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WEEKEND: And We'll Never Be Royals... Part 2
CBS Wins Sunday
From The Futon Critic

CBS (8.110 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.8, #1) scored another victory on Sunday with its telecasts of "60 Minutes" (8.778 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and "The 63rd Annual Grammy Awards" (7.887 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.9, #1). The latter however was well short of last year's "The 62nd Annual Grammy Awards" (16.536 million viewers; adults 18-49: 4.7).

ABC (4.613 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) was the number two draw with its lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.754 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4), "American Idol" (5.379 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (2.941 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Next up was FOX (1.238 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) and originals from "Cherries Wild" (1.601 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), "Bless the Harts" (0.943 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11), "The Simpsons" (1.317 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), "The Great North" (1.149 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6), "Bob's Burgers" (1.186 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.5, #5) and "Family Guy" (1.231 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (1.908 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up an encore of "The Voice" (2.238 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) plus new episodes of "Ellen's Game of Games" (1.684 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "Good Girls" (1.470 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11). And finally, The CW (0.491 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with fresh installments of "Batwoman" (0.593 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15) and "Charmed" (0.389 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T15).

Cable numbers for Sunday...
- Tournament of Champions (Food): 1.193m/0.30
- Tournament of Champions Postgame (Food): 738/0.19
- The Great Food Truck Race Alaska (Food): 737k/0.20

FOX (2.010 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) led a competitive Friday among adults 18-49 thanks to "WWE SmackDown" (2.010 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

NBC (3.151 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) was the most-watched network with its duo of "The Blacklist" (3.162 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #6) and "Dateline NBC" (3.146 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

Next up was ABC (2.999 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) with originals from "Shark Tank" (3.911 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) and "20/20" (2.544 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #5).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.588 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) opted for encores of "Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special" (3.114 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and "Clarice" (1.535 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #7).

And finally, The CW (0.748 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.818 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T8), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.718 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T8) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.728 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T8).

Cable numbers for Friday....
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 638k/0.26
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 510k/0.03
- People Puzzler (GSN): 440k/0.03
- RuPaul's Drag Race Untucked (VH1): 371k/0.17

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posted 3/15/2021

HBOMax Believes "The Hype"
Offset to Judge, Produce Streetwear Competition
From The Futon Critic

HBO Max has given a series order to THE HYPE, a competition series set in the colliding worlds of streetwear, business and culture where fashion visionaries must elevate their designs and entrepreneurial sense to avoid elimination while remaining authentic to their style. Produced by the Emmy award winning team at Scout Productions, Speedy Morman will host the eight-episode season which will feature co-signers including Grammy nominated recording artist and designer Offset, creative director and founder of Bephies Beauty Supply Beth Birkett, and Emmy nominated Costume Designer and Renowned Stylist Marni Senofonte. The panel of judges will critique the competing streetwear's unique DNA, combining fashion, music, art and lifestyle to refine the idea of a "runway" and the balance between art and commerce.

THE HYPE features ten streetwear professionals who will compete in challenges to prove they can talk the talk and deliver the product. Every episode will offer unique tips and takeaways about the intricacies of designing, the business of fashion and the savvy to identify the latest trends, while also providing mentorship to the contestants.

"We see the ubiquitous influence of streetwear culture all around us - from high fashion and popular culture, to a form of individual self-expression and identity," said Sarah Aubrey, Head of Original Content, HBO Max. "We are excited to embark on this journey to find the next great streetwear designer with our partners at Scout, Jay Brown and Ty Ty Smith."

"We understand the importance of providing a platform to allow others to tell their stories. We are thrilled to have another opportunity to partner with HBO Max and showcase this unique part of the fashion world via The Hype. Along with Ty Ty and Jay, we'll step beyond traditional fashion trends and bring viewers into the nuanced world of style and self-expression that is also a full-time business," said Rob Eric, executive producer and CCO of Scout.

Offset added, "I feel like the show 'HYPE' was created with creatives like myself in mind. I'm happy to not only be a co-signer for the show but a producer. We are giving opportunities to the culture."

THE HYPE is produced by Scout Productions, the team behind the Max Original ballroom competition series "Legendary" and Emmy award winning series "Queer Eye" for Netflix. Scout's David Collins, Rob Eric and Michael Williams developed the series with Emmy winner Rachelle Mendez ("Undercover Boss," "Leah Remini: Scientology & the Aftermath"). Collins, Eric and Williams will also executive produce with Mendez, Jay Brown and Tyran "Ty Ty" Smith. Emmy(R) and Grammy(R) award winning producer Rikki Hughes (HBO Max's 'The Fresh Prince of Bel Air Reunion Special") will showrun and executive produce.

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 3/16/2021

Revenge of the Fittest Couple
JoJo Fletcher, Jordan Rodgers to Host "The Big D" for TBS
From The Futon Critic

TBS announced today the greenlight of "The Big D," a 10-hour dating competition series hosted by JoJo Fletcher and Jordan Rodgers ("The Bachelorette"), and from the creators of "Dating Naked" and "Are You the One?".

The social experiment takes on the relationship space with a twist, following recent divorcees as they search for romance in paradise with one catch - their exes will be along for the journey.

"Watching other people's relationships and rooting for old romances and new couples is addictive," said Brett Weitz, General Manager for TNT, TBS and truTV. "'The Big D' is another attention grabbing, bold creation in our growing unscripted portfolio."

Over the course of several weeks, 10 divorced couples move into a tropical villa in Costa Rica together to re-learn how to date while looking for love with the other contestants in the house. The group takes part in revealing relationship EX-ercises designed to help the singles form connections, make peace with their former partners, and finally get over the issues holding them back from dating. Each episode, one person who isn't relationship material will be eliminated.

Jealous exes may try to send their rival home or perhaps even defend their exes' honor - the possibilities are endless. Hosts Fletcher and Rodgers are no strangers to courting in-front-of a camera and will be on-hand to help the divorcees get back into the dating game.

"Dating is terrifying. Dating alongside your ex while living in the same house could be paralyzing or could help reignite an old flame," said Corie Henson, EVP, Head of Unscripted for TNT, TBS and truTV. "'The Big D' has all of the elements of a great relationship series with a bit of a twist. I can't wait to see what happens."

"After a year full of challenges, the opportunity to join forces with TBS and help people find love was a no-brainer," said Fletcher and Rodgers. "We're excited to go on this adventure in paradise with romantic hopefuls as they step out of their comfort zones and face unconventional dating scenarios in hopes of finding new love."

"The Big D" is produced by Lighthearted Entertainment with Rob LaPlante, Jeff Spangler and Kevin Lee serving as executive producers.

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 3/16/2021


Fremantle/CBS

HBOMax to Reboot "Tattletales"
New Version to Be Produced, Hosted by Steph & Ayesha Curry
From The Futon Critic

HBO Max has given a first season order to Fremantle's hit comedy game show TATTLETALES, bringing together celebrity couples to reveal hilarious insights about their relationships through fun challenges and games. Hosted and executive produced by 2x New York Times best-selling author, entrepreneur, restaurateur, chef and founder of Sweet July Productions Ayesha Curry and her husband, seven-time NBA All-Star and co-founder of Unanimous Media Stephen Curry, with production partners Fremantle and Sweet July Productions.

TATTLETALES invites three celebrity couples to join Ayesha and Stephen on an exclusive date night to go head-to-head on uncensored relationship trivia and games, competing to see who knows their partner best. All's fair in love and war, and as personality quirks and hidden talents are revealed, teams are pushed to their limits with physical challenges. Questions from viewers on the interactive fan question board put couples' relationships to the test as they compete for a donation to the charity of their choice.

Jennifer O'Connell (Executive Vice President Non-Fiction and Live-Action Family Programming, HBO Max) quote: "Ayesha and Stephen put a fresh new spin on a classic game show to really shake things up for these competing couples. Celebrity couples, they're just like us!"

Jayson Dinsmore (President of Alternative Programming and Development, Fremantle) - "Fremantle is home to the world's largest collection of cherished game show properties. The dynamic Ayesha and Stephen Curry are the perfect duo to bring this hilarious exploration of the trials and tribulations of relationships back to television."

Ayesha and Stephen Curry: "We are so excited to be a part of bringing this awesome game show back to life," Stephen Curry says. Ayesha continues, "Our families are huge fans of the original so to be able to host and produce this show together is such a joy. We're both so busy with life that each episode will be an opportunity to hang out with some iconic power couples, have fun and let loose a bit. We can't wait!"

Based upon "He Said She Said", created by Ira Skutch for Goodson/Todman, TATTLETALES is produced by Sweet July Productions and Fremantle. Ayesha and Stephen Curry serve as executive producers. Tiffany Nicholson-Horton, EVP and Head of Development for Sweet July Productions, and Erick Peyton, Co-Founder and CCO of Unanimous Media, will also serve as executive producers.

The Futon Critic
Deadline
San Jose Mercury News
Yardbarker
The Hollywood Reporter

TV Line

The Wrap
TheGrio

The Spun

C21 Media

Total Pro Sports

The Source
KGMZ-FM San Francisco

posted 3/16/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Wait What?"

  • VIDEO WALL: The Great Pottery Throwdown season 4 (HBOMax, April 1) (The Futon Critic)

  • Byron Allen challenges ad buyers to invest in Black-owned media.... or else (Ad Age)

  • Katie Couric remembers late husband's game show talents (ComicBook.com)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! James Crossley (Hunter from Gladiators UK) is on The Circle, real folk version (Huffpost)

  • Jeff Foxworthy is a grandfather for the first time (Wide Open Country)

  • Doctors are playing "Price Is Right" with organs. Naturally, some people have a problem with this (Deadline)

posted 3/16/2021


BBC

Poaching Eggs
Five to Reboot Master Mind Quiz
From Telly Mix

Eggheads is to move from BBC Two to Channel 5 later this year.

First airing in 2003, the series has since seen over 1,800 episodes on the BBC.

Current host Jeremy Vine will follow the show over to its new home on Channel 5.

"The program which I presented for more than 10 years, Eggheads, one of the greatest quizzes in the history of British TV, is moving to Channel 5 later this year," he said. "I can’t wait to be reunited with the mighty Eggheads and see new teams try to take them on

“I’m sure fans of Eggheads will share in my delight that it has found a new home."

The BBC said: "We sometimes have to make difficult decisions in order to grow new shows.

"We would like to thank the Eggheads and host Jeremy Vine for their time on the BBC and wish them well with their next chapter."

Judith Keppel, one of the Eggheads, said: "I'm thrilled to bits, I can't tell you how lovely it will be to have something to do at last!" Other Eggheads are Kevin Ashman, Chris Hughes, Barry Simmons, Pat Gibson, David Rainford, Lisa Thiel, Steve Cooke and Beth Webster. They're all expected to reprise their roles when the series starts on Channel 5 later in 2021.

Eggheads previously aired weeknights at 6PM on BBC Two.

The format sees one group of contestants attempt to win a cash prize against a team of the Eggheads, some of the best quiz minds in the world, with the prize pot increasing each game until the Eggheads are beaten. The biggest prize won to date has been £75,000 while almost £2 million in total has been paid out since the first episode aired.

Telly Mix
Metro
London Evening Standard
Independent

C21 Media

posted 3/15/2021

Chopped Hands the Reigns to Martha... for a Month
New Tournament Launches April 13
From The Futon Critic

Lifestyle expert, acclaimed cookbook author and Emmy(R) Award-winning television personality, Martha Stewart is taking over the Chopped kitchen in the new, five-episode stunt Chopped: Martha Rules, premiering Tuesday, April 13th at 9pm ET/PT on Food Network. Set in an outdoor kitchen in Kennebunkport, Maine, Martha calls the shots and changes all the rules, any way she wants, as sixteen fearless chefs must compete and learn to pivot to stay in the running for the $50,000 grand prize.

Hosted by Ted Allen, each hour-long episode features four chefs working with a mystery basket of ingredients through three rounds - appetizer, entrée, and dessert - as they are challenged to create unique and delicious meals in a limited amount of time. But Martha has big surprises in store, turning Chopped upside down with curveballs thrown at the competitors every step of the way, including Martha taking control of the clock knocking the chefs off their game and adding a surprise fifth chef to battle against the competitors that make it to the dessert round. Joining Martha at the judges table are Marc Murphy and Marcus Samuelsson, who determine the winners from the preliminary heats that will meet in the finale for a chance to take home the pay day. Which champion can keep their head in the game, no matter what obstacles Martha throws in their path, and who will be chopped?

"Martha Stewart is the definitive authority for all things lifestyle, and there is no one better at making all the rules," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "Set in one of Martha's favorite locations, beautifully rustic and scenic Kennebunkport, the challenges presented to the chefs have Martha's signature style written all over them."

The Futon Critic

posted 3/15/2021

Skin War II
World of Wonder Greenlights "Painted with Raven"
From Deadline

World of Wonder Productions, the company behind the fierce Emmy-winning reality competition RuPaul’s Drag Race has announced a new makeup reality competition series Painted With Raven. Drag Race fan favorite and Emmy-winning makeup artist Raven will serve as host. RuPaul is set to serve as Executive Produced alongside Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey, and Tom Campbell of World of Wonder. The series will debut on WOW Presents Plus later this year and marks the first major competition series for the streaming platform.

Raven is best known for slaying looks and her gag-worthy makeup work from the second season of Drag Race as well as the first season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars. As host of Painted with Raven, she will go on the search for the next makeup superstar.

The competition will include makeup artists from across the country. They will compete remotely — from the comfort of their own homes — in a series of challenges and weekly face-offs that will snatch wigs, and inspire makeup enthusiasts everywhere. The artist that emerges on top at the end of the season will be crowned the winner and receive a cash prize of $25,000.

“Makeup is something I’ve always been very passionate about,” said Raven. “It is what’s ultimately started me on my drag career. I’m so happy to be hosting something I absolutely love to celebrate…a reality competition about FIERCE MAKEUP!”

“We are thrilled to launch an all-new competition series on WOW Presents Plus to find the fiercest makeup-artists across the country,” said Barbato and Bailey, “Raven has dazzled audiences worldwide and we are so excited to welcome her as our host on the journey to find the next emerging makeup superstar.”

Deadline

posted 3/15/2021

Ireland Gets Home Advantage
New Show to Play on RTE One
From Buzz.ie

Jennifer Zamparelli will present a brand-new family TV quiz show called Home Advantage, RTÉ has announced.

The show will be a fun and entertaining general knowledge quiz series. They're currently looking for Irish families to compete to win a cash prize. You don't need to be a hard-core quizzer, though. If everyone in the family knows a little, it might be enough to win a lot - because there’s a top prize of €5,000 up for grabs!

The way the show will work is that only one player will be present in the TV studio, while their participating family remain at home - beamed in on a giant screen and called upon at key moments to offer their wisdom.

Over a series of three frantic brain-teasing rounds, only one team can qualify for the final round and a shot at the jackpot. Will families always agree on the right answer or must they divide to conquer? Can one family make their Home Advantage pay?

Speaking about the show, Jennifer Zamparelli said, “I’m thrilled to present this new family quiz show Home Advantage.

"I’ve been working with the team and I think it’ll be great fun," she added. "So, if you and your family would like to have a bit of craic and also be in with a chance to win some cash, we’d love to hear from you!”

The date for broadcast of Home Advantage on RTÉ One will be announced soon.

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Extra.ie

posted 3/15/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Flying High"

  • "America's Got Talent" takes the Blimp at KCAs (The Futon Critic)

  • Amitabh Bachchan undergoes second cataract surgery (Gulf News)

  • Gordon Ramsay is in trouble for calling a Scottish city a ... well, the link has the actual word (The Times)

  • Jennifer Lopez, Alex Rodriguez back on again. (The Wrap)

posted 3/15/2021

Now the Bad News...
Fremantle Takes a Hit Amid Pandemic
From Deadline

Fremantle, the RTL-owned global production empire behind shows including American Idol, Too Hot To Handle, and Family Feud, suffered a 39% drop in earnings as the coronavirus pandemic wiped out TV shoots across the world.

Fremantle’s adjusted earnings before interest, tax, and amortization (EBITA) stood at €87 million ($104M) in the full-year 2020, down €55M ($66M) on €142M in 2019, according to RTL’s annual report. Revenue also dropped 14.3% to €1.79 billion over the same period.

Fremantle’s financial woes are not unusual, with other production groups reporting similar trends in recent days. Red Arrow Studios, another European-owned production company, recorded a 12.6% decline in EBITDA to €42M last year. ITV Studios’ profits sunk 43% to £152M ($212M).

Fremantle group CEO Jennifer Mullin said: “As 2020 came to a close, 90% of all Fremantle productions affected by the pandemic were either fully delivered or back in production. Throughout 2020 our global gameshows and continuing dramas in particular stood up extremely well to the challenges and finished the year in line with our 2019 performance.

“Our global footprint allowed us to increase local scripted production to 15 territories and deliver 54 shows, which is ahead of the 2019 comparison. Despite a year like no other, we celebrated the successes of many new Fremantle shows and formats including Too Hot To Handle for Netflix and received global critical acclaim for our drama slate, including The Salisbury Poisonings, My Brilliant Friend and The Investigation.”

Deadline
TBI Vision

posted 3/12/2021

HBOMax Heads to "Baketopia"
New Baking Competition from the Producers of "Craftopia"
From The Futon Critic

HBO Max will premiere the baking competition series BAKETOPIA, hosted by social media sensation and executive producer Rosanna Pansino, on THURSDAY, MARCH 25. The 12-episode series features brilliant bakers taking on viral-worthy challenges in a larger-than-life baking wonderland complete with every ingredient and tool a baker could dream of. In each episode, competitors fill their carts with unique ingredients to create trendsetting, delectable desserts in hopes of impressing Rosanna and her "cake council" to win $10,000.

Host Rosanna Pansino is the internet's top foodie creator and host of the popular YouTube series "Nerdy Nummies." Pansino's videos continually hold the top spots in almost all food categories and her "Frozen Cake Video Tutorial" has over 215 million views. Additionally, Pansino's cookbook, based on her series, spent six weeks atop the New York Times bestseller list.

"BAKETOPIA makes watching the craft of baking tasty treats almost as enjoyable as eating them," said Jennifer O'Connell, Executive Vice President, Non-Fiction and Live-Action Family Programming, HBO Max. "It was a major coup getting top food influencer Rosanna Pansino to do a baking show and Rhett and Brien at B17 are the perfect partners to bring this deliciously creative show to life."

BAKETOPIA is executive produced by Rhett Bachner and Brien Meagher for B17 Entertainment, the creative team behind HBO Max's craft competition series CRAFTOPIA. Patrick J. Dooty ("Nailed it") serves as executive producer and showrunner.

The Futon Critic

posted 3/12/2021

THURSDAY: The Day The Earth Stood Still... One Year Later
ABC Wins Very Atypical Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.773 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was the network to beat on Thursday with its mix of "ABC News Special" (6.244 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2), "Station 19" (5.219 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1), "Grey's Anatomy" (4.631 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2) and "A Million Little Things" (2.695 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12).

CBS (4.463 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) took home the silver with its lineup of "CBS News Special" (6.168 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T2), "Young Sheldon" (5.811 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #5), "B Positive" (4.809 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Mom" (4.164 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Clarice" (2.912 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

Next up was FOX (2.239 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and its combination of "FOX News Special" (2.282 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Hell's Kitchen" (2.285 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6), "Call Me Kat" (1.830 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T12) and "Last Man Standing" (2.515 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.197 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up "NBC News Special" (3.521 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Superstore" (1.790 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14), a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.108 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "Dateline NBC" (1.827 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #18).

And finally, originals from "Walker" (1.370 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "Legacies" (0.503 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.1, #19) closed out the night on The CW (0.937 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Cable numbers for Thursday...
- Battlebots (SF/Discovery): 949k/0.23
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 784k/0.21
- Go-Big Show (SF/TBS): 696k/0.21
- People Puzzler (GSN): 452k/0.04

- Fast Foodies (truTV): 209k/0.10

THe FUton Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/12/2021

Returning to Fort Boyard
Polish Viaplay to Revive Series
From C21 Media

Nordic Entertainment (NENT) Group is reviving classic physical gameshow format Fort Boyard for its Viaplay streaming service in Poland.

Viaplay will arrive in Poland in July as part of the streamer’s continued roll-out beyond the Nordics, and Fort Boyard will be the first NENT-led production in the country.

Fort Boyard, which first aired on French TV in 1990, pits two teams against each other in physical and mental challenges to win money. The show takes place on the titular Napoleonic fort off the west coast of France, and last aired in Poland 10 years ago on TVP2.

The reboot will feature 48 Polish celebrities tackling the fort’s games. It will be produced by Endemol Shine Poland, part of European production and distribution giant Banijay.

C21 Media

posted 3/12/2021

French Canada Sees Our Voix
New Version Coming from Noovo
From C21 Media

Canadian French-language channel Noovo has ordered a local adaptation of I Can See Your Voice, the musical gameshow format from Korea’s CJ ENM.

I Can See Your Voice first aired on CJ ENM’s music-focused Korean pay channel Mnet. CJ ENM produced the original and also distributes the format.

In the format, a panel of celebrity judges help a contestant identify the good singer from a group of six participants, without actually hearing them sing.

Quebecois prodco Productions ToRoS will produce the Canadian version in collaboration with Canadian media conglomerate Bell Media. Bell has owned Noovo since acquiring its parent company, V, in 2019. Incendo will distribute the show in Canada.

To date, I Can See Your Voice has been adapted in 16 territories including the US, Finland and China.

C21 Media

posted 3/12/2021

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "A Change Is Gonna Come"

  • Shaun Wallace wouldn't mind being the next host of "Mastermind" (Radio Times)

  • Nick Hewer gives advice to Anne Robinson (Radio Times)

  • Frank Spangenberg to run for city council (The Wrap)

posted 3/12/2021


Fox/MBC

WEDNESDAY: Everyone Take Their Masks to the Stage for... SHOWTIME!
NBC, Fox Split Night
From The Hollywood Reporter

The Masked Singer scored the top adults 18-49 rating in primetime Wednesday, but the Fox show's fifth-season premiere came in below its fall run.

NBC's Chicago Med finished first in total viewers, and a South Park special led cable in the 18-49 demographic.

The Masked Singer earned a 1.31 rating among adults 18-49 and 5.66 million viewers, below its fall same-day averages of 1.78 and 6.74 million. The series debut of Game of Talents (0.73 in 18-49, 3.1 million viewers) put up ratings comparable to those of The Masked Dancer.

Chicago Med rose a tenth of a point in the 18-49 demo versus its previous episode, posting a 1.03 to go along with 7.57 million viewers, tops for the night. Chicago Fire (0.99, 7.04 million) and Chicago PD (0.84, 5.89 million) were both in line with their prior outings.

CBS' lineup declined a little across the board, as Tough as Nails (0.38 demo, 2.84 million viewers), SEAL Team (0.42, 3.46 million) and SWAT (0.37, 2.84 million) all came up short of last week's numbers.

At The CW, Riverdale scored a 0.14 and 523,000 viewers, which Nancy Drew (0.13, 522,000) nearly matched. ABC's comedies took the night off

Cable numbers for Tuesday...
- The Challenge: Double Agents (MTV): 927k/0.53
- Forged in Fire (History): 856k/0.21
- Guy's Grocery Games Delivery (Food): 634k/0.16
- Master Minds (SF/GSN): 513k/0.03
- People Puzzler (GSN): 414k/0.04


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posted 3/11/2021

"Talent" Show
Wayne Brady Hosts New Show For Fox Tomorrow
From WSVN Miami Fort Lauderdale

Fox’s “Game of Talents” is oozing with, you guessed it, talent. From the host to the contestants, everyone has skills.

Hosted by Wayne Brady, it’s a game show, a talent show and a quiz show wrapped into one.

“It gives you performance, like, let’s say in ‘America’s Got Talent.’ It gives you game show, like, let’s say, a ‘Let’s Make a Deal,’ and it gives you me,” says Brady.

Teams of two are out to win tons of money. All they have to do is figure out a mystery performer’s hidden talent.

You can catch “Game of Talents” Wednesday at 9 p.m
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posted 3/10/2021

TUESDAY: This Is a Tie
NBC, CBS Tie
From The Futon Critic

CBS (7.684 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) was the top draw on Tuesday with its usual trio of "NCIS" (9.552 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2), "FBI" (7.463 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (6.036 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

NBC (4.947 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T1) shared in the demo honors with its lineup of a repeat "The Voice" (3.975 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), a special new "The Voice" (6.698 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) and an original "New Amsterdam" (4.167 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Next up was FOX (2.305 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with a new "The Resident" (3.394 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and a rebroadcast of "Name That Tune" (1.215 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.139 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) offered up its mix of "To Tell the Truth" (3.501 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), repeats of "Black-ish" (1.762 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "Mixed-ish" (1.422 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) plus "Soul of a Nation" (1.325 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14).

And finally, originals from "The Flash" (0.991 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "Superman & Lois" (1.235 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) rounded out the night on The CW (1.113 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4).

Cable numbers for Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 835k/0.24
- The Misery Index (TBS): 579k/0.23
- Temptation Island (USA): 524k/0.17
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 518k/0.04
- Master Minds - 4p (GSN): 495k/0.03
- Master Minds - 4:30p (GSN): 487k/0.03
- People Puzzler (GSN): 474k/0.03


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posted 3/10/2021

ITV Boxes In for More "Cube"
New Season to Launch Later This Year
From Telly Mix

The Cube will be back on ITV later in 2021 with applications now open to take part.

Following the success of last year’s Million Pound specials, the award-winning hit show The Cube will be back on ITV and ITV Hub for a new series.

Phillip Schofield returns to preside over the nerve-wracking gameshow, which sees contestants attempt seemingly simple tasks within the high-pressure confines of the iconic, and often punishing Perspex box.

Airing last October, The Million Pound Cube proved to be the biggest series of the show since 2014 according to ITV. The new six-part series will once again see pairs of contestants, from the same household, take on the ferocity of The Cube.

ITV tease: "As well as facing solo games, contestants will also face brand new two player challenges as they demonstrate skill and determination by braving The Cube, in the hope of winning a major cash prize.

"Each pair has nine lives to complete seven games, each worth an increasing amount of money, as they move closer to the £250,000 jackpot. Players will have to overcome extreme nerves and frustration as they take on deceivingly simple tasks, but can they beat the tyrant that is The Cube?"

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posted 3/10/2021

Hey, Let's Stack Some While We're At It!
"Stacking It!" Comes from ITVS, Nippon TV
From ITV Press Centre

TV Studios and Nippon TV today announce Stacking It!, a brand-new global format created through the co-development deal agreed between the two companies last year. Announced to buyers by Mike Beale, MD Global Creative Network at ITV Studios, and Tom Miyauchi, Format Producer of International Business Development at Nippon TV, during ITV Studios’ London Screenings Formats Festival session, Stacking It! is a large-scale family entertainment game show with prizes galore, but contestants will only be able to take home…what they can stack.

The format will be officially premiered to the international market at the MIPTV Formats Accelerator sessions on Friday 9th April at 09.30am CET.

Each company will produce the new series in their respective territories. Nippon TV will manage the sales of the new format across Asia, with ITV Studios representing the show internationally and producing it in those territories where it has an unscripted production base.

Mike Beale said: "We’ve been living in strange times this past year, but it is said that events like those we have witnessed lead to great steps in innovation and the ways we work - and that could not be more true of our collaboration with Nippon. We’re very excited to be launching Stacking It! next month, when people will be able to get the full story, see exclusive clips and meet the creators of the show, including ITV Studios label, Gameface, to explain how it all works.”

Tom Miyauchi said: “I am extremely proud to bring our new format to the industry. It originated from our creator Keita Ono's crazy idea about families stacking everyday items from their homes to win prizes. Then, working with ITV Studios we elevated it to the next level as a studio game show on a global scale. The collaboration with the amazing team at ITV Studios was a leading co-production of the current times where both parties are extremely committed to creating a new format in a new way. The pilot that we are currently producing will be unveiled at MIPTV on April 9th and I am confident that it will spark conversations online.”

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posted 3/10/2021

Sprechen Sie Renewal
"Germany's Next Topmodel" Renewed for Five Seasons
From Worldscreen

ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group has signed a multi-season format rights deal with Seven.One Entertainment Group for Germany’s Next Top Model—By Heidi Klum.

The agreement includes five additional seasons of Germany’s Next Top Model, which is produced by Redseven Entertainment and airs on ProSieben.

Hosted by Heidi Klum, who also serves as one of the executive producers, it is a German adaptation of the U.S. series America’s Next Top Model.

Germany’s Next Top Model pits aspiring models against one another in a series of challenges inspired by fashion and beauty.

Format rights to America’s Next Top Model, as well as rights to the finished U.S. series, are distributed internationally by ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group.

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posted 3/10/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Mr. Plestis Goes to Japan"

  • Craig Plestis signs with TBS Television to co-develop formats (Deadline)

  • Dwayne Johnson puts XFL plans on pause to talk to the CFL (The Wrap)

  • Robin Thicke thinks Joe Pesci should be on "The Masked Singer" (The Wrap)

  • Jeremy Clarkson's fans are lobbying for him to replace the angriest ex-morning host... IN THE WORLD! (Grand Tour Nation)

  • Ken Jennings can cap a year of Jeopardy!, The Chase, and Master Minds... with a Grammy on Sunday (Seattle Times)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP: How the hell do you get kicked out of Big Brother Canada before you even get in? (ScreenRant)

posted 3/10/2021

NBC Sets Up Summer
Big Three - AGT, ANW, Making It - to Return
From the Futon Critic

Having won the last 10 summers in a row, NBC is looking to extend their dominance with the season debuts of powerhouses "America's Got Talent," "American Ninja Warrior" and the addictive "Making It." All three shows will launch NBC's summer season that begins the week of May 31-June 4.

"AMERICA'S GOT TALENT": The 16th season of "America's Got Talent" returns on Tuesday, June 1 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT) with a new set of aspiring performers looking to compete for the ultimate $1 million prize. Executive producer Simon Cowell returns to the star-studded judging panel with global fashion icon Heidi Klum, fan-favorite comedian Howie Mandel and acclaimed actress and international superstar Sofia Vergara. Terry Crews, the dynamic co-star of NBC's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," also returns as host.

This season promises some of the wildest acts to ever grace the "AGT" stage after an unprecedented number of submissions poured in from across the country.

"America's Got Talent" dominated last summer's landscape and ranked as the #1 series on the Big 4 networks in total viewers and led NBC to 18-49 wins among the Big 4 on every Tuesday night (excluding sports). The show was the most-watched entertainment program nearly every week it aired.

In addition to being on top of the ratings game, "AGT" is also a digital/social phenomenon, having amassed 2.95 billion views across all digital video platforms in 2020 and was ranked the #3 most-social broadcast series last year.

"America's Got Talent" was created by Simon Cowell and is co-produced by Fremantle and Syco Entertainment. Simon Cowell, Sam Donnelly, Jason Raff and Richard Wallace are the executive producers.

"AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR": Season 13 of "American Ninja Warrior," where some of the most elite athletes in the country compete on the world's most difficult obstacle courses, will return on Monday, May 31 (8-10 p.m. ET/PT). Hosts Matt Iseman, Akbar Gbajabiamila and Zuri Hall are all back to call the action, which is set to take place in Seattle, Los Angeles and Las Vegas for the finals.

The new season will feature more than 400 competitors and, for the first time in "ANW" history, the age limit to compete is being lowered to 15 years old.

Ninja Warrior is a sport that has been rapidly growing across the country and kids of all ages are embracing it in record numbers. Some of today's most promising talent are younger competitors and now teenagers will have the chance to compete alongside adult athletes. A top prize of $1 million will go to the winner if they can conquer all four stages at the National Finals in Las Vegas. To get there, competitors will need to make it through the qualifying rounds and semifinals.

Last season "American Ninja Warrior" reached 35 million viewers.

The series is executive produced by A. Smith & Co. Productions' founders Arthur Smith and Kent Weed along with Brian Richardson, Anthony Storm and Kristen Stabile.

"MAKING IT" From executive producers and Emmy Award-nominated hosts Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, "Making It" returns for a third season on Thursday, June 3 (8-9 p.m. ET/PT), reuniting two of pop culture's biggest BFFs and celebrating the creativity and craftiness in all of us.

This season's eight episodes highlight how making things brings together communities, friends, neighbors and families, serving as a reminder of the importance of positivity and imagination, which is needed now more than ever. Eight of the most talented makers from across the country will take on a variety of handmade projects with the hopes of impressing Poehler, Offerman and trend expert Dayna Isom Johnson and creative visionary/author Simon Doonan as judges. Jimmy DiResta returns as the Wood Shop Master.

Every episode revolves around a central theme that draws inspiration from hugely popular, nationwide trends in crafting and DIY, which the whole family can enjoy. First, the "faster-craft" round tests their ability to not only work quickly but imaginatively as well. Next, the makers move to the "master craft," a one-of-a-kind themed challenge in which the competitors will need to use their expertise and innovation in order to assemble a winning craft that fits the theme of that week. New this season is the first-ever Mega Craft challenge, which will span an entire episode and allow the makers to better showcase their skills.

"Making It" blends the atmosphere of a serene outdoor setting and innovative cinematography designed to showcase the beautiful craftsmanship at work. This friendly competition series focuses on the character and camaraderie of the crafting community and through it all, Poehler and Offerman provide heartfelt encouragement, guidance and plenty of laughs.

Last season "Making It" reached 20 million viewers and saw a 130% increase from its live + same day telecast. Amy Poehler, Nicolle Yaron, Nick Offerman, Dave Becky, Pip Wells and Kate Arend will executive produce. The series is produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio in association with Paper Kite Productions and 3 Arts Entertainment.
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posted 3/9/2021


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SYNDIES: Week 22
Results for the Week Ending February 28
From TV News Check

Syndicated shows returned to normal after two tumultuous weeks, starting with the Trump impeachment trial. The week ending Feb. 28 was a mixed bag with most shows relatively stable or making only small moves up or down, according to national Nielsen household ratings.

