Carmine Ragusa on the classic ABC sitcom Laverne & Shirley, has died. He was 69.

According to a social media post from one of his friends, the actor passed away at his home in Newhall, California, on November 27. No cause of death was given.

“It is with deep regret that we share with you the passing of our beloved Eddie Mekka. Eddie passed away peacefully in his Newhall, California home on Saturday, November 27, 2021. He was 69 years old,” reads the Facebook post. “Rest In Peace Eddie. We had some fun, my BCM Alumni. Thank you for having our pic, as your profile pic.

Born on June 14, 1952, in Worcester, Massachusetts, Mekka had his first breakout performance in the Broadway musical The Lieutenant, for which he was nominated for a Tony Award. Following his Broadway success, Mekka moved to Los Angeles and, in 1976, landed the role of Carmine ‘The Big Ragoo’ Ragusa in Happy Days spin-off Laverne & Shirley, in which he starred until the series was canceled in 1983. Mekka also featured in Blansky’s Beauties, another Garry Marshall sitcom that aired for 13 episodes in 1977.

His other television credits include The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Moonlighting, Family Matters, and Guiding Light. In 2002, he appeared as himself in Entertainment Weekly‘s Laverne & Shirley: Together Again reunion special.

Game shows he appeared in include The Match Game Hollywood Squares Hour, The $10,000 Pyramid, The $25,000 Pyramid, Tattletales, and Body Language.

In more recent years, Mekka appeared in episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, ER, and The Young and the Restless. He also returned to off-Broadway in 2008 to star in the comedy My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish & I’m In Therapy!.

With Mekka’s passing, Cindy Williams and Michael McKean are now the only surviving main cast members from Laverne & Shirley..

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Deadline

posted 12/2/2021


Sony Pictures TV/CBS Media Ventures

SYNDIES: Week 10
Results for the Week Ending November 21
From TV Newscheck

The hot topic in syndicated ratings for the session ending Nov. 21 was another strong outing for The Wendy Williams Show without Wendy, which forged ahead 14% from the prior frame to a 0.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating. In its fifth straight week of guest hosts, the show featured the team of Jerry Springer and Steve Wilkos who sat in for two of the five days, as well as comedian Bill Bellamy, who also had a two-day stint.

In access time periods, Jeopardy inched up 2% to a 5.7 to lead the game shows. Next in line was Family Feud, which fell 2% to a 5.3.

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

GAME SHOWS:
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.7 +2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.3 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.2 +2%
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 -13%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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posted 12/2/2021

WEDNESDAY: It's Christmas in New York
NBC Wins with Christmas at Rockefeller Center
From Deadline

NBC’s 89th annual Christmas In Rockefeller Center was the shining star of Wednesday primetime as the holiday special drew in the night’s biggest audience.

Earning a 0.8 rating the 18-49 demo and 5.96 million viewers per fast affiliates, the NBC special was down from the 2020 iteration (1.1,7.11M).

The special saw Hoda Kotb, Savannah Guthrie, Craig Melvin and Al Rocker come together as hosts. Harry Connick Jr., Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Pentatonix were among the night’s performers.

Despite winning the most viewers of the night, Christmas In Rockefeller Center wasn’t alone at the top of demo ratings as it tied with Survivor (0.8,5.50M) and The Masked Singer (0.8, 4.02M). The two shows were both down from their pre-Thanskgiving iterations.

Later in the night, ABC peaked with The Conners (0.5, 3.24M), which was slightly down in viewers from the previous week. Additional titles in the 9 p.m. hour, Tough As Nails (0.4, 2.76M) and Alter Ego (0.4, 1.90M) were steady in demo rating but also fell in viewers.

In the following hour, Kelly Clarkson Presents: When Christmas Comes Around (0.6, 4.32M) followed up the tree lighting and bested CSI: Vegas (0.4, 3.96M) and A Million Little Things (0.2, 1.89M).

The CW’s night peaked now with Beebo Saves Christmas (0.1, 0.23M) but rather with World’s Funniest Animals: Christmas (0.1, 0.43M).

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posted 12/2/2021


IMDb

How's THIS for Magic?
Tournament of Houses #1 New Show on Cable in 2021
From the Wrap

“Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses” has Wingardium Leviosa-ed its way to the top of the ratings rankings for cable TV’s new unscripted series of 2021.

The premiere episode topped 3.1 million total viewers across its TBS (2.3 million) and Cartoon Network (845,000) simulcast.

That TBS viewership alone was actually enough to be No. 1 among the 123 new unscripted cable series (thus far) of 2021.

It also makes the quiz show TBS’ biggest original series premiere in nearly three years.

On TBS, 918,000 viewers came from the adults 18-49 demo, according to Nielsen’s Live + Same Day ratings. On Cartoon Network, 299,000 were in that demo.

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posted 11/30/2021


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Amy Schneider Makes History
Jeopardy! Champion Becomes First Trans Player to Make ToC
From EW

A new kind of history was just made on Jeopardy. On Tuesday night's show, contestant Amy Schneider became the first openly transgender contestant to qualify for the show's special "Tournament of Champions."

The history-making moment came after Schneider won five consecutive games and claimed the title of 10-day champion with a total of $380,200.

While Schneider is not the first trans contestant to become a champion on the show, she's the first contestant to make it to the highest level of the competition. While speaking to Jeopardy's Jimmy McGuire in a Winner's Circle interview following the show, she revealed that as a child growing up in the Midwest in a conservative family, a trans comedian named Natasha Muse — who she became aware of when she moved to San Fransisco — inspired her to embrace her trans identity and pursue competing in the show she's been a lifelong fan of.

"I had gotten kind of a distorted idea of what it meant to be trans, and so seeing her being smart and funny and cool and just a normal person with a normal life and kids and everything like that just showed me that it was something that I could possibly be, and that really made a difference for me," she told McGuire.

Although she's been a fan of the quiz show for years, Schneider, who works as an engineering manager in California, still found herself in awe of how her Jeopardy run has gone.

"I'm not going to pretend I didn't think I could do good, but this has just been so much better than I thought I would do," she explained.

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posted 12/2/2021

Pop Goes Prime
UK's "Pop Quiz" Added to Prime Video
From C21 Media

980s UK gameshow format Pop Quiz, which was revived last year by format owner and host Mike Read, is heading to the US through a deal with Amazon’s Prime Video.

New episodes of the show, in which two teams of musicians compete to answer music-based questions, have been added to Prime Video’s Best of British channel. It will feature pop stars from groups including Spandau Ballet, 10cc, Imagination, Haircut 100, Bucks Fizz and Linx.

The deal comes after UK- and Hong Kong-based distributor Lightning International last year acquired the worldwide rights to the format and financed a trio of pilots in partnership with Read’s prodco, Fame Media Entertainment.

Pop Quiz launched initially in 1981 and ran throughout the 1980s on BBC One. It was revived in the 1990s with Chris Tarrant hosting the show, then again in the 2000s by Red TV and Vintage TV, and later in 2016/17 with a pair of specials on BBC Four.

C21 Media

posted 12/2/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Lockout"

posted 12/2/2021

Meet The New "Bachelor"... Again
Clayton Echerd, in Worst Kept Reality Show Secret of the Year, Is Tapped
From Deadline

Following an emotional and tear-stained exit from Michelle's season of "The Bachelorette," Clayton Echard will step into the role of "The Bachelor" for the show's upcoming 26th season, kicking off the series' landmark 20th year. Clayton was first introduced to audiences on the current season of "The Bachelorette," where he showed off his rugged good looks and Viking-level athleticism while managing to charm even the harshest of critics - a group of fifth-grade students. He is a puppy-loving goofball with a heart of gold (and surprisingly good dance moves) who is ready to find the love of his life. Clayton's journey as "The Bachelor" premieres on the previously announced date of MONDAY, JAN. 3 (8:00-10:00 p.m.), on ABC.

Clayton Echard, who was first introduced as one of Michelle Young's suitors on the current season of "The Bachelorette," not only connects romantically with the captivating Minneapolis school teacher but is also a favorite of Michelle's middle school students. Ultimately, however, Michelle sends Clayton home, leading to one of the most emotional and heart-wrenching moments in "Bachelor" history. In that one touching moment, Clayton's genuine desire to find a partner and start a family shines through, and never has it been so evident that one man deserves a second chance at finding that great love.

Nicknamed "Claynos" by his friends in the house due partly to his sculpted physique, Clayton grows stronger with every rose, opening himself up to Michelle in ways he never thought possible. This Midwestern man proves he is so much more than just a good-looking guy with a rock-hard bod. He's a throwback romantic who's not afraid to put himself out there for love.

Clayton graduated with a bachelor's degree in health science from the University of Missouri, where he also minored in business and Spanish. He currently works in medical sales but is embarking on his MBA with the intention of starting his own business.

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posted 12/1/2021

TUESDAY: The Voice Is Young
NBC Wins, CBS Takes the Total
From Deadline

The Voice was Tuesday’s highest-rated primetime program for the fourth week in a row. The NBC singing competition was stable from last week and earned a 0.7 rating in the 18-49 demo and 6.60 million viewers, per fast affiliates.

The latest installment rose slightly in viewership and also made for the most-viewed title on Tuesday, besting The Bachelorette (0.6, 2.95M).

Fox’s evening peaked with the first hour of primetime with The Resident (0.5, 3.29M), up two tenths in demo rating and 12% in viewers. Later in the evening, La Brea’s season finale (0.5, 4.83M), up from last week, followed The Voice to top the 9 pm. hour. In the same hour, Our Kind Of People (0.3, 1.38M) returned after a week’s break. The Yaya DaCosta drama saved itself from yet another viewership decline, ticking up from series lows a couple of weeks ago. CBS’ Tuesday primetime slate was repeats of the FBI franchise. The CW peaked with The Flash (0.2, 0.74M), which rose to match its premiere.

Deadline
TV Line

posted 12/1/2021

Hulu Delivers!
Wells Adams to Host "Best in Dough"
From Deadline

Hulu is cooking up its own pizza competition series.

The streamer has ordered Best In Dough, hosted by The Bachelor universe star Wells Adams. The ten-part series comes from Project Runway producer Alfred Street Industries, Vox Media Studios and David Chang’s Majordomo Media.

Adams, who originally starred on season 12 of The Bachelorette and recently starred as MC, guest host and bartender for season 7 of Bachelor in Paradise, will be joined by head judge Chef Daniele Uditi of Pizzana, and features Chef Millie Peartree, comedian and food influencer Eunji Kim and baker Bryan Ford serving as judges.

Best In Dough brings together pizza obsessed competitors from all walks of life to showcase their pizza slinging skills and battle it out for $10,000.

Best in Dough is executive produced by Alfred Street Industries’ Jane Lipsitz, Dan Cutforth, Nan Strait, Dan Volpe and Cat Sullivan, who also serves as showrunner, and Andrew Wallace. Candace Nelson and Vox Media Studios’ Chad Mumm, Mark W. Olsen as well as Majordomo Media’s Dave O’Connor, Chris Ying and Christopher Chen also serve as executive producers.

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posted 12/1/2021

Banijay Sells LEGO in Eastern Europe
Version to Bow in Czech Republic, Slovakia
From Banijay

Banijay Rights today announces a new adaptation for competition reality format LEGO MASTERS, with a landmark co-production agreement confirmed in Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

TV Markíza in Slovakia and TV Nova in the Czech Republic will co-produce and broadcast a first season of the format, which sees pairs compete against each other to wow judges with awesome inspiring designs and brick builds.

LEGO MASTERS is a firm hit globally, with this order following recent commissions from MBC in South Korea and Shenzhen TV in China. TVNZ 2 in New Zealand and Atresmedia in Spain have also recently commissioned adaptations of the format, which has been ordered by a total of 18 international broadcasters across Europe, the US, Australia and Asia.

Originally created by Tuesday’s Child Television and the LEGO Group, Banijay globally distributes the format and finished tape for the show.

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posted 12/1/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Already with the Year in Reviews"

  • LIST ABUSE: The year in game show blunders (Decider)

  • ICYMI: Ariana Grande and Kelly Clarkson in a battle of the belters (Billboard)

  • Evelyn Cormier splits from her "90 Day Fiance" husband (Talent Recap)

  • VIDEO WALL: Queen of the Universe .... a preview (EW)

  • Dr. Oz allegedly gave everyone "15 minutes" to clear out their stuff (Slate)

  • Ryan Reynolds gets a major award from his home country, still can't return "Don't" (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Kevin Olmsted (The AV Club)

posted 12/1/2021

MONDAY: That Was My Jam!
NBC Preview Amply Sampled
From Deadline

The night belonged to the crime-fighters and first responders of primetime as 9-1-1 and NCIS led the charge on Monday.

Fox and CBS resumed their typical Monday programming after repeats last week leading into the Thanksgiving holiday. The latest episode of 9-1-1 on Fox earned a 0.8 demo rating and 5.24 million viewers, per fast affiliates. Surpassing The Voice (0.7, 6.28M, 9-1-1 was the highest-rated program of the evening. The Fox drama was up a good amount from its most recent new episode on Nov. 16 (0.5, 4.91M)

In the same hour, ABC peaked with CMA Country Christmas (0.4, 3.81M), followed by The Great Christmas Light Fight (0.4, 2.31M), which filled the spot that previously belonged to Dancing With The Stars. It had been a hot minute since CBS aired a fresh episode of NCIS, with the last airing on Nov. 9. That said, the CBS drama came back from its brief break strong (0.6, 7.17M) once again earning the night’s biggest audience.

In the same hour, The Big Leap (0.3, 1.32M) on Fox bounced back with the season’s penultimate episode after nearing audience lows earlier this month. The Voice provided That’s My Jam (0.6, 4.15M) with a comfortable enough lead-in to top NCIS: Hawai’i in demo rating during the 10 p.m. hour.

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posted 11/30/2021

ITV'm Dreaming of a White Christmas
Christmas Editions Coming
From Digital Spy

ITV has announced its full line-up for the festive period, so you can prepare yourself for that post-turkey lull. The special Christmas programs will air on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

The broadcaster will also be making the shows available on ITV Hub each morning at 7am, ahead of their evening broadcast, so you can set your own schedule and unwrap the festive treats early.

Christmas Eve will kick off with some game shows. At 3.55pm, Tipping Point: Lucky Stars Christmas Special will see celebrities battle a coin pusher arcade machine to win money for charity. Following that will be The Chase Celebrity Christmas Special at 5.30pm.

Then, celebrity chef Gino D'Acampo will cook up a storm in Gino's Italian Family Adventure: A Festive Feast at 6.30pm, followed by Doctor Who star Bradley Walsh and his son in Bradley and Barney: Breaking Dad at Christmas at 9pm.

Rounding out the night is Britain's Got Talent winner Lee Ridley in Christmas Comedy Club with Lost Voice Guy at 10.30pm.

Christmas Day evening on ITV begins with an extra festive episode of the family favorite Paul O'Grady: For the Love of Dogs at 5.30pm. A special spin-off of The Masked Singer, titled The Masked Singalong, will then air at 6pm, so you and your family can sing along with never-before-seen holiday performances. To close out Christmas Day, Bradley Walsh will be back on your screens with The Larkins Christmas Special at 9pm, featuring all of the main cast.

Ant and Dec will open up Boxing Day's Christmas programming with Saturday Night Takeaway Presents: Double Trouble at 4.15pm, followed by another edition of The Chase Celebrity Christmas Special at 5pm.

There's more game show fun after that with Celebrity Catchphrase: Christmas Special at 6pm, then John Barrowman's All Star Musicals at Christmas at 8pm. Wrapping up the festive season is Scottish great Billy Connolly, who will invite viewers into his Florida Keys home in Billy Connolly: My Absolute Pleasure at 9.30pm.

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posted 11/30/2021

CBS Radford Sold for $1.85 Billion
Deal for Home of "Big Brother" House Expected to Close by Year's End
From Variety

ViacomCBS announced a deal to sell L.A.’s CBS Studio Center to two investment firms for $1.85 billion, the latest in a series of real-estate divestitures for the company. The media conglomerate had confirmed that it was looking to sell CBS Studio Center, which sits on a 55-acre site in Studio City, this summer.

The CBS Studio Center property and its associated operating business is being acquired by a partnership formed by Hackman Capital Partners and Square Mile Capital Management. The deal is expected to close before the end of the year, subject to usual closing conditions including regulatory approval.

CBS Studio Center comprises more than 1 million square feet of space, including 22 stages, production office and support buildings, third-party tenant offices, a purpose-built broadcast center and filmable backlot locations. The deal to sell CBS Studio Center comes after ViacomCBS in July sold CBS’s New York headquarters, the Black Rock skyscraper, for $760 million to real estate investment firm Harbor Group International. In 2018, CBS Corp. sold the Television City property in the Fairfax district to Hackman Capital for $750 million.

“This sale is part of an ongoing optimization of ViacomCBS’s real estate and operations portfolio and will allow the company to redeploy capital to strategic growth priorities, including streaming,” CFO Naveen Chopra said in a statement.

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posted 11/30/2021


The Hollywood Reporter
ARLENE DAHL: 1925-2021
Legendary Actress Played "Match Game", "Password"
From People

Arlene Dahl, veteran Hollywood actress turned beauty writer and cosmetics executive, passed away on Monday in New York. She was 96.

The news was confirmed by Dahl's son, Lorenzo Lamas, who shared a heartfelt tribute to his mother on social media. "She was the most positive influence on my life. I will remember her laughter, her joy, her dignity as she navigated the challenges that she faced. Never an ill word about anyone crossed her lips," Lorenzo, 63, wrote on both Instagram and Facebook.

"Her ability to forgive left me speechless at times," Lorenzo continued. "She truly was a force of nature and as we got closer in my adult life, I leaned on her more and more as my life counselor and the person I knew that lived and loved to the fullest."

Dahl got her start in late 1940s-era Hollywood, with film credits including The Bride Goes Wild, Reign of Terror and 1959's Journey to the Center of the Earth with James Mason.

Tributes quickly flooded social media as performers and writers alike saluted a giant of the theater. “We shall be singing your songs forever,” wrote Lea Salonga. Aaron Tveit wrote: “We are so lucky to have what you’ve given the world.”

She also was featured in the 1953 films Sangaree and Diamond Run, which both starred Fernando Lamas — whom Dahl would wed in 1954.

Concurrent with her busy screen career in the 1950s, Dahl founded Arlene Dahl Enterprises, which sold lingerie and cosmetics. At the same time, the actress also began working as a beauty columnist, before eventually stepping away from acting to work as an advertising executive for Sears, Roebuck & Co. She later founded a perfume company as part of her career of accomplishments.

Dahl still moonlighted as an actress as well, going on to guest star in shows such as Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, Fantasy Island and The Love Boat.

She also enjoyed stints in soap operas All My Children and One Life to Live, in which she played Lucinda Schenck over four episodes in the mid-80s.

Game shows she appeared in include High Low Quiz, What's My Line?, I've Got A Secret, To Tell the Truth, You Don't Say, Password, Tattletales, Family Feud and Hollywood Squares.

Dahl is survived by her sixth husband, Rosen, sons Lorenzo and Rounsevelle Andreas Schaum, daughter Carole Holmes McCarthy and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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posted 11/30/2021

Rose d'Or: And The Winners Were
"Strictly Come Dancing" Collects Kudos
From Deadline

Bo Burnham’s Inside for Netflix and Jack Thorne’s Channel 4 drama Help took home the Comedy and Drama gongs at last night’s 60th Rose d’Or TV awards.

UK shows performed well at the European Broadcasting Union event, which also saw long-running BBC1 entertainment show Strictly Come Dancing take home Studio Entertainment, ITV’s Long Lost Family scoop Reality and Factual Entertainment and BBC1/AppleTV+’s 9/11: Inside the President’s War Room win for Documentary.

The latter was one of three victories for director Adam Wishart’s Wish/Art Films, which also won both News and Current Affairs and the coveted Golden Rose for ITV’s Storming The Capital: The Inside Story, as correspondent Robert Moore was richly rewarded.

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posted 11/30/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Play ____ Games, Win ____ Prizes"

  • LeBron James enters protocol. Guess why. (Deadline)

  • Anne Robinson says to reports on beef with Rachel Riley... She's "brilliant" (The Independent)

  • ICYMI Someone faces the million dollar question... in Australia (Edge)

posted 11/30/2021

Chocolate Goes to School
New Series Launches on Netflix Friday
From Fansided

If you’re looking to indulge in a new baking competition series then School of Chocolate is the upcoming Netflix original for you!

The eight episode series is one you can binge over the long holiday weekend with its runtime falling at under six hours. You’ll be dropped into world class chocolatier Chef Amaury Guichon‘s competition kitchen as he teaches the contestants the methods he’s developed to create the exceptional pastries and chocolate showpieces that have made him famous.

No one is a newcomer in School of Chocolate but experience is a key component to success in Guichon’s challenging course. For each test there is a new technique he wants them to try and by the end of the competition, he will decide who is Best in Class. That student will not only win the life-changing $50,000 grand prize, but they’ll also have the opportunity to teach an international master level class at Guichon’s pastry academy in Las Vegas. It’s a chance to get their name out there and establish the foundation of their business-owning dreams.

Of course, there will be blood, sweat, and tears along the road to victory even if there’s camaraderie among the students initially. With their futures on the line, learning and growing is important but so is coming out on top!

School of Chocolate premieres Friday, Nov. 26 at 12 a.m. PT/3:01 a.m. ET. If you plan to shop until you drop on Black Friday, this baking competition will be home waiting for you to settle down and unwind with as it’s series all about sweet and decadent creations.

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posted 11/30/2021


The BBC
STEPHEN SONDHEIM: 1930-2021
Legendary Composer Played "Match Game", "Password"
From the AP

Stephen Sondheim, the songwriter who reshaped the American musical theater in the second half of the 20th century with his intelligent, intricately rhymed lyrics, his use of evocative melodies and his willingness to tackle unusual subjects, has died. He was 91.

Sondheim’s death was announced by Rick Miramontez, president of DKC/O&M. Sondheim’s Texas-based attorney, Rick Pappas, told The New York Times the composer died Friday at his home in Roxbury, Connecticut.

Sondheim influenced several generations of theater songwriters, particularly with such landmark musicals as “Company,” “Follies” and “Sweeney Todd,” which are considered among his best work. His most famous ballad, “Send in the Clowns,” has been recorded hundreds of times, including by Frank Sinatra and Judy Collins.

The artist refused to repeat himself, finding inspiration for his shows in such diverse subjects as an Ingmar Bergman movie (“A Little Night Music”), the opening of Japan to the West (“Pacific Overtures”), French painter Georges Seurat (“Sunday in the Park With George”), Grimm’s fairy tales (“Into the Woods”) and even the killers of American presidents (“Assassins”), among others.

Tributes quickly flooded social media as performers and writers alike saluted a giant of the theater. “We shall be singing your songs forever,” wrote Lea Salonga. Aaron Tveit wrote: “We are so lucky to have what you’ve given the world.”

“The theater has lost one of its greatest geniuses and the world has lost one of its greatest and most original writers. Sadly, there is now a giant in the sky,” producer Cameron Mackintosh wrote in tribute. Music supervisor, arranger and orchestrator Alex Lacamoire tweeted: “For those of us who love new musical theater: we live in a world that Sondheim built.”

Six of Sondheim’s musicals won Tony Awards for best score, and he also received a Pulitzer Prize (“Sunday in the Park”), an Academy Award (for the song “Sooner or Later” from the film “Dick Tracy”), five Olivier Awards and the Presidential Medal of Honor. In 2008, he received a Tony Award for lifetime achievement. Sondheim’s music and lyrics gave his shows a dark, dramatic edge, whereas before him, the dominant tone of musicals was frothy and comic. He was sometimes criticized as a composer of unhummable songs, a badge that didn’t bother Sondheim. Frank Sinatra, who had a hit with Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns,” once complained: “He could make me a lot happier if he’d write more songs for saloon singers like me.”

To theater fans, Sondheim’s sophistication and brilliance made him an icon. A Broadway theater was named after him. A New York magazine cover asked “Is Sondheim God?” The Guardian newspaper once offered this question: “Is Stephen Sondheim the Shakespeare of musical theatre?”

A supreme wordsmith — and an avid player of word games (he was on "Match Game" and "Password" in the 1960s — Sondheim’s joy of language shone through. “The opposite of left is right/The opposite of right is wrong/So anyone who’s left is wrong, right?” he wrote in “Anyone Can Whistle.” In “Company,” he penned the lines: “Good things get better/Bad gets worse/Wait — I think I meant that in reverse.”

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posted 11/29/2021

Alex Guarnaschelli Takes on America
New Series to Bow on Food Network January 2
From the Futon Critic

Alex Guarnaschelli is one of the most accomplished and revered chefs in the culinary arena, having won virtually every battle she has ever competed in. Now, over the course of five weeks, 15 brave chefs from across the United States take their best shot at beating Alex for the ultimate culinary triumph in the new competition series, Alex vs America, premiering Sunday, January 2nd at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network.

Hosted by the acclaimed chef Eric Adjepong, each episode features three culinary superstars competing over two rounds against one another as well as against Alex. These competitors might hail from different states, but they all share the same mastery of a specific ingredient or dish, one that they have spent endless hours in their own kitchens perfecting and which will now be tested in an effort to take down one of the country's most formidable chefs.

