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Meet the Champions!
AGT The Champions Premieres January 7
From the Futon Critic

NBC has announced the first group of world-renowned, superstar acts who will compete on the all-new winter edition of TV's #1 alternative series, "America's Got Talent: The Champions," premiering Monday, Jan. 7 from 8-10 p.m. ET/PT.

The series, from NBC, Syco Entertainment and Fremantle, will feature the star-studded judges panel from "America's Got Talent" - executive producer Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel - as well as new host Terry Crews, star of NBC's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine."

"America's Got Talent: The Champions" will bring together the world's most talented, memorable and all-around fan favorite acts from past seasons of "AGT" and around the globe from the other "Got Talent" franchises," spanning 194 territories. These all-star acts, which include former winners and finalists, will once again take the stage to compete in a massive global competition with the hopes of claiming the ultimate title of World Champion.

Global champions include singers Susan Boyle ("Britain's Got Talent" 2009 finalist) and Kechi ("AGT" 2017 finalist); magicians Shin Lim ("AGT" 2018 winner), Piff the Magic Dragon ("AGT" 2015 finalist) and Issy Simpson ("Britain's Got Talent"2017 finalist); opera singers Prince Poppycock ("AGT" 2010 finalist), Paul Potts ("Britain's Got Talent"2007 winner) and the Texas Tenors ("AGT" 2009 finalist); comedians Tom Cotter ("AGT" 2012 finalist) and Taylor Williamson ("AGT" 2013 runner-up); comedic mime Tape Face ("AGT" 2016 finalist); ventriloquists Darci Lynne Farmer ("AGT" 2017 winner) and Paul Zerdin ("AGT" 2015 winner); dance groups Attraction ("Britain's Got Talent"2013 winner), Justice Crew ("AGT" 2010 winner) and Light Balance ("AGT" 2017 finalist); dance duo Moonlight Brothers ("Denmark's Got Talent" 2018 winner); sand artist Kseniya Simonova ("Ukraine's Got Talent" winner); contortionist Sofie Dossi ("AGT" 2016 finalist); dancing roller skaters Billy and Emily England ("AGT" 2017 finalist); Kid DJ, DJ Arch Jnr ("South Africa's Got Talent" 2015 winner); dog act Sara and Hero ("AGT" 2017 finalist); jump ropers DDF Crew (Holland's Got Talent 2012 winner and Belgium's Got Talent 2016 semi-finalist); knife-throwing act Deadly Games ("AGT" 2016 finalist); and ladder trick act Uzeyer Novruzov ("AGT" 2010 finalist).

The Futon Critic

TV Line

posted 11/16/18

A Mighty Host!
"Love Island" Veteran Hosts Confetti UK
From Deadline

Love Island star Samira Mighty is to host the British remake of Facebook Watch's interactive game-show Confetti.

Thames is set to remake Facebook Watch's interactive game-show Confetti in the UK as the social media platform adapts the show in five markets around the world.

Mighty, who appeared on the most recent season of the breakout ITV2 reality series, will host the show, which is launching in the UK on Monday November 19. It will air weekdays at 1:30pm local time.

Mighty said, "I'm so excited to be presenting this fun new show. It's a game-show where you can win big money in your lunch break. Anyone can play and will have a chance of winning up to £10,000. The questions are all based around pop culture trivia and you can also play with your friends. I can just imagine people getting together in their lunch breaks, having fun and winning a bit of extra bit of cash for drinks after work. And as it's all on Facebook it makes it easy to play too. Please do watch and play along with me, you'd be crazy not to."


Deadline

Metro

posted 11/16/18

THURSDAY: Another NFL Win
Fox Takes Another TNF Win
From Deadline

FOX (11.682 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1) continued its Thursday reign thanks to its coverage of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (10.405 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.8, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (11.938 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.5, #1).

CBS (7.854 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then took home the silver with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.368 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #3), "Young Sheldon" (10.748 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4), "Mom" (7.916 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6), "Murphy Brown" (5.928 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "SWAT" (5.082 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Next up was ABC (5.442 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its fall finales from "Grey's Anatomy" (7.265 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #5), "Station 19" (5.907 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.153 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.125 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up fresh installments from "Superstore" (3.269 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "The Good Place" (2.663 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "Will & Grace" (2.933 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #14), "I Feel Bad" (1.901 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.5, #15) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.991 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

And finally on The CW (1.256 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5), new episodes of "Supernatural" (1.444 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #16) and "Legacies" (1.069 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #17) rounded out the night.

On cable... .

- Keep It Spotless (Nick): 818k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 768k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/16/18

Minute to Win It to Return to Philippines
Edu Manzano to Host
From Inquirer.net

Television host Luis Manzano on Monday received a surprise from his "Minute to Win It" family for the game show's return to ABS-CBN.

In an Instagram post, Manzano shared a video of his dressing room filled with blue balloons and a message posted on the wall.

The message wrote: "Your MTWI family is looking forward to start the longest season of the 60 second circle. Welcome back Luis!"

"So this happened today ;) Minute To win it ;) coming soon!" Manzano said in the caption.

The game show hosted by Manzano first aired in 2013. Its second season aired in 2016 and ran until May 2017.

In "Minute to Win It," contestants take part in 60-second challenges that use household objects. It was based on an American game show of the same name.

Inquirer.net

posted 11/16/18

Valerie Bertinelli Starts the Family Food
"Family Food Showdown" to Play in 2019 on Food
From Broadway World

Variety reports that actress Valerie Bertinelli has signed a multi-series deal with Food Network. Bertinelli will host "Family Food Showdown," a family-focused competition show.

In the series, two families will vie for a $10,000 prize over three rounds of cooking challenges. Production on the 13 hour-long episodes will begin in December with the series set to launch in 2019.

Bertinelli will also work on "Kids Baking Championship," in which she cooks and shares tips with the contestants. "With 'Family Food Showdown,' we are excited to showcase talented families cooking and coming together in a creative, competitive series that will also spotlight the role of family dynamics in how these teams work together, for better or worse, in their bid for the prize and family pride," said Courtney White, general manager and executive vice president of programming of Food Network and HGTV, in a prepared statement.

"Our viewers have come to enjoy Valerie's warmth in THE KITCHEN and her unique charm and mentorship with the next generation of bakers on 'Kids Baking Championship,' and with this expanded presence on Food Network, fans can look forward to more to come." .

Broadway World

Variety

posted 11/16/18

Millionaire Gets Slotted
New Machines Coming 2019
From InterGame

Online and mobile casino and sportsbook LeoVegas has exclusively launched the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? slot game from Big Time Gaming.

The game will sit on the LeoVegas website for a two-week period, up to November 28, 2018. The slot game makes branded content more engaging by merging the patented Megaways and Dual Reaction formats with Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?.

The Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? slot provides the tension of the game show in the form of a highly playable slot machine. The game includes a free spin gamble that puts players in the hot seat to gamble up their bonus free spins. In the V-Gamble Hot Seat, gamers are able to gamble up to 50 free spins prior to the free spins.

Meghna Khanna, marketing manager at LeoVegas, said: "With the exclusive launch of the Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? slot game, LeoVegas is once again proving itself as the first with the latest – leading the way in bringing customers the newest, most innovative gaming experiences. "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? is a much-loved TV show, and we're sure fans will enjoy the visually engaging slot game. The game is easy to play with a simple learning curve to suit all player types, from small to seasoned players, the game offers something for everyone.".

Intergame

posted 11/16/18

Ex2: Exes United
New Season Drops on MTV December 20
From Reality TV World

MTV has announced the winter premiere date for Season 2 of Ex on the Beach, which will feature a cast comprised primarily of familiar faces from reality television.

Ex on the Beach, which was made famous on MTV UK and debuted in the U.S. in April 2018, will premiere its second season on Thursday, December 20 at 8PM ET/PT.

The show will begin with 11 singles, many of whom have starred on Survivor, The Bachelorette, Big Brother, Bad Girls Club, Teen Mom, The Challenge, Are You The One?, and Fire Island. The new cast of celebrities will arrive in paradise in search of love only to be blindsided by their exes, or multiple exes, face-to-face. As 17 former lovers show up -- half of whom also have reality TV ties -- the daters must decide whether to rekindle a past flame or move on with a new prospect.

Actor and rapper, Romeo Miller, will return as host of the series, which was filmed in Malibu Beach.

Reality TV World

posted 11/16/18


GAMES GONE BY: The $1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime
Season 3 is a Magic Number
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

"If you've got the brains, Chuck has the looks...so let's make lots of money" was probably the pitch for this "Games Gone By..." to FOX executives trying to fire the first retaliatory salvo in the "Million Dollar Game Show Wars". But can its unique gameplay counter the amount of tension the rest of the show provided? Chris Wolvie has the need...to tell you about "Greed".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 11/16/18


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ED TOUTANT: 1951-2018
Quizzing Legend Played "Millionaire", "Jeopardy!"
From GSNN staff

It's our sad duty to inform you that our friend Ed Toutant passed away after a courageous battle with cancer.

Toutant, a resident of Austin, TX, was known for a round in 2001 of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" wherein he was given a bad question on the $16,000 level of the Mega Millionaire stunt. He was invited back later that year, where he proceeded to go all the way on this question...

During WWII, U.S. soldiers used the first commercial aerosol cans to hold what? '50:50' lifeline used
• A: Cleaning fluid
• B: Antiseptic
• C: Insecticide
• D: Shaving cream

Toutant won the million, plus $860,000 for the bonus he was contesting.

Previously, Toutant was a player on Jeopardy! and The Challengers in the early 1990s. He generously mentored many other aspiring game show contestants, and acted as a consultant on the IBM Watson Jeopardy! project. He competed in the acclaimed CU Boulder Trivia Bowl for 34 consecutive years, and made many deep and lasting friendships there.

A Trivia Hall of Fame inductee in 2018, Toutant became a fixture on the national and international circuit, competing in the Trivia Conference of North America, among others.

Ed was loved and admired for his generosity, humility, intellect, loyalty and sense of humor and fun. At his core, Ed was deeply connected to his family. He was particularly interested in the lives of his nieces and nephews and was an enthusiastic supporter of their endeavors. His family could count on him to remember birthdays with an appropriate song or an eccentric post card, to send long and detailed emails in the middle of the night, and always to be the last to leave family gatherings. Ed will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

A memorial fund has been set up at ToutanicFund.org, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting competitions based on answering questions from all areas of knowledge by providing resources to writers, competitors, events, and organizations.

On a personal level, Toutant was one of the first people that this site interviewed. From that came a lasting friendship. We will all miss his amazing intellect, his joie de vivre, and his indomitable spirit. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Ratterman Brothers Mortuary
The Austin Statesman

posted 11/8/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Really, Nick?"

  • Nick Viall is not looking to get back with Kaitlyn any time soon (Reality TV World) while a couple that DID make it through are about to face their greatest fear: parenthood (Reality TV World)

  • TriviaMob calls itself "106 & Park" meets "Jeopardy!", plays Sunday (Cheddar)

  • Channing Dungey leaving ABC (TV Line)

  • Byron Allen, Betty White, Henry Winkler, Rita Moreno to be honored by NATPE (Broadway World)

posted 11/16/18


TV Land

KATHERINE MacGREGOR: 1925-2018
"Little House's" Mrs. Oleson Played "Family Feud"
From TV Line

Actress Katherine MacGregor, best known to TV audiences for her role as town gossiper Harriet Oleson on the long-running family drama Little House on the Prairie, has died at the age of 93.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, MacGregor died on Tuesday at the Motion Picture and Television Fund's retirement home in Los Angeles.

Little House star Melissa Gilbert (Laura Ingalls Wilder) eulogized her former castmate in a touching Instagram post. "This woman taught me so much," Gilbert said. "She was outspoken and hilariously funny. A truly gifted actress as she was able to play a despicable character but with so much heart. Her Harriet Oleson was the woman our fans loved to hate. A perfect antagonist… I really loved her and I find great comfort knowing that she is at peace and, per her beliefs, her soul has moved on to its next incarnation."

MacGregor appeared in all nine seasons of Little House. She reportedly missed the NBC western's 1984 series finale — the TV-movie The Last Farewell — because she was on pilgrimage in India.

Before her nine-year run on Little House, MacGregor's TV credits included guest-starring and bit roles on such series as Mannix, Emergency! and Ironside. Prior to that, she acted on Broadway, off Broadway and in regional theatre in and around New York City. She also played Family Feud.

TV Line
The Hollywood Reporter

posted 11/15/18


The Mad Music Asylum

ROY CLARK: 1933-2018
Country Music Legend Played Hollywood Squares
From TV Line

Roy Clark, best known to TV audiences as co-host of the long-running country music variety series Hee Haw, has died at the age of 85.

According to Variety, Clark passed away in his Tulsa, Okla. home following complications from pneumonia.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara, as well as his four children and five grandchildren.

Clark served as co-host of Hee Haw in all three of its incarnations; the series began on CBS in 1969, then transitioned to first-run syndication in 1971, where it ran through 1993. A short-lived revival then aired on the now-defunct TNN from 1996-1997.

Prior to Hee Haw, Clark was a frequent musical guest on some of TV's biggest variety shows, including American Bandstand and The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.

Additional TV credits included episodes of The Beverly Hillbillies, The Odd Couple and Love, American Style. His game show appearances include The Hollywood Squares and The Game Game. He most recently made an appearance at the 2016 CMA Awards, where he paid tribute to former Hee Haw co-host Buck Owens.

Clark was a Grammy, ACM and CMA award winner, and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2009. He had nearly two-dozen Top 40 country hits, including "The Tip of My Fingers," "Yesterday, When I Was Young" and "I Never Picked Cotton."

TV Line

posted 11/15/18

WEDNESDAY: Country Strong
ABC Wins Night on CMAs
From the Futon Critic

ABC (10.060 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) surged in front on Wednesday thanks to its telecast of "The 52nd Annual CMA Awards" (10.060 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).

FOX (4.297 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then got bumped to second with new episodes of "Empire" (4.899 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2) and "Star" (3.695 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6).

Next up was NBC (6.925 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its trio of "Chicago Med" (7.482 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5), "Chicago Fire" (7.287 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) and "Chicago PD" (6.006 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.622 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up new episodes from "Survivor: David vs. Goliath" (7.190 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T2), "SEAL Team" (5.180 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8) and "Criminal Minds" (4.495 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #9).

And finally on The CW (0.954 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5), originals from "Riverdale" (1.244 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10) and "All American" (0.663 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.163m
- Keep It Spotless (Nick): 820k
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death (History): 748k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 738k
- Are You the One Reunion (MTV): 466k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 146k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/15/18

Project Runway All-Stars... January
Lifetime Lines Up Final Season
From Yahoo!

While Project Runway is set to return to Bravo for season 17, Lifetime still has one more season of Project Runway All Stars. And it's going to be epic.

ET can exclusively reveal that All Stars will determine the first-ever "world champion of the catwalk" when it welcomes seven foreign champions -- all winners of international editions of Project Runway -- to compete against seven previous winners from the U.S. for its seventh and final season on the network. Contestants include winners from Australia, Brazil, Canada, the Netherlands and the U.K.

Representing the U.S. seasons:
-
Irina Shabayeva from Brooklyn, NY Winner, PR Season 6
- Seth Aaron Henderson from Vancouver, WA Winner, PR Season 7 and All Stars Season 3
- Anya Ayoung-Chee from West Indies Winner, PR Season 9
- Dmitry Sholokhov from New York, NY Winner, PR Season 10 and All Stars Season 4
- Michelle Lesniak from Portland, OR Winner, PR Season 11
- Sean Kelly from Brooklyn, New York Winner, PR Season 13
- Anthony Ryan from San Antonio, TX Winner, All Stars Season 2

Representing the international seasons:
- Juli Grbac from Australia Winner, Project Runway Australia Season 1
- Christina Exie from Australia Winner, Project Runway Australia Season 4
- Cynthia Hayashi from Brazil Winner, Project Runway Brazil Season 1
- Django Steenbakker from the Netherlands Winner, Project Runway Netherlands Season 1
- Jasper Garvida from England Winner, Project Catwalk. Season 3
- Evan Biddell from Canada Winner, Project Runway Canada Season 1
- Sunny Fong from Canada Winner, Project Runway Canada Season 2

Lifetime In addition to a grand prize of $100,000, a fashion spread in Marie Claire, a Brother Sewing and Embroidery studio, a trip for two to London provided by butterLONDON and the opportunity to create a capsule collection with JC Penney, the department store will be selling the winning designs immediately following that week's competition.

Hosted by Alyssa Milano, the series welcomes back longtime judges Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman as well as mentor and Marie Claire editor-in-chief Anne Fulenwider. They will be joined by a roster of A-list guest judges: Debra Messing, Vanessa Williams, Anna Camp, Andrew Rannells, Andrea Riseborough, Cynthia Erivo, Asia Kate Dillon, Wendy Williams, Tamron Hall, Danica Patrick, Disney stars Sofia Carson and Peyton List, designers Reem Acra and Rebecca Minkoff, fashion icon Iris Apfel, models Lily Aldridge, Olivia Culpo, Joan Smalls, Martha Hunt and Jasmine Tookes, and the fiercest judge of all, Nina Garcia.

While the new season marks the last for All Stars on Lifetime, the reality competition will continue on Bravo. However, the upcoming 17th season will also be notably different, with host Heidi Klum and mentor Tim Gunn both departing to partner on a new fashion-themed reality competition for Amazon. They have been replaced by model Karlie Kloss and past Project Runway winner Christian Siriano. Additionally, Zac Posen, who joined the judging panel in season 11, is also leaving the series.

The final season of Project Runway All Stars premieres Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Lifetime.

Yahoo!

posted 11/14/18

American Beauty Star... January
Ashley Graham Joins as Host on Lifetime
From the Futon Critic

With the beginning of a new year, comes the opportunity for new looks! Whether it's the perfect cat eye or crown braid, Lifetime's hit beauty competition series, American Beauty Star, has all your glam desires covered with the return of the show beginning Wednesday, January 2 at 10pm ET/PT, following new episodes of Project Runway All Stars.

International superstar model Ashley Graham joins as the new host with celebrity makeup artist Sir John returning as mentor and a new panel of judges that include the world's original supermodel Christie Brinkley, Cosmopolitan's Chief Beauty Director Leah Wyar, and world acclaimed celebrity fashion and beauty photographer Yu Tsai for 13 all-new episodes.

Created by Herrick Entertainment, American Beauty Star season two features fourteen hair and makeup artists who will compete in a series of intense challenges, from creating high-end editorial looks to the latest red carpet and runway-ready beauty trends. The stakes are even higher this season as the contestants will be responsible for executing every aspect of their look from hair to makeup and everything in between. Each judge will use their unique expertise and decide who stays in and who packs up their brushes in each episode, leading to an explosive LIVE season finale event where viewers from across the country will vote for their favorite artist and help determine who will be the next American Beauty Star.

Revlon is the exclusive beauty sponsor across all categories including cosmetics, beauty tools and Revlon Professional hair products.

The winner of American Beauty Star will receive over $100,000 in cash and prizes including a $50,000 contract as a Consulting Beauty Artist with Revlon, an editorial feature in Cosmopolitan magazine, an all-expenses paid trip to New York City to see the hit Broadway musical, "Waitress," $10,000 worth of JTV jewelry and an opportunity to design their own signature collection of Zenni Eyewear.

The Futon Critic

posted 11/14/18

The Bachelor... January
Colton Underwood's Search for Love Begins on ABC
From the Futon Critic

Colton Underwood burst onto the scene during season 14 of "The Bachelorette." It was his good looks, love for dogs and vulnerability that charmed not only Bachelorette Becca Kufrin, but all of Bachelor Nation. This former NFL player made a play for Becca's heart but was sadly sent home after professing he had fallen in love. Now Colton is back and ready to capture hearts across America yet again when he returns for another shot at love as the star of the 23rd season of ABC's hit romance reality series "The Bachelor," premiering MONDAY, JAN. 7 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

During its 22nd season, ABC's "The Bachelor" dominated its 2-hour time period among Adults 18-49 and stood as Monday's No. 1 television series with Adults 18-34 and Women 18-34.

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 11/14/18

TUESDAY: Battle On
NBC, CBS Split The Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.769 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was the top adults 18-49 draw on Tuesday thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (8.796 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #2), "This Is Us" (8.458 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "New Amsterdam" (6.053 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

CBS (9.662 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then took home the silver with its dramas "NCIS" (12.328 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "FBI" (9.124 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.535 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9). Next up was

ABC (4.413 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and originals from "The Conners" (6.901 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3), "The Kids Are Alright" (4.696 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "Black-ish" (4.060 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T7), "Splitting Up Together" (2.892 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10) and "The Rookie" (3.964 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T10).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.371 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up fresh installments of "The Gifted" (1.967 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "Lethal Weapon" (2.775 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, The CW (1.325 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the evening with new episodes of "The Flash" (1.712 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "Black Lightning" (0.938 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 1.097m
- Real Country (P/USA): 1.007m
- Keep It Spotless (Nick): 953k
- The Challenge: Final Reckoning (MTV): 828k
- Ink Master: Grudge Match (Paramount): 517k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/14/18

Netflix Gets Its Hustle On
Network Greenlights Rap Competition with Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, TI
From Deadline

Netflix is officially throwing its hat in the singing competition reality series arena with the hip-hop-themed Rhythm & Flow, from John Legend, Jesse Collins and Jeff Gaspin. Cardi B, Chance the Rapper, and T.I. have been tapped to serve as the three main judges and executive produce the show aimed at finding the next breakout hip-hop star.

The 10-episode hourlong multi-city competition series, which had been in development at Netflix for over a year, is set to premiere in fall 2019. Auditions will begin this fall across the country, including the judges' hometowns of Atlanta, Chicago, and New York. In each audition city, established rappers who hail from that city will serve as guest judges.

Netflix Netflix Jesse Collins executive produces for Jesse Collins Entertainment, along with John Legend, Mike Jackson, and Ty Stiklorius for Get Lifted, Jeff Gaspin for Gaspin Media, as well as Nikki Boella, Jeff Pollack, Cardi B, Chance the Rapper and T.I. Additional audition information can be found at http://www.RhythmAndFlowAuditions.com..

Deadline

posted 11/14/18

NBC Unwraps Games for the Holidays
Get Ready for Special "Game Night", "Game of Games"
From Deadline

Here is a rundown of NBC's holiday plans, with synopses from the network:

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 21
- Hollywood Game Night (8-9 p.m.; repeat Wednesday, Dec. 19 at 9 p.m.) Celebrities will partake in such games as "Block This Way," "Four-Letter Words,"' "Popped Quiz," "Back to Back" and "7 Seconds of Fame."

MONDAY, DEC. 3
- Deal or No Deal: Happy Howie Days (10-11 p.m.) Howie Mandel's hit game show is back after 10 years and he's offering up the possibility of a $1 million holiday present. A family who has overcome all odds, an incredible adoption story and a player who pushes the limits to bring life-changing money home for the holidays. The series premieres Wednesday, Dec. 5 on CNBC.

TUESDAY, DEC. 11
- Darci Lynne: My Hometown Christmas (9-10 p.m.) Winner of the 2017 season of "America's Got Talent," Darci Lynne Farmer will celebrate the holidays Oklahoma style with her puppets and guests Kristin Chenoweth, Toby Keith, Hunter Hayes, Pentatonix and Lindsey Stirling.
- Hollywood Game Night (10-11 p.m.) Hosted by Emmy Award winner Jane Lynch, episode will play holiday-themed games between teams that include Jameela Jamil ("The Good Place"), Lauren Ash ("Superstore") and Tony Hale ("Arrested Development").

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 12
- Ellen's Game of Games (8-9 p.m.; repeat Thursday, Dec. 20 at 10 p.m.) A holiday edition of last season's #1 new alternative series.
- Little Big Shots (9-10 p.m.) The Steve Harvey-hosted series returns to celebrate the holiday season with fan-favorite acts that include Angelica Hale, Miles Caton and more.

MONDAY, DEC. 17 America's Got Talent (10-11 p.m.; repeat Friday, Dec. 21 at 8 p.m.)
- A holiday edition of the #1 alternative series on television.


Deadline

posted 11/14/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Losing Horns"

  • Drew Carey calls it quits with his fiance (PopCulture)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS BLEEP UP: A TV host, a former X Factor finalist, a Chaser, and Captain Jack are heading to the jungle (Essex Live)

  • Snoop Dogg to get star #420 on the Hollyweed Walk of Fame (WTOP-AM Washington)

  • Lauren Bushnell on the rebound (Us Weekly)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Deal or No Deal to double up first two weeks (Broadway World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Sharon Carpenter (Desi Blitz)

posted 11/14/18

I Have To Go Back to the Island...
USA to Drop Reboot of "Temptation Island" January 15
From the Futon Critic

Today, USA Network announced that it will reboot one of the buzziest reality shows in television history: TEMPTATION ISLAND.

The 10-episode series, produced by Banijay Studios North America, will premiere on Tuesday, January 15 at 10/9c. Mark L. Walberg, who hosted the original series that premiered in 2001, is set to return as host. TEMPTATION ISLAND follows four dating couples at a pivotal time in their relationship, where they must mutually decide if they are ready to commit to one another for the rest of their lives -- or should go their separate ways.

Together, the couples travel to the tropical paradise of Maui, Hawaii, where they join 24 eligible men and women. There, they live the "single life," in a test that is meant to help answer their most difficult questions about their relationship.

David Goldberg, CEO, Banijay Studios North America, comments: "In a period of revival television, the return of TEMPTATION ISLAND, a show that leapt onto the scene with equal parts ratings bang and media attention, makes all the sense in the world. TEMPTATION ISLAND retains key format elements, but a concerted effort was made to populate the island with singles genuinely looking for love whose personalities are appealing to the four couples who are questioning the long term viability of their relationships. TEMPTATION ISLAND has never been more relevant because in so many ways it mirrors the way singles and couples navigate today's myriad of options to connect."

"As cable's #1 entertainment network for 12 years and running, USA is home to some of the most-talked about shows on TV," said Chris McCumber, President, Entertainment Networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment. "Our reboot of TEMPTATION ISLAND is sure to spark intrigue, debate and conversation for a whole new generation of viewers."

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TV Line

posted 11/13/18

SYNDIES: Week 8
Results for the Week Ending November 4
From TV Newscheck

The top-tier talkers were syndication's hottest sector in the session ending Nov. 4, which marked the first full week of the traditional November sweep survey period. Dr. Phil rose to the occasion and came up with the right medicine to lead the chat pack, topping the talk shows for the 113th consecutive frame with a six-week high 3.0 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, up 3% from the previous appointment.

In access, Family Feud outplayed the game shows with a 5% advance to a new season-high 6.4. Among magazines, TMZ and Page Six TV were the only two shows moving up, with the former recovering 20% to a 1.2, tying the steady Access and Page Six TV surging 17% to match its season-high 0.7 with a 33% leap in the coveted women 25-54 demo.

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) 6.4* +5%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.1* +3%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.1 NC
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 +7%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 11/13/18

MONDAY: Playoffs?
"The Voice" Helps NBC To the Win
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.005 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) held off the competition on Monday thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (8.958 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "Manifest" (6.100 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2).

ABC (7.054 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) then was the silver draw with originals from "Dancing with the Stars" (7.321 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #5) and "The Good Doctor" (6.521 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

Next up was CBS (5.747 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with fresh installments from "The Neighborhood" (6.139 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2), "Happy Together" (4.535 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6), "Magnum P.I." (5.470 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6) and "Bull" (6.434 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T6).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.885 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) opted for repeats of "The Resident" (2.761 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9) and "9-1-1" (3.008 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T9).

And finally, The CW (1.442 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) served up new episodes of "Arrow" (1.582 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #11) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.302 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12).

On cable...
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (Food): 1.133m


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posted 11/13/18

Today: Ripkord.TV's Grand Coming Out Party
After a Soft Open Summer, the "Twitch Meets Game Show Network" App Launches
From CNET

Another HQ Trivia-like app is in the game.

Ripkord.tv on Tuesday launched an interactive entertainment app that integrates mobile gaming, social media and live streaming.

The company rolled out five live game shows that let viewers participate, including games similar to a trivia bowl and a scavenger hunt.

Similar to HQ Trivia, Ripkord is offering money to viewers who compete and win.