Of note, after 13 weeks in a tie as No. 2 or in a tie with Live with Kelly and Ryan, Dr. Phil returned to the top of the chat pack despite giving back 5% to a 1.9, besting Live’s 1.8. Other significant movers in talk included Rachael Ray (0.8 -20%), Dr. Oz (0.7 -13%) and The Doctors (0.2 -33%).

The top game shows were mostly slightly off with Jeopardy 3% less dangerous at a 5.9, Wheel of Fortune breaking 2% to a 5.8 and Family Feud 4% less contentious at a 5.7

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.9 -3%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.8 -2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.7 -4%
- 25 Words or Less (CMV) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 -20%


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posted 3/9/2021

MONDAY: Take a Chair
NBC Wins, Ties ABC in Demo
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC’s The Voice this Monday drew 7.4 million viewers and a 1.0 demo rating, dipping week-to-week yet dominating the night in total audience.

Leading out of that, Debris (3.4 mil/0.4) dropped 23 and 33 percent in Week 2.

Over on ABC, The Bachelor (4.9 mil/1.2) ticked up and led Monday in the demo. The Good Doctor (4.1 mil/0.6) was steady.

Elsewhere:

THE CW | All American (826K/0.3) and Black Lightning (453K/0.2) both ticked up, with the former tackling its second largest audience of the season.

FOX | Heading into their six-week hiatuses, 9-1-1 (6.1 mil/1.0) and 9-1-1: Lone Star (5.3 mil/0.9) were steady.

CBS | The Neighborhood (5.4 mil/0.8) and Abishola (5 mil/0.6) were steady.

Cable numbers for Monday...
- Rock the Block (SP/HGTV): 1.304m/0.23
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 954k/0.21
- Easter Basket Challenge (Food): 593k/0.13
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 518k/0.04
- People Puzzler (GSN): 481k/0.06
- Master Minds (GSN): 460k/0.03
- The Big Bake (Food): 340k/0.07


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posted 3/9/2021

WEEKEND: And We'll Never Be Royals
CBS Wins Sunday
From Deadline

ABC’s Shark Tank continues its Friday night ratings roll, as Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec and Daymond John brought in a solid 0.7 to lead the Friday night demo wars. That lead-in saw ABC’s 20/20 also score big, bringing in an 0.6 with its examination of a missing Myrtle Beach, SC woman ensnared in a love triangle.

At CBS, the crime drama lineup pulled in some solid numbers and led the overall network ratings with a lineup of all-new episodes. MacGyver led off with an 0.4 and 4.36 million viewers. Then at 9, Magnum P.I. ticked up to 0.5 and 5.38 million viewers. Blue Bloods finished off the night with an 0.4 and a night-leading 6.02 million viewers.

Fox’s WWE Friday Night SmackDown had a big 0.6 in demos, highlighted by a Steel Cage Match between Daniel Bryan and Jey Uso.

At NBC, Raymond Reddington’s continued adventures with The Blacklist held steady from last week at an 0.3, followed by a repeat of Dateline.

The CW saw Whose Line Is It Anyway? do back-to-back repeats, pulling in an 0.1 in its first half-hour, bumping up to an 0.2. A new Penn & Teller: Fool Us ended the evening with an 0.1.

Cable numbers for Friday...
- Design Star: First Gen to Next Gen (S/HGTV): 838k/0.12
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 582k/0.24
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 510k/0.03
- Master Minds (GSN): 484k/0.03
- People Puzzler (GSN): 440k/0.03
- RuPaul's Drag Race Untucked (VH1): 371k/0.17

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are no Stormy Daniels and certainly no Michael Jackson, but their sit-down with Oprah Winfrey on Sunday night was certainly a royal payoff for CBS.

The two-hour Oprah with Meghan and Harry: A CBS Primetime Special pulled in 2.6 rating among adults 18-49 and 17.1 million viewers for the network in early numbers. Or put another way, right now, that’s more eyeballs than last September’s Primetime Emmys and last week’s Golden Globes put together. Coming in low, the awards ceremonies had 6.4 million and 6.9 million viewers, respectively, and ratings of 1.3 and 1.5 when the dust settled and the final numbers were in. That’s 22% less than the early numbers for Meghan and Harry in total audience and basically even with the Emmys and the Globes’ demo results added up.

In fact, with the exception of the 20.4 million who saw the post-Super Bowl debut of Queen Latifah’s The Equalizer, Meghan and Harry has been awarded the largest non-sports audience of the 2020-2021 TV season so far.

And remember, those numbers for the Harpo Productions show will likely increase as adjusted data, out-of-home viewing and delayed viewing metrics come in over the next day or so.

Cable numbers for Saturday...
- Nickelodeon's Unfiltered (SF/Nick): 340k/0.11
- Tooned In (SF/Nick-at-Nite) 256k/0.09

Cable numbers for Sunday....

- Tournament of Champions (SP/Food): 1.167m/0.30
- Tournament of Champions Aftershow (P/Food): 763k/0.18
- The Great Food Truck Race (SP/Food): 699k/0.16

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posted 3/9/2021

Be Spoke Game Night
French Game Show to Get American Treatment
From Deadline

Spoke Studios, the Wheelhouse-owned producer behind History’s Tim Allen show Assembly Required, is adapting a French comedy gameshow in the U.S.

The producer has optioned the rights to The Big Crazy Game Night (Le Morning Night) from France’s WeMake.

In each episode, two celebrity teams go head-to-head to compete in zany and irreverent challenges – from performing karaoke with alternate lyrics to screening, awkward or cringe-inducing videos without laughing. The winning entertainer of each episode will get some valuable airtime immediately after the show, while the losers will be amusingly punished.

The show was co-developed and co-produced by WeMake and Princesse Béli, the French company set up by Benjamin Morgaine and Lionel Dutemple. It aired in France on M6 in March 2020 and was the network’s biggest primetime launch of the year.

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posted 3/9/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Nut"

posted 3/9/2021

Australian for "Link"
"Weakest Link" to Be Rebooted Down Under
From Nine

One of the most iconic early-noughties game shows Weakest Link is set to return to our small screens on Nine and 9Now — but that's not all the good news.

The brand new series will be featuring a new host: comedian, actress and Aussie national treasure Magda Szubanski.

This is not your mum and dad's Weakest Link though, with the show having been revamped with modern twists, a faster pace and more cracking wit, no doubt thanks to Szubanski.

The comedian herself said of the new gig, "I've pretended to be nice my whole career — now I finally get to play myself.

"No, I will not be making the contestants look stupid," she added of the show's well-known severity. "They're perfectly capable of doing that themselves.

"Weakest Link is right up my alley. I love to watch people squirm, and not in a sexy way. I look forward to hosting some of Australia's best and brightest... just not on this show."

Adrian Swift, Nine's Head of Content, Production and Development, said: "Weakest Link is one of the world's most popular and enduring quiz formats. It's not just about what you know, but also knowing who's your biggest threat and when to bank your winnings.

"All of that combined with the much-loved Magda Szubanski being anything but loveable in the role of Australia's strictest quizmaster. We are very proud to have the new Weakest Link here on Nine."

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posted 3/8/2021

CW To Adapt British Pair
US Versions of "Would I Lie To You", "Killer Camp" Coming
From Deadline

British entertainment formats Would I Lie To You? and Killer Camp are being remade in the U.S. by The CW with The Good Fight creators Robert and Michelle King exec producing the former.

The youth-skewing network is adapting the two shows as part of an expanded unscripted line-up, which includes a U.S. version of Whose Line Is It Anyway, World’s Funniest Animals and Penn & Teller: Fool Us.

Would I Lie To You?, which has run on BBC One for 14 seasons, sees a team of celebrities try and ascertain truth from fiction with questions and stories. The UK series is hosted by Gavin & Stacey star Rob Brydon with Back and Peep Show star David Mitchell and Not Going Out star Lee Mack as team captains.

It will be remade by Ink Master producer Truly Original, which is owned by Banijay, the company that now owns original UK producer Zeppotron. The Good Wife and The Good Fight exec producers Robert King, Michelle King will exec produce alongside former The Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi and Steven Weinstock, Glenda Hersh and Liz Glotzer.

Additionally, the network has acquired two seasons of the British version of Would I Lie To You?, which currently airs on Prime Video.

Killer Camp, meanwhile, follows a group of campers as they navigate through new deadly twists and surprises while competing to expose the “killer” among them for a share of the $50,000 cash prize.

The show, which originally aired on Love Island broadcaster ITV2 with the UK version airing on The CW last summer, will feature U.K. and American campers. Comedian Bobby Mair will feature. It is produced by Tuesday’s Child Television and exec produced by Karen Smith, Steph Harris and Ben Wilson.

The CW boss Mark Pedowitz told Deadline in January that unscripted was one area that it was looking to focus on. “It is something that is now more on the active frontburner,” he said.

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posted 3/8/2021

Keeping "Academic" Alive
DC-Based Quiz Bowl Needs a Sponsor
From WTOP Washington

A popular morning quiz show that has featured D.C. area high schoolers for generations needs help staying on the air.

After hitting the airwaves in 1961, “It’s Academic” would go on to become a Saturday morning regional staple and the longest-running quiz program in television history, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. For more than 50 of its 60-year run, the show has been sponsored by supermarket chain Giant Food.

Susan Altman, current “It’s Academic” producer and daughter of show creator Sophie Altman, was recently informed this would be the final year of Giant’s sponsorship — leaving the record-setting program’s future uncertain.

“Giant first joined our show because the head of Giant, Izzy Cohen, who was an immigrant, said that they always believed the one thing nobody can take away from you is your education,” Altman said. “So he was a big proponent of education, and he started the sponsorship with It’s Academic and it continued for over 50 years.”

But the food retailer is shifting their sponsorships to food insecurity causes, sending the program on a search for a new sponsor in hope of keeping it alive for another half-century.

“If we can get another sponsor, yes, another 50-60 years would be good for us,” Altman said, “We don’t know how it will work, whether we would be broadcasting from space or what, but we expect there will be plenty of kids who will be happy to participate.”

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posted 3/8/2021

Red Arrow Steals the Show
German Format Gets International Rights
From C21 Media

Red Arrow Studio International has acquired the global distribution rights to quizshow format Stealing the Show! from Germany’s Florida Entertainment.

Originally produced for German broadcaster ProSieben, where a second season is due to air later this year, Stealing the Show! sees three celebrity contestants and one member of the public compete to ‘steal the show’ and take control of the next episode as quiz master. The host fires fun and outrageous questions at the contestants and after each round the losing contestant leaves, until only one is left to go head-to-head with the host. The winner gets to become the quiz master in the next episode, deciding everything from the theme and tone of the show to the rules of the game. But the contestants include the previous defeated host who tries to steal back their show.

Tim Gerhartz, senior VP of global sales at Red Arrow Studios International, said: “Stealing the Show! is a bold, audacious and original concept which breathes new energy into the quizshow genre and perfectly complements our slate of noisy gameshow formats. “The remarkable response to the show on ProSieben is testament to its broad family appeal and ability to deliver impressive ratings in a primetime slot. We look forward to building upon the show’s local success and bringing this thrilling new format to the international market.”

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posted 3/8/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Rough and Tumble"

  • CASTING COUCH: Tumble? (Deadline)

  • No one bothered to ask Shaun Wallace what he thought about being "The Dark Destroyer"? (My London News)

  • VIDEO WALL: Top Chef turns 15 (TV Insider)

posted 3/8/2021

THURSDAY: The Final Round
CBS Wins, ABC Game Night Dips
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, ABC’s Celebrity Wheel of Fortune wrapped its freshman run with 5.6 million total viewers and a 0.7 demo rating, ticking down week-to-week to match and hit season lows.

Also yet to be renewed, The Chase similarly slipped to season lows with its first Thursday episode (4.2 mil/0.5), and then dipped further with its actual finale (3.3 mil/0.4).

Elsewhere: CBS | Young Sheldon (7.5 mil/0.9), Mom (5.1 mil/0.7), The Unicorn (3.8 mil/0.5) and Clarice (3.5 mil/0.4) were all steady, with Sheldon dominating Thursday in both measures, B Positive (5 mil/0.6) dipped.

FOX | Hell’s Kitchen (2.5 mil/0.7), Call Me Kat (1.9 mil/0.5) and Last Man Standing (2.4 mil/0.4) were all steady, though Kat slipped to its smallest audience yet. NBC | Superstore (2.2 mil/0.4) added eyeballs while down in the demo.

Cable numbers for Thursday...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 973k/0.25
- Battlebots (Discovery): 892k/0.17
- Go-Big Show): 672k/0.16
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 476k/0.04
- People Puzzler (GSN): 457k/0.04
- Tooned In (Nick): 355k/0.09

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posted 3/5/2021


Good Morning America

Hollywood Game Fight
KRisten Bell, Dax Shepard to Host New Project for NBC
From PEople

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are taking their partnership to the small screen.

The married actors are set to host and compete in Family Game Fight, a new NBC game show featuring fun competitions with a big cash prize up for grabs, the network announced Wednesday.

Throughout the 10-episode series, Bell, 40, and Shepard, 46, will part ways and be "adopted" into a family of four and help their team win $100,000.

Family Game Night marks Bell and Shepard's first joint TV project. The show is based on their past antics on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, including their hilarious game of "Taste Buds" in 2019.

"For one of our first dates, I invited Dax over for a game night at my house with a bunch of friends," Bell said in NBC's press release. "He said he fell in love with me there because I was a very tiny person bossing everyone around. I fell in love with him too because he's a very large person who could boss everyone around, but chooses not to. I'm so excited to host 'Family Game Fight' and play all day with my best friend."

"Kristen is my favorite human to work with," said Shepard. "She's the most consistently funny, playful and joyful scene partner I've ever had. She's also incredibly fun to look at."

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Fox

"Masked Dancer" Coming to the UK
ITV2 Greenlights "Apocalypse Wow", "The Chase Meets Gladiators"
From Deadline

ITV is doubling down on masked entertainment shows. Following the soaraway success of The Masked Singer in the UK, the commercial broadcaster has ordered The Masked Dancer.

Bandicoot Scotland will make a seven-part series based on the spin-off show for late spring, meaning it will help fill a giant Britain’s Got Talent-shaped hole in ITV’s schedule after the Simon Cowell talent series was abandoned this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Twelve celebrities will perform unique dances, while covered from head to toe in extravagant, colorful costumes and masks, leaving viewers and a star panel to guess their identities. Those doing the guessing in the studio will include Jonathan Ross, Mo Gilligan, and Davina McCall, who already feature on The Masked Singer. They will be joined by Strictly Come Dancing star Oti Mabuse. Comedian Joel Dommett hosts.

The Masked Dancer has been commissioned by ITV head of entertainment Katie Rawcliffe and commissioner Joe Mace. The series will be produced by Bandicoot (part of Argonon Group) and the executive producers are Derek McLean, Daniel Nettleton, and Claire Horton.

“The Masked Singer is a huge hit for ITV and our viewers can’t get enough of this colourful guessing game. The Masked Dancer will build on that success and create a new format that will be just as much fun and entertaining for our viewers,” Rawcliffe said.

The Masked Dancer started life as a popular segment on The Ellen Show before Fox teamed with DeGeneres to produce a fully-fledged version of the format. The original Masked Singer show was created by Korea’s MBC.

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Deadline
C21 Media

posted 3/4/2021

Chris Harrison: "I Want to Be Back"
"The Bachelor" Host Interviews on ABC
From Deadline

In his first interview since stepping away as host of The Bachelor, Chris Harrison said that he plans to “be back and I want to be back.”

“I think this franchise can be an important beacon of change,” he told Michael Strahan on Good Morning America. “I know that change is felt, not just by me, but by many others. And we are excited and willing to do the work to show that progress.”

Harrison departed the show for an undisclosed time period amid the controversy over comments he made during an Extra interview, in which he defended a contestant on the show. Rachael Kirkconnell’s social media photos showed that in 2018, she attended an antebellum plantation-themed fraternity formal. There also was another post that showed she “liked” a photo containing a Confederate flag. The posts created a furor on social media.

Harrison apologized again for the comments during the GMA interview, but afterward Strahan told the other GMA hosts, “His apology is his apology, but it felt like I got nothing more than a surface response on any of this. But obviously he is a man who wants to clearly stay on the show, but only time will tell if there is any meaning behind his words.”.

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Reality TV World

posted 2/27/2021


ViacomCBS

Paramount+: "Hello World"
Rebranded CBS All Access Outlines Projects
From TV Line

RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars is sashaying from VH1 to Paramount+ for its upcoming sixth season, TVLine has reported, joining a few other familiar reality titles. Though neither a cast nor premiere date are known at this time, whomsoever wins All Stars 6 will join previous winners Shea Coulee (Season 5), Monet X Change and Trinity the Tuck (Season 4), Trixie Mattel (Season 3), Alaska (Season 2) and Chad Michaels (Season 1).

Here’s a breakdown of the other reality titles Paramount+ has in the works:
* A reboot of the classic MTV reality competition Road Rules will introduce viewers to a new roster of “Road Warriors.” Per the synopsis, “these strangers will be abandoned in a far-flung location and stripped of their modern-day luxuries by boarding a restricted life in an RV, traveling from location to location. They will be guided by a set of clues, odd jobs, and missions for money. If they last to the end of the trip, they walk away with the life changing prize.”
* MTV fans can also get pumped for The Challenge: All Stars, which will bring back the “most iconic, boldest, and fiercest Challenge all stars from the original Real World and Road Rules” for a second chance at glory — and a $500,000 grand prize.
* And The Real World‘s original seven strangers will return, as previously reported, for The Real World Homecoming: New York. The multi-episode docuseries, which takes everyone back to the NYC loft where it all began, premieres on Thursday, March 4.
* A new series titled Queen of the Universe will pit drag queens from all around the world against one another in a musical melee. Per the release, we can expect “high heels, high octaves and high competition.”

* Long-running reality series Ink Master was cancelled last year at Paramount Network as the cable network refocused its strategy on television movies and mini-series. However, Paramount+ revealed that it is looking to bring back the tattoo format, which was previously hosted by Dave Navarro, and build on its 186 episodes. The show, which launched in 2012, sees tattoo artists compete in challenges assessing their tattoo and other artistic skills. Produced by Truly Original, it has had a number of spin-offs including Ink Master: Grudge Match. Library seasons of Ink Master will also be available on the service.
* Separately, Dating Naked, which ran for three seasons on VH1, is also set for a return after its cancelation in 2017. The dating format, which was hosted by Amy Paffrath and Rocsi Diaz, sees contestants search for a mate while naked. The show was produced by Lighthearted Entertainment.

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Deadline
Deadline

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Reality Blurred
Deadline

The Wrap

THe FUton Critic

posted 3/4/2021

WEDNESDAY: Music to Fox's Ears
NBC's Chicago Wins Total, Fox & ABC Tie the Demo
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, the season finale of Fox’s Name That Tune revival drew 2.7 million total viewers and a 0.6 rating, tying ABC’s The Goldbergs for the nightly demo win. The episode leading into the quiz show’s finale drew 2.5 mil and a 0.5.

CBS’ SEAL Team, meanwhile, delivered Wednesday’s largest audience — north of 4 million viewers, with NBC’s #OneChicago in rerun mode — and held steady with a 0.5 rating. Bookending the military drama, Tough as Nails (3.4 mil/0.4) dipped while S.W.A.T. (3.5 mil/0.4) rose to its third-largest audience of the season and was steady in the demo.

Over on ABC, The Goldbergs (3.4 mil/0.6), American Housewife (2.6 mil/0.5), The Conners (3.5 mil/0.5) and Call Your Mother (2.3 mil/0.4) all ticked down, while The Con returned to 1.8 mil and a 0.3.

Cable numbers for Tuesday...
- The Challenge: Double Agents (MTV): 887k/0.53
- Forged in Fire (History): 766k/0.19
- Guy's Grocery Games Delivery (Food): 681k/0.17
- Master Minds (GSN): 545k/0.04
- People Puzzler (GSN): 392k/0.04
- Ultimate Cowboy Showdown (INSP): 507k/0.03
- Tooned In (Nick): 37k/0.07

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/3/2021

"Love Island UK" Could Move Inland
ITV Readies New Season
From Deadline

ITV has confirmed that hit entertainment show Love Island will be restored to its summer schedule after last year’s sun-soaked dating format was derailed by the coronavirus pandemic.

ITV’s content chief Kevin Lygo said Love Island will be back after it has been off-air for around a year.

The last season was a winter version, filmed in South Africa by ITV Studios for ITV2.

His confirmation follows ITV CEO Carolyn McCall saying last month that this year’s season was in the balance as Covid-19 continues to rampage across Europe.

“We will want to put Love Island on air because it’s been off air for a little while [after] we didn’t do it last summer. We’re looking at all our options at the moment because the pandemic makes that hard,” she told the BBC.

The Daily Mirror reported this week that the island of Jersey has been identified as a back-up for the Love Island’s traditional home in Mallorca, should international travel be restricted when filming needs to take place.

Deadline

posted 3/4/2021

This Game is Literally Torture.
ITV2 Greenlights "Apocalypse Wow", "The Chase Meets Gladiators"
From Telly Mix

ITV2 has announced a brand new physical game show with a line up of celebrities taking on quite the challenge.

Apocalypse Wow comes from the makers of Lego Masters, Killer Camp and Release the Hounds.

ITV tease: "Imagine The Chase meets Gladiators via Mad Max and Burning Man. Welcome to Apocalypse Wow! Five famous faces will enter the Torture Dome... a secret underground club, part BDSM dungeon part super club, part Fight Club.

"They’ll take on the terrifying Superhuman bosses. Among them... Master Enormo (one of the world’s strongest men), The Nimble Ninja (a back-flipping parkour master) and The Mermaid (a mermaid).

"Alone the celebrities would be demolished, but if they can unite, stop bickering amongst themselves and become the perfect team... they might win the day and take home a load of cash for charity.

"Each week one celebrity must be eliminated, which means a new famous face will be entering the Torture Dome every episode.

"Apocalypse Wow! is every party, live event and gig we all missed out on last year. It’s the carnival of depravity and fun the world didn’t know it needed."

Telly Mix

posted 3/4/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "In the Red Arrow"

  • Red Arrow lost $55 million during the pandemic (Deadline)

  • Anne Hegerty calls rumors of anyone leaving "The Chase" "the ultimate non-story" (The Independent)

  • Rylan Clark-Neil reveals the one condition he would go "Dancing with the...." sorry, "Strictly..." (Telly Mix)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Snatch Game (Radio Times)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES Brad Rutter on Alex Trebek (Distractify)

posted 3/4/2021

TUESDAY: The Power of Jonas Compels You
NBC Wins with "The Voice"
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, The CW’s The Flash (finally) opened Season 7 with 1.04 million total viewers and a 0.3 demo rating, down from both its previous averages (1.26 mil/0.4) and its May finale (1.1 mil/0.4) to hit and match series lows.

New leadout Superman & Lois (1.25 mil/0.3, read post mortem) slipped 25 percent from last week’s well-watched launch.

Elsewhere: NBC | Young Rock (3.1 mil/0.6) slipped further, Kenan (2.4 mil/0.5) stabilized in Week 3, and The Voice (6.2 mil/0.9) topped Tuesday in the demo. New Amsterdam‘s Season 3 premiere (4.2 mil/0.6, TVLine reader grade “A+”) was down from both its sophomore averages (5.1 mil/0.8) and April finale (6 mil/0.9) to hit and tie series lows.

CBS | NCIS (9.3 mil/0.8, read recap), FBI (7.2 mil/0.6) and FBI: Most Wanted (5.6 mil/0.5) all were down a tick, though NCIS dominated Tuesday in total audience.

FOX | The Resident (3.5 mil/0.6) was steady ahead of next week’s winter finale, while Prodigal Son (1.9 mil/0.3, read recap) headed into a six-week break with series lows.

ABC | To Tell the Truth (3.7 mil/0.5), black-ish (2.1 mil/0.4) and mixed-ish (series lows of 1.7 mil/0.3) were all down, while the Soul of a Nation special drew 1.8 mil/0.3).

Cable numbers for Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 785k/0.23
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 628k/0.04
- The Misery Index (TBS): 621k/0.22
- Master Minds (GSN): 612k/0.04
- People Puzzler (GSN): 515k/0.05
- Temptation Island (USA): 460k/0.16
- Tooned In (Nick): 315k/0.07

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/3/2021

The Celebrity Circle Goes Live
New Season to Play on 4 for Stand Up to Cancer
From Radio Times

Channel 4’s The Circle is back, kicking off with The Celebrity Circle for Stand Up To Cancer. The special will see a group of celebrities stepping into the famous apartment block for the first time ever, as they compete to be crowned The Circle’s most popular celebrity player. But while some celebs will be playing themselves, others will be catfishing as another celeb, which could make for some very entertaining viewing. So, when does it start? Which celebs are in the Celebrity Circle line-up? And will those catfishing be able to pull the wool over the eyes of the other celebs and convince them that they’re the real deal?

Twelve celebs will be stepping into The Celebrity Circle, but they won’t all be taking part as themselves. Celebs going into The Celebrity Circle as themselves:
- Denise van Outen
- Duncan James
- Saffron Barker
Celebs going into The Celebrity Circle under a celebrity catfish profile:
- Baga Chipz will be playing as Kim Woodburn
- Lady Leshurr will be playing as Big Narstie
- Kaye Adams and Nadia Sawalha will be playing as Gemma Collins
- Rickie Haywood-Williams and Melvin Odoom will be playing as Will.i.am
- Sam Thompson and Pete Wicks will be playing as Rachel Riley
- Charlotte Crosby will join the game as a new player, playing as Peter Andre

The series was filmed in Autumn last year, with the celebrities having no idea who was catfishing and who was keeping it real.

Radio Times
Telly Mix

posted 3/3/2021

Lee Mack's "1%" Shelved
ITV Pulls Quiz Amidst Scheduling Chaos, Pandemic Chaos
From The List

Lee Mack's new game show has been shelved by ITV.

The 52-year-old comedian was set to host 'The 1% Club' – which would have seen 100 contestants answering a series of questions – but the eight-episode series has been paused because the coronavirus pandemic has made shooting the show a logistical "nightmare".

A source told The Sun newspaper: "A pilot for 'The 1% Club' was made in January last year with Lee at the helm, but since then, any plans have been on hold. "The pandemic has made filming a nightmare for most production companies but with 100 people taking part, it’s been impossible. "Lee’s show was meant to be airing now and it’s just become another scheduling headache for ITV.

"Everyone is hopeful 'The 1% Club' will go ahead at some point after the pandemic and Lee is completely committed."

By contrast, 'Love Island' – one of ITV's flagship shows – is set to go ahead later this year. Presenter Laura Whitmore recently revealed that the applications have been "crazy" for the new series.

She said: "At the moment everything is like, knock on wood! The applications have been crazy – everyone wants to go to a hot country and get into a villa. "

The most important thing is to do it safely, so if it can't be done the normal way, they'll have to change things, but I'm very hopeful and excited."

Laura admitted she can't wait to return to the show, once the health crisis has eased.

The TV star – who replaced Caroline Flack as the host following her death in February last year – also thinks 'Love Island' may have benefited from not being on the air for an extended period of time. She said: "I love doing it, it’s such a fun show. And I actually think it’s been good to have had that break, for everyone who works on it, because we all went through a loss. "It’s nice to realise how much people missed the show. Apparently applications are crazy this year. Let’s just pray the vaccines kick in."

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posted 3/3/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "We Gon' Play, Steve!"

  • Steve Harvey signs on for 20 more with Facebook Watch (Deadline)

  • Chris Harrison: "I made a mistake" (Deadline) ... and might be on "After the Final Rose" after all (Reality TV World)

  • Philip Schofield tipped to replace Bradley Walsh, who I didn't realize was leaving anywhere (Metro)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: It's not just about family for this Family Feud Canada family (CBC.ca)

posted 3/3/2021


Amazon Studios

Second "Cut"
"Making the Cut" Renewed, Season 2 Drops This Summer on Prime Video
From The Futon Critic

New city. New designers. Same great style. Making the Cut is once again on a mission to find the next great global fashion brand. Amazon Studios announced today that it has ordered a second season of Making the Cut, the fashion competition series hosted and executive produced by Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn, to premiere this summer on Amazon Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories worldwide.

Klum and Gunn will be joined by judges Winnie Harlow, world-famous supermodel, and fashion pop icon and Moschino Creative Director Jeremy Scott. Plus, additional surprise judges will make cameos throughout the season.

Filmed in Los Angeles, season two celebrates the city known for some of the most fashionable people and events in the world. From star-studded red carpets to cutting-edge street style, Los Angeles' diverse fashion scene sets the perfect backdrop for season two of Making the Cut.

"I am so excited to be in my hometown of Los Angeles with such a talented group of designers and judges for season two," said Klum. "This last year brought so many unforeseen challenges across the globe, so I feel grateful that we were able to safely film as Tim and I continue our journey to find the next great global fashion brand."

Gunn added, "I am delighted to be reunited with Heidi for season two of Making the Cut and for Winnie and Jeremy to join as judges. They both bring a unique voice and perspective to help us challenge these designers to sharpen their skills and get out of their comfort zones to become the next household names in fashion."

As the pandemic continues to greatly impact the fashion industry, designers are looking for new ways to reach customers and to grow their businesses. Joining season two in Los Angeles is a diverse group of 10 talented entrepreneurs and designers from around the world, who are ready to take their emerging brands to the next level and become the newest global phenomenon. Winning looks from each episode will once again be immediately available to purchase in Amazon Fashion's Making the Cut store. After the success of season one, with most winning looks selling out in under two days, each episode of Making the Cut presents a one of a kind opportunity for a designer to demonstrate their unique style and showcase their brand. The winner of the series will receive $1 million to invest in their business, the opportunity to create an exclusive line available in Amazon Fashion's store, and a mentorship with Amazon Fashion.

The series is executive produced by Sara Rea, Page Feldman, Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, and Jennifer Love and is produced by Hello Sunshine and Amazon Studios.

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Deadline
The Wrap

Reality Blurred


posted 3/2/2021


Sony Pictures TV Studios

SYNDIES: Week 21
Results for the Week Ending February 14
From The Wrap

Syndication last week rebounded from the prior week’s Trump impeachment trial preemptions in the week ending Feb. 21, according to Nielsen. The boost came despite electrical blackouts and almost around-the-clock weather news on stations in the American South. For example, several shows soared to multi-week highs in Nielsen’s live-plus-same-day national household ratings.

At the very top of the chart it was a tight race. Jeopardy took over the lead with a 6.1, up 9% from the prior frame, while Judge Judy, Family Feud and Wheel of Fortune tied for second at 5.9s. Judy grew the most, up 23% from the preemption-riddled previous week. Feud and Wheel advanced 5% and 2%, respectively.

Jeopardy! has yet to name a permanent new host. In the interim, a series of guest hosts will fill Trebek's shoes, including Jennings, Katie Couric, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whittaker and Mayim Bialik.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CMV) 6.1 +9%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.9 +2
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.9 +5%
- 25 Words or Less (CMV) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 +25%


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NextTV

posted 2/24/2021

MONDAY: The Power of Jonas Compels You
NBC Wins with "The Voice"
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC’s The Voice opened Season 20 with 7.7 million total viewers and a 1.1 demo rating, down just a tick from its fall premiere (8.2 mil.1.1). The singing competition easily led Monday in total audience, while tying ABC’s The Bachelor for the nightly demo win.

Leading out of The Voice, Debris debuted to 4.4 mil and a 0.6, which is in par with both Manifest‘s Season 2 averages in the time slot (3.9 mil/0.7) and the fall launch of ABC’s Big Sky drama (4.2 mil/0.7).

Elsewhere:

ABC | The Bachelor (4.5 mil/1.1) slipped 17 percent and two tenths with “Women Tall All” going up against The Voice‘s return.

FOX | 9-1-1 (6.2 mil/1.0) dipped, while Lone Star (5.2 mil/0.8, read recap) was steady.

THE CW | All American (743K/0.2) and Black Lightning (414K/0.1) each added eyeballs while steady in the demo.

Cable numbers for Monday...
- Spring Baking Championship (Food): 1.034m/0.22
- Easter Basket Challenge (P/Food): 780k/0.20
- The Big Bake (Food): 547k/0.14
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 542k/0.03
- Master Minds (GSN): 533k/0.04
- People Puzzler (GSN): 421k/0.05
- Tooned In (Nick): 326k/0.09

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Deadline
Showbuzz Daily

posted 3/2/2021

Scripps Adds Reality Networks for Him AND Her
Doozy, Defy to Join Multicast Networks
From Deadline

Adding to its multicast network portfolio, the E.W. Scripps Co. is launching two channel offerings focused on reality TV. Doozy, aimed at women aged 25 to 54, will serve up episodes of Storage Wars, Married at First Sight, Hoarders and other shows. Defy TV will target men 25 to 54, with a slate featuring the likes of Pawn Stars, Forged in Fire and American Pickers. Between the two networks, the combined library will reach 70 shows.

Each network will launch July 1, with reach to 75% of U.S. TV households in all top markets. Scripps, whose network stable already includes ION, Bounce, Laff, Grit, Court TV and Newsy, said additional carriage deals will be announced soon for Doozy and Defy.

The TV industry’s transition to high-definition from standard-definition at the end of the 2000s required a reshuffling of broadcast spectrum inventory. That shift created new real estate for an entirely new subset of programming outlets: multicast networks, which are sometimes called “diginets.”

Deadline

posted 3/2/2021

Back to Talent...
Judges, Host to Return to AGT
From the Futon Critic

"America's Got Talent" judges Simon Cowell, Heidi Klum, Howie Mandel and Sofia Vergara are all returning for season 16 set to air this summer on NBC. Terry Crews will return as the show's host.

To celebrate the return of America's favorite judging panel, "AGT" will be hosting one final nationwide "Last Chance Audition" for the upcoming season on Saturday, March 6.