At the start of each battle, Alex and the competitors learn what the challenge will be, with the chefs having the ability to work together in selecting variables for their dishes as well as the amount of time they give themselves and Alex to cook with. Each finished plate will undergo a blind tasting, with only the top three chefs advancing and the least successful from the challenge being immediately sent home, even if it is Alex. In the end, it all comes down to what's on the plate. Will the final two chefs outcook and outshine Alex, earning bragging rights over an award-winning Iron Chef? Or will Alex's legendary winning streak continue, sending all the ambitious competitors home with nothing but their disappointment?

Fans can also stream Alex vs America on discovery+ with new episodes available weekly, starting with an early look at the premiere on Saturday, December 25th.

Added Guarnaschelli, "Truth is, I have loved competitive cooking for as long as I can remember, first watching, then judging and competing myself. Now, I finally have the opportunity to invite other adrenaline-junkies to join me in doing what we love, cooking our butts off, and Alex vs America is literally my dream come true. That said, what I have learned the hard way is, while I love winning, I hate losing more."

"As a trusted culinary voice on The Kitchen to her no-holds-barred judging on Chopped, or seamlessly shifting into hosting competitors on Supermarket Stakeout, there truly isn't anything that Alex Guarnaschelli cannot do," said Courtney White, President, Food Network and Streaming Food Content, Discovery Inc. "On Alex vs America, she has a bullseye on her back, as these talented chefs set their gazes on defeating Alex. Sounds easy enough but these competitors will quickly learn why Alex is one of the most respected chefs with an innate ability to conquer any obstacle in her way. Viewers are in for a fast-paced and action-packed competition."

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posted 11/29/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Netflix and Chill"

  • VIDEO WALL: Previews for Netflix projects including Colton Underwood (The Futon Critic), Nicole Byer (The Futon Critic)

  • Ant & Dec to return to "I'm a Celebrity" after a storm (Deadline)

  • Judge Steve Harvey rules January 4 (The FUton Critic)

  • Byron Allen has a message for the Senate re: the FCC confirmation (TV Newscheck)

  • Ryan Reynolds gets a major award from his home country, still can't return "Don't" (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Scott Evans (Yahoo!)

posted 11/29/2021

TUESDAY: Taking a Dive
NBC Wins with "The Voice"
From Deadline

Julianne Hough is returning to the Dancing With the Stars ballroom after four years away.

The Voice was Tuesday’s highest-rated primetime show again this week, earning a 0.7 demo rating and 6 million viewers, per Nielsen fast affiliates. However, NBC’s singing competition fell a tenth in the demo from last week and lost about 9% of its viewership.

Wendy Moten, a contestant on the NBC singing competition, took a scary tumble following a live performance on Tuesday’s show. The Team Blake member tripped over a speaker on stage after a group song, landing pretty hard. Her teammates — and eventually Blake Shelton — attended to her.

Coming in second ratings-wise was the latest installment of ABC’s The Bachelorette (0.6, 2.6M), which was steady with its previous episode. Last night featured Michelle Young’s young students, who helped her pick her final four.

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posted 11/24/2021


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SYNDIES: Week 9
Results for the Week Ending November 14
From TV Newscheck

The three top talk shows — Dr. Phil, Live with Kelly and Ryan and Ellen DeGeneres — all enjoyed rating records and were syndication’s loudest voices in the session ending Nov. 14.

Turning to access time periods, Jeopardy narrowly led the game shows and all of syndication with a flat 5.6. Family Feud climbed 4% to a 5.4.

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

GAME SHOWS:
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.6 NC
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.4 +4%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.1 -4%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.8 +14%
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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posted 11/24/2021

A Very Draggy Christmas
"Drag Race" 2022 Class to Be Named December 2
From the Futon Critic

VH1 today announced it will air an epic holiday event giving fans a televised first look into the "RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 14 cast "Ruveal" at 8pm ET/PT, alongside a special presentation of Paramount+'s international drag singing competition, "Queen of The Universe" and the debut of VH1's original holiday film starring RuPaul, "The Bitch Who Stole Christmas" at 9 pm ET/PT.

All the Queens from "RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 14 will be announced on VH1 during the linear sneak peek of the "RuVeal." Fans will see their looks showcased as reigning Queen, Symone, announces them walking down the runway.

"Queen of the Universe" brings together fourteen of the world's fiercest queens as they vie for the title of "Queen of the Universe" and a cash prize of $250,000. Each episode will showcase the contestants' vocal prowess as they debut a new musical performance in front of a live audience and a "Pop Diva Panel" of judges which include, multi-Emmy and GRAMMY(R) nominee Vanessa Williams; platinum-selling recording artist, three-time Emmy(R) Award-winning producer and judge of "RuPaul's Drag Race" Michelle Visage; American drag superstar Trixie Mattel; and three-time GRAMMY(R)-nominated global songstress Leona Lewis. Five-time BAFTA TV Award-winner Graham Norton serves as host, with global drag icon RuPaul as an Executive Producer.

In the draggiest Christmas movie ever made, a workaholic big-city fashion journalist is sent to a Christmas-obsessed small town to dig up a story when she finds herself in the middle of cut-throat housewives, a high-stakes "Winter Ball" competition, and a sinister plot that could destroy Christmas fore-evah! Starring RuPaul, Krysta Rodriguez, Andy Ridings, Michelle Visage, Ginger Minj, Brooke Lynn Hytes, Peppermint, Jan, Jaymes Mansfield, Latrice Royale, Gottmik, Morgan McMichaels, Porkchop, Carson Kressley, Ross Mathews, Chad Michaels, Heidi N Closet, Kelly Mantle, Kimora Blac, Laganja Estranja, Manila Luzon, Mayhem Miller, Pandora Boxx, Raven, Rock M. Sakura, Kylie Sonique Love, Kim Petras, Charo, and Anna Maria Horsford.

A premiere date for "RuPaul's Drag Race" will be announced at a later date.

THe Futon Critic

posted 11/23/2021

Nightbirde Flies Again
AGT Favorite Recovering from Cancer Treatment
From Deadline

Jane “Nightbirde” Marczewski, a singer who received the Golden Buzzer from Simon Cowell on America’s Got Talent, provided an update on her cancer treatment after she withdrew from the talent competition in August.

The singer said that treatment has been going well, if not a bit slowly.

“It’s happening slow little by little, day by day. I’m getting a little better,” she said in a recent interview. “I did get a scan result back and a bunch of stuff that was there disappeared. A bunch of the big stuff has gone down in size so we’re on the way.”

In June, the Ohio native made a splash with her AGT audition, where she performed her original number “It’s Okay.” Cowell honored the singer with the highly-sought after Golden Buzzer and his fellow panelists honored her with a standing ovation. Months after her audition, Nightbirde dropped from the NBC show sharing that her “fight with cancer is demanding all of my energy and attention.”

Now making some positive headway in her treatment, Marczewski reflected on battling cancer in the public eye and how her experience with her rare illness has given her a new perspective on life, especially with Thanksgiving around the corner.

“Life is so imperfect and there’s so much hard stuff and unfair stuff mixed in, sometimes we don’t recognize that our dreams are happening and miracles are happening,” she reflected. “The miracle I wanted – I wish I could skip the pain, that this would go away super fast.” She continued: “There’s 100 different miracles in the fight. If I only take the ones that taste sweet I won’t get any miracles at all. So I’m grateful for whatever I have.”

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posted 11/24/2021

Anne Burrell Signs for More "Worst Cooks"
New Season Premiere January 5
From the Futon Critic

Anne Burrell, star of Food Network's primetime franchise Worst Cooks in America, has signed an exclusive multi-year deal inclusive of at least two more cycles of the popular series she has headlined since it began, it was announced today by Courtney White, President, Food Network and Streaming Food Content, Discovery Inc. The next Worst Cooks in America cycle is set to premiere early next year.

In the upcoming season, Anne is joined for the first time by Chef Cliff Crooks to lead the newest batch of twelve culinary nightmares though a rigorous boot camp in their quest to become kitchen masters. While some recruits are total strangers, this time there are married couples, long-lost cousins and a pair of drag artist best friends among those battling to improve their horrific cooking skills. With the red team led by Anne and blue by Cliff, this season begins in a twilight zone dimension of overcooked food, bad knife cuts and atrocious flavors - but the journey to kitchen success kicks off as soon as the recruits walk through the doors. The challenges are bigger and bolder than ever, from an outrageous culinary warriors game to a beach-themed cooking relay to a dessert wonderland scavenger hunt. In the end, only the most improved recruit is awarded a $25,000 grand prize and bragging rights for their mentor.

In 2021, Worst Cooks reached more than 7 million P2+ viewers and the series is currently ranked among Food Network's top five programs of the year. Worst Cooks in America premieres Wednesday, January 5th at 9pm (all times ET/PT) with a super-sized 90-minute episode on Food Network and streaming on discovery+. In addition, discovery+ subscribers can access the premiere episode a week earlier on December 29th.

"Anne has been an integral part of the success of Worst Cooks from the very beginning. She is an exceptional talent - in the kitchen and onscreen - and we are thrilled to continue working together," said White. "And we knew pairing Anne with newcomer Cliff Crooks would make for one of the freshest and most fun seasons yet."

Added Burrell, "I am super excited to announce my multi-year deal with Food Network, which has been my extended family for almost two decades. I have the greatest time hosting Worst Cooks in America and look forward to teaching our contestants and viewers on this show, as well as other series, how to cook like rock stars. There is so much incredible content in the works - stay tuned!".

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posted 11/24/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Happy Thanksgiving"

  • Katie Thurston waited a month before going back into the "Bachelor" pool... (Vulture)

  • Dani & Dominic Briones welcome a new baby girl (Us Magazine)

  • Dan Gheesling welcomes baby girl (Reality TV World)

  • Richard Osman writes a new novel (The Times)

  • #ICYMI History was made AGAIN on Jeopardy! (Decider)

posted 11/24/2021

MONDAY: That's What Siblings Do, They Watch Out for Each Other
Julianne Hough to Judge Finale of "Dancing"
From EW

Julianne Hough is returning to the Dancing With the Stars ballroom after four years away.

The longtime pro, two-time champion, and former judge is stepping in as a guest judge for Monday's season 30 finale to replace her brother, Derek Hough, who is still in quarantine after testing positive for breakthrough COVID-19 last week.

A show spokesperson tells EW that while Julianne will guest-judge the finale, Derek will still be part of the show, appearing in a pretaped skit as well as virtually. Entertainment Tonight first reported the news.

Filling in as guest judge should be easy for Julianne, who not only won DWTS in back-to-back seasons but also served as a judge for several seasons before eventually leaving the show in 2017. She'll join judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli for the finale.

The season finale of DWTS went head-to-head against The Voice, snagging the night’s highest demo rating. Per fast affiliates, Dancing With The Stars earned a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and 5.41 million viewers. In final numbers it jumped up to a 0.9 demo rating and 5.64 million viewers. While the dancing competition topped Monday night, it was down from last season, which earned a 1.0 demo rating in final numbers. The Voice (0.7, 6.13M) won the night’s viewership, dipping from the previous week.

Beyond Dancing with The Stars and The Voice, Monday primetime took it easy leading into the Thanksgiving holiday.

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posted 11/23/2021

Guy Fieri Has a Chance of a Lifetime
Catch It on Food Network January
From the Futon Critic

Guy Fieri is expanding his successful restaurant empire and is searching for one talented food entrepreneur to run their own Chicken Guy! franchise on Guy's Chance of a Lifetime, premiering on Sunday, January 2 at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network, and available a week earlier to discovery+ subscribers on Sunday, December 26.

Guy was flooded with applications from all over the country and chose the seven top candidates to participate in the most intense, high stakes job interview they could ever dream of, to become the owner of the newest location of the Chicken Guy! franchise. The candidates must prove they can successfully lead every aspect of the food business, from culinary, to marketing, and to front of house hospitality. Over the course of the six hour-long episodes, there is unexpected drama and a surprising turn of events when one of the candidates breaks under the pressure. Only one will have their destiny changed forever when they win the ultimate chance of lifetime.

"I'll tell you right now, this is NOT your every day, run-of-the-mill competition show. No eliminations, no meaningless cook-offs each week. It's a real deal job interview for a life-changing opportunity," said Fieri. "The candidates on Guy's Chance of a Lifetime have to prove that they are the best all-around talent in the food business and if they can do that, we're in business... together."

"We rolled cameras around the clock on Guy's Chance of a Lifetime documenting every aspect of this unprecedented, grueling, 24/7 job interview. To win, these applicants study through the night, then rise at dawn to apply their new skills on the real-life restaurant line with Guy assessing their every move. The pressure and stakes couldn't be higher. It's an intense journey and thrilling to watch," said Courtney White, President, Food Network and Streaming Food Content, Discovery Inc.

To up the difficulty of the toughest interview in America, Guy and business partner Robert Earl have hand selected a panel of experts consisting of business and food professionals to help mentor the candidates each week and determine the winner, including: Maneet Chauhan, Hunter Fieri, Anthony Hoy Fong, Antonia Lofaso, Christian Petroni, and John Thall.

THe Futon Critic

posted 11/23/2021

Chocoholics Rejoice!
CW Acquires "The Great Chocolate Showdown" from Food Network Canada
From the Futon Critic

Making its U.S. debut this winter, the hit dessert competition series GREAT CHOCOLATE SHOWDOWN is slated to begin its eight-episode run starting Saturday, January 29, 2022 (8:00-9:00pm ET) on The CW Network.

A top 10 cooking-competition series on Food Network Canada, GREAT CHOCOLATE SHOWDOWN featuring 10 bakers taking on creative and complex chocolate-based challenges, where they must create delicious desserts that impress even the most discerning of tastes. The esteemed judging panel includes television personality and best-selling cookbook author Anna Olson ("Junior Chef Showdown"), award-winning British cake designer Cynthia Stroud and prominent pastry chef and chocolatier Steve Hodge ("Project Bakeover").

GREAT CHOCOLATE SHOWDOWN is produced by Nikki Ray Media Agency in association with Corus Studios. For Corus Studios, Lisa Godfrey is Senior Vice President of Original Content and Corus Studios, Krista Look is Director, Original Lifestyle Content and Debbie Brown is Executive in Charge of Production. For Nikki Ray Media Agency, Tanya Linton and Mike Sheerin are Executive Producers and Jen Pratt is Series Producer. .

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posted 11/23/2021

International Emmys: And The Awards Went to...
"Masked Singer" Wins for Unscripted
From Deadline

The French comedy Call My Agent and Israeli drama Tehran took the top prizes at the 49th annual International Emmys, which here handed out Monday night during an in-person ceremony in New York.

The UK boasts both top acting honors David Tennant for crime thriller Des and Hayley Squires for porn drama Adult Material — as well as winning the Non-Scripted Entertainment prize for The Masked Singer.

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posted 11/23/2021

Banijay Dropping In Spain
Atresmedia to Reboot "Money Drop"
From C21 Media

Spanish broadcaster Atresmedia is bringing back the local version of Banijay format The Money Drop after a seven-year hiatus.

Getmusic, a Banijay Iberia company, will produce the series which is known locally as Atrapa un millón. The gameshow sees contestants start with an amount of money they have to gamble through eight rounds of multiple choice questions. It originated on Channel 4 in the UK as The Million Pound Drop..

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posted 11/23/2021

Christmas, Take the Wheel
Celebrity Special to Air on BBC One
From Telly Mix

Michael McIntyre's The Wheel will air a Celebrity special this Christmas on BBC One.

The game show features contestants hoping to answer their way to a fortune with the help of seven celebrity experts.

The Celebrity special festive episode of The Wheel will see three celebrity contestants taking part - actor Danny Dyer, Radio and TV presenter Zoe Ball and comedian, actor and writer David Walliams. They will be competing to complete The Wheel, in an attempt to win money for their chosen charities this Christmas with the help of some fellow famous faces.

The celebs on The Wheel for the Christmas special are choirmaster and broadcaster Gareth Malone, actress Martine McCutcheon, presenter Alex Scott, comedian Jason Manford, EastEnders actress Tameka Empson, comedian Julian Clary and presenter Gregg Wallace.

A teaser for the one-off episode shares: "They will take their turns to help answer questions on everything from Christmas movies to festive food But whose help will be a gift and who has got their traditions in a twist? Full of laughs and festive spirit, The Wheel promises to get celebs and viewers alike in a spin in this special yuletide edition."

An air date for the Christmas special is to be confirmed.

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posted 11/23/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Space Pyramids"

  • Michael Strahan to blast off in Blue Origin rocket (Deadline)

  • Alesha Dixon walks the line remotely (MSN)

  • Anthony Anderson rejoins LAw & Order. Doink doink (Deadline)

posted 11/23/2021

Bobby Flay Signs On For 3 More Years
Chef Was to Leave Food Network Before New Deal
From TV Insider

Bobby Flay will be staying with the Food Network for at least three more years as the celebrity chef signs a new deal with the Discovery-owned channel following back-and-forth negotiations.

News of the deal was first revealed by Variety, who last month reported that talks between Food Network executives and Flay’s representatives at WME had broken down. However, a new three-year agreement has now been reached, keeping Flay on the network up to his 30th on-air anniversary with the cabler.

According to Variety, the new deal will offer further content opportunities for Flay’s Rock Shrimp Productions, the company behind most of his Food Network shows.

“We are thrilled to continue Bobby Flay’s long-standing relationship with Food Network. He captivates our audience with his incredible culinary skill, fierce competitive spirit and his trademark ability to share a deep passion for food,” said Courtney White, president of Food Network and food streaming content for Discovery.

Flay joined the Food Network in 1994 in its first year on the air and has fronted several series and specials on the channel, including the recent Beat Bobby Flay and Brunch at Bobby’s, as well as classics like Grillin’ and Chillin’. He’s also featured on the network’s various competition shows, including Chopped, Iron Chef, and The Next Food Network Star.

“I have an amazing family at Food Network and a great foundation. And I have a sizable library of food television here,” Flay said. “I’m a lucky person. I grew up in a time when this country finally decided that food was important.”

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posted 11/22/2021

SUNDAY: I'm An Award Show. AMA!
NBC Wins with SNF
From Deadline

ABC brought together a handful of music’s most notable personalities, ranging from Cardi B to BTS, for the 2021 American Music Awards. While the BTS, Taylor Swift and Megan Thee Stallion were among the musicians walking away with honors, the annual awards ceremony failed to top Sunday primetime.

Going against NBC’s coverage of the Steelers-Chargers game, the AMAs drew in a 1.0 rating in the 18-49 demo and 3.77 million viewers. Marking the night’s fifth-highest-rated program of the evening, the 2021 AMAs were stable from last year’s ceremony (1.0, 3.80M). Like most awards shows this year and last, the ABC ceremony was behind its latest pre-pandemic iteration in 2019 (1.8, 6.73M) by a good margin.

NBC took the night with the Steelers-Chargers showdown, which saw the Los Angeles team win 41-37. The latest installment of Sunday Night Football was down from the previous week (3.4, 12.60M), which also dropped from the week before that.

Among the non-sports and awards fare, The Simpsons (1.1, 3.88M) on Fox got a nice boost from football programming, earning the night’s top scripted spot. The Great North (0.6, 2.09M), Bob’s Burgers (0.6, 1.75M) and Family Guy (0.6, 1.63M) were all up from last week.

CBS’ night peaked with The Equalizer (0.6, 6.37M), which returned after a week off for the Adele One Night Only special concert last week, which has since surpassed the 2021 Oscars in viewership.

The CW’s Sunday evening stayed quiet with a new episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple (0.0, 0.32M) and repeats of Masters of Illusion.

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posted 11/22/2021

Blowing Christmas Away
Bobby Berk Hosts Special Seasonal ... Season on Netflix
From Distractify

With similarities to reality shows like The Great British Bake Off and The Great Pottery Throw Down, Netflix's competition series Blown Away showcases the ins and outs of the fiery art of glassblowing.

Some of North America's most talented glass artists compete in a variety of creative challenges for a chance to win a prize package worth $60,000, as well as an artist residency at New York's Corning Museum of Glass. The successful competition reality series spawned a four-episode holiday spinoff, Blown Away: Christmas, which was released on Nov. 19, 2021.

Queer Eye's interior design expert, Bobby Berk (who arguably does the most out of the Fab Five), guest hosts the holiday-themed glassblowing contest. The spinoff series sees five returning non-winning Blown Away contestants inflate and manipulate molten glass to fulfill the merriest of challenges. The artists are competing to win a cash prize of $10,000 and an additional $10,000 to be donated to the charity of their choice. But with a theme that boasts Christmas lights in the hot shop and glass candy cane creations, when was the show filmed?

Just like many films and television shows, the COVID-19 pandemic caused filming for Blown Away: Christmas to start quite late. According to The Seattle Times, filming for the holiday spin-off didn't start until January 2021, right after Blown Away Season 2 premiered on Netflix.

The pandemic affected much of the series, as Blown Away: Christmas only features four episodes and five contestants instead of the usual 10 episodes and 10 contestants. And due to said tight restrictions and scheduling, Bobby Berk was unable to make a glass creation of his own!

“Glass-blowing as a whole wasn’t really anything that I’d thought about,” Bobby told Canada.com. “I think in this day and age of machines and computers you just assume everything is made by a machine. I didn’t even think about the fact that all drinking glasses are still blown by a person.”

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posted 11/22/2021

More on "I Can See Your Voice" Season 2
New Elements Coming, Plus Holiday Special December 14
From TV Insider

Fox’s music challenge series I Can See Your Voice returns soon, with a holiday special in December, and the Season 2 premiere to kick off the new year.

It all begins with the holiday special on Tuesday, December 14 at 8/7c. Joining host Ken Jeong and permanent panelists Cheryl Hines and Adrienne Bailon-Houghton are Debbie Gibson, Nicole Byer, and Paula Abdul. Then, as seen in a promo already out (and below), Jewel, Bow Wow, and Cheyenne Jackson will be appearing in the January 5 premiere.

In I Can See Your Voice, the panel of celebrity detectives help contestants tell the difference between good and bad singers, without ever hearing them sing a note. It’s up to the contestants to weed out the bad “Secret Voices” from the good, based on clues, interrogation, and lip synch challenges. In the end, the singer chosen by the contestant performs a duet with a top musical star to reveal if they can sing.

And in Season 2, there are a couple new game play elements. Each episode features a “Golden Mic” celebrity that the contestant can call on to give their opinion on one of the secret voices without having heard the opinions from the rest of the panel. Plus, each round is now worth $15,000 instead of $10,000, so each correct guess that the contestant makes for a bad singer can win them $15,000 along the way.

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posted 11/22/2021

Do Not Pass Go, Go Directly to CBS?
Hasbro Currently Developing "Monopoly" Game Show, REport.
From Complex

Michael Lombardo, eOne’s President of Global Television, said in an interview with Deadline that a Monopoly game show is in early stages of development for CBS.

“We have a Monopoly game show in development at CBS in addition to the feature adaptations in the works. It’s a great fun-time game which felt like it made sense as a game show. It is a moment right now where primetime games work,” the exec shared. “So, we’re continuing full-steam ahead in the Hasbro stuff and at the same time we’re trying to pace it out so we don’t go out all at once with everything. This is a long strategy, but Dungeons I think is the next big thing from that.”With similarities to reality shows like The Great British Bake Off and The Great Pottery Throw Down, Netflix's competition series Blown Away showcases the ins and outs of the fiery art of glassblowing.

The Monopoly brand has been adapted as a game show twice.

In 1990, ABC aired 13 episodes of "Monopoly" from Merv Griffin Entertainment with former "Jeopardy!" champion Mike Reilly hosting. The show blended the iconic board game with a word game/trivia format. The second game to bear the "Monopoly" name, "Monopoly Millionaires Club", was a national lottery tie-in game show from 2015 that blended game elements with games of chance. Billy Gardell hosted two seasons.


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posted 11/22/2021

The Chase Is On... in Eastern Europe
Bulgaria, Slovakia Sign on For Local Versions
From TBI

Bulgarian broadcaster Nova and Markiza in Slovakia have ordered local versions of ITV Studios (ITVS) quizshow format The Chase.

The show was created by ITVS’s UK production outfit Potato and requires a team of four strangers to face tough, quick-fire questions individually to build up their team’s prize money. To make it back to their team, they must go head-to-head with quiz experts ‘the Chasers’ and beat them to the finish line.

The Slovakian and Bulgarian commissions follow the format’s recent launch in Czech Republic, where it has recently been extended.

The show has also been a hit in Serbia, where a 10th season has been ordered, while the show is also into its sixth run in Israel and a second in the US, where it airs on ABC.

The format, which is sold by ITVS, has also spawned a raft of spin-offs including The Celebrity Chase, The Family Chase, The Chase: Kids and it’s latest addition, Beat The Chasers.

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posted 11/22/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage, Then..."

  • VIDEO WALL: This year's "Great British Baking Show Holidays" (The FUton Critic)

  • Tayshia Adams calls it quits with Zac Clark (EW)

  • Astrid Loch, Kevin Wendt welcome baby (EW)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: The Great Christmas Light Fight to air over a week (Reality Blurred)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the latest J! champ who made a bit of history (Newsweek)

posted 11/22/2021


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LeVar Burton in a Trivial Pursuit
"Jeopardy!" Fan Favorite Teams with eOne
From The Hollywood Reporter

LeVar Burton may not be the next host of Jeopardy!, but his love for quiz shows has landed him another gig: Trivial Pursuit.