"Our belief is that thousands to millions of people playing together can create unique entertainment experiences that have never been done before," Todd Peterson, founder and CEO of Ripkord.tv, said in a statement. "To put it simply we are 'Twitch meets Game Show Network.'"

Peterson and CTO Neil Harris founded Ripkord.tv in 2018. The pair also created the daily fantasy esports platform AlphaDraft that FanDuel acquired in 2015. Peterson and Harris are both vets of the esports industry.

The Ripkord.tv app is available free in the Apple App Store for devices running iOS 10.0 or later, and in Google Play for Android devices running version 4.4 and up. Its five games are Raise the Bar, In or Out, Word Up, Fast Facts and The Hunt.

CNET
Gamasutra

Variety

posted 11/13/18

WEEKEND: Veteran's Day Weekend
"Hell's Kitchen" Helps Fox to Demo Win, Split with CBS
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.133 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) was still the demo champ on Friday with originals from "Last Man Standing" (6.332 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1), "The Cool Kids" (4.551 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and "Hell's Kitchen" (2.826 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

CBS (7.634 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then took home the silver with its trio of "MacGyver" (6.481 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.497 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and "Blue Bloods" (8.926 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

Next up was ABC (2.543 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and its lineup of "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.086 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7), "Speechless" (2.426 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Child Support" (2.193 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "20/20" (2.682 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.481 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) served up fresh installments of "Blindspot" (2.700 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Midnight, Texas" (1.948 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Dateline NBC" (2.796 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally on The CW (0.532 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5), new episodes of "Dynasty" (0.641 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.423 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15) rounded out the night.

On cable Friday...
- Master of Arms (Discovery): 968k
- Lip Sync Battle Shorties (Nick): 759k
- Double Dare (Nick): 556k

On cable Sunday...
- Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge (Food): 1.058m
- Worst Cooks in America (S/Food): 836k

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posted 11/13/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Feed the Fight"

  • Guy Fieri is feeding firefighters in the path of the California wildfires (TV Line)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS BLEEP UP: an AGT player was going touring with a ZZ Top member, until... (Brooklyn Vegan)

posted 11/13/18


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STAN LEE: 1922-2018
Marvel Comics Legend Hosted "Who Wants to Be a Superhero"
From Broadway World

Stan Lee, the legendary comic book writer, editor, actor, producer and publisher, has passed away at the age of 95.

According to TMZ, an ambulance rushed to Lee's Hollywood Hills home early Monday morning and he was brought to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he died.

Lee had suffered several illnesses recently, including pneumonia and vision issues.

Known to millions as the man whose superheroes propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the comic book industry, Stan's co-creations include Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and hundreds of others.

He introduced Spider-Man as a newspaper strip which became the most successful of all Syndicated adventure strips having appeared in more than 500 newspapers worldwide.

Stan currently remains Chairman Emeritus of Marvel, as well as a member of the Editorial Board of Marvel Comics. Lee was member of both the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame.

Stan served as host & mentor for two seasons of "Who Wants to Be a Superhero" from 2006 to 2007 for Syfy. He also made appeareances on "Let's Make a Deal", "Jeopardy!", "Hell's Kitchen", "Identity", and "To Tell the Truth"

Lee also made cameo appearances in all of the Marvel movies to-date. Disney's Marvel Studios is one of the largest film franchises ever, with blockbusters like "The Avengers," "Black Panther," and "Guardians of the Galaxy."

Broadway World
TV Line
The Hollywood Reporter
The New York Times

posted 11/12/18

Santa Trish
Game Show Network Celebrates "12 Draws of Christmas"
From Broadway World

Game Show Network's popular daily sweepstakes, Game Show Network DAILY DRAW, is super-sizing for the holidays by giving away up to $25,000 throughout its "Twelve Draws of Christmas." On weeknights from Monday, December 10 through Tuesday, December 25 at 7 p.m. ET, host Trish Suhr will announce which twelve lucky viewers will win cash prizes ranging from $750 to $10,000!

To play, viewers need to watch Game Show Network for the code word each weeknight from 8 pm - 2 am and then enter the code word online at https://www.gsntv.com/sweepstakes/dailydraw/ or send in a postcard for a chance to win. For more information go to gsntv.com/dailydraw/rules/.

Broadway World

posted 11/12/18

Mile Run
Tim Tebow to Host "Million Dollar Mile" for CBS
From The Futon Critic

Tim Tebow, former college football champion and NFL quarterback, will serve as host of MILLION DOLLAR MILE, a new 10-episode high-stakes physical competition series on the CBS Television Network. Matt "Money" Smith, the voice of the L.A. Chargers play-by-play, and Maria Taylor, ESPN host and reporter, will serve as commentators.

The series comes from executive producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan with Fly on the Wall Entertainment and LeBron James and Maverick Carter with SpringHill Entertainment, as well as Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television.

"Watching good people compete at their highest ability is always inspirational to me," said Tebow. "MILLION DOLLAR MILE is a show that does just that - it motivates, thrills, and is aspirational, and I'm excited to be hosting this show."

In this unprecedented television event series, contestants will have the chance to win $1,000,000 every time they run the Million Dollar Mile. Standing in their way is the most challenging course ever designed and a group of elite athletes with one mission: to stop the contestants from winning the money at all costs. Currently, the series is in production in Los Angeles for broadcast on the CBS Television Network.

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posted 11/12/18

Yaaaaaaass All Star Judges!
New All-Stars Drag Race Returns December
From the Futon Critic

Following the record-breaking tenth season of VH1's "RuPaul's Drag Race," which just became the first show to ever win an Emmy(R) Award in both the Outstanding Reality-Competition Program and Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program categories in the same year, VH1 has announced the queens returning to the mainstage to compete in the fourth season of "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars."

VH1 today announced the guest judges set to join the highly anticipated fourth season of "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars." RuPaul will be joined by a star-studded line-up of celebrities, alongside show regulars Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley, and Ross Mathews, as they decide who will stay, lip-sync for their legacy, or "sashay away." "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" follows the record-breaking tenth season of VH1's "RuPaul's Drag Race," which just became the first show to ever win an Emmy(R) Award in both the Outstanding Reality-Competition Program and Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program categories in the same year. The series will return to the runway with supersized 90-minute episodes on Friday, December 14th at 8:00 PM ET/PT on VH1. This season's guest judges include Jenifer Lewis, Ciara, Kacey Musgraves, Gus Kenworthy, Keiynan Lonsdale, Zoë Kravitz, Yvette Nicole Brown, Cecily Strong, Rita Ora, Susanne Bartsch, Ellen Pompeo, Frances Bean Cobain, Felicity Huffman, Jason Wu and Erica Ash.

"The fourth season of 'RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars' is going to blow. your. mother. tucking. mind.," said three-time Emmy(R) Award-winning host and EP RuPaul. "Satisfaction guaranteed or your henny back." The ten super queens competing to prove that they're ready to become "Drag Race" royalty in the fourth season of "All Stars" include:

- Farrah Moan (Season Nine) Los Angeles, CA | Twitter: @farrahrized, Instagram: @farrahrized Farrah moaned her way through season nine, and your favorite Vegas showgirl is back for "All Stars" four! The cotton candy queen may have gotten lost in her emotions in her season, but on "All Stars," she's ready to highlight (wink) her talents... . She wants to prove to the world that she's more than just a cry baby and take her place on a pink pedestal in the "Drag Race" Hall of Fame!
- Gia Gunn (Season Six) Los Angeles, CA | Twitter: @GiaGunn, Instagram: @gia_gunn Gia Gunn is back, but does she have the firepower to blast her way into the "Drag Race" Hall of Fame? Absolutely. Gia wants to show she's more than sassy catchphrases from season six. She's fully seasoned and ready to snatch that "All Stars" crown!
- Jasmine Masters (Season Seven) Los Angeles, CA | Instagram: @msjasminemasters Her name is Jasmine Masters, and she has something to say... she's here, b*tches! Back for more, on "All Stars" four! Since season seven, Jasmine has gone viral on social media making her the ultimate "meme queen." But Jasmine wants to prove she packs more than a punchline and has the skills to take home the crown.
- Latrice Royale (Season Four and "All Stars" One) Hollywood, FL | Twitter: @LatriceRoyale, Instagram: @latriceroyale She's large and in charge, chunky yet funky... she is Latrice Royale! Latrice competed on season four and as half of "Team Latrila" on "All Stars" one, but she failed to make her way to the top both times. She's back in the werkroom to prove that an OG queen can serve it to the younger queens and finally secure her spot in the "Drag Race" Hall of Fame!
- Manila Luzon (Season Three and "All Stars" One) Los Angeles, CA | Twitter: @manilaluzon, Instagram: @manilaluzon Runner-up on season three and gone-too-soon on "All Stars" one, Manila is back again hoping the third time is the charm. She's got a closet full of campy couture and the comedic chops to make Manila an "All Stars" thrilla, but will it be enough to finally take home the "Drag Race" crown?
- Monét X Change (Season Ten) New York, NY | Twitter: @monetxchange, Instagram: @monetxchange On her season, Monet X Change won the hearts of all and the Miss Congeniality title. Fresh off of season 10, she's back with a fire lit under her padded ass to serve some polished looks and prove she has everything it takes to soak up the "All Stars" crown!
- Monique Heart (Season Ten) Kansas City, MO | Twitter: @IAmMoniqueHeart, Instagram: @iammoniqueheart Monique Heart came to Season 10 with talent, glitter, and Jesus... What she lacked was the funds for a closet full of costumes. Since her season, she's performed all over the world, making that coin and amassing a stunning collection of lerks. Monique is back for "All Stars," reclaiming her time, and vying for a spot in the "Drag Race" Hall of Fame!
- Naomi Smalls (Season Eight) Chicago, IL | Twitter: @naomismallsduh, Instagram: @naomismalls On Season eight, Naomi Smalls put the LEG in "legendary" and stomped her way into the top three. She's back on "All Stars" to prove she can outperform the best of 'em and to show the world you should never underestimate the tall, pretty fashion model.
- Trinity Taylor (Season Nine) Orlando, FL | Twitter: @trinitythetuck, Instagram: @trinitythetuck Trinity Taylor is back as Trinity the Tuck... and this tuck has teeth! On Season nine the pageant queen, with body for days, made us laugh all the way to the top four. But now, full "All Star" confidence, she's here to claim her seat in the "Drag Race" Hall of Fame.
- Valentina (Season Nine) Los Angeles, CA | Twitter: @allofvalentina, Instagram: @allaboutvalentina It's fan favorite, Valentina! She was chopped from season nine for not knowing the words, but since her season, there's no masking her talent. The glamorous, high fashion, Latin American diva is back on "All Stars" for her Telenovela redemption story... . and the "All Stars" crown.

Beginning today at 10:00 AM ET/7:00 AM PT, the reigning "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" winner, Trixie Mattel, will be joined by former "All Stars" finalists Detox and Katya to spill the tea on the new cast of queens in a talk show-style live stream which will be broadcast on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube platforms. Throughout the stream, Trixie will encourage fans to comment on their favorite queen moments and sound off about who they're rooting for. Fans comments will be visualized in a SLAY-O-METER graphic overlay showcasing the volume of social conversation around each queen.
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TV Line

posted 11/12/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Kamen Knowledge"

  • FIRST LOOK: The Masked Singer (TV Line)

  • CASTING COUCH: Savannah gets Wheelmobiled (Savannah Morning News)

  • Price Is Right Live! comes to Macon (WMAZ Macon)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: The "Lights" go up November 26 on the new season of "The Great Christmas Light Fight" (Broadway World)

  • Carrie Underwood couldn't sing for a while after her injury (Reality TV World)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Alex Trebek (Vulture)

posted 11/12/18

THURSDAY: The Road Less Traveled
NFL Beats "Voice" Recap
From the Futon Critic

FOX (10.753 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) was the top draw last night thanks to its coverage of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (8.830 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (11.138 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.2, #1).

CBS (8.020 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) remained the silver draw with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.712 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.3, #3), "Young Sheldon" (10.957 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4), "Mom" (8.160 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6), "Murphy Brown" (6.087 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "SWAT" (5.103 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

Next up was ABC (4.896 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with fresh installments from "Grey's Anatomy" (6.564 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5), "Station 19" (5.064 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.059 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.761 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up its combination of "Superstore" (3.295 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "The Good Place" (2.782 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "The Voice: Road to Live Shows" (3.814 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.430 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

And finally on The CW (1.263 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5), new episodes of "Supernatural" (1.413 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) and "Legacies" (1.113 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T15) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Keep It Spotless (Nick): 812k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 805k


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posted 11/9/18

Confetti Goes Global
Fremantle to Adapt Hit Facebook Watch Quiz for UK
From Deadline

The X Factor and Got Talent producer Thames is set to remake Facebook Watch's interactive game-show Confetti in the UK as the social media platform adapts the show in five markets around the world.

Fremantle has struck a deal with Facebook for a UK adaptation and local versions produced in India, Thailand, the Philippines and Vietnam. It is the first Facebook Watch origination to be remade outside of the U.S. Deadline reports that the UK version will launch later this month, while the other four versions are all set to go live by the end of the year.

Confetti, which is regularly hosted by YouTube personality J.D. Witherspoon, is a HQ Trivia-style live interactive format that sees viewers compete in a traditional daily trivia quiz show with cash prizes. It streams live on weekdays. Confetti launched in July 2018 in the U.S. and recently expanded into Canada and Mexico.

In the U.S., Mexico and Canada, the series is produced by Thumb Candy Media, which makes short-form series including Fright Club and Nail the Look for Snapchat and Make Up or Break Up for Facebook Watch. It is the digital studio division of B-17 Entertainment, the producers of MTV's Broke A$$ Gameshow run by Rhett Bachner and Brien Meagher, who exec produce.

Matthew Henick, Head of Content Strategy & Planning, Facebook, said, "Confetti has shown us the power of combining traditional entertainment formats with the social, people-centric advantages of video on Facebook. People who played with their friends were significantly more likely to tune in to the next episode and play again versus people who played alone. It made perfect sense to partner with Fremantle, a leader in the game show space, to bring Confetti to audiences around the world. We are also incredibly excited to take all of the tools that we developed for Confetti and give them to our global partners to create their own community-driven reinventions of the game show."

Rob Clark, Director, Global Entertainment, Fremantle added: "We're excited to combine our market-leading expertise as entertainment producers with Facebook's global community to evolve the game show for new audiences around the world. Our family of producers give us the reach and ability to customize the show for local audiences.".

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Realscreen
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posted 11/8/18

WEDNESDAY: Young Survivors
Fox, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (4.375 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) pulled back in front on Wednesday with new episodes of "Empire" (5.024 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and "Star" (3.725 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

NBC (7.833 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with fresh installments from "Chicago Med" (8.395 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6), "Chicago Fire" (8.228 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4) and "Chicago PD" (6.875 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7).

Next up was CBS (5.931 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) with originals from "Survivor: David vs. Goliath" (7.636 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1), "SEAL Team" (5.625 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11) and "Criminal Minds" (4.533 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.231 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) offered up its combination of "The Goldbergs" (5.113 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "American Housewife" (4.451 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T7), "Modern Family" (5.425 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3), "Single Parents" (3.838 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #10) and "A Million Little Things" (3.280 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13).

And finally, new episodes of "Riverdale" (1.360 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and "All American" (0.776 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.068 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.183m
- Keep It Spotless (Nick): 885k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 797k
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death (History): 697k
- Are You The One (MTV): 480
k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 119k


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posted 11/8/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "The Other Side"

posted 11/8/18

TUESDAY: Election Night
NBC Wins with Coverage
From the Futon Critic

NBC (5.748 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was the top draw on Election Night with its full night of "The Vote: America's Future" (5.748 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1).

ABC (5.245 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was a close second with its own coverage of "ABC News 2018 Midterm Election" (5.245 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2).

Next up was CBS (4.252 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) and its presentation of "CBS News: Campaign 2018" (4.252 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.774 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) served up new episodes from "The Gifted" (2.386 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "Lethal Weapon" (3.161 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4).

And finally, The CW (0.900 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) opted for repeats of "The Flash" (1.007 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #6) and "Black Lightning" (0.793 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #7) to round out the evening.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 814k
- Keep It Spotless (Nick): 689k
- The Challenge: Final Reckoning (MTV): 672k


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posted 11/7/18

Belly Up to the Pub
Quest to Premiere "Great British Pub Quiz"
From Beyond the Joke

TV Channel Quest has commissioned its first comedy entertainment program, Al Murray's Great British Pub Quiz, which pits the UK's most passionate pub quiz teams against each other.

In each episode, Al is joined by two existing pub quiz teams, each joined by a special celebrity guest, to battle it out to win the "golden tankard" and a cash prize.

The series will be filmed with a live audience in a studio designed with all the characteristics of a working pub, including a resident barman (and know-it-all) keeping score – actor Shaun Williamson (Celebrity Mastermind winner, three-time Celebrity Pointless winner, Celebrity Eggheads winner and The Chase winner) – not to mention a very lively pub pianist.

The quiz includes classic pub quiz style questions on a range of topics, with picture rounds, mystery objects and brain teasers.

"Al Murray's Great British Pub Quiz marks Quest's first move into comedy entertainment formats as we seek to broaden the channel's appeal. With Al's legendary comedic talent, this is a fresh take on a game show that apes traditional pub quizzes and has great potential to excite Quest fans and engage new audiences," said Simon Downing, SVP, Head of Quest and Eurosport UK. "It comes on the back of an exciting year for Quest where ratings have reached record highs and we've diversified our schedule with the EFL Highlights."

Jamie Isaacs, Executive Producer for Avalon, said: "Quest is really hitting its stride. It's great to be working with Al Murray and the team at Quest on this entertaining new show at such an exciting time in the channel's evolution." Al Murray added: "It's very exciting to be putting the Quest into Question with the Great British Pub Quiz. You're going to see some of the finest quizzing minds in the country duking it out as well as the most knowledgeable barman on the planet, Shaun Williamson, do his quizzing thing."

Simon Downing ordered the show and Victoria Noble is the Commissioning Editor. Jeremy Phillips is the Executive Producer for Discovery and Jamie Isaacs is Executive Producer for Avalon.

Beyond the Joke
British Comedy Guide

posted 11/7/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Deal with This"

  • FIRST LOOK: The new look of "Deal or No Deal" (CNBC) PLUS how to become a contestant (Bustle)

  • Bob Eubanks brings "Hollywood's Greatest Game Shows" to Manistee (Pioneer News Advocate)

  • Christmas Abbott arrested before Thanksgiving (US Weekly)

  • LIST ABUSE: What Americans think about 7 decidedly British series (Digital Spy)

  • QuizBiz, the game that refuses to die, refuses to die (PR Web)

posted 11/7/18

T_ENT_ T_ENT_-T_REE
What is "The Year of Jeopardy!, Wheel's Contract Renewal?"
From B&C

Disney and Fox found themselves wrapped up in another bidding war earlier this year, but this time around it involved vowels, consonants and answers posed in the form of questions.

CBS Television Distribution has renewed veteran game shows Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! through the 2022-2023 TV season on the ABC owned stations, extending both shows for three more seasons beyond their current deals, said Steve Hackett, president of sales for CTD.

"Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! are two of the longest-running shows on television – and for good reason," said Hackett in a statement. "They consistently deliver entertaining, timeless programming that the whole family can enjoy together, creating whole new generations of fans. We're excited they will continue to anchor stations' lineups, delivering eyeballs and ad dollars to our partners, for many years to come."

Last month, Sony Pictures Television, which produces the game shows, extended its talent contracts with Wheel of Fortune hosts Pat Sajak and Vanna White and Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek through the 2021-22 TV season.

Renewing the two shows on the ABC-owned stations, where the shows air in key access time slots on WABC New York, WPVI Philadelphia and KABC Los Angeles, ensures that both shows will continue for five more years. The 2022-23 season will mark Wheel of Fortune's 40th anniversary in syndication, and Jeopardy!'s 39th.

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posted 11/6/18

Bobby Bones Coming Back to Idol.... To Stay
DJ to Return as Permanent In-House Mentor
From the Futon Critic

As announced during tonight's telecast of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," famed radio DJ, comedian and best-selling author Bobby Bones is set to join "American Idol" as the show's in-house mentor. Last season, Bobby joined the Top 24 Idol hopefuls as they prepared to take the stage with their all-star celebrity duet partners. In his expanded role this season, the award-winning personality will offer his industry expertise throughout the competition, helping contenders reach the next level of their artistry and performances.

Inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame as the youngest honoree ever, Bobby Bones has been dubbed "the most powerful man in country music" (Forbes). His nationally syndicated radio show "The Bobby Bones Show" reaches millions of listeners on nearly 140 stations and recently garnered its third ACM Award for National On-Air Personality of the Year, also earning a 2017 Country Music Association award for National Broadcast Personality of the Year. His popular podcast, "BobbyCast," recently surpassed 100 episodes and has been downloaded more than 6 million times. Bobby is also a two-time New York Times No. 1 best-selling author, touring stand-up comedian, philanthropist and chart-topping comedy artist - a true "jack of all trades" (ESPN).

"American Idol" is returning to The ABC Television Network for the 2018-2019 season, after first making its return to airwaves as the No. 1 reality show launch for its inaugural season on the network during the 2017-2018 season. Helping to find the next singing sensation is music industry legends and all-star judges Luke Bryan, Katy Perry and Lionel Richie. Emmy(R)-winning producer Ryan Seacrest will also return as host. The beloved singing competition series recently completed its open call bus tour auditions, visiting 24 cities across the country in a nationwide search for the next superstar. Judge auditions are currently underway in select cities across the country. .

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posted 11/6/18

SYNDIES: Week 7
Results for the Week Ending October 28
From TV Newscheck

Judge Judy came out with guns blazing and drew a crowd of more than 10.3 million daily viewers as the November sweep got underway in the session ending Oct. 28, a frame that included preemptions for the World Series and the arrest of the mail bomb suspect. Nevertheless, Judy, still going strong in its 23rd year, raced to a new season-high 7.3 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, and towered over all syndicated shows for the 13th seek in a row. That was up 6% week to week, up 3% year to year and more than a full point ahead of any other first-run or off-net program. Hot Bench, the No. 2 courtroom after Judy, was the only other gaveler in positive territory, gaining 5% to a 2.3 and matching its season high.

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.1 -3%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.1 NC
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9 -2%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.5** -6%
- Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC .

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posted 11/6/18

MONDAY: This Is The Voice.. On Top
NBC Sweeps the Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.096 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) was still the network to beat on Monday thanks to originals from "The Voice" (8.979 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) and "Manifest" (6.329 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2).

ABC (7.737 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) then was the number two draw with its duo of "Dancing with the Stars" (7.832 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5) and "The Good Doctor" (7.548 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T2).

Next up was FOX (5.268 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) with fresh installments from "The Resident" (4.968 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "9-1-1" (5.568 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.521 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up new episodes of "The Neighborhood" (5.764 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6), "Happy Together" (4.202 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8), "Magnum P.I." (5.207 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8) and "Bull" (6.375 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T8).

And finally, originals from "Arrow" (1.073 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.866 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) rounded out the night on The CW (0.970 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Holiday Baking Championship (SP/Food): 1.319m
- Christmas Cookie Challenge (SP/Food): 982k
- Keep It Spotless (Nick): 915k


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posted 11/6/18

WEEKEND: Happy Birthday Mickey!
Fox, CBS Split Friday
From the Futon Critic

FOX (3.870 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) edged out the demo competition on Friday with new episodes from "Last Man Standing" (6.026 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1), "The Cool Kids" (4.230 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and "Hell's Kitchen" (2.613 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6).

CBS (7.486 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with its mainstays "MacGyver" (6.090 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.794 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T2) and "Blue Bloods" (8.574 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T4).

Next up was ABC (2.516 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with originals from "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.953 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7), "Speechless" (2.502 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Child Support" (2.284 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) plus a repeat "20/20" (2.536 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.419 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up its mix of "Blindspot" (2.429 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "Midnight, Texas" (1.958 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Dateline NBC" (2.869 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, The CW (0.535 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the evening with new episodes of "Dynasty" (0.598 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.472 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15).

On cable...
- Lip Sync Battle Shorties (Nick): 910k
- Master of Arms (P/Discovery): 851k
- Double Dare (Nick): 766k

On cable Sunday
- Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge (P/Food): 1.185m
- Guy's Grocery Games (S/Food): 919k


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posted 11/6/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Titanic"

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: The Titan Games (Joe)

  • "Big Brother UK" crowns its final level (Easton Daily Press)

  • "Deal or No Deal"'s millionaire... the downside (CNBC)

  • Is Rylan Clark Neal bringing back Supermarket Sweep? (Digital Spy)

  • THIS IS A THING? game show battle rooms head to Milwaukee (Milwaukee Record)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS: Ali Fedotowski returns to fighting form (Reality TV World)

  • Teresa Giudice reeling over the deportation of her husband (Reality TV World)

  • Alec Baldwin heading to Saturday. That's never good (TV Line)

posted 11/6/18

More on "Victory for Veterans"
Catch "Millionaire" This Week
From WABC New York

It is "Victories for Veterans" week on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire," and each contestant on the game show has served in one of the U.S. Armed Forces.

"Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" and its host Chris Harrison have found a great way to thank veterans for their service.

"To be able to give back for an entire week is a pretty special thing," Harrison said. "You know we do some cool stuff here at 'Millionaire.' To me, that is probably the most important and impactful week we have."

WABC New York

posted 11/5/18

HQ's HQ Changes HQs
Colin Kroll Replaces Rus Yusupov As CEO
From Recode

HQ could use another win.

The company behind HQ Trivia, the once-viral game-show app created by the same guys who invented Vine, is facing a pivotal moment. HQ is preparing to launch a new game show, one that it hopes will legitimize its place as a rising player in the world of mobile entertainment. But it's also dealing with some serious issues, including a declining audience for HQ Trivia and the aftermath of a dramatic change of CEOs.

Publicly, it's clear that HQ Trivia's viral ride is over. The app, where users can win cash prizes for correctly answering trivia questions presented live by a wacky host, captured the internet's attention late last year. Some saw it as the future of media, and HQ Trivia spent much of January and February in the Top 10 list of most-downloaded free iPhone games. It's now fluctuating between No. 250 and No. 500 on that list in the U.S. The audiences it pulls for its trivia shows, while still in the hundreds of thousands, are a fraction of what they were earlier this year.

Privately, HQ is going through different growing pains. The company recently forced out its CEO, replacing one co-founder with another following a contentious boardroom battle between the two, Recode has learned.

Adding to the drama is the fact that an HQ employee filed a formal complaint to HR in August against new CEO Colin Kroll for his aggressive management style, according to multiple sources. The alleged behavior was not sexual, these sources said, but was elevated to HQ's board of directors.

Recode

posted 11/5/18


GAMES GONE BY: The $1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime
Season 3 is a Magic Number
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

One million dollars in 2018? Barely worth it. One million dollars in the mid-80s? KA-CHING! Long before "Millionaire" made big-money game shows "de rigueur" on TV, there was a million-dollar show on syndication. The third year of "Games Gone By..." starts with Chris Wolvie explaining how couples were given a "$1,000,000 Chance of a Lifetime".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 11/4/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Bad News"

posted 11/5/18

The Castle Is Open. Again!
Comedy Central UK to Reboot "Takeshi's Castle"
From Digital Spy

Prepare yourselves, Keshi Heads – Takeshi's Castle is returning to British TV screens. Unfortunately, Craig Charles isn't going to be reprising his narrative duties.

Or Jonathan Ross, for that matter.

Fortunately, Roman Kemp is taking over the role of host. And he'll be on-screen too.

The Capital Breakfast DJ will be joined by different celebrity friends to comment on the hilarious fails contestants go through as they attempt to storm the castle.

Joining Roman one week will be his dad, Spandau Ballet star and original EastEnders bad boy Martin Kemp. Love Island's Chris Hughes, I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! winner Georgia 'Toff' Toffolo, TOWIE favourites Georgia Kousoulou and Tommy Mallett among others will feature. His Capital co-host and Strictly Come Dancing star Vick Hope will also be joining him for an episode.

Comedy Central's Vice President and General Manager Louise Holmes said: "We're so excited to welcome Roman Kemp to the Comedy Central family as he takes the hosting reins for a brand new series of Takeshi's Castle.

Digital Spy
Metro

posted 11/2/18

Balls to the Wall
"Tipping Point", "Weakest Link" Producers Create New Game
From Deadline

The BBC is lining up a new game show from the team behind The Weakest Link and Tipping Point where, unlike the lottery, contestants hope their balls stay in the bag.