Interested acts can register now at www.AGTAuditions.com for a virtual audition slot where they will perform live for show producers.

The best acts discovered that day will then go on to perform for the "AGT" judges.

The Season 16 premiere date will be announced at a later time.

The Futon Critic

Deadline

posted 3/2/2021

WEEKEND: Corona Can't Keep "Drag Race" Down
VH1 Lines Up New Docuseries on Production During the Pandemic
From Deadline

From slaying homophobia to slaying fierce looks, drag queens are tough — and the 13 seasons of RuPaul’s Drag Race are a testament to that. However, the 13th season of the Emmy-winning reality competition was a different experience for RuPaul and the queens as it was filmed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

VH1 and World of Wonder will give audiences a look at the challenges and the triumphs of taping the new season in the documentary RuPaul’s Drag Race: Corona Can’t Keep a Good Queen Down. Airing February 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on VH1, the stand-alone special displays World of Wonder’s documentary skills as it captures the emotions surrounding the experience. From the combination of hope and anxiety of the early days to creative challenges prepping and executing the show, the docu shows the resilience of Drag Race as it found ways to safely produce the show.

In addition, the new production showed ingenuity of this season’s queens as it made herstory as one of the very first productions to be shot during the pandemic. The docu features interviews with the queens, never-before-seen footage and casting reels. With the new protocols in place, the judges panel welcomed guests from its extended Drag Race family including actress Cynthia Erivo, Jamal Sim, Nicole Byer, Loni Love, as well as remote appearances from Anne Hathaway and Scarlett Johansson.

Ratings for this and the rest of cable on Friday...
- Master Minds (GSN): 526k/0.03
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 490k/0.03
- Tooned In (Nick): 462k/0.13
- People Puzzler (GSN): 462k/0.03
- RuPaul's Drag Race: Corona Can't KEep a Good Queen Down (S/VH1): 448k/0.14

The Shark Tank tag team of Mark Cuban, Kevin O’Leary, Lori Greiner, Barbara Corcoran and Daymond John again proved to be the gods of Friday demo ratings, pulling in an 0.7 to lead the parade. The Sharks heard pitches on bed-making, a plant-based food, germ-free dog walking, and an app that teaches children to code. Close behind was ABC’s 20/20, which examined the bizarre doomsday murder case involving husband and wife Lori Vallow Daybell and Chad Daybell. That scored an 0.6 on the evening.

Elsewhere around the dial, NBC had a new The Blacklist, which held steady from last week at 0.3, as Raymond Reddington got a surprise confession from Harold Cooper. Trailing was Dateline, which had an 0.3 with its examination of sex cult NXIVM.

The CBS crime drama lineup took a breather on the night, presenting reruns of MacGyver, Magnum P.I. and Blue Bloods.

Fox’s WWE Friday Night SmackDown came in with an 0.5, highlighted by Bianca Belair choosing her WrestleMania opponent after winning the 2021 Women’s Royal Rumble. At The CW, Whose Line is it Anyway? had back-to-back 0.1s for its two half-hour segments, that demo score matched by Penn & Teller: Fool Us to close out the night.

On Sunday, NBC’s bicoastal and mostly virtual broadcast of the 78th Golden Globes on Sunday night not at all surprisingly delivered one of the gala’s smallest audiences in … well, a while. Averaging 5.4 million total viewers and a 1.2 demo rating in preliminary numbers, the Globes were down more than 60 percent from last year’s comparable tallies. Even with inevitable adjustment in the Nielsen finals (which last year boosted viewership by 24 percent), the show is on track to deliver its smallest audience since 1995, which was the last year that TBS hosted the show before turning it over to NBC.

Last year’s Ricky Gervais-hosted telecast, which led out of an NFC Wild Card Playoff game, averaged 14.8 million total viewers and a 3.8 demo rating in preliminary numbers and then went on to report 18.3 million viewers and a 4.3 rating, marking eight- and 12-year lows. The 2019 Globes, hosted by Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh, reported 18.6 million viewers and a 5.2 rating in finals, which was on par with 2018, when the Seth Meyers-hosted Globes posted 19 million viewers and a 5.0 rating.)

Elsewhere, opposite the less-big show….

ABC | AFV (5.7 mil/0.8) and American Idol (6.5 mil/1.0) were steady, while The Rookie (3.4 mil/0.4) tied its demo low.

CBS | The Equalizer (7.6 mil/0.7) and NCIS: LA (5.7 mil/0.5) each dipped, while New Orleans (4.9 mil/0.5) was steady.

THE CW | Batwoman (477K/0.1) and Charmed (340K/0.1) were steady in the demo, though the former slipped to a new audience low.

FOX | Cherries Wild (2.5 mil/0.5) and Bless the Harts (1 mil/0.3) were up, while The Simpsons (1.3 mil/0.4), The Great North (1.1 mil/0.3), Bob’s Burgers (1 mil/0.3) and Family Guy (1.1 mil/0.4) were all down, with many if not all of the latter bunch hitting demo lows..

Ratings for Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (SF/Food): 818k/0.20

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posted 3/2/2021

The Chase Gets Extra
Original UK Version Gets Playalong Version on ITV Hub
From Telly Mix

The Chase has announced a brand new online new spin-off show, The Chase EXTRA. The special series will stream from next Monday (8 March) on the ITV Hub.

The brand new shorts see each of the formidable Chasers turn quizmaster, setting fans their own set of 10 quiz questions and answers, dropping every Monday at 6PM for six weeks.

Mark ‘The Beast Labbett’, Anne ‘The Governess’ Hegerty, Paul ‘The Sinnerman’ Sinha, Jenny ‘The Vixen’ Ryan, Shaun ‘The Dark Destroyer’ Wallace and Darragh ‘The Menace’ Ennis will each present an episode, exclusively for ITV Hub viewers.

As well as quiz questions, the beloved brainiacs will include their own unique interval - including telling jokes, giving quiz tips or playing a musical instrument.

It follows the TV series achieving record high ratings. Last November saw audiences for the teatime quiz show reach more than 5 million with the episode on 25 November securing its largest viewership ever with 5.1 million tuning in.

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Radio Times

Heart
HEat World

C21 Media

posted 3/2/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "Whatever Happened to Mama Doris"

  • Mama Doris to return to "To Tell the Truth" after an absence of... a week? Why? Only she knows for sure. (Distractify)

  • The Bachelor EPs condemn IN THE STRONGEST TERMS all the harrassment directed toward Rachel Lindsay (Reality TV World) .... meanwhile, Chris Harrison will sit down with Strahan (Deadline)

  • Revisiting "Star Wars: Jedi Temple Challenge" (CBR)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: Emmys scheduled for September 19 (Deadline)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: It's not just about family for this Family Feud Canada family (CBC.ca)

posted 3/2/2021

Taking a Guess
Comedy Central UK Launches "Guessable?"
From World Screen

Billed as a play-along comedy game show, Guessable? plays out like a fun-filled celebrity party, packed with curiosity, absurdity, take-away knowledge and big laughs. The show features two teams consisting of a team captain and two celebrity guests, with every round being a twist on a classic family guessing game. Every answer within the guessing games provides a clue to the identity of a famous figure or object hidden inside the Mystery Box. Win a game and the victorious team can add an answer to their Guess List. Whichever of the two teams has the identity of the person or object in the Mystery Box on their Guess List at the end of the show wins.

Guessable? debuted in October as part of Comedy Central UK’s 2020 original programming slate. It came about as Sebastian Cardwell, deputy director of programs, was looking for a “cost-effective, returnable format as part of his new strategy for Comedy Central that leaned into popular comedy panel shows like Would I Lie To You?, incorporating the instantly gettable and play-along elements of older quiz/game shows like Name That Tune,” explains Laura Burrell, VP of international formats at ViacomCBS International Studios (VIS). “Tuesday’s Child Television was already developing a format based around guessing what was inside a box and pitched the idea to Seb at the beginning of 2020. By combining the parlor games idea with the mystery box, Guessable? was born!”

World Screen

posted 3/1/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "How Do You Lose $80 Million?"

  • Gordon Ramsay gains a game show, loses $80 million (Business Matters)

  • Big Brother houseguests have another fight on their hands... (Cheat Sheet)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: A former "Best Week Ever" correspondent is having... well... (The Wrap)

posted 3/1/2021

Emmanuel Acho to Man "After the Final Rose"
Catch It on ABC March 15
From Deadline

Former NFL linebacker and Fox Sports analyst Emmanuel Acho will host The Bachelor: After the Final Rose, filling the vacant spot left by former The Bachelor host Chris Harrison.

Acho will fill in for Harrison, who stepped aside form hosting duties the show following his divisive comments in an interview with contestant Rachel Lindsay.

In the Extra interview, Harrison defended Rachael Kirkconnell who came under after photos of her attending an antebellum plantation-themed fraternity party in 2018 resurfaced on the internet. Set to air Monday, Mar. 15 at 10 p.m., The Bachelor: After the Final Rose will see Acho sit down with Bachelor Matt James to discuss the season, his final decision and where is now.

The post-show conversation will also touch on the current events surrounding the franchise. Acho will also speak to the final three contestants, Kirkconnell, Bri Springs and Michelle Young.

“It’s both an honor and privilege to be hosting ‘After the Final Rose.’ This is an incredibly pivotal episode on one of the most storied shows in television history,” said Acho.

Deadline
TV Line

posted 2/27/2021

THURSDAY: Outhustled
CBS Wins Night
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, NBC bubble comedy Mr. Mayor closed out its freshman term on Thursday night with 2.47 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating, dipping to series lows on both counts. Leading out of that, Superstore (1.8 mil/0.4) was steady, while SVU (3.7 mil/0.6) dipped.

Elsewhere: ABC | Celebrity Wheel of Fortune (5.8 mil/0.8) and the yet-to-be-renewed The Hustler‘s freshman finale (2.5 mil/0.4) both dipped, with the latter drawing its second smallest audience and hitting a demo low. The Chase (4.4 mil/0.6) was steady.

CBS | Young Sheldon (7.6 mil/0.9), B Positive (5.1 mil/0.7z) and The Unicorn (3.7 mil/0.5) all ticked up, with Sheldon topping Thursday in both measures. Mom (5.1 mil/0.6) and Clarice (3.6 mil/0.4) each dropped a few eyeballs while steady in the demo.

FOX | Hell’s Kitchen (2.5 mil/0.6) dipped, while Call Me Kat (2.1 mil/0.5) and Last Man Standing (2.4 mil/0.4) were steady.

Cable numbers for Thursday...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 910k/0.17
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 851k/0.23
- Go-Big Show (TBS): 805k/0.20
- Master Minds (GSN): 530k/0.05
- Chain Reaction (GSN): 514k/0.04
- People Puzzler (GSN): 446k/0.05
- Get a Clue (GSN): 381k/0.04
- Tooned In (Nick): 336k/0.09
- Nickelodeon's Unfiltered (Nick): 295k/0.08
- Fast Foodies (truTV): 260k/0.13

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/26/2021

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "Double the Nails"

  • VIDEO WALL: Nailed It: Double Trouble has double the chefs (The FUton Critic)

  • Chris Harrison's episode of "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune" came with a disclaimer... (The Wrap)

  • Meanwhile in a completely unrelated story, Rachel Lindsay deleted her Instagram (The WRap)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: You got "Wheel" in my "Jeopardy!" (PopCulture)

posted 2/26/2021

WEDNESDAY: All Quiet in Chicago
ABC Wins Absent NBC Competition
From Deadline

It was a fairly quiet Wednesday in primetime, with ABC leading the way and NBC’s Chicago trio in repeats.

The Goldbergs kicked the night off for ABC delivering a 0.6 in the adults 18-49 demographic and 3.66 million viewers, steady with last week’s numbers. American Housewife (0.6, 3.13M) ticked up in the demo, while The Conners (0.6, 3.70M) returned higher and delivered the night’s largest audience of the night with 3.70 million viewers. Call Your Mother (0.5, 2.79M) also rose in the demo. The comedy block led into the Season 2 finale of For Life (0.3, 1.75M), which was on par with last week as it now waits for news on a Season 3 renewal.

ABC led the night overall in audience and tied in the demo with NBC and Fox; Univision meanwhile beat out CBS and the CW in 18-49s.

Elsewhere, it was fairly quiet. Fox’s double helping of Name That Tune (0.5, 2.43M at 8 p.m., 0.6, 2.56M at 9) was fairly steady. At CBS, Tough As Nails (0.5, 3.25M) ticked up and was followed by repeats of SEAL Team and S.W.A.T. The CW’s Riverdale (0.1, 618,000) dipped in the demo and Nancy Drew (0.1, 543K) was steady while adding some eyes to its audience.

Cable numbers for Wednesday...
- Design Star: Next Gen (P/HGTV): 909k/0.12
- Forged in Fire (History): 830k/0.17
- The Challenge: Double Agents (MTV): 756k/0.44
- Guy's Grocery Games Delivery (Food): 632k/0.22
- Ultimate Cowboy Showdown (SP/INSP): 524k/0.04
- People Puzzler (GSN): 495k/0.06
- Master Minds (GSN): 485k/0.03
- Chain Reaction (P/GSN): 461k/0.04
- Tooned In (Nick): 339k/0.08

Deadline
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/25/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Going to the Dogs"

  • Rebel Wilson responds to Lady Gaga's dognapping (Deadline)

  • Rachel Lindsay reminds us all that we should never say things couldn't possibly get worse. Because they always do. (Us Magazine)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Gordon Ramsay's Bank Balance (LADBible)

  • LEGO Masters moves to Atlanta for season 2 (Atlanta Journal Constitution)

posted 2/25/2021

TUESDAY: Up Up and Up Some More
CBS, NBC Split
From TV Line

In the latest TV show ratings, Superman & Lois‘ 90-minute premiere event averaged 1.71 million total viewers and a 0.4 demo rating — with its first hour delivering The CW’s largest audience in that time slot (1.71 mil) in two years, since The Flash 5×12. And while it was not quite a Walker, which debuted last month to 2.44 mil and nearly a 0.4, it did deliver The CW’s second-largest season or series premiere audience since Batwoman circa Fall 2019.

TVLine readers gave Superman & Lois‘ launch an average grade of “A-,” with 93 percent planning to stay tuned when it lands in its regular Tuesdays-at-9 slot next week; read our post mortem.

Elsewhere: NBC | Young Rock (3.5 mil/0.7) and Kenan (2.7 mil/0.5) were both down sharply from their premieres, while This Is Us dipped to what just might be series lows (5 mil/0.9) but still led Tuesday in the demo. Nurses (2.2 mil/0.3, TVLine reader grade “A-“) was steady with its freshman finale.

ABC | To Tell the Truth (3.8 mil/0.5) and black-ish (2.4 mil/0.5) dipped, mixed-ish (2 mil/0.4) was steady.

CBS | An NCIS rerun drew Tuesday’s biggest audience: 5.3 mil.

Cable numbers for Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 1.056m/0.30
- The Misery Index (TBS): 780k/0.30
- Master Minds (GSN): 497k/0.03
- People Puzzler (GSN): 470k/0.05
- Temptation Island (USA): 457k/0.18
- Chain Reaction (P/GSN): 438k/0.03
- Tooned In (Nick): 270k/0.06

TV Line
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/24/2021


Sony Pictures TV Studios

SYNDIES: Week 20
Results for the Week Ending February 7
From The Wrap

The Trump impeachment trial did a number on daytime syndication in the session ending Feb. 14, a week in which many shows were broken out.

Among the game shows, Jeopardy ceded the lead to Wheel of Fortune, which held steady at a 5.8. Jeopardy dipped 8% to a 5.6, landing in a tie with Family Feud for second, which inched ahead 2% to a 5.6.

Jeopardy! has yet to name a permanent new host. In the interim, a series of guest hosts will fill Trebek's shoes, including Jennings, Katie Couric, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whittaker and Mayim Bialik.

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 (CMV) 5.8 NC
- Jeopardy (CMV) 65.6 -8%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.6 +2%
- 25 Words or Less (CMV) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 -20%


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TV Newscheck
The Wrap
NextTV

posted 2/24/2021


Konami

Frogger The Game Show.... No Kidding.
Peacock Greenlights Project Based on Arcade Classic
From the Futon Critic

Peacock leaps into extreme fun and nostalgia with a series order of FROGGER, a larger-than-life physical competition series based on the iconic 1980's video game.

A worldwide phenomenon since its introduction by Konami in 1981, Frogger has remained one of the most classic and beloved video game franchises of all time with a library spanning more than 30 titles across various platforms. The show FROGGER brings to life this popular franchise and supersizes it on an epic course! Audiences and contestants alike will be transported into a wild, whimsical FROGGER world, filled with all the simple but challenging elements of the mega-hit from Konami.

A fierce and ridiculously fun competition, FROGGER will feature twelve outrageous obstacle courses or "crossings." These physically demanding challenges will see contestants dodge treacherous traffic, leap over snapping gators and hop over hungry hippos to conquer the course.

Contestants from across the country will test their talent in a competition requiring skill, strength, strategy and problem-solving smarts. Who will have what it takes to be America's finest FROGGER and jump away with a massive cash prize?

13 hour-long episodes of FROGGER have been ordered to be filmed in Australia.

To apply to be a contestant of FROGGER please visit www.froggercasting.com.

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

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Deadline
TV Line
The Wrap
Cinema Blend
The Verge
Polygon
Screen Rant
Reality Blurred

posted 2/24/2021

Can't Beat a Byte of Bully
Bullseye Takes Aim at Apps
From License Global

Classic gameshow brand "Bullseye" makes its way to the small screen thanks to a deal between Sabec and Bulldog Licensing.

"Bullseye is the perfect fit for digital gaming," says Rob Corney, managing director, Bulldog Licensing. "The show's format is loved nationwide and is a firm family favorite, so we're thrilled to have Sabec on board to bring the experience into people's homes with innovative gaming concepts."

The evergreen darts and catchphrase-powered gameshow "Bullseye" first aired in 1981 and peaked at 19.8 million viewers on Boxing Day 1989. This year marks the IP's 40th anniversary, and with it comes renewed energy for the brand, which has kept its viewers and loyal fans engaged since re-airing on Sky Challenge in 2006 – quickly becoming the top-rated show at the time.

"Bullseye has such heritage in the U.K., we know the game will be a sure-fire hit, not just with the fans that remember Bullseye but for the younger generation who enjoy darts too," says Trudi Hayward, co-founder, Brand-Ward Services, who brokered the deal on behalf of Sabec.

The unique mixture of competitive darts and general knowledge was the foundation of a beloved brand. With darts facing something of a resurgence in popularity, the new app will add a new digital face to the IP. Bulldog's existing consumer products for the brand currently consist of pub quizzes, scratch cards and the European agency is working on apparel and leisurewear lines, toys and housewares – proving that there is something for "two in a bed" when it comes to brand partnership.

License Global

posted 2/24/2021

.... Four.
"Holey Moley" Renewed to 2023
From Deadline

ABC is doubling down on putt-putt.

Deadline reports that the Disney-owned network has handed a bumper two-season renewal order for mini-golf competition Holey Moley, taking it through to a fourth season.

The nonscripted series has performed well for the network during the summer; the second season increased ratings from its first and has been a useful co-viewing show for the broadcaster. ABC also increased the run for the second season to 13 episodes, up from 10 in Season 1.

The Stephen Curry-exec produced show features self-proclaimed mini-golf lovers from around the country as they compete head-to-head through an epic obstacle golf course. The second season, which premiered in May, saw a bigger course with new holes, more drama, trick shots and wipeouts.

Hosts Rob Riggle and Joe Tessitore will return alongside sideline correspondent Jeannie Mai as well as executive producer and resident golf pro Curry.

Deadline

Reality Blurred

posted 2/24/2021

Tom Allen Down with the "Quizness"
Comic to Host for C4
From MSN

Tom Allen is to front a new Channel 4 quiz show.

The 37-year-old comedian took inspiration from late comic legends Larry Grayson and Sir Bruce Forsyth for his role as quizmaster in the upcoming 'Quizness'.

He said: "I’m so excited to be doing this quiz show. "I grew up loving Larry Grayson and Bruce Forsyth and I love a show that tests the players abilities and their ability to answer a complicated question."

The six-part series has been described as “an entertaining twist on TV quiz shows”, as the contestants will have to look daft to prove they know the answers to the questions for a chance to win the £25,000 cash prize.

The rounds include Subbly Jubbly, in which those taking part must substitute nonsense words for the correct answers, and a quick-fire round in which nearly every question has the same answer. It also features a multiple-choice section where contestants must answer a different question to the one they have actually been asked.

Tom added: "I think audiences will love how this one challenges people’s knowledge to be bright and then translate their answers in a bizarre way for the sake of the game. "I mean it’s hilarious and so much fun. The whole family will love it!"

Phil Harris, Head of Entertainment and Events at Channel 4, added: "'Quizness' really stood out when we were piloting ideas. "It’s such a strong new format that’s funny, fast-paced and brilliantly play-alongable, I think families will have a lot of fun joining in and seeing who comes up with the silliest correct answers."

MSN

British Comedy Guide
Telly Mix

posted 2/24/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "RIP Fry's"

  • Rachel Lindsay has a favorite for someone to host the "After the Final Rose" (Reality TV World)

  • BRUTALLY HONEST REVIEW: Design Star: Next Gen (discovery+/HGTV) (Reality Blurred)

  • Pat Sajak invites the ire of Wheel Twitter. Again. (The Wrap)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Paul Franklin, on rebooting Name That Tune (Reality Blurred)

posted 2/24/2021

Bar Fight
truTV Greenlights "Backyard Bar Wars"
From the Futon Critic

truTV announced today that it has greenlit "Backyard Bar Wars," a new home reno series with a comedic spin - each episode pits two neighbors against each other in the ultimate backyard build-off to see who can create the buzziest at-home bar on the block.

Hosted by self-described "unhandy-man" comedian Chris Distefano, the 10-episode half-hour competition series from 44 Blue Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, will be filmed in and around Los Angeles and will premiere in July 2021.

Said Corie Henson, EVP/Head of Unscripted Development, TNT, TBS, truTV: "It's not what you drink, it's where you drink it and who you're drinking with. 'Backyard Bar Wars' is an ambitious twist on your favorite neighborhood bar, and a custom bar in your own backyard is one of the coolest and most creative prizes ever."

Said series host, Chris Distefano: "I'm so excited to be a part of this show; it was a blast shooting the pilot and I can't wait to get out there and get drunk and build stuff. Hope this show has insurance! Finally, I can show my girlfriend and my father that I am a real man! I am Chrissy the Tool!"

"Backyard Bar Wars" is not your average build show. Based on the rising trend of DIY at-home bars, "Backyard Bar Wars" is a send-up of the classic home reno show combined with hilarious moments of comedian and host, Chris Distefano, roasting the builders in a way that only he can. The one thing that's not a joke are the bars themselves - viewers can expect jaw-dropping reveals that will leave everyone watching thirsty for a second round.

"Backyard Bar Wars" is executive produced by Stephanie Noonan Drachkovitch, David Hale and Dan Snook of 44 Blue Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, for truTV. The showrunner is Reno Camozzi. Chris Distefano is represented by Rick Dorfman, Authentic Talent and Literary Management, UTA and Cohen Gardner Law.

The Futon Critic
Deadline

posted 2/23/2021

Andy Lee Enters The Cube
Australian Version to Play on 10
From B&T

The Cube is really quite a literal name – the game show takes place in a 4m x 4m x 4m Perspex cube, where contestants complete a range of tasks for the chance to win $250,000. While the tasks seem simple, like bouncing a ball into a bucket or walking in a specific pattern along a light up floor, both stakes and stress levels are high.

The Cube’s combination of skill and memory games is what sets it apart from other game shows according to Andy Lee, who is both host and executive producer on the show. “Most game shows are about general knowledge – really, trivia – or chance. I can’t think of too many shows that are testing every skill set. It’s not something you can overly train for.”

“They’re all very doable games, it’s just whether you can do them in the moment. I think the show is more about the pressure, and how people cope.”

Part of the appeal is the inherent accessibility of the show, Lee says. “The game is designed so you can sit at home and go: “I could do that.” And you could, it’s just whether you could do it with a quarter of a million dollars on the line.”

“You don’t have to be able to sing, you don’t have to be able to cook, you don’t have to build anything – but you’ve still got just as good a chance to make a quarter of a million bucks.”

The show is Lee’s first solo hosting gig after almost 20 years of radio work with The Hamish & Andy Show co-host and best friend Hamish Blake. The duo has also worked in TV since 2004 and is particularly known for the Caravan Of Courage and Gap Year series.

Lee described the role of executive producer as one he loves returning to. “I like seeing all the nuts and bolts of these sorts of things…It was also a chance for me to put my tone into the show from the outset.”

While hosting alone “didn’t feel too foreign”, he found that he felt the absence of Blake most during the downtime. “Normally Hamish and I are mucking around…or in the ad breaks making each other laugh. So yeah, not having my best mate around during that was definitely different.”

The Cube is based on a British show called The Million Pound Cube. There are a number of international versions, including Chinese, Russian, and Ukrainian.

In Lee’s opinion, the chaos of the last year also had an impact on the players. “Something interesting I found is that in a post-COVID climate, the money certainly meant more to people. I think people were far less flippant with their decisions, which we found interesting – and nice.” “I certainly found myself really barracking hard for people to win. Five grand, and ten grand, generally isn’t normally a lot in gameshow type speak, but it feels like a lot in this game.”

The Cube will premiere on Channel 10 at 7.30 on Wednesday.

B&T
Mumbrella
Mediaweek

posted 2/23/2021

MONDAY: Game Night on NBC
Yet the Night Goes to ABC
From Deadline

ABC and Fox maintained their top spot on Monday night with The Bachelor and 9-1-1 respectively. The Bachelor on ABC dipped a tenth in the adults 18-49 demographic to a 1.2 rating and netted 5.23 million viewers. Even though the reality dating competition dipped in the demo, it still had a strong grasp on the top spot. This led in to The Good Doctor which also took a one-tenth hit from last week to earn a 0.5 in the demo while 3.80 million viewers tuned in to the new episode.

At Fox, 9-1-1 held steady in the demo to earn a 1.0 and took in 6.54 million viewers, the largest audience of the night. 9-1-1: Lone Star climbed to a 0.8 in the demo and netted 5.23 million viewers.

CBS saw the return of their Monday night lineup with The Neighborhood (0.8, 5.74M), Bob Hearts Abishola (0.6, 5.41M) and All Rise (0.4, 4.23M) wavering in the demo. Bull (0.5, 5.14M) bookended the night, holding steady with last week.

NBC served a double helping of Ellen’s Game of Games (0.5, 2.96M; 0.6, 2.66) while The Wall (0.5, 2.37M) was on par with last week.

The CW’s All American (0.2, 751,000) slipped a tenth and Black Lightning (0.1, 379,000) was steady in the demo but hit a new viewersip low.

Cable numbers for Monday...
- Spring Baking Championship (SP/Food): 1.020m/0.25
- Chain Reaction (P/GSN): 568k/0.05
- People Puzzler (GSN): 541k/0.04
- Master Minds (GSN): 517k/0.03
- Geta Clue (GSN): 399k/0.03
- Tooned In (Nick): 347k/0.11

Deadline
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/23/2021

WEEKEND: Blink and You Missed It
Cherries Wild Fails to Juice, Plus...
From The Futon Critic

When is a slot machine not a slot machine? When it’s… not a slot machine.

Fox on Sunday night debuted Cherries Wild, a primetime game show that had already set itself apart from the pack by way of its clear Pepsi (but not Pepsi Clear) branding. Midway through the half-hour, the players (in the premiere, a married couple) reach for a giant lever and pull it back to get the 30-foot-tall slot machine’s five reels spinning, hoping to rack up dollars, Wild Cherries or any number of other winning symbols, while avoiding the whammy of a Cash Stash-draining “X.”

Given the fact that it’s a video slot machine — meaning, no actual reels are being sprung into motion — a viewer already had cause be a bit removed from the drama of where they land.

But a disclaimer that appeared at the end of the premiere made the lever-pulling portion of the show even more inconsequential, revealing that, to put it simply, the slot machine outcomes are determined well beforehand.

“The program does not use a real ‘slot machine,’” the disclaimer starts, explaining: “Each spin in a particular game is the product of a game play combination that is determined in advance…. On each tape day, an independent compliance company randomly assigns those predetermined combinations to the teams taping that day.”

Perhaps to reassure that the “predetermined combinations” are not being compiled in such a way as to keep Fox flush, the disclaimer makes clear, “At least one of the teams on each tape day will receive a combination that has the potential to lead to the Grand Prize” — $250,000, as oft touted by host Jason Biggs — “if the game is successfully played to its conclusion.”

In the early rounds, players do answer a series of themed trivia questions that can win them Wild Cherries (to later use to improve a slot machine pull) or cash (to buy additional spins). So, there is some “skill” involved (as the promos claim), and a half of a whiff of strategy. It’s only the outcome of the slot machine pull, using the comically ginormous lever, that apparently is pure theater.

There is no correlation between the force or duration with which one pulls the lever and how the reels spin, as is the case with, say, The Price Is Right‘s wheel, the titular Wheel of Fortune, or even the strategic placement of the balls atop The Wall. Rather, it’s more akin to Fox’s own, still-on-hiatus Spin the Wheel, in which the length and speed of each spin is determined at random and not by the player’s tug (though the wedge on which the ball eventually settles is pure physics).

ABC’s American Idol scored a 1.0 in the adults 18-49 demographic and netted 6.51 million viewers on Sunday night, down a tenth from last week’s Season 19 premiere but enough to top primetime in the demo. The network also aired an episode of America’s Funniest Home Videos (0.8, 5.18M), which climbed two tenths in the demo, and The Rookie (0.5, 3.92M), which dipped. ABC won the night overall in the 18-49 demo.

CBS won the night overall in viewers with an all-originals lineup led by 60 Minutes (0.7, 9.30M), which held steady in the demo and earned the night’s largest audience. The Equalizer (0.7, 7.88) took a two-tenths hit from last week’s strong time-slot premiere, while NCIS: Los Angeles (0.6, 5.74M) also dipped. NCIS: New Orleans (0.5, 4.82M) held steady.

After Fox’s Sunday night lineup was derailed last week due to NASCAR weather delays, things were back on track starting with the debut of Cherries Wild (0.2, 698,000). It was followed by a heartfelt Marcia Wallace tribute episode of The Simpsons (0.5, 1.38M) along with freshman series The Great North (0.4, 1.16M), Bob’s Burgers (0.5, 1.21M) and Family Guy (0.5, 1.26M).

At NBC, reruns of Weakest Link and The Wall were followed by Dateline (0.3, 2.72M), which wrapped its run of “The Widower.” Meanwhile, the CW’s Sunday was practically a Xerox copy of last week’s Nielsen Live+Same Day fast affiliates with Batwoman (0.1, 507,000) and Charmed (0.1, 316K).

Cable numbers for Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 832k/0.22

CBS (4.964 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) was the top draw on Friday thanks to originals from "MacGyver" (4.839 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and "Magnum P.I." (5.780 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) plus a repeat "Blue Bloods" (4.274 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

ABC (3.540 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) shared in the demo honors with "Shark Tank" (4.438 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) and "20/20" (3.092 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) as did FOX (2.071 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) and "WWE SmackDown" (2.071 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2).

Next up was NBC (3.081 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) with a new "The Blacklist" (3.258 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #8) alongside night two of "The Widower" (2.992 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

And finally, The CW (7.220 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.836 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #9), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.696 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.679 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10).

Cable numbers for Friday...
- RuPaul's Drag Race (GSN): 605k/0.25
- Master Minds (GSN): 544k/0.05
- People Puzzler (GSN): 496k/0.05
- Get a Clue (GSN): 380k/0.05

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posted 2/23/2021

THURSDAY: Logjam at the Top
Three-Way Split Among CBS, Fox, ABC
From The Futon Critic

CBS (4.918 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) was the top draw on a competitive Thursday with its mix of "Young Sheldon" (7.484 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1), "B Positive" (5.036 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Mom" (5.241 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "The Unicorn" (3.725 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) and "Clarice" (4.011 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Sharing the demo crown was FOX (2.434 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) with "Hell's Kitchen" (2.643 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "Call Me Kat" (2.158 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Last Man Standing" (2.290 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) as well as ABC (4.192 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) and its lineup of "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune" (5.845 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1), "The Chase" (4.150 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "The Hustler" (2.581 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.139 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) offered up a new "Mr. Mayor" (2.635 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), an encore of "Young Rock" (1.803 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15), a new "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.995 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and part one of "The Widower" (3.204 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, fresh installments from "Walker" (1.667 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16) and "Legacies" (0.531 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #17) rounded out the evening on The CW (1.099 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Cable numbers for Thursday...
- Battlebots (Discovery): 828k/0.20
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 797k/0.21
- Go-Big Show (TBS): 785k/0.23
- Master Minds (GSN): 558k/0.03
- People Puzzler (GSN): 490k/0.05
- Tooned In (Nick): 430k/0.11
- Nickelodeon's Unfiltered (Nick): 323k/0.07
- Fast Foodies (truTV): 201k/0.11

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/23/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "First Jeopardy!, Now This"

  • Shailene Woodley can now say she's engaged to a Jeopardy! host (ESPN)

  • "Remote Control": an oral history (The AV Club)

  • Betty White's Pet Set arrives on DVD (Chicago Sun-Times)

  • WHY THE BLEEP IS THIS NEWS?: Chrissy Teigen wanted the President to stop following her on Twitter. So he did. (Deadline)

posted 2/23/2021

The Chase Is On for Larry Emdur
Australian Version Names New Host
From 7News

Australia’s #1 game show has a brand-new host, with the Seven Network today announcing that Larry Emdur is taking the helm at The Chase Australia.

One of the country’s most experienced and loved television presenters, Emdur will film his first episodes of The Chase Australia next month, to be broadcast later this year.