The Star Trek and Reading Rainbow favorite will host a new Trivial Pursuit TV game show that is being produced by the game's maker Hasbro and its entertainment division Entertainment One.

A network is not yet attached. Burton’s involvement, however, should make the series easy to sell.

“LeVar Burton has been an iconic member of American pop culture for decades from Roots to Reading Rainbow to Star Trek and beyond. His love for intellectual curiosity paired with his ability to connect with audiences worldwide make him the perfect partner to bring Hasbro’s beloved trivia game to households in a new and exciting way,” said Tara Long, president of global unscripted television at eOne.

Burton will exec produce the series via his LeVar Burton Entertainment banner. Hasbro, which owns the rights to the iconic board game, will exec produce the series. EOne’s Long and Geno McDermott as well as LBE’s Sangita Patel will also be credited as exec producers.

“Trivial Pursuit is one of the best-known brands in the gaming universe. I am thrilled to have partnered with Hasbro and eOne to bring this beloved game to market as a premium show for television,” Burton said.

Trivial Pursuit is available in more than 26 countries in 17 languages. More than 100 million copies of the game have been sold worldwide since it was created in 1979. Multiple TV adaptations have come before the Burton-hosted edition, including one in the early 1990s that was hosted by Wink Martindale and a syndicated version that aired in 2008-09 and was hosted by Christopher Knight.

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posted 11/18/2021

"Kids Baking Championship" Returns
Catch the New Season on Food & Discovery+ December 27
From the Futon Critic

On Monday, December 27th at 8pm ET/PT the family-favorite dessert competition series returns for a new season as Valerie Bertinelli and Duff Goldman welcome a dozen of the youngest bakers ever to the Kids Baking Championship. The ten-week competition will test the kid contestants, ages 8-11, in difficult themed challenges. From kitchen sink sweets, to cream puffs, and to dessert imposters, they must showcase their impressive baking skills and techniques. Only one incredible young baker will rise to the top to earn the sweet grand prize, including a spot in Food Network Magazine and the title of Kids Baking Champion.

"This youngest kid bakers season of Kids Baking Championship is the most adorable and impressive yet. These tiny kids show off their outsized baking skills far beyond their years," said Courtney White, President, Food Network and Streaming Food Content, Discovery Inc. "I was stunned to see what an 8-year-old can create and know viewers will be too."

The ten-episode season is filled with new challenges featuring the latest dessert trends, as well as innovative twists on the most popular sweets. On the premiere, the kid contestants pay homage to the brilliant transformation of the butterfly by making colorful carved butterfly cakes. Throughout the season the bakers show off their abilities and creativity as they whip up irresistible sweets, from cosmic pull apart cupcakes, to zebra cakes, and kitchen sink desserts full of salty and sweet snacks.

Kids Baking Championship competitors include: Nadya Alborz (Knoxville, TN; age 10), Joseph Bostick (San Diego, CA; age 10), Lucia Calonge (Cincinnati, OH; age 10), Santiago Corso (Huntington Beach, CA; age 11), Caroline Gross (York, PA; age 10), Summer Haque (Yorba Linda, CA; age 10), Ellora Martinez (Yorba Linda, CA; age 9), Sarah Patel (Knoxville, TN; age 10), Riya Shah (Fort Meyers, FL; age 11), Finley Sheers (McLean, VA; age 10), Benjamin Steinhauser (Hillsborough, NJ; age 8), and Ava-Leigh Wright (Atlanta, GA; age 10)..

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posted 11/18/2021

Order Up!
Season 2 of "Fast Foodies" Launches on truTV January 27
From the Futon Critic

truTV is cooking up savory guilty pleasure eats for the second season of the hit cooking reality series, "Fast Foodies," returning on Thursday, January 27, 2022. The 12-episode season brings a raucous slew of fresh celebrity guests with fast food cravings, including Jesse Tyler Ferguson ("Modern Family") Nikki Glaser (" FBOY ISLAND"), Reggie Watts ("The Late Late Show with James Corden"), Chris Jericho ("AEW"), Natasha Leggero ("The Honeymoon Stand Up Special"), Bobby Moynihan ("Saturday Night Live"), Baron Davis and more.

In "Fast Foodies," "Top Chef" winners Kristen Kish, Jeremy Ford and "Iron Chef" winner Justin Sutherland compete to perfectly recreate and then skillfully reimagine a celebrity guest's favorite fast-food dish. These culinary masters come prepared to showcase their love of pop culture, fast-food legends and their expert skills to win the "Chompionship Trophy."

The inaugural season reached over 20 million viewers across linear and digital platform to date and featured Joel McHale ("Community"), James Van Der Beek ("Bad Hair"), Andy Richter ("Conan"), Amanda Seales ("Insecure"), Ron Funches ("Top Secret Videos"), Charlotte McKinney ("Fantasy Island"), Kevin Heffernan & Steve Lemme ("Tacoma FD"), Fortune Feimster ("Sweet & Salty"), GaTa ("Dave"), and Bobby Lee ("Splitting Up Together")

. From Warner Bros. Unscripted Television, "Fast Foodies" is produced by Shed Media for truTV, with Dan Peirson and Lisa Shannon serving as executive producers, along with Michael Rucker. Rucker also serves as showrunner.

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posted 11/18/2021

WEDNESDAY: The Best You Can Do Is Tie
Survivor, Masked Singer Draw
From Deadline

The demo rating standoff between Survivor and The Masked Singer carried over to a second week as the two competition series tied to top Wednesday. Survivor and The Masked Singer remained steady from last week’s episodes to earn a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demo.

The former attracted more viewers, 5.63 million to be exact, marking the night’s most-viewed program. The Masked Singer drew in 4.39 million viewers.

Both rose from the previous week, where they went up against the 55th annual CMA Awards on ABC.

Competition wasn’t all that stiff for the two networks as NBC saw repeats of the entire Chicago trio.

In ABC’s sitcom slate, The Goldbergs (0.5,3.27M) and The Conners (0.5, 3.36M) both marked demo highs for the network’s Wednesday. The Conners rose from the latest new installment two weeks ago, as did Home Economics (0.3, 2.17).

CBS’ Tough as Nails (0.4,2.80M) stayed stable, and in the 10 p.m. hour CSI: Vegas (0.4, 3.75M) remained steady in demo rating and rose in viewership.

The CW peaked with DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (0.1, 0.52M) and Batwoman (0.1, 0.41M) matched last week’s numbers to a tee.

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posted 11/18/2021

"Eggheads" Gets Another Serving
C5 Renews The Quiz Series
From C21 Media

ViacomCBS-owned UK terrestrial Channel 5 has renewed its classic quizshow Eggheads for another season, produced by 12 Yard Productions.

The show originally aired for 18 years and 21 seasons on rival terrestrial BBC2 before switching to Channel 5 at the start of 2021. Hosted by Jeremy Vine, the show sees teams take on some of Britain’s most experienced quizzers. The broadcaster has upped its order from 40 episodes to 60 for its second season.

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posted 11/18/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Dad Jokes Will Continue Until Morale Improves"

  • Ken Jennings finds himself apologizing for making a very bad pun. Or a very brilliant pun, we don't know. (Deseret News)

  • Jeremy Clarkson makes a joke about Sean Lock on "Millionaire" and the Internet happens (Huffpost) PLUS check out the new home game (Seenit)

  • Leah Remini, Michelle Visage to guest host Wendy Williams (People)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?!: Someone unfollows someone else on social media (Us Magazine)

  • HAnnah Brown regrets getting with Peter Weber (Reality TV World)

  • Twitter starts beef between Cody Rigsby fans and the DWTSverse ... Okay. (Cosmopolitan)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with the latest J! champ who made a bit of history (Decider)

posted 11/18/2021

More on "Baking It"
Catch It December 2 on Peacock
From TV Insider

Emmy Award winners Maya Rudolph and Andy Samberg are set for a mini Saturday Night Live reunion as the pair will host Peacock‘s upcoming holiday culinary competition series, Baking It and viewers are getting their first look with a newly-released trailer, below.

Fellow SNL alum Amy Poehler is executive producing the series under her Paper Kite Productions banner with Nicolle Yaron. Poehler and her production company were also behind the popular crafting competition show Making It, which currently airs on NBC and is hosted by Poehler and her Parks & Recreation co-star Nick Offerman.

Baking It is a six-episode competition series that will see eight teams of two talented home bakers join Rudolph and Samberg’s winter cabin for a celebration of culinary holiday traditions. The show is described as “a heartfelt and joyful celebration” that will honor these traditions while also indulging in excessive baked goods.

The contestant duos will be made up of spouses, siblings, best friends, and more. Their aim is to work together to create outstanding savory and sweet creations for themed challenges with the hopes of winning a cash prize. Rudolph and Samberg will provide comedic commentary on the action before the bakers’ treats are judged by tough critics — four opinionated real-life grandmothers, who happen to be fantastic bakers themselves!

Baking It is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Paper Kite Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment. In addition to Poehler and Yaron, Pip Wells, Kate Arend, and Dave Becky will also serve as executive producers.

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posted 11/17/2021

MONDAY: FBI Files Away "The Voice"
NBC, CBS Split Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, The CW’s The Flash kicked off its season-opening “Armageddon” arc with 764,000 total viewers and a 0.2 demo rating, on par with both its Season 7 averages (820K/0.2) and its July finale (700K/0.2).

Riverdale (344K/0.1) in turn nearly matched its (very!) recent finale (360K/0.1) with the launch of “RiverVale”.

Elsewhere:
- NBC | The Voice (6.6 mil/0.8), the recently renewed La Brea (4.6 mil/0.6) and New Amsterdam (3.2 mil/0.4) were all steady, with The Voice topping Tuesday in the demo.
- CBS | FBI (7.4 mil/0.6) hit a season high in audience/led Tuesday in that measure but dipped in the demo. International (5.8 mil/0.5) was steady, while Most Wanted (5.4 mil/0.5) ticked up.
- ABC | The Bachelorette (2.8 mil/0.6) and Queens (1.2 mil0.3) were steady.
- FOX | The Resident (2.9 mil/0.4) ticked down. Our Kind of People dipped to a new audience low (1.3 mil) but posted its sixth straight 0.3 rating.


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posted 11/17/2021

Dawn French Joins "The Line"
Comedian to Join Simon Cowell's Singoff
From Cornwall Life

Comedian Dawn French has been announced to be part of the new ITV musical game show, Walk the Line. The 64-year-old will be part of the judging panel alongside Alesha Dixon, Gary Barlow and Craig David.

The show will give music acts the opportunity to win a life-changing sum of money.

Speaking about her new role, Dawn said: "I'm far too excited to be part of this show - I've decided to wear double knickers at all times.'"

All the judges will head into the studio together this month to film the show but we'll have to wait until later this year to see it.

Former Radio 1 presenter Maya Jama will be hosting the new show which was created by Simon Cowell.

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posted 11/17/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Dancing with the Puzzlers"

  • Cheryl Burke & the Chmerkovskiy Brothers play "People Puzzler" TOMORROW! (Feeling the Vibe)

  • Hannah Brown admits that she hooked up with another "Bachelor" (People)

  • Aaron Sanchez's memoir in development as a scripted at EndemolShine North America (Deadline)

  • Jane Lynch, Kate Flannery bringing the holiday spirit to Jersey (Broadway World)

posted 11/15/2021

Derek Hough Tests Positive for COVID
"Dancing" Judge Quarantines After Breakthrough Case
From TV Line

COVID-19 has upended Dancing With the Stars‘ 30th season yet again. Derek Hough, who currently serves as a judge on the ABC competition series, announced in an Instagram video on Tuesday that he has contracted a breakthrough case of the virus.

“I have some news to share, and I wanted you to hear it straight from me,” Hough began. “Even though I’ve been fully vaccinated, I’ve just been diagnosed with a breakthrough case of COVID. I just found out. I feel OK. I feel strong. I’m currently taking advice from medical professionals, doing everything I can to get better as fast as I can.”

Hough’s diagnosis comes less than a week before Dancing With the Stars airs its live Season 30 finale, and just hours after Hough appeared in the ballroom for the semifinals broadcast. He is currently quarantining, but ABC had no additional details regarding how Hough’s positive test results could impact the finale.

Back in September, less than two weeks after Dancing‘s new season had begun, professional dancer Cheryl Burke revealed she had contracted COVID-19, and her partner, Peloton instructor Cody Rigsby, also tested positive days later.

The pair remained in the competition during their quarantine period, first getting judged on a taped rehearsal of their salsa in Week 2, then remotely performing a jazz routine from separate homes in Week 3..

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posted 11/16/2021


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SYNDIES: Week 8
Results for the Week Ending November 7
From TV Newscheck

After more than 25 years of ruling daily TV, Judge Judy, the current People magazine cover girl, still swings daytime syndication’s biggest gavel. The judicial juggernaut was the only courtroom in positive territory, racing to a four-week high 4.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating in the session ending Nov. 7. That was a greater rating than all of the other six court shows added together.

In access time periods, Jeopardy inched up 2% to lead the game shows — and all of syndication — with a 5.6.

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

GAME SHOWS:
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.6 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.3 +6%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.2 NC
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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posted 11/16/2021

MONDAY: The Voice Rises
NBC Wins with "The Voice"
From Deadline

After last week’s three-way tie for the top demo rating with 9-1-1 and Dancing with the Stars, The Voice reclaimed its spot at the top of Monday primetime snagging both the highest rating and viewership. The latest episode of the NBC competition series rose from the previous week to earn a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and 6.41 million viewers, per fast affiliates.

Though Fox’s 9-1-1 (0.5, 4.91M) and ABC’s DWTS (0.6, 4.57M) didn’t tie for the top demo this time around, they were also among the higher demo ratings of the evening, despite dropping a good amount from previous weeks. DWTS will return next week for its Season 30 finale.

In addition to winning the night’s top demo, The Voice also snagged the most viewers – an honor that typically goes to NCIS. However all of CBS’ Monday night programming consisted of repeats. That said, it was a pretty tame night for CBS with The Neighborhood (0.5, 3.91M) earning its highest demo rating and viewership. The Big Leap (0.2, 1.39M) rose slightly in viewers, but retained its demo rating from last week.

Fellow newbie Ordinary Joe returned to Monday primetime after last week’s The Lost Symbol NBC premiere slightly down in its viewer count from its last airing.

The CW saw both All American (0.2, 0.61M) and 4400 (0.1, 0.45) stay steady in demo ratings and tick up slightly in viewers.

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posted 11/15/2021

"Raid the Fridge" Gets a Date
Catch It on Food Network December 28
From The Futon Critic

Chefs must use their instincts and test their luck in choosing mystery refrigerators based only on the photos, magnets, recipes and art on their doors in the new fast-paced competition series Raid the Fridge, hosted by food writer and restaurateur Dan Ahdoot. In each episode, four competitors can use only the ingredients from their chosen mystery fridge to create top-notch dishes. But looks can be deceiving, so there is always an element of surprise - sometimes a refrigerator that appears to belong to an avid home cook is filled with takeout, while a crayon art decorated fridge seemingly owned by a family with toddlers could contain high-end gourmet items. Over the course of three rounds, each with a new cooking challenge and a whole new batch of fridges to raid, chefs must impress judges Jordan Andino and Jamika Pessoa with dishes worthy of the grand prize - a fridge full of cash. Raid the Fridge premieres Tuesday, December 28th at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network.

"Our audience will have so much fun playing along with Raid the Fridge - guessing what's in each fridge and deciding which one they would choose makes this show an interactive experience," said Courtney White, President, Food Network and Streaming Food Content, Discovery Inc. "They may even be inspired by the creativity of these chefs to experiment with what's in their own refrigerator."

Dan Ahdoot, a regular on Cobra Kai, is passionate about the culture of food. He is a restaurateur, creator, comedian and host of the popular food podcast Green Eggs and Dan and recently signed a book deal with Crown Publishing for a comedic food memoir entitled Undercooked.

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posted 11/16/2021

CBS Studio Center to Be Sold
Report: Studio to Go for $1.8 Billion
From The Wrap

A pair of real-estate firms have come together to buy CBS Studio Center in Los Angeles for more than $1.8 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Hackman Capital Partners and Square Mile Capital Management LLC posted the (gigantic) winning bid.

While the deal is not yet signed, the agreed-upon price was more than $500 million beyond what the studio was projected to sell for just a few months ago.

CBS Studio Center includes 18 sound stages and more than 210,000 square feet of office space. “Seinfeld” and “Gunsmoke” are among the classic series that were shot there. Game shows that shot there include "American Gladiators", "Big Brother", "The Chase", "Double Dare", "Press Your Luck", and "To Tell the Truth".

CBS appears to be having an everything-must-go sale on real estate. In 2019, CBS Corp. sold Television City to Hackman Capital for $750 million. CBS recently agreed to sell its Black Rock headquarters in New York City for $760 million to Harbor Group International (HGI).

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posted 11/16/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Bootleg Christmas"

  • RuPaul knows she made it when they're selling bootleg Christmas ornaments (EW)

  • Jenny Ryan talks about her doctor's lack-of-bedside manner (Chronicle Live)

  • Ken Jennings loves hosting, probably too old to play (CNN)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Dwyane Wade (Today)

posted 11/15/2021

Strike Averted
IATSE Ratifies New Agreement By Thin Margin
From Deadline

IATSE members have ratified their new film and TV contracts, averting a showdown with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers after contentious negotiations that began six months ago. However, union leadership suffered a harsh rebuke as L.A. locals rejected the deal in the popular vote.

“From start to finish, from preparation to ratification, this has been a democratic process to win the very best contracts,” said IATSE International President Matthew Loeb in a statement today. “The vigorous debate, high turnout, and close election, indicates we have an unprecedented movement-building opportunity to educate members on our collective bargaining process and drive more participation in our union long-term.”

In a statement, the AMPTP said: “We congratulate IATSE President, Matt Loeb, the IATSE Bargaining Committee and Board for their leadership in achieving ratification of the new contracts. Throughout the negotiations, IATSE leadership advocated changes to improved quality of life for those they represent. These agreements meaningfully reflect the industry’s endorsement of those priorities and keep everyone working.”

Under the electoral college system the union uses for such ratification vote the much closer that usual vote was 359 (56%) to 282 (44%), out of 641 total delegate votes from the the grand total of 36 local unions nationwide that were eligible.

Among Hollywood locals, the Basic Agreement was rejected in the popular vote with 49.6% voting yes to 50.4% voting no. On the non-LA Area Standards Agreement the popular vote stands at 52% yes to 48% no.

Overall, 50.3% voted yes to 49.7% voted no for both contracts. For the Basic Agreement, eight of the 13 LA-based locals voted yes with a stunning five locals rejecting the deal. Among the Area Standards local unions, 14 locals voted yes and nine voted no.

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posted 11/15/2021

WEEKEND: Back to the Wall
NBC's Game Bumps Friday
From Deadline

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC’s The Wall resumed Season 4 on Friday with 2.3 million total viewers and a 0.3 demo rating — on par with its previous, September airings and improving on what Home Sweet Home had been averaging in the time slot (1.4 mil/0.2).

ABC’s Shark Tank (3.5 million/0.5) and 20/20 tied Fox’s SmackDown for the nightly demo win, while CBS’ Blue Bloods copped Friday’s largest audience.

ABC’s Sunday night peaked with Celebrity Wheel of Fortune (0.5, 3.40M), which was also up from last week. The Simpsons (0.5, 1.57M) led the night for Fox. CW had a quiet evening with a new Legends of the Hidden Temple (0.1, 0.26M) and reruns of Masters of Illusion.

Supermarket Sweep (2 mil/0.4) ticked up, and The Rookie (2.5 mil/0.3) was steady.

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posted 11/15/2021


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Jeopardy! Reveals "Professors Tournament"
New Event Launches December 6
From Jeopardy!

Jeopardy! has a new tournament lined up. Starting December 6 and running weekdays through December 17, the show will launch a Professors Tournament. The winner will receive $100,000 and an automatic berth in the next Tournament of Champions.

The participants are...
- JP Allen (San Francisco; professor of business & innovation at University of San Francisco)
- Hester Blum (University Park, PA; English professor at Penn State)
- Sam Buttrey (Monterey, CA; operations research professor at the Naval Postgraduate School)
- Marti Canipe (Flagstaff, AZ; elementary science education professor at Northern Arizona)
- Lisa Dresner (Hempstead, NY; writing studies professor at Hofstra)
- Ramon Guerra (Omaha, NE; English American literature & Latino studies professor at Nebraska-Omaha)
- Gautam Hans (Nashville; law professor at Vanderbilt)
- John Harkless (Washington, DC; chemistry professor at Howard)
- Ed Hashima (Sacramento; history professor at American River College)
- Gary Hollis (Salem, VA; chemistry professor at Roanoke College)
- Alisa Hove (Asheville, NC; botany professor at Warren Wilson College)
- Ashleigh Lawrence-Sanders (Boulder, CO; US & African-American History professor at University of Colorado-Boulder)
- Katie Reed (Fullerton, CA; musicology professor at Cal State Fullerton)
- Deborah Steinberger (Newark, DE; French literature professor at Delaware)
- Julia Williams (Terre Haute, IN; English professor of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology)

Mayim Bialik, who was emceeing the show since Mike Richards was fired, will host the event.

“It was an unbelievable thrill to see so many brilliant professors from all kinds of schools and backgrounds come together on the Jeopardy! stage,” Bialik said in a statement. “There was a sense of kinship and academic camaraderie among the group, along with a healthy dose of competitiveness. That energy made this inaugural Professors Tournament incredibly special.”

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posted 11/15/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "A Very Masked Christmas"

  • Fox slots "The Masked Singer Christmas Singalong" (The FUton Critic)

  • Mayim Bialik is about to be reunited with her "Blossom" castmates. WHOA! (TV Line)

  • Greg Grippo wants to play "The Bachelorette" again (Us Magazine)

  • Chris Daughtry's daughter dies (Today)

  • Simon Cowell wants "The X Factor" to win (The Sun)

  • Get paid to watch Betty White? ... Okay. (WJBK Detroit)

posted 11/15/2021


NBC

NBC Midseason
"AGT: Extreme" Not Yet Slotted After Delays
From the Hollywood Reporter

Riding the momentum of a record-breaking premiere week and top-rated fall, NBC rings in the new year with a prestigious lineup of new series and returning favorites, all amplified by the spectacle of the Super Bowl and Winter Olympics. In a season that finds NBC #1 in total viewers and #1 in 18-49 for entertainment programming, the upcoming schedule features a pair of freshman comedies, a trio of gripping new dramas and a duet of big new unscripted series, along with the final chapter of the award-winning series "This Is Us."

"Our goal in the fall was to engage and grow the NBC audience with hallmark dramas, building momentum through the holidays and into the Olympics, all of which will work in concert to provide the best possible launch pads for our new and returning midseason shows," said Frances Berwick, Chairman, Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. "After a premiere week win and tremendous success this season to-date, we're well-primed to deliver on that promise and continue this winning trend through the remainder of the season."

"Following a fall that launched a pair of dramas and saw huge success from so many returning series, we're excited to really pull back the curtain in January with big swings across genres that provide something for everyone," said Susan Rovner, Chairman, Entertainment Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. "Over the past year, our programming team has been vigorously chasing down the best content out there, and it's really exciting to start to see some early fruits of our labor join the longtime fan favorites on the NBC schedule."

A duet of unscripted series will hit the stage midseason, beginning Jan. 3 when Jimmy Fallon expands his network footprint onto the primetime schedule as the executive producer and host of music and comedy variety game show "That's My Jam." Then on Feb. 21, the all-live event series "American Song Contest" debuts, featuring original musical performances representing all 50 states, five U.S. territories and our nation's capital, with artists competing to win the country's vote for the Best Original Song in a grand spectacle.

Amidst an ever-increasing competitive TV landscape, NBC has maintained a winning fall, as home to eight of the top 20 programs in the key 18-49 demo, the most of any network. "Saturday Night Live" is the #1 comedy in the demo and "La Brea" is the #1 new program. Perennial powerhouse "The Voice" is the most-watched unscripted series. In addition to their curated linear timeslots, all new shows will be available to stream on Peacock.

Previously announced shows that have been ordered to series but not yet dated include "The Wheel" "L.A. Fire and Rescue," "AGT Extreme" and "Night Court."

AGT: Extreme, the spinoff of the long-running NBC hit, is expected to air in midseason despite a pause in production after a horrifying on-set accident. The series shut down filming in Georgia after stuntman Jonathan Goodwin was crushed between two cars in a daredevil stunt that went wrong.

Frances Berwick, Chairman, Entertainment Networks, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, said the broadcast network still expects to be able to air it in a midseason slot, potentially on Sunday nights. “We have an investigation ongoing into what actually happened but we do anticipate the show coming back in midseason. We have a lot of safety protocols in place and we have to conclude the investigation but we have certainly paused production for the time being,” she said.

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posted 11/12/2021

"Great British Bake Off" Renewed
C4 Deals for Three Seasons
From Deadline

Channel 4 has renewed its Great British Bake Off deal and will run the show for another three years. The agreement keeps Love Productions’ beloved factual entertainment format on screens until at least 2024, at which point it will enter its 15th season, along with companion offerings Bake Off: An Extra Slice, Junior Bake Off, Bake Off: The Professionals, The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer and The Great Pottery Throw Down, also produced by Sky Studios-owned Love.