The British public broadcaster has commissioned Danger Balls from Mighty Productions, the company behind Rick Edwards-fronted !mpossible.

The game show, where only the last ball left in play at the end wins the big cash prize, features three teams of two who've each been allocated five numbered balls. As the balls are picked from the bag at random the teams must answer questions to eliminate an opponent's ball or save their own. The show also has compelling moments of strategy. Will the players cash in their balls when given the chance or hold out and hope for the big money, even though it could mean leaving with nothing?

Ordered by BBC Commissioning Editor, Entertainment and Daytime Jo Street, the show is being filmed in Glasgow, Scotland between November 14 and 19. Mighty Productions was established by The Weakest Link co-creator Lynn Sutcliffe and Tipping Point creator Hugh Rycroft.

Backed by BBC Studios, the firm produces daytime quiz !mpossible, a game show in which the contestants must avoid giving impossible answers, as well as All4 series The Rage Room and Kate Humble-fronted animal panel show Curious Creatures. The producers will be hoping that it can replicate existing BBC game shows such as Pointless, Letterbox and Eggheads.

Other new efforts include The Time It Takes, the Hat Trick-produced series fronted by comedian Joe Lycett, which is set to be followed by Possessed and 12 Yard-produced Catchpoint, which will be fronted by Paddy McGuinness.

Deadline

posted 11/2/18


Deadline

BEVERLY McCLELLAN: 1969-2018
Season 1 "The Voice" Finalist
From Parade

Season one of The Voice fourth place finalist Beverly McClellan died of cancer in San Diego, Calif. on Tuesday, October 30. She was 49.

The rocker from south Florida passed away in hospice in surrounded by family and friends.

"She was surrounded by so much love and we shared some beautiful last days," her wife Monique Garcia McClellan shared on Facebook. "Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive of us. We appreciate all of the love you have given and the good vibes you have sent."

In March, the singer was diagnosed with endometrial cancer that had already spread to her bladder, colon, and intestines, according to a GoFundMe fundraiser set up to help pay her medical bills.

Javier Colon, who won season one of The Voice, took to Instagram to pay tribute. He wrote in part: "Such a heavy heart tonight. Our @nbcthevoice Season One family lost a great one. @beverlyshanemcclellan was such a beast. A beautiful human being and insanely talented artist. She could rock with the best and make them look bad."

McClellan was a two-chair turn on The Voice. Her Blind Audition of "Piece of My Heart" got both Adam Levine and Christina Aguilera to swivel their red chairs. McClellan chose to join Christina's team. .

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posted 11/1/18

WEDNESDAY: Trick or Treat!
NBC Wins Outright on Halloween Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.517 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) pulled in front on a very competitive Halloween night thanks to new episodes from "Chicago Med" (7.691 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Chicago Fire" (7.908 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and "Chicago PD" (6.952 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5).

FOX (3.795 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was a close second with originals from "Empire" (4.211 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) and "Star" (3.380 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8).

Next up was CBS (5.623 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) with its mix of "Survivor: David vs. Goliath" (7.066 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1), "SEAL Team" (5.408 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Criminal Minds" (4.394 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.046 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up fresh installments of "The Goldbergs" (4.780 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7), "American Housewife" (4.155 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "Modern Family" (5.000 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2), "Single Parents" (3.718 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "A Million Little Things" (3.311 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.661 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) opted for repeats of "Charmed" (0.739 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "Legacies" (0.583 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14)..

On cable...
-
Forged in Fire (History): 1.393m
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death (History): 860k
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 715k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 218k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 147k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 11/1/18

Merry Christmas, Happy Holi-Slay
VH1 Lines Up "Drag Race" Holiday Special
From the Futon Critic

VH1 today announced that the Emmy(R) Award-winning "RuPaul's Drag Race" will air a holiday-themed episode on Friday, December 7 at 8:00 PM ET/PT. The one-hour "RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-slay Spectacular" will bring back franchise favorites including Eureka O'Hara, Jasmine Masters, Kim Chi, Latrice Royale, Mayhem Miller, Shangela, Sonique, and Trixie Mattel as they compete for the title of America's first "Drag Race Xmas Queen."

The eight queens will return for an extraordinary holiday-themed episode filled with jaw-dropping surprises, eye-popping fashions, and epic performances choreographed by Todrick Hall. The queens will be dancing and lip-syncing to original holiday music from two RuPaul holiday albums, the classic "Slay Belles" and the new album, "Christmas Party." Michelle Visage, Ross Mathews, and Todrick Hall will join RuPaul on the judging panel to help crown America's first "Drag Race Christmas Queen."

"Nothing says Christmas like 'Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, and drag queens slipping on their pantyhose,'" said three-time Emmy(R) Award-winning host and EP RuPaul. "Celebrating the holidays with my most festive girls inspired me to record my new album, 'Christmas Party.' And this VH1 holiday extravaganza is my way of saying thank you to my 'Drag Race' family by spreading a little bit of love, laughter and light across the country and around the world."

The Futon Critic

posted 11/1/18

"Talk Show" Has Nothing Left to Say
truTV Reportedly Cancels Guy Branum's "Talk Show the Game Show"
From Vulture

Guy Branum's game show about talk shows is no more. Branum revealed on Twitter today that truTV has decided to cancel his series Talk Show the Game Show, which was based on a live show Branum previously hosted in Los Angeles.

Talk Show the Game Show debuted in 2017 and wrapped up its most recent batch of episodes earlier this year. C

ontestants included Maria Bamford, Tiffany Haddish, James Adomian, Nicole Byer, Fortune Feimster, and Scott Adsit, among others.

I'm very sad to say Talk Show The Game Show has been cancelled by @truTV. I'd like to thank them and everyone involved in the show, especially @dropdeadsuit @KarenKilgariff @iamwandasykes and Page Hurwitz for making it possible. It was so much fun. pic.twitter.com/x2A4s4xiSE -Guy Branum

Vulture

posted 11/1/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Stop Us If You've Heard This Before"

posted 11/2/18

TUESDAY: NBC, CBS Split Night
"The Voice" Powers the Peacock
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.139 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was back in front among adults 18-49 on Tuesday with its mix of "The Voice" (8.831 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #3), "This Is Us" (8.795 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) and "New Amsterdam" (6.791 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4).

CBS (9.718 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) then claimed most-watched honors with its trio of "NCIS" (12.138 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "FBI" (9.413 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.602 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9).

Next up was ABC (4.949 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T2) with originals from "The Conners" (7.748 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2), "The Kids Are Alright" (5.452 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "Black-ish" (4.283 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7), "Splitting Up Together" (3.300 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T9) and "The Rookie" (4.455 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.360 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) served up new episodes of "The Gifted" (2.026 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "Lethal Weapon" (2.695 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12).

And finally, fresh installments from "The Flash" (1.731 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T12) and "Black Lightning" (1.015 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) rounded out the night on The CW (1.373 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 975k
- The Challenge: Final Reckoning (MTV): 788k
- Ink Master: Grudge Match (Paramount): 669k


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posted 10/31/18

Buzzr Enters Pluto
Classic Game Network Available on New Platform
From Media Play News

Free streaming TV site Pluto TV announced the launch of a new channel, Buzzr, featuring classic game shows.

On Buzzr, viewers can play along with iconic game show hosts such as Gene Rayburn and Alex Trebek in a pop culture TV time capsule. The channel features such shows as "Supermarket Sweep," featuring contestants filling their carts with grocery items in an effort to have the highest total at check-out; "Match Game," in which host Rayburn is the ringmaster to a panel of celebrity guests; and "Classic Concentration," hosted by Trebek, in which contestants challenge their memories and ability to solve complex puzzles.

Pluto TV delivers 100-plus live and original channels and thousands of on-demand movies in partnership with major TV networks, movie studios, publishers and digital media companies, according to the company, and is available on all mobile, web and connected TV streaming devices.

Media Play News

posted 10/31/18

More on "Real Country"
Catch It on USA November 13
From the Futon Critic

Today, USA Network revealed the 21 artists competing in its new music showcase series REAL COUNTRY and the prizing they will be vying for. Set to premiere November 13 at 10/9, each contestant was hand-selected by the show's permanent panel of artists - five-time GRAMMY Award(R)-winning trailblazer Shania Twain, platinum-selling singer-songwriter Jake Owen and GRAMMY Award(R)-winning music legend Travis Tritt.

In every episode, three artists will compete for $10,000, a performance at Stagecoach - California's Country Music Festival, and a spot in the grand finale where they will then vie for a chance to win $100,000 and a highly coveted performance at Nashville's iconic Grand Ole Opry, which has been a launching pad for many of today's top country superstars.

The 21 artists include:
SHANIA TWAIN'S PICKS:
- Billie Jo: Emory, Texas
- The Davisson Brothers Band: Harrison County, West Virginia
- Kylie Frey: Opelousas, Louisiana
- Riley Thompson: Mabank, Texas
- Tiera: Gardendale, Alabama
- Micah Woods: Murrieta, California
- The Young Fables: Maryville, Tennessee

JAKE OWEN'S PICKS:
- ADAIRS RUN: Salem, Virginia and Princeton, West Virginia
- Jaida Dreyer: Nashville, Tennessee
- Larry Fleet: White Bluff, Tennessee
- Jamie Floyd: West Palm Beach, Florida
- Savannah Keyes: Sandy, Utah
- Frank Ray: Las Cruces, New Mexico
- Regan Stewart: Auburn, Alabama

TRAVIS TRITT'S PICKS:
- Bri Bagwell: Las Cruces, New Mexico
- Scooter Brown: Littleton, Colorado
-
Copper Chief: Mineral Wells, Muenster, and Richmond, Texas
- Tony Jackson: Richmond, Virginia
- Dave Kennedy: Chattanooga, Tennessee
- Cody Purvis: Charlottesville, Virginia
- Porter Union: Springfield, Missouri

From Wilshire Studios, the eight-part series has Twain, Nicolle Yaron, Stijn Bakkers and Leslie Garvin set to executive produce. For more information on REAL COUNTRY or the artists, please visit http://www.usanetwork.com/realcountry.

The Futon Critic
Broadway World

KDVR Denver
Vulture

posted 10/31/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Happy Halloween!"

  • Alan Bersten wants to keep it professional until at least they're eliminated. (Us)

  • Blake Shelton heading out on tour (Reality TV World)

  • Behind the scenes of Jeopardy! (Reality TV World)

  • Rachel Lindsay has a wedding to plan.... and no, you're not invited, Bachelor Nation (Reality TV World)

  • Wayne Brady joins the PCH Prize Patrol (PR Newswire)

  • Alex Trebek goes from star host to Star Child (UPROXX)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Devin Goda (CBS Los Angeles)

posted 10/31/18

Joey Fatone to Head Up "Common Knowledge"
New Game Show Network Original to Premiere January 14
From Inquisitr

Joey Fatone has a new gig — he'll be hosting a new series for the Game Show Network called Common Knowledge.

According to Deadline, each 30-minute episode of the game show will feature two teams of three — friends, co-workers, relatives, etc. — competing against one another. The team members must put their heads together to answer practical questions such as "What should you do when you have a fever? Or how can you tell if a watermelon is ripe?"

The show features three rounds of multiple-choice play. Then, the winning trio will move forward to the bonus round where they will compete for a chance to win $10,000.

Common Knowledge will premiere on the Game Show Network on Monday, January 14. It will be a daily program..

Inquisitr
Deadline
Billboard
Broadway World

posted 10/30/18

This Game Show Now Streams Classic Episodes on Netflix
Correct Response: What Is Jeopardy!
From the Hollywood Reporter

Producers Sony Pictures Television are making the most (financially) out of Jeopardy.

Netflix announced Monday that it has acquired 45 library episodes of the Alex Trebek-hosted quiz show, which will be available to stream for the first time on the service starting Tuesday.

The announcement follows an August deal that Sony Pictures TV made with Hulu for 60 episodes of the syndicated game show. That pact, Jeopardy's first streaming deal, included curated episodes including a Tournament of Champions, a College Championship, a Kids Week and some of the show's fan-favorite contestants in its rich history.

Sources say Netflix's 45 episodes are a subset of the 60 that are already available on Hulu, meaning those episodes are now available to stream on both rival platforms.

Both the Hulu and Netflix deals are nonexclusive in the U.S., so Amazon executives, if you're reading this, the pool is open and water is warm should you want to jump in, too..

The Hollywood Reporter

Uproxx
Slate
Elite Daily

posted 10/30/18

SYNDIES: Week 6
Results for the Week Ending October 21
From TV Newscheck

The newest shows in first run were also the hottest in the session ending Oct. 21, the last full week before the November sweep.

Face the Truth, the season's No. 1 new strip, jumped 14% in households to a 0.8 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, matching its highest rating to date.

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) 6.3* +2%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 6.1* +3%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 6.0* +2%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck

B&C

posted 10/30/18

WEEKEND: Boston Strong
World Series Powers Fox All Weekend Long
From the Futon Critic

FOX (14.021 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1) was of course the top draw on Friday thanks to the primetime portion of the "World Series, Game 3" (14.021 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1).

CBS (6.841 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then took home the silver with originals from "MacGyver" (5.860 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5), "Hawaii Five-0" (6.872 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and "Blue Bloods" (7.791 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

Next up was ABC (2.875 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) and a repeat of "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" (3.860 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) alongside originals of "Child Support" (2.371 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "20/20" (2.394 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.385 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) served up a new "Blindspot" (2.533 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) followed by the season premiere of "Midnight, Texas" (1.943 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and a new "Dateline NBC" (2.678 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

And finally, The CW (0.514 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) closed out the evening with fresh installments from "Dynasty" (0.610 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.419 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #12).

On cable..
- Lip Sync Battle Shorties (Nick): 896k
- Double Dare (Nick): 655k

On cable Sunday
-
Halloween Wars (Food): 1.559m

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/30/18

Fremantle "Dijeron" a "100 Latinos"... Otra Vez
Estrella in Talks to Revive Hispanic "Family Feud"
From Forbes

EstrellaTV has signed a multi-year licensing agreement with Fremantle to produce 100 Latinos Dijeron, the Spanish-language version of Family Feud.

The LBI-owned EstrellaTV network and Fremantle will co-produce the game show, marking the U.S. revival of 100 Latinos Dijeron.

The show aired on the now-defunct MundoFox, later rebranded MundoMax, from 2013 to 2015. That version was hosted by Marco Antonio Regil (now a Telemundo morning show personality), who previously led Mexico's adaptation 100 Mexicanos Dijeron and Unimas' "Que Dice La Gente". It is currently hosted by Adrian Uribe and airs on Televisa's Las Estrellas network.

EstrellaTV's 100 Latinos Dijeron will be produced and shot in Mexico with a new set and celebrity host. Casting will start in January 2019, with plans for the show to debut in the early part of next year.

Forbes

posted 10/30/18

MONDAY: Back on Top
NBC, The Voice Lead the Way in the Demos
From the Futon Critic

NBC (7.558 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #1) took home the adults 18-49 crown on Monday thanks to a new "The Voice" (9.333 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and the special "A Very Wicked Halloween" (4.008 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6).

ABC (8.142 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with originals from "Dancing with the Stars" (8.221 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) and "The Good Doctor" (7.983 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3).

Next up was FOX (5.293 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2) with fresh installments of "The Resident" (4.932 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "9-1-1" (5.654 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.962 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up new episodes of "The Neighborhood" (6.131 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #5), "Happy Together" (4.404 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9), "Magnum P.I." (5.590 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T9) and "Bull" (7.029 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8).

And finally, new episodes of "Arrow" (1.157 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (0.966 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) on The CW (1.062 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) rounded out the night

On cable...
-
Halloween Baking Championship (SF/Food): 1.573m
- Brake Room - 11p (Discovery): 328k
- Brake Room - 11:30p (Discovery): 269k
- Lip Sync Battle (S/Paramount): 107k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/30/18

More on "The Time It Takes"
BBC1 Sets Fall Premiere
From Realscreen

BBC1 has set a fall premiere for its eccentric quiz show The Time It Takes.

Produced by London indie Hat Trick Productions, the Saturday night competition series will feature contestants racing to answer as many quirky questions as possible within a specific time limit. Instead of a pre-determined amount of time, limits will be set by contestants determining the time it takes to, for example, unwrap every Werther's Original in a family pack; how long it takes to complete a Rubik's cube underwater; how long a kettle takes to boil; or the time it takes to deflate an air bed and put it back into its original box.

Winners of The Time It Takes will walk away with a dream holiday, while the losers will take home a tea towel.

Award-winning comedian Joe Lycett will front the series, alongside sidekick Alison Hammond. The quiz show will also feature a rotating panel of celebrity guests who will enact certain assignments, including Ore Oduba, Joel Dommett, Debbie McGee, Paul Chuckle, Jess Wright and Mark-Francis Vandelli.

The Time It Takes will air on BBC1 this Fall.

Realscreen

posted 10/29/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Awwwwww"

posted 10/29/18

More on "Celebrity Game Night"
BBC StudioWorks to House "Hollywood" Remake
From Broadcast

BBC Studioworks is providing full studio and technical services to Channel 5's new gameshow, Celebrity Game Night. The production sees Liza Tarbuck take on hosting duties in front of a live audience for indie Monkey's take on the Emmy-winning American show, Hollywood Game Night.

Tarbuck will be joined by two teams of celebrity guests, led by captains Danny Baker and Susan Calman. The teams will go head-to head in a series of parlour games that test their pop culture knowledge, acting skills, and nerves.

The 6x60-min episodes is filming in BBC Studioworks' 11,800 sq. ft. Studio D at BBC Elstree Centre, with two episodes recording back-to-back today, Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 October. The production will be supported by Studio D's production galleries, EVS tapeless recording facilities and will also draw upon BBC Studioworks' audio, electrical, engineering and scenic teams.

"Hollywood Game Night has now run in the US for a number of series and has been a massive hit, so we're very excited to be working with Monkey on the UK's version of this popular format," said BBC Studioworks commercial manager Meryl McLaren.

Broadcast

posted 10/26/18

SABC Takes "Noot"
"Noot vir Noot" Returns
From Jacaranda FM

On Thursday, SABC2 relaunched their popular Afrikaans music game show, Noot vir Noot.

TV and music veteran, Johan Stemmet is back in the driving seat on Noot vir Noot at 19:00 on Thursdays.

So make sure your vocal chords are oiled and you and your entire family are ready for some music madness.

Local heartthrob and singer, Brendan Peyper was the first musical guest of the 43rd season - and the first episode was filled with awesome moments.

Jacaranda FM

posted 10/26/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "The World's Other Letter Toucher"

posted 10/26/18

WEDNESDAY: Boston, 2-0
Fox Wins, "Modern Family" Beats Survivor
From the Futon Critic

FOX (11.317 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1) was of course the top draw on Wednesday thanks to its coverage of the "World Series, Game 2" (11.317 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.8, #1).

NBC (7.348 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the number two draw with its original lineup of "Chicago Med" (7.751 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "Chicago Fire" (7.646 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4) and "Chicago PD" (6.645 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7).

Next up was ABC (4.227 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its mix of "The Goldbergs" (4.981 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "American Housewife" (4.352 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8), "Modern Family" (5.218 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2), "Single Parents" (3.790 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and "A Million Little Things" (3.512 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.681 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) served up fresh installments from "Survivor: David vs. Goliath" (7.350 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3), "SEAL Team" (5.423 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "Criminal Minds" (4.271 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12).

And finally, new episodes of "Riverdale" (1.434 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #13) and "All American" (0.787 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #14) closed out the night on The CW (1.110 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5)..

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.153m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 854k
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death (History): 767k
- Are You The One (MTV): 483k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 128k


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/25/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Viacomplete Reshuffle"

posted 10/25/18

Bob Barker Returns Home
"The Price Is Right" Host Emeritus Rushed to Hospital for "Non-Life Threatening" Back Injuries
From USA Today

Legendary TV game show host Bob Barker is resting at home after being hospitalized earlier this week due to back pain.

Barker, 94, who was transported by paramedics Monday to Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, returned to his Hollywood Hills home on Tuesday.

Through a representative, he told fans he's recovering and expressed appreciation for their interest and support.

"He's home, he's resting, he's comfortable," William Prappas, Barker's business manager, told USA TODAY Wednesday. "He wants to thank all his fans and those (who have) been reaching out. He wants to let them know he's resting and on the road to recovery."

Barker's back pain stemmed from an earlier back injury.

The Hollywood Reporter
TMZ
CBS DFW
TV Week
USA Today

posted 10/24/18

Meet "The Masked Singer"
Catch It on Fox January
From the Futon Critic

Get ready for the wildest celebrity guessing game ever, when new celebrity singing game show THE MASKED SINGER premieres Wednesday, Jan. 2 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.

Hosted by Nick Cannon, with panelists Ken Jeong, Jenny McCarthy, Nicole Scherzinger and Robin Thicke, THE MASKED SINGER is a top-secret celebrity singing competition that will have everyone asking, "who's behind the mask?!" Based on an international format, and already a viral phenomenon with over half a billion fans worldwide, the series features celebrities facing off against one another with one major twist: each singer is shrouded from head to toe in an elaborate costume, complete with full face mask to conceal his or her identity. With each performance, the host, panelists, audience, viewers and even the other contestants are left guessing who is singing behind the mask. Although the celebrities' identities are a mystery, between them they have a combined 65 Grammy Award nominations, 16 Emmy Award nominations, four stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and four Super Bowl titles. The singers may attempt to throw the crowd off of their scent, while keen observers might pick up on tiny clues buried throughout the show. One singer will be eliminated by the audience and judges each week, based on their performance, and will then reveal his or her true identity. It's not a "whodunit," it's a "whosungit!"

Produced by Endemol Shine North America, THE MASKED SINGER was developed for the U.S. and is executive-produced by Craig Plestis ("Minute to Win It," "The Winner Is"). Izzie Pick Ibarra ("Dancing with the Stars," "Breaking Pointe") also serves as an executive producer, and Alex Rudzinski ("Dancing with the Stars," "Grease: Live") directs. Nick Cannon, Nikki Varhely Gillingham and Rosie Seitchik serve as co-executive producers. THE MASKED SINGER is based on the South Korean format created by Mun Hwa Broadcasting Corp. "Like" THE MASKED SINGER on Facebook at facebook.com/maskedsingerfox. Follow the series on Twitter @maskedsingerfox and join the conversation using #TheMaskedSinger. Check out photos and videos on Instagram @maskedsingerfox.

The Futon Critic
TV Line

posted 10/24/18

MasterChef Junior Comes Home for the Holidays
Catch It on Fox November 22
From the Futon Critic

This Thanksgiving, MASTERCHEF JUNIOR gives fans something to be thankful for, when multi-Michelin star Chef Gordon Ramsay and award-winning chef Aarón Sánchez invite celebrities, their kids and some fan-favorite alumni into the MASTERCHEFJUNIOR kitchen, where they'll show off their culinary skills in exciting contests for charity on the all-new MASTERCHEF JUNIOR: CELEBRITY SHOWDOWN, airing Thanksgiving night, Thursday, Nov. 22 (8:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, immediately following NFL ON FOX, in which the Dallas Cowboys face the Washington Redskins. In between these epic battles in the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR kitchen, host Gordon Ramsay will chat with lifestyle expert, businesswoman and TV personality Martha Stewart to swap holiday-themed recipes for the whole family to enjoy.

The two-hour special features three unique battles, putting each celebrity competitor to the test- with more than bragging rights at stake - the winners earn donations to the charities of their choice.

Additionally, the contestants will face their challenges with a sous chef by their sides, whether it be one of their own children or former MASTERCHEF JUNIOR contestants.

Here are the MASTERCHEF JUNIOR match-ups:
- Eric Stonestreet and MCJ Season Five Contestant Shayne vs. Terrence Howard and MCJ Season Six Finalist Avery: In a holiday-themed Mystery Box Challenge, these two TV dads will battle it out with help from some MASTERCHEF JUNIOR kids. EMPIRE's Terrence Howard (@terrencehoward) pairs up with Season Six finalist Avery while "Modern Family's" Eric Stonestreet teams with MASTERCHEF JUNIOR Season Five favorite Shayne to cook.
- Alyson Hannigan and her Daughter, Saty, vs. Lil Rel Howery and his Daughter, Brittni: It's a parent-child tag-team challenge! TV star Alyson Hannigan (@alydenisof), of "How I Met Your Mother," cooks with her nine-year-old daughter, Saty, while star of FOX's REL, Lil Rel Howery, partners up with his daughter, Brittni (age nine).
- NFL Hall of Fame Running Back Emmitt Smith and MCJ Season Six Winner Beni vs. NFL Hall of Fame Wide Receiver Jerry Rice and MCJ Season Four Winner Addison: From going head-to-head on the field to making plays in the kitchen, two NFL legends see who will come out on top in this cooking matchup. Emmitt Smith (@EmmittSmith22), formerly of the Dallas Cowboys, gets an assist from the most recent winner of MASTERCHEF JUNIOR, 11-year-old Beni Cwiakala. Jerry Rice (@JerryRice), who played for the San Francisco 49ers, will be teamed up with MASTERCHEF JUNIOR Season Four winner, 13-year-old Addison Smith.
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The Futon Critic

posted 10/24/18

Who Wants to Be a Mickey-onaire?
The Mouse Is Celebrating His 90th On Set November 2, Plus...
From Broadway World

This season, "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" will have given away more than $100 million in total winnings since its Syndicated debut in 2002. It will celebrate this remarkable milestone throughout the month of November with a series of specialty shows and giveaways, culminating with a commemorative show in which a favorite past contestant gets a second shot at winning $1 million.

- Friday, Nov. 2: Mickey's 90th Anniversary Celebration: "Millionaire" will celebrate Mickey's 90th Anniversary with a special show featuring an appearance by none other than Mickey Mouse himself! There also will be additional commemorative contestant prizes given away during game play, including a limited edition $5,000 Mickey Swarovski® Crystal Disney Gift Card and a trip for two to New York City to experience Mickey: The True Original Exhibition, an interactive pop-up art experience honoring Mickey Mouse's 90th Anniversary. Coming to NYC for a limited time, the one-of-a-kind exhibition is an immersive art exhibit that celebrates 90 years of Mickey Mouse's heritage, status as a "true original," and his global impact on art and pop culture.

- Monday, Nov. 5 - Friday, November 9: Victories for Veterans Week: Veteran service members from the U.S. Armed Forces will appear as contestants all week long, and the show will salute American heroes with the help of DAV, Disabled American Veterans, a nonprofit charity with more than 1 million members nationwide. For each contestant that reaches the $100,000 question during Victories for Veterans, "Millionaire" will honor him or her by making a $5,000 donation to DAV.

- Monday, Nov. 11 - Friday, Nov. 16: Millionaire's $100 Million Week: Each day throughout the week, Millionaire will revisit a favorite past contestant with an exciting game play moment from "Millionaire's" 17-year Syndication run. One of these players will be randomly selected to come back for another shot at winning $1 million on Friday, Nov. 16, during a special commemorative show. In addition, the at-home grand prize winner of the Millionaire Celebration Sweepstakes will be announced on-air as the recipient of a magical DISNEY CRUISE LINE Vacation
. .

Broadway World

posted 10/24/18

More on "The Titan Games"
Liam McHugh, Cari Champion, Alex Mendez Join the Show
From Broadway World

Three seasoned sports analysts join "The Titan Games," the highly anticipated athletic competition series hosted and executive produced by Dwayne Johnson, along with fellow EP's Arthur Smith and Dany Garcia.

Veteran NBC Sports host Liam McHugh and well-known esports announcer Alex "Goldenboy" Mendez will serve as commentators, while sports broadcaster Cari Champion takes on the role of field reporter.

"The Titan Games," which will provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for everyday people willing to take on its physical and mental challenges, will premiere Wednesday, Jan. 2 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on NBC. McHugh, Mendez and Champion join the 10-episode series from Universal Television Alternative Studio, A. Smith and Co. Productions and Seven Bucks Productions. McHugh and Mendez will be paired in the skybox where they will provide play-by-play and in-depth analysis on the intense action, highlighting the physicality of each challenge and the mental resilience needed to succeed.

From the floor of the electrifying arena, Champion will provide exclusive interviews that will unveil the heart, grit and intellect of each contender.