Emdur’s exciting new role is in addition to his day job on Seven’s top-rating The Morning Show where he has been co-host alongside Kylie Gillies since 2007.

Emdur said: “I’ve had a love affair with quiz shows for most of my working life and the opportunity to host one of the TV world’s greatest formats is incredibly exciting.

“I’ve always enjoyed watching The Chase Australia and I can’t wait dust off my shiny gameshow shoes, apply some ‘game show’ grade teeth whitener and learn how to say words like pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis.

Seven’s Network Programming Director, Angus Ross, said: “Everyone at Seven is delighted that Larry has agreed to take on this new role.

“He is the ideal host for The Chase Australia. Australians love Larry. Australians love the show. Together, they are the perfect combination.”.

7News
TV Blackbox

Mediaweek

posted 2/22/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Matt Tells All"

  • Matt James has his say about.... well, everything up to this point. (Deadline)

  • Aisha Tyler signs with CAA (Deadline)

  • Guy Fieri goes ghost.... kitchen, that is. (Deadline)

  • VIDEO WALL: From Golden Buzzer to Golden Ticket, reliver Amanda Mena's rise (GoldDerby)

  • THE FOURTH JUDGE (tm): American Idol sent home the wrong standout (GoldDerby)

  • Tom Bergeron doesn't want to see a 65-year-old guy host "Jeopardy!" (Heavy)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP!: Meanwhile on the Icelandic version of "College Bowl".. (WHTZ New York)

posted 2/22/2021

WEDNESDAY: Sweet As Cotton Candy
NBC Wins, "Masked Dancer" Lands on the Map
From The Futon Critic

NBC (6.727 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was still the network to beat on Wednesday with its trio of "Chicago Med" (7.377 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1), "Chicago Fire" (7.089 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and "Chicago PD" (5.715 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

FOX (2.856 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) claimed the silver with "The Masked Dancer: Road to the Finals" (2.637 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and the season finale of "The Masked Dancer" (3.076 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4).

Next up was CBS (3.315 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) with originals from "Tough as Nails" (3.343 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "SEAL Team" (3.671 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "S.W.A.T." (2.931 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, ABC (1.921 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) opted for repeats of "The Goldbergs" (2.876 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "American Housewife" (1.997 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), "The Conners" (2.054 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Call Your Mother" (1.706 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) plus a new "For Life" (1.447 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

And finally, new episodes of "Riverdale" (0.617 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #14) and "Nancy Drew" (0.418 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15) on The CW (0.517 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

Cable numbers for Wednesday...
- The Challenge: Double Agents (MTV): 891k/0.43
- Guy's Grocery Games Delivery (Food): 584k/0.23
- Master Minds (GSN): 563k/0.04
- People Puzzler (GSN): 450k/0.05
- Tooned In (Nick): 242k/0.06

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/19/2021

Happy Friday Lightning Round
... or "... Unless You're Kanye"

  • Kim Krdashian files for divorce. (The WRap)

  • Jamie Foxx is the "Dad" who won't "Stop Embarrassing Me" on Netflix (The Futon Critic)

  • Drag Race family hits back (The Gay Times)

  • Detroit Youth Choir to be documented by Disney+ (Deadline)

posted 2/19/2021


ABC

"The Dating Game" to Return... with a Twist
ABC's Latest Retro Reboot to Feature Celebs, Hosted by Zooey Deschanel & Michael Bolton
From the Wrap

ABC is reviving “The Dating Game” with a new celebrity twist and Zooey Deschanel and Michael Bolton at the helm, the network announced Thursday.

“The Celebrity Dating Game” has been picked up for eight one-hour episodes at the network, and is described as a “wry wink at modern dating with a star-studded roster of celebrity singles in their pursuit to find love.”

The new show will flip the format of the original 1960s series hosted by Jim Lange. Rather than having one contestant question three hidden suitors, the three suitors will be visible to the audience throughout the episode, and the identity of the celebrity they are attempting to woo will remain concealed until the end of the hour.

Per ABC, “suitors will have the opportunity to guess the secret identity based on clues, questions and special parody performances by host Michael Bolton.”

“The Celebrity Dating Game” is produced by Sony Pictures Television. Charles Wachter, Michael Bolton, Christina Kline and Wendi Wan serve as executive producers. No premiere date for the show has been scheduled.

The original “Dating Game,” created by “The Newlywed Game” executive producer Chuck Barris and hosted by Jim Lange, ran on ABC between 1965 and 1973 before going for one additional season in syndication. Though the show primarily featured everyday Americans, a number of celebrities appeared as special guest stars during the initial run, including Michael Jackson, Ron Howard and Sally Field. Reboots over the years have been hosted by Elaine Joyce, Jeff MacGregor, Brad Sherwood, and Chuck Woolery.

The Wrap
TV Line
Deadline
Variety
Billboard
Cinema Blend
Entertainment Weekly
Uproxx
AZCentral.com
Screen Rant

posted 2/18/2021

More Guest Hosts Announced
Latest Entries Include Anderson Cooper, Dr. Oz, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Savannah Guthrie
From TV Line

A series of guest hosts comprised of award-winning journalists and distinguished figures are scheduled to fill in at the Jeopardy! host’s lectern this season. The big winner? Charity.

Starting the week of March 8, as a part of each guest host’s appearance, Jeopardy! will make a contribution to the charity of their choice. That amount will match the cumulative winnings of all contestants who compete during the guest host’s tenure. See the running show schedule below and tune in to cheer on the contestants as they play for a good cause:

- January 11-February 19: Ken Jennings - In 2004, Ken Jennings set the record for longest winning streak in Jeopardy! history after 74 consecutive wins, earning a total of $2.52 million. Since then, Jennings has competed in multiple Jeopardy tournaments including, the Ultimate Tournament of Champions in 2005, the Jeopardy!: IBM Challenge in 2011, Battle of the Decades in 2014, and the Jeopardy! All-Star Games in 2019. In 2020, Jennings went on to earn his coveted GOAT title after winning the Greatest of All Time tournament. Later that same year, he officially joined the Jeopardy! family as segment producer.
- February 22-March 5: Mike Richards - Mike Richards is the executive producer of Jeopardy! and “Wheel of Fortune.” Prior to his time on Jeopardy! and Wheel, Richards was the executive producer of “The Price Is Right” and “Let’s Make A Deal” for over a decade. During his tenure, Richards earned 17 Daytime Emmy nominations and was awarded three. Richards also served as executive producer of the 2020 revival of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.” In addition to his producing, Richards has hosted 5 series: two reality shows most notably Beauty and the Geek, a news program, and two game shows including Game Show Network’s Pyramid.
- March 8-19: Katie Couric - Katie Couric is an award-winning journalist, presenter, author and the first woman to guest host Jeopardy!. She is the founder of Katie Couric Media (KCM), a multimedia news and production company, which produces documentaries, digital series and podcasts centered on social and cultural issues. Throughout her career, Couric has held multiple hosting positions at ABC, CBS and NBC. She also served as Yahoo’s Global News Anchor from 2013-2017.

Dates for Dr. Mehmet Oz, Anderson Cooper, Savannah Guthrie, Aaron Rodgers, Bill Whitaker, Mayim Bialik, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta will be announced at a future time.


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Deadline

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CHEK Victoria

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USA Today

WIVT Binghamton
WJLA Washington

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TV Line
J! Buzz
The Sporting News

KSOO Sioux Falls

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posted 2/18/2021


Sony Pictures TV Studios

SYNDIES: Week 20
Results for the Week Ending February 7
From The Wrap

Daily Mail TV delivered an 11-week high and the biggest increase among all syndicated strips in an otherwise quiet session ending Feb. 7 in which dramatic moves were few and far between. Mail was the only gainer among the top five magazines, posting a 17% advance to a 0.7 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating and matching its best showing of the season.

Elsewhere in access, Jeopardy edged up 2% to a 6.1 and held onto the game show lead for a fourth straight week with guest host Ken Jennings filling in for the late Alex Trebek. Next in line, Wheel of Fortune was flat at a 5.8 while Family Feud dipped 5% to a 5.5.

Jeopardy! has yet to name a permanent new host. In the interim, a series of guest hosts will fill Trebek's shoes, including Jennings, Katie Couric, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whittaker and Mayim Bialik.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CMV) 6.1 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.8 NC
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.5 -5%
- 25 Words or Less (CMV) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 NC


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The Wrap
NextTV

posted 2/18/2021

TUESDAY: Let's Rock
CBS, NBC Split Night
From The Futon Critic

NBC (4.112 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) led the demo race on Tuesday with its debut lineup of "Young Rock" (5.034 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2), "Kenan" (4.071 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3), "This Is Us" (5.589 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and "Nurses" (2.194 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

ABC (3.425 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) claimed the silver with its mix of "To Tell the Truth" (3.946 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Black-ish" (2.556 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "Mixed-ish" (2.059 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Big Sky" (4.022 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Next up was FOX (2.889 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with originals from "The Resident" (3.670 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Prodigal Son" (2.108 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Meanwhile, CBS (4.439 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for second runs of "NCIS" (5.628 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7), "The Equalizer" (4.227 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (3.463 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9). And finally, The CW (0.426 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with a new "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.490 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14), the season finale of "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.392 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and the final "Trickster" (0.412 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14).

Cable numbers for Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 917k/0.21
- The Misery Index (TBS): 544k/0.17
- Master Minds (GSN): 542k/0.05
- People Puzzler (GSN): 503k/0.07
- Temptation Island (SP/USA): 453k/0.15
- Get a Clue (GSN): 372k/0.04

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/18/2021

The Last "Dance"?
Report: "SYTYCD" Season 17 Will Not Go Forward in 2021
From Newsweek

So You Think You Can Dance has been one of the many shows affected by the coronavirus pandemic, with its summer 2020 season canceled just weeks before it was set to begin.

While the Fox show was expected to return in summer 2021, a new report has it that the show is still on hiatus, putting its future in jeopardy.

In June 2020, Fox released a statement reading: "Production on Season 17 of SYTYCD will not be moving forward due to health and governmental restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, while we were looking forward to its return this summer, we cannot meet the standards we've set for viewers and contestants in light of the show's unique format, intricate production schedule, and limited time."

Though the show was canceled for summer 2020, shows like Dancing With the Stars were able to go ahead in 2020, and Fox did manage to put out another dancing show, Masked Singer spin-off The Masked Dancer, leading to some hope that the show could return. However, per TVLine, the show's producers 19 Entertainment and Dick Clark Productions are "not moving forward" with Season 17 at the present time. Newsweek has independently verified that claim.

The Cat Deeley-hosted show, however, has not been completely canceled, with the site reporting that the show could return at some point.

Newsweek
Just Jared

TV Line

posted 2/17/2021

WEEKEND: So... That Happened.
CBS, ABC Split Night; Fox's NASCAR Overrun Monopolizes
From The Futon Critic

ABC (5.741 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) moved into the top demo spot on Sunday thanks to a new "America's Funniest Home Videos" (5.703 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3), the return of "American Idol" (6.685 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) and an original "The Rookie" (3.893 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

CBS (6.969 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) claimed the silver with its new lineup of "60 Minutes" (9.059 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4), "The Equalizer" (7.976 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.915 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T4) and "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.926 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8).

Next up was FOX (3.161 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with a full night of "NASCAR Overrun" (3.161 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.377 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up repeats of "Weakest Link" (2.181 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) and "The Wall" (1.796 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9) followed by the two-hour special "Grand Ole Opry: 95 Years of Country Music" (2.765 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T9).

And finally, fresh installments from "Batwoman" (0.507 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) and "Charmed" (0.371 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) on The CW (0.439 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night

Cable numbers for Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 801k/0.19
- Love Games (S/TLC): 615k/0.12

Meanwhile, on Friday...
- Master Minds (GSN): 603k/0.05
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 500k/0.21
- People Puzzler (GSN): 390k/0.04

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/17/2021

Trivia Trap
Anita Rani to Host New British Series, "The Answer Trap"
From Telly Mix

Anita Rani will host a brand new game show called The Answer Trap on Channel 4.

The series, which will air as part of the day time schedule, sees two teams play against each other to secure as much prize money as they can.

Channel 4 explains: "Host Anita Rani will challenge the teams to place answers from a series of lists into their relevant categories. However not all the answers belong in the categories, some are devilish decoys - Answer Traps.

"The Answer Traps have been set by iconic quizzers Bobby Seagull and Frank Paul, with the brainiacs competing to see who can catch the most players in their traps.

"If the teams can assign the answers to the correct categories and avoid the traps, they get the opportunity to play for a £10,000 jackpot on the final question."

Anita said: “For as long as I can remember I have loved all the classic C4 daytime quizzes, I am actually quite obsessed with them! To be the host of their latest format is a dream come true and I cannot wait to welcome you all to The Answer Trap.”

Telly Mix
The Telegraph and Argus

C21 Media

Televisual

posted 2/17/2021

Crashing the Game Show Party
Nippon TV to Develop Rage Room Game Show
From TBI

Japan’s Nippon TV has launched its new gameshow, Crush Park, as an international format.

The show, which debuted on Nippon TV in December 2020 requires contestants to literally crush various objects in their quest to win the prize.

The Covid-safe format sees players take on the challenges either solo or in small numbers, minimising the risk of contact during taping.

Each self-contained episode pits the contestants against three wacky obstacle courses in which they face obstacles ranging from water balloons to angry horned monsters. Armed with weaoons ranging from hammers and sword to a special explosive potion, they must destroy as many as possible and as fast as they can to reach the prize, with the lowest scorers disqualified after each round.

“As people try to overcome these stressful Covid-19 times, there is no better moment for Nippon TV to offer this new fun-filled, stress-busting game show format,” said Mikiko Nishiyama, MD of international business development at Nippon TV.

“With the pop look and feel of a theme park or arcade, Crush Park thrills viewers with an excitement far-removed from daily reality. Satisfaction is guaranteed for the show’s players and viewers in this family-friendly game show.”

TBI Vision

Video Age International

posted 2/17/2021

MONDAY: Anyone Else Find "The Bachelor" Awkward Now?
ABC, Fox Split
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.889 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the top demo draw on Monday thanks to originals from "The Bachelor" (5.230 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "The Good Doctor" (4.208 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

A silver medal went to FOX (6.107 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) with fresh installments from "9-1-1" (6.626 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #2) and "9-1-1: Lone Star" (5.588 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

Next up was NBC (2.766 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its mix of "Ellen's Game of Games" (3.197 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "The Wall" (2.768 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and a second "The Wall" (2.332 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.225 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) opted for repeats of "The Neighborhood" (4.404 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (3.902 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "All Rise" (2.612 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Bull" (2.912 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

And finally, new episodes of "All American" (0.773 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "Black Lightning" (0.442 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13) closed out the night on The CW (0.608 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Cable numbers for Monday...
- Kids Baking Championship - 9p (Food): 1.240m/0.32
- Kids Baking Championship - 10p (Food): 1.174m/0.35
- Master Minds (GSN): 622k/0.07
- People Puzzler (GSN): 488k/0.07
- Get a Clue (GSN): 442k/0.06
- Tooned In (Nick): 359k/0.08

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/16/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Unmasked"

  • Craig Robinson signs on for a sitcom at Peacock (TV Line)

  • Amanda Wilson & Elliot Johnson chase to BBC Studios.... because... they created The Chase (Televisual)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Dylan Lane (Huntingdon Daily News)

posted 2/17/2021


NME
ARI GOLD: 1973-2021
LGBTQ Artist, Activist Worked with "RuPaul's Drag Race"
From Billboard

Ari Gold, the New York City-based LGBTQ dance artist and DJ, died Feb. 14 after a long battle with leukemia, according to multiple reports. He was 47.

Gold’s death was confirmed by World of Wonder, the Los Angeles-based production company behind “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and other shows. "Deeply saddened over the passing of trailblazing queer artist Ari Gold," World of Wonder Productions tweeted Sunday, confirming his death. "Gold released 7 albums & paved the way for many out artists since the early 2000s." World of Wonder had worked with Gold and RuPaul on their collaborations.

RuPaul, as well as Laverne Cox, Peppermint, and more shared their condolences online as the news of Gold's death spread.

"So many people have come and gone from my life over the past 25 years but you have been a constant," Cox wrote in a tribute post on her Instagram. "I'm so utterly devastated that you've moved on today. But I know you'll be watching over me as you always have. I'm so grateful to have known you."

RuPaul added, "Until we meet again, dear friend."

Gold, who went by multiple stage names -- including Sir Ari and GoldNation -- throughout his career, was widely considered a queer pioneer in the dance music genre. In 2004, his music video for "Wave of You" became the first music video by an openly LGBTQ artist to premiere on Logo TV. The musician performed alongside stars such as Cyndi Lauper and Diana Ross, collaborated with Boy George on "Underneath This Earth — Jared Jones Culture Club Remix," and served as an opening act for Chaka Khan.

Over the course of his career, Gold released seven studio albums — Ari Gold (2001), Space Under Sun (2004), The Remixes (2005), Transport Systems (2007), Between the Spirit & the Flesh (2011), Play My F**kn Remix (2013)and Soundtrack to Freedom (2015) — and charted three entries on Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart, with his 2007 single "Where the Music Takes You" featuring Sasha Allen peaking at No. 10 on the chart dated Aug. 2, 2008.

In 2018, Gold wrote an essay for NewNowNext, where he revealed that he was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a rare form of blood cancer curable through bone marrow transplants, in 2013. In a 2019 episode of his podcast "A Kiki From the Cancer Ward," with RuPaul as a guest, he said he had been officially declared cancer-free.

"I was an out and proud gay pop music artist at a time when many feared that being open about their sexuality would ruin their careers," Gold wrote in his 2018 NewNowNext essay. "I made every attempt I could to wave the gay flag, from using male pronouns to men-on-men love scenes in my videos. I told stories from a pointedly gay perspective ... If you are a cancer warrior or a warrior of shame, don’t forget to treat yourself better than anyone else could ever treat you, tell your story proudly every day you walk this earth, and use that fucking cancer card, gay card, or any card that you’ve earned as if you have all the credit in the world."

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Deadline

posted 2/16/2021

Vernon Kay to Host "Game of Talents" UK
ITV to Air Its Own Version
From Radio Times

ITV has revealed that Vernon Kay will present its brand new primetime game show Game of Talents – which sees contestants attempt to uncover “the secret talents of the public”.

The show, which was originally announced last year, will feature teams comprising both celebrities and members of the public attempt to guess the bizarre hidden talents of eight mystery performers.

In an intriguing format, the teams will have to base their guesses solely on the appearances of the performers and a handful of clues – as they aim to separate “the opera singer from the weightlifter, or the acrobat from the fire eater”.

The series will mark a return to game show presenting for Kay, who previously fronted All Star Family Fortunes for nine years between 2006 and 2015 and has also hosted Beat the Star, Splash, and most recently 1000 Heartbeats.

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posted 2/16/2021

"Game Face" Heads to UAE
E! Game Show Optioned for Abu Dhabi TV
From Gulf Business

A local version of popular US comedy game show, Celebrity Game Face, will debut on Abu Dhabi TV on February 17.

The virtual game show is being produced by In Media Plus under license from NBCUniversal Formats, a division of show creators Universal Studio Group. In Media Plus is behind shows such as The X Factor, Arab Idol, and Goul Waraya/Repeat After Me.

This marks the first international series adaptation of the show, with production on the local 13×60’ series already underway.

Hosted by Egyptian comedian Shaimaa Seif, the Arabic series will see local celebrities from all over the MENA region, including the UAE, Kuwait, Lebanon and Egypt, take part in a variety of trivia quizzes and physical challenges.

The original US version was created by Critical Content and is hosted and executive produced by Kevin Hart for E!.

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posted 2/16/2021

More on "Cherries Wild"
Catch It on Fox NEXT Sunday
From The Wrap

PepsiCo is not the typical producer of entertainment content, apart from the Super Bowl halftime show, decades’ worth of commercials and the 2018 big-screen basketball comedy “Uncle Drew.”

But next Sunday, the soft-drink manufacturer will break into showbiz in a whole new way with the premiere of the Jason Biggs-hosted primetime trivia game show “Cherries Wild” on Fox.

Yes, that title is a very clear nod to Pepsi’s Wild Cherry flavor — but Fox promises that the 30-minute show is not going to turn out to be a 30-minute commercial for soda. And Rob Wade, Fox’s president of alternative entertainment and specials, insists that “Cherries Wild” originated as a show — not a Pepsi commercial.

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posted 2/16/2021

Chris Harrison "Steps Aside" from "The Bachelor"
After Racism Row, Host Will Not Appear in "Final Rose"
From TV Line

Following a controversy where host Chris Harrison admitted to “perpetuating racism,” The Bachelor host has decided to step aside from the franchise “for a period of time.”

In an Instagram post published Saturday, Harrison wrote, “The historic season of The Bachelor should not be marred or overshadowed by my mistakes or diminished by my actions. To that end, I have consulted with Warner Bros. and ABC and will be stepping aside for a period of time and will not join for the After the Final Rose special… I am dedicated to getting educated on a more profound and productive level than ever before.”

During a recent Extra interview hosted by Rachel Lindsay, the franchise’s first Black Bachelorette, Harrison and Lindsay discussed photos of Season 25 contestant Rachael Kirkconnell — currently vying for the heart of Matt James, the franchise’s first Black Bachelor — attending an Antebellum party three years ago. She has since taken the photos off of social media and disabled the comments option. Because of the painful and racist history the pre-Civil War Antebellum South and slavery triggers, many have shunned romanticizing the era and its images. (Kirkconnell has since apologized.)

Instead of commenting about the problematic nature that Kirkconnell’s past racial insensitivities create, Harrison defended her reputation and lambasted what he called “cancel culture.”

“This ‘judge, jury, executioner’ thing where people are just tearing this girl’s life apart and diving into her parents’ voting record … it’s unbelievably alarming to watch this,” a visibly frustrated Harrison told Lindsay. “You know, I saw a picture of her at a sorority show five years ago, and that’s it.”

In wake of the backlash, Harrison apologized on Twitter Wednesday writing, “I took a stance on topics about which I should have been better informed. What I now realize I have done is cause harm by wrongly speaking in a manner that perpetuates racism, and for that I am so deeply sorry. I also apologize to my friend Rachael Lindsay for not listening to her better on a topic she has a first-hand understanding of, and humbly thank the members of Bachelor Nation who have reached out to me to hold me accountable. I promise to do better.”

Rachel Lindsay commended “Bachelor” host Chris Harrison Monday for temporarily stepping away from “The Bachelor” franchise following his defense of a current contestant in a way that “perpetuates racism” during an interview with Lindsay. However, the first black star of the “Bachelorette” isn’t sure if Harrison’s steps to make amends mean he should remain host of the ABC reality dating franchise.

“I think you have to see what happens,” Lindsay told her “Extra” colleague Billy Bush in an interview Monday. “I think I don’t want to play into things too quick to judge someone, right? Am I disappointed? Absolutely. Do I agree with what happened in that interview? No. But at the same time, he has taken the steps to not issue one, but two apologies. Let’s see what happens from there. Now I will say this, to see the contestants come together and speak out and to say what they don’t stand for, I don’t know how we continue in this way. How do you when people in Bachelor Nation are upset, the contestants of this very show, the leads of this show? How does he go on to represent the franchise when people are so upset by what they saw in that interview that we have?”

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posted 2/16/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "It's Still Sweeps"

  • Tamron Hall had an interview that we have to attach a CONTENT WARNING to, so ... yeah, there's a thing. (TV Line)

  • Dwayne Johnson 2032? (The Wrap)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: "All-Round Champion" begins season 3 on BYU March 30 (WFMZ Allentown)

  • A new season of "Tenable" is upon us, and the world is wondering what's eating Warwick Davis (Entertainment Daily)

  • LIST ABUSE: 25 greatest game shows of all time according to... (GoldDerby)

  • Gleb Savchenko is not opposed to same-sex DWTS couples (The Wrap)

  • Byron Allen said he bought The Weather Channel "to save your life". That's... a bit of a stretch? (The Wrap)

  • Ant & Dec look to rerack Poker Face (The List)

  • Drew Carey recalls the time that Plinko was rigged (ComicBook.com)

posted 2/16/2021


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BRAYDEN SMITH: 1996-2021
"Alex Trebek's Last Great Champion"
From Deadline

Brayden Smith, the 24-year-old five-time Jeopardy! winner whose death was announced by family last week, had undergone surgery for an undisclosed condition in the days before his Feb. 5 passing, a local CBS station in his hometown of Las Vegas reports.

News station KLAS cites a Smith family sources in its report about Brayden Smith’s recent surgery. The Las Vegas Review-Journal has reported that the Jeopardy! contestant dubbed “Billy Buzzsaw” by host Alex Trebek had spent several days at a Southern Nevada hospital prior to his death. Neither news outlet specified the nature of Smith’s illness or surgery.

Smith is considered on social media to be Trebek’s “last great champion” – the young man taped his episodes last October prior to Trebek’s death on Nov. 8. The episodes, with Smith winning more than $115,000, aired in December. The following month, Smith appeared in a Jeopardy! video tribute to Trebek, saying that spending time with the iconic game show host was his favorite part of the Jeopardy! experience.

The show offered condolences in a tweet: “The Jeopardy! family is heartbroken by the tragic loss of Brayden Smith. He was kind, funny and absolutely brilliant. Our deepest condolences go out to Brayden’s family. He will be missed.”

“Brayden attained a lifelong dream as a five-time champion on the popular Jeopardy! television game show,” his family-written obituary notes. “His appearances were among the last hosted by Alex Trebek, and Brayden was hailed on social media as ‘Alex’s Last Great Champion.’ He was looking forward to competing in the show’s Tournament of Champions.”

A 2020 graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a degree in economics, Smith planned to attend law school and become an attorney for the federal government. He recently served as an intern with the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C., where he researched criminal justice reform issues.

“He could be explaining the symbolism in Citizen Kane one moment and the comedic timing in Dumb and Dumber the next,” his obituary notes. “He played the saxophone and enjoyed listening to a variety of music, from Duke Ellington, Chet Baker and Miles Davis to the Beach Boys, Steely Dan, and Toto. He was an avid sports fan, cheering on the Detroit Tigers and Vegas Golden Knights.”

Smith is survived by parents Scott and Deborah Smith, brothers Bryce, Brock and Brody, among other relatives.

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posted 2/15/2021


What's on TV

Anne Robinson Counts Down
"Weakest Link" Inquisitrix Named New "Countdown" Host
From Sky News

Anne Robinson has said she is excited to work with the "formidable women" of Countdown after being announced as the show's first ever female host.

Best known for presenting game show The Weakest Link in both the UK and the US, Robinson is now set to join mathematician Rachel Riley and lexicographer Susie Dent on the Channel 4 daytime series.

The 76-year-old will replace Nick Hewer, who announced in 2020 that he would be stepping down after almost 10 years in charge.

Robinson says she is a fan of the words, but the numbers not so much "I am beyond thrilled to be joining Countdown," Robinson said in a statement sent to Sky News. "The show is almost as old as I am and just as historic.

"I am particularly excited to be working alongside the show's two other formidable women.

"Worryingly, Susie and Rachel are not only very smart but younger, prettier and thinner than me. Sadly, there's no time for another facelift so I'll have make do with this old one.

"Three Clever Girls Do Countdown! Don't you love the sound of that?"

In her statement, Robinson added that she is a "crossword nut" so will be able to "make sense" of the show's conundrums. "But the adding up and taking away - I can't go much further than working out the fee once my agent takes his cut," she joked.

Countdown was the first TV show to be broadcast on Channel 4 and has been on air since its launch in November 1982, making it one of the longest-running quiz shows in the world.

Robinson has appeared on the show before, as a guest in Dictionary Corner for a week in 1987, when the show was hosted by original presenter, the late Richard Whiteley. She said: "I was so in awe of the great Richard Whiteley. I think I only said 'Good afternoon' and 'Goodbye'. Who thought I'd have the chance to follow in his giant footsteps?"

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posted 2/15/2021

More on "Bank Balance"
Gordon Ramsay to Host His Creation Saturday on BBC One
From MSN

We’ve had Michael McIntyre and his revolving game show of motion-sickness inducing trivia, and we’ve had Danny Dyer shouting cockney put downs at a sentient Wall. Now it’s time for a new guilty pleasure Saturday night game show from another unlikely host.

Not a new cookery show, instead Gordon Ramsay is transferring from chef to host with Bank Balance, his first time fronting a shiny-floor game show.

The BBC describe Bank Balance as “a high-stakes, high-pressure game show where contestants test their poise, precision, knowledge, and nerve to succeed to build themselves a fortune - or see it come crashing down in an instant.”

The intricacies of the game have not yet been explained (we’ll certainly get a lengthy rundown at the top of the first episode), but the game seems to involve a tipping table on which they must balance comically oversized gold bars. There will be questions to contend with too, and presumably your trivia skills determine by which angle the table will tip – what’s left on the table at the end of the game, you get to take home.

Ramsay is full of optimism for his first foray into the world of game show hosting, describing the new show as “truly epic.

"It is such an intense game with so much jeopardy to win big and lose even bigger, where the difference between failure and success is always in the balance. I’m so happy to be working with the fantastic team at the BBC and cannot wait to get in the studio and start stacking those gold bars!”

Will the famously sweary chef keep his trademark bad language in check, though? He says in the trailer for the show, “I promise not to shout, I promise not to swear, I promise not to be mean, but I won’t promise to make it easy”, but then he does break each one of those promises, including telling a contestant “By the time you’ve picked the category I’m gonna be older than Mary Berry.”

It’s a good thing the show airs after the 9pm watershed.

Kate Phillips, Controller of Entertainment Commissioning, says: “Bank Balance is a great format where contestants need to balance nerve with knowledge. And Gordon will be a formidable and unforgettable host."

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posted 2/15/2021

France Goes Into the 1%
France Télévisions to Adapt UK Format
From C21 Media

Pubcaster France Télévisions has agreed a deal to adapt forthcoming UK gameshow The 1% Club for its France 2 channel.

The format has been licensed from BBC Studios (BBCS) and will be produced by the commercial and production arm of the UK pubcaster’s French arm, BBCS France.

In the UK, The 1% Club has been commissioned by ITV and is being produced by Magnum Media for a premiere later this year.

Making use of a scientific survey, the format tests how the brain works through a series of questions that often lead to entertaining answers.

Jacob DeBoer, exec VP for international production and formats at BBCS, said: “A great gameshow is one that viewers can play along with at home, and the beauty of this format is that an eight-year-old has as much chance as an 80-year-old, so it is fun for the whole family.

“France Télévisions have seen the potential of the format at an early stage and I’m confident this will pave the way for further agreements internationally in the coming months.”

C21 Media

posted 2/15/2021

discovery+ Picks a Rose
Five Seasons to Head to Streamer
From Deadline

Discovery+ is set to present some roses to its subscribers after picking up a handful of seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.

The streamer has acquired five seasons of the ABC dating franchise and will launch them on February 13, ahead of Valentine’s Day. It has picked up seasons 19 and 22 of The Bachelor, seasons nine and 15 of The Bachelorette and season one of The Bachelor Winter Games.

The streamer is also expected to pick up more seasons of both shows, cycling in and out of the service.

It is the latest example of the patchwork quilt-style streaming deals for linear shows, particularly in the non-scripted world where shows repeat less regularly.

Deadline

posted 2/15/2021

Supermarket Scratchies
Scientific Games Wins License for New Game-Based Games
From Gaming Intelligence

Scientific Games has expanded its licensed properties portfolio with the addition of iconic TV gameshow brand Supermarket Sweep. Scientific Games will offer Supermarket Sweep branded games to lotteries in the United States and Canada through its longstanding partnership with licensor Fremantle, leveraging the popularity of the TV gameshow which first aired in 1965 on ABC.

“As part of our strategic value to lottery customers, we actively monitor what’s going on in the world around us to identify popular, relevant brands for lottery games,” said Liz Johnson, director of Lottery Licensed Properties at Scientific Games. “What excites us most about Supermarket Sweep is that it’s a classic TV game show that ABC brought back from the 1960s, and it is now a continued success. This is a fantastic brand for our multi-faceted lottery retail and digital programs with some unique promotional opportunities. We believe it will resonate and be a hit with players.”

The fast-paced TV game show follows three teams of two players as they battle it out using their grocery store shopping skills and knowledge of merchandise to win big cash prizes, and is broadcast in more than 12 countries around the world.

Supermarket Sweep joins Let’s Make a Deal, The Price is Right, Family Feud and Press Your Luck in Scientific Games’ licensed brands portfolio.

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posted 2/15/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Presidents' Day News Dump"

  • Rachel Lindsay about done with all this nonsense (TV Line)

  • Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex is about to make Archie a big brother (Deadline)

  • VIDEO WALL: ... well that was extra, Jeremy (Metro)

  • Clive Anderson launches a podcast (Deadline)

posted 2/15/2021

THURSDAY: Logjam at the Top
CBS, ABC Tie for Demo
From The Futon Critic

CBS (4.941 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) was the top overall draw on Thursday thanks to new episodes of "Young Sheldon" (7.344 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1), "B Positive" (5.115 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Mom" (5.322 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2), "The Unicorn" (3.946 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and the launch of "Clarice" (3.960 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7).

Sharing the demo crown was ABC (3.996 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) and its game show trio of "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune" (5.374 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2), "The Chase" (4.140 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "The Hustler" (2.474 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Likewise landing the adults 18-49 honors was FOX (2.260 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) with fresh installments of "Hell's Kitchen" (2.432 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T2), "Call Me Kat" (2.003 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T7) and "Last Man Standing" (2.174 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.363 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up "Mr. Mayor" (2.669 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "Superstore" (1.891 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.231 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14) and "Dateline NBC" (2.578 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T14).