The show, airing internationally as "The Great British Baking Show" on Netflix, is by far Channel 4’s most successful, currently averaging 8.7M viewers per episode, according to C4, placing it only behind BBC1’s Strictly Come Dancing as the most-watched non-scripted show of 2021.

“We are thrilled that Channel 4 will continue to serve up Bake Off’s unique combination of warmth, humour and soggy bottoms for years to come,” said C4 chief content officer Ian Katz. “Bake Off is all about optimism, celebrating eccentricity and bringing the nation together – precisely what a publicly owned Channel 4 is here to do.”

Love CEO Richard McKerrow added: “Love Productions’ long-term commitment with Channel 4 illustrates a deep, warm, mutual respect and partnership which enables us to bring Bake Off to the widest audience possible.”

GBBO aired its first seven series on BBC1 before moving to Channel 4 following an acrimonious split between Love and the BBC.

The renewal of C4’s top-rated show comes with the prospect of Channel 4 privatization looming large. If the UK government chooses to sell the broadcaster, any new buyer will take on a small portion of the IP of a format that sells all around the world.

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posted 11/12/2021

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "THe Last Dance?"

  • Val Chmerkovskiy hints that this may be his final season on "Dancing" (Deadline)

  • Jane Krakowski has breakthrough COVID (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Nick Cannon (TV Newscheck)

posted 11/12/2021

WEDNESDAY: Award Season Already?
ABC Wins with the CMAs
From Deadline

The best and the brightest of country music gathered Wednesday for the 2021 Country Music Association Awards, hosted by Luke Bryan. The ceremony, which honored Luke Combs, Carly Pearce and more, earned a 1.1. rating in the 18-49 demographic and 6.56 million viewers, per Nielsen fast affiliates, topping all of primetime.

The CMA numbers were steady compared with last year’s ceremony (1.1, 6.82M). In final numbers the CMA Awards brought in 6.9 million viewers, up in audience from 2020.

It’s worth noting that the 2020 CMA Awards were down sharply from the pre-pandemic ceremony in 2019 (2.0, 11.27M).

The CMA festivities may have topped primetime, but just by a slim margin above CBS’ Survivor and Fox’s The Masked Singer, which both earned a 0.9 demo rating.

NBC’s Chicago Fire drew in 6.41 million viewers. Survivor (0.9, 5.36M) and The Masked Singer (0.9, 3.82M) stayed steady from their tie last week.

Also staying stable in the 9 p.m. hour were Chicago Med (0.7, 6.25M) and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (0.1, 0.51M). Chicago Fire (0.6, 6.41M), meanwhile, was down from the previous wee to touch season lows. Similarly, Chicago P.D. (0.6, 5.41M) dropped to season lows in both rating and viewership.

Also seeing lows was Fox’s Alter Ego (0.4, 1.73M), which continues to drop in viewership.

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Adam Adler Shows Potato His Gameface
"The Cube" Creator Rolls Into Shingle
From Deadline

Adam Adler, creator of global hit format The Cube, has joined ITV Studios non-scripted label Potato as creative director, as the label is rolled in with Adler’s former employer Gameface.

ITV Studios-backed Gameface’s IP including ITV format The Void and Britain’s Brightest Family will integrate with The Chase producer Potato’s roster, with Adler joining Potato creative directors Martin Scott and Phil Mount and reporting into Managing Director Michael Kelpie. Gameface is one of three subsidiary labels of ITVS-backed Cats on the Roof, with Crook Productions and Second Act Productions also set to close.

During his stint as Creative Director of Objective Productions, Adler created The Cube, which has sold to multiple territories including TBS in the US with Dwayne Wade hosting and was recently rebooted by ITV. He also created BBC1’s The Reflex and is a former Channel 4 Commissioning Editor, where he oversaw Derren Brown’s The Heist, 8 out of 10 Cats, and Russell Brand’s Ponderland.

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posted 11/11/2021

Return of the Mob
Microsoft Reportedly Bringing Back 1 vs. 100
From Video Games Chronicle

A new 1 vs 100 game is “definitely” in development at Microsoft, it’s been claimed.

That’s according to journalist Jeff Grubb, who claimed on his Giant Bomb show that the game is currently in active development at Altspace VR, which is part of Microsoft’s Mixed Reality division.

The original 1 vs 100 was an online show that ran weekly on Xbox 360 in 2009, with one player placed as “The One” against a group of 100 others that made up “The Mob”, with the rest making up “The Crowd”.

The One had the opportunity to win 10,000 Microsoft Points, while the remaining members of The Mob split the winnings and each received a free game if they were able to defeat them.

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posted 11/11/2021


CBS

CBS Midseason
"Amazing Race" Makes Long-Awaited Return PLUS...
From the Hollywood Reporter

CBS will introduce a handful of shows at midseason but is mostly sticking with what worked in the fall. The lone new entry for the network is Good Sam, a medical drama starring Sophia Bush and Jason Isaacs.

The first quarter of 2022 will also bring premieres of unscripted shows The Amazing Race and Undercover Boss, and the third Celebrity Big Brother will run on multiple nights in February as counter-programming to the Winter Olympics.

SWAT, which has had a resurgence on Fridays in the fall, will move to 10 p.m. Sundays to fill the spot vacated by SEAL Team, which moved to Paramount+ after a brief run on the network to start the fall.

The Amazing Race will open its 33rd season with a two-hour premiere Jan. 5, leading into the debut of Good Sam. The latter is taking over the 10 p.m. Wednesday spot from CSI: Vegas, which had just a 10-episode order for this season (though it will be in the mix for a possible return in 2022-23).

Undercover Boss will take over SWAT‘s 8 p.m. Friday berth beginning Jan. 7. Primetime editions of game shows The Price Is Right and Let’s Make a Deal will help fill out the Wednesday slate later in January, and Celebrity Big Brother will debut Feb. 2 and air 14 episodes over the course of three weeks. The spring edition of Survivor is set to premiere March 9
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posted 11/10/2021

Paramount+ Looks for the "Queen of the Universe"
Global Competition Slots Judges, Host
From the Futon Critic

Paramount+ today revealed the cast for its highly anticipated new global singing competition, QUEEN OF THE UNIVERSE, and announced that global drag icon and multi-Emmy Award winner RuPaul will serve as an executive producer on the series. QUEEN OF THE UNIVERSE will be available to stream exclusively on Paramount+ in the U.S. and also in the Nordics, Latin America, Australia and Canada.

For its inaugural season, premiering December 2, the series will bring together 14 of the world's fiercest queens, as they vie for the title of "Queen of the Universe" and a cash prize of $250,000. Each episode will showcase the contestants' vocal prowess as they debut a new musical performance in front of a live audience and the series' previously announced "Pop Diva Panel" of judges, which include multi-Emmy and GRAMMY(R) nominee Vanessa Williams; platinum-selling recording artist, three-time Emmy(R)-winning producer and judge of RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE Michelle Visage; American drag superstar Trixie Mattel; and three-time GRAMMY-nominated global songstress Leona Lewis. Five-time BAFTA TV Award-winner Graham Norton will serve as host.

The 14 queens from around the globe competing for the crown include:
- ADA VOX (San Antonio, Texas, U.S.) Instagram: @adavox, Twitter: @adavox
- ARIA B CASSADINE (Atlanta, Ga., U.S.) Instagram: @ariabcassadine, Twitter: @ariabcassadine
- BETTY BITSCHLAP (Copenhagen, Denmark) Instagram: @betty_bitschlap
- CHY'ENNE VALENTINO (Chicago, Ill., U.S.) Instagram: @chyennev, Twitter: @ChyValentino
- GINGZILLA (Sydney, Australia) Instagram: @Gingzilla, Twitter: @Gingzilla
- GRAG QUEEN (Canela, Brazil) Instagram: @gragqueen, Twitter: @gragqueen
- JUJUBEE (Boston, Mass.) Instagram: @jujubeeonline, Twitter: @jujuboston
- LA VOIX (London, England) Instagram: @lavoixtheshow, Twitter: @lavoixtheshow
- LEONA WINTER (Paris, France) Instagram: @iamleonawinter, Twitter: @OfficielLeona
- MATANTE ALEX (Montreal, Canada) Instagram: @matante.alex, Twitter: @matantealex
- NOVACZAR (New York City, N.Y., U.S.) Instagram: @novaczar
- RANI KO-HE-NUR (Mumbai, India) Instagram: @sushantdivgikr
- REGINA VOCE (Mexico City, Mexico) Instagram, Twitter: @reginavocedrag
- WOOWU (Guangzhou, China) Instagram: @woowu_eli.

Produced by MTV Entertainment Studios and World of Wonder, the producers of the Emmy(R) Award-winning franchise RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE, this new series inspired by international singing competitions will follow the world's most talented drag queens as they battle it out for global domination, and countries go head to head spotlighting their top talent

. Each episode will feature the world's fiercest queens as they debut a new musical performance in front of a live audience and the "Pop Diva Panel" of judges in the hopes of being crowned the "Queen of the Universe."

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posted 11/10/2021

HBO Max Gets Hype... Again
Host, Judges to Return
From the Futon Critic

The Max Original streetwear competition series THE HYPE has been renewed for a second season. THE HYPE features fashion visionaries who compete in challenges that elevate their designs and entrepreneurial sense in order to avoid elimination while remaining authentic to their style. Every episode offers a unique perspective about the intricacies of designing streetwear, the business of fashion and the savvy to identify the latest trends, while also providing mentorship to the contestants. Season one featured special guest appearances from A$AP Ferg, Cardi B, Dapper Dan, and Wiz Khalifa. In addition, the winning designs from the first season were featured on StockX - with all items selling out within 24 hours of the episode's release. The complete first season of THE HYPE is now streaming on HBO Max.

Host Speedy Morman returns with co-signers GRAMMY Award-winning recording artist and designer, Offset, creative director and founder of Bephies Beauty Supply, Bephie Birkett; and Emmy(R) Award-nominated costume designer and renowned stylist, Marni Senofonte. The panel of judges critique the competing streetwear designs' unique DNA, combining fashion, music, art and lifestyle to refine the idea of a "runway" and the balance between art and commerce.

THE HYPE is produced by the Emmy(R) Award-winning team at Scout Productions led by executive producers David Collins, Rob Eric and Michael Williams, the team behind the Emmy(R) Award-nominated and critically acclaimed Max Original series LEGENDARY. Collins and Eric developed the series with Emmy(R) winner Emmy Award(R)-winner and executive producer Rachelle Mendez ("Undercover Boss," "Leah Remini: Scientology & the Aftermath.") Emmy(R) and Grammy(R)-winning producer Rikki Hughes ("The Fresh Prince of Bel Air Reunion Special") returns as executive producer and showrunner. Jay Brown and Tyran "Ty Ty" Smith also executive produce the series.

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TUESDAY: Fly High, Supergirl
NBC, CBS Split Night
From Deadline

A week after the Atlanta Braves won the 2021 World Series championship, Tuesday primetime returned to its normal programming with The Voice and FBI leading the pack.

After understandably losing out to the 2021 World Series last week, The Voice reclaimed the night’s top demo with an 0.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 6.67 million viewers.

Though the highest-rated program of the evening, NBC’s singing competition came in second viewership-wise to CBS’ FBI (0.7, 6.96M). Obviously, without a major sports event in the spotlight, the two titles rose from last week.

Unlike the two top titles of Tuesday evening, The Bachelorette (0.5, 2.46M) actually fell from the previous installation in both demo rating and viewership. Tuesday saw the ABC series’ lowest night since its season premiere in October.

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posted 11/10/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Confusing One Thing for Another"

posted 11/10/2021


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Ken Jennings Returns to Jeopardy!
"GOAT" to Swap wity Mayim Bialik for the Rest of the Year
From TV Insider

Longtime Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings returned for another guest host stint on the iconic quiz show on November 8, the first anniversary of original host Alex Trebek’s passing. However, Jennings wasn’t aware his first episode back would coincide with the special date, making his return all the more bittersweet.

“Apparently, everyone was aware that we were going to air [my first episode] on the anniversary and nobody told me,” Jennings said in an interview with USA Today. “They didn’t want to put that in my head. So, I was not told until after that it was the Nov. 8 show.”

Because of this, the episode did not mention the date’s significance, given its advanced filming, but did end with a special credits message similar to that of previous episodes, reading “Forever in our Hearts. Always our Inspiration.”

Despite being left in the dark on his first episode’s air date, Jennings felt Trebek’s presence while filming the episode, as he wore a pair of the host’s cuff links gifted to him by his wife, Jean. He described receiving the gift in a video on the show’s social media networks, saying, “The first day I came in to guest host was just a few weeks after Alex had passed and it was a really rough time. I got to the studio and one of the producers handed me a little box and Alex’s wife Jean had given me a pair of his cuff links that he had worn on the show.”

Jennings was the first in a long lineup of guest hosts following Trebek’s final episodes, and he certainly felt the pressure of filling in the legendary host’s shoes. “I knew that it was going to be a very difficult task … much less the idea that you’re trying to step into the shoes of Alex Trebek, which is impossible. This time, we’re kind of a year removed or more from all that, so I’ve had every possible emotion now related to ‘Jeopardy!’”

He and frequent guest host Mayim Bialik will continue to trade off hosting duties through the end of the year as the search for a permanent host continues.

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posted 11/9/2021


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SYNDIES: Week 7
Results for the Week Ending October 31
From TV Newscheck

Determined to go out on a high note, Ellen DeGeneres was the only top 3 talk show moving up in the session ending Oct. 31, darting ahead 11% to match its strongest ratings of the year while attracting an additional 149,000 daily viewers from the previous week for an average crowd of 1,472,000. Over the past 13 weeks the long-running daytime favorite has had the most improved ratings in talk, surging 150% to a 1.0 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating in its 19th and final season.

Game show leader Jeopardy slipped 2% to a 5.5 in its second full week without super-contestant Matt Amodio, but was still No. 1 in syndication overall.

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

GAME SHOWS:
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.5 -2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.2 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.0 NC
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 +33%


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posted 11/9/2021

MONDAY: The World (Series) Can Wait
Split Night with The Voice, Dancing
From Deadline

Monday night, post-2021 World Series, saw not just one but three titles take home the top demo rating spot. The Voice, Dancing with the Stars and 9-1-1 all drew in a 0.7 rating int he 18-49 demo, making for a three-way tie for Monday’s top show.

9-1-1 (0.8, 4.90M), which ruled last Monday’s demo, dropped slightly in both rating and viewership to level out with The Voice and DWTS. The Voice (00.7, 5.98M) remained steady from last week in rating, but dropped in viewers. Same was the case for Dancing with the Stars (0.7, 4.79M) Additional titles in the 9 p.m. hour, The Neighborhood (0.6, 5.19M) and All American (0.2, 0.57M) stayed steady..

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posted 11/9/2021


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DEAN STOCKWELL: 1936-2021
"Quantum Leap" Actor Played "Celebrity Jeopardy!"
From TV Line

Veteran actor Dean Stockwell, best known for playing Admiral Al Calavicci opposite Scott Bakula’s Dr. Sam Beckett in NBC’s sci-fi dramedy Quantum Leap, died Sunday of natural causes. He was 85.

Airing from March 1989 to May 1993, Quantum Leap starred Bakula as Dr. Sam Beckett, a physicist who in testing out a time travel theory “leapt” into the body of an Air Force pilot 50 years in the past. In trying to return home, Sam realized he could only randomly leap into other people, in other times. Stockwell played Sam’s womanizing, cigar-smoking hologram of a BFF/companion.

The role of Admiral Al Calavicci earned Stockwell four Emmy Award nominations for Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, as well as one Golden Globe award.

He later recurred as Brother Cavil in Syfy’s reboot of Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009).

Additional TV credits included JAG and 1998’s short-lived Tony Danza Show.

Born in North Hollywood in 1936, Stockwell was on Broadway by the time he was age 7, and his career as a child star began. As a child actor of the 1940s, his credits included the films Song of the Thin Man, The Boy with Green Hair, Kim and Gentleman’s Agreement (for which he won a Golden Globe).

His later big-screen credits included David Lynch’s Dune (1984) and Blue Velvet (1986), as well as To Live and Die in L.A. (1985), Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), The Player (1992) and Air Force One (1997). Stockwell scored an Oscar nomination for his supporting performance in the 1998 comedy Married to the Mob.

Stockwell played against Emma Samms and Andrew Shue on a special episode of Celebrity Jeopardy! in 1992.

Stockwell is survived by his wife, Joy, and their two children, Austin and Sophie.

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posted 11/9/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Seeing Into Next Week"

posted 11/9/2021

Fox Midseason
"I Can See Your Voice" Returns January 5
From The FUton Critic

FOX is announcing premiere dates for 9-1-1: LONE STAR (Jan. 3), THE CLEANING LADY (Jan. 3), I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE (Jan. 5) and JOE MILLIONAIRE: FOR RICHER OR POORER (Jan. 6), as well as time period premieres for series already announced, including NEXT LEVEL CHEF (Jan. 5), CALL ME KAT (Jan. 13) and PIVOTING (Jan. 13). As previously announced, MONARCH will have a special two-night premiere event (Jan. 30 & Feb. 1).

Hit competition show I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE returns for Season Two, kicking off with an all-new special holiday-themed episode on Tuesday, Dec. 14 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), followed by the season premiere on Wednesday, Jan. 5 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). Hosted and executive-produced by Ken Jeong, the music guessing game series marked one of the top-rated debuts of the 2020 season. The series also features Emmy Award-nominated actress Cheryl Hines and Daytime Emmy Award-winning television host and vocalist Adrienne Bailon-Houghton. All three join a rotating panel of celebrity detectives, comprised of comedians and pop culture experts and a musical superstar to help one contestant tell the difference between good and bad singers, without ever hearing them sing a note. With $100,000 on the line, the contestant will attempt to weed out the bad "Secret Voices" from the good, based on a series of clues, videos and the infamous lip-synch challenges. In the end, the singer whom the contestant picks will reveal if they are good or bad in a duet performance with the musical superstar, resulting in an amazing musical collaboration or a totally hilarious train wreck. New this season, contestants are given one chance to use the "Golden Mic," which grants them advice from one secret mystery celebrity. I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE is produced by FOX Alternative Entertainment. James McKinlay, Craig Plestis and Ken Jeong serve as executive producers. The series is based on a South Korean format from CJ ENM.

As previously announced, Gordon Ramsay's new unscripted cooking competition, NEXT LEVEL CHEF, will premiere immediately after the NFL ON FOX doubleheader and THE OT in all time zones on Sunday, Jan. 2 (8:00-9:00 PM ET / 7:00-8:00 PM CT / 6:00-7:00 PM MT / 5:00-6:00 PM PT). The series then makes its time period premiere Wednesday, Jan. 5 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), following I CAN SEE YOUR VOICE. NEXT LEVEL CHEF is the next evolution in cooking competitions, as award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay has designed a one-of-a-kind culinary gauntlet, set on an iconic stage like you've never seen. Over three stories high, each floor contains a stunningly different kitchen. From the glistening top floor to the challenging bottom of the basement, the ingredients will match the environment, because Ramsay believes the true test of a great chef is not only what they can do in the best of circumstances, but what kind of magic they can create in the worst! With a level playing field, Ramsay has opened up the competition and scoured the country for the very best line cooks, home chefs, social media stars, food truck owners and everything in between, all competing against one another with the goal of finding the food world's newest superstar! Joined by two elite names in the food world, chefs Nyesha Arrington and Richard Blais, Ramsay and his co-mentors will leave no stone unturned, as they each recruit a group of the talented chefs and take them under their wings. Ramsay and his friends will attempt to bring out the very best in their cooks, as they all try to find "the one." Although he now sits unrivaled at the top of the culinary world, Ramsay started at the bottom, washing dishes in a local takeout restaurant. He firmly believes that as long as a chef has the drive, talent and perseverance, he or she can make that climb to the top. Creativity, consistency and cunning are the recipe for success to make it to the NEXT LEVEL, as the competitors adapt to the challenges waiting for them. Only one can walk away with a life-changing $250,000 grand prize and become a NEXT LEVEL CHEF! The project was developed by the Studio Ramsay Global team, led by Chief Creative Officer Lisa Edwards, Matt Cahoon and Creative Director of Development Fernando De Jesus, and is produced by Studio Ramsay Global and FOX Alternative Entertainment. Gordon Ramsay, Lisa Edwards and Matt Cahoon serve as executive producers.

Also as previously announced, JOE MILLIONAIRE: FOR RICHER OR POORER premieres Thursday, Jan. 6 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), with a special two-hour event. It then makes its time period premiere the following Thursday, Jan. 13 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). A fresh take on the original JOE MILLIONAIRE dating series that took the world by storm in 2003, JOE MILLIONAIRE: FOR RICHER OR POORER features two incredible single men... with one HUGE difference. One's a millionaire, and the other is definitely NOT. Twenty women will date both of them, but they will have no idea which Joe is rich. As love connections are made and each guy finds his perfect match, the women must ask themselves what is more important... Love or Money? JOE MILLIONAIRE: FOR RICHER OR POORER comes from FOX Alternative Entertainment and is executive-produced by SallyAnn Salsano and Sarah Howell ("Jersey Shore Family Vacation," "Double Shot at Love with DJ Pauly D & Vinny").

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posted 11/8/2021


The BBC
LIONEL BLAIR: 1928-2021
Team Captain on "Give Us a Clue"
From Deadline

Lionel Blair, the UK TV star whose career spanned eight decades, has died aged 92, his agent has said.

Blair died peacefully early yesterday morning. No cause of death has been revealed. Tributes have poured in from the likes of UK stars Stephen Graham and Eddie Marsan for the entertainer, who made his name as team captain on ITV gameshow Give Us A Clue and in later years appeared in Ricky Gervais’ Extras.

“RIP you absolute showbiz god,” said Christmas Carol star Graham on Twitter.

Born in Canada in 1928, Henry Lionel Ogus moved to the UK as a young boy and started acting when he was just 14, immediately becoming a standout dancer. He took part in a comedic dance-off against Sammy Davis Jr at the Royal Variety Performance in 1961 and played the role of a choreographer in the Beatles film A Hard Day’s Night.

Blair became a household UK name in the early 1980s when he was recruited to be team captain on ITV gameshow Give Us A Clue, for which he made more than 1000 episodes opposite Una Stubbs. He appeared on various other gameshows and TV formats throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

In 2007, he was lauded for his role in Ricky Gervais’ Extras Christmas special as one of the housemates in a fictional version of Celebrity Big Brother, and he went on to appear in other formats such as the real Celebrity Big Brother and BBC1’s Real Marigold Hotel.

Blair is survived by his wife Susan Blair, three children and three grandchildren.

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posted 11/5/2021

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Wrapped in Red 2: Wrap Harder"

  • Kelly Clarkson has a new Christmas special coming out (The FUton Critic)

  • Byron Allen has your money, TEGNA (REuters), and sues McDonalds for amazingly enough the same amount (Deadline)

  • Aaron Rodgers apologizes to his family, his friends, the Packers organization, and the city of Green Bay.... JUST KIDDING! He blames woke cancel culture in a word salad on Pat McAfee (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Jay Leno (On Air With Ryan Seacrest)

posted 11/5/2021

Fox Deals with "Masked Singer"
Wonwoo Park to Create, Produce "Lotto Singer"
From The FUton Critic

FOX Alternative Entertainment (FAE), FOX Entertainment's in-house unscripted studio, and Wonwoo Park, creator of the hit international format THE MASKED SINGER, have entered into an exclusive first-look development deal, it was announced today by Allison Wallach, Executive Vice President, Head of FOX Alternative Entertainment, and Park.

Under terms of the agreement, FAE and Park's Seoul-based production company, dI turn, will jointly develop series for global territories and the American market. The two companies are currently developing the international format for the hit Korean talent-competition series "Lotto Singer," in which viewers can win cash prizes by correctly betting on contestants' performances. Created by Park, and from Seoul Broadcasting System's content hub FormatEast, "Lotto Singer" aired on MBN last year, when it registered the network's highest viewer rating of 5.2%.

"Thanks to the creative genius and vision of Wonwoo Park, the success of THE MASKED SINGER and the impact it has had on FOX and numerous other networks throughout the world cannot be understated," said Wallach. "Wonwoo's ability to identify and develop concepts that are unique in premise and universal in appeal makes him one of the most innovative producers in the business, and we are excited to see where this partnership will take us."

Added Park, "Korea had long been an unnoticed market, but over the last few years formats such as "The King of Masked Singer" have been sold all over the world. Many K-POP singers are massively popular around the world, and Korean production companies clearly have the ability to produce high-efficiency programming. I expect this collaboration with FOX to create more hits; and our team here at dI turn is ready."

Park created THE MASKED SINGER, which is currently in its sixth season on FOX and the United States' #1 primetime entertainment series. Since its 2019 premiere in the U.S., THE MASKED SINGER has been formatted in more than 60 countries, including the United Kingdom, Mexico, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Israel, Norway, Italy and others.

Park is CEO of dI turn and has been a series writer, creator and producer since 1997. In addition to The King of Masked Singer, his credits include CJ Entertainment & Media's "Top Gear Korea," "Mama" and "The Song Was Born"; "Million Seller," "The Hit" and "Singing Battle" for KBS; and "My Ranking" and "Dancing in the Box."