Broadway World

posted 10/24/18

TUESDAY: Boston, 1-0
Fox Wins on World Series Game 1
From the Futon Critic

FOX (12.624 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1) leapt into the top spot on Tuesday with its presentation of the "World Series, Game 1" (12.624 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1).

NBC (7.673 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2) then got bumped to second place with its trio of "The Voice" (8.236 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.6, #4), "This Is Us" (8.378 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2) and "New Amsterdam" (6.407 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5).

Next up was CBS (9.025 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) with originals from "NCIS" (11.143 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #6), "FBI" (8.803 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.129 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.774 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) served up week two of its lineup "The Conners" (7.928 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "The Kids Are Alright" (5.139 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7), "Black-ish" (3.802 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9), "Splitting Up Together" (2.922 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "The Rookie" (4.426 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

And finally on The CW (1.524 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5), fresh installments from "The Flash" (1.818 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "Black Lightning" (1.229 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 969k
- The Challenge: Final Reckoning (MTV): 755k
- Ink Master: Grudge Match (Paramount): 608k
- Paid Off with Michael Torpey (SF/truTV): 111k


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/24/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Double Duty"

posted 10/24/18

SYNDIES: Week 5
Results for the Week Ending October 14
From TV Newscheck

Court shows were clearly the most robust performers in the session ending Oct. 14, with three of the top four gavelers getting positive verdicts from Nielsen in an otherwise sluggish week.

In access, Family Feud broke out of a three-way tie, gaining 5% to a new season-high 6.2 and taking game show honors over challengers Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, both of which were unchanged at a 5.9.

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) 6.2* +5%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9 NC
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.9 NC
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC.

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 10/23/18

Mariah Carey Joins "The Voice"
Knockouts Begin Next Week
From Broadway World

Multi-platinum global superstar and legendary music icon Mariah Carey is set to join NBC's four-time Emmy Award-winning musical competition series "The Voice" as a key advisor for the Season 15 Knockout Rounds beginning Monday, Oct. 29.

As a key advisor, Carey, the best-selling female artist of all time, will work with and mentor the remaining 32 artists with coaches Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton. Season 15 of "The Voice" continues tonight (8-10 p.m. ET/PT) with the Battle Rounds.

The coaches enlist the help of top recording artists to offer their knowledge and skills as advisors. Kelly Clarkson teams up with Thomas Rhett; Jennifer Hudson with Halsey; Adam Levine with CeeLo Green; and Blake Shelton with Keith Urban.

In the next phase of the competition, the Knockout Rounds, the remaining 32 artists will be paired against a teammate once more, but this time they will select their own songs to perform individually while their direct competitor watches and waits. They are vying for their coach's confidence and decision to take them to the final and crucial round before the Live Performance Shows, the Live Playoffs.

Broadway World
TV Line
Reality TV World

posted 10/23/18

MONDAY: Vocal Power
NBC Takes First on "The Voice"
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.583 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was still the top draw on Monday thanks to fresh installments from "The Voice" (9.208 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) and "Manifest" (7.335 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2).

FOX (5.216 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) then took home the silver with originals from "The Resident" (4.808 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) and "9-1-1" (5.624 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3).

Next up was ABC (6.521 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) with a new "Dancing with the Stars" (7.587 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4) alongside a rebroadcast of "The Rookie" (4.390 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.936 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) offered up new episodes of "The Neighborhood" (6.410 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Happy Together" (4.741 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7), "Magnum P.I." (5.558 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7) and "Bull" (6.674 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T7).

And finally, The CW (1.091 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with a new "Arrow" (1.177 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and the return of "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.005 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12).

On cable...
- Halloween Baking Championship (Food): 1.351m


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/23/18

WEEKEND: Chief Rocka
Fox, CBS Split Friday; NBC Owns Sunday
From World Screen

FOX (4.010 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) edged out another demo victory on Friday thanks to new episodes of "Last Man Standing" (6.201 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1), "The Cool Kids" (4.575 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and "Hell's Kitchen" (2.632 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

CBS (7.256 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then was a close second with its trio of "MacGyver" (6.094 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.331 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and "Blue Bloods" (8.343 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

Next up was NBC (3.357 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with fresh installments from "Blindspot" (2.546 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Dateline NBC" (3.762 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.505 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up originals from "Fresh Off the Boat" (3.022 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Speechless" (2.427 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9), "Child Support" (1.939 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "20/20" (2.852 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9).

And finally, new episodes from "Dynasty" (0.653 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.420 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.536 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Lip Sync Battle Shorties (SP/Nick): 803k
- Double Dare (Nick): 724k

On cable Saturday...
- American Ninja Warrior Junior (Universal Kids): 138k

NBC (7:30-11pm) (13.162 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 4.2, #1) continued its NFL reign on Sunday with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (5.143 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6), "Football Night in America #2" (8.332 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.5, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (11.985 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.7, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (14.363 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.6, #2).

CBS (11.419 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then got a boost from "NFL Overrun" (21.206 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.5, #1) alongside new episodes of "60 Minutes" (14.504 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.7, #4), "God Friended Me" (9.206 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T6), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (8.139 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and "Madam Secretary" (6.451 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #17).

Next up was FOX (2.516 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with repeats of "The Simpsons" (3.360 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and "Bob's Burgers" (2.130 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.9, #13) followed by new episodes of "The Simpsons" (2.843 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8), "Bob's Burgers" (2.653 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8), "Family Guy" (2.620 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T10) and "Rel" (1.488 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.6, #18).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.113 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up fresh installments of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.487 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14), "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors" (4.816 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14), "Shark Tank" (3.955 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T14) and "The Alec Baldwin Show" (2.193 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T19).

And finally, The CW (1.315 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the evening with new episodes of "Supergirl" (1.326 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T19) and "Charmed" (1.304 million viewers, #21; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T19).

On cable Sunday...
- Halloween Wars (Food): 1.272k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/23/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "On the Road Again Part 2"

posted 10/23/18

Wheelhouse
Details on "Wheel's" New Promotion
From The Futon Critic

Here's a scenario that might play out next week. Wheel of Fortune viewer yells at his or her screen: "I can solve that puzzle! 'I Have to Make a Mortgage Payment." For one fortunate fan, that might no longer be true.

The venerable game show is trying something new for its 36 season in syndication: giving one viewer the chance to win a house. Wheel is teaming with Minto Communities and Margaritaville Holdings to give away a new home valued at $350,000 at Latitude Margaritaville, a new active adult community. A winner of the "Home Sweet Home Giveaway" will be chosen at random.

To enter, viewers should tune in to Wheel of Fortune each night during the week of October 29-November 2, take note of the bonus round puzzle solution and input it at http://www.wheeloffortune.com for an entry.

"After 35 seasons it's not an easy feat to do something for the first time, but thanks to Latitude Margaritaville, we're doing just that by giving away a house," said Wheel of Fortune executive producer Harry Friedman. "Our viewers welcome us into their homes each night, so we're returning the favor by welcoming one of them into a new home of their own."

There are three of the Latitude Margaritaville communities that embody "the no-worries lifestyle of fun, food and music inspired by Jimmy Buffett" — as the builder puts it — but the parties didn't specify which of them might a be Wheel viewer's future address.

Deadline

The Hollywood Reporter

posted 10/22/18

CBS Studios Pays Attention
The Eye Snatches Up Global Rights for Australian Quiz Show
From World Screen

CBS Studios International (CBSSI) has signed a deal with Working Dog Productions for the exclusive worldwide format rights to the comedy quiz show Have You Been Paying Attention?, which is in its sixth season on Network Ten in Australia.

Using the format of a quiz show, each week the host asks five well-known and well-informed guests—made up of comedians, radio presenters and TV stars—questions about the news of the week.

HYBPA? is the number one quiz show on TEN and the third highest-rated overall show on the network in 2018.

"HYBPA? joins CBS's portfolio of the biggest formats on television—from Wheel of Fortune to America's Next Top Model," said Paul Gilbert, senior VP of international formats at CBS Studios International. "This agreement is a terrific example of the new synergies we have in Australia since acquiring Network Ten, and we look forward to partnering with the team at Working Dog Productions to make HYBPA? a global success."

"We are proud and delighted to bring the show we love to the rest of the world," said Michael Hirsh, executive producer at Working Dog Productions. "We're grateful to CBS for the opportunity to share what has become the one Aussie show families bookmark to watch together every week.".

World Screen

IF.com.au
World Screen

posted 10/22/18

West End Game Night
Channel 5 Picks Up "Hollywood Game Night"
From Realscreen

British commercial television network Channel 5 has commissioned NBCUniversal International Studios-owned prodco Monkey to produce the game show format Celebrity Game Night for the UK.

The 6 x 60-minute localized adaptation will see six different celebrities join presenter Liza Tarbuck (Upstart Crow) and team captains Danny Baker (BBC Radio 5 Live) and Susan Calman (Strictly Come Dancing, The Boss) to battle in head-to-head party games with the help of a live band.

Monkey's William Macdonald will executive produce the series, which was commissioned by Channel 5's Sebastian Cardwell.

Celebrity Game Night is based on the Primetime Emmy-winning Hollywood Game Night (pictured) format from NBCUniversal International, which distributes the series internationally.

The original Hollywood Game Night format was created by actor/producer Sean Hayes and producer Todd Milliner for NBC in 2013. Hosted by Glee actor Jane Lynch, the series is now in its sixth season and has since been remade across 19 territories, with the UK marking its 20th.

Realscreen
Female First

posted 10/22/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "On the Road Again"

posted 10/22/18

Top Chef Embraces Unbridled Spirit
Catch the New Season from Kentucky December 6
From The Futon Critic

Bravo's "Top Chef" heads to the state of Kentucky for season 16, kicking off with two weeks of supersized premieres beginning Thursday, December 6 at 9:00 pm ET/PT.

This season, 15 new talented chefs from cities big and small across the U.S. will compete for the sought-after title amid the unique culinary scenes in Louisville, Lexington and Lake Cumberland, before heading abroad for an epic finale showdown in Macau, China.

The Emmy and James Beard Award-winning series returns with host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio, Graham Elliot, Nilou Motamed and Gail Simmons.

For a sneak peek, please visit: http://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/season-16/videos/your-first-look-at-top-chef-kentucky.

Meet the New Cheftestants:
· Eric Adjepong - Washington, DC
· Sara Bradley - Paducah, KY
· Kelsey Barnard Clark - Dothan, AL
· Edmund "Eddie" Konrad - Philadelphia, PA
· Pablo Lamon - Miami Beach, FL
· Natalie Maronski - Philadelphia, PA
· Michelle Minori - San Francisco, CA
· Nini Nguyen - Brooklyn, NY
· Brandon Rosen - San Mateo, CA
· Kevin Scharpf - Dubuque, IA
· Caitlin Steininger - Cincinnati, OH
· Justin Sutherland - St. Paul, MN
· David Viana - Asbury Park, NJ
· Adrienne Wright - Boston, MA
· Brian Young - Boston, MA
.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/19/18

The New Hotness
"TPIR" Adds Former Ravens Wideout as New Model
From AOL

Looks like The Price Is Right scored a touchdown with its latest choice of male model.

Former Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Devin Goda will make his debut on the hit CBS daytime game show on Monday, Oct. 22.

The retired NFL player — and prolific Instagrammer — will join a cast of models that includes Rachel Reynolds, Amber Lancaster, Manuela Arbelaez and James O'Halloran.

"We are very excited to welcome Devin to The Price Is Right family," executive producer Mike Richards said in a statement. "Devin fits in perfectly to Price because he is all about positivity, building people up and doing what he can to make the world a happier place … just like The Price Is Right."

Goda already has a way with numbers, as evidenced by his on-field stats at Slippery Rock University, where he holds second-place records in receptions (173) and receiving yards (2,259). Those numbers propelled him to a postgraduation pro career in Baltimore, where he played three games until he was sidelined by a hamstring injury. At that point, his attention shifted to modeling, which led to his recruitment by the team at The Price Is Right..

AOL

Yahoo!

posted 10/19/18

THURSDAY: That Wasn't a Game, It Was an Embarrassment
Broncos' Manhandling of the Cards Wins Demos for Fox, While CBS Takes Total
From The Futon Critic

FOX (6.589 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) was still the demo champ on Thursday despite a blowout Broncos-Cardinals game with "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (6.024 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3) and "Thursday Night Football" (6.702 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1).

CBS (8.084 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then took home the silver with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.000 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2), "Young Sheldon" (10.800 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T3), "Mom" (8.195 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5), "Murphy Brown" (6.488 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "SWAT" (5.512 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

Next up was NBC (3.254 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3) with fresh installments from "Superstore" (3.219 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "The Good Place" (2.801 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "Will & Grace" (3.333 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "I Feel Bad" (2.253 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.6, #16) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.960 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #7).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.594 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) offered up its annual specials "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" (4.522 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #6) and "Toy Story of Terror!" (3.269 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) plus originals from "Station 19" (4.137 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.749 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

And finally, a new "Supernatural" (1.508 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.5, #17) and a repeat "Charmed" (0.982 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.3, #18) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.245 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz DAily

posted 10/19/18

WEDNESDAY: 5-8-8-2-300... "Empire!" (It's a Chicago Reference)
NBC's Chicago Crossover Leads to Split with EMpire/Star on Fox
From The Futon Critic

FOX (4.516 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) took home another demo crown on Wednesday with fresh installments of "Empire" (5.188 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "Star" (3.844 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

NBC (7.508 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with its trio of "Chicago Med" (7.638 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "Chicago Fire" (7.863 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3) and "Chicago PD" (7.023 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

Next up was CBS (5.779 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) with originals from "Survivor: David vs. Goliath" (7.275 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2), "SEAL Team" (5.533 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Criminal Minds" (4.528 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.044 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) offered up new episodes of "The Goldbergs" (4.886 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.1, #8), "American Housewife" (4.177 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Modern Family" (4.988 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T3), "Single Parents" (3.534 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and "A Million Little Things" (3.339 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

And finally, new episodes of "Riverdale" (1.266 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #14) and "All American" (0.637 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.952 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.089m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 791k
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death (History): 717k
- Are You the One (MTV): 466k
- Safeword (MTV): 378k


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz DAily

posted 10/19/18

"Love" Is In the Air... Eventually
US Version to Enter Preproduction
From Deadline

Love Island is heading back to Australia for a second season and is in "active" pre-production in the U.S. as the reality entertainment format wowed buyers in Cannes this week.

The ITV Studios format was one of the most talked about entertainment formats at Mipcom, helped largely by six of the international cast members, including Megan and Wes from the UK version, flying in to help the British commercial broadcaster promote the show. Australia's Network Nine confirmed that it had picked up the series, which follows a group of beautiful singletons looking to couple up in a sun-drenched villa, for a second run.

Meanwhile, ITV America Chief Creative Officer David Eilenberg revealed that it was already starting work on the series after CBS ordered a U.S. version earlier this summer. "We are in active pre-production on all fronts; game planning, casting has started a bit, we're just getting going," he told Deadline.k

Deadline

posted 10/19/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "And It Feels So Good"

posted 10/19/18

There's No Place Like ABC For the Holidays
"Great Christmas Light Fight", "American Baking Show" Set to Return
From TV Line

Pre-heat your ovens and rev up your generators: ABC has announced the 2018 premieres of The Great American Baking Show: Holiday Edition and The Great Christmas Light Fight.

The Great Christmas Light Fight's sixth season will get underway on Monday, Nov. 26, at 8/7c. Each episode of the competition pits four decoration-happy American families against each other in an attempt to win the Light Fight trophy and $50,000. Carter Oosterhouse and Taniya Nayak will return as judges.

The following week, The Great American Baking Show returns — with a tweaked title — for Season 4 on Thursday, Dec. 6 (9/8c). New host/Spice Girls member Emma "Baby Spice" Bunton will join returning host Anthony "Spice" Adams as they preside over a group of bakers' weekly challenges and eliminations; Sherry Yard, a James Beard Award-winning pastry chef, will join Baking Show stalwart Paul Hollywood on the judges' panel.

In December 2017, ABC pulled from its schedule Season 3 of Baking Show after sexual misconduct allegations were brought against judge/pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini by four women who had worked with him at the New York restaurant Jean-Georges. Vallery Lomas later was revealed as the season's winner via a video posted to the show's Facebook page.

TV Line

Deadline
Deadline
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The Futon Critic

posted 10/18/18

Television City Sold
Investment Firm Buys for $700m
From Deadline

CBS has selected LA real estate investment firm Hackman Capital Partners as the winning bidder for the company's iconic Television City facility near the corner of Fairfax and Beverly, a source familiar with the deal tells Deadline.

The transaction is not yet final, but the value is said to be well north of $700 million. Word first surfaced last year that CBS was considering shopping the 25-acre site, where shows like All in the Family was produced and early television figures like Jack Benny performed.

CBS declined to comment.

Hackman has backed several notable developments in LA, including the current expansion and modernization of Culver Studios. The home to classic Hollywood productions like Gone with the Wind and soon to be the Southern California base of Amazon.

Real estate values have been surging, especially in the neighborhood around the storied Television City site, where about a half-dozen shows including The Late Show with James Corden, The Price is Right and HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher are produced. Next door to Television City are The Grove and the Farmer's Market, which have transformed the area over the past decade-plus.

TV Newscheck

Curbed LA
Bisnow

posted 10/17/18

TUESDAY: Conners Stand Firm
CBS, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (8.020 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) held off the demo competition on Tuesday with originals from "The Voice" (8.818 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.7, #3), "This Is Us" (8.863 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) and "New Amsterdam" (6.380 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5).

ABC (6.014 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then scored the silver with the debut of "The Conners" (10.500 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1), "The Kids Are Alright" (6.576 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "Black-ish" (4.531 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7), "Splitting Up Together" (3.725 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and "The Rookie" (5.377 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8).

Next up was CBS (9.489 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) and its trio of "NCIS" (11.700 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T5), "FBI" (9.390 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.376 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #11).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.428 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up fresh installments of "The Gifted" (1.946 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "Lethal Weapon" (2.910 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #12).

And finally, new episodes of "The Flash" (1.636 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T13) and "Black Lightning" (1.036 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15) on The CW (1.336 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 848k
- The Challenge: Final Reckoning (MTV): 622k

- Ink Master: Grudge Match (Paramount): 534k
- Paid Off with Michael Torpey (TruTV): 105k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/17/18

Get Ready to Confetti, Eh?
Catch It on Facebook Watch Canada Monday
From Brinkwire

The [Business] INSIDER original game show on Facebook Watch called Confetti will expand internationally — curiously without INSIDER's help. Facebook tells TechCrunch it will work with local partners in international markets to create versions of the HQ Trivia-style live video game show where players compete through their phones to win cash prizes. EMEA, APAC and LATAM editions of Confetti will launch by the end of this year.

Facebook Watch will also launch The World's Most Amazing Dog, an interactive global competition show. In partnership with The Dodo, the show will spotlight top dogs and their owners from around the world.

Now that Facebook's ad breaks are running in 25 countries, it's able to get serious about monetizing Watch and recouping its content investments. Facebook has been paying up front for these shows but hopes that ad breaks could wean creators off its cash and create sustainable businesses based on Watch. But with today's Wall Street Journal report that Facebook underreported the scale of video ad view time metrics bug that inflated measurements years ago, it may face additional skepticism that Watch is worth studios' investment..

Brinkwire

Engadget

posted 10/17/18

Asia Gets Divided
Talpa Sells Format to Thailand
From C21 Media

Talpa has licensed general knowledge gameshow format Divided to broadcasters in three Asian countries.

The format has been picked up in Thailand, India and Vietnam, taking the total number of international versions to 21.

In Thailand, Divided will be produced by Memiti ahead of premiering on Channel 3 in January next year. Talpa's Indian deal covers two versions in different languages that will air simultaneously on Star-owned Vijay, one in Kannada and one in Tamil. The 40-episode Indian versions will be produced by Banijay Asia. In Vietnam, media buyer TN&K has licensed two seasons of the gameshow..

C21 Media

posted 10/17/18

Netflix Sets Up "The Final Table"
Global Chef Competition On Tap November 20
From the Futon Critic

The Final Table is a global culinary competition show featuring the world's most talented chefs fighting for a spot at the elite, Final Table made up of the greatest chefs from around the globe. The series features 12 teams of two chefs from around the world cooking the national dishes of Mexico, Spain, England, Brazil, France, Japan, the U.S., India and Italy. Each episode focuses on a different country and its cuisine, with celebrity ambassadors, food critics and the country's greatest chef eliminating teams until the finale. In that last episode, only one of our competing chefs will win a place at the Final Table, joining the nine legendary culinary icons -- Enrique Olvera (Mexico), Andoni Aduriz (Spain), Clare Smyth (UK), Helena Rizzo (Brazil), Vineet Bhatia (India), Grant Achatz (US), Carlo Cracco (Italy), Yoshihiro Narisawa (Japan) and Anne-Sophie Pic (France).

The series will be presented by Andrew Knowlton, James Beard Award-winning Writer and Editor at Large, Bon Appétit. Created and exec produced by Robin Ashbrook & Yasmin Shackleton. The production company is theoldschool. · The 12 teams include (listed with their associated restaurants and location, and hometowns):
· Aaron Bludorn (Cafe Boulud: New York, New York, USA, from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA) and Graham Campbell (Castlehill Restaurant: Dundee, Scotland/United Kingdom, from Oban, Scotland)
· Darren MacLean (Shokunin: Calgary, Canada, from Innisfail, Canada) and Timothy Hollingsworth (Otium: Los Angeles, California, USA, from Houston, Texas, USA) · Shin Takagi (Zeniya: Ishikawa, Japan, from Ishikawa, Japan) and Ronald Hsu (Lazy Betty: Atlanta, Georgia, USA, also from Atlanta, Georgia, USA)
· Alex Haupt (101 Gowrie: Amsterdam, Netherlands, from Sydney, Australia) and Ash Heeger (Ash: Cape Town, South Africa, from Umtata, South Africa)
· Shane Osborn (Arcane: Hong Kong, China, from Perth, Australia) and Mark Best (Bistro by Mark Best: Hong Kong, China & Singapore, from Sydney, Australia)
· Monique Fiso (Hiakai: Porirua, New Zealand, from Wellington, New Zealand) and Amninder Sandhu (Arth: Mumbai, India, from Jorhat, India)
· James Knappett (Bubbledogs/Kitchen Table: London, United Kingdom, from Newmarket, United Kingdom) and Angel Vazquez (Salomé, Into/Angurio: Puebla, Mexico, also from Puebla, Mexico)
· Jessica Lorigo (Topa Sukalderia: San Sebastian, Spain, from Buffalo, New York, USA) and Johnny Spero (Reverie: Washington DC, USA, from Baltimore, Maryland, USA)
· Collin Brown (Chef Collin Brown: London, United Kingdom, from Trelawny, Jamaica) and Colibri Jimenez (Casa Morales/My Bowls: Oaxaca, Mexico, from Morelos, Mexico)
· Esdras Ochoa (11 Westside/Salazar/Mexicali Taco & Co.: Hong Kong, China & Los Angeles, California, USA, from Mexico City, Mexico) and Rafa Gil (Highest Hotel in the World: Hong Kong, China, from Bataguassu, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazi)
· Charles Michel (Nomad Culinary Artist: Ecuador, Colombia, France & London, from Bruges, France) and Rodrigo Pacheco (Boca Valdivia: Manabi, Ecuador, from Quito, Ecuador)
· Manuel Berganza (Tapas Club: Singapore, from Gij�n, Spain) and Benjamin Bensoussan (Honest Greens: Madrid, Spain, from Paris, France)

· The chefs will be judged by celebrity ambassadors and food critics from 9 countries around the world including Dax Shepard, Hasan Minhaj, and Alessandra Ambrosio: Ambassadors:
· Colin Hanks and Dax Shepard (United States Ambassadors)
· Martha Higareda and Julio Cesar Chavez (Mexico Ambassadors)
· Miguel Bose and Ana Polvorosa (Spain Ambassadors)
· Gary Lineker and Cat Deeley (United Kingdom Ambassadors)
· Alessandra Ambrosio and Bebel Gilberto (Brazil Ambassadors)
· Ranganathan Madhavan and Hasan Minhaj (India Ambassadors)
· Alessandro Del Piero and Eleonora Cozzella (Italy Ambassadors)
· Esterelle Payany (France Ambassador)
· Hikari Mori and Yuji Ayabe (Japan Ambassadors)

Food Critics
· Sam Sifton (United States Food Critic)
· Mariana Camacho (Mexico Food Critic)
· Borja Beneyto (Spain Food Critic)
· Jay Rayner (United Kingdom Food Critic)
· Josimar Melo (Brazil Food Critic)
· Rashmi Uday Singh (India Food Critic)
· Andrea Petrini (Italy Food Critic)
· Francois-Regis Gaudry (France Food Critic)
· Akiko Katayama (Japan Food Critic)
.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/17/18

NTAs: And the Nominees Are...
Voting Begins for British TV Awards
From Entertainment Daily

The National Television Awards (NTAs) have unveiled the contenders for 2019, with Jodie Whittaker and Richard Madden among the contenders.

The annual television awards ceremony revealed its long list of nominees in all 14 categories on Tuesday (16.09.18), with voting now officially open for all members of the public to decide who takes home the coveted trophies when the ceremony takes place at The O2 London on January 22 2019.

Leading the hopefuls is Doctor Who star Jodie Whittaker, who made her debut as the time travelling alien earlier this month, and will be making a bid for the Drama Performance award. She'll face competition from Richard Madden and Keeley Hawes, who made the list for their performances on Bodyguard, whilst Sandra Oh and Jodie Corner will also fight for the gong thanks to their roles in Killing Eve.

Meanwhile, the TV judge gong will see X Factor newcomer Robbie Williams take on key judging contenders from the likes of Strictly Come Dancing, Great British Bake Off, and Britain's Got Talent.

Entertainment Daily

posted 10/17/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Stream of Consciousness"

  • Netflix sues Viacom (TV Week)

  • Richard Ayoade's show coming to America thanks to Ovation. No, not that one (Broadway World)

  • "The World's Best" lands the pimp slot of all pimp slots. (TV Line)

  • Craig Ferguson hits up Iowa (River Cities' Reader)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Game of Games (Sydney Morning Herald)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS: Fox Nation to include people playing quiz apps (The Wrap)

posted 10/17/18

SYNDIES: Week 4
Results for the Week Ending October 7
From TV Newscheck

The session ending Oct. 7 featured an extremely rare event — a three-way tie at the top of the game shows among Wheel of Fortune, the surprise winner of the previous round; usual leader Family Feud; and Jeopardy. All three strips battled to a 5.9 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, with Feud and Jeopardy inching up 2% from the prior contest, and Wheel staying flat.

Still, the three were outgunned by syndication champion Judge Judy, which snagged top household ratings honors on the entire chart for the 10th straight week with a 6.7, while climbing 3% from last year.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.9 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9 NC
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.9* +2%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC

TV Newscheck

B&C

posted 10/16/18

MONDAY: The Battle Is Set
"The Voice" on Fire for NBC
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.073 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) was once again the network to beat on Monday with originals from "The Voice" (9.843 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Manifest" (7.532 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2).

FOX (5.477 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the number two draw with its duo of "The Resident" (4.792 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "9-1-1" (6.162 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T2).

Next up was ABC (7.072 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #3) with fresh installments from "Dancing with the Stars" (7.123 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "The Good Doctor" (6.970 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.780 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) offered up its lineup of "The Neighborhood" (6.406 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T4), "Happy Together" (4.762 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #8), "Magnum P.I." (5.419 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9) and "Bull" (6.338 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

And finally, the return of "Arrow" (1.423 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) and the special "Constantine: The Legend Continues" (0.611 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #12) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.017 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

On cable...
- Halloween Baking Championship (Food): 976k
- Brake Room - 11p (Discovery): 385k
- Brake Room - 11:30p (Discovery): 325k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/16/18

WEEKEND: Fox Goes 1-2-3 in the Demo
CBS Takes Friday. This is Not a Repeat from Last Week
From The Futon Critic

FOX (4.155 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) held onto the demo crown on Friday thanks to new episodes of "Last Man Standing" (6.340 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1), "The Cool Kids" (4.782 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and "Hell's Kitchen" (2.750 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

CBS (7.356 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then took home the silver with its trio of "MacGyver" (6.214 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.654 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and "Blue Bloods" (8.203 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

Next up was NBC (3.876 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with the return of "Blindspot" (2.950 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) followed by a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (4.339 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.939 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up originals from "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.760 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Speechless" (2.352 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Child Support" (2.039 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and "20/20" (4.223 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, the season premieres of "Dynasty" (0.683 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" (0.443 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14) on The CW (0.563 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable Friday...
- Double Dare (Nick): 621k


NBC (7:30-11pm) (16.871 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.5, #1) once again dominated Sunday evening with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (7.110 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.9, #5), "Football Night in America #2" (10.700 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.3, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (16.100 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.0, #2) and "Sunday Night Football" (18.260 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.0, #1).