And finally, new episodes of "Walker" (1.729 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #16) and "Legacies" (0.660 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.1, #17) closed out the evening on The CW (1.195 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Cable numbers for Thursday...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 842k/0.21
- Battlebots (Discovery): 766k/0.16
- Go-Big Show (TBS): 756k/0.21
- Master Minds (GSN): 564k/0.05
- People Puzzler (GSN): 463k/0.06
- Tooned In (Nick): 276k/0.09
- Fast Foodies (truTV): 244k/0.10

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posted 2/12/2021

Rachael Kirkconnell: "I Was Ignorant"
"The Bachelor" Contestant Owns Up to Past Transgressions
From The Wrap

“Bachelor” Season 25 contestant Rachael Kirkconnell apologized Thursday for her past “offensive and racist” behavior, following backlash over her “liking” Confederate flag-related TikTok videos and criticism of a resurfaced photo that appears to show her attending a plantation-themed fraternity formal in 2018.

“At one point, I didn’t recognize how offensive and racist my actions were, but that doesn’t excuse them,” Kirkconnell, a frontrunner on first-ever Black “Bachelor” Matt James’ currently airing season, wrote in a statement posted to Instagram. “My age or when it happened does not excuse anything. They are not acceptable or okay in any sense. I was ignorant, but my ignorance was racist. I am sorry to the communities and individuals that my actions harmed and offended. I am ashamed about my lack of education, but it is no one’s responsibility to educate me.”

Kirkconnell said that she deserves “to be held accountable” for her actions.

“I will never grow unless I recognize what I have done is wrong,” the “Bachelor” contestant wrote. “I don’t think one apology means that I deserve your forgiveness, but rather I hope I can earn your forgiveness through my future actions.”

Kirkconnell’s apology for her previous actions came after “Bachelor” host Chris Harrison defended her earlier this week — and then apologized for doing so in a way that “perpetuates racism.”

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posted 2/12/2021

Time to Go Back to the Island
Fiji Gives "Survivor" Greenlight to Return
From Monsters & Critics

It looks like Survivor Season 41 is almost ready to start filming.

The great news just came out today that crews are expected to arrive in Fiji very soon and that it won’t be long before the Survivor 41 cast is competing for the million-dollar prize.

According to FBC News, “A number of film productions have been approved by the Ministry of Trade and Commerce.” One of the shows that has reportedly been approved is Survivor, which means CBS might not have to wait much longer before it can put the reality competition show back on the air.

“Survivor will be filming in Fiji with the crew expecting to arrive in the next few days,” said Fiji’s Ministry of Trade and Commerce Minister Faiyaz Koya. Koya went on to say that, “They have to stagger the way they actually come because most of the crew are sitting in different parts of the world, but all done under the guidance of the Ministry of Health. We follow the necessary protocol to protect our own citizens.”

This is extraordinarily great news, as Survivor had been at a standstill in regard to filming due to the coronavirus pandemic. It caused CBS to cancel the fall 2020 season of the show and, following that, the spring 2021 season had to be taken off the schedule as well..

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... and to Australia
Country Bankrolls New Season of "Australian Survivor"
From VAriety

Adventure reality show “Australian Survivor” is to shoot in Queensland, Australia following the injection of cash from the federal government’s Location Incentive Fund.

The first five seasons of the show, which airs on ViacomCBS's Network 10, had previously lensed in Pacific island countries Samoa and Fiji.

Preparations to shoot season six in Fiji had been under way before the coronavirus outbreak halted work in early 2020. Now, the Endemol Shine Australia show will be filmed deep in the outback, in Cloncurry, 1,700 km north-west of Brisbane. The area is known for its harsh climate and challenging weather conditions.

Federal Communications and Arts Minister Paul Fletcher said: “ ‘Australian Survivor was one of the many world–renowned productions jeopardized by the COVID-19 pandemic, which is why we are pleased to provide A$3.9 million ($3.02 million) to get the series back on our screens in 2021.” The federal Location Incentives Program, received a A$400 million ($310 million) funding injection intended to restart the film and TV production sectors. Fletcher said the production should result in a A$29 million ($22.5 million) boost to the regional economy. Separately, Queensland’s state Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said that the show “will inject an estimated A$14.6 million ($11.3 million) into the state’s economy and create approximately 150 jobs for Queensland crew.”

The value of Queensland’s financial contribution to the production is not known.

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posted 2/11/2021

Chris Harrison: "I Am Deeply Sorry"
"Bachelor" Host Apologizes for Actions That "Perpetuates Racism"
From The Wrap

“Bachelor” franchise host Chris Harrison apologized on Wednesday for defending Season 25 contestant Rachael Kirkconnell “in a manner that perpetuates racism.”

“To my Bachelor Nation family — I will always own a mistake when I make one, so I am here to extend a sincere apology,” Harrison wrote in a statement posted to Instagram.

“I have this incredible platform to speak about love, and yesterday I took a stance on topics about which I should have been better informed. While I do not speak for Rachael Kirkconnell, my intentions were simply to ask for grace in offering her an opportunity to speak on her own behalf. What I now realize I have done is cause harm by wrongly speaking in a manner that perpetuates racism, and for that I am so deeply sorry.”

Harrison’s statement comes after he defended Kirkconnell — who is a frontrunner on Matt James’ currently airing season of “The Bachelor” and the first to feature a Black bachelor — for a resurfaced photo in which she appears to be attending a plantation-themed fraternity formal in 2018, and previously “liking” Confederate flag-related TikToks.

In his Wednesday remarks, Harrison also apologized directly to “Bachelorette” Rachel Lindsay, with whom he had done an ExtraTV interview on Tuesday in which he said there was need for “a little grace, a little understanding, a little compassion” in regards to Kirkconnell.

“I also apologize to my friend Rachel Lindsay for not listening to her better on a topic she has a first-hand understanding of, and humbly thank the members of Bachelor Nation who have reached out to me to hold me accountable. I promise to do better.”

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posted 2/11/2021

TBS Chooses Appropriate Date for "Wipeout" Return
Catch It... April 1
From TV Line

Brace yourselves for more slips, falls, and big red balls. TBS has unveiled the premiere date for its revival of Wipeout, and the timing is pretty spot on. Twenty new episodes of the absurd obstacle course series are headed your way on Thursday, April 1 at 9/8c — mark your calendars, accordingly. John Cena (Fast & Furious, The Suicide Squad) and Nicole Byer (Nailed It!) are set to host, with model and host Camille Kostek reporting from the sidelines.

The upcoming season will feature surprising new twists and elements that will test contestants’ athleticism, stamina and willpower at new extremes as they compete in “three hyper-competitive rounds consisting of multi-strategy and decision points.” But don’t worry, those big red balls will also be back to deliver plenty of laughs along the way.

“Wipeout is the show that quarantine has been begging for…it has something for everyone in the family,” Corie Henson, EVP of TNT/TBS/truTV unscripted fare, said in a statement. “John and Nicole are the best pairing of 2021 and together with Camille, they bring the perfect balance of wit and cheerleading. We’ve created an edgier version of the original that fuses extreme athleticism with laugh-out-loud moments that fans of the show will be talking about long after the episode airs.”

Production on the Wipeout revival was temporarily halted in November when a contestant died after completing one of the show’s obstacle courses. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the coroner later concluded that the player suffered a heart attack caused by undetected coronary artery disease.

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posted 2/11/2021

WEDNESDAY: Chicago Bullish
NBC Wins with Trio, "Tough As Nails" Returns Steady
From The Futon Critic

NBC (6.846 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was still the network to beat on Wednesday with its trio of "Chicago Med" (7.052 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2), "Chicago Fire" (7.326 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and "Chicago PD" (6.160 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

The silver went to FOX (2.534 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) and its duo of "The Masked Dancer" (2.677 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Name That Tune" (2.390 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Next up was CBS (2.522 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) with the return of "Tough as Nails" (3.393 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) alongside repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.187 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "S.W.A.T." (1.986 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.136 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) offered up its mix of "The Goldbergs" (3.170 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "American Housewife" (2.570 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), a repeat "The Conners" (2.114 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9), "Call Your Mother" (2.114 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "For Life" (1.423 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13).

And finally, originals from "Riverdale" (0.515 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "Nancy Drew" (0.463 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) rounded out the night on The CW (0.489 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Wednesday...
- The Challenge: Double Agents (MTV): 974k/0.56
- Guy's Grocery Games: Guy Cooks the Games (Food): 716k/0.23
- Master Minds (GSN): 610k/0.05
- Kitchen Crash (SF/Food): 473k/0.17
- People Puzzler (GSN): 466k/0.05
- Tooned In (Nick): 330k/0.09

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posted 2/11/2021

TUESDAY: Truth Beats Everything Not Named "NCIS"
CBS Owns the Night on Procedurals
From The Futon Critic

CBS (7.499 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) pulled in front on Tuesday thanks to originals from "NCIS" (9.468 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2), "FBI" (7.554 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (5.475 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

NBC (3.010 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) was the silver draw with the Sunday-bound "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" (2.127 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) followed by new episodes of "This Is Us" (4.985 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1) and "Nurses" (1.917 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12).

Next up was ABC (3.140 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its lineup of "To Tell the Truth" (3.764 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "Black-ish" (2.316 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "Mixed-ish" (1.925 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8) and "Big Sky" (3.536 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Meanwhile, FOX (2.597 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up fresh installments of "The Resident" (3.275 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #7) and "Prodigal Son" (1.920 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

And finally, "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.520 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13), a repeat "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.336 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) and "Trickster" (0.367 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) rounded out the night on The CW (0.397 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 918k/0.23
- The Misery Index (TBS): 696k/0.25
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 579k/0.13
- Master Minds (GSN): 544k/0.03
- Tooned In (Nick): 395k/0.11

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posted 2/11/2021

Marble Madness in Belgium
John de Mol Shopping New Format in US
From Deadline

Flemish-language channel VTM in Belgium has commissioned a local adaptation of Dutch gameshow Marble Mania, from John De Mol’s Talpa Entertainment Productions.

The show debuted on Talpa TV-owned channel SBS6 three weeks ago and Talpa will now produce six episodes of the Belgian version alongside local prodco Dok1.

Marble Mania sees three celebrities compete to raise money for charity by gaining as many marbles as possible ahead of a marble race at the end of each episode. As well as handling production, de Mol company Talpa Concepts will distribute the VTM version. The release date has yet to be announced.A year after launching his latest company, John de Mol is taking out what he hopes to be a successful global format with Marble Mania on the heels of a promising launch for the celebrity marble racing show in his native Netherlands.

Last week, Marble Mania got off to a strong ratings start on de Mol-owned SBS6 where he often tries out new formats. The show’s premiere drew 1.4 million viewers for a 22,8% market share in the 18-44 demographic and boosting its time slot by more than 221%. After three days of playback, the debut’s viewership grew to 1.9 million.

“It’s a dream start,” de Mol said.

de Mol is looking to sell his format in the US.

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posted 2/11/2021

"The Wheel" to Spin Into America
British Host Michael McIntyre to Produce for NBC
From TV Line

NBC is taking The Wheel for a Stateside spin, giving a 10-episode order to an adaptation of the BBC One game show.

The Wheel very recently wrapped its freshman run across the pond, where it is hosted by series creator Michael McIntyre and on Saturday nights averaged 6.3 million viewers with DVR playback folded in, making it the top game show for BBC Primetime since 2011.

The Wheel features seven celebrity experts who are seated around a 42-foot-wide, rotating wheel. Three players, meanwhile, are randomly picked from a smaller wheel underneath centerstage. Correct answers keep you at centerstage, while wrong answers kick you out. Only the contestant at the center of the wheel at the end of the game has a chance to take home “a life-changing sum of money.”

When answering a question on a certain topic, the player has access to one of the experts, chosen at random with a spin of the outside wheel.

“It’s incredibly rare in this day and age for a new show to become an unqualified smash hit overnight, let alone in the biggest territory in Europe,” Warner Bros. Unscripted Television chief Mike Darnell said in a statement. “We are thrilled to be in business with Hungry McBear and our amazing partners at NBC, who immediately saw The Wheel’s potential and picked it up within 24 hours of the pitch.”

“I’m thrilled The Wheel is spinning Stateside,” said McIntyre, who will EP the U.S. edition. “Hosting this show is the most fun I’ve had on television. The format creates wonderful camaraderie among the celebrities, natural hilarity and genuine suspense. I can’t wait for The Wheel to roll across America.”.

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posted 2/10/2021

Red Arrow Steals the Show
German Format Gets International Rights
From C21 Media

Red Arrow Studio International has acquired the global distribution rights to quizshow format Stealing the Show! from Germany’s Florida Entertainment.

Originally produced for German broadcaster ProSieben, where a second season is due to air later this year, Stealing the Show! sees three celebrity contestants and one member of the public compete to ‘steal the show’ and take control of the next episode as quiz master. The host fires fun and outrageous questions at the contestants and after each round the losing contestant leaves, until only one is left to go head-to-head with the host. The winner gets to become the quiz master in the next episode, deciding everything from the theme and tone of the show to the rules of the game. But the contestants include the previous defeated host who tries to steal back their show.

Tim Gerhartz, senior VP of global sales at Red Arrow Studios International, said: “Stealing the Show! is a bold, audacious and original concept which breathes new energy into the quizshow genre and perfectly complements our slate of noisy gameshow formats. “The remarkable response to the show on ProSieben is testament to its broad family appeal and ability to deliver impressive ratings in a primetime slot. We look forward to building upon the show’s local success and bringing this thrilling new format to the international market.”

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posted 2/10/2021

Paying It Forward for $1000
Trebek Family Donates Suits to the Doe Fund
From Deadline

Fourteen suits, 58 dress shirts, 300 neckties and various other items of clothing that once belonged to Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek have been donated by the show and the Trebek family to The Doe Fund, an organization that provides paid work, housing, vocational training, continuing education, and comprehensive social services to underserved Americans with histories of addiction, homelessness, and incarceration.

At the suggestion of Trebek’s son Matthew Trebek, a supporter of The Doe Fund, the clothing will be distributed to those participating in the organization’s “Ready, Willing and Able” reentry program to be worn on job interviews.

“During his last day on set, Alex extolled the virtues of everyone opening up their hands and their hearts to those who are suffering,” said Mike Richards, Executive Producer, Jeopardy!. “Donating his wardrobe to those who are working to rebuild their lives is the perfect way to begin to honor that last request.”

The garments were packed up by Matthew Trebek and Jeopardy! costumer Steven Zimbelman, and the final inventory was:
- 58 dress shirts
- 14 suits
- 300 neckties
- 25 polo shirts
- 14 sweaters
- 9 sports coats
- 9 pairs of dress shoes
- 15 belts
- 2 parkas
- 3 pairs of dress slacks.

“We are so grateful for Jeopardy! and the Trebek family’s commitment to lifting up the most vulnerable among us,” said Harriet McDonald, President of The Doe Fund. “The men in our career training programs are always in need of professional attire, so they can shine in their job interviews and work with confidence once they’re hired. This donation alleviates the obstacle of not having appropriate clothing.”

Harriet continued, “We understand the enormous loss Matt and Jean are going through, as well as their incredible resilience in the face of hardship. Last week, The Doe Fund’s Founder and President of 35 years, my husband George McDonald, passed away. I’m thankful that George got to see Alex’s suits delivered to the people we serve before he left us. This generous gift honors the legacies of both men, and I know they’re smiling down on us.”

Trebek died from pancreatic cancer on Nov. 8, 2020. The game show is being hosted by various temporary guest hosts.

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posted 2/9/2021

ITV Love Island Is In Doubt
COVID Scrapped 2020 Season. Could It Come for 2021 As Well?
From Deadline

ITV chief executive Carolyn McCall has cast doubt over whether the UK version of Love Island will go ahead this year, as the coronavirus pandemic rages on across Europe.

ITV was forced to cancel last year’s summer season because the logistics of producing the show in Mallorca were complicated by travel restrictions and safety protocols had yet to be fully implemented.

Eight months on, protocols are in place, but travel is still far from easy. In this context, there are reports that ITV Studios is thinking about moving the show to the UK, as it did with I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! last year.

McCall said everything is being considered, but the show remains in the balance.

She told BBC Radio 4’s Media Show: “We will want to put Love Island on air because it’s been off air for a little while [after] we didn’t do it last summer. We’re looking at all our options at the moment because the pandemic makes that hard.”

Another cancellation would represent a huge blow for ITV’s youth channel ITV2, which has built Love Island into a cash cow, thanks to its engaged young audience.

The concern over the UK edition follows better news in the U.S., where ITV Studios has scored a third season renewal with CBS. Love Island’s American series is in the middle of casting ahead of summer production in Hawaii.

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posted 2/9/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Careful, There's Glass Everywhere!"

  • Sally Magnusson wants a female inquisitrix on "Mastermind". Who's SHE to judge? MAGNUS'S FREAKING DAUGHTER, THAT'S WHO! (The List)

  • Nick Viall makes it podcast official (Reality TV World)

  • Eddie McGuire resigns from AFL Collingwood club (Fox Sports Australia)

posted 2/10/2021

MONDAY: Nick Toons In
Catch It February 8
From the Futon Critic

The ultimate cartoon trivia showdown is coming to Nickelodeon with the premiere of Tooned In, an epic gameshow that puts contestants to the test to prove their animation knowledge. Hosted by an animated A.I. supercomputer, three kids compete in rounds of trivia for a chance to be declared the episode's big winner. Tooned In airs Mondays through Thursdays on Nickelodeon beginning Monday, Feb. 8, at 5 p.m. (ET/PT), with the season finale airing Thursday, March 4.

In Tooned In, an animated A.I. robot, Nicky (voiced by Rama Vallury, AOK), hosts a gameshow where kid contestants compete in a battle of Nickelodeon cartoon knowledge for the chance to be named the night's big winner and take home exciting prizes. Each episode features three kids who must solve animation questions across slime-filled rounds of trivia until only one contestant is left in the competition. The final kid will then be declared the episode's big winner and move on to a special prize round to compete against Nicky and climb the robot's motherboard for a chance to win the $1,000 grand prize.

During the week of March 1, Tooned In will get interactive with the Screens Up app and on NickPlay.com, where kids at home can play along in real time to answer the same questions being asked during the show. The top four users with the highest scores will be displayed on-air at the end of each episode and the top 100 users will be displayed within the game.

Tooned In is co-executive produced by Rich Brown (Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Beat the Clock) and Michael Dugan (Trivial Takedown, The Hollywood Puppet Show). Flavia Casas (Group Chat) serves as senior producer with Phil Moore (Ryan's Mystery Playdate) serving as producer. The series is directed by Genji Keen (The Dungeon Run, Good Mythical Morning). Production of Tooned In for Nickelodeon is overseen by Ashley Kaplan, Senior Vice President, Digital Studios; and Luke Wahl, Vice President, Digital Studios.

The numbers are in for "Tooned In" and the rest of cable...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.110m/0.24
- People Puzzler (GSN): 497k/0.06
- Tooned In (P/Nick): 486k/0.14

Meanwhile, ABC (4.205 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) and FOX (6.033 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #T1) shared the demo crown on Monday as the former offered up a new "The Bachelor" (5.233 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and a repeat "The Good Doctor" (2.150 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) while the latter had fresh installments of "9-1-1" (6.622 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #2) and "9-1-1: Lone Star" (5.444 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3).

Next up was CBS (4.995 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with originals from "The Neighborhood" (5.967 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T3), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (5.441 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.8, #5), "All Rise" (4.049 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Bull" (5.233 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.657 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #4) served up new episodes of "Ellen's Game of Games" (2.963 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "The Wall" (2.682 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) plus a repeat "Weakest Link" (2.327 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

And finally, a new "All American" (0.819 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #12) and the return of "Black Lightning" (0.525 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #13) rounded out the night on The CW (0.672 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5). .

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SYNDIES: Week 19
Results for the Week Ending January 31
From The Wrap

Jeopardy! remained syndication’s top show in the third week of Ken Jennings’ guest-hosting stint, inching up 2% to a 6.0 live plus same day household rating, according to Nielsen Media Research, to lead all of syndication and the games in the week ended Jan. 31.

CBS Media Ventures’ sister show, Wheel of Fortune, moving in tandem with its access game sibling, also edged up 2% to hit a 5.8. That tied Debmar-Mercury’s Family Feud, which grew for the third straight week to equal its season high.

Fox’s 25 Words or Less, hosted and executive produced by Meredith Vieira, recovered 14% from a series low to a 0.8. Entertainment Studios’ Funny You Should Ask advanced 25% to a 0.5.

Jeopardy! has yet to name a permanent new host. In the interim, a series of guest hosts will fill Trebek's shoes, including Jennings, Katie Couric, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whittaker and Mayim Bialik.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CMV) 6.0 +2%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.8 +2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.8 +4%
- 25 Words or Less (CMV) 0.8 +14%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.5 +25%


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posted 2/9/2021

The "Race" Is On
A Year After Announcing the Project, "Race to the Center of the Earth" Has a Premiere Date
From the Futon Critic

National Geographic President of Content Courteney Monroe unveiled today the spring schedule of premieres for National Geographic's premium science, adventure and exploration content at the Television Critics Association Virtual Winter Press Tour.

"In the wake of this extraordinary and unprecedented year, we remain focused at National Geographic on telling stories that remind us that beauty and wonder still exist in our world," said Monroe. "From 'IMPACT with Gal Gadot' to 'Secrets of The Whales' and the return of 'Uncharted with Gordon Ramsay,' National Geographic transports audiences around the globe, inspiring a new generation of explorers and adventurers."

Highlights of National Geographic Content's new premieres include the highly anticipated March 21 debut of "Genius: Aretha" starring Cynthia Erivo as Aretha Franklin; March 29 premiere of a night of adventure with new series "Race to the Center of the Earth," from "The Amazing Race" producers, paired with a new season of fan-favorite adventure series "Running Wild with Bear Grylls"; Memorial Day premiere of new personality-driven series "Breaking Bobby Bones" paired with a new season of "Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted"; new digital doc shorts series "National Geographic Presents: IMPACT with Gal Gadot" dropping on April 19 across National Geographic digital and social platforms; and the Disney+ Earth Day premiere of the original series "Secrets of the Whales," from executive producer James Cameron and featuring National Geographic Photographer Brian Skerry.

“Race", an epic seven-part series created by award-winning producers Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri, is an adrenaline-fueled global competition that pits four teams of three against one another in a nonstop sprint across the globe for a $1 million prize. "Race to the Center of the Earth" is an extreme non-elimination competition that follows four groups of adventurers, each starting from different corners of the earth, as they race to a buoy holding the grand prize. Racing from different corners of the planet - South America, Russia, Canada and Southeast Asia, the teams will face untamed jungles, frozen arctic, arid deserts, bustling cities, treacherous mountains and vast oceans to reach the location where all four routes intersect. The first team to arrive at the buoy claims it all. Embarking on the adventure of a lifetime, these adventurous teams, made up of friends and co-workers, are confident their bond is what will lead them to the finish line.


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posted 2/9/2021

John Humphrys Started, So He'll Finish
After 18 Years, "Mastermind" Host to Call It A Career
From BBC News

John Humphrys will step down as host of long-running BBC quiz Mastermind at the end of the current season.

Writing in the Daily Mail, Humphrys, 77, said he would be giving up the role in March, after 18 years.

"Now, after more than 750 shows, it really is time to finish," he said in a nod to the show's catchphrase.

Humphrys, who took on the quizmaster role in 2003, said he did not envy his successor - adding Mastermind was a show you tinkered with "at your peril".

The BBC said it wanted to thank Humphrys for his work on the program. "He has been a first class presenter and we look forward to working with him on other projects in the future," a spokesman added.

There is currently no word on who might follow in Humphrys' footsteps.

"When the present series comes to an end in March there will be someone else in the chair," the former Today presenter wrote in his newspaper column. "I wish my successor well - but I'm not sure I envy them, whoever 'they' may be.

"What are the odds on the first female?" he added.

Humphrys said when he took on the role of Mastermind host in 2003, the BBC stipulated that he must retain predecessor Magnus Magnusson's much-mimicked coda: "I've started, so I'll finish."

"Mastermind is one of those programmes you tinker with at your peril," he wrote in Saturday's column. "Allow a contender to choose a light-hearted subject and the cry goes out: 'Dumbing down!' Change the format even slightly and you are 'sexing up'."

Magnusson was the first host of Mastermind, which debuted on BBC One in 1972. The show features four contenders who each answer questions on a specialist subject of their choice against the clock, followed by a series of general knowledge questions. There are no cash prizes, just kudos.

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posted 2/9/2021

Niecy Nash Gets Unmasked
Panelist to Take Over as Host for COVID-Stricken Nick Cannon
From TV Line

The Masked Singer host Nick Cannon has tested positive for the coronavirus.

As a result, he will sit out a few of the first episodes of the upcoming Season 5, which begins this week. While Cannon is convalescing in quarantine, Niecy Nash (Claws, Getting On) will fill in as a temporary host.

Nash’s TV credits also include Mrs. America, Masters of Sex, Scream Queens, The Soul Man, Reno 911! and Never Have I Ever. She served as a Season 4 guest panelist on Masked Dancer and has appeared on I Can See Your Voice, hosted by Masked Singer‘s Ken Jeong. She has been nominated for multiple Emmys: twice for Getting On and most recently for her work in Netflix’s When They See Us.

The Masked Singer, which aired its Season 4 finale in December 2020, closed out the season with 7.1 million total viewers and a 1.7 demo rating, dominating the evening in both measures. Among regularly scheduled outings, the finale drew the season’s largest audience and second-highest demo number, trailing only the premiere.

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posted 2/8/2021

More on "Game of Talent"
Catch It After "Masked Singer" March 10!
From the Wrap

“The Masked Singer” will premiere its fifth season this March on Fox with a new lead-out series, the broadcast network said Monday. The hit whosungit series will debut Season 5 on Wednesday, March 10 at 8/7c and be immediately followed by the series premiere of the new Wayne Brady-hosted variety show “Game of Talents” at 9/8c.

In the fall, “The Masked Singer” acted as the lead-in for “I Can See Your Voice,” which was renewed for Season 2 at Fox in January. The broadcast network has decided to slot “Game of Talents” in its place for this spring cycle.

Here’s the official description for “The Masked Singer’s” new pairing, “Game of Talents”: “Taking the awe, wonder and spectacle of a large-scale variety show and infusing it with a clue-centered, high-intensity investigative game, GAME OF TALENTS is a new hybrid series like you’ve never seen. Produced by Fremantle and based on its hit international format, the series pits two teams of contestants against each other as they attempt to figure out the surprising, mesmerizing – and sometimes bizarre – hidden talents of the mystery performers. With more than $200,000 on the line, can the contestants spot the fire dancer from the spider wrangler or the gospel singer from the contortionist? Can you?? This is GAME OF TALENTS!”

The series is produced by Fremantle. Executive producers include Jeff Apploff and Brady. “The Masked Singer” is executive produced by James Breen, who serves as showrunner, Craig Plestis, Rosie Seitchik and Cannon. James Breen serves as showrunner. The series is based on the South Korean format created by Mun Hwa Broadcasting Corp and is produced by Fox Alternative Entertainment.

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posted 2/8/2021

Keep Top Chef Weird
Catch the New Season April 1
From the Futon Critic

Bravo's "Top Chef", produced by Magical Elves, calls Portland, Oregon home for season 18, kicking off with two weeks of supersized premieres starting on Thursday, April 1 from 8:00 - 9:15 pm ET/PT.

 This season, a new batch of 15 extremely talented Executive Chefs and restaurant owners, representing a cross section of kitchens and food around the country, vie for the coveted title bringing their unique skillsets, diversity of cuisines and gamut of flavors.

With Portland as a picturesque backdrop and culinary inspiration, the chefs compete in a variety of challenges including celebrating PDX's Pan-African cuisine to feeding hundreds of frontline workers and crabbing on the Oregon Coast in a tribute to culinary icon and Oregonian James Beard. For a sneak peek, visit: https://www.bravotv.com/top-chef/season-18/videos/your-first-look-at-top-chef-portland

The Emmy and James Beard Award-Winning series returns with host Padma Lakshmi, head judge Tom Colicchio and Gail Simmons.  For the first time ever, a collection of "Top Chef" all-star winners, finalists and favorites are joining an elite rotating judging and dining panel including Richard Blais, Carrie Baird, Nina Compton, Tiffany Derry, Gregory Gourdet, Melissa King, Kristen Kish, Edward Lee, Kwame Onwuachi, Amar Santana, Dale Talde and Brooke Williamson.  

This season also includes appearances by José Andrés, Massimo Bottura, Gabriel Rucker and Alice Waters, as well as "Portlandia" stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein who stop by "Top Chef" Kitchen for a Quickfire Challenge.

Beginning Thursday, April 8, Bravo's Emmy-Winning digital companion series "Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen," hosted by Tom Colicchio, returns for season ten as the eliminated chefs go head-to-head to try to cook their way back into the competition. Presented by BMW of North America, each week's episode will be available on Bravotv.com, On Demand or wherever you stream Bravo's "Top Chef" at the conclusion of each week's episode.

Meet the New Cheftestants:
· Brittanny Anderson - Richmond, VA
· Avishar Barua - Columbus, OH
· Dawn Burrell - Houston, TX
· Gabe Erales - Austin, TX
· Nelson German - Oakland, CA
· Byron Gomez - Aspen, CO
· Sasha Grumman - Houston, TX
· Roscoe Hall - Birmingham, AL
· Sara Hauman - Portland, OR
· Kiki Louya - Detroit, MI
· Maria Mazon - Tucson, Arizona
· Shota Nakajima - Seattle, WA
· Gabriel Pascuzzi - Portland, OR
· Jamie Tran - Las Vegas, NV
· Chris Viaud- Milford, NH

*For more information on the cheftestants, please visit Bravotv.com/top-chef


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posted 2/8/2021

ITV Orders Second Season of "Lingo"
All3Media, Talpa to Produce, Distribute
From C21 Media

UK commercial broadcaster ITV has commissioned a second season of word-themed gameshow Lingo.

One of Europe’s longest-running gameshows, Lingo comes from All3Media-owned IDTV and Talpa TV. It has aired for three decades in France and was rebooted in the Netherlands two years ago, where it had previously run for 25 years after being launched in North America by Ralph Andrews Productions.

The format debuted in the UK last month as a 30×60’ series and a second 60×60’ season has now been commissioned.

Lingo, which is produced in the UK by All3Media’s Objective Media Group Entertainment, sees contestant pairs compete in a series of rounds for a chance to win a cash prize. The teams are pitted against each other in a quick-thinking game of words, with the stakes becoming higher and the prize money escalating in each round.

The executive producers are Objective Media Group Entertainment heads Ed de Burgh and Ben Shephard, Andrew Cartmell and Objective Media Group North’s joint creative director Pam Cavannagh. All3Media International distributes the series.

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posted 2/8/2021

FRIDAY: Pregaming
ABC, CBS Split Night
From The Futon Critic

ABC (4.115 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) pulled in front among adults 18-49 on Friday thanks to fresh installments of "Shark Tank" (4.542 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) and "20/20" (3.901 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2).

FOX (2.126 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) was a close second with its latest edition of "WWE SmackDown" (2.126 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2).

Next up was CBS (5.625 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with originals from "MacGyver" (5.025 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "Magnum P.I." (5.529 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "Blue Bloods" (6.321 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.937 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up its duo of "The Blacklist" (3.317 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.3, #8) and "Dateline NBC" (2.747 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #7).

And finally, The CW (0.860 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the night with "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.928 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.864 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.824 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T9).

Cable numbers for Friday ...
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 585k/0.21
- Master Minds (GSN): 526k/0.04
- People Puzzler (GSN): 437k/0.04
- RuPaul's Drag Race Untucked (VH1): 432k/0.15
- Get a Clue (GSN): 317k/0.03


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posted 2/8/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Does This Look Like Anything?"

  • Bradley Walsh to be a grandfather (New Zealand Herald)

  • ICYMI: Jeff Probst cliffhanging from Mega Mountain (Gold Derby)

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: The Go-Big Show to get a big replay on CW (The Futon Critic)

  • An open letter from Collingwood nation to Eddie McGuire: resign (The Age)

  • YOU CAN'T MAKE THIS $#*! UP! Boom! just arrived in Iran... or did it? (The Times of Israel)

posted 2/8/2021

THURSDAY: Order Up!
truTV Launches "Fast Foodies"
From TV Insider

Haute cuisine meets Happy Meals in the raucous — and often raunchy — competition series Fast Foodies.

In each episode, Top Chef champs Kristen Kish and Jeremy Ford as well as Iron Chef America winner Justin Sutherland are tasked by celebrity guests including Joel McHale and James Van Der Beek to replicate their favorite fast-food items.

From amateur to professional, competition to documentary, these food shows are sure to satisfy.

The challenge is based on what executive producer Michael Rucker calls the “dirty secret” of fine dining: “Chefs don’t typically make themselves steak tartare or fresh pasta at the end of a sweaty, hectic night of service. They want to scarf down something fast, greasy, full of flavor and calories!”

Cable numbers for Thursday ...
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 920k/0.22
- Go-Big Show (TBS): 875k/0.29
- Battlebots (Discovery): 849k/0.18
- Nickelodeon's Unfiltered (Nick): 561k/0.15
- Master Minds (GSN): 596k/0.04
- People Puzzler (GSN): 473k/0.04
- Fast Foodies (P/truTV): 248k/0.14

Meanwhile on broadcast, FOX (2.611 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) pulled into the top demo spot on Thursday thanks to new episodes of "Hell's Kitchen" (2.760 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1), "Call Me Kat" (2.474 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and "Last Man Standing" (2.449 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

NBC (2.593 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) and ABC (2.969 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T2) shared the silver as the latter opted for a marathon of "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune" (3.903 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2), a second "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune" (2.922 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and another "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune" (2.084 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

The former then offered up its mix of "Mr. Mayor" (3.006 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2), "Superstore" (2.158 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7), a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.457 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Dateline NBC" (2.739 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12).

Next up was CBS (2.912 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) with second runs of "Young Sheldon" (4.605 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2), "B Positive" (3.279 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) and "Mom" (3.247 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) followed by a new "The Unicorn" (3.084 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) and the season finale of "Star Trek: Discovery" (1.629 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16).