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posted 11/4/2021

WEDNESDAY: Back in the High Life
Fox Wins with Masked Singer, CBS, Survivor
From Deadline

After the hype of the 2021 World Series, which saw the Atlanta Braves take home the championship on Tuesday, primetime resumed regular programming with the usual suspects back at the top. CBS’ Survivor and Fox’s The Masked Singer, after losing out to the World Series last week, were the highest-rated programs of the evening, tying with a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demo.

The two competition programs went head-to-head in the 9 p.m. hour alongside ABC’s The Goldbergs (0.6, 3.12M), NBC’s Chicago Med (0.7, 6.43M) and the CW’s DC’s Legends of Tomorrow (0.2, 0.59M). While Fox and CBS made for the top demo, highest viewership belonged to NBC alone.

NBC’s Chicago trio remained steady in the demo from last week’s episode and saw more 6 million viewers each on Wednesday. Chicago Fire (0.7, 6.76M) was the big winner for NBC. Later in the evening, Chicago P.D. (0.7, 5.48M) won its time slot.

Before the World Series, Fox saw Alter Ego post its lowest viewership since its debut in September. Unfortunately, Alter Ego‘s latest episode barely brought in 2 million viewers (0.4, 1.96M). ABC’s The Wonder Years reached a viewership low a couple of weeks ago, and Wednesday night’s showing just saved itself from another low (0.4, 2.2M).

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posted 11/4/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Love and Other Side Effects"

  • Guy Fieri has volunteered to host Kristen Stewart's wedding in Flavortown (CNN)

  • Steve Harvey to host 70th Miss Universe (The Futon Critic)

  • Aaron Rodgers tests positive and the Internet comes for him (The Wrap)

  • Sasha Farber explains Suni Lee's mysterious illness (Us Magazine)

  • Christian, Alyssa break up after 48 hours. In other news, Christian & Alyssa were together (Us Magazine)

  • Cherries Wild wins an award for.... advertising innovation. (NextTV)

posted 11/4/2021

More Joes
Fox to Reboot "Joe Millionaire"... with a Twist
From The FUton Critic

FOX is putting a fresh twist on one of the most watched dating shows in reality history with JOE MILLIONAIRE: FOR RICHER OR POORER, it was announced today by Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment & Specials, FOX Entertainment. From FOX Alternative Entertainment and produced by SallyAnn Salsano of 495 Productions ("Jersey Shore," "Paradise Hotel," "Peace of Mind with Taraji"), JOE MILLIONAIRE: FOR RICHER OR POORER is a new take on the original JOE MILLIONAIRE dating series that took the world by storm in 2003. The new series features two incredible single men... with one HUGE difference. One's a millionaire, and the other is definitely NOT. The series is set to debut January 2022 on FOX.

"This revival of JOE MILLIONAIRE represents a potent combination: one of the most innovative and popular dating shows of all time with SallyAnn Salsano, who ranks among the most fearless producers in the business," said Wade. "I've long admired JOE MILLIONAIRE for its daring premise, and since the moment I joined FOX, I've wanted to bring it back in the spotlight in a whole new way for both new viewers and fans of the original."

A twist on the original unscripted FOX dating series that turned reality television on its head, JOE MILLIONAIRE: FOR RICHER OR POORER will feature two single men - one is a millionaire, and the other is an "average Joe" with little to his name. Twenty women will date both of them, but they will have no idea which Joe is rich. As love connections are made and each guy finds his perfect match, the women must ask themselves what is more important... Love or Money?

The original "Joe Millionaire" debuted in 2003, marking the highest-rated and most-watched debut season for an unscripted series of the past 20 years. The Season One finale episode remains the highest-rated and most-watched unscripted entertainment series telecast of the past two decades (excluding post-NFL).

JOE MILLIONAIRE: FOR RICHER OR POORER comes from FOX Alternative Entertainment and is executive-produced by SallyAnn Salsano and Sarah Howell ("Jersey Shore Family Vacation," "Double Shot at Love with DJ Pauly D & Vinny"). After its linear telecast, JOE MILLIONAIRE: FOR RICHER OR POORER's will be available on FOX Entertainment's free streaming platform, Tubi, which features more than 30,000 movies and television shows from over 250 content partners, including nearly every major studio. The series that started it all, the original first season of "Joe Millionaire," will also be available today on Tubi.

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posted 11/3/2021

TUESDAY: Hotlanta
Fox Wins with World Series
From Deadline

Game 6 of the World Series on Tuesday marked a win for both the Atlanta Braves and Fox. The Braves clinched their first World Series championship since 1995, and third overall, with a 7-0 victory over the Houston Astros. The 2021 World Series ender not only placed Fox’s back at the top of primetime but also scored a 2.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and 11.81 million viewers in early Nielsen numbers.

Those totals surpass the Los Angeles Dodgers’ 2020 World Series win (2.7, 10.3M) which also took six games. Last night’s game also got a bump compared with this year’s World Series opener. Just for a pre-pandemic comparison, the 2019 World Series snagged 21.9 million viewers and a 5.6 demo rating in early numbers. Across all of Fox’s platforms, that Washington Nationals’ Game 7 victory over the Astros scored 24 million viewers.

Last night’s numbers are set to rise pending adjustment, as is the case with most major live events. Elsewhere on Tuesday, CBS’ FBI tied with The Bachelorette to top the evening’s demo in non-sports programming. FBI (0.6, 6.69M) rose for the first time in two weeks. In the same hour, The Voice saw its lowest Tuesday viewership and demo rating since its season premiere..

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posted 11/3/2021

Pricemas Comes to Primetime
Special "The Price Is Right at Night" to Play December 22
From The FUton Critic

Celebrate the 2021 holiday season in the glow of CBS' expansive lineup of festive original programming, on the CBS Television Network, and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+. New CBS Originals include two new yuletide movies; mega concert specials featuring Adele, Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga; the Kennedy Center Honors; and the live New Year's Eve bash in Nashville. Also, enjoy long-standing seasonal family traditions with animated friends Rudolph, Frosty, Robbie and Santa Claus.

THE PRICE IS RIGHT AT NIGHT (December 22, 8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT): Drew Carey hosts a special holly-jolly-themed primetime episode where families come on down to the iconic game show stage and play for festive prizes. Plus, the show highlights pet adoption when they showcase animals looking for their fur-ever homes this holiday season.

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posted 11/2/2021


Sony Pictures TV/CBS Media Ventures

SYNDIES: Week 6
Jonathan Fisher Powers Jeopardy! to Win to End Week of October 24
From TV Newscheck

The Wendy Williams talk show began its 13th season with guest hosts subbing for its sidelined star and surged 33%, the biggest increase of any strip in syndication, to a fifth-place 0.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, in the session ending Oct. 24.

In the game show arena, Jeopardy dipped 2% to a 5.6 in its first full week without star contestant Matt Amodio, but remained the overall syndication leader.

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

GAME SHOWS:
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.6 -2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.3 -4%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.0 -2%
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.3** -25%


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posted 11/2/2021

MONDAY: 9-1-1 Emergency!
NBC, Fox Split; Games Post Lows
From Deadline

Fox’s flagship drama series 9-1-1 scored Monday’s best rating in broadcast primetime, delivering a 0.8 in the adults 18-49 demographic to go along with 4.90 million viewers. The 8 p.m. drama was tied in the hour with NBC’s The Voice, which ended out its two-hour run with a 0.7 rating and 6.34 million total viewers, according to Nielsen fast-national numbers.

The Voice was followed by a new episode of Ordinary Joe (0.3, 2.28M), off a tenth. The night’s other Big 4 freshman series, Fox’s The Big Leap (0.3, 1.40M), rose in both metrics week over week.

ABC’s Dancing With the Stars (0.7, 4.93M) also gained with its latest elimination episode, leading in to The Good Doctor (0.5, 4.00M), which ticked up a tenth and was steady in viewers.

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posted 11/2/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "A Different Challenge"

posted 11/2/2021

ABC Midseason
"The Bachelor", "The Chase" to Return January
From TV Line

ABC has revealed its midseason plan, and it actually kicks off a little more than a month from now with the series premiere of the workplace comedy Abbott Elementary.

From there, the new year will bring with it a new cycle of The Bachelor, the launch of black-ish‘s farewell run, the resumption of The Chase and the previously scheduled Women of the Movement miniseries, followed in late January by the Latino family drama Promised Land.

"The Bachelor's" season premiere (with new host Jesse Palmer) will be slotted for January 3, while "The Chase" resumes season 2 January 5.

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posted 11/1/2021

Dan Levy Does Brunch for HBO Max
"Schitt's Creek" Star Teams with Boardwalk Pictures for Cooking Competition
From The Futon Critic

HBO Max has ordered the unscripted cooking competition series THE BIG BRUNCH from Dan Levy and Boardwalk Pictures, which is slated to premiere next year.

"Everybody has a friend, a family member, or a co-worker that is extraordinary at what they do, they just need a leg up so that their talents can be appreciated on a larger scale," says Levy in a statement. "Thanks to an almost obsessive love of food, I've been lucky enough to come across many of those people in the culinary world - friends working out of cafes or food trucks, revolutionizing the menus at local diners - those special humans who create communities around their cooking, hoping to take their skills to the next level. I created this show for them, the local culinary heroes of America who deserve a spotlight. That, and who doesn't want to watch maple syrup being poured slowly over a golden stack of perfectly cooked, creme brûlée inspired French toast?"

Co-creator and star of "Schitt's Creek" Dan Levy has teamed up with Boardwalk Pictures ("Chef's Table," "Cheer") for the next great American culinary success story. Created by Levy and centering around one of the most versatile and underestimated dining experiences, THE BIG BRUNCH is a cooking competition series that celebrates the most inspiring undiscovered culinary voices from every corner of the country. Chefs will be offered the opportunity share their stories and their business dreams, while also competing for a life altering prize. All while finding innovative and personal ways to redefine what it means to dine between 11am and 3pm.

Sarah Aubrey (Head of Original Content, HBO Max) quote: "What we love about this special show is that it serves more than mouth-watering culinary delicacies; it's about heart, a love of cooking and spotlighting talent whose unique skills elevate the beloved brunch menu. There's no better foodie or creative partner than Dan and the team at Boardwalk Pictures to celebrate those undiscovered voices, and, well, Brunch, the best meal to indulge in decadent sweet and savory dishes that are fueled by cocktails and caffeine!" ·

"The Big Brunch" is created by and hosted by Dan Levy. Executive Producers are Dan Levy, Andrew Fried, Dane Lillegard, Sarina Roma and Faye Stapleton.

If you think you've got what it takes to apply or know the perfect someone deserving of their big break, please visit thebigbrunchcastingcrane.com.

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posted 11/1/2021

More on "Next Level Chef"
Catch It on Fox January 2
From TV Insider

Gordon Ramsay and Fox are leveling up, quite literally, in the first-look trailer (watch below) for the upcoming series, Next Level Chef.

The new cooking competition series will premiere on Sunday, January 2, and will see 15 budding chefs battling it out in a unique three-story setting. The contest takes place on three floors of an elaborate stage, with each floor containing a different kitchen, from the glistening, high-tech top floor to the grimy bottom of the basement. It’s not just the look of the kitchens that is different; each level also has its own set of ingredients, some with the finest, others with the cheapest.

Ramsay hopes to test the competitors on not only what they can do in the best of circumstances but what kind of magic they can create in the worst.

“What am I gonna do with processed meat?” asks one unlucky chef in the recently released teaser.

The 15 contestants are made up of line cooks, home chefs, social media stars, food truck owners, and everything in between. They will compete against one another in a battle to find the food world’s next superstar chef, with the winner walking away with a $250,000 grand prize.

Professional chefs Nyesha Arrington and Richard Blais will join Ramsay, with each of them recruiting a group of contestants and taking them under their wings. Ramsay also serves as an executive producer on the series, which is produced by Fox Alternative Entertainment and Studio Ramsay Global.

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posted 11/1/2021

Redbox Teams with Fremantle
Buzzr, TPIR Barker, Baywatch Coming December 1
From Media Play News

Redbox Nov. 1 announced a content deal with television producer Fremantle to further accelerate the company’s free ad-supported streaming service. The pact includes access to “Buzzr,” “The Price Is Right: The Barker Era” and the “Baywatch” channel.

“Our partnership with Fremantle will add tremendous value to our free streaming service,” Chris Yates, GM, Redbox On Demand, said in a statement.

Mark Deetjen, EVP of global channels at Fremantle, heralded Redbox as an “innovator” since its inception as a kiosk vendor and current growth in the streaming space “At Fremantle we’re on a journey to continue growing our audiences and deliver our great shows via partners who offer the latest content delivery methods,” said Deetjen.

The channels include:
- Buzzr, which features more than 40,000 game show episodes, which are shown around the clock. Titles include “Match Game,” where host Gene Rayburn is the ringmaster to a mad-capped panel of celebrity guests; “Whew!,” a limited-run quiz show hosted by the late Tom Kennedy featuring a wacky bonus round known as the “Gauntlet of Villains”; as well as famed titles “Family Feud,” “To Tell the Truth,” “Password,” “Press Your Luck,” “Blockbusters” and “Card Sharks.”
- The Price Is Right: The Barker Era celebrates veteran game show host Bob Barker. Having spent 35 years as the host of television’s longest running game show, Barker was the recipient of 19 Daytime Emmy Awards and also received an Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1999. The channel features hundreds of episodes from the 80’s all hosted by Barker. These game show episodes have not been on television since their original air date – nearly 40 years ago.
- The Baywatch channel features the first five seasons, with new seasons switching in every quarter, including “Baywatch: Hawaii.”.

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posted 11/1/2021

SUNDAY: No Match for Sports
NBC, Fox Split; Games Post Lows
From Deadline

Sunday Night Football on NBC and Game 5 of the World Series on Fox went head-to-head on Halloween evening for the top primetime spots. However, the NFL showdown between the Dallas Cowboys and Minnesota Vikings proved more attractive for viewers as the game took the evening’s highest ratings and viewership.

The Cowboys’ 20-16 victory on SNF earned a 3.5 rating in the 18-49 demographic and 12.82 million viewers in Nielsen fast affiliates. Sunday’s face-off was up from last week’s game between the Colts and 49ers.

Game 5 of the World Series, which took over Fox’s typical animation slate, saw the Astros avoid elimination with a 9-5 victory forcing the series back to Houston for Game 6 on Tuesday. In early numbers, last night’s World Series game earned a 2.7 demo rating and 12.31 million viewers, significantly up from Game 1.

Of course, with both SNF and the World Series, numbers are set to rise pending adjustment as they do with all major live and sporting events.

In the non-sports part of Sunday’s primetime, CBS topped programming with 60 Minutes. While the latest episode didn’t see high numbers as it has in the past couple weeks (thanks to delayed NFL regional coverage), the interview series continued its streak of topping non-sports titles on Sunday. In the following hour, The Equalizer (0.6, 6.30M) maintained its lead-in and bested the other non-sports titles of the 8 p.m. hour.

Also in the same hour, The CW’s Legends of the Hidden Temple (0.1, 220,000) saw its smallest audience since it premiered in early October. A

BC’s Halloween evening peaked with AFV (0.4, 4.12M), followed by Celebrity Wheel of Fortune (0.4, 3.49M), then Supermarket Sweep (0.3, 2.20M) and The Rookie (0.3, 3.21M).

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posted 11/1/2021

Gary Barlow to Judge "Walk the Line"
Singer to Judge "Genre-Bending" Series
From Deadline

Take That singer Gary Barlow is set to replace Simon Cowell on upcoming ITV entertainment format Walk The Line.

The genre-bending show from Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and ITV Studios’ rebranded Lifted Entertainment division was unveiled with fanfare over the summer and would have represented Cowell’s on-screen return 15 months after be broke his back after falling off an E-bike, which meant he missed out on judging Britain’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent.

However, he told UK newspaper The Sun yesterday that he wanted to “focus on my role as creator and producer as we build up to the hugely exciting launch” later this year. Cowell’s replacement is Barlow, with whom he worked on now-cancelled long-running ITV format The X Factor.

Barlow will be joined by UK presenter Maya Jama and singer Craig David. Cowell is expected to return for the next series of Britain’s Got Talent.

An ITV spokesman said: “We are delighted that Gary has decided to join the Walk The Line family and we understand and support Simon’s decision to focus on his role as producer and creator for this debut series.”

Walk The Line sees musical acts take to the stage to perform for the nation. The top two performers of the evening then face a nail-biting decision in their bid to be crowned champion — they either ‘cash out’ with a tempting cash prize, or walk the line and play on. Should they stay in and top the leaderboard, they will then progress to the next show, facing a different cast of performers..

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posted 11/1/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "The Search for Someone to Beat the Cube Continues"

  • CASTING COUCH: "The Cube" looking for players for season 2 (eTribez)

  • Kal Penn comes out, gets engaged, is awesome (Deadline)

  • "The Masked Singer" Live Show heads back on the road (VAriety)

  • Byron Allen is betting it all on TEGNA (New York Post)

  • Ken Jeong trends online... because of his wife (The Wrap)

  • Shin Lim adjusts his act for the times (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with CArrie Ann Inaba (Deadline)

posted 11/1/2021


The Islander
BERT NEWTON: 1938-2021
Australian TV Legend Hosted "Family Feud"
From Sydney Morning Herald

It seemed that Bert Newton was always there. He was on television forever, he was in films and on radio and he was on stage. There was always a place for the moon-faced man who could present a variety show or be second banana when necessary, interview anyone and get a great story, host a Logies night, receive a Logie and act and sing and dance.

He was up and down and in and out, he never really went away but there were endless television finishes and following “comebacks” as work ebbed and flowed. There were firings and hirings, some reputed nervous breakdowns and a narrowly averted bankruptcy, but mostly there was smiling for the cameras (he had the hard-working performer’s trick of always looking relaxed no matter what was going on), ad lib jokes (Bob Hope is reported to have said that Newton was funnier than he was and Hope had 20 writers helping him) and, in later years, his kindness to younger people running up behind him in showbusiness.

Newton never accepted offers to work overseas, although there were many. He gave credit for much of his success to just staying in Melbourne, where he was always a favourite son. He once said, “Other cities see me as Australian, but Melbourne sees me as a Melburnian.” Despite that parochialism, he was popular around the country and in 2006, the 50th year of television in Australia, he was ranked as the country’s number one television star.

From almost his first days in show business, the public and press were trying to marry Newton off and listed all his known girlfriends at almost any opportunity. After years of this, in 1974, Newton married entertainer Patti McGrath, who had won the 1967 Logie for Most Popular Female in Victoria. She was working on the Queen Elizabeth II and he booked a cruise without telling her and then proposed. The wedding was lavish and Graham Kennedy was best man. Patti gave up her career and was always happy to be seen as Newton's greatest supporter.

In 1976, Newton tried something new and replaced Frank Wilson on New Faces, the amateur talent show, which lasted until 1985. In 1981 Bert and Patti also presented a short-lived quiz show, Ford Superquiz, together. Over the years there were also various forms of Bert Newton Shows but none lasted long. Newton, not one to pull his punches, knew why at least one failed, “They spent $180,000 on the launch party and nothing on the show.”

In 1992, after a few years managing Melbourne radio station 3DB and working on-air, Newton went over to Channel 10 and was host of The Morning Show (later Good Morning Australia) for 14 years. The show was a watchable mixture of interviews, music, a little cooking, a lot of fun, a few ad libs, everything Newton did so well. For the show, in 1993, Newton took another Logie, for Most Popular Light Entertainment Personality.

However, 1993 was also the year that he escaped bankruptcy for owing almost $1 million, a mixture of taxation, gambling (he did like the races and owned or part-owned a number of successful horses) and legal debts, by doing a deal with his creditors.

After Good Morning Australia, Newton went back to Channel 9 for Bert’s Family Feud and an irregular series of 20 to One programs.

As well as his television work, Newton appeared on stage in the Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast, The Producers, The Sound of Music, Wicked and The Rocky Horror Show, and on the big screen in a number of local films. Newton published his autobiography Bert!: Bert Newton's Own Story in 1979. That year he was also appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire and in 2006 was made a Member of the Order of Australia.

Bert Newton is survived by Patti, children Matthew and Lauren and grandchildren Sam, Eva, Lola, Monty, Perla and Alby.

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posted 10/31/2021


DGA
ARTHUR FORREST: 1926-2021
Legendary Director Helmed "Whose Line"
From Yahoo!

Arthur Forrest, a television legend with a 75-year career that covered long-running hits such as “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” and “That’s Incredible!,” died on Oct. 25. He was 95.

Marcy Forrest, Arthur’s wife, confirmed the death to Variety.

Born in 1926 in Brooklyn and raised in the Bronx as a first-generation American, Forrest completed his education at NYU and landed a job at DuMont Network’s studio as a janitor. After learning the business, Forrest went from janitor to page, from page to studio assistant, all the way up to the cameraman on “The Honeymooners” and “Captain Video.”

After leaving DuMont and working for New York’s Channel 5, Forrest directed the popular children’s show, “Wonderama,” and stayed at the station until 1973, when he left to direct the late night “Dick Cavett Show.”

Moving to Los Angeles in 1975, Forrest established himself in the world of live television, finding success with ABC’s reality show “That’s Incredible!” and “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” along with game shows like “The Money Maze” and “Matchmaker.” Forrest also won Emmy awards for his direction on the daytime talk show “Leeza” and later, “The Rosie O’Donnell Show.”

Forrest is survived by his wife, Marcy; their children, Zak and Nicole; his son-in-law, Steve Byers; his grandchildren, Max and Dahlia; his son from a previous marriage, Richard Forrest and his step-son, Kyle Cascioli.

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Variety

posted 10/31/2021

More on "Moneyball"
Ian Wright to Host New Series for ITV
From Metro

Moneyball is a brand new ITV gameshow that is sure to leave viewers on the edge of their seats.

The program will see contestants test their knowledge for the chance to win a huge amount of money, facing the possibility of losing everything they’ve earned at the final hurdle.

Starring Ian Wright, hopefuls who take part in the series could be in with a chance of winning a whopping quarter of a million pounds if they play their cards right.

As the series commences, will audiences witness players go home with the big bucks? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Metro
ITV This Morning
The Guardian

posted 10/31/2021

Halloween Frightening Round
... or "#SpookySzn"

  • Family Feud releases 2021 Disney edition home game (Laughing Place)

  • Scott St. John has a new job... (Bloomberg)

  • RuPaul to star in "the draggiest Christmas movie" ever made (THe Wrap), the draggiest app ever made (AppSpy)

  • Mayim Bialik the favorite to take over Jeopardy!? (The List)

posted 10/31/2021

Harry Potter Moves to Linear
"Tournament of Houses" to Air on TBS, Cartoon Network November
From the Futon Critic

Gearing up for the greatest fan competition in Wizarding World history, TBS and Cartoon Network released today the official trailer and new details for Harry Potter: Hogwarts Tournament of Houses. Premiering Sunday, Nov. 28 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, the four-part special event, hosted by Academy Award(R)-winning actress Helen Mirren, will feature celebrity fans and Harry Potter film alumni as it showcases Wizarding World fandom on a never-before-seen scale.

Revealed in today's trailer, Harry Potter cast members Tom Felton, Simon Fisher-Becker, Shirley Henderson, Luke Youngblood, and more will make special cameos alongside super fans Pete Davidson, and Jay Leno.

The bracket-style competition will feature fans competing for their Hogwarts house in teams of three. Houses go head to head in four epic battles answering hundreds of Wizarding World trivia questions with help from the live audience to unveil which house knows the intricately detailed universe like the back of their hand. Winning teams of each round will advance to the grand finale to determine who will take home the Tournament of Houses championship trophy.

Along with the spectacular trophy and ultimate bragging rights, the winning house will be awarded with a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Wizarding World locations across the East Coast.* All travel accommodations will be provided for. This includes:
· A $1000 shopping spree at the Harry Potter New York store
· Tickets to the award-winning Broadway production of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
· A trip to the brand-new touring experience, Harry Potter: The Exhibition
· A three-day, three-night trip to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort.
· An advanced screening of Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore
*Prizes subject to change

Viewers at home can join in and compete for victory in the Wizarding World Quiz Championship, the companion digital quiz event on WizardingWorld.com. Three online quizzes escalating in difficulty will debut every Friday, Nov. 26 through Dec. 10, allowing fans to represent their Official Hogwarts house and test their own Wizarding World knowledge. The winning house of the at-home competition will be announced on Dec. 20.
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posted 10/29/2021

More on "Drag Race Italia"
Catch It on WOW Presents Plus November 18
From Entertainment Weekly

Miss Mama Mia, look at the material, because RuPaul's Drag Race Italia is serving up a heaping portion of spicy meatballs among its season 1 cast.

Eight queens will compete for the title of Italy's First Drag Superstar, including the self-proclaimed "highest paid drag queen in Italy," a muscle maven, an opera singer, comedy queens, and a queen who touts her favorite out-of-drag moment as the time she "saved herself" from the Costa Concordia ship disaster in 2012.

International drag superstar Priscilla — who rose to prominence on the Greek iteration of the global Got Talent franchise — will preside over the Drag Race Italia panel of judges, which also includes actress Chiara Francini and controversial media personality Tommaso Zorzi.

Drag Race Italia joins production company World of Wonder's ever-growing slate of global Drag Race spin-offs, which now includes iterations in Thailand, South America, the United Kingdom, Holland, Spain, Australia, Canada, and the Emmy-winning American original.