CBS (9.159 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the silver draw with its lineup of "NFL Overrun" (14.400 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.6, #3), "60 Minutes" (11.300 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6), "God Friended Me" (7.994 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.347 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10) and "Madam Secretary" (5.590 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #17).

Next up was FOX (2.200 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its combination of "The Simpsons" (3.184 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and "The Cool Kids" (2.175 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) repeats followed by new episodes of "The Simpsons" (2.509 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), "Bob's Burgers" (2.052 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "Family Guy" (1.930 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13) and "Rel" (1.352 million viewers, #21; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T18).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.031 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up originals from "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.692 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T10), "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors" (4.573 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) and "Shark Tank" (3.686 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) plus the debut of "The Alec Baldwin Show" (2.171 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.4, #21).

And finally, The CW (1.534 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) rounded out the night with its Sunday launches of "Supergirl" (1.526 million viewers, #20; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T18) and "Charmed" (1.541 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T18).

On cable...
- Halloween Wars (Food): 1.315m .


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posted 10/16/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Worth It"

  • Morgan McMichaels breaks her hand punching out a Nazi. (Comic Sands)

  • Alec Baldwin to BLANK the Arthur Miller Honors (Broadway World)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Reboots may have run their course. (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • Kendra Wilkinson's ready to sign them papers (Reality TV World)

  • Cody & Jessica have a baby.... human. Duh. (Reality TV World)

  • Jerry! Jerry! Jerry Springer to host "Price Is Right Live" at Foxwoods (CT Post), but who's hosting Seneca Niagara? (ArtVoice)

  • Hunter March goes from LAAAAAAAAAAAAATE night to late night (People)

  • Why "Shark Tank" can last forever if it wants to (TV Overmind)

posted 10/16/18

Amazon In the Shark Tank
Sony Teams with Retailer for Marketing
From Broadway World

Amazon today announced that it is an official retail partner for "Shark Tank." The new Amazon Launchpad SHARK TANK Collection, available at www.amazon.com/launchpad/sharktank, highlights products seen on "Shark Tank," including the Hatch Baby, Third Wave Water and Stasher, among others.

This collaboration, which coincides with the premiere of "Shark Tank" season 10, provides an opportunity for successfully-funded SHARK TANK startups and entrepreneurs to launch and showcase their products on Amazon.com. "Shark Tank" season 10 airs on Sundays at 9|8c on ABC.

"We are thrilled to be working with the popular 'Shark Tank' franchise, highlighting products from startups, entrepreneurs and small businesses," said Jim Adkins, Vice President, Amazon. "The Amazon Launchpad program is all about empowering creators and inventors, enabling them to reach hundreds of millions of customers. By teaming up with 'Shark Tank,' we are MAKING IT fun and easy for fans of the show to discover a wide variety of unique innovations and cutting-edge products.".

Broadway World

posted 10/15/18

Fox Bounces Around
"Big Bounce Battle" Goes to Series
From Deadline

Fox has picked up Big Bounce Battle, an obstacle course competition reality series based on an European format, which will be produced by Endemol Shine North America.

Originally created by Endemol Shine Netherlands and co-developed with Endemol Shine Germany for RTL, Big Bounce Battle features trampoline obstacle courses that contestants have to complete as fast as they can. The trampoline tracks become more difficult as the series progresses toward the final where the fastest contestant wins a cash prize.

Executive producing the series, in the vein of American Ninja Warrior done entirely on trampoline surfaces, are Endemol Shine North America's Sharon Levy and DJ Nurre as well as Michael Heyerman.

The format made its debut on Germany's RTL earlier this year under the title Big Bounce – Die Trampolin Show, averaging 3.14 million viewers and an 9.8% market share. According to the producers, it was RTL's top rated non-scripted show debut this year and the network's highest rated new game show in four years among persons 14-49.

The Big Bounce Battle also has been commissioned by TF1 in France.

Deadline

posted 10/15/18

Tower Power
"The Tower" Backed by A+E International
From World SCreen

Zig Zag Productions and Wingman Productions are co-developing a fast-paced shiny-floor game show, The Tower, funded by A+E Networks International.

The Tower is a new half-hour game-show format in which contestants answer quick-fire questions with the aim of taking control of a giant glass cylinder pierced by rods holding up 21 colored balls. The strategy-based game will see players pull as many rods as possible out of the tower, causing the valuable prize balls to fall while avoiding dropping the negative penalty balls or the game-ending black ball.

Danny Fenton, CEO of Zig Zag Productions, said: "Zig Zag have recently made a concerted effort to be in the studio game space and we are delighted to have partnered up with Wingman Productions and A+E International to bring The Tower to the international market in what we believe is a breakthrough format."

Andrea McLean, co-founder of Wingman Productions, said: "We are really looking forward to working closely with Zig Zag and A+E Networks in bringing the energy and excitement of The Tower to screens around the world.".

World Screen

posted 10/15/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "There's More for Your Afterlife at Sears"

  • Bruno Tonioli jetting from US to UK and Alfonso Ribeiro will take his chair temporarily (The Huffington Post)

  • Cody & Jessica get married (People)

  • Pat Sajak reminds you to vote by making a joke about game show hosts reminding you to vote. On Twitter. (Inquisitor)

posted 10/15/18

NBC's 2019 Game Plan
January Sees "Got Talent Champions", "Game of Games", "Titan Games"
From the Futon Critic

Looking to begin the new year with off-the-charts alternative muscle, NBC's January lineup is set to include the premiere of "The Titan Games," the new epic physical competition series from Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia; the debut of "America's Got Talent: The Champions," the global winter edition of the network's summer powerhouse; and the second season of the highly popular series "Ellen's Game of Games," from superstar executive producer Ellen DeGeneres.

THE TITAN GAMES Premiere: Wednesday, Jan. 2 from 8-10 p.m. and will start airing in its regularly scheduled 8-9 p.m. timeslot beginning Wednesday, Jan. 9 The 10-episode series from Universal Television Alternative Studio ("World of Dance"), A. Smith & Co. Productions ("American Ninja Warrior") and Seven Bucks Productions ("Rock the Troops") will offer everyday people the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete in remarkable feats designed to test mind, body and heart. Inspired by executive producer and host Dwayne Johnson's desire to motivate global audiences to reach their potential for greatness, this unparalleled new athletic competition gives men and women across the country the opportunity to step inside the electrifying Titan arena and achieve the impossible. Competitors will push their bodies to the limit by battling opponents in unforgiving head-to-head challenges. "The Titan Games" will not only test the competitors' physical strength, but also their mental and emotional fortitude. In this uplifting series, hard work and determination will be rewarded and a new breed of heroes will emerge. Titans aren't born, they're made.

"The Titan Games" is produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio and Seven Bucks Productions. Dwayne Johnson, Arthur Smith, Dany Garcia, Hiram Garcia, Brian Gewirtz, Toby Gorman and Anthony Storm will serve as executive producers for the series.

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT: THE CHAMPIONS Premiere: Monday, Jan. 7 from 8-10 p.m. Coming off a summer in which "America's Got Talent" continued as the #1 alternative series on television, "America's Got Talent: The Champions" will bring together some of the world's best acts from the international "Got Talent" franchises, spanning 194 territories, and come to share their talents and compete against one another in an Olympics-style ultimate celebration of worldwide creativity and talent. "America's Got Talent" finished the 2017-18 season as television's #1 alternative series in adults 18-49 and total viewers, with the Tuesday edition averaging a 2.8 rating in adults 18-49 and 14.2 million viewers overall in "live plus seven day" results from Nielsen Media Research. "AGT" once again dominated the summer television landscape, towering by +5.4 million viewers over the summer's next most-watched entertainment program.

The series, from NBC, Syco Entertainment and Fremantle, will feature the star-studded judges panel from "America's Got Talent" - executive producer Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel - and will be hosted by Terry Crews.

ELLEN'S GAME OF GAMES Premiere: Tuesday, Jan. 8 from 8-10 p.m. and will start airing in its regularly scheduled 8-9 p.m. time slot on Tuesday, Jan. 15. Ellen DeGeneres serves as host and executive producer of the hourlong comedy game show, which includes exciting new supersized games to be added for the second season. "Game of Games" features supersized versions of the most popular and action-packed games from her award-winning daytime talk show, "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." Contestants, who are pulled right from the audience, will have to maneuver massive obstacles, answer questions under crushing time pressure and face gigantic plunges into the unknown - all in a quest to win a big cash prize. Last season "Ellen's Game of Games" averaged a 2.3 rating and 9.2 million viewers overall in "live plus seven day" Nielsens, making it the season's #1 new alternative series in both adults 18-49 and total viewers, as well as the top-scoring new in-season alternative program since "Little Big Shots" debuted in spring 2016.

"Ellen's Game of Games" is executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres, Kevin A. Leman II, Mary Connelly, Ed Glavin, Andy Lassner and Jeff Kleeman and Derek Westervelt. David A. Hurwitz also serves as executive producer. The series is produced by Warner Horizon Unscripted and Alternative Television in association with Telepictures and A Very Good Production.

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Inquisitor
Variety
B&C
TV Week

posted 10/12/18

THURSDAY: Little Giants
Fox Wins on Eagle Roflstomp
From the Futon Critic

FOX (10.696 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) continued to get a boost on Thursday with its telecasts of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (8.789 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (11.077 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1).

CBS (8.279 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #2) then was the number two draw with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.700 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3), "Young Sheldon" (11.000 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4), "Mom" (8.258 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6), "Murphy Brown" (6.823 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #8) and "SWAT" (5.448 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Next up was ABC (5.479 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and its trio of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.663 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5), "Station 19" (6.496 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.279 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.367 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4) served up new episodes from "Superstore" (3.095 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "The Good Place" (2.787 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "Will & Grace" (3.395 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), "I Feel Bad" (2.233 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #15) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.347 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #9).

And finally, the return of "Supernatural" (1.453 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.5, #16) and an encore of "All American" (0.619 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #17) on The CW (1.036 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
-
Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 804k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/12/18

More on "Dinner Takes All"
Catch It on BYUTV March 7
From the Futon Critic

BYUtv, a network that connects families through positive, uplifting entertainment, today announced the judges for its all-new family cooking competition show, "Dinner Takes All." Host and celebrity chef Kelsey Nixon (Food Network, Cooking Channel), will be joined by "The Queen of Country Southern Cuisine," Kardea Brown and "The Yum Yum Foodie," Eddie Zamora, as they judge the teams' recipes. The 12 episode series from Keller/Noll ("Chopped," "Chopped Junior") and BYUtv is set to premiere on March 7, 2019 at 7 p.m. MT/9 p.m. ET.

"Dinner Takes All" is a fun and friendly competition show in which two teams of five family members go head-to-head to cook their "best Sunday dinner." Each team uses family recipes to create an entrée, three side dishes and a dessert, while simultaneously playing interactive food-centric games for bonus points. Winning families receive a year's worth of groceries or a cash prize.

"Kardea Brown and Eddie Zamora are beloved on television and social media for their engaging personalities and unique takes on cuisine, which is exactly what we are looking for to add zest to this family cooking competition," said Michael Dunn, managing director of BYUtv. "Kardea and Eddie perfectly complement the star power of our host Kelsey Nixon. Together, we're confident they will bring out the right mix of culinary magic, competitive spirit and fun from the family teams."

Host Kelsey Nixon, who was voted "fan favorite" on "Food Network Star," is also known for her role as a judge on the Food Network's "Chopped Junior" and as the host of "Kelsey's Essentials" and "Kelsey's Homemade" on the Cooking Channel. She is a frequent guest on "The Rachael Ray Show" and "The Wendy Williams Show."

Judge Kardea Brown is a contemporary Gullah cook known as "The Queen of Country Southern Cuisine." Born in Charleston, South Carolina, she is the creator of The New Gullah Supper Club, in which she travels from state to state, cooking traditional Gullah dishes with a contemporary twist. Kardea has appeared as a judge on "Chopped Junior" and "Kids BBQ Championship."

Judge Eddie Zamora is a Latin chef and popular social media influencer known as "The Yum Yum Foodie." Born and raised in Miami, his fans follow him as he shares his honest and entertaining reviews and recommendations while traveling the globe in search of the best and worst places to eat, drink and stay.

"We are absolutely thrilled with the potential for 'Dinner Takes All,'" said executive producer and show creator, Cleve Keller. "Thanks to 'Chopped,' we know firsthand that families love cooking competition series. Now when a family sits down to watch TV together, we hope 'Dinner Takes All' becomes their new favorite show."

"I'm beyond excited to be part of a project that celebrates the best of food, family and fun," said Nixon. "'Dinner Takes All' is programming everyone in your family will enjoy watching together, and it will hopefully lead to more experiences cooking together and getting to know each other better, as well."

The Futon Critic

posted 10/12/18

Cat Cora, Graham Elliot Join the Fight
Chefs to Judge ABC's "Family Food Fight"
From the Futon Critic

Whet your appetite! ABC announced today that world-renowned chefs, authors, restaurateurs and television personalities Cat Cora and Graham Elliot will be serving up some knowledge as judges on the upcoming culinary competition series "Family Food Fight," based on Australia's hit format. Hosted by restaurateur, food maven and NY Times best-selling cookbook author Ayesha Curry, the competition series will feature eight families from across the country sharing a common kitchen and a common goal: to claim the title of America's No. 1 Food Family.

Cat Cora has shattered the glass ceiling as one of the first females to dominate the culinary industry, becoming the first female inducted into The American Academy of Chefs Culinary Hall of Fame. As a mom of six, Cora's passion for health, wellness and food extends beyond the kitchen, having been at the forefront of creating a nationwide revolution of eating well, opening more than 18 restaurants across the U.S. and globally. Having made a commitment to promoting nutrition education, hunger emergency relief and humanitarian aid to reduce hunger worldwide, Cora also created her nonprofit Chefs for Humanity in 2004. She continues to be a leader in her industry as she masterfully synchronizes her award-winning talents with mainstream accessibility, all while she evolves into a space beyond the culinary world.

At age 27, Graham Elliot became the youngest four-star chef to be named in any major U.S. city. The recipient of many prestigious accolades, including multiple James Beard Foundation Nominations, Elliot opened his eponymous restaurant, Graham Elliot, in 2008, which went on to become one of only 15 restaurants in the U.S. to be awarded two Michelin stars. Most recently, Elliot launched his first restaurant project in Asia, Coast at MGM Cotai, in addition to unveiling his new concept, Gideon Sweet, a collaboration with his friend and mentor, Matthias Merges, in Chicago's West Loop. Elliot extends his relationship with Endemol Shine North America after having participated in 10 seasons of the company's hit "MasterChef" and "MasterChef Junior" franchise. He is also currently a judge on Bravo's "Top Chef."

On "Family Food Fight," family teams will pull out their best culinary moves in the kitchen, serving up authentic family dishes rich in cultural heritage, taking homestyle cooking to a whole new level. Cora and Elliot, along with host Curry, will lend their expert palates to help determine which family team will walk away with the coveted title of America's No. 1 Food Family and take home the $100,000 prize. Production is set to begin in Los Angeles later this month. An airdate will be announced at a later date.

Produced by Endemol Shine North America, "Family Food Fight" was created by Endemol Shine Australia with Nine in Australia and was recently renewed for a second season. Curry, Robert Flutie and Shab Azma are serving as executive producers through Yardie Girl Productions; and DJ Nurre, Georgie Hurford-Jones and Faye Stapleton are serving as executive producers for Endemol Shine North America.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/11/18

WEDNESDAY: Splitting Up Together
Fox, NBC Split Leadership
From The Futon Critic

FOX (4.656 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) was once again the demo champ on Wednesday thanks to new episodes of "Empire" (5.064 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) and "Star" (4.248 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4).

NBC (7.762 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a competitive second with its trio of "Chicago Med" (7.978 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "Chicago Fire" (8.219 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4) and "Chicago PD" (7.090 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8).

Next up was CBS (5.909 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) with originals from "Survivor: David vs. Goliath" (7.558 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1), "SEAL Team" (5.556 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11) and "Criminal Minds" (4.613 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.244 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3) offered up its lineup of "The Goldbergs" (5.046 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "American Housewife" (4.320 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9), "Modern Family" (5.078 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3), "Single Parents" (3.663 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T9) and "A Million Little Things" (3.679 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T12).

And finally, The CW (1.114 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5) closed out the night with the return of "Riverdale" (1.517 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #14) and the debut of "All American" (0.710 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #15).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.065m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 865k
-
Forged in Fire: Knife or Death (History): 790k
- Are You the One (MTV): 422k
- Safeword (MTV): 397k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 108k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/11/18

The Price Is Right in Nigeria
Production to Begin Later This Year
From This Day

In line with its projection to redefine the nation's entertainment landscape as well as add value to the society, HS Facilities Limited, a subsidiary of the HS Media Group has sealed a deal with Genesis Studios, foremost Nigerian television production outfit and owners of The Price Is Right franchise for the Nigerian territory.

The show, which is expected to debut on Nigerian television before the end of the year will be produced from the Oregun-Lagos based TV complex.

At a press briefing held in Lagos to formally announce the partnership and as well sign the Memorandum of Understanding for the show to take off, the two companies jointly expressed their excitement about the benefits the show will bring to families in Nigeria and brand owners who will ride on it to position their products.

The Price Is Right is a multinational franchise show that was hosted by Bob Barker until 2007 and Drew Carey thereafter. It features a wide variety of games and contests with the same basic challenge: Guess the prices of everyday (or not-quite-everyday) retail items. Four contestants, all of whom are seated in one of the wildest audiences in daytime game-show history, are called to the stage to play a preliminary pricing round. That winner joins the host on stage for one of more than 70 different pricing games.

This Day

posted 10/11/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "What's the Opposite of a Lock?"

  • Nikki Bella letting go and moving on (Reality TV World)

  • Ben Bailey plays Bay City (Midland Daily News)

  • CASTING COUCH: Want to earn $1000? Let's play To Tell the Truth (Backstage)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS? Howie's been hitting the gym. (Inquisitor)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES With the cast and crew of "Deal or No Deal" (Realscreen)

posted 10/11/18

TBS Is In Misery
Impractical Jokers Create, Host New Series
From the Futon Critic

Turner's TBS has ordered the comedy game show Misery Index, a new unscripted series inspired by the outrageously entertaining card game Sh*t Happens. Critically acclaimed and in demand comedy troupe The Tenderloins - Brian "Q" Quinn, James "Murr" Murray, Joe Gatto and Sal Vulcano - creators and stars of truTV's Impractical Jokers, cable's #1 original comedy series, have joined the series to help infuse comic relief.

The game will feature two teams - each consisting of one contestant and two Tenderloins. Teams will compete against each other by attempting to determine the ranking of hilarious and miserable real-life events - from getting fired to accidentally sexting your grandfather - on a scale of 1-100.

Misery Index is developed by comedy writer Andy Breckman (Monk), along with Ben & Dan Newmark of Grandma's House Entertainment. The series is executive produced by Breckman, the Newmarks, Adam Bold of Grandma's House Entertainment, Howard Klein of 3 Arts Entertainment, and Rob Anderson, who will serve as showrunner.

"Andy Breckman and the Newmarks have hilariously gamified embarrassment, humiliation and total misery" said Michael Bloom, senior vice president of unscripted and specials for TBS and TNT. "Adding The Tenderloins brings unpredictable fun to this game."

The network is adding 10 episodes of the half-hour comedy to its successful lineup of unscripted programs including Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker's Wild and Drop the Mic, the top two new unscripted cable comedies of 2017.

The Futon Critic

Variety
Deadline
Staten Island Live

posted 10/10/18

Alfonso Ribeiro Climbs Money Tree
New Series Comes From Hello Dolly, Banijay
From Deadline

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star Alfonso Ribeiro is heading back to the UK to host a British gameshow.

The actor, who starred on ITV's I'm A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here in 2013, is hosting Money Tree, a Family Fortunes-meets-Millionaire-style quizzer.

The primetime show sees two families go head-to-head over a series of trivia rounds. However, the value of the question will be decided by the contestants, so if they are feeling confident that can add more money to the tree.

It is being produced by Hello Dolly, the indie set up in 2017 by Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? producer Victoria Ashbourne, who previously ran Sony-backed Victory Television, and Hardball creator Stuart Shawcross. The show is also being backed by Banijay.

Ribeiro, who has starred as a contestant in gameshows including Whose Line Is It Anyway? and The $100,000 Pyramid, made his name as Carlton Banks alongside Will Smith on NBC's The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which ran for just under 150 episodes.

A pilot version of Money Tree is being filmed at the BBC's studios in Elstree on Thursday October 18 before a decision as to whether it will go to full series.

Deadline

Female First

posted 10/10/18

The New Faces of "Project Runway"
Karlie Kloss, Christian Siriano to Host, Mentor New Series
From TV Line

Bravo has found the new Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn.

The network on Wednesday announced that supermodel Karlie Kloss will take over as host for Season 17 of Project Runway, while designer Christian Siriano — who won the show's fourth season back in 2008 — will come aboard as mentor.

Elle editor Nina Garcia will return as a judge, joined by two newcomers: fashion designer Brandon Maxwell and former Teen Vogue EIC Elaine Welteroth.

Though an exact premiere date wasn't announced, you can expect the new Project Runway to bow sometime in 2019.

Runway's move from Lifetime to Bravo, which is where it initially premiered in 2004, was announced by Andy Cohen at NBC Universal's Upfronts presentation in May. Four months later, Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn announced that they were leaving the franchise to begin a new venture at Amazon.

TV Line

Broadway World

posted 10/10/18

TUESDAY: American Music
ABC, CBS, NBC Split the Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (6.545 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T1) staked its claim to the demo crown on Tuesday with its telecast of the "2018 American Music Awards" (6.545 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2).

Sharing the demo gold was NBC (8.313 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T1) with new episodes from "The Voice" (9.023 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.8, #T2), "This Is Us" (8.821 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) and "New Amsterdam" (7.097 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4).

Next up was CBS (9.733 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) with originals from "NCIS" (12.160 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #T4), "FBI" (9.111 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (7.930 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #7).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.503 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up fresh installments of "The Gifted" (2.051 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9) and "Lethal Weapon" (2.954 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T9).

And finally, the season premieres of "The Flash" (2.056 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #8) and "Black Lightning" (1.202 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #11) on The CW (1.629 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 838k

-
The Challenge: Final Reckoning (MTV): 749k
- Ink Master: Grudge Match (Paramount): 567k
- Paid Off with Michael Torpey (truTV): 144k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/10/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Country Strong"

posted 10/10/18

Netflix Uploads "The Circle"
SVOD Studio to Make US, Global Versions
From the Futon Critic

Netflix is continuing to expand its unscripted footprint. The streaming giant is adapting the unscripted U.K. show The Circle, with three new local versions of the social media competition series.

The reality series will feature players from three different countries, one of which is the U.S.

The Circle is described as an innovative popularity contest and social experiment inspired by the experience of using social media.

The format was created by All3Media's Studio Lambert and recently co-produced by Studio Lambert and Motion Content Group for the U.K.'s Channel 4, where it launched in September.

On the show, contestants live in separate apartments in a single building and do not meet face-to-face during the competition. They communicate through a special voice-activated social media platform and rate each other frequently. Unpopular players are "blocked" and ultimately the most popular player wins a cash prize.

Since they only know each other through their online dialogue and profiles, players can choose whether to present a true or fictional version of themselves. It is a game exploring questions of honesty and trust when people can't see each other in the flesh.

"The Circle has already proven to be a compelling, timely and buzzworthy show," said Brandon Riegg, Netflix vp unscripted content.

"We think the show's combination of modern social media interaction and competition will captivate Netflix members around the world, in multiple languages, and we're delighted to partner with Studio Lambert and Motion to produce these three new local versions."

"Social media has radically changed the way we make friends, conduct relationships, argue and even fall in love," added Stephen Lambert, CEO of Studio Lambert. "But how truthful are our online identities? The Circle is a thought-provoking and entertaining way of exploring such questions and the chance to make different versions for Netflix's global audience was irresistible."

The Hollywood Reporter

Engadget
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posted 10/9/18

Adam Levine Looking for "Songland"
NBC Greenlights Songwriter Competition
From TV Line

We've heard plenty of aspiring singers on reality TV — now it's time to meet the people responsible for writing all those lyrics.

NBC has ordered a new reality competition series, Songland, that aims to "find the next generation of hit songwriters," with The Voice coach Adam Levine on board as an executive producer.

Each episode will see five up-and-coming songwriters being mentored by a trio of established music producers and competing against each other, with the winner getting to hear their song recorded by a famous musician. (Chart-topping singer Charlie Puth will be the star featured in Songland's first episode.)

Songland — which landed an 11-episode order from the Peacock network — is executive-produced by Levine, The Voice producer Audrey Morrissey and Eurythmics co-founder Dave Stewart, with OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder also serving as a producer.

No air date has been set, but the show is currently looking for contestant submissions; check the official site for details.

"As a songwriter, I am all too familiar with the challenges that face the music community today," Levine said in a statement. "With this new series, we are excited to provide opportunities that will not only impact these songwriters' careers, but also give them a platform to truly showcase their talent to a global audience."

TV Line

The Wrap
The Futon Critic

posted 10/9/18

SYNDIES: Week 3
Results for the Week Ending September 30
From TV Newscheck

Usual game show leader Family Feud was beaten by rival Wheel of Fortune in the session ending Sept. 30, which was marked by heavy preemptions for coverage of the Kavanaugh-Ford Judiciary hearings, which plagued many daytime strips.

Ratings were also affected by increased viewing of cable news channels covering the day-long hearing.

Feud had been all alone at the top of the games for the prior 27 weeks, but this time Wheel rose 7% from the previous round to a 5.9 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating, while Feud fell 5% to a 5.8, landing in a tie for the runner-up spot in the genre with Jeopardy, which added 4% to a 5.8.

However, even with the weekly victory, Wheel's 5.9 was no match for overall leader Judge Judy, which clocked a top-ranked 6.8..

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
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.9 +7%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.8 -5%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.8 +4%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


TV Newscheck

B&C

posted 10/9/18

MONDAY: Dancing with Second Place
NBC Sweeps The Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.097 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) continued its Monday reign thanks to new episodes of "The Voice" (9.725 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Manifest" (7.843 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2).

FOX (5.388 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with fresh installments from "The Resident" (4.853 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "9-1-1" (5.924 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3).

Next up was ABC (7.565 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its duo of "Dancing with the Stars" (7.631 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5) and "The Good Doctor" (7.432 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.033 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4) served up its lineup of "The Neighborhood" (6.434 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T5), "Happy Together" (4.963 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7), "Magnum P.I." (5.957 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "Bull" (6.443 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #10).

And finally, the conclusion to "The iHeartFestival Music Festival Night 2" (0.610 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11) on The CW (0.610 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Halloween Baking Championship (Food): 1.240m

- Halloween Cake-Off (S/Food): 904k
- Double Dare (Nick): 782k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/9/18

WEEKEND: Fox Goes 1-2-3 in the Demo
CBS Takes Friday
From The Futon Critic

FOX (4.102 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) continued to get a boost on Friday with its new lineup of "Last Man Standing" (6.038 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1), "The Cool Kids" (4.842 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and "Hell's Kitchen" (2.765 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

CBS (7.175 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then claimed the silver with its mainstays "MacGyver" (5.765 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.262 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3) and "Blue Bloods" (8.500 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T3).