And finally, originals from "Walker" (1.872 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T12) and "Legacies" (0.635 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) rounded out the night on The CW (1.253 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5)..

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Miami New Times

Reality Blurred

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/5/2021

WGA Award Nominations Out
Millionaire, Jeopardy!, Weakest Link, Game Night Earn Nods
From Deadline

The WGA on Wednesday unveiled nominations for its 2021 WGA Awards in the categories of TV, new media, news, radio/audio and promotional writing during 2020. Winners will be honored March 21 in a virtual ceremony.

Nominees for the Game Show categories are...
- Hollywood Game Night Head Writers: Ann Slichter, Grant Taylor Writers: Michael Agbabian, Allie Kokesh, Dwight D. Smith; NBC
- Jeopardy! Writers: Matthew Caruso, John Duarte, Harry Friedman, Mark Gaberman, Debbie Griffin, Michele Loud, Robert McClenaghan, Jim Rhine, Billy Wisse; ABC
- Weakest Link Head Writer: Ann Slichter Writers: Chip Dornell, Paul Greenberg, Joyce Ikemi, Stuart Krasnow, Jon Macks, Mona Mira, Scott Saltzburg, Aaron Solomon, Chris Sturgeon, Grant Taylor; NBC
- Who Wants to Be a Millionaire Celebrity Season Head Writer: Bobby Patton Writers: Alan Bailey, Josh Halloway, Seth Harrington, Shawn Kennedy; Disney/ABC Syndication


Deadline
Showbiz Junkies

posted 2/4/2021

Unfiltered Goes to the Super Bowl
Nick to Host Special Games Before the Big Game
From SVG

Nickelodeon and CBS Sports, in partnership with the NFL, are teaming up again, this time to produce special multi-platform content to get kids and families excited in the lead up to Super Bowl LV on CBS.

“Our broadcast of the NFL Wild Card game was undoubtedly one of the greatest moments in Nick’s history, and the enormous positive response shows how big of an appetite there is for a kids and family-oriented sports production like ours,” says says Brian Robbins, President of ViacomCBS Kids & Family Entertainment. “Given all that enthusiasm, it feels really good to team up again with everyone at CBS Sports and the NFL with pregame coverage and digital highlights that bring fun and slime to the biggest football game of the year.”

The fun starts with the Nickelodeon Super Duper Super Bowl Pregame Spectacular, an original half-hour pregame show hosted by Nick stars Gabrielle Nevaeh Green and Lex Lumpkin. The show will feature Super Bowl fun facts, “Nick-ified” season highlights and predictions of this year’s winning team with help from special guests.

The special will premiere Friday, Feb. 5, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) and re-air multiple times over the weekend. On Super Bowl Sunday, CBS’ pregame show, The Super Bowl Today, which airs from 2 p.m.-6 p.m. (ET), will feature a specially produced segment of Nickelodeon’s game show Unfiltered, where Green and Lumpkin will try to guess the virtually disguised identity of one of the NFL’s biggest stars from Super Bowl LV. Additionally, a “Nick-ified” highlights package will air as part of CBS’ halftime coverage of Super Bowl LV, which features the Kansas City Chiefs vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m. (ET) at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL.

SVG
CBS Sports

Awful Announcing

posted 2/4/2021

WEDNESDAY: Chicago Strong
NBC Wins, Fox Games Hit Lows
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.832 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) was the top draw for the sixth consecutive Wednesday thanks to its trio fo "Chicago Med" (7.296 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.0, #1), "Chicago Fire" (7.182 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and "Chicago PD" (6.018 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

FOX (2.476 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) took home the silver medal with its pairing of "The Masked Dancer" (2.659 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5) and "Name That Tune" (2.294 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #9).

Next up was ABC (2.395 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with originals from "The Goldbergs" (3.094 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "American Housewife" (2.613 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "The Conners" (3.530 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Call Your Mother" (2.415 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and "For Life" (1.360 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.996 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up its annual "Super Bowl Greatest Commercials 2021" (5.028 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #4) alongside repeats of "SEAL Team" (2.176 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "S.W.A.T." (1.782 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

And finally, The CW (0.516 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night with fresh installments from "Riverdale" (0.557 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "Nancy Drew" (0.476 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14).

Cable numbers for Wednesday ...
- The Challenge: Double Agents (MTV): 920k/0.54
- Guy's Grocery Games Delivery (Food): 631k/0.20
- Master Minds (GSN): 583k/0.04
- People Puzzler (GSN): 544k/0.06
- Kitchen Crash (Food): 372k.0.14

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/4/2021

Nick Cannon to Return to "Wild'n Out"
Longtime Host Was Fired Last Year for Anti-Semitism
From Deadline

Nick Cannon and ViacomCBS have re-united after the longtime host of Wild ‘N Out was fired last summer for what the company called “hateful speech and…anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.”

It means the improv competition, which had been renewed at VH1 for three more seasons ahead of Cannon’s controversial comments, will soon jump back into production, sources close to the situation tell Deadline.

ViacomCBS says that Cannon has apologized, taken responsibility for his comments, partnered with Jewish leaders to educate himself and has become an anti-hate advocate.

“I want to assure my Jewish friends, new and old, that this is only the beginning of my education—I am committed to deeper connections, more profound learning and strengthening the bond between our two cultures today and every day going forward,” Cannon said in a statement Thursday.

Deadline
TV Line

posted 2/4/2021

Race Alaska... and Also Eat Alaska
New Season of "Great Food Truck Race" to Bow March 7
From the Futon Critic

The Great Food Truck Race heads north to Alaska for the wildest culinary journey in series history this March, where fighting blistering cold, raging winds and short daylight hours are part of every week's action. Hosted by Tyler Florence and shot on-location in Alaska, the six-episode season begins with seven teams of aspiring food truck owners greeted with their own truck - but first, they must break the keys out of 200-pound blocks of ice.

These teams are not just battling each other, they are battling the elements of this beautiful but treacherous region to avoid elimination and reach the end of the road's $50,000 grand prize. Each week, the caravan of competitors hits a different location for high-stakes challenges that test their cooking chops, business skills and ability to face harsh weather conditions from blizzards to icy mountain roads.

The Great Food Truck Race: Alaska premieres on Sunday. March 7th at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network and streams the same day on discovery+.

"Alaska is the most magnificent and most challenging location yet for The Great Food Truck Race," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "Cooking talent and selling strategies are not enough to make it, this time teams also have to battle the raw Alaskan elements in each and every challenge."

This season's competitors are: BFD - Saint James, New York (Kate Wurtzel, Harry Poole, April Nothdurft); Meatball Mamas - Danville, California (Aly Romero, Flora Londre, Jocelyn Denson); Metro Chili - Staten Island, New York (Anthony Cucurullo, John Sullivan, David Consiglio); Querencia Mia - Albuquerque, New Mexico (Marie Yniguez, Queneesha Meyers, Michael Neu); Some Like It Tot - Tecumseh, Oklahoma (Nela Edwards, Drew Cowen, Kali Honey Cowen); Tasty Balls - Houston, Texas (Misti Buard, D'Ambria Jacobs, Nadia Ahmed) and The Oink Mobile - Georgetown, Texas (Heather Clauser, Tyler Clauser, Emily Clauser)..

THe Futon Critic

posted 2/4/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Three in One"

  • #TBT: 1991: Alex Trebek becomes the first game show host to host three TV shows at once. (Primetimer)

  • Peyton Manning forms OMAHA! ... productions (Pro Football Talk)

  • Seacrest... out.... at Live from the Red Carpet on E! (TV Line)

posted 2/2/2021

More on "Design Star: Next Gen"
Catch It February 24 on discovery+, HGTV
From The Futon Critc

Design Star: Next Gen, the new high-stakes, edge-of-your-seat competition series inspired by HGTV Design Star, is ready for air and, with $50,000 cash and a shot at their own show on the line, one breakout renovation and design expert's life is about to go supernova. Following in the footsteps of HGTV Design Star, the most successful and highest-rated franchise in the network's history, Design Star: Next Gen premieres on discovery+ with a special 90-minute episode on Wednesday, February 24. The episode also will air on HGTV that night at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

Hosted by Allison Holker Boss, the six-episode series, sponsored by Wayfair, features eight gifted designers, renovators and social media brand-builders as they compete in intense weekly challenges. During the series, head judge Jonathan Adler is joined by designer Lauren Makk and a rotating cast of celebrity guest experts.

"Lots of designers and home renovators tell us they dream about having their own show on HGTV," said Loren Ruch, group senior vice president, programming and development, HGTV. "For the ones selected to be on Design Star: Next Gen, their lives are about to change in ways they can't imagine. This series will provide a once-in-a-lifetime showcase for their talent and creativity. It will raise their national visibility, multiply their business opportunities and boost their status as social media influencers.".

The Futon Critic

posted 2/3/2021

TUESDAY: Truth Sets Free
ABC, Fox Split Night with CBS
From the Futon Critic

ABC (3.388 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) and FOX (3.195 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T1) shared the demo crown on Tuesday as the latter offered up originals from "The Resident" (3.973 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2) and "Prodigal Son" (2.417 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5).

The Alphabet then served up its mix of "To Tell the Truth" (4.175 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2), "Black-ish" (2.626 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T2), "Mixed-ish" (2.201 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "Big Sky" (3.576 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1).

Next up was CBS (4.345 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) and its all-repeat lineup of "NCIS" (4.870 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "FBI" (4.574 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (3.590 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

Meanwhile, NBC (1.932 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) opted for a new "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" (2.236 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), a repeat "This Is Us" (1.914 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10) and a new "Nurses" (1.647 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T10).

And finally, "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.519 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13), a repeat "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.340 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.0, #15) and "Trickster" (0.320 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) rounded out the night on The CW (0.375 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Tuesday ...
- Chopped: Gridge Match (F/Food): 929k/0.24
- The Misery Index (TBS): 652k/0.20
- Master Minds (GSN): 651k/0.05
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 593k/0.19
- People Puzzler (GSN): 581k/0.05
- Get a Clue (GSN): 483k/0.03

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/3/2021

Rob Mills Gets Promoted
"Fun & Games" Block Developer to Oversee Alternative
From The Futon Critic

Robert Mills has been named executive vice president, Unscripted and Alternative Entertainment, Walt Disney Television, it was announced today by Craig Erwich, president of Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment, and Craig Hunegs, president of Entertainment, Walt Disney Television.

In this expanded role, Mills reports to Hunegs on the studio side, where he will lead Walt Disney Television Alternative, a newly formed production unit for unscripted programming; and to Erwich as it pertains to development and production for alternative programming, specials and late night for ABC Entertainment and Hulu Originals, which has been added to his purview. He also adds oversight of ABC daytime programming.

"Rob is a respected and accomplished innovator in the unscripted business and his success is reflected in the countless hours of compelling content he has long championed," said Craig Erwich, president of Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment. "This promotion is not only a well-earned next step in his career, it also demonstrates our commitment to the type of groundbreaking programming that Rob's team is known for."

Added Hunegs, "Rob Mills is one of the premier developers of unscripted programming in the industry. We are excited to expand his role to run a new business unit devoted to creating alternative hits for every Disney platform and to produce more of this dynamic programming than ever before."

"I am honored to be leading this new enterprise as our company continues its efforts to grow the direct-to-consumer business and build on our success at ABC," said Mills. "I am incredibly grateful to Dana Walden, Craig Erwich and Craig Hunegs for this tremendous opportunity and look forward to collaborating with the talented teams within this expanded portfolio to develop and produce a higher volume of culturally defining unscripted television."

For the second consecutive year, ABC ranked as the No. 1 entertainment network among Adults 18-49, and under Mills' oversight claimed 4 of the Top 10 highest-rated unscripted series last year - marking the most for any network: "The Bachelor" - No. 2, "The Bachelorette" - No. 5, "American Idol" (Monday) - No. 6 (tie) and "American Idol" (Sunday) - No. 8 (tie). Additionally, Mills led his group to successfully navigate the television programming landscape during the unprecedented global pandemic, overseeing three iterations of "The Disney Family Singalong" specials and an innovative "72nd Emmy(R) Awards." The three editions of "The Disney Family Singalong" drew in a combined 29.9 million Total Viewers after 35 days of delayed viewing on linear and digital platforms. Most recently, "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune" has catapulted to the No. 1 new series in Total Viewers this season.

Having joined ABC's Alternative department in 2003, Mills has been responsible for development, current production and specials for series including star-making sensation "American Idol"; reality phenomenon "Shark Tank"; "The Bachelor" franchise; long-running hits "Dancing with the Stars" and "America's Funniest Home Videos"; the popular "Fun & Games" programming block; "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire"; late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"; as well as two critically acclaimed, Emmy Award-winning "Live in Front of a Studio Audience" specials. He has also had oversight of network special events, including "The Oscars(R)," "The CMA Awards" and the "American Music Awards."

The Futon Critic
The Wrap

Deadline

posted 2/3/2021

A Passion for GSN
Original Formats Optioned Overseas
From C21 Media

Tinopolis-owned UK distributor Passion Distribution has acquired the rights to a slate of gameshows from US cablenet Game Show Network. Passion Distribution has picked up finished tape and format rights to shows including America Says (320×30’), Best Ever Trivia Show (65×30’), Common Knowledge (195×30’), Catch 21 (65×30’), Emogenius (40×30’) and Get A Clue (65×30’).

The new slate will be showcased in Passion’s Format Sessions, an online event for buyers taking place tomorrow.

Sean Wheatley, head of acquisitions at Passion Distribution, said: “Game Show Network knows what audiences want and has a great range of much-loved shows in this genre. There is also demand from our clients looking for entertainment that can be produced under Covid restrictions and these perfectly fit the bill.”

C21 Media

Television Asia

posted 2/2/2021

Ian Wright Is So Money
Former Footballer, Broadcaster to Front New ITV Series
From Televisual

ITV Studios producers Potato, known for making The Chase, and Possessed, which is behind TBS-bound Rat In The Kitchen, are combining forces for Moneyball.

Hosted by soccer legend Ian Wright, Moneyball is a prime time game show where the difference between winning life-changing money and going home with nothing rests entirely on the bounce of a ball. Navigating their way through a series of questions, contestants can accumulate large sums of money for every correct answer. But as the cash up for grabs continues to climb, so does the pressure, leaving both players and viewers in suspense. The chance of losing it all looms large, and players may consider an early exit with the prize fund. But in a unique game show twist, they have to take one final shot, which could see them forced back into the game or leaving with their hard earned cash.

Ian Wright says: “Look who’s got a brand new game show! From the moment ITV got in touch with the idea, I was hooked and there was no way I could’ve said no to Moneyball. It’s exhilarating, fun, dramatic, everything you want from a game show. Even though I know I’ll want everyone to win the money and even though I know I’ll be in bits when they lose, I can’t wait for everyone at home to experience the real drama of Moneyball.”

Katie Rawcliffe, Head of ITV Entertainment Commissioning says: “We are delighted to have Ian at the helm of this exciting, new format that suits him perfectly. A heart-stopping game show that is full of humor, drama and life changing moments.”

Glenn Hugill, Managing Director of Possessed says: “Moneyball is smart, fun and thrillingly unpredictable. Just like Ian. Players have a proper chance to win life changing money in a matter of minutes. They just have to get the questions right, right, right…”

Michael Kelpie, Managing Director of Potato says: “Moneyball is a great game that combines general knowledge and split-second timing for the chance to win life-changing amounts of cash. Hugely compelling, fun to play and Ian Wright is the perfect host. We are thrilled to be working with Glenn and his team on this.”

Moneyball is a co-production from Possessed and Potato, both part of ITV Studios for ITV commissioned by Head of ITV Entertainment Commissioning Katie Rawcliffe and ITV Commissioning Editor for Entertainment Joe Mace. Executive Producers are Glenn Hugill, Possessed, Michael Kelpie, Martin Scott and Barry Hart, Potato. ITV Studios will handle international distribution for Moneyball.

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What's on TV

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posted 2/2/2021


Sony Pictures TV Studios

SYNDIES: Week 18
Results for the Week Ending January 24
From The Wrap

Week 2 of Ken Jennings’ (temporary, for now at least) “Jeopardy!” tenure slipped 5% in ratings from Week 1, according to Nielsen.

That rate of retention is not bad at all, and with the 5.9 rating, the Sony quiz show remained No. 1 in syndication for the week ending Jan. 24, 2021.

But “Wheel of Fortune” and “Family Feud” are getting closer as “Jeopardy!” settles down. The Pat Sajak-hosted puzzle show drew a 5.7 rating in the same week. Steve Harvey’s game show had a 5.6.

Survey says it’s gonna be tight for the near future.

Jeopardy! has yet to name a permanent new host. In the interim, a series of guest hosts will fill Trebek's shoes, including Jennings, Katie Couric, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whittaker and Mayim Bialik.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CMV) 5.9 -5%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.7 -2%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.6 +4%
- 25 Words or Less (CMV) 0.7** -13%
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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NextTV

posted 2/2/2021

Ultimate Fighter Arrives on ESPN+
New Season Premieres This Summer
From The Futon Critic

Seasons 1, 2 and 22 of The Ultimate Fighter, the acclaimed UFC reality television series, are available now for fans to re-watch on ESPN+.

One season of the series will be made available each week leading up to the anticipated premiere of The Ultimate Fighter 29 (TUF 29) this summer.

Throughout its 28 seasons, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) has given fans - both die-hard and new - a behind-the-scenes look at the dedication, determination and toughness it takes to make it as a UFC athlete. TUF has been key to the growth and expansion of UFC, introducing the promotion to new fans and serving as a springboard for UFC's most engaging stars and champions including: Michael Bisping, Michael Chiesa, Nate Diaz, T.J. Dillashaw, Rashad Evans, Tony Ferguson, Kelvin Gastelum, Forrest Griffin, Uriah Hall, Al Iaquinta, Rose Namajunas, Kamaru Usman, and Conor McGregor, who was a coach in The Ultimate Fighter 22.

In addition to live UFC Fight Night and pay-per-view events on ESPN+, The Ultimate Fighter joins a lineup of original and on-demand content that includes Dana White's Contender Series, the four-part documentary UFC Fight Island Declassified, Ariel & The Bad Guy, Detail: From the Mind of Daniel Cormier, UFC Destined, UFC Unlocking Victory, UFC Embedded, UFC Reloaded, UFC Top 10, and a library of recent events, great title fights and classic UFC content.

The Futon Critic

posted 2/2/2021

MONDAY: Link Together
ABC, Fox Split Night
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.306 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #1) was the demo champ on Monday thanks to a new "The Bachelor" (5.282 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.4, #1) and a repeat of "The Good Doctor" (2.356 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

FOX (6.232 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) led among total viewers with its duo of "9-1-1" (6.487 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #2) and "9-1-1: Lone Star" (5.976 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #3).

Next up was NBC (3.169 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #3) with new episodes of "Ellen's Game of Games" (3.317 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "The Wall" (3.182 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and the season finale of "Weakest Link" (3.008 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.952 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) opted for repeats of "The Neighborhood" (4.176 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (3.423 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "All Rise" (2.246 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #10) and "Bull" (2.812 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

And finally, a new "All American" (0.700 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and a repeat "Batwoman" (0.340 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13) rounded out the night on The CW (0.520 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Cable numbers for Monday ...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.066m/0.26
- Master Minds (GSN): 612k/0.04
- Get a Clue (GSN): 453k.0.04
- People Puzzler (GSN): 432k/0.05

The Futon Critic
Showbuzz Daily

posted 2/2/2021

WEEKEND: No Football, No Problem
"Millionaire", "Card Sharks" Numbers Rise with No NFL Competition
From the Futon Critic

ABC (3.431 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #1) was the demo champ on Sunday with its mix of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.895 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2), a new "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (4.213 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), a new "Card Sharks" (2.968 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and "The Rookie" (1.647 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14).

CBS (4.918 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) was a close second with "60 Minutes" (9.024 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) alongside repeats of "NCIS: Los Angeles" (4.296 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5), "NCIS: New Orleans" (3.530 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and "NCIS" (2.820 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

Next up was NBC (1.834 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) with encores of "Weakest Link" (2.150 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7), "The Wall" (1.985 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T5) and "Chicago Med" (1.117 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) plus "Dateline NBC" (2.084 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7).

Meanwhile, FOX (0.896 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T3) offered up second runs of "Name That Tune" (0.933 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14), "The Simpsons" (0.994 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7), "The Great North" (0.807 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7), "Bob's Burgers" (0.799 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and "Call Me Kat" (0.908 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14).

And finally, originals from "Batwoman" (0.717 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T14) and "Charmed" (0.433 million viewers, #19; adults 18-49: 0.1, #19) rounded out the night on The CW (0.575 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 1.032m/0.25

FOX (2.228 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1) was the demo champ once again on Friday with its telecast of "WWE SmackDown" (2.228 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #1).

A close second went to ABC (3.067 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) with a repeat "Shark Tank" (3.583 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) and a new "20/20" (2.809 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

Next up was NBC (3.300 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with originals from "The Blacklist" (3.337 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3) and "Dateline NBC" (3.282 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.871 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up second runs of "MacGyver" (3.509 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7), "Magnum P.I." (3.784 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T7) and "Blue Bloods" (4.319 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T3).

And finally, closing out the night were "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (1.090 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.895 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T9) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.826 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #11) on The CW (0.910 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5).

Cable numbers for Friday ...
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 609k/0.22
- Master Minds (GSN): 541k/0.04
- RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked (VH1): 413k/0.15

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posted 2/2/2021


The Famous People
HAL HOLBROOK: 1925-2021
Star of Stage & Screen Played "He Said She Said", "Tattletales"
From Deadline

Hal Holbrook, the five-time Emmy-winning actor who was famed for portraying Mark Twain, has died at 95.

Holbrook died on January 23 at his home in Beverly Hills, his assistant told The New York Times.

Born on February 17, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio, he went on to have a highly decorated screen and stage career that spanned more than six decades. Holbrook perhaps was best known for playing Mark Twain in his one-man stage show Mark Twain Tonight!, which first played on Broadway in 1966 and earned Holbrook a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play. A television showing of the stage show secured him an Emmy nomination a year later, he reprised the role on the Main Stem in 1977 and again in 2005.

Holbrook would portray Twain onstage some 20-30 times a year into his mid-80s. “I’ve just become more and more impressed with him,” Holbrook told the Boston Globe in 1997. “The same truths that captured me when I started in 1954 are even more apparent today.”

In game shows, Holbrook competed with his then-partner, Carol Eve Rossen, on "He Said, She Said" and its successor "Tattletales".

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posted 2/1/2021

Monday Lightning Round
... or "Let's Play a Love Game"

  • FIRST LOOK: "Love Games", the "90 Day" Universe gamified (Eurweb)

  • Ken Jennings' sign-off explained (Today)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: A story of how "The Chase" was created (The Daily Star)

  • Tyler Crispen, Angela Rummans to put a ring on it (Reality TV World)

posted 2/2/2021


Variety
ALLAN BURNS: 1935-2021
Legendary Producer Wrote for Game Shows
From The Hollywood Reporter

Allan Burns, the six-time Emmy winner who partnered to create one of the best sitcoms of all time, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and one of the worst, My Mother the Car, has died. He was 85.

Burns died Saturday, his frequent writer partner, James L. Brooks, reported on Twitter.

"His singular writing career brought him every conceivable recognition." he wrote. "But, you had to know him to appreciate his full rarity. He was simply the finest man I have every known. A beauty of a human." No other details of his death were immediately available.

Burns, who got an early career break working for animation legend Jay Ward on Rocky and his Friends and The Bullwinkle Show, also co-created Rhoda and Lou Grant, two Mary Tyler Moore spinoffs, as well as The Munsters; wrote for a season on Get Smart; and invented a famous cereal character, Cap'n Crunch, and his nemesis, the pirate Jean LaFoote.

He also can make the claim that he discovered Jim Carrey.

Burns occasionally worked in the movies, and he was nominated for an adapted screenplay Oscar for A Little Romance (1979), a whimsical teen adventure that starred a young Diane Lane and Laurence Olivier.

Allan Burns was born on May 18, 1935, in Baltimore. His father died when he was 9, and three years later he and his mom moved to Honolulu, where his older brother had been stationed at Pearl Harbor. He attended the private Punahou School (Barack Obama would go there later) and designed a cartoon that ran a couple times a week in the Honolulu Star-Bulletin newspaper.

Burns received a partial scholarship to study architecture at the University of Oregon but left school in 1955 and moved to Los Angeles, where he landed a job as an NBC page. He asked what he had said in the interview that convinced his new employer to hire him. "You said you were a 42 long, right? Well, that's the only uniform we have available right now. Somebody just quit," he recalled. "The reason that I am in show business is because I'm a 42 long, that's the truth."

Burns submitted jokes to The Tonight Show and to comedians George Gobel and Jonathan Winters without getting a bite and read scripts as part of a new NBC comedy writing development program. He got laid off, then lasted about a month as a writer for the game show Truth or Consequences.

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posted 2/1/2021


BBC
DUSTIN DIAMOND: 1977-2021
"Saved by the Bell's" "Screech" Frequented Games
From Deadline

Dustin Diamond, who gained youthful fame as the nerdy Samuel “Screech” Powers on TV’s Saved by the Bell, died today in a Florida hospital, just weeks after revealing he was battling stage 4 cancer. He was 44.

Diamond’s agent confirmed the actor’s death. “We are saddened to confirm of Dustin Diamond’s passing on Monday, February 1st, 2021 due to carcinoma,” his reps at Roger Paul Inc. said in a statement. “He was diagnosed with this brutal, relentless form of malignant cancer only three weeks ago. In that time, it managed to spread rapidly throughout his system; the only mercy it exhibited was its sharp and swift execution. Dustin did not suffer. He did not have to lie submerged in pain. For that, we are grateful.”

The statement also alluded to Diamond’s various controversies, noting that the actor, who had released a self-produced sex tape, wrote a tell-all book and was arrested following a 2014 bar fight, “was a character in and of himself: an unpredictable spitfire who always left us shocked, but never left us bored. We are thankful he trusted us enough to share his genuine, authentic self with our team. We wish you knew him in the way that we did.”

Born on January 7, 1977, in San Jose, CA, Diamond first played Screech on the hit show that ran on NBC from 1989-93 as well as its prequel on the Disney Channel, Good Morning, Miss Bliss. He would reprise the popular role for subsequent iterations Saved by the Bell: The New Class and Saved by the Bell: The College Years. In all, he appeared as Screech for 13 years.

The franchise, which would become a generational touchstone, also starred Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Mario Lopez, Elizabeth Berkley, Tiffani Thiessen and Lark Voorhies, with Diamond’s Screech serving as the annoying but likable comic foil to his generally more popular classmates.

In addition to his signature role, Diamond starred in such reality television series as the fifth season of Celebrity Fit Club, Weakest Link and Celebrity Boxing 2. He made cameo appearances in films such as Made (2001), Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star (2003) and American Pie Presents: The Book of Love (2009). In December 2013, Diamond appeared on an episode of OWN’s Where Are They Now? and became a house member in the 12th season of Celebrity Big Brother.

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posted 2/1/2021

Andrew O'Keefe Fired
"The Chase Australia" Host Parts Ways with Channel 7
From Yahoo! Lifestyle

Channel Seven has confirmed Andrew O'Keefe's departure from the network prior to the allegations the host was involved in the domestic assault of his partner.

"Seven is obviously very concerned to read the reports regarding Andrew O’Keefe," a spokesperson said in a statement. "Seven has had a 17-year relationship with Andrew across a number of programs, although he is no longer with the network.

"As this is a police matter before the courts, we cannot comment further. The program hosted by Andrew, The Chase Australia, is not currently in production. The program is produced for Seven by ITV Studios Australia. Production will resume soon and a decision about who will host future series is still to be made."

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posted 2/1/2021

The Mole Is Coming to TV... No, Not That One
Mattel Teams with Fremantle to Bring Whac-a-Mole to the Small screen
From Deadline

Toy company Mattel is ramping up its slate of TV formats based on classic games with Whac-A-Mole set as its latest project.

American Idol producer Fremantle has teamed with Mattel Television to develop a show based on the game, which is best known in arcades, carnivals and amusement parks. It marks Mattel’s second entertainment development, based on a game, after it partnered with Propagate to develop a show based on Uno.

The Whac-A-Mole game show will turn the game into an elimination competition during which opposing teams will use their skill, strength and endurance to face off to become the ultimate Whac-A-Mole champion.

The unscripted series will incorporate life-sized Whac-a-Mole, races and obstacle courses, along with a twist.

Whac-a-Mole began as an arcade game in 1976 and was turned into a tabletop game in 2009.

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posted 2/1/2021

The Voice Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary
Season 20 to Bow March 1
From Deadline

We have a return date for The Voice.

NBC has slotted Monday, March 1 at 8 PM ET/PT for the Season 20 premiere of the four-time Emmy-winning musical competition series, which also marks the show’s 10th anniversary.

Nick Jonas will be back in the red chair alongside returning coaches Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, and Blake Shelton for Season 20. Carson Daly returns as host.

Battle advisors this season include Grammy-winning artist Luis Fonsi on Team Kelly, Emmy-and Golden Globe Award-winning actor and musician Darren Criss on Team Nick, Grammy-winning R&B singer Brandy on Team Legend, and Grammy-winning country music duo Dan + Shay on Team Shelton.

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posted 2/1/2021


PBS
SONNY FOX: 1925-2021
Legendary Host and Broadcaster of "The $64,000 Challenge"
From The Hollywood Reporter

Sonny Fox, the beloved pioneer of kids television who demonstrated an amazing one-on-one rapport with children as the host of the New York-based Sunday morning program Wonderama, has died. He was 95.

Fox died Sunday of pneumonia induced by COVID-19 in a hospital in Encino, his daughter, Meredith Fox, told The Hollywood Reporter.

A native of Brooklyn who was a prisoner of war during World War II, Fox also served as a wartime correspondent for the Voice of America; emceed game shows like The $64,000 Challenge and The Price Is Right; and was the inaugural producer on the groundbreaking late-night talk show Tomorrow, hosted by Tom Snyder.

In 1959, Fox was hired to replace Bill Britten and Doris Faye as the host of Wonderama on the Metromedia station WNEW-TV, Channel 5 in New York. "We had an audience, maybe 50 kids in the studio," he recalled in a 2008 chat with Karen Herman for the TV Academy Foundation website The Interviews. "Just from keeping them from getting bored between takes, I started talking with them, doing some games with them, and then one of the guys said, 'Why don't you do that on the air?'

"I gradually began to understand what the show was about; the show was about me and the kids and about exploring their minds and getting to see where I could take them. Then the show began to be hugely successful. After about a year, I had [the kids'] trust, their loyalty."

Wonderama was on for four hours every Sunday when Fox was on board, and it also featured cartoons; games like Musical Chairs and Simon Says; magic tricks from The Amazing Randi; art instruction and spelling bees; and lots and lots of prizes.

Born in his home in Brooklyn on June 17, 1925, Irwin "Sonny" Fox attended P.S. 217, Erasmus Hall High School and then James Madison High School, from which he graduated in 1942. He intended to follow his father, Abe, in the textile business, but that changed when he took courses in radio writing and producing at NYU.

Fox was hired in 1956 to host the CBS game show The $64,000 Challenge, a new Sunday night spinoff of the Tuesday night ratings sensation The $64,000 Question. Even though the show was a hit, he never found his footing and was fired after five months, to be replaced by Ralph Story. "I was sort of relieved," he said. Although he was never crazy about game shows, he did work occasionally as host of The Price Is Right, Beat the Clock, To Tell the Truth, I've Got a Secret and The Movie Game.

During his 8 1/2-year stint on Wonderama, Fox also created and hosted another Channel 5 kids show, the 2 1/2-hour Saturday morning program Just for Fun!, and hosted and packaged On Your Mark, an ABC game show for children.

In addition to his daughter, survivors include sons Dana and Tracy and grandchildren Shaun, Kelley, Corrin, Casey, Melissa, Rachel and Kelly. His son Christopher died in 2014. Asked in his TV Academy interview about his legacy, he replied: "I'd like to be remembered as somebody who understood and appreciated the moments as they happened, not just in retrospect. I knew, as I was doing what I was doing, how special all of this was — because I assume I've been on borrowed time since a bullet went through my clothing at 19 and missed me."

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posted 1/30/2021

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "Racer Resurfaces"

  • Blake Mycoskie goes from amazing racing to swimming with sharks (Reality Blurred)

  • Andrew O'Keefe arrested for alleged abuse (PerthNow)

  • WGA/WME talks delayed (Deadline)

posted 1/30/2021

Britain's Got Talent Postponed
Pandemic Scraps 2021 Season
From the BBC

Britain's Got Talent has been postponed until next year due to concerns around safety during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Filming on the ITV show was originally due to start this month, but was pushed back three weeks ago due to the third English lockdown and rising cases. However, on Friday, the talent show's producers said that "safety has to come first" and called it off until 2022.

They said performers like dance groups, choirs and orchestras wouldn't be able to rehearse and audition safely.

The BGT audition shows typically involve hundreds of people congregating and then performing in front of a live audience and judges Simon Cowell, Alesha Dixon, David Walliams and Amanda Holden.

In a statement, the producers said: "Despite everyone at ITV, Thames and Syco doing their best to make it happen, and with our absolute priority of safeguarding the wellbeing and health of every person involved in the program from judges, hosts and contestants to all of the crew and audience, the decision has been made to - unfortunately - move the record and broadcast of the 15th series of Britain's Got Talent to 2022.

"BGT is known for its diversity of talent with big dance groups, wonderful choirs and lavish orchestras at its heart, and it has become clear that not only is it not possible to film auditions with these types of acts in a secure way but also that they are not able to adequately rehearse and prepare safely.

"Safety has to come first and, as a result, the recording of the show can't currently go ahead as planned."