World of Wonder has set the Drag Race Italia season 1 premiere date for Nov. 18 at 6:01 p.m. ET/ 3:01 p.m. PT on WOW Presents Plus.

Entertainment Weekly

posted 10/28/2021

More on "Meet Your Makers Showdown"
Catch It on Discovery+ November 27
From the Futon Critic

Stunning handmade creations designed by top artisans from across the country will take the spotlight in the exclusive discovery+ competition series, Meet Your Makers Showdown. The six-episode series - hosted by Emmy(R) and Golden Globe(R) nominated actress, recording artist and crafting enthusiast Chrissy Metz, best known from NBC's This Is Us - will be available to stream beginning Saturday, Nov. 27. Each episode will spotlight four of the world's finest makers who will compete in challenges that test their ingenious creativity, unique skills and passion for their craft. As an avid scrapbooker and former preschool teacher with a passion for motivating people to achieve their dreams, Chrissy will helm the action as the competitors contend in a wide range of artistic categories including paper art, fluid painting, stained glass, polymer clay, candle making and artisanal soap.

During Meet Your Makers Showdown, inspiration judge LeAnn Rimes, a multi-GRAMMY Awards(R) winning singer, songwriter, actress and author, will lead fellow judges on a walkthrough among contestants that delves into each artist's creative process to uncover what makes them tick. LeAnn has expanded into crafting herself, creating her own candle line where she is hands on throughout the entire process. Craft expert judge Mark Montano, a best-selling author, designer and TV host, will evaluate each maker's technique and originality. Along with a weekly guest judge who specializes in the featured trade, LeAnn and Mark will award $10,000 and bragging rights to the competitors who best wow the judges by creating items worthy of the world's best online boutiques.

"Crafting is bigger than ever and talented makers have turned it into a multi-billion dollar industry," said Chrissy. "Each week, Meet Your Makers Showdown spotlights a new trending craft and the artisans who pull out all the stops to create inspirational, one-of-a-kind masterpieces."

"In every episode, these brilliant makers put their heart and soul into intense crafting challenges that truly stretch their imaginations," said LeAnn. "As a fellow artist, it was inspiring to see their incredible, creative ideas come to life and get showcased on this show."

Meet Your Makers Showdown is produced by Michael Levitt Productions.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/28/2021

More on "Baking It"
Catch It on Peacock December
From the Futon Critic

Peacock has released more information on their upcoming "Making It" spinoff, "Baking It".

Hosted and executive produced by Maya Rudolph and Andy Samberg, all six-episodes will be available to stream Thursday, December 2.

"If you love Maya, Andy, Grannies, Baking, Cash Prizes and the Holidays, then this is the show for you," says executive producer Amy Poehler. Additionally, executive producers Nicolle Yaron and Pip Wells say "'Baking It' celebrates everything we love about the holidays; friends, family, incredible food -- and grandmothers pointing out everything we do wrong in the kitchen."

BAKING IT is a holiday competition series in which eight teams of two talented home bakers join Maya and Andy's winter cabin for a celebration of culinary holiday traditions. Contestant duos will include spouses, siblings, best friends and more, who will work together to create outstanding savory and sweet creations for themed challenges with the hopes of winning a cash prize. Maya and Andy will lead the festivities, also providing comedic and musical commentary on the action. The bakers' holiday treats will be judged by tough critics - four opinionated real-life grandmothers, who happen to be fantastic bakers themselves!

Following the success of 'Making It', BAKING IT is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Paper Kite Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment. Amy Poehler, Nicolle Yaron, Pip Wells, Kate Arend and Dave Becky serve as executive producers.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/28/2021

"The Voice" Plays "That's My Jam!"
Catch a Preview During "The Voice" November 29
From the Futon Critic

It's game time on NBC as Jimmy Fallon invites "The Voice" coackes to participate in a sneak episode of "That's My Jam!"

Hosted by Fallon, "That's My Jam" is an hourlong music and comedy variety game show that draws inspiration from the most popular "Tonight Show" games. Each episode features two teams of two celebrities competing for a charity of their choice in a series of music, dance, and trivia-based games and musical performances.

Kicking off the show on a high (musical) note, "The Voice" Season 21 coaches - Ariana Grande, Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson and John Legend - will appear in a sneak episode of the show on Monday, Nov. 29 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, bringing their A-game on behalf of their chosen charities.

Signature games to be played include "Wheel of Impossible Karaoke," "Perfect Mashup," "Vinyl Countdown" and "Slay It, Don't Spray It."

Following the Nov. 29 telecast, the season will begin in early 2022.

"That's My Jam" is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio, a division of Universal Studio Group, in association with Fallon's production company, Electric Hot Dog. Fallon, Jim Juvonen and Mike Yurchuk serve as executive producers.

The Futon Critic
TV Insider

posted 10/28/2021

WEDNESDAY: Tied at 1
Fox Wins with World Series
From Deadline

The Houston Astros bounced back Wednesday night to even their score with one win a piece against the Atlanta Braves during Game 2 of the 2021 World Series. Just as the scores evened out between the two vying teams, the Game 2 broadcast itself evened out with the corresponding game of the 2020 World Series (1.8, 7.22M) by earning a 1.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and 8.69 million viewers, in fast nationals. Numbers are set to rise, as is the case with most major sports and live events, pending adjustment.

While last night’s game matched that of 2020, it’s worth noting that the sophomore match was down from Tuesday’s opener (2.3, 10.10M) by five tenths in demo rating and approximately 14% in viewership. Despite the slip, the Game 2 of the 2021 World Series topped Wednesday primetime on all fronts.

In the non-sports world of Wednesday primetime, CBS exited its two-day repeats rut with new episodes of Survivor, Tough as Nails as CSI: Vegas. Survivor (0.8, 5.00M) topped the demo among the rest of the non-sport shows. The competition program was down from the previous week. Tough as Nails and CSI: Vegas remained steady in demo rating.

Deadline
TV Line

posted 10/28/2021

Time to Play-Doh
IMDB TV Greenlights Holiday Contest
From the Futon Critic

Today, IMDb TV announced an all-new family competition special, Play-Doh Squished, hosted by Sarah Hyland (Modern Family). The one-hour, holiday-themed special premieres exclusively Friday, December 10 on IMDb TV, Amazon's premium free streaming service.

From Amazon Studios, Entertainment One (eOne), and Hasbro, Play-Doh Squished features three teams of two kids and two adults going Doh-to-Doh in a series of fun and highly entertaining physical and creative challenges. The holiday-themed reality competition special is set in a Play-Doh winter wonderland, where each team must combine imagination, inspiration, and holiday spirit to win the final cash prize. Play-Doh Squished is executive produced by eOne's Tara Long, Mark Herwick, Madison Merritt, and Allison Berkley. Shye Sutherland Sharp is an executive producer and the showrunner. Hyland, who serves as host, judge, and executive producer, is repped by WME, Richard Konigsberg, The Lede Company and GTRB.

The FUton Critic
Deadline

posted 10/28/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "If You Had 11 Weeks, Come and Collect Your Prize... Part 2"

  • Katie Thurston tells all (Reality TV World)

  • Anne Burrell gets married (People)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "The Great Christmas Light Fight" returns November 29 (THe FUton Critic)

  • Buzzr is growing, expanding, and "Whew!" is a hit some 40 years after it last aired! (Vulture)

  • Elizabeth Banks ventures into YET ANOTHER unexplored medium... (AV Club)

  • Scott Evans signs with NBCUniversal (Deadline)

posted 10/28/2021

The Challenge Celebrates 500
Catch It on MTV Tonight!
From PopCulture

The Challenge is gearing up for a very special milestone during Season 37 a.k.a. Spies, Lies, and Allies. Wednesday's episode will mark the 500th episode of The Challenge. To celebrate, the competitors will be tasked with taking part in one of their most physically demanding daily missions yet in "Brush Contact."

As shown in the clip linked below, host TJ Lavin explained that this mission would be played in three rounds with each of the respective teams (or "cells"), Emerald, Ruby, and Sapphire, getting to play offense or defense. The team on offense will have the men transferring bags of cash into the safe zone in the middle of the field. Once there, the women will take over to run the bags to the end zone. Their journey won't be smooth sailing though, as the team on defense will be trying to prevent the offensive team from scoring. The cell with the most money gathered in the end zone will be the winner.

The Emerald cell is the heavy favorite to win the mission since they're the only team with six players — Nany Gonzalez, Kaycee Clark, Tori Deal, Devin Walker-Molaghan, Josh Martinez, and Emanuel Neagu. The Ruby cell currently has five with Cory Wharton, Nelson Thomas, Logan Sampedro, Tula "Big T" Fazakerley, and Emy Alupei. The Sapphire cell is also down a player, with their five teammates being CT Tamburello, Kyle Christie, Ashley Mitchell, Amanda Garcia, and Bettina Buchanan. The Emerald cell has won the last two daily missions, cementing their status as the team to beat. Will either of the other two teams be able to score their first win as a team?

PopCutlure
Us

REality Blurred

posted 10/27/2021

TUESDAY: Braves Lead, 1-0
Fox Wins with World Series
From Deadline

The Atlanta Braves hit it out of the park, quite literally, on Tuesday as the 2021 World Series made its primetime-topping debut on Fox.

The game, which saw the Braves beat the Houston Astros 6-2, drew the evening’s highest demo rating and most viewers, per Nielsen fast affiliates. Earning a 2.3 rating in the 18-49 demo and 10.10 million viewers in early numbers, the Game 1 was up from llast year’s first game (1.8, 7.22M) between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Tampa Bay Rays.

Despite topping the previous year’s numbers, last night’s opening game was still no match for the pre-pandemic Game 1 in 2019 (3.4, 12.6M). In final numbers unveiled by Fox, the opening game of the 2021 World Series scored a total audience of 11,077,000 viewers – up 17% from last year’s final count. Per Fox, its coverage of Game 1 was the most-watched telecast of the day on any network.

Broadcasting the World Series helped Fox top Tuesday’s primetime for the first time since the new season began.

Following behind the sports coverage on Fox were NBC’s The Voice (0.7, 6.44M) and ABC’s The Bachelorette (0.6, 2.72M). The Voice climbed in the demo, while The Bachelorette stepped down a tenth to tie with NBC’s newbie La Brea (0.6, 5.05M) as the night’s third highest-rated program..

Deadline
TV Line

posted 10/26/2021


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The Voice at 500
Singing Contest Hits Landmark
From Gold Derby

“The Voice” is celebrating its landmark 500th episode on October 26 as the knockouts continue for coaches Blake Shelton, Ariana Grande, John Legend and Kelly Clarkson. The NBC reality TV singing competition first premiered on April 26, 2011 and began its 21st season on September 20, 2021. While the coaching panel has shifted over the years, host Carson Daly has acted as the emcee since day one.

In a recent interview with Gold Derby, Daly explained how the show’s success caught everyone by surprise.

“Never!” was the quick response Daly had when asked if he predicted his hosting gig on “The Voice” would last more than 20 seasons. “It was quite the opposite. People thought we were crazy. If you recall the landscape in television at that time, ‘American Idol,’ by all accounts, was kind of rounding third heading for home after their monumental success. Yet there still seemed to be an appetite for singing competitions because ‘X-Factor’ was coming over from Europe. When we got this format from Holland, we had a very small window of time to get it on NBC before ‘X-Factor.’ We never thought we’d last, we barely thought we would survive.”

In another recent interview, executive producer Audrey Morrissey explained how the show has evolved over the years by adding exciting twists such as steals, instant saves and the onboarding of new coaches. “You want to keep things fresh,” Morrissey said. “You want people coming back for more, having an unexpected element. But it’s got to make sense. It has to fit with the core values of the show.”

Gold Derby

posted 10/26/2021


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SYNDIES: Week 5 (or "38 Wins and Good Night")
Matt Amodio, Jonathan Fisher Power Jeopardy! to Win to End Week of October 17
From TV Newscheck

Jeopardy slipped 3% to a 5.7 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, but still was able to prevail in the overall ratings battle in the session ending Oct.17, despite the unexpected loss of superstar contestant Matt Amodio on Oct. 11. Family Feud made close, climbing 6% to a five-week high 5.5.

A Yale PH.D. student, Amodio made Jeopardy! history when he unseated James Holzhauer as the player with the second-most consecutive wins ever pulling off his 33rd consecutive win.

Following Amodio’s exit, new champion Jonathan Fisher is making some history of his own. Fisher won his 10th game last Friday, marking the first-ever time Jeopardy! has ever featured back-to-back champions with at least 10 winning games.

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

GAME SHOWS:
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.7 -3%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.5 +6%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.1 -2%
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


TV Newscheck
The Wrap

Decider

posted 10/26/2021


The Wrap
MORT SAHL: 1927-2021
Political Comedian Made the Rounds
From Deadline

Mort Sahl, the acerbic comic whose pioneering style paved the way for such boundary-breaking comedians as Lenny Bruce, Richard Pryor and George Carlin, died Tuesday at his home in Mill Valley, CA. He was 94.

A friend confirmed his death to The New York Times.

Known for his topical social commentary, he boldly skewered politicians and others in a harsh but clean stand-up act. He hosted the first Grammy Awards in 1959, co-hosted the 1959 Academy Awards and a year later became the first comedian featured to be featured on the cover of Time magazine. He also guest-hosted The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson multiple times during the 1960s.

Born on May 11, 1927, in Montreal, Sahl’s family moved to Los Angeles when he was a child. After a stint in the Air Force, he graduated from USC in 1950. By the mid-’50s he was doing stand-up, and a 1955 performance was recorded and released a few years later as Mort Sahl At Sunset. It is considered the first stand-up album. A second comedy LP stiffed, but his 1960 disc Mort Sahl at the Hungry I reached No. 22 on the Billboard 200, and his 1973 disc Sing a Song of Watergate peaked at No. 145.

In the late 1950s, Sahl began landing acting roles, starting with the 1958 Robert Wagner film In Love and War. His subsequent big-screen work included All the Young Men (1960), Johnny Cool (1963) Don’t Make Waves and Doctor, You’ve Got to Be Kidding (both 1967). He also worked on TV, guesting on such series as Pursuit, Playhouse 90, Thriller, Ironside, Emergency! and Love American Style, while performing on The Jerry Lewis Show, The Big Picture, Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In and The Hollywood Palace.

Sahl also was a regular on the talk-show circuit, making multiple appearing on shows hosted by the likes of Dick Cavett, Mike Douglas, Dinah Shore, Merv Griffin and David Frost. He did some work on the popular Dean Martin celebrity roasts in the mid-1970s, appeared several times on The Ed Sullivan Show and on celebrity-driver game shows including The Hollywood Squares, The Match Game and Missing Links.

His final screen credit was alongside his old friend Jerry Lewis in 2013’s Max Rose.

Following the assassintion of President Kennedy in 1963, Sahl would lose a chunk of his stand-up fan base after speaking out against the Warren Commission. But his anti-Vietnam War stance and the general social upheaval of the late 1960s saw his act come back into vogue. In the late 2000s, Sahl relocated to the Bay Area town of Mill Valley, where he would befriend neighbor Robin Williams.

Sahl was married and divorced four times, but he has no surviving immediate family members. A son, Mort Jr., died in 1996..

Deadline
TV Newscheck

posted 10/25/2021

Howie Mandel to Pull Double Duty
AGT Judge to Join Lilly Singh on Panel of "Canada's Got Talent"
From TV Newscheck

Canada’s Got Talent is returning to air, nine years after its first and only season, and Howie Mandel and Lilly Singh have been set as two of the judges.

The series, which ran for one season in 2012 before a spinoff pandemic version aired last year, will air on City TV.

A Little Late star Singh and AGT judge Mandel will be joined by music label executive and producer Kardinal Offishall and WWE star Trish Stratus with country music star Lindsay Ell as host.

Canada’s Got Talent is produced by Fremantle, Syco Entertainment, and McGillivray Entertainment Media Inc. It is exec produced by Scott McGillivray, Angela Jennings, and Mike Bickerton, with showrunner Jonathan Payne.

DEadline

posted 10/26/2021

MONDAY: The Voice Comes Back
Knockout Rounds Knock Out The Competition
From Deadline

The Voice is back at the top of Monday primetime just a week after losing its streak to Dancing With The Stars and 9-1-1. Monday’s episode, which saw Ed Sheeran perform Mega Mentor duties, earned a 0.9 rating in the 18-49 demo and 6.91 million viewers. T

he latest episode was up two tenths in demo rating and approximately 11% in viewers from the previous. When it comes to The Voice’s return to the top, it’s worth noting that the usual suspects of Monday primetime were somewhat out of sorts. NCIS on CBS, which has consistently topped Monday viewers in the past weeks, showed a repeat episode.

Meanwhile, Fox saw a bit of a programming reshuffle as The Masked Singer (0.4, 2.15M) filled 9-1-1′s normal place in the 9 p.m. hour.

Dancing with the Stars was the second-highest-rated program of the night and drew in 4.55 million viewers, down from last week. The episode, filled with horror film-inspired contemporary and lyrical pieces, bid farewell to Kenya Moore and Brandon Armstrong..

Deadline
TV Line

posted 10/26/2021

No Place Like Food Network for the Holidays
Season's Eatings Kicks OFf with Holiday Wars November 7
From the Futon Critic

The holiday baking season is upon us as Food Network readies seasonal favorites, all-new series and festive specials that are sure to inspire as well as entertain, all part of the nearly 100 hours of holiday programming lined up for viewers. Host Jesse Palmer gets the fun started with the return of Holiday Baking Championship on Monday, November 1st at 8pm ET/PT, as the best bakers in America compete for a spot in Food Network Magazine. Holiday Wars is back with the biggest and tastiest season yet, with host Maneet Chauhan and judges Shinmin Li and Aarti Sequeira on Sunday, November 7th at 9pm ET/PT. Food Network stars Ree Drummond and Eddie Jackson get audiences ready for more joyful cookie creations on the new season of Christmas Cookie Challenge, premiering Thursday, November 11th at 9pm ET/PT. For viewers who can't get enough holiday baking, talented gingerbread artists battle it out on Holiday Baking Championship: Gingerbread Showdown, starting Monday, November 15th at 9pm ET/PT. Then, Duff Goldman hosts a special Kids Baking Championship: Light Up the Holidays on Sunday, November 21st at 8pm ET/PT, as former competitors return to the kitchen to make holiday cakes. Longtime rivals and titans of baking, Duff Goldman and Buddy Valastro, bring their epic competition to Christmastime with bigger and bolder cake builds that embody iconic holiday moments on Buddy vs. Duff: Holiday, premiering Sunday, November 28th at 8pm ET/PT. And host Maneet Chauhan rings in the New Year with Holiday Wars: Champion Cake Off on Sunday, December 26th at 9pm ET/PT, as the reigning champions of Halloween Wars and Holiday Wars go head-to-head. Fans of Food Network's holiday-themed programming can also access the first-ever Holiday Central hub starting November 1st on discovery+. With competition series, specials, holiday movies, and more, the Holiday Central hub is the ultimate holiday destination for viewers.

The FUton Critic

posted 10/26/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "The Best Going Today"

  • LIST ABUSE: "Jeopardy!" best champs of the past few years (TV Insider) and the history that one of them made last week (BestLife)

  • Nick Cannon plays Good Day in three cities (NextTV)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! A "Tipping Point" contestant gets his Homers mixed up (Huffpost)

posted 10/25/2021


The List
STU BILLETT: 1936-2021
"People's Court" Creator Also Dabbled in Games
From Deadline

Stu Billett, a veteran TV producer and creator of the venerable TV show The People’s Court, died Oct. 22 from natural causes in Los Angeles, surrounded by his family. He was 85.

Billett served in the Marines and later attended New York University. After college, Billett landed a position as a producer’s assistant on a number of shows. He then served as the associate producer of Who Do You Trust? hosted by Johnny Carson and went on to create and produce the game show One in a Million for Merv Griffin Productions.

In 1981, Billett and his producing partner Ralph Edwards launched The People’s Court, starring Judge Joseph Wapner. The groundbreaking program pioneered the reality/court television genre as the first arbitration-based reality court show and the first long-running hit in the space. The original series ran from 1981 to 1993. The People’s Court returned in 1997 and is still in production today, currently starring Judge Marilyn Milian. Billett served as an executive producer, earning four Daytime Emmy awards for his work on the show.

Other TV programs Billett developed and executive produced throughout his career include Love Stories, Superior Court, Moral Court, Family Medical Center, So You Think You Got Troubles and the comedy/dating show Bzzz!

Billett is survived by his wife of more than 40 years along with his children and many grandchildren.

Deadline
TMZ
The Wrap

posted 10/25/2021


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JAMES MICHAEL TYLER: 1952-2021
"Friends'" Gunther Judged "Iron Chef America"
From Deadline

James Michael Tyler, best known for his recurring role as Central Perk manager Gunther on Friends, died Sunday morning following a years-long battle with Stage 4 prostate cancer, the actor’s rep confirmed to TVLine. He was 59 years old.

“The world knew him as Gunther (the seventh “Friend”), but Michael’s loved ones knew him as an actor, musician, cancer-awareness advocate and loving husband,” his family and long-time manager wrote in a statement. “Michael loved live music, cheering on his Clemson Tigers, and would often find himself in fun and unplanned adventures. If you met him once you made a friend for life.”

Jennifer Aniston honored Tyler on Instagram Sunday evening, writing: “Friends would not have been the same without you. Thank you for the laughter you brought to the show and to all of our lives. You will be so missed.”

All told, Tyler appeared in 148 episodes of Friends. Gunther famously pined for onetime Central Perk waitress Rachel Greene, and finally admitted his feelings for her in the NBC sitcom’s 2004 finale. Following Friends‘ run, Gunther reunited with Matt LeBlanc on Showtime’s Hollywood satire Episodes. Additional TV credits included episodes of Just Shoot Me!, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Scrubs.

Tyler also appeared as a judge on Food Network's "Iron Chef America", judging "Fruits de Mer Battle".

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posted 10/25/2021

Sir Trevor the Gamesmaster
Legendary Broadcast to Step Into Patrick Moore Role
From The Irish Examiner

Trevor McDonald will star as the next GamesMaster in the forthcoming revival series, E4 has announced.

The veteran broadcaster, 82, will take on the classic role from the late Patrick Moore.

The revival of the computer game program in which celebrities, gamers and fans take part in challenges is to be broadcast on E4 later this year.

McDonald said he was "delighted" to be taking on the iconic role for a new generation of viewers.

He is best known for his career as a news presenter on ITV, including hosting its flagship current affairs program Tonight with Trevor McDonald from 1999 to 2007, and has presented numerous documentaries over the years.

The game show will see McDonald set up challenges and watch over competitors as they engage in virtual battles across different games in a bid to win the Golden Joystick Trophy.

The three-part series will be co-hosted by television presenter Robert Florence, Frankie Ward and Ty Logan. GamesMaster originally aired from 1992 to 1998 and was hosted by Dominik Diamond. The series will premiere on E4’s YouTube channel and will then be broadcast on E4.

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posted 10/25/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "If You Had 11 Weeks, Come and Collect Your Prize"

  • Katie Thurston, Blake Moynes call it quits (EW)

  • Chris Harrison gives Lauren Zima the final rose. Lauren Zima gives her final answer. See what we did there, kids? (Us Magazine)

  • Matt Amodio gets some hometown love (Cleveland.com)

  • Mabel joins "Walk the Line"(The List)

  • LIST ABUSE: 10 greatest "celebrity" runs (Screen Rant)

posted 10/25/2021


Theater Mania
PETER SCOLARI: 1955-2021
"Newhart" Actor Judged "Pet Star", Played "Chopped"
From TV Line

Emmy-winning actor Peter Scolari, known for his work on Bosom Buddies and Newhart, died Friday at the age of 66 following a battle with cancer.

After appearing on series like the short-lived ABC sitcom Goodtime Girls, Scolari’s long TV career truly began with ABC’s Bosom Buddies (1980-82), where he co-starred as Henry Desmond (aka Hildegarde) opposite Tom Hanks’ Kip Wilson (aka Buffy). Two years after Bosom Buddies ended, Scolari followed that up with an Emmy-nominated turn as TV producer Michael Harris on Newhart, which earned him three consecutive nods for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series.

Scolari ultimately took home Emmy gold for his guest role on HBO’s Girls, playing Tad Horvath, the father of Lena Dunham’s Hannah. “The shyest extrovert, the most dramatic comedian, the most humble icon,” Dunham wrote to describe her TV dad on Instagram. “You had lived enough life to know that a TV show was just a TV show, but also to appreciate just what it meant to be allowed to play pretend for a living — and you never let us forget that this job was a privilege.”

His considerable résumé also included appearances on Ally McBeal, White Collar, Reba, The West Wing, ER, Blue Bloods and Gotham, among many others. Most recently, he recurred on the CBS-turned-Paramount+ horror drama Evil, portraying Bishop Thomas Marx in multiple Season 1 and Season 2 episodes. (His last appearance, in the installment “I Is for IRS,” just occurred on Sept. 26; read co-creator Robert King’s tribute here.)

Scolari was also a judge on "Pet Star" and a participant on a celebrity edition of "Chopped".

The actor was also a veteran of the stage, appearing in Broadway shows such as Wicked, Hairspray and the play Sly Fox. The 2013 Nora Ephron play Lucky Guy reunited Scolari with Hanks, who starred as journalist Mike McAlary.