Next up was NBC (2.940 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with encores of "Manifest" (3.017 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "New Amsterdam" (2.625 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) plus a new "Dateline NBC" (3.179 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.411 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) served up the season premieres of "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.860 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Speechless" (2.445 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T9) and "Child Support" (2.074 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) followed by a new "20/20" (2.506 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

And finally, the season finale of "Masters of Illusion" (0.863 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) led into repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (0.807 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.934 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) on The CW (0.884 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable Friday...
- Battlebots (SF/Discovery): 809k
- Double Dare (Nick): 782k

On cable Saturday...
- Cash Cab (SF/Discovery): 386k

NBC (7:30-11pm) (15.408 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.0, #1) was once again the top draw on Sunday with its usual mix of "Football Night in America #1" (5.168 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.4, #7), "Football Night in America #2" (7.790 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.4, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (14.088 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.4, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (17.195 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.6, #1).

FOX (6.554 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2) then took home the silver with its combination of "NFL Overrun" (16.842 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.1, #2), "The OT" (10.112 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.3, #4), "The Simpsons" (4.570 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 1.8, #6), "Bob's Burgers" (3.087 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8), "Family Guy" (2.790 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8) and "Rel" (1.922 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13). Next up was

CBS (7.562 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its quartet of "60 Minutes" (8.218 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11), "God Friended Me" (8.397 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (7.484 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and the season premiere of "Madam Secretary" (6.148 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T16).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.427 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up a new "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.706 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13), the premiere of "Dancing with the Stars: Juniors" (4.976 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T13) and the return of "Shark Tank" (3.050 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T16).

And finally, The CW (0.805 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) kicked off its Sunday lineup with "The iHeartFestival Music Festival Night 1" (0.805 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #18).

On cable Sunday...
-
Halloween Wars (Food): 1.296m
- Flea Market Flip (SP/GAC): 247k

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posted 10/9/18

CW to Return Summer Favorites
"Penn & Teller", "Whose Line?" to Come Back
From The Futon Critic

Continuing to bulk up its slate of original summer programming, The CW Network has acquired the British action drama BULLETPROOF from Sky Vision and ordered second seasons of the legal drama BURDEN OF TRUTH, starring Kristin Kreuk, and the fantasy-adventure series THE OUTPOST; all are set to air in Summer 2019. The CW has also ordered new seasons of the hit magic series PENN & TELLER: FOOL US and MASTERS OF ILLUSION, and the classic improv comedy WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? for Summer 2019. Premiere dates and times will be announced later.

PENN & TELLER: FOOL US is a one-hour competition series celebrating magic and featuring the legendary duo Penn & Teller. On each episode of PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, aspiring magicians are invited to perform their best trick to try and fool the world-famous team of Penn & Teller. Anyone who succeeds wins the right to perform with Penn & Teller in their celebrated show at the Rio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. The live studio audience and the TV audience watch along with Penn & Teller as they try to figure out the secrets. Penn & Teller see the trick only once and have to immediately try to work it out. The live studio audience knows there are no camera tricks, secret edits or helpful camera cuts. This is all real magic. PENN & TELLER: FOOL US, hosted by actress Alyson Hannigan ("Buffy the Vampire Slayer," "How I Met Your Mother"), is created and executive produced by Penn Jillette, Teller, Peter Adam Golden ("Penn & Teller's BS - Showtime," "Penn & Teller Tell A Lie") and Andrew Golder ("Win Ben Stein's Money," "Solitary"), in association with 1/17 PRODUCTIONS and September Films (part of DCD Media).

Hosted by comedian Aisha Tyler, WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY? features cast members Ryan Stiles, Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie, who helped make the original U.S. version of this comedy improv series such a hit. Along with a special guest comedian in each episode, the cast members must put their comedic skills to the test through a series of spontaneous improv games. Prompted only by random ideas supplied by the studio audience and host Aisha Tyler, our four performers must use the little information they have and their wild imaginations to depict different characters and an array of scenes, as well as perform songs. After each round of improvisation, Aisha will dole out points to our four performers and declare a winner at the end of every episode.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/9/18

History Loads Up for 2019
"Alone" to Return, "Knight Fight" & "American Butcher" to Premiere
From The Futon Critic

As HISTORY is on pace to finish the 10th consecutive year as a top 10 ad supported cable network among the key adults 25-54 demographic, the network has announced today the expansion of its nonfiction programming slate with six renewals and five new series orders.

Renewals include a massive 30-hour season six order of "The Curse of Oak Island," cable's #1 nonfiction series among total viewers in Live +3 delivery averaging over four million viewers; a 10-episode second season of "The Curse of Civil War Gold," the #1 nonfiction series launch across cable this TV season with total viewers; "Truck Night in America," HISTORY's #2 new series this year; along with new seasons of perennial hits "Alone," Mountain Men" and "Swamp People."

Additionally, new projects include "Yamashita's Gold," about the last great mystery of WWII in which Japanese soldiers, led by General Yamashita, buried a treasure deep in the Philippine jungle; the competition series "American Butcher" (working title) where master butchers carve their way through historical challenges and "Ax Men Reborn," along with two new series premiering in November, "Knight Fight," a competition series in which modern-day warriors battle using era-specific weaponry and armor, and "Brothers in Arms" about two Army veterans who are experts at historical military weaponry.

"Alone" Season Six - 10 X 60 min. Separated by miles and completely isolated, ten survivalists attempt the boldest survival experiment on "Alone." Season six will introduce a new set of men and women to face brutally freezing conditions in the most punishing environment yet - deep in the Canadian Arctic. In this new location, at the edge of the Arctic Circle, they must build their own shelters, hunt their own food, and overcome numerous deadly obstacles - such as a thriving grizzly and black bear population, territorial moose, packs of wolves and the increased risk of freezing - if they want to be the last person standing. With only a small rucksack of tools, enough camera gear to self-document their experiences and a cash prize of $500,000 on the line, season six will bring higher stakes, impressive levels of ingenuity and a greater desire to succeed than ever before. No camera crew. No gimmicks. Through all telecasts this past season, "Alone" reached 21.4 million total viewers in Live +3 delivery.

"Alone" is produced for HISTORY by Leftfield Pictures. Shawn Witt, Gretchen Palek, Simon Thomas, Zachary Green and Ryan Pender serve as executive producers for Leftfield Pictures. Zachary Behr serves as executive producer for HISTORY.

"Knight Fight" - 8 X 60 min. - Premieres Wednesday, November 28 at 10PM ET/PT Live by the sword, die by the sword: knights were some of history's most brutal warriors. With armor of steel and a will of iron, they took part in some of the bloodiest battles ever fought. These warriors were so dedicated that between bloody battles, they would challenge one another to extreme trials of combat. Today, the blood sport lives on in the form of the full-contact Armored Combat League - often referred to as "Medieval MMA" or "Knight Fight Club". Rooted in historical traditions, these modern-day warriors battle in over eighty pounds of plated armor with real steel weapons. Now, for the first time, these modern knights are set to wage war in this eight-episode series. Each episode will feature six fighters who will customize era-specific armor and weaponry and engage in a series of full-contact battles to see who has the skill and the strength to win the ultimate Knight Fight.

"Knight Fight" is produced by Matador Content for HISTORY. Executive Producers for Matador Content are Jay Peterson and Todd Lubin with Vincent Cariati serving as Showrunner and Executive Producer. Jim Pasquarella and Mary E. Donahue are the executive producers for HISTORY.

"American Butcher" (working title) - 6 X 60 min. Throughout history, the skilled craft of the butcher has been a lynchpin to survival. In early civilizations when foodborne diseases were claiming lives, it was the butcher with their sharp tools and sharper skills who kept death at bay - eventually becoming a fixture in every town across America. Today, there are thousands of people who cut meat but only a select few with the skills and expertise to be considered a "Master Butcher." Now, for the first time comes an extreme competition series where the best-in-class butchers battle each other in a showdown designed to put their skills, strategy and technique to the ultimate test. With knives drawn and machines at the ready, these Master Butchers will carve their way through painstaking challenges, use their expert knowledge to adapt to every historical twist, and reveal the fascinating secrets of the butcher's world.

"American Butcher" (working title) is produced for HISTORY by Railsplitter Pictures. Matt Ginsburg and Tim Healy are executive producers for Railsplitter Pictures. Jim Pasquarella, Dolores Gavin and Mary E. Donahue are the executive producers for HISTORY.

The Futon Critic

posted 10/9/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Christmas Baby"

posted 10/9/18

The World's Best... What?
Find Out in 2019 on CBS!
From TV Line

A trio of Hollywood A-listers will be leading the search for pop culture's next rising star: Actress Drew Barrymore, Drag Race host RuPaul Charles and musician Faith Hill will serve as judges on CBS' competition series The World's Best, the network announced Monday.

Per the official description, the show will feature "acts from every genre imaginable, from every corner of the planet" who will have to impress the judges and "the wall of the world" — 50 experts from different fields of entertainment who will help contestants advance through the competition.

The Late Late Show host James Corden will emcee the series and executive-produce alongside Mark Burnett (Survivor, The Voice).

"It's only fitting that The World's Best perform in front of the world's best," said Sharon Vuong, senior vice president of alternative programming for CBS. "James, Drew, Faith and RuPaul are all amazing talents who have excelled in their respective fields on a global scale. We can't wait for them to bring their distinct voices to a show that's unlike any other."

Added Burnett: "James Corden is at the top of his game, and there is no one better to host this ultimate international competition series. This groundbreaking series is like the Olympics of talent shows and needed the perfect talent combination. Mike and I are thrilled Drew, Faith and RuPaul are all on board. We can't wait to see the fun they have together."

The World's Best will premiere on CBS in 2019.

TV Line

The Futon Critic

posted 10/8/18

TPIR Slots Gets An Upgrade
IGT to Release New Machines
From Guru Focus

International Game Technology PLC ("IGT") (NYSE: IGT) today announced that the Company will reveal slot games inspired by America's highest-rated daytime game show, The Price is Right®, today at the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) in Las Vegas. These top-tier games will be among the hundreds of IGT innovations on display in the Company's G2E booth under the theme "Your Best Bet."

"G2E is an opportunity for our customers to experience IGT's The Price is Right and Adam Levine games for the first time and to visualize the fun and excitement that both brands can introduce to their casino floors," said Dallas Orchard, IGT Chief Product Officer, Gaming. "Adding The Price is Right and Adam Levine slot games to IGT's premium portfolio further strengthens our content roadmap for several of our premium cabinets, and continues IGT's momentum in partnering with world-class licensed properties to create broadly appealing, unique casino experiences."

Within IGT's booth 3659, IGT will premiere three The Price is Right slot games -- each one introducing something new to IGT's premium portfolio and capturing unique aspects of the timeless game show. The three new The Price is Right slots games include:

- The Price is Right Showcase Showdown Slots on the MegaTower™ Universal cabinet. The towering, three-reel, five-line game stands 11-feet tall and places lucky players in the middle of their own "Showcase Showdown" bonus events, where they can spin the Big Wheel for grand prizes.
- The Price is Right Video Slots on the CrystalCurve™ ULTRA cabinet. The vibrant three-level progressive features vignettes with game show host Drew Carey and comes to life on the cabinet's 32-inch, curved lower display and its 50-inch, curved upper display. The highly interactive game features many of the TV game show's most popular games such as Punch A Bunch, Cliff Hangers, and Rat Race.
- The Price is Right Plinko Slots on the CrystalDual™+ Stepper cabinet. This three-reel, five-line game gives players the chance to play the widely loved The Price is Right Plinko game for a chance to win big prizes on a classic, mechanical reel slot.


Guru Focus

posted 10/8/18

The UK Started, So KZ Will Finish
"Mastermind" Heads to Kazakhstan
From Seen It

BBC Studios is taking Mastermind to Kazakhstan, where a 21 episode series will air on the Khabar channel later this year.

As in the UK version, contestants will compete to win the honor of being crowned Kazakhstan's Mastermind as they take to the black chair to be tested on their specialist subject and general knowledge.

One of Britain's most enduring and best loved quiz shows (debuted on BBC in 1972), Mastermind has previously sold to nine territories including Australia, Ireland and Russia, and is known for its "I've started so I'll finish…" catchphrase.

Sumi Connock, Creative Director of Formats, BBC Studios, commented: "We're thrilled that a huge heritage brand like Mastermind, which has been on air in the UK for over 40 years is still being welcomed into new territories."


Seen It

Advanced Television

posted 10/8/18


GAMES GONE BY: Body Language
New Season... New Games!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

What kind of show do you have when celebs try to act like students at a college for mimes? Well, you get a funny game show that Chris Wolvie is happy to put as a "Games Gone By...": "Body Language".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 10/8/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Student Playing Teacher"

  • Faysal Shafaat, Haleigh Broucher still a long-distance thing (Reality TV World)

  • The Price Is Right Live! heads to San Antonio (The San Antonio Current)

  • Nick Cannon is coming for late night (The Hollywood Reporter)

  • Grant Denyer almost announced dead on Ten... which would've made Game of Games a bit of a downer (News.com.au)

  • Kim Crossman may be trading quiz show hosting for life in "The Middle" (TV Line)

posted 10/8/18


WPLG Miami

CRISTY CASERTA: 1980-2018
Season 15 "Bachelor" Contestant
From WPLG Miami

Cristy Caserta, a South Florida woman who appeared on season 15 of "The Bachelor," died suddenly this week after having an apparent seizure at a work event in Sunrise, police said.

Officer Luis Fernandez, a spokesman for the Sunrise Police Department, said Caserta, 38, fell forward and hit her head on a desk during a work training event on Thursday morning.

Paramedics rushed Caserta to Westside Regional Medical Center in Plantation, where she later died.

Fernandez said head trauma did not appear to be the cause of death. The Broward County Office of Medical Examiner and Trauma Services performed an autopsy Friday to determine the cause of death, but results of toxicology tests will not be available for several weeks.

"(Her) age and the circumstances of how this occurred catch attention; we made sure we were on the thorough side (of investigating the death)," Fernandez said.

In 2015, Caserta briefly appeared on the ABC reality show, vying to find love with entrepreneur and bar owner Brad Womack. Caserta was one of 10 women eliminated in the first episode of the season.

In her Twitter profile, she described herself as an "attorney…FSU Alum…Just an easy going South Florida girl…hot minute on ABC's The Bachelor 15." .

WPLG Miami
CBS News
TMZ

posted 10/6/18

THURSDAY: Football Lives
Fox Wins on NFL
From the Futon Critic

FOX (9.576 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) took home top honors last night with its second week of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (8.193 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (9.853 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 3.1, #1).

ABC (4.935 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was the silver draw with a new "Grey's Anatomy" (6.532 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5) followed by the return of "Station 19" (5.219 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #7) and a new "How to Get Away with Murder" (3.055 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #13).

Next up was CBS (8.035 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with originals from "The Big Bang Theory" (12.002 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #3), "Young Sheldon" (10.593 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #4), "Mom" (7.938 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #6), "Murphy Brown" (7.171 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8) and "SWAT" (5.253 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.517 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up its lineup of "Superstore" (3.167 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11), "The Good Place" (2.973 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T11), "Will & Grace" (3.942 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8), "I Feel Bad" (2.627 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T14) and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.198 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T8).

And finally, repeats of "Supernatural" (0.656 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16) and "The Originals" (0.417 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #17) rounded out the night on The CW (0.536 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 584k
- Bite Club (Food): 528k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/5/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "From One House to Another... Part 2"

posted 10/5/18

Food Network Comes Home for the Holidays
Game Details for the Rest of the Year
From The Futon Critic

This November, Food Network is celebrating Thanksgiving all-month long with more than 25 hours hours of holiday programming including a slate of brand-new series, specials, themed episodes and classic shows dedicated to food's biggest day. This marks an increase of more than 30% from last year's Thanksgiving programming, spanning almost 40 episodes across 22 different titles.

The primetime lineup includes premieres of Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge, a three-episode competition hosted by Giada De Laurentiis, on Sunday, November 4th at 9pm (all times ET/PT); Worst Cooks in America: Thanksgiving Redemption on Sunday, November 11th at 10pm; Barefoot Contessa Cook Like A Pro: Thanksgiving Sides on Saturday, November 17th at 8pm and Macy's Thanksgiving Cake Spectacular, hosted by Martha Stewart, on Sunday, November 18th at 8pm.

Brand-new Thanksgiving digital content will roll-out on social media all month, leading into #FEASTWEEK and the live interactive event #CHOOSEYOURSIDE on Sunday, November 18th. Before and after the feast, viewers can bliss out on the nostalgia of classic holiday-themed episodes during a Thanksgiving Day marathon on Thursday, November 22nd from 9:30am-6pm.

"Food Network is simply the destination for all things Thanksgiving - our content is unparalleled in delivering the best in recipes, tips and strategies for a wonderful holiday," said Courtney White, General Manager and Executive Vice President, Programming, Food Network and HGTV. "We are thrilled to deliver more hours than ever before of entertainment and expertise leading into the big day."

Ultimate Thanksgiving Challenge kicks off the season with a face-off between five talented chefs who must create mind-blowing Thanksgiving dishes. Host Giada De Laurentiis puts these competitors to the test, challenging them to prepare the most delicious and innovative turkeys, side dishes and desserts to ever hit a dining room table. Judges Alex Guarnaschelli, Carla Hall and Christian Petroni determine which chef heads into the holiday with the $25,000 grand prize and bragging rights. The three-episode series premieres Sunday, November 4th at 9pm and the winner will be named on Sunday, November 18th at 9pm. Viewers wanting more can visit FoodNetwork.com/UltimateThanksgivingChallenge and join the conversation on social using #UltimateThanksgivingChallenge.

On Sunday, November 11th at 10pm, chefs Anne Burrell and Tyler Florence welcome back four former Boot Camp recruits in Worst Cooks in America: Thanksgiving Redemption. The much-improved recruits team up to make a Thanksgiving feast for the chance to win a brand-new suite of kitchen appliances and culinary redemption. Uncover the very best of the worst at FoodNetwork.com/WorstCooks and share your biggest Thanksgiving disasters on social media using #WorstCooks.

Martha Stewart hosts the new primetime holiday special Macy's Thanksgiving Cake Spectacular, premiering Sunday, November 18th at 8pm. Witness all the incredible cake creations as four of the country's best cake artists come together to design culinary masterpieces that pay tribute to the beloved Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons and floats. Featuring Buddy Valastro, Yolanda Gampp and Susan Tercero as judges, one cake artist will take home the ultimate honor for best in show, while walking away with $25,000 for the holidays. Head to FoodNetwork.com/ThanksgivingCakeSpectacular for an insider's look at Macy's iconic floats and use #ThanksgivingCakeSpectacular on social.

Holiday Baking Championship returns on Monday, November 5th at 9pm ET/PT with a new batch of holiday bakers and even more decadent holiday desserts. Host Jesse Palmer,along with judges Nancy Fuller, Duff Goldman, and Lorraine Pascale, test the skills of nine talented bakers as they whisk, fold and frost their way through difficult challenges throughout the seven episodes. From yule log mashups to eggnog cakes, only one will 'sleigh' the competition for a chance to win the $25,000 grand prize and be featured in an original video on FoodNetwork.com and in a feature in Food Network Magazine. For more baking fun, six previous baking champions are back at 'home' in the baking championship kitchen to prove their skills can rise to the top on Monday, December 24th at 9pm ET/PT in the new one-hour special Holiday Baking Championship: Homecoming. Head to FoodNetwork.com/HolidayBakingChampionship to meet the newest batch of contestants and find everything you need to bake all season long, and on Food Network's Instagram and Facebook pages see our collection of decadent holiday creations. Tell us your favorite holiday dessert using #HolidayBakingChampionship. After the HOLIDAY BAKING CHAMPIONSHIP finale, watch out for an exclusive baking video with the winner!

Host Eddie Jackson returns with lead judge Ree Drummond this holiday season to challenge festive and talented cookie MAKERS over a new seven-episode season of Christmas Cookie Challenge, premiering Monday, November 5th at 10pm ET/PT. Each episode features five daring cookie MAKERS proving their holiday skills through two rounds, as Eddie and Ree are joined by a rotating panel of guest judges, including Stephanie Boswell, Vivian Chan, Dan Langan, Jordan Pilarski, Gesine Prado, Aarti Sequeira and Molly Yeh to help determine which bakers will have the best Christmas ever, walking away with a $10,000 prize. Visit FoodNetwork.com/ChristmasCookieChallenge to see the most creative holiday cookies ever, and watch culinary challenges in THE KITCHEN with Eddie, Ree and the other judges. Viewers can share their best cookie creations on social using #ChristmasCookieChallenge.

Thanksgiving- and Christmas-themed premiere episodes of fan-favorite series, including Beat Bobby Flay, Chopped, Guy's Grocery Games, Holiday Baking Championship, The Kitchen, The Pioneer Woman, Trisha's Southern Kitchen and more will also air in November and December.

The Futon Critic

Broadway World

posted 10/4/18

HQ Sports Coming to UK...
And So Is The One...
From Gizmodo

HQ Trivia has just announced two brand new quiz shows are set to launch in the UK. There's HQ Sports, which launched Stateside back in July, and a new quizzical winner-takes-all show called The One, which won't be letting a group of winners share the prize pot amongst themselves.

The One will have a prize of £5,000, presented by HQ mainstay Sharon Carpenter, and will air this Sunday (7th October) at 9pm BST.

The downside is that this seems to be a one-off show for the time being, but HQ does have plans for the format with Dan Glassman, Head of International at HQ Trivia, saying: "Our 'one winner takes all' games are exciting, tension-filled events that offer us the opportunity to positively impact a lucky winner's life. We plan on further building out 'The One' format to deliver more excitement and larger cash prizes to our amazing fans."

The UK edition of HQ Sports will launch this Sunday at 2pm, with hosting duties handed over to Tyler West, a presenter who also happens to be a former member of Team GB - representing Britain in handball of all things. The launch is building on the success of sport-themed specials earlier this year, including those tying into the World Cup, and will be broadcast every Sunday to complement the range of weekend football people already enjoy.

Broadway World

posted 10/4/18

WEDNESDAY: Midweek Split
Fox, NBC Win Night
From Gizmodo

FOX (4.525 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) held off the demo competition on Wednesday with originals from "Empire" (5.014 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) and "Star" (4.036 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

NBC (8.164 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was a close second with its crossover lineup of "Chicago Fire" (7.986 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "Chicago Med" (8.751 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4) and "Chicago PD" (7.755 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T7).

Next up was ABC (4.463 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.1, #3) and its mix of "The Goldbergs" (5.108 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.3, #T4), "American Housewife" (4.434 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9), "Modern Family" (5.345 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.4, #3), "Single Parents" (4.275 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T9) and "A Million Little Things" (3.808 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11).

Meanwhile, CBS (5.581 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up week two of "Survivor: David vs. Goliath" (7.230 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #T1) followed by the return of "SEAL Team" (5.077 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T11) and "Criminal Minds" (4.437 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13).

And finally, the season finale of "Burden of Truth" (0.700 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and a repeat "Supergirl" (0.425 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) rounded out the evening on The CW (0.562 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Fprged in Fire (History): 1.150m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 826k
- Forged in Fire: Knife or Death (SP/History): 700k
- Safeword (MTV): 503k
- ARe You The One (MTV): 432k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 173k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 126k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/4/18

A Dream Is A Wish Your App Makes...
Disney Invests in HQ's Parent Company
From Digiday

The Walt Disney Company has invested in mobile entertainment app HQ Trivia's parent company Intermedia Labs, according to a source with knowledge of the deal. An Intermedia Labs spokesperson declined to comment.

A Disney spokesperson said that the company made the investment through its Disney Accelerator program. That program is a three-month startup incubator in which Disney mentors and invests a small amount of money in 50 emerging media and entertainment companies.

The investment is the latest example of the entertainment giant looking to evolve its business as traditional distribution outlets continue to lose ground to digital platforms and direct-to-consumer properties.

Disney's stake in HQ Trivia could create more opportunities for Disney to market its businesses through the app and incorporate the app's branding into its other businesses, such as producing an HQ Trivia-branded show for ABC's broadcast network or ESPN's ESPN+ streaming service.

And for HQ Trivia, Disney's backing could bolster the year-old app's ad sales efforts and expansion into new show formats as well as reassure any advertisers or other business partners wary of HQ Trivia CEO Colin Kroll's sordid history. (Disney investing in HQ Trivia's maker is not the same as Disney buying HQ Trivia, a distinction that could be connected to Disney's troubled acquisition of digital video network Maker Studios.)

The size of Disney's investment wasn't available. Intermedia Labs disclosed earlier this year that it was raising $15 million and was still looking for someone to invest $2.46 million to close the funding round, according to a regulatory filing published in March..

Digiday

posted 10/4/18

Millionaire Plays to the Stars
Catch Las Vegas Celebrity Week October 15
From Broadway World

The nationally Syndicated game show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" will present an entire week of special celebrity contestants during "Celebrity Week: Las Vegas," airing Monday, Oc. 15 - Friday, Oct. 19.

This season the show will have given away more than $100 million in total winnings since its Syndicated debut and during "Celebrity Week: Las Vegas," each contestant will take on the classic 14-question game for the chance to win $1 million for their favorite charity.

Monday, October 15 - AJ McLean and Howie Dorough of the Backstreet Boys The best-selling BOY BAND of all time, Backstreet Boys, are performing at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. AJ and Howie will be playing for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 16 and 17 - Cheryl "Salt" James and Sandra "Pepa" Denton of Salt-N-Pepa Iconic hip-hop group Salt-N-Pepa are currently headlining "I Love The 90s - The Vegas Show" at Paris Theater. Cheryl and Sandra's winnings will go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Adding even more excitement to their appearance, hip-hop duo Christopher "Kid" Reid and Christopher "Play" Martin of Kid 'N Play will serve as Salt-N-Pepa's "Plus One" lifeline.

Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 17 and 18 - Tom Green Comedian Tom Green is performing at Harrah's Showroom at Harrah's Las Vegas. Green will donate his winnings to USC Keck School of Medicine.

Thursday and Friday, Oct. 18 and 19 - Paul Shaffer Legendary bandleader, multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer and comedian Paul Shaffer is performing at Cleopatra's Barge at Caesars Palace for a limited run with his band The Sh?f-Shifters. Shaffer will be playing "Millionaire" for Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Broadway World

posted 10/3/18

TUESDAY: No Talent, No Problem
NBC Splts Night with CBS
From the Futon Critic

The nationally Syndicated game show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" will present an entire week of special celebrity contestants during "Celebrity Week: Las Vegas," airing Monday, Oc. 15 - Friday, Oct. 19.

This season the show will have given away more than $100 million in total winnings since its Syndicated debut and during "Celebrity Week: Las Vegas," each contestant will take on the classic 14-question game for the chance to win $1 million for their favorite charity.

Monday, October 15 - AJ McLean and Howie Dorough of the Backstreet Boys The best-selling BOY BAND of all time, Backstreet Boys, are performing at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. AJ and Howie will be playing for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 16 and 17 - Cheryl "Salt" James and Sandra "Pepa" Denton of Salt-N-Pepa Iconic hip-hop group Salt-N-Pepa are currently headlining "I Love The 90s - The Vegas Show" at Paris Theater. Cheryl and Sandra's winnings will go to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Adding even more excitement to their appearance, hip-hop duo Christopher "Kid" Reid and Christopher "Play" Martin of Kid 'N Play will serve as Salt-N-Pepa's "Plus One" lifeline.

Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 17 and 18 - Tom Green Comedian Tom Green is performing at Harrah's Showroom at Harrah's Las Vegas. Green will donate his winnings to USC Keck School of Medicine.

Thursday and Friday, Oct. 18 and 19 - Paul Shaffer Legendary bandleader, multi-instrumentalist, singer, composer and comedian Paul Shaffer is performing at Cleopatra's Barge at Caesars Palace for a limited run with his band The Sh?f-Shifters. Shaffer will be playing "Millionaire" for Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 672k
- The Challenge: Final Reckoning (MTV): 627k
- Ink Master: Grudge Match (Paramount): 604
k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/3/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Superchamp? Not Likely"

  • Jeff Probst agrees, having an all-winners season of "Survivor" is dumb (Us)

  • Abby Lee Miller turns 51 amidst cancer battle (Reality TV World)

  • Blake Shelton sends his love to Gwen Stefani on her birthday (Reality TV World)

  • CASTING COUCH: Wheelmobile rolls into Richmond (Richmond Magazine)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Robert Mills (World Screen)

posted 10/3/18

Jenna Dewan Leaves "World of Dance"
Host to Remain ... In Some Form
From People

Jenna Dewan is saying goodbye to World of Dance — sort of!

On Monday, the 37-year-old, who has been the show's host since season one, announced her departure from the NBC reality competition series.