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posted 1/29/2021

THURSDAY: Another Great Game Night
ABC Wins Totals, Shares Demo with Fox
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.697 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) was still the top draw on Thursday with its mix of "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune" (6.387 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1), "The Chase" (4.721 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "The Hustler" (2.983 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Sharing in the demo honors however was FOX (2.464 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) with originals from "Hell's Kitchen" (2.489 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2), "Call Me Kat" (2.421 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "Last Man Standing" (2.457 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Next up was NBC (2.715 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its lineup of "Mr. Mayor" (3.185 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), "Superstore" (1.970 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9), a repeat "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (2.493 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Dateline NBC" (3.075 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5).

Meanwhile, CBS (3.140 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4) opted for repeats of "Young Sheldon" (4.649 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T5), another "Young Sheldon" (4.109 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and "Mom" (3.464 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) plus a new "The Unicorn" (3.056 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Star Trek: Discovery" (1.781 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16).

And finally, week two of "Walker" (2.103 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T13) and "Legacies" (0.733 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16) rounded out the night on The CW (1.418 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T4).

Cable numbers for Thursday...
- Go-Big Show (TBS): 948k/0.24
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 831k/0.22
- Battlebots (Discovery): 840k/0.17
- People Puzzler (GSN): 509k/0.05
- Nickelodeon's Unfiltered (Nick): 404k/0.11

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posted 1/29/2021


Variety
CICELY TYSON: 1924-2021
Legendary Actress a Legendary Gamer
From Deadline

Cicely Tyson, the pioneering Honorary Oscar winner who starred in Sounder and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and earned five Emmy noms for her recurring role on How to Get Away with Murder, died today. She was 96.

Her manager Larry Thompson confirmed the news but did not provide details of her death.

“I have managed Miss Tyson’s career for over 40 years, and each year was a privilege and blessing,” Thompson said in a statement. “Cicely thought of her new memoir as a Christmas tree decorated with all the ornaments of her personal and professional life. Today she placed the last ornament, a Star, on top of the tree.”

HarperCollins published Tyson’s memoir, Just As I Am, earlier this week.

Tyson racked up 16 career Emmy nominations and won three, including two in 1974 for her legendary turn in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, in which she played a Southern woman who was born into slavery and lives to join the civil rights movement. She was the first Black woman to win a Lead Actress Emmy.

That role came two years after Tyson’s powerhouse performance in Sounder, about a Depression-era sharecropper family that faces a major crisis. She earned an Oscar nom for the performance but lost to Liza Minnelli for Cabaret.

Tyson received her third Emmy for The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All (1994) and also was nominated for her performances in Roots, King, Sweet Justice, The Marva Collins Story and A Lesson Before Dying.

During an iconic career that spanned 70 years, Tyson appeared in dozens of films, TV series and telefilms and on Broadway. She might be best known to younger audiences for her role in Shonda Rhimes’ ABC drama How to Get Away with Murder, on which she recurred as Ophelia Harkness, the dementia-addled mother of lead character Annalise Harkness (Viola Davis).

In game shows, she was a judge on "Star Search", a guest on "The $10,000 Pyramid" & "It's Your Bet", and an imposter on "To Tell the Truth".

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posted 1/28/2021

WEDNESDAY: In a Night of Games, Chicago Rose
NBC Wins, "Price" & "Tune" Compete
From the Futon Critic

NBC (6.574 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1) remained on top on Wednesday with its trio of "Chicago Med" (7.066 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1), "Chicago Fire" (6.803 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1) and "Chicago PD" (5.855 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.9, #T1).

FOX (2.605 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) claimed the silver honors with fresh installments of "The Masked Dancer" (2.627 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Name That Tune" (2.583 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5).

Next up was CBS (3.954 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its mix of "The Price Is Right at Night" (4.789 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #4), "SEAL Team" (4.078 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "S.W.A.T." (2.995 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10).

Meanwhile, ABC (2.501 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up originals from "The Goldbergs" (3.299 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "American Housewife" (2.765 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10), "The Conners" (3.438 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and "Call Your Mother" (2.511 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T10) plus the return of "For Life" (1.497 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #13).

And finally, new episodes of "Riverdale" (0.529 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) and "Nancy Drew" (0.420 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T14) on The CW (0.474 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night.

Cable numbers for Wednesday...
- The Challenge: Double Agents (MTV): 987k/0.58
- Guy's Grocery Games Delivery (Food): 671k/0.24
- People Puzzler (GSN): 481k/0.04
- Kitchen Crash (Food): 458k/0.15

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posted 1/28/2021

TUESDAY: The Feds Would Like a Word
CBS Wins, but "To Tell the Truth" Shows Up
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.985 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday thanks to originals from "NCIS" (9.737 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.9, #1), "FBI" (8.077 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #2) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (6.140 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

ABC (3.615 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) then claimed the silver with its new lineup of "To Tell the Truth" (4.287 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Black-ish" (3.037 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3), "Mixed-ish" (2.606 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "Big Sky" (3.735 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3).

Next up was FOX (2.815 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) and its duo of "The Resident" (3.471 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T3) and "Prodigal Son" (2.158 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #10).

Meanwhile, NBC (1.950 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up its mix of "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" (2.272 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.5, #9), a repeat "This Is Us" (1.893 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11) and "Nurses" (1.684 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T11).

And finally, The CW (0.432 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night with "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.547 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13), another "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.373 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13) and "Trickster" (0.403 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T13).

Cable numbers for Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 756k/0.16
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 522k/0.12
- Master Minds (GSN): 534k/0.05
- People Puzzler (GSN): 501k/0.04

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posted 1/28/2021

Celebrities Bake Off
James McAvoy, Daisy Ridley Join Cast
From Deadline

British broadcaster Channel 4 has unveiled an impressive line-up for the celebrity version of The Great British Bake Off, which is made to support Stand Up To Cancer fundraising efforts.

Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley and Atonement star James McAvoy are among those booked for The Great Celebrity Bake Off, a five-part series that will premiere in the spring in the UK. No date for a Netflix release, where it would presumably be known as "The Great Celebrity Baking Show", has been announced.

Other stars include athlete Dame Kelly Holmes, comedian John Bishop, TV host Stacey Dooley, comedian Tom Allen, comedian David Baddiel, Little Mix star Jade Thirlwall, YouTuber KSI, Paralympian Ade Adepitan, author Philippa Perry, broadcaster Nick Grimshaw, comedian Rob Beckett, singer Alexandra Burke, TV host Anneka Rice, actor Reece Shearsmith, musician Dizzee Rascal, musician Anne-Marie, singer Nadine Coyle and comedian Katherine Ryan.

Sarah Lazenby, Channel 4’s outgoing head of formats and features, said, “What we all need right now is more joy. Bake Off is serving up yet another dollop of fun courtesy of some very willing celebrities. We can’t promise a huge helping of baking inspiration, but we can deliver some much-needed laughs.”

Bake Off is a Love Productions series and the executive producers are Richard McKerrow, Letty Kavanagh, and Kieran Smith.

Deadline

posted 1/28/2021

GLAAD Media Awards Nominations Announced
Drag Race, Legendary Up for Reality Awards
From Deadline

On Thursday morning, Josie Totah (Saved By The Bell), D.J. ‘Shangela’ Pierce (We’re Here), and Jonathan Bennett (The Christmas House) took to GLAAD’s TikTok page to unveil the nominees for the 32nd annual GLAAD Media Awards. The winners will be announced during a virtual ceremony scheduled for April 2021.

The GLAAD Media Awards honor media for fair, accurate, and inclusive representations of LGBTQ people and issues. During the livestream, Totah, Pierce and Bennett announced a staggering 198 nominees in 28 categories, including two new categories: Outstanding Children’s Programming and Outstanding Breakthrough Music Artist.

“During an unprecedented year of crises and isolation, the nominees for the 32nd Annual GLAAD Media Awards reached LGBTQ people with powerful stories and inspired countless others around the world with bold looks at LGBTQ people and issues,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “As GLAAD continues to lead the fight for LGBTQ acceptance, this year’s nominees remind us that even in times of political and cultural division, diverse LGBTQ representation and visibility can enlighten, entertain, and create lasting change.”

Outstanding Reality Program
- Deaf U (Netflix)
- Legendary (HBO Max)
- Queer Eye (Netflix)
- RuPaul’s Drag Race (VH1)
- We‘re Here (HBO)


Deadline

posted 1/28/2021

Marble Madness
John de Mol Shopping New Format in US
From Deadline

A year after launching his latest company, John de Mol is taking out what he hopes to be a successful global format with Marble Mania on the heels of a promising launch for the celebrity marble racing show in his native Netherlands.

In each self-contained episode of the family-friendly game show, three celebrities, who have something in common and play for charities, face off, each competing with their own color marbles that are sent racing on elaborate tracks, including a Formula 1 track, a Luna park, an outdoor Winter track and a Jungle track. Each round starts with a skill assignment, such as bowling, mini golf or a special version of penalty shooting, which earns the celebrity contestants marbles for the races. They culminate In the finale, where no less than 6000 marbles take part in the race.

Last week, Marble Mania got off to a strong ratings start on de Mol-owned SBS6 where he often tries out new formats. The show’s premiere drew 1.4 million viewers for a 22,8% market share in the 18-44 demographic and boosting its time slot by more than 221%. After three days of playback, the debut’s viewership grew to 1.9 million.

“It’s a dream start,” de Mol said.

Deadline

posted 1/28/2021

There's a "Rat in the Kitchen"
TBS Greenlights Competition with Natasha Leggero, Ludo Lefebvre
From Deadline

buzzy British entertainment format that’s described as a cross between The Masked Singer and Hell’s Kitchen is the latest show to cross the pond after TBS ordered a U.S. version of Rat In The Kitchen. Comedian Natasha Leggero is to host the 10-part series for the WarnerMedia-backed network with celebrity chef Ludo Lefebvre as judge.

The series is produced by ITV America’s Thinkfactory Media and was devised by Glenn Hugill and his UK-based ITV-owned production company Possessed.

The series follows a group of cooks competing to win a cash prize across a series of challenges. However, all the while, one of them is trying to sabotage their efforts – the rat in the kitchen.

It is a whodunit cooking format and a game of high stakes cat and mouse where viewers get to play detective. In each episode, a mix of professional chefs and home cooks compete in a series of cooking challenges, earning cash in their bank for every dish that impresses Chef Ludo (left). But they’ll have to avert the meddling of an undercover mole (the rat) determined to sabotage the dishes and undermine their chances at victory. The stakes: if the rat avoids detection, he/she wins big money. But, if found out, the rat will have to hunt for cheddar elsewhere.

Deadline
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C21 Media

posted 1/28/2021

Second Wheel
BBC Renews Celebrity Quiz Show
From Telly Mix

Michael McIntyre will return for a second series of The Wheel, the BBC has announced.

The new game show first launched last year to big viewing figures on Saturday nights.

The BBC has confirmed that the show will be back with a bumper sixteen episode second series due to start later in 2021.

On The Wheel, celebrity guests attempt to help members of the public win big cash prizes. In each episode three contestants hope to answer their way to a fortune, guided by seven celebrity experts. Can the famous faces help them to win life-changing cash? That all depends on the spin of The Wheel.

On returning for a second series, Michael McIntyre said: “I am thrilled by the success of The Wheel. The series was so much fun to host and I love how the gameplay in every show was so different but always entertaining and suspenseful.

"And having socially distanced strangers sing 'The Wheel' to me on my daily walk has been the unexpected pleasure of lockdown!”

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Radio Times

posted 1/28/2021

More on "Temptation Island"
USA Sets Date for New Season
From the Futon Critic

"Temptation Island" returns for season three on Tuesday, February 16 at 10pm ET/PT on USA Network.

Mark L. Walberg returns as host.

Four new couples are packing up their emotional baggage and heading to Maui, Hawaii for the ultimate test of their relationship. Joined by 24 sexy single men and women looking to find everlasting love, these couples must decide whether to commit to a lifetime together - or if they will ultimately give in to the temptation from the singles looking to find "the one."

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

posted 1/28/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Nobody Learned Anything"

posted 1/28/2021


Sony Pictures TV Studios

SYNDIES: Week 17
Results for the Week Ending January 17, Including Ken's First Episode
From The Hollywood Reporter

Jeopardy declined 6% from the prior week to a still-more-than-respectable 6.2 live-plus-same-day national Nielsen rating in the session ending Jan. 17, its initial frame without Alex Trebek.

In his place, “Greatest Of All Time” winner Ken Jennings began his stint as the first in a series of interim hosts with Jeopardy topping the game shows and all of syndication in the household ratings. Wheel of Fortune, the companion to Jeopardy in most major slipped 3% to a 5.8. Family Feud was not far behind, climbing 6% to a 5.4.

Jeopardy! has yet to name a permanent new host. In the interim, a series of guest hosts will fill Trebek's shoes, including Jennings, Katie Couric, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whittaker and Mayim Bialik.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CMV) 6.2 -6%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 5.8 -3%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.4 +6%
- 25 Words or Less (CMV) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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posted 1/28/2021

Fox Sees More "Voice"
Musical Guessing Game Renewed for Season 2
From Deadline

Fox has renewed its hit music guessing game show I Can See Your Voice for a second season. Ken Jeong will return as host and executive producer for Season 2, which will air on 2021 on Fox. Cheryl Hines and Adrienne Bailon-Houghton also will be back as permanent celebrity detectives.

I Can See Your Voice marked one of the network’s top-rated debuts in the 2020 season. The series averaged a 1.3/7 among Adults 18-49 in Live+7 in Season 1, making it the #1-t new entertainment program of the 2020-21 season among Adults 18-34 and Teens, according to Nielsen. The series delivers 6.0 million multiplatform viewers, +52% vs. Live+SD.

“I Can See Your Voice is such a deeply fun and genuinely suspenseful show, with the amazing Ken Jeong at the heart of it,” said Rob Wade, President, Alternative Entertainment & Specials, Fox Entertainment. “We are so grateful to our producers, James McKinlay and Craig Plestis, along with the entire crew, who brought this show to life and are working to make Season Two even bigger and better.”.

Deadline
The Futon Critic

posted 1/27/2021

There's Love... and Then There's Aloha Love...
"Love Island" Renewed for Season 3, Heading to Hawaii
From Deadline

Love Island will return to CBS for a third season. The U.S. remake of the hit British format has been renewed and is currently in the middle of casting ahead of a summer production in Hawaii.

The renewal was announced by Thom Sherman, Senior Executive Vice President, Programming, CBS Entertainment during CBS’ virtual press tour event.

Last year’s show was shot at Caesars Entertainment’s boutique hotel the Cromwell in Sin City with cast and crew sequestered in a bubble.

Love Island, which is hosted by Arielle Vandenberg, shot its first season in a villa in Fiji but was forced to pivot due to the pandemic.

The first season premiered in July 2019 and the second season started in August 2020. The show features a group of sexy young single “Islanders” on a lookout for romance brought together in a stunning villa in a beautiful tropical location. The second season, which ran for 34 episodes, was won by Justine Ndiba and Caleb Corprew.

It is produced by ITV America’s ITV Entertainment..

Deadline
The Futon Critic

posted 1/27/2021

Food Network Launches Second "Tournament"
Brackets, Twitter, Play-Ins for Food Madness
From the Futon Critic

Guy Fieri is back with the toughest bracket-style culinary competition where 16 of the best chefs from the East and West coasts go head-to-head in sudden-death cooking battles on Tournament of Champions II. The action-packed, sports-like tournament kicks off on Sunday, March 7th at 8pm, and each 90-minute episode is filled with unpredictable action, fierce rivalries, and shocking upsets. The chefs' skills will be pushed to the limit in each round, as they face new ingredients, tougher cooking styles and more interesting equipment options on the randomizer machine that determines the parameters for each cook-off, including the protein, produce, equipment, cooking style, and time. The pressure is intense, and emotions are high as the elite chefs enter this blind competition not knowing who their opponents will be, or what cooking challenges they will face, and will have their dishes judged blindly by a panel of distinguished experts. Hunter Fieri follows all the action backstage during the deliberation, capturing the reactions of the chefs as their dishes are judged, getting the raw emotions of elation and frustration as bracket victors move on while others face elimination. The chefs will only go as far as their dishes take them - win and advance or lose and go home. Fans can also stream extended episodes of the tournament and after show on discovery+ featuring even more nail-biting action and behind-the-scenes conversations with Guy and the competitors.

"Over 12 million viewers devoured the edge-of-your-seat culinary battles on Tournament of Champions last year, with the finale ranking as the #1 cable program in its timeslot and becoming one of Food Network's highest-rated telecasts since 2019," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "The new season is like a pressure cooker and will captivate audiences with intense rivalries, redemptions, and rematches. There's no way to predict what will happen in this sudden-death competition."

"This year, the stakes are even higher because every time a chef wins a round, we are donating $10,000 in their name to their favorite local restaurant that is in need," said Guy Fieri.

The chefs representing the East Coast are: Madison Cowan, Maneet Chauhan, Darnell Ferguson, Amanda Freitag, Marc Murphy, Christian Petroni and Bryan Voltaggio. The chefs showing off their chops from the West Coast are: Cat Cora, Antonia Lofaso, Brian Malarkey, Aaron May, Jet Tila, Michael Voltaggio, and defending champion and last season's winner Brooke Williamson. For the last bracket slots on the East and West Coast, Guy has invited eight chefs to prove their worthiness in the arena and battle in a wild card tournament to earn the coveted 8th seeds.

Before the competition begins, fans can relive last season with Guy in a special lookback at season one on March 7th at 7pm as he highlights the biggest victories, the most surprising upsets, the wildest moments, and the most outrageous randomizer combinations. It's a high-stakes competition unlike any before. Simon Majumdar and Justin Warner deliver real-time play-by-play as all the action unfolds in front of a live audience. Deciding who advances in each round is a rotating panel of expert judges including, Scott Conant, Giada De Laurentiis, Traci Des Jardins, Rocco DiSpirito, Marcus Samuelsson, Nancy Silverton, Ming Tsai, and Jonathan Waxman.

Unexpected challenges, major upsets and surprises fill this tournament, which concludes in a supersized two-hour episode on Sunday, April 18th at 8pm. Only one chef will emerge as the champion and will drive off with an all-new SUV!

Throughout the competition, join Guy as he sits down with Justin and Simon in the after-show as they break down what went wrong and what went right for each chef, and share never before seen footage from the battles.

For a second year, Food Network is partnering with Twitter to launch a digital-only competition where fans can fill out their own personalized brackets for a chance to win up to $5,000 in prizes. Viewers can head to Food Network's Twitter page from March 14 through March 21 for an individualized bracket experience sponsored by Hyundai featuring exclusive content, including videos with Guy and each of the 16 contestants. Fans will be able to share their brackets on social media and track their standings as the competition unfolds..

The Futon Critic

posted 1/27/2021

2 Hot, 2 Handle
Netflix Renews "Too Hot to Handle" for Two Seasons
From Deadline

Netflix has handed reality dating show Too Hot to Handle a two-season renewal after its blockbuster first outing last year, but there are changes planned: The show has shifted location and the shoot has become a co-production between two Fremantle production outfits.

Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos hailed Too Hot to Handle as its “biggest competition show ever” after the series premiered last April, but the streamer has been patient about committing to further seasons amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Now, production is underway on two new seasons, which will revolve around the same conceit: A bunch of singletons will be transported to an exotic location where they hope to find love, but there’s a catch — they are forbidden from kissing, canoodling, and self-gratification. Every fumble results in the cash prize dropping.

The first season was shot in Mexico, but Deadline reports that the next two are being filmed on the Turks and Caicos Islands. To cope with the double season order during the pandemic, Fremantle UK’s entertainment specialist Thames has been brought in to co-produce alongside Talkback, the label that created and produced the first season.

Deadline
TV Line

posted 1/27/2021

Keke Palmer Gets "Foodtastic"
Disney+ to Make Another Go at Food Competition
From Deadline

Keke Palmer has been tapped as host of Disney+’s upcoming unscripted build competition series Foodtastic. Palmer also will executive produce the series in which contestants are challenged to create Disney-inspired works of art made out of food. NYC’s City Cakes founder Chef Benny Rivera and Flour Shop founder Amirah Kassem will serve as judges for Foodtastic. The 11-episode series started production this week and is slated to premiere on Disney+ later this year.

Per the series description, in each self-contained episode, three teams of food artists transform iconic characters into extravagant masterpieces that tell a story from Disney’s legendary IP. The food sculptures will be judged on their design, technical skills and narrative, and not by taste. Unused food from each competition will be donated to local food banks.

Palmer most recently hosted the 2020 MTV Video Music Awards where she also was nominated for her work as a host on ABC’s GMA3: Strahan, Sarah and Keke. Palmer starred in the feature film Hustlers, opposite Jennifer Lopez, and recently wrapped production on the upcoming movie Alice. Currently, she is lending her voice to the new character Maya in the upcoming Disney+ revival The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder.

Foodtastic is produced by Endemol Shine North America. In addition to Palmer, Josh Silberman, Sarah Happel Jackson and Endemol Shine North America’s Sharon Levy, DJ Nurre and Michael Heyerman are executive producers.

Deadline
The Futon Critic

posted 1/27/2021


The Wrap
CLORIS LEACHMAN: 1926-2021
Legendary Actress a Legendary Gamer
From TV Newscheck

Cloris Leachman, an Oscar-winner for her portrayal of a lonely housewife in “The Last Picture Show” and a comedic delight as the fearsome Frau Blücher in “Young Frankenstein” and self-absorbed neighbor Phyllis on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” has died. She was 94.

Leachman died in her sleep of natural causes at her home in Encinitas, California, publicist Monique Moss said Wednesday. Her daughter Dinah Englund was at her side, Moss said.

A character actor of extraordinary range, Leachman defied typecasting. In her early television career, she appeared as Timmy’s mother on the “Lassie” series. She played a frontier prostitute in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” a crime spree family member in “Crazy Mama,” and Blücher in Mel Brooks’ “Young Frankenstein,” in which the very mention of her name drew equine commentary. “Every time I hear a horse whinny I will forever think of Cloris’ unforgettable Frau Blücher,” Brooks tweeted, calling Leachman “insanely talented” and irreplaceable.

Salutes from other admiring colleagues poured in on social media. Steve Martin said Leachman “brought comedy’s mysteries to the big and small screen”; “Nothing I could say would top the enormity of my love for you,” posted Ed Asner of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”; “Applause on every entrance and exit,” said Rosie O’Donnell. “There was no one like Cloris. With a single look she had the ability to break your heart or make you laugh ’till the tears ran down your face,” Juliet Green, her longtime manager, said in a statement.

In 1989 she toured in “Grandma Moses,” a play in which she aged from 45 to 101. For three years in the 1990s she appeared in major cities as the captain’s wife in the revival of “Show Boat.” In the 1993 movie version of “The Beverly Hillbillies,” she assumed the Irene Ryan role as Granny Clampett. She also had an occasional role as Ida on “Malcolm in the Middle,” winning Emmys in 2002 and 2006 for that show. Her Emmy haul over the years totaled eight in all, including a trophy for Moore’s sitcom.

In 2008, she joined the ranks of contestants in “Dancing With the Stars,” not lasting long in the competition but pleasing the crowds with her sparkly dance costumes, sitting in judges’ laps and cussing during the live broadcast.

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posted 1/27/2021

More on "Cherries Wild"
Viewers Will Be Able to Play Along at Home
From Variety

After years of breaking into TV programs with commercials, Pepsi wants to get into a little show business of its own.

“Cherries Wild” represents something different for the glitzy soda marketer, which has entertained viewers for decades with ads starring Michael Jackson, Madonna and Britney Spears. The half-hour trivia game show, backed by Pepsi and Fox and set to air Sundays starting February 14, represents a tacit understanding by a major marketer that it needs new tools to reach people who might be interested in buying its beverages.

“Consumers are in control more than ever,” says Todd Kaplan, vice president of marketing at Pepsi, in an interview. “They have skip buttons. They can DVR-fast-forward. They can pay to eliminate ads with a subscription.” As a result, he adds, “this concept of interrupting content with your message has serious limitations. As fans are consuming, they don’t want to be interrupted.”

The effort to keep the consumer engaged will no doubt offer both the network and the beverage giant new kinds of distractions – and not just the sight of host Jason Biggs or the three-story-high slot machine that stands on the “Cherries Wild” set each week.

Pepsi isn’t just a sponsor of the program. It’s a producer, and its executives were involved in everything from the set design – which includes Pepsi colors – to the shape of the buttons contestants press. As an advertiser, Pepsi monitors ratings because they determine how much it must pay to run a commercial in a particular show. As a showrunner, the ratings will help determine whether “Cherries Wild” can continue beyond its initial run. Fox, meanwhile, is getting into business with a client who helps pay its bills. Indeed, while the network will sell ads in “Cherries Wild,” it will keep the commercial breaks free from ads from rival soft drinks, says Suzanne Sullivan, executive vice president of ad sales for Fox Entertainment – even though category exclusivity was not initially part of the deal.

Putting on a show helps get Pepsi to all kinds of new frontiers. To heighten interest in the game, Pepsi and Fox have launched a mobile app that lets viewers at home play along and vie for prizes – the better to engage customers who often are using a second device while watching TV, and often playing some sort of game, says Kaplan.

Based on consumer research, the company believes its customers are eager to take a chance, and would even embrace the idea of being famous, he adds. “The viewer will be able to play for prizes as well, which is not something we can typically pull off in a lot of our shows,” says Sullivan.

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posted 1/27/2021

The Chasers' War on the World
New Miniseries Airs on ITV Tonight
From Digital Spy

The Chasers Road Trip: Trains, Brains and Automobiles aired its first episode tonight (January 21), following the quiz legends on a series of trips as they explore different places in their quest for knowledge.

Anne Hegerty, Mark Labbett and Shaun Wallace are the three Chasers who have embarked on this journey as they try to uncover the cognitive abilities of animals and artificial intelligence.

In tonight's episode, the Chasers headed to the USA to meet a bonobo ape named Kanzi who can communicate with humans using pictures and symbols. So, the trio competed with Kanzi in a memory game – all of the Chasers scored under 20 out of 30, while Kanzi beat them with an impressive 28.

The Chasers then went on a road trip across the country in a motorhome and Mark was left in charge of driving (which didn't go well). During their trip, they met a chimpanzee with a great memory, as well as a 25-year-old orangutan who enjoyed playing video games. The quizzers also got the opportunity to interact with dolphins.

Still, some viewers noticed a funny similarity between The Chasers Road Trip and Love Island as the Chasers 'got a text' telling them about each new activity they'd face on the show. One person wrote: "Anne really bringing back the "I got a text" from Love Island. #chasersroadtrip"

"That bit where they get a message is like Love Island #chasersroadtrip," another viewer suggested.

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posted 1/26/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "Doggos"

  • PROGRAMMING NOTE: HBO Max to launch second half of "Haute Dog" February 4 (The Futon Critic)

  • Michael Strahan tests positive for COVID (Deadline)

  • Whatever happened to Wil Willis on "Forged in Fire" (Reality Blurred)

  • Sarah Trott denies dating anyone before "The Bachelor". And also during. And also after (Reality TV World)

  • "Mastermind" celebrates 15 years in Australia (SBS)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Phil Keoghan (Deadline)

posted 1/27/2021


BBC Studios/NBC

Link's Awakening
NBC Votes Reboot Through to Season 2
From The Hollywood Reporter

NBC is not yet ready to say "goodbye" to Weakest Link.

The network has picked up a second season of the game show, hosted by Jane Lynch. Production on season two, which will run for 13 episodes, is set to begin later in the year.

"Audiences have clearly embraced this smart, fun and completely addicting show, and it's been a great addition to the NBC lineup," said Jenny Groom, executive vp unscripted content for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. "A huge thank you to Jane, our friends at BBC Studios, Universal Television Alternative Studio and everyone who has been instrumental in keeping the DNA of the original format intact while simultaneously adding new flourishes that make it as relevant and popular as ever."

Weakest Link has been a fairly steady performer for NBC so far this season. Through nine episodes the series has averaged a 0.9 rating among adults 18-49 and 4.75 million viewers with a week of delayed viewing, according to Nielsen. Per NBC figures, it has drawn a 1.2 in the key ad demographic and 5.6 million viewers per episode, including on digital platforms, since its premiere.

"I'm thrilled that Weakest Link will return for another season," Lynch said. "It has been my honor to bring back this classic game show loved by millions. I also look forward to challenging the brain power of our players while baiting them to turn against one another for the chance to win some life-changing cash. And, of course, for my own enjoyment, and not to mention the opportunity to say, 'You are the weakest link. Goodbye.' several times an episode."

Added Valerie Bruce, general manager of BBC Studios, Los Angeles Productions, "As the fastest and fiercest game show on TV, ‘Weakest Link’ has been immortalized in pop culture. The format has proven longevity, attracting global audiences for the past two decades and we’re thrilled to celebrate its latest success in the U.S. Our Los Angeles production arm is excited to partner with NBC on a second season of the series with Jane Lynch, whose quick wit, humor and shrewdness are captivating."

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posted 1/26/2021

MONDAY: Bachelor, 9-1-1 Leads the Night
ABC Wins Night Overall
From Deadline

The Bachelor continues to top Monday night ratings climbing two tenths to a 1.4 in the adults 18-49 demographic and netting 5.06 million viewers. The Good Doctor, which will take a break next week until February 15, ticked up to a 0.7 in the demo and 4.19 million viewers.

At Fox, 9-1-1 held steady after last week’s season premiere delivering a 1.2 in the demo and 6.96 million viewers –the largest audience of the night. The party kept going with 9-1-1: Lone Star which ticked up to a 1.0 in the demo and 5.75 million viewers.

CBS’ The Neighborhood (0.9, 6.21M) and Bob Hearts Abishola (0.7, 5.79M) were both up from last week while All Rise (0.5, 4.16M) returned steady after a little break. Bull (0.5, 5.30M) was also on par with last week’s numbers.

NBC’s Ellen’s Game of Games (0.6, 3.31M) and The Wall (0.5, 3.04M) nearly matched last week’s numbers and at The CW, All American (0.3, 840,000) was down a tenth in the demo from last week’s season premiere.

Cable numbers for Monday...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 1.184m/0.25
- Master Minds (GSN): 534k/0.05
- People Puzzler (GSN): 436k/0.04

Deadline
Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/26/2021

WEEKEND: Super Set
CBS Wins on Football
From the Futon Critic

CBS (29.958 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.4, #1) was of course the network to beat on Sunday with its coverage of the "AFC Championship" (33.005 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 9.3, #1) followed by a special "FBI" (8.624 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 2.1, #2).

A distant silver went to FOX (1.260 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #2) with its repeat lineup of "The Great North" (2.360 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3), "Bob's Burgers" (1.235 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), "The Simpsons" (1.230 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4), another "The Great North" (0.917 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8), another "Bob's Burgers" (0.858 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Family Guy" (0.959 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.004 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.3, #3) with a repeat "America's Funniest Home Videos" (3.907 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4) alongside originals from "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (2.890 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8), "Card Sharks" (1.979 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and "The Rookie" (3.241 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T4).

Meanwhile, NBC (1.421 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.2, #4) offered up its lineup of "Weakest Link" (1.539 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), "The Wall" (1.270 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13), "Chicago Med" (1.188 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and a new "Dateline NBC" (1.688 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

And finally, a new "Batwoman" (0.642 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T13) and the return of "Charmed" (0.465 million viewers, #18; adults 18-49: 0.1, #18) rounded out the night on The CW (0.540 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Sunday...
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 825k/0.19
- Cakealikes (S/Food): 405k/0.09

ABC (3.066 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) and FOX (2.282 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) shared the demo crown on Friday as the former served up "Shark Tank" (3.969 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) and a repeat "20/20" (2.615 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) while the latter aired "WWE SmackDown" (2.282 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2).

Next up was CBS (5.707 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #3) with originals from "MacGyver" (4.879 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4), "Magnum P.I." (5.659 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2) and "Blue Bloods" (6.582 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.891 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up the return of "The Blacklist" (3.167 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7) and "Dateline NBC" (2.753 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T7).

And finally, The CW (0.813 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) closed out the evening with "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.947 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #9), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.787 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.758 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T10).

Cable numbers for Friday...
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 594k/0.23
- People Puzzler (GSN): 447k/0.04
- RuPaul's Drag Race Untucked (VH1): 375k/0.14

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posted 1/26/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "... Insert LMAD Joke Here"

posted 1/26/2021

New Guidelines Coming Down
California to Lift Stay-At-Home Order
From the Wrap

Los Angeles County Department of Health and FilmLA announced changes to COVID-19 protocols for film, TV and commercial shooting in the county that will take immediate effect for all current and future film permits.

Among the changes, which were come to after discussions with Hollywood companies and guilds, is a reduction in the quarantine period for any set worker that has been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 from 14 to 10 days. While the DPH advises that workers quarantine for 14 days if possible, those that have to work during days 11-14 must wear a mask and maintain social distance. Actors in the day 11-14 period may perform without a mask but must maintain social distance while performing.

The new regulations also require all film, TV and music productions to test all employees prior to the start of shooting, though FilmLA notes that the majority of productions had already adhered to this rule. In addition, stricter mask requirements have been implemented, including the requirement of a mask for employees in cubicle offices and face shields for any production employee required to be in close contact with others such as hair and makeup artists.

The new regulations come as dozens of productions in the Los Angeles area voluntarily paused for the duration of January, as infections and hospitalizations in the county have skyrocketed through the winter months. Earlier this month, FilmLA reported that film permit requests received in December fell 25% from the previous month and were the lowest seen by the film office since August..

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Deadline

posted 1/25/2021

Food Network Pulls Season 20 of "Worst Cooks"
Champion Ariel Robinson Arrested
From Deadline

The Food Network has scrubbed its latest season of reality series Worst Cooks In America after its champion has been arrested for a child’s murder.

Ariel Robinson, age 29, was charged Tuesday along with her husband, Jerry Robinson, in the death of a 3-year-old girl in South Carolina. They face counts of homicide by child abuse in the death of their adopted daughter.