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posted 10/22/2021

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Is That a Beep?"

  • "Supermarket Sweep" is coming home thanks to Imagination Gamgin (Instragram @BUZZRTV)

  • Alec Baldwin fires prop gun on set, fatally wounds staffer (Wall Street Journal)

  • John Fincher wants joint custody (EW)

  • Is "Name That Tune" moving to Ireland for season 2? It looks that way... (Her.ie)

  • Clare Crawley regrets trusting Dale Moss, has "receipts" (People)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Meredith Vieira (WECT Wilmington)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: KJ Apa wants to be on "Drag Race". Like, as a contestant. (EW)

posted 10/22/2021

Same Throwdown... New Iron Chef
"Throwdown with Michael Symon" Premieres on Food Network December
From The Futon Critic

Michael Symon is an Iron Chef, award-winning restaurant owner, and a New York Times best-selling author for his cookbooks. Now, Michael is on a mission to go up against the best chefs in the game, and on their own turf, in the new Food Network competition series, Throwdown with Michael Symon. Premiering Tuesday, December 7th at 9:30pm ET/PT with a special double-episode, Michael is joined by his culinary director and right-hand, Katie Pickens, as they challenge the best of the best in the culinary world, with Michael taking on that chef's signature dish and challenging them to a good old-fashioned Throwdown. The catch - Michael doesn't know who he is going up against and the chefs don't know Michael is coming. Through four episodes, Michael will cook alongside the opposition, bringing his competitive spirit and creativity to the dishes that he is challenged to make while a crowd of spectators watch on. Each Throwdown has three total points at stake, with a pair of special guest judges blind tasting the dishes along with the audience in attendance, to determine the winner and see who has the ultimate Throwdown bragging rights.

"As a chef, I love being creative and thinking outside the box to come up with new ways of connecting with viewers through my dishes," added Symon. "On Throwdown, we get to showcase some of America's greatest chefs and restaurateurs while also getting the opportunity to flex my competitive side, too. Needing to think quickly and take chances in making someone else's signature dish, all the while not knowing who I'm competing against and battling it out in their wheelhouse, I couldn't think of a more perfect challenge!"

"As one of the most trusted voices in the culinary world with seven cookbooks to his name, numerous accolades for his restaurants, and the winningest Iron Chef, Michael Symon is a fan favorite and simply one of the best chefs cooking today. But he also might be the most competitive person as well, having competed in countless culinary battles against the world's premier chefs," said Courtney White, President, Food Network and Streaming Food Content, Discovery Inc. "Michael is in for a new test armed with only his passion for making great food and his ingenuity in the kitchen. And with Michael not knowing who he is going up against in advance, the chefs unaware that they are being challenged by an all-time great, and bystanders watching and cheering along, all the ingredients are there for a Throwdown."

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posted 10/21/2021

More on "Go-Big Show" Season 2
Catch It on TBS January 6
From The Futon Critic

The explosive new season of TBS' extreme competition series "Go-Big Show" with judges T-Pain, Rosario Dawson, Jennifer Nettles, Cody Rhodes and host Bert Kreischer will premiere Thursday, January 6 at 9pm ET/PT. "Go-Big Show" currently ranks as the #2 new cable comedy of 2021.

"Go-Big Show" showcases supersized talents on a scale never before seen on television. With some of the most extreme and death-defying acts from around the country, the second season spotlights everything from underwater escape artists, bull jumpers and incredible feats of strength to trick riders and world-record holders. The series is a celebration of the most daring acts as they battle head-to-head to impress the judges and advance toward the finale's ultimate $100,000 prize or go home.

"Go-Big Show" is produced by Propagate and Boat Rocker's Matador Content. The series is executive produced by Todd Lubin of Matador Content and Jay Peterson of Boat Rocker Studios, Unscripted; Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens and Gregory Lipstone of Propagate; showrunner Conrad Green; Bert Kreischer and Rosario Dawson.

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posted 10/21/2021

.. They're Really Doing This Again
ITVSA Teams With Blumhouse for "I'm a Celebrity..." Redux
From Deadline

ITV America and Blumhouse Television are teaming on a U.S. reboot of long-running British format I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Here – with the horror cranked up.

Deadline understands that the two companies are currently pitching Celebrity Castle, a reimagined version of the format to non-scripted buyers. The two companies, which recently struck a partnership to develop and produce unscripted series, will co-produce the show if it is picked up to series.

I’m A Celeb… takes a group of celebrity contestants and puts them in the wild with few creature comforts. It has run in the UK for 20 seasons on ITV with the majority of the seasons shot in the Australian jungle.

The ITV Studios-owned format sees celebrities compete in a series of trials, where contestants must either do a physical or mental task or an eating trial, which sees them forced to eat a range of jungle foods such as crickets, ants, worms, spiders and the genitals of various animals.

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posted 10/21/2021

WEDNESDAY: Never Doubt Survivor
CBS, NBC Take Night
From Deadline

CBS and NBC reigned supreme Wednesday in primetime as Survivor and Chicago Fire led the charge.

Survivor returned to CBS to take the top ratings spot, earning a 1.0 in the 18-49 demographic and 5.41 million viewers, per Nielsen fast affiliates. The competition series jumped by two tenths in the demo rating and was steady in viewers from last week’s episode. In the same hour, Fox’s The Masked Singer (0.9, 4.22M), which topped last week’s demo, also was stable. Survivor also bested Chicago Med, The Goldbergs and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow in the 8 p.m. hour.

Chicago Fire (0.7, 7.13M) rovided NBC with a nice bump in the 9 p.m. hour, taking the most viewers of any program last night with a major cast departure. The drama was in line viewers-wise with its performance last week (0.8, 7.10M). Following Fire in the same hour was The Conners (0.6, 3.40M) on ABC and CBS’ Tough As Nails (0.4, 2.92M).

Also in the 9 p.m. hour was Fox’s Alter Ego (0.4, 2.15M), which struggled to bring in the demo and viewership of The Masked Singer ahead of it. The newbie singing competition reached its lowest viewership after a steady decline from its premiere in September (0.6, 2.85M). Also facing the same trend is ABC’s The Wonder Years, which has dropped decently from last week (0.5, 2.63M). The reboot fell one tenth in demo rating and 23% in viewers from the previous installment. From its premiere, Alter Ego dropped two tenths in demo and 24% in viewership. The Wonder Years saw a bigger audience dip since its opener, falling three tenths in demo rating and 34% in viewership.

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posted 10/21/2021

More on "Flipping Showdown"
Catch It November 17 on HGTV
From The Futon Critic

In HGTV's latest competition series, Flipping Showdown, premiering on Wednesday, November 17, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, Ken and Anita Corsini, owners of Red Barn Homes, LLC a top-rated real estate business in Atlanta, will give a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for renovators and flippers to get $100,000 cash and the chance to start and grow their own real estate/flipping franchise.

During the six-episode series, the Corsinis, flipping experts who have bought, sold and renovated over 800 homes since starting their own business, will invest more than two million dollars of their own money for the flipping competition - including providing the nine homes required for the series and the accompanying budgets for each renovation challenge, sometimes surpassing $90,000.

The power couple, who first rose to fame as stars of HGTV's Flip or Flop Atlanta, will judge the work of three teams as they renovate three properties each within a set time and budget. Faced with unexpected expenses, crunched timelines and a long list of judging criteria, the teams will need to put their imaginations and business savvy into overdrive to max out each home's value. The team that delivers the most added value will win a career-launching prize--a chance to join the Corsini's thriving business team with a franchise in their own hometown.

"This is the ultimate job interview," said Anita. "We want these competitors to fight hard for the chance to join our successful business, and we need to make sure they have what it takes to be a part of our brand that we worked so hard to build, " added Ken.

The Flipping Showdown competitors include Colin and Christina Beck of Cincinnati, Ohio; Michael and Amy Gomez of Nashville, Tennessee; and brothers Cam Griffith and Chris Carter from Pensacola, Florida, and Washington, D.C. The series will kick off with a starter-home challenge and $30,000 budget that sends the teams into turmoil as they try to manage the tight six week timeline and the set renovation allowance. As the competition continues, the teams will renovate three homes from top to bottom and show off the best of their renovation, design, project planning and brand building in hopes of winning the biggest career jump of their lives.

For Flipping Showdown show updates, online users are invited to visit HGTV.com and follow @HGTV on Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and Instagram using #FlippingShowdown. Fans also can follow the HGTV stars of Flipping Showdown via @kencorsini and @anitacorsini on Instagram. The new episodes will be available on discovery+ the same day as premieres, November 17. Flipping Showdown is produced by Fly on the Wall Entertainment..

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posted 10/21/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Amodio Rodeo is Forever"

  • Jeopardy! Nation rallies around Matt Amodio (Good Housekeeping)

  • JoJo Siwa splits with her girlfriend reportedly (Us Magazine)

  • Cheryl Burke makes a shocking admission on a podcast (Toofab)

  • Clayton Echard may or may not be "The Bachelor"... but social media is already over him (Bustle)

posted 10/21/2021

Discovery+ Feels Like Soul Food
Catch It November 20
From The Futon Critic

discovery+ and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network announced today "The Great Soul Food Cook-Off," a first-of-its-kind soul food cooking competition series celebrating Black chefs and the Black culinary traditions that are the cornerstone of American cuisine. The six-episode, one-hour series debuts on discovery+ on Saturday, November 20th, with new episodes every Saturday through December 18th.

Today, we see Black culture recognized like never before in music, film, fashion, TV, sports, and more, but that same cultural recognition remains long overdue in the kitchen. OWN has partnered with discovery+ via the original series, "The Great Soul Food Cook-Off," in a cooking competition that finally spotlights the culinary contributions of Black chefs with challenges designed to highlight the past and present of soul food. Eight chefs will go head-to-head throughout the show in this high-stakes, spiritual, and emotional competition, but only one competitor can take home the grand prize of $50,000.

"Soul food originated in the earliest African American communities and describes a style of cuisine that represents the creativity and skill of Black cooks from many cultures within the African diaspora," said Tina Perry, president, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. "Our audience cherishes time together as a family around the table and many have passed down favorite family recipes for generations. This series is a celebration of long-standing traditions we hope to introduce and spotlight for new and existing viewers as we shine a light on a few of today's most talented Black chefs and culinary curators."

"The Great Soul Food Cook-Off" is hosted by acclaimed chef and television show host Kardea Brown. Brown will be joined by some of the world's best chefs, Eric Adjepong and Melba Wilson as they critique the chefs' weekly creations..

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posted 10/20/2021

TUESDAY: The Bachelorette Takes the Roses
ABC, NBC Take Night
From Deadline

The Bachelorette is back in full swing for fall as the reality series returned to ABC for its 18th Season. Last night’s two-hour premiere introduced teacher Michelle Young and the numerous men set to compete for a shot with her at the Indian Wells Resort in Palm Springs.

Opening to a 0.7 demo rating and 2.84 million viewers in fast affiliates, The Bachelorette Season 18 topped Monday ratings but also marked a premiere low for the series. Last night’s opener was down from the Season 17 premiere in June (0.9,3.59M), which previously marked the series’ all-time premiere lows, and also down from the Season 17 finale in August (1.2,4.37). Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe returned to the host seat after Chris Harrison stepped down from duties following racism controversies.

While The Bachelorette Season 18 topped Monday’s demo rating, The Voice snagged the night’s most viewers. The singing competition, which was dethroned by Dancing with the Stars and 9-1-1 on Monday, took home a 0.6 demo rating and 6.51 million viewers. After The Voice, La Brea (0.5, 5.02M) dropped slightly after two weeks but topped the rest of Wednesday’s newcomers.

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posted 10/20/2021

Love Is a Trap
More Info on Channel 4's New DAting Series
From The Futon Critic

The course of true love never did run smooth… so why not make it even more complicated with new Channel 4 dating show The Love Trap?

The Love Trap is part reality show, part gameshow, putting a group of women and one man to the test as some try to find love and others secretly scheme their way to a cash prize.

Presented by Joel Dommett, it’s sure to be an intriguing watch, as contestants find themselves at risk of being dumped through a literal booby trap in the floor.

Considering The Love Trap is made by the same executive producers as Too Hot To Handle, viewers can expect masses of drama as the singletons chase their hearts’ desire, whether that’s romance or fortune.

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posted 10/20/2021

AGT: Extreme Suspends Production
Daredevil Seriously Injured During Audition
From Deadline

Escape artist Jonathan Goodwin spoke out for the first time since a stunt on the set of America’s Got Talent: Extreme sent him to the hospital.

“A couple of days ago my life took a complete left turn…and the out pouring of love from all the corners of the world; from people I didn’t even think would know or remember me…has just been astonishing,” he wrote on Instagram.

“Thank you to everyone who has reached out and sent their love and support. It literally has been a lifesaver.” Among those wishing him well were his fiancée, British actress Amanda Abbington, who encouraged with the comment, “We’ve totally got this” on his post. Goodwin thanked his future wife in his missive and called her “the best thing to ever happen to me.”

Production on America’s Got Talent: Extreme has been temporarily shut down following last week’s on-set accident that sent stuntman Jonathan Goodwin to the hospital with critical injuries.

“Our thoughts and prayers remain with Jonathan Goodwin and his family as he continues to recover from his accident on Thursday,” an AGT spokesperson said in a statement to People. “In order to focus on the wellbeing of our crew, we will be temporarily pausing production on America’s Got Talent: Extreme and will resume the last few days of filming at a later date. The health and safety of our cast and crew continue to be our priority.”

An AGT spokeswoman told Deadline: “During a rehearsal last evening for America’s Got Talent: Extreme, an accident occurred in which escape artist Jonathan Goodwin was injured while performing his act. He was responsive and was immediately taken to the hospital, where he is continuing to receive medical care. Our thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family as we await further updates on his condition.”

Deadline reports that taping has paused today on the Fremantle-produced show, which is hosted by Terry Crews, who is host of the main AGT series, alongside judges including Nikki Bella, Travis Pastrana and Simon Cowell.

The series, which showcases outrageous and jaw-dropping daredevil acts with extreme contestants competing each week in a series of wild stunts, is set for midseason on NBC..

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posted 10/20/2021

Sony Sells GSN Games to Scopely
Former Worldwinner to Go for $1 Billion
From Deadline

Sony Pictures Entertainment has sold GSN Games, a division of its Game Show Network subsidiary, to mobile gaming specialist Scopely for $1 billion.

Half of the purchase price will be paid in cash and the other half in preferred equity. The deal, subject to the customary review by regulators, will give Sony Pictures a minority stake in Scopely. The privately held firm, which launched in 2011, has gaming franchises like Star Trek Fleet Command, Marvel Strike Force, Scrabble Go, WWE Champions and Yahtzee with Buddies.

The 400 global employees of GSN Games will continue to be led by GSN CEO Mark Feldman, per the official announcement.

Scopely Chief Revenue Officer Tim O’Brien called GSN Games “incredibly durable and consistently profitable” in a press release. “The GSN Games organization is an exceptional team, and we are excited to see what more we can accomplish together,” he said. “We hope to take what is already a strong business and accelerate it through our publishing and technology infrastructure, unlocking even more value. Through this acquisition, we will continue to cultivate a loyal player base as part of our mission to inspire play.”

Ravi Ahuja, chairman of global television studios and corporate development for SPE, said he expects the entity to reach “new heights” as a result of the transaction. “In meeting the Scopely team, we knew we found the right organization to support and accelerate the business,” he added.

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posted 10/20/2021


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Challenge All-Stars to Return
Season 2 Streams November 11
From The Futon Critic

Paramount+, the streaming service from ViacomCBS, and MTV Entertainment Studios today announced that, after a widely successful first outing, the powerhouse series THE CHALLENGE: ALL STARS has been greenlit for season two and will return on Thursday, Nov. 11. The 10-episode long season will drop weekly on Thursdays, exclusively on Paramount+.

Hosted by TJ Lavin, this all-new season welcomes back 24 of the fiercest reality titans from the hit franchise's long history, including some who haven't competed in more than 20 years.

With past relationships that run deep and competitive streaks that never die, they will have to overcome the obstacles both in and out of the game to take home the win.

Returning for a chance to win the ultimate competition, the players will face unprecedented, over-the-top challenges and vie for their shot at the $500,000 prize.

Meet THE CHALLENGE: ALL STARS season two contestants:
· Ayanna Mackins - 3 Challenges
· Brad Fiorenza - 10 Challenges, 1 Win (Twitter: @BradFiorenza / Instagram: @BradFiorenza)
· Casey Cooper - 4 Challenges (Instagram: @case_coop)
· Cohutta Grindstaff - 4 Challenges (Twitter: @cohuttalee / Instagram: @cohuttalee)
· Darrell Taylor - 9 Challenges, 4 Wins (Twitter: @mtvrrdarrell / Instagram: @darell_taylor_lb4lb)
· Derek Chavez - 3 Challenges (Twitter: @d_e_r_e_kc / Instagram: @d.e.r.e.k.c)
· Derrick Kosinski - 10 Challenges, 3 Wins (Twitter: @DerrickMTV / Instagram: @derrickmtv)
· Janelle Casanave - 2 Challenges, 1 Win (Instagram: @therealjanellemtv)
· Jasmine Reynaud - 5 Challenges (Instagram: @jazmtv)
· Jodi Weatherton - 2 Challenges, 3 Wins (Instagram: @jodi_mtv)
· Jonna Mannion - 5 Challenges (Twitter: @jonnamtv / Instagram: @jonnamannion)
· Katie Doyle - 9 Challenges, 1 Win (Twitter: @KatieCooley26 / Instagram: @katiecooley26)
· Kendal Darnell - 1 Challenge, 1 Win (Twitter: @KendalSheppard / Instagram: @kendalsheppard)
· Laterrian Wallace - 3 Challenges (Twitter: @latwal / Instagram: @iamlaterrian)
· Leah Gillingwater- 1 Challenge (Twitter: @EllGillingwater / Instagram: @leahgillingwater)
· Melinda Collins - 4 Challenges (Instagram: @melindastolpmtv)
· MJ Garrett - 3 Challenges, 1 Win (Instagram: @mjgarrett24)
· Nehemiah Clark - 4 Challenges, 1 Win (Twitter: @NehemiahMTV / Instagram: @nehemiahclark)
· Ryan Kehoe - 5 Challenges (Twitter: @RyanKehoe5 / Instagram: @ryankehoe5)
· Sophia Pasquis - 2 Challenges (Instagram: @de_la_soph)
· Steve Meinke - 1 Challenge (Twitter: @reelglory)
· Teck Holmes - 1 Challenge (Twitter: @teckholmes / Instagram: @teckholmes)
· Tina Barta - 5 Challenges (Twitter: @tinabarta / Instagram: @tinabarta)
· Tyler Duckworth - 4 Challenges, 2 Wins (Twitter: @TylerDuckMTV / Instagram: @themightyduckworth)


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posted 10/20/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "A Good Day to Be Byron Allen"

  • Byron Allen looks to acquire Walk of Fame star (KCBS Los Angeles), TEGNA (Bloomberg)

  • Mary Berry becomes a Dame (EW)

  • Attack 25 ends with nothing new to show for it (Asahi Shimbun)

  • Arthur Chu says Jeopardy! didn't honor Alex's wishes (Decider)

posted 10/20/2021


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SYNDIES: Week 4 (or "38 Wins and Good Night")
Matt Amodio Powers Jeopardy! to Win to End Week of October 10
From TV Newscheck

The third week guest-hosting Jeopardy this season was a charm for Mayim Bialik as the show surged 7% from the prior frame to a new season high 5.9 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and easily topped all of syndication in the session ending Oct 10. Of course, Jeopardy got a huge boost from fascination with super contestant Matt Amodio.

Of course, Amodio’s streak was eventually stopped on October 11 after 38 straight victories and more than $1.5 million in winnings.

Jeopardy had been tied at the top with usual syndication leader Family Feud, which fell 2% to a 5.3 although Feud had not yet begun its new season. Wheel of Fortune was flat at a third-place 5.0, but far ahead of rookie You Bet Your Life, which lost 13% to a 0.7.

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

GAME SHOWS:
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.9* +7%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.2* +4%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.2 -2%
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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posted 10/19/2021

Fox Slots "Next Level Chef"
New Series to Play After NFL Doubleheader"
From The Futon Critic

Gordon Ramsay's new unscripted cooking competition, NEXT LEVEL CHEF, will premiere immediately following the NFL ON FOX doubleheader and THE OT in all time zones on Sunday, Jan. 2 (8:00-9:00 PM ET / 7:00-8:00 PM CT / 6:00-7:00 PM MT / 5:00-6:00 PM PT). Then, Season Two of CALL ME KAT (8:00-8:30 PM ET / 7:00-7:30 PM CT / 6:00-6:30 PM MT / 5:00-5:30 PM PT) and the series premiere of new comedy PIVOTING (8:30-9:00 PM ET / 7:30-8:00 PM CT / 6:30-7:00 PM MT / 5:30-6:00 PM PT) will debut immediately following the NFL ON FOX doubleheader and THE OT in all time zones on Sunday, Jan. 9. Time period premieres for all three programs will be announced soon.

NEXT LEVEL CHEF is the next evolution in cooking competitions, as award-winning chef Gordon Ramsay has designed a one-of-a-kind culinary gauntlet, set on an iconic stage like you've never seen. Over three stories high, each floor contains a stunningly different kitchen. From the glistening top floor to the challenging bottom of the basement, the ingredients will match the environment, because Ramsay believes the true test of a great chef is not only what they can do in the best of circumstances, but what kind of magic they can create in the worst! With a level playing field, Ramsay has opened up the competition and scoured the country for the very best line cooks, home chefs, social media stars, food truck owners and everything in between, all competing against one and other with the goal of finding the food world's newest superstar! Joined by two elite names in the food world, chefs Nyesha Arrington and Richard Blais, Ramsay and his co-mentors will leave no stone unturned, as they each recruit a group of the talented chefs and take them under their wings. Ramsay and his friends will attempt to bring out the very best in their cooks, as they all try to find "the one." Although he now sits unrivaled at the top of the culinary world, Ramsay started at the bottom, washing dishes in a local takeout restaurant. He firmly believes that as long as a chef has the drive, talent and perseverance, he or she can make that climb to the top. Creativity, consistency and cunning are the recipe for success to make it to the NEXT LEVEL, as the competitors adapt to the challenges waiting for them. Only one can walk away with a life-changing $250,000 grand prize and become a NEXT LEVEL CHEF! The series is produced by FOX Alternative Entertainment and Studio Ramsay Global.

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posted 10/19/2021

More "Wipeout" Coming January
Winter Premiere January 11
From the Futon Critic

All new episodes of Cable's #1 New Comedy "Wipeout" return on Thursday, January 11, 2022 at 9pm/8c on TBS.

Hosted by multifaceted megastar John Cena ("F9," "The Suicide Squad," "Peacemaker") and Emmy Award-nominated actress/comedian Nicole Byer ("Nailed It!," "Girl Code"), with field host Camille Kostek (Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Cover Model 2019, "Free Guy"), "Wipeout" is an adrenaline-fueled comedy competition series that pushes contestants' athleticism, endurance and determination as they race to win the grand cash prize. Each game is split into three rounds and features a jaw-dropping, three-stage obstacle course consisting of multiple strategy and decision points designed to test the stamina of the competitors. This season welcomes teams from a variety of different backgrounds including a father-son duo with an unusual physical attribute, a record-breaking run by two firefighters, a sex therapist who has the hots for one of the hosts, and a divorced couple who team up to win the big prize - and features a few twists along the way from an obstacle course marriage proposal to Camille finding she's been replaced by a sock puppet on her sick day to a redemption episode featuring some of John and Nicole's favorite competitors from across the season. Testing the willpower of each contestant pairing, "Wipeout" captures the very best in extreme sports competition all while delivering laughs and more than a few epic fails.

Endemol Shine North America has produced the series for TBS with Sharon Levy, DJ Nurre, Shyam Balsé and Keith Geller, serving as executive producers. John Cena serves as an executive producer. Matt Kunitz, creator of the original series, serves as executive producer and showrunner..

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posted 10/19/2021

Killed Camp
CW Pulls Season 2 of "Killer Camp"
From Deadline

Killer Camp, The CW’s adaptation of the British non-scripted format, has been pulled from the youth-skewing network after only two episodes.

The series, which sees a group of 13 campers navigate their way through twists and surprises while competing to expose a ‘killer’ among them in return for a cash prize, premiered on Sunday October 10.

The second episode aired on Sunday October 18 but it has been subsequently replaced by repeats of Dean Cain-hosted Masters of Illusion going forward.

The first episode of the season launched with 155,000 viewers and a 0.05 in the 18-49 demo, while the second episode got 164,000 viewers and a 0.03 in the demo.

Sources tell Deadline that the show is likely to return to the linear schedule at some point.

The show was, in fact, in its second season. The first season, which was originally commissioned by British broadcaster ITV2, was acquired by The CW and aired in summer 2020.

The network subsequently commissioned an original version with a mix of American and British contestants.

Killer Camp, which also features comedian Bobby Mair, is produced by Tuesday’s Child Television and distributed by Keshet International. Ben Wilson is showrunner with Karen Smith and Steph Harris as exec producers..