"Hi to my World of Dance lovers! I have some news to share: I will not be returning to the show as host for season 3," Dewan captioned an Instagram photo of herself posing on set.

While she will no longer serve as the show's host, Dewan revealed she will be a part of World of Dance in some capacity.

"But! I won't be able to stay away for long, and plan to return to mentor contestants as much as possible," Dewan continued. "It has been an absolute thrill to be a part of this incredible, groundbreaking show from the very beginning, and I am forever grateful to my @nbc family, @jlo, @derekhough @neyo and everyone involved in this journey."

People
AOL
Reality TV World

posted 10/2/18

Eco-Challenge Returns
Bear Grylls to Host for Amazon Prime
From People

Amazon Studios today unveiled plans for Eco-Challenge 2019, the toughest global outdoor multi-sport endurance race on Earth from MGM Television and prolific Emmy Award-winning producer and Mark Burnett, to be hosted by survival and adventure phenom Bear Grylls.

The ten-episode event series will pit teams of four competitors selected from around the world against each other and nature's harsh elements in this grueling 24-hours a day, multi-day race. If one teammate quits the entire team is disqualified, which magnifies the pressure. The 2019 location for the international, epic adventure will be unveiled later this year.

Eco-Challenge 2019 will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video in over 200 countries and territories.

Using state of the art cinematography, Eco-Challenge 2019 tests the limits of human physical and mental endurance in the most rugged natural landscapes on earth. Each team, comprised of both men and women, compete in grueling challenges over a 350+ mile race course. Past Eco-Challenge disciplines have included whitewater rafting, canoeing, mountaineering, horseback riding, scuba diving, and mountain biking - those for the Eco-Challenge 2019 event will be revealed to the selected teams later this year. To finish requires teamwork, courage, skill, and commitment; to win demands the extraordinary.

"I owe so much to Eco-Challenge. I came to the competition after I spent a few years competing professionally in expedition competitions," said Burnett, who is also Chairman of MGM Worldwide Television Group. "I went on to produce Eco-Challenge for a decade. It started my entire TV career and afforded me my first Emmy. I've been asked one question over and over. When is it coming back? Now it is. With Bear Grylls at the helm and the Amazon Prime Video team delivering it to a worldwide audience, we will make an amazing team, and the audience will see that this little race eats Ironmen for breakfast."

"Mark Burnett and Bear Grylls are a dream pairing when it comes to the world of ultimate survival. The STAKES and the emotions will run high for the teams on Eco-Challenge 2019," said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. "Our Prime Video audience is in for a high-octane edge-of-your-seat experience as these fierce competitors find their limits and are asked to push BEYOND them in an adventure unlike any other."

"Eco-Challenge is the ultimate survival-adventure race, against the elements, against the clock, and against some of the greatest extreme athletes the world has ever seen," said Bear Grylls. "Amazon Studios have such incredible global reach and the ability to unite so many countries and territories around this race, that shows human endeavor at its most powerful."

Broadway World
The Futon Critic

posted 10/2/18

SYNDIES: Week 2
Results for the Week Ending September 23
From TV Newscheck

Led by Dr. Phil, the top tier of talk shows delivered some Nielsen heat in the last week of summer, the session ending Sept. 23. In addition, syndication champion Judge Judy lobbed a haymaker at its competition becoming the first show of the new season to hit or exceed the 7 rating level.

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) 6.1 +2%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.6 -2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.5 -4%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


TV Newscheck

B&C

posted 10/2/18

New Cover Stories... New GSN
Season 2 Begins with "Super Contestants" October 21
From Broadway World

Game Show Network's COVER STORY, a one-hour documentary series that looks at the fascinating personalities, memorable moments and outrageous scandals in and around the most popular games and shows of all time will return to Sundays this fall at 7 p.m. ET, beginning on October 21 with COVER STORY: Game Show Super Contestants.

The premiere episode will explore the incredible stories of contestants who won the largest prizes and had the most memorable wins on some of the most popular and beloved game shows. From Ken Jennings' record 74-game-winning streak on "Jeopardy!" to Caitlyn Burke guessing a 27-letter "Wheel of Fortune" phrase with just one letter, to Georgia School Superintendent Kathy Cox winning $1 Million on "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" this COVER STORY will go IN DEPTH with never-before-seen interviews of TV's greatest contestants and delve into the effects of the winnings on their life - what they did with their huge prizes and where they are now.

Upcoming new episodes include:
- COVER STORY: THE NEWLYWED GAME Most Outrageous Answers (October 28) "The Newlywed Game" has made audiences laugh for decades, with its naughty innuendos and colorful contestants. Hosted by Trish Suhr, Newlywed Game: Most Outrageous Answers will feature the most outrageous and hilarious moments from the show, spanning over many seasons. COVER STORY will revisit unforgettable couples and wild confessions from the game show that made "whoopy" a household term.
- COVER STORY: Wheel of Fortune Greatest Moments (November 4) "Wheel of Fortune" is one of America's longest running and most beloved game shows. On Wheel Of Fortune: Greatest Moments, host Trish Suhr will take viewers on an entertaining ride, celebrating the show's greatest moments featuring amazing solves, missteps, bloopers, and laugh-out-loud clips.
- COVER STORY: Playing the Slots Big Winners and Cheaters (November 18) They say lightning never strikes in the same place twice but try telling that to some of these lucky gamblers. Playing the Slots: Big Winners & Cheaters, tells the stories of people such as Guadalupe Lopez, a $2.4 million slot winner and mother to international megastar, Jennifer Lopez, who believes that her prayers were answered when she was guided to a winning machine. $10.3 million slot winner, Mark Hodos, dreamt that a specific slot machine would win big, and then did! We'll hear from those who won millions, and those who thought they won big, only to have their dreams of wealth shattered. Plus, convicted slot cheat, Tommy Carmichael, will reveal how he managed to make THE ONE arm bandit pay out thousands on any spin. Slot machine designers and experts explain why most gamblers are really losing, even when they think they're winning, and how these thrilling machines are designed to stimulate gamblers' senses and keep them coming back and spending, time and time again.
- COVER STORY: SCANDAL The MIT Blackjack Ring (December 2) A group of students at MIT were offered an extra-curricular opportunity that would change their lives forever and become pop culture legend. These student gamblers learned how to tilt the odds in their favor while playing blackjack, which led to big money, and big trouble. Over the next two decades, the founders of the MIT Blackjack Team recruited and trained students to use their smarts to beat the house. Students began living double lives, laser focused on academics during the week, and gambling and enjoying the luxurious life on weekends. That is, until one day a traitor sold the players out causing the whole blackjack ring to come CRASHING down. COVER STORY will take you on this captivating journey through first hand interviews with the original MIT Blackjack team founders, personal photos, and a story that became legendary.


Broadway World

posted 10/2/18

MONDAY: This Is The Win
NBC Wins the Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.456 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) kicked off week two of the TV season on top with new episodes of "The Voice" (9.944 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) and "Manifest" (8.481 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #2).

FOX (5.454 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the silver draw with fresh installments from "The Resident" (4.820 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) and "9-1-1" (6.089 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.5, #3).

Next up was ABC (7.380 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) with its second week of "Dancing with the Stars" (7.321 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "The Good Doctor" (7.499 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #5).

Meanwhile, CBS (6.651 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T3) offered up the premieres of "The Neighborhood" (8.074 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) and "Happy Together" (5.930 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T6) plus originals from "Magnum P.I." (6.315 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8) and "Bull" (6.635 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #10).

And finally, the season finales of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.169 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #11) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.716 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.632 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) rounded out the night on The CW (0.922 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Halloween Baking Championship (Food): 1.223m

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/2/18

WEEKEND: Back Into Hell
Fox, CBS Split Friday
From the Futon Critic

FOX (5.260 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) took home top adults 18-49 honors with its debut lineup of "Last Man Standing" (8.013 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1), "The Cool Kids" (6.787 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) and "Hell's Kitchen" (3.120 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

CBS (7.301 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) then had to settle for second place with the return of "MacGyver" (5.804 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6), "Hawaii Five-0" (7.416 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3) and "Blue Bloods" (8.686 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

Next up was NBC (3.616 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) with encores of "Manifest" (3.707 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) and "New Amsterdam" (3.276 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T10) plus a new "Dateline NBC" (3.868 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

Meanwhile, ABC (3.191 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) opted for the two-hour special "Truth and Lies: Jonestown, Paradise Lost" (3.060 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #9) plus a new "20/20" (3.455 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T6).

And finally, a new "Masters of Illusion" (1.151 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (1.101 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.142 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) rounded out the evening over on The CW (1.134 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Quizney (Disney): 960k
- Battlebots (Discovery) :757k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 10p (MTV): 396k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 10:30p (MTV): 391k

On cable Sunday...
- Halloween Wars (SP/Food): 1.977m

- Halloween Wars: Road to Halloween Wars (S/Food): 1.601m
- Halloween Wars: The Best of Halloween Wars (S/Food): 1.195m
- Double Dare (Nick): 683k

THe FUton Critic

Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 10/2/18

What's in the Box?
Nick GSA Greenlights Unboxing Game Show
From Kidscreen

Nickelodeon GSA has greenlit a new live-action series based on the online phenomenon of unboxing. Toy Toy Toy—The Unboxing Show, a Nickelodeon/Starship Tube co-pro, will premiere in Germany on November 3 before rolling out in Austria and Switzerland later that month. Subsequent episodes will air every Saturday and Sunday evening in the regions.

Moderated by Sascha Quade (Homeland), the game show-esque format will pit two pairs of players against one another in a timed challenge to dig out an unknown toy from a giant box. The winning team will move on to tackle a huge pyramid of packages within a time limit; whatever they open, they get to keep.

This commission news comes less than 24 hours after Viacom announced the appointment of Nickelodeon's new president. Former Paramount Players president and Awesomeness co-founder Brian Robbins will step into the role, which was vacated by Cyma Zarghami earlier this year.

Kidscreen

Fast Company

posted 10/2/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "From One House to Another"

  • Tyler Crispen, Angela Rummans move from one house to another (Reality TV World)

  • Maddie Ziegler gets a car from Sia for her sweet 16 (Reality TV World)

  • Dancing with the Stars goes on the road again (The Futon Critic)

  • Wayne Brady's daughter gets bold... and beautiful (Orlando Sentinel)

  • Alex Trebek's role as debate moderator... it... didn't go well. (Vice)

  • Alec Baldwin in "Death of a Salesman"... one (BLANK) only (Detroit Free Press)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS BLEEP UP!: A game show devoted to China's leader (Shanghaiist)

posted 10/2/18

Sharon Osbourne Leaves "The X Factor"
David Walliams to Judge for Judges' Homes
From People

Sharon Osbourne is saying goodbye to The X Factor — for now. The longtime judge of the British version of the reality competition series, which she first joined in 2004, confirmed her departure in a statement on Facebook Sunday, saying she "decided to pass on the series this year."

"After watching the new season #XFactor unfold, I've seen the new judges finding their rhythm and are doing brilliantly," began Osbourne, 65. "Simon [Cowell] was so gracious to find me a spot on the live shows but at this point I really don't think I'm needed and I would honestly feel odd coming in at this point. So I have decided to pass on the series this year."

She concluded, "I wish the show continued success and as much as I love to get my face on TV you will have to do without me this season. Loves ya, Mrs. O."

On Monday, Osbourne thanked her supporters on Facebook: "Thank you all for your messages of support regarding my X Factor announcement. It really means so much to me. A huge thank you and I hope to see you all on British TV very soon Big Kiss….Always, Mrs.O."

The series also confirmed her exit in a statement to Deadline.

"The X Factor can confirm Sharon Osbourne has decided not to return to this year's show," a spokesperson for the show said.

"Sharon will always be a big part of The X Factor family and we wish her all the best for the future."

Meanwhile, one judge on The X Factor is trying to one-up Simon Cowell by bringing in Britain's Got Talent star David Walliams for the Judges' Houses round.

Walliams is crossing over ITV talent shows later in the month, but not to help Simon pick his Girls squad. Instead, the comedian will be joining Robbie Williams to narrow down the field of Groups before the live shows. "The thing about this show is I'm actually a fan of it," David said today (October 2).

"I've always loved watching The X Factor, I've never missed a series. I've actually always wanted to do Judges' Houses. I like that I've now done it with Rob because I want him to win, I don't want Simon to win!" .

People
Reality Blurred
Digital Spy

posted 10/1/18

Confetti Salutes the Creators
Facebook Game to Offers $100,000 This Week
From Variety

Facebook has caught the interactive trivia game-show bug with "Confetti," which doles out real cash prizes to the winners of the game each weekday — and this week, it has lined up its biggest prize-pool payout ever along with a roster of guest creators to co-host the show.

Facebook's pop-culture trivia game was launched in June with media company Insider. It's patterned on HQ Trivia, the popular live game show app that has spawned dozens of imitators since launching a year ago.

For Facebook, the live, interactive show on its Watch video platform is designed to drive users — and their friends — to engage in repeat visits.

This week, "Confetti by Insider" is hosting a special "Creator Week" event with digital stars Gigi Gorgeous (Oct. 1), Andrew "King Bach" Bachelor (Oct. 2), LalaSizahands (Oct. 3), StoneMountain64 (Oct. 4) and comedian-actress Laura Clery (Oct. 5). By enlisting the digital creators, Facebook is hoping to draw on their large fanbases in hopes that they'll become regular "Confetti" players. The total prize money is $12,500 for each game Monday-Thursday; Friday's prize is $50,000 — for a total of $100,000 this week.

Since launching in June, "Confetti by Insider" has distributed nearly $500,000 in cash to winners.

The digital stars will co-host "Confetti" this week with regular host J.D. Witherspoon. They'll be asking questions, offering hints and interacting with special guests on the show's main stage. In addition, the trivia game will include special questions highlighting the guests.

The "Confetti" live trivia game streams live weekdays (Monday-Friday) at 9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT.

Currently, the show has 120,000 followers on its Facebook Watch page (facebook.com/confetti).

"Confetti" is produced by Thumb Candy Media, the digital studio division of B-17 Entertainment; Rhett Bachner and Brien Meagher serve as executive producers alongside Craig Brooks..

Variety

posted 10/1/18

Dropping Another Season
"The £100k Drop" to Return in 2019
From Telly Mix

Channel 4 has confirmed that rebooted gameshow The £100k Drop will return for a second series in 2019.

Earlier this year, the broadcaster revived hit format The Million Pound Drop for its daytime schedule, with a top prize of £100,000.

Pairs of contestants are given the jackpot in real cash, which they have to gamble on the answers to a series of questions.

If they're sure, they can place all their money on one answer - but if not, they can spread it across multiple options to boost their chances.

Telly Mix

posted 10/1/18

Double Dare-o-Ween
Catch the Fall Premiere Sunday, The Halloween Show October 21
From the Futon Critic

Nickelodeon is getting into the Halloween spirit, with a month-long lineup of hauntingly good premieres from its live-action, animation and preschool series. Beginning Monday, Oct. 8, at 12 p.m. (ET/PT), Nick will treat viewers to ghoulish fun with all-new episodes of the net's hit series Double Dare, Henry Danger, Knight Squad, PAW Patrol, RISE of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, SpongeBob SquarePants, THE LOUD HOUSE and more.

On Sunday, October 21, "Electro Eradicators vs. The Twinning Team", friends take on twins in a series of classic challenges with a spooky twist, and only one team gets to compete in the ghostly final round.

Season 1 continues with new episodes this Sunday.


Broadway World

posted 9/28/18

THURSDAY: Madden on Fox
TNF's Premiere Gives Fox the Night
From the Futon Critic

FOX (10.083 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 3.3, #1) got a big boost on Thursday with the network premieres of "Thursday Night Football Pre-Game" (8.535 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.5, #2) and "Thursday Night Football" (10.393 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 3.4, #1).

ABC (5.519 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.5, #2) then was a distant second with the season premiere of "Grey's Anatomy" (7.079 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.9, #4), a second hour of "Grey's Anatomy" (6.492 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.8, #5) and the return of "How to Get Away with Murder" (2.986 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.8, #12).

Next up was CBS (7.865 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) and its lineup debuts of "The Big Bang Theory" (11.793 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #3), "Young Sheldon" (10.083 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #6), "Mom" (7.991 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7), "Murphy Brown" (7.420 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9) and "SWAT" (4.979 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #13).

Meanwhile, NBC (4.427 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4) offered up the return of "The Good Place" (3.297 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10), a second "The Good Place" (2.933 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #11), the season premiere of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (4.678 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T10) and also a second "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (5.489 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.2, #8).

And finally, repeats of "Supernatural" (0.784 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "The Originals" (0.504 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15) rounded out the night on The CW (0.644 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Beat Bobby Flay (SP/Food): 682k
- Bite Club (Food): 548k
- Quizney (Disney): 483k

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz DAily

posted 9/28/18

Game Over
Dara O Briain's Go 8-Bit Canceled Over Twitter
From the Futon Critic

Losing a job is never easy, but finding out the news on Twitter seems like a pretty harsh (but very 21st century) way for it to happen.

Just ask Steve McNeill, co-creator of Dara O Briain's Go 8 Bit, the video game-based panel show which aired on UKTV channel Dave.

On Thursday (September 27), the Dave Twitter account confirmed the series had been cancelled in response to a fan's question.

"After three great series of Go8Bit we don't have plans for any more – we're hugely grateful to everyone who watched and enjoyed the show!" read the tweet.

News of the show's cancellation was then retweeted by McNeill, who added: "If you're wondering what telly's like, this tweet just now is how I found out #Go8Bit's definitely finished. Lovely stuff. Thanks to all u guys that watched."

But to make things worse, McNeill then found a tweet from on-demand service UKTV Play two weeks ago announcing the show was over. McNeill later added: "I knew it was very unlikely #Go8Bit was coming back, but the tweets were the first time I realised it was definitely over.

Digital Spy

posted 9/28/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "More Trouble"

  • Les Moonves may be subpoenaed to appear (TV Week)

  • JWoww files for divorce (Reality TV World)

  • Swayleigh go online to make a stunning admission (Toofab)

  • Dean Unglert... bitter, party of one (Reality TV World)

  • ICYMI: A challenge became a winner on Jeopardy! last night.. (TV Line)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Vicki Lawrence (TV Line)

posted 9/28/18


IMDB

Champion of "Champions"
Terry Crews Hosts "America's Got Talent: The Champions"
From the Futon Critic

Terry Crews has been named host of NBC's new winter edition of television's No. 1 alternative series, "America's Got Talent: The Champions."

The series, from NBC, Syco Entertainment and Fremantle, will launch in January and feature the star-studded judges panel from "America's Got Talent" - executive producer Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel. "

I am so proud and honored to join Simon, Mel, Heidi and Howie in hosting the #1 alternative series on television," Crews said. "NBC's 'America's Got Talent' is a show I love to watch with my family and now to actually be a part of this special edition, 'The Champions,' is more than I could have asked or dreamed. Now America's Got Terry Crews!"

"America's Got Talent: The Champions" will bring together the most talented, memorable, wackiest and all-around fan favorite acts from past seasons of "AGT," featuring an array of remarkable performers. Additionally, some of the most popular acts from the other global "Got Talent" franchises, spanning 194 territories, will come to share their talents and compete against one another in the ultimate celebration of worldwide creativity and talent.

The Futon Critic

Broadway World
TV Line

posted 9/27/18

WEDNESDAY: Empire Rises, Big Brother Falls
A Three-Way Split in the Midweek
From the Futon Critic

CBS (6.694 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1) and FOX (5.403 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.7, #T1) shared the demo crown on Wednesday as the former served up the season premieres of "Empire" (6.079 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1) and "Star" (4.726 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 1.5, #5).

The Eye then offered up the extended premiere of "Survivor: David vs. Goliath" (7.750 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3) and finale to "Big Brother 20" (5.637 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #2).

Next up was NBC (7.591 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) with the season openers to "Chicago Med" (7.678 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8), "Chicago Fire" (7.959 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8) and "Chicago PD" (7.135 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (4.998 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #4) bowed its lineup of "The Goldbergs" (5.130 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6), "American Housewife" (4.427 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T8), "Modern Family" (5.398 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #T3), "Single Parents" (4.910 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.3, #7) and "A Million Little Things" (5.063 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #12).

And finally, the penultimate "Burden of Truth" (0.583 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) and a repeat "Supergirl" (0.502 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) rounded out the night on The CW (0.543 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

On cable...
- Forged in Fire (History): 1.203m
- Guy's Grocery Games (SP/Food): 793k
- Safeword (MTV): 542k
- Are You the One (MTV): 463k
- Quizney (Disney): 527k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 174k
- Comedy Knockout (truTV): 158k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/26/18

Mom & Dad Are Back in America
Season 2 of BYUTV Hit to Run in Tandem with YESTV for Second Year Starting October 22
From Benzinga

BYUtv – a network that connects families through positive, uplifting entertainment – will premiere new seasons of four returning favorite shows this October, including season two of "Tricked" (Monday, Oct. 8 at 6:30 p.m. MT/8:30 p.m. ET), season two of "Splatalot!" (Monday, Oct. 8 at 7:30 p.m. M/T9:30 p.m. ET), season four of "Hetty Feather" (Sunday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. MT/8 p.m. ET) and season two of "Just Like Mom and Dad" (Monday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. MT/8 p.m. ET.

"All four of these shows have resonated with audiences of all ages due to their positive, engaging, fun-natured and heartwarming content," said Michael Dunn, managing director of BYUtv. "'Tricked' appeals to the aspiring magician inside all of us, 'Splatalot!' brings out our competitive nature, 'Hetty Feather' introduces viewers to Victorian-era London through the eyes of young orphan girl and 'Just Like Mom and Dad' illustrates how much fun families can have together. These returning series are prime examples of our family entertainment programming that appeals to younger audiences while also being sophisticated enough for their parents, allowing the entire family to connect by watching compelling television together."

"JUST LIKE MOM AND DAD" Season 2: A family game show that celebrates modern, diverse families and proves how much fun families can have together. Shot in Toronto before a live, energetic studio audience on a bright set filled with giant moving video screens and a bigger prize wheel, each episode features three parent/kid pairs. The game starts with two interactive question-answer based rounds where parents and kids are quizzed about their knowledge of each other. The third and final round is an exciting bake-off in a new, state of the art kitchen coliseum, but in this kitchen the kids are in charge and the parents are the taste-testers. "Just Like Mom and Dad" is produced in association with marblemedia and YES TV in Canada.

Benzinga

posted 9/26/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Clip Show"

posted 9/27/18

Dancing Kids!
Catch "Dancing With The Stars Junior" on ABC October 7!
From the Futon Critic

"Dancing with the Stars: Juniors" welcomes 12 celebrity kids and professional junior ballroom dancers to the ballroom floor. The youngest cast ever is sparkling up their wardrobe, breaking in their dancing shoes and readying themselves for what will be an unforgettable journey. The competition begins with the two-hour season premiere, SUNDAY, OCT. 7 (8:00-10:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network, streaming and on demand.

This season's lineup of celebrity kid dancers includes a Screen Actors Guild Award-nominated actor, a professional skateboarder, an ABC comedy star, a runway model, two Disney Channel stars and the youngest boy to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.

As announced this evening on ABC's "Dancing with the Stars," the celebrity kids with their professional dance partners heading to the ballroom (in alphabetical order) are as follows:

· "MasterChef Junior" champ Addison Osta Smith with Lev Khmelev, mentored by Keo Motsepe
· Reality star Alana "Honey Boo Boo" Thompson with Tristan Ianiero, mentored by Artem Chigvintsev
· Spelling bee ace Akash Vukoti with Kamri Peterson, mentored by Witney Carson
· Actress Ariana Greenblatt with Artyon Celestine, mentored by Brandon Armstrong
· Actor Hudson West with Kameron Couch, mentored by Hayley Erbert
· Actor Jason Maybaum with Elliana Walmsley, mentored by Emma Slater
· Singer/actress Mackenzie Ziegler with Sage Rosen, mentored by Gleb Savchenko
· Fashion designer Mandla Morris with Brightyn Brems, mentored by Cheryl Burke
· Actor Miles Brown with Rylee Arnold, mentored by Lindsay Arnold
· Skateboarder Sky Brown with JT Church, mentored by Alan Bersten
· Model Sophia Pippen with Jake Monreal, mentored by Sasha Farber
· Political grandson Tripp Palin with Hailey Bills, mentored by Jenna Johnson


The Futon Critic

Broadway World
TV Line

posted 9/26/18

TUESDAY: First Splitskis!
CBS, NBC Split Night
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.545 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.3, #1) was the top adults 18-49 draw on Tuesday with its mix of "The Voice" (9.797 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2), the return of "This Is Us" (10.399 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.9, #1) and the bow of "New Amsterdam" (8.438 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.9, #3).

CBS (10.463 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) then was the most-watched broadcaster with its respective premieres of "NCIS" (12.387 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.4, #4), "FBI" (10.077 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #5) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (8.926 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #6).

Next up was FOX (3.039 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with the season premieres of "The Gifted" (2.625 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) and "Lethal Weapon" (3.454 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.8, #9).

Meanwhile, ABC (5.206 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4) offered up a special two-hour "Dancing with the Stars" (6.487 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T7) plus "The Real Rookies: A Special Edition of 20/20" (2.645 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #10).

And finally, a repeat "The Flash" (0.579 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and the penultimate "The Outpost" (0.582 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) rounded out the night on The CW (0.581 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 855k
- The Challenge: Final Reckoning (MTV): 713k
- Ink Master: Grudge Match (Paramount): 635k
- Quizney (Disney): 533k
- Paid Off with Michael Torpey (truTV): 190k


The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/26/18

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "You Can't Say That Word!"

posted 9/26/18

SYNDIES: Week 1
Results for the Week Ending September 16
From TV Newscheck

Magazines ignited in the session ending Sept. 16 despite widespread power outages in some markets and preemptions due to Hurricane Florence and the 9/11 anniversary.

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) 6.0 NC
- Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.7 +8%
- Jeopardy (CTD) 5.7 +12%
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.6 +14%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


TV Newscheck

posted 9/25/18

MONDAY: And Away We Go!
First Night of New Season Goes to NBC
From the Futon Critic

NBC (9.812 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) opened the 2018-19 season on top with the return of "The Voice" (9.562 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.0, #3) followed by the launch of "Manifest" (10.310 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.2, #2).

CBS (9.014 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) then was the silver draw with the respective premieres of "The Big Bang Theory" (12.714 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.4, #1), "Young Sheldon" (10.546 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.7, #4), "Magnum P.I." (8.084 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.2, #7) and "Bull" (7.329 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10).

Next up was FOX (5.701 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.3, #3) with the season debut of "The Resident" (4.846 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) followed by night two of "9-1-1" (6.556 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.6, #5).

Meanwhile, ABC (7.978 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.2, #4) offered up the season premieres of "Dancing with the Stars" (8.075 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T8) and "The Good Doctor" (7.784 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.4, #6).

And finally, new episodes of "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.901 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.699 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) plus a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.618 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) rounded out the night on The CW (0.780 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
-
Halloween Baking Championship (SP/Food): 1.114m
- Quizney (Disney): 529k

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posted 9/25/18

"Game" Girl
Ash London Joins "Game of Games" to Premiere on Ten October 7
From Mumbrella

Set to become Australia's biggest entertainment game show, Game of Games bursts on to television screens on Sunday 7 October at 7.30pm on TEN and WIN Network.

Hosted by TV Week Gold Logie award winner Grant Denyer and radio personality Ash London,Game of Games will take every day Australians to dizzying heights and crazy lengths to take out the big cash prize.

Originating as a segment on the US daytime talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Game of Games is the perfect light-hearted antidote to a serious week. Each week, contestants will answer questions under crippling pressure, face free-falls into the unknown and manoeuvre their way through a series of messy and manic obstacles.

Moving through several rounds, these plucky competitors will go to hilarious lengths to ensure they're the last ones standing.

Network Ten's Chief Sales Officer Rod Prosser said: "Game of Games is going to be huge. It's premium, Sunday night entertainment viewing, jam packed with in-program opportunities for advertisers. Audiences will laugh, cry and gasp with excitement. When the show premiered in the US earlier this year, it was the highest in-season premiere for an alternative series since 2016. With our local touch and Gold Logie award winning host Grant Denyer, Game of Games has all the ingredients to be a smash entertainment hit."