On Jan. 14, police found an unresponsive child at the couple’s home in Simpsonville, South Carolina, television station WHNS reported. The girl died as a result of several blunt force injuries, a medical examination revealed. She was identified as Victoria Smith, according to the Greenville station.

Ariel Robinson won $25,000 in the latest edition of Worst Cooks in America, a competition between people with admittedly poor cooking skills. They go through a boot camp under celebrity chef supervision in the competition.

The Food Network has scrubbed all content related to the Season 20 show. The competition was filmed in February 2020 and aired last year. The Food Network has yet to comment on the Robinson incident.

The content is not available on the Food Network’s Discovery+, Hulu or YouTube page but episode summaries are still available on the official website.

Robinson was a recently retired teacher and budding stand-up comedian. She also added three foster children to her family in March 2020 after the series taping, but it’s not clear if the murdered child was one of them.

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posted 1/25/2021

Putting On Your Easter Best
Food Network Greenlights "Easter Basket Challenge"
From the Futon Critic

Host Sunny Anderson transports viewers into a whimsical world of Easter treats in the primetime baking competition Easter Basket Challenge, premiering Monday, March 1st at 10pm ET/PT on Food Network.

Through five one-hour episodes, seven talented and Easter-obsessed bakers take on culinary challenges to create tasty and imaginative holiday masterpieces. Watched throughout the competition by judges Jordan Andino and Claudia Sandoval, the expert bakers must interpret the outrageous themes presented to them and showcase delicious Easter confections and unbelievable edible displays. One baker is eliminated each episode, with the final three competitors duking it out for the Bunny Money prize - a golden egg filled with $25,000!

For fans who can't wait for Easter, all episodes of Easter Basket Challenge will be available to stream on March 1st on discovery+.

"Whether the bakers are making Easter bonnets for a holiday fashion challenge or creating edible masterpieces from a playful game of Bunny Pong, Easter Basket Challenge is a joyfully entertaining competition that families will love," said Courtney White, President, Food Network. "With Sunny Anderson's inviting personality, there is nobody better at transporting viewers into this festive world featuring Easter-themed delights."

The Futon Critic

posted 1/25/2021

THURSDAY: Game Night Wins Again
ABC's Winter Fun & Games Places 1-2
From the Futon Critic

ABC (4.352 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) was still the network to beat on Thursday with its trio of "Celebrity Wheel of Fortune" (6.093 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1), "The Chase" (4.307 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3) and "The Hustler" (2.656 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

A close second was FOX (2.483 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) with its mix of "Hell's Kitchen" (2.470 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.7, #T3), "Call Me Kat" (2.452 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Last Man Standing" (2.541 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11).

Next up was CBS (4.009 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) with the return of "Young Sheldon" (7.149 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1), "B Positive" (5.035 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Mom" (4.916 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "The Unicorn" (3.454 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) plus "Star Trek: Discovery" (1.748 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16).

Meanwhile, NBC (3.084 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up its lineup of "Mr. Mayor" (3.091 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8), "Superstore" (2.155 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (3.633 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5) and "Dateline NBC" (2.996 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #15).

And finally, The CW (1.574 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5) closed out the night with the premiere of "Walker" (2.431 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T11) alongside the return of "Legacies" (0.717 million viewers, #17; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T16).

Cable numbers for Thursday....
- Beat Bobby Flay (Food): 804k/0.21
- Go-Big Show (TBS): 770k/0.20
- Battlebots (Discovery): 763k/0.13
- Nickelodeon's Unfiltered (Nick): 509k/0.12

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/25/2021

Rebel Wilson Goes to the Dogs
ABC Greenlights "Pooch Perfect"
From The Wrap

ABC has given an eight-episode series order to the Rebel Wilson-hosted dog-grooming competition show “Pooch Perfect,” the actress announced Wednesday.

The show will pit “10 of the best dog groomers in the country, along with their assistants” against one another in a series of themed challenges. They will be judged by former “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Vanderpump, celebrity dog groomer Jorge Bendersky and veterinarian Dr. Callie Harris.

Here is ABC’s full pun-filled description: Each week on “Pooch Perfect,” teams will compete in two challenges: the Immunity Puppertunity challenge and the Ultimutt Challenge showdown. In these challenges, the teams face off in epic grooming trans-fur-mations and showcase their incredible creations on the illustrious “dogwalk.” There will be one dramatic elimination every week up until the season finale, where the top three teams will compete for a giant cash prize and the coveted “Pooch Perfect” first place trophy.

A previous version of the show aired last year on the Seven Network in the “Pitch Perfect” star’s native Australia. The original also featured Wilson as host, alongside “international styling experts” Amber Lewin and Colin Taylor as judges.

The ABC version is produced by Beyond Media Rights Limited. The show will premiere March 30.

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Deadline
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posted 1/25/2021

Lightning Strikes the BBC
New Quiz Show Premieres
From TellyMix

Lightning is the new BBC Two game show hosted by Zoe Lyons - here's all you need to know.

Comedian Zoe Lyons presents the electrifyingly fast new quiz which offers contestants a £3,000 jackpot.

Six plucky contestants compete across six rounds testing their general knowledge, quick thinking and speedy reactions whilst our ruthless spotlight patrols the studio. The contestants’ motivation in each round is simple: stay out of the light and you’ll be alright!

The BBC explain: "In each nerve-shredding round, contestants aim to pass the dreaded light from themselves onto a rival of their choice by correctly answering a question or completing a physical task.

"Only viewers at home can see the ticking clock and whoever gets caught in the light when time runs out at the end of the round is struck by lightning and eliminated from the game."

Each week of five shows starts with six contestants who, whenever they are knocked out, return to play again on the next episode.

The contestant who manages to make the endgame in a show plays for the chance to win up to £3,000.

TellyMix

Telegraph
Radio Times

posted 1/25/2021

Raleigh Under New Management
"Let's Make a Deal" Studio to Be Run by Hackman, MBS
From Deadline

Raleigh Studios, the oldest continuously operating film and TV production facility in country, will now be run by Hackman Capital Partners and its affiliate, the MBS Group.

The shift is part of a strategic partnership between Raleigh, Hackman Capital and MBS. Financial terms for the arrangement were not disclosed in an announcement.

The 10-acre Raleigh complex, which dates to 1915, has 13 soundstages on a campus across the street from the Paramount Pictures lot, the original locus of Hollywood production. Starting out under the name Clune Studios, Raleigh fostered the original United Artists upon its founding and served as a backdrop for a number of well-known film and TV productions. In the 1980s, it upgraded its offerings, building some of the first soundstages in L.A. to be erected in decades.

Through the new strategic venture, HCP and MBS will also take operational control of Raleigh’s Saticoy Studios, a 49,500-square-foot studio facility in Van Nuys, in LA’s San Fernando Valley. Saticoy has two soundstages, office and production support space and is home base for the CBS game show Let’s Make a Deal.

Deadline

posted 1/25/2021

Eddie McGuire to Reboot "Millionaire"
Shows to Roll This Month
From TV Blackbox

Everything old is new again in TV land with Nine set to revive the classic game show Who Wants to Be A Millionaire.

Three primetime special episodes of the Eddie McGuire quiz will be filmed soon in Melbourne’s Dockland studios with the quiz set to make a January return to our screens. While Nine has been continuing to produce a streamlined Hot Seat version of the quiz, this will be the first time the original format of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire has aired in Australia since 2010.

The new format for the special series will see frontline workers and Aussie celebs and sports stars compete in pairs to try and win $1 million for their chosen charities.

"I was delighted when Nine rang up and said they wanted to do these specials, we did a run through the other day to work out lighting and all that, and I'm just so excited to see the impact this has and the effect that it'll have on Australians who need it," McGuire told 9Entertainment.

"This has just been the most successful quiz show in the history of world television. Right around the world, what quiz show has a breakout movie about it that wins an Academy Award? Slumdog Millionaire, right? And so the fact that these specials can shine a light on Aussies doing it tough just means everything, it really does.".

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posted 1/25/2021

The Tribe Speaking for 2021?
"Survivor" Working on Getting Back to Production in April
From Reality Blurred

Survivor host and showrunner Jeff Probst does Cameo videos for charity, and in December, sent one to a fan that said that while he’d hoped to have filmed a season in 2020 (“oh did we try”), it ended up being “impossible. We have 400 crew members, 20 different countries, the border restrictions alone were an issue, the medical care in Fiji, you know—we just couldn’t risk it.”

“But we’ve been working on a plan to back get out there in 2021,” he added in the video.

“I feel optimistic that not only will we shoot, but it’s going to be really good.”

Having a plan for 2021 is a welcome change from last summer, when Probst said, “We don’t have a plan yet.” And now a new report confirms that Survivor seasons 41 and 42 will indeed go into production this year, after missing an entire year.

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Inside Survivor

posted 1/23/2021


WABC New York
LARRY KING: 1933-2021
Legendary Broadcaster Featured on "To Tell the Truth"
From The Wrap

Larry King, who had a legendary six-decade career on TV and radio and pioneered the live interview, died on Saturday at age 87, according to a statement from his Ora Media company.

King, who had a 25-year run hosting CNN’s “Larry King Live,” died at Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he had been hospitalized last month with COVID-19 and had been treated in the hospital’s intensive care unit.

“For 63 years and across the platforms of radio, television and digital media, Larry’s many thousands of interviews, awards, and global acclaim stand as a testament to his unique and lasting talent as a broadcaster,” Ora Media said in a statement.

The suspender-clad broadcaster first rose to fame on radio before CNN hired him in 1985 to host a nightly interview show that won him widespread acclaim, high ratings and two Peabody Awards. At its peak in 1998, the show averaged 1.64 million viewers.

The live show became famous for King’s wide range of interview subjects — from world leaders and newsmakers to Hollywood stars to ordinary people — as well as for King’s natural curiosity and improvisational, nonconfrontational approach. (He famously said he never did research ahead of interviews.)

During his career, he appeared as a central subject on "To Tell the Truth" in 1980. He was also on "Hollywood Squares", "Jeopardy!", "Deal or No Deal", "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire", and "The Price Is Right".

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posted 1/23/2021


Orange County Register
GREGORY SIERRA: 1937-2021
"Barney Miller", "Sanford & Son" Actor Played the Pyramid in the 1980s
From The Wrap

Gregory Sierra, the actor known for his roles on “Barney Miller” and “Sanford and Son,” has died at the age of 83, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

A family spokesperson told THR that Sierra died earlier this month after a long battle with cancer.

Sierra was best known for co-starring on the first two seasons of “Barney Miller” as the emotionally volatile Sgt. Miguel “Chano” Amanguale. He also appeared on three seasons of “Sanford and Son” as the Sanfords’ Puerto Rican neighbor Julio Fuentes.

His other TV credits include “Hill Street Blues,” “Soap,” “Miami Vice,” “Murder, She Wrote” and the short-lived “A.E.S. Hudson Street.” His film credits include “The Flying Nun,” “The Towering Inferno,” “The Trouble with Spies” and “Mafia!”

Gregory Sierra’s final acting credit was the long-delayed Orson Welles film “The Other Side of the Wind,” which was released on Netflix in 2018 with footage shot by the late director in the 1970s.

During his career, he appeared in the 1980s on "Pyramid".

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posted 1/23/2021

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "No More Ms. Nice Guy"

  • Katie Couric may have to answer for those comments she made online once she starts hosting Jeopardy! (PopCulture)

  • #ICYMI: Something crazy happened on Jeopardy! Friday (The Ringer)

  • Big Brother's dual implication sees Jackson Michie's in trouble and the casting director out (Reality Blurred)

posted 1/23/2021

Game Over for NBCSN
Sports Network to Shutter
From Digital Spy

NBCUniversal has decided to shut down its national sports cable network, NBCSN, by the end of this year.

Much of its network’s programming, including the NHL, NASCAR and English Premier League, will move over to USA Network and streaming service Peacock. USA will begin to simulcast some of NBCSN’s games this year until the network winds down completely.

The decision also comes as NBC is in its final year under its current NHL rights deal. Its media deal with the Premier League expires next year.

“We’re all aware of how quickly the media landscape is evolving, and our Company is taking thoughtful steps to stay ahead of these trends wherever possible and, in many instances, help set them,” NBC Sports president Pete Bevacqua said in a memo on Friday.

“At the conclusion of 2021, we have decided that the best strategic next step for our Sports Group and the entire Company is to wind down NBCSN completely, with key elements of NBCSN’s programming moving to USA Network and, in some cases, Peacock for 2022 and beyond."

NBCSN, short for NBC Sports Network, began life as Outdoor Life Network in 1995 and rebranded as Versus in 2006 as it focused more on mainstream sporting events and acquired off-broadcast rights to "Survivor". Comcast acquired a majority stake in NBCUniversal in 2011 and rebranded the network as NBC Sports Network in 2012.

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Deadline

posted 1/22/2021

WEDNESDAY: Celebrating America
NBC Wins the Night on Inauguration Coverage
From the Futon Critic

NBC (3.468 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) was the most-watched network in Inauguration Day with its lineup of "NBC News Special: The Inauguration of Joseph R. Biden, Jr." (3.872 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #3), "Celebrating America" (3.855 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1) and a repeat of "Chicago PD" (2.686 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

A close second was ABC (3.447 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) with its "ABC News Special: The Inauguration of Joseph R. Biden, Jr." (4.275 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #T1), "Celebrating America" (3.647 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4), "The Conners" (3.099 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Call Your Mother" (2.368 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9).

Next up was FOX (2.725 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) with its duo of "The Masked Dancer" (2.775 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4) and "Name That Tune" (2.674 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T4).

Meanwhile, CBS (2.785 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #4) offered up its mix of "One Nation: Indivisible" (3.691 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #8), "Celebrating America" (3.055 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T9) and a repeat "Magnum P.I." (1.927 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12).

And finally, The CW (0.573 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) wrapped the evening with the season premieres of "Riverdale" (0.655 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T12) and "Nancy Drew" (0.491 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #14).

Cable numbers for Wednesday are forthcoming.

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/21/2021

TUESDAY: Night of Heroes
CBS Wins the Usual Tuesday Night
From the Futon Critic

CBS (7.837 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) was the network to beat on Tuesday thanks to the return of "NCIS" (9.341 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.8, #1), a second "NCIS" (8.482 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.7, #2) and "FBI: Most Wanted" (5.689 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

FOX (2.803 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #2) claimed the silver with its duo of "The Resident" (3.264 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and "Prodigal Son" (2.342 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3).

Next up was ABC (2.644 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with encores of "The Wonderful World of Disney: Cinderella" (3.109 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3), "Call Your Mother" (1.895 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "The Conners" (1.531 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.047 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) served up "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist" (2.395 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.4, #7), a repeat "This Is Us" (1.933 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T8) and "Nurses" (1.812 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #11).

And finally, The CW (0.476 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5) rounded out the night with "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.652 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12), a second "Two Sentence Horror Stories" (0.464 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12) and "Trickster" (0.395 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.1, #T12).

Cable numbers for Tuesday...
- Chopped (Food): 808k/0.22
- Supermarket Stakeout (Food): 557k/0.13
- People Puzzler (GSN): 523k/0.05

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Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/21/2021

Jason Manford Is "Unbeatable"
BBC One to Play Later This Year
From TellyMix

Jason Manford will reportedly host a new game show called Unbeatable.

Jason is set to present the new game show format in daytime on BBC One later this year.

According to The Sun newspaper, the series will see contestants going head to head to give the "best answer" to a number of questions.

“I know how important daytime quizzes are for a lot of people," Jason is quoted as telling the newspaper. “I used to sit with my Nana Manford and mum watching them. "They keep the brain going, they’re a chuckle and I’m really looking forward to being a part of this exciting new one.

“The great thing about Unbeatable is you don’t even need to know the actual answer to appear clever.

"I feel like this is the quiz show I’ve been waiting for my whole life.”

It's not Jason's first time in charge of a game show, previously hosting First & Last which aired in 2020. It saw participants given one simple rule: Don't come first or last in any game. If they do, they will be eliminated.

Eleven contestants started each show and competed across a range of five rounds that ended with one of them walking away with up to £10,000.

Six episodes aired in the first series with the BBC yet to confirm a second.

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The Entertainment Gazette

posted 1/21/2021

Thursday Lightning Round
... or "Shocked"

  • Clare Crawley apparently found out about the break up when the rest of us did. (Reality TV World)

  • Brad Rutter shares his stories from the Jeopardy! set (Cinema Blend)

  • Why game shows are thriving in the pandemic (The Oregonian)

posted 1/21/2021


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SYNDIES: Week 16
Results for the Week Ending January 10, Including Alex's Final Episode
From The Hollywood Reporter

Alex Trebek's last week as host of Jeopardy! drew the game show's biggest ratings in eight-plus months, and his last episode gathered the largest audience in more than a year and a half.

The long-time host, who died on Nov. 8, had taped his final episodes in late October. The syndicated game show ran those episodes the week of Jan. 4. The show averaged 11.12 million daily viewers for the week, its largest weekly tally since late April. Jeopardy! topped its closest competitor in syndication, Wheel of Fortune, by about 840,000 viewers, and led every primetime program (excluding sports) for the week as well.

In household ratings, a key measure for syndicated shows, the 6.6 for Jeopardy! was also a season high, 0.6 ahead of Wheel of Fortune. Trebek's last episode on Jan. 8 brought in 14 million viewers, the most for any Jeopardy! since June 3, 2019 — the final episode of James Holzhauer's 32-game winning streak. Ratings for Jeopardy! also improved immediately following Trebek's death before returning to their usual levels to close out 2020.

Jeopardy! has yet to name a permanent new host. In the interim, a series of guest hosts will fill Trebek's shoes, including the game's all-time champion, Ken Jennings, Katie Couric, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whittaker and Mayim Bialik.

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

GAME SHOWS
- Jeopardy (CMV) 6.6* +29%
- Wheel of Fortune (CMV) 6.0* +18%
- Family Feud (Debmar-Mercury/FMNA) 5.1 -4%
- 25 Words or Less (CMV) 0.8 NC
- Funny You Should Ask(Entertainment Studios) 0.4 NC


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NextTV

posted 1/20/2021

MONDAY: Will You Accept This L?
Fox Wins with 9-1-1
From the Futon Critic

FOX (6.457 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) was the top draw on Monday thanks to the season premieres of "9-1-1" (7.003 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 1.2, #2) and "9-1-1: Lone Star" (5.911 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.9, #3).

Sharing the demo crown however was ABC (4.488 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T1) with originals from "The Bachelor" (4.788 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 1.3, #1) and "The Good Doctor" (3.888 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5).

Next up was CBS (4.509 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) and its mix of "The Neighborhood" (5.898 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.8, #4), "Bob (Hearts) Abishola" (5.382 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "Let's Make a Deal Primetime" (3.311 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Bull" (4.576 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.770 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T3) offered up originals from "Ellen's Game of Games" (3.098 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T5), "The Wall" (2.600 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8) and "Weakest Link" (2.611 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T8).

And finally, the return of "All American" (1.064 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.4, #12) and a rebroadcast of "Batwoman" (0.526 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.1, #13) rounded out the night on The CW (0.795 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.3, #5).

Cable numbers for Monday...
- Kids Baking Championship (Food): 991k/0.21
- Master Minds (GSN): 558k/0.05
- People Puzzler (P/GSN): 516k/0.05

The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/20/2021

WEEKEND: Sacked for a Loss
NFL Wins Sunday for Fox
From the Futon Critic

FOX (23.075 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 6.4, #1) surged to the top spot on Sunday thanks to its presentation of the "NFL Divisional Playoff: Tampa Bay at New Orleans" (28.806 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 8.0, #1) followed by special installments of "The Great North" (8.416 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 2.6, #2) and "Family Guy" (3.342 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3).

CBS (6.000 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #2) was the silver draw with its mix of "60 Minutes" (10.235 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 1.1, #T3), "NCIS: Los Angeles" (5.383 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.6, #5), "NCIS: New Orleans" (4.937 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6) and a repeat "NCIS" (3.446 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Next up was ABC (3.049 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with its new lineup of "America's Funniest Home Videos" (4.023 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T6), "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" (2.685 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8), "Card Sharks" (1.878 million viewers, #11; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "The Rookie" (3.609 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.4, #T8).

Meanwhile, NBC (1.351 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) opted for repeats of "Weakest Link" (1.427 million viewers, #13; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11), "The Wall" (1.455 million viewers, #12; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11) and "American Ninja Warrior: All Star Skills Special" (1.262 million viewers, #14; adults 18-49: 0.3, #T11).

And finally, the return of "Batwoman" (0.663 million viewers, #15; adults 18-49: 0.1, #15) and a rebroadcast of "All American Stories" (0.177 million viewers, #16; adults 18-49: 0.0, #16) rounded out the night on The CW (0.420 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.1, #5).

Cable numbers for Sunday:
- Worst Cooks in America (Food): 909k/0.25
- Cakealikes (S/Food): 459k/0.13

ABC (4.100 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) and FOX (2.153 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T1) shared the demo crown on Friday as the latter offered up a fresh installment of "WWE SmackDown" (2.153 million viewers, #6; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2). The Alphabet then served up its duo of "Shark Tank" (4.212 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.7, #1) and "20/20" (4.044 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.6, #T2).

Next up was CBS (4.855 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.4, #3) with new episodes of "MacGyver" (4.844 million viewers, #2; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) and "Magnum P.I." (5.291 million viewers, #1; adults 18-49: 0.5, #T4) plus a repeat "Blue Bloods" (4.429 million viewers, #3; adults 18-49: 0.4, #6).

Meanwhile, NBC (2.066 million viewers, #4; adults 18-49: 0.3, #4) offered up its coverage of the "U.S. Figure Skating Championship" (2.066 million viewers, #7; adults 18-49: 0.3, #7).

And finally, The CW (0.785 million viewers, #5; adults 18-49: 0.2, #5) rounded out the night with its mix of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.886 million viewers, #8; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T8), a repeat "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" (0.742 million viewers, #10; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T8) and "Penn & Teller: Fool Us" (0.757 million viewers, #9; adults 18-49: 0.2, #T8)..

Cable numbers for Friday.
- RuPaul's Drag Race (VH1): 611k/0.25
- Master Minds (GSN): 465k/0.03

The Futon Critic
The Futon Critic

Showbuzz Daily

Showbuzz Daily

posted 1/20/2021

Wednesday Lightning Round
... or "A New Day"

  • Mayim Bialik, Jimmy Kimmel weigh in on the Inauguration. (Deadline) plus Jennifer Lopez's performance (CBS News)

  • VIDEO WALL: Nadiya Hussain bakes for Netflix (The Futon Critic)

  • Spencer Roberson is asking to be Clare Crawley's rebound. BOLD. (Yahoo!)

  • Byron Allen about to spend a billion acquiring TV groups (TV Newscheck)

  • Victor Arroyo & Nicole Franzel send out their save-the-dates (Us Magazine)

  • Sarah Trott gives an update on her father (Us Magazine)

  • Arie & Lauren are having... BOY!... do we love the Bachelor! GIRL....friend, you are so lucky! ... TWINS!.... is the feel good movie of 1988 (Reality TV World)

  • #ICYMI: Ken Jennings gets trolled by the champ (Fox News) PLUS who is the real GOAT? (Salt Lake Tribune)

  • CROWNING MOMENT OF AWESOME: A floating Jeopardy! themed house (New Orleans Times-Picayune)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Leah Remini (People)

posted 1/20/2021

More on "You Bet Your Life" Reboot
Kevin Eubanks to Join as Co-Host
From Deadline

A new spin on You Bet Your Life, the personality-driven game show that gave Groucho Marx a new level of fame on the then-emerging medium of television, has been sold in 85% of the country ahead of its fall debut.

Hosted by Jay Leno, the new version of the show will launch across Fox’s portfolio of 29 stations as well as stations owned by Sinclair, Nexstar, Scripps, Meredith, Gray and other companies.

The announcement came during NATPE, whose annual Miami confab is happening virtually this year in the latest adjustment to Covid-19.

The team mounting the new version said it will retain many elements of the Marx-hosted original, which ran on both radio and television and was a defining show of the 1950s.

In the reboot, the game will couple two strangers together for the opportunity to win prize money by correctly answering questions about pre-determined categories. Each episode will present two pairs of contestants. Tonight Show band leader Kevin Eubanks will share hosting duties.

Tom Werner will serve as the executive producer, along with showrunner and executive producer, David Hurwitz..

Deadline
TV Newscheck

NextTV

posted 1/19/2021

All Access Goes to the Mountaintop March
CBS All Access to Rebrand into Paramount+
From Deadline

The launch of rebranded streaming service Paramount+ has been set by ViacomCBS. It will go live in the U.S. and Latin America on March 4, the Nordics on March 25 and Australia by the middle of the year. In Canada, CBS All Access will be rebranded as Paramount+ on March 4 and then evolve into an expanded offering later in the year.

The timing of the rollout conforms with guidance from management in recent months. Along with the launch dates, the company said on February 24 it will deliver an overview of its streaming plans for Paramount+, Showtime’s OTT service and the free, ad-supported Pluto TV.

The preview will be combined with the company’s regular quarterly earnings report, unlike stand-alone investor events put on by several companies over the past two years.

Paramount+ in its rebranded form will join a crowded streaming field and caps the efforts of a company that completed its merger in December 2019.

ViacomCBS has pursued a more opportunistic approach to streaming, licensing Paramount studio films and select network series rights to third parties, not just Netflix but also services run by other media companies. South Park went to HBO Max in a lucrative deal, and an agreement reached last year with NBCUniversal sent marquee properties like Yellowstone and The Godfather to NBCU streaming service Peacock.

Still, the ViacomCBS portfolio blends an array of premium and free streaming assets. In addition to Pluto, whose user base has tripled since Viacom acquired it two years ago, a clutch of free, ad-supported properties like CBSN and CBS Sports HQ give Paramount+ reach that many rivals lack. In recent months, the company has billed Paramount+ as delivering subscribers “live sports, breaking news and a mountain of entertainment.”.

Deadline

The Wrap

posted 1/19/2021


Atlanta Braves
DON SUTTON: 1945-2021
Baseball Hall of Famer Played "Match Game"
From USA Today

Don Sutton, a Hall of Fame pitcher who was a stalwart of the Los Angeles Dodgers’ rotation spanning an era from Sandy Koufax to Fernando Valenzuela, died Tuesday. He was 75.

The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, said Sutton died at his home in Rancho Mirage, California, after a long struggle with cancer. The Atlanta Braves, for whom Sutton was a long-time broadcaster, said he died in his sleep.

A four-time All-Star, Sutton had a career record of 324-256 and an ERA of 3.26 while pitching for the Dodgers, Houston Astros, Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics, California Angels and the Dodgers again in 1988, his final season.

The durable Sutton never missed a turn in the rotation in 756 big league starts. Only Cy Young and Nolan Ryan made more starts than Sutton, who never landed on the injured list in his 23-year career. A master of changing speeds and pitch location, Sutton recorded just one 20-win season but earned 10 or more wins in every year except 1983 and 1988. Of his victories, 58 were shutouts, five were one-hitters and 10 were two-hitters. The right-hander is seventh on the career strikeout list with 3,574. Sutton ranks third all-time in games started and seventh in innings pitched (5,282 1/3). He worked at least 200 innings in 20 of his first 21 seasons, with only the strike-shortened 1981 season interrupting his streak.

He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998. The Dodgers retired his number 20 the same year.

"2021 is just taking freaking legends man," Alex Wood, former Dodgers and Braves pitcher, wrote on Twitter. “Getting to be around Don every day my first few years with the Braves was something I will cherish forever. He genuinely cared about everyone he talked to and was a wealth of knowledge. Prayers up for his family.”

During his long career in Southern California, Sutton also took a stab at show business, appearing on the iconic game show, “Match Game.”.

USA TOday
The New York Times
MLB

posted 1/19/2021

ITV Catches a Sixth Season
"Catchphrase" Renewed
From C21 Media

ITV has commissioned a sixth season of gameshow format Celebrity Catchphrase from STV Studios comprising 13 episodes, its highest episode count yet. Initial production is already underway and filming will begin in April.

The new season, again hosted by Stephen Mulhern, will be broadcast on ITV and Scottish equivalent STV in their autumn/winter schedules.

The current season of the show, comprising eight episodes, has featured guests such as Jools Holland, Naga Munchetty and Martin Kemp. It attracted the highest audience figures for one episode since the show’s launch in 2013, with six million people watching January 9’s instalment.

C21 Media

posted 1/19/2021

Hold Up Before You Travel, UK...
Film, TV Production No Longer Exempt
From Deadline

Film and TV production has been taken off the UK government’s coronavirus travel exemption list, meaning those arriving in Britain to participate in shoots of all shapes and sizes will need to self-isolate for 10 days.

The government updated its rules on Monday at 4AM local time and changes impact two categories of jobs: television production, and high-end television production and film. This covers pretty much everything apart from those involved in essential work for the BBC.

“If you are not exempt, and you arrive in the UK, you will need to self-isolate for 10 days,” the government said on a web page explaining the rules. “When you arrive in England, you must travel directly to the place you are staying and not leave.”

Deadline

The Wrap

posted 1/19/2021

Tuesday Lightning Round
... or "We'll Always Have Half a Season"

  • Clare Crawley, Dale Moss are OVER. (Us Magazine)

  • Leslie Jones joins Presidential Inaugural Committee (Deadline)

  • Alec Baldwin taking a Twitter break (Deadline)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Brad Rutter (Meaww) and Jane Krakowski (Theater Mania)

posted 1/19/2021

Happy Birthday Betty White!
Game Show Icon Turns 99!
From Spectrum News 13

True to form, Betty White has something impish to say about her birthday Sunday.

“Since I am turning 99, I can stay up as late as I want without asking permission!” she told The Associated Press in an email.

White's low-key plans include feeding a pair of ducks that regularly visit her Los Angeles-area home. Her birthday meal will be a hot dog and French fries brought in — along with a bouquet of roses — by her longtime friend and agent, Jeff Witjas.

The actor’s TV credits stretch from 1949’s Hollywood on Television to a 2019 voice role in Forky Asks a Question, with The Golden Girls and The Mary Tyler Moore Show among the enduring highlights. In January alone, White is on screen in reruns including The Golden Girls and Hot in Cleveland; the 2009 Sandra Bullock movie The Proposal, and the 2018 documentary Betty White: First Lady of Television, about her life and career.

White's devotion to animals will be on display next month with the DVD and digital release of Betty White's Pet Set, a 1970s series in which she visited with celebrity guests and their pets as well as wild animals.

Her work, always marked by top-drawer comedic timing, has earned her five Emmy Awards, including a 2010 trophy for a guest-host appearance on Saturday Night Live.

A native of Oak Park, Illinois, White was married to game show host and producer Allen Ludden from 1963 until his death in 1981..

Spectrum News 13
Newsday

LADBible
KSN Wichita
Deadline

posted 1/18/2021

Shantay, G'Day!
"Drag Race" Spins Off Aussie/NZ Version
From

RuPaul’s Drag Race is about to say “shantay, g’day!” Emmy-winning production company World of Wonder is bringing the popular series to Australia and New Zealand and it will be appropriately titled RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under.

The new edition of the drag queen reality competition will debut on WOW Presents Plus stateside and internationally on Stan in Australia and TVNZ OnDemand in New Zealand. RuPaul will serve as host and executive producer and will join Drag Race staple Michelle Visage on the judges’ panel.

Production is expected to kick off this week in New Zealand the series will premiere later this year.

Much like the U.S. and other international editions, Drag Race Down Under will see the fiercest queens across Australia and New Zealand going head-to-head, in the hopes of taking home the title of Down Under’s first Drag Superstar. The queens will serve high fashion realness, challenges, both shady and heartfelt moments in the “werkroom”, and of course, the all-important lip-sync for your life battles. The third judge and celebrity guest appearances will be announced later this year.

Deadline

posted 1/18/2021

March of Talent
Fox Slots Wayne Brady-Hosted Game of Talent
From DEadline

Fox is creating a full night of mystery variety shows this March.

During a football game on Saturday, the network released a teaser for its new reality series Game Of Talents (watch it below). It revealed that the mystery talent show will premiere in March and will air Wednesdays at 9 PM, behind Fox’s flagship The Masked Singer.

In Game of Talents contestants must guess the performers’ hidden talent, based only on their first impressions and a few wily clues. Wayne Brady hosts and executive-produces the program, produced by Fremantle and based on its hit international forma. Game of Talents pits two teams of contestants against each other as they attempt to figure out the surprising – and sometimes bizarre – hidden talents of the mystery performers. With more than $200,000 on the line, can the contestants spot the fire dancer from the spider wrangler, or the chainsaw juggler from the contortionist?

Deadline
TV Line

The Futon Critic

posted 1/18/2021

A Final Farewell for Tipping Point
Ben Shephard Honors Contestant Who Died Before Show Aired
From Spectrum News 13

TV presenter Ben Shephard has paid a poignant tribute to woman who recorded a Tipping Point show, but sadly passed away before their winning episode was shown on TV.

Contestant Margaret died after filming the episode, which aired on Friday night.

Ben confirmed that they broadcast the episode on the wishes of her family.

Margaret beat the other contestants in her episode to take on the big machine at the end, but sadly never got to see the moment she triumphed on the daytime show for herself, as she died before her episode, which was filmed before the coronavirus pandemic hit, was shown.

Hull Daily Mail
Metro

True Hollywood Talk

posted 1/17/2021

Weekend Lightning Round
... or "The Valedictorian"

  • Dustin Diamond diagnosed with stage 4 cancer (Deadline)

  • Alex Trebek honored by Ottawa Senators (The WRap)

  • Darragh Ennis has truly arrived. Everyone thinks he's fired (Stuff)

  • Gordon Ramsay gets his game on (ComingSoon.net)

  • A FEW GOOD MINUTES with Ken Jennings (WPVI-TV Philadelphia)

posted 1/17/2021


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