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posted 10/19/2021

Allison Corn, Stan Hsue Promoted at Lion
"Cash Cab" Producers Named Co-Presidents
From Deadline

‘Cash Cab’ Producer Lion Television US has promoted Allison Corn and Stan Hsue to Co-Presidents of the UK-headquartered firm almost a year after long-time CEO Tony Tackaberry’s departure.

The pair move up from their respective Senior Vice President Of Production And Development and Senior Vice President Of Development roles. They will continue to supervise a slate that features a wealth of entertainment shows, premium factual and docs including Bravo’s Cash Cab, recently launched E! gameshow Jason Biggs’ Cash At Your Door and more than a dozen titles for Investigation Discovery and Discovery+.

Both joined All3Media-owned Lion US in the 2000s before working their way up the ladder, and they were put in interim charge of the US operation when Tackaberry departed at the start of this year to launch a new venture after 17 years with the business.

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posted 10/19/2021

MONDAY: The Voice LOSES?!
ABC, Fox Take Night
From Deadline

Fox and ABC have broken NBC’s Monday-topping streak as the latest episodes of 9-1-1 and Dancing With The Stars tie to top ratings. Both 9-1-1 and Dancing with the Stars drew in a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic, besting The Voice‘s 0.7.

Last night’s Dancing with the Stars (0.8, 5.09M) saw a sizable bump in both viewers and demo rating from last week’s installment (0.6, 4.40M).

Despite topping Monday every week since its season premiere, The Voice (0.7, 6.13M) climbed down a few rungs to earn the third highest-rated program of the evening. The NBC singing competition saw a sharp drop from last week’s episode, falling by two tenths in demo rating and 9% in viewers.

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posted 10/19/2021

More on "Last Singer Standing"
Catch It on RTE October 23
From RTE

RTÉ's new game show Last Singer Standing will kick-off later this month with host Nicky Byrne and Nadine Coyle, former NSYNC member Joey Fatone, and Samantha Mumba as Pop Panellists.

Contestants will require tactics as well as singing talent as they battle it out against one another in a bid to make it to the grand final and win €25,000.

The new show will start on Saturday, October 23 on RTÉ One and run for eight weeks, reaching a finale in December with prize money of €25,000 for the winner.

In a statement, RTÉ said, "Last Singing Standing is game show for all of the family to enjoy, it requires contestants to have tactics as well as talent, as singers face off against one another in a test of singing ability, and nerve".

Produced for RTÉ by ShinAwiL, the series will air on Saturday evenings, with one singer from each show making it to the next round.

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posted 10/19/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Here Come the Newlyweds... Again!"

  • Buzzr acquires "The Newlywed Game", will start November 15 (Facebook @BuzzrTV)

  • Jamie Foxx has a new book (NPR)

  • Michelle Yi recovering after being attacked (EW)

  • Jonathan Fisher once again proves the old axiom... Everyone's a critic on Twitter (Decider)

posted 10/19/2021

SUNDAY: Second Down... in Football
"Hidden Temple" Matches Week-Ago Numbers
From Deadline

Another week, another Sunday victory for NBC as its Sunday Night Football matchup featuring the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks drew primetime’s top numbers. The game, which the Steelers won 23-20, scored a 3.6 rating in the adults 18-49 demographic and 13.12 million viewers in pre-adjusted Nielsen fast affiliates.

As with all major live events, numbers are set to be adjusted at a later time, but in early data the Steelers-Seahawks was no match for the Buffalo Bills-Kansas City Chiefs showing (4.8, 16.78M in pre-adjusted numbers) last week. NBC said last Sunday’s game brought in a total audience delivery of 18.4 million viewers. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers-New England Patriots showdown earlier this month remains the second most-watched Sunday football game ever.

In non-sports-related Sunday primetime, CBS’ Sunday slate was decently delayed thanks to regional coverage of NFL games. That said, CBS said 60 Minutes (9.85M) was the most-watched non-sports primetime title. Even in early numbers, the viewership count would be reasonable considering 60 Minutes earned upwards of 9 million viewers last week with an on-time, post-NFL episode. Per CBS, The Equalizer followed with 6.85 million viewers and NCIS: Los Angeles 4.95 million. SEAL Team aired out of primetime.

ABC’s primetime peaked with Celebrity Wheel of Fortune (0.4, 4.06M). Fox peaked with a rerun of The Simpsons (0.5, 1.61M), which led into an original episode of the long-running animated comedy (0.5, 1.45M). The CW saw both Legends of the Hidden Temple (0.1, 260,000) and Killer Camp (0.0, 170K) remain steady in both ratings and viewership from their premieres last week.

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posted 10/18/2021

Null and Void
ITV Cancels Quiz Show with a Tank of Water
From PopCulture

The U.K. game show The Void will probably never get an American adaptation. ITV reportedly canceled the show after just one season this weekend. ITV has canceled several game shows in recent months, including the long-running The X Factor in July. The network is home to the U.K. version of The Masked Singer, which has been as big a hit there as the American version is in the U.S.

The Void debuted in July and was hosted by Fleur East and Ashley Banjo. It involved contestants putting themselves through physically and mentally demanding challenges, while also trying not to fall into the titular void, a giant tank of water in the show's studio. The winner of the main challenges then has to succeed in one more challenge for a shot at a £25,000 (about $34,300) prize, reports The Sun. The show was produced by the same team that made The Cube, which did get an American version that aired on TBS with Dwayne Wade hosting.

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posted 10/18/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Leafy Green"

  • #ICYMI Melissa Joan Hart explains this... (CNN)

  • Betty White... loving wife... funny lady... devoted animal activist... dragon lady? (Amomama)

  • Les Dennis fights pre-diabetes (Brinkwire)

posted 10/15/2021

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Leafy Green"

  • Laganja Estranga plays Poison Ivy (EW)

  • Darragh Ennis has a message for anyone who thinks "The Chase" is fixed (Birmingham Live)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Vanna White (Las Vegas Weekly) and the hosts of "Baker's Dozen" (TV Insider)

posted 10/15/2021

Alex Trebek Immortalized in Giving Back
Legacy Fellowship Fund Established
From Patch

The Television Academy Foundation announced the establishment of the Alex Trebek Legacy Fellowship Fund with a $50,000 gift from longtime Jeopardy! executive producer Harry Friedman and The Harry & Judy Friedman Family Foundation. Named in honor of the late Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek, the fund will provide a select number of need-based fellowships, known as the Alex Trebek Legacy Fellowships, to college educators attending the Foundation's annual Faculty Conference as well as support overall conference programming.

The Foundation's annual, three-day Faculty Conference connects college classrooms with the television industry by providing media professors with curriculum-enhancing seminars on the latest in the art, science and business of television.

Initially, the Alex Trebek Legacy Fellowships will be awarded to 25 college and/or university educators from across the country who demonstrate financial need and wish to attend the three-day virtual Faculty Conference Nov. 15-17.

This year's conference will also include a panel discussion titled "The Art of the Game: Careers in Quiz and Game Shows," featuring panelists Harry Friedman, Jeopardy! co-head writer Michele Loud; Executive Vice President of Production at Warner Horizon Television Inc. Kevin Fortson; and moderated by Bob Boden, executive producer of syndicated game show Funny You Should Ask.

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posted 10/14/2021


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SYNDIES: Week 3 (or "38 Wins and Good Night")
Matt Amodio Powers Jeopardy! to Win to End Week of October 3
From TV Newscheck

In the session ending Oct. 3, the excitement over star contestant Matt Amodio, the second-biggest consecutive game winner in Jeopardy history, edged the show ahead 2% from the week before to a 5.5 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, nudging it into undisputed first place on syndication’s household ratings chart first time in several months.

Of course, Amodio’s streak was eventually stopped on October 11 after 38 straight victories and more than $1.5 million in winnings.

Jeopardy had been tied at the top with usual syndication leader Family Feud, which fell 2% to a 5.3 although Feud had not yet begun its new season. Wheel of Fortune was flat at a third-place 5.0, but far ahead of rookie You Bet Your Life, which lost 13% to a 0.7.

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

GAME SHOWS:
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.5 +2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.3 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.0 NC
- You Bet Your Life (Fox First Run) 0.7 -13%
- 25 Words or Less (Fox First Run) 0.7 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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posted 10/14/2021

WEDNESDAY: Wear Your Mask
NBC, Fox Split Night
From Deadline

Wednesday night belonged to mysterious musicians and first responders as The Masked Singer topped the evening’s demo ratings and Chicago Fire walked away with the most viewers.

After tying for second last week with Chicago Med, The Masked Singer returned as Wednesday’s highest-rated program drawing in a 0.9 in the 18-49 demographic and 4.31 million viewers, up in both counts from the previous installment.

In the same hour, Survivor (0.8, 5.42M) was down from previous weeks but remained CBS’ top-performing title of the evening. Both Chicago Med (0.8, 6.70M) and The Goldbergs (0.6, 3.10M) stayed stable from last week.

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posted 10/14/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Miz 3"

  • Miz gets renewed (Deadline)

  • Leah Remini to sub for Wendy Williams (The Wrap)

  • Howie Mandel back home and on the mend (EW)

  • Brian Austin Green, Sharna Burgess didn't flake on Tuesday (Gold Derby)

  • Yep. Derek Xiao & Claire Rehfuss are dating (Gold Derby)

  • Becca Kufrin details about how she reconciled (Reality TV World)

  • BBC to Gordon Ramsay: Can you tone down your swearing? Gordon Ramsay to the BBC: (BEEP) off. (Brinkwire)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Matt Amodio... AND the man that took him out (Deseret News)

posted 10/14/2021


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RICARLO FLANAGAN: 1971-2021
"Shameless" Actor Was on "Last Comic Standing"
From EW

Ricarlo Flanagan — a rapper, actor and comedian whose credits include Shameless, Insecure and Last Comic Standing — has died at the age of 41.

Flanagan died over the weekend after contracting COVID-19, his agent, Stu Golfman of KMR Talent, tells PEOPLE.

"Ricarlo was truly one of the nicest people on the planet, a wonderful performer and we are heartbroken by the news of his passing," Golfman says in a statement.

No further details about his death were given. In a GoFundMe campaign set up to raise money to "get him home to his family in Cleveland, Ohio," Flanagan is described as a "loving son, grandson, cousin, nephew, and friend with many amazing talents."

"He brought laughter to every room he walked in," the fundraiser's description reads.

Flanagan's first foray into the world of comedy happened in 2007, when he discovered a flyer on a telephone pole in Ann Arbor, Michigan, advertising for comedy classes. After attending one class, Flanagan was hooked and began pursuing a career in stand-up comedy.

In 2015, Flanagan became a semifinalist on the ninth season of Last Comic Standing.

The comic went on to appear in comedies such as The Mick, The Carmichael Show, Insecure, The Neighborhood, and Kidding. He also held recurring roles on Showtime's Shameless and the Disney XD show Walk the Prank.

Prior to his death, the comic had landed his first film role in the Aubrey Plaza-starring thriller Emily the Criminal.

In addition to his work in TV, Flanagan was a rapper who performed under the name Father Flanagan. He released his debut album, Death of Davinchi, in 2010 and followed the record up with 2019's An Opus Inspired By Andre Martin and 2020's Hope Your Proud.

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posted 10/13/2021


Variety
BRIAN GOLDNER: 1963-2021
Hasbro CEO Played a Role in Forming The Hub
From TV Line

Brian Goldner, chief executive of Hasbro and Transformers executive producer, has died of cancer several days after taking a medical leave from the Pawtucket, R.I.-based toy and entertainment giant. He was 58.

The transformational exec was key in expanding the company into entertainment, leading Transformers and G.I. Joe to the big screen. Under Goldner, Hasbro acquired Canada’s independent Entertainment One studio in 2019, selling off its music business. Goldner also helped form The Hub, the children's network jointly owned by Hasbro and Discovery Networks. Once the home of "Pictureka!", "The Game of Life", and "Family Game Night", the network now exists as Discovery Family.

“It is with deep and profound sadness that Hasbro announces the passing of beloved leader and longtime Chairman and CEO Brian D. Goldner,” the company said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.

Goldner first disclosed his cancer diagnosis in 2020, saying he had been undergoing treatment since 2014. Hasbro announced Oct. 10 that he would take an indefinite leave of absence for medical reasons.

“Since joining the company more than two decades ago, Brian has been the heart and soul of Hasbro. As a charismatic and passionate leader in both the play and entertainment industries, Brian’s work brought joy and laughter to children and families around the world. His visionary leadership, kindness, and generosity made him beloved by the Hasbro community and everyone he touched. On behalf of the Hasbro family, we extend our deepest, heartfelt condolences to his wife, daughter, and entire family,” said Rich Stoddart, interim CEO.”

Goldner was also on the board of directors of ViacomCBS.

“On behalf of everyone at Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon, we are saddened by the news of Brian Goldner’s passing, and our thoughts are with his family,” Paramount Pictures chairman and CEO Brian Robbins said in a statement. “Brian was an incredible partner and collaborator with us on so many beloved franchise titles including G.I. Joe and Transformers, and he was a visionary leader in evolving Hasbro into a global content company. He will be sorely missed.”

Goldner joined Hasbro in 2000 and quickly was recognized as a visionary in the industry. He was named CEO in 2008 and became chairman in 2015. He was instrumental in transforming the company into a global play and entertainment leader, expanding beyond toys and games into TV, movies and digital gaming, including the 2019 acquisition of independent entertainment studio Entertainment One in 2019 for $3.8 billion. It sold eOne’s music business to investment firm Blackstone for $385 million in cash.

Goldner is survived by his wife and daughter. He lost his 23-year-old son in 2015.

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posted 10/13/2021

TUESDAY: Voice Fights the Law
NBC, CBS Split Night
From Deadline

The Voice topped Tuesday ratings for the fourth consecutive week, holding steady with a 0.8 rating in the 18-49 demo and drawing in 6.30 million viewers. NBC’s singing competition led the night alongside the latest episode of FBI on CBS (0.7, 6.44M), which took home the evening’s most viewers.

Both NBC and CBS battled it out for the top spot in each primetime hour on Tuesday, with NBC winning the 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. hours and CBS taking the 10 p.m. slot. NBC followed up The Voice with a new installation of the disaster drama La Brea (0.6, 4.98M), which has maintained steady demo ratings and viewership over the weeks since its premiere. La Brea bested fellow newbies FBI: International (0.5, 5.42M) on CBS and Fox’s Our Kind of People (0.3, 1.33M) , which have also remained steady ratings-wise over the past weeks.

The evening ended with FBI: Most Wanted as the highest-rated and most-watched program of the 10 p.m. hour. The series saw a bit of a bump in rating from it’s lead-in, marking the series’ first rise since its season premiere.

Elsewhere, ABC’s evening peaked with Dancing With The Stars (0.6, 4.11M), which led into A Night in the Academy Museum (0.3, 2.18M), which celebrated the launch of the industry institution. The special was hosted by Laura Dern and Tom Hanks.

The Resident was Fox’s most-watched and highest-rated program of the evening..

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TV Line

posted 10/13/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Rocket Man"

  • William Shatner's two minutes in Heaven (TV Line)

  • Howie Mandel rushed to the hospital (TMZ)

  • G4 to return... with "Ninja Warrior" (The Futon Critic)

  • VIDEO WALL: The Boulet Brothers' Dragula (Season 4) (The Futon Critic)

posted 10/13/2021

MONDAY: Vaya con Dios, Gibbs
NBC Wins with "The Voice"
From Deadline

Mark Harmon, after more than 18 years on CBS’ NCIS, made his exit on Monday evening during the latest episode titled “Great Wide Open.”

As bittersweet as the series regular’s send-off may have been, it wasn’t in vain as NCIS earned the most viewers of the evening besting The Voice, Dancing With The Stars and more on Monday.

“Great Wide Open” saw Harmon’s Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs stick around in Alaska as an escape from a life of law enforcement. He bid farewell to partner Special Agent Timothy McGee (Sean Murray) and embraced a “sense of peace.”

Overall NCIS (0.5, 7.37) and The Voice led Monday night, again, for the fourth week in a row. NBC’s The Voice (0.9, 6.77) once again went head-to-head with Dancing With The Stars‘ Disney night (0.6, 4.40M) and came out on top to top the evening. Also having a pretty strong night was 9-1-1 on Fox (0.8, 4.98M) which remained steady since its Season 5 premiere.

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TV Line

posted 10/12/2021

The Price Is... Cookie Jam?
Fremantle Announces Deal with Jam City
From Pocket Gamer

Jam City has announced that they have teamed up with Fremantle for a collaboration that brings The Price is Right to Cookie Jam, their popular match-3 game. The team-up starts today and offers players the chance to drop chips down the famous Plinko board to earn in-game prizes daily.

The Price is Right is currently celebrating its 50th season. That's quite the milestone, so it probably won't surprise you to hear that the show is the longest-running game program in TV history. If you have never caught an episode, it sees contestants guessing the price of everyday retail products to win prizes. It is a simple concept, but all the best ideas for game shows are, and that's undoubtedly why the show has remained popular over the decades.

The collaboration with Jam City will, as mention, feature the iconic Plinko board alongside sound effects from the show and host Drew Carey. Players who find themselves on a winning streak can complete a Cookie Jam level to obtain chips to drop onto the Plinko Board.

Discussing the latest partnership, Sam Notowitz, Vice President of Business Development for Jam City said: “Jam City’s partnership with Fremantle brings one of the greatest and most enduring game shows of all time from the television screen to our player’s hands to enjoy anytime.”

Pocket Gamer

posted 10/12/2021

Kartoon Channel Heads to Pluto TV
Network to Air "KC! Pop Quiz"
From AWN

Genius Brands International has launched its streaming branded Kartoon Channel!’s program line-up on Pluto TV, a free television streaming platform.

The deal significantly expands the Genius Brands kids’ channel footprint, providing its content to millions of Pluto TV users. Included in Genius Brands’ slate of original series are popular shows such as Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; the new original trivia gameshow for kids, KC! Pop Quiz (starting October 12) hosted by Nickelodeon star Casey Simpson; and the upcoming Shaq’s Garage, starring Shaquille O’Neal and Rob Gronkowski. Viewers will also see fan favorite classics such as Baby Genius and Pac-Man.

“This deal with Pluto TV provides us with an amazing opportunity to significantly expand the brand footprint to a broad audience across the U.S., as well as to build our advertiser base with best-in-class partners,” commented Harold Chizick President of Content Sales, Marketing and Consumer Products, Genius Brands. “We have a longstanding relationship with ViacomCBS, starting with the launch of Rainbow Rangers on Nick Jr., and we are looking forward to this next endeavor with Pluto TV.”

“We are thrilled to bring Kartoon Channel! to the Pluto TV audience,” added Amy Kuessner, Senior Vice President of Content Strategy & Global Partnerships, ViacomCBS Streaming. “Their mission of providing quality ‘content with a purpose’ to kids of all ages and their families is a perfect complement to our diverse range of programming as we look to further broaden Pluto TV’s content offering..

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posted 10/12/2021

LEGO Masters Heads to South Korea
MBC Picks Up Format
From TBI

South Korean network MBC has become the latest global broadcaster to pick up remake rights to competition reality format Lego Masters.

The Korean version will be co-produced with LA- and Seoul-based production company B&C Content.

Banijay Rights, which sells tape and format, said the deal meant Lego Masters would become the only non-Korean unscripted format to air on free-to-air television in the country.

Production is currently underway on the show, which sees pairs compete against each other to wow judges with awesome inspiring designs and brick builds.

It was originally created by UK-based Tuesday’s Child Television and the Lego Group, and has been remade across 17 countries, including in the US, Australia and Spain.

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posted 10/12/2021

Block to Be Rocked Again
HGTV Renews Hit Series
From the Futon Critic

HGTV has picked up another season of Rock the Block, its mega-hit home renovation competition series. Set for premiere in early 2022, the series again will be hosted by popular carpenter, craftsman and design expert Ty Pennington and will showcase four teams of HGTV's powerhouse experts who are ready to face-off in a renovation battle for bragging rights and a street named in their honor. Competitors will include twin real estate bosses Leslie Davis and Lyndsay Lamb (Unsellable Houses), Arkansas' fiercest home renovation experts Dave and Jenny Marrs (Fixer to Fabulous), Detroit-based flippers Keith Bynum and Evan Thomas (Bargain Block) and veteran real estate broker Egypt Sherrod joined by her builder husband Mike Jackson (Married to Real Estate). Each team will have just six weeks and a budget of $225,000 to renovate identical properties and morph them into the ultimate suburban oasis that reflects their distinctive vision and breathtaking design.

"Our renovation competitions continue to perform well and audience anticipation will be extremely high for another season of Rock the Block," said Betsy Sanner Ayala, senior vice president, programming and development, HGTV. "This is also a great vehicle to showcase some of our newer talent who have a competitive spirit and are ready to put their expertise on the line in a fun, no-holds-barred showdown."

The homes in the upcoming season of the series will be built by Hunter Quinn Homes in Nexton, a Charleston metro community based in Berkeley County, South Carolina.

Rock the Block is produced by Big Table Productions.

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posted 10/11/2021


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SUNDAY: The Temple Awaits
CW Premieres Long-Awaited Reboot Sunday Night
From Variety

Legends of the Hidden Temple is back!

The popular ’90s game show was a favorite for millennials who grew up watching the series on Nickelodeon and now The CW has breathed new life into the competition. However, instead of children vying for the grand prize, it’ll be adults stepping up to the challenges set before them.

Also, this iteration will include a temple that’ll certainly remind viewers of the original, but that’ll have its own uniqueness and flare to it.

The game show debuts on Sunday, Oct. 10 at 8 p.m. ET.

Comedian Cristela Alonzo is the host of The CW’s iteration of the game. Dee Bradley Baker is returning to be the voice of Olmec, the talking stone head who acts somewhat as a guide to the contestants as he explains the challenges and warns of the dangers they face.

Though this is an adult version of Legends of the Hidden Temple, the competition will retain many of the same elements that fans of the original know and love, the grand prize, however, is much bigger. Though there are six team names to choose from–Blue Barracudas, Green Monkeys, Orange Iguanas, Purple Parrots, Red Jaguars, and Silver Snakes–only four will will compete in a “jungle” setting for $25,000.

In the latest TV show ratings, CBS‘ Sunday dramas are all eyeballing steady returns, pending possible adjustment due to NFL overrun in some markets. The Equalizer, for one, opened its sophomore run with 7.5 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating, right on par with Season 1’s regularly scheduled outings and leading Sunday’s entertainment fare in total audience. NCIS: LA‘s season opener (5.9 mil/0.6) also matched its previous averages, as did SEAL Team (3.9 mil/0.5) in its brand new (if temporary) time slot.

NBC Sunday Night Football (16.5 mil/4.8) was down sharply from last week’s preliminary numbers, yet of course led the night across the board.

Elsewhere:
- THE CW | The Legends of the Hidden Temple reboot debuted to 280K and a 0.1 (TVLine reader grade “C+”), followed by Killer Camp‘s Season 2 opener with 170K and a 0.0.
- ABC | The Rookie (2.6 mil/0.3) dipped to a new audience low while steady in the demo.
- FOX | The Simpsons’ latest “Treehouse of Horror” drew 3.8 mil/1.2 leading out of football, followed by The Great North‘s 2 mil/0.7, Bob’s Burgers‘ 1.8 mil/0.7 and Family Guy‘s 1.6 mil/0.5..


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posted 10/11/2021

More on "Walk the Line"
Pop Star Craig David to Reportedly Join the Panel
From 98fm

Craig David is reportedly being lined up to judge on Simon Cowell's new TV talent show Walk The Line.

According to Metro.co.uk, it's believed the singer will join the music mogul on the panel of the show, due to launch later this year.

"Craig David is an icon of the British music industry – but also as relevant today as he was when he burst on the scene back at the beginning of the Noughties," a source told Metro.co.uk. "He’s appeared on Simon’s shows before – and he’s widely respected – so it would make perfect sense for him to be involved in Simon’s new show."

Maya Jama has already been confirmed as host.

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posted 10/11/2021


Deadline
CHRIS PEARSON: 1996-2021
"Ex on the Beach" Contestant Murdered
From TV Line

Chris Pearson, a professional DJ best known for participating in the first season of MTV’s Ex on the Beach, died over the weekend after reportedly being stabbed during an altercation in Los Angeles. He was 25.

Authorities tell TMZ that the stabbing is under investigation, with several leads already being followed. It’s reportedly being considered a “solvable case.”

“Chris was the one person that loved with his whole heart,” reads a statement on Pearson’s GoFundMe page, which was set up to help his family with funeral expenses. “He had so much love and energy to give to every single person he crossed paths with. He wouldn’t leave the room until he made sure every single person was happy. Chris was the most determined person there could ever be. He had a dream, set a goal [and] didn’t stop until he achieved that goal. It didn’t matter what or who he lost on the way, he made sure he had his eye on one thing and one thing only.”

The statement continues, “His smile lit up an entire room. The only other thing that Chris loved more than his music was his family and friends. All Chris wanted was to make it far in life to help his family and make them proud. Chris was taken from us way way too soon. Nobody was ready for this, there was so much more he had set to accomplish.”

Pearson appeared in all 11 episodes of Ex on the Beach‘s first U.S. season, which aired from April to June 2018 on MTV. Unlike most of the other contestants, Pearson had not appeared on a reality TV show prior to hitting the Beach.

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posted 10/11/2021

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