Mumbrella

B&T
Mediaweek

posted 9/25/18

WEEKEND: Going Out on Bottom
NBC Wins Last Friday Before the Season Begins
From The Futon Critic

NBC (3.968 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) was the top draw on Friday with encores of "I Feel Bad" (2.631 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2), another "I Feel Bad" (2.152 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and a two-hour "Dateline NBC" (4.756 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1).

CBS (3.283 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) then was the number two network with its mix of "MacGyver" (3.736 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2), the season finale of "TKO: Total Knock Out" (2.221 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and "Blue Bloods" (3.894 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2).

Next up was ABC (2.024 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and its lineup of "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.348 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2), "Speechless" (1.759 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2), "Child Support" (1.634 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and a new "20/20" (2.385 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.616 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up repeats of "The Resident" (1.839 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and "The Orville" (1.394 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

And finally, a new "Masters of Illusion" (1.205 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and second runs of "Masters of Illusion" (1.150 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.199 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.188 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

On cable...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 979k
- Quizney (Disney): 532k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 10:30p (MTV): 439k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 10p (MTV): 402k

On Sunday, NBC (7:30-11pm) (15.472 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.1, #1) closed the formal 2017-18 season on top with its mix of "Football Night in America #1" (5.886 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 1.7, #7), "Football Night in America #2" (8.269 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 2.6, #5), "Football Night in America #3" (13.559 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.3, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (17.295 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.7, #1).

Second place then went to FOX (8.236 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.4, #2) with its lineup of "NFL Overrun" (17.090 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 5.2, #2), "The OT" (10.921 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 3.5, #4), the season premiere of "9-1-1" (8.470 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 2.2, #6) and encores of "Family Guy" (2.625 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.9, #10) and "Rel" (1.837 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11).

Next up was CBS (5.279 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and its quartet of "60 Minutes" (8.753 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.1, #9), "Big Brother 20" (5.513 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.3, #8), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.721 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15) and "Madam Secretary" (3.131 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #17).

And finally, a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.357 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) followed by the season finale of "Celebrity Family Feud" (4.068 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11), "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.057 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T11) and the season finale of "$100,000 Pyramid" (3.384 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T15) rounded out the night on ABC (3.966 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

On cable Saturday
- Cash Cab - noon (Discovery): 426k
- Cash Cab - 11a (Discovery): 348k

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (SF/Food): 1.309m

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posted 9/25/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Guilty"

  • Bill Cosby sentenced to 3 to 10 years (TV Line) and stripped of his TCA Achievement Award (TV Line)

  • JoJo & Jordan get a web series (People)

  • Mike Fleiss taunts us with the greatest cast of "The Bachelor" ever. For real this time. Seriously! (Reality TV World)

  • Jerry Springer visits Coshocton (Coshocton Tribune)

  • LIST ABUSE: The 14 richest Jeopardy! champions of all time (Insider)

posted 9/25/18

Hey, Now! You're an All-Star!
Jeopardy! Kicks Off Season 35 With a Special Event
From Polygon

Jeopardy! celebrates its 35th anniversary this February with a two week All-Star tournament featuring 18 of its most popular past champions.

They were drafted today into six teams, representing hundreds of thousands of dollars in winnings and victory streaks spanning several weeks.

The No. 1 draft pick was Alex Jacob of Greensboro, N.C. whose six-game winning streak and Tournament of Champions victory in 2015 won him more than $400,000. Alex was selected first by Buzzy Cohen of Los Angeles, one of six team captains chosen for their prolific winning and crowd appeal.

Cohen, who in 2016 won more than $150,000 in a series of blowouts that featured snarky Final Jeopardy answers, joined all time money winner Brad Rutter of Los Angeles ($4.3 million) and Ken Jennings of Seattle, probably the most famous Jeopardy! contestant ever and owner of a record 74-show winning streak from 2004.

Other captains included Colby Burnett of Chicago (a two-time tournament winner); Julia Collins of Kenilworth, Ill. (20 victories, top female champion); and Austin Rogers of New York ($461,000 in winnings).

The teams:
- Colby Burnett (captain), Pam Mueller of Culver City, Calif. (2000 College Tournament champion, multiple semifinalist in the Tournament of Champions) and Alan Lin of Riverside, Calif. (top three in 2017 Tournament of Champions).
- Buzzy Cohen (captain), Alex Jacob and Jennifer Giles of Longmont, Colo. (winner of the 2015 Teachers' Tournament).
- Julia Collins (captain), Ben Ingram of Lake Wylie, S.C. (a Tournament of Champions winner and friend of Collins) and Seth Wilson of Chicago, (12-time winner, top 5 in victories all time).
- Ken Jennings (captain), Matt Jackson of Washington (No. 4 all time in victories) and Monica Thieu of New York (a College Tournament champion).
- Austin Rogers (captain), Roger Craig of Jersey City, N.J. (most money won in a single game, known for big bets on Daily Doubles) and Leonard Cooper of Little Rock, Ark., (the memorable 2013 Teen Tournament winner).
- Brad Rutter (captain), Larissa Kelly of Richmond, Va. (first woman with a winning streak longer than 5, top 10 in victories) and David Madden of Ridgewood, N.J. (a 19-time winner, the third longest streak).

The Jeopardy! All-Star Games will be taped in January and will air from Feb. 20 to March 5. Under the format, each team will designate a player for the Jeopardy! Double Jeopardy! and Final Jeopardy! rounds. Teams will be eliminated based on their point totals through the tournament. The top three teams will be matched in a two-day final that delivers $1 million to the winners..
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Jeopardy!

Toronto Star
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Good Housekeeping
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The Jeopardy! Fan
The Ringer
Polygon
KABC Los Angeles

posted 9/24/18

Kevin Hart: One Night Only, One WINNER Only
Catch the Special HQ Game This Wednesday Night
From People

Kevin Hart wants to give you $100,000. But you have to earn it.

The Night School star is taking over the live trivia game show on your phone, HQ Trivia, to award only one winner a cash prize of $100,000.

Hart, 39, will be joining HQ Trivia host Scott Rogowsky, 33, on Wednesday's show — and he's jazzed to hand off some cold hard cash.

"$100,000 is no joke: study up, people! Go back to night school, high school, pre-school, beauty school — you never know what types of questions Scott and I are going to throw your way," he tells PEOPLE.

"You heard it here first: Kevin Hart and I will be handing out $100,000 to one smarty HQtie, live on Wednesday night at 9:00 p.m. ET," Rogowsky says to PEOPLE. "I'm fully expecting the winner to take me out for a steak dinner. I'd also appreciate $20 for a cab home.".

People

posted 9/24/18


GAMES GONE BY: Wordplay
New Season... New Games!
From GSNN's Chris Wolvie

Get out your dictionaries and play along with three comedic guests. If you ever wanted to know what "FIZGIG" or "MINATORY" meant (and who hasn't, really?), then join Chris Wolvie for a "Games Gone By..." that has Merriam, Webster AND Roget whirling dervish-ly in their mausoleums, "Wordplay".

GSNN: Games Gone By

posted 9/24/18

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Only Child"

  • Cody & Jessica conquered Big Brother, getting ready for The Race... are they ready for parenthood? (E! Online)

  • Game show element in Hasbro Game Night for Nintendo Switch (ComicBook.com)

  • VIDEO WALL: sisters do it for themselves on "The Bachelor Vietnam" (Entertainment Weekly)

  • Michael Ketterer went from "AGT" finalist to arrested to not playing with Garth Brooks after all (WRCB Chattanooga)

posted 9/21/18

THURSDAY: Final Three
CBS Wins with Big Brother
From The Futon Critic

CBS (5.748 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #1) was the top draw on a nearly all-repeat Thursday with its mix of "The Big Bang Theory" (7.540 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2), "Young Sheldon" (6.915 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #T2), "Big Brother 20" (6.187 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.6, #1) and "SWAT" (3.831 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5).

NBC (3.293 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) then was the silver draw with its second run lineup of "The Good Place" (2.705 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), another "The Good Place" (2.627 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T7), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.342 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T5) and another "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.872 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #4).

Next up was ABC (2.357 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) with encores of "Grey's Anatomy" (2.964 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9), "Station 19" (2.505 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and "How to Get Away with Murder" (1.603 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.504 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) served up repeats of "The Gifted" (1.478 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) and another "The Gifted" (1.530 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

And finally, The CW (0.645 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) likewise opted for repeats of "Supernatural" (0.862 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "The Originals" (0.428 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15).

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 954k
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 838k
- Bite Club (Food): 758k
- Quizney (Disney): 489k

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/21/18

Allez Cuisine! au Canadien
"Iron Chef Canada" Launches on Food Network Canada October 17
From Corus PR

Allez Cuisine! Today, Food Network Canada unveiled its exceptional culinary cast and premiere date for the great white north's Iron Chef Canada (10×60), set to debut on October 17 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. At the helm is Canadian television personality, accomplished food writer and trained culinary expert Gail Simmons as host, critically acclaimed food critic Chris Nuttall-Smith as floor reporter and Vancouver-native Jai West as the dynamic chairman. The final two Iron Chefs slated to command the competition include Ottawa-born vegetarian chef and owner of award-winning New York City restaurant Dirt Candy, Amanda Cohen, and prominent Vancouver-based chef and Culinary Director of Cactus Club, Rob Feenie – both former Iron Chef America competitors. Chefs Cohen and Feenie join previously announced Canadian Iron Chefs, Hugh Acheson, Lynn Crawford and Susur Lee.

In every episode, Monogram appliances elevate the head-to-head battles between the Iron Chefs and notable chef competitors in the finely crafted Monogram kitchen stadium. Each has 60 minutes to prepare five dishes using a featured "secret ingredient" and the chef with the highest score from the rotating judging panel wins the epic battle and supreme bragging rights. Stay tuned for more information on which Canadian chef competitors are lined up to compete this fall.

"We are ecstatic to introduce a truly authentic Canadian version of this immensely popular format to viewers across the country," said Lisa Godfrey, Vice President of Original Content, Corus Entertainment. "With the stellar all-Canadian cast at the forefront and a roster of legendary Iron Chefs battling some of the most talented chefs in the country, the culinary showdowns are sure to be must-see events."

Corus PR

TV, Eh?

posted 9/21/18

The Wall en Espanol
Telemundo Casting for Spanish Version
From Onset Productions

NBC's SMASH HIT The Wall is coming to TELEMUNDO! Come see "The Wall," the fastest and simplest game with more than $12 million on the line every night - and up to $3 million on a single heart-stopping drop.

At four-stories high, the Wall was built for one purpose - to change peoples' lives. With tremendous cash prizes waiting at the bottom, this game can change lives in an instant.

Hosted by TV personality Marco Antonio Regil, "The Wall" will offer a pair of teammates life-altering cash prizes. The rules are simple: get a question correct and a green ball will fall down the Wall and add the value of the slot to the players' winning total. Miss a question and an ominous red ball will fall and deduct the value from the teams' total. Teammates have to work together to build a huge cash prize.

Onset Productions

posted 9/21/18

Deal... or No Deal?
Poker Version COming to Casinos
From Play USA

US casino visitors are finding a new skill-based game on their next trip to several major casino properties. Unlike previous skill-based games that most people walk by, this one has a very familiar theme that might cause patrons to stop and give it a try. One of the most popular booths at the 2017 Global Gaming Expo (G2E) housed skill-based casino game developer Gamblit Gaming.

And one of the most popular products in the Gamblit booth was its multiplayer Deal or No Deal Poker game. Roughly one year after G2E 2017, not one, but two different versions of Deal or No Deal Poker have found their way onto the gaming floor of several popular Las Vegas, Nevada casinos.

Per a press release by Gamblit Gaming:

In an exclusive partnership with Endemol Shine Gaming, Gamblit Gaming brings a hit TV game show to casino floors with Deal or No Deal® in both a multiplayer form with Deal or No Deal Poker Special® on Gamblit's Model G™ interactive game tables and single player experience, Deal or No Deal Poker on the TriStation™ game machine.

PlayUSA

posted 9/21/18


RSVP Live

BUNNY CARR: 1927-2018
Legendary Irish Game Show Hosts
From RTE

FORMER presenter of the popular Irish television series Quicksilver, Bunny Carr, has died at the age of 91.

Carr, born and raised in Clontarf, Dublin, joined Telifis Eireann when it launched on New Year's Eve in 1961.

He went on to host some of the station's most popular shows throughout the 60's, including Quicksilver, Going Strong, The Life Game, The Politicians, The Person in Question and Encounter.

In 1970, he left RTE to work as Director of the Catholic Communications Centre before setting up his own PR company, Carr Communications, which is still in operation today. He will be fondly remembered for coining the phrase 'stop the lights' during his time on the show Quicksilver.

Quicksilver was a quiz show that ran from 1965 to 1981.

The show was broadcast each week from a different Irish town, with a live audience. Competitors were selected from the audience by drawing numbered tickets, prompting many amusing exchanges as they competed for small monetary prizes. Musical accompaniment was provided by organist Norman Metcalfe, who frequently provided musical hints to the answers. Communications consultant Terry Prone has paid tribute to Bunny Carr, describing him as a "pioneer of media training"..

Irish Post
RTE
Independent

posted 9/21/18


Fremantle

ANTONIO "POPEYE" FRANCIS: 1964-2018
"Britain's Got Talent" Contestant
From Metro

Britain's Got Talent star Antonio Francis has died aged 54.

The reality star, also known as 'Popeye', passed away after suffering a stroke.

Antonio memorably appeared on BGT with his unique routine, which saw him popping his eyeballs out of their sockets in time with the music.

Francis's death was confirmed by his son Dan, who appeared on BGT also, as part of the band Luminites.

Metro

posted 9/21/18

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "All For One Lady"

  • Alex Trebek ends up shaving... all for one person (Huffington Post)

  • More on RuPaul's "AJ & the Queen" (The Futon Critic)

  • Ellis Hillon apologizes for the tweets that got her kicked out of the Big Brother House (Evening Standard)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Dan Walker of "Chase the Case" (Irish News)

posted 9/21/18

Julie Chen Leaving "The Talk", Staying on "Big Brother"
Moves Comes in Response to Moonves Departure
From TV Line

Despite leaving behind co-hosting duties on The Talk, Julie Chen will remain the host of reality competition series Big Brother, at least until the end of her contract next fall.

The television personality, who is married to ousted CEO-chairman of CBS Corp. Leslie Moonves, reportedly has no intention of leaving her gig as the host of Big Brother, and Celebrity Big Brother, a position she's held for the past 18 years.

According to Deadline, Chen notified individuals at the network that she wants to stay on the reality competition series, with sources telling the publication she looks forward to hosting the show for years to come.

The competition series has not officially been renewed for a 21st season by CBS, though with its consistently high performing ratings, and a second season of Celebrity Big Brother already set for midseason in 2019, the announcement seems imminent. The outlet reports that the consensus at the network is to keep Chen for the new seasons of CBB and Big Brother next year.

CNN
The Hollywood Reporter
TV Line
Broadway World

Deadline
PopCulture
Just Jared
CarterMatt

posted 9/20/18

Discovery Puts the Brakes On
New Show Premieres October 1
From Deadline

Discovery Channel is dropping the green flag on Brake Room, a new game show for gearheads that premieres at 11 PM Monday, October 1.

Comic Nick Stevens hosts the series, which featured celebrity contestants trying to predict what happens in the craziest viral videos from the motor world.

Each episode pits two car fanatics against each other in a number of challenges where they use their background, judgment and motor knowledge to help them answer questions about viral clips of auto accidents, blunders and mishaps. The weekly winner is rewarded with what the network describes as "the alluring mystery box."

Among the contestants buckling in for the ride are master car builder Jesse James, Deadliest Catch's Sean Dwyer, Moonshiners' Tim Smith and Josh Owens, and Jackass veteran Jason "Wee Man" Acuna.

Brake Room is produced by Magilla Entertainment. Its Matthew Ostrom, Laura Palumbo Johnson, Jason Fox, Kevin Allgood and PJ Morrison executive produce alongside Discovery's Kyle Wheeler, Brian Peterson is the producer.

Deadline
Broadway World
The Futon Critic

posted 9/20/18

WEDNESDAY: It's Magic
NBC Wins Battle of the Finales
From the Futon Critic

NBC (10.193 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.7, #1) was of course the network to beat on Wednesday with the two-hour season finale of "America's Got Talent" (12.590 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.0, #1) followed by a sneak preview of "I Feel Bad" (6.586 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.2, #3) and a second "I Feel Bad" (4.211 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5).

FOX (3.561 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) then was the silver draw with its own two-hour finale to "MasterChef" (3.561 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.0, #4).

Next up was CBS (3.698 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) with a new "Big Brother 20" (5.450 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #2) followed by repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.557 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Criminal Minds" (3.086 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.357 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) offered up its repeat lineup of "The Goldbergs" (3.089 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #6), "American Housewife" (2.318 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Modern Family" (2.280 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #7), another "Modern Family" (2.249 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Shark Tank" (2.103 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, a new "Burden of Truth" (0.712 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) and a repeat "Supergirl" (0.433 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) on The CW (0.572 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Forged in Fire - 9p (History): 1.141m
- Guy's Grocery Games (Food): 707k
- Are You The One - 10p (MTV): 416k
- Forged in Fire - 10p (History): 696k
- Quizney (Disney): 400k
- Are You The One - 11p (MTV): 359k
- The Ultimate Fighter (FS1): 205k


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/20/18

TUESDAY: And Now We Wait...
NBC Wins with AGT
From the Futon Critic

NBC (10.118 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) cruised to the top spot on Tuesday with the penultimate "America's Got Talent" (12.779 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.2, #1) followed by "The Paley Center Salutes This Is Us" (4.798 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2).

CBS (5.477 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) then was the number two draw with repeats of "NCIS" (6.035 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Bull" (5.476 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.922 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Sharing the silver was FOX (2.083 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with the season finales of "Beat Shazam" (2.346 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and "Love Connection" (1.821 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.635 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for repeats of "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.296 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Speechless" (1.555 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), "Black-ish" (1.497 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Splitting Up Together" (1.264 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) plus the conclusion to "Castaways" (1.600 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

And finally, The CW (1.061 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) rounded out the night with the repeats of "The Flash" (1.036 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "DC's Legends of Tomorrow" (1.087 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) from last year's crossover.

On cable...
- Chopped (Food): 967k
- THe Challenge: Final Reckoning (MTV): 811k
- Ink Master: Grudge Match (Paramount): 649k
- Quizney (Disney): 538k .


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Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/20/18

More "MasterChef", Chef!
Casting to Start on Season 10
From the Futon Critic

Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) has ordered a tenth season of hit cooking competition series MASTERCHEF, it was jointly announced today by FOX, Endemol Shine and Gordon Ramsay. Season 10 will air during the 2018-2019 season.

In addition, multi-award-winning television producer Natalka Znak has been added as executive producer.

Now in its ninth season, MASTERCHEF is television's No. 1 cooking show and is averaging 6.4 million multi-platform viewers.

MASTERCHEF is looking for the next batch of talented, passionate and skilled home cooks to compete for the coveted white apron. And, for the first time ever, Gordon Ramsay's very own culinary team will be hitting the road with the casting team! They will be his eyes and ears, checking you out, and tasting your very own culinary creations. The nationwide casting calls have begun and will continue throughout September.

MASTERCHEF open casting calls will be held as follows:

CITY DATE
- New York, NY Saturday, Sept. 22
- Chicago, IL Saturday, Sept. 22
- Los Angeles, CA Saturday, Sept. 29
- Dallas, TX Saturday, Sept. 29

The Futon Critic

posted 9/20/18

More on Hell's Kitchen: Veterans vs. Rookies
Catch It September 28!
From the Futon Critic

For the 18th season of HELL'S KITCHEN, premiering Friday, Sept. 28 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX, Gordon Ramsay's hit cooking competition series returns with a twist: pitting veteran contestants against rookies.

For the first time in the show's history, eight accomplished chefs who have competed in previous seasons - and lost - will be brought back for a shot at redemption and tested like never before, as they go up against eight ambitious rookies.

Each week, the chefs will be put through a series of grueling culinary challenges and dinner services to prove to Chef Ramsay they have what it takes to win a life-changing grand prize: a position at the world's first Gordon Ramsay HELL'S KITCHEN Restaurant at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and $250,000.

In the premiere episode, the rookie chefs will cook up the best versions of their signature dishes and the veterans will attempt to create those same dishes, foregoing the making of their own signature dishes, in the process. The winning team will be rewarded with a first-class meal at restaurant Charcoal and will be joined by Ramsay.

Below are the 16 chefs competing on this season of HELL'S KITCHEN:

The Blue Team (Veterans) includes:
- Ariel Fox (Season 6 - 3rd Place) Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
- Bret Hauser (Season 14 - left due to injury) Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, FL
- Heather Williams (Season 16 - Runner Up) Hometown: Easton, PA
- Jen Gavin (Season 4 - 4th Place) Hometown: Chicago, IL
- Kevin Cottle (Season 6 - Runner-Up) Hometown: Connecticut / Massachusetts
- Roe DiLeo (Season 13 - 5th Place) Hometown: Dallas, TX
- T Gregorie (Season 14 - Runner-Up) Hometown: Draper, VA
- Trevor McGrath (Season 8 - 4th Place) Hometown: New York, NY

The Red Team (Rookies) includes:
- Chris Mendonca Hometown: Boston, MA
- Chris Motto Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA
- Gizzy Barton Hometown: Atlanta, GA
- Jose DeJesus Hometown: Bronx, NY
- Kanae Houston Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
- Mia Castro Hometown: Miami Beach, FL
- Scotley Innis Hometown: Atlanta, GA
- Scott Popovic Hometown: Cleveland, OH
.

The Futon Critic

posted 9/20/18

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "From Steve to Kelly"

  • Steve Harvey is heading into the final season of his talk show... (Rolling Out) ... just as Kelly Clarkson gets the greenlight for hers (TV Line)

  • Adam Levine's side gig, Maroon 5, just scored the Super Bowl Halftime show (TV Line)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Dan Walker of "Chase the Case" (Irish News)

posted 9/20/18

HQ Has the Best Words
New Game Coming in October
From the Verge

HQ Trivia saw huge viral success by successfully turning Jeopardy! into a live smartphone game show. Now, nearly a year later, HQ is hoping it can make lightning strike twice with a new show format: HQ Words, which looks to iterate on popular game show Wheel of Fortune, via Digiday.

Like Wheel of Fortune, HQ Words will present players with a blank grid of letters and a clue with a selection of letters that players can guess. Guess a letter in the puzzle correctly, and you'll get points for each time it appears in the answer; guess wrong, and you'll get a strike. (Three strikes, and you're out.) At the end, the player with the most points will win (or split) the jackpot.

According to the Digiday report, HQ has actually made money from the game show, bringing in over $10 million in revenue since introducing the sponsored spots in March, despite giving away thousands of dollars in prize money to players. The company is likely hoping that the additional option of a new game will help draw in both new and old users to keep those sponsorship deals flowing.

HQ Words is set to launch sometime in October. There's no word yet on if vowels will cost extra.

The Verge
New York Business Journal

Android Central
TechCrunch

posted 9/18/18

MONDAY: Last Week of the Summer
NBC Wins on the Emmys... at a Record Low
From The Futon Critic

NBC (9.082 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1) rocketed to the top spot on Monday with its coverage of "The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards" (9.082 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 2.1, #1). Said event was on par with last year's coverage of "The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards" (9.576 million viewers; adults 18-49: 2.1), which aired on a Sunday.

CBS (3.467 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) then was a distant second with repeats of "Young Sheldon" (5.195 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and "Mom" (4.058 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) followed by the season finales of "Salvation" (2.653 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9) and "Elementary" (3.123 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8).

Next up was ABC (3.237 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) with a special "Castaways" (3.324 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), another "Castaways" (3.031 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and a repeat "The Good Doctor" (3.356 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.521 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) opted for its own special "Inside the Manson Cult: The Lost Tapes" (2.521 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

And finally, repeats of the 2017 crossover between "Supergirl" (0.786 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) and "Arrow" (0.620 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T10) on The CW (0.703 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night.

On cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (SF/Food): 1.401k
- Disney Quizney (Disney): 664k

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/18/18

SYNDIES: Week 0
Results for the Week Ending September 9
From TV Newscheck

Several of the biggest talk shows in syndication kicked off their new seasons to viewer acclaim in the session ending Sept. 9.

Live with Kelly and Ryan launched Season 31 of the Live franchise, and jumped 11% from the prior frame to a six-week high 2.1 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating. That was second only to Dr. Phil, which had not yet started its new season but still led all talkers for the 105th week in a row despite being partially in repeats and dipping 4% to a 2.7.

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
1) Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 6.0 -2%
2) Wheel of Fortune (CTD) 5.3 NC
3) Jeopardy (CTD) 5.1 -2%
4) Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney-ABC) 1.4 -7%
5) Funny You Should Ask (Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC .

TV Newscheck
B&C

posted 9/18/18

WEEKEND: It's Definitely Almost Fall...
NFL Wins Sunday for NBC
From The Futon Critic

NBC (3.162 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) edged out the competition on Friday with an encore of "American Ninja Warrior" (2.942 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) and a new "Dateline NBC" (3.603 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1).

ABC (2.392 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) then was a close second with repeats of "Fresh Off the Boat" (2.720 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "Speechless" (1.963 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "Child Support" (1.918 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) plus a new "20/20" (2.916 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

Next up was CBS (3.044 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) and its mix of "Sunday's Best: Celebrating 40 Years of CBS Sunday Morning" (3.407 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), a new "TKO: Total Knock Out" (2.124 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and a repeat "Blue Bloods" (3.601 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

Meanwhile, FOX (1.533 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up second runs of "The Resident" (1.735 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "The Orville" (1.331 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

And finally on The CW (1.160 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5), a new "Masters of Illusion" (1.142 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and repeats of "Masters of Illusion" (1.057 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (1.220 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) rounded out the evening.

On cable...
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 10p (MTV): 440k
- Nick Cannon Presents Wild'n Out - 10:30p (MTV): 414k

NBC (7:30-11pm) (16.442 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.6, #1) coasted to victory on Sunday with its combination of "Football Night in America #1" (5.796 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 1.6, #7), "Football Night in America #2" (9.792 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 3.1, #4), "Football Night in America #3" (14.462 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 4.8, #3) and "Sunday Night Football" (18.168 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 6.2, #1).

CBS (8.377 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.0, #2) then was a distant second with its mix of "NFL Overrun" (19.915 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 5.5, #2), "60 Minutes" (11.912 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 2.6, #5), "Big Brother 20" (6.500 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 1.7, #6), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.510 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and another "NCIS: Los Angeles" (3.254 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T18).

Next up was ABC (4.364 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and its lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.723 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12), "Celebrity Family Feud" (5.009 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "$100,000 Pyramid" (4.411 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T12) and "To Tell the Truth" (3.315 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T18).

And finally, repeats of "Bob's Burgers" (2.752 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T8), "The Simpsons" (2.033 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), another "The Simpsons" (2.029 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T10), another "Bob's Burgers" (1.570 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15), "Family Guy" (1.549 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) and another "Family Guy" (1.486 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T15) rounded out the night on FOX (1.903 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3).

On cable Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.152m

On cable Saturday...
- Cash Cab (Discovery): 428k


The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily
Showbuzz Daily

posted 9/18/18

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Oscars So Betty White"

  • Betty White has a moment at the Oscars (TV Line) ... as does Kaitlyn Bristowe (Reality TV World)

  • The Proposal's first couple... already split (TMZ)

  • Arie Luyendyk Jr. brings it on himself... according to Chris (Reality TV World)

  • Bradley Walsh juggling between chasing bad guys and chasing Mark Labbett (Digital Spy)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Kellyn Bechtold (Surviving Tribal)

posted 9/14/18

Big Brother's Eye Could Be Saved
Channel 5's Version to End, But ITV Could Pick It Up
From Plymouth Live

Big Brother may not be axed after all as ITV is reported to be making a bid to save the show which has been scrapped by Channel 5.

The popular reality TV game show originally aired on Channel 4 has been dropped by its current home Channel Five - with the series now airing set to be the last.

But ITV is reported to be making a bid to air the show in future, reports The Mirror.

Sky and Channel 4 have both already said they aren't interested in reviving the series but ITv is in talks with Big Brother's production company Endemol Shine, according to The Times .

BBC New
s
Sky News

Plymouth Live

posted 9/17/18